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Sorry, but carbo is really a no-no

Times Live – Sports science expert Professor Tim Noakes has caused a stir in health circles by refuting his own nutritional advice, widely espoused as athletics gospel. In an about-turn, Noakes is blaming food containing carbohydrates for the rise in obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Read article

Clashes in Dakar

Reuters – Police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators who gathered in protest against President Abdoulaye Wade’s bid to seek a third term. Read article

US officials believe Iran sanctions will fail, making military action likely

Guardian – Officials in key parts of the Obama administration are increasingly convinced that sanctions will not deter Tehran from pursuing its nuclear programme, and believe that the US will be left with no option but to launch an attack on Iran or watch Israel do so. The president has made clear in public, and in private to Israel, that he is determined to give sufficient time for recent measures, such as the financial blockade and the looming European oil embargo, to bite deeper into Iran’s already battered economy before retreating from its principal strategy to pressure Tehran. Read Article

Factbox: Japan’s hidden nightmare scenario for Fukushima

Reuters – Nearly a year after a huge quake and tsunami sparked Japan’s Fukushima nuclear crisis, then-premier Naoto Kan is haunted by the specter of an even bigger disaster forcing tens of millions of people to flee Tokyo and threatening the nation’s existence.
Two weeks after the crisis in March, the head of Japan’s Atomic Energy Commission drew up a worst-case scenario. It was presented to Kan, but never officially released to the public. Read article

Greece targets debt swap from March 8

Reuters – Greece’s cabinet agreed on Saturday to launch a debt swap for private creditors on March 8 with the aim of completing it by March 11, a government official said. Read Article

Longest Period of High Unemployment Since Great Depression

US News – After three years with unemployment topping 8 percent, the U.S. has seen the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression, the Congressional Budget Office noted in a report issued today. Read Article

USA: How the government reads your emails without a warrant

RT – Worried that the US government might be able to read your emails? Don’t be — they already can! The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the feds to come clean on why — and what — they do with the personal correspondence of its citizens. The ACLU has filed request under the US Freedom of Information Act in hopes of learning more about the powers the government has granted itself to snoop through the emails, texts and instant messages of Americans. Read Article

Vitamin D deficiency linked to speech problems

ABC – New research has found a link between vitamin D deficiencies in pregnant women and speech difficulties in children. The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Perth found children whose mothers have low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are twice as likely to have language problems. The study involved 750 pregnant women with follow up checks of their child’s speech and behavioural development over 10 years. Read article

German President Wulff quits over corruption claims

BBC – An ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr Wulff, 52, stepped down over corruption claims involving a dubious home loan. He denies any wrongdoing. Mrs Merkel cancelled a visit to Italy on Friday to deal with the crisis, and said she regretted that he had quit. German media say the crisis is unprecedented in post-war Germany. Read article

World Vision to investigate terror link

The Australian – AUSTRALIA’S largest charity has suspended its dealings with a Palestinian aid organisation with alleged links to a proscribed organisation, after being warned it could be held criminally liable for any future terrorist acts carried out by the group. World Vision Australia last night said it had frozen activities with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and asked World Vision’s Jerusalem office to investigate UAWC’s alleged ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a proscribed group under US and Australian law. Read Article

Air Pollution Ups Risk Of Stroke, Impaired Memory

NPR – Two studies in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggest short and long-term exposure to air pollution can increase the risk of stroke and cognitive declines. Study author Jennifer Weuve discusses the results, and why particulate matter and gases like ozone may harm the body. Listen to Audio/Read Trancscript

Daily News Archive In Focus – Big Brother (944 articles)

“Big brother is watching you”, reads the posters from Orwell’s “1984”. The idea of an omnipresent figure representing the oppressive control over individuals now seems to apply mainly to governments, but can be used to describe any authoritarian entity. The practical application of Big Brother watching you today are seen in surveillance cameras, wiretaps, tracking of communications, digital facial recognition and more. With new legislation brought in under the banner of the war against terror, now more than ever, Big Brother really is watching you. Read ourBig Brother archive of 944 articles CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Global sea Levels 1992 to 2012

Source: http://sealevel.colorado.edu/files/2012_rel1/sl_ns_global.pdf

The 60 day smoothed trend is still stalled and shows no rise over what was seen since the peak in mid 2010

Image Of The Week – Who is threatening who?

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Video Of The Week: Obama Advisor’s Call For Global Tax

Quotation Of The Week

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”

- Dale Carnegie

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New car smell: Why you shouldn’t love it

AP – You know that wonderful new car smell? Don’t inhale too deeply. An environmental group is out with its annual review of the stuff your car interior is made of, and it’s kind of gross. The inside of your car is mostly plastic held together with a various adhesives and sealers. Then you got your paint, carpeting, leather and vinyl treatments. All that stuff, when the car is first manufactured, is unstable, and they release organic compounds into the air afterward. Read article

Editorial Note: The term organic in this context refers to the chemistry of the compound i.e. carbon-containing, as opposed to inorganic compounds, which contain no carbon. Chemically organic compounds include hydrocarbons e.g. petrol products which are definitely toxic to some degree. Many plastics are petroleum-based.

GSK fined just $90,000 by Argentine court for killing 14 babies in illegal vaccine trials; drug giant actually appealing

Buenos Aires Herald – GlaxoSmithKline Argentina Laboratories Company was fined 400,000 pesos by Judge Marcelo Aguinsky following a report issued by the National Administration of Medicine, Food and Technology (ANMAT in Spanish) for irregularities during lab vaccine trials conducted between 2007 and 2008 that allegedly killed 14 babies.Likewise, two doctors -Héctor Abate, and Miguel Tregnaghi- were fined with 300,000 pesos each for irregularities during the studies. The charges included experimenting with human beings as well falsifying parental authorizations so babies could participate in vaccine-trials conducted by the laboratory from 2007 to 2008. Read Article

Europe Job Losses Accelerate on AstraZeneca-to-PepsiCo Cuts

Bloomberg – Global companies from NEC Corp. (6701) to PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) and AstraZeneca Plc (AZN) are chopping jobs more than three times faster than in 2011 as they brace for recession in Europe and a slowdown in China. Announced workforce reductions surged to 94,369 through Feb. 10 from 26,561 a year earlier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Employers based in Western Europe accounted for the biggest group of job-cut disclosures, threatening to add to unemployment in the euro area already running at a 13-year high. Read Article

88 million out of work in US and not looking for a job

San Fransisco Chronicle – Number of the day. 88 million. That’s how many working-age Americans don’t have a job and aren’t trying to find one. The increase in people dropping out of the labor market altogether skews the otherwise-positive unemployment numbers released last week. While the jobless rate fell to 8.3 percent in January – a three-year low – it doesn’t account for this army of nonworking Americans. Read Article

India: Soon, govt will keep track of where every mobile user is

Indian Express – The government is looking to track all mobile phone users. As per amendments made to operators’ licences, beginning May 31, operators would have to provide the Department of Telecommunications real-time details of users’ locations in latitudes and longitudes. Documents obtained by The Indian Express show that details shall initially be provided for mobile numbers specified by the government. Read Article

Internet Freedom Under Attack – SOPA bill takes on new name in the Senate

Africa: Highest-Ever Levels of Multi-Drug-Resistant TB Revealed

All Africa – Hot on the heels of a major study showing malaria deaths are twice what everybody thought comes a WHO study showing the highest levels yet of drug-resistant TB. Following the dramatic new figures on malaria deaths from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Seattle, which I wrote about here and here, we now have new figures for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation. Read article

Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan to Meet to Discuss Post-American Era

IsraelNationalNews – At a time that the United States is trying to squeeze Iran and isolate her, Pakistan is doing the opposite. Pakistan has invited Iran and Afghanistan to a trilateral meeting on February 16 to discuss the situation after the departure of United States and NATO forces from Afghanistan. The Pakistani commentators are being smug, now that the United States is winding up its war on terror. Read article