· Morning After Pill now unrestricted
- · It’s Wonderful to be Spied Upon
- · Fumigant news, cloropicrin
- · Widespread Surveillance
- · Which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues
- · Supreme Court Outlaws Human Gene Patents
- · The New Thing: Adapt to Climate Change
- · Morning After Pill now unrestricted
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Obama administration will stop trying to limit sales of emergency contraception pills, making the morning-after-pill available to women of all ages without a prescription.
The U.S. Department of Justice said in a letter on Monday that it planned to comply with a court’s ruling to allow unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step and that it would withdraw its appeal on the matter.
It’s Wonderful to be Spied Upon
A rant by Jon Rappaport
It’s wonderful to be spied on: I feel like a real citizen
I tell you, this is great. Why be anonymous when you can attract the attention
of the government? It’s a dream come true. They care. They really do.
Everyone deserves to be noticed.
If I start to do something that isn’t normal, I can stop and say to myself: “Would
the government, watching me, approve of this?” And then an answer will come.
“No, don’t do that.”
Fumigant News – cloropicrin
Plastic covered fields mean fumigants have been used. Avoid them and avoid the foods they are used on, particularly strawberries.
More than a year after cancer-causing methyl iodide was taken off the market, another health-harming fumigant pesticide – chloropicrin – is still being widely used in strawberry fields across California.
Like all fumigants, chloropicrin is prone to drift from fields to neighboring communities where kids live, learn and play. We can do better.
**Phase out fumigants»* [ http://action.panna.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13678&utm_source=action&utm_medium=alert&utm_content=food&utm_campaign=fumigants ]* It’s time to protect California communities from health-harming fumigants and transition to safe alternatives. Join us in calling on state officials to step up!
Chloropicrin is linked to cancer and other serious health problems like severe respiratory and eye irritation. Because soil fumigants are applied as gasses at rates of up to 400 pounds per acre, this class of pesticides is nearly impossible to control. Even under the best of circumstances, they drift into neighboring homes and schools.
Chloropicrin drift has already caused many poisoning incidents in California. Records show that more than 700 people have been affected in the past 10 years – but since many poisonings go unreported, this number is likely the tip of the iceberg.
BLOCKBUSTER REPORTS REVEAL WIDESPREAD SURVEILLANCE OF PHONE AND INTERNET RECORDS BY OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
In a series of blockbuster reports published in the Washington Post and in the British newspaper The Guardian, sources reveal that the National Security Agency (NSA) is running a previously undisclosed program called PRISM, which allows federal officials to collect material including “search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats” from an array of internet companies including Google, Skype, YouTube, Facebook, Apple, and more without a court order. The papers gained access to a 41-slide top secret PowerPoint presentation that lays out the parameters of the program, which has apparently been operative since 2007.
Which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues?
Organic produce is great — if it’s available and affordable. But what if your grocery store doesn’t have the organic produce you need? Or what if it’s too expensive?
In these cases, it’s important to know which “conventional” fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues, and which have the least.
We call these two groups “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean Fifteen”.
Most contaminated: THE DIRTY DOZEN
Sweet bell peppers
Least Contaminated: THE CLEAN FIFTEEN
Supreme Court Outlaws Human Gene Patents
The New Thing: Adapt to Climate Change
“In the US, this shows that climate change is not a future thing,” she adds. “It is here and we are already feeling its impacts.”