Establishing security is the sine qua non of stability operations, since it is a prerequisite for reconstruction and development. Security requires a mix of military and police forces to deal with a range of threats from insurgents to criminal organizations. This research examines the creation of a high-end police force, which the authors call a Stability Police Force (SPF). The study considers what size force is necessary, how responsive it needs to be, where in the government it might be located, what capabilities it should have, how it could be staffed, and its cost. This monograph also considers several options for locating this force within the U.S. government, including the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in the Department of State, and the U.S. Army’s Military Police. The authors conclude that an SPF containing 6,000 people — created in the U.S. Marshals Service and staffed by a “hybrid option,” in which SPF members are federal police officers seconded to federal, state, and local police agencies when not deployed — would be the most effective of the options considered. The SPF would be able to deploy in 30 days. The cost for this option would be $637.3 million annually, in FY2007 dollars. …
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Recently, aluminum (Al) in drinking water has been proposed to be a risk factor for development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Because the physiological role of Al in humans is not yet known, we previously examined this role using an experimental animal model. Our results revealed a greater accumulation of Al in the brain, liver, kidney and spleen of mice who received long-term (90 days) administration of an Al complex, aluminum–maltolate (ALM), than in untreated controls. This observation prompted us to examine the degree of injury in the organs of mice in terms of lipid peroxidation evaluated by thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) and NOx levels in order to determine the effects of Al accumulation. Six-week-old mice were given drinking water containing AlCl3 or ALM for 120 days. TBARS and NOx levels were found to change depending on the organs and chemical forms of Al. In particular, TBARS and NOx levels in the brain of mice given ALM for 30, 60 and 120 days were significantly increased compared with those of the control group. In addition, nervous degeneration was detected in the brain of the ALM-treated group. …
While the distraction that is the stock market continues to enthrall most Americans, the big shots in the global monetary which for now are taking place behind the scenes, are getting ever louder. Several recent cases in point:
One person who is paying attention to the failure of the US to grasp that the unipolar world of the 1980s is long gone, is Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who earlier today proposed creating a “Eurasian” currency union which would have Belarus and Kazakhstan as its first members, which already are Russia’s partners in a political and economic union made up of former Soviet republics. …
It’s the future of humanity vs gangsters who have bluffed, gambled, blackmailed and murdered their way into institutionalizing the biggest scam in human history, the scam of privately issued debt based currency. If you want to understand why we’re sliding into WWIII, you need look no further than the secret power of the central banking cartel, the puppetmasters behind it all.
Historian Rick Perlstein, a Chicago local, has been chronicling this election and in this piece for In These Times he lays out the case for Garcia’s experience and political know-how. He also notes that the Emanuel campaign along with his various Republican spokesmen have been doing what you’d expect: issuing thinly veiled attacks on Garcia as lacking “responsibility” if you know what they mean.
It was Illinois’s Republican senator Mark Kirk who came closest to going there. At Pulaski Day ceremonies last Monday, he absurdly asserted, “Rahm’s reelection is essential to maintaining the value of Chicago’s debt market. … It’s a concern if we have some of the less responsible people running against him.”
Understand: at the time, there weren’t “people” running against him, there was a person: the Mexican-American immigrant Chuy Garcia.
The racial overtones in his reference to “those people” was made crystalline by his next statement: “None of them could command the respect of the bond market. A collapse of Chicago debt, which already happened with Detroit, I think would soon follow if somebody who was really inexperienced and irresponsible replaced Rahm.”
Expect more provocations like that as campaign unfolds. Also, expect Garcia not to take the bait.
Washington looks to be throwing more than the full faith and credit of the US government behind Ukraine. On the heels of news that the US is set to guarantee a Ukrainian international bond issue (while Greek pensioners implicitly subsidize the country’s natural gas exports), NATO is in the midst of conducting large scale military maneuvers along the Russian border in a move Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says encourages “Kiev to pursue a military solution.” Over the course of 10 days, NATO will parade 120 combat vehicles across the region in an effort to prove how quickly the West can confront perceived Russian aggression. Here’s more from Military News:
The [Russian] ministry warned that it hopes Europe “does see the risk of unconditionally following advice from U.S. generals and will not opt for approaches that will rule out the risk of a slide towards a military confrontation between Russia and NATO.”
While the U.S. Army acknowledges the convoy’s movement is “a highly visible demonstration of U.S. commitment to its NATO allies,” Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the commander of U.S. Army Europe, insists “the focus should be on what is the desired end state, and can we get there using diplomatic and economic pressure and support.”
So basically, the US is saying the following: “…although we’re intent on showing just how quickly we can deploy our forces in the event an armed confrontation becomes necessary, we hope you’ll see this for what it is which is our best effort demonstrate that we long for a peaceful solution.” We’ll let you judge for yourself how committed the West is to a peaceful resolution (note the US soldier teaching the small child how to fire a high caliber weapon) ….
Maternal immunization provides important health benefits for pregnant women and their infants, and obstetrical care providers are now recommended to vaccinate all pregnant women against influenza and pertussis during each pregnancy. However, immunization coverage among pregnant women for influenza and pertussis-containing vaccines is suboptimal, leaving numerous pregnant women and their infants at risk for complications from vaccine-preventable diseases. Therefore, it is critical to understand the social, programmatic, and logistical barriers that both prevent pregnant women from receiving recommended vaccinations and prevent obstetrical care providers from recommending and administering vaccines within their practices. To facilitate the successful development of a national maternal immunization program, in alignment with broader immunization goals such as those outlined in the National Vaccine Plan, the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) charged the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) with reviewing the current state of maternal immunizations and existing best practices to identify programmatic gaps and/or barriers to the implementation of current recommendations regarding maternal immunization. …
“Drinking well water and occupational exposure to Herbicides is associated with chronic kidney disease…”
The evidence for the abominable toxicity of Round Up chemicals like glyphosate is already overwhelming, yet there seems to be a never-ending stream of research and evidence pointing toward their dangers. A new study has just been published showing that farmers in Sri Lanka exposed to glyphosate through drinking water are 5 times more likely to develop chronic kidney failure than those who don’t drink herbicide-polluted water.
Farmers in this part of the world often wear scant protection when spraying glyphosate on their rice fields, but it seems that this protection is not enough. The fact that Round Up has contaminated their drinking water is an example of how multi-tiered the problem of herbicidal toxicity truly is.
Big Ag chemicals, more specifically, biotech’s chemicals (since their GM rice, soy, corn, and other genetically altered seeds are meant to withstand copious amounts of spaying) are detrimental to humans and the environment from the moment they are sprayed to years later. In this case, the toxicity is felt when residents of small rural villages drink from wells that have contaminated ground water due to spraying.
“The current study strongly favors the hypothesis that CKDu epidemic among farmers in dry zone of Sri Lanka is associated with, history of drinking water from a well that was abandoned. In addition, it is associated with spraying glyphosate and other pesticides in paddy fields.” …
Concentrations of glyphosate and metals are much higher in these abandoned wells, increasing the risk of deadly chronic kidney disease (CKDu) by up to 5-fold.
The Center for Public Integrity says fatal chronic kidney disease of unknown origin, or CKDu, has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicaragua than AIDS, diabetes, and leukemia combined over the past five years. This wave of CKDu affecting numerous poor farming countries around the world simply didn’t exist prior to 1990.
It has already been established, through groundbreaking research that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide Round Up, might be “a crucially important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions.”
While medical care and medical technologies have improved over the last several decades, research says that our collective overall ‘good health’ has actually decreased in the last 25 years. We may be living longer, but are we really healthier?
Hui Zheng, assistant professor of sociology at Ohio State, points the finger at an ever-burgeoning medical care system throughout the world as part of our collective sickness in a new study.
Zheng and OSU researchers said:
“Access to more medicine and medical care doesn’t really improve our subjective health. For example, in the United States, the percentage of Americans reporting very good health decreased from 39 percent to 28 percent from 1982 to 2006.”
It seems that what some term the “medical mafia” (the FDA, USDA, AMA, etc) has made us sick first psychologically, then physically. It is clear to many that modern medicine has become a sick-care industry, not a wellness industry. Millions are made off of keeping people ill, not truly healing them. This can be witnessed by simply viewing any big pharma commercial, in which a drug is offered often only to relieve symptoms, while offering a host of other side effects that need to be treated with more drugs.
The researchers from OSU simply proved this all-too-obvious fact in the coming July 2015 issue of the journal Social Science Research by using several large multinational datasets to examine changes in how people rated their health between 1981 and 2007 and compared that to medical expansion in 28 countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Zheng actual used a detailed analysis of the data to find that if we hadn’t expanded medicine into every corner of the world, we would actually be healthier.
He measured three kinds of medical expansion. One was medical investment, which includes health care spending per capita and total health employment; another being medical professionalization and specialization, which includes the number of practicing physicians and specialists; and lastly the expanded pharmaceutical industry, which includes pharmaceutical sales per capita. (The US is one of the biggest users of all pharmaceuticals in the world.)
Zheng’s research predicted that self-rated health would have increased in these 28 countries. For example, the percentage of Americans reporting very good health could have increased by about 10 percent….