If you were confused by a recent report put out by the Food and Drug Administration which claimed “that BPA is safe as currently used,” then you have every reason to be, as a group of scientists say that the study not only was misleading but also “borders on scientific misconduct.”
In the first installment of this series, we noted the explosive growth in the human and financial costs of Alzheimer’s Disease and asked, “Does the Right have anything to say?”
Mindful of the importance of the Constitution and the appropriate rule of law, we noted the views of past presidents James Madison and Abraham Lincoln as they wrestled with the question of what is, and what is not, a permissible role for government in confronting a crisis situation.
We can recall Lincoln’s famous quote from 1862, in the middle of the Civil War; he understood that while our principles must be timeless, our responses to emergencies must adapt to the need at hand. As the Sixteenth President declared in a message to Congress:
It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?” The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise – with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
Walter Hudson, PJ MEDIA
By now you may have caught the LIBRE Initiative report of President Obama telling a town hall audience to consider cutting personal expenses to afford health insurance under the [Un]affordable Care Act. Here’s the quote:
[Obama] responded to a question received via email, from a consumer who makes $36,000 per year and cannot find insurance for a family of three for less than $315 per month. The President responded that “if you looked at their cable bill, their telephone, their cell phone bill… it may turn out that, it’s just they haven’t prioritized health care.” He added that if a family member gets sick, the father “will wish he had paid that $300 a month.”
Imagine a Republican politician saying the same thing. The leftist media would go apoplectic.
Peter Hannam, The Sydney Morning Herald
A chemical used to control insects and non-native pest birds is likely to blame for the deaths of hundreds of wild birds near Dubbo in the state’s central west, the NSW Environment Protection Authority said.
As many as 700 birds, mostly little correlas, galahs and sulphur-crested cockatoos, have been found dead over the past fortnight in a two-kilometre radius of Troy Reserve on the Talbragar River, said Ann Mara, chairwoman of the WIRES wildlife rescue group.
The EPA said testing of samples from the dead birds indicates fenthion, a pesticide commonly used to kill insects, spiders and birds such as starlings, is the most likely cause of the deaths.
Moe Lane, Red State
Unite Here has discovered the indifference of Barack Obama:
A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality” President Obama says he is campaigning to fix.
Unite Here warned that due to Obamacare’s much higher costs for health insurance than what union workers currently pay, the result will be a pay cut of up to $5 an hour. “If employers follow the incentives in the law, they will push families onto the exchanges to buy coverage. This will force low-wage service industry employees to spend $2.00, $3.00 or even $5.00 an hour of their pay to buy similar coverage,” said the union in a new report.
A review of studies carried out to assess the safety of industrial chemical substances has concluded that 11 substances—including certain metals, organic solvents, pesticides, and flame retardants—can now reliably be classified as developmental neurotoxicants. Such substances have the potential to cause permanent brain damage in developing fetuses and young children.
In the review, environmental health scientists Philippe Grandjean and Philip J. Landrigan of Harvard School of Public Health say that exposure to the identified substances is contributing to “a global pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity” that mirrors smoking cigarettes, alcohol abuse, and processed foods as a public health problem. As a result of their findings, the Harvard scientists call for mandated worldwide assessment of the neurotoxicity of chemicals used in commerce.
Bernard Weiner, OpEdNews
Governments cite “national security” concerns and “official secrets” as their justification for withholding information from the public. Corporations rationalize their secrecy behind concerns about “patent infringement,” shielding their trademarked “proprietary” secrets from competitors. But most of the time, such obfuscation is really derived from the time-honored villains of systemic corruption and what is politely known as CYA in military and bureaucratic slang. Which brings us to Fukushima.
From the very beginning of this catastrophic emergency — the earthquake/tsunami off the Japanese coast in March of 2011, when nuclear reactors at a power plant were flooded and then exploded and began their meltdowns — the public in Japan and around the world have not been told the full story of what’s been happening at the Dai-ichi nuclear-power plant in Fukushima province.
Mark Memmott, npr
His name is attached to a surgery that has saved many major league pitchers’ careers. But Tommy John knows that’s an honor he came by thanks in large part to good luck. “Fortunately for me, I was at the right place at the right time,” he told All Things Considered host Melissa Block on Friday. “I happened to have one of the greatest surgeons of all time being the surgeon for the Los Angeles Dodgers.”
That would be Dr. Frank Jobe, who died Thursday at the age of 88 . It was Sept. 25, 1974, when Jobe took a tendon from John’s forearm and used it to repair John’s left elbow. The Dodgers pitcher, a left-hander, had ruptured his medial collateral ligament — an injury that at the time meant the end for any pitcher’s major league career.
Helen Smith, PJ MEDIA
Independent.co.uk: “Extreme loneliness worse for health than obesity and can lead to an early grave, scientists say”:Feeling extreme loneliness on a long-term basis can be worse than obesity in terms of increasing the potentially lethal health risks that lead to premature death, scientists said.Chronic loneliness has been shown to increase the chances of an early grave by 14 per cent, which is as bad as being overweight and almost as bad as poverty in undermining a person’s long-term wellbeing, a study has found.As more people live longer, they are spending a bigger part of their lives feeling lonely. This is having a significant impact on their physical as well as mental health, the researchers found.Loneliness is also becoming more common as people live alone or become isolated from relatives and friends, especially in retirement.
Steven Jonas, OpEdNews
January 11, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first “Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health .” In part its summary states that: ” On the basis of more than 7,000 articles relating to smoking and disease already available at that time [1964!] in the biomedical literature, the Advisory Committee concluded that cigarette smoking is: a cause of lung cancer and laryngeal cancer in men; a probable cause of lung cancer in women; the most important cause of chronic bronchitis.” Fifty years later we know that not only is cigarette smoking causative of a broad range of diseases in addition to those mentioned above, but also that “second-hand smoke” is a major killer as well.
Certainly progress has been made, but major problems remain. As Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health of the Department of Health and Human Services says in the cited Executive Summary of the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report: