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New evidence of health trouble linked to ​BPA in plastics, canned goods – CBS News

The chemical bisphenol A (BPA) can be found in some canned food liners and plastic containers. CBS News

Eating food from cans lined with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could raise your blood pressure, a new study suggests.

BPA previously has been linked to a variety of ills, including heart problems, developmental problems in children and high blood pressure. The chemical is widely used in products ranging from plastic bottles and food containers to dental fillings and cash register receipts. In cans, BPA is used as a lining, the researchers said.

“We found that drinking two canned beverages increased systolic blood pressure by 5 mm Hg,” said lead researcher Dr. Yun-Chul Hong, director of the Environmental Health Center at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea.

Putting that in perspective, he said a 20 mm Hg increase in systolic blood pressure doubles the risk for heart disease. The systolic blood pressure number is always the first of two numbers given in a blood pressure reading.

New evidence of health trouble linked to ​BPA in plastics, canned goods – CBS News.

Investigating Wall Street’s “kings and queens” (CBS – 60 Minutes, December 4, 2011) What do you mean we’re not investigating? We are, don’t worry, be happy!

Investigating Wall Street's 'kings and queens'- CBS - 60 Minutes _ December 4 2011
Investigating Wall Street‘s ‘kings and queens’- CBS60 Minutes _ December 4 2011 (click here to find out about these “investigations”) (click here to watch this video or… don’t worry be happy!)

It’s even more outrageous to hear that actually we got it all wrong: Investigations are made, just that the criteria has nothing to do with either common sense, or the laws of the land, or even personal feeling of disgust.


Then here it comes: what’s the criteria, who’s criteria is it anyway?

CBS – 60 Minutes: ‘Prosecuting Wall Street’ (December 4, 2011)

CBS - 60 Minutes 'December 4, 2011 Prosecuting Wall Street'
CBS60 Minutes ‘December 4, 2011 Prosecuting Wall Street‘ (click here to find out more about this vital issue!)



“It’s been three years since the financial crisis crippled the American economy,” Steve Kroft begins his 60 Minutes piece this week. “[Yet] there has not been a single prosecution of a high ranking Wall Street executive or major financial firm.”

 60 Minutes producer James Jacoby wanted to find out why, and one of the first people he spoke with was Tom Borgers, a man who literally helped write the book on the financial meltdown.

 Borgers was a senior fraud investigator for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC), a bipartisan panel set up by the Obama administration to examine the causes of the crisis. In the end, the FCIC issued a 500-page report on its findings, required reading for James and associate producer Maria Gavrilovic.

 One of Borgers’ chief responsibilities at the FCIC was finding, vetting, and interviewing whistle-blowers, and he was therefore helpful in leading the 60 Minutes team to sources including Eileen Foster and Richard Bowen, the whistle-blowers who are the centerpiece of the 60 Minutes piece, “Prosecuting Wall Street.”

 When Steve Kroft and Borgers sat down together, it was a great interview: honest, direct, and full of useful information. “I think he felt a real duty to make sure that a lot of their findings were followed up upon,” James told Overtime. “Most people who leave those commissions don’t really ever talk about it.” Which is why we are thrilled to feature Borgers this week on Overtime.

 A seasoned fraud investigator, Tom Borgers worked for the government in the wake of the Savings & Loans scandal, preparing and directing criminal referrals, and responsible for the recovery of multi-million dollar claims. During that time, Borgers saw hundreds of bank executives prosecuted and sent to prison, a stark contrast with what’s happened in our current economic crisis.

 Borgers tells Kroft that the FCIC found evidence of trillions of dollars of fraud and gross negligence, and that in the area of mortgage fraud, he found crimes committed by “mortgage originators, underwriters, banks . . . across the board.” Yet still, no prosecutions . . . so far.

 Despite that, Tom Borgers’ personal contributions have been recognized. In 2010, he was awarded the Examiner of the Year Award by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, DC. It noted his “selfless and tireless service to the United States people” through his work at the FCIC. That same year, he was also honored with a Special Act of Service Award by the FCIC. In February of 2011, he became a managing director of a financial consulting firm in New York City.

(Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-57336046-10391709/behind-the-financial-crisis-a-fraud-investigator-talks/?tag=contentBody;currentVideoInfo)

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The Vatican Library: On CBS-60 Minutes

I hope this link to CBS60 Minutes” Program, on the Vatican’s Library, will inspire you to value the written tradition: Culture exist, because humans exist: It is Our doing, and our legacy, and like everything else human, it only is as strong as the weakest link in the long chain of event we call history. In this case that link is your interest in the history of culture.