Month: September 2013

Swiss War Drill simulates invasion by Bankrupt French

  Monday, 30 September 2013 Hordes of bankrupt French invade Switzerland to get their hands on their “stolen” money — such is the imaginary scenario cooked up by the Swiss military in simulations revealed over the weekend. Carried out in August, the apparently outlandish army exercise was based on the premise of an attack by…

MIT Scientist: UN Global Waming report is hilarious

  Monday, 30 September 2013 Not all scientists are panicking about global warming — one of them finds the alarmism “hilarious.” A top climate scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lambasted a new report by the UN’s climate bureaucracy that blamed mankind as the main cause of global warming and whitewashed the fact that…

British pilots will be ‘dangerously fatigued’ under proposed EU law, says union / EU wants a “environmentally sustainable, safe and cost- efficient aviation market”

  Simon Calder Sunday, 29 September 2013 Proposed new rules on pilots’ working hours could lead to air crews flying while “dangerously fatigued”, union officials have warned ahead of a key vote by MEPs. On Monday afternoon, members of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee will vote on proposals to establish common flight and…

Saudi Arabian cleric says female drivers risk damaging ovaries ( Says “medical studies show” ) ?

Saudi Arabian cleric says female drivers risk damaging ovaries Conservative’s comments aimed at activists protesting against Islamic kingdom’s male-only driving rules Reuters in Riyadh theguardian.com,  Sunday 29 September 2013 14.02 EDT A female Saudi motorist speaks to the media in 2011 after driving her vehicle in defiance of the ban on  women driving.  Photograph: Fahad Shadeed/Reuters…

Syria Christian church looted, ruined by rebels

Photo: RIA Novosti Three weeks after seizing the mostly Christian-populated town of Maaloula north of Damascus, Syrian rebels have ruined and looted the community’s church, destroying or stealing a lot of revered old icons. The 4th-century church of St Sergius and St Bacchus was part of a convent, which had to move elsewhere in the…

Chinese court tries man who planned Tiananmen protest

AFP Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 BEIJING – A man who planned a protest on the anniversary of China’s Tiananmen square crackdown went on trial Sunday for “inciting state subversion”, his lawyer said. Gu Yimin denied the charge at the hearing in the eastern city of Changshu, said Liu Weiguo, one of his lawyers. State prosecutors…

Home Office: Drugs must remain illegal to ‘protect society’

Government clashes with one of England’s leading police officers who says Class A drugs should be decriminalised Charlie Cooper Sunday, 29 September 2013 Drugs are dangerous and must remain illegal to “protect society” the Government has insisted, after one of England’s leading police officers called for Class A drugs to be decriminalised. Mike Barton, chief…

Glenn Greenwald working on new NSA revelations ( May release info on Washington’s assassination program )

Sunday Sep 29, 2013   |   The Associated Press Journalist Greenwald, other top investigative reporter, team up for project on NSA RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two American journalists known for their investigations of the U.S. government say they’ve teamed up to report on the National Security Agency’s role in Washington’s assassination program. The Nation contributor…

MS reversed in mice / Single dose ( Calcitriol ) Vitamin D followed by Vitamin D supplements

Contact: Colleen Hayes cehayes@wisc.edu 608-263-6387 University of Wisconsin-Madison Mouse studies reveal promising vitamin D-based treatment for MS MADISON — A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) is a hard lot. Patients typically get the diagnosis around age 30 after experiencing a series of neurological problems such as blurry vision, wobbly gait or a numb foot. From…

MS reversed in mice / Single dose ( Calcitriol ) Vitamin D followed by Vitamin D supplements

Contact: Colleen Hayes cehayes@wisc.edu 608-263-6387 University of Wisconsin-Madison Mouse studies reveal promising vitamin D-based treatment for MS MADISON — A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) is a hard lot. Patients typically get the diagnosis around age 30 after experiencing a series of neurological problems such as blurry vision, wobbly gait or a numb foot. From…

Folic acid deficiency can affect the health of great, great grandchildren

Contact: Genevieve Maul gm349@admin.cam.ac.uk 44-012-237-65542 University of Cambridge Deficiencies associated with spina bifida, heart defects and placental abnormalities Folic acid deficiency can cause severe health problems in offspring, including spina bifida, heart defects and placental abnormalities. A study out today reveals that a mutation in a gene necessary for the metabolism of folic acid not…

Folic acid deficiency can affect the health of great, great grandchildren

Contact: Genevieve Maul gm349@admin.cam.ac.uk 44-012-237-65542 University of Cambridge Deficiencies associated with spina bifida, heart defects and placental abnormalities Folic acid deficiency can cause severe health problems in offspring, including spina bifida, heart defects and placental abnormalities. A study out today reveals that a mutation in a gene necessary for the metabolism of folic acid not…

Melatonin helps control weight gain as it stimulates the appearance of ‘beige fat’

Contact: Ahmad Agil aagil@ugr.es 34-958-243-538 University of Granada Melatonin is a natural hormone segregated by the body and melatonin levels generally increase in the dark at night. It is also found in fruit and vegetables like mustard, Goji berries, almonds, sunflower seeds, cardamom, fennel, coriander and cherries. Spanish scientists have discovered that melatonin consumption helps…

Greek crisis has biological health effects / 24% of the Greeks had no hope for the future, a view shared by just 5% of the Swedes.

Young adults in Greece suffer more from stress and mental health problems and are less optimistic about the future than Swedes of the same age. The grave financial problems in Greece have brought on a social crisis that has probably affected people’s health, according to a study from Linköping University. In the study, recently published…

GMO Rice transfers the gene flow benefits to surrounding Weeds

9/23/13 Modifying Rice Crops to Resist Herbicide Prompts Weedy Neighbors’ Growth Spurt Study Shows One Method Gives Weeds Fitness Benefits Even Without Herbicide Trigger COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rice containing an overactive gene that makes it resistant to a common herbicide can pass that genetic trait to weedy rice, prompting powerful growth even without a weed-killer…

No. 2 US nuke commander suspended amid probe

ROBERT BURNS 16 minutes ago .  This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina in a Nov. 11, 2011, photo. WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces has been suspended and is under investigation by the Naval Criminal…

Reports ‘warned’ of Kenya mall attack

28   Sep  2013 Nairobi (AFP) Kenya’s government had been warned, including by Israel, of the high risk of an attack before the deadly assault on a Nairobi mall by Islamist gunmen, security sources said Saturday. Cabinet ministers and Kenya’s army chief had received information warning of a plan to carry out a major attack, officials…