Bob Barr criticizes McCain, Obama over liberties

Obama has not protected liberties, Barr saysNeither of the two major candidates for U.S. president – Republican John McCain nor Democrat Barack Obama – has successfully protected citizens’ personal liberties, Libertarian candidate Bob Barr has claimed.

Barr told an audience in Durham, South Carolina that placing support behind either man on November 4th is the equivalent of "a wasted vote," the Duke Chronicle reports.

The former Republican congressman from Georgia criticized McCain and Obama for supporting amendments to the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

These amendments have been the subject of much controversy among civil liberties groups, who claim that they violate Americans’ rights by allowing warrantless domestic wiretapping.

"It is the job of the president to protect our liberty," Barr said, according to the news provider.

He then suggested that the two candidates have allowed the government to overextend its reach, saying that "both of the two major parties have an institutional interest in not diminishing the power of the president."

Throughout his political career, Barr has supported shrinking government, combating government violations of personal privacy and reducing – or eliminating – taxes on U.S. citizens.
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Survey: Patients think hospitals can do better

Survey reveals room for improvement at hospitalsPatients asked to rate hospitals across the country believe that the healthcare facilities had room for improvement, a new survey reveals.

As part of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, people filled out customer satisfaction surveys on 2,400 hospitals across the U.S.

The findings indicate that although many people are happy with the general level of care they received, areas such as pain management and hospital discharge instructions were found lacking.

Nearly one out of three respondents said that pain management was not handled well at their hospital, while around 20 percent gave communication about discharge instructions low marks.

Dr. Ashish Jha of Harvard explained that collecting the opinions of patients at healthcare facilities is not a common practice.

"It’s shocking that given the $2.1 trillion spent on health care that we have not had this kind of information before," he commented, according to Reuters.

The questionnaire covered six areas, including communication with doctors, communication with nurses, quality of nursing services, pain management, communication about medications and discharge information.

The study appears in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Colon Health Affects Total Health

If we could only correct one function of the body’s chemistry and nothing else, I would concentrate on the colon. The colon is a major organ in maintaining health as well as the prevention of disease.

When elimination falls far short of requirements, toxic poison (toxemia) builds in the blood leading eventually to degenerative disease.

Drugging pain of any kind checks elimination and prevents the human colon from cleaning house.

Every disease is a crisis of toxemia, which means that toxins have accumulated in the blood above the toleration point. When natural elimination fails, then the body produces a crisis to force elimination. Such crisis may come in the form of a cold or flu, pneumonia, headache or worse. Nature is trying to rid the body of toxic poisons. Any treatment that obstructs nature such as drugs only complicates self-curing.

Cancer is the culmination of years of abuse of nutrition as well as years of toxemia from faulty elimination.

It is very important to understand that toxic blood is caused by a toxic colon, the first source of all disease-producing toxins.

Commercial acid foods make up the primary diet of Americans, leading to the accumulation of poisons in the body, extremely poor elimination and eventually colon disease. The only sensible answer is added or
supplemental fiber to repurify the blood and the body.

Death Begins in The Colon… Death really begins in our diet but the problems show up in the colon. Everyone needs a practical knowledge of colon health. It’s about as serious as any health concern that anyone can have.

Colon health affects total health. We need to burn this into our minds.

According to the noted British researcher, Dr. Dennis Burkitt, at least 10 of our most serious diseases are directly related to a lack of sufficient fiber in the diet. These include: heart attacks, diverticular diseases, appendicitis, colon cancer, hiatal hernia, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, diabetes, obesity (big stomach bloat) and constipation.

Aging compounds colon disease because of our soft food diet and lack of exercise.

Primitive people had none of these diseases because of their high raw food diet and thus fiber containing diet.

There is no limit to the amount of fiber that the body can handle. The more fiber—the better the health.

We can’t have a primitive diet because it is simply not available. We have to supplement with daily fiber. This is very simple but serious and basic to health.

Fed slashes interest rates due to recession fears

The Fed slashed in the interest rate to 1%The slowing economy and concerns about the availability of credit were at the heart of the Federal Open Market Committee’s unanimous decision to cut the federal funds rate by half of a percentage point on Wednesday.

Following the action, the key lending interest rate has been set at 1 percent. It is the second reduction seen this month, after a similar half-point cut was made on October 8th.

"The intensification of financial market turmoil is likely to exert additional restraint on spending, partly by further reducing the ability of households and businesses to obtain credit," the Fed wrote in a statement.

The committee also promised to "monitor economic and financial developments carefully" with regard to future decisions.

Analysts are divided on whether the Fed is likely to reduce rates even further.

California State University economist Sung Won Sohn told the Associated Press that he thinks the committee will make the "momentous decision" to slash the funds rate to zero if such an action is warranted by global events.

The federal funds rate reflects the interest rate at which banks lend immediately available funds to other banks overnight.
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Panel: FDA failed in BPA assessment

BPA is found in a range of plastic packagingThe Food and Drug Administration did not adequately address the potential risks of bisphenol A when assessing its safety, an independent panel of scientific experts has said.

Earlier this year, the FDA released a statement assuring Americans that the controversial chemical – used in plastic packaging and bottles – was safe at low levels, even for babies and children.

However, the panel of scientific experts has determined that the group’s judgment was flawed and did not take into account a number of studies that found evidence suggesting BPA was harmful.

For example, research conducted by the National Toxicology Program – part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – suggested that BPA could pose a risk to children.

"The margins of safety defined by FDA as ‘adequate’ are, in fact, inadequate," the report stated, according to the Association Press.

In a statement, the FDA said it was "moving forward" with a plan to conduct additional research into BPA, adding that it would "carefully evaluate the findings of these studies."

Earlier this month, Canada became the first country to ban BPA from baby bottles. Commenting on the decision, the FDA said it was made due to an "abundance of caution."
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The safety of I Bonds

I Bonds are linked to inflationInvestors who are looking for a low-risk and high-yield place to store their wealth may be interested in exploring opportunities offered by inflation-linked savings bonds (I Bonds).

An article in the Wall Street Journal describes how yields for these bonds are expected to increase from 4.84 percent to 4.92 percent beginning in November, due to the increase in inflation seen over the past six months.

I Bond yields are based on both a fixed rate – currently set at 0 percent by the Treasury – and an adjustment based on inflation.

The fixed rate is maintained over the life of the bond, which is 30 years. Meanwhile, the inflation adjustment is adjusted every six months.

According to the Wall Street Journal, investors who buy I Bonds before November 1st will be able to guarantee the 4.84 percent rate for the October-March period, followed by a 4.92 percent rate for the following six months.

Although savers will be penalized if they cash in their bonds before the first five-year period is up, investors who maintain their money for one year could still enjoy a yield of 3.86 percent once the penalty has been taken into account, the publication explains.

Each individual may purchase up to $5,000 in I Bonds.
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BPA ‘reduces effect of cancer drugs’

BPA interferes with chemotherapy, scientists sayAnother health risk connected to bisphenol A (BPA) has been uncovered and described in the most recent issue of Environmental Health Perspectives.

According to researchers from the University of Cincinnati, BPA can reduce the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatments.

Dr. Nira Ben-Jonathan and colleagues exposed human breast cancer cells to BPA at levels that reflect those typically found in a person’s bloodstream.

They discovered that the chemical helped protect the cancer cells from dying when confronted by chemotherapy medications.

BPA has been in the spotlight in recent months due to a growing body of research that has linked it to health problems ranging from problems with sexual development in babies to heart problems in adults.

Canada recently became the first country to ban the chemical from being used in the manufacture of baby bottles.

According to the University of Cincinnati researchers, understanding BPA’s health risks helps increase their understanding of chemotherapy resistance.

"These data provide considerable support to the accumulating evidence that BPA is hazardous to human health," the authors wrote.

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The Health Care System?

Boy, what a misnamed scam! The current disease-oriented money system is collapsing. It should as it is the greatest cause of sickness and death in the history of the world.

Medicine as the public knows it is dying. It is now in a terminal phase. It is a system of conflict of interest, tainted research, greed for money, deceived and pretentious doctors and scientists, lying, cheating, invasion by the morally bankrupt marketing automatons of the drug industry, greedy power hungry politicians and federal and state regulators. It is all about money generated on the sick and the dying.

The sick care industry is not only profiting from the sick and dying, it is the greatest cause of sickness and premature death. And it is a US government industry. It is sponsored and financed by the US government. There would not be a single hospital in the United States without federal funny money and the insurance business.

If you had to pay a doctor out of your pocket, he would have to produce something besides a palliative. He couldn’t fake it with drugs and surgery. It all happens because the people don’t know the difference in health care and sick care. Millions are now beginning to take responsibility for their own health.

Scientists modify tomato to fight cancer

Scientists have developed a purple cancer-fighting tomatoScience has taken its efforts at developing genetically modified foods one step further, creating a type of tomato that is hoped to help combat cancer.

The purple tomatoes were created by British researchers by incorporating genes from the snapdragon flower, a plant that contains an antioxidant called anthocyanin.

Anthocyanin is already naturally found in blackberries, cranberries and chokeberries, but scientists sought a way to make it easier to incorporate into the diet.

After developing the tomato, the team fed it to rats that had been engineered to develop cancer and compared the effects to mice that ate a normal diet.

The animals that ate purple tomatoes lived around 182 days on average, compared with the 142-day lifespan of the control group.

Although the health benefits of the new tomato may be welcomed by some, others have raised concerns about the safety of eating so-called Frankenfoods created in a laboratory rather than those which grow naturally without the intervention of science.

Last month, the FDA released guidelines on how it plans to regulate genetically modified meats. Some experts were surprised that these foods would not necessarily have to be labeled as such.

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Arizona to vote on freedom of choice in healthcare

Healthcare choice is on Arizona's ballotThe freedom of Arizonans to make decisions about their own healthcare without consulting with the state is at stake on the November ballot.

In an editorial written for the Washington Post, George Will describes the situation as a decision that would either "arrest or accelerate the nation’s slide into statism."

Proposition 101 is a measure that aims to add language to Arizona’s constitution that prohibits any law from being passed that would interfere with residents’ right to choose, pay for or opt out of any healthcare system or plan.

According to Will, this measure would guarantee more flexibility for Arizonans and protect their civil liberties from third-party infringement.

"Proposition 101 would protect Arizonans not only against abridgements of their liberties by their state government, but also perhaps against comparable actions by the federal government," Will writes.

He explains that the proposition recognizes the valuable role of the market in being able to allocate resources better than the state and federal government.

Writing in favor of Proposition 101, Phoenix doctor Anthony K. Hedley raises concerns that state-controlled healthcare could mean that Americans have to wait longer to receive important life-saving procedures.
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Did the bailout increase market volatility?

The stock market was unsettled after the bailoutPresident Bush and Congress may have attempted to quell the volatility of the stock market by approving the $700 billion bank bailout, but some experts are suggesting the move has had the opposite effect.

A report on Newsmax raises concerns about how the rescue package and related measures have affected issues of value and risk.

"Now that deposits are guaranteed, basically I as an investor have no incentive to hold equities, so I sell them and put my money in bank deposits," financial author Marc Faber explained to CNBC, according to the news provider.

He claimed that government interventions have made it "impossible to forecast market movements."

And Chris Whalen of Institutional Risk Analytics suggested in a recent newsletter that the bailout has led to a situation in which price and value are no longer linked and investors have lost confidence.

"No wonder the entire stock market is having an extended nervous breakdown," he added.

Meanwhile, ABC News reports that despite the current financial uncertainty on Wall Street and the bailout, many CEOs and senior-level executives will still receive higher-than-expected bonuses this year.
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Is gold still a safe investment?

Should you still invest in gold?Gold is traditionally viewed as a safe investment in troubled economic times. However, the price has been falling lately – a trend which has left many experts confused.

This behavior suggests that the credit crunch may be forcing investors’ hands. Mark Hansen of commodities research firm CPM Group told Fox News that people have been making a "mad dash for cash," which has included selling their more valuable assets such as gold.

In a research report released Thursday, the World Gold Council agreed with this sentiment, explaining that funds have been forced to sell precious metals to meet margin calls.

"The fact that gold did not head higher during the current leg of the crisis seems to reflect a combination of the rise in the dollar, deleveraging of commodity positions, sales to meet margin calls and the unwinding of the long gold, short dollar trade," the report states.

Meanwhile, some experts have argued that it is actually a good time to buy gold, because it is a good investment during times of inflation.

Gold Stock Analyst newsletter’s John Doody told the news provider that the recent bank bailout will help prevent deflation and create a good environment for gold investment.

The commodity recently fell to below $700 for the first time in more than a year.
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Study: Unsuspecting patients prescribed placebos

Is your doctor giving a real drug or a placebo?The majority of American doctors responding to a new survey said they see no ethical problem with the practice of prescribing placebos to patients without their knowledge.

In this study, published in the British Medical Journal, a placebo is defined as a treatment not specifically aimed at helping a particular condition.

Around half of the internists and rheumatologists surveyed said that they have prescribed placebos several times a month. Only 5 percent of respondents said they specifically told their patients it was a placebo.

Painkillers, vitamins, antibiotics, sedatives, saline injections and sugar pills were the most common placebos prescribed – in that order.

"It’s a disturbing finding. There is an element of deception here which is contrary to the principle of informed consent," co-author Franklin G. Miller of the U.S. National Institutes of Health told the Associated Press.

The authors suggest that doctors may reason that prescribing a placebo – which may potentially provide benefits – is preferable to not doing anything. These drugs also help raise a patient’s expectations for improvement, also known as "the placebo effect."

Placebos are often used in medical trials so that researchers can compare their effects with those of active medications.
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Propaganda is Force!

Propaganda is words that collectivize and mold the public mind so that subtle or overt force is made easier or not necessary at all.

Carefully chosen words by the establishment is the basis of mass mind control leading to acceptance of force. Until the people accept collectivism under some pretext, they are not docile and completely subdued.

A whole volume could easily be written demonstrating the twisting and distortion of words and phrases to manipulate the public mind. Really, few escape this psychological warfare. Words are created and repetitiveness expands the collective psychic to accept and repeat. People who freely use those terms are not in control of their own thinking process. Following are some examples of establishment words and phrases:

See Your Doctor
It is oh, so evident that this phrase channels the crowd toward pharmaceutical control. The doctor is only the medium. Few doctors suspect that “medical orthodoxy” is a rigidly controlled system in the medical schools and practice by the pharmaceuticals. “Actually, the word witchcraft and sorcery in the New Testament comes from the Greek word pharmakia, from which we get our modern word pharmacy or pharmacist.” From Dr. Hallmark of the Wellness Group, from his article “Delusions – Monetary and Otherwise.” We have long held that so-called modern allopathic medicine is a very esoteric witchcraft—a deceptive practice that has little or nothing to do with curing or healing, but it does have to do with a multi-trillion dollar industry.

Public Health
This is a phrase that seeks acceptance as beneficial to the health of the people. It disarms any negative connotation. It greatly helps cover the medical fraud.

Life Expectancy
This programs the public psychic to expire when we retire.

Go to the church of your choice.
This says that any religion will do.

Taxpayer
This is one of the greatest deceptions in the English language. The system wants everyone to believe themselves a taxpayer or as one who pays his or her “fair share.” Since the government (and bankers) creates money (credit), why would they need you to pay taxes? They don’t but they do need a regulatory system and a dossier on everyone to profile your manner of living and yes, even your thoughts! It’s a thought system and a system of people regulation.

Tax dollars
No Such Thing! See “taxpayer” above. Our so-called “tax dollars” don’t exist as money going to pay government expenses. When we pay tax dollars, we are not funding the government or anything. We are reducing our consumption as part of social planning.

Your fair share
This is a collectivist concept that eventually evokes a guilty conscious. Few have any concept of what this means but it unconsciously produces a herding instinct.

Democracy
This is a big one and it has sucked in everyone. Democracy is a system of manipulated mob ruled by the elite. It is the very opposite of human liberty. Democracy is a front for despotism under the rule of an oligarchy. Hitler called his Nazi Germany “The Great Democracy.” Democracy does not mean freedom and freedom does not mean democracy.

Democrat and Republican
These words show how perfectly the same thing can have two names. Aren’t you glad that you go to the polls and vote? The politicians are laughing at us.

The government spends money
The word “spend” suggests that money is finite or limited. This makes so-called “budgets” myths to occupy the public mind and to create the aura of the legitimacy of governments. The federal government does not “pay” or “spend” money. They create credit and exchange it for goods and services. Yes, they get everything for nothing. This is how the politicians “finance” their perpetual wars. Few people would pay real money to kill Saddam, along with our youth.

Greenspan admits surprise, dismay at market crisis

Greenspan said he was shocked by the credit crisisFormer chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan told Congress on Thursday that he was shocked that self-regulation in the financial markets had not functioned the way he anticipated.

At one time, Greenspan – who left the Fed in 2006 after running it for nearly 20 years – was praised for enacting policies that helped stoke the property boom seen earlier this decade.

However, more recently some people have been laying part of the blame for the credit crisis on the chairman’s opposition to regulating the financial markets.

"I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interests of organizations, specifically banks and others, were such as that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders and their equity in the firms," Greenspan told the House Committee of Government Oversight and Reform.

However, he explained that his decisions not to regulate risky practices such as credit default swaps was based on a philosophy that had previously worked "exceptionally well."

Other financial leaders testifying before Congress included Christopher Cox, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Chertoff defends no-fly list

The no-fly list has often been controversialDirector of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff has challenged claims made by civil liberties groups about the number of people not allowed to fly on U.S. airlines.

Instead of the figure of 1 million which has been quoted by the American Civil Liberties Union, the actual number barred from flying totals only 2,500, with 90 percent of these non-U.S. citizens, he said.

In addition, there are around 16,000 people whose names are on a selectee list, which means they may be inspected but not prohibited from boarding a plane.

However, some have raised concerns about the incidents of mistaken identity, in which an innocent member of the public shares a name or other identification with someone on the list.

Some names may even be on the list as the result of an error. Earlier this year, a court of appeals in San Francisco ruled that passengers can bring cases regarding their status on the no-fly list to a judge and jury for consideration.

It made its decision after a Malaysian student at Stanford University was detained and handcuffed at an airport in 2005, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Dim forecast for U.S. recovery

The economy may not pick up until mid-2009Investors who have been hoping that the U.S. economy will be given a clean bill of health in the near future may want to think again.

New predictions from the International Monetary Fund provide a gloomy picture for the next six months, suggesting that most countries in the western hemisphere will face near-zero or negative growth until mid-2009.

And, once the U.S. does begin to get back on its feet, the IMF said that recovery will happen more slowly than in previous downturns because of the "exceptional nature of the asset price adjustments taking place."

Other countries in the region are also set to face challenges, the group predicted.

"The outlook points to a major downturn for the global economy, with growth falling to its slowest pace since the 2001-02 recession," the report states.

However, the IMF suggested that the coordinated efforts taken by governments around the globe would eventually lead to a successful recovery for the global economy.

Meanwhile, in related news, CNN Money reported on Wednesday that although there some signs of a credit thaw have been observed, investors continue to behave warily due to warnings about a long recession.
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Does anesthesia cause developmental problems?

Questions about anesthesia and behavioral problemsParents may be careful to protect their children from a number of threats to their health, including toxic chemicals and potentially harmful medications.

Now, new research raises questions about the effect of general anesthesia on a child’s developing brain.

Findings reported at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting reveal that children who were exposed to anesthesia could double their risk of being diagnosed with a behavior or developmental disorder.

Scientists analyzed data from 625 children who had been given anesthesia for a hernia operation and compared it with a sample of 5,000 kids who had not had anesthesia. All participants were covered by the New York State Medicaid program.

They found that 4.8 of the children exposed to anesthesia had later been diagnosed with a developmental or behavioral disorder, compared with 1.5 percent of the control group.

Researcher Dr. Lena Sun told Reuters Health that although the results are provocative, more investigation needs to be done.

"This study basically suggests that we really need to do a more rigorous study to look at this question," she said.

Around 2 million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the behavioral problem ADHD, according to the National Institute of Medical Health.
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Spending on Medicaid could outpace economic growth

Medicaid spending is set to riseThe amount of money spent on Medicaid could place significant stress on federal and state budgets over the next decade, according to forecasts from the U.S. Department and Health and Human Services.

In fact, spending is expected to rise by an average of 7.9 percent each year over the next 10 years, a rate of growth which is larger than that of the overall economy, the report indicates.

Medicaid is a joint state and federal program that provides insurance for low-income households. It cost approximately $333.2 billion to fund in 2007, with the federal government paying 57 percent of that cost.

HHS predicts that the total cost could reach $647 billion by 2017, with enrollment in the program expected to hit 55.1 million by that year.

"This report should serve as an urgent reminder that the current path of Medicaid spending is unsustainable for both federal and state governments," commented HHS secretary Mike Leavitt.

He urged action to make sure the program remains "fiscally sound."

Last month, a Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Education Trust report found that U.S. health insurance premiums rose by an average of 5 percent last year.
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