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Even the CDC acknowledges the flu vaccine is only 9% effective in people over 65 – yet doctors continue to pressure elderly patients to accept it.

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A JAMAstudy has found that the flu vaccine, taken by 60% of people over 65-years-old, may be killing a significant number of senior citizens.

Sharyl Attkisson, a former investigative journalist for CBS, says the study shows there is no improvement in mortality rates among senior citizens who get flu shots, and may actually contribute to increased ill-health and death.

Inquisitr.com reports: The study “got little attention,” she says, “because the science came down on the wrong side.” Whereas the researchers had set out to prove that the push for massive flu vaccination would save the world, the researchers were “astonished” to find that the data did not support their presupposition at all. The data actually shows that deaths increased, not decreased, among seniors following vaccination.

Johns Hopkins scientist, Peter Doshi, Ph.D., issued a report in the prestigious British Medical Journal, according to NewsLI, asserting that the CDC policy…

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A study of 42 European countries found lower cardiovascular disease and mortality among countries that consumed more fats and animal protein. Higher cardiovascular mortality was linked to carbohydrate consumption. Another nail in the coffin for the diet-heart hypothesis?

Read time Key points: 4 minutes (700 words plus several tasty graphs); Additional analysis: +4 minutes (+700 words)

Controversy over the diet-heart hypothesis rages on: the role of saturated fat, animal products, LdL vs HdL cholesterol levels, statin drugs, low-carb vs low-fat diets… So here is another piece of the jigsaw puzzle that reveals some pretty striking correlations.

Study design

The study by a researchers in the Czech Republic was published in Food and Nutrition Research last year but gained little media attention so few in the nutrition community seem to have heard of it. It examined the mean consumption of 62 food items from the FAOSTAT database (1993–2008) and compared these with the actual statistics of five cardio-vascular disease (CVD) indicators across 42 European countries.

The FAOSTAT database compiles the total food consumption by category at a national level. Although it tells us noting about any individuals consumption this data is a robust and reliable method of assessing each countries consumption over all. Its use in this study provides a pretty objective picture and avoids the pitfalls and bias involved in most epidemiological studies which rely on participants accurately recalling personal food consumption over a given period – a notoriously inaccurate affair. So what did they find?

Key findings

  • Cholesterol levels were tightly correlated to the consumption of animal fats and proteins – Countries consuming more fat and protein from animal sources had higher incidence of raised cholesterol
  • Raised cholesterol correlated negatively with CVD risk – Countries with higher levels of raised cholesterol had fewer cases of CVD deaths and a lower incidence of CVD risk factors
  • Carbohydrates correlated positively with CVD risk – the more carbohydrates consumed (and especially those with high GI such as starches) the more CVD
  • Fat and Protein correlated negatively with CVD risk – Countries consuming more fat and protein from animal and plant sources had less CVD. The authors speculate that this is because increasing fat and protein in the diet generally displaces carbohydrates.

The study includes a huge amount of data analysis, which for a sub set of countries spanned three decades, allowing tracking of these correlations over time. Interestingly, in the 1980s there was a brief period when CVD rates correlated positively with fat intake, which the authors speculate may have led to the reinforcing of the saturated fat and heart disease hypothesis, but these trends have long since reversed.

Cholesterol levels

The strongest predictor of raised cholesterol that came from this analysis was consumption of animal fat and animal protein – which includes cheese and meat. (Only graph for men shown, but graph for women is similar)

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Note, how closely the points lie along the line. A correlation (r value) of 0.92 indicates that 85% of the variation in raised cholesterol (in men) can be predicted by their consumption of animal fat and protein (primarily meat and cheese)

On the other hand, carbohydrates from cereals and potatoes (i.e. starches) were inversely correlated with raised cholesterol.

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The authors state that these results are expected, based on previous studies:

This is in accordance with the meta-analyses of clinical trials, which show that saturated animal fat is the major trigger of raised cholesterol

So far, so good. But how do these correlations translate into cardiovascular health?

CVD Mortality and Raised Cholesterol

As the graph below shows, and contrary to received wisdom, the higher the cholesterol, the lower the CVD mortality:

cholesterol-v-cvd-42-eu

Whilst many people would find this surprising, being the exact opposite of what we are all told, the authors explain:

The negative relationship between raised cholesterol and CVD may seem counterintuitive, but it is not at variance with the available evidence. The largest of the recent worldwide meta-analyses dealing with cholesterol and CVD risk observed a positive relationship between raised cholesterol and CVD mortality at younger ages, but this association gradually started to reverse in seniors, where the number of deaths is the highest. . .

via Carbohydrates, not animal fats, linked to heart disease across 42 European countries

A recent study from University of Canterbury in New Zealand shows that glyphosate (Roundup) and other commonly used herbicides can make bacteria quickly adapt and resist antibiotics like ampicillin and tetracycline. Glyphosate, 2,4-D (dioxin) and dicamba (recently approved by the FDA) appear to disable the antibiotics and trigger bacterial resistance to them.

Researchers tested E. coli and Salmonella, two of the most deadly and widespread bacteria in the world, and consistently replicated their results

The dosage required to induce antibiotic resistance was small, comparable to the concentration found in household use or agriculture, but higher than the concentration of incidental residue found in food. However researchers cautioned that people could easily reach this threshold by consuming large quantities of food with small amounts of residue, through children and pets exposed to weed killers used on lawns or via livestock pastured in spray drift zones.

Growing antibiotic resistance is already increasing the death rate from untreatable infectious disease. Epidemiologists estimate drug resistant bacteria kill roughly 23,000 Americans annually.

Given established links between glyphosate, dioxin, dicamba and cancer, this new evidence linking them to antibiotic resistance will only increase global pressure for them to be banned.

Source:  Study Says Pesticides Spur Antibiotic Resistance

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Congress is considering a new federal purchasing plan that could result in Amazon’s most lucrative government handout yet.

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Authored by Brian McNicoll via The Daily Caller,

Jeff Bezos spends a lot of time directing the newspaper he owns, The Washington Post, to criticize President Donald Trump in every way imaginable. But for some reason, the federal government cannot stop giving Amazon ? the retail empire Bezos also owns ? a slew of taxpayer-subsidized subsidies. Now, Congress is considering a new federal purchasing plan that could result in Amazon?s most lucrative government handout yet.

The technology giant is no stranger to sweetheart deals that line its pockets at taxpayer expense. The U.S. Postal Service, for instance ? which has lost $60 billion since 2007 ? handles last-mile shipping for two-thirds of Amazon?s deliveries. This means overtime for workers and a good incoming revenue number on the USPS?s balance sheet, but it?s a financial bonanza for Amazon.

According to media reports, USPS delivers Amazon packages for $2 per package…

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The Defence Committees can be traced back to those created by the CNT in the Spanish Revolution to defend the 2nd Republic from a fascist takeover.

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Activists around Europe are buzzing with the  arrival of a new revolutionary force. The Catalan CDRs.. the Republic Defence Committees, characterized by direct, decentralized assembly action. Anarchist organisations except for their aim for a new StateIn just a few weeks over 172 CDRs have sprung up. This is in response to the neo fascist paramilitary repression, jailings and abolition of limited local government. CDRs,, for example in Manresa have called demonstrations up to 5,000 strong a few days after being formed.

The Defence Committees can be traced back to those created by the CNT in the Spanish Revolution to defend the 2nd Republic from  a fascist takeover, which morphed into the revolutionary militias. This time round the CDRs have largely been inspired by the small but influential CUP, a remarkable ‘anarcho-republican’ anti capitalist party.

And then there was the 2nd General Strike on Wed 8th Nov. It was…

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The Illusionists

Directed by Elena Rossini

Film Review

The Illusionists is about cultural globalization and the colonization of the third world via appearance marketing. The westernized image of whiteness and thinness is aggressively marketing through out the world as synonymous with power.

The effect of this marketing is to continuously bombard women with messages that their appearance is unsatisfactory – to convince them the way they look is all that matters, that no one will love them if they aren’t sexy and that anyone can be beautiful and sexy if they work at it and purchase enough beauty and weight loss products.

I was amazed to learn of all the skin whitening products being sold in Japan, India and Africa. To my immense astonishment Lebanon, where 1/3 of all women undergo it, is the plastic surgery capital of the world.

The most concerning segment concerns the deliberate sexualization of preschool children in marketing campaigns that, in my view, amount to soft porn. In addition to marketing make-up and lingerie to preschoolers, the ultimate goal of such campaigns is to “eroticize” shopping for young girls.

Brave Girls Alliance is a grassroots group started by teenagers campaigning to end the role of Wall Street corporations in defining beauty standards. See Brave Girls Take Back the Media

This film can’t be embedded but can be viewed for free at Films for Action

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A Twitter handle alleged to be a prime example of a ‘Russian troll’ account was actually run from Glasgow by a Scottish security guard.

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‘Russian Troll’ Turns Out To Be Glasgow Security Guard

A Twitter handle alleged to be a prime example of a ‘Russian troll’ account was actually run from Glasgow by a Scottish security guard. Asked about his tweets, the Scotsman said he is “just anti-crony capitalism.”

On Monday, crowdfunded journalism outlet Byline published an article detailing a “complicated” analysis of Twitter page @didgery77332nd, also known as ‘Smoo,’ concluding it’s a “fair assessment” that Smoo is a “foreign-based troll pushing Russian messaging.”

The supposed ‘Russian troll’ takedown comes amid recent unfounded claims that Russian bots sought to influence the Brexit referendum. However, the alleged foreign troll ‘Smoo’ has been tracked down and is actually a security guard from Glasgow, according to The Scotsman newspaper.

The man denied his page was anonymous, telling the Scottish newspaper that Smoo is a pet name from his childhood. “Smoo has been my nickname since I was…

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