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Fluoride in your water ““ what’s the fuss??

by Stephanie Fairbairn ““ 21st June 2009

Worldwide our governments and local authorities are falling over themselves to get fluoride added to our water supply.  Fluoride by way is also known as Hexafluorosilicic acid, an industrial waste from the phosphate fertilizer manufacture and aluminium smelting. Could it be that they are doing out of the goodness of their bleeding hearts….. No other public health measure gets this sort of encouragement and propaganda, even after many countries and communities have said NO thanks ““ no, they come back again and try next year. The one and only reason? – it reduces cavities in children’s teeth…..  READ OP-ED ARTICLE

Oil rush: Scramble for Iraq’s wealth

The Independent – For many Iraqis, the reason the US invaded their country in 2003 was to get control of their oil. I never believed this at the time. I thought that the US overthrew Saddam Hussein and occupied Iraq primarily because it wanted to reassert its power after 9/11 and believed the war in Iraq would be easily won. It is only now, six years after the American invasion, that the battle for the control of Iraqi oil production is moving to the centre of politics in Baghdad. On 29 and 30 June, the Iraqi government will award contracts under which international oil companies will take a central role in producing crude oil from Iraq’s six super-giant oilfields over the next 20 to 25 years. By coincidence, 30 June is also the date on which the last American troops will be leaving Iraqi cities. On the very day that Iraq regains greater physical authority over its territory, it is ceding a measure of control over the oilfields on which the future of the country entirely depends.  Read Article

European Union calls for one world internet governance

The Register – The European Commission is once again calling for the United States to let go of ICANN and place it under international supervision.Echoing an earlier appeal from EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding, the Commission said in a statement today that future internet governance “should reflect the key role that global network has come to play for all countries.” ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is a California-based non-profit group that oversees the internet’s address system. It currently operates under a Joint Project Agreement with the US government, which expires at the end of September 2009. Read Article

New tanks, new missiles, new guns – but hunger rules in North Korea

The Times – WHILE ragged children foraged for wild grasses and berries on the outskirts of North Korea’s cities last week, its soldiers gloried in their nuclear weapons and readiness for battle. “Our party and our army have total confidence now that we have nuclear weapons and long-range missiles,” declared a lieutenant-colonel at the demilitarised zone that divides the country from South Korea. “I hope for war because only war can break the present stalemate and only war can reunite Korea,” he added, accepting a Chinese cigarette. North Korea has boasted of a triumphant confrontation with the United States and its allies, defying sanctions and advancing nuclear tests. However, its 20m people have paid a severe price for life in an isolated and highly militarised state.  Read Article

Prostate cancer victims cured with ipilimumab

The Times – TWO men with advanced, inoperable prostate cancer have dramatically recovered after being treated with an experimental drug. Both are cancer-free and have returned to normal life. The patients, Rodger Nelson and Fructuoso Solano-Revuelta, took part in US trials of a drug called ipilimumab. The researchers were so excited by the men’s recovery that they released details before completion of the tests, which involved 108 men in all. Before treatment at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, both men had aggressive tumours and neither was expected to survive. Read Article

Russia ready for deep nuclear arms cuts: Medvedev

Reuters – Russia is ready to dramatically cut its nuclear stockpiles in a new arms pact with the United States if Washington meets Russia’s concerns over missile defense, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday. “We are ready to reduce by several times the number of nuclear delivery vehicles compared with the START-1 pact,” he told a news conference in Amsterdam. “As far as warheads are concerned, their numbers should be lower than envisaged by the Moscow 2002 pact,” he added. He was referring to an interim pact called the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (SORT) which commits the sides to further cuts in their arsenals to between 1,700 and 2,200 warheads by 2012. Read Article

Tony Blair pushed Gordon Brown to hold Iraq war inquiry in private

The Guardian – Tony Blair urged Gordon Brown to hold the independent inquiry into the Iraq war in secret because he feared that he would be subjected to a “show trial” if it were opened to the public, the Observer can reveal. The revelation that the former prime minister – who led Britain to war in March 2003 – had intervened will fuel the anger of MPs, peers, military leaders and former civil servants, who were appalled by Brown’s decision last week to order the investigation to be conducted behind closed doors.Blair, who resisted pressure for a full public inquiry while he was prime minister, appears to have taken a deliberate decision not to express his view in person to Brown because he feared it might leak out. Read Article

Suicide truck bomber kills 67 in northern Iraq

Reuters – A suicide bomber killed 67 people on Saturday as they left a mosque, shortly after the prime minister urged Iraqis not to lose faith if a U.S. military pull-back sparked more violence.Almost all U.S. soldiers will leave urban centers by June 30 under a bilateral security pact signed last year and the entire force that invaded the country in 2003 must be gone by 2012.Saturday’s attack was the deadliest in more than a year. Read Article

Did you know that 80% of ocean trash is plastics?

iTWire – According to the UN Environment Programme, 80% of the trash taken from Earth’s oceans consists of plastics such as shopping bags and drinking bottles. The report calls thin film plastic bags “pointless.” In other words, we don’t need them anymore: get rid of them with a worldwide ban!A comprehensive survey conducted by the United Nation’s Environment Programme stated that marine litter is harming the oceans in a big way. Read Article

NSW Council approves controversial plan to fluoridate the shire’s water supplies

ABC – It is the second time the shire has considered fluoridation, after it was rejected by the previous council.Mayor Peter Shinton yesterday used his casting vote to break a four-all deadlock because one councillor was absent from the meeting.He says he was swayed by the results of a phone survey that found 64 per cent of residents were in favour of the proposal, 18 per cent against and 18 per cent unsure. Read Article

Quotation of The Week

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear”

- George Orwell

British MP’s spent fortune blacking out expenses

The Times – Blacking out many of the most interesting and controversial details of MPs’ expenses was an expensive operation carried out on Parliament’s instructions by the Stationery Office, the privatised publisher of official documents. The company was contracted by the House of Commons to prepare the claims for release after Parliament lost a three-year legal battle with journalists and freedom of information campaigners to keep the information secret. Read Article

Open Your Eyes Films Presentation – Fool Me Twice, Tues 23rd June

Tuesday 23rd June, Doors open @ 6pm, Film starts @ 7pm.
Velvet Lounge – At the Flying Scotsman, near the corner of Walcott and Beaufort Sts Mt Lawley, Perth

This week: Fool Me Twice (1:56mins)
Aussie researcher Glen Clancy undertakes an in-depth examination of the circumstances surrounding East Timor and the Bali Bombings.

Call for public inquiry into 7/7 from former head of counter-terrorism

The Times – An independent public inquiry should be held into how suicide terrorists were able to carry out the July 7 bombings, Scotland Yard’s former head of counter-terrorism says. Andy Hayman, who was Assistant Commissioner for Special Operations at the time of the bombings in 2005, is the first figure from the security establishment to break ranks and call for an open inquiry. Almost four years after Mohammad Sidique Khan and his Leeds-based cell carried out the bombings, Mr Hayman says that he is “uncomfortable” with the official position that an inquiry would divert resources from the fight against terrorism. In his book, The Terrorist Hunters, extracts from which are published in The Times today, Mr Hayman says: “Incidents of less gravity have attracted the status of a public inquiry “” train crashes, a death in custody, and even other terrorist attacks. How can there not be a full, independent public inquiry into the deaths of 52 commuters on London’s transport system? Read Article

CCTV is ‘popular’ with British public claims minister

Daily Telegraph – The Government remains committed to the use of CCTV as “a powerful crime-fighting tool” which is popular with the public, a government minister insisted. Justice minister Lord Bach was replying in a Lords debate on surveillance in which most speakers criticised the system and questioned its effectiveness.He said: “CCTV is a powerful crime-fighting tool. It has been claimed in this debate that it has only resulted in 3% more convictions but the amount of crime that it deters has not been mentioned.” Read Article

The Historian – Only because what limited debate there has been has been dummed down so much the full civil liberties implications are not grasped by the population.

Green tea ‘slows prostate cancer’

BBC – A chemical found in green tea appears to slow the progression of prostate cancer, a study has suggested. Green tea has been linked to a positive effect on a wide range of conditions, including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. The research, in the US journal Cancer Prevention Research, found a significant fall in certain markers which indicate cancer development. A UK charity said the tea might help men manage low-risk tumours. Read Article

Next Major Move In Stock Market Will Be Down

The International Forecaster – Rally of 1931 to haunt the markets this year, SEC hasnt really stopped anything, Fed must find a way to hide toxic assets, bear market not reversible, Currencies deprecate against gold, funding new health insurance initiatives not easy in times of debts, Monetary policy to become inflationary The next major move in the stock market will be down. We are seeing the last vestiges of a rally similar to what we saw in 1931. The rally we expected at 6600 up to 8500 will end as soon as all the financial institutions that need to sell what stock is necessary to bolster their balance sheets. Our guess is the rally has been aided in a big way by short covering and the participation of the US government. Those who believe the SEC has stopped naked short selling are sadly mistaken. Markets weaken during the summer as volume dries up during the vacation season. In addition, second quarter earnings will be very disappointing, especially in the financial segment. Unemployment continues to worsen and capacity utilization is at its lowest level in years. Banks continue to cut credit lines and not lend nearly as much as they did before. Read Article