Yoda: New York Bans Fracking — 2 Aspects Everyone Has Missed from the NYT to Mother Jones

Citing Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State (NYT) Health Department Report on Fracking in New York State (Report) New York State Just Banned Fracking (Mother Jones) Phi Beta Iota: The media coverage of this historic decision has been mediocre. Everyone has missed two really big deals. First, the NY ban stems from …

Mother Jones: Fact Checking Coming of Age? One Man Wrote Hundreds of Letters Warning Politicians Not to Lie.

This Man Wrote Hundreds of Letters Warning Politicians Not to Lie. It Worked. Political scientist Brendan Nyhan explains why fact-checking keeps candidates honest…sometimes. Nyhan hasn’t just been studying the fact-check movement; he was there at its origins. In the early 2000s, he coauthored a site called Spinsanity.com, a nonpartisan fact-checking outlet. It was the beginning …

Mother Jones: American Apples Banned in Europe

Why American Apples Just Got Banned in Europe Back in 2008, European Food Safety Authority began pressing the chemical industry to provide safety information on a substance called diphenylamine, or DPA. Widely applied to apples after harvest, DPA prevents “storage scald”—brown spots that “becomes a concern when fruit is stored for several months,” according to …

Mother Jones: Laos Bombing – $17M a Day, 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs, True Cost Just Now Becoming Known…

Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos Picturing the deadly legacy of America’s secret war in the world’s most bombed-out country Watch short video. Between 1964 and 1973, the United States dropped around 2.5 million tons of bombs on Laos. While the American public was focused on the war in neighboring …