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Posted by: m94r
« on: Today at 03:07:38 pm »

Autism now more common among Black, Hispanic kids in U.S.

For the first time, autism is being diagnosed more frequently in Black and Hispanic children than in white kids in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Among all U.S. 8-year-olds, 1 in 36 had autism in 2020, the CDC estimated. That's up from 1 in 44 two years earlier.

But the rate rose faster for children of colour than for white kids. The new estimates suggest that about 3% of Black, Hispanic and Asian or Pacific Islander children have an autism diagnosis, compared with about 2% of white kids.

That's a contrast to the past, when autism was most commonly diagnosed in white kids -- usually in middle- or upper-income families with the means to go to autism specialists. As recently as 2010, white kids were deemed 30% more likely to be diagnosed with autism than Black children and 50% more likely than Hispanic children.

Experts attributed the change to improved screening and autism services for all kids, and to increased awareness and advocacy for Black and Hispanic families.

Still, it's not clear that Black and Hispanic children with autism are being helped as much as their white counterparts. A study published in January found that found Black and Hispanic kids had less access to autism services than white children during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Autism is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. There are many possible symptoms, many of which overlap with other diagnoses. They can include delays in language and learning, social and emotional withdrawal, and an unusual need for routine. Scientists believe genetics can play a factor, but there is no known biological reason why it would be more common in one racial or ethnic group than another.

The overall autism rate has been rising for decades and it remains far more common among boys than girls. But the latest study also found, for the first time, that more than 1% of 8-year-old girls had been diagnosed with it.

Posted by: WesternTherapy
« on: Today at 01:49:06 am »

What is being described as "capitalism" in the following video and related comments is actually better described as western civilization in general.

Does Capitalism Make Therapy Useless? | Therapist Talks Socialism, Capitalism, and Mental Illness
There's a lot to unpack in today's video and a lot of nuance we need to honor so stay with me y'all. We're chatting about how capitalism, especially late stage capitalism, leeches into everything and corrupts everything, what capitalism does to our mental health, the sexist and problematic history of the mental health field, and my perspective as a therapist about what our work is to address all of that. Let me know what your thoughts are in those comments because I know there's gonna be a lot of discussion about this one!

I'm disabled. I have a rare genetic condition that didn't show up (flare) until I was an adult. My now adult children also have the condition and are disabled. I've been told by relatives that I should just off myself because I'm a burden on my husband, my family, culture, and society. I really appreciate this video. I don't believe that my value is in my ability to be productive in the capitalistic machine, but so many people do. I refuse to tell my children that they have no value if they cannot work in a traditional sense. My (non-toxic) family and friends value me for who I am not what I can bring to the economy. Unfortunately the mindset that you are only allowed to be alive if you are highly productive results in a lot of ableism, bias, and even more barriers to help in our society.
I have desperately tried to explain to my psych that I can handle what's going on inside of me. I've learned to manage that. It's the oppressiveness of forces acting upon me that's the problem right now. I can't get anyone in my care team, especially social workers, to call me back so that I can get financial help for myself and my family.
Everyone in the medical profession needs to be an advocate for us.
I had a therapist a couple decades ago who I don’t believe helped me with what I went to her for but I always remember her saying “I don’t believe that everyone must work.” and “It’s ok if you don’t work. Not everyone has to work.” I thought I had wasted all that time with therapy but now I see that she helped me a lot just not with what I wanted at the time. She was decades ahead of her time about end stage capitalism. Thank you, lady in San Francisco. 🙏
So I quit my job yesterday because it was really starting to harm my mental health. They kept expecting more and more productivity and I felt I was at the point where you kinda trip and then fly off the treadmill so instead I jumped off. I don't have a solid plan for what's next but I'll figure it out.

Psychological research has a racism problem, Stanford scholar says
Across five decades of psychological research, publications that highlight race are rare, and when race is discussed, it is authored mostly and edited almost entirely by white scholars, according to a new Stanford study.
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The very identity that is making everyone sick is not going to be able to save people from itself...
Posted by: m94r
« on: March 18, 2023, 01:20:24 pm »

It's OK for radioactive water to be "white"?

Nuclear power plant leaked 1.5M litres of radioactive water in Minnesota

Officials in Minnesota are monitoring the cleanup of a massive spill of radioactive water from a nuclear power plant just outside Minneapolis. About 1.5 million litres (400,000 gallons) of nuclear wastewater leaked from the plant back in late November, but the incident wasn’t made public until Thursday.

The agency also reiterates that the leak poses no health risk at this time, but added that the “main potential health risk from this event is the possibility of radiation exposure to the public.”

“A conservative assumption in radiation protection is that any radiation exposure could result in an increase in cancer occurrences in the population,” the health department writes on its website.

Posted by: m94r
« on: March 16, 2023, 03:15:47 pm »

It's OK for plastic to be white?

Plastic rocks found on remote Brazilian island are 'terrifying,' scientists say

Melted plastic has become intertwined with rocks on the Brazilian island of Trindade, researchers said, calling the discovery "new and terrifying."
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: March 14, 2023, 06:44:09 pm »

Western civilization **** us up the ****:

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in toilet paper around the world

All toilet paper from across the globe checked for toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” contained the compounds, and the waste flushed down toilets and sent to sewage treatment plants probably creates a significant source of water pollution, new research has found.

Once in the wastewater plant, the chemicals can be packed in sewage sludge that is eventually spread on cropland as fertilizer, or spilt into waterways.

“Toilet paper should be considered as a potentially major source of PFAS entering wastewater treatment systems,” the study’s authors wrote.

PFAS are a class of about 14,000 chemicals typically used to make thousands of consumer products resist water, stains and heat. They are called “forever chemicals” because they do not naturally break down, and they are linked to cancer, fetal complications, liver disease, kidney disease, autoimmune disorders and other serious health issues.
PFAS can be dermally absorbed, but no research on how it may enter the body during the wiping process exists. However, that exposure is “definitely worth investigating, said David Andrews, senior scientist with the Environmental Working group, a public health non-profit that tracks PFAS pollution.

Brands that used recycled paper had just as much PFAS as those that did not, and it may be that there is no avoiding PFAS in toilet paper, said Jake Thompson, the study’s lead author and a University of Florida grad student
the chemicals are used in the manufacturing process to prevent paper pulp from sticking to machinery, Thompson said. PFAS are often used as lubricants in the manufacturing process and some of the chemicals are commonly left on or in consumer goods.
Posted by: m94r
« on: February 28, 2023, 03:56:04 pm »

East Palestine train derailment: Toxic waste removal restarts in Ohio town

A total of 38 cars derailed in the 3 February incident, including 11 carrying hazardous materials.

Over the weekend, officials said that the air quality in the town is normal, despite ongoing fears from residents.

a town hall meeting in which East Palestine residents - as well as environmental activist Erin Brockovich - called on the government to provide more answers about why people continue to report feeling ill in the wake of the derailment.

"They're worried, because they've got coughs and respiratory problems," Ms Brockovich told the BBC's US partner, CBS. "There're so many unanswered questions, and they know this isn't the last of this conversation."
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: February 19, 2023, 08:48:47 pm »

Of course DeSantis is only superficially to blame. Which civilization started using phosphates as fertilizer? The same one as usual:

Sir John Bennet Lawes, 1st Baronet, FRS (28 December 1814 – 31 August 1900) was an English entrepreneur and agricultural scientist.[1] He founded an experimental farm at his home at Rothamsted Manor that eventually became Rothamsted Research, where he developed a superphosphate that would mark the beginnings of the chemical fertilizer industry.
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: February 16, 2023, 07:58:20 pm »

We should call it micro-Western-civilization and nano-Western-civilization to make things clear as to which one civilization is solely to blame for this:



Parkesine (nitrocellulose) is considered the first man-made plastic. The plastic material was patented by Alexander Parkes, in Birmingham, England in 1856.[19] It was unveiled at the 1862 Great International Exhibition in London.[20] Parkesine won a bronze medal at the 1862 World's fair in London. Parkesine was made from cellulose (the major component of plant cell walls) treated with nitric acid as a solvent. The output of the process (commonly known as cellulose nitrate or pyroxilin) could be dissolved in alcohol and hardened into a transparent and elastic material that could be molded when heated.[21] By incorporating pigments into the product, it could be made to resemble ivory.

    In 1897, the Hanover, Germany mass printing press owner Wilhelm Krische was commissioned to develop an alternative to blackboards.[22] The resultant horn-like plastic made from the milk protein casein was developed in cooperation with the Austrian chemist (Friedrich) Adolph Spitteler (1846–1940). The final result was unsuitable for the original purpose.[23] In 1893, French chemist Auguste Trillat discovered the means to insolubilize casein by immersion in formaldehyde, producing material marketed as galalith.[22]

    In the early 1900s, Bakelite, the first fully synthetic thermoset, was reported by Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland by using phenol and formaldehyde.

    After World War I, improvements in chemical technology led to an explosion in new forms of plastics, with mass production beginning in the 1940s and 1950s (around World War II).[24] Among the earliest examples in the wave of new polymers were polystyrene (PS), first produced by BASF in the 1930s,[2] and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), first created in 1872 but commercially produced in the late 1920s.[2] In 1923, Durite Plastics Inc. was the first manufacturer of phenol-furfural resins.[25] In 1933, polyethylene was discovered by Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) researchers Reginald Gibson and Eric Fawcett.[2]

    In 1954, polypropylene was discovered by Giulio Natta and began to be manufactured in 1957.[2]

    In 1954, expanded polystyrene (used for building insulation, packaging, and cups) was invented by Dow Chemical.[2] The discovery of Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is credited to employees of the Calico Printers' Association in the UK in 1941; it was licensed to DuPont for the US and ICI otherwise, and as one of the few plastics appropriate as a replacement for glass in many circumstances, resulting in widespread use for bottles in Europe.[2]

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Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: February 14, 2023, 02:50:22 am »

"do you think that electric cars are an effective compromise for people who need cars, or are electric cars even worse than gas powered cars in a way that I’m not aware of?"

Your query is covered here:

If you wish to discuss this further, please do so over there.
Posted by: SirGalahad
« on: February 14, 2023, 01:34:37 am »

@90sRetroFan I agree that we should shift to less cars (and less people), but do you think that electric cars are an effective compromise for people who need cars, or are electric cars even worse than gas powered cars in a way that I’m not aware of? On the surface, it would seem that gas powered cars suffer from the same problems as an electric car, but to a greater degree. I could be wrong though
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: February 14, 2023, 12:32:08 am »

Around seventy percent of the world's cobalt is mined in the Central African country, mostly from the southern Katanga area, thought to be one of the ten most polluted places on earth. Reporter Jamal Osman travels to Kolwezi, a city dependent on supplying Cobalt, a critical component for electric cars and rechargeable batteries.  Residents are employed by large multinational companies, or in smaller, and more dangerous artisanal mines. We meet the men who clamber down dark weaving airless tunnels to extract cobalt for as little as $150 per month. But is the paycheck worth the health risks that doctors have uncovered?

Swedish chemist Georg Brandt (1694–1768) is credited with discovering cobalt circa 1735, showing it to be a previously unknown element, distinct from bismuth and other traditional metals.

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This is what happens when you try to green the progressive way (ie. using more Western civilization (electric cars) to solve problems created by Western civilization (combustion engine cars)). The correct way to go green is the regressive way (ie. ending Western civilization (phase out car use altogether, and bring population back down to pre-industrial numbers)).
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: February 07, 2023, 12:56:09 am »

Brought to you by Western medicine:


the way that it works against COVID is by inducing mutations in the virus that are so severe that the virus dies, but what they're finding is that some of these mutations are not killing the virus, and now they're starting to freak out that this might produce a more dangerous form of COVID

Posted by: m94r
« on: January 30, 2023, 12:26:21 pm »

Radioactive capsule remains lost in Australia, mining company apologizes

A mining corporation on Sunday apologized for losing a highly radioactive capsule over a 1,400-kilometre stretch of Western Australia, as authorities combed parts of the road looking for the tiny but dangerous substance.

The caesium-137 ceramic source, commonly used in radiation gauges, emits dangerous amounts of radiation, equivalent to receiving 10 X-rays in an hour, Western Australia Chief Health Officer Dr. Andrew Robertson said. It could cause skin burns, and prolonged exposure could cause cancer.

Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: December 20, 2022, 07:28:50 pm »