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Text of President Obama’s Speech in Hiroshima, Japan

Source: New York Times

MAY 27, 2016

The following is a transcript of President Obama’s speech in Hiroshima, Japan, as recorded by The New York Times.

Seventy-one years ago, on a bright cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed. A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself.

Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima? We come to ponder a terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past. We come to mourn the dead, including over 100,000 Japanese men, women and children, thousands of Koreans, a dozen Americans held prisoner.

Their souls speak to us. They ask us to look inward, to take stock of who we are and what we might become.

It is not the fact of war that sets Hiroshima apart. Artifacts tell us that violent conflict appeared with the very first man. Our early ancestors having learned to make blades from flint and spears from wood used these tools not just for hunting but against their own kind. On every continent, the history of civilization is filled with war, whether driven by scarcity of grain or hunger for gold, compelled by nationalist fervor or religious zeal. Empires have risen and fallen. Peoples have been subjugated and liberated. And at each juncture, innocents have suffered, a countless toll, their names forgotten by time.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/28/world/asia/text-of-president-obamas-speech-in-hiroshima-japan.html
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri May 27, 2016, 09:03 PM (8 replies)

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Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri May 27, 2016, 05:50 PM (1 replies)

Senator Calls For Full Funding Of IDEA

Source: by Shaun Heasley | Disability Scoop

May 23, 2016

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is asking leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee to increase
funding for special education services. (Senate Democrats/Flickr)

An influential U.S. senator is urging his colleagues to work toward plugging a special education funding shortfall of more than $17 billion.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling for the federal government to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

“For far too long, federal funding for special educational services has fallen short by tens of billions of dollars,” Schumer said. “With millions of children living with autism and other developmental disabilities, it’s time to provide full federal funding towards the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which will help our nation’s children thrive and help countless families breathe easy knowing their kids have the services needed to succeed.”

When Congress originally passed the IDEA in 1975 mandating special education services in the nation’s public schools, lawmakers committed to footing 40 percent of the bill, leaving states and local officials to pick up the rest.

But that never happened. In fiscal year 2016, the federal government plans to cover just 16 percent of the cost of special education for kids ages 3 to 21, Schumer said, a figure that’s some $17.85 billion shy of the original commitment.

Read more: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/05/23/senator-calls-full-funding-idea/22343/
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue May 24, 2016, 04:55 PM (1 replies)




2:40 PM - 21 May 2016

Safer Chemicals

BREAKING: A rundown on the improvements and remaining issues still needed in #TSCA reform http://ow.ly/TKdP300rujt

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun May 22, 2016, 08:47 PM (0 replies)

Bloomberg Businessweek Cover Blurb: "Big Pharma is here to help you help them make a bunch of money"

Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine Cover: May 23, 2016 Edition

In this Issue:

Big Pharma is here to help you help them make a bunch of money. Engaging business-forward minds across the globe with influential reporting on global business and financial news every week. Take a look for yourself.

MORE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-19/the-real-reason-big-pharma-wants-to-help-pay-for-your-prescription

Cover trail (How the cover gets made): http://www.pressreader.com/australia/bloomberg-businessweek-asia/textview (Contents: Scroll to view right)
Audio: https://soundcloud.com/bloomberg-business/bioomberg-businessweek-cover-story

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun May 22, 2016, 07:12 PM (1 replies)

NJ.COM: Agreement reached on Lautenberg chemical safety bill


Agreement reached on Lautenberg chemical safety bill

Jonathan D. Salant | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on May 20, 2016 at 5:11 PM, updated May 20, 2016 at 5:12 PM

WASHINGTON — Legislation to update a 40-year-old law requiring that chemicals be tested for safety could pass Congress as early as next week as House and Senate lawmakers agreed on a compromise bill.

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act would require the Environmental Protection Agency to test chemicals using "sound and credible science" and impose regulations if they are shown to pose a health risk.

The EPA would set priorities for evaluating chemicals and would not first have to show they pose a potential risk. Manufacturers could ask the EPA to evaluate a particular chemical if they are willing to cover those costs.

The agreed-upon measure combined elements of the Senate legislation approved in December and the House measure that passed that chamber last June.


"As with any compromise, this legislation balances the priorities and interests of multiple stakeholders, while producing an agreement that pragmatic industry, environmental, public health and labor groups can ultimately support," said former Rep. Cal Dooley (D-Calif.), president and chief executive of the Washington-based American Chemistry Council.

Still, Jeff Tittel, president of the New Jersey Sierra Club, said his organization would oppose the Lautenberg bill because it allows the federal government to prevent states from imposing tougher regulations of chemicals. State restrictions enacted on or after April 22 could be pre-empted by federal regulations, though they could apply for waivers.

"That to us is a deal killer," Tittel said. "I don't think the senator would support weakening protections in New Jersey."

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri May 20, 2016, 10:16 PM (1 replies)

American Acad of Pediatrics March 2016 issue contains this article, simplistic memes notwithstanding


March 2016, VOLUME 137 / ISSUE 3

Childhood Vaccine Exemption Policy: The Case for a Less Restrictive Alternative

Douglas J. Opel, Matthew P. Kronman, Douglas S. Diekema, Edgar K. Marcuse, Jeffrey S. Duchin, Eric Kodish

Abbreviations: MV — measles vaccine, NME — nonmedical exemption, VPD — vaccine-preventable disease

Efforts to restrict parents’ ability to exempt children from receiving vaccinations required for school entry have recently reached a pinnacle. The American Medical Association voiced support for eliminating nonmedical exemptions (NMEs) from school vaccine requirements,1 and California enacted legislation doing so.2 Although laudable in their objective, policies eliminating NMEs from all vaccines are scientifically and ethically problematic. In the present article, we argue for an exemption policy that eliminates NMEs just for the measles vaccine (MV) and is pursued only after other less restrictive approaches have been implemented and deemed unsuccessful.

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2015-4230
PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26993127

Published By American Academy of Pediatrics
Print ISSN 0031-4005
Online ISSN 1098-4275

Copyright © 2016 by the American Academy of Pediatrics

Author Information: Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPHa,b, Matthew P. Kronman, MD, MSCEb, Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPHa,b,c, Edgar K. Marcuse, MD, MPHb, Jeffrey S. Duchin, MDd,e,f, and Eric Kodish, MDg

aTreuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and
bDepartments of Pediatrics and
dMedicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington;
cDepartments of Health Services and
eEpidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, Washington;
fCommunicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Section, Public Health–Seattle and King County, Seattle, Washington; and
gDepartment of Bioethics, Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Dr Opel conceptualized and designed the study and drafted the initial manuscript; and Drs Kronman, Diekema, Marcuse, Duchin, and Kodish reviewed and revised the manuscript. All authors approved the final manuscript as submitted and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu May 19, 2016, 08:15 AM (0 replies)

PRESS RELEASE: The Center for Genetics and Society


For Immediate Release: May 13th, 2016

Press statement

[center]Comment - Closed Harvard Meeting on Human Genome Synthesis
According to a recent statement (1), an invitation-only group of roughly 150 scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs gathered at Harvard on Tuesday May 10 to discuss making a complete synthetic human genome from scratch, and inserting it into a cell line. The event was closed to media.

Knowledge of the Harvard meeting emerged in a critical commentary co-authored by Stanford University bioengineer Drew Endy, who has been deeply involved in developing and promoting synthetic biology for many years, and Northwestern University bioethicist Laurie Zoloth, who has participated in numerous efforts to develop guidelines and public policy about emerging biotechnologies.

Endy and Zoloth report that the meeting “was originally organized to focus on 'deliverables and industry involvement,’” and that one of the topics on the agenda was “changing the human genome itself.” On Twitter, Endy posted part of an invitation to the meeting, which asked participants to refrain from talking with the media about it.

“From what we know so far, it’s hard to tell much about the actual technical purpose, business plan, or public relations agenda of the convenors. If these reports are accurate, the meeting looks like a move to privatize the current conversation about heritable genetic modification,” said Marcy Darnovsky, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Genetics and Society, referring to the ongoing controversy about the prospect of using new gene editing techniques to alter the genes passed on to future children and generations.

Both in the US and globally, opposition to heritable genetic modification is strong. A “gene editing summit” in December 2015 convened by the national scientific academies of the United States, the United Kingdom, and China concluded with a statement by its organizing committee that “it would be irresponsible to proceed with any clinical use of germline editing unless and until...there is broad societal consensus about the appropriateness of the proposed application.”

Though the December “summit” was widely covered by news and social media, and featured speakers from a range of disciplines, it was criticized by the Center for Genetics and Society and others for being insufficiently inclusive. “A semi-secret meeting of scientists and business people to make plans about synthesizing the human genome is a new low in scientific accountability,” Darnovsky said.

“Fully synthetic humans are not close at hand,” she continued. “But genetically modified humans could be. If the next move from the convenors of the Harvard meeting is a splashy announcement about a privately financed moon-shot project, that would really make a stark contrast to the promise of broad societal consensus.”

(1) Should We Synthesize A Human Genome?, by Drew Endy and Laurie Zoloth, May 10, 2016


The Center for Genetics and Society is a non-profit public affairs and policy advocacy organization working to encourage responsible uses and effective societal governance of human genetic and reproductive biotechnologies.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed May 18, 2016, 11:55 AM (0 replies)

NY Times: Columbia University to Open a First Amendment War Room


Columbia University to Open a First Amendment War Room

MAY 17, 2016

The fight to preserve freedom of the press is getting a $60 million war room.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Columbia University announced on Tuesday that they would team up to create an institute at the university’s Manhattan campus dedicated to expanding in the digital age the freedoms of speech and the press outlined in the First Amendment.

The Knight First Amendment Institute would take on legal battles that newsrooms have found increasingly too costly to pursue on their own, the groups said in a statement.

“While the digital age has opened up new opportunities for accountability journalism, we need to fill the void and continue to champion free expression through litigation, research and education,” said Lee C. Bollinger, a First Amendment scholar and Columbia’s president.

The institute would also seek to influence legal debates over First Amendment protections that have faced new scrutiny through the lens of an Internet-connected society. Among the issues of concern: online privacy rights, free expression on college campuses and whistle-blower protections, an issue that has gained urgency with the prolific filing of criminal charges by the Obama administration.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed May 18, 2016, 12:32 AM (1 replies)

And this helps understanding, too, posted now because I just learned it.


Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Merck KGaA Karl-Ludwig Kley elected to Verizon Board of Directors

Nov 05, 2015, 13:00 ET from Verizon Communications Inc.

NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) today announced the election of Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley, chairman of the executive board and chief executive officer of Merck KGaA, to the Verizon Board of Directors, effective November 5.

"Karl is an accomplished executive who brings to Verizon significant leadership experience as CEO of an innovative, global operation that is navigating a highly competitive, complex and rapidly changing ecosystem. He has extensive expertise in corporate finance and critical capabilities in strategy and operations," said Lowell McAdam, Verizon chairman and chief executive officer. "We are very pleased to have Karl join our board."

The addition of Kley brings Verizon's total board membership to 13.

Kley has been chief executive officer and chairman of the executive board of Merck KGaA in Darmstadt, Germany since 2007. Prior to this, he was appointed vice chairman of the executive board in September 2006. Before joining Merck KGaA, Kley was a member of the executive board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG from 1998 to 2006, where he served as chief financial officer. From 1982 to 1998, Kley worked for Bayer AG in a variety of positions, including as head of corporate finance and investor relations.

Kley holds a J.D. from the University of Munich.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue May 17, 2016, 06:17 PM (0 replies)
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