The Creepy, The Incorrect, And The Inexcusable … John Whitehouse


“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. King is right: Any comfort of ignorance will soon evaporate.

John Whitehouse Twitter: @existentialfish

Voting Rights Matter

The battle for voting rights was at the forefront of the March on Washington in 1963 and still remains a major battle today. As Sergio Munoz shows, this just makes Fox‘s treatment of the issue all the more offensive. http://mm4a.org/1dqltLL Related: Conservatives like to say that racism is a thing of the past, but as NYMag‘s Jonathan Chait points out, they’re completely wrong: http://nym.ag/18nkbJp

Completely Unacceptable

When playing remarks that American hero Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) made at a rally commemorating the March on Washington, Fox’s Laura Ingraham cut him off by using gunshot sound effects. With so many civil rights activists murdered, this is in no way acceptable: http://mm4a.org/19I0KxU Related: Despite his long history of bigotry, Rush Limbaugh compared himself to Martin Luther King, Jr.: http://on.thegrio.com/18niuvq

They Just Noticed Now?

Fox News wondered why the sand at Florida beaches is disappearing. They’re missing the obvious explanation: sea level rise, which is a major consequence of climate change. As Max Greenberg points out, as sea levels rise higher and higher, it will be harder to find piecemeal solutions. http://mm4a.org/182BKiK Related: Scientific American lists 7 misused scientific terms. If you’ve watched Fox at all, these will sound familiar: http://bit.ly/18nrr7T

 

FEATURED VIDEO

For some reason, Rush Limbaugh keeps obsessing over 24-year old women. This is really creepy: http://youtu.be/5GV1Xj9jejM

WHAT’S WRONG WITH WASHINGTON

Fox’s Howard Kurtz used an entire column this week to attack the Facebook photos of the daughter-in-law of the former editor of The Washington Post. http://mm4a.org/15gxDNh

SNUGGLE TIME

CNBC’s Larry Kudlow actually said on television that animals would “snuggle” underneath the Keystone XL pipeline. Is this how CNBC plans to discuss enviromental and energy issues? http://mm4a.org/1fhc3xO

IMAGE OF THE WEEK


Martin Luther King, Jr. On Health Care Inequality

Ingrid’s amazing win


Dear friends,


Ingrid, an Avaaz member, helped save a Norwegian woman from being jailed for being raped in Dubai — she started a petition on Avaaz and the social media storm it created kept pressure up on governments to act. Now the woman is free! And it all started with one simple step: click below to start a campaign on an issue you care about, it’s incredibly quick and easy!

Start a petition

 

Ingrid, an Avaaz member, has used our site to help save a Norwegian woman from being sent to jail for being raped!
Marte Dalelv was sexually assaulted while visiting Dubai, but when she reported it to the police, she was sentenced to 16 months in prison for “extra-marital sex”! When Ingrid read about Marte’s case, she started a petition on Avaaz calling on the Dubai and Norwegian governments to ensure Marte’s release. The petition and the Facebook page she created exploded on social media and people from all over the world signed the petition and flooded the two governments with messages at addresses that Ingrid posted on her Avaaz petition page.
Within days, Marte was released, and the Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide posted a Twitter message saying: “Marte is released! Thanks to everyone who signed up to help.”
Ingrid’s campaign was covered by major media outlets and clearly ramped up the diplomatic pressure to free Marte and bring her home to her family. And it all started with a simple step of starting a petition on the Avaaz community website. Think of an issue you care about and click here to get started — it’s incredibly quick and easy to start a campaign:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition_d/?cl=3217896089&v=28604
The Prime Minister of Norway said,”There is no doubt that attention from around the world, and the tenacity of the foreign ministry … led to this decision.” In just a few minutes, Ingrid started an amazing campaign that helped win over decision makers in Dubai and Norway.
Starting a campaign only takes a few minutes, but the impact of success can last for years. Plus, if the petition gets enough support on its own, the staff at Avaaz could pick up the campaign, add strategic advice, media help, and even send it to a wider list of members. We’ve got tonnes of tips and advice to help you along the way — all it takes is to get started, share your passion and you can be on your way to winning on any issue – local, national or global.
Ingrid wasn’t convinced that starting an online petition would save Marte – but when she and her organisation Partnership for Change saw the impact of their victory, they realised how powerful this easy model can be to get change. Send this email to the people you know who have great ideas about how to make the world a better place or click on the link to be a part of it:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition_d/?cl=3217896089&v=28604
Many Avaaz campaigns have been started by Avaaz members, from bringing hundreds of workers in Bahrain safely home to India, to allowing partners stay in touch with imprisoned love ones in New Mexico. All these took just a few minutes to get started. Let’s become world-changers together and multiply our impact by the thousands.
With hope and excitement for all we can achieve together,
Alice, Emma, Oli, Carol, Ricken, Luca, Laura and the whole Avaaz team
More Information:
Original campaign: Marte Deborah Dalelv Released (Avaaz Community Petitions) http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Release_Marte_Deborah_Dalelv
Marte Deborah Dalelv Released (Partnership for Change) http://www.pfchange.org/2013/07/22/marte-deborah-dalelv-released/
Norwegian Woman, Sentenced After Reporting Rape in Dubai, Is ‘Pardoned’ (New York Times) http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/norwegian-woman-sentenced-after-reporting-rape-in-dubai-is-pardoned/
Marte Deborah Dalelv, Alleged Norwegian Rape Victim, Pardoned After Being Sentenced To Jail For Sex Outside Marriage (Huffington Post) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/22/marte-deborah-dalelv-pardoned-dubai_n_3633809.html
What A Wonderful World! Get Raped In Dubai And You’ll Serve 16 Months In Prison (Forbes) http://www.forbes.com/sites/eamonnfingleton/2013/07/21/what-a-wonderful-world-get-raped-in-dubai-and-youll-serve-16-months-in-prison/

Eye on the Amazon: Yasuní & Indigenous Peoples


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Rights and Responsibility:

The Failure of Yasuni- ITT and

What it means for Ecuador’s Indigenous Peoples

Voices of XinguIn the wake of President Rafael Correa‘s decision to terminate the historic Yasuní-ITT initiative the big question has been: Who is to blame for the initiative’s failure? In his announcement last Thursday evening, Correa made his position clear, “The world has failed us…It was not charity that we sought [from the international community]. It was shared responsibility in the fight against climate change.”

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Shell’s dirty Arctic drilling plans …


As millions of people around the globe watched live, we exposed Shell’s dirty Arctic drilling plans in the most public way possible at its biggest sponsor event of the year: the Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix.
As you know, on Sunday we spoiled Shell’s party at the Formula 1 Belgian  Grand Prix. After Shell spent millions plastering its logo everywhere,  our banners popped up at just the right moment to expose Shell’s true  face. But when the hilarious video started to go viral on YouTube, it  seems it was just too embarrassing — so F1 management got it taken  down.

 

BREAKING: Our @Shell #F1 ceremony video has been banned from YouTube. So, we put it back up:
https://vimeo.com/73215350
Grab it while you can. And reupload it. Tell Shell what we think of #censorship

Join the movement now ►www.savethearctic.org/?fbsbpvi01

Here’s a text you can copy and paste when sharing the video:
Greenpeace exposed Shell’s dirty Arctic drilling plans in the most  public way possible at the Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix! Join us  now at www.savethearctic.org/?fbSBP

Arctic ice is melting faster than ever and polar bears are  starving to death as their habitat disappears. Shell is leading the  insane race to drill for the fuels that caused the melting in the first  place, putting this uniquely vulnerable region in grave danger.
Shell was hoping to ride on the glory of the racing drivers and pretend it’s worthy of a spot on the podium. We took action to make sure the truth of Shell’s shady Arctic oil business gets out – and to stop them from getting away with it.
By sponsoring an event like Formula 1, known for its cutting edge engineering and innovation, Shell is hoping to draw attention away from its disaster-prone Arctic drilling program and total lack of experience operating in some of the most extreme conditions on Earth.
Our campaign to save the Arctic continues on land and at sea. Right now the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise is being forced out of Russian Arctic waters by the Russian Coast Guard because they don’t want us bearing witness and taking action against the reckless oil companies racing to drill there. We are doing everything we can to make sure no oil spills pollute the pristine Arctic this year.
The race to protect the Arctic is on, and this is one we have to win – our future depends on it.

But we can only succeed with millions on our side.

Sincerely,
Ian Duff         Arctic Campaign         Greenpeace Canada
What is sad about this for me … is, that we seldom see an African American race driver! Who has to endure and be a pioneer in a time when big corporation such as Shell decides to go dirty – Nativegrl77 = Point4CountPoint

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ~~ August


FDA (trade union)
08/27/2013 03:02 PM EDT
This recall was initiated after Wellness Pharmacy was notified that in a recent inspection of Front Range Labs, FDA investigators observed methods used by Front Range Labs to assess sterility and other qualities (e.g., strength and stability) may have resulted in Wellness Pharmacy receiving inaccurate sterility test results on these lots.
08/29/2013 12:06 PM EDT
Lexington, Mass. – Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBST) today announced it is voluntarily recalling four lots of CUBICIN® (daptomycin for injection) to the user level due to the presence of particulate matter

Amport Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts Mislabeled as Milk Chocolate Raisins

08/28/2013 03:18 PM EDT
American Importing Co, Inc. (d/b/a Amport Foods) of Minneapolis, MN is voluntarily recalling one lot of Amport Milk Chocolate Raisins because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
08/28/2013 08:51 AM EDT
Goldenfeast® Inc. is recalling several exotic bird food blends due to possible contamination of Salmonella from parsley flake ingredients supplied to Goldenfeast® Inc. by Specialty Commodities, Inc., an outside supplier to Goldenfeast® Inc.
08/27/2013 02:58 PM EDT
WICHITA, Kan. – JCB Laboratories (JCB) is issuing a recall of six lots of sterile drug products to the user level due to concerns of sterility assurance following a recent inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of Front Range Laboratories of Loveland, Colo., one of the contract testing labs used by JCB. The following compounded products are subject to the recall:
08/27/2013 03:02 PM EDT
This recall was initiated after Wellness Pharmacy was notified that in a recent inspection of Front Range Labs, FDA investigators observed methods used by Front Range Labs to assess sterility and other qualities (e.g., strength and stability) may have resulted in Wellness Pharmacy receiving inaccurate sterility test results on these lots.
08/27/2013 04:45 PM EDT
Upon request of the FDA, Hardmenstore.com is voluntarily recalling 1000 lots of 72HP, Evil Root and Pro Power Max at the consumer level. According to representatives of the FDA, 72HP, Evil Root and Pro Power Max have reportedly been found to contain amounts of the PDE-5 Inhibitor, sildenafil, which is the active ingredient in an FDA-approved drug for erectile dysfunction (ED).
08/26/2013 03:30 PM EDT
Irvine, Ca. Park Pharmacy & Compounding Center is voluntarily recalling two lots of products Methylcobalamin 5mg/ml 30ml Amber Vials Lot #06132013@1 Exp: 12/10/2013 and Multitrace-5 Concentrate 10ml Amber Vials Lot #05212013@20 Exp: 11/17/2013 for injection, to the consumer level. In a recent inspection, FDA investigators observed that methods used by the laboratory to assess sterility may have resulted in pharmacies receiving inaccurate laboratory test results.
08/26/2013 01:59 PM EDT
MOUNT ARLINGTON, NJ –DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES (DCD) is voluntarily recalling its Dark Chocolate-Covered Fruit Collection boxes marked Item #3265D, lot code #317DAIDS01 because some boxes may contain undeclared nuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
08/26/2013 10:02 AM EDT
Today, ConAgra Foods, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is recalling a limited number of Kroger’s Break ‘N Bake chocolate chip cookie dough packages due to peanut butter cup cookie dough inadvertently mispacked into chocolate chip cookie dough packages. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life- threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
08/23/2013 08:43 PM EDT
Reaction Nutrition, LLC of Carnegie, PA is recalling LIVE CLINICAL 90 CAPS, because it contains undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk (bovine colostrum powder) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
08/20/2013 02:31 PM EDT
Jack Rabbit Inc. announced today that it is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of one lot of the company’s dietary supplement product sold under the following name: Jack Rabbit. The product was found to contain Sildenafil and Tadalafil.
08/20/2013 04:22 PM EDT
Terri Lynn, Inc. of Elgin, IL, is recalling 855 packages of its Deluxe Mixed Nuts because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
08/19/2013 01:35 PM EDT
Grand Prairie, Texas, Herbal Give Care LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots of Esbelder man (30 capsules), Esbelder fem (30 capsules) and Esbelder siloutte (30 capsules) to the consumer level. The products have been found to contain undeclared Sibutramine, N-Desmethylsibutramine, and N-di-Desmethylsibutramine.
08/17/2013 09:49 PM EDT
Buurma Farms, Inc. is voluntarily recalling 465 boxes of Cilantro Lot #02D312A4. Buurma Farms recalled this product due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
08/17/2013 11:47 AM EDT
Aidapak Services LLC is conducting a voluntary recall of specific unit dose repackaged products sent to 25 hospital inpatient pharmacies in the States of Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona for products listed on the company’s website. The Firm voluntarily recalled these products to the hospital/user level after learning of possible incorrect labeling which could involve OTC, prescription, and dietary supplement products.
08/16/2013 08:44 PM EDT
Justin’s has initiated a voluntary recall of certain lots of its Maple Almond Butter 16oz jars and its Chocolate Hazelnut Butter 16oz jars due to the presence of foreign metallic fragments in unpackaged nut butter. While no metal has been found in any individual jars, out of an abundance of caution, Justin’s initiated this voluntary recall.
08/15/2013 08:47 PM EDT
Specialty Compounding, LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots of sterile medications within expiry. Note: an earlier version of this news release indicated that the recall applied to all unexpired sterile compounded products dispensed since May 9, 2013; however, the recall applies to any sterile medication that has not reached its expiration date, including all strengths and dosage forms.
08/15/2013 08:13 PM EDT
Whole Foods Market’s Northern California region is recalling its sour cherry and blueberry crostatas due to use of an egg wash that was undeclared on the product label. People who have allergies to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product

P&G Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Dry Pet Food Due to Possible Health Risk

08/14/2013 11:58 PM EDT
The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production
08/10/2013 09:59 AM EDT
Specialty Compounding, LLC, a subsidiary of Peoples Pharmacy Inc., is voluntarily recalling all lots of sterile medications within expiry. The recall was initiated after reports of bacterial infection affecting 15 patients at two Texas hospitals, Corpus Christi Medical Center Doctors Regional and Corpus Christi Medical Center Bay Area, whose treatment included IV infusions of calcium gluconate from Specialty Compounding.
08/07/2013 02:34 PM EDT
Gold Star Smoked Fish Corp., Iocated at 570 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, is recalling Baltic Treasures, Norwegian Style Matjes, Marinella “Delicatessnaya”, Jewish StyleMatjes, Traditional Russian Matjes, and Rybacka Wies Matjes Brands of Herring Fillets in Oil due to contamination or possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.
08/06/2013 07:35 PM EDT
August 2, 2013 – Evershing International Trading, Inc. of San Jose, CA is recalling all Ginger Candy it received from Lucky Shing Company due to elevated levels of lead. Ginger Candy is imported from Vietnam.
08/07/2013 11:56 AM EDT
Boca Raton, FL, Health and Beyond LLC is voluntarily recalling quantity lots of product Tranquility. The products have been found to contain a trace of Doxepin which is a pharmaceutical for sleep and Chlorpormazine for psychotic disorders.
08/06/2013 04:45 PM EDT
CTV Best Group announced today that it is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of all lots of a dietary supplement products distributed by the company under the names BEST SLIM 40 Pills to the consumer level. The product is distributed by CTV Best Group.
08/06/2013 05:16 PM EDT
Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 6, 2013 – Heeren Brothers Produce is recalling approximately 5,400 cantaloupes because of a possible health risk to consumers. The produce, which was distributed to small, independent grocers in Michigan July 23-26, has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and should be discarded and not consumed.
08/07/2013 10:57 AM EDT
ZIP INTERNATIONAL GROUP LLC, 160 Raritan Center Parkway #6, Edison, NJ 08837, is recalling Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine Net Wt. 15.8 Oz (450g) in plastic packaging because it is has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
08/02/2013 03:22 PM EDT
July 29, 2013 – Trois Comtois of Poligny, France is recalling all Trois Comtois brand Morbier cheese lot #949038 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
08/02/2013 01:06 PM EDT
Nexus Pharmaceuticals Inc. is voluntarily recalling two lots of Benztropine Mesylate Injection, USP, 2 mg/2mL (1mg/mL) in 2 mL single dose vials due to the potential presence of visible particulate matter in the vials. This recall is being conducted at the user level.
08/01/2013 11:11 AM EDT
July 31, 2013 – East Northport, New York, Purity First Health Products, Inc. is voluntarily recalling two lots of Healthy Life Chemistry B-50 (100 capsules), one lot of Healthy Life Chemistry Multi-Mineral (200 capsules) and all lot numbers for Healthy Life Chemistry Vitamin C (200 capsules) to the consumer/user level. The B-50 capsules were tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and have been found to contain Methasterone (schedule III controlled substance) and Dimethazine.
08/01/2013 12:15 PM EDT
July 31, 2013 – Southfield, MI, Beacon Hill Medical Pharmacy d/b/a/ Rxtra Solutions (Beacon Hill) is voluntarily recalling all lots of certain sterile products to the user level. There is a question of sterility assurance for the affected products raised by the FDA