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Jul 09 18:05

Has Kepler found its last alien world? NASA reveals its planet hunting space telescope is about to run out of fuel

NASA's Kepler planet hunting telescope is 'close to death,' it has been revealed.

Earlier this week, NASA’s Kepler team received an indication that the spacecraft fuel tank is running very low.

The space agency said the nine year old telescope is now in a 'hibernation-like state' as operators try to download data from it.

Jul 09 16:47

If You Want Clear GMO Labeling in the US — Now Is The Time to Take Action!

The law requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the U.S. is scheduled to go into effect on July 29th. But the news isn’t as good as it sounds.

Jul 09 11:52

8 Coffees a day means a longer life studies confirmed

Drink an unsettling amount of coffee a day? Don't panic.
8 Coffees a Day Means a Longer Life Than No Coffee, According to a 10-Year Study.The results of a new decade-long study involving almost 500,000 people suggest that drinking the beverage in any quantity leads to a longer life than not having any of it at all.

Jul 09 11:36

Life on Mars Could Have Gotten an Early Start, 'Black Beauty' Meteorite Suggests

It didn't take long for Mars to become a potentially habitable world, a new study suggests.

The planet-formation process generates a lot of heat, so rocky worlds such as Mars and Earth are covered by oceans of molten rock shortly after they form. Life as we know it cannot get a foothold until these oceans freeze into a crust — and this apparently happened quite early on the Red Planet, the new study reports.

"Already 20 million years after the formation of the solar system, Mars had a solid crust that could potentially house oceans and perhaps also life," study co-author Martin Bizzarro, director of the Center for Star and Planet Formation at the Natural National History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, said in a statement. [The Search for Life on Mars (A Photo Timeline)]

That's about 130 million years sooner than this key event occurred here on Earth, study team members said.

Jul 09 11:33

U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.

Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.

Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.

Jul 09 10:54

Controversial AI that 'detects political beliefs, sexuality and IQ' based on facial features could be used by CCTV cameras to spot dangerous people BEFORE they commit a crime

Researcher Dr Michal Kosinski claimed last year he had invented a 'gaydar' AI
He says similar technology could help CCTV spot potentially dangerous people
Cameras would look for changes to facial features produced by testosterone
Dr Kosinski claims computers could be used to detect political beliefs and IQ

Jul 09 09:19

Trump Freezes Billions In Obamacare Payments, Outraging Insurers

The Trump administration halted billions of dollars in payments to health insurers after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency that administers programs under Obamacare, announced on Saturday it was freezing payments to insurers that cover sicker patients, saying a federal court ruling ties its hands. The move brought a sharp response from health insurers warning of market disruptions and even higher costs.

The payments are intended to help stabilize health insurance markets by compensating insurers that had sicker, more expensive enrollees in 2017. The government collects the money from health insurers with relatively healthy enrollees, who cost less to insure.

Jul 09 09:18

Chinese Production Of Banned Chemical Blamed For Ozone-Depleting Emissions

Illegal Chinese production of a banned crude oil-derived chemical used for cheap home insulation is thought to be the main source of rising emissions of gas that is damaging the ozone layer, according to environmental group Environmental Investigation Agency.

Two months ago, scientists published a study in the scientific journal Nature, according to which there has been an unexpected and persistent increase in global emissions of the ozone-depleting trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11) substance that has been banned since 2010.

The thing that baffled scientists was that after a constant drop in the atmospheric CFC-11 concentrations between 2002 and 2012, the rate of decline has slowed down by around 50 percent since 2012, suggesting unreported new production.

Jul 09 08:58

New cancer drug 93 percent effective with pediatric patients

A new cancer drug called larotrectinib was effective in 93 percent of pediatric patients tested in a Phase 1 clincial trial, researchers announced.

Researchers at University of Texas' Southwestern's Simmons Cancer Center in Dallas tested larotrectinib, which targets a fused gene called TRK found in many types of cancer in a clinical trial. The findings were published Thursday in The Lancet.

Larotrectinib is the first cancer drug to receive Food and Drug Administration breakthrough therapy designation for patients with a specific fusion of two genes in the cancer cell regardless of the type of cancer.

Jul 09 07:44

A baby was treated with a nap and a bottle of formula. The bill was $18,000

On the first morning of Jang Yeo Im's vacation to San Francisco in 2016, her 8-month-old son, Park Jeong Whan, fell off the bed in the family's hotel room and hit his head.

There was no blood, but the baby was inconsolable. Jang and her husband worried he might have an injury they couldn't see, so they called 911, and an ambulance took the family tourists from South Korea to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH).

The doctors at the hospital quickly determined that baby Jeong Whan was fine just a little bruising on his nose and forehead. He took a short nap in his mother's arms, drank some infant formula and was discharged a few hours later with a clean bill of health. The family continued their vacation, and the incident was quickly forgotten.

Jul 09 07:37

TRUMP DEALS ANOTHER BLOW TO OBAMA’S HEALTH CARE LEGACY

The Trump administration announced Saturday evening that it is temporarily freezing billions of dollars of payments to health insurance companies intended to help them manage higher-risk patients, sparking backlash from the industry’s lobbying arm as insurers continue to struggle to adjust to the administration’s repeated attacks on Obamacare.

The federal government provides Obamacare insurers risk adjustment payments, which are supposed to cushion insurers from taking steep loses on high risk patients in the Obamacare marketplace. The government paid out over $10 billion in these in 2017.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service announced the abrupt halt of these payments Saturday evening, citing a February 2018 ruling from the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico that invalidates them.

Jul 09 07:37

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Video To Trump On Coal Is Actually Worth A Watch

I don't like Schwarzenegger; he was a terrible anti-gun socialist governor, and he's constantly blathering about "climate change" hysteria. None of his political videos I've seen in the past have been any good, but this new video where he addresses President Trump about coal and energy sources is actually very well done. He makes some valid points about the free market, and is very funny. Worth a watch.

Jul 09 07:26

Millions are evacuated and at least 81 people killed after 'unprecedented' rain sparks landslides in Japan - with PM warning that country faces a 'race against time' to save people

At least 81 people have died in Japan as the country is battered by the worst rains and flooding in the country's history.

Thousands of people were said to have been left stranded in the Hiroshima prefecture as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned authorities face a 'race against time' to save them.

So far 1.5million people have been forced to leave their homes, with 3million more advised to do so or face the devastating consequences brought by the flooding.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said three hours of rainfall in one area in Kochi prefecture reached an accumulated 26.3 centimeters (10.4 inches), the highest since such records started in 1976.

Jul 08 17:43

Report reveals outdated NASA policy poses contamination risk for Earth, universe

As humans boldly go where no one has been before, the guidelines on how to prevent contamination of these destinations with earthly microbes and vice versa do not meet the reality, according to a new report.

The National Academies of Sciences report shows that NASA's so-called planetary protection policies form half a century ago are in need of reassessment, especially because of “sample return from, and human missions to, Mars” and missions to bodies “possessing water oceans beneath their icy surfaces,” for example Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Creatively named the Review and Assessment of Planetary Protection Policy Development Processes, the report adds that “such microbes might pose a health risk to the returning crew as well as the public on Earth,” hinting that prolonged exposure to space conditions could see microbes mutate, wreak havoc, and risk the health of billions of people.

Jul 08 15:46

Foaming at the Mouth

People use recreational drugs because they affect the brain chemistry, causing feelings like euphoria and cravings for more of the drug. Two of the most popular categories of drugs are opioids (painkillers) and stimulants, or “uppers.”

Common opioids are:

heroin
OxyContin
Vicodin

Common stimulants are:

Ritalin
Adderall
methamphetamine

If you take too much of one of these drugs, you could overdose, meaning your body can’t detox the drug before deadly symptoms take effect.

Common signs of opiate or stimulant overdose are:

foaming at the mouth or a foam cone
loss of consciousness
seizures
difficulty or stopped breathing

Overdose causes foaming at the mouth because organs like the heart and lungs can’t function properly. Slowed heart or lung movements causes fluids to gather in the lungs, which can mix with carbon dioxide and come out of the mouth like a foam.

Jul 08 13:27

Stumble is still up....so.....

I'm am going to keep stumbling as well as doing this Mix.com thing. It takes about 5 times as long to post a story on Mix. Up to about 100 followers there. Been slow the last week due to the 4th and health matters. Here are the 2 websites. Over 80,000 posts with many thousands of yours from Wrh and all the posters there.
Here are the sites. would be interested in any traffic numbers back to Mix as well as stumbleupon.

https://mix.com/ffranklin92

https://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/ffranklin92

Jul 08 08:11

Australia Now Issuing Fines To Citizens Who Refuse Vaccines For Their Kids

Australia’s Minister for Social Service, Dan Tehan, announced July 1st that the Australian Government will monetarily penalize any citizen whose children are not up to date on their vaccinations. The penalty, in the form of a reduction of government payments, amounts to $56 (AUD) monthly.

Called the “No Jab, No Pay” program, Australia aims to increase compliance with government mandated vaccination programs by taking money away from its citizens. Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children may continue to do so under religious or medical grounds, but will not be allowed to keep the money they were previously receiving from the government.

No Jab, No Pay appears to be working. According to Tehan’s press release:

Since the Turnbull Government introduced No Jab, No Pay in 2016 about 246,000 children and their families have taken action to ensure they meet the immunisation requirements.

Jul 08 08:06

There Could Be a Dangerous Problem With Using CRISPR on Humans, New Research Shows

You know already about the promise for CRISPR-Cas9 - it might revolutionize fields from medicine to agriculture.

It might also eventually cause tumors.

That's the takeaway from two new studies, published Monday in Nature Medicine.

Both studies, one by Novartis and the other by the Karolinska Institute, focus on the gene p53, known to play a major role in tumor prevention by killing cells with damaged DNA. According to past research, most human tumors simply can't form if p53 is working properly - some researchers refer to it as the "guardian of the genome".

Jul 08 08:05

CRISPR Crashes After Study Highlights Potential Cancer Risk From Gene-Editing

Crispr Therapeutics led gene-editing stocks lower after new studies published by Nature Medicine found that cells whose genomes are edited with the CRISPR-Cas9 technology have the potential to cause cancer, Stat News reports.

Editing cells’ genomes with CRISPR-Cas9 might increase the risk that the altered cells, intended to treat disease, will trigger cancer, two studies published on Monday warn — a potential game-changer for the companies developing CRISPR-based therapies.

Crispr fell as much as 14%; Editas Medicine and Intellia Therapeutics dropped as much as 9.5%; Sangamo Therapeutics slipped as much as 4.3%

The findings come as Crispr is preparing to start its first clinical study in people in Europe in the second half of the year; the FDA has paused the company’s plans to do a similar trial in the U.S.

Jul 08 08:04

Millions are evacuated and more than 60 people killed after 'unprecedented' rain sparks landslides in Japan - with PM warning that country faces a 'race against time' to save people

At least 60 people have died in Japan as the country is battered by the worst rains and flooding in the country's history.

Thousands of people were said to have been left stranded in the Hiroshima prefecture as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned authorities face a 'race against time' to save them.

So far 1.5million people have been forced to leave their homes, with 3million more advised to do so or face the devastating consequences brought by the flooding.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said three hours of rainfall in one area in Kochi prefecture reached an accumulated 26.3 centimeters (10.4 inches), the highest since such records started in 1976.

Jul 08 06:13

Book Review - Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning by Andrei Martyanov

The fact that the US is facing a profound crisis, possibly the worst one in its history, is accepted by most observers, except maybe the most delusional ones.

When speaking of this crisis, most people will mention the deindustrialization, the drop in real income, the lack of well-paid jobs, healthcare, crime, immigration, pollution, education, and a myriad of other contributing factors. But of all the aspects of the “American dream”, the single most resilient one has been the myth of the US military as “the finest fighting force in history”.

Americans have no experience of real warfare (that is warfare in defense of their own land, family and friends) at all. For Americans warfare is killing the other guy in his own country, preferably from afar or above, while making a ton of money in the process. For Russians, warfare is simply about surviving at any and all cost. The difference couldn’t be greater.

Jul 07 11:35

Exposure to a gender-bending chemical found in receipts and plastic water bottles may cause inflammatory bowel disease, study finds

Exposure to a gender-bending chemical found in receipts and plastic water bottles may cause inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), new research suggests.

Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), which is also found in the lining of canned foods, causes the same inflammation and gut bacteria changes in mice that occur in Crohn's and ulcerative colitis patients, a US study found.

This occurs after the animals are exposed to 0.05mg/kg of BPA a day, which is the level considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency.

BPA, which reacts with oestrogen and thyroid hormone receptors, has been linked to infertility, autism, ADHD, obesity, type 2 diabetes, premature births and early onset of puberty. BPA is called a gender bender due it encouraging male breast growth.

Jul 07 11:17

'He was sick straight away': Parents slam formula-milk product's new recipe claiming it is making their babies vomit

Parents have slammed a follow-on milk product's new recipe claiming it is making their babies ill.

Danone UK, which makes Aptamil, made a change to its First Infant milk powder - with tubs of the new version hitting supermarket shelves in the past few weeks.

As well as anger that the company has reduced the size of the packs from 900g to 800g while keeping the price the same at around £11 a tub, parents are complaining their little ones are having bad reactions to the new formula.

The company's Aptaclub Facebook page has been inundated with comments from concerned parents saying their children are unsettled, being sick and suffering with diarrhoea.

Jul 07 10:31

Kilauea Volcano destroys another 46 homes; total now 671

Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano destroyed another 46 homes this week, bringing the total number of structures demolished by lava to 671, local authorities said Friday.

The Hawai'i County Civil Defense said the damage this week left four homes standing in Kapoho, a town on the state's Big Island. The lava flow, which began in May, also filled in the town's bay and spread to create new land into the ocean.

Fissure 8 supplied lava to an open channel with intermittent small, short-lived overflows, the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Friday. The spatter cone was 180 feet tall at its highest point.

HVO said the lava channel no longer reaches the ocean, but oozing along the northern section of the flow is entering the water.

Jul 07 10:30

Volcano eruption update: Is volcano activity rising? Which Ring of Fire volcano is next?

Dr Sarah Brown, senior research associate in volcanology at the University of Bristol, said volcanic activity is not anything out of the ordinary.

She told Express.co.uk: “Many volcanoes are making the news at the moment, but a few high profile eruptions does not mean that volcanic activity is on the rise. In fact, we think that volcanic activity is pretty much steady.

Jul 07 10:01

AUSTRALIA NOW ISSUING FINES TO CITIZENS WHO REFUSE VACCINES FOR THEIR KIDS

- Australia’s Minister for Social Service, Dan Tehan, announced July 1st, the Australian Government will monetarily penalize any citizen whose children are not up to date on their vaccinations. The penalty, in the form of a reduction of government payments, amounts to $56 (AUD) monthly.

Called the “No Jab No Pay” program, Australia aims to increase compliance with government mandated vaccination programs by taking money away from its citizens. Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children may continue to do so under religious or medical grounds, but will not be allowed to keep the money they were previously receiving from the government.

No Jab No Pay appears to be working. According to Tehan’s press release:

Since the Turnbull Government introduced No Jab, No Pay in 2016 about 246,000 children and their families have taken action to ensure they meet the immunisation requirements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, it appears that big pharma owns Auzzie government officials, just as it does American government officials.

And here is some info you may want to download, if you are the parent of a toddler, whose vaccinations are mandated by the state:

Vaccine Injury Table

SIDS now listed as adverse reaction on DTAP Vaccine Insert

Vaccine injuries nd deaths continue to increase in Federal Vaccine Court

Government Wipes Recent Vaccine Injury Data from Website

Infant Vaccine Schedule Endangers Immune System

The big problem, at least for American families, is that infant, and childhood vaccines, are now "bundled", and at least to date, have not been tested in their bundled state for adverse reactions, because the makers of these bundled vaccines do not want either health care professionals or parents who love their kids, to have to be informed should such studies prove positive for harm.

Jul 07 09:28

Autistic boy v govt: Billy Caldwell placed under ‘hospital arrest’ over medical cannabis treatment

Billy Caldwell, an autistic boy with epilepsy, has been placed “under hospital arrest” because Northern Ireland will not allow him to be treated with cannabis oil at home, the 12-year-old’s mother has said.

Billy suffered from up to 100 seizures a day before starting the cannabis oil treatment. He returned to Northern Ireland this week after spending three weeks at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to treat his life-threatening condition.

The Northern Ireland Health Department on Thursday granted a temporary license for cannabis oil – which Billy relies to control his epileptic seizures – but on the sole condition he is administered the drug in a Belfast hospital.

Jul 07 09:27

THE EPA IS HIDING PROOF THAT A WIDELY USED CHEMICAL CAUSES LEUKEMIA: REPORT

During a Senate hearing in late January, Ed Markey asked then-EPA director Scott Pruitt about a little rumor that he’d overheard. “It’s my understanding,” the Massachusetts senator said, “that the EPA has finalized its conclusion that formaldehyde causes leukemia and other cancers and that [the] completed new assessment is ready to be released for public review, but is being held up.”

“You know, my understanding is similar to yours,” Pruitt replied.

Formaldehyde is one of the most ubiquitous industrial chemicals in the United States. It’s in much of the wooden furniture that Americans sit in, the body wash they clean themselves with — and, for those who live in the vicinity of a major refinery, the air that they breathe. And here, the director of the agency responsible for protecting the American people from toxic chemicals was saying, under oath, that he was vaguely aware of a report linking formaldehyde to a variety of terminal illnesses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; formaldehyde is one of the major components of embalming fluid.

And to the gals out there who read this site; formaldehyde precursors are still allowed by this government in scented soaps, and lower end cosmetics.

One of the other illnesses it can cause, other than cancer, are debilitating joint pains. And if your doctor cannot find any digital images indicating actual joint damage, insist that they do a chemical toxicity test for it.

I know; I had this going on with me for half a decade, to the point where I could no longer play either my accoustic piano or my Celtic harp.

When my orthopedist at my HMO told me that he could see nothing on the exrays indicating physical damage, and dismissed me with yet another round of pain meds, I went home to Mike in tears, and asked him when I had the time to be a hypochondriac. Well, Mike did about 40 minutes' worth of research on the net, and found the link between formaldehyde precursors and joint pain. We did a "chemicalectomy" of everything in our home containing the chemical, and by the next morning, I could walk without pain for the first time in 5 years.

Please remember that some doctors take compensation by the pharmaceutical houses for prescribing various meds, including pain meds, and there are places on line where you can discover if your doctor is one of them. At the time, two of the orthopedists I was seeing, were compensated for prescribing a specific pain med for me, which hadn't yet gone generic, so they were in no fat hurry to find the real cause of my pain.

Several months later, they were entirely gone from the roster of my HMO, with no explanation. I have to wonder if upper management got wind of this, and decided, if patients found out about the compensation, but nothing was being done to really address the causes of their pain, they would have changed HMOs.

The following article talks about where formaldehyde products are found, and should be some info with which you should acquaint yourself:

Chemicals of Concern: Formaldehyde

Jul 07 09:16

8 OTC Items That Could Save Your Life

While life can perhaps seem hard from time to time, the truth is that we have it pretty easy right now. We have electricity to run our homes. We have air conditioning to keep us cool in the summer. In the winter we have furnaces which keep us nice and snug. We have (relatively) clean water piped directly into our houses, and the waste is drained directly away. We have food in our refrigerators and a grocery store just down the street (or highway) to which we can go if we need more food. We have access to medical professionals if we become sick or injured. These are all wonderful things!

But what if all of those were taken away? What if we no longer had electricity, running water, air conditioning, and/or easy access to food or medical care? If we had to go it alone life would be H-A-R-D. And medical problems would be even harder.

Let’s dive right into these OTC items that are potentially lifesaving.

Jul 06 10:59

World's most cloned dog 'Miracle Milly' has been copied 49 times by scientists in a bid to find the reason behind her record-breaking tiny size

The dog, named 'Miracle Milly', weighed less than one ounce at birth
She has become a global sensation, with more than 300,000 followers online
Because of her diminutive stature, she was cloned a record 49 number of times
Milly now stands less than 10cm (3.8in) tall and weighs the same as a large apple

Jul 06 10:22

A FORMER COAL LOBBYIST JUST TOOK OVER THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

While the long-overdue departure of ceaselessly corrupt EPA chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday was undoubtedly a small win for the public and the planet, environmentalists were quick to note that “there’s no happy ending to this story” as Pruitt is being replaced by former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, who worked for years as an aide to fervent climate-denier Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.).

“Before everyone gets excited about Pruitt, remember we’re going to get all the same horrific policy under Andrew Wheeler, without any of the comic, attention-drawing personal corruption,” Vox environment writer David Roberts tweeted after President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he had accepted Pruitt’s resignation.

“Pruitt’s departure may cost us some jokes,” added Public Citizen president Robert Weissman in a statement, “but it won’t change the Trump administration or help save the planet or Americans’ health. Next in line to run the EPA is a coal lobbyist.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ouch!!

Jul 06 10:09

Johns Hopkins Hospital buildings evacuated for possible tuberculosis contamination

Two cancer research buildings at Johns Hopkins Hospital were evacuated Thursday due to possible tuberculosis contamination, according to the hospital.

The Baltimore City Fire Department investigated the release of a small amount of frozen tuberculosis in a bridge between the two buildings in the 1500 block of Orleans Street, said Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman for the hospital, in a statement.

There were employees in the area when the incident occurred, but hospital officials said they believe no one was exposed to the bacteria and they did not treat anyone after the sample was released.

“We have determined there is no risk involved,” said Dr. Landon King, executive vice dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

King said the sample that leaked was “equivalent to a few drops.”

Jul 06 08:54

Increased eruptive activity at Anak Krakatau volcano, Indonesia

Anak Krakatau, or Child of Krakatau, is showing signs of increased activity and it seems the eruption has reached a phase of being more or less continuous, the Volcano Discovery reports.

Krakatau, located between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, started erupting on June 19, 2018 with ash column rising just a few hundred meters before it dissipated. However, satellite imagery showed an increase in thermal radiation since March 2018, suggesting that magma is approaching the surface.

Jul 06 08:36

Is This Why Tesla Executives Are Fleeing?

As part of my research on Tesla, I decided to read Bad Blood by John Carreyrou, the journalist who first uncovered the Theranos fraud. It is the story of how Elizabeth Holmes created Theranos and then lurched between publicity events in order to raise additional capital and keep the fraud going, despite the fact that the technology did not work. The key lesson from Theranos for determining when a fraud will implode is that there are always idiots willing to put fresh money into a well marketed fraud - so you need a catalyst for when the funding dries up.

Jul 06 07:44

Did you know the reason behind Snoring (Sleeping Disorder) Better Sleep - Home Remedies

Sleep Disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts - Snoring. Snoring treatment spares your bed partner, you may not realise how disruptive your snoring is.

Jul 06 07:42

Compound in trendy goji berries could treat two deadly tropical diseases that that affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide

Known as 7-keto-sempervirol, the compound attacks the coating of the parasites responsible for the life-threatening infections schistosomiasis and fascioliasis, a Welsh study found.

Schistosomiasis affects around 600 million people worldwide and kills 300,000 a year.

Up to 17 million people globally suffer from fascioliasis, with drug-resistant strains of the parasite emerging worldwide.

Jul 06 07:31

From hotels to flights to $2 million in funding: Scientists who approve Big Pharma drugs are receiving huge kick-backs AFTER the fact - to dodge 'conflict of interest' rules, report reveals

According to the investigation of 107 doctors who have advised panels in the last four years, 40 took home more than $10,000 in rewards such as hotels, or even to fund their next research project.

More than half of those (26) received more than $100,000, and seven received more than $1 million.

Investigative journalist Charles Piller found none of the payments he uncovered had been reported by the FDA, despite being mentioned in journals.

One financial conflicts expert told Piller that the findings show 'it's in [scientists'] best interests to play nice with these companies' because they 'often stand to gain tremendously in their further professional careers from a positive relationship with the company.'

Jul 06 07:29

Common high blood pressure and heart drugs are recalled amid fears they could cause CANCER

Common drugs taken by patients with high blood pressure and heart problems have been recalled amid fears they could cause cancer.

British pharmacists were today warned a change in how valsartan is manufactured has caused a dangerous impurity in several medications.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) revealed the fault stems from a Chinese facility making the active substance.

The Government-run body, which polices the safety of medical products, warned the impurity is a proven carcinogenic in animals.

Jul 06 07:22

Bananas are on the brink of EXTINCTION as devastating tropical disease spreads across crops worldwide, researchers warn

Bananas are facing potential extinction, experts have cautioned, as a deadly tropical disease sweeps across crops worldwide.

Known as Panama disease, or Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense, the fungal infection has already spread throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Central America.

Should the infection reach South America, researchers warn the Cavendish banana – the species most commonly sold and consumed worldwide – could face extinction.

Jul 06 01:28

Russia to promote its space food worldwide

Glavkosmos, a subsidiary of Russia’s Roscosmos State Space Corporation, will start promoting Russian-made food for cosmonauts on the global market, the Roscosmos press service has said. The cooperation agreement on the issue has been signed by Glavkosmos head Denis Lyskov and Space Food Lab head Konstantin Grigoryev. "In line with the agreement, Glavkosmos will promote and sell internationally the space food, produced by the lab. In addition, the sides agreed to render information support and jointly take part in international events," Roscosmos said in a statement on Thursday. "This cooperation opens new business areas for us. We see potential demand for space food on the international market, many of our traditional foreign partners have demonstrated interest in purchasing space food," Lyskov was quoted as saying.

Jul 05 17:27

Sunspots Vanishing Faster than Expected

May 1, 2018: Sunspots are becoming scarce. Very scarce. So far in 2018 the sun has been blank almost 60% of the time, with whole weeks going by without sunspots. Today’s sun, shown here in an image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, is typical of the featureless solar disk:

The fact that sunspots are vanishing comes as no surprise. Forecasters have been saying for years that this would happen as the current solar cycle (“solar cycle 24”) comes to an end. The surprise is how fast.

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The solar minimum of 2008-2009 was unusually deep. The sun set Space Age records for low sunspot number, weak solar wind, and depressed solar irradiance. When the sun finally woke up a few years later, it seemed to have “solar minimum hangover.” The bounce-back Solar Max of 2012-2015 was the weakest solar maximum of the Space Age, prompting some to wonder if solar activity is entering a phase of sustained quiet.

Jul 05 16:38

New Law Could Exempt Thousands of Genetically Engineered Foods From Labeling

By Derrick Broze

An analysis of newly proposed rule changes reveals that thousands of genetically engineered foods may be exempt from upcoming labeling requirements.

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture works to establish a uniform national standard for labeling foods that may be genetically engineered, critics continue to call out the dangers of putting the federal government in charge of the situation...

Jul 05 15:00

Is More Cattle Grazing the Solution to Saving Our Soil?

Savory, 80, is the originator of a compelling—and in some quarters deeply controversial—theory that argues that that everything we know about maintaining natural landscapes is wrong. Instead of fearing overgrazing, and taking livestock off land to rest it, he argues that most grazing lands should have more livestock added, because their movement and their waste and their relentless chomping stimulate grasses to grow. When grasslands restore themselves, he adds, they sequester carbon; so increasing the density of cattle and other grazing animals not only restores the environment, it protects against climate change.

Jul 05 14:22

Did the 2009 flu vaccine give people narcolepsy? Experts blame spike in sleep disorder on the shot - which the US has stockpiled for the next swine flu outbreak

An emergency stock of powerful flu vaccines may cause narcolepsy, and scientists are still trying to work out why.

In 2009, the H1N1 or swine flu pandemic swept the globe, killing an estimated 284,000 people.

In many countries in Europe, people were given an adjuvant vaccine against the illness, meaning it contained ingredients intended to ramp up the body's immune responses to the flu exposure.

Many people still got the flu, and scientists noticed a spike in cases of the rare sleep disorder, narcolepsy, following the pandemic.

Now, researchers believe the shot may have triggered an autoimmune disease that in turn caused narcolepsy and are attempting to prove it before another swine flu pandemic heads for the US and we need to dip into the adjuvant stockpile.

Jul 05 13:19

What Is Novichok: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

When inhaled, the symptoms of Novichok agents can happen in as little as 30 seconds. Symptoms include:

• Muscle spasms
• Seizures
• Excessive saliva and tears
• Digestive problems

...but we are to believe it took a day to affect Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess?

Jul 05 12:55

Galaxy believed to be devoid of dark matter could FINALLY prove the mysterious material does not exist, controversial research claims

A galaxy believed to be devoid of dark matter could finally prove the mysterious material does not exist, a controversial new study claims.

Researchers in March claimed the galaxy NGC1052-DF2 was the first ever found to have no dark matter - but a new paper argues the original researchers were wrong.

Based on what they say are older readings of the celestial object, the latest paper suggests the galaxy is full of dark matter, much like any other galaxy.

Paradoxically, researchers say this finding could prove the material does not exist since it revives a leading alternative theory of the universe which claims dark matter is a nonentity.

Jul 05 11:01

Asia’s mysterious role in the early origins of humanity

DECEMBER 1941. Japan has just entered the second world war. China, already fighting its neighbour, is in the firing line. At the Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Hu Chengzhi carefully packs two wooden crates with the world’s most precious anthropological artefacts. Peking Man – in reality some 200 fossilised teeth and bones, including six skulls – is to be shipped to the US for safekeeping. This is the last anyone ever sees of him.

At the time, the Peking Man remains were the oldest known fossils belonging to human ancestors. Their discovery in the 1920s and 30s caused a sensation, triggering declarations that the cradle of humanity had been found. But just a few decades later, all eyes had turned to Africa. A slew of discoveries there left little doubt that it was our true ancestral home. As far as human evolution was concerned, Asia was out of the picture.

Jul 05 10:10

Einstein's theory of relativity proven right in huge space experiment

Gravity works as expected, even at the biggest scales, a new study has found.

The research proves Einstein right at an almost unimaginably huge scale and in the most stringent test yet.

Einstein's theory of general relativity says that all objects fall the same way, despite their mass or their composition. That means for instance that an apple and a cannonball, falling from a tower, will reach the ground at the same time.

Jul 05 10:03

CDC Giant Conflict of Interest - Jon Rappoport

The government's Vaccine for Children Program (a CDC organization) purchases vaccines for about 50 percent of children in the U.S." (The Atlantic, February 10, 2015)

"The CDC currently spends over $4 billion purchasing vaccines [annually] from drug makers..." (Health Impact News, October 24, 2016)

However, the CDC is also the gold standard for research on the safety and efficacy of vaccines. It turns out an unending stream of studies on these subjects. And the results of those studies are dutifully reported in the mainstream press.

Do you think, under any circumstances, the CDC would publish data showing vaccines are ineffective and dangerous? They'd be cutting their own throats.

"Well, we spend $4 billion a year buying vaccines from drug companies, but guess what? These vaccines are often dangerous..."

Every time you read about a CDC study on vaccines, keep this obvious conflict of interest in mind.

Jul 05 09:48

UK POLICE CONFIRM 2ND CRITICALLY ILL COUPLE POISONED WITH NOVICHOK NERVE AGENT

Update: And here come the 'Russians did it' allegations...

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the substance which has left two people critically ill in Amesbury was nerve agent Novichok.

The same agent that was allegedly used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal just a few miles away (who miraculously survived the 'deadly' nerve agent along with his daughter).

So why are "the Russians" now poisoning some random - non-former-Russian spies - British people?

One can only wonder at the timing of this second seemingly random poisoning with a deadly nerve agent coming so close to President Trump's scheduled summit with President Putin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the same lab at Porton Down which is now testing the substance which made the people ill, and cannot state that it is definitively NOVICHOK (which they were unable to do with the sample from the Skribal case), then the headline is absolutely skewed when it screams "UK POLICE CONFIRM 2ND CRITICALLY ILL COUPLE POISONED WITH NOVICHOK NERVE AGENT". Because unless the UK chemical lab can logically confirm this, the UK police have no business making that statement.

But I will tell you what the timing of this incident has been most likely engineered to poison; the atmosphere of the meeting between Trump and Putin in Helsinki in a couple of weeks.

This has the very embarrassingly juvenile fingerprints MI5, MI6, and those of Teresa May, fighting to not lose power by her very awkward handling of the Brexit, all over it.

Jul 05 09:45

Chronic Pain Remains Stable or Gets Better After Stopping Opioids

“Our results indicate that long term opioid therapy does not effectively manage patient pain intensity any more effectively than not receiving long-term opioid therapy.”

Jul 05 07:39

Could CHALK keep your house ant-free this summer? Woman's simple hack for banishing bugs goes viral

A woman's handy hack for keeping ants at bay this summer has gone viral.

Twitter user Christine Fox revealed how she keeps the pesky bugs away from her drink by drawing a line of chalk around her coasters.

'Ants hate chalk,' she wrote in her post, which included a picture of an ant sticking close to the line drawn around a cup rather than crossing it.

'Draw a chalk ring around your drink or outline your coasters and they won't cross the line,' she said.

Her tips has since been circulating online, with hundreds of fellow Twitter users vowing to try it out in the hot weather.

Jul 05 06:48

SCIENTISTS GROW FIRST TEST-TUBE RHINO EMBRYO IN BID TO SAVE NORTHERN WHITE RHINOS FROM EXTINCTION

When the world's last remaining male northern white rhino (NWR) died in March, it seemed like the end of the line for the most endangered mammal on the planet. But, in a bid to save the subspecies from extinction, scientists announced Wednesday they had created embryos in the lab containing northern white rhino DNA, AFP reported.

Jul 05 05:20

THE UAE PUSHES FORWAD WITH A PLAN TO TOW ICEBERGS FROM ANTARTICA TO ITS SHORES FOR A FRESH DRINKING WATER

A UAE firm plans to spend $50 million to tow huge icebergs from the Antarctica to the country’s coastline in an ambitious 12,000-km journey by early 2020 to provide fresh water and bring more rain to the region, media reports said. An average large iceberg contains more than 20 billion gallons of water, enough for one million people for over five years, the firm claimed.

Jul 05 05:14

HERE ARE MORE THAN 250 NEWLY RELEASED VIDEOS OF NUCLEAR BOMB BLAST

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The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is preserving decades-old test videos of the weapon that changed everything.

Jul 05 04:55

National Emergency: Extreme Heat And Drought Fuel Dozens Of Explosive Wildfires In The Western United States

In Colorado, some of the fires were deliberately set by an illegal immigrant.

Jul 04 20:52

The new TNT: US Army researchers unveil 'superexplosive' material that's 1.5 times more powerful (and not quite as toxic)

The US Army Research Lab has teamed up with researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory to create TNT’s successor using a new ‘melt-cast’ material.

In a major breakthrough, the researchers have developed a high-nitrogen explosive compound that’s said to be 1.5 times more powerful than TNT, yet less harmful to the environment.

Jul 04 19:30

Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier

An ancient Irish lament, sung by Diane Taraz on her CD "Songs of the Revolution."

Jul 04 19:18

Fife and Drum Music of the Revolutionary War

Excerpts from "Fife and Drum Music of the American Revolution: Military Music in America series, vol. 1," produced by the Company of Military Collectors & Historians, Washington, D.C. with George P. Carroll, Director of Music -- from about 1976.
(Improved audio from my earlier upload of this same.)

Jul 04 19:16

European rivers are failing pollution tests with worryingly high levels of mercury contamination, and England has some of the filthiest waterways

Most of Europe's rivers and lakes are failing water quality tests - despite laws in place to protect them, according to a troubling new report.

Only 40 per cent of waterways tested were found to be ecologically healthy, with more than 60 per cent containing levels of mercury that exceed EU-wide limits.

The report, which covers the 2010 to 2015 period, showed England was in the bottom half of the European table and had deteriorated since 2010, when the last report was conducted.

Jul 04 19:14

American Revolutionary Song: Chester - William Billings

Chester was a patriotic anthem composed by William Billings and sung during the American Revolutionary War. Billings wrote the first version of the song for his 1770 songbook The New England Psalm Singer, and made improvements for the version in his The Singing Master's Assistant (1778). It is the latter version that is best known today.

The curious title of the song reflects a common practice of Billings's day, in which tunes were labeled with (often arbitrarily chosen) place names. Billings's song evidently has little more to do with any particular town named Chester than his hymn tune Africa has to do with Africa. With identifiable names for compositions, performers could select different lyrics to sing with the music without creating confusion.
This song would rival Yankee Doodle as the unofficial anthem of the rebel colonies

Jul 04 19:12

American Revolutionary War Song:Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys

Lyrics:

Ho--all to the borders! Vermonters, come down,
With your britches of deerskin and jackets of brown;
With your red woolen caps and your moccasins come,
To the gathering summons of trumpet and drum.
Come down with your rifle!
Let gray wolf and fox
Howl on in the shadow of primitive rocks;
Let bear feed securely from pig-pen and stall;
Here's two-legged game for your powder and ball.
Then cheer, cheer, the green mountaineer, then cheer, cheer the green mountaineer

On the south came the Hessians, our land to police;
And armed for the battle while canting of peace;
On our east came the British, the red coated band
To hang up our leaders and eat up our land.
Ho--all to the rescue! For Satan shall work
No gain for the legions of Hampshire and York!
They claim our possessions--the pitiful knaves--
The tribute we pay shall be prisons and graves!
Then cheer, cheer, the green mountaineer, then cheer, cheer the green mountaineer

Jul 04 19:09

The mystery of 'lunar hay fever': New study to investigate the strange illness that has hit every human to walk on the moon

Research even shows that lunar soil simulants can destroy lung and brain cells after long-term exposure.

'We don't know how bad this dust is,' said Kim Prisk, a pulmonary physiologist from the University of California with over 20 years of experience in human spaceflight – one of the 12 scientists taking part in ESA's research.

It all comes down to an effort to estimate the degree of risk involved for future missions, he said.

On the Moon, dust is so abrasive that it ate away layers of spacesuit boots and destroyed the vacuum seals of Apollo sample containers.

Researchers already know lunar dust has silicate in it, a material commonly found on planetary bodies with volcanic activity.

Miners on Earth suffer from inflamed and scarred lungs from inhaling silicate.

Jul 04 11:30

Arecibo Observatory of the SETI Project

Arecibo Observatory is a radio telescope located near Arecibo town in Puerto Rico, which is operated under the cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation by Cornell University. The Observatory's 305 meters (1,001 feet) radio telescope is the largest single aperture telescope ever.

Webmaster addition. Aricebo's aperture has been exceeded by China's new FAST telescope, which is similar in design but with an aperture of 500 meters.

Jul 04 10:35

Justice Department announces massive criminal crackdown on opioid prescription fraud: 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses charged

The federal government has finally taken action against some of those who are contributing to our country’s opioid epidemic and committing medical fraud in what the Department of Justice is describing as the biggest health care fraud crackdown in our nation’s history.

The Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services, announced charges last week against a total of 601 defendants in an action against health care fraud. Among those charged were 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, and 19 nurses who were implicated in prescribing or distributing either opioids or other narcotics.

In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions took a dim view toward those abusing their patients, saying: “Some of our most trusted medical professionals look at their patients — vulnerable people suffering from addiction — and they see dollar signs.”

Jul 04 10:31

California doctor under indefinite “supervision” for writing vaccine exemptions for child who lost urinary function and went limp after immunization

Labeled a “vaccine skeptic” for abiding by the code of ethics written by the American Medical Association regarding “informed consent,” Dr. Bob Sears was placed on probation by the Medical Board of California for simply writing a court opinion letter for a 2-year-old patient who had an adverse reaction to vaccines (back in 2015), including the loss of urinary function. Dr. Sears is a heavily sought out pediatrician because so many parents in California disagree with the nanny state’s mandatory vaccination law.

The irony of it all is that Dr. Sears is no kind of “anti-vaxxer,” but rather recommends patients delay some vaccines instead of getting stuck with the onslaught of multi-jabs back to back.

Jul 04 10:29

Triclosan, a common antimicrobial found in toothpastes and soaps, promotes the development of colon cancer

Researchers at the University of Amherst, in conjunction with scientists from 13 other universities, looked into this effect in mice studies. In tests of triclosan on healthy, normal mice, they found it led to low-grade inflammation. An additional round of experiments saw them inducing gut inflammation in the rodents and then feeding them low doses of triclosan over the course of three weeks. They also gave mice who had been genetically engineered to develop inflammatory bowel disease and another group with chemically-induced colon cancer the same dosage.

The colon inflammation in the mice got worse after they consumed concentrations of triclosan that were equivalent to those reported in human blood plasma. The triclosan also spurred the growth of tumors and brought on colitis, a type of colon inflammation that causes abdominal pain and spasms, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding.

Jul 04 10:26

Iodine deficiency is on the rise in industrialized countries

Researchers from the University of Surrey in the U.K. and the Hospital Riotinto in Spain observed the effects of maternal iodine deficiency in different stages of child development – during pregnancy, lactation, and the first two years of life. They observed that iodine deficiency could lead to cognitive consequences such as impaired speech development, learning, and reading skills. The negative cognitive outcomes caused by iodine deficiency also led to an increase in behavioral disorders. This was associated with abnormal serum thyroid concentrations during the early stages of pregnancy.

Jul 04 10:18

The Apollo 10 crew heard "outer space-type music" on the dark side of the Moon.

Apollo was to take men on the surface of the moon on April 13, 1970, but there was a problem and it never made it. Apollo 12 was done in November 1969.

Apollo 11 was the first person to make that huge leap for mankind in July of that year. Its teams, the first to take small steps on the surface, which were not our planets.

A few months ago, the team involved in the United States Apollo mission had essentially moved the road to that land, which was actually close to the next stage in space, less than 10 miles away from the lunar surface.

Jul 04 10:11

Restoration Begins on NASA's Last Flight-Configured Saturn IB Rocket

An extensive effort is underway to save NASA's last remaining flight-configured rocket of the same type that launched the first Apollo astronauts 50 years ago.

The surviving, mostly-intact Saturn IB booster, which for decades has laid on its side, spanning the length of the Rocket Garden at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, is now receiving a much-needed restoration. The 220-foot-long (68-meter) artifact was never used, but briefly stood ready for a launch.

"It is getting completely refurbished, inside and out," said Therrin Protze, the chief operating officer at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. "We want to make sure it is preserved properly."

Jul 04 10:10

Hawaii volcano update: Kilauea fires up EXPLOSIVE thunderstorms and rain on Big Island

KILAUEA not only continues to spew lava across Hawaii’s volcanic Big Island but it is also creating its own weather over lower Puna as excessive heat enhances unstable weather, such as intense thunderstorms and torrential rain.

Jul 04 09:19

COURT DECISION COULD LEAD TO EPA BANNING WATER FLUORIDATION

A federal court has denied an attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to ban the use of fluoride under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

In a victory for water fluoridation opponents, a judge in the Northern District of California has denied a motion by the Environmental Protection Agency that sought to limit the information available to the court while making their decision on whether or not to ban water fluoridation. The lawsuit was brought forth by Food and Water Watch Inc. and a coalition of health organizations and individuals concerned about fluoride. Under section 21 of The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) citizens are allowed to petition the EPA to regulate or ban individual chemicals. Food and Water Watch filed the lawsuit after the EPA rejected a citizen petition calling for the EPA to ban the addition of fluoride chemicals to the drinking water supply.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Floride is a good treatment for teeth; but put in the water supplies, the way it has been, it acts as a mild tranquilizer.

Jul 04 08:59

Artificial viruses stimulate the immune system to fight cancer

Scientists have created Designer virus to target Cancer Cells. These viruses activate the immune system to fight cancer cells. Cancer cells often escape from the body’s immune system.

Jul 03 22:34

Terrifying stories from tourists in Mexico continue a year after mysterious drowning

A year after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel brought to light a suspicious drowning and other troubling accounts from tourists vacationing at upscale all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, the stories continue to surface.

In one recent case, a 51-year-old mother and her two adult daughters blacked out simultaneously after drinking a shot of tequila. In another, a couple in their mid-60s vomited and blacked out after two margaritas. And in yet another, a woman from Los Angeles — who had not been drinking — was taken to jail for trying to help a woman who was blacking out in the pool.

Since early July of 2017, the Journal Sentinel has heard from more than 170 travelers describing injuries, illnesses and deaths after drinking alcohol at resorts and in tourist towns in Mexico.

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