Thursday, September 3, 2009

  • Controversy Around Massive Swine Flu Vaccination Plan at NY Elementary Schools


    Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez discusses the massive swine flu vaccination plan at New York City elementary schools. "The city is depending on public school nurses to spearhead its massive swine flu vaccination plan at elementary schools this fall," writes Gonzalez. "But the nurses are balking at some aspects of Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal, including whether they should be the ones giving the nasal spray and shots to students." [includes rush transcript]

  • "Spin the Bottle"–Expose Raises Alarming Questions About Fiji Water’s Ties to Military Junta, Environmental Record and Impact on Fijians


    Fiji Water is America’s leading imported water and the bottled water of choice among the rich and famous. President Obama was photographed drinking Fiji on election night, and Mary J. Blige demands ten bottles before concerts. But a new expose in Mother Jones magazine raises alarming questions about Fiji Water’s ties to Fiji’s military dictatorship, the company’s environmental record and its impact on the residents of Fiji. We speak with reporter Anna Lenzer about "Spin the Bottle." [includes rush transcript]

  • Fracking and the Environment: Natural Gas Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Contamination


    Gas drilling companies such as Halliburton say the gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is safe, but opponents contend it pollutes groundwater with dangerous substances. Now, new evidence has emerged possibly linking natural gas drilling to groundwater contamination. ProPublica journalist Abrahm Lustgarten reports federal officials in Wyoming have found that at least three water wells contain chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. [includes rush transcript]

  • Physicians for Human Rights: Doctors’ Role in CIA Waterboarding "May Amount to Human Experimentation"


    A new report by Physicians for Human Rights has found that physicians and psychologists played a greater role than previously known in designing, implementing and legitimizing the Bush administration’s torture program. The recently declassified CIA Inspector General’s report detailed how medical professionals collected data on the reaction of prisoners to interrogation methods in order to help the CIA assess and refine the use of waterboarding and other techniques. The group says this "may amount to human experimentation." [includes rush transcript]

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