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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 09, 2014 After Big Bet, Hedge Fund Pulls the Levers of Power: Staking $1 Billion That Herbalife Will Fail, Then Lobbying to Bring It Down
QUOTE: a small hint of Mr. Ackman’s extraordinary attempt to leverage the corridors of power — in Washington, state capitols and city halls — for his hedge fund’s profit after taking a $1 billion financial position called a short, a bet that will pay off only if Herbalife’s stock drops. Corporate money is forever finding new ways to influence government. But Mr. Ackman’s campaign to take this fight “to the end of the earth,” using every weapon in the arsenal that Washington offers in an attempt to bring ruin to one company, is a novel one, fusing the financial markets with the political system.
New York Times Jul 25, 2012 Are cruise lines 'dumping' sick passengers?
QUOTE: I asked Royal Caribbean about its policy on dropping off passengers and whether the Claussens could have done anything differently. It declined to answer. Walker says that cruise lines keep their policies on emergency care confidential.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Aug 19, 2011 Antibacterial Chemical Raises Safety Issues
QUOTE: a battle over the active ingredient in Dial Complete and many other antibacterial soaps, a chemical known as triclosan...Several studies have shown that triclosan may alter hormone regulation in laboratory animals or cause antibiotic resistance...F.D.A. has already said that soap with triclosan is no more effective than washing with ordinary soap and water, a finding that manufacturers dispute.
New York Times Jul 15, 2011 After Long Battle, Safer Cribs
QUOTE: The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued new regulations for cribs that the authorities say are the toughest in the world....some manufacturers had not had all of their cribs certified by testing laboratories, frustrating some retailers who have been stuck with cribs that they are not permitted to sell.
New York Times Jul 14, 2011 U.S.: Catching bin Laden justifies CIA vaccination ruse (The Chart)
QUOTE: A senior U.S. official on Thursday acknowledged CIA involvement in a vaccination campaign in Pakistan, but said it was a legitimate piece of the strategy for catching Osama bin Laden....the aid group Doctors Without Borders issued a statement calling the CIA’s involvement, “a dangerous abuse of medical care.”
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 29, 2011 The Fear of a Toxic Rerun
QUOTE: A $230 million refinery being built here in an effort to break China’s global chokehold on rare earth metals is plagued by environmentally hazardous construction and design problems, according to internal memos and current and former engineers on the project. The plant, which would be the world’s biggest refinery for rare earths — metals crucial to the manufacture of a wide range of technologies including smartphones, smart bombs and hybrid cars — has also become the target of protesters who fear that the plant will leak radioactive and toxic materials into the water table.
New York Times Jun 15, 2011 Lead Poisoning in China: The Hidden Scourge
QUOTE: thousands of workers, villagers and children in at least 9 of mainland China’s 31 province-level regions have been found to be suffering from toxic levels of lead exposure, mostly caused by pollution from battery factories and metal smelters. The cases underscore a pattern of government neglect seen in industry after industry as China strives for headlong growth with only embryonic safeguards.
New York Times Jun 14, 2011 F.D.A. Unveils New Rules About Sunscreen Claims
QUOTE: After 33 years of consideration, the Food and Drug Administration took steps on Tuesday to sort out the confusing world of sunscreens, with new rules that specify which lotions provide the best protection against the sun and ending claims that they are truly waterproof. The F.D.A. said sunscreens must protect equally against two kinds of the sun’s radiation, UVB and UVA, to earn the coveted designation of offering “broad spectrum” protection.
New York Times Apr 29, 2011 Soft Drink Industry Fights Proposed Food Stamp Ban
QUOTE: They also fear that restrictions on soft drinks would set a precedent for the government to distinguish between good and bad foods and to ban the use of food stamps for other products… The plan is unfair to food stamp recipients because it treats them differently from other customers.
New York Times Apr 23, 2011 Resistance to Gas Drilling Rises on Unlikely Soil
QUOTE: “It’s our health that’s at stake…” A report for Congressional Democrats released last week detailed the quantity of chemicals that gas companies are putting into the ground.
New York Times Apr 21, 2011 CDC: 26 states have enacted smoking bans; South, and parts of West, lag
QUOTE: Seven states — Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming — have no laws banning smoking in private workplaces, restaurants and bars. That leaves about 88 million nonsmokers in the United States still exposed to secondhand smoke, the CDC said.
Washington Post Apr 20, 2011 Concern Grows Over Window Blind Safety
QUOTE: Critics of the industry complain that manufacturers have dragged their feet on addressing safety hazards for decades, making minor tweaks or putting the onus on parents to shorten cords or buy tie-down devices... “What they are really trying to do is reach a low price point.”
New York Times Mar 18, 2011 In Japan’s Danger Zone, the Stranded Await the Merciful
QUOTE: The plight of the thousands still stranded in areas near the stricken reactors... has underscored what residents say is a striking lack of help from the national government to assist with the evacuation of danger zones or the ferrying of supplies to those it has urged to stay inside... Many of those left behind are elderly people... They say city officials and the police are nowhere to be seen.
New York Times Feb 15, 2011 Where there's smoke, there's ire: Condo conflict lights up in Hessian Hills
QUOTE: Residents feeling tarred and nicotined by smoking neighbors are not unusual....an anti-tobacco video from California shows how smoke can seep through apartment complexes.
Hook May 27, 2010 F.D.A. Weighs Penalties in Drug Recall
QUOTE: [The FDA] is considering further actions against McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the Johnson & Johnson unit, after a pattern of violations in manufacturing and quality control practices led to a number of recent recalls...
New York Times May 27, 2010 Safety Rules Can’t Keep Up With Biotech Industry
QUOTE: the estimated 232,000 employees in the nation’s most sophisticated biotechnology labs work amid imponderable hazards. And some critics say the modern biolab often has fewer federal safety regulations than a typical blue-collar factory.
New York Times May 20, 2010 Groups spar over car black boxes as Congress mulls auto safety bill
QUOTE: A proposal to equip all new cars with "black boxes" to record crash data...But automakers and safety advocates disagree over the extent of the data the devices should collect and over the extent they should be able to survive the worst of crashes.
Washington Post Apr 15, 2010 Lautenberg bill seeks to overhaul U.S. chemical laws
QUOTE: would require manufacturers to prove the safety of chemicals before they enter the marketplace. That would be a significant departure from current laws, which allow chemicals to be used unless the federal government can prove they cause harm to health or the environment.
Washington Post Dec 07, 2009 Millions in U.S. Drinking Dirty Water, Records Show
QUOTE: More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data.
New York Times Nov 21, 2009 Growth of counterfeit drugs sparks international response: Authorities in the U.S. and across the globe conduct raids this week to intercept fake medications.
QUOTE: Counterfeit drugs are the latest -- and potentially most dangerous -- front in the long-running battle against intellectual-property crimes
Los Angeles Times Nov 16, 2009 Work-Related Injuries Underreported
QUOTE: Employers and workers routinely underreport work-related injuries and illnesses, calling into question the accuracy of nationwide data that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration compiles each year, the Government Accountability Office said Monday.
New York Times Nov 08, 2009 Swine flu: Without paid sick leave, workers won't stay home: Many workers choose to work if they don't have paid sick leave. Now, partly because of swine flu, 15 states are considering laws to make paid sick leave mandatory.
QUOTE: Nearly half of all American workers do not have paid sick leave, and half of these are more likely to go to work feeling unwell – or send an ill child to school – rather than take an unpaid day off.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 22, 2009 F.D.A. Lags in Banning Researchers After Fraud
QUOTE: In a review of 18 proceedings, investigators for the Government Accountability Office found that the F.D.A. took from 1 to 11 years to complete its process to ban researchers. This means many who were convicted of fraud remained eligible to conduct experiments for years.
New York Times Oct 12, 2009 Cleansing the Air at the Expense of Waterways (Toxic Waters)
QUOTE: Even as a growing number of coal-burning power plants around the nation have moved to reduce their air emissions, many of them are creating another problem: water pollution.
New York Times Oct 08, 2009 How to Stop the Counterfeit-Medicine Drugs Trade
QUOTE: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 50% of drugs sold online have either been falsified or altered in some way.
Time Magazine Oct 07, 2009 Investigators Document Repeat Illegal Sales at Gun Shows
QUOTE: Undercover investigators working on behalf of the New York City mayor's office repeatedly bought guns from unlicensed dealers at gun shows even though they disclosed they probably couldn't pass a background check.
Washington Post Oct 07, 2009 Swine flu vaccine: Is it ethical to say no?
QUOTE: Does Americans' right to determine what is best for themselves and their families trump the federal government's efforts to head off what it believes could be a flu pandemic?
Christian Science Monitor Oct 03, 2009 The Burger That Shattered Her Life
QUOTE: Ms. [Stephanie] Smith’s reaction to the virulent strain of E. coli was extreme, but tracing the story of her burger, through interviews and government and corporate records obtained by The New York Times, shows why eating ground beef is still a gamble. Neither the system meant to make the meat safe, nor the meat itself, is what consumers have been led to believe.
New York Times Oct 02, 2009 Botox Maker’s Suit Cites Free Speech
QUOTE: In an attack on the regulation of drug marketing, the makers of the antiwrinkle shot Botox have filed a free-speech lawsuit against the federal government.
New York Times Oct 01, 2009 When the Doctor Is Distressed (Doctor and Patient)
QUOTE: [medical] Residents who suffered from burnout and depression could pose as much risk to patients as those doctors-in-training who were exhausted, regardless and independent of their level of fatigue.
New York Times Sep 29, 2009 Congress, Concerned About Steroids, Reviews Law on Dietary Supplements
QUOTE: Congress is investigating whether laws, health agency resources and manufacturing guidelines are adequate to protect the public from products that illegally contain steroids but masquerade as dietary supplements.
New York Times Sep 27, 2009 Truckers Insist on Keeping Computers in the Cab: Driven to Distraction
QUOTE: The issues raised by truckers [on in-cab computers] show the challenges facing advocates for tougher distracted-driving laws, given that so many Americans have grown accustomed to talking and texting behind the wheel.
New York Times Sep 26, 2009 Mandatory Flu Shots Hit Resistance: Many Health-Care Workers Required to Get Vaccines
QUOTE: With the H1N1 pandemic spreading rapidly, hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses, orderlies and other U.S. health-care workers for the first time are being required to get flu shots, drawing praise from many public-health authorities but condemnation from some employees, unions and other critics who object to mandatory vaccination.
Washington Post Sep 21, 2009 Reports Criticize Pandemic Planning: Flu Readiness Check Finds Gaps In Care, Coverage
QUOTE: Many state and local governments are not adequately prepared to deal with a surge of patients in a flu pandemic or quickly distribute vaccine and antiviral drugs...
Washington Post Sep 21, 2009 Benefit and Doubt in Vaccine Additive
QUOTE: Are Americans obligated to use an unproven vaccine to help protect people in other countries from the flu pandemic?
New York Times Sep 17, 2009 Why Don’t Doctors Wash Their Hands More? (Doctor and Patient)
QUOTE: Over the last 30 years, despite countless efforts at change, poor hand hygiene has continued to contribute to the high rates of infections acquired in hospitals, clinics and other health care settings.
New York Times Sep 15, 2009 Where Cancer Progress Is Rare, One Man Says No (Forty Years' War)
QUOTE: cancer has proven difficult to crack, leading to frustration among executives and advocates who wonder why the Food and Drug Administration is not approving more drugs.
New York Times Sep 13, 2009 Welcome to Our Town. Wish We Weren’t Here. (Treece Journal)
QUOTE: Officials in Kansas have been practically begging the federal government to move Treece’s impoverished people, mostly the children and grandchildren of old miners [due to mining contaminates in the soil] but to no avail.
New York Times Sep 12, 2009 Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering (Toxic Waters)
QUOTE: in recent years, violations of the Clean Water Act have risen steadily across the nation...
New York Times Sep 12, 2009 In Africa, Courts Shape Views on AIDS: Rulings Hold Power To Ease or Deepen Stigma of Disease
QUOTE: As African countries still struggle to control the deadly AIDS epidemic, they are also grappling with debates over what rights and duties to give those living with the disease...
Washington Post Sep 04, 2009 For Your Health, Froot Loops
QUOTE: He [nutritionist Walter C. Willett] said the criteria used by the Smart Choices Program were seriously flawed, allowing less healthy products, like sweet cereals and heavily salted packaged meals, to win its seal of approval.
New York Times Sep 03, 2009 Swine Flu Upsets Rituals of Greeting
QUOTE: the era of swine flu poses the thorny challenge of how to express cordiality, friendship, even love — while staying, as the authorities recommend, at least three to five feet away from anyone who coughs, sneezes or might otherwise show signs of infection with the H1N1 virus.
New York Times Aug 30, 2009 In Oil-Rich Niger Delta, the Sun Never Sets: Smokestacks Still Shooting Out Gas Flares
QUOTE: As many as 100 flares burn at petroleum companies' outposts across the oil-rich [Niger] delta, belching harmful greenhouse gases and, human rights activists say, sickening residents [of Nigeria].
Washington Post Aug 29, 2009 Long-range Taser reignites safety debate
QUOTE: THE manufacturer of the Taser stun gun is sparking new controversy with the commercial launch of a long-range version that can be fired from a 12-bore shotgun.
New Scientist Aug 27, 2009 Hold the sushi: Mercury in fish
QUOTE: Consumers are now trying to understand how the USGS [U.S. Geological Survey] study’s findings [on mercury in fish] should influence their eating habits.
Economist Aug 26, 2009 Debate on lithium batteries reignites
QUOTE: Pilots are calling for a ban on all lithium-based battery shipments on passenger and cargo jets.
USA TODAY Aug 25, 2009 Herbicide Found in Water May Pose Greater Danger (Green)
QUOTE: Drinking water containing a common herbicide could pose a greater public health risk than previously thought because regular municipal monitoring doesn't detect frequent spikes in the chemical's levels...
Washington Post Aug 25, 2009 Old American Dams Quietly Become a Multibillion-Dollar Threat
QUOTE: More than 2,000 dams near population centers are in need of repair, according to statistics released this month by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials.
Wired Aug 25, 2009 In a flu pandemic, what can the government do to you? A report by the Centers for Disease Control, released Tuesday, raises concern about Washington’s potential response to the H1N1 virus.
QUOTE: Since 9/11, pandemic planning has taken a more authoritarian tone that harks back to the pre-vaccine days of forced quarantines during outbreaks, according to an American Civil Liberties Union report...
Christian Science Monitor Aug 24, 2009 Are aging ships still a toxic export? Environmental groups worry that the practice of reflagging US commercial ships that may have PCBs so they can be scrapped abroad is beginning again.
QUOTE: By first selling a US vessel [unable to be scrapped as a U.S. ship due to PCB contamination] to a new foreign owner... the former US ship now a foreign ship can then be scrapped abroad quite legally.
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