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Where are the Responsible Professionals in Pest Control? I Know You’re Out There!

January 14th, 2011, No Comments

I wrote an article in 2002 about the forms of pest control typically used in schools to the detriment of both children and adults. Titled, “Getting the Bugs Out”, it was the first article I published after losing my ability to work from the effects of pesticide poisoning suffered in a school I was supervising […]

Veterans Continue to Lead by Example and Sacrifice: The ‘Invisible’ Injuries of the Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans

November 11th, 2010, No Comments

Pesticides. Yes, that is a recurring theme on this blog because, as even the CDC has remarked, pesticides are ubiquitous in our environment. There is no escaping exposures to these toxic chemicals despite the body of laws contained in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act ( FIFRA), supposedly governing their use. No one can […]

The Whistle-blower Express: Calling Lisa Jackson!

October 17th, 2010, No Comments

Administrator Lisa Jackson is one of the busiest people in America. Her recent appointment to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is of enormous importance to citizens throughout the world. Not since Carol Browner’s tenure in the Clinton White House, have we seen anyone as committed to the reduction of toxic substances in our personal […]

Pesticides: A Form of Eco(nomic) Terrorism

September 21st, 2010, 3 Comments

The New York Times reported a horrendous crime perpetrated upon young girls and their teachers in Afghanistan over a period of years, in the form of poisoning. Compounds commonly found in pesticides known as organophosphates (or “OP’s”) were applied to school buildings housing female students and mass illnesses occurred, while village authorities relegated the ailments […]

The Morality of Litigation – Part I

August 7th, 2010, No Comments

Forgetting the Principles The United States of America is not a democracy. Hopefully, this statement won’t shock the average reader in this age of information. Our country operates as a ‘Republic’, meaning that we elect people to make decisions for us instead of voting directly to create the laws by which we live. We use […]

Getting the Bugs Out: Pesticides and Your Child’s School by Barbara Rubin

January 1st, 2010, No Comments

This article appeared in the Winter, 2002 edition of “Sully’s Living Without” magazine. It should be noted that most of the population in the United States was exposed to the same chemical as the child in this article, prior to the banning of many organophosphate pesticides from use in residences and schools in recent years. […]

Fragranced Products: Truly a Surprise Package

July 6th, 2008, 1 Comment

This article was originally published in the trade journal, ‘Indoor Environment Connections’ but those archives are no longer available. Fragranced Products: Truly a Surprise Package By Barbara Rubin Public concern continues as more unwelcome ingredients, such as asbestos and lead in children‘s toys, are discovered in a variety of imported products. A longer-running dispute continues […]

The Betrayal of Capitalism

June 22nd, 2004, Comments Off on The Betrayal of Capitalism

by Barbara Rubin Americans are a funny group. Our arrival on these shores, originally rooted in the search for religious freedom, led to concepts of an entrepreneurial culture in which social strata were based upon success rather than birthright. However, our industrial orientation has evolved to the point where it can no longer be correctly […]

Bill of Rights – On behalf of the chemically poisoned

January 10th, 2004, 1 Comment

The following ‘flight of fancy’ was written in response to a challenge issued by Steve Tvedten ( who wanted people to write in their version of a constitution that addressed this issue. I felt it was more appropriate to do so in the Bill of Rights. We are being deprived of the ability to a […]

How to Write Letters and Influence People

August 7th, 2003, No Comments

We are a busy people, we Americans. We put more hours on the job than most cultures. The state of the economy usually results in people working more than one job or having to put in overtime just to keep the one they have! It is hard to become involved in one’s government and culture […]

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