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Study reveals shocking effects of obesity on brain

Press TV – Compared to their normal-weight peers, obese individuals have smaller and older brains, indicative of destructive processes that can lead to dementia. Previous studies had reported obesity to be associated with various health problems including an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers. Read article

Tenants fuming as flats turned into ‘Big Brother house’ with 112 CCTV cameras installed inside

Daily Mail - Furious tenants say security cameras have turned their flats into a huge Big Brother house.It comes after a housing trust installed up to 112 CCTV cameras in their eight three-storey blocks and pointing towards residents’ front doors.People living there say the move is an invasion of their privacy and fear they will be spied on 24 hours a day. Read Article

Renewable Energy Needs Land, Lots Of Land

NPR - Pending climate and energy legislation puts a lot of stock “” and money “” into switching from fossil fuels, like coal and oil, to renewable energy such as wind, solar and ethanol. But some new analysis by environmental experts shows that alternative energy comes with some stiff penalties.  Read Article

The Historian – Which will ultimately mean less arable land for food production for human beings, and therefore ultimately less humans. Alternatively, if we were actually serious about reducing pollution and having unlimited renewable energy for all, we could actually invest in geo-thermal. If it is good enough for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, not an area known for being a geothermal hotspot (The Times 21/04/05) then it is good enough for all man-kind. But where would the profit be in supplying all mankind with virtually limitless and non-billable free energy?

Australian federal police drop AWB investigation

The Australian - THE nation’s worst trade scandal — the $300 million in kickbacks paid to the regime of Saddam Hussein on the eve of the Iraq war in 2003 — will go unpunished by criminal sanction. The Australian Federal Police said yesterday it had dropped its investigation into the scandal, in which wheat exporter AWB was found to have been funding the Iraqi regime in breach of UN sanctions. The decision means no former employee or director of AWB will face criminal charges, although an investigation by corporate watchdog ASIC continues. Read Article

UAE ‘seizes N Korea arms cargo bound for Iran’

BBC - The United Arab Emirates has seized a ship illegally carrying embargoed North Korean weapons bound for Iran, diplomatic sources at the UN have said. Read Article

Iran slows nuclear pace but bomb suspicions grow

Reuters - Iran has slowed its expansion of uranium enrichment and met some demands for transparency but allegations it researched how to build atom bombs look credible and Tehran must address them, the U.N atomic watchdog said. The International Atomic Energy Agency report will form the basis for six-power talks on September 2 to look into harsher U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic over a uranium enrichment campaign the West fears is a stealthy quest for nuclear weapons. Read Article

The Historian – Can you hear the drums of war getting louder?

Gardasil is proven dangerous, yet it is still mandatory for immigrants

American Chronicle – This week has shown that a large number of reports stating that Gardasil is proving unsafe. News stations around the world have reported that Gardasil the HPV vaccine has been found to cause adverse reactions. The adverse reactions range from mild, such as headaches, nausea and fainting, to the more severe such as seizures, blood clots, Guillian Barre Syndrome and even death. This information has come to light since the publication of the JAMA papers on the 19th August 2009, showing the results of the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System). The Gardasil data published was collected from June 1, 2006 through December 31, 2008. Read Article

The Biochemist – JAMA=Journal of the American Medical Association. Guillian-Barre Syndrome is link. Diane Harper has a lot more than reservations about giving it to young girls. See link: ‘Researcher, Diane M. Harper, blasts Gardasil HPV marketing’ (kpcnews 17/03/07). Quote: “”[It] should not be mandated for 11-year-old girls,…these girls don’t get cervical cancer – they won’t know for 25 years if they will get [that].”” The article also casts doubt on the ‘database’ on Gardasil’s efficacy in children that Merck provided for Gardasil’s approval.

‘Devastating’ oil slick 20km from Australian coast

ABC - The Greens say a massive oil spill off Australia’s north-west coast is far worse than originally thought, with oil now creeping much closer to the Australian coast.Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says oil is just 20 kilometres off the Australian coast.The incident occurred at the West Atlas mobile offshore drilling unit last Friday, located about 250 kilometres north of Truscott, and 690 kilometres west of Darwin. Read Article

Big Pharma Wants Males to Take Vaccine for Penile Cancer

Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) — About half of all cases of penile cancer are linked to a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer in women and might be prevented with vaccines from Merck & Co. and GlaxoSmithKline Plc, researchers said.
A review of 31 studies involving 1,466 men with penile cancer found the human papillomavirus was present 46.9 percent of the time, according to the report in the Journal of Clinical Pathology. About 26,300 men develop penile cancer each year. It accounts for less than 1 percent of cancers in European and North American men, and up to 10 percent of tumors in men from Africa and Asia, studies show. Read Article

The Biochemist – ref: OYENews 25/08/09 Parents Doubt Gardasil’s Safety.

Swine flu vaccine program in jeopardy

The Age (AUST) – THE Federal Government’s plan to immunise the population against swine flu is in chaos because doctors’ insurers may not cover them to administer the jab, saying inadequate testing and the possibility of spreading other infections mean there is too high a risk that patients will sue them later. Read Article

‘Moon rock’ given to Holland by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin is fake

Daily Telegraph - A moon rock given to the Dutch prime minister by Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969 has turned out to be a fake.Curators at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, where the rock has attracted tens of thousands of visitors each year, discovered that the “lunar rock”, valued at £308,000, was in fact petrified wood. Read Article

The Historian – Why would they disrespect the Dutch Prime Minister like that? Did they not have any moon rock from their journey? Assuming they did anything beyond circling the Earth for a few days, and running a pre-recorded film of “the landings” that is……..

The migrant baby boom: Foreign mothers help push Britain’s population past 61m

Daily Mail – An immigrant baby boom is fuelling Britain’s fastest population growth in half a century. The number of people in the UK has passed 61million for the first time, figures showed yesterday. Read article

Outrage at ‘Noah’s Ark’ creationist zoo which denies Darwin’s theory of evolution

Daily Mail – A secular group is demanding that tourism groups stop promoting a ‘creationist’ zoo which questions the traditional view of evolution. The Noah’s Ark Zoo is accused by the British Humanist Association of misleading tens of thousands of visitors annually and ‘threatening public understanding’.  Read Article

Facebook gave millions of users’ details to firms

Daily Mail – Facebook has made sweeping changes to its privacy policy after complaints about it handing the personal details of tens of millions of users to private companies. The social networking website routinely gives sensitive information – including ages, interests and personal messages – to almost a million third-party firms worldwide. Campaigners claimed that users were not made aware of exactly what would be done with their details.  Read Article

AIG CEO: Critics of Taxpayer Funded Bonuses are “Lynch Mobs with Pitchforks”

Reuters – “We have the ability. I know that I am telling people we are allowed to,” he said. “What I don’t know is if people (employees) are willing to. A lot of them feel hurt, embarrassed, a lot of people have lived in fear because of what I call lynch mobs with pitchforks.” Benmosche was referring to severe criticism of the bonuses paid to some AIG staff at the financial products unit at the center of its meltdown Read Article

The Historian – You could almost feel sorry for the poor things…except that they are not poor, thanks to your money

“US soldiers find themselves being terrorists in Afghanistan”

Russia Today – As the US continues to step up war efforts in Afghanistan, the number of US soldiers refusing deployment to war zones is also increasing. On the ground, they find themselves being terrorists Read Article

US air passengers can challenge no-fly list

San Francisco Chroncile – Critics of the government’s secret no-fly list scored a potentially important victory Monday when a federal appeals court ruled that would-be passengers can ask a judge and jury to decide whether their inclusion on the list violates their rights. The TSA, part of the Homeland Security Department, has lists of hundreds of thousands of names of passengers who allegedly pose a risk of terrorism or air piracy, information the agency shares with airlines. Those on the no-fly list are prevented from boarding. Passengers on a separate “selectee” list undergo additional searches. Read Article

One crime solved for every 1,000 CCTV cameras, senior officer claims

Daily Telegraph – A senior Scotland Yard officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, warned police must do more to head off a crisis in public confidence over the use of surveillance cameras.  DCI Neville said officers need to improve their results to make captured images count against criminals.He said there are more than a million CCTV cameras in London and the Government has spent £500 million on the crime-fighting equipment.But he admitted just 1,000 crimes were solved in 2008 using CCTV images as officers fail to make the most of potentially vital evidence. Read Article

The Historian – But how else is Big Brother going to keep you safe?