Saturday, August 30, 2008

Nothing Toxic About Sarah Palin

There's nothing toxic about Sarah Palin... unless you happen to be on "the other team". I can't remember when a choice made by any political party has so energized a group! I wasn't particularly involved when Geraldine Ferraro was picked as VP on the Democratic side so I can't compare this to then. It seems she was truly picked just to try and give a token nod to women.

The Dems are saying Palin was a contrived pick to get the women. To me that is demeaning. What they're basically saying is that any woman would have brought the women (aka pied piper rats?) to the voting booth. I have news for you guys, we are picky about who we support, man or woman.

Palin is the entire package. She has balanced family and job and still managed to look good doing it. She doesn't seem to ruffle easy, she's not intimidated by the good-old-boys and man is she sharp.

There is electricity in the air. McCain showed the Democrats what "change" is all about. It's not a guy who has spent his life re-writing himself and grooming himself to be the President. This is what real is all about. This is what change is all about.
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Friday, August 08, 2008

Watchdog and Russell Jones & Walker Provide Sofa Injury Claims Update

TT Note: Wow. Who knew that sitting on a leather sofa has the potential to land you in the hospital? Now, this is a story to make you go "hmmm."

24-7 - Back in February, the BBC's Watchdog programme exposed a story about leather sofas, sold by a number of leading high street retailers, which had caused severe skin reactions in some people. The Chinese manufactured sofas, the majority of which were purchased from Land of Leather, Argos and Walmsleys, were thought to contain a chemical which was causing extreme allergic reactions in some people, including rashes and blistering that resulted in hospitalisation for some.

Watchdog reported on 12 May 2008 that, in conjunction with Russell Jones & Walker (RJW), it has since discovered that the cause of these 'sofa burns' is Di-methyl Fumarate (DMF), a chemical known to cause skin irritation. This fungicide is contained within a sachet which is placed inside the sofas in order to protect against mould during storage, transit and everyday usage. Argos' independent investigations have also now confirmed these results.

A team of Solicitors led by Richard Langton and Christian Shotton of RJW is currently representing [url=http://www.rjw.co.uk/"]injury claims[/url] on behalf of more than 500 people who have suffered due to the affected sofas, and this number is continuing to grow. Around 1000 individuals are now launching a group action in the high court to sue the retailers who sold the sofas for damages.

The majority of the sofas have now been recalled, but a list of known affected sofa batch numbers has been compiled on the RJW Solicitors site in order to enable worried consumers to check whether their sofa might be one of those affected.

In light of the ongoing problem, RJW Solicitors has also advised that anyone who has experienced similar skin problems, even if their sofa's batch number does not appear in the list, should still contact the retailer where they originally purchased the sofa from.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Nine Firms Agree To Pay More Than $350,000 in Civil Penalties For Failing To Timely Report Drawstrings In Children's Outerwear

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that nine firms have agreed to pay a total of $355,000 in civil penalties. The penalties settle allegations that the firms knowingly failed to report to the CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that their children's hooded sweatshirts, jackets, or sweaters were sold with drawstrings at the hood and neck. These products, which the firms eventually recalled, pose a strangulation hazard that can cause death to children. The settlements have been provisionally accepted.

The firms paying the penalties are:

AJ Blue LLC, of New York City, N.Y.
A&R Knitwear Inc., of New York City, N.Y.
Cobmex Inc., of Lakewood, Calif.
Liberty Apparel Co. Inc., of New York City, N.Y.
Rebelette International Trading Corp., of South El Monte, Calif.
Scope Imports Inc., of Houston, Texas
Sears Holdings Management Corp., of Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Siegfried & Parzival Inc., of City of Industry, Calif.
Vacation Clothing Exchange Inc., d/b/a Basix USA, of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

In February 1996, CPSC issued drawstring guidelines (pdf) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts. In May 2006, CPSC's Office of Compliance announced (pdf) that children's upper outerwear with drawstrings at the hood or neck would be regarded as defective and a substantial risk of injury to young children.

Federal law requires manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to report to CPSC immediately (within 24 hours) after obtaining information reasonably supporting the conclusion that a product contains a defect which could create a substantial risk of injury to the public, presents an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death, or violates a federal safety standard.

In agreeing to settle the matters, the firms deny CPSC's allegations that they knowingly violated the law.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Companies Agree To Cut Cancer-Causing Chemicals In Potato Chips

TT Note: NO! It's just horrible to think that potato chips can contribute to cancer. Read the story and see what they are saying--

The state of California has settled lawsuits against Heinz, Frito-Lay, Kettle Foods and Lance Inc. after the companies agreed to slash levels of the cancer-causing chemical.....

Read the story.

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