Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hair-Loss Drug Blamed for Multiple Problems

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A man who took the male pattern baldness drug Propecia for four years claims it gave him "severe sexual dysfunction and cognitive impairment."
     Jason McCord sued Merck & Co. in Federal Court.
     Merck has been sued at least 15 times in the past two years for similar claims, according to the Courthouse News database.
     McCord says he was 36 when he was prescribed Propecia, in 2006, and he took it for four years. He says the trade-off wasn't worth it.
     "Male pattern hair loss affects 30 percent of men by the age of 30 years and 50 percent of men by the age of 50 years. Men who suffer from hair loss may be perceived as older and less physically and socially attractive," according to the complaint.
     "Male pattern hair loss is a common condition thought to be caused by a combination of genetic factors and a hormone called dihydrotestosterone ('DHT').
     "DHT is a substance in the body that can shrink hair follicles until a person no longer has hair on top of his head.
     "Finasteride is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor that decreases the conversion of testosterone to DHT, therefore, preventing hair loss.
     "Propecia, or finasteride, may produce undesirable side effects to patients who use the prescription drug, including but not limited to, sexual dysfunction and cognitive impairment.
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Doctors Urge Fracking Halt Over Health Concerns

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

Doctors are warning United States government officials and gas producers about the dangers of hydraulic fracking, the controversial act of pumping water and chemicals underground in order to facilitate the flow of oil or gas.

As previously admitted by the EPA, reports have revealed that fracking is leading to groundwater pollution that could be endangering your health.

Jerome Paulson, a pediatrician at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, is calling upon gas producers who are heavily involved in fracking to finance studies examining the safety of the process. Until then, he is calling for hydraulic fracking to come to a freeze.

While there are many corporations involved with fracking, top independent producers include Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Devon Energy Corp., both of Oklahoma City, and Encana Corp. of Calgary.

Due to concerns over the process, Paulson is not alone in his quest to end fracking. Adam Law, an endocrinologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, shares the vision of Dr. Paulson. In an interview, Law discussed how studies are necessary in order to go forward with fracking, if they make way for the continuation of the process at all:
We’ve got to push the pause button, and maybe we’ve got to push the stop button.
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Cancer, Aids, and Vaccinations

Previously by Benedict D. LaRosa: The Horror of Gun Control in Mumbai
Is there a link between cancer and the polio vaccine? There is a good chance that there is, according to a Baylor University study released on February 18, 1999 and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. At the time, the announcement sent shockwaves throughout the medical establishment and caused a great deal of public alarm. After all, who hasn't had at least one polio shot?
But this wasn’t new knowledge. In 1987, a San Antonio physician, Dr. Eva Snead (1942-2008), stumbled across information linking vaccines to a host of diseases from AIDS and leukemia to other forms of cancer while doing research for a book on AIDS. For her efforts in trying to warn the public, she was vilified by her medical peers, ridiculed by government officials, and ignored by the major media. Even a popular radio talk host, a personal friend, was reluctant to put her on the air until the Baylor story broke.
It was while doing the initial research for her book at the University of Texas Health Science Center library in 1987 that Dr. Snead discovered how the viruses associated with these dreaded diseases are spread. The same evidence convinced her that there was an active cover-up within the federal government and the medical/scientific communities. In 1992, she published her findings in a hefty two volume work titled Some Call it AIDS, I Call It Murder.
The foremost virologists studying AIDS, Drs. Robert Gallo and Luke Montaignard, agree that it is a virus from the African green monkey that causes AIDS. They have designated this virus HIV for human immunodeficiency virus. Another virus carried by the African green monkey is SV-40, or simian virus 40. Its clinical manifestations in laboratory animals are identical to those produced by HIV. In other words, SV-40 causes symptoms similar to AIDS. It is also linked to tumor growth and birth defects. Dr. Janet Butel of the Baylor College of Medicine, the lead author of the Baylor study, stated, "I feel strongly that research is warranted to determine how common human infections by SV40 may be, and what factors might predispose individuals to SV40-related tumors."
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New Jersey Will Pay You $1000 To Destroy The 2nd Amendment

Brandon Smith
There is nothing more disgusting or detestable than a citizen informant. Without citizen informants, tyrants could never retain the kind of power they wield. In fact, without citizen informants, totalitarian movements would never gain traction. This is why EVERY functional oligarchy throughout history has implemented programs designed to encourage the development of common spies, using the promise of monetary reward, or collective recognition.

Sadly, there are many in our society that would gladly sell out their closest friends and family to the tortures of authoritarian bureaucracy for nothing more than a firm pat on the head and a few fiat dollars. If there was ever a more degraded lot of bottom feeding opportunist scum, the citizen informant is the very epitome.

With the implementation of the “See Something, Say Something” program, and the increasing drive by the White House to institute community watch efforts to route out “extremists”, showcased quite clearly in strategic outlines like the ‘Empowering Local Partners To Prevent Violent Extremism In The United States’:
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US troops on lockdown over stolen gear

US Army authorities have ordered about 100 troops on lockdown after night vision goggles and other high-tech gear worth $587,112 was stolen from a base in Washington state, officers said. 
The lockdown restricts the soldiers to their barracks, showers and work place and bars them from venturing off of Joint Base Lewis-McChord until US Army criminal investigators complete their work, a spokesman said.
"The unit went on lockdown on Wednesday," Lieutenant Colonel Gary Dangerfield, spokesman for the army's I Corps, told AFP.

"There's no change as of right now. They're still conducting the investigation."

Hackers expose defence and intelligence officials in US and UK

NATO Secretary General Rasmussen
Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen. More than 200 of his staff have been exposed by Anonymous 'hacktivists'. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA
Thousands of British email addresses and encrypted passwords, including those of defence, intelligence and police officials as well as politicians and Nato advisers, have been revealed on the internet following a security breach by hackers.
Among the huge database of private information exposed by self-styled "hacktivists" are the details of 221 British military officials and 242 Nato staff. Civil servants working at the heart of the UK government – including several in the Cabinet Office as well as advisers to the Joint Intelligence Organisation, which acts as the prime minister's eyes and ears on sensitive information – have also been exposed.
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Copyright Lawyers Oppose SOPA … And Say It Won’t Even Work

January 10, 2012

Source: Washington’s Blog

SOPA Won’t Work
Many experts have said that the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) are not only draconian, but that they fail to address the root problem.
A former intellectual property law school professor points out:
[SOPA and PIPA] aim to curb online copyright piracy … but end up using a sledgehammer, when a fine scalpel is instead needed.
As reported by Forbes, the Atlantic Monthly and others, coders are already developing work-arounds to SOPA and PIPA. For example, a developer using the alias “Tamer Rizk” launched DeSopa, an add-on for the popular Firefox browser that would allow users to visit sites blocked by the proposed copyright protection measures proposed under SOPA. So not only these bills are not only draconian, but they won’t work.
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Excitement surrounding Ron Paul is palpable in New Hampshire

Congressman Ron Paul has been consistently drawing huge crowds in New Hampshire leading up to the New Hampshire Republican Primary. The public response to the other candidates has been mild by comparison. If crowd size is any indication of the votes that candidates will get at the polls, Congressman Paul should do very well tomorrow.
The exuberance for Congressman Paul in New Hampshire provides a stark contrast with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is drawing relatively modest crowds at his events. While Paul is drawing from more passionate voters who are inspired by his independent message, Romney’s support is coming mostly from practical Independents and traditional Republicans who believe he is the best candidate to beat President Obama in November.
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War in the Middle East now appears imminent as the United States, Britain, the European Union, and Israel put the finishing touches on an embargo on Iran

 As a de facto declaration of war – and warships steam toward the Persian Gulf.

Consider the following recent developments:

U.S.-Israeli War Game in Persian Gulf

On Friday, the U.S. and Israel announced they plan a massive military exercise in the Persian Gulf in an attempt to confront Iran.

The exercise, dubbed “Austere Challenge 12,” will include the participation of thousands of U.S. and Israeli soldiers and will test multiple air defense systems against incoming missiles and rockets.

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Funny Commercials

Ski Lodge Will Likely Get to Turn Sewage Into Snow

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The 9th Circuit seems likely to let a ski resort use purified wastewater to put snow on Arizona's San Francisco Peaks, which many southwestern American Indian tribes consider sacred.
     After more than a decade of fickle snowfall in the drought-ravaged peaks, the Arizona Snowbowl Resort submitted a controversial plan to make purified snow.
     The Save the Peaks Coalition and various private citizens - including several Navajo medicine men - sued the U.S. Forest Service and Snowbowl Resort in 2009 when years of administrative challenges proved futile. The group claimed that a snowmaking scheme would harm the environmentally sensitive peaks, which some 13 Southwestern tribes consider sacred.
     They also said that the Forest Service failed to properly study whether snow made from reclaimed water is dangerous to humans, especially children who use the peaks' popular snow-play area. Navajo medicine men allegedly bathe in snow gathered from the peaks for ritual purposes.
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Iran said to be enriching uranium in underground bunker - NYPOST.com

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has begun uranium enrichment at a new underground site built to withstand possible airstrikes, a leading hard-line newspaper reported Sunday in another show of defiance against Western pressure to rein in Tehran's nuclear program.

The operations at the bunker-like facility south of Tehran, reported by the Kayhan daily newspaper, are small in comparison to Iran's main enrichment site. But the centrifuges at the underground labs are considered more efficient and are shielded from aerial surveillance and protected against airstrikes by up to 300 feet of mountain rock.

In this Sept. 26, 2009 file satellite image provided by GeoEye shows a facility under construction inside a mountain 20 miles northeast of Qom. Iran has begun uranium enrichment at a new underground site well protected from possible airstrikes, a leading hardline newspaper reported.

Uranium enrichment is at the core of the international standoff over Iran's nuclear program. The U.S. and its allies fear Iran could use its enrichment facilities to develop high-grade nuclear material for warheads.

Iran — which claims it only seeks nuclear reactors for energy and research — has sharply increased its threats and military posturing against stronger pressures, including U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's Central Bank in attempts to complicate its ability to sell oil.

Iran said to be enriching uranium in underground bunker - NYPOST.com

Portuguese Government looks for Masons among politicians

Pedro Passos Coelho, Prime Minister of Portugal
Pedro Passos Coelho, Prime Minister of Portugal
Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, gave the Ministry of Internal Administration (equivalent to MSW) guidelines for the obligations of persons holding high positions in government to disclose whether they belong to Masonic lodges.
Informed the Lisbon daily "Diario de Noticias', guidance on the verification link politics with Freemasonry were included in the government report on the matter so-called Ongoing. The document contained a suspicion against a group of people from the former management of the Portuguese secret police and Ongoing media concern about attempts to control other media.

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The Lisbon Reporter: Reduce Spending, What A Great Idea!

Reduce Spending

What a great idea! Now if the public/taxpayers will submit cost savings to the Lisbon Reporter for Mr. Fillmore to bring up as taxpayers suggestions at Council meetings and Budget hearings.

I agree with Gina Masons suggestion that overnight camping for a fee be allowed at Beaver Park. Town Manager Eldridge keeps saying that Beaver Park is a little-known asset. How better to get the word out than to allow overnight camping?
 Reduce Spending What a great idea! Now if the public/taxpayers will submit cost savings to the Lisbon Reporter for Mr. Fillmore to bring up ...
 The Lisbon Reporter: Reduce Spending, What A Great Idea!:

Anonymous' Stratfor hack outs intelligence officials across the world

Anonymous' Stratfor hack out intelligence officials across the world
Anonymous' Stratfor hack out intelligence officials across the world

The hackers responsible for a Christmas Eve attack on consulting firm Stratfor released more information over the weekend, this time divulging email addresses, log-ins and passwords for thousands of affiliated parties.

Among those affected by the dump of data include hundreds of officials within both the US and UK intelligence communities, as well as the American armed forces. Roughly 19,000 email addresses ending in the domain extension .mil for the US military were published in the leak. John Bumgarner, a cyber-security expert at the US Cyber Consequences Unit, mulled over the data for the UK’s Guardian and said that info on 173 individuals deployed in Iraq were among those published in the latest posting.

Also targeted in the latest leak are 242 staffers with NATO and two men on the who’s who of twentieth-century American politicians: former Vice President Dan Quayle and Henry Kissinger, secretary of state under the Nixon administration.

Stratfor, a Texas-based consulting firm, was victimized by hacktivists believed to be aligned with the online collective Anonymous. On December 24, 2011, initial information on the infiltration was first published to the Web, which has since been punctuated by a sprinkling of other data dumps, including the latest over the weekend. Millions of emails have also been obtained by the group, though the correspondence remains to be revealed to outsiders.
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Americans are't stupid

Iran sentences American 'spy' to death --- Ex Marine

An American ex-Marine, who also holds Iranian citizenship, has been sentenced to death by an Iran judge for spying for the CIA, the Fars news agency reports
Amir Mirzai Hekmati, 28, was "sentenced to death for co-operating with a hostile nation, membership of the CIA and trying to implicate Iran in terrorism", the verdict said, according to Fars on Monday.

Hekmati, who was born in the United States to an Iranian immigrant family, was shown on Iranian state television in mid-December saying in fluent Farsi and English that he was a Central Intelligence Agency operative sent to infiltrate the Iranian intelligence ministry
He had been arrested months earlier.
Iranian officials said his cover was blown by agents for Iran who spotted him at the US-run Bagram military air base in neighbouring Afghanistan.

But Hekmati's family in the United States told US media he had travelled to Iran to visit his Iranian grandmothers and he was not a spy.
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Ohio Peace Officer Drafts NDAA Letter For Police And Sheriffs

January 9, 2011
Below is a letter composed by one of our peace officers in Ohio. This letter was written to raise awareness of the ominous problems in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.
Because Jim Singleton is a State chapter officer for Ohio Oath Keepers and is Ohio’s Peace Officer Liaison, this letter will be circulated within LE communities around Ohio. I am placing this letter on our national website as a guide and/or template for all Peace Officer members in Oath Keepers in all State chapters.
All are encouraged to write their own letters and mail to all Peace Officer offices in respective States. Oath Keepers is mobilizing on various fronts in response to the travesty called NDAA-2012. Oath Keepers salutes current-serving Peace Officer Jim Singleton, our Ohio chapter Secretary.
Police Oath
Ohio Oath Keepers
Office of the Secretary
Law Enforcement Liaison
Greetings and Salutations,
It’s unfortunate that I have to write this letter, however in light of current events it is inevitable. Just days ago the United States Congress passed the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) this in itself was necessary.
However in this bill was an insidious piece of verbiage that for all intents and purposes destroys the foundation of everything we believe in and took an oath to uphold. To me the possibility of those citizens and others under my protection being spirited off in the middle of the night by agents of the military, then being summarily incarcerated without access to judge or jury are insufferable and intolerable acts.
It will be argued that this only applies to foreign persons or others suspected of terrorism, but there are far too many avenues available to apply this to any group to which any administration may take umbrage with.
When growing up and especially during our training in the academy we are instructed that the constitutional rights of all must be upheld at all times, as well as the respect for all people we come in contact with or represent. This section of the NDAA attempts to remove those rights which are enumerated and given to us by our creator, and places them in the hands of the office of the President of the United States to be disregarded at his whim.
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Outbreak Strikes CONUS: New H3N2v Variant Spreading Human to Human

The Intel Hub
Shepard Ambellas
January 8, 2012
Note: The following topic is under heavy investigation, no conclusions have been made at this time. We do not yet know the full extent of the variation (mutation). No one has died from the strain at this time. It is also worth noting that this may be more scare tactics in order to further push and pad the pockets of the vaccine industry.

The CDC in Atlanta admits 12 people in 5 states have been infected, as the virus is now possibly transmitting on a human-to-human level.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the new H3N2v Virus has struck in 5 states in the CONUS (Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania and West Virginia), and contains a mutation variant of the 2009 H1N1 “Swine Flu” signaling the possibility of weaponization.
Backtracking to 2009, the H1N1 was deemed one of the most violent flu outbreaks in years — killing over 13,000 in the United States as people raced to the local Wal-Mart Super Center to get injected with the latest untested and fast-tracked toxic cocktail of death. (vaccine)
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Smart Meters ----- Watching everything

No Police Immunity for Claims of Urine Torture

     (CN) - Pennsylvania state police officers do not have immunity from claims that they tortured a woman with pepper spray, cold water and urine while she was in custody and restraints, a federal judge ruled.
     State troopers took Derena Madison into custody after a 2:30 a.m. traffic stop in which they arrested her friend for driving under the influence. When officers said they would tow the car, Madison exited to protest. Police arrested her for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, putting her into handcuffs and restraining her feet with manacles.
     While she was restrained and shackled, she claims that Officer Chad Weaver "twice sprayed [her] face, head and body with pepper spray, without justification... for the purpose of torturing her."
     In response to her calls for help, she says several officers carried her outside the barracks and doused her with large quantities of cold water, after which she blacked out momentarily and fell to her knees in the snow. "When she regained consciousness," Madison allegedly "felt and smelled urine on her head, face, neck and person. She believes that while she was unconscious, one or more of the defendants urinated on her."
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Media consensus on Israel is collapsing

My Catbird Seat January 8, 2012 2
Across the political spectrum, once-taboo criticism is now common

       New critics of Israel: Roger Cohen, left, of New York Times; Paul Pillar former CIA bigwig.

With Hamas and Fatah meeting this week in Cairo, reconciliation between the rival Palestinian political parties is likely only a matter of time. Official U.S. policy holds that Hamas is only a terrorist entity, and any agreement between the two factions jeopardizes continued U.S. aid.  There is reason to believe, however, that more flexible, productive positions will be expressed in the U.S. media. Slowly but unmistakably, space is opening up among the commentariat for new, critical ideas about Israel and its relationship to the United States.
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New Law Requires Photo ID To Buy Drain Cleaner

CHICAGO (CBS) – A new state law requires those who buy drain cleaners and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a log.
It’s getting a rough reception from customers and merchants alike although perhaps none more than a cashier at Schroeder’s True Value Hardware in Lombard.
“They’re not very happy about it at all,” said Don Schroeder, one of the store’s owners. “One of the customers actually threatened the (cashier) and threatened to throw the acid on her.”
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