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Brain Damage

From the New York Times:

Mercury Found in Every Fish Tested, Scientists Say

Published: August 19, 2009

When government scientists went looking for mercury contamination in fish in 291 streams around the nation, they found it in every fish they tested, the Interior Department said, even in isolated rural waterways. In a statement, the department said that some of the streams tested were affected by mining operations, which can be a source of mercury pollution, so the findings, by scientists at the United States Geological Survey, do not necessarily reflect contamination levels nationwide. But Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the findings underlined the need to act against mercury pollution. Emissions from coal-fired power plants are the largest source of mercury contamination in the United States. A quarter of the fish studied had mercury levels above safety levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency for people who eat the fish regularly, the Interior Department said.

That was the whole article. It’s here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/20/science/earth/20brfs-MERCURYFOUND_BRF.html?scp=1&sq=fish%20rivers%20mercury&st=cse


Excerpt from Earth Liberation Front press release:

ELF News Release On Tower Vandalism
Earth Liberation Front Topples Radio Station Towers In Snohomish County

Posted: 2:44 pm PDT September 4, 2009Updated: 3:01 pm PDT September 4, 2009

EVERETT, Wash. — Two radio station towers were torn down early Friday by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) in the Lord’s Hills valley in Snohomish County, WA. The towers, owned by station KRKO, have been a source of controversy for years. A sign left at the scene claimed responsibility by the ELF.

” Due to the health and environmental risks associated with radio waves emitted from the towers, we applaud this act by the ELF,” stated Jason Crawford, a spokesperson for the North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office. “When all legal channels of opposition have been exhausted, concerned citizens have to take action into their own hands to protect life and the planet.”

For the past eight years, opponents have waged a legal battle against the towers, arguing that AM radio waves cause adverse health affects including a higher rate of cancer, harm to wildlife, and that the signals have been interfering with home phone and intercom lines.

Last year, the first four towers were erected by KRKO after numerous hearings and appeals. KRKO plans to build two more towers to boost the station’s broadcasting power.

Read the rest at http://www.kirotv.com/news/20731865/detail.html


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Reprints payment experiment

I’m conducting an experiment in self-serve, pay-what-you-choose reprints. Info on “reprints” page.

If anyone has any feedback on whether or not this is a good idea, please let me know. Thanks!

Over Drinks

From the New York Times:

Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering

Published: September 12, 2009

Jennifer Hall-Massey knows not to drink the tap water in her home near Charleston, W.Va.

In fact, her entire family tries to avoid any contact with the water. Her youngest son has scabs on his arms, legs and chest where the bathwater — polluted with lead, nickel and other heavy metals — caused painful rashes. Many of his brother’s teeth were capped to replace enamel that was eaten away.

Neighbors apply special lotions after showering because their skin burns. Tests show that their tap water contains arsenic, barium, lead, manganese and other chemicals at concentrations federal regulators say could contribute to cancer and damage the kidneys and nervous system.

Original article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/us/13water.html?_r=2&hp (registration required).


If you attend the Small Press Expo this weekend in Bethesda, MD, please stop by the NBM Publications table and say hi! I’ll be at the table part-time selling books, comic books and a few t-shirts. Plus I’ll have some “Minimum Security” and “As the World Burns” originals available. The rest of the time I plan to wander around in awe of all the amazing work there.

Nonbinding nonspecifics

From the New York Times:

Proposals Lag Behind Promises on Climate

Published: September 22, 2009

“It was really great to have the vision, but with just 70 days left to Copenhagen, it is time to put some substance on the table,” said Steve Howard, the founder of the Climate Group, an international organization pushing for a climate change agreement. “The two most important countries on this issue are being guarded in their positions.”

Those two countries — the United States and China — account for more than 40 percent of the carbon emissions, roughly divided between both.


SPX – always fabulous

Thank you to all who stopped by the table!

I got a nice mention in the Washington Post’s Comic Riffs blog: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/comic-riffs/2009/09/_2009_ignatz_award_winners.html