Next stop Michael Phelps: London tube map given Olympic makeover

Simon Rice
Independent

Many visitors pouring into London this summer for the Olympics will arrive at Nadia Comaneci.

They'll need to travel by tube to Simon Whitfield (via Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) before changing there and heading to Michael Phelps (via Carl Lewis).
read full story

Posted in: by bubblejam at 05:56 PM | Comments (0) | Email This Entry

Pesticides linked to honeybee decline

Damian Carrington
The Guardian

The first study conducted in a natural environment has shown that systemic pesticides damage bees' ability to navigate

Common crop pesticides have been shown for the first time to seriously harm bees by damaging their renowned ability to navigate home.
read full story

Posted in: by bubblejam at 05:54 PM | Comments (0) | Email This Entry

CEO Pay: Money Well Earned?

Salvatore Babones
Truthout

The 21st century has been a terrible century so far for US stock markets. Adjusted for inflation, all major stock market indices (Dow Jones, S&P 500, NASDAQ, Russell 3000) have been flat or down since the turn of the millennium.

Stock markets in general have been moving sideways since the 1990s. There's been lots of volatility, but not a lot of gain.
read full story

Posted in: by bubblejam at 05:51 PM | Comments (0) | Email This Entry

The Myth of Peak Oil

George Wuerthner
Counterpunch

Each time there is a short-term shortage of oil or the price begins to rise, there is talk of running out of affordable oil, an idea captured by the concept of Peak Oil.

Peak Oil is the theoretical point when the maximum rate of oil production is reached and after that time enters into a terminal decline.
read full story

Posted in: by bubblejam at 05:43 PM | Comments (0) | Email This Entry

Scientists collaborate with Buddhists: Meditation a big help for emotional issues

KiPnews

Schoolteachers who underwent a short but intensive program of meditation were less depressed, anxious or stressed – and more compassionate and aware of others’ feelings, according to a UCSF-led study that blended ancient meditation practices with the most current scientific methods for regulating emotions.

Teachers who practiced meditation in a short yet intensive program were more calm and compassionate, according to a new study led by UCSF.
read full story

Posted in: by bubblejam at 05:33 PM | Comments (0) | Email This Entry

Apple's factories in China are breaking employment laws, audit finds

Juliette Garside
The Guardian

Foxconn pledges more staff and living wage after public investigation reveals long hours, low pay and safety failings

An audit of Apple's Chinese factories details "serious and pressing" concerns over excessive working hours, unpaid overtime, health and safety failings, and management interference in trade unions.
read full story

Posted in: by bubblejam at 05:29 PM | Comments (0) | Email This Entry

Why the Right to Water Is Under Attack

Shiney Varghese
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

World leaders are trying to roll back momentum that would instill the right to water as an essential human right.

Last week, even as the world celebrated World Water Day, some countries at the United Nations were trying to remove the reference to the “right to water” from a document that will guide the international development path in the coming decade.
read full story

Posted in: by bubblejam at 05:26 PM | Comments (0) | Email This Entry

Organized Money From Cities, Unions and Churches Moving Out of Big Banks

Yana Kunichoff
Truthout

It's getting expensive these days to be a bad citizen in America, if you're a major bank.

A growing number of cities around the country have passed, introduced or drafted responsible banking ordinances that hit big financial institutions where it hurts most - the pocketbook.
read full story

Posted in: by bubblejam at 05:23 PM | Comments (0) | Email This Entry

FBI Taught Agents They Could ‘Bend or Suspend the Law’

Spencer Ackerman
Wired

The FBI taught its agents that they could sometimes “bend or suspend the law” in their hunt for terrorists and criminals.

Other FBI instructional material, discovered during a months-long review of FBI counterterrorism training, warned agents against shaking hands with “Asians” and said Arabs were prone to “Jekyll & Hyde temper tantrums.”
read full story

Posted in: by bubblejam at 05:21 PM | Comments (0) | Email This Entry

Chocolate 'can help keep you slim'

John von Radowitz
Independent

Far from piling on the pounds, a chocolate habit can help keep you slim, new research suggests.

Just in time for Easter, scientists have announced the discovery every chocolate lover has been waiting for.
read full story

Posted in: by bubblejam at 05:19 PM | Comments (0) | Email This Entry