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September 03 2013

Market turmoil signifies a new global financial crisis in the making - World Socialist Web Site

Market turmoil signifies a new global financial crisis in the making - World Socialist Web Site

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/03/pers-s03.html

Market turmoil signifies a new global financial crisis in the making
3 September 2013

Concerns are growing in international financial circles that the conditions have been created for a major, and potentially uncontrollable crisis, as soon as the US Federal Reserve begins cutting back on its purchases of US treasury bonds under its “quantitative easing” (QE) program.

Since the Fed first indicated last May it would begin the process of “tapering,” the so-called “emerging markets” have been experiencing growing turbulence in their currency and stock markets as the speculative capital that moved in as a result of QE starts to be withdrawn.

#pétrole #énergie #marchés #spéculation #crise

August 14 2013

How America is killing itself with sugar — War in Context

How America is killing itself with sugar — War in Context
http://warincontext.org/2013/08/14/how-america-is-killing-itself-with-sugar

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A diet in which 25 percent of one’s calories come from added sugar could be just as harmful to a person’s health as being the inbred offspring of first cousins, a new study conducted by University of Utah researchers found.

The scientists chose this threshold due to the National Research Council’s formal recommendation that a person’s calories from added sugar not exceed 25 percent of their total caloric consumption. However, even this may be far too much, according to the study’s results which found female mice died at twice the normal rate and males were a quarter less likely to hold territory and reproduce when fed the diet reflective of many Americans.

“Our results provide evidence that added sugar consumed at concentrations currently considered safe exerts dramatic adverse impacts on mammalian health,” the researchers said regarding their findings published in the journal Nature Communications, adding they were careful to keep the administered levels of sugar proportionate to the amount consumed by humans through candy, beverages and baked goods. For example, the researchers stressed that the mice’s diet directly corresponded with one in which a person drinks three sodas a day “plus a perfectly healthy, no-sugar-added diet.”

July 11 2013

Euphonia : a mechanical talking machine - Boing Boing

Euphonia : a mechanical talking machine - Boing Boing
http://boingboing.net/2013/07/11/euphonia-a-mechanical-talking.html

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Here’s a delicious potted history of the Euphonia, a mid-19th century gadget that could simulate human speech by pumping bellows-fed air over an artificial tongue set in a chamber of weird plates and valves. It had a severe woman’s face and coils of hair in ringlets, and spoke in a “weird, ghostly monotone.”

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