June 2012


From The Ecologist: Fed up of paying a premium for supermarket berries and herbs? Take a walk on the wild side and pick your own Foraging – a word that evokes images…





America’s best gadfly investigative reporter is gearing up for the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Annette Hinkle reports for the Sag Harbor Express: In this election year, Greg Palast wants you to vote…but…


American government to stick to selling guns and state lotto tickets. Via the Washington Post: Peaceful Uruguay is planning a novel approach to fighting rising crime: having its government sell marijuana to take…


Christina Pazsitzky | The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs: Episode 12

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Christina Pazsitzky is a successful stand-up comic, co-host (along with her husband, comedian Tom Segura) of the popular Your Mom’s House podcast, and has been seen on numerous television programs, including Last Comic Standing, Chelsea Lately, and The Smoking Gun Presents: Worlds Dumbest. In this episode of The DisinfoCast, Christina joins host Matt Staggs for a spirited conversation about comedy, vampires, goth music, family dysfunction, and the inherent problems of using terms like “girl comic.”


Apple has unveiled Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking versions of iPhone voice-controlled personality Siri, known for her subservient manner and witicisms. But Siri isn’t willing to crack a joke about everything. It may or…



How do we preserve the fabric of everyday life from other eras? The online Museum of Endangered Sounds is a marvelous emporium of aural preservation, simulating what being alive in the 1990s sounded…


There’s some reefer madness going on at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Eric W. Dolan reports for The Raw Story:

During a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart repeatedly refused to admit that anything was more addictive or harmful than marijuana.

Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado pressed Leonhart on whether illegal drugs like methamphetamine and crack, as well as legal prescription drugs, caused greater harm to public health compared to marijuana. But within a three minute time-span, Leonhart dodged his questions eleven times.

“Is crack worse for a person than marijuana?”…



Colin Scianamblo’s short film about the protesters outside the Bilderberg 2012 meeting in Chantilly, Virginia provides a glimpse as to why people from around the world decided to spend three days outside a hotel trying to raise awareness as to what might — or might not — be happening within.





Have animals finally found a way to stop us eating them? Katie Moisse reports for ABC News:

There’s a new weapon in the war on meat: a tiny tick, whose bite might be spreading meat allergies up the East Coast.

A bite from the lone star tick, so-called for the white spot on its back, looks innocent enough. But University of Virginia researchers say saliva that sneaks into the tiny wound may trigger an allergic reaction to meat — agonizing enough to convert lifelong carnivores into wary vegetarians.

“People will eat beef and then anywhere from three to six hours later start having a reaction; anything from hives to full-blown anaphylactic shock,” said Dr. Scott Commins, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “And most people want to avoid having the reaction, so they try to stay away from the food that triggers it.”…




After years of back-breaking toil in ground ravaged by the effects of man-made growing systems, Paul Gautschi has discovered a taste of what God intended for mankind in the garden of Eden. Some of the vital issues facing agriculture today include soil preparation, fertilization, irrigation, weed control, pest control, crop rotation, and PH issues. None of these issues exist in the unaltered state of nature or in Paul’s gardens and orchards.

“Back to Eden” invites you to take a walk with Paul as he teaches you sustainable organic growing methods that are capable of being implemented in diverse climates around the world.



Are the pop sounds jingling in our ears increasingly ripe with sadness and/or emotional ambiguity? So argues the Pacific Standard… although it’s impossible to decode with certainty a “meaning” of minor keys and…


The New Inquiry on the Internet as a god to be worshipped: The relentless enthusiasm that cyber-utopians have for the potential of new technologies to transform the world often borders on religious…