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Inconclusive by Design

Publication Date:

June 15, 1992

Abstract:

This study examines the history of toxic site investigations by the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), revealing that the ATSDR almost always designs its studies to find no health effects from exposures to toxicants. Take-home message: You will keep ATSDR out of your ...

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Inconclusive by Design, (PDF, 2819 KB)

Stopping the Attackers in Today's Assault Culture

Authors:

Nichols, Nick

Publication Date:

January 1, 2004

Abstract:

A slide show by the PR firm that claims to be "the leader in crisis management and high-stakes communication" for corporations that are being attacked for their products or behavior. Gives reasons why corporations would do well to begin to attack their attackers....

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Stopping the Attackers in Today's Assault Culture, (PDF, 3917 KB)

Precautionary Principle' Could Destroy Business As We Know It

Authors:

Keeble, Pat

Publication Date:

July 1, 2003

Abstract:

News story describing a slide show presentation to the Contra Cost Council by Nick Nichols of the PR firm Nichols-Dezenhall, attacking the precautionary principle and trying to frighten Contra Cost business people into engaging in an attack on the advocates of precaution....

The Dismal Quackery of Eco-Economics

Authors:

Ben-Ami, Daniel

Publication Date:

October 22, 2004

Abstract:

Attacks one basic premise of ecological economics: that the earth is finite and that therefore growth of material throughput must be held within certain limits....

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The Dismal Quackery of Eco-Economics, (TXT, 32 KB)

The Precautionary Principle: Throwing Science Out With the Bath water

Authors:

Anonymous,

Publication Date:

February 1, 2000

Abstract:

This 8-page report was the opening salvo in a coordinated corporate attack on the precautionary principle by two public relations firms (Nichols-Dezenhall and Worthlin Worldwide.)...

The Reading File

Authors:

Anonymous,

Publication Date:

November 21, 2004

Abstract:

Anonymous article that contains an attack on the precautionary principle, based on an article by Daniel Ben-Ami (also contained in this library) titled "The Dismal Quackery of Eco-Economics."...

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The Reading File, (TXT, 5 KB)

Neighborhood Knowledge

Publication Date:

January 15, 2002

Abstract:

Describes the development and use of "environmental indicators" as a way for residents of Oakland to measure how their community is doing, year by year....

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Neighborhood Knowledge, (PDF, 1476 KB)

Early Warning Systems: A Proactive Tool for Labor in the Regional Economy

Authors:

Swinney, Dan

Publication Date:

May 20, 2002

Abstract:

Describes a way to anticipate and prevent the loss or closing of local small businesses....

Kaiser Permanente Integrated Pest Management Program

Publication Date:

November 4, 2004

Abstract:

Kaiser Peermanente, a major non-profit health-care provider, is in the process of adopting the precautionary principle in its pest management techniques in and around its facilities....

Health Indicators, Obesity, Diabetes, and Asthma in Seattle

Publication Date:

June 2, 2004

Abstract:

Correspondence from toxicologist Steven G. Gilbert to Tom Hauger, Seattle Department of Planning and Development, dated June 2, 2004, suggesting that the comprehensive plan should incorporate indicators of obesity, diabetes and asthma and set goals for reducing these diseases....
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