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EPA Approves Bee-Killing Pesticide After U.S. Quits Tracking Vanishing Hives.

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Environmentalists slam the Trump administration’s “reckless” move as honeybee colonies collapse.

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07/15/2019 | The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped restrictions on the use of a powerful pesticide known to be particularly lethal to honeybees for some 190 million acres of U.S. cropland.

The action Friday came just days after the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed it had stopped tracking rapidly vanishing honeybee colonies, which will make the impact of the EPA’s deregulatory move difficult to gauge. 

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5c53f909360000000b68109e.jpg?ops=112_112/ Mary Papenfuss: Trends Reporter, HuffPost

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From the Archives | Big Pharma CEO: ‘We’re in Business of Shareholder Profit, Not Helping The Sick.’

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  • According to several media outlets, Valeant has increased the price of 56 of the drugs in its portfolio an average of 66 percent
  • Related: From the Archives | Goldman Sachs Asks ‘Is Curing Patients A Sustainable Business Model?’

Ron Delancer, POLITICAL D!G

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/People%20Over%20Profit%20Sign.jpgOct 17, 2016 | Last July, Turing Pharmaceuticals’ CEO Martin Shkreli became a lightning rod for growing outrage over soaring prescription drug prices after he raised the price of a newly-acquired drug from $13.50 to $750. But Shkreli, who earned the title ‘the most hated man in America,’ is not the only one acquiring drugs currently on the market to raise their price and, in turn, rapidly drive up their stock price.



“My primary responsibility is to Valeant shareholders.We we will act appropriately in terms of doing what I assume our shareholders would like us to do,” Pearson said.



J. Michael Pearson, the CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals has enraged the internet after saying in a recent interview with MSNBC that “his company’s responsibility is to its shareholders, not the customers who rely on his drugs to live.”

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From the Archives | Goldman Sachs Asks ‘Is Curing Patients A Sustainable Business Model? CBS Local, New York, NY

Gilead Sciences’ 90 percent cure rate of hepatitis C will reportedly send its sales plunging from $12.5 billion in 2015 to less than $4 billion this year.

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From the Archives | Goldman Sachs Asks ‘Is Curing Patients A Sustainable Business Model?’

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Gilead Sciences’ 90 percent cure rate of hepatitis C will reportedly send its sales plunging from $12.5 billion in 2015 to less than $4 billion this year.

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April 12, 2018 | Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs is reportedly asking some very cold questions about the healthcare industry and whether it’s a good business move to cure diseases.

In an April 10 financial report titled “The Genome Revolution,” company analysts allegedly posed the question “is curing patients a sustainable business model?” The report broke down the pros and cons of new gene therapy treatments being worked on by biotech companies. Turning the search for medical remedies into a numbers game, analyst Salveen Richter called potential “one shot cures” a bad business decision that will hurt a company’s bottom line.

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Dammit, Democrats! Organize a Climate Debate! Act Now or Face a Cataclysm!

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  • Part 1: Dammit, Democrats! Organize a Climate Debate!
  • The DNC has made a morally and practically wrong choice with its rejection of proposals for a debate on the existential issue of our time.
  • Part 2: “We Are Facing an Existential Crisis”: Gov. Inslee Slams DNC for Refusing to Hold Climate Debate
  • We will not have another chance after the next administration. We will either act now, or it will be cataclysm.

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Part 1: Dammit, Democrats! Organize a Climate Debate!

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The DNC has made a morally and practically wrong choice with its rejection of proposals for a debate on the existential issue of our time.
 
John Nichols, the Nation

June 7, 2019 | Nothing about the Democratic National Committee’s approach to organizing debates featuring the several dozen contenders for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination inspires confidence. But something about the party’s approach should inspire fury.

The DNC is refusing to organize a debate on climate change, and it is clinging to rules that could effectively block candidates from participating in independent debates on the issue.

This is morally wrong and practically foolish.

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Part 2: “We Are Facing an Existential Crisis”: Gov. Inslee Slams DNC for Refusing to Hold Climate Debate

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Enflamed%20Globe%20in%20Palm%20of%20a%20Hand.jpgWashington Governor Jay Inslee is accusing the DNC of attempting to silence the voices of those who want to debate climate solutions. “This is our last chance to defeat climate change,” Inslee said. “We will not have another chance after the next administration. We will either act now, or it will be cataclysm.”

Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

June 11, 2019 | Juan Gonzalez: The Democratic National Committee is facing criticism after the committee rejected calls for the party to host a debate solely focused on the climate crisis. The DNC is also threatening to blacklist any candidate who takes part in a non-DNC debate on the issue. DNC Chair Tom Perez recently told climate activists that it is not practical to hold debates on specific issues. Washington Governor Jay Inslee was the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for a climate-focused debate. Last week, he accused the DNC of attempting to silence the voices of those who want to debate what he described as the, quote, “existential crisis of our time.”

Amy Goodman: USA Today reports a number of other Democratic candidates have since backed the call, including former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, former Obama Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, along with Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand and Michael Bennet. Meanwhile, more than 50 voting members of the Democratic National Committee have submitted a resolution supporting a climate debate.

Juan Gonzalez has been a professional journalist for more than 30 years and a staff columnist at the New York Daily News since 1987.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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The Evidence Darwin Had for Evolution

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  • Imagine being the first person to put together the pieces of an idea so big, it would change the entire spectrum of science forever.
  • Related: How to Be a Better Thinker

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Heather Scoville, ThoughtCo

May 1, 2019 | Imagine being the first person to discover and put together the pieces of an idea so big that it would change the entire spectrum of science forever. In this day and age with all of the technology available and all kinds of information right at our fingertips, this may not seem to be such a daunting task. What would it have been like back in a time where this previous knowledge that we take for granted had not yet been discovered and the equipment that is now commonplace in labs had not yet been invented? Even if you are able to discover something new, how do you publish this new and "outlandish" idea and then get scientists all over the world to buy into the hypothesis and help strengthen it?

This is the world that Charles Darwin had to work in as he pieced together his Theory of Evolution through Natural Selection. There are many ideas that now seem like common sense to scientists and students that were unknown during his time. Yet, he still managed to use what was available to him to come up with such a profound and fundamental concept. So what exactly did Darwin know when he was coming up with the Theory of Evolution?


Heather Scoville is a high school science teacher and writes science curriculum for online science courses.

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How to Be a Better Thinker, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Is Logic Lost?
  • How to Think Better
  • there already is a cognitive enhancing tool
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  • Part 3: The Last Curious Man
  • The enormous life of Anthony Bourdain, according to those who knew him best.

 

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