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Stunning News – Monsanto Loses Court Case $289 Million Fine

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Monsanto ordered to pay $289m as jury rules weedkiller caused man’s cancer

Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old former groundskeeper, won a huge victory in the landmark case on Friday, with the jury determining that Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer and that the corporation failed to warn him of the health hazards from exposure. The jury further found that Monsanto “acted with malice or oppression”.

Johnson was the first person to take the agrochemical corporation to trial over allegations that the chemical sold under the brand Roundup causes cancer. In the extraordinary verdict, which Monsanto said it intends to appeal, the jury ruled that the company was responsible for “negligent failure” and knew or should have known that its product was “dangerous”.

“We were finally able to show the jury the secret, internal Monsanto documents proving that Monsanto has known for decades that … Roundup could cause cancer,” Johnson’s lawyer Brent Wisner said in a statement. The verdict, he added, sent a “message to Monsanto that its years of deception regarding Roundup is over and that they should put consumer safety first over profits”.

During the lengthy trial, the plaintiff’s attorneys brought forward internal emails from Monsanto executives that they said demonstrated how the corporation repeatedly ignored experts’ warnings, sought favorable scientific analyses and helped to “ghostwrite” research that encouraged continued usage.

The damages included $2.3 million in economic losses, $37 million for pain and emotional distress — $1 million for each year of Johnson’s life expectancy if he had not become ill — and $250 million in punitive damages. The punitive damages were based on the jury’s unanimous finding that Monsanto had “acted with malice or oppression” toward Johnson.

Another Roundup cancer trial is scheduled to begin in the fall in St Louis, Missouri. According to Johnson’s lawyers, Monsanto is facing more than 4,50 similar cases across the US.

The verdict sends a message that Monsanto “acted with reckless disregard for human health,” said attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a member of Johnson’s trial team. “It’s a strong message to the boardroom of Monsanto that it’s got to change.”

 

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New Cell Phone Study Cancer Link

SmartphoneConsumer Reports announced a new government study on cell-phone radiation and cancer has found a slight connection between the two: High exposure to such radiation caused malignant tumors to grow in the nerves and hearts of male rats, but not in female rats, and not in any of the mice tested. Read more of this post

Only in Hawaii – Spam Shoplifting

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Only in Hawaii is Spam and canned corned beef a hot commodity like fine wines and other luxury items, that need to be locked up to prevent theft. But, according to Civil Beat, that’s what’s happening in some stores on Oahu from Kalihi to Hauula. Read more of this post

Super Wi-Fi is it Safe?

he-has-wifi-e1453589588211On the horizon it looks like we’ll have ultrafast wi-fi, and maybe more health problems. According to the UK Telegraph,  ultrafast wi-fi, which is 100 times quicker than today’s mobile networks,  could send complex data using high-frequency radiation. Read more of this post

Planned Obsolescence – Light Bulbs

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The 2010 documentary The Light Bulb Conspiracy examined planned obsolescence and products that are designed to fail, including light bulbs. Have you ever wondered why light bulbs burn out so often? Read more of this post

Could Marijuana Prevent Memory Loss

mara1Researchers in Germany, who are set to begin human trials later this year, cured elderly mice of memory loss with cannabis – and say the drug may even help delay Alzheimer’s disease. Read more of this post

The Latest Smart Meter Blunder in the UK

764_-3According to The Daily Telegraph millions of smart meters installed in British households under the Government’s flagship scheme may need to be replaced due to an IT bungle. Last night consumer experts described the smart meter roll-out as a “cock up” while sources at major energy firms admitted the cost was “spiraling” despite customers receiving “sub-par experiences”. Read more of this post

Low-dose penicillin in early life induces long-term changes in behavior

PenicillinIn a landmark study, researchers at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University have found that providing clinical (low) doses of penicillin to pregnant mice and their offspring results in long-term behavioral changes. These changes include elevated levels of aggression and lower levels of anxiety, accompanied by characteristic neurochemical changes in the brain and an imbalance in their gut microbes. Giving these mice a lactobacillus strain of bacteria helped to prevent these effects. Read more of this post

Syria: The Propaganda War

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There’s something odd about the timing of recent events in Syria. A little over a week ago President Trump’s U.S. ambassador to the UN, reported: “Our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out.” Five days later Assad allegedly bombed civilians with sarin gas. The world reeled. On Thursday Hillary Clinton suggested the US should bomb Syria in retaliation to, “take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.” Hours later the missiles were launched. That’s how the sequence of events unfolded, but maybe there’s another story besides the conventional narrative being promoted? So here’s one perspective with a little history. Read more of this post

Smoking Gun Revealed: Monsanto’s Roundup & Cancer

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The agrochemical giant Monsanto has desperately tried to hide research that links Roundup, the world’s most popular pesticide with cancer. Now documents revealed through lawsuits show how a respected EPA scientist’s conclusions that Roundup caused cancer were suppressed by the government agency meant to protect our health. Read more of this post