On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

 
User: flenvcenter Topic: Environmental Health-National
Category: Policy
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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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States With Few Coronavirus Restrictions Are Spreading the Virus Beyond Their Borders 2.12.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. For months after Washington state imposed one of the earliest and strictest COVID-19 lockdowns in March, Jim Gilliard didn’t stray far from his modular […]
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5 Pillars of a New Ocean Agenda 2.12.2020 WRI Stories
5 Pillars of a New Ocean Agenda Comments|Add Comment|PrintOcean-based renewable energy like offshore wind turbines can provide clean energy while generating jobs, boosting economies and providing a pathway to decarbonization. Photo by iStock.com 2020 was supposed to be a super year for the ocean. A packed calendar of international events should have presented opportunities to assess progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 14 to conserve and sustainably use ocean resources; renew... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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The Plan Is Unfolding for How Vaccines Will Be Monitored 2.12.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Operation Warp Speed (OWS), a joint operation between U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense, continues to be shrouded in secrecy, but little by little information is emerging that long-term monitoring of the U.S. public is part of the plan.

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Suncor refinery north of Denver faces state review of outdated permits, plans $300 million push to be “better not bigger” 29.11.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Suncor's refinery malfunctioned 108 times over the past five years. That's an average of about one breakdown every three weeks -- visible when putrid yellow grit wafts over Denver.
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Governor Wolf Vetoes Bill That Favored Oil Interests Over Public Health and Safety 26.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Governor Wolf Vetoes Bill That Favored Oil Interests Over Public Health and Safety
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Two School Districts Had Different Mask Policies. Only One Had a Teacher on a Ventilator. 26.11.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. On a balmy August morning in Emanuel County in eastern Georgia, hundreds of children bounded off freshly cleaned […]
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Editorial: Oregon voted to end the war on drugs. California should watch and learn 25.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Oregon is the first state to eliminate simple drug possession as a crime and to adopt the policy that drug treatment should be voluntary.

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Vaccine Fundamentalism―War Metaphors in the COVID-19 Response, Vaccine Policy and Public Health, Part 1 25.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The metaphor of war has long been a part of public health. In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s public health agencies mobilized and shut down entire parts of society under the utilitarian goal of stopping the spread of COVID-19.

In America, entire states were locked-down, public schools were dismissed, government public services halted and businesses closed while grim pictures of death were painted, pictures of sick and dying on ventilators were broadcast and vivid dialogue of apparently overwhelmed hospital capacity were plastered on mainstream media. Journals and media outlets played along, streaming out content about the dangers of COVID-19 and the need for continued lock-down. Dissenting views on social media were censored by social media tech companies.

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Vaccine Fundamentalism―War Metaphors in the COVID-19 Response, Vaccine Policy and Public Health, Part 2 25.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

No grievance regarding vaccines is more serious than vaccine-injury. A mere possibility of vaccine-injury is insidious: what is meant to be a prophylactic life-saving procedure performed on a healthy recipient may end in his or her serious injury or death.

As pediatrician Dr. Robert Sears discussed in a public talk, the very idea of vaccine-injury is a hard one for doctors and public health specialists to accept, therefore, out of a need to protect their collective ego identity, the default position of the medical profession is denial of vaccine-injury.

It’s easy for medicine and public health to remain silent about or minimize the perception of vaccine injury. War metaphors in public health lead to the implicit acceptance of vaccine-injury as acceptable collateral in dealing in the war against infectious disease.

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Denver Health retaliated against those who spoke out about systemic racism and COVID-19, whistleblower complaint alleges 25.11.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Denver Health employees have filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that the medical center has retaliated against them for raising concerns about systemic racism and speaking to the media about their experiences related to COVID-19. 
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Millions flying for Thanksgiving despite CDC coronavirus warning, lenient ticket-change policies 23.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Millions of Americans are crowding airports and boarding planes ahead of Thanksgiving, despite relatively lenient airline cancellation policies.
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Surprise Trump rule will require insurers to reveal what they actually pay for prescription drugs 21.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
The new drug price rule is the departing Trump administration’s most ambitious effort to illuminate the complex, secret and lucrative system of prescription drug pricing, in which health plans, drug manufacturers and pharmacy benefit management firms agree on prices.
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The lame-duck Trump EPA is rushing to finish its health-harming agenda. Here’s what’s in danger. 20.11.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
On Election Day, Americans rejected the Trump administration and its relentless assault on our health and environment. But now Trump’s EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, is rushing to finish a flurry of rules before Inauguration Day – rules that are a threat to the health of the American people, and rules that EDF is prepared to […]
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Editorial: As Trump nears the exit, never forget his inhumane treatment of children 20.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

For utter base cruelty, the Trump administration's intentional inhumane treatment of migrant children stands out.

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At-home health tests are booming amid coronavirus. Experts warn about their safety 18.11.2020 LA Times: Business

The growing popularity of at-home lab tests sold by tech start-ups has raised concerns as physicians are removed from patient decisions. The Trump administration is limiting what the FDA can do to keep consumers safe, experts say.

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Righting the ship: A new chance for stronger protections against toxic chemicals 18.11.2020 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. In June 2016, Congress passed historic, bipartisan legislation overhauling the Toxic Substances Control Act, the country’s main chemical safety law, to better protect the public from harmful exposure to toxic chemicals. The Trump administration has spent the last four years working to undermine TCSA by driving its implementation […]
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Rapid Testing is Less Accurate Than the Government Wants to Admit 17.11.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica‘s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. The promise of antigen tests emerged like a miracle this summer. With repeated use, the theory went, these rapid […]
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State issues coronavirus safety fine to Farmer John plant in Vernon 17.11.2020 LA Times: Business

State officials said the company and its temporary staffing agency failed to provide PPE, require physical distancing or train employees in ways to avoid infection.

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What a Biden presidency may mean for your money, taxes and the economy 17.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Here’s what you need to know about Presdient-elect Joe Biden’s wallet-impacting policy proposals and how likely they are to pass once he’s sworn in Jan. 20.
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