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Archive for May 15th, 2012

BOYCOTT CHINESE PRODUCTS! ITS THE MOST ECONOMICAL WAY TO SAY KEEP OUT! To the people of the world, I call for the spirit of the innate-vigilance in every soul that reads this article to be with us; Pilipinos. This time, i will ask not of your financial support for armory or charity as what our pity politicians does. I do not ask for your physical support or presence in any global protest my countrymen is cooking in every state of your country. I am here to ask for the greatest, most noble, creative and diplomatic way of living a “china-free” life. All things in the world is practically made in china, it is their power over us. We are at an economic war against the greatest tyrant ever. an old friend which use to sell us goods and services dating back so long ago that their ancient emperors will be awakened of this abomination they’ve created. We have to act now or else, every china product you buy will be paying for the very bullets that will punch a hole in the head of my countrymen including our siblings’, parents’ and children’ when war arises. I humbly know that we Pilipinos are economically weak, my people has their spirit broken by poverty and false sovereignty; but it doesn’t mean that we cannot call for a global support and warn everybody else of the possible things that may happen. as you see, if the Chinese government can do it to us, then they can do it to your country as well. Since I cannot go to the streets to protest. i’ll endure from consuming and buying chinese-labeled foods from supermarkets and won’t even buy from their local chinese merchants here even just for gift purposes (chinatown, divisoria, tutuban & etc). if all pinoys, or those at hearts and compassionate to this call (FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE) will sacrifice by eating locally produced foods and buy local products, we will not just maintain the money (foreign reserves, gold reserves) within our circulation, we can also show the world that its possible to boycott the fruits of their labor. by such, their government will significantly feel the punch. compute how much things you have in your house that is made in china and realise how generous you have been to them. its time to stop supporting them. remember, their power comes from every reserves our central bank pays the IMF for the products and services we acquire from them. i know its hard to do for now, but you will find it easier as time goes by. Lets do our own best ways to be financially, economically and patriotically responsible for our country. a substantial local boycott of these chinese imports may not only weaken their economy but will let their own kind (the chinese expats) express their financial woes to their government. Even if china controls 97% of rare earth market, it doesn’t change the fact that china isn’t the world. even the greatest oppressors has been tumbled by the majority. it is historically proven and it all happened because of simple individual belief and faith. faith and belief so individually weak like a strand of stick in a bunch of sweeper, but strong enough to sweep a land of dirt if combined. have you not learned how the people has won over the country from the late dictator? its not because of people power in edsa, its just a visual and final demonstration. its because of the people’s voluntary boycott to his cronies and business allies which had the voice to command the rise and fall of a ruler. i have revised this for so many times because your support and those with you counts. you are an important part of the sweeper we want to create to clean the world of these corrupt power trippers. Hence,

1.) They (chinese expats & businessmen) will be heard because of our boycott. -these are politically influential people which voices can crumble or build governments. -Our purchases may be statistically insignificant for them but if we convice everybody and the world to stop patronizing their produces then it will be a powerful spear that may pierce their ambitious flight. they have soared with their belief, only our belief and faith can decide their fate.

2.) Our Central Bank Reserves will rise. -due to smaller imports to pay with gold or foreign reserve

3.) We’ll have a better credit standing in IMF -HIgher budget for armory due to higher Bank Reserves that will avail us more defense.

4.) We buy local products which will help the majority of producers. -Supermarkets has cheaper produces compared to the local market but i prefer to buy in local market because the profit goes to those who needs my money; not for the benefit of the complicated graphical lines defined by PSE

5.) We will be free from consumerism that has long withheld our ancestors. -You think you need chinese products? look better around and see the most creative of ways to live a chinese-free-life. consumerism blinds you; it makes you think you need the things you actually want. believe me, im prvately hired by companies to produce schemes to market their products.

6.) They will realise the toll of threatening their cash cows. -hence, will think twice nextime

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Dr Lisa Sterman holds up a Truvada pill. Photo / AP

Condoms and other safe-sex practices have accomplished only so much. Now the 30-year battle against AIDS is on the verge of a radical new phase, with the US government expected to endorse a once-a-day pill to prevent infection with the virus.

Some doctors are already giving patients the drug, Truvada, to ward off infection. But Food and Drug Administration approval would expand that practice and could make the highly expensive medicine more affordable. Truvada costs around US$11,000 to $14,000 a year.

Approval seems likely after an FDA advisory panel endorsed the use of Truvada for prevention this week.

In the generation-long fight against AIDS, “it’s the first time we have talked about a medication for prevention of HIV,” said Dr Lisa Sterman of San Francisco, who treats HIV-positive patients.

“With this recommendation, we’re nearing a watershed moment in our fight against HIV,” said James Loduca, a spokesman for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

“We know this isn’t a magic bullet, and it’s not going to be the right prevention strategy for everyone, but it could save thousands of lives in the United States and potentially millions around the world.”

Truvada has been FDA-approved since 2004 for treating people infected with the AIDS virus. Once a drug is on the market, doctors are free to prescribe it for off-label, or unapproved, uses, and that’s what some have been doing in giving Truvada to patients who are healthy but in danger of getting the virus from their partners or through risky sex.

Official FDA backing of the practice would allow Truvada’s maker, Gilead Sciences Inc. of Foster City, Calif., to market it for prevention. Approval would also probably lead many more insurance companies to pay for the drug. And by widening the market for Truvada, it could prompt Gilead to lower the price.

An FDA decision is expected by June 15.

The FDA is also considering approving the first over-the-counter HIV test for use at home. Experts said it could help slow the spread of HIV.

Unless the virus is treated with antiviral drugs, it can turn into full-blown AIDS. Antivirals have made the disease more manageable and allowed patients to live much longer than when the epidemic began in the early 1980s.

Truvada represents “a pretty radical step, but I think it’s a necessary step,” said Sterman, who prescribes it to infected patients and those who are healthy but at risk.

“We’ve come as far as we can with condom use and safe-sex strategies.”

In one US government-run study of more than 1200 men and women in Botswana, Truvada lowered the HIV infection risk by about 78 per cent. Another larger study in Africa found a slightly lower rate of effectiveness, but researchers say that if used as directed, the pill can be 90 per cent effective or higher.

It is available as an HIV treatment in Africa and other poor regions, but Gilead is seeking approval for prevention in the US only, a company spokeswoman said. Some experts have expressed concern that the use of Truvada for prevention could cause shortages in poor countries that desperately need the drug to treat infected people.

Not everyone in the HIV community is gung-ho about the drug.

Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Los Angeles-based group that calls itself the nation’s largest provider of medical care for HIV, said his main concern is that patients won’t take the drug as directed – once a day, while also using condoms. Misuse could create drug-resistant HIV strains and lead to more infections.

The FDA panellists acknowledged that concern and said people should be tested to make sure they don’t have HIV before starting Truvada. Patients who already have the virus could develop resistance to the drug.

Sterman said shortages in the US are unlikely because the drug would be recommended only for people at high risk of getting the virus. That could include gay men with multiple sex partners, prostitutes and people whose partners are infected.

“I don’t think demand for it is going to be that high,” she said.

As for the drug’s high cost, generic Truvada for HIV treatment is available in poor countries for as little as $9 per month, a Gilead spokeswoman said. But generic versions are not available in the US and won’t be until after Truvada’s US patent expires in 2021. Sterman said she hopes FDA approval leads Gilead to lower the price.

The lifetime cost of treating one person diagnosed with the AIDS virus has been estimated at more than US$600,000.

“It’s much more cost-effective to prevent a new infection than it is to treat someone for their lifetime,” Loduca said.

“Of course, the ultimate goal is a vaccine and a cure, but we’re many years away from that.”

Some of the more serious complications linked to Truvada include kidney and liver problems. But for some people, the risk of kidney problems “10 years down the line may be less than the risk for acquiring HIV, which is significantly more problematic and can be fatal,” said Jim Pickett, director of prevention advocacy at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

– AP

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