Robert Redford Calls Alberta Oil ‘The Dirtiest Oil On The Planet’ In New Anti-Keystone XL Video (VIDEO)

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Robert Redford Calls Alberta Oil ‘The Dirtiest Oil On The Planet’ In New Anti-Keystone XL Video (VIDEO)
Robert Redford is calling Alberta oil “the dirtiest oil on the planet.”

Just days after singer Neil Young publicly denounced the Alberta oilsands, Redford appears in a video attack on the Keystone XL pipeline as part of a new climate change campaign.

The video is just one of several put out Monday by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on DemandCleanPower.org, an activist website aimed at collecting petition signatures against the Keystone XL pipeline.

“Developing the Canadian tarsands is destroying our great northern forest at a terrifying rate. It is producing enough carbon pollution to wreak havoc with our climate for decades to come. And the pipelines that carry this toxic tarsands fuel are a direct threat to our own drinking water supplies,” Redford, a longtime anti-oilsands activist, says in the video.

He adds that Alberta oil is, “great for oil companies, but it is killing our planet.”

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Redford is well known for his on-going crusade against Calgary-based TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline.

In 2011 he appeared in a three-minute video on the New York Times’ website, speaking out against the pipeline that, if built, would travel through several U.S. states.

Redford has also written at length about the destruction he believes the pipeline would cause in a series of blog posts for The Huffington Post.

“We already know that tar sands development causes more carbon pollution than conventional oil. And now a slew of experts from industry insiders to financial analysts all agree that the Keystone XL is the linchpin for Big Oil’s plan to more than triple tar sands production over the next 20 years — and the climate disruption that will follow,” he wrote in a post published today.

“…The Obama administration can help North America solve our climate problem is by rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and calling on the Canadian government to cap tar sands production,” he continues.

Celebrities Carole King, Juila Louis-Dreyfus and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., also recorded videos for NRDC’s campaign.

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“Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead,” reads the website’s call to action.

President Barack Obama has not decided whether to grant approval to the pipeline. The decision is likely to come sometime next year.

A Look At Colorado’s Catastrophic Flood, By The Numbers
As more rain continued to pound flood-ravaged Colorado over the weekend and with more expected to fall Monday, officials released damage assessments for the areas deeply affected by the historic and catastrophic flooding that has devastated thousands of square miles of Colorado.

Here’s a look at the official estimates as of Monday:

FATALITIES: 7

The official death toll rose to seven Monday, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management confirmed, after flooding continued through the weekend. It remains unclear if the new total includes two women who were reported as missing and presumed dead in Larimer County on Sunday.

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Flood waters have consumed a house along Hygiene Road east of North 61st street and west of Hygiene, CO on September 14, 2013. Massive flooding continues in Colorado. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)

NUMBER OF PEOPLE “UNACCOUNTED FOR”: 658

The number of people listed as “unaccounted for” by the state was lowered to 658 across Colorado, down from 1,253 over the weekend. However that number is approximate and is expected to change throughout the week.

The number of people on the list continued to grow over the weekend as people struggled to reach friends and family in flooded areas who may or may not have access to a phone. And although that number is high, many are expected to be accounted for in the coming days. “We don’t expect to find 1,254 fatalities,” Micki Trost, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, told USA Today Sunday.

During an appearance on “Good Morning America,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said that he hopes the majority of people unaccounted for are “safe and sound,” but that authorities do expect the death toll to rise.

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A field of parked cars and trucks sits partially submerged near Greeley, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, as debris-filled rivers flooded into towns and farms miles from the Rockies. Hundreds of roads, farms and businesses in the area have been damaged or destroyed by the floodwaters. (AP Photo/John Wark)

EVACUATIONS: 11,750

A total of 11,750 people have been evacuated from the 17 counties affected by flooding.

More than 2,100 stranded people and 500 pets have been already been evacuated via helicopter. Local, state and federal emergency responders have been working together in relief efforts.

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In this handout provided by the U.S. National Guard, Colorado Army National Guardsmen respond to flooding September 12, 2013 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/U.S. National Guard via Getty Images)

HOMES DAMAGED AND DESTROYED: 17,994 damaged, 1,502 destroyed

Emergency officials count 17,994 residential structures as damaged from the flooding with 1,502 destroyed.

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A house lays completely demolished in what was the path of the recent floods that have destroyed the town of Jamestown, CO on September 14, 2013. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)

BRIDGES DESTROYED: 30

Floods have destroyed more than 30 bridges around Colorado and another 20 have been reported as seriously damaged, The Denver Post reports.

The Colorado Department of Transportation expects that count to go up higher.

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The floods have taken out huge portions of James Canyon Drive east and west of Jamestown, CO on September 15, 2013. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)

SHELTER POPULATION: 528

The shelter population across the state reached 528 over the weekend with 36 total shelters open.

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Local residents look at the damage along Topaz Street September 13, 2013 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

SCOPE OF DISASTER: 17 counties, 200 miles of Colorado (north to south), 2,380 square miles

Catastrophic flooding has affected 17 counties — an almost 200 mile stretch of Colorado from north to south and impacting at least 2,380 square miles — including: Boulder, El Paso, Larimer, Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Fremont, Jefferson, Logan, Morgan, Pueblo, Washington, Weld, Sedgewick, Otero and Archuelta counties.

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A floating tank leaks an unknown fluid on flooded farm Weld County Colorado Saturday morning, September 14, 2103. (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

RAINFALL:

Boulder area: 18+ inches since Wednesday.

Aurora area: 15+ inches since Wednesday.

Golden area: 11+ inches since Wednesday.

Colorado Springs area: 11+ inches since Wednesday

Fort Collins area: 7+ inches since Wednesday.

Denver area: 6+ inches since Wednesday.

For perspective, 7News’ meteorologist Mike Nelson reported that an inch of rain is equivalent to about 10-12 inches of snow, meaning that areas like Boulder which received nearly 20 inches of rain would have received 16-20 feet of snow.

Totals via the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.

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Local residents look over a road washed out by a torrent of water following overnight flash flooding near Left Hand Canyon, south of Lyons, Colo., Thursday, Sept 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

RESOURCES:

Colorado emergency officials encourage anyone who has been evacuated and has not yet been able to make contact with family or friends yet to register at SafeAndWell.org to let loved ones know you are safe. Families and friends are also encouraged to check on loved ones at SafeAndWell.org.

To help those affected by disasters like floods, text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or visit ColoradoRedCross.org.

ScienceDaily: Dieting and Weight Control News
Stress during gestation causes a predisposition to the development of pathologies in adulthood
The intrauterine environment plays an important role in the health of the offspring. Now, experts from the affirm that the mother’s stress, due to socio-economic or psycho-social causes, is associated with the development of pathologies related with obesity.

Diet is associated with risk of depression
A healthy diet may reduce the risk of severe depression, according to a prospective follow-up study of more than 2,000 men. In addition, weight loss in the context of a lifestyle intervention was associated with a reduction in depressive symptoms.

Bariatric surgery restores nerve cell properties altered by diet
Understanding how gastric bypass surgery changes the properties of nerve cells that help regulate the digestive system could lead to new treatments that produce the same results without surgery, according to scientists who have shown how surgery restores some properties of nerve cells that tell people their stomachs are full.

The skinny on cocaine
Chronic cocaine use may reduce the body’s ability to store fat, new research suggests.

Psychological effects of genetic testing for risk of weight gain
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Healthy Living – The Huffington Post
12 Awesome Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar doesn’t sound like much, and it doesn’t look like much either. Vinegar is vinegar, right? In this case, wrong.

Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apple cider in a two-step process. First, apple juice is fermented into alcohol, and then the alcohol is fermented into vinegar. Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar contains mother of vinegar, similar to the scoby found in kombucha.

This ingredient can be used the same way as other vinegars — it’s great as a component of homemade salad dressings, for example. But some people get a bit more extreme than that, drinking it as a tonic or even taking it straight because of its purported health effects. Some of the claims of the ingredient’s benefits are overblown, but there are still many reasons to bring a bottle of apple cider vinegar into your pantry. Here are 12 of them, from the top of your head to Fido’s furry paws:

Hair: Apple cider vinegar isn’t just good for your insides — it also makes a great rinse for your hair, adding extra body and shine. Put a cup of water and a 1/2 tablespoon of the vinegar in an old shampoo bottle, and pour through your hair after shampooing a few times a week. Some shampoos even include apple cider vinegar in the formula, like Live Clean’s clarifying shampoo.

Skin: The vinegar can help to balance the pH of your skin — use a mixture of one part of the vinegar to two parts water as a toner.

Dandruff: Combining the first two benefits, give apple cider vinegar a try if you’re plagued by dandruff. Mix equal parts vinegar and water, and spritz it on your hair and scalp. Then wrap your head in a towel, leave it for 15 to 60 minutes, and rinse the vinegar out. Repeat a few times a week.

Sunburn: Skimped on the sunscreen? Now you know better for next time! But right now, you can ease the burn of sunburn with apple cider vinegar. Pour a bath—not too hot!—and add a cup of vinegar, then soak for 10 minutes.

Acetic Acid: There’s some research showing that acetic acid — found in apple cider vinegar — can help with weight loss when taken on a daily and sustained basis. And it’s been anecdotally promoted for weight loss for years. It’s not a silver bullet, but drinking some apple cider vinegar mixed with water is recommended by some as a weight-loss tonic.

Go Alkaline: Remember how we told you that apple cider vinegar can help balance the chemistry of your skin? It might be able to do the same for your insides. Some believe that an acidic body environment is bad for your health, and that apple cider vinegar can help you achieve a more alkaline state. Another possible benefit of adding it to your diet where you can!

Heartburn: Feeling that telltale tightness in your chest? Give apple cider vinegar a try for heartburn. Some believe that a teaspoon of the vinegar, followed by a bottle of water, down the gullet can give you some relief.

Fleas: Your four-legged family members can benefit from apple cider vinegar as well. If you’ve got a problem with fleas, try a spray of one part vinegar and one part water to send them packing.

Cleaning: Just as you can clean with plain white vinegar, you can get your place sparking with apple cider vinegar too. Make an all-purpose cleaner with the vinegar — one part vinegar to two parts water, and perhaps a few drops of tea tree oil for antibacterial qualities — and get that fall cleaning done.

Diabetes: This one needs more research, but there is some preliminary evidence that apple cider vinegar can be healthy for diabetics — studies have shown that vinegar may lower blood sugar levels. However, vinegar has chromium, which can affect insulin levels, so anyone thinking of taking apple cider vinegar in an attempt to help manage their disease should definitely speak with their physician beforehand.

Potassium: Even if you don’t believe it’s a cure-all, adding apple cider vinegar to your diet seems harmless enough. However, if you have low potassium levels, you should speak with your doctor before consuming it in large quantities, as it could effect levels of that nutrient.

Detox: Some believe that apple cider vinegar has natural detoxifying effects — the evidence is mostly anecdotal right now, but it’s believed that consuming it throughout the day is good for your kidneys.

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Deaths Are Common, Report Finds
ATLANTA — For the first time, the government is estimating how many people die from drug-resistant bacteria each year – more than 23,000, or about as many as those killed annually by flu.

The figure was released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to spotlight the growing threat of germs that are hard to treat because they’ve become resistant to drugs. Finally estimating the problem sends “a very powerful message,” said Dr. Helen Boucher, a Tufts University expert and spokeswoman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. “We’re facing a catastrophe.”

Antibiotics like penicillin and streptomycin first became widely available in the 1940s, and today dozens are used to kill or suppress the bacteria behind illnesses ranging from strep throat to the plague. The drugs are considered one of the greatest advances in the history of medicine, and have saved countless lives.

But as decades passed, some antibiotics stopped working against the bugs they previously vanquished. Experts say their overuse and misuse have helped make them less effective.

In a new report, the CDC tallied the toll of the 17 most worrisome drug-resistant bacteria. The result: Each year, more than 2 million people develop serious infections and at least 23,000 die.

Of those, the staph infection MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, kills about 11,000, and a new superbug kills about 600. That bacteria withstand treatment with antibiotics called carbapenems – considered one of the last lines of defense against hard-to-treat bugs.

Germs like those have prompted health officials to warn that if the situation gets much worse, it could make doctors reluctant to do surgery or treat cancer patients if antibiotics won’t protect their patients from getting infections.

“If we’re not careful, the medicine chest will be empty” when doctors need infection-fighting drugs, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.

It’s not clear that the problem is uniformly growing worse for all bugs. Some research suggests, for example, that MRSA rates may have plateaued.

But CDC officials and others are using the report to press doctors and hospitals to do more to prevent the spread of infections and to more wisely prescribe antibiotics. Experts say as many as half of all antibiotics are not used correctly or are prescribed for the wrong thing – for example, they don’t work against flu or colds.

The CDC report warned that misuse creates other problems, too. One is the rise of a nasty strain of intestinal bug called Clostridium difficile, or C-diff. It flourishes in the gut when other bacteria are killed off by antibiotics, and is linked to 14,000 deaths annually.

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Online:

CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/threat-report-2013/

Good News – The Huffington Post
How To Pull Others Closer And Feel Better Together
Sharing good news generates three nourishing benefits.

You boost happiness and inclination towards acting in good will in yourself and in those who see the story, plus you shine in the reflected glow of the story you share. As creating and sharing good news becomes a habit you may move beyond the momentary hedonic highs to a more enduring mood of eudaimonia.

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