The coming AO of these Present Wars of Choice

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And you’ll never guess just what they found in that dust!!!!

Iraq, Kuwait dust may carry dangerous elements

MC2 Ace Rheaume / Navy Builder 2nd Class Eric Clark, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, is caught in a sandstorm May 4 at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. A Navy study suggests that dust from Afghanistan contains metals that may cause respiratory problems and brain damage.

Dec 8, 2010 – Researchers studying dust in Iraq and Kuwait say tiny particles of potentially hazardous material could be causing a host of problems in humans, from respiratory ailments to heart disease to neurological conditions.

After taking samples, scientists found fungi, bacteria and heavy metals – including uranium – that could all cause long-term health effects.

“You can see the dust,” said Dale Griffin, an environmental public health microbiologist with the U.S. Geologic Survey. “It’s what we can’t see that will get you.”

Three recent reports detail the problems, and Griffin said there are more to come. {read rest}

What one researcher found:

Heavy metals

Microbiologists Dale Griffin of the U.S. Geologic Survey and Capt. Mark Lyles of the Naval War College analyzed dust samples taken in Iraq and Kuwait in 2004 and found a wide range of heavy metals at rates in excess of World Health Organization maximum safe exposure guidelines. Some don’t even have maximum exposure guidelines because they are not expected to be present in airborne dust. The elements of “greatest concern” and the proportions found in dust samples:

• Arsenic at 10 parts per million: poisonous and can cause long-term health effects or death.

• Chromium at 52 parts per million: linked to lung cancer and respiratory ailments.

• Lead at 138 parts per million: can lead to headaches, nausea, muscle weakness and fatigue.

• Nickel at 562 parts per million: can lead to lung cancer, respiratory issues, birth defects and heart disorders.

• Cobalt at 10 parts per million: can lead to asthma and pneumonia.

• Strontium at 2,700 parts per million: linked to cancer.

• Tin at 8 parts per million: can cause depression, liver damage, immune system and chromosomal disorders, a shortage of red blood cells, and brain damage that can lead to anger, sleeping disorders, forgetfulness and headaches.

• Vanadium at 49 parts per million: can cause lung and eye irritation, damage to the nervous system, behavioral changes and nervousness.

• Zinc at 206 parts per million: can cause anemia and nervous system disorders.

• Manganese at 352 parts per million: linked to metabolic issues, Parkinson’s disease and bronchitis.

• Barium at 463 parts per million: can cause breathing problems, heart palpitations, muscle weakness and heart and liver damage.

• Aluminum at 7,521 parts per million. Aluminum was of particular concern to Lyles and Griffin because the metal has recently been linked to “multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases.”

The above article, from the Navy Times continues with possibilities but also contains this:

In a separate study, Griffin researched dust in Kuwait and around the world, and reviewed other studies, and found that bacteria can be carried by the wind. He said that finding contradicts military researchers during the 1991 Persian Gulf War era who did no microbiological research because they incorrectly concluded the region was too hot for anything to live in the desert sand.

A recent Military Times analysis of military health data from 2001 to 2009 showed the rate of respiratory issues among active-duty troops rose by 32 percent; cardiovascular disease rose 30 percent; pregnancy and birth complications were up 47 percent; and neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, were up nearly 200 percent.

Watch the nut cases calling themselves repubs and being kombat keyboarders start with the “Hey we found the WMD’s!!!”

Because we put ’em there, like we did as to what Saddam once had, won’t strike their fancy in the least!!

The Agent Orange of these wars of choice, and the same types of long term results the residents and soldiers will be facing!


    • jimstaro on December 8, 2010 at 22:54

    If this bill passes guess what, the American people will Still not be ‘Sacrificing’ for their Wars, especially the Wealthy who made that wealth, over the past decade, either directly or indirectly from these Wars!

    I give a pass, reluctantly, to the greater majority of us, we were screwed even before the tax cut bill was signed as the gas prices started rising rapidly, the wealthy can write those costs off same for the corporations, we burned up our meager cut out the exhaust pipes and have since. Oh ya, they’re forecasting over three dollars a gallon by christmas, talk taxes and watch the fuel go up and wages down!!

    • jimstaro on December 8, 2010 at 23:13

    {speaking of agent orange and vietnam}

    Emma Smith completes voyage around the world

    08 December 2010 – Emma Smith is a Louisburg resident who recently left for a journey around the Earth as part of her college education. The following is an update of what she has experienced since her last published story in the Nov. 3 issue of the Herald.

    I wrote my last update from Singapore, and since then, I have been to Vietnam, Hong Kong, mainland China and Japan, and I have fallen in love with Asia


    While I loved visiting all of these countries, Vietnam affected me the most, as I had several opportunities to participate in service projects, two of which I organized.

    I had the opportunity to work one-on-one with young girls from the Little Rose Warm Shelter who had been rescued from human trafficking. The shelter was on the outskirts of the red-light district of Ho Chi Minh City, which was one of the poorest in all of Southeast Asia. The girls ranged in age from 10 to 17, and I was able to stay with them at their shelter, see where they lived and worked, hear their stories and just spend time with them.

    All of these girls are placed into different occupational training, such as beauty school or learning how to be tailors, rather than school, so that they can provide for themselves once they are 18 and on their own. The resilience these young girls possessed was inspiring; it was astonishing to me that after all they had gone through in their short lives, they still were able to laugh and enjoy one another’s company.

    I was also blessed with the opportunity to be able to stay for a couple days at Thien Phuoc Orphanage an hour outside of Ho Chi Minh City. The orphanage serves children who have been abandoned because of birth defects, most of which were caused by indirect exposure to Agent Orange. At least half of the 100 children living in the orphanage could not even hold their own heads up, so they lay on cots all day, every day. My job was to help feed, bathe and play with the children who could not do anything for themselves. It was heartbreaking to see and realize that it was my country that did that to them; that was our Agent Orange. {read rest}

    Real Education not found in the classrooms of the education industry, but the type of life long direct experiences, life and work, we all individually have!

  1. seen that before in Holdren’s geo-engineering to combat global warming.  US Air Force for radar enhancement.

    AP for armor piercing-depleted uranium, what part of “depleted” do I not believe.

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