Jim Hightower has carefully and exhaustively investigated
nanotechnology and has come
to the following
Wonderful news, folks:The latest Economic Miracle has been found!
Can you say, "nanotechnology?" Better than high tech, we're told, even better than biotech! Nanotech is the golden fleece, the Next Big Thing! It involves lab technicians manipulating microscopic molecules to manufacture synthetic nanoparticles that can be used in computers, lubricants, and other products. These man-made substances are all the rage in economic development circles, with both federal and state governments pushing taxpayer money at this fledgling industry.
Politicos in my state of Texas, for example, are all atwitter
getting a big piece of the nano action, planning to throw scarce public
funds at corporations in order to lure them to choose Texas as a nano
center. But if they choose us n what do we get?
Then there's a little hiccup that neither the politicos nor the
industry want to talk about: These tiny nanoparticles are big-time
toxic. A stunning new study of fish finds that the synthetic molecules
cause severe brain and liver damage and liver damage in the largemouth
bass that were tested, and they wipe out whole populations of small
organisms in water that are a crucial part of the aquatic food chain.
Other studies have found that nanoparticles cause lung damage when
inhaled, raising serious health issues for workers in nanotech
Fish tale retold, but maybe not reinsured
A little story about drugs, bass and balls