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Jun 22 08:37

The US Healthcare System: Most Expensive Yet Worst In The Developed World

It would be logical then to think that as a result of this premium - the biggest in the world - the quality of the healthcare offered in the US among the best, if not the best, in the world. Unfortunately, that would be wrong and, in fact, the reality is the complete opposite: as a recent study by the Commonweath Fund, looking at how the US healthcare system compares internationally, finds, "the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last or near last on dimensions of access, efficiency, and equity." In other words: most expensive, yet worst in the developed world.

Jun 22 06:56

Many South Jersey bridges structurally deficient with little funding for repairs

In the event of an evacuation, the 1,323-foot-long JFK Memorial Bridge is one of only two ways out of Longport.

When inspectors looked at the bridge last year, they were alarmed when they found it had deteriorated severely since its last inspection in 2011.

Atlantic County began a project last summer to fix the issues, including shoring up wooden supports with concrete casings, replacing bridge joints and patching crumbling concrete support beams. It is scheduled to be finished this month.

Beyond the JFK Bridge, though, are several dozen other bridges in South Jersey that are considered structurally deficient, a scary-sounding term that simply means the bridge can’t handle the load it was designed to and is in need of repairs before it deteriorates beyond its usefulness. Dozens more are functionally obsolete, according to federal bridge data, meaning they’re too old to meet newer guidelines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, we had to give that money to Israel. Don't you understand that? And we have these invasions to pay for. And it is always more important to prop up Wall Street than to prop up some stupid bridges!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 22 06:29

West Africa Is 'Overwhelmed' By Ebola

People are hiding from health care workers. New cases are turning up in unexpected places. At funerals, family members don't always follow the advice not to touch the body of the deceased, which may still harbor the deadly virus.

These are a few of the signs that, in the words of public health specialist Armand Sprecher of Doctors Without Borders, the Ebola outbreak that began in West Africa in February is "not under control yet."

Jun 21 09:36

Report: Pesticide use on Kauai is extensive

A recent analysis of government pesticide databases and data from the state Department of Agriculture’s Kauai Good Neighbor Program shows that the agrochemical industry is applying pesticides at higher rates on Kauai than most U.S. farms, the Portland, Ore.-based Cascadia Times reported Monday.

Jun 21 08:08

Ebola In West Africa Is 'Totally Out Of Control,' Medical Group Says

The Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is "totally out of control," according to a senior official for Doctors Without Borders, who says the medical group is stretched to the limit in responding.

The outbreak has caused more deaths than any other of the disease, said another official with the medical charity. Ebola has been linked to more than 330 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to the World Health Organization.

International organizations and the governments involved need to send in more health experts and increase public education messages about how to stop the spread of the disease, Bart Janssens, the director of operations for the medical group in Brussels, told The Associated Press on Friday.

"The reality is clear that the epidemic is now in a second wave," Janssens said. "And, for me, it is totally out of control."

Jun 21 08:06

Nigeria Fishermen Reject Shell's $50 Million

Thousands of Nigerian fishermen have rejected an offer of $50 million from Royal Dutch Shell for "some of the largest oil spills in history," their British lawyers said Friday after winning a landmark court ruling.

Shell already accepts responsibility for paying compensation and cleaning up spills caused by its own failures. But the London High Court decided that Shell can be held legally liable for spills caused by oil thefts, if it fails to provide reasonable protection for its pipeline infrastructure.

The court case involves one of Nigeria's worst environmental disasters. Amnesty International called it "a shot across the bows for Shell" and said the ruling "paves the way for Shell to finally be held accountable for devastating oil pollution in the Niger Delta."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And yet no one goes to jail?!?

Executives directly responsible for such things happening should go to jail, and not a "Club Fed".

Nov 03 08:25

Prop 37 - GM maize 'has polluted rivers across the United States'

An insecticide used in genetically modified (GM) crops grown extensively in the United States and other parts of the world has leached into the water of the surrounding environment.

The insecticide is the product of a bacterial gene inserted into GM maize and other cereal crops to protect them against insects such as the European corn borer beetle. Scientists have detected the insecticide in a significant number of streams draining the great corn belt of the American mid-West.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is another classic example of a new technology sold to the public without thinking it all the way through. The maize plants had a gene added that forced them to produce an insecticide in the entire plant. When the non-crop portion of the plants decompose after harvest, the toxin drains off into streams and rivers where it accumulates, poisoning the environment, including benign and necessary insects which aid pollination of food crops.

And again, we expect corporations to stop all thinking once the product is paid for, but the US Government justifies its control over our lives and the pillaging of our wealth with thew promise that it will exercise oversight on potentially dangerous behaviors of corporations, such as when the SEC was supposed to keep an eye on Bernie Madoff (but didn't), the Bureau of Mine Safety was supposed to keep the mines from caving in (they didn't) and the MMS was supposed to make sure oil drilling didn't pose a hazard to the nation (they didn't do that either). In this case, with genetic engineering being the most dangerous technology to be allowed into the wild, proper oversight should have been exercised to consider what happens to the environment when the product ends its useful life and breaks free into the wild, such as the transfer of the "Roundup Ready" gene from food crops into Pigweed. Once again we are looking at a total failure of the US Government to protect the interests of ordinary Americans.

Apr 05 13:11

Tons Of Radioactive Fukushima Water Spills Into Pacific Ocean

TEPCO believes they have accidentally spilled 12 tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant has spilled into the Pacific Ocean.

Apr 05 12:43

Critical Infrastructure Exploits Being Packaged In Hacker Tools

In a bid to make critical infrastructure vendors to take cyber security threats seriously, researchers release Stuxnet inspired exploits.

Apr 05 12:16

Poland Announces Complete Ban on Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Maize

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

Following the anti-Monsanto activism launched by nations like France and Hungary, Poland has announced that it will launch a complete ban on growing Monsanto’s genetically modified strain MON810.

The announcement, made by Agriculture Minister, Marek Sawicki, sets yet another international standard against Monsanto’s genetically modified creations...

Apr 05 12:06

Industrial poultry about to get even crappier — literally

Under the current rules, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is responsible for inspecting all chicken and turkey carcasses for things like bruises, bile, and yes, shit, before they’re sent for further processing. The proposed HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP) would remove those USDA inspectors from the lines, leaving poultry plant employees, who already stand in a fast-moving, I-Love-Lucy-style line, to flag unsanitary or otherwise flawed birds.

Apr 05 11:09

Porn Stars Allie Haze, Chastity Lane Call For Mass Wank-Off Against Santorum: VIDEO

Sorry couldn't resist this one!

Porn stars Allie Haze (of Star Wars XXX fame) and Chastity Lane are asking good Americans everywhere to, um, reach down and touch themselves to oppose the presidential hopes of one Rick Santorum.

Apr 05 11:03

Oaksterdam University Raid 'Payback' For California's Marijuana Legalization Effort?

The man who bankrolled California's closest shot yet at fully legalizing marijuana, Prop. 19, saw his Oaksterdam University cannabis college in Oakland raided by federal authorities yesterday.
And pot advocates are fuming.

The Drug Policy Alliance suggests the raid by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service might have served one possible goal:
"Payback" for the 2010 legalization effort that failed but made a good try of it. The ballot effort was backed by Richard Lee, the millionaire owner of Oaksterdam.

Apr 05 09:30

US Launches Top Secret Rocket

The United States has successfully launched a multi-million-dollar rocket carrying an undisclosed cargo believed to be a top-secret spy satellite.

Apr 05 08:51

Penly 2 Nuclear Reactor Shutdown Following Fire In Oil Pumps

The Penly 2 nuclear reactor in France has been shut down after an oil fire broke out in pumps in the reactor.

Apr 05 08:30

Working Quantum Computer Built Inside A Diamond

Scientists have created a working quantum computer inside a diamond that includes protection against decoherence noise that prevents it from functioning properly.

Apr 05 08:13

A Marijuana Bud A Day Keeps The Stroke Away

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As it turns out, the claim that an aspirin a day helps avoid a heart attack is not true. It helps only if you are already recovering from a heart attack, but does nothing for people who are healthy (although it obviously brings huge profits to the aspirin companies). Now a recent peer-reviewed study showed that daily aspirin increases the occurrence of certain cancers. Thanks to the snake-oil salesmen for THAT one!

So now it turns out that smoking Marijuana (illegal) might actually be better for your heart than aspirin (legal and taxable).

As a side note, we all known that alcohol (legal and taxable) destroys brain cells while smoking Marijuana (illegal) has been shown in laboratory tests to stimulate the growth of new brain cells, illustrated when Cheech Marin, a lifelong admitted pot smoker, trounced the straight-laced Anderson Cooper in Celebrity Jeopardy.

So why is Marijuana illegal? Because when you grow it in your back yard you don;t pay tax on it, and a population of people smoking marijuana, growing their brains, and getting smarter is of no use at all to the money-junkies, who prefer you so brain dead you cannot see the Wall Street frauds or challenge the lies used to send your children to war.

Apr 05 07:50

Dear Media, Please Ask Obama to Explain His Escalating War on Medical Marijuana

Scott Morgan
StopTheDrugWar

Monday morning's DEA raid of Oaksterdam University is making major headlines, but there's one detail missing from the coverage: why the f#$k is Obama at War with Medical Marijuana in the first place? Seriously, why is any of this even happening at all?...

Apr 05 03:08

Flashback: Lithium In Texan Drinkwater

Lithium is used by doctors as a mood stabiliser in the treatment for depression.
Dr Bhamjee said: “A recent article in the British Journal of Psychiatry found the beneficial uses of lithium when it was added to the water supply in parts of Texas.”

He said the Government should consider a pilot project for a town in Ireland where lithium salts could be added to the water in very small doses and examine the results.” He said there was already strong precedent for governments intervening in the operation of public water supply for health benefits by adding fluoride.

Apr 04 19:28

GM Enviro-Pig Won't Go To Market; On To Humanely Solving an Environmental Problem

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Last year, the media was buzzing about the possibility of Enviro-pig entering the American and Canadian food markets.

The way our regulatory agencies work is to keep pending approvals for genetically modified animals on file, in secret, until a decision determines if it's suddenly in the stores unlabeled, or no, not yet.

Enviro-pig is a creation from Canada's University of Guelph scientists and hog industry Ontario Pork. Birthed in 1999, with 10 generations since. The DNA of Yorkshire pigs were spliced with DNA from e.coli for phosphorous digestion and mice DNA to promote the e.coli gene. The pigs' make-up was changed to allow the enzyme phytase in their saliva to cut the phosphorous in their manure by about 30 percent.

Apr 04 14:51

“Welcome to The Anthropocene”: Group of Scientists Advocate Global Government

“This is the story of how one species changed a planet..”- so begins this new promo put out by a team of UN-sponsored scientists. The website associated with the “short film” states it has been set up by “researchers and communicators from some of the leading scientific research institutions on global sustainability.”

The film itself follows the same old tiresome script we’ve heard so often from the mouths of neo-eugenic propagandists: too many people, shrinking icecaps, rising sea levels and the rest. The solution to all this doom and gloom? Global government of course...

Apr 04 13:57

You Tube Now Banning Videos Critical Of Global Warming Alarmism

YouTube has censored a video critical of a global warming alarmists, who says global warming skeptics need to be treated, as a violation of community guidelines.

Apr 04 11:18

Worse Than SOPA: New CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Will Censor The Web

A new cybersecurity bill will allow the government to bypass privacy laws to monitor, censor, and stop any online activity deemed disruptive to the government or private parties.

Apr 04 10:52

Vaccine failure admitted: Whooping cough outbreaks higher among children already vaccinated

New research reported by Reuters reveals that whooping cough outbreaks are HIGHER among vaccinated children compared with unvaccinated children. This is based on a study led by Dr. David Witt, an infectious disease specialist at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, California.

Apr 04 10:17

Radiation Levels in California Rain Recorded at 506% Above Normal

A radiation test carried out after a storm swept through Southern California has recorded radiation at 506% above normal background level

Apr 04 10:16

Man Arrested for Tainting Food with Mercury as Government, Corporations Go Free

Is tainting food with mercury a crime? Apparently only if you’re a citizens and not a major corporation or a United States government agency. One retired pharmacist was rightfully arrested after contaminating cafeteria food with heavily toxic mercury, yet no action has been taken against processed food manufacturers whose products are known to contain mercury. Nor has action been taken against the FDA, the organization that sits idly by as consumers continue to eat mercury-laden processed foods that make up on average about 90% of the US food supply.

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The FDA should be fired, en masse, for doing absolutely nothing about this. But again, as has been demonstrated an amazing number of times, corporate agribusiness profit trumps the health and well-being of America's citizens every time.

Apr 04 09:09

Obama Justice Department under deadline to answer court over Obama’s health law comments

The Obama Justice Department has roughly 24 hours to explain to a federal appeals court whether the administration believes judges have the power to overturn federal laws — in the latest escalation between the two branches of government over the federal health care overhaul.
A three-judge panel for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ordered the Justice Department to explain by Thursday at noon whether the administration believes judges have that authority. The challenge came after President Obama cautioned the Supreme Court against overturning the health care law and warned that such an act would be “unprecedented.”

Apr 04 08:45

Million-year-old ash hints at origins of cooking

Ash found in a South African cave hints that humans were cooking with fire one million years ago.

The discovery is the earliest evidence yet found for use of this revolutionary technology, say the researchers behind the finding. But some experts caution that more proof is needed before we conclude that humans were cooking regularly at this date.

It is not possible to say for certain which species of hominin inhabited the cave one million years ago, but the team believes it was probably Homo erectus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A million years. It boggles the mind to think of how much history happened that is lost to memory. Around 70,000 years ago the human population shrank to less than 15,000 individuals following the Toba supervolcano. We know that a great cataclysm happened 12,000 years ago when an asteroid struck somewhere in the north American area, wiping out the Clovis people and large fauna. Given how fast human civilization and culture has developed since the last great asteroid strike, it seems difficult to accept that similar progress did not happen in earlier times, with subsequent ice ages grinding all traces of those earlier civilizations to dust.

Apr 04 08:31

78 percent increase in autism rates over past decade coincides with new vaccination schedules

The rate of autism among American children has nearly doubled over the past decade, according to a new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), jumping from about one in 150 children back in 2000 to about one in 88 children in 2008, which is the last time official estimates were calculated. And interestingly, this steady rise in autism rates coincides directly with CDC-endorsed vaccination schedules that have also risen sharply since the 1980s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In US society, the profits for big pharma trump the health of its citizens, and particularly of our most fragile members of society, our children, every time.

Apr 04 08:11

Age 10 the ‘New Norm’ for Puberty in Girls Thanks to Chemicals Like BPA

Toxic BPA is featured in the vast majority of plastics used commercially today. This chemical has the property of mimicking estrogen when leeched into the body. The delicate hormonal balance in the developing human body is being offset by the introduction of BPA and other chemicals into an average child’s life. Nearly out of the womb, children who are given plastic toys, pacifiers or bottles all come under the influence of this hormone disruption incredibly early.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, with a government which actually cared, at least a little, for the health of its citizens, this chemical would be banned in this country.

However, that is not the case in the USA. As reported here:

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/gsolomon/fda_to_consumers_were_still...

FDA is kicking the BPA-lined can further down the road in an announcement today that the Agency plans to keep studying this issue while consumers continue to be exposed. Specifically, the Agency's response to NRDC's petition is: "FDA has determined, as a matter of science and regulatory policy, that the best course of action at this time is to continue our review and study of emerging data on BPA."

Simple translation: the BPA manufacturers won, and US consumers lost, big time.

The best thing you can do is educate yourself about which products still contain this chemical, and to avoid them like the plague.

Apr 04 08:04

Monsanto’s GMO Seeds Contributing to Farmer Suicides Every 30 Minutes

In what has been called the single largest wave of recorded suicides in human history, Indian farmers are now killing themselves in record numbers. It has been extensively reported, even in mainstream news, but nothing has been done about the issue. The cause? Monsanto’s cost-inflated and ineffective seeds have been driving farmers to suicide, and is considered to be one of the largest — if not the largest — cause of the quarter of a million farmer suicides over the past 16 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Indian government should ban anything Monsanto produces,including GMO seeds and insecticides, as the legacy of horrifically unintended consequences produced by this company are legion.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Monsanto

Apr 04 07:47

'Nodding Disease' Kills African Children - Vaccine Induced Narcolepsy?

Mar 16 12:27

Ocean Radiation Plume Hits Hawaii From Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

The latest marine impact simulation shows the radioactive plume of ocean radiation from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown has now hit Hawaii

Mar 16 12:25

What Closing The Straits Of Hormuz Will Mean In 3 Simple Charts

These 3 simple charts fully explain the shock waves that will be sent through the global economy if Iran decides to shut down in response to western military threats.

Mar 14 08:52

Scientists warn EPA on Monsanto corn rootworm

A group of plant scientists is warning federal regulators that action is needed to mitigate a growing problem with biotech corn that is losing its resistance to plant-damaging pests.

Mar 14 05:57

Fired For Using Birth Control? It Could Be Possible In Arizona

A proposed law in Arizona could give employers the right to fire women who use birth control. The bill, which sailed right through the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee, grants employers the right to ask for proof that contraceptives are being taken for non-contraceptive reasons.

Mar 14 05:45

Forget Asteroids and Volcanoes: Chemically Induced Infertility Threatens Human Race

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

With the increase in solar flares and expert warnings over the threat of asteroids, volcanoes, and earthquakes, it’s understandable to be concerned about the future of the earth and mankind alike.

What many experts and publications are forgetting, however, is that these disasters may actually be less threatening than the harm being placed on our own bodies.

Known by some as the ‘infertility timebomb’, men are increasingly becoming infertile at an astounding rate that worries many scientists. We can’t control the trajectory of asteroids, but we can control what we put into our bodies...

Mar 14 03:25

Romney Declines To Enroll In Medicare

Mitt Romney Declines To Enroll In Medicare So He Can Destroy It

Monday was Mitt Romney's 65th birthday. Happy birthday, Mittens. In honor of his 65th birthday he announced that he would not be enrolling in Social Security or Medicare. How noble. Except, it's not.

In deference to the conservative dogs nipping his heels, Romney has endorsed the Paul Ryan Medicare plan which would voucherize Medicare and leave senior citizens floundering on their own with private insurance companies. Of course, if you asked Mitt Romney about it, what you'd get is a bunch of lies. Really awful, cynical, blatant lies.

Mar 13 16:02

The Lost Papers of the Tesla Death Rays

Nikola Tesla died on January 7th, 1943 in Hotel New Yorker, in Manhattan, in room 3327 on the 33rd floor of the hotel. Immediately after Tesla’s death, Tesla scientific papers vanished from his hotel room in Hotel New Yorker. Tesla papers were never found. Tesla papers contained scientific data and information about “Death Rays”, which could be used for military purposes.
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Mar 13 15:44

Big Brother Spy Cameras To Prevent Uninsured Drivers From Getting Gas

Government officials are rolling out a hi-tech automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to crack down on millions of motorists who drive without insurance.

Jan 16 10:03

Kobe University lab creates 'novel' H5N1 in 'secret' lab

Kobe University PhD student Teridah Ernala confesses to creating H1N1-H5N1 "novel" viruses; Kawaoka's virus thief Akiko Makino lies to Indonesian authorities to avoid arrest for attempted smuggling of H5N1 out of Indonesia, gives authorities another university as research facility she works for

Jan 16 09:45

An Open Letter to Family and Friends About Preparedness

I’m writing this letter because I care about you. Please take a few minutes to read it and think about what I’m saying...

Sep 16 10:34

One hundred guards for 1,200 archaeological sites in southern Iraqi province

Israel routinely exploits archaeology for political purposes, to justify its "ownership" of the holy lands. It hypes its own antiquities (often frauds), while destroying artifacts from history viewed as a political threat. One of the great crimes committed against the people of Iraq was the looting of the Baghdad Museum and the destruction of many important ancient sites inside Iraq.

And more to the point, I think that destruction of ancient sites in Iraq is deliberate policy.

Egypt is literally littered with the ruins of the ancient temples and palaces of her rulers. As much as has been found, it is estimated that only 1/3 of Egypt's archeological wonders have been uncovered. A newly discovered temple was uncovered while digging a sewer line, and a cache of finely preserved mummies was literally stumbled over by a cow in a pasture.

Feb 12 07:39

Indonesia continues to be battered by quakes

Sep 10 17:47

WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN' GOING ON!

MAP 6.9 2008/09/11 00:20:53 41.979 143.625 35.0 HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
MAP 6.6 2008/09/11 00:00:02 1.865 127.439 93.1 HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
MAP 6.6 2008/09/10 13:08:15 8.091 -38.748 10.0 CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
MAP 6.1 2008/09/10 11:00:35 26.862 55.801 15.0 SOUTHERN IRAN

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Got that 'fall down, bounce around, shake the town, earthquake boogie'!

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