Monday, November 3, 2014

Speaking of lead, consider our response to lead vs. Ebola

Isn't it interesting that huge majorities of us are willing to essentially imprison health workers without due process and based on no evidence but fear of Ebola, while we are happy to ignore mountains of solid evidence that letting people spray lead all over us and our food is a public health disaster?

And that is despite the fact that there is no need to allow sales of leaded aviation fuel to continue, any more than we had to continue child labor in factories. All that is required is that we stop letting ourselves be poisoned.

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."

Meanwhile, Salem exposes kids to lead from our city-subsidized airport

Toxic Lead's Home Demolition Loophole | Sightline Daily
Salem doesn't even offer the lead-free alternative for sale ...

Not about aviation, but a good summary of why it's vital to get the lead out of aviation.

A Centers for Disease Control advisory committee concluded in 2012 that there is no known level of lead in kids' blood that isn't harmful. The CDC now states that blood lead levels once considered very low can cause irreversible damage. And a child suffering from lead poisoning may not show immediate outward symptoms, even after exposure to levels that have been shown to later reduce IQ and alter behavior.

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."