Friday, May 3, 2013
Consumption of a 'Western-style' diet could reduce the likelihood of reaching old age in good health and may increase the chances of early mortality, according to new research.
Led by Dr Tasnime Akbaraly from Inserm, France, the research team analysed data from the British Whitehall II cohort study which followed more than 5,000 men and women between 1985 and 2009.
"The impact of diet on specific age-related diseases has been studied extensively, but few investigations have adopted a more holistic approach to determine the association of diet with overall health at older ages," said Akbaraly.
"We examined whether diet, assessed in midlife, using dietary patterns and adherence to the Alternative Healthy Eating Index (AHEI), is associated with aging phenotypes, identified after a mean 16-year follow-up."
Writing in the The American Journal of Medicine, the team reveal that that following the AHEI can double the odds of reversing metabolic syndrome, a condition known to be a strong predictor of heart disease and mortality.
"We showed that following specific dietary recommendations such as the one provided by the AHEI may be useful in reducing the risk of unhealthy aging, while avoidance of the 'Western-type foods' might actually improve the possibility of achieving older ages free of chronic diseases and remaining highly functional," noted Akbaraly.
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"A better understanding of the distinction between specific health behaviours that offer protection against diseases and those that move individuals towards ideal aging may facilitate improvements in public health prevention packages."
Akbaraly and her team analysed data from 3,775 men and 1,575 women with a mean age of 51 years from the Whitehall II study. Using a combination of hospital data, results of screenings conducted every five years, and registry data, the investigators identified mortality and chronic diseases among participants.
Outcomes at follow-up stage were classified into 5 categories:
1. Ideal aging, defined as free of chronic conditions and high performance in physical, mental, and cognitive functioning tests – 4.0%
2. Nonfatal cardiovascular event – 12.7%
3. Cardiovascular death – 2.8%
4. Noncardiovascular death – 7.3%
5. Normal aging - 73.2%
The team then determined that participants with low adherence to the AHEI increased their risk of cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular death - finding that those who followed a 'Western-type diet' lowered their chances for ideal aging.
The AHEI is a validated index of diet quality, originally designed to provide dietary guidelines with the specific intention to combat major chronic conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
foodnavigator.com 18 Apr 2013
Junk food houses like McDonald's, KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken), Burger King (Hungry Jacks in Australia), also Wendy's, Donut King and many others, are the breeding grounds for obesity and cancer.
These places 'should' cease to exist, but as long as there are trailer park trash people, these places will flourish.
Quite simply put, food for canon fodder.
Governments are not interested in keeping the herd population healthy, as once you have outlived your usefulness, you can die.
The study, titled “The growing impact of full disk encryption on digital forensics,” illustrates the difficulty that CSI teams have in obtaining enough digital data to build a solid case against criminals. According to the researchers, one of which is a member of US-CERT — the US government’s primary defense against internet and digital threats — there are three main problems with full disk encryption (FDE): First, evidence-gathering goons can turn off a computer (for transportation) without realizing it’s encrypted, and thus can’t get back at the data (unless the arrestee gives up his password, which he doesn’t have to do); second, if the analysis team doesn’t know that the disk is encrypted, it can waste hours trying to read something that’s ultimately unreadable; and finally, in the case of hardware-level disk encryption, tampering with the device can trigger self-destruction of the data.
The paper does go on to suggest some ways to ameliorate these issues, though: Better awareness at the evidence-gathering stage would help, but it also suggests “on-scene forensic acquisition” of data, which involves ripping unencrypted data from volatile, live memory (with the cryogenic RAM freezing technique, presumably). Ultimately, though, the researchers aren’t hopeful: “Research is needed to develop new techniques and technology for breaking or bypassing full disk encryption,” concludes the paper.
It’s a tough situation: On the one hand, being able to crack full disk encryption is vital for the prosecution of white-collar criminals, child porn ringleaders, pharmaceutical spam barons, and the curtailment of terrorism — but on the other, it’s quite satisfying to know that, perhaps at long last, we have a way of escaping the ireful eye of Big Brother. Where do you stand on FDE?
extremetech.com 18 Nov 2011
It's all about making every person on the planet transparent to the corporate elite and governments as well.
Privacy laws are created for the corporatocracy and NOT the masses, as some may believe.
If an individual has the same access to government information as governments has to the individual, the individual then is charged for 'hacking', and imprisoned.
Here are some comments from the article:
"While the Fourth Amendment is being dismantled wholesale at the behest of law enforecement and corporations, Fifth Amendment still provides some levels of protection. For now, at least in the US, you can't be compelled to give up a password. Fifth Amendment sees to that."
"The fifth has been breached pretty egregiously already. The nastiest such was probably when President Obama ordered a murder of a US citizen abroad and the military carried it out for him. For good measure, he then ordered the murder of the minor child of that US citizen.
That's a stunningly clear-cut case of flagrantly flouting the fifth amendment - by the one person who literally takes an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. "
That's a stunningly clear-cut case of flagrantly flouting the fifth amendment - by the one person who literally takes an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. "
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
He released new figures on Sunday showing the number of 457 visa holders on low incomes had doubled in the past year, while the number of 457 visa holders had grown overall by 19 per cent.
The highest growth rate was for people holding accommodation and food services visas, which grew by 99 per cent, and those holding retail visas, which recorded 75 per cent growth.
The average wage for accommodation and food workers was $55,000, and the average wage for retail workers was $69,000.
''When we see evidence that something is not right with the program - such as spikes in particular sectors that are out of step with growth in those industries - we must take action to stamp out any rorts,'' Mr O'Connor said.
For the first time, Mr O'Connor sought to quantify his argument that the system was prone to rorting, saying more than 10,000 people were abusing the scheme.
''Insofar as numbers, I believe that the areas where there's been an illegitimate use of 457s numbers [is] not negligible,'' he said. ''I would say it would exceed over 10,000.''
This is about 10 per cent of the 105,600 457 visa holders in Australia. The Minister's office could not say where his figure about the number of people rorting the system came from.
Mr O'Connor said he would introduce legislation to close loopholes in the scheme when Parliament resumes in May.
''We believe that it should be based around the fluctuations of shortage,'' he said.
''Now we've had evidence where people have been employed where there are not shortages in the area and we've got evidence to show that the nature of the job that was on the application is nothing like the job that actually exists when the application is processed and the applicant fills that job.''
According to figures released on Sunday, the number of 457 visas had increased by 19 per cent at the end of March compared with the same time last year, although they fell slightly between January and March this year.
More than 65 per cent of visas granted were to managers and professionals, and 26 per cent were to technicians and trades workers. The top three industries were services, construction and health care and social assistance.
But Mr O'Connor accused ''unscrupulous'' employers of hiring foreign workers to avoid hiring and training local workers.
"Locals should have the opportunity to get jobs first, with temporary skilled workers employed from overseas only as a last resort," Mr O'Connor said.
theage.com.au 28 Apr 2013
As part of the policies of the new order of the world, Australia is right on track.
The new migrants bought into the country are bought in through various loopholes to degrade the pay of the Aussie workers.
Tax loopholes (for the masses) are changed very quickly, whereas immigration loopholes are not, as it is not in the interest of the corporatocracy to change them.
Government and businesses support the 'slave' trade, under the 'refugee' banner.
Low educated migrants are seen as fodder for the corporates and businesses.
Myki crash sours station's first dayAn embarrassing system crash left passengers at brand-new Williams Landing station unable to top up or purchase myki cards.
It meant that for more than an hour, passengers at the $110 million Williams Landing station couldn't buy or top up myki cards at the counter or from the lone myki machine.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Earlier this year, the Herald Sun revealed that from next year, parents of students who missed five days of school without good reason would be issued with a notice asking them to explain.
If the explanation is deemed unacceptable, they could face a $70 fine.
Under the changes introduced into Parliament last week, the fine could be increased up to $704 if the matter were taken to court.
Education Department spokesman Stuart Teather said there was no threshold for court action to be taken.
But "the draft guidelines suggest it would be appropriate to bring proceedings . . . where a parent has received three infringement notices in two years", he said. "This is at the discretion of the school attendance officer, and the circumstances . . . will be taken into consideration."
He said a parent who did not pay a fine would be taken to court.
Education Minister Martin Dixon said the change was aimed not at pupils wagging class but at parents who didn't send a child to school; the aim was to give them an incentive to do so.
Infringements would be a last resort. "This isn't about fining the vast majority of parents who do the right thing," he said.
A principal would decide if an excuse was acceptable.
Unacceptable excuses could include visiting friends or relatives, social or leisure activities, or unplanned holidays about which the school had not been told.
Foster parents and students in care would not be subject to a fine.
heraldsun.com.au 26 Apr 2013
The Australian legal system is designed in such a manner to discourage the masses from taking the 'system' to court.
From the article : "Under the changes introduced into Parliament last week, the fine could be increased up to $704 if the matter were taken to court.", is an example of the above mentioned policy.
Australian courts function as corporations whose purpose is to bring in revenue for the government.
The public education system is a failure, which has been documented in many news media reports and independent papers, which has been designed as such.
There is no urgency to educate the children of the masses, or to make doctors, lawyers or politicians out of them, as these positions are already reserved for the children of the ruling elite.
The objective is to make subservient uneducated 'sheeple'.
The children of the masses are dumbed down by a mind numbing curriculum that teaches how to be a social media guru, or make viral videos to obtain fame.
To the uneducated the so called 'fines' seem legitimate enough.
Warner Bros announced it had signed Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer up for an eleventh season of the hit sitcom. Entertainment Weekly says that Jones will only appear in a few episodes after his character was shipped off to the army.
Jones shocked many when he made a video for religious website Forerunner Chronicles in which he slams the show that made him a star at 10 years old.
"Jake from Two and a Half Men means nothing. He is a non-existent character. If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men. I'm on Two and a Half Men and I don't want to be on it," he said.
"Please stop watching. Please stop filling your head with filth, please. People say it's entertainment ... the fact that it's entertainment ... do some research on the effect of television on your brain and you'll have a decision to make. It's bad news. A lot of people don't like to think about how deceptive the enemy is."
No word on whether Warner Bros will be changing the name of the show now that these two men have lost their other half.
heraldsun.com.au 27 Apr 2013
From its very inception, the Hollywood entertainment industry's foundations are lies.
Much of the 'entertainment' the comes out of Hollywood is family and society degrading trash.
Angus T. Jones is absolutely correct in this observations.
Many people who come to Hollywood become disillusioned with its farce.
But as rapper Eminem once put it "We're the ones who made you", referring to the Hollywood financiers.
The new trend now is to make movies that depict so called real events, but with deliberately misleading information or just plainly put lies, as the truth.
One such event happened, when movie director Steven Spielberg came to Melbourne to interview survivors of World War II, and the description of events that he received were not conducive to the official government reports or the agenda he wished to portray in his movies.
Onn Mahmud - brother of the billionaire chief minister of Sarawak - has used an elaborate global financial network to export his earnings from a portfolio of Sydney commercial and residential properties worth an estimated $100 million.
In one deal, Mr Onn sold an apartment development site in Sydney's Potts Point for $15.5 million in 2007 - realising a profit of $10.8 million. A former senior business associate of Mr Onn said no capital gains tax was paid on the deal and all of the proceeds were transferred to a trust based in the Cayman Islands tax haven.
This has been going on for decades, where the government turns a blind eye, supporting their 'brethren' in business.
The Australian worker / taxpayer supports the country's businesses, which can pay as little as 0% tax, where the citizen has a whopping 50% tax taken out from their salary.
PSOs recorded the name and date of birth of more than 29,000 people last year, including those not suspected of any wrongdoing. The information may be used, at PSOs' discretion, to conduct criminal record checks by radio.
When questioned by The Saturday Age one PSO said another reason they wrote down people's details was to prove they had been working.
The acting Victorian Privacy Commissioner, David Watts, was unaware of the practice and said he was ''seeking comment and clarification from Victoria Police''.
The company alleged police and other agencies were using 16,500 copies of its software on various computers when police were only ever entitled to 6500 licences. The group initially alleged $10 million in damages but later increased this to $12 million after reviewing the results of a court-ordered, $120,000 KPMG audit of the NSW Police Force's computer systems.
The police force maintained during the court proceedings that it had paid for a site licence that entitled it to unlimited installations of the software for all of its officers.
Despite this, it settled the matter out of court last year for an undisclosed sum. The other agencies previously settled the matter out of court, also for undisclosed sums.
No internal documents were handed over to Fairfax Media as part of its government information access request.
Mr Brand did however divulge that no one was sacked as a result of the legal action by Micro Focus and the legal costs for the case totalled $1,829,709.29.
''To put these costs in context, Micro Focus has claimed as much as $12 million in damages,'' he said.
Mr Brand said there was a stronger public interest against releasing all of the information requested. He said it would ''breach'' the NSW Police Force's obligation to maintain the confidential terms of the settlement.
Mr Brand also believed the release of that information ''could result in further legal action against [the police force], which would incur further expenditure of government funds''.
But Sydney piracy investigator Michael Speck said it "beggars belief" that the NSW Police Force had continued to pursue the case even after all other government agencies had settled.
"One can only assume [it] was motivated by ready access to the public purse," Mr Speck said.
"They have settled the case after fiercely resisting it on commercial terms that include the settlement being confidential. You'd have to wonder how the confidential settlement sits with the obligation that police have to properly investigate and report on alleged misconduct."
Mr Speck said the public deserved to know if police had properly investigated the matter internally, if they had taken steps to ensure something like the matter never happened again, and if action would be taken against the individual who allegedly set it on the path of software piracy.
boardermail.com.au 27 Apr 2013
Corruption in the police is widespread.
This corruption is supported by the government.
When a 'civilian' reports this corruption, there is no response from but rather a vendetta by authorities.
Software piracy plays only a small part in the bigger picture of police corruption