…This is the proverbial argument … glass half full … glass half empty … it is a matter of perspective …

…This is the proverbial argument … glass half full … glass half empty … it is a matter of perspective …

 

Experts: Contrary to Mainstream Myth, ‘Social Security is Strong’ and Could Be Made Stronger

04-25-2012  •  http://www.commondreams.org, Common Dreams staff

Lifting the payroll tax cap and better coverage by journalists would help build sustainable future for essential program

Lying and cover up SOP in the American government

… Lying and cover up SOP in the American government during the “W” Bush administration … one of its principal promoters was VP Dick Cheney …

 

Greg Palast … Evidence Implicates Top BP Executives

Greg Palast, EcoWatch: "Evidence now implicates top BP executives as well as its partners Chevron and Exxon and the Bush Administration in the deadly cover-up – which included falsifying a report to the Securities Exchange Commission. Ecowatch.org revealed that, in September 2008, nearly two years before the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP rig had blown out in the Caspian Sea – which BP concealed from U.S. regulators and Congress. Had BP, Chevron, Exxon or the Bush State Department revealed the facts of the earlier blow-out, it is likely that the Deepwater Horizon disaster would have been prevented."

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Mon$anto will religiously adhere to providing verifiable

…And you just know that Mon$anto will religiously adhere to providing verifiable third party evidence and data to $upport their GMO claim$ … this evidence is called political contribution$…

 

FDA Proposes Rules for Nanotechnology in Food

 

By MATTHEW PERRONE | April 23, 2012 … http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2012/04/23/205448.htm

Regulators are proposing that food companies that want to use tiny engineered particles in their packaging may have to provide extra testing data to show the products are safe.

The Food and Drug Administration issued tentative guidelines Friday for food and cosmetic companies interested in using nanoparticles, which are measured in billionths of a meter. Nanoscale materials are generally less than 100 nanometers in diameter. A sheet of paper, in comparison, is 100,000 nanometers thick. A human hair is 80,000 nanometers thick.

clip_image001The submicroscopic particles are increasingly showing up in FDA-regulated products like sunscreens, skin lotions and glare-reducing eyeglass coatings. Some scientists believe the technology will one day be used in medicine, but the FDA’s announcement did not address that use.

The draft guidance suggests the FDA may require food companies to provide data establishing the safety of any packaging using nanotechnology.

Under longstanding regulations, companies aren’t required to seek regulatory approval before launching products containing established ingredients and materials, such as caffeine, spices and various preservatives.

But FDA officials said Friday that foods and packaging containing nanoparticles may require more scrutiny.

“At this point, in terms of the science, we think it’s likely the exemption does not apply and we would encourage folks to come in and talk to us,” said Dennis Keefe, director of FDA’s office of food additive safety.

Keefe said companies are studying whether nanoparticles can reduce the risk of bacterial contamination in certain foods. He said the agency is aware of just one food package currently on the market that uses nanoparticles but did not identify it. He said more are expected in coming years.

The FDA has previously stated its position that nanotechnology is not inherently unsafe; however, materials at the nano scale can pose different safety issues than do things that are far larger.

“This is an emerging, evolving technology and we’re trying to get ahead of the curb to ensure the ingredients and substances are safe,” Keefe said.

In a separate guidance, the FDA laid out suggestions for the use of nanotechnology in cosmetics, a practice which has been in use since the 1990s. Nanoparticles are used in skin moisturizer, mineral makeup and other cosmetics.

The FDA has less authority over cosmetics than food additives. Generally, the FDA does not review cosmetics before they launch, and companies are responsible for assuring the safety of their products.

The FDA will take comments on both proposals for 90 days. There is no deadline for finalizing the documents.

 

 

is this really true…?

…is this really true…?

Afghanistan War Is Turning GIs Into Junkies as Afghan Opium Production Soars Under US Occupation

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: "What’s more deplorable is that under US occupation, the cultivation of poppies has grown – some might even say surged in Afghanistan…. Opium cultivation in Afghanistan basically has risen from 70 percent of the world’s supply in 2000 to 92 percent now – and it is continuing to rise according to a CBS News report…. Meanwhile, we send soldiers to Afghanistan and some of them come home junkies."

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…If you really want to know …. Follow the link below …

If you really want to know …. Follow the link below

 

This Daily Habit Can Damage Your Brain, Disrupt Your Bones, and Stain and Pit Your Teeth

So why has the cause of such grave damage been kept hidden since the 1930s? With nary a notice given? Perhaps with this new warning system in one state, and shifting the burden of proof used by smart champions in various locations, we can challenge the status quo and stem the damage…

YEA… it’s called EUGENICS …

…YEA… it’s called EUGENICS …

 

 

Preparing For A Future That Includes Aging Parents

04-24-2012  •  http://www.npr.org, by Marilyn Geewax

Figuring how to afford care for your confused, elderly father? That one may never cross your mind — at least, not until you need more money to care for him.

you thought NESTLIE just made

…WHAT … you thought NESTLIE just made chocolate drink for kid$ … gue$$ again …

 

Nestle’s New Deal More Proof of Profits Trumping Public Health

04-25-2012  •  http://www.commondreams.org, Common Dreams staff

Company purchased Pfizer’s infant formula business, creates privatization pathway in emerging Asian markets