President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Into Law – American Civil Liberties Union :
President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today, allowing indefinite detention to be codified into law. As you know, the White House had threatened to veto an earlier version of the NDAA but reversed course shortly before Congress voted on the final bill…

Science News : Groundwater dropping globally – Satellites find supply falling mostly due to agriculture. Groundwater levels have dropped in many places across the globe over the past nine years, a pair of gravity-monitoring satellites finds. This trend raises concerns that farmers are pumping too much water out of the ground in dry regions…

Daily Mail UK : Carrots in the car park. Radishes on the roundabout. The deliciously eccentric story of the town growing ALL its own veg – Admittedly, it sounds like the most foolhardy of criminal capers, and one of the cheekiest, too. Outside the police station in the small Victorian mill town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, there are three large raised flower beds. If you’d visited a few months ago, you’d have found them overflowing with curly kale, carrot plants, lettuces, spring onions — all manner of vegetables and salad leaves…

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University of Michigan Special Collections Library : Radical Responses to the Great Depression – The Great Depression conjures up one of the profound American twentieth-century experiences. Unlike earlier depressions and periods of hard times, this economic paralysis was of a magnitude and duration that approached trauma; and although amelioration was evident after federal relief measures were taken, the long-awaited recovery never took place…

National Post : Mapping a superpower-sized military, United Bases of America (graphic) Despite the pending troop withdrawals in Iraq and those in Afghanistan between now and 2014, the United States remains a superpower on a scale not seen since the days of the Caesars. With this in mind, the National Post’s Richard Johnson takes a look at the scale of America’s forces…

Obligatory Title, ldsgeek at tumblr : This is crony capitalism – Crony capitalism – a capitalist economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials…

Minneapolis Star Tribune : Bugs may be resistant to genetically modified corn – One of the nation’s most widely planted crops — a genetically engineered corn plant that makes its own insecticide — may be losing its effectiveness because a major pest appears to be developing resistance more quickly than scientists expected…