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Monday, December 12, 2011

Our Students and Professors For Improving Schools in Los Angeles

IMPROVING EDUCATION INITIATIVE


A Project I am working on. I am starting with UCLA. Please feel free to join:


You're invited to an all-member call One year ago we launched a movement with one clear goal: to put the needs of students first.

It has been an extraordinary year full of both unexpected challenges and victories as we set an aggressive policy agenda, battled to change the status quo, and led the effort to reform laws in seven states. And as I reflect on the incredible start to our movement one thing is clear to me: We could not have done any of this without our members.

That's why I want to invite you to join me for a Students First Conference Call on Tuesday, December 17 at 8:00 p.m. EST/ 5:00 p.m. PST on http://www.olgalazin.net We will take an insider's look at the past year and discuss how we will keep fighting to ensure every child will get the education they deserve.


Together we have dispelled the myth that the desire to improve our schools is an issue divided by political party, union affiliation, age, or profession. Our membership comprises Democrats, Republicans, and Independents; union members and corporate executives; middle school students and grandparents, democrats and republicans.

By the end of the month we expect to reach an astonishing one million members. Organized and working together, we can create tremendous change in our schools.

Join us for 15 minutes on Tuesday, December 13 to learn how you can be a part of improving the schools in your community. RSVP to join the call now:

drolgalazin@verizon.net

Thank you for joining us on this important journey. I look forward to speaking with you on the 19th of December, from Budapest, Hungary, via video conference.

Founder,


Dr Olga M Lazin-Andrei
olazin@ucla.edu

With my Class at UCLA:

Friday, December 9, 2011

Here is the best description I have found to date:

WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA? The 1%



Opinion L.A.
Observations and provocations
from The Times' Opinion staff

Here's what’s wrong with the 1% [Most Commented EDITORIAL TODAY, FRIDAY]
December 5, 2011 | 2:26 pm


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Your opinion?


olgalazin@gmail.com


What's so awful about the 1%, asks Bradley Schiller in a Sunday Op-Ed that points out several one-percenters who started out just like us. The professor of economics at the University of Nevada-Reno writes:
The Occupy Wall Street movement envisions the 1% as a monolithic cadre of entrenched billionaires who have a firm and self-serving grip on all the levers of the economy. But a closer look at that elite group reveals how untrue that perspective is.
Forbes magazine compiles a list of the richest 400 Americans every year. To get on that list, you must have at least $1 billion of wealth. They are the creme de la creme of the 1% -- indeed, the top 0.0000013% (!) of Americans. So who are these dastardly people?
The late Steve Jobs was in that elite club this year. In his earlier days, Jobs would have been camped out with the OWS crowd, probably passing around a joint. Should we count him as one of "us" or one of "them"? (And you can't use your iPhone or iPad to vote "them.")
He goes on to list several more success stories including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google developers Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, and Starbucks founder Howard Schultz.

Readers say Schiller is missing the point. While some have left comments saying they're glad to see the 1% reflected in a rare positive light, most have posted rebuttals and arguments. Here's a sampling from our discussion board:

The 1% needs to pay its fair share
The question is not that the 1% are wealthy or how much they have contributed to society. The problem is that the wealthy, through buying politicians, do not pay their fair share to support the very country that provides them with their largess. If the 1% controls 50% of the wealth they should pay 50% of the taxes and they do not. By the way, I don't think that Paris Hilton has done anything to deserve her inherited fortune on which she pays only 15% in taxes.
--IanSync

The Subway founder has enriched our country? Really?
I'd challenge the author's statement that Subway has "enriched the country in significant ways." Google yes, Facebook maybe, but a five-dollar footlong? come on.
--mrscricklesworth

Are we sure we should be grateful for Apple, Facebook and Google?
Apple/Facebook/Google they are all trying to gather and control data and dominate our cyber lives. When we wise up to their idealistic/Utopian dreams of one World Wide Web corporation caring for us all -- it will be too late.

WE don't need mega domination by one corporation or even by 10 corporations -- we need fractured cooperative human scale open source lives.
--stevenla

Another perspective on the 1%
Very easy to write this folksy article with well-known names like Steve Jobs and George Lucas. You're missing the point of the OWS movement. No one is angry at the wealthy, or the banks, or the self-made millionaires, it's the CORRUPTION of such that infuriates, that makes the 99% feel powerless in this America. Our nation and our uber-wealthy now only make money with money. Equity firms, Investment firms, banking firms, etc. These are the powerful that shape our nation now, that fight regulation in their skwed version of "capitalism". They trade and price-fix and speculate on every basic commodity, they acquire and flip companies in the span of days and weeks, laying off hundreds in the process. That's the one percent you need to write about. Steve Jobs, Schultz, Lucas, these guys create jobs and innovations for America. Goldman Sachs, CitiGroup and their ilk, they create wealth, wealth off of us, wealth that is funneled back into itself to create wealth for the wealthy, nothing more.
--draperwriter

We need to stop enabling the rich to get richer
This author takes a narrow perspective. Apple products are made at a plant in China where 435,000 workers make small wages and work long hours. The very well-to-do pay for the campaigns of politicians who put forward legislation that serves the interests of these campaign donors. The playing field has been further tilted toward the wealthy campaign donor by capital gains tax,income tax, and estate tax "reform" that leaves more money in their pockets. "Usury" laws allow banks to charge 16% interest while the Fed loans the banks money at .05%. We must not forget that ZERO jobs were added to the private sector economy during 2000-2008. The playing field needs to be more level. No billionaire makes his fortune solely on his own hook and our society needs to protect workers, families, children and not just pass laws that help the rich get richer. After all if these billionaires created that many jobs we wouldn't have 9% unemployment!
--deecee11

We need to focus on social mobility for all Americans
To say that the 1% is "evil" is to willfully miss the point. OWS is protesting the social, political, and economic policies that have funnelled more wealth to the American "1%" than to the bottom 80% combined. This is a pattern of economic inequality that is more typical of the Third World than the rest of the First World.

The other rich advanced democracies ALL do a far better job of creating societies where wealth is not so completely concentrated among the top 1%, and where the bottom 25% do not live in the kind of precarious misery that America's poor do. America now has the LOWEST social mobility of any First World country; the "American Dream" of being born in a low-income family but working your way to the upper-income class is now far more likely in Denmark than it is in the USA.

So yeah, saying "but the 1% are good people" is just an irrelevant strawman argument.


http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2011/12/heres-whats-wrong-with-the-1-most-commented-.html
--In_Dog_We_Trust

If we US (company owners) paid workers in US workers to make I pads, I Pads would cost $4000.oo each and we could not afford them. Our congress people should not accept bribes and therefore companies would have to pay
higher taxes. If a person worked all his life and was thrifty and accumulated some wealth should
he give it to the lazyman to make it "fair". Sorry folks, we are not Europe yet!!!!!!!!!!!!

*For clarity purposes, spelling errors in the above comments have been corrected.

You will be having fun in the afterlife.

A peek in to the American Culture Series

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The 99% Against Karl Rove

Launching a Campaign to take out Rove:

Why are the 1% funneling big money to Karl Rove's attack ads against Elizabeth Warren? Because she scares them. Listen to her words and just imagine her in the Senate:

For years I worked to expose how Wall Street and the Big Banks are crushing middle class families. It just isn't right. I stood up to the Big Banks and their army of Washington lobbyists. I worked to hold them accountable. I led the fight for a new agency to protect consumers—and we got it. But Washington is still rigged for the big guys, and that's got to change.1

A new poll shows Warren with a clear lead for the first time, but the big threat now is Rove's attacks—in fact Rove just launched a new $524,000 attack ad against Warren this morning.2

We've got to make it a top priority to elect Elizabeth Warren and other candidates like her who will never stop fighting for the 99%. And with the first primaries in these races less than 100 days away, we need to start immediately.

We'll create ads and videos to educate voters about Warren's fiery populism and her opponent's corporate backers, and we'll organize actions to get those themes into the media. We'll send MoveOn members out talking to voters, and we'll bring the same approaches to other key races around the country. But we need to know whether we'll have the resources to pull it off. Please support MoveOn's effort today:

Chip in $5 to MoveOn's big plan to elect Elizabeth Warren and other true progressives.

The rise of the 99% movement—the fight-back in Wisconsin, the Occupations and actions against Wall Street, the campaigns to stop Congress from siding with the 1%—creates an important opportunity to build progressive electoral power. We need to focus on electing champions who'll fight for the 99%, rather than pouring our energy into electing marginal Democrats, so that we build power to take on economic inequality in 2012 and beyond.

We're preparing a massive campaign for 2012 to help elect Elizabeth Warren and identify hundreds of other candidates who will stand up for the 99% and help them win races up and down the ballot. We want to help ten times more candidates than we've helped in previous years. Here's some of what we'll do:

* Prioritize several key races with candidates like Elizabeth Warren, Ilya Sheyman, and Eric Griego, who stand strongly with the 99% movement and will be champions in places like Washington or Sacramento.
* Direct grassroots support for hundreds of candidates who commit to supporting the 99%, including mobilizing MoveOn's 5 million members to call voters, go door-to-door, and more.
* Create a progressive ballot guide that lets local progressives know who should get their vote, from school board to statewide races.


But we can't pull it off without you. We need to take on Wall Street together. Can you chip in $5 to MoveOn today so we can launch this campaign immediately?

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/warren1.html?bg_id=hpc5&id=33653-20689007-Wz52QZx&t=3

Thanks for all you do.
–Adam R., Elena, Milan, Kat, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. ElizabethWarren.com, accessed December 8, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268654&id=33653-20689007-Wz52QZx&t=4

2. "Poll: Elizabeth Warren soars 7 up over Scott Brown," Boston Herald, December 8, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268652&id=33653-20689007-Wz52QZx&t=5

"Crossroads hits vulnerable Dems with $1 million in new ads," The Hill, December 8, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268658&id=33653-20689007-Wz52QZx&t=6
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olazin@ucla.edu

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Robu, Vaida si Balai

Remember Silvia Chis (Rachis?)

Letter to Gazeta de Maramures:

To: ioana@gazetademaramures.ro
From: "Dr. Olga Lazin"
Subject: Sighetu-i oras micut, un oras de frontiera, as adauga la articolul tau
Cc: teremtus@gazetademaramures.ro, geta_dpopescu@yahoo.com, robertmerza@yahoo.com
Bcc: adioros_2005@yahoo.com, annamaria borlean-elek , Antonela Puti , Cristi ALDEA , Daika Attila , Mihai Andrei , Rodika Apan , ona andrei , Liliana Bledea , rodica costin , Dani Murczko , Dani Purcaru , Dani Sergiu , David Florin , Delia Miruna , Gyuri Duma , Veronica Gavris Todinca , Eugen Neagoe , Eugen STOICA , Fetyko Gabor , guepishor@yahoo.com, Levi , Marius Mois , Iustin Manciu , Magda Gulin , marcel florut , Maria Pop , Marioara Pop , Marius Orosanu , Mintau Marcel , Mona Gavrilas , Monica Popescu , N Oszkar , nelu sacalos , Grecu Oana , Petran Florin , g_yeah2000@yahoo.com, horia scubli , Sandy , sima camelia , Sergiu Stan , Teo Ivanciuc , pali, petyz, laci2

Buna ziua, Ioana L. si Nicolae Teremtus--

Ma doare sufletul, dar trebuie ca sa va dau un feedback la articolele voastre publicate recent.
Sighetul reflecta, la scara mai redusa, ceea ce se petrece in Baia-Mare, cum a dezvaluit Nicolae T. in articolul recent din "Gazeta de Maramures"http://www.gazetademaramures.ro/fullnews.php?ID=9761. Este un oras multicultural, marginalizat...ca orice oras de frontiera, unde nu sunt jurnalisti cu pregatire, doar novici care nu stiu sa faca o frantura de investigatie, pentru aflarea adevarului, ci sunt preocupati cum sa "dezinformeze."
Functionari publici sunt alcoolizati...iar oraselul nostru a devenit un refugiu pentru cazuri extreme psihiatrice...cimitirul politicienilor de clasa a doua si a treia.
Juristul primariei este chiar Iacob Balai, un criminal, care a omorat o fata de 17 ani, Silvia Rachis, in 1982. Tot oraseanul cu memorie stie acest fapt (Vaida, Robu si Balai).

Halal jurist! Un avorton de primarie; lucratorii isi bat joc de oameni; oameni care le platesc salariile.

Vatafii pe care i-ai mentionat au nevoie de curtea veche pentru a bea mai mult (in spatiu privat)...ii cunosc, niste mizerabili care maninca literalmente bani contribuabililor; doar buzunarul propriu ii intereseaza...asteapta chilipir de la proprietarul actual. Stilul este tipic; vatafii vor ca acesta sa faca "sluj", ca un caine (actualul proprietar al Curtii Vechi).
Astia iti sunt sighetenii la putere, niste capuse.
Pacat, deoarece oamenii de rand sunt deosebit de ospitalieri, inteligenti si creativi.
Este necesara instituirea unei organizatii de tip "watchdog", care sa insite asupra transparentei in gestionarea bugetului local; si terminarea 'sedintelor' cu usile inchise, a practicilor ilegale de intabulare fortata a cladirilor de catre primarie. Functionarii primariei sa poarte ecusoane, iar numerele de telefon sa fie afisate la intrarea in primarie.

REFERITOR la;
Vatafii din Consiliul Local Sighet

http://www.gazetademaramures.ro/fullnews.php?ID=9758
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

PETITION: Tell Boehner the Payroll Tax Cut is not 'chicken sh--.' SIGN NOW:

The defining issue of our time:




Why, President Obama do you accept money from the 1%; you should indict these criminals, who declared war on working people. YOU SHOULD BE THEM BY THE THROAT. 5000 PEOPLE OCCUPIERS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED, WHY NOT EVEN ONE FROM WALL STREET HAS BEEN PUT IN PRISON FOR CREATING THIS GLOBAL FINANCIAL BREACKDOWN, AND PUT PEOPLE IN THE STREETS BY LOSING THEIR HOMES!
We people cannot get a fair shot, anD these criminals are NOT PLAYING BY THE SAME RULES! CORPORATE AMERICA STARTED THE WAR ON PEOPLE IN THE PAST 8 YEARS OF BUSH-ISM! ALL OTHERS, 99% ARE SERVANTS TO GOLDMAN SACHS AND THE 1%-ERS.

WHY DO I HAVE TO ALWAYS SINGLE-HANDEDLEY HAVE TO RIGHT THE WRONGS, AND ALL THE WORLD PROBLEMS? WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! ALL AMERICANS SUPPORT!
HELP TODAY-- SIGN THIS:

PETITION: Tell Boehner the Payroll Tax Cut is not 'chicken sh--.' SIGN NOW:: PETITION: Tell Boehner the Payroll Tax Cut is not 'chicken sh--.' SIGN NOW: https://www.dccc.org/pages/chicken



Sent to:

mchassman@chassmanseelig.com

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CONTACT ME AT: OLGALAZIN@GMAIL.COM
DROLGALAZIN@VERIZON.NET, lower case.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Victor Roncea Blogspot: CE E BINE SA STITI despre unul dintre patronii SC (societatea civila) ROMANIA SRL: George SOROS si Reteaua sa secreta. The Secret Financial Network

Victor Roncea Blogspot: CE E BINE SA STITI despre unul dintre patronii SC (societatea civila) ROMANIA SRL: Imbecilul de George SOROS si Reteaua sa secreta. The Secret Financial Network

Americanii Nu Stiu Istorie

Nici cata stiau in 1987!

Vai si amar de curul lor! Noroc ca m-am nascut in Romania, unde fiecare minuta era un moment istoric! Toti nemernicii faceau "istorie", huliganii in Decembrie 1989, iliciescu cu frontul scufundarii nationale, ilie nastase cu Tiganiada lui impotriva lui Tokes Laszlo, toti magarii inventau "istorie", de nu se plictisea "poporul" deloc :-)




Don’t Know Much About History… Still!


That headline in yesterdays’s AP story gave me no pleasure. The latest in the perennial drumbeat of bad news about failing American History grades in American schools has just been released. And it is as bad as ever.

We seem to be no better off now than we were back in 1987 when the first major survey was called “What Our 17 Year Olds Know.” (It would have been more appropriately entitled “What they don’t know.”)

So the first simple question is:

Why Are we so Bad at History?

There has been an assumption that we all hate history, probably because all the surveys keep telling us that. But the simple fact is that people really don’t hate history. They just hate the dull, watered-down version they were forced to learn in school. And that is Reason #1 that we don’t know much about History.

Reason #2 is an old problem that has gotten worse. We don’t spend enough time teaching history. That problem has worsened over the past few years, according to history teachers I speak with, because of No Child Left Behind. History teachers often tell me that they are pulled away from their regular curriculum to assist in standardized test preparation in math and reading because judging school performance and funding for schools has been reduced to how well children do on these tests. And yes, far too many teachers have come into the system without sufficient understanding of history and its importance.

Reason #3 is the media –both news and entertainment. There is still tremendous distortion of history in the daily news –some of it deliberate by people with agendas. Then there is the problem of Hollywood History. There are millions of children who think that Pocahontas was a buxom Disney character in a tight, deerskin skirt.

What Can We Do?

The solution to this epidemic of historical ignorance is fairly simple.

•If we think history is so important, spend more time actually teaching it.

•Throw out the textbooks. Okay, maybe not actually. But I don’t know any teachers or students who enjoy textbooks. History is first and foremost STORY. Tell great stories of real people doing real things. We are in a golden age of great historical writers who know how to tell stories. Use them in the classroom. I have seen kids in elementary school who show total curiosity and enthusiasm about history. By high school, that excitement is sucked out of them by rote learning and dishwater dull textbooks.

•Field trips. I know. You shudder at the thought of brown bags and bus rides. But going to the places where history happens makes all the difference in the world. My love of history came from camping trips to places like Gettysburg, Valley Forge and Fort Ticonderoga. And you don’t have to be near Boston, Washington, D.C. or Philadelphia to see history. It is everywhere.

•Stop lying. Museums and historic sites have to tell the truth, not a sanitized, cosmetically perfect version. In Florida, a recreated Spanish village tells visitors that the French were “banished” from Florida by the Spanish in 1565. That’s just not true. They were massacred in a religious bloodbath. Now that is an interesting story. Places like Monticello and Mount Vernon, on the other hand, have come light years from the stodgy museums they once were. They are exciting but more important honest. Both openly deal with the question of slavery in realistic and vivid terms. They don’t try and hide the truth that Jefferson and Washington were slaveholders.

•Use the media. There are some great movies about history, like Glory. Use them to teach. There are many more awful movies about history. We can use them too, by watching and saying “This is not the way it happened.” The real story of Pocahontas is a lot more interesting than the Disney cartoon version. Use that –don’t run away from it.

•Cross-pollinate. By this I mean what the academics like to call “interdisciplinary approach.” Teaching American colonial history? Make sure the English teacher is having the class read The Crucible. Then you can talk about the real Salem Witch Trials –who isn’t interested in witches?– as well as the McCarthy Era which inspired Arthur Miller to write the play.

These are just a few of the lessons I’ve learned about getting people interested in History. So the secret to this success was simple: “If you build it, they will come.” Just tell people about history in a way that is lively, meaningful, fun, relevant and most important, human, and they will listen. Work with curiosity instead of destroying it with myths, lies and tedium. Make it fun. But mostly make it real.

Tagged as: America's Hidden History, american history, American Revolution, America’s Hidden History, don't know much about, Don't Know Much ABout History, dontknowmuch.com, don’t know much about, George Washington, history, Independence, kenneth c. davis, Pilgrims, slavery


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Vote Democrats, Forget republicans

Salut amigas-os__


Saludos --

A veces me pregunto si los precandidatos Republicanos entienden que sus palabras tienen consecuencias.

No sé si se te has enterado, pero últimamente, la competencia entre los Republicanos para ganarse el voto del Tea Party se ha intensificado. Entre ellos, luchan para ver quién puede ser el más extremo en cuanto al tema migratorio.

Simple y sencillamente, los Republicanos nos están usando como parte de su juego político.

Mitt Romney es el que está tomando las posiciones más extremas del grupo. Obligaría a todos los indocumentados a salir de sus casas, de sus comunidades, y del país. En cuanto a la inmigración, Mitt Romney sería el candidato más extremo de nuestra época.

Por su parte, Rick Perry orgullosamente anunció que cuenta con el apoyo del Sheriff Joe Arpaio, famoso por sus políticas anti-inmigrantes en Arizona. Perry proclamó que, si fuera presidente, "ordenaría la detención y deportación de cada inmigrante ilegal que sea capturado." Ese mismo jueves, Newt Gingrich manifestó su apoyo a la nueva ley de Carolina del Sur que permite que la policía le pida papeles a cualquier persona que sea detenida, aunque sea por una violación de tráfico.

Con las elecciones de Iowa a menos de un mes, los precandidatos Republicanos están desesperados por recibir el apoyo del Tea Party -- y cada día queda más claro que están dispuestos a demonizarnos para recibir su apoyo.

¡Ya basta con la retórica peligrosa de los republicanos! Acompáñame en mandarles un mensaje claro. Sus palabras tienen consecuencias no sólo para la comunidad hispana, sino para todo el país. Ya no estamos dispuestos a que nos traten de dividir.

Entre los 11 millones de indocumentados que el Partido Republicano quiere expulsar del país, hay abuelitos, madres, y padres de familia que han vivido en nuestro país por décadas, contribuyendo a nuestras comunidades, pagando impuestos, y arriesgando sus vidas para defendernos en las fuerzas armadas.

Capturar y deportar a todos los inmigrantes, sin considerar sus historias ni las contribuciones que hacen a nuestro país, destruiría a nuestras comunidades.

Ese no es el país en el cual tú y yo creemos. Nosotros creemos que, en vez de dividir al país y a nuestras comunidades, juntos somos más fuertes.

El Presidente Obama apoya una reforma migratoria integral basada en el respeto de las leyes del país y en el reconocimiento de que somos un país de inmigrantes.

El Presidente Obama apoya la Ley DREAM porque aquellos jóvenes que fueron traídos al país como niños deben de tener la oportunidad de estudiar, defender a nuestra nación, y permanecer en el único hogar que conocen. De hecho, bajo las órdenes del presidente, el Departamento de Seguridad Interna ahora se está enfocando en deportar a criminales y no a DREAMers y familiares de veteranos o miembros activos de las fuerzas armadas.

En esta elección, la opción será clara. Tenemos que alzar la voz y decirles a los Republicanos que ya no nos usen como parte de su juego político para ganar el apoyo del Tea Party.

Alza tu voz y únete a la lucha:

http://my.barackobama.com/Ya-Basta

Gracias,
Olga

Friday, December 2, 2011

Today's Challenge & Education in California

Put children first:



Your challenge today, Saturday, December 2nd:



The Economist-InnoCentive Transparency Challenge



Recent world events have shown how social networking platforms (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) can help citizens coordinate large-scale action and facilitate the spread of democracy. But what is the next step? Identify an emerging technology or global information platform, and describe how it can be used to motivate transparency in governments.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Challenge 9932802
Deadline: January 10, 2012
Reward: See Details

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Mechanism to Transmit Information Through a Rugged Environmental Barrier

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Propose a mechanism for transferring a stream of information from a data source, through a column of fluid in a pipe, to a receiver that is 1,000 to 25,000 feet away. Wireless data transmission that makes novel use of physical phenomena as the information carrier is of special interest.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Challenge 9932936
Deadline: January 30, 2012
Reward: $24,000
Referral Award: $2,400

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Seeking (Hetero)aromatic Sulfoximides

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Material supply of non-commercial compounds matching the shown core structure is desired. The Seeker intends to award multiple Solvers for each of their qualifying submissions.

Building Block Challenge: In order to submit to this Challenge, you must allow the Seeker to view the structure of your compound in the Structure Selection stage of the Challenge.

Intellectual Property: In return for the Initial Transfer Fee of $250 per compound, you are expected to grant the Seeker only a non-exclusive license to test your compound(s) in their in-house assays and/or use the compound(s) to prepare other compounds for in-house testing.
Challenge 9932979
Deadline: January 26, 2012
Reward: Varies
Referral Award: Varies

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Solid-Phase Detection of Bacteria & Viruses

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A technology that enables detection of biological materials such as bacteria and viruses is required. The technology must be amenable for integration into solid-phase consumer products that are used by non-specialists.
Challenge 9932630
Deadline: January 29, 2012
Reward: $30,000
Referral Award: $3,000

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Isolating Active Human Endogenous Interleukin-25

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The Seeker requires paper submissions describing protocols, methods and technologies for the endogenous expression and detection of extracellular, biologically active human interleukin 25 gene product.

The Seeker wishes to engage with a small number of winning Solvers who are willing to implement and validate their proposed solution. It is intended that this implementation will be part of an 'invitation only' Challenge for a high-value award.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Challenge 9932934
Deadline: December 29, 2011
Reward: $15,000
Referral Award: $1,500

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InnoCentive 2012 Video Challenge: Unlikely Innovation

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This is the fifth annual InnoCentive video Challenge with the goal of getting to know our Solvers and discovering their passions. This Challenge is open to everyone, with prizes in three categories: open, US colleges, and international colleges. InnoCentive will choose the winners based on what it feels are the best submissions matching this year's theme. Winning videos may be used in future marketing campaigns, and the winning Solvers may be asked to participate in promotions on behalf of InnoCentive. The winning college Solvers will also be required to show proof of enrollment in the form of a letter from the registrar, as well as a school ID stating that the Solvers are full time students at the time of the Challenge deadline.
Challenge 9932966
Deadline: December 30, 2011
Reward: $5,000
Referral Award: $500

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Chordoma Cancer Cell Lines Needed to Save Lives!

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The Chordoma Foundation requests cell lines or animal models that can be used for research into chordoma - a slow growing bone cancer that is often resistant to radio- and chemotherapies.

This Challenge has now been opened to include animal models and the deadline has been changed to a 3 month rolling deadline. This innoCentivee Challenge will close once the Seeker has 3 submissions to evaluate, but the Chordoma Foundation will continue to incentivize research into Chordoma and potential therapies.
Challenge 9451318
Deadline: December 31, 2011
Reward: $10,000
Referral Award: $1,000

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Seeking Inhibitors of Ketoacyl Reductase (EC 1.1.1.100)

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Material supply of compounds which are inhibitors of ketoacyl reductase (EC 1.1.1.100) is desired. Potential structures which meet this requirement, as well as additional information about this enzyme, are provided in the Detailed Description of this Challenge. The Seeker intends to award multiple Solvers for each of their qualifying submissions.

Intellectual Property: In return for the Initial Transfer Fee of $300 per compound, you are expected to grant the Seeker only a non-exclusive license to test your compound(s) in their in-house assays and/or use the compound(s) to prepare other compounds for in-house testing.
Challenge 9932865
Deadline: January 17, 2012
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Cleveland Clinic: Build an Efficient Pipeline to Find the Most Powerful Predictors

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Given genetic variables (expression levels for ~7400 genes) and outcome data, deliver an efficient computer program that selects the most powerfully predictive variables, then uses these to accurately predict outcomes. Acceptable solutions must be implemented as an R package, with source code delivered to the Seeker.
Challenge 9932794
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Occupy Los Angeles City Hall

City Proposes Office Space For $1 A Year, Farmland and Housing In Exchange For Clearing City Hall Lawn (VIDEO)
The city is offering Occupy LA protestors 10,000 square feet of office space for just $1 a year, farmland and housing for the homeless--in exchange for the occupiers leaving City Hall.

As you have leaned, mayor Villaraigosa tried to close down the encampment in front of City Hall. Well, my friends at Occupy LA have won, encampments stay at City Hall!
You cannot "evacuate" an idea, or bribe the Occupiers!Every night they have an assembly meeting.



Brava!
Occupy LA Deadline Passes, Protesters Remain At City Hall Encampment





From the Huffington Post today:

" LOS ANGELES — Wall Street protesters declared a minor victory Monday when they defied a midnight deadline to leave their tent city encampment around City Hall and police withdrew after surrounding the camp for six hours without moving in.
Four people were arrested as police cleared downtown streets to make way for morning rush hour traffic, but police said the event was largely peaceful.
Police Chief Charlie Beck said it remains unclear when the nearly two-month-old Occupy LA camp would be cleared. About half of the 485 tents had been taken down as of Sunday night, leaving patches of the 1.7-acre park around City Hall barren of grass and strewn with garbage.
"There is no concrete deadline," Beck told reporters Monday morning after hundreds of officers withdrew without moving in on the camp. The chief said he wanted to make sure the removal will be done when it was safe for protesters and officers and "with as little drama as possible."
Protesters chanted "we won, we won" as riot-clad officers left the scene.
"I'm pretty much speechless," said Clark Davis, media coordinator for Occupy LA.
Police turned back after hundreds of Occupy LA supporters showed up at the camp Sunday night as the midnight deadline for evacuation neared.
As the night drew on, many demonstrators left.
Protester Julie Levine said she was surprised that police did not move in as the numbers dwindled. "We were fearful," she said. "But we held our numbers and police were on their best behavior."

A celebratory atmosphere filled the night with protesters milling about the park and streets by City Hall in seeming good spirits. A group on bicycles circled the block, one of them in a cow suit. Organizers led chants with a bull horn.
A police tactical alert was called that kept officers on overtime. Officers reopened the streets at around 6:30 a.m.

"Let's go get breakfast," said Commander Andrew Smith as he removed his helmet.
The protest was largely peaceful but there were some skirmishes. Four people were arrested for failure to disperse and a few protesters tossed bamboo sticks and water bottles at officers, Smith said.
No injuries were reported.
A hearing in U.S. District Court is scheduled for later Monday morning on a petition for an injunction to prevent the camp closure.
Both the mayor and Beck said Monday morning that there was no firm deadline to remove the protesters.

"We want to make sure that everybody knows the park is closed and there are services available, that there are alternative ways to protest," Villaraigosa said in an interview with MSNBC. "By the way, we will be opening up the steps of City Hall for protests, they just can't camp out."
Villaraigosa, a former labor organizer himself, earlier said he sympathizes with the movement but felt it was time it moved beyond holding on to "a particular patch of park" and that public health and safety could not be sustained for a long period.

The Los Angeles showdown follows police actions in other cities – sometimes involving the use of pepper spray and tear gas – that resulted in the removal of long-situated demonstration sites. Some of those encampments had been in use almost since the movement against economic disparity and perceived corporate greed began with Occupy Wall Street in Manhattan two months ago.
Elsewhere, a deadline set by the city for Occupy Philadelphia to leave the site where it has camped for nearly two months passed Sunday without any arrests.
The scene outside Philadelphia's City Hall was quiet most of Sunday and by early Monday the numbers of protesters – and police officers – had decreased.
Philadelphia's protesters have managed to avoid aggressive confrontations so far. By early Monday there was still hope the City of Brotherly Love would continue to be largely violence-free.
But eight people were arrested in Maine Sunday after protesters in the Occupy Augusta encampment in Capitol Park took down their tents and packed their camping gear after being told to get a permit or move their shelters.
In Los Angeles, some campers packed up their tents and belongings to avoid police trouble, but said they intended to return without them in support of their fellow protesters."

Interviews by Cristina Hoag.
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Very Inspiring!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

December 10 OWS Meeting Across the U.S. of A

Public insight Network

Olga Lazin-Andrei (olazin@ucla.edu) invites you to share your insight:

Share your insight now»

As Occupy Wall Street enters a second month, more people are joining in to support the cause. Recently, union members have been speaking out to support the efforts of OWS but what's next? Do you support Occupy Wall Street? Why? Are you interested in the issues it raises? Which ones? Marketplace wants to know if you're a union member, what do you think about Occupy Wall Street.


Especially in Los Angeles, and Denver the powers that be are under investigation.

More Occupiers are seeking Nonprofit status would provide more financial oversight and perhaps spur people to donate to an official documented organization, according to Denver's Westword.com.

The treasury committee is looking to start a co-op and/or a 501(c)(3), and they're going to do things to make sure that we are self-sufficient and sustainable regarding all of our donations

This system is absolutely flawed. Californian Senators should start putting money back into education, and hire unemployed teachers. We have to stop politicizing education.
Schwarzenegger has bankrupted California and its educational system.
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drolgalazin@verzon.net

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Occupy Cal State Protest

Thousands, As Two Years Of Occupation Come Home: Berkeley

Watch, Shame on police:



Facing some of the steepest budget cuts and tuition hikes in the country, thousands college students across California staged a mass walkout on Wednesday and set up camp to form the latest Occupy site. But unlike many others around the country, who have only started to get involved in the protests, California students are continuing a movement they've been pursuing for two years.
When activists at UC-Berkeley staged a walkout on Wednesday morning and marched to Sproul Hall, the site they plan to use for their official "Occupy Cal" protest, UC-Berkeley officials threatened to evict demonstrators. Police descended on the encampment at 3 p.m. Arrests and clashes with officers wielding batons began within an hour. Video of the incident shows police striking unarmed students repeatedly.
In all, at least 39 protesters were arrested on Wednesday at the Berkeley campus, the epicenter of the statewide college protests. Another 11 students were arrested at UCLA. Both sites saw more than 1,000 students demonstrate.
Morgan Marquis-Boire, who has protested with Occupy San Francisco since Sept. 17 and joined the Day of Action at Berkeley, said he felt like the students were genuinely shocked by how quickly police resorted to force.
"I think that both University leadership and local council were very keen to try to prevent any occupations," Marquis-Boire told HuffPost. "That's why they went to the force so quickly, to dissuade people from setting up tents."
California-based professors and lecturers -- who are angry that they saw a 10 percent pay cut, budget cuts and and firings during the past 5 years, while university presidents earned $100,000 raises -- joined students in Wednesday's walkout. At least one professor was arrested.
The Nov. 9 walkout and launch of Occupy Cal continues two years of protest over budget cuts, firing of lecturers, and tuition hikes. Although they are now joining the larger Occupy Wall Street movement, using its tactics of encampments, the "people's microphone" and the like, students activists started "occupying" campus buildings at the University of California in 2009. At least 250 students have been arrested since then.
San Francisco , Video , Day Of Action , Nov. 9 , Police Violence , UC Berkeley , University Of California , Berkeley , Clash With Police , College Student Walk Out , Occupy , Occupy Cal , Occupy La , Occupy Sf , Occupy Wall Street , Protests , San Francisco News, UCLA

The discontent stretches across both the University of California system and the California State University system, with students planning campus walkouts in conjunction with nearby occupations like Occupy Oakland, Occupy LA, and Occupy SF. Students at California public universities could see their tuition and fees increase by 81 percent over the next four years, bringing in-state tuition to over $22,000 a year. California State University students saw tuition increases imposed just a few weeks before classes began this semester, and after federal financial aid was settled.
University of California student President Vishalli Loomba told HuffPost that having seen the cuts to education over the past few years, she feels the state has stopped making it a priority.
"The sentiment among students has been one of frustration and confusion as to how our elected officials can be doing our state such an injustice," Loomba said. "Investing in the public higher education system of this state is investing in the future of this state, and I don't think anyone can argue with that."
Rather than resenting the recent occupations on the east coast and in the rest of the country, those active in the west coast protests told HuffPost it legitimizes what they've been doing.
"At a time when it seemed like there was very little push-back, that general belief that everyone has to kind of hang on to their own little boat through the economic crisis, all of a sudden there's a movement," Wendy Brown, a UC Berkeley professor, said.
On Nov. 20, 2009, Amanda Armstrong, a graduate student at UC Berekley, was detained by police when she and 40 other students occupied Wheeler Hall at UC Berkeley, demanding that 38 dismissed janitors be rehired. During that confrontation, cops clashed with protesters, and Berkeley professor Ananya Roy frantically served as an intermediary.
At the time, demonstrators were physically preventing classes, Armstrong said. Unlike the occupations occurring now, previous efforts focused on locking and barricading campus buildings. But other than a week-long encampment around a hunger strike, Armstrong told HuffPost, they never held occupations out in the open as they are now doing across the country.
"Back in 2009, around here the slogan 'Occupy Everything' was kind of circulating," Armstrong said. "At the time, it was seen as controversial."
During one incident in March of 2010, 150 protesters were arrested for trying to occupy part of Interstate 80 in protest of the budget cuts and tuition hikes, displaying a banner that read "Occupy everything," while shutting down the roadway for an hour.
In a recent email to the UC community, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and some Vice Chancellors pre-emptively banned encampments from campuses. "In these challenging times, we simply cannot afford to spend our precious resources and, in particular, student tuition on costly and avoidable expenses associated with violence or vandalism," the email read.
For that reason, students involved told HuffPost that they kept the location of their intended occupation under wraps. The Sproul Plaza area, which is open 24 hours a day, does not allow tents, but protesters decided to violate those rules.
Wednesday's day of action garnered significant support from within the community, including nods from state legislators and labor unions. Local Occupy encampments joined students in the walkout. Loomba and External Affairs Vice President Joey Freeman of Associated Students of UC endorsed the walkout in an editorial.
For some in the community, it's a cultural shift they're fighting against. Brown said the California Master Plan, the state's mission statement for public education, "guaranteed a college education to any student who wanted it for free for half a century, and that's over. But we're not giving it up entirely without a fight."
Sean Semans, a senior at San Francisco State University who is involved with the protests, said he knows many students worry about being kicked out of school or being physically hurt through their participation in demonstrations, especially if past protests are any indication of future levels of violence.
"It's been a broken system for years," Semans said, "and the response has been to silence the people who want to try to voice their opinion about the system."
California students naturally latched onto the Occupy Wall Street movement, they told HuffPost, because several of members of the UC Board of Regents also serve on the boards of major banks, and have had golden parachutes for decades now. They do not care about education, but only wealth accumulation!
"Our movement is not looked upon fondly by the Regents of the University of California, or the [University's] president," Brown explained. "We're fighting for the University, and we're being opposed most strenuously by the president of the University."
Loomba said it's critical that the students not stop after Wednesday's Day of Action.
"We as students have the power to change the conversation in Sacramento and make sure that we are holding our elected officials accountable," Loomba said.
Occupy Cal students now plan to strike with demonstrators across the UC system on Tuesday.
The Regents for the University of California plan to meet again on Nov. 16. The student governments are organizing buses to transport students to attend the meeting.
"Realistically we have enough people that we can prevent the Board of Regents from meeting," Semans told HuffPost. "I'm confident this time around that this is going to be a rude awakening."

WATCH Footage Of Police Clashing With Protesters At UC Berkele
y:


Peaceful Protest.
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olazin@ucla.edu

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

UC DAVIS CAMPUS -- POLICE ATTACK PEACEFUL PROTESTERS

Civic society gets "spray-ed" at U.C. Davis:



Absolutely outrageous, if you are following the Huffington Post article
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/19/uc-davis-police-pepper-spray-students_n_1102728.html
(with its full video record)
you realize it is overfull of detail about police attacking sitting students in a protest at UC DAVIS.
Here I enclose an update from the article in the LA Times.

But the most important analysis of Occupy America, which
puts the UC Davis matter into the larger context, is that of

Pilar Marrero
http://www.impre.com/laopinion/noticias/primera-pagina/2011/11/22/crece-indignacion-por-uso-de-f-283515-1.html

which should be merged with some of the Huffington
Post article and its videos as well as with the LA Time
Article attached.

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UC Davis Campus-- police attack peaceful protesters, reigniting
Occupy America Movement

The videos enclosed in the following article in the
Huffington Post have gone viral and
the after the Presidente General of University of California
and nine of the ten campus presidents criticized their colleague,
the president at UC Davis, the tenth president
she finally apologized, attempting overcome her spiteful
first remarks justifying the police action. In the meantime,
main-stream Americans
began to understand that Occupy American faces police who
use their own “violence” in the form of pepper spray to attack
peaceful protesters and the
Movement has gained new vigor.

More than 60,000 persons have demanded that the president of
UC Davis Campus resign and the police chief and officers be
charged with having committed a crime. Earlier court decisions have
ruled that the use of pepper spray agst seated, peaceful protesters violates
Constittion rights to free speech and the right to non-violent protest,
Opening UC to expensive lawsuits against
UC Davis.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/19/uc-davis-police-pepper-spray-students_n_1102728.html

What was impressive is that the students took them on and didn't back down. Another Tony Baloney show, Pike took a non-violen t protest and almost created a police instigated disaster. Luckily for the police the protesters were not prodded into violence.


The following account draws upon new articles by the Huffington Post
(with his full video record),

B.
Los Angeles Times, and La Opinión (with overview of Occupy America).

Occupy LA Updates:

Occupy LA's Press Relations & Media Relations Committee released this statement today:

We appreciate the city's generosity and desire to work with us and the General Assembly of the OccupyLA movement. The General Assembly, as sole decision making body for Occupy LA, will hold a special session tonight to discuss the details of this draft proposal. At this point, it is not clear how many Occupiers are for or against the offer. "

The city is trying to bribe the Occupiers, by offering them "offices", hahahahaha!
But occupiers cannot be bought! At least we hope so! Keep up the good work, occupiers!


More LINKS: Occupy LA Office: City Proposes Office Space For $1 A Year, Farmland and Housing In Exchange For Clearing City Hall Lawn (VIDEO) see video on LATimes webpage, november 22,2011.


Video , Occupy LA Offer , City Of La Makes Offer To Occupy La , City Pays Occupy La Farmland And Housing , Ending Of Occupy La? , La Offer Office Space Farmland , La Offer Office For $1 A Year , Occupy La City Deal , Occupy La Clear Encampment , Occupy Los Angeles , Los Angeles News



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Dr Olga Lazin e-mail; olazin@ucla.edu

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

INVITATION TO DINNER

INVITATION TO DINNER:


Olga --

A few Thursdays ago, I had dinner with four Americans named Ken, Casey, Juanita, and Wendi -- the winners of the campaign's first Dinner with Barack contest.

I loved getting to know each of them.

We're taking names for the next dinner starting now, and this time I want to add a new feature: If you win, you can bring a guest.

Chip in $3 or more today to be automatically entered to win a spot for you and a guest at the next dinner.

The folks who this election is all about tend to fall under the radar of the D.C. pundits and traditional news media.

They're people like Juanita, who helped put her three sons through college on a teacher's salary while saving what she could for retirement.

Like Ken, a single dad who stood by his mother as she fought insurance companies while battling two forms of cancer.

They're like Casey, whose three young kids may not yet appreciate what courage it took for their dad to take a chance and start his own business.

And Wendi, an artist and third-generation teacher who canvassed, marched, and phone banked in Indiana in 2008, the year her home state defied the traditional electoral map.

These people weren't just there for themselves -- they were representing you, this movement, and the folks I go to work for every day as president.

These dinners are important to me because I want to spend time whenever I can with the people who sent me here. They're proving wrong the conventional wisdom that says campaigns should cater to Washington lobbyists and powerful interests. And they're an important reminder that this movement -- and my presidency -- have never just been about me.

I'm proud that we're choosing to run the kind of campaign where a dinner like this isn't just possible, it's a regular thing. And next time, I don't just want to meet you -- I want to meet someone else in your life.

Donate $3 or more, and start thinking about who you'll invite to dinner:

https://donate.barackobama.com/Dinner

Thanks for being part of this,

Barack

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YOU BET I'LL GO!

DR Olga Lazin

Copyright Olga Lazin, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I Love to Occupy. Period

Hi gens and girls--

Just Occupy everything you can:

Visit:


http://occupylosangeles.org/
/Users/olga/Desktop/Occupy UCLA JPEG.jpg

AND:

http://occupylosangeles.org/?q=node/2057






D. Olga Lazin-Andrei, UCLA Professor

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Jo eszakat!
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2011 22:35:12 -0800 (PST)
From: James McCarthy
To: Dr. Olga Lazin

Hi Olga, how are you? I've been quite busy and have not been able to keep up with Hungarian, but I might start again. Meantime, I still have the book you gave me, do you need it back or can I keep it for a while longer?
Hope all is well at UCLA, and occupied :-)!


Mike McCarthy

Thursday, November 17, 2011

OCCUPY WALL STREET IN LOS ANGELES


Occupy Wall Street has been on my mind for a few months now.THIS MOVEMENT IS ABOUT OUR FUTURE, and it is here to stay until we get rid of politicians subservient to Wall Street.

Here is a picture from Los Angeles, downtown, today November 17, 2011:


http://karakullake.blogspot.com/2011/11/lapd-occupy-la.html

B. For my new friend Jeff:


How are you doing? Are you happy with how things are going for
you? Do you feel safe and protected...all the time?

Do you see doors opening for you without effort? Is the Universe
providing the means for you to have the things you want in life?
Do you feel like the Goodness of Creation is guiding your way?

I hope so. If not, you may want to seriously consider taking this
course.



C. TEREN DE CASA:


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Teren pentru casa de vacanta, la mare
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 09:03:25 +0200
From: Gheorghiu Gabriel
To: olazin@ucla.edu


Ce faci cu 2 euro pe zi ?....................... sau, iti iei un loc pentru casa de vacanta in Corbu, situat la 10 km de statiunea Mamaia, avand o plaja de 300-600m latime, fauna piscicola marina deosebita si apa limpede. Pe langa mare, Corbu este inconjurat de Delta Dunarii si lacuri.

Astfel cu 50 de euro pe luna iti iei un lot de 500 m2 plus aleee de servitute gratuita.

Va informam ca loturile prezentate de noi, au cadastru, intabulare, carte funciara si aprobare de trecere in intravilan.

Pentru mai multe detalii, va rugam vizitatii siteul nostru Black Sea Residence ,care include :

* Oferte de pret
* Planuri zonale si loturi libere
* Documentatie privind
o Certificat de Urbanism
o Hotărâre privind PUZ
o Studiul Geotechnic
o Antecontract de VÂNZARE CUMPĂRARE
o Contract de VÂNZARE-CUMPĂRARE

pentru vizionarea terenurilor, va stau oricand la dispozitie.

Cu respect,
Gheorghiu Gabriel
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telefon: 0724.244077
email: gheorghiu.gabriel@black-sea-residence.com
site: http://www.black-sea-residence.com

D. BOOK TO READ IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

Susan Orlean discusses her new book "Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Lengend" about one of the country’s first celebrity dogs.
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OLAZIN@UCLA.EDU
OLGALAZIN@GMAIL.COM

OCCUPY WALL STREET IN CALIFORNIA

Occupy Wall Street has been on my mind for a few months now. Here is a picture from Los Angeles, downtown, today November 17, 2011: http://karakullake.blogspot.com/2011/11/lapd-occupy-la.html B. For my new friend Jeff: How are you doing? Are you happy with how things are going for you? Do you feel safe and protected...all the time? Do you see doors opening for you without effort? Is the Universe providing the means for you to have the things you want in life? Do you feel like the Goodness of Creation is guiding your way? I hope so. If not, you may want to seriously consider taking this course. C. TEREN DE CASA: -------- Original Message -------- Subject: Teren pentru casa de vacanta, la mare Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 09:03:25 +0200 From: Gheorghiu Gabriel To: olazin@ucla.edu Ce faci cu 2 euro pe zi ?....................... sau, iti iei un loc pentru casa de vacanta in Corbu, situat la 10 km de statiunea Mamaia, avand o plaja de 300-600m latime, fauna piscicola marina deosebita si apa limpede. Pe langa mare, Corbu este inconjurat de Delta Dunarii si lacuri. Astfel cu 50 de euro pe luna iti iei un lot de 500 m2 plus aleee de servitute gratuita. Va informam ca loturile prezentate de noi, au cadastru, intabulare, carte funciara si aprobare de trecere in intravilan. Pentru mai multe detalii, va rugam vizitatii siteul nostru Black Sea Residence ,care include : * Oferte de pret * Planuri zonale si loturi libere * Documentatie privind o Certificat de Urbanism o Hotărâre privind PUZ o Studiul Geotechnic o Antecontract de VÂNZARE CUMPĂRARE o Contract de VÂNZARE-CUMPĂRARE pentru vizionarea terenurilor, va stau oricand la dispozitie. Cu respect, Gheorghiu Gabriel _____________________________________ telefon: 0724.244077 email: gheorghiu.gabriel@black-sea-residence.com site: http://www.black-sea-residence.com D. BOOK TO READ IN THE NEAR FUTURE: Susan Orlean discusses her new book "Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Lengend" about one of the country’s first celebrity dogs. ---------------------- OLAZIN@UCLA.EDU OLGALAZIN@GMAIL.COM

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Ayahuasca Experience

Shamans in Peru. Watch this one, starting Piers Gibbon's vomiting career, purging: Some nudity involved :-)
Or how to go native: resident anthropologist






Study:

salvia divinorum, Alan Scumaker, in EQUITO.


JUNGLE TRIP: AYAHUASCA 2 OF 3 16:27 - 4 years ago dailymotion.com
JUNGLE TRIP: AYAHUASCA 1 OF 3 16:29 - 4 years ago dailymotion.com
JUNGLE TRIP: AYAHUASCA 1 OF 3 16:29 - 1 month ago dailymotion.com
JUNGLE TRIP: AYAHUASCA 3 OF 3


link: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3887330534813813733&hl=en


MORE AT:

Shamanism - Other Worlds - Ayahuasca Doc... 1:13:39 - 2 years ago video.google.com
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olgalazin@gmail.com

DrOlgaLazin: THE CUPPING EXPERIENCE IN CHINA, AND PLANT REMEDIES IN PERU

Th enema room:


DrOlgaLazin: THE CUPPING EXPERIENCE IN CHINA, AND PLANT REMEDIES IN PERU

THE CUPPING EXPERIENCE IN CHINA, AND PLANT REMEDIES IN PERU

VERY HELPFUL; I ALSO SWARE BY ACUPUNCTURE AND CUPPING:

WATCH this one, will help your kidneys, and other ailments:


B. PLANT REMEDIES IN PERU, PIERS GIBBONS SAYS:
"

The villagers of Cashibo, Peru greet their new guests with a 'welcome dance'.

By Piers Gibbon
" This was my second filming expedition to Peru, so I had the luxury of knowing a little bit about what to expect. My two intrepid volunteers were Mark and Judith and they had no idea what they had let themselves in for - fish guts, caimans, stinging nettles and insects. Lots and lots of insects, most of which seemed to want to bite Judith or at least get up her nose. These insects can carry malaria and other deadly diseases so it's no joke.

The fun started with a long canoe journey up the Ucayali river and then into one of its tributaries. The river was higher than it had been for many years so it was harder going than any of us expected. There was a young boy sitting in the prow and he had two jobs - directing the boat and throwing stones at the birds - for fun.

There was a spectacular welcome to the village when we finally arrived - traditional rhythmic Shipibo dancing and singing. It was also my first glimpse of the traditional patterns on their clothing - these would come back to me in visions late one night under the influence of the hallucinogen ayahuasca.

Ayahuasca turned out to be a key to unlock the secrets of Shipibo medicine. Jorge and Luzmilla were our two shamans - they use ayahuasca as a diagnostic tool and they also say it somehow tells them which remedies to use with which patients.
They are highly respected for their skills in diagnosis and then using these various plants (and animal products) to heal their patients. People travel from miles around to come and see them - after just a few days with them we could see why.

In order to "see" us clearly in the ayahuasca ceremony Jorge and Luzmilla wanted us to first vomit and then get cleansed in a flower bath. Judith was happy to join in with the flower bath but less keen on the vomiting. That became a bit of a pattern - Michael was up for anything and everything whilst Judith was much more cautious.

We came face to face with the source of many of the Shipibo remedies on a jungle trek. But to get to the primary untouched rainforest we had to walk through some tough terrain that was basically the village's agricultural area. They had to cut down the trees to cultivate their crops (and to use as firewood) and as a result there was no shelter from the sun. It was shatteringly hot and we had to make sure we had enough water. Judith found it too tough and she turned back even before we had left the village boundaries.

But the rewards for hanging on were great - not only on this trek but also through the whole Peru experience. For me personally the absolute highlight was an experience with the hallucinogenic ayahuasca brew. I have drunk it before and suffered fear, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea but this night with Jorge and Luzmilla was wonderful - peaceful, healing and insightful. I'm not sure if I was able to convey what I learned under its influence but I do remember stumbling into the camera crews hut in the early hours of the morning - I really needed a camera to talk to - I had learned secrets and I might forget them by the morning."

B. IN CAMEROON; quoting Piers Gibbons:

Why did you stay in Yaoundé and what was it like?

We stayed in an apartment in Yaoundé in order to check out the amazing range of treatments available from traditional healers there. It is a big bustling noisy African city and the treatments were extraordinary.

What was the worst/most challenging thing that you had to do in Yaoundé?

There were a lot of animal sacrifices done on our behalf - that is difficult to watch if you can't see the medical reason for it.

What was the most enjoyable part of the trip for you?

Getting out into the jungle with the Bagyeli people - it is amazing to see the range of plants they use for medicine.

What treatment and result surprised you most in Cameroon? 

There was one treatment with snake oil and a so far unidentified herb, and our contributor reported that he could actually feel the effects penetrating his skin.

Are you now a convert/believer in African Traditional Medicine?

I am very impressed by the plant knowledge and I'd love to do more research on some of the plants.

What were your thoughts when you first entered the Bagyeli village and witnessed the tribal dances?

It was an amazing glimpse into the culture of the Bagyeli - sadly they are being gradually forced out of their rainforest home by logging.

How frustrating was it that so much of the medicinal ingredients were kept secret from you in Cameroon?

I can totally understand that the healers are wary of sharing their ancient knowledge - some people have taken this knowledge and used it, and it is unclear whether the healers ever get to share the revenue generated.

How difficult was it to witness so much animal death as part of the treatments?

This was difficult - I personally do not really believe that animal sacrifice is likely to help a medical problem so it felt unfair on the animals.

What did the chicken heart taste like?

I swallowed it whole - no chewing - so all I got was a faint taste of blood and fat.

What did it feel like to be covered in goat blood?

It didn't feel too bad but the smell, and the insects, were not pleasant.

Would you like to go back to Cameroon?

I'd like to do more research - with the healer's permission - on the plants that are used in the remedies. So yes, please, I'd like to go back!"
QUOTED FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, COPYRIGHT 2011.

UNFORTUNATELLY, HE WAS ARRESTED in Cameroon.






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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Snake Blood Remedy Facts - Expedition Week - National Geographic Channel

Snake Blood Remedy Facts - Expedition Week - National Geographic Channel


I really like this guy PIERS Gibbons: he would eat or drink anything that would evoke a placebo effect. Just watch him:


http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/expedition-week/facts-snake-blood-remedy/



Part TWO:

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/expedition-week/tongue-acupuncture-witch-dr-blog/

CHINA- Rapture Barba (back problems), scares Jake Ray (no smell sense) with one of Miss Chow's many snakes.



The first thing that struck me when we got into our tiny apartment in Hong Kong was that I had totally under packed. I had no warm jacket and this place was really cold (it took me ten days to think about buying an extra blanket). We had one "touristy" outing to the highest point in Hong Kong, and it was a tough job for all three of us having a relaxed chat whilst shivering in the howling wind. 

But we soon got into the rhythm of trying some out as many of the amazing range of Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments as we could fit in. It meant getting to grips with a whole new way of looking at health and food and medicine. We needed to learn about meridians, qi (pronounced "chee"), cupping and scraping. And we needed to get used to quite high levels of pain!

Although I tried most of the remedies myself I decided not to drink a cup of herbal medicine that just smelled wrong to me. My colleague vomited his up later, so maybe I made the right decision. But anyway Iím pretty healthy and what we really wanted to find out was whether these treatments worked on our two intrepid volunteers - Jake and Rapture. They both endured some cupping - this involves having a glass vessel placed on your skin. Except before that happens the practitioner creates a vacuum (using a flame) and so when it is placed on the skin there is a sudden and dramatic sucking up of flesh into the glass. Jake said it felt like being bitten gently by several dogs. And it really hurts when the dogs are eventually pulled off. There was even more pain later with Dr. Fung and his hitting stick, extreme scraping therapy and most of all an excruciating bone setting session. I was extremely grateful for the hardiness of Jake and Rapture.

No encounter with Traditional Chinese Medicine would be complete without some extensive needle action. Jake had acupuncture needles placed on precise points in his body to try and help him get back his sense of smell. After a lifetime of jabs Jake now hates needles with a passion, so this was a long afternoon. But we had some interesting results and I really enjoyed testing Jake's sense of smell with various extracts, pickles, soy sauce and red wine. The red wine helped keep me warm, too.

Needles were also involved in a bit of a miracle cure later. I won't give away the secret of exactly where the needles were inserted but Rapture got some amazing pain relief. Jason the cameraman decided he'd give it a go for a persistent shoulder problem (those High Definition TV cameras feel like there's a small car sitting on your shoulder) and he too reported an extraordinary result. 

Now I am definitely aware that "The Plural Of Anecdote is NOT Data" but this was an impressive afternoon in an amazing fortnight. I can't wait to find out if the results last and are reproducible elsewhere in the world.

Facts: Snake Blood Remedy
From the Witch Doctor Will See You Now: China

Photo by: Bullseye Productions Ltd. and Carolyn Payne
Hong Kong is home to one of the oldest forms of medicine – Traditional Chinese Medicine.

60% of people in Hong Kong use some form of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Hong Kong has the second highest life expectancy in the world – 82, which is 4 years longer than the US.

Chinese herbal medicine is based on what is considered to be the oldest book on oriental herbal medicine, The Shen Nong’s Herbal Classic, a 2000 year old medicinal Chinese book.

Unlike Western medicine, Chinese medicine believes that the body and mind are inseparable, and a life-force called Qi flows through the body. When it can’t flow freely, the body is prone to illness.

Acupuncture, one of the most well known Chinese medicine techniques, has been proven to elicit the release of morphine like substances, which can ultimately lead to pain relief.

Chinese Herbal Remedies can contain literally thousands of different ingredients from tree bark to toxic venom. Chinese medicine believes toxic toad venom can even help with cancer.

Willow Bark is an ancient herb used in China for thousands of years to treat pain, headache and inflammatory conditions. The bark of white willow contains salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin. In the 1800s, salicin was actually used to develop aspirin.

Chinese Wormwood herb was the source for the discovery of artemisinin, which is now used worldwide to treat malaria.

Some Chinese herbal remedies have been known to have western synthetic drugs added to them so that the patient has an immediate reaction and feels that the remedy is having an effect on them. Things like steroids, paracetamol, caffeine, anti inflammatory agents, anticonvulsants and diazepam (a tranquilizer).

Snakes are an important medicinal animal in Chinese medicine. Their meat, as well as blood and bile, are sold for medicinal purposes and for its supposed aphrodisiac quality.

Chinese Medicine has a reputation for using endangered animals, including tigers, bears and sea horses. Hong Kong has strict regulations in place to try and stop the trade in endangered species.

Tongue acupuncture was actually invented by Dr Sun Jie Guang, featured in the show. It is based on one of the most ancient medical books in China, Wang Di Internal Medicine, and the idea that the tongue is the intersection of all 14 meridians in the human body.

Wet cupping (cupping with bloodletting) has been proven effective in Western medicinal trials, at elevating back and knee pain.

In China, acupuncture is sometimes used in surgery instead of an anesthetic. In 2007, Shanhai Renji Hospital, in China completed the nation’s first successful heart by-pass surgery via acupuncture and only a small amount of intravenous medication as an anesthetic.

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/expedition-week/facts-snake-blood-remedy/
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Part Three:

Mark Lambrecht undergoing gauze treatment.


Piers Gibbon says:

I don't think I will ever feel that I know India. Every time I visit, it feels like a whole new country.

The purpose of this visit was really clear. With my two volunteers from the USA (Charles and Mark), I wanted to find out if some ancient remedies and practices could begin to help them with their various medical issues.

One thing that became really obvious was that you can not judge an entire medical system on the basis of a quick couple of weeks. Especially a system of medicine that is more about lifestyle and attitude rather than quick fix medicines. But nevertheless we did get some really interesting results - both positive and negative.

There were several highlights for me personally. I loved how healthy I felt after just a few days at the yogic cleansing centre. I was amazed that I could be satisfied with such tiny healthy vegetarian meals. I have to confess that I had several tins of tuna hidden in my backpack (my excuse is that these form part of my emergency kit, along with water purification tablets) but after a few days my hunger seemed to disappear.

Yogi Gi was our host and guru at the yogic cleansing centre. His catchphrase was "Problem Solved" and he had boundless confidence that his regimen could solve pretty much ANY problem. But it is tough going. We had to get up at dawn and troop along to the cleansing area. The first thing that happens (and remember this is on an empty stomach) is a squirt of ghee up your nose. Ghee is a key ingredient of Indian cooking - which I love - but ghee does not feel good up the nose. However ghee is an essential lubricant when you are about to do nasal cleansing using water and then a rubber tube. The tube is poked up your nose, it finds its way to the back of your throat and then Yogi Gi grabs it and you are left to floss your own head holding an end in each hand. Very disturbing.

Other highlights included watching leeches sucking away at Mark's eczema and an extraordinary scene outside a mosque in New Delhi where people queued for hours to have blood letting. This is a therapy that has totally gone out of fashion in the West but is still popular in India. They bind your legs up and then, when the veins are popping up, the practitioner flicks a little razor blade and the blood starts oozing out. There is no medical evidence in the Western sense that blood letting can help, but it felt curiously cleansing watching my own "bad" blood being washed away in the hot Indian sun.

Fabulous guy, very open-minded!

Well I will try the nose-clearing indian method! Also the ORMUS; www.ormus.ro
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Traditional Medicinal Cures: from China, to Peru

This is true medicine, traditional and ancient practices have validated it.

Watch the videos and pictures, very telling indeed. Enjoy:


http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/expedition-week/witch-doctor-will-see-you-now-pictures/

The Witch Doctor Will See You Now: Snake Blood Remedy

Monday, 11/7 at 10P et/pt
Piers Gibbon travels to Hong Kong to discover the secrets of Traditional Chinese Medicine and find out whether it can heal two Americans where western medicine has failed.
It cures malaria: armetisanin.


http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/expedition-week/facts-snake-blood-remedy/

B. The Machinga Tree in Peru, drinking the sap for 3 months will help see how the jungle and spirit interact in the process of healing.

C. And magic potion 4 kidneys, and penis wine 4 potency:
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/national-geographic-channel/specials-1/expedition-week-1/ngc-3-kinds-of-penis-wine.html

A.
Facts: Snake Blood Remedy
From the Witch Doctor Will See You Now: China

Photo by: Bullseye Productions Ltd. and Carolyn Payne

FACTS:
• Hong Kong is home to one of the oldest forms of medicine – Traditional Chinese Medicine.

• 60% of people in Hong Kong use some form of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

• Hong Kong has the second highest life expectancy in the world – 82, which is 4 years longer than the US.

• Chinese herbal medicine is based on what is considered to be the oldest book on oriental herbal medicine, The Shen Nong’s Herbal Classic, a 2000 year old medicinal Chinese book.

• Unlike Western medicine, Chinese medicine believes that the body and mind are inseparable, and a life-force called Qi flows through the body. When it can’t flow freely, the body is prone to illness.

• Acupuncture, one of the most well known Chinese medicine techniques, has been proven to elicit the release of morphine like substances, which can ultimately lead to pain relief.

• Chinese Herbal Remedies can contain literally thousands of different ingredients from tree bark to toxic venom. Chinese medicine believes toxic toad venom can even help with cancer.

• Willow Bark is an ancient herb used in China for thousands of years to treat pain, headache and inflammatory conditions. The bark of white willow contains salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin. In the 1800s, salicin was actually used to develop aspirin.

• Chinese Wormwood herb was the source for the discovery of artemisinin, which is now used worldwide to treat malaria.

• Some Chinese herbal remedies have been known to have western synthetic drugs added to them so that the patient has an immediate reaction and feels that the remedy is having an effect on them. Things like steroids, paracetamol, caffeine, anti inflammatory agents, anticonvulsants and diazepam (a tranquilizer).

• Snakes are an important medicinal animal in Chinese medicine. Their meat, as well as blood and bile, are sold for medicinal purposes and for its supposed aphrodisiac quality.

• Chinese Medicine has a reputation for using endangered animals, including tigers, bears and sea horses. Hong Kong has strict regulations in place to try and stop the trade in endangered species.

• Tongue acupuncture was actually invented by Dr Sun Jie Guang, featured in the show. It is based on one of the most ancient medical books in China, Wang Di Internal Medicine, and the idea that the tongue is the intersection of all 14 meridians in the human body.

• Wet cupping (cupping with bloodletting) has been proven effective in Western medicinal trials, at elevating back and knee pain.

• In China, acupuncture is sometimes used in surgery instead of an anesthetic. In 2007, Shanhai Renji Hospital, in China completed the nation’s first successful heart by-pass surgery via acupuncture and only a small amount of intravenous medication as an anesthetic.


Hallucinogenic Healing Facts


http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/expedition-week/facts-hallucinogenic-healing/

Facts: Hallucinogenic Healing
From the Witch Doctor Will See You Now: Amazon


• Peru is home to 13% of the vast Amazon jungle.

• Peru has over 65 million hectares (161 million acres) of Amazon tropical forest – 9 million hectares (22 million acres) of which are covered by Indigenous tribes in various regions throughout the Amazon.

• The Amazon is home to as many as 80,000 plant species, and drugs like quinine, muscle relaxants, steroids and cancer drugs have been found in the Amazon.

• Over 100 pharmaceutical companies, and even the US government, are currently funding projects studying the indigenous plant knowledge, and the specific plants used by native shamans and healers.

• Worldwide, over 120 pharmaceutical products that are commercially used have been derived from plants, and about 75% were discovered by examining the use of these plants in traditional medicine.

• Amazingly, only around 5-10% of plants in the Amazon have been studied properly.

• 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from plants.

• Around 70% of anti-cancer drugs currently used, are derived in one way or another from natural sources – including plants, marine organisms and micro-organisms.

• The Shipibo people have had 300 years of contact with Europeans and Peruvians, yet they still maintain a strong tribal identity and retain many of their prehistoric shamanic traditions and beliefs.

• Ayahuasca, the Shipibo hallucinogenic brew used for diagnosis, has been used by native South American Indians and Shamans for at least a thousand years for spiritual and healing purposes. Today, large religious organisations such as Santo Daime in Brazil use Ayahuasca legally as a holy drink at their spiritual ceremonies.

• The Shipibo use the fat of the caiman for asthma and lung problems. Interestingly, a study in China on mice and rats, found that alligator meat has significant effects on relieving cough, dispelling phlegm, as well as having anti-inflammation and immunological regulation.

• The leaves from the plant Chacruna, used in the Shipibo Ayahuasca brew, contain the psychoactive drug Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) that has a structural resemblance with Serotonin, a chemical transmitter substance naturally found in the brain. When DMT binds to the nerve receptors in the brain, a change in the state of consciousness takes place.

• The Ishanga nettles, used by the Shipibo for stomach problems, have been found to have chemical compounds and nutrients, which become injected in the skin when beaten against the patient’s stomach. These compounds and nutrients are believed to stimulate the production of mast cells, which might in turn result in anti-inflammatory activity away from the sting.

• The plant Cat’s Claw is used by the Shipibo to treat a variety of health problems. It has been through clinical studies, and found to help relax the muscles, dilate blood vessels, and act as a diuretic. It also has antioxidant properties, and preliminary studies show it may have antitumor and anticancer effects. In Peru it is officially recognised by the government as a medicinal plant, and is protected for export.

• Quinine, found in the bark of the South American Cinchona tree was, until the 1930s, the only effective agent for the treatment of malaria. Although it’s no longer used on its own, many of the anti-malaria drugs are derivates of this compound.



Snake Blood Remedy Facts


Goat Blood Bath Facts

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/expedition-week/facts-goat-blood-bath/

Facts: Goat Blood Bath
From the Witch Doctor Will See You Now: Cameroon

Photo by: Bullseye Productions Ltd. and Chris Taylor
• There are estimated to be 10,000 traditional healers in Cameroon, which works out at 1 per 700 people. In comparison, there are only around 3000 Western doctors (1 per 10,500 people).

• Approximately 80% of the population in Cameroon use at least one kind of alternative therapy from traditional healers.

• In Cameroon the infant mortality rate exceeds 6%, and only half the population has access to safe drinking water. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has emerged as one of the most pressing social health concerns.

• There are over 8000 species of plants in Cameroon, ranging from trees such as palms, ebony, African baobab, and rubber to crops such as cotton and coffee, to beautiful flowering plants.

• The Cameroon plant ‘Ancistrocladus Korupenis’ has been used by traditional healers for HIV for years. Only recently has it been found in Western studies that the compound of the plant actually active against two strains of the HIV virus, although at present it is far too toxic to be used as therapy.

• Traditional healers consider their knowledge of plants and medicines to be inherently secretive, because it is gift from the ancestors, and having suffered for years to learn their art, they are reluctant to hand any information over to researchers.

• Devil’s Claw, native to South Africa, is an extremely important plant, used by African traditional healers. It’s used to treat a variety of ailments, including arthritis. In the US, Devil’s Claw extracts have been in phase-II clinical trials for the treatment of hip and knee arthritis.

• The Cameroon traditional healing plant ‘Prunus Aricana’ is commonly used in the West as a natural way for lowering testosterone and for inflammation of the prostate. Cameroon is the biggest exporter of Prunus Africana to the West.

• Iboga is an African shrub, used by traditional healers and as a well-known hallucinogen used in male rites of passage. Western studies have found that Ibogaine, an alkaloid in Iboga actually seems to have anti-addictive qualities, and has been tested on heroin addicts, and shown to have had success.

• Mahogany, native to West Africa, is being studied in a $300,000, two year grant from the National Cancer Institute, to find out if the anti-inflammatory compounds in mahogany could help prevent or treat colon cancer.

• The Kola nut is native to tropical Africa, and commonly used by traditional healers. It is this nut that the flavour for cola drinks is based on.

• Many African medicinal plants are now in the world market, including Madagascar Rose Periwinkle for leukemia, Rauwolfia vomitoria Afz is a major tranquilizer and Calabar bean for inflammation of the eye.

• Many of the treatments in Cameroon are psychological at their heart, such as the burying of a patient for a small amount of time to rid them of their anxieties. This is similar to a form of behavioral therapy called flooding, whereby the patient must face their worst fears head on in order to overcome them.

• The Pygmies have one of the oldest cultures on earth, and still practice ancient tribal medical techniques.

• The Bagyeli Pygmies are extremely concerned their medicinal plants might soon be lost forever. The community was displaced by the Government and as they have moved out the logging companies are moving in, chopping down the forest, but more importantly trampling all over their plants that have cured them for decades.


More


TERMITE NEST COCKTAIL:
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/national-geographic-channel/specials-1/expedition-week-1/ngc-termite-cocktail.html

AND: SNAKE BILE


Witch doctor will see you now...
See also the ENEMA ROOM
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Compiled from National geographic - Expedition Week - With Pierce Pibbons, a phenomenal guy with a big sexual ailment complex!
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity | Video on TED.com

LOVELY EXPERIENCE, try it for yourself:


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Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity | Video on TED.com


I tried this at Kipp middle schools; Bill Gate's favorite schools in America.





B. Lobbyists...What does go on in the U.S....Shame on Jack Abramoff, author of Capitol Punishment. A man who knows no boundaries of shame... the 1%!

http://www.opensecrets.org


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