When Tom Butler switched his North Carolina farm from tobacco to 8,000 hogs two decades ago, he was appalled at the amount of waste the hogs produced, quickly filling massive lagoons with more hog manure than he knew what to do with.
“We decided to look into any kind of innovation to see if we could lessen the impact on community,” he said.
It took more than ten years, but he found a way to reduce methane emissions and odor from the lagoons by turning all that pig poop into renewable natural gas that he sells back to his local electric cooperative. Now 77 years old, Butler is still pushing to make Butler Farms cleaner by working with the electric cooperative to use his farmland to help power a microgrid.
In an era of media mega-deals like AT&T’s recent $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner and Disney’s pending $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, a knock-down-drag-out fight in Delaware state court is gumming up the futures of two media companies over much more modest stakes.
Broadcaster CBS offered $12 billion for film-and-cable conglomerate Viacom that would re-merge the two companies that Sumner Redstone broke apart in 2005. Viacom wants an additional $2.8 billion and more executive involvement at the re-combined company. Shari Redstone—whose National Amusements owns both CBS and Viacom and who has taken over her father’s reins—wants the two companies to get a deal done ASAP so she can sell the combined entity to a bigger buyer like Verizon or Amazon.
“Are you worried about your country?” the voiceover begins. “Do you feel like your land is being invaded by foreign intruders who want to change your culture?” A series of serious-looking agents look into the camera and say what “ICE is” to them.
For the first minute or so, you could be forgiven for thinking the pitch is a real, if heavy-handed, public service announcement for ICE. Then comedian Michelle Wolf appears as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in an explosion of flames.
“It’s popular nowadays to say ICE is bad,” Wolf says in a new sketch for her Netflix show The Break. “But there’s no better representation of American values right now than ICE is.” As an “equal opportunity employer,” she says the organization accepts “all levels of experience and education, from low to very low, and actively welcome those with diagnosed anger issues.”
“Toto, We’re Not in the Bronx anymore,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may have well said, as she and Bernie Sanders just finished their first rally in Kansas, where they spoke in support of the Wichita Congressional candidate on the Democratic ticket, James Thompson. Ocasio-Cortez learned, she said, “that a girl from the Bronx is welcome everywhere.”
Her message was that the same issues that helped her win a heavily Latino and working-class district in the Bronx and Queens, would equally go over in the Republican state of Kansas. “Working-class people,” she said, “share the same values as working-class people everywhere.” In an auditorium seating 5,000, about 3,000 supporters came, on a working day, to cheer on Thompson and to welcome Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders to Kansas, in the very district in which the Koch brothers—as the speakers reminded the audience a few times—choose to live in.
Ocasio-Cortez has not as yet mastered the technique of speaking before large rallies, and reading from a script, she presented what this viewer—watching it on TV—saw as a largely lackluster recital of the programs she favored: Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage, which is almost double Kansas’ current $7.25 an hour, and the promise that she and Thompson and Sanders “would not stop until our students get free college” without tuition payments. To attain that goal, she urged the audience to go door to door to get Wichita’s citizens to hear the message and pull the lever for Thompson, a Marine veteran and family man who now is a lawyer.
Probably not. In fact, you’ve likely never seen a cashew nut shell before. This isn’t because the nut companies are benevolent about making sure you have easy access to your cashew fix. The nut shells, in fact, are toxic and dangerous, soaked in oil compounds that can effectively burn your skin just as badly as dangerous acids.
Which makes the poisonous cashew nut shell perfect in its potential future role as an antibiotic ninja fighting off infectious diseases.
Until the early 1990s, it took six separate, chemical reactions to make the painkiller and anti-inflammatory ibuprofen. Of the ingredients that went in, only about 40 percent were found in the final product.
But in 1992, the chemical producer BHC Company started using a new way to produce the drug using only three steps, utilizing about 80 percent of the initial ingredients. Today, the innovation in ibuprofen is considered a classic example of green chemistry—a set of ideas that, for the past few decades, has driven attention to sustainability in the pharmaceutical industry.
“When you practice chemistry, you’re working with materials to transform them,” Audrey Moores, professor in the Centre for Green Chemistry and Catalysis at McGill University, told The Daily Beast. “You have a lot of material and you turn it into a little material.”
Salem Radio Network, a national right-wing news and talk radio operation that’s home to prominent conservative voices such as Hugh Hewitt and Lou Dobbs, is looking to bring on Sebastian Gorka, the controversial, firebrand ex-Trump adviser, as one of its new hosts.
According to four sources with knowledge of the situation, the ousted White House official and Steve Bannon ally has been in talks with Salem, which recently approached him about joining their lineup as one of the daily on-air personalities. It is not clear if any deal has been inked or if Gorka has made a final decision yet. Salem did not immediately respond to requests for comment on this story.
When reached for comment by The Daily Beast on Friday early evening, Gorka would not say whether he will join the right-leaning media outfit. Instead, he berated the reporter for referring to him by his first name, “Sebastian,” adding: “You don’t fucking know me.”
After a week of statements, clarifications, and the use of a double negative in the aftermath of President Trump’s Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Republican National Committee thinks that Trump supports the intelligence community and was tough on Russia by standing with Ukraine and NATO.
The Committee’s talking points, reviewed by The Daily Beast, assert that the president “accepts the conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia meddled in the 2016 election,” despite Trump expressing the opposite sentiment during his press conference with Putin on Monday.
“My people came to me, [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me and some others and said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be…” Trump said while standing beside the Russian president in Helsinki. “So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”