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FDA Admits Chicken Meat Contains Arsenic

By Center for Food Safety
10 May 13

To fatten up chickens, arsenic is routinely added to
chicken feed.

Attorneys at Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a lawsuit on behalf of CFS, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and seven other U.S. food safety, agriculture, public health and environmental groups to compel the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to respond to the groups' three year-old petition which calls for immediate withdrawal of FDA's approval of arsenic-containing compounds as feed additives for food animals. Filed the same day Consumer Reports released an alarming study on antibiotic resistance in turkey, the lawsuit highlights yet another gaping hole in FDA oversight of animal feed additives.

Arsenic is commonly added to poultry feed for the FDA-approved purposes of inducing faster weight gain on less feed, and creating the perceived appearance of a healthy color in meat from chickens, turkeys and hogs. Yet new studies increasingly link these practices to serious human health problems. The lawsuit filed last week seeks to force the FDA to fulfill its mandate to better protect the public from arsenic. The 2009 petition presented abundant science to FDA that organic arsenic compounds—like those added to animal feed—are directly toxic to animals and humans, but also that they convert to cancer-causing, inorganic arsenic inside of chickens, in manure-treated soil and in humans. Additional testing since submission of the 2009 petition demonstrates even greater cause for public concern and therefore greater urgency meriting FDA's prompt attention.

"FDA could easily and immediately fix the problem," said Paige Tomaselli, senior staff attorney with CFS, "but instead puts its head in the sand. We can only conclude the FDA is catering to the companies that continue to sell products containing arsenic that ends up in our food supply."

"FDA leadership is asleep at the switch, if not turning a blind eye to public health," said David Wallinga, MD, a physician with the IATP. "Seven years ago, IATP blew the whistle on FDA's indifference to arsenic being needlessly fed to chickens and turkeys. More than a decade ago, we sounded the alarm on how FDA let the routine feeding of drugs to chickens and turkeys help ensure that Americans would eat meat often contaminated with bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics. We are filing suit because nothing much has changed."


“The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental , nor do they result from from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink.” ~George Orwell, 1984

86 Year Old Gymnast

Crap Cannon: Israel sprays putrid liquid to control West Bank crowd

RussiaToday·Published on May 11, 2013

Israel has given the green light for the construction of a further 300 homes in a West Bank settlement.The number of eviction incidents has risen sharply since a new Israeli government, with even stronger opposition to a 2-state solution, took office in March. And the Israeli defense force are ready to use almost anything to back their governments orders, including special anti-riot measure called 'Skunk'.

- Protesting = Rioting (future crime)

Mexicans to Disney: 'Our culture is not for sale, 'I'm Muslim and I'm against homophobia, Debating

AlJazeeraEnglish·Published on May 9, 2013

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Mexicans to Disney: 'Our culture is not for sale

'I'm Muslim and I'm against homophobia

Debating Stephen Hawking with memes

Survivor found in Bangladesh rubble

AlJazeeraEnglish·Published on May 10, 2013

A survivor has been found in the rubble of a garment factory, 17 days after its collapse left more than 1,000 people dead.
The woman, who identified herself to rescuers as Reshma, had cried out for help as recovery teams sifted through the remnants of the Rana Plaza in the outskirts of Bangladesh capital, Dhaka.

Al Jazeera's Mereana Hond reports.

Search for radioactive leak at Palisades nuclear plant

Brian Willian - Published on May 7, 2013

WSBT: Search for radioactive leak at Palisades nuclear plant ... WSBT visited a park not far from the plant to hear from people on the beaches. ... Palisades sits about a mile down the beach ... "That's not good, so I mean I get mad about ribbons and balloons, so radiation is obviously not thrilling either," Larmee added. ... Groups opposing nuclear power plants, however, say regulators and the plant's operator are downplaying the seriousness of the incident. "This plant is an accident waiting to happen, and it really needs to be permanently shut down before the worst happens there," said Kevin Kamps of "Beyond Nuclear." ...

WHTC: Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said that 79 gallons of the tainted water had escaped, but by the time it got to the shore, it was highly diluted and posed no threat.

Businessweek: Saturday's radiation leak "most likely ... is not a public health concern," (Alan Jackson, a radiation health physicist at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit) said. "What's more a concern is why do these things keep happening?" "I would fixate on, 'OK, you have this problem. Why aren't you fixing it?'" he said.

What It Costs Here -- And There

UN Claims Immunity From Planet's Inhabitants

Lawyers: Haiti cholera lawsuit threatened at UN

THE TRIBUNE - San Luis Obispo
Published: May 8, 2013 Updated 21 hours ago

— A Boston-based human rights group said Wednesday it will sue the United Nations in 60 days if the world body does not agree to compensate Haitian cholera victims, apologize to the Caribbean nation for introducing the disease through its peacekeeping force, and launch a major effort to improve sanitation. Lawyers for the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti said they hoped to be able to settle with the United Nations but are ready to go to court in New York if that fails.

The announcement was the group's response to a U.N. letter in February saying it is legally immune and was not responsible for the cholera outbreak that has sickened nearly 500,000 people and killed over 7,750 people since the outbreak began in October 2010.

The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti cites independent studies suggesting that the disease was inadvertently brought to Haiti by a U.N. battalion from Nepal, where cholera is endemic. A local contractor failed to properly sanitize the waste of a U.N. base, and the bacteria leaked into a tributary of one of Haiti's biggest rivers, according to one study by a U.N.-appointed panel.

Haiti's cholera epidemic followed a Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake that killed 316,000 people and displaced more than a million others. Brian Concannon, the institute's director, said the U.N. asserted its immunity in its recent letter. "They may have immunity, but they don't have impunity," said Ira Kurzban, another lawyer preparing the lawsuit.


- The UN's claim of immunity is like the fire department sending out a truck to rescue your kitty from a tree, but they burn down your house in the process. Kitty's doing fine though......

RIP Margaret Groening, the Inspiration for Marge Simpson on 'The Simpsons'

RIP Margaret Groening, the Inspiration for Marge Simpson on 'The Simpsons'

Yahoo! TV
By Caroline Kepnes | Yahoo! TV – Mon, May 6, 2013 1:40 PM PDT

Marge from "The Simpsons."

It won’t be the happiest Mother's Day for "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening. Homer and Marge Simpson can spar forever in animation, but according to a paid obituary in the Oregonian, Groening’s mother, Margaret "Marge" Groening, has passed away in Portland at age 94.

Her husband -- cartoonist and presumed lover of donuts, Homer Groening, of course -- passed away in 1996. Groening has said that the critically renowned and culturally worshipped show was based on his own family and that he created the show to provide an alternative to the "mainstream trash." His plan worked. Audiences have adored watching Homer and Marge tangle with their children Bart, Lisa, and Maggie for 24 seasons and counting. Yes, Groening has two sisters: Lisa and Maggie.


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