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  • Exclusive: EPA Dumps 880,000 Lbs Of Toxic Metal Into River, Won’t Answer Any Questions

    03/31/2016 9:48:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/31/16 | Ethan Barton
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials refuse to answer two questions surrounding the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill that would help resolve issues uncovered by a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation. TheDCNF reported numerous contradictions in the EPA’s explanation of how and why it intentionally breached Colorado’s Gold King Mine, releasing 880,000 pounds of dangerous metals and mining waste into drinking water for three states and the Navajo Nation. Yet, the EPA refused to clarify those contradictions and instead disregarded TheDCNF’s findings and clung to its original story. First, the EPA ignored the conflicts of interest surrounding the “independent” investigation...
  • Free database shows where to find some of the world's most toxic snakes

    03/19/2016 8:06:24 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 53 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 3/18/2016 | Case Western Reserve University
    Snakes known to produce some of the most toxic venoms swim the shallows of the western Pacific and eastern Indian oceans and sun themselves on island coasts from southwestern Japan to Indonesia, the Andaman Islands to Fiji. But to find banded sea kraits, ask a guy in Cleveland. Or at least look up his work. Iulian Gherghel, who is earning a PhD in biology at Case Western Reserve University, teamed with researchers in Oklahoma and Europe to create a database of the snakes' distribution. They published a description of their work and analyses in the current issue of the journal...
  • Wasted Charity; Why the 'compassion industry' is not helping the poor.

    02/24/2016 5:06:23 AM PST · by tired&retired · 16 replies ^ | 11/11/11 | Amy Sherman
    Robert Lupton's book is ruffling some feathers. In Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It) (HarperOne), the 40-year veteran urban minister "takes the gloves off" and argues that much of Americans' charitable giving "is either wasted or actually harms the people it is targeted to help. "Years of charitable giving at home and abroad, Lupton contends, have made barely a dent in reducing poverty and often encourage dependency. Toxic Charity offers some statistics, but more stories, as evidence that both our philosophy and practice of charity are frequently misguided. Lupton grieves that...
  • Fans of Solar Don’t Want Sun Shining on Toxic Waste (panels contain)

    02/19/2016 3:03:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Rhino Times ^ | 2/18/16 | Mark Shiver
    Solar panels contain toxic, hazardous materials and there are no regulations in North Carolina on how to dispose of them. Also, there are no plans in place to deal with what could happen if a storm destroyed a solar facility. The Environmental Review Commission met last week and began a discussion about the toxic materials in solar panels, what to do with expired solar panels and what to do in the event of an accident or natural disaster involving a solar facility. Chaired by Sen. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford), the commission heard from Tom Reeder, NC Department of Environmental Quality assistant...
  • Swiss authorities arrest two Syrians with traces of explosives

    12/11/2015 1:38:20 PM PST · by csvset · 16 replies
    France24 ^ | 11 Dec 2015 | Reuters
    Two Syrian nationals were arrested in Geneva on Friday and traces of explosives were found in their car, the local newspaper Tribune de Geneve and Swiss television said. The newspaper gave no details on the identity of the two men or the circumstances of their arrest. It said it was unclear whether the arrests were linked to a heightened security alert Geneva authorities had declared last Thursday. It remained in effect at level 3 on a scale of 5. "Two men of Syrian origin were arrested in Geneva on Friday," Swiss television said on its nightly news broadcast. "Traces of...
  • Mysterious 'Demonic' Ring Eating Away Boy's Finger

    02/22/2015 4:59:39 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 46 replies ^ | 02/20/15 | Daniel Russell
    Eric Buabeng, told Starr Fm that he found the ring by the roadside on his way home from church in November 2014 and picked it up. Buabeng said he wore the ring on his right index finger when he got home and felt the ring tightening up his finger.
  • EPA Administrator on Toxic Spill: ‘I’m Deeply Sorry That This Ever Happened’

    08/11/2015 5:18:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/11/15 | Penny Starr
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said Tuesday that the EPA is “taking responsibility” following the inadvertent release by an EPA cleanup team of millions of gallons of toxic chemicals from an abandoned gold mine in Colorado that flooded into the Animas and San Juan River valleys. A reporter pointed out to McCarthy that if this damage had been done by a “private polluter,” a public apology would have already been issued by the CEO or other leadership speaking for the offender.
  • Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska [Revelation 8]

    08/05/2015 11:40:46 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 27 replies
    My Way ^ | 8/4/2015 | PHUONG LE
    SEATTLE (AP) — A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel. This coastal ribbon of microscopic algae, up to 40 miles wide and 650 feet deep in places, is flourishing amid unusually warm Pacific Ocean temperatures. It now stretches from at least California to Alaska and has shut down lucrative fisheries. Shellfish managers on Tuesday doubled the area off Washington's coast that is closed to Dungeness crab fishing, after finding elevated levels of marine...
  • The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

    07/29/2015 8:36:45 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies ^ | 7/29/2015 | Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen
    Organic agriculture is an unscientific, heavily subsidized marketing gimmick that misleads and rips off consumers. The federal government should stop promoting and subsidizing it. Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good. Many people who pay the huge premium—often more than a hundred percent–for organic foods do so because they’re afraid of pesticides. If that’s their rationale, they misunderstand the nuances of organic agriculture. Although it’s true that synthetic chemical pesticides are generally prohibited, there is a lengthy list of exceptions listed in the Organic Foods Production Act,...
  • US train carrying toxic chemicals derails and catches fire causing mass evacuation

    07/02/2015 6:07:21 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 2 2015 | KATE PICKLES
    A train carrying toxic chemicals has derailed and caught fire causing thousands of people to be evacuated. More 5,000 people have been forced to leave their homes after a train with 'highly flammable and toxic gas' derailed and caught fire near Knoxville, Tennessee. Seven police officers were taken to hospital after breathing in fumes from the blaze, while fire-fighters in gas masks have been going from door to door to evacuate residents. As many as three cars derailed, Blount County Sheriff's spokeswoman Marian O'Briant said. Local fire authorities ordered a one-mile evacuation, and Hazmat crews responded to the scene. 'Evacuation...
  • Dog’s death prompts MPCA to issue alert on toxic algae blooms

    08/03/2014 7:59:45 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    Tribune News ^ | 6-24-14 | Tribune News
    he MPCA issued the alert Thursday following the death of a dog last weekend in Sherburne County. Brock Tatge, the dog’s owner, told the MPCA that he and his family were spending time last Sunday on Prairie Lake, where they live, when their dog, Copper, suddenly became ill. The dog had been fetching a tennis ball from the lake. “We noticed that Copper went on shore, began vomiting and panting very hard, and just looked very sick,” Tatge said. “I carried him to my truck and brought him to the vet’s office.” Copper’s condition deteriorated and he died at the...
  • George Air Force Base, CA Hazardous Toxic and Radioactive Waste (HTRW)

    08/03/2014 3:30:33 AM PDT · by zlala · 7 replies
    The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board recently released the “Deed Restrictions” for George Air Force Base that are required by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) §120(h). Because of these CERCLA §120(h) Deed Restrictions, we now know that there were numerous Completed Exposure Pathways (CEPs) to the George AFB personnel, their families, civilian employees, and the surrounding community. The contaminated buildings, soil, air, upper and lower aquifers (these contaminated aquifers were the source for municipal and domestic drinking water supply wells for George AFB, Adelanto, several homes, and the Victor Valley Country Club) provided the Completed...
  • Hobo Spider Bites Might Not Be So Toxic After All

    05/04/2014 7:54:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Discovery ^ | Agata Blaszczak
    Whether the bites of the hobo spider are toxic to people has been a matter of scientific debate, but a new study suggests the spider's venom may be less harmful than many people think. With black widows and brown recluse spiders, hobo spiders are listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the three venomous spiders that can be found in the United States, that can be dangerous. In some cases, hobo spider bites have caused necrosis, which is the death of cells or tissue, according to a 1996 report from the CDC. However, researchers have...
  • GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists 'Genetically modified foods'.

    11/04/2013 10:55:03 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 128 replies
    Epoch times ^ | Oct 24, 2013 | Justina Reichel,
    GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists Controversy erupts after World Food Prize awarded to Monsanto By Justina Reichel, Epoch Times | October 24, 2013 In the wake of biotech giants Monsanto and Syngenta being awarded the World Food Prize, a European coalition of scientists is challenging claims that the debate around genetically modified foods is settled and that GM foods are safe. The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility, which consists of more than 90 scientists, academics, and physicians, released a statement Monday in response to “sweeping claims” that GM products are safe. “We strongly reject...
  • Toxic Sugar: Fantastic Video on the Obesity Epidemic!

    08/26/2013 6:20:13 PM PDT · by Signalman · 39 replies ^ | 8/22/2013 | Diet Doctor
    Is sugar toxic and the cause of the obesity epidemic? Here’s a great new video called Toxic Sugar. It’s a recent segment from the major Australian science program Catalyst, on ABC. It’s arguably the best 18-minute introduction ever made on the true causes of the obesity epidemic. The program features the #1 enemy of the sugar industry: professor Robert Lustig. Also appearing: science writer Gary Taubes and obesity expert professor Michael Crowley. See it and then tell your friends. This needs to be seen by a lot of people
  • Manatee death toll rises in Florida even as toxic algae ebbs (Red Tide victims)

    TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - A deadly algae bloom that killed a record number of manatees has dissipated, though the death toll for the endangered sea mammals continues to rise, Florida wildlife officials said on Thursday. Red Tide has killed 241 manatees this year as of Wednesday, said Kevin Baxter, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. The figure already surpasses the highest number of Red Tide manatee deaths on record in Florida - 151 in 1996. This year's fatalities from Red Tide will likely continue into the spring because the algae bloom's deadly toxins...
  • New Zealand fertilizer firms suspend sales of DCD after traces found in milk

    01/25/2013 4:41:37 AM PST · by VAFreedom · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | 1/25/2013 | LUCY CRAYMER
    A TOXIC substance has been found in New Zealand milk, in a potential blow to the nation's $NZ11.5 billion ($9.2 billion) dairy industry. The country's two biggest fertiliser companies, Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients, have suspended sales of a chemical treatment sold to farmers after low levels of dicyandiamide, or DCD, were found in dairy products.
  • Deepwater Horizon oil spill 'cleanup' made toxicity worse, study finds

    12/01/2012 12:08:43 PM PST · by waus · 13 replies
    Natural News ^ | 12-1-12 | David Gutierrez
    The cleanup technique used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico actually made the spilled oil more than 50 times more toxic than doing nothing, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes (UAA), Mexico. The findings were published in the journal Environmental Pollution.
  • Chemical in many antibacterial soaps linked with impaired muscle function

    08/14/2012 11:46:03 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 90 replies ^ | Thursday, August 14, 2012 | Loren Grush
    Introduced in the 1970s, the compound triclosan has become an increasingly popular ingredient in many antibacterial soaps and other personal-care items, such as deodorants and mouthwashes. However, as the chemical’s popularity continues to grow, a recent report has raised concerns about some frightening risks that triclosan could pose to public health. A new study published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" has revealed that exposure to triclosan is linked with muscle function impairments in humans and mice, as well as slowing the swimming of fish. By reducing contractions in both cardiac and skeletal muscles, the chemical has...
  • Corn insecticide linked to honeybee die-off

    04/27/2012 1:06:42 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 17 replies
    By EarthSky ^ | MAR 19, 2012 | By EarthSky
    New research has linked springtime die-offs of honeybees with insecticides used to coat corn seeds, according to a study in American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology on March 6, 2012. The finding might be a clue to the cause of the mysterious malady afflicting honeybees called colony collapse disorder.
  • Fructose consumption increases risk factors for heart disease

    07/28/2011 6:23:20 AM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies
    The Endocrine Society ^ | July 28, 2011 | Unknown
    Study suggests US Dietary Guideline for upper limit of sugar consumption is too highA recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that adults who consumed high fructose corn syrup for two weeks as 25 percent of their daily calorie requirement had increased blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which have been shown to be indicators of increased risk for heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that people consume only five percent of calories as added sugar. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 suggest an upper limit of 25 percent...
  • Ohio puts 200-pound third-grader in foster care

    11/28/2011 4:14:25 AM PST · by EBH · 91 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 11/28/11
    <p>CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight.</p>
  • Up to 20 million tons of debris from Japan’s tsunami moving toward Hawaii

    10/24/2011 12:59:09 PM PDT · by LucyT · 56 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 24 October 2011 | Laura Rozen
    Some 5 to 20 million tons of debris--furniture, fishing boats, refrigerators--sucked into the Pacific Ocean in the wake of Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami are moving rapidly across the Pacific. Researchers from the University of Hawaii tracking the wreckage estimate it could approach the U.S. West Coast in the next three years, the UK Daily Mail reports. "We have a rough estimate of 5 to 20 million tons of debris coming from Japan,"
  • Karl Rove: Rick Perry’s Social Security Views ‘Toxic’

    09/07/2011 8:55:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | 09/07/2011 | George Stephanopoulos
    On “GMA” this morning, Karl Rove noted that new GOP frontrunner has many strengths, but Rick Perry’s thoughts on Social Security are not among them. Perry’s campaign has not backed away from what Perry wrote in his book “Fed Up” — that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme,” a “failure,” “something we have been forced to accept for more than 70 years now,” and one of many New Deal programs that have “never died, and like a bad disease, they have spread.” But Rove pulled no punches today, calling that stance “inadequate.” “They are going to have to find a...
  • Giant, Toxic Weed Poses Health Risk

    07/19/2011 1:01:57 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 87 replies · 1+ views ^ | Tue Jul 19, 2011 07:48 AM ET | By Emily Sohn
    It's exotic and beautiful, a 15-foot tall plant with clusters of dainty white flowers and human-sized leaves -- resembling, it is often said, Queen Anne's Lace on steroids. But giant hogweed is an invasive species that is spreading around much of the northern United States. Even worse, its sap is extremely poisonous, with the potential to cause blistering burns and even blindness. Now that the giant hogweed's flowering season is here again, experts are taking the opportunity to draw people's attention to the plant -- for the sake of human health as well as for the health of the environment....
  • Is Sugar Toxic?

    04/19/2011 3:11:57 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 43 replies
    NYTimes ^ | April 13, 2011 | GARY TAUBES
    ...When I set out to interview public health authorities and researchers for this article, they would often initiate the interview with some variation of the comment “surely you’ve spoken to Robert Lustig,” not because Lustig has done any of the key research on sugar himself, which he hasn’t, but because he’s willing to insist publicly and unambiguously, when most researchers are not, that sugar is a toxic substance that people abuse... ...What we have to keep in mind, says Walter Glinsmann, the F.D.A. administrator who was the primary author on the 1986 report and who now is an adviser to...
  • America's 10 Most Toxic Cities

    03/05/2011 6:03:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | 3/05/11 | Morgan Brennan
    America's 10 Most Toxic CitiesPhiladelphia Lands on Atop The Most Toxic Towns List By Morgan Brennan March 5, 2011 During the Revolutionary War Philadelphia served as one of America's first capital cities. These days, however, Philadelphia could be considered the capital of toxicity, since the city and its environs ranked No. 1 on our 2011 Most Toxic Cities list. One big reason: The sprawling Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), including parts of four states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and one county in Maryland), is pocked with more than 50 Superfund sites---areas no longer in use that contain hazardous waste. **SNIP**...
  • BofA looks to sell toxic mortgages worth $1 billion: report

    12/13/2010 3:14:05 PM PST · by mdittmar · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 13, 2010 | Abhinav Sharma
    Bank of America Corp has put up for sale at least $1 billion worth of toxic mortgage assets, the New York Post said on Monday, citing sources. Bids are due by the end of December for the assets, which includes already written-off loans and mortgage-servicing rights, the paper said.
  • $700B TARP bailout ends Sunday, will wind up costing $100B or less (America PROFITS!)

    10/02/2010 1:17:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 10/01/10 | Kevin G. Hall and David Lightman
    $700B TARP bailout ends Sunday, will wind up costing $100B or lessThe Troubled Assets Relief Fund (TARP), an unpopular government rescue program credited by economists with preventing another Great Depression, will go out of business Sunday. By Kevin G. Hall and David Lightman Originally published Friday, October 1, 2010 at 9:18 PM WASHINGTON — An unpopular government-rescue program credited by economists with preventing another Great Depression will go out of business Sunday, two years to the day it was created. On Oct. 3, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), known as the bank-bailout bill, loses authorization to make new expenditures....
  • Al Gore's Very Own Nuke 'Em High

    09/08/2010 7:44:15 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-8-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    In an honor that could be misinterpreted as a slap in the face, a Los Angeles school district has named a new academy after Al Gore -- the only problem is the school was built on toxic soil. The Los Angeles Times reports that crews worked up to the Labor Day weekend to try to clean up the Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences in the run-up to its Sept. 13 opening. The $75.5 million facility was named after Gore, who has made bringing awareness to climate change a personal cause since leaving office, and environmental author Rachel Carson. The...
  • Al Gore school stands on top of toxic ground (above an oil field, contaminated groundwater)

    09/07/2010 5:36:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 1+ views
    TG Daily ^ | 9/07/10 | Mark Raby
    Al Gore school stands on top of toxic groundMark Raby | Tue 7th Sep 2010, 09:28 am Call it hilarious, offensive, or dangerous, but any way you slice it there will be controversy over a new school named after Al Gore that's opening for the first time next week. The Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences has just wrapped up construction in Los Angeles, and should be ready to open its doors when the school years starts on September 13. But there's something unmistakably ironic about the name of this school. It's named after environmental activist Rachel Carson, and bloated Nobel...
  • Governors: Obama's Immigration Suit Is 'Toxic' (Obama/Holder helping to exterminate the Rats)

    07/12/2010 3:45:00 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies
    fox news ^ | 7/12/2010 | fox news
    Democratic governors expressed "grave" concerns to White House officials this weekend about the Obama administration's suit against Arizona's new immigration law, warning it could cost the party in crucial elections this fall, The New York Times reported late Sunday. The closed-door meeting took place at the National Governors Association in Boston on Saturday, according to two unnamed governors who spoke to the Times. "Universally the governors are saying, 'We've got to talk about jobs, and all of a sudden we have immigration going on,'" Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, a Democrat, was quoted as saying. "It is such a toxic...
  • Reid So Toxic His Son Campaigns Without Last Name (Link Inside)

    07/08/2010 11:52:32 AM PDT · by FromLori · 6 replies · 1+ views
    7/8/2010 | Lisa Lerer
  • UPDATE 4: Toxic BP Oil Spill Fumes Will Cause Death & Cancer – Government & BP Negligent In

    06/16/2010 2:15:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies · 774+ views ^ | 6/16/10 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press Writer
    NEW ORLEANS – Scientists provided a new estimate for the amount of oil gushing from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday that indicates it could be worse than previously thought. A government panel of scientists said that the ruptured well is leaking between 1.47 million and 2.52 million gallons a day of oil. That is an increase over previous estimates that put the maximum size of the spill at 2.1 million gallons per day.
  • Toxic chemicals finding their way into the womb

    06/03/2010 8:34:55 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 6 replies · 552+ views
    CNN ^ | 6-3-10 | Stephanie Smith
    Five years ago Molly and Zachery Gray were in the midst of a dark, lonely spiral. It began with Molly's first miscarriage. "It was a really emotional process of being so joyful and so happy and ready to make that step into parenthood and that being pulled away from you," said Molly, 32. "[The pregnancy is] happening and all of a sudden it's gone. It's really hard." After a second miscarriage the Grays were on a desperate hunt for answers. After Molly got pregnant a third time, she heard about a small study to test the blood of pregnant women...
  • San Francisco's toxic sludge is good for you!

    04/28/2010 12:58:22 PM PDT · by Scythian · 27 replies · 457+ views
    NaturalNews) If someone were to begin marketing toxic sewer sludge as "high-quality, nutrient-rich, organic" compost, he or she would likely be considered a crook and possibly sued for false advertising. Unfortunately, this is what the city of San Francisco and Synagro, "the largest recycler of organic residuals in the United States," have begun doing to the people of San Francisco. Most waste treatment facilities across the U.S. contract treatment and disposal responsibilities to Synagro. Because it is no longer permissible to dump toxic sewage directly in the ocean, most of it ends up being reused on farm fields as "fertilizer."...
  • U.S. agrees to remove toxic 'Ghost Fleet' ships

    03/31/2010 7:17:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,533+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/1/10 | Maria L. La Ganga
    Reporting from San Francisco - After years of legal wrangling, the federal government agreed Wednesday to remove a fleet of mothballed military ships that has dropped tons of heavy metal pollution into a waterway northeast of San Francisco. As part of a settlement with environmental groups, the U.S. Maritime Administration said it will remove 52 obsolete and decaying vessels -- nicknamed the Ghost Fleet -- from the estuary between the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Five others have been removed since November. The agency plans to get rid of the 25 worst offenders in less than...
  • Health care reform would be historic, but possibly toxic for Democrats

    03/21/2010 9:07:01 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 41 replies · 1,069+ views
    WAPO via pioneer press ^ | 3-21-10 | Dan Balz
    WASHINGTON — As the final round of the battle over health care reform begins today, President Barack Obama and the Democrats are in reach of a historic legislative achievement that has eluded presidents dating back a century. The question is at what cost. By almost any measure, enactment of comprehensive health care legislation would rank as one of the most significant pieces of social welfare legislation in the country's history, a goal set as far back as the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt and pursued since by many other presidents. But unlike Social Security or Medicare, Obama's health care bill would...
  • Most Indian Plastic Toys Are 'Toxic' [Mostly made in China]

    01/15/2010 9:50:14 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 577+ views
    BBCNews ^ | January 15th 2010
    Most Indian Plastic Toys Are 'Toxic' The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) studied a sample of Indian toys and found that all of them contained high levels of phthalates. Phthalates are chemicals used to soften plastic and the group says India has no regulations to control their use. The use of these chemicals in Europe and the US is strictly regulated. 'Most vulnerable' The CSE studied a sample of toys sold in India and found that all of them contained high levels of phthalates, Sunita Narayan, director of CSE told a press conference in Delhi. Nearly half of them...
  • Toxic Materials Training Helps Keep Servicemembers Safe

    12/29/2009 4:08:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 198+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Samantha M. Stryker, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, Dec. 29, 2009 – Twelve soldiers and three sailors conducted a 10-day Toxic Industrial Chemical Protection and Detection Equipment training exercise here recently. Army Staff Sgt. Timothy Price is scrubbed off as he makes his way through the decontaminating process during a Toxic Industrial Chemical Protection and Detection Equipment training exercise on Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq, Dec. 15, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Samantha M. Stryker   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “You never know what could pop up,” said Army Capt. Leann Yi, 17th Fires Brigade Chemical, Biological, Radiological...
  • Preliminary reports link Chinese drywall, corrosion in U.S. homes

    11/23/2009 2:51:00 PM PST · by FromLori · 12 replies · 768+ views
    CNN ^ | 11/23/09
    The suspected link between Chinese drywall and toxic effects reported by thousands of U.S. homeowners was strengthened Monday by three preliminary reports issued by the federal government. The strongest link came from an analysis of air sampled inside dozens of homes containing drywall made in China. "While the study of 51 homes detected hydrogen sulfide and formaldehyde ... at concentrations below irritant levels, it is possible that the additive or synergistic effects of these and other compounds in the subject homes could cause irritant effects," the Consumer Product Safety Commission said in its executive summary of the study. Two other...
  • Thousands of Homeowners Cite Drywall for Ills (made in China: nosebleed & headache)

    10/09/2009 9:49:13 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 83 replies · 3,123+ views
    NYT ^ | 10/08/09 | LESLIE WAYNE
    Thousands of Homeowners Cite Drywall for Ills By LESLIE WAYNE When Bill Morgan, a retired policeman, moved into his newly built dream home in Williamsburg, Va., three years ago, his hopes were quickly dashed. His wife and daughter suffered constant nosebleeds and headaches. A persistent foul odor filled the house. Every piece of metal indoors corroded or turned black. In short order, Mr. Morgan moved out. The headaches and nosebleeds stopped, but the ensuing financial problems pushed him into personal bankruptcy. “My house is not worth the land it’s built on,” said Mr. Morgan, who could not maintain the mortgage...
  • Cartels Turn U.S. Forests Into Marijuana Plantations, Creating Toxic Mess

    07/31/2009 1:02:43 PM PDT · by AuntB · 62 replies · 4,159+ views
    Green Wire ^ | July 30, 2009 | PHIL TAYLOR of Greenwire
    Empty turtle shells, decaying skunk carcasses and a set of deer antlers lay strewn about an empty campsite in California's Sierra National Forest. The butchered animals, as well as several five-pound propane canisters, camp stoves and heaps of trash, were all that remained of the 69 marijuana plantations recently uncovered in Fresno County as part of operation "Save our Sierras." The massive operation that began in February has already seized about 318,000 marijuana plants worth an estimated $1.1 billion, officials announced last week. In addition to 82 arrests, the multi-jurisdictional federal, state and local operation netted 42 pounds of processed...
  • Fed may need to buy a trillion dollars of banks' off-balance-sheet assets (link to original article)

    03/25/2009 8:53:20 AM PDT · by Stayfree · 2 replies · 265+ views
    Posting of article on ^ | March 25, 2009 | Posted by Suresh
    The U.S. government wants to clear as much as $1 trillion in soured loans and securities from bank balance sheets with its latest bailout plan. That might prove a short-term respite. No sooner might the Treasury Department mop up those assets than $1 trillion or more in new ones spring up to take their place.
  • Geithner's 'Legacy Assets Roadshow' Comes to PBS

    03/25/2009 8:30:42 AM PDT · by Dutchgirl · 6 replies · 350+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | 3/25/09 | Scott Ott
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner today announced a public-public partnership with PBS to produce and host a program tentatively dubbed 'Legacy Assets Roadshow', with a format reminiscent of the network's popular 'Antiques Roadshow.' Part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, the Legacy Assets Roadshow hopes to "tap the viewer's ongoing curiosity about whether that dusty old thing that looks virtually worthless might turn out to be a precious keepsake worth big bucks." Geithner plans to travel to locations around the nation inviting bankers and other financial firm executives to bring in mortgages, mortgaged-backed securities and other items formerly known...
  • Toxic Bank Assets Plan Delayed Again

    03/21/2009 7:37:48 PM PDT · by Flavius · 14 replies · 835+ views
    istockanalyst ^ | 3/20/09 | ron haruni
    Government sources tell Time Magazine - the Administration’s long-awaited plan to save America’s banks is being delayed ‘again’. Apparently, the cause of this latest delay consists in the Treasury Department’s difficulties, or should we say - inabilities at this point, to create a proposal on financial reform that will help banks clean up toxic assets from their balance sheets through a partnership between private investors and the feds. Administration officials are urging patience and insist they are moving faster than anyone has tried to do before. However, the reality is - the Department’s version of the plan, initially introduced by...
  • A million Chinese without tap water after acid spill

    02/21/2009 7:09:50 AM PST · by SolidWood · 18 replies · 706+ views
    Sify News, India ^ | 21 February , 2009 | IANS
    Beijing: Carbolic acid spilled into a river from a chemical plant has forced the suspension of tap water supplies to more than one million people in China's eastern city of Yancheng, officials said on Saturday. The privately owned Biaoxin Chemical Company was found illegally discharging waste water into a river in Jiangsu Province, Xue Yu, Secretary-General of the city administration, said. Two water plants in the city were found contaminated with phenol after the waste water was discharged into the river. The Yancheng City has three tap water plants, which provide drinking water to the city's 1.5 million people. One...
  • Cocoa Mulch-Beware

    06/25/2008 7:53:23 AM PDT · by fings · 38 replies · 351+ views
    If your owners use mulch in the yard, please have them read the below letter. There’s danger in that there mulch they might be purchasing. Buyer beware. Over the weekend one of our friends experienced a tragedy with one of their dogs and wanted me to pass a special message along to all of our dog loving friends and family. Please tell every dog owner you know. Over the weekend the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from
  • Of Love and Other Demons: The press hearts Obama. But is it toxic?

    02/15/2008 1:22:42 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 105+ views
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | 14 Feb 2008 | Megan Garber
    “Barack Obama,” Howie Kurtz declared, “will never get this kind of cuddly coverage again.” With that, the uber-critic gave voice to one of the cyclical predictions of the primary season’s punditry, the prediction that appears and reappears, never fulfilled, yet never dying: that, at some point, the press will stop fawning over Obama. Kurtz made this particular prediction back in December. Of 2006. Has it materialized? Well, flash forward to February of 2008, to Tuesday’s Potomac Primary. During MSNBC’s live coverage of the returns, as Mssrs. Matthews and Olbermann analyzed the victory speeches of the winners (Obama, by considerably more...
  • Toxic Spill in Hunan Province Sickens 'Thousands'

    01/26/2008 6:40:26 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 5 replies · 53+ views
    Radio Free Asia ^ | January 25, 2008 | By Lee Kin-kwan and Qiao Long
    (HONG KONG) — Residents of Chenxi county in the southern Chinese province of Hunan say thousands of people are seeking medical attention after a local factory polluted the local water supply, although local officials said only 26 people were taken seriously ill. “We are not on the main water supply here, so 80 to 90 percent of villagers rely on the same water supply,” a resident of Banqiao village surnamed Chen told RFA’s Cantonese service. “One by one, they are all going to the doctor because they are getting headaches, swelling and weakness in their limbs.” Chen said that once...