Saturday, May 24, 2008

Poisonous EPA

Exposé on the Journal: Chemicals In Our Food
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May 23, 2008

There may be a potentially dangerous chemical leaching into our food from the containers that we use every day. BILL MOYERS JOURNAL and EXPOSÉ: AMERICA'S INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS examine why, even though studies show that the chemical Bisphenol A can cause cancer and other health problems in lab animals, the manufacturers, their lobbyists, and U.S. regulators say it's safe.

In a watchdog series for the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, a trio of reporters focused on Bisphenol A, a chemical contained in many plastics that is also found in 93% of human beings. The problem at issue? Congress ordered the federal government in 1996 to begin testing and regulating certain chemicals suspected of causing cancer and a host of developmental problems. Eleven years later, not a single compound has been put to that test.

You can read the full series "Chemical Fallout" online, plus ongoing coverage of the fate of Bisphenol A. On May 15, 2008, the SENTINEL reported on some new Congressional hearings:

Members of a Senate consumer affairs subcommittee faulted federal agencies for reacting too slowly to concerns that children are exposed to bisphenol A through leaching from common items such as water bottles, baby bottles and the linings of food and baby-formula cans.
On May 20, 2008 a reform bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House. "The "Kid Safe Chemicals Act" is modeled on European legislation enacted last year. More study and more debate is anticipated.

Ask the Reporters
The reporting team who broke the story for the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL "Chemical Fallout," Meg Kissinger, Suzanne Rust and Cary Spivak, were awarded the 2007 Sigma Delta Chi award and the Society of American Business Writers and Editors award for the series. All three reporters will be taking viewer questions about the story and their work as investigative science reporters on The Moyers Blog. Simply add your question and they'll be answering them in the near future.

Meg Kissinger
Meg Kissinger is the Watchdog reporter for healthcare investigations. Kissinger was a finalist for last year's Selden Ring and Investigative Reporter and Editor awards for her reports on the filthy and dangerous housing conditions in Milwaukee County for people with mental illness. That series won the Mental Health America Award for best news reporting. In her 25 years in the newsroom, Kissinger has written about abuses in the nursing home industry, the scam of the door-to-door magazine sales industry and the travails of an oncologist who unwittingly discovered his own end-stage cancer. Kissinger has received awards from the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

Susanne Rust
Susanne Rust is a science reporter at the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. In her five years at the paper she has trekked through the hills of Rwanda to cover stories on civil engineering and AIDS; hacked through the dense foliage of a Ugandan rain forest in search of mountain gorillas; poked around Scotland's Roslin Institute looking for clones; and written about eco-friendly agriculture in Costa Rica. Rust has also been recognized for her reporting on stem cells, including winning a First Place Inland Press Association award for explanatory writing. Before joining the JOURNAL SENTINEL, she pursued a doctorate in biological anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she studied primate communication, evolution and ecology.

Cary Spivak
Cary Spivak is the JOURNAL SENTINEL's investigative reporter focusing on business. Before joining the Watchdog Team as an investigative reporter focusing on business, Spivak was the co-author of the Spivak & Bice column. Prior to launching the column in 1998 with Daniel Bice, Spivak worked on the business desk at the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL as an investigative reporter specializing in casino gaming, the legal industry and financial fraud. During his 30-year career, he has worked on a variety of investigations involving business, politics and law enforcement. Subjects he has probed include a now-disbarred bankruptcy lawyer who pocketed thousands of dollars in fees without doing any work for his destitute clients; illegal property flipping schemes and securities fraud.

Published on May 23, 2008.


The American people are being poisoned by corporate greed.

This once grand nation which originally gave it's people all the freedoms necessary to prosper has turned it's back on itself and taken that all away, leaving instead a polluted and poisoned populous and a ravaged environment.

Mercury, Flouride, PCB's, CCA, BPT, DDT, Roundup, and literally thousands of untested and potentially lethal chemicals surround us at all times and some are killing our babies!

Is this an OK price to pay for 'convenience'?

This must not continue, this chemical war against America.

As American citizens it is our DUTY AND OBLIGATION to do what it takes and start the revisions necessary to attempt to correct the enormous sacrilege committed against us by the profiteers.

Your child or grandchild's life depends on it.



DEN said...

WATERLOO, Iowa — In temporary courtrooms at a fairgrounds here, 270 illegal immigrants were sentenced this week to five months in prison for working at a meatpacking plant with false documents.

The prosecutions, which ended Friday, signal a sharp escalation in the Bush administration’s crackdown on illegal workers, with prosecutors bringing tough federal criminal charges against most of the immigrants arrested in a May 12 raid. Until now, unauthorized workers have generally been detained by immigration officials for civil violations and rapidly deported.

The convicted immigrants were among 389 workers detained at the Agriprocessors Inc. plant in nearby Postville in a raid that federal officials called the largest criminal enforcement operation ever carried out by immigration authorities at a workplace.

Matt M. Dummermuth, the United States attorney for northern Iowa, who oversaw the prosecutions, called the operation an “astonishing success.”

So these poor people get jailed for the audacity to work for $6 an hour while corporatistas steal millions every day from American workers.

That's OK I guess.

Better quit reading this stuff before I start drinking to forget it.


DEN said...

Blatant age discrimination:

Office TECHNICAL INFORMATION ASSISTANT Must be 55+ years of age. The Senior Environmental Employment Program has an opening at the US EPA Laboratory in Duluth. Duties include: maintain databases & generate reports; prepare manuscript review pkgs, letters, etc; do typing of technical information, maintain files. Interface with scientists to ensure utmost quality of output. Required: Age 55 or older; HS Diploma; computer proficiency (MS Office); good communication skills. P/T 20 hrs/wk. Pay $8.36/hr + benefits. Send resume via email to or fax 734-528-4281.

With generous pay I might add.

DEN said...

Perhaps America’s first bioethicist Aldo Leopold said it best when he wrote in 1949: “A thing is right
when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it
tends otherwise” (203). It is wrong to allow the exposure of children to environmental agents that cause
learning and developmental disorders.

@ Flouride Alert


DEN said...

Organic mercury compounds can be absorbed either when they are ingested orally or come into contact with the skin. When inside the body, methyl mercury spread to all the tissues of the body but seems to concentrate in the blood and in the brain.

@ Thimerosal News

Are you stupid because you were born that way?
Or stupid because you were made that way by chemicals.


DEN said...

A special message about CFC lite bulbs.

David B. Benson said...

$3.97.9 today...

Saladin said...

Excellent posts DEN! Poisoning children is really the lowest of the low, especially when it's done under the guise of good health.

Here is a post from my good friend Pan Man on Myspace:

In Memory of the 8 Million trusting souls killed by Medicine

Socialized medicine wants to keep people well because there is no money in sick people. Doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies would all dry up and blow away like the dust on day old graves if we suddenly all got sick and tired of being sick and tired and demanded a health care system that didn't profit quite so much...$8 BILLION...from our dis-ease and
ill-ness! Capitalistic Medicine and Pharmacy see you as a cash cow.

Always, Follow the Money and you will find the source of the Problem!

For over 100 years conventional medicine has seized control of the US health care system and as a result we have over 800,000 people who are killed by interacting with this system. It is likely that over 50 million Americans have died prematurely from this abuse..
So on top of overt poisoning we get medical quackery that costs billions and does way more harm than good.

Most Astonishing Health Disaster of the 20th Century

The Death Of Blind Faith

Saladin said...

Oh, Mr. Benson, you are getting your wish, here in Bishop anyway, Diesel fuel, $5.16 a gallon. Food riots to commence in the near future, hope you're stocking up.

David B. Benson said...

It'll go up more:

Is the world about to be running on empty?

Saladin said...

We aren't running on empty, that's BS, but our dollar is about to go the way of the Dodo. It's just more convenient to keep you distracted with the peak oil fear mongering, that's really all they have. If it's so true why aren't the big oil corps jumping on solar or other known alternate energy options? They could have had a monopoly by now what with all the global warming fear that is now going down the drain. They blew the big opportunity. Incompetence? Yeh, right.

David B. Benson said...

Other than BP and Shell (both a little), the other oil companies seem inclined to maximize ROI for investors (and eventually go out of business).

ExxonMobil is the biggest and worst of the lot.

And yes, the $$ will continue to depreciate. Get used to living in a poor country instead of a rich one...

David B. Benson said...

A very well done (but somewhat technical) review of Peak Oil and Peak Coal:

The Coal Question and Climate Change

David B. Benson said...

Here TWSJ reports on the IEA and, briefly, the EIA take on Peak Oil:

Energy Watchdog Warns Of Oil-Production Crunch

Other oil watchers as well.

º¿carol said...

"Office TECHNICAL INFORMATION ASSISTANT Must be 55+ years of age. Pay $8.36/hr + benefits." Blah, blah, blah. I can't imagine paying someone with the qualifications they listed that ridiculous wage! Holy moly! (man, don't bother learnin' nuthin' one will pay you a wage worth the aggravation)

I'd be curious to know what they consider benefits.

º¿carol said...

By the way, I don't get the flap over Hillary mentioning RFK in June of '68. What was to take offense over? I've read and reread what she said and I don't get it. Seemed clear to me she was stating the obvious, that there was still a race in June of '68...this being May and all and people thinking she should drop out.

What am I missing? I don't take offense to anything I don't think so that's probably why I don't see it in this flap.