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The Effects of Volatile Chemicals near Shale Gas Wells

shale gas wellIt's not just greenhouse gases that are of concern in drilling for shale gas. Other volatile organic compounds are released in the air near shale gas operations that affect people's health.  Garfield County is at the center of Colardo's shale gas gold rush.  Residents there complain of the effects of shale gas chemicals on their health.  Pollution from benzene, hydrogen sulfide, and toulene causes headaches. asthma, nausea, nosebleeds, and muscle cramps.  See the 7 minute New York Times video on the health effects of air pollution near shale gas wells (If you get a message that the video is not available, try again.  It usually works on the second try)

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In June 2012, Think Again MN launched a history series that examines politics and policy-making in Minnesota during the last century from the immediate post World War II years up through the 1990s. That era witnessed fierce legislative battles at the State Capitol but it was also a time of shared values that cut across partisan lines. 

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MN's Leading Election System

MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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Oregon's Automatic Voter Registration

How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016

In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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