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  • Giant hogweed, plant that causes blindness and third-degree burns, discovered in Virginia

    06/18/2018 10:39:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Giant hogweed is part of the carrot family, and for a toxic plant, it is surprisingly pretty. It can grow up to 14 feet tall, with thick leaves stretching two to five feet across and large clusters of white flowers gracing the top of the plant in an umbrella pattern. The spray of white flowers looks similar to Queen Anne's Lace, but the experts at Massey Herbarium note that giant hogweed is much larger, with chunkier leaves. The Virginia Tech group posted photos of the plant on Facebook, urging anyone who comes across a giant hogweed plant to report it...
  • Calls Key in Terror Case (calls from Albany NY to Syria)

    03/23/2006 7:01:11 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 18 replies · 1,415+ views ^ | March 22, 2006 | BRENDAN LYONS,
    ALBANY -- The spiritual leader of an Albany mosque repeatedly called a phone number in Syria that an FBI report indicates had been used to gather terrorist intelligence for Osama bin Laden, according to classified documents unsealed late Tuesday in U.S. District Court. The FBI report, which was based on information from a confidential informant, was among several once-secret documents that federal authorities say raise questions about Yassin Aref's connections to terrorist organizations across the Middle East. Aref, 35, a Kurdish refugee who moved to Albany with his family in 1999, is in jail without bond while awaiting trial on...
  • Why MSG Is Perfectly Safe

    09/01/2014 10:31:37 AM PDT · by blam · 106 replies
    BI ^ | Kevin Loria
    Kevin LoriaAugust. 26, 2014 Monosodium glutamate, more commonly known as MSG, gets a bad rap. People claim that it's a toxin that causes headaches and sweating, and that it leaves you feeling lethargic and flushed. The thing is, most research shows that that's not true at normal dietary levels. Despite its umami flavor boosting power, rumors have given MSG a reputation so bad that many Chinese restaurants frequently put up "No-MSG" signs to assuage customer's fear. Some customers then put soy sauce on their food, adding the missing MSG in after the fact. Because it's delicious. The folks at the...
  • Ohio (Toledo area) Water crisis: still waiting for answers

    08/02/2014 2:08:10 PM PDT · by machogirl · 128 replies
    ABC13 ^ | 08/01/14 | Jonathan Keilholz
    Governor John Kasich has issued a state of emergency for Lucas County and surrounding communities due to algae toxins detected in the water during routine testing. Do not drink the water. Alternative water should be used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice, brushing teeth and preparing food. Pets should not drink the water. Do not boil the water.. Boiling the water will not destroy the toxins. It will increase the concentration of the toxins. Consuming water containing algal toxins may result in abnormal liver function, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, numbness or dizziness. Seek medical attention if you feel you have...
  • You Can’t Wish Away the Fertility Gap: We ignore it at our peril.

    03/27/2014 7:07:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/27/2014 | Bonnie Ramthun
    Jill Knapp begs us to “Please Stop Asking Me When I’m Going to Have Children.” Being that I am still a newly-wed and have just moved to a new city, I am in no rush to have a kid. This is an unacceptable answer to a lot of people. The constant reminders that your clock is ticking and that you don’t want to be confused for your child’s grandparents when they grow up are not making us move any faster. Having children is a big responsibility. What Jill doesn’t understand is that her fertility is not subject to whim...
  • What does a dolphin use to get high? A toxic puffer fish that makes them lapse into trancelike state

    12/30/2013 9:39:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 21:03 EST, 29 December 2013 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    Dolphins are said to share the human traits of bravery, jealousy and even a sense of humor. But it seems they share some worrying vices as well. Scientists were amazed at footage of the mammals apparently getting “high” with the help of a toxic puffer fish. In an extraordinary scene filmed for a new TV series, the dolphins are shown gently passing the fish between them. Experts believe the creatures are using the toxins, which emerge from the puffer fish as part of its defense mechanism, for their own enjoyment. They nudge the fish with their snouts and as the...
  • Toxic waste seems to naturally vanish from Palos Verdes Shelf

    11/18/2013 2:17:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 17, 2013
    Decades after industrial waste dumping turned part of Southern California's seafloor into a toxic hot spot, scientists have dredged up a mystery. Chemicals fouling the ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula seem to be going away without being cleaned up. Samples taken from the sediment suggest more than 100 metric tons of the banned pesticide DDT and industrial compounds known as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, have vanished from one of the country's most hazardous sites, almost a 90% drop in just five years.
  • GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists 'Genetically modified foods'.

    11/04/2013 10:55:03 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 128 replies
    Epoch times ^ | Oct 24, 2013 | Justina Reichel,
    GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists Controversy erupts after World Food Prize awarded to Monsanto By Justina Reichel, Epoch Times | October 24, 2013 In the wake of biotech giants Monsanto and Syngenta being awarded the World Food Prize, a European coalition of scientists is challenging claims that the debate around genetically modified foods is settled and that GM foods are safe. The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility, which consists of more than 90 scientists, academics, and physicians, released a statement Monday in response to “sweeping claims” that GM products are safe. “We strongly reject...
  • Rep. Anthony Weiner lights into GOP colleagues (No money to 911 responders)

    07/30/2010 10:23:41 AM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 55 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 30, 2010 | Emi Kolawole
    Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) literally lost it on the House floor Thursday over his Republican colleagues' procedural objection to an amendment to the Public Health Services Act. The amendment would extend and improve health care benefits for 9/11 victims suffering from lasting health complications. Weiner is given to House floor drama. The New York Democrat is known for his often passionate and attention-grabbing remarks. He screamed for more than a minute Thursday, calling on Republican colleagues to vote 'no' against the bill, rather than object on procedural grounds.
  • Effects of a Brazilian oil spill 10 years on (Our Gulf is SCREWED!)

    07/08/2010 10:15:42 AM PDT · by TruthHound · 32 replies · 1+ views
    *snip* The mud is thick, black and lifeless. And it stinks. Dead stumps - what used to be thick green mangrove swamps - protrude out from the mud as far as your eyes see. It looks like a scene captured by a camera attached to an unmanned spacecraft that has just landed on a lifeless planet in another galaxy. Nothing is growing here, and I can’t imagine anything growing here in a very long time. *snip* "We went through that here. Nobody wanted our fish, they said, ‘your fish are contaminated because of the oil.’" Of the 6,000 fishermen who...
  • CNN: 128 BP oil cleanup workers sickened in Louisiana; Told not to go to public hospitals (VIDEO)

    Sanjay Gupta, CNN, July 6, 2010: Might BP be trying to hide the risk to cleanup workers? … Louisiana’s Health Department has reported 128 cleanup workers who have been sickened. State clinics are telling us something else as well, that cleanup workers are being told to report to BP’s own health clinic on Grand Isle, not to go to state facilities.
  • Executive Order -- Optimizing the Security of Biological Select Agents and Toxins...

    07/06/2010 1:30:22 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies ^ | July 2, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Presidential Actions • Executive Orders The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 02, 2010 Executive Order-- Optimizing the Security of Biological Select Agents and Toxins in the United States By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States that: (a) A robust and productive scientific enterprise that utilizes biological select agents and toxins (BSAT)...
  • What is oil spill doing to our health? Many questions, few answers in ongoing catastrophe

    07/01/2010 5:58:54 PM PDT · by Qbert · 106 replies · 3+ views
    Alabama Live ^ | 7/1/2010 | Hannah Wolfson
    The oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico is clearly harming wildlife and the economy of the region, but just how is it affecting human health? It's a question coastal residents and visitors want answered -- but so far, those answers are hard to come by. Although health professionals in Alabama and beyond are monitoring reports of illnesses in the Gulf, they say it could be months or years before the full impact is understood. "A lot of it depends on how long it continues and to what degree," said Tom Miller, assistant state health officer at the Alabama Department...
  • Toxic chemicals finding their way into the womb

    06/03/2010 8:34:55 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 6 replies · 552+ views
    CNN ^ | 6-3-10 | Stephanie Smith
    Five years ago Molly and Zachery Gray were in the midst of a dark, lonely spiral. It began with Molly's first miscarriage. "It was a really emotional process of being so joyful and so happy and ready to make that step into parenthood and that being pulled away from you," said Molly, 32. "[The pregnancy is] happening and all of a sudden it's gone. It's really hard." After a second miscarriage the Grays were on a desperate hunt for answers. After Molly got pregnant a third time, she heard about a small study to test the blood of pregnant women...
  • Chinese Drywall MAy Be Toxic

    01/19/2009 7:01:31 AM PST · by LadyBuzz · 40 replies · 3,646+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/12/2009 | MICHAEL CORKERY
    Some home builders already struggling in Florida's dismal housing market are facing another headache: The Chinese-made drywall they used is causing unpleasant odors and possibly leading to electric problems in dozens of homes constructed during the housing boom.
  • Not so Green Solar Energy

    01/18/2009 10:17:32 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 27 replies · 1,232+ views
    AmericanThinker ^ | 1/18/09 | Otis A. Glazebrook IV
    You think solar electrical generation is going to save you or the Planet? Think again. While it is true that photovoltaic solar panels do not pollute while they are producing electricity -- what about the manufacturing process? What happens when these panels reach the end of their projected lifecycle in twenty-five years? (This is, by the way, an optimistic view of their useful life.) Those questions are addressed in a study by the watchdog group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition. "Green Power" is being hyped as the "Safe Solution." It is anything but safe -- when all factors are considered. Here...
  • Scary health stories

    02/07/2008 11:57:03 AM PST · by JZelle · 29 replies · 140+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-6-08 | Elizabeth M. Whelan
    If you are a parent (or grandparent) of a young child, you are a target for manipulation by activists (some with scientific degrees) who claim we are surrounded by a sea of chemical "toxins" and "carcinogens." You are easy prey — because you care so deeply about the health and welfare of your babies and children. Purveyors of unfounded health scares know that. The fearmongers have just about everything going for them. And unless you recognize their manipulative tactics, you will be among their millions of terrified victims. Here's how they work: They know what psychiatrists have known for many...
  • Consumer Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Toys to be Released In Time for Holiday Shopping Season

    12/05/2007 3:29:06 AM PST · by Westlander · 8 replies · 715+ views
    WXYZ ^ | 12-4-2007 | WXYZ
    Although millions of toys have been recalled this year, toys containing toxic ingredients are still on store shelves. So how does a holiday shopper choose safer products? On Wednesday, December 5 the Michigan-based Ecology Center - the same group that released the first-ever consumer guides to toxic chemicals in cars and child car seats - will be releasing new research on over 1,200 toys in collaboration with the Washington Toxics Coalition and other leading environmental health groups across the country. At parents will be able to easily check how products rank from highest to lowest in terms of lead,...
  • Fishing writer survives bite from deadly snake

    09/22/2007 11:18:58 AM PDT · by girlangler · 97 replies · 2,475+ views
    Fishing writer survives bite from deadly snake By JOHN RUDOLF LAKE HAVASU NEWS-HERALD LAKE HAVASU - It took only a split-second to turn an idyllic day fishing on Lake Havasu into an excruciating encounter with one of the deadliest creatures in nature. Early on the morning of Sept. 11, Doug Busey, 49, the Tahoe Daily Tribune's longtime fishing writer, stepped off of a friend's fishing boat to snap a few photos from a beach on the lake's California side. He knelt down to get a better angle on a cactus, and a dark blur jumped out at it him. Only...

    08/21/2007 5:31:03 AM PDT · by shortstop · 218 replies · 6,416+ views ^ | 08/20/07 | Bob Lonsberry
    I'm not saying Chinese products are crap. I'm saying they are dangerous crap. I'm saying that you can only have trade with people who have integrity, and people who poison kids and animals don't have integrity. And, unless I'm misunderstanding all this, we had thousands of American pets killed by Chinese crap products. We've had almost 20 million American toys recalled because they were made by Chinese crap manufacturers. We've had poison Chinese crap toothpaste – with a lethal anti-freeze ingredient included – sold to Americans and other people around the world. Just yesterday, consumer advocates in New Zealand warned...