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Proponents of legal marijuana in California, like Oaksterdam University founder Richad Lee, say that, among other benefits, legalization woud cut the financial burden placed on taxpayers by a prison system crowded with inmates convicted of petty drug crimes. The California Correctional Peace Officers' Association, however, sees things a little differently.
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Global warming may soon make it harder to grow wine grapes (as discussed in this episode of A Minute of Your Time), but right now wine production is at a near high and the world is flush with new wineries. Tomorrow, we'll present our latest episode of Little Green Shoots with A.J. Fairbanks, general Manager of the Hyde de Villain winery in Napa Valley. But for now watch this teaser, where A.J. divulges some tricks of the trade.
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There's three little words that Congress doesn't like to say too loudly: Medicare's going broke. With a current deficit of $38 trillion (projected to be $52 trillion by 2015), Medicare is rapidly becoming the elephant in the legislative chamber. Trouble is, while both parties claim to be the one to "preserve medicare", neither seems very eager to tackle the problem. Medicare Part A (that pays for hospital bills, among other things) runs out in 2017, so they might want to get moving.
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The dirty little word that Congress doesn't like to say when discussing healthcare is the same word that drives increasing health insurance premiums: costs. So as the American people are forced to shoulder the burden of expensive medical procedures for other people, the question arises: does Granda REALLY need that new hip? Or that bottle of Viagra? Thanks to Medicare, your sky high insurance premuims pay for both.
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The dairy industry in the United States is facing the worst crisis since the great depression, and while government efforts to bail out small dairy famers have helped, they can't save everyone. One small dairy operation Congress missed is the Iwig Family Dairy in Tecumseh, Kansas, a family-run business that has been around since 1910. But where government failed, community succeeded...
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All those lovely gadgets that make our lives so fun - mp3 players, hybrid cars, plasma screen tvs - all require the same basic ingredient: rare earths, so named because they're hard to find in large quantities. And the world's biggest source - China - has lately decided to hang on to its supply. So the question is, where will the rest of us look? The answer might be Greenland.
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Icecaps may melt, oceans may rise, habitats may be destroyed, and people the world over will have to adjust to climate change, but there's one industry for whom this will all be business as usual: the insurance industry. Even now, AIG is preparing a comprehensive strategy for life after climate change, because when all those beach houses are washed away in tsunamis, insurers don't want to have to foot the bill.
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Phthalates, that nasty little byproduct of petroleum production, is a chemical found in, well, just about everything. Few would call it a healthy thing to put in one's body, but without government oversight, there's little to stop the oil and gas industry from making sure our products are rich in phthalatey goodness. Unfortanately, phthalates have also been linked to numerous health problems, not least of which concern the male reproductive system. You know...size.