Mass surveillance is fundamental threat to human rights, says European report

The Guardian

Europe’s top rights body has said mass surveillance practices are a fundamental threat to human rights and violate the right to privacy enshrined in European law.

The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe says in a report that it is “deeply concerned” by the “far-reaching, technologically advanced systems” used by the US and UK to collect, store and analyse the data of private citizens. It describes the scale of spying by the US National Security Agency, revealed by Edward Snowden, as “stunning”.

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“Louise is not afraid of inflicting pain on troubled families”

Originally posted 2013-09-20 02:48:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Michael Cook | bioedge.org

Louise Casey, the head of the British government’s troubled families programme, says that some mothers of large, expensive and troubled children should be forcefully counselled about using contraception.

The Coalition government is determined to turn around the lives of 120,000 wastrel families which cost the taxpayer £6 billion a year in benefits, crime, anti-social behaviour and health care.

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Europe-wide road tolls: Outrage as Brussels plans to slap MORE tolls on our roads

Macer Hall | express.co.uk

European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc wants a standardised driving tax across all EU member states. Vehicle owners would be charged for every mile driven under a high-tech scheme based on satellite-tracking systems.

All the cash would go directly to Brussels before being shared out to national governments to spend on maintaining transport networks.

But the proposal triggered fury from motoring organisations and anti-Brussels campaigners.

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Aluminum and Glyphosate Can Synergisti-cally Induce Pineal Gland Pathology: Con-nection to Gut Dysbiosis and Neurological Disease

Stephanie Seneff, Nancy Swanson & Chen Li | scirp.org

Many neurological diseases, including autism, depression, dementia, anxiety disorder and Parkinson’s disease, are associated with abnormal sleep patterns, which are directly linked to pineal gland dysfunction. The pineal gland is highly susceptible to environmental toxicants. Two pervasive substances in modern industrialized nations are aluminum and glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup?. In this paper, we show how these two toxicants work synergistically to induce neurological damage. Glyphosate disrupts gut bacteria, leading to an overgrowth of Clostridium difficile. Its toxic product, p-cresol, is linked to autism in both human and mouse models. p-Cresol enhances uptake of aluminum via transferrin. Anemia, a result of both aluminum disruption of heme and impaired heme synthesis by glyphosate, leads to hypoxia, which induces increased pineal gland transferrin synthesis. Premature birth is associated with hypoxic stress and with substantial increased risk to the subsequent development of autism, linking hypoxia to autism. Glyphosate chelates aluminum, allowing ingested aluminum to bypass the gut barrier. This leads to anemia-induced hypoxia, promoting neurotoxicity and damaging the pineal gland. Both glyphosate and aluminum disrupt cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are involved in melatonin metabolism. Furthermore, melatonin is derived from tryptophan, whose synthesis in plants and microbes is blocked by glyphosate. We also demonstrate a plausible role for vitamin D3 dysbiosis in impaired gut function and impaired serotonin synthesis. This paper proposes that impaired sulfate supply to the brain mediates the damage induced by the synergistic action of aluminum and glyphosate on the pineal gland and related midbrain nuclei.

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Babies with three parents possible within three years

Originally posted 2012-01-20 18:05:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: Telegraph

Babies with three biological parents could be a reality within three years using an IVF technique which eradicates hereditary disease by using the undamaged DNA of a third party.

Researchers have secured £6m in funding to develop the groundbreaking treatment which could prevent genetic conditions affecting the heart, muscle or brain being passed on to children and future generations.

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Ultimate insult: Sacked Westpac workers forced to train replacements

Originally posted 2013-04-11 14:16:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Helen Pow | news.com.au

SACKED Westpac workers are being forced to train their replacements.

The Finance Sector Union says at least 188 employees have been made redundant in a large-scale restructure of the bank’s technology and back office divisions and up to 2000 Westpac jobs could go.

But The Sunday Telegraph can reveal that, before they leave, staff are being made to train Indian workers, here on temporary visas, at the bank’s Sydney CBD offices.

“She has been shadowing me, sitting next to me and I have to teach her how to do my day-to-day job,” Westpac staffer of 15 years, Russell Siachico, told The Sunday Telegraph.

“Basically sitting next to me like a sponge, sucking in as much information as possible. It’s devastating. I feel insulted and very low.”

After the so-called “knowledge transfer”, the overseas workers will return to India to teach their colleagues, who are paid far less than Westpac’s Australian employees.

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The Honey You Should Never Buy – It May Be Tainted with Lead and Antibiotics

Originally posted 2012-01-29 09:14:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: Mercola

Bees have been dying off around the world for more than a decade now, a phenomenon that has been named “Colony Collapse Disorder,” or CCD.

The U.S. and the U.K. both reported losing a third of their honeybees in 2010. Italy lost half.

The die-offs have spread to China and India, in addition to many other countries.

A third of the U.S. food supply requires the assistance of the honeybee.

The collapse of bee colonies is probably multifactorial, rather than a response to one type of toxic assault.

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BBC – Biology of Dads

Originally posted 2011-12-31 08:18:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Every child needs a father’ is a phrase heard often enough, but is there any evidence to support it? In this enlightening documentary, child psychologist Laverne Antrobus goes on a quest to discover why a dad’s relationship with his offspring is so important. She uncovers fascinating new research which is shedding light onto the science of fatherhood.

Laverne meets a new dad who is experiencing Couvade Syndrome, a condition sometimes known as ‘sympathetic pregnancy’. She is keen to explore if the symptoms – which are similar to those felt by pregnant women, such as nausea and sickness – might be physiological as well as psychological. The dad takes a blood test shortly after the birth of his third child and Antrobus discovers that hormones could be the cause of his symptoms: possibly nature’s way of ‘priming’ him to become a more nurturing father.

Laverne then meets one of the UK’s leading experts in the father’s role within the family. While observing father and toddler play in his lab, she finds out how the rough-and-tumble play they witness is classic ‘dad behaviour’. It is believed that this type of fatherly play is essential in teaching toddlers the boundaries of aggression and discipline.

In the final investigation, Antrobus looks into recent research which claims that men who have a good relationship with their daughters can influence the kind of husband the daughters choose. The study also found that girls whose fathers were absent during their formative years tend to reach puberty sooner and age quicker. Laverne recruits a team of married women to take part in one final, fascinating experiment.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rvv6t

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The world faces major challenges

Originally posted 2012-02-26 22:07:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Introduction

The world faces major challenges: access to medicine, diffusion of green technology needed to fight climate change, and a balanced Internet governance. While flexibility is essential to solve these major issues, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) codifies draconian measures. ACTA’s predecessor, the 1994 WTO TRIPS agreement, still hampers fair trade, even in life saving generic medicines. The EU should have chosen to further balance, in the World Trade Organization, the TRIPS agreement.

It is not too late. ACTA goes beyond US law, the US will not ratify ACTA. The Mexican Senate urged the government not to sign ACTA. India, Brazil and China have turned against ACTA. The EU can and should reject ACTA, and seek a balanced solution in WTO and WIPO.

Otherwise, it is the EU itself that will suffer under ACTA, while its competitors will not. ACTA’s measures are meant to paralyze people. ACTA’s intrusive character harms health and freedom of expression. ACTA will have a chilling effect on innovation, Internet service providers, mass digitization projects, startup companies and diffusion of green technology.

We will give two examples of a global pricing problem that ACTA will not solve but aggravate. We will show ACTA’s measures are draconian and go beyond current EU law. ACTA will hamper essential freedom to act and innovate in the knowledge society.

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The Relentless Evil of Goldman Sachs

Originally posted 2012-10-29 06:33:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Dave Hodges
thecommonsenseshow.com

In the WW II Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, General Yanagawa Heisuke, and Lieut. General Nakajima Kesago, commander of the 16th division, engaged in a beheading contest to see who could be the first to behead 100 Chinese civilian prisoners in what became the known as the Rape of Nanking. Heisuke ultimately won the beheading contest. Both men were subsequently executed by the Allies after the conclusion of the war for “crimes against humanity.”

Today, the GMO poison food producer, Monsanto, and the great profiteer from all tragedies, Goldman Sachs, are engaged in their own special version of who is the most evil corporation on the face of the earth. Who among them, have committed the most atrocious crimes against humanity? In a close contest, Goldman Sachs is the Japanese war criminal version of General Heisuke and this criminal enterprise corporation has earned the title as the most evil corporation on the planet.

It is no secret that Goldman Sachs runs Wall Street. After the first bail out, Goldman Sachs cut the head off of Shearson Lehman and several other Wall Street competitors when they used their undue influence to determine winners and losers after the first round of TARP. Even Ray Charles could see that that Goldman Sachs are in near complete control of our government as evidenced by the former Goldman Sachs gangsters who have run our economy into the ground (e.g., Clinton’s Secretary of Treasury Goldman Sachs’ Rubin, Bush’s Secretary of Treasury Goldman Sachs’ “too big to fail” Paulson, etc.).

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Capitalism: A Ghost Story

Originally posted 2012-03-26 12:57:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Arundhati Roy
Global Research

Rockefeller to Mandela, Vedanta to Anna Hazare…. How long can the cardinals of corporate gospel buy up our protests?

The corporate or Foundation-endowed NGOs are global finance’s way of buying into resistance movements, literally like shareholders buy shares in companies, and then try to control them from within. They sit like nodes on the central nervous system, the pathways along which global finance flows.

Is it a house or a home? A temple to the new India, or a warehouse for its ghosts? Ever since Antilla arrived on Altamont Road in Mumbai, exuding mystery and quiet menace, things have not been the same. “Here we are,” the friend who took me there said, “Pay your respects to our new Ruler.”

Antilla belongs to India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani. I had read about this most expensive dwelling ever built, the twenty-seven floors, three helipads, nine lifts, hanging gardens, ballrooms, weather rooms, gymnasiums, six floors of parking, and the six hundred servants. Nothing had prepared me for the vertical lawn—a soaring, 27-storey-high wall of grass attached to a vast metal grid. The grass was dry in patches; bits had fallen off in neat rectangles. Clearly, Trickledown hadn’t worked.

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BPA exposure affects heart health of males, females differently in mouse models

University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center | sciencedaily.com

Heart function and blood pressure in mice exposed to bisphenol A, BPA, from birth though young adulthood are affected differently in males and females, with females at greater risk of damage from stress, a study has found.

The findings will be published online Jan. 16, 2015, in the journal Endocrinology.

A research team led by Scott Belcher, PhD, professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics, Robin Gear, principal research assistant, and Eric Kendig, PhD, former UC postdoctoral fellow, found that in young BPA exposed female mice, the heart is more sensitive to stress-induced ischemic damage in a way not observed in untreated female mice.

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Cardinal Urges Senate Support of ‘Respect for Rights of Conscience Act’

Originally posted 2012-02-16 10:10:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –The U.S. Senate urgently needs to support legislation that would apply longstanding federal law on conscience protection to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), said the chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

In a February 15 letter to all Senators, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston explained how the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act” (S. 1476) is especially needed since a new mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will force almost all health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives, including drugs that can cause an early abortion, and sterilizations. Even many religious organizations will not be exempt from the mandate.

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Night Shift Work May Raise Diabetes Risk

Originally posted 2011-12-22 04:58:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: Mercola

One of the worst things you can do to disrupt your body clock is engage in regular night shift work.

However, one-fifth of the work force endures a night shift at least occasionally, and research is now suggesting that this could be one of the culprits behind rising rates of type 2 diabetes.

I realize many people may not be able to avoid night shifts once they’ve chosen certain professions, but it is vital to understand that when you regularly shift your sleep patterns, you are in fact seriously compromising your health and longevity—in more ways than one.

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The Worst Scientific Mistakes, Missteps and Misdeeds of 2012

Originally posted 2013-01-15 06:15:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Nadia Drake | wired.com

Science is not immune to the foibles that plague ordinary, not-parked-at-a-lab-bench citizens. But mistakes made in a lab can be dangerous, and even deadly. Misleading or faulty scientific reports can send other scientists astray, wasting years of time and hard-earned research grants. Badly designed apps and poorly analyzed data can help lose a presidential election.

Every year, a number of scientists are caught in various forms of misbehavior.

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Genetically Modified Food and the False GMO Narrative: Britain’s “Corporate Political Parrots”

Colin Todhunter | globalresearch.ca

British Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has stated that genetically modified (GM) food should be grown in Britain because it is more ‘eco-friendly’. She adds that steps should be taken to speed up this development. Her statements come as little surprise to many because Truss’s predecessor, Owen Paterson, was also a staunch supporter of GM technology.

He was so staunch in his support that fellow Conservative Party MP Zak Goldsmith stated Paterson was little more than an industry puppet (see here). Paterson was ignorant of or quite content to ignore the devastating, deleterious health, environmental, social and economic impacts of GMOs (see here). He acted as a mouthpieces for the GMO biotech sector and made numerous false claims about the benefits and safety of GMOs that flew in the face of research findings.

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Cartoon: Projection

Projection

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Are Selfies a Sign of Narcissism and Psychopathy?

Gwendolyn Seidman | psychologytoday.com

There has been a lot of talk about selfies in the media. In fact, the word selfie was recently added to Oxford’s online dictionary. But psychologists know surprisingly little about the effects of selfies or about the people who post them. A new study appearing in an upcoming issue of Personality and Individual Differences examined the relationship between selfie-posting, photo-editing and personality1. Are people who post selfies narcissistic and psychopathic, or self-objectifying, or both?

In this study, the authors examined self-objectification, along with three traits, known as the “Dark Triad”: Narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.2 They’re called “dark” because they have an almost evil connotation and are associated with a callous and manipulative way of interacting with other people.3

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The Great Gibson Guitar Raid: Months Later, Still No Charges Filed

Originally posted 2012-02-24 22:21:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Anthony L. Fisher
Reason TV

“They…come in with weapons, they seized a half-million dollars worth of property, they shut our factory down, and they have not charged us with anything,” says Gibson Guitars CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, referring to the August 2011 raid on his Nashville and Memphis factories by agents from the Departments of Homeland Security and Fish & Wildlife.

The feds raided Gibson for using an inappropriate tariff code on wood from India, which is a violation of the anti-trafficking statute known as The Lacey Act. At issue is not whether the wood in question was endangered, but whether the wood was the correct level of thickness and finish before being exported from India. “India is wanting to ensure that raw wood is not exported without some labor content from India,” says Juskiewicz.

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