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Assange Heads Time Magazine’s “Person Of The Year” Award – And a Call To Nobel Peace Prize Nominators.

December 8th, 2010 No comments

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2028734_2028733,00.html

Go there to vote for Julian Assange – in court today he was denied his freedom despite such luminaries as Ken Loach, John Pilger and Jemima Khan standing bail of £20,000 each.

Justice must be done here.

Those who are in a position to nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize need to ask themselves if they want to live in a world where, as Congressman Dr Ron Paul so eloquently said, “If telling you the truth makes you a traitor we’re in big trouble”?

Assange deserves Time Magazine Award and the Nobel Peace Prize this year – the whistle blower systems he has in place will make Government around the world, corporations and others accountable to the press. Behind all the rhetoric this is the real reason Assange sits in gaol tonight.

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Sir Robin Wales: Impressive In His Anger

November 19th, 2010 No comments

I have not always had the kindest things to say regarding the London Borough of Newham and Sir Robin Wales. In a couple of instances there have been obvious corruptions on Sir Robin’s watch that I have drawn attention to. I do not know that Sir Robin was in any way responsible, however, as Executive Mayor the buck stops with him.

My personal experience of the man was very limited and still is, however, recently I heard him make an impassioned speech about the impending cuts, their unnecessary nature and the consequences.

Sir Robin surprised me with his gusto and drive – and this was not just politicking, the man was clearly speaking from the heart. His anger at the consequences for ordinary people shone through and his determination to do his best was clear. I found myself liking him and admiring his politics – which I believe are conviction politics and not the everyday convenience politics we are confronted with in this age.

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What Really Counts? The Most Important Video You May Ever Watch.

June 22nd, 2010 No comments

Could this be the spark that starts a global revolution? Tiny Buddhist Bhutan and the economics of happiness:

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Vitamin D – The Cost To The NHS of Epidemic Deficiency And The Overwhelming Case For Supplementation.

April 21st, 2010 No comments

From Cancer Research UK

The Government’s view

Professor Mike Richards, National Cancer Director, kicked off the session. He acknowledged that the UK spends less on healthcare as a whole than many other European countries. On top of this, we spend proportionally less on cancer care than many of our EU counterparts.

According to the latest figures, around 5 per cent of the NHS spend is on cancer, equating to around £76 per head each year in England ….

Clearly there is a need to increase spend in the NHS on cancer – particularly when the demographics and new advances in cancer drugs are taken into account. As the population ages, cancer is getting more common – Professor Richards commented that the incidence of the disease is increasing at a rate of around 1.5 per cent each year. This means there will inevitably be more people needing cancer care services.

And with great strides in cancer research, many new drugs and diagnostic tests are coming through – offering new hope to people touched by cancer – but at a price. On top of this, the NHS needs to consider the increasing cost of follow up care for cancer survivors (’survivorship care’) – as more and more people survive cancer.

So cancer care costs are certain to increase in the future, and these will need to be met through boosting spending and efficiency in the NHS.

Compare the £76 per head spent on Cancer alone by the NHS to the cost of effective supplementation with Vitamin D3 – approximately £10 per head, per annum.

Now factor in Diabetes:

The NHS is spending £1m an hour, 10% of its yearly budget, treating diabetes and its complications, according to a new report.

Despite advances in detection and treatment, incidence of the disease – which causes heart attacks, stokes and blindness – is spiralling.

GPs are still missing telltale symptoms which mean the disease may remain undetected for many years until irreversible damage has been done, said campaigning charity Diabetes UK.

Some 2.3million people in the UK are already diagnosed but the charity estimated the number of diagnosed and “hidden” diabetics will top 4million by 2025.

The report also revealed one in 10 people in hospital in the UK have diabetes and 60% of inpatients with diabetes have been admitted as emergencies. The total cost to the NHS equates to £9bn-a-year.

Source: The Guardian.

This is another £140 per head of the UK population on diabetes …

Now factor in heart disease .. allergies .. influenza treatment and deaths …. parkinsons .. multiple sclerosis …

How about depression? – another £140 per head UK population per annum. from the estimated cost in 2000:

The total cost of adult depression was estimated at over £9 billion

Source: Imperial College

So we can spend £10 per year on D3 supplements per head of the UK population and reduce NHS spending by say 75% of these amounts (conservatively) – meaning a saving of £271 per head per annum on Cancer, Diabetes and Depression alone. Cancer, diabetes and depression and Schizophrenia are pretty much unknown at the equator.

This amounts to a saving to the NHS potentially of £17.6 billion per annum at a cost of around £650 million for appropriate D3 supplementation and testing …. that’s quite a sum.

Are you getting the picture as to why the Pharma industry is deliberately overplaying the dangers of Vitamin D supplementation?

They can’t patent Vitamin D and they stand to stand to lose an awful lot of money if people are healthy.

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Google, Galileo, History and Power.

August 25th, 2009 No comments
Google celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileos telescope.

Google celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope.

Google is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s telescope today. Poor Galileo was not well treated in his day for sticking to the same observation the Flaming Lips make in their song, “Do you realise”, namely that, “the Sun does not rise, it’s just an illusion caused by the world turning round”. From Wikipedia:

Galileo’s championing of Copernicanism was controversial within his lifetime, when a large majority of philosophers and astronomers still subscribed (at least outwardly) to the geocentric view that the Earth is at the centre of the universe. After 1610, when he began supporting heliocentrism publicly, he met with bitter opposition from some philosophers and clerics, and two of the latter eventually denounced him to the Roman Inquisition early in 1615. Although he was cleared of any offence at that time, the Catholic Church nevertheless condemned heliocentrism as “false and contrary to Scripture” in February 1616,[8] and Galileo was warned to abandon his support for it—which he promised to do. When he later defended his views in his most famous work, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published in 1632, he was tried by the Inquisition, found “vehemently suspect of heresy,” forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest.

Google today is one of the champions of freedom of information – except when censoring websites for the Chinese and other Governments. The pioneering search techniques, personal publishing and communications tools – and other innovations the internet giant has brought to us, are part of the most sweeping political change to occur in two thousand years or so.

The invention of large scale officialdom and the official world-view it presents as a coherent and self evident set of truths ushered in a period of small scale human acquiescence and large scale dominace through power that persists as the fundamental underlying fabric of our society today.

The Internet puts that entire web, fabricated from truths, half truths, downright lies and outdated beliefs at risk of crumbling. In fact it is crumbling. As individuals stop looking to their televisions and governments to tell them what is the nature of reality and begin on a large scale to discern and sift that information for themselves the established political process is becoming irrelevant.

This was foreseen as clear as day by some leaders of the American right – and seen as the danger to their established order it represents. Unable to declare open “information warfare” on their own citizens without fear of revolt, it needed the invention of the war on terror to galvanise the minds of the people into allowing their hard fought freedoms to be taken away from under their feet.

So today if you live in London, on average, you will be caught 300 times on CCTV cameras – cameras that have been shown to cost £20,000 per crime solved to operate and which 80% of produce pictures of too poor quality to identify criminals.

Your web-browsing habits, emails and phone calls are all stored on a personal database at GCHQ in Cheltenham, Gloucester. Using social topology mapping software this can be used to make a map of who you know, where you go and what you do. How you think can be deduced to no small degree from this information. And it is no short step from there to knowing what information to feed you to lead you to thinking a certain way or influencing your choices towards those which are “best” for society.

The internet threatens everything the elites of this world have worked so long to establish because the lies upon which they base their logic will be undone by it’s very presence. Hence the threat to it from new ideas being pushed by big government, Rothschild and Rockerfeller think tanks and the big media coalitions.

The Government can force you to be vaccinated against “Swine Flu”, even though the vaccine being used in Europe has never and will not be tested on humans. And knowing last time such a thing happened in the USA in 1976 that one person died of the flu and an unknown number of the vaccine (because as numbers mounted the American Medical Association ordered doctors that unless a person died within the immediate 48 hours following vaccination their death must be assigned to other causes – even when they were totally healthy prior to vaccination).

Science is no better ruler of what we “best” do now than the Vatican was when it placed Galileo under house arrest and starved the world of his brilliance. Just look at the biggest experiment they have ever undertaken – CERN’s Large Hadron Collider – which blew up when they turned it on.

If you think politicians are any better then have a think back about the last year or so of world politics and finance.

We have had two thousand years of “democratic” politics and it has not solved a problem yet. Mainly this is because it is, by it’s very nature, undemocratic in the way we employ it – and subject to total infiltration by select groups with personal or other agendas. The stated agenda of “serving the people” is rarely any where near the top of the heap of priorities of a politician.

The image based way we select amongst two groups of (mainly) elite public schoolboys to run this country gives us poor service. It really is time for change. Modern communications can make this world a better place. They give us individual power at the cost of centralised power. Centralised power is fighting back with all it can – but as it steals all it’s power from the single biggest lie – that we “need it” – it will fail.

Long live the people.

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