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PostArctica: Person Of The Year

And now it’s time to make the long awaited announcement!

Neath Turcot’s Person Of The Year

*gnaws open envelope*

And the winner is…for making something artful, for bringing sublime elegance to activism, for courage beyond the call of duty, for a willingness to be silly while being serious and not seeing a paradox in that, and for having the foresight to do something unique in order to make his wife laugh while she began chemotherapy, but most of all, for making complete strangers smile from straight out in left field in a multitude of locations…

Bob Carey of The Tutu Project!

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Art Threat: P.INK takes heathcare to an unexpected place: the tattoo parlour

As a man with no tattoos, Noel Franus is an unlikely candidate as the founder of P.INK: an organization that connects breast cancer survivors with tattoo ideas and artists.

But as anyone with a family member who is also a breast cancer survivor can attest, the urge to do something to help can be strong. For Franus, the urge struck when his sister-in-law Molly was diagnosed with breast cancer and was surprised to learn that after her mastectomy she’d be short two nipples.

“There were no resources for women with breast cancer, doing reconstruction, wanting to do something (Read more…)

Earthgauge Radio: Interview with Dr. James Brophy about a groundbreaking study on the links between workplace pollutants and breast cancer

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On Earthgauge Radio this week, I featured an interview with Dr. James Brophy who is an adjunct professor at the University of Windsor and the co-author of a groundbreaking new study demonstrating that women working in particular occupations have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, likely due to exposure to toxic chemicals and environmental pollutants. Click the audio player to stream the interview or right click here to download.

This research, which was published in the prestigious online journal Environmental Health, seems to support growing evidence of the links between pollutants in our environment and the risks of developing

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Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio December 13 2012: Cancer in the workplace and the crisis of ocean acidification

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This week on Earthgauge Radio, we’re talking about environmental health and ocean acidification. I have two interviews on the program today:

Dr. James Brophy, co-author of a groundbreaking new study demonstrating that women working in particular occupations have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, likely due to exposure to toxic chemicals and environmental pollutants Dr. Robert Rangeley of the World Wildlife Fund of Canada who will explain why the rapid acidification of the word’s oceans threatens many forms of marine life and may even endanger the oceanic food chain

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Earthgauge Radio: On Earthgauge Radio tomorrow: Getting cancer at work and the ticking timebomb of ocean acidification

Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio, I am pleased to present a feature interview with Dr. James Brophy, who is the co-author of a groundbreaking new study demonstrating that women working in particular occupations have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Their research found that women employed in the automotive plastics industry, for instance, were almost five times as likely to develop breast cancer, prior to menopause, as women in the control group. The research results have created quite a stir in the cancer research community and our discussion tomorrow is not to be missed!

We’ll also have an interview from

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DeSmogBlog: Is Your Water Bottle Giving You Cancer? New Study Reveals Shocking BPA Dangers

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Bisphenol A, or BPA for short, has been in the spotlight for decades, with both the chemical industry and occasionally the federal government touting its safety, while independent, non-industry funded scientific studies show us how dangerous the chemical truly is. The latest news regarding BPA is no different, with new independent studies showing that the common chemical has the potential to increase the risk of breast cancer when exposure occurs in the womb.

BPA is a common chemical used primarily in the production of plastics, such as baby bottles, canned goods (lining the inside of cans), soda

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Those Emergency Blues: What Breast Cancer Is and Is Not

Susan G. Komen Run for the Cure doesn’t have much of a direct presence on this side of the border, so I could watch the recent public relations train wreck here with a sort of Olympian dispassion and, I have to admit, grim satisfaction. Frankly I’ve never been a fan of Komen’s “pinkwashing” everything related to breast cancer, which seemed to both infantilize breast cancer sufferers and trivialize the larger social and health care issues related to the disease. Breast cancer sufferers need dignity and real research, I think, not pink ribbons used as a marketing tool for corporations. My

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Fallout from the Komen disaster. New-found power for pro-choice voices.

Sitting back after the dust has settled on Susan G. Komen’s awkward about-face (which is actually no about-face at all but a bit of temporary cover), one thing has become clear. Komen has given back the voice of the pro-choice movement, too long drowned out by the money and loud talking heads . . . → Read More: Fallout from the Komen disaster. New-found power for pro-choice voices.

The Komen Decision that was Totally Not Political

…but was secretly nurtured and guided by former Bush Press Secretary and Planned Parenthood critic Ari Fleisher: Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush and prominent right-wing pundit, secretly helped guide Komen Foundation’s disastrous strategy regarding Planned Parenthood. Fleischer personally interviewed candidates for the position of “Senior Vice President for Communications and External [...]

The ever shifting winds at the Susan G. Komen foundation

You can usually tell a guilty person by the way that person shifts the excuses for a crime. The more the excuses change and evolve, the guiltier the person appears.

The Susan G. Komen foundation is in big trouble. Not so much money-wise – it’s raking in the cash from the far right and anti-choice crowd. But it’s the credibility issue and the ability to reach all people that is stifling

The Personal gets Political

Nearly two dozen US Senators have signed onto a letter urging the Susan G Komen Foundation to reverse its despicable and sleazy Planned Parenthood decision: The pressure on the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation to reverse its decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings for poor people — a [...]

Lizz Winstead knocks it out of the park re: Komen and Planned Parenthood

Of all the posts, tweets and articles on the Komen Cave, Winstead brings the fire and the facts together in the best summation of the whole bamboozle by Brinker and co. Lizz needs to go on Fox News or CNN and debate Nancy Brinker or VP Karen Handel.

So far, Komen is pulling a Palin, hiding away from not only direct confrontation but from answering any questions about its withdrawal of support

Planned Parenthood gains back the $ it lost to ideology-driven Susan G. Komen turnabout

From Dammit Janet!

While the the big news, and the ultimately sad news, is that the Susan G. Komen foundation has allowed far-right evangelical ideology to interfere with its formerly well-respected humanitarian work, the news that Planned Parenthood has replaced the $650K it lost from Komen so quickly is good news, indeed.

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Planned Parenthood gains back the $ it lost to ideology-driven Susan G. Komen turnabout

From Dammit Janet!

While the the big news, and the ultimately sad news, is that the Susan G. Komen foundation has allowed far-right evangelical ideology to interfere with its formerly well-respectable and humanitarian work, the news that Planned Parenthood has replaced the $650K it lost from Komen so quickly is good news, indeed.

You can bet the coffers will become even fuller in the future,

All About the Timing

The movie “Pink Ribbons“, which explores breast cancer fundraising by groups like Susan G Komen, is being released tomorrow. Komen’s decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood has been in the works for some time now; one top Komen official quit over it in December. As Dave suggests, the Komen Foundation had to know “Pink [...]

#Occupy The Cure

I’ve either got the flu or I’m nauseated by the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood fiasco. I’ll take Door #2, SGK/PP, for $200 — the donation that will now go fucking directly to Planned Parenthood since Komen made the ill-advisedly cruel decision to aquiesce to the ideological pressure of fetus fetishists on its board and cut [...]

Angela Lanfranchi is Not a Feminist

I feel like I’m going more and more annoyed as time passes with pro-lifers who think that it is feminist (for whatever reason), to deny women the right to our bodily integrity. And now, they are combining that strange hybrid of feminism and misog… . . . → Read More: Angela Lanfranchi is Not a Feminist

Those Emergency Blues: Where Breasts Meet Art

Breast casts of various celebrities customized and tarted up by artists (more breasts here) to be auctioned and proceeds going to the Keep-a-Breast Foundation, a charity which promotes breast cancer awareness. The charity has been in the news lately because assorted fuddy-duddies principals and school boards have banned students wearing the charity’s “I ♥ Boobies” bracelets as a [...] . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Where Breasts Meet Art

Things Are Good: Sponsored Post: Foxy Bingo’s Breast Cancer Campaign

Foxy Bingo has a campaign right now dedicated to the Breast Cancer Campaign to help treat people suffering from breast cancer. Here’s a little about UK-based Breast Cancer Campaign: What are we doing? We currently support 105 research projects, worth over £17.3 million in 31 centres of excellence across the UK and Ireland. What have we done? In [...] . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Sponsored Post: Foxy Bingo’s Breast Cancer Campaign