The Syrian government, it seems, has used chemical weapons on its own citizens -- and the United States finds itself on the brink of a military intervention. Abe and Joe examine the history of Syria, its relationships with its neighbors, and the disastrous consequences of yet another military misadventure in the Middle East.
Joe Uris hosts a discussion of BPA and a lack of regulation in the U.S.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that has been present in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s.
BPA exhibits hormone-like properties at high dosage levels that raise concern about its suitability in consumer products and food containers where exposure is orders of magnitude lower. A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified possible hazards to fetuses, infants, and young children.
It seems that American and Canadian oil companies are producing more crude than their exissting pipeline network can carry. The answer, in the short term, has been to ship the oil by rail. The Vancouver, Wash. port commission last week cleared the way for the construction of a massive terminal, where railroad oil from North Dakota would be loaded onto ships bound for West Coast refineries. Among other places the trains would run through Oregon.
Trains are fun and all, but sometimes they, y'know, blow up.
In America, it seems, one can gun down a fellow citizen if one feels threatened. Or if one thinks the fellow citizen is a tad bit dark-skinned to be in one's neighborhood. Or carrying some dime-store candy.
Blowing the whistle on abuses of power used to be a laudable act, a hallmark of transparent democracy and a sign of a society's commitment to civil liberties and the rule of law. Not any more. Abe and Joe discuss Edward Snowden and the modern American surveillance state.