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Undernews is the online report of the Progressive Review, edited by Sam Smith, who covered Washington during all or part of one quarter of America's presidencies and edited alternative journals since 1964. The Review has been on the web since 1995. See main page for full contents

July 13, 2009

BREVITAS

JUST POLITICS

Latest GOP poll by Rasmussen: 25% Romney, 24% Palin, 22% Huckabee 14%, Gingrich, 1% Barbour, 1% Pawlenty

POLICE BLOTTER

The Denton Record in Texas
reports that a man walked out on a $200 tattooing bill after his credit card was declined. The tattoo: "Only God can judge me."

THE MIX

NAACP DEBATES ITS ROLE

CLICHE CHALLENGE

Big recent winners in our Cliche Challenge are infrastructure - now the fourth most used cliche at 49 million hits in the last month - and stimulus at a more modest 8 million. Other upward bound cliches are move on and leverage. The one piece of good news is that strategic partner seems to be on its way down.

ECO CLIPS

Tree Hugger -
Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have just completed a rigorous study and the analysis uncovered the single dirtiest, most imperiled coastal ecosystem on earth -- right here in the USA. Beating out the sludge-filled Mekong and the polluted Ganges delta, the mouth of the Mississippi River has been anointed the most disgusting--and most endangered--coastal habitat in the world. . . According to the Environmental News Service: "The nutrient runoff from upstream farms that flows down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico is responsible for the most tainted coastal ecosystem in the world. These nutrients have led to a persistent dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico caused by an overgrowth of algae that feeds on the nutrients and takes up most of the oxygen in the water, depriving other marine organisms of the oxygen they need to survive."


Tree Hugger
- A new study by researchers from West Virginia University and Washington State University shows that illness and premature death in coal mining regions far outweigh any economic benefits. The researchers found that though coal mining brought in about $8 billion to the state coffers of Appalachian states, the costs of the shorter life-spans associated with coal mining operations were nearly $17 billion to $84.5 billion. Coal mining areas in Appalachia were found to have nearly 11,000 more deaths each year than other places in the nation, with 2,300 of those attributable to environmental factors such as air and water pollution.

GREAT THOUGHTS OF JOHN MCCAIN

I don't think she quit. I think she changed her priorities. - John McCain on Sarah Palin

FURTHERMORE . . . .

Video taken on the boat
"Spirit of Humanity" of Israeli Navy approach and threat before capture of Cynthia McKinney and Free Gaza.

Reuters
- We all know that walking and texting is a tough combination -- but a Staten Island teen learned the hard way when she fell into an uncovered sewer manhole while trying to send a message. Now, the family of Alexa Longueira, 15, intends to sue.

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