[Marxism] Fukushima’s Children are Dying » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
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Wed Jun 18 14:01:39 MDT 2014
On 6/18/14 3:41 PM, DW wrote:
> Then test again, do more studies, meta-studies and compare papers, etc
> etc. At a certain point it becomes clear that a substance causes cancer.
> This was done, by the way, with tobacco and why all doctors and
> oncologists understood it caused cancer.
You are missing the point entirely. Tobacco is certainly a proven
carcinogen, just as was radium a cause of cancer for the people who used
work on wristwatches and. But it is infinitely more difficult to
establish a link between *environmental* conditions and cancer. You can
see how NY Times reporter Gina Kolata plays the same role as Spiked
Online on this:
Cancer Clusters Look Less Manmade
Posted on December 14, 2005
Efforts to link environmental factors to cancer have foundered recently,
as highlighted in an article by New York Times science reporter, Gina
But those who subscribe to the cancer cluster theory still aren’t
satisfied. So how do you explain an alleged increased rate of cancer in
a small area? Our Cancer Clusters: Findings vs. Feelings addressed some
of the key weaknesses in the theory that they can be chalked up to
manmade causes such as industrial chemicals.
This is from a website that Spiked Online naturally touts:
Chemophobia cleans up
The president of the American Council on Science and Health on how New
York's governor fell for junk science.
21 February 2005
To much of the world, New York probably seems like a place of high
technology and unfettered capitalism, yet its governor George Pataki is
keen to impose unscientific new regulations - on cleaning products.
Pataki’s State of the State address last month deserves sceptical analysis.
Many Americans falsely believe we are suffering an unexplained upsurge
in cancer rates - and that chemicals may be the culprit. Unfortunately,
Pataki chose to reinforce that myth in his speech. He announced that by
means of an Executive Order, he would require ‘all state agencies and
authorities to begin using non-toxic cleaning products that are free of
harmful chemicals’. He added, ‘And later this session, I will submit
legislation that requires all schools in the state to do the same’.
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