Monday, August 31, 2009

Fluoride Linked to Arthritis, Study Shows

A 52-year-old American (New York) man’s arthritic-like joint pain and immobility went away after he stopped brushing his teeth with fluoridated toothpaste, according to a study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (1). There’s no scientific dispute that large fluoride doses cause crippling skeletal fluorosis over time. (See. But, “less well-known causes of chronic fluoride toxicity include fluoride supplements, certain teas and wine and some toothpastes,” report researchers Kurland, et al. (1) Skeletal fluorosis often results in abnormal bone hardening and thickening (osteosclerosis) with painful and impaired neck and spine mobility, spine curvature, and/or painful lower extremities ultimately causing crippling and incapacitation, report the researchers. In this case, the only obvious fluoride exposure was toothpaste. The patient drank no fluoridated water, tea or wine; had no occupational fluoride exposure; did not chew tobacco, inhale snuff, cook with Teflon pots, use fluoridated mouthwash or get fluoride treatments at twice-yearly dentist visits. But he brushed before and after all meals (minimum 6 times daily) with fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride was elevated in his serum, urine and iliac crest (bone), the researchers report. Within 8 months of eliminating all obvious fluoride sources, the patient’s urinary and blood fluoride levels dropped and bone function markers showed clear cut improvement, the researchers report. “By approximately two years after diagnosis and apparent elimination of excess fluoride exposure, the patient had complete resolution of his neck immobility and no longer required analgesics,” the researchers write

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Canada's economy shrinks 3.4 percent in 2Q

Canadian economy shrinks 3.4 percent in the second quarter
By Rob Gillies, Associated Press Writer
On Monday August 31, 2009, 10:27 am EDT
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TORONTO (AP) -- The Canadian economy contracted at a 3.4 percent annual pace in the second quarter, an improvement from the first three months of the year, the government said Monday.
Statistics Canada said the economy actually grew in June, the first monthly increase in almost a year. Canada's central bank and many analysts think the economy is starting to grow again in the current quarter.
The 3.4 percent drop in gross domestic product for the April-to-June period follows a sharp drop in the first three months of this year. The economy plunged at an annual rate of 6.1 percent, revised from 5.4 percent previously, in the first quarter, the largest quarterly decrease since 1991.
Economists have said Canada entered the downturn later than other countries and that Canada's performance typically lags the U.S. by six months. Canada and the U.S share the largest trading relationship in the world. More than 70 percent of Canada's exports go to the U.S.
Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty acknowledged Sunday there is still work to be done to ensure Canada recovers from the recession and avoids slipping back into trouble, but he said Canada's response has been a model to the rest of the world.
While the U.S. has seen 81 banks fail in 2009 alone, Canada has not experienced the failure of any major financial institution. There has been no crippling mortgage meltdown or banking crisis north of the border, where the financial sector is dominated by five large banks.
President Barack Obama said earlier this year that the United States should "take note" of how Canada has shown itself to be a good manager of its financial system. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said Canada has strong regulation that encourages a cautious culture in the banks.
Canada's banks avoided the subprime mortgage mess. The banks reported better than expected earnings last week and cited the resilience of the Canadian resale housing market as one of the reasons.
"All countries must take a critical look at their own systems and do what it takes to prevent another financial meltdown. The Canadian system clearly works, and works well," Flaherty said.
While the crisis didn't originate north of the border it did hit Canada hard. The global sell-off of commodities last fall hurt Canada's resource-rich economy. Alberta's once-booming oil sands sector cooled as every major company scrapped or delayed some expansion plans.
Canada's central bank cut its trendsetting interest rate by a quarter point to a record-low 0.25 percent in April and took the unprecedented step of saying it will likely stay there through June 2010.
The Bank of Canada has sliced 4.25 percentage points off the overnight rate since it began easing its policy in December 2007.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Medical Journal Advocates Canadian H1N1 Pandemic Czar
Helen BranswellThe Canadian PressMonday, August 17, 2009

Canada needs an independent health czar to co-ordinate the country’s response to the swine flu pandemic, the Canadian Medical Association Journal said Monday.
In an editorial signed by editor-in-chief Dr. Paul Hebert, the journal called for the appointment of someone who would serve as an independent “national champion” with the necessary legislative powers to be able to facilitate the response across provincial and territorial boundaries.
The position would have different – and broader – powers than those of the current federal point person for pandemic response, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. David Butler-Jones.
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

U.S. Spy Blimp can watch american and canadians

Balloon near border raises privacy concerns

Updated Sat. Aug. 15 2009 5:45 PM ET
Geoff Nixon, News Staff

It's not often that a balloon makes people feel uncomfortable.
But the inflatable aircraft that has been floating above the St. Clair River in recent weeks, across the border from Sarnia, Ont., is no ordinary balloon.
Officially, the "balloon" is called an Aerostat. It's a Helium-inflated aircraft that looks like a flying wing, and had been floating between 150 and 300 metres above the ground in Port Huron, Mich., since the end of last month, until a storm damaged its fabric and it was taken down for repairs.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Another Olympic Cost: Your Privacy

Concerns about spy cameras, random searches and $1 billion in security measures.
By Geoff Dembicki, 5 Feb 2009,

the end result= 1984 style- Nazi-police state. control of the slaves.....and if you think the security apparatus will disappear after the are delusional..

who would have thought, that even Canadians are willing to lay down and be the "abused crack-whore"

why are we allowing a police state to be deployed:?

wanna bet there is an "incident" during the games....even with the billion dollar security....
which will be the justification to round up guns, and keep the totalitarian government in place AFTER the games.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

'Death with dignity' can take away choice

this article appeared in the ottowa citizen.

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Last month, England moved one small step closer to legalizing assisted suicide. When Debbie Purdy took her case to the highest court in the U.K. she wanted clarification of the law: Would her husband be punished upon his return to England if he accompanied her to Switzerland, where she would get assistance to commit suicide?
The verdict is that the law needs to be clarified -- and that returning family of suicide tourists should be told whether they will face punishment or not.
And so it goes. Purdy is ecstatic about the decision, telling reporters "We've got our lives back."
Does being able to plan your own death mean getting to live a better life? So often, the ability to have help in death is framed as increasing choice and freedom. In reality, legalized assisted suicide is all about giving doctors control, even making choices for patients, without any repercussion.
This has been the case in the Netherlands, where the supreme court permitted euthanasia/assisted suicide in some cases in 1984.
Numerous reviews and studies have tracked the issue since then. A government-commissioned report by an independent committee revealed that in 1990, of 2,700 people killed by euthanasia/assisted suicide, fully 1,000 died without making any explicit request. Another study revealed something similar; in 2005 alone, 546 people died not by their choice but by that of their doctors.
Another 1993 report about death in Holland confirms that doctor choice is critical. The authors state that doctors are themselves "moral agents, not simply instruments of the patient's will." This remains true in cases where a doctor denies requests for euthanasia as well, of course.
But more troubling is the reverse scenario, where "life might justifiably be terminated without the patient's request," something this report suggests is both important and necessary.
One can imagine these statistics are actually higher, considering the doctors themselves are responsible for reporting......

Monday, August 10, 2009

hard core police state being installed for the olympics.....and beyond

The RCMP unveiled their planned police state for the Canadian people during the Olympics. the cross-Canadian-control grid is reported to cost $900 million, but will surly eclipse 1.5 billion before all is said and done.
Over 15,000 enforcers will be deployed onto the streets, armed with auto/semi-automatic weapons, riot gear, shields, etc.

this list comes from the globe and mail.
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Security for the Games will be expansive - and expensive. Here's how the price tag breaks down.
RCMP: $491.9-million
The Mounties' Integrated Security Unit gets the most funding because the RCMP will be leading the security plan for the Games.
Military: $212-million
The Department of National Defence will send troops to support the RCMP's efforts.
CSIS: $11-million
The spy agency will be responsible for staying on top of intelligence about threats to national security and to the Games.
Air traffic: $25-million
Transport Canada and NAV Canada will provide navigational support for aircraft coming along the Sea-to-Sky corridor - any of the airspace between Vancouver and Whistler - during the Games.
Other traffic: $8.8-million
Railways and road transportation systems will also be inspected courtesy of Transport Canada.

5,200 RCMP officers.
4,500 Canadian Forces personnel.
1,800 Police officers from municipal, regional and provincial units across Canada.
5,000 Private security personnel.
60 Days the Integrated Security Unit will be operating, including setup time at the beginning of January, the 17 days of the Games, and the Paralympic Games, which end in March

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Rights go out the window to create a seamless 2010 circus

Proposed Vancouver city bylaw takes dead aim at anyone who might express a contrary view or protest during the Winter Olympics

By Daphne Bramham, Vancouver SunJuly 21, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Torturing Children: Bush’s Legacy and Democracy’s Failure

Canadians should ask themselves, what will happen to my country when our neighbor, collapses.

When the strongest nation in the world falsl to the ash heap of history with Hitler, Stalin, pol pot, Mao, and others...what will that spell for OUR future? for OUR children?

here is why america is doomed:

the full article is here.

but the darkest parts are here:

""The specifics of the conditions at Bagram under which Jawad was confined as a child are spelled out in a military interrogator’s report:
While at the BCP (Bagram Collection Point) he described the isolation cell as a small room on the second floor made of wood…. He stated that while he was held in the isolation cells, they kept him restrained in handcuffs and a hood over his head, also making him drink lots of water. He said the guards made him stand up and if he sat down, he would be beaten…. [He] stated that he was made to stand to keep him from sleeping and said when he sat down the guards would open the cell door, grab him by the throat and stand him up. He said they would also kick him and make him fall over, as he was wearing leg shackles and was unable to take large steps. He said the guards would fasten his handcuffs to the isolation cell door so he would be unable to sit down…. [He] said due to being kicked and beaten at the BCP, he experienced chest pains and difficulty with urination.(15)
The interrogations, abuse, and isolation daily proved so debilitating physically and mentally that Jawad told military personnel at Bagram that he was contemplating suicide. What must be kept in mind is that this victim of illegal abuse and torture was only a juvenile, still in his teens and not even old enough to vote in the United States. Unfortunately, the torture and abuse of this child continued as he was transferred to Guantanamo. Starved for three days before the trip, given only sips of water, he arrived in Cuba on February 3, 2003, and was subjected to physical and linguistic isolation for 30 days – the only human contact being with interrogators. In October 2003, he underwent another 30-day period of solitary confinement. The interrogators displayed ruthlessness with this young boy that is hard to imagine, all in the absence of legal council for Jawad. For instance, “Military records from throughout 2003 indicate that Mohammed repeatedly cried and asked for his mother during interrogation. Upon information and belief, before one interrogation, Mohammed fainted, complained of dizziness and stomach, but was given an IV and forced to go through with the interrogation.”(16) Driven to despair over his treatment, Jawad attempted suicide on December 25, 2003. Hints of such despair had been observed by one interrogator who approached a military psychologist and asked that the “techniques being applied to Jawad should be temporarily halted because they were causing him to dissociate, to crack up without providing good information.”(17) These techniques were particularly severe and, as Meteor Blades points out, can cause “physical deterioration, panic, rage, loss of appetite, lethargy, paranoia, hallucinations, self-mutilation, cognitive dysfunction, disorientation and mental breakdowns, any of which, alone or in combination, can spur the detainee to give interrogators more information than he might otherwise surrender.”(18) Not only did Army Lieutenant Colonel Diane M. Zeirhoffer, a licensed psychologist, refuse to stop the abuse, which she had ordered, she also, according to the testimony of Lieutenant Colonel Vandeveld, engaged in a psychological assessment not to “assist in identifying and treating any emotional or psychological disturbances Mr. Jawad might have been suffering from. It was instead conducted to assist the interrogators in extracting information from Mr. Jawad, even exploiting his mental vulnerabilities to do so…. From my perspective, this officer had employed his or her professional training and expertise in a profoundly unethical manner.”(19) This is a profoundly egregious example of how the war on terror, its reign of illegal legalities, and its supportive culture of cruelty transforms members of a profession who take an oath to “do no harm” into military thugs who use their professional skills in the service of CIA and military interrogations and detainee torture – even the almost unspeakable torture of juveniles. The abuse of Jawad, bordering on Gestapo-like sadism, continued after his attempted suicide. From May 7-20, 2004, he was subjected to what military interrogators called the “frequent flyer” program, which was systemic regime of sleep disruption and deprivation. In order to disrupt his sleep cycle, Jawad, according to military records, “was moved between two different cells 112 times, on average every two hours and 50 minutes, day and night. Every time he was moved, he was shackled.”(20) As a result of this abuse, “Mohammed’s medical records indicate that significant health effects he suffered during this time include blood in his urine, bodily pain, and a weight loss of 10% from April 2004 to May 2004.”(21) At a June 2008 military commission hearing, Jawad’s U.S. military lawyer inquired as to why “someone in a position of authority … and not just the guards” was not being held accountable for Jawad’s subjection to the “frequent flyer” program.(22) The government refused to supply any names or prosecute anyone involved in the program, citing their right to privacy, as if such a right overrides “allegations of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the right of victims of human rights violations to remedy.”(23)
The torture and abuse of the child detainee, Mohammed Jawad, continues up to on or about June 2, 2008 when he was “beaten, kicked, and pepper-sprayed while he was on the ground with his feet and hands in shackles, for allegedly not comply with guards’ instructions. Fifteen days later, there were still visible marks consistent with physical abuse on his body, including his arms, knees, shoulder, forehead, and ribs.”(24) How the Obama administration can possibly defend building a criminal case against Mohammed Jawad, given that he was under 18 years-old at the time of his arrest and has endured endless years of torture and abuse at the hands of the U.S. government, raises serious questions about ethical and political integrity of this government and its alleged commitment for human rights. The case against this young man is so weak that Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle has not only recently accused the government of “dragging [the case] out for no good reason,” but also expressed alarm at how weak the government’s case was, stating in a refusal to give them an extension to amass new evidence against Jawad, “You’d better go consult real quick with the powers that be, because this is a case that’s been screaming at everybody for years. This case is an outrage to me…. I am not going to sit up here and wait for you to come up with new evidence at this late hour…. This case is in shambles.”(25) On July 30, 2009, Judge Huvelle ordered the Obama administration to release Jawad by late August. She stated “After this horrible, long, tortured history, I hope the government will succeed in getting him back home…. Enough has been imposed on this young man to date.”

Sunday, August 2, 2009

World’s Largest Science Group Rejecting Man-made Climate Fears

Marc MoranoNewsWithViewsAugust 1, 2009

An outpouring of skeptical scientists who are members of the American Chemical Society (ACS) are revolting against the group’s editor-in-chief — with some demanding he be removed — after an editorial appeared claiming “the science of anthropogenic climate change is becoming increasingly well established.”

The editorial claimed the “consensus” view was growing “increasingly difficult to challenge, despite the efforts of diehard climate-change deniers.” The editor now admits he is “startled” by the negative reaction from the group’s scientific members. The American Chemical Society bills itself as the “world’s largest scientific society.”
The June 22, 2009 editorial in Chemical and Engineering News by editor in chief Rudy Baum, is facing widespread blowback and condemnation from American Chemical Society member scientists. Baum concluded his editorial by stating that “deniers” are attempting to “derail meaningful efforts to respond to global climate change.”
Dozens of letters were published on July 27, 2009 castigating Baum, with some scientists calling for his replacement as editor-in-chief.
The editorial was met with a swift, passionate and scientific rebuke from Baum’s colleagues. Virtually all of the letters published on July 27 in castigated Baum’s climate science views. Scientists rebuked Baum’s use of the word “deniers” because of the terms “association with Holocaust deniers.” In addition, the scientists called Baum’s editorial: “disgusting”; “a disgrace”; “filled with misinformation”; “unworthy of a scientific periodical” and “pap.”
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