December 21, 2011
By Jerry Robinson
“If you’re still concerned about Ron Paul’s ideas on foreign policy, watch this.” –KTRN
Is Ron Paul’s view of foreign policy “wacky” as some say?
One of the most common issues that has come up since I have vocalized my support for Rep. Ron Paul for President is his unique stance on foreign policy. Ron Paul is often criticized for being naive on foreign affairs, especially in the Middle East. But are his foreign policy views really naive?
The video below offers some of the best information on understanding the ideas behind Ron Paul’s view of Israel and foreign policy that I have ever seen.
The video is just over 13 minutes. If you are one of many Americans who like Ron Paul’s economic policies, but can’t seem to stomach his ideas on foreign policies, then you owe it to yourself to watch this brief video.
Even if you disagree with the conclusions, at least you will have informed yourself more fully on the issues.
December 21, 2011
Op Ed News
By Rob Kall
“Can congress get anything right?” –KTRN
Congress is punting again, this time on the tax cut extension. This pattern, which has led to the lowest approval levels since measures of approval were taken, has become chronic. It’s really about the bulk of the members of congress being cowards who are intentionally destroying the balance of powers between legislative, Judiciary and Executive, so they can save their jobs.
Recent conversations with folks like Bruce Fein and Thom Hartmann have convinced me that the congress is staffed, predominantly by cowards who, in failing to make tough decisions, are destroying the three way balance between the executive, justice and legislative branches. Cowards who hand the decisions to the SCOTUS or the White House so they can save their jobs through the next congressional election cycle.
They avoid making tough economic decisions by creating bogus committees which also fail.
They defer on making hard votes on going to war, handing the power over to the White House.
They let the Supreme court ride roughshod over decisions made by elected officials. The despotic corporatists in the Supreme court were not elected. At least several are unethical and the congress does not impeach them. The congress could easily slap down the Supreme court and its excesses. It could even impeach those Justices who have sold out to corporations and foreign interests.
December 21, 2011
By Jonathan Benson
“How can a drug be considered effective when the very thing it’s trying to eliminate is actually one of the side effects?” –KTRN
A recent industry-funded study on antidepressant drugs has revealed that the medications can cause roughly 20 percent of patients to get worse depression symptoms than if they simply took nothing. Published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, the study, which was largely controlled by drug giant Eli Lilly, is an eye-opener for those who still put their faith in antidepressants like Cymbalta (duloxetine), which carry with them life-altering side effects.
Ralitza Gueorguieva, lead author of the study from the Yale University School of Health, and her colleagues conducted trials on 2,500 people, all of whom were given either Cymbalta, various other antidepressant drugs, or a drug-free placebo for two months. At the conclusion of the study, most of those who received the placebo saw a gradual improvement in their depression symptoms, while nearly 20 percent of those taking antidepressants saw a worsening of their symptoms.
Those taking antidepressants rather than a placebo were grouped into one of two groups — “responders” or “non-responders.” Responders allegedly saw some improvement from the drugs, while non-responders saw no improvement at all. Eighty-four percent of all patients in the drug groups reportedly saw some improvement, while 16 percent saw no improvement at all — and this 16 percent actually saw a worsening of symptoms, as well as various other harmful side effects.
December 21, 2011
By Mike Barrett
“You need to make sure you’re buying the right kind of supplements. See our exclusive article on this very subject.” –KTRN
It seems that people in Britain have been increasingly becoming more health-conscious. Not only that, but the need to avoid sickness also seems to be more of a necessity than it has been in past years. In fact, vitamin sales more than tripled in Britain in just the past 2 years, but are people really targeting the reduction of illness and disease in the most effective way?
Choosing the Wrong Supplements
It isn’t surprising to see such an increase in supplement sales. Although statistics for many diseases are still steadily rising, it seems awareness surrounding the need for a healthy lifestyle is also gaining considerable momentum. One supermarket chain called Sainsbury’s is experiencing 200 percent increased sales for their vitamin C compared to two years ago while multivitamin sales have also doubled over the same time period. In addition, sales of antibacterial hand gel are up 145 percent compared to 2010, showing that people are becoming more worried about contracting and illness as well as spreading germs.
Unfortunately, many people contributing to these sales may not know that what they are really buying into is toxic health. It is extremely difficult to find a quality health supplements in any drugstore or supermarket, and Sainsbury’s is no exception. Not only are most if not all of the vitamins in synthetic form, but you can also expect to find a long list of unhealthy and toxic ingredients. Here are just some of the ingredients to look out for, which can actually be found in Sainsbury’s Vitamin C Tablets:
- Stearic Acid
- Magnesium Stearate
- Modified Maize Starch
These ingredients are controversial to say the least, but some of them such as magnesium stearate have been shown to cause kidney stones and liver abnormalities. There is no reason to put your health at risk with supplements containing toxic ingredients when purchasing truly healthy supplements can be just as simple.
Antibacterial Soap is Toxic, A Marketing Ploy
Antibacterial soap is another item that has gained popularity, but that popularity is solely due to faulty marketing and false advertising. While there are many harmful ingredients residing in antibacterial soaps and gels as well as other personal care products, chemicals triclosan and triclocarban are two very common ones. These two chemicals have been used for decades for their antibacterial and antifungal properties, but you’ll be interested to know that they are no more effective than regular soap and water at preventing sickness. Even the FDA recognizes this fact, but still companies are allowed to market products containing these ingredients as “antibacterial” to increase sales.
In addition to being ineffective, triclosan and triclobarban are also harmful to your health. Like bisphenol A, these chemicals are endocrine disrupting chemicals, which means that your hormone system is being tampered with and negatively impacted. Endocrine disrupting chemicals have been shown to cause health problems like fertility defects, depression, adverse effects on male fertility, and diabetes.
December 21, 2011
By Steve Watson
“Why are deadly viruses being created in laboratories? Here’s an idea – leave them alone.” –KTRN
A highly contagious mutant strain of H5N1 bird flu that can be transmitted between mammals has been deliberately created at Rotterdam’s Erasmus Medical Centre, the London Independent reports.
Now plans to publish details of how the deadly virus was created in the lab are being castigated by government officials and health experts.
The findings were scheduled to be published in the US journal Science, however, officials at the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity have demanded that they be allowed to screen the details first.
“The worst-case scenario here is worse than anything you can imagine,” an anonymous senior US government advisor told the Independent.
“The fear is that if you create something this deadly and it goes into a global pandemic, the mortality and cost to the world could be massive.”
In comments to The London Telegraph, EU Health Commissioner John Dalli said that the Dutch government has assured him the virus is being kept secure.
“The Dutch authorities confirmed that the virus itself is stored in a very secured way and that the necessary permits were given and that the researchers are bound by a code of conduct,” Mr Dalli said.
“One of the issues … is to ensure that any information coming from this research is well controlled and without sensitive details about mutation being given,” he added.
The ultimate fear is that the virus could escape the lab, or be recreated somewhere else for nefarious purposes, such as a deadly bioweapon.
December 21, 2011
By Dr. Mike Evans
Illustrated by Liisa Sorsa
Produced, directed, and filmed by Nick De Pencier
A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.
December 21, 2011
By Associated Press
“Just one more year until the Mayan calendar stops. Do you think anything will happen?” –KTRN
Only 52 weeks and a day are left before Dec. 21, 2012, when some believe the Maya predicted the end of the world.
Unlike enthusiasts of other doomsday theories who suggest putting together survival kits, southeastern Mexico, the heart of Maya territory, plans a yearlong celebration.
Mexico’s tourism agency expects to draw 52 million visitors by next year only to the regions of Chiapas, Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Campeche. All of Mexico usually lures about 22 million foreigners in a year.
It’s selling the date, the Winter Solstice in the coming year, as a time of renewal. Many archeologists argue that the 2012 reference on a 1,300-year-old stone tablet only marks the end of a cycle in the Mayan calendar.
“The world will not end. It is an era,” said Yeanet Zaldo, a tourism spokeswoman for the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo, home to Cancun. “For us, it is a message of hope.”
Cities and towns in the Mayan region on Wednesday will start the yearlong countdown. In Chiapas the town of Tapachula on the Guatemalan border will start a countdown on an 8-foot digital clock in the main park exactly a year before the mysterious date.
In the nearby archaeological site of Izapa, Maya priests will burn incense, chant and offer prayers.
In the tropical jungle of Quintana Roo, between the resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, people are putting messages and photos in a time capsule that will be buried for 50 years. Maya priests and Indian dancers will perform a ritual at the time capsule ceremony.
Yucatan state has announced plans to complete the Maya Museum of Merida by next summer.
“People who still live in Mayan villages will host rites and burn incense for us to go back in time and try to understand the Mayan wisdom,” Zaldo said.
The Maya reputation for wisdom has people taking the alleged prediction seriously.
The Mayan civilization, which reached its height from 300 AD to 900 AD, had a talent for astronomy
Its Long Count calendar begins in 3,114 BC, marking time in roughly 394-year periods known as Baktuns. Thirteen was a significant, sacred number for the Mayas, and they wrote that the 13th Baktun ends on Dec. 21, 2012.
This is an example of why people in America are fat, disgusting pigs, and why you all have diabetes. It’s all because of processed food and fast food. Everyone gets high cholesterol and is dying of diabetes and has heart disease and is depressed.
Years ago, it was different because we were working in the fields. We were moving our body all day long. But now you wake up in the morning, hop in your car, drive to work, sit at a desk all day long. Then after work you get in the car, drive home, sit down in front of the TV and then you go to bed. Most people don’t move their body at all, there’s no physical movement.
So if you look at the average person who does nothing all day, how many calories should they be consuming a day? Any clue? Any idea? Well, I’ll give you the news, you should be consuming around 2000 calories a day, otherwise you’re going to gain weight.
Yours in health,
December 20, 2011
By Misra, Lagi and Bar-Yam
The Trader has covered many of the market microstructure questions over the past months, that should concern many more. Majority of investors, managers, traders and others have not adapted to the “new” market, nor have they realized what is actually going on. With HFT dominating every market move, people still feel an increasing frustration, but have not adapted accordingly. This is due to lack of insight. Our biggest “fear”, is that an increasing amount of investors, end up avoiding the markets, purely due to the fact that the markets have become a “monster”, that is overseen by nobody. The competence gap between the regulators (worldwide, not only the SEC) and the market has become huge.
We have still not read any intelligent analysis from regulators what actually happened during the flash crash last year. We have not read too many reports of what happened after the uptick rule was abolished etc. We are pro technical “algo” development, but are not pro broken markets. One of our biggest fears, is the fact this market is showing signs of fatigue, and where some external events might trigger a total failure of the market microstructure. Market micro structure must be overseen by the regulators, but in order to do so successfully, they need to gain competence and understanding of what is going on in “live” trading. HFT is one aspect, but there are many more. Below interesting observations on the bear raid in Citi at the beginning of the 207 crisis (still ongoing). Could this bear raid have caused the crisis to become much deeper? By Misra, Lagi and Bar-Yam;
December 20, 2011
By Forrest Jones
The world is teetering on the brink of a 1930s-style depression, and policymakers worldwide must take action now — not just in Europe but everywhere — if the global economy is to avoid falling into a pit of economic meltdown, says Christine Lagarde, managing director at the International Monetary Fund.
Ratings agencies are flying more and more warning flags on fears the European crisis is getting worse, and another onslaught of downgrades could begin within a few months.
Lagarde, a former French finance minister, warns “economic retraction, rising protectionism, isolation and … what happened in the 30s,” await the world unless the crisis ends.
“There is no economy in the world, whether low-income countries, emerging markets, middle-income countries or super-advanced economies that will be immune to the crisis that we see not only unfolding but escalating,” Lagarde said in Washington this past week, according to the Financial Times.
“It is not a crisis that will be resolved by one group of countries taking action. It is going to be hopefully resolved by all countries, all regions, all categories of countries actually taking action.”
Fitch Ratings rattled battle-weary European markets by slapping a negative outlook on France, meaning the country still carries an AAA rating but a downgrade is becoming increasingly likely.
That move, the latest in a series of European downgrades or threats of such from other ratings agencies like Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, prompted high-ranking French officials to criticize the move and point out that London deserves blame if Paris does.
Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer said downgrading France would be “unjustified concerning the economic fundamentals.”
“Or else they should start by downgrading the United Kingdom, which has higher deficits, as much debt, more inflation, and less growth than we do, and whose credit is collapsing,” Noyer was quoted by the daily Le Telegramme as saying, according to the Associated Press.
U.K. officials, meanwhile, say France’s comments caught them off guard.