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Weird Science 7-31-11

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    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com http://robalini.blogspot.com
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      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Thanks,
      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist
      http://www.konformist.com
      http://robalini.blogspot.com
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/konformist

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      Iranian media deny slain man was connected to nuclear program
      Thomas Erdbrink
      July 23
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/iranian-scientist-killed-local-media-report/2011/07/23/gIQAdsSNVI_story.html

      TEHRAN — Iran's semi-official state media denied reports that a man killed Saturday by unknown assailants was a physicist connected to the country's nuclear program.

      Several local Web sites had reported that the man, who was gunned down by assailants on a motorcycle, was connected to Iran's nuclear program. But the semi-official Fars news agency said the slain man was actually a student of physics.

      "During the last hours, some media had mistakenly thought Dariush Rezaienejad was one of Iran's nuclear scientists while confirmed reports show that he is not a nuclear scientist and is a student at Khajeh Nasir University," the agency reported.

      In November, two scientists were targeted by men on motorcycles who attached explosives to their cars during Tehran's morning rush hour. One of the scientists, Majid Shahriari, died, while the other, Fereydoun Abbasi, survived the attack and now heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

      At the time, Iranian authorities blamed agents of Israel and the United States for those killings, accusing them of wanting to cause chaos in the country. But leading figures in Iran's opposition accused the government of plotting the attacks in order to spread fear in the capital, where many oppose the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

      In January 2010, another physicist, Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, was killed when explosives attached to a motorcycle detonated in front of his house.

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      Sea Monsters: UK & Alaska

      This has been a good summer for sea creature sightings. First off, William Jobes, a dude who's been hunting the Loch Ness Monster for 45 years, claims to have finally captured the creature on camera. It's a pretty good photo, though skeptics may dismiss it as a seal. Even Jobes admits that "I immediately did think it was a seal but it's head was like a sheep."

      Just as interesting is the rotting carcass of a 30-foot sea monster discovered on a British beach in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen. The mainstream explanation of the remains is that it's a whale.

      Meanwhile, Alaska may have its own Nessie, as cryptozoologist have video of a creature they identify as the Cadborosaurus. The sea serpent has "a long neck, a horse-like head, large eyes, and back bumps that stick out of the water." The video was shown in Hillstranded on the Discovery Channel. Paul LeBlond, co-author of the book Cadborosaurus: Survivor from the Deep, claims it is "the least unlike a plesiosaur." More mainstream explanations label it as either a shark, a giant eel or the remains of Sarah Palin's political career...

      Loch Ness Monster? Or a stick...? After a 45-year hunt, walker claims to have photographed elusive creature22nd July 2011
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2017649/Loch-Ness-Monster-stick-Walker-claims-photographed-creature.html

      Loch Ness monster-like beast filmed in Alaska Jennifer Viegas
      7/18/2011
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43801173/ns/technology_and_science-science

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      Cliff's Notes version of Holiday Dukan Diet
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2017523/The-Dukan-Holiday-Diet-How-stay-slim-good.html

      Eat as much protein and vegetables (together) as you want each day;

      Add one serving of fruit per day (avoid high sugar bananas, grapes, cherries, dried fruits and high-fat nuts);

      Enjoy two slices of wholemeal bread a day spread with fat-reduced butter;

      Have one serving (40g or 1.5oz) of hard cheese a day (avoid blue, soft or goat's cheese);

      Factor in one serving of `starchy foods' per week in the first half of your consolidation phase, increasing to two per week in the second half. This includes pasta (225g/8oz serving in tomato, not creamy, sauce and with no oil), couscous/polenta (225g/8oz cooked in stock, not butter), lentils, beans, chick peas, rice (brown) and potatoes (but only occasionally and without butter);

      Broaden your choice of meat to include lamb, roast pork and ham (remove all fat from it) once or twice a week;

      Enjoy one `celebration meal' a week in the first half of the consolidation phase, increasing to two in the second half. Never eat two celebration meals in a row, and don't have second helpings of anything you eat at that meal;

      Keep one pure protein day per week — this is your insurance policy against gaining weight;

      Take two tablespoons of oat bran per day (as a pancake or sprinkled onto your food);

      Walk 25 minutes per day (longer if you have time or enjoy it).

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      Planet of the Apes Now

      From the Daily Mail:

      Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories.

      The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.

      The revelation comes just a day after a committee of scientists warned of a nightmare `Planet of the Apes' scenario in which work on human-animal creations goes too far...

      150 human animal hybrids grown in UK labs: Embryos have been produced secretively for the past three years
      Daniel Martin and Simon Caldwell
      25th July 2011
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2017818/Embryos-involving-genes-animals-mixed-humans-produced-secretively-past-years.html

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      Roswell Turns 64

      From HuffPo:

      The Roswell UFO controversy may be 64 years old, but it shows no sign of heading into retirement.

      One thing we know for sure: On July 8, 1947, the front page of the Roswell Daily Record proclaimed that a flying saucer had been captured by the Roswell Army Air Field.

      The U.S. Air Force had issued a press release that day stating that a flying saucer had been "captured," and photos were released of soldiers examining metallic-looking objects, presumably pieces of a crashed balloon.

      Then the controversy began. At a press conference later that day in Ft. Worth, Texas, Air Force Brig. Gen. Roger Ramey essentially recanted the entire story, announcing instead that the debris was simply pieces of a fallen weather balloon.

      Speculation of what really happened has never truly ended. George Filer, a retired Air Force intelligence officer, told The Huffington Post that he believes Ramey was forced to lie about the Roswell incident.

      And, in news that will come as a shock even to ardent UFO researches, he told The Huffington Post in an exclusive interview that Ramey's wife told him he was "embarrassed about having to lie about the weather balloon."

      Over his 20-year career, Filer regularly briefed generals and congressmen about a wide range of security issues, including UFO sightings, up through the Vietnam War.

      "It is my opinion that President Truman was there [at Fort Worth] and that he made the decision that it should be held at the highest levels," Filer said.

      "The reason I believe that is that I had talked with Mrs. Ramey. She would never admit that she knew anything about aliens, but she did say that [her husband] was very embarrassed about having to lie about the weather balloon -- he was very upset about that."

      "She also admitted that they became good friends with the Trumans," Filer added. "My point is: How does a one-star general become a good friend with the president of the United States?"

      None of this comes as a surprise to former nuclear physicist Stanton T. Friedman. He's the original civilian investigator of the Roswell UFO incident and the most outspoken scientist who believes there is overwhelming evidence that alien spacecrafts are visiting Earth. He, too, has talked with Mrs. Ramey.

      "From talking to her, I had no reason to believe A) that she knew intimate details about Roswell or any other such event; or B) that she made up this story because it is consistent with a man of reasonable character who followed orders as one would certainly have expected him to," Friedman said.

      Both Filer and Friedman -- the military man and the scientist -- said they believe the Roswell UFO was an alien spacecraft, that Earth is currently visited by extraterrestrials and that only individuals with very specific "need to know" credentials have access to this information...

      Roswell UFO Controversy: Former Air Force Officer Says Gen. Ramey Lied To Cover Up Space Ship Crash
      Lee Speigel
      7-22-11
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/22/roswell-ufo-cover-up_n_904039.html

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      Amazing food facts: The seed of a peach contains an almond-like nut containing the anti-cancer medicine laetrile
      Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
      Editor of NaturalNews.com
      Monday, July 25, 2011
      http://www.naturalnews.com/033123_laetrile_vitamin_B17.html

      (NaturalNews) Peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and almonds are all closely related fruit trees with very similar pits. In all these fruits, the pit must be broken open to reveal the almond-shaped kernel within. In fact, this is what almonds actually are: the kernel within the pit of the fruit of the almond tree!

      The kernels of all these species contain high concentrations of a chemical known as laetrile. It's also known as amygdalin or vitamin B-17. Research has shown that laetrile induces programmed cell death in cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. It's sort of like Mother Nature's chemotherapy except that it doesn't make you suffer the way man-made synthetic chemotherapy does.

      Laetrile appears to work because the nutrient is actually composed of four separate molecules: two of glucose, one of benzaldyhide and one of cyanide. The latter two chemicals are toxic, but are bound up in a non-bioavailable form. Cancer cells contain an enzyme that healthy cells do not, known as beta-glucosidase. This enzyme actually breaks apart the component pieces of laetrile, and the cell is poisoned by a combination of benzaldyhide and cyanide. Healthy cells do not undergo this effect, which is why they remain unaffected by laetrile.

      The medical establishment, learning about this natural "chemotherapy" that killed cancer cells and didn't even require a prescription, quickly began to attack it by spreading lies about the dangers of laetrile. The FDA, long an enemy of healing through nutrition, banned laetrile in 1971. Highly toxic chemotherapy substances, however, remain perfectly legal and continue to kill hundreds of thousands of people every single year. (Most people who "die from cancer" are actually killed by chemotherapy and radiation, not from the cancer itself. "Cancer survivors" are people who miraculously survive chemotherapy.)

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      Nuclear Cows In Japan

      From Bloomberg News:

      The government yesterday imposed a ban on beef shipments from areas near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after finding 637 cattle were fed hay containing radioactive cesium.

      Japan's government said it can't rule out the possibility beef contaminated with radioactive material has been exported, as consumers and lawmakers accused authorities of negligence on food safety.

      The government yesterday imposed a ban on beef shipments from areas near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after finding 637 cattle were fed hay containing radioactive cesium. Supermarkets including Japan's biggest, Aeon Co., said the beef was sold in Tokyo and other cities.

      "We cannot completely rule out the possibility" contaminated beef was also sold abroad, Yuichi Imasaki, the deputy director of the farm ministry's meat and egg division said by phone today. "The chances are very low" because most countries have tightened rules on Japanese beef imports or banned them, he said.

      The ban comes more than four months after the earthquake and tsunami wrecked the Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station causing the worst nuclear fallout since Chernobyl. Concerns about food contamination before yesterday's ban cut beef exports by 16 percent in the last two months, while hotels and restaurants in the region, including Shangri-La Asia's luxury chain dropped Japanese seafood from their menu.

      "There has to be at least an independent investigation regarding the level of contamination to farming," said Chris Busby, a visiting professor at the University of Ulster's school of biomedical sciences and scientific secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk, a think-tank....

      Japan Won't Rule Out Possibility Radioactive Fukushima Beef Was Exported
      Aya Takada and Yuriy Humber
      Jul 20, 2011
      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-20/japan-won-t-rule-out-possibility-radioactive-fukushima-beef-was-exported.html
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