Cancer, a Man-Made Disease | Causes and Prevention December 03, 2010 | 336,092 views Share A study of ancient bodies has determined that cancer is a man-made disease, one fueled by the excesses. Tumors turn out to be extremely rare until very recent times, when pollution and poor diet became issues. Researchers analyzed potential references to the disease in classical literature, and also searched for signs in the fossil record and in mummified bodies. But despite examining tissue from hundreds of Egyptian mummies, they confirmed only one case of cancer According to the Daily Mail: "Dismissing the argument that the ancient Egyptians didn't live long enough to develop cancer, the researchers pointed out that other age-related disease such as hardening of the arteries and brittle bones did occur ...
UK Uncut (UKuncut) Warning: they want us to pay the private sector to make a profit from NHS Why does the Health Secretary think that the private sector needs a subsidy to be able to enter the market for services now provided by the NHS? Because public provision is a more efficient way to do things, maybe? But then why get rid of it? Why does the Health Secretary think that the private sector needs a subsidy to be able to enter the market for services now provided by the NHS? Because public provision is a more efficient way to do things, maybe? The Department of Health has just published its 165-page “ Health and Social Care Bill 2011 Impact Assessments ”. What a convenient conclusion for the private sector. The largest is that NHS staff have generous, subsidised pensions. The Daily Telegraph recently highlighted the case of David Metter, chief executive of Innisfree, the PFI company which owns or part-owns 28 hospitals as well as 269 schools. The second major distortion relates to cost of capital. The third distortion is that private companies have to pay corporation tax.
UK Uncut: In London? Sports Bloc - o... Ornella Barra Official Site Bailiffs and debt collectors : Directgov - Money, tax and benefits A bailiff may visit your home if you don’t pay your debts - eg a Council Tax bill, parking fine, court fine, county court or family court judgment. This will happen if you ignore letters saying that bailiffs will be used. Bailiffs must normally give you at least 7 days’ notice of their first visit. You can stop bailiffs from visiting by paying the money you owe. Talk to the person or business you owe money to as soon as possible to get advice on how to pay your debt. Bailiffs are also known as ‘enforcement agents’. Dealing with bailiffs In most cases, you don’t have to open your front door to a bailiff or let them in. Bailiffs are not usually allowed to force their way into your home - eg by pushing past you, or putting their foot in the door. However, if you don’t let them in or agree to pay them: they could take things from outside your home - eg your car you could end up owing even more money If you do let them in, but don’t pay them, they may take some of your belongings. Bailiffs can’t:
It began offshore… | The Architecture of Transparency Two weeks ago, on January 17, a rare event took place at the Frontline Club in London: Rudolf Elmer, the now famous Swiss whistleblower, addressed the press. He didn’t come alone. An interesting group of people came to offer him moral support. Swiss Whistleblower Rudolf Elmer Plans to hand over offshore banking secrets of the rich and famous to WikiLeaksHe will disclose the details of ‘massive potential tax evasion’ before he flies home to stand trial over his actions. You see the problem? First, everybody was expecting “a WikiLeaks representative” who was not there when the press conference started. So the main problem is that the press conference didn’t quite live up to the media’s expectation. This is quite hilarious. The problem with offshore secrecy is it provides an environment which not only protects criminal activities; it encourages criminal activities. The media expected to be shown some evidence of crime. The media simply was hungry for more.
Library clears its shelves in protest at closure threat Stony Stratford library is one of two branches being considered for closure by Milton Keynes council. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian The library at Stony Stratford, on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, looks like the aftermath of a crime, its shell-shocked staff presiding over an expanse of emptied shelves. Only a few days ago they held 16,000 volumes. Now, after a campaign on Facebook, there are none. The empty shelves, as the library users want to demonstrate, represent the gaping void in their community if Milton Keynes council gets its way. Stony Stratford council got wind in December and wrote to all 6,000 residents – not entirely disinterestedly, as the council meets in the library, like many other groups in the town. – they should be finding ways to expand its services and bring even more people in."
Taxman let Vodafone off £6bn bill By Daniel MartinUPDATED: 08:30 GMT, 16 September 2010 Controversial tax boss Dave Hartnett agreed a deal to let Vodafone off a £6bn tax bill, it emerged yesterday. Let off: Vodafone escaped a £6bn tax bill In what was described as an 'unbelievable cave-in', the HMRC's permanent secretary for tax allowed the phone giant to avoid paying vast amounts of tax on profits racked up by a subsidiary based in a tax haven. The disclosure comes after it emerged that Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs had undercharged 1.4million Britons a total of £2billion in tax and would be claiming it back. Last week Mr Hartnett was forced by Chancellor George Osborne to issue a grovelling apology. The agreement between HMRC and Vodafone came after negotiations-between revenue officersand John Connors, Vodafone's head of tax. The saga began a decade ago when Vodafone bought German engineering firm Mannesmann for 180bn euros. But it was ruled that the deal broke anti-tax avoidance rules.
LHO : Health Inequalities Tool Page last updated: Thu, 08 Apr 2010 17:19:15 GMT The Health Inequalities Intervention Tool for All Areas (2008) This tool is part of the Health Inequalities Intervention Toolkit To access the Toolkit to find the latest Life Expectancy Tool for Spearhead areas (2010) and the new Infant Mortality Tool, please click here Health Inequalities Intervention Tool for All Areas (2008) Please note that an error has been discovered in the Model Interventions section of the tool. This tool provides information on the following, based on data for 2001-05: The life expectancy in each English local authority, and in the most deprived quintile of each local authority The gap in life expectancy between the most deprived quintile and the local authority as a whole for all areas, and between the local authority and England for Spearhead areas An analysis of the contribution of causes of death to the gap between the most deprived quintile of the local authority and a variety of comparators
The War on Cancer: a Progress Report for Skeptics March 30, 2011 | 416,050 views Disponible en Español Share In 1971 President Nixon and Congress declared war on cancer. "These summary statistics show that the war on cancer has not gone well," says the article's author, Reynold Spector. The philosophical significance of UKUncut is increased by Pepper Spray When activists under the banner of UK Uncut protest outside high-street shops on Saturday 18th December they will be doing something of great political importance. But they will also be demonstrating and articulating something of immense philosophical significance. We republish this outstanding analysis posted in OK in December at the start of the movement against fat cat tax avoidance as the BBC reports CS gas was used against UKUncut demonstrators after a supporter was arrested for "damaging" a shop door of Boots by pushing a leaflet under it. A brilliant account by Ellie Mae O'Hagan is on the New Left Project. When activists under the banner of UK Uncut protest outside high-street shops tomorrow they will be doing something of great political importance. The demand that corporations cease exploiting the tax loopholes government created for them is ethical in a precise way. It also exposes a fundamental error of ruling political theory. But the point is larger even than this.