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

Tawdry Trump

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Donald Trump, speaking at CPAC, February 10, 2011 in Washington D.C.
Picture credit: Gage Skidmore

 

After watching a film not long ago  called  You’ve been Trumped  about Trump’s vicious and vile treatment of both a people and a place, as he forced a new Golf Course onto a small town in Scotland and the eventual sad outcome, seeing this glaring headline this morning in my mail, made me smile.

Everyone must eventually meet their Karma Donald and yours is about to be served up on a plate so big, that it may make even you choke!

This man, whom I consider the very persona of evil in America, is also the purist definition of a Bully.

And, he has been this way all of his life.

Trump has in the past, gotten his way, by brute force, or any number of other despicable means, nearly 100 % of the time.

But with this latest business failure, and even more  huge job losses, the Trump name may no longer be one many, or hopefully any, want to be associated with in a financial venture.

What Trump and too many Casinos did to Atlantic City is sad.

The once beautiful Boardwalk is now left trying to deal with repeated failing Casinos and hoping to find a way to clean up its now somewhat tarnished image.

Will those casinos still remaining avoid the same fate of those closing and closed, only time will tell if Atlantic City will become a Ghost Town?

The Governor is adamant that all will be fine:

Talks focus on fixing Atlantic City, with a Vegas assist

As you may gather, I have a very low opinion of Casinos and what they do to an area and the people who live there.

My complete  opposition to them, is perfectly matched by Walkingfox,  who watched them destroy both his Mohegan people and their culture in Connecticut with the two biggest Casinos in America.

What bothers most about Trump,  is that in spite of the huge wakes of destruction he usually leaves behind in his failed business deals, somehow, he always seems to land on his feet and come out without a scratch.

He is always able to walk away, to start over again with a new idea and a new group of sucker investors who like Trump, are driven by pure greed and have left their morals back home with their grandmothers.

Now, as always, Trump smiles his artificial smile, and talks his way out of every mess that he gets into and the innocent dupes close to him in any form of business transaction,  are left to deal with what he has done.

But hopefully one day, when Trump’s Karma comes to call, all the world will see this disgusting man for what he truly is:
Tawdry Trump.

 

Places to learn more:

You’ve Been Trumped

UPDATE 2-Trump Entertainment files for bankruptcy again

The Daily Docket: Trump-Branded Atlantic City Resorts File for Bankruptcy

The rise and fall… and rise and fall of Atlantic City

Trump casinos are latest filing for bankruptcy

Another Trump-named casino in Atlantic City files for bankruptcy

Donald Trump fails to deliver on golf resort jobs pledge

Trump Taj Mahal Closing In Atlantic City? Donald Trump Gloats: ‘When I Left, That’s When It Went Bad’