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How Dupont "Poisoned the World."

...In 1802, a young French aristocrat named Irénée du Pont de Nemours, who had fled the French Revolution, built a gunpowder mill in northeast Delaware. By World War I, his venture, known as DuPont, had grown so large that it supplied half of the world’s gunpowder and was expanding into bombs and poison gas. But it was drawing fire on the home front. In 1934, Congress spent three days grilling DuPont executives about allegations that they had overbilled the military for explosives. The company became a national pariah almost overnight. To salvage both its reputation and its bottom line, it turned to a legendary adman named Bruce Barton. The only way DuPont could escape the “atmosphere of plague,” Barton advised, was to transform its image from that of a purveyor of doomsday weaponry to a maker of peacetime products that benefited American society. The following year, DuPont unveiled a new slogan: “Better Things for Better Living … Through Chemistry."
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In 1961, the Teflon-coated “Happy Pan” hit the market. During the Happy Pan rollout, DuPont’s chief toxicologist, Dorothy Hood, cautioned in a memo to executives that the substance should be "handled with extreme care.” She explained that a new study had found enlarged livers in rats and rabbits exposed to C8, which suggested the chemical was toxic. But DuPont continued to market Teflon and related products, which would burgeon into a billion-dollar-a-year business for the company.

Sue Bailey had just gotten pregnant with her third child when she was transferred to the Teflon division of Washington Works. There, she said, she channeled C8 waste into on-site pits using a contraption that looked like a bicycle pump. For the rest of her pregnancy, she suffered from crippling anxiety. “I knew in my gut that something was really wrong,” she says. When Bailey gave birth in January 1981, the baby had only half a nose and a ragged eyelid that gaped down to the middle of his cheek. 
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It was becoming clear that the implications of the lawsuits went far beyond the Tennants or the Kigers or the thousands of residents of the Ohio River Valley. By this time, C8 was being detected everywhere—produce and beef in American grocery stores, polar bears in the Arctic, children in the remote Faeroe Islands. One analysis of blood banks from around the world showed that nearly all of the blood contained C8. The lone exception was a set of archived samples that had been collected from Korean War veterans before 1952.
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http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/welcome-to-beautiful-parkersburg/

Looks like Southern California got its January rain in July.

Normally we get our rains in January and our July is bone dry. But this year the months seemed to swap in terms of rain totals.

San Diego broke its all-time July rainfall record Saturday when 1.03 inches fell. That broke not only the July single-day record of 0.83 inches set July 25, 1902, but also the record for an entire July's rainfall, which was 0.92 inches July 1-31, 1902.

It's also more rain than San Diego saw in all of January this year; on average, January is the second-wettest month and July the second-driest, with January averaging 66 times more rainfall than July. The only other time July has out-dampened January in San Diego was 1976, when July had 0.02 inch to January's trace.

Later in the day, Los Angeles broke its own July records. Downtown Los Angeles picked up 0.28 inch, which broke the July full-month record of 0.24 inch from July 1-31, 1886. Los Angeles International Airport saw 0.32 inch of rain, tying the record for all of July set in 1992.


http://www.weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/southwest-flood-threat-july-2015-tropical-storm-hurricane-dolores

Rare Honor for U.S. Women’s Soccer Team as New York City PlansTicker-Tape Parade

Source: NYTimes.com

New York City will hold a ticker-tape parade on Friday for the United States women’s national soccer team, breaking with decades of precedent to bestow a rare honor upon a group that competes outside the metropolitan area.

Two days after the team’s World Cup triumph, the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that the players would be saluted along the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan at 11 a.m. Since Monday, lawmakers had noted that a parade would be a landmark city honor for a women’s team.

“The people have spoken,” the mayor’s wife, Chirlane McCray, wrote on Twitter, “and they want a ticker-tape parade.”



Read more: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/07/08/nyregion/new-york-city-ticker-tape-parade-for-us-womens-soccer-team.html



I wish I could be in New York for this historic event!

FIFA Under Pressure To Pay Women's Soccer Teams Fairly

The U.S. women's soccer team not only won the World Cup on Sunday -- it broke TV records. The tournament's final match was the most-watched soccer game ever, including men's games, on a single television network. More Americans watched the Women's World Cup final than the most recent NBA or Stanley Cup finals.

Yet FIFA paid the winning women's team a $2 million prize, which is four times less than the $8 million it pays men's teams that lose in the first round. The total payout for the Women’s World Cup this year is $15 million, while FIFA awarded a total of $576 million to men's teams in the World Cup last year.

Ultraviolet, a women's rights advocacy organization, started a digital campaign on Monday to press FIFA to pay women's soccer teams fairly for equal work. Roughly 60,000 people signed the campaign in the first 24 hours -- more than twice the signatures a typical Ultraviolet campaign receives on its first day.


http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7745892

Victory Party for US World Cup Team TODAY at L.A. Live!

If you're near downtown Los Angeles, come show your appreciation for our amazing women's national soccer team!

A celebratory rally is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Microsoft Square at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.Gates will open at 9 a.m.

There will be free parking beginning at 9 a.m. in Lot W- Gate B (1005 W. Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90015). You may also park in Lot C- North (1150 L.A. LIVE WY, Los Angeles CA 90015).

http://patch.com/california/losalamitos/world-cup-victory-celebration-planned-tuesday?utm_source=article-mostrecent&utm_medium=rss&utm_term=sports&utm_campaign=recirc&utm_content=aol


Victory Party for US World Cup Team TODAY at L.A. Live!

A celebratory rally is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Microsoft Square at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.Gates will open at 9 a.m.

There will be free parking beginning at 9 a.m. in Lot W- Gate B (1005 W. Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90015). You may also park in Lot C- North (1150 L.A. LIVE WY, Los Angeles CA 90015).

http://patch.com/california/losalamitos/world-cup-victory-celebration-planned-tuesday?utm_source=article-mostrecent&utm_medium=rss&utm_term=sports&utm_campaign=recirc&utm_content=aol

Come show your appreciation for our amazing women's national soccer team!

World's most endangered marine mammal could go extinct



The world's smallest porpoise is fighting for its life. Conservationists claim the numbers of critically endangered vaquita has dropped to only 50 - half what it was estimated to be just a few months ago. It is the most endangered of any of the 128 marine mammal species alive today.

The animal is found exclusively in the upper part Mexico's Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez. But it's not fishing for the vaquita that is the problem. Rather, the commission concluded illegal fishingand trading of another critically endangered species called totoaba caught using huge gill nets was the driver, resulting in "a high entanglement risk for vaquitas."
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Uhlemann said that the totoaba's swim bladder is illegally exported to Asia to make soup and traditional medicine. Demand for totoaba bladders has spiked recently, and a single totoaba bladder can sell for $14,000.


http://www.cbsnews.com/news/worlds-most-endangered-marine-mammal-could-go-extinct/

Charleston cop fired for posing in Confederate flag boxers.

A North Charleston police officer who posted a photo of himself wearing Confederate Flag boxer shorts to Facebook has been fired.

The photo spread across the Internet on Thursday after the post had been online for a few days.

Police Chief Eddie Driggers issued a termination letter to the officer, Sgt. Shannon Dildine, saying the photo undermines the officer's "ability to improve trust and instill confidence when working with our citizens."

"Your posting in this manner led to you being publicly identified as a North Charleston Police officer and associated both you and the Department with an image that symbolizes hate and oppression to a significant portion of the citizens we are sworn to serve," Driggers wrote.

http://www.abcnews4.com/story/29411843/north-charleston-police-chief-fires-officer-for-confederate-flag-display-found-on-facebook

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Yes, a pic of the guy in his boxers is at the link.

Charleston Confederate Statue Spray-Painted With 'Black Lives Matter'

Source: NBCNews.com

Police say someone spray-painted the message "Black Lives Matter" on a statue memorializing the Confederacy in Charleston several days after a shooting at a historic black church.

Police spokesman Charles Francis said city workers used a tarp to cover up the graffiti marking the stone pedestal beneath the statue. He said he didn't know when the graffiti was spray-painted there, but said it would be cleaned off.

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Photos on local news websites from before the tarp was put up show the phrase written in bright red paint, along with the message "THIS IS THE PROBLEM. #RACIST." The pedestal's permanent inscription is "To the Confederate Defenders of Charleston."





Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/charleston-church-shooting/charleston-confederate-statue-spray-painted-black-lives-matter-n379376



I agree with the person who spray painted this. The inscription "To the Confederate Defenders of Charleston" is wrong on so many levels:
1. Glorifies the Confederacy.
2. Inaccurately describes what the Confederates were doing; those Confederates were not "defending" all of Charleston but seeking to keep its African American residents enslaved (and thereby implying black lives don't matter and are not actual Charleston citizens).
3. Suggests that anyone opposed to the Confederacy ought to be fought.

America’s Seniors Find Middle-Class ‘Sweet Spot’

 
Most Americans suffered serious losses during and after the recession, knocked off balance by layoffs, stagnant pay and the collapse of home values. But apart from the superrich, one group’s fortunes appear to have held remarkably steady: seniors.

Supported by income from Social Security, pensions and investments, as well as an increasing number of paychecks from delaying retirement, older people not only weathered the economic downturn that began in 2007 but made significant gains, a New York Times analysis of government data has found.

As a result, America’s middle class is graying.

People on the leading edge of the baby boom and those born during World War II — the 25 million Americans now between the ages of 65 and 74 — have emerged as particularly well positioned in the nation’s economic timeline. While there are plenty of individual exceptions, as a group they are better off financially than past generations and may well enjoy a more successful old age than future ones, even those merely a decade younger.


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/06/15/business/economy/american-seniors-enjoy-the-middle-class-life.html
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