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Wastewater Reclamation Based On Flawed Risk Assessments

Alzheimer's Disease Fueled By Infectious Waste

Neurodegenerative diseases are the fastest-growing causes of death around the world. The mismanagement of infectious waste is contributing to the epidemic.

Dr. Stanley Prusiner earned a Nobel Prize in 1997 for his pioneering research on deadly prions-an infectious form of protein that connects a deadly spectrum disease called transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.”

President Obama awarded Prusiner the National Medal of Science in 2010 to recognize the importance of his work. Unfortunately, this groundbreaking research is being ignored. This negligence is fueling a public health disaster around the world, as critical prion pathways are being ignored and mismanaged.

In June 2012, Prusiner confirmed that Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's and even ALS are prion diseases similar, if not identical, to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The primary difference being which part of the brain the disease attacks first. The other variable is that there are now an unknown number of prion mutations.

Mutations of these deadly prions also are the common denominator between human forms of the disease, mad cow disease in livestock and chronic wasting disease in wildlife. Several other species of mammals, including sea mammals, also are victims of the unstoppable epidemic. Much of the carnage is being swept under the rug as the problem escalates.

Although there are many causes contributing to prion disease, many people and animals are contracting it from environmental exposure (food, water and soil) and then contaminating the environment even more with their own bodily fluids. Victims of prion disease are walking time bombs. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is the most deadly form of prion disease in humans. Without dispute, it is a very contagious disease that kills rapidly. There is no cure for CJD

Alzheimer's and CJD are often indistinguishable to neurologists and general practitioners. Misdiagnoses are common. It appears that CJD is caused by a more aggressive mutation of prion than Alzheimer's, but a deadly prion is a deadly prion. There is no reason to believe that some prions behave differently than others in disease transmission and progression. There should be no difference in disease management.

Unfortunately, as more people contract these brain diseases, the more deadly wastewater streams become. Meanwhile, wastewater reuse is surging around the world in response to growing populations and dwindling water resources. Other by-products from the wastewater stream known as biosolids (sewage sludge) also are being used to fertilize crops, pastures for livestock, golf courses, playgrounds and gardens. Millions of people, including your family, are in harm's way because wastewater treatment plants can't stop prions. Regulators and industry are playing dumb as the body count keeps rising. It's a deadly circle enabled by an outdated risk assessment. Modern science is being ignored.

The largest prion pathway in the world is wastewater (infectious waste) from homes, hospitals, nursing homes, slaughterhouses, dental offices and other high-risk sources. The problem is that prions are in all bodily fluids and cell tissue of millions of victims who often go undiagnosed. Their mucus, saliva, feces, and urine are flushed down millions of toilets and rinsed down sinks every day. Once inside the wastewater system, prions proceed to migrate, mutate and multiply. Reckless risk assessments enable wastewater treatment plants to spread these deadly agents far and wide. Deadly prions are building up and incubating in sewage treatment plants and then dumped openly on land. They are swept into the air by the wind. Now, water contaminated by prions is migrating into our rivers, lakes and oceans. It's being injected into groundwater and it's being recycled as tap water.

I used to support wastewater reclamation and reuse projects until I realized that the risk assessments were prepared decades ago-before Dr. Prusiner characterized prions and prion disease. These microscopic protein particles have converted sewage and its by-products a public health disaster.

Claudio Soto, PhD, professor of neurology and director of the George and Cynthia W. Mitchell Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Other Brain Related Illnesses at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and his colleagues are the latest to find prions in urine. The study appeared in the August 7, 2014 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Recent studies are confirming the presence of prions in blood. The U.S. EPA and other regulatory bodies around the world are ignoring these risks.

“This is the first time that prions have been detected in human urine,” Dr. Soto told Neurology Today.

Soto failed to reference urine and blood studies performed earlier by Ruth Gabizon in 2001 and Reichl in 2002, which also detected deadly prions in bodily fluids.

Wastewater Reclamation Hazards

As many hospitals have learned the hard way, deadly prions are unstoppable in the sterile confines of an operating room that has been exposed to someone with prion disease. Prions are totally unaccounted for in the high-volume streams at wastewater treatment plants. Prions migrate, mutate and multiply as they move through the environment and up the food chain. Prions from humans are the most aggressive and deadly. Wastewater treatment plants have been prion incubators and distributors for decades. The victims no longer fit under the rug of deceit.

Sewage treatment plants and their discharges are permanently infected. Once a prion reaches the soil, the soil is permanently contaminated and the entire watershed below that point is at risk forever. If your food and water is generated in that watershed, you and your family are exposed. We can't afford to further contaminate entire watersheds – increasing the pathway to humans, livestock, and wildlife downstream.

Read the full story about the hidden hazards associated with wastewater reclamation and reuse at http://crossbowcommunications.com/wastewater-reclamation-reuse-based-on-outdated-risk-assessments/

Crossbow Communications is a full-service advertising agency and public relations firm in Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm specializes in issue management and public affairs.

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California A Global Leader On Climate Change

White House Agenda Not Slowing Action In Golden State

By Coral Davenport and Adam Nagourney, New York Times

The environmental ministers of Canada and Mexico went to San Francisco last month to sign a global pact drafted largely by California to lower planet-warming greenhouse pollution. Gov. Jerry Brown flies to China next month to meet with climate leaders there on a campaign to curb global warming. And a battery of state lawyers is preparing to battle any attempt by Washington to weaken California's automobile pollution emission standards.

As President Trump moves to reverse the Obama administration's policies on climate change, California is emerging as the nation's de facto negotiator with the world on the environment. The state is pushing back on everything from White House efforts to roll back pollution rules on tailpipes and smokestacks, to plans to withdraw or weaken the United States' commitments under the Paris climate change accord.

In the process, California is not only fighting to protect its legacy of sweeping environmental protection, but also holding itself out as a model to other states and to nations on how to fight climate change.

I want to do everything we can to keep America on track, keep the world on track, and lead in all the ways California has, said Mr. Brown, who has embraced this fight as he enters what is likely to be the final stretch of a 40-year career in California government. We're looking to do everything we can to advance our program, regardless of whatever happens in Washington.

Since the election, California has stood as the leading edge of the Democratic resistance to the Trump administration, on a range of issues including immigration and health care. Mr. Trump lost to Hillary Clinton here by nearly four million votes. Every statewide elected official is a Democrat, and the party controls both houses of the Legislature by a two-thirds margin. Soon after Mr. Trump was elected, Democratic legislative leaders hired Eric H. Holder Jr., the former attorney general, to represent California in legal fights with the administration.

But of all the battles it is waging with Washington, none have the global implications of the one over climate change.

The aggressive posture on the environment has set the stage for a confrontation between the Trump administration and the largest state in the nation. California has 39 million people, making it more populous than Canada and many other countries. And with an annual economic output of $2.4 trillion, the state is an economic powerhouse and has the sixth-largest economy in the world.

California's efforts cross party lines. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served as governor from 2003 to 2011, and led the state in developing the most aggressive pollution-control programs in the nation, has emerged as one of Mr. Trump's biggest Republican critics.

Mr. Trump and his advisers appear ready for the fight.

Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency chief, whom Mr. Trump has charged with rolling back Obama-era environmental policies, speaks often of his belief in the importance of federalism and states' rights, describing Mr. Trump's proposals as a way to lift the oppressive yoke of federal regulations and return authority to the states. But of Mr. Brown's push to expand California's environmental policies to the country and the world, Mr. Pruitt said, That's not federalism that's a political agenda hiding behind federalism.

Is it federalism to impose your policy on other states? Mr. Pruitt asked in a recent interview in his office. It seems to me that Mr. Brown is being the aggressor here, he said. But we expect the law will show this.

In one of his earliest strikes, Mr. Trump signed an executive order in March aimed at dismantling the Clean Power Plan, President Barack Obama's signature climate policy change. Much of the plan, which Mr. Trump denounced as a job killer, was drawn from environmental policies pioneered in California.

Mr. Brown has long been an environmental advocate, including when he first served as governor in the 1970s. He has made this a central focus as he enters his final 18 months in office. In an interview, he said the president's action was a colossal mistake and defies science.

Erasing climate change may take place in Donald Trump's mind, but nowhere else, Mr. Brown said.

The leadership role being embraced by California goes to the heart of what has long been a central part of this state's identity. For more than three decades, California has been at the vanguard of environmental policy, passing ambitious, first-in-the-nation legislation on pollution control and conservation that have often served as models for national and even international environmental law.

Read The Full Story athttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/us/california-engages-world-and-fights-washington-on-climate-change.html?emc=edit_ta_20170523&nl=top-stories&nlid=59791470&ref=cta&_r=0

Crossbow Communicationsspecializes in issue management andpublic affairs.It's also promotingsustainable, resilient and livable cities.Please contactGary Chandler atgary@crossbow1.comto join our network.

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California A Global Leader On Climate Change

White House Agenda Not Slowing Action In Golden State

By Coral Davenport and Adam Nagourney, New York Times

The environmental ministers of Canada and Mexico went to San Francisco last month to sign a global pact - drafted largely by California - to lower planet-warming greenhouse pollution. Gov. Jerry Brown flies to China next month to meet with climate leaders there on a campaign to curb global warming. And a battery of state lawyers is preparing to battle any attempt by Washington to weaken California's automobile pollution emission standards.

As President Trump moves to reverse the Obama administration's policies on climate change, California is emerging as the nation's de facto negotiator with the world on the environment. The state is pushing back on everything from White House efforts to roll back pollution rules on tailpipes and smokestacks, to plans to withdraw or weaken the United States' commitments under the Paris climate change accord.

In the process, California is not only fighting to protect its legacy of sweeping environmental protection, but also holding itself out as a model to other states - and to nations - on how to fight climate change.

I want to do everything we can to keep America on track, keep the world on track, and lead in all the ways California has, said Mr. Brown, who has embraced this fight as he enters what is likely to be the final stretch of a 40-year career in California government. We're looking to do everything we can to advance our program, regardless of whatever happens in Washington.

Since the election, California has stood as the leading edge of the Democratic resistance to the Trump administration, on a range of issues including immigration and health care. Mr. Trump lost to Hillary Clinton here by nearly four million votes. Every statewide elected official is a Democrat, and the party controls both houses of the Legislature by a two-thirds margin. Soon after Mr. Trump was elected, Democratic legislative leaders hired Eric H. Holder Jr., the former attorney general, to represent California in legal fights with the administration.

But of all the battles it is waging with Washington, none have the global implications of the one over climate change.

The aggressive posture on the environment has set the stage for a confrontation between the Trump administration and the largest state in the nation. California has 39 million people, making it more populous than Canada and many other countries. And with an annual economic output of $2.4 trillion, the state is an economic powerhouse and has the sixth-largest economy in the world.

California's efforts cross party lines. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served as governor from 2003 to 2011, and led the state in developing the most aggressive pollution-control programs in the nation, has emerged as one of Mr. Trump's biggest Republican critics.

Mr. Trump and his advisers appear ready for the fight.

Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency chief, whom Mr. Trump has charged with rolling back Obama-era environmental policies, speaks often of his belief in the importance of federalism and states' rights, describing Mr. Trump's proposals as a way to lift the oppressive yoke of federal regulations and return authority to the states. But of Mr. Brown's push to expand California's environmental policies to the country and the world, Mr. Pruitt said, That's not federalism - that's a political agenda hiding behind federalism.

Is it federalism to impose your policy on other states? Mr. Pruitt asked in a recent interview in his office. It seems to me that Mr. Brown is being the aggressor here, he said. But we expect the law will show this.

In one of his earliest strikes, Mr. Trump signed an executive order in March aimed at dismantling the Clean Power Plan, President Barack Obama's signature climate policy change. Much of the plan, which Mr. Trump denounced as a job killer, was drawn from environmental policies pioneered in California.

Mr. Brown has long been an environmental advocate, including when he first served as governor in the 1970s. He has made this a central focus as he enters his final 18 months in office. In an interview, he said the president's action was a colossal mistake and defies science.

Erasing climate change may take place in Donald Trump's mind, but nowhere else, Mr. Brown said.

The leadership role being embraced by California goes to the heart of what has long been a central part of this state's identity. For more than three decades, California has been at the vanguard of environmental policy, passing ambitious, first-in-the-nation legislation on pollution control and conservation that have often served as models for national and even international environmental law.

Read The Full Story athttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/us/california-engages-world-and-fights-washington-on-climate-change.html?emc=edit_ta_20170523&nl=top-stories&nlid=59791470&ref=cta&_r=0

Crossbow Communicationsspecializes in issue management andpublic affairs.It's also promotingsustainable, resilient and livable cities.Please contactGary Chandler atgary@crossbow1.comto join our network.

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Square Disrupts in D.C.

The Washington, D.C., Department of For-Hire Vehicles has tapped leading payment facilitator Square to power an initiative that will move that city's taxi drivers to a digital platform.

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Ups, Downs, and âFrothinessâ in Between: PF Day Wrap

Interest in the business of payment facilitation is growing, not just among companies lured in to monetize transactions and the investors excited to fund fast-growing startups, but also regulators wanting to make sure a new third party isn't taking advantage of consumers.

And all these eyes on the industry mean payment facilitators themselves, and companies thinking about switching to the model, are hungry for more information about how to run their business to take full advantage of all the opportunity in the space.

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First Data Launches New E-Commerce Solutions for PFs

Payment processor First Data has launched a new e-commerce program for payment facilitators that it's calling Global PFAC.

As part of First Data's e-commerce suite of products, Global PFAC offers a single integration interface that allows merchants to settle and fund transactions in more than 40 countries and 17 currencies.

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New Threats From States and Old Ones From the CFPB: PF Regulatory Responsibilities Aren't Getting Any Lighter

As third parties, payment facilitators have a complicated regulatory framework to wade through. And it's unlikely to get untangled any time soon, especially as state regulators look to clamp down on a payments industry they don't fully understand, according to panelists at Payment Facilitator Day during the ETA's TRANSACT 17 conference.

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Investors Lured by Hockey Stick Growth of Payment Facilitators

While most people outside the industry don't know what a payment facilitator is by name, the process of simplifying merchant onboarding to allow merchants to quickly start accepting payments is a business model seeing increased interest from the venture capital community.

According to panelists at Payment Facilitator Day during the ETA's TRANSACT 17 conference, the payment facilitator industry is still in the very early days, but there's substantial interest both by software companies looking to follow the PF model and investors looking to funnel money into the model.

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How To 3D Print A Fidget Spinner

Make A 3D Print a Fidget Spinner in Autodesk Fusion 360

I'm jumping on the fidget spinner bandwagon and showing you how to EASILY make one in Autodesk Fusion 360 in 5 MINUTES. I printed mine on the BCN3D Sigma R17 using Matterhackers PRO PLA.

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Talk to Your Developers! Square Insists They're Key

Developers, according to Square Developer Lead Carl Perry, are the most important community for payment facilitators.

It's not something payment facilitators hear very much, but developers are a core part of the business, and payment facilitators need to make the building of payment solutions streamlined for this group.

And this is especially important as payments and all the features around payments become more complex. With increasing consumer payment options, such as NFC, EMV and bitcoin, and multichannel strategies for acceptance, developers have a challenge to build solutions that keep up with buyers' quickly changing demands of payments whenever, wherever.

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Super Sloppy Security Gushes Aadhaar PII

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Finding Intent-Based Networking Nirvana With Mansour Karam Vendor-Agnostic, Intent-Driven Network Automation

Q&A: Apstra's Mansour Karam Wants Enterprises to Find Intent-Based Networking Nirvana

Apstra entered the enterprise networking scene in June 2016 with its intent-based operating system, which promised an innovative way to improve network agility and availability.

Less than a year later Gartner named Apstra a 2017 cool vendor for enterprise networking. The report said key benefits from its software include not only improved agility and availability, but also reduced capital expenditure and operating expenditure through support of mixed-vendor configurations and optional disaggregated, fit-for-purpose switch hardware and software.

What was your vision when you started Apstra?

Karam: With Apstra, the vision we had was to deliver on what we call a self-operating network. In networking, and specifically in the data center, operational aspects haven't been addressed to the extent that they need to be

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Apstra Operating System (AOS): Vendor-agnostic, Intent-driven Network Automation

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Square Disrupts in D.C.

The Washington, D.C., Department of For-Hire Vehicles has tapped leading payment facilitator Square to power an initiative that will move that city's taxi drivers to a digital platform.

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Ups, Downs, and “Frothiness” in Between: PF Day Wrap

Interest in the business of payment facilitation is growing, not just among companies lured in to monetize transactions and the investors excited to fund fast-growing startups, but also regulators wanting to make sure a new third party isn't taking advantage of consumers.

And all these eyes on the industry mean payment facilitators themselves, and companies thinking about switching to the model, are hungry for more information about how to run their business to take full advantage of all the opportunity in the space.

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First Data Launches New E-Commerce Solutions for PFs

Payment processor First Data has launched a new e-commerce program for payment facilitators that it's calling Global PFAC.

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New Threats From States and Old Ones From the CFPB: PF Regulatory Responsibilities Aren't Getting Any Lighter

As third parties, payment facilitators have a complicated regulatory framework to wade through. And it's unlikely to get untangled any time soon, especially as state regulators look to clamp down on a payments industry they don't fully understand, according to panelists at Payment Facilitator Day during the ETA's TRANSACT 17 conference.

Prepaid, money transmission, data and cyber security, these are perennial worries, one panelist said, but one particular trend in state regulation has her very nervous,

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New Payment Facilitator Platform Enables PFs to Get Up and Running Faster

One barrier to entry for companies considering the payment facilitator model has been creating their own framework for enabling merchant acceptance from scratch.

In response, consultants Todd Ablowitz and Deana Rich, co-publishers of PaymentFacilitator.com, have teamed with technology services company iClassPro to introduce Infinicept, a company that offers what they say is the first platform built specifically for payment facilitators.

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Investors Lured by Hockey Stick Growth of Payment Facilitators

While most people outside the industry don't know what a payment facilitator is by name, the process of simplifying merchant onboarding to allow merchants to quickly start accepting payments is a business model seeing increased interest from the venture capital community.

According to panelists at Payment Facilitator Day during the ETA's TRANSACT 17 conference, the payment facilitator industry is still in the very early days, but there's substantial interest both by software companies looking to follow the PF model and investors looking to funnel money into the model.

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Super Sloppy Security Gushes Aadhaar PII

In many respects, India's 9-year-old Aadhaar national ID system is a global model for simplifying payments, banking and payroll operations. It was designed to be a comprehensive database allowing easy access to bank accounts and other payments mechanisms. As a concept, it worked brilliantly.

But according to data from a report from the Centre For Internet and Society, it also serves as a world-class example of security recklessness, with methods so sloppy that they could have exposed sensitive data about almost a quarter of a billion Indian citizens.

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New Payment Facilitator Platform Enables PFs to Get Up and Running Faster

One barrier to entry for companies considering the payment facilitator model has been creating their own framework for enabling merchant acceptance from scratch.

In response, consultants Todd Ablowitz and Deana Rich have teamed with technology services company iClassPro to introduce Infinicept, a company that offers what they say is the first platform built specifically for payment facilitators.

The platform, known as Payment Facilitator in a Box, offers infrastructure that PFs need to get merchants up and running on their systems, including a new, proprietary underwriting tool.

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