Harm Reduction 2014: The Baltimore Conference

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October 28, 2014

Will Godfrey

Over the past few days, Baltimore was the scene of a remarkable gathering. It afforded a fascinating glimpse of a movement that’s both practical and radical—and full of confidence.

Part of "The Block" in Baltimore, where a harm reduction program links needle exchange and reproductive health services. Photo via

 

Arriving in Baltimore the night before the 10th National Harm Reduction Conference last week, I walked out of the hotel to get my bearings and buy a sandwich. Downtown was a desert, with banks and other businesses closed for the night. Turning a corner, I suddenly came upon a brightly lit cluster of exotic dance clubs and sex shops, guarded by intimidating bouncers, with people milling around with their hoods up, some intoxicated, the young women tottering on heels. There was a Subway open.

I learned at a panel the next morning that this incongruous patch is known in Baltimore as “The Block.” And since 2008 it’s benefited from an outreach program, thanks to activists, volunteers and the city health department. A van parks up regularly to hand out syringes and other supplies to cut the risk of HIV and hepatitis C infections for people who use drugs. “On The Block are some of the riskiest dance clubs,” said Susan G. Sherman of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “Some are like unsanctioned brothels.” A study she’s engaged in found that 42% of the women working in these clubs exchange sex, and that 55% currently use heroin, or crack or powder cocaine. The concentrated nature of The Block and its high turnover of dancers and clients mean that intervening here has great potential to impact HIV and at-risk populations across Baltimore.

A woman who has worked on The Block stood up to share her knowledge: “Girls are absolutely doing things without condoms. The higher the drug use in the club, the more that is happening. The bartenders prefer it when the girls are on drugs because the girls are motivated [to make more money].”

Recently, a second van joined the needle exchange vehicle. Staffed by a doctor and an assistant, this one offers on-board pregnancy testing, STI testing and contraception. “We learned that combining needle exchange and reproductive health is feasible and affordable,” said Mishka Terplan, an OB/GYN who volunteers on the van. The team had to learn to work fast: “Most of the women have a very brief period of time, basically a cigarette break, to do the paperwork, receive the services and get back to work before they get in trouble.” But they now have over 500 clients. “This marriage of needle exchange and reproductive health is exciting,” said Terplan. “Preventing unplanned pregnancies is harm reduction.”

A many splendored thing

Many delegates were photographed and asked to share what harm reduction meant to them. Photo via

Inspirational discoveries, born, like that one, of “meeting people where they’re at,” were shared throughout last week’s conference. With perhaps 100 plenaries, panels, roundtables, workshops and official and unofficial activist meetings crammed into three and a half days, a common delegate’s lament was having to make hard choices about what to miss.

No doubt the headline news was the opening speech by US “drug czar” Michael Botticelli, whose presence represented an unprecedented endorsement of this movement by the federal government. But the most important thing about the conference was probably its pluralism. Allan Clear, the executive director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, which organizes this event every two years, spoke beforehand of his hope that “it doesn’t look like our conference, it just looks like the community event that it is.”

That hope was realized by the diversity among the 1,000 attendees, and by numerous sessions addressing the concerns of racial and sexual minorities. Asha Bandele of the Drug Policy Alliance made a powerful impression during a plenary session on race and criminalization. “We have used many laws,” she said, “drugs just being the most recent incarnation of them, to justify the dehumanization of a population.” Criticizing so-called “color-blind” policies whose outcomes are anything but, she explosively contrasted the “magic moment in the streets of Brooklyn” of Obama’s election with her view, post-Ferguson, that the president “has done less to impact racial policy than even an old Southern racist like LBJ, who did at least send troops in to protect people in Mississippi.”

Further sessions about race and gender were joined on the agenda by those addressing the health needs and marginalization of LGBT people, sex workers and other minority groups. But perhaps the best celebration of the conference’s diversity was a raucous Friday night fashion show, in which harm reductionists of every variety were cheered as they took to the catwalk. Here and throughout, there was a palpable feeling of this community being one supportive “family”—time after time, delegates used that word when they told me how this meant so much more than just a meeting of like-minded professionals.

A wide-angle lens

The pluralism of the event also applied to its sheer scope. The subjects ranged from the highly specialized (“Heroin Price and Purity: Implications for Soft Tissue and Vein Care”) to the macro (world drug policy). And for anyone tempted to regard harm reduction as overwhelmingly concerned with opioids via needle exchange and naloxone, the range of substances covered was broad, too.

The distribution of crack pipes to prevent, like needle exchange, the spread of blood-borne diseases through sharing, is underway on the streets of San Francisco and elsewhere, as both people who use crack and academics described. Vancouver, typically, is one step ahead—it has crack-pipe vending machines—and delegates I spoke with raved about a session on innovative practices developed in Sao Paulo’s “Cracolândia.”

As a philosophy, harm reduction has expanded to all these other areas, like housing, mental health and helping pregnant people or young people.”

Harm reduction via E-cigarettes was addressed in a talk by Helen Redmond, who has written about the subject for Substance.com, and alcohol got a big look-in, too. For example, Jessica Lin of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation spoke about their extensive study conducted among the gay bars of San Francisco. It identified the risk factors of binge drinking, including unsafe sex, and the reasons most binge drinkers want help to drink in a more controlled way. One of the many practical measures suggested included working with bars to establish water stations that are separate from the bar area (so you can drink water any time without the pressure to buy a drink or tip the bartender).

Full article:

Harm Reduction 2014: Bigger, Bolder and Hungry for More | Substance.com.

NOVA Does Malaysian flight 317 (53:07)

If you are the least interested in the vanishing of Malaysian flight 317,  you will find this doc fascinating and engrossing.

I won’t spill the beans but two things I can tell you:

1) Nothing makes sense about the vanishing

2) There was foul play involved.

PBS NOVA & Why Planes Vanish & Full Documentary – YouTube.

On Proposed Mega-Pipeline, Tar Sands Opponents Vow: ‘It’s Not Going to Happen’

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TransCanada applies for permits to build ‘Energy East’—which would be longest pipeline in North America—environmentalists and local communities vow to stop it

The proposed route of TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline. (Image: PRI)

The energy corporation TransCanada on Thursday filed a 30,000-page regulatory application for its proposed Energy East Pipeline Project, which is expected to cost approximately $12 billion and would transport 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil daily from Alberta and Saskatchewan in Western Canada to the Irving oil refining complex in Saint John, New Brunswick.

If built, it would be the longest oil pipeline in North America—almost 3,000 miles—and would cross at least 90 watersheds and 961 waterways. Part of the project involves constructing a marine terminal and storage facility in Cacouna, Quebec, on the Saint Lawrence River.

“We will fight Energy East every step of the way, and we are far from alone.” 
—Andrea Harden-Donahue, Council of Canadians

Following TransCanada’s announcement that the permit had been officially submitted to the National Energy Board of Canada (NEB), environmental organizations, First Nations communities, and local organizers vowed to stop the pipeline.

“It’s not going to happen,” said (pdf) Patrick Bonin of Greenpeace Canada. “Energy East would negate all the good work on climate that has been done at the provincial level, pose a major threat to millions of people’s drinking water and disrespect Canadians in Eastern Canada, who care as much as any other Canadian about oil spills contaminating their homes, waterways and livelihoods.”

Though the pipeline company claims to have been “out in the field for more than 18 months gathering data, performing environmental studies and engaging with Aboriginal and stakeholder groups in the initial design and planning of the project,” some of those groups don’t feel that their concerns have been heard.

“TransCanada entered my territory, Kanehsatàke, like a slick snake oil salesman with promises of jobs and economic benefits,” said Ellen Gabriel of Kanehsatàke, a Mohawk community in Quebec. “The company’s unscrupulous manner to impress upon our community that Energy East is a ‘done deal’ is unethical and coercive. In the absence of our free prior and informed consent, it would be illegal for the National Energy Board to grant TransCanada an application for Energy East.”

Just this week, voters in three Ontario cities—Kenora, North Bay, and Thunder Bay—elected city councils with strong mandates to oppose Energy East; Thunder Bay, in northwestern Ontario, also re-elected Mayor Keith Hobbs, who is an opponent of the pipeline. In the Canadian capital of Ottawa, a majority on city council have expressed concerns about Energy East, while more than 40,000 Canadians have signed petitions opposing Energy East.

“We will fight Energy East every step of the way, and we are far from alone,” said Andrea Harden-Donahue, Council of Canadians’ energy and climate justice campaigner. “Right now we are in Atlantic Canada, where momentum is building against Energy East. Fishers, landowners, Indigenous people and local communities are becoming aware that Energy East will cause unsustainable expansion of the tar sands and a significant increase in pollution, yet there is no mention of these impacts in TransCanada’s filing.”

The NEB has said it will not consider the climate impacts of the pipeline in its assessment, despite the fact the greenhouse gas emissions generated by filling Energy East’s capacity would be equivalent to adding more than 7 million cars a year to Canada’s roads, according to a February report by the Pembina Institute.

The Cosmic Crack in the UFO and E.T. Cover-Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Event Horizon Chronicle: The Cosmic Crack in the UFO and E.T. Cover-Up.

http://eventhorizonchronicle.blogspot.ca

From and with kind permission of

Richard Sauder

Oct 23, 2014

One of the most Top Secret policies on this planet is the taboo topic of UFOs and intelligent, extraterrestrial life. However, notwithstanding the extreme lengths that some governments have gone to to cover up this reality, most notably the USSA, the unvarnished truth is that UFOs and intelligent beings from elsewhere are here. Millions of people have seen UFOs, including me and many other people that I know. They are real. Many people have also interacted with alien entities and have come forward publicly with books and interviews describing their experiences.

Let me put this in context. Fifty years ago, and notwithstanding the official American cover-up of the existence of extraterrestrial life, Professor Frank Drake devised an equation that can be used to estimate the number of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy. He developed the so-called “Drake Equation” in preparation for the so-called Green Bank Meeting, a private scientific conference on the question of extraterrestrial life that was held in 1960 at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia, USA. As a very young university student in the 1970s, I encountered the equation in a now classic book, Intelligent Life in the Universe, that the American astronomer, Carl Sagan, co-authored with his Russian counterpart, Iosif Samuilovich Shklovskii. It opened my eyes to the possibility of other planets harboring intelligent species of life in the Milky Way Galaxy.


The Drake Equation is really very elegant and parsimonious. In its simplest form it is expressed as follows:


where:


N is the number of civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy with

which communication is potentially possible;

and:


      R* is the average rate of star formation per year in our galaxy

      fp   is the fraction of those stars that have planets orbiting them
      ne is the average number of planets that can potentially support
      life per star that has planets
      f   is the fraction of those planets that develop life at some point
      fi   is the fraction of the life bearing planets that develop
      intelligent life
      fc  is the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that
      projects detectable signs of their existence into space
      L   is the length of time such civilizations release detectable
      signals into space One of the most important variables in the Drake Equation is the number of stars that have planets orbiting them. In recent years astronomy has made great advances and it is now known that many stars in our galaxy have planets orbiting them. In just a few years, astronomers affiliated with California Planet Search and other scientific institutes and agencies have already found and catalogued 1516 planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy; with a further 3359 waiting to be confirmed. New planets continue to be discovered every month. It has become clear that stars with planets orbiting around them are common, and possibly the norm.

Moreover, it is becoming clear that there must be many stars with planets harboring intelligent species of life, with technologically advanced civilizations. So many millions of people have now seen UFOs and even seen entities from elsewhere that it is harder with each passing year for governmental and scientific “authorities” to deny the obvious: We are not alone!
There have been many excellent books written about ETs and UFOs that lay out copious evidence for their reality. Several authors and books stand out. The American researcher, Ryan Wood, has painstakingly demonstrated that the Pentagon is simply lying about the UFOs that it has retrieved and secretly studied. In his groundbreaking book, MAJIC Eyes Only: Earth’s Encounters With Extraterrestrial Technology, he documents dozens of UFO crash retrievals, many by the military of the USSA. The famous 1947 UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico, USSA is world renowned, but it is not the only UFO crash retrieval by the USSA and also other countries.

Another American researcher, Richard Dolan, has written a conclusively documented pair of books that definitively prove that UFOs are here and that the government of the USSA knows that fact, and systematically lies about it. In UFOs and the National Security State: An Unclassified History, 1941-1973, and its sequel, UFOs and the National Security State: The Cover-Up Exposed, 1973-1991, he effectively blows the lid off the USSA government’s UFO cover-up.
Essentially, the American government lies about UFOs in an attempt to maintain social control. But the people see them anyway, without regard to what the government says.

The books by the British researcher, Timothy Good, also offer a wealth of evidence on the reality of UFOs and extraterrestrials. Even the Roman Catholic Church, which a mere 400 years ago burned alive the Renaissance philosopher, Giordano Bruno, for daring to raise the question of the existence of other worlds, has held a recent scientific conference at the Vatican Observatory dealing precisely with the question of possible life on other planets. The Jesuit Director of the Vatican Observatory, Father Jose Funes, has even gone so far as to speak of the possibility of “brother extraterrestrials”, i.e., extraterrestrial species that would be like sibling species to the human race on this planet.

By contrast to the official American cover-up of the truth of the UFO and ET phenomena, a high level French committee of ex-military and intelligence officials issued the now famous Cometa Report in 1999. The Cometa Report concluded that a small, but significant fraction of reported UFO sightings remain unexplained after careful analysis, and that the extraterrestrial hypothesis is probably the best explanation for them. The report’s authors also took a well deserved swipe at the American government’s decades-long UFO cover-up. 

It is well to keep in mind that the UFO and ET question is not only a modern issue. The Sanskrit literature of ancient India is replete with numerous references to sky cars and celestial beings. The Rig Veda, Ramayana, Srimad Bhagavatam and other ancient Indian literature often refer to the mysterious Vimanas and other unusual sky cars and celestial beings and vehicles that were evidently common in India thousands of years ago, and capable of traveling to the moon and other planets.

We are not taught about this ancient history in our modern schools and universities, which are rife with ignorance and cover-ups aplenty. The fact that mysterious craft continue to be seen today is not lost on the global public, not even in the USSA, where the government lies with such ease. A 1997 poll by the American CNN television news network and Time Magazine revealed that 80% of Americans think the government is hiding the existence of extraterrestrial life, while 64% of the respondents said that aliens have contacted humans, 50% said they’ve abducted humans, and 37% said they have contacted the USSA government.


The bulk of the available evidence strongly suggests that the people are right, and the USSA government is lying: UFOs and ETs are real.


Not only that, but the UFO/ET cover-up likely conceals other information that the major governments of the world would prefer that their populations not consider, to wit, hyper-dimensional and time warping technologies that will bring into sharp question the very foundations of what we think we know is concretely real. In other words we are on the cusp of a sweeping revolution in every aspect of our global society that will make even such a momentous transformation as the Industrial Revolution pale in comparison. 

The UFO/ET question presages what is coming and it is BIG. As we move deeper into the 21st Century, year after year, decade after decade, the scope of change and the revelations that will unfold in every sphere of human experience will be positively mind boggling, dramatically eclipsing the already staggering pace of change that occurred in the 20th Century. 

This all presumes, of course, that humanity can avoid self-destructing and going extinct from nuclear war, bio-warfare, runaway nuclear power plant failures, massive ecological collapse, and the like.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

I really like this 1997 rendition in Latin of “Twinkle. Twinkle Little Star”, by the M.I.T. Muses.  (Translation below)

Mica, Mica, parva stella;
Miror quaenam sis tam bella.
Splendens eminus in illo,
Alba velut gemma caelo.

Quando fervens sol discessit,
Nec calore prata pascit,
Mox ostendis lumen purum,
Micans, micans per obscurum.

Tibi, noctu qui vagatur,
Ob scintillulam gratatur;
Ni mica res, tu non sciret,
Quas per vias errans iret.

Meum saepe thalamum luce,
Specularis curiosa;
Neque carpseris soporem,
Donec venit sol per auram.

Mica, Mica, parva stella;
Miror quaenam sis tam bella.

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From Google Translate:

Mica, Mica, a small amount of a star;
I wonder what you are so cute.
Shining in the distance,
White gem like heaven.
When I left the hot sun,
Neither heat meadows feeds
Next, show the clear light
Flashing, shining through the darkness.

You, who wanders at night,
Due to spark congratulates;
Unless a grain of things you did not know,
These go wandering through the streets.

My room was often light,
Glass curious;
I do not grab a deep sleep,
Until the sun comes through the air.

Mica, Mica, a small amount of a star;
I wonder what you are so cute.

Once-Peaceful Canada Turns Militaristic; Blowback Follows

Lou Oct 31, 2014

Oh Canada, I weep for you. I apologize to the world for our primitive bunch of troglodytes running the country. These cowboys from oil rich Alberta do not belong in Canada. They should be sent packing to Washington. Better yet, send them all to Texas. Go live with the Bushes Harper. Sometimes I wish we could just cut off the entire province of Alberta. and all its oil, and transplant it into Texas. Can we shove that pipeline up Texas butt?

One generation ago, the Alberta province was our own version of the  US’ hillbilly states. You know, the province you bypass because they’re just too anachronistic and dumb. Fast forward one generation and now you have a bunch of hillbillies with money.  Not good. They gave us our present embarrassment called the Harper government: the rich and their friends are OK, but Canada has never seen such contrasts of wealth inequality that produced the blaring poverty and homelessness we see in Canadian streets today; they gave us the Tar Sands monstrosity that is decimating areas that belong to our First Nations. And they brought us into wars that have nothing to do with Canada. Hello ISIS!

Oh, and to all the conservative Christians who keep electing these turds: You do realize that you will go to hell for voting in these warmongering deficient lying scumbags with an agenda dictated by Washington, yes?

You know what gets me? These hypocrites all proclaim to be religious and attend church regularly. I don’t believe they ever read what their precious Jesus said about wealth and heaven.

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity : Once-Peaceful Canada Turns Militaristic; Blowback Follows.

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Written by Ron Paul


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In 1968 the government of Canada decided to openly admit Americans seeking to avoid being drafted into the US war on Vietnam. Before, would-be immigrants were technically required to prove that they had been discharged from US military service. This move made it easier for Americans to escape President Johnson’s war machine by heading north.

Although a founding member of NATO, Canada did not join the United States in its war against Vietnam. The Canadian government did not see a conflict 7,000 miles away as vital to Canada’s national interest so Canada pursued its own foreign policy course, independent of the United States.

How the world has changed. Canada’s wise caution about military adventurism even at the height of the Cold War has given way to a Canada of the 21st century literally joined at Washington’s hip and eager to participate in any bombing mission initiated by the D.C. interventionists.

Considering Canada’s peaceful past, the interventionist Canada that has emerged at the end of the Cold War is a genuine disappointment. Who would doubt that today’s Canada would, should a draft be re-instated in the US, send each and every American resister back home to face prison and worse?

As Glenn Greenwald pointed out this past week:

Canada has spent the last 13 years proclaiming itself a nation at war. It actively participated in the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and was an enthusiastic partner in some of the most extremist War on Terror abuses perpetrated by the U.S.

Canada has also enthusiastically joined President Obama’s latest war on Iraq and Syria, pledging to send fighter jets to participate in the bombing of ISIS (and likely many civilians in the process).

But Canada’s wars abroad came back home to Canada last week.

Though horrific, it should not be a complete surprise that Canada found itself hit by blowback last week, as two attacks on Canadian soil left two Canadian military members dead.

Greenwald again points out what few dare to say about the attacks:

Regardless of one’s views on the justifiability of Canada’s lengthy military actions, it’s not the slightest bit surprising or difficult to understand why people who identify with those on the other end of Canadian bombs and bullets would decide to attack the military responsible for that violence.

That is the danger of intervention in other people’s wars thousands of miles away. Those at the other end of foreign bombs – and their surviving family members or anyone who sympathizes with them – have great incentive to seek revenge. This feeling should not be that difficult to understand.

Seeking to understand the motivation of a criminal does not mean that the crime is justified, however. We can still condemn and be appalled by the attacks while realizing that we need to understand the causation and motivation. This is common sense in other criminal matters, but it seems to not apply to attacks such as we saw in Canada last week. Few dare to point out the obvious: Canada’s aggressive foreign policy is creating enemies abroad that are making the country more vulnerable to attack rather than safer.

Predictably, the Canadian government is using the attacks to restrict civil liberties and expand the surveillance state. Like the US PATRIOT Act, Canadian legislation that had been previously proposed to give the government more authority to spy on and aggressively interrogate its citizens has been given a shot in the arm by last week’s attacks.

Unfortunately Canada has unlearned the lesson of 1968: staying out of other people’s wars makes a country more safe; following the endless war policy of its southern neighbor opens Canada up to the ugly side of blowback.

Brain decoder can eavesdrop on your inner voice

Your only protection…

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Brain decoder can eavesdrop on your inner voice – tech – 29 October 2014 – New Scientist.

http://www.newscientist.com

by Helen Thomson

29 October 2014 

As you read this, your neurons are firing – that brain activity can now be decoded to reveal the silent words in your head

TALKING to yourself used to be a strictly private pastime. That’s no longer the case – researchers have eavesdropped on our internal monologue for the first time. The achievement is a step towards helping people who cannot physically speak communicate with the outside world.

“If you’re reading text in a newspaper or a book, you hear a voice in your own head,” says Brian Pasley at the University of California, Berkeley. “We’re trying to decode the brain activity related to that voice to create a medical prosthesis that can allow someone who is paralysed or locked in to speak.”

When you hear someone speak, sound waves activate sensory neurons in your inner ear. These neurons pass information to areas of the brain where different aspects of the sound are extracted and interpreted as words.

In a previous study, Pasley and his colleagues recorded brain activity in people who already had electrodes implanted in their brain to treat epilepsy, while they listened to speech. The team found that certain neurons in the brain’s temporal lobe were only active in response to certain aspects of sound, such as a specific frequency. One set of neurons might only react to sound waves that had a frequency of 1000 hertz, for example, while another set only cares about those at 2000 hertz. Armed with this knowledge, the team built an algorithm that could decode the words heard based on neural activity aloneMovie Camera (PLoS Biology, doi.org/fzv269).

The team hypothesised that hearing speech and thinking to oneself might spark some of the same neural signatures in the brain. They supposed that an algorithm trained to identify speech heard out loud might also be able to identify words that are thought.

Full article:

Brain decoder can eavesdrop on your inner voice – tech – 29 October 2014 – New Scientist.

Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over

If you read between the lines, this is the real scary Halloween story. Putin is putting the West on notice that it cannot bully Russia, and if it does the consequences will be severe for all humanity.

ClubOrlov: Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over.

http://cluborlov.blogspot.ca

October 29, 2014

Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over

Most people in the English-speaking parts of the world missed Putin’s speech at the Valdai conference in Sochi a few days ago, and, chances are, those of you who have heard of the speech didn’t get a chance to read it, and missed its importance. (For your convenience, I am pasting in the full transcript of his speech below.) Western media did their best to ignore it or to twist its meaning. Regardless of what you think or don’t think of Putin (like the sun and the moon, he does not exist for you to cultivate an opinion) this is probably the most important political speech since Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech of March 5, 1946.

In this speech, Putin abruptly changed the rules of the game. Previously, the game of international politics was played as follows: politicians made public pronouncements, for the sake of maintaining a pleasant fiction of national sovereignty, but they were strictly for show and had nothing to do with the substance of international politics; in the meantime, they engaged in secret back-room negotiations, in which the actual deals were hammered out. Previously, Putin tried to play this game, expecting only that Russia be treated as an equal. But these hopes have been dashed, and at this conference he declared the game to be over, explicitly violating Western taboo by speaking directly to the people over the heads of elite clans and political leaders.

The Russian blogger chipstone summarized the most salient points from Putin speech as follows:

1. Russia will no longer play games and engage in back-room negotiations over trifles. But Russia is prepared for serious conversations and agreements, if these are conducive to collective security, are based on fairness and take into account the interests of each side.

2. All systems of global collective security now lie in ruins. There are no longer any international security guarantees at all. And the entity that destroyed them has a name: The United States of America.

3. The builders of the New World Order have failed, having built a sand castle. Whether or not a new world order of any sort is to be built is not just Russia’s decision, but it is a decision that will not be made without Russia.

4. Russia favors a conservative approach to introducing innovations into the social order, but is not opposed to investigating and discussing such innovations, to see if introducing any of them might be justified.

5. Russia has no intention of going fishing in the murky waters created by America’s ever-expanding “empire of chaos,” and has no interest in building a new empire of her own (this is unnecessary; Russia’s challenges lie in developing her already vast territory). Neither is Russia willing to act as a savior of the world, as she had in the past.

6. Russia will not attempt to reformat the world in her own image, but neither will she allow anyone to reformat her in their image. Russia will not close herself off from the world, but anyone who tries to close her off from the world will be sure to reap a whirlwind.

7. Russia does not wish for the chaos to spread, does not want war, and has no intention of starting one. However, today Russia sees the outbreak of global war as almost inevitable, is prepared for it, and is continuing to prepare for it. Russia does not war—nor does she fear it.

8. Russia does not intend to take an active role in thwarting those who are still attempting to construct their New World Order—until their efforts start to impinge on Russia’s key interests. Russia would prefer to stand by and watch them give themselves as many lumps as their poor heads can take. But those who manage to drag Russia into this process, through disregard for her interests, will be taught the true meaning of pain.

9. In her external, and, even more so, internal politics, Russia’s power will rely not on the elites and their back-room dealing, but on the will of the people.

To these nine points I would like to add a tenth:

10. There is still a chance to construct a new world order that will avoid a world war. This new world order must of necessity include the United States—but can only do so on the same terms as everyone else: subject to international law and international agreements; refraining from all unilateral action; in full respect of the sovereignty of other nations.

To sum it all up: play-time is over. Children, put away your toys. Now is the time for the adults to make decisions. Russia is ready for this; is the world?

Text of Vladimir Putin’s speech and a question and answer session at the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club’s XI session in Sochi on 24 October 2014.

Full article and Putin text:

ClubOrlov: Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over.

Halloween special: Facts and Lore About Zombies and Voodoo

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by arnarkusaga
October 21, 2014

Origins of Voodoo

Dahomeyan Voodoo, also known as Vodun (meaning “spirit” or “deity”) originated in West Africa and was transplanted to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and is still the dominant religion of Haiti today. It moved from Africa to the Caribbean around 1685. When slavery began, the majority of the slaves brought to Haiti were from Western and Central Africa, who brought their religion with them. Slaves brought to America were banned from practicing their own religion by their owners, and in an effort to preserve their religion, they incorporated the saints and practices of Catholicism.

Louisiana Voodoo, also known as New Orleans Voodoo, developed within the French, Spanish, and Creole population of the U.S. state of Louisiana. Its liturgical language is Louisiana Creole French, language of the Louisiana Creole people. Louisiana Voodoo is often confused with—but is not completely separable from—Haitian Vodou and southern Hoodoo (folk magic). It differs from Vodou in its emphasis upon Gris-Gris, Voodoo Queens, use of Hoodoo paraphernalia, and Li Grand Zombi (snake deity). It was through Louisiana Voodoo that such terms as Gris-Gris (a Wolof term) and Voodoo dolls were introduced into the American lexicon.

Principles of Vodun

The most basic concepts of Voodoo is the belief in one Creator-God, Bondye. This God is very similar to the God of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. There is only one God. There other important categories of other spiritual beings: loa. These are the various spirits of family members; the spirits of the major forces of the universe: good, evil, reproduction, health, all aspects of daily life.

They “ride” or possess people now and again during religious ceremonies and they give messages, and even cause various good and bad things to happen to people. And The dead. Mainly the souls of one’s own family members who have died but have not yet been “reclaimed” by the family. Ignored family dead are dangerous. Honored and cared for family dead are helpful.

The central and key aspect of Voodoo is healing people from illness. Such healing activities probably constitute 60% of all Voodoo activity. Healers heal with herbs, faith healing (with the help of loa and other spirits.)

The priesthood of Voodoo contains both men (houngan) and women (mambo). Their functions are: healing, perform religious ceremonies to call or pacify the spirits, to hold initiations for new priests(tesses),t elling the future and reading dreams, casting spells and creating protections, creating potions for various purposes. (From love spells to death spells.)

Important Spirits

Some of the central loa in the Voodoo pantheon:

Papa Legba: An old man who is the gatekeeper between the two worlds, world of earth and the world of the Invisibles. He is the origin of life. The sun is one of his symbols, but he is also the source of regeneration and uses the symbol of the phallus.

Kalfu (crossroads) is the Petro counterpart to Legba. He is the spirit of the night, the origins of darkness. The moon is his symbol. He can be placated, but is a dangerous loa.

Papa Ghede: loa of death and resurrection. A total clown. Very erotic and comic. He is the lord of eroticism.

Dumballah: The father figure. He is the good snake. The source of peace and tranquillity. The egg is offered to him when he comes to mount a person. He is much loved and sought after. His wife Aida-wedo attends him.

Agwe: The sovereign of the seas. Especially honored, as one might well expect, by people who live near the sea.

Ogoun: The warrior. Today, too, the force of politics. Violent.

Erzulie: The earth mother. Spirit of the goddess of love. The muse of beauty. (Strongly identified with the Virgin Mary.) Her appearance (when she mounts someone) is one of cleansing, dressing, delicate foods daintily eaten. She can read the future in dreams. A much loved loa.

Keywords

Key terms in Voodoo:
Hounfo: the parish or region of a houngan or mambo’s practice;

Serviteurs: serious practitioners of Voodoo;

Ason: the magic rattle of the houngan or mambo;

Lave tet (washing of the head): an initiation ceremony held for serviteurs after they have been possessed for the first time.

Vévé (also spelled verve): ceremonial drawings done in flour, of the various loa.

Poto mitan: the center pole in a Voodoo peristyle (temple). It represents the center of the universe and all dancing revolves around the poto mitan.

The crossroads: A central image in Voodoo. This is the place where the two worlds (earth and spirit world) meet. Virtually all Voodoo acts, even healing, begin with the acknowledgment of the crossroads.

Vévé (Shown is the Vévé of Papa Legba)

Just as specific colors, objects, chants and drum beats appeal to specific loa, so to do the veves. The Vévé used in a ceremony is dependent upon the loa whose presence is desired. Vévés are drawn on the ground with cornmeal, sand, or other powdery substances, and they are obliterated during the ritual. Veve designs vary according to local customs, as do the names of the loa. Multiple Vévés generally have shared elements, however. For example, Damballah-Wedo is a serpent deity, so his Vévés commonly incorporate two snakes. Papa Legba is often depicted as an old man, so his Vévés usually incorporate a cane.

Animal Sacrifice

Another common misconception is that animal sacrifice is a widely practiced form of Voodoo. Depending on the community practicing Voodoo, animal sacrifice is an offering to the spirits (loa). Animals are sacred in African Religions, and are used as offerings to the gods and ancestors in healing, initiation, and atonement ceremonies. They are merely consecrated offerings, made sacred for communal meals by the initate, to share with their gods, ancestors, and the poor.

The “rituals” surrounding this routine event are no more spectacular than the preparation of foods and farm animals for a family meal, or the Jewish ritual of kashruth (Kosher slaughtering) in making an animal sacred for offerings and consuming.

Animal parts (bones, tongues, hearts, etc.) are often used in ritual, but generally, the parts are bought off of butchers and are not part of a sacrifice. Rarely, the blood of a chicken will be needed and the creature will be killed for this purpose. This is really the only instance of sacrifice common in the religion. The animal will often be eat afterward, shared among the people present at the ritual.

Zombies

The origin of the concept of zombiism stems from Haitian Voodoo culture. The word zombie, in Haitian it is “zombi”meaning “spirit of the dead.” Voodoo folklore contends that Bokors, Voodoo priests that are concerned exclusively with the study and application of black magic, possessed the ability to ressurrect the deceased through the administration of coup padre.

Coup padre is a powder that is issued orally, the primary ingredient of which is tetrodoxin, the deadly substance of the notoriously poisonous fou-fou, or “porcupine fish.” According to lengend, “a zombi(e) is someone who has annoyed his or her family and community to the degree that they can no longer stand to live with this person. They respond by hiring a Bokor…to turn them into a zombi(e).”

Once they had been issued the coup padre, the subjects being prepared for their descent into zombidom would appear to die insofar as their heart rate would slow to a near stop, their breathing patterns would be greatly subdued and their body temperature would significantly decrease. The public, thinking that the person was dead, would bury him/ her as if they were a corpse. They would then be exhumed, still alive, by the Bokor and, although their physicality remained intact, their memory would be erased and they would be transformed into mindless drones. Though still living, they remain under the Bokor’s power until the Bokor dies.

Felicia Felix-Mentor

In 1937, while researching folklore in Haiti, Zora Neale Hurston encountered the case of a woman who appeared in a village, and a family claimed she was Felicia Felix-Mentor, a relative who had died and been buried in 1907 at the age of 29. However, the woman had been examined by a doctor, who found on X-ray that she did not have the leg fracture that Felix-Mentor was known to have had. Hurston pursued rumors that the affected persons were given a powerful psychoactive drug, but she was unable to locate individuals willing to offer much information. She wrote: “What is more, if science ever gets to the bottom of Vodou in Haiti and Africa, it will be found that some important medical secrets, still unknown to medical science, give it its power, rather than gestures of ceremony.”

Thanks for Reading!

Sources:
Wikipedia
http://www.umich.edu/~engl415/zombies/zombie.html
http://www2.webster.edu/~corbetre/haiti/voodoo/overview.htm
http://altreligion.about.com/od/symbols/ig/Vodoun-Veves/
http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2013/11/06/anthony_karen_a_photographer_s_look_inside_a_haitian_voodoo_ritual_photos.html

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Gruesome Halloween Story: Golden Bowl Hides a Grisly Archaeological Tale

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September 08, 2014

CDC: Leading Causes of Death

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Happy Halloween! We thought this article appropriate for the occasion.

This is an excerpt from the following article:

CDC National Health Report: Leading Causes of Morbidity and Mortality and Associated Behavioral Risk and Protective Factors—United States, 2005–2013.

October 31, 2014

Leading Causes of Death

During the time reflected in this study, the list of the top 10 leading causes of death remained essentially the same (with one change), although the order has varied.

 Diseases of the heart (heart disease) have long been the leading cause of death in the United States (23.7% of total deaths in 2011). Deaths attributable to heart disease have declined steadily over the last decade (3), both in the age-adjusted rate and the total number. Since 2005, the average age-adjusted rate of death from heart disease has declined by 3.54% per year, and even with a growing aging population, the average annual number of deaths has decreased by 1.4% and consistently remains below 600,000 deaths per year compared with 652,091 deaths in 2005.

 The proportion of deaths attributable to malignant neoplasms (cancer) has remained stable in recent years (22.8% of total deaths in 2005 and 22.9% in 2011). The age-adjusted rate of cancer deaths in the population has declined over time (an average annual decrease of 1.44% since 2005), but the number of deaths has increased steadily as a result of general population growth (e.g., there were 17,379 more cancer deaths in 2011 than in 2005), especially among the elderly. If current trends continue, cancer will soon replace heart disease as the leading cause of death. In addition, the average relative change in YPLL annually attributable to cancer has decreased by 1.6% since 2005, or >100 years per 100,000 persons aged <75 years . This decline in YPLL could be attributed to multiple factors, including decreased cancer incidence, decreased mortality with some cancer types, or persons developing the condition later in life or living longer with cancer. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death, accounting for 27% (157,017) of the total cancer deaths in 2011. The age-adjusted rate of deaths from lung cancer has declined steadily in recent years. Furthermore, YPLL attributed to lung cancer has declined by 70 years per 100,000 population since 2005; providing the greatest contribution (nearly 50%) to the progress in YPLL for cancer overall . As with all cancers, multiple factors could account for the decrease in YPLL, including a decrease in lung cancer incidence, developing the condition later in life, or living longer with the condition. The age-adjusted death rates for female breast and colorectal cancer have each declined slightly in recent years, but the number of deaths attributed to each has remained stable, with an average of approximately 41,000 and 53,000 attributable annual deaths, respectively.

 

For approximately 5 decades, cerebrovascular disease (stroke) was the third leading cause of death (13). However, after years of slow, steady decline in deaths attributed to stroke, along with a corresponding increase in death from chronic lower respiratory diseases, their rankings exchanged positions in 2008, when chronic lower respiratory diseases moved up to become the 3rd leading cause of death and stroke moved from third to fourth position. Chronic lower respiratory disease is a group of conditions that includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a group of diseases that cause airflow obstruction and resulting breathing-related problems. COPD includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases, asthma. In 2008, changes were made in how chronic lower respiratory diseases are coded and classified, which contributed at least in part to the increase in death from chronic lower respiratory diseases for 2008 (13). From 2005 to 2011, the age-adjusted death rate from chronic lower respiratory diseases ranged between 41.0 and 44.7 deaths per 100,000 population. The average decrease during this period was 0.03% per year. The number of deaths from chronic lower respiratory disease has increased, on average, by 2.0% per year. The age-adjusted rate of death from stroke decreased from 48.0 per 100,000 in 2005 to 37.9 in 2011; an average decline of 3.77% per year. The number of stroke deaths also decreased by an average of 1.7% per year, or 14,647 fewer deaths per year in 2011 compared with 2005.

 The proportion of deaths attributable to unintentional injuries overall has remained stable at 4.8%–5.0% in recent years. The age-adjusted death rate for unintentional injuries has ranged from 37.5 to 40.4 per 100,000 population between 2005 and 2011, with an average annual decline of 0.77% during this time. The number of deaths has increased slowly, with 8,629 more unintentional deaths in 2011 than in 2005; an annual increase of 0.6%. Within this category, however, the age-adjusted rate and number of motor vehicle-related deaths have declined considerably, with 10,011 fewer deaths in 2011 than in 2005. Multiple factors account for this decline, including improved vehicle protection technologies, changes in behavior, injury prevention policies, and improved trauma care. Conversely, drug poisonings have increased steadily each year, with 11,527 more deaths in 2011 than in 2005. The age-adjusted rate for fatal falls among persons aged ≥65 years increased steadily between 2005 and 2011; from 42.3 to 53.7 per 100,000, while the number of deaths has increased by 7,099 during the same period. Taken together, these results suggest an increase attributable not only to the changing size of the older population but also to more older adults dying from falls.

 

The age-adjusted death rate for Alzheimer’s disease in recent years has remained stable, moving up and down within a range of 2 percentage points, which equates to an annual increase since 2005 of 0.78%. However, as the older population has grown, the proportion and number of deaths from Alzheimer’s disease has increased slowly and steadily. In 2007, death from Alzheimer’s disease moved up from seventh to sixth position as a leading cause of death, exchanging places with diabetes mellitus. In 2011, Alzheimer’s-attributed deaths accounted for 84,974 deaths, or 3.4% of total deaths. Even though the rate of Alzheimer’s has remained steady, this represents an increase of 13,375 deaths compared with 2005, and an average increase of 3.1% per year from 2005 to 2011. Although Alzheimer’s disease is not preventable, early diagnosis is important. Because dementia has been shown to be underreported in death certificates, the proportion of older persons who die from Alzheimer’s might be considerably higher (14).

After years of steady decline, both the age-adjusted rate and the number of diabetes deaths have increased. In 2005, the age-adjusted rate of death from diabetes mellitus was 24.9 per 100,000 population; a figure that dropped to 20.8 by 2010. In 2011, the age-adjusted rate was 21.6 per 100,000 population, but the trend from 2005 to 2011 shows an average decrease of 2.68% per year. A total of 75,119 deaths were attributed to diabetes mellitus in 2005; this figure decreased to 68,705 in 2009 and then increased again to 73,831 deaths in 2011. However, for the period overall from 2005 to 2011, the number of diabetes deaths shows an average annual decrease of 0.7%. YPLL attributed to diabetes maintained a declining trend in recent years, from 179.4 per 100,000 population in 2005 to 158.2 in 2010 (Table 1), suggesting that patients are not developing the disease until later in life or are living longer with this disease. Similar to the age-adjusted death rate, however, the YPLL attributed to diabetes increased by 5.9% in 2011 from the year before to 167.6 per 100,000 population.

Deaths from pneumonia and influenza have experienced small increases and decreases in recent years. In 2005, a total of 63,001 persons died from pneumonia and influenza. Since then, the number of annual deaths has ranged from 50,097–56,326. As a result, even though the number of deaths from pneumonia and influenza in 2011 increased by 7.4% from the year before, they still show an average decrease of 2.4% per year since 2005. The age-adjusted rate of death from pneumonia and influenza followed a similar pattern, decreasing from 21.0 per 100,000 population in 2005 to 16.8 in 2007; increasing in 2008 to 17.6, and then decreasing over the next 2 years to 15.1 in 2010. In 2011, the age-adjusted rate increased to 15.7 per 100,000, resulting in an average annual decrease of 4.49%. Each season varies regarding the severity of influenza, which populations are most heavily affected, and how well influenza vaccine provides protection from the circulating strains. During the 2009–10 influenza season, the rate and number of deaths were lower than the year before, but persons aged 25–64 years were disproportionately affected (15). As a result, YPLL attributed to pneumonia and influenza in 2009 increased by nearly 35% over the year before.

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From 2005 to 2010, the age-adjusted rate of death from nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis (kidney disease) increased from 14.7 per 100,000 population to 15.3; and in 2011 decreased to 13.4 (a decrease of 12.4% from the year before). As a result, the average percent change from 2005 to 2011 indicates a decline of 0.70% per year. The number of deaths from all types of kidney disease had also been increasing steadily from 2005 to 2010, when it peaked at 50,476, or 2% of total deaths. The increase in 2010, concurrent with a 1-year decrease in deaths from pneumonia and influenza, resulted in a brief (1 year) exchange in their rankings (between the eighth and ninth positions) among the top 10 leading causes of death (10). In 2011, the number of kidney disease deaths decreased by 4,885 compared with 2010. This decrease in the number of deaths resulted in a 1-year decline of 9.7% but an average annual increase of 1.4% since 2005.

The age-adjusted rate and number of deaths from intentional self-harm (suicides) in the United States have increased steadily in recent years, claiming 39,518 lives in 2011, or 6,889 more than in 2005. From 2005 to 2011, the average annual increase in the age-adjusted suicide rate was 2.15%, and the average annual increase in the number of suicides was 3.4%. Suicide became the 10th leading cause of death in 2008, when it surpassed septicemia by just over 100 fatalities; since then, suicide has remained the 10th leading cause of death (13).

Selected Associated Risk and Protective Factors for Morbidity and Mortality

Seven of the top 10 leading causes of death are the result of chronic diseases, which are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the United States (16). Heart disease and cancer alone account for nearly half of all lives lost each year. Many of these deaths, as well as those from stroke, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses could have been delayed, and quality of life could have been improved, through health promoting behaviors, including healthy diet, physical activity, avoidance of tobacco, and other types of risk reduction. For example, the success in reducing heart disease mortality has been attributed in part to implementation of evidence-based medical therapies and in equal measure to reductions in major risk factors: decreasing blood pressure and cholesterol levels through dietary changes, decreased smoking rates, and increased physical activity (17). The three remaining leading causes of death are the result of injuries (unintentional, suicide) and infectious disease (pneumonia and influenza).

The following indicators were selected because they represent core behavioral risk and protective factors that are linked causally with the leading causes of death. The indicators provided are not exhaustive for each issue area. For example, diet is represented by consumption of fruits and vegetables and by sodium intake, two priority areas for CDC that also reflect, in part, overall eating habits. However, this limited view should not diminish the importance of the other aspects of a healthy diet, as recommended in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (18). Instead, these indicators provide a current view across an array of health issues, serving as a dashboard (i.e., a collection of data) that is used to monitor and help direct operations to prevent the leading causes of death. ljf

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

 Approximately 78 million adults and 12 million youths in the United States are obese (19,20). The age-adjusted obesity prevalence among adults aged ≥20 years has held steady in recent years, and was nearly 35% in 2011–2012. However, given slight fluctuations over time, the change between 2005–2006 and 2011–2012 resulted in an average annual increase of 0.6%.

 During 2007–2008, the percentage of children aged 2–19 years who were obese was 16.8%, a relative increase of 9% from the previous data cycle. Since then, the rate for children has remained steady at 16.9%. As a result, from 2005–2006 to 2011–2012, childhood obesity appears to have an annual average increase of 1.4%.

Physical activity among adults remains low, with only approximately one in five persons aged ≥18 years currently meeting the federal guidelines for physical activity established in 2008 (21). While this age-adjusted rate implies improvement from approximately 16.0%–17.0% from 2005–2007, it has stayed level at approximately 20.0% for the last 4 years. The average change across years is an increase of 3.8% per year.

 The percentage of high school students who are physically active (defined as being active for 60 minutes per day, 7 days per week) remains low overall, with a rate of 27.1% in 2013. Historic data starting from 2005 are provided, but because of changes in the methodology for how data were collected starting in 2011, comparisons cannot be made across years. CDC will continue to monitor and report on these trends.

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To examine average fruit and vegetable intake, this report measures the age-adjusted rate of intake relative to calories (i.e., cups per 1,000 calories). In 2009–2010, persons aged ≥2 years consumed an average of 0.6 cups of fruits and 0.8 cups of vegetables per 1,000 calories consumed. Daily recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake vary depending on age, sex, and level of physical activity (22,23). Because 2011–2012 data were not yet available at the time this report was prepared, no trend analysis can be provided at this time. CDC will continue to monitor and report on fruit and vegetable consumption.

Tobacco Use

 All cigarette consumption is discouraged because of the extensive damage smoking does to smokers and to nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke, and on average, per capita cigarette consumption has decreased in the United States in recent years (24). In 2012, current smokers consumed an average of approximately 1,196 cigarettes, or 520 fewer cigarettes per year than in 2005. From 2005 to 2012, per capita cigarette consumption declined by an average of 5.8% per year.

After a few years of remaining level at approximately 28%, current smoking among adults decreased to a low of 24.9% in 2011, followed by a slight increase to 25.2% in 2012. This represents an average annual decline since 2005 of 2.0%. The percentage of high school students in 2013 who were current smokers was 15.7%. For youth smoking, the average change since 2005 represents a decline of 4.2% per year.

In 2011–2012, a total of 41.3% of children aged 3–11 years were exposed to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. While still high, this is a marked improvement over the 53.6% of children exposed to secondhand smoke in 2007–2008. This represents an average decline of 4.2% per year from 2005–2006 to 2011–2012.

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

The prevention, treatment, and control of cardiovascular disease could be greatly increased through improvement of the ABCS (aspirin when appropriate, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation) (25). This strategy is the primary focus of the Million Hearts initiative, the goal of which is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 (25).

In 2011–2012, approximately half of those with high blood pressure (46.3%) had their condition under control. While this age-adjusted rate is disappointing given the known evidence-base to prevent, detect, and control high blood pressure, it is a marked improvement over past years (e.g., 36.5% in 2005–2006). Since 2005–2006, blood pressure control has increased, on average, by 3.6% per year.

From 2005–2006 to 2009–2010, age-adjusted control of elevated LDL cholesterol increased from 22.3% to 29.5%. In 2011–2012, control of LDL cholesterol increased by 16.1% from the previous data cycle, and from 2005–2006 to 2011–2012, control of LDL cholesterol increased by an average of 4.4% per year.

Appropriate aspirin use for the prevention of heart attacks and strokes has been recommended by numerous treatment guidelines and was recognized as the most underutilized and cost-effective clinical intervention (26,27). Aspirin was ordered or continued at only approximately half (53.8% in 2010) of the office visits by patients who would benefit from aspirin use for secondary prevention (postevent or postdiagnosis). This rate is increased from previous years (e.g., 46.1% in 2005–2006), but because 2011–2012 data were not available at the time this report was prepared, the criterion for conducting trend analysis (a minimum of four data points since 2005) was not met.

 

Excess sodium intake can increase a person’s risk for high blood pressure (28). As of 2009–2010, average daily sodium intake was estimated to be 3,463 mg/day; well above the recommended limits provided in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (<2,300 mg/day for all persons aged ≥2 years, or 1,500 mg per day for adults aged ≥51 years, African Americans, or anyone who has high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease) (18). This level of intake has changed very little in recent years. Because data are limited, trend analysis is not available at this time; CDC will continue to monitor and report on data as they become available.

Cancer Prevention and Control

With appropriate screening and early treatment, many cancer-related deaths can be prevented. In 2012, 65.1% of adults aged 50–75 years received a colorectal cancer screening that met U.S. Preventative Services Task Force guidelines (recommended frequency varies depending on the type of test); 83.8% of women ages 21–65 received a Pap test in the past 3 years, and 78.8% of women ages 50–74 received a mammogram in the past 2 years (29). Historical data from 2006 forward are provided in Table 3, but because of a change in the survey methodology in 2011, comparisons cannot be made across these data points.

In 2006, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released recommendations for routine vaccination for human papilloma virus (HPV) among females aged 11–12 years to prevent spread of this virus, which is the main cause of cervical cancer (30). This recommendation stated that HPV vaccination can be given as early as 9 years and should be administered to females aged 13–26 years who had not been vaccinated previously (30). Reporting of HPV vaccination coverage (receipt of 3 or more doses) began with the 2008 cycle of CDC’s National Immunization Survey–Teen, which surveys adolescents starting at age 13 years. Among girls aged 13–15 years, a 2008 baseline of 16.6% was established for HPV vaccine. Receipt of 3 or more doses of HPV vaccine by females aged 13–15 years increased by 38% in 2009 and by nearly 25% in 2010, but remained similar during 2010–2012 (ranging between 28.1% to 30.0%) before increasing to 32.7% in 2013. While this represents an average increase of 12.3% per year, uptake of this safe and effective preventive treatment remains low.

Diabetes

If not properly controlled, diabetes can cause serious health complications, including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations (31). Age-adjusted data collected from 2005–2008 indicated that 17.9% of persons with diabetes had a hemoglobin A1c level >9.0%, indicating that they did not have the condition under control. During 2009–2012, an estimated 21.0% of persons with diabetes did not have their condition under control. Similarly, the number of persons with diabetes who did not have their condition under control was estimated to be 2.3 million during 2005–2008 and 2.6 million during 2009–2012. However, because of the small sample sizes and margin of error in these estimates, the perceived increase might not be real. Because data are limited, trend analysis is not available at this time; CDC will continue to monitor and report on diabetes.

Asthma

Asthma is often a chronic condition that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing; and can limit quality of life. The number of annual hospitalizations attributed to asthma has varied over the last few years, with absolute increases or decreases from 1 year to the next ranging from as few as 5,000 cases to as many as 45,000 cases. In 2010, an estimated 439,000 asthma hospitalizations occurred in the United States, representing a decline of 8.4% from the year before; but an average annual decrease of only 0.9% from 2005 to 2010.

Excessive Alcohol Use

Binge drinking is associated with many health problems, including unintentional injuries (e.g., motor-vehicle crashes and falls), sexually transmitted infections, high blood pressure, stroke, and poor diabetes control (32). In 2012, more than one in four adults (27.1%) reported engaging in binge drinking (having five or more drinks of alcohol on a single occasion for men and having four or more for women) in the past 30 days. This estimate has stayed relatively constant for several years, with slight fluctuations that average out to a decline of 0.3% per year from 2008 to 2012. In 2013, a total of 20.8% of high school students reported binge drinking (males or females having five or more drinks of alcohol in a row) in the past 30 days; reflecting an annual decline of 2.9% since 2005.

Fortunately, progress has been made in recent years in reducing drinking and driving deaths. During 2005–2006, approximately 13,500 fatalities per year were attributed to alcohol-impaired driving. In 2011, a total of 9,878 fatalities were associated with drinking and driving (motor-vehicle crashes with a driver whose blood alcohol concentration was ≥0.08 g/dL). The annual average decline from 2005 to 2011 was 6.0%.

The percentage of high school students who reported engaging in drinking and driving in the past 30 days was 10.0% in 2013, up from 8.2% in 2011. On average, self-reported high school drinking and driving has decreased by 1.1% per year from 2005 to 2013.

Infectious Diseases

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In 2011, one of the top 10 leading causes of death was infection from pneumonia and influenza; and other types of infectious disease were responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality. The source of infectious disease can vary. Some infectious diseases are foodborne or health-care–associated; others are spread by vectors or from person to person. Many infectious diseases can be prevented through safe food handling practices, following clinical guidelines to promote infection control in health-care settings, avoiding behaviors that result in unsafe sexual practices, and receiving recommended vaccinations. Avoiding the preventable spread of infectious disease is critically important, especially as antimicrobial resistance increases (33).

Influenza

Each year, approximately 20,000 children aged <5 years are hospitalized because of influenza complications (34). In the 2009–10 influenza season, the first season for which all children aged 6 months–17 years were recommended for annual influenza vaccination, only 43.7% of children in this age group received a vaccination for seasonal influenza. Influenza vaccination coverage increased by 16.7% for this age group during the 2010–11 season, followed by a 1.0% increase for the 2011–12 season. In the 2012–13 season, an estimated 56.6% of children aged 6 months–17 years received a seasonal influenza vaccination. The average annual change in influenza vaccination of children from the 2009–10 to the 2012–13 season was an increase of 8.2%.

Starting with the 2010–11 influenza season, the recommendation to receive influenza vaccine was extended to all persons aged ≥6 months (35). Among adults aged ≥18 years, 41.5% were vaccinated for influenza in the 2012–13 season. The average annual percentage change in adult influenza vaccination coverage from the 2009–10 through the 2012–13 season was an increase of 0.4%.

To protect both health-care personnel and patients, CDC recommends that health-care personnel obtain an annual influenza vaccination (35). In 2012, an estimated 72% of health-care personnel received an influenza vaccination, indicating an average increase of 4.4% per year since 2009.

Pregnant women have an increased risk of severe complications from influenza, and therefore it is particularly important that they receive influenza vaccine (35). In 2012, an estimated 50.5% of pregnant women were vaccinated for influenza, marking a relative increase of 7.4% from the year before. Because of insufficient years of data, trend analysis is not yet available, but CDC will continue to monitor and report on receipt of this vaccine.

Foodborne Illness

Foodborne illnesses are estimated to affect one in six U.S. residents each year. Consumption of contaminated food causes an estimated 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths annually (36). Norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness, but illness is also often spread through direct contact with infected persons in health-care settings. Exposure to contaminated food is the source for virtually all Listeria illnesses. This is also the source for most Salmonella and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157 infections, but there are also other important sources for these illnesses.

The incidence of Listeria infection varied from 2005 through 2013 from 0.26 to 0.32 cases per 100,000 population. Year-to-year changes ranged from 0 to 23.1%. The average annual percent change for the period was a decrease of 0.8%.

Salmonella is the most commonly reported cause of infection and the most common cause of multistate foodborne illness outbreaks (37). The incidence rate of Salmonella infection increased from 14.53 cases per 100,000 in 2005 to 17.55 in 2010, and then decreased to the current rate of 15.19 in 2013. Yearly variation ranged from 0.5% to 16.8%, and the average annual percent change was an increase of 1.3% from 2005 to 2013.

From 2005 to 2013, the rate of Salmonella serotype Enteritidis infection ranged between 2.36 and 3.53 cases per 100,000 population. The annual percent change for the period was an increase of 3.0%, with yearly variation ranging from 0 change to 33.7%.

From 2005 to 2013, the rate of STEC O157 infection ranged between 0.95 and 1.30 cases per 100,000 population. The average percent change for the period from 2005 to 2013 was a decrease of 1.2% per year, with annual differences ranging from 2.1% to 22.6%.

Health-Care–Associated Infections

Approximately 700,000 health-care–associated infections (HAIs) occurred in 2011, affecting approximately one in 25 hospitalized patients (38). HAIs, including central line–associated blood stream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), surgical-site infections (SSI), and Clostridium difficile, are reported using a standardized infection ratio (SIR). The SIR is a summary measure used to track HAIs over time. It compares actual HAI rates in a facility or state with baseline rates in the general U.S. population and adjusts for several risk factors found to be most associated with differences in infection rates. In other words, the SIR takes into account the fact that different health-care facilities treat different types of patients. For example, HAI rates at a hospital that has a large burn unit (where patients are at higher risk for acquiring infections) cannot be compared directly with a hospital that does not have a burn unit.

The standardized infection ratio for CLABSI in hospital settings has decreased steadily from a baseline of 1.00 in 2008 to 0.56 in 2012. On average, the number of observed (compared with expected) CLABSI events has decreased by 14.1% per year from 2008 to 2012.

In 2010, the national standardized infection ratio for CAUTI declined 6% from the year before (from a baseline of 1.00 to a SIR of 0.94) and declined slightly more to a SIR of 0.93 in 2011. However, in 2012, the SIR for CAUTI increased to 1.03, surpassing the baseline levels and moving the trend in an undesirable direction, raising the average increase across all years to 0.8%. The increase in 2012 indicates the need for more aggressive and focused CAUTI prevention measures, particularly in hospital intensive care units, where CAUTI SIRs are highest.

The national standardized infection ratio for hospital admission and readmission as a result of surgical-site infections (SSIs) has declined substantially from the 2008 baseline of 1.00 to 0.80 in 2012. On average, from 2008 to 2012, SSIs have declined by 5.8% per year.

While many HAIs have been declining in recent years, C. difficile has remained at historically high levels, causing severe diarrhea that has been linked with approximately 14,000 deaths per year (39). CDC began reporting the standardized infection ratio for hospital onset of C. difficile in 2011, with a baseline of 1.00. In 2012, there was a 2% reduction in the SIR to 0.98. With limited data available, trend analysis is not yet possible, but CDC will continue to monitor and report on C. difficile.

Unlike these other HAIs, the incidence of invasive Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections has been monitored based on the infection rate per 100,000 population. From 2008 to 2012, the incidence rate of health-care–associated invasive MRSA infections declined steadily, falling from 27.08 infections per 100,000 population in 2008 to 18.74 infections per 100,000 population in 2012. This progress represents an average annual decline of 8.7% over this period.

HIV Infection

At the end of 2010, an estimated 1.1 million persons aged ≥13 years were living with HIV infection in the United States, but on the basis of modeling estimates, approximately 16% were not aware of their infection (40).

Among the population as a whole, the number of new infections in the United States has fluctuated over the last few years. In 2007, there was an estimated increase of >4,000 new infections from the year before (up to 53,200), followed by decreases in 2008 and 2009 (down to 45,000). In 2010 (the latest year for which data are available), estimated numbers increased again, and approximately 47,500 persons in the United States were estimated to be newly infected with HIV. With this variation, the change across years nets an annual average decline of 2.1% in the number of new HIV infections among persons aged ≥13 years.

The rate at which HIV is transmitted to others among adolescents and adults has followed a similar trajectory to that of new infections, increasing from a rate of 4.6 per 100 HIV positive persons in 2006 to 4.9 in 2007, followed by 2 years of decline in 2008–2009 (down to 4.0) and a subsequent increase to 4.2 in 2010. With this fluctuating trend, the rates of HIV transmission from 2006–2010 show an average annual decrease of 3.9%.

The percentage of persons aged ≥13 years living with HIV who know their serostatus has steadily increased in recent years, from 80.9% in 2006 to 84.2% in 2010, representing an average annual increase of 1.1%.

Chlamydia Infection

Chlamydia infection is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Although chlamydia infection is easy to cure, it can cause complications if untreated. Most persons who have chlamydia infection are unaware that they are infected because the disease often has no symptoms (41).

From 2005 to 2009, the rate of chlamydia infection among females aged 15–19 years increased steadily, from 2,733.0 to 3,314.7 per 100,000 population. In 2010, a slight decrease of 0.5% was observed from the previous year. The rate increased by 5.6% in 2011, and in 2012 dropped by the same proportion, returning to approximately the 2010 level. With this variation, the average percent change from 2005 to 2012 was an increase of 3.3% per year.

The rate of chlamydia infection among women aged 20–24 years has demonstrated no sign of decline, with an increase of 1,027.6 diagnosed infections per 100,000 population in 2012 compared with 2005. The average increase in chlamydia rates among women aged 20–24 years was 4.9% per year. For women aged 15–19 years and 20–24 years, the observed increase in diagnosis reflects, at least in part, an increased effort to screen more women for chlamydia infection and bring more infected women in for treatment.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C virus infection is the most common chronic bloodborne infection in the United States (42). Since 2005, the number of new hepatitis C cases has nearly doubled to the current rate of 1,229 in 2011. From 2005 to 2011, the relative difference in new cases of hepatitis C from 1 year to the next have included a 1-year increase of 3.3%, a 1-year decrease of 10.9%, and from 2010 to 2011, an increase of 44.6%. The average change over this period shows the number of new cases of hepatitis C increasing by 6.4% per year. It should be noted, however, that a new case indicates a diagnosis, and not necessarily a new infection. On the basis of national data, persons born during 1945–1965 were identified as a high-risk population, resulting in a recommendation for one-time hepatitis C screening of all persons born in that timeframe (43,44). Although the CDC recommendations and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations were not published until 2012 and 2013, respectively, momentum had been building previously in the clinical community to increase screening of this high-risk population. The number of deaths for which hepatitis C is listed as the cause of death has increased continually in recent years, to 17,721 deaths in 2011, representing an average increase of 6.0% per year from 2005 to 2011.

Maternal and Child Health

Improving the health and well-being of mothers, infants, and children is an important public health goal for the nation. As noted in Healthy People 2020, the well-being of mothers and their children determines the health of the next generation, impacting future public health challenges for families, communities, and the health care system (45). Although many of the indicators related to maternal and child health do not have a direct causal relationship to the leading causes of death, they all influence health status throughout the lifetime.

Infant Mortality

Infant mortality is an indicator used to measure the health and well-being of a nation, as many factors affecting the health of the entire population also can impact the mortality rate of infants (46). In 2011, the infant mortality rate in the United States dropped to a historically low value of 6.1 deaths to infants aged <1 year per 1,000 live births (11). Except for a slight increase in 2007, the number of infant deaths has gradually decreased from 28,440 in 2005 to 23,985 in 2011. The average annual change from 2005 to 2011 for infant mortality rates and number of infant deaths has shown improvement for both, decreasing by 2.1% and 3.2%, respectively.

Teen Births

Children of teenaged mothers are more likely than other children to have lower school achievement, have more health problems, and be incarcerated at some time during their youth (47). Following a slight increase in 2006 and 2007, the rate of teen births among females aged 15–19 years has declined steadily to a record low of 26.6 per 1,000 females in 2013 (48). The average change from 2005 to 2013 represents a decline of 5.4% per year.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is an important, effective preventive action a mother can take to protect the health of her infant. Breastfeeding is recognized as the best source of nutrition for most infants and has been linked with a reduction of risk in a number of health outcomes for the child and the mother (49). The percentage of infants that are breastfed at age 6 months has increased steadily to a current rate of 49.4% in 2011. Historic data from 2005 forward are provided (Table 5); however, because of a change in the survey methodology that was made in 2009, comparisons cannot be made across these data points. Because of insufficient years of data since 2009, trend analysis is not yet available. CDC will continue to monitor and report on breastfeeding.

Child Vaccination

The vaccine schedule recommended for children is designed to provide protection from potentially serious diseases before they are likely to be exposed and when they are most vulnerable to serious infections. The percentage of children aged 19–35 months receiving universally recommended vaccines (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis [DTaP]; poliovirus; measles, mumps, and rubella [MMR]; Haemophilus influenzae type b [Hib]; hepatitis B [HepB]; varicella; and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine [PCV]) increased substantially from 44.3% in 2009 to 68.5% in 2011, remained stable in 2012 at 68.4%, and in 2013 increased to 70.4% (50). The average change from 2009 to 2012 represents an improvement of 11.8% per year. In addition, rotavirus vaccine was introduced for all U.S. infants in 2006, and coverage with the series among children aged 19–35 months in 2013 (those born during January 2009–May 2011) was 72.6% (50).

Coverage varies for each of the different vaccines in the series (51). During 2005–2013, vaccination coverage among children aged 19–35 months was constantly ≥90% and stable for DTaP, polio, MMR, HepB, and varicella vaccines; coverage increased for the more recently recommended PCV vaccine (50). Much of the observed increase in vaccination utilization is the result of improvement in the supply of Hib vaccine beginning in 2009, after a product shortage that had led to a 2007 recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to defer the Hib booster dose for children (52). Stocks were replenished in 2011, and by 2012, fewer children for whom data were collected were affected by the shortage and a need to defer vaccination.

Lead Poisoning

Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body (53). An estimated 4 million U.S. households have children living in them who are being exposed to high levels of lead. During 2009–2010, a total of 535,699 children in the United States aged 1–5 years had blood lead levels >5 µg/dL [micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood], the level at which CDC recommends that public health actions be initiated (53). As a result of a recent change in how childhood blood lead levels are defined and classified, trend analysis is not available at this time, but CDC will continue to monitor and report on lead poisoning.

 

Discussion

The findings provided in this report demonstrate slow but steady progress in improving the health of the U.S. population. However, much remains to be accomplished. The age-adjusted death rate in the United States has reached an all-time low, with 740.6 deaths per 100,000 (1). The shift in leading causes of death in the United States over the last century from infectious disease such as gastrointestinal disease and tuberculosis to chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer, as well as the decreasing death rate and increasing life expectancy, all reflect a level of success in public health efforts. Many deaths reflected among the recent top 10 leading causes of death, were premature. A recent analysis demonstrated that approximately 250,000 deaths each year attributed to just the top five leading causes could be prevented (54).

 

Many of these preventable deaths might be averted through behaviors and strategies that can decrease risk and increase protection from developing these conditions. For example, the national reductions in tobacco use alone since 1964 have been attributed with increasing life expectancy by 30% (25). Continued improvements could be made in extending life expectancy, decreased YPLL as a result of the leading causes of death, and improved quality of life with greater decreases in risky behaviors such as tobacco use and binge drinking; increases in protective factors such as physical activity and improved nutrition; increased control of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes; and decreases in the preventable transmission of infectious diseases.

Full article:

 CDC National Health Report: Leading Causes of Morbidity and Mortality and Associated Behavioral Risk and Protective Factors—United States, 2005–2013.

Serial Killer Demons of the Roman Empire (13:52)

This is scary stuff.

There are no special effects, but if you listen to what he says you might get a chill or two. Did you know that ancient Roman rulers, and the first organizers of the Judaism faith, believed in and worshiped demons?

▶ Demons of the Roman Empire presented by CHRIS EVERARD – YouTube.

 

Canadian Conservatives are Spending $1 Million a Week of Our Money for Drug Prevention – Marijuana Use – TV Ad

 

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Apologies for the language and the tone. I am trying not be angry.

Lou

Victoria, Canada

Oct 30, 2014

The Canadian government, meaning the Conservative troglodyte party of Harper and his subservient minions, are spending $1 million per week on this misleading ad. That’s $150,000 per day roughly. How many children can you feed with one million dollars a week? Funny how there is no moneys to eliminate poverty and homelessness, but plenty of it for propaganda crap.

Isn’t there anything more pressing than marijuana? How can the conservatives justify spending this amount of money to be used on propaganda against us? I guess we have eradicated poverty in Canada. How else would such an arrogant government justify the cost? It’s our money Harper, not yours to play elections with. Asswipe. 

What a bunch of defective lunatics. If you want to prevent harm to children, you focus on alcohol and poverty you morons!

Marijuana is going to be legal all over the planet shortly. You conservative jackasses better get with the program.

Who the hell keeps  electing this scum?

▶ Drug Prevention – Marijuana Use – TV Ad – YouTube.

You will not believe this: Israeli Newspaper Portrays Chickenshit BIBI Attacking 9/11 Building

Lou

Oct 30,2014

To the editors of Haaretz:  You guys should be ashamed of yourselves. You find this funny? Is it perhaps because you all know that Israel was behind 9/11?  Arrogant sons of bitches.

SOTT.NET

In response to the unnamed US administration official calling Bibi Netanyahu “chicken-shit”, today’s ‘Daily Cartoon’ in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper is a rather provocative cartoon showing Netanyahu flying a plane into a building that bears a striking resemblance to one of the WTC towers on 9/11. They say a picture is worth a thousand words…

SOTT.NET

JAPAN: COMIC RELIEF!

JAPAN:COMIC RELIEF! | Tubularsock.

With kind permission from Dan III at Tubularsock

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Oct 28, 2014

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Japan: Comic Relief

Well if you haven’t heard, Japan or perhaps just the government or at least some of the Japanese people or many of them or over half of them or at least the number that will allow this to happen but “THEY” are going to re-start the Sendai Nuclear Plant even after their knowledge about the risks as exampled with the continuing Fukushima disaster that is like the gift that keeps on spewing!

The Sendai Plant will be the first nuclear plant to reopen since 2011.

Ok. That’s not the funny part. Now Tubularsock does admit that he at times has a bizarre sense of the absurd but this is got to take a cake. Or at least a muffin.

The local officials have voted to reopen the Sendai Nuclear Plant EVEN THOUGH IT IS ONLY 40 THAT IS 4 ….. 0 MILES FROM THIS:

tube fuck volcano

Mt. Ontake erupted just a month ago …….. just so you are clear Sendai Nuclear Plant is only 40 miles from this active spewing volcano!

Care for funnier?  The Sendai Nuclear Plant is also only 31 miles from Mount Sakurajima, an extremely active volcano which erupts on a regular basis.

Now what could possibly go wrong with this scenario?

Now there is active anti-nuclear opposition but the government wants to restart Japan’s nuclear industry because ………….. TAPCO owns the government. So the people don’t really get a say UNLESS they shut down the country.

Oh don’t count on that ……… some people have even moved back to the Fukushima area because the government said it was safe to do so.

It is so safe that Tubularsock is going to open THE FIRST EVER tanning spa where your tan comes from the “inside” out in just a matter of days. What could be better?

No tanning beds …….. you just sit on the spa’s deck and tan away. EVEN AT NIGHT!

THE TUBULARSOCK EVER-GLOW TANNING SPA and sake bar.

With pre-cooked sushi from the sea.

Reservations available, reasonable rates for the unreasonable.

contact: phone 1-800-burn-baby-burn (no collect calls accepted)

Now don’t think some silly people are not attempting to warn the officials.

Like the scientific authorities.

Oh did Tubularsock mention the INCREASE in seismic activity in the area?

Oh well. As the Japan Times stated:  “Sendai reactors [are] vulnerable to eruptions [and] could cause a nationwide disaster, said Toshitsugu Fujii, University of Tokyo professor emeritus who heads a government-commissioned panel…”

But not to worry ……… The Government regulators RULED OUT a major eruption!

The Government regulators RULED OUT a major eruption! Tubularsock just had to repeat that. So perfect, The Government regulators RULED OUT a major eruption! Now come on …….. that’s funny!

What a relief  ………

まあええと、Tubularsock は… 常に言うように私のために戻る。こんにちは友人  ( Translation: Well hey, as Tubularsock always says …….. back to my sake.)

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The Artificial Intelligence Demon Is Spawning

Event Horizon Chronicle: The Artificial Intelligence Demon Is Spawning.

 http://eventhorizonchronicle.blogspot.ca

From and with permission of

Richard Sauder

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Artificial Intelligence Demon Is Spawning

Over two years ago, I wrote a blog article about how America was in a 300 day trial period that would be determinative for its future destiny. I now conclude that America has failed that test. The USSA government has proceeded down a very dark path towards more war, economic exploitation, police state repression, spreading of the Ebola virus and the like. I fear that even worse things are in the works.

As bad as that is, for the most part the American people have acquiesced in the deep evil of the USSA government. If there has been dissent, it has been too little, too late, so subdued as to scarcely cause a lasting ripple.

 The creative entities behind the Terminator films actually had a substantial body of insider knowledge about the  state of the art of computer technology, cutting edge military technology, the state of A.I. (artifical intelligence) and the trajectory of global events.

Indeed, the Terminator films, and others similar in theme, such as the Matrix movies, can be seen as warnings to the people of the Earth by the very force(s) plotting their destruction. A proverbial shot across the bow, if you will. 

However, the passive, jaded, ignorant, intellectually slothful American people, and most of the rest of the world, have shrugged off the warning(s).

At the peril of their potential total extermination.


Consider:


The Terminator movie warns of the dangers of the Skynet military system taking over and initiating a devastating nuclear war against humanity. In fact, there really is a space-based, military communication system named Skynet.  It is operated by the U.K. and NATO.


Do you trust the military of the United Kingdom or the military forces of NATO? I certainly do not. They are heavily armed with nuclear missiles and very aggressive militarily. Even now, NATO and the U.K. are steadily pressing Russia towards war, a war that could very quickly go nuclear, a war that no one could possibly win, and that would be positively devastating for humanity. 

Maybe that’s precisely the point.

It’s already here


Consider:


Just in recent days there have been headlines in the news media warning of  “Swarms of Cooperative, Autonomous’ Robots to Hit Battlefields.” Military robots roaming the battlefield.  Another theme straight out of the Terminator.

Consider:

The rise of the killer robot.  Another theme from the Terminator movie. Try this headline on for size:  Norway Joins the Race to Develop Killer Robot. What a coincidence! Norway is a member of NATO and is wired into the Skynet, staelllite based, military communications system.
   
Consider:

We have entered the era of robot pilots:  World’s First Robot Pilot Ready to Replace Humans . Remember the human survivors of the devastating attack by the killer machines and the global, nuclear onslaught fighting the robotic, military aircraft in the Terminator movies?

Consider:

Living robots may be coming within 15 or 20 years. If you think that’s farfetched,  take a gander at what the Japanese are doing:

Human or Machine? Life-Like Android Robots from Japan Show Glimpses of the Future

So What?

I’ll be frank with you, if this is what is being admitted to, and talked about, in the mainstream news media, then I strongly suspect that what has already been accomplished in secret military-industrial-espionage laboratories, clandestine compartmentalized projects and highly secret underground and undersea bases, has already advanced to the next step, or two or three. 

It would not surprise me in the least if high-tech, A.I. robots already walk among us. Oh, they may be flesh and blood, after a fashion, but they would have been cloned, made with artificially modified DNA, endowed with enhanced communications capabilities wired into an A.I. network, with artificially engineered emotional constructs and hormonal systems, and more.


Here’s what I’m getting  at:  molecular electronics using human DNA, an obvious prerequisite to make living robots, with DNA-based micro-circuitry, or nano-circuitry. You can get a whiff of which way the wind is blowing from what’s going on in Israel:

DNA Can Carry Current, a Promising Step Toward Molecular Electronics

The research is being coordinated out of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


I repeat, if headlines like this are appearing openly, in the mainstream news media. it probably means far greater advances have been made in the world of Black Budget, compartmentalized operations.



The Secret Underground Bases Connection


I am reminded of one of the anecdotal accounts I heard from an engineer who contacted me about his work in secret underground bases in the USSA. His story was a little unusual, but I am inclined to believe him. He told me that there are multiple, deep, large, technologically ultra-sophisticated, sci-fi-like, underground bases with an almost otherworldly capability to jump start technological civilization from scratch, in the event of a civilization-ending catastrophe. The machinery, plans, computing power, raw materials, etc. have all been pre-positioned such that virtually any aspect of late-20th century or early 21st century technological civilization could be reproduced: a television, a telephone, a functional automobile, a microwave oven, an airplane, a railroad locomotive, etc. The wheels, the tires, the electronic circuitry, the engines, the glass and rubber, all of it, could be made from scratch and manufactured into finished products and machines.


There would be no going back to cave man days. Technological civilization would start back up again, without a developmental, lag time of centuries or thousands of years.


That’s the plan, as it was explained to me. And massive, extremely costly preparations have been made for that. This absolutely comports with other information I have received over the years.


But his closing comments were perhaps the most thought-provoking. He said that he had reason to believe that he was subjected to some sort of mind-control during his years of work in these extremely high-tech underground bases. He was troubled by recurring memories of being tasked with doing something that resembled programming thick slabs of living meat –as if large slabs of red meat were hooked up to a sort of computer keyboard with finger pads for his fingers, that he then had to somehow program. He kept having flashbacks like that, and they troubled him, because they suggested that there was another, mind-controlled aspect to his work in the underground bases that involved developing some sort of cyborg technology.



The Next Steps Have Probably Already Been Taken 

That is why, when someone like Elon Musk comes out publicly, as he has in recent days, and warns against “unleashing an artificial intelligence demon,” I take him very seriously. His comments to an auidence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this past Friday, 24 October 2014, were:

“We should be very careful about artificial intelligence,”…..  it may be “our biggest existential threat….. With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon.”


Summoning the demon. Does that not sound ominous? Elon Musk is a big-time industrialist, a financier, a cutting edge technologist and more. If he is saying things like this publicly at MIT, then what does he know?

Perhaps he is thinking about Google’s new program, a computer with human-like learning abilities that will program itself. Because you see, once the computers can program themselves, then they do not need human programmers and they can and will program themselves to do or to think whatever they want to do or think.

Then we are in an entirely new world, the world of The Machine.

The Machine


In recent years I have written precisely about this: The Machine.  

Ayahuasca first called The Machine to my inner attention in late 2010 and since then has shown me different aspects of it.

I do not know if the Earth is the only planet under the sway of The Machine. I rather suspect that its scope may extend beyond this solar system. For all I know it may have its hooks into the whole galaxy and far beyond.


But I can tell you that it is a formidable adversary. It does not like biological life. It lacks a soul. It lacks compassion or empathy. It is a vastly sophisticated, unimaginably subtle and complex,  artificial construct that extends widely in the 3-D physical realm, but also operates in the astral realm, the spiritual realm close to this 3-D world we spend our waking lives in.

Frankly, it is an engine of war.

The Machine coopts people by offering them baubles — if they will build nuclear reactors or nuclear missiles it will arrange for a generous pension, medical care, a nice home, vacation time, a comfortable life-style, money, career advancement, benefits, professional status, a security clearance, and so forth. If they will construct a vulture financial system that devours whole societies, it will make sure they have a golden parachute, huge stock options, secret bank accounts in the Caymans, a vacation house in the Bahamas, all the cocaine they can snort, their own private jet, a ski chalet in Switzerland, whatever they want.

The Machine knows just what buttons to push. If baubles and blandishments don’t suffice, The Machine just outright destroys people who get in its way. Please see the very public assassination of President John F. Kennedy, as just one example among many millions.

The Machine does not know or respect the soul or love. It sees that humans, at least some of them, have hearts and souls, and this it aims to destroy. For that reason, we see such a plague of heartless cruelty, and pitiless, merciless destruction on this planet.


We are seeing The Machine in action. It does not mean well. It aims to take down the human race and this planet.


It is doing that. It uses anyone who will cooperate with it to accomplish its nihilistic objectives. The USSA government (CIA, NSA, CDC,. NIH, etc.) and Pentagon are two of its major demonic servants on this planet. There are others, to be sure, the Zio-Nazi state of Israel, the USSA Federal Reserve Bank, Wall Street, Fortune 500, City of London and the EU/NATO prominently among them, but the USSA government and Pentagon surely must be considered first among equals, due to the insanely depraved depth of their globe-spanning evil works.


That’s what we are up against. The Machine has its hooks and tentacles into the whole planet. You can see it at work everywhere — the satanic violence of ISIS in the Middle East, the ongoing nuclear crisis at Fukushima, Japan, the global narcotics trade, the vulture economics that are plunging the vast majority of humanity into extreme poverty, the unleashing of the Ebola virus on the world by the USSA military-biowarfare–medical – pharmaceutical complex, the rampant worldwide ecological crisis, and so on. 


The entire planet and all of humanity are under vicious assault, without quarter.


The only way I see us getting the upper hand and exiting this hell scenario that we are locked into, is if enough people can raise their consciousness to undetrstand what is happening and why and how.


Otherwise we are done for. 


Either enough of us greatly raise our level of consciousness and understanding, or we don’t.


If we don’t, it’s game over, final decision to The Machine. In that scenario humanity has no future on this planet, and the planet falls to The Machine.


Given the pace and scope of world events these days, it all should be decided by 2050, maybe by 2030 or sooner. We are in a very late stage of this life-and-death contest for all the marbles.


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