So-called ‘free trade’ agreements should be strongly opposed

Bill Mitchell | bilbo.economicoutlook.net

My header this week is in solidarity for the Greek people. I hope they vote no and then realise that leaving the dysfunctional Eurozone will promise them growth and a return to some prosperity. They can become the banner nation for other crippled Eurozone nations – a guiding light out of the madness that the neo-liberal elites have created. While Greece battens down against the most incredible attack on European democracy since who knows when – perhaps since the Anschluss that led finally to war breaking out a year later in Europe, one wonders how low the Brussels elite will go to preserve control of the agenda. They clearly lost control on Friday when the Greek leadership decided to go back to the people to determine whether they wanted more poverty-inducing austerity. In response, the Brussels gang along with their Washington mates at the IMF have come out with personal attacks, lies, threats and ridiculous dissembling. But that is what happens when bullies can’t bully.

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Do we need a morality pill?

Originally posted 2012-01-31 21:54:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: BioEdge

Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer and a research assistant, Agata Sagan, proposed a “morality pill” in a column in the New York Timesthis week. They speculate that moral behaviour is at least in part biochemically determined. Hence, it should be possible to engineer moral behaviour with drugs. Here is the scenario that they paint:

“If continuing brain research does in fact show biochemical differences between the brains of those who help others and the brains of those who do not, could this lead to a “morality pill” — a drug that makes us more likely to help? Given the many other studies linking biochemical conditions to mood and behavior, and the proliferation of drugs to modify them that have followed, the idea is not far-fetched. If so, would people choose to take it?

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Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Huber about GMO

Originally posted 2011-12-13 17:45:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Internationally renowned natural health physician and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews Dr. Don M. Huber, one of the senior scientists in the U.S about area of science that relates to genetically modified organisms (GMO).

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Germany accused of ‘deporting’ its elderly: Rising numbers moved to Asia and Eastern Europe because of sky-high care costs

Originally posted 2013-01-04 21:49:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Mail Foreign Service | dailymail.co.uk

  • Country’s elderly and sick being sent abroad due to rising care costs
  • Situation described as ‘inhumane deportation’ and a huge ‘alarm signal’
  • Warning to Britain where pensioners are selling homes to pay for healthcare

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Wind farms: ‘the greatest scam of our age’

Originally posted 2012-05-25 08:23:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Alan Jones
2GB

Alan Jones speaks with wool farmer Anne Gardner about the impact of turbines on her business.

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Catching fraudsters by using Facebook

Originally posted 2013-04-12 23:39:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Andrew Carswell | The Daily Telegraph

THE federal government is urging its departments to mine the vast realms of personal data stored on Facebook, Twitter and Google to deliver “personalised” services and detect fraud.

In a move that could threaten the privacy of Australians, the government’s own information management office said departments – including Centrelink, the Australian Tax Office and Medicare – could be buying data from social networking sites to help track down welfare and tax cheats and improve their productivity.

In its Big Data Strategy issues paper, the government said its departments needed to embrace the opportunities that analysing both the private data available on social networks, and the ever-increasing wealth of data already being collected by governments, could deliver.

But it admits such a strategy will have clear ethical, privacy and security concerns that will need to be “carefully considered”.

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New study shows half of the global warming in the USA is artificial

Originally posted 2012-07-31 15:13:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Anthony Watts
WUWT

PRESS RELEASE – U.S. Temperature trends show a spurious doubling due to NOAA station siting problems and post measurement adjustments.

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Capitalism Has Devolved Into Looting

Paul Graig Roberts | real-agenda.com

Ayn Rand is a pariah among those who believe that government is our benefactor.

There are times and conditions when government can be a benefactor of the people. But not in the Western world at the present time.

As Michael Hudson and I agree, Western central banks refuse to create money to finance economy recovery. Money is created only for the benefit of the oligarchs’ banks in order that the oligarchs can continue to control the governments.

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Ebook: Miscellany of Topics

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The Paranoid Style of American Governance

Originally posted 2012-06-04 06:08:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Prof. James F. Tracy
Global Research

In 1964 Harper‘s magazine published the now famous essay, “The Paranoid Style of American Politics,” by historian and public intellectual Richard Hofstadter. Appearing in the wake of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater’s Republican presidential nomination, the tract remains emblematic of liberal anxiety toward serious and in many cases unresolved questions regarding the forces behind American governance. “The Paranoid Style” overall helped establish the term “conspiracy theory” as perhaps the most powerful epithet in the American political lexicon.  “American politics has often been an arena for angry minds,” Hofstadter wrote.

“In recent years, we have seen angry minds at work, mainly among extreme right-wingers, who have now demonstrated, in the Goldwater movement, how much political leverage can be got out of the animosities and passions of a small minority. But, behind this, I believe, there is a style of mind that is far from new, and that is not necessarily right-wing. I call it the paranoid style, simply because no other word adequately evokes the sense of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy that I have in mind.” (emphasis added)

Americans typically comfort themselves in the notion that they live in a democracy, with a government that is rational, responsible, and accommodative of their needs. Yet what if the government Americans look to for protection of personal property, the creation and enforcement of fair and just laws, and defense of the nation’s borders and interests abroad exhibits the paranoia Hofstadter attributed to John Birchers and Goldwater supporters, complete with deep suspicions and conspiratorial fantasies toward those it is supposed to serve and protect?

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Do you fancy a jelly baby made from human DNA?

Originally posted 2011-09-13 13:42:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: The Telegraph

We may not have the appetite for human-derived gelatin but it has its health benefits, says Andrew Marszal .

Reports last week that researchers could be just six months away from producing the world’s first artificial meat, using thousands of stem cells bred in a laboratory, sent a wave of fascination around the world. Yet there is an even more ghoulish prospect ahead: the idea of eating artificial food made from humans.

This may sound like science fiction, yet a new technique for making gelatin from human DNA is attracting “increasing interest from research and industrial circles”, according to a new study by scientists from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology. The paper, published recently in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, revealed that successful experiments had been carried out in which human genes were inserted into a strain of yeast to “grow” large amounts of recombinant (genetically engineered) human gelatin.

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THE LASTEST SCAM: U.S. ‘Climate Aid’ Targets Poorest Nations with Free Cash

Originally posted 2012-12-04 13:42:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Patrick Henningsen
21stcenturywire.com

One thing which I have learned over the years is that Marxists never give up willingly. Their socialist philosophy is extremist in nature, where political survival depends on the preeminence of the state to regulate every aspect of life.

The only way to stop them is to cut them off their ideological air – and the only form of political oxygen they have is their collectivist ideology.

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How Cancer Spreads: Metastatic Tumor a Hybrid of Cancer Cell and White Blood Cell

Originally posted 2013-07-03 06:48:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Science Daily

Yale Cancer Center scientists, together with colleagues at the Denver Police Crime Lab and the University of Colorado, have found evidence that a human metastatic tumor can arise when a leukocyte (white blood cell) and a cancer cell fuse to form a genetic hybrid. Their study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, may answer the question of how cancer cells travel from the primary tumor’s site of origin to distant organs and tissues of the body — the deadly process of metastasis.

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Organic Ant Control for Indoors & Outdoors

Originally posted 2010-11-20 23:29:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

It’s a fact of life that pests will make themselves at home in your house or apartment.  There are a variety of insect pests you need to think of and no two are alike.  Rather than spraying toxic chemicals into your home environment, consider using organic, non-toxic pest control.  It’s safe for your home’s human occupants and for your pets as well.  Pests will show up in the air, your carpeting, your kitchen counter and other places.

Image: dan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Let’s take a look specifically at ant control for your home or recreational areas outside. Remember that organic pest control varies somewhat with the pest you’re dealing with and that just like with inorganic chemical pest control, you don’t always use the same thing for ants as you do for fleas.  Here’s a look at your organic options for ant infestation in your home.

For the organic treatment of ants, you need to make sure your bench tops are free of crumbs and anything sticky or sweet.  Cover your food well and keep your honey wrapped in a plastic bag.  Leave water sources off during the night and don’t leave dirty dishes lying around.  The same holds true for your patio or verandah.  Clean all food up after an outdoor meal and teach your children not to throw food into the yard, such as melon pieces or other sweet foods.

Your organic pest control continues with a small spray bottle filled with soapy water that you can spray on ants.  Put cucumber peels or slices in your kitchen, especially where the ants come in.  You can also put mint tea bags or garlic cloves around the places where the ants are very active.  See if you can trace the column of ants back to their entry point and set out a line of cayenne pepper, flour, baby powder, coffee grounds, chili powder, cinnamon, peppermint, black pepper, citrus oil, baking soda, lemon juice or cinnamon.  Ants won’t cross these lines.

For serious organic pest control against ants, mix a small amount of honey with an equivalent amount of Borax and aspartame.  Put about a teaspoon and a half of the mixture in a bottle and set the bottle (without a lid) on its side where ants are active.  This acts as a kind of toxic bait that the ants bring back to their colony. Keep small animals and children away from this toxic bait, not recommended for outdoor use.

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If ants are on your patio or verandah outside, you can use some of the same indoor tricks outdoors, especially those involving the use of cayenne pepper, flour, citrus oil, lemon juice, cinnamon, coffee grounds, garlic.  Also fill a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water and spray on plants. The acid in vinegar will kills ants. Other option is to mix one-third cup of molasses, six tablespoons of sugar, and six tablespoons of active dry yeast and make a smooth paste. Use the mixture to coat strips of cardboard and leave outside an ant opening. Keep out of reach of pets and small children.

Another two organic pest control methods worth mentioning are to leave a low-wattage light bulb or nightlight around where the ants are, which disrupts their day and night pattern and can confuse their patterns of food hunting; and the other is to use diatomaceous earth (DE) which is a form of silica that kills insects via dehydration by absorbing and destroying their waxy, oily and outer layer. DE can be purchased from various organic pest control suppliers.

There’s no reason to turn to dangerous and toxic chemicals, indoors or out, when perfectly acceptable organic pest control for ants will keep your home ant-free in a much safer way.  As long as you keep your kitchen and the rest of your home clean and follow the above methods to discourage or kill ants, your summertime experience will be more enjoyable and healthier for you and your family.

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Infographic: How to Fight Depression Without the Pills

Originally posted 2015-03-11 20:07:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Best Counseling Degrees | dailyinfographic.com

Depression

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Six Stages of Changing Bad Habits

Originally posted 2010-11-03 00:19:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Change is not an event, but a process. Change happens through a series of stages, and most successful self-changers fail at least once before they succeed. Willpower alone won’t do it.

You need to understand the cycle of change, or you risk substituting one bad habit for another, as so often happens when ex-smokers satisfy their craving for “something” by overeating. Success depends on having the right information and knowing how to use it.

Researchers have identified six clear stages in the process of successful self-change:

1. Denial
2. Awareness
3. Preparation
4. Action
5. Maintenance
6. Termination

For most people, the process of breaking a bad habit is not a straight path that takes them from one stage to the next. Successful self-changers usually follow a path that’s more like a spiral: They move forward, go back to a previous stage, and move on to the next level of commitment one or more times before breaking the habit for good.

Quitting a habit cold turkey usually doesn’t work. If a person isn’t ready to move ahead, pushing her into the action stage will cause her to feel like a failure the first time she slips up. She may end up more addicted to her habit than she was before she tried to quit. If she feels guilty and blames herself for failing to break the habit, she will find it even harder to make a commitment to quit the next time.

We have all seen cases close to home. Many of us have experienced the frustration of trying to break a bad habit. As Mark Twain said, “Quitting smoking is easy. Personally, I’ve quit many times.” If that sounds familiar, this report is for you.

Whatever your bad habit is, you may have tried to break it many times, too. This time will be different, because you’ll understand that breaking your habit is a process, not an event. You will have the knowledge and the confidence to succeed this time.

Can you really change? Can you really free yourself from bad habits? Millions of people around the world are living proof that you can. This guide will show you how.

Freeing yourself from a bad habit starts by removing the blinders.

 

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Six “Grow Younger” Nutrients I Take Every Day

Originally posted 2012-05-11 08:58:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Dr.Mercola
mercola.com

Nutritionists have long been interested in the dynamics of telomere length in the body, and how telomeres figure in to human health and life expectancy. Telomeres were first discovered in 1973 by Alexey Olovnikov.

He found that the tiny units of DNA at the very end of each chromosome—the telomere—shorten with time because they cannot replicate completely each time the cell divides and they may be the most powerful biological clock that has yet to be identified.

Hence, as you get older, your telomeres get shorter and shorter. Eventually, DNA replication and cell division ceases completely, at which point you die. However, a growing body of research is showing that certain nutrients play a huge role in protecting telomere length; greatly affecting how long you live

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Legalise sale of human kidneys, expert urges

Originally posted 2011-08-04 19:22:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: Herald Scotland

PEOPLE should be allowed to sell their kidneys for £28,000 in an NHS-regulated organ market, a Scots researcher has said.

In an article published online today by the British Medical Journal, Dr Sue Rabbitt Roff, of Dundee University, called on the health service to offer financial rewards to individuals willing to give up a kidney as a means of speeding up the rate of transplants and reducing the cost of treatments and dialysis to the NHS.

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Gang Stigmata – Honduras

Originally posted 2012-05-15 02:33:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Journeyman Pictures
May 2012

In the Honduran barrios crime carries a permanent stigma – gang members are indelibly tattooed with their histories of violence. Desperate to escape their past, some have begun a painful path to rehabilitation.

Gang activity has taken its toll in Honduras, the country recently classified by the UN as the most violent in the world. Around 20 homicides occur every day, totaling almost 7,000 a year. In capital city Tegucigalpa, members of the 18 and the MS13 are marked men and women, their violent pasts charted from head to toe across their bodies. For those trying to quit, these markings are an inescapable anchor to gang life. Former “bandida” Sherry explains, “here, for wearing a tattoo, youngsters die on a daily basis. This tattoo could lead me to the grave”. There is only one expert in tattoo removal in Honduras, but he has provided hope to thousands trying to escape their past. For Sherry the motivation to break out of the cycle of violence is the fear of passing on a violent legacy to the next generation. “My kids should not have to endure what I have endured.”

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The Imam and the Pastor – Nigeria, January 2008

Originally posted 2012-01-06 07:59:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: Journeyman

In the 1990s, Imam Ashafa and Pastor Wuye led opposing militias in Northern Nigeria. Now the men work together bridging religious conflicts between Christians and Muslims that have killed thousands.
‘My hate for the Muslims then had no limits’ states Pastor Wuye, whose militia killed Imam Ashafa’s spiritual leader and two cousins. Ashafa spent 3 years planning revenge, until one day, a sermon on forgiveness changed his life. The men met and are now working on a peace accord. Imam Ashafa explains, ‘even though we differ in some theological issues, we will make the world a safer place’.

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