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Why American Apples Just Got Banned in Europe

motherjones.com — Back in 2008, European Food Safety Authority began pressing the chemical industry to provide safety information on a substance called diphenylamine, or DPA. Widely applied to apples after harvest, DPA prevents "storage scald"-brown spots that "becomes a concern when fruit is stored for several months," according to Washington State University, reporting from the heartland of industrial-scale apple production.
Why american apples just got banned in Europe. Hint: carcinogens. bit.ly/1jY9iVj
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Hey Wonk Reporters, Liberate Your Data!

motherjones.com — When it comes to data journalism, everyone's a critic. The launch of three major data journalism operations in only a few weeks-the revamped , , and the New York Times' The Upshot -have produced a slew of opinion pieces.
"Reporting on data is not the same as making it open." mojo.ly/1tFO2KS
RT @markfollman: If you're serious about data journalism don't miss this smart piece from @smfrogers: mojo.ly/1tFO2KS
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Which Bundy Said It: Cliven, Al, Ted, or McGeorge?

motherjones.com — Cliven Bundy, everybody's favorite Nevada land-fee delinquent, took it to another level this week by questioning whether black people were better off as slaves. Bundy insists his comments weren't racist, just that he's "wondering" if black people have traded traditional slavery for slavery to the US government, in the form of subsidies.

15 MB of Fame: Never-Before-Seen Digital Art by Andy Warhol

motherjones.com — Making art with a computer ain't easy. Just ask Andy Warhol. The American icon mastered numerous art forms and shaped our culture with his work. But a newly-discovered collection of files from 41 floppy disks-yes, floppy disks-shows that he struggled with early digital design tools.

This Town Was Almost Swallowed by a Coal Mine

motherjones.com — Holzweiler, Germany, just escaped impending death. A tidy village of stone houses clustered around an aging cathedral, it's only 40 minutes up the Autobahn from the modernist bustle of Cologne, the country's fourth-largest city. The drive winds past farms spiked with towering wind turbines, standard-bearers of Germany's nationwide green energy overhaul.

Which Bundy Said It: Cliven, Al, Ted, or McGeorge?

motherjones.com — Cliven Bundy, everybody's favorite Nevada land-fee delinquent, took it to another level this week by questioning whether black people were better off as slaves. Bundy insists his comments weren't racist, just that he's "wondering" if black people have traded traditional slavery for slavery to the US government, in the form of subsidies.

5 Questions With: Ben Dreyfuss, Engagement Editor

motherjones.com — Engagement editor Ben Dreyfuss joined the team last July to oversee our burgeoning social-media empire of more than 2 million followers. When Ben isn't busy finding the perfect 140 characters to promote our content on Twitter, he's uncovering internet gold before it becomes viral and vigorously defending the merits of Love Actually against untoward attacks.
"If the internet were down for 24 hours, I would freak out for 24 hours straight" @bendreyfuss on social graces: motherjones.com/about/insider/…

Aetna CEO: Obamacare Pretty Much On Track

motherjones.com — Aetna is one of America's biggest health insurers, and it's currently operating in 17 different Obamacare exchanges. On a call this moring, CEO Mark Bertolini passed along a couple of interesting factlets: Bertolini said about half of the company's premium increases, whatever they turn out to be, will be attributable to "on the fly" regulatory changes made by the Obama administration.

Net Neutrality Finally Dies at Ripe Old Age of 45

motherjones.com — Apparently net neutrality is officially dead. The Wall Street Journal reports today that the FCC has given up on finding a legal avenue to enforce equal access and will instead propose rules that explicitly allow broadband suppliers to favor companies that pay them for faster pipes: The Federal Communications Commission plans to propose new open Internet rules on Thursday that would allow content companies to pay Internet service providers for special access to consumers, according to a person familiar with the proposal.
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Net Neutrality Finally Dies at Ripe Old Age of 45

motherjones.com — Apparently net neutrality is officially dead. The Wall Street Journal reports today that the FCC has given up on finding a legal avenue to enforce equal access and will instead propose rules that explicitly allow broadband suppliers to favor companies that pay them for faster pipes: The Federal Communications Commission plans to propose new open Internet rules on Thursday that would allow content companies to pay Internet service providers for special access to consumers, according to a person familiar with the proposal.
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Here Are Baseball's Two Least Loved Teams

motherjones.com — Over at the Upshot, a crack team of researchers has put together an interactive map showing which baseball teams are preferred in which regions of the country. The overall results are pretty predictable, of course, but the authors make a few interesting points about exactly where the geographical dividing lines are between traditional rivalries.
I don't think problem with A's fandom is SF transplants, but await informed opinion from @DireWolf11 or @id_gordon m.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/201….
Data shows baseball's 2 least loved teams. At least one probably won't surprise you. bit.ly/1iiYYo8
Sigh: There is not a single zip code in the entire country that favors the New York #Mets. motherjones.com/kevin-drum/201… via @MotherJones
I should update that last tweet. Even in 11368, the home of Citi Field, fans prefer the Yankees: bit.ly/1faKxI4
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Vermont to Require GMO Labeling

motherjones.com — When Maine and Connecticut passed laws last year requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients, there was a catch: They withheld implementation "until other states pass similar legislation with the hope of sharing the expense of any litigation," reports the ag trade paper Brownfield.
The big winners in Vermont's new GMO-labeling law? Lawyers. Per @TomPhilpott: motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2…

Ukraine Beginning to Spiral Out of Control?

motherjones.com — Events in Ukraine are starting to spin out of control: Ukrainian security forces killed "up to five" pro-Russian activists Thursday in the restive eastern part of the country, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said, as Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned any use of the Ukrainian military against its own citizens.