The FAST technology is designed to detect anything from changes in body movement, body heat, eye movements, breathing patterns, voice pitch, and your prosody (the tone and rhythm in which you speak).

God help you if you suffer from anxiety, are running late, have a flying phobia, or happen to belong to the Smyth family with our history of airport dramatics. The irony of course is psychopaths …do not have the same physiological reaction as normal people under generally perceived stressful situations. They can pass lie detector tests. They’ll pass this too. So the bomber will be waved on through while granny having an asthma attack will be manhandled off for interrogation.

Yet another of the War on Terror’s jokes.



Oh Wow. Oh Wow. Oh Wow!

November 1, 2011

In the eulogy Steve Jobs’s sister describes how on his death bed he looked at his family for a long time, and then over their shoulders past them.

His final words were, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow!”

It reminds me of the incredible privilege it is to share those moments with someone who is dying, as they begin to slip in and out of consciousness and catch a glimpse the journey that lies ahead.

“Oh wow, Oh wow, Oh wow.” So full of incredulity, wonder and promise…

Home births under threat

October 28, 2011

While other countries expand access to homebirth we shut it down. It really leaves me concerned about my daughter’s future options: a medicalised birth or a secret homebirth with no midwife in attendance. Neither is attractive, nor optimal.

Activists have fought so hard to retain access to homebirth, while the AMA pushes harder to have access limited. Unfortunately the medical lobby’s voice is the more powerful of the two and they have swayed our health minister in their favour. I find it quite ironic that it was a female Health minister who finally conceded and gave them what they’d lobbied for decades. Well done Nicola Roxon. Sadly I don’t get any sense that she even begins to understand how she has betrayed women.

Once again we find ourselves free to choose what has been chosen for us. Ah democracy in action. Don’t you just love it? At this stage I’m ready to go live in some fascist state somewhere. At least they are overt about the control of the population and don’t pretty it up with pat phrases about “improved access” and “increase in options” while they are systemically removing them.

Home births under threat

The Maitland Mercury
28 Oct, 2011 04:00 AM

Maitland women choosing to give birth at home will be forced to deliver their babies under a cloud of secrecy if government legislation is not changed.

It became illegal in July 2010 for a registered midwife to attend a home birth after a Senate committee recommended that all home birth midwives be insured.

Since then the number of private midwives attending births has dwindled from 200 in 2009 to just 90 in 2011.

Homebirth Australia is now calling on the federal government to ensure Australian women can continue to access the care of a registered midwife at home and not be abandoned by the government for their choice of maternity care.

Ashtonfield woman Lucy Smith, 27, gave birth to son Xavier at home in February 2010 under the care of the Belmont Birthing Centre.

She was adamant she did not want to give birth in hospital.

“I always knew I wanted to have a home birth and I really didn’t want to do it any other way,” Ms Smith said.

“The government really has no right in taking this choice away from women because this is our decision to make.

“If I had to choose between giving birth in hospital and delivering at home without a midwife then I would do it alone.”

Homebirth Australia spokesperson Michelle Meares said reforms to the maternity care system have meant many women will no longer have access to midwives.

“But many will still choose to birth at home,” Ms Meares said.“In the last two years, the impact of the maternity reforms has lead to a deterioration in options for women, greater risk for women and babies and a move from quality primary care to expensive secondary care.

“Australian women who make the safe legitimate choice to birth at home are asking – will I have to hide to give birth.”

This latest campaign coincides with Homebirth Awareness Week. Figures show home birth has increased by 14.9 per cent in Australia.

October 26, 2011

An upcoming film about men and childbirth. Fathers have a natural instinct to protect their young. This film explores how that protective instinct is being suppressed to allow culturally acceptable abuse of their newborn babies during standard medical procedures. In the process it exposes the personal and societal cost of our blind deference to medicine.

Chad Bray, From: Dow Jones Newswires

The Australian November 3 2009

CONNECTICUT Attorney-General Richard Blumenthal is probing allegations of price-fixing and preferential treatment in the distribution of the seasonal flu vaccine.

Mr Blumenthal yesterday said in a statement that he had sent letters to four manufacturers and nine distributors of the flu vaccine, seeking information on the prices they charge and the rationale used to allocate supplies.

The state A-G also wants details on what steps may be taken to assure equitable distribution of limited vaccine supplies.

The manufacturers include units of GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi-Aventis, AstraZeneca and CSL.
“I am asking vaccine makers and distributors to detail prices, supply levels and distribution methods, and criteria to guard against favouritism and gouging,” Mr Blumenthal said.

“I will fight to assure no one makes a killing off the seasonal flu vaccine shortage – potentially endangering seniors and the sick – and everyone who needs a shot gets one.”

Mr Blumenthal said his office had received complaints of seasonal flu vaccines being offered at many times the normal price – as much as $US100 a dose, or higher – and preferential treatment in distribution to large retailers.

Read the rest of this entry »

Take a look at this video clip which includes extracts from the Council on Foreign Relations Symposium on Pandemic Influenza.

They make a few revealing admissions:

  • Swine flu is not dangerous as it is missing the molecular signature of the 1918, 1957 and 1968 influenza outbreaks.
  • They would prefer to mandate the vaccine  for health workers.
  • There is more than enough vaccine for everyone but generating fears about scarcity will increase the uptake (“have them lining up all night”).
  • People who oppose the vaccine are “crazy people” sprouting “pure lunacy”.
  • The most revealing point of all is that they are laughing at us:  both those chosing to take the vaccine and those of us opposing it.  There seems to be a general consensus that the public is a mindless malleable mass.

Unfortunately to some degree they are right on that point as the entire fabric of our society is designed to keep us that way, propoganda being just one of the tools.  Communist and fascist regimes are renowned for their overt control through propaganda:  do as we say for the good of the nation.  However capitalist propoganda is much more sophisticated: we are manipulated into wanting, even demanding,  what the government and corporations want us to do.  They want us to take the vaccine,  they’ll create scarcity and have us queuing for it.  They want to censor the internet, they’ll create a scare and have us demanding it.   It’s brilliant in its simplicity and highly effective.  If you doubt me please watch The Century of Self.

However, I’ve found it enormously encouraging to see how many people are actually using their common sense, instinct and intelligence to counteract the daily bombardment of this corporate and government spin, which is again evident in the street interviews in this clip.

I had doubts about the authenticity of the above clip, given there were no visuals.  However it passes muster.  Here is another one with visuals which includes links to the orignal full-length version (in the YouTube side bar) if you are interested. 

In this one you’ll hear them admitting the need to use “psychology”, “communications strategies” and “sound bytes” (propaganda) to counteract the “pure lunacy” of those opposing the vaccine.

Can I suggest you do some research on the CFR.  You’ll see it is instrumental in the push for globalisation, which essentially benefits major corporations at the expense of individuals.  There’s much more but that’s it in “sound byte”.

Repairing Links

November 7, 2009

My apologies, links in the posts appear to be broken.  I’m in the process of restoring them.