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‘New release’ of climate emails

nBBC – A new batch of emails and other documents from the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Climatic Research Unit has been released on the internet. Read article

Too much or too little salt tied to heart risks

Reuters – A new study [is showing] that the association between sodium intake and cardiovascular diseases appears to be J-shaped,” said Martin O’Donnell, from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The J-shaped line depicting heightened risk at very low salt levels and at high levels, with low risk in the middle, could explain why studies in different groups of people have come to different conclusions on the effects of eating more or less salt, he added. Read article

Former MP guilty of child sex

TheAustralian – A FORMER MP who admitted having oral sex with a 12-year-old girl has been found guilty of two criminal charges. Former Tasmanian upper house MP Terence Lewis Martin had pleaded not guilty to three charges relating to the girl, who was prostituted by her mother and a pimp to more than 100 men. Read article

Philly records wettest year on record with almost 1½ months to go

The Republic – Philadelphia — It’s official — it’s been the wettest year on record for the city of Philadelphia. The National Weather Service says the .62 inches of rain recorded by 4 p.m. Wednesday brought the yearly total to 56.76 inches. Read article

US: Text-message bullying becoming more common

Reuters – A growing number of U.S. kids say they have been picked on via text messaging, while there has been little change in online harassment, researchers reported Monday. Of more than 1,100 middle school and high school students surveyed in 2008, 24 percent said they had ever been “harassed” by texting. That was up from about 14 percent in a survey of the same kids the year before. Read Article

Bush Meat: When Conservation And Child Nutrition Collide

NPR – With its big, round eyes and bushy tail, the aye-aye lemur looks like a a cross between a monkey and a squirrel. To many people in Madagascar, it’s a tasty, traditional meal, and an excellent source of protein and iron.Read article

Faces of evil: Three most senior Khmer Rouge figures who ‘called the shots in Killing Fields massacres’ go on trial in Cambodia

Daily Mail – Three top Khmer Rouge leaders accused of orchestrating Cambodia’s ‘killing fields’ went on trial today before a U.N. backed tribunal more than three decades after some of the 20th century’s worst atrocities. Judge Nil Nonn declared the trial open and read the names of the three senior Khmer Rouge leaders who are defendants in the tribunal in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. Read Article

Antipsychotic drugs tied to diabetes risk in kids

Reuters – The antipsychotic drugs that are increasingly being used to treat bipolar disorder, autism and other mental disorders in children may come with an increased risk of diabetes, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked the so-called second-generation antipsychotics to an increased risk of diabetes in adults. And there’s been some evidence that the drugs can cause weight gain in children. The new findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, add to concerns that the medications may ultimately lead to diabetes in some kids. Read article

Eurozone crisis: European Union prepares for the ‘great leap forward’

Guardian – As the skies over euroland darken, at least the jokes in Brussels are getting better. At a recent gathering to discuss the crisis that threatens to unravel the euro, one former member of the European parliament observed acidly: “They ought to give this year’s Charlemagne prize [for services to European unity] to the bond markets. Who has done more for the cause?” The black humour was a way of stating a bald truth Read article

Activists press for closure of military training school

AFP – Thousands of activists on Saturday marched on the controversial training base for soldiers from Latin American militaries formerly known as the School of the Americas, at Fort Benning, Georgia, to demand its closure. “The figure that we have now, very conservative, is more than 4,000 people in Fort Benning Road, the main entrance to the military base,” Hendrik Voss, spokesman for the School of Americas Watch (SOAW), told AFP. The institute, which each year trains hundreds of soldiers sent over from Latin America military, has renamed itself the “Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation,” or WHINSEC. Read Article

Austrian banks told to limit lending to east

Financial Times – Austrian bank supervisors have instructed the country’s banks to limit future lending in their east European subsidiaries, a further sign of the potential knock-on effects of the eurozone crisis for economies around the world. The restrictions come as Austrian officials seek to defend the country’s AAA credit rating, amid concerns that the government might have to bail out its banks because of losses in central and eastern Europe, where they are the biggest lenders, and their exposure to Italy. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – 2nd Great Depression (1,617 articles)

The official view, as articulated by the Federal Reserve, is that both the first Great Depression and the current GFC were caused by a lack of base money. Base money, or M0, is money that the central bank creates. It forms the reserves held by private banks, on the strength of which they issue loans to their clients. This practice is called fractional reserve banking: by issuing amounts of debt several times greater than their reserves, the private banks create money that didn’t exist before. Professor Steve Keen was one of the few economists to predict the financial crisis and he warns that the same factors that caused the crash show that what we’ve heard so far is merely the first rumble of the storm. Without a radical change of policy, another Great Depression is all but inevitable. To read our 2nd Great Depression news archive of 1,617 articles CLICK HERE

Open Your Eyes News Exclusive – Fairbairn slams WA’s political leaders policy laziness over fluoride

Open Your Eyes News – At a speech given to a large audience at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Tuesday night, Perth Fluoride Free founder James Fairbairn slammed WA’s political leaders for what he described as “policy laziness” over the contentious question of water fluoridation.

In the speech he said that “Fluoridation has been occurring here in WA since the late 1960’s and yet that was the last time that Parliament or political parties examined the scientific and ethical issues surrounding the practice. Since that time the official line of all the main political parties has been that it’s safe and there is no issue, and yet evidence from all around the globe suggests otherwise. This is simple policy laziness, continuing supporting the same policy unquestioningly year in, year out”. He continued, “Most of the world does not practice water fluoridation, and the few countries that still do have been backing away from it over recent years due to the ever increasing weight of scientific evidence pointing to the health dangers for some in the population to such arbitrary mass medication. After nearly five decades of complacency it is time for our Parliamentarians to be given the opportunity to review the new evidence for the sake of all WA’ residents.”

Water fluoridation started in WA in 1969, and currently about 95% of the state’s drinking water is fluoridated. In Perth, industrial grade hexafluorosilicic acid is added to the drinking water at a concentration of 1 part per million in the belief that this helps fight tooth decay.

Climate Fact Of The Day – Global Sea Level 2010 to 2011

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Human Rights probe on wrist X-rays of Indonesia ‘fisherboys’

The Australian – The Australian Human Rights Commission will probe the treatment of Indonesian ‘fisherboys’ amid concerns over a controversial X-ray technique used to assess their age. Read Article

HIV numbers hit new high as AIDS drugs save lives

Reuters – More people than ever are living with the AIDS virus but this is largely due to better access to drugs that keep HIV patients alive and well for many years, the United Nations AIDS program (UNAIDS) said on Monday. In its annual report on the pandemic, UNAIDS said the number of people dying of the disease fell to 1.8 million in 2010, down from a peak of 2.2 million in the mid-2000s. Read article

Merck to pay $950 million to settle U.S. Vioxx charge

Reuters – Merck & Co will pay roughly $950 million to settle criminal and civil charges that it promoted the painkiller Vioxx for an unapproved use, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. The fine will conclude a long-running investigation into Merck’s promotion of its one-time blockbuster drug, which was withdrawn from the market in September 2004 after being linked to heart risks. Read article

Related article: Challenge sees heart attack victim’s Vioxx win overturned

UK Climate Minister buys a castle with 16 bathrooms… and a massive carbon footprint

DailyMail – The 52-year-old minister has been criticised for his purchase of the luxury home, as his portfolio includes encouraging homeowners to cut their energy use. Environmentally friendly? Charles Hendry
In a speech last September, he said: ‘We have pledged to be the greenest government ever. We must lead by example. Leadership from government departments is something we cannot – and will not – shirk. Read article

China property dip sparks bank fears

Financial Times – The number of property transactions in China’s largest cities has fallen to dangerously low levels, according to regulatory documents obtained by the Financial Times. According to the documents, the China Banking Regulatory Commission earlier this year ordered domestic banks to weigh the impact of a 30 per cent decline in housing transactions in “stress tests” aimed at determining the health of the Chinese financial system. Read Article

Warnings as sustainable palm oil effort falters

Physorg – Environmentalists have warned that an effort to encourage the sustainable production of palm oil launched several years ago has not kept pace with expanding cultivation driven by rising demand. Read article

Fort Worth Man Gets 80 Years For Buying A Hot Dog With Fake Money

CBS – A Fort Worth man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for trying to buy movie theater hot dogs with counterfeit cash. Charles Cleveland Nowden was sentenced Friday, two days after being convicted of forgery. Two years ago Nowden used a fake $20 bill when trying to buy hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks at a Mansfield movie theater. Prosecutors say after his arrest, a police officer found more counterfeit bills worth $120 tucked into a wrapper of one of the hot dogs. Read Article

More sore throats in people on acne medication

Reuters – Young adults who take oral antibiotics for acne may be more likely to get sore throats, according to a new study. While it’s not clear that the medications caused the achy throats, researchers say long-term use of antibiotics might change the balance of bacteria in the throat. In principle, that could allow infection-causing strains to multiply. Read article

New direct democracy website opens in Iceland

IceNews – The goal of the website is to directly link voters to their representatives, allow MPs to call for ideas and opinions from the public and to increase overall political consensus, RUV reported. Read article

Hundreds defect from Yemen’s military

CNN – More than 400 troops defected from the Yemeni military Saturday evening, saying they would no longer attack unarmed protesters. The troops announced their defection after standing for hours in front of tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in Sanaa and vowing to support their cause with their lives. “We will stand with the will of the people and will not kill unarmed youth. We are here to defend the people and we will do that,” one soldier told CNN. Read Article

Our Male Ancestors Stayed Close to Home, While Females Wandered About

Livescience – At the outset, the researchers wanted to learn something about how ancient hominids used their landscape — that is, whether they covered far distances, or stayed closer to home. The goal was to discover whether their travel habits contributed to their becoming bipedal, since moving on two legs is far more efficient and takes less energy than using all fours. Read Article