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Why don’t the mainstream media report on Bilderberg meetings? – Gerard Batten MEP (Is Secrecy Transparent?Transparency =Opacity!)


Published on May 20, 2013

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European Parliament, Strasbourg, 20 May 2013

• Speaker: Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP (London), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group – http://www.gerardbattenmep.co.uk

• Debate: One-minute speeches

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• Video: EbS (European Parliament)
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Quotation: Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) on GREED!


All the fair and noble impulses of humanity, the dreams of poets and the agonies of martyrs, are shackled and bound in the service of organized and predatory Greed!

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) 

English: Upton Sinclair wearing a white suit a...

English: Upton Sinclair wearing a white suit and armband picketing the Rockefeller Building in New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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UN ADVOCATING BUGS AS FOOD (one way to avoid it is to get insects as pets….Jerry Lewis did!)


UN Advocating Bugs as Food

In many parts of the world, insects are an accepted part of the cuisine, and it would behoove Westerners to welcome bugs into their diets as well. A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization concludes that insects are “underutilized” as food. They are good sources of protein and minerals, and their production produces fewer greenhouse gasses and is less land-dependent than the raising of livestock. Increasing our dependence on insects as a highly nutritious food source could help combat world hunger and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, even help reduce obesity. More… Discuss

“UN: Leave my crickett alone!”

From Wikipedia: Right to education


The right to education is a universal entitlement to education, a right that is recognized as a human right. According to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights the right to education includes the right to free, compulsory primary education for all,[1] an obligation to develop secondary education accessible to all, in particular by the progressive introduction of free secondary education,[2] as well as an obligation to develop equitable access to higher education, ideally by the progressive introduction of free higher education.[3] The right to education also includes a responsibility to provide basic education for individuals who have not completed primary education. In addition to these access to education provisions, the right to education encompasses the obligation to rule out discrimination at all levels of the educational system, to set minimum standards and to improve quality of education.[4]

Compulsory education 

The realisation of the right to education on a national level may be achieved through compulsory education, or more specifically free compulsory primary education, as stated in both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.[5][23]

 

DEADLY NEW CORONAVIRUS CAPABLE OF PASSING FROM PERSON TO PERSON


 

CoronavirusDeadly New Coronavirus Capable of Passing from Person to Person

The hospital roommate of a man infected with novel coronavirus (NCoV)—a SARS-related virus first identified last year and already linked to 18 deaths—has contracted the illness himself, intensifying concerns about the virus’s ability to spread from person to person. Thus far, the human-to-human transmission of this virus has been somewhat limited, but given the ease of global travel today, it has managed to spread from the Middle East, where it was first detected, to Germany, the UK, and France. The World Health Organization is therefore advising public health officials to remain vigilant in evaluating and tracking cases of severe acute respiratory infectionMore…Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: FIRST AMERICAN IN SPACE (1961)


First American in Space (1961)

In 1961, 23 days after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit Earth, astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American to be launched into space. Shepard’s suborbital flight—part of the US space program Project Mercury—reached a height of 115 miles (185 km). He performed several maneuvers of his capsule, Freedom 7, but returned after only a 15-minute flight. Although Gagarin was the first human in space, Shepard was the first to return in what way? More…Discuss

MIXED MESSAGES WHEN IT COMES TO LIGHT DRINKING DURING PREGNANCY


Mixed Messages When It Comes to Light Drinking during Pregnancy

There is no doubt that heavy drinking during pregnancy causes significant harm to one’s fetus, but experts are divided when it comes to light drinking. The data from a recent study of 10,534 UK children indicate that light drinking—defined as no more than two units of alcohol a week—during pregnancy does not harm a child’s behavioral or mental development, at least not before age seven. Experts are quick to caution expectant mothers that these results are not definitive and that more research is needed. The safest course of action, they say, is to abstain from alcohol throughout pregnancy. More… Discuss

Change (poetic thought by George-B)


Change (poetic thought by George-B)

Change is necessary,
for young to grow old,
for reach to get richer and

poor to lose more,
to fatten the brainy greed
For better, but mostly for worse,

let’s face it
there is a circular motion we call change,
but change for change,  is hypocritical

Is change for worse! 

This day in the Yesteryear: MOUNTAINSIDE COLLAPSES ON TOWN IN ALBERTA, CANADA (1903)


Mountainside Collapses on Town in Alberta, Canada (1903)

Before dawn on April 29, 1903, millions of tons of limestone tumbled from the face of Alberta’s Turtle Mountain onto the valley below, burying several buildings on the outskirts of the coal mining town of Frank. Though dozens were killed, only a handful of bodies were recovered from the debris. Scientists believe the slide was caused by a number of factors and speculate that another slide will likely occur. What legends about the slide arose in its aftermath and continue to persist today? More… Discuss

DallasNewscom_-_ Why didn’t 2,400 tons of ammonium nitrate at West plant raise concerns? (my question is: why do they hate us so much?)


DallasNewscom_-_ Why didn't 2,400 tons of ammonium nitrate at West plant raise concerns

DallasNewscom_-_ Why didn’t 2,400 tons of ammonium nitrate at West plant raise concerns (Click to access report)

Kent Micronite cigarette Filter: Crocidolite (blue Asbestos) also used in the US GOVERNMENT MILITARY GAS MASK FILTER MEDIUM


Published on Jan 27, 2013

The original version of the Kent Micronite cigarette filter used crocidolite, a form of asbestos, from 1952 until at least mid-1956. Kent’s manufacturer, P. Lorillard Company, boasted that the filter was made of the same “pure,” “safe,” “dust-free” substance used to clean air in atomic energy plants and hospital operating rooms, and offered smokers “the greatest health protection ever” in a cigarette. The new brand was introduced with great fanfare in 1952. “The filtering material — a top wartime secret — represented the greatest scientific advance ever made in cleansing air of impurities,” stated one of the advertisements, prepared by Young & Rubicam. The trade magazine Advertising Age awarded Lorillard its “hard sell” award for the campaign. Other advertisements, including a series placed in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine, stressed the “health protection” Kents gave. Lorillard set up Kent displays at medical conventions and sent cartons of Kents to thousands of doctors and dentists. Some ads suggested that the A.M.A. had endorsed the Micronite filter, a claim the medical group promptly labeled “a most reprehensible instance of hucksterism.” Dr. Harold Knudson was the former vice president and research director of Hollingsworth & Vose. He designed the Micronite filter for Kent cigarettes. This is compiled from two videos from the University of California, San Francisco Tobacco Control Archives Multimedia Collection (http://archive.org/details/tobaccoarc… ). This collection contains audiotapes and videotapes related to the advertising, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and scientific research of tobacco products as well as materials gathered and produced by tobacco control advocates. For current information, contact ADAO – Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization – an independent organization founded by Linda Reinstein and Doug Larkin in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure. ADAO is an independent global organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy and community. ADAO’s mission includes supporting global advocacy and advancing asbestos awareness, prevention, early detection, treatment, and resources for asbestos-related disease. For more information visit http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org. 

George-B on irresponsibility


Hearing the truth, make one responsible: It is the reason for which people who evade responsibility live in a fantasy world, in which they don’t have to face being responsible (George-B)

Every Cigarette is Doing You Damage (every cigarette counts!): from tobacco.stanford.edu


Seal Beach @ San Gabriel River Mouth Triptic Vertical – Panorama With view of Catalina Island (S) and San Gabriel Mountains (N) and Alamitos Bay (W)(my photo collection)


Seal Beach @ San Gabriel River Mouth

Seal Beach @ San Gabriel River Mouth View of Catalina Island to the South and San Gabriel Mountains to the North and  Alamitos Bay to the West

point of view (X-ed in Red_

point of view (X-ed in Red

 

This is why we should grow our own food, and import less: LEAD CONCERNS IN IMPORTED RICE


Lead Concerns in Imported Rice

In recent years, concerns about arsenic levels in rice have led theUK’s Food Standards Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration to issue recommendations regarding the preparation and consumption of the grain. It turns out, however, that arsenic is not the only poisonous metal contaminating rice crops. Researchers found worrisome levels of lead in rice imported to the US from Bhutan, Italy, China, Taiwan, India, Thailand, and the Czech RepublicMore… Discuss

Lessons from the Dust Bowl w/ Ken Burns (Live YouTube Event)



(This is the archived version of the live event held on Nov. 15, 2012) The Dust Bowl premieres on PBS Nov. 18-19, 2012. More at http://www.pbs.org/dustbowl

THE DUST BOWL, a new film by Ken Burns chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up,” followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril. 

On November 15, join Ken Burns along with Paula Zahn in a live YouTube event and national dialogue regarding the Dust Bowl’s legacy on both the environment and the culture of the United States. Panelists will discuss current drought conditions along with the importance of environmental awareness and the effects humans have on the natural world. Join the conversation at youtube.com/pbs. Submit questions at youtube.com/pbs or tweet using hashtag #DustBowlPBS

ALARMING NEW BIRD FLU STRAIN EMERGING IN CHINA


Alarming New Bird Flu Strain Emerging in China

Flu experts and epidemiologists are scrambling to figure out just how concerned we need to be about a new strain of bird flu that has begun making its way into the human population. More than a dozen people in China have been sickened by the H7N9 virus and six have already died as a result. Thankfully, there is no evidence to suggest that the strain is able to spread from person to person. Scientists and world leaders are closely monitoring the situation and have begun developing a vaccine in case it is neededMore… Discuss

NAMIBIAN “FAIRIES” MAY ACTUALLY BE TERMITES


Namibian “Fairies” May Actually Be Termites

Numerous hypotheses have been proposed to explain the origins of the bare desert patches known as fairy circles, but one scientist thinks he has found the culprit: termites. After years of research, he has come to the conclusion that Psammotermes allocerus clears these patches of ground in order to maintain a water supply in the arid environment. He contends that they eat the roots of short-lived grasses, creating round, bare patches of sandy earth that then collect water just below the surface. This water supports both the termite populations and perennial grasses that grow at the circles’ edges. More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: ROUTLEDGE EXPEDITION ARRIVES AT EASTER ISLAND (1914)


Routledge Expedition Arrives at Easter Island (1914)

Today known by its traditional name of Rapa Nui, Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited locations on Earth. The first study of the island by outsiders was undertaken by British archaeologist Katherine Routledge, who spent 16 months on Rapa Nui studying its indigenous Polynesian culture. She interviewed residents and catalogued the island’s now-famous stone statues. Her scholarship proved to be invaluable to later researchers. Why did Routledge‘s husband eventually have her kidnapped? More… Discuss

Raw vs. pasteurized debate


Raw milk

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
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Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized. Humans may consume it because they are unable or unwilling to treat it. Health food proponents tout the benefits of raw milk and the ills of pasteurization and homogenization.[1] The medical community warns of the dangers of not pasteurizing milk.[1] Preferences vary from region to region.

History

Humans consumed raw milk exclusively prior to the industrial revolution and the invention of the pasteurization process in 1864. During the industrial revolution large populations congregated into urban areas detached from the agricultural lifestyle.

Pasteurization was first used in the United States in the 1890s after the discovery of germ theory to control the hazards of highly contagious bacterial diseases includingbovine tuberculosis and brucellosis that was thought to be easily transmitted to humans through the drinking of raw milk.[2] Initially after the scientific discovery of bacteria, no product testing was available to determine if a farmer’s milk was safe or infected, so all milk was treated as potentially contagious. After the first test was developed, some farmers actively worked to prevent their infected animals from being killed and removed from food production, or would falsify the test results so that their animals would appear to be free of infection.[3]

Pasteurization is widely used to prevent infected milk from entering the food supply. The recognition of many potentially deadly pathogens, such as E. coli O157:H7, Listeria, and Salmonella, and their presence in milk products has led to the continuation of pasteurization. The Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and other health agencies of the United States strongly recommend that the public do not consume raw milk or raw milk products.[4] Young children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women are particularly susceptible to infections originating in raw milk.[5]

Recent advances in the analysis of milk-borne diseases have enabled scientists to track the DNA of the infectious bacteria to the cows on the farms that supplied the raw milk.[6] 

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Raw vs. pasteurized debate

The raw vs. pasteurized debate pits the alleged health benefits of consuming raw milk against the disease threat of unpasteurized milk. Although agencies such as theCenters for Disease Control (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States, and some regulatory agencies around the world say that pathogensfrom raw milk make it unsafe to consume,[7] some organizations say that raw milk can be produced hygienically, and that it has health benefits that are destroyed in the pasteurization process. [1][8] Additionally, the bacteria found in raw milk are essential to the flavours of many cheeses.[9]

Quotation: Lucy Maud Montgomery on belonging rather than not


I’d rather look ridiculous when everybody else does than plain and sensible all by myself.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss

Texas Campaign for the Environment: Walmart Here I Come!




This is such a environmentally sound, way to implement environmental laws!
This is a good model for other states, like California, if there isn’t already a recycling law in place for TV Sets!

Noise Pollution


Noise Pollution

Noise is a recognized form of pollution, but it is difficult to measure because the annoyance or discomfort it causes varies between individuals. There is evidence that hearing sensitivity among young Americans is decreasing because of exposure to noise, including overly amplified music. Apart from hearing loss, excessive noise can cause sleeplessness, ulcers, high blood pressure, and possibly heart disease. A 2005 study found that city residents are willing to pay how much for noise reduction? More… Discuss

World Population to Reach 7 Billion This Year


World Population to Reach 7 Billion This Year

Throughout much of history, the global human population grew slowly, reaching 1 billion in about 1800. The world’s population has increased rapidly since that time, growing by about 4 billion in the past 50 years alone. Later this year, it is expected to cross the 7 billion mark, and according to UN projections, 10 billion people will be crowding the planet by 2100. Nearly all population growth for the next few decades is expected to be in underdeveloped regions, straining their limited resources. Meanwhile, the populations of more developed countries will remain flat, meaning there will be fewer working-age adults to support retirees living on pensions. More… Discuss

About Ionizing Radiation


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Ionizing radiation (or ionising radiation) consists of particles or electromagnetic waves that are energetic enough to detach electrons from atoms or molecules, thus ionizing them. Direct ionization from the effects of single particles or single photons produces free radicals, which are atoms or molecules containing unpaired electrons, that tend to be especially chemically reactive due to their electronic structure.

The degree and nature of such ionization depends on the energy of the individual particles (including photons), not on their number (intensity). In the absence of heating or multiple absorption of photons (a rare process), an intense flood of particles or particle-waves will not cause ionization if each particle or particle-wave does not carry enough individual energy to be ionizing (e.g., a high-powered radio beam). Conversely, even very low-intensity radiation will ionize, if the individual particles carry enough energy (e.g., a low-powered X-ray beam). Roughly speaking, particles or photons with energies above a few electron volts (eV) are ionizing, no matter what their intensity.

Examples of ionizing particles are alpha particles, beta particles, neutrons, and cosmic rays. The ability of an electromagnetic wave (photons) to ionize an atom or molecule depends on its frequency, which determines the energy of its associated particle, the photon. Radiation on the short-wavelength end of the electromagnetic spectrum—high-frequency ultraviolet, X-rays, and gamma rays—is ionizing, due to their composition of high-energy photons. Lower-energy radiation, such as visible light, infrared, microwaves, and radio waves, are not ionizing.[2] The latter types of low-energy non-ionizing radiation may damage molecules, but the effect is generally indistinguishable from the effects of simple heating. Such heating does not produce free radicals until higher temperatures (for example, flame temperatures or “browning” temperatures, and above) are attained. In contrast, damage done by ionizing radiation produces free radicals, even at room temperatures and below, and production of such free radicals is the reason these and other ionizing radiations produce quite different types of chemical effects from (low-temperature) heating. Free radical production is also a primary basis for the

particular danger to biological systems of relatively small amounts of ionizing radiation that are far smaller than needed to produce significant heating. Free radicals easily damage DNA, and ionizing radiation may also directly damage DNA by ionizing or breaking DNA molecules. Read more from Wikipedia, at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ionizing_radiation

Comment: Some people don’t fear that which they cannot sence, feel, or otherwise become aware of, and others do: It is what makes the world a bit more level. Diversity does that. The caution that some have, over the daring other don’t. The faith in something, larger than the frailty innate in nature, and so much more existent in humans. When I was a little boy, my mom took me to the Black Sea  sunny beaches, where she bought for me a toy bucket and shovel, and then she assisted me in making, what I thought it was the most magnificent sand castle ever built in entire world: it was just before the high tide, and before I had time to enjoy it a more daring wave leveled it, before i could do a thing about it. Of course I cried my heart out: Wouldn’t anyone. Aren’t we made to cry over spilled milk? O, yes, more than anybody else in nature, we do people. Back to that day, though, the day of my sand castle: I learned something fundamental that day: Think of consequences, before any action, be ready for a unforseable outcome, revere that which you cannot sence, pay attention to details, as much as you pay to the large picture. Don’t build a sand castle unless you’re  ready to face its demise. I also understood that day that  Nature is bigger than me, and could care less about my sand castle. Later in life I have encountered many occasion to verify the value of that lesson: Words can be so deceiving, where a picture says a thousand words.