Monday, March 31, 2008

Youth 4 Human Rights Miracle Drywash Race Team Finishes 3rd Place

LANIK FINISHES ON PODIUM TO KICK-OFF HIS SEASON



Sunday 30th March 2008

DOUBLE Clio Cup Winter Champion, Niki Lanik, started off his 2008 racing season at Brands Hatch last weekend with a well-deserved podium finish. For 2008, Austrian Lanik is racing for the Youth 4 Human Rights Miracle Drywash Race Team. Niki helps promote Human Rights to millions of people through car racing with the idea of making the world a better place.

QUALIFYING took place Saturday morning where the Miracle Drywash-sponsored race driver had a 30 minute session to set two of his best lap times to determine his start positions for Round 1 and 2. Setting a 53.006 and a 53.039, Niki secured 5th and 3rd for the weekend’s two championship rounds.



“PRIOR to the season I did three test days at Brands Hatch and these have definitely paid off. My qualifying laps were fast, consistent and with brand new slicks I felt more confident than ever around the Indy circuit,” commented Niki on his qualifying performance.

ROUND 1 of the 2008 Clio Cup saw the youngster start from 5th on the grid out of 28 keen starters. Tricky conditions tempted most teams to choose slick tyres instead of wets; this was a bad decision as light rain came down once the race started. Lanik, having wheelspun too much as the lights went off, lost three places by the first corner. By the end of lap one Niki fought his way back up the 6th place. Two laps before the race ended, the driver in 5th place lost control at Surtees. Dodging the sideways car and securing 5th place, Niki had to break and turn right for Clearways, the last bend, when suddenly there was a knock and Niki shot left instead. Niki rejoined and finished 17th.

SUNDAY’S Round 2 attracted 30,000 spectators and live ITV4 coverage. The Y4HR Miracle Drywash Clio was sitting 3rd on the grid behind Ben Winrow and Paul Rivett (double Clio Champion). Next to the Austrian champion was the ex-touring car driver, Gavin Piper. Ashurst Wood-based Niki Lanik had a fantastic start retaining his 3rd place. Running a little bit wide out of Graham Hill Bend, Lanik lost a little momentum nearly loosing a place to Derek Pierce, who was lying in 4th. Niki then drove defensive for three more laps until he was clear to cruise a remaining 14 laps to a 3rd place and well-deserved podium finish. This was Niki’s best official result in the National 2008 Clio Championship up to date.



“I had a great start and managed to tag onto Winrow and Rivett by the first corner. Defending from Pierce wasn’t too difficult either as he never got close enough to make a move. I felt very comfortable in the car, and knew that if I just drove consistently I would finish in 3rd and that’s exactly what I did.” said the Austrian Niki Lanik.

To find out more about Niki Lanik visit www.NikiLanik.com.

The Youth For Human Rights Miracle Drywash Race Team promotes the international Youth For Human Rights campaign – www.YouthForHumanRights.org. The team sponsors include Miracle Drywash (www.MiracleDrywash.com), GridGirlz (www.GridGirlz.co.uk), G&G Vitamins (www.GandGVitamins.com), Wealden Workwear (www.WWPE.co.uk), and Luxury Sign Design (www.lsdsign.co.uk). If you would like to sponsor Niki Lanik, e-mail him on niki@lanik.info.

ROUND 3 and 4 of the Clio Cup will take place at Rockingham Speedway on 12th and 13th of April, as well as live TV coverage on ITV4. For more information about the 2008 ELF Clio Cup visit www.renaultsport.co.uk.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Anonymous and Misinformed



A note on terrorists, whoever they are


Author and TV documentary maker, Michael Burleigh, author of ‘Blood & Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism’ (published by Harper Press) which investigates the terrorist mindset, said on ‘Start the Week’, BBC Radio 4, Mon 18 Feb 2008:

“Many terrorists have a very dim perception and understanding of the actual intellectual causes they purport to represent. One of the Bader Meinhof people said, “We half read a lot of theory which we fully understood…Police interrogations and studies of [terrorists] who have been arrested in this country have shown that they have quite a limited understanding of their religion.”



Michael Burleigh was a Distinguished Research Professor in Modern History at the University of Cardiff and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.



Monday, March 17, 2008

Scientology.org Video Channel Launches with 82 Scientology Videos



The Scientology.org video channel answers the question "What is Scientology?" while offering 82 informative and engaging Scientology videos and clips addressing Scientology beliefs and humanitarian programs.


The Church of Scientology announces the launch of the official www.Scientology.org online video channel

Noting that 75% of Internet users watch video online according to Internet metrics leader Comscore, the Church is excited to announce this launch to utilize cutting edge technology to more broadly disseminate information about Scientology via an official Scientology Video Channel that can be viewed from anywhere there is an Internet connection.

Through 82 broadcast-quality videos, comprising almost 3 hours of content, the Scientology.org Video Channel provides an overview of the basic beliefs and practices of the religion, as well as information on the many humanitarian programs sponsored by the Church - programs addressing drug abuse, illiteracy, human rights and disaster relief. Included in the online content are statements from Scientology parishioners themselves expressing why Scientology is their chosen faith.

Users can elect to watch any of the Scientology videos or clips individually, or watch the presentation in its entirety. Additionally, anyone wanting further information on Scientology at the Scientology.org video channel can request a free book entitled "A Description of the Scientology Religion" or obtain basic books about Scientology or Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard.

The Church has produced many videos over the years. They have been available for viewing by the general public in Church exhibitions around the world. Sharing the videos with the Internet community is a logical and immersive extension of that experience that will benefit video viewing users who can access them 24/7 from any Internet connection in the world.

The Church of Scientology has always considered the Internet a resource for sharing accurate information about the religion -- concentrating on using the Internet to promote its message and mission in the world. Since 1996, Church sites have provided hundreds of thousands of individual pages of material and images on the religion. These sites are available in most major languages and are visited by tens of millions each year. Now, online video technology will better enable the Church to provide far more expansive and enlightening information.

The Church firmly believes that understanding is achieved through knowledge and information. It is in this spirit that the Church is putting this special video channel online designed to answer the question most often asked: What is Scientology?

The Church of Scientology encourages anyone desiring information about the Scientology religion to visit the Church Video Channel at www.Scientology.org.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Suicide Warnings ‘Buried’ on Antidepressant Drugs that ‘Don’t Work’



The UK drug regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) ‘buried’ an announcement that all antidepressant drugs are to carry warnings regarding ‘suicidal thoughts and behaviour,’ says an international psychiatric watchdog.

The MHRA’s decision to implement warnings on all antidepressants was made before the recent release of a damning study from the University of Hull, which was highly critical of a particular class of antidepressant, describing them as being no better than placebo, and which made ‘no difference to patients.’

The ‘buried’ announcement on the warnings followed an MHRA Working Party, which considered the results of adult clinical trial data for SSRIs and other antidepressants that had been completed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States. This was the data used by the team lead by Prof Irving Kirsch at the University of Hull, but is unlikely to have included the data the Hull team obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, and which brought about the determination that the drugs ‘don’t work.’

The outcry has prompted Heywood and Middleton MP Jim Dobbin to issue an Early Day Motion in Parliament regarding antidepressants, where he has noted “…that there is zero cost-effectiveness to drugs that do not work” and “…that large numbers of people are involuntarily addicted to these drugs and suffer bizarre and severe side effects which leave them unable to work.”

He has called upon the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to review the approval of these drugs and has urged the Government to investigate how the manufacturers and distributors obtained product licences.

Between 1999 and 2006, the NHS in England has paid out an astonishing £2.7billion on antidepressant drugs, while two well-known antidepressant drugs have pulled in combined revenue of £895million in England alone.


Citizens Commission on Human Rights International
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The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), the international psychiatric watchdog established by the Church of Scientology in 1969, says it is scandalous and tantamount to fraud that psychiatric drugs which ‘don’t work’, are raking in billions and bleeding the NHS of much-needed funds that could be spent in areas of the medical profession that actually achieves results.

The use of antidepressants relies on the theory introduced by psychiatrists that a ‘chemical imbalance' is the cause of so-called mental illness. The antidepressant drugs are supposed to fix an ‘imbalance’ that according to scientists, can’t be scientifically proven.

Brian Daniels, national spokesperson for CCHR in the UK, said, “ There is no test to confirm or deny the existence of a ‘chemical imbalance.' The concept that this theory underlies mental illness is entirely false and is testimony to the worldwide psychiatric propaganda that has thoroughly duped well-meaning people and politicians alike.

”While popularised by heavy marketing, it is simply psychiatric wishful thinking. As with all of psychiatry's disease models, it has been thoroughly discredited by researchers.”

Jonathon Leo, associate professor of anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences said, “If a psychiatrist says you have a shortage of a chemical, ask for a blood test and watch the psychiatrist's reaction. The number of people who believe the scientists have proven that depressed people have low serotonin is a glorious testament to the power of marketing.”

CCHR is calling for NICE and the MHRA to review their approvals and warnings based on the entire body of data obtained by the team from the University of Hull.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is an international psychiatric watchdog group co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Dr Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.

For more information, please contact:

Brian Daniels
CCHR UK
P.O. Box 188
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 4RB

Tel: 01342 313 926 / 07980 934 984
Email: brian@cchr.org.uk
Web site: http://www.cchr.org.uk

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