Junk food-addicted rats chose to starve themselves rather than eat healthy food

(NaturalNews) – A diet including unlimited amounts of junk food can cause rats to become so addicted to the unhealthy diet that they will starve themselves rather than go back to eating healthy food, researchers have discovered.

In a series of studies conducted over the course of three years and published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, Scripps Florida scientists Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny have shown that rats’ response to unlimited junk food closely parallels well-known patterns of drug addiction — even down to the changes in brain chemistry.

“What we have are these core features of addiction, and these animals are hitting each one of these features,” Kenny said.

In their first study, the researchers fed rats on either a balanced diet or on the same diet plus unlimited access to junk foods purchased at a local supermarket, including processed meats and cakes. Within a short time period, the rats on the junk food diet began to eat compulsively and quickly became overweight. Continue reading

MSM: Climate junk hard to dump

See Also: (OttawaCitizen) – Scan of Arctic ice dispels melting gloom, scientist saysRead More Here

Also: (Newsmax) – Boxer: Climate Change Bigger Threat Than TerrorismRead More Here

(FinancialPost) – The past six months has seen a series of unprecedented setbacks for the cause of catastrophic man-made climate change: the collapse of the Kyoto process; the release of incriminating Climategate emails; the discovery of the shoddy standards of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); the mounting evidence that a job-creating green industrial revolution is a fantasy; and the growing suspicion by the public that it has been sold a bill of goods.

The British Royal Society recently released a statement that “Any public perception that the science is somehow fully settled is wholly incorrect,” thus contradicting its own former president, and true believer, Lord May. And if the science isn’t settled, there can hardly ever have been “consensus” on the issue. Continue reading

The Back Art Of ‘Master Illusions’ – John Pilger

(InformationClearingHouse) – How do wars begin? With a “master illusion”, according to Ralph McGehee, one of the CIA’s pioneers in “black propaganda”, known today as “news management”. In 1983, he described to me how the CIA had faked an “incident” that became the “conclusive proof of North Vietnam’s aggression”. This followed a claim, also fake, that North Vietnamese torpedo boats had attacked an American warship in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 1964.

“The CIA,” he said, “loaded up a junk, a North Vietnamese junk, with communist weapons—the Agency maintains communist arsenals in the United States and around the world. They floated this junk off the coast of central Vietnam. Then they shot it up and made it look like a fire fight had taken place, and they brought in the American press. Based on this evidence, two Marine landing teams went into Danang and a week after that the American air force began regular bombing of North Vietnam.” An invasion that took three million lives was under way.

The Israelis have played this murderous game since 1948. The massacre of peace activists in international waters on 31 May was “spun” to the Israeli public for most of last week, preparing them for yet more murder by their government, with the unarmed flotilla of humanitarians described as terrorists or dupes of terrorists. The BBC was so intimidated that it reported the atrocity primarily as a “potential public relations disaster for Israel”, the perspective of the killers, and a disgrace for journalism. Continue reading

MSM: Watching TV ‘makes toddlers less intelligent’

(LondonIndependent) – Parents, beware CBeebies: watching television makes toddlers fatter and stupider at primary school, according to new research.

Scientists who tracked the progress of pre-school children found that the more television they watched aged two-and- a-half the worse they were at mathematics, the more junk food they ate, and the more they were bullied by other pupils. Continue reading

Economy

(BusinessInsider) – CHART OF THE DAY: 49 Out Of 50 State Economies Are Still Underwater – Read More Here

(Telegraph) – ECB may have to turn to ‘nuclear option’ to prevent Southern European debt collapse – Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – College Graduates’ Debt Load May Outstrip Ability to Repay

Students, especially at for-profit universities, are leaving college in the U.S. with a debt load large enough to raise questions about the ability of many to repay loans, a study found. Read More Here

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – Trillion Dollar Bailout for Greece – Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Goldman boss Lloyd Blankfein denies moral obligation towards clients – Read More Here

(InternationalForecaster) – Frauds And Scandals Follow The Collapse Of The Financial System – Bob Chapman

As the world faces an ongoing sovereign debt debacle we see an attempt to defuse an oncoming scandal involving Goldman Sachs, Paulson and perhaps others.

The collapse of the fiat money system is underway and each day picks up momentum. The only question is how long it can survive? In the interim we are faced with inflation and perhaps hyperinflation as the privately owned Federal Reserve and other central banks add stimulus and money and credit into their financial systems. Read More Here

(10TV) – Cabinet Plant, Largest Employer In Pike Co., Closing

More than 1,200 jobs were being eliminated on Tuesday, after the Masco Cabinet Group announced it was closing its Hopewell Road facility. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Barofsky Says Criminal Charges Possible in Alleged AIG Coverup – Read More Here

(WSJournal) – Video: Contagion Getting Worse – Video Link Here

(Bloomberg) – ‘Debt Like Cancer’ Addressed by Obama Commission on U.S. Debt

President Barack Obama’s debt commission started grappling with how to reduce the U.S. government’s red ink in the first of a series of meetings aimed at producing a plan to be sent to Congress. Read More Here

(CNNMoney) – S&P slashes Spain’s debt rating

Standard and Poor’s downgraded the sovereign debt ratings of Spain to a lower investment grade status Wednesday, citing “risks to budgetary position” for the troubled European nation. Read More Here

(TarpleyNet) – Video: Seize and Liquidate Goldman Sachs – Webster Tarpley

Today’s Senate hearings, carried on CNBC, Bloomberg, and C-SPAN, represent the first major exposure of the American people to the scandalous frauds of the derivatives casino, including synthetic collateralized debt obligations (synthetic CDOs or CDO²). These are things most people have heard very little about. They begin to open up the shocking reality behind such shopworn euphemisms like “toxic assets,” “exotic instruments,” and “troubled assets.” Read More Here

(MarketWatch) – Royal Dutch Shell profit surges 57%

Royal Dutch Shell on Wednesday reported a 57% climb in first-quarter profit, with the energy giant benefiting from a surge in oil and gas prices as well as improving production. Read More Here

(MSNBC) – Markets shudder as Greek debt woes spread

‘Chances of a default … are increasing not by the day but by the hour’ Read More Here

(RevolutionaryPolitics) – Video: Chris Christie Speech Declaring Fiscal Crisis Emergency – View Video Here

(WSJ) – States Bristle as Investors Make Wagers on Defaults

As U.S. cities and towns wrestle with financial problems, investors are finding a new way to profit on their misery: by buying derivatives that essentially bet municipalities will default. Read More Here

(DailyMail) – BP earns £463 a second… as motorists suffer record petrol prices

Motorists paying record prices at the pumps reacted with fury at news of a 135per cent rise in profits by oil giant BP – earning a massive £463 a second.

BP said on Tuesday that profits hit £3.6 billion ($US5.6 billion) in the first three months of 2010 – more than double the level last year. Read More Here

(FauxCapitalist) – An illegal bank is the second-largest holder of U.S. treasury securities

From the U.S. Treasury Department’s latest numbers of major foreign holders of treasury securities, we see that China owned $877.5 billion and Japan owned $768.50 billion in February 2010. Read More Here

(WashingtonExaminer) – Barbara Hollingsworth: Fannie Mae owns patent on residential ‘cap and trade’ exchange

When he wasn’t busy helping create a $127 billion mess for taxpayers to clean up, former Fannie Mae Chief Executive Officer Franklin Raines, two of his top underlings and select individuals in the “green” movement were inventing a patented system to trade residential carbon credits. Read More Here

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – S&P on Greek Debt Downgrade to Junk Status: Options Are Narrowing Read More Here

(MarketWatch) – Goldman culture crash

More than anything else, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s fraud case against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has illustrated the fall of the firm from Wall Street’s preeminent bank to riverboat casino. Read More Here

Climategate

(WebMe) – Global Warming: the Collapse of a Grand Narrative – Read More Here

(WebMe) – Nails in the Global Warming Coffin

My silence since mid-February has not meant that I have taken my eye off the climate-change scene. Far from it, although I have to confess that I have become increasingly wearied and bored by the fatuous lack of reality exhibited on this topic by many UK politicians. It is so glaringly obvious that, since the debacle in Copenhagen, ‘global warming’ is dying as a major political trope that I find it less and less exercising as an issue. Indeed, I do not want to waste too much energy in flogging a fundamentally dead corpse.

This last week, however, the nails in the global warming coffin have been driven in so thick and so fast that I thought it might be worth bringing attention once again to what is happening around the world – “You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Global Warming is as dead as a door-nail,” although I suspect that the Global Warming Ghost will hang around moaning and wailing for quite a while yet. Read More Here

(Blog) – Angela Merkel gives up binding carbon treaties Read More Here

(NationalPost) – Lawrence Solomon: Australia won’t cap and trade

Seeing countries around the world back away from their climate change commitments, and seeing his own electoral support crumble, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced today that Australia will be shelving its cap and trade program for at least three years, until after the next election. “That will provide the Australian government at the time with a better position to assess the level of global action on climate change,” he told the Australian press. Read More Here

(OzClimateSense) – Carbon storage premise ‘totally erroneous’ – Read More Here

Economy

(Money&Markets) – More Retirement Disasters

I can’t believe the number of frightening retirement stories I’ve seen in just the last week. They suggest that the vast majority of our country’s citizens are completely unprepared for life after work. They point to a governmental backup system that is getting ever more desperate. And they suggest that other traditional sources of retirement income — such as corporate pensions — are in grave danger of imploding. Read More Here

(LATimes) – More homeowners are opting for ‘strategic defaults’

Underwater on their mortgages and angry at banks, more borrowers are choosing to hand over the keys, even if they can afford the payments. Read More Here

(GoldEagle) – Through a Looking Glass Darkly

“We are spending more money than we have ever spent before, and it does not work. After eight years, we have just as much unemployment as when we started and an enormous debt to boot.”
-US Treasury Secretary, Henry Morgenthau, May, 1939

I forget who first said it, but it was, “A $ million here a $ million there, pretty soon we are talking about real money.” It took approximately 20 years before it became “A $ billion here a $ billion there…..” and it wasn’t very long before “A $ billion … “became “A $100 billion…” Now, virtually overnight while no one was watching, it’s become “A $ trillion here a $ trillion there…” Are we still talking about real money? And are we still not looking? We are certainly not trying to do anything about it. Read More Here

(NYTimes) – Junk Bond Avalanche Looms for Credit Markets

When the Mayans envisioned the world coming to an end in 2012 — at least in the Hollywood telling — they didn’t count junk bonds among the perils that would lead to worldwide disaster, Nelson D. Schwartz writes in The New York Times. Read More Here

(MSNBC) – Yes, we do still make things in America

U.S. factories keep churning out goods, but jobs disappear by the millions Read More Here

(EconPolicyJournal) – The New U.S. Government Off Balance Sheet Scam

Senator Chris Dodd, who is not seeking re-election, has decided to treat the American people to one more scam, probably because scamming is all he knows how to do Read More Here

(SFGate) – Pink slips sent to thousands of Calif. teachers

California’s budget crisis could cost nearly 22,000 teachers their jobs this year. Read More Here

Sick-care America now needs another $1.9 trillion increase in debt limit just to stay afloat – Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) – The US government is running out of money… again. So Democrats want to increase the debt limit by trillions of dollars… again. The newly requested debt limit increase is a jaw-dropping $1.9 trillion, which would put the total national debt at $14.3 trillion. Continue reading

How Goldman Sachs Made Tens Of Billions Of Dollars From The Economic Collapse Of America In Four Easy Steps

Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs has become perhaps the most prominent symbol for everything that is wrong with the U.S. financial system, but most Americans cannot even begin to explain what they do or how they have made tens of billions of dollars from the economic collapse of America.  The truth is that what Goldman Sachs did was fairly simple, and there may not have even been anything “illegal” about it (although they are now being investigated by the SEC among others). Continue reading

Aussie Senator: U.S. In Similar Economic Position To Germany Before WWII

THE Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce is openly canvassing an economic upheaval that would dwarf the current global financial crisis, triggered by the US defaulting on its sovereign debt within the next few years. Continue reading

Americans threatened with jail time, huge fines for refusing to buy health insurance

(NaturalNews) – There’s a popular video circulating on the ‘net right now about how to escape handcuffs without using a key. Americans are watching the video to bone up on essential skills that will soon be needed for health care reform, it seems, since the new laws that are about to be put in place call for Americans to be arrested and thrown in jail if they refuse to buy health insurance. Continue reading

MSM: Obesity a crushing weight on U.S. health care

(SFGate) – Obesity is the elephant in the room of health care reform, a public health catastrophe that kills more than 100,000 Americans a year, cost the nation $147 billion last year and threatens to shorten U.S. life expectancy for the first time since the Civil War. Continue reading

The Economy is in Deep, Deep Trouble…

Booyah. It’s morning in America. The jobless numbers are stabilizing, the stock market is sizzling, quarterly earnings came in better than expected, traders have turned bullish, housing is showing signs of life, and clunker-swaps have given Detroit a well-needed boost of adrenalin. Even Cassandra economists –like Paul Krugman and Nouriel Roubini–have been uncharacteristically optimistic. Is is true; did we avoid a Second Great Depression? Is the worst really behind us? Continue reading

Fiat Money Created Out of Thin Air: The Bank Bailouts are Unconstitutional

(Bob Chapman) – The starting point for all analysis of the ongoing bailout orgy that is currently being used in crony capitalist fashion to transfer wealth from our middle class to the financial elites and their transnational conglomerates is whether these bailouts are authorized by the US Constitution. The answer is a resounding NO! Continue reading

Should We Tax Sodas and Junk Food to Pay for Health Care?

(NaturalNews) – The debate over health care reform has run smack into a brick wall of economic reality. There’s just not enough money to pay for all the disease in America, it seems, and now lawmakers are desperately searching for new sources that might bridge the financial gaps. Their latest scheme involves taxing sodas with a three-cent tax to raise an extra $24 billion over the next four years. Continue reading

The next major move in the stock market will be DOWN

(Bob Chapman) – Last vestiges of a rally similar to what we saw in 1931 Continue reading

Geithner’s Plan Will Tax Main Street to Make Wall Street Richer

Many financial experts have focused narrowly on the immediacy of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s plan while neglecting to consider certain long-term implications. Continue reading

How the Scam Works: The “Free Market” at Work, Financial Style

Newspaper reports seem surprised at how high banks are bidding for the junk mortgages that Mr. Geithner is now bidding for, having mobilized the FDIC and Fed to transfer yet more public funds to the banks.

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