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Manga must be in good condition. Ex-library is also okay. I prefer to buy them as a set as much as possible. Shipping is in the USA, preferably media mail. Please PM me if you have anything for sale from the list below.

Junjou Romantica 6+
Love Mode 1+
Skip Beat 1+
The Young Magician 1+
Empty Empire 1+
Crimson Hero 1+
Tower of the Future 1+
La Corda D' Oro 1+
Priest (manhwa) 1+
Silver Diamond 1-9
Pieces of Spiral 1+
Land of the Blindfolded 1-9
Dragon Girl
Kieli (novels) 3+
Lovely Complex 1+
Wild Rock
Man's Best Friend

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AP IMPACT: Past medical testing on humans revealed

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FILE - In this June 25, 1945 picture, army doctors expose patients to malaria-carrying mosquitoes in the malaria ward at Stateville Penitentiary in Cr 
AP – FILE - In this June 25, 1945 picture, army doctors expose patients to malaria-carrying mosquitoes in …
By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer Mike Stobbe, Ap Medical Writer

ATLANTA – Shocking as it may seem, U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital.

Much of this horrific history is 40 to 80 years old, but it is the backdrop for a meeting in Washington this week by a presidential bioethics commission. The meeting was triggered by the government's apology last fall for federal doctors infecting prisoners and mental patients in Guatemala with syphilis 65 years ago.

U.S. officials also acknowledged there had been dozens of similar experiments in the United States — studies that often involved making healthy people sick.

An exhaustive review by The Associated Press of medical journal reports and decades-old press clippings found more than 40 such studies. At best, these were a search for lifesaving treatments; at worst, some amounted to curiosity-satisfying experiments that hurt people but provided no useful results.

Inevitably, they will be compared to the well-known Tuskegee syphilis study. In that episode, U.S. health officials tracked 600 black men in Alabama who already had syphilis but didn't give them adequate treatment even after penicillin became available.

These studies were worse in at least one respect — they violated the concept of "first do no harm," a fundamental medical principle that stretches back centuries.

"When you give somebody a disease — even by the standards of their time — you really cross the key ethical norm of the profession," said Arthur Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics.

Some of these studies, mostly from the 1940s to the '60s, apparently were never covered by news media. Others were reported at the time, but the focus was on the promise of enduring new cures, while glossing over how test subjects were treated.

Attitudes about medical research were different then. Infectious diseases killed many more people years ago, and doctors worked urgently to invent and test cures. Many prominent researchers felt it was legitimate to experiment on people who did not have full rights in society — people like prisoners, mental patients, poor blacks. It was an attitude in some ways similar to that of Nazi doctors experimenting on Jews.

"There was definitely a sense — that we don't have today — that sacrifice for the nation was important," said Laura Stark, a Wesleyan University assistant professor of science in society, who is writing a book about past federal medical experiments.

The AP review of past research found:

_A federally funded study begun in 1942 injected experimental flu vaccine in male patients at a state insane asylum in Ypsilanti, Mich., then exposed them to flu several months later. It was co-authored by Dr. Jonas Salk, who a decade later would become famous as inventor of the polio vaccine.

Some of the men weren't able to describe their symptoms, raising serious questions about how well they understood what was being done to them. One newspaper account mentioned the test subjects were "senile and debilitated." Then it quickly moved on to the promising results.

_In federally funded studies in the 1940s, noted researcher Dr. W. Paul Havens Jr. exposed men to hepatitis in a series of experiments, including one using patients from mental institutions in Middletown and Norwich, Conn. Havens, a World Health Organization expert on viral diseases, was one of the first scientists to differentiate types of hepatitis and their causes.

A search of various news archives found no mention of the mental patients study, which made eight healthy men ill but broke no new ground in understanding the disease.

_Researchers in the mid-1940s studied the transmission of a deadly stomach bug by having young men swallow unfiltered stool suspension. The study was conducted at the New York State Vocational Institution, a reformatory prison in West Coxsackie. The point was to see how well the disease spread that way as compared to spraying the germs and having test subjects breathe it. Swallowing it was a more effective way to spread the disease, the researchers concluded. The study doesn't explain if the men were rewarded for this awful task.

_A University of Minnesota study in the late 1940s injected 11 public service employee volunteers with malaria, then starved them for five days. Some were also subjected to hard labor, and those men lost an average of 14 pounds. They were treated for malarial fevers with quinine sulfate. One of the authors was Ancel Keys, a noted dietary scientist who developed K-rations for the military and the Mediterranean diet for the public. But a search of various news archives found no mention of the study.

_For a study in 1957, when the Asian flu pandemic was spreading, federal researchers sprayed the virus in the noses of 23 inmates at Patuxent prison in Jessup, Md., to compare their reactions to those of 32 virus-exposed inmates who had been given a new vaccine.

_Government researchers in the 1950s tried to infect about two dozen volunteering prison inmates with gonorrhea using two different methods in an experiment at a federal penitentiary in Atlanta. The bacteria was pumped directly into the urinary tract through the penis, according to their paper.

The men quickly developed the disease, but the researchers noted this method wasn't comparable to how men normally got infected — by having sex with an infected partner. The men were later treated with antibiotics. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, but there was no mention of it in various news archives.

Though people in the studies were usually described as volunteers, historians and ethicists have questioned how well these people understood what was to be done to them and why, or whether they were coerced.

Prisoners have long been victimized for the sake of science. In 1915, the U.S. government's Dr. Joseph Goldberger — today remembered as a public health hero — recruited Mississippi inmates to go on special rations to prove his theory that the painful illness pellagra was caused by a dietary deficiency. (The men were offered pardons for their participation.)

But studies using prisoners were uncommon in the first few decades of the 20th century, and usually performed by researchers considered eccentric even by the standards of the day. One was Dr. L.L. Stanley, resident physician at San Quentin prison in California, who around 1920 attempted to treat older, "devitalized men" by implanting in them testicles from livestock and from recently executed convicts.

Newspapers wrote about Stanley's experiments, but the lack of outrage is striking.

"Enter San Quentin penitentiary in the role of the Fountain of Youth — an institution where the years are made to roll back for men of failing mentality and vitality and where the spring is restored to the step, wit to the brain, vigor to the muscles and ambition to the spirit. All this has been done, is being done ... by a surgeon with a scalpel," began one rosy report published in November 1919 in The Washington Post.

Around the time of World War II, prisoners were enlisted to help the war effort by taking part in studies that could help the troops. For example, a series of malaria studies at Stateville Penitentiary in Illinois and two other prisons was designed to test antimalarial drugs that could help soldiers fighting in the Pacific.

It was at about this time that prosecution of Nazi doctors in 1947 led to the "Nuremberg Code," a set of international rules to protect human test subjects. Many U.S. doctors essentially ignored them, arguing that they applied to Nazi atrocities — not to American medicine.

The late 1940s and 1950s saw huge growth in the U.S. pharmaceutical and health care industries, accompanied by a boom in prisoner experiments funded by both the government and corporations. By the 1960s, at least half the states allowed prisoners to be used as medical guinea pigs.

But two studies in the 1960s proved to be turning points in the public's attitude toward the way test subjects were treated.

The first came to light in 1963. Researchers injected cancer cells into 19 old and debilitated patients at a Jewish Chronic Disease Hospital in the New York borough of Brooklyn to see if their bodies would reject them.

The hospital director said the patients were not told they were being injected with cancer cells because there was no need — the cells were deemed harmless. But the experiment upset a lawyer named William Hyman who sat on the hospital's board of directors. The state investigated, and the hospital ultimately said any such experiments would require the patient's written consent.

At nearby Staten Island, from 1963 to 1966, a controversial medical study was conducted at the Willowbrook State School for children with mental retardation. The children were intentionally given hepatitis orally and by injection to see if they could then be cured with gamma globulin.

Those two studies — along with the Tuskegee experiment revealed in 1972 — proved to be a "holy trinity" that sparked extensive and critical media coverage and public disgust, said Susan Reverby, the Wellesley College historian who first discovered records of the syphilis study in Guatemala.

By the early 1970s, even experiments involving prisoners were considered scandalous. In widely covered congressional hearings in 1973, pharmaceutical industry officials acknowledged they were using prisoners for testing because they were cheaper than chimpanzees.

Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia made extensive use of inmates for medical experiments. Some of the victims are still around to talk about it. Edward "Yusef" Anthony, featured in a book about the studies, says he agreed to have a layer of skin peeled off his back, which was coated with searing chemicals to test a drug. He did that for money to buy cigarettes in prison.

"I said 'Oh my God, my back is on fire! Take this ... off me!'" Anthony said in an interview with The Associated Press, as he recalled the beginning of weeks of intense itching and agonizing pain.

The government responded with reforms. Among them: The U.S. Bureau of Prisons in the mid-1970s effectively excluded all research by drug companies and other outside agencies within federal prisons.

As the supply of prisoners and mental patients dried up, researchers looked to other countries.

It made sense. Clinical trials could be done more cheaply and with fewer rules. And it was easy to find patients who were taking no medication, a factor that can complicate tests of other drugs.

Additional sets of ethical guidelines have been enacted, and few believe that another Guatemala study could happen today. "It's not that we're out infecting anybody with things," Caplan said.

Still, in the last 15 years, two international studies sparked outrage.

One was likened to Tuskegee. U.S.-funded doctors failed to give the AIDS drug AZT to all the HIV-infected pregnant women in a study in Uganda even though it would have protected their newborns. U.S. health officials argued the study would answer questions about AZT's use in the developing world.

The other study, by Pfizer Inc., gave an antibiotic named Trovan to children with meningitis in Nigeria, although there were doubts about its effectiveness for that disease. Critics blamed the experiment for the deaths of 11 children and the disabling of scores of others. Pfizer settled a lawsuit with Nigerian officials for $75 million but admitted no wrongdoing.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general reported that between 40 and 65 percent of clinical studies of federally regulated medical products were done in other countries in 2008, and that proportion probably has grown. The report also noted that U.S. regulators inspected fewer than 1 percent of foreign clinical trial sites.

Monitoring research is complicated, and rules that are too rigid could slow new drug development. But it's often hard to get information on international trials, sometimes because of missing records and a paucity of audits, said Dr. Kevin Schulman, a Duke University professor of medicine who has written on the ethics of international studies.

These issues were still being debated when, last October, the Guatemala study came to light.

In the 1946-48 study, American scientists infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital in Guatemala with syphilis, apparently to test whether penicillin could prevent some sexually transmitted disease. The study came up with no useful information and was hidden for decades.

The Guatemala study nauseated ethicists on multiple levels. Beyond infecting patients with a terrible illness, it was clear that people in the study did not understand what was being done to them or were not able to give their consent. Indeed, though it happened at a time when scientists were quick to publish research that showed frank disinterest in the rights of study participants, this study was buried in file drawers.

"It was unusually unethical, even at the time," said Stark, the Wesleyan researcher.

"When the president was briefed on the details of the Guatemalan episode, one of his first questions was whether this sort of thing could still happen today," said Rick Weiss, a spokesman for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

That it occurred overseas was an opening for the Obama administration to have the bioethics panel seek a new evaluation of international medical studies. The president also asked the Institute of Medicine to further probe the Guatemala study, but the IOM relinquished the assignment in November, after reporting its own conflict of interest: In the 1940s, five members of one of the IOM's sister organizations played prominent roles in federal syphilis research and had links to the Guatemala study.

So the bioethics commission gets both tasks. To focus on federally funded international studies, the commission has formed an international panel of about a dozen experts in ethics, science and clinical research. Regarding the look at the Guatemala study, the commission has hired 15 staff investigators and is working with additional historians and other consulting experts.

The panel is to send a report to Obama by September. Any further steps would be up to the administration.

Some experts say that given such a tight deadline, it would be a surprise if the commission produced substantive new information about past studies. "They face a really tough challenge," Caplan said.

 


Halo Cloud


Mystery UFO halo over Moscow


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THIS glowing halo in clouds over Moscow looks like an Independence Day style alien attack.

The astonishing ring was spotted over the city and captured on video by stunned locals.

It has been described as a "true mystery" by a UFO expert.


Scores of supernatural enthusiasts have been gripped by the astonishing footage and speculated it could be an ALIEN MOTHERSHIP.

The sighting in the clouds is reminiscent of scenes from the 1996 Hollywood blockbuster Independence Day.

Aliens tried destroy the earth massive using circular ships to zap the planet powerful mega lasers.

Nick Pope, a former UFO analyst for the Ministry of Defence, examined the remarkable footage.

Theories

He said: "I've never seen anything like this. It's a true mystery.

"Whatever it is, it's one of the most beautiful and spectacular things I've ever seen.

"Speculation is at fever pitch on the internet."

"This is being discussed on forums, blogs and email lists all around the world. Some people say it's a bizarre meteorological effect.

"Theories range from it being an alien mothership, proof of Russian weather modification technology - a weather weapon - or even a sign of the end of the world.

The video has appeared on YouTube and been viewed more than 100,000 times.

The bizarre light was spotted last Wednesday.

But meteorologists rejected theories of the supernatural calling it an optical effect.

The Moscow's weather bureau said several weather fronts had passed through Moscow as the sun shined from the west to cause the effect.

A spokesman for the bureau said: "This is purely an optical effect, although it does look impressive.

"If you look closer, you can see sun rays coming through that cloud. Most likely, the sun was setting when the video was being made."



$12, 000 Engagement Ring!!

Honey, will you marry... Oh. Never mind...

Fri Mar 14, 10:48 AM ET

It is the one moment every man wants to get right -- and which London floor-fitter Lefkos Hajji could hardly have got more wrong.

The luckless 28 year-old's dreams of giving his sweetheart, Leanne, 26, the ultimate proposal have literally vanished into thin air.

Hajji, of Hackney, east London, had concealed a $12,000 engagement ring inside a helium balloon. The idea was that she would pop the balloon as he popped the question.

But as he left the shop, a gust of wind pulled the balloon from his hand and he watched the ring -- and quite possibly the affections of his girlfriend -- sailing away over the rooftops.

"I couldn't believe it," he told The Sun newspaper.

"I just watched as it went further and further into the air.

"I felt like such a plonker. It cost a fortune and I knew my girlfriend would kill me."

Hajji spent two hours in his car trying to chase and find the balloon, without success.

"I thought I would give Leanne a pin so I could literally pop the question," he said.

"But I had to tell her the story -- she went absolutely mad. Now she is refusing to speak to me until I get her a new ring."

He is hoping the ring will still turn up.

"It would be amazing if someone found it," he added.


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Personal Comment:

Haha, Poor guy! Not only did he lost the $12,000 ring and blew his chance to propose, but his girlfriend also got mad at him...^_^;; When I first heard this news, I can't help but laugh.. But then, the guy's situation isn't something to be laugh about. I mean, come on, just what would you feel if you lost a large amount of ring? I mean, $12, 000 is $12, 000.. I'll definitely be frustrated and cry who knows for how long, if that ever happens to me (I meant, losing a $12, 000 value)... Hopefully, he would still be able to find the ring, although the chances are very slim. But best of luck to that guy!(^_^)

 
I'm still not getting any better from my flu. Right after going to Church, my family went to Stop n Shop, and I really protested because I just wanted to go home.  I actually cried because I really wanted to go home.. My mom was very worried. When I got home, I changed my clothes and went to sleep right  away, though my mom went to me before I fell asleep and massaged my head, hands, etc.. and asked me to take the medicines first before I fell asleep. When I woke up, I wasn't still feeling better but I need to get up for lunch. After lunch, I slept again. I was thinking I need to wake up by 2 or 3 pm, so that I can study for my exam on Tuesday which I'm really nervous about because my grades aren't really good in that subject. I woke up almost three, and my parents and elder sister were gone to go to Worcester and do other stuffs. In the end, even if I say I was going to study, I can't because I wasn't still feeling well, but I felt much better that before. It about around 5 pm that I started studying about WBC count, platelet count, eosinophil count and the retics count. I don't think it's a comprehensive study, rather just skimming through my notes because I was feeling malaise. I just really hoped that there would be no classes tomorrow (only have one class).. and guess what? Bceause of my hopeful thoughts, when I opened my university email, my professor emailed us that she got flu and therefore, classes are cancelled! Yay!! Very lucky, indeed! I'll take that time to study and rest....
Sick again!!~~
I was sick last week because of flu and I was all fine by Sunday, and now, I have fever and back to being sick again.. This sucks, and to think tat I have an exam tomorrow which is very important..Uggh!! Why do I always get sick? And the thing is, whenever my dad gets sick, I also get sick. Weird, isn't it?

Oh, well,just my luck! Good luck for me tomorrow on my exams (hopefully I'll do well>.<).....

WISHLIST 02/21

I'm becoming more and more addicted in buying mangas, but unfortunately, for a student who has no job and has a lot of expenses, I can only afford used and cheap mangas. I'm listing my wishlist, because I've noticed that the list is becoming larger, and I'm afraid I might forgot them.^-^

MANGA WISHLIST:
A Kiss for my Prince v2+
A.I. Revolution 1+
Absolute Boyfriend v1+
Angel Diary 1+
Antique Gift Shop v5+
Beauty Pop v1+
Bride of Deimos v1, 7
Bring it On! v4-5
Chocolat v5+
Cross v4-5 , 6
Cynical Orange v1+
Her Majesty's Dog v8+
Fall In Love Like A Comic v1+
From Far Away v8, 11
Hana Kimi v1+
Hot Gimmick v11-12
I Hate You More Than Anyone v1+
Imadoki v3+
Kare First Love v1+
Kodocha v10
Land of Silver Rain v2+
Land of the Blindfolded v1+
Legend v2+
LoveMaster v1+
MARS v1+
Mugen Spiral v1+
Never Give Up! v7+
Night of the Beast v6+
Pearl Pink v3+
Penguin Revolution v1+
President Dad v7+
Queen's Knight v5-8, 10+
Recipe for Gertrude v4+
Sensual Phrase v6+
Shugo Chara v3+
Skip Beat v2, 3, 5-7, 9+
Socrates in Love
S.A. v1+ S.A v2+
Tail of the Moon v1,2, 9+
Vampire Knight v1, 3+
Wallflower v1-2, 8+
X/1999 v13+

Here are the ones I'm willing to part with (I think). Some of them are just freebies from the sellers I bought manga before, but mostly were bought by me.

Alichino v1-3
Antique Gift Shop v1-3
Ayashi no Ceres v1-12
Bride of Deimos v2-6
Duck Prince v1-3
INVU v1
Inuyasha v1-12
Kare Kano v13
Land of Silver Rain v1
Legend v1
Negima v1
Night of the Beast v1-4
Oyayubihime Infinity v1-6 (complete)
Pine Kiss v1
Planet Ladder v1-7(complete)
President Dad v1-6
Princess Prince
Queen's Knight v1-4
Recipe for Gertrude v1-3
Sensual Phrase v1-5
The One I Love (oneshot)
Traveller of the Moon v1
Ultra Maniac v1-5 (complete)
X/1999 v1-12

Also,
11 Shojo Beat Issues (August 2005-June 2006)

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Funny Video

This one is so funny. If you don't speak or understand Japanese, don't worry, you won't be lost. I only understand a little bit of Japanese conversation in the video. I think the guy wearing a red jersey is saying that the class's teacher would not be able to come to meet them so as part of their studying, he's going to show them a video for the class as part of their English learning.  In this video, whoever laughs at the man who is speaking in English would be punished(by the ninjas Lol). I don't mean to offend anyone by putting this video here. Please don't take this seriously.

Credits: uploaded by oinkies in Youtube.com
Title: Don't Laugh When Japanese Man Tries to Speak English

Mind Traps

I found this in a forum recently and I thought that I might as well share these to others. It's pretty confusing in the beginning, but these will help you guys exercise your minds. ^^

Can you see both the duck and the bunny in this ambiguous drawing? The duck's bill is the bunny's ears. This was first used by a psychologist named Joseph Jastrow in the early 1900s.


Can you see both the young woman and the old woman in this classic optical illusion? If you need some help, the eye of the old woman is the ear of the young woman. The old woman's mouth is the young woman's necklace.
P.S. It really took me a while to notice this one. I even had to ask my brother how did he find out....LoL


Does this look like a spiral? It's actually a bunch of concentric circles. Use your mouse to trace one circle and you will see that you come back to where you started instead of spiraling into the center.
 

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