Lobbyists are to blame.
The larger question is why we allow the chemical industry — by spending $100,000 on lobbying per member of Congress — to buy its way out of effective regulation of endocrine disruptors. The industry’s deceit marks a replay of Big Tobacco’s battle against regulation of smoking.
Are Your Sperm in Trouble? https://nyti.ms/2mxZcF9
Originally the staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane was against this tax. We looked at it from the perspective of City needing to focus energy on far greater problems. We came around this year when municipalities tried again.
Even if the money is not earmarked for health issues it does seem to have positive effects. More impact full was our realization that this could b a new way to punish corporations for harmful behavior and products. At least it may disincentivize products which do more harm than good.
It’s always heart warming to see a company that profits by poisoning people take one on the chin.
Could we come up with local taxes on coal companies and other polluters?
Big Soda’s Well-Deserved Losing Streak http://nyti.ms/2eNqeGs
Big Meat like so many others is an abhorrent business.Not only is their methods of processing meat criminally disgusting, their political behavior is illegally self serving.
They just keep writing rules to favor their unsanitary practices.
With the government working hand in hand with business, the only remaining window into the food system is the lens of an activist’s camera.
They keep finding ways to remove over site whether it’s U.S.D.A. or activists. They just don’t want anyone to to see how meat is manufactured because they know it would kill their sales
Remember Eric Schlosser’s defining comment from Fast Food Nation about why the meat industry makes its consumers sick,”there is shit in the meat”.
Wolf told me that the industry response over the last decade has made him think hard about the limits of undercover videos. While the camera may expose inhumane or unappetizing actions at a place like Quality Pork Processors, it doesn’t capture the corporate higher-up who demanded increased production, the industrial engineer who came up with a work flow to make it happen, the union boss who approved the speedup or the floor supervisor who berates workers who fail to keep pace. The hidden cameras carried by undercover investigators provide our only view onto the meatpacking industry, but they are a pinhole, not a panorama.
The Fight Over Transparency in the Meat Industry http://nyti.ms/2dDNGUR
What is wrong with Congress?
Most staff here think the better question really is what is wrong with Republicans?
Preventing disease is a non partisan need. Why must our feckless national leaders use this as an opportunity to push it’s anti-women Healthcare agendas?
Republican lawmakers attached so many objectionable provisions to the measure that Democrats have effectively blocked the bill in the Senate
Another troubling aspect of the bill is that, to offset costs, it would rob other important programs of about $750 million; funding for Ebola, for example, would be cut by $107 million. The bill would also relax environmental laws by allowing businesses to spray pesticide near lakes, rivers and other waterways without notifying the Environmental Protection Agency. Republicans say this would make it easier for local governments to control mosquitoes — even though the law on pesticide spraying already has an exception for health emergencies.
Congress Takes a Vacation Without Doing Anything About Zika http://nyti.ms/29SP7M7
Zika vurus, brought to you by Conservatives everywhere.
Allowing the crusade against Planned Parenthood to get in the way of protecting the public is inexcusable.
Congress’s Failure to Fund Zika Response http://nyti.ms/29bBlGM
Finally, woman are finding ways around the unscrupulous and devious barriers the right wing nuts put between women and the freedom to manage their own health.
Anything that helps women and families (and men) plan their pregnancies is a good thing for society over all. We just don’t need any additional unwanted children.
Unfortunately 37% of all pregnancies are unplanned (not the same as unwanted, but close enough). Worse is that the number hasn’t moved much at all in the last 40 years.
With nearly 40 percent of all pregnancies in the United States unintended, birth control is a critical public health issue. Experts increasingly encourage long-acting contraceptive methods, like intrauterine devices, but usage, while growing, remains low.
Birth Control via App Finds Footing Under Political Radar http://nyti.ms/2001Der
The West should be promoting reproductive rights as a gateway to solving lots of other societal ills. Giving women throughout the world control over their bodies is the only starting point that makes sense. Once all women have the ability to make decisions about their reproductive systems we will finally be on the way to gender equality across the globe.
Seeing things which could be fixed but aren’t is maddening. Sure it takes a long time to improve health outcomes in the developing world, but fistula’s in African women seems like something the West can help with. The article links access to contraception and C sections with reductions in the debilitating condition.
How can we say we want to improve things in the developing world and not start with 50% of the population.
The World’s Modern-Day Lepers: Women With Fistulas http://nyti.ms/1Rb3FTJ