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Would Bankruptcy Protect You from Being Prosecuted for Murder? Then Why Are GM and Its Officers Getting Immunity?

PIC: US GOVT (PD)

PIC: US GOVT (PD)

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It should be obvious by now that corporations have more rights than humans in the United States, but GM’s corporate and executive immunity from civil and criminal liability and prosecution for putting shareholder value ahead of safety is mind boggling; that there is even a debate about this is insane:

“GM is a different legal entity than the one that filed the 2009 bankruptcy that shook the U.S. economy. The so-called new GM is not responsible under the terms of its bankruptcy exit for legal claims relating to incidents that took place before July 2009. Those claims must be brought against what remains of the ‘old’ or pre-bankruptcy GM.

“But the proposed class action, filed in federal court in California, said plaintiffs should be allowed to sue over the pre-bankruptcy actions, ‘because of the active concealment by Old GM and GM.’”

If GM is allowed to buy their way out of this mess by settling out of court and taking no responsibility for the death and misery that they caused, then we know that the status quo of protecting the rich is intact (2).… Read the rest

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Cannabis can kill?

Pic: Marijuana Majority (C)

Pic: Marijuana Majority (C)

“In war, truth is the first casualty.”

- Aeschylus

As the world watches America make moves to legalise cannabis, a worrying trend is emerging in the UK where the war on drugs continues. Earlier this year Disinfo brought you the surprising news that the UK Government owned National Health Service had recorded the drug as a cause of death. Now the Daily Mail has published another curious report claiming further fatalities.

The UK’s Daily Mail reports:

It is possible to die as a direct result of smoking cannabis, new research shows.

German scientists have identified two people who died purely as a result of smoking the drug.

It was previously known that using marijuana could be fatal if it was used in conjunction with other drugs – such as by triggering heart conditions or by causing cancer.

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Now, scientists at the University Hospital Düsseldorf in Germany have carried out the first full post mortem examinations on people who have died after using the drug.

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United Kingdom: NHS Reports Cannabis As Cause of Death

335The tragic news of a Mother’s death has taken an unusual turn in the UK. According to reports the sole cause of death was smoking half a joint.

The Telegraph reports:

A mother-of-three is believed to have become the first woman in Britain to die directly from cannabis poisoning.

Gemma Moss, a 31-year-old churchgoer, collapsed in bed after smoking a cannabis cigarette that led her to have moderate to high levels of the class B drug in her system.

Tests of her vital organs found nothing wrong with them although it was suggested she might have suffered a cardiac arrest triggered by cannabis toxicity.

Miss Moss’ death was registered as cannabis toxicity and a coroner recorded a verdict of death by cannabis abuse.

Deaths directly from cannabis are highly unusual. In 2004 a 36-year-old man  from Pembrokeshire became the first person in the UK to die from cannabis toxicity.

David Raynes, of the National Drug Prevention Alliance, said: “It is extremely rare and unusual for a coroner to rule death from cannabis abuse.

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Krokodil in Oklahoma? Maybe Not.

Shield-smallOklahoma’s Bureau of Narcotics says that there’s no evidence that the Russian flesh-eating drug Krokodil is in the state. By the way, if you’re interested in seeing actual photos of what this stuff does, you can do so here.

Via HuffPo:

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics said Monday that reports of deaths in the state linked to the use of the horror drug krokodil are unsubstantiated.

In a phone interview with The Huffington Post, OBN spokesman Mark Woodward said that there is no “conclusive evidence” linking the deaths of two Duncan, Okla., men last year to krokodil, a gruesome street drug similar to heroin that causes flesh to rot off users’ bones.

“There’s no current investigation,” Woodward told HuffPost. “His death was ruled a drug overdose,” he said, referring to the case of Justin “Quincy” McGee, a man who some outlets suggested may have been the first to die as a result of krokodil in the United States.

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Plants Blamed for Human Deaths in Heat Waves

800px-JungleBrain Clark Howard writes at National Geographic:

A study published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics found that during heat waves, plants tend to absorb less pollution from the air. That puts more people at risk of developing respiratory complications, which can lead to death.

The research was conducted in the United Kingdom by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York. It was financed by the U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

National Geographic reached out to the study’s lead author, Lisa Emberson, but has not heard back.

The study describes the role plants play in mitigating air pollution by absorbing ozone. Ozone is well known for protecting Earth from harmful cosmic rays in the atmosphere, but when it’s produced at the Earth’s surface, it is the primary component of smog and can irritate human respiratory systems.

Ozone is produced at the surface by photochemical oxidation of carbon dioxide, methane, and various volatile organic compounds when in the presence of nitrous oxides (which are typically produced by vehicle exhaust and industrial emissions).

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Deaths of Dozen Young Western Women in Thailand May be Work of Poisoner

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Wired Science Writer Deborah Blum suspects foul play in a spate of poison deaths afflicting mostly young, female, western tourists:

Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands are famous for the sun during the day and beach-side cocktail parties at night. This summer, two Canadian sisters set off for a rite-of-passage trip to the islands’ white sands. They never came back.

Noemi, 25, and Audrey, 20, Belanger were found dead in their hotel room. Their deaths were among the latest in a series of mysterious deaths in Southeast Asia. Over the past few years, nearly a dozen young travelers, mostly Western women, have inexplicably died while traveling in the region.

The deaths have caught the attention of science writer Deborah Blum, who’s written about them in Wired magazine. A poison expert, Blum tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz that a popular cocktail may hold a clue…

Read on for a tale of bucket drinks, DEET and cover-ups.… Read the rest

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