Archive for September, 2015


Opposing influx of “refugees” puts people at risk of being fired

Germans who make racist anti-migrant posts could have their children snatched by the state and be fired from their jobs, according to the German Lawyers’ Association.

In an article entitled Racism and parenting: Threatening loss of custody?, lawyer Eva Becker, Chair of the Working Group on Family Law in the German Bar Association, outlines the conditions under which “xenophobic” Facebook posts could lead to parents being targeted.

Although Becker asserts that merely opposing the settlement of migrants in Germany would not lead to parental rights being terminated, such views could easily lead to someone being fired from their job.

Expressing a desire for violence against the migrants would constitute evidence enough for a family court to remove children from the home, according to Becker.

While this appears to be a high bar, idle threats of violence are made by countless people on the Internet every day, with the vast majority going completely unpunished.

Given the apparent cover-up of rapes being committed by “migrants” in Germany, the notion of an irate father making violent comments in a ‘heat of the moment’ Facebook rant is entirely plausible. Although such comments are obviously abhorrent, should they really lead to children being taken away from their parents by the state?

Becker suggests that racist and xenophobic statements made in the presence of a child that constitute a “negative influence” would also be investigated by the authorities.

Becker advises ex-partners to collect screenshots of Facebook comments and other Internet activity if they are considering bringing a case before the family court.

As we highlighted yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was caught on a hot mic discussing plans with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to censor anti-migrant Facebook posts in Germany.

“Are you working on this?” Merkel asked. “Yeah,” Zuckerberg responded before their microphone was cut.

Those found guilty of “refugee baiting” remarks will be hit with fines up to €5000 euros or 120 days in jail. The program will be overseen by Network Against Nazis (Netz gegen Nazis), a group led by left-wing activist Anetta Kahane.

As we previously reported, Kahane worked as a Stasi informant under the codename “Victoria” from 1974-1982. The Stasi’s role was to spy on the population of East Germany and to use its vast network of informants to hunt down political dissidents.




Many of these drugs cost more than a house.

“Vast new cities are being built across China at a rate of ten a year, but they remain almost completely uninhabited ghost towns.

Racing to stay ahead of the world economy, is the superpower about to implode?

There are around 64 million empty apartments in China”, claims analyst Gillem Tulloch. It’s all part of the Chinese government’s efforts to keep its economy booming and there are plenty of people who would love to move in but the properties are priced out of the market.”

GR Editor’s Note

What these figures signify is that there are enough empty apartments to house close to 15 percent of China’s population, assuming an occupancy rate of 3-4 persons per apartment unit. Bear in mind, the urban population for China as a whole is of the order of 800 million and these empty apartments could potentially house approximately one quarter of the urban population. Corporate capitalism prevails in the PRC, which claims to be a Communist country: Under a real socialist or democratic government, these empty apartments would be nationalized and made available to those in need of housing.

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, December 22,2014, updated September 30, 2015

There are around 64 million empty apartments in China”, claims analyst Gillem Tulloch. It’s all part of the Chinese government’s efforts to keep its economy booming and there are plenty of people who would love to move in but the properties are priced out of the market.

It’s after 2pm and in the new city of Dongguan shop owner Tian Yu Gao is yet to serve a single customer.It’s a bit boring”, he sighs. His open shop is a rare sight in the Great Mall: once heralded by the New York Times as proof of China’s astonishing consumer culture. Today it is an eerie vista of emptiness. “It can’t stay this way”, insists Tulloch”. When the bubble bursts, it will impoverish vast numbers of people”.

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by Carolyn Gregoire

There are many possible signs that can help you spot a psychopath — they may not yawn when others do, they might stay eerily calm in dangerous situations, and for all of their charm and charisma, they tend to have few (if any) close friends.

These subtle clues can help you identify an adult psychopath, but is it possible to tell whether a child is on the road to becoming one later in life? Actually, it might be. A newly devised test purportedly spots signs of antisocial behavior in infants and toddlers.

The “red ball” test

Psychologists at King’s College London used a red ball to track the visual preferences of 213 five-week-old babies, to see if they preferred interacting with an object or a human face. Then, when the babies were two and a half years old, the researchers tested them for callous-unemotional traits, also called CU traits, a range of characteristics and behaviors including limited empathy,difficulty recognizing the emotions of others and a lack of guilt.

The research, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry in July, found that babies who were more interested in the red ball than in a person’s face tended to have higher levels of unemotional traits later in childhood — one possible precursor to adult psychopathy.

As some psychologists have noted, there is a strong correlation between CU traits and severe antisocial behaviors.

“Callous unemotional behaviors in children are known to be associated with an increased emotional burden on families as well as later criminality and antisocial behavior,” Dr. Rachael Bedford, a psychologist at King’s College London and the study’s lead author, told The Huffington Post in an email.

She added that the researchers don’t yet know how strong the relationship between CU traits and adult psychopathy might be.

So does the test really work?

It’s too early to tell. A child’s visual preference for the ball doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she will grow up to be a psychopath — just that there may be some very early indicators of antisocial traits. A visual preference for objects over faces could suggest developmental issues, such as autism. It could also mean there’s absolutely nothing wrong.

“Even as young as five weeks of age, children are already individuals with their own preferences, abilities and emotional styles,” Bedford said. “All infants are drawn to the human face, but some more than others, and it may be that those who are more drawn to objects are less likely to look at their parents’ faces.”

In other words: Parents, don’t try this one at home just yet.

What else did the test reveal?

The study also found that sensitive parenting can actually prevent the development of antisocial behaviors in children. When a mother responded more sensitively to her infant during a play session in the lab — defined as her tendency to engage with the infant with “appropriate, supportive and warm” responses — the child’s chances of developing antisocial traits were significantly reduced.

“Looking at infant behavior and parental responses to those behaviors may provide an important insight into how callous and unemotional behaviors first emerge,” Bedford said. “In the longer term this could help us to understand what parental responses may help to promote healthy social-emotional development in both boys and girls.”



British recording artist, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame, told RT that US media is entertainment used to sell soap powder and doesn’t give Americans the news of the world. He also claimed that the UN is a corrupt body, with the US controlling most voting decisions.

Waters was promoting his newly released documentary, titled “Roger Waters The Wall,” when the subject of the UN came up. He noted that he spoke to the UN Human Rights Committee in 2012 when there was a vote to recognize the idea of a Palestinian state and “raise the status of the Palestinian people to an observer nation state from non-observer status.”

“That was a tiny step in the right direction,” he told RT. “There were only nine votes against and 130 votes in favor of passing the resolution. The votes against were, of course the United States, Israel, the Marshall Islands. It is ever thus.”

Waters said the UN is an interesting example of the “pretense of decision making,” but it should nevertheless exist and that is an important institution. However, he said that having five Security Council members with veto power is “a redundant notion.

“There can be things that are fundamentally important politically – particularly in the Middle East where everyone is fighting everyone else as hard as they can all of the time – which can never actually get the support that they deserve, or a lot of the things can’t … unless the United States decides that they can.”

He also stated that a lot of horse trading goes on behind closed doors, including the pressuring of nations to vote one way or risk having their aid withdrawn.

It is an entirely corrupt body with wonderful intentions and often with very good men at the head of the general assembly – and rather inferior men pulling the strings behind the Security Council.”

Waters was critical of American mainstream media, which he said provides “24-hour entertainment in order to sell soap powder.” He also accused The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal of being “a mouthpiece for the government.”

“The people, you Americans, would have to wake up to the fact that these newspapers and the rest of the media are not giving you the news,” said Waters.

The artist’s new documentary, “Roger Waters The Wall,” was released Tuesday and weaves concert footage from Pink Floyd’s 2012-2013 The Wall tour, interwoven with scenes from a road trip he took to visit war memorials for his grandfather and father, who were killed during World War I and World War II, respectively, according to The New York Times.

“[The movie] illuminates what we are now pointing The Wall at. Back in the days when I was in Pink Floyd and we did it in 1979, it was a personal story about me and my concerns. All kinds of problems that I had,” said Waters. “I’ve realized recently that it could be a much broader metaphor for all kinds of things that are going on politically and socially in the world now.”

For music fans, The Wall has served as a metaphor of alienation among the structures of power and authority. Waters is politically active and outspoken on a range of issues, from the poor care for veterans and supporting the right to fox hunt to the right of Palestinians to have their own state.

Waters co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd in 1965 with drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist Richard Wright and guitarist, singer, and songwriter Syd Barrett. When Barrett left in 1968, Waters, who served as the group’s bassist, became their lyricist, conceptual leader and co-lead vocalist.

The band achieved international success with concept albums “The Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Animals,” “The Wall” and “The Final Cut.” By early 1982, the band became one of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling acts in the history of popular music. As of 2013, it had sold more than 250 million albums worldwide, including 75 million units sold in the US.



What happens when different lives suddenly, unexpectedly converge?

Director: Singing Chen
Country: Taiwan
Year: 2007

A young couple cope with the death of their child. A truck driver saves money for a new prosthetic leg. An athlete seeks to escape her mundane life. These far-flung storylines ultimately come together in God Man Dog, a riveting Taiwanese drama about the unlikely grace that visits us even in moments of despair.



Russian President Vladimir Putin © Alexei Nikolsky

Moscow is now getting ready to use its military in Syria. RT explains why Russia is engaging, who it is going to fight, how and for how long.



by Leif Davenport, StaffWaking Times

Most people would be quite surprised to learn that there is a vaccine for lung cancer, one which has been proven effective in over 25 years of intense research and several years of clinical use. So why is most of the world only learning about it now? The answer is complicated by back-room dealings in the dark recesses of government, and by the unhealthy influence that pharmaceutical companies have on the availability of life-saving medications.

Cuba has faced many public health issues over the last few decades, one of the gravest being related the country’s most famous export, tobacco. A rise in cases of lung cancer prompted this small nation to develop a drug called CimaVax EGF, which is now one of the most effective medications in existence to treat lung cancer.

The Lung Cancer Treatment That Actually Works

The vaccine works by limiting a patient’s ability to produce a hormone called EGF. This hormone has been shown to play a pivotal role in cell division and the growth of malignant cells. As cancer is the result of cells dividing again and again to create tumours, the vaccine reduces this growth by halting EGF production, thereby stopping the tumor’s growth.

CimaVax EGF has been proven to work in at least two clinical trials in Cuba, and the results have shown that the vaccine improves survival rates in those who are suffering from the later, usually terminal, stages of lung cancer. It has been hypothesized that survival rates may increase further still if the vaccine is administered during earlier stages of the disease’s progression. It does not work in the same way most people think vaccines work, and is not preventative, but once a patient has lung cancer the drug turns a death sentence into a manageable chronic condition.

Furthermore, reported side-effects of the vaccine are mild, but nothing like painful and debilitating conventional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, which can kill the patient. Incredibly,the vaccine only costs $1 to produce, and Cuba has made it available for free to patients since 2011, despite the fact that the island nation is a much poorer country than the U.S. and the affluent West.

So, what’s the big issue, then, and why is this treatment not available elsewhere?

Profit and Medicine: A Terminal Combination

Recently, U.S. and Cuban relations have thawed somewhat and diplomatic avenues have been opened up between the two countries for the first time since the 1960’s. As part of this positive development, Cuba has offered the lung cancer vaccine to the U.S., and researchers at the Roswell Park Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Program have now started their own trials of the drug, yet it is finding fierce competition in the US marketplace.

The problem comes with the existence of two other potential drugs, BLP 25 and GVAX, which are both being developed as potential lung cancer treatments by the private companies, Ono Pharmaceutical and Aduro Biotech, respectively. Both medications have been in the research and trial phase since the 1990’s and have most likely accumulated hundreds of millions of dollars in development costs. The prospect of being undermined by a low-cost alternative generally doesn’t sit well with pharmaceutical manufacturers.

More importantly, pharmaceutical companies are now doing everything they can to increase drug pricesexponentially, it seems. The public was recently outraged when an ex-hedge fund manager bought the rights to the AIDS treatment drug, Daraprim, and raised the price from $13 to over $700 a dose.

And what is the number one reason given by drug companies for price increases? – Clinical trials and research, of course.

CimaVax EGF has been available for just $1 per treatment, but now, as larger pharmaceutical companies get their hands on the drug for research, it is being pushed into clinical purgatory. It may become available after it has been artificially kept from the public for years, but, it will certainly then be released at an extortionate price so that pharmaceutical companies can make as large a profit as possible.

No End to the Epidemic

There has been growing focus on the stranglehold pharmaceutical companies have on new treatments seeing the light of day. It’s analogous to what the oil companies do – buy up new technologies and then bury them until the largest profit can be had.

In the U.S. alone, over 200,000 people are diagnosed each year, with 150,000 sufferers dying annually from lung cancer, so it would seem like common sense for modern medicine to throw everything at it.We can only hope that as more people become more educated on the deceitful practices of big-pharma and continue to pressure them to change their practices.

(This article (Cuba Developed a $1 Lung Cancer Vaccine That Works but We Can’t Have It) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commonslicense with attribution to Leif Davenport and It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.)

Cuba Developed a $1 Lung Cancer Vaccine but We Can’t Have It





As pills and gadgets proliferate, what matters is still social connection.



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