Archive for August, 2013

Miniature ‘human brain’ grown in lab

Miniature ‘human brain’ grown in lab

Miniature “human brains” have been grown in a lab in a feat scientists hope will transform the understanding of neurological disorders.

The pea-sized structures reached the same level of development as in a nine-week-old foetus, but are incapable of thought.

The study, published in the journal Nature, has already been used to gain insight into rare diseases.

Neuroscientists have described the findings as astounding and fascinating.

The human brain is one of the most complicated structures in the universe.

Scientists at Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have now reproduced some of the earliest stages of the organ’s development in the laboratory.

Brain bath

They used either embryonic stem cells or adult skin cells to produce the part of an embryo that develops into the brain and spinal cord – the neuroectoderm.

This was placed in tiny droplets of gel to give a scaffold for the tissue to grow and was placed into a spinning bioreactor, a nutrient bath that supplies nutrients and oxygen.

The cells were able to grow and organise themselves into separate regions of the brain, such as the cerebral cortex, the retina, and, rarely, an early hippocampus, which would be heavily involved in memory in a fully developed adult brain.

The researchers are confident that this closely, but far from perfectly, matches brain development in a foetus until the nine week stage.

The tissues reached their maximum size, about 4mm (0.1in), after two months.

The “mini-brains” have survived for nearly a year, but did not grow any larger. There is no blood supply, just brain tissue, so nutrients and oxygen cannot penetrate into the middle of the brain-like structure.

One of the researchers, Dr Juergen Knoblich, said: “What our organoids are good for is to model development of the brain and to study anything that causes a defect in development.

“Ultimately we would like to move towards more common disorders like schizophrenia or autism. They typically manifest themselves only in adults, but it has been shown that the underlying defects occur during the development of the brain.”

The technique could also be used to replace mice and rats in drug research as new treatments could be tested on actual brain tissue.

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Swiss banks to divulge names of wealthy US tax avoiders, pay billions in fines

Swiss banks to divulge names of wealthy US tax avoiders, pay billions in fines

About a hundred Swiss banks will avoid prosecution by divulging the names of US clients who have allegedly avoided tax by using secret accounts. The banks could face fines of up to 50 percent of the asset value if they provide full disclosure.

The settlement will apply to second-tier Swiss banks and will be open to banks not already under a US criminal investigation. This rules out the second-largest Swiss bank, Credit Suisse; the largest European bank HSBC Holdings Plc and Julius Baer Group Ltd, as well as several regional banks.

Under the deal, each bank will set its own non-prosecution or deferred-prosecution agreement with the US authorities. “The program is intended to enable every Swiss bank that is not already under criminal investigation to find a path to resolution,” the US Department of Justice said in a statement.

The fines are set to reach up to 50 percent of the aggregate value of any undeclared accounts held by wealthy Americans, depending on the time the accounts were opened. To decide whether they can afford paying billions of dollars in fines and participate in the deal, Swiss banks will have to assess the cost of potential penalties versus the risk of US prosecution.

“It’s a choice between two evils,” a tax lawyer with Poledna Boss Kurer AG in Zurich, Walter Boss, told Reuters. If they don’t cooperate with the US, the US might indict them,” he stated.

It’s hoped the breakthrough agreement with the world’s largest off-shore financial center with about $2.2 trillion of assets will boost the US campaign against tax evasion by citizens hiding their funds abroad. It means, Switzerland will finally cease to be a “secret banking heaven” for Americans out of reach of US tax authorities.

“This program will significantly enhance the Justice Department’s ongoing efforts to aggressively pursue those who attempt to evade the law by hiding their assets outside of the United States,” US Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

“In addition to strengthening our partnership with the Swiss government, the program’s requirement that Swiss banks provide detailed account information will improve our ability to bring tax dollars back to the US Treasury from across the globe,” he added.  

Some unidentified Swiss banks who are not cooperating with the US justice system, could face punishment, the Attorney General has warned, saying that the agreement creates “significant risks for individuals and banks that continue to fail to cooperate, including for those Swiss banks that facilitated US tax evasion but fail to cooperate now, for all US taxpayers who think that they can continue to hide income and assets in offshore banks, and for those advisors and others who facilitated these crimes.”

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California School District Hires Company to Spy on Students’ Facebook, Twitter Activities

California School District Hires Company to Spy on Students’ Facebook, Twitter Activities

Madison Ruppert
Activist Post

Southern California’s Glendale Unified School District has hired an outside company to spy on their students’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube activities, going truly above and beyond in the name of student safety.

While it’s hardly surprising to see public schools invading the privacy of their students, be it through iris scanning or forcing students to wear RFID-enabled identification cards, this is truly unusual.

Richard Sheehan, the superintendent of the Glendale district, told CBS Los Angeles that a Hermosa Beach, California company called Geo Listening is busy analyzing the online posts of some 13,000 students across eight middle and high schools in his district.

“The whole purpose is student safety,” Sheehan said. “Basically, it just monitors for keywords where if a student is considering harming themselves, harming someone else.”

The system is reportedly aimed at giving information that school administrators consider critical to their personnel as quickly as possible.

“We do monitor on and off campus, but we do pay attention during school hours,” Sheehan said to CBS Los Angeles. “We do pay more attention to the school computers.”

Geo Listening specifically markets itself to schools seeking to spy on their students, or as they put it, monitor for students “crying for help.”

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Public School Is One Of The Most Dangerous Places You Could Possibly Put Your Children

Public School Is One Of The Most Dangerous Places You Could Possibly Put Your Children

By Michael Snyder, on August 26th, 2013

Would you willingly send your kids into a war zone?  No way.  Would you willingly send your children into a federal prison?  Of course not.  So why would you send them to a public school?  In America today, kids are being killed on the way to school, at school and on the way home from school.  Mass shootings are becoming increasingly common, the influence of gangs in our schools is on the rise and sometimes the biggest threat of danger comes from the teachers and the security officials that are supposed to be there to “protect” our children.  But violence is not the only thing for parents to be concerned about when it comes to our public schools.  The truth is that public schools in the United States have become government indoctrination centers, and many teachers are constantly looking for opportunities to inject as much propaganda as they possibly can into classroom instruction.  After a dozen years of this, many students leave high school virtually brainwashed and nearly incapable of thinking for themselves.  This is one of the reasons why so many high school students seem like they are dumb as a rock.  Our young people spend most of their young lives in prison camps where they are constantly being told what to think instead of being trained how to think.  Why would anyone want to subject their children to that?

When it comes to their children, safety is the number one priority for most parents.  They expect that their children will be kept safe going to school, while they are at school, and coming home from school.

Unfortunately, school is becoming an increasingly dangerous place to be for our children.  And I am not just talking about the mass shootings that have happened in recent years.

For example, 260 school children have been killed in the city of Chicago alone over the past three years, and now things are about to get even worse.  The following is an excerpt from a recent article about the impact that budget cuts and school closings are having on school safety in Chicago…

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North Carolina police threaten to arrest church charity for feeding the homeless

North Carolina police threaten to arrest church charity for feeding the homeless

A non-profit organization says North Carolina police threatened to arrest members of the charity group for distributing food to more than 70 homeless people in downtown Raleigh on Saturday morning.

Love Wins Ministries, a church group that tries to care for the city’s homeless, was preparing to serve breakfast on Saturday. The group had free coffee and sausage biscuits for more than 70 homeless people, but local police stopped the non-profit from handing it out. Police officers threatened to arrest anyone who tried to distribute food, claiming it violates one of the city’s ordinances but refusing to say which one.

“This morning we showed up at Moore Square at 9 a.m., just like we have done virtually every Saturdayand Sunday for the last six years,” Rev. Hugh Hollowell, the ministry’s pastor and director, wrote in a blog post. “Today, officers from Raleigh Police Department prevented us from doing our work, for the first time ever. An officer said, quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested.”

Since 1998, Sec. 9-2022 of the rules governing city parks prohibits the distribution of food without a permit, but the non-profit claims its efforts were never previously halted. Hollowell was disturbed at the fact that police refused to name the ordinance that prohibits public food distribution, thereby keeping the group in the dark about what they were doing wrong.

“No representative from the Raleigh Police Department was willing to tell us which ordinance we were breaking, or why, after six years and countless friendly and cooperative encounters with the Department, they are now preventing us from feeding hungry people,” Hollowell wrote on the group’s website. “When I asked the officer why, he said that he was not going to debate me. ‘I am just telling you what is. Now you pass out that food, you will go to jail.’”

Hollowell told WRAL-TV that the police work for the mayor and the City Council, who oversee responsibility for the revitalization of downtown Raleigh. Even though his group cleans up the mess after serving meals, he believes the city perceives his efforts as a challenge to the revitalization effort.

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue told WRAL that no one was arrested on Saturday and members of the group were “simply informed” about the rules.

But Love Wins is not the only non-profit organization whose efforts to help the homeless were brought to an abrupt halt: another group, Human Beans Together, has already been notified that its members could no longer help the homeless on public grounds. In response, Human Beans moved its operations to a private parking lot, but police also asked them to leave that area on Sunday.

 “We had lots of volunteers and lots of hungry people and nowhere to go,” said volunteer Todd Pratt.

Mayor Nancy McFarlane and City Council member Mary-Ann Baldwin on Sunday pledged to address the matter this week and try to come up with a solution that will both keep the city clean and allow the non-profits to continue helping the homeless.

13 Mass Public Poisons

13 Mass Public Poisons

Jon David Miller
Activist Post

We are being poisoned. This mass public poisoning has been going on for over a century, and it has been gradually increasing. You and those you care about are being harmed almost continuously. We are being abused with multiple poisons in small doses on purpose.

The more of us that become aware of some of the most common ways this is happening, the better chance we have of reducing or ending exposure to at least some of the poisons.

Chlorine

This highly toxic chemical warfare agent has been added to public water supplies since about 1910 as a disinfectant. The now common health problems of circulatory disease and cancer became widespread only after the masses started being chlorinated regularly. Drinking it, bathing in it, breathing it and soaking it up in our showers, and consuming it in most food and beverage products made with city water, makes chlorine one of the most common public poisons.

Fluoride

The fluoride added to municipal water and dental care products is not really good for your teeth. It is a cancer causing, apathy inducing, intelligence reducing chemical, a waste product of aluminum and phosphate manufacturing. It was accumulating at production plants in the 1940s and ruining local ground water.

The industry first tried to get rid of excess stocks of fluoride by marketing it as rat poison, but not enough was sold. Then in the 1950s they concocted the scheme of convincing the American Dental Association to recommend it be added to public water supplies and oral care products to harden teeth. In the long run, it actually makes teeth brittle and mottled, while diminishing people’s IQ, minimizing active interests and shortening lives.

Aluminum

Aluminum has long been used in cookware and food service material. As people learned of its toxicity, they started abandoning aluminum pans and avoiding heating food wrapped in foil.

Extremely fine particles of it are the main component of the “chemtrail” sprays disseminated over virtually all areas in North America under the rationale of “geo-engineering” to counter “global warming”. Since the concern about global warming from carbon emissions due to human activity is fraudulently promoted to expand control of the population, this widespread chemical spraying is really being done for other reasons, from weather manipulation to public poisoning. The bizarre streaks often sprayed in the sky by aircraft are not normal jet contrails.

Aluminum is another neurotoxin that reduces intelligence and memory. It is considered a major contributor to early senility and dementia.

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Indiana Offers Free School Supplies to Children who Consent to Vaccines

Indiana Offers Free School Supplies to Children who Consent to Vaccines

In Fort  Wayne, Indiana, the County Department of Health is ‘helping’ kids  get back to school by offering free school supplies to those who consent to  vaccinations. For some free crayons and construction paper, many  parents are unknowingly exposing their children to a very well-hushed fact that  one of the most common vaccinations required of school aged children, the MMR  vaccine, or measles, mumps and rubella immunization, has a potential  link to multiple ailments – including autism.

“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization  schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their  children’s health – and that of classmates and the community,” said Allen County  Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan. Perhaps Dr. McMahan should check the  latest research.

While there is much controversy about the topic, evidence has been around  for more than 10 years that MMR has been linked to the autism spectrum.

In one study  published in 2002, the vaccine was found to cause an immune reaction which is  thought to play a great role in autism.  Dr Vijendra  Singh analyzed blood samples from 125 autistic children and 92 children who  did not have the disorder. In 75 of the autistic children they found antibodies  showing there had been an abnormal reaction to the measles component of  the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Nine out of 10 of those children  were also positive for antibodies thought to be involved in autism. These  antibodies attack the brain by targeting the basic building blocks of myelin,  the insulating sheath that covers nerve fibres. This stops the nerves developing  properly and may affect brain functions.

None of the non-autistic children showed the unusual anti-measles  response.

Dr Singh has suggested that an abnormal immune response [caused by MMR] may  be the root cause of many cases of autism.

There are numerous additional studies linking MMR vaccinations to autism, and  some pointing to a change in gut bacteria which are also responsible for a  child’s immunity. Andrew Wakefield’s research saying as much has been  corroborated now by multiple studies. Yeah, we know it’s controversial.

The question is, why would school districts and health officials be  continuing to promote vaccinations for children when they may be causing autism?  Even the CDC says that the numbers of children with autism has risen by a startling 78% in the last decade. If  there is even a remote possibility that autism is caused by vaccinations, then  why are we continuing to harm our children with them for a few boxes of  crayons (NaturalSociety.com)