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Japan Focus 07: Biggest Brothel in the World

Posted by feww on May 16, 2017

  • All Groups

“Filthy old Japs,” JK business, “tour guiding,” “compensated dating,” taboo sex and all other illicit and depraved sexual activities

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Report available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

Background:

  • The continued practice of enjo kosai (compensated dating) and the existence of websites for online dating, social networking, and “delivery health” (a euphemism for call-girl or escort services) facilitated the sex trafficking of children and other commercial sex industries. A trend known as “JK business” continued to grow; these businesses include cafes that feature underage female servers and massage parlors staffed by high school-age girls. NGOs helping girls in “JK business” reported a link between these activities and the exploitation of children in prostitution. [US State Department, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016, Japan]
  • STD infection rates in Japan are currently soaring: more so than in most developed countries.
  • Japan’s syphilis problem prompts ministry to bring in special team: Across Japan, there were 4,259 syphilis cases from Jan. 1 to early December 2016, up 77 percent from the same period in 2015.
  • From 1985, when the first diagnoses were reported, to the end of 2013, there were a cumulative 23,015 reported cases of HIV, of which 7,203 (31.3%) were AIDS cases (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, 2014). … these numbers do not include 1432 cumulative cases of HIV and AIDS among hemophilia patients iatrogenically infected through blood products…

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FIRE-EARTH ALERT: STDs Surging in WA

Posted by feww on December 30, 2016

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) surging in Western Australia (WA)

More than 3,000 people were diagnosed with gonorrhea in the 12 months to September 2016, up from 2,170 in the previous year, reported the Health Department’s Communicable Disease Directorate.

  • Cases have more than tripled in the past five years.
  • WA has experienced a large increase in gonorrhea cases in women.
  • Syphilis cases have risen from 139 to 308 in the 12-month period.
  • WA has a population of about 2.61 million, most of whom live in Perth (2.04 million).

Details are available from:

http://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/

 

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Fort McMurray: The Most Polluted Place in N. America

Posted by feww on July 1, 2015

AQI reached a high of 456 in Fort McMurray , Alberta, Canada

The Air Quality Index (AQI) in Fort McMurray [pop: ~ 80,000] reached a hazardous high of 456 Monday night local time, the highest in North America, and was hovering in the “Very Unhealthy” territory, as of posting.

“Fort Muck,” as the city is also referred to, has been described as a “place of sex, drugs, violence, homelessness, massive trucks, polluted air and contaminated water.”

PM2.5 Pollution Level

AQi Values of 300 or greater are considered “Hazardous,” the highest health threat level on the EPA scale. This would trigger health warnings of emergency conditions because it puts the entire population at risk.

“Fueling Epidemics of Syphilis and HIV”

“The sex trade in Fort McMurray has kept pace with the booming oil industry, and goes hand in hand with the increase in hard drug use,” said a report, citing a Coordinator for the Council of Canadians.

“The drug of choice changed overnight, from pot to coke,” said the coordinator.

I’ve had boys barely out of high school come into my office freaked out over their sexual identities after getting drunk and having gay sex for the first time, and often unprotected. It’s just plain sad to see.

Does everyone do it [engage in high risk sexual behavior and drug use]? No, but the fact is we have a Syphilis outbreak in this province, and these workers go back to where they are from and it spreads. There are health centers at the work sights, but people don’t go to them for fear that it’ll get back to their employers. It’s an unacceptable situation, but the municipality has bigger things to think about and so the problem is not dealt with effectively.

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110 Million Americans Infected With Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Posted by feww on March 29, 2013

More than Third of U.S. Population Have STIs

CDC’s analysis suggests that there are more than 110 million people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) nationwide. This estimate includes both new and existing infections.

[NOTE: The estimate actually translates to about half of the sexually active population in the U.S. ]

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There are about 20 million new sexually transmitted infections in the United States each year, costing the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs alone: CDC Fact Sheet

Breakdown of new STIs by age group.

NEW STIs by age group
Source: CDC

CDC’s analyses included eight common STIs:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis B virus (HBV)
  • Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2)
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

“By contrast, there were 1,524,092 bachelor’s degrees awarded in the United States in the 2007-2008 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. That means the total number of new STIs in 2008 outpaced the total number of new bachelor’s degrees by nearly 13 to 1, and the number of new STIs among Americans in the 15-to-24 age bracket outnumbered new bachelor’s degrees by more than 6 to 1.” Said a report.

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SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
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Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,079 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
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GLOBAL WARNINGS

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Legionella Outbreak in Scotland: 1 Dead, 16 Critical

Posted by feww on June 6, 2012

The worst single outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Scotland kills one, leaves 16 in critical condition

At least one person has died and 16 others are in a critical condition in hospital in the worst single outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Scotland.

A further 15 suspected cases of the illness are being investigated by the health authorities in Edinburgh, reports said.

The worst legionella outbreak in the UK occurred in 2002 in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, where at least 172 people were infected and seven died from the illness. It’s believed that a contaminated cooling tower was the source of that outbreak.


Legionella bacteria.  Legionnaires’ disease  is caused by a type of bacteria called Legionella. Each year, up to 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease in the U.S.  However, many infections are not diagnosed or reported, so this number may be higher. Legionnaires’ disease can have symptoms like many other forms of pneumonia, so it can be hard to diagnose at first. Signs of the disease can include: a high fever, chills, and a cough. Some people may also suffer from muscle aches and headaches. Chest X-rays are needed to find the pneumonia caused by the bacteria, and other tests can be done on sputum (phlegm), as well as blood or urine to find evidence of the bacteria in the body. These symptoms usually begin up to 14 days after exposure to the bacteria.  Legionnaires’ disease can be very serious and can cause death in up to 30% of cases.  Source CDC.

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • Florida, USA.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a 16 percent increase in tuberculosis (TB) cases in Duval County in the past year, making it the largest outbreak of TB in the U.S.
    • Most of the cases are reportedly among the homeless.
    • There were 85 cases of TB reported in Florida of which 67 were in Duval County.
  • Washington, USA.  Whooping cough epidemic in the state of Washington has so far surpassed 2,000 reported cases.
  • Utah and S. Dakota, USA.  Hantavirus, a rodent-borne disease has claimed at least 2 lives in the State of Utah and a thir in South Dakota.
    • “We get maybe one case a year,” Baker said Tuesday. “It’s unusual to see two fatalities so early in the summer.” Utah Department of Health epidemiologist JoDee Baker said.
    • The third victim, who died from the infection is SD was a 7-year-old girl.
    • In 2011, some 587 cases of the disease throughout the U.S. were reported to CDC, including 16 in S. Dakota.
    • The young girl’s death is the fifth in the state from hantavirus, so far this year, said the South Dakota Department of Health.
  • GlobalMulti-drug resistant Neisseria gonorrhea.  The numbers of sexually transmitted infections (STIs, STDs) have climbed to about 500 million new cases globally each year.  The STIs include Gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and trichomoniasis.
    •  Gonorrhea represents about a fifth (~ 100 million cases) of all STIs  annually.
    • A superbug strain of gonorrhea, first identified in Japan, which  is resistant to all recommended antibiotics, has spread to  many more countries around the globe, including Australia, China, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the U.K., UN WHO reported.
    • The strain is found to be resistant to cephalosporin antibiotics, the last treatment option against gonorrhoea, WHO said.
    • “There are verified treatment failures to cefixime (oral cephalosporin) treatment in Japan and Norway as well as reports from China (Hong Kong SAR) and the United Kingdom. This emergence of decreased susceptibility of N. gonorrhoeae to the ‘last line’ treatment option of cephalosporins together with AMR already shown to penicillins, sulphonamides, tetracyclines, quinolones and macrolides (including azithromycin) make N. gonorrhoeae a multidrug-resistant organism.” WHO reported.
    • “Antimicrobial resistance is caused by the unrestricted access to antimicrobials, overuse and poor quality of antibiotics, as well as natural genetic mutations within disease organisms. In addition, gonorrhoea strains tend to retain genetic resistance to previous antibiotics even after their use has been discontinued. The extent of this resistance worldwide is not known due to lack of reliable data for gonorrhoea in many countries and insufficient research”


Gonorrhea is a common sexually-transmitted disease (STD), caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. An electron micrograph of gonorrhea bacteria.  Image courtesy http://women.webmd.com/slideshow-pelvic-pain-causes

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Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Trick or Treat-ment Concern

Posted by feww on March 31, 2010

Trick designed to warrant more Internet censorship, or genuine concern about misuse of antibiotics

The “Twitter-Antibiotics Misuse” report comes amid  findings by Britain’s health authorities linking the spread of syphilis to Facebook.  See Facebook, Security and Syphilis.

The question now is whether the following is a genuine concern about the proper use of antibiotics or a new ploy designed to warrant more Internet censorship and additional control over the dissemination of information.

NOTES:
1. The report is co-authored with a commercial organization: MixedInk (New York, NY)
2. Antibiotics are prescription drugs; they are NOT available as over-the-counter medicine in  most parts of the world.
3. In this public release only Twitter is mentioned by name.

Public information release by Elsevier Health Sciences

Misinformation about antibiotics can travel to large audience via Twitter: study

Washington, March 30, 2010 – Misunderstandings about proper use of antibiotics have the potential to spread widely through social networks such as Twitter, according to a report in the April issue of AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC). Researchers from Columbia University and MixedInk (New York, NY) studied the health information content of Twitter updates mentioning antibiotics to determine how people are sharing information and assess the proliferation of misinformation. The investigation explored evidence of misunderstanding or misuse of antibiotics.

“Research focusing on microblogs and social networking services is still at an early stage,” Daniel Scanfeld, MS, MA, and colleagues state in the article. “Further study is needed to assess how to promote healthy behaviors and to collect and disseminate trustworthy information using these tools.” The authors stress that because health information is shared extensively on such networks, it is important for health care professionals to have a basic familiarity with social networking media services, such as Twitter. They add that such services can potentially be used to gather important real-time health data and may provide a venue to identify potential misuse or misunderstanding of antibiotics, promote positive behavior change, and disseminate valid information.

Using content analysis of 52,153 Twitter status updates (“tweets”) mentioning antibiotics between March 13, 2009, and July 31, 2009, researchers categorized each tweet into one of 11 groups: general use, advice/information, side effects/negative reactions, diagnosis, resistance, misunderstanding and/or misuse, positive reactions, animals, wanting/needing, cost and other.

Once categories were established, 1,000 status updates were selected randomly from the complete list of 52,153 tweets and analyzed. The full list of tweets was further explored for cases of misunderstanding or abuse with a search for the following combinations: “flu + antibiotic(s),” “cold + antibiotic(s),” “leftover + antibiotic(s),” “share + antibiotic(s),” and “extra + antibiotic(s)”.

The most common category was “general use,” including a range of updates about taking antibiotics, often simply mentioning the number of days remaining on a prescription and a desire that the antibiotics begin helping soon. The second most common category was “advice and information.” Some updates included the transfer of personal advice or information, such as “get antibiotics if its [sic] serious” or “Garlic generally good, but not specific to strep…” The third most prevalent category was “side effects/ negative reactions,” which included a variety of complaints and side effects from taking the medication. Examples of side effects ranged from the general, such as, “those antibiotics made me want to die,” to the more specific, “I am on antibiotics that make me want to vomit.” Negative reactions generally revolved around inconveniences, such as not being able to drink alcohol or sensitivity to the sun.

The authors also found that while the category of “misunderstanding and/or misuse” only comprised about 700 of the more than 52,000 tweets, such misunderstandings could easily spread to a large audience due to the nature of information flow through the Twitter network. The most popular word combination in this category was “flu + antibiotics,” with 345 status updates including misinformation reaching a total of 172,571 followers. The next most popular word combination was “cold + antibiotics,” with 302 status updates reaching a total of 850,375 followers.

“As people change how they interact, going from passive consumption to active creation of content on the Internet, social networks have become increasingly important sources of information,” said Cathryn Murphy, RN, PhD, CIC, APIC 2010 president. “These findings are a reminder that we need to continue to monitor networks such as Twitter and explore ways to positively impact public health using social networks.”

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Facebook, Security and Syphilis

Posted by feww on March 27, 2010

Facebook Linked to Syphilis Increase

Devastating social disease surging through social networking sites


‘Connect and Share.’ Facebook Homepage (partial image). Image [and the one-liner] may be subject to copyright.

Facebook is linked to a resurgence in syphilis, a potentially deadly sexually-transmitted disease, health experts say.

Cases of syphilis have increased fourfold in 3 areas of Britain where Facebook is most popular: Sunderland, Durham and Teesside.

Professor Peter Kelly, director of public health in Teesside, asserted that his staff had found a link between social networking sites like Facebook and the spread of the syphilis bacteria, especially among young females.

Vaginal syphilis (disturbing image). Mature readers may click to enlarge image.


This patient presented with a case of secondary syphilis manifested as perinal wart-like growths. This patient with secondary syphilis manifested perineal condylomata lata lesions, which presented as gray, raised papules that sometimes appear on the vulva or near the anus, or in any other warm intertriginous region. Source CDC. See also CDC Syphilis Fact Sheet

Professor Peter Kelly said:

“Syphilis is a devastating disease. Anyone who has unprotected sex with casual partners is at high risk.

“There has been a fourfold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected with more young women being affected.

“I don’t get the names of people affected, just figures, and I saw that several of the people had met sexual partners through these sites.

“Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex.”

Some 30 cases of syphilis were recorded In Teesside last year,  however the true figures are thought to be much higher.

Young people in the three areas of Durham, Sunderland and Teesside were 25 per cent more likely to join social networking sites than the same age group in other parts of Britain, research shows.

Facebook said: “The assertion that Facebook is responsible for the transmission of syphilis is ridiculous. Facebook is no more responsible for STD transmission than newspapers responsible for bad vision. Today’s reports exaggerate the comments made by the professor, and ignore the difference between correlation and causation.

“As Facebook’s more than 400 million users know, our website is not a place to meet people for casual sex – it’s a place for friends, family and co-workers to connect and share.”

Syphilis

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the spirochetal bacterium Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum. Syphilis is transmitted almost always through sexual contact, a few cases of congenital syphilis via transmission from mother to child in utero have been recorded.

While syphilis is generally treatable with antibiotics, it can damage the aorta, bones, brain, eyes and heart, sometime fatally, if  left untreated.

Syphilis Bacteria: Treponema pallidum spirochetes


Histopathology showing Treponema pallidum spirochetes. Modified Steiner silver stain. Histopathology showing Treponema pallidum spirochetes in testis of experimentally infected rabbit. Modified Steiner silver stain. Syphilis. Content Providers(s): CDC/Dr. Edwin P. Ewing, Jr.


A 23-year-old homosexual man had an intensely pruritic, papulonodular eruption over his arms and back. Dermatologic manifestations are the hallmark of secondary syphilis. Copper-red papules are most common, but macular, pustular, acneiform, psoriasiform, nodular, annular, or follicular variants can appear. The lesions characteristically do not itch, but as shown in the first patient, pruritus can be the dominant clinical feature.  Photo: Herbert L. Fred, MD, Hendrik A. van Dijk. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share

The Issue with Facebook is the risk to health and safety of your community. Google, on the other hand, is a major threat to the national security.

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