Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Lines Are Drawn - Are You With Us Or Them? Rethugs Kill Wild Animals? Greeks Kill Demonstrators! Killing Yourself With Sugar (To Enrich the (You Know Whom) Producers?)

 Look what I found online! At the Republic of Gilead, no less.

The Daily Tarheel: UNC clears Psalm 100 after investigation
Have you ever wondered if you would have the pleasure of enjoying the discomfiture of the MSM, who constantly tout the "goodness" of Rethuglican political virtues, having to report a truly horrendous accident involving many murders that occurred due to the Rethugs' idiotic deregulatory hysteria?

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Ohio Gov. Kasich Let Wild Animal Regulations Lapse (Purposely)

by Zappatero

(This was already diaried, but I'm going to give it some oomph.)

Ohio Governor John Kasich is a slash-and-burn Republican of the highest order. He came into office and immediately threw in with the Koch Brother Agenda of attacking unions, selling off state assets, and cutting regulations.

One regulation he cut may have come back to bite him in the butt today:

Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Jack Hanna says the scene of wild and dangerous animals running from an eastern Ohio farm after their owner freed them and killed himself was “like Noah’s Ark wrecking.”

“Not full of birds and things, just lions and tigers and bears,” the director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said today near Zanesville. “I can’t imagine any more animals that would be worse to have out here.”
. . . Even as law officers tracked the feral escapees, Ohio officials are considering regulations on exotic and wild pets. Former Governor Ted Strickland (a Democrat) issued an executive order banning their keeping before leaving office in January, though it expired under Governor John Kasich.
Here's the regulation that John Kasich, good Republican who is against regulations, let expire:

The Department of Natural resources announced on April 4, 2011 that key stakeholders from across the state would be involved in the development of policies and procedures regarding ownership, sale and transfer of dangerous wild animals in the state of Ohio.

Outreach to stakeholders is taking place at the request of Governor John R. Kasich who supports the regulation of dangerous wild animals to ensure the public’s safety and animals’ humane treatment. He also believes any new regulations should be developed in a transparent way with input from the public and those who have interests at stake.

The Kasich administration initiated this process because of the April 6 expiration of the previous administration’s Executive Order 2010-17S and Emergency Administrative rule 1501:31-19-5, banning the "possession, sale, and transfer."
So let's sum this up: a Democrat puts in a sensible regulation to protect citizens and animals in the state of Ohio. Slash-and-burn Republican gains office and starts selling and deregulating and attacking those very same animals and citizens. And the regulation, which could have been extended by the stroke of a pen, remains expired as a menagerie of animals is killed and the Citizens of Ohio remain in danger due to unregulated wild animals on the loose.

This is the direct cost of Republicans' constant fight against regulations and the common good of the citizenry.

I read the other day that someone said the "other side" must be stoopid to have let things get so out of hand (i.e., let the world know exactly how rich they had become while asking for even more tax breaks while spreading poverty to the rest of the world) because a reaction from the affected citizens would be vicious and abrupt once it was truly understood how easily they had been taken advantage of and how contemptuously they were assumed to be silent cowards in the face of that great power and money.

Think the latest stoopid (and now well-advertised) bit of vengeance from on high will have any effect on those standing by silently (with their hands out)?

Freelance NPR Host Fired After Conservatives Spot Her at ‘Occupy DC’

A broadcaster that hosts several programs that air on NPR was reportedly fired Wednesday for her participation in Occupy DC after conservative websites suggested “apparent ethics violations.”

Lisa Simeone said Thursday that she was read NPR’s code of ethics as she was fired as the host of Soundprint.

She also works as a freelance host on NPR’s World of Opera.

“We recently learned of World of Opera host Lisa Simeone’s participation in an Occupy DC group,” NPR’s Anna Christopher wrote. “World of Opera is produced by WDAV, a music and arts station based in Davidson, North Carolina. The program is distributed by NPR. Lisa is not an employee of NPR or of WDAV; she is a freelancer with the station.”

“We’re in conversations with WDAV about how they intend to handle this. We of course take this issue very seriously.”

NPR had not confirmed the firing and WDAV still had her photograph on their site at time of publication.

In a video posted to YouTube in July, Simeone declared her intentions to participate in the October occupation of DC.

“I’m going to Washington, D.C. on October 6 because our moment has come,” she said. “Life, peace, justice. That’s what we want. That’s what we’re going to demand… We’re not leaving. We’re not just going to go there and march around with signs. We’re going, we’re going to sit down on that nice cold ground for however long we have to, how ever many days, however many weeks. We’re going to stay and we are going to demand that our leaders listen to us.”

Simeone’s alleged firing comes just one day after conservative websites The Daily Caller and Fox News suggested that she had broken NPR’s ethics rules by becoming an activist.

“I find it puzzling that NPR objects to my exercising my rights as an American citizen — the right to free speech, the right to peaceable assembly — on my own time in my own life,” Simeone told’s David Swanson, a noted peace activist. “I’m not an NPR employee. I’m a freelancer. NPR doesn’t pay me. I’m also not a news reporter. I don’t cover politics.”

“This sudden concern with my political activities is also surprising in light of the fact that Mara Liaason reports on politics for NPR yet appears as a commentator on FoxTV, Scott Simon hosts an NPR news show yet writes political op-eds for national newspapers, Cokie Roberts reports on politics for NPR yet accepts large speaking fees from businesses. Does NPR also send out ‘Communications Alerts’ about their activities?”

The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik predicted that Simeone would also find herself out of a job as the host of NPR’s World of Opera by the end of the day Thursday.

I don't like anyone killing "defenseless" wild animals, who should be taken care of with all due respect whenever they are removed from their native habitats because of their vulnerability to abuse by ignorant human populations; and I particularly don't like humans killing humans, especially when they are demonstrating against other humans' civil wrongs.

1 Dead in Violent Athens Protests Over Cutbacks

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greek protesters rampaged outside parliament with firebombs and stones Thursday, leaving one construction worker dead as lawmakers inside gathered to vote on deeply unpopular new cutbacks demanded by international creditors.
Tear gas choked the air in Athens' central Syntagma Square as riot police tried to separate more than 50,000 peaceful protesters from smaller groups determined to wreck havoc. The scene degenerated into running battles between groups of protesters beating each other and between helmeted, heavily armed police and masked rioters.
One central Athens hospital said it had treated 74 people injured in the clashes. Some of the injured were covered in blood from head wounds.
Creditors have demanded that Greece pass the extra austerity measures before they give the country more funds from a euro110 billion ($152 billion) bailout loan from other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund. Greece says it will run out of money in mid-November without the next euro8 billion ($11 billion) installment.

Greek lawmakers on Thursday were voting on details of the proposals, which include putting 30,000 public servants on reduced pay and suspending collective labor contracts.

Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos issued an impassioned appeal to Socialist and opposition lawmakers alike, warning that failure to approve the measures would be disastrous.

"If the law is not approved ...there is no need for me even to go to the eurogroup meeting on Friday, or the prime minister to Sunday's summit," he said Thursday. "The country will be exposed to the danger of a non-rational development, and will once again serve as the scapegoat on which Europe's historic, political and institutional shortcomings will be dumped."

In layman's terms, if the bill is not passed, the European effort to reduce Greece's massive debt burden in an orderly fashion will be overtaken by the chaotic market uncertainties of a possible Greek default.

The latest austerity measures are expected to pass, although dissent from governing Socialist party deputies could further weaken Prime Minister George Papandreou's slim majority in Parliament, where he holds 154 of the 300 seats.

Former Labor Minister Louka Katseli said Thursday she would not back a provision to scale-back labor bargaining rights.

The next installment of the bailout for Greece has yet to be authorized and there's growing unease in the markets about whether a summit of eurozone leaders this Sunday in Brussels will yield a comprehensive solution to the continent's debt crisis. Finance ministers from the 17 countries that use the euro will meet Friday ahead of the summit.

In the streets, the pain of austerity measures was already evident. Youths set mounds of trash on fire in the square Thursday, while clouds of acrid tear gas sent protesters scurrying. Young men in crash helmets and gas masks used crowbars and clubs to smash marble from building facades and rip up paving stones to throw at riot police.
The Evangelismos hospital said one 53-year-old man from the protest was brought in by ambulance without a pulse and not breathing. Doctors tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him. A Communist-backed union identified him as a construction worker.

The violence came a day after a massive Athens demonstration by more than 100,000 people also degenerated into a riot, with masked, black-clad protesters attacking riot police, who responded with volleys of stun grenades and tear gas.

(AP) Communist-backed union protesters run way from a fire bomb hurled at them by other demonstrators ...
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Greece's international creditors, meanwhile, warned that a second rescue package tentatively agreed upon in July may not be enough to save the country from bankruptcy, according to debt inspectors' draft report obtained Thursday by The Associated Press in Berlin.

The inspectors said Greece has missed its deficit-cutting targets and called the pace of its reforms insufficient, but still said Athens should get euro8 billion ($11 billion) in bailout loans as soon as possible so it does not default next month.

Greece has depended on the rescue loans since May of 2010 to pay its bills. In July, eurozone leaders tentatively agreed on a second euro109 billion ($150 billion) bailout that would also see banks and other private bondholders give Greece easier terms on its debt.

However, the inspectors from the European Commission and the European Central Bank said Greece's debt dynamics remain "extremely worrying."

That piles more pressure on European leaders to make private creditors like banks take more losses on the Greek bonds they hold.

Unions seemed resigned to the law being passed, but warned that the whole country opposed it.

"Our European friends must know that our prime minister will go to the European summit naked, because the promises he will make have no backing in his country," said Ilias Iliopoulos, secretary general of the Adedy civil servants' union.

The general strike Thursday disrupted public transport, public services and left ships docked at ports. Schools and customs offices closed and state hospitals were running on emergency staff.
Associated Press writers Elena Becatoros, Derek Gatopoulos and Demetris Nellas in Athens contributed to this report.
 Ever wondered how crazy the people were who warned you about the deleterious effects of too much sugar? Diabetes is always a worry for many, but did you know that the type of sugar makes a difference in cancer formation?

According to Lewis Cantley, director of the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School, as much as 80 percent of all cancers are "driven by either mutations or environmental factors that work to enhance or mimic the effect of insulin on the incipient tumor cells." Similar research published in the journal Cancer Research found that the way in which sugar is metabolized stimulates cancer growth. The researchers reported:  "Importantly, fructose and glucose metabolism are quite different. These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation."

What is even more concerning is that the scientists conducting the research used pancreatic cancer cells, widely considered to be the most deadly form of cancer. The discovery was monumental because not only did the researchers prove that tumor cells feed on sugar (glucose), but the tumor cells used fructose for cell division in order to speed up the growth and spread of the cancer. Fructose consumption actually led to a massive increase in tumor cell growth and proliferation way beyond that of glucose.

This cancer-feeding fructose is what the majority of Americans are consuming on a daily basis, to the point where high-fructose corn syrup is their number one source of calories. Even children are consuming excessive amounts of sugar in juice boxes, candy, and even 'healthy' sports beverages. The amount is so extreme that the average American consumes around 150 grams of sugar each day; whereas, many experts believe that the number should be around 15 grams per day or lower to prevent cancer.

The ubiquitous nature of fructose is so apparent in the food supply that it can be found in one form or another in 5 of the top 10 sources of calories in America, according to a USDA report. As cancer rates continue to explode, it is vital that dietary changes are made involving the emission of fructose from the global food supply. Natural sweeteners like Stevia contain 0 calories, and have been found to prevent and reverse diseases like diabetes. It is time we revolutionize the food supply and utilize natural sweeteners as tools to reduce cancer and obesity rates worldwide, naturally."

From Man With a Muckrake:

Caroline Geck, Library Journal, says of Red Alert:
Economist Leeb (Game Over: How You Can Prosper in a Shattered Economy) argues that while U.S. officials and politicians engage in short-term myopic planning, endless legal maneuvering, scandals, and wartime investing that are crippling American economic viability, China's government is run by visionary scholars with backgrounds in such fields as chemistry and engineering who are carefully analyzing the long-term, big picture. China is gaining ground as a superpower and attaining competitive advantage over other countries, especially the United States, by using its profits to invest in and control mineral commodities such as coal, oil, zinc, silver, and gold. These resources are becoming scarce, and the author argues that access to them will determine the standard of living for future generations. According to Leeb, the Chinese government recognizes the importance of these resources to key industries such as renewable energy and electronics and views the ability to accumu late them as proof of the country's strength. He also discusses the global demand and supply of key resources such as water.
Two days ago, the GOP had its nth presidential debate - a debate centered on the topics of 9-9-9, immigration, religion, undocumented lawn-cutters, and other pap.
GOP Congressional leaders, Cantor, Boehner, and McConnell give daily anti-Obama lectures. President Obama gives campaign speeches about jobs.

Red Alert: How China's Growing Prosperity Threatens the American Way of Life. Do any of these people get it? If not, then my grandsons may be facing a future war with China. After all, that's one thing that this nation does well and often.
My guess is that no one is currently discussing intelligently China's metaphorical WMD's at those "elevated" levels.

But we better start running this most important debate ourselves as these "important" leaders never will.

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