Chinese fluoride chemical factory workers attack German TV crew
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) A German television crew was the target of a recent attack by workers at a Chinese fluoride production factory who thought the crew members were spies trying to steal company secrets. The U.K.’s Guardian reports that a team of armed Chinese police officers had to physically stop the mob of employees at Do-Fluoride Chemicals Co., Ltd., from potentially trying to kill the four-person film crew after first holding its members hostage for nine hours.
Do-Fluoride manufactures a number of different fluoride chemicals, including sodium fluoride, sodium fluosilicate, and industrial hydrofluoric acid, all of which are exported to the U.S. and forcibly added to public water supplies throughout the nation for the stated purpose of preventing tooth decay. Producing fluoride chemicals is extremely toxic; however, this is why the film crew was there trying to capture footage for a video documentary on pollution.
But when the film crew from ARD in Germany arrived at Do-Fluoride’s main facility in Jiaozuo, fluoride workers went irate and began snatching the crew’s video cameras and recording tape. After barricading the crew in a company cafeteria, many of the fluoride workers reportedly went outside the room and began chanting “kill the foreign spies,” until local police finally arrived nine hours later to safely escort the film crew out of the building.
According to reports, senior officials at the Do-Fluoride factory were actually the ones responsible for provoking the workers to initiate the fight in the first place. They presumably did this by giving the workers false information about why the film crew had come to the facility, for the apparent purpose of trying to hide what was really taking place at the plant.
“We were considered spies who had tried to gather intelligence regarding Do-Fluoride’s technology,” said the film crew to reporters. “Factory officials appeared to have misinformed workers and agitated (them) against us.”
Similar incidents involving violence and threats of murder against journalists have taken place in other parts of China in recent months as well. A reporter covering an environmental protest in Nantong back in July; for instance, says he was pushed to the ground and beaten by as many as 20 Chinese police officers after they stole his camera and recording equipment. Following the incident, the reporter’s paper, Asahi Shimbun out of Japan, filed a formal complaint with the Chinese government. (http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201207290022)
“We cannot excuse it because it is extremely malicious, obstructive behavior against the reporter’s legitimate news gathering activity,” said Tsutomu Watanabe, the Tokyo-based international news editor for Asahi Shimbun. “We protest to the Chinese government and demand an apology and return of his camera and press ID.”
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Portland, Oregon to spend $5 million to poison its residents with toxic fluoride
Ethan A. Huff
August 27, 2012
One of the last remaining urban bastions of fluoride-free water, the city of Portland, Oregon, is about to join the ranks of most other U.S. cities in forcibly medicating its residents with a drug that has been scientifically shown to impede proper brain development, lower IQ, damage thyroid function, and even cause cancer.
Oregon’s Herald and News reports that Portland Mayor Sam Adams has decided to join two other fluoride supporters on the five-member City Council, Randy Leonard and Nick Fish, in voting to support the mass medication of Portlanders via the public water supply. The other two members, Amanda Fritz and Dan Saltzman, have expressed opposition to water fluoridation.
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At this time, there is no official date for when the council will vote on the issue. But unless the people of Portland and their supporters around the country raise hell to the Portland City Council in the following days and weeks, this three-two majority will eventually force mandatory water fluoridation to become law, despite the fact that Portlanders have repeatedly voted down water fluoridation efforts in the past.
Mayor Sam Adams says he grew up drinking fluoridated water, his hometown’s website says otherwise
As part of his argument for why he supports fluoridation, Mayor Adams told reporters that he grew up drinking fluoridated water in his hometown of Newport, Oregon. This, he says, is the reason why his teeth are now white and allegedly very healthy.
But a quick trip over to the City of Newport’s Public Works page reveals that Newport, Oregon does not, in fact, fluoridate its water supply (http://www.thecityofnewport.net/dept/pwk/waterquality.asp). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also confirms this, as its Oral Health Resources page shows that the fluoride concentration in Newport’s public water supply is 0.00 mg/L. (http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov)
What this means is that Mayor Adams is lying to his constituents in a thinly-veiled effort to pull a fast one at the behest of aggressive fluoride lobbyists. It is these lobbyists, after all, that approached the City Council back in August to push for water fluoridation, and are apparently responsible for this sudden rush to get Portland fluoridated.
Like most other political decisions, it appears as though Mayor Adams was essentially bribed by the fluoride lobby to pretend as though fluoride is healthy and beneficial. Mayor Adams has even gone so far as to claim that the science against fluoride is based on “emotions and rhetoric,” which is clearly not the case when taking even a cursory look at the mountain of evidence.
Mayor Adams, political sellout and industry whore
If Mayor Adams really took an honest look at the science behind fluoride, as he claims he has done, there is no way he could have arrived at the conclusion that fluoride is safe and beneficial for preventing tooth decay. Numerous studies, including a 2010 study out of New Zealand, have proven that ingesting fluoride does not prevent tooth decay, and that it actually causes much harm. (http://worldental.org)
Mayor Adams, Randy Leonard, and Nick Fish need to hear from you. These fluoride shills are either grossly and willfully misinformed about fluoride, or they have caved to industry pressures — and most likely industry dollars — to push toxic fluoride in the name of improving health. After all, if these three get their way, Portland taxpayers will be forced to fork over $5 million a year to have themselves poisoned with fluoride, which will be a big financial win for the fluoride industry.
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How they brainwash you in a psych ward
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by: Jon Rappoport
In the case of the Marine, Brandon Raub, the “Facebook thought criminal” who was recently held against his will in a lockup and threatened with the drugs, we see how easy it is for the government to kidnap a citizen and subject him to Soviet-style incarceration.
Washington’s Blog, linked through infowars, has presented a compelling round-up of the reality of forced psychiatric care in America. It is clear that the federal government, on the vaguest of pretexts, can override state laws and put people in psych wards.
The October 9, 1970, issue of Medical World News contained an article, “Scaring the Devil Out,” which revealed the use of a drug called succinylcholine at the Atascadero hospital for the criminally insane, and at the Vacaville Medical Facility. Succinylcholine (and a later drug, prolixin) were administered in a dosage “sufficient to induce general paralysis and respiratory arrest lasting up to two minutes.”
In a state of complete terror, the inmates would be lectured to by doctors, who told them they had to change their unacceptable behavior.
There is no essential difference between early basic CIA MKULTRA methods and the worst practices of psychiatrists in mental lockups. They both involve: isolation, duress, force, torture, and drugging.
There is no mystery about how and why these inhuman methods work. The patient is experiencing intense physical and emotional pain, and his response is often submission and compliance.
The patient wants to find out what is expected of him, and he agrees to it. A confession of a crime? Silence about what he knows? An expression of regret for what he has done or what he is accused of doing? A concocted story? He goes along.
This is why, for defendants like James Holmes, who is accused of mass murder and whose attorneys want to enter an insanity plea, the period of incarceration, during which he is “examined” to judge whether he is mentally competent, can be a very dangerous time.
As with the Arizona shooter, Jarod Loughner, the covert objective of this imprisonment can be the extraction of a guilty plea, which will eventually be entered in court.
The psychiatric drugs, particularly the so-called anti-psychotics, are used to put the patient in a state of semi-trance. Not only is he more suggestible and malleable, his brain is undergoing an assault, one effect of which is motor-damage. This is labeled tardive dyskinsia, to cover over the stark reality that the drugs are scrambling brain circuitry, often permanently.
Ordinary tranquilizers and sedatives can assist in this Nazi-like program.
Sometimes, friendly overtures from “good-guy guards” are used to make patients bond with their handlers, who then enlist patients’ cooperation in telling the right story and sticking to it.
Isolation from friends, family, and even lawyers makes the situation worse. The patient has to navigate his own way through a maze, deciding what to agree to and what to resist.
Serious Vision Problems and Eye Disease Climbing Rapidly in U.S.
It seems as if illness and disease are always in the news, and that degenerative conditions are always rising in the United States. And recent news reflects that eye disease is no different, with serious vision problems rising steadily in the U.S. Is this increase able to be reversed through diet, or is it simply something we must live with?
A new report from the organization Prevent Blindness America says that numerous eye disorders are climbing at alarming rates—many of them with effects including blindness. Macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts are all included and seem to be affecting more and more people each day.
According to WebMD Health News, there has been:
- An 89% increase in diabetic retinopathy, with nearly 8 million people over the age of 40 affected.
- A 25% increase in age-related macular degeneration, with about 2 million over the age of 50 affected.
- “A 19% increase in cataracts, with more than 24 million people age 40 and older affected”.
- “A 22% increase in open angle glaucoma, with nearly 3 million people age 40 and older affected”.
These rates of growth are alarming, to say the least. While some increase would be worthy of note, an 89% increase of diabetic retinopathy, for example, is a sign that something needs to change or we’ll end up a nation of blind diabetics.
The rise in diabetic retinopathy is ”scary,” according to Anne Sumers, MD, a clinical correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
In other words, these vision problems and conditions are largely preventable, especially diabetic retinopathy, which stems from a complication of the lifestyle disease, diabetes. Proper diabetes management, or even reversal through diet, could completely prevent this frequent cause of loss of vision.
Ironically, the WebMD analysis of the findings only gives natural prevention a passing glance, saying in the last sentence of their analysis that, “eating healthy can help your eyes too.” But proper nutrition should always be the first source of treatment and prevention.
Taking a whole-body approach in the form of a complete lifestyle turnaround is ideal – eating organic, keeping active, consuming plenty of healthful foods while omitting the junk – but there are a number of foods for healthy eyes that can be consumed. Eggs, carrots, blueberries, and broccoli could all have a positive overall impact. In addition to eating a healthful diet, be sure to follow these 4 critical tips if you want to know how to improve your eyesight and protect what many individuals deem the most important of the 5 senses.
Researchers develop sci-fi helmet that creates an alternative reality
By Mo Costandi, The Guardian
Sunday, August 26, 2012 13:45 EDT
Christopher Nolan’s 2010 blockbuster Inception is set in a distant future where military technology enables one to infiltrate and surreptitiously alter other people’s dreams. Leonardo Di Caprio plays Dom Cobb, an industrial spy tasked with planting an idea into the mind of a powerful businessman. The film has a complex, layered structure: Cobb and the other characters create dreams within dreams within dreams, but they cannot distinguish between reality and the dream states they fabricate.
Most of us distinguish between real and imagined events using unconscious processes to monitor the accuracy of our experiences. But these processes can break down in some psychiatric conditions. Patients with schizophrenia, for example, can experience auditory and visual hallucinations that they believe are real, while some brain damaged and delusional patients live in a world of perpetual false memories. Japanese researchers have developed an “Inception helmet” that manipulates reality to simulate such experiences, and could be used to study cognitive dysfunction in psychiatric disorders.
The Substitutional Reality (SR) system, developed by researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute’s Laboratory for Adaptive Intelligence, is made of cheap, commercially available electronic components: a panoramic video camera used for recording, a computer for storing the recorded footage, and a head-mounted visual display that can switch seamlessly between the recorded footage and a live feed captured by a camera and microphone attached to it.
“In a dream, we naturally accept what is happening and hardly doubt its reality, however unrealistic it may seem on reflection.” says Keisuke Suzuki, the lead author of a recent paper describing the SR system. “Our motivation is to explore the cognitive mechanisms underlying our strong conviction in reality. How can people trust what they perceive? Answering these questions requires an experimental platform which can present scenes that participants believe are completely real, but where we are still able to manipulate the contents.”
To test the system, Suzuki and his colleagues designed a simple, yet ingenious, experiment. They recruited a group of participants, and then filmed each one as they entered a room and received instructions from one of the researchers. In turn, each participant was asked to sit in a chair in the same room, and don the head-mounted display, which then played a sequence of live and recorded scenes, and substituted one for the other without the participants’ knowledge.
The first scene was a ‘fake live’ scene – a recording of one of the researchers appearing at the door and asking if the participant felt comfortable wearing the device, and to test it by looking around the room. Next came a ‘doppelgänger’ scene, in which the participants saw the recording of themselves receiving instructions from the researcher. This was followed by a second fake live scene, in which the experimenter re-enters the room and explains how the experiment was designed. The final scene was a live feed of the researcher re-entering the room, to reveal that all the previous scenes had actually been recordings.
The doppelgänger scene contradicted reality and made the participants realize immediately that they were experiencing a recording instead of a live feed. Most of them failed, however to distinguish between the live and recorded scenes during the rest of the experiment, even after the doppelgänger scene revealed how the system works. Several noticed a small difference between the audio quality of the live and recorded scenes, and used this to establish when the switch between the two had been made, but the rest subjectively experienced the ‘fake live’ scenes as being real.
The researchers then examined several factors that might affect the performance of the system. They found that head movements reduced the likelihood that participants would detect the switch between live and recorded scenes, and that the ability to detect the switch decreased with faster head movements. In the first experiment, the researchers switched between live and recorded scenes while the participants moved their heads to look around the room, and this effectively masked the “visual slip” that occurred during the switch.
Another factor is motion parallax, a depth cue associated with movement. As we move, nearby objects seem to move faster than objects that are further away, and objects also appear to change shape with changes in head position. These cues are present in the live feed but are missing from the recorded scenes, and could potentially be used to distinguish between live and recorded scenes. The researchers tested this by asking the participants to determine whether they were experiencing a live or recorded scene by monitoring the displacement of a chair placed at varying distances from them, and found that it had no significant effect.
The SR system thus offers an affordable way of manipulating participants’ perception of reality, and could serve as a useful tool for investigating reality monitoring in psychiatric conditions.
“Psychiatric patients sometimes have delusive beliefs, as if they are in an alternative reality, and schizophrenics may also experience perceptual hallucinations – literally seeing things that are not there,” says Suzuki. “SR provides a unique opportunity to model these experiences in healthy subjects, which could be useful for investigating the cognitive mechanisms underlying hallucinations and delusions.”
“We’ve already explored the so-called ‘doppelgänger’ delusion, in which participants suddenly see themselves enter the room,” he adds. “There’s much more that can be done. For example, we can use the system to manipulate the matches between expected and actual sensory inputs in highly realistic environments, probing one current theory of schizophrenia. This might allow us to regenerate schizophrenic symptoms in a controlled fashion, perhaps providing avenues for therapy. Of course, all these potential applications require a very careful consideration of the relevant ethics.”
Suzuki, who is now at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex, is developing an enhanced SR system that he and his colleagues plan to use for several different projects. “A primary focus will be on the psychiatric applications, but the system could also be a powerful tool to investigate how our conscious experiences are constituted in daily natural scenes,” he says.
“It will also open a new direction in cybertherapy. Virtual reality technologies effectively treat post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias by repeatedly exposing patients to traumatic episodes in immersive devices. The SR system provides the conviction of being in the ‘real’ world, which is absent in current VR technologies.”
Reference: Suzuki, K., et al. (2012). Substitutional Reality System: A Novel Experimental Platform for Experiencing Alternative Reality. Scientific Reports, 2: 459. DOI: 10.1038/srep00459
Study: Troops suffer concussions during combat training
By Pro Publica
Friday, August 24, 2012 10:46 EDT
By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, and Daniel Zwerdling, NPR
From reporting by NPR, ProPublica and Frontline, Sept. 8, 2010
A new military study has found that almost 6 percent of soldiers who took hand-to-hand combat courses at a Texas Army base were struck in the head and suffered symptoms the Pentagon says are consistent with concussions, also called mild traumatic brain injuries.
Over the last decade, hundreds of thousands of soldiers have taken such classes — called “combatives” — at bases nationwide before deploying overseas.
Researchers stress that the study is relatively small, drawing from classes at Ft. Hood with just under 2,000 soldiers. And they haven’t finished the study yet. But the preliminary results have sparked concern among brain specialists inside and outside the military, suggesting that some soldiers went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan having suffered mild traumatic brain injuries in training — and might have been more vulnerable to long-term consequences from additional concussions later.
“The more hits your brain takes, the less likely it will be that you will have a full recovery,” said Dr. Alex Dromerick, director of neuroscience research at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Retired Lt. Col. Michael Russell, who is leading the Army study, said he wouldn’t comment on it until the final version is released.
Col. Carl Castro, the director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program, which funded the study, said the final results might dictate changes to improve safety. Castro said there is no acceptable number of concussions for a training program, if there’s any way to avoid them.
“Even 1 percent of soldiers would concern me,” he said. “I’d say we need to do something. We don’t want soldiers getting injured while training, if we can prevent it.”
Mild traumatic brain injuries have been called the “signature wound” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 244,000 such injuries, both from explosions and accidents, have been diagnosed among troops since 2000. Reports published in 2010 by ProPublica and NPR found that because of missed diagnoses and underreporting, the true figures are likely far higher.
Most people recover from concussions quickly, but some suffer lasting effects, such as memory loss, difficulty reading and frequent headaches.
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