Archive for October, 2012

Aspirin therapy can extend the life of colorectal cancer patients whose tumors carry a mutation in a key gene, but it has no effect on patients who lack the mutation, Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists report in the Oct. 25 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

In a study involving more than 900 patients with colorectal cancer, the researchers found that, for patients whose tumors harbored a mutation in the gene PIK3CA, aspirin use produced a sharp jump in survival: five years after diagnosis, 97 percent of those taking aspirin were still alive, compared with 74 percent of those not using aspirin. By contrast, aspirin had no impact on five-year survival rates among patients without a PIK3CA mutation.

via Aspirin’s impact on colorectal cancer | Harvard Gazette.

Ozone hole at smallest size in decades thanks to warmer temperatures. The ozone hole has been at its smallest annual maximum since 1990

Frigid temperatures help promote the Ozone holes destruction. But natural weather fluctuations led to warmer Antarctic temperatures this year, which limited the damage, NASA and NOAA scientists say.

via Ozone hole at smallest size in decades | Earth Science | Science News.

WTF is this masturbation shit?

If your ball and chain cant or wont keep your prostate healthy she is guilty of physical abuse and you can sue her in divorce court for it….   Ha Ha hahahahahhahahahaha you wish jackoffs!

Now get back to your wage slavin for that ungrateful bitch you been hatin…..

Or you can show her this!

masturbation protects men against common forms of cancer.
January 8, 2008, 11:57 am
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Frequent sexual intercourse and masturbation protects men against a common form of cancer, suggests the largest study of the issue to date yet.

The US study, which followed nearly 30,000 men over eight years, showed that those that ejaculated most frequently were significantly less likely to get prostate cancer. The results back the findings of a smaller Australian study revealed by New Scientist in July 2003 that asserted that masturbation was good for men.

In the US study, the group with the highest lifetime average of ejaculation – 21 times per month – were a third less likely to develop the cancer than the reference group, who ejaculated four to seven times a month.

Michael Leitzmann, at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and colleagues set out to test a long-held theory that suggested the opposite – that a higher ejaculation rate raises the risk of prostate cancer. “The good news is it is not related to an increased risk,” he told New Scientist. In fact, it “may be associated with a lower risk.”

“It goes a long way to confirm the findings from our recent case-control study,” says Graham Giles, who led the Australian study. He praises the study’s large size – including about 1500 cases of prostate cancer.

Furthermore, it was the first to begin by following thousands of healthy men. This rules out some of the biases which might be introduced by asking men diagnosed with prostate cancer to recall their sexual behaviour retrospectively.

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Goya‘s Dos Mujeres y Un Hombre depicting two women laughing at a masturbating man.[3][4]
Every second day

At the start of the study, the men filled in a history of their ejaculation frequency and then filled in further questionnaires every two years.

Men of different ages varied in how often they ejaculated, so the team used a lifetime average for comparisons. Compared to the reference group who ejaculated four to seven times a month, “each increase of three ejaculations per week was associated with a 15 per cent decrease in the risk of prostate cancer”, says Leitzmann.

“More than 12 ejaculations per month would start conferring the benefit – on average every second day or so,” he says.

However, whilst the findings are statistically significant, Leitzmann remains cautious. “I don’t believe at this point our research would warrant suggesting men should alter their sexual behaviour in order to modify their risk.”

A further caveat is that the benefit of ejaculation was less clear in relation to the most dangerous, metastasising form of prostate cancer, compared to the organ-confined or slow-growing types.

Clear out

Leitzmann and Giles both agree that there are biologically plausible ways that ejaculating frequently might prevent prostate cancer.

“Increased ejaculation may allow the prostate gland to clear itself of carcinogens or of materials that form a substrate for the development of carcinogens,” Giles told New Scientist.

Another theory is that frequent drainage of prostate fluid stops tiny crystalloid microcalcifications – which have been associated with prostate cancer – from forming in the prostate duct, says Leitzmann.

Giles notes that neither study examines ejaculation during the teenage years – which may be a crucial factor. But he says: “Although much more research remains to be done, the take home message is that ejaculation is not harmful, and very probably protective of prostatic health – and it feels good!”

Taken From: http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn4861

 

The risk of stunting associated with episodes of persistent diarrhea lasting 14 or more days during follow-up was virtually eliminated by vitamin A supplements. Among children in the placebo group, the average risk of stunting associated with 1 or more episodes of persistent diarrhea between 2 consecutive visits was 5.2 times higher 95% CI: 2.4-11.2 than that of children without diarrhea or with acute episodes. In contrast, among children who received vitamin A, there was virtually no risk of stunting associated with persistent diarrhea relative risk: 1.0; 95% CI: 0.3-1.3. This effect was slightly attenuated after controlling for the number of household possessions, gender, baseline low arm circumference, HIV infection, and presence of malaria parasites in blood. Vitamin A supplements did not modify the associations between respiratory infections and the risk of stunting or wasting.

via Vitamin A supplements ameliorate the adverse effe… [Pediatrics. 2002] – PubMed – NCBI.

Good books to read

Recommended Reading

Truth & History

     The Big Bamboozle by Philip Marshall (2012)

New Finance & Economics

New Business Sales, Marketing, & Psychology

Best of 2010 – 2011 Finance & Economics

 

 

The Classics

 

 

Posted at Gold.org, “Record investment demand boosts global gold demand to an all time high in 2011 – Global demand for gold in 2011 rose to 4,067.1 tonnes (t) worth an estimated US$205.5 billion – the first time that global demand has exceeded US$200billion and the highest tonnage level since 1997, according to the World Gold Council’s Gold Demand Trends. The main driver for this increase was the investment sector where annual demand was 1,640.7t up 5% on the previous record set in 2010 and with a value of US$82.9 billion. The pre-eminent markets for investment demand in 2011 were India, China and Europe. …

Central banks continued the trend established in 2010 of being net buyers of gold. Purchases by central banks soared from 77.0t to 439.7t. This reflects the need to diversify assets, reduce reliance on one or two foreign currencies, rebalance reserves and ultimately protect national wealth. …”

While the current gold value mega-cycle may have corrections from time to time, its uptrend appears well intact. If/when gold enters its mania phase is anyone’s guess. For me, all of the above charts provide a rationale of why there’s lots of room for gold to still go vertical, and where its top could be.

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Quotes to live by….

“The longer the markets disobey basic rules of valuation, the bigger the opportunity for good investors to reap the benefits. Value investing works precisely because markets become dysfunctional at times.”

-John Coumarianos

Bull markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism, and die on euphoria. The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell.

-Sir John Templeton

“No very deep knowledge of economics is usually needed for grasping the immediate effects of a measure; but the task of economics is to foretell the remoter effects, and so to allow us to avoid such acts as attempt to remedy a present ill by sowing the seeds of a much greater ill for the future.”

– Ludwig von Mises

“People only accept change in necessity and see necessity only in crisis.”

-Jean Monnet

Requiring a central bank to print money to increase government’s purchasing power invariably ignites a hyperinflationary firestorm. The result through history has been toppled governments and severe threats to societal stability.

– Alan Greenspan

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

– Henry Ford

“Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?”

-Steve Jobs

“I’d be a bum on the street with a tin cup if the markets were always efficient.”

-Warren Buffett

“The market can stay irrational longer than the investor can stay solvent.”

– Keynes

“While the government struggles to save one crumbling enterprise at the expense of the crumbling of another, it accelerates the process of juggling debts, switching losses, piling loans on loans, mortgaging the future and the future’s future. As things grow worse, the government protects itself not by contracting this process, but by expanding it.”

-Ayn Rand, 1974

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

“All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits – practical, emotional, and intellectual – systemically organized for our weal or woe, and bearing us irresistibly toward our destiny, whatever the latter may be.”

-William James

“Men it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”

-Charles Mackay

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

– Stephen Hawkings

“Give me control of a nations money supply, and I care not who makes it’s laws.”

– Amschel Rothchild

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.

– Sigmund Freud

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

-Thomas Edison

If you think you can or think you cannot, you are correct.

-Henry Ford

If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.

-Herbert Stein

via Gold Market Review: Where Are We Today? | The Future Tense.

 

The banks flushed the system with worthless cash and pulled all the credit

Economy – Blogger May Save The Economy | CMI Gold and Silver.

Cycle 25 of our sweet little sun is going to mark the beginning of a little ice age for the northern latitudes.  Since the report mentioned in my earlier post all information on cycle 25 and the magnetic precursors for it have been missing from the media.

If you knew the future would you cover it up to profit from it?

 

Landscheidt cycle confirmed and media blackout of indicators

Sunspot and Global Cooling update :The Supreme Pundit.

Image:Hathaway2 med.gif – 2012 Wiki

Image:Hathaway2 med.gif – 2012 Wiki.

With

The current  “Economic crisis”,

The now current Confirmed Jovian influence of the sun an the coming solar minimum.

The current huge orders by government agency in the us of ammunition orders.

The current crossing of the sun and our solar system of the central plane of the Milky Way.

The current disclosure of non human intelligence.

The current exposure of the twelve (12) ruling families.

I the Supreme Pundit are now calling the complete fucking of all of humanity for the next 40 years.

By:

Starvation

and

War

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charley Beck refuses to uphold the law.  Typical cop….

 

Los Angeles Police to Revise Immigrant Detention Policy – NYTimes.com.

FDA cracks down on websites selling bad drugs | Reuters.

 

Big Pharma pushes back against freedom

 

 

BBC News – Aspirin may ‘slow elderly brain decline’, study finds.

The fight? Really, let me make this as simple as possible.  The most expensive service industry in the world is about to be wiped out.

Hospitals and Doctors will have no say in this.

Nurses will have no say in this.

Patients will have no say in this.

Pharmaceutical companies will have no say in this.

It was secretaries first, then travel agents, then libraries, newspapers, books, video rental stores, now it is going to be health care.

Stay tuned to the Supreme Pundit for upcoming information.

VIDEO: Trailer and Interviews – Documentary ESCAPE FIRE: THE FIGHT TO RESCUE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE (movies.broadwayworld.com).

The advantage of having a badge and gun to commit crimes with is just too good to let go for the thugs in the OPD.

 

Lawyers overseeing the terms of a settlement stemming from a decade-old Oakland police corruption scandal filed a motion October 4, 2012 requesting that the federal government take over the embattled department.

Attorneys John Burris and Jim Chanin filed the motion in U.S. District Court in San Francisco asking Judge Thelton Henderson for a federal receiver to oversee the department. They argued Oakland city officials and the police have chronically failed to meet reforms they agreed to after a 2003 lawsuit claimed brutality and other allegations.

The settlement initially called for the reforms to be completed within five years. But the lawyers said high-ranking city officials have thwarted those efforts.

“Despite empty promises by three City Administrators, four Police Chiefs, and the City’s inside and outside counsel … compliance with important reforms has failed,” the motion said.

The lawsuit stemmed from a from a scandal in which:

several rogue officers were charged with beating or framing drug suspects in 2000 along with other claims that resulted in nearly $11 million in payments to 119 plaintiffs and attorneys.

In January of 2012, a frustrated Henderson said he “remains in disbelief” that the police department has failed to adopt the reforms and threatened federal takeover of the agency.

“This department finds itself woefully behind its peers around the state and nation,” the judge wrote in a scathing report.

Henderson increased the oversight authority of a court-appointed monitor. Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan now must consult with the monitor before making important department decisions such as promoting and disciplining officers and changing policing policy and tactics.

Jordan and Mayor Jean Quan said Thursday they both believe the department is making progress with the reforms. They said the city is in compliance with 85 percent of the 52 mandated changes.

“We’re all working to move in the same direction, which is full compliance,” Jordan said in a statement. “It’s not been easy. It’s been challenging. But no one here (is) ducking from the responsibilities we have.

“We all want the same thing. Judge Henderson wants the same thing, and I want the same thing:

constitutional policing in Oakland.”

But the lawyers contend Oakland’s time is up as the city already has been allowed two extensions and two independent monitoring teams, and has spent “thousands, if not millions of dollars” on consultants to help get in compliance.

“We are fed up with the lack of consistent progress by the city,” Burris said. “It is time for a change.”

Oakland’s deadline to respond to the motion is Nov. 8 2012. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Dec. 13 2012.

GET OUT OF THE STOCK MARKET NOW!

the last “crisis” was put together with derivatives and has not yet unwound completely.

The “flash crash” was just a taste of what is to come.

 

(Reuters) – More than two years ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago was pushing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to get serious about the dangers of superfast computer-driven trading. Only now is the SEC getting around to taking a closer look at some of those issues.

Critics of the SEC say the delay is part of a pattern of inaction in dealing with the fallout from high frequency trading and shows that the regulator does not yet fully appreciate how fears of machine-driven market meltdowns are driving investors away from U.S. markets.

Even as the SEC gears up for a meeting on Tuesday to discuss how to tame rapid-fire trading – the eighth public forum it has had in two years on market structure issues – regulators in Canada, Australia and Germany are moving ahead with plans to introduce speed limits to safeguard markets from the machines.

One item up for discussion is whether regulators should require trading firms and exchanges to deploy a “kill switch” to shut down a runaway high-speed computer program. That is one of the seven recommendations the Chicago Fed made to the SEC in its March 25, 2010 letter.

Less than two months later, the Dow Jones Industrials would plunge 700 points in a matter of seconds. The May 6, 2010 “flash crash” sparked a national debate over the merits of stock trading that takes place in fractions of a second, but it only led to modest action from the regulators.

Since then, there have been a series of smaller – though still frightening – events for investors, including the near collapse of major market maker Knight Capital after a software glitch led to violent price swings on August 1 in more than 100 stocks. And still the move toward reforms has been slow.

“So far, the SEC hasn’t seemed to think high frequency trading is a problem,” said Edward Kim, a former senior vice president at the NASDAQ Stock Market and now a consultant with auditing firm Grant Thornton.

Kim, who testified on September 7 before an SEC panel in San Francisco on the potential pitfalls of high frequency trading, said he has seen firsthand the fallout the flash crash has had on investor confidence. Kim noted his father was so rattled by the rapid market meltdown, he subsequently sold most of his stocks.

Institutional buy-and-hold investors also remain frustrated.

Mutual fund manager O. Mason Hawkins, who met with the SEC a month after the flash crash in June 2010 to provide evidence about how rapid-fire machine trading was destabilizing the market, has the same view today, according to a representative for his firm, Southeastern Asset Management.

Even proponents of algorithmic trading, which uses sophisticated computer programs to trawl the markets for orders to trade on, are coming out and saying speed isn’t everything.

High frequency trading effectively treats orders from retail investors like a tip sheet to be harvested and discarded said Andrew Van Hise, managing director at the investment management firm SEQA Capital Advisors in New York and the designer of the algorithmic trading program for Steven A. Cohen’s $16 billion SAC Capital Advisors hedge fund.

“By the time a standard retail or institutional order reaches an exchange, it’s been looked at in essence by a number of algorithms which have cherry picked it,” said Van Hise. “What finds its way to the traditional exchanges is viewed by market participants as exhaust.”

To be sure, it is not as if the SEC has simply stood idly by and allowed the machines to run amok. The agency did put in place some new safeguards, such as circuit breakers on stocks, after the May 2010 flash crash.

The circuit breakers are intended to prevent a marketwide crash by briefly halting trading in particular stocks displaying sharp price moves within a five-minute window, giving the algorithms a chance to let go of trading patterns that may have turned into vicious cycles.

In a move that some say is long overdue, the SEC has begun setting up a new analytical and research team to examine the trading patterns of high-frequency firms. The new group, which will receive and process the same data feeds that high frequency traders get, will enable the SEC to better police the markets.

And recently, the SEC fined the New York Stock Exchange’s operator, NYSE Euronext, $5 million for allegedly giving some customers “an improper head start” on proprietary trading information.

But U.S. securities regulators, noting that high frequency trading has brought trading costs down for many investors by pumping more liquidity into the system, do not seem to be operating under any sense of urgency.

“We are into a space now where there aren’t any massive changes to be made,” said Daniel Gallagher, a Republican commissioner at the SEC who also previously worked in its Trading and Markets division. “There are fine-tuning and dials.”

In January 2010, the SEC published a 74-page “concept release” on restructuring the markets, in part because of the rise of high frequency trading. The SEC uses concept releases as a blueprint for future regulation.

The concept release included ideas like a “trade-at” rule, which would give preference to the price in a proposed trade rather than to its position in the queue, as well as limitations on when high frequency traders could suddenly pull out of the market.

The proposal generated more than 200 comments, including many from money managers complaining that high frequency trading was making stock trading more volatile. The Chicago Fed submitted its letter to the SEC in response to the proposal. But the concept release has not given rise to much new regulation.

Gregg Berman, a nuclear astrophysicist who is one of the SEC’s leading experts on stock market structure, said regulators found most of the complaints from the public and money managers about high frequency trading to be anecdotal.

“I’ve heard many suggestions for how we might slow down the markets. But I think some ideas have ignored the fact that we have markets in which investors demand the ability to trade on an immediate and continuous basis, not at discrete intervals,” said Berman.

He continued: “It’s like saying ‘Let’s use the rules of train travel, in which every train is on a specific track, to try to dictate how cars should behave, even though cars can drive between the lanes and on the shoulder.'”

A more aggressive approach by the SEC on high frequency trading cannot come soon enough for those who say the SEC’s inaction is hurting both Main Street and Wall Street. They note that even as the Dow Jones creeps closer to its all-time high, trading volumes remain near the low levels seen during the 2008-09 financial crisis.

Retail investors have withdrawn more than $313 billion from the U.S. stock market since 2008, meaning ordinary investors have not participated broadly in the market recovery. Some market experts attribute fear of another flash crash as well as concerns that the playing field is far from level for making investors wary of stocks.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

A few enterprising high frequency trading pioneers are taking matters into their own hands by designing new trading platforms that are being billed as trading zones that are protected from high frequency programs.

But that could lead to further fragmentation of the market, given U.S. stocks are now traded on a myriad of exchanges and electronic platforms.

Keith Ross Jr, a former chief executive officer of GETCO, one of the largest high frequency firms, is now running a trading platform that bills itself as one that is not subject to abusive trading by high frequency firms.

Ross’ company, PDQ ATS, processes orders by imposing a 20-millisecond delay on them and then holding an auction. The delay may not seem like much, but it is enough to deter high frequency traders from jumping in front of other traders, or trying to influence trading by flooding the market with bids and offers for stocks they don’t actually intend to trade.

PDQ, which launched in 2008, is gaining traction with both asset managers and high frequency firms that Ross says are willing to play by the rules and still see room to make a profit. But the new platform is small, processing just under 100 million shares of marketable orders a day, 30 percent of which get filled.

“My expectation and my hope would be that the market has an opportunity to solve the problem itself,” Ross said.

Similarly, Bradley Katsuyama, a former top trader in the U.S. for RBC Capital Markets, recently left the bank to launch an exchange he says will employ a strategy that will prevent high frequency trading firms from gaining an unfair advantage over mutual funds and other retail investors. He declined to provide specifics on his start-up firm, IEX Group Inc.

Still, plenty of individual investors are looking for the SEC to do something more.

One of those is Jim Sutton, who has been managing his own pension payout for the past 12 years. The 69-year-old Des Moines, Iowa, resident wrote a letter to the SEC on July 4 asking for a new rule that would slow down trading in the stock market to keep it within the realms of human perception.

He said slowing down the markets, just a bit, would improve investor confidence. But Sutton says he is still waiting for a response from the regulator. (Reporting by Emily Flitter and Sarah N. Lynch, additional reporting by Aruna Viswanatha; editing by Matthew Goldstein, Jennifer Ablan and Martin Howell; desking by G Crosse)

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