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How to Best Help Your Child Lose Weight: Lose Weight Yourself

ScienceDaily — A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and The University of Minnesota indicates that a parent’s weight change is a key contributor to the success of a child’s weight loss in family-based treatment of childhood obesity. The results were just published in the advanced online edition of the journal Obesity. “We looked at things such as parenting skills and styles, or changing the home food environment, and how they impacted a child’s weight,” said Kerri N. Boutelle, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Read article

Voters favor deep-voiced politicians: study

Physorg – A new study by biologists and a political scientist shows that both men and women prefer political candidates with deeper voices. The results also suggest that biology — not just partisanship or ideology – can shape voters’ choices. “We often make snap judgments about candidates without full knowledge of their policies or positions. These findings might help explain why,” said Duke University biologist Rindy Anderson. Read aricle

Imam killed in Belgium mosque attack

Reuters – The imam of a Belgian mosque dies after a blaze started by a petrol bomb. Paul Chapman reports.

Top Goldman executive quits over culture of ‘toxic’ greed

Telegraph – A senior Goldman Sachs executive has attacked a “toxic” and “destructive” culture at the leading investment bank that is increasingly focused on making money from clients, in an article in the New York Times. Read Article

Bioethics Professor: Drug The Population Into Accepting ‘Green World Order’

The Atlantic – From drugs to help you avoid eating meat to genetically engineered cat-like eyes to reduce the need for lighting, a wild interview about changes humans could make to themselves to battle climate change. Read Article

Editorial Comment – Aldous Huxley in his seminal warning “A Brave New World” did not even imagine anything this radical. Followed to their logical conclusion, Liao’s proposals outstrip anything in that 1932 dystopian novel about a future scientific dictatorship that seeks to drug, genetically manipulate, and medically induce humanity into complete slavish subservience.

Animal rights activists halt transportation of laboratory animals

Independent – Vital medical research is being “choked off” because airlines and ferry companies are refusing to bring animals into the country for testing in the face of pressure from animals’ rights activists, a former science minister has warned. Read Article

Fatty Diets May Be Associated With Reduced Semen Quality

ScienceDaily — Men’s diets, in particular the amount and type of different fats they eat, could be associated with their semen quality according to the results of a study published online in the journal Human Reproduction. The study of 99 men in the USA found an association between a high total fat intake and lower total sperm count and concentration. It also found that men who ate more omega-3 polyunsaturated fats (the type of fat often found in fish and plant oils) had better formed sperm than men who ate less. Read article

Australian Budget facing $5.4bn carbon hit, secret research shows

TheAustralian – THE collapse in international carbon prices could blow a $5.4 billion hole in the federal budget if prices fail to recover by 2016, according to secret research conducted by NSW’s biggest power generator and ticked off by the state’s Treasury. And Julia Gillard declared the government would stand firm and introduce a $23 fixed price on emissions from July 1, despite new private sector modelling warning higher carbon prices in Australia compared with Europe could impose a $30bn hit on the economy. Read article

Gunmen kill 19 on Ethiopian bus in Gambella region

BBC – Gunmen have attacked a public bus in western Ethiopia, killing 19 male passengers, officials say. One report said the attackers kidnapped five female passengers during their assault on the bus, 20km (12 miles) from the town of Gambella. Some of the other passengers were injured. Officials did not speculate as to a reason for the attack. Gambella province has a history of conflicts between communities. State-owned Ethiopia TV said the attack happened early on Monday. The report said there were 34 passengers on board at the time. Read Article

US, EU and Japan challenge China on rare earths at WTO

BBC – The US, Japan and the European Union have filed a case against China at the World Trade Organization, challenging its restrictions on rare earth exports. US President Barack Obama accused China of breaking agreed trade rules as he announced the case at the White House. Beijing has set quotas for exports of rare earths, which are critical to the manufacture of high-tech products from hybrid cars to flat-screen TVs. Read Article

Also see, Editorial – The War Has Already Been Won – Why China was victorious, and why the USA chased the wrong prize31 October 2010

Daily News Archive In Focus – Taser (270 articles)

The “must have” for police services worldwide, but with serious civil liberties issues associated, not least as it is marketed as “non-lethal” but as our news archive shows that is a little bit away from the truth. To read the archive CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – 17 year plot of global temperatures from the IPCC’s offical source, the Hadley Center

Note – Temperatures have been dropping since 2005, and are the coldest now in the last seventeen years.

Big Pharma Pushes Drug to ‘Cure Racism’

Daily Telegraph – A common heart disease drug may have the unusual side-effect of combating racism, a new study suggests. Volunteers given the beta-blocker, used to treat chest pains and lower heart rates, scored lower on a standard psychological test of “implicit” racist attitudes. They appeared to be less racially prejudiced at a subconscious level than another group treated with a “dummy” placebo pill. Scientists believe the discovery can be explained by the fact that racism is fundamentally founded on fear. Read Article

Internet Freedom Under Attack – Teenager arrested for comments made on Facebook page

Digital Journal – A teenager has been arrested for allegedly making comments on Facebook about the deaths of six British soldiers in Afghanistan last week. According to Sky News, Azhar Ahmed of Ravensthorpe (19) posted comments on his profile page, criticizing the level of attention British soldiers who died in a bomb blast received, compared to that received by Afghan civilians killed in the war. Read Article

Argentine court decriminalises abortion in rape cases

BBC – The Supreme Court in Argentina has ruled that women who have an abortion after being raped will no longer be prosecuted. Under Argentine law, abortion is only allowed in cases where the mother’s life or health are at risk, or if the woman is deemed “of feeble mind”. The Supreme Court confirmed a lower court’s decision to allow a 15-year-old rape victim to terminate her pregnancy. Read Article

Australia: Alternative medicine crackdown

The Age – Homeopaths are facing a fight to defend their practice in Australia after the National Health and Medical Research Council flagged it might declare their work baseless and unethical. A draft public statement seen by The Age concluded it was ”unethical for health practitioners to treat patients using homeopathy, for the reason that homeopathy (as a medicine or procedure) has been shown not to be efficacious”. Read article

Sudan and South Sudan leaders agree basic freedoms

BBC – They have agreed to allow citizens of the other state to live, work and own property on either side of the border, and travel between the two nations. Analysts say deals have been broken in the past, and the two sides have left space to wriggle out of this accord. Bitter disagreements over disputed land and oil also remain unresolved. Read article

No rush for Afghan exit after killings, says Obama

BBC – US President Barack Obama has promised that international forces will not “rush for the exits” in Afghanistan, after an American soldier was accused of murdering 16 civilians. Mr Obama said foreign troops must be withdrawn in a responsible way. The killings in Kandahar province have strained relations between Afghans and foreign forces. US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says the suspect could face the death penalty, if found guilty. Mr Panetta said that the intention was to try the case in a US military court. Read Article

Fin trade slashes shark numbers

Executive pleads guilty in contracting fraud case

Associated Press – A former executive on Tuesday admitted his role in a $28 million bribery scheme involving the awarding of government contracts and is cooperating with prosecutors in their investigation. Harold F. Babb, 60, pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington to bribery and unlawful kickbacks. Read Article

Violence across Syria; soldiers killed in ambushes

Reuters – Syrian government forces killed dozens of people in the northern city of Idlib, dumping their bodies in a mosque, while some 22 soldiers died in two separate rebel ambushes, opposition activists said on Tuesday. The army intensified its assault on the Idlib province near the Turkish border, intermittently shelling built-up areas and spraying houses with machinegun fire in a bid to dislodge anti-government fighters. Read Article

ICC finds Congo warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty

BBC – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has found the Congolese warlord, Thomas Lubanga, guilty of recruiting and using child soldiers between 2002 and 2003. It is the court’s first verdict since it was set up 10 years ago. He will be sentenced at a later hearing. He headed a rebel group during an inter-ethnic conflict in a gold-rich region of Democratic Republic of Congo. Read Article

Many authors of psychiatry bible have industry ties

New Scientist – Just as many authors of the new psychiatry “bible” are tied to the drugs industry as those who worked on the previous version, a study has found, despite new transparency rules. The findings raise concerns over the independence of the revamped Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and scheduled for publication in May 2013. Read article

Related articles: Drafters attacked for suffering “Commonsense Deficit Disorder”; Revision to the bible of psychiatry, DSM, could introduce new mental disorders; Psychiatrists want to call being angry a mental illness. How utterly mad!; Children’s Tantrums may be Re-Classed as Psychiatric Disorders

Rick Santorum revels in Alabama and Mississippi double

BBC – US Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has won the Mississippi and Alabama primaries, upsetting front-runner Mitt Romney once again. Read article

EU warns Macedonia over ethnic violence

BBC – Macedonia nearly slid into civil war in 2001, when rebels demanding greater rights for the ethnic Albanian minority launched an uprising against the Skopje authorities. Further conflict was averted by the Ohrid peace agreement, which guaranteed ethnic Albanians greater recognition, but tensions have continued to simmer. Ethnic Albanians, concentrated mainly near the northern border and districts of Skopje, make up about a quarter of Macedonia’s population. Read article