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Veterans complain of respiratory problems, have lungs full of titanium dust

In Iraq and Afghanistan the U.S. military burns everything they don't need anymore, to prevent even a scrap of usable anything from getting into someone else's hands. They burn everything in giant burn pits. And then accidentally inhale it back in. Study: Iraq War Veterans Sickened By Camp Victory Dust | KPBS
New research shows an unique type of titanium-filled dust, found at Camp Victory in Iraq, has been discovered in the lungs of several Iraq War veterans suffering from respiratory problems. Dr. Anthony Szema of Stony Brook School of Medicine told USA Today that the sick veterans originally came into his VA-run allergy clinic because they were suffering from shortness of breath: "We biopsied several patients and found titanium in every single one of them. It matched dust that we have collected from Camp Victory... "They've inhaled metal. It's not a little; it's a lot." Szema says there are a few theories floating about as to what caused this unique, metal-filled dust: It may have been created by burn pits used to eliminate everything from Styrofoam to vehicles to computers to unexploded ordnance in both Iraq and Afghanistan. At Balad Air Base in Iraq, workers burned 240 tons of trash a day in an open pit a mile from servicemembers' sleeping quarters. As Home Post previously reported, a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine suggested burn pits on military bases in Iraq were polluting the air that service members were breathing in.

June 04, 2014

Tennessee man sues his boss over "Whites Only" waterfountain and threats of lynching

It'd be nice if you could sue someone into being a decent human being. Tennessee man sues employer over ‘white water fountain’ | The Chicago Defender
The manager of a Tennessee cotton warehouse is obviously ignorant, uncouth and totally unaware of modern technology that enables people to record conversations — particularly racist and vile ones — at a moment’s notice. Antonio Harris, a fork lift driver at Atkinson Cotton Warehouse in Memphis, sued his manager because he’d grown tired of racist comments by his “head supervisor.” After enduring one diatribe too many, he used his smartphone to record several conversations. When Harris tries to use the office water fountain, the unnamed supervisor says “I need to put a sign here that says ‘white people only.’” In another recording Harris tries to use the microwave. “Hell no!” says the supervisor. When asked why he can’t get a drink, the supervisor clearly says “you are not white.” “As a white man, we don’t even let Larry use it,” says the supervisor, referring to a longtime black employee of the warehouse. The manager even reminisced to other white workers about segregation with the same fondness a person would if they were fondly recalling a high sweetheart. “Back then, nobody thought anything about it. Now everybody is made to think [separate water fountains for blacks] is bad,” the unidentified manager said. Another time, Harris inquired about the consequences of satiating his thirst with the so-called “white” water fountain, the supervisor retorted with the ominous “that is when we hang you.”