Environmental Justice Report: Climate change could create 150 million refugees

Environmental Justice Foundation

Environmental Justice Foundation Report

An estimated 500 – 600 million people, around 10% of the planet’s human population, are at extreme risk from the adverse effects of climate change. These ‘climate refugees’ are not recognised under the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugees and the report calls for a new international legal agreement to help them survive.


Vitamin D deficiencies linked to various types of pain.

A number of studies suggest that a lack of Vitamin D leads to bone, muscle and joint paint in a wide variety of populations across the globe. Luckily the pain is easily resolvable as sunshine is the best source of D. And unlike D that is ingested, you cannot overdose on D produced by sun exposure. Sunshine is free (so far) and widely available.

The standard suggestions for sun exposure are based on skin color, season and time of day:

Between 10 am and 2 pm

Fair skin 10 to 15 minutes 2 or 3 times a week  in the summer and slightly longer in the winter.  The darkest skin needs at least an hour 2 or 3 times a week, so those of African descent are most at risk for D deficiency.

Always remember Sun BURN causes cancer, not sun exposure.


Because the FDA, Pharmaceutical Companies and Corporate Persons only have our best interests in mind.

The Spectre Haunting GE a Business Week Article

Many MRI patients are injected with a GE dye to enhance images. If they have weak kidneys, they might develop a rare and sometimes fatal disease


The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has required since May 2007 that makers of contrast agents use a stern “black box” warning cautioning physicians to weigh carefully the benefits and risks for patients with weak kidneys. Screening out people with kidney problems appears to eliminate the danger of NSF. But the FDA has not said GE’s product is any more problematic than those of its competitors. The agency reached that conclusion even after two of its staff doctors—in findings disclosed here for the first time—determined that Omniscan is riskier than its rivals. GE had urged the FDA to treat all of the agents as equally risky.

Now one of the nation’s leading imaging-safety experts, Dr. Emanuel Kanal, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, says that the FDA’s decision to lump all contrast agents together is “inappropriate and indefensible.” Kanal warns that the government’s position potentially “endangers American citizens.” The FDA, while defending its stance, says it will meet with Kanal to look at fresh data. (Kanal isn’t working for any of the parties in the lawsuits.)


There are “skeptics” about  who feel that suspicion of governmental agencies (in this case the FDA)  and “Big Pharma” come under the “tinfoil hat” category, who have asked me in all seriousness: “Why would a drug company do anything that would cause it to lose patients?

Ummmm…. how about:

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  • It’s the: Same as it Ever Was – Health Care Debate Contest. With Nifty Prizes!

    I was browsing a Funny Times magazine yesterday and came across a cartoon on the Health Care Debate. I thought it might be fun for them that’s interested to guess the Month and Year this cartoon was published in the Funny Times.

    Submit an entry in the comments section and the first entry with the correct information will win their choice of the following prizes (what’s laying around the house that I can post to you cheaply):

    A packet of mixed heirloom and non-hybridized open pollinated seeds for next years garden: tomatoes, okra, squash, cantaloupe, green-beans, purple peas and green peas. Or a packet of 3 blank note cards bearing images of the flower series by artist Karen Parker. I want thank Lloyd Dangle, cartoonist and let him know that I removed the copyright date for the purposes of this contest. But acknowledge that the copyrights to this work lie with him.

    Have fun and always remember: And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack. And you may find yourself in another part of the world. And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile. And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful Wife. And you may ask yourself-well…how did I get here?

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    Same as it ever was.

    Same as it ever was.

    The Lie Machine: Rolling Stone Report on the Health Care Debate

    The story here.

    On the first day of August, a mob of 200 right-wing Texans stormed the parking lot of a Randalls grocery store in southwest Austin. They were united in a single goal: Disrupt the “office hours” that Rep. Lloyd Doggett, the district’s congressman, had scheduled for his constituents. The protesters targeted Doggett for his role in crafting the House’s bill to reform health care, brandishing signs that read “No Government Health Care” and “No Government Counselor in My Home!!!” But their anger seemed to encompass a universe of conservative fears: higher taxes, illegal immigration, socialism. The threat of violence was thinly veiled: One agitator held aloft a tombstone with the name Doggett. Screaming, “Just say no!” the mob chased Doggett through the parking lot to an aide’s car — roaring with approval as he fled the scene.

    Conservatives were quick to insist that the near-riot — the first of many town-hall mobs that would dominate the headlines in August — was completely spontaneous. The protesters didn’t show up “because of some organized group,” Rick Scott, the head of Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, told reporters. “They’re mad about the stimulus bill, the bailout, the economy. Now they see that their health care is about to be taken over by the government.”

    In fact, Scott’s own group had played an integral role in mobilizing the protesters. According to internal documents obtained by Rolling Stone, Conservatives for Patients’ Rights had been working closely for weeks as a “coalition partner” with three other right-wing groups in a plot to unleash irate mobs at town-hall meetings just like Doggett’s. Far from representing a spontaneous upwelling of populist rage, the protests were tightly orchestrated from the top down by corporate-funded front groups as well as top lobbyists for the health care industry. Call it the return of the Karl Rove playbook: The effort to mobilize the angriest fringe of the Republican base was guided by a conservative dream team that included the same GOP henchmen who Swift-boated John Kerry in 2004, smeared John McCain in 2000, wrote the script for Republican obstructionism on global warming, and harpooned the health care reform effort led by Hillary Clinton in 1993.

    On the passing of a friend.

    He lived a good long life.

    He moved from Ohio, to Kentucky, to North Carolina in 3 different houses. And he was not fond of travel.

    He caught a frog once.

    He stole kills from others when he could.

    He was a chatterbox.


    New Scientist Opinion: Enough of Us Now

    Are we about to reach a Malthusian limit to population growth?

    By 2050 there may be about 35 per cent more people on Earth than there are today.


    Nowadays it is understood that the key population-related issue is the destructive pressure human activity is exerting on our life-supportsystems, posing a growing threat to the sustainability of civilisation. Of course, this is not all because of human numbers; it also has to do with how much each of us consumes. That’s why, in our view, the US with its population of over 300 million and high per capita consumption should be seen as Earth’s most overpopulated nation. It is also why the emergence of “new consumers” constitutes a major additional assault on global life-support systems. Moreover, the 2.3 billion people likely to be added to the human population by 2050 will undermine those systems much more seriously than did the previous 2.3 billion, as each additional person will, on average, have to be supported by scarcer, lower-quality resources imposing ever greater environmental costs.


    Yet many people still assume that humanity will easily manage to support more than 9 billion people in 2050 and beyond. Such confidence ignores some grim possibilities. There are only two ways by which population can stop increasing: a falling birth rate or rising death rates. We have already seen a rise in death rates in southern Africa and Russia, and there may well be further increases in death rate ahead, especially as disruption to the global climate increasingly destabilises agricultural systems. Even today, more than a billion people are going hungry.

    Rolling Stone: Sick and Wrong

    How Washington is Screwing Up Health Care Reform

    Let’s start with the obvious: America has not only the worst but the dumbest health care system in the developed world. It’s become a black leprosy eating away at the American experiment — a bureaucracy so insipid and mean and illogical that even our darkest criminal minds wouldn’t be equal to dreaming it up on purpose.

    Mother Nature Network: Wal-Mart and McDonald’s gift cards used as a lure for syphilis testing

    The story is here.

    I’m completely fractured over this.

    I’ll put the socially responsible adult reply first: Good for the health workers who found a way to motivate people who might not otherwise be tested.

    I’ll put my gut reaction second: Oh…My…God…

    Closely followed by my inner 10 year old snickering and the near simultaneous linking between cheap and easy food and cheap and easy sex. Followed by an internal wince over the fact that I’m from North Carolina.

    Then I starting thinking about the overarching links between Corporate Giantism and the downfall of the economy, leading to economic uncertainty, leading to risky sexual behaviour, leading to increasing rates of venereal disease, leading to even more money for already bloated corporations.

    Oh, it’s th’ ciiiircle, the circle of liiife…….

    Always a party in my head.

    National H1N1 College Campus Maps

    via Google Maps

    Just so you know which ones are sick and which ones party too hard.

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