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U.S. economy shrinks modestly

Reuters – The deepest U.S. recession since the Great Depression showed signs of easing in the second quarter, buttressing hopes for a second-half recovery, though it may be anemic as consumers are still strapped for cash. Gross domestic product, which measures total goods and services output within U.S. borders, fell at a 1.0 percent annual rate in the second quarter, the Commerce Department said on Friday, after tumbling 6.4 percent in the January-March quarter, the biggest decline since early 1982. Read Article

A cancerous conspiracy to poison your faith in organic food

Daily Mail (UK) – Despite its obvious benefits for our health and for the environment, organic food continues to be denigrated by the political and corporate establishment in Britain.

The food industry, in alliance with pharmaceutical and big biotechnology companies, has waged a long, often cynical campaign to convince the public that mass-produced, chemically-assisted and intensively-farmed products are just as good as organic foods, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. [Read more]

Asperger’s computer hacker should be extradited to US, court rules

The Guardian - There were emotional scenes outside the high court today after computer hacker Gary McKinnon lost a further attempt to avoid his extradition to America on charges of breaching US military and Nasa computers. McKinnon, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, would suffer from a “severe mental breakdown” if forced to serve up to 60 years in an American jail, his mother, Janis Sharp, said, pleading with politicians to intervene. Read Article

Civilian Toll Rising in Afghanistan, U.N. Says

New York Times – The widening war in Afghanistan between Taliban militants and American-allied Afghan forces is taking an increasingly heavy toll on civilians, with 1,013 killed in the first six months of 2009, up from 818 during the same period in 2008, according to a United Nations report released Friday.
Explosions and suicide attacks carried out by anti-government forces, including the Taliban, caused a majority of the civilian deaths, killing 595 during the period, the report said. Of the 310 deaths attributed to pro-government forces, about two-thirds were caused by American airstrikes. The remaining deaths could not be attributed to any of the parties in the conflict, according to the report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Read article

U.S. troops killed in deadliest month of Afghan war

Reuters – A U.S. service member was killed as the deadliest month for foreign troops in the Afghanistan war drew to a close, the U.S. military said on Friday, with commanders vowing to continue the fight despite the toll.
The death in southern Afghanistan brought to 40 the number of U.S. troops killed in July, by far the heaviest monthly toll in the 8-year-old war. The worst previous month for U.S. forces was in September 2008, when 26 were killed. Read article

Polemic – somewhat inevitable when the US transfers operations from one theatre of war (Iraq) to another (Afghanistan). We can surely expect escalated casualties for both civilians and soldiers as the US ramps up its invasion.

Mines Could Provide Geothermal Energy

Science Daily - Mine shafts on the point of being closed down could be used to provide geothermal energy to local towns. This is the conclusion of two engineers from the University of Oviedo, whose research is being published in the journal Renewable Energy. The method they have developed makes it possible to estimate the amount of heat that a tunnel could potentially provide. ”One way of making use of low-intensity geothermal energy is to convert mine shafts into geothermal boilers, which could provide heating and hot water for people living nearby”, Rafael Rodríguez, from the Oviedo Higher Technical School of Mining Engineering, tells SINC. This type of energy, which is hardly used in Spain, is obtained from the internal heat of the Earth. Read Article

The Historian – Geo-thermal is one of the best solutions to enabling man to live in harmony with his environment by providing an unlimited source of non-polluting energy. The principle is very simple. Send water down deep enough, it comes back up as steam turning the generator thus creating elctricity, then cools and drops again, and the cycle continues. Its big draw back? Commercially it is a non-starter as it cannot be constantly billed and with very few parts there is limited profit making from maintenance either. So much more profitable for corporations to go nuclear…….

New evidence in Binyam Mohamed ‘torture’ case

The Guardian - An MI5 officer visited Morocco three times during the period former terror suspect Binyam Mohamed claims he was secretly interrogated and tortured there, according to documents revealed by the high court today . Lawyers acting for MI5 have repeatedly told the high court in London the agency had no idea Mohamed was in Morocco in 2002-03. But documents passed to the court show an MI5 officer, known as Witness B, visited Morocco during that time. Read Article

Feeding cancers softens them up for attack

New Scientist – You would think the worst thing you could do to a cancer patient is to “feed” their tumour. Yet drugs that improve the blood supply to tumours can help hasten their destruction, new research has shown.

The hope is that by giving the drugs to sufferers as a pre-treatment, it will make their cancers more vulnerable to subsequent chemotherapy or radiotherapy. [Read Article]

The Biochemist – Note: Hopefully we can also use natural means of improving blood supply (like regular exercise) to pre-empt the growth of cancers, by letting our immune system get TO the cells before they become a problem. Drugs can be like fast food – fast, but not necessarily good for the long term.

US general may ask for more troops for Afghan war

Associated Press – The U.S. general in charge of turning around the war in Afghanistan is likely to recommend significant changes to U.S. and NATO operations, military officials and others familiar with his forthcoming report said. Those changes could include additional U.S. troops despite political headwind against further expansion of the war.
As Gen. Stanley McChrystal readies his assessment of the war, due next month, numerous U.S. officials and outsiders apprised of his thinking suggest McChrystal will request more American troops, probably including Marines, to be added next year. Read article

Article correction: Gardasil

It has been brought to our attention that an article we posted this week has some incorrect details which may mislead the reader as to the veracity of the research.

The article, Gardasil Causes 400 Percent More Deaths than Other Common Vaccine, claimed that the research was compiled by the Vaccine Event Reporting System. There is no such organisation.

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is operated jointly by the CDC and FDA, but it had nothing to do with the report, which was compiled by the National Vaccination Information Centre (NVIC), a citizen based anti-vaccination lobby group.

Our aim at OYEN is to furnish our readers with the news that is important to them in the most efficient way we can as volunteers. We are not journalists and we do not have the resources to fact-check every story, which is why we rely on mainstream news sites.

However, this article has highlighted the need for us to review the veracity of each of our sources. To that end we will no longer be using ‘Natural News’ as a source.

OYEN Editorial team.

Alzheimer’s clue found

The Scentist – Researchers report a step forward in understanding the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. Two genes that are commonly mutated in the early-onset form of Alzheimer’s may cause the disorder by altering how presynaptic neurons release neurotransmitters, according to a study published this week in Nature.

The mechanism may apply to other neurodegenerative disorders as well, the researchers say. [Read Article]

Open Your Eyes Films Presentation – The 2012 Enigma, Tues August 4

Tuesday 4th August, Doors open @ 6pm, Film starts @ 7pm.

Velvet Lounge – At the Flying Scotsman, near the corner of Walcott and Beaufort Sts Mt Lawley, Perth

The 2012 Enigma (1:35mins)

David Wilcock’s seminar explains much valuable information relating to 2012, Ascension, and what is really going on.

Followed By: 2012 – Have we already arrived? Robin Olson gives a talk on the timing and effects of Earth Changes, DNA upgrade, truth, ascension, awakening, consciousness and the 2nd coming.

South Ossetia under fire from Georgian territory

Russia Today – One year since the military conflict in the Caucasus, it is feared that hostilities might resume. South Ossetian authorities claim the republic’s capital Tskhinval was attacked from a Georgian village.
Two shells were reportedly fired from around five kilometers away from the Georgian village of Nikozi during the night. Luckily, no one was injured, a source at the Ossetian Defense Ministry told Interfax agency.
This follows reports that one man has been killed and several people injured at the border between Georgia and South Ossetia. Read article

Investors fire in bid to save Qld weapons maker

Brisbane Times – Investors have thrown a lifeline to cash-strapped weapons developer Metal Storm Ltd as it seeks support to stay afloat and on Australian soil.
Metal Storm has taken a hit from the global financial crisis and is waiting to take its weapons systems from the test phase to the stage of solid orders.
Red tape surrounding the Australian Defence Force (ADF) weapons procurement process has added to the company’s woes. Read article
Polemic – Modern warfare is not played out on the open battlefield with thousands of soldiers charging at each other so it is hard to conceive a situation where firing a million rounds per minute could actually be of greater benefit than firing a few thousand rounds. How many times can you kill someone?

India’s dilemma: U.S. or Russian weapons?

UPI Asia – India is facing a decision that will affect its military and political future for a long time to come: whether to buy Russian or U.S. military hardware. Cost and capability are critical, but history and political realities cannot be ignored.
U.S. high-tech weapons are like a finely tuned sports car, whereas similar Russian weapons are built like a freight truck ““ rugged and cheap. Third world nations tend to prefer the Russian hardware. Other than being cheap, Russian equipment does not require highly advanced infrastructure for maintenance, and the Russians do not insist on intrusive end-user monitoring. Read article

Power Shifts in Plan for Capital Calamity

New York Times – A shift in authority has given military officials at the White House a bigger operational role in creating a backup government if the nation’s capital were “decapitated” by a terrorist attack or other calamity, according to current and former officials involved in the decision.
The move, which was made in the closing weeks of the administration of President George W. Bush, came after months of heated internal debate about the balance of power and the role of the military in a time of crisis, participants said. Officials said the Obama administration had left the plan essentially intact.
Under the revamped structure, the White House Military Office, which reports to the office of the White House chief of staff, has assumed a more central role in setting up a temporary “shadow government” in a crisis. Read article

Flu Vaccine Panel Creates Priority List

The Washington Post – Pregnant women account for about 6 percent of H1N1 deaths, as well as cases serious enough to require hospitalization, Anthony Fiore, a physician and epidemiologist at the CDC, told the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Children younger than 6 months do not produce a strong immune response to flu vaccine and are best protected by keeping them away from the virus, which is spread by coughing, sneezing and touching. Physicians, nurses and paramedics are high on the list because of the work they do. [Read article]

The Biochemist – How many times has a mortally ill person wanted to try medication before it undergoes umpteen trials? One question they often ask is “What have I got to lose?”
Well folks, be careful what you wish for – you might get it. Ask yourself what have I got to lose with a swine-flu vaccine? Without one? Will any lives be saved? Who wins?

House rejects most Obama weapons cuts

Associated Press – The Democratic-controlled House went along with Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ plans to kill the over-budget F-22 fighter jet, but has rejected his efforts to cut off several other big ticket items.
Despite objections and veto threats from the White House, a $636 billion Pentagon spending bill passed by a 400-30 vote Thursday contains money for a much-criticized new presidential helicopter fleet, cargo jets that Gates says aren’t needed, and an alternative engine for the next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that the Pentagon says is a waste of money.
It also contains $128 billion for Pentagon operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, which would bring the total appropriated by Congress for those wars and other efforts to combat terrorism above $1 trillion. The bill rejects Obama’s $100 million request for the Pentagon to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba. Read article

Apple Urges Government to Outlaw iPhone Unlocking Over Terrorist, Drug Dealing Risks

Daily Tech - Apple says terrorists could use iPhones to attack cell phone towers. Apple has tried everything to stop iPhone unlockers.  Bricking iPhones didn’t work — it just generated more headaches and bad PR.  Apple’s internal protection technology turned out to be just as weak and poorly implemented as its consumer security on the iPhone — the hackers quickly overcame the latest protections Apple threw at them.  Now with its shiny new iPhone 3G S becoming yet the latest handset to be freed, Apple has turned to none other than the U.S. government for help. Read Article

Wanted: computer games expert to help develop nuclear weapons

Guardian – UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment asks for applicants with experience of games such as Crysis, in which US troops take on North Korea
If you’re the kind of guy who gets his kicks from killing Koreans, atomising aliens and blowing up beautiful islands in pursuit of “total domination”, your country needs you.
The government’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston in Berkshire is advertising for a “virtual reality specialist” to use “serious gaming” to help train nuclear weapons scientists. One of the qualifications required is experience of computer games with good graphics like Crysis, the job advert says. Read article

US adviser to Iraqi military urges early US exit

Associated Press – A U.S. Army adviser to the Iraqi military command in Baghdad argues in an internal memo that the U.S. should “declare victory and go home” next year, 16 months ahead of schedule.
Col. Timothy R. Reese wrote that the years-long American effort to train, equip and advise Iraqi security forces has reached a point of rapidly diminishing returns, and that Iraqi forces already are good enough to defend the government against the weakened terrorist and insurgent forces that remain. Read article

Polemic – A victory? For whom exactly?