By David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, TomDispatch —
A hidden epidemic is poisoning America. The toxins are in the air we breathe and the water we drink, in the walls of our homes and the furniture within them. The culprit behind this silent killer is lead, vinyl, formaldehyde and thousands more innovations brought to us by the industries that once promised “better living through chemistry.”
Was lead a driver of the late 20th century surge in violent crime, drops in IQ, cognitive deficits and incidences of ADHD? Mounting evidence at the national, state, city and individual levels—and across the world—strongly suggest it was.
Russian authorities have arrested a student for allegedly posting a video of the apparent execution of two men by a neo-Nazi group, although authorities still don’t know who recorded the video or carried out the attack.