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Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta

Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta | Politics | Scoop.it
We speak with scientist Tyrone Hayes of the University of California, Berkeley, who discovered a widely used herbicide may have harmful effects on the endocrine system. But when he tried to publish the results, the chemical’s manufacturer launched a campaign to discredit his work. Hayes was first hired in 1997 by a company, which later became agribusiness giant Syngenta, to study their product, atrazine, a pesticide that is applied to more than half the corn crops in the United States, and widely used on golf courses and Christmas tree farms. When Hayes found results Syngenta did not expect — that atrazine causes sexual abnormalities in frogs, and could cause the same problems for humans — it refused to allow him to publish his findings. A new article in The New Yorker magazine uses court documents from a class action lawsuit against Syngenta to show how it sought to smear Hayes’ reputation and prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from banning the profitable chemical, which is already banned by the European Union.

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, February 22, 2014 8:04 PM

Wow! It could be that gayness isn't such a moral issue after all, but much more a physical issue. This study may someday lead to that discovery even though it was not the intent of the study. It could be that genetic alterations are caused by certain chemicals and the chemistry of some products is immorally causing gayness without our consent and who knows what other hormonal alterations. This man knows what these alterations might be. He has observed this in frogs and in biology we study frogs because they actually have many of the same parts people do.


Wow! What do you think of a herbicide that makes frogs gay and causes other hormonal issues and sexual alterations? What do you think of a company that makes chemicals for crops that cause hormone imbalances then also makes drugs to treat them? Hmmm.....Interesting....Wonder why the EU could ban this herbicide and the USA has not...Do we smell a trail of money in research outcomes and in our educational research Universities?

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Candy Crowley to Scott Walker: If GOP Opposes Benefits, Why ...

Candy Crowley to Scott Walker: If GOP Opposes Benefits, Why ... | Politics | Scoop.it
CNN anchor Candy Crowley sat down for a lengthy interview with Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday morning's State of the Union on CNN. There, she asked Walker about the Republican Party's opposition ...

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 5, 2014 4:09 PM

Scott Walker indicates he took 17million in government money saved from food stamps and where did it go? He doesn't say they helped that girl pay for her training. He doesn't say they paid for anything.What about the huge numbers of students that did pay or borrow to go to school and now find they are competing for minimum wage jobs? That is a fact we all just have to look around to see that truth. He is also assuming all unemployed are uneducated, unskilled and in need of training...that also is a false argument.

 

They will not expand their base being so clueless as to who is needing a job. If they are paying for training who picks what they train for? Some states give 150,000 million dollar tax break on inventory to set up shop in the state. Mississippi Lt Gov. Reeves bragged about just such a deal within the State at the ALEC meeting last fall. Somehow I don't think they are talking about small local boutiques and auto repair shops and other such small business. What is equal and fair about that?

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Billion Dollar Baby: U.S. Chamber is First to Hit Lobbying Milestone - OpenSecrets Blog

Billion Dollar Baby: U.S. Chamber is First to Hit Lobbying Milestone - OpenSecrets Blog | Politics | Scoop.it
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has spent more than $1 billion lobbying members of Congress and other officials since 1998 - by far a greater amount than any other organization over the period.

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, July 24, 2013 5:29 AM

What a milestone!


There are those that say the US chamber of Commerce is one of the big pushers of Common Core Standards, Expensive State Test and charter schools. If that is true, then I guess money talks. This is not your local Chamber of business people. Most local home town businesses couldn't pay enough to get a membership list much less into the club. What do we think these companies what for their Billion? 

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Ted Cruz just doomed the GOP — but not in the way you think

Ted Cruz just doomed the GOP — but not in the way you think | Politics | Scoop.it
He won a small battle with his debt limit gambit, but also made the GOP's extortion tactics much harder. Here's why
    

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2013 Was a Banner Year for the Upward Redistribution of America's Wealth | The Poverty Line, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

2013 Was a Banner Year for the Upward Redistribution of America's Wealth | The Poverty Line, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | Politics | Scoop.it
America has been redistributing upward for some time – after all, “trickle-down” economics turned out to be trickle up — but we outdid ourselves in 2013.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 9, 2014 1:57 AM

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The stock market ended 2013 at an all-time high — giving stockholders their biggest annual gain in almost two decades. Most Americans didn’t share in those gains, however, because most people haven’t been able to save enough to invest in the stock market. More than two-thirds of Americans live from paycheck to paycheck.

 
Coffee Party USA's curator insight, January 9, 2014 1:59 AM

The stock market ended 2013 at an all-time high — giving stockholders their biggest annual gain in almost two decades. Most Americans didn’t share in those gains, however, because most people haven’t been able to save enough to invest in the stock market. More than two-thirds of Americans live from paycheck to paycheck.