Eco-News Roundup: Thursday August 27

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Sugar Pills: Turns out placebos work better in some countries than others.

Ted Kennedy: With the Liberal Lion gone, healthcare reform seems even more distant.

Yellow Pages: Does anyone ever use phone books anymore? Then why does Kevin Drum get four of them every year?

Foxes in Danger: The creepy-looking, probably gamey-tasting flying foxes are in danger from legal hunting. [MongaBay]

Passing the Torch: Who will take Kennedy’s seat? And when?

Put a Cork In It: There’s a new campaign to get Americans to recycle their corks, just like those nice Canadians up the street. [Consumerist]

PO 101: Don’t know what the Public Option is? Get a primer from Nikki Gloudeman.

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Corrupt leaders the world over can (and will) try to shut down the truth, but when the truth has millions of people on its side, you can't keep it down for good. And there's no more powerful or urgent argument for your support of Mother Jones' journalism right now than that. We need to raise about $450,000 to hit our online fundraising budget in these next few months, so please read more from Monika and pitch in if you can.

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