60 Minutes Australia: Special Investigation Spies Lords and Predators

60 Minutes Australia | 9jumpin.com.au

It’s shaping up to be the biggest political scandal in Britain’s history. There is new evidence that some of the country’s most respected men were in fact depraved paedophiles. Leaders that were preying on children as young as eight and nine. Many of the kids were trafficked from state-run homes and other institutions to be abused by MPs, Lords, and spies. Read More

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Fiscal austerity undermines welfare now and then things get ugly in the future

Originally posted 2013-03-27 20:55:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bill Mitchell | bilbo.economicoutlook.net

The latest – EU Employment and Social Situation: Quarterly Review was released yesterday (March 26, 2013). The Press Release – summarises the main results. I will look into the full document in more detail another day. Today (March 27, 2013), the Australian Productivity Commission released a major study – Trends in the Distribution of Income in Australia – which provides a fairly detailed analysis of the “composition of the income distribution”. The connection is that fiscal austerity not only causes unnecessary damage now to the prosperity of the nations afflicted with these incompetent leaders, but it also undermines the future growth path of the nation. One of the many ways in which growth potential is being undermined is through the impact of unemployment and falling participation rates has on income inequality. The latter impact also negates key propositions that mainstream economists teach their students every day that there is a negative trade-off between efficiency and equity. So policies that promote more equitable income distributions are alleged to undermine economic growth. The evidence is exactly the opposite.

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Brain study finds what eases pain of financial loss

Originally posted 2012-02-22 06:51:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Kate Kelland
Reuters

Financial market traders and keen gamblers take note. Scientists have found that a chemical in the region of the brain involved in sensory and reward systems is crucial to whether people simply brush off the pain of financial losses.

Scientists say the study points the way to the possible development of drugs to treat problem gamblers and sheds light on what may have been going on in the brains of Wall Street and City of London traders as the 2008 financial crisis took hold.

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BASF applies for EU approval for Fortuna GM potato

Originally posted 2011-11-26 21:49:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: Reuters

BASF has applied for European Union approval for Fortuna, a potato genetically modified to resist a common plant disease, as the German chemicals company tries again to overcome resistance in the region to GM food.

The world’s largest chemical maker by sales said on Monday it had asked for clearance for Fortuna, covering commercial cultivation and consumption by humans and animals.

In March 2010, BASF won European Commission approval for Amflora, another genetically modified potato, for commercial cultivation, marking the bloc’s first GM cultivation approval in 12 years.

While Amflora was designed for industrial-starch production, Fortuna marks the first GM food plant BASF has sought to market in Europe, where consumers’ opposition to such products remains widespread.

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GM mosquito trial results in Cayman prove ineffective in tackling dengue

Originally posted 2012-09-12 08:34:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Activist Post

GM insect company Oxitec today published results of its trials of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands in 2010 (1). The results were originally submitted to the journal Science in January 2011 but have now finally been published in Nature Biotechnology (1). The paper shows that Oxitec has no clear baseline for claims made in the press that it achieved an 80% reduction in the target population of mosquitoes, and that to achieve the claimed effect it significantly increased the number of adult GM mosquitoes it expected to release and also released additional GM pupae at locations spaced at 70 to 90m apart across the release site.

“This poor quality paper pours cold water on the idea that Oxitec’s GM mosquitoes will be an effective way to tackle dengue” said Dr Helen Wallace, Director of GeneWatch UK. “Staff would be better employed using the well-established public health approach of removing mosquito breeding sites rather than in placing GM mosquito pupae at intervals across a site. Removing the flower pots and water containers where mosquitoes breed has the added benefit of reducing both mosquito species that spread dengue, not just one of them. It is hard to see how Oxitec can justify commercial releases of its GM mosquitoes based on such poor data.”

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10 Health Benefits of Ginger

Originally posted 2011-09-27 14:28:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: Healthy Living

Ayurveda gives ginger the status of a virtual medicine chest. That’s because this wonder spice has time-tested digestion-friendly properties, in addition to its numerous other health benefits.

In India, we use ginger liberally in our daily life. Ginger-spiked chai is a household favorite, and it’s grandma’s antidote of choice for battling cold and flu.

On millions of dining tables in India, you’ll see matchsticks of fresh ginger that have turned a soft pink from being soaked in lemon juice and salt: a zingy accompaniment to our favorite dinner, dal-chawal.

Let’s give this knobbly root a closer look.

1. Haven’t been feeling hungry? Eat fresh ginger just before lunch to stoke a dull appetite. (Ayurveda recommends that lunch should always be your main meal of the day, because this is when your digestive energy is naturally at its peak).

2. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.

3. Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time.

4. Feeling airsick or nauseous? Chew on ginger, preferably tossed in a little honey.

5. Can’t stop the toot-a-thon? Gas—oops—guess what?! Ginger helps reduce flatulence!

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Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban

Originally posted 2011-12-17 07:35:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: WT

Congressional negotiators struck a deal Thursday that overturns the new rules that were to have banned sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs beginning next year.

That agreement is tucked inside the massive 1,200-page spending bill that funds the government through the rest of this fiscal year, and which both houses of Congress will vote on Friday. Mr. Obama is expected to sign the bill, which heads off a looming government shutdown.

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Gillard staff planned for coup

Originally posted 2012-02-14 21:26:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sydney Morning Herald

Julia Gillard insists she decided to challenge Kevin Rudd only on the day she confronted him, after fresh allegations last night that her staff began preparing her acceptance speech two weeks before she rolled Mr Rudd for the leadership.

In claims that threaten to increase the tension between Ms Gillard and Mr Rudd, the ABC program Four Corners reported that two weeks before June 24, 2010, when Mr Rudd was ousted, her office was preparing a speech for her to deliver when she took over.

Ms Gillard said she did not ask for any speech to be written but several times avoided answering when pressed whether she knew about it.

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The Secret of Maximum Power

Originally posted 2011-03-25 11:00:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: Foundation for Sustainability

The money is not the wealth, but just the agent which COULD generate wealth.

There is actually no such secret, the principles are there, though unseen and unknown for the ones who should know about them. These principles are in full use and have been in use for centuries, but have only been applied to not human systems. Why?, the answer is simple, that you will be able to answer by the end of this text.

Trees are given resources and they do a work. A predictable amount of work is obtained: in sugars, in fruits, in wood, in oxygen, in CO2 and even in secondary lives like bugs, worms, birds; also tertiary products like the silk that comes from a worm eating leaves.

In non live systems, the flow of water through a turbine in a dam, is calculated to produce certain power.

The systems will produce less work from reduction in their power to do that work. Power is by definition, mathematically equal to the work done per unit of time (second, hour, etc).

In the case of the tree, the power reduces with reduction in sun, temperature and water.

For the water turbine, the power reduces with less water or with friction, obstruction of the nozzles, bad maintenance, bad materials, corrosion and sabotage.

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From Hiroshima to Syria, the enemy whose name we dare not speak

Originally posted 2013-09-14 03:35:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

John Pilger | johnpilger.com

On my wall is the front page of Daily Express of September 5, 1945 and the words: “I write this as a warning to the world.” So began Wilfred Burchett’s report from Hiroshima. It was the scoop of the century. For his lone, perilous journey that defied the US occupation authorities, Burchett was pilloried, not least by his embedded colleagues. He warned that an act of premeditated mass murder on an epic scale had launched a new era of terror.

Almost every day now, he is vindicated. The intrinsic criminality of the atomic bombing is borne out in the US National Archives and by the subsequent decades of militarism camouflaged as democracy. The Syria psychodrama exemplifies this. Yet again, we are held hostage to the prospect of a terrorism whose nature and history even the most liberal critics still deny. The great unmentionable is that humanity’s most dangerous enemy resides across the Atlantic.

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Growth Is the Problem

Originally posted 2012-09-17 06:36:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Chris Hedges
truthdig.com

The ceaseless expansion of economic exploitation, the engine of global capitalism, has come to an end. The futile and myopic effort to resurrect this expansion—a fallacy embraced by most economists—means that we respond to illusion rather than reality. We invest our efforts into bringing back what is gone forever. This strange twilight moment, in which our experts and systems managers squander resources in attempting to re-create an expanding economic system that is moribund, will inevitably lead to systems collapse. The steady depletion of natural resources, especially fossil fuels, along with the accelerated pace of climate change, will combine with crippling levels of personal and national debt to thrust us into a global depression that will dwarf any in the history of capitalism. And very few of us are prepared.

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The problem of Greece is not only a tragedy. It is a lie.

John Pilger | johnpilger.com

An historic betrayal has consumed Greece. Having set aside the mandate of the Greek electorate, the Syriza government has willfully ignored last week’s landslide “No” vote and secretly agreed a raft of repressive, impoverishing measures in return for a “bailout” that means sinister foreign control and a warning to the world.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has pushed through parliament a proposal to cut at least 13 billion euros from the public purse – 4 billion euros more than the “austerity” figure rejected overwhelmingly by the majority of the Greek population in a referendum on 5 July.

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Pepsi doubles the sugar in ‘healthy’ V Water to ‘improve the flavour’

Originally posted 2011-07-07 08:35:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: Daily Mail

A health drink that is promoted by Pepsi as combining vitamins, minerals and spring water, contains more sugar that a couple of doughnuts.

The SoBe V-Water, which comes in 500ml bottles, is advertised as having ‘no preservatives, artficial colours or sweeteners.’

What it does have in copious amounts however, is sugar.

PepsiCo saw sales boom after it acquired V-Water in 2008. However, the company decided to more than double the sugar levels in each bottle after it rebranded the drink in May.

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IRAN Documentary Yesterday and Today : Rick Steves

Originally posted 2012-02-07 11:04:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: KPBS/Youtube

Join Rick as he explores the most surprising and fascinating land he’s ever visited: Iran. In this one-hour, ground-breaking travel special, you’ll discover the splendid monuments of Iran’s rich and glorious past, learn more about the 20th-century story of this perplexing nation, and experience Iranian life today in its historic capital and in a countryside village. Most important, you’ll meet the people of a nation whose government has so exasperated our own.

To support the author and purchase the DVD, click here. Visit the author’s website.

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Sayonara Baby – Japan

Originally posted 2012-06-16 05:01:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

ABC Australia
Journeyman Pictures

If your children had been snatched by your partner and taken overseas you’d hope the authorities would do everything in their power to retrieve them. But in Japan, the law is on the side of the kidnapper. Read More

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Greek “debt crisis”: humans must suffer for bankers to profit

Joe Quinn | sott.net

To understand the ‘Greek debt crisis’, the ‘financial crisis’ of 2008, the first thing to understand is the unreal or immaterial nature of money and what is called the ‘global economy’.

In 2014, a Bank of England report titled: “Money Creation in the Modern Economy” finally admitted what has been known by many for a long time: that 97% of the money supply is now created by banks when they make loans. Most of that money is, and remains throughout its life cycle, digital rather than ‘physical’ paper money.

The second thing you have to first understand is that nation states are more like corporations and their populations are treated as employees of that corporation. The directors of the corporation are banks and bankers.

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Taxing Termites, Wetlands, Volcanoes and Sacred Cows?

Originally posted 2012-07-11 17:45:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Anthony Watts
WUWT

UPDATE: The image previously displayed has been replaced with a more accurate representation – previous pinnacle image was misidentified as a termite mound in the Zemanta suggested images offered by WordPress.com to bloggers.

Letter to the Editor – Watts Up With That?

Australia’s tax on carbon dioxide now applies to big power stations, rubbish tips, steel works, cement plants, refineries and coal mines. But many of them have been given exemptions or compensation packages. Naturally they will pass all net costs onto consumers, but our government says that most voters will be compensated and will feel no pain. So it all looks like achieving a net nothing.

Carbon dioxide is produced whenever animal or vegetable matter is burnt, digested or rots. So when do we start taxing the big-time emitters such as termites? There are trillions of them quietly munching their way through timber, dead trees and grass. Then we have all the rice paddies, swamps and wetlands emitting that other dastardly natural gas, the Will-o-the-Wisp, methane. And who is going to chase India’s 280 million sacred cows with gas collection bags?

Mother Earth is also a huge “carbon polluter”. Will we have a “Red Adair” putting caps on Earth’s 1,500 active volcanoes? Or will BP be hired to drop blow-out protectors over the 139,000 sub-marine volcanoes?

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The World According to Lance – key players

Originally posted 2012-10-25 08:15:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Four Corners
abc.net.au

The United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) has found that Lance Armstrong, seven-time winner of the Tour de France, was using performance enhancing drugs throughout his racing career, and that he formed part of an organised conspiracy by the US Postal Service Team to conceal their ‘doping’ from the authorities.

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SKorea finds smuggled capsules contain human flesh

Originally posted 2012-05-08 21:35:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Hyung-Jin Kim
Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has seized thousands of smuggled drug capsules filled with powdered flesh from dead babies, which some people believe can cure disease, officials said Monday.

The capsules were made in northeastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder, the Korea Customs Service said.

Customs officials refused to say where the dead babies came from or who made the capsules, citing possible diplomatic friction with Beijing. Chinese officials ordered an investigation into the production of drugs made from dead fetuses or newborns last year.

The customs office has discovered 35 smuggling attempts since August of about 17,450 capsules disguised as stamina boosters, and some people believe them to be a panacea for disease, the customs service said in a statement. The capsules of human flesh, however, contained bacteria and other harmful ingredients.

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Radiation counter maxed out at 9999+… 35 km from Fukushima, well beyond evacuation zone

Originally posted 2011-04-05 14:49:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: Energy News

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