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How Goldman gambled on starvation

Independent – By now, you probably think your opinion of Goldman Sachs and its swarm of Wall Street allies has rock-bottomed at raw loathing. You’re wrong. There’s more. It turns out that the most destructive of all their recent acts has barely been discussed at all. Here’s the rest. This is the story of how some of the richest people in the world – Goldman, Deutsche Bank, the traders at Merrill Lynch, and more – have caused the starvation of some of the poorest people in the world. Read Article

Japan donates 10 million dollars for Galapagos solar energy

Physorg-Japan has donated 10 million dollars to Ecuador to help fund a solar energy project in the Galapagos Islands, a UN-designated World Heritage site, Ecuador’s Electricity Ministry said Friday. An agreement between Quito and the Japan International Cooperation System Company will help start a plan to introduce “clean energy with solar generation systems to be located on Baltra Island,” one of 13 islands that form the archipelago, the ministry said in a statement -Read Article

Low levels of vitamin D may raise risks of metabolic syndrome: study

Xinhua — Elderly people with low vitamin D levels may face greater risk of metabolic syndrome, according to a new study presented at the on-going 92nd annual meeting of The Endocrine Society in San Diego, about 90 miles (144 kilometers) south of Los Angeles. “Because the metabolic syndrome* increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, an adequate vitamin D level in the body might be important in the prevention of these diseases,” said study co-author Marelise Eekhoff, MD, PhD, of VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam. Read article
* Metabolic syndrome (also called syndrome X or insulin resistance syndrome) is a collection of conditions that occur together and can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease. It is preventable.
Related article: Studies Find Increasing Health Benefits From Vitamin D

Vitamin D, linked to cognition in elderly

UPI — Sufficient vitamin D levels may help maintain cognitive function — being able to manage and use available information — in the elderly, U.S. researchers say. Epidemiologist Katherine Tucker of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston and colleagues say the study involved more than 1,000 participants ages 65-99 receiving home care. People receiving home care have a higher risk than others of not getting enough vitamin D because they seldom go outside for exposure to sunlight. Read article

Unemployment fears grow for ‘hopeless’ UK male graduates

Guardian – Complacency and “general hopelessness” have been blamed for the failure of young British men as research reveals that underperformance in school and university is now creeping into their working lives. A report published today by the Higher Education Policy Institute thinktank says male graduates are far more likely to be unemployed than their female counterparts. Read Article

US to provide nearly $2bn for two solar energy projects

BBC-Nearly $2bn (£1.3bn) in loan guarantees will be given to two companies to kick-start the US solar energy industry, President Barack Obama has announced. One of the firms, Abenoga Solar, says that it is planning to build the largest solar power plant in the world in Arizona. Mr Obama said the projects would provide more than 5,000 new jobs -Read Article

Half of Australians against late-term abortions: study

ABC – Nearly half of Australians asked in a new survey about late-term abortions say they believe it should be illegal. The survey of more than 1,000 people in the Medical Journal of Australia reveals 48 per cent think abortion in the third trimester should be unlawful. But less than 25 per cent believe a doctor should be penalised for performing abortions when there is risk to the physical or mental health of the woman or baby. Read article

UK Departments told to draw up plans for 40% spending cuts

BBC – The Treasury has told most government departments to prepare “illustrative plans” to cut spending by 40% – as well as the expected 25% – within the month. Education and defence have been given some protection, and must produce plans to cut 10% and 20%. International aid and health budgets are being protected. Read Article

Cuba hunger striker Farinas ‘close to death’

BBC – A Cuban political dissident who is on hunger strike is in danger of dying, doctors treating him say. Guillermo Farinas, 48, has been refusing food since February to demand the release of ill political prisoners. He is being fed intravenously in hospital, but doctors say he has developed a blood clot that could kill him. The news was reported in Cuban state media, which usually ignore dissident protests. Read Article

Gulf Disaster Sparks Battle Over Canadian Oil Sands

NY Times-The massive BP PLC oil spill that prompted questions about drilling in U.S. waters now is fueling arguments about petroleum production in Canada. Oil industry lobbyists say the turmoil over offshore drilling underscores the importance of having a diversified energy supply, one that includes crude from Canada. Environmental groups contend the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe proves fossil fuel developments need more regulatory oversight. Canadian oil sands projects, they say, present particularly pressing concerns -Read Article

Childhood Malnutrition Could Weaken Brain Function in Elderly

ScienceDaily — Malnutrition early in life appears to diminish brain function in older adulthood, according to a study led by a Michigan State University researcher that has implications for many poor, developing nations. Read article

Quotation Of The Week

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”
- Soren Kierkegaard

As voted for by OYEN readers on our Facebook page this week, selected from the daily Thoughts of The Day. Did you have your say?

Another Gulf mystery: Who’s in charge of oil spill research efforts?

As an unprecedented amount of oil fouls the Gulf of Mexico, research scientists and ocean experts say the Obama administration’s efforts to discover the magnitude of the damage are surprisingly uncoordinated. If the government’s higher estimates are accurate, the BP oil blowout already is the world’s worst accidental oil spill ever -Read Article

The black art of news management

The New Statesman – In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the “master illusions” which have formed the basis of black propaganda and provided “false flags” for political chicanery and for wars and atrocities, such as Iraq and the Israeli assault on the Gaza peace flotilla.
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Methyl Iodide Controversy: Warning About Strawberry Field Chemical Ignored

Huffingtonpost-California pesticide regulators plan to approve a new agricultural chemical called methyl iodide for the state’s coastal strawberry fields, allowing levels of exposure that the state’s own experts say will put farmworkers and bystanders at risk. The Department of Pesticide Regulation has set acceptable exposure levels for methyl iodide that are 120 times higher than recommended by its own scientists and an eight-person panel the department commissioned to peer-review its work -Read Article

Flashback Quotation – 8th December 2009

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place, but if you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines including Google do retain this information for some time, and it’s important, for example that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act. It is possible that that information could be made available to the authorities.”

- Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, 8th December 2009. View Here

Google’s Eric Schmidt: You can trust us with your data

Telegraph – This week Google released an update to its Android mobile operating system. Known as FroYo, the new operating system makes Android mobile phones up to five times faster and makes it possible to use the phone as a wireless hotspot. The update, the seventh since Android launched in September 2008, comes just a week after Apple launched the iPhone 4 – the latest version of the mobile phone that kicked-off a touchscreen revolution. Read Article

Not lovin’ it: U.S. chicken McNuggets ‘contain SILLY PUTTY chemical’

Daily Mail – Chicken nuggets sold in U.S. branches of McDonald’s contain a chemical used in Silly Putty. ‘McNuggets’ sold to American fast food lovers contain dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent used in Silly Putty. They also have more calories and fat than those sold in the chain’s British restaurants, according to a CNN study. Read Article

Editorial note: Information re: compostion of Silly Putty. Google for more information.

British households face second credit crisis, official survey warns

Telegraph – Households must brace themselves for a return of the credit squeeze, with mortgages far harder to procure in the coming months, new Bank of England research has shown. Banks and building societies expect to lend less next quarter the first time they have predicted a contraction of credit supply since the height of the financial crisis. Read Article

Poor in UK dying 10 years earlier than rich, despite years of government action

The Guardian – The life expectancy gap between rich and poor people in England is widening, despite years of government and NHS action, a hard-hitting National Audit Office report reveals today. Extensive efforts have failed to reduce the wide differential, which can still be 10 years or more depending on socio-economic background, says the public spending watchdog. While life expectancy has risen generally, it is increasing at a slower rate for England’s poorest citizens. Read article

Mexican gang gunfight near US border leaves 21 dead

BBC – At least 21 people have been killed in a gunfight between two of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels near the border with the US, officials have said. The incident occurred off a remote dirt track near the city of Nogales, in the northern state of Sonora, they said. Read Article

Orders to U.S. Factories Declined in May More Than Forecast

Bloomberg – Orders placed with U.S. factories declined in May more than forecast, a sign that manufacturing may be starting to cool. The 1.4 percent decrease in bookings was the biggest since March 2009 and followed a revised 1 percent gain in April, the Commerce Department said today in Washington. Economists forecast orders would drop 0.5 percent, according to the median projection in a Bloomberg News survey. Read Article

‘Evil’ Catholic priest jailed for 20 years on child sex charges

The Australian – John Sidney Denham was jailed today for almost 20 years on child sex charges against 25 boys in NSW between 1968 and 1986. The sentence was handed down in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court, with the judge saying many victims were left feeling terrified and Denham himself describing his behaviour as “evil”. The 67-year-old was sentenced to a total of 19 years and 10 months. Read article

Pope launches team to ‘re-evangelise’ the West

Daily Telegraph – The Pope launched a team to stem the secularisation of Catholic countries and “re-evangelise” the West. Benedict XVI announced the creation of a new Vatican department dedicated to tackling what he called “a grave crisis in the sense of the Christian faith and the role of the Church.” He expressed deep concerns that previously staunch Catholic countries in Europe and North America were facing “the eclipse of a sense of God”. Tens of thousands of worshippers are deserting the Church over issues such as clerical sex abuse and the ban on married priests. Read article