ずくなしの冷や水

2019年05月09日

心臓発作の後に遺伝子治療の効果がある

FASRSNEWS2019/5/9
Genetic Therapy Heals After Heart Attack
TEHRAN (FNA)- Researchers have found that therapy that can induce heart cells to regenerate after a heart attack.

Researchers from King's College London have found that therapy that can induce heart cells to regenerate after a heart attack.

Myocardial infarction, more commonly known as a heart attack, caused by the sudden blocking of one of the cardiac coronary arteries, is the main cause of heart failure, a condition that now affects over 23 million population in the world, according to the World Health Organisation.

At present, when a patient survives a heart attack, they are left with permanent structural damage to their heart through the formation of a scar, which can lead to heart failure in the future. In contrast to fish and salamander, which can regenerate the heart throughout life.

In this study, published today in Nature, the team of investigators delivered a small piece of genetic material, called microRNA-199, to the heart of pigs, after a myocardial infarction which resulted in the almost complete recovery of cardiac function at one month later.

Lead author Professor Mauro Giacca, from King's College London said: "It is a very exciting moment for the field. After so many unsuccessful attempts at regenerating the heart using stem cells, which all have failed so far, for the first time we see real cardiac repair in a large animal."

This is the first demonstration that cardiac regeneration can be achieved by administering an effective genetic drug that stimulates cardiac regeneration in a large animal, with heart anatomy and physiology like that of humans.

"It will take some time before we can proceed to clinical trials" explained Professor Giacca.

"We still need to learn how to administer the RNA as a synthetic molecule in large animals and then in patients, but we already know this works well in mice."

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Materials provided by King's College London. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

Journal Reference:

Khatia Gabisonia, Giulia Prosdocimo, Giovanni Donato Aquaro, Lucia Carlucci, Lorena Zentilin, Ilaria Secco, Hashim Ali, Luca Braga, Nikoloz Gorgodze, Fabio Bernini, Silvia Burchielli, Chiara Collesi, Lorenzo Zandonà, Gianfranco Sinagra, Marcello Piacenti, Serena Zacchigna, Rossana Bussani, Fabio A. Recchia & Mauro Giacca. MicroRNA therapy stimulates uncontrolled cardiac repair after myocardial infarction in pigs. Nature, 2019 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1191-6

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:16| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Russia: US Attempts to Resettle Kurds in Arab Areas Might Trigger Syria’s Breakup

Russia: US Attempts to Resettle Kurds in Arab Areas Might Trigger Syria’s Breakup
TEHRAN (FNA)- The attempts taken by the United States to resettle Kurds in the regions historically inhabited by Arab tribes might cause Syria’s breakup, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday after talks with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

"We strongly feel that the Syrian Kurds should enjoy their rights as a nation that has a lengthy history and that has lived in Syria over many centuries," Lavrov stated, according to TASS.

"It is necessary that those areas inhabited by the Kurds should remain their national heritage. The US attempts to resettle Kurds in the areas where Arab tribes have always lived historically is a very bad process and a direct way to separatism and the breakup of Syria," he added.

According to the Russian foreign minister, the situation on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River cannot but cause concern, since foreign troops and special ops forces are stationed there, thus occupying that part of the Syrian Arab Republic.

"They were not invited. They are deployed there illegally and are still attempting to play the Kurdish card, as it tends to happen in the areas controlled by the Americans and their allies among the units fighting on the ground. We are convinced that the Kurdish issue needs to be solved in full compliance with the respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty of the states where Kurds live," Lavrov noted.

"We hope that the United States alongside all those assisting it on the ground, including our French counterparts, should practice what they preach regularly and solemnly about respecting the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Syrian Arab Republic," he concluded.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:33| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Iraqi PM Rejects US Demand for Slacking Ties with Iran

Iraqi PM Rejects US Demand for Slacking Ties with Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underlined that Baghdad will not loosen relations with Iran despite Washington's sanctions.

Abdul Mahdi told Pompeo during his recent surprise visit to Baghdad that his country would continue strengthening friendship and cooperation with all friendly and neighboring countries, including Iran, a statement by the Iraqi premier's office said.

The statement said that the meeting between Abdul Mahdi and Pompeo took place after two phone calls on Saturday and Monday.

Abdul Mahdi said in the meeting that the US is an important strategic partner for Iraq and Baghdad will continue its balanced policy of strengthening relations with all friendly and neighboring countries, including Iran.

The Iraqi premier had also told Pompeo that Iraq has based its foreign policy on its own national interests and will try to deepen its commonalities and will not insist on divisive issues.

The statement also said that Iraq seeks to resolve all problems through honest and constructive dialogue.

In relevant remarks last month, Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi stressed Tehran and Baghdad's determination to boost the volume of their trade transactions to $20bln despite Washington's embargoes.

"The Iranian companies have a market share of $10bln in Iraq at present, and assessments show that the volume of trade exchanges between the two countries should increase to $20bln," Masjedi told reporters on the sidelines of an Iranian exhibition in Baghdad.

Meantime, Iraqi officials downplayed impacts of the US decision to cancel waivers on Iran crude sanctions, stressing that Baghdad would continue purchase of gas and electricity from Tehran.

"Washington should come to realize that Iraq enjoys trade, economic, geographical and security ties with Iran and it cannot be needless of Iran's energy," Senior Member of the Iraqi Parliament's Energy Committee Razzaq Maheibas was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid as saying in April.

Also, an official at the Iraqi electricity ministry said last month that there was no replacement available for Iraq's gas imports from Iran, adding that there would be 4,000MW of power shortage in case Iraq stops gas imports from Iran.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:26| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Nuclear Bomb Testing: Residue in Ocean Animals

FARSNEWS219/5/9
Nuclear Bomb Testing: Residue in Ocean Animals
TEHRAN (FNA)- Radioactive carbon released into the atmosphere from 20th-century nuclear bomb tests has reached the deepest parts of the ocean, a new study finds. Crustaceans in deep ocean trenches have incorporated this 'bomb carbon' into the molecules that make up their bodies.

Radioactive carbon released into the atmosphere from 20th-century nuclear bomb tests has reached the deepest parts of the ocean, new research finds.

A new study in AGU's journal Geophysical Research Letters finds the first evidence of radioactive carbon from nuclear bomb tests in muscle tissues of crustaceans that inhabit Earth's ocean trenches, including the Mariana Trench, home to the deepest spot in the ocean.

Organisms at the ocean surface have incorporated this "bomb carbon" into the molecules that make up their bodies since the late 1950s. The new study finds crustaceans in deep ocean trenches are feeding on organic matter from these organisms when it falls to the ocean floor. The results show human pollution can quickly enter the food web and make its way to the deep ocean, according to the study's authors.

"Although the oceanic circulation takes hundreds of years to bring water containing bomb [carbon] to the deepest trench, the food chain achieves this much faster," said Ning Wang, a geochemist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Guangzhou, China, and lead author of the new study.

"There's a very strong interaction between the surface and the bottom, in terms of biologic systems, and human activities can affect the biosystems even down to 11,000 meters, so we need to be careful about our future behaviors," said Weidong Sun, a geochemist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Qingdao, China, and co-author of the new study. "It's not expected, but it's understandable, because it's controlled by the food chain."

The results also help scientists better understand how creatures have adapted to living in the nutrient-poor environment of the deep ocean, according to the authors. The crustaceans they studied live for an unexpectedly long time by having extremely slow metabolisms, which the authors suspect may be an adaptation to living in this impoverished and harsh environment.

Creating radioactive particles

Carbon-14 is radioactive carbon that is created naturally when cosmic rays interact with nitrogen in the atmosphere. Carbon-14 is much less abundant than non-radioactive carbon, but scientists can detect it in nearly all living organisms and use it to determine the ages of archeological and geological samples.

Thermonuclear weapons tests conducted during the 1950s and 1960s doubled the amount of carbon-14 in the atmosphere when neutrons released from the bombs reacted with nitrogen in the air. Levels of this "bomb carbon" peaked in the mid-1960s and then dropped when atmospheric nuclear tests stopped. By the 1990s, carbon-14 levels in the atmosphere had dropped to about 20 percent above their pre-test levels.

This bomb carbon quickly fell out of the atmosphere and mixed into the ocean surface. Marine organisms that have lived in the decades since this time have used bomb carbon to build molecules within their cells, and scientists have seen elevated levels of carbon-14 in marine organisms since shortly after the bomb tests began.

Life at the bottom of the sea

The deepest parts of the ocean are the hadal trenches, those areas where the ocean floor is more than 6 kilometers (4 miles) below the surface. These areas form when one tectonic plate subducts beneath another. Creatures that inhabit these trenches have had to adapt to the intense pressures, extreme cold, and lack of light and nutrients.

In the new study, researchers wanted to use bomb carbon as a tracer for organic material in hadal trenches to better understand the organisms that live there. Wang and her colleagues analyzed amphipods collected in 2017 from the Mariana, Mussau, and New Britain Trenches in the tropical West Pacific Ocean, as far down as 11 kilometers (7 miles) below the surface. Amphipods are a type of small crustacean that live in the ocean and get food from scavenging dead organisms or consuming marine detritus.

Surprisingly, the researchers found carbon-14 levels in the amphipods' muscle tissues were much greater than levels of carbon-14 in organic matter found in deep ocean water. They then analyzed the amphipods' gut contents and found those levels matched estimated carbon-14 levels from samples of organic material taken from the surface of the Pacific Ocean. This suggests the amphipods are selectively feeding on detritus from the ocean surface that falls to the ocean floor.

Adapting to the deep ocean environment

The new findings allow researchers to better understand the longevity of organisms that inhabit hadal trenches and how they have adapted to this unique environment.

Interestingly, the researchers found the amphipods living in these trenches grow larger and live longer than their counterparts in shallower waters. Amphipods that live in shallow water typically live for less than two years and grow to an average length of 20 millimeters (0.8 inches). But the researchers found amphipods in the deep trenches that were more than 10 years old and had grown to 91 millimeters (3.6 inches) long.

The study authors suspect the amphipods' large size and long life are likely the byproducts of their evolution to living in the environment of low temperatures, high pressure and a limited food supply. They suspect the animals have slow metabolisms and low cell turnover, which allows them to store energy for long periods of time. The long life time also suggests pollutants can bioaccumulate in these unusual organisms.

"Besides the fact that material mostly comes from the surface, the age-related bioaccumulation also increases these pollutant concentrations, bringing more threat to these most remote ecosystems," Wang said.

The new study shows deep ocean trenches are not isolated from human activities, Rose Cory, an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Michigan who was not involved in the new research, said in an email. The research shows that by using "bomb" carbon, scientists can detect the fingerprint of human activity in the most remote, deepest depths of the ocean, she added.

The authors also use "bomb" carbon to show that the main source of food for these organisms is carbon produced in the surface ocean, rather than more local sources of carbon deposited from nearby sediments, Cory said. The new study also suggests that the amphipods in the deep trenches have adapted to the harsh conditions in deep trenches, she added.

"What is really novel here is not just that carbon from the surface ocean can reach the deep ocean on relatively short timescales, but that the 'young' carbon produced in the surface ocean is fueling, or sustaining, life in the deepest trenches," Cory said.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:04| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

Iran Warns of "Step-by-Step" Withdrawal from N. Deal

FARSNEWS2019/5/9
Iran Warns of "Step-by-Step" Withdrawal from N. Deal
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi underlined that his country has not withdrawn from the 2015 nuclear deal yet but the move is on its agenda in case of continued breach by the West.

"We have not left the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) so far, but we have put such a move on our agenda and that would happen step-by-step," Araqchi said in an interview with the state TV on Wednesday.

"No country can accuse Iran of breaching or leaving the nuclear deal," he stressed.

Araqchi added that all the measures Tehran has adopted so far, including the Wednesday's move to modify its JCPOA undertakings, has been within the deal's framework.

Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) announced in a statement on Wednesday that the country had modified two of its undertakings under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in return for the US abrogation of the deal and other signatories inability to make up for the losses under the agreement, warning that modifications would continue if the world powers failed to take action in line with their promises.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran declares that at the current stage, it does not any more see itself committed to respecting the limitations on keeping enriched uranium and heavy water reserves," the statement said.

The statement gave the Group 4+1 (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany) "60 days to put into action their nuclear deal undertakings, specially in the banking and oil sectors, warning that "in case these countries fail to meet Iran's demands, the Islamic Republic of Iran will cease implementation of restrictions on uranium enrichment levels and measures related to the modernization of Arak Heavy Water Reactor as well".

"Once our demands are met, we will resume implementation of the ceased undertakings. Otherwise, the Islamic Republic of Iran will stop compliance with its other undertakings in consequent phases," the SNSC warned.

It underlined Iran's readiness to continue its consultations with the countries which have remained in the nuclear deal at all levels "but will show a firm and rapid reaction to any irresponsible measure, including referring the issue to the UN Security Council or imposition of more sanctions".

"The Islamic Republic of Iran's president has in his letter to the leaders of the nuclear deal member states clearly reminded them of the Islamic Republic of Iran's type of reaction," the statement added.

It reminded the G4+1 of Iran's good will during the nuclear talks, implementation of the nuclear deal and giving sufficient time to the other signatories to implement the deal, saying that it is now their turn to prove their good will and adopt serious and practical measures to protect the nuclear deal.

"The door of diplomacy will not remain open for a long time and the US and other members remaining under the nuclear deal are fully responsible for failure of the nuclear deal and any possible consequences," the statement said.

It underlined that the decision was made in line with defending the Iranian nation's security and national interests and materialization of Iran's rights stated in the paragraphs 26 and 36 of the nuclear deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a letter on Wednesday also informed the Group 4+1 on stopping implementation of a number of Tehran's undertakings stated in the 2015 nuclear deal.

Araqchi submitted the letter to the ambassadors of the G4+1 to Tehran after they were called to the foreign ministry on Wednesday morning.
The letter contains decisions by the SNSC to "halt implementation of a number of the Islamic Republic of Iran's undertakings under the nuclear deal".

Also, another letter was sent by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday morning to inform her of details of Iran's measures.

Washington withdrew from the internationally-endorsed 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, reimposed the toughest-ever sanctions against the country and started a plan to zero down Tehran's oil sales.

Under the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers in July 2015, Tehran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.

Yet, Iran continued compliance with deal, stressing that the remaining signatories to the agreement had to work to offset the negative impacts of the US pullout for Iran if they want Tehran to remain in compliance.

Iranian officials had earlier warned that the European Union’s failure in providing the needed ground for Tehran to enjoy the economic benefits of the nuclear deal would exhaust the country's patience.

The US state department announced on Friday that it had not extended two waivers, one that allowed Iran to store excess heavy water produced in the uranium enrichment process in Oman, and one that allowed Iran to swap enriched uranium for raw yellowcake with Russia.

Until now, Iran was allowed to ship low-enriched uranium produced at Natanz to Russia before it hit the 300-kg limit and the US measure leaves no way for Tehran other than exceeding the ceiling for storing the enriched uranium in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Also, the United States would no longer waive sanctions that allowed Iran to ship heavy water produced at its Arak facility beyond a 300-ton limit set in the 2015 nuclear deal to Oman for storage which again forces Tehran to store it inside country in violation of the nuclear deal.

In return, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Saturday said that Iran would continue uranium enrichment after Washington defied to extend waivers on swapping enriched uranium for raw yellowcake with Russia, a mechanism stated in the nuclear deal to ensure a ceiling of a 300kg enriched uranium stockpile in Iran.

"The Americans have stated in the past few days that Iran is not entitled to produce heavy water, while we have not violated the (2015) nuclear deal and the laws and if you (the Americans) do not buy it, it is not important and we continue what we are doing," Larijani said in Tehran, addressing a group of Iranian school teachers on the occasion of Teachers Day in Iran.

Reminding that Iran had been importing yellowcake to process it into enriched uranium and sold the final product to Russia to keep its enriched uranium stockpile under 300kg, as enshrined in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, he noted the US' recent decision to end waivers on this JCPOA undertaking, and said the Americans had also voiced opposition to Iran's enrichment of uranium.

Larijani addressed the US and other western states, saying that Iran did not care if its enriched uranium was purchased or not as "Iran will continue enrichment", implying that Tehran would be forced to go above the ceiling if the stated JCPOA-related mechanism fails.

Larijani's remarks meant that Iran would not go for the second option which entails stopping heavy water or uranium production to avoid exceeding the stated ceilings if Oman and Russia choose to comply with the US sanctions in violation of the JCPOA.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:01| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ウヨの子女は結婚しない?

知り合いのウヨ夫婦の娘がまだ独身のようです。

知り合いは、孫の話をされると腹が立つと。

でも、彼らのようなウヨの娘と私の子供は付き合ってほしくない。

まあ、仮に結婚したとしても、私が付き合わなければよいだけなのですが。どうせ、私を大事にしてくれるはずがない。私のほうから親子の縁を切らなければならないこともあるだろうし。

最近日本の出生数が減っているのは、ウヨが増えているから?

まさかぁですよね。でも皆さんの周りで親がウヨの子女は結婚しないという傾向はありませんか。

ウヨは他人を馬鹿にし、蔑むことが得意ですよね。そういう他人をリスペクトしない社会関係、人間関係の選好が強いと、よほど立派な相手でないと結婚相手としては眼中から外れるでしょう。

放射脳の家族の子女同士で見合いの場が欲しいという声もありますが、ウヨの子女同士の見合いの場をどなたか作りませんかね。

すでにあるのかもしれませんけど、一般国民はお呼びでないと思います。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:36| Comment(0) | 社会・経済

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Pompeo threatens UK with intel sharing cut-off if they buy Huawei 5G
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned the UK that allowing Huawei to bid on 5G contracts could spell the end of the US-UK "special relationship" – and, apparently, the UK's membership in the Five Eyes.

"With respect to 5G, the United States has an obligation to ensure that the places we will operate, the places where American information is, the places where we have our national security risks, that they operate inside trusted networks," Pompeo said in a speech to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Wednesday.

US must prevent construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline to counter Russia – Pompeo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has yet again lashed out at the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, claiming that Moscow wants it as “leverage” over Europe, and vowed to continue efforts to disrupt it.

Pompeo, well known for his vocal criticism of the pipeline project, touched upon the topic while giving a speech at the Centre for Policy Studies in London on Wednesday.

“Russia wants Nord Stream 2 to use energy as a leverage over Europe. We shouldn't allow it to proceed,” Pompeo stated, while praising the close relationship between the US and the UK.

The pipeline, constructed by Russia's Gazprom in partnership with five European energy majors under the Baltic Sea, has been repeatedly criticized by Washington and others, including Kiev. The criticism has included speculation that the new pipeline would bring the amount of Russian transit gas – and profits from it – for the Ukrainian authorities to zero.

‘Duly elected leader’: Pompeo echoes falsehood about Venezuela’s Guaido
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo repeated the false claim that US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido is the ‘duly elected leader’ of Venezuela. Apparently he reads CNN.

Speaking in London after his meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Pompeo told reporters that Venezuelans had chosen Guaido to lead them.

“The Venezuelan people have spoken through through constitutional mechanism, they have put Juan Guaido as their interim president, and he is the duly elected leader there,” Pompeo said, adding that “Maduro is on borrowed time.”

Not only did Guiado not win the presidential election in May 2018, he didn’t even run; the opposition boycotted the race. On the basis of a legal technicality, Guaido declared himself “interim president” in January, and was recognized by a number of countries, including the US and many of its allies.

In a recently corrected story, CNN also said Guaido had won an election, but claimed it was in January. There was no election in January, at least not in Venezuela.

Pompeo says he wants to see Iraq 'independent' in hinted warning against deals with Iran
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid a surprise visit to Iraq to remind the country who its friends are, assuring Iraqi leaders the US is concerned about their "sovereignty" while warning them to steer clear of Iran – or else.

The US wants "to assure [the Iraqis] that we stood ready to continue to ensure that Iraq is a sovereign, independent nation," Pompeo said, according to Reuters. Unless that independence involves Iraq making nice with Iran, that is, since his visit was prompted by "escalating activity" there, invisible to the naked eye but enough to provoke the deployment of a US carrier strike group and bomber task force to the region.

"There's a long history in Iraq," Pompeo told reporters, "and we want them to be successful, independent and have sovereignty and not be beholden to any country." That history includes the US invading and devastating Iraq twice within the past three decades: during the 1990 Gulf War and during the Saddam Hussein government overthrow in the early 2000s. Washington still maintains a 5,000-strong military force in Iraq.

Pompeo met with Iraqi President Barham Saleh, PM Adel Abdel Mahdi, and a handful of senior government officials in two separate meetings on Tuesday. "We talked to them about the importance of Iraq ensuring that it's able to adequately protect Americans in their country," Pompeo told AFP. "They both provided assurances that they understood that was their responsibility." Pompeo's warning that "any attack by Iran or its proxies on American forces in Iraq would affect the Iraqi government too" – a message he told reporters he planned to deliver – might have helped put the Iraqis in the cooperative spirit.

Iraq’s relationship with Iran, once a sworn enemy, has improved dramatically since the second US invasion, with Iran helping to rebuild the shattered country economically and militarily while taking advantage of the power vacuum to influence the fledgling Iraqi government. Trade between the two countries increased ten-fold in the seven years following the fall of Saddam Hussein, and Iran is a major supplier of energy to Iraq.

"The Jordanians, the Saudis, the Emirates, all of the Gulf states want to see a free, independent, sovereign Iraq. So that's the primary mission set," Pompeo told his captive audience, who were instructed not to reveal their location until the plane had left Iraq, adding that "unfinished business deals" meant to "wean" Iraq off Iranian energy were also on the agenda. The US ended the last sanctions waivers allowing countries to continue purchasing Iranian oil in an effort to squeeze the nation economically, echoing similarly harsh sanctions placed on Iraq in the 1990s as a prelude to the second Iraq war.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:44| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

退職したアメリカ提督James Stavridisが2019年にTIME誌に冷戦宣伝を書いているのはなぜか?

この記事は大変面白いです。元NATO軍の指揮官が退役して民間企業と関係を持ち、その企業のために冷戦時代と変わらぬ宣伝をしていることをJimmy Doreが辛辣に批評しています。
ジミー・ドア(コメディアン、下の画像の右)
生年月日: 1965年7月26日 (年齢 53歳)
生まれ: アメリカ合衆国 イリノイ州 シカゴ


RT2019/5/8
Ex-NATO commander pushing Cold War xenophobia to line his pockets – Jimmy Dore to RT
Why is retired US Admiral James Stavridis writing Cold War propaganda in TIME magazine in 2019? The answer is simple, says comedian and political commentator Jimmy Dore: he makes bank doing it.

While Stavridis’ recent article in TIME is pretty extreme in its calls to sanction sports teams, symphonies and academic institutions for the crime of being Russian, Dore has a rather simple explanation for the former admiral’s anti-Moscow gusto:

He’s ramping up a Cold War, because he works for the Carlyle Group, which makes a lot of money off the Cold War.

After retiring as Supreme Commander of NATO forces in Europe, Stavridis just happened to land a very well-paying gig working for the multi-billion dollar private equity firm, which just so happens to get a nice chunk of cash from the $715-billion US defense budget.

That goes a long way in explaining why Stavridis, who once upon a time earned liberal laurels for his opposition to President Donald Trump’s immigration bans, is now pushing for a rather similar looking nationality-based ban against average Russian citizens.

“Don’t look for consistency in someone whose opinion is bought and paid for,” Dore warns.

Despite the fact Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe didn’t actually come up with any evidence to support allegations that Trump had ‘colluded’ with Russia, Stavridis isn’t going to waste a perfectly good opportunity to enrich himself by exploiting people’s fear ... and who could be a more perfect object of enmity than the old Cold War adversary?

In today’s media climate, it is ok to be xenophobic – as long you are targeting Russians, Dore explains. Whereas Stavridis’ article would likely not fly if it pushed for such hostile measures against any other nationality, it seems those old Cold War habits die hard.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 14:22| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

防御一家だって 旅行は工夫で楽しめる 楽しむ権利がある

2019/5/9に寄せられた投稿を掲載する。引用開始。

子供が今月、宿泊学習で学校から旅行に行きます。
広島の原爆ドームもそのコースに入っているのですが、広島の宿泊先に食材を確認したところ、オムレツのような簡単なものまで既製品で、しかも産地はどうも怪しく答えてはもらえませんでした。よく知られたホテルですが、そこまで正直に答えてくださったことには大変感謝しています。

皆さまも、関東東北以外の他県に行かれる時は、食材の産地の調査をぬかりなくされることをお勧めいたします。うちは今年も冷凍食材を現地までクール便で送ります。複数泊ですし、様々な場所、例えば道の駅などでも食事を取りますので、手配は確実にしないと厳しいですが、正確に届くかは後は運を天に任せる感じです。

修学旅行など防御家庭には行かない選択肢もある、むしろその方が多いのかも知れません。でも防御一家だってこんな時代ですが、イベントを楽しむ権利はあると思います。人と違っていても、堂々と楽しめばいいのです。

それから、海外移住の情報集めですが、Facebookなど海外移住グループに属して情報を集めるなどあると思いますけれど、繋がる人は慎重に選んでください。移住を失敗してストレスフルで、それなのに戻る事も出来ない境遇の人は悲しいことに悪し様に情報を伝えます。行ったことのない場所は精査することはできません。

お子さんもいて、早い移住をと焦られていても、後悔のない時間と情報のバランスを取られてください。

他県のことは知りませんが、当方名古屋住み。知り合いの方ですが小さなお子さんの発達を訝しがり、発達障害のお子さんを診る病院に診療の予約をしたところ、現状8ヶ月待ちだと言われたそうです。親が疑わしいと判断しての数字なのでしょうが、気にされないご家庭で認識されていないお子さんの人数はもっと多くなるのでは?と素人目には考えられます。

防御は毎日です。常に初心に帰って取り組まなければいけませんね。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:27| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

パソコンなんてほんの慣れだけです

管理人は、とても不思議に思っていることがあります。
読者の資金拠出と設置管理の協力を得て進めてきた私設リアルタイム線量率測定システムについて、このところぱったりと連絡が入らなくなりました。

いえ、別にシステムが次々にダウンして再起不能になつたということではないのです。

一時期は、毎日のように交換用機材の発送で郵便局に通い、窓口のお姉さんに顔を覚えてもらいましたし、管理者にはメールで不具合の対処方法を連絡していたのですが、それがぱったり途絶えました。

このシステムに使う機材は、当初はモニターが必須でソフトの調整が必要でしたが、少しずつ改善して「家電並み」、つまりケーブルをつないで電源を入れれば、画像のサーバー送信まで自動で始まる、不具合が生じたときも電源の切入で治るようにしました。

これは大きな変化でした。今は「ソフトをいじらないでください!」と繰り返さなければならなくなっています。いじっても治らず、むしろ悪化するだけなのです。そんなに簡単な設定にはなっていない。

今でも、Wifiを利用するときは、設置時にSSID(WifiのアクセスポイントのIDとパスワード)を入力しなければなりませんので、画面を見るモニターが必要になりますが、有線接続の場合は、ただつなぐだけで動きます。

今、半数ほどが有線接続、3分の1ほどがWifi接続、6分の1がモバイルルーター経由というところです。

これまでの経過から次のことが言えます。
@ これまで全くパソコンを扱ったことがない方でも、本人がその気になれば短期間で管理ができるようになります。若い方の場合、それによってパソコン利用への垣根が取り払われ、どんどん習熟、ネットも自在に使いこなすようになった例があります。

A 以前からパソコンに触っていた方は、やはり導入、設置運営にかかる時間が短いです。質問もわずか。

B パソコンの知識はないという方も、中にはなかなかの使い手もおられて、少し助言すれば10mもLANケーブルを引いて安定運用したりして驚かされたりもします。決しては若くはないらしいのですが。

C 一方、いろいろやってもうまく運用できない場合もあります。多くはインターネット環境が適合しない場合です。一つは電磁波の影響がありそうです。モバイルルーターの動作が不安定、Wifiが途切れてしまうという例、それに家庭用電源から直流5Vが安定的に取り出せない例もあったのではないかと考えています。

これらの安定運用が図れない場所については、環境の特異性があります。使用機器の特性によるものなのか、あるいは電磁波か。後者の影響が疑われる場合は、健康に影響が及ぶ可能性もありますので、課題を提起していることになります。

こんな経験を経て、電磁波対策を書いたら理解できる人は理解できるだろうと確信するに至りました。私設リアルタイム線量率測定システムのメンテナンスに手間がかからなくなったこともあり、電磁波問題に力を注ぎ始めています。

電磁波測定結果記録システムは、細かい点で改善の余地がありますが、実地検証に成功しました。携帯基地局のアンテナが集中しているところで調べました。高周波が多いかと思っていましたが、携帯基地局に近づくと常に高いのは磁界です。これは他の場所と明らかに違います。

高周波は、自分でスマホなどを携帯しているとそれが電波を受発信するたびに高周波のレベルが上がりますので、調査の際には電源オフが必要なことにも気づきました。それにアンテナはかなりの指向性を持つこともわかりました。携帯基地局のアンテナをぐるりと一巡りすると場所により磁界、高周波量が大きく変わります。基地局の近くでは高周波量はそれほど大きくなくグラフでは台地状になります。街から離れれば高周波はゼロになるところも多いので、やはり定常的に電波が出ていることを示すものだと考えます。

これまでの測定結果では、
A 高圧電線の近くでは、磁界、電界が高い。(送電線の仕様によるのでしょうが、数値が高いものはえらく高いです。こんなところに住んでいたらがんになると納得させられます)
B 変電所の近くも磁界が高いです。(小型の変電施設も同じでしょう)
C 鉄道車両は、電界ゼロ(アースが効いているということでしょうか。)、磁界、高周波は車両によって大きく異なります。パンタグラフのある車両とその前後が高いようです。高周波が高いのは?なのですが。
D 携帯基地局は前述の通りで、最近は街中に小型のアンテナが多数設置されています。街中は、磁界、電界、高周波ともに高いです。これに5Gが加わるのですね。街中のウォーキングは電磁波を浴びています。
E 家庭内では、携帯電波を使う機器、Wifi発信機・受信機(ノートパソコンも)、電子レンジが高周波が高いです。
F スマートメーターは近く測定予定です。
G モーターが入っている電気製品は、運転中の磁界が高いです。掃除機はかなり強い磁界を示すはずです。スピーカーも?(未測定)
H 電磁調理器は有していないので測定していません。低周波で問題がある給湯器も家にありません。
I とにかく電気が通じているところは電界が生じます。管理人の足元には多数のコードが走っていますので、太ももで測る電界が高いです。

電磁波対策では、至急講じたい対策として
Wifiを使わないようにする。Wifiを使う機器の多くは有線でネット接続できます。
携帯の電波を使う機器は、就寝時などは電源を切る。できるだけ体から離しておく。
電子レンジは、食品に発がん物質を生じさせるとされていますので、そもそも使わないほうが良い。電磁調理器を使用中は離れる。
などがありましょう。
これらの対策を講じて、夜よく眠れるなどの効果が出る人もいます。私は目やにが少なくなりました。
特に妊婦、乳幼児は注意!
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 12:20| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

アエロフロートのロシア製旅客機事故で40人超死亡 エールフランスムンバイ行きがイランに緊急着陸

SPUTNIK2019/5/8
Air France Flight En Route to Mumbai Makes Emergency Landing in Iran - Report
An Air France Airbus A-340-313 heading from Paris to Mumbai disappeared from radars half-way to its destination over Iran after issuing a distress signal, according to data from Flightradar24.

Iranian authorities on Wednesday confirmed the emergency landing of French Flight AF218, en route to Mumbai, India from the French capital, after the aircraft disappeared from radars.

Mansoor Glass, director general of the Isfahan Governor's Crisis Management Department, told IRNA that all passengers on board were in good health and were being treated in hospital.

The Iranian media outlet hasn’t specified what was behind the emergency landing.
RT2019/5/5
Only ‘37 out of 78 survived’ Superjet-100 crash-landing & fire – investigators

5/6に日付が変わったころから報じられていました。当初は負傷者1名だったのですが。

スーパージェット100は、スホイの作る新鋭旅客機です。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:57| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

線維筋痛症の痛みを劇的に緩和する方法が見つかったらしい

線維筋痛症は被爆症状の一つです。「線維筋痛症」で検索すると多くの記事でこの疾患が出てきます。

FARSNEWS2019/5/8
Cutting Pain of Fibromyalgia Dramatically
TEHRAN (FNA)- A newly confirmed link with insulin resistance may radically change the way fibromyalgia and related forms of chronic pain are identified and managed

Researchers led by a team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston were able to dramatically reduce the pain of fibromyalgia patients with medication that targeted insulin resistance.

This discovery could dramatically alter the way that chronic pain can be identified and managed. Dr. Miguel Pappolla, UTMB professor of neurology, said that although the discovery is very preliminary, it may lead to a revolutionary shift on how fibromyalgia and related forms of chronic pain are treated. The new approach has the potential to save billions of dollars to the health care system and decrease many peoples' dependence on opiates for pain management.

The UTMB team of researchers, along with collaborators from across the U.S., including the National Institutes of Health, were able for the first time, to separate patients with fibromyalgia from normal individuals using a common blood test for insulin resistance, or pre-diabetes. They then treated the fibromyalgia patients with a medication targeting insulin resistance, which dramatically reduced their pain levels. The study was recently published in PlosOne.

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common conditions causing chronic pain and disability. The global economic impact of fibromyalgia is enormous -- in the U.S. alone and related health care costs are about $100 billion each year. Despite extensive research the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, so there's no specific diagnostics or therapies for this condition other than pain-reducing drugs.

"Earlier studies discovered that insulin resistance causes dysfunction within the brain's small blood vessels. Since this issue is also present in fibromyalgia, we investigated whether insulin resistance is the missing link in this disorder," Pappolla said. "We showed that most -- if not all -- patients with fibromyalgia can be identified by their A1c levels, which reflects average blood sugar levels over the past two to three months."

Pre-diabetics with slightly elevated A1c values carry a higher risk of developing central (brain) pain, a hallmark of fibromyalgia and other chronic pain disorders."

The researchers identified patients who were referred to a subspecialty pain medicine clinic to be treated for widespread muscular/connective tissue pain. All patients who met the criteria for fibromyalgia were separated into smaller groups by age. When compared with age-matched controls, the A1c levels of the fibromyalgia patients were significantly higher.

"Considering the extensive research on fibromyalgia, we were puzzled that prior studies had overlooked this simple connection," said Pappolla. "The main reason for this oversight is that about half of fibromyalgia patients have A1c values currently considered within the normal range. However, this is the first study to analyze these levels normalized for the person's age, as optimal A1c levels do vary throughout life. Adjustment for the patients' age was critical in highlighting the differences between patients and control subjects."

For the fibromyalgia patients, metformin, a drug developed to combat insulin resistance was added to their current medications. They showed dramatic reductions in their pain levels.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:55| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

Commander Close to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Killed in Iraqi Army Operation in Al-Anbar

Commander Close to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Killed in Iraqi Army Operation in Al-Anbar
TEHRAN (FNA)- A notorious ISIL commander close to the terrorist group's ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed along with his 14 aides in Iraqi Army operations in Al-Anbar province in Western Iraq, Iraqi sources said.

Commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Sha'abi) Qatari al-Abidi said that Tunisian ISIL commander Abu Qosoureh and 14 other terrorists were killed in Iraqi Army's al-Jazira Operations which was backed by the Iraqi air force West of al-Anbar province.

He underlined that Abu Qosoureh was a close associate of Al-Baghdadi and one of masterminds of suicide attacks in three Iraqi provinces as well as attacking Iraq's military positions and forced recruitment of forces for the ISIL.

In a relevant development earlier in May, the Arabic-language media reported that the recent photos of the ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released on the Internet shows that he has been living in a safe area for several years as he has gained a lot of weight.

The Arabic-language al-Ahd News Website in a report analyzed a recent video footage of al-Baghdadi, and said that his conditions and his clothing and the way he has dressed shows that he is not on the run.

It noted that after heavy and consecutive defeats of the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, releasing the video showed that the second phase of a long-term battle by the ISIL under Washington's leadership has begun.

The al-Ahd further noted that a deeper look at the video footage, specially the movements of al-Baghdadi's hands and head and his way of hiding his looks and the way he avoids looking straight into the cemera, all suggest that the ISIL leader is in a confusing and weakened state.

It, meantime, said that the overweight and the color of his skin clearly show that Al-Baqdadi has not been under any US siege in al-Baqouz region of Syria, but has most likely been kept in a place away from sunlight.

Al-Ahd said that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's use of a machine-gun and a box on his side is surely meant to mimic the style of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan's mountains for the people.

It further noted that given the fact that al-Baghdadi is wearing clothes belonging to Western regions of Iraq and Eastern parts of Syria as well as a rug made in Aleppo factory of Syria which was exported to Iraq until 2013, it can be implied that al-Baghdadi has not left the area stretching from Syria's al-Tanf to Mosul of Iraq which is an area protected by the US.

Al-Ahd also pointed to ISIL's access to high-quality video and audio techniques, and said that the video image has been released in line with the US efforts to pretend that the terrorist organization is still threatening Iraq and Syria and the presence of the US-led coalition forces is still needed in these countries.

In a relevant development on Thursday, a senior Iraqi military source in al-Anbar said that the US forces deployed in the Western parts of the province are aware of ISIL ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's whereabouts, moves and hideouts.

The source was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website as saying on Thursday that the Americans are in possession of all intelligence about al-Baghdadi but refrain from providing them to the Iraqi government in a move to exert pressure on Baghdad to keep the US forces in the country.

He added that ISIL commanders close to al-Baghdadi who had been arrested by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have disclosed all intelligence about al-Baghdadi to the Americans.

Meantime, Abbas al-Ardawi, a senior Iraqi security expert, said that al-Baghdadi's reappearance is in line with the US plot to create insecurity in Iraq and keep its forces in the country.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, another Iraqi expert also said reappearance of al-Baghdadi in front of the cameras after five years was aimed at justifying the US military deployment in Iraq.

Hamad al-Dulaimi told the Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid news website that the Iraqi parties which favored the US continued deployment in Iraq were much likely to make use of al-Baghdadi's move to magnify potential threats by the ISIL.

He added that the US was the first to misuse al-Baghdadi's reemergence politically and as an emphasis on its recent warnings about the danger of ISIL and importance of its forces' presence in Iraq.

Al-Arabi al-Jadid also quoted Iraqi officials as saying that al-Baghdadi had come into sight again as Iraqi security forces were running operations to cleanse Jabal Hamrin mountains and some regions of al-Anbar desert from terrorists, adding that the ISIL cells were now in their weakest conditions since the freedom of Mosul and after they were stranded in desert areas.

Al-Baghdadi in a new video message released after five years threatened to take revenge of the killed and jailed members of the terrorist group.

The ISIL terrorist group released an 18-minute video message of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in which he had threatened to continue his terrorist activities.

Al-Baghdadi was seen with three masked militants while the ISIL ringleader pointed to the ISIL's exit from Baqouz region in Eastern Deir Ezzur and reiterated that the Baqouz Battle had ended.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi also said that he would take revenge of his killed and captive militants, adding that the ISIL had conducted 92 terrorists operations in eight countries to take revenge of its killed and captured members in al-Sham region.

The ISIL ringleader also claimed that the Easter blasts in Sri Lanka had been carried out in line with ISIL's revenge for Baquouz battle.

The newly-released video of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was the first since the last one released in Iraqi Mosul's Nour Mosque in 2014.

On Saturday, Russian media reports claimed that al-Baghdadi was in Syria's Badiyeh (desert) region, attempting to cross the border into Iraq.

The Arabic-language service of RT news channel quoted an Iraqi intelligence source as saying that al-Baghdadi was at present hiding in Abu Rajmin mountain near Syria's Palmyra region in Homs province.

He added that the ISIL leader wants to cross the border into Iraq in the next few weeks, noting that he has already made several unsuccessful attempts due to the tight security measures at the border.

The report said captured ISIL terrorists have leaked during interrogations that al-Baghdadi has been left with a small number of Saudi, Tunisian and Iraqi militants who are still loyal to him.

Security experts said al-Baghdadi is likely trying to join the ISIL terrorists who have been transferred by the US from Syria to Iraq.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:45| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Russian military repels 12 rockets fired in NEW attack on Khmeimim airbase in Syria – MOD

RT2019/5/8
Russian military repels 12 rockets fired in NEW attack on Khmeimim airbase in Syria – MOD
Russia’s Khmeimim airbase in Syria was targeted by over a dozen of missiles Wednesday, but they were shot down by air defenses, the Defense Ministry says. The attack comes less than two days after massive shelling by militants.

The attack was launched from the Idlib de-escalation zone which is largely controlled by Syrian Al-Qaeda offshoot, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group (formerly known as Al-Nusra Front).

Fighters from two minor militant groups fired 12 rockets “in the direction” of the airbase on Wednesday afternoon, the head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, said.

“Thanks to the effective anti-aircraft defenses of Khmeimim airbase, all the rocket munitions were shot down. No casualties or damage was inflicted,” Kupchishin said.

The multiple rocket launchers, used by the militants, were promptly detected and subsequently destroyed by Russian aircraft and Syrian Army artillery units, he added.

The shelling came just over a day after two attacks were launched at the airbase on Monday. The militants fired some 36 projectiles at the facility. The rockets were intercepted, while launch sites were bombed in retaliatory strikes.

While Khmeimim has been repeatedly targeted by various anti-government militants, the increase in the attacks appear to be linked to the offensive launched by Syrian forces earlier this week. Syrian government forces have advanced against the last major terrorist stronghold in the country, capturing several villages in the north-western Hama Province.



posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:20| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Iran stops selling excess uranium, will enrich to higher level in 60 days unless Europe acts

RT2019/5/8
Iran stops selling excess uranium, will enrich to higher level in 60 days unless Europe acts
Iran’s President Rouhani announced a gradual scale-down of the country’s nuclear commitments. Tehran refused to dispose of excessive heavy water and uranium, and said additional measures will be taken over periods of 60 days.

The deal signed with Iran by leading world powers and the EU, offered Tehran a relief of sanctions in exchange for voluntarily restrictions of its nuclear industry. Last year the US broke its commitments under the deal and has been seeking to cripple Iran’s economy with economic sanction. Iran nevertheless remained faithful to its commitments as other signatories pledged to keep the deal alive by withstanding to US pressure.

On Wednesday, President Hassan Rouhani announced on national television that Iran will be suspending some of its commitments under the deal, which is also called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), due to continued US violation and a failure of European signatories to compensate for the damage done by Washington.

As of now, Tehran will no longer sell off excessive enriched uranium and heavy water, the Iranian president said. Under JCPOA terms, it is required to dispose of those materials if production exceeds certain thresholds.

Other signatories will have 60 days to negotiate with Iran and address its concerns, particularly in oil industry and banking sector, which Washington targets with its sanctions. If an agreement is reached, the suspension will be reversed.

Otherwise Iran will no longer be bound by an obligation not to enrich uranium over a certain level and may restore the shut heavy water nuclear reactor in Arak, which was supposed to be repurposed with the help of other signatories under the nuclear deal.

After those measures are implemented, 60 more days will be given for negotiations, Rouhani warned. And then Iran may take additional unspecified measures, he said.

Rouhani defended the JCPOA as a deal that was beneficial to Iran and detrimental to the enemies of Iran. He said only “radicals in the US,” Israel and Saudi-led Arab nations were interested in destroying it.

“Today is not the end of the nuclear deal,” he stated, calling on other signatories to act and salvage the agreement.

The deal was signed under US President Barack Obama, but the Trump administration sided with Israel, which believed the agreement to be a threat to its national security and sought to undermine it. Washington withdrew from the JCPOA in May last year.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:10| Comment(0) | 国際・政治