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Archive for July 7th, 2008

Monday Afternoon News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 7, 2008

Looks like California’s going to get TGV-style 200 MPH high-speed rail. Cheaper than air or car travel, and just the thing to help wean Cali off of the internal-combustion engine. (h/t Atrios)

Former Iraqi doctors in exile are suspicious of the Shia-based Maliki government’s efforts to lure them back to Iraq. The doctors, many of whom are Sunni, suspect a plot to kill them all. In any event, being a doctor in Iraq is extremely dangerous as doctors are considered parts of the elite — and therefore tempting targets for kidnappers.

— [snark] This gracious and obviously welcomed behavior is why we plebeians are supposed to stand back and let our betters, such as trustafarians like George W. Bush, have the ruling of us. [/snark]

— Mike Signorile reminds us of Arthur Finkelstein, the gay man who funded Jesse Helms’ political career.

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The truth has a definite bias

Posted by Charles II on July 7, 2008

We were recently treated to a demonstration of just how biased the truth is regarding tobacco. It’s so biased that the EPA under George W. Bush, no friend to those fighting corporations like the tobacco companies asserts the following as fact:

The EPA report classified secondhand smoke as a Group A carcinogen, a designation which means that there is sufficient evidence that the substance causes cancer in humans. The Group A designation has been used by EPA for only 15 other pollutants, including asbestos, radon, and benzene. Only secondhand smoke has actually been shown in studies to cause cancer at typical environmental levels. EPA estimates that approximately 3,000 American nonsmokers die each year from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoke.

Every year, an estimated 150,000 to 300,000 children under 18 months of age get pneumonia or bronchitis from breathing secondhand tobacco smoke. Secondhand smoke is a risk factor for the development of asthma in children and worsens the condition of up to one million asthmatic children.

there is no evidence that there is a threshold below which smoking will not cause cancer.

In children under 18 years of age, secondhand smoke exposure also results in more coughing and wheezing, a small but significant decrease in lung function, and an increase in fluid in the middle ear. Children with asthma have more frequent and more severe asthma attacks because of exposure to secondhand smoke…

…there is mounting evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke can have an effect on the cardiovascular system…

An “effect” such as heart attack, stroke, and so on.

Thousands of deaths among innocent bystanders, hundreds of thousands of illnesses in children…yes, the truth is terribly unfair.

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Nuclear News

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 7, 2008

— A shipment of Saddam’s yellowcake stockpiles was sent to Montreal from Iraq. No word on why.

— Syria accuses Israel of having a long-standing practice of burying nuclear wastes in the Golan Heights, in violation of international law. Syria’s complaints were addressed to the UN, specifically a fact-finding committee made up of UN ambassadors from Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia.

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