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  • Five found guilty of Sydney terror plot

    10/15/2009 6:32:00 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies · 1,178+ views
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 16th October 2009 | Larissa Cummings
    FIVE Sydney men have been found guilty of conspiring to plan a terrorist attack using high-powered guns and homemade bombs designed to cause mass death and destruction on Australian soil. A Supreme Court jury took four weeks and three days to find Mohamed Ali Elomar, 44, Abdul Rakib Hasan, 40, Mohammed Omar Jamal, 25, Moustafa Cheikho, 32, and his uncle Khaled Cheikho, 36, guilty of conspiring to do acts in preparation for a terrorist act or acts. The Daily Telegraph reports the men, all from Sydney's south-west, were accused of stockpiling weapons and chemicals for use in the pursuit of...
  • Feds: Zazi trips, shopping led to NY terror threat

    09/27/2009 4:35:12 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies · 646+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 9/27/09 | TOM HAYS
    It was midsummer in suburban Denver when an unassuming, bearded man pushed a red shopping cart between shelves stacked with hair coloring and nail polish remover. By the time Najibullah Zazi checked into a nearby hotel suite with a kitchen in September, he had at least 18 bottles of peroxide-based hair lighteners and pages of notes for how to turn the beauty products into bombs, authorities say.
  • FBI raid Queens, NY home in terror investigation

    09/14/2009 12:50:55 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 650 replies · 21,606+ views
  • Cyanide Suspected In Sickening 7 L.A. Firefighters

    09/07/2009 8:06:25 AM PDT · by Sammy67 · 14 replies · 2,121+ views
    NationalTerrorAlert ^ | 9/6/09 | National
    As the fire and homicide investigation continues, officials say several firefighters were exposed to cyanide gas in two separate incidents as they were mopping up hot spots near the small city of Acton on the northern edge of the massive blaze. The poisonous cyanide fumes are suspected in acute breathing problems suffered by Los Angeles firefighters battling the Station Fire in the Aliso Canyon. One firefighters suffered life-threatening respiratory arrest and remains in hospital after she was knocked out by noxious fumes on Sept. 1 near Acton. Two days later, six firefighters suffered severe breathing difficulties in another part of...
  • Mass Murder At 30,000 Feet: Islamic Extremists Guilty Of Airline Bomb Plot

    09/07/2009 10:23:41 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies · 1,822+ views
    London Times ^ | September 07, 2009
    September 7, 2009 Mass murder at 30,000 feet: Islamic extremists guilty of airline bomb plot Philippe Naughton Three British Muslims were found guilty today of conspiracy to murder thousands of passengers and crew in an unprecedented airline bomb plot that could have proved as deadly as the 9/11 attacks. After a retrial at Woolwich Crown Court, jurors found the ringleader, Abdulla Ahmed, and two other men, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain, guilty of plotting to use liquid bombs to blow up airliners en route from Heathrow to the United States. Another defendant, Umar Islam, was found guilty of a more...
  • Report: Israeli air force attacks Gaza City

    12/27/2008 2:01:50 AM PST · by Cindy · 1,087 replies · 25,328+ views
    YNET ^ | 12/27/08, 11:46/Israel News | Hanan Greenberg and Reuters)
    Israel's air force fired around 20 missiles at targets in Gaza City on Saturday, causing heavy damage, a Reuters witness said. The IDF has confirmed the report. (Hanan Greenberg and Reuters)
  • The Killer App for Clunkers Breathes Fresh Life Into 'Liquid Glass'

    08/03/2009 8:24:07 PM PDT · by FromLori · 37 replies · 1,893+ views
    WSJ ^ | 8/4/09
    Robert Mueller deals in chemicals for a living -- things that can unstick glue, thin paint, make plastic -- but he'd never seen an order like the one he got for sodium silicate. The compound is typically used to repel bugs or seal concrete, but this buyer's online order form betrayed a whole different intent: "To Kill Car Engines." "That worried me a little, so I picked up the phone and called the gentleman," recalls Mr. Mueller, an owner of chemical-firm CQ Concepts Inc. in suburban Chicago. What Mr. Mueller discovered is that sodium silicate is the designated agent of...
  • Berkeley cops seize bomb parts from hills home

    07/20/2009 7:50:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,720+ views ^ | 7/20/09 | Henry K. Lee
    BERKELEY -- A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing explosive materials at a home in the Berkeley hills, police said today. Emoru Oboke Obbanya, 27 was arrested .. by officers investigating a 911 hang-up call at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. Obbanya refused to open the door at first, then came outside and immediately closed the door, police Lt. Andrew Greenwood said. He appeared nervous, cursed the officers and refused to provide evidence that he lived there, police said. Officers decided to search the home to make sure no one inside needed help, Greenwood said. They obtained...
  • Climate-Change Bill Could Lead to Increased Regulations on Fireworks

    07/07/2009 3:11:11 AM PDT · by Man50D · 39 replies · 640+ views ^ | July 07, 2009 | Marie Magleby
    Americans use more 200 million pounds of fireworks each year, the majority on July Fourth. Because fireworks emit carbon dioxide (CO2) as they burn, however, the fireworks industry may come under tighter regulation if cap-and-trade legislation passes in the Senate in coming months. A cap-and-trade bill already passed in the House on June 26, which has raised concerns that Americans will soon be paying more for energy. The House bill, called the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, introduces the possibility of calculating the amount of carbon emitted by products and labeling the products with this information. “The...
  • Analysts: NKorea's chemical arms as grave as nukes

    06/18/2009 12:14:52 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies · 424+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 6/18/09 | JAE-SOON CHANG
    SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea's massive stockpile of chemical weapons is as threatening as its nuclear program, analysts said Thursday, highlighting an aspect of the secretive regime's pursuit of weapons of mass destruction that is rarely talked about.
  • Safe At Home After Second Bomb Threat Evacuation

    05/21/2009 1:21:02 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 505+ views ^ | pdated: May 21, 2009 09:37 AM | n/a
    SNIPPET: "SANTA CRUZ, Calif - Homes on 25th Avenue in Santa Cruz were asked to evacuate for a second time on Wednesday night after police found more hazardous materials in a nearby home that made them nervous. Homes within a 300 diameter of 215 25th Avenue had to evacuate, however it was not mandatory. All residents were able to return to their homes by 8 p.m. on Wednesday night." SNIPPET: "This all started on Tuesday when the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office received a call from the County Environmental Health Agency. They received a tip from a local freight agency...
  • Arctic Groups Demand Global Chemicals' Ban (Persistent Organic Pollutants - POPs)

    05/09/2009 2:48:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 419+ views
    OneWorld on yahoo ^ | 5/9/09 | Haider Rizvi
    UNITED NATIONS, May 8 ( - Environmental groups and indigenous rights activists are calling for the White House and U.S. Congress to ratify an international treaty against the use and production of certain hazardous chemicals. "Time is running out. The Congress has to take a stand and fight for the lives of the contaminated people and environment of the North," said Andrea Carmen, executive director of the International Indian Treaty Council. Carmen and other activists, who are attending international talks on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Geneva this week, say they have grave concerns about the...
  • Chemical Warning: Bodies In London Hotel

    05/03/2009 6:42:30 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 138 replies · 12,589+ views
    Chemical Warning: Bodies In London Hotel Two people have been found dead in a hotel room after a chemical incident, emergency services said. Police and fire services were called to the Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, north London just before midday. The hotel has been evacuated. A spokeswoman for London Fire Brigade said: "We are treating this as a confirmed chemical incident. The hotel has been evacuated and cordon implemented." She said the substance involved was not known at this stage. The bodies are still at the scene, police said. A Met police spokeswoman said: "Police were called at...
  • 'Qaida-Taliban combo has chemical weapon formula'

    04/08/2009 7:37:35 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 527+ views
    THE TIMES OF INDIA ^ | 6 Apr 2009, 0051 hrs IST, TNN | n/a
    SNIPPET: "NEW DELHI: The al-Qaida-Taliban combo plans to use parts of the Middle East as launch pads for attacks against the west. Not only so, the groups have also developed some expertise in making bio-chemical weapons, NWFP police chief Malik Navid told a Pakistan National Assembly’s standing committee." SNIPPET: "Navid’s testimony also points to the virtual merger of al-Qaida with Taliban, with the latter being both part of the core and the major striking arm. Indian intelligence assessments see anti-India groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba being very much a part of this conglomerate."
  • Call Gwyneth Paltrow Claims Shampoo Causes Cancer & ADHD in Kids

    04/06/2009 11:22:32 AM PDT · by Justaham · 64 replies · 1,895+ views
    Gwyneth Paltrow makes claims that chemicals in children’s shampoos can cause cancer and development disorders like ADHD. Scientists are calling actress Gwyneth Paltrow “loopy” after she warns others that products like shampoos are causing cancer and development disorders in babies and children. She recently said she was “seized with fear” after doing research on “environmental toxins”, which are products that are used for everyday use. Her claim was that babies and young children are unable to break down the chemicals and toxins, which can cause them to get cancer.
  • Police: Man Found With IED Arrested; Home Searched

    04/04/2009 6:12:14 PM PDT · by Cindy · 52 replies · 4,066+ views ^ | POSTED: 5:33 pm EDT April 4, 2009 | n/a
    Police: Man Found With IED Arrested; Home Searched Hazardous Materials Team Removes Chemicals From Pittsburgh Home PITTSBURGH -- SNIPPET: "When police searched the man's Parkview Street home in the city's Oakland neighborhood, they said officers found chemicals for making explosives devices. Police described the chemicals as extremely dangerous."

    03/31/2009 3:09:07 PM PDT · by Cindy · 45 replies · 1,998+ views
    OSAC.GOV - Report ^ | March 31, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Jump to: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Public Announcement Reports > Report FBI/DHS Advisory PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT Americas 31 Mar 2009 ATTACHMENTS BLUE POSTER Blue Poster.ppt PPT (245k) FBI/DHS Advisory If you reive a suspicious inquiry or purchase attempt for hazardous chemicals and/or explosive precursors: 1. Obtain Customer Information. 2. Note interaction details and any other descriptive or unusual information. 3. Contact Security/ Police Department/ Local FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
  • Court turns down Agent Orange cases

    03/02/2009 7:52:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 483+ views
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The Supreme Court has turned down American and Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange who wanted to pursue lawsuits against companies that made the toxic chemical defoliant used in the Vietnam War. The justices offer no comment on their action Monday, rejecting appeals in three separate cases, in favor of Dow Chemical, Monsanto and other companies that made Agent Orange and other herbicides used by the military in Vietnam.
  • Chinese Drywall MAy Be Toxic

    01/19/2009 7:01:31 AM PST · by LadyBuzz · 40 replies · 3,646+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/12/2009 | MICHAEL CORKERY
    Some home builders already struggling in Florida's dismal housing market are facing another headache: The Chinese-made drywall they used is causing unpleasant odors and possibly leading to electric problems in dozens of homes constructed during the housing boom.
  • Obama's Environmental Agenda: Made in China

    01/17/2009 12:34:17 AM PST · by Bhoy · 2 replies · 758+ views ^ | January 16, 2009 | William R. Hawkins
    Carol Browner, who headed the Environmental Protection Agency under President Bill Clinton, has been named by Barack Obama to be his Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change. This new and undefined office could give her broad influence over economic policy. That is a frightening prospect, not merely because of her participation in a group with overtly socialist ties, but because of the way hostile foreign powers such as China are manipulating the modern Green movement to serve their own national purposes.
  • Not so Green Solar Energy

    01/18/2009 10:17:32 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 27 replies · 1,232+ views
    AmericanThinker ^ | 1/18/09 | Otis A. Glazebrook IV
    You think solar electrical generation is going to save you or the Planet? Think again. While it is true that photovoltaic solar panels do not pollute while they are producing electricity -- what about the manufacturing process? What happens when these panels reach the end of their projected lifecycle in twenty-five years? (This is, by the way, an optimistic view of their useful life.) Those questions are addressed in a study by the watchdog group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition. "Green Power" is being hyped as the "Safe Solution." It is anything but safe -- when all factors are considered. Here...
  • Food additive may up lung cancer risk, study says

    12/30/2008 11:13:28 AM PST · by Red Badger · 69 replies · 1,468+ views ^ | 12-30-2008 | Staff
    Foods containing a widely used additive may increase the growth of lung cancers or cause new tumors to develop, new research suggests. Tumors were more plentiful in mice with lung cancer fed a diet containing 0.5 to 1 percent inorganic phosphates (equivalent to the 40 mg. that humans on average consume daily) for a month according to a study in next month's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The tumors' mass increased by 14 percent in the mice fed the most phosphates. Inorganic phosphates are chemicals added to a variety of processed foods including cheese, meat, beverages and...
  • Dow Chemical Sets Job and Plant Cuts

    12/10/2008 11:27:35 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies · 334+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 9, 2008 | Ana Campoy
    Dow Chemical Co. will cut thousands of jobs, close several plants and slash chemical production in response to the global economic downturn, the company said Monday. The largest chemical maker in the U.S. by revenue, Dow is the latest in the industry to impose sweeping cuts amid plunging demand for its products, which are the building blocks for consumer products ranging from cars to vitamins to sneakers. The company said business conditions deteriorated precipitously in October so it is speeding up plans to reorganize. It will cut 5,000 jobs -- about 11% of its work force -- and reduce the...
  • Alleged Chemical Attack on Pro-lifers at Abortion Clinic Sickens Two

    11/13/2008 4:26:47 PM PST · by wagglebee · 35 replies · 1,312+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/13/08 | LifeSiteNews
    WICHITA, KS, November 13, 2008 ( – Two pro-life volunteers participating in a round the clock prayer vigil were sickened last week, after being exposed to fumes from an oily substance that had been spilled across the driveway at George Tiller’s late-term abortion clinic. Operation Rescue, citing a similar incident that occurred in 2007, alleges that the spilling of the substance in such close proximity to where pro-life volunteers were participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign was an intentional “chemical attack.” One of the pro-lifers, Jennifer McCoy, was treated for four hours at a local hospital emergency room...
  • UK police: man charged with having IEDs, Nazi book

    11/06/2008 3:16:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 550+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/6/08 | Raphael G. Satter - ap
    LONDON – British police charged a 43-year-old man Thursday with plotting an act of terrorism and having two improvised explosive devices, chemicals, timers, and a Nazi-themed handbook. Neil Christopher Lewington was first arrested last week after police discovered a suspected explosive device when they searched him at a railway station in Lowestoft, a coastal city in eastern England. --snip-- Scotland Yard said in a statement that Lewington carried two improvised explosive devices to Lowestoft from Reading, a city near London where he lives, on Oct. 30. --snip-- The police statement said Lewington had four containers of weed killer, seven timers,...
  • Chemical irritant empties Islamic Society of Greater Dayton's mosque

    09/29/2008 6:14:14 PM PDT · by raynearhood · 32 replies · 897+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | September 27, 2008 | Kyle Nagel
    DAYTON — Baboucarr Njie was preparing for his prayer session Friday night, Sept. 26, when he heard children in the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton coughing. Soon, Njie himself was overcome with fits of coughing and, like the rest of those in the building, headed for the doors. "I would stay outside for a minute, then go back in, there were a lot of kids," Njie said. "My throat is still itchy, I need to get some milk." Njie was one of several affected when a suspected chemical irritant was sprayed into the mosque at 26 Josie St., bringing Dayton...
  • Alleged Mata Hari of Al Qaeda Could Provide 'Treasure Trove' of Intelligence

    08/12/2008 3:37:10 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 65 replies · 491+ views
    ABC News ^ | 8-12-08 | Richard Esposito, Brian Ross
    Aafia Siddique Had a List of Targets in New York & Chem-Bio Weapons Information in her Possession When she was arrested in Afghanistan last month, Aafia Siddique allegedly had in her possession maps of New York, a list of potential targets that included the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the subway system and the animal disease center on Plum Island, detailed chemical, biological and radiological weapon information that has been seen only in a handful of terrorist cases, as well as a thumb drive packed with emails, ABC News has learned. That haul of information has led multiple government sources...
  • Threat Matrix: July 2008

    07/02/2008 7:02:59 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,101 replies · 9,633+ views
    Al-Qaeda Draws New Recruits Via Internet Al-Qaeda is using the Internet to recruit vulnerable young people to its terrorist network, according to a programme aired on Saudi Arabian TV late on Tuesday. Umm Osama, the founder of al-Qaeda's first women-only website, al-Khansa, joined several others on the programme to discuss how they renounced jihadist ideology. Among those who sought a response to this question was an imam from the Medina mosque, Saleh Ibn Awad al-Mudamsi, and the father of a young al-Qaeda suspect held in an Iraqi prison. Read More Qaeda Targets U.S. Oil Interests in North Africa U.S....
  • Your Laptop's Dirty Little Secret (What do you think - I'm really interested! - WATCH THE VID)

    07/02/2008 11:29:07 AM PDT · by paulat · 85 replies · 188+ views ^ | 9/30/08 | BRYAN WALSH
    Coal, steel, oil — we think of these old-economy industries, and we picture pollution. Smoggy skies, fouled rivers, toxic waste. As we make the transition to a new economy, we imagine that industrial pollution will become a thing of the past. Mobile phones, laptops, MP3 players — they conjure images of spotless semiconductor factories and the eternal summer of Silicon Valley where the digital economy was born. But the tech industry has a dirty little secret: it has toxic waste of its own. Phones and computers contain dangerous metals like lead, cadmium and mercury, which can contaminate the air and...
  • Group: New vinyl shower curtains hazardous

    06/13/2008 11:49:37 AM PDT · by teacherwoes · 35 replies · 134+ views ^ | 6/13/08
    SEATTLE - It may the last thing on your mind when you get ready for a shower, but that new shower curtain may bring some unwanted friends into your home. A study found that more than 100 chemicals are released by some curtains, and some are at levels that violate indoor air safety standards. "I think what's most surprising was the amount of chemicals that were released into the air when you bring a new shower curtain home," said Ivy Sager-Rosenthal of Washington Toxics Coalition. "Well there is a range of volatile aromatic hydrocarbons that are coming off. These compounds...
  • Dow Chemical to raise prices up to 20 percent, blasts Washington for 'true energy crisis'

    05/28/2008 9:28:47 AM PDT · by milwguy · 89 replies · 129+ views
    ap ^ | 05/27/2008 | ap
    MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) -- Dow Chemical Co. will raise product prices by up to 20 percent almost immediately to offset the soaring cost of energy and raw materials, and the CEO of the chemical giant lashed out Washington on Wednesday for failing to develop a sound energy policy. "For years, Washington has failed to address the issue of rising energy costs and, as a result, the country now faces a true energy crisis, one that is causing serious harm to America's manufacturing sector and all consumers of energy," Chairman and Chief Executive Andrew Liveris said in a statement. "The government's...
  • Threat Matrix: May 2008

    05/01/2008 3:06:29 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,313 replies · 4,222+ views
    U.S. Wary Of Small Boat Terrorism As boating season approaches, the Bush administration wants to enlist America's 80 million recreational boaters to help reduce the chances that a small boat could deliver a nuclear or radiological bomb somewhere along the 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways. According to an April 23 intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press, "The use of a small boat as a weapon is likely to remain al Qaeda's weapon of choice in the maritime environment, given its ease in arming and deploying, low cost, and record of success." While the United States...
  • Studies on Chemical In Plastics Questioned - Congress Examines Role Of Industry in Regulation

    04/27/2008 6:01:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 157+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 27, 2008 | Lyndsey Layton
    A01 Despite more than 100 published studies by government scientists and university laboratories that have raised health concerns about a chemical compound that is central to the multibillion-dollar plastics industry, the Food and Drug Administration has deemed it safe largely because of two studies, both funded by an industry trade group. The agency says it has relied on research backed by the American Plastics Council because it had input on its design, monitored its progress and reviewed the raw data. The compound, bisphenol A (BPA), has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, behavioral disorders and reproductive health problems in...
  • Chemical Incident Response Team Trains to Keep Skills Sharp (BE PREPARED)

    04/19/2008 8:03:19 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 73+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Scott McAdam, USMC
    Two Army chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive specialists use their equipment to detect any threats before entering a house in a simulated contamination scenario. The soldiers check all windows and doors for contamination before entering any structure in a contaminated area. Photo by Cpl. Scott McAdam, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs. AL-ASAD — Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons are all potential threats today’s war fighter could encounter. Fortunately, every branch of the U.S. military has service members charged with protecting the armed forces from these unconventional hazards. To combat these threats, CBRN Marines with Marine...
  • EPA Drops Ball on Danger of Chemicals to Children (No Funding, Beholden to Evil Industry)

    03/30/2008 3:32:38 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies · 436+ views
    JSOnline ^ | March 29, 2008 | Susanne Rust
    Like many parents, New Berlin (WI) mom Becky Fisco figures that if the chemicals sprayed on crib mattresses could make her 5-month-old baby sick, government regulators would warn her about it. "I just assume that these things are safe or they wouldn't be allowed to be sold," said Fisco as baby Natalie cooed in her stroller and 3-year-old Grant tumbled around the Betty Brinn Children's Museum. The Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to evaluate compounds in products such as flame retardants in mattresses and car seats to see if they are especially harmful to children. But it doesn't.The EPA's Voluntary...
  • Singing starlings: why...boys are being born "girls" (estrogen pollution gender-bending the planet)

    02/28/2008 3:33:10 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 51 replies · 995+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 27th February 2008 | GEOFFREY LEAN
    Next time you hear a starling sing, stop and listen hard. It may well be warning of a peril that endangers the whole world of nature - and the very future of the human race itself. For scientists have found that gender-bender chemicals - increasingly contaminating the environment, our food, our water and our bodies - are having a bizarre effect on common birds, causing the males to give voice to longer and more complex songs. This is only the latest in a long series of increasingly urgent alarms being sounded by wildlife against an insidious but devastating danger that...
  • "Find a large cache of chemical materials south of Kirkuk" (translation)

    01/19/2008 5:44:25 AM PST · by harwood · 30 replies · 12,059+ views
    .."8 tons of...toxic agricultural chemicals belonging to the Baathist regime"
  • How Plastic We've Become - Our bodies carry residues of kitchen plastics

    01/20/2008 9:13:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies · 234+ views
    Science News ^ | Jan. 19, 2008 | Janet Raloff
    In the 1967 film classic The Graduate, a businessman corners Benjamin Braddock at a cocktail party and gives him a bit of career advice. "Just one word…plastics." Although Benjamin didn't heed that recommendation, plenty of other young graduates did. Today, the planet is awash in products spawned by the plastics industry. Residues of plastics have become ubiquitous in the environment—and in our bodies. A federal government study now reports that bisphenol A (BPA)—the building block of one of the most widely used plastics—laces the bodies of the vast majority of U.S. residents young and old. Manufacturers link BPA molecules into...
  • Parents Switching to Glass for Baby's Bottle; Plastic Fears Affecting Sales

    12/26/2007 6:18:55 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 74 replies · 534+ views
    JSOnline ^ | December 26, 2007 | Susanne Rust
    Local moms are playing it cautious when it comes to their babies' bottles. Retailers throughout southeastern Wisconsin say they have seen a swell of interest in glass and bisphenol A-free baby bottles in the past few weeks. So much so that a store manager at USA Baby in Brookfield said manufacturers have been unable to keep up with his customers' demands. "We've really seen a surge in the last month," said Tom Blackmore, manager of USA Baby. "It's been hard to keep glass bottles in stock." A growing body of research indicates that bisphenol A - a chemical used to...
  • Everyday Items, Complex Chemistry

    12/21/2007 10:57:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 61+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 22, 2007 | AMY SCHOENFELD
    Holiday shoppers this season may still worry if the toys they buy contain lead after more than 10 million children’s products were recalled this year for that reason. But some scientists are urging consumers to focus on a different problem: the lack of hazard information on the thousands of chemicals in everyday products. “We have enormous gaps in our understanding of how these chemicals affect health and the environment.” said Michael P. Wilson, a public health scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. “And where we do have information, we see cause for concern.” The effects of human exposure to...
  • Official: Three dead in chemical plant explosion [In Jacksonville, Florida]

    12/19/2007 11:11:12 AM PST · by Tulsa Ramjet · 75 replies · 1,229+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/19/2007 | CNN
  • Consumer Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Toys to be Released In Time for Holiday Shopping Season

    12/05/2007 3:29:06 AM PST · by Westlander · 8 replies · 715+ views
    WXYZ ^ | 12-4-2007 | WXYZ
    Although millions of toys have been recalled this year, toys containing toxic ingredients are still on store shelves. So how does a holiday shopper choose safer products? On Wednesday, December 5 the Michigan-based Ecology Center - the same group that released the first-ever consumer guides to toxic chemicals in cars and child car seats - will be releasing new research on over 1,200 toys in collaboration with the Washington Toxics Coalition and other leading environmental health groups across the country. At parents will be able to easily check how products rank from highest to lowest in terms of lead,...
  • Firefighters call for ban on flame retardants[Canada]

    11/01/2007 11:19:40 AM PDT · by BGHater · 11 replies · 175+ views
    CanWest News Service ^ | 01 Nov 2007 | Carly Weeks
    OTTAWA -- A coalition of environmental groups and firefighters are calling on the federal government to ban flame retardants they say are toxic and pose a serious health risk. The group of chemicals are called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, and are commonly found in many consumer products, such as the casings of television sets, curtains and carpets. Numerous scientific studies indicate these chemicals are linked to serious health issues, including neurological and reproductive problems, said Lisa Gue, environmental health policy analyst with the David Suzuki Foundation. "We are calling for all chemicals in this class ... to be banned,"...
  • Commercial building explosion in Iowa

    10/29/2007 12:21:59 PM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 51 replies · 1,105+ views ^ | 10/29/2007 | CNN
    just breaking...
  • Tests reveal high chemical levels in kids' bodies

    10/23/2007 8:20:13 AM PDT · by yankeesdoodle · 74 replies · 84+ views
    CNN ^ | 10-22-07 | Jordana Miller
    "[Rowan's] been on this planet for 18 months, and he's loaded with a chemical I've never heard of," Holland, 37, said. "He had two to three times the level of flame retardants in his body that's been known to cause thyroid dysfunction in lab rats." The technology to test for these flame retardants -- known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) -- and other industrial chemicals is less than 10 years old. Environmentalists call it "body burden" testing, an allusion to the chemical "burden," or legacy of toxins, running through our bloodstream. Scientists refer to this testing as "biomonitoring." Most Americans...
  • Keyword list of Freerepublic threads on the Sept 6, 2007 IAF Attack on Syria ..Possible NUKES ....

    10/07/2007 11:20:09 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 516+ views
    FreeRepublic Indexing ^ | Oct 7, 2007 | Various
    Articles indexed to sept62007 (in order of time indexed.) Israeli official: Russia behind tension with Syria ^   Posted by knighthawk On News/Activism ^ 08/30/2007 2:14:47 PM PDT · 9 replies · 322+ views al Bawaba ^ | August 30 2007   Russia uses Syrian port to demonstrate its power in the Med  ^   Posted by sukhoi-30mki On News/Activism ^ 09/01/2007 7:34:04 AM PDT · 12 replies · 379+ views The Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug 31, 2007 | ALEX KOGAN   Syrian army says it fired on IAF craft violating its space ^   Posted by Nextrush On News/Activism ^ 09/06/2007 4:57:51 AM...
  • South High (Fargo, ND) in lockdown for mercury spill; no injuries reported

    09/06/2007 5:11:22 PM PDT · by Last Dakotan · 80 replies · 1,142+ views
    The Forum ^ | September 06, 2007 | Helmut Schmidt
    A mercury spill on the south side of Fargo’s South High School put the school into a lockdown for more than an hour this afternoon. A thermometer was broken in a medical careers class and some mercury was released, said Superintendent Rick Buresh, who was at the scene. He said it didn’t appear anyone was injured. However, a teacher and two students were kept for decontamination, Fargo Fire Capt. Gary Lorenz said.
  • Germans Arrest 3, Thwart "Imminent Threat"

    09/05/2007 12:05:48 AM PDT · by james500 · 158 replies · 3,710+ views
    AP via CBS News ^ | Sept. 5, 2007
    Three men have been arrested for planning attacks on Frankfurt's international airport and the U.S. military base in Ramstein, the German Defense Minister said Wednesday. "There was an imminent threat," Franz Josef Jung told Germany's ARD broadcaster. He declined to elaborate. Two of the suspects had German citizenship while the third was Pakistani, Germany's Sudwestrundfunk public broadcaster said. German federal prosecutors said they had arrested three suspected members of "an Islamic motivated terrorist organization." It was not immediately clear whether the three were suspected of having links to al Qaeda. Sudwestrundfunk said the men were arrested Tuesday evening and were...
  • UN Inspectors Find Chemical in UN Office

    08/30/2007 2:05:58 PM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 8 replies · 356+ views
    People & AP ^ | August 30, 2007 | Staff
    UN Inspectors Find Chemical in UN Office Thursday, August 30, 2007 UNITED NATIONS - U.N. weapons inspectors discovered potentially hazardous chemical agents in their office near U.N. headquarters that were probably taken from Iraq's main chemical weapons facility 11 years ago, officials said Thursday. snip UNMOVIC has 1,400 linear feet of files and it took until Wednesday to find the inventory the number matched which indicated that the material was from Iraq's main chemical weapons facility at Muthana, near Samarra.
  • Baby Boomers Pay For Six Pack In A Syringe (Baby Boomer Vanity Sinks To New Low)

    08/19/2007 1:41:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies · 1,662+ views ^ | 19/08/2007 | Philip Sherwell
    Baby boomers pay for six pack in a syringe By Philip Sherwell, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 1:00am BST 19/08/2007 With his six-pack stomach, bulging chest and bull-like shoulders, the muscleman in the newspaper advertisement displays the sort of rippling torso that adorns the cover of men's fitness journals. But there is one difference. From the neck up, Dr Jeffry S Life is a balding 67-year-old physician. His physique is the product not of a computer touch-up but a controversial American "ageing management" technique, that often includes a cocktail of human growth hormones and testosterone. Some 13,000 clients have so far...