UK's gift to the Iraqi children

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  1. Turk

    Turk Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

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  2. wistahpatsfan

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    Corporations are good for people and the environment. They should be trusted and regulated as little as possible.

    Lead pollution from engine exhaust is dispersed into the air and into the vicinity of roads and easily inhaled. Lead is a toxic metal that accumulates and has subtle and insidious neurotoxic effects especially at low exposure levels, such as low IQ and antisocial behavior. It has particularly harmful effects on children. These concerns eventually led to the ban on TEL in automobile gasoline in many countries. For the entire U.S. population, during and after the TEL phaseout, the mean blood lead level dropped from 13 μg/dL in 1976 to only 3 μg/dL in 1991. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control considered blood lead levels "elevated" when they were above 10 μg/dL. Lead exposure affects the intelligence quotient (IQ) such that a blood lead level of 30 μg/dL is associated with a 6.9-point reduction of IQ, with most reduction (3.9 points) occurring below 10 μg/dL.

    Also in the U.S., a statistically significant correlation has been found between the use of TEL and violent crime: taking into account a 22-year time lag, the violent crime curve virtually tracks the lead exposure curve. After the ban on TEL, blood lead levels in U.S. children dramatically decreased.

    ...A decade ago, Octel decided to remain the world's only manufacturer of TEL for cars, after it was banned in the US and Europe. They used high profits from non-western countries to diversify into other products and to pay back investors, mainly US hedge funds run by Connecticut billionaire Jeffrey Gendell. According to prosecutors, the strategy included the corrupt blocking of health campaigns.

    In Iraq, bribes were paid in 2007 to sabotage field trials of MMT, a non-lead alternative additive. In Indonesia, money was poured into a "defence of lead" campaign to pay off local politicians. The phase-out of TEL was successfully delayed for five years. One Octel executive wrote: "As you are aware, Indonesia was planning to go lead free in 2000 … this obviously did not happen for a number of reasons and since 1 January 2000 until the present, we have supplied 28,390 tons of TEL … generating $277 million in revenue."

    We need to get and "Office of Serious Fraud" here in the US like they have in England. Why don't we have one?...I wonder....
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