CIVILITY PASSES

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I find today I mourn the passing of civility and what I once thought was a legacy albeit bruised, damaged, scarred but struggling to be … justice for all …

At about 1:30 PM on Friday, 23 April 2010 … justice … in Arizona died with the stroke of a pen … replace by enacting legislation inviting and promoting a new civil war.

Try as I may, I am unable to discern the rationale used to permit us to consciously take action mimicking similar bogus data as used to tragically lead us into war in Iraq. Leadership then as now, needed a target; someone to blame and a handy scapegoat appeared.

How could we allow this to occur, why can we not sit calmly and discuss devoid of all vitriolic, shrill, hateful, racial and discourteous comment and without comment about us vs. them….?

Why is it we need someone to blame, to pick on, to make wrong and bad, to trample on and to crush…?

Where did “white” Arizona get the understanding “white” is better than … them … and by God we’ll show them exactly how the game is played. We kicked their “brown-butts” once, ran them out and we can do it again.

Figures noting half-million-illegals are here in our state … but we never ask from where or how these figures were made or by whom. And quite frankly we really don’t care as the target is marked, let’s kick them out.

They’re taking our jobs, which we never define, to do so would reveal the lie upon which this argument is based. Illegals contribute nothing, they only take, is a line politicians play, but they know damn well it too is a lie.

Arizona and America is scared … living in fear … afraid of the unknown … the true enemy we all know … but afraid to name or point out … as “we” could be the next to go.

Evidence clearly exists illuminating a path a blind man could follow were he to so choose … those standing with their foot upon your neck come in all colors and sometimes brown or black or yellow or red … but … mainly they are white. Yes, they are hooded, not like the KKK of old, real mover and shakers learned to lurk out of sight … placing others out front their dirty work to do. 535 in the Washington DC beltway come to mind … along with the 9 on the now vested US Corporate Supreme Court.

Impotent we feel against such seemingly overwhelming odds and besides educated are we to grant them extraordinary loyalty … we’ve been told they epitomize the very foundation of our nation … on pillars they stand.

Through sleight of hand, play on words, the old shell game played as a virtuous would a Stradivarius violin, we watch mesmerized as they take our jobs and ship them abroad to some unsuspecting third world nation … our money and homes they next destroy … and we find in this climate of induced … fear … we need an identifiable … enemy … so in Arizona … if you’re … “brown” … watch out … we’re coming after you … isn’t that right Russell Pearce, Joe Apraio and Gov Brewer…?

By our silence we help drive the nails these three and others started in the coffin in which civility and justice are buried.

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People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people.

To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease. … Lao-tzu

Everyone has the RIGHT to clean & accessible water, adequate for the health & well-being of the individual and family & NO one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances

And let me be a bit bolder … I am most willing to present and discuss any water or wastewater issue with an audience in Arizona where honest two way dialog is permitted

OK … Let’er buck

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Brewer allegedly rarely makes waves … I wonder what she calls her signature on her Republican immigration law…

Unexpected Governor Takes an Unwavering Course … By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD …. Published: April 24, 2010 … One night last week, Grant Woods, the former state attorney general, spent more than an hour on the telephone with Gov. Jan Brewer, a fellow Republican who was considering whether to sign into law the nation’s toughest immigration enforcement bill.

PUBLIC PROTEST Crowds gathered at the Capitol in Phoenix on Friday, urging Governor Brewer to veto the immigration bill. She signed it that day. The governor listened patiently, Mr. Woods recalled, as he laid out his arguments against the bill: that it would give too much power to the local police to stop people merely suspected of being illegal immigrants and would lead to racial profiling; that some local police officers have been abusive toward immigrants; and that the law could lead to costly legal battles for the state. When he hung up, Mr. Woods knew he had lost the case. “She really felt that the majority of Arizonans fall on the side of, … Let’s solve the problem and not worry about the Constitution,” he said.

Locking on a position, sometimes confounding members of her party, and letting the chips fall where they may have defined Ms. Brewer’s style since she unexpectedly vaulted from secretary of state to governor 15 months ago when Janet Napolitano, a Democrat, left to join the Obama administration as homeland security secretary.

Until now, she had rarely made waves — supporters struggled to name one headline-grabbing thing she was known for before becoming governor — despite spending more than 25 years in public service. And opponents wonder whether her coterie of aides has undue influence, noting she had never made immigration control a passion until it was clear that she was running for election.

She did not even mention the border or immigration in her January 2009 inaugural speech, which focused squarely on the biggest problem on her hands, the imploding economy and a state budget in tatters.

But Ms. Brewer in her short tenure may already be remembered for shaking up the political order, even before her decision on the immigration bill.

First, to help close a $2.6 billion budget deficit and avoid harsh cuts, she shocked and angered the conservative flank that had buoyed her by pushing for a 1-cent increase in the state sales tax.

Chuck Coughlin, a political consultant who worked on her transition team, recalled how Ms. Brewer, as she contemplated the tax increase last year, spent 20 minutes in a meeting explaining how she could not stomach expected deep cuts in education.
“She knew the tax was the only option on the table,” Mr. Coughlin said. “I told her she will have no friends, that not even the Democrats will help you because they want you to roast in the fire. But she did it.”
The proposal, Proposition 100, goes before voters on May 18.

Then, what is accepted as the country’s most stringent immigration enforcement law, allowing the local police to stop and check the immigration papers of noncitizens and making it a state crime not to have them, was making its way through the Legislature.

Legislators said Ms. Brewer, who is seeking a full term, was long prepared to sign such a bill, and her closest opponents in the primary all backed it. But her staff members hashed over the details with Senator Russell Pearce, a Republican who has made driving illegal immigrants out of the state his passion. Though not closely allied with Mr. Pearce, she took up his mantra that the law would help the police weed out criminals.

“Border-related violence and crime due to illegal immigration are critically important issues to the people of our state,” she said on Friday after signing the immigration bill. “We cannot sacrifice our safety to the murderous greed of drug cartels. We cannot stand idly by as drop houses, kidnappings and violence compromise our quality of life.”

Ms. Brewer said she had pushed for language that explicitly bars the police from racial profiling, though that failed to mollify civil rights groups who complained that Latino citizens would inevitably be harassed or mistaken for illegal immigrants.

As Arizona secretary of state, Ms. Brewer supported Proposition 200, an initiative passed in 2004 requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote.

But as a more a business-oriented, “country club” Republican, she never made the issue a central theme.
Paul Senseman, who has known Ms. Brewer for 16 years and is her spokesman (he declined to make her available for an interview), said her early years had been formative in forging a fiscally conservative, business-minded approach.

State Senator Ken Cheuvront, a veteran Democratic legislator who has known her for 16 years, said he had initially dismissed her as an ardent, conservative partisan. But as governor, Mr. Cheuvront said, “I am surprised she has become much more pragmatic.” He saw that in her decision on the tax increase and to an extent her decision to support the immigration bill, despite the negative attention from national civil rights, religious and immigrant advocacy leaders.

“She is in Arizona running for governor as Republican at a time when Republicans are being controlled by different, conservative factions,” he said.

Mary Rose Wilcox, a Democrat who served with her on the Board of Supervisors, said she had warmed to Ms. Brewer when they worked together to improve services to the homeless and the mentally ill. But, Ms. Wilcox said, political considerations were never far from her mind, and Ms. Brewer kept close score on who was supporting which piece of legislation. She has approved much of the socially conservative legislation, including abortion restrictions, promoted by the Center for Arizona Policy, a conservative research group. “Jan has always been a tough cookie and very partisan,” she said. “I think what led her to this decision on the immigration bill was political, cold calculation. She felt the Hispanic community would not matter.”

But Ms. Brewer’s supporters said the decision was bound to be trouble for her no matter how she decided, either costing support in her primary if she vetoed it or generating the wrath of Latinos and moderates if she signed it.

“I know,” said Mr. Woods, 56, the former state attorney general who is also co-chairman of Ms. Brewer’s election campaign, “that she struggled greatly with the decision.”

OK … She saddled this “bronc” … let’er buck … hold on Arizona we’re in for one hell of a ride …

Isn’t this a face that makes you want to stand up and cheer and feel proud about your State …?

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Isn’t this a face that makes you want to stand up and cheer and feel proud about your State …?

Perhaps you do, but not I, like the lady gracefully a top our Capitol dome, I, too hang my head in shame…?

We Want a President Who Won’t Coddle Capitalism

A Perspective … Are you aware of what is not disclosed nor made transparent…?

This can’t be true … can it…?

We Want a President Who Won’t Coddle Capitalism … The American public ain’t buying the spoon fed load of crap that Wall Street executives had our economic best interests at heart but just somehow, by accident, went astray.
By Sally Kohn / Movement Vision Lab

Maybe just, maybe the corporate veil has been permanently penetrated and like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz … “we” … see the wizards deleteriously manipulating our lives

You might want to buy some extra Preparation H …?

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You might want to buy some extra Preparation H …?

The Middle Class Game Is Up: We’re Heading to a Slave Labor Planet
… JoeBageant.com / By Joe Bageant April 22, 2010 … Read complete article at …http://www.alternet.org/story/146569/the_middle_class_game_is_up%3A_we%27re_heading_to_a_slave_labor_planet

Thanks to globalization, the American, Australian and European promises of middle-class prosperity are on their way to extinction. Class solidarity was such a good idea. It really was. Obviously, most of the people who need solidarity are in the world’s laboring classes. After all, the rich have more than enough solidarity already, as was recently demonstrated by their successful execution of the greatest global financial heist in history. Oh sure, we’ll see some state sponsored mock show trials of a few of them — they always throw a few of their own out of the sleigh to the wolves during their escapes.

The big heist was big news. Working Americans will be applying Preparation H to their keisters for a long time to come.

But the ultimate accomplishment of the already rich, the newly rich and the corporate rich, has been their global solidarity on the corporate/financial front. It’s been a long run up to globalism, but the rich have great patience. As an American, all my life I’ve heard their chief mouthpiece, the president of the United States, beginning with Eisenhower, right on up through Kennedy, Reagan, Ford, Carter and Bush, and now Obama, sing the same song. Which goes moreover like this:
“Trade is the road to peace.

Commerce and business know no national boundaries. They link nations together on productivity, creating jobs and peace across the world.”
It sounded good at the time. Who would have thought that the people enjoying all this harmony and peace brought about through globalization would be enjoying it in a one big happy planetary work gulag? And if they are not doing so at the moment, they will be as soon global capitalism, under the watchful solidarity of the rich, bears full fruit.

Thanks to globalization, the American, Australian and European working classes are on their way to extinction, in terms of their traditional rights, and quality of life. Just like the workers being poisoned to death by circuit board toxins in Guiyu, China, their fates will be determined by global capital, either by default or by bitter struggle against it. We are not seeing much of the latter and are not likely to, until it is too late, which it may already be. After all, you cannot put up much of a struggle against global capital when you worship it a creed and are addicted to commodities too.

Oh yeah, I forgot. We’re gonna “develop” and “stimulus” our way out of what is happening now — which is that we are fast becoming a slave labor workhouse planet. Now let me see here — hmmm — who is in charge of development? Oh yeah, the global financiers.

There is no way the world’s working people can win in the long run, which is getting pretty damned short, or even survive, except by joining the worker struggles, of China, Asia and Africa and India. The idea that American workers are the same as the Asian and Latin American and African working people goes down hard in American gullets.

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People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people.

To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease. … Lao-tzu

Everyone has the RIGHT to clean & accessible water, adequate for the health & well-being of the individual and family & NO one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances

And let me be a bit bolder … I am most willing to present and discuss any water or wastewater issue with an audience in Arizona where honest two way dialog is permitted

MORE PRIVATE JAIL$

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Might it be appropriate to consider … why … we incarcerate so many … and if we can get past our prejudices look at the racial make-up of those we do incarcerate … what we discover with an open mind could surprise us…?

Is the question really privatization or is opening this question too much for Arizona to honestly contemplate…?

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People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people.

To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease. … Lao-tzu

Everyone has the RIGHT to clean & accessible water, adequate for the health & well-being of the individual and family & NO one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances

And let me be a bit bolder … I am most willing to present and discuss any water or wastewater issue with an audience in Arizona where honest two way dialog is permitted

NEW TEA PARTY MEMBER

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This is what Chief Justice John Robert’s … US Corporate Supreme Court … calls … justice … it’s what I call uncontrolled greed …

Just follow the $$$

TRY YOU OWN GREEN THUMB

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GIVE YOUR OWN GREEN THUMB AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW …

10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow At Home … By Tina McCarthy, EcoSalon …Posted on April 25, 2010 … Printed on April 26, 2010 …

http://www.alternet.org/story/146615/

Gardening is hot, hot, hot. And why not? Planting a few seeds on your deck or in your backyard yields delicious, organic results – and money savings, too. Besides, April is National Gardening Month! You know the basics of how to start your own vegetable garden, but where do you go from here? Here are some crops that even the least green thumbed among you can tackle, and tips on how to make them flourish.

Tomato … Originating in South America, this plump red herbaceous perennial is rich in nutrients like niacin, potassium and phosphorous, antioxidants like lycopene, anthocyanin and carotene, and vitamins A, C and E. Tomatoes can add a juicy shot of flavor to a variety of dishes, such as salads, sandwiches and pasta.
After the last frost of winter has thawed, pick a spot in your yard that receives ample sunlight and test the soil’s pH level – you want between 6 and 7. (To increase the Ph level, add lime. To decrease it, add sulfur.) Spread compost over this area and mix it with the soil. Dig a hole for each seed, leaving at least a foot in between for growth, cover them and firmly pat down the soil. Water them with a spray bottle a couple times per week.

Radish … Existing in shades of red, purple and white, these root vegetables were first cultivated thousands of years ago in Europe. Radishes are a great source of potassium, folic acid, magnesium and calcium, and are commonly used in salad dressings or as a garnish for salads.
Radishes thrive in soil with a pH level of around 6 or 7. Till a sunny patch in your garden and plant the seeds ½ inch below the soil’s surface with one inch of space between each. Water them lightly every couple days. Radishes are fast growers and should be ready to pull in several weeks. Don’t wait too long, or they’ll begin to deteriorate.

Zucchini … In the late 1800s, spontaneous mutations of summer squashes yielded the first zucchini in Italy. Typically shaped like a cucumber, this yellow or green vegetable is low in calories and chop full of potassium, folate and manganese. Zucchini can be boiled, fried or steamed as a tasty side or stuffed and baked as a delectable entrée.
In a mound of composted soil a foot high and a couple feet wide, sow several zucchini seeds. Space each mound approximately 3 feet apart, water them heavily every other day and wait for them to sprout in a couple weeks. They should be ready to harvest about a month later.

Beet … Evolving from wild plants in the Mediterranean, the beet, or beetroot, has a fleshy root that can be boiled and eaten plain, tossed in a salad or used to make borscht. Betaine, one of the primary nutrients in this deep red or purple vegetable, is known to improve cardiovascular health.
Clean and strengthen the seeds by soaking them in water at room temperature for a day. Plow the soil and remove any stones from the top 3 feet. Plant each seed 2 inches apart and water them at least once every day.

Carrot … This biennial root vegetable was first domesticated during the 10th century in modern-day Afghanistan. Rich in vitamin A, antioxidants and dietary fiber, the carrot’s orange color is a result of the carotene it synthesizes when growing. Carrots are equally delicious as a healthy snack, in a side of steamed vegetables or even baked into a cake.
Leaving several inches in between holes, dig less than an inch deep and plant a couple of seeds in each. Make sure that the soil stays moist but remember to water the carrots less as they begin to reach maturity.

Spinach … Early forms of this annual flowering plant were first found in the ancient world on the Indian subcontinent. High in both iron and calcium, this green leafy vegetable is eaten plain, cooked in a quiche, used as a pizza topping and made into a chip dip.
Turn over the soil with compost and plant seeds less than an inch deep, placing them at least 2 inches apart to give room for growth. Sow the soil a couple more times in the first month and keep this area well-watered.

Peas … Dating back to the Neolithic Age in Jordan, Syria and Turkey, peas grow in the seed-pod of a legume. A good source of vitamins A, B and C, these small green spheres can be roasted for a tasty snack or thrown into stir-fries, casseroles and soups.
Cultivate the soil with nutrient-rich compost. Keep in mind that your soil must drain well in order for peas for flourish. Space each seed several inches apart and sow them one inch deep. Freshly planted seeds require ½ inch of water every week, while more mature plants need a full inch.

Pepper … Native to Central and South America, these green, yellow, red or orange vegetables range in flavor from spicy to sweet. Containing nutrients like thiamin, folate and manganese, peppers can be stuffed with rice and meat or give salads, salsa and pasta a zesty kick.
Till the soil with both compost and Epsom salts, which will make it rich in magnesium to help the peppers develop healthily. Since they grow best in warm soil, sow the seeds a foot or more apart in raised beds. Water them frequently, keeping the soil moist, or they may taste bitter once harvested.

Lettuce … Enjoyed in ancient Egypt as an aphrodisiac, lettuce is a good source of folic acid and vitamin A. Used as the primary ingredient in most salads, this green leaf vegetable, of which there are dozens of common varieties, can also be stuffed with various ingredients to make a lettuce wrap or top sandwiches, hamburgers and tacos.
When cultivating the soil with nutrient-rich compost, break up any chunks and remove debris. Make sure that seeds are planted between 8 and 16 inches apart and water them every morning. Avoid doing so at night because this could cause disease.

Onion …. Archaeologists have traced the first known onions back to the Bronze Age in early Palestinian settlements. Rich in dietary fiber, folate and vitamin C, these bulb-shaped vegetables add flavor to an assortment of foods, like dips, soups, salads, casseroles and much more.
Plow the soil a foot deep and get rid of debris. Use parasitic nematodes to prevent maggots and cutworms from destroying the crop. Plant the seeds a couple centimeters deep and several inches apart. Weed this area frequently but gently and provide them with about an inch of water every week.

© 2010 EcoSalon All rights reserved.
View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/story/146615/

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People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people.
To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease. … Lao-tzu
Everyone has the RIGHT to clean & accessible water, adequate for the health & well-being of the individual and family & NO one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances
And let me be a bit bolder … I am most willing to present and discuss any water or wastewater issue with an audience in Arizona where honest two way dialog is permitted

THE CUCUMBER STORY … did you know

THE CUCUMBER STORY … did you know …
1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6.. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Pass this along to everybody you know who is looking for better and safer ways to solve life’s everyday problems..

This is our government’s idea of full disclosure and transparency

A Perspective … Are you aware of what is not disclosed nor made transparent…?

Our government’s idea of full disclosure and transparency …
FDA Suppressed Imaging Safety Concerns

…. Posted by Dr. Mercola … April 24 2010 … Dr. Julian Nicholas, a former Food and Drug Administration scientist, said his job was eliminated after he raised concerns about the risks of radiation exposure from high-grade medical scanning, the Seattle Times reports.

“Dr. Nicholas said at a public hearing that he and other FDA staffers “were pressured to change their scientific opinion,” after they opposed the approval of a CT scanner for routine colon cancer screening. Nicholas said that he objected to exposing otherwise healthy patients to the cancer risks of radiation.”

The allegations about suppression of scientific dissent come at an inopportune time for the agency. The FDA recently announced an effort to improve scanning safety after three California hospitals reported hundreds of acute radiation overdoses last year.

The average American’s radiation exposure has nearly doubled in the last three decades, largely due to CT tests.

Dr. Mercola’s comments ….Again, more proof that suppression of evidence is more or less standard practice within the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Once again, industry profits were favored over public health by this agency… What will it take to root out the rot festering therein?

FDA Scientist Terminated After Raising Risks of Radiation Exposure …In this case, the Seattle Times reports that a (now former) FDA scientist was eliminated from his post after opposing the approval of a CT scanner for routine colon cancer screening and raising concerns about its health risks.

In a public hearing, he stated that he “objected to exposing otherwise healthy patients to the cancer risks of radiation.” He’s also quoted as saying that “scientific and regulatory review process for medical devices was being distorted by managers who were not following the laws.”

If you’ve been reading this newsletter for awhile, you’re already aware that excess radiation exposure is a serious health threat. Even a single scan can cause harm in some cases, and that’s not taking into account the long-term damage being done when subjecting yourself to routine medical tests such as CT scans and mammograms.

In January, the New York Times reported that a Philadelphia hospital gave the wrong radiation dose to more than 90 patients with prostate cancer during 2009.

In 2005, a Florida hospital disclosed that 77 brain cancer patients had received 50 percent more radiation than prescribed because a powerful linear accelerator had been incorrectly programmed for nearly a year, and over 200 unsuspecting patients who underwent a specific type of CT brain scan at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles received eight to ten times the normal dose of radiation — also due to an incorrectly programmed machine.

In these cases the excess exposures were not fatal, but time will tell how these patients fare down the line. Because what we do know is that radiation exposure increases your risk of DNA damage and cancer, which can take decades to surface.

CT Scans More Dangerous than Previously Believed … That the FDA is actively suppressing concerns about CT scan safety is made even more disturbing by the fact that recent studies have discovered CT scans deliver far greater doses of radiation than previously believed.
One study, which used human subjects rather than dummies equipped with sensors, found that people may be exposed to up to four times as much radiation as estimated by earlier studies, the USA Today reported in an article last year.
Worse yet, based on their measurements, a patient could get as much radiation from one CT scan as 74 mammograms, or 442 chest X-rays!
It’s believed CT scans may contribute to 29,000 new cancers each year, along with 14,500 deaths.

So these are no petty concerns. In fact, a host of epidemiological studies over the years have strongly suggested that x-rays and other forms of ionizing radiation are a cause of most types of human cancer. X-rays may even be responsible for most of the deaths from cancer and ischemic heart disease, according to John Gofman, MD, PhD, a professor at U. C. Berkeley and one of the leading experts in the world. Gofman is a nuclear physicist and a medical doctor who wrote a book on the subject.

Ionizing radiation is a uniquely potent mutagen due to its ability to wreak havoc on your cells and their genetic code. Your cells are unable to repair the very complex genetic damage done by x-rays. Some of the mutated cells die, but others do not, and the cells that go on living have a proliferative advantage—giving rise to the most aggressive cancers.
Unlike some other mutagens, x-rays have access to the genetic molecules of every one of your internal organs, if the organ is within range of the x-ray beam. Even a single high-speed, high-energy electron, set into motion by an x-ray photon, can bounce around and cause you irreparable damage.

That is why there is no safe dose of x-rays. …Meanwhile, CT scans and mammograms emit far more radiation than conventional X-rays. A CT scan of the chest delivers 100 times the radiation of a conventional chest X-ray, and a mammogram delivers 1,000 times more radiation.
According to David Brenner of Columbia University, about one-third of all CT scans done today are unnecessary. He predicts from his study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, that overuse of diagnostic CT scans may cause up to 3 million cancers over the next 20 to 30 years.

Even the American Cancer Society lists high-dose radiation to the chest as a medium to high risk factor for developing cancer. So why is the FDA refusing to listen to its own scientists – the very men and women hired to evaluate the risks of drugs and medical equipment, and approve or decline applications based on that evidence?

At every turn, you find evidence that funding the FDA with fees from the pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers they’re supposed to regulate creates an entirely unhealthy alliance. The scales are constantly tipped to the side of profit rather than protecting public health.

And for your “safety” your government’s … TSA … (transportation safety agency) … introduces the latest gizmo in airport security … FULL BODY X-RAY SCAN … we’ve cover you covered …

Calls Grow to Get Rid of Full Body Scanners at U.S. Airports … Over 30 privacy and civil liberties organizations have filed a formal petition with the Department of Homeland Security. … By Willam Fisher / IPS News

THE PEOPLE ARE TALKING … GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO LISTEN

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People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people.

To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease. … Lao-tzu

Everyone has the RIGHT to clean & accessible water, adequate for the health & well-being of the individual and family & NO one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances

And let me be a bit bolder … I am most willing to present and discuss any water or wastewater issue with an audience in Arizona where honest two way dialog is permitted

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