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Red Meat’s Fat and Cholesterol Aren’t Its Only Heart Dangers


(Bloomberg) The fat and cholesterol found in a steak may not be the only components bad for the heart, according to researchers who have found another substance in red meat that can clog the arteries.

The substance is called carnitine, and as bacteria in the gut breaks it down, it turns into compound known to harden arteries, according to a study published today in Nature Medicine. What’s more, people who eat a lot of meat allow more of the bacteria that convert carnitine to the harmful compound to grow, increasing its effect.

Previous research has shown that high levels of meat-eating are linked to cardiovascular risk, due in part to the saturated fats and cholesterol in meat. However, the higher levels of these ingredients aren’t enough to explain the difference in heart disease between meat eaters and vegans or vegetarians. Today’s study, which takes into account the differences in the stomach’s inhabitants, may begin to explain the difference.

“The bacteria living in our digestive tracts are dictated by our long-term dietary patterns,” said study author Stanley Hazen, the section head of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic, in a statement. “A diet high in carnitine actually shifts our gut microbe composition to those that like carnitine, making meat eaters even more susceptible.” ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-07/red-meat-s-fat-and-cholesterol-aren-t-its-only-heart-dangers.html



Richard Wolff: A Cure for Capitalism





Published on Mar 14, 2013

After five years of deepening crisis, failed "solutions," and aborted "recoveries," millions see a capitalist system no longer serving most Americans. It's time to demand a cure big and bold enough to work. Richard Wolff spoke on to hear that cure presented, explained, and justified. Instead of resignation to economic decline, come and help build real and positive change.


CT Sen. Chris Murphy: The NRA is a 'sideshow'


Connecticut senator calls NRA a ‘sideshow’

Sen. Chris Murphy talks about the momentum in Washington, D.C. for stricter gun laws, saying there are “no political ramifications” if senators okay background check. Murphy also shares his thoughts on the NRA.

Watch: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/jansing-and-co/51466775/#51466775



What Drives Us? Car Sharing Reflects Cultural Shift





(NPR) As car sharing continues to gain traction among American drivers, Car2Go is one company benefiting from the changing way we use cars.

Seattleite David Stewart doesn't own a car. Instead, the managing partner of a small social media company relies on for getting around.

He picks one up of the cars first thing in the morning in his neighborhood and drives to the local coffeehouse. He works for a couple of hours and when he's ready to visit a client, he grabs another car, which he finds on an app on his smartphone. He reserves a tiny two-passenger Smart car across the street.

He swipes his membership card in front of a reader on the windshield to get in the car. "Now it's confirming my account, and you wait until the car is unlocked and now we can get in and start driving," Stewart says. ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.npr.org/2013/04/08/176360666/what-drives-us-car-sharing-reflects-cultural-shift



100 Busiest Train Stations in the World (all but a few are in Japan)





The complete list is at: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/02/02/more-countries-join-the-new-list-of-100-busiest-train-stations-japan-still-claims-82-of-them/


1 Shinjuku (Tokyo, Japan)

2 Shibuya (Tokyo, Japan)

3 Ikebukuro (Tokyo, Japan)

4 Umeda-Osaka (Osaka, Japan)

5 Yokohama (Kanagawa, Japan)

6 Kita-Senju (Tokyo, Japan)

7 Nagoya (Aichi, Japan)

8 Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)

9 Shinagawa (Tokyo, Japan)

10 Takadanobaba (Tokyo, Japan)

.....(snip).....

24 Paris Nord (Paris, France)

25 Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan)

26 Machida (Tokyo, Japan)

27 Gare de Chatelet-Les Halles (Paris, France)

28 Kawasaki (Kanagawa, Japan)

29 Roma Termini (Rome, Italy)

30 Tamachi-Mita (Tokyo, Japan)

31 Kyobashi (Osaka, Japan)

32 Funabashi (Chiba, Japan)

33 Ayase (Tokyo, Japan)

34 Hamburg Central (Hamburg, Germany)


What Drives Us? Car Sharing Reflects Cultural Shift




(NPR) As car sharing continues to gain traction among American drivers, Car2Go is one company benefiting from the changing way we use cars.

Seattleite David Stewart doesn't own a car. Instead, the managing partner of a small social media company relies on for getting around.

He picks one up of the cars first thing in the morning in his neighborhood and drives to the local coffeehouse. He works for a couple of hours and when he's ready to visit a client, he grabs another car, which he finds on an app on his smartphone. He reserves a tiny two-passenger Smart car across the street.

He swipes his membership card in front of a reader on the windshield to get in the car. "Now it's confirming my account, and you wait until the car is unlocked and now we can get in and start driving," Stewart says. ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.npr.org/2013/04/08/176360666/what-drives-us-car-sharing-reflects-cultural-shift



Penn Station vs Madison Square Garden


Nearly half a century after Madison Square Garden was built atop Pennsylvania Station, time may be running out for "the world's most famous arena." On Wednesday, the Garden's operators go before the City Planning Commission to renew the special permit that allows them to run the facility in the heart of Manhattan. MSG executives fully expect the permit to be renewed in perpetuity. But suddenly, it looks like that might not happen.

After decades of complaints about increasingly cramped conditions in Penn Station, a loose coalition of civic groups, transit advocates and political leaders is gaining traction in its efforts to force the Garden to move so that the station down in its basement can expand. In recent weeks, an effort to limit the permit to 10 years has been embraced by a group snowballing in size, ranging from The New York Times editorial page to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and some powerful builders.

"It is an extraordinarily critical site in the city, and it cannot continue to be used as is," developer Jonathan Rose said. His cousin Joe Rose, the former city planning commissioner, also supports moving the Garden.

The commission, which sources said had been leaning toward simply rubber-stamping MSG's request, may yet decide to add a time stamp to it. Whatever happens, this could well become the most titanic contest the Garden has seen since Ali vs. Frazier went into the history books there in 1971. .........................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20130407/REAL_ESTATE/304079966



After years of planning, bus rapid transit begins taking shape in Grand Rapids



[font size="1"]Work on a new bus rapid transit station at the corner of Fulton Street and Ransom Avenue started on Monday, April 1. (Emily Zoladz | Mlive.com)[/font]


GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Ten years of planning. Ten years of patience and hoping, years marked by defeat and success alike. Now, finally, a tangible part of Grand Rapids' forthcoming $40-million bus rapid transit Silver Line is beginning to show.

Work began last week on the first of 33 stations that will line Division Avenue and several downtown thoroughfares, marking the start of construction on the 9.6-mile line between Wyoming and Grand Rapids.

Twenty-nine stations are slated for construction this year, with the remaining four scheduled to be built in spring 2014. The endeavor will cost $15.6 million, a total that includes street and sidewalk improvements, utility relocation, cement and what Rapid leaders said will be some impressive landscaping at some of the stations.

The expectations, in each the transportation and financial realms, are vast. Once operational in August 2014, it will be Michigan's first bus rapid transit line, so-called for shaving 40 percent off commute times over regular buses. Project leaders say it will spark economic investment. .....................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/04/after_years_of_planning_bus_ra.html




Bill McKibben: Is the Keystone XL Pipeline the “Stonewall” of the Climate Movement?


from TomDispatch:



Is the Keystone XL Pipeline the “Stonewall” of the Climate Movement?
And If So, Is That Terrible News?

By Bill McKibben


A few weeks ago, Time magazine called the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring some of the dirtiest energy on the planet from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast the “Selma and Stonewall” of the climate movement.

Which, if you think about it, may be both good news and bad news. Yes, those of us fighting the pipeline have mobilized record numbers of activists: the largest civil disobedience action in 30 years and 40,000 people on the mall in February for the biggest climate rally in American history. Right now, we’re aiming to get a million people to send in public comments about the “environmental review” the State Department is conducting on the feasibility and advisability of building the pipeline. And there’s good reason to put pressure on. After all, it’s the same State Department that, as on a previous round of reviews, hired “experts” who had once worked as consultants for TransCanada, the pipeline’s builder.

Still, let’s put things in perspective: Stonewall took place in 1969, and as of last week the Supreme Court was still trying to decide if gay people should be allowed to marry each other. If the climate movement takes that long, we’ll be rallying in scuba masks. (I’m not kidding. The section of the Washington Mall where we rallied against the pipeline this winter already has a big construction project underway: a flood barrier to keep the rising Potomac River out of downtown DC.)

It was certainly joyful to see marriage equality being considered by our top judicial body. In some ways, however, the most depressing spectacle of the week was watching Democratic leaders decide that, in 2013, it was finally safe to proclaim gay people actual human beings. In one weekend, Democratic senators Mark Warner of Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia figured out that they had “evolved” on the issue. And Bill Clinton, the greatest weathervane who ever lived, finally decided that the Defense of Marriage Act he had signed into law, boasted about in ads on Christian radio, and urged candidate John Kerry to defend as constitutional in 2004, was, you know, wrong. He, too, had “evolved,” once the polls made it clear that such an evolution was a safe bet. ...........................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175684/tomgram%3A_bill_mckibben%2C_how_do_you_solve_a_problem_like_the_democrats/#more



UK: Facebook now charges you for messages sent to celebrities and people you aren't friends with


(Independent UK) Facebook has started charging UK users up to £10 to send messages to celebrities and people they aren't friends with.

The social networking giant says the moves are to stop users being bombarded with messages from strangers.

Facebookers can still communicate with friends and people with whom they share mutual friends for free.

Those who want to contact non-friends can now either pay a fee of around 71p to send the message directly to a person’s inbox along with an automatic alert, or send the message for free to a less visible folder. Many Facebook users do not even know this other folder exists. .....................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/facebook-now-charges-you-for-messages-sent-to-celebrities-and-people-you-arent-friends-with-8563299.html



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