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 » Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

MUSIC

 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

MUSIC

 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
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April 5, 2004
In their March 2004 newsletter, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reported on yet another environmental atrocity put forward by the Bush Administration. According to the report, the Bush Whitehouse's newest proposal allows commercial industries to increase the levels of mercury output by nearly 700%, a complete reversal from a Clinton administration plan to reduce mercury emissions by 90% before 2007. The main source of mercury is the nation's 1100+ coal-fired power plants whose emissions, through a process similar to acid rain, pollute our water sources.

Why should you be worried? Seventeen states already restrict fishing because of mercury contamination in every lake or stream within their borders, and the FDA recently issued strict warnings to pregnant women and nursing mothers against eating more than two servings of fish per week because of high levels of mercury in fish. Mercury contamination is known to cause mental retardation, learning disabilities and attention disorders.

SEE ALSO: www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/effects.asp
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Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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