I promise not to do this too often, but from time to time, I want to share with you some articles I found to be informative, interesting, and relevant to being an educated citizen of today.  I draw articles from many of the sources I read on a regular basis, and I believe you’ll enjoy these articles.  And, if that’s not enough to entice you, I’ve included some “potty humor” at the end (based on real science!)

I feel like most of these first articles tie together a lot of important themes that are very interconnected–and relevant for the Wisconsin reader because of the amount of poverty we have in this state.  I strongly believe that raising the minimum wage, expanding SNAP, and the availability of organic food (and access to fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, etc), is a way to pull people out of poverty, as they eat better, need less healthcare, and have the income to support their family.

Further down, you’ll find an article that’s really a gas!  A big congratulations to Earth on it’s new record on climate warming gases.  Speaking of toxic, you’ll find a new Swiss study of Yasser Arafat and his political assassination using radioactive materials.  Lastly, a couple of fun Wisconsin articles about Sand Fracking and our Dear Governor, Scott Walker.

Enjoy.

How to Cut Poverty in Half in Ten Years by Greg Kaufmann

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/05

Bombing Food Stamps, Feeding Bombs by John LaForge

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/06-5

Too Poor for Organic? Raise the Minimum Wage by Eric Holt-Giménez

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/06-2

Concentrations of warming gases break record By Matt McGrath

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24833148

Exclusive: Swiss study says polonium found in Arafat’s bones By David Poort and Ken Silverstein http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/11/6/swiss-study-poloniumfoundinarafatasbones.html

As Wisconsin opens arms to frac sand industry, Minnesota ponders statewide regulations by Mike Ivey http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/writers/mike_ivey/as-wisconsin-opens-arms-to-frac-sand-industry-minnesota-ponders/article_4bc91afe-459d-11e3-baab-001a4bcf887a.html

There’s a New Secret Investigation Roiling Wisconsin’s Turbulent Politics By Andy Kroll http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/11/scott-walker-wisconsin-john-doe-recall-election

Ok…this might not meet “lofty goals criteria,” but if you’re a man, and you’ve ever been in hot water because of your aim, read this!

Physicists probe urination ‘splashback’ problem By James Morgan    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24820279

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