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By Sheila Kaplan
Friday, December 21st, 2012
"A landmark Environmental Protection Agency report concluding that children exposed to toxic substances can develop learning disabilities, asthma and other health problems has been sidetracked indefinitely amid fierce opposition from the chemical industry.
"America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition, is a sobering analysis of the way in which pollutants build up in children’s developing bodies and the damage they can inflict.
"The report is unpublished, but was posted on EPA’s website in draft form in March 2011, marked “Do not Quote or Cite.” The report, which is fiercely contested by the chemical industry, was referred to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where it still languishes.
"For the first time since the ACE series began in 2000, the draft cites extensive research linking common chemical pollutants to brain damage and nervous system disorders in fetuses and children. It also raises troubling questions about the degree to which children are exposed to hazardous chemicals in air, drinking water and food, as well exposures in their indoor environments — including schools and day-care centers — and through contaminated lands.
"In the making since 2008, the ACE report is based on peer-reviewed research and databases from federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, Housing and Urban Development and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health officials view it as a source of one-stop shopping for the best information on what children and women of childbearing age are exposed to, how much of it remains in their bodies and what the health effects might be. Among the “health outcomes” listed as related to environmental exposures are childhood cancer, obesity, neurological disorders, respiratory problems and low birth weight.
"The EPA’s website still notes that the report will be published by the end of 2011. But after a public comment period that was marked by unusually harsh criticism from industry, additional peer review and input from other agencies, the report landed at OMB last March, where it has remained...."
(see the link above for more)By Sheila Kaplan Friday, December 21st, 2012 "A landmark Environmental... more
Freelance journalist Lizzie Phelan talking about the Brit's crackdown on Iranian freedom of speech and Truth about SyriaIn a questionable move and without offering a valid response to the Press TV CEO's letters, the British Office of Communications (Ofcom) has revoked Press TV's broadcasting license and finally removed the channel from the Sky platform. Press TV has interviewed Lizzie Phelan, freelance journalist, Damascus about Britain's hypocrisy in condemning other countries over freedoms of expression while abusing those freedoms at home and how actions by British state institution OFCOM reflects the demands of the one percent. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview. --------------- Meanwhile in Syria ------------ About four days ago I visited Zabadani late at night after watching an Al-Arabiya report that stated thousands of so-called "Free Syrian Army" officers had taken the city. Later the channel showed footage of a convoy of approximately 10 cars filled with armed fighters apparently in the city. When I drove into the city, there was just one checkpoint on the way in. The legitimate Syrian Army soldiers there who were busy building a fire to keep warm in light snow waved us through. We drove for about ten minutes into the city and the streets were completely dead, nno gunshots no "Free Syrian Army" checkpoints, nothing. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43053-freelance-journalist-lizzie-phelan-talking-about-the-brits-crackdown-on-iranian-freedom-of-speechIn a questionable move and without offering a valid response to the Press TV... more
As skiers and snowboarders strap on their sticks of choice this winter, few will take time to think about why snow is the substance of choice for sliding downhill.
http://www.tastekulcha.com/slick-snow-science/As skiers and snowboarders strap on their sticks of choice this winter, few will take... more
PICO, a revolutionary new Negative Pressure Wound Therapy device (NPWT) from Smith & Nephew is now available in Canada. PICO, is simple, effective and economical and it makes it easier to use NPWT for a wider range of patients in all care settings.PICO, a revolutionary new Negative Pressure Wound Therapy device (NPWT) from Smith... more
In April 1994, at a solo recital given by Mari Kimura in New York City, subharmonics were introduced to the musical community as a revolutionary bowing technique to extend the violin's range by a full octave below on the open G string without changing the tuning. Subharmonics require precise control of the bow pressure and speed, in order to freely utilize this extended bowing technique. Subharmonics can be used as a musical element for composers to explore additional possibilities for the violin and other string instruments. As the technique has grown significantly since the initial discovery more than 15 years ago, it was apparent that Subharmonics needed a closer look in the most controlled environment. .... http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/album-rewievs/42971-mari-kimura-subharmonicsIn April 1994, at a solo recital given by Mari Kimura in New York City, subharmonics... more
NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered the solar system's final frontier, a vast, turbulent expanse where the Sun's influence ends and the solar wind crashes into the thin gas between stars. ...... In November 2003, the Voyager team announced it was seeing events unlike any encountered before in the mission's then 26-year history. The team believed the unusual events indicated Voyager 1 was approaching a strange region of space, likely the beginning of this new frontier called the termination shock region. There was controversy at that time over whether Voyager 1 had indeed encountered the termination shock or was just getting close. "The consensus of the team now is that Voyager 1, at 8.7 billion miles from the Sun, has at last entered the heliosheath, the region beyond the termination shock," said Dr. John Richardson from MIT, Principal Investigator of the Voyager plasma science investigation.... http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/submit-an-article/42955-voyager-entersNASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered the solar system's final frontier, a... more
Survey: U.S. freshman feeling more stress
Gender was a factor with just 45.9 percent of women in the freshman class describing themselves as emotionally strong compared with 59.1 percent of the men.
http://su.pr/1IrgX7Survey: U.S. freshman feeling more stress Gender was a factor with just 45.9... more
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the most common cardiovascular disease.
If you have high blood pressure, you’ll probably find out about it during a routine checkup. Or, you may have noticed a problem while taking your own blood pressure. But be sure to see your doctor for a definite diagnosis, and take the opportunity to learn what you can do to bring your blood pressure under control.
http://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/high-blood-pressure-facts/High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the most common cardiovascular... more
Student Niamh Buffini works hard and plays hard. As Ireland's No 1 taekwondo martial arts practitioner – she is rated 12th in the world – her ambitions include winning Olympic gold for Ireland.
But by the end of this month her future will have been decided by forces not just beyond her control but seemingly those of her government also. Ireland is on the cusp of insolvency. Some economists argue that it already is.
Buffini will soon learn if her fees at the Institute of Technology in Tallaght, south Dublin, have climbed beyond her means. Her father is a self-employed builder, which has recently become a euphemism for "unemployed".
"My class size will have dropped by 50% by next year," Buffini said. "Even lecturers took part in the recent student protests over fees because society here is going to be left with very few educated people. My best friends have already left – they're doing bar work in Spain and Australia."
Last week was not a good week for Ireland. Speculation about a European Union-backed bailout pushed its borrowing costs to unprecedented heights.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/14/ireland-economic-crisisStudent Niamh Buffini works hard and plays hard. As Ireland's No 1 taekwondo... more
Could you imagine going to work, thinking that somebody you worked with was doing nothing but trying to replace you?“In all my time playing and in 10 years of working with players since I retired, I can’t remember one guy, not one, who asked for help,” said Robert Bailey, who spent 11 seasons with six different teams as a defensive back and special teams ace and now is a marketing agent working with Drew Rosenhaus.
“Teams spend millions of dollars every year looking for somebody who is better than you. Could you imagine going to work like that every day, thinking that somebody you worked with was doing nothing but trying to replace you?”
“The nature of the job is inhumane. It’s the most stressful job I can think of. There are jobs that are more dangerous, but the pressure to perform every day is intense, so it’s easy to project that the pressure comes from outside and that the problem isn’t you. Imagine that you’re at work every day and someone is following you around with a camera the whole time and then you watch yourself as other people critique what you’re doing.”
More at link
http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=jc-seekinghelp092610“In all my time playing and in 10 years of working with players since I retired,... more
Work and relationship pressures make the mid-30s the start of many British people's unhappiest decade, a survey suggests.
link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11429993Work and relationship pressures make the mid-30s the start of many British... more
BP Gulf Disaster is on the verge of releasing a subterranean methane bubble that will cause mass extinctionA media blackout has kept the world in the dark about how bad things are going on in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists fear an enormous rise in pressure on the seabed in light of the BP Oil Spill may release a catastrophic amount of methane, enough to poison the entire neighboring ocean and release a toxic bubble of methane 20 miles in diameter that would displace a trillion cubic feet of water and create a towering supersonic tsunami that would annihilate every coast of the Gulf of mexico and continue well inland. The rest would die to toxic methane in an extinction event not unlike the Permian extinction 251 Million years ago.
Find out the truth that BP is desperately trying to keep withheld from the public.
http://www.helium.com/items/1882339-doomsday-how-bp-gulf-disaster-may-have-triggered-a-world-killing-eventA media blackout has kept the world in the dark about how bad things are going on in... more
Watch the video. Then think to yourself: the almost exact same oil spill that happened in the Gulf Coast today also happened in 1979. Same failed equipment, same corporate greed, same failed techniques, same failed response, same environmental disaster. Somethings just don’t change. http://www.grabi.co.cc/index.php/novosti/off/28624-1979-gulf-coastWatch the video. Then think to yourself: the almost exact same oil spill that happened... more
As trans-people, it is very crucial that we seek out friends who accept us and help us grow. Here is provided an essay on what to do when friendships go amiss.
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-38184-Sacramento-Transgender-Issues-Examiner~y2010m4d6-When-and-how-to-end-a-friendshipAs trans-people, it is very crucial that we seek out friends who accept us and help us... more
It could be a major scientific breakthrough in the battle against climate change. Or just a touch of woolly thinking.
For scientists in Australia are homing in on an unlikely weapon to tackle greenhouse gases - the burp-free sheep.
Emissions from agriculture are the country's second largest source of greenhouse gases and environmentalists have begged farmers and scientists to find a way of reducing the problem.
Scientists are working on several means of reducing methane emissions from animals and have been encouraged by experiments involving changing the microbes in the gut, altering their diet and changing the genetics of animals.
The target is to stop the main cause of the methane problem - burping sheep.
In a world-first study, the Australian Sheep Co-operative Research Centre is conducting experiments with 700 sheep from 20 different genetic lines.
Some genetically-mixed groups are being fed the same foods, while other animals are being fed a variety of menus before they are shepherded into pens so their burp outputs can be measured.
Research leader Dr Roger Hegarty said: 'What we do know right from the start is that sheep in general burp large amounts of methane.
'There's been environmental pressure to see if this can be cut down.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1243947/Putting-baa-burping-sheep-battle-climate-change.html#ixzz0cx981MRaIt could be a major scientific breakthrough in the battle against climate change. Or... more
As modern life brings about so much pressure, many people have thought of undergoing plastic surgery with aims to enhance their physical attributes and beauty. Plastic surgery is no longer an expensive luxury expense, and thus most of the teenagers have taken this advantage to imitate their favorite idols by altering their natural appearances in order to achieve their desired self-esteem. In contrary, alien, stretched, and expressionless faces worn by some celebrities can cost them a lifetime as they lead to permanent disfiguring and scaring. Are people with plastic surgery really that much happier than they were in the good old days?As modern life brings about so much pressure, many people have thought of undergoing... more
The media is debating why Sarah Palin stepped down as Governor of Alaska.
Ben Hoffman has the answer in these week's infoMania Editorial.
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Sarah Haskins, Ben Hoffman, and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Times and can be found online at http://current.com/infomania/ or on Current TV. And make sure to check out our facebook profile for special features at http://infomaniafacebook.com.The media is debating why Sarah Palin stepped down as Governor of Alaska. Ben Hoffman... more
If you don’t have kids or live outside of New York, you hear about the nightmarish process that attends enrolling a child in the city’s better nursery schools, and greet the tales with something that borders between awe and disbelief. Well, doubt no longer — filmmakers Marc H. Simon and Matthew Makar have taken their lives in their hands (you try dealing with all those doting parents!) and delivered an incisive yet sympathetic look at a group of Manhattanites with understandably big plans for their kids, and the school administrators who have to deal with the fact that all New Yorkers have big plans for their kids.
Both directors were happy to talk about the project. Here’s the interview.If you don’t have kids or live outside of New York, you hear about the... more
Mychal Bell says he felt pressure to be perfect after his part of 2006's "Jena 6" assault case was over. When police alleged last month that he wasn't, the Louisiana teen took his Christmas money and sought a gun to kill himself.
After the Jena arrest, Mychal Bell was released in late 2007 and agreed to a plea deal.
Distraught after being arrested on suspicion of shoplifting and battery, the 18-year-old Bell says, he pointed the gun at his head and pulled the trigger.
The gun misfired, and he aimed at his chest and tried again. The bullet ripped through his body, and he fell to the floor of his grandmother's home in Monroe on December 29.Mychal Bell says he felt pressure to be perfect after his part of 2006's... more