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Drug research routinely suppressed, study authors find

The Sacramento Bee — Drug research, even from clinical trials sponsored by the federal government, routinely is suppressed, harming patients and increasing health care costs, according to new data highlighting an ethical controversy that continues to plague the field of medicine. “The current situation is a disservice to research participants, patients, health systems and the whole endeavor of clinical medicine,” according to an editorial accompanying the papers published in the British Medical Journal. Turning up the heat, the journal, in an editorial, posed a remedy that is likely to get the attention of doctors who take part in clinical trial research. Read article

US expels Venezuela’s Miami consul

BBC – The United States has declared Venezuela’s consul general in Miami persona non grata and says she must leave the country by Tuesday. The diplomat, Livia Acosta Noguera, is alleged to have discussed possible cyber-attacks on the US while based at the Venezuelan embassy in Mexico in 2008. Read article

Shia pilgrims targeted in deadly Iraq attacks

Al-Jazeera – Two roadside bombs have targeted Shia pilgrims in Iraq, killing at least three people and wounding 23, local police sources have said. The first explosion occurred in Mahmudiya, a small town just south of Baghdad, killing two pilgrims and wounding 20. Another person was killed when a bomb attached to a car carrying pilgrims exploded in Baquba, in Diyala province, 65km northeast of the capital. The attacks came after a wave of bombings on Thursday that killed more than 70 people and has further deepened the country’s sectarian divide at a time of ongoing crisis in government. Two more Shia pilgrims were killed on Friday. Read Article

China’s vice president orders more thought control over students

The Telegraph – His call for more ideological indoctrination comes amid a ratcheting up of propaganda ahead of next autumn’s keynote Communist Party congress, which is likely to see Mr Xi unveiled as China’s next leader. “University Communist Party organs must adopt firmer and stronger measures to maintain harmony and stability in universities,” Mr Xi said told Communist Party members at a meeting attended by the country’s universities chiefs in Beijing. Read Article

Dealing with child-on-child sex abuse not one size fits all

Associated Press – Recent high-profile cases of child sex abuse have roused national revulsion against the adults who perpetrated them. Rarely mentioned is the sobering statistic that more than one-third of the sexual abuse of America’s children is committed by other minors. Read Article

Aging slowed in mice with supplement mix

CBC – It might be possible to cure aging, say scientists who’ve found that lab mice get smarter and more agile as they age when fed a mix of nutritional supplements. The diet and supplement plan isn’t a conventional “cure.” But the animal results at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., illustrate how investigators aim to slow down the aging process to avoid the physical and mental declines that often come as more candles are added to the birthday cake. Read artcile

Soros says EU break-up would be catastrophic

Reuters – A collapse of the euro and break-up of the European Union would have catastrophic consequences for the global financial system, billionaire investor George Soros was quoted as saying. Read article

Bloodbath in South Sudan as tribes go to war

NZ Herald – More than 3000 people have been reported killed in South Sudan during a week of clashes between two tribes. Hundreds of children are missing and entire villages are said to have been burned after 6000 Lou Nuer tribe warriors reportedly attacked their rival Murle tribe. The fighting is part of an escalating war between two ethnic groups who rely for survival on vast herds of cattle. They launch regular raids to snatch livestock, women and children. Read Article

US non-lethal weapon ‘wish list’ revealed on the net

BBC – An alleged US military wish list of real and conceptual non-lethal weapons has been published online. The document includes improvements to equipment already in use as well as proposals for new technologies. The list includes lasers and heat beams designed to disperse crowds, and nausea-inducing sound waves targeted at scuba divers. Experts said the document acted as a “sales pitch” for continued funding. The list – named the Non-Lethal Weapons Reference Book – is said to have been produced by the US Department of Defense’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD). Read Article

US: Detroit police stations to severely cut public hours

Yahoo – Detroit, which has one of the highest crime rates of large American cities, plans to close its police stations to the public for 16 hours a day — including the critical overnight hours — as the cash-strapped city struggles to slash costs. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Brave New World (184 articles)

Open your eyes for there is a brave new world upon us! Aldous Huxley’s 5th novel prophetically anticipates developments in reproductive technology, drug use, education and psychoanalysis that combine to change society. Watch our brave new world come into focus before your very eyes by reading our news archive on the subject. CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Testimony of Professor Tim Patterson at the Canadian Senate Hearing – December 15, 2011

Senegalese sharks threatened by overfishing

AFP – Hundreds of sharks are caught every year in Senegal, and exported to the far east or elsewhere on the African continent. But scientists are concerned that the species is being overfished, potentially threating the country’s marine ecosystems and crucial fishing industry.

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South Korean Law Casts Wide Net, Snaring Satirists in a Hunt for Spies

NY Times – On May 1, 2007, the police locked Kim Myung-soo in a jail cell so small he could spread his arms and touch the facing walls. On one of those walls, a television was showing trains in North and South Korea preparing to cross the border for the first time since the 1950-53 Korean War. The report also noted that South Korea was donating 400,000 tons of rice to North Korea. Mr. Kim was angry about his fate and confused by the reports of North-South conciliation. After all, he had been told his crime was “aiding the enemy” by running a Web site that sold used books deemed pro-North Korean. Read Article

Jamaica to break links with Queen, says Prime Minister Simpson Miller

BBC – Jamaica’s new Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has said she intends to make the island a republic, removing Queen Elizabeth as the head of state. Read article

Mortgage-Servicing Companies That Broke Law Should Be Fined, Raskin Says

Bloomberg – Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin said the central bank should fine mortgage servicing companies that broke the law and are partly to blame for the current “foreclosure crisis” in U.S. housing. “The Federal Reserve (FDTR) and other federal regulators must impose penalties for deficiencies that resulted in unsafe and unsound practices or violations of federal law,” Raskin said in a speech today in Washington. Read Article

Laptop seizures at customs cause thorny legal dispute

Boston Globe – David House took his laptop to Mexico a little over a year ago, hoping to squeeze in some work between sightseeing, fishing, and laying on the beach. All went well, vacation- and work-wise, until the former MIT researcher landed in Chicago, where federal agents seized his laptop, kept it for nearly two months, and may have shared information on his hard drive with several government agencies. Read Article

Type 1 diabetes prevention ‘better than cure’

CBC – A Winnipeg doctor wants to give newborns at high risk of Type 1 diabetes a vitamin to try to prevent them from developing the disease. Dr. Shayne Taback is a pediatric endocrinologist. He and his team in other locations say it is time to rigorously test the idea that high doses of vitamin D could prevent children from getting Type 1 diabetes Read article

Argentine President Fernandez ‘did not have cancer’

BBC – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner did not have cancer after all, the presidential spokesman has said. Read article

US terror drone, Kenya strike Somalia

Press TV – At least 30 people have been killed after a US assassination drone launched an aerial attack on southern Somalia near the Indian Ocean coast as Kenyan fighter aircraft pounded another location in the south, Press TV reports. Somali tribal elders, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that the remotely-controlled aerial vehicle had fired several missiles at the town of Kuda from Kismayo, a strategically important port city on the Somali coast, located some 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Friday morning. Read Article

UK: Boy ‘tortured and drowned’ over witchcraft claims, court told

Guardian – A teenage boy underwent “unimaginable physical torture” before being drowned by his sister and her partner because they believed he was a sorcerer who was practising witchcraft, a court heard on Thursday. Eric Bikubi and Magalie Bamu, both 28, killed 15-year-old Kristy Bamu in their east London flat after violently abusing him for several days, and repeatedly attacked the victim’s two sisters, whom they accused of sorcery, the Old Bailey heard on the opening day of the trial. Read Article

Retail Sales in U.S. Probably Increased as Job, Income Growth Picked Up

Bloomberg – Sales (RSTAMOM) at U.S. retailers probably rose in December as Americans bought discounted holiday items, a sign the economy picked up heading into 2012, economists said before a report this week. Read Article

Bashir denounces Gaddafi during Libya visit

ABC – Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir, wanted internationally for genocide and war crimes, has used a trip to Libya to denounce slain dictator Moamar Gaddafi for causing great suffering among the Sudanese people. Bashir’s arrival in Tripoli marked his first visit to Libya since Gaddafi was ousted, but the trip faced strong criticism from New York-based Human Rights Watch, which said that hosting such an “international fugitive” sent troubling signals about the commitment of Libya’s new rulers to human rights. Read Article