CIA Drastically Increases Drone Campaign in Pakistan
http://www.democracynow.org/2010/9/28/headlines The CIA has drastically increased its bombing campaign in the mountains of Pakistan in recent weeks. According to the New York Times, the CIA has launched at least twenty attacks with armed drone aircraft so far in September, the most ever during a single month. According to one Pakistani intelligence official, the recent drone attacks have not killed any senior Taliban or al-Qaeda leaders. Many senior operatives have already fled the region to escape the CIA drone campaign.
(Main reason drone attacks has increased is that instead of the 20 lbs of explosives causing massive collateral damage, only 10 or 15 lbs is use keeping the kill rate to about 4. Jim)
US Attack Helicopters Strike Inside Pakistan
US Apache attack helicopters have carried out at least three air strikes inside Pakistan in recent days, killing more than seventy alleged militants. Pakistan criticized the NATO operation, saying the attack helicopters illegally entered Pakistani air space, but Pentagon officials said the strikes were done in self-defense. While the US regularly uses pilotless drone aircraft for missile strikes in Pakistan, manned military flights across the border have been rare up until now. (Almost certain that the Pakistan government agreed to these strikes, but as is usually done, the Pakistan government condemns us. Politics. Jim)
FBI Agents Accused of Cheating on Exam
In other FBI news, the Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine has revealed that a significant number of FBI agents cheated or acted improperly when taking an exam in 2008 about domestic investigations. The Justice Department has already identified twenty-two agents who cheated on the exam, but the total number is believed to be much higher. (Unfortunately everyone cheats whether in college, medical school, and national security agencies. Jim)
Cyberattack on Iran and Syria, NY Times buried and Implies It was launched by Israel.
The extremely sophisticated worm could only have been made by a government instead of a lone hacker. Unfortunately it has spread to innocent computers all over the world. During the attack of Israel against the presumed nuclear reactor in Syria was helped by worm that turned off the Syrian radar during the attack and was only found accidentally.
Not really understood by many is why do we have seven carriers in the Gulf Oil region? It is supposed to be a defense against Iran launching their longer range missiles and protect Israel and Europe. I can only guess that other plans are afoot.
Anti-Immigration Sentiments Widespread
Students in Los Angeles speak 100 different languages at home. Problems don’t occur to a high extent when the economy is good, but increase sharply during recessions and depressions. Republicans know how to take advantage of this sentiment by pouring gasoline into the fire with almost a half century of practice.
Gingrich ® who probably has psychopathic or sociopathic tendencies can tell lies with a straight face because emotions do not interfere.
From Jonah Lehrer’s book “How We Decide,” Chapter 6 discusses the Moral Mind. He introduces the serial killer who raped and murdered at least raped and murdered thirty-three boys. John Wayne Gacy liked to torture animals without remorse due to a damaged Amygdala, the emotion center of the our brains, where he does everything by reason for his profit without suffering the consequence of a guilty conscience.
Quoting form Lehrer’s book,
“He grew up in the middle-class suburbs of Chicago, where he was a Boy Scout and delivered the local newspaper. He got good grades in school but didn’t want to go to college. … Gacy grew up to be a successful construction contractor and a pillar of the community. He liked to throw the big summer barbecues, grill hot dogs and hamburgers and invite the neighbors over. He dressed up as a clown for kids in the hospital and was active in local politics. The local Chamber of Commerce voted him Man of the Year. He was a typical suburban husband.
The normalcy was a carefully crafted lie. … Gacy seemed incapable of experiencing regret, sadness, or joy. He never lost his temper or got particularly angry. Instead his inner life consisted entirely of sexual impulses and ruthless rationality. He felt nothing, but planned everything. … The Madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.”
Colonoscopy Real Dangers
Stephen B. Erickson, M.D., Nephrology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-edge-newspaper-2007/apr-15.html About six months after I had a colonoscopy, I developed a kidney problem. I read an article recently that warned of kidney failure associated with bowel-cleansing products that contain sodium phosphates. I know it's important to have colonoscopies, but since I now have a kidney problem I don't want to risk further damage. Are there safer ways to cleanse the bowel or to have a colonoscopy without bowel cleansing? -- Orland Park, Ill.
Excerpt: … Kidney damage is indeed associated with using bowel cleansers containing sodium phosphate, and you would be wise to avoid them in the future. My own feeling is that all colonoscopy patients should avoid them, because safe alternatives are available. But you, and a surprisingly large percentage of the population, would be especially vulnerable to further kidney damage by using such products again.
The problem occurs when phosphates, which should pass through the kidneys, collect there instead. As a result, areas of the kidneys become calcified -- in effect, "turn to stone." This can damage the kidneys in two ways: by clogging some of the organ's ducts, and by disabling some kidney tissue, which is essential for filtering out toxins from the blood. Both kinds of damage are permanent.
While this damage is said to occur "rarely," that's because only the worst cases present symptoms. What concerns me is that we may be recognizing just the "tip of the iceberg." There may be many more instances of mild and moderate kidney damage, which tend to go unnoticed because they are usually asymptomatic. A person's kidney function could go down to 20-25 percent of normal and yet he or she might feel perfectly well. … http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-edge-newspaper-2007/apr-15.html
Prostate PSA Tests in Sweden Who Should Take? NY Times Science Section 9/28/2010
Tara Parker-Pope of the Times makes me wonder if she really understands the implication of the Swedish study. It seems to me that too many men are so scared now and remove their prostate gland and suffer in incontinence and sexual deprivation all their remaining long lives. This cancer is slow growing and the test does not really detect the killer cancer that grows very fast on the surface of the gland.
I try to detect cancer and heart disease and infections in my body with the C-Reactive Protein Test which measure Cytokines which inflames tissue to drive our immune system to the precise location of the injury or growth.
Just about every surgery is over done by a large factor including prostate surgery, colonoscopy, hysterectomies, back surgeries, MRI, Cat Scans, and even Mammograms. Big Pharma also sells many medications over-the-counter which could be extremely dangerous without Pharmacists telling people the potential dangers. I don’t use this because reduce the acidity in my stomach which is needed to start digesting food well and kill bacteria that comes with food. Side effects with other drugs such as Plavix to cause death. Change your diet to stop heartburn. We must like pain a lot from hot peppers. I like them too, but I largely avoid them.
Get control of your own life. Lose weight by essentially eliminating soft drinks, and fast foods and fiberless and tasteless prepared foods with HFCS. Cut some television time and eat slowly. Take at least 2,000 IU of Vitamin D3, calcium and magnesium 1000 mg/500 mg and B vitamins. Official pronouncements about what food to eat is politically motivated at least to some extent. Take the decision out of the Dept of Agriculture who sleep with the food corporations.
High Doses of Vitamin D Cut MS Relapses
Study Shows Vitamin D May Help Reduce Relapse Rate of Multiple Sclerosis
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
April 28, 2009 (Seattle) --
Sixteen percent of 25 people with multiple sclerosis (MS) given an average of 14,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D a day for a year suffered relapses, says Jodie Burton, MD, a neurologist at the University of Toronto. In contrast, close to 40% of 24 MS patients who took an average of 1,000 IU a day -- the amount recommended by many MS specialists -- relapsed, she says.
Also, people taking high-dose vitamin D suffered 41% fewer relapses than the year before the study began, compared with 17% of those taking typical doses.
People taking high doses of vitamin D did not suffer any significant side effects, Burton tells WebMD. … http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/news/20090428/high-doses-vitamin-d-cut-ms-relapses
MRI Gadolinium Contrast Agents Warning Labels
September 9, 2010 — Medscape, Robert Lowes
Authors and Disclosures
Four gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will feature a new label warning about the risk for nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) in certain patients with kidney disease, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today. NSF is rare but potentially fatal.
Three GBCAs — gadopentetate dimeglumine (Magnevist; Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals), gadodiamide (Omniscan; GE Healthcare), and gadoversetamide (Optimark; Mallinckrodt) — are now contraindicated for patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) or chronic severe kidney disease, as the risk for NSF is higher in this subgroup. … http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/728323?src=mp&spon=44&uac=26057PR
Wall Street has recently made a strong push to sell bonds to the public. This usually means they want to get rid of their portfolio. Just a few tenths of a percentage increase in interest rates will cause a steep drop in the price of the bonds. If you need interest income to live, buy Big Oil or Big Pharma whose dividends will increase as oil becomes more scarce. Food companies is another choice, but stick to the Big Five.
Expect riots worldwide and even wars due to shortage of water, food, and oil in the next decade or less. It is already starting. China is now getting oil from Russia through a pipeline. China has threatened Japan of stopping rare minerals needed for cars, cell phones, and other electronic products. About the only large sources come from the Congo and China. That is why we ignore the 5 million people killed in the last 5 years in the Congo.
The way to reduce fear in our tricky financial markets is to read recent books to understand how our financial markets work. Yes, they are crooked, but we have very few choices to make up for our unstable economic picture.
Because everyone is for bonds and gold, it is safer to invest in something else. All markets are risky as are all investments. Keep this in mind. When every likes or hates the market, try to act differently.
Jim Kawakami, Sept 28, 2010, http://jimboguy.blogspot.com