Republican and Conservative politicians will have you believe that the terrorist killings in Charleston, S.C. were the acts of a deranged mind, and not representative of a huge reservoir of  hatred of blacks, which lurks in dark places in every state in the Union, but especially in the South. Since the Charleston killings, the FBI has been investigating arson fires in Black churches in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia to see if the fires represent hate crimes. The FBI is also investigating in a church fire which occurred in South Carolina but has not determined whether the cause is accidental or arson. For more about the sorry state of affairs in America today, click on www.ijreview.com/2015/06/355297-several-fires-broke-black-churches-south-last-week-now-fbis-getting-involved/. Meanwhile, the feds are also conducting an inquiry of a fifth fire in a Black church in Ohio. This can’t be coincidence. And since Republican politicians picture changes to our society as dangers, using fear mongering as the tactic to attack President Obama, their denial of racial prejudice should be challenged.

MedlinePlus.gov reports that one of the latest teen fads features sunburn art. It seems that young people deliberately become sunburned, usually by affixing a stencil or strategically placed sunblock on the body area to be decorated. The article includes a photo of a young man with a sunburn shaped like a Batman logo on his chest. When thoroughly cooked, the teens take a “selfie” which they then post on Twitter and Facebook. The Skin Cancer Foundation posted a warning targeting deliberate suntanning or sunburning citing the increase in skin cancers and melanomas among sun worshipers. To read more about sunburn art visit www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_153627.   I’m glad I’m too old to worry about this craziness.

Money over health: how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce works to support Big Tobacco’s efforts to remove health protections around the world. The report issued jointly by Tobacco Free Kids, Public Citizen and Corporate Accountability documents how the U.S. Chamber works behind the scenes in Burkina Faso, Uruguay, Moldova, the European Union and the Philippines to support industry efforts to stop enforcement of health information. The Chamber helps Big Tobacco by suggesting to these countries that the Chamber support represents the full U.S. business community. Without disclosing the Chamber’s close ties to Big Tobacco, the Chamber suggests that local efforts to publicize smoking risks could produce economic harm if the countries involved continue forward. U.S. Chamber efforts in Burkina Faso resulted in a veiled threat of international litigation should Burkina Faso implement a 2011 law requiring health risk notification on cigarette packages. To read this despicable case study, click on www.citizen.org/documents/us-chamber-of-commerce-international-tobacco-sales-report.pdf. The report also documents U.S. government efforts to support for Big Tobacco’s campaign to eliminate life-saving warnings. So, even the U.S. government supports profits over health for the benefit of our corporations. Ain’t this the American corporate way of life?

Another parental worry: Asbestos Found in Kid’s Crayons and Toy Kits. News that every parent wants to hear. According to Environmental Working Group, ewg.org, recent tests of kids’ toys reveal the presence of asbestos in four brands of crayons and two brands of children’s crime scene toy fingerprint kits. All the products which tested positive for asbestos were manufactured in China. Asbestos fibers are a known carcinogen. Exposure to even one fiber can lead to cancer. EWG reported that asbestos fibers were discovered as long ago as 2000 in crayons and appeared in crime scene toy kits in 2007. Importers have promised to correct the problem as far back as 2000, but to date, asbestos in kids toys manufactured in China still remains a problem. In all, EWG tested 28 brands of crayons and 21 brands of crime scene kits. Several well known companies sell these products.  To find out which brands tested positive for asbestos visit www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_153477.html.  For many other toxic chemical research projects by EWG  go to the web page, www.ewg.org,. The number of toxic chemicals people are exposed to daily is frightening. And so it goes.

Republican and Conservative politicians will have you believe that the terrorist killings in Charleston, S.C. were the acts of a deranged mind, and not representative of a huge reservoir of  hatred of blacks, which lurks in dark places in every state in the Union, but especially in the South. Since the Charleston killings, the FBI has been investigating arson fires in Black churches in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia to see if the fires represent hate crimes. The FBI is also investigating in a church fire which occurred in South Carolina but has not determined whether the cause is accidental or arson. For more about the sorry state of affairs in America today, click on www.ijreview.com/2015/06/355297-several-fires-broke-black-churches-south-last-week-now-fbis-getting-involved/. Meanwhile, the feds are also conducting an inquiry of a fifth fire in a Black church in Ohio. This can’t be coincidence. And since Republican politicians picture changes to our society as dangers, using fear mongering as the tactic to attack President Obama, their denial of racial prejudice should be challenged. MedlinePlus.gov reports that one of the latest teen fads features sunburn art. It seems that young people deliberately become sunburned, usually by affixing a stencil or strategically placed sunblock on the body area to be decorated. The article includes a photo of a young man with a sunburn shaped like a Batman logo on his chest. When thoroughly cooked, the teens take a “selfie” which they then post on Twitter and Facebook. The Skin Cancer Foundation posted a warning targeting deliberate suntanning or sunburning citing the increase in skin cancers and melanomas among sun worshipers. To read more about sunburn art visit www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_153627.   I’m glad I’m too old to worry about this craziness. Money over health: how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce works to support Big Tobacco’s efforts to remove health protections around the world. The report issued jointly by Tobacco Free Kids, Public Citizen and Corporate Accountability documents how the U.S. Chamber works behind the scenes in Burkina Faso, Uruguay, Moldova, the European Union and the Philippines to support industry efforts to stop enforcement of health information. The Chamber helps Big Tobacco by suggesting to these countries that the Chamber support represents the full U.S. business community. Without disclosing the Chamber’s close ties to Big Tobacco, the Chamber suggests that local efforts to publicize smoking risks could produce economic harm if the countries involved continue forward. U.S. Chamber efforts in Burkina Faso resulted in a veiled threat of international litigation should Burkina Faso implement a 2011 law requiring health risk notification on cigarette packages. To read this despicable case study, click on www.citizen.org/documents/us-chamber-of-commerce-international-tobacco-sales-report.pdf. The report also documents U.S. government efforts to support for Big Tobacco’s campaign to eliminate life-saving warnings. So, even the U.S. government supports profits over health for the benefit of our corporations. Ain’t this the American corporate way of life? Another parental worry: Asbestos Found in Kid’s Crayons and Toy Kits. News that every parent wants to hear. According to Environmental Working Group, ewg.org, recent tests of kids’ toys reveal the presence of asbestos in four brands of crayons and two brands of children’s crime scene toy fingerprint kits. All the products which tested positive for asbestos were manufactured in China. Asbestos fibers are a known carcinogen. Exposure to even one fiber can lead to cancer. EWG reported that asbestos fibers were discovered as long ago as 2000 in crayons and appeared in crime scene toy kits in 2007. Importers have promised to correct the problem as far back as 2000, but to date, asbestos in kids toys manufactured in China still remains a problem. In all, EWG tested 28 brands of crayons and 21 brands of crime scene kits. Several well known companies sell these products.  To find out which brands tested positive for asbestos visit www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_153477.html.  For many other toxic chemical research projects by EWG  go to the web page, www.ewg.org,. The number of toxic chemicals people are exposed to daily is frightening. And so it goes.