GOP Senator: Employers Have Right to Deny Coverage to Cancer Patients – ‘Our Nation Was Based On Freedom’

By: Monday July 2, 2012 8:00 am

Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson was asked about employer insurance covering those with cancer. He says now, because that just denies other people’s rights.

 

Susan Love: Think Before You Pink

By: Wednesday June 6, 2012 5:55 pm

Barbara Brenner’s work Pink Ribbons, Inc. will feature on next Monday’s FDL Movie Night. It deals with well known cancern heroes who sometimes help corporations that create carcinogens “pinkwash” their products and images.

A Sitting NY Supreme Court Judge With Cancer Makes a Plea for Medical Marijuana

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 7:14 am

After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, New York Supreme Court justice Gustin L. Reichbach found himself immersed in a world of pain and misery, brought on by months of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

He’s spent 40 years in the law — over two decades as a judge — and thus never could have imagined that he would one day find himself turning to marijuana to quell his unbearable suffering.

Kochs, Lies, and Videotape

By: Saturday March 31, 2012 5:20 pm

This week as I premiered my new film, Koch Brothers Exposed — the result of a year-long investigation on how two billionaires are using their wealth to corrupt democracy — Koch Industries has launched an attack on the film and me. The Kochs intimidate, they menace; they have a letter from their lawyer borderline threatening the media if it reports what’s in the film — and they always try to change the subject so their behavior can stay in the shadows: not only are they unwilling to accept my offer of a debate or interview, they also refuse to testify about their interest in the Keystone XL pipeline and may have to be dragged kicking and screaming into revealing their secret contributions to groups doing election work.

This time, the Kochs are using a technique I point out in the film: attacking to avoid dealing with the facts. They are dodging and distorting the truth to avoid confronting our findings on cancer, voting rights, civil rights, and more.

How? Let me count (some of) the ways.

Hey, Did You Happen to See the Most Beautiful Girl in the World?

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 11:10 am

My drawing skills never did justice to her, but Katie continues to grow more beautiful every day. She just had her 13th birthday and we went to the vet for her senior checkup. Her chest X-ray shows that she has a spot on her lung the size of a ping-pong ball. Dr. Rawstrom called this morning to say the radiologist looked at it and it’s most likely cancer.

Aftershocking: Frontline’s Fukushima Doc a Lazy Apologia for the Nuclear Industry

By: Friday January 20, 2012 3:00 pm

There is much to say about this week’s Frontline documentary, “Nuclear Aftershocks,” and some of it would even be good. For the casual follower of nuclear news in the ten months since an earthquake and tsunami triggered the massive and ongoing disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, it is illuminating to see the wreckage that once was a trio of active nuclear reactors, and the devastation and desolation that has replaced town after town inside the 20-kilometer evacuation zone. And it is eye-opening to experience at ground level the inadequacy of the Indian Point nuclear plant evacuation plan. It is also helpful to learn that citizens in Japan and Germany have seen enough and are demanding their countries phase out nuclear energy.

But if you are only a casual observer of this particular segment of the news, then the Frontline broadcast also left you with a mountain of misinformation and big bowl-full of unquestioned bias.

Film Shows Epidemic of Cancer Downstream from Koch Industries Plant in Arkansas

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 12:15 pm

A provocative new video from Brave New Films exposes what appear to be serious environmental crimes in Crossett, Arkansas, caused by waste product at a Georgia-Pacific plant. Georgia-Pacific is owned by Koch Industries.

9/11 Workers with Cancers Enter Kafkaesque Nightmare

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 4:51 pm

Now, the only scientific proof we will have that this exposure caused certain rare cancers is if we see very high rates of said cancers among the workers. The only way any 9/11 related cancers are going to be covered is if large numbers of workers, who are first denied help paying for their treatments, develop these cancers. Once enough workers suffer without, then we might have the scientific proof that they actually deserved help in the first place. Hello Kafka.

Chernobyl Disaster at 25: Awaiting a Second Radioactive Cloud?

By: Tuesday April 26, 2011 8:50 am

Forests around the Chernobyl plant are in the kind of shape where massive fires, the kind that last for months, can occur.

Cancer, Chemicals, and Corporations: Report Faults Regulatory Process for Failing to Protect Public

By: Friday May 7, 2010 10:01 am

With the BP spill, we’re entering into a big discussion about whether our oil and gas habit is really safe and–more importantly–whether we even try to regulate it effectively. But at the same time, we ought to be having a wider discussion of the many ways (including our oil and gas addiction) that our modern lifestyles lead to cancer.

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