Why is the Spirit now showing us this stuff? A number of reasons, one of them – to raise awareness of the need to get back to old ways, even ancient paths, because Babylon is falling, and the ways of sinister men are being exposed. Another reason is that our thoughts are energy which can energize other people to think, and because our words are energy that can cause other people to speak, and our actions are energy which can move people to act, and by this process, the world can (and will) be changed. Jesus spoke of this as “the little leaven that will leaven the whole lump.”
Beloved, the bottom line here is that the chemical companies owned by the “powers that be” have conspired to put things into your environment that make you sick, so that the medical machine owned by the same “powers that be” can treat you with their operations, procedures and drugs. This is all about MONEY and POWER and CONTROL, and about what seems to be a total contempt and disdain by some people (in high places) for the majority the human race.
This said, here’s some more (rather shocking) info for you. Please keep in mind as you read this that I’m in no way trying to motivate people for political activism, but rather I am simply presenting some factual information that might serve to help people be better aligned with the TRUTH, for in this way they will be more effectual in influencing others and the environment for the good, through the energetic wave of their thoughts, their prayers, their words and their deeds.
Most of what you find below is excerpted from an article by Rebekah Wilce called, “Citizens for Fire Safety Smoked Out: Front Group Folds After Expose.” — D
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FYI: Manufacturers of flame retardant chemicals got a giant boost from Big Tobacco’s shadow money decades ago, and in the fallout of this being exposed, a front group was formed by the three biggest manufacturers of these toxic chemicals, them calling themselves “Citizens for Fire Safety.” What a (horrific) joke.
The Chicago Tribune published a series of articles about all of this in May of 2012. It was called “Playing with Fire,” and it catapulted highly toxic flame retardants in our household consumer products into the national spotlight. Within this series, the work of a handful of chemists who’ve been fighting to ban the most toxic of these chemicals was highlighted and the “deceptive tactics” of the chemical industry’s main front group was also exposed.
The Tribune series began by revealing “a decades-long campaign of deception that has loaded the furniture and electronics in American homes with pounds of toxic chemicals linked to cancer, neurological deficits, developmental problems and impaired fertility.” The dire warning echoes what chemist and mountaineer Arlene Blum wrote in a 2007 Huffington Post article on “Killer Couch Chemicals”: “When tested in animals, fire retardant chemicals, even at very low doses, can cause endocrine disruption, thyroid disorders, cancer, and developmental, reproductive, and neurological problems such as learning impairment and attention deficit disorder. Ongoing studies are beginning to show a connection between these chemicals and autism in children.”
Flame retardants are most commonly found in polyurethane foam, such as in couches and other upholstered furniture as well as in some baby products. They are also in insulation, carpet padding, and the plastic casing around some electronics such as televisions. The problem with that is that foam is full of air. So according to Duke University chemist Heather Stapleton, “Every time somebody sits on it, all the air that’s in the foam gets expelled into the environment.” It tends to settle on the floor, which means that children and pets are most at risk for ingesting it.
Flame retardant chemicals have also been found consistently in treated sewage sludge. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has okayed sludge treated to reduce pathogens (but not other toxic contaminants) for spreading on farmland. This includes crops intended for human consumption such as vegetables.
According to a profile published in the New York Times some time ago, Blum was largely responsible for inducing manufacturers to stop using one of the most toxic flame retardant chemicals, chlorinated Tris, in children’s pajamas in the late 1970s. When Blum learned that the same chemical, which California lists as a carcinogen, is once again the most commonly used flame retardant in furniture and baby products, she founded the Green Science Policy Institute to focus on “reducing the use of unnecessary flame retardants due to their adverse impacts on human and environmental health.”
According to the Tribune, several decades ago “smoldering cigarettes were sparking fires and killing people. … The industry insisted it couldn’t make a fire-safe cigarette that would still appeal to smokers and instead promoted flame retardant furniture — shifting attention to the couches and chairs that were going up in flames.”
In other words, Big Tobacco first won over the fire marshals, using the influence of the National Association of State Fire Marshals to pass federal rules requiring flame retardant furniture while convincing the group that putting flame retardants in furniture was a better way to reduce fire hazards than making cigarettes safer.
In 2007, the three biggest flame retardant chemical manufacturers, Albemarle, Chemtura, and ICL Industrial Products, founded the Citizens for Fire Safety (CFFS). The three companies, which control 40 percent of the world’s market for flame retardant chemicals, were the group’s only members and funders. But it didn’t call itself a trade group. It misleadingly labeled itself “a coalition of fire professionals, educators, community activists, burn centers, doctors, fire departments and industry leaders, united to ensure that our country is protected by the highest standards of fire safety.”
The group claimed it “had joined with the international firefighters’ association, the American Burn Association and a key federal agency ‘to conduct ongoing studies to ensure safe and effective fire prevention.’ Both of those organizations and the federal agency, however, said that simply is not true. ‘They are lying,’ Jeff Zack, a spokesman for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), told the Tribune. ‘They aren’t working with us on anything.'” Other deceptive techniques include hiring expert witnesses to mislead lawmakers.
After the Tribune made inquiries, CFFS deleted the passage about the coalition from its website. But despite continued scrutiny, in mid-August, the three companies had not publicly severed ties — financial or otherwise — with the group.
Then, at the end of August (2012), CFFS’ website came down. It was replaced with a notice that says, “The three founding members of Citizens for Fire Safety Institute: Albemarle Corporation, Chemtura Corporation and ICL Industrial Products have elected to conduct all advocacy and communications efforts through the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA).”
The ACC is a powerful chemical lobby group with a $112 million budget. It has spent $1.3 million on federal elections so far in 2012, as an outside spending group, and $3.9 million on lobbying at the federal level. As the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has reported, it has spent $648,600 on ads to support Tommy Thompson in his U.S. Senate race against Rep. Tammy Baldwin here in Wisconsin.
The ACC has been a major obstacle to chemical reform at the federal and state level. Andy Igrejas, director of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, warns that if government and industry do not confront the “lack of scientific integrity and … disregard for public health” repeatedly shown by the flame retardant manufacturers, the “same companies will plot the same deceptive campaigns.”
As CMD has reported, consumer and public health groups are focused on updating federal laws regarding toxic chemicals in order to prevent continued harm. The groups advocate for chemical regulation reform via the proposed “Safe Chemicals Act” (S. 847), which has passed out of committee to the U.S. Senate for a vote. SCHF has asked its coalition members and supporters to encourage Senators to support S. 847.
In the meantime, flame retardants are in everyday household products, doing untold harm…