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Celiac Disease on the Rise in U.S.

Discovery News – Celiac disease, a condition resulting from an immune reaction to gluten, continues to increase in the United States, scientists say. Even considering an increased awareness of the condition and more accurate diagnostic methods, doctors are still encountering more people with gluten intolerance. Recent work showed an increase in celiac disease among participants in a longitudinal study. The results show that the prevalence of the disease is five times greater now than in 1974, when the data were first collected. Also, the findings suggest that people can develop the disease later in life.Read article

Zimbabwe MPs shun Thokozani Khope’s circumcision call

BBC – Zimbabwe’s male MPs are not enthusiastic about a call for them to be circumcised to set an example in the fight against Aids, the BBC has found. Read article

Only 22 percent of consumers willing to pay more for green

Independent – Only 22 percent of consumers around the world will pay more for ‘eco-friendly’ products even though 83 percent believe it is “important for a company to have environmental programs,” according to a global study by analysis firm Nielsen. Read article

Cables Reveal 2006 Summary Execution of Civilian Family in Iraq


Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06GENEVA763 2006-04-03 14:48 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED US Mission Geneva
R 031448Z APR 06
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Job growth stalls, fuels recession fears

Reuters – U.S. employment growth ground to a halt in August, reviving recession fears and piling pressure on both President Barack Obama and the Federal Reserve to provide more stimulus to aid the frail economy. For the first time in nearly a year the economy failed to create new jobs on a net basis according to the Labor Department’s monthly nonfarm payrolls survey on Friday. Read article

JPMorgan, BofA take heat for foreclosure program

Associated Press – Two of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders are not doing enough to help Americans avoid foreclosure, the Obama administration said Thursday. The Treasury Department said that Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have done a poor job helping people permanently lower their mortgage payments as part of the government’s signature foreclosure-prevention program. The lenders have rejected people who were eligible for mortgage modifications, Treasury said. Read Article

Pharmaceutical Company CSL Blames Flu Vaccine for Causing Fits in Children

Newscore – Pharmaceutical giant CSL has blamed a world-first blending of flu virus strains as the likely cause of fits in children immunized with its flu vaccine last year, The Australian reported Saturday. CSL followed World Health Organization recommendations when it concocted its controversial Fluvax vaccine, which combined swine flu with two seasonal strains of influenza for the first time. The vaccine has been banned for children under five in Australia, Europe and the US since it triggered convulsions in one out of every 100 children immunized in Australia last autumn. CSL Friday revealed a breakthrough in its 18-month scientific investigation, which involves the federal government’s Therapeutic Goods Administration and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It said the interim findings pointed to a problem with how the three virus strains interacted. Read Article

Texas: Health Officials Warn of Mercury in Face Cream

(AP) — State health officials are warning of at least 18 cases of mercury poisoning in South Texas that could be linked to a face cream sold in Mexico, but not approved for use in the United States. The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Thursday that it had tested 16 samples of Crema Aguamary (ah-gwah-MAH’-ree) products obtained from individuals in Texas and all had elevated mercury levels — in some cases hundreds of thousands of times higher than permitted in the U.S. Read article

Report Finds Naval Blockade by Israel Legal but Faults Raid

NYTimes – A long-awaited United Nations review of Israel’s 2010 raid on a Turkish-based flotilla in which nine passengers were killed has found that Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza is both legal and appropriate. But it said that the way Israeli forces boarded the vessels trying to break that blockade 15 months ago was excessive and unreasonable.Read article

Obama backs down on tighter smog regulations

Guardian – Barack Obama has bowed to pressure from Republicans in Congress to postpone plans to introduce tighter controls over smog-producing companies. The decision provoked expressions of dismay among environmental groups campaigning for cleaner air. Read article

Libya: the minister, the Tory donor and a contract to supply oil

The Telegraph – The deal with Vitol was said to have been masterminded by Alan Duncan, the former oil trader turned junior minister, who has close business links to the oil firm and was previously a director of one of its subsidiaries. Mr Duncan’s private office received funding from the head of Vitol before the general election. Ian Taylor, the company’s chief executive and a friend of Mr Duncan, has given more than £200,000 to the Conservatives. Read Article

US – Solar Firm Aided by Federal Loans Shuts Doors

New York Times – Washington —  A Silicon Valley maker of solar power arrays that was started with high hopes and $527 million in loans from the federal government said on Wednesday that it would cease operations. The failure of the company — and the loss to taxpayers — is likely to renew the debate in Washington about the wisdom of clean energy subsidies and loan guarantees. Read article

Group Says It Has New Evidence of Cisco’s Misdeeds in China

NY Times – An advocacy group that accuses Cisco Systems of aiding the Chinese government in monitoring and apprehending members of the banned Falun Gong organization said Friday that it had new evidence to suggest that Cisco specifically tailored its technology for that purpose. Read Article

UAH Satellite-Based Temperature Of The Global Lower Atmosphere 1979 – August 2011

Source: http://www.drroyspencer.com/2011/09/uah-global-temperature-update-for-august-2011-0-33-deg-c/

The global average lower tropospheric temperature anomaly for August, 2011 retreated a little, to +0.33 deg. C

Hopes for global recovery take a hit

Financial Times – The global manufacturing recovery appeared to have come to a grinding halt in August, activity surveys suggested on Thursday, undermining hopes of a vigorous economic recovery in the second half of the year. Across Asia, Europe and the US, surveys of purchasing managers produced the lowest readings of manufacturing activity and orders since mid-2009, when the world economy was only crawling out of recession. Read Article

Study delay on oil spill catastrophe

The West Australian – The company responsible for the Montara oil disaster in the Timor Sea in 2009 has admitted no scientific studies have been done on the impact of the spill on Indonesian waters. Chief executive of PTTEP Australasia Ken Fitzpatrick said it was discussing protocols for the studies with Indonesia’s Government, despite it being two years since a blowout on the Montara wellhead sent an estimated 4.5 million litres of oil into the sea. Read article

Guatemala STD tests ‘may have infected 2,500′

BBC – The extent of US medical experiments in Guatemala on STDs during the 1940s is greater than previously thought, health authorities have told the BBC. The number of infected people could be as high as 2,500, says the president of the Medical Association of Guatemala. According to a US report released on Monday, 1,300 Guatemalans were infected without their knowledge to study the effects of penicillin. Read article

Related article: US scientists ‘knew Guatemala syphilis tests unethical’

Sarkozy under pressure after Le Monde claims secret service spied on journalist

Guardian – Shortly after the secret services illegally requested the phone files on Davet in July 2010, Le Monde said state spies identified an adviser in the justice ministry as the supposed source for one of Davet’s stories. The adviser, a magistrate, was swiftly demoted and posted to French Guyana. Read article

Gaddafi vows fight as world backs new leaders

Reuters – Muammar Gaddafi urged his supporters from hiding to fight on as Libya’s new interim rulers met world leaders on Thursday to discuss reshaping a nation torn by 42 years of one-man rule and six months of civil war. “Let it be a long battle. We will fight from place to place, from town to town, from valley to valley, from mountain to mountain,” Gaddafi said in a message relayed by satellite TV on the anniversary of the coup that brought him to power in 1969. Read Article

Ministry of Defence files on UFO sightings released

BBC – Newly released government files on UFOs show a lack of will and resources to study thousands of reported sightings. The Ministry of Defence files released by the National Archives cover reported sightings of UFOs from 1985 to 2007. Read Article

UK: Soldiers ‘should run schools in crackdown on indiscipline’

The Telegraph – Lord Guthrie said a generation of schools modelled on the Armed Forces was needed to create a culture of respect among children from the “toughest and roughest backgrounds”. He insisted that too many schools were currently failing to address serious behavioural problems. Read Article

Italy approves draft law to ban burqa

Guardian – An Italian parliamentary commission has approved a draft law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public. The draft, which was passed by the constitutional affairs commission on Tuesday, would prohibit women from going in public wearing a burqa, niqab or any other garment that covers the face. It would expand a decades-old law that for security reasons prohibits people from wearing face-covering items such as masks in public places. Read Article

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Satellite Sees UFO Flying Over Hurricane Irene

Epoch Times - In a video captured by the International Space Station, a satellite orbiting Earth, a UFO is seen flying through the space between the satellite and Hurricane Irene. Judging by its distance from the satellite, the roughly rectangular UFO appears quite large, and seems to have wing-like structures on its sides moving like fans, possibly helping it to travel. Read Article

Kashmir border deaths spark India and Pakistan row

BBC – Indian forces have killed three Pakistani soldiers in firing across the Line of Control in the disputed region of Kashmir, the Pakistani army says. It has accused Indian forces of opening “unprovoked” fire across the LoC – which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan – in the Neelum valley. India denied the allegations, saying Pakistani forces opened fire first. Read Article