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“Project Censored brings to light some of the most important stories of the year that you never saw or heard about. This is your chance to find out what got buried.” –Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System.
“Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.” —Walter Cronkite
“[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives.” —Ralph Nader
“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“[Censored] offers devastating evidence of the dumbing-down of main-stream news in America. . . . Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens.” —Los Angeles Times
“Project Censored shines a spotlight on news that an informed public must have . . . a vital contribution to our democratic process.” —Rhoda H. Karpatkin, president, Consumer’s Union
“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
“In another home run for Project Censored, Censored 2013 shows how the American public has been bamboozled, snookered, and dumbed down by the corporate media. It is chock-full of ‘ah-ha’ moments where we understand just how we’ve been fleeced by banksters, stripped of our civil liberties, and blindly led down a path of never-ending war.” –Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK.
“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney
“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
“Activist groups like Project Censored . . . are helping to build the media democracy movement. We have to challenge the powers that be and rebuild media from the bottom up.” —Amy Goodman
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“At a time when the need for independent journalism and for media outlets unaffiliated with and untainted by the government and corporate sponsors is greater than ever, Project Censored has created a context for reporting the complete truths in all matters that matter. . . . It is therefore left to us to find sources for information we can trust. . . . It is in this task that we are fortunate to have an ally like Project Cen-sored.” —Dahr Jamail
“For ages, I’ve dreamed of a United States where Project Censored isn’t necessary, where these crucial stories and defining issues are on the front page of the New York Times, the cover of Time, and in heavy rotation on CNN. That world still doesn’t exist, but we always have Project Censored’s yearly book to pull together the most important things the corporate media ignored, missed, or botched.” –Russ Kick, author of You Are Being Lied To, Everything You Know Is Wrong, and the New York Times bestselling series The Graphic Canon.
“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States

4. RADIOACTIVE WASTE AND THE DANGERS OF FOOD IRRADIATION

Despite serious questions concerning effectiveness and consumer safety, the U.S. Department of Energy plans to set-up 1000 food irradiation facilities around the country within the next 10 years. Food irradiation is a process where food is put on a conveyor belt and exposed to radiation from a radioactive source such as cobalt-60 or cesium-137. Since it is a process which can utilize radioactive waste, it is particularly attractive to DOE since it “completes the nuclear fuel cycle” reducing wastes that require disposal to a minimum.

The DOE’s planned facilities are of the same type as Radiation Sterilizers in Decatur, Georgia. An accident was discovered there on June 6, 1988, in which a capsule containing deadly radioactive cesium had broken open, contaminating the irradiation chamber, adjacent offices, and 25,000 gallons of water. Ten workers were exposed to the cesium and 70,000 medical supply containers and milk cartons had to be recalled since several milk cartons, waiting to be shipped to Florida, revealed radioactivity. DOE had previously declared the cesium capsules to be fool-proof.

Safety concerns are not limited to irradiation facilities. Research indicates that the evidence of somatic and genetic hazard from consuming irradiated foods is far greater than either the FDA or the proponents of food are willing to admit. Adverse findings indicate that irradiating food:

— creates conditions that may encourage the mutation of microorganisms or the evolution of radiation-resistant strains; — dosages kill off bacteria that ordinarily signal spoilage of foods (through foul odor, taste, or texture) and may allow the survival of other dangerous bacteria, giving rise to, for example, the botulin toxin;

— can stimulate carcinogenic aflatoxin-producing molds;

— fed to test animals has induced testicular tumors, kidney damage, and chromosomal abnormalities;

— has shown low survival rates among the offspring of test animals given irradiated feed.

A study in India revealed that when malnourished children were fed freshly irradiated wheat they developed abnormal blood cells. Other studies have shown that fruits and vegetables are easily damaged by irradiation and may rot even faster than non-irradiated produce. Most consumers are not well-informed about food irradiation nor are they aware of the well-documented studies which suggest that it is not safe. Nor do they know that food irradiation facilities will allow DOE to utilize large amounts of radioactive waste in the processing of their food.

About the only thing that can be honestly said about food irradiation is that neither the FDA nor anyone else knows if it is safe but that substantial evidence indicates that foods treated with radiation are damaging to health.

SOURCES:

THE WORKBOOK, April/June 1988, “Food Irradiation: Its Environmental Threat, Its Toxic Connection,” by Judith H. Johnsrud, Ph.D., pp 47-58; NORTHERN SUN NEWS, December 1988, “Update on food irradiation,” by JoAnne Korkid.

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