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Imprinted in the minds of Indians are Jawaharlal Nehru’s words delivered at the stroke of midnight on that most important day: when the soul of a na tion, long suppressed, finds utterance. Everyone longed for their beloved India to sprout wings and fly . I find myself wondering today , what is the point of it all, if the wings are used to fly in the wrong direction? Towards a direction that is not in tune with our innate culture? We made one such unfortunate turn early in our independent history .

Freedom-loving liberals among us must remember and hang our heads in shame at the regrettable turn we took on May 10, 1951. That was the day Jawaharlal Nehru piloted the First Amendment to the Indian Constitution (which was passed into law within a few weeks). Among other restrictions on our fundamental rights, this also restricted freedom of expression.

Many feel that this was in response to the Supreme Court judgment in 1950 on the `Romesh Thappar vs The State of Madras’ case, through which the ban on Thappar’s magazine (a Marxist journal called Crossroads) was lifted. Many lawyers opine that in effect, the Supreme Court had recognized unfettered freedom of expression as compliant with our original Constitution; just like it was in the US and far better than in Europe at the time. Legal luminaries also hold that since unfettered freedom of expression would have been recognized as a fundamental right, the illiberal IPC Section 295(a), a gift bequeathed by the British Raj, through which many books have been banned, would be overridden.

Why did the Nehru government pass the first amendment? Critics of Nehru will hold this as proof that he was not a classical liberal (defined as one who defends political and economic freedoms for all). Supporters of Nehru will say that he had to ensure unity of purpose in the first few years of independent India to stabilize our country; and some freedoms were a small price to pay for this. I’ll let historians pass judgment on this issue.

I merely offer my take on the events that transpired; an observation that is based on my strong belief in freedom of expression. And this is not just as a liberal, but also as an inheritor of a culture that has a proud, millennia-long tradition of ideational freedom.

Freedom of expression is, frankly , the most Indian of values; one that was staunchly defended by Lord Brahma himself in the Natya Shastra. In ancient India one was free to create and encourage various versions of the holiest of epics like the Ramayan and Mahabharat; and all versions, some even unorthodox, were celebrated.In fact, one could even be an atheist in ancient India, as the Charvaks were (probably from the seventh century BC), and nobody would commit violence against them for being `ungodly’. One could practise out-of-the-ordinary rituals, as the Aghoras did (like ritual sex), and unlike in modern India, nobody would ban their practices as long as they didn’t hurt another. Everyone had a right to find their own truth, in keeping with the spirit of the Rig Vedic maxim: Ekam Sat Vipraha Bahuda Vadanti. Truth is one, but the wise men speak it as many .

I would ask for only two restrictions to be placed on freedom of expression. On someone who exercises freedom of expression to suppress the freedom of expression of another; that is unacceptable. And on anyone who uses freedom of expression to directly call for violence. In every other case, absolute and unfettered freedom of expression should be practised.Every banned book should be unbanned. Every argument, no matter how troubling it may be, should be allowed expression. Sigmund Freud had said that the first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.

All of us who count ourselves as liberals and are proud Indians must ask for the First Amendment to be repealed.Moreover, we must not practise the kind of hypocritical freedom of expression that the westerners practise, where views not in alignment with the prevailing orthodoxy are suppressed; not through violence, but by ensuring that one is prevented from visiting various public forums or one’s works are not published (for example, the gagging of Ayaan Hirsi Ali). I must state that I disagree with many things Ms Ali says; but we must defend the right to speak even of those whose views are deeply troubling, provided that there is no direct call for violence.

Stopping the free flow of ideas is against India’s innate culture. We are not in any sense being “westernized” if we ask for unfettered freedom of expression. In fact, we are being very Indian. Furthermore, as our ancestors realized thousands of years ago, freedom of expression is the foundation of a liberal and decent society .

As the Rig Veda says: `In speech is enshrined blessed glory , is enshrined Mother Lakshmi herself.’

Time to do away with Jawaharlal Nehru's first amendment to the Indian Constitution


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AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, File In this, Aug. 11, 2012 file photo, a Russian MiG-29 plane flies during a celebration marking the Russian air force’s 100th anniversary in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia. NATO said Thursday there have been around 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year, amid heightened tension between Moscow and the West over the Ukraine crisis.

“If you look at the number of intercepts around NATO, we can talk about 400 intercepts, 50 percent more than last year,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in western Estonia.

“Most of these flights are taking place in an international airspace, but they are close to our airspace, and they are interfering with commercial flights.

“It is a pattern that we haven’t seen for many years, back to the time of the Cold War.”

He spoke from the Amari air base that hosts the Western defence alliance’s air policy mission over the Baltic states, following talks with Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas.

It was his first stop on a tour of the three Baltic states that were once ruled from Moscow and which, like fellow newer NATO member Poland, have been deeply concerned by Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

The West believes Russia is pulling the strings in the deadly seven-month conflict between pro-Western government forces and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s east — an accusation the Kremlin denies.

Stoltenberg said NATO had seen “more than 100 intercepts, which is three times more than last year” around the Baltic region alone, but reiterated that the alliance would protect its members.

“It is all for one and one for all,” he said.

He later travelled to Latvian capital Riga, where he reacted to Russia’s Wednesday call for Ukraine to stay out of the NATO alliance.

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NEW HAMPTON, Mo. A Christian homeschooling organization has filed a legal challenge against a Missouri sheriff and his deputy after they pepper sprayed and tasered a couple in front of their children when they refused to let them in the house without a warrant.

The situation occurred in September 2011 after a Missouri Child Protective Services (CPS) agent had visited the home of Jason and Laura Hagan of New Hampton following a complaint of a messy home. When the caseworker sought to return a second time for a follow-up, the couple refused. CPS then called the police.

According to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA),Sheriff Darren White andChief Sheriffs Deputy David Glidden then arrived at the home, seeking to enter. Mr. Hagan told the men that they needed to obtain a warrant from a court.

When Glidden stated that he would enter anyway, Hagan turned to go back in the house, and was consequently pepper sprayed in the back of his head, and then in his face. Mrs. Hagan was then sprayed as well.

As Mr. Hagan was still standing after the ordeal, he was then tasered, which caused him to fall to the floor just inside of the door. Mrs. Hagan then closed the door on the deputy.

But at this point, White joined Glidden on the porch, and together they busted open the Hagans door, forcing their way inside. They found both Mr. and Mrs. Hagan lying on the floor and began pepper spraying them again. They also sprayed a chemical agent on the dog and threatened that they would shoot if he did not stop barking at them.

The Hagans were then handcuffed and charged with child endangerment and resisting arrest, and the children were taken to the hospital for exposure to the pepper spray used by the sheriff and his deputy on their parents. The children at the time were ages 13, 10 and 8.

As the Hagans were then forced to appear in court to answer for the charges, a judge instead found that Glidden and White had violated the couples Fourth Amendment rights by forcing entry into their home without a warrant.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized, the constitutional amendment reads.

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AMARI Estonia/LONDON (Reuters) – NATO warplanes have had to scramble 400 times this year in response to an increase in Russian air activity around Europe not seen since the Cold War, the alliance’s chief said on Thursday.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have sought to fill gaps in the alliance’s land, air and sea defences since Russia annexed Crimea and backed a secessionist movement in the eastern part of Ukraine.

Speaking to U.S., German and Estonian troops at a newly expanded and renovated air base in western Estonia, which once housed a Soviet military installation, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the problem was not just where the Russians are flying but that they are not turning on their transponders or communicating.

He said the flights – which have risen 50 percent over the last year – posed a risk to commercial air traffic.

“This pattern is risky and unjustified, so NATO remains vigilant. We are here and we are ready to defend all our allies against any threats, Stoltenberg said in a speech after meeting Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas.

“It is a pattern which we have not seen for many years and it is a pattern that reminds us of the way they conducted these kind of military air activities back in the time of the Cold War.”

Vice Admiral Peter Hudson, commander of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command, said Russia was using its military forces in a “much more assertive manner”, which included more Russian naval activity in the Baltic region.

“From a NATO perspective, we are going about our legitimate business in international waters working with our allies. They are occasionally interfering, occasionally operating as a nuisance,” Hudson told Reuters in London.

“Safety has not been breached, but it is just a style of behaviour which we have not seen for 25 years, since the end of the Cold War,” he said.

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Every informed person needs to know about Bitcoin because it might to be one of the worlds most important developments. ~ Leon Louw, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Bitcoin exchanges are an integral part of the virtual currency world and its ecosystem in particular. Prior to the fall, Mt. Gox enjoyed the status of being a monopolist as it dominated an estimated 80-90% of the Bitcoin-Dollar trading volume. Though the collapse of Mt. Gox raised many questions, but the aftermath only lasted for a short span and the trading volumes rose again at various other exchanges. The exchanges today claim to have learned from Mt. Gox and present themselves as advanced models with better security mechanisms in place. The article covers some of the prominent platforms (in no particular order) for buying and selling Bitcoins. (Related: Bitcoin Mass Hysteria: The Disaster that Brought Down Mt. Gox)

Bitstamp, a Slovenia based Bitcoin exchange, is one of toppers in terms of trading volume. It facilitates instant buy-sell orders for USD/BTC pair with withdrawals and deposits available in currencies other than dollars as well. The exchange offers trading using limit orders where a pre-determined price can be set for buy and sell orders. Bitstamp has earned a strong reputation in the Bitcoin world. The two youngsters, Nejc Kodri and Damian Merlak, who are behind Bitstamp, are to be commended for running the exchange very professionally with sound audits and regulatory compliance.

To buy Bitcoins, clients need to open an account with Bitstamp, which is followed by transferring money into the account. This can be done through SEPA, international wire transfer, etc. For those using SEPA, there is an additional step for change over from Euros to Dollars for trading and then Dollars to Euro while withdrawal. There is a fee levied on withdrawals – the fee for SEPA is fixed at 0.90 after conversion into Euros while the fee for any international withdrawal is 0.09% (minimum fee being $15). Bitstamp earns a trading fee on the successful trades which is based on the 30 day trading history of clients. The minimum fee rate is as low as 0.5% – usually for new accounts and those with a thin volume (

Bitfinex is a platform providing advanced trading tools like margin trading, short selling and liquidity swaps to buy or sell Bitcoins, Litecoins and Darkcoins. Bitfinex was launched in 2013 and has grown in a short span to be one of the largest exchanges going by the trading volume (USD). The platform is currently in a beta testing phase and is looking to add new and advanced features going forward.

The people behind Bitfinex are very paranoid (as they call themselves) about the security issues. They store 99.5% of the assets in cold storage and only 0.5% is in wallets to allow for convenient deposits and withdrawals. Once a day, a backup of the database of the exchange is taken which is encrypted and then archived. The backup is sent to different locations as a further measure of protection. The servers is protected with up-to-date softwares and the exchange is regularly tested by Arcui to detect (and prevent) any intrusion. (See: How Bitcoin Works)

Coinbase has emerged as one of the high profile names in the Bitcoin world placing itself on the top as a one stop solution for Bitcoins – its a wallet for storing, spending, buying and accepting Bitcoins, it acts as a Bitcoin processor (merchant tool) for many merchants and businesses (example; Expedia,, Dell), and is among the top Bitcoin exchanges. Coinbase is a San Francisco, California based company and its initial offering was primarily restricted to the U.S. but now it has entered Europe providing, buying and selling services to around 18 countries.

Coinbase works on a slightly different principle wherein the client needs to link the bank account with the Coinbase account and has to initiate an ACH automatic transfer system for buying Bitcoins every time since Coinbase does not hold dollars in customer accounts. Though the order is placed at the time of placement of order but Bitcoins are released once the amount is credited from bank into Coinbase account which typically takes 3-5 working days. This mechanism of payment makes it unfit as a day trading exchange. It is designed for newcomers who are learning about Bitcoin trading or those who trade with a longer view. Currently,Coinbase does not cater to advanced trading tools like bids, asks, limit orders, margin trading, or short sale orders.There is afee for each transfer from dollars to Bitcoin or vice versa, charged at 1% plus a $0.15 bank fee. (See: Stores Where You Can Buy Things With Bitcoins)

Cryptsy is a platform not only for Bitcoins, but also the variants which are collectively called altcoins. The exchange provides services to trade more than 200 different types of cryptocurrencies currently, including the names like Litecoin, Dogecoin, MazaCoin, Peercoin and so on. The exchange is headquartered in Florida and is a FinCEN registered MSB (Money Services Business); it will be beta tested in the near future. The exchange plans to offer services to merchants who are open to accepting the different digital currencies as a mode of payment.

The exchange, which was launched in summer of 2013, has witnessed strong growth in a short span with a broad spread consumer base and high trading volume. According to the, the number of registered users is 270,000 and the volume crosses 300K trades per day. The trading fee is 0.20% for buyers and 0.30% for sellers, while the transaction fee varies with the coin trading in (depends on the wallet charges).

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TIME World Ukraine Russia Wants a 100% Guarantee That Ukraine Wont Join NATO Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with members of the All-Russia Popular Front in Moscow on Nov. 18, 2014 Alexei DruzhininAP Comment’s come as NATO’s secretary-general accuses Kremlin of “destabilizing” Ukraine

A top adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the Kremlin wants a 100% guarantee that Ukraine will be prevented from joining NATO.

Dmitri Peskov told the BBC that NATOs eastward expansion continued to make Russia nervous. His comments echoed similar tough talk coming from President Putin, who promised a crowd attending a forum in Moscow on Tuesday that Russia would never be subdued by Washington.

Throughout history no one has ever managed to do so toward Russia and no one ever will, RT quoted Putin as saying.

Putins remarks came as NATOs Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg accused the Russian leadership of destabilizing Ukraine and breaking a two-month-old truce by continuing to support separatist forces fighting in the countrys southeast.

We see the movement of troops, of equipment, of tanks, of artillery, of advance air-defense systems, and this is in violation of the cease-fire agreements, said Stoltenberg, after arriving at the European Union headquarters in Brussels. We call on Russia to pull back its forces from eastern Ukraine and to respect the Minsk Agreements.

The alliance, along with independent monitors, has issued numerous reports during the past two weeks claiming that the Russian military is moving armored columns across the border into Ukraine, where rebel militias have been shelling strategic locations in the war-torn Donbass region on a daily basis.

In Moscow on Tuesday, Germanys Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned during a press conference that there was no end in sight to the conflict in Ukraine unless all parties to the Minsk accord stuck to the cease-fire.

There are no grounds for optimism in the current situation, Steinmeier told reporters, according to Agence France-Presse.

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel struck an even harsher tone labeling Russias incursions into Ukraine as dangerous and irresponsible.

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Washington: In May, reacting to revelations of the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records, members of the House of Representatives voted by a wide margin to end the program.

On Tuesday night, their counterparts across the US Capitol could not win enough votes to proceed even with debate on a bill that sought to accomplish much the same thing.

Part of what accounts for the different outcome is a shift in the climate over the past six months, as a steady stream of disclosures about government surveillance has abated. At the same time, Republican opponents of an overhaul of the NSA’s programs have been bolstered by a renewed fear of terrorist attacks by the Islamic State militant group and a sense that now is not the time to alter the intelligence community’s authorities.

National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade.

Indeed, GOP advocates for the NSA and others appealed to those fears in moving to block the Senate debate.


On the eve of the vote, two former top national security officials campaigned against the bill in a Wall Street Journal op-ed headlined “NSA Reform that Only ISIS Could Love.” ISIS is another designation for Islamic State, the Sunni militants battling for control for parts of Iraq and Syria.

Former NSA Director Michael Hayden, who also headed the CIA, and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey warned that IS “uses sophisticated Internet communications to swell its ranks with recruits bearing US, Canadian or European passports who can easily slip back into their native countries and wreak havoc.”

That op-ed set the tone for Tuesday’s GOP-led assault on the USA Freedom Act, which also specified other surveillance reforms.

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Its already November and therefore a good time to prepare for Black Friday and the upcoming Bitcoin Black Friday. November 28th will be a date to save with all the deals that will be released to the Bitcoin community. Be sure to sign up for e-mail updates so you dont miss it!

Also in this issue: BloomNation talks flowers and accepting bitcoins; Circle releases Android and iOS apps; Blockstream receive $21 million in funding; the next round of Dread Pirate Roberts bitcoins being sold by the U.S. Marshals; and Coinbase releases its own tipping button.

November 28th this year is the retail holiday Black Friday and along with it the Bitcoin Black Friday deal-making event is also approaching.

Bitcoin Black Friday Jon Holmquist says that he expects to see 6,000 merchants this yearthats ten times the number who joined in 2013and that the expected deals will be released on November 26th.

This will be the third year that Bitcoin Black Friday as run and it has only gotten bigger each year. For more information see SiliconANGLEs post on the 2014 event.

Internet flower arrangement and delivery service, BloomNation started accepting bitcoin at the same time competitor announced it would be taking bitcoins. In January of this year, BloomNation partnered with Coinbase to accept bitcoins for Internet-based flower delivery.

BloomNations mission statement is to disrupt the way that Internet flower delivery works by acting as a service that connects people with local florists and then getting out of the way. The process involves local small businesses, the florists send an image of the final arrangement to the customer before delivery (no stock photos), and it allows for same-day hand delivery.

A lot of people who would not have traditionally sent flowers today, have now sent flowers online because of bitcoin, says Gregg Weisstein, Co-Founder and COO of He feels that accepting bitcoins has opened up BloomNation to that niche customer.

According to Weisstein, bitcoin transactions represent a very small amount of total revenueless than 1 percentbut that the team sees bitcoin orders come in all the time.

Its pretty exciting, he adds. The business gets a separate notification from Coinbase on bitcoin orders.

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Venture capitalist Tim Draper, the sole winner in a June auction of about 30,000 bitcoins, said he plans to bid again when the U.S. government sells an even bigger cache of the virtual currency next month.

I am a big believer in bitcoin, and I believe it to be one of the most important technologies that have come along in our lifetime, Draper said in an e-mail to Bloomberg News. The price is even better than the last auction.

The U.S. Marshals Service said yesterday it plans to sell 50,000 bitcoins in a Dec. 4 auction, as it gradually gets rid of the bitcoins seized after the illicit Silk Road marketplace was shut down last year and its operator, Ross William Ulbricht, was arrested.

Draper, co-founder of investment firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, paid an undisclosed sum in the last auction, which attracted 45 bidders. The 30,000 bitcoins were worth about $19 million based on exchange prices at the time.

Since then, the value of bitcoins has declined about 42 percent to $373.64 apiece today, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index, which represents an average of bitcoin prices across leading global exchanges. That values that 50,000 being auctioned at almost $19 million.

In June, Draper said he planned to help provide access to bitcoins in developing economies and use the bitcoins won in the auction as a source of liquidity.

I have made 17 investments in bitcoin companies so far, and I plan to make more, Draper wrote in the e-mail.

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UMKC Law School professor Allen Rostron did not begin his legal career intending to work in the area of Second Amendment rights, or be a full-time law professor. After graduating from Yale Law School, he worked as a tax attorney. He soon found, however, that he did not enjoy the work. At the time of his change of focus, gun control was getting a lot of media attention and when an opportunity presented itself, he took a position at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The decision began a path that he still follows today.

Rostron was recently invited to be part of a planning team on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloombergs gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety. As part of this group, Rostron focuses on recent decisions about the Second Amendment made by the Supreme Court after many years of the court not having any significant opinions about it.

When the Supreme Court decides something and you think well, that answers the question, it raises just as many questions, Rostron said.

That leaves lower courts around the country trying to figure out which laws are fine as they are written and which laws need some adjustment or even to be struck down. Groups on both sides of the issue gather to strategize to influence those decisions.

According to its website, Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Their voices of the movement are moms, mayors and survivors.

There are groups that oppose gun control because they see it as an infringement upon the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Rostron said that in the recent Supreme Court decisions, the court has said that there needs to be a historical point of view taken. If a gun law is being decided on, a modern public policy perspective should not be the only perspective. The Supreme Court says that these decisions should begin by looking at what the right to keep and bear arms traditionally meant.

That creates a real need to know the history, Rostron said. There is a real need for historians to delve back into what was the situation with guns 200 years ago or more. What kind of laws did they have and what did they think you had a right to do and what did the right not cover. Its a very rich, interesting, historical exploration.

The courses Rostron teaches at UMKC have a healthy amount of discussion. He teaches a Seminar on Gun Law & Safety, but all of his courses have some amount of discussion about rights that citizens hold.

Students are willing to debate the gun control issue because its not as personal as more hot-button issues like abortion or affirmative action.

I have found guns to be in the category of some other things like maybe religion very controversial and people have very strong views about it, but theyre not afraid to get into it a little bit with other students or with the teacher, Rostron said.

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In an erawhere public concern overomnipresent and oppressive government surveillance is at an historical high, partly attributable to Edward Snowdens National Security Agency (NSA) revelations, nine of the worlds biggest tech companies are fighting for the publics right to internet freedom. The coalition, made-up of Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, AOL, Dropbox and Evernote, ispresently lobbying legislators in Washington, D.C to curtail the governments surveillance programs and vote on the USA Freedom Act. If passed, the bill will greatly reduce the governments spying capabilities concerning online emails and internet metadata. The bill also urges more transparency from the government apropos disclosing agencydemands for data from tech companies.

An open letter to the U.S. Senate, the coalition stated in the first paragraph: The Senate has an opportunity this week to vote on the bipartisan USA Freedom Act. We urge you to pass the bill, which both protects national security and reaffirms Americas commitment to the freedoms we all cherish.

The coalition hopes the letter will expedite a passing of the bill due to the fact that if the USA Freedom Act might not be as favored by a Senate controlled by the Republican Party, which will happenin January next year. The letter appeals to the current Senate and the matter of its longevity by saying, Now is the time to move forward on meaningful change to our surveillance programs. We encourage you to support the USA Freedom Act.

In May the House of Representatives with bipartisan support passed the USA Freedom Act, and it is now set for a vote today, November 18. The outcome will send a strong message to the US public, and the world at large, a fact the coalition didnt fail to point out: the Senate has the opportunity to send a strong message of change to the world and encourage other countries to adopt similar protections.

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QUINCY (CBS) A poor sense of direction likely saved the lives of several dozen sea turtles this weekend.

In recent days 45 sea turtles washed ashore beaches on Cape Cod. The young turtles dont yet know how to properly make their migration, and as a result they were stranded.

They get on the north side of the Cape. Navigation is tricky, New England Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse told WBZ NewsRadio 1030s Karen Twomey.

Theyve got land on three sides and they have to swim north 25 miles to then begin swimming south. And because theyre young they dont figure that out often.

The turtles were brought to New England Aquariums turtle hospital. (Karen Twomey/WBZ)

LaCasse said turtle rescues from Cape Cod are a regular occurrence this time of year. According to the aquariums website, each November 25-150 young sea turtles are rescued.

After being rescued, the turtles are brought to the New England Aquariums turtle hospital, where they are placed in warming tanks to help get them back to full health.

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Diabetes Cure on the Horizon?

Diabetes is one of the biggest health issues in the United States today, affecting millions of Americans. Diabetes is the seventh most common cause of death in America today, and for that reason, it is a huge area in American medical research. What if it were possible to cure Diabetes? Imagine how many lives would be saved and how much longer people would live. Well, new research shows that there may be hope for Diabetes sufferers, and one day in the near future, they may be able to overcome the disease entirelyat least patients with Type-1 Diabetes.

What is the Difference between Type-1 and Type-2 Diabetes?

Type-1 Diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs in childhood. It is the least common of the two forms of Diabetes, affecting only five to ten percent of diabetes sufferers. Type-1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system of the patient directly attacks the pancreatic islet cells which produce insulin. Over the course of years, the ability to produce insulin is entirely depleted in the patient, and they need to take insulin to survive. Insulin is the hormone which facilitates the transfer of energy from glucose to the cells.

Type-2 Diabetes, on the other hand, is far more common, and generally becomes an issue in adulthood. It is largely a lifestyle disease, in which the patient develops what is known as insulin resistance, where their body loses the ability to effectively transport glucose. Historically, Type-2 Diabetes has been rare in adolescent patients, but the number of patients with this condition is rising. Type-2 Diabetes is caused largely by a diet which is high in sugar and processed carbohydrates, which causes sugar levels and insulin levels to spike in an unnatural way. Over time, the body often loses its ability to effectively produce insulin as a result of this condition, necessitating medical treatment.

UAB Diabetes Study

In a groundbreaking study by the University of Alabama Birmingham, scientists have discovered that there is a medication that is currently available on the market which has the ability to counteract Diabetes in animal subjects. Mammals, at least for the most part, all use insulin the same way, so what works in mammals should also work in human beings. The results of this study were so promising that they led directly to a donation of over two million dollars by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in order to attempt to replicate the results in a human clinical study.

This research study is titled The Repurposing of Verapamil as a Beta Cell Survival Therapy in Type 1 Diabetes. The study is projected to start in winter of 2015, and is ultimately the result of a decade plus of combined research led by the University of Alabama Birmingham Comprehensive Diabetes Center.

How Does Verapamil Cure Diabetes?

This study is promoting a revolutionary new form of diabetes treatment. Scientists and medical professionals have long known that the beta cells of the pancreas are responsible for the production of insulin, but there have been no medical approaches designed to promote the regeneration of these vitally important cells. When glucose enters the blood stream, the Beta Cells produce insulin to transport glucose to cells.

Researchers at UAB have discovered that elevated blood sugar leads directly to the excess production of a particular protein known as TXNIP. Beta cells produce TXNIP, and patients with Diabetes produce way too much of it. Before UAB discovered their function and processes, no one knew what these proteins did. Unfortunately, when the Beta Cells have elevated levels of TXNIP for too long, this is toxic, and contributes to the death of the cells. This is why Type-2 Diabetes gets worse over time.

Using this knowledge, UAB Researchers tested the effectiveness of various existing drugs upon the TXNIP concentrations within Beta Cells. What they discovered was that one particular medication, known as Verapamil, had the ability to suppress TXNIP levels significantly in rodent models. Rodents with blood sugar levels higher than 300 mg/dl and clear diabetes were given Verapamil treatment, and the medication was so effective, that the rodents essentially no longer suffered from Diabetes.

What Is Verapamil Used For?

Verapamil is a type of medication which is known as a Calcium Channel Blocker. The medication is designed to alleviate symptoms such as chest pain and high blood pressure by encouraging vasodilation of the blood vessels and the heart. The medical treatment is also sometimes used for certain conditions in which the heart beats irregularly.

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Information Regarding Verapamil Diabetes Trial

Now that they have established the effectiveness of Verapamil in animal subjects, it’s time to test the effectiveness and safety of the treatment on human patients. In this study, 52 participants will be selected for study. Selected patients will range in age between 19 and 45. This study is looking to select participants that have just been diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes in the three months prior to recruitment.

These patients will be divided into a control and experimental group. Half of the patients will be given placebo, whereas the other half of the patients will receive Verapamil. All patients will continue using Insulin Treatments for the duration of the study. Throughout the study, the patients will also carry a device which is designed to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels for the entire year, providing researchers with vital information with regard to their health state.

Patients experiencing unexplained weight loss, fatigue, excessive urination, or significant thirst are encouraged to visit their doctor in order to see if they suffer from Diabetes and could potentially benefit from this study.

Research Indicates that Verapamil May Be a Highly Effective Diabetes Treatment

The lead researcher in charge of this trial is Dr. Anath Shalev, who is the head of the University of Alabama Birmingham Comprehensive Diabetes Center. He explains that it is clear from the Center’s research that Verapamil has the capability to both stop diabetes before it starts and cure those that currently suffer from Diabetes, at least in rodent subjects. By suppressing TXNIP in Beta Cells, it appears possible to fully protect and preserve the production of Insulin.

Verapamil appears to be effective, or at least highly beneficial, for practically all patients suffering from Diabetes, even those that are suffering from severe Diabetes. The primary cause of Type-1 Diabetes is the death of Beta Cells, and if it is possible to prevent these cells from dying or create an atmosphere in which they can regenerate, this would be huge. As of today, there are no treatments of this kind that are available to patients.

The secondary head of this Diabetes Cure Study is Fernando Ovalle. He also played a major role in creating this study, and will be responsible for making sure everything goes to plan with the execution of the human trial. He will be in charge of collecting data, testing, treatment, and the recruitment of participants.

How Is Diabetes Treated Today?

Today, the symptoms of Diabetes are treated, rather than the root cause. In order to promote and preserve the health of the patient as effectively as possible, doctors prescribe drugs to reduce blood sugar, and also prescribe insulin in order to facilitate the effective transport of glucose to cells throughout the body. When blood sugar levels are too high, it essentially becomes toxic, and damages the circulatory system.

If it is possible to treat Diabetes with Verapamil, this will change the way that Diabetes is treated world wide, and could even eliminate the need for Insulin and other drugs in the long term. As people are growing older and more susceptible to Diabetes, a treatment like this could save so many lives and billions of dollars each year.

Diabetes is an American Epidemic

Diabetes is one of the most dangerous and widespread diseases in the United States today. In fact, it is currently the 7th most common mortality risk among Americans. The devastating effects of Diabetes are widespreadThe circulatory issues associated with diabetes lead to a host of health issues, including amputation, kidney disease, blindness, hypertension, and heart attack.

Diabetes is an incredibly common condition, and the American government estimates that more than 12% of men and women over the age of 20 suffer from diabetes, whether they realize it or not. Beyond that 12%, it is believed that 37% of patients are pre-diabetic, meaning that their blood sugar levels are elevated. This means that, in the near future, it is nearly undeniable that the number of people with Diabetes will continue to grow. Only ten years ago, 27% of Americans over 20 were considered to be pre-diabetic.

New cases of Diabetes continue to increase in the United States, but are finally starting to slow down. Over 8% of adults were discovered to have Diabetes in the year 2012. Certain populations are more susceptible to Diabetes at this time than others. Hispanics and blacks, for example, are still experiencing Diabetes at an increasing pace, as well as men and women that never graduated or only graduated high school.

It is imperative to find new and more effective treatments for Diabetes not only for the social cost but for the financial cost of the condition as well. It is estimated by the American Diabetes Association that Diabetes cost the United States almost $250 billion dollars last year.

Changes in Beta Cell Function Play a Role in both Type-1 and Type-2 Diabetes

It has been clear for many years that both Type-1 and Type-2 Diabetes are largely the result of diminishing Beta Cell Function. It’s also been clear that both forms of Diabetes lead to the death of Beta Cells. It is only recently, and due to the diligent efforts of UAB researchers, that we have come closer to recognizing the root cause of the condition.

Interestingly enough, even adult patients with Type-1 Diabetes diagnosed in their youth still have some level of Beta Cell activity in spite of their autoimmune issues. Unfortunately, there are not enough Beta Cells to promote healthy blood sugar.

Previously, it was hypothesized that it would be possible to implant Beta Cells in order to facilitate healthier blood sugar, but in practice, this form of treatment is incredibly costly and of limited effectiveness. As a result of this, increased research is being put into figuring out a way to create an atmosphere in the pancreas and the Beta Cells where the body could regenerate its own tissues and restore its own ability to produce insulin. It appears that Verapamil may be able to do just that, suppressing the negative influence of TXNIP and allowing the Beta Cells to propagate and repopulate the Pancreatic Islets. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the biggest charity in the world which promotes research to help patients with Type-1 Diabetes.

The JDRF has a number of goals with regard to the research that they choose to fund. In particular, this study was chosen because the charity places a particular emphasis on research which is designed to potentially allow patients to restore proper pancreatic function. Any study which may potentially cure Type-1 Diabetes is near the top of their list for grants, and Verapamil may lead Diabetes to know longer be a chronic condition, but an actual, reversible disease. The specific name of the JDRF initiative is the Beta Cell Restoration Research Program.

One of the means by which it would be possible to cure Diabetes would be to catch the condition relatively early and provide aggressive treatment designed to amplify the function and survival of the Beta Cells which produce Insulin. Dr. Andrew Rakeman, a director at the JDRF explains that this Verapamil study is an end result of years and decades of Diabetes basic research promoted by the charity. Before new, practicable research can be conducted, the scientific foundation must be laid for those new treatments.

As a result of all of this basic research, it is now possible for scientists to use that science to create treatments that can benefit patients and save lives. This treatment may benefit patients with both Type-1 and Type-2 Diabetes. Dr. Rakeman is excited about this study because it can absolutely change the way that Diabetes is treated, and may even cure the condition, at least in some facet.

In this study, the patients will see both their established Clinical Endocrinologist and the Research Practitioners. The goal of the University of Alabama Birmingham researchers will be to assess the ability of the patient to make their own insulin, and measure how well the patient is controlling blood sugar based upon the readings on their glucose sensor. The researchers will also use a modern and advanced test called C-Peptide Response in order to assess how well the patient is able to produce his or her own insulin, and how many functional beta cells that they actually have over the course of the study.

Verapamil Has Big Advantages for Patients over Other Clinical Diabetes Trials

Because of the way that Verapamil works, it is much safer for the patient than other forms of experimental treatment being studied. Most other experimental studies use medications which modulate or suppress the immune system, in order to slow down or prevent the immune system from attacking the Beta Cells. Unfortunately, drugs like these can have significant side effects which can be very hard on the patient.

Verapamil has long been used by patients suffering from high blood pressure and other related conditions. In fact, it has been used effectively for over thirty years with no significant side-effects. As a result of this, the researchers are highly confident that the use of the medication will not lead to any severe side-effects, even if the treatment is, in the end, of limited effectiveness.

There is a lot of scientific data, derived from both animal research and in vitro human tissue studies, that shows how Verapamil works, and how it can effectively treat diabetes. If this treatment is effective, it will be the only Diabetes treatment available that actually promotes the natural proliferation of natural Insulin and the natural enhancement and proliferation of Beta Cells.

How Did Researchers Discover that Verapamil Could Be Effective for Diabetes Patients?

It took more than ten years for the original hypothesis regarding Diabetes Research to turn into actionable results. It began with a simple brainstorming question, and has developed into a totally new mechanism for Diabetes treatment.

Dr. Shalev feels strongly that this Verapamil Treatment will change the way that we treat Diabetes throughout the world. At this point, it is unclear exactly how effective that the Verapamil treatment will be. It’s very much possible that this research will eventually lead patients to invigorate their Beta Cell concentrations so significantly that they can overcome the need for Insulin treatments. It’s very possible that this treatment could totally cure Diabetes. Dr. Shalev is quick to point out that, although this research points to that potential conclusion, that a single year of treatmentthe duration of this particular studywill likely not lead to a total independence from Insulin.

This does not mean that Verapamil will not be extremely beneficial to patients, however. Even if Verapamil is unable to totally reinvigorate Insulin Production, increased natural Insulin Production will benefit the patient significantly even if they still need to take Insulin. This is because natural Insulin production of any kind allows the body to tweak Insulin levels to meet the needs of the body. One of the issues with Insulin Injections alone is that they can’t adapt to particular circumstances and meet the ideal needs of the body accurately, which increases the risk of complications. Increased natural Insulin Production reduces the risk of these complications.

Even the concept of Verapamil will totally change the way that we think about Diabetes. This represents an entirely new area of Diabetes Study, one that the University of Alabama Birmingham is on the forefront of, along with the Southern Research Institute. The two institutions have combined forces to form the Alabama Drug Discovery Institute. In addition to the current study featuring Verapamil, they are also looking into other potential treatments that have the ability to modulate TXNIP levels in order to effectively treat diabetes by preserving and proliferating the Beta Cells of the Pancreatic Islets.

Dr. Shalev explains that none of the current treatments available provide ultimately effective treatment for Diabetes, which is why mortality rates associated with the disease are so significant. This research is the first time where there truly is hope to reverse the global Diabetes epidemic. The doctor also explains that it is due to the vigorous efforts of the University of Alabama Birmingham Comprehensive Diabetes Center and the forward thinking of the administration and the friends of the school that created an atmosphere where these advances are possible.

Diabetes Cure on the Horizon

OAKLEY — Senior running back Sean Pinson had 162 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to lead the Falcons past the visiting Mustangs.

Pinson scored twice within four minutes early in the third quarter as Freedom built a 27-14 lead. Monte Vista sophomore quarterback Jake Haener rallied his team, though, twice closing the gap to within a touchdown.

Haener found Alex Brown for a 44-yard touchdown on third-and-25 to draw the Mustangs within 27-21 with three minutes left in the third. After a Sebastian Correia 1-yard run boosted the Falcons’ lead back to 12 points, Haener connected with Traehome Banda for a diving 18-yard touchdown, narrowing the deficit again, this time to five points.

Haener drove the Mustangs inside the Freedom 10-yard line with under two minutes remaining and a chance to win the game, but a holding penalty was followed by two incompletions and a sack to end the game. Haener finished 32 of 50 for 376 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Brown. Banda had 16 catches for 198 yards and a score.

— Nate Smith, correspondent

Freedom 33, Monte Vista 28

Monte Vista 7 7 7 7– 28

Freedom 0 13 14 6– 33

MV — Brown 31 pass from Haener (Henry kick)

F — Fauolo 5 pass from Sweeney (kick failed)

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NCS playoffs: Freedom 33, Monte Vista 28

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Noticing that many new visitors to their website were arriving via the free online guide, the team at the website decided to focus on keeping that page up to date and ensuring it only contained the most relevant and accurate information, in order to reflect the latest guidelines in the fast paced world of search engine optimization.

In the latest version of the document, which recently went live on the website, the content team from the agency have added a series of warnings or typical scams employed by other SEO agencies. We added the warnings and list of things to avoid when selecting a service provider as too many clients were coming to us after having had a bad experience with another SEO firm one of the founders of SEO Consultancy Ltd explained. Hopefully by sharing this information we can help others avoid falling victim to the unscrupulous agencies who unfortunately are still offering their services in abundance, even today the continued.

With a free guide proving a popular way to generate more traffic to their website, and giving them an opportunity to offer real value to prospective clients, the team at the SEO Consultancy Ltd have plans in the works for adding even more guides and free reports to their website.

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