We Care A Lot…….

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Good thing the bag fee was defeated.

I know what you are thinking.  Sure, all of those feral plastic bags, blowing down our streets may be a nuisance and eye sore, but what kind of harm can they really do?  Besides, The American Chemical Society told us we had to vote against the bag fee to protect the poor, who just can’t get it together and bring reusable bags to the store while shopping.

Well, here is a little harm for you, courtesy of  The Independent:

The scientists found that when plastics decompose in the ocean they release a range of chemicals, such as bisphenol A and substances known as polystyrene-based (PS) oligomers, which are not found naturally. Bisphenol A has been implicated in disrupting the hormonal system of animals.

A common form of plastic rubbish is styrofoam, which soon gets crushed into small pieces in the sea. However, it also releases substantial quantities of a toxic substances called styrene monomer, which is known to cause cancer, as well as styrene dimers and trimer, which are suspected of being carcinogenic. The trimer also breaks down into the toxic monomer form.

D’oh!

The Ringer…….

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Turns out Sarah Palin knows a thing or two about “death boards” after all.  Seems Alaska had something similar when it came to providing caring for its elderly and handicapped citizens.  Take it away Anchorage Daily News.

The common thread in the suits is that seniors and disabled Alaskans aren’t getting the services they are entitled to, under the law, Davis said. In one big win, the state Supreme Court ruled last year that the state had improperly cut off or reduced services to more than 1,000 needy people.

How bad was it?

A particularly alarming finding concerns deaths of adults in the programs. In one 2 1/2 year stretch, 227 adults already getting services died while waiting for a nurse to reassess their needs. Another 27 died waiting for their initial assessment, to see if they qualified for help.

The programs at issue provide in-home help for thousands of Alaskans with the basics of life, from medication to meals. The goal is to help people stay in their own homes rather than go into nursing homes or other institutions.

To recap: Sarah Palin is not O.K. with third party health care providers deciding the fate of her handicaped child or elderly parents, but if those decisions happen to effect other people’s loved ones, well, that is an entirely different story.