Chemical characterization of counterfeit captagon tablets seized in Jordan.

Forensic science international | unboundmedicine.com

Fenethylline, commonly known by the trademark name ‘captagon’, is one of the most popular drugs of abuse among the young affluent communities of the Middle East. The Drug Control Department of the Public Security Directorate of Jordan has put captagon under control in the year 1988. Samples from 124 batches seized were analyzed by means of gas chromatograph-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The analysis demonstrates the presence of amphetamine, caffeine and several other substances, besides, the absence of fenethylline. Based on GC-MS analytical data, comparisons were made between the various samples to determine the similarities and obtain inferences with respect to commonality of origin.

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A Wife’s Happiness is More Crucial than Her Husband’s in Keeping Marriage on Track, Rutgers Study Finds

Robin Lally | Rutgers.edu

When it comes to a happy marriage, a new Rutgers study finds that the more content the wife is with the long-term union, the happier the husband is with his life no matter how he feels about their nuptials.

“I think it comes down to the fact that when a wife is satisfied with the marriage she tends to do a lot more for her husband, which has a positive effect on his life,” said Deborah Carr, a professor in the Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Science. ”Men tend to be less vocal about their relationships and their level of marital unhappiness might not be translated to their wives.”

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One in four young people in EU at risk of poverty, study says

Originally posted 2012-02-09 07:46:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Honor Mahony
EU Observer

RUSSELS – Almost a quarter of the EU’s population is at risk of poverty or social exclusion, according to statistics released Wednesday (8 February), with 13 member states recording a rise in the number of their citizens considered vulnerable.

The figures for 2010 show that 115 million Europeans, or 23.4 percent of the EU population, live in households with less than the poverty-threshold disposable income, in households where there is severe material deprivation (such as a lack of heating) or where the adults worked less than 20 percent of their total work potential.

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Fluoride: Fire Water

Originally posted 2011-03-04 13:13:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Fluoride is an element from the halogen group same as iodide and chloride. It is commonly used as an additive in toothpastes and some mouthwashes, as a tooth decay preventive ingredient. It is also found in our drinking water and excessively used in some popular infant juices.

According to the Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products Handbook, fluoride is more poisonous than lead and just slightly less poisonous than arsenic. It is a cumulative poison that accumulates in the body especially the bones over the years. In hypersensitive humans it can cause skin eruptions, gastric distress, headache, and weakness. These hypersensitive reactions usually disappear after discontinuation of the fluoride. In some studies, fluoride has been found to lower IQ.

A study by Procter and Gamble showed that as little as half the amount of fluoride used to fluoridate public water supplies resulted in a sizable and significant increase in genetic damage, and was linked to cancer deaths (Dr. Dean Burk, head of the cytochemistry division of the National Cancer Institute).

Fluoride even at small dosages of 1 part per million, which is found in artificially fluoridated water, damage the immune system, can inhibit enzyme systems, and contribute to calcification of soft tissues, worsen arthritis and cause dental fluorosis in children.

“I am appalled at the prospect of using water as a vehicle for drugs. Fluoride is a corrosive poison that will produce serious effects on a long range basis. Any attempt to use water this way is deplorable.” – Dr. Charles Gordon Heyd, Past President of the American Medical Association.

The video below is a recent addition to the many exisiting sources on the dangers of fluoride.

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Spraying San Francisco, exposing the geo-engineers.

Originally posted 2012-01-29 20:08:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: John Fitzgerald

On a heavy spraying day, we talked to passers-by on what they made of the persistent contrails blanketing the city, often referred to as chemtrails. Video features congressional candidate John Fitzgerald confronting top geoengineer Ken Caldeira at San Francisco public library. We also illustrate the difference between water based contrails and persistent contrails when a regular plane (with a short lived contrail) crosses the path of a persistent contrail at a similar altitude.

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Why the Rich Are Less Ethical: They See Greed as Good

Originally posted 2012-02-29 10:20:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Maia Szalavitz
TIME

While stereotypes suggest that poor people are more likely to lie and steal, new research finds that it’s actually the wealthy who tend to behave unethically. In a series of experiments — involving everything from dangerous driving to lying in job negotiations and cheating to get a prize — researchers found that, across the board, richer people behaved worse. But, rather than class itself, the authors suggest that it’s views about greed that may largely explain the difference.

In the first two experiments, University of California, Berkeley, psychologists positioned observers at San Francisco intersections to watch for drivers who didn’t wait their turn at lights or yield for pedestrians. The researchers noted the make, age and appearance of cars — a marker for the drivers’ socioeconomic status — as well as the drivers’ gender and approximate age.

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Gradually, by selective breeding, the congenital differences between rulers and ruled will increase until they become almost different species. A revolt of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organized insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating mutton. (pg.51)

Source: Russell, B. (1968). The Impact of Science on Society. New York, NY: AMS Press.

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Genetic Engineers Produce Damning Report Exposing Genetically Modified Foods

Originally posted 2012-06-22 11:18:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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A damning new evidence-based report about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has just been published — and it reveals that most of the claims made by the pro-GM camp are nothing more than hot air.

This comprehensive and fascinating report, published by non-governmental organisation Earth Open Source, is entitled GMO Myths and Truths: An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops. What makes it so powerful is that two of the authors are genetic engineers — Michael Antoniou PhD, of King’s College London School of Medicine in the UK, and John Fagan PhD, a leading sustainability expert in food system, biosafety, and GMO testing, and founder/chief scientific officer of the Global Id Group.

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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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Thought Question: Prices and Salaries

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Over-confident individuals deceive others better

University of Exeter

Over confident people can fool others into believing they are more talented than they actually are, a study has found.

These ‘self-deceived’ individuals could be more likely to get promotions and reach influential positions in banks and other organisations. And these people are more likely to overestimate other people’s abilities and take greater risks, possibly creating problems for their organisations.

The study by researchers from Newcastle University and the University of Exeter, has also found that those who are under confident in their own abilities are viewed as less able by their colleagues.

The findings, which are published in the journal PLOS ONE, are the first time a link has been found between a person’s view of their own ability and how others see their abilities, and could partially explain financial collapses and other disasters.

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Tony Judt – Inequality is Corrosive

Originally posted 2011-01-09 08:37:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Intensive diabetes care cuts kidney complications

Originally posted 2011-11-13 06:45:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: Reuters

Early, aggressive treatment of type 1 diabetes cut the risk of kidney disease in half in a study that followed a group of diabetics since the 1980s, U.S. researchers said on Saturday.

The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, underscored the need for newly diagnosed diabetics to keep their blood sugar at near-normal levels.

The researchers followed more than 1,400 type 1 diabetics who entered the study when they were in the very earliest stages of the disease. Those who were treated intensively — at least three shots of insulin a day or using an insulin pump — were only half as likely decades later to have developed kidney disease than those who got the standard treatment, they found.

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Greg Smith’s Resignation: Are Wall Street Traders Psychopathic?

Originally posted 2012-03-16 08:44:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Maia Szalavitz
Time

When a Goldman Sachs executive director, Greg Smith, resigned on Wednesday, he left in his wake a scathing op-ed in the New York Times excoriating the firm for its greedy values. The op-ed shook Goldman “like a bomb,” according to another story on the front page the following day. Smith claimed that Goldman’s current leadership had let the firm’s values disintegrate. Where once the Goldman culture encouraged employees to serve their clients for mutual benefit, now, Smith said, the driving force was rapacious avarice. The firm promotes “ripping their clients off,” he wrote.

To the average 99-percenter, this hardly seems like a revelation. Unethical behavior and Wall Street go hand in hand — especially at the top, right? Goldman supporters might say this perspective reflects sheer jealousy and resentment; however, a growing body of research suggests that there’s more to it than that.

One 2010 studylooked directly at the prevalence of psychopathic traits in a sample of 203 executives at seven companies who had been chosen for their leadership potential to participate in additional management training. (The researchers did not reveal the nature of the businesses that employed the managers, so the results here don’t apply only to financial firms.)

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Rich People Just Care Less

Originally posted 2013-10-09 05:48:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Daniel Goleman | NY Times

Turning a blind eye. Giving someone the cold shoulder. Looking down on people. Seeing right through them.

These metaphors for condescending or dismissive behavior are more than just descriptive. They suggest, to a surprisingly accurate extent, the social distance between those with greater power and those with less — a distance that goes beyond the realm of interpersonal interactions and may exacerbate the soaring inequality in the United States.

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Born To Rage?

Originally posted 2012-04-04 06:24:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Explorer
National Geographic

Ex-punk rocker Henry Rollins is on a mission to figure out why many have struggled with feelings of aggression their entire lives.

Related: Influence of Parenting Styles and Bullying Experiences on a Child’s Mental Health

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49 Former NASA Scientists Send A Letter Disputing Climate Change

Originally posted 2012-04-14 10:00:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Gus Lubin
Business Insider

Some prominent voices at NASA are fed up with the agency’s activist stance toward climate change.

The following letter asking the agency to move away from climate models and to limit its stance to what can be empirically proven, was sent by 49 former NASA scientists and astronauts.

The letter criticizes the Goddard Institute For Space Studies especially, where director Jim Hansen and climatologist Gavin Schmidt have been outspoken advocates for action.

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