Thursday, November 08, 2007

War on Cancer - Part One

Two articles recently published in The Washington Post and AlterNet provide a good overview of current status on "war on cancer", a trendy catchy term of our time, but what a let down for the global populace is observed when in depth scrutinizing is in place, deciphering murky details from colorful advertising billboards.

Significant progresses against cancer indeed have been made through more concerted efforts by governments, increased public awareness and tremendous achievements in scientific world. However, trends point to uncharted territory that haven't been taken into account due to preserving commercial interests.

Modernity has given us technological wonders, practical usefulness of cellphones, computers, ease of traveling to distant places by abundant automobiles and planes, comfort feeling at home, seating in a velvety couch, our feet rested on thick soothing carpet. For many, food is plenty, anything can be bought from super, giant grocery stores, flashy clothes can be bought even from the comfort of a home just clicking mouse buttons surfing internet sites.

Lest we get too comfortable from these "modernity", the rise of toxic chemicals in our body is alarming. Hereditary does play role in cancer, but greater roles are played by how one lives one's life, what one eats, what good or bad habits one possess, these all play much greater roles in case of our cells go wild, too free radical.

Misconceptions is abound when it comes to cancer. The wide "gap between the actual causes of cancer and popular belief is even greater when considering pollution-related causes." Dr. Richard Beliveau and Denis Gingras in their book "Food that Fight Cancer" observe: "In general, the risk factors that are difficult to control - those of hereditary, environmental, or viral origin -- are responsible for about 30% of all cancers. Conversely, many factors directly related to lifestyle choices, such as smoking, lack of physical activity, obesity, dietary habits as well as the immoderate use of alcohol and stupefiers, are the direct cause of the onset of about 70% of all cancers!"

..............To be Continued in Part Two

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Keith Olbermann's Stunning Video on Waterboarding

Olbermann's comment in this latest news video is sharp, to the point, and courageous, showing what other "mainstream" journalists should be doing to keep intact their integrity.

Video Link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arWJ358tZgU

Monday, November 05, 2007

Harper's Ouija Board Environmentalism

"Harper stands up and waffles on about trying to call for 50 per cent emissions reductions. Where on earth is he getting those numbers from?" Weaver asked. "They're certainly not coming from Canadian scientists. Maybe it's coming from a Ouija board or something. But nobody knows where it's coming from.
The above quotation came from Dr. Andrew Weaver who is a part of a team of international experts in climate that won Nobel Prize in Peace this year. Most reputable scientists from around the world have been warning the world and its "energetic" leaders about the hastening pace of global warning which is beyond the scientific expectations of the past, and urged more urgent research to be immediately undertaken so that more practical recommendations could be turned into universal policies in the global arena, but all they are getting is stupefying avoidance, and even cutting down of their essential research is getting less attention from "in-bedded" global media.

An engaging article link:
Nobel scientists deliver stinging criticism of federal government

Mush, Name Sake and Bubble Dome

Some calls him Mush, as if to rhyme his name with Bush. Pakistan's military dictator Musharraf have other similarities with his rhymed name sake. He is also "waging war on terror", by incarcerating progressives, human rights activists and the lawyers and justices from the low to highest levels of courts. Human rights activist Asma Jahangir writes, "Ironically the President (who has lost his marbles) said that he had to clamp down on the press and the judiciary to curb terrorism. Those he has arrested are progressive, secular- minded people while the terrorists are offered negotiations and ceasefires."

His paid goons slapping the front and back sides of head of "prisoners" being taken away in long blue police vans. But unlike Bush who has at least so far kept the public demonstration of adherence to democracy, however flimsy that may be in reality, Mush has brazenly abandoned his long fusing facade of respecting democracy or the constitution of his land. He has unleashed, once again, his military prowess on any dissenters who had ever dared to speak against his camouflaged autocratic rule.

When Pakistan's Chief Justice Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry confronted Musharraf's dictatorial government regarding “disappeared prisoners, harassment of women and rushed privatisations", Mush and his autocrat buddies had branded him as Taliban sympathizers. They invoked the age old and fearsome words of "terrorism" and "terrorists" and mashed them all in Chief Justices' defiant but lawful dissents. Convenience of mixing apples and oranges for the frenzied world was abundant while in reality Pakistan's Intelligence Service have and had deep involvements of creating and maintaining the Taliban menace, in hyper myth and absolute nuisance.

Only time will tell if Mush has really lost his "marbles" this time around. As long as he gets repeated adoring patting from his secret and open admirers like his name sake and high stake "intelligence collaborators" from near and far, Mush will surely feel uplifted and daring, even while the certainty of a pending democratic revolution gathers momentum just outside his bubble dome.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Oil - Super-Spiked?

Goldman Sachs is predicting $80 a barrel by April 2008, forecasting a better supply and lesser demand for oil. Like them, some in the financial sector thinks that the current high price of oil is already taking a toll on motorists' "thirst" for more oil, further predicting that if the price of oil goes higher before April 2008 in this coming winter, the demand for "spiked" oil will be lower.

Isn't it like wishful thinking? The rise of demand from China, India and other economically energetic nations will surely put more pressure on world's current oil supply, though however "optimistic" OPEC may seem in the front page of global news. Yes, there will be new oil field discoveries, that will surely help, but increasing demand is out-stripping supply, and will do so in foreseeable years, unless, demands can be cut down by supplying alternative energy in the market, and also putting more energy efficient vehicles on the road.

It may seem "super-spiked" for the "gurus" of financiers, and damage-control in spins perhaps in active motion, but the facts of a dwindling fossil fuel doesn't change.

Ending energy poverty

Margo Thorning's article in The Baltimore Sun provides some grim statistics on the lack of modern energy accessibilities for a vast segment of our world population.
Today, 2.5 billion people use wood, charcoal, agricultural waste and animal dung to meet most of their daily energy needs for cooking and heating. In many countries, these resources account for more than 90 percent of total household energy consumption. About 1.3 million people - mostly women and children - die prematurely every year because of exposure to indoor air pollution from burning biomass for fuel.
The writer correctly observes that "Reducing the extreme energy poverty of the world's poor will take a combination of technology transfer and public-private partnerships between wealthy and less-developed nations."

Read the full article from the following link:
Ending energy poverty
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-op.energypoor01nov01,0,2478123.story