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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