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Study on hemp published by Reason.org
May, 2008

Research Shows Hemp Can Fight Heart Disease
Oct. 2007

Soy's New Competition - Hemp
L.A. Times - May, 2007

Promising Research Into Hemp as Energy Source in Finland
Helsinki Sanomat - May, 2007

Inventors of Hemp Ice Cream - The Andermans - Living Green Before Their Time
Toronto Star - May, 2007

Oil Company Targeted for Rights Abuse
By Seth Stern, Christian Science Monitor - 10/4/03
To make way for a natural gas pipeline, the Burmese military displaced whole villages a decade ago, forced residents to work against their will, and allegedly raped or murdered some who refused. Today a lawsuit against Unocal tests whether big global firms can be sued for aiding regimes, such as Burma, labeled as human-rights violators.
160,000 Said Dying Yearly from Global Warming
By Alister Doyle, Reuters - 9/30/03
MOSCOW (Reuters) - About 160,000 people die every year from side-effects of global warming ranging from malaria to malnutrition and the numbers could almost double by 2020, a group of scientists said on Tuesday. The study, by scientists at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said children in developing nations seemed most vulnerable.

Sierra Glaciers in Rapid Retreat
By Usha Lee McFarling - LA Times - 10/12/2003
At the same time, ice slabs at Mt. Shasta have grown. A warming trend is responsible for both developments, researchers say. A new survey of glaciers in the Sierra Nevada shows the thick slabs of ice that have frosted many of the state's high peaks for the last thousand years are dramatically shrinking and, in some cases, disappearing altogether.

Report: Arctic Ice Shrinking Due to Global Warming
By Usha Lee McFarling, Reuters - 8/13/2003
Global warming will melt most of the Arctic icecap in summertime by the end of the century, a report showed Wednesday. The three-year international study indicated that ice around the North Pole had shrunk by 7.4 percent in the past 25 years with a record small summer coverage in September 2002.

Asthmatic Children React to 'Moderate' Pollution
By Maggie Fox, Reuters - 10/7/03
Children with severe asthma start suffering from symptoms even at what are now considered to be acceptable levels of air pollution, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. Ozone, created by traffic, industry and oil refining, among other processes, is the prime offender, the researchers write in this week's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association

Group: Cheney Task Force Eyed on Iraq Oil
By H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press - 7/18/2003
Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force appeared to have some interest in early 2001 in Iraq's oil industry, including which foreign companies were pursuing business there, according to documents released Friday by a private watchdog group.

Study: Pot Doesn't Cause Permanent Brain Damage
By Deena Beasley, Reuters - 6/27/03
Smoking marijuana will certainly affect perception, but it does not cause permanent brain damage, researchers from the University of California at San Diego said on Friday in a study.

Traffic Pollution Linked to Severe Asthma Attacks
By Patricia Reaney, Reuters - 6/5/03
Asthmatic children exposed to traffic pollution before getting a viral infection have more serious asthma attacks, doctors said on Friday.

Tight Neckties Linked to Glaucoma Risk
From Reuters - 6/28/03
Men should think twice about how tight they wear a necktie because it could increase their chances of developing glaucoma, a group of serious eye diseases.

CA Court Accepts Medical Pot Use
By Maura Dolan, LA Times - 7/19/02
A patient who grows or smokes marijuana for personal health reasons, with a doctor's OK, cannot be prosecuted in state court, California justices rule.

Danger in Plastic Baby Bottles?
By Daniel DeNoon, WebMD Medical News - 3/31/2003
A chemical used in plastic baby bottles -- and many other food and beverage containers -- causes genetic damage in mice, a new study suggests. But the plastics industry says there is no cause for alarm.

Pollution Stigma Sticking to DuPont's Teflon
PRNewswire - 4/4/03
EWG Scientists Release First Comprehensive Review on Hazardous Chemicals Used to Make Teflon, Scotchgard, Stainmaster, Gore-Tex, Other Popular Products

Few Takers for CD Settlement Cash
By Renee Koury, Associated Press - 2/28/2003
Suppose someone was handing out $20 bills and almost nobody wanted one? That's roughly what's happening with a massive price-fixing settlement involving states and compact disc companies.

White House Was Warned of Shuttle Safety
By Randall Mikkelsen, Reuters - 2/3/2003
A former NASA safety official wrote to President Bush (news - web sites) last year to warn of "another catastrophic space shuttle accident," but Bush did not see the letter and the writer's plea was rejected, the White House said on Monday.

Nine States Sue Bush Administration on Clean-Air Rules
By Chris Baltimore, Reuters - 12/31/2002
Nine Northeastern U.S. states sued the Bush administration on Tuesday over its decision to relax clean-air rules to help coal-fired power plants and other industrial facilities avoid costly pollution controls.

Africa Eclipsed in 2002 U.S. Media Coverage, Says Report
By Jim Lobe, OneWorld US - 12/30/2002
Urgent stories of humanitarian crises that claimed or threatened the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Africa and other war-torn regions around the world were pushed off the United States international news agenda in 2002 by the U.S.-led "war on terrorism," according to a year-end report by the international medical aid group, Doctors Without Borders.

Will the U.S. reap what it has sown? Byrd asks
By Paul J. Nyden, The Charleston Gazette - 9/27/2002
“We have a paper trail,” Byrd said. “We not only know that Iraq has biological weapons, we know the type, the strain, and the batch number of the germs that may have been used to fashion those weapons. We know the dates they were shipped and the addresses to which they were shipped.

“We have in our hands the equivalent of a Betty Crocker cookbook of ingredients that the U.S. allowed Iraq to obtain and that may well have been used to concoct biological weapons.”

Bush Administration Rule Could Increase Air Pollution
By Cat Lazaroff, Environment News Service - 10/24/02
Air pollution from refineries and factories would increase under new air pollution rules being prepared by the Bush administration, two studies suggest. The studies were commissioned by the Environmental Integrity Project, a group headed by former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcement chief Eric Schaeffer.

U.S. Air Pollution Raises Cancer Risk
Environment News Service - 10/4/02
Americans face a one in 2,100 risk of developing cancer in their lifetimes from breathing pollutants in the outdoor air, a new report warns. Outdoor air pollution is almost 500 times greater than the health protective standard established in the Clean Air Act, according to an analysis of EPA air toxics data released Thursday by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG). About 89 percent of this added cancer risk is from the soot released by diesel powered trucks, buses, and construction and farm equipment, the report shows.

U.S. Appeals Court Okays Suit Against Unocal for Abuses in Myanmar
By Jim Lobe, OneWorld US - 9/19/02
In a major boost for human rights and corporate accountability activists, a federal appeals court has ruled that oil giant Unocal can be sued for forced labor, rape, and murder committed by government soldiers in charge of security for a major gas pipeline project in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).

Scientists Seek to Cut Biofuel Price to Expand Use
By Eric Onstad, Reuters
Output of biofuel made from crops such as soybeans and rapeseed is surging in Europe and the United States, but researchers are probing how to expand beyond a limited market by cutting prices and boosting performance.

CA Court Accepts Medical Pot Use
By Maura Dolan, LA Times - 7/19/02
A patient who grows or smokes marijuana for personal health reasons, with a doctor's OK, cannot be prosecuted in state court, California justices rule.

Melting Alaskan Glaciers Raise Sea Level
By Maggie Fox, Reuters - 7/19/02
Alaska's glaciers are melting so badly that they are raising the world's overall sea level more than any other single source, scientists said on Friday.

Cosmetics Full of Suspect Chemicals, Group Says
By Maggie Fox, Reuters - 7/10/02
Cosmetics ranging from perfume to hair gel contain chemicals shown to cause birth defects in animals, a group that lobbies on health issues said on Wednesday.

World Seen Facing Slump as Natural Resources Run Out
By Robert Evans, Reuters - 7/9/02
Humanity is heading for a sharp drop in living standards by the middle of the century unless it stops its massive depletion of the Earth's natural resources, according to a report issued Tuesday. "The U.S. government in particular seems completely insensitive to some of the consequences of what it is doing," WWF Director-General Claude Martin told a news conference.

Bush Slashing Aid for E.P.A. Cleanup at 33 Toxic Sites
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE, The New York Times - 6/30/02
The Bush administration has designated 33 toxic waste sites in 18 states for cuts in financing under the Superfund cleanup program, according to a new report to Congress by the inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency. The cuts, imposed because the cleanup fund is hundreds of millions of dollars short of the amount needed to keep the program on schedule, mean that work is likely to grind to a halt on some of the most seriously polluted sites in the country, confronting the surrounding communities with new uncertainty over when the work will resume, how quickly it will proceed and who will pay for it.

Britain to Relax Marijuana Laws
By Warren Hoge, New York Times - 7/10/02
Britain said today that it would relax its laws on marijuana smoking, keeping the use of the drug theoretically illegal but no longer arresting people using it in discreet amounts in private.

Earth First! Pair Win Jury Award: FBI, violated their rights in car-bombing case.
By Bettina Boxall and Karen Alexander
Ending a two-month trial and handing Earth First! activist Judi Bari a posthumous vindication, a federal jury awarded $2.9 million to her estate Tuesday after finding FBI agents and Oakland police officers violated her civil rights in their handling of a car-bombing investigation 12 years ago.

Enron Memos Show California Power Trading Schemes
By Chris Baltimore, Reuters - 5/6/02
California's two senators called for a criminal probe into Enron Corp.'s trading activities on Monday after Federal energy regulators released documents describing how the bankrupt energy giant used trading strategies with names like "Death Star" and "Fat Boy" to manipulate electricity supplies and boost profits in the state.

'Big Oil' Eyed in Gas Price Blame Game
By Grant McCool - 5/11/02

Is "Big Oil" holding American car owners and businesses over a barrel by boosting gasoline prices every spring and summer for peak driving season? The sudden price increases have become an annual event that consumer groups blame on the industry and companies blame on environmental laws mandating expensive fuels -- but this time, federal regulators say they're taking sharp aim at the problem.

IMF and World Bank told to stop peddling Discredited Policies
By Charlotte Denny and Larry Elliott - 6/19/02
More than 100 million people in the world's poorest countries will be dragged below the basic subsistence level of a dollar a day by 2015 as they become ensnared in globalization's poverty trap, the UN warned yesterday.

Complaint Prompts CIA to Curb Cookies
Here's one for the Fun With News section. I'm sure all of us worried about the unquestioned rebirth of COINTELPRO targeting innocent drug users are just paranoid Communists. It will be noted in your files.

The New Power Project: Artists Unite for Renewable Resources
The Senate is set to begin debating the Energy Bill TODAY. Please send a fax to your senators urging them to pass a bill that emphasizes energy efficiency and renewable energy and keeps the oil industry out of the Arctic Refuge.

Canadian Firm Plans to Sue U.S. Over Hemp Ban
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian hemp grower and processor Kenex Ltd. said on Monday it will sue the U.S. government for C$20 million ($12.7 million) under the North American Free Trade Agreement for stopping the company from selling its hemp food products in the United States.

The Search for Justice
By Zed B. Starkovich- 10/15/01
What do we do now? How do we find justice and protect ourselves in the future? Do we continue to relentlessly bomb the starving and oppressed people of Afghanistan until their oppressors, the Taliban, give up? Is there a better way to win the 'War on Terrorism' than by asking American children to help feed starving Afghani children while our military kills their starving Afghani parents?

An Ancient Alternative to Oil
By Zed B. Starkovich - 10/25/01
The ONLY way our past foreign policy, and present war, can be justified is if we accept the fundamental premise that WE NEED OIL TO SURVIVE. We must believe that oil is our only source of energy and without it civilization as we know it would collapse. In order to justify more "precision bombing" and selling weapons to terrorists, we must believe that protecting our oil-based economy is the same as protecting the people of America. But its all a lie. WE DON'T NEED OIL AND NEVER HAVE.

New Drug Czar: Old Methods
From the Marijuana Policy Project - 10/3/01
Bush's nomination for Drug Czar promises a return to the good old days of paranoia and prohibition. Why help the people of America when we can lock them up and destroy their families for fun and profit?

Missing the Oil Story
By Nina Burleigh for TomPaine.com - 10/12/01
Nina Burleigh has written for The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and New York magazine. As a reporter for TIME, she was among the first American journalists to enter Iraq after the Gulf War.

A Dance of Deception
By Don Trent Jacobs - 2/20/ 01
A leading Native American scholar and educator says the federal raid on Alex White Plume's hemp crop is yet another manifestation of the US government's two-faced policy toward Indians.