Category Archives: CALL TO ACTION

Your Nail Polish Could be Toxic | GreenPacks.org

nail polishDid you know your favorite nail polish contains toxic chemicals? Going by recent research, the nail polishes you commonly use contain at least three harmful chemicals.

Investigators at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control sampled as many as 25 brands of nail polishes commonly used in California salons and found that 10 of 12 samples that claim to be free of toluene actually contained the substance in a serious level.

They also discovered that five of the seven samples that claim to be free of the “toxic trio” actually contained those in dangerous levels. The three toxins – dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde – may cause serious health problems, including asthma, birth defects, cancer, and other chronic health conditions.

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Small Business Saturday – Shop Small | americanexpress.com

What is Small Business Saturday®?

Small Business Saturday is a day for everyone — from the business owners who create jobs to the customers who buy locally — to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving.

It began in 2010 when American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help small businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Last year, over 100 million people came out to shop at independently-owned small businesses on the day. Now, in its third year, Small Business Saturday will be even bigger.

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Stop Punishing Students Who Stand Against Invasive Microchip School IDs | ForceChange.com

Target: Northside Independent School District

Goal: Prohibit the punishment of students who decline new microchip photo IDs.

In San Antonio, Texas, schools have employed new tactics to fight the state’s abysmal truancy levels. Both John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School have instated the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips by imbedding the small devices in student ID cards, enabling officials to track every pupil’s location. Although educators insist the new technology is necessary to stem widespread truancy, many students and parents believe the new requirement invades personal freedoms. Many have chosen to opt-out of the new IDs. According to the new guidelines, students are allowed to continue using their old photo IDs, but recently teachers and officials have begun to target those students who decline the new protocol, finding ways to punish them for their refusal. Students have the right to protect their personal liberties, and should not be subjugated to recriminations and reprisals due to their beliefs.

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Stop Denying Benefits to Veterans with Mental Disorders | ForceChange.com

Target: U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki

Goal: Award military benefits to veterans diagnosed with personality disorders.

Nearly 26,000 veterans have been denied military benefits after being diagnosed with a ‘pre-existing’ personality disorder. The military screens each recruit extensively to ensure that they’re psychologically healthy before enlisting, however, so clearly these conditions are not pre-existing. The military must award benefits to these men and women who have served our country.

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The real reason you’re broke | Squawkfox.com

If you’re broke, please don’t email me to whine about it. I know money sucks when you’re stretched to the limit. I know buying a house is expensive. I know credit cards can be devices of torture masquerading as shiny pieces of plastic pleasure. I know buying quality foods can cost more than buying processed crap. I know that digging oneself out of a pit of dark debt seems insurmountable. I know that school is expensive and paying back that massive student loan is difficult, especially when your degree pays peanuts. I know life is hard. I know being single is expensive. I know being married is expensive. And there’s no doubt that getting divorced can be a drain too. I don’t have kids, but I hear they ain’t cheap either. Yes, working two (maybe even three) jobs is exhausting. I haven’t been all of these things. Maybe you have. But on the surface all these reasons for being broke are just the result of a much bigger problem. So if you’re ready to stop complaining about life’s circumstance, then here’s the remedy — the real reason why you’re broke.

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Pentagon’s New Factory: Your DNA | Wired.com

The fields of bioengineering and synthetic biology have already produced some useful, scary and flat-out bizarre entities. Besides renewable petroleum or steel strong spider silk, there are all sorts of potential therapeutic, industrial and agricultural purposes for reorganized DNA.

But DARPA thinks progress is too slow. Previous projects (it calls them “primitive”) are ad hoc and labor intensive, chugging along by trial and error in secretive silos. Hence we are “limited to producing only a small fraction of the vast number of possible chemicals, materials and living systems that would be enabled by the ability to truly engineer biology.”

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Tricare Investigation: Pentagon Plan Won’t Cover Brain-Damage Therapy | NPR

I have been privileged to be a panelist a number of times for grant panels at the CSUSB’s Office of Technology Transfer. Many of the grant applications focused on limiting or treating traumatic brain injury. It has been the armed forces top priority since the start of the Iraq war. How now is it that an ‘insurance style’ bureaucracy is denying care? Cost?

…reviewers called the Tricare study “deeply flawed,” “unacceptable” and “dismaying.” One top scientist called the assessment a “misuse” of science designed to deny treatment for service members.

Supporting the troops is more than saying thank you. WRITE YOUR LEGISLATORS ABOUT THIS OUTRAGE.

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PAY ATTENTION YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE

The California Air Resources Board is about to finalize it’s AB32 Global Warming Final Solutions Act regulations. Some have stated that it will have big impacts on average people. Gasoline, for example, will certainly rise to over $4/gallon and could, over time, be double that.

Cost impacts on consumers would result from changes in energy prices. Households and small businesses that consume less energy (directly by reducing their consumption of energy or indirectly by utilizing goods and services that are produced using less energy) will be less affected by higher prices than those that consume more energy. Incentive programs available to small businesses and consumers will provide access to funds for investing in energy efficient technologies, which includes low interest loans, rebates and credits. Energy savings from efficiency improvements are likely to partially offset or fully mitigate the impact of any increase in electricity prices and could mean decreased energy bills. Most California businesses will likely pass along the cost increases to consumers in the form of slightly higher prices for their products or services.

Emphasis added. The link below will take you to a summary of the law. The public comment period ends December 16th, 2010.

Read Cap and Trade Regulation Summary.

This is the Problem – Exhibit 3

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