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How to Get Arsenic Out of Your Rice*

How to Get Arsenic Out of Your Rice*

By Heather Callaghan

When you think of the heavy metal arsenic, does it make you think of an old Cary Grant movie or a 48 Hours Mystery?

Or perhaps more recently – making an unfortunate appearance in gluten-free diets everywhere. That’s because arsenic is in our environment and gets soaked up into rice like a straw as it is grown in flooded fields.

Arsenic can build up in the body – mostly undetected – until late stage poisoning symptoms finally manifest as hair loss, confusion, cancer, renal failure, liver disease, hyperpigmentation, edema, convulsions, vomiting, diarrhoea, trouble swallowing, muscle cramps, blood in urine, profuse sweating and saliva, saliva that tastes metallic, and breath that smells like garlic.

Be aware that this typically happens from large doses in the body such as through well water, pesticide exposure or an intentional poisoning. Yet, arsenic is very toxic – in the European Union, arsenic is classified as a category 1 carcinogen.

The FDA even warns that inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal should never go above 100 parts per billion (PPB). Foods with the highest levels of arsenic include chicken and rice – a menu staple in many countries.

In chicken, the arsenic comes from the antibiotics in chicken feed and can be avoided – but arsenic is pretty snug within the rice itself.

Recently, we showed you how to make tons of fluffy rice with a slow cooker – but it looks like we’ll have to insert a caveat, because there are some important rules you need to know about rice and its arsenic content.

BBC aired an episode of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor that dealt with this very issue.

Here is what Prof Andy Meharg from Queen’s University, Belfast, knows about some shocking stats about levels of arsenic in rice (Source):

  • Basmati rice contains lower levels than other rice.
  • Brown rice usually contains more arsenic than white rice (because of the husk).
  • Growing rice organically doesn’t make a difference to levels.
  • Rice cakes and crackers can contain levels higher than in cooked rice.
  • The levels of arsenic found in rice milk far exceed the amounts that would be allowed in drinking water.

Here are some percentages of arsenic in rice:


Good News – You Can Get Arsenic Out of Your Rice

The following tips are counterintuitive, but could reduce the arsenic levels from now on:

  1. Soak your rice overnight – this opens up the grain and allows the arsenic to escape
  2. Drain the rice and rinse thoroughly with fresh water
  3. For every part rice add five parts water and cook until the rice is tender – do not allow it to boil dry.
  4. Drain the rice and rinse again with hot water to get rid of the last of the cooking water.
  5. Now serve your reduced-arsenic rice.

Allegedly, only 43% of the arsenic remains in the rice after using this method. If soaked overnight before cooking, only 18% of the arsenic remains.

I haven’t tried this method, so I’m wondering if it would be very watery tasting. Perhaps placing the rice back in the sauce pan or slow cooker would help boil off the remaining moisture.

Water savers beware – the drained arsenic water should not be used for any other purpose – especially not in the garden!

This is yet another reason to eat organic produce – wastewater and sewage that go down the drain are eventually repurposed on conventional crops, probably continuing the lifecycle of arsenic.

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FCC: Intimidating Press, Suppressing Science at ‘5G’ Announcement

FCC: Intimidating Press, Suppressing Science at ‘5G’ Announcement

By Alexandra Bruce

Josh del Sol, Director of the award-winning Independent documentary, ‘Take Back Your Power’, about the many dangers of SmartMeters has put together this chilling piece about the impending roll-out of the 5G cellphone network.
It shows Former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Tom Wheeler making a rather intimidating announcement about the potential of 5G to blanket every corner of the planet in the electrosmog of a wireless Internet of Things (IOT) and how we shouldn’t waste time testing for health safety issues, because the U.S. will leads all other countries in this emerging technology, with tens of billions of dollars will be made.

Meanwhile, just one month before Wheeler’s announcement, the U.S. National Toxicology Program had just released a report from its $25M study, concluding that wireless radiation increases cancer.

The revelations of Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks’ Vault 7, showing the methods by which the U.S. Government can access every move we make will be put into overdrive with the 5G network, as if these weren’t invasive and illegal enough.

Even former Director of the CIA, James Woolsey is on record, stating that the IOT and the SmartGrid are terrible ideas, which leave us extremely vulnerable to hacking by would-be enemies.
If Tom Wheeler doesn’t strike you as scary enough, his successor appointed by Trump on January 20, 2017, Ajit Pai is even scarier. At least Wheeler backed down from his proposed attacks on Net Neutrality, after enough activists (myself included) made too much noise. Pai, who was formerly General Counsel to Verizon Communications, Inc. has indicated that he would vote against Net Neutrality.

It gets worse. Pai has also said during a 2015 conference that he would like to crack down on the Alternative Media, “It is conceivable to me to see government saying, ‘We think the Drudge Report is having a disproportionate effect on our political discourse. He doesn’t have to file anything with the FEC. The FCC doesn’t the ability to regulate anything he says, and we want to start tamping down on websites like that…The First Amendment means not just the cold parchment that’s in the Constitution…online speech is a dangerous brave
new world that needs to be regulated.”

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Standing Rock Applauds Netherlands-based Bank’s Move to Offload DAPL Debt*

Standing Rock Applauds Netherlands-based Bank’s Move to Offload DAPL Debt*

A major bank financing the Dakota Access Pipeline has announced on Monday it has sold off its share of loan debt for the controversial pipeline.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II applauded the move by the Netherlands-based ING, a global financial institution based in Amsterdam with $120 million of DAPL debt. ING is the first bank to offload DAPL debt.

In a meeting on 10 February, ING shared its willingness to either continue trying to positively influence the course of the project, or to distance itself by selling its stake in the loan. In the meeting we indicated we would appreciate ING selling its loan in the project, after which ING continued its sale process. ING has now signed an agreement to sell the loan.

“We are heartened that ING has made the conscience decision to remove itself from a project that tramples on the rights of sovereign nations,” Archambault said.

ING was one of 17 syndicate banks financing DAPL, led by Citibank for a total of $2.5 billion in credit. ING had previously sold all shares it had in the DAPL parent companies.

Protests against the routing of DAPL have continued. Investors opposed to DAPL issued a statement to the banking syndicate on 16 February that the pipeline will escalate conflict and unrest as well as potentially contaminate the water supply for the Tribe and 17 million Americans downstream of the project.

The remaining banks included in the DAPL syndicate besides Citibank and Wells Fargo are Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Bayern, BBVA, BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole, ICBC, Intesa Sanpaolo, Mizuho Bank, Natixis, Societe Generale, SMBC, DNB, SunTrust Bank and TD Securities.

Investors opposed to the project include California’s public employee pension fund, CalPERS ($300 billion pension fund); New York City teacher and firefighter pensions; dozens of religious organizations and asset management firms. They have a combined $653 billion in managed assets, according to their statement.

International and national support for the Tribe have mounted continued pressure for other banks to pullout of DAPL. The City of Seattle cut ties with Wells Fargo and Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, has pledged support for a boycott.

President Donald Trump, who may still have financial ties to Energy Transfer, ordered expedited review of the project. The Army Corps of Engineers granted the easement shortly thereafter. The Tribe continues to challenge the permits in court.

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CERN the World’s Most Powerful Atom-smasher just Turned Back on*

CERN the World’s Most Powerful Atom-smasher just Turned Back on*

By Ali Sundermier

The world’s most powerful atom-smasher is at it again. After spending the winter in hibernation, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mile-long (27-kilometre-long) particle collider near Geneva, Switzerland, is once again slamming together protons to investigate the fundamental building blocks of matter.

This time around, the LHC is kicking atoms and taking names as it hunts for answers to some of the most pressing questions in physics.

Physicists will explore how we ended up with a universe of matter after the Big Bang, as well as what makes up dark matter, a hypothetical substance that physicists think makes up more than a quarter of the Universe (compared to regular matter, which makes up less than 5%).

Discovering the Higgs

The LHC made headlines in 2012 when physicists at two of its four detectors announced that they had detected the Higgs boson, a staple in the Standard Model of physics, which describes the basic building blocks of matter and the forces that govern them. The discovery of the Higgs helps explain how matter gets its mass.

The massive machine will continue colliding particles to allow physicists to further investigate the Higgs. Physicists will also investigate hints of a new particle that surfaced in the data from 2015.

The hints, which take the form of mysterious bump in the data, could just be a coincidence, or they could be signs of a new particle – possibly a heavier cousin of the Higgs boson. If this unexpected particle exists, it could signify new physics beyond the Standard Model.

A general view of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment is seen during a media visit at the Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in the French village of Saint-Genis-Pouilly near Geneva in Switzerland. Credit: Thomson Reuters

 

Two quadrillion collisions

The LHC’s 2016 season will last for six months, orchestrating roughly 2 quadrillion high-quality proton collisions, or about a billion per second. That’s six times greater than 2015’s collisions, and just short of the number recorded during the collider’s first run, which lasted six times as long.

The LHC is operating at nearly twice the energy as its first run. This jump in energy should allow physicists to push the boundaries of physics even further, exploring a new realm of physics that, until now, was out of reach. It will hugely increase the prospects of finding new massive particles.

“So far the Standard Model seems to explain matter, but we know there has to be something beyond the Standard Model,” Denise Caldwell, director of the Physics Division of the National Science Foundation, said in a press release. “This potential new physics can only be uncovered with more data that will come with the next LHC run.”

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Evo Morales Defends Venezuela against ‘Treacherous’ OAS Head*

Evo Morales Defends Venezuela against ‘Treacherous’ OAS Head*

The president accused Almagro of intervening in the political situation in Venezuela in the service of “hegemonic interests.”

Bolivian President Evo Morales has lashed out against Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, OAS, Luis Almagro for “promoting the overthrow” of Venezuela.

In a communique published Friday, the president accused Almagro of intervening in the political situation in Venezuela in the service of “hegemonic interests.”

“The secretary-general’s interventionist and servile actions to hegemonic and extraterritorial interests not only affect the democratic stability of a member country … but also the unity of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean,” he said.

The criticism comes after Almagro demanded that President Nicolas Maduro hold general elections within 30 days or face suspension from the organization.

Almagro is a vocal supporter of Venezuela’s right-wing opposition. Since taking charge of the OAS in 2015, the Uruguayan politician has used the organization to support the anti-government campaigns of Henrique Capriles and Leopoldo Lopez.

His latest attacks against Venezuela have inflamed President Morales who says the secretary-general has acted “without any mandate from member states … with complete treachery and arrogance.”

In response to the threats, Morales has called on fellow member states “to evaluate (Almagro’s) actions with care and objectivity.”

“It is sad and despicable that the secretary-general of the OAS, promotes the overthrow of a constitutionally-elected government. We must defend the rule of law.”

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U.N. Praises Iran’s “Exemplary” Leadership in Hosting Refugees*

U.N. Praises Iran’s “Exemplary” Leadership in Hosting Refugees*

“It’s a story that’s not told often enough,” said a representative for U.N. high commissioner for refugees

By Nadia Prupis

“The leadership demonstrated by the Iranian government has been exemplary in hosting refugees and keeping borders open,” Sivanka Dhanapala said on Wednesday. (Photo: European Commission DG ECHO/flickr/cc)

 

The United Nations praised Iran’s “exemplary” refugee resettlement program this week, saying the country’s decades-long effort to house approximately 3 million displaced Afghans was “a story that’s not told often enough.”

Sivanka Dhanapala, head of the office for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Tehran, made the remarks on the same day that President Donald Trump sought to reinstate a controversial 90-day ban on travelers from six majority-Muslim countries, including Iran, and a 120-day ban on all refugees. The new executive order was blocked from going into effect by two courts.

Roughly 6 million people were displaced from Afghanistan to neighboring countries amid the Soviet War in 1979. Nearly 40 years later, Tehran still shelters 1 million registered refugees, and another 2 million are thought to be living there, making it the world’s fourth-largest refugee population.

“The leadership demonstrated by the Iranian government has been exemplary in hosting refugees and keeping borders open,” Dhanapala said on Wednesday.

The U.N. also hailed a 2015 directive from Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei that called on education administrators to allow all Afghan children, documented or not, to attend Iranian schools.

“We’ve also worked with the government on incorporating refugees into a government-sponsored health Add New insurance scheme which is a ground-breaking development not just for Iran but globally for refugees,” Dhanapala said.

“In a world where you have multiple bad stories about hosting refugees, I think Iran is really a good news story,” he said.

“It’s a story that’s not told often enough.”

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Southern Nevada Coal Power Plant Shut Down amid Pressure from Native American Tribe*

Southern Nevada Coal Power Plant Shut Down amid Pressure from Native American Tribe*

The Reid Gardner Generating Station

Southern Nevada’s oldest coal-fired power plant will cease operation after a half-century of production. The Moapa Band of Paiutes tribe has long blamed the plant for pollution and waste as the cause of health problems for people in the area.

The closure comes as Nevada lawmakers are soon to debate relying more on solar energy. NV Energy, the state’s dominant electric utility, will flip a switch to disconnect the Reid Gardner Generating Station from the electric grid on Thursday, according to AP.

The plant is situated 40 miles north of Las Vegas. Three of the four units were permanently shut down in December 2014.

The utility company plans to decommission and eventually demolish the plant as part of its plans to get out of the business of burning coal. It is replacing the 250 megawatts produced by the plant with a mix of natural gas and renewable energy, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The Moapa Band of Paiutes long sought the closure of the Gardner plant, which opened in 1965 on the banks of the Muddy River. Tribe members blame pollution from the facility’s smokestacks and coal-ash dump for illnesses and death at the nearby reservation.

No health studies have definitively linked medical problems among the tribe’s roughly 300 members to the power plant next door, but Paiute officials have said research is underway.

The tribe sued NV Energy in 2013 over pollution from the plant arguing it had violated the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Clean Water Act. The company settled in 2015 agreeing to pay the tribe $4.3 million. The tribe said it planned to use the money to fund a wellness center and install air pollution monitors, according to tribal chairman Darren Daboda.

Daboda said he noticed a difference since the plant scaled back its operations in 2014. He said the air over the reservation, with has 300 members, smells better and “the fly ash has gone down,” according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

State lawmakers also spurred the move in 2013 when they passed a bill that sought to end the company’s reliance on coal to power Southern Nevada.

On Friday, tribal leaders and other dignitaries will gather for a commissioning ceremony for a new solar project.

The 250-megawatt Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project is expected to deliver enough electricity to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to supply up to 93,000 homes. It is the first-ever utility-scale solar power plant to be built on tribal land.

The coincidental timing of Friday’s ceremony was not lost on the Sierra Club, which fought alongside the Moapa Paiutes against the coal plant which then-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid once called a “dirty relic.”

“Reid Gardner powered down just as Nevada is taking its place as a national clean energy leader,” said Elspeth DiMarzio, campaign representative for the environmental group in Nevada, according to AP. “The state now employs more than 20,000 people in the clean energy and energy efficiency industries, and they are proving they can reliably and affordably power our state without coal.”

The deserts of Nevada receive more sun than any state in the U.S. which makes it a prime spot for developers to construct solar photovoltaic or thermal generating stations. More than one-fifth of Nevada’s electrical generation comes from renewable energy sources, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

State lawmakers will soon debate a number of energy-related issues, including the state’s renewable portfolio standards and efficiency programs. One of the bills would require that 80% of the state’s energy come from renewable power sources by 2040 (right now, the requirement is 25 percent by 2025).

A key issue in this debate will be storage. Because solar and wind can be intermittent — the sun is not always shining, and the wind is not always blowing — those renewable sources often are backed up by a fossil fuel: natural gas.

In the future, large-scale batteries that store renewables could replace natural gas. Batteries are currently expensive, compared to cheap natural gas.

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