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"The FBI later arrested Derrick Murray..." Here's to the white mice among us!


AUDIO AT LINK: Ed Young introduces and shares some of the backstory for creating Seven Blind Mice.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Aug 15, 2014, 01:34 PM (0 replies)

Morbidly, the WSJ hints at unfathomable, unimaginable, real world financial woes.

Coldplay feat Michael Stipe - In The Sun - Live Austin City Limits - 2005
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Aug 12, 2014, 02:56 PM (0 replies)


LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/11/statement-president-passing-robin-williams
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Aug 11, 2014, 09:22 PM (0 replies)

Lance Armstrong was moving liveSTRONG in that direction and for that I admire him to this day.

TX: http://www.livestrong.org/What-We-Do/Our-Approach/Reports-Findings/Prop-15-Case-Study
CA: http://www.livestrong.org/yeson29/
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Aug 6, 2014, 10:00 PM (2 replies)



'The Gatekeepers' Director Dror Moreh's Oscar Acceptance Would Have Honored Slain Prime Minister Rabin; Film Shunned by Israel

MARCH 2, 2013 1:19 PM

Cinemascope has published Dror Moreh's Oscar acceptance speech (which he didn't get to recite on stage because "Searching for Sugar Man" won over his doc "The Gatekeepers"). In the speech Moreh dedicates the Oscar to the memory of Israeli prime minister Itzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995 by a right-wing Jew "because he dared to dream about peace." That message was continued by "The Gatekeepers." The doc features interviews with six former heads of Israel's Shin Bet (their Secret Service).

In the speech Moreh writes: "We pray that it would echo in the corridors of power in Washington, Berlin, Paris, London and especially in Jerusalem and Ramallah."

Israel has not been supportive of the film, nor of Palestinian film "5 Broken Cameras," which was also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Both were Israeli co-productions. Israel's culture minister Limor Livnat--who did not see either film--expressed that she was happy that both lost the award, and urged the nation's filmmakers not to criticize Israel in their work; to practice "self-censorship."

The acceptance speech--crumpled on paper--is above.

Our interview with Moreh is here.



Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Aug 6, 2014, 08:21 PM (0 replies)

LA TIMES: Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, ousted as surgeon general due to his anti-smoking views, dies at 87


Dr. Jesse Steinfeld dies at 87; fought tobacco use as surgeon general

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August 5, 2014

Three U.S. surgeons general have played the biggest roles in alerting the public to the dangers of tobacco.

In 1964, Dr. Luther Terry issued the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health, irrefutably linking smoking with lung disease and other illnesses. The report led to a sharp drop in smoking and to the first warning labels on cigarette packages.

Seven years later, Dr. Jesse L. Steinfeld issued a second report focused on the dangers of secondhand smoke. He proposed what he called the Non-Smoker's Bill of Rights, which said that the country must free non-smokers from the hazards and annoyance of other people's addictions. He strengthened the warning on packages and issued the first ban on smoking in certain government buildings.

In the 1980s, Dr. C. Everett Koop accelerated the war against tobacco, producing the first ban on smoking in airplanes.

The tobacco industry considered Steinfeld's actions so egregious that he was labeled the "worst surgeon general ever." The industry lobbied vigorously for his removal and he became the first surgeon general ever forced out by the president.


Amazing heroism.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Aug 6, 2014, 02:27 PM (0 replies)

TAKE ACTION: Here's what experts in the field want the public to do.

PETITION: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/torturetruth



Link from:


bigtree OP: Letter from Retired Military Leaders to President Obama on CIA and the Release of the Torture Report

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Aug 5, 2014, 10:04 PM (0 replies)




Irva Hertz-Picciotto, an epidemiologist and professor at the University of California’s Mind Institute in Davis, was one of the few scientists willing to read Kennedy’s manuscript. “It’s a mixed bag,” she said to me over the phone. She believed that Kennedy had stacked the book with too many problematic studies that he cites as evidence of thimerosal’s contribution to neurodevelopmental disorders. “But it is not true that there is a body of scientific evidence that has put this question to rest, as the CDC asserts.” In fact, on a possible connection between autism and thimerosal, she said, “I think the question still remains to be answered.”

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Jul 27, 2014, 05:58 PM (1 replies)

As reported by WaPo article controversial chapters were DELETED from the book so title is misleading


Robert Kennedy Jr.’s belief in autism-vaccine connection, and its political peril
By Keith Kloor July 18


Some of the most controversial sections — the chapters connecting autism to thimerosal — Kennedy took out at the last minute, though there are still references to a link to autism. Hyman convinced him that such claims were too combustible and would distract from the book’s core argument, that “the evidence suggesting a link between thimerosal and a large percentage of neurodevelopment disorders … mandates action.”


AND, THREE ALLIES unnamed in the paragraph that first references them? Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Martha Herbert (extrapolating from quotes in article) and Lyn Redwood (stated in her account above).


Robert Kennedy Jr.’s belief in autism-vaccine connection, and its political peril
By Keith Kloor July 18

Sen. Barbara Mikulski listened impassively as Robert Kennedy Jr. made his case. He had to talk over the din in the marbled hallway just outside the Senate chambers, where he was huddled with Mikulski, two of her aides and three allies of his who had come to Washington for this April meeting.


The Maryland Democrat turned from Kennedy without a word. “I want to hear what you have to say,” Mikulski said, looking up at the lean man standing next to her. Mark Hyman, a physician and best-selling author, is Kennedy’s chief collaborator on a then-unpublished book titled “Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak,” which is scheduled to come out next week. The book argues that ethylmercury — a component of thimerosal — is harmful to human health. (Not so in trace amounts, scientific authorities have concluded.)

“The bottom line,” Hyman said to Mikulski: “We shouldn’t be injecting a neurotoxin into pregnant women and children.” Thimerosal should be taken out of the flu vaccine, Hyman and Kennedy argued.


Kennedy, fit at 60, insists he doesn’t want to fan these fears. All six of his children — ages 13 to 29 — have been fully vaccinated, he says. But he disputes the consensus opinion that trace amounts of thimerosal are no cause for concern. Some researchers are sympathetic to this view.

“We know from the biological literature that extremely low doses are harmful,” says Martha Herbert, a pediatric neurologist and autism researcher at Harvard University. “To me, it’s a no-brainer. Why would you put a neurotoxin in vaccines?”

Herbert accompanied Kennedy and Hyman in Washington. The discourse on vaccination is so highly charged that “you can’t say anything without immediately being labeled,” she says. “This is the most delicate issue I’ve ever dealt with in my life.”


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Jul 27, 2014, 05:56 PM (0 replies)

Important overview.

Robert K. Naviaux, MD, PhD, co-director of the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center at UC San Diego and professor of medicine, pediatrics and pathology UC San Diego:

Naviaux said the findings fit neatly with the idea that autism is caused by a multitude of interconnected factors: “Twenty percent of the known factors associated with autism are genetic, but most are not. It’s wrong to think of genes and the environment as separate and independent factors. Genes and environmental factors interact. The net result of this interaction is metabolism.”
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Jul 25, 2014, 01:42 PM (0 replies)
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