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Patients paying $10,500 to receive plasma transfusions from the blood of people ages 16 — 25

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16th Jan 2017

iF you had ever dreamt of eternal youthfulness, a start-up claims to have the answer — just know it doesn’t come cheap.

Named after the food of the immortal gods in Greek mythology, Ambrosia is a private clinic in California offering blood plasma from teenagers and young adults aged 16-25 as an anti-ageing remedy.

Ambrosia founder Jesse Karmazin said a single infusion of a two-litre bag of plasma will cost patients a hefty $A10,500, but he promises customers will “see improvements” within a month.

The notion of using young blood to help slow down the process of ageing has been explored since the 1950s, when researcher Clive M. McCay joined old and young rats together by stitching the skin on their flanks.

This process, known as parabiosis, saw their circulatory systems becoming joined, which made the cartilage of the older rat appear more youthful than it would otherwise.

There have been countless studies since McCay’s research, with more recent research also showing positive results.

In 2011, researchers found young blood administered to old rats resulted in a burst of new neurons in the hippocampus — the region of the brain that forms memories.

Then in 2013, researchers found a protein called GDF11 — abundant in young mice, but scarce in old mice — was present in the animals’ blood and likely responsible for the change.

To test the theory, scientists produced GDF11 and injected it into old mice, which resulted in their hearts becoming rejuvenated.

This guy is actually 83 — the procedure is just working very well.Source:Supplied

Mr Karmazin said he believed these studies were proof the treatment should be used for humans.

“I think the animal and retrospective data is compelling, and I want this treatment to be available to people,” he told MIT Technology Review.

As the 32-year-old has no license to practice medicine, has joined forces with David C. Wright — a 66-year-old physician with a private intravenous-therapy centre.

Despite being disciplined by the California Medical Board for incorrectly administering antibiotic infusions in 2015, Wright has become well-known for his “alternative” IV treatments.

As of December last year, the duo had infused 25 people with young blood and claim to have seen impressive results.

Mr Karmazin said one patient who suffered chronic fatigue syndrome “feels healthy for the first time” and “looks younger” after receiving the treatment.

Ambrosia will accept most patients over 35 years old, with the large cost covering the cost of clinical procedures, lab tests and the plasma.

While Karmazin seems confident of the procedure, not everyone agrees.

Professor Irina Conboy from University of California believes previous studies needed more solid evidence to prove they actually work.

“The problem is that there is no evidence to suggest that an infusion of plasma from young to old animals reverses ageing,” she said.

Ms Conboy added people are too quick to believe dubious anti-ageing remedies because of what they promise.

“You’ll see them at some meetings — people in the audience who open satchels of strange food,” she said.

“That is the group that Ambrosia is preying upon.”

Bioethicist Jonathan Kimmelman also believed there is no proof the plasma infusions work and Ambrosia’s treatment is just a marketing gimmick to earn money.

“There are a lot of patient-funded trials run by companies that use the trials as a way to sell products that wouldn’t be marketable because they’d have to be regulated by the FDA,” he said.

In addition to paying upwards of $10k for a procedure that might not actually work, chief of the immunotherapy division at California Pacific Medical Center Dobri Kiprov said patients were at risk of lung injury or deadly infections.

“To expose people to danger unnecessarily — in my mind, that is really horrible,” he said.

 

Claim: Trump ‘Threatens Mental Health of Young Californians’

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9th Jan 2017

President-elect Donald Trump is causing mental health problems for young people in California. That’s according to claims by “advocates, educators and mental health providers” who say Californian youth are troubled by Trump’s policies towards illegal immigration, and that they feel targeted by “hate crimes” attributed — rightly or wrongly — to Trump’s supporters.

Jocelyn Wiener of Kaiser Health News, via the East Bay Times, reports: “Around the country, children and adolescents who are undocumented immigrants or who have undocumented family members, are experiencing a surge in stress, depression and anxiety, according to advocates, educators and mental health providers. The same is true for young people belonging to other groups targeted by threats or hate crimes, including Muslim and transgender youth.”

No actual proof is offered, however, either by the “advocates” or Wiener herself.

“Reports of these mental health concerns remain mostly anecdotal so far,” she admits. But she quotes a professor at Stanford University — an avowedly anti-Trump academic named Keith Humphreys, whose political sentiments she declines to mention — who tells readers that “Muslims, Jews, Latinos, African-Americans and women and victims of sexual assault” are now, thanks to Trump’s victory and the “hateful rhetoric” attributed thereto, “uncertain whom they can trust.”

Wiener also prints the “fake news” claim that “During his campaign, Donald Trump announced plans to create a Muslim registry.” As Breitbart News noted at the time, and again today, Trump never made that suggestion, which was entirely created by the mainstream media out of its own totalitarian fantasies in an effort to help Trump’s political rivals.

If such nightmares torment the youth of California, the fault lies with Hillary Clinton and the mainstream media, which spread doomsday scenarios about what might happen if Trump won, and only amplified the hysteria after Election Day.

Responsible “advocates, educators and mental health providers” ought to explain to young people — immigrants in particular — the importance of elections, the virtue of political tolerance, and the legitimacy of democratic opposition.

 

 

source: http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/01/08/mental-health-claim-trump-threatens-young-californians/

Centrelink referring Twitter users to Lifeline amid debt-recovery efforts

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5th Jan 2016

Social Services Minister Christian Porter said this week about $300 million had been recovered, part of a target of $4 billion in recovered payments for household, unemployment and student support.

The agency’s official Twitter account has been communicating with users concerned about receiving debt notices during the Christmas period and has referred some to Lifeline, the 24-hour crisis support and suicide-prevention service.

Department of Human Services general manager Hank Jongen said on Thursday the process was not linked to the department’s new debt compliance activities.

“It is a long-established process that we provide information about the department’s social work services to customers who are at-risk, or who threaten suicide or self-harm.

“We take all mentions of this nature seriously,” he said.

“At times, particularly when outside the department’s business hours, details for Lifeline are offered as they are available to help people when we aren’t open.

“This process was established with advice from social work experts and is reviewed yearly. We treat the welfare of our customers with paramount importance.”

Centrelink’s phone services have not been experiencing higher-than-usual demand, despite more than 170,000 welfare recipients receiving letters about possible eligibility problems or overpayments.

The agency’s average wait times are about 16 minutes and clients can also access services via the government’s MyGov website.

Mr Jongen said social workers and departmental staff behind Centrelink’s social media accounts provide support and intervention to customers at risk of suicide or suffering from mental distress.

“This includes ensuring the person is safe and making referrals for further assistance.

“We want to ensure people have access to vital services whenever they need it, and we stand by our commitment to make referrals to these external support services – especially out of usual business hours.”

On Wednesday, independent MP Andrew Wilkie said he’d had four people approach his office who he believed were suicidal or at risk of self-harm because of the letters.

Labor and politicians including former Greens leader Christian Milne and South Australian Xenophon Team MP Rebecca Sharkie have slammed the government’s response to the problems.

The opposition has called for the automated systems to be halted or scrapped until the relevant algorithm can be fixed and the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s office is seeking information from Centrelink after being asked to investigate by Mr Wilkie.

Mr Porter said this week the complaint rate from the debt recovery letters was low, with only 276 complaints resulting from some 169,000 letters.

Contact Lifeline if you require assistance: 13 11 14.

 

source: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/centrelink-referring-twitter-users-to-lifelife-amid-debtrecovery-efforts-20170105-gtmg1u.html

 

 

If you would like to see what the Australian Government doesn’t bother to get control of…

 

Eighty-eight million, seven hundred & seventeen thousand, six hundred & fifty‑two dollars and five cents per day…on “defence”

https://www.aspi.org.au/publications/the-cost-of-defence-aspi-defence-budget-brief-2016-2017

The Australian Government will provide an estimated $365.7 million in total ODA to Indonesia in 2016-17, including an estimated $296 million in bilateral funding managed by DFAT.

http://dfat.gov.au/geo/indonesia/development-assistance/pages/development-assistance-in-indonesia.aspx

 

Swedish Six-Hour Workday Trial Runs Into Trouble: Too Expensive

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4th Jan 2016

Swedes looking forward to a six-hour workday just got some bad news: the costs outweigh the benefits.

That’s according to the preliminary results of a two-year experiment carried out in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, the home of Volvo. To reduce the 8-hour days at the 68-nurse Svartedalen old people’s home, the city had to hire 17 extra staff at a cost of 12 million kronor ($2.2 million).

The study showed that employees felt healthier, which reduced sick-leave absence, and that patient care improved, but the city won’t push ahead to make the plan permanent.

“It’s associated with higher costs, absolutely,” said Daniel Bernmar, a local left-wing politician responsible for running the municipality’s elderly care. “It’s far too expensive to carry out a general shortening of working hours within a reasonable time frame.”

The Gothenburg experiment is just the latest in a series of shorter working day trials carried out in Sweden, a country that prides itself on its generous welfare state. The trial has been closely watched globally, with labor activists touting progressive Sweden as a role model in shortening working hours.

And while historical data shows that the length of average working days has fallen in Sweden over the past century, there are currently no plans to establish six-hour working days at a national level.

Still, Bernmar says he’d like to see more studies into whether an abbreviated working day could also result in long-term gains for society as a whole. One argument is that it could allow people employed in labor-intensive professions to extend their working life.

“I personally believe in shorter working hours as a long-term solution,” he said. “The richer we become, the more we need to take advantage of that wealth in other ways than through a newer car or higher consumption.”

 

 

 

source:https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-03/swedish-six-hour-workday-trial-runs-into-trouble-too-expensive

Male college students to undergo ‘critical self-reflection’ of masculinity

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4th Jan 2016

Goal is to create a sense of security in vulnerability …’ 

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is currently taking applications for its “Men’s Project,” a six-week program that aims to counter the alleged harmful effects of society’s masculinity paradigms and pressures and empower participants to promote “gender equity.”

“Men’s Project creates a space for critical self-reflection and dialogue about what it means to be a man and how masculinity impacts us and those around us,” organizers state in promoting the effort.

“The experience focuses on the examination of societal images, expectations, and messages around masculinity to empower men to better understand themselves, promote the advancement of gender equity, and raise consciousness in their communities,” organizers add.

It’s open only to “men-identified students” at the public university and “operates on a transformative model of social justice allyship,” according to a news release on the university’s website, which adds “by encouraging that kind of dialogue among a men-identified cohort, the goal is to create a sense of security in vulnerability throughout the six-week program.”

Participants will begin the project with a weekend retreat in February and continue meeting weekly, discussing topics such as media and pop culture, vulnerability, sexuality, hook-up culture, alcohol, relationships and violence.

The program is now in its second year and was most recently offered in fall 2016, according to its Facebook page.

In an email to The College Fix, the University of Wisconsin-Madison director of news and media relations Meredith McGlone said the project serves an important purpose.

“Recent research suggests college campuses have not effectively addressed [male students’] needs,” she stated. “Research also indicates that expectations around masculinity impact the way in which men experience college.”

McGlone suggested typical understandings of masculinity can effect male students in a negative way.

“These expectations influence the decisions men make about friendships; spending time outside of class; careers or academic majors; and sexual and romantic relationships. Men are socialized to believe they need to act a certain way to be accepted as ‘masculine’ or have what it takes to be a man,” she told The Fix.

“This can lead to self-destructive behaviors that impair their ability to complete their education,” she continued. “Research indicates that young men are less likely to enroll in and graduate from college, less likely to seek help from campus resources and more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as abusing drugs and alcohol. Research also indicates that programs such as the Men’s Project can counter these negative trends and support college men in their educational experience.”

Asked to define vulnerability in the context of the program, McGlone told The Fix it’s “one of the discussion topics related to male stereotypes. Students consider if they struggle with being vulnerable and how it might impact their relationships and actions.”

According to McGlone, there were no specific incidents which spurred the development of this program.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is not the only university offering such a program. Many other campuses, both public and private across the nation, now offer programs, trainings, guest lectures and other educational techniques that seek to purge male students of their so-called toxic masculinity.

 

 

source; http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/30561/

Asylum seekers scam German aid program for millions by applying with ‘up to 12’ fake IDs

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2nd Jan 2016

A special commission in the northern German city of Braunschweig will investigate over 300 cases of fraud committed by asylum applicants, who gamed the welfare system by using multiple IDs to claim benefits – and that may just be the tip of the iceberg.

The estimated total loss of taxpayer money in the state of Lower Saxony alone has been put at three to five million euros ($3.2-5.3 million), Regional German broadcaster NDR reported.

In the majority of cases, the scheme was employed by Sudanese refugees who were applying for benefits within the social welfare system, the head of the newly established investigative commission, Joern Memenga, said, as cited by Deutsche Welle.

The scammers allegedly took advantage of the extreme workload the civil servants who were registering the applications were under in the summer of 2015, at the peak of the European migrant crisis.l

“At that point, we wanted to avoid one thing – homelessness,” Memenga said, adding that in some cases the same employees had registered more than one alias per applicant.

The welfare claimants would simply change their appearance to receive additional documents from unsuspecting social service workers. The not so sophisticated con met few road bumps, as the refugees did not have to give their fingerprints and, since they had no documents, were identified only from photographs.

“Sometimes just growing a beard, or putting on a pair of glasses, having shorter hair, but always different surnames,” Memenga said, as cited by DPA.

The system was also susceptible to rigging because the civil servants did not have time to sift through all of the applications processed at other municipalities in Lower Saxony, so the same asylum seeker could collect money from different places.

Eventually, one of the employees noticed that some of men in the photos look strikingly similar and sounded the alarm, reporting his suspicions to the police, regional broadcaster NRP, which broke the story, reported

In one of the most extreme cases uncovered so far, one man was able to bamboozle the state to the tune of tens of thousands of euros using twelve fake identities.

“Our crassest case has twelve alias-personalities. Damage: 45,000 euros, at least,” Memenga said, as cited by NRP.

Pursuant to the Asylum Seekers Act, every asylum seeker is entitled to €135 of so-called pocket money and €216 per month to cover basic needs, if the asylum seekers are not on complete state provision.

“Excluding the cost of electricity, you reach about 320 to 350 euros per alias identity and person,” Memenga said. It is estimated that a ‘refugee’ with three to four identities could have drained an extra 5,000 to 10,000 euros from the state coffers.

Though the fraud has now been exposed, the suspects may not face charges due to legal difficulties, as in most cases they used fake names and addresses.

“Without a place of residence, no legal hearing and no service of an accusation [is possible],” Julia Meyer of Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office told NRP.

“By the time their cover is blown, they have mostly moved on already,” Meyaer added, as cited by DPA.

Last year, Germany received almost three times fewer asylum seekers than in 2015. Some 350,000 asylum seekers entered the country in 2016, while 890,000 people crossed into Germany the year before. The German government spent some €559 million on integration courses for migrants in 2016 alone, and the sum is set to increase to over €600 million next year.

 

source;https://www.rt.com/news/372466-germany-migrant-welfare-fraud/

If You Were Chief Of CIA Consciousness Ops

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1st Jan 2016

There is an obsession to say that everything is made out of something.

Who knows where it started? With the Egyptian pyramid builders? The Sumerians?

In the modern era, the fervor has reached a high point.

Physicists, biologists, and chemists are relentless in their pursuit of consciousness as a function of the brain. It has to be the brain. All those synapses and neurons and chemicals…and underneath them, the atoms and the sub-atomic particles…somehow these tiny particles conspire to produce consciousness and awareness.

Yet these same scientists deny that a sub-atomic particle carries any trace of awareness. The particles flow. They obey laws. That’s all.

So the experts are painted into a corner. They then speculate: “Well, you see, the increased ability to process information, the complexity of structure—naturally, this implies consciousness.”

No it doesn’t.

A Ferrari is complex. So is the Empire State Building. So is the IBM’s best computer. And? Where is the consciousness?

You, sitting there right now, reading these words—you understand the words; you KNOW you’re reading them; you’re not just processing information. YOU ARE CONSCIOUS.

If a physicist wants to say that you, knowing you’re reading, are just a phenomenon of atoms in motion, let him try, let him explain. Let him do more than bloviate.

Imagine you were the chief of a CIA section called Consciousness Covert Ops. What would you try to do, given that your motive, as always, is control?

You would try to convince the population that consciousness isn’t free and wide-ranging and powerful and independent. You would try to narrow the popular belief about consciousness.

What better way than to focus on the brain as the seat of all awareness?

“The brain functions according to laws. We’re discovering more and more about those laws. We can determine when the brain is malfunctioning. We’re learning how to correct those malfunctions.”

Indeed.

You’re spinning narrative about the brain as if it were a car that has to visit the shop. That’s what you want. You want to make people believe their brains need fixes, because, after all, you come out of the long tradition of CIA MKULTRA mind control.

When the brain comes into the shop, you can try to reprogram it. You can experiment. You can apply the latest technology. You can attempt to insert controls. You can place monitors in the brain, in order to observe it in real time.

At a more basic, yes, philosophic level, you want to eliminate any sort of movement claiming that consciousness is separate from the brain. You want to snuff that idea out. It’s counter-productive, to say the least. It could give rise to a renaissance of an old outmoded notion called: freedom.

What could be more free, more independent, more unique, more creative than individual consciousness that has a non-material basis?

You want to do everything you can to equate consciousness with the brain and, thus, the modern idea of the computer. Yes, the computer. Perfect.

“Consciousness is a computer operating at a very high level.”

“All computers can be improved.”

“All computers can malfunction. They can be repaired.”

And then, the ultimate coup:

“Consciousness? A very old idea that, in light of the progress of technology, has no merit. It’s really information processing. The brain handles that. The brain is a computer. We’re learning how to build a better brain…”

You’re shifting the focus of the old 1950s MKULTRA program, which mainly involved drugs and hypnosis, to a new arena. You’re coming at the territory inside the skull from a number of angles. You’re the next generation of Brave New World.

And right across town, the Pentagon and its research branch, DARPA, is deeply involved in a number of allied research projects. For example, the cortical modem, a little piece of equipment that costs about $10.

The gist? Insert proteins into neurons, and then beam photons into those proteins, thus creating image displays that bypass the normal channels of perception.

Virtual reality with no headset. The project is still in its early stages, but the direction is clear: give the “user” an image display beyond his ability to choose.

It’s touted as an overlay. The person, walking down the street, can still see the street, but he can also see what you give him, what you insert into his visual cortex. Of course, as the technology advances, you could take things further: block out physical reality and immerse the person in the virtual.

DARPA’s enthusiasm about this project, as usual, exceeds its current grasp, but its determination to succeed is quite genuine. And the money is there.

Think about this. Which way is a bright college student going to go? He can study ancient philosophy, in the least popular department on campus. He can read the Vedanta, and plow through its explications of consciousness. Or he can study biology and physics, and then try to land an entry job with the Pentagon, where he can fiddle with the human brain for fun and profit. This student has been thoroughly immersed in computers since he could crawl. He understands what they do and how they work. He’s been taught, over and over, that the human brain (consciousness) is a computer. So what path will he take?

Over and above everything I’m pointing out in this article, there is a human capacity called imagination. It’s the wild card in the deck. It’s the greatest wild card ever known. It is, in fact, the cutting edge of consciousness. It invents new realities. It releases gigantic amounts of buried energy. And it’s entirely an individual proposition.

I built my second collection, Exit From The Matrix, on that basis: the liberation and expansion of imagination. Not just in theory, but in practice. There are dozens of imagination techniques to work with.

Brain=computer=consciousness is the greatest covert op on the planet. It’s supported with major money and labs and journals and armies of psychiatrists and neurological professionals and physicists and the military.

And the op is completely false, because, again, the very scientists who push it are saying the brain is composed of sub-atomic particles THAT CONTAIN ZERO CONSCIOUSNESS.

Think about that.

They’re saying consciousness arises out of particles that have no consciousness.

 

source:http://www.activistpost.com/2016/12/chief-cia-consciousness-ops.html

image; Mnm network

Tinder and Grindr dating apps linked to more than 500 crimes including murder, rape and child abuse

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1st Jan 2017

Police have linked more than 500 crimes to the use of dating apps Tinder and Grindr, including murder, rape and child abuse.

Almost a third of these were sexual offences including rape, child abuse and grooming.

It comes after serial killer Stephen Port was jailed last month for the murders of four young men, including Daniel Whitworth, he met on gay websites and apps including Grindr.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron warned: “I worry that these shocking figures could just be the tip of the iceberg.”

Data compiled by almost three-quarters of police forces across England and Wales listed 523 crimes from the past five years where official logs included the words Tinder or Grindr.

Tinder launched as a smartphone app in 2012 and Grindr, used largely by gay and bisexual men, in 2009.

Among the highest incidences of crime linked to them, 98 were recorded by the Met Police, 58 in Greater Manchester and 49 in Merseyside.

Across the country officers reported at least 162 sexual offences, including 63 rapes, linked to the two apps.

And the Freedom of Information data from 31 of the 43 forces suggests incidences related to the two dating services are surging. This year alone, Greater Manchester Police recorded 12 rapes linked to the apps – two were logged the previous year.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: “The real figures could be significantly higher.” He added: “While many people have found their perfect match through these dating apps, there are those who have became victims of horrific crimes.

“The police need to do much more than they currently are to highlight the real dangers of online dating.”

Forces also reported several sex attacks on children plus cases of grooming, child sex abuse and child prostitution. Thefts, assaults and harassment were commonplace.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, national lead for violence and public protection, said: “The rising popularity of online dating apps and websites has contributed to an increase in the number of recorded crimes. I would urge those who use online dating apps to be as security conscious as possible.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman added: “The Metropolitan Police Service works hard to bring offenders to justice and we advocate using apps safely and encourage the reporting of crime as soon as possible.”

 

 

 

source:http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tinder-grindr-dating-apps-linked-9537441

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