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16 сентября 2013, 23:30

UEFA Champions League - The Four Rules To Follow To Hit The Financial Jackpot

Last season UEFA distributed $1.2B to the 32 teams that made it to the group stage of the Champions League. Despite winning the competition Bayern Munich was not the biggest financial winner. While Bayern pocketed $73M and runners up Borussia Dortmund just slightly less at $72M. Juventus of Italy only made it to the quarter final stage but walked away with close to $87M. The other Italian club, AC Milan, was knocked out in the round of 16 but they still managed to collect a very respectable $68M. The reason for what appears to be a nonsensical discrepancy between performance and reward is the “Market-Pool.” Although part of the distribution is based on wins, draws and how far a team progresses 45% is determined by the “Market-Pool.” The “Market-Pool” in the simplest form distributes a significant portion of the TV rights fees paid by domestic broadcasters back to the representatives of that country with weighting based on the previous season’s finish in their respective leagues and respective performances in the current edition of the Champions League . So if you want to win financially here are four rules to follow: 1. Win your league the previous season, 2. Progress deep into the tournament, 3. Represent a domestic market that generates a large TV rights fee (creates a big market-pool) 4. Wish ill-luck on your domestic rivals! The earlier they go out the better for the survivors. Here is what the representatives of the big five leagues in Europe pocketed by participating in last seasons Champions League. The level of pay out should be similar for the 2014 competition.  *UK rights are negotiated inclusive of Scotland and in addition to the amount shown below Celtic also collected $10.7M as part of the UK market pool plus another $20.7M in performance related prize money. There are also some other rights sold on a regional basis - e.g. Scandinavia. Examples of other teams that that did well without making an impact on the tournament included Nordsjaelland of Denmark (Market Pool $15M + Performance $12.1M) and Olympiacos (Market Pool $15.5M + Performance $15.4M). At the other end of the scale BATE Borisov may have beaten Bayern Munich in a group stage match but their Market Pool reward was less than $400,000 but at least it was buttressed with a much healthier Performance payment of $14.1M.

05 сентября 2013, 20:26

How Do I Survive Life As An M&A Associate At A Top Law Firm?

A few practical tips, most of which you probably already use: Live within short walking distance of the office: I paid about $600-800 more in monthly rent to live in midtown east so I could have an average walking commute of 7 minutes (4 if I run and the crosswalk lights work out). Studies show that commuting is one of the unhappiest activities for most people -- this is especially true if you don't look forward to your job. By living close enough that a walk home takes as much time as a bathroom break, you can roll the dice more often and return home for activities like lunch, a quick shower or nap, walk your dog, peck your significant other on the cheek, etc.  You'll have your blackberry and if anyone asks, you were taking a dump in the bathroom or out getting coffee. Get a home office: buy, set up, and practice using: a fast printer, copier/scanner, a quality speakerphone/headphone setup, fax machine, laptop, and basic office supplies. Work remotely from home as much as possible. Just don't try to treat your roommate or spouse like your secretary... Keep basic toiletries and snacks in your office. It's fairly routine to walk into one of the firm's bathrooms at 2 or 3 am and see someone brushing or flossing their teeth. Be that person. Given all the downtime where you'll need to be sitting around waiting for a call, you can relegate certain hygienic activities/chores like cutting your nails or getting a haircut. Find a decent barber, shoeshine, deli, dry-cleaners, chiropractor (you're going to get back pain from all the sitting), pharmacy, and gym near the office. Keep an extra suit and tie, gym clothes, cough drops, plastic utensils, shoes/slippers, sweatpants (AC in some offices can get frigid at night), etc. for those late nights and early mornings. Keeping a Kindle and an iPad (or laptop) in your office won't hurt either. Join a gym or sports team. Staying in shape will help your stamina and keep you in better mental health as well. You'll have an easier time staying awake when you need to and falling asleep when you have the chance to. Joining a team (e.g., soccer, softball, biking) is even better because it will give you a social outlet outside of work, but can be more difficult to maintain because of your crazy and unpredictable hours. Be disciplined about what you put into your body. Don't make a habit of getting beer/wine with lunch unless it's socially expected (e.g., entertaining a client or a summer associate). Try to avoid drinking to excess or by yourself. Try to be healthy on Seamless. Stick to sushi and salads as often as you can, and do not feel obligated to max out your meal allowance. Just because you can spend up to $35 on dinner doesn't mean you should. Try not to drink coffee after 3-4 pm as it may affect your ability to fall asleep later that night. Do NOT take adderall, coke, or any other drugs to stay awake and alert; or any sleeping pills, weed, or other substances to fall asleep -- you will begin to form dependencies. Remind yourself constantly that our profession has the highest rates of depression and substance abuse/addiction. Maintain your friendships and interests outside of law. This will be difficult after you cancel plans at the last minute on your high school or college buddies for the 20th time due to a deal or case blowing up, but it is crucial for your mental health to not be constantly surrounded by colleagues who almost all hate their jobs but can talk about nothing else even when outside of work. Decide what your goals are. If you know already that you don't care about making partner, then you can push back a bit more when the assigning partner or associate calls. If you are considering in-house opportunities, then you should try to develop deeper relationships with your counterpart(s) on the client's side. Having a light at the end of the tunnel to work towards also helps keep your endurance and spirits up. Treat your peers and subordinates with as much or more respect than the partners. As a junior associate, you have the least leverage when it comes to getting quality support. The only way to make the super competent paralegals want to work for you is to be nicer to them than other associates (e.g., don't make people stay late unless absolutely necessary -- do NOT make a junior associate or para stay late just because 30-45 minutes of work MIGHT materialize later in the evening; sack up and do it yourself if that happens; provide regular, unsolicited updates on deal or case status and impending deadlines; if anyone below you on a deal f**ks up and the partner or client notices, own up to it as if it were your own mistake). Get to know the schedules of your team. If the first year working under you has volleyball on Tuesdays, do everything you can to avoid making her stay late on those nights. If a para wants to stay late 2-3 times a week to get the overtime pay, then try to accommodate him. As far as your peers go, there's no reason to act like the job is a competition even if you intend to treat it like one -- maybe especially if you decide to treat it like one. The most ambitious associates at the firms I've worked at were also the ones with the most pleasant facades who tried to be friends with everyone. Nobody rises to the top without allies. Being respected and liked by your peers and your subordinates will show the partners and clients that you are pleasant to work with/for and that you can effectively manage and mentor others. It'll also make your life easier.  For one of the last deals I was staffed on, the senior partner called everyone into his office for a preliminary team meeting early on and talked for 20 minutes about how delighted he was to be working with us and how much he hoped we'd enjoy this deal; then he concluded by turning to me and the other junior and saying: "Oh, by the way, as the deal goes along, if one of you notices that you're no longer being cc-ed as much on emails or given as many assignments, it just means I think you're stupider than the other one." Afterwards, I made it a special point to emphasize to the other junior that I a) did not think of myself as more senior just because I was a 2nd year while he was a 1st year since we were both on rotation and new to this particular practice group; b) already had one foot out the door and thus was not competing with him in any way; and c) thought the partner's speech made him sound like a d-bag. We got along marvelously, and he made my life easier by covering for me and keeping me updated at several crucial moments during the deal. Constantly consider and evaluate your exit options. Even if you intend to stick it out and try for partner, it's good to know what your other choices are. Unless you've already experienced a string of months where you billed 400+ hours and pulled multiple all-nighters but felt like it was a cakewalk, assume that you will burn out at some point. It's just a matter of time. Make it a point to stay in touch with headhunters. Let them take you out for coffee every few months. Keep in touch with your classmates and colleagues (both current and former) to see what industries they're in (or considering switching to) and what opportunities there are outside of biglaw. I know so many lawyers who left to join a startup or found a food company or travel the world like a bum. Hearing those stories is important. If nothing else, it will make you feel more in control and valued because you will know that you're making a deliberate choice by staying. You're choosing to stay here over all your other wonderful options -- not because you don't have any other choices. The moment it stops being worth it, you'll have a headstart on jumping ship. This question originally appeared on Quora. More questions on Attorneys: Why do you love being a lawyer? Is being a lawyer as awesome as it looks on Suits? What are some pieces of legal folk wisdom that seasoned lawyers like to tell new attorneys?

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11 марта 2013, 21:00

A potential move by PokerStars to buy The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in AC is rankling old-school casinos in the region, ostensibly due to the poker website's troubled history. A trade group representing the casinos is urging regulators to reject the bid from PokerStars and seeks to intervene in hearings on the issue. If PokerStars were able to grab a boardwalk casino it opens up the potential for it to seriously undercut live-play poker, especially if New Jersey works out reciprocal online gambling laws with other states.

A potential move by PokerStars to buy The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in AC is rankling old-school casinos in the region, ostensibly due to the poker website's troubled history. A trade group representing the casinos is urging regulators to reject the bid from PokerStars and seeks to intervene in hearings on the issue. If PokerStars were able to grab a boardwalk casino it opens up the potential for it to seriously undercut live-play poker, especially if New Jersey works out reciprocal online gambling laws with other states. Post your comment!

07 марта 2013, 21:16

What's Next for Italy? No Working Government for 7 Months, Then Elections in September

Pier Luigi Bersani has twice ruled out the possibility of a grand coalition with Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right coalition, and Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement wants no part of overtures from Bersani. There is insufficient support for another technocrat. So, the logical conclusion is new elections are forthcoming. But when? Reader "AC" who is from Italy but now lives in France explains ... Hi Mish, Now that elections are over and declarations have been made by the three major party leaders, we can look at what's ahead for Italy. In a nutshell: It's highly likely that no empowered government will be in charge for six months or longer, and in September Italy will be voting again. The first session of the Parliament will take place on 3-15. By 3-20, the presidents of the Chamber and Senate will be elected. The President will then meet with parliament groups to see if a government can be formed. Based on statements made by the key political parties, no grand coalition is possible. By 4-15 the Parliament will seek to elect a new President because the mandate of Napolitano expires on 5-15 and Napolitano has already said he will not accept another term. Outgoing presidents at the end of their term are forbidden by the constitution to call new elections. Therefore, Italy has to wait for the new president to be elected. This process may take until the end of May. It is unlikely that the first act of a newly elected president would be to dissolve the Parliament without any attempt to merge some sort of temporary solution. Look for the new President to seek another technocrat PM who can garner enough support in parliament. Garnering sufficient support in parliament for another technocrat PM also seems impossible. The only choice left would be to call new elections. The problem is that at this point we will likely be at the middle of June. A new election could take place at the end of July or mid-August, but that is the middle of the summer holiday season. I think very unlikely that a President will call elections during that period. So, the earliest month that elections would likely take place is September (with an electoral campaign in August, not exactly the right month for that either). The end result is likely to be a delay of at least 6 months, without a real government able to make significant decisions in the interim. Matteo Renzi, the Mayor of Florence, may be a game-changer in the next elections. I believe he will be the next PM candidate for the Center-Left. A lot of people thinks that if Renzi had been the Center-Left candidate things would have been much different. Let's see. Regards AC Mike "Mish" Shedlock http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.comMike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http://www.sitkapacific.com/account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

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05 марта 2013, 19:34

3 Last Minute Survival Scenarios

Dan and Sheila GendronActivist Post We know that waiting until the last second is not a good idea, but for some it is the only option. So we have taken three possible average scenarios and broken them down for you. All scenarios will include a family of 4 – Mom, Dad and two kids under high school age – living in the suburbs of a megaplex city... Scenario #1 You have a few cases of water. You have some freeze-dried storage food, maybe a 30 day supply.  You have some sleeping bags and some basic camping supplies.  You have a general idea of the area to which you want to go.  You think maybe something might happen in which case you could need to get your family out of the city.  All supplies are in the garage, ready to load into your minivan should the need arise.  You live in a suburban area of a mexaplex city – first and foremost, where the hell are you going to go?If you are starting out with only a general idea of where to go, you are planning to fail. Knowing exactly where you are going and a little preparation are very much in order. Even if your plan is to squat on BLM land, National Forest Service land or private land, only having a general idea of where you are going is dangerous. You, see, in your suburb of a megaplex area, how many other people have the same general idea? Of those of like mind, most likely that's a very high percentage. So have something better than a general idea. Know exactly where you are going; and if it's remote enough, you can hide supplies (not what you must have for survival, but that which you would like to have with you there) in the trees. You just need a cammo cargo net and some rope. Hoist it high into a tree, hidden by the foliage. google_ad_client = "pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 6/30/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8230781418"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; Here is an idea I've been discussing with people lately. Call it “Free Advice”: If you have nowhere to go, then the National Forest my be your best bet. There are several very remote FREE National Forest camp grounds, (http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/list/nflist.htm) that you can take advantage of. There is one around here (20 miles away) that is very remote and almost no one comes around unless it's elk season (Sept. through Dec.). So before you decide on a campground, check out what dates are hunting season. Some National Forest campgrounds have water, some have toilet dumps, most have toilets, some have showers ... I have even seen a laundrette at one, and almost no one ever using it. The occasional park ranger will pass by. The Free campground space can by used for 14 consecutive days at a time. Some park rangers interpret this to mean that you must leave the park; others interpret it that you have to move to another space in the same campground every 14 days. Either way, if you had to leave the park for one day, only to return the next day, that works, too. Next to consider is, what would prompt your leaving? Most everyone completely ignores this one because they believe that when the time comes, they'll “just know”. What is needed is a clear-cut definition of what event would prompt your bugging out. Even if you jump the gun and get to your survival location too soon, you can always go back to suburbia if you feel the coast is still clear. Some possible guidelines would be: war in Syria or Iran, a banking holiday, or if you see military troops in your town setting up checkpoints. Back in the day, there was an old hippie bumper sticker that said, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. It is also true that CNNFOXABCNBCCBSMSNBC et al will NOT have a news flash that says “Martial Law will be declared in 30 minutes, so if you're going to boogie, do it now!” Just remember, if you wait until there is clear unambiguous proof that it's time to go, you just might find yourself in a traffic jam and no farther. For transportation, a minivan is not going to get you any place safe enough. Consider getting something more robust, such as an older pick-up truck (pre-1995 is best – simple electronics, less susceptible to EMP and solar flares) with an extend-a-cab or club-cab for the kids. The RV market has collapsed. Prices have never been lower on used RVs of all types. With a pickup truck you could get a cab-over camper quite inexpensively. These slip into the cargo area of a pick-up. Most sleep 4 or more, have a toilet, shower, water storage tank, oven, range, sink, dining area, a closet and cabinet space. With the economy the way it is, watching Craigslist you will find great bargains. Most people are paying in the neighborhood of $500 for an older but still serviceable cab-over camper. If a pick-up truck is just not something you can do, then you may want to consider a Coleman-type pop-up camper, which can be towed behind even some compact cars with ease (also about $500 on Craigslist). You can use either type of camper to store everything you will need to take with you to your bug-out location, and you'll be able to just hook up and go when it's time, no need to think about what to bring. It's the ultimate “bug-out-bag”. You can have hundreds of pounds of food and water and supplies in it, without having to crowd the supplies and the family into the minivan. If the only water you have is a couple of cases, that won't do it. A case of water is about 2-1/2 gallons of water on average. How many cases can you carry? If you have a cab-over or pop-up camper, both have a fresh water tank to store in the area of 150-200 gallons of water. Check and see if the place you have chosen for your bug-out has any access to water – lake, pond, stream, river, pump, well, etc. The average person, under Spartan conditions, can just get by on one gallon per day – 2 quarts to drink and a couple of quarts for cooking and hygiene. Consider the water you'll need if your food is dehydrated or freeze-dried! So for 4 of you, with a 200 gallon water tank, you would have enough for about 50 days. If all you have is freeze-dried or dehydrated items for food, you will want to have some items to supplement that, so that you don't experience appetite fatigue. We would suggest some of the following be added to your supplies for long-term evacuation: Cocoa Powder  Sugar  Coffee/Tea  Cooking Oil  Flour  Popcorn  Spices  Dried Fruits  Nuts  Jerky  Baking Soda  Vinegar  Molasses  Plus any family favorites, just to break the monotony.  Also, throw into your packing some board games, deck of cards, books, etc., toilet paper and RV toilet sanitizer (blue stuff). If you have extra jeans, socks, shirts, sneakers, shoes/boots – the clothing you bring can be used outdoors with ease – as well as toiletries should also be packed. Don't forget to include a first aid kit. For some of you it will be a military medic/field surgical kit, for others it will be some antiseptic, gauze and tape, depending on your skill level. Scenario #2 You (and your family) are going to stay in your suburban home.  You have 6 cases of water. You have 6 cases of Dinty Moore Beef Stew and a few miscellaneous canned goods.  You have a shotgun.  You don't want to tell your wife and kids what may be coming up in the near future because it will rock their world. Besides, “they'll think I'm nuts.”  In this scenario, there is no need to have a bug-out time definition. But you still need to know what to look for so that you know when to hunker down. So, again, some pre-defined conditions bear strong consideration. What to do, when such and such a thing happens, including a rendezvous place for children to meet you for picking up. Food will be your biggest concern. Let's first deal with the “having”. You'll need to have food. Basically, nothing different than the previous scenario, although not having to consider transportation, you can store more of it. More importantly, you'll need to be covert. Being in the suburbs means being around lots of people. Lots of hungry people. The smell of cooking can attract predators – of all kinds: hungry neighborhood dogs and cats going feral, not to mention your neighbors, themselves, who undoubtedly are hungry. The smell of your cooking anything is going to bring people either knocking on or breaking down your door. What would you do if your kids hadn't eaten in a week and you smelled food? Cooking hot food in the suburban environment could garner you a lot of negative attention. For these reasons, ready-to-eat foods (jerky, dried fruits and vegetables, cookies and crackers) are most desirable. For some of you that might be military MREs. We don't recommend them as a steady diet – too much GMO and MSG to name a few – but in this case they may be useful against hunger while maintaining a low profile. The power that pumps water to your house may well be disabled. That means that you will not have water coming from your faucet, nor to your toilet for flushing. The -Mart stores sell 5 gallon water bottles (like those used in water coolers) for about $5 each. Get yourself as many as you can, fill them and cover them up where you have your storage items. Refer to the above scenario for daily requirements. Also, fill all your sinks and bathtubs with water while you still have power. Place a garbage bag over the sinks and bathtubs to keep the dust out of the water. Often times forgotten, your water heater has a spigot at the bottom of it, from which you can access the water in there as well – usually anywhere from 20-40 gallons of additional, usable water. Some rules about toilet water usage... “If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down.” Save the water from washing up (gray water) to use – as little as possible – to do the flushing. Pour it into the bowl until the “brown goes down”. If you want to pour your gray water into your toilet tank, add rocks (too large to get into the flapper hole) or bricks into the tank so that they take up some of the unnecessary water space. Now, for these scenarios, here is a lesson in “How Not to Be Seen” (with a tip of the hat to Monty Python). For evacuation scenarios, if you are in a very secluded part of say, the National Forest or private land, it's a safe bet that if you encounter other people who are not part of your group, you will be encountering trouble. So my advice would be, “if people move in, move out” and choose another camping sight. Avoid having large, smoky fires that would attract others. Do most of your fireside cooking during the day and avoid nighttime fires completely. Also, avoid loud talking, loud music, etc. Don't think that because you can't see anyone around you, it's okay to play your Led Zeppelin CDs at 800 decibels and no one would notice. You would be surprised how far sound travels in the wilderness, without car noises, people noises, etc., drowning it out. For Suburban How Not to be Seen, use no nighttime lights, even if you have plenty of candles and flashlights. If you do need to illuminate something, do it discretely and for a short time, preferably in a room that has few windows. It's a good idea to put heavy drapes on your windows also, as long as there are no gaps. Avoid going outside and therefore being noticed. If you have a garage, put your car into it. A car parked outside lets others know there are people inside – not what you want to do. The car battery can be used as a 12 volt power source if needed, and you can hook up a 110 AC power inverter to use as a house current power source. “I don't want to tell the wife and kids what may be coming up in the future because I don't want to shake their world.” Better to have them prepared than having to follow your instructions while they are in a panic. Like in the movie Knowing, when the little girl's mother panics, grabs the kids and drives madly toward a cave she knows (so does everyone else), it's not a good situation. It doesn't end well. Even if your family thinks you are a tin-foil-hat-wearing loon, if you have at least told them in advance what the trigger point would be, when that point arrives it will be that much less of a shock and they will be apt to be much more on board when the time comes. At some point they'll have to face it anyway. Better they be prepared than blissfully ignorant until that point. Scenario #3 You (and your family) are already living at your survival retreat.  You are off the grid, self-sufficient and lovin' the life!  When TSHTF, it will just be another day.  Way to go! 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20 февраля 2013, 20:56

Insect Drone Swarms to be "Hidden in Plain Sight"

Nicholas WestActivist Post As drone expert, P.W. Singer said, "At this point, it doesn't really matter if you are against the technology, because it's coming." According to Singer, "The miniaturization of drones is where it really gets interesting. You can use these things anywhere, put them anyplace, and the target will never even know they're being watched." This is the promise made to be fulfilled in the Air Force video below. Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs), combined with the ability to harvest energy, will enable insect-sized drone swarms to be dropped from military aircraft to stay aloft for a prolonged amount of time, offering a host of functions, including assassination. The Air Force is saying that so far only prototypes have been developed but, as we know, military technology is likely decades ahead of what is released to the public. No amount of protest seems to be stopping the drone juggernaut, and it is clear that miniaturization of this technology is paramount; we are merely being acclimatized to what is on the way. Here are some surveillance and detection concepts already in operation, or under development: google_ad_client = "pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 6/30/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8230781418"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; A group of smaller surveillance drones called NAV (nano air vehicles) or MAV already have been commissioned: mapleseed drones; sparrow drones by 2015, dragonfly drones to fly in swarms by 2030, and eventually a housefly drone. And if the reconstruction of nature doesn't pan out, nature itself can be hijacked using electrical impulses to create cyborg surveillance insects being studied at major universities. Nano sensors for use in agriculture that measure crops and environmental conditions. Bomb-sniffing plants using rewired DNA to detect explosives and biological agents. "Smart Dust" motes that wirelessly transmit data on temperature, light, and movement (this can also be used in currency to track cash ... and perform target tagging and assassinations). This has been admitted to having been developed over a decade ago. Nano-based RFID barcodes that can be embedded into any material for tracking of all products . . . and people. Devices to detect molecules, enzymes, proteins and genetic markers -- opening up the door for race-specific bioweapons, as mentioned in the Project For a New American Century's policy paper Rebuilding America's Defenses. In order to solve supposed current battery limitations, the military has been working on a program called MUSIC which will fuse multiple platforms and aim to keep multiple drone systems aloft. In a paper cited by Aerospace and Defense News over a year ago, the three most popular categories of drones will be those with surveillance capabilities: MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) and TUAV (Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - designed for sea-level). In the report is the following statement: Laser-powered UAVs are powered by a laser transmitter which converts power from a primary source, such as a battery, generator or AC powerline, into a single-wavelength beam of light. These UAVs are capable of staying airborne for their entire lifecycle as this method of recharging avoids the need to land and refuel, which may also improve the lifecycle and maintenance costs as much of the damage incurred by UAVs occurs while landing. (Source) The obvious plan is to form an interconnected, autonomous fleet of surveillance. And according to the above video, we can expect lethality in addition to surveillance. The Air Force video lets on that this technology is an essential part of the future battlefield, presumably "over there;" however, as we have seen recently, Congress is fully willing to welcome drones to America . . . with drone strikes on American soil apparently not far behind. Seeing the form in which these "strikes" could occur based on the Air Force's own admissions, we would be unwise to dismiss any possibility. As the drone race continues with massive investment, drone technology is quickly revealing itself to be a genie that may not have a bottle to which it can be returned. According to the 60-page must-read document National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Strategic Plan, 25 federal agencies are combining to create a nano-level surveillance matrix. Soon, it seems, there will no longer be anything in our field of vision to protest against.Read other articles by Nicholas West HereOther sources:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2281403/U-S-Air-Force-developing-terrifying-swarms-tiny-unmanned-drones-hover-crawl-kill-targets.htmlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/world/20drones.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2http://endthelie.com/2012/08/13/silent-falcon-the-new-long-distance-solar-powered-electric-surveillance-drone/#axzz2LRQ5xbx5http://nanotech.lawbc.com/tags/national-nanotechnology-initia/ var linkwithin_site_id = 557381; linkwithin_text='Related Articles:' Enter Your Email To Receive Our Daily Newsletter Close var fnames = new Array();var ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';fnames[1]='FNAME';ftypes[1]='text';fnames[2]='LNAME';ftypes[2]='text';var err_style = ''; try{ err_style = mc_custom_error_style; } catch(e){ err_style = 'margin: 1em 0 0 0; padding: 1em 0.5em 0.5em 0.5em; background: FFEEEE none repeat scroll 0% 0%; font- weight: bold; float: left; z-index: 1; width: 80%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz- initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial; color: FF0000;'; } var mce_jQuery = jQuery.noConflict(); mce_jQuery(document).ready( function($) { var options = { errorClass: 'mce_inline_error', errorElement: 'div', errorStyle: err_style, onkeyup: function(){}, onfocusout:function(){}, onblur:function(){} }; var mce_validator = mce_jQuery("#mc-embedded-subscribe-form").validate(options); options = { url: 'http://activistpost.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe/post-json? u=3ac8bebe085f73ea3503bbda3&id=b0c7fb76bd&c=?', type: 'GET', dataType: 'json', contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8", beforeSubmit: function(){ mce_jQuery('#mce_tmp_error_msg').remove(); mce_jQuery('.datefield','#mc_embed_signup').each( function(){ var txt = 'filled'; var fields = new Array(); var i = 0; mce_jQuery(':text', this).each( function(){ fields[i] = this; i++; }); mce_jQuery(':hidden', this).each( function(){ if ( fields[0].value=='MM' && fields[1].value=='DD' && fields[2].value=='YYYY' ){ this.value = ''; } else if ( fields[0].value=='' && fields [1].value=='' && fields[2].value=='' ){ this.value = ''; } else { this.value = fields[0].value+'/'+fields[1].value+'/'+fields[2].value; } }); }); return mce_validator.form(); }, success: mce_success_cb }; mce_jQuery('#mc-embedded-subscribe-form').ajaxForm(options); }); function mce_success_cb(resp){ mce_jQuery('#mce-success-response').hide(); mce_jQuery('#mce-error-response').hide(); if (resp.result=="success"){ mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').show(); mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').html(resp.msg); mce_jQuery('#mc-embedded-subscribe-form').each(function(){ this.reset(); }); } else { var index = -1; var msg; try { var parts = resp.msg.split(' - ',2); if (parts[1]==undefined){ msg = resp.msg; } else { i = parseInt(parts[0]); if (i.toString() == parts[0]){ index = parts[0]; msg = parts[1]; } else { index = -1; msg = resp.msg; } } } catch(e){ index = -1; msg = resp.msg; } try{ if (index== -1){ mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').show(); mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').html(msg); } else { err_id = 'mce_tmp_error_msg'; html = ' '+msg+' '; var input_id = '#mc_embed_signup'; var f = mce_jQuery(input_id); if (ftypes[index]=='address'){ input_id = '#mce-'+fnames[index]+'-addr1'; f = mce_jQuery(input_id).parent().parent().get(0); } else if (ftypes[index]=='date'){ input_id = '#mce-'+fnames[index]+'-month'; f = mce_jQuery(input_id).parent().parent().get(0); } else { input_id = '#mce-'+fnames[index]; f = mce_jQuery().parent(input_id).get(0); } if (f){ mce_jQuery(f).append(html); mce_jQuery(input_id).focus(); } else { mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').show(); mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').html(msg); } } } catch(e){ mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').show(); mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').html(msg); } } } BE THE CHANGE! 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11 февраля 2013, 20:21

Codex Alimentarius and GM Food Guidelines, Pt. 4

Updated excerpt from Codex Alimentarius -- The End of Health Freedom Available HereBrandon TurbevilleActivist PostIn my last article regarding Codex Alimentarius Guidelines on Genetically Modified food, I discussed the dangerous concept used by both the international organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) known as substantial equivalence/substantial similarity and how this method of comparison and evaluation can and is being used to further the proliferation of GM food in the world’s food supply. In discussing the method used to evaluate the safety of GM food, I wrote,If Codex is willing to accept the safety assessments of regulatory agencies without independent testing of its own and regulatory agencies are willing to accept the safety assessments of corporations without independent testing of their own, then Codex is willing to accept the safety assessments of corporations without independent safety testing of their own. Indeed, this syllogism adequately reflects the reality of the relationship between Codex, corporations, and the future of GM foods.Furthermore, in regards to the “substantial equivalence” methodology mentioned above, I concluded the article by stating,Allowing GM products to be compared to other GM products for substantial equivalence is an enormous blow to the environment, human health, and consumer choice. Such an action would completely undercut the already weak and ridiculous method of substantial equivalence and would turn the entire nature of our food supply upside down. One would be comparing a dangerous product to another dangerous product but labeling it safe because it was substantially equivalent to the first dangerous product.Like the situation involving vitamins and minerals, this is the Twilight Zone reality produced by Codex once it gains power of the food supply.Unfortunately, this potential concern is now an imminent one because Monsanto has in fact submitted an application for a GM corn called LY038. In its submission for approval, Monsanto provided the regulators’ assessing the product with information comparing LY038 with another GM corn product called LY038 (-), another GM corn product.[1] google_ad_client = "pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 6/30/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8230781418"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; True to form, in many of the pro-GM countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Canada, the Philippines, and South Korea, the LY038 corn was approved based upon the method of using a GM corn as a conventional counterpart.[2] The United States, being the most open to GM food, and only requiring voluntary submission, has also approved LY038 for cultivation.[3] Thankfully, the Monsanto agenda stalled in the European Union, and in 2009 Monsanto withdrew its application for the product in Europe.[4] This is largely due to a small group of relatively independent scientists from the Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety (INBI) out of New Zealand who brought out many risks evident from a close reading of the Monsanto application dossiers.As a result of their work, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) requested additional research and safety data. That was all that was needed in order to cause Monsanto to withdraw its application for LY038 use in Europe.[5] Monsanto claimed that the reason for the removal of its submission purely economical and that “although our preference would have been to complete the EU approval of LY038, conducting further studies, as requested [by the EFSA GMO Panel], can no longer be justified, in view of the additional costs involved and the reduced commercial interest in this product.”[6] However, those who are aware of Monsanto’s track record have a different take. In a statement made to Biosafety Information Centre, Prof. Jack Heinemann, who led the INBI research team, summed up the situation succinctly.I personally don’t believe that the withdrawal of LY038 from commercialization was a budget blow-out. Monsanto estimated that the street-value of LY038 was going to be US $1 billion/year. People are still feeding corn to cows, chickens and pigs and corn is still being converted to biofuel in the US. The price of corn is at historical highs and is not expected to decrease. Do we really believe that a market of $1 billion/year is too small for Monsanto? I don’t. . . . . . The major issue raise by EFSA was Monsanto’s use of another GM product as a control in all its safety studies. This violates both international food safety testing guidelines and European rules. INBI was the first in the world to point this out. FSANZ [Food Standards Australia New Zealand] ignored it. EFSA didn’t. Monsanto pulled the product. We estimate that upwards of US $1 billion had already been invested and if it were just a matter of demonstrating that a safe product was safe, then a few tidy up scientific studies would have cost nothing in comparison.[7]The obvious reason that the application was pulled, at least according to this writer and, seemingly, Prof. Heinemann, is that Monsanto’s LY038 was absolutely unsafe for consumption and that it would never have stood up to any scientific safety testing. It is also likely that the company’s own research data would have proven its danger since it would not even submit the requested material to EFSA. In conjunction with this, Monsanto may have been afraid that exposure of this fact would have crippled its progress with the countries that did approve LY038. However, while it did not succeed with the EU (this time), the precedent has been set for using a GM product as a conventional counterpart. This will undoubtedly affect Codex guidelines in the future, especially considering the fact that so many and such major players have accepted these standards of testing. Indeed, it will undoubtedly set a dangerous precedent for the evaluation of the safety of GM food the world over. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 7/28/12 */ google_ad_slot = "9833874419"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; Notes: [1] “New Attack on GM Food Safety Testing Standards,” Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety, University of Canterbury. February 2007. http://www.sustainabilitynz.org/docs/Backgrounder_NewAttackonGMFoodSafetyStandards.pdf Accessed May 24, 2010. [2] “Monsanto pulls GM corn amid serious food safety concerns,” GM Free CYMRU. http://gmfreecymru.org/Press_Notice9Nov2009.htm [3] “Transgenic high-lysine corn LY038 withdrawn after EU raises safety questions,” The Bioscience Resource Project, Nov. 10, 2009. http://www.bioscienceresource.org/news/article.php?id=43 Accessed May 24, 2010. [4] “Europe balks at GE corn in NZ,” Stuff.co.nz, Feb. 11, 2009. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3020246/Europe-balks-at-GE-corn-in-NZ [5] “Monsanto pulls GM corn amid serious food safety concerns,” GM Free CYMRU. http://gmfreecymru.org/Press_Notice9Nov2009.htm [6] “What has happened to high lysine corn?” Biosafety Information Centre. http://www.biosafety-info.net/bioart.php?bid=583&ac=st [7] Ibid.Read other articles by Brandon Turbeville here. Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of three books, Codex Alimentarius -- The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, and Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident. Turbeville has published over 190 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. 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26 января 2013, 18:37

The Truth About Red Tide's Manmade Causes and Health Effects

Sayer Ji, ContributorActivist Post If you consult the websites of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or the Mote Marine Laboratory, both considered authorities on marine environmental issues in the state of Florida, red tide outbreaks associated with Karenia brevis are "natural phenomena," 'beyond our ability to control,' and explicitly not fed by nutrient pollution or causally linked to land-based, human activities. And yet, longtime residents of the Florida Gulf coast (the author included) can tell you from first-hand experience that the blooms have been getting progressively worse, closer to shore, and persisting for a greater length of time, indicating that if it is an entirely natural cycle, it has undergone concerning changes of late. The reality is that authorities who deny the involvement of land-based activities and algae blooms are conveniently ignoring the science, which is peer reviewed and published, that instructs us on what is feeding red tide near shore. Florida has only so many industries that sustain its fragile economy, many of which would have to enact substantial and costly reforms in order to improve the environmental situation. The tourism and real estate industries also have a vested interest in minimizing and/or denying the extent of the problem, at least in the short term. The long-term outlook, however, is dismal for these industries, who, failing to act, would see the primary attractor for tourists or potential buyers of real estate -- the Gulf of Mexico -- transformed into a Petri dish. It is for this reason that the truth about red tide must gain a wider audience, and we hope, widespread acceptance. How Red Tide Is Measured and Misleadingly Contextualized For the Public Since late September last year, the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast has been under siege by laboratory-verified blooms [see Status Maps], growing to its present state of significant outbreaks of a million cells per liter or higher, and stretching all the way from Manatee County to the Florida Keys. This is one of the worst red tide outbreaks in recorded history.[i] google_ad_client = "pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 6/30/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8230781418"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; Karenia brevis levels are measured by state environmental authorities using the cells/liter scale as follows: Not Present – Background (0-1000) Very Low (more than 1,000 to 10,000) Low (more than 10,000 to 100,000) Medium (more than 100,000 – 1,000,000) High (more than 1,000,000) These figures, however, are quite misleading. Using colloquial expressions such as "Very Low" to describe concentrations of Karenia brevis of 1,000 to 10,000 cells per liter does the public a disservice, as they are serious enough to lead to acute symptoms of respiratory irritation and shellfish harvesting closures. So-called "Low" levels, or 10,000 to 100,000 cells per liter, can cause fish kills. Once you get to "Medium" and "High" red tide represents a serious health threat to exposed populations, keeping in mind that one does not have to be "at the beach" to be affected, as red tide brevetoxins are aerosolized (made airborne) via wave action, and can be carried on the wind many miles inshore. In fact, at so-called "Low" levels (more than) 50,000 cells/liter the saturation of Karenia brevis is already significant enough that it can be detected by satellite. At present, levels along the affected Southwest Florida Gulf Coast have reached "High" in several areas, including off the coast of Lee County where I am presently reporting from. I can speak directly from experience that this is a particularly noxious outbreak. For instance, I had a bronchial asthma attack for the first time in 20 years and have found myself, my family, and the local community I serve to be at greatly increased susceptibility to prolonged cold and flu bouts, over the past five months. Another important consideration is that red tide sampling occurs primarily in surface water (80% surface sampling; 20% bottom sampling). The problem is that Karenia brevis blooms have been found to penetrate coastal waters along the bottom without surface expression until nearshore. This means that "negative" surface findings do not necessarily indicate the absence of a problem.So, What Is The Real Cause of Prolonged, Near-To-Shore Red Tide Outbreaks? So, back to the question: Are these outbreaks entirely natural phenomena, as many health authorities, and certainly folks within the mainstream media, tourist and real estate industry, often maintain? The answer is a resolute and resounding NO. In April, 2009, the journal Aquatic Microbial Ecology published a groundbreaking study titled, "Grazing by Karenia brevis on Synechococcus enhances its growth rate and may help to sustain blooms," which provided the missing link in how red tide is directly fed by human, land-based activities. Here is the study abstract: ABSTRACT: Grazing rates of Karenia brevis Clones CCMP2228 and CCMP2229 were determined in laboratory experiments using Synechococcus sp. Clone CCMP1768 as food. Grazing by K. brevis thus enhances the range of nutritional substrates available to meet its growth requirements, and may play a substantial role in sustaining natural populations in inorganic N-poor waters. With evidence that blooms of Synechococcus can be enhanced due to anthropogenic nutrients, the poten­tial importance of this particulate nutrient source for sustaining red tide blooms in situ is large and may help to resolve the current uncertainty as to how K. brevis blooms are maintained. It can now be hypothesized that as cyanobacterial blooms increase, so too does the potential for Karenia brevis growth to be enhanced and for blooms to be sus­tained through grazing, especially under the low light conditions associated with bloom self-shading. Recog­nition of this pathway is at least one step toward recon­ciling the long-term reported increase in K. brevis blooms (e.g. Brand & Compton 2007) and the tendency for blooms of this species to develop offshore in seem­ingly oligotrophic waters (e.g. Vargo et al. 2004, 2008) What this research essentially proves is that the runoff from land-based applications of urea nitrogen fertilizers such as commonly used in lawn care, as well as additional sources of nitrogen urea from septic tanks, sewage spills and close-to-water sewage treatment effluent, result in Synachoccus blooms, which is a harmless, green slime algae (have you noticed the green slime at your beach?). Karenia brevis (red tide) uses the green slime as an energy source. The more Synachoccus the more red tide; simple cause and effect. At the root of the problem are nitrogen urea fertilizers, which are overused in Florida lawn care practices, as well as in Florida agriculture (more on this later). According to a Sierra Club report linking fertilizers to red tide blooms, residential fertilizer use in the state of Florida increased by 153,533.95 tons or 45% from 2003 to 2006 alone.[ii] One might ask the question to Floridians: is the "health" of your lawns (read: aesthetic appearance) more important than the health of the Gulf of Mexico (and by implication, your own health)? Ironically, plants need primarily magnesium (for chlorophyll) and potassium, and not nearly as much nitrogen, which is presently being used at up to 5 times higher levels than required. In fact, excess nitrogen leads to plasmolysis in plants, causing excess water to leave the plant entering the soil, resulting in wilting. The excess nitrogen, of course, leaches into the soil and eventually a portion of its causes water pollution. The obvious solution to the accelerating red tide problem is to reduce land-based applications of urea nitrogen, especially in the summer months. As the green slime is reduced, the red tide will have no additional energy source and will die out.How Red Tide Adversely Affects Human Health In order to understand how red tide affects human health, one must first understand brevetoxins, the primary "poisons" produced by this organism. There are at least 9, and as many as 14, brevetoxins divided into two classes: Brevetoxin A and Brevetoxin B, with 3 subtypes characterized among Brevetoxin A and 4 subtypes among Brevetoxin B. Brevetoxins are extremely toxic. The brevetoxin B subtype, PB-TX2, for instance, has an oral LD50 (the acutely lethal dose that kills 50% of the test group) equivalent to cyanide (6 mg/kg) at 6.6 mg/kg in the 24 mouse model of acute exposure. No one truly knows the extent of the synergistic toxicity associated with exposure to all 9-14 brevetoxins simultaneously, which is what may occur in real-world exposure, because it has not (to my knowledge) been researched. Brevetoxins are known primarily as a neurotoxic. They bind to voltage-gated sodium channels in nerve cells, leading to disruption of nerve transmission and in some cases nerve cell death. Animal research indicates that as little as 2 days of subacute exposure to the Brevetoxin B, PbTx-3, is sufficient to induce neuronal degeneration in a discrete reason of the mouse cerebral cortex.[iii] In humans, a condition known as Neurotoxic Shellfish Poisoning (NSP) caused by the consumption of shellfish contaminated by brevetoxins has been identified. Symptoms include vomiting and nausea and a variety of neurological symptoms such as slurred speech.[iv] Of course, lower concentrations, especially in more susceptible populations already suffering from neurological issues, likely contribute to these symptoms, as well as headache, myalgias (muscle soreness), and related aches and pains that would be hard to attribute to such an invisible toxin, whose health threat is generally downplayed by the media and medical establishment. Neurotoxicity, however, is only the tip of the iceberg. A 2004 study, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, found that the immune system, and not the nervous system, is the primary target of brevetoxins.[v] Animals exposed to brevetoxin saw a more than 70% suppression of humoral immunity. A 2005 study confirmed this finding.[vi] Then, in 2011, it was found that brevetoxin A inhalation worsens the pulmonary response to influenza A in the male rat. [vii] The study authors concluded: "These results suggest that repeated inhalation exposure to brevetoxin may delay virus particle clearance and recovery from influenza A infection in the rat lung." This finding indicates that red tide blooms may therefore worsen the seasonal flu epidemics that commonly afflict the Southwest Florida, especially when the bloom persists into the fall and winter months, as is the present case. It is already well known that hospital verified cases of respiratory issues can increase by over 50% during sustained red tide outbreaks.[viii] Considering that much of the mortality associated with influenza infection is associated with pneumonia complications, reducing red tide outbreaks via fertilizer use reductions should be considered a top priority by health authorities. But the adverse health effects do not end with neurotoxicity and immunotoxicity, as serious gastrointestinal complaints may also follow from red tide exposure. A 2010 study examined whether the presence of a Florida red tide bloom affected the rates of admission for a gastrointestinal diagnosis to a hospital emergency room in Sarasota, FL.[ix] According to the study: The rates of gastrointestinal diagnoses admissions were compared for a 3-month time period in 2001 when Florida red tide bloom was present onshore to the same 3-month period in 2002 when no Florida red tide bloom occurred. A significant 40% increase in the total number of gastrointestinal emergency room admissions for the Florida red tide bloom period was found compared to the non red tide period. We can therefore add gastrointestinal issues to the growing list of red tide associated health issues. Other potential health effects that have been noted in the biomedical literature include: Asthma Bilateral Mastoiditis (infection of the mastoid bone behind the ear) Hemolytic Anemia Neuromuscular Diseases So What Can Be Done? 1) REDUCE EXPOSURE: First, if you live in South Florida, remember to monitor your area's levels by visiting the Status Maps. Please keep in mind that proximity is not the only factor in exposure, due to the well-known aerosolization of these toxins and the inability of surface water testing to fully reveal its presence. Next, visit the site WindMaps.com, to see if the winds are moving inshore, or going offshore. This simple step may enable you to reduce exposure, by reducing time outside, and certainly keeping off the beach, on days that aerosolized red tide brevetoxins may be moving inshore. Also, consider that if you are driving, keep the air circulating within the cabin. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do if your AC unit is continually pulling air from outside inside your home, but you could reduce your AC usage on these days. Eating cooling foods, and wear lighter clothing, for instance. 2) REDUCE TOXIC EFFECTS: The primary mechanism through which brevetoxins cause respiratory harm is through IgE-independent mast cell activation.[x] Mast cells are immune cells which if over-activated can produce a wide range of potentially harmful substances, such as: Histamine (inflammatory) Thromboxane (vasoconstrictive) Prostaglandin D2 (brochoconstrive) Leukotriene C4 (bronchoconstrictive) Keeping this in mind, preventing mast-cell degranulation with safe, non-drug alternatives such as nettle's extract may be an ideal approach to the problem. Several companies provide extracts which concentrate the compounds within nettle's that inhibit mast cell degranulation, e.g. New Chapter's Histamine Take Care, V!ah's "Allerblock." While we do not endorse any product, as this runs counter to our mission statement (you will see no ads on GreenMedInfo.com for any dietary supplement) we feel compelled to inform our readers that alternatives to antihistamine drugs like Benadryl do exist. Also, please remember to do your own research in tandem with consulting a licensed health care practitioner before embarking on a path of self-care. Other potential histamine-blocking compounds that have been researched can be found on our histamine antagonist page: Histamine Antagonist. 3) CONTRIBUTE TO THE LONG-TERM SOLUTION: The long-term solution is to reduce the use of nitrogen urea fertilizers in both lawn and agricultural applications. There is no question that nitrogen urea rich agricultural runoff, primarily from the sugarcane and citrus industries, are sizable contributors to the overall nitrogen burden in the Gulf of Mexico. Much of Big Sugar's agricultural runoff ends up in Lake Okeechobee, which eventually empties into the Gulf of Mexico. A 2006 study published in the journal Biogeochemistry titled, "Escalating worldwide use of urea – a global change contributing to coastal eutrophication," indicates worldwide use of urea as a nitrogen fertilizer and feed additive has increased more than 100-fold in the past 4 decades. The study pointed out: Long thought to be retained in soils, new data are suggestive of significant overland transport of urea to sensitive coastal waters. Urea concentrations in coastal and estuarine waters can be substantially elevated and can represent a large fraction of the total dissolved organic nitrogen pool. Urea is used as a nitrogen substrate by many coastal phytoplankton and is increasingly found to be important in the nitrogenous nutrition of some harmful algal bloom (HAB) species. They also noted that "the global increase from 1970 to 2000 in documented incidences of paralytic shellfish poisoning, caused by several HAB species, is similar to the global increase in urea use over the same 3 decades." The reality is that these agricultural practices have been a long time in the making, and will take considerable time, energy and political clout to change. The good news is that you can make changes at the local level, from the bottom up, as it were, by starting with your own lawn. You can also organize at a county level to enact ordinances that restrict fertilizer use, as Ed Rosenthal, founder of the non-profit organization Advocate the Precautionary Principle, has done with great success in Sarasota county. These results are encouraging, and indicate that we can build a grassroots movement with an end goal to enact stricter regulations at the state level. Resources [i] Herald Tribune, Oct. 9th, 2012, Worst Red Tide Outbreak Since 2007 [ii] Sierra Club, Fertilizer Use and its Impact on Harmful Red Algae Blooms (Red Tide) [iii] Xiuzhen Yan, Janet M Benson, Andrea P Gomez, Daniel G Baden, Thomas F Murray. Brevetoxin-induced neural insult in the retrosplenial cortex of mouse brain. Inhal Toxicol. 2006 Dec ;18(14):1109-16. [iv] Sharon M Watkins, Andrew Reich, Lora E Fleming, Roberta Hammond. Neurotoxic shellfish poisoning. Mar Drugs. 2008 ;6(3):431-55. Epub 2008 Jul 12. [v] Janet Benson, Fletcher Hahn, Thomas March, Jacob McDonald, Mohan Sopori, JeanClare Seagrave, Andrea Gomez, Andrea Bourdelais, Jerome Naar, Julia Zaias, Gregory Bossart, Daniel Baden . Inhalation toxicity of brevetoxin 3 in rats exposed for 5 days. J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2004 Sep 24 ;67(18):1443-56. [vi] Janet M Benson, Fletcher F Hahn, Thomas H March, Jacob D McDonald, Andrea P Gomez, Mohan J Sopori, Andrea J Bourdelais, Jerome Naar, Julia Zaias, Gregory D Bossart, Daniel G Baden. Inhalation toxicity of brevetoxin 3 in rats exposed for twenty-two days. Environ Health Perspect. 2005 May ;113(5):626-31. [vii] Janet M Benson, Molly L Wolf, Adriana Kajon, Brad M Tibbetts, Andrea J Bourdelais, Daniel G Baden, Thomas H March . Brevetoxin inhalation alters the pulmonary response to influenza A in the male F344 rat. J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2011 ;74(5):313-24. [viii] Barbara Kirkpatrick, Lora E Fleming, Lorraine C Backer, Judy A Bean, Robert Tamer, Gary Kirkpatrick, Terrance Kane, Adam Wanner, Dana Dalpra, Andrew Reich, Daniel G Baden. Environmental exposures to Florida red tides: Effects on emergency room respiratory diagnoses admissions. Harmful Algae. 2006 Oct 1 ;5(5):526-533. [ix] Barbara Kirkpatrick, Judy A Bean, Lora E Fleming, Gary Kirkpatrick, Lynne Grief, Kate Nierenberg, Andrew Reich, Sharon Watkins, Jerome Naar. A significant 40% increase in the total number of gastrointestinal emergency room admissions for the Florida red tide bloom period was found compared to the non red tide period. Harmful Algae. 2010 Jan 1 ;9(1):82-86. [x] Susana C Hilderbrand, Rachel N Murrell, James E Gibson, Jared M Brown. Marine brevetoxin induces IgE-independent mast cell activation. Arch Toxicol. 2011 Feb ;85(2):135-41. Epub 2010 Jun 13. 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21 января 2013, 16:03

Be a Proud Conspiracy Theorist, You're in the Majority

"Is everything a conspiracy? No, just the important stuff." - Jeff Wells, Rigorous Intuition. Eric BlairActivist Post It seems that the establishment media has intensified their attack on "conspiracy theorists".  It's long been their feeble attempt to discredit anyone who dares question the "official" narrative of events.  But why the sudden deluge of attacks? First, what does conspiracy theory even mean? con·spir·a·cy - An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.  the·o·ry - A set of statements or principles devised to explain a group of facts or phenomena.  con·spir·a·cy the·o·ry - The belief that the government or a covert organization is responsible for an event that is unusual or unexplained. In short, a conspiracy theorist seeks the full facts about covert subversive acts, and unusual or unexplained events. Put another way, when the story of an event doesn't add up, theories arise to explain what really happened.Given the abominable track record of the establishment media, it's become more common to question everything we hear rather than blindly swallowing their script. As the initial reporting of the Sandy Hook school massacre was so scattered, and policymakers immediately seized the crisis to promote a long desired agenda of strict gun control, it's no wonder that some have questioned the authenticity of the "official" version of events. google_ad_client = "pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 6/30/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8230781418"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; What is the official version, anyway?  It's changed a thousand times. They want us to believe a lone-wolf psycho used an assault rifle to kill 26 innocent children and teachers. Never mind that it has come out that a "rifle" never entered the school and what they found in the trunk of Lanza's car was actually a shotgun. Never mind how he got through the new $300,000 surveillance/security system while wearing a mask and armed to the teeth. Never mind the reports of multiple shooters and camouflage-clad strangers arrested in the woods. Don't worry about the Emergency Response Team (ERT) that was simulating this exact same school shooter scenario on the same day in a nearby town. And, don't ask why there's a strange lack of injured survivors, credible witnesses, or anyone who even knew Adam Lanza. And, finally, how would gun control have prevented this event? I must be an evil, heartless conspiracy theorist who pisses on the graves of those killed that day because I'd like answers to these questions. At least that's what the establishment media wants you to believe about me and others who desire better explanations than what we've been given. Media figures, particularly CIA intern Anderson Cooper of CNN, is using his bully pulpit to demonize anyone who questions the Sandy Hook event and lump them all into the most radical theory that says no one was murdered that day. The fact that he dedicated nearly an entire show to disputing a conspiracy theory, in and of itself is telling. Meanwhile, AC was caught pulling a 360 on viewers by showing “active-shooter drill footage” from another school as if it was the breaking news feed of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.But, as Cooper struggles to attract 200K viewers per night to his pulpit, an amateur video questioning the anomalies of Sandy Hook received an astonishing 10 million views in one week. Therein lies the primary reason the establishment can no longer ignore conspiracy theorists, because they're now the majority. According to a recent Fairleigh Dickinson University poll a majority of Americans (63%) believe at least one political conspiracy theory. Dan Cassino, a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University who helped conduct the poll said "People tend to believe that where there’s smoke, there’s fire – so the more smoke they see, the more likely they are to believe that something is going on." Regarding 9/11, Cassino says; "It’s easy to discount conspiracy theories about 9/11, but this isn’t some fringe belief. Trutherism is alive and well in America, and is only going to get stronger as memories of the actual event fade." Another likely motivation for the recent attacks on conspiracy theorists is because a staggering majority no longer trusts the corporate media or the government. Recent polling showed record level (60%) of distrust for the media, and Congress is less popular than cockroaches with a dismal 9% favorable rating. It's clear that the dying corporate media wants their viewers to despise anyone who questions the official narrative of any "event that is unusual or unexplained" in a desperate attempt to keep viewers locked to their "trusted" news channel. I, for one, am proud to question everything I hear in the so-called news. And the bigger they hype a story, the more I question it. As professor Cassino said, "where there's smoke, there's fire." Usually someone, or a group of someones, clearly benefits from a certain subversive act. As such, they seem to have much more of a motivation than some lone wolf who kills himself after committing unexplainable atrocities or some cave dweller claiming to hate our freedom. Is this always the case? Of course not. But the more hype the establishment puts behind a questionable event, the more reason there is to find out cui bono -- who benefits? 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18 января 2013, 02:50

HUFFPOST HILL - Republican Conference Now Filled With Pickup Artists

At their annual retreat, House Republicans received instruction on how to have "successful communication" with women, but weren't provided complimentary copies of "The Game." Lawmakers are cracking down on inauguration ticket scalpers -- offenders will be punished with purple tickets. And White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o's nonexistent girlfriend, probably because Harry Reid claimed Lennay Kekua hadn't paid taxes in ten years. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Thursday, January 17th, 2013: PAUL RYAN: GOP LEADERS READY FOR A FISCAL LET DOWN - House Republicans have been on their annual retreat this week. After a disastrous team building exercise -- invisible hand of the market trust falls -- injured dozens, Paul Ryan spoke about the next fiscal showdown. Sabrina Siddiqui: "Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday said Republicans are weighing the option of a short-term debt limit extension, but that House GOP leaders are using their annual retreat to highlight the 'realities of divided government' and set expectations among members of their caucus as a number of fiscal deadlines approach... The former Republican vice presidential nominee noted the party's position as the 'majority in the House but the minority in power in Washington,' a sign that GOP leaders were seeking to manage expectations among incoming freshmen lawmakers for the battles ahead. Ryan also said Republicans were 'discussing the possible virtue of a short-term debt limit extension, so that we have a better chance of getting the Senate and the White House involved in discussions in March.' Although he declined to discuss specifics regarding what a short-term extension would entail... Still, Ryan seemed to imply that behind closed doors, House GOP leadership was engaged in an effort to lay out the consequences of a debt ceiling breach -- and explain why a hostage strategy would not be the best way forward. He said members were told it was important to focus on goals that are within the party's reach instead." [HuffPost] DOD'S PAPERWORK MORE OF A MESS THAN AFGHANISTAN, CAN'T BE AUDITED - The Government Accountability Office said today it could not be held accountable for the multibillion-dollar black hole that is the Pentagon and that office park in Upper Northwest that keeps the homeland secure. "The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) cannot render an opinion on the 2012 consolidated financial statements of the federal government because of widespread material internal control weaknesses, significant uncertainties, and other limitations. As was the case in 2011, the main obstacles to a GAO opinion on the accrual- based consolidated financial statements were: Serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense (DOD) that made its financial statements unauditable. The federal government’s inability to adequately account for and reconcile intragovernmental activity and balances between federal agencies. The federal government’s ineffective process for preparing the consolidated financial statements." So, if the sequester went into effect, how would we even know it? USA! [GAO] @daviSusan: Paul Ryan says he'll be at Obama's Inauguration. "Yes," he said, "It's my obligation." Then: NO MORE QUESTIONS! #GOPRETREAT HOUSE FRESHMEN OFF TO UNSURPRISINGLY BAD START - Freshmen Democrats had been planning a joint service project with incoming Republicans at a local charter school -- neutral territory, we suppose -- but the GOPers have refused to play along, after initially saying they were willing to do so, an aggrieved Democrat tells HuffPost Hill. So they can't even cooperate on volunteering. Ah well. Charter schools suck anyway. How do you think they'd do if regular public schools could expel anybody they wanted and kick them over to charters? (Another House Democratic aide said that he was willing to give the GOP the benefit of the doubt, and that it might've been a genuine scheduling issue. We will devote our substantial journalistic resources to uncovering the truth, fear not.) The Onion is LITERALLY writing Joe Biden's autobiography: "'Hombre, you’ve just done Uncle Joe a real solid buying this book,' begins the foreword to a new autobiography attributed to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. 'I ain’t the kind of guy who forgets his debts. Next time we meet there’s a tallboy of ice cold Beast on me. And if you’re a lady, I know a few tricks to repay you with interest, if you catch my drift.'... Now The Onion is publishing an e-book titled 'The President of Vice,' about the life of Mr. Biden and ostensibly written in his voice. This autobiography (of sorts) will be released on Friday at the Kindle Singles store of Amazon.com." [NYT] SCALPERS GET STITCHES: CHUCK SCHUMER FOUR LOKO-ING INAUGURATION TICKET SCALPERS - The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies today blasted out a press release informing reporters that a Democrat is, quite naturally, stymieing the free market. The release: "Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, at his request, eBay and Craigslist have pledged to work with Schumer’s office to stop the sale of scalped tickets to the Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies. After media reports that online retailers were offering scalped tickets that are meant to be free for members of the public, Schumer publicly called on the companies to cease the practice and preserve the integrity of the Inaugural events. The tickets, which clearly state 'Not for Sale; on the back, were being scalped for thousands of dollars in some cases. eBay will enforce a policy not to allow these listings on their site, while Craigslist employees will monitor their site and remove these listings." Someone get these noble executives a schumwich! A reader sends along a screencap of someone scalping inaugural tickets on Craigslist. From the "Inauguration Ceremony Ticket - $650" post: "I am interning at a congressman's office and have a ticket for the inauguration ceremony in one of the closest sections, the North standing orange section... These tickets are in the highest demand as millions flock towards this Capitol building to get the best ticket available. I am looking for the best offer, but I do understand the demand for this ticket." [Screenshot] GIT YER INAUGURATION EVENTS HERE - Although you're less likely to run into Ben Affleck at the OMGWEELECTEDABLACKGUY Ball's caviar station this go around, inauguration is still a big deal. Our coworkers at HuffPost DC have compiled lists of the official and state balls and ones being thrown by third party groups. DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - They are having some kind of problem sending out unemployment checks in New Mexico. "Nearly a week after the new Workforce Solutions website and electronic system were unveiled, unemployed New Mexicans said they are still unable to certify for benefits on the new website," KOAT reports, noting callers have been unable to get through to the agency. "Diana Martinez from Grants was one of those callers. 'For two weeks, I've been calling every day for three hours at a time. I give up and I hang up,' said Martinez. 'It is a mess. I haven't been able to certify through telephone and online.'" [HuffPost] Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It's free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to [email protected] Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill STAFF CHANGES IN PELOSILAND - Roll Call: "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s longtime chief of staff, John Lawrence, is retiring, and Nadeam Elshami, previously Pelosi’s communications director, will replace him...Elshami has worked on Capitol Hill for 21 years and for Pelosi since 2007. He led messaging efforts on House passage of two touchstone legislative achievements for President Barack Obama and Pelosi: the health care overhaul and the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation... In addition to Elshami replacing Lawrence, three other aides are being promoted or given expanded responsibilities. George Kundanis, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, will be given an “expanded role for legislative and Member responsibilities,” according to a release from Pelosi’s office. Diane Dewhirst is being promoted to be another Pelosi deputy chief of staff, with “a portfolio focused on strategic planning.” Drew Hammill will take Elshami’s previous position as communications director." [Roll Call]REPUBLICANS WORRIED THAT ALIENATING EVERYONE MIGHT NOT BE A GREAT POLITICAL STRATEGY - We all know that this round of GOP soul searching will end with the party blasting out "Abortion clinics have armed guards, why don't our schoolchildren?" fliers. The Hill: "Even as Republican officials maintain the GOP majority is safe, several lawmakers and longtime activists warn of far-reaching political ramifications if voters perceive Republicans as botching consequential talks on the debt ceiling, sequestration and a possible government shutdown. 'Majorities are elected to do things, and if they become dysfunctional, the American people will change what the majority is,' Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a House deputy majority whip and a former National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, told The Hill...GOP campaign officials insist that a debate occurring nearly two years before the 2014 midterms will be forgotten easily by voters and that the fundamentals of the House landscape favor Republicans...Former House member and National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Tom Davis (Va.) noted that if the GOP enters the upcoming negotiations divided on the issues, Republicans in deep-red districts will inevitably receive primary challenges. While there’s little chance of those deep-red districts switching hands in the coming election, Davis noted that the challenges would draw much-needed funds away from those swing districts." [The Hill] @lukerussert: At House #GOP retreat members will be taught how to have "successful communication w minorities & women."pic.twitter.com/P6JzRKyF STEVEN CHU: F--- THIS NOISE ::DROPS MIC:: - America's soft-spoken Nobel laureate nerd king, who conservatives insist was party to a nefarious liberal plan to send briefcases of unmarked bills to reckless eco-terrorist entrepreneurs, will step down. Bloomberg: "U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who drew criticism from Republicans over his support for loans to Solyndra LLC before the solar-panel maker went bankrupt, will leave his Cabinet post in President Barack Obama’s second term, according to two people familiar with the matter. Chu’s departure will be announced as soon as next week, according to one of the people. Both requested anonymity to discuss personnel matters that haven’t been announced. The people didn’t identify potential replacements. The exit will leave the Obama administration with vacancies at the top of the three departments that oversee energy and environmental policy. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Lisa Jackson, who headed the Environmental Protection Agency, have announced their intention to leave the administration. Chu, 64, was a career scientist and co-winner of the Nobel Prize for physics when he joined the Cabinet in January 2009. Supporters said Chu brought a fresh perspective to discussions often dominated by politics in Washington." [Bloomberg] CPAC has added names to its annual presidential aspirant pageant. We CANNOT WAIT for the talent section when Rick Santorum will ride a unicycle while juggling Warren Harding's bones. Nick Wing: "The planners of 2013 event, set to be held in the Washington D.C.-area this March, are off to a quick start rounding up the current popular choices for a potential 2016 presidential run. On Thursday, the coordinators at the American Conservative Union announced that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former Pennsylvania senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum had confirmed invitations to speak at the event, as reported by CNN. Rubio and Santorum are set to join Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), as well as Wisconsin congressman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan -- who has been selected as the keynote speaker -- in addressing the conference." [HuffPost] @NickBaumann: A friend reports the CNN chyron just called Leon Panetta "Leon Panther." HILLARY CLINTON WOULD OWN FLORIDA: POLL - PPP: "In a hypothetical 2016 match-up, Clinton leads Rubio by 4 points, 50% to 46%, and she beats Bush by 5 points, 49% to 44%. Both of these modest leads are within the poll’s margin of error. The main reason Clinton leads both candidates is her strong appeal among moderates, who favor her 63% to 29% over Bush and 63% to 32% over Rubio. Clinton’s +11 favorability rating (52/41) is actually lower than Rubio’s +13 job approval (49/36) and Bush’s +16 favorability rating (51/35). Despite their popularity at home, Florida voters don’t support Rubio or Bush running for president in the next election--they oppose the idea 53% to 31% for Bush and 49% to 38% for Rubio. In a nine-way contest, Clinton is the favorite for a whopping 65% of Democratic primary voters, followed by Joe Biden (15%), Andrew Cuomo (4%), Elizabeth Warren (4%), Deval Patrick (1%) and Mark Warner (1%). 88% have a favorable opinion of Clinton. If Clinton and Biden decide not to run, Cuomo would lead the pack with 22% support, but 48% of Democrats are not sure or would support different candidates." [PPP] Uncle Joe: "Making an imaginary shotgun with his hands and firing it with a loud 'BOOM!' line Thursday afternoon, Vice President Biden made the case that the White House plan to curb gun violence does not step on the Second Amendment." [TPM] @lizbart: Joe Biden shotgun gif http://bit.ly/13IQ6og VIRGINIA'S LEGISLATIVE BODY HAS WAYS TO TRY TO SHUT THAT WHOLE PRO-CHOICE THING DOWN - NARAL and Planned Parenthood might want to start organizing against a proposal South Carolina to assign frowning church ladies with rulers to every abortion clinic in the state. No such law has actually been proposed anywhere but... let's be honest: It totally will. Laura Bassett: "A Republican-controlled committee in the Virginia State Senate voted 8-7 on Thursday to block Democrats' efforts to repeal a new mandatory ultrasound law and a set of regulations that could shut down many abortion clinics in the state. The committee also voted down a new anti-abortion bill that would have prevented Medicaid from paying for low-income women's abortions in cases where there is a severe fetal anomaly. Virginia Republicans attracted national criticism in early 2012 when they proposed a bill requiring women to undergo invasive, medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound procedures before having an abortion. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) later helped Republicans revise the bill to require only external, 'jelly-on-the-belly' procedures, and he signed that version into law." [HuffPost] @jbendery: THIS IS HAPPENING: MC Hammer gets a round of applause at natl mayors conference as "U Can't Touch This" video plays on screens. States are getting their local versions of "Mr. Akaka..." - NCSL: "Almost every state has some type of network or broadcast system providing legislative coverage -- although the landscape of organizations that do so varies widely, according to a survey by NCSL. The largest, most sophisticated and independent organizations belong to the National Association of Public Affairs Networks (NAPAN). The association’s president, Paul Giguere, who runs CT-N, The Connecticut Network, estimates that about 24 states have public affairs networks (PANs), most of which rely on tax or public funds to varying degrees. Some of the larger networks include Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin. They broadcast real-time and archived legislative coverage, produce Emmy-award winning programs on complex issues and trends, travel around their states to cover cultural and historical events, and offer regular news updates." [National Conference of State Legislatures] Well done, New York Magazine: "An Illustrated Guide to President Obama’s Favorite Political Analogies" WHAT ABOUT YOUR IMAGINARY GIRLFRIENDS? - @jbendery: Watching WH briefing online, I could still hear a whispered "yesssss" from a reporter when the Te'o question came up. BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - This dog enjoys playing with socks. Its owner apparently enjoys heavy metal. CHALLAH AT ME! - HuffPost DC: "If things go as planned, this Friday evening, the 'Seven Single White Jewish Males' who placed a recent Craigslist ad looking for dinner companions will be breaking challah with seven of the many, many women who answered their amusing and question-filled, if not universally charming, ad." [HuffPost] COMFORT FOOD - The always day-destroying "7 Sites You Should Be Wasting Time On Right Now" list from HuffPost Comedy. [http://huff.to/V91I2J] - What happens when you put the lyrics to the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme is put through the Google Translate grinder? This. [http://chzb.gr/13E9yBJ] - A supercut of every insulting nickname from the perversely awesome "Archer." [http://huff.to/WegOzq] - Gross, but fascinating: If you apply a magnet to a bag of liquified cereal, the iron content will rise to the top. [http://chzb.gr/SMvKs7] - KERNTYPE, a game that teaches you about kerning, the typographic process of setting the space between letters. Much more interesting than it sounds. Really. [http://type.method.ac/#] - Via Reddit, this RTE news report from Ireland features the most insane retelling of a crime ever. [http://bit.ly/SLXOvL] - Photos from inside the world's largest cave, which will be Larry Ellison's house after the rapture. [http://bit.ly/VmJfNx] TWITTERAMA @elisefoley: Why are we mocking the GOP for wanting to learn "successful communication with women?" All you nerds on twitter could use that, amiright? @EricKleefeld: I'm tired of political debates about mass murdering psychopaths -- especially since the topic keeps coming up. @pourmecoffee: GOP at retreat so you'll have to wait if you need vote cast for meaningless ideological gesture or against important actual progress. Got something to add? Send tips/quotes/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Eliot Nelson ([email protected]), Ryan Grim ([email protected]) or Arthur Delaney ([email protected]). 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13 января 2013, 19:45

Say No to Thimerosal, Say No to the Flu Vaccine

Dees IllustrationDr. Mark Sircus, ContributorActivist Post Saying no to vaccines in the face of the gale wind of propaganda and governmentally supported vaccine campaigns is high treason punishable to the point of having your kids taken away if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. True medicine cries out against vaccines and all the harm they are doing to children and people around the globe, but we have medical authorities claiming them to offer deliverance when in reality they offer little of anything but further toxic attacks on the body and immune system. Medical truth is obviously against deliberately poisoning people, but don't tell that to anyone at the FDA whose staff falls all over itself to promote the most dangerous drugs ever known to mankind. Vaccines are loaded with crude materials that will never make anyone well. Poisons usually have the habit of poisoning people and the amount of mercury in the influenza vaccine is dangerous no matter what these un-trustable medical officials say. Mercury is much more toxic than lead but there is not a doctor in the world stupid or crazy enough to inject lead into children's veins, yet there are plenty who will gladly with a smile inject mercury.In this crazy world of ours, medicine has turned against the people's wellbeing, meaning they have committed high treason against the sacred medical oath to do no harm to their patients. A flu vaccine with mercury-based thimerosal used as a preservative is an insult to the public's intelligence but unfortunately that intelligence has been buried under a thick wall of medical lies and propaganda meant to sell vaccines. google_ad_client = "pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 6/30/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8230781418"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; "Chronic mercury exposure is also a threat to our health and makes us especially vulnerable to flu infections. It has been shown that "prolonged exposure of mammals (white mice) to low mercury concentrations (0.008-0.02mg/m3) leads to a significant increase in the susceptibility of mice to pathological influenza virus strains. This is shown by a more severe course of infection. In the experimental group more mice died (86-90.3%) than in the unexposed animals (60.2-68%), additionally the experimental group died more quickly. The significant difference was in the appearance and degree of pneumonia in the effected animals," wrote Dr. I. M. Trakhtenberg in "Chronic Effects of Mercury on Organisms." The CDC recommends that everyone over six months of age get a flu shot, especially people in high-risk groups, such as those under five or over 65 and people with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma or heart disease.Any competent biochemist would look at the structure of thimerosal and identify it as a potent enzyme inhibitor. What is surprising is that the appropriate animal and laboratory testing was not done on the vaccines containing thimerosal (and aluminum) before the government embarked on a mandated vaccine program that exposed infants to the levels of thimerosal that occurred. - Dr. Boyd E. HaleyRobert F. Kennedy Jr. published in the Huffington Post a few years ago devastating evidence that implicated the CDC in a terrible scandal in regards to the unnecessary injection of millions of children with thimerosal a few years back, and this is important because again the CDC is going to allow mercury-containing thimerosal to be used in the swine flu shots as well as the regular flu shots in the fall of 2009. Doctors like to educate parents about what influenza is and to emphasize that influenza is different from having a cold. They think that it is really important for parents to understand when we are in flu season that, if their child is exhibiting signs of an influenza-like illness, they need to seek care from their pediatric provider and begin antiviral drug treatment if indicated. There are many ways to approach and treat the complications of influenza in Natural Allopathic Medicine, whose basic protocol is made from rock-solid emergency room medicinals of non-pharmaceutical origin.Special Note: Monday I will publish a comprehensive emergency protocol for influenza.RELATED ACTIVIST POST ARTICLES:Reuters Spins Flu StoryFlu (Scare) Season Goes Into OverdriveTop 10 Most Dangerous U.S. Government AgenciesDr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P) (acupuncturist, doctor of oriental and pastoral medicine) is a prolific writer and author of some astounding medical and health-related books. His books are heavily referenced, and for many years Dr. Sircus has been researching into the human condition and into the causes of disease; he has distilled many of the divergent medical systems into a new form of medicine that he has coined Natural Allopathic Medicine.This article first appeared at GreenMedInfo.  Please visit to access their vast database of articles and the latest information in natural health. var linkwithin_site_id = 557381; linkwithin_text='Related Articles:' Enter Your Email To Receive Our Daily Newsletter Close var fnames = new Array();var ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';fnames[1]='FNAME';ftypes[1]='text';fnames[2]='LNAME';ftypes[2]='text';var err_style = ''; try{ err_style = mc_custom_error_style; } catch(e){ err_style = 'margin: 1em 0 0 0; padding: 1em 0.5em 0.5em 0.5em; background: FFEEEE none repeat scroll 0% 0%; font- weight: bold; float: left; z-index: 1; width: 80%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz- initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial; color: FF0000;'; } var mce_jQuery = jQuery.noConflict(); mce_jQuery(document).ready( function($) { var options = { errorClass: 'mce_inline_error', errorElement: 'div', errorStyle: err_style, onkeyup: function(){}, onfocusout:function(){}, onblur:function(){} }; var mce_validator = mce_jQuery("#mc-embedded-subscribe-form").validate(options); options = { url: 'http://activistpost.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe/post-json? u=3ac8bebe085f73ea3503bbda3&id=b0c7fb76bd&c=?', type: 'GET', dataType: 'json', contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8", beforeSubmit: function(){ mce_jQuery('#mce_tmp_error_msg').remove(); mce_jQuery('.datefield','#mc_embed_signup').each( function(){ var txt = 'filled'; var fields = new Array(); var i = 0; mce_jQuery(':text', this).each( function(){ fields[i] = this; i++; }); mce_jQuery(':hidden', this).each( function(){ if ( fields[0].value=='MM' && fields[1].value=='DD' && fields[2].value=='YYYY' ){ this.value = ''; } else if ( fields[0].value=='' && fields [1].value=='' && fields[2].value=='' ){ this.value = ''; } else { this.value = fields[0].value+'/'+fields[1].value+'/'+fields[2].value; } }); }); return mce_validator.form(); }, success: mce_success_cb }; mce_jQuery('#mc-embedded-subscribe-form').ajaxForm(options); }); function mce_success_cb(resp){ mce_jQuery('#mce-success-response').hide(); mce_jQuery('#mce-error-response').hide(); if (resp.result=="success"){ mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').show(); mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').html(resp.msg); mce_jQuery('#mc-embedded-subscribe-form').each(function(){ this.reset(); }); } else { var index = -1; var msg; try { var parts = resp.msg.split(' - ',2); if (parts[1]==undefined){ msg = resp.msg; } else { i = parseInt(parts[0]); if (i.toString() == parts[0]){ index = parts[0]; msg = parts[1]; } else { index = -1; msg = resp.msg; } } } catch(e){ index = -1; msg = resp.msg; } try{ if (index== -1){ mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').show(); mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').html(msg); } else { err_id = 'mce_tmp_error_msg'; html = ' '+msg+''; var input_id = '#mc_embed_signup'; var f = mce_jQuery(input_id); if (ftypes[index]=='address'){ input_id = '#mce-'+fnames[index]+'-addr1'; f = mce_jQuery(input_id).parent().parent().get(0); } else if (ftypes[index]=='date'){ input_id = '#mce-'+fnames[index]+'-month'; f = mce_jQuery(input_id).parent().parent().get(0); } else { input_id = '#mce-'+fnames[index]; f = mce_jQuery().parent(input_id).get(0); } if (f){ mce_jQuery(f).append(html); mce_jQuery(input_id).focus(); } else { mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').show(); mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').html(msg); } } } catch(e){ mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').show(); mce_jQuery('#mce-'+resp.result+'-response').html(msg); } } } BE THE CHANGE! 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09 января 2013, 22:11

Tom Krattenmaker: Welcome To The 'Radical Middle'

Who wants to be in "the middle"? Not many. Or so you might think after a quick tour through cable news, talk radio and the Internet, or after a look at one of those red-state, blue-state maps. Political analyst Michael Barone writes for many when he observes that we have two Americas now and they are not on speaking terms. Given the stark differences between Red America and Blue America, between Christian America and secular America, the claim bears truth. But it's heartening to know that in between the culture camps, there's a space where envoys from the divided Americas are not only speaking but also forming partnerships. And they're doing so not in spite of their passionately held convictions but because of them. Welcome to the "radical middle." Having visited this metaphorical space in my own city of Portland, I am moved by what I've witnessed. I've seen displays of decency and humility by evangelicals who have entered secular realms not to convert the heathens, or win at politics, but to team up with their supposed adversaries to tackle the community's problems. I have seen liberal secularists set aside their suspicion of evangelicals and go to work with them to improve public schools and bring health care to the poor. No-Evangelism Zone Portland Mayor Sam Adams is someone you'll find in the radical middle. Given that Adams is gay, and that evangelical Christians have led the resistance against gay rights, "hell no" would have been a predictable response when evangelical churches approached Adams about joining forces to serve the city and its poorest residents. Adams let a different criterion guide his decision -- the city's near desperation for resources and people to meet the unmet public need. He said yes, and dove in. You'll also find people such as Ben Dudley, a Christian who directs a soccer, service and learning after-school program in a no-evangelism zone: the elementary schools in Portland's poorer ZIP codes. For Dudley, director of AC Portland (whose board I serve on), the prohibition on proclamation is no problem; Dudley is an evangelical who is more than willing to let his service do the evangelizing. Then there's Tony Kriz, who models the radical middle with an earnest audacity few can match. Kriz, author of the new book "Neighbors and Wise Men," did Christian ministry work in the predominantly Muslim country of Albania when he was fresh out of college. Later, Kriz was part of a hardy band of Christians who worked with students at Portland's ultrasecular Reed College. As told in Donald Miller's best-selling book "Blue Like Jazz," Kriz (known in the book as Tony the Beat Poet) hatched a crazy way to connect with the more-skeptical-than-thou Reedies: a confession booth. No, the Christians didn't hear confessions in the makeshift wooden booth they erected at the year-end campus festival. They made them. And that act of disarming vulnerability set off one bridge-crossing conversation after another. No Monopoly On Truth "Love" and "sacrifice" are the words Kriz uses to describe his approach to other people, and they well describe the price of admission to the radical middle. One of its truly radical features is that people enter with a willingness to surrender the arrogant notion that they have a monopoly on truth and virtue, and that the "other side" is all bad and only bad. What's also radical about this middle is that people go there with their beliefs and passions fully afire -- passions that drive them to think the best of, and want the best for, "the other," however they are defined. "In our day," says pastor Bruce Reyes-Chow, "it is radical to see the political or ideological other as a full and complex human being, a child of God. And then treat them as such." This is clearly not a safe, boring "mushy middle." Today, the middle is more like a no-man's land. It's risky, with exposure to fire from both sides, but full of bracing fresh air for those who can handle some new company and the sound of the occasional missile passing overhead. You won't find a poll on the size and demographic makeup of this emerging radical middle. This is not the group to whom the political parties and candidates pander. But it's good to see more people showing up there, offering an auspicious alternative to the stalemates and culture wars that plague our time. Let's hope the politicians start following them. Originally published here. Tom Krattenmaker is a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors and author of 'The Evangelicals You Don't Know,' to be released in April. In addition to its own editorials, USA TODAY publishes diverse opinions from outside writers, including our Board of Contributors.

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02 ноября 2012, 01:54

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE — OF KASHYYYK: Last year, after getting hit over the head with heavy metal mu…

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE — OF KASHYYYK: Last year, after getting hit over the head with heavy metal muzak in a New Jersey supermarket, I wrote: Attention, ShopRite management: The Scorpions are a fine heavy metal group. They are not a fine example of supermarket muzak. The same can be said for AC/DC, the Georgia [...]

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23 сентября 2012, 22:07

Himalayan avalanche kills nine climbers

Four still missing after snow tears down side of Nepal's Mount Manaslu and destroys tented campAt least nine climbers have been killed and another four are missing after one of the deadliest avalanches in recent years tore down a Himalayan peak obliterating everything in its path.One tented camp nearly 7,000 metres above sea level was levelled and a second, 500 metres further down, was damaged. The identity of the casualties on Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163m, remains unclear, but they are thought to include up to four Frenchmen, a Nepalese guide, a German, a Spaniard, and an Italian.Basant Mishra, a police official, told Reuters that the bodies of a German climber and a Nepalese guide had been recovered from slopes of the mountain, which lies about 60 miles (100km) north-west of Kathmandu. "Rescue pilots have spotted seven other bodies," he said.Helicopters were dispatched to the remote area to look for those missing after the early morning accident, but cloud and fog complicated the rescue efforts, Mishra said.According to Le Parisien newspaper, a source at the French ministry of foreign affairs said, "There were several groups ascending, among them two French groups." Four French climbers are believed to have died, but the ministry has refused to make any confirmations.The Dauphiné Libéré newspaper named three of the missing and presumed dead as Rémy Lécluse and Gregory Costa, who had intended to descend the mountain on skis, and Ludovic Challéac, a guide from the French ski resort of Chamonix. Two French climbers have been flown by helicopter to Kathmandu for treatment.Organisers of one US expedition said they had received a call from their lead guide on Manaslu saying there had been a large avalanche on the upper mountain in the Camp Three area.Their expedition's team was lower down on the mountain but had moved up to help with the rescue, Gordon Janow of Alpine Ascents said."[The] weather was good. [It] was a large serac [ice cliff] that fell," he told the Guardian.Glen Plake, a celebrity in the world of extreme sports known for his mohican and boundary-pushing skiing, narrowly escaped the avalanche, according to French website EpicTv.Plake, 48, said he was in his tent reading his Bible when he heard a roar. Within moments, the tent had been carried hundreds of metres down the mountain's slopes."It's a war zone up here," Plake told the site.Hundreds of foreign climbers flock every year to Himalayan peaks in Nepal, which has eight of the world's 14 highest mountains, including Mount Everest. September marks the beginning of the autumn, post-monsoon climbing season, which runs through November.Manaslu was particularly popular this year after Chinese authorities restricted access to Cho Oyu, another 8,000m peak.The deaths will undoubtedly provoke further argument about whether big Himalayan mountains favoured by large, fee-paying or sponsored expeditions are becoming too crowded and too commercialised.Several climbers high on the mountain were aiming to be the first-ever to ascent Manaslu without oxygen and ski down. Two teams with around 20 climbers appear to have been waiting at Camp Three for the weather to clear when the avalanche struck.Massive snow falls have made conditions treacherous on and around Manaslu recently. Several climbers had expressed concerns over the avalanche risk before heading up the mountain last week.One Nepalese official said the popularity of Manaslu, first climbed in 1956, was not a problem."Yes, base camp might have been a bit crowded but the route higher up was not. This is a natural disaster. Not man-made in any way," he said.Authorities in poverty-stricken Nepal are sensitive to charges that too many permits for climbing mountains are sold to foreign expeditions. However, the permits generate much needed hard currency.Dawa Steven Sherpa, a well-known Nepalese mountaineer, said the avalanche might have been caused by heavy snowfall last week."The incident might have taken place as snow hadn't yet settled properly," he said.Ang Tsering Sherpa, former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association who has climbed Manaslu several times, said the mountain was regarded as one of the easiest of the 14 peaks that top 8,000m but the accident was not linked to the number of climbers."Such avalanche takes place normally if it's too hot or if there is heavy snow fall. Climate change, of course, had some effect but avalanches are uncertain and there is no any exact reason for any one avalanche."A history of recent Himalayan avalanches5 May 2012 At least 13 people died in Nepal when a slide of snow and ice from Mount Annapurna caused a river to burst its banks and flood the surrounding area, including the town of Pokhara. The Regional Meteorological Office said the flood was caused by a disruption in the "snow blanket in the mountains".30 September 2011 A leading Russian climber, who had scaled many of the world's highest peaks, died in an avalanche on a "simple snow slope" in the Himalayas. Sergei Cherezov was attempting to climb the 7,059-metre-high Tulagi peak with several others.4 June 2011 Japanese climber Masue Yoshida, 63, and Kumar Rai, her Nepalese guide, were killed in an avalanche while trying to climb the 5,844-metre-high Naya Kanga peak in north-central Nepal.NepalAvalanchesNatural disasters and extreme weatherJason BurkeKim Willsherguardian.co.uk © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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19 сентября 2012, 12:21

В 1990 году был зарегистрирован первый отечественный домен

Во Всемирной паутине 19 сентября 1990 года был зарегистрирован первый отечественный домен SU. Во Всемирной паутине домен SU – это национальный домен верхнего уровня для СССР. Домен используется до сих пор, хотя Советский Союз уже прекратил свое существование. Первый отечественный проект сети был создан в Институте атомной энергии имени И.В.Курчатова и объединил физиков и программистов. 28 августа 1990 года был проведен первый сеанс телекоммуникационной связи с Финляндией по международному телефону – сеть, которая впоследствии будет называться «РЕЛКОМ», впервые соединилась с мировой сетью Интернет. 19 сентября 1990 года Ассоциация пользователей UNIX (SUUG – Soviet UNIX User's Group) зарегистрировала домен верхнего уровня SU для применения на территории СССР. Она же выполняла функции администрирования домена. Первым российским сайтом стал ресурс отделения математики РАН ipsun.ac.msc.su (сегодня – www.ras.ru). После распада СССР бывшие союзные республики, ставшие независимыми, получили собственные домены. А для России Международный сетевой информационный центр «InterNIC» в 1994 году зарегистрировал национальный домен RU. Зона SU была заморожена и в этом состоянии пребывала до тех пор, пока в 2002 году ее не открыли для приоритетной регистрации новых имен – там регистрировали только владельцев товарных знаков. В 2003 году Фондом Развития Интернет, на который в настоящее время возложены функции администратора домена SU, было объявлено о завершении периода приоритетной регистрации, и 27 июня того же года началась открытая регистрация доменов второго уровня в зоне SU. 19 сентября 2007 года между РосНИИРОС и Фондом Развития Интернет было подписано «Соглашение о поддержке и развитии домена SU сети Интернет», целью которого является создание оптимальных условий для функционирования и дальнейшего развития домена SU. tags: История 2012img: 

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27 августа 2012, 19:45

Blood Thinner Cuts Repeat Heart Attack Risk In Trial

FRANKFURT, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Bayer said results from a late-stage clinical trial showed its anti-clotting pill Xarelto cut the risk of recurrence in patients who have suffered a severe heart attack, as it strives to secure U.S. approval for wider use of the drug. Results from the trial showed that adding Xarelto to standard therapy - typically aspirin and Sanofi's Plavix - significantly reduced cardiovascular death, heart attack or stroke compared with standard therapy alone. The results came from the analysis of a sub-group of patients in a wider drug trial that tested the blood clot preventer on patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Based on the wider trial, U.S. regulators in June declined to extend the use of Xarelto to include ACS patients due to concerns over bleeding risks. Bayer and development partner Johnson & Johnson are currently trying to answer the FDA's questions to secure an approval. Patients with ACS have had heart attacks or chest pains that indicate the risk of a heart attack. About 30 percent of ACS patients have actually suffered a severe form of heart attack, so-called ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), Those were the subject of the study which was published on Monday. STEMI typically involves an obstructed coronary artery, leading to damage of the heart muscle tissue. In the narrower analysis with about 8,000 participants, patients on Xarelto incurred a higher risk of major bleeding - a typical concern linked to any anti-clotting treatment - than those on standard treatment alone. Xarelto, however, did not increase the rate of fatal bleeding, Bayer added. Bayer has submitted Xarelto for European approval for prevention of heart attacks in ACS patients and is expecting a decision by the end of this year.