GMO - Battle in Britain

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According to an article by BBC News, the UK government is about to back the introduction of genetically modified crops in Britain, although an overwhelming majority of Britons are highly skeptic. Only 2% said in a recent survey, that they would be happy to eat GM foods.

Opponents argue that contamination of non-GM and organic produce is inevitable, once the altered varieties are grown in the country. Conservative MP Gregory Barker has proposed a bill and is challenging the government to back him. He says the contamination issue must be resolved before the go-ahead can be given to plant crops. Here is his communication, forwarded through Zeus Information Service:

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The Politics of Global Warming

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After the Bush administration was heavily criticized by a number of top scientists over its 'suppression of scientific information', now a Pentagon report is taking up the question of global warming, climate change and is warning of possible consequences.

A secret report, suppressed by US defense chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world.

The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies. The threat to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few experts privy to its contents.

Scientists say that global warming could bring about a flip towards a colder climate for much of northern Europe. The Gulf Stream, a warm water ocean current which brings climatic moderation to the Atlantic shores of Europe, may be about to subside.

A report by Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor of The Independent, says: The scientists, who studied the composition of the waters of the Atlantic from Greenland to Tierra del Fuego, found that they have become "very much" saltier in the tropics and subtropics and "very much" fresher towards the poles over the past 50 years.

This is alarming because the Gulf Stream is driven by cold, very salty water sinking in the North Atlantic. This pulls warm surface waters northwards, forming the current.

The change is described as the "fingerprint" of global warming. As the world heats up, more water evaporates from the tropics and falls as rain in temperate and polar regions, making the warm waters saltier and the cold ones fresher. Melting polar ice adds more fresh water.

Apparently, similar "flips" have occurred before and caused major cold periods in Europe. The article in The Independent explains how:

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Aspromonte Park Local Currency Experiment

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The Italian Daily La Repubblica carried an article on 17 December which announces an officially sanctioned experiment with a local currency - the Eco-Aspromonte - intended to lift the economic fortunes of one of the most economically depressed areas of the Italian South, the Aspromonte region.

Usury-free community currencies have been the subject of discussion of the recent International Seminar About Financial Responsibilities and UsuryFree Community Currencies at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

We may need to expand upon this idea, if we ever are to restore balance in this world's economics.

Here is an English translation of the article:

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Community Currencies - Montreal International Seminar

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Our current monetary system is deeply inequitable, leaving the producers of value with crumbs, while a large part of what is produced is automatically transferred to those who happen to have accumulated great piles of monetary resources.

Tommy-Usury: Free reports from the ongoing International Seminar About Financial Responsibilities and UsuryFree Community Currencies at UQAM, the University of Quebec in Montreal.

22 November 2003
In the first interim report, Tommy says Bernard Lietaer presented the concept of complementary community currencies. Litaer's prediction: "Orthodox economics will fight complementary community currencies just like conventional medicine fights the introduction of acupuncture and other alternative healing methods."

27 November 2003
A second interim report on the presentation of Molly Scott, Professor at the University of Wales, who relates of experiments with local currencies, designed to liven up the economies of villages that suffered from the closure of coal mines - their former principal source of income and economic activity.

28 November 2003
The third interim report relates the talk of Michael Linton, the software engineer who designed the original usuryfree LETS (Local Employment Trading System) software in the early 1980's. Tommy also adds his own thoughts on how to expand the local employment trading system into an internet-based world wide exchange of "hours", the currency LETS are based on.

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Avian Flu: Lessons From 1918

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BBC carried an article on 5 February titled "1918 killer flu secrets revealed" which tells us that the scientists claim to now have figured out that 50 million people were killed by a virus that "jumped from birds to humans".

Obviously this is to prepare us for a "killer epidemic", something that is supposed to hit any time now, be it this winter or the next or the one after that.

Jon Rappoport found the most interesting analysis of the 1918 flu disaster, in a book by Eleanor McBean. And if you haven't heard of drugless doctors yet, here is the place to meet them.

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Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C could drastically lower the costs of health care, if a few grams of the vitamin daily were provided to everyone, from children to elders, says a 99-year-old atomic scientist who has tried it out for himself. The argument is sound. Effects of the vitamin are many and overwhelmingly positive.

The Vitamin C Foundation, which first published the open letter of Theodore P. Jorgensen, says that cardiovascular death rates dropped drastically after vitamin C started to be used in high doses by large numbers of people, especially after the publication of Linus Pauling's popular book "Vitamin C and the Common Cold".

This seems to be one of the great insanities of our health system. The official recommendation for daily vitamin C consumption is on the order of 60 to 90 milligrams, while our need by all indications far exceeds that quantity - perhaps by as much as two orders of magnitude. Jorgensen, in his excellent letter, explains why lack of adequate amounts of vitamin C in our diet may be the single most important factor determining ill health.

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South Africa: Herbs and Nutrition to Fight AIDS

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The South African Health Minister says that the use of African traditional medicines may eventually replace anti-retrovirals in the treatment of HIV and Aids.

Aids drugs have long been accused of being worse than the disease, their highly toxic shotgun approach kills cells pretty much indiscriminately. The host often dies before the disease.

A less damaging approach to healing, strengthening the natural defences of those affected, would certainly be welcome.

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AIDS Not A Deadly Disease

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While speculations and estimates on the spread of AIDS abound in the absence of confirmed statistics - at least for African Aids - a Thai temple has beed dedicated to the disease in an attempt to shock people out of their complacency.

There is a new ambitious plan to bring AIDS medication to millions in Africa, hailed by the World Health Organization and by UN Secretary Kofi Annan who thinks many political leaders still simply do not care enough to fight the disease. Business leaders, we are told by the World Economic Forum, don't do enough to prepare for the fallout from the disease. UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot, commenting the WEF report's results highlighted "the urgent need for businesses in other parts of the world, particularly in Asia, to take action now."

Not everyone agrees with the official hullaballoo on AIDS. Some say AIDS statistics are hopelessly overestimated, others point to the inherent unreliability of the standard tests used to ascertain the status of "HIV positive". Still others believe that toxic drugs routinely prescribed to those found reacting to the test, rather than a non-existent virus, are what kills today's victims of the syndrome.

As we see so many remainders of the mainstream view on AIDS, I would like to propose a dissident view, an article on this AIDS day by Dr. Leo Rebello, India. His advice is not to follow the official hypocrisy:

Do NOT join in the "scientific cacophony" to support the massive free AIDS Drugs racket in the name of scientific advancement and human rights of the AIDS patients. Thereby, you would be doing more harm than good.

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Jason Vale and the Cancer Mafia

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Jason Vale, a former arm wrestling champion who cured his cancer with natural means and who felt he should help others cure themselves as well, has run afoul of - the Cancer Mafia.

Vale was tried and is awaiting sentencing - expected for March 5, 2004 - for violating an FDA order to cease selling apricot seeds and any extract from them such as laetrile, while promoting them as a cure for cancer.

The FDA's approach practically makes treatment with laetrile or vitamin B 17 illegal, because no pharmaceutical company can make enough money selling them to make it worth going through the registration process. As we see, the pharmaceutical monopoly on disease is eliminating a cure that is not in its financial interest.

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As the Bush administration is being exposed by many of the nation's top scientists for bending science to political ends, here is a concrete example from the UK: Science on the health effects of fluoride added to drinking water is being misquoted in an attempt to impose fluoridation on some areas in the UK. Accused are the British Dental Association, the British Medical Association, the National Alliance for Equity in Dental Health and the British Fluoridation Society. The accuser is none other than Prof. T.A. Sheldon of York University, the scientific body that undertook a thorough review of the scientific studies available on fluoridation and its effects.

Here is Sheldon's statement, publishedas part of a letter to the editor in the Lymington Times on 14 February 2004:

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