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Glyphosate is an active ingredient of the most widely used herbicide and it is believed to be less toxic than other pesticides. However, several recent studies showed its potential adverse health effects to humans as it may be an endocrine disruptor. This study focuses on the effects of pure glyphosate on estrogen receptors (ERs) mediated transcriptional activity and their expressions. Glyphosate exerted proliferative effects only in human hormone-dependent breast cancer, T47D cells, but not in hormone-independent breast cancer, MDA-MB231 cells, at 10⁻¹² to 10⁻⁶M in estrogen withdrawal condition. The proliferative concentrations of glyphosate that induced the activation of estrogen response element (ERE) transcription activity were 5-13 fold of control in T47D-KBluc cells and this activation was inhibited by an estrogen antagonist, ICI 182780, indicating that the estrogenic activity of glyphosate was mediated via ERs. Furthermore, glyphosate also altered both ERα and β expression. These results indicated that low and environmentally relevant concentrations of glyphosate possessed estrogenic activity. Glyphosate-based herbicides are widely used for soybean cultivation, and our results also found that there was an additive estrogenic effect between glyphosate and genistein, a phytoestrogen in soybeans. However, these additive effects of glyphosate contamination in soybeans need further animal study. — Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors.
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“Epa adminstatrator Christine Todd Whitman announced to New Yorkers, shortly after the 911 attacks on the World Trade Towers that ‘I am glad to reassure the people of New York and Washington DC that their air safe to breathe’ and that we ‘ . . . need not be concerned about environmental issues as [we] return to [our] homes and workplaces’”911: Dust and Deceit at the WTC: From the website: Director: Penny Little ©2006 Penny Little, Starring: Cate Jenkins; Rachel Hughes; Hugh Kaufman; Joel Kupferman; Carolyn Maloney; Jarrold Nadler; Jeffrey Smith; Phil McArdle; Marjorie Clarke; Gail Benzman; Robert Gulack; Suzanne Mattei; Jenna Orkin “This disturbing film by Penny Little “911: Dust and Deceit at the WTC” exposes the environmental disaster of 9/11 through interviews with scientists, waste management specialists, government workers, volunteers, the heros and victims of the dust which permeated the air after 911.
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Critics’ Ignoring of Documented Record of Police Abuse in Frisco Proves Kaepernick Right A month before the police union in San Francisco sent a blistering letter to NFL officials recently demanding that the professional football league apologize for the “ill-advised” criticisms of police by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick that union was the target of scathing criticism for supporting police misconduct. That criticism of the San Francisco Police Officers’ Association came in a report from a panel that conducted a yearlong investigation into policemen in that city caught sending racist, sexist and homophobic text messages. One member of that blue ribbon panel, a retired judge, blasted the police union for having established an “ugly” tone that infected the entire police department By Linn Washington Jr.
Trump Might Call for Four-Way Debates – But Only If He Thinks He Can’t Win A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford Donald Trump might do the right thing and call for opening up the presidential debates to third parties – but mainly for the wrong reasons. Although it appears that Trump would “have a relative net advantage over Clinton if there were a vigorous, four-way presidential contest,” he will only make such a demand if he is certain of a one-on-one humiliation.
The Obama Legacy Part X: How Obama’s Past Played a Role in the Insurgency of the Present by Danny Haiphong “Although austerity, war, and state repression are nothing new to US imperialism, the last eight years saw these modes of exploitation perfected under a Black Democrat.” President Obama saved the banks from the “pitchforks” of an enraged public, failed to protect Black lives at home, and waged war in seven countries. “Hillary Clinton’s own war record mostly stems from her service as Obama’s Secretary of State from 2009-2013.”Congressional Black Caucus: Deep in the Israel Lobby’s Pocket by Jeffrey Blankfort The Congressional Black Caucus is a bought-and-paid-for political ally of the planet’s last remaining apartheid state, Israel. “That the CBC has consistently, as a bloc, voted to send billions of US taxpayers dollars to provide weapons for a foreign government that oppresses another people of color, the Palestinians, is nothing less than shameful.” Cynthia McKinney was the last CBC member to take a principled stand on Palestine.Black Activists Owe No Apology for Solidarity with Palestinians by Darializa Avila Chevalier and Khury Petersen-Smith The Movement for Black Lives has voiced its unequivocal opposition to Israel’s genocidal policies in Palestine, prompting harsh attacks from Zionists. “That Zionist organizations are willing to reject the current battle for Black lives raging in the United States when its activists find common ground and solidarity with Palestinians,” say the authors, “simply reaffirms what we already knew: Zionism is racism.”ESPN’S Journal of Black Respectability Politics by Jon Jeter Michael Eric Dyson is up to his corporate tricks, this time in ESPN’s black-oriented web site The Undefeated. Dyson personifies the surrender of the Black middle class, in total synch with The Undefeated’s typical narratives “in which history is inert, racism exists only inasmuch as it vexes Obama, and no injustice is so grave that it cannot be resolved by black folks pulling up their pants.”Corporal Punishment Use Found in Schools in 21 States, with Blacks Punished Twice as Often by Sarah D. Sparks & Alex Harwin A long list of states — centered in but not confined to the South — continue to engage in the largely unregulated practice of physically punishing students. “Black students are disproportionately likely to experience physical discipline, which some consider a “piece of the school-to-prison pipeline.” Class plays a role. “Wealthier students are less likely than low-income students to attend a school that actually uses the practice. Labor:
180 million # Workers Strike Back in India On Friday the 2nd of September 2016 the biggest single strike action in world history took place in India. As many as between 150 and 180 million workers took part in the All India Strike around a 12 point charter of demands put forward by the Central Trade Unions. These included a raise to the minimum wage and pension for all workers, an end to privatization of state owned enterprises and contractorisation of the workforce, a halt to price hikes, the enforcement of labour rights and the scrapping of pro-employer labour law amendments. This massive show of strength on the part of the working class of India demonstrates that the onslaught against labour rights, by the Modi government and the bosses, and the continued deteriorating living conditions of the masses, will not be taken lying down. by Major SinghEconomy:
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