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Are ID chips too invasive? An FDA-approved chip implant raises Big Brother concerns. It appears that the effort to implant microchips into humans is not only alive and well but moving ever closer to getting under everyone's skin.
Delray Beach firm VeriChip, the nation's only FDA-approved company allowed to produce microchips for injection into people, got a boost recently from the American Medical Association.
The AMA said such devices "may help to identify patients, thereby improving the safety and efficiency of patient care." But the council warned that the devices' safety and security are unclear.
That was enough to create a stir in the technology and medical worlds as well as among privacy and religious folks. And enough to put a smile on VeriChip's face.
Scott Silverman, chief executive officer of VeriChip, says the primary aim is to help high-risk medical patients such as those with diabetes, Alzheimer's, cancer and heart conditions. (St Petersburg Times)
France to "triple" CCTV surveillance across the country French interior minister Michele Alliot-Marie announced Thursday the government is planning to " triple" the existing CCTV surveillance capacities across the country, with a view to curbing the risks of terrorism and acts of violence.
After chairing a meeting over the issue, the minister told the press she intended to develop CCTV surveillance "as a priority within the framework of an upcoming law on interior security orientation and programming (LOPSI)" which is expected to be submitted to the council of ministers in autumn.
In order to "cover as much territory as possible," she said, there is a need for "enhanced networking with all those" who are already using this technology, notably citing "local authorities, Paris transport authorities (RATP), French national railway company (SNCF), and large shopping complexes." (Xinhua)
Canadians in the Dark About SPP Union with the USA and Mexico The purpose of the Canada-USA-Mexico meeting in August, at Montebello, Quebec, is to ratify the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America
In less than a month’s time, on August 20, the most powerful president in the world will be arriving in Montebello, Quebec, for a two-day conference. President George W. Bush will be meeting with Stephen Harper and their Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon. So far, the silence from the Canadian and American media has been deafening.
Talk to 90 percent of people on the street and they won’t know about this upcoming conference, and if by a slim chance they do, they won’t know the purpose of the meeting or why the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico are meeting in the dog days of summer under what amounts to a veil of secrecy. (Mexidata.info)
Dangers Of MMR Jab 'Covered Up' According to a secret dossier, five cases were reported of potentially deadly brain inflammation following the use of MMR in Canada before it became part of standard childhood vaccinations in Britain (UK Daily Express)
Stop, Stop! A North American Union! As Some Stoke Fears of 'Dangerous' Partnership, Reality Takes a Detour Those who celebrated immigration reform's defeat last month as "a glorious victory for the American people" have a new issue to exploit. Their target: the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, launched in March 2005 by the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Haven't heard of it? Well, those merchants of fear and exaggeration wish you had. According to them, the SPP will lead to a host of undesirable consequences, from a 10- to 12-lane highway splitting America's heartland from Mexico to Canada, to the elimination of America's borders and an "end (of) the United States as we know it," according to CNN's Lou Dobbs. One Web site, StopSPP.com, depicts the ramifications with a graphic of North America in flames.
Dobbs and others believe that the SPP is a "blueprint for the North American Union" and that next month's summit in Montebello, Canada, between President Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon will further consolidate the agreement and lead to the dissolution of U.S. sovereignty.
As it turns out, the agenda for that meeting isn't so apocalyptic. The three North American leaders are expected to announce an integrated strategy to combat pandemics, with avian flu one of the central motivations. Also finalized should be what organizers call a "trilateral regulatory cooperation framework meant to enhance competitiveness, while maintaining high standards of health and safety."
As far as an attempt to dissolve the U.S. and establish a North American Union, don't look for it in the summit's plans. There is no mention of erasing borders and establishing a separate legal system, adopting a single currency or creating a secret police. Unless, of course, the team of disease-fighting scientists somehow takes a wrong turn in Kansas City and transforms into a revolutionary army for the North American Union. In sum, the SPP doesn't pose much of a threat. (Washington Post)
The Delusional Miss Palfrey: D.C. Madam once promised judge she'd never re-enter pimping business After pleading guilty to pimping out women, Deborah Palfrey, the so-called D.C. Madam, once promised a California judge that she would never re-enter the escort business, and claimed that she did not deserve a prison sentence because she was a caring mother hen to her hookers, lived by the 'Golden Rule,' and had already 'suffered enough.' Following an early-90s felony conviction, the veteran pimp, now 51, filed a lengthy sentencing memorandum in San Diego Superior Court (a copy of the document can be found below). The memo provides an instructive glimpse into Palfrey's personal life and professional m.o.. It also leaves the reader with the impression that she is rather delusional and has a remarkably high opinion of herself. As she sought a sentence of probation, Palfrey explained that greed did not drive her to open an escort service. (The Smoking Gun)
RCMP, U.S. Army block public forum on the Security and Prosperity Partnership The Council of Canadians has been told it will not be allowed to rent a municipal community centre for a public forum it had planned to coincide with the next Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) summit in Montebello, Quebec on August 20 and 21.
The Municipality of Papineauville, which is about six kilometres from Montebello, has informed the Council of Canadians that the RCMP, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and the U.S. Army will not allow the municipality to rent the Centre Communautaire de Papineauville for a public forum on Sunday August 19, on the eve of the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership Leaders Summit.
“It is deplorable that we are being prevented from bringing together a panel of writers, academics and parliamentarians to share their concerns about the Security and Prosperity Partnership with Canadians,” said Brent Patterson, director of organizing with the Council of Canadians. “Meanwhile, six kilometres away, corporate leaders from the United States, Mexico and Canada will have unimpeded access to our political leaders.” (Council of Canadians)
Road with 100 cameras is plagued by crime A crime-ridden high street in north London has been branded the most spied-upon road in Britain, after it emerged that it is watched over by more than 100 closed circuit television cameras.
In one 650-yard section of Holloway Road, that runs from Archway to Highbury Corner, there are 29 cameras mounted on shops and lampposts, a church and a courtroom.
There are 102 CCTV cameras monitoring crime on the two-mile road, as well as a further seven checking for speeding cars and vehicles straying into bus lanes.
Civil liberties groups are alarmed by the number of opportunities for the state to watch people in Holloway Road, particularly as they claim surveillance cameras do not always help to reduce crime.
Mark Dziecielewski, of Watching Them Watching Us, said: "Politicians like cameras because they are seen to be doing something but, just like you see birds perched on scarecrows, the hoodies and dealers come back once the novelty has worn off. (London Telegraph)
Who is telling the truth about MMR jabs and autism? A first word book for babies lies open on a table in Jackie and John Fletcher's living room. Each page is devoted to one single-syllable word. Robert, their 15-year-old son, sits quietly, gazing at the simple, colourful pictures. He cannot read or say the words, but studies the images intently, just as he did when he was 13 months old, before his development was halted.
A month after his first birthday, Robert had a devastating epileptic fit. Dismissed initially as a febrile convulsion common in young children, it turned out to be the first of thousands of fits, damaging Robert's brain. His ill health has dominated his parents' lives. (UK Daily Mail)
OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR; The Center Shouldn't Hold IT'S just a red stake stuck in an anonymous spread of pasture 20 miles north of Belle Fourche, S.D., a rodeo town of about 5,000 inhabitants. But it is also the geographical center of the United States of America, as defined by the National Geodetic Survey in 1959. Or at least it is for now.
To find it, says Teresa Schanzenbach, executive director of the town's chamber of commerce, ''you have go into a ditch, cross a barbed-wire fence and maneuver amongst the cactus and cow pies.'' So, plans are that in August, the center of the nation is to be moved 20 miles south, and an eye-catching granite monument will be unveiled in Belle Fourche itself so that visitors can see it more easily.
This may seem like a high-handed way to treat both geography and the United States itself. Certainly the implications reach well beyond Belle Fourche. Is the balance of the nation going to be affected? Will there be a seismic tilt towards Canada? And can we be sure that the center won't shift again? History certainly suggests that it will -- and within the foreseeable future.
The event that made Belle Fourche the focal point of the nation's land mass was the admission of Hawaii and Alaska in 1959. Never have the frontiers of the United States remained fixed for so long. - Unlike the European Union, where six large nations jostle for power with 21 others of varying size, any North American model would inevitably be dominated by the partner whose population and economy are respectively almost three and six times bigger than those of the other two put together. It is significant that even at this early stage, all Security and Prosperity Partnership agreements have involved the United States, although often excluding one of the other two partners, and that American regulations are the norm for most of the partnership's 24 existing bilateral and trilateral agreements covering trade and security.
In other words, folks like Mr. Dobbs and Representative Goode are facing in the wrong direction. The partnership is increasing rather than diminishing the scope of United States sovereignty. History is resuming its normal course. It may be slower than invasion or purchase, but the regulations and agencies needed to enforce them will pull Canada and Mexico within the reach of United States jurisdiction as effectively as any means that Seward envisioned. Meanwhile, the citizens of Belle Fourche would be well advised to make the new geographical center of the United States transportable. It may eventually need to travel to somewhere near Omaha. (New York Times)
Girls to get HPV vaccine Nova Scotia will offer girls in Grade 7 vaccination this fall against human papilloma virus, the leading cause of cervical cancer.
Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet announced the $2.8-million campaign Wednesday at a Halifax news conference.
The cost of the campaign will be covered under a fund established in the federal budget.
The vaccine has been shown to provide almost 100 per cent protection against the two strains of human papilloma virus (HPV) known to cause about 70 per cent of cervical cancers, said Dr. Robert Grimshaw, medical director of Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s gynecological cancer-screening program.
"With the introduction of HPV vaccine, along with regular Pap testing, it’s possible that during the lifespan of my career, cervical cancer will become a disease of the past," he said. (The Chronicle Herald)
Prince Charles shrinks his carbon footprint Prince Charles has been living greener and trimmed his household's carbon emissions significantly, according to an annual review of his accounts.
While the prince has achieved "carbon neutral" status for two years, new initiatives introduced in the last year include:
* Running his luxury cars on used cooking oil.
* Installing wood-chip boilers at his residences.
* Buying foods from local suppliers, according to Charles's Clarence House office. (CBC)
Bank of International Settlements: Credit Boom May Spark Depression The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) is warning that the global economy could be on the brink of a major depression similar to the one that passed in the 1930s.
The BIS said that years of loose monetary policy have fueled a dangerous credit bubble leaving the global economy more vulnerable to an economic catastrophe than is generally understood.
In its 77th Annual Report for the financial year April 1, 2006-March 31, 2007 that was submitted to the BIS' annual general meeting held in Basel on June 24, the BIS - which one source described as "the ultimate bank of central bankers" - noted that the Great Depression that began in 1929 caught many off guard and unprepared.
"Virtually nobody foresaw the Great Depression of the 1930s, or the crises which affected Japan and southeast Asia in the early and late 1990s. In fact, each downturn was preceded by a period of non-inflationary growth exuberant enough to lead many commentators to suggest that a 'new era' had arrived", said the bank. (NewsMax)
Canada implements no-fly list: List blasted by experts, government remains steadfast The Canadian federal government implemented a new federal “no-fly” list yesterday which, like its U.S. counterpart, has been opposed by transportation experts and even the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (on multiple occasions). The list dates back to the Canada-U.S. Smart Border Declaration, signed by then-Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada John Manley and then-Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge in December 2001. The document calls for action on several initiatives, including “indentify[ing] security threats before they arrive in North America through collaborative approaches to reviewing crew and passenger manifests.”
From there, the initiative was inserted in a piece of legislation which eventually became the Public Safety Act of 2002, an act which took 2 arduous years of debate and amendment to get passed, receiving royal assent in May 2004. The act explicitly “authorizes the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), and the persons they designate, to require certain passenger information (set out in the proposed schedule to the Act) from air carriers and operators of aviation reservation systems, to be used and disclosed for transportation security purposes; national security investigations relating to terrorism; situations of immediate threat to the life or safety of a person; the enforcement of arrest warrants for offences punishable by five years or more of imprisonment and that are specified in the regulations; and arrest warrants under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Extradition Act.” (Corbett Report)
Air India Was a CSIS job: Canadian Intelligence Service implicated in Air India bombing On June 23, 1985, a bomb planted aboard Air India Flight 182 exploded as it made its way from Toronto to London Heathrow, killing all 329 aboard. The bombing still stands as Canada’s deadliest instance of mass murder, and was the deadliest act of terrorism involving airplanes before the events of September 11, 2001. In 2005, some two decades after the original disaster, the only two suspects to be put on trial for the bombing were acquitted due to a lack of evidence. The verdict created an uproar in Canada, and the government duly set up an inquiry, headed by John Major, which is currently looking into the disaster and its investigation. But witnesses testifying before the commission over the last weeks out of the Canadian inquiry into the Air India Flight 182 disaster have started painting a picture of government foreknowledge which is confirming suspicions that the Canadian CIA -- the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) -- were complicit in the bombing and its coverup.
On May 17, two former government lawyers, Graham Pinos and Michael Anne MacDonald, testified to the inquiry that they were attending international hearings on terrorism in Los Angeles during the week preceding the bombing. Each of them claims to have had separate conversations with a Mr. Mel Deschesnes of CSIS in which he stated there was a problem with Sikh extremists in Vancouver who were seeking to bring down an airplane. He left the conference unexpectedly on June 20, telling Ms. MacDonald that there was an urgent problem with the extremists in Vancouver. The bombing took place three days later. Mr. Pinos testified that when the bombing took place, his reaction was to say to himself “Holy expletive, they knew, they knew.” Streaming video of their testimony can be watched here. (Corbett Report)
Lobe of TB patient's lung to be removed: The operation will enhance the antibiotics he is being given, eliminate a place for harmful bacteria to grow, his surgeons say. Denver surgeons said Thursday that they will remove a tennis-ball-sized section of lung from Atlanta lawyer Andrew Speaker, the air traveler who set off a worldwide scare when it was revealed that he carries an extremely drug-resistant form of tuberculosis.
Removing the damaged lung tissue that contains most of the bacteria responsible for Speaker's TB will allow antibiotics to be more effective and eliminate a breeding ground for the bacteria, surgeons said.
"Andrew Speaker is an excellent candidate for surgery," Dr. Charles L. Daley of the National Jewish Medical and Research Center said in a statement released by the hospital. "The infected area of his lung is relatively small and well-contained. He is also young and otherwise healthy." - After Speaker turned himself in to health authorities, he was transferred to National Jewish because of the hospital's expertise in dealing with the rare disease, known as extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, or XDR TB. (Los Angeles Times)
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