The Radium Girls

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Marie and Pierre Curie experimenting with radium,
a drawing by: André Castaigne
This drawing is said to be considered: Public Domain

 

A good friend on Facebook alerted me to this vital information this morning and because it has been an important part of my past, I felt compelled to share it here.

This ugly story is about yet another way that Humans have caused mortal harm often, with little concern, to their fellow Humans.

Years ago, we had Native Friends in the East who had developed severe physical afflictions from growing up in Arizona during the time when Uranium mining  was being  done with little regard to the effect it would have on Humans, primarily the Native people who lived near the mining areas there.

This was not the only instance of US mining processes harming Native people, there were many others, all just as deadly.

From the information gleaned from my searches this morning, it seems that we have a lengthy history in this country of deliberate neglect, and willful intent to harm others on a regular basis and shamefully for profit.

This is the story of the women, most of who worked in the Eastern United States, New Jersey to be exact, in factories making products often for the US Government, that would in a very short time and after great suffering on their part, end their lives.

They, without their consent or knowledge, were being poisoned by radiation from Radium.

At this time in our early US history, many people freely used, or worked with and handled, this what is now known to be deadly substance.

Even Marie Curie the renowned Polish Scientist, who won two Nobel Prizes, one in Chemistry and one in Physics, was not exempt from their lethal effects.

She was not only the first woman to win one, but she was also the only woman to win two!

After a lifetime of one brilliant accomplishment after another, sadly, her work with this very dangerous substance, Radium, would eventually cause her death.

Her development of  aplastic anemia was said to be linked to  her bad  habit of carrying toxic, radioactive isotope test tubes in her lab coat pockets.

Tragically, Madame Curie, like the other Radium Girls, would in the end, succumb to the very evil that she had helped to discover.

 

Places to learn more:

‘Radium Girls’ Remembered for Role in Shaping US Labor Law

Marie Curie

Uranium mining in Arizona

Mae Keane, One Of The Last ‘Radium Girls,’ Dies At 107

Medicine: Radium Women

The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls and the Generation that brushed its Teeth with Radioactive Toothpaste

U tube video – Radium City

Radium Girls

Deadly Debacles

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Both of our PT Cruisers may have parts in them from Takata’s Mexico Plant.
Picture credit: Walkingfox

The news this week of serious Air Bag flaws and failures, has been an alarming and terrifying one for car owners everywhere and two Floridians were also among the victims, one lost an eye, the other tragically, lost her life.

The once very much respected auto addition mandated by N.H.T.S.A. and other safety programs many years ago, now, can and have killed people.

One of the factors that has been suggested to cause this air bag failure is said to be humidity, which makes those of us living here in Florida feeling more than a little nervous right now.

The fact that the guilty makers of the air bags and the car companies who did not alert consumers immediately show how little respect or concern all of them have for us, those who keep them in business.

So these car companies: Honda, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda and Mitsubishi have had about 14 million cars recalled for air bag issues.

Takata, one of the world’s  biggest air bag manufacturers, is one of those who makes the air bags in question.

And they and others, are doing what they all usually do, waiting to see how the fall out goes.

A worrisome fact just learned today, is that a factory that Takata has admitted may  have made defective air bags was at one of their plants in Mexico more than ten years ago.

Both of our PT Cruisers were made there.

It has not been recalled, to our knowledge.

As in the recent past with the countless other recalls, some of the car makers have been sullenly, deadly, silent in their egregious failure to protect people.

This nightmare for owners of the recalled cars is not new, it has been going on with no clue to the terrified owners since at least 2004 and that is ten long deadly years!

Globally auto makers have brought this on themselves with denials and foot-dragging responses over recalls in the recent past.

It is not just one, it is too many and it is inexcusable.

Exactly, how much is a human life worth to these companies?

Apparently not a lot!

With the recent ignition switches failures and other terrifying events in the news nearly daily here, is it any wonder that people are afraid to but a new car, or now even a used one?

This ugly mess is completely of their own making, they are guilty and they know it.

But as someone at Ford was long ago quoted as saying, these may be the just the newest,  “acceptable losses.”

Well, in the end, the consumer may just have the last word on this issue and say, “enough.”

“Hey Auto makers, we refuse to put up with, or accept another one of your deadly Debacles!”

 

Places to  learn more:
Consumer Advisory: Vehicle Owners with Defective Airbags Urged to Take Immediate Action 

Japanese Air Bags Killing People Worldwide: ‘It Looked Like A Stabbing’

Air Bag Flaw

Blinded by an airbag: Teenager suffers devastating injuries

Recall of exploding air bags now covers almost 8 million cars

Eustis man claims faulty air bag blinded him

Few Answers After an Alert on Takata Airbags

Now the Air Bags Are Faulty, Too