Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide? by Ralph Nader + How Big Pharma Created the Heroin Epidemic

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 27, 2017

Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or for that rising fatality toll? Turning away from such warnings may reduce immediate tension or anxiety, but only weakens the public awareness and distracts us from addressing the great challenges of our time, such as calamitous climate change, pandemics, and the rise of a host of other self-inflicted disasters.

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If you open the window of torture, even just a crack, the cold air of the Dark Ages will fill the whole room by William Blum

Extraordinary Rendition, A collaboration between artists Tim Guthrie and Doug Hayko

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
December 20, 2014

American Exceptionalism and American Torture

In 1964, the Brazilian military, in a US-designed coup, overthrew a liberal (not more to the left than that) government and proceeded to rule with an iron fist for the next 21 years. In 1979 the military regime passed an amnesty law blocking the prosecution of its members for torture and other crimes. The amnesty still holds. 1 Continue reading

Dirty Hospitals, Deadly Consequences by Cameron Salisbury

Updated: May 21, 2014

by Cameron Salisbury
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Opedinfo.com
January 17, 2014

Micrograph of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

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It looked like a crime scene.

As I walked down the hospital corridor to visit an ailing friend, I was struck by the number of rooms with closed doors covered in yellow ‘caution – keep out’ tape. These were rooms housing a patient with a deadly and highly contagious hospital-acquired infection, like MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphlococcus Aureous) or C Diff (C Difficile). Both are caused by easily corrected hospital practices that endanger patients, including a lack of hand washing, contaminated instruments, and unsanitary procedures.

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Where’s the War on Lethal Super-bugs? by Ralph Nader

Dandelion Salad

Updated: May 21, 2014

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Sept. 5, 2012

Scanning electron microscopy of Staphylococcus epidermidis cluster embedded in exopolysaccharide matrix

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What if two thousand U.S. soldiers were losing their lives every week in Afghanistan? Would the peddlers of the electoral politics of trivia, distraction and avoidance take notice? Of course.

Every week, two thousand Americans, or about 100,000 men, women and children a year, die from mostly preventable hospital-borne infections in the United States. The toll may even be higher (Center for Disease Control updates its figures soon).

To put this deadly disaster in perspective, hospital-induced infections kill more Americans than the combined fatalities from motor vehicle collisions, AIDs, fire and homicides combined. Additional millions more survive infections. The pain and costs are enormous.

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