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Environment: Radioactive genocide, dangerous processed meat, protest in Alaska and more
January 29, 2008, 7:29 am
Filed under: Bush, corporate corruption, ecology, environment, illegal, news, politics, pollution
The Man Who United Labor and Environment (Alternet 1/3/08)

“Tony Mazzochi was a leader in the movement to make industrial production less harmful to workers and the natural environment”

Activists angry about oil auction off Alaska (AP/MSNBC 1/6/08)
Shell sued over Deer Park refinery emissions (Houston Chronicle 1/8/08)

EXCERPT: “On average, more than once a week, Shell Oil Co. has self-reported that it violated its permit limits and released millions of pounds of chemicals and harmful pollutants into the air around the Houston Ship Channel,” said Luke Metzger, executive director of Environment Texas. “Already, Shell Oil is authorized to emit staggering amounts of pollutants into the air, and with Houston’s air as bad as it is, it is simply unforgivable for them to exceed those permits.”

Total fined $300k in 1999 oil spill (BBC 1/16/08)
Bush exempts Navy from environmental laws (AP via Raw Story 1/16/08)

EXCERPT: “Conservationists on Wednesday blasted President Bush’s decision to exempt the Navy from an environmental law so it can continue using high-power sonar in its training off Southern California — a practice they say harms whales and other marine mammals… The court found that using mid-frequency active sonar violated the Coastal Zone Management Act and Bush exempted the Navy from a section of that act. Complying with the environmental law would “undermine the Navy’s ability to conduct realistic training exercises that are necessary to ensure the combat effectiveness of carrier and expeditionary strike groups,” Bush said.”

Hope for the Klamath River and Its’ Communities (American Rivers via Treehugger 1/17/08)

EXCERPT: “It took two years and hundreds of hours of negotiating, but we did it. Yesterday American Rivers and 25 other parties announced a landmark agreement to end decades of disputes over water in the Kamath Basin, and chart a better future for the river and its fishing and farming communities. Now, the next step is to get PacifiCorp, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, to remove its four outdated dams on the Klamath. While we have a lot to celebrate with yesterday’s agreement, we are still working to finalize the dam removal agreement with PacifiCorp, which is an essential part of the package.”

Processed Meats Too Dangerous For Human Consumption (Total Health Breakthroughs 12/7/07)

EXCERPT: “The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives. A 2005 University of Hawaii study found that processed meats increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67 percent. Another study revealed that every 50 grams of processed meat consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 50 percent. These are alarming numbers. Note that these cancer risks do not come from eating fresh, non-processed meats. They only appear in people who regularly consume processed meat products containing sodium nitrite. You can protect yourself and your family from the dangers of processed meats by following a few simple rules: 1) Always read ingredient labels. 2) Don’t buy anything made with sodium nitrite or monosodium glutamate. 3) Don’t eat red meats served by restaurants, schools, hospitals, hotels or other institutions. 4) And finally, eat more fresh produce with every meal. There is evidence that natural vitamin C found in citrus fruits and exotic berries (like camu camu) helps prevent the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines, protecting you from the devastating health effects of sodium nitrite in processed meats. The best defense, of course, is to avoid eating processed meats altogether.

America’s Greatest Crime is Radioactive Genocide (Uruknet 10/13/07)
Over 50% of Iraq’s cancer patients are under 5 years old
US began radiological warfare program in the 1950’s (USA Today 10/8/07)

EXCERPT: “In one of the longest-held secrets of the Cold War, the U.S. Army explored the potential for using radioactive poisons to assassinate “important individuals” such as military or civilian leaders, according to newly declassified documents obtained by the Associated Press. Approved at the highest levels of the Army in 1948, the effort was a well-hidden part of the military’s pursuit of a “new concept of warfare” using radioactive materials from atomic bombmaking to contaminate swaths of enemy land or to target military bases, factories or troop formations. The top priorities listed were: 1 — Weapons to contaminate “populated or otherwise critical areas for long periods of time.” 2 — Munitions combining high explosives with radioactive material “to accomplish physical damage and radioactive contamination simultaneously.” 3 — Air and-or surface weapons that would spread contamination across an area to be evacuated, thereby rendering it unusable by enemy forces. The stated goal was to produce a prototype for the No. 1 and No. 2 priority weapons by Dec. 31, 1950. The 4th ranked priority was “munitions for attack on individuals” using radioactive agents for which there is “no means of therapy.”

This program is active and continuing to poison our Earth daily.
Libby, Montana: The town W R Grace is currently killing (Bits of News 1/25/08)
Drought could force US nuclear plants to shut down (AP/Yahoo 1/24/08)
Inuit kids protest Pebble Bay mine in Alaska (Treehugger 1/23/08)
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