Monday, July 31, 2006

Mutualist Blog: Free Market Anti-Capitalism: Professionalism as Legitimizing Ideology

Respectful Insolence

Sunday, July 30, 2006



Saturday, July 29, 2006

Just another day at the office....

Job Quitter - Fuzzlepop

My hero...........

I SOOOOOOOOOOOOO get the sentiments behind this.

I love the letter- corporate bull poopy.

Chronic Pain On/Off Switch Found, Discovery Raises Hope For Better Pain Treatments - CBS News

Chronic Pain On/Off Switch Found, Discovery Raises Hope For Better Pain Treatments - CBS News

This cannot come soon enough!!!!

Chronic Pain On/Off Switch Found
Discovery Raises Hope For Better Pain Treatments

July 27, 2006
(AP / CBS)


We're very optimistic that this discovery, and our continued research, will ultimately lead to a novel approach to pain relief for the millions suffering from chronic pain."


Richard Ambron, pain researcher

(WebMD) A molecular switch turns off chronic pain, Columbia University researchers report.

The switch is an enzyme called protein kinase G or PKG. When PKG gets stuck in the "on" position, nerve cells keep sending pain signals – long after the injury that originally caused the pain has healed. Turning PKG off stops the pain, rats studies show.

"We're very optimistic that this discovery, and our continued research, will ultimately lead to a novel approach to pain relief for the millions suffering from chronic pain," researcher Richard Ambron, Ph.D., said in a news release.

Ambron and colleague Ying-Ju Sung, PhD, have applied for patents on the pathway of chemical signals that turns PKG on. They've also applied for patents on several molecules that turn PKG off.

Some 48 million Americans suffer from long-lasting pain. Current pain drugs don't always work — and when they do, they can have serious side effects such as drowsiness. It's hoped that the PKG discovery will lead to a new class of pain drugs that is more effective and has fewer side effects.

After injury, pain sensors in the body can lapse into a hyper-excited state. Long after the original injury is gone, these pain cells keep on sending intense pain signals. PKG, Ambron's team discovered, is responsible for this long-term hyper-excitability of pain sensors.

The finding is exciting because current pain drugs affect the brain's ability to receive pain signals from the spinal cord. Drugs that affect PKG would work much farther down the pain-signal pathway — in the periphery of the body and not in the brain.

The study appears in the August issue of the journal Neuroscience.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

The Writing Cure - New York Times

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Bush at the summit: 4 minutes of candor - Americas - International Herald Tribune

Bush at the summit: 4 minutes of candor - Americas - International Herald Tribune: "Bush at the summit: 4 minutes of candor
By Jim Rutenberg The New York Times

Published: July 18, 2006

STRELNA, Russia In the endless quest for details on how business is done among world leaders - the small talk, the byplay and the drama - nothing does the job like a stealthy tape recorder.

And so it came to pass Monday that the world got perhaps the most acute look at how the U.S. president does business with his international counterparts - Tony Blair of Britain and Hu Jintao of China - when a Russian microphone recorded him candidly discussing the Middle East, his distaste for long speeches and his preference for Diet Coke.

George W. Bush has been caught unaware before by open microphones and rolling cameras: Making a disparaging remark about a reporter during the 2000 campaign and making funny faces into a camera just before announcing the invasion of Iraq.

But the tape that was gifted to the news media Monday by the Russian service recording the Group of 8 summit meeting for participants and reporters appears to be the most extensive, catching in four minutes a presidential style mixing small talk and hard diplomacy - including the use of a scatological term.

And it also makes clear what many have assumed: Events like the G-8 summit meeting in the 1,000-room Konstantinovksy Palace in this St. Petersburg suburb eventually become a little much for him.

The conversation comes during the closing lunch of the talks, in the Blue Hall of the palace originally built by Peter the Great.

In a segment in which Bush is apparently speaking to an aide about upcoming remarks, Bush says, 'I'm just going to make it up, right here. I'm not going to talk too damn long like the rest of them.'" - Buitenland - �... stop doing this shit, and it�s over� - Buitenland - �... stop doing this shit, and it�s over�: "�... stop doing this shit, and it�s over�

Dankzij een openstaande microfoon luisterde de wereld gisteren mee hoe Tony Blair en George W. Bush onderling de toestand in de wereld doornamen.
Bush: Yo, Blair. How are you doing?
Blair: I�m just...
Bush: You�re leaving?
Blair: No, no, no not yet. On this trade thingy...(onverstaanbaar)
Bush: Yeah, I told that to the man.
Blair: Are you planning to say that here or not?
Bush: If you want me to.
Blair: Well, it�s just that if the discussion arises...
Bush: I just want some movement.
Blair: Yeah.
Bush: Yesterday we didn�t see much movement.
Blair: No, no, it may be that it�s not, it may be that it�s impossible.
Bush: I am prepared to say it.
Blair: But it�s just I think what we need to be an opposition...
Bush: Who is introducing the trade?
Blair: Angela
Bush: Tell her to call �em.
Blair: Yes.
Bush: Tell her to put him on, them on the spot. Thanks for the sweater it�s awfully thoughtful of you.
Blair: It�s a pleasure.
Bush: I know you picked it out yourself.
Blair: Oh, absolutely, in fact (onverstaanbaar)
Bush: What about Kofi? That seems odd. Well, I don�t like the sequence of it. His attitude is basically ceasefire and everything else happens. But you know what I�m saying.
Blair: Yeah, no I think the (onverstaanbaar) is really difficult. We can�t stop this unless you get this international business agreed.
Bush: Yeah.
Blair: I don�t know what you guys have talked about, but as I say I am perfectly happy to try and see what the lie of the land is, but you need that done quickly because otherw"

Monday, July 17, 2006

Psychedelic mushrooms earn serious 2d look from science - The Boston Globe

Psychedelic mushrooms earn serious 2d look from science - The Boston Globe

Psychedelic mushrooms earn serious 2d look from science
By Gareth Cook, Globe Staff | July 17, 2006

Psychedelic mushrooms have been a stubborn part of the nation's drug problem for decades, offering their users a potentially dangerous, and decidedly illegal, way to warp their consciousness. Now government-funded scientists have found that the active ingredient in the mushrooms could be a powerful tool for scientific research, and they say it should be explored as a potential treatment for depression, anxiety, and other disorders.

In a paper published last week, scientists at Johns Hopkins University say that a single dose of psilocybin routinely brings about positive psychological changes that can last for months. This lasting effect is surprising and mysterious, the scientists said, but seems to be the result of what they call powerful drug-induced ``mystical experiences" that include a feeling of the sacredness and oneness of the universe. More than two-thirds of the volunteers described their session with the drug -- several hours in a laboratory, under close monitoring -- as one of the most meaningful and spiritually significant events in their life, on a par with the birth of a child or the death of a parent.

``That just blew me away," said Roland Griffiths , a Johns Hopkins scientist who led the study and is considered one of the world's top investigators into the psychological effects of drugs.

Griffiths and other scientists said that the results suggest the time has come to study the scientific and medical potential of psilocybin, some four decades after the drug abuse of the 1960s shut down research into psychedelic drugs.

Neuroscientists could study people under the influence of the drug to answer basic questions about human perception and consciousness. But the research also shows that scientists can safely and reliably provoke a mystical experience in a laboratory, meaning they now have an unprecedented chance to study the nature of the mystical experience itself, using brain scanning and other techniques to probe the biological basis of a puzzling human phenomenon that has powerfully shaped the world's religions.

YOUR VIEW: Are you experienced?

``This represents a landmark study, because it is applying modern techniques to an area of human experience that goes back as long as humankind has been here," said Charles R. Schuster , a former director of the government's National Institute on Drug Abuse and currently a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at Wayne State University School of Medicine .

The Hopkins team is planning follow-up work to look at the drug's medical potential, but other groups have already begun similar research. Preliminary results from a study underway at a California hospital show that a single session with psilocybin helps patients overcome the anxiety and depression that come with a diagnosis of incurable cancer. A scientist at McLean Hospital in Belmont is studying the use of ecstasy, another illegal psychedelic, for the same purpose. A researcher at the University of Arizona, meanwhile, is testing whether psilocybin can treat obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The scientists caution that the research is preliminary, though, and they worry that their results might inspire someone to abuse the drug. Even in the Hopkins experiment, about one-third of the participants experienced fear -- sometimes intense -- and paranoia while on the drug, and these emotions could easily escalate to panic and destructive behavior outside a controlled setting, Griffiths said. The participants were given hours of training before participating, and they were screened for mental illness. The drug is also thought to have the potential to bring on some mental illnesses in people prone to them.

``People shouldn't be using this drug," said David Shurtleff , director of the Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which helped fund the work. The research was also funded by the Council on Spiritual Practices , a San Francisco organization.
Griffiths said that work for the study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology , began in 1999. The team had to clear numerous regulatory barriers, including approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and a board at Hopkins that must approve all research using human subjects.

The volunteers were tested one at a time. They were each teamed with trained monitors who sat with them throughout the session. The testing was set up so that neither they nor the monitor knew whether they would receive psilocybin or a stimulant that is not a hallucinogen but causes some of the same physical effects.

After being given the drug, the volunteers sat in a comfortable room for about eight hours, most of it spent with an eye mask on, listening to music. If they became frightened, a monitor would reassure them, Griffiths said.

The volunteers filled out extensive questionnaires after the test and again two months later.

Twenty-two of 36 participants described the psilocybin experience in terms that meet the criteria of a ``full mystical experience," according to a standard psychological scale. This includes a sense of the unity and interconnectedness of the universe, a feeling of being in the presence of overwhelming love or grace, a sense that space and time have collapsed, and an inability to describe the experience in words. Afterward, many participants also said they still felt that their drug-induced perceptions were ``more real" than ordinary reality, another refrain of mystics throughout the ages.

Two months later, 19 of 24 volunteers said that they were more satisfied with their life, and interviews with friends, coworkers and relatives supported the idea that the participants had changed for the better. (Not all volunteers filled out the long-term follow-up questionnaire.) Griffiths said he also hopes to test the drug as a treatment for anxiety and fear in patients diagnosed with terminal cancer.

In the California study, Dr. Charles Grob , a professor of psychiatry at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, recalled one session with a woman whose fear of dying had so overwhelmed her that it was cutting her off from the people who loved her.

He said he watched as she cried and cried while under the influence of the drug. Grob said he thought that she was anguished by her mortality. Later, he asked her why she had been crying. She said that she was crying in empathy with her husband -- that she felt the loneliness he felt at losing his connection to her.

It was a revelation, she said, that has strengthened her marriage.

Gareth Cook can be reached at

© Copyright 2006 Globe Newspaper Company

Dr Grumble: Thought for the day

Asthma And Obesity Linked By Protein Called AP2

Hmm- this makes no mention of too little carbon dioxide.... this looks more like a protein and inflammation link.....

Asthma And Obesity Linked By Protein Called AP2

Asthma And Obesity Linked By Protein Called AP2
Main Category: Asthma / Respiratory News
Article Date: 15 Jul 2006 - 7:00am (PDT)
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Adipocyte/macrophage fatty acid-binding protein aP2 (aP2), a protein which regulates allergic airway inflammation has been detected in human airway epithelial cells by scientists from the The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia. aP2 also regulates the uptake by lipid cells of fatty acids and is associated with insulin resistance and atherosclerosis.

In other words, aP2 not only helps bring about obesity, diabetes type 2, hardening of the arteries - it also plays a vital role in allergic respiratory diseases such as asthma. The scientists say this is the first discovery which sees a clear link between the immune and metabolic systems.

Michael Rolph, lead researcher, and team, found that mice lacking aP2 experience a significant reduction in airway inflammation in a model of asthma.

The scientists demonstrated for the first time that aP2 is present in human epithelial cells which line the tubes that carry air from the windpipe to the bronchi (lungs). They also showed that aP2 expression is dramatically increased when the epithelial cells are stimulated with interleukin-4 and -13. This was a surprise as scientists thought aP2 was a specific marker for fat cells only.

aP2 function in mice was directly linked to infiltration into the airways of leukocytes and eosinophils. Leukocytes and eosinophils are inflammatory molecules.

This discovery emphasizes the close link between the regulation of inflammation and metabolism.

The scientists say that a novel way of looking at asthma and other inflammatory lung disease treatments may be to block the function of aP2.

“The adipocyte fatty acid-binding protein aP2 is required in allergic airway inflammation”
J. Clin. Invest., doi: 10.1172/JCI24767
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Written by: Christian Nordqvist
Editor: Medical News Today

Friday, July 14, 2006

Canadian Company Pension Idiocy - Trustees charged in pension case

Trustees charged in pension case
Ontario says $225 million mismanaged
Union plan denies watchdog's claims
Jun. 29, 2006. 06:52 AM

Trustees of Canada's biggest multi-employer union pension plan face regulatory charges that they mismanaged more than $225 million in worker funds, including investments in money-losing Caribbean resorts.

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario said yesterday it has laid 15 charges against trustees of the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan for alleged breaches of the Pension Benefits Act relating to numerous major investments over a two-year period.

The commission accused eight current and two former trustees of "failing to exercise the care, diligence and skill in the administration and investment of the pension fund ... that a person of ordinary prudence would exercise in dealing with the property of another person."

Some charges relate to decisions by plan trustees to invest about $166 million in real estate companies and Caribbean developments under the control of a defrocked priest.

The commission also said trustees violated pension law by investing more than 10 per cent of the plan's assets with one or two associated persons or affiliated companies when it provided extensive funds to the former priest's firms.

But officials of the pension plan, which provides benefits to 310,000 current and former members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, denied that it broke any pension laws.

"The charges are regulatory and not criminal, and are being vigorously defended by the trustees," the plan said in a statement.

Under the pension act, a trustee could face a maximum fine of $100,000 on conviction of each charge. The act has no provisions for the removal of trustees.

Commission officials would not comment on the importance of the case but it is one of its biggest pension plan probes in terms of the size of investments under review in recent years.

"It's serious," said commission spokesperson Rowena McDougall. "The superintendent (Bob Christie) is of the opinion that there is sufficient evidence to proceed with charges."

The commission did not reveal the dollar value of investments relating to the charges but it is more than $225 million, according to details in an earlier report on the plan by the regulator.

The defendants or their legal representatives are scheduled to make their first appearance at Old City Hall court July 26.

They include Cliff Evans, the plan's founder and retired leader of the food union. He resigned as a trustee last November but said it had nothing to do with a probe by the regulator.

Evans was the head of a special committee that approved the investments that attracted the attention of the commission more than three years ago.

The commission, which regulates the pension, insurance and loan industries, also charged trustees Wayne Hanley, the union's current national president; Michael Fraser, his predecessor; Tony Filato, Local 500 secretary treasurer, and Bernard Christophe, the plan's chairman and former Local 832 president.

On the employer side of the plan, the commission named trustees Gord Cannady, former vice-president of human resources at Canada Safeway; Lucy Paglione, vice-president of pensions and benefits at Loblaw Cos.; Alain Picard, vice-president of human resources for Metro Richelieu; Tom Zakrzewski; vice-president of labour relations at the Great Atlantic and Pacific Co., and Howard Preston, a former representative for small companies, as defendants.

In its statement, pension plan officials noted the commission found no evidence to support allegations that trustees benefited personally, received improper payments or committed fraud.

"They (trustees) have always acted in the best interests of the plan and its members," plan officials added.
The Toronto Star reported almost a year ago that the pension plan, which has $1.4 billion in assets, had poured more than $280 million into questionable investments during the past decade.

The investments involved loans for the two big Bahamian resort ventures, a Toronto hospitality services firm, a potato processing plant in Idaho, a Hamilton inn, a shrimp factory in Newfoundland, a meat packing operation in Kitchener, a magic theme restaurant chain in Florida, a financial company investing in small stocks and a former California Internet provider that once advanced money to litigants.

The resorts have struggled while most of the other investments collapsed.

A stinging commission report in May 2005, obtained by the Toronto Star, revealed sloppy bookkeeping, a lack of investment homework and weak monitoring of investments by the plan.

The report and an update earlier this year followed a complaint from a union member.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

What the American Flag Stands For

My laugh for the day, courtesy Evil Monkey at Neurotopia on Science Blogs.

Like I always say, principles before people.....


What the American Flag Stands For: "
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Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2002 by Common Dreams
What the American Flag Stands For
by Charlotte Aldebron

The American flag stands for the fact that cloth can be very important. It is against the law to let the flag touch the ground or to leave the flag flying when the weather is bad. The flag has to be treated with respect. You can tell just how important this cloth is because when you compare it to people, it gets much better treatment. Nobody cares if a homeless person touches the ground. A homeless person can lie all over the ground all night long without anyone picking him up, folding him neatly and sheltering him from the rain.
School children have to pledge loyalty to this piece of cloth every morning. No one has to pledge loyalty to justice and equality and human decency. No one has to promise that people will get a fair wage, or enough food to eat, or affordable medicine, or clean water, or air free of harmful chemicals. But we all have to promise to love a rectangle of red, white, and blue cloth.
Betsy Ross would be quite surprised to see how successful her creation has become. But Thomas Jefferson would be disappointed to see how little of the flag's real meaning remains. "

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Experience at the Arctic Bay Nursing Station on the coast of Baffin Island -- Vipond 169 (12): 1305 -- Canadian Medical Association Journal

DegreeFinders - Growing by Degrees

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Cancer Attack Pack (CAP)

Cancer Attack Pack (CAP)

Buteyko has cured cancer, but for most it is not enough on its own... ...

Buteyko Ireland : Practitioners and centres

Chronic Disease blog � EFT Practitioner Beats Chronic Disease

Buteyko method - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Misconceptions regarding asthma and the Buteyko Method

Mass media about the Buteyko method / Buteyko breathing against autumn-winter increased incidences of diseases / The Buteyko Clinic

Mass media about the Buteyko method / The direct telephone line with readers .. �Buteyko�s speaking� ... / The Buteyko Clinic

Mass media about the Buteyko method / The direct telephone line with readers .. �Buteyko�s speaking� ... / The Buteyko Clinic: "

�Thank you. Can oncology be treated using your method?�
�Yes, but the more severe the disease, the harder the normalization of breathing and cure.�

�You are worried by Igor Dubrov from Ribinsk. I want to hear from the first lips about the influence of your system on the character, sleep and energy of a man.�
�The breathing and metabolism normalize; the immunity is restored. And hence, such diseases as bronchial asthma, hypertension, stenocardia, diabetes mellitus, allergies, and frequent colds disappear.�"

Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Math Forum - Math Library - 8th Grade

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

I.Q. - Grade 5 Interactive Quizzes by Tami Maloney

I.Q. - Grade 5 Interactive Quizzes by Tami Maloney

Can you pass the Grade Five stuff??????

Monday, July 03, 2006

Prove it or lose it.....Mental illness incapacity benefits that is....

Incapacity benefit shake-up raises concerns over mental health discrimination - Workplace Law Network: "Incapacity benefit shake-up raises concerns over mental health discrimination

I hate bureaucracy. I hate personality tests and the like that peg mentally ill people as slackers. I hate that another article entitled (1 Jun 2006)
Employees Not Using Their Legal Allowance for Rest Breaks maybe does ot give a person a thought as to why mental health is suffering these days. Oh- and did I mention that I have had experience personally with these kinds of subjective tests that made it so that a Worker's Insurance Board cooked it so that someone I love was classed as a faker and their benefits were turfed.

Oh----- the hate is on once again.

3 July 2006
news item
In advance of Government proposals to change incapacity benefit the charity Rethink has called for an 'anti-stigma campaign' to encourage employers to hire jobseekers who have suffered from a mental illness.
Under Government plans � set to be unveiled tomorrow (4 July) � employees who sign off work through stress will be targeted for therapy to get them back to work quicker.
The Welfare Reform Bill will also toughen the criteria on which people are judged fit either to seek work or be refused benefit if they do not.
The move follows a rise in the proportion of people claiming benefit on mental illness grounds, up from 16% in 1988 to 40% today. Ministers will alter the so-called capability test, which assesses whether claimants are fit to work, so that it measures stress better. Claimants assessed as able to work will have to take part in initiatives designed to help them back into jobs, such as counselling, training and advice. People who refuse to take part in these schemes could lose part of their benefits.
Rethink Director of Public Affairs, Paul Corry, said:
'The Government's report says clearly what needs to be done: make sure employment support is appropriate for people with mental illness; reduce discrimination by employers and protect the income of people who cannot work.

What we need now is action on all these points. The Government hasn't promised anything new today, even though its own research has shown that the proposed measures do not work for people with mental illness.

People with mental illness already face no entry signs from employers and its a concern that it’s a concern that the government isn’t proposing any action to counter this."

Rethink’s concerns seem justified in the light of recent research. Research by the Shaw Trust suggests that employers often under-estimate the extent to which their employees are suffering from mental ill health problems. There is a continued lack of understanding about mental health in the workplace; one cause of this is that most businesses don’t have effective policies or provisions in place. Stigma attached to mental health problems remains rife with around a half of those questioned thinking that organisations take significant risks when employing people who have suffered mental ill health.

The Mental Health Foundation also recently said that there should be more protection for people with — or who have suffered — mental health illness. The Foundation said that the only effective way of ensuring this protection was through Government enforced legislation.

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icCoventry - Benefits tests to be changed

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Benefits tests to be changedJul 2 2006

Tests on jobless benefit claimants will be changed to reflect the growing impact of stress and mental illness under reforms being unveiled this week.
Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton will publish his Welfare Reform Bill - aimed at getting a million people off benefit and into work - on Tuesday.
It will include measures to update the so-called personal capability assessment used to decide whether claimants are fit to work.
Under the plans, more severely disabled people would receive a higher rate of benefit and have no obligation to look for work.
But claimants assessed as able to work would have to take part in initiatives designed to help them back into jobs, such as counselling, training and advice.

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People who refused to take part in those schemes could lose part of their benefits.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Work and Pensions said that the proportion of people off work due to depression, anxiety and stress had risen significantly since the test was developed more than 20 years ago.

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