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abelruss 03/17/2008 5:29am

A tactile flag! I love it!

abelruss 02/04/2008 11:29am

It’s better to eliminate the poison than cloak it…

When I was working as a toxicologist I spent a great deal of time on this. The problem I have with the whole approach is that we could be using propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol, and that would solve the poisoning problem. Propylene glycol is known to be much less toxic (it’s even used as an antidote for ethylene glycol poisoning). And it’s on the market- I use it in my car. Sierra or something is one brand. Bittering agents are problematic because (a) we don’t know anything about their potential toxicities and (b) they don’t really work to prevent baby poisonings (baby gulps, then tastes) and may not help animals either (although I could see a plausible argument about the ways animals lap up the poison slowly). I think a better bill would phase out ethylene glycol altogether.

abelruss 01/30/2008 8:47am

Couldn’t “other water-dependent coastal-related business” include things like Portland (Maine)‘s shitty tourist shit? I’m thinking of, specifically, docking for 4,000-person luxury liners, or even worse the whole waterfront complex of hotel-parking-bullshit.

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abelruss 01/17/2008 5:44am

I doubt it, or at least it would be low on her list of priorities. She’s been supportive of the big business farm bill:

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070827/nichols

abelruss 01/17/2008 5:42am

This looks great, and especially for those of you in Worcester check out section 13.

abelruss 01/16/2008 8:16am

Michael Pollan’s take on it…

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_4908.cfm


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abelruss’ Supported Bills

Bill Status Last Action
H.Res.333 Impeaching Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors. (110th congress) Introduced May 04, 2007
H.R.2364 Local Food and Farm Support Act (110th congress) Introduced Jul 17, 2007
H.R.2401 Nutrition and Opportunities for the Underserved and Rural Incentives to Secure the Heartland Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Jun 26, 2007
S.2398 Stop Outsourcing Security Act (110th congress) Introduced Nov 16, 2007
S.1673 Promoting American Agricultural and Medical Exports to Cuba Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Dec 11, 2007
H.R.2819 Promoting American Agricultural and Medical Exports to Cuba Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Jul 18, 2007
H.R.5529 International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Mar 04, 2008
H.R.5560 Right to Clean Vehicles Act (110th congress) Introduced Mar 06, 2008
S.2690 American Braille Flag Memorial Act (110th congress) Introduced Mar 04, 2008

abelruss’ Opposed Bills

Bill Status Last Action
H.R.2419 Farm Bill Extension Act of 2007 (110th congress) Bill Is Law May 22, 2008
S.1959 Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Aug 02, 2007
H.R.1955 Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (110th congress) House Passed Oct 24, 2007
H.J.Res.15 Recognizing the contributions of the Christmas tree industry to the United States economy. (110th congress) House Passed Dec 19, 2007
H.R.4936 Antifreeze Bittering Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Jan 16, 2008
H.R.875 Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (111th congress) Introduced Apr 23, 2009