MMR Vaccine Causes Autism, Courts Quietly Confirm At the center of the fifteen-year controversy is Dr. Andrew Wakefield of Austin, Texas. It was Dr. For that discovery way back in 1996, and a subsequent research paper published by the doctor in 1998, Andrew Wakefield has found himself the victim of a world-wide smear campaign by drug corporations, governments and media companies. But in recent months, courts, governments and vaccine manufacturers have quietly conceded the fact that the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine most likely does cause autism and stomach diseases. Read Full Article.
What's Happening With the Chicago Teacher Strike, Explained More than 350,000 kids in the Chicago Public School district got to sleep in on Monday because their teachers were up early striking for better benefits, job security, evaluations, and training. The Chicago Teachers Union has been in contract negotiations with Chicago Public Schools since November 2011, but this is the first actual teachers' strike to hit the Windy City in 25 years . There have been other teacher strikes this year in Oregon and Pennsylvania , but this latest movement has sparked a fierce debate about national education reform, raising questions about America's emphasis on standardized testing. It has also pit public schools against charter schools, which are often nonunionized and "tend to favor rookie teachers who are younger and far less likely to be minorities," according to the . Stephanie Gadlin, a spokesperson for the Chicago Teachers Union , says "we are fighting for educational justice. "Testy" negotiations resume on Wednesday (9/12/12) br5ad, Flick </b>*}
Putin in The New York Times Bayer and US Government Knowingly Gave HIV to Thousands of Children What if a company that you thought you could trust, knowingly sold you a medicine for your child that they knew had the potential to give your child HIV? How would you react? What if a government agency that claims the responsibility for protecting you from such treachery, not only looked the other way, but was complicit in this exchange? Everyone has heard of Bayer aspirin, it is a household name. In 1984 Bayer became aware that several batches of this Factor 8 contained HIV. Unable to sell their Factor 8 in the US, Bayer, with the FDA’s permission, (yes that’s right, the FDA allowed Bayer to potentially kill thousands) sold this HIV infected medicine to Argentina, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore after February 1984, according to the documents obtained by the NY Times. The result of this sale of HIV tainted medication ended up infecting tens of thousands and killing thousands. No one in the government nor Bayer have been charged with anything in regards to this matter.
Mission impossible for the Democrats? March 20, 2011|By John McCarron Democrats are being lured into a battle they cannot win. In states across the Midwest, and in recession-racked places from Florida to California, the party of the little guy, the wage slave, the hardworking have-not, is lining up to defend the enviable wages and benefits of public-sector employees. Everywhere this battle is fought we Dems are going to lose. Why? Because Democrats are letting their opponents choose the field of battle. Years from now, analysts will look back and marvel at how today's Republicans — the party of bankers, hedge fund managers and stateless corporations — managed so quickly to sidestep blame for the recent economic collapse and instead turn public anger toward garbage collectors and school superintendents. As a liberal Democrat, this doesn't make me mad so much as jealous. Mind you, I'm not discussing merits here, just tactics. Benefits are another story. But why are Democrats even playing this game?
I Didn't Love My Wife When We Got Married | Elad Nehorai I’m a ridiculous, emotional, over-sentimental sap. I guess that’s why I told my wife I loved her on our second date. I had tried really hard up to that point to hold it back, honestly. I wanted to tell her on the first date, but I knew that would probably be weird. I still remember her reaction. I wasn’t heartbroken by the response. But as time has gone on, I also realized that she knew something that I didn’t. Like most Hasidic Jews (we both became religious later in life), our dating period lasted a very short time. And that whole time I was swooning. But then we got married, and everything changed. Marriage, quicker than I was ready for, did this thing: It started sucking away that emotion. I tried so hard to keep that fire going, to keep that emotion alight, but it got harder and harder. I mean, how you can feel that burning love when you’re sitting at the table discussing how to use the last $20 in your bank account? How can you feel it when you get into an argument?
Find Out Which Companies You Support When Buying Organic So you and your family and friends have been buying organic food at the grocery store for several years now. When you’re at your parents’ house, suddenly you find organic kale in the fridge instead of canned green beans in the cupboard. Your sugar, flour, milk, and butter all bear the USDA’s seal certifying that they were produced in accordance with the federal organic standards. You’re not alone! Did you think big business wouldn’t catch on to (and advance) such an upward trend? The interconnectedness of organic vegetables with junk food brands, cold-pressed juices with high fructose corn syrup–laden sodas, are yet another reminder that, meaningful as “organic” may be, this manner of farming is not ideology—it’s business. Illustrated by Lauren Wade
5 Things You Never Knew About Microfinancing The following is an excerpt from “Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic” by Hugh Sinclair. Please share your comments about microfinancing below for a chance to win a copy of this enlightening book. We will choose 5 commenters at random to receive the book. Good luck! “I’m a dodgy moneylender, exploiting the poor with useless, overpriced loans, ideally obliging their children into forced labor in the process.” This did not go down well. “Guys, I’m joking … it was a joke. I had broken the golden rule of microfinance, the unwritten code that bonds its practitioners together. There is actually surprisingly little evidence supporting microfinance as a practical tool of poverty reduction, but this rather critical detail is ignored within the microfinance sector for one simple reason. The fact that crippling poverty persists unabated in countries like Bangladesh, India, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Bolivia is an irrelevant detail. Such cases are surprisingly hard to find in practice.
Travel While You're Young | Adam London This is the time for small paychecks and big memories. This is the time for travel. We are about as attached to one location as we are to our favorite Chinese take-out place. We know what we like about it, and we take comfort in the familiarity, but that's about it. - Jessy Tapper Last June, Jeff Goins wrote an essay for Converge Magazine titled, "Why you should travel young." Although the message is not new, I found myself nodding in fast agreement as I reached the heart of his writing: While you're young, you should travel. I've had these moments and I've felt these emotions. The Khmer Rouge killing fields? Two years ago I stood there in silence, unable to talk to two of my closest friends. I stood frozen, thinking of the men and women and children and the pain they suffered. I stood in disbelief, selfishly considering the site's affect on me. Through that naivety I became aware of just how large the world can be. I was a witness to how much there is to see, experience, and learn.