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Thursday, 22 February

11:00

Francis Gooding: The Dying of the Dinosaurs London Review of Books

What colour was a Tyrannosaurus rex? How did an Archaeopteryx court a mate? And how do you paint the visual likeness of something no human eye will ever see? Far from bedevilling the artists who wanted to depict prehistoric creatures and their lost worlds, such conundrums have in fact been invitations to glorious freedom. For nearly two hundred years the resulting genre now known as palaeoart has been a playground wherein tyrannosaurids, plesiosaurs and their fellows have not only illustrated scientific knowledge, but acted as scaled and feathered proxies for the anxieties of contemporary life. None of us has ever seen one, but who doesnt know what a dinosaur looks like?

Meehan Crist: When the Ice Melts London Review of Books

Higher sea levels mean higher storm surges, like the nine-foot surge that inundated Lower Manhattan and severely affected neighbourhoods in Long Island and New Jersey, but also that low-lying coastal areas, from Bangladesh to Amsterdam, will be underwater in less than a hundred years. Its worth remembering that two-thirds of the worlds cities sit on coastlines. In a high-emissions scenario, average high tides in New York could be higher than the levels seen during Sandy. A rise in global sea levels of 11 feet would fully submerge cities like Mumbai and a large part of Bangladesh. The question is no longer if but how high, and how fast.

Pankaj Mishra: Ta-Nehisi Coates London Review of Books

He visibly struggles with the question Why do white people like what I write? This is a fraught issue for the very few writers from formerly colonised countries or historically disadvantaged minorities in the West who are embraced by legacy periodicals, and then tasked with representing their people or country, religion, race, and even continent. Relations between the anointed representative writer and those who are denied this privilege by white gatekeepers are notoriously prickly. Coates, a self-made writer, is particularly vulnerable to the charge that he is popular among white liberals since he assuages their guilt about racism.

Letters London Review of Books

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 4 (22 February 2018)

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Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 4 (22 February 2018)

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Saturday, 17 February

00:00

Iran: two female political prisoners on hunger strike Freedom News

The Iranian activists call for solidarity with two female political prisoners, Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee, who are in dire situation due to 13 days of hunger strike. They call on international human rights and womens rights advocates to take urgent action to save the lives of the two political prisoners. The two young women

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Friday, 16 February

23:20

USA - Should Springfield fluoridate its drinking water? UK Against Fluoridation

Springfield city commissioners could resume discussion next month, health commissioner says.
Posted: 7:00 a.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018

SPRINGFIELD
Clark County ranks among the worst in Ohio for childrens dental health, but the Springfield community remains divided over whether it should fluoridate its drinking water to address it.


Clark County health leaders and local dentists believe adding fluoride to the public water supply will reduce dental decay but a vocal group of residents believe it will be harmful to the community......................
......Despite more than 70 years of fluoridated water in some areas and more than 60 years of using fluoride toothpaste, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders proposed a bill to increase dental care throughout the United States in 2015, the e-mail said.
People are being overexposed to fluoride, said Dr. Bill Osmunson, a Bellevue, Wash.-based dentist who serves as director of the Fluoride Action Network. About 60 percent of adolescents are showing fluoride overdose symptoms, such as discolored teeth, he said.

Its not time to add more, Osmunson said. We need to be cutting back on the amount of fluoride. We need to find out why children are getting so much fluoride.

About 10 percent of people are drinking too much fluoridated water, he said. Hes also concerned that infants who are fed formula with fluoridated water are getting more than 200 times the recommended dosage.

Were giving way too much to infants during the development of their brain, their thyroid and their bones, he said.

Osmunson promoted fluoride for about 25 years after dental school, but he said research shows fluoride doesnt do any good its actually harmful if you get too much.
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22:10

Financial Insiders Contemplate Imminent 2018 US Stock Market Crash of up to 50% Rigged Game

Coming dramatic decline of US stock prices would trigger global recession, finds grim forecast to be explored at roundtable hosted by British financial services think-tank.

By Nafeez Ahmed and cross-posted from Insurge Intelligence

A new analysis published on the website of a London-based think-tank, funded by the worlds biggest banking and financial services institutions, warns that the US stock market is on the brink of an imminent crash that could trigger another global recession.

The document by a senior US economist and former Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England is published on the website of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI), which runs around 100 roundtable events a year involving financial services insiders from the UK and beyond.

The document forecasts that in 2018, US stock prices are likely to plummet by as much as forty to fifty percentcompared to the less than five percent plunge in early February. The document was published weeks before the recent stock market volatility.

The warning of a forty to fifty percent drop points to the prospect of a global financial crash worse than the 2008 banking collapse.

It comes at a time when the Federal Reserve, Bank of England and other authorities are looking to tighten up their cheap money policies, as economic growth is at its highest levels since the 2008 slump.

The new analysis is an open letter by US economist Robert Aliber, Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a world renowned authority in identifying the source of shocks behind over forty banking crises that have occurred since the 1970s.

The open letter, dated January 21st 2018, is published on CSFIs website at this link http://www.csfi.org/s/QUARTERLYJAN12018.docx, and mentioned in an announcement of a forthcoming breakfast conversation with Professor Aliber in late February.

In the event announcement, CSFI director Andrew Hilton explains that Aliber is:

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22:04

Can New NAFTA End Systematic Wage Repression in Mexico? Rigged Game

The entrenched system works to the detriment of the overall economy.

Chronic low salaries in Mexico have become a big bone of contention in the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a talk at the University of Chicago last week, Canadian premier Justin Trudeau reiterated that if the labor standards of NAFTA were improved, companies would have fewer incentives to move factories to Mexico for cheap labor while Mexican workers would get a better deal. But thats the last thing the Mexican government and global manufacturers with operations in Mexico seem to want.

Moodys offered a bleak prognosis for Mexicos low-cost regime. Mexico has not attained the stellar growth rates that were anticipated from liberalizing its economy, and wage and productivity gaps with the US have widened rather than shrunk, it said in a report last August. NAFTA has not remedied Mexicos low growth, low productivity and low wages, it said:

If Mexicos productivity continues to stagnate, the income gap with the US will widen over time, instead of converging. Mexicos low productivity, low wages and low growth over the last three decades, even outside periods of economic crisis or recession, are not being remedied by the current export-focused growth model reliant on access to the US market through NAFTA. Mexico has maintained its comparative advantage through negative real wage growth, at the expense of income levels. As a result, instead of converging through trade, wage and productivity gaps with the US have widened.

Mexican assembly line workers only receive about one-eighth of what workers doing the same job north of the border earn. This is a feature, not a bug, of Mexicos export-driven economy

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20:15

USA - Fluoride coming to drinking water at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor UK Against Fluoridation

The Navy is in the process of installing a water fluoridation system at Bangor to comply with a Department of Defense directive issued in 2013.
Author: Julianne Stanford, Kitsap Sun

Those who turn on the tap for a drink at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in 2020 will get water that includes fluoride.

The Navy is in the process of installing a water fluoridation system at Bangor to comply with a Department of Defense directive issued in 2013, said base spokesman Jake Chappelle.

That year, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense mandated that all military installations serving more than 3,300 personnel through their own water treatment facilities install the systems............

19:56

Review: The Anarchist Roots of Geography Toward Spatial Emancipation Freedom News

by Simon Springer ISBN: 978-0-816697-73-1 PP: 240 Publisher: University of Minnesota Press 2016 Review by John Clark Anyone who wants evidence that anarchist geography is alive and well today need only read this book. The author, Simon Springer, is one of the most active anarchist intellectuals today. In 2016, he authored two books and edited five,

11:52

Solari Report interview with the Saker: Neocons & the War Lobby The Vineyard of the Saker

Dear friends, Here is the latest installment of my quarterly conversations with Catherine Austin Fitts.  This time the topic was The Emerging Multipolar World with The Saker Neocons &

10:55

NYP: Appeal for Witnesses re 3 Incidents in Scarborough North Yorks Enquirer

NYP: Appeal for Witnesses re 3 Incidents in Scarborough

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about three incidents in Scarborough.

Scarborough Police are investigating three incidents that occurred on the 12 February 2018, and are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

At 7.40am, a CCTV camera unit was stolen from outside a house on Gladstone Road.

Then at around 10.10am, CCTV Camera unit wires were cut and tampered with outside a house on Cambridge Street.

The third incident was a burglary at a house on Garfield Road, which happened between 10am and 3.45pm.  The property was ransacked and a number of sentimental and valuable items were stolen.

We are requesting the publics assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incidents.

If anyone has seen any suspicious activity during the day on the 12 February 2018  in the areas mentioned, or if anybody has any information that would assist the investigation, please get in touch.

Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested in connection with the three incidents. They have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for DC 877 Millington. You can also email Vicky.millington@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk , Steve.williams@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number  12180025053

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Contact details:
Vicki Millington #0877
vicki.millington@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk | 01609 643423
Incident reference:
12180025053, 12180025003,12180024801

08:26

Iran at 39 years old: drones in Israel (?), trade with Europe, calm on the streets The Vineyard of the Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog The Iranian Revolution turned 39 on February 11. Its about time to get married! At least thats what people tell me I

07:13

Far left protesters tried to break through to a march of the far... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.



Far left protesters tried to break through to a march of the far right Alternative for Germany (AfD). Riot police could prevent clashes and blockades. 11/07/2015.
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06:16

Das ist ja mal ein Plot Twist! Das Kraftfahrtbundesamt ... Fefes Blog

Das ist ja mal ein Plot Twist! Das Kraftfahrtbundesamt gibt BMW recht.

Die Deutsche Umwelthilfe hatte BMW vorgeworfen, vom Dieselskandal betroffen zu sein, und Beschei-Software einzusetzen, um die Emissionen im Test zu senken. BMW hatte daraufhin behauptet, die Umwelthilfe habe das Auto "bewusst untypisch" gefahren, um "plakative Emissionswerte zu konstruieren". Klingt wie eine lahme Ausrede, aber das Bundesamt besttigt das jetzt.

Ist etwa die Umwelthilfe die, die hier bei den Messwerten bescheien?

Wo wir gerade bei Unicode waren: Apple hat mal wieder ... Fefes Blog

Wo wir gerade bei Unicode waren: Apple hat mal wieder ihr Font-Rendering verkackt. Aber hey, Apple-User stehen ja eh nicht so auf Text.

05:22

Bridgewaters European Short Grows To A Massive $22 Billion: Here Are The Targeted Companies Rigged Game

Cross-posted from Zero Hedge

In the red corner we have Mario Draghi, who runs the worlds biggest and most activist central bank and in the blue corner we have Ray Dalio, who runs the worlds biggest hedge fund and has been systematically betting against the companies backstopped by his opponent.

They are set for a historic clash.

Less than a week ago, we were surprised to learn  that what was until the start of the month only a $3 billion short bet against a broad selection of Europes most popular public companies, had grown into a massive $13 billion basket of shorts. Well, fast forward to today when according to the latest breakdown of his filings by Reuters, Ray Dalio has been especially busy, and since last Friday he added another $9 billion shorts, bringing Bridgewaters total short against some of the continents biggest companies to a record $22 billion.

While there was no offsetting data to show whether the $160 billion in AUM Bridgewater holds more European stocks than it shorts overall, an investor in the hedge fund firms Pure Alpha Major Markets strategy said that the fund had reduced its long exposure significantly this year.

And although the filings do not say when Bridgewater first took out its European short positions our first report of Dalios European short was back in October when the fund had a tiny $700 million short many of its latest disclosures are recent, with some in Germany, Italy and France in the past two weeks.

As shown in the breakdown below, Bridgewater has bet against firms ranging from Anglo-Dutch consumer giant Unilever to French oil giant Total, and virtually every single prominent public bank.

Since Bridgewater is not known for picking individual stocks, the managers position was the result of a view on the wider economy according to James Helliwell, chief investment strategist of the Lex van Dam Trading Academy.

Whilst the extent to which it may be an outright short bet is uncertain, I suspect that it was seen as a relatively cheap hedge against existing global equity exposure.

Broken down geographically, Bridgewaters short positions are the highest in Germany with $7.3 billion, followed by France with $4.5 billion while in Spain its shorts in four groups amo...

04:51

Getting your story across Is the BBC biased?

What is wrong with Jeremy Bowens reporting of the Israeli Palestinian conflict? 

I listened to the whole 28 minutes of Jeremy Bowens interview with communications guru Mike Sergeant, but for now Im sticking to Craigs transcription of excerpts from it. 
Ive got a very thick skin now. It doesn't really bother me []if I'm going through a particularly troll-like period
On a personal level Jeremy Bowen refuses to listen to criticism, which he dismisses as trolling, and he consistently claims to be impartial and unbiased. Its conceivable that he sincerely believes this himself,  but has he ever asked himself why supporters of Israel are the ones that dispute his impartiality, while pro-Palestinian audiences are generally satisfied with his reports?  


Its difficult to articulate what the BBCs pro-Israel audience expects from its Middle East reporting without being accused of demanding a pro-Israel slant to every report. Thats not the case; what pro-Israel audiences actually want and deserve is fairness. The problem is that a consensus on what constitutes fairness and balance is unreachable if the interested parties are equipped with nothing but a long record of incomplete and one-sided reporting. You need to start from a level playing field.
Both sides want to be seen as victims 
he says, elaborating on the difficulties of finding himself in the midst of the rough and tumble of the situation, almost as if hes defending fairness in the refereeing of a rugby game. 

No, if he really believes both sides are competing over victimhood like the hardship sk...

04:04

Purge of ethnic mafia in Dagestan The Vineyard of the Saker

by Scott Humor for the Saker Blog WHO WAS ARRESTED AND WHY It all started on February 5, 2018, with the simultaneous arrests of four high profile government officials in

03:51

Benutzt hier jemand Telegram?Das ist ein wunderschnes ... Fefes Blog

Benutzt hier jemand Telegram?

Das ist ein wunderschnes Social Engineering-Szenario, in dem man ein Unicode-Sonderzeichen im Dateinamen von einem Attachment schickt. Danach schickt man "gnp.js". Das Unicode-Sonderzeichen schaltet um von links-nach-rechts auf rechts-nach-links Rendering von Zeichen (ist gedacht fr Hebrisch oder so). Der angezeigte Dateiname sieht dann aus, als ende er auf .png, wenn er tatschlich auf .js endet.

Habt ihr euch auch gefragt, was passiert, wenn man ... Fefes Blog

Habt ihr euch auch gefragt, was passiert, wenn man als Passagier durch einen Gepck-Rntgenscanner kriecht? Hier ist die Antwort!

Wie so hufig in der IT-Security: Wenn jemand das ... Fefes Blog

Wie so hufig in der IT-Security: Wenn jemand das Fass aufmacht, dann kommen auch alle anderen angelaufen. Frisches Paper ber Side Channels in CPUs, diesmal geht es um Cache-Kohrenz mit Invalidierung, was alle Multiprozessorsysteme zwischen den Cores und CPUs machen. (via)

Bei diesem Trump-Tweet stelle ich mir die Frage, wie ... Fefes Blog

Bei diesem Trump-Tweet stelle ich mir die Frage, wie viele Millionen besorgte Brger jetzt Donald J. Trump bei den Behrden melden.

03:38

Dynamo Kiev fans brawl, smash cafe windows and tables in downtown Athens (video) Keep Talking Greece

Fans of Ukrainian football team Dynamo Kiev launched a huge brawl in a cafeteria in Kolonaki downtown Athens on Thursday afternoon. They caused damage to the cafeteria in noble Tsakalof street.  Several people have been detained. According to local media, a group of Ukrainians passing by the cafeteria had a verbal quarrel with a group

The post Dynamo Kiev fans brawl, smash cafe windows and tables in downtown Athens (video) appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

02:57

Novartis is just the tip of the iceberg that led Greece to bankruptcy, says Keep Talking Greece

The Novartis case is the tip of a big iceberg, one of the many reasons that led the country to bankruptcy, deputy Health Ministry, Pavlos Polakis said on Thursday. The 85 billion euros of black money from drugs overpricing and illegal wages in the period from 1991 to 2010 make one-fourth of Greeces public debt,

The post Novartis is just the tip of the iceberg that led Greece to bankruptcy, says appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

02:30

Syria SITREP: Approximate figures of the US airstrike in Syria & lessons learned The Vineyard of the Saker

I will keep this one short.  You all have read all the nonsense about 100 to 600 Russians killed in the recent US air strike in Syria.  According to these

01:32

NATO SecGen calls on Greece and Turkey to de-escalate tension in Aegean Keep Talking Greece

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made a call on Thursday for the de-escalation of tension in the Aegean. The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance displayed absolute neutrality to tension between the two NATO members Greece and Turkey. Asked about a recent incident involving Greek and Turkish patrol boats near the Imia islets during

The post NATO SecGen calls on Greece and Turkey to de-escalate tension in Aegean appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

00:49

WDDTY - Dummy placebo pills help cancer patients overcome fatigue UK Against Fluoridation

Such is the healing power of the mind that placebo pills'dummy' tablets that have no active chemical ingredientsare helping cancer survivors overcome fatigue, one of the worst conditions they have to endure after treatment has finished.

Not surprised everything is in the mind - literally.

00:36

Bibi and Jewish Dialectic Writings - Gilad Atzmon

Disdain for the law and a lack of ethics are deeply entrenched within the Israeli elite and in its political leadership in particular. 

Disdain for the law and a lack of ethics are deeply entrenched within the Israeli elite and in its political leadership in particular. 

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By Gilad Atzmon

We learned this week that the Israeli police have  recommended indicting PM Netanyahu for bribery. Some Israeli commentators opine that this move by the Israeli police is the end of Netanyahu or at least the beginning of his end. I am not convinced that this is the case, Bibi has proved to be both resilient and resistant. In any case, Netanyahu wont be the first Israeli politician to face trial and possible imprisonment. His predecessor Ehud Olmert was sentenced after being convicted of fraud, breach of trust, bribery and tax evasion.

Disdain for the law and a lack of ethics are deeply entrenched within the Israeli elite and in its political leadership in particular. Yet, unlike Bibi and Olmert, Moshe Katzav wasnt really interested in mammon, bribery or fraudulent activity. When Katzav was president, it turned out that predatory sexual behaviour was his thing. He was exposed and paid the price.  On 22 March 2011, Moshe Katsav became the first former President of Israel to be sent to prison when he was sentenced to seven years with two additional years probation for rape, indecent acts, sexual harassment and obstruction of justice.

Disregard of elementary ethics, it seems, is so common in the Jewish State political universe  that Wikipedia decided to dedicate a special page to this social phenomenon titled List of Israeli public officials convicted of crimes or misdemeanors.

This begs the question, what is it with the Jewish State and its criminality?  Wasnt Zionism a promise to fix the...

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23:48

Greece among 10 Most Miserable Economies in the world Keep Talking Greece

Rising prices are more of a threat to the global economy this year than joblessness, according to Bloombergs Misery Index, which sums inflation and unemployment outlooks for 66 economies. The Misery Index has examined inflation and unemployment outlook in 66 economies The Index ranks Greece in tie with Turkey on position 5 with misery value

The post Greece among 10 Most Miserable Economies in the world appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

22:49

Green Anarchists attack butcher and fish shops in Ioannina Keep Talking Greece

Four butcher shops, one fish shop, an animal transport truck and a hunters vehicle became the target of so-called Green anarchists in Ioannina in Epirus, West Greece. The perpetrators wrote slogans on the stores windows and caused material damage. A group calling itself Black and Green Flasks claimed responsibility for the attacks, issued a statement

The post Green Anarchists attack butcher and fish shops in Ioannina appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

20:15

Texas ranks near the bottom on dental health UK Against Fluoridation

A dentist looks into the mouth of San Marcos resident Jim Kimball during a tooth extraction procedure done during the Seton Medical Mission at Home event in January 2017. (photo by Moses Leos III)
 
Texas ranks near the bottom on dental health  1
BY SAMANTHA SMITH ON    FEBRUARY 14, 2018 COMMUNITY
Texas ranks near the bottom of the list when it comes to dental health, according to a study conducted by WalletHub.
According to the study, Texas ranks 42nd out of all 50 states in the U.S. in regards to care of those pearly whites.
 
Dr. Ashley Strickland, DDS, and Dr. Jason Carlyon, DDS, at Buda Dental Professionals said dental health in Hays County is split down the middle, with patients who exhibit good and bad dental hygiene.
Both Strickland and Carlyon said prevention of oral health problems is the key to good health. They both stress prevention should begin at an early age.
We recommend that a childs first dental visit be at 1 year of age, because it will not only help evaluate the childs dental health, it will get them used to going to the dentist and get them more engaged in talking with their parents about dental health, Strickland said.
 
Strickland and Carlyon said poor dental health could lead to a number of health problems including cardiovascular issues, obesity and complications with pregnancy.
Dental professionals call it the mouth-body connection.
Since so many factors can affect dental health, such as smoking, drinking sugary beverages, eating certain foods as well as brushing and flossing, Strickland and Carlyon recommend prevention from day one to avoid dental issues.
Strickland said economic status doesnt really play a role in a persons dental health, except that some people face roadblocks to dental assistance regarding affordability and access.
Carlyon and Strickland also pointed to the fact that Texas has high numbers of those who are obese or diabetic, which directly correlate to the states low dental health ranking.
Strickland said another factor in Southern states could be the socioeconomic effects of kids learning to drink soft drinks, rather than water.
In turn, those children often pass on those behaviors to the next generation.
There are so many young families in Hays County, so we want to educate them, so the next generation has less dental problems than their parents did, Strickland said.
 
According to the Wallet Hub survey, the presence of fluoridated water in certai...

20:07

Study Reveals More Proof Fluoridation Can Damage Human Thyroid Gland UK Against Fluoridation


NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fluoride impairs thyroid hormones at lower water concentrations than dentists claim is safe, according to "Impact of Drinking Water Fluoride on Human Thyroid Hormones: A Case Control Study," published in Scientific Reports (Feb 2018), reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF)

Left untreated an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause several health problems, such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease. (Mayo Clinic)

Researchers, Kheradpisheh et al., compared people with hypothyroidism to those without thyroid disease and found that fluoride in drinking water impairs thyroid hormones even at 0.5 milligrams per Liter (mg/L) less than the US government and organized dentistry's recommendation of 0.7 mg/L to ostensibly reduce tooth decay.

Many municipalities still artificially fluoridate up to 1.2 mg/L the old guidelines which contributes to the growing dental fluorosis epidemic (discolored teeth). In fact, "Some studies have discovered the relation between dental fluorosis and thyroid disease," write Kheradpisheh's team.They write "The major finding of this study is that TSH values [thyroid stimulating hormones] are higher with a higher fluoride concentration in the drinking water, even for generally low fluoride concentrations. This is seen both in cases of untreated hypothyroidism and in controls." High TSH levels are a hypothyroid biomarker. They detail many previous fluoride/thyroid damaging studies.

In 2006, the National Research Council published the first review of fluoride/thyroid literature and revealed substantial evidence that fluoride exposure can impact thyroid function in some individuals. Kheradpisheh concludes his findings are "consistent with the Peckham study in England." Peckham found hypothyroidism prevalence was at least 30% more likely in practices located in areas with fluoride levels in excess of 0.3 mg/L. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (2015)

Peckham writes, "The clear [and significant] association found in our analyses between fluoride levels in drinking water and variations in hypothyroidism prevalence appears to confirm findings in earlier studies that ingestion of fluoride affects thyroid functionThe findings of the study raise particular concerns about the validity of community fluoridation as a safe public health measure."

Attorney Paul Beeber, NYSCOF President says "It's immoral that state and local legislatures mandate fluoridation or impede cities from stopping fluoridation which seems like a back-door mandate - e.g. NYS Fluoridation Law 1100a which should be repealed."

Contact: Paul Beeber, JD, NYSCOF President nyscof@aol.com 516-433-8882
http://FluorideAction.Net
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20:03

NZ - Concerns over fluoride in drinking water aired by prominent critic UK Against Fluoridation

A crowd packed into the Napier Conference Centre last night to hear Dr Paul Connett's research into fluoride. Photo / Warren Buckland
By: Victoria White 
Victoria White is a reporter for Hawke's Bay Today

A crowd packed into the Napier Conference Centre last night to hear Dr Paul Connett's research into fluoride. Photo / Warren Buckland Questioning and opposing the addition of fluoride to Hawke's Bay's water supply was urged of the audience at a fluoride-free meeting last night. About 100 people packed into the Napier Conference Centre where prominent critic Dr Paul Connett spoke about water fluoridation, and the harm he argued it posed to health and the environment.

The retired professor of environmental chemistry and toxicology at St Lawrence University is on a New Zealand speaking tour as the guest of Fluoride Free NZ.

This comes as a bill is before parliament which would gives District Health Boards (DHBs) the power to make decisions about water fluoridation - rather than local authorities.

His presentation touched on a number of arguments, including that fluoridation was a reckless medical practice, that it violated the individuals right to informed consent to medical treatment, and that "the evidence that fluoride is neurotoxic and lowers IQ in children is very strong". He said the widespread addition of the chemical was "unethical" as the normal distribution response people had to any substance meant only some would be helped, while others could face harm.

He urged it was time to move beyond fluoridation to better alternatives, saying this was the start of a "slippery slope" to mass medication of a population.

A spokeswoman for the Hawke's Bay District Health Board said it "strongly supports community water fluoridation, as a strongly evidence based and cost effective way to prevent tooth decay in our communities".

Last night Waipukurau dentist John Jukes also spoke, telling the audience how he began to question the merits of fluoridation as an undergrad. The local took issue with the ethics of fluoridation, that there was no control over the dosage of the chemical, and that it was treating the symptom, not the problem. He said fluoridation failed to prevent tooth decay argui...

20:00

History gallery: The Committee of 100 Freedom News

Freedom Newspapers first ever full-page picture spread from 1961 offers a unique record of the famous Committee of 100 anti-war march of February 18th that year, which began what was to become the modern British anti-war movement.  Led by anarchist fellow-traveller Bertrand Russell, who resigned from CND to set it up, the Committee of 100 ran

19:24

Achieving a Palestinian Right Of Return Writings - Gilad Atzmon

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By Eve Mykytyn

The Middle East Monitor reported this week that The Committee of the March of Return has announced that Palestinian refugees will start peace marches towards Israel to return to their homes. The Monitor quotes the Committee: 

The 1948 war ended 70 years ago and there is no reason that refugees should remain away from their homesreturning is your rightThere is no longer any point in waiting for just political solutions that will return the refugees to their homes or prevent the occupation from settlement, land confiscation, repeated aggression and siege.

For most Americans whose exposure to the conflict has been limited to Israels version, this may seem surprising. Zionists have been inordinately successful in controlling the narrative in the US. I cant think of another conflict in which, for so long, the victors got away with blaming the indigenous people whom they ousted.

It may be that the only effective option the Palestinians have to regain their land is to return to their property. The act of reclaiming their property puts the lie to Israels claim that it was never Palestinian property to begin with. 

Instead, under its law of return, Israel offers citizenship to all Jews, their spouses, children and grandchildren. This is a law like no other, since Jews are not defined by religion or place of birth; it is purely and openly race-based. 

How can Zionism justify  taking  land from Palestinians and offering it to any Jew?  First there is the somewhat tortured biblical explanation. For the secular and political, the Zionist narrative relies upon the supposed nonexistence of Palestinians  and with Palestinians 'running away and thereby somehow losing rights to land. (Presumably this logic does not apply to holocaust survivors who fought relentlessly to get back their assets.) Leaving aside t...

19:20

Did the judge who refused to withdraw Julian Assanges arrest warrant labour under a gigantic conflict of interest? Yanis Varoufakis

I find arrest is a proportionate response. That was the judgement delivered in court last Tuesday by Judge Emma Arbuthnot, presiding over the case brought to court by Julian Assanges lawyers. Their argument had been that the warrant for his arrest ought to be withdrawn because arresting him (after the extradition request from Sweden had been rescinded)  was no longer proportionate or in the public interest.

The elephant in the room is, of course, the fact that the whole affair was always about the thinly veiled US plan to apprehend Julian, throw him into the type of unfathomable cell in which Chelsea Manning was incarcerated for 18 months, and deny him any opportunity to defend himself from ludicrous spying charges. Given that both sides of US politics have confirmed that this is indeed their intention (a rare occasion when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have agreed), it was quite interesting to read Judge Arbuthnots response:

I accept that Mr Assange had expressed fears of being returned to the United States from a very early stage in the Swedish extradition proceedings but, absent any evidence from Mr Assange on oath, I do not find that Mr Assanges fears were reasonable. 

As remarkably circular statements come, this is truly extraordinary: Judge Arbuthnot is dismissing as unreasonable Julians fears that if he were to exit the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to be arrested by police he would be extradited to the US before being thrown into the US supermax, Guantanamo-like, system. And why did she dismiss his fears? Because Julian did not step out of the Ecuadorian Embassy and into her court to express them!

Now, of course, I am no lawyer and most certainly have no expertise, or right, to pass judgement on the good judge  except to state my puzzlement at the logicality or otherwise of her verdict. However, there is a serious matter on which all of us, who were observing with interest this case, have a duty to bring to the fore. It is a matter that concerns a potentially mind boggling conflict of interest afflicting  Judge Arbuthnot.

If my sources are correct (and I do stress this if), Judge Arbuthnot is the wife of Lord Arbuthnot, former minister of defence, until recently former chairman of the defence committee, director of an outfit known as SC Strategy (owned by the former head of MI6 and co-directed by another head of MI6) and, last but not least, on the advisory board of Thales one of the largest arms manufac...

18:00

OAT: Nile Rodgers Pre-Sale Tickets North Yorks Enquirer

OAT: Nile Rodgers Pre-Sale Tickets

One of the perks of working at SBC is getting the best seats in the house for shows at the Open Air Theatre.

If you talk to senior officers at SBC about those perks theyll tell you there are no such perks and councillors and council staff do not get the opportunity to get their hands on such tickets.

The following email is obviously a figment of your imagination.

Subject: Nile Rodgers & Chic to play Scarborough Open Air Theatre Sunday 24th June 2018
From: Nicola Ware

Please find below the pre-sale link for Councillors and staff members for the above concert.

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/3500543F9F134203?did=uklncuf2ps

This link goes live at 9am on Thursday 15th February 2018

*Handy Hint*
When buying tickets through Ticketmaster for popular shows at the release time on presale and on sale days, if the screen says no tickets available go back into the system and try again.

Purchasers have a limited time to buy their tickets and if not purchased the tickets go out of their basket back into the system, so it is always worth a couple more tries straight away !

Nicola Ware
Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Assistant Venue Manager
Tourism and Culture
Scarborough Borough Council

The TicketMaster URL is live, so no need to queue with the hoi polloi on Friday when you can get councillor and council staff privileges and get in there at 9am Thursday. Enjoy!

16:52

Es gibt jetzt fr Transgender-Frauen eine Behandlung, ... Fefes Blog

Es gibt jetzt fr Transgender-Frauen eine Behandlung, um selbst Kinder stillen zu knnen.

The three-and-a-half month treatment involved the use of hormones, a nausea drug, and a breast pump to stimulate milk production. The mother was able to produce about 8 ounces (227 grams) of milk a day, which is below average but enough to sustain a newborn. She was able to exclusively breastfeed her baby for six weeks, after which time she supplemented with formula.

Polen ruft weltweit ihre Expats zum Denunzieren von ... Fefes Blog

Polen ruft weltweit ihre Expats zum Denunzieren von polen-feindlichen uerungen auf.

"Bitte, dokumentieren Sie alle anti-polnischen uerungen, Darstellungen und Meinungen, die uns schaden und reagieren Sie darauf. Informieren Sie unsere Botschaften, Konsulate und Honorarkonsulate ber jede Verleumdung, die den guten Ruf Polens beeinflusst."

Sooo toll scheint der Ruf Polens ja nicht zu sein, wenn Polen eine Manahme wie das Holocaust-Gesetz fr ntig hielten.

Update: Dieser Spot luft gerade als Werbung bei Youtube vor allen mglichen Videos.

Toll Collect hat dem Bund 300 Mio zuviel in Rechnung ... Fefes Blog

Toll Collect hat dem Bund 300 Mio zuviel in Rechnung gestellt.

Ich sage euch: 300 Mio hier, 300 Mio da, nach ner Weile kommt da richtig Geld zusammen!

11:11

The UKs Hidden Hand in Julian Assanges Detention Rigged Game

By Jonathan Cook and cross-posted from Counterpunch.org

It now emerges that the last four years of Julian Assanges effective imprisonment in the Ecuadorean embassy in London have been entirely unnecessary. In fact, they depended on a legal charade.

Behind the scenes, Sweden wanted to drop the extradition case against Assange back in 2013. Why was this not made public? Because Britain persuaded Sweden to pretend that they still wished to pursue the case.

In other words, for more than four years Assange has been holed up in a tiny room, policed at great cost to British taxpayers, not because of any allegations in Sweden but because the British authorities wanted him to remain there. On what possible grounds could that be, one has to wonder? Might it have something to do with his work as the head of Wikileaks, publishing information from whistleblowers that has severely embarrassed the United States and the UK.

In fact, Assange should have walked free years ago if this was really about an investigation  a sham one at that into an alleged sexual assault in Sweden. Instead, as Assange has long warned, there is a very different agenda at work: efforts to extradite him onwards to the US, where he could be locked away for good. That was why UN experts argued two years ago that he was being arbitrarily detained for political crimes not unlike the situation of dissidents in other parts of the world that win the support of western liberals and leftists.

According to a new, limited release of emails between officials, the Swedish director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, wrote to Britains Crown Prosecution Service on 18 October 2013, warning that Swedish law would not allow the case for extradition to be continued. This was, remember, after Sweden had repeatedly failed to take up an offer from Assange to interview him in London, as had happened in 44 other extradition cases between Sweden and Britain

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10:59

Another Big British Bank Lands in Deep Trouble Rigged Game

Barclays faces a criminal trial in the UK. Last week it was RBS. 

Now, its the UKs second-largest bank Barclays turn to face the music. A week ago, it was the UKs third-largest bank, state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland, that faced one of its biggest scandal yet after whistle-blowers accused the bank of systematically forging customer signatures. RBS also faces the prospect of a multi-billion dollar fine for the way it sold residential mortgage-backed securities during the lead up to the Financial Crisis.

On Monday, the UKs Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it was charging Barclays for a second time over a deeply suspicious 2.2 billion ($3 billion) loan it issued in 2008 to Qatar. To avoid a government bailout, Barclays took a 12 billion loan from Qatar Holdings, which is owned by the state of Qatar. Under that deal, Barclays loaned 2.3 billion back to Qatar Holdings, which allegedly was then used to buy shares in Barclays. If true, it would amount to unlawful financial assistance, the SFO says.

Barclays is the first British bank to face a criminal trial in the UK related to its conduct during the Financial Crisis. The fresh charge of unlawful financial assistance comes after charges were brought against Barclays holding company and four former executives last July.

Founded in 1690, Barclays is one of the worlds oldest banks. As the Financial Times notes, the original lender was established on a bedrock of honesty, integrity and plain dealing a reflection of the sober values of the Quaker families that founded the bank. Today, things could not be more different. The bank now boasts one of the longest rap sheets of any bank in Europe, which given the pedigree of the local competition, including Deutsche Bank, HSBC, RBS, UBS, BNP and Credit Suisse is no mean feat

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10:24

Polish Restitution Law - Holocaust vs. Nakba Writings - Gilad Atzmon

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Reported by Gilad Atzmon

We learned today that the Polish Justice Ministry is reviewing draft legislation regarding the restitution of Jewish property confiscated during and after the Holocaust. 

On Wednesday, the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) expressed concern over the delay of the law. Elderly Jewish and non-Jewish claimants who have waited over 70 years for justice for their lost property cannot wait any longer, said Gideon Taylor, the WJRO chair of operations and I wonder how long the ethnically cleansed Palestinian should wait before the Jewish State and the WJRO acknowledge their right to reclaim their land, villages, houses, fields and orchards or shall we just say Palestine?  

One may wonder how is it possible that Jewish institutions are so dedicated to the restitution of Jewish property while being completely dismissive of the exact same right when it comes to the Palestinians. I guess that choseness is a possible answer. Jewish victimhood is to often blind to other victims, especially those who were victimised by the Jewish State.

 

 

09:50

Wikileaks ist echt nur noch eine Lachnummer. Die haben ... Fefes Blog

Wikileaks ist echt nur noch eine Lachnummer. Die haben einige "low security" Chatsitzungen ber Twitter (!) gemacht, da natrlich peinlich aussehenden Schei besprochen und das ist jetzt selbstredend zur unopportunen Gelegenheit geleakt.

Einmal mit Profis arbeiten.

07:42

U.S. Strikes And Scores Of Killed Russian Fighters In Syria The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/u-s-strikes-and-scores-of-killed-russian-fighters-in-syria/ Mainstream media outlets and social media are full of reports that on February 7th hundreds of Russian private military contractors (PMCs) died in US-led coalition airstrikes on pro-government forces

07:34

#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #streetphotography #blackandwhite... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.



#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #streetphotography #blackandwhite #dailylife #waiting #solitaryman

07:15

A young woman danced in Berlin Kreuzberg in the rain after a... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.



A young woman danced in Berlin Kreuzberg in the rain after a protest march against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP administration. 06/09/2013.
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#berlin #turkey #kreuzberg #akp #erdogan #dance #direngezi #heryertaksim #protest #demonstration #blackandwhite #photojournalism #documentary #journalism #reportage

06:56

Participants of the annual Good Friday procession in Berlin met... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.



Participants of the annual Good Friday procession in Berlin met in front of the St. Hedwig cathedral. A three meters high cross was carried through Berlins inner city. 04/14/2017.
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#berlin #religion #goodfriday #procession #church #christianity #cross #cathedral #blackandwhite #reportage #photojournalism #documentary #journalism

05:59

Oracle macht die dtrace-Lizenz GPL-kompatibel. dtrace ... Fefes Blog

Oracle macht die dtrace-Lizenz GPL-kompatibel. dtrace ist ein sehr mchtiges Tracing-Tool, das von Kernel ber Interpreter bis in interpretierten Code hinein schichtbergreifend arbeiten kann. Einem offiziellen Port nach Linux stand immer die Lizenz im Wege. Jetzt nicht mehr.

ZFS hat ein hnliches Lizenzproblem. Vielleicht lenkt Oracle da ja auch noch ein?

Gute Nachrichten: Der BND bekommt endlich eigene Spionagesatelliten!Diese ... Fefes Blog

Gute Nachrichten: Der BND bekommt endlich eigene Spionagesatelliten!

Diese Abhngigkeit von den USA geht gar nicht mehr. Das sieht sogar die Merkel inzwischen so.

Die gute Nachricht: Die New York Times hat Quinn Norton ... Fefes Blog

Die gute Nachricht: Die New York Times hat Quinn Norton als Opinion Writer eingestellt. Quinn Norton hat schon ein paar Mal auf dem Kongress vorgetragen und hat im Allgemeinen sehr interessante Dinge zu sagen.

Die schlechte Nachricht: Es gab natrlich sofort einen SJW-Shitstorm, worauf hin die New York Times sie wieder gefeuert hat, keine 12 Stunden spter.

Grund war, dass sie ein paar Mal "anstig Wrter" benutzt hat.

Was mich zum Money Quote der ganzen Chose bringt:

Ms. Norton, who did not immediately reply to a request for comment, said in her Twitter post: Im sorry I cant do the work I wanted to do with them. I wish there had been a way, but ultimately, they need to feel safe with how the net will react to their opinion writers.
Das, meine Damen und Herren, ist der Journalismus im Jahre 2018.

Frher war es so, dass Opinion Writer gerade die Funktion hatten, dass man auch mal Dinge aussprechen kann, die nicht eh schon Gruppenkonsens sind. Heute drfen nicht mal mehr die Opinion Writer kontroverse Dinge sagen.

Old and busted: Mujaheddin holen Hubschrauber mit MANPADS ... Fefes Blog

Old and busted: Mujaheddin holen Hubschrauber mit MANPADS runter.

New hotness: "Leaping elk crashes low-flying research helicopter in Utah"

Ich fr meinen Teil fand ja einen Elchtest fr Hubschrauber schon lange berfllig.

05:19

Then they came for me Is the BBC biased?

Does it matter if the BBC perpetuates the ever increasing anti-Israel undercurrent, which is frightening many British Jews and making them think of leaving the country?

This is a BBC bias blog,  and some of our readers might be wondering what this has to do with them. 
Were not exclusively Zionist  - we dont want to frighten the horses, do we - but as a generalised BBC-watching blog we stand a chance of gathering a few I/P fence-sitters as we go.  As far as the Israeli Palestinian conflict is concerned many people are so fed up with the subject that they dismiss it with an exasperated plague on both your houses.

However, even your disinterested onlooker will be aware of a growing disconnect between the man in the street and the rarified world of media and politics, specifically on returning Jihadists, the normalisation of Islamic cultural practices and the sanitisation of imported antisemitism coming from refugees and immigrants from Islamic countries.

I wasnt aware that Tom Gross of Middle East Dispatches  was a contributor to the Spectator till I spotted his piece about the BBCs half a story reporting about Gaza. 
But the BBC (which remember is under a legal duty through its charter to be impartial) and most other mainstream media, dont show you any of this other side of Palestinian life. And unlike those people typically seen in European and American media dispatches from Gaza, in the Al-Jazeera video, almost no Palestinian interviewed even mentions Israel. Instead, they point primarily to the internal Palestinian political rift between Hamas and Fatah as being their main concern in terms of their businesses thriving. Israel barely gets a look in. Whats more, contrary to widespread opinion, Al Jazeera also shows some women without headscarves in Gaza, including businesswomen.

Id already seen the video about Gazas flourishing tourist industry - I think its been around for a while - not on mainstream media of course. Also from the Spectator, Gavin Mortimers disturbing piece about our lamentably co...

01:40

US Ambassador to Athens to travel to Ankara amid Imia crisis Keep Talking Greece

U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic Geoffrey R. Pyatt is traveling to Ankara from 15 16 February 2018, the US Embassy in Athens said in a statement. Pyatt will have also consultations with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell and several of his regional

The post US Ambassador to Athens to travel to Ankara amid Imia crisis appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

00:48

Do you need 4000 for a history of television project? Undercurrents Blog


A Trust can make a grant of up to 4000 towards publishing work on any aspect of the history of television

The Shiers Trust grant, now in its 18th year, is normally worth 2,000. This year, to mark the 90th anniversary of the RTS, it has been raised to 4,000.
Launched in 2000, the Shiers Trust grant is named after George Shiers, a distinguished US TV historian.

The grant has enabled a range of projects, including the digitalisation of back issues of the Radio Times and the creation of a website which presents a collection of historical consumer electronics images.

Applications can be for anything from research to project development, and all projects must make a valuable contribution towards the Trusts aim of conserving television history.
 More here


Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

00:25

Commission President Juncker takes a clear position on Imia incident Keep Talking Greece

After a first European Union reaction, on Tuesday, at the peak of the Imia crisis between Greece and Turkey, the European commission finally came to its senses and took clear position in favor of the European Union member, Greece. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said I am strictly against the behavior of Turkey .@JunckerEU

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Wednesday, 14 February

23:19

Varoufakis reveals the name of his Greek political party, sets inauguration date Keep Talking Greece

Former finance minister and controversial political figure Yanis Varoufakis revealed the name of the political party with which the pan-European movement DiEM25 will contest elections in Greece. And the name of DiEM25s Greek political party is. We have white smoke! DiEM25s members overwhelmingly approved the name of our new Greek electoral wing the political

The post Varoufakis reveals the name of his Greek political party, sets inauguration date appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

22:36

Turkish CG boats withdraw, but Ankara insists Imia under Turkish sovereignty Keep Talking Greece

After more than 24 hours, the three boats of the Turkish Coast Guard withdrew from the two islets of Imia. Crisis between Greece and Turkey diffused? Hardly. Ankara is obsessed with the Greek islets, part of a total 16 to 18 islets and islands it claims they belong to Turkey. Tuesday saw an escalation in

The post Turkish CG boats withdraw, but Ankara insists Imia under Turkish sovereignty appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

20:02

Teacher and her children drown as they try to flee Turkey purge, 5 still missing (video) Keep Talking Greece

A school teacher and her two children were drown when a boat carrying Turkish citizens to Greece capsized in the Evros River, the natural border between Greece and Turkey. The boat was carrying eight people who were trying to escape the purge under Erdogans regime. Five are still missing, among them are two toddlers. The

The post Teacher and her children drown as they try to flee Turkey purge, 5 still missing (video) appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

11:01

Amor Vincit Omnia (Nisi Rei Publicae) North Yorks Enquirer

In a satirical spirit, the North Yorks Enquirer presents the one hundred and twenty-ninth in a continuing series of so-called Photoons cartoons developed from digital photographs highlighting the more amusing aspects of current affairs in North Yorkshire and far beyond.

Readers are left to place the protagonists in the context of news articles.

Enjoy!

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