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Vitamin D levels should be higher in people taking certain osteoporosis drugs, experts say

LA Times – Vitamin D works with calcium to strengthen bones. But adequate levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream also appear to boost the power of bisphosphonates, medications used to treat osteoporosis, according to research presented Monday. The study adds to the evidence that the current recommendations for vitamin D may be too low. Late last year, the Institute of Medicine issued a report that declined to make changes to the recommendation — despite many new studies supporting the need for more vitamin D than is typically consumed. Read article

Syrian unrest: ‘Heavy fighting’ in Jisr al-Shughour

BBC – Syrian government forces have advanced into the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour, state media say, as part of a widespread government crackdown. TV reported heavy fighting with armed groups, two dead and large numbers of arrests, while witnesses reported an attack using tanks and helicopters.Read article

David Cameron follow’s in Tony Blair’s footsteps by ruling out David Kelly inquest

BBC – The attorney general has rejected calls for an inquest into the death in 2003 of government scientist Dr David Kelly. Dominic Grieve said the evidence Dr Kelly killed himself was “overwhelming” and rejected claims of a “cover-up”. Read article

Nato warplanes bombard Tripoli after Gaddafi vows fight to the death

Guardian - Nato’s intensified aerial bombardment of Tripoli continued early on Wednesday, hours after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi made a rare speech on state television vowing to fight to the death. Loud explosions rocked the city before dawn, marking the heaviest 24 hours of air strikes in the capital since Nato’s operation began in March. The alliance said it conducted 66 strike sorties on Tuesday, with many of them in daylight hours. Previously, most airstrikes have taken place at night. The targets struck in and around Tripoli included six command and control centres, two anti-aircraft guns, a radar system and a vehicle storage facility, according to Nato. The heaviest damage occurred at Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound, where several buildings were destroyed, sending giant plumes of smoke into the sky. Read Article

What Darwin didn’t know

Physorg – In “The Evidence for Evolution” – published this month by the University of Chicago Press – the anthropology professor tries to lay to rest what he says are persistent and inaccurate anti-evolution arguments with scientific evidence that was unavailable in Charles Darwin’s day. Rogers points out that Darwin didn’t know about genetics, continental drift or the age of the Earth. He had never seen a species change. He had no idea whether it was even possible for a species to split in two. He knew of no transitional fossils and of almost no human fossils. Read Article

Residents Flee as Syrian Forces Bombard Town

NY Times – Syrian security forces bombarded the restive northern town of Jisr al-Shoughour for a second day Saturday with withering tank and helicopter fire as frightened people struggled to escape, residents reported. Mohamed al-Abdo, a refugee hiding in the hills above town, said he could hear the boom of explosions and the chop of helicopters from miles away. “Helicopters and tanks are bombing Jisr from all the sides and the situation is extremely miserable — they are even targeting cars carrying civilians and the wounded,” he said. Another resident who fled said those who stayed behind feared they would all be killed. Read Article

Fed prepares for last spurt of easy money flood

Reuters – The flood of Federal Reserve money that has supported Wall Street and the rest of the U.S. economy for 2-1/2 years will shrink to a trickle with the conclusion of the Fed’s bond purchases announced on Friday. The Fed said it will buy $50 billion of Treasuries, the final series of government bond purchases that marks the last phase of the $600 billion program it launched in November 2010 to prevent another recession. Read Article

USA: Budget deficit moves closer to $1 trillion mark

Associated Press – The federal budget deficit is on pace to break the $1 trillion mark for a third straight year. Record deficits are putting pressure on Congress and the Obama administration to come up with a plan to rein in government spending. Already, the deficit through the first eight months of this budget year is $927.4 billion, according to the latest report from the Treasury Department released Friday. Three years ago that would have ranked as the highest ever for a full year. Read Article

Nambia: Snow sets another record

The Nambian – Reports and photographs of the snowfall circulated rapidly and widely across the Internet and inboxes bulged with rare images depicting snow in areas usually associated with heat and dust, not biting cold and white blankets of snow. John Rabie from Namibgrens Guest Farm close to the Spreetshoogte Pass where the majority of snow and rain fell, described the scenes of low clouds, mist and snow on Tuesday. “It was ice cold, especially as the wind was blowing,” he said. The snow fell during the day, from around eleven in the morning until the afternoon. He said the minimum temperature on Tuesday was minus two degrees Celsius, while the day’s maximum temperature did not go above five degrees. Read article

European parliament refuses to release expenses report

Telegraph – The existence of the document, written by Robert Galvin, a senior EU official who is the parliament’s chief internal auditor, was first disclosed by The Daily Telegraph in 2008. Despite public controversy across Europe over misuse of generous allowances paid to MEPs, parliament officials have fought tooth and nail to keep the Galvin report, number 06/02, secret. Read article

Blair demands more allied military action

The Independent - Britain and its allies should be ready to mount Libya-style interventions in other Arab countries, Tony Blair declares today. The former Prime Minister, who committed British troops to military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, says that Europe and the United States must draw up a proper plan to support the so-called Arab Spring. Read Article

Climate Fact Of The Day – Northern Hemisphere Continental Snow Cover Extent (Autumn/Fall)

Video Of The Week: Toy Story 2-Illuminati Luciferian and Occult Masonic symbolism

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“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”
- John Lennon

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Medication side effects, injuries up dramatically

ARHQ – The number of people treated in U.S. hospitals for illnesses and injuries from taking medicines jumped 52 percent between 2004 and 2008—from 1.2 million to 1.9 million—according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. These medication side effects and injuries resulted from taking or being given the wrong medicine or dosage. Read article

Internet Freedom Under Attack – Tennessee law bans posting Internet images that ’cause emotional distress’

Toronto Sun – There goes the Internet. A new Tennessee law makes it a crime to post an image online that might “frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress” to someone. As reported by the technology website Ars Technica, the state already has a law against making phone calls, sending e-mails or otherwise communicating with someone in a way that would cause emotional distress. This latest ban, signed by Gov. Bill Haslam last week, is an update to that law. Read Article

Croatia takes major step towards EU membership

Guardian – In a statement awaited with both hope and fear in Zagreb, José Manuel Barroso, the commission’s president, said Croatia should join the EU in July 2013. Stefan Füele, the commissioner for enlargement in charge of the negotiations with Zagreb, said he was confident that all EU governments would support the recommendations. Read article

Gaddafi’s forces kill 31 rebels in Libyan city Misrata as conflict escalates

Guardian – Muammar Gaddafi has raised the stakes in the conflict with Nato, responding to air strikes by Apache helicopters with the heaviest bombardment of the besieged rebel enclave of Misrata in two months. Rockets and mortar shells rained down on opposition positions around the ruined village of Dafniya, leaving 31 rebels dead, the highest toll since they took control of the city in mid-April. A stream of ambulances brought the dead and wounded to the city’s Hikma hospital. Bodies arrived with limbs missing, accompanied by the shouts of medics, the thud of Grad rockets and the wail of prayers from mosques. “The frontline is like hell,” said Feras Mohammed, a 20-year-old medic who accompanied a badly injured soldier in an ambulance. Read Article

Gates: NATO’s Future ‘Dim’

Newsy – US Secretary of Defense chides NATO allies for lack of support.

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Oxford University delivers stinging verdict on higher education reforms

Guardian – Oxford University has formally declared it has “no confidence” in the policies of the universities minister, David Willetts, in the first sign of a concerted academic backlash against the government’s higher education reforms. Lecturers passed a motion opposing the coalition’s policies by 283 votes to five at a meeting of the congregation, Oxford’s legislative body. The university is the first to take a public stand against the raising of tuition fees and slashing of the teaching grant, but the rebellion is spreading. Cambridge is expected to announce a date for a “no confidence” vote on Monday, while a petition against the government is gathering force at Warwick University. Read Article

USA: Import prices rise for 8th straight month

Reuters – Import prices rose for an eighth straight month in May despite a drop in fuel costs, with the year-on-year increase reaching its highest level in nearly three years, according to data on Friday. The Labor Department said import prices climbed 0.2 percent last month, confounding forecasts for a 0.7 percent decline and following April’s revised 2.1 percent jump. In the year to May, import prices surged 12.5 percent, the largest gain since September 2008. Read Article

Australia: Brown downplays electricity price rise

ABC – Greens Leader Bob Brown has played down a report that says households will be forced to pay up to 30 per cent more for electricity by mid-2013. The Government’s chief energy advisory group was asked by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to forecast electricity price trends over the next three years. The Australian Energy Market Commission has warned higher infrastructure costs will cause household electricity costs to rise across the country. Read Article

Chips for dinner: Edible RFID tags describe your food

New Scientist – For tracking, radio frequency identification (RFID) chips are the greatest thing since sliced bread. But what if the RFID chip was actually in the sliced bread? A student at the Royal College of Art in London, Hannes Harms, has come up with a design for an edible RFID chip, part of a system he calls NutriSmart. The chip could send information about the food you eat to a personal computer or, conceivably, a mobile phone via a Bluetooth connection. Read Article

Government Says 2 Common Materials Pose Risk of Cancer

NY Times — The government issued warnings on Friday about two materials used daily by millions of Americans, saying that one causes cancer and the other might. Government scientists listed formaldehyde as a carcinogen, and said it is found in worrisome quantities in plywood, particle board, mortuaries and hair salons. They also said that styrene, which is used in boats, bathtubs and in disposable foam plastic cups and plates, may cause cancer but is generally found in such low levels in consumer products that risks are low. Read article