The following video is a documentary on how a chemical – sodium nitrite (E250) – which was identified as a cancer causing agent, was almost banned in the 1970’s from being added to meat. The video describes how lobbying from the meat industry discredited the scientists’ report on the deadly chemical, which gives raw meat its pink complexion, so that it is still injected in meat to this day.
Los Angeles Is Squandering $1.2 Billion While Homeless Face a ‘Spiral of Death’
Five years after Los Angeles voters approved a $1.2 billion bond measure and a countywide sales tax hike to raise another estimated $355 million annually to solve its homelessness problem, there are more people living and dying on the streets than ever before. Many of these men and women are both frequent targets and perpetrators of violence.
Mayor Eric Garcetti (D), who did not respond to our interview request, has partially blamed this failure on the pandemic, which slowed new housing construction and limited shelter capacity. It’s true that COVID caused a surge in homelessness, but the city’s plan was already failing.ReasonTV
“Crime of the Century”: How Big Pharma Fueled the Opioid Crisis That Killed 500,000 and Counting – by Democracy Now
As the U.S. continues to deal with the fallout from devastating the opioid epidemic that has killed over 500,000 people in the country since 1999, we speak with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, whose latest documentary, “The Crime of the Century,” looks at the pharmaceutical industry’s methods in promoting and selling these powerful drugs. “I realized that the big problem here was that we had been seeing it as a crisis, like a natural disaster like a flood or a hurricane, rather than as a series of crimes,” says Gibney. “You had these terrible incentives, where the incentive is not to cure the patient. The incentive is to just make as much money as possible.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says U.S. drug overdose deaths skyrocketed to a record 93,000 last year — a nearly 30% increase. It is the largest one-year increase ever recorded, with overdoses rising in 48 of 50 states.Democracy Now
“Lying Flat” is Making Beijing Anxious | Three-child Policy
Limited job opportunities and social resources make the competition for young people in modern China increasingly fierce. But there is a group of young people who think differently, they do not compete, will not get married, will not have a child, and will not buy a house. This is now popular among young people in China – the “lying flat” doctrine.Three-child Policy
Paris police clash with protesters over COVID ‘health pass’ | DW News
In Paris, protesters and police clashed during a march against France’s so-called health pass. The pass requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test to enter many public venues. And lawmakers are now debating making it even stricter, in the hope that it will persuade more people to get the jab. But the demonstrators say the measures breach their civil liberties.DW News
We’re Not Going Back To Jim Crow: Black Men Rally On The Hill For Voting Rights, Filibuster Reform – by Roland S. Martin
Georgia Representative Hank Johnson, Cliff Albright, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, and Francys Johnson from the New Georgia Project were among 10 men arrested by Capitol Police outside the Hart Senate Office Building today during voting rights protests.Roland S. Martin
President Biden addressed many Americans’ concerns during his CNN’s town hall event in Cincinnati. Among the array of topics attendees questioned the president about, one of the most sought-after answers was his outlook on the filibuster and the protection of voting rights. A Black couple asked President Biden what he plans to do to reassure Black people the vaccine is safe. That conversation led to a discussion about U.S. citizens’ general mistrust in the system and what the Biden administration can do to fix it. When asked about increasing the passage of police reform legislation, President Biden spoke on the state of policing in the nation. He also addressed inflation of prices and what he will do to protect the poor and middle class from its effects.Roland S. Martin
Listen up and listen well Pres. Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi … If African Americans don’t have the ability to vote because our voting rights have been trampled and decimated by Republicans, your agenda is sunk and as Dr. Wes Bellamy, Chair of Advocacy, 100 Black Men of America, Inc said on #RolandMartinUnfiltered, “You deserved to get sacked.”Roland S. Martin
The Pension Gamble (full documentary) | FRONTLINE
Producers Marcela Gaviria and Nick Verbitsky and correspondent Martin Smith trace how state governments have withheld pension contributions to cover shortfalls and waged risky bets on Wall Street. Smith goes inside the volatile fight over pensions in Kentucky, a state whose once-flush pension system for its police, firefighters, teachers and other public workers became one of the worst-funded in the nation.FRONTLINE
Day of Rage: How Trump Supporters Took the U.S. Capitol | Visual Investigations – by The New York Times
“…The Times synchronized and mapped thousands of videos and police audio of the U.S. Capitol riot to provide the most complete picture to date of what happened — and why.”
The New York Times
As part of a six-month investigation, The Times synchronized and mapped thousands of videos and police audio of the U.S. Capitol riot to provide the most complete picture to date of what happened — and why.The New York Times
The Power of the Fed (full documentary) | FRONTLINE
“…who is benefiting and at what cost?”
When COVID-19 struck, the Federal Reserve stepped in to try to avert economic crisis. As the country’s central bank continues to pump billions of dollars into the financial system daily, who is benefiting and at what cost?FRONTLINE PBS | Official
For Your Health Pt. 20 – FDA’s Warning about Acetaminophen
Acetaminophen, a fever and pain reliever that is one of the most widely used medicines in the U.S., can cause rare but serious skin reactions, warns the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Although rare, possible reactions to acetaminophen include three serious skin diseases whose symptoms can include rash, blisters and, in the worst case, widespread damage to the surface of skin. If you are taking acetaminophen and develop a rash or other skin reaction, stop taking the product immediately and seek medical attention right away.
Ingredient Linked to Several Conditions
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) are the two most serious skin reactions linked in rare cases to acetaminophen. They usually require hospitalization and can cause death.
Problems usually begin with flu-like symptoms followed by rash, blistering and extensive damage to the surfaces of the skin. Recovery can take weeks or months, and possible complications include scarring, changes in skin pigmentation, blindness and damage to internal organs.
A third skin reaction, acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP), usually resolves within two weeks of stopping the medication that caused the problem.
A serious skin reaction can occur at any time, even if you’ve taken acetaminophen previously without a problem. There is currently no way of predicting who might be at higher risk.
If you’ve ever had a skin reaction when taking acetaminophen, don’t take the drug again and discuss alternate pain relievers/fever reducers with your health care professional.
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