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.


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


Bombing Food Stamps, Feeding Bombs by John LaForge


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


Concentrations of warming gases break record By Matt McGrath


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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