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15 ridiculous pumpkin spice products

Pumpkin Products - E Cigarette

Who in their right mind would want most of these things anyway?  I love pumpkin spice, but I will stick to scented candles, bread and pie. Anything else is just a little over the top for me. To each his or her own. Felina Silver Robinson

1. Boneheaded Errors Ruin NYT Bestseller About Comanche Leader

2. Hundreds Attend First Gathering of National Congress of Black American Indians

Mari Brown/Facebook
Mari Brown posted this image to the Gathering’s Facebook page.

3. 12-year-old Maria ‘Little Sioux’ Moore Wins Second Ringside World


Courtesy of the Moore Family
Maria ‘Little Sioux’ Moore, Spirit Two Lake Sioux Tribe, won her second Ringside
World Tournament

4. SD Police Say Tazing 8-Year-Old Native Girl Was Justified, Family Sues

Courtesy Family
How can the Pierre Police feel justified in tazing an 8-year-old?

5. Tanya Fiddler to White House Council: Invest in Indian Country

Tanya Fiddler, Executive Director of Four Bands Community Fund

6. Be Part of Notah Begay’s Team USA!

Notah Begay III

7. Rising Tide Threatens Native Historic Sites in Channel Islands

Channel Islands National Park
Chumash descendents reach the shores of Santa Cruz Island in a re-creation
of a Chumash tomol crossing.

8. Military Folly in Ferguson: Bringing the War to Suburbia

9. Beadworking in Two Worlds: 10 Fascinating Pieces by Teri Greeves

Image source:
‘NDN Art’ (2008) by Teri Greeves. ‘The image started as a pencil drawing of my
youngest son, Nimkees Ankwaad,’ Greeves explains. ‘He is speaking the word
ART, appropriated from the Roy Lichtenstein painting ‘Art’ (1962).’

10. Clearing the Air of Navajo’s Smoke Free Workplace, Traditional Tobacco OK

11. Redskins Players Salute Mike Brown As Their Name-Change Debate Rages

12. Heartbreak in Winnipeg: Bodies of Two First Nations Citizens Pulled From

Red River

CBC News
A memorial to murdered Sagkeeng First Nation teen Tina Fontaine, whose
body was pulled from the Red River, wrapped in a bag, on Sunday August 17.
She had been missing for just over a week.

13. A Pow Wow, in Queens? Ten Amazing Images

14. Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Frank Waln to Play Anti-Pipeline Concert in


AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma
In this Sept. 22, 2012 file photo Neil Young, right, and Willie Nelson perform
during the Farm Aid 2012 concert at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa.
Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to
the Gulf Coast said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 that Nelson and Young will headline
a concert on Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh in northeast Nebraska.
(AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

15. Not Your Entertainment: Throat-Singer Won’t Perform for Politician

Source: Google+
Actress and throat-singer Lucy Tulugarjuk is known for the 2001 film
‘Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner’ and appeared in last year’s acclaimed ‘Maina.’

16. EPA Climate Justice Blog: Commitment to Environmental Justice Leads

Fish and Wildlife Service to Study Anacostia River Fishing

Kim Lambert/USFWS
Group fishing at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

1. Warning on bulldozing hills for Chinese cities

China Moving Mountains

2. Where has global warming baked the most in US since 1984? Maine, Vermont, New Mexico, Texas

US hottest spots of warming: Northeast, Southwest

FILE - In this June 27, 2013 file photo, tourists walk close to misters to keep cool as they walk along The Strip during a heat wave in Las Vegas. An Associated Press analysis of federal temperature records shows Nevada's capital city, Carson City, has warmed the most in the...

3. Keystone XL pipeline opponent cites terrorism concerns

Tom Steyer

4. Mercury forms ‘bull’s-eye’ around Alberta oilsands: study

5. Hundreds of scientists to Canada PM: Pipeline report ‘deeply flawed’

Climate change wasn’t mentioned as a factor in the federal review of the Northern Gateway pipeline

6. Canada’s 500,000 Leaky Energy Wells: ‘Threat to Public’

Badly sealed oil and gas wellbores leak emissions barely monitored, experts find.

Wellbore diagram

  7. Lead shot threatens eagles, study says

Eagles in snow

8. Monarch butterfly decline linked to spread of GM crops

Milkweed essential to monarchs in decline because of herbicides used with genetically modified crops

Tyler Flockhart, currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Guelph, led the analysis, which combined all the known data about monarch populations and the factors that influence them.

9. When Food Isn’t Enough: Gut Bugs Affect Malnutrition, Too, Study Finds

Image: A father feeds his child with oral saline at the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research Bangladesh in Dhaka

10. Health risks of e-cigarettes emerge

Vaping pollutes lungs with toxic chemicals and may even make antibiotic-resistant bacteria harder to kill

1. Dengue cases quintupled in one decade in Latin America

2. Obama lends support to EPA’s upcoming power plant rule

3. Lung-cancer risks sky high for smokers exposed to carcinogens


4. Environmentalists warn fire retardant may have toxic consequences

At least 141,000 gallons of fire retardant dropped

5. Exposure to smoke in cars may worsen asthma: study

6. $2 Billion Plan to Restore Everglades Stuck in Congressional Limbo

The plan aims to reverse much of the 20th-century draining of the Everglades.

The furthest point south on the mainland of Everglades National Park, Eco Pond early in the morning on the way to Flamingo.

7. Emissions:

Regulations 101 — a primer on EPA’s upcoming power plant rule

Top 10 CO2-emitting power plants in the U.S.
Power Plant Annual CO2 emissions (Mt)
Plant Scherer
Juliette, Ga.
James H. Miller Jr. Electric Generating Plant
Quinton, Ala.
Rockport Generating Station
Rockport, Ind.
Gibson Generating Station
Owensville, Ind.
General James M. Gavin Power Plant
Cheshire, Ohio
Bruce Mansfield Power Plant
Shippingport, Pa.
Martin Lake Power Plant
Tatum, Texas
Navajo Generating Station
Page, Ariz.
Monroe Power Plant
Monroe, Mich.
Paradise Fossil Plant
Drakesboro, Ky.
Source: ClimateWire

  8. Hazardous level of trace metals in Hong Kong’s air as scientists warn of health crisis

 Scientists warn of potential public health crisis, with Chinese breathing in up to 20 times the amount of dangerous particles found in the US

9. Light bedrooms ‘link to obesity’

Woman asleep

10. Obama’s Dirty, Coal-Loving PastThe coal industry says Obama’s new energy rules are the product of his lifelong enmity. His record says otherwise.



11. One Key Question on Obama’s Push Against Climate Change: Will It Matter?

Many expectations—and many unknowns—surround new carbon standards due Monday.

The Black Thunder min, one of the world's largest, covers 75 square miles of public and private land. Trucks the size of houses haul more than 90 million tons of coal a year to trains, which carry most of it to eastern power plants.

12. Small Farmers’ Loss of Land Increases World Hunger

Small farmers - like Ndomi Magareth, planting beans here on her land in Cameroon - “are losing land at a tremendous rate. It’s a land reform movement in reverse,” says GRAIN’s Henk Hobbelink. Credit: Monde Kingsley Nfor/IPS

13. FDA taking another look at mercury in seafood

FDA taking another look at mercury in seafood

14. Pesticide maker agrees to phase out controversial poison

15. Obama Says Climate Change Growing Threat to Health


By Neal Simpson, Patriot Ledger

CANTON, Mass. — It’s been a rite of passage for decades: At the age of 18, students still in high school are suddenly able to vote in elections, serve in the military and buy cigarettes.

But as the tobacco industry renews its push to reach young would-be smokers with innovative products -– like electronic cigarettes and flavored “cigarillos” -– several South Shore communities are joining a growing movement to keep tobacco products out of high schools by pushing the legal purchasing age back to 19 or even 21. Canton and Sharon made the move to 21 last year, and Braintree and Scituate officials are now considering similar regulations, news partner The Patriot Ledger reports.

“We’re trying to keep tobacco out of younger kids’ hands,” said John Ciccotelli, director of public health in Canton, which banned tobacco sales to people under 21 at the start of the year. “The main avenue for them getting tobacco is that three to four-year-older group that is still young enough to be hanging around with these younger kids and may be sharing their cigarettes with them.”

The move to age 21 for tobacco sales, which was unheard of a decade ago, is now seen as inevitable by many health officials and even by tobacco shop owners. Six Massachusetts towns now ban tobacco sales to anyone younger than 21 and New York City is set to become the first major city in the U.S. to make the move in May, though the new law still faces legal challenges.

The push to raise the tobacco-purchasing age has accelerated rapidly in the last year, coming as many communities scramble to update their regulations to address a flood of new “nicotine-delivery devices” such as electronic cigarettes. Just two years ago, the town of Needham was the only municipality in the country that required consumers to be 21 to purchase tobacco, according to D.J. Wilson, tobacco control director for the Massachusetts Municipal Association.

“This is all very new,” he said.

Dr. Lester Hartman, a Needham physician who has spent the last year convincing health boards across eastern Massachusetts to increase the tobacco-purchasing age, said new research into addiction has made the move an easy sell. He and another physician, Jonathan Winickoff, point to recent neuroscientific evidence showing that adolescent brains are more susceptible to the addictive qualities of nicotine, making teenagers likely to become addicted to the drug more quickly while smoking less often than adults.

The research is also borne out by studies of today’s smoking population. A 2012 report from the U.S. surgeon general found that 88 percent of adults who smoke daily had started by the time they were 18, while 99 percent started by the time they were 26.

“Studies have shown definitively that the earlier a smoker starts, the harder it is for them to quit,” said Wilson, the tobacco control director. “If we can at least delay the age of initiation … it’ll be easier for them to quit, and they won’t be a smoker for as long.”

Creating minor barriers for teenagers seeking cigarettes has shown to dramatically lower youth smoking rates, Hartman said. In Needham, the smoking rate among high school students dropped from 12.9 percent before new tobacco regulations were adopted in 2005 to 6.7 percent in 2010.

Hartman, who lives in Needham, said the drop came despite the fact that students could have gone into nearby towns to buy cigarettes. After seeing the effects of the new regulations in his own town, he joined forces with Winickoff in late 2012 and began going from town to town trying to persuade health boards to make similar changes.

“The key with all this is it’s only a small group, it’s only one town, but it makes a huge difference in that town,” he said. “We know if we go town by town, we’ll get to 351.”

The trend has already raised concerns in the retail industry, which sees the age limits as an unwarranted obstacle to consumer choice and convenience as well as a hardship for retailers. Stephen Ryan, executive director of the New England Convenience Store Association, said shop owners worry that they will soon be faced with a patchwork of age restrictions that may put them at a disadvantage based on which town they’re in.

“You’re putting them in a position where you’re going to be losing customers to a store that is a block away or maybe a hundred yards away but happens to be on the other side of the town line,” he said.

But some in the tobacco business say the changes won’t make much of a difference. Geoff Yalenezian, a member of the family that owns six Brennan’s Smoke Shop locations in Southeastern Massachusetts, said teenagers are a tiny fraction of his stores’ clientele and tend to be the ones who give his staff the most trouble about showing identification to verify their age.

Brennan’s shops are all in towns that allow sales to 18-year-olds, but Yalenezian said he has no doubt that will change soon.

“It is what it is,” he said. “Tell me what the rules are; tell me what the laws are, and I’ll abide by them.”

Personally, I’ve always believed that the smoking age and drinking age should have always been the same “21”. Why would you have two different ages? It never made sense to me. I’ve never understood why people ever wanted to do something that could so drastically change the health of their heart, which in turn changes their total health. Smarten up people. Aspire to “Live long, Live strong”.


On the way to Braintree with my family for some fun at Dave and Busters, a news bulletin came flashing across my iPad about a 4 alarm fire on South Street in Jamaica Plain. The 2 1/2 story home which was the homestead for generations of families had started due to a cigarette. There was $350,000 in damage. The owner and her boyfriend along with their 4 first floor Tenants have been displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross. See more details here

According to the National Fire Protection Association Cigarette fires cause close to 1,000 deaths and 3,000 injuries each year in the US. Fires started by cigarettes account for over 20% of all fire deaths, cigarettes are the nations largest single cause of such deaths. Half a billion dollars worth of property is also lost to these types of fires. Approximately $4 billion dollars accounts for the economic costs in health care and productivity losses, and the human costs of pain and suffering. This information was reported in 2000 by a student named Max Tawadrous. I’m almost certain that these totals have risen significantly through the years. I would like to hear of one good thing that cigarettes truly offer any one person and doesn’t hurt another at the same time.