Dec 212013
 

From The Edito r: 

 

Dec 21, 2013 10:10 AM EST

NSA Has $10 Million Contract with RSA to Access BSafe Software

Original Article: http://www.hngn.com/articles/20197/20131221/nsa-has-10-million-contract-with-rsa-to-access-bsafe-software.htm

By Julie S

 

NSA Has $10 Million Contract with RSA to Access BSafe Software
NSA Has $10 Million Contract with RSA to Access BSafe Software

The National Security Agency (NSA) has arranged a $10 billion-secret contract with RSA to gain access into its Bsafe software as part of its controversial surveillance programs.

The New York Times reported back in September that the federal agency formulated and disseminated a formula that would generate random numbers to create a “back door” in encryption products.

An exclusive report by Reuters on Friday revealed that RSA has closed a $10 million contract with the security agency. RSA is the most important distributor of the faulty formula and it is being distributed through a software tool called Bsafe, which is used to enhance security in personal computers.

The contract involved RSA granting the NSA access to encrypt the security software to get the information they need.

Though the amount seems meager, security filings prove that it is still more than a third of the profit the in-charge department of RSA had taken in during 2012.

After former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the activities of the security agency which shocked majority of the world’s computer security experts, along with the formula’s weakness, RSA, now a subsidiary EMC Corp, discouraged customers from using the formula.

RSA refused to comment on the issue while EMC Corp. told Reuters: “RSA always acts in the best interest of its customers and under no circumstances does RSA design or enable any back doors in our products. Decisions about the features and functionality of RSA products are our own.”

While a number of former and current RSA employee who revealed the contract admitted that the company made a mistake when it closed the deal, some defended RSA’s move saying that the company was misled by the agency’s officials who said that the formula is a secure technological advance.

One defender said, “They did not show their true hand,” claiming that NSA officials did not inform RSA that they knew how to break the encryption.


Dec 212013
 

From The Editor: This is a short video sharing the truth about GMO. I fully support this research and disclosure.
The opinions of the websites associated with this production, are left to your own discernment.

This video shares very important aspects of how Monsanto and mostcorporate giants deal with information about them and their products.
The methodology of dis-information exemplified in this video is to be studied carefully.

 


Dec 192013
 
From The New York Times
December 18, 2013
 

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Original Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/health/blood-pressure-guidelines-can-be-loosened-panel-says.html?_r=1&

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New guidelines suggest that people over 60 can have a higher blood pressure than previously recommended before starting treatment to lower it. The advice, criticized by some physicians, changes treatment goals that have been in place for more than 30 years.

Until now, people were told to strive for blood pressures below 140/90, with some taking multiple drugs to achieve that goal. But the guidelines committee, which spent five years reviewing evidence, concluded that the goal for people over 60 should be a systolic pressure of less than 150. And the diastolic goal should remain less than 90.

Systolic blood pressure, the top number, indicates the pressure on blood vessels when the heart contracts. Diastolic, the bottom number, refers to pressure on blood vessels when the heart relaxes between beats.

Essentially, the committee determined that there was not strong evidence for the blood pressure targets that had been guiding treatment, and that there were risks associated with the medications used to bring pressures down.

The committee, composed of 17 academics, was tasked with updating guidelines last re-examined a decade ago. Their report was published online on Wednesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Hypertension experts said they did not have a precise figure on how many Americans would be affected by the new guidelines. But Dr. William B. White, the president of the American Society of Hypertension, said it was “a huge number for sure.” He estimated that millions of people over 60 had blood pressures between 140 and 150. Dr. Paul A. James, the chairman of the department of family medicine at the University of Iowa and co-chairman of the guidelines committee, said, “If you get patients’ blood pressure below 150, I believe you are doing as well as can be done based on scientific evidence.”

The group added that people over 60 who are taking drugs and have lowered their blood pressure to below 150 can continue taking the medications if they are not experiencing side effects.

But, it cautioned, although efforts to lower blood pressure have had a remarkable effect, reducing the incidence of strokes and heart disease, there is a difference between lowering blood pressure with drugs and having lower pressure naturally.

Medications that lower blood pressure can have effects that counteract some of the benefits, said Dr. Suzanne Oparil, a co-chairwoman of the committee and director of the vascular biology and hypertension program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. For that reason, maximum benefits may occur with less intense treatment and higher blood pressure.

“The mantra of blood pressure experts in the past has been that lower is better,” Dr. Oparil said. “Recent studies don’t seem to support that.”

For example, two Japanese studies in older people found that those who reduced their systolic pressure to less than 140 fared no better than those who reduced it to between 140 and 160, or between 140 and 149.

“We have this notion that if we can get blood pressure to normal, we will have the most health benefits,” Dr. James said. “That’s not necessarily true.”

For people younger than 60, the goal remains blood pressure under 140/90. The panel decided to keep that target because it could not find rigorous studies that established systolic blood pressure goals for younger people.

When blood pressure guidelines were first formulated in 1977, the committee only looked at diastolic pressure. “People thought systolic should be 100 plus your age,” Dr. Oparil said. “That was old folk medicine.”

Observational studies then found that systolic pressure was a better predictor of consequences like strokes. Researchers began to test the effects of lowering systolic blood pressure, but their studies excluded younger people because they were looking for outcomes, like strokes or heart failure, that are more common in older people. As a result, there are no good studies showing that younger people benefit from taking drugs to achieve a particular systolic pressure.

Some experts not on the committee said that the blood pressure guidelines were based on limited science — studies did not specifically test the effects of getting blood pressure below 140/90 — but that this did not mean the goal should be abandoned.

“When I discuss this with my colleagues and friends in the community, most are pretty livid,” said Dr. George Bakris, the director of the hypertension center at the University of Chicago. “Is this the golden age of Sparta? What is going on?”

The old blood pressure targets made a huge difference in patients’ health, said Dr. Marvin Moser, a hypertension expert, who was the chairman of the first blood pressure guidelines committee in 1977 and a member of the six committees after that, but not of the most recent one.

“The thing about hypertension is that it is a dull disease, but the results of treatment are spectacular,” he said. The incidence of strokes has fallen by 70 percent since 1972, and heart failure rates have fallen more than 50 percent.

“It used to be that every third or fourth hospital bed had someone with hypertension in it,” Dr. Moser said. “Today it is very rare to find someone with malignant hypertension” — that is, dangerously high and uncontrolled blood pressure.

It is inexpensive now to treat the disorder, Dr. Moser added, because 90 percent of blood pressure drugs are available as generics.

But, Dr. James said, some people may be better off taking fewer drugs or lower doses. Many older people take multiple medications, which can interact and potentially cause harm, he said.

Some people, too, end up with blood pressures so low when they stand that they get dizzy.

“A lady who gets dizzy and falls and fractures her hip — that’s a terrible thing,” Dr. James said.

The guidelines committee’s paper is accompanied by three editorials, two of which praise the process and note the rigor with which the group assessed evidence.

The third — by Dr. Eric D. Peterson of Duke University, Dr. J. Michael Gaziano of the VA Boston Healthcare System and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dr. Philip Greenland of Northwestern University — said the committee should have considered evidence that fell short of randomized, controlled clinical trials.

“We’re not starting from square one,” Dr. Gaziano said in a telephone interview. “We’ve got a history of how to manage patients. The bar for changing that should be pretty high.”

Dr. Bakris said that the committee was merely proposing guidelines, and that doctors should continue to use their judgment.

“These are not stone tablets of Moses,” he said.

But, the writers of the critical editorial noted, doctors today are expected to follow performance measures.

Half of people taking drugs do not achieve the current goal of blood pressure under 140/90, and the writers expressed concern that with the new, more lenient target, patients’ blood pressures would edge even higher.


Dec 122013
 

The cost of good food is much less than the cost of health care.  Read the labels, do a little research and eat good food. Beware of GMO and subsitute sweetners they will shorten your life. – Michel

Cooking with Splenda found to release cancer-causing dioxins in food

by Jonathan Benson, staff writer 

(NaturalNews) The long-term safety of the popular artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose) has been called into question by a new review study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) discovered that sucralose essentially releases cancer-causing dioxins in food when baked or otherwise heated, which is one of its primary marketed uses.

Citing an earlier study published by researchers from the Department of Pharmacology at Duke University in North Carolina, the review challenges a number of claims made in support of Splenda’s alleged safety, including the claim by its manufacturer, McNeil Nutritionals, that sucralose passes through the body completely undigested. Evidence shows not only that this is false but also that sucralose is hardly the innocuous substance that we have all been led to believe it is.

“The study asserts that in human and rodent studies sucralose was shown to alter levels of glucose, insulin and glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1),” writes Laura Sesana for the Washington Times (WT). “The authors also warn that when sucralose is used for cooking at high temperatures it generates chloropropanols, a class of chemicals that may be linked to a higher risk of cancer.”

Sucralose may be unsafe for people with diabetes; chemicals raise blood sugar, insulin

The blood sugar finding is particularly concerning, as Splenda is largely marketed to diabetics who have to watch their sugar intake. Many people who use Splenda or consume products that contain it typically do so because they believe it to be a healthier alternative to sugar, which is clearly not the case.

“Sucralose alters metabolic parameters and its chronic effects on body weight are unknown,” reads the study, suggesting that the artificial sweetener may actually have diabetogenic properties, meaning it can actually cause diabetes.

Evidence suggests sucralose is more of a drug than a food additive

Sucralose was also found in the study to alter the expressions of P-glycoprotein and cytochrome P in a manner similar to organochlorine drugs. This would suggest that sucralose is actually more of a drug than it is a food additive, which means it has no business being indiscriminately added to food without a proper drug warning.

Long-term health consequences of sucralose metabolites unknown

The only reason why Splenda even made it on the artificial sweetener scene in the first place is because it was claimed at the time that sucralose passes through the body “unchanged.” But this latest study proves based on urine and fecal analysis that sucralose produces toxic metabolites, especially when heated, that have unknown long-term effects on human health.

“One study showed that the stability of sucralose decreased as the temperature and pH increased, with the breakdown process commencing at 119 degrees Celsius and temperatures of 180 degrees Celsius causing its complete degradation at all pH levels with the release of chloride ions,” writes Sayer Ji for BeforeItsNews.com about the dangers of heated Splenda.

Whatever sucralose is not metabolized by the body ends up passing through into sewers and eventually water treatment plants, where it accumulates and eventually gets released into the environment. This bio-accumulation threatens to not only taint rivers, streams and other water sources, but also contaminate fish and other animals.

“Because the body does not metabolize 85 percent of sucralose ingested, most of it ends up in sewage treatment systems,” explains Sesana. “Sucralose is resistant to water treatments for the same reason that it is not easily broken down by the body, resulting in sucralose being released into surface waters.”

Be sure to read Sesana’s full report here:
http://communities.washingtontimes.com.

Sources for this article include:

http://communities.washingtontimes.com

http://beforeitsnews.com

http://www.thesleuthjournal.com


Dec 062013
 

A Glimpse At How The Media Treated Women This Year Is A Look At Way Too Many Cringe-Worthy Moments

Posted by, Upworthy

http://www.upworthy.com/a-glimpse-at-how-the-media-treated-women-this-year-is-a-look-at-way-too-many-cringe-worthy-moments-aa3-5c-2?c=upw1

OK, all together now: Let’s tune in when women are being respected and tune out when they’re not.
Our actions will demonstrate that anything other than equality is unacceptable.

Published on Dec 3, 2013

There was a lot to celebrate this year for women in the media. But some things aren’t changing fast enough…
Join the campaign: http://bit.ly/ChangeMedia

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NswJ4kO9uHc


Dec 052013
 

California Assembly Vote to Nullify NDAA – AB351

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AsuyNGJLJI

 

Contact Your State Legislators
and Ask Them to Pass Similar
Legislation to Protect You
From the Unconstitutional
Provisions of the NDAA!

ForbiddenKnowledgeTV
Alexandra Bruce
December 4, 2013

http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/videos/patriot-act–ndaa/california-governor-signs-law-defying-cooperation-with-ndaa-indefinite-detention.html
May 30th 2013, the California Assembly voted to pass Assembly Bill 351, which effectively states that no agency within the state of California will knowingly cooperate with the unconstitutional provisions of the NDAA, which is the Federal law that says you can be locked up forever with NO due process of law. No judge, no jury, no lawyer, no phone call, no trial, no charges ever filed, just YOU ROTTING IN A PRISON CELL forever because somebody somewhere decided you MIGHT be a bad guy.

Thank you, California Assembly, for affirming that this is NOT Constitutional and NOT OK. 

California Governor, Jerry Brown passed into State Law in Late October, 2013.

Full text of AB 351 and background information can be found here:

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB351

Contact your state legislators and ask them to pass similar legislation to protect you from the unconstitutional provisions of the NDAA!

To join the effort to affirm the supremacy of the US Constitution, and to tell the Federal government it does NOT have the power to write laws that erase our Constitutional rights, join the Tenth Amendment Center:

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013/05/on-indefinite-detention-california-assembly-tells-washington-dc-not-here/#more-16431

- See more at: http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/videos/patriot-act–ndaa/california-governor-signs-law-defying-cooperation-with-ndaa-indefinite-detention.html#sthash.fwA36HAE.dpuf


Dec 032013
 

This project is worth watching. The information about how the world’s population changes and transforms is necessary to discern the truth between what is really happening and what is being presented to the public as happening. Beware the illusions of society.  

On the other hand, being sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation might be questionable, being that they are a major investor in Monsanto. Do you believe this information will not be used by the world’s biggest corporation for their own benefit?

M

 

Science Daily
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131127110347.htm

Nov. 27, 2013 — A team of researchers led by the University of Southampton has launched an online project to map detailed population information from countries around the world.

 

The WorldPop website aims to provide open access to global demographic data which can be used to help tackle challenges such as, poverty, public health, sustainable urban development and food security.

Geographer at Southampton Dr Andy Tatem, who is leading the project, says: “Our maps and data are helping charities, policy-makers, governments and researchers to make decisions which affect the quality of people’s lives. These could be as diverse as predicting the spread of infectious diseases, planning the development of transport systems or distributing vital aid to disaster zones.”

He continues: “For example, in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines with devastating effect, international organizations were able to download information about population density from our website to help with estimating impact and delivering aid efforts.”

With principal funding coming from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (USA), WorldPop combines country specific data from national statistics services, household surveys and other sources to construct detailed population distribution maps. Satellite imagery is also exploited to provide information on the density of urban areas, land cover and transport networks, all of which are used to improve the accuracy of the population maps.

The website currently provides freely-available data for Central and South America, Africa and Asia — providing maps of population numbers and age distributions, births, pregnancies, urban growth and rates of poverty. Each country has its own summary page and the user can choose from a range of high resolution maps of their particular area of interest to download.

Dr Tatem comments: “The global human population is growing by over 80 million a year, and is projected to reach the 10 billion mark within 50 years. The vast majority of this growth is expected to be concentrated in low income countries, and primarily in urban areas. The effects of such rapid growth are well documented, with the economies, environment and health of nations all undergoing significant change.

“High resolution, contemporary data on human population distributions and their compositions, which WorldPop provides, are necessary to accurately measure the impacts of population growth, in order to monitor change and plan interventions.”

The researchers from the University of Southampton, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), University of Louisville (USA) and the University of Florida (USA) now plan to extend the project to cover all continents in the world. They also stress that the individual country datasets are regularly updated as necessary, as populations change over time and new input data arise.

For more information about WorldPop visit: http://www.worldpop.org.uk/about/

 


Nov 212013
 

TODAY’S NOTICE

This is another attempt at the degradation of the people.  This agreement takes away all of your ability to create anything new and have it belong to you. The TPP takes your intellectual rights and makes it the “CORPORATIONS”.  The following countries have or are at the point of signing on the this agreement.

Take Notice, do something!

Tyranny exists only if you allow it.

M

 

Published on Nov 14, 2013

Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio joins Thom Hartmann. Wikileaks has released another bombshell – this time publishing a portion of text from the secretly negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership. Now that the text is out in the open – will lawmakers in Washington finally realize how devastating the TPP is to the American economy?

 

 

More to notice

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated by nine countries: The United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Although the TPP covers a wide range of issues, this site focuses on the TPP’s intellectual property (IP) chapter.

The TPP suffers from a serious lack of transparency, threatens to impose more stringent copyright without public input, and pressures foreign governments to adopt unbalanced laws.“ 

http://tppinfo.org/

Alan Grayson On Trans-Pacific Partnership: Obama Secrecy Hides ‘Assault On Democratic Government’

 

Unelected corporate officials are given access to negotiation documents by virtue of their positions on U.S. Trade Representative advisory panels. Corporate representatives account for about 500 of the “cleared advisors” on those panels, while representatives of organized labor, environmental and other groups account for about 100 others. These cleared advisers are not permitted to discuss provisions with the press or the public. On Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Michael Froman, Obama’s nominee to head USTR, asking the agency to release negotiation documents to the public. In the letter, Warren noted that the head labor advisory committee had complained of “severe restrictions” USTR had imposed on the panel’s access to negotiation information.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/18/alan-grayson-trans-pacific-partnership_n_3456167.html 


Nov 132013
 
If the us dollar is on the road to collapse, then here is an alert for all of you
 
Russian lawmaker seeks to ban US dollar, predicts 2017 collapse

To protect Russians against the “collapsing US debt pyramid”, a Russian legislator has filed a draft bill to ban circulation of the currency in Russia.

Once a Moscow mayoral hopeful, Mikhail Degtyarev, 32, likens the US dollar to a worldwide ponzi scheme which he says is scheduled to end in 2017.

“If US national debt continues to grow at its current rate, the dollar system will collapse in 2017,” the submitted draft legislation says. 

“In light of this, the fact that confidence in the US dollar is growing among Russian citizens is extremely dangerous,”  Degtyarev wrote in his explanatory note attached to the bill.  

The bill would impose a ban on dollars within a year of its passage, and any private citizen holding accounts in dollars would either need to spend the money or convert it to another currency. There is no proposed ban on the euro, British pound, yen, or yuan.

If one doesn’t exchange or transfer dollars within a year, the dollars will be seized by officials, and reimbursed in rubles within 30 calendar days. 

Under the proposed legislation, Russians would still be able to use dollars abroad and have foreign bank accounts, as well as buy goods on the Internet in dollars. 

The Russian government, Central Bank, Foreign Ministry, Federal Treasury, Federal Security Service, and other state branches would be exempt from the law. 

To protect Russian nationals, Degtyarev proposes to end dollar transactions and deposits at Russian banks, which would give rise to the ruble, and end dependence on the world’s dominant currency. 

Part of the bill aims to restore the prestige of the ruble, which has weakened as the Russian economy battles inflation and slow growth. 

Raising the prestige of the ruble by nixing foreign currency isn’t a novel idea- it was practiced during the Soviet Union when holding foreign currencies was illegal. A similar ‘anti-dollar’ proposal was filed by Duma deputies in 2003, but completely flopped. 

Moscow, a developing financial center is home to several international corporations, and many companies pay their employees in dollars, or ruble salaries pegged to the dollar. 

If the bill garners enough support, it will continue onto as many as three preliminary hearings before being passed into law. 

Degtyarev has made a name for himself with his outlandish proposals- from giving women extra holidays during menstruation, to his declaration Russia would lead the fight in defeating the antichrist. He serves as the head of the science and technology committee in the lower house of the Duma. 

The populist Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) is a political platform for Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who is famous for political antics and outlandish bills. 

On the same day, November 13, Belarus issued a statement denying rumors they were mulling a similar currency ban, after an opposition group reported a currency circulation ban that would get rid of dollars and euros in two months. 

Citing Alexander Timoshenko, a representative of the Belarus’s National Bank, Interfax reported the rumors were “absolute nonsense” for a country with an open economy. 

Dollars in demand

Public demand for foreign banknotes in Russia, especially dollars, has greatly increased as the ruble continues its slow devaluation. 

The Russia’s Central Bank (CBR) said they believe the ruble has stabilized, but that hasn’t curbed investors, both private and public, to not put all their rubles in one basket.

The aggregate demand for foreign currency in September 2013 increased $9.1 billion, up 7 percent from August, according data from the the Bank’s September 2013 Review of State and Domestic Foreign Currency Market report, available on its website. 

The Bank has allowed the ruble to flow more freely to accommodate foreign investment and financial markets, but this has created a tough inflation balancing act for the CBR.

Demand for dollars in September 2013 rose $5.9 billion, up 11 percent from August. Over the last year, aggregate demand for dollars has dropped 1 percent, but has jumped 12 percent by individuals greenbacks via purchase and conversion. 

The ruble’s daily trade range is 32.45–39.45, which the regulator increased on Tuesday. The bank buys between $200 and $400 million in rubles per day to counter losses. At 20:15 Moscow time, the ruble was trading 32.7643 per one US dollar. 

Consumer prices rose 6.3 from October, year-on-year, which is within the bank’s target inflation range of 5 to 6 percent. Inflation fears have prevented the bank from cutting the official interest rate for the last 14 month.

Over $13.3 billion in foreign currency flowed into (bought, acquired) authorized Russian banks in September, and nearly $13.1 billion flowed out.

In foreign currencies, total demand for the dollar in September was 65 percent, and 34 percent for euros. 

 

Original article http://on.rt.com/htjnr6