Daily Archives: July 22, 2018

Carthaginian Iberia (Spain & Portugal)

Published on Jul 22, 2018

Rise and Fall of Phoenician-Carthaginian Iberia (Spain & Portugal) +- 1000 BCE – 201 BCE

Harvard University: Dirty Wars – Noam Chomsky and Jeremy Scahill

Published on May 24, 2013

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill and author Noam Chomsky recently sat down together at Harvard University to discuss Scahill’s groundbreaking new book, “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield.” Amy Goodman hosted the discussion, which was sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and the ACLU of Massachusetts. Complete transcript of the talk here: http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013…

Buyer Beware, Citizens Beware: New Threats to The Environment, Your Health and Survival Under the Trump Administration | EV & N 282 | CCTV




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The systematic rollback of regulations that protect health and safety under Trump’s EPA is shocking and absolutely scandalous for the entire American public.


Food & Water Watch

Our Mission

Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.
Our Vision

We are working to create a healthy future for our families and for generations to come—a world where all people have the resources they need, including wholesome food, clean water and sustainable energy. Making this happen requires organizing people from all over the country to build a large movement with the political power to make our democratic process work. Large numbers of people are a countervailing force to corporations “buying” public policy.
Our Values

Independence. We are a public interest organization that remains independent of corporate and government influence. We are funded fully through our members, individual donors, and foundation grants.

Democracy. We engage and mobilize citizens politically through person-to-person, on-the-ground organizing, educational campaigns and new media technologies. We believe political involvement is critical for holding governments accountable to their constituents and for creating policies that ensure a sustainable world with safe food and clean water.

Human Rights. Although food and water are human rights, the political will to ensure that all people have adequate nutrition and drinking water is lacking. We are part of the growing global movement fighting this injustice.

Sustainability. We believe in a sustainable future — one that ensures access to essential resources for future generations while protecting the quality of our environment.

Secret Documents Expose Monsanto’s War on Cancer Scientists

July 17, 2018  U.S. Right to Know  by Stacy Malkan

DeWayne Johnson, a 46-year-old father dying of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, became the first person to face Monsanto in trial last week over allegations the company hid evidence about the cancer-causing dangers of its Roundup weedkiller. Johnson is the first of some 4,000 people suing Monsanto in state and federal courts claiming their cancers were caused by glyphosate-based Roundup. The litigation, and documents coming to light because of it, are shining light on the heavy-handed tactics Monsanto (now a subsidiary of Bayer) has used to deny cancer risk and protect the chemical that is the lynchpin of its profits.

“Monsanto was its own ghostwriter for some safety reviews,” Bloomberg reported, and an EPA official reportedly helped Monsanto “kill” another agency’s cancer study. An investigation in Le Monde details Monsanto’s effort “to destroy the United Nations’ cancer agency by any means possible” to save glyphosate.

Two recent journal articles, based on reviews of the Roundup trial discovery documents, report corporate interference in a scientific publication and a federal regulatory agency, and other examples of “poisoning the scientific well.”

“Monsanto’s ghostwriting and strong-arming threaten sound science and society,” wrote Tufts University Professor Sheldon Krimsky in a June essay. The discovery documents, he said, “uncover the corporate capture of science, which puts public health and the very foundation of democracy at risk.”

This corporate war on science has major implications for all of us, considering that half of all men in the U.S. and a third of women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lifetimes, according to the National Cancer Institute.

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Pesticides Linked With Children’s Lower IQ Scores – news@JAMA

By Rebecca Voelker on April 21, 2011

Pesticide use has been linked with lower IQ test scores in children. (Image: Dušan Kostić/iStockphoto.com)

A trio of new studies shows that children whose mothers are exposed to organophosphate pesticides (OP) while pregnant score lower on intelligence tests and may have memory problems at age 7 years.

The studies, published online today in Environmental Health Perspectives, followed up women in California and New York during their pregnancies and tested their children’s cognitive development at various intervals up to age 9 years.

One of the studies, at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, included 329 children whose mothers’ urine samples were analyzed while they were pregnant for a breakdown product of OPs that indicates their exposure levels.

At age 7 years, the children of mothers with the highest exposure to OPs scored 7 points lower on a standard intelligence test than the children whose mothers had the lowest exposures. Every 10-fold increase in the breakdown product—dialkyl phosphate metabolites—corresponded with a 5.5-point drop in overall intelligence test scores. Exposure to other contaminants—DDT, lead, and flame retardants—did not change the results.

Two similar studies in New York, 1 of which focused on the OP chlorpyrifos, also showed intelligence, memory, and perceptual reasoning deficits at age 7 years. A study last year linked OP exposure with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and teens.

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JAMA Forum: A Breath of Bad Air: Trump Environmental Agenda May Lead to 80 000 Extra Deaths per Decade – news@JAMA

By David Cutler, PhD on May 10, 2018

By David Cutler, PhD, and Francesca Dominici, PhD

President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt have pledged to reexamine landmark environmental policies and to repeal regulations. In their view, excessive regulations are harming US industry, and thus reducing regulation will be good for business. As Donald Trump has said, seemingly without irony, “We are going to get rid of the regulations that are just destroying us. You can’t breathe—you cannot breathe.”

As has become apparent, however, it is the changes Trump is proposing that are likely to make breathing more difficult. A central feature of his agenda is environmental damage: making the air dirtier and exposing people to more toxic chemicals. The beneficiaries, in contrast, will be a relatively few well-connected companies.

Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.

We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.

We work for you. Do you know what’s in your tap water? What about your shampoo? What’s lurking in the cleaners underneath your sink? What pesticides are on your food? How about the farms, fracking wells and factories in your local area? Do you know what safeguards they use to protect your water, soil, air and your kids? Which large agribusinesses get your tax dollars and why? What are GMOs? What do they do to our land and water?

More than two decades ago EWG set out to answer these questions, and more, and to empower you to get to know your environment and protect your health.



To Rebuild Trust After Pruitt, EPA Should Ban These Toxic Chemicals | EWG

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Thanks to President Donald Trump, Americans’ confidence in the Environmental Protection Agency has never been lower.

Since taking office, Trump and his minions have sought to roll back 76 environmental safeguards, according to Harvard Law School’s regulatory rollback tracker. Trump’s decisions have created a toxic mess of more air and water pollution. One study estimated that former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to weaken air quality standards could lead to 80,000 extra deaths per decade.

No wonder Pruitt’s approval rating was even lower than President Trump’s – that is, before the scandal-plagued administrator “resigned” last week.

This week, acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler replaced Pruitt. But it will take more than a commitment to greater transparency, which Wheeler pledged, to rebuild trust in Trump’s EPA.

To rebuild confidence, Wheeler should start by following through on plans to ban some or all uses of four toxic chemicals: chlorpyrifos; methylene chloride; n-methylpyrrolidone, or NMP; and trichloroethylene, or TCE.

The EPA had planned to ban chlorpyrifos and some uses of the other three chemicals. But Pruitt reversed or delayed those bans indefinitely. Even though Pruitt recently announced plans to move forward on the proposed ban on methylene chloride in paint strippers, he left many details unanswered.

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Trump EPA Rejects Ban On Dangerous Pesticide


Published on May 16, 2017

Dow Chemical, which donated $1M to Donald Trump’s inauguration, was the big winner when the EPA’s new chief rejected the agency’s own scientific findings and decided not to ban an insecticide that uses a poisonous chemical.