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Sep 18 14:31

Seismic activity increases at volcano in Aleutian Islands

The Alaska Volcano Observatory is keeping watch on a remote volcano that's showing signs of erupting.

The observatory Monday increased the alert level from "advisory" to "watch" at Semisopochnoi in the Aleutian Islands.

The volcano is on an uninhabited island between Attu and Adak near the west end of the Aleutian chain.

The observatory detected elevated seismicity Sunday. Activity at Semisopochnoi intensified Monday afternoon.

Sep 18 11:40

10 percent of kids have ADHD now

Researchers reported Friday, more than 10 percent of US kids have been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity disorder).Doctors are not sure why so many kids have ADHD, but better diagnosis may be a factor.

Sep 18 09:37

Dr. Wakefield Talks Candidly About The Documentary "Vaxxed From Cover-up To Catastrophe"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Why weren’t the producers, et al, who were involved in the production and distribution of the dramatic vaccine documentary film VAXXED From Cover-up To Catastrophe, not sued in a court of law?

Dr. Wakefield talks candidly about the strategies that brought a remarkable, fact-based CDC whistleblower exposé into the light of day, and for the entire world to learn about...

Sep 18 09:33

Hurricane Florence: Sixty Foot Flood to Inundate Brunswick Nuclear Plant on Cape Fear River NC

On Saturday morning, CNN reports that National Weather Service forecast flood waters on Cape Fear River in Wilmington N.C. to crest at 60 feet (sixty feet) early next week. Wilmington is near Southport, home of two reactor Brunswick nuclear plant on the Cape Fear River in North Carolina. The nuclear plant has a sea wall designed to withstand 22 feet of flooding according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. On Saturday morning the river gage on Cape Fear River in Wilmington had reached 16 feet with forecast of rising rapidly to an astounding record sixty feet of flood crest early next week.

Heavy downpours continue as Florence moves very slowly to the south west. The wide Cape Fear River is a major channel for flood water runoff to reach the ocean.

Sep 18 08:41

'Ready for Serial Production:' Germany Welcomes First Ever Hydrogen Train

Germany has unveiled the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, thereby marking a historic step to challenge the leadership of the highly polluting diesel trains with a more eco-friendly transport option.

A 100-kilometer (62-mile) rail stretch connecting the cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germany saw on Monday two cutting edge blue Coradia iLint trains, built by French TGV-maker Alstom.

In this Aug. 21, 2017 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Fuxing bullet train, China's latest high-speed train, arrives at a train station in northern China's Tianjin Municipality

According to Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge’s statement at the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Bremervoerde, the world’s first hydrogen train is “entering commercial service” and is ready for mass production.

Sep 18 08:39

Worker Discovers 100 Million Year Old Remnants in an Oil Sands Mine

Sep 18 08:39

Hurricane Florence, Flooding Causes Nuclear Event at Dukes Brunswick Plant & Major Coal Ash Spill

Sep 18 08:37

Air pollution particles found in mothers’ placentas, new study finds

Scientists believe they have discovered the first examples of air pollution traveling through the lungs of pregnant women and into their placentas, potentially reaching their fetuses.

The study, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Paris, examined the placentas of five pregnant women in the United Kingdom and found that sooty particles had made their way into their placentas.

“We do not know whether the particles we found could also move across into the fetus, but our evidence suggests that this is indeed possible,” Dr. Norrice Liu, a pediatrician and clinical research fellow at Queen Mary University in London who led the research, said in a statement.

Sep 18 08:21

North Carolina Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down Ahead of Florence; It's One of 9 in the Path of the Storm

U.S. nuclear plants are required to shut down two hours before the hurricane-force winds arrive.

There are 12 nuclear plants in the Carolinas that are typically near rivers that could flood during the storm.

Sep 18 08:19

Russia blames Israel for the shooting down of her EW aircraft

Most likely Russia will do nothing as Putin is in the Israeli pocket.

Basically, 4 Israeli aircraft were sent on a bombing mission against targets near the Russian facilities in Khmeimim and Tartus (which, by itself, is both stupid and irresponsible). The Israelis *deliberately* did not warn the Russians until less than a minute before the attack took place, thus the Russians did not have the time to tell the crew of the Il-20 electronic warfare aircraft, which was on approach for a landing, to take evasive action. When the Syrian S-200 fired their missiles to intercept the incoming missiles, the Israelis F-16 used the Il-20, which has a much bigger radar cross section, to hide themselves resulting in the loss of 15 lives and one aircraft.

Typical Israeli “cleverness”.

Sep 18 08:03

Can scientists crack the secret of Nasa's 'impossible' fuel-free thruster? US government awards British researcher £1m to develop a rocket that converts sunlight into thrust

Spaceships of the future could fly from Earth to Mars in just ten weeks using thrusters that don't need any rocket fuel, according to an ambitious new plan.

A British researcher has been awarded £990,000 ($1.3 million) by the US government to develop a fuel-free rocket engine that converts sunlight into thrust.

The four-year study aims to make the concept – dubbed Em Drive – a reality, with the hope of making space travel far cheaper and safer.

However, not all scientists are convinced, with some dismissing the engine as 'impossible' because to work it would have to violate a fundamental law of physics.

Sep 17 10:49

The Way American Healthcare Screwed This Couple Is Just Sick

Health care in the U.S seems to be one of those topics that can divide up a room quickly. What is the best system? What’s wrong with the current system? Who can implement the best ideas? Well, according to the Pew Research Center, regardless of income, 83% of Americans say that the high cost of medical treatments is what makes quality care unaffordable to the public.

If you have never been forced to take a hard look at the medical system in action it may be difficult to understand exactly how much these treatments can be. So someone on Reddit re-shared the story of a 71-year-old man who lost his wife to cancer, and the the toll the expense of medical care took on their lives. Scroll down below to read the post, it may shock you.

Sep 17 10:47

Nurse Whistleblower: Hospitals Vaccinating Patients by Force Without Their Knowledge

The U.S. mainstream medical system and healthcare are failed establishments that have drifted away from healing to become profit-based outlets dispensing inferior and outdated pharmaceutical products. The historical direction has been clear to anyone paying attention and now it appears that the beginning of some tipping point has arrived. What it means and where it will lead is unknown. Yet the status quo of business as usual is changing moving forward as medical whistleblowers come forward and communities recoil against their loss of heath freedom.

Sep 17 10:19

SpaceX to Unveil 1st Passenger for Private BFR Moon Trip Tonight! How to Watch.

It's going to be a big night for space tourism. The private spaceflight company SpaceX will reveal its first passenger for a trip around the moon on the company's massive BFR rocket and you can watch it all live online. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has even dropped tantalizing previews of the BFR's new rocket design on Twitter.
SpaceX will unveil its BFR rocket passenger (the name stands for Big Falcon Rocket) in a webcast tonight (Sept. 17) at its Hawthorne, California headquarters. You can watch it live here, courtesy of SpaceX, beginning at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 Sept. 18 GMT).

The highlight anticipated reveal comes on the heels of SpaceX's surprise announcement late Thursday (Sept. 13) that it had signed its first passenger to fly around the moon on its BFR spaceship. The company has dubbed the flight the "BFR Lunar Mission." [The BFR in Images: SpaceX's Giant Spaceship for Mars & Beyond]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boy, would I love to do that!!!!!!!

Sep 17 10:16

Three million evacuated as deadly Typhoon Mangkhut dubbed the 'king of storms' hits China after ravaging Hong Kong and killing dozens in the Philippines

Three million people have been evacuated after a typhoon dubbed the 'king of storms' hit landfall in China having already ravaged Hong Kong and left dozens dead in the Philippines.

Hong Kong began a massive clean-up today after 142 mph Typhoon Mangkhut raked the city, shredding trees and bringing damaging floods.

In the Philippines, where the main island of Luzon was mauled with fierce winds and rain, the death toll rose to 65 overnight as rescuers pulled more bodies from a huge landslide in the mountain town of Itogon. Dozens more are missing amid fears none will be found alive in the rubble.

The landslide buried an emergency shelter which was being used by miners and their families in the town.

Sep 17 09:20

NORTH CAROLINA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT DECLARES “UNUSUAL EVENT” FOLLOWING STORM, “HOT SHUTDOWN”

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is being tight-lipped about an “unusual event” which occurred at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant last Saturday which forced a “hot shutdown” of both the plant’s Generation IV-type reactors 1 and 2.
The NRC classified the emergency as an “unusual event” but provided little to no details on the situation.

Additionally, the NRC reports that weather conditions from Tropical Storm Florence are currently preventing workers from accessing the plant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why do I get a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach, that something really horrific has happened, and the NRC will not tell the public, because sloppy maintenance here may have caused a catastrophe to start to unfold?!?

Sep 17 09:02

Efforts To Protect Us From Unproven 5G Cell Towers Radiation Health Effects

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Americans for Responsible Technology and Grassroots teamed up the week of September 9, 2018 to visit members of the U.S. Congress House and Senate Commerce Committees, which have jurisdiction over the Federal Communications Commission, in order to inform legislative directors and aides about the science on wireless radiation, which has been “memory-holed” by all who fast track 5G wireless with its special cell towers that must be placed within very close proximity to consumers residences, or even on their properties, in order to implement that technology...

Sep 16 21:44

Fred to Take Wheel of Ship of State: Will Implement Thoughtful and Reasonable Measures

Fred on everything will save us!

I have no choice. I must don the mantle of greatness and take the reins of the country. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I will run for the office of dictator, or President in American parlance.

If Lindsey Graham complains that we need to kill more puzzled goatherds, I will have him inserted into the oil well on top of the Republicans and pseudo-Cubans, with Oprah tamped down on top as a sort of cork. There is nothing in Afghanistan that Americans need or want, except opium products, and private enterprise now provides these in abundance. Check the nearest street corner, or ask your kids.

Sep 16 17:40

Ruth Davidson: 'I value mental health over being PM'

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has said she never wants to be prime minister because she values her "mental health too much".

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Speaking frankly about her teenage years, Ms Davidson said her mental heath suffered after a boy from her village took his own life when she was 17 years old.

"I went into a total tailspin", she said.

She said she started cutting herself, "punching walls... drinking far, far, too much and becoming belligerent and angry".

She was diagnosed with clinical depression a year later, but said the medication meant she had "dark, terrible dreams" and "couldn't tell what was real".

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The MSP said she combated her mental health issues by exercising regularly, moderating her alcohol intake, going back to church, and "most importantly to me, I threw away my pills".

Sep 16 17:27

Could probiotics cut our need for antibiotics? Study finds children who take a daily supplement are 30% less likely to need the drugs

Gathering data from 12 studies, they found infants and children were 29 percent percent less likely to have been prescribed antibiotics if they were already taking a daily dose of probiotic supplements.

They then cut down the quota, to only include the more rigorous studies. In that selection, the correlation was even stronger: kids were 53 percent less likely to need antibiotics if they were taking probiotics.

Dr Merenstein cautions that this is merely the first study to show such a connection, and more studies are needed.

Sep 16 17:13

More toxic to humans than high fructose corn syrup, this dirty little secret ingredient is COMMON in U.S. foods (and beverages)

Ever wonder why one third of all Americans get cancer at some point in their lifetime, even though hardly anyone got it a century ago? How about leukemia, do you think it’s hereditary? You would be dead wrong. A common ingredient in soft drinks and most jarred peppers and pickles causes leukemia, but no medical doctor in America has been authorized to talk about it, and most of them have no clue anyhow.

What’s the poison? It’s called sodium benzoate, and you’ll find it in popular paint stripper products, permanent spot removers, rubber cements, and lots of U.S. food products all approved by the FDA for human consumption.

Sodium benzoate was banned from the rubber making industry because many workers exposed to it developed leukemia and died.

Sep 16 15:44

Cajun Navy Turned Down After Helping Hurricane Florence Victims, Told There Are Enough Responders

By Aaron Kesel

According to the Cajun Navy’s Facebook page, the volunteer group ceased its activity in the city of New Bern, North Carolina after officials stated the situation was under control, ABC WBRZ reported.

Leaders with the group stated the decision was brought upon by officials at the city’s emergency operations center. The EOC further stated it was taking over rescue operations...

Sep 16 12:13

Hawaii volcano update: Evacuation notice LIFTED - What is Kilauea doing now?

HAWAII was once under the fiery influence of the Kilauea volcano, which spouted metric tonnes of lava across the Big Island. Recently, Kilauea has calmed down, allowing evacuation notices to be rescinded, but what is it doing now?

Sep 16 10:14

Alert level raised Azumayama volcano, last eruption was in 1977, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the alert level for Azumayama volcano from level 1 to level 2 on September 15, 2018. The alert was raised to 1 on September 9, 2018. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 1977 (VEI 1).

The alert level was raised at 04:00 UTC (13:00 JST) today after a sharp increase in seismicity detected since 00:13 UTC (09:13 JST) today and continuous deformation, JMA said.

There is a possibility that a small scall eruption will take place in Ayumayama, the agency said, adding that vigilance is required in the range of approximately 1.5 km (0.93 miles) from the large crater.

Local authorities are urging population and tourists not to approach dangerous area.

Sep 16 10:04

The Weaponization of Depleted Uranium: A Deadly Dust Crime Against Humanity

The aerosol or spallation frangible powder produced by impact and combustion of depleted uranium munitions can potentially contaminate wide areas around the impact sites, leading to inhalation by human beings. It has a halflife of 4.5 billion years.

Normal functioning of the kidney, brain, liver, heart and numerous other systems can be affected by exposure to toxic uranium. Studies suggest the possibility of leukemogenic, genetic, reproductive and neurological affects from exposure.

A 2005 epidemiology review concluded, “In aggregate the human epidemiological evidence is consistent with increased risk of birth defects in offspring of persons exposed to DU.”

Sep 16 09:44

Florence Kills 11 in North Carolina as Floodwaters Rise; TV Station Takes Cover as Reported Tornado Strikes Nearby

Tropical Depression Florence's rainy siege on North Carolina persisted Sunday, leaving entire towns swamped and residents needing rescue from their inundated homes.

The storm has claimed at least 11 lives in the Old North State. Florence has also killed four in South Carolina, bringing the overall death toll to 15.

Gov. Roy Cooper said in a Sunday afternoon news conference that "900 people have been saved" in ongoing swift-water rescues throughout the state. He noted that there is "significant damage in eastern" North Carolina, saying the "risk to life is rising with the waters."

"The storm has never been more dangerous than it is now," he said. "Many rivers are still rising and are not expected to crest until later today or tomorrow."

Sep 16 08:09

Rip-offs In Healthcare, Especially Prescription Drugs

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The healthcare – or shall I call it “sickness care” – industries in the United States and, perhaps globally, apparently operate under several misleading practices of being there to help consumers get well.

Although that sounds altruistic, nothing probably is further from factual and monetary truths, according to many concerned individuals who recognize what amounts to “rip-offs” and are calling it out for what it is...

Sep 15 11:16

Japan has the lowest infant mortality rate following ban on mandatory vaccinations

The citizens of Japan are statistically proven to be the healthiest and longest-living people in the world. The country also has the lowest infant mortality rate on the planet.

It may come as no surprise to many that the Japanese Government banned a number of vaccines that are currently mandatory in the United States and has strict regulations in place for other Big Pharma drugs and vaccines in general.

Japan’s anti-vax policies have long been criticised by vaccine pushers in the US who claim that vaccinating the public “promotes health.”

However, Japanese people live longer, healthier lives than Americans, with babies born in the US twice as likely to die in infancy than those born in Japan.

It’s clear to see that Western nations have a lot to learn from the Japanese when it comes to their approach to vaccinations and issues facing public health.

Sep 15 10:36

High cholesterol in late life may mean better brain health

A study of older people has found that having a total cholesterol level higher than it was in midlife is tied to a lower risk of marked cognitive decline in those aged 85–94. This was in stark contrast to the results found for the age group that was 10 years younger.

Sep 15 10:36

The Ever-increasing Presence Of Glyphosate

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s ‘flagship product’ Roundup®–now owned by Bayer Pharmaceuticals [1], apparently has contaminated every last bastion of healthful food production and naturally-grown field crops.

The latest and most unfortunate producer of clean and organic grain products, Bob’s Red Mill of Oregon, has been sued over the findings of glyphosate in its “organic oatmeal.”

Sep 15 10:23

Portions of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to reopen next week

Portions of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will reopen next week.

On Friday, park officials said reopened portions including the Kilauea Visitor Center, the Kilauea Iki Overlook, and a stretch of the Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and the Kilauea Military Camp.

The park closed in May amid explosive eruptions at Kilauea's summit.

But in recent weeks, those eruptions have quieted — though officials haven't said whether they believe they've stopped entirely.

Sep 15 08:06

BPA-Free Plastics Disrupt Fertility

By Andy Coghlan

Many plastic bottles are sold as “BPA-free” — meaning they don’t contain bisphenol A, an ingredient known to disrupt reproduction in mice. But now it seems that the additives used in place of BPA are potentially just as harmful...

Sep 14 23:03

Astronauts Capture Haunting Video of Hurricane Florence Making Landfall From Space

Just few hours ago, Cameras on board the International Space Station managed to catch this mesmerizing footage. NASA has published this extraordinary video of the landfall of Hurricane Florence, as seen from International Space Station.

Sep 14 12:24

The Ever-increasing Presence Of Glyphosate

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s ‘flagship product’ Roundup®–now owned by Bayer Pharmaceuticals [1], apparently has contaminated every last bastion of healthful food production and naturally-grown field crops.

The latest and most unfortunate producer of clean and organic grain products, Bob’s Red Mill of Oregon, has been sued over the findings of glyphosate in its “organic oatmeal.”...

Sep 14 11:19

Anti-Vaccine Japan Has World’s Lowest Child Death Rate & Highest Life Expectancy

Fact: Japan has the lowest infant mortality rate following ban on mandatory vaccinations, they urge other countries to follow this firm stance

The citizens of Japan are statistically proven to be the healthiest and longest-living people in the world. The country also has the lowest infant mortality rate on the planet. It may come as no surprise to many that the Japanese Government banned a number of vaccines that are currently mandatory in the United States and has strict regulations in place for other Big Pharma drugs and vaccines in general. Japan’s anti-vax policies have long been criticised by vaccine pushers in the US who claim that vaccinating the public “promotes health.”

Sep 14 10:35

SpaceX Will Fly a Private Passenger Around the Moon on Its Giant BFR Rocket

SpaceX's giant Mars vehicle has a crewed moon mission on its docket.
A "private passenger" has signed up for a trip around the moon aboard SpaceX's BFR rocket-spaceship combo, company representatives announced via Twitter this evening (Sept. 13). SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk will fill in the details Monday (Sept. 17), during a webcast that begins at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT on Sept. 18). You can watch the SpaceX moon shot webcast live here, courtesy of SpaceX.

Musk may already have given us a clue about the private space explorer's identity. Somebody on Twitter asked Musk if he was the passenger, and the billionaire entrepreneur responded by tweeting an emoji of the Japanese flag.

Sep 14 09:09

Hurricane Florence: Flood Danger to Brunswick Nuclear Plant on North Carolina Cape Fear River

The two reactor Brunswick nuclear plant on the Cape Fear River in North Carolina may be critically threatened by flooding from hurricane Florence. The nuclear plant has a sea wall designed to withstand 22 feet of flooding according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington NC reported on Thursday that the Cape Fear River is expected to crest at up to 22 feet on Tuesday Sept. 17 swollen by hurricane Florence storm surge and downpours.

The seawall was constructed following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan after a tsunami overtopped the sea wall and damaged plant electric power and controls leading to catastrophic meltdowns and release of radiation.

Sep 13 20:08

NH declares health threat

CONCORD, N.H. — Gov. Chris Sununu and the Department of Health and Human Services issued a public health threat declaration for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis Thursday, after the highest number of mosquito batches in the last five years tested positive for West Nile Virus.

“Based on our surveillance information, we believe there is an increased risk for human illness in the southern part of the state,” Jeffrey A. Meyers, the DHHS Commissioner said in a statement.

A total of 16 batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile Virus since the beginning of July >>>

(*The Mosquito:
State Bird of New Hampshire !)

Sep 13 18:49

Bob’s Red Mill Faces Class Action Lawsuit over Glyphosate Weedkiller Contamination

By Sustainable Pulse

Citing a recent report by the Environmental Working Group finding traces of the ‘known carcinogen’ glyphosate in Cheerios, Quaker Oats and other oat-based breakfast foods, plaintiffs Tamara Frankel and Natasha Paracha said Friday that Bob’s Red Mill knew its oat products contain or likely contain the chemical, but didn’t disclose it on the label.

Instead, they say, the Oregon-based company labeled the products with phrases such as “gluten free,” “wheat free” and “purity tested,” leading consumers to believe them to be healthy...

Sep 13 17:30

Study Shows BPA Substitutes May Cause Same Health Issues As The Original

By Patricia Hunt, Washington State University and Tegan Horan, Washington State University

The credibility of scientific findings hinges on their reproducibility. As a scientist, it is therefore disastrous when you are unable to replicate your own findings. Our laboratory has found itself in just this situation several times; in each instance, unintended environmental exposure distorted our data. Our first accidental foray into toxicology 20 years ago convinced us of the need to understand the reproductive effects of environmental chemical contaminants. The latest twist in our journey down that road adds a new dimension to an old concern, BPA...

Sep 13 17:18

Fungi may solve plastic problem

Mushrooms could be the key to winning the battle against plastic waste, leading scientists at Kew Gardens have said.

The first report on the state of the world's fungi has revealed that if the natural properties of fungus can be harnessed, plastic could be broken down naturally in weeks.

Dr Ilia Leitch, a senior scientist at Kew Gardens, said: "This is incredibly exciting because it is such a big environmental challenge. We are in the early days of research, but I would hope to see the benefits of fungi that can eat plastic in five to 10 years."

It is believed that 93 per cent of fungi are currently unknown to science, and the best estimate puts the number of species at 3 million — six times as many as there are plants.

Sep 13 15:18

Concorde could fly again as Congress targets supersonic ban

The U.S. has banned domestic commercial supersonic aviation for four decades, but lawmakers could upend those restrictions in the coming weeks even as environmentalists and public health advocates warn that doing so could elevate pollution and climate damage from high speed aircraft.

Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration. A provision in the House-passed FAA reauthorization bill directs the agency to create federal and international “policies, regulations, and standards relating to the certification and safe and efficient operation of civil supersonic aircraft.”

Sep 13 13:22

Banned Drugs Found in Your Meat

Another important reason to find quality, locally sourced meats.

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 13 10:39

CAPE FEAR FLOODING: HURRICANE FLORENCE COULD FLOOD RIVER IN NORTH CAROLINA UP TO 22 FEET

Even if Hurricane Florence makes landfall as a downgraded Category 1 storm, residents living near the Cape Fear River in Pender County, North Carolina, could experience catastrophic damage, as the river is expected to flood up to 22 feet by Tuesday.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, issued a flood warning on Thursday morning that predicted “major flooding” at the Northeast Cape Fear River. Flood stage—the point at which overflow from the natural banks begins to cause flood damage—is set at 10 feet.

According to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, water was expected to rise above the flood stage by Saturday morning and continue to rise, possibly reaching 22 feet by Tuesday morning. Exact numbers weren’t issued for the following days, but the National Weather Service said an additional rise in water was possible.

Sep 13 10:35

Unprecedented rainfall hits Beirut causing its worst flooding in years, Lebanon

Torrential rains hit capital Beirut (population 2.2 million) on September 9, 2018, causing worst flash flooding this Mediterranean city has seen in years.

The road connecting Tripoli to the Dinnieh region was turned into a river, with the water 1 m (3 feet) deep in some places. Ragging floodwaters damaged homes, cars and infrastructure, and hectares of agricultural land.

"The northern Dinnieh area was unprepared for torrential rains Sunday that caused the worst flooding in years, bringing the area to a standstill," local MP Sami Fatfat said.

"We were really surprised," Fatfat said. "This amount of rain at this time of year is unprecedented. We’re trying to ensure that next time this happens, we’ll be prepared."

Sep 13 10:35

Hurricane "Florence" forecast to stall or move very slowly along the coast, produce prolonged period of very dangerous conditions

Hurricane "Florence" is approaching the United States today and is forecast to bring prolonged life-threatening impacts to the southeastern states through the weekend. The storm will bring life-threatening storm surge, flash flooding, and destructive winds to much of the North and South Carolina coastline over the next several days, NHC warns. The hurricane is expected to stall or move very slowly along the coast bringing a prolonged period of dangerous conditions to the region.

Heavy and excessive rainfall with 508 to 762 mm (20 to 30 inches) and isolated 1 016 mm (40 inches) of rainfall is expected in coastal North Carolina. This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding.

Sep 13 09:38

Undersea volcanic explosion blasts seawater as high as 10 meters (33 feet) above the surface of the Pacific at Iwo Jima Japan

Signs of undersea volcanic eruptions were detected at Iwo Jima, the site of one of the bloodiest battles in World War II, meteorological and defence officials said Wednesday.

Aerial photos taken by navy aircraft earlier Wednesday showed seawater shooting as high as 10 meters (33 feet) above the surface just off the island's southern coast, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The island, which has been renamed Ioto, has been showing increased volcanic activity since the weekend, the agency said, warning of more eruptions.

The island is 1,250 kilometers (780 miles) south of Tokyo.

Ioto last had an undersea explosion off its northern coast in 2013, and small overland explosions at few places in 2015, the agency said.

Sep 13 06:07

Hurricane Florence Updates: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown (& How to Prepare)

Are you preparing for Hurricane Florence? In this morning's updates, there's good news, bad news, and a lot that is still unknown. Here's how to prepare.

Sep 13 04:17

BAYER’S STOCK PLUMMETS 32% IN 3 MONTHS AFTER IT’S ROUNDUP OF MONSANTO.

On June 7, 2018 Bayer finally gained approval from the US Department of Justice to purchase Monsanto for 62.5 billion dollars. After an initial slight increase on the NASDAQ exchange from $ 29.96 per share on June 6, to $31.67 on June 16, the company’s value has been on a downward trend ever since. Today it’s stock has sank as low as $20.28 per share. Now investors are left wondering how much farther it will go, while Clean Food Advocatesaround the world celebrate. So how exactly did two of the biggest multinational companies merging result in such a dramatic nosedive?

Sep 12 18:14

City Blocks 5G Cell Tower Implementation Over Claims that it Can Cause Cancer

As 5G technology begins to roll out across the country, it is being met by a massive wave of resistance over concerns that it can cause health problems. One city in California—reacting to an overwhelming outpouring of concern—has taken an extreme step and blocked the technology from being implemented.

Sep 12 17:12

Seniors are Doing It: Medical Marijuana

By Susan Boskey

Perhaps not your grandparent’s pain meds, medical marijuana is quickly becoming a favorite ‘go-to’ medicine for Baby Boomers and those ever-more elderly. Getting to this point of therapeutic use, however, has been quite the long and windy road given how the US Government stigmatized the cannabis plant back in the 1930s culminating with the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Sadly, the rest is American history.

American society as a whole is documented to be pretty much stuck in the dark ages when it comes to understanding the use of medical marijuana to reduce chronic pain, anxiety, stress, insomnia and depression in old age with little to no risk...

Sep 12 15:34

A new hydrogen-rich compound may be a record-breaking superconductor

The current record-holder, hydrogen sulfide, which also must be compressed, works below 203 kelvins, or about ?70° Celsius (SN: 12/26/15, p. 25).

The new evidence for superconductivity is based on a dramatic drop in the resistance of the lanthanum-hydrogen compounds when cooled below a certain temperature. One team of physicists found that their compound’s resistance plummeted at a temperature of 260 kelvins (?13° C), the temperature of a very cold winter day. The purported superconductivity occurred when the material had been crushed with almost 2 million times the pressure of Earth’s atmosphere by squeezing it between two diamonds. Some samples even showed signs of superconductivity at higher temperatures, up to 280 kelvins (about 7° C), physicist Russell Hemley of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and colleagues report in a study posted online August 23 at arXiv.org.

Sep 12 13:22

The ring of thunder: Satellite image shows nine potentially deadly storms currently girdling the globe

This remarkable satellite image shows Hurricane Florence is one of just nine potentially dangerous storms currently circling around the world.

The image circles some of the points where the most extreme weather is set to batter the world this week, giving a word of warning about the dangers they pose.

Jamaica Weather posted the photograph online, saying: 'This going to be a crazy end to the week! Take a look across the Tropics.'

Sep 12 11:49

Dave Murphy: Will Monsanto's Loss Result In Less Poison In Our Food?

In November 2016, a very concerning report -- Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate -- was released by The Detox Project and Food Democracy Now!, raising the alarm of the high levels of glyphosate in the US food supply and the (deliberate?) low levels of awareness of its associated health risks.

Soon after its release, we brought Dave Murphy, executive director of Food Democracy Now!, on the podcast to explain the explosive findings within this report on the world's most-used herbicide (more commonly known by its retail brand: Roundup). We asked: Are we being poisoned in the pursuit of profit?

As happened in past decades with the alcohol and tobacco industries, the glyphosate report added compelling evidence that profits have indeed taken a priority over consumer safety in our food production system -- and as public health concerns mounted, Big Ag started circling its wagons and attacking the questioners rather than embracing open scrutiny.

Sep 12 10:34

Hurricane Florence Isn't Alone: 4 Powerful Storms Seen from Space in 1 Day

As three powerful storms march one by one across the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast and the Caribbean, a fourth is getting ready to roll over the Hawaiian Islands. Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES weather satellites are providing some spectacular views of the group storms from space.

The GOES-East weather satellite, which keeps a constant eye on the East Coast and the Atlantic, has captured some breathtaking images of Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene approaching the Americas (in that order).

Florence, a potentially life-threatening Category 4 hurricane, is on track to make landfall in North Carolina or South Carolina on Thursday (Sept. 13).

Sep 12 09:24

Report: Pharma exec says he had 'moral requirement' to raise drug price 400%

A pharmaceutical company executive defended his company's recent 400% drug price increase, telling the Financial Times that his company had a "moral requirement to sell the product at the highest price." The head of the US Food and Drug Administration blasted the executive in a response on Twitter.

Nirmal Mulye, founder and president of Nostrum Pharmaceuticals, commented in a story Tuesday about the decision to raise the price of an antibiotic mixture called nitrofurantoin from about $500 per bottle to more than $2,300.

The drug is listed by the World Health Organization as an "essential" medicine for lower urinary tract infections.

"I think it is a moral requirement to make money when you can," Mulye told the Financial Times, "to sell the product for the highest price."

Sep 11 18:11

The male infertility injustice: More than half the problems with infertile couples lie with the man - and sperm counts have fallen 60 per cent. So why does the IVF industry still focus almost wholly on women?

Male fertility in the West is in rapid decline.

Data from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, which regulates infertility treatment in the UK, shows the number of infertile men being treated has doubled in just four years.

The biggest ever study of male fertility in the developed world revealed a 59.3 per cent reduction in average sperm count between 1973 and 2011.

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