Eco-News Roundup: Friday May 21

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News on health and the environment from our other blogs.

Gay ID: Andrew Sullivan thinks gay isn’t about your sex life, it’s your identity.

Doing Time: Sexual predators can remain incarcerated, even after they’ve served their sentence.

Slick Chart: According to this chart, oil demand will outstrip supplies very soon.

Slippery Shores: MoJo reporter in Louisiana literally steps into the BP spill.

DNA Test: The federal government is looking into DIY DNA “testing” firms.

Tip Top: JPMorgan clarifies its position on mountaintop removal coal mining.

Animal Attraction: A lovely chart of the states where bestiality isn’t illegal but gay marriage is.

Disaster Vacation: Katrina-themed tours of New Orleans are selling but reconstruction is lacking.

 

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You just sent an incredible message: that quality journalism doesn't have to answer to advertisers, billionaires, or hedge funds; that newsrooms can eke out an existence thanks primarily to the generosity of its readers. That's so powerful. Especially during what's been called a "media extinction event" when those looking to make a profit from the news pull back, the Mother Jones community steps in.

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