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Life In America Is Poisonous For Your Body

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Via TomDispatch, public health historians David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz on how the landscape of everyday life has become awash in toxins:

A hidden epidemic is poisoning America. The culprit behind this silent killer is lead. And vinyl. And formaldehyde. And asbestos. And Bisphenol A. And PCBs.

Without our knowledge or consent, we are testing thousands of suspected toxic chemicals and compounds, as well as new substances whose safety is largely unproven and whose effects on human beings are all but unknown.

While old houses with lead paint and asbestos shingles pose risks, potentially more frightening chemicals are lurking in new construction going on in the latest mini-housing boom across America. Our homes are now increasingly made out of lightweight fibers and reinforced synthetic materials whose effects on human health have never been adequately studied.

Formaldehyde, a colorless chemical used in mortuaries as a preservative, can also be found as a fungicide, germicide, and disinfectant in, for example, plywood, particle board, hardwood paneling, and the “medium density fiberboard” commonly used for the fronts of drawers and cabinets or the tops of furniture.

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Tagboard.com: A New Ally In The Information War

A few days ago, I had heard that there were riots going on in Brooklyn.  I had no idea what was going on or why and didn’t feel like waiting for the evening news to tell me what was going on.  I knew that people were taking pictures on Instagram and tweeting under the hashtag #brooklynriot and #brooklynprotest, so I used a new website to get the big picture in one fell swoop.

Tagboard.com  is a hashtag aggregation website that searches all social media for the hashtag that you plug in.  In the case of the Brooklyn riot meme, I was able to see moment to moment what was occurring.

Of course, Tagboard was not created as a site to help protestors organize, but to keep the increasingly media savvy public well organized.  But one has to consider the power that a site like this can wield; across the board, from site to site, you have an eye in the sky.… Read the rest

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