Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Briefly: Paul Craig Roberts on Risk of US/Russia-China War, Peter Duesberg - Rethinking AIDS, UK a Fiscal Mess, Bogus Threats to US$ Reserve Status, Architecture of US Global Power Exposed, Diet and Violence

Paul Craig Roberts: US risks war with China and Russia

Dr Peter Duesberg, A Cautionary Tale - ReThinking AIDS

Mish: UK is Bigger Fiscal Mess than Spain or Portugal; Fiat Currencies Don't Float

Mish Bogus Threats to US Reserve Currency Status: No Country Really Wants It!

Alfred W. McCoy and Brett Reilly: Washington on the Rocks

In one of history’s lucky accidents, the juxtaposition of two extraordinary events has stripped the architecture of American global power bare for all to see. Last November, WikiLeaks splashed snippets from U.S. embassy cables, loaded with scurrilous comments about national leaders from Argentina to Zimbabwe, on the front pages of newspapers worldwide. Then just a few weeks later, the Middle East erupted in pro-democracy protests against the region’s autocratic leaders, many of whom were close U.S. allies whose foibles had been so conveniently detailed in those same diplomatic cables.

Suddenly, it was possible to see the foundations of a U.S. world order that rested significantly on national leaders who serve Washington as loyal “subordinate elites” and who are, in reality, a motley collection of autocrats, aristocrats, and uniformed thugs. Visible as well was the larger logic of otherwise inexplicable U.S. foreign policy choices over the past half-century.

Why would the CIA risk controversy in 1965, at the height of the Cold War, by overthrowing an accepted leader like Sukarno in Indonesia or encouraging the assassination of the Catholic autocrat Ngo Dinh Diem in Saigon in 1963? The answer — and thanks to WikiLeaks and the “Arab spring,” this is now so much clearer — is that both were Washington’s chosen subordinates until each became insubordinate and expendable. ...

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Emily Deans: Diet and Violence 

Paul Whiteley*, I believe, originally posted to the comments concerning some very interesting studies on diets and violence.  Over the past 10 years, several groups of researchers have done some decent work in this area, and (for once in the nutritional-type literature) I can actually look at a randomized controlled trial of good size and design that was actually replicated.

The modern era of good studies begins with Oxford nutrition and criminology researcher, Bernard Gesch (1).  Back in 2002, he published a (full free text) study entitled "Influence of supplementary vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids on the antisocial behavior of young adult prisoners."  ....
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