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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

24 Oct - Headline News features Medicine

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EFF defends Yes Men from business rage over climate hoax- Ars Technica

The nation's leading business trade association is not a happy camper about a parody site that has rewritten its controversial position on climate change legislation. Attorneys for the United States Chamber of Commerce have issued a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown demand notice against the latest prank by the Yes Men, that self-described "genderless, loose-knit association of some 300 impostors worldwide who agree their way into the fortified compounds of commerce"—and then unleash the clowns of public relations war.
But lawyers from the Electronic Frontier Foundation are telling the Chamber to cool off about the whole affair.
What's the furor about? The Yes Men staged a fake press conference this week at the National Press Club in Washington. A "Yes Man" calling himself "Hingo Sembra" actually took to the podium in front of reporters to announce the Chamber's shift on climate change, only to have the whole spectacle turn truly bizarre when a real Chamber official showed up.
According to CBS News, "The press conference began normally but dissolved into a surreal scene when a legitimate Chamber official burst into the event, having heard about it from a reporter, and exclaimed that 'Sembra' was a phony. The activist holding the press conference then called the Chamber official, Eric Wohlschlegel, a fake and demanded his business card."

 From the Tips Box: Cheap Windows 7, Taking Notes, and Lint Rollers- Lifehacker

The Perils of FDS: Fun Deficiency Syndrome
Modern cosmetic pharmacology focuses so heavily on eliminating depression that it entirely misses one essential point: depressed people are suffering from a lack of fun. Nobody ever describes depression as a “Fun Deficiency Syndrome,” but lack of fun is clearly the root cause of all depression. It is impossible to be depressed when you are having fun, yet modern therapies for depression seek only to minimize depressive symptoms while doing nothing to maximize the daily intake of fun. This backwards approach to treating fun deficiency syndrome — or FDS — is not only dangerously ineffective, it will be viewed by future generations as one of the greatest failures of medicine.

Placebo Effect's Neural Activity Photographed for First Time

Seeing Previously Invisible Molecules For The First Time* - Science Daily ( Other story  following with asterisk indicates the 'first time' claim misleading )

Royal Rife: Cancer Cure Genius Silenced by Medical Mafia *

UK plans for mass medication with folic acid gear up

 Health Highlights: Oct. 23, 2009 

U.S. News and World report

Flu-like illnesses now higher than at peak of seasonal flu season- L.A. Times

'Smart Choices' food label program on hiatus-Chicago Tribune

Viral Immunologists Invent Speedy Virus Identification Technique - Science Daily September 1, 2008

 Why does Iran need more potent uranium? Medical care.

The proposed deal to send Iran's uranium abroad for enrichment is all about fueling a nuclear facility used in the diagnosis and treatment of some illnesses.  

The Tehran Research Reactor (TRR), as the facility is called, is a 5-megawatt, light-water type reactor located in the Tehran suburbs. The US provided it to the Shah of Iran under the "Atoms for Peace" program. It began operation in 1967 and was the foundation of Iran's nascent nuclear program. 

The medical isotopes produced by the reactor are used in diagnosis and treatment of some illnesses. Right now, Iran spends about $1 million a year to import isotopes. If it could run the TRR at full power, it might be able to produce enough to handle domestic demand, while jump-starting a nuclear medicine industry.

Iran does have its own nuclear enrichment facilities, of course. These are of great concern to the West, which worries they could be used to produce uranium enriched enough to use in nuclear weapons.

But at the moment, Iran only enriches uranium to a level of about 3 percent.

 Iranian site prompts U.S. to rethink assessment

Not 'part of domestic energy production'. No kidding. Pretty smart to pick up the ball on producing isotopes for nuclear medicine, though. Canada dropped the ball on that after supplying the market for decades. Now Iran has an internationally recognized medical necessity in the pipeline. 

That should work to attack bogus sanctions for abusing nuclear tech by a nation actually complying with its NPT undertaking. Yes, they are : that's what al Baredi says. 

 Look at it from the viewpoint of a Third World country for a moment. Who are you going to trust : a nation complying with arms controls - or the Weapons Makers ?   'Beating Swords into Plowshares' : the comparison is inescapable. )

Zimbabwe police 'raid MDC office' 

Tendai Biti, the MDC's secretary-general, said that more than 50 officers "ransacked every room" of the house on Friday night.
Mr Biti said they took "valuable party material" from a room occupied by the organising secretary, Morgan Komichi.
Last week, Mr Tsvangirai suspended MDC participation in the unity government.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) accuses President Robert Mugabe of oppressing political opponents and failing to implement last year's unity deal.

 Alliances as Transmission Belts of War

Causes of World War I

...opinion of leading Austrian officials, most notably the Foreign Minister, Count Leopold von Berchtold that Austria would have to wage a “preventive war 

German Emperor Wilhelm II told the Archduke Franz Ferdinand that Germany was ready to support Austria in all circumstances - even at the risk of a world war[5]. However, Wilhelm II made this 'commitment' without the approval of his government. 

.Although the war was triggered by the chain of events unleashed by the assassination, the war's origins go deeper, involving national politics, cultures, economics, and a complex web of alliances and counterbalances that had developed between the various European powers since 1870.

Some of the most important long term or structural causes are:

    * The growth of nationalism across Europe
    * Unresolved territorial disputes
    * Intricate system of alliances
    * The perceived breakdown of the balance of power in Europe
    * Misperceptions of intent – e.g., the German belief Great Britain would remain neutral[17][18]
    * Convoluted and fragmented governance
    * Delays and misunderstandings in diplomatic communications
    * Arms races of the previous decades
    * Previous military planning[19]
    * Imperial and colonial rivalry for wealth, power and prestige
    * Economic and military rivalry in industry and trade.

 America's biggest mortgage firm at risk

 Ubuntu Karmic and Linux Women...

Ubuntu Karmic 9.10 is coming. Before you shout: 'hurray' a point to consider: women and Ubuntu. Not so much to my amazement I discovered that an old feminist' argument about this desktop work system (it is more than just a hardware controller with journaling file system) still lingers on on the Internet. LinuxChics or not, the claim from 'Mr. Ubuntu', Mark Shuttleworth, that too few women contributed to Ubuntu for trivial reasons like competence, isn't without basis. Lately calling his audience in a keynote speech "guys" apparently worked like a red cloth to a... bull and focused anew female attention on the issue. At one of the Ubuntu women's websites we find an EC-funded study about the extremely low percentage of women in the by 'guys' and 'dudes' dominated FLOSS-world. In most 9.2.5 software companies this percentage is about six times higher. Raising the question if Ubuntu-Karmic could do even better with more women on top? 

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