NEWS UPDATE 6.6.13 to 6.9.13
1. MRSA simple steps best
2. Gun Violence
3. Pot Legalization Colorado becomes first state to legalize
4. Massive Surveillance State
5. QUOTE OF THE DAY
6. High Speed Train
7.Correction- Russia And Monsanto
8. Pot Legalization First State
9. Gmo Crops Threaten Monarch Butterflies
1. MRSA study: simple steps slash deadly infections in sickest hospital patients
Bloodstream infections cut by more than 40 percent in study of more than 74,000 patients
Using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in ICUs.
2. Gun Violence Statistic
Slate’s gun-death tracker, an estimated 4,724 people have died as a result of gun violence in America since the Ne
wtown massacre on December 14, 2012.
3. Pot Legalization Moves along
There is a broader cultural shift under way. Americans’ attitudes about marijuana are changing, a survey published last month by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found. For the first time, a majority of Americans support legalizing pot. Half of Baby Boomers and roughly two-thirds of millennials say marijuana should be legalized, and just under half of Americans say they’ve tried it.
Former Microsoft executive Jamen Shively wants to turn pot into a national, branded commodity in one fell swoop. Last Thursday, Shively held a news conference in Seattle, accompanied by former Mexican President Vicente Fox, to announce that he is raising $10 million in start-up capital to build a chain of retail marijuana stores, a down payment on what he said would be a $100 million investment in three years.
“Yes, we are Big Marijuana,” Shively said. He outlined a plan to build a national brand of retail marijuana stores, which would be supplied by regulated trade with Mexico.
A report published last month by the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University said recreational pot use in the state is a $605.7 million market that will generate $130.1 million in state tax dollars for fiscal year 2014-15.
In 2010, Miron estimated that, nationwide, pot could generate $8.7 billion in federal and state tax money annually if it were taxed like other “vice” products such as alcohol and tobacco.
4. FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013
“A Massive Surveillance State”: Glenn Greenwald Exposes Covert NSA Program Collecting Calls, Emails
The National Security Agency has obtained access to the central servers of nine major Internet companies — including Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo! and Facebook. The Guardian and The Washington Post revealed the top-secret program, codenamed PRISM, after they obtained several slides from a 41-page training presentation for senior intelligence analysts. It explains how PRISM allows them to access emails, documents, audio and video chats, photographs, documents and connection logs. “Hundreds of millions of Americans, and hundreds of millions – in fact, billions of people around the world – essentially rely on the Internet exclusively to communicate with one another,” Greenwald says. “Very few people use landline phones for much of anything. So when you talk about things like online chat and social media messages and emails, what you’re really talking about is the full extent of human communication.” This comes after Greenwald revealed Wednesday in another story that the NSA has been collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers. “They want to make sure that every single time human beings interact with one another … that they can watch it, and they can store it, and they can access it at any time.”
5. QUOTE OF THE DAY
“All the ants on the planet, taken together, have a biomass
greater than that of humans. Ants have been incredibly
industrious for millions of years, yet their productiveness
nourishes plants, animals, and soil. Human industry has
been in full swing for little over a century, yet it has
brought about a decline in almost every ecosystem on the
planet. Nature doesn’t have a design problem. People do.”
architect & visionary
6. High Speed Train starting to roll.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California moved a step closer to building a high-speed train line on Thursday, when a state commission chose a contractor to handle construction of the route’s first leg from Merced to Fresno in the state’s breadbasket.
The rail line, a major priority of California Governor Jerry Brown, would send passengers hurtling through the state’s fertile San Joaquin Valley as they zipped from San Diego to points north, eventually including Sacramento and San Francisco.
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8. Pot Legalization First State
Colorado becomes world’s first legal, fully regulated market for recreational marijuana as it anticipates millions in tax revenues
Money from marijuana sales and excise taxes will be used for public school construction.
9. GMO Crops Damage Monarch Butterflies
Roundup Harms Beneficial Gut Bacteria
The beautiful, regal North American Monarch butterfly-chosen as an official insect by seven U.S. states-is dwindling in numbers and is currently at the lowest level ever measured: 18 times less than in 1996. One main reason? Genetically engineered crops are destroying its habitat and disrupting its food chain. Starting in 1997, when Midwestern farmers started spraying Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on GMO soy and corn fields, one of the “weeds” they killed off was the milkweed plant, the primary source of food for Monarch butterfly larvae. *Read more.* [http://www.responsibletechnology.org/posts/roundup-shrinks-monarch-butterfly-population/ ]