ENB #40 Lead Laden Lip Sticks, The Good News about the iPhone, Bush’s Drug Scam, and Widening Weath Gap

ENB #40 Lead Laden Lip Sticks, The Good News about the iPhone, Bush’s Drug Scam, and Widening Weath Gap

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transcript follows

HELLO I’M RICHARD BLUESTEIN AND THIS IS THE ECLECTIC NEWS BRIEF FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2007. TODAY I’M IN ROTTERDAM, THE CITY THAT WAS BOMBED TO SMITHEREENS IN WORLD WAR TWO.
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ATTENTION WOMEN AND DRAG QUEENS: HALF OF ALL LYPSTICKS CONTAIN LEAD. REUTERS REPORTS THAT THE CAMPAIGN FOR SAFE COSMETICS TESTED 33 BRAND NAME LYPSTICKS. THE CONTRACTED RESEARCHER, BODYCOTE TESTING GROUP FOUND THAT 61 PERCENT OF OF THE LYPSTICKS HAD DETECTABLE LEAD LEVELS OF .03 TO .65 PARTS PER MILLION. ALTHOUGH LYPSTICKS ARE INGESTED, LIKE CANDY, THE FDA HAS SET NO LIMITS FOR LEAD IN LYPSTICK. SO, THE CAMPAIGN FOR SAFE COSMETICS COMPARED THE LEAD LEVELS FOUND IN THE LYPSTICKS TO THE LEAD LIMITS FOR CANDY. ONE THIRD OF ALL LYPSTICKS TESTED CONTAINED MORE LEAD THAN ALLOWED FOR THE US FDA’S 0.1 PPM FOR CANDY. SOME VERY POPULAR LYPSTICK BRANDS HAD MORE LEAD THAN OTHERS, SUCH AS COVER GRRL, L’OREAL, AND CHRISTIAN DIOR. LEAD CAN CAUSE MANY PROBLEMS IN PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN, SUCH AS LEARNING PROBLEMS AND INCREASED AGGRESSION. LEAD EXPOSURE HAS ALSO BEEN LINKED TO INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE. PREGNANT WOMEN AND YOUNG CHILDREN ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO LEAD EXPOSURE. LYYPS
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GREEN-PEACE, THE ORGANIZATION THAT SHOULD BE WORKING TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING WITH ALL THE MONEY THEY GET FROM HIRING OVER-PIERCED TEENAGERS TO SHAKE DOWN YUPPIES IN HIGH END SHOPPING AREAS, IS INSTEAD ATTACKING APPLE… AGAIN. GREEN-PEACE REPORTS THAT THE IPHONE CONTAINS MANY HAZARDOUS MATERIALS THAT OTHER MOBILE PHONES DO NOT CONTAIN. GREEN-PEACE ANALYSIS REVEALED THAT THE IPHONE CONTAINS TOXIC BROMINATED COMPOUNDS AND HAZARDOUS P.V.C. GREEN-PEACE ALSO FOUND THAT THE IPHONE HEADPHONE CABLE CONTAINS 1.5 PERCENT OF TOXIC PHTHALATES. TWO OF THE PHTHALATE PLASTICIZERS IN THE HEADSET FOUND AT HIGH LEVELS ARE CLASSIFIED IN EUROPE AS TOXIC TO REPRODUCTION CATEGORY TWO. THE CHEMICALS ARE CLASSIFIED THIS WAY DUE TO THEIR LONG RECOGNIZED ABILITY TO INTERFERE WITH SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT IN MAMMALS. HOPEFULLY THIS WILL MEAN FEWER SCOBLES.
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THE MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM THAT WAS WRITTEN BY DRUG COMPANY LOBBYISTS AND SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT BUSH, IS COSTING TAXPAYERS AND MEDICARE RECIPIENTS *BILLIONS* DOLLARS. ISN’T THAT GREAT? A HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PANEL SAID ON MONDAY THAT THE PRIVATIZATION OF THE MEDICARE DRUG BENEFITS INCLUDES HIGH ADMINISTRATION COSTS, SALES, EXPENSES AND PROFITS. THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE HEADED BY CALIFORNIA’S HENRY WAXMAN CONCLUDED THAT US TAX PAYERS AND MEDICARE PATIENTS COULD HAVE SAVED ALMOST 15 BILLION DOLLARS IN 2007 ALONE IF PRIVATE INSURERS HAD NEGOTIATED BIGGER DISCOUNTS WITH DRUG COMPANIES. THE HOUSE REPORT CONCLUDED QUOTE THE USE OF PRIVATE INSURERS TO DELIVER MEDICARE DRUG COVERAGE IS DRIVING UP COSTS AND PRODUCING ONLY LIMITED SAVINGS ON DRUGS.
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MOST AMERICANS ARE GETTING POORER THAN EVER IN RELATION TO THE TOP 1% OF THE POPULATION WHO CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD TO DIE WITHOUT LEAVING MOUNTAINS OF DEBT TO THEIR CHILDREN. THIS ONE PERCENT IS ALSO KNOWN AS PRESDIENT BUSH’S CUNTSTITUENCY. ACCORDING TO THE IRS, THE RICHEST ONE PERCENT OF AMERICANS EARNED MORE THAN 21 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL MONEY EARNED BY AMERICANS. BUT THE SAME PERCENTAGE WAS 19 PERCENT ONLY ONE YEAR EARLIER! CONVERSELY, THE POOREST 50% OF AMERICANS EARNED 12.8% OF ALL INCOME IN 2005. THIS WAS DOWN FROM 13.4 PERCENT JUST ONE YEAR BEFORE! NOT SINCE THE 1920’S HAS THERE BEEN A WIDER INCOME GAP THAN NOW. A WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE CITED AN INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT BUSH WHO ATTRIBUTED THE INEQUALITY TO A QUOTE SKILLS GAP. BUT THEN AGAIN OUR IDIOT PRESIDENT IS EXTREMELY WEALTHY YET HAS NO DISCERNABLE SKILLS, ASIDE FROM HIS UNIQUE ABILITY TO BECOME BORN OUT OF WEALTHY VAGINAS.
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PLEASE SEND COMMENTS, NEWS ITEMS, AND QUESTIONS TO [email protected] I’M RICHARD BLUESTEIN AND DIT WAS HET NIEWS.
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