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Speed of light theory challenged

PA – Scientists are becoming more confident that they will be able to contradict Einstein’s assertion that nothing can travel faster than light, after carrying out another test. Italian physicists first made the startling claim in September but have now repeated an adapted version of their experiment, which produced the same result. Read article

UK: Young jobseekers told to work without pay or lose unemployment benefits

Guardian – Cait Reilly, who is currently completing three weeks at Poundland, working five hours a day. Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian. Britain’s jobless young people are being sent to work for supermarkets and budget stores for up to two months for no pay and no guarantee of a job, the Guardian can reveal. Under the government’s work experience programme young jobseekers are exempted from national minimum wage laws for up to eight weeks and are being offered placements in Tesco, Poundland, Argos, Sainsbury’s and a multitude of other big-name businesses. Read Article

Supercommittee failure could trigger US credit downgrade, economists warn

Guardian – Economists are warning of dire consequences if US politicians fail to make progress this weekend in tense talks aimed at reducing America’s massive deficit ahead of a Wednesday deadline. The bi-partisan congressional super-committee is charged with drawing up plans for a $1.2tn reduction in the nation’s deficit by the middle of next week. Read Article

Violent Protests in Egypt Pit Thousands Against Police

NY Times – A police action to roust a few hundred protesters out of Tahrir Square on Saturday instead drew thousands of people from across Egyptian society into the streets, where they battled riot police officers for hours in the most violent manifestation yet of growing anger at the military-led interim government. Read Article

Climategate Bombshell: Did U.S. Gov’t Help Hide Climate Data?

Fox News – Are your tax dollars helping hide global warming data from the public? Internal emails leaked as part of “Climategate 2.0” indicate the answer may be “Yes.” The original Climategate emails — correspondence stolen from servers at a research facility in the U.K. and released on the Internet in late 2009 — shook up the field of climate research. Now a new batch posted in late November to a Russian server shows that scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit refused to share their U.S. government-funded data with anyone they thought would disagree with them. Read Article

More than 1 in 5 U.S. children poor, Census says

Reuters – The number of children in the United States considered poor rose by 1 million in 2010, the U.S. Census said Thursday, with more than one in five of the youngest Americans now living in poverty. Read Article

Oil hits $100 as US economy slowly improves

Bloomberg – Oil prices hit $100 a barrel on Wednesday after a six-week surge that may drive gasoline prices higher in coming months and slow the fragile economic recovery. For now, there a few reasons to explain why oil jumped 30 percent higher since early October. One is promising. The U.S. economy continued to show signs of strength, meaning that the thirst for fuel may grow. Read Article

The Spoils of War – U.S. Rolls Out Afghan Energy, Water Contracts with Three-Quarter-Billion Potential Value

Trade Aid Monitor – The first phase of $750 million in potential contracts “to renovate and modernize Afghanistan’s energy and water sectors” was awarded this week by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Read Article

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Low vitamin D levels associated with recurrent inflammatory spinal cord disease: study

Xinhua — Vitamin D levels are significantly lower in patients with recurrent inflammatory spinal cord disease, according to a study published online Monday in Archives of Neurology. Vitamin D is a steroid vitamin that promotes the intestinal absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus. In recent years, low levels of vitamin D have been linked to a variety of autoimmune conditions, including multiple sclerosis (MS). However, the importance of vitamin D in monophasic or recurrent non-MS spinal cord diseases including transverse myelitis and neuromyelitis optica is unknown, according to background information in the article. Read article

AHA: Low Vitamin D May Harm Arteries in Kids

MedPage Today — Vitamin D deficiency may have damaging vascular effects in children with a high cardiovascular risk, a single-center study showed, [it was] reported at the American Heart Association meeting [in Orlando]. Read article

Germany’s secret plans to derail a British referendum on the EU

Telegraph – Germany has drawn up secret plans to prevent a British referendum on the overhaul of the European Union amid concerns it could derail the eurozone rescue package, leaked documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph disclose. Read article

Eleven killed in Syria on eve of Arab deadline

Reuters – Syria is seeking changes to a planned mission to monitor its implementation of an Arab League peace initiative, the group’s chief said on Friday, on the eve of a deadline for Damascus to take steps to end months of bloodshed. Activists said security forces killed 11 people after weekly prayers, in the latest violence in the crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad, which the United Nations says has killed at least 3,500 people since March. Read Article

VIDEO OF THE WEEK – The Goldman Sachs Network Now Controlling Europe (France24)

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Quotation Of The Week

“God, is genuinely missing, as far as physics is concerned, which is why he’s never mentioned in the textbooks. On the other hand, in anthropology, archaeology and other human sciences, there are plenty of gods, but they are treated realistically as what they are: human cultural creations.”
- Anon.

Daily News Archive In Focus – Pharmaceuticals (1,086 articles)

What’s happening in the world of pills, drugs, and medication? Which companies are lobbying government to change policies? A look at our Pharmaceuticals archive shows a diverse picture of the stories of today. Keep up to date with a look at our 1,086 articles on the topic CLICK HERE

Editorial: Capitalism versus Democracy – What Next?

One of the most pervasive myths of our modern civilisation is that capitalism only works effectively where there is a liberal democracy in place. In our latest editorial we argue that not only is this theory incorrect, but it has blinded us to the elephant in the room. That democracy has been subsumed by capitalism, and where we are now, unpalatable as it may be to admit, is in fact fascism CLICK HERE TO READ

Climate Fact Of The Day – Sea Level Falling 2.5 mm/year Since The End Of 2007

Record amounts of meltwater are pouring off Greenland into the sea and causing sea level to plummet. If Greenland suffers a complete meltdown, Atlantis may again be above water.

Hansen says that multi-metre sea level rise is dead certain, and the latest news is that CO2 is increasing much faster than expected. Hansen must be looking at 25 metres of sea level rise now, which is sure to happen the day after it stops dropping.

Irish irate as Bundestag sees budget first

TheLocal – The Irish and German governments became entangled in a spat on Thursday after details of the Irish budget were given to the German Bundestag, before being presented to the Irish parliament, the Dáil. Read article

US: 47% of Congress Members Millionaires — a Status Shared by Only 1% of Americans

ABC – “Despite the global economic meltdown in 2008 and the sluggish recovery that followed, that’s up about 7.6 percent from an estimated median net worth of $2.38 million in 2009 … and up 13 percent from a median net worth of $2.27 million in 2008. … Fully 36 Senate Democrats, and 30 Senate Republicans reported an average net worth in excess of $1 million in 2010. The same was true for 110 House Republicans and 73 House Democrats.” Read article

Planum Expects $1 Billion Defense Work in Angola, Politika Says

Bloomberg – Planum GP AD, a Serbian construction company, expects to clinch contracts worth $1 billion in Angola when the African country’s defense officials visit Belgrade next month, Politika newspaper reported, citing the board chairman. Work to build a military hospital, arms factories and to rebuild an air base was discussed when Serbian defense minister Dragan Sutanovac’s visited Luanda in September and an agreement may be signed during the coming visit by Angolan defense officials, the report said, quoting Ratomir Todorovic. Read Article

Illinois unemployment rate rises to 10.1%

Chicago Tribune – Illinois’ unemployment rate went up slightly in October even as the state added 30,000 more jobs. Officials said Friday that the unemployment rate in Illinois is 10.1 percent, above the national rate of 9 percent. Though the state added jobs in several industries, state unemployment went up because more job-seekers are re-entering the workforce. Read Article

Goldman Sachs names 261 new managing directors

Reuters – Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) promoted 261 employees to managing directors this week, according to an internal memo sent this week, as the bank seeks to retain top talent amid a wave of layoffs across Wall Street. This year’s list represents a 19 percent drop from the 321 employees named managing director in 2010 and the lowest amount since 259 were promoted in 2008. Read Article

Injured Dallas cop sues Taser, raises questions about training safety for officers

CW33 – Those who have been through a Taser zap describe it has five seconds of pure pain, having 50-thousand volts of electricity pumped through the body. But, it isn’t just the public or suspects who are Tasered. For some in law enforcement it is a required part of training, but for some it is voluntary. Taser asserts the device will incapacitate, but leave no permanent damage. Dallas Police officer, Andy Butler says it was peer pressure from his rookie class in 2009 that pushed him to say yes to being Tasered. Read Article