The only acute treatment for a stroke currently available is thrombolysis. This uses drugs that dissolve the blood clot responsible for the stroke, but it only reaches around 10 per cent of stroke patients in time to prevent lasting damage. For other patients, there are no other effective drugs that reduce the loss of brain function following a stroke.
There is a naturally occurring the brain, the sigma-1 receptor, which can help repair brain damage. These Swedish researchers first provided an enriched – brain stimulating environment for some rats, than injected with a specific substance that activated the sigma-1 receptor. Those rats regained more brain functions than non-treated rats. A Japanese pharmaceutical company is doing clinical trials. Hopefully this treatment will work as well for humans as for rats.
Not a single executive who ran the companies that cooked up and cashed in on the phony financial boom — an industrywide scam that involved the mass sale of mismarked, fraudulent mortgage-backed securities — has ever been convicted. Their names by now are familiar to even the most casual Middle American news consumer: companies like AIG, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley. Most of these firms were directly involved in elaborate fraud and theft. Lehman Brothers hid billions in loans from its investors. Bank of America lied about billions in bonuses. Goldman Sachs failed to tell clients how it put together the born-to-lose toxic mortgage deals it was selling. What’s more, many of these companies had corporate chieftains whose actions cost investors billions — from AIG derivatives chief Joe Cassano, who assured investors they would not lose even “one dollar” just months before his unit imploded, to the $263 million in compensation that former Lehman chief Dick “The Gorilla” Fuld conveniently failed to disclose. Yet not one of them has faced time behind bars.
For those who have been reading about Wall St and the collapse – its causes, who was involved and other related issues this Rolling Stone piece might not be new information. After reading the umpteenth article I took a little solace in the Obama-Democratic Congress efforts in 2010 in passing at least some financial reform. We got burned once and while that reform package wasn’t perfect it did offer up some new oversight and the potential for hard-nosed regulators like Elizabeth Warren to lessen the risk of another catastrophic failure. Remember the tea stains were all up in arms about how this was of their fault and how could this happen. They had all the cheap populist veneer of a neon sign at the Motel of Forbidden Love. Their newly elected sycophants are fighting even that highly moderate package of reforms – Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) Confirms GOP Wants To Defund Financial Reform: ‘That’s What The American People Are Expecting’. I’m not sure what people in what dark alley Cantor is hearing from – the Koch brothers, the seedy FreedomWorks astroturf organization, the know nothings at Lew Rockwell.
Wisconsin Republican Gov. Walker Reiterates That The ‘National Guard’ Will Be Used Against A Worker ‘Walk-Off’. Walker apparently yearns for the good old days of the plantation where workers did as told. Why are we here? I do not mean in some larger esoteric manner of friends in the sky and secret plans. More of an immediate question concerning our everyday lives. Why work? Why have businesses? Conservatives and far Right libertarians do not seem to know, give the issue much mind other than reciting some gobbledygook from their patron saint Ayn Rand, care much about the question or think the issue is of no importance. The Walker Approach: Forsaking the Economy by Forsaking Workers
In sharp contrast to Walker, a more visionary and humane view of how the economy can serve all citizens comes, ironically, from the late British billionaire Sir James Goldsmith:
“In the great days of the USA, Henry Ford stated that he wanted to pay high wages to his employees so that they could become his customers and buy his cars. Today we are proud of the fact that we pay low wages.
“We have forgotten that the economy is a tool to serve the needs of society, reverse. The ultimate purpose of the economy is to create prosperity … and not the reverse. The ultimate purpose of the economy is to create prosperity with stability.”
Tragically, Gov. Walker and his cheerleaders like Prof. Esenberg seek to return the state and the nation to the dog-eat-dog world of 19th-century capitalism, where wealth and economic rights are the exclusive province of the super-rich and their allies and where workers’ isolated voices can easily be ignored.
The wealthy are wealthier than ever and American workers in the median income range have less power than ever. How much wealth will be enough. How powerless do workers have to be before we reach the economic nirvana of the walkers of the world. part of the answer is power. People like Walker do not want power in the hands of the common folk. They talk a lot of populist bullshit, but ultimately they strive to pacify the plutocracy, their true constituency. It is nothing less than the collective of the corporations. A steep pyramid with the rulers at the top and everyone else, no matter how bright or hard working, relatively powerless.