Thursday, September 17, 2009

News in Brief

Music: Peter, Paul, and Mary- Leavin' on a Jet Plane

- RIP, Mary Travers.

- Crop scientist Norman Borlaug also died recently. An interesting article on his legacy, which claims that by ignoring political and distribution issues in favor of a single-minded focus on food supply, he may have done more harm than good. Via La Vida Locavore.

- Sickening: After gender testing seems to have indicated that she is intersex, South African runner Caster Semenya is apparently on suicide watch. Via Feministing.

- Despite talking the talk on climate change, the World Bank is throwing billions at new coal plants in the developing world.

- And finally, some (possibly?) good news: one more Senate Democrat seems to have grown a backbone on healthcare: Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) writes to Finance committee chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) on why healthcare co-ops are a sham, and gets a meeting with the White House.

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