Monday Briefing

Flame retardant proponents deceived authorities for years. One result is that furniture and electronics in U.S. homes are loaded with toxic chemicals linked to cancer, neurological deficits, developmental problems and impaired fertility. The campaign started with Big Tobacco, which wanted to shift focus away from cigarettes as a cause of fire deaths, and continued as chemical companies worked to preserve the lucrative flame retardants business, according to a Chicago Tribune investigation. These industries, the Tribune found, distorted science to overstate the benefits of the chemicals, created a phony consumer watchdog group that stoked the public’s fear of fire and helped steer an association of fire officials that spent more than a decade campaigning for their cause.

Vermont poised to enact the nation’s first statewide ban on fracking. Legislation banning the controversial gas drilling technique was overwhelmingly approved by the Vermont House and sent to Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is expected to sign the measure. Vermont is known for its strong environmental laws, but another factor is that it is uncertain whether the state has much natural gas. ‘‘We don’t want to be shooting chemicals into our groundwater in pursuit of gas that does not exist,’’ Shumlin said, after the House gave final passage to the ban. The vote came on Friday, the same day the Obama administration issued new disclosure rules for chemicals used in fracking on public lands. The Boston Globe

Panel to decide whether to recommend anti-HIV drug for healthy but at-risk people. The Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Thursday will consider whether the agency, for the first time, should approve the use of a drug to prevent people from contracting the virus that causes AIDS. The issue is being raised by Gilead Sciences Inc., which makes the HIV treatment drug Truvada. Some research has shown that the drug, one of the most widely used HIV medications, can lower a person’s risk of infection. But medical experts and AIDS activists are divided over what the FDA should do. Some worry that approval could undermine other HIV prevention efforts such as condom use. The Wall Street Journal

Fourteen people in at least nine states sickened by salmonella after handling tainted dog food. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at least five people were hospitalized because of the dog food, which was made by Diamond Pet Foods at its plant in Gaston, S.C. The company said no pets were sickened, but federal officials said in 2005 dog food from the plant contaminated by toxic mold killed dozens of dogs. According to health authorities, people can get salmonella by handling infected dog food, then not washing their hands before eating or handling their own food. The plant temporarily was shut April 8. The company has issued four recalls due to the contamination, most recently on Friday. The Associated Press

Despite last week’s tragic Bronx crash, New York City’s roadways probably never have been safer. According to an official tally, 243 people were killed in traffic accidents in the city last year, the lowest total in at least a century. By comparison, North Carolina, a state with a population not much larger than New York City, typically has more than 1,300 traffic fatalities per year. U.S. statistics have long shown that the highest death rates, per mile driven, are on rural roads where people can go fast and maybe get lulled into complacency. The Bronx River Parkway accident killed seven members of a family when their SUV hit a concrete divider, veered off a bridge and fell onto the grounds of the Bronx Zoo. The Associated Press

Recalls: 2011-2012 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, Cacao Nibs

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One comment to “Monday Briefing”

  1. Paul Felix Schott

    Hydraulic Fracturing a Danger to us All.

    Only the wicked in mind Leaders in this Nation and around the world would let anyone Pipe Pollution into the ground to get gas in return from the Ground. Most all scientist have know this for many years that this will end safe drinking water for all that are in the area of where they are fracturing, in which Millions of Gallons of Dangerous Poison Chemically Treated Water are forced underground to break up rock and free gas. We need regulations from GODLY People that will stop 10,000+ wells a year drilled using hydraulic fracturing to free and make the Dangerous Poison Chemicals underground into gas. The primarily affect will be unsafe drinking water and many will become sick. THE HEALTH OF MANY WILL DETERIORATE because of A Few Wicked Greedy Leaders. Those who have made these decisions do not know Jesus Christ. Soon He will say i know you not. They belong in jail soon it will be hell for them. What sick in mind would let or want anyone to put Dangerous Poison Chemicals underground or into the ground anywhere.

    The wicked are trying to sell and tell all if it is not near your home or land it is safe. This is the biggest ling of horse manure. Do they think most of We The People are that dumb or that most Americans lack any intelligence at all. What ever is put on or in the ground makes it way to our underground Aquifers, Rivers, Lakes and the Oceans. Every Scientist on Earth knows this and most all that have made it to eighth grade in school.

    So why would any Leader with a good healthy mind ever say or want this?

    Vote any wicked that has anything to do with this out of office they work for WE THE PEOPLE.

    United We Stand In GOD We Trust

    The Lord’s Little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott

    P.S.
    Wicked Leaders telling their friends as long as you can cover it up and it will not get back to me it is ok with me. Are you sure we will not go to jail for making money by Polluting the ground and water. Of course not we make the laws to fit our needs not the health and welfare of others or as they used to say We The People. Its now the Wicked Leaders and rich Rule. Till our Lord GOD comes!

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