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CDC and ADA Now Advise to Avoid Using Fluoride

November 24, 2010 2 comments

post link: fluoride.tk

Click the picture to learn about fluoride’s effect on the thyroid

11/13/2010
by Dr. Mercola

A new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association finds once again that, contrary to what most people have been told, fluoride is actually bad for teeth. Exposure to high levels of fluoride results in a condition known as fluorosis, in which tooth enamel becomes discolored. The condition can eventually lead to badly damaged teeth. The new study found that fluoride intake during a child’s first few years of life is significantly associated with fluorosis, and warned against using fluoridated water in infant formula. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is of a similar opinion. According to their website: “Recent evidence suggests that mixing powdered or liquid infant formula concentrate with fluoridated water on a regular basis may increase the chance of a child developing … enamel fluorosis.”

Sources: Journal of the American Dental Association October 14, 2010; 141(10):1190-1201 CDC, May 28, 2010 – end of article – Source

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ADA study confirms dangers of fluoridated water, especially for babies
10/21/010
by Ethan A. Huff

Advocates of fluoridated water insist that the chemical additive is good for teeth, but actual science routinely shows otherwise, including a new study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association confirming fluoride as a toxic substance that actually destroys teeth, particularly those of developing young children and babies.

When people are exposed to excessive levels of fluoride through sources like drinking water, foods and beverages and even swallowed toothpaste, it often results in a condition known as dental fluorosis. The internal uptake of fluoride into teeth over time causes their enamel to become mottled and discolored, the end result being damaged teeth that have essentially rotted from the inside out.

Dr. Steven Levy, D.D.S., and his team found during their study that “fluoride intakes during each of the first four years (of a child’s life) were individually significantly related to fluorosis on maxillary central incisors, with the first year more important.” They went on to warn that “infant formulas reconstituted with higher fluoride water can provide 100 to 200 times more fluoride than breast milk, or cow’s milk.”

In other words, young children have the highest risk of severe tooth damage from fluoride, especially those that are six months of age or younger, a time during which children’s blood-brain barriers have not fully formed. Even low ingestion levels cause the direct depositing of fluoride into the teeth, brain and other bodily tissues and organs which, besides causing fluorosis, also causes disorders of the brain and nervous system, kidneys and bones.

And the American Dental Association (ADA) has known that fluoride exposure causes dental fluorosis since at least 2006, but the group has done nothing to warn the 200 million Americans that live in communities with fluoridated water to avoid its use in babies and infants. Many dentists still recommend that children and adults not only drink fluoridated water, but even advise parents to add fluoride drops to their children’s drinking water if the family lives in unfluoridated areas or drinks private well water.

Fluoride causes serious health problems
In 2006, a study published in The Lancet identified fluoride as “an emerging neurotoxic substance” that causes severe brain damage. The National Research Council (NRC) wrote that “it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain and the body by direct and indirect means.”

About a month later, another study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found a definitive link between fluoride intake and reduce IQ levels, indicating once again that fluoride intake causes cognitive damage.

At Harvard University, researchers identified a link between fluoride and bone cancer. Published 14 years after it began, the study found that the highest rates of osteosarcoma, a fatal form of bone cancer, were occurring most in populations drinking fluoridated water. The findings confirmed those of a prior government study back in 1990 that involved fluoride-treated rats.

Kidney disease is another hallmark of fluoride poisoning. Multiple animal studies have found that fluoride levels as low as 1 part per million (ppm) — which is the amount added to most fluoridated water systems — cause kidney damage. And a Chinese study found that children exposed to slightly higher fluoride levels had biological markers in their blood indicative of kidney damage.

The NRC has also found that fluoride impairs proper thyroid function and debilitates the endocrine system. Up until the 1970s, fluoride was used in Europe as a thyroid-suppressing medication because it lowers thyroid function. Many experts believe that widespread hypothyroidism today is a result of overexposure to fluoride.

Since fluoride is present in most municipal water supplies in North America, it is absurd to even suggest that parents avoid giving it to their young children. – More here

My commentary:

Notice a rebuttal to anti-fluoride claims here, on fluorideinfo.org, a silly pro-fluoride propaganda website,

Fluoride is of no value in diminishing cavities?
Their website says “Fluoride compounds in water and in supplements do not provide any significant cavity-protecting effects.” This is an out-and-out fiction with absolutely no basis in fact!

The United States Public Health Service states that “Fluoride has substantial benefits in the prevention of tooth decay. Numerous studies, taken together, clearly establish a causal relationship between water fluoridation and the prevention of dental caries.

“The United States Public Health Service states that “Fluoride has substantial benefits in the prevention of tooth decay.”

Well now I’m convinced to risk my health because an American federal government agency told me something is not just good for me, but substantially good for me!, so it must be true because the Feds said so!!! Yaaaaay oh wait. I forgot they’e filled with liars, never mind. Oh and plus they have “numerous” studies to back their claims up of the “casual” relationship that my health is worth risking to make my teeth nicer. And who cares about references, just casually mention numerous studies and don’t show anyone your references for risking their health, and don’ bother mentioning the countless studies showing fluoride in even small amounts is bad for your teeth and the rest of your body and living organisms. As for iodine: iodine is a necessary component for health, NOT fluoride! And quality toilet paper is much more than casually good for a persons health; these morons would have you risk your health for something that clearly much more than beneficial for your health with no health risks: toilet paper! What stupidity! What’s more outrageous then that webpage claiming that anti-fluoride people all twist the truth about fluoride (being that that webpage is twisting the facts even on that statement, like a liar saying, ‘You lie’), is that it uses the example of iodine as being a necessary thing for the health of your thyroid, and yet in large amounts is toxic: FLUORIDE INTERFERES WITH YOUR THYROID! Can you get anymore hypocritically ironic!? Wow: God really let the rock these people rolled roll right back on themselves with that claim.

Related Information:

History of fluorine

Fluoride Health Effects Database

Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb

Fluoride: Protected Pollutant or Panacea

The Fluoride Education Project

NRC finds fluoride exposure associated with thyroid dysfunction

Citizens for Safe Drinking Water

Research on Dangers of Flouride in Tap Water from Suite101

Dangers of Fluoride, by Cathy of Somerset, a dental hygiene student in NH

New Zealand Fluoride Action Network

47% of Bellingham, Washington USA’s citizens voted against water fluoridation

The Fluoride Debate

Fluoride’s Toxic Effects according to Emedicine.com

A Bibliography of Scientific Literature on Fluoride

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Videos:

The Dangers Of Fluoride

The Dangers of Fluoride & Water Fluoridation

China and Russia Quit Dollar As Main Trade Currency

November 24, 2010 1 comment


Premier Jiabao shakes hands with Putin in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Photo by Alexey Druzhinin of the AFP

11/24/2010/08:02
by Su Qiang and Li Xiaokun (China Daily)

St. Petersburg, Russia – China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday.

Chinese experts said the move reflected closer relations between Beijing and Moscow and is not aimed at challenging the dollar, but to protect their domestic economies.

“About trade settlement, we have decided to use our own currencies,” Putin said at a joint news conference with Wen in St. Petersburg.

The two countries were accustomed to using other currencies, especially the dollar, for bilateral trade. Since the financial crisis, however, high-ranking officials on both sides began to explore other possibilities.

The yuan has now started trading against the Russian rouble in the Chinese interbank market, while the renminbi will soon be allowed to trade against the rouble in Russia, Putin said.

“That has forged an important step in bilateral trade and it is a result of the consolidated financial systems of world countries,” he said.

Putin made his remarks after a meeting with Wen. They also officiated at a signing ceremony for 12 documents, including energy cooperation.

The documents covered cooperation on aviation, railroad construction, customs, protecting intellectual property, culture and a joint communiqu. Details of the documents have yet to be released.

Putin said one of the pacts between the two countries is about the purchase of two nuclear reactors from Russia by China’s Tianwan nuclear power plant, the most advanced nuclear power complex in China. – More here and here


Russia’s President Medvedev shakes hands with China’s Premier Jiabao
during their meeting at the presidential residence in Gorki, Russia – Reuter’s photo

China-Russia currency agreement further threatens U.S. dollar

11/25/2010/8:30 P.M. E.S.T.
by Hao Li

China and Russia have agreed to allow their currencies to trade against each other in spot inter-bank markets.

Russia’s President Medvedev shakes hands with China’s Premier Wen Jiabao during their meeting at the presidential residence in Gorki outside Moscow

The motive is to “promote the bilateral trade between China and Russia, facilitate the cross-border trade settlement of [the yuan], and meet the needs of economic entities to reduce the conversion cost,” according to Chinese officials.

This latest move — a continuation in a series of efforts by both countries to move away from U.S. dollar usage in international trade — further threatens the dollar’s reserve currency status.

The dollar has this status because it is currently the currency of international trade.

For example, when Malaysia and Germany exchange goods, the transaction is often denominated in dollars. In particular, oil — something that all modern economies need — is denominated in U.S. dollars, so the currency is almost as indispensable as oil itself.

The dollar reserve currency status allows the U.S. to run up high deficits and have its debt be denominated in the U.S. dollar, which in turn enables it to print unlimited dollars and inflate its way out of debt. America, understandably, wants to protect these privileges.

In fact, some allege that the U.S. wants to protect this status so badly that it invaded Iraq because the country began selling oil in euros instead of dollars. Now, the U.S. is allegedly threatening Iran because of the country’s desire to use euros or Russian rubles in oil transactions.

Meanwhile, China and Russia are gradually revolting against the U.S. dollar. This latest move to shift bilateral trade away from it is significant in itself because China-Russian trade — previously denominated in dollars — is currently around $40 billion per year. For Russia, trade with China is larger than trade with the U.S.

Moreover, as this policy extends to Russian exports of oil and natural gas to China, it threatens the global “petro-currency” status of the U.S. dollar.

According to the International Energy Agency, China is already the largest consumer of energy, although the U.S. is still the largest consumer of oil. However, China, now the largest automobile market in the world, is expected to rapidly increase oil consumption.

Russia is already the second biggest oil exporter and the biggest natural gas exporter in the world.

In other words, the growing importance of Russia and China in the global energy picture — and their phasing out of dollar usage for trading energy commodities — would marginalize the status of the dollar.

Russian ambitions against the dollar for energy exports go back to 2006. That year, former President Vladimir Putin made plans to set up a ruble-denominated oil and natural gas stock exchange in Russia.

“The ruble must become a more widespread means of international transactions. To this end, we need to open a stock exchange in Russia to trade in oil, gas, and other goods to be paid for with rubles…Our goods are traded on global markets. Why are they not traded in Russia,” said Putin, according to RIA Novosti.

For China, it is promoting the use of yuan as a trade settlement currency in Asia. Recently, it allowed its currency to trade against the Malaysian ringgit. Just like the deal with Russia, the purpose of that agreement was to “promote bilateral trade between China and Malaysia and facilitate using the yuan to settle cross-border trade.”

Trade is the major reason for the demand of foreign currencies in the first place. So as countries like China and Russia phase out the usage of U.S. dollars for international trade — including but not limited to oil trade — its status as the world’s reserve currency will continue to slide. – Source

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China Assails Monetary Easing, Citing `Imported Inflation,’ Bubble Risks

11/13/2010/3:04 A.M. G.M.T.-0600
by Sophie Leung

China renewed an attack on quantitative easing, citing the risk of increased prices in emerging economies, a day after the Group of 20 nations said the markets can adopt regulatory steps to cope.

China “doesn’t support” the monetary easing that causes “imported” inflation in developing countries, Commerce Minister Chen Deming told a forum today in Macau, a Chinese special autonomous region. The capital inflows increase the risk of “asset bubbles,” Jin Zhongxia, deputy director general of the international department at the People’s Bank of China, said at the same forum.

The Group of 20 offered emerging economies cover to limit currency swings and stem asset bubbles. The U.S. Federal Reserve fueled concern in emerging economies last week when it announced plans to buy $600 billion of long-term government bonds to reduce borrowing costs and spur growth in a second round of so- called quantitative easing. – More here

Abhisit calls on Asia to use yuan in trade – G20 makes no progress in curbing capital flows
11/13/2010/12:00 AM
from the bangkokpost.com

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, fearful of the effects of the soaring baht due to massive capital inflows, has proposed the use of the Chinese yuan as a major regional trading currency.

Asia-Pacific leaders will have to discuss measures to deal with the fund inflows after the Group of 20 major economies failed to reach any tangible decisions, Mr Abhisit said yesterday.

“The G20 did not make any progress on the matter and it is difficult to get the United States and China to express their clear stances on the issue. But what we can do is try to cooperate in the region and reduce the impact from currency volatility,” Mr Abhisit said before leaving for the Asian Games in China and an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) leaders’ meeting in Yokohama, Japan, this weekend.

G20 leaders drew a veil over their economic policy disputes in South Korea yesterday. They agreed to tackle tensions that have raised the spectre of a currency war and trade protectionism, but they fell short of already low expectations.

Only vague “indicative guidelines” were set for measuring imbalances between their multi-speed economies. Leaders called a timeout to let tempers cool and left details to be discussed in the first half of next year.

Mr Abhisit echoed a call made by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to use China’s yuan as a major trading currency in the region to reduce the impact of currency volatility, especially linked to the weakening of the US dollar. He said he was the one who proposed the idea to the ADB.

ADB president Haruhiko Kuroda met Mr Abhisit this week to seek Thailand’s support when it tables the proposal at the next meeting of Asean+3 (Asean plus China, Japan and South Korea) finance ministers. – More here

Yet More Evidence Buddhists Cannot Be Trusted: 1,600+ dead fetuses found at Thai temple

November 21, 2010 Leave a comment

More than 1,600 Murdered Fetuses Found at Buddhist Temple in Thailand

11/19/2010
from the AFP

Thai police have found the remains of almost 1,700 illegally aborted foetuses [correct spelling is “fetuses”] hidden at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok as the full extent of the grisly discovery emerged.

More than 2,000 bodies, wrapped in plastic bags, have now been uncovered in the temple’s three mortuary rooms and police said they have now finished searching the building.

After authorities found 348 foetuses in an initial search earlier in the week, two temple undertakers confessed to stashing them, leading to the new inspection, police said.

“A total of 1,654 foetuses were found today in two rooms,” said Colonel Sombat Milintajinda, area commander of Bangkok Metropolitan Police.

He said some had been stored there for more than a year.

The discoveries have shocked Thailand and highlighted the scale of illegal abortions in a country where the procedure is only allowed when delivery would harm the mother or the pregnancy is the result of rape.

“This reflects the severity of the problem,” said prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, although he rejected suggestions that the abortion law be amended, saying it was “flexible enough”.

The public health ministry, which ordered a nationwide crackdown on abortion clinics as a result of the finds, estimates that of one million pregnancies in Thailand each year, 80,000 are illegally terminated.

So far a 33-year-old woman has been arrested and confessed to carrying out illegal abortions, said Sombat. She faces between five and 10 years in prison.

He said authorities are also looking to charge the two undertakers, who told police they were hired separately by a network of abortion clinics and had no idea how many foetuses they had stored in the mortuary.

They would normally have disposed of the corpses by placing them with the remains of people being cremated, but the furnaces had broken and the number of stored bodies had built up while repair work was carried out.

Buddhist temples in Thailand not only perform cremation ceremonies, but also store bodies in specially refrigerated areas.

This reminds me of how the babies of serfs were treated under the rule of the Dalai Lama and others before him, were brutally murdered, some with their parents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBipTf8U-g8

For those of you who don’t know, the Dalai Lama supports Nazis, and they support him: http://www.angelofjustice.org/index2.html (warning: hypocritically, on the bottom of that webpage is a link promoting another Buddhist-like cult, which is hypocritical.) Here is a schorlary website on the Nazi connection made with Tibet Buddhists http://www.iivs.de/~iivs01311/SDLE/Contents.htm

Evidence that some Neanderthals were Homo sapiens deformed by disease

November 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Bone Disease Simulating Ancient Age in “Pre-Human” Fossils
by Rush K. Acton, M.D.

The presence of bone disease of one kind or another as an explanation for so-called “pre-human” fossils is not a common finding but it has been a recurring theme in the scientific world literature. In 1871, Charles Robert Darwin published his second book, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. Here Darwin presented an ages-old theory that man is merely the highest product of evolution to date, beginning with the lower animals, and thus postulated the presence of “pre-human fossils” on their way up the evolutionary ladder from ape to man. Even before this time, specimens of bones began turning up in excavations around the world. Until a few bones and teeth began to appear, even such a staunch evolutionist as T.H. Huxley had expressed doubt that any of man’s ancestors would ever be found in the earth’s strata. Since that time evolutionary scientists have accumulated a scattered series of skeletons and parts thereof with various features of man or apes. In spite of considerable disagreement on these various finds, a sort of imaginary family tree of man’s ancestors has been developed from these bones and pieces of bones. There is no universal agreement among evolutionists on these findings and their significance or exact place in the hypothetical family tree. Most examples of the “fossil men” can best be explained as variant forms of man or ape with an occasional example of outright fraud. Frank Cousins in his book, Fossil Man, mentions the matter of indecent haste in reporting and withholding of information. Dr. Duane Gish gives an excellent summary of the entire field in his book, Evolution, the Fossils Say No! He discusses the theoretical evolutionary sequence from early primates to modern man. He quotes a number of well known evolutionary paleontologists who make vague statements about the place of each fossil in the history of man. Dr. Gish goes on to develop the thesis that some of these are fossil remains of apes or ape-like creatures while other fossils meet all the requirements of Homo sapiens or modern man. He concludes that there is a consistent lack of transitional forms between the lower primates and man and that there is no evidence whatsoever in the fossil record for evolution.
It is common practice to assign a specific time period to a fossil in a rather dogmatic way, implying that there is good hard evidence to support the assigned date. Relative dating is based on the theoretical geologic time table which does not occur in its entirety anywhere on earth and in fact is based on a form of circular reasoning that assumes evolution. Absolute dating is commonly based on radioactive decay of certain elements. These elements undergo a spontaneous transition from a parent element to a daughter element at a given rate of decay. The proportions of parent to daughter elements in a given sample are put into a formula to determine the age of the material. False assumptions of purity of parent and of daughter elements in the sample and the known inconstancy of decay rates allow for enormous errors in the direction of falsely older dating. Dating methods become more unreliable the further one goes into the distant past. In addition, a great body of scientific evidence is beginning to accumulate that actually limits the age of the universe. This limitation is far short of the time absolutely required by the evolutionary theory. Thus, when evolutionists admit in the literature that disease processes leave their imprint on bone and teeth, producing a false impression of their concept of fossil man, it bears investigating.

Sir Marc Arman Ruffer coined the term “paleopathology” in 1913 in order to describe the study of disease processes and their effects on fossilized remains. Roy Moodie, Ph.D., an associate professor of anatomy, published a thorough review of the field in 1923. Being an evolutionist, Dr. Moodie believed that the history of disease begins with the early Paleozoic (judged to be about 100,000,000 years old then, now estimated to be 600,000,000 years ago). In a chapter in Diseases in Antiquity (Brothwell and Sandison) published in 1967, Dr. Moodie further states that organisms of disease have followed the same general evolutionary processes as have other living things. Fossil animals have shown evidence of various diseases including abscesses in teeth and jaw bones, arthritis, osteomyelitis, benign and malignant tumors, rickets, syphilis and tuberculosis.

Let us examine Neanderthal Man, a supposed forerunner of modern man in the light of paleopathology. In 1856 workers blasted a cave in the Neander Valley near Dusseldorf, Germany. They discovered limb bones, pelvis, ribs, and a skull cap. These bones were examined by scientists in various parts of the world. An ardent evolutionist, T.H. Huxley, ruled this specimen out as an ape-to-man link. A German anatomist, Rudolph Virchow, said in essence that the fossil was the remains of modern man (Homo sapiens) afflicted with rickets and arthritis. In 1886, two more skulls of the same general configuration were found at Spy, Belgium. In the early 1900’s, a number of similar specimens were found in Southern France and by now were lumped together as Neanderthal Man. There are now over one hundred specimens of Neanderthal Man. A paleontologist named Boule reconstructed a set of Neanderthal bones into a very ape-like creature but was severely criticized for this by other evolutionists who noted that the fossil represented Homo sapiens, or modern man, deformed by arthritis.

The very fact that there is such an abundance and variety of forms of the so-called Neanderthal Man is in itself a problem. The appearance of these specimens ranges from the classical Neanderthal of Western Europe to the more modern type which shades into Homo sapiens. The more primitive classic type has a large cranium about the size of modern man’s but with a tendency to be flattened on the top side and to bulge more at the back and the sides. A bony prominence at the back of the skull marks the attachment of the spinal muscles and is referred to as the “Neanderthal bun.” The forehead is marked by a massive supraorbital ridge.

Ivanhoe, writing in the scientific journal, Nature, in 1970, titled his article as follows: “Was Virchow Right About Neanderthal?” Virchow had reported that the Neanderthal Man’s apelike appearance was due to a disease called rickets. He notes that every Neanderthal child’s skull studied so far was apparently affected by severe rickets. When rickets occurs in children it produces a large head due to late closure of the epiphyses and fontanels. The forehead is high and bulbous, the “Olympian front.” The skull bulges at the four corners giving the “caput quadratum” appearance and the teeth are characteristically bad. These features approach those of the classic Neanderthal skull. Large orbits (eye sockets), elliptical in the vertical dimension, are another feature of rickets seen in the Neanderthal children’s skulls and are taught as a simian (ape) characteristic of fossil skulls. Ivanhoe goes on to make a very good case for the correctness of Virchow’s assumption that Neanderthal was merely modern man with rickets. Being a staunch evolutionist, however, he doesn’t perceive this amazing thesis as any support of creation vs. evolution. He further notes the wide distribution of Neanderthal finds in various parts of the world and different climates. He feels that the more classic types of Neanderthal bones merely reflected the increased degree of bone changes from rickets in areas where sunshine is less available. Rickets is related to a relative shortage of Vitamin D which is manufactured in the skin upon exposure to light. Vitamin D is also found in certain fatty fishes and in eggs, among other things. Ivanhoe felt that Neanderthal had little exposure to the sun because of the cold weather, increased atmospheric turbulence, and rain in some of the areas where specimens were found. Mousterian sites of Neanderthal showed little evidence of fish consumption and eggs were thought to be rare. The corresponding condition which occurs in adults from lack of Vitamin D is osteomalacia or softening of the bone. Softening leads to bowing of long bones, and bowing of these bones is seen in both adults and children among the Neanderthal fossils. Both rickets and osteomalacia represent the lack of mineral salts in the protein matrix of bone, causing this relative lack of sturdiness of bone with resultant deformities. There are many causes of these conditions, including defects of nutrition in babies, and certain types of kidney disease. Vitamin D deficiency can also be associated with dimpling and formation of furrows in the enamel of permanent teeth. This feature alone can blur the identification of fossil teeth, which are often found alone or with a minimum of bony structures. Molar or cheek teeth of the old world monkeys, for example, have four cusps or little mounds and those of apes and man have five. Deficiencies in Vitamins A and C can also produce deformities of the permanent tooth structure.

It is possible that some of the changes that occur in fossil bones are attributable to a condition called Paget’s Disease or Osteitis Deformans. This occurs most often between fifty and seventy years of age and can involve one or many bones. Hereditary and familial factors are known to play a role in Paget’s Disease in some cases. It is not known exactly what causes Paget’s, but it has been clearly shown that there is a greatly increased blood flow. This blood flow in pagetoid bones may be twenty times that of the normal rate. Common sites include long bones of the lower extremity and the spine and less often the bones of the upper extremity. The bones become thickened, softer and often curved. Thomas Fairbanks reported on Paget’s Disease in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in May, 1950. He noted that when advanced cases involve many bones, the individual may assume a crouching “simian” posture. Even the hips assume a more ape-like angle of the femoral neck to the shaft as in the non-upright walkers. The larger skull is thrust forward and held low as in the apes. A loss of as much as thirteen inches in height has been reported. More commonly in Paget’s, the skull is enlarged without enlargement of the facial bones causing the face to look unusually small.

An excellent report by a pathologist from the Hospital for Joint Disease in New York, Dr. Goldenberg, describes the overall appearance of the disease in this way. “In advanced cases of polyostotic Paget’s Disease, the deformities of the spine, femora, and tibiae may result in considerable loss of height. The enlarged head, apparent lengthening of the upper extremities, waddling gait and bow legs suggest a simian appearance.”

Congenital syphilis occurs when the mother affected with this venereal disease transmits it by way of her own blood stream to the yet unborn baby. The fetus within the mother’s womb is usually protected from this disease until the sixteenth week of pregnancy, and most infections occur in the last weeks before delivery of the baby. Fiumara and Lessell, writing in the Archives of Dermatology, describe a number of common findings in this condition. The most frequent sign occurring in eighty-seven percent of their series is called frontal bossing of Parrot. This is due to local areas of frontal bone periostitis (inflammation) caused by the microorganism that produces syphilis. When it involves the forehead above the orbits, it produces the so-called Olympian brow similar to the classic features of western European Neanderthal skulls. Deformities of the long bones of the limbs can occur with syphilis and may produce bowing and curvature of these bones. A condition called Moon’s “mulberry molars” was found in about two out of three of this group of patients. The molar teeth are deformed with many poorly developed cusps (grinding surfaces) instead of the usual pattern of five cusps. Syphilitic incisor teeth can be deformed, barrel-shaped and thicker than normal. A specialist in venereal diseases in London named D.J.M. Wright examined the collection of Neanderthal bones in the British Museum of Natural History and reported that these bones could be merely modern man affected by congenital syphilis.

Neanderthal Man is now taught in evolutionary circles as being Homo sapiens, a sub-species of modern man that lived about 40,000 to 100,000 years ago as a predecessor to modern man.

There remains considerable disagreement among evolutionists as to whether some or all of the Neanderthals evolved into modern man or whether they just vanished into extinction. One author of a 1977 edition of a textbook used in a large university today has an entire chapter on the Neanderthal problem. There are several problems, the most striking one being the sudden disappearance of Neanderthals. The author believes that this suggests catastrophism and even mentions the Genesis flood.

Putting aside preconceived notions of evolution or creation, one can clearly see that the evolutionary scientists have provided good evidence to suggest that Neanderthal Man might well represent some of Noah’s descendants ravaged by various diseases. How blind man can be to scientific evidence when it conflicts with a compelling need to demonstrate that God does not exist and that the creation did not take place.Bibliography1 Brothwell, Don and Sandison, A.T.: Diseases in Antiquity, Springfield, Illinois, Charles C. Thomas, 1967. 2 Cousins, Frank W.: Fossil Man, A.E. Norris & Sons Ltd., 1971. 3 Fairbank, H.A. Thomas, “Paget’s Disease Syndrome—Osteitis Deformans,” The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Vol. 32B, pp. 253-365, May, 1950. 4 Fiumara, N.J. and Lessell, Simmons: “Manifestations of Late Congenital Syphilis,” Archives of Dermatology, Vol. 102, pp. 68-83, July, 1970. 5 Gish, Duane: Evolution: The Fossils Say No!, San Diego, California, Creation-Life Publishers, 1973. 6 Ivanhoe, Francis: “Was Virchow Right About Neanderthal?” Nature, Vol. 227, pp. 577-579, August 8, 1970. 7 Moodie, Roy L.: Paleopathology, Urbana, Illinois, University of Illinois Press, 1923. 8 Parrot, M.: “The Osseous Lesions of Hereditary Syphilis,” The Lancet, Vol. 1, pp. 703-705, May 17, 1879. 9 Wright, D.J.M.: “Syphilis and Neanderthal Man,” Nature, Vol. 229, p. 409, February 5, 1971.*

Dr. Rush K. Acton: In addition to his practice as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Acton is Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Clinical Associate Professor of Anatomy at the University of Miami. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.Click here to see the original article

Related Information:

Neandertal Genome Confirms Creation Science Predictions

Sleep with Neanderthals? Apparently we (homo Sapiens) did

Spinning a DNA Tale: Evolutionists Lie About Neanderthals Again

“Neanderthals are no longer considered a separate species”

No Fruit Fly Evolution After 600 Generations or Bacteria Evolution After 40,000 Generations

November 19, 2010 1 comment


No Fruit Fly Evolution After 600 Generations
11/16/2010
by Brian Thomas, M.S.

Many Americans believe that the big-picture story of evolution, as biology professors routinely expound it, is false.1 Basically, they haven’t bought into the concept that all life descended from one common ancestor that miraculously sprang into being millions of years ago. And that makes sense, considering there are no real examples of that kind of evolution.

If evolutionary biologists could document such evolution in action, they could vindicate their worldview and cite real research to support their surreal claims. In 1980, this search for proof led researchers to painstakingly and purposefully mutate each core gene involved in fruit fly development. The now classic work, for which the authors won the Nobel Prize in 1995, was published in Nature.2 The experiments proved that the mutation of any of these core developmental genes―mutations that would be essential for the fruit fly to evolve into any other creature―merely resulted in dead or deformed fruit flies. This therefore showed that fruit flies could not evolve.

Similarly, Michigan State University evolutionary biologists Richard Lenski and his colleagues searched for signs of evolution in bacteria for 20 years, tracking 40,000 generations.3 In the end, the species that they started with was hobbled by accumulated mutations, and the only changes that had occurred were degenerative. University of Bristol emeritus professor of bacteriology Alan Linton summarized the situation:

But where is the experimental evidence? None exists in the literature claiming that one species has been shown to evolve into another. Bacteria, the simplest form of independent life, are ideal for this kind of study, with generation times of 20 to 30 minutes, and populations achieved after 18 hours. But throughout 150 years of the science of bacteriology, there is no evidence that one species of bacteria has changed into another, in spite of the fact that populations have been exposed to potent chemical and physical mutagens and that, uniquely, bacteria possess extrachromosomal, transmissible plasmids. Since there is no evidence for species changes between the simplest forms of unicellular life, it is not surprising that there is no evidence for evolution from prokaryotic to eukaryotic cells, let alone throughout the whole array of higher multicellular organisms.4

In a recent study, also published in Nature, University of California Irvine researcher Molly Burke led research into the genetic changes that occurred over the course of 600 fruit fly generations. The UCI lab had been breeding fruit flies since 1991, separating fast growers with short life spans from slow growers with longer life spans.5

The UCI scientists compared the DNA sequences affecting fruit fly growth and longevity between the two groups. After the equivalent of 12,000 years of human evolution, the fruit flies showed surprisingly few differences.

One requirement for Darwin’s theory is that the mutational changes that supposedly fuel evolution somehow have to be “fixed” into the population. Otherwise, the DNA changes quickly drift right back out of the population. The researchers found no evidence that mutational changes relevant to longevity had been fixed into the fruit fly populations.

The study’s authors wrote, “In our sexual populations, adaptation is not associated with ‘classic’ sweeps whereby newly arising, unconditionally advantageous mutations become fixed.”5

They suggested that perhaps there has not been enough time for the relevant mutations to have become fixed. They also suggested an alternative—that natural selection could be acting on already existing variations. But this is not evolution, and it is actually what creation studies have been demonstrating for many years.6

Evolution was not observed in fruit fly genetic manipulations in 1980, nor has it been observed in decades-long multigenerational studies of bacteria and fruit flies. The experiments only showed that these creatures have practical limits to the amount of genetic change they can tolerate. When those limits are breached, the creatures don’t evolve—they just die.

Although the experimental results from these studies were given titles with an evolutionary “spin,” the actual experiments demonstrate undoubtedly that bacteria and fruit flies were created, not evolved.

References
Dao, C. Poll: Majority of Americans Don’t Believe in Evolution. ICR News. Posted on icr.org February 24, 2010, accessed November 9, 2010.
Nüsslein-Volhard, C. and E. Wieschaus. 1980. Mutations affecting segment number and polarity in Drosophila. Nature. 287 (5785): 795-801.
Barrick, J. E. et al. 2009. Genome evolution and adaptation in a long-term experiment with Escherichia coli. Nature. 461 (7268): 1243- 1247.
Linton, A. H. 2001. Scant Search for the Maker. Times Higher Education. Posted on timeshighereducation.co.uk April 20, 2010, accessed November 9, 2010.
Burke, M. K. et al. 2010. Genome-wide analysis of a long-term evolution experiment with Drosophila. Nature. 467 (7315): 587-590.
For example: “Normal variations operate only within the range specified by the DNA for the particular type of organism, so that no truly novel characteristics, producing higher degrees of order or complexity, can appear. Variation is horizontal, not vertical!” From Morris, H. 1974. Scientific Creationism, Public School Edition. San Diego, CA: Creation Life Publishers, 51.

Original article here

More Information:

Uncooperative Fruit Flies Refuse to Speciate in Laboratory Experiments
Mutant Fruit Flies Bug Evolution

The Enotes Evolution Hoax: Is Micro Raptor a Transitional Fossil? NO.

November 18, 2010 1 comment


A picture of a Micro raptor gui fossil, by Marjorie Lipan

 

From http://www.enotes.com/topic/Archaeoraptor:

paleontologist Christopher Brochu concluded in November 2001: “That birds are derived theropod dinosaurs is no longer the subject of scholarly dispute.”[29] Though playing the role of “terrestrial dinosaur” in the “Archaeoraptor” affair, Microraptor, showing wings and clear traces of rectrices, is generally assumed to have had at least a gliding capacity and is itself an excellent example of a transitional fossil.

And the word of Christopher Brochu is oh so important, because? And notice how the author or authors weaseled in after Christopher’s comment another, in such a way that it could be easily confused for his own statement? And notice the narcissistic pretentious comment, “is generally assumed”? Is generally assumed by who, oh pompous writer? And who said it’s an excellent example of a transitional fossil? And hello: how many transitional fossils exist out of trillions that are supposed to be in the ground in what was generally assumed and still is by evolutionists, to be a nice neat stratum of small to big and big to small? Just enough for one or two pages, tabled, to make it look more impressive and long, as was done on Wikipedia. But that doesn’t raise a red flag for evolutionists? Or does it, but they continue their lie. There should be just as many transitional fossils as ones which aren’t. Further, what is the evidence that micro-raptor is a transitional fossil? Oh, it’s that it has “rectrices” (a rectrice is a type of feather). But the idiot author or authors don’t other to mention that the rectrices ARE FULLY FUNCTIONAL, not TRANSITIONING. And since when is assuming anything scientific? Disgusting and stupid babble and lying is what this is. As for Christopher magically being the representative of all paleontologists, he isn’t, there is no universally elected speaker for paleontology or science, and further, truth is not determined by consensus as these evolutionists on enotes and Wikipedia and everywhere else want you to think, and many of them are bent on mind control to get the consensus they want.

From http://creationwiki.org/Archaeoraptor:

Creationists and evolutionists both agree that there are some problems with dinosaur to bird transitions. Alan Feduccia stated that there are significant differences between the embryonic thumb structure and also how the lungs are shaped. He also states that “dinosaurs have exactly the wrong anatomy for developing flight, with their large tails and hind limbs and short forelimbs”[5]

And who is Mr. Feduccia? He’s only the

S. K. Heninger Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is an evolutionary biologist interested in vertebrate evolution, especially the origin of birds from reptiles, the origin of avian flight, and Tertiary adaptive radiation. Feduccia took his B.S. in Zoology from L.S.U., and Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He lectured at Michigan and then taught at S.M.U. for two years before joining the University of North Carolina faculty in 1971. Feduccia’s research has taken him on numerous expeditions to Central and South America and Africa. He is the author of more than 125 scientific publications dealing primarily with the evolution of birds and other vertebrates, embryology, comparative morphology, and evolutionary systematics. His publications include some ten books (including editions & translations), and five monographs, including the internationally acclaimed and award-winning, The Age of Birds, Harvard University Press (1980), which appeared in Japanese, German and paperback editions. Reviewer comments included: “a revelation of clarity and synthesis…Feduccia–himself a leading anatomist–has brought together startling new evidence on the reptilian-avian relationship… science writing at its best,” and in 1993 the book was termed “definitive” by the New York Times.

according to http://www.bio.unc.edu/faculty/feduccia/references.htm

And from http://www.unc.edu/depts/uncspeak/feduccia.html:

Perhaps no area of evolutionary study has been more controversial than the origin of birds. While most paleontologists have advocated a dinosaurian origin, Alan Feduccia, professor and chair of the Biology Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, challenges that view. His recent fossil finds in China indicate that there was an evolution of birds before the arrival of the toothy, reptile- like Archaeopteryx, which was popularly thought to be the dinosaurian ancestor of all birds. Feduccia’s talks also cover his “big bang” theory: that about 65 million years ago most birds died with the dinosaurs, and that the ancestors of all of today’s birds evolved explosively in only about 5 to 10 million years. His latest book, The Origin and Evolution of Birds, presents his position in detail.

And according to Wikipedia:

Alan Feduccia is Alan Feduccia is a paleornithologist, specializing in the origins and phylogeny of birds. He is now Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina.

And from Barbara J. Stahl, anatomy professor and paleoichthyologist of Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, wrote a book titled, Vertebrate History: Problems in Evolution. She said,

“In the absence of fossil evidence, paleontologists can say little about the date at which these sixty-nine living families of Passeri-formes… appeared”. (You can read about Passeriformes here).

Why didn’t the authors of enotes note any of these opposing claims from high prominent mainstream evolutionists? They didn’t because they are biased hypocrites who love lies, hate God, and therefore the truth, because God is the source of truth, always says what is true, and the closest thing to living truth.

Related Articles:

Ornithologist and Evolutionary Biologist Alan Feduccia—Plucking Apart the Dino-Birds (published by Discover Magazine on 2/1/2003)

150 Years Later, Fossils Still Don’t Help Darwin (published by ICR on 3/2/2009)

A Chronicle of the California, London and Italy Tuition Fee Protests

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Photo from the New York Times – Slideshow

A still taken from Russia Today’s “London Riot: Tory HQ smashed by British students” video


Students block the highway in Bologna, Italy
from Gian Filippo – Associated Press

Students cause chaos around Italy in cuts protest
11/30/2010/07:56 ET
from the BBC

Italian student protesters have been causing major disruption in the capital, Rome, and other cities as MPs debate a bill on education reform.

Rome was brought to a virtual standstill by the Block Everything Day ahead of the vote on spending cuts and time limits on research.

Students argue the cuts breach their right to education.

Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini has defended the reform, which is aimed at saving billions of euros over the next two years, and creating a more merit-based system.

Students blocked roads and central squares in Rome, and hundreds surrounded the Chamber of Deputies as riot police maintained a tight cordon.

Cars were unable to circulate around the city as other students blocked roads and major throughways.

Rubbish protest

Traffic was disrupted in other major cities, from Turin to Palermo, while students blocked the tracks at railway stations in Milan, Pisa and Venice.

In Naples, protesters took advantage of the rubbish collection crisis to throw the debris and rubbish bags lining the streets at the doors of the regional government office, AFP news agency reports.

Mr Berlusconi’s government faces confidence votes in both the lower and upper houses of parliament on 14 December.

The prime minister says he is optimistic about winning the votes but he has been beset by defections from his coalition and allegations about his behaviour.

Recently the prime minister denied improper conduct in the case of a teenage nightclub dancer who was released from a police cell following his intervention. – Source with video

University of California regents vote on fee hike

11/17/2010

by the Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO – University of California officials are voting on a tuition hike that has fueled violent protests, leaving four police officers injured and more than a dozen protesters arrested.

The UC Board of Regents, meeting at UC San Francisco, will consider Thursday a proposal to raise student fees by 8 percent next fall while expanding financial aid to more students.

If approved, student fees for California residents would increase by $822 to $11,124. The figure doesn’t include individual campus fees or room and board. The increase would raise an estimated $180 million in annual revenue, with $64 million set aside for financial aid.

Students at Wednesday’s demonstration called on the regents to reject the tuition hike, which would follow a 32 percent fee increase that went into effect this fall.

“Students every year are paying more and more for an education that they’re getting less and less from,” said Jared McCreary, 23, a fourth-year student majoring in history and political science at UC Riverside. “You still see a lot of students struggling, having to take out loans, working multiple jobs. That’s the reality of the situation.”

Police arrested 13 people, including 10 UC students, during the demonstration outside the campus building where the Board of Regents was meeting, said campus police Chief Pamela Roskowski.

One student was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon after a campus police officer was hit in the head with his own baton, Roskowski said. – More here

 

London Tuition Fee Protestor Lewis Evans throws a chair at the Tory Headquarters

Student tuition fee protests: police failed to monitor anarchists’ internet chatter planning violence

11/2010/7:00 P.M. GMT

by Richard Edwards

Scotland Yard was condemned yesterday for an “intelligence” failure after it emerged that anarchist groups had been openly threatening violence at the tuition fees protests eight days before the march in London.

The Radical Workers’ and Students’ Bloc boasted on several known anarchist websites, chatrooms and Facebook that it would be taking “direct action” and encouraged the “occupation” of key sites.

A unit at Scotland Yard routinely scans the “chatter” on the internet before protests, but there are questions over how it either missed or ignored the suggestion of violence and the involvement of known anarchist groups.

It meant the planning process was flawed and the force was caught short when trouble flared at the Conservative Party headquarters on Millbank in central London.

Kit Malthouse, the head of the Metropolitan Police’s watchdog, admitted yesterday: “The problem seems to be a gap in the intelligence. From the large amount of work they did before the event, did police they have the right intelligence? And what assessment did they put behind that, which meant they put 250 people on the streets to police it?”

The Radical Workers’ and Students’ Bloc, identified by red and black flags flown from the roof of Millbank Tower, was organised by the Anarchist Federation, along with the London Solidarity Federation. The Leeds Class War group and the Whitechapel Anarchist Group also confirmed yesterday that they were involved in the trouble. – More here

Student tuition fee protests: security guards were powerless to act, then riot ringleaders

11/12/2010/7:00 A.M. GMT

by Gordon Rayner and Laura Roberts

Hundreds of hours of CCTV and television news footage will be studied, together with thousands of photographs, by officers trying to put names to the snarling faces of the culprits.

Among those being sought urgently are a protester who threw a fire extinguisher from the roof of 30 Millbank and youths who kicked in windows or used chairs, hammers and metal bars to smash glass in the building’s atrium. As well as those who were arrested, 250 people were searched, photographed and released “pending further investigation”, but many of the ringleaders are thought to have escaped police attention, meaning further arrests are likely to follow.

Witnesses said many of the hooligans who destroyed the ground floor of the building and sprayed anarchist slogans on the walls had left by the time police gained control of the situation and made arrests.

One protester also suggested the man who threw the fire extinguisher was among a group who left the roof by a fire escape before police moved in.

Sam Davies, a 19-year-old anthropology student, said: “In the building some people got hold of fire extinguishers and sprayed them around the offices which they trashed.

“There were a few security guards around but they were powerless to do anything to stop what was happening because they were heavily outnumbered. They called for back-up but there were only about 20 police around. – More here

Riot rabble who targeted Tory HQ: Unmasked, the hardcore leaders of the student mob

11/12/2010

by Richard Pendlebury

There was an expat grandfather, a university tutor, a teenage schoolboy, a recent law graduate and a wealthy foreign student whose education was part-funded by the British taxpayer.

What they all had in common yesterday was an apparent central role in the riot which saw Tory Party HQ in Millbank Tower trashed by a howling mob.

As 50 people were released on police bail pending the examination of photograph and video footage of the mayhem, a picture began to emerge yesterday of the disparate nature of those involved.

The shock felt by many present contrasted with the glee expressed by a hardcore.

A large number of middle-class students who travelled to Central London to take part peacefully in their first demonstration had found themselves inadvertently propelled into the frontline.

But it also became clear that the violence, which left 14 injured and caused thousands of pounds of damage, was orchestrated and inflamed by a number of far-Left groups.

Last night Luke Cooper, a tutor in international relations at the University of Sussex and a member the pressure group Revolution, confirmed the event was carefully organised.

He said: ‘There has always been a plan for Revolution and the International Coalition Against Fees and Cuts to take direct action after the National Union of Students demo.

‘There are a number of different Government buildings in that part of London and all of them would have been legitimate targets for protest and occupation.’

Revolution’s website states: ‘We are a group of young activists who are fed up with unemployment, war, poverty, cuts and capitalism. We want to bring down Cam and Clegg’s millionaire coalition and replace it with socialism.’ – More here

Protests Turn Violent in London

11/10/2010

by Sarah Lyall

The protesters scuffled with police officers, set off flares, burned placards and kicked at windows until they shattered.

As of midafternoon, the protesters and police were at a standoff outside the building, Millbank Tower in Westminster. Some protesters had climbed onto a nearby roof terrace. Others continued to try, sometimes successfully, to enter the building, only to be escorted out again by the police. At one point the fire alarm went off and some workers left, but many then returned.

“They seem to be holding the line reasonably well at the moment,” a worker inside the building told the BBC by telephone. “We’re just trying to get on with our work.”

Elsewhere, thousands of people massed near Parliament to condemn the government’s education proposals, which would allow universities to charge between £6,000 ($9,600) and £9,000 ($14,400) in tuition a year, up from the current cap of £3,290($5,264). The protest was the largest street demonstration so far against the government’s plans, announced last month, to cut public spending by some $130 billion by 2015.

Unions and public-sector employees have promised further demonstrations and strikes in the months to come.

Tuition is a politically sensitive subject in Britain, where universities are heavily financed by the government. Until the late 1990’s, university students paid nothing. The Labour government then introduced tuition, eventually raising the maximum rate that universities could charge to the current level.

But the current government, a coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, has announced plans to cut teaching grants to universities and said it has no choice but to raise tuition to fill the shortfall.

That has presented a dilemma for the Liberal Democrats, the junior, more vulnerable members in the coalition, who made abolishing university tuition altogether a core element of their platform in last spring’s general election. – More here

David Cameron has called for the ”full force of the law” to be used against people who assaulted police or damaged property during protests about student tuition fees.

11/112010/2:02 P.M. GMT

If you know any of the individuals involved email studentriots@telegraph.co.uk

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused as protesters smashed windows, damaged furniture and daubed walls with graffiti, sparking a four-hour stand-off in Westminster. Police have arrested 50 people.

The violence followed what was meant to be a peaceful protest against higher tuition fees organised by the National Union of Students.

Outlining yesterday’s events to MPs, Mr Herbert said a ”violent faction” had ”directed a series of criminal acts” against the office complex on Millbank following the demonstration.

”The Government has been clear that we are committed to supporting peaceful protest,” he said.

”But, as the Prime Minister said this morning, we are equally clear that when people are bent on violence and destruction of property then that is completely unacceptable.”

The NUS had originally predicted 5,000 demonstrators would be present, Mr Herbert said, which was later revised to 15,000. – More here

Students march through London to protest against ‘elitist’ tuition fees

11/16/2000

by Cahal Milmo

Thousands of students yesterday achieved what 400 hauliers and farmers failed to do a day earlier, by bringing large parts of central London to a halt, on a mass march against higher education fees.

Thousands of students yesterday achieved what 400 hauliers and farmers failed to do a day earlier, by bringing large parts of central London to a halt, on a mass march against higher education fees.

Undergraduates from more than 150 universities and colleges paraded, for three hours, along a five-mile route that crossed the Thames, waving banners and blowing whistles, causing traffic jams, as police closed off some of the capital’s busiest thoroughfares.

In contrast to the fuel protesters, the event, billed as the biggest student march for a decade, failed to bring immediate concessions from the government, despite claims that the abolition of maintenance grants is driving ethnic minorities and the poorest youngsters from higher education.

The National Union of Students, which organised the protest, said that the average cost of a degree from next year will be between £14,000 and £15,000 in tuition fees and living costs. The number of black students applying to go to university has fallen by 10 per cent since 1997 and the number of applications from men from working-class backgrounds fell by 7 per cent in the same period, according to the NUS.

The student body said proposals for “top-up fees” – extra tuition charges of up to £5,000 suggested by Vice-Chancellors at some of the top universities – threatened to turn the higher-education system into one based on financial muscle, rather than academic. – More here

California Students Protest, Riot Over Tuition Gouging

11/20/2009/4:03 P.M.

by Phil Villarreal on

Responding to UC regents’ efforts to slap students with a 32 percent tuition increase, groups at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, UCLA and other schools took to the streets, 1960s style, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Things apparently got the craziest at UCLA, the Chronicle writes:

“Students, furious at the increase that will bring their yearly fees above $10,000 for the first time, rushed the UCLA building where the regents were meeting, throwing food, sticks and vinegar-soaked red bandannas meant to look like blood. UC police arrested 14 people for disrupting the meeting and resisting arrest.” – More here

Hundreds of students lay down to symbolize the “Death of Public Education”

Photo from Damian Dovarganes of the Associated Press

UCLA crowds decry fee increase

UC regents give final approval to boost cost 32%

11/19/2009/8:09 A.M.by Teresa Rochester

Hundreds of students lay down to symbolize the ‘Death of Public Education,’ as they protest peacefully outside the UCLA campus Covel Commons building, where University of California regents were scheduled to vote on a 32 percent student fee increase, on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. The UC Board of Regents is considering boosting undergraduate fees, the equivalent of tuition, by $2,500 by summer 2010.

LOS ANGELES — WESTWOOD — Chanting and holding signs, while others blew whistles and rang cow bells, hundreds of noisy protesters demonstrated for a second day at UCLA on Thursday as University of California leaders approved a 32 percent increase in student fees.

Students, labor leaders and politicians rallied outside the Board of Regents’ meeting on campus, chanting “Shame on you!” after learning the governing board of the University of California approved the higher fees.

The $2,500 student fee increase was approved after two days of tense protests across the state. Scores of police in riot gear guarded the building as the Board of Regents voted.

The increase will push the cost of an undergraduate education at California’s premier public schools to over $10,000 a year by next fall, about triple the cost of a decade ago. The fees, the equivalent of tuition, do not include the cost of housing, board and books.

“Our hand has been forced,” UC President Mark Yudof told reporters after the vote. “When you don’t have any money, you don’t have any money.”

Some staff and board members were trapped in the building for up to several hours after the meeting because of the disruption outside. A van carrying regents and staff was surrounded and delayed by protesters as it tried to leave campus. – More here