brooklynmutt:

"Gotta tip my hat to the Fox bookers on landing what is basically their viewers’ cartoon image of a union worker." - @BrianMontopoli

Another big problem identified by the researchers stems from something called the “diet gap”: food that’s grown, and could be feeding people, but never makes it to their plates. That gap is massive — currently, only 51 percent of the calories we grow end up being consumed as food. The U.S., Western Europe and China are responsible for most of this, the study found, by feeding “cows and cars” (livestock and biofuels) instead of people. The crop calories we currently feed to animals, for example, could be used instead to feed an additional 4 billion people. Lessening the diet gap, lead author Paul West told Salon, is our “biggest opportunity to move the dial on the global food system as a whole.”

When the bagels stop, that’s when we unionize.

Overheard in the newsroom (via nationaljournal)

The Presbyterian Church's Israel divestment is persuasive because it embodies two principles ›

bostonreview:

  1. the recognition that without U.S. backing, Israel cannot continue its crimes against the Palestinians and violations of international law, and
  2. that the most direct path for Americans to change policy is at home, acting where they have the strongest political and economic power.

By…

fotojournalismus:

Day 4: Gaza death toll passes 100 as Israel continues assault | July 11, 2014

1. A ball of fire is seen following an early morning Israeli air strike on Rafah. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)

2. A Palestinian man looks at a house which was hit in an Israeli air strike. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

3. The destroyed house of the Palestinian Abu Lealla family following an Israeli airstrike in the north of Gaza City. (Mohammed Saber/EPA)

4. Mother of three-year-old Saher Abu Namous mourns during his funeral after he was killed in an explosion in the east of Jabaliya refugee camp. (Mohammed Saber/EPA)

5. A chicken walks amidst the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

6. Smoke and debris from an Israeli explosion rise above the northern Gaza Strip. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

7. Palestinians look at the remains of a missile which was fired by an Israeli aircraft on a street in Deir El-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. (Ashraf Amrah/Reuters)

8. Members of the Abu Lealla family search the rubble of their destroyed home after an Israeli airstrike north of Gaza City. (Wissam Nassar for The New York Times)

9. A Palestinian woman reacts in front of her son’s boat, which was damaged in a fire that started following an Israeli naval strike, at the seaport of Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

10. Palestinians look the damage of a destroyed house where five members of the Ghannam family were killed in an Israeli missile strike early morning in Rafah refugee camp. (Khalil Hamra/AP)

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 | Naming the dead)

The Presbyterian Church U.S.A. voted to divest their stock from three American companies on the grounds that these companies participate in the unjust and illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

bostonreview:

The Presbyterian Church’s resolution is persuasive because it embodies two principles: the recognition that without U.S. backing, Israel cannot continue its crimes against the Palestinians and violations of international law, and that the most direct path for Americans to change policy is at home, acting where they have the strongest political and economic power.

More: The Presbyterian Church’s All-American Divestment from the Israeli OccupationBoston Review

vicenews:

Company That Leaked Chemicals in Drinking Water Fined Only $11,000 — And That’s Okay

It’s been six months since a chemical spill in West Virginia left 300,000 people without access to safe tap water for nearly a week, and the company responsible is finally starting to suffer the consequences… sort of.

bostonreview:

Meet Lawrence Lessig, who plans to crowdsource 12 million dollars and elect five members of Congress committed to campaign finance reform. 

Lawrence Lessig’s Anti-Super PAC Super PAC

pewresearch:

The politics of American generations: How age affects attitudes and voting behavior

(via newsweek)