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September 21, 2016

Is Your Media Skewed?

Larry Atkins has been around the media for a long time and has a new book out called “Skewed” which rips into the biases that are inherent in media. We all know it is there but to what extent?

Who do we trust and where can we get our information? The answer is “it’s complicated” but this media veteran takes us on a tour of what to look for and how to avoid being herded by the “influences” that are driving our consumption of information.

Original story with transcripts can be found at www.theurbanmonk.com

 

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September 20, 2016

Turning Garbage Into Energy

Overflowing Landfills

Sara El Yafi grew up in Lebanon. Its a tiny country (the size of Connecticut) with 6.5 million people and very little useable land. For years, people would come by and pick up the garbage and nobody thought anything of it. Then things changed.

It turns out, the company that had the contract to take the trash away was stuffing trash into an already-full landfill for several years after it was supposed to be closed and capped off. There was no room so why pick up trash if you’ve got nowhere to put it?

The result– stinky streets and pissed off residents.

The Solution:

Sara, he granddaughter of one of Lebanon’s [...]

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June 21, 2016

Freedom From High-Cost Healthcare -Tom Blue

An Alternative To The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is challenging what Americans believe about charity, community, healthcare, and the proper role of government. It was meant to deal with a broken and inadequate safety net for people needing healthcare. Many people believe that it is failing at this job. Part of the problem is that we are dealing with something that is more aptly termed the ‚ÄúSick Care System.”

Few people would argue that a humane society must provide healthcare for those who are unable to provide it for themselves.  Consensus falls apart when you ask people whether the ACA achieved that. Many people are finding that their [...]

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November 12, 2015

World Water Conditions Explained With John Lambie

John Lambie is a licensed civil engineer in California, Oregon, and Washington states, a Professional Geologist and Engineering Geologist in California, and a Certified Water Rights Examiner in Oregon. He has evaluated and modeled groundwater at the basin scale and site scale for a wide variety of water resource projects. The projects have ranged from municipal and industrial supply planning and evaluation, to water supply for habitat areas. He has also worked on characterization and remediation of hazardous chemicals in soil and water under the federal Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, CERLCA, RCRA, NEPA, and correlative state laws.

John Lambie joins Pedram [...]

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