Have You Smelled Your Shower Curtain Lately?

When asked to bring to mind what their shower curtain smells like, most people would immediately think of the same, distinct “plastic” smell. Especially when they’re new, vinyl shower curtains can stink up your entire bathroom with that strong chemical odor. However, these household items are so common that many of us have never given a second thought to their safety. Frighteningly, a study conducted by the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) found that over 100 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released, or “off-gassed,” from these curtains into the surrounding atmosphere. The researchers examined five PVC (polyvinyl … Continue reading Have You Smelled Your Shower Curtain Lately?

The Rise of Robots May Hit Women Harder Than Men

by Abigail Tracy And not just at the office—at home, too, a new essay argues It’s only a matter of time before we all have robot colleagues. Robots are already taking orders for prescriptions at the pharmacy, helping to fighting wars, babysitting kids, delivering the news. But a new essay argues that the rise of robots in the workplace may hit women particularly hard. It points out that women today hold more of the “pink-collar” jobs, the roles with lower levels of pay and status. Women are also more likely than men to leave the workforce for child-rearing and other … Continue reading The Rise of Robots May Hit Women Harder Than Men

How Many People have Died from Gaza Rockets into Israel?

By Global Research News Fatalities from rocket and mortar attacks in Israel from the Gaza Strip, 2001–present (up-to-date as of July 15, 2014) This page provides a current listing of total fatalities resulting from Gaza rockets and mortar shells into Israel and will be updated when necessary. Total Israel fatalities over a ten year period of 28 compared to more than 200 Palestinian deaths in the last 2-3 week. (M. Ch. GR Editor) Refer to the bottom of the page for notes and sources.) Throughout news coverage of Israeli strikes into Gaza and rocket into Israel, certain numbers and infographics … Continue reading How Many People have Died from Gaza Rockets into Israel?

Green Scare: Animal Rights Activists Face Terrorism Charges for Freeing Minks from Fur Farm

The government has unveiled federal terrorism charges against two animal rights activists accused of helping to free minks and foxes from fur farms in rural Illinois. In newly unsealed indictments, the prosecutors accuse Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff of freeing about 2,000 mink from their cages on a fur farm and then removing parts of the fence surrounding the property so the mink could escape. The activists are also accused of spray-painting “Liberation is Love” on the farm’s walls. Lang and Olliff have been indicted under the controversial Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), with each count carrying a maximum penalty … Continue reading Green Scare: Animal Rights Activists Face Terrorism Charges for Freeing Minks from Fur Farm

Israeli defense expert: ‘Iron Dome’ is a myth

by Alternative News As Israeli’s illegal rampage against the Palestine people has now caused the destruction of over 200 civilian houses, it has emerged that during an interview with the media, Israeli defense expert Dr. Moti Shefer has claimed that ‘Iron Dome’ is a myth. Speaking to Radio 103, Dr. Shefer said: “There is no missile in the world today able to intercept missiles or rockets. Iron Dome is a sound and light show that is intercepting only Israeli public opinion, and itself, of course. Actually, all the explosions you see in the sky are self explosions. No Iron Dome … Continue reading Israeli defense expert: ‘Iron Dome’ is a myth

Britain: “Secret Service Infiltrated Paedophile Group to ‘Blackmail Establishment’”

Via: Express: BRITISH security services infiltrated and funded the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange in a covert operation to identify and possibly blackmail establishment figures, a Home Office whistleblower alleges. The former civil servant has told detectives investigating the activities of paedophiles in national politics that the Metropolitan Police’s Special Branch was orchestrating the child-sex lobbying group in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The whistleblower, who has spoken exclusively to the Sunday Express, says he was also warned off asking why such a notorious group was being handed government money. It emerged late last year that PIE was twice gave … Continue reading Britain: “Secret Service Infiltrated Paedophile Group to ‘Blackmail Establishment’”

Mother jailed, kid taken by Social Services after playing at park unsupervised

Busy body neighbor offers no support for working mom, calls police instead By Steve Watson A mother in South Carolina has been thrown in jail, and her 9-year-old daughter taken into the custody of the Department of Social Services after busy body neighbors reported that the child was playing alone in a park. Debra Lynn Harrell faces charges of child neglect at the hands of the North Augusta “Department of Public Safety,” reports local news station WJBF, after her daughter was found playing unsupervised while Harrell was working. The police report states that the girl told officer that her mother … Continue reading Mother jailed, kid taken by Social Services after playing at park unsupervised