Starting with this - Poor Children Likelier to Get Antipsychotics, which follows hot on the heels of this- Pharmaceutical Goldmine:Children's developing brains
"New federally financed drug research reveals a stark disparity: children covered by Medicaid are given powerful antipsychotic medicines at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private insurance. And the Medicaid children are more likely to receive the drugs for less severe conditions than their middle-class counterparts, the data shows.
Do too many children from poor families receive powerful psychiatric drugs not because they actually need them — but because it is deemed the most efficient and cost-effective way to control problems that may be handled much differently for middle-class children?
So rather then ensuring good nutrition, financial stability, adequate housing... DRUG'EM!
And finishing in India, 25 yrs after the Bhopal disaster, A cloud still hangs over Bhopal
This is the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster, an epic mess that started one night when a pesticide plant owned by the American chemical giant Union Carbide leaked a cloud of poisonous gas. Before the sun rose, almost 4,000 human beings capable of love and anguish sank to their knees and did not get up. Half a million more fell ill, many with severely damaged lungs and eyes.
An additional 15,000 people have since died from the aftereffects, and 10 to 30 people are said to die every month from exposure to the hundreds of tons of toxic waste left over in the former factory. But amazingly, the site still has not been cleaned up, because Dow Chemical, which since acquired Union Carbide, refuses to accept any responsibility. The groundwater is contaminated; children of the survivors suffer from genetic abnormalities; and the victims have long since run out of their measly compensation and are begging on the streets.
India is now looking at a nuclear future with no liabilities for the power generator, and the Bhopal survivors and their advocate do not wish to see a horrific repeat via a Nuclear Bhopal.
Something for all the Copenhagen adherants to think about.