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I'm with THEM, basically, among many others I could name and you could continue to attempt to mock..


...in your efforts to defend the 2016 status quo.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jul 21, 2016, 12:55 PM (1 replies)

Here's the full text of the link you ignored. NOTE: Marc Edwards wrote intro for David Lewis' book.

Whistleblowers, all.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jul 21, 2016, 12:40 PM (1 replies)

Unconcerned? Seattle Children's Hospital: About 5% of children younger than 5 yrs old have epilepsy.

Another worrisome statistic posted at the Seattle Children's Hospital website:


Epilepsy in Children

Epilepsy happens more in children than it does in adults. It affects about 1% of the general population - one out of every 100 people. About 5% of children younger than 5 years old have epilepsy. That is about one in every 20 children under 5.

This number does not include children who have seizures caused by a high fever. These kinds of seizures are different from epilepsy. They are called febrile seizures. They either happen only once or only when your child has a fever.


REPOST: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1127100665#post32
RELATED: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016142780
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Jul 20, 2016, 04:08 PM (0 replies)

LINK: "Special Education - CalEdFacts" from CA Dept of Education website


The disability categories and enrollment breakdown in California for individuals (newborn through twenty-two years of age) who received special education services in 2014–15 are as follows:

Intellectual disabilities: 43,750
Speech or language impairment: 160,071
Visual impairment: 3,864
Emotional disturbance: 24,214
Orthopedic impairment: 12,293
Other health impairment: 76,122
Specific learning disability: 284,196
Deafness: 3,531
Hard of hearing: 10,325
Deaf-blindness: 116
Multiple disabilities: 6,435
Autism: 90,794
Traumatic brain injury: 1,744

In total over 717,000 California kids were in special education programs in public schools. There were over 6,235,000 kids in public schools, translating to 1 in 9 who were in special ed programs.

Link from post by: Greg | July 20, 2016 at 11:50 AM
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Jul 20, 2016, 03:35 PM (1 replies)

Near Exide plant, dangerous lead levels in some yards are 100 times above health limits

Source: By Tony Barboza and Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times

July 20, 2016, 3:00 a.m.

Homes, schools and at least one day-care center near a shuttered Vernon battery recycler are contaminated with higher levels of brain-damaging lead than previously disclosed, with soil samples at some properties found to be so hazardous they are as much as 100 times above California’s health standard, state and county records show.

The public remains largely in the dark about where and at what concentrations the poisonous metal has been detected in neighborhoods near the Exide Technologies plant because state regulators have failed to release pollution readings for the vast majority of properties.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control says it has tested the soil of more than 2,400 homes. Despite repeated requests from The Times, the agency provided readings for just 269 properties.

A summary of results for 1,190 homes released Friday by the department was not broken down by property or location, but indicated thousands of soil samples were above state health standards and hundreds were at hazardous waste levels.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-dangerous-lead-levels-20160714-snap-story.html

Related: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2995582-Summary-of-soil-sampling-results-near-Exide.html
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Jul 20, 2016, 02:09 PM (0 replies)

"The increase was especially sharp among kindergartners, where autism cases grew by 17% last year."


July 18, 2016 11:36 AM

Autism rates in California public schools jumped 7 percent in 2016

By Phillip Reese

More than 97,000 California public school students have been diagnosed as autistic, a number that has risen seven-fold since 2001, according to the latest special education data from the California Department of Education.

The figure represent a jump of about 6,500, or 7 percent, from 2014-15 to 2015-16.

The increase was especially sharp among kindergartners, where autism cases grew by 17 percent last year. More than one of every 65 kindergartners in California public schools is classified as autistic.

Since 2006, the number of autistic students statewide has risen by between 5,000 and 7,000 every year, state figures show.


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Jul 20, 2016, 12:18 PM (144 replies)

Yesterday, Reverend Jesse Jackson urged President Obama to veto the GMO labeling bill.

Today Reverend Jesse Jackson urged President Obama to veto the GMO labeling bill that is currently before the House, should it reach his desk. In a letter sent directly to the president the renowned civil rights activist called attention to the “serious inequities (in the) GMO labeling legislation.” In the letter Jackson points out the discriminatory nature of such a labeling system; “100,000,000 Americans, most of them poor, people of color and elderly either do not own a smart phone or an iPhone to scan the QR code or live in an area of poor internet connectivity.”

LETTER: http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/files/jesse-jackson-letter-to-obama_12626.pdf

Info from Center for Food Safety email.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Jul 15, 2016, 08:16 AM (0 replies)

Russian Billionaires in U.S. Health Push With D.C. Insiders

Source: Irina Reznik and Alex Sazonov, Washington Post

Jul 15, 2016, 7:06 am ET

(Bloomberg) -- Mikhail Fridman cashed out of his Russian oil venture near the top of the market and moved to London to build an empire in calmer climes. Then Brexit struck, reinforcing his determination to keep heading west.

With Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and sanctions over Ukraine muddying the investment waters from Moscow to Glasgow, Fridman and his three fellow Alfa Group billionaires are looking across the Atlantic and see a clear stream of profit in ever-higher spending on health care. With two Washington insiders in tow to help navigate the terrain, the Russians are preparing to invest as much as $3 billion in the industry over three years, starting in the U.S., where it accounts for almost a fifth of the economy.

“There are signals of a major tectonic shift in economic development happening before our eyes,” Fridman said in an interview in London.

Flush with almost $14 billion from the sale in 2013 of TNK-BP to state-owned Rosneft PJSC, Fridman and his partners created Luxembourg-based LetterOne to acquire western projects to balance their holdings back home. After buying North Sea energy assets, U.K. student housing and a slice of Uber Technologies Inc., they have about half left to deploy.

The skills and tactics that allowed Fridman to flourish in post-Soviet Russia won’t necessarily translate into success in the U.S., particularly with relations at a post-Cold War low. So he and his partners, who are both decried and admired for their mastery of what is known as administrative resources -- the aggressive use of connections, courts and cops to achieve commercial aims -- have brought on board people with ties to both major candidates for president.

Read more: http://washpost.bloomberg.com/Story?docId=1376-OA8XN66JIJUT01-4TSPURT7UORR6BQ31V7I6NQG0J

via Bloomberg TV side screen headlne: "With Britain's decision to leave the European Union and sanctions over Ukraine muddying the investment waters from Moscow to Glasgow, Fridman and his three fellow Alfa Group billionaires are looking across the Atlantic and see a clear stream of profit in ever-higher spending on health care."
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Jul 15, 2016, 07:44 AM (0 replies)



Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jul 14, 2016, 02:46 AM (0 replies)

“Human Genome Project-Write” Unveiled


“Human Genome Project-Write” Unveiled

A proposal to synthesize entire genomes—the subject of a controversial, invitation-only meeting at Harvard last month—is formally presented in Science.

By Jef Akst | June 2, 2016

A team led by New York University’s Jef Boeke, Harvard’s George Church, and Andrew Hessel of the California-based commercial design studio Autodesk Research has published its proposal to synthesize entire genomes from scratch, including those of humans. Called the “Human Genome Project-Write” (the authors refer to the original HGP as Human Genome Project-Read), the initiative could take 10 years and a minimum of $100 million just to get started, the researchers wrote today (June 2) in Science.

“It’s essentially a call to action,” Hessel told BuzzFeed News. “We are suggesting it’s time to consider a new genome project standing on the foundations of the Human Genome Project.”

An underlying goal of the proposed project is to develop technologies to more efficiently and more cheaply write DNA. “Tangible products may be slow to follow at first, but writing DNA more cheaply and at large scale will make researchers more efficient and comprehensive in their work, leading to practically unlimited potential for indirect products,” Danielle Tullman-Ercek, a biochemical engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, told Nature.

But the proposal was not universally praised. “My first thought was ‘so what,’” Martin Fussenegger, a synthetic biologist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, told Nature. “I personally think this will happen naturally. It’s just a matter of price at the end.”

Others are still upset about the discussion that took place at a closed-door meeting last month at Harvard. Synthetic biologist Drew Endy of Stanford University and religious scholar Laurie Zoloth of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, question the scientific value of the plan. “Boeke et al.’s current proposal should be broadly rejected and not now pursued,” Endy told BuzzFeed News in an email.

MOONSHOT SEGMENT (Andrew Hessel, distinguished research scientist at Autodesk, and Ethan Kurzweil, a Bessemer Venture Partners partner): http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2016-07-14/full-show-bloomberg-west-07-13


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Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Jul 13, 2016, 10:47 PM (0 replies)
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