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Cheney Sought to Alter Climate Discussion

Cheney Sought to Alter Climate Discussion – WSJ.com

In a letter dated July 6 in response to questions from the chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.), Mr. Burnett said Mr. Cheney’s office and the White House Council on Environmental Quality “were seeking deletions” last fall to congressional testimony about climate change prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mr. Burnett said the latter office asked him “to work with CDC” to remove from the testimony “any discussion of the human health consequences of climate change.” [Emphasis mine – ed.]

The issue of whether greenhouse gases endanger public health or welfare is significant because a finding by the EPA that they do would require the agency to regulate them under the terms of the federal Clean Air Act, spurring new rules across a range of industries.


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Can’t Keep The Weight Off? Blame Evolution

Health Journal – WSJ.com

So, you ate less and exercised more and lost weight. But now the pounds are piling back on. You’re hungrier than ever, and you can’t seem to resist food. Once again, it’s all your fault, right?

Wrong. Blame evolution, and the fact that for the vast majority of human history, famine was a bigger threat than flab. Even your seeming lack of will power is part of a complex biological system that drives humans who have lost weight to regain it, according to new brain-scan research by scientists at Columbia University Medical Center.


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Dalai Lama: Lessons of Buddhism as applied to medicine

“If there is no solution, why worry?” he replied when asked how he maintains his good cheer and optimism in the midst of life’s trials. “If there is a solution, why worry?”

Dalai Lama: Lessons of Buddhism as applied to medicine