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Monday, September 29, 2014
Krebs has been repeatedly attacked by the users and operators of these forums.
I agree. Magna Carta needed!
London (AFP) - The British inventor of the World Wide Web warned on Saturday that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.
Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist who invented the web 25 years ago, called for a bill of rights that would guarantee the independence of the internet and ensure users' privacy.
"If a company can control your access to the internet, if they can control which websites they go to, then they have tremendous control over your life," Berners-Lee said at the London "Web We Want" festival on the future of the internet.
"If a Government can block you going to, for example, the opposition's political pages, then they can give you a blinkered view of reality to keep themselves in power."
"Suddenly the power to abuse the open internet has become so tempting both for government and big companies."
Berners-Lee, 59, is director of the World Wide Web Consortium, a body which develops guidelines for the development of the internet.
He called for an internet version of the "Magna Carta", the 13th century English charter credited with guaranteeing basic rights and freedoms.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
diet, exercise, gut microbes, chemicals, sleep. Fairly complicated. Must
avoid gluten, sugar, chemicals, and other inflammatory attackers of the
gut that allows leakage of crap into the bloodstream. Use Kefir,
sauerkraut, vegetables of all kinds, etc. This is an excellent radio
program decades running on PBS 6AM Saturdays.
Show 962: Taming the Beast in the Belly (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
Inflammatory bowel disease can be devastating, but it is treatable.
More than a million Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel disease
(IBD). Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are usually considered
autoimmune conditions, although it is not necessarily clear what may
trigger the immune system to attack the lining of the digestive tract.
Find out about the symptoms of IBD and how it is distinguished from IBS,
irritable bowel syndrome. What role do microbiota play in this
condition, and is this bowel flora amenable to changes? How could
prebiotics, probiotics or fecal transplants help?
We will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel
disease and find out how physicians could tailor treatment for each
individual patient. We take your calls.
Guest: R. Balfour Sartor, MD, is the Midgett Distinguished Professor of
Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology at the UNC School of Medicine in
Chapel Hill, NC, and Director of the UNC Multidisciplinary Center for
IBD Research and Treatment. He is co-director of the Center for
Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease, and was formerly chief medical
advisor of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. The website is
The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the
broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and
podcasts can be downloaded for free for four weeks after the date of
broadcast. After that time has passed, digital downloads are available
for $2.99. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
walking. Great fall weather.
Rich 1% push emperors around, even gods on white horses.
Middle east wars boost profits for the military industrial complex that
builds equipment for both sides of the war. USA taxpayer pay for both
sides of the war. $1 trillion cash lost overseas. Many trillions more in
demand deposits and derivatives.
Wars are getting cheaper due to deflation. So more and more wars are
coming -- affordable recreation for news junkies delivered free on the
internet, TV, radio.
MATSUE, Japan — Before Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Emperor Hirohito
criticized plans to go to war with the United States as
"self-destructive" and opposed an alliance with Nazi Germany, though he
did little to stop the war that Japan waged in his name, according to
the long-awaited official history of his reign released on Tuesday.
The 12,000-page history of Hirohito, who was emperor from 1926 to 1989,
including during World War II, also shows him exulting over the
victories of his armies in China.
Despite its length and some new details, the report contains little that
will surprise historians or challenge the established view that Hirohito
had little say in Japan's decision to go to war, according to the
Japanese news media, which had first access to the report. It also
confirms the dominant view that Hirohito was reluctant to go to war with
the United States.
The most controversial aspect of the report appears to be the fact that
it took the Imperial Household Agency almost a quarter of a century to
release its official history of Hirohito, who died in 1989 at age 87.
The agency, which manages the affairs of the imperial family, explained
the delay by saying it took time to put together the 61-volume history
from 3,152 documents and records, some of them never previously made public.
Emperor Hirohito of Japan, whose official history was released on
Tuesday, saluted during a 1937 military review in Tokyo.CreditAssociated
The delay is also widely attributed to the sensitivity of the subject in
Japan, which has not fully come to terms with its actions during the war
or with Hirohito's responsibility for it.
While Hirohito was revered as a living god by Japan's soldiers and
citizens, most historians portray him as largely a powerless figurehead.
At the same time, the emperor was criticized for letting himself be used
as a spiritual symbol for Japanese militarism, presiding over the
meetings of political and military leaders at which decisions to go to
war were made, and reviewing military parades atop his white horse.
The official history was released at a time of renewed focus, both
within Japan and among its neighbors, on how Japan's wartime behavior
should be remembered. In Japan, nationalists have grown more outspoken
in demanding more positive portrayals of Japan's actions, saying that
Japan's empire-building was not so different from that of Western
nations. At the same time, China and South Korea, two victims of
Japanese imperial ambitions in the early 20th century, have accused
Japan of trying to whitewash the darker episodes of its past.
While the agency's official history of Hirohito was long awaited by
scholars, it failed to contain some hoped-for material, such as records
of several meetings between the emperor and Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the
commander of the American-led occupation forces after the war, who
decided against putting Hirohito on trial as a war criminal. Instead, it
contained information only about the two leaders' first meeting, on
Sept. 27, 1945, that had already been made public in the past, according
to the news agency Kyodo News.
In delving into Hirohito's views of the war, the report said that in the
time before the Japanese Navy's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec.
7, 1941, he said that Japan had no chance of winning a war with the
United States, Kyodo reported. "It is nothing less than a
self-destructive war," the emperor was quoted as saying on July 31, 1941.
The discussion was part of a broader debate that started in the 1930s
about whether Japan, a fast-expanding colonial empire, should be gearing
up for a possible future war with the United States in the Pacific or
the Soviet Union on the Asian mainland.
In 1939, the emperor also criticized the army minister at the time for
wanting to strengthen ties with Nazi Germany, according to Kyodo, which
said the emperor favored greater cooperation with the United States.
Japan eventually joined the Axis alliance with Germany and Italy.
The official history is currently available only for limited viewing by
the public, though the Imperial Household Agency plans to publish it in
stages over the next five years, Kyodo said.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Great Fall Weather. Hi near 80, Lo near 50, fairly sunny the past few
days. Last week it rained over 3 inches in one hourwhile I was driving
to class. I was worried about getting stuck in a big park in the middle
of Springfield. But I found a parking place, waited 30 minutes in the
car, and walked to class without an umbrella as the sun came out.
I am starting to think Missouri Ozarks are the best place I have ever
lived except for Cambridge Massachusetts. Very cleanenvironment and not
so much of a financial ripoff on everything. Gasoline less than $3 and
my summer electric bill $29 usually the peak season for bills. Students
around here are friendly, clean-cut, and white. The opposite of San
Francisco State -- inner city ghetto people, gay, sick, and addicted. I
have no desire to go back to California.
I highly recommend people who have time to take a class in human
anatomy. Quite complicated but one learns how things fit together and
what it is that is hurting, and often why. Yesterday we studied
ruptured spleens and kidneys. And gallstones and kidney stones. How all
these organs work together is amazing. Makes me want to avoid injuries
and not overstress the body.
I like my math class much better than anatomy. I am not into blood and
I notice Wall Street Journal and many writers hinting that they think
the Obama boom may be on its last legs. Smart money probably already
pulling out. QE is winding down and interest rates are probably headed
up. So assetprices may be ready to fall. What usually happens is that
they fall much faster than they went up. Fear takes over. It is easy to
sell. A crash cannot be ruled out. More likely a slow deflation in
I am assuming NO catastrophe such as Ebola epidemic escapes from dark
Africa. Or big California earthquake or mega-drought. Or riots, race
war, nuke,... The mid east wars may help the economy. Blow up a bunch
of aging bombs and equipment. Buy new bombs and equipment!
I attach some graphs showing the good performance of the stock market in
Watch carefully. Scenario for California 2915?
At least 373 healthcare providers have contracted Ebola and 208 have died of the virus, which is spread through contact with bodily fluids.
Many of their colleagues are now too afraid to work.
Patients, too, are staying away. More people are dying in Liberia of common and treatable ailments than of Ebola, Ban said last week.
The World Bank has warned of a "potentially catastrophic blow" to the economies of the most affected countries.
Trade, transport and other services have been disrupted.
Food prices are rising. In Lofa County, once Liberia's breadbasket, fields are lying fallow. Nearly 170 farmers and their family members have died of Ebola in that county alone, according to the WHO.
Fear and confusion about the virus have led to outbreaks of violence.
Last week, eight members of a delegation sent to a remote village in Guinea to educate people about Ebola were attacked and killed, their bodies thrown into latrines.Obama, at U.N., calls Ebola a threat to global security
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The truth is… sugar and highly processed junk foods can be addictive, just like drugs.
Not only are the behavioral symptoms the same, but the biology also happens to agree.
Here are 10 disturbing similarities between sugar, junk food and abusive drugs.
1. Junk Foods Flood The Brain With Dopamine
Our brains are hardwired to want to perform certain behaviors.
Mostly, these are behaviors that are important for our survival… such as eating.
We interpret this dopamine signal as "pleasure" and the programming in our brain changes to make us want to perform that behavior again.
This is one of the ways the brain evolved to help us navigate through our natural environment, motivating us to do things that helped our species survive.
This is actually a good thing… without dopamine, life would be miserable.
But the problem is that some modern things can function as "superstimuli" – they flood our brains with dopamine, way more than we were ever exposed to throughout evolution.
This can lead to these brain pathways being "hijacked" by the intense dopamine signal.
A great example of this is the drug cocaine… when people take it, it floods the brain with dopamine, and the brain changes its programming to want to take cocaine again, and again, and again (3).
The dopamine pathways that are supposed to guide people towards survival have now been taken over by the new stimulus, which releases more dopamine and is a much stronger behavioral reinforcer than anything in the natural environment (4).
Numerous studies have shown this to be true. Junk foods and sugar flood the reward system with dopamine, particularly a brain area called theNucleus accumbens, which is strongly implicated in addiction (7).
This is why highly processed, sugar-laden foods can make (some) people lose control over their consumption. They hijack the same brain pathways as drugs of abuse.
Bottom Line: Studies have shown that sugar and junk foods flood the reward system in the brain with dopamine, stimulating the same areas as drugs of abuse like cocaine.
2. Junk Foods Can Lead to Powerful Cravings
Cravings are a powerful feeling.
People often confuse them with hunger… but the two are not the same thing.
Hunger is caused by various complex physiological signals that involve the body's need for energy and nutrients (11).
However, people often get cravings despite having just finished a fulfilling, nutritious meal.
This is because cravings are not about satisfying your body's need for energy, instead it is your brain calling for "reward."
Getting this sort of need for a highly rewarding food, even when the body is nourished (and perhaps even too wellnourished), is absolutely not natural and has nothing to do with real hunger.
Cravings for junk foods are actually very similar to cravings for drugs, cigarettes and other addictive substances. The obsessive nature and thought processes are identical.
Bottom Line: Cravings are a common symptom when it comes to both junk foods and addictive drugs, and have very little to do with actual hunger.
3. Imaging Studies Have Shown That Junk Foods Light up the Same Brain Areas as Drugs of Abuse
Tracking activity in the brain is difficult, but not impossible.
Researchers often use devices calledfunctional MRI scanners to sense changes in blood flow in specific areas in the brain.
Because the blood flow is directly tied to the activation of neurons, they can use these devices to measure which areas in the brain are being activated.
Bottom Line: Scientists have used functional MRI (fMRI) scanners to show that the same brain regions are activated in response to cues and cravings for both junk foods and drugs.
4. A Tolerance to The "Rewarding" Effects Builds up
When the brain gets flooded with dopamine, a protective mechanism ensues.
The brain starts reducing its number of dopamine receptors in order to keep things balanced.
This is called "downregulation" and is the reason we develop a tolerance.
This also implies that people who are addicted to junk food don't necessarily get any more pleasure from eating… because their brain cuts back on dopamine receptors in response to the repeated overstimulation.
Tolerance is one of the hallmarks of addiction. It is common to all drugs of abuse… and applies to sugar and junk food as well.
Bottom Line: When the brain's reward system is repeatedly overstimulated, it responds by reducing its number of receptors. This leads to tolerance, one of the hallmarks of addiction.
5. Many People Binge on Junk Foods
When addicts become tolerant to the effects of a drug, they start increasing the dosage.
Instead of 1 pill, they take 2… or 10.
Because there are now fewer receptors in the brain, a larger dose is needed to reach the same effect
This is the reason why some peoplebinge on junk food.
Bottom Line: Binge eating is a common symptom of food addiction. It is caused by tolerance, making the brain need a larger dose than before to reach the same effect.
6. Cross-Sensitization: Lab Animals Can Switch From Drugs to Sugar, and Vice Versa
Cross-sensitization is one feature of addictive substances.
It involves being able to "switch" easily from one addiction to another.
This fact is another strong argument for the case that sugar, and junk foods in general, are in fact addictive.
Bottom Line: Studies have shown that addicted rats can switch between sugar, amphetamine and cocaine. This is called "cross-sensitization" and is one feature of addictive substances.
7. Drugs That Fight Addiction Are Being Used For Weight Loss
Another argument for the addictive nature of junk food, is that the same drugs that fight addiction also tend to help people lose weight.
A good example is the drug Contrave, which recently gained FDA approval as a weight loss drug.
This drug is actually a combination of two other drugs:
The fact that the same types of drugs can help people eat fewer calories and lose weight implies that food shares some of the same biological pathways as narcotics.
Bottom Line: Drugs that are used to fight addictions such as smoking, alcoholism and heroin addiction, are also effective for weight loss. This indicates that food affects the brain in similar ways as these drugs of abuse.
8. Abstaining Can Lead to Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms are another key feature of addiction.
This is when addicted individuals experience adverse symptoms when they stop ingesting the substance they are addicted to.
There is some evidence that this applies to junk food as well.
Rats that are made dependant on sugar experience clear withdrawal symptoms when the sugar is removed, or when they are given a drug that blocks the effects of sugar in the brain.
Bottom Line: There is plenty of evidence in rats that abstaining from sugar and junk food can lead to clear withdrawal symptoms.
9. Junk Foods Are Seriously Harmful to Physical Health
Junk foods are unhealthy… there is no doubt about it.
They are high in harmful ingredients like sugar, refined wheat and refined oils.
At the same time, they contain very low amounts of healthy ingredients like fiber, protein and micronutrients.
Junk food makes people eat more than they're supposed to and the ingredients in them (like the sugar and refined carbs) are strongly linked to heart disease, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes (30, 31, 32, 33,34).
This is not controversial and is basically common knowledge. Everyone knows that junk food is unhealthy.
But even if people are armed with this knowledge, they still eat junk food, in excessive quantities, despite knowing better.
This is common with drugs of abuse. Addicts know that the drugs are causing them physical harm, but they take them anyway.
Bottom Line: It is common knowledge that junk foods are harmful, but many people are still unable to control their consumption.
10. Food Addiction Symptoms Satisfy The Official Medical Criteria For Addiction
There is no easy way of measuring addiction.
There is no blood test, breathalyzer or urine test that can determine if someone is addicted.
Instead, the diagnosis is based on a set of behavioral symptoms.
The official criteria used by medical professionals is called DSM-V.
If you look at their criteria for "Substance Use Disorder," you can see resemblance to many food-related behaviors.
For example… being unable to cut back despite wanting to (ever tried to set rules about cheat meals/days?), cravings and urges to use the substance, continuing to use despite physical problems (weight gain is a physical problem).
Any of this sound familiar? These are classic symptoms of addiction.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Ban foreign flights. Stop foreign drugs. Stop ebola. Stop terrorists. Fire TSA workers. Protect USA. Save tax money.
Naral Richardson, 32, of South Los Angeles, pleaded guilty in March to a drug-trafficking conspiracy count, admitting that he used his contacts at LAX to facilitate and profit from five "pass-throughs" of drugs at the airport.
He facilitated the movement of about 45 kilograms of cocaine, 4 kilograms of methamphetamine and 22 kilograms of marijuana through security screening checkpoints over a six-month period
"routinely allowed high-volume drug traffickers to pass drugs through his security screening lane for as much as $1,000 per pass-through,"TSA screener sentenced for role in drug smuggling operation at LAX
Sunday, September 21, 2014
is below $3 everywhere. At the lake I saw 3 maxed out new Corvettes
from Indiana, and a brand new Black Ferrari. I would rather have a
horse and some acres.
3 people I know had their phones hacked last week.I recommend a dumb
Smart phones cause cancer more than dumb phones.
Smart phone batteries do not last as long.
Smart phones are more fragile, break, more expensive, need data plans.
Smart phones can be hacked more easily and steal your money, data,
privacy, contacts, information,...
I rarely turn my dumb phone on. I just use my free google voice phone.
It converts messages to emails that I can read (or click listen if I
need to hear). If somebody wants to talk to me I just go over and talk
with them in person.
Why Some Smart Business Moguls Still Use 'Dumb Phones'
When it comes to consumer technology, many people are used to coveting
the newest and shiniest gadget. So it may come as a surprise that a
number of top executives and dealmakers are still clinging to ancient
mobile phones. Of these outmoded mobiles, one stands out as the clear
favorite. By all appearances, it's the Nokia 6310, a model that was
discontinued more than six years ago. Among its devotees, according to
the Financial Times, are Martin Schulz, the president of the European
Union's parliament; retail mogul Philip Green; and Julian Dunkerton,
chief executive of clothing company SuperGroup, which is publicly traded
on the London Stock Exchange and has a market capitalization of more
than $1.6 billion. Why would global leaders hang on to obsolete
technology, especially in the high-flying, status-conscious set they
move in? For one thing, old Nokias were built to last: They are hard to
damage (no touchscreen to worry about) and have a long battery life.
Also, being less connected can actually be an advantage, improving your
focus on what's important. With the Nokia 6310, "I'm not bombarded with
emails every minute, allowing me to deal with the crucial stuff," And
it turns out, an old "dumb phone" can actually serve as a status symbol.
It signals to associates that you can't be bothered to check email every
10 minutes. Other people actually like the retro aesthetics. If you
feel the urge to go back to the future, you would do well to check
online marketplaces. A search of eBay turns up a number of Nokia 6310
phones for sale, with "buy it now" prices ranging from $44 to $64. Not a
bad price for a decent phone
My father was in most of the WWII battles in the Pacific until his ship hit a mine in Korea about the time WWII ended. With the tallest mast, it attracted a lot of kamikaze attention in those battles
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