Women Fake Orgasms for … Pleasure

Thanks to Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, even guys know that women fake the big O—but who knew they did it for pleasure? A study published in the Journal of Sexual Archives says women will fake orgasm not just for the relationship or their own insecurity, but to feel sexually excited, the Huffington Post reports. The US study looked at 481 sexually active, straight women with an average age of 20 who weren’t in a committed relationship, and asked why they faked it. Their top four answers:

  • Altruistic deceit (making the guy feel better)
  • Fear and insecurity (avoiding bad feelings about the experience)
  • Elevated arousal (turning herself on)
  • Sexual adjournment (getting sex over with)

The first two answers fit traditional thinking about a faked orgasm—that it’s for the man, or a woman’s emotional well-being—but the third shows a new self-determination by women in bed, says study co-author Erin Cooper. One caveat: The study looked at young, single women, and earlier studies have found this group can’t achieve orgasm as easily as women in serious relationships, Time notes. Still, an earlier study showed that 80% of women admitted to having faked the big O, reports NBC News. (Another attention-grabbing sex study: Nearly half of men report “sexual coercion.”)

10 Things You Need to Know Today: March 31, 2014

The ObamaCare enrollment deadline arrives, UConn and Kentucky round out the Final Four, and more
And then there were four. 
And then there were four.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

1. ObamaCare enrollment deadline arrives
Obama administration officials are making last-minute public appeals urging Americans to sign up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges before open enrollment ends at midnight Monday. The White House approved extra time for those who have tried but been unable to enroll due to glitches, but others will face a penalty if they are uninsured in 2014. In the last week, ObamaCare operators fielded a record 2.5 million calls. [USA Today]

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2. UConn and Kentucky round out the Final Four
The Final Four is set. The UConn Huskies upset Michigan State Sunday to advance to the semi-finals of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Kentucky beat Michigan to win the other slot, joining Wisconsin and overall No. 1 seed Florida to round out the Final Four. The Gators lost two games all year — one to UConn, whom they play next, and the other to Wisconsin, whom they could face in the final. [Fox News]

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3. Kerry and Lavrov deadlock over Crimea
Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, failed to break an impasse over the Crimea crisis on Sunday. Kerry said they held four hours of constructive talks in Paris, and agreed that diplomats should continue working on how the contested Ukrainian region, which Russia is annexing, should be governed. “In the end, Ukrainians are going to have to make that decision,” Kerry said. [Los Angeles Times]

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4. Erdogan declares his party dominated Turkish elections
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in local elections on Sunday, declaring that he and his allies had delivered an “Ottoman slap” to their rivals. Opposition leaders contested early counts giving a big lead to Erdogan’s party, which faces a corruption probe and widespread street protests. The vote was seen as a test of strength for Erdogan, whose party has held power since 2002. [CNN]

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5. More crews arrive to hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines plane
The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 intensified on Monday as 10 planes and 10 ships hunted for fresh cluesin the sea west of Perth, Australia. On Sunday, crews dismissed suspicious flotsam as fishing buoys. Investigators hope to find traces of the aircraft, which disappeared March 8, before the pings of its black boxes start fading out next week. Relatives of Chinese passengers demanded an apology from the Malaysian government for declaring that the plane had crashed. [The New York Times]

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6. Tech rivals Apple and Samsung start another legal battle
Apple and Samsung return to court in California on Monday, continuing their ongoing legal battle. Apple is demanding $2 billion in damages from its rival, which it says stole iPhone designs and features. Apple wants a $40 royalty for every Samsung device running software Apple says it conceived. Samsung hopes to enlist help from Google engineers who designed the Android system by getting them to testify they didn’t use Apple’s ideas. [The Guardian]

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7. North and South Korea shell each other’s waters
North Korea, upset over annual U.S.-South Korea military exercises, shelled South Korean waters in the Yellow Sea on Monday. Residents of South Korea’s Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong islands were evacuated to shelters. The South responded by firing hundreds of shells into Northern waters. Such displays aren’t uncommon along the disputed naval border, although this time North Korea reportedly notified Seoul ahead of time by fax — a first. [Yonhap]

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8. U.N. scientists say climate change is hurting harvests
Climate change has started cutting into the world’s food supply, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a sweeping report released Monday. The authors said climate change was once a distant threat but is now increasingly hurting people “on all continents” and across every ocean. “It’s about people now… not just butterflies and sea ice,” said Virginia Burkett, one of the authors. [The New York TimesThe Guardian]

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9. Earthquake rattles Yellowstone
A 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck Yellowstone National Park on Sunday. It was the strongest quake recorded there in 34 years. No damages or injuries were reported. Yellowstone sits on one of the world’s largest super-volcanoes. A U.S. Geological Survey team was dispatched to tour the Norris Geyser Basin to see whether the temblor had changed any of Yellowstone’s famous geysers, mud pots, and hot springs. [Reuters]

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10. Frozen beats Toy Story 3‘s world box office record
Disney’s Frozen blew past Toy Story 3 to become the highest grossing animated film in history, with the final push coming over the weekend as the film opened in Japan. Frozen has now hauled in $1.072 billion at the box office worldwide. Toy Story 3 took in $1.06 billion. Frozen, which took two Oscars, was released in the U.S. in November. It’s now showing in 36 counties, including South Korea, the U.K., and Germany. [Los Angeles Times]

Judge Allows Arizona Boy to be Treated with Marijuana Extract

Last Friday, an Ariz. judge made a significant decision that could potentially revolutionize the way Americans utilize medical marijuana.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper of Maricopa County ruled in favor of allowing five-year-old Zander Welton, who was suffering from debilitating epileptic seizures, to use cannabidiol (CBD), one of 60 cannabinoids discovered in marijuana.

CBD oil, which makes up approximately 40 percent of the plant’s extract, has been proven to help treat severe medical problems including Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and even cancer.

Fighting for natural health freedom

The judge’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on Nov. 13 on behalf of the little boy. The motion requested the court to “rule that the state’s medical marijuana law allows uses of marijuana extracts such as resins added to baked goods and creams,” reported AZ Central.

While voters approved the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) in 2010, there seemed to be some confusion over whether or not the act included the use of pot extract.

A report by Medical Jane describes how badly the Welton family and their young child had been suffering. Just nine months into the boy’s life, he began experiencing violent seizures, and subsequently had portions of his brain removed in two separate surgeries. Not only did the surgeries fail, but prescribing the child heavy doses of deadly pharmaceutical drugs left him with harmful side effects, and no reduction of his seizures.

Finally, the family was introduced to medical marijuana, both the CBD oil and the plant in its dried form. This treatment worked wonders on the boy’s health, and his parents soon began to see changes in their child, including increased happiness and the abilities to sleep peacefully, walk backwards and play with his siblings.

Miraculously, he was finally able to go weeks without a single seizure.

The little boy’s family finally found hope in what had been a painful, helpless situation, but they were still facing one big problem.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery aggressively pursued the Welton family, threatening to prosecute them for administering what he considered illegal marijuana to their son.

Under Montgomery’s interpretation, the AMMA only allowed the use of dried flowers, and not CBD oil. Facing prosecution and understandably frightened, the family stopped treating Zander with marijuana extract. “My husband and I made the heartbreaking decision to stop giving Zander the medical marijuana oil,” said the boy’s mother.

Fortunately for the Welton family, the ACLU got involved and fought for the boy’s freedom to choose the treatment that his family deemed most effective. The lawsuit specifically asked for clarification on what exactly is considered legal under the AMMA.

Five months after the ruling, Judge Katherine Cooper ruled that nothing in the AMMA “limits the form in which patients may use medical marijuana…. The AMMA authorized qualifying patients to use extracts, including CBD oil, prepared from the marijuana plant.”

She also concluded that marijuana extract “make it feasible for patients who cannot consume the medicine in plant form to receive it another way.”

The judge’s decision is a giant step forward in granting all Americans natural health freedom and, importantly, immediately saving one boy’s life.

Cashy Hyde

Other children have not been so lucky. A three-year-old from Mont. named Cash Hyde suffered from recurring life-threatening brain tumors but finally found relief once he began using cannabis oil. Once on the cannabis oil, Cash’s cancer went into remission and he began to get healthy.

The decision to treat Cash with CBD oil came with dire consequences, including threats by police, prosecution that could result in incarceration for the family and also steep fines.

“I’ve had law enforcement threatening to kick my door down, but I would have done anything to keep Cashy alive,” said the boy’s father, Mike Hyde.

Aggression from law enforcement against patients using pot extract stems from Big Pharma’s determination to keep pot extract illegal. Why? Because they’re fully aware that they could lose billions of dollars if pot extract were to replace prescription drugs, which it’s fully capable of doing for many medical conditions.

Currently, Big Pharma is unable to regulate CBD oil because it’s a naturally occurring compound and therefore cannot be patented. The last thing this billion-dollar-a-year industry wants is for patients to effectively treat themselves with a natural herb that can grow relatively easily in their backyard.

Tragically, under pressure from the Feds, the state of Montana cracked down on medical marijuana, forcing many dispensaries to close and subsequently cutting off Cash’s cannabis oil supply. His cancer soon returned and he passed away in his father’s arms in late 2012.

His story was featured in a documentary called America’s Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny, produced by Kevin Booth.

Saving lives

Despite the horrible outcome for the Hyde family, thanks to Judge Cooper the outcome will not be the same for the Welton family.

Now that Zander’s seizures have been significantly reduced, the possibilities surrounding the improvement of his health are endless.

Hopefully the judge’s decision will bring awareness and change, both legislatively and in the health community. Suffering and dying patients deserve the freedom to choose which treatment best suits them and their condition.

Other sources:

http://www.economist.com

http://www.azcentral.com

http://abcnews.go.com

http://americandrugwar2.com

Tennessee State University Forcing Students to Wear Location-Tracking ID Badges

Officials at Tennessee State University have implemented new rules to force students to carry ID badges that will allow them to be tracked, citing safety and security concerns following a series of criminal acts on campus.

According to local reports, it is already difficult for students to navigate the campus without identification, but the tracking element inherent in the new policy is unnerving to some.

“I use it going to the cafeteria, going in and out of my dorm and driving on campus,” freshman Xavier Johnson said, regarding the importance of his identification, to the local NBC affiliate.

The policy took effect March 1. According to the rules, the ID must be displayed prominently when students are on campus. Before the change, policy only required a student to present ID if asked to do so.

“It kind of reminds me of high school,” Johnson said. “I guess it’s okay. It’s a public university.”

Goal is ‘safety, security’

“Our primary concern is always to provide a safe and healthy environment for all of our students, employees and visitors,” said Dr. Curtis Johnson, Associate Vice President for Administration, who is in charge of Emergency Management. “Safety on our campus is priority number one, and with the new policy, we want to ensure that our students, faculty and staff are safe at all times.”

“Failure to comply with the new policy,” the school said, “may result in employee disciplinary action, student judicial action or removal from University property.”

For the new badges, the design and the technology changed; a built-in chip not only can restrict a student’s access to certain parts of the campus but can also enable them to be tracked when they enter different buildings.

“That gives us another arm to aide our students in identifying potential problems on the campus,” Dr. Curtis Johnson said.

The university says it has made the change because of a rash of campus criminal activity. In the fall, there were several incidents of vandalism; in January, there was a shooting near one of the dorms (the victim was not a student of the university).

“It’s important that we all know who’s a student for our own personal safety,” junior Thomme Davis said. “A lot of students don’t understand why we’re getting this or they find it annoying.”

The school’s ID policy also applies to off-campus university events, reports said.

‘End of privacy as we know it’

Some experts say privacy issues, in this case (and most others), should take a back seat to public safety.

“Security is always the first concern. Privacy is a distant second. What good is privacy when a student is in the hospital as a result of crime?” personal security and identity theft expert Robert Siciliano toldNatural News.

“Everywhere you go there is a privacy advocate screaming to protect your privacy. Privacy advocates, bless them, are a dying breed,” he continued. “They fight for whatever privacy rights there are left and do their best to remain watchdogs. If your gig is privacy, my guess is you have lost all your hair and are popping Prozac to relieve the stress of today’s anti-private society. And you are fully employed and very, very, busy.”

Siciliano added, “Privacy is an illusion. The focus today should be security, not privacy.”

But Dr. Vincenzo Sainato, Ph.D., an associate professor of criminology at City University in Seattle, disagrees. He says taking the extraordinary measure of forcing students to carry traceable IDs is not a solution.

“Not even remotely,” he told Natural News in an email. “There is no empirical research that objectively supports the notion that this will somehow increase campus safety.”

“This is a huge concern to me,” he continued. “This type of measure will have a chilling effect on privacy and freedom. It is the kind of ‘dataveillance’ that will eliminate our right for anonymity — which is subsumed into the First Amendment and guarantees our right to freely associate without intervention, so long as those associations are lawful.”

Sources:

http://www.newschannel5.com

http://robertsiciliano.com

http://www.campusreform.org

http://tnstatenewsroom.org

The Man Who Wants to Buy the Biggest U.S. Gun Maker Doesn’t Own a Gun

Bushmaster AR-15 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Bushmaster AR-15 Semi-Automatic Rifle

By Paul M. Barrett

An out-of-the-blue unsolicited $1 billion takeover bid for Freedom Group, the largest gun and ammunition manufacturer in the U.S. The March 11 proposal by a little-known Palm Beach, Fla., company called Global Digital Solutions struck me as dubious, given the would-be buyer’s tiny size and lack of a track record in the insular small-arms business. The needle on my bizarre-o meter twitched when Global Digital (GDSI) couldn’t put me in touch with its founder and chief executive, a serial tech entrepreneur named Richard Sullivan. Finally, there was the vituperative reaction from Freedom, a privately-held conglomeration controlled by the New York-based private equity firm, Cerberus Capital Management. What the heck is going on here?

That Cerberus might unload Freedom Group—whose brands include Remington, Bushmaster, DPMS/Panther Arms, Marlin, Para USA, and Barnes Bullets—isn’t so far-fetched. Bushmaster manufactured the semiautomatic military-style rifle used by the killer in the December 2012 Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre., and investor outcry following that horrific event put pressure on Cerberus to announce it would seek a buyer for Freedom Group. After shopping the company around for a while, Cerberus said it would recapitalize Freedom in an arrangement allowing antsy investors to step away from the gun business.

Global Digital’s Richard Sullivan, who eventually got back to me, insists that his ardor for Freedom is genuine. Despite the puny financial scale of his current operation, which trades over-the-counter and has a market capitalization of less than $60 million, Sullivan says he has a long history of starting and acquiring companies—and that he has big ideas for consolidating the fragmented U.S. gun business.

On the other hand, well-made guns get the job done with current designs, and many users—whether military, police, or civilian—probably would have concerns about relying on a fancy computer system vulnerable to the sort of techno-glitches that occasionally bedevil laptops or automobiles. Sullivan communicates in an almost mystical techno-speak that might stir suspicion in the borderline-paranoid world of gun manufacturing. Even after talking with him, I can’t tell whether he’s making a real offer for Freedom  engaging in an elaborate publicity stunt, or indulging a flight of fancy. Maybe it’s a combination of all three.

“We’re working on raising the capital, and we have serious intentions,” Sullivan says. “We want to make a transformative technological contribution to an industry that’s stuck in analog and inevitably must participate in the digital world transition that’s going on. This is about convergence.”

Sorry, still not following. Sullivan speaks about “coupling cyber-based technologies with enhanced digital product development.” He says he’s been through the process before with a company called Applied Digital Solutions.

As best I could tell, Sullivan shares an ambition with a number of other techies to implant firearms with chips that would allow owners to prevent unauthorized people (children, thieves) from misusing their weapons. Such “smart gun” technology theoretically could help locate lost guns and allow for digitally enhanced targeting. It sounds a little like science-fiction, but others are moving in this direction.

The larger potential payoff, though, would be in the civilian sector. TrackingPoint rifles feature a Wi-Fi transmitter that permits a high-end hunter to stream live video and audio to an iPad (AAPL) and post impressive kill shots on Facebook (FB)and YouTube (GOOG). Depending on how tricked-out consumers want their customized weapon, TrackingPoint offers rifles for $22,000 and up.

Update on Court Case Challenging San Francisco’s Ban on Self Defense Ammo

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In case you aren’t aware, hollow point ammunition, long regarded as the logical choice for self defense for its ability to deliver a maximum amount of energy to its intended target while reducing over penetration, is currently illegal in San Francisco.

Fortunately, there is a court case seeking to overturn that ban. Here is an update from the NRA-ILA,

Charlotte, NC –– On March 25 2014, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a November 2012 federal district court ruling that denied a request to block enforcement of two extreme San Francisco gun control ordinances.

The San Francisco ordinances challenged in the Jackson v. San Francisco case require handguns to be kept under lock and key in the home at all times unless actually being carried, and ban the sale of all “non-sporting” and common “hollow-point” self-defense ammunition.

Because of fundamental conflicts between the court’s analysis and recent Supreme Court decisions and admonishments, the plaintiffs are seeking “en banc” review by an “en banc” panel of eleven Ninth Circuit judges, and will seek Supreme Court review after that if necessary.

 Funded largely by the National Rifle Association, the Jackson case was one of many coordinated civil rights cases filed in the wake of the Heller decision in 2008. The Jackson case is being litigated by the NRA’s West Coast attorneys at Michel and Associates, along with former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement.

The Jackson decision highlights the problems with the analytical framework for considering Second Amendment challenges recently fashioned by the Ninth Circuit in the United States v. Chovan caseThat subjective “intermediate scrutiny” framework allows political and personal bias to creep into the law making and judicial review process, and effectively creates a toothless and overly deferential review of government infringements on Second Amendment rights.  Under this type of watered-down judicial standard of review, judges who are so inclined can find that virtually all restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms are constitutional simply by accepting post hoc government justifications uncritically, or by characterizing an infringement as “insubstantial.”

The request for en banc review or Supreme Court review will seek a standard of judicial review in Second Amendment cases that is consistent with the instructions and warnings given by the Supreme Court in the District of Columbia v. Heller case.

The Jackson case is one of two Ninth Circuit cases being litigated by the NRA’s California legal team that are currently being considered for potential en banc review. The other case, Peruta v. County of San Diego, recently resulted in a tremendous decision from a three-judge panel confirming that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of law-abiding citizens to carry a firearm in public and striking down a Sheriff’s policy that required applicants to establish a special need before they could get a license to carry a firearm outside the home.

The next several months promise to be very interesting for gun owners, so be sure to subscribe to alerts at www.CalGunLaws.com for important updates.

You can also assist in the fight to defend gun owners’ rights in California courts by donating to the NRA Legal Action Project today. For a summary of some of the many actions the NRA has taken on behalf of California gun owners, including the tremendous recent victory in the Peruta case click here. Second Amendment supporters should be careful about supporting litigation efforts promised by other individuals and groups without access to the necessary funding, relationships, firearm experts and experienced lawyers on the NRA’s national legal team. The NRA’s team of highly regarded civil rights attorneys and scholars has the resources, skill and expertise to maximize the potential for victory.

About:
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: http://www.nra.org

Diet Soda, Aspartame Linked to Premature Death

A decade-long study of 60,000 women has confirmed that drinking diet soda sweetened with aspartame is linked with a 30 percent increase in heart attack risk and a 50 percent increase in death risk.

The findings, presented at the American College of Cardiology(1), have already been partially swept under the rug with the false explanation that diet drinks don’t necessarily cause these risks but are instead merely correlated with them. “Women who toss back too many diet sodas may be trying to make up for unhealthy habits,” claims an article on CNBC,(2) while citing no evidence whatsoever to support the claim. Keep in mind that any time a synthetic vitamin is correlated with increased mortality, the entire scientific community immediately describes those synthetic vitamins as “causing” death.Correlation is causation only when industry-funded scientists say it is.

Aspartame is a neurotoxin

What scientists refuse to explore — even when the data clearly show a strong death risk association — is that aspartame is a neurotoxin. The reason why women who drink diet soda have a 50 percent increased death risk is, of course, far more likely to be caused by what’s in the diet soda rather than some lifestyle choice.

Aspartame, after all, is made from the feces of genetically engineered bacteria. It is not a natural sugar but rather a chemical compound created in an industrial lab. Used in diet sodas, it breaks down into a number of chemical compounds including formaldehyde and methanol. During digestion, the formaldehyde is oxidized into formic acid, a chemical known to cause toxicity in mammalian biology. Formic acid is also secreted by ants as part of their “chemical weapons” arsenal.

Aspartame linked to long list of neurological problems

Aspartame denialists try to pretend that all this formaldehyde, methanol and formic acid has no effect on human health. Their argument is identical to that of GMO denialists: “GMOs are harmless!” It’s even the same argument as mercury denialists: “Mercury is harmless!”

Why, then, is aspartame so frequently linked to blurred vision, headaches and neurological problems when repeatedly consumed in the form of diet drinks? In fact, there are over 90 side effects linked to aspartame consumption, including headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, rashes, depression, irritability, insomnia, hearing loss, vision problems, loss of taste vertigo and memory loss.

Soda companies and misinformed doctors all try to pretend none of these side effects are real — that people are all imagining headaches, blurred vision, numbness, insomnia and so on. That’s how unethical the soda industry is: they poison their own customers with a neurotoxic chemical, then call them delusional when they suffer neurological side effects.

If you drink diet soda, you are murdering yourself

The bottom line in all this? If you drink diet soda, you are essentially murdering yourself. Call it “slow suicide.”

There are a thousand beverages healthier than diet sodas: tea, fruit juice, mineral water, raw almond milk… even non-diet sodas are better for you than diet sodas! (And diet sodas have been conclusively proven to have no effect whatsoever on weight loss. So drinking them is a useless diet gesture to begin with.)

If for some reason you are still drinking diet soda, find a healthier beverage and stop poisoning yourself to death.

From the American College of Cardiology website:

[A] study led by Ankur Vyas, MD, of the University of Iowa found that postmenopausal women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to experience a cardiovascular event and 50 percent more likely to die from related cardiovascular disease than women who never, or only rarely, consumed diet drinks. The analysis of 59,614 participants in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, who had an average age of 62.8 and no history of cardiovascular disease, saw that after an average follow-up of 8.7 years, the primary cardiovascular outcome occurred in 8.5 percent of the women consuming two or more diet drinks per day compared to 6.9 percent in the five-to-seven drinks per week group; 6.8 percent in the one-to-four drinks per week group; and 7.2 percent in the zero-to-three per month group. The difference persisted when researchers adjusted for other cardiovascular risk factors and co-morbidities. The association between diet drinks and cardiovascular disease warrants further study to define the relationship, Vyas said.

Sources for this article include:
1) http://www.cardiosource.org/en/News-Media/Pu…

2) http://www.cnbc.com/id/101536768