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11:54 am - 11.17.04
The Government Gave Me The Ebola Virus, And All I Got Was This T-Shirt
Are you fucking kidding me? Are you really taking this bullshit seriously???
EPA WILL USE POOR KIDS AS GUINEA PIGS IN NEW STUDY ON PESTICIDES
Study Launch Date Suspended Until Early 2005
11/16/2004: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), led by Bush appointees, is seeking input on a new proposed study in which infants in participating low income families will be monitored for health impacts as they undergo exposure to known toxic chemicals over the course of two years. The study entitled Children’s Environmental Exposure Research Study (CHEERS) will look at how chemicals can be ingested, inhaled or absorbed by children ranging from babies to 3 years old.
For taking part in these studies, each family will receive $970, a free video camera, a T-shirt, and a framed certificate of appreciation.
In October, the EPA received $2.1 million to do the study from the American Chemistry Council, a chemical industry front group that includes members such as Dow, Exxon, and Monsanto (see full list of members on sidebar of this page). Critics of the research, including some EPA scientists, claim the study's funders guarantee the results will be biased in favor of the chemical industry, at the expense of the health of the impoverished children serving as test subjects.
For 30 years the ACC has known the high level of toxicity of the specific chemicals being "studied" in this project. These are some of the most dangerous known chemicals in household products. The ACC knows full well the intensely negative impacts that these chemicals have on humans, as does the EPA. This is fully documented in study after study and memo after memo and meeting after meeting over three decades (see side bar and footnotes for reference and further research).
The trick here is that these products are known to have negative long term health effects. This is a short two year study. The results are already known...there will be little to no obvious negative effects on these children at the end of the two year period. The seemingly positive results of the study will allow the ACC to advertise positive "EPA study results" to the public, which will allow the ACC to more effectively lobby congress to weaken regulations on these products even more (thereby increasing profits dramatically). This technique has been exercised by the ACC for decades.
The real negative effects of these types of chemicals come further down the road, when these children could exhibit learning disorders, a propensity for various types of cancer, early puberty, and birth defects in their children.
Important Note on Participants of Study: The study layout does not require that participants increase their chemical use, but does mandate that chosen applicants will need to demonstrate that they do regularly use toxic chemicals in and around the home. The concern here is that low income applicants may increase their toxic chemical use for the sake of applying and being eligible for the funding.
Important Note on Suspension of the Study: On November 11th, the EPA announced suspension of the study's launch until early 2005 for the sake of "final review." The Organic Consumers Association is taking this opportunity to call on the nation's citizens to demand the EPA permanently terminate this abuse of low income children by the chemical industry.
Ok, if the Certificate of Appreciation doesn't tip you off, then you really are a paranoid freak.
I've heard about Chem. Trails, The HAARP Project; but this is ludicrious! Please, this proposed experiment is way too public, really, if they were going to do this, they would pick some dinky small town in the middle of nowhere, give everyone a bunch of viruses, then leave. No one would be compensated, they certainly wouldn't be given video cameras and t-shirts!!!
Paranoia is rampant in this country, and Bush is not the cause. He's certainly helping to keep the Fear Fire burning, but this fear is very very old.
Bloggers, Online Journals and Diaries are the new media. And one opinion travels faster than the reguular media.
Four years ago, TV and Radio called the election way too early; so this year they promised they would wait, and they did. I was very proud of them.
Now if you don't mind, I'm going to go ignore the world, and go look at porn.