Weed Killer Wednesday


A former Environmental Protection Agency official may not be able to escape testifying about his alleged role in helping Monsanto Co. suppress inquiries into whether its Roundup weed killer causes cancer.

A manager who left the agency’s pesticide division last year has become a central figure in more than 20 lawsuits in the U.S. accusing the company of failing to warn consumers and regulators of the risk that its glyphosate-based herbicide can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

A federal judge said Monday that he’s inclined to order the retired official, Jess Rowland, to submit to questioning by lawyers for the plaintiffs, who contend he had a “highly suspicious” relationship with Monsanto. Rowland chaired a committee that found insufficient evidence to conclude glyphosate is carcinogenic and left his job just days after his report was leaked to the press in May.



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22 Responses to Weed Killer Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    Proving once again some Americans will do anything for a buck, no matter how sinister.

    Like voting for lunatics to lead them into the bowels of Hell.

    Meanwhile, today is “A Day Without Women” with protests throughout the US including sick-outs from work involving teachers, health care workers and others.

    You go girls!


    • micki says:

      A couple of my young friends said their employers “gave permission” to take time off to attend “A Day Without Women” event(s), with no pay. They couldn’t afford to take the time off.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Nobody in Pullman seems to have heard of it.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Hard rain turned to snow.

    TNYT unpleasant reading today.


  3. micki says:

    A letter to the editor of mine that was published in several newspapers this week, digital and print:

    Pentagon lacks fiscal responsibility

    The Trump administration and some members of Congress are developing plans to increase defense spending by $54 billion in the near term, on top of the roughly $600 billion per year the Department of Defense is already spending. Recently, more than 120 retired three- and four-star generals wrote in a letter to Congress, “We know from our service in uniform that many of the crises our nation faces do not have military solutions alone.”

    The United States spends roughly three times more on defense than China and about 10 times more than Russia. Wasteful spending accounts for a huge chunk of those expenditures. In the Department of Defense’s own study, over $125 billion in waste was identified. But even with that internal study, DoD is the only federal department that cannot audit its own books.

    One of many egregious examples of the Pentagon’s mismanagement of taxpayers’ money is the F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter, which is excessively over budget to the tune of billions, behind in the delivery schedule, and beset with software problems and systemic shortcomings that render the aircraft unsuitable for combat capabilities. Waste, fraud and abuse!

    The Pentagon does not lack funds. It lacks a culture of fiscal responsibility because Congress does not hold it accountable — nor have the taxpayers. It’s time, as taxpayers, to contact senators Patty Murphy and Maria Cantwell and representatives Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene and let them know we expect them to vote against all increases in military spending. We need an impenetrable firewall in Congress to prevent these irresponsible increases to the bloated, unaudited Pentagon budget.



  4. Den says:

    It appears that Putins pal Tillerson is gutting the State Dept of long term employees.

    We don’t need a State Dept. where we are going, sold down the river.


    • Carol ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ says:

      I saw Rachel Maddow this evening, she told me all about Tillerson. She showed video of Andrea Mitchell getting kicked out of an audience with Tillerson…twice this week. The know-nothing idiot just stood there, mute. Wouldn’t answer any questions and soon the journalists and their camera men were being pushed out of the room.

      She said career state department employees, some there as long as 40 years, have been given their walking papers. Seems there’s no one left in the state department that knows the ropes, and Tillerson hasn’t hired a deputy. Andrea kept trying to ask him if he was going to get one, and when, but no response.

      I guess there’s no one in the state department left that knows the job. Gutting our government is scaring the bejesus out of me, and apparently the world.


      • Den says:

        I watched Rachel also, seems like a well planned operation, wait for the BOOM to seal the deal.


        • Carol ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ says:

          We’re all going to die, one way or another because of the ridiculous republicans and their infant leader in the White House. Either by nuclear war, or we’ll be poisoned by the severe lack of regulation on our air, water, food and drugs.


    • jimhitchcock says:

      In Russia, we call Department of State!


  5. Carol ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ says:

    High winds here today. It was predicted they would start at 7:00 a.m. and last until 7:00 p.m. That was just about on the money.

    But talk about wind! HOLY MOLY! Our highest gust here at the ranch was 34 mph. There were places from Lansing to Detroit that hit 60 mph. DTE said this was the second biggest store ever and that there are 200,000 people w/o power and at least 2,000 power lines down. We have Detroit Edison out here even though it’s a Detroit electric company. We didn’t lose our power.

    I did lose two of my dead trees that I had kept on purpose. 😦 *sniff* My old Russian Olive out front that has been dead for over 20 years, loved that one. I had a Japanese pagoda next to it with a solar light.

    And the last of my grow of 10 Sumacs that I planted in the early 80s. I was down to the one left, had bird feeders hanging in it. It was leaning a tad today, next time I looked out the kitchen window it was down. Another *sniff*

    With my coffee this morning I was watching Colbert and The Daily Show and suddenly the battery backup we have the TV stuff plugged into set off its alarm. Turned it off, turned it back on…alarm. Uh, oh. So, I washed my hair and jumped in the car and drove up to Okemos to the Best Buy and got a new one. When I was home I unplugged things, put them into the new backup and actually managed to unplug the old one from the wall behind the TV entertainment center, AND put the new plug through the hole behind the shelf. Got my back scratcher out and used it’s fingers to pull the plug up to where my other hand could reach it. THANK goodness we didn’t have to call Pete over to do that for us. I was like my old, young self, when I could do anything and everything.

    I’m going to have Bob order a battery for the old one so when this new backup goes we’ll have the old one with a new battery on the shelf downstairs.


  6. Carol ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ says:

    What a drive up to Okemos! That’s about 27 country miles on 55 mph roads. Rarely see another car. But there was wood! Kept steering the car to the left, to the right to straddle big sticks. If it weren’t for the urgency regarding the battery backup, I would have NEVER left the house to drive anywhere.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Home through the falling snow from a jazz concert, first half only, featuring a flugelhorn, which is a large trumpet and is why I went. I’m not big on jazz and still had to walk down the B Street sidewalk with the new snow so I left at the interval. Arrived safely but not without some handrail grabs.


  8. Den says:

    Trump torches America:


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