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Dear friends,

Below
are one-paragraph excerpts of important news articles you may have
missed.
These news articles include revealing information on the torture videos
destroyed by the CIA, serious flaws at the US Food and Drug
Administration
(FDA), the skyrocketing US national debt, and more. Each excerpt is taken
verbatim from the major media website listed at the link provided. If any
link fails to function, click
here. Key sentences are highlighted for those with
limited
time.
By choosing to educate ourselves and to spread
the word, we can and will build a brighter
future.

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CIA Destroyed Videos Showing
Interrogations

December 7, 2007, Washington
Post


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/06/AR2007120601828.html

The CIA
made videotapes in 2002 of its officers administering harsh interrogation
techniques to two al-Qaeda suspects but destroyed the tapes three years
later, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said. Captured on tape were
interrogations of Abu Zubaydah ... and a second high-level al-Qaeda
member
who was not identified. Zubaydah [was] subjected to "waterboarding" ...
while in CIA custody. All the tapes were destroyed in November 2005 on
the
order of Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., then the CIA's director of clandestine
operations. The destruction came after the Justice Department had told a
federal judge in the case of al-Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui that
the
CIA did not possess videotapes of a specific set of interrogations sought
by his attorneys. The startling disclosures came on the same day that
House
and Senate negotiators reached an agreement on legislation that would
prohibit the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics
by
the CIA. The measure ... would effectively set a government-wide standard
for legal interrogations by explicitly outlawing the use of
[waterboarding], forced nudity, hooding, military dogs and other harsh
tactics against prisoners by any U.S. intelligence agency. Civil
liberties
advocates denounced the CIA's decision to destroy the tapes. Jameel
Jaffer,
a national security lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union, said
the
tapes were destroyed at a time when a federal court had ordered the CIA
to
comply with a Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU seeking
records related to interrogations. "The CIA appears to have
deliberately destroyed evidence that would have allowed its agents to be
held accountable for the torture of prisoners," Jaffer said. "They are
tapes that should have been released to the courts and Congress, but the
CIA apparently believes that its agents are above the law."



National Debt Grows $1 Million a
Minute

December 3, 2007, New York
Times
/Associated Press


http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Nation-in-Debt.html

Like a
ticking time bomb, the national debt is an explosion waiting to happen.
It's expanding by about $1.4 billion a day -- or nearly $1 million a
minute. What's that mean to you? It means almost $30,000 in debt for each
man, woman, child and infant in the United States. Even if you've escaped
the recent housing and credit crunches and are coping with rising fuel
prices, you may still be headed for economic misery, along with the rest
of
the country. That's because the government is fast straining resources
needed to meet interest payments on the national debt, which stands at a
mind-numbing $9.13 trillion. And like homeowners who took out
adjustable-rate mortgages, the government faces the prospect of seeing
this
debt -- now at relatively low interest rates -- rolling over to higher
rates, multiplying the financial pain. So long as somebody is willing to
keep loaning the U.S. government money, the debt is largely out of sight,
out of mind. But the interest payments keep compounding, and could in
time
squeeze out most other government spending -- leading to sharply higher
taxes or a cut in basic services like Social Security and other
government
benefit programs. Or all of the above. A major economic slowdown, as some
economists suggest may be looming, could hasten the day of
reckoning. The national debt -- the total accumulation of annual
budget deficits -- is up from $5.7 trillion when President Bush took
office
in January 2001 and it will top $10 trillion sometime right before or
right
after he leaves in January 2009.
Interest on the national debt
...
totaled $430 billion last year. Aggravating the debt picture: the wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office
estimates could cost $2.4 trillion over the next decade.


Business Lobby Presses Agenda Before ’08
Vote

December 2, 2007, New York
Times


http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/02/washington/02lobby.html

Business
lobbyists ... are racing to secure final approval for a wide range of
health, safety, labor and economic rules, in the belief that they can get
better deals from the Bush administration than from its successor. Hoping
to lock in policies backed by a pro-business administration, poultry
farmers are seeking an exemption for the smelly fumes produced by tons of
chicken manure. Businesses are lobbying the Bush administration to roll
back rules that let employees take time off for family needs and medical
problems. And electric power companies are pushing the government to
relax
pollution-control requirements. Even as they try to shape pending
regulations, business lobbies are also looking beyond President Bush.
Corporations and trade associations are recruiting Democratic lobbyists.
And lobbyists, expecting battles over taxes and health care in 2009, are
pouring money into the campaigns of Democratic candidates for Congress
and
the White House.
At the Transportation Department, trucking
companies are trying to get final approval for a rule increasing the
maximum number of hours commercial truck drivers can work. And automakers
are trying to persuade officials to set new standards for the strength of
car roofs — standards far less stringent than what consumer advocates say
is needed to protect riders in a rollover. At the Interior Department,
coal
companies are lobbying for a regulation that would allow them to dump
rock
and dirt from mountaintop mining operations into nearby streams and
valleys. A coalition of environmental groups has condemned the proposed
rule, saying it would accelerate “the destruction of mountains, forests
and
streams throughout Appalachia.” A priority for many employers in 2008 is
to
secure changes in the rules for family and medical leave.

Note:
For many revealing reports on corporate corruption, click
here.



Advisers Say F.D.A.’s Flaws Put Lives at
Risk

December 1, 2007, New York
Times


http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/01/washington/01fda.html

The
nation’s food supply is at risk, its drugs are potentially dangerous and
its citizens’ lives are at stake because the Food and Drug Administration
is desperately short of money and poorly organized, according to an
alarming report by agency advisers. The report ... is the latest ... in a
string of outside assessments that have concluded that the F.D.A. is
poorly
equipped to protect the public health. The report concludes that over the
last two decades, the agency’s public health responsibilities have soared
while its appropriations have barely budged. The result is that the
F.D.A.
is falling farther and farther behind in carrying out its
responsibilities
and understanding the science it needs to do its many jobs.
“F.D.A.’s inability to keep up with scientific advances means
that
American lives are at risk,”
the report stated. Barbara J.
McNeil,
a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School and one of
the
report’s authors, said she was stunned at the agency’s sorry state. “This
was the first time that a group of people got together and really looked
at
all the areas that the F.D.A. has to cover,” Dr. McNeil said. “We
were shocked at the scope of its responsibilities, we were shocked at how
little its resources have increased, and we were surprised at the
conditions those in the F.D.A. had to work under.”
"Reports of
product dangers are not rapidly compared and analyzed, inspectors’
reports
are ... slow to work their way through the compliance system, and the
system for managing imported products cannot communicate with customs and
other government systems,” the report stated. The report concluded that
the
“F.D.A.’s ability to provide its basic food system inspection,
enforcement
and rule-making functions is severely eroded, as is its ability to
respond
to outbreaks in a timely manner.”

Note:
For numerous powerful reports on health issues, click here.


Living in Dreamworld
November 30, 2007, ABC
News


http://abcnews.go.com/story?id=3936448

Stephen
LaBerge, an expert in a technique called lucid dreaming ... believes that
what happens to people in their dreams is as real an experience as what
happens in real life. By becoming aware that they're dreaming while
they're
asleep, lucid dreamers say they can learn to consciously control and
manipulate the dreamscape, allowing them to live out their wildest
fantasies in a virtual reality with no earthly boundaries. A renowned
lucid
dreaming expert, LaBerge spent more than a decade researching the science
of lucid dreaming at Stanford University. In his most groundbreaking
experiment, he showed that lucid dreamers can consciously signal from the
dream world while in REM sleep. The author of several
books on the topic, LaBerge developed a plethora of techniques to
help
people gain lucidity. LaBerge believes that, with proper training, people
can actually control their dreams, provided they learn how to recognize
that they're dreaming while still asleep. In a way, he is teaching people
how to live their dreams. "All you have to say is, 'This is a dream.
Anything is possible,'" LaBerge said. In lucid dreams, one can
fly
like a superhero, master martial arts with no fear of injury, or have a
tryst with a total stranger. "[It's] the place where you can do anything
without external consequences. So it's a place you can safely explore how
to live, what to do, what you might want to do,"
LaBerge said.
You
might seek out a dead relative, try to conquer a lifelong fear, or you
might even try to hold a conversation with God. LaBerge teaches others
how
to master lucid dreaming at his Dream and Awakening Retreat held at the
Kalani Oceanside Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii, a setting picture
perfect for dreamers.

Note:
For many other powerful articles which illuminate the deep nature of
reality, stretching our awareness of what is possible in the world, click
here.


'Supermouse' bred to beat
cancer

November 28, 2007, BBC

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7116675.stm

Mice
carrying a gene which appears to make them invulnerable to cancer may
hold
the key to safer and more effective treatments for humans. The new breed,
created with a more active "Par-4" gene, did not develop tumours, and
even
lived longer, said the journal Cancer Research. University of Kentucky
researchers said a human cancer treatment was possible. Par-4 was
originally discovered in the early 1990s working inside human prostate
cancers, and is believed to have a role in "programmed cell death", the
body's own system for rooting out and destroying damaged or faulty cells.
The Kentucky team used an existing mouse breed known to be more
vulnerable
to cancers to test whether Par-4 could be used to fight them. They
introduced the gene to mouse eggs, and it was active in both the
resulting
pups - and their own offspring. The mice with active Par-4 did not
develop
cancers, and lived slightly longer than those without the gene. Dr Vivek
Rangnekar, who led the research, said that the gene offered a potential
way, unlike most other cancer treatments, of destroying cancer cells
without harming normal cells. "When a cancer patient goes to the
clinic, they undergo chemotherapy or radiation and there are potential
side
effects associated with these treatments. We are thinking of this as a
holistic approach that not only would get rid of the tumour, but not harm
the organism as a whole."
A spokesman for Cancer Research UK
said: "Although at an early stage, research like this allows us to
understand more about the faulty genes involved in cancer and throws open
new avenues to explore for cancer treatment. It's important to remember
that this work has only been done using genetically engineered mice, and
more research is needed before we'll know if it can be translated to
humans."

Note:
For a plethora of exciting reports of new approaches to curing cancer, click
here.

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FDA panel to review Tamiflu's effect on
brain

November 25, 2007, USA
Today


http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-11-25-tamiflu-brain_N.htm

A Food
and Drug Administration panel ... will review reports of abnormal
behavior
and other brain effects in more than 1,800 children who had taken the flu
medicine Tamiflu since its approval in 1999, including 55 in the USA.
Twenty-two of the U.S. reports were considered "serious," with symptoms
such as convulsions, delirium or delusions, says Terry Hurley, spokesman
for drugmaker Roche Laboratories. None of the U.S. cases resulted in
death.
But in Japan, Hurley says, five deaths have been reported in children
under
16 as a result of neurological or psychiatric problems. "Four were fatal
falls, and one was encephalitis in a patient with leukemia," he says. In
addition, in people ages 17 to 21, there were two deaths in Japan, one a
"fatal accident with abnormal behavior," Hurley says, and the second as a
result of encephalopathy, a brain infection. Seven adult deaths
attributed
to neuropsychiatric problems also have been reported in Japan. The
possible
association between Tamiflu and neuropsychiatric effects was first
reported
in Japan, and in March, the Japanese government issued a safety warning
restricting the drug's use in adolescents. Japan has been the major
market
for Tamiflu, accounting for 75% of the 48 million prescriptions written.
The drug's Japanese distributor, Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., announced
this
month that it would cut by half the supply it had been planning to sell
this winter, from 12 million to 6 million courses of treatment. In a
statement, the company says demand dropped after reports in February that
"several teenage patients with influenza who were also taking Tamiflu had
fallen from buildings after taking the drug." A year ago Roche
added a warning to its package insert label saying "people with the flu,
particularly children, may be at an increased risk of self-injury and
confusion shortly after taking Tamiflu," and their behavior should be
monitored.

Note:
For numerous powerful reports on health issues, click here.




A little risky business
November 22, 2007, The Economist
magazine


http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10171212

Waving a
packet of carbon nanotubes accusingly at the assembled American
politicians
during a hearing last month in Congress, Andrew Maynard was determined to
make a point. The nanotechnology expert ... had bought the tiny tubes on
the internet. They had arrived in the post along with a safety sheet
describing them as graphite and thus requiring no special precautions
beyond those needed for a nuisance dust. Dr Maynard's theatrics were
designed to draw attention to a growing concern about the safety of
nanotechnology. Carbon nanotubes may be perfectly safe, but then
again, they may have asbestos-like properties. Nobody knows. Indeed,
industry, regulators and governments know little about the general safety
of all manner of materials that are made into fantastically small
sizes.
In the past few years the number of consumer products
claiming to use nanotechnology has dramatically grown—to almost 600 by
one
count. Patents are rapidly being filed. For a product to count as
nanotechnology, it ... is enough merely for some of the material to have
been tinkered with at a small scale. Often that can involve grinding down
a
substance into particles that may be only a few nanometres big—a
nanometre
is a billionth of a metre—about 100,000th of the thickness of a sheet of
paper. Despite hundreds of years of experience in chemistry, it is not
easy
to predict how a substance will behave when it is made extremely small.
That means, you cannot be sure how it will affect health. Nanoparticulate
versions of a material can act in novel ways. When they are very, very
small, materials, such as copper, that are soft can become hard.
Materials,
such as gold, that would not react to other substances become reactive.
And
when they have been shrunk, materials, such as carbon, that are perfectly
safe might become unsafe. Plenty of research suggests that nanoparticles
of
harmless substances can become exceptionally dangerous.


Brazil announces new oil reserves

November 9, 2007, BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7086264.stm

The
Brazilian government says huge new oil reserves discovered off its coast
could turn the country into one of the biggest oil producers in the
world.
Petrobras, Brazil's national oil company, says it believes the offshore
Tupi field has between 5bn and 8bn barrels of recoverable light oil. A
senior minister said Brazilian oil production had the potential to match
that of Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. The state-controlled company says the
results show high productivity for gas and light oil - the best quality
oil
- which is more valuable and cheaper to refine. Petrobras says the find
has
the potential to move Brazil into a position where it is one of the top
ten
oil reserves in the world. Brazil currently has proven oil
reserves
of 14 billion barrels, over half of which have been discovered in the
past
five years.
Most of Brazil's oil is heavy and found at great
depth
but even so its reserves have almost doubled in the last ten years, as
has
output. With the Tupi field potentially equal to 40% of all oil ever
discovered here, it seems by any standards a significant moment for
Brazil.


Note:
Many fear that oil production could drop drastically within the next 10
to
20 years. In actuality, there are many large untapped oil fields which
have
not been economically feasible to tap because of their lower quality oil.
Once the price of oil reaches a certain threshold, like $150/barrel, many
of these fields will then be profitable. Because of this, it is highly
unlikely there will be a sudden oil shortage (unless prices are
manipulated
as in the great oil crisis of 1973). For lots more on the unlimited
potential for cheap energy, click here.



The White House Coup
July 23, 2007, BBC Radio

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/document/document_20070723.shtml

Document
uncovers details of a planned coup in the USA in 1933 by right-wing
American businessmen. The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D
Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The
plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in
America (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell [House] and George
Bush’s grandfather, Prescott [Bush]) believed that their country should
adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great
depression.
Mike Thomson investigates why so little is known
about
this biggest ever peacetime threat to American democracy.

Note:
Click on the article link above to listen to this important radio
documentary. General Smedley Butler, author of War is a Racket,
was approached by the plotters for assistance, but he stopped them by
reporting their plans to the government.


Fascist America, in 10 easy
steps

April 24, 2007, Guardian (One of
the U.K.'s leading newspapers)


http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2064157,00.html

Last
autumn, there was a military coup in Thailand. The leaders of the coup
took
a number of steps, rather systematically, as if they had a shopping list.
In a sense, they did. Within a matter of days, democracy had been closed
down: the coup leaders declared martial law, sent armed soldiers into
residential areas, took over radio and TV stations, issued restrictions
on
the press, tightened some limits on travel, and took certain activists
into
custody. They were not figuring these things out as they went along. If
you
look at history, you can see that there is essentially a
blueprint
for turning an open society into a dictatorship. It is very difficult
and
arduous to create and sustain a democracy - but history shows that
closing
one down is much simpler. You simply have to be willing to take the 10
steps.
As difficult as this is to contemplate, it is clear, if
you
are willing to look, that each of these 10 steps has already been
initiated
today in the United States by the Bush administration. Because Americans
like me were born in freedom, we have a hard time even considering that
it
is possible for us to become as unfree - domestically - as many other
nations. Because we no longer learn much about our rights or our system
of
government - the task of being aware of the constitution has been
outsourced from citizens' ownership to being the domain of professionals
such as lawyers and professors - we scarcely recognise the checks and
balances that the founders put in place, even as they are being
systematically dismantled. Because we don't learn much about European
history, the setting up of a department of "homeland" security - remember
who else was keen on the word "homeland" - didn't raise the alarm bells
it
might have. George Bush and his administration are using time-tested
tactics to close down an open society. It is time for us to be willing to
think the unthinkable - that it can happen here. And that we are further
along than we realise.

Note:
This important article is well worth reading in its entirety. It
carefully
analyzes the ten steps that turn a democratic into a fascist society,
including 1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy; 2. Create a
gulag; 4. Set up an internal surveillance system; 8. Control the press;
9.
Equate dissent and treason; and 10. Suspend the rule of law. Click on the
article link above to read about all ten steps that have already been
taken in the U.S.
.


For this club, life begins at 50
(%)

July 29, 2007, Boston
Globe


http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/07/29/for_this_club_life_begins_at_50_/


When David Ludlow's wife died in a climbing accident 11 years ago, her
death transformed him into a multimillionaire: He inherited Vanda
Sendzimir's share of her family fortune, a $5 million trust that
generates
an annual interest of about $300,000. Then a freelance photographer with
a
passion for social justice issues, the Jamaica Plain man was plunged into
a
swirl of shock, guilt, and confusion.
"I've always been very left-wing politically and all of a sudden I was
living incredible inequality," said Ludlow, 64. "Suddenly I was
in
the upper 1 percent of the population in terms of wealth, and I felt
terrible about that for a long time." So he did something radical, and
something that many people might consider insane: He decided to give away
half his annual income.
In doing so, Ludlow joined a small,
unusual, and growing community: The 50%
League, an Arlington-based group of people who contribute at least
half
their income, business profits, or net worth to charity. Members from
across the country have been welcomed into an elite circle of givers and
asked to share their stories publicly, even if anonymously, to inspire
other givers. Their motivations are manifold: Some give out of a sense of
fairness, personal satisfaction or a desire for simplicity; others are
driven by religious faith or dedication to a cause. Many are anonymous
philanthropists, and not all of them have great wealth: Some are members
of
the middle class, but have chosen to survive on less so they can give
more.
Above all, they aim to stand as role models, and to encourage others of
all
income levels to think about their giving potential. "I feel incredibly
privileged, and I still feel guilty about that," said Ludlow, who has
used
much of the money he inherited from his late wife ... to fund grass-roots
groups led by low-income people of color.

"But it's given me tremendous meaning in my life to give as much as I can
away."

Note:
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This is a powerful example of how one inspired individual can make a big
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