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Money Means More than Our Nation’s Health to Some Republicans

Thanks, Bush… 

In an attempt to raise the nation’s historically low rate of breast-feeding, federal health officials commissioned an attention-grabbing advertising campaign a few years ago to convince mothers that their babies faced real health risks if they did not breast-feed. It featured striking photos of insulin syringes and asthma inhalers topped with rubber nipples.

Plans to run these blunt ads infuriated the politically powerful infant formula industry, which hired a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and a former top regulatory official to lobby the Health and Human Services Department. Not long afterward, department political appointees toned down the campaign.

The formula industry’s intervention — which did not block the ads but helped change their content — is being scrutinized by Congress in the wake of last month’s testimony by former surgeon general Richard H. Carmona that the Bush administration repeatedly allowed political considerations to interfere with his efforts to promote public health.

HHS Toned Down Breast-Feeding Ads – washingtonpost.com

New ReveNews

The new ReveNews site is slowly resolving across the interwebs.

You can even email me at my new (mostly) default email addy: sam@revenews.com

Official re-launch of ReveNews on Monday. 

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Assyrian, Babylonian, Sumerian Translator Created

Wow… great news: 

“A new online translator that can translate Assyrian, Babylonian, Sumerian and Egyptian hieroglyphics (1 of the 3 types anyway) has been developed. This is the first time I ever saw a translator for cuneiform. Something like this would be great for translating interesting historical records like the Amarna Letters.”

Slashdot | Assyrian, Babylonian, Sumerian Translator Created