March 13th, 2012
NYTimes / By RICK GLADSTONE
Note: Consider the source (very subtle wording): "In its first public statement on the matter since the leader of the International Atomic Energy Agency expressed irritation last week about Iran’s lack of cooperation."
Iran signaled on Tuesday that it was unwilling to grant a request by international nuclear inspectors for unfettered access to a restricted military complex that they suspect may house a chamber designed to test explosives used in atomic weapons triggers.
In its first public statement on the matter since the leader of the International Atomic Energy Agency expressed irritation last week about Iran’s lack of cooperation, Iran also denied suggestions that it had sought to cleanse the military complex, called Parchin, to eliminate any trace of incriminating activity.
“The site is a military site, and conventional military activities are being carried out in the site,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, said, according to Iranian news agencies. Ridiculing reports that Iran had tried to clean up the site, he said, “If military nuclear activities are carried out, evidence of them can never be cleaned up, and the issue is mostly propaganda.”
Iran’s unwillingness to grant the inspectors’ request could complicate resumed talks announced last week between Iran and the five permanent United Nations Security Council members plus Germany over Iran’s nuclear energy program, an increasing source of world tension. Iran says the program is peaceful; Western nations and Israel say it is a cover for developing nuclear weapons capacity.
A sprawling desert complex near Tehran, Parchin figured prominently in the atomic agency’s report on Iran’s nuclear activities last November. The report said Iran had constructed a containment vessel there in 2000 that may have been designed to conduct tests on explosives required to set off the type of reaction needed to detonate a nuclear bomb.
On an earlier visit to Parchin, inspectors found nothing, but were not allowed free access. Inspectors were recently twice denied permission to visit the site.
Mr. Mehmanparast said Iran did not oppose a visit but first wanted an agreement on what the inspectors would be allowed to do.
March 13th, 2012
by Mytheos Hol
David Horowitz has never been one for making Muslims feel comfortable. His anti-Sharia activism on college campuses, especially, has yielded interesting results, sometimes including open support for extermination of Jews, as with what happened at the University of California San Diego:
But now Horowitz might not even be getting the chance to speak. In fact, the pro-Israel activist’s Monday speech at the University of North Carolina (UNC) led to a mass walkout by students, which left almost no one in attendance to hear Horowitz’s talk. The Daily Tar Heel picks up the story:
In Monday’s lecture, Horowitz argued that Palestine is trying to destroy Israel and that Israel fights back only in self-defense.
Horowitz criticized groups like the Muslim Students Association, linking them to various terrorist groups. He also compared Muslims to Nazis.
“There are good Muslims and there are bad Muslims,” he said. “But there were good Germans too, and in the end they didn’t make a damn difference.”
You can watch video of the incident here:
The walkout has since spawned multiple disavowals and apologies on the part of other pro-Israel groups, including the campus chapter of Hillel.
But was Horowitz that far off? Information about one of the students involved in the walkout, who has since spoken publicly on behalf of those who did choose to walk out, suggests that there may have been more afoot than simple reaction to “bigotry.”
The Daily Tar Heel article quotes one Mariem Masmoudi, a co-founder of the University of North Carolina’s Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue Committee, as calling Horowitz’s words “completely insulting and destructive.”
This sounds innocent enough until you realize that Masmoudi is more than an innocent, offended college student. She is, in fact, an experienced student revolutionary who has blogged about her experiences fighting in the Tunisian “Jasmine” revolution at her aptly named blog, “Youth in Revolt.” She describes herself this way:
My name is Mariem Masmoudi, and this site is the electronic equivalent of my life for the 6 months between January and August, 2011.
I withdrew from my last semester at UNC-Chapel Hill before my planned-May 2011 graduation to do what I can in the pursuit of real and lasting democratic reforms. [...]
This is a blog about youth in an ACTUAL revolution.
Here’s a photo of Masmoudi herself, taken by the Daily Tar Heel. It’s worth noting that she appears to be dressed in a far more Western fashion than many other Muslim students:
So is that all worth noting regarding Masmoudi’s? Not really. As it turns out, not only is she a former youth revolutionary, but her own father runs an organization which arguably has deep ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Meet Dr. Radwan Masmoudi, former engineer turned co-founder of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID). CSID’s bio describes him thusly:
Radwan has written and published several papers on the subject of democracy, diversity, human rights, and tolerance in Islam. In recent years, Radwan has visited, organized events, and spoken at major international conferences in Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, Jordan, Sudan, Nigeria, the Philippines/Mindanao, Germany, South Africa, Lebanon, and Tunisia.
Sounds like Dr. Masmoudi might be one of those Muslim equivalents of the “good Germans,” right? Maybe, maybe not. Many of Dr. Masmoudi’s efforts have received glowing coverage from the Muslim Brotherhood, including a little gem titled “Islamist Govts Not the Enemy, Say Mideast Experts.” The leader of these experts? Radwan Masmoudi. His organization, CSID, also coordinated with the Muslim Brotherhood to host a Tunisian terrorist leader in June of last year.
In the interests of fairness, it should be noted that Masmoudi and his daughter may simply be too naive to know who their friends are. Some might say they have the wrong enemies, if the younger Masmoudi’s response to David Horowitz is any guide.
Cr edit note: if this site is her life, she needs to find another, there is no ranking of traffic whatsoever....I could put up a picture of a paper-clip and get more hits....see below--just sayin"~BLS
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March 13th, 2012
BLS note: Although not directly alluded to, in this story, our site predicted long ago, at Obamacar's impetus, that things will gradually get worse in US healthcare. As the Government applies more and more regulations to Doctors and shortens fees, along with time to payment interval increases, the medical industry will be forced to operate on less and less funds, despite government bureaucratic costs going up.
Which means less medical personnel, which means less time for Doctors, which means claims for malpractice and super injuries will be sure to increase.
It's all quite elementary, but you see it documented here, in this article, for the first time. The next step, under Obamacare, will finally be tort reform, making it much more difficult to sue practitioners.
The overall cost and frequency of so called $50 million plus “super losses” in the U.S. healthcare insurance sector are on the rise.
According to a report from specialist healthcare insurer Hiscox, the large losses keep on getting larger with juries in the last two years alone awarding more than $1 billion in total damages for just seven medical liability cases.
The rise in large claims is happening despite the clear benefits of the implementation of quality and patient safety measures, Hiscox said.
Record awards are being made in cases ranging from inadequate staffing at nursing homes to medical negligence in hospitals. Seven states have recently declared their largest ever medical malpractice awards, according to the report.
While many healthcare institutions continue to risk manage their more modest loss levels well, many others are experiencing mid-sized losses getting steadily larger together with a rise in frequency of catastrophic medical loss, the insurer said.
Also, while some cases have been, or will be revised down on appeal, there are clear signs that the overall trend in “super losses” is upwards.
“We have real fears that the bigger so-called ‘super losses’ are getting worse and becoming more frequent,” said Ian Thompson, senior vice president for healthcare at Hiscox, said.
Among the recent “super losses” cited by Hiscox:
|March 2010||New York||$60.9m||Negligence at birth|
|July 2010||California||$670m||Inadequate staff at assisted living facilities|
|July 2010||Florida||$114m||Wrongful death suit against nursing home|
|May 2011||Conn.||$58.6m||Negligence at birth|
|Aug 2011||West Va.||$91.5m||Nursing home negligence|
|Oct 2011||Michigan||$144m||Negligence at birth|
|Jan 2012||Florida||$168m||Brain damage following surgery|
In addition, Thompson said there is increasing evidence that batch losses, where the insured has the ability to place losses together under a common aggregating cause, are also increasing in size and frequency. He cited a recent case involving the overuse of coronary stents in Maryland as a “good example of a batch loss that certainly has the potential to become catastrophic.”
According to Nick Williamson, healthcare actuary at the Bermuda-based insurer, more than half of all the largest healthcare claims in history have been paid in the last five years. Hiscox research also suggests that losses above $5 million are increasing at a concerning rate, from around 0.25 percent of all losses in 2000 to 0.7 percent currently and 1 percent by 2014. “That represents a significant change,” said Williamson.
Thompson said his firm is concerned that there is more bad news ahead in terms of healthcare industry claims.
“Given the question marks over the new accountable care organization (ACO) model as well as concern we might see another demonizing of the managed care industry the trend for all losses, big and small, could see more worsening, and in different areas,” Thompson said. “We are already seeing numerous and very public reports coming out of the hospital data privacy area, and challenging times appear to be ahead. With insurers charging premiums for catastrophic events often based on a 1 in every 200 or 300 year loss, it is time that the healthcare insurance sector took a careful look at its catastrophic exposures.”
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March 13th, 2012
By Craig Rucker
Protestors just swarmed Lord Monckton at a speech at Union College in New York to stop him from telling the truth about 'climate change' propaganda.
Incredibly, this is the next generation of indoctrinated supporters of Obama.
When sixty protestors showed up and outnumbered the students who had an open mind to listen to his point of view, I had great sorrow for the direction of our country.
But ultimately, we decided these were the students who needed to hear our message the most! So we decided to let them in.
Lord Monckton is a long-time partner with CFACT and an environmental policy analyst who advised Margaret Thatcher and still advises governments around the globe.
I can tell you, when Lord Monckton saw the protestors, he was delighted to see so many closed minds because he knew he could open them up and expose the false science and the failed policies their professors indoctrinate into them in the name of saving the planet.
But even Lord Monckton was shocked to see the militant tactics the protestors used as they screamed and wouldn't give him an opportunity to speak when they asked him questions.
Filling the entire room, protestors wore green shirts and flooded the building with posters extolling the false teachings of their professors. During his speech, one girl shouted at the top of her lungs that he wasn't even an environmental scientist!
Sadly, we quickly discovered there were four liberal professors who were in the room who watched over the protesters and even spoke against Monckton in front of them.
But Monckton didn't give up. He showed up armed with scientific fact and at many times when he introduced material the students had never heard, you could hear a pin drop.
But to make sure the students didn't believe anything Monckton told them, the four professors immediately held their own event where they attacked every one of Monckton's points that exposed current climate science simply as a left-wing political agenda.
Witnesses who attended the professor's counter-event claimed it was like watching cultists entranced by their leader at a propaganda rally. These professors weren't about to see their left-wing clones become free-thinkers and will not stand for anyone to doubt their "climate change" orthodoxy.
This is what we're up against and why Lord Monckton needs to be at every college in America.
In just one or two years, these students who've been held hostage by these liberal professors will enter into the workforce and will be writing and influencing public policy and pushing the green agenda through all of our laws!
We MUST immediately reach them and show them real science to prove that they're being lied to. Will you help me?
Liberal professors across our country are scared of Lord Monckton. They don't want to lose their grip on their followers who listen to them without question. They know that if he exposes the green agenda as a political movement masquerading as environmentalism, then their grants will dry up, their followers will fall away, and they could even lose their jobs.
Before the end of his speech, Lord Monckton told the students that in science, whatever you may personally believe or wish to be so, it is the truth and only the truth that matters. When it was finished, the protestors left silently and with their heads hung in shame. They're finally thinking about scientific truth and we can have hope.
Few speakers can have this effect.
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March 13th, 2012
By Dr. Mercola
Have you ever used Roundup to kill weeds in your lawn or garden?
As the most widely used herbicide in the United States, there's a good chance you have.
In fact, millions of pounds are used every year on U.S. gardens, lawns and, extensively on farms growing genetically modified (GM) "Roundup Ready" crops.
You may forget about the herbicide soon after you spray it -- and may never give it a second thought when consuming corn chips or countless processed foods that contain GM Roundup Ready corn and soy -- but it doesn't just magically disappear.
Instead, new research is showing that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, is contaminating everything from food and air to groundwater and even human beings.
Glyphosate Now Detected in Human Urine
Research in the German journal Ithaca revealed significant concentrations of glyphosate in the urine samples of city dwellers.
The chemical is used not only for food production, but also is often sprayed onto railway lines, urban pavements and roadsides.
The article revealed that study participants had concentrations of glyphosate that were 5 to 20 times the limit for drinking water!
This is an alarming finding because glyphosate is easily one of the world's most overlooked poisons. Research published in 2010 showed that the chemical, which works by inhibiting an enzyme called EPSP synthase that is necessary for plants to grow, causes birth defects in frogs and chicken embryos at far lower levels than used in agricultural and garden applications.i
The malformations primarily affected the:
- Midline and developing brain
- Spinal cord
Quite shockingly, the amount of glyphosate residue you can be exposed to through food is remarkably high, in terms of being close to the maximum residue limit (MRL) allowed. According to a report in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, the highest MRL for glyphosate in food and feed products in the EU is 20 mg/kg. GM soybeans have been found to contain residue levels as high as 17 mg/kg, and malformations in frog and chicken embryos occurred at 2.03 mg/kg!ii
That's 10 times lower than the MRL.
Other independent scientific research has also found that glyphosate has the potential to cause grave health damage, including a 2009 study that tested formulations of Roundup that were highly diluted (up to 100,000 times or more) on human cells, and even then the cells died within 24 hours!iii
The researchers hailed a warning cry that still has not been heard by regulators around the world, who continue to allow massive amounts of Roundup to be sprayed into the environment:
" … the proprietary mixtures available on the market could cause cell damage and even death around residual levels to be expected, especially in food and feed derived from [Roundup] formulation-treated crops."
Not to mention, when applied to crops glyphosate becomes systemic throughout the plant, so it cannot be washed off. And once you eat this crop, the glyphosate ends up in your gut where it can decimate your beneficial bacteria. This can wreak havoc with your health as 80 percent of your immune system resides in your gut (GALT – Gut Associated Lymph Tissue) and is dependent on a healthy ratio of good and bad bacteria! Separate research has also uncovered the following effects from glyphosate:
|Endocrine disruption||DNA damage|
What Happened to Monsanto's Claims That Roundup is "Biodegradable" and "Environmentally Friendly"?
It is apparent the chemical is not only persisting in the environment, it's persisting at alarmingly high levels, despite Monsanto's claims to the contrary. (In 2009, a French court upheld two earlier convictions against Monsanto for false advertising.)
The overall quantity of glyphosate in the environment has been difficult to analyze due to its physicochemical properties, such as its relatively low molecular weight and low organic solvent solubility. Furthermore, since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stopped updating its pesticide use database in 2008, it's becoming increasingly difficult to estimate how much glyphosate is actually used in the US, but the following 2006-2007 market usage estimates were reported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011:iv
- Agricultural market used 180 to 185 million pounds of glyphosate
- Home and garden market: 5 to 8 million pounds
- Industry, commerce and government: 13 to 15 million pounds
It's safe to say that usage has increased steadily since these estimates were made, rising right along with the acreage of GM crops. And now the environment and our bodies are paying the price.
One recent study used a magnetic particle immunoassay to test for the presence of glyphosate in roughly 140 samples of groundwater from Catalonia, Spain. The analysis found that glyphosate was present above the limit of quantification in 41 percent of the samples.v Of course, because groundwater is used as a drinking water source, this contamination poses a risk to animals, plants and humans alike.
The chemical was also detected in 60 to 100 percent of all air and rain samples tested during two growing seasons in Mississippi and Iowa,vi which lends further credence to the fact that Roundup does not readily break down in the environment, but rather is lingering all around us. Along with the potential implications for human and animal health, the chemical is also linked to a number of devastating environmental consequences, including Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), a serious plant disease, and the creation of superweeds.
Today there are more than 750 products in the United States that contain glyphosate, and the problems to human health and the environment are only slated to get worse if drastic changes are not made in the massive use of Roundup herbicide across the United States.