Barbara Freese on Industrial Strength Denial

By Editor in https://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/barbara-freese-on-industrial-strength-denial/ September 9th, 2020 Faced with proof that they are engaged in mass crime and violence, corporations have a long history of denying evidence, blaming victims, complaining of witch hunts, attacking their critics’ motives, and otherwise rationalizing their harmful activities.  Denial campaigns have let corporations continue dangerous practices that cause widespread suffering, death, and environmental destruction.  Barbara Freese, …

We all know that air pollution is choking our planet — and our lungs. But noise pollution from automobiles is almost as bad

By Kea Wilson, StreetsBlog, Sep 14, 2020 https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/09/14/the-other-type-of-car-pollution-that-harms-us-all/ Noise pollution from busy roads is nearly as harmful to our health as air pollution, according to the World Health Organization — but a new study reveals we’re not doing nearly enough research to understand, much less regulate, the sonic impact of cars on our bodies. A team of Italian researchers found a broad consensus …

Part of our malady is that there is nothing in our country, not even life and not even death, where we take the proposition that “all men are created equal” seriously

What Ails America by Timothy Snyder, Sept 2020 I was in Germany when I got sick. Late at night in Munich on December 3, 2019, I was admitted to a hospital with abdominal pain and then released the next morning. In Connecticut, on December 15, I was admitted to the hospital for an appendectomy and released after less than twenty-four …

When stumped by a life choice, choose “enlargement” over happiness

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/sep/04/oliver-burkemans-last-column-the-eight-secrets-to-a-fairly-fulfilled-life There will always be too much to do – and this realisation is liberating. Today more than ever, there’s just no reason to assume any fit between the demands on your time – all the things you would like to do, or feel you ought to do – and the amount of time available. Thanks to capitalism, technology and human …

Key determinants of health relate to chronic stress embedded in the social fabric, our lives and relationships with one another, especially the damaging effects of low social status, quality of care in early childhood, and the protective effects of friendship and social integration

Excerpt from Richard Wilkinson in The Guardian, August 2020 40 years on, we know that it is chronic stress that lies at the heart of our vulnerability to poor health; stress is related to such a wide range of diseases that its effects look like more rapid ageing. We also now know that the most potent generators of chronic stress …

Study Links Fracking, Flaring to 50 percent More Preterm Births: Before 37 weeks of gestation, such incomplete development raises a baby’s chance of numerous disorders, even death

NYTimes, July 23, 2020, https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/EHP6394 Pregnant women who lived near areas where flaring is common had 50 percent greater odds of giving birth prematurely than those who did not. These births occurred before 37 weeks of gestation, when incomplete development raises a baby’s chance of numerous disorders, even death. Expectant mothers who lived near flaring sites had higher odds of …

Devastating heat is the new face of inequality. New coalition seeks to name hot weather like hurricanes — maybe after Exxon and Chevron?

Or should they be named for Exxon, Chevron, et al. as Jacquie Patterson suggested? https://newrepublic.com/minutes/144735/we-naming-hurricanes-exxon-chevron-not-harvey-irma , https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/nov/06/hurricanes-climate-change-fossil-fuels https://www.planetizen.com/node/94703/study-hurricanes-should-be-named-exxon-and-chevron Heat wave ‘Hugo?’ New coalition seeks to name hot weather like hurricanes. The Washington Post | Jason Samenow Heat waves are a silent killer. Unlike other extreme weather phenomena, you can’t see them coming, and they don’t leave behind a trail of …

How the immune system works

By Ed Yong, The Atlantic, August 5, 2020 Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here. There’s a joke about immunology, which Jessica Metcalf of Princeton recently told me. An immunologist and a cardiologist are kidnapped. The kidnappers threaten to shoot one of them, but promise to spare whoever has made the …

Just being outside is healthy! Scientists Discover a Major Lasting Benefit of Growing Up Outside the City: The childhood experience of green space can actually predict mental health in later life

Using data from 3,585 people collected across four cities in Europe, scientists from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (also called IS Global) report a strong relationship between growing up away from the natural world and mental health in adulthood. Overall, they found a strong correlation between low exposure to nature during childhood and higher levels of of nervousness and …

The business of protecting private profits at the expense of public goods — particularly when it comes to something as urgently needed as health care — is an impossible sell on its own terms, so it is purchased

Polls show that a majority of voters, and over 85 percent of Democrats, back Medicare for All. And this popular support has continued to steadily rise because of the pandemic. Some union leaders understand this too, as seen in the pro–Medicare for All vote of UNITE-HERE Local 2 president Anand Singh on Monday. The business of protecting private profits at the expense of public goods …