September 22, 2005

The Perfect Storm Series #2: Rita's Wrath... Incoming! And More!

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1. Hurricane Rita Mitigation
2. Last Gas...
3. A World Turned Upside Down
4. Peoples' Global Governance starts in London, Saturday 15th Oct. - YOU are invited!
5. Troubling trends converge: Drug-resistant bacteria gaining genes for virulence

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Hurricane fears spark traffic chaos (Sept 22)
Traffic was gridlocked for more than 100 miles in Texas as residents rushed to escape the wrath of Hurricane Rita. More than 1.3 million people were ordered to evacuate the Gulf coast amid fears that the Category 4 storm could prove even more deadly than Hurricane Katrina. Rita weakened slightly as she roared towards land but still packed winds of 165mph. Forecasters expect the hurricane to slam into the Galveston area of Texas in the early hours of Saturday morning. Also of concern was the rain pouring on New Orleans tonight, with a predicted five inches expected to fall on the city in the coming days. Flooding and the predicted storm surges would wreak havoc in the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In Galveston it is estimated that up to 80% of its residents had deserted, leaving a ghost town as homes and businesses were left boarded up. The roads leading out of Houston were also clogged, with petrol stations running low on fuel. David Paulison, acting head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said: "I urge all Gulf residents to pay attention to the track of this storm - it is still very unpredictable. As they move to the coast they tend to move from side side to the other. No one is out of harm's way." He warned that roads and bridges might be washed out and that everyone was responsible for their own family. He insisted that evacuations were going well and that there was still plenty of time to get everyone to safety. Residents were urged to put identification on children and to prepare for the worst.

Disaster, Take Two
The White House would like to think it's ready for Rita. But the president's aides also thought they were ready for Katrina, even after it passed through New Orleans. Knowing when you're overwhelmed is a far harder call, especially when there's been little time to study the lessons of the last disaster.

Waiting for Action
Conservative colummist, David S. Broder tells us that even now, when the president is saying all the right things about the problems of poverty highlighted by the plight of Hurricane Katrina victims, his administration is dragging its feet on practical steps to help meet their needs.

Experts Say Faulty Levees Caused Much of Flooding (September 20, 2005)
NEW ORLEANS -- Louisiana's top hurricane experts have rejected the official explanations for the floodwall collapses that inundated much of New Orleans, concluding that Hurricane Katrina's storm surges were much smaller than authorities have suggested and that the city's flood- protection system should have kept most of the city dry. The Army Corps of Engineers has said that Katrina was just too massive for a system that was not intended to protect the city from a storm greater than a Category 3 hurricane, and that the floodwall failures near Lake Pontchartrain were caused by extraordinary surges that overtopped the walls. But with the help of complex computer models and stark visual evidence, scientists and engineers at Louisiana State University's Hurricane Center have concluded that Katrina's surges did not come close to overtopping those barriers. That would make faulty design, inadequate construction or some combination of the two the likely cause of the breaching of the floodwalls along the 17th Street and London Avenue canals -- and the flooding of most of New Orleans.In the weeks since Katrina drowned this low-lying city, there has been an intense focus on the chaotic government response to the flood. But Ivor van Heerden, the Hurricane Center's deputy director, said the real scandal of Katrina is the "catastrophic structural failure" of barriers that should have handled the hurricane with relative ease. "We are absolutely convinced that those floodwalls were never overtopped," said van Heerden, who also runs LSU's Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes. CLIP

Canada Warns Arctic Drilling Would Violate U.S.-Canada Treaty (September 21, 2005)
WASHINGTON, DC, (ENS) - The government of Canada is requesting that the U.S. Congress not use oil and gas shortages caused by Hurricane Katrina as a reason to approve drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. To allow drilling in the refuge would violate the 1987 Canada-United States Agreement on the Conservation of the Porcupine Caribou Herd, the Canadian foreign minister said in a letter to the U.S. elected leaders.In a September 15 letter to Congressional leaders, Canadian Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew said, "it has come to our attention that this disaster is being used by some to promote the development of petroleum resources in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, using energy security as their rationale." "The minimal oil resources in the Arctic Refuge will not make a timely or significant contribution to U.S. energy supplies," Pettigrew wrote. "Consequently, I would like to share with you Canada’s longstanding concerns about oil drilling in the calving grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd and to ask that you oppose any provision that would authorize such drilling." (..) The Government of Canada is "particularly concerned," Pettigrew said, "about an expected provision in the Budget Reconciliation legislation to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Refuge, because it would displace the Porcupine Caribou Herd which migrates annually across the Canada/U.S. border to calve in the protection of the coastal plain.""Drilling in these lands would have a devastating impact both on the Porcupine Caribou and on the Gwich’in First Nations people of the northern Yukon, the MacKenzie delta, and northeastern Alaska, who rely heavily on the herd for food and their 12,000 year old culture," the minister wrote. (...) The Arctic Refuge is one of the largest remaining complete ecosystems on the planet and is highly sensitive to any development, the government of Canada writes on the Canadian Embassy website. With an array of arctic and sub-arctic habitats and a wide variety of plants and animals, the refuge is home to numerous bird species, Dall sheep, muskoxen, wolves, polar bear and grizzly bear. It is occupied during calving season by the Porcupine Caribou Herd, which numbers approximately 152,000 animals. The biological heart of the Arctic Refuge is a narrow 1.5 million acre coastal plain, the so-called "1002 lands," extending from the foothills of the Brooks Range some 15 - 20 miles to the edge of the Arctic Ocean. It is there that the drilling is proposed. A vote on the Budget Reconciliation legislation could happen before the end of September.

UN spells out the stark choice: do more for world's poor or face disaster (September 8, 2005),15756,1564907,00.html
The world is heading for a "heavily signposted human development disaster" of needless child deaths, illiteracy and abject poverty unless urgent steps are taken to boost aid, open up western markets and end conflict, the UN warned last night. (...) According to the UN, 18 countries, with a combined population of 460 million, registered lower scores on the human development index than in 1990 - an unprecedented reversal. The human development index assesses life expectancy, income and literacy. Top places in the league table are dominated by Scandinavian countries, while sub-Saharan African countries fill the bottom 25 places. "In the midst of an increasingly prosperous global economy, 10.7 million children every year do not live to see their fifth birthday, and more than 1 billion people survive in abject poverty on less than $1 a day," the report says. "One fifth of humanity live in countries where many people think nothing of spending $2 a day on a cappuccino. Another fifth of humanity survive on less than $1 a day and live in countries where children die for want of a simple anti-mosquito bed net." (...) The report says the world's richest 500 individuals have got a combined income that is greater than that of the poorest 416 million; and 2.5 billion people, or 40% of the world's population, are living on less than $2 a day. Redistributing 1.6% of the income of the richest 10% of the global population would provide the $300 billion needed to lift the 1 billion people living on less than a dollar a day out of extreme poverty, at least temporarily. The UN says that achieving sustainable poverty reduction requires dynamic processes allowing poor countries and their inhabitants to produce their way out of deprivation. This means scaling up aid, breaking down trade barriers and halting civil wars. Since 1990 increased prosperity in rich countries has done little to to enhance generosity, the report says: per capita income has increased by $6,070, while per capita aid has fallen by $1. The UN says that for every $1 rich countries spend on aid, they allocate $10 to military spending. "Just the increase in defence spending since 2000, if devoted to aid instead, would be sufficient to reach the ... UN target of spending 0.7% [of gross national income] on aid. Spending on HIV/Aids represents three days of military spending." The report predicts that the target for reducing child mortality will be missed by 4.4 million avoidable deaths, the equivalent to three times the number of children under five living in London, New York and Tokyo. An additional 380 million people will be living on less than $1 a day. The "development disaster" will be counted in avoidable deaths, children out of school and lost opportunities to cut poverty. "That disaster is as avoidable as it is predictable."


Recommended by Ken Adachi>


Hurricane Rita Mitigation, Sep. 22, 2005, 7:30AM EST

{Editor's Note: If you're reading this, you need to help reduce the intensity of this hurricane. This can be done with focused intent. The more people who do it, the bigger the effect. Distribute this page as widely and as quickly as possible.

1. You should print out this enlarged photos of Hurricane Rita:

2. Read the instructions at this reminder note from Philip Ledoux for mitigating this hurricane with focused intent:

3. A) Focus your intention for the winds to reduce by a minimum of 100 mph within the next 24 hours to below 75 mph and remain below 75 mph ...until the storm is spent

   B) Focus your intent for the storm to change direction and move in a southwesterly direction, away from Texas.

4. Don't assume that someone else will take care of this for you. YOU need to take care of it. Please take the time and do it. Note from the reminder note from Philip Ledoux that his pendulum predicted on September 19, 2005 that Houston was the intended target of Hurricane Rita. This hurricane, like Katrina, is surely being intensified and steered by HAARP technology in the interest of creating more chaos and martial law police state conditions. We can change this if enough people concentrate their thoughts and focused intention on mitigation. ..Thanks, Ken]


Hurricane Rita is history's third most intense

Texans flee as Category 5 storm churns across Gulf

Thursday, September 22, 2005; Posted: 7:29 a.m. EDT (11:29 GMT) Thursday, September 22, 2005; Posted: 7:29 a.m. EDT (11:29 GMT)

Hurricane Rita is seen in this satellite infrared image taken at 4:15 a.m. ET Thursday.

(...) Heavy rains were to begin swamping the western and central Gulf coastal areas Thursday night into Friday. Forecasters expected Rita to produce rainfall accumulations of 8 to 12 inches -- with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches -- over the central to upper Texas coast. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 24 inches were possible across southern Louisiana, including the New Orleans metropolitan area.

(...) Category 5 storms -- which can generate storm surges higher than 18 feet and can cause catastrophic damage to buildings -- are rare. Only three such monsters have made landfall in the United States in the past 70 years, including Andrew in 1992, Camille in 1969 and the unnamed storm that hit the Florida Keys in 1935.

CLIP - Go see and read the rest at or


Date: 22 Sep 2005
From: Dan Stafford>
Subject: Last Gas...

They say Katrina & Rita are going to detract attention from the effort to end the war. I say Bullshit. They are going to cost so damn much money that they are going to force the Bushwackers to BRING THEM HOME to deal with it financially and physically. There are too many links between the subjects.

1. The war in iraq is about oil. Even Bushwack himself said so not long ago.

2. The hurricanes are messing with the oil supply worse than you'll ever want to know - although you WILL...

3. The hurricanes are being made worse by Global Warming as the higher water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico add energy to these storms. They may have to create a category 6.

4. We need the troops home and the money home to deal with the messes.

5. Even the densest SUV drivers are going to feel extreme pain filling up if this thing hits the Galveston refineries and it suddenly costs ** $80.00 + ** to fill up a regular car, let alone the $100.00 + to fill up a big PIG like a Hummer or Suburban.

6. If we had done our homework over the past 20 years like we should have, (Get that idea, will you cheaters and "only money matters" people) we wouldn't need nearly so much oil, Iraq wouldn't have been worth the bother to the Oil Mob that the computers elected, and Global Warming wouldn't be adding nearly so much steamroller "oomph" to these Gulf hurricanes.


Last Gas...

"And they said her name was Rita..."

She came ripping up the gulf like a bad Godzilla swarm,
Mother Nature's take on B-flick horror,
Headed straight for the refineries like a tight-wound white steamroller,
Storm surges higher than twenty feet.

Those silvery Moonlight beaches of Galveston I remember will never be the same.

The pundits were screaming five bucks plus and lines at the pumps,
The stocks were at the bottom and digging for China,
Guess they had a bamboo handle on the shovel,
And all the heat in the Gulf these days must go somewhere.

Straight for the source of the tailpipe emissions.

Houston to the station - mayday, mayday, mayday,
We're on an evacuation route doing ninety North and dodging busses,
Not sure how long the cell phone will hold out,
Give our regards to Moscow and tell 'em we're sorry but runnin'.

Texas may be big but it's about to be flat.

The white clouds are swirling and underneath it's black as night,
Another three million gallons a day capacity under Mother Nature's heel and squished,
The Earth herself is nuking the source of the sickness better than Commies on steroids,
She's not whispering at all anymore folks - close the moon roofs on your SUV's.

How many more oil company CEO's you wanna elect now?

Guess we here in the North are going to be doing tent cities and soup line set up,
The refugees are on the roll again poor souls - their erstwhile hosts are joining the caravan,
So now the shoe is on both feet tight and hurting bad to blistering,
And half of us plus the computer glitch didn't want to buy the pair.

Shoulda listened to those environmental folks 'cause today is the Last Gas.


By: Daniel A. Stafford
© 09/22/2005

Author Comments:
Still think Global Warming is just a big leftist nightmare?


"Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it."

One person, One vote, It Counts! Do it, America!


Forwarded by "Stephanie Rudd">

From: George Monbiot>
Sent: September 20, 2005
Subject: A World Turned Upside Down

A World Turned Upside Down

The corporations are demanding regulation, and the government is refusing to give it to them.

By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 29th September 2005

Climate change denial has gone through four stages. First the fossil fuel lobbyists told us that global warming was a myth. Then they agreed that it was happening, but insisted it was a good thing: we could grow wine in the Pennines and take Mediterranean holidays in Skegness. Then they admitted that the bad effects outweighed the good ones, but claimed that it would cost more to tackle than to tolerate. Now they have reached stage 4. They concede that it would be cheaper to address than to neglect, but maintain that it's now too late. This is their most persuasive argument.

Today the climatologists at the Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado will publish the results of the latest satellite survey of Arctic sea ice(1). It looks as if this month's coverage will be the lowest ever recorded. The Arctic, they warn, could already have reached tipping point: the moment beyond which the warming becomes irreversible(2). As ice disappears, the surface of the sea becomes darker, absorbing more heat. Less ice forms, so the sea becomes darker still, and so it goes on.

Last month, New Scientist reported that something similar is happening in Siberia. For the first time on record, the permafrost of western Siberia is melting(3). As it does so, it releases the methane stored in the peat. Methane has 20 times the greenhouse warming effect of carbon dioxide. The more gas the peat releases, the warmer the world becomes, and the more the permafrost melts.

Two weeks ago, scientists at Cranfield University discovered that the soils in the UK have been losing the carbon they contain: as temperatures rise, the decomposition of organic matter accelarates, which causes more warming, which causes more decomposition. Already the soil in this country has released enough carbon dioxide to counteract the emissions cuts we have made since 1990(4).

These are examples of positive feedback: self-reinforcing effects which, once started, are hard to stop. They are kicking in long before they were supposed to. The intergovernmental panel on climate change, which predicts how far the world's temperature is likely to rise, hasn't yet had time to include them in its calculations. The current forecast - of 1.4 to 5.8 degrees this century - is almost certainly too low.

A week ago, I would have said that if it is too late, then one factor above all others is to blame: the chokehold big business has on economic policy. By forbidding governments to intervene effectively in the market, the corporations oblige us to do nothing but stand by and watch as the planet cooks. But on Wednesday I discovered that it isn't quite that simple. At a conference organised by the Building Research Establishment, I witnessed an extraordinary thing: companies demanding tougher regulations, and the government refusing to grant them(5).

Environmental managers from BT and John Lewis (which owns Waitrose) complained that without tighter standards that everyone has to conform to, their companies put themselves at a disadvantage if they try to go green. "All that counts", the man from John Lewis said, "is cost, cost and cost." If he's buying eco-friendly lighting and his competitors aren't, he loses. As a result, he said, "I welcome the EU's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, as it will force retailers to take these issues seriously."(6) Yes, I heard the cry of the unicorn: a corporate executive, welcoming a European directive.

And from the government? Nothing. Elliot Morley, the minister for climate change, proposed to do as little as he could get away with. The officials from the Department of Trade and Industry, to a collective groan from the men in suits, insisted that the measures some of the companies wanted would be "an unwarranted intervention in the market".

It was unspeakably frustrating. The suits had come to unveil technologies of the kind which really could save the planet. The architects Atelier Ten had designed a cooling system based on the galleries of a termite mound. By installing a concrete labyrinth in the foundations, they could keep even a large building in a hot place - like the arts centre they had built in Melbourne - at a constant temperature without air conditioning(7). The only power they needed was to drive the fans pushing the cold air upwards, using 10% of the electricity required for normal cooling systems.

The man from a company called PB Power explained how the 4 megawatts of waste heat poured into the Thames by the gas-fired power station in Barking could be used to warm the surrounding homes. A firm called XCO2 has designed a virtually silent wind turbine, which hangs, like a clothes hoist, from a vertical axis. It can be installed in the middle of a city without upsetting anyone(8).

These three technologies alone could cut millions of tonnes of emissions without causing any decline in our quality of life. Like hundreds of others, they are ready to deploy immediately and almost universally. But they won't be widely used until the government acts: it remains cheaper for companies to install the old technologies. And the government won't act because to do so would be "an unwarranted intervention in the market".

This was not, I now discover, the first time that the corporations have demanded regulation. In January the chairman of Shell, Lord Oxburgh, insisted that "Governments in developed countries need to introduce taxes, regulations or plans ... to increase the cost of emitting carbon dioxide."(9) He listed the technologies required to replace fossil fuels, and remarked that "none of this is going to happen if the market is left to itself." In August the heads of United Utilities, British Gas, Scottish Power and the National Grid joined Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace in calling for "tougher regulations for the built environment"(10).

So much for the perpetual demand of the thinktanks to "get government off the backs of business". Any firm which wants to develop the new technologies wants tough new rules. It is regulation that creates the market.

So why won't the government act? Because it is siding with the dirty companies against the clean ones. Deregulation has become the test of its manhood: the sign that it has put the bad old days of economic planning behind it. Sir David Arculus, the man appointed by Blair to run the government's Better Regulation Task Force, is also deputy chairman of the Confederation of British Industry, the shrillest exponents of the need to put the market ahead of society. It is hard to think of a more blatant conflict of interest.

I don't believe it is yet too late to minimise climate change. Most of the evidence suggests we could still stop the ecosystem from melting down, but only by cutting greenhouse gases by around 80% by 2030. I'm working on a book showing how this can be done, technically and politically. But it has now become clear to me that the obstacle is not the market but the government, waving a dog-eared treatise which proves some point in a debate the rest of the world has forgotten.


1. This was reported by Steve Connor, 16th September 2005. Global warming 'past the point of no return'. The Independent. But the centre has just announced that its results won't be published until the end of the month.

2. Steve Connor, ibid.

3. Fred Pearce, 11 August 2005. Climate warning as Siberia melts. New Scientist.

4. John Pickrell, 7th September 2005. Soil may spoil UK‚s climate efforts. New Scientist.

5. Resource '05, 13th-15th September 2005. BRE, Watford.

6. Bill Wright, energy and environment manager, John Lewis Partnership.

7. See

8. Quiet Revolution 6kW. Brochure from XCO2. Offord St, London.

9. Lord Oxburgh, 27th January 2005. Quoted in Greenpeace press release: Shell Chair urges government to act now on climate change.

10. Tony Juniper et al, 1st August 2005. Letter to Margaret Beckett and other ministers. Available on request from Friends of the Earth.



From: John Bunzl>
Sent: September 22, 2005
Subject: Peoples' Global Governance starts in London, Saturday 15th Oct. - YOU are invited!

Dear Friend of Global Justice,

You may not be aware of it, but at the recent UK General Election, 10 Members of Parliament from ALL the main political parties signed a pledge to implement the most radical set of global problem-solving measures you could possibly imagine.

These measures, known as the Simultaneous Policy (SP), would likely include a truly effective agreement on climate change, the abolition of nuclear weapons, the dramatic reduction of all conventional forces, the restoration to state control of the issuing of new money (monetary reform), the imposition of taxes on corporations and markets to fund debt-free development in poorer countries, and so on. The policy content of SP is to be decided by YOU, not by politicians or unaccountable global institutions. That's why we invite all UK citizens to 'adopt' SP (which is free) and to attend a meeting in London on 15th October (see details below). If you are non-UK citizen, please contact us to be put in touch with the SP campaign in your country.

The support of politicians from all political parties is achieved by citizens in all countries "adopting" SP.

By adopting SP, you pledge to encourage your prefered political party or politician to sign a Pledge to implement SP simultaneously alongside other governments (the SP Pledge). Alternatively, if you have no prefered party, you pledge to vote in future elections for ANY politician or party - within reason - who has signed the SP Pledge.

With more and more parliamentary seats and even entire elections being won or lost on small margins, politicians who fail to sign the SP Pledge will increasingly risk losing their seats to those who do. This is the simple mechanism global citizens are now using to drive our politicians to implement OUR solutions to global problems such as climate change, poverty, corporate abuse, arms proliferation, global injustice and so on. And with simultaneous implementation by all, or sufficient, governments, no nation loses out and all the present excuses politicians give for inaction simply evaporate. So, it's up to YOU!

Be part of the the solution by adopting SP now. It's free and takes just a couple of minutes. Please go to:

The Meeting on 15th October

Adopters of SP in the UK are additionally invited to attend the following meeting:

Meeting to Discuss and Agree a Process for Developing SP's Policy Measures, London, Saturday 15th October 2005.

I'm delighted to advise you that the above meeting will take place in London at Friends House, Euston Road (opposite Euston rail station) starting 10am. Please make your way to the Euston Room where we look forward to welcoming you. The meeting is free and open to all adopters of SP. If any of your friends want to come but haven't yet adopted, they can do so on the spot! Light refreshments will be available. This meeting will be followed in the same room by Simpol-UK's Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is open to Members but non-members who are adopters of SP are welcome to attend as observers. The AGM will start at aproximately 2.30pm and will finish no later than 5pm.

I would be grateful if you could confirm by return of email whether you intend to be present so we can arrange adequate refreshments, etc.

The agenda for this meeting is as follows:

1. 10:00 - 10:15 Welcome - introductions from all present.

2. 10:15 - 10:30 Vision of SP - John Bunzl
- The importance of involving adopters/partners in policy development

3. 10:30 - 10:40 The Founding Declaration (Patrick Andrews, Simpol-UK secretary)
- Rights of Adopters
- Role of the Policy Committee

10:40 - 11:00 Refreshment break

4. 11:00 - 12:30 Brainstorm and Discussion (Led by Tony Harvey and Mike Brady)
- Discussion of proposals put forward in advance of the meeting (to view these, please go to
- The Policy Committee
- Soliciting, collecting and publicising proposals
- Prioritising and selecting proposals
- Should non-British participants be permitted on the Policy Committee?
- Reference will be made to the brainstorm and what is in common, what is different in suggestions received. Discussion of:
- How is the process to be initiated, when and who by?
- What rules/guidelines should apply and who should lead on developing these?
- What resources need to be developed/events planned, if any?

5. 12.30 - 13:00 Round up and agreement on plan of action
- who will do what by when (e.g. write up rules/guidelines).

I do hope that as many of you as possible will attend this important meeting so I look forward to hearing from you. Please also let me know if you intend to stay on for the AGM.

By way of reminder, below you will find an extract from the original invitation to this meeting which was sent out a few weeks ago and which explains the context and purpose of the meeting in more detail. Please note that the meeting is NOT about the actual policies which may form part of SP but about the PROCESS of HOW such policies can be developed, publicised and graded!

With best wishes
John Bunzl - Trustee


Dear UK Adopters of the Simultaneous Policy (SP),

Meeting to Discuss and Agree a Process for Developing SP's Policy Measures, London, 15th October 2005.

Now that Simpol-UK has 10 Members of Parliament from all the main parties pledged to implement SP alongside other governments, we know that SP is a potent and practical means for driving politicians to agree in principle, and eventually to implement, far-reaching global policies for the global common good. As adopters of SP we need, now, to start considering ideas for an appropriate process for developing the legislative measures we, as UK adopters, think should be included in SP.

Since SP is to reflect the views of adopters globally, adopters in other countries will similarly want to decide on their own national process for developing SP's measures prior to these being further negotiated and finalised at the global level amongst all National SP Organisations (with the help of a coordinating Global Policy Board) and then eventually submitted to adopters globally for final approval.

What specific issues will the meeting cover?

For example, we need to consider how policy proposals should be processed and discussed? Who should receive and deal with them? How should adopters discuss and vote on those proposals? How should proposals be graded or categorised to indicate the level of aproval they have amongst UK adopters? How should they be publicised? What role, if any, should Local SP Adopters Groups play? Who should coordinate this process? What detailed role should the envisaged UK Policy Committee have? Are any proposed procedures not only democratic (in accordance with our Founding Declaration) but also practical given the limited manpower we have available? and so on.

The following references should help:

- Simpol-UK's Founding Declaration UK Founding Declaration.pdf

- Outline ideas for the SP Policy Development Process explained in the FAQ section of our global website. See relevant questions and answers at

Please let me know!
Many thanks


John Bunzl - Trustee
International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO)

SP: Rediscovering the Sense of Our Collective Humanity



Forwarded by "Mark Graffis">


Troubling trends converge: Drug-resistant bacteria gaining genes for virulence

22 Sept 2005

In a "Brief Report" in the 22 September 2005 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at the University of Chicago describe three cases of rapidly progressive and ultimately fatal Staphylococcus aureus infections in small children.

Although all three children were previously healthy, the infection caused severe sepsis, rapid clinical deterioration and bleeding into the adrenal glands, a complication, known as Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome, that is usually associated with fulminant bacterial meningitis.

Two of the three bacterial strains were resistant to standard antibiotics. In all three cases, the disease progressed so rapidly that neither standard nor alternative antibiotics had an effect.

"What we saw in these patients is not in the textbooks," said Robert Daum, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago and senior author of the study. "This is the first time this unusual syndrome has been described in patients with a Staph infection."

Such cases, although rare, highlight a disturbing convergence. In the last decade, drug-resistant strains of Staph. aureus have become quite common. At the same time, reports of virulent newer strains of Staph that can cause invasive disease, extensive tissue damage and death have increased.

"These bacteria have picked up genes that enable them to evade most of the drugs we used to employ to treat them," Daum said, "and now they are combining that with genes for various toxins that can cause severe illness."

Until the late 1990s, drug-resistant Staph infections were viewed as a purely hospital-acquired illness. In the 25 February 1998 issue of JAMA, however, a team led by Daum published the first study showing that Staphylococcus aureus infections that were already resistant to many types of antibiotics were being seen in children outside of the hospital environment.

Many physicians initially had doubts, but since then cases of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphyllococcus aureus infections (now known as CA-MRSA) have been detected in most major U.S. cities and several rural settings , and subsequently in Europe, Asia and South America.

This bacterium, often referred to simply as "Staph," is common, found on the skin and in the noses of an estimated 30 percent of people. Staph is one of the most common causes of skin infections, such as pimples or boils, which can usually be treated without antibiotics. It can also cause serious wound infections, bloodstream infections or pneumonia.

Recently, however, physicians around the country have been describing increasingly virulent Staph infections that caused by the community-associated strains of MRSA. Last April, for example, authors from California described cases of necrotizing fasciitis (like "flesh-eating disease") and necrotizing pneumonia (an aggressive tissue-destroying lung infection) caused by community-acquired MRSA.

These lethal manifestations are the "tip of the iceberg," Daum said, "but this is getting to be a substantial iceberg."

The overall rate of Staph infections has been increasing for several years. The difficult-to-treat, drug-resistant strains are becoming more and more common outside of the hospital setting. These community-acquired resistant strains appear to spread more easily than the better-known hospital-based microbes. Rare but devastating toxicities, such as the ones described in this paper, are being recognized. And as yet, scientists know relatively little about the community-acquired variations of MRSA.

"This is something that demands our attention," Daum said. "We need to learn a lot more about this microbe and the genes it has collected that have enabled it to move so quickly. We need to find better ways to treat this. And we need to work toward finding a vaccine that can prevent Staph infections. That is the only way we have ever truly beaten an infectious disease."


The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Grant HealthCare Foundation supported this research. Coauthors of the paper include Patricia V. Adem, M.D., Christopher P. Montgomery, M.D., Aliya N. Husain, M.D., Tracy K. Koogler, M.D., and Susan Boyle-Vavra, Ph.D, of the University of Chicago and Valerie Arangelovich, M.D., Michel Humilier, M.D.,of the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Contact: John Easton>
University of Chicago Medical Center


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