The Sugar Conspiracy: By Ian Leslie, of The Guardian

The long read: In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?

Robert Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist at the University of California who specialises in the treatment of childhood obesity. A 90-minute talk he gave in 2009, titled Sugar: The Bitter Truth, has now been viewed more than six million times on YouTube. In it, Lustig argues forcefully that fructose, a form of sugar ubiquitous in modern diets, is a “poison” culpable for America’s obesity epidemic.

A year or so before the video was posted, Lustig gave a similar talk to a conference of biochemists in Adelaide, Australia. Afterwards, a scientist in the audience approached him. Surely, the man said, you’ve read Yudkin. Lustig shook his head. John Yudkin, said the scientist, was a British professor of nutrition who had sounded the alarm on sugar back in 1972, in a book called Pure, White, and Deadly.

“If only a small fraction of what we know about the effects of sugar were to be revealed in relation to any other material used as a food additive,” wrote Yudkin, “that material would promptly be banned.” The book did well, but Yudkin paid a high price for it. Prominent nutritionists combined with the food industry to destroy his reputation, and his career never recovered. He died, in 1995, a disappointed, largely forgotten man.

Read the rest of this report here: The sugar conspiracy | Ian Leslie | Society | The Guardian

Snyder’s lawyers argue Flint lawsuit filed too late

Lawyers for Gov. Rick Snyder want a proposed class action lawsuit filed by Flint residents over water contamination dismissed because it was not filed within six months of the city’s April 2014 water switch.

Filed Monday in the Michigan Court of Claims, Snyder’s attorneys argue that plaintiffs Melissa Mays and nine other Flint residents filed their claim for damages on Jan. 15, 2016, when the “cause of action” occurred — use of the Flint River water without corrosion treatment — on April 25, 2014.

The lawsuit says either the claim itself or a notice of intent to file the claim must be filed within six months of the event that gave rise to the cause of action.

“Plaintiffs did not give timely notice of their claims. There is no legal basis for extending the notice period,” the complaint said.

Mays sued Snyder, the Michigan departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services as well as two of Flint’s former emergency managers — Darnell Earley and Jerry Ambrose — seeking damages for living in a city with a poisoned water system.

Read more here: Snyder’s lawyers argue Flint lawsuit filed too late

Who’s On Track For The Nomination? 

FiveThirtyEight is estimating the number of delegates each major candidate would need in each primary election to clinch the presidential nomination.

Who’s On Track For The Nomination?

Tracking a candidate’s progress requires more than straight delegate counts. We’ve estimated how many delegates each candidate would need in each primary contest to win the nomination. See who’s on track and who’s falling behind.

UPDATED 6:39 PM EDT | APR 9, 2016

CLINTON 1,308 pledged delegates
SANDERS 1,096 pledged delegates
TRUMP 758 delegates
CRUZ    499 delegates
KASICH 144 delegates
RUBIO   172 delegates

Source: Who’s On Track For The Nomination? | FiveThirtyEight

Code Switch : NPRSome Blacks Did Support Bill Clinton’s Crime Bill. Here’s Why.

President Bill Clinton speaks about his crime bill to police officers at the Justice Department in April 1994. Joshua Roberts/AFP/Getty Images

This week, Clinton defended the measure, which has been criticized by Black Lives Matter protesters. In the way only he can, former President Bill Clinton has walked back his confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters earlier this week.

“I did something yesterday in Philadelphia that I almost want to apologize for,” he said, before attempting to turn the whole thing into a lesson about the need for civility in politics.

The spectacle of the former president shaking his finger during a tense back and forth with BLM demonstrators was a bad look for him, and a distraction for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

But at least on one level, his defense of his 1994 Violent Crime Control Act was true; it did have some support — or tacit approval — among black leaders and citizens.

Clinton described the harsh sentencing provisions — especially the ones connected with crack cocaine that disproportionately hurt African-Americans — as an unpleasant but necessary compromise with tough-on-crime Republicans.

“I talked to a lot of African-American groups,” Clinton said. “They thought black lives matter. They said, ‘Take this bill, because our kids are being shot in the street by gangs.’ ”

This response struck me as incomplete and self-serving, but also true.

The young people shouting at Clinton today grew up in the shadow of problems they — and many researchers — trace to the 1994 crime bill: the stop-and-frisk approach to law and order, frequent incidents of excessive police force, and long prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses that condemned the incarcerated to poverty and second-class citizenship when they finally got out.

That’s their generation’s experience.

As a child of the 1980s, my experience was…

Read the rest of this commentary here: Some Blacks Did Support Bill Clinton’s Crime Bill. Here’s Why : Code Switch : NPR

The CIA Goes Skin Deep

“Beauty is only skin deep,” but for the CIA, even a thin layer of skin is enough to profile your DNA.
April 2-9, 2016

Editor’s Picks
The CIA Goes Skin Deep

Exfoliate daily, says your dermatologist, and the CIA agrees, because it would like the top layer of your skin for DNA identification. This week, Lee Fang profiles Skincential Sciences, a firm that has quietly attracted interest from the intelligence community. The company’s technology, which treats skin blemishes, is now receiving funds from the CIA’s venture capital arm, according to a document obtained by The Intercept. 

Also this week, Peter Maass writes on “Obama’s Gift to Trump” — a legacy of targeting journalists and whistleblowers, such as former State Department analyst Stephen Kim, using the Espionage Act and other laws. Our documentary unit, Field of Vision, features Kim’s story in a new short film by Stephen Maing, “The Release.”

Sharon Weinberger
National Security Editor
CIA’s Venture Capital Arm Is Funding Skin Care Products That Collect DNA 
Lee Fang
A company with an innovative line of cosmetic products caught the attention of Oprah’s lifestyle magazine and beauty bloggers. Now the CIA is involved, too.

Obama’s Gift to Trump: A Policy of Cracking Down on Journalists and Their Sources
Peter Maass
By using the Espionage Act against journalists and officials who leak to them, Obama has created a precedent for the next president to do more damage.

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A Key Similarity Between Snowden Leak and Panama Papers: Scandal Is What’s Been Legalized
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“The deeper scandal is what’s legal, not what’s not,” the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer said of the NSA revelations. The same is true of the corrupted political systems exposed by the Panama Papers.

How the Trump Campaign Spread a Dirty Meme About Protesters Paid by Clinton, Sanders, and Soros
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Despite a complete lack of evidence, Donald Trump’s supporters have come to accept the idea that protesters who jeer their candidate are paid to do so by the likes of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and George Soros.

Alabama’s Solution to Prison Riots: Build More Prisons 
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Alabama hopes to solve its prison crisis by building new prisons. Critics warn that more riots are likely.

Fighting Israeli Occupying Forces Is “Terrorism.” Boycotting Is “Anti-Semitism.” What’s Allowed?
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All forms of resistance to Israeli occupation — violent and nonviolent — are deemed illegitimate.

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Hosted by All-Star Cast of Financial Regulators Who Joined Wall Street 
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Even as Clinton questions Sanders over the depth and sincerity of his financial reform ideas, she has big fans among former regulators now working with Wall Street.