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Jun 05 06:43

16 Scientific Health Benefits of Cannabis

In this guide, we will explore the research behind the many claimed health benefits of weed.

Jun 05 06:41

5G Mini Cell Towers – ‘Junk Yards On A Pole’ – Will Affect Your Lifestyle More Than You Know

How would you like this ‘mini’ cell tower parked outside your front door or your bedroom window or on a pole in your backyard? And you cannot have it removed, thanks to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission!

Jun 05 06:39

Harvest of Greed – the Merger of Bayer and Monsanto

The new entity is now the largest seed and pesticide company in the world, controlling more than 25 percent of the global seed and pesticide supply.

Jun 04 12:51

Companies Repeatedly Sell Products That Don’t Work

Welcome again to “Who, me?”, The Register’s Monday mess – because it tells readers tales of breaking things.

This week meet “Harvey” who told us a tale from 1986 when he worked for a company that decided Commodore 64 owners deserved a cheaper disk drive than the official model 1541.

Jun 04 09:49

IF YOU OWN A PHONE THIS MEANS YOU: AND IT IS SO VERY MUCH WORSE THAN THE FACEBOOK SCANDAL

I am publishing below an excerpt (called the 'main point') from my post with exhaustive links called YOUR PRIVATE LIFE JUST SUDDENLY EXPLODED. The rest of the post and a complete bibliography of links is at the source.

YOUR PRIVATE LIFE JUST SUDDENLY EXPLODED.

Evidence surfaced recently -- proof -- that each of us, that every one of us with a cellphone, might as well have a corresponding dot moving and blinking in real time, geolocated on a map somewhere. Did I say might as well? I mean does. (Yes that map is real.)

Find links below.

Let that sink in. THAT GIANT MAP IS REAL. It is a map of all connected devices. If you have a phone, or laptop, or tablet, or router for that matter, you are on it. I mean that absolutely literally.

If you own a cell phone, this means you.

[snip]

First we learned that our private location information may be, and is, easily retrieved, without a warrant, or our informed consent, and with little to no oversight, at the will, or even whim of almost any police officer in America...

Then, we learned that, until recently, your location information could be retrieved by absolutely anyone with your phone number.


I repeat, up until may 17th, 2018, it was trivially easy for absolutely anyone to locate absolutely anyone else's phone WITH ONLY THE NUMBER…

… and it very probably still isn't that hard.

Jun 04 07:45

California on front line as STDs run rampant in US

LOS ANGELES (AFP) -
A billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood screams out a stark warning: "drug-resistant gonorrhea alert!"

The words are set against a black background and accompanied by a microscope shot of the gonococcus bacteria, which causes the illness now running rampant in California.

Sexually transmitted diseases have made an alarming resurgence across the United States, where 2016 saw a record two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, including 628 cases of congenital syphilis.

Jun 04 03:57

Companies Repeatedly Sell Products That Don't Work

Meet “Harvey” who told us a tale from 1986 when he worked for a company that decided Commodore 64 owners deserved a cheaper disk drive than the official model 1541.

Said drive was called the “SuperDrive 2000”* and was sold as being utterly compatible with the Commodore original, and better at a few things too. They were also rather cheaper.

Jun 02 09:32

Amazon’s Rekognition Surveillance Tool Will Grant Police Even More Surveillance Power

By Derrick Broze

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, the Freedom of the Press Foundation and nearly 40 other organizations have joined together to demand that Amazon cease providing law enforcement access to surveillance technology. The organizations signed onto a letter to Amazon which condemns the company for developing new facial recognition tools that allow real-time surveillance using police body cameras and the ever growing interconnected network of cameras in most major American cities...

Jun 01 15:52

Environmental Groups Sue Trump Administration For Abandoning Investigation into Dangerous Pesticides

By Derrick Broze

A coalition of conservation and public health groups have filed suit against the Trump Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, accusing the federal government of foregoing an assessment of a pesticide known to have harmful health effects, as well as suspending training for pesticide handlers. The Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Environmental Health and Californians for Pesticide Reform filed suit against the EPA head, Scott Pruitt, accusing him of failing to protect endangered wildlife and the environment by abandoning a safety assessment of the pesticide malathion...

Jun 01 12:41

MIT Biologists Show That Fasting Can Boost Stem Cell Regeneration and Help Digestive Function

New research shows that fasting may be very beneficial to the body's overall digestive health. Stem cell regeneration allows the body recover from gastrointestinal infections or other conditions that affect digestive function.

Jun 01 12:40

Neuroscience Shows Why Breath Practices During Meditation Help with ADHD

Neuroscientists show that breath practices are a potential non-pharmacological treatment for attention-compromised conditions.

Jun 01 06:15

Mind-altered America: How drugs like Ambien are turning America into a nation of hallucinating psychos

Big Pharma has gotten away with far too much, for far too long; there is no doubt about that. Whether we’re talking about the plethora of children harmed by reckless vaccination programs, their for-profit disease-manufacturing, or simply just the growing numbers of children and teens on treacherous psych meds, America has become a pawn for ..

May 31 09:34

How Fast Food Restaurants Really Make Their Money

May 31 09:07

Whole Foods Quietly Halts GMO Labeling Requirements

A year after Whole Foods was acquired by Internet retail giant Amazon, the food company is backing off its commitment to ensuring that food suppliers inform the consumer and the store itself if their food products contain GMOs.

There is some confusion about the decision by Whole Foods to walk back on its commitment but one thing is for sure – it is walking back.

In an email sent by Whole Foods President and Chief Operations Officer A.C. Gallo announced that the company is pausing its GMO Food labeling requirements. The requirements, which were scheduled to take effect on September 1, would have required that suppliers disclose on their packaging whether or not their products contained genetically modified ingredients. The requirements, which were announced five years ago, were three months away from being implemented.

May 31 08:31

Triclosan, a common antimicrobial in toothpaste and other products, linked to inflammation and cancer in the gut

By Haixia Yang, University of Massachusetts Amherst

The antimicrobial chemical triclosan is in thousands of products that we use daily: hand soaps, toothpastes, body wash, kitchenware and even some toys. Work in our lab suggests that this compound may have widespread health risks, including aggravating inflammation in the gut and promoting the development colon cancer by altering the gut microbiota, the community of microbes found in our intestines...

May 30 15:32

The Ongoing Thimerosal Travesty Needs to End

Thimerosal is the infamous mercury-containing preservative in use, to this day, in some vaccines and also in dozens of other pharmaceutical products approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).1-3 Public health agencies, government regulators and medical trade groups have repeatedly declared thimerosal to be safe,4,5 but the published peer-reviewed science argues that nothing could be further from the truth. For anyone who bothers to investigate thimerosal’s appalling record, there is a vast, still accumulating and compelling body of research that contradicts the public health establishment’s deceptive safety claims.

May 30 11:13

Ambien Side Effects

lack or loss of self-control

Psychiatric
Common (1% to 10%): Depression, abnormal dreams, sleep disorder, insomnia, exacerbated/aggravated insomnia, hallucinations, agitation, nightmare, drugged feeling, confusion, euphoria, memory impairment, amnesia, anterograde amnesia, nervousness, disorientation, anxiety, psychomotor retardation, binge eating, depersonalization, disinhibition, mood swings, stress symptoms, apathy
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Decreased cognition, detached, difficulty concentrating, emotional lability, illusion, sleeping (after daytime dosing), irritability, drunk feeling, reduced alertness
Rare (less than 0.1%): Impotence, abnormal thinking, aggressive reaction, decreased libido, delusion, dementia, feeling strange, hysteria, intoxicated feeling, manic reaction, panic attacks, personality disorder, somnambulism, suicide attempts, neurosis, perceptual disturbances, restlessness, libido disorder, rages, inappropriate behavior

May 30 10:20

Scott Adams Talks about Roseanne’s Ambien Defense.

All of this attention that is being given to #Ambien is not going to bode well for Sanofi S.A.. The horror stories are seeping from the public.

May 30 09:23

Nerve agent

Nerve agents and antidepressants have something in common!

Nerve agents, sometimes also called nerve gases, are a class of organic chemicals that disrupt the mechanisms by which nerves transfer messages to organs. The disruption is caused by the blocking of acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter.

Poisoning by a nerve agent leads to constriction of pupils, profuse salivation, convulsions, and involuntary urination and defecation, with the first symptoms appearing in seconds after exposure. Death by asphyxiation or cardiac arrest may follow in minutes due to the loss of the body's control over respiratory and other muscles.

May 29 06:03

AMAZON ALEXA INSTANTANEOUSLY JUSTIFIES YEARS OF SURVEILLANCE PARANOIA

I'll admit that I traditionally haven't been as paranoid as many people in regards to the surveillance powers of digital assistants like Amazon's Alexa or Google Home. Yes, putting an always-on microphone in your home likely provides a wonderful new target for intelligence agencies and intruders to spy on you. That said, it's not like a universe of internet of broken things or smart TVs aren't doing the same thing, before you even get to the problem with lax to nonexistent privacy standards governing the smartphone currently listening quietly in your pocket and tracking your every location.

May 28 19:11

What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Gluten?

The word “gluten” has become such a buzzword in recent years, most likely because of the sudden popularity of the gluten-free diet that’s been endorsed by famous personalities. Before you consider trying this diet, read this page first to learn about gluten, and how it can negatively impact your body and health in the long run.

May 28 19:10

Mainstream Media vs. the Age of Information

The information age is changing entirety. It has changed and continues to change so rapidly that many of us, many times, find ourselves playing catch-up, not just with trends of communication but also with shifts in the flow of information itself.

May 28 11:25

CANADIAN BANKS SAY ‘FRAUDSTERS’ STOLE INFORMATION FROM AT LEAST 40,000 CUSTOMERS

Two Canadian banks warned customers on Monday morning that the personal and financial information of at least 40,000 clients was accessed by criminals.

The affected banks are Simplii Financial—a recently-created brand owned by banking giant CIBC, and which formerly operated as President’s Choice Financial, a grocery store brand—and the Bank of Montreal (BMO). Simplii Financial reportedly has over two million customers, and BMO has more than 12 million clients across its services.

In a statement, Simplii Financial said that the bank is alerting affected customers after it received a tip on Sunday that “fraudsters” may have “electronically accessed” personal and account information for around 40,000 clients. The Bank of Montreal said in a statement that the “fraudsters” themselves contacted the bank on Sunday to let them know they “were in possession of certain personal and financial information for a limited number of customers.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the Canadian banks are no better at protecting the privacy of their customers than are their American counterparts!!

May 28 10:59

Whole Foods Quietly Halts GMO Labeling Requirements

A year after Whole Foods was acquired by Internet retail giant Amazon, the food company is backing off its commitment to ensuring that food suppliers inform the consumer and the store itself if their food products contain GMOs.

There is some confusion about the decision by Whole Foods to walk back on its commitment but one thing is for sure – it is walking back.

In an email sent by Whole Foods President and Chief Operations Officer A.C. Gallo announced that the company is pausing its GMO Food labeling requirements. The requirements, which were scheduled to take effect on September 1, would have required that suppliers disclose on their packaging whether or not their products contained genetically modified ingredients. The requirements, which were announced five years ago, were three months away from being implemented.

May 28 09:13

Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control

Fiat Chrysler America is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the US to fix a software bug that could lock the vehicle's cruise control.

Until it's fixed, owners of some Ram pickups, Jeep SUVs, and other Chrysler and Dodge vehicles are being warned against using cruise control.

May 28 09:10

Apple knew its iPhone 6 would bend before it went on sale in 2014 but chose to do nothing about it, internal documents reveal

Apple knew its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones would bend before they went on sale but chose to doing nothing about it, internal documents have revealed.

The firm became embroiled in controversy shortly after the gadgets' 2014 release as thousands of users complained their new iPhones were bending in their pockets.

Now documents have revealed the company knew about the issue, dubbed 'bendgate' by angry social media users, before the phones were released.

May 28 09:09

Data from wrecked Tesla vehicle confirms car ACCELERATED moments before plowing into the back of firetruck leaving two injured

A semi-autonomous Tesla car involved in a headline-making crash in Utah this month increased in speed by almost 10 kph just seconds before it smashed into a firetruck stopped at a red light.

A police report of the incident says the electric Tesla Model S was on semi-autonomous Autopilot mode when it sped up from 55 mph (89 kph) to 60 mph (97 kph) in just 3.5 seconds before it hit the truck.

May 27 18:06

Check Your Stockpile: 228,614 pounds of SPAM Recalled

Do you have Spam in your prepper stockpile? 228,614 pounds of it have been recalled and you need to go check the production codes RIGHT NOW.

May 26 22:44

stumbleupon.com Traffic Statistics

Stumble was bought out by a company that owns Mix.com. To keep the stories up stumblers have to transfer over to Mix.com by June 30th when stumbleupon is no more.

Stumbleupon is currently rated at 2155 globally and 1052 in the US.
Mix.com is rated 36,597 in the US. They are rated 162,501 globally.
The site IMHO is slow and convoluted. Folks will have a heck of a time finding anything.
I think this is another example of corporate censorship.

May 26 09:47

Owner of High Street chemist Boots is accused of 'exploiting cancer patients' by charging the NHS £3,220 for pain relieving mouthwash that can cost £93

The owner of High Street chemist Boots has been accused of 'exploiting cancer patients' by charging the NHS £3,220 for a drug that costs just £93 elsewhere.

Boots' parent company, whose biggest shareholder is Monaco billionaire Stefano Pessina, often supplies the Health Service with a mouthwash that relieves patients of painful sores left after chemotherapy.

The liquid drug is known as a 'special' - an unlicensed medicine bought especially by the NHS to treat patients with particular needs.

Specials cost the NHS £75million a year and can be so expensive some patients are told they can't have them.

Because they are so rarely used, suppliers can charge what they like for them.

May 25 19:05

Did Fracking Cause the Hawaii Volcano Eruption?

Interestingly, on the Big Island of Hawaii, where the Kilauea volcano has explosively erupted, there is a geothermal energy plant.

Webmaster addition:Okay, one more time...

The wells to carry heat from underground to the Puna Geothermal Venture were drilled conventionally.

There is no fracking in Hawaii.

That is because there is no oil and gas in Hawaii.

It's all lava, remember?

May 25 16:33

Why is StumbleUpon shutting down?

Stumble is shutting down. They want us to transfer to something called Mix. We can keep our user name and likes but not our followers. I hit 110,000 posts today.
I will keep you posted.

https://medium.com/@gc/su-is-moving-to-mix-c2c3bff037a5

https://mix.com

May 24 15:28

Cracks have begun appearing in the camera lenses of Apple's 'luxury' £999 iPhone X, and no one knows why

Unhappy Apple users have been sharing their woes online after discovering mysterious cracks in the camera lenses of their £999 ($999) iPhone X handsets.

Customers have taken to social media and support forums claiming the breaks have appeared, despite having never dropped the gadgets.

Some speculate that cold weather may be the cause for the bizarre behaviour, while others say that heat could be behind the cracks.

Adding insult to injury, they say Apple refuse to cover replacement handsets under warranty, forcing those affected by the issue to pay for a brand new device.

It comes just weeks after a flaw that prevents Face ID from working properly was admitted to by Apple.

May 24 11:09

Dirty Doctors

In 2016, the number of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. rose to nearly 64,000 people, a 21 percent increase over 2015 and an all-time high. Roughly 2 in 3 of those deaths were attributed to opioids.

The heart of America’s opioid crisis isn’t just rooted in the people who use drugs – but also where the drugs originate. In February 2016, Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng of Los Angeles became the first doctor in the U.S. to be convicted of murder for overprescribing opioids to multiple patients. Tseng was sentenced to 30 years to life for the deaths of three patients, including after she sold Xanax and oxycodone to a college student who later died after mixing the substances with alcohol.

May 23 16:28

PENTAGON WORKED WITH “PRIVATE-SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS” ON PLAN TO VERIFY IDENTITY WITH MOBILE PHONES

The Defense Department is funding a project that officials say could revolutionize the way companies, federal agencies and the military itself verify that people are who they say they are and it could be available in most commercial smartphones within two years.

May 23 15:14

What’s Making Our Children Sick?

Food Loaded with Chemical Ingredients. GM Foods

May 23 11:06

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers.

The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine (BEN-zoh-keyn) can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger.

The agency has been warning about the products for a decade but said reports of illnesses and deaths have continued. Now, it wants teething products off the market, noting there is little evidence they actually work.

May 23 10:33

Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades

At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has just months to live. Now Johnson, a husband and father of three in California, hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate.

On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products – and his case has just received a major boost.

Last week Judge Curtis Karnow issued an order clearing the way for jurors to consider not just scientific evidence related to what caused Johnson’s cancer, but allegations that Monsanto suppressed evidence of the risks of its weed killing products. Karnow ruled that the trial will proceed and a jury would be allowed to consider possible punitive damages.

May 23 10:23

Monsanto Tries To Stop Lawsuit But Judge Greenlights Case Against Roundup’s Misleading Label

“In the face of EPA’s poor regulation of pesticides, misleading pesticide product labeling cannot be left unchecked. The court’s decision to allow our case to move forward, in denying Monsanto’s motion to dismiss, is critical to showing that the company is deceiving the public with a safety claim on its Roundup (glyphosate) label. Its advertising and labeling claim that Roundup ‘targets an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets’ is false, given the devastating harm that glyphosate has on beneficial bacteria in the gut biome. The disruption of the gut biome is associated with a host of 21st century diseases, including asthma, autism, bacterial vaginosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, leaky gut syndrome, multiple sclerosis, obesity, Type 1 and 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s.

May 23 05:52

Missouri Passes Bill Defining ‘Meat’ to Exclude Plant-Based and Lab-Grown Foods

An attempt from the beef lobby to clamp down on the $5 billion “fake” meat industry, which has boomed from the public’s increasing appetite for healthier, more humane and environmentally sustainable food products.

May 22 19:13

ASRock Z370 Taichi Firmware with Intel Management Engine Disabled

This is simply 1.80 "Instant Flash" firmware for the Z370 Taichi straight from ASRock stock unmodifed (minus some sig checks disabled) other than the Intel Management Engine firmware being scrubbed/disabled/neutered with the available me_cleaner tools from github. The effect is the management engine and all it's features no longer function.

May 22 10:50

AMAZON PUSHES FACIAL RECOGNITION TO POLICE, PROMPTING OUTCRY OVER SURVEILLANCE...

The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to "easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone."

May 22 10:07

Vax-Unvax Study of Mice Implicates Hepatitis B Vaccine – Media Silent

In 1998, Dr. Andrew Wakefield ended up crucified for a paper that only noted what some parents had reported–namely, that their children regressed into autism after the MMR vaccine. Dr. Yao’s second paper, on the other hand, conducted a thorough study of the Hepatitis B vaccine’s impact on the brains of mice, and did so versus a control group of mice who received a saline placebo. This is a “gold standard” animal study that you would typically do BEFORE a drug was introduced to the human population. In a world where vaccines were treated like other prescription drugs, Dr. Yao’s study would have sent up a giant red flag about the neurotoxicity of the Hepatitis B vaccine. Of course, that didn’t happen, and this is the first time you’ve probably ever heard of this study:

May 22 08:57

CUSTOMGROW420 AND MANY OTHER CANNABIS CHANNELS DELETED FROM YOUTUBE

Joel Hradecky, also known as Customgrow420, is a popular online video-maker and was the biggest weed-tuber on YouTube, which is currently the world’s leading video platform.
He’s also a legal cannabis patient living in Washington in the US.

Shockingly we found out on 18th April 2018 that Customgrow420’s YouTube account has been deleted from the platform. He had 1.5million subscribers and 193 million video views.

The source of this news came from other Weedtubers like Strain Central expressing their shock on Twitter:

May 21 18:42

Glyphosate Hurts Gut Microbiome, Genes and Sexual Development at ‘Safe’ Dose

Even more evidence of the dangers of Monsanto’s most popular poison.

May 21 10:18

EU Approves ‘Historic’ Ban on Bee Killing Pesticides

In light of growing scientific evidence linking certain insecticides known as neonicotinoid insecticides or neonics to rapidly collapsing bee populations, the European Union voted to place a permanent ban on virtually all use of these bee-killing toxins.

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