Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"In a move celebrated by scientists and activists, California on Monday announced it would add glyphosate—the active ingredient in the Monsanto-produced weed killer Roundup—to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer.
'California's decision makes it the national leader in protecting people from cancer-causing pesticides.' 

The decision, made by California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), was reportedly precipitated by the World Health Organization's classification of glyphosate as a 'probable carcinogen' in May of 2015.

'California is required under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65, to publish a regularly updated list of chemicals thought to cause cancer or birth defects,' Newsweek reported."

-->Leave it to the NYT to leave this story out of its newspaper. Doing favors for Monsanto takes precedent over informing its readership about carcinogens in their environment. 


Common Dreams:
"As President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gear up to dump hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars into vouchers and other private education initiatives denounced by critics as ineffective and immoral, two new studies released on Monday reveal that, in many cases, voucher programs result in significantly worse academic performance than public schools.

'The studies were conducted in two states—Louisiana and Indiana—that have experimented substantially with vouchers, which are dubbed as financial 'scholarships' ostensibly designed to help low-income and middle class families to send their children to private schools.

Both analyses produced similar findings: Students who participated in voucher programs performed significantly worse in their first two years attending a private school, only to see their results return to baseline by the third and fourth years.

-->Vouchers for private school tuition a total scam perpetrated on the nation's taxpayers by a few, greedy billionaires? Well, the answer is yes, but you won't read about it in the NYT, the billionaire's favorite newspaper of record.


The Guardian:
"Two weeks ago I found myself in a sweaty room in the Royal Courts of Justice, packed with fellow Palestine activists, listening to detailed and sometimes arcane legal arguments about pension law. The journey that ended in that courtroom began in September last year when the government announced new guidance intended to prohibit local government pension schemes from pursuing 'divestment and sanctions against foreign nations and UK defence industries … other than where formal legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions have been put in place by the government'.

The key target of these new rules was made clear in the government press release about the decision. This was the government acting to place a ban on boycotting Israel. The regulations were introduced in November 2016 despite a public consultation indicating that 98% of respondents thought this was the wrong thing to do, and a wider public outcry.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, of which I’m the director, decided to take the government on. We launched a judicial review supported with witness statements from War on Want, Campaign Against the Arms Trade and the Quakers. Finally, on 22 June, we got the verdict – we won! Judge Sir Ross Cranston ruled the guidance was unlawful and that the government had acted for an improper purpose."

-->The UK government tried to shut down the boycott Israel movement by passing laws against BDS. Same as our government is trying to do here. Why would the NYT avoid this important story about civil liberties and the Israel lobby?

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