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March 6, 2011

Here are a few things I’ve found for your viewing pleasure:The Story of Stuff is back with Citizens United vs FEC. Another winner!

A reminder of why I love having our own chickens producing eggs for us:  (Find this one at The Healthy Skeptic):

Pasture-raised eggs
We see a similar difference between eggs from hens raised on pasture, and those raised in confinement. Pasture-raised hens contain as much as 10 times more omega-3 than eggs from factory hens. Pastured eggs are higher in B12 and folate. They also have higher levels of fat-soluble antioxidants like vitamin E and a denser concentration of vitamin A.

Kristin Wartman wrote this great post on the fat/lowfat controversy, here at Civil Eats. I hope to come back to this issue at another time. She has another terrific one on Not Soy Fast.

Various bits of happy news from Salon.com’s The Week in Uppers.
Without cable TV and HBO anymore, I’m not seeing as much of Bill Maher as I used to. Here he is on Newt Gingrich‘s fitness for the presidency as compared with, say, Charlie Sheen. And I’m almost starting to feel sorry for John Edwards. Almost.

Further on politics, the more I learn about Mike Huckabee, the less I like him. The Opinionator writes about The Fictions of Mike Huckabee. The opening paragraph captures his appeal beyond his core constituency:

Mike Huckabee is supposed to be the Republican with a heart. He’s the guy who said Mexicans are people too during the 2008 race for the White House. He’s the weight-loss humanist who refused to join that anti-common-sense fringe of his party bashing Michelle Obama for suggesting that children eat more vegetables.

The rest of the post sheds lights on his problems with simple facts (e.g., where Obama was born and raised) and judgment (granting clemency to convicts who play the Jesus card, without due diligence on their actual records).

The War Room’s Mike Huckabee’s crimes against history covers similar ground regarding Obama and “the Kenya question.” Just what, exactly, is un-American about being anti-colonial, Mr. Huckabee?

And psychedelic healing from Scientific American,

Mind-altering psychedelics are back—but this time they are being explored in labs for their therapeutic applications rather than being used illegally. Studies are looking at these hallucinogens to treat a number of otherwise intractable psychiatric disorders, including chronic depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and drug or alcohol dependency.

The past 15 years have seen a quiet resurgence of psychedelic drug research as scientists have come to recognize the long-underappreciated potential of these drugs. In the past few years, a growing number of studies using human volunteers have begun to explore the possible therapeutic benefits of drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, DMT, MDMA, ibogaine and ketamine.

The rest of the article is behind a pay wall, but Long Trip: Magic Mushrooms’ Transcendent Effect Lingers is not. Oprah.com has this intriguing article on the medical uses of Ecstasy/MDMA. I know, right? We were supposed to think all these “hard drugs” are bad for us under any circumstances. Weeeelll, reality is always a little more complex.

Sometimes one just needs to stop and laugh. I just watched this hilarious video of a baby laughing at his daddy, who is tearing up a job rejection letter. Talk about restoring perspective!

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