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Penn State Hosts THON, A Non-Stop Fundraising Dance Party!

- It's much, much better to give love.

U.S. Schoolchildren Exposed to Arsenic in Well Water Have Lower IQ Scores

In Maine study, rates of contamination exceed WHO and EPA guidelines

Columbia University
Mainman School of Public Health
Stephanie Berger
Email sb2247@columbia.edu

April 7, 2014
—A study by researchers at Columbia University reports that schoolchildren from three school districts in Maine exposed to arsenic in drinking water experienced declines in child intelligence. While earlier studies conducted by the researchers in South Asia, and Bangladesh in particular, showed that exposure to arsenic in drinking water is negatively associated with child intelligence, this is the first study to examine intelligence against individual water arsenic exposures in the U.S. Findings are reported online in the journal, Environmental Health.

The research team, led by Joseph Graziano, PhD, professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, assessed 272 children in grades 3–5, who were, on average, 10 years old, from three school districts in Maine where household wells are the predominant source for drinking water and cooking. The Augusta area in particular was studied because of earlier research indicating higher than normal exposures.

Using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV), the most often used assessment tool for measuring intelligence in children ages 6 to 16, the researchers found that arsenic in household water was associated with decreased scores on most WISC-IV indices. After adjusting for maternal IQ and education, characteristics of the home environment, school district, and number of siblings, the children who were exposed to greater than 5 parts arsenic per billion of household well water (WAs ≥ 5 μg/L) showed reductions in Full Scale, Working Memory, Perceptual Reasoning and Verbal Comprehension scores, losses of 5–6 points, considered a significant decline, that may translate to problems in school, according to Gail Wasserman, PhD, professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia, and the study’s first author.


- Monsanto, Dupont and Con-Agri giveth, and Obamacare taketh away. Except in states with Republicans in-charge........

Paper: WIPP workers ''not permitted to speak''

''Their jobs won’t ever be the same… will face new paradigm'' — Concerns plutonium contaminated surrounding salt — Preparing for radiation levels so high, only robots can be used (VIDEO)

Published: April 22nd, 2014 at 1:18 pm ET
By ENENews

Albuquerque Journal News, Apr. 22, 2014: WIPP workers face big changes, Their jobs won’t ever be the same — Now that contamination has been discovered underground – although the extent is still unknown – the contractor that runs the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant says workers will face a new paradigm when they return to the site: more formality, tougher rules and more protective gear. those working underground will likely be doing their jobs in a more hazardous environment – or one where the risks have been made more evident – with new rules of engagement to protect them from exposure to radiation. plutonium and americium may have contaminated rock salt walls, mixed into dust on the floor, and clung to machinery and other equipment underground. If stirred or scuffed up, the radiation can become airborne and inhaled. NWP workers are not permitted to speak to the press, according to a spokesman.

Bob McQuinn, new president/project manager of WIPP operator: “The place now has, not more than the rest of the sites, but similar radiation protection hazards Now we’re going to have to wear protective equipment – coveralls, shoe covers and gloves – to make sure contamination doesn’t get on us and respirators so it doesn’t get in us. People who haven’t had to wear protective equipment will have to.”

Dr. Fred Mettler, radiologist and US representative to the United Nations World Health and Atomic Energy Agency: “The first rule of thumb is nobody thinks any of this is good for you. So you want to keep doses as low as possible. Medically, it’s very, very difficult to get the stuff out of you.”

Jim Frederick, United Steel Workers assistant director of health, safety and environment: “Is this place going to be safe for our folks to go back to? What was not in place that might have kept this from happening? And what do we need to do to keep the workers safe and make sure the public health risks are kept at zero or very, very close to zero?”

KOAT, Apr. 20, 2014: “The more they went into panel 7, the more it started becoming more widespread,” said WIPP deputy recovery manager Tammy Reynolds. Inspectors plan to go back down and explore things further, but in case the radiation levels pose too much of a threat, robots will go underground instead. “Robot operators have already been to the WIPP site, received all of the training to go to the underground,” said Reynolds.

Carlsbad Current-Argus, Apr. 22, 2014: robots are on standby to support the recovery operations

Watch KOAT’s broadcast here


Who else is reading ENENews?
• “I rely pretty heavily on ENENews, a great news aggregator” -Arnie Gundersen, former nuclear industry executive and engineer
• “I check it on my phone all the time -- ENENews... from the beginning did an incredible job of gathering all these news sources” -Matt Noyes, professor at Meiji University in Tokyo
• “I invite your readers to go on the internet and check out Energy News” -Paul C. Garner, attorney for U.S. military personnel taking on Tepco
• “ENENews, my favorite website for this sort of thing” -John B. Wells, while hosting ‘Coast to Coast AM’ the #1 overnight radio program in U.S.

US Rep. To Deputy Director of Drug Policy: You're 'Part of the Problem'

ABC News · Published on Feb 4, 2014

Rep. Earl Blumenauer grows frustrated with witnesses' "inability to answer" direct questions about the real health risks of pot.

- So to recap, men and women and boys and girls are being imprisoned all over the United States because the Deputy Director of the DEA formulates and carries out drug enforcement policies based upon the ignorance and/or lack of understanding that some parents that he's talk to have, about why some states are now allowing for the medicinal use of marijuana by sick and dying people. It's like magnets. How do they work anyways!?!?!

Oh yeah, and the man is an fucking idiot.

Cannabis Science - How Marijuana Affects Health - Educational Documentary

Turning smog into jewels - a Dutch designer's solution to Beijing's pollution

Janice D. Bohler · Published on Apr 21, 2014

- Putting an electromagnetic field underground with people living above it sounds innocent enough. And I'm sure that the voices and radio transmissions that'll be sounding-off in everyone's head shortly thereafter, will have had nothing to do with it.

VANISHING PEARLS | Official Trailer

@AFFRM · Published on Mar 18, 2014

Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Nailah Jefferson's VANISHING PEARLS chronicles the untold story of personal and professional devastation in Pointe a la Hache, a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf coast. The filmmaker delves into the worst environmental disaster in American history just as news cameras leave the scene of the crime. While 49 Million barrels of oil settle in the once vibrant coastal waters, a generations-old community of African-American fishermen pledge to fight for justice, accountability and their way of life.

VANISHING PEARLS is an official selection of the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival. In theaters April 18, 2014. www.affrm.com

''The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.'' ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

US Rep. at Pot Hearing: 'People Don't Smoke Marijuana and Beat Up Their Wives'

ABC News · Published on Feb 4, 2014

Rep. Steve Cohen asks Dep. Director of Drug Control Policy to explain US's equal treatment of pot and heroin.

- Steve Cohen is the only product coming from the State of Tennessee worth mentioning these days. And Jack Daniels, also.

Frmr Fukushima Mayor: Radiation killing our children, govt hides truth from us

RT · Published on Apr 21, 2014

Watch the full SophieCo: HERE or http://on.rt.com/1qw5g4

Radiation from Fukushima nuclear plant disaster forced thousands from their homes and lead to the deaths of many others. Three years since the disaster are the after effects completely gone? Tokyo says yes; also claiming govt is doing everything it can for those who suffered in the disaster. However, disturbing facts sometimes rise to the surface. To shed a bit of light on the mystery of the Fukushima aftermath, Sophie Shevardnadze talks to the former mayor of one of the disaster-struck cities, Katsutaka Idogawa.

RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air

Be A Cheerleader, Obama Official Told Elizabeth Warren

The Young Turks · Published on Apr 20, 2014

"A new book authored by progressive icon Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reveals her insider accounts of her interactions with President Barack Obama and his staff. According to The Boston Globe, which obtained an early copy of the book A Fighting Chance, Warren reveals a series of interactions with Obama and his staff that were at times tense and, on one occasion, borderline sexist.

The Globe opens their review of the book by detailing a "tense conversation" that occurred between Obama and Warren in which the president attempted to convince then Harvard University professor Warren to help create an agency she had originally proposed, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau."* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

*Read more here from Noah Rothman / MediaITE:

AP: Crews retreat after nuclear material found at WIPP

Officials: Correct to turn back, contamination was increasing — Robots brought to site for radiation levels too high for humans — ‘Significant amount of information’ will be revealed to public in next few days (VIDEOS)

Published: April 18th, 2014 at 1:30 am ET
By ENENews

AP, Apr. 17, 2014: Crews on their fourth trip into the mine on Wednesday made it into the only active waste storage area and found contamination, said. The deeper they went into the area, the more widespread the contamination, she said. But the crews had to retreat before identifying the possible source because they had been underground for five hours in protective gear that retains heat and the batteries on their respiratory equipment were running low. The next step is for crews, and possibly robots, to go back down to see if they can identify what caused the leak.

Tammy Reynolds, deputy WIPP recovery manager: “The more they went into panel seven, the more (the contamination) became more widespread They made the correct decision to turn back Everyone was safely returned to the surface.”

John Heaton, former state representative and chairman of the Carlsbad Mayor’s Nuclear Taskforce, WIPP Town Hall, Apr. 17, 2014 (at 7:00 in): I think that next week might a very busy week in that I think that there will be progress to report in terms as to what might have been the cause and also Phase 1 of the accident investigation report. I believe — I hate to speculate on this — but there will be a significant amount of information that will come out next week. So I think it will be a very important meeting and I think we need to have adequate time for people to be able to ask questions.

Reynolds, WIPP Town Hall, Apr. 17, 2014 (at 23:00 in): One of the other things we’ve been working on is the contingency plan They’ve been working to have robots prepared that in the event that the conditions in the underground don’t allow us to be able to get to the waste space or other parts of the mine later on in recovery activities because of the level of contamination, as a contingency we’re looking at the use of robots. And so there’s a couple of robot operators, they’ve already been to the WIPP site, they’ve received all of the training they would need to go into the underground they’ve completed that. And today they brought the robots out to the site and they did a demonstration for us so that if we can’t go and visibly put our eyes on certain pieces of the mine, the robot can do that for us and feed us back that information.

Watch the KRQE broadcast here


Who else is reading ENENews?
• “I rely pretty heavily on ENENews, a great news aggregator” -Arnie Gundersen, former nuclear industry executive and engineer
• “I check it on my phone all the time -- ENENews... from the beginning did an incredible job of gathering all these news sources” -Matt Noyes, professor at Meiji University in Tokyo
• “I invite your readers to go on the internet and check out Energy News” -Paul C. Garner, attorney for U.S. military personnel taking on Tepco
• “ENENews, my favorite website for this sort of thing” -John B. Wells, while hosting ‘Coast to Coast AM’ the #1 overnight radio program in U.S.

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