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CONGRESSS THUMBS NOSE AT BUSH AND OVERRIDES VETO ON WATER BILL

Posted in Administrative Arrogance, News Brief, Presidential Crimes & Misdemeanors on November 8th, 2007

THE BILL PROVIDES FUNDS FOR DAMS, SEWAGE PLANTS AND BEACH RESTORATION AS WELL AS MONEY FOR THE HURRICANE-HIT GULF COAST AND FOR FLORIDA EVERGLADES RESTORATION EFFORTS

bush-jail-stamp-grn-3002.gifFinally a little sanity returned to Capitol Hill, earlier today, with the Senate’s vote to overturn President Bush’s veto of the water bill. The vote was 79-14 to pass the bill.

Earlier this week, The House of Representatives voted 361-54 to override the Bush veto. By law, a two-thirds majority of each legislative chamber is needed to overturn a presidential veto.

Now that Congress has finally found their footing and stood up to this crazy President, they need to get cracking on overturning the Stem Cell veto, the Iraq troop withdrawal veto, and the children’s health insurance veto, all three black marks on America’s soul. Then, in their spare time, they could work on impeaching both of these bastards.

-LIB

CONGRESS OVERRIDES BUSH VETO FIRST TIME
Senate Enacts Water Resources Bill, Overriding Bush Veto

President Bush suffered the first veto override of his seven-year-old presidency Thursday as the Senate enacted a $23 billion water resources bill despite his protest that it was filled with unnecessary projects.

The vote was 79-14 to pass the bill. Enactment was a foregone conclusion, but it still marked a milestone for a president who spent his first six years with a much friendlier Congress controlled by his Republican Party. Now he confronts a more hostile, Democratic-controlled legislature, and Thursday’s vote showed that even many Republicans will defy him on spending matters dear to their political careers.

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Source: The Associated Press / Raw Story

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SIERRA CLUB WARNS THAT CALIFORNIA BOUND FEMA MOBILE HOMES COULD HAVE DANGEROUS LEVELS OF FORMALDEHYDE

Posted in Health Watch, News Brief, Public Service Announcement, Toxic Living on November 8th, 2007

A KNOWN CARCINOGEN, FORMALDEHYDE CAN CAUSE AN ARRAY OF UPPER RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS, AND TRIGGER ASTHMA AND BREATHING PROBLEMS, PARTICULARLY IN THE ELDERLY AND YOUNG CHILDREN

fire.jpg FEMA claims that its mobile homes are safe, but concedes it has not tested these units, which were manufactured with materials similar to those in the toxic RV trailers.

But Sierra Club says random tests of FEMA mobile homes found at least three had formaldehyde levels over the Environmental Protection Agency limit of .10 parts per million.

Previous Sierra Club testing showed that 83 percent of FEMA homes tested in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama had levels of formaldehyde above the recommended limit.

Formaldehyde is a toxic chemical most often used for embalming, but it is also commonly used as a glue in building materials, like particle board for cabinets in mobile homes. It can “out-gas,” or leak into the air, under hot, humid conditions.


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Source: ABC NEWS

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PARENTS ALERT! RECALL ISSUED FOR CHINESE MADE “AQUADOTS”

Posted in Corporate Greed, Corporate Polluters, Health Watch, News Brief, Public Service Announcement, Toxic Toys on November 8th, 2007

SCIENTISTS HAVE ESTABLISHED THAT IF INGESTED, TOY CAN INDUCE UNCONSCIOUSNESS, SEIZURES, DROWSINESS, COMA AND DEATH

aquadots_071108300w.jpgI guess I can’t say that this surprises me all that much. Disappoints me, yes, but doesn’t surprise me.

Month’s back when the first of the toy recalls was announced; I commented in these pages that it was probably the tip of a very large iceberg. Sadly, this is one of the times that I was dead-on in my predictions.

The culpability for this latest instance, and for all of the instances, should fall evenly on both the company marketing the product, and on the company contracted to do the work. But as we have seen in previous instances, usually it is the Chinese manufacturer taking most of the heat for product failures.

Granted, regular testing should be a part of every step of the manufacturing process. Apparently it is not. Now whether this is a cost saving measure, or just something that is not yet done in the Chinese manufacturing culture is unknown, though I would be willing to venture a guess that it’s a matter of dollars and sense. Afterall, the Chinese manufacturing market only exists and has grown to its present size because of the cost savings involved.

Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the company issuing the product to test the Chinese factory’s output before placing the product on store shelves. Apparently this is not done all that often either. If it were, Aquadots and the scores of other products recalled would never have been distributed in the first place.

What this latest recall and the ones that have gone before will mean to the toy industry this holiday season is anyone’s guess. My only hope is that the industry comes up with an environmentally sound way of disposing of these items. My fear is that many of them will make their way to the discount stores and ultimately in to the hands of unsuspecting parents and children. This would be a tragedy.

The media needs to focus more on this aspect of the story.

-LIB

TOYS LINKED TO A DATE-RAPE DRUG RECALLED

China-made beads for kids metabolize into GHB when ingested

Aqua Dots, a highly popular holiday toy sold by Australia-based Moose Enterprises, are beads that can be arranged into designs and fused when sprayed with water.

The toy was pulled from shelves in North American and Australia after scientists found they contain a chemical that converts into the so-called date rape drug when eaten.

Two children in the U.S. and three in Australia were hospitalized after swallowing the beads.

Scientists say a chemical coating on the beads can metabolize into the drug gamma hydroxy butyrate. When eaten, the compound — made from common and easily available ingredients — can induce unconsciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and death.

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Source: The Associated Press /MSNBC

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