Going Hog Wild for Swine Flu

Swine flu media hype is reaching a climax. Time cue the sow, err fat lady.

Swine Flu Could Infect Half of US Washington Post
Officials may recommend 3 flu shots Los Angeles Times
WHO: Swine flu spreading at 'unbelievable' rate AFP
Ron Paul on Swine Flu: "Scare the People to Death" CNN
Historical facts about the dangers (and failures) of vaccines Global Research

Obama says WHO flu vaccine is NOT mandatory
From the Rose Garden today, President Barack Obama promised that the swine flu vaccine “will be completely voluntary.” He took no questions and spoke for only four minutes. Top policymakers from the various alphabet agencies whose bailiwick includes the WHO flu (H1N1) flanked him.

Japan Rocks World with Election Earthquake

The DPJ has won 300 seats in the 480-seat lower house, ending 54 years of almost unbroken rule by the Liberal Democratic Party. Watch yen for lots of hi-jinks.

Japan DPJ Election Win Brings ‘Bloodless Revolution Bloomberg
The Democratic Party of Japan swept to power for the first time as the nation’s voters turned their backs on half a century of single-party government that failed to reverse economic stagnation and spiraling welfare costs.

DPJ’s Nakagawa Says Japan Should Diversify Reserves Bloomberg
Japan’s opposition party, leading in polls ahead of next month’s election, said the nation should consider shifting its $1 trillion of foreign reserves away from the dollar and buying International Monetary Fund bonds.

Watch the Yen versus the Dollar.

Yen flies on election; China stocks drop Reuters

Meanwhile in the Euro zone:

Bankers watch as Swedish interest rates goes subzero CNN
The Swedish Riksbank entered uncharted territory when it became the world's first central bank to introduce negative interest rates on bank deposits.

Mervyn King, the Bank of England governor, has hinted he may follow the Swedish example as the danger of a so-called liquidity trap...

Cell Phones Nuke Your Skull

Coming soon brain tumors  and ear removal for the masses, and you think you look good now.

Senate Hearing On Brain Cancer Risks From Cell Phone Use Nears As New Study Is Released News Junkie Post
The study, “Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern, Science, Spin and the Truth Behind Interphone” was released by the International EMF Collaborative this week to counter another study funded by cell phone industry giants (The Interphone study), which minimizes the risk of cell phone use.

“Bottom line is, cell phones are causing brain tumors. If you look at the independent research, it’s absolutely clear. If you look at the telecom industry-funded research, it’s spun such that it would appear that there are no risks,” Morgan told PNS.

The Environmental Working Group lists over 1,000 cellular devices in terms of radiation output at www.ewg.org.

Seems to go along with the rising tide of mind meds. Got fried skull? Then bang your head!

Drugs for All: China Wants In on Afghanistan

The Affghan opium market says Methadone and Oxycontin is the legal alternative to your addictions.

Chinese troops offer an Afghan solution Asia Times
With its latest exercises, China could be winking at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United States - both of which are presently engaged in Afghanistan - saying, we have troops, they are trained, and we could send them over.

Heroin Use Replacing Prescription Drug Abuse for Many Young Users ABC News
While heroin is produced in Afghanistan and Myanmar, most of the heroin sold in the US is cultivated in Mexico and South America and is typically known as "black tar" because of its stickiness, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). But, the agency says, a more potent form of powdered heroin is becoming more prevalent.

Mexico's New Drug Law May Set an Example Time
Quietly and with little ado, Mexico last week enacted a law to decriminalize possession of small amounts of all major narcotics, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and crystal meth.

Flashback: Washington's Hidden Agenda - Restore the Drug Trade Global Research
Heroin is a multibillion dollar business supported by powerful interests, which requires a steady and secure commodity flow. One of the "hidden" objectives of the war was precisely to restore the CIA sponsored drug trade to its historical levels and exert direct control over the drug routes.

Immediately following the October 2001 invasion, opium markets were restored. Opium prices spiraled. By early 2002, the opium price (in dollars/kg) was almost 10 times higher than in 2000.

At the time these UN figures were first brought out (1994), the (estimated) global trade in drugs was of the same order of magnitude as the global trade in oil.

"There's always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gram tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. Christianity without tears, that's what soma is." - Aldous Huxley 1931

Comin down the world turned over,
And angels fall without you there,
And I go on as you get colder,
Or are you someone's prayer?

Welcome to the brave new world.

Ready for the Global Reboot?

The technology wave is set to eclipse the financial crisis. Shall it be sink or swim?

The key to managing crises, is to keep an eye on the long term while you’re dancing in the flames. ~Juan Enriques

The scientist who claims he is about to create life in the lab Times Online
Artificial life will be created within four months, a controversial scientist has predicted. Craig Venter, who led a private project to sequence the human genome, told The Times that his team had cleared a critical hurdle to creating man-made organisms in a laboratory.

5 Terrific Ted Talks on Future Technologies

Google Wave: Just another ripple or science communication tsunami? Science Online

Kline Tells Business Group, ‘It’s Time to Push the Reset Button’
Roll Call

Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona bay...

Vacation Time!

I suppose I better take one before I can't afford to go on vacation.

Everyone needs a holiday....