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source Fort Hood shooting renews calls for ending gun restrictions on base
Obama, Secretary of defense Chuck Hagel, the Pentagon, Army Secretary John McHugh III Corp Commander, Fort Hood have all failed in Leadership and providing a secure work place and homes for military personnel living on post.
EPA human test subjects not always told about lethal risks of studies
Environmental Protection Agency has been testing the impact of pollutants on human subjects without always telling them about the risks of heavy exposure — risks that include cancer, and even death.
The IG report looked at five studies conducted in 2010 and 2011, at a University of North Carolina facility. It determined that, overall, the agency “followed applicable regulations” when it exposed 81 test subjects to “concentrated airborne particles or diesel exhaust emissions.”
However, the IG’s office found “inconsistencies” in the consent forms — which only sometimes told test subjects about the full range of risks.
Before the subjects were brought into the labs to be exposed to pollutants, the forms compared the experience to visiting a big city on a smoggy day.
Only one of the studies, though, gave information on the “upper range of the pollutant” they would be exposed to, and only two alerted the subjects about the “risk of death for older individuals with cardiovascular disease,” according to the report.
Further, the report said consent forms for two studies testing the impact of diesel exhaust “did not include the potential cancer effects of long-term exposure.”
Several “adverse” events were reported over the testing period. This included subjects experiencing conditions ranging from a migraine to cardiac arrhythmia to decreased lung function. All subjects were treated for those conditions.
The IG report also went into detail about the little-known testing that is conducted by the environmental agency. This testing is based out of the UNC campus, at a facility that allows researchers to pump “gaseous pollutants at precise concentrations” into enclosed chambers.
In the five studies the IG looked at, test subjects were offered payment ranging from $950 to $3,700.
Source Marines Unfit To Fight
More than half of female Marines in boot camp can’t do three pull-ups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs.
The decision to suspend the scheduled pull-up requirement “is a clear indication” that plans to move women into direct ground combat fighting teams will not work.
In fall 2012, only two female Marines volunteered for the 13-week infantry officers training course at Quantico, Va., and both failed to complete it.
Source World’s hottest pepper grown in South Carolina
Guinness Book of World Records has recently declared Ed Currie’s Carolina Reaper peppers as the hottest on Earth.
The heat of a pepper is measured in Scoville Heat Units. Zero is bland, and a regular jalapeno pepper registers around 5,000 on the Scoville scale. Ed Currie’s world record batch of Carolina Reapers comes in at 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units, with selected individual pepper measured at 2.2 million. Pepper spray weighs in at about 2 million Scoville Units.
Drugs and driving don’t mix
Getting drugged up and getting behind the wheel is a very bad idea, according to a study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Drivers who test positive for drugs (other than alcohol) are three(3) times more likely to get into a fatal car crash than people who are sober. Mix drugs and alcohol, and the risk of a fatal crash leaps by 23 percent.