Despite congressional mandate for CFLs by 2012,
U.S. EPA says they shouldn't be used everywhere
WASHINGTON – Despite a congressional mandate banning the sale of common incandescent light bulbs by 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is warning that their compact fluorescent replacements are not safe to use everywhere.
The EPA says breakage of the energy-saving, mercury-containing CFLs can cause health hazards, especially for children and pregnant women, suggesting use of the bulbs over carpeted areas should be avoided. If bulbs break over carpeted areas, the cleanup may require cutting out pieces of the carpet to avoid toxic exposures.
Mercury is needed for the lamps to produce light, and there are currently no known substitutes. Small amounts of the toxic substance is vaporized when they break, which can happen if people screw them in holding the glass instead of the base or just drop them.
Mercury is a naturally occurring metal that accumulates in the body and can harm the nervous system of a fetus or young child if ingested in sufficient quantity.
For the Maine study, researchers shattered 65 compact fluorescents to test air quality and cleanup methods. They found that, in many cases, immediately after the bulb was …
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The growing controversy over vaccines – where children are forced to get increasing numbers of vaccinations before attending school, and parents are forced to decide whether to comply despite the reality that dreadful adverse reactions to the shots do regularly occur – has now mushroomed into an issue crucial to all Americans, according to the April edition of Whistleblower.
This comprehensive and powerfully eye-opening report is titled “SCARY MEDICINE: Exposing the dark side of vaccines.”
For years, the vaccine debate was confined largely to the traditional childhood vaccines like DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus), MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) and polio. Even then, there were major concerns. The pertussis vaccine, for example, is notorious for having rare but horrendous side effects, and most polio cases in the world in recent years have been caused by the live-virus vaccine itself!
But in recent times, many new childhood vaccines have been introduced, from rotavirus and chickenpox to hepatitis B, meningitis and pneumonia, each with their own controversies and, in some cases, scandals. At first, the new vaccines are just ''suggested,'' then they became ''recommended” by pediatricians, and before long they're ''required'' before entering public school.
“A one-year-old healthy child today can get 10 different antigens injected into his …
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Subcutaneously Implanted Touch-Screen Runs On Blood, Could Replace Cell Phones, Calculators, Credit Cards
Jim Mielke's wireless blood-fueled display is a true merging of technology and body art. At the recent Greener Gadgets Design Competition, the engineer demonstrated a subcutaneously implanted touch-screen that operates as a cell phone display, with the potential for 3G video calls that are visible just underneath the skin. The basis of the 2×4-inch “Digital Tattoo Interface” is a Bluetooth device made of thin, flexible silicon and silicone. It´s inserted through a small incision as a tightly rolled tube, and then it unfurls beneath the skin to align between skin and muscle. Through the same incision, two small tubes on the device are attached to an artery and a vein to allow the blood to flow to a coin-sized blood fuel cell that converts glucose and oxygen to electricity. After blood flows in from the artery to the fuel cell, it flows out again through the vein. On both the top and bottom surfaces of the display is a matching matrix of field-producing pixels. The top surface also enables touch-screen control through the skin. Instead of ink, the display uses tiny microscopic spheres, somewhat similar to tattoo …
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Nato's secretary general says he fears the airing of a Dutch film criticising Islam will have repercussions for troops in Afghanistan.
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer's comments came after Afghans protested on Sunday against the film being made by far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders.
The Dutch government has warned Mr Wilders that the film will damage Dutch political and economic interests.
Mr Wilders says the film is about the Koran but has given few details.
In the past, he has called for the Koran to be banned and likened it to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.
The project has already been condemned by several Muslim countries, including Iran and Pakistan.
Nato's secretary general said he was concerned about his troops after the protests against the film in Afghanistan.
“If the [troops] find themselves in the line of fire because of the film, then I am worried about it and I am expressing that concern,” he said in a television interview.
'Kick out forces'
On Sunday, hundreds of Afghans took to the streets in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif to protest against the film.
Demonstrators burned Dutch flags, and called for the withdrawal of Dutch troops from the Nato force.
The demonstrators say …
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Wal-Mart stocks falafel, olives and Islamic greeting cards to attract
Dearborn's ethnic shoppers.
By Keith Naughton
As Arwa Hamad strolls a new Wal-Mart, an eight-foot display of olive
oil stops her in her tracks. “Oh, wow,” she says, marveling at the
sight of so many gallons of Lebanese extra virgin. “We could go through
one of these in a week in my house.” Around the corner, row upon row of
gallon jars of olives—from Turkey, Greece, Egypt and Lebanon—soak in
deep hues of purple, red and green. “Look at the size of these olives,”
says the stay-at-home mother of three and native of Yemen. Hamad, 34,
has shopped at Wal-Mart before, but never one like this. She is
overcome with nostalgia as she spots Nido powdered milk and Al Haloub
Cow, canned meat she calls the “Arabic Spam.” “My father loves this,”
she says. “People from war-torn countries, this is what you lived on
when you couldn't go out of the house to shop.” This Wal-Mart, though,
isn't in a war zone. It's in Dearborn, Mich., home to nearly a
half-million Arab-Americans, the largest concentration of Arabs outside
the Middle East.
As America changes, so does the store where America …
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By Laurie Roth
What is America's biggest threat? Moral decline, Islamic
fundamentalism, national debt and credit nightmares? To some it is
simply the “all powerful and intrusive Jews.” The Jews control all
media, our economy, who gets elected president, our entertainment
business and moral downfall, so the charge goes. Of course, we would
never dream of turning on the Jews as those pesky Germans did with
Hitler at the helm. We are about freedom, civil liberties and equality
for everyone, aren't we? We are civilized, and certain types of
oppression and evil would never enter our heads.
How is it that Germany, one of the most civilized countries on earth in
1938, with the best literacy rate, top scientists, theologians and
musical artists – basically culture, pi-squared – would end up leading
and organizing, even to the point of body clean-up, one of the largest
and most gruesome mass murders in the history of the world?
What were the elements of this evil within Germany, and are there
things we should watch for in our own culture and country right now?
Germans in 1938 were depressed about their national identity and
esteem. They were still reeling from losing World War …
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