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Project Gulf Impact – BP Oil Spill: Is The Seafood Really Safe? NRDC’S Gina Solomon: Where’s the Testing?

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

From ProjectGulfImpact | October 24, 2010

More information can be found in Dr. Solomon’s recent blog entries, linked below:

“Gulf Shrimp Testing: Is a Dozen Samples in 5000 Square Miles Enough to Reassure You?”

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/gso…

And “Six Months, Five Shrimp, and One Nasty Mess: Health & Seafood Safety Concerns from BP Spill Still Linger in Gulf Today”

Here: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/gso…

Where she writes, “…the Federal government reopened 2,927 square miles of the Gulf to fishing and shrimping, just South of the Mississippi Delta. The Feds confirmed that the area was safe for shrimping by performing a “sniff test” for oil odors on five shrimp samples. They confirmed the sniff test with three composite samples of shrimp sent for chemical testing from an approximately 1,000 square mile area. No information was provided to the public on the size or location of the shrimping grounds or why so few chemical analyses were performed. This does not seem sufficient to assess the safety of the seafood coming out of the Gulf right now.”

Transcript of introduction:

“The seafood testing so far has been so frustrating because it has been so, really unscientific. It’s not that hard to do a basic seafood testing program. You go out and you figure out how many samples you need in order to have adequate statistical power to pick up a problem if it’s really out there, and then you go out and you do it. But what’s happening right now is this sort of sporadic, willy-nilly re-openings by different agencies, by state and federal government agencies, sometimes on the basis of really almost no testing results.”

Project Gulf Impact
http://www.projectgulfimpact.org

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Project Gulf Impact – NRDC’s Gina Solomon on Trying to Pin Down The FDA for Answers

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

From ProjectGulfImpact | October 24, 2010

More information can be found in Dr. Solomon’s recent blog entries, linked below:

“Gulf Shrimp Testing: Is a Dozen Samples in 5000 Square Miles Enough to Reassure You?”

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/gso…

And “Six Months, Five Shrimp, and One Nasty Mess: Health & Seafood Safety Concerns from BP Spill Still Linger in Gulf Today”

Here: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/gso…

Where she writes, “…the Federal government reopened 2,927 square miles of the Gulf to fishing and shrimping, just South of the Mississippi Delta. The Feds confirmed that the area was safe for shrimping by performing a “sniff test” for oil odors on five shrimp samples. They confirmed the sniff test with three composite samples of shrimp sent for chemical testing from an approximately 1,000 square mile area. No information was provided to the public on the size or location of the shrimping grounds or why so few chemical analyses were performed. This does not seem sufficient to assess the safety of the seafood coming out of the Gulf right now.”

Project Gulf Impact
http://www.projectgulfimpact.org

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Dave Johnson – Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

From www.ourfuture.org:

Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day

By Dave Johnson

October 22, 2010 – 1:07pm ET

There are a number things the public “knows” as we head into the election that are just false. If people elect leaders based on false information, the things those leaders do in office will not be what the public expects or needs.

Here are eight of the biggest myths that are out there:

1) President Obama tripled the deficit.
Reality: Bush’s last budget had a $1.416 trillion deficit. Obama’s first budget reduced that to $1.29 trillion.

2) President Obama raised taxes, which hurt the economy.
Reality: Obama cut taxes. 40% of the “stimulus” was wasted on tax cuts which only create debt, which is why it was so much less effective than it could have been.

3) President Obama bailed out the banks.
Reality: While many people conflate the “stimulus” with the bank bailouts, the bank bailouts were requested by President Bush and his Treasury Secretary, former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson. (Paulson also wanted the bailouts to be “non-reviewable by any court or any agency.”) The bailouts passed and began before the 2008 election of President Obama.

4) The stimulus didn’t work.
Reality: The stimulus worked, but was not enough. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus raised employment by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million jobs.

5) Businesses will hire if they get tax cuts.
Reality: A business hires the right number of employees to meet demand. Having extra cash does not cause a business to hire, but a business that has a demand for what it does will find the money to hire. Businesses want customers, not tax cuts.

6) Health care reform costs $1 trillion.
Reality: The health care reform reduces government deficits by $138 billion.

7) Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, is “going broke,” people live longer, fewer workers per retiree, etc.
Reality: Social Security has run a surplus since it began, has a trust fund in the trillions, is completely sound for at least 25 more years and cannot legally borrow so cannot contribute to the deficit (compare that to the military budget!) Life expectancy is only longer because fewer babies die; people who reach 65 live about the same number of years as they used to.

8) Government spending takes money out of the economy.
Reality: Government is We, the People and the money it spends is on We, the People. Many people do not know that it is government that builds the roads, airports, ports, courts, schools and other things that are the soil in which business thrives. Many people think that all government spending is on “welfare” and “foreign aid” when that is only a small part of the government’s budget.

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WikiLeaks – Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki operated a “detention squad” for rounding up his political opponents.

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

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From Firedoglake:

Wikileaks Documents Complicate Selection of Iraqi Prime Minister

By: David Dayen Monday October 25, 2010 7:45 am

The US may not be so upset that Wikileaks released its Iraq war logs late last week. For one, the logs mainly implicate the previous Administration in various crimes and atrocities. More important to this White House, the revelations contained in the documents may make it impossible for Nouri al-Maliki to run the government.

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The Star – Haiti on precipice of cholera disaster

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

From The Star:

Haiti on precipice of cholera disaster

Health officials confirm a rural outbreak has spread to the capital Port-au-Prince, with its armies of vulnerable tent dwellers left homeless by January’s earthquake.

A Haitian woman screams in agony in the back of a transport truck over the loss of her husband outside St. Nicolas Hospital after a cholera outbreak hit the rural countryside.

A Haitian woman screams in agony in the back of a transport truck over the loss of her husband outside St. Nicolas Hospital after a cholera outbreak hit the rural countryside.

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Economist’s View – One More Time with Gusto: Tax Cuts Do Not Pay for Themselves

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

From the Economist’s View:

One More Time with Gusto: Tax Cuts Do Not Pay for Themselves

Republicans are selling snake oil once again:

Some Republican Senate candidates have suggested that extending the Bush tax cuts — which are scheduled to expire at the end of the year — will actually be good for the country’s bottom line, as the economic growth that results will more than offset the trillions of dollars in lost revenue. “By extending tax cuts you pay down the deficit, you grow the economy by giving people more money,” said Colorado Republican Ken Buck.

Today, on Fox News Sunday, Pennsylvania’s Republican Senate nominee Pat Toomey joined this club, telling Fox’s Chris Wallace that “it’s not clear” that extending the Bush tax cuts — while also lowering the corporate tax rate — would increase the deficit…

But, of course, the Bush tax cuts did not even come close to paying for themselves. The Bush tax cuts cost us around $1.7 trillion in revenue from 2001 through 2008, in part because of weak output and job growth following the cuts (contrary to assertions about how the tax cuts would stimulate economic growth).

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Dan Flynn – Letter From The Editor: Catfish

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

From Food Safety News:

Letter From The Editor: Catfish

By Dan Flynn | Oct 24, 2010
Early during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I found myself in a small Mississippi take-out restaurant nearing the order counter while still reading the menu when I noticed there was a “Catfish Po Boy” on the menu.

Suddenly it was my turn, so I asked: “Domestic catfish?”

“There is no other kind, Hon,” I was told.

I was not disappointed with my choice.  It got me thinking that if the oil spill killed all the other seafood, the Gulf States still would have their catfish.

Gulf seafood is coming back, and the domestic catfish catch is having a good year.   About 360 million pounds processed through September and the price paid in September to producers was 81.6 cents per pound, up 4.4 cents from a year ago.

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