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Mutant genes found for asthma, point to possible therapy

Reuters – A drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis could help asthma patients, scientists said on Friday, as they identified two mutant genes that may predispose a person to asthma. Over 235 million people worldwide suffer from asthma and it is the most common chronic disease among children, according to the World Health Organization. In a paper published in The Lancet medical journal, researchers in Australia said they had identified the two rogue genes after comparing 58,000 DNA samples of people living in Australia, Europe and the United States with and without asthma. Read article

Greek protesters clash with police before PM’s speech

BBC – Thousands angry over austerity measures rallied in the country’s second city as George Papandreou prepared to speak on the debt-laden economy. Trade unionists, students, anarchists, taxi drivers and football fans were among those holding protests. Greece is struggling to meet the terms of an international loan package. Read article

Hail to the true victors of Rupert’s revolution

New Statesman – On 13 September, one of the world’s biggest arms fairs opens in London, backed by the British government. On 8 September, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a preview entitled “Middle East: A vast market for UK defence and security companies”. The host was the Royal Bank of Scotland, a major investor in cluster bombs. According to Amnesty international, the victims of cluster bombs are 98 per cent civilians and 30 per cent children. The Royal Bank of Scotland has received £20 million in public money. Read Article

EU bans GM-contaminated honey from general sale

Guardian – The European Union’s highest court on Tuesday ruled that honey which contains trace amounts of pollen from genetically modified (GM) corn must be labelled as GM produce and undergo full safety authorisation before it can be sold as food. In what green groups are calling a “groundbreaking” ruling, the decision could force the EU to strengthen its already near-zero tolerance policy on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Read Article

After 9/11: ‘You no longer have rights’

Guardian – My mother came to the United States with me in 1990, the year I turned two. We originally came from Koubia in Guinea, west Africa. My dad was here already, living in Brooklyn. Then came my brother, who is now 19, my sister, who is 17, and two more brothers who are 13 and five. I’m 23. We lived in an apartment in Manhattan. Read Article

Schools Get Real-time Surveillance Cameras

Security Magazine – When the high school in Tewksbury, Mass., decided it was going to take a proactive stance on security, they installed one of the most sophisticated integrated security systems. The idea was precipitated by Police Chief John Mackey in terms of his concern for the welfare and well being of the children. Read Article

Common virus kills nearly 100 children in Vietnam

AP — The World Health Organization says an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease has surged in Vietnam, killing 98 children and sickening more than 42,000 others this year. It says three-quarters of the deaths have been in children three years old or younger.
This year’s outbreak is a sharp increase over previous years. Read article

Former Malaysian PM : Bush lied about 9/11 terror attacks

PressTV – The Malaysian politician pointed out that “for some Americans, the deaths of nearly 3,000 people was not the scariest thing about 9/11. It was realizing who carried out the attack: yes, the American Government.” Read article

Syrian soldiers executed for refusing to target activists

Guardian – Eight soldiers were executed in the Syrian capital Damascus on Friday for refusing to fire on protesters, activists have claimed. The Local Co-ordination Committees (LCCs), which monitor demonstrations in the country, said the soldiers were killed in the Kesweh area of the capital after a dispute at their barracks. Six people were injured, some of them critically, when security forces fired on demonstrators, the LCCs said. Read Article

As an Enemy Retreats, Clans Carve Up Somalia

NY Times – DHOBLEY, Somalia — Adan Dahir Hassan sits in a bald office, wires dangling from the ceiling, handing out death sentences. Recently installed by an Islamist warlord, Mr. Hassan recalled how he had ordered a soldier who had killed a civilian, possibly by accident, to be delivered to the victim’s family, which promptly shot him in the head. Militiamen led by Sheik Ahmed Madobe, a former member of the Shabab Islamist insurgent group. His forces helped push the Shabab out of a few towns. “It’s Islamic law,” said Mr. Hassan, the professed district commissioner of this bullet-riddled town. “That’s what makes the community feel happy.” Read Article

Dozens drown as Zanzibar ferry sinks

Guardian – Nearly 200 people drowned when an overloaded ferry capsized off east Africa as it sailed from Zanzibar to Pemba island, police said on Saturday, Tanzania’s worst maritime disaster in at least 15 years. Fishing boats and tour operators are scouring the sea for scores of people who are still missing after the disaster, which happened overnight. Read Article

Doubts grow over the success of Sweden’s free schools experiment

Guardian – All over the Swedish port city of Malmö last week there were gaggles of students clutching brand-new laptops given to them on loan for the start of the school year. As schools fight over what, due to a demographic blip, is a declining number of students, the device you get has become a keen area of competition. Read Article

Climate Fact Of The Day – What caused the significant increase in Atlantic Ocean heat content since the mid?20th century?

GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, VOL. 38, L17607
Received 10 July 2011; revised 8 August 2011; accepted 8 August 2011; published 8 September 2011

What caused the significant increase in Atlantic Ocean heat content since the mid?20th century?

Authors:
Sang?Ki Lee,Wonsun Park,Erik van Sebille,Molly O. Baringer,Chunzai Wang,David B. Enfield,Stephen G. Yeager,and Ben P. Kirtman

Abstract:
As the upper layer of the world ocean warms gradually during the 20th century, the inter?ocean heat transport from the Indian to Atlantic basin should be enhanced, and the Atlantic Ocean should therefore gain extra heat due to the increased upper ocean temperature of the inflow via the Agulhas leakage. Consistent with this hypothesis, instrumental records indicate that the Atlantic Ocean has warmed substantially more than any other ocean basin since the mid 20th century. A surface?forced global ocean?ice coupled model is used to test this hypothesis and to find that the observed warming trend of the Atlantic Ocean since the 1950s is largely due to an increase in the inter?ocean heat transport from the Indian Ocean. Further analysis reveals that the increased inter?ocean heat transport is not only caused by the increased upper ocean temperature of the inflow but also, and more strongly, by the increased Agulhas Current leakage, which is augmented by the strengthening of the wind stress curl over the South Atlantic and Indian subtropical gyre. Read Paper

Video Of The Week: Gordon Duff – Pentagon Attacked By A Cruise Missile On 9/11, Not A Plane!

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Quotation Of The Week

“It is curious that Tony Blair says the 21st century would be poorer and meaner without the guardianship, not of God, but of ‘faith in God’. It would seem that Blair does religion and God the same way he did war and WMDs: it is the belief that counts, not whether the object of that belief actually exists.”

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High Levels of Toxic PCBs in Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal in Indiana, US

Science Daily – University of Iowa researchers have found high levels of toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the deep sediments lining the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal (IHSC) in East Chicago, Ind. Scientists say the discovery is cause for concern because the IHSC is scheduled to be dredged in spring 2012 to maintain proper depth for ship traffic in this heavily industrialized area of southern Lake Michigan. Read Article

Mount Etna spews ash, threatens flights

Reuters – Delays are expected at Sicily’s airports after an ash cloud spewed into the air from Italy’s active volcano, Mount Etna.

UK: Conservatives given millions by property developers

Telegraph – Dozens of property firms have given a total of £3.3?million to the party over the past three years, including large gifts from companies seeking to develop rural land. Developers are also paying thousands of pounds for access to senior Tories through the Conservative Property Forum, a club of elite donors which sets up “breakfast meetings” to discuss planning and property issues. Read article

EU court says French GM maize ban was illegal

Reuters – France acted illegally when it imposed a ban on the cultivation of a genetically modified (GM) maize variety developed by U.S. biotech giant Monsanto in 2008, Europe’s highest court ruled on Thursday. The French authorities did have the right to impose a moratorium on the growing of Monsanto’s insect-resistant MON810 maize, but based its decision on the wrong EU legislation, the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice said. Read Article

French Energy Giant Total Makes Huge Gas Discovery In The Caspian Sea

Business Insider – French multinational oil and gas company Total S.A. has announced a major gas discovery in the Caspian Sea. First results confirmed “a potential of several trillion cubic feet of gas and associated condensates”. The discovery has been in the Absheron block off the coast of Azerbaijan. Read Article

How MI6 deal sent family to Gaddafi’s jail

Guardian – A Libyan Islamist has told how he and his family were imprisoned after being “rendered” in an operation MI6 hatched in co-operation with Muammar Gaddafi’s intelligence services. The rendition occurred shortly before Tony Blair paid his first visit to the dictator. Sami al-Saadi, his wife and four children, the youngest a girl aged six, were flown from Hong Kong to Tripoli, where they were taken straight to prison. Read Article

Birth Control Pills Affect Memory, Researchers Find

ScienceDaily — Women who use contraceptives like birth control pills experience memory changes, according to new UC Irvine research. Their ability to remember the gist of an emotional event improves, while women not using the contraceptives better retain details.”What’s most exciting about this study is that it shows the use of hormonal contraception alters memory,” UCI graduate researcher Shawn Nielsen said. “There are only a handful of studies examining the cognitive effects of the pill, and more than 100 million women use it worldwide.” Read article

Egypt vows to try those who targeted Israel mission

Reuters – Egypt’s army rulers vowed on Saturday to try those behind the violence that drove Israel to evacuate its ambassador from Cairo, struggling to contain public fury against the Jewish state while fending off U.S. criticism. Read article

Warships to escort Gaza aid ships

Independant – Turkey has already announced it would increase patrols in the eastern Mediterranean in response to Israel’s refusal to apologise for the raid. But it was the first admission that Turkey intends to send warships to protect ships trying to break the blockade. Read article

Missiles missing from Libyan stockpile

The Hindu – The sign on the wall reads “Schoolbook Printing and Storage Warehouse,” but the fact that the double gates in the wall have been crudely ripped off suggests that something more interesting might be inside. It turns out that the only books to be found in any of the three large buildings in the walled compound are manuals how to fire rocket launchers and wire-guided missiles, among others. The buildings are actually disguised warehouses full of munitions mortar shells, artillery rounds, antitank missiles and more — thousands of pieces of military ordnance that are completely unguarded more than two weeks after the fall of the capital. Read Article