Posts by Alexis Chapman

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On January 7th the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. One of the most notable, and most confusing ...
Don’t be Jealous, They’re Not Very Good Guidelines

The Government’s New Dietary Guidelines Aren’t For Us, They’re For The Government

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On January 7th the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. One of the most notable, and most confusing things about the 2015 Guidelines is that they’re not actually for individual Americans. According to the Introduction
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We’ve had a form of universal health care in this country since 1986. That isn’t a typo, that was the year that the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act was passed. It mandated that people have access to ...
The Old System Was Broken, The New System is Sprained.

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Health Care

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We’ve had a form of universal health care in this country since 1986. That isn’t a typo, that was the year that the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act was passed. It mandated that people have access to emergency services even if they can’t pay for them. From 1986 until the implementation of the [&hellip
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In 1976 Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which allowed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require reporting and testing of potentially harmful chemicals. Specifically it addressed PCBs, ...
It May Finally be Getting an Update

Our Toxic Chemical Legislation is 40 Years Out of Date

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In 1976 Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which allowed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require reporting and testing of potentially harmful chemicals. Specifically it addressed PCBs, asbestos, radon, and lead-based paint. If you’re wondering what those things have in common, besides the fact that the
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Governor Christie has been catching some well-deserved grief lately for proudly declaring during the latest Republican debate that he is a friend to King Hussein of Jordan, who has been dead since 1999. It’s funny because ...
One of Many

Chris Christie is a Perfect Example of What’s Wrong with Politics in the U.S.

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Governor Christie has been catching some well-deserved grief lately for proudly declaring during the latest Republican debate that he is a friend to King Hussein of Jordan, who has been dead since 1999. It’s funny because this comment was made while he was criticizing President Obama for not being trustworthy and criticizing his republi
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On December 10th President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In spite of the fact that it’s about eight years late (NCLB expired in 2007) ESSA is being ...
Probably. Maybe. Let’s Wait and See.

Congress Finally Did Something Right!

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On December 10th President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In spite of the fact that it’s about eight years late (NCLB expired in 2007) ESSA is being considered a rare legislative success story. It was drafted and passed with overwhelming support from both [&hellip
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In President Obama’s speech on Sunday responding to the San Bernardino shooting he said, “We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us. Our success won’t depend on tough talk, or abandoning our ...
Only We Can Do That

Terrorists Can’t Ruin Our Civil Liberties

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In President Obama’s speech on Sunday responding to the San Bernardino shooting he said, “We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us. Our success won’t depend on tough talk, or abandoning our values, or giving into fear. That’s what groups like ISIL are hoping for.” This is a reasonable goal [&hellip
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If you live in one of the states or counties that recently banned microbeads, or if you’re anticipating the passage of the federal law banning them, or if you just don’t think it’s a good idea to dump millions of tiny ...
There Ought to be a Law!

Your Toiletries Might Be Killing You. And the Environment. And People in Congo.

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If you live in one of the states or counties that recently banned microbeads, or if you’re anticipating the passage of the federal law banning them, or if you just don’t think it’s a good idea to dump millions of tiny pieces of plastic into the water, then you may have recently stopped buying toiletries [&hellip
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As my colleague Adrienne Boettinger pointed out on Friday, Americans are over 35,000 times more likely to die in a car crash than to be killed by a terrorist. The House recently took swift and decisive (and wrong) action to ...
You Might Want To Stay Off The Roads

Beep Beep! Bad Transportation Legislation Coming Through.

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As my colleague Adrienne Boettinger pointed out on Friday, Americans are over 35,000 times more likely to die in a car crash than to be killed by a terrorist. The House recently took swift and decisive (and wrong) action to protect us from terrorists and since driving is by far the greater threat, politicians must [&hellip
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On November 8, Myanmar, formerly Burma, held elections for 75% of it’s Parliamentary seats. The people of Myanmar have been working for over 5 decades to exercise their right to self-governance. These elections are an ...
Hopefully.

Heads Up World, Democratization in Progress.

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On November 8, Myanmar, formerly Burma, held elections for 75% of it’s Parliamentary seats. The people of Myanmar have been working for over 5 decades to exercise their right to self-governance. These elections are an amazing achievement and huge step towards democracy. In the months and years to come we should support the people of [&h
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