Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Libya: Who WINS?

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Curtis Doebbler / Al-Ahram

Watching the Western media, one would think that the Libya crisis was a domestic uprising in which the West felt morally obliged to help and came to aid of ordinary citizens. But a closer look than we are allowed by the "controlled" Western media shows a much different picture.

Rather than the result of a spontaneous show of public participation, the conflict besieging Libya may have been a classic expression of neo-colonialism. The West, especially the United States and its Gulf allies, rather than embracing the peoples' expression of participation in Egypt and Tunisia contrived events in Libya to be able to control these expressions and ensure that they did not result in these people or any other in the region being able to decide how to govern themselves.

Before the situation in Libya erupted, Western countries were investing heavily both in Libyan oil and in removing Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The two goals were not incompatible for them as they were both driven by the capitalist motivation of greed. They could not let the oil flow by them without taking their share and, they thought, if they can replace the colonel with a Western puppet they can increase their profit as well as their control over the source of this profit.

We Are What We Eat - why-you-need-to-detoxify-24-hours-a-day?

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Leo Galland, M.D.

Leo Galland, M.D.

Posted: March 2, 2011 08:52 AM

I want to change what you think about detoxification.

Let me explain.

When I talk about detoxification, I don’t mean making an appointment to get your colon cleansed or going on a fast.

Because detoxification is not some part-time gig.

Detoxification is a full-time job for your body; a natural, ongoing process that happens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

And with all the toxins and stress in the modern world, it is a lot of work.

You know that we are all exposed to toxins in the air we breathe, water we drink, and products we use. (1)

But are you aware that how well, or how poorly, your body is able to detoxify will in a large part determine how well or sick you feel?

I have observed that exposure to environmental toxins can promote a wide variety of ailments.

My observation is confirmed in the New York University Medical Center guide Staying Healthy in a Risky Environment, which lists a vast number of symptoms and conditions that can be impacted by environmental factors.

Here are just some of the symptoms and conditions that can result from environmental toxins, from the NYU guide:


Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath

Eye, ear, nose or throat irritation,

Chills or Fever,

Dizziness or vertigo,


Hair loss,

Skin rash,

Infertility of women and men,

Liver disease,

Neurological dysfunction, such as loss of memory or concentration, or confusion,

Weakness or fatigue,


and cancer. (2)

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How the Richest "1 Percent" Keep Rewarding Themselves for Epic Failure

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Linda Keenan
Janine R. Wedel

The personal and the political are today in perfect alignment. Virtually all U.S. senators, and most...[House] representatives...are members of the top 1 percent....are kept in office by money from the top 1 percent, and know that if they serve the top 1 percent well they will be rewarded by the top 1 percent when they leave office. By and large, the key executive-branch policymakers on trade and economic policy also come from the top 1 percent. When pharmaceutical companies receive a trillion-dollar gift--through legislation prohibiting the government...from bargaining over price--it should not come as cause for wonder....Given the power of the top 1 percent, this is the way you would expect the system to work.

No, this was no April Fool's Joke, said the outraged Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. Transocean, which owned and operated the doomed Deepwater Horizon rig, put out filings April 1, stating that it had actually had its "best year in safety performance" and was rewarding its executives with bonuses. Never mind those pictures of viscous Gulf water and oil-slimed wildlife. Only after The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, among others, eviscerated Transocean did the company announce that the safety bonuses would instead go to families of the workers who died in the rig explosion. Lest you think this is a full mea culpa, Forbes' Jeff McMahon points out that 5 executives will still get $650,000, bonus money that is not attached to safety goals.

Surely without the hue and cry these executives would have gotten away with it. Their attempt to snatch personal gain from the jaws of epic defeat is just the latest assault on common sense by the "1 percent", as economist and Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz describes America's super-elite in a new Vanity Fair piece called "Of the 1%, By the 1%, For the 1%."