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This Tuesday, Wish a Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

October 13, 2015

Sometimes it seems like those “big zero” birthdays can creep up on you before you even know it! So you may be surprised to learn that there’s a particularly big birthday upon us right now – one our entire country can celebrate: The 240th birthday of the U.S. Navy is today, October 13th. Fitting of… Read More

A History of Asbestos Part II: Asbestos through the Middle Ages

October 13, 2015

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that can be separated into long, flexible fibers. For years, asbestos was used widely across a range of products, due to its durability, abundance, and resistance to fire. Mined from underground rock across the Americas, Asia, and Europe, asbestos’ wondrous properties were valued for thousands of years. However, long… Read More

Donald Trump Denies Dangers of Asbestos, Promotes Its Strength

October 9, 2015

The news stories and headlines prove it: Donald Trump will do or say just about anything for attention. While the real estate mogul now-turned presidential candidate for the Republican Party has drawn a lot of heat for his comments on gender, race, immigration, and foreign policy, he is also known for bending scientific fact to… Read More

Worker Safety: Even the Pope Recognizes the Problem

October 6, 2015

It’s tempting to invoke Pope Francis as a sort of political trump card for whatever position one might hold. He is, after all, the figurehead that so many people in the U.S. and around the world turn to for moral guidance. The problem is that those with the power to stir debate often focus on… Read More

A History of Asbestos Part I: Asbestos in Egypt and Ancient Times

October 6, 2015

The word “asbestos” originates from ancient Greece, from a term meaning “inextinguishable.” While the mineral fiber is now known to be dangerous – it is the only known cause of the deadly cancer, mesothelioma – it had previously been used for centuries because of its extraordinary qualities. It is soft, flexible, and resistant to fire…. Read More

Whistleblowers Say College Students at UC Davis Were Exposed to Asbestos

October 5, 2015

Whistleblowers at the University of California, Davis are claiming construction workers accidentally exposed students to asbestos hazards at several locations on campus, and that school administrators were aware of the presence of the carcinogenic mineral, yet encouraged the work to continue anyway. According to the allegations, the workers drilled holes through asbestos-contaminated ceilings and drywall… Read More

Construction Co. Fined Millions for Risking Migrant Workers’ Lives

September 29, 2015

Construction Co. Fined Millions for Risking Migrant Workers’ Lives In a case exposing risky practices in the construction industry, an Illinois company was slammed with nearly $2 Million in fines by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) for deliberately exposing a group of Mexican construction workers to asbestos hazards. “They spoke no English. He… Read More

Talc Toys Littered with Lethal Asbestos: Are Your Child’s Crayons Deadly?

September 28, 2015

Dora the Explorer™ coloring kits and Disney® crayons, among other products, have recently tested positive for trace amounts of asbestos, a lethal mineral fiber. The use of asbestos has been heavily regulated by the U.S. government since the 1970s, but new reports found traces of asbestos in numerous children’s toys. Many people are rightfully outraged… Read More

Shocking Scoop on Johnson & Johnson’s Shady Practices Is Revealed in New “DocuSerial”

September 25, 2015

Steve Brill, a highly regarded journalist, has collaborated with the Huffington Post to release an investigative, 15-part “DocuSerial” that delves into the corrupt business practices of Johnson & Johnson, specifically focusing on the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, which was marketed and sold to innocent Americans in spite of its documented risks and dangers. Titled “America’s Most… Read More

Powerful CEO Held Responsible for Death of 9 People and Injuries of Over 700 Others

September 24, 2015

Former CEO of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) Stewart Parnell walked into an Albany federal courtroom on Monday awaiting sentence and left a prisoner. In the harshest penalty ever delivered to a corporate executive for a food poisoning outbreak, Parnell will spend the next 28 years in federal prison. Parnell is 61-years-old. In… Read More