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Updated list of cancer risks to avoid

Posted by Anonymous on June 11, 2011

United States health authorities have added eight commonly used substances to its official “Report on Carcinogens,” saying they may put people at increased risk of developing cancer.

The industrial chemical formaldehyde and a botanical substance known as aristolochic acids are listed as “known human carcinogens” while six others, including certain inhalable glass wool fibers and styrene, used in Styrofoam, are listed as substances “reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogen,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday.

Formaldehyde, which was listed on a previous report, was upgraded to “known carcinogen” after it was found to cause nasal cancer in rats. A colorless, flammable chemical, formaldehyde may be found in a wide range of products from plastics, synthetic fibers to hair straightening products and textile finishes. …

via US Lists 8 Common Substances As Potential Cancer Risks – National News Story – WCYB Tri Cities.

Here is an updated list of all substances known to cause cancer. Who knew IQ and Hot Mate were on the list? ;-)  (Movie idea: A person mixes all of these to create a death pill, but it actually mutates the intended victim into an immortal super being.)

  • [Oral contraceptives, combined estrogen-progestogen: see Estrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives (combined)]
  • [Urethane: see Ethyl carbamate]
  • 1-(2-Chloroethyl)-3-(4-methylcyclohexyl)-1-nitrosourea (MeCCNU)
  • 1-(2-Chloroethyl)-3-(4-methylcyclohexyl)-1-nitrosourea (Methyl-CCNU; Semustine)
  • 1-(2-chloroethyl)-3-cyclohexyl-1-nitrosourea
  • 1-(2-Chloroethyl)-3-cyclohexyl-1-nitrosourea (CCNU)
  • 1-Amino-2-methylanthraquinone
  • 1-Amino-2,4-dibromoanthraquinone
  • 1-Nitropyrene
  • 1,1-Dimethylhydrazine
  • 1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane
  • 1,2-Dibromoethane (ethylene dibromide)
  • 1,2-Dichloroethane (ethylene dichloride)
  • 1,2-Dimethylhydrazine
  • 1,2,3-Trichloropropane
  • 1,3-Butadiene
  • 1,3-Dichloropropene (technical grade)
  • 1,3-Propane sultone

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Will communicating with a 17-year-old sink a political career?

Posted by Anonymous on June 11, 2011

New Castle County Police confirmed that they visited an area teen girl as part of an investigation into whether she had online contact with New York Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Anthony Weiner’s bid to remain a US congressman may now depend on how the public and his peers deal with the ongoing flow of information about his online contacts.

The latest news is that Mr. Weiner, under scrutiny after admitting sexually charged communications with several women, has also exchanged messages via Twitter with a 17-year-old high school girl in Delaware.

But through a spokeswoman, the New York Democrat said the contacts with the young woman were “neither explicit nor indecent.” And apparently the girl has a similar view.

via Anthony Weiner contact with 17-year-old: Will it sink his career? – CSMonitor.com.

This is a really absurd smear job. What kind of  a sick society prohibits adults, especially those in public office, from communicating with young people? If there was nothing inappropriate in the communication, then why the hell is this news?

I agree with the shirtless ax wielding teacher on this one.   It is highly inappropriate for the media to stalk this girl.  What they are doing is far worse than anything he did. This behavior should end all of their careers! Leave her the hell alone.

Philadelphia news vans and a New York Post photographer were among the news media stationed outside the teen’s house trying to get an interview. No one answered the door Friday night. Someone inside the house could be seen looking out the windows, and the lights went out shortly after 11 p.m. … Police then responded to the scene after a shirtless man wielding an ax began pacing up and down the street outside the girl’s home. The man, who claimed to be a teacher, was led away in handcuffs.


He’s a public speaker and he inspired someone. Good for him!  What’s next, “Politician seen on same planet 17-year old girl…. Will it sink his career?” Sink this, buddy.

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Formaldehyde Is Added to List of Carcinogens + (Aspartame Lupus claim)

Posted by Anonymous on June 11, 2011

The government issued warnings on Friday about two materials used daily by millions of Americans, saying that one causes cancer and the other might.

Government scientists listed formaldehyde as a carcinogen, and said it is found in worrisome quantities in plywood, particle board, mortuaries and hair salons. They also said that styrene, which is used in boats, bathtubs and in disposable foam plastic cups and plates, may cause cancer but is generally found in such low levels in consumer products that risks are low.

Frequent and intense exposures in manufacturing plants are far more worrisome than the intermittent contact that most consumers have, but government scientists said that consumers should still avoid contact with formaldehyde and styrene along with six other chemicals that were added Friday to the government’s official Report on Carcinogens. Its release was delayed for years because of intense lobbying from the chemical industry, which disputed its findings.

John Bucher, associate director of the National Toxicology Program, which produced the report, said evidence of formaldehyde’s carcinogenicity was far stronger than for styrene and that consumers were more likely to be exposed to potentially dangerous quantities of formaldehyde.

via Formaldehyde Is Added to List of Carcinogens – NYTimes.com.

Even with ingestion of very high doses of aspartame (over 200 mg/kg), no aspartame is found in the blood due to the rapid breakdown. … The methanol produced by the metabolism of aspartame is absorbed and quickly converted into formaldehyde and then completely converted to formic acid. …

Reviews have found no association between aspartame and cancer. These reviews have looked at numerous carcinogenicity studies in animals, epidemiologic studies in humans, as well as in vitrogenotoxicity studies. These studies have found no significant evidence that aspartame causes cancer in animals, damages the genome, or causes cancer in humans at doses currently used.[8][51][53] This position is supported by multiple regulatory agencies like the FDA[60] and EFSA as well as scientific bodies such as the National Cancer Institute.[59]

Concern about possible carcinogenic properties of aspartame was originally raised and popularized in the mainstream media by John Olney in 1970s and again in 1996 by suggesting that aspartame may be related to brain tumors. Reviews have found that these concerns were flawed, due to reliance on the ecological fallacy[61] and the purported mechanism of causing tumors being unlikely to actually cause cancer. Independent agencies such as the FDA and National Cancer Institute have reanalyzed multiple studies based on these worries and found no association between aspartame and brain cancer.[53]


… everyone should hear James Turner, Atty, explain how Don Rumsfeld called in his markers to get aspartame, a deadly chemical poison approved when the FDA said no: http://www.soundandfury.tv/pages.Rumsfeld2.html The entire film can be gotten at http://www.docworkers.com Among the many ironies of our modern world is that Gerald Ford awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom-America,s highest civilian honor-to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on January 19, 1977. Just a few weeks later on March 8, Rumsfeld became the CEO of G.D. Searle to take point on a mission to force the Food and Drug Administration to approve for human consumption a known carcinogen and neurotoxic poison.

Mission accomplished: Today some 9,000 commonly consumed products are laced with this weapon of mass misery and millions of people live with chronic illnesses linked to the artificial sweetener aspartame. It is our belief at The Idaho Observer that if some guy named Parkinson can have a disease named after him, then Donald Rumsfeld ought to have his own disease, too. Hence the term Rumsfeld disease A.


If you have lupus and continue to drink diet drinks and to eat foods with ‘NutraSweet’, ‘Equal’, or ‘Spoonful’ you need to sort out your priorities.

Article written by Nancy Markle (1120197)

I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on “ASPARTAME marketed as ‘NutraSweet’, ‘Equal’, and ‘Spoonful”‘. In the keynote address by the EPA, they announced that there was an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, and they did not understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant across the United States. I explained that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.

When the temperature of Aspartame exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants). The methanol toxicity mimics multiple sclerosis; thus people were being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error. The multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, where methanol toxicity is.

In the case of systemic lupus, we are finding it has become almost a rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially in Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. Also, with methanol toxicity, the victims usually drink three to four 12 oz. Cans of them per day, some even more. In the cases of systemic lupus, which is triggered by ASPARTAME, the victim usually does not know that the aspartame is the culprit. The victim continues its use, aggravating the lupus to such a degree, that sometimes it becomes life threatening. When we get people off the aspartame, those with systemic lupus usually become asymptomatic. Unfortunately, we can not reverse this disease.

On the other hand, in the case of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, (when in reality, the disease is methanol toxicity), most of the symptoms disappear. We have seen cases where their vision has returned and even their hearing has returned. This also applies to cases of tinnitus.

During a lecture I said “If you are using ASPARTAME ((NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.), and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss — you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!” People were jumping up during the lecture saying, “I’ve got this, is it reversible?” It is rampant. Some of the speakers at my lecture even were suffering from these symptoms. In one lecture attended by the Ambassador of Uganda, he told us that their sugar industry is adding aspartame! He continued by saying that one of the industry leader’s son could no longer walk – due in part by product usage! ..


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Satellite to map ocean salt levels launched

Posted by Anonymous on June 11, 2011

An example of 8 days of Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) data.The US space agency early yesterday launched a satellite to observe salt levels on the surface of the world’s oceans and measure how changes in salinity may be linked to the future climate.

The $US400 million ($A380 million) Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft, a partnership with Argentina, will aim to map the entire open ocean every seven days from 657 kilometres above the Earth, producing monthly estimates that show how salt levels change over time and location.

”Data from this mission will advance our understanding of the ocean,” said Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division in Washington.

NASA said the three-year mission would be ”the most detailed summary of conditions ever undertaken”.

via Satellite to map ocean salt levels launched.

Here are some details from the NASA site (aquarius.nasa.gov) about as to why:

The research-related goals of Aquarius include a better understanding of:

  • The water cycle – 86% of global evaporation and 78% of global precipitation occur over the ocean; thus SSS is the key variable for understanding how fresh water input and output affects ocean dynamics
  • Ocean circulation - With temperature, salinity determines seawater density and buoyancy, driving the extent of ocean stratification, mixing, and water mass formation
  • Climate – As computer models evolve, Aquarius will provide the essential SSS data needed to link the two major components of the climate system: the water cycle and ocean circulation


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Deadly Joplin tornado stirred up rare fungal infections

Posted by Anonymous on June 11, 2011

In the aftermath of the Joplin tornado, some people who were injured in the storm developed a rare and sometimes fatal fungal infection that’s so aggressive, it turned their tissue black and caused mold to grow inside their wounds.

Scientists say the unusually aggressive infection occurs when dirt or vegetation becomes embedded under the skin. In some cases, injuries that were stitched up had to be reopened to clean out the contamination.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that it is conducting tests to help investigate the infections, which are so uncommon that even the nation’s largest hospitals might see only one or two cases a year.

“To my knowledge, a cluster like this has not been reported before,” said Dr. Benjamin Park, head of the CDC team that investigates fungal diseases. “This is a very rare fungus. And for people who do get the disease, it can be extremely severe.”

Three tornado survivors who were hospitalized with the infection have died, but authorities said it was unclear what role the fungus played in their deaths because they had a host of serious ailments.

The infection develops in two ways: when the fungal spores are inhaled or when a tree branch or other object carrying the fungus pierces the flesh. If diagnosed in time, the infection can be treated with intravenous medications and surgical removal of affected tissue.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received reports of eight suspected deep-skin fungal infections among survivors of the May 22 twister, which was the nation’s deadliest single tornado in more than six decades. All of the patients suffered multiple injuries.

Also Friday, officials raised the death toll from the twister to 151, including the three people who had the fungus.

via Deadly Joplin tornado stirred up rare fungal infections | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.

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I.B.M. Researchers Create High-Speed Graphene Circuits

Posted by Anonymous on June 11, 2011

An image of a completed integrated circuit made from graphene, with detail at top.

I.B.M. researchers said Thursday that they had designed high-speed circuits from graphene, an ultra-thin material that has a host of promising applications, from high-bandwidth communication to a new generation of low-cost smartphone and television displays.

The I.B.M. advance, which the researchers reported in the journal Science, is a circuit known as a broadband frequency mixer that was built on a wafer of silicon. Widely used in all kinds of communications products, the circuits shift signals from one frequency to another.

In the Science paper, the I.B.M. researchers describe a demonstration in which they deposited several layers of graphene on a silicon wafer, then created circuits based on graphene transistors and components known as inductors. They demonstrated frequency mixing up to speeds of 10 gigahertz.

In the past I.B.M. has created stand-alone graphene transistors, but not complete electronic circuits.

Scientists began making flakes of graphene, an atomic-scale lattice of carbon atoms, in the 1970s. They have gradually refined the process so they can now produce films of the material that are just a single atom thick. The film arranges itself in a hexagon-shaped array of carbon atoms and has the advantages of being flexible, transparent and inexpensive to manufacture. …

via I.B.M. Researchers Create High-Speed Graphene Circuits – NYTimes.com.

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What happened to Xenophilia.com?

Posted by Anonymous on June 11, 2011

Xenophilia.com should be back by Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

My 10 year hosting plan for Xenophilia.com expired. After shopping around, I found a better deal with a different ISP for another long period of time.

Once I get everything set up, I’m going to try to move this entire blog back to that domain, where it was  born. Doing that will allow me to get rid of advertisements which the WordPress.com people add to my blog.

I’ll also be able to customize the look of the blog more and add features which do not currently exist.  Good things ahead!

PS. Xenophilius.org didn’t get much traffic so I let that domain go. I had fun with it for a few years. I’ll put the content from that site (my own ending chapter for the Deathly Hallows book in the Harry Potter series) on Xenophilia.com at some point.


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Super 8, super great!

Posted by Anonymous on June 11, 2011

I saw Super 8 tonight and loved it. Great story, great characters. Stay for the surprise at the end. I’ll definitely see this movie again.

There was a very “Transformers” feel to some of the film, but the alien was original looking.

Why are all aliens in movies huge? I’d like to see an alien movie with aliens the size of fingernails.

The science in this movie was skimpy to non-existant, but the human story, the story of the kids, made it work.

Posted in - Video, Aliens, Science Fiction | 1 Comment »


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