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Aug 30 10:54

Giant Chemical Plant In Crosby, Texas Warns It Is In "Real Danger" Of Exploding

The plant, which produces explosive organic peroxides and ammonia, was hit by more than 40 inches of rain and has been heavily flooded, running without electricity since Sunday. The plant was closed since Friday but has had a skeleton staff of about a dozen in place. Following the flood surge, the plant's back-up generators also failed.

According to the plant's website description, it "produces methyl mercaptan, ethyl mercaptan, dimethyl sulfide (DMS) and methylmercapto-proprionaldehyde (MMP)."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YIKES!!

But what about contamination of the flood water, which by now may well have dispersed these contaminants into the water tables near by?!?

Aug 30 10:37

A majority of Texans don't have flood insurance. That could be a problem for the government.

Those with flood insurance are likely to begin filing claims either through private insurers or through a federally-backed program known as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Those who opted for insurance coverage through the government are likely to place additional financial strain on a system that has been burdened following two costly storms: Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Those disasters alone left the federal program roughly $25 billion in debt to the Treasury Department.

That $25 billion puts the NFIP, which is administered through FEMA, close to its debt ceiling of $30 billion.

"It's possible that an event as catastrophic as Hurricane Harvey could send the program to the point where it's hitting that limit in terms of debt. Congress is set to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program this September, and Hurricane Harvey may light the fire to make some reforms that will put the program on a financially solvent path.

Aug 30 10:31

AquaPail Water Filter

While most water filtration systems on the market only remove certain dangerous elements from your drinking water, the AquaPail™ Water Filtration System will remove or deactivate virtually all harmful substances from any non-salt water source. Within a matter of minutes, the AquaPail™ water filter will deliver safe drinking water by deactivating harmful bacteria, virus, cysts, such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia, and removing heavy metals. Using our proprietary filtration method the filter literally deactivates and removes waterborne microbes from even the most contaminated water source. The AquaPail™ water filter removes hydrocarbons, fluoride, chlorine and other harmful substances providing clean, purified drinking water for you and your family.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I mentioned this emergency water filter system in context with prepping and what is going on in Houston. I got a lot of emails asking for the specific system. This is it.

Aug 30 09:55

Alien hunting Breakthrough project detects FIFTEEN 'repeater' fast radio bursts from a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light years from Earth

Scientists involved in a $100 million initiative to search for alien life have detected 15 mysterious signals coming from a galaxy 3 billion light-years away.

These signals, known as fast radio bursts, are a new batch of radio emissions emanating from a source dubbed the ‘repeater’ – the first FRB ever known to repeat.

According to the experts with Breakthrough Listen, the discovery confirms the source is in a newly active state, and marks the first time FRBs have been detected at higher frequencies.

Aug 30 09:47

HARVEY MAKES SECOND LANDFALL IN LOUISIANA AFTER LEAVING "APOCALYPTIC" FLOODING, RECORD RAINFALL IN TEXAS

Five days after it first plowed into southwest Texas as a category 4 hurricane, Tropical Storm Harvey has made second landfall west of Cameron on the border between Texas and Louisiana, early Wednesday according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm, which has already pummeled the city of Houston with more than 50 inches of rain – a new record for the contiguous US, according to the Wall Street Journal – has left at least 18 dead, including two Houston police officers, and forced tens of thousands of people from their homes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please pray for these people, many of whom did not have flood insurance, and have lost, or will lose, everything.

But also, please couple those prayers with practicality, donating to a charity you trust for relief efforts regarding the devastation Harvey has created.

Aug 30 09:39

Parents heartbreak as their daughters are the youngest EVER dementia sufferers after diagnosis aged just six and ten - one has died and the other is unable to walk or talk

Two sisters are thought to be the youngest ever victims of dementia after being struck down by the disease at just six and 10 years old.

Older sister Emily, who died at just 21, was diagnosed with a form of Alzheimer's disease when she was just six years old, while her sister Sarah, now 19, developed the condition at 10.

Sarah, who is also expected to die young, is no longer able to walk, talk or write her name and is forced to communicate via an iPad.

Aug 30 09:34

Exclusive: mind-boggling FDA confession about the smallpox vaccine

The big story is buried in the FDA press release. Here is the Agency’s statement:

“Serious health problems, including those that are life-threatening, can also occur in…people who…have problems with their heart or immune system if they become infected with the [smallpox] vaccine virus, either by being vaccinated or by being in close contact with a person who was vaccinated.”

The FDA states that those with certain prior health conditions who pick up the smallpox virus, as a result of vaccination, are at exceptionally high risk. AMONG THOSE PRIOR HEALTH CONDITIONS IS: “IMMUNE SYSTEM PROBLEMS.”

That simply means weak and compromised immune systems.

And yet…during the years 1966-1980, a massive smallpox eradication campaign was carried out in Africa, under the auspices of the World Health Organization. Roughly 100 million doses of the smallpox vaccine were given to Africans, MANY OF WHOM ALREADY HAD COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS.

Aug 30 08:37

14 Dead As Largest Reported Disease Outbreak In Years Sweeps Through San Diego

A recent outbreak of hepatitis A among the homeless population of San Diego is believed by government officials to be the deadliest eruption of the infectious disease in the United States since the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) launched its electronic reporting system in 1998.

Aug 30 08:13

This Diet Cuts Liver Fat By More Than 20 Percent In Only Nine Days

By April McCarthy

In a nine-day experiment, researchers from Touro University and UC San Francisco found that a diet with reduced sugar cut liver fat by more than 20 percent.

Cutting out the sort of sugar commonly found in soft drinks, fruit juices and processed foods reversed the buildup of liver fat in children and adolescents, a condition closely tied to diabetes and heart disease...

Aug 30 08:07

Why The Shale Oil "Miracle" Is Becoming A "Debacle"

Energy is everything.

This is an amazingly important concept. Yet it's almost universally overlooked.

Sometimes it’s hard to appreciate the magical role energy plays in our daily lives because most of what we experience is a derivative of it. The connection is hidden from direct view. Because of this, most people utterly fail to detect or appreciate the priceless and irreplaceable role of high net-energy fuel sources (such as oil and gas) to our modern lifestyle.

With high net-energy, society enjoys increasing complexity and technological advances. It's what enables us to pursue massive goals like desalinating billions of gallons of seawater, or going to Mars. But without high net-energy fuel sources, our capabilities quickly regress to those of decades -- or even centuries -- past.

Aug 30 01:38

DEFENDING AGAINST THE NEXT GENERATION OF BIOWEAPONS

When you or your kids are getting vaccinated, you must be pretty sure who injects what in your bloodstream and for what reason. Chemical and biological weapons conjure in the mind terror and have been repeatedly cited as a pretext for both acts of military aggression and even entire wars. Scenes of soldiers and civilians choking on toxic chemicals or covered in boils after exposure have been the stuff of nightmares both geopolitically and in fiction. While current chemical and biological weapons are far more limited than movies and politically-motivated narratives suggest, emerging biotechnology is making possible a new generation of biological weapons that may actually live up to the terror current weapons inspire...

Aug 29 15:58

ECSTASY could treat post-traumatic stress disorder: Illegal party drug is given the green light for trials in the mental-health condition

The illegal party drug, also known as MDMA, has been awarded 'breakthrough status' by the FDA for the treatment of the mental health condition.

Webmaster addition: This is a great idea. Before it was made illegal, my therapist was using it on her patients and she said it accelerated the process by making it possible for patients to look at themselves without guilt or fear. Patients would complete the process in 1/5 the number of sessions.

Aug 29 15:57

Scientists discover mutant apes in Uganda that have missing nostrils, cleft lips and NO sex drive after exposure to dangerous insecticides

Scientists have found a strange group of mutant apes in Uganda who have flattened noses and abnormally small nostrils - or even no nostrils at all.

Researchers believe one in four chimpanzees and baboons in the area have been born with facial deformities - including concave faces and a number who also have missing fingers.

The deformities are believed to have been caused by a dangerous concoction of insecticides used by local farmers which represent previously underestimated threats to endangered apes.

Scientists now want to look at the potentially horrendous effect these chemicals could have on humans.

Aug 29 15:54

Is the future of nuclear power molten SALT? ‘Safer’ thorium reactor trials carried out for the first time for 40 years

Dutch firm NRG has revealed a plan to test small scale reactors that use molten salt as fission fuel, marking the first time scientists have embarked on such experiments since the 1970s.

Experts say thorium is more difficult to weaponize compared to uranium, and could even make for ‘meltdown-proof’ reactors.

Thorium is more readily found in nature than uranium, and is not usable by itself in a thermal neutron reactor, as it’s not fissile, according to the World Nuclear Association.

But, it is ‘fertile,’ meaning it transmutes to uranium-233 (U-233) when bombarded with neutrons.

It’s said that the use of thorium in molten salt reactors would produce less toxic waste in the long run, and could be more easily reprocessed.

Aug 29 15:42

NASA is creating a rover that uses clockwork inspired by the 2,300-year-old Greek Antikythera mechanical computer to tackle the extreme environment on Venus

Venus is too inhospitable for kind of complex control systems you have on a Mars rover', he said.

'But with a fully mechanical rover, you might be able to survive as long as a year'.

The rover prototype is being funded by the Nasa Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program which is now in its second year of development.

The AREE pulls inspiration from the ancient Greek Antikythera automaton – a mechanical computer built 2,300 years ago that accurately predicted past and future astronomical events.

Aug 29 15:38

Islands of venomous fire ant colonies spotted floating in rising floodwaters in Houston

Amid the horrific devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, several islands of fire ants have been spotted floating on the rising floodwaters in Houston.

The fire ants, which are known for their painful bites and venom, appear to have perfected their survival skills by coming together to create a raft or a structure of some sort.

A study released in July from researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that fire ants are able to link their bodies together thanks to the sticky pads underneath their feet.

When they do unite, the moving ants from afar resemble a pile of dirt or wood chips.

Photos and videos shared to social media in recent days from the Houston area show the creepy insects floating, as experts are advise people to not touch the ants.

Aug 29 14:03

The Stomach-Churning Violence Of Monsanto, Bayer And The Agrochemical Oligopoly

As humans, we have evolved with the natural environment over millennia. We have learned what to eat and what not to eat, what to grow and how to grow it and our diets have developed accordingly. We have hunted, gathered, planted and harvested. Our overall survival as a species has been based on gradual, emerging relationships with the seasons, insects, soil, animals, trees and seeds. And out of these relationships, we have seen the development of communities whose rituals and bonds have a deep connection with food production and the natural environment.

Aug 29 12:31

STUDY: DOPING WESTERN CULTURES WITH OXYTOCIN WILL CURE HATRED OF REFUGEES

A group of researchers from Germany and the United States have published a study which concludes that doping ‘xenophobic’ populations with massive quantities of the estrogen-linked hormone Oxytocin will cure nationalism – making native citizens more accepting and generous towards migrants who simply want free handouts from Western taxpayers while Islamic extremists peacefully rape and murder infidels.

Aug 29 12:25

Study: Doping Western Cultures With Oxytocin Will Cure Hatred Of Refugees

A group of researchers from Germany and the United States have published a study which concludes that doping ‘xenophobic’ populations with massive quantities of the estrogen-linked hormone Oxytocin will cure nationalism – making native citizens more accepting and generous towards migrants who simply want free handouts from Western taxpayers while Islamic extremists peacefully rape and murder infidels.

Aug 29 11:37

Last days of Russian summer bring snow to Yakutia

The first snow has fallen - of the summer or winter? - in Yakutia and the Zabaykalsky Territory (Siberia). Shocked locals rushed to share their photos and on Instagram...

Aug 29 11:31

The Stomach-churning Violence of Monsanto, Bayer and the Agrochemical Oligopoly

Despite the promise and potential of science, it has too often in modern society become a tool of vested interests, an ideology wrapped in the vestiges of authority and the ‘superstition’ that its corporate-appointed priesthood should not be challenged nor questioned. Instead of liberating humankind, it has now too often become a tool of deception in the hands of companies like Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta which make up the oligopoly that controls what is an increasingly globalised system of modern food and agriculture.

Aug 29 09:54

Flood-Damaged Documents, Books May Be Salvageable with Electron Beam Technology

Documents, books and similar items soaked and muddied in the potentially sewage-laden flood waters produced by Hurricane Harvey may be salvageable with the use of electronic beam technology.

“This technology has been used around the world to save documents and paintings that otherwise would be lost,” said Dr. Suresh Pillai, director of the National Center for Electron Beam Research, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, College Station.

Pillai said the technology is useful for killing mold, fungus and bacteria that invade moist environments. Irradiation has been used worldwide to save documents such as ancient Orthodox Christian icons in Romania, cultural artifacts in Brazil and religious sculptures in France.

Aug 29 09:46

Minerals on Mars Indicate Crater was Suitable for Microbes

A vast area on Mars once not only had water but also provided the conditions needed for microbes to exist, according to a new study co-authored by University of Guelph researchers.

Physics post-doctoral fellow Jeff Berger, physics professor Ralf Gellert and scientists at universities in Ontario and New Brunswick analyzed data from the Mars Curiosity rover and found significant concentrations of zinc and germanium at Gale Crater on the red planet.

Referring to both elements found in diverse rocks found along the rover’s path of nearly 20 kilometres, Berger said their “widespread occurrence points to significant hydrothermal activity.

That movement of heated water, often leads to growth of microbial communities on Earth, including the ocean floor, said Berger, lead author of the paper.

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Aug 29 09:21

Vaccine tyranny throughout history: Caribbean slave owners infected women and children with smallpox to “make them stronger”

The historical roots of Big Pharma are a chillingly ugly matter, as it’s been shown time and time again that the industry has taken advantage of vulnerable populations to shamelessly advance its agenda. In the case of Caribbean slaves, new evidence suggests that so-called doctors from Great Britain deliberately injected many of them with smallpox to see how the deadly viral disease would affect them.

Aug 29 09:19

Avocado PITS found to be a “goldmine” of nutrition, with powerful nutrients that prevent disease

A recent study showed that the husk of an avocado seed is the healthiest part of the fruit as it contains a vast number of key nutrients that show potential in alleviating cancer, heart disease, and other diseases.

As part of the study, a team of researchers at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ground about 300 dried avocado seed husks into 21 ounces of powder. The powder produced three teaspoons of seed husk oil and slightly more than an ounce of seed husk wax following an additional process.

Aug 29 08:26

The Stomach-Churning Violence Of Monsanto, Bayer And The Agrochemical Oligopoly

As humans, we have evolved with the natural environment over millennia. We have learned what to eat and what not to eat, what to grow and how to grow it and our diets have developed accordingly. We have hunted, gathered, planted and harvested. Our overall survival as a species has been based on gradual, emerging relationships with the seasons, insects, soil, animals, trees and seeds. And out of these relationships, we have seen the development of communities whose rituals and bonds have a deep connection with food production and the natural environment.

Aug 29 07:58

Key To Weight Loss Success Is The Rate You Lose It

By Karen Foster

The fastest way to gain weight quickly is often to lose it quickly. Losing steady as it goes appears to be the key to successful weight loss, according to a new Drexel University study appearing in the journal Obesity...

Aug 28 20:24

Cancer drug turns BLACK cancer patient WHITE due to side effect

Can a drug for cancer be racist? That might be the rallying call of “antifa” terrorists, should they find out about what’s happening to Paula Edwards, a 54-year-old black woman from Loughborough in England. Edwards has reportedly been taking a drug for terminal kidney cancer known as Votrient (pazopanib), manufactured by Novartis, that she says is gradually causing her naturally black skin to turn white.

Aug 28 18:41

CCTV + Lip-Reading Software = Even Less Privacy, Even More Surveillance

Techdirt has written a number of stories about facial recognition software being paired with CCTV cameras in public and private places. As the hardware gets cheaper and more powerful, and the algorithms underlying recognition become more reliable, it's likely that the technology will be deployed even more routinely. But if you think loss of public anonymity is the end of your troubles, you might like to think again

Aug 28 17:31

Radioactive iodine has been “legally” released by European nuclear power plants for over fifty years… used for “tracking ocean currents”

Incredibly, nuclear reprocessing plants at La Hague in France and Sellafield in the U.K. have been legally releasing radioactive contaminants for more than 50 years. In fact, scientists have started using the radioactive material known as 129iodine (129I) to track the movements of currents in the ocean. While they are quick to point out that the levels of radioactivity in the North Atlantic are very low and not dangerous, many people are uncomfortable with the idea of such chemicals being intentionally released into our planet’s waters.

Aug 28 16:22

The World's Largest Radio Telescope Has A Massive Tourist Problem

In September, China flicked the switch on the world's largest radio telescope. The unusually large dish in an isolated area of Guizhou province needs radio silence to hone in on potential signs of alien life and distant pulsars, but researchers fear that a huge influx of tourists could be rendering the ¥CN1.2 billion ($228 million) dish useless. Now, a choice between a booming local economy and the advancement of science looms on the horizon.

Aug 28 14:08

Probiotic Treatment Erased Peanut Allergy In 70 Percent Of Children

Last week Australian scientists announced a major breakthrough in treating peanut allergies – and it can last for up to four years! This news couldn’t come at a better time since hundreds of Americans die each year from food allergies and around 200,000...

Aug 28 09:30

Beer production returns to Syria with opening of $16mn brewery (VIDEO)

This is for all you beer drinkers (Me Included). Our government supports the guys who blow up Breweries. BAD! BAD! BAD! The Russians and Iranians support the guys who like to make Beer! GOOD! And they are going to make Pilsner lager! Triple GOOD!

Syria’s beer production industry is being resurrected with the opening of a $16 million brewery which plans to produce an impressive 15 million litres the product each year

The Aradoz Beer Factory opened in Syria’s north west coastal city of Safita and is the work of two Syrian expats living in the Czech Republic. It represents the first mass-produced domestic beer since the civil war halted production of the country’s only two brands.

Aug 28 09:28

‘Poison’ PR Campaign Has Biased Jury Pool, Say Dakota Access Protester’s Lawyers

As tensions rose at Standing Rock last fall, Red Fawn Fallis was one of many arrested at the scene of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) protests near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. However, her charges stood apart: Attempted murder of police officers, an indictment later dropped for lesser charges.

Still, the claim that Fallis shot at police has stuck in the minds of North Dakotans who may have to judge her culpability and is one reason she could not get a fair trial in the area, her lawyers argue. Attorneys for Fallis, a 38-year-old Oglala Lakota Sioux woman from Colorado, have posited that the case should be moved to a different federal court district.

Aug 28 09:18

Cardiovascular Failure 12 Times More Prevalent In Those With Vitamin D Deficiency

By Mae Chan

More trials are needed to test vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of heart disease, say researchers behind a new study showing heart failure among the elderly is strongly associated with vitamin D deficiency...

Aug 28 09:11

She eats out of dumpsters so she can afford long-term care for her husband

Betsy Winkler’s first stop is the bakery counter. It is early on a drizzly summer morning, and the grocery store is neat and quiet. But when the sleepy clerks roll out carts brimming with past-their-prime breads and pastries, the 60-year-old gets to work.

She fills the back of her dusty green minivan, neatly stacking croissants and chocolate muffins, cookies and cinnamon rolls, Dutch apple pie and foot-long hot dog rolls. In an hour or so, the volunteer will deliver the baked goods to the Kuna Good Neighbors Inc. food bank.

Before that, though, Winkler has another stop to make: the grocery store dumpster. That’s where she gathers the fruit and vegetables that will sustain her throughout the week. What she does not eat she will can, freeze or dry for even leaner times.

Aug 28 08:57

The world's most radioactive man: Lab worker stunned doctors when he survived a 1976 explosion that showered him with 500 times the safe dose of radiation - only to become a pariah known as Atomic Man

On the night of August 30, 1976, Harold R McCluskey was working the graveyard shift at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state when a chemical explosion blasted him with radioactive material and peppered him with shards of glass.

Incredibly, McCluskey, then 64, survived what's believed to be the largest human dose of radiation ever recorded to become known as the 'Atomic Man'.

Even more remarkable was that he lived another 11 years and died from causes unrelated to the accident with no sign of cancer in his body.

Aug 28 08:55

Where HAVE all the insects gone? Experts warn windscreens free of dead flies, gnats, moths and wasps signal an alarming decline in bugs

Have you noticed you're scrubbing fewer squashed flies off your windscreen of late?

You're not alone. Drivers across the UK have been reporting an absence of flies, gnats, wasps and moths on their vehicles - prompting fears from scientists that such insects could be in decline.

And this is no new phenomenon, with experts noting a decline in insect numbers over the past few decades.

Aug 28 08:35

Over a million children under the age of six are currently on psychiatric drugs in America

Mental health watchdog group Citizens Commission on Human Rights is drawing attention to the concerning fact that more than a million kids younger than six in our nation are currently taking psychiatric drugs.

While around half of these children are four to five years old, an incredible 274,804 of them are younger than a year old. That’s right: babies are being given psychiatric drugs. The number rises for toddlers aged two to three, with 370,778 kids in this category taking psychiatric drugs overall.

Data from IMS Health shows that the situation only gets worse as kids get older, with 4,130,340 kids aged 6 to 12 taking some type of psychiatric drug.

Aug 28 07:41

Houston forecast: ‘Unprecedented’ 50 inches of rain

National Weather Service warns catastrophic flooding to continue for days

Aug 28 07:21

'Please send help!' Thousands of residents are trapped on their rooftops in flooded Houston as cops ask ANYONE with a boat to help rescue them amid warnings Hurricane Harvey could be as devastating as Katrina

Thousands of people are trapped on their rooftops in flooded Houston and are desperately pleading for help after Hurricane Harvey left much of America's fourth largest city underwater.

Many residents have turned to social media with heart-breaking pleas for help as the Houston police department asked any civilians with boats to join them and assist with the more than 6,000 calls for rescues.

The storm has already dumped a historic 11 trillion gallons of water on Texas - with another 27 inches of rain falling so far and another 23 inches expected to come within the next few days.

Experts said the aftermath of the catastrophic hurricane could equal the level of destruction of Katrina in 2005.

Aug 28 06:45

Rescuers pluck hundreds from rising floodwaters in Houston

Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation’s fourth-largest city Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with the constant calls for help.

The incessant rain covered much of Houston in turbid, gray-green water and turned streets into rivers navigable only by boat. In a rescue effort that recalled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, helicopters landed near flooded freeways, airboats buzzed across submerged neighborhoods and high-water vehicles plowed through water-logged intersections. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prayers for all the people in Houston hit by this disaster, and prayers also for the very brave first responders here.

Aug 28 06:42

Why Wasn’t Houston Evacuated Before Hurricane Harvey?

Why wasn’t Houston evacuated? Why wasn’t there a mandatory evacuation order for the city? Who’s to blame?

Those are questions people are asking as horrific images circulated of the dire flooding in the city. People begged for help from rooftops, a man was rescued from a partially submerged semi truck, and families pleaded for rescue on social media. One woman reportedly went into labor waiting for help but eventually made it to a hospital. A man’s living room was so flooded he caught a large fish in it, and in nearby Dickinson, seniors were photographed sitting up to their waists in water in a nursing home. You can read some of those accounts here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Government officials are generally in a state of torpor, complacency and denial; they are only "serving" their alleged constituents to fatten their own wallets, and any potentials for natural harm or disaster, like this nearly-Biblical flood, are not ever prepared for in the ways in which they should be.

Aug 27 16:39

Hawk takes shelter from Hurricane Harvey and refuses to leave taxi

Published on Aug 27, 2017

A man filmed the moment a hawk wouldn't budge from his taxi cab as Hurricane Harvey barreled towards Texas.

Aug 27 11:05

Medical cannabis use found to dramatically decrease reliance on addictive prescription medications

Taking medical cannabis may significantly reduce the need for prescription medications, a recent study revealed.

As part of research, a team of health experts at the University of New Mexico examined patients who voluntarily enrolled in the New Mexico state medical cannabis program. The patients were also on scheduled prescription medications.

Prescription drug use was reported to the New Mexico Prescription Monitoring Program. Opiates and benzodiazepines were among the most common drugs that the patients used.

According to the research team, patients enrolled in the medical cannabis program have significantly lower monthly average number of prescriptions than those who did not enroll in the program. Enrolled patients also reduced the types of prescription drugs they took as well as the number of prescribers and related pharmacy visits, the scientists noted.

Aug 27 10:03

Electrifying! $145K Tesla Model X drag races a $500K Lamborghini Aventator and WINS - setting a new world record for SUVs

Now that's an electric moment at the racetrack.

A Tesla Model X has beaten a Lamborghini Aventator SV in a quarter-mile drag race at the Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida, edging out the more expensive competitor by a split second.

The race, set up and filmed by the drag racing blog DragTimes, pitted Elon Musk's electric SUV against the Italian supercar.

Aug 27 09:56

BBC Promotes Putting Lithium in Drinking Water to Combat Dementia

By Aaron Kesel

Researchers in Denmark believe that we should add lithium to drinking water because studies show it may reduce dementia.

You simply can’t make this up. Adding fluoride, a neurotoxin, according to The Lancet medical journal, to our water isn’t enough.

The BBC reported that a study, at the University of Copenhagen, looked at the medical records of 73,731 Danish people with dementia and 733,653 without the mental disease...

Aug 27 09:28

15 Videos Showing Hurricane Harvey Unleash Hell Upon the Gulf Coast

In a matter of days, Hurricane Harvey evolved from a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico into a Category 4 storm, making landfall on Friday night near Rockford, Texas with sustained winds of 130 mph. After making landfall, Harvey immediately stalled, pummeling the same area for hours, before inching slowly north and dropping in intensity.

Aug 27 09:00

68,000 DOCTORS BRIBED BY BIG PHARMA WITH $47 MILLION TO PRESCRIBE DANGEROUS PAINKILLER DRUGS, ANALYSIS FINDS

As America grapples with alleviating the opioid addiction crisis that killed more than 30,000 people in the country in 2015, the debate rages on over the best way to tackle the issue. One aspect many people can agree on, however, is the fact that doctors are overprescribing these dangerous drugs, spurring addictions that can eventually send patients to the street to get their next high once their prescription runs out.

Why are so many doctors prescribing these pills despite the dangers? The answer is simple: money. A study out of the Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine that was published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that one out of every 12 American doctors has received at least one payment from an opioid pharmaceutical company. It was the first national, wide-scale study that focused specifically on opioid-related industry payments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had firsthand experience with this kind of practice.

A number of years ago, I had horrific, unexplained joint pain, that made simple walking, or playing my keyboard, completely impossible.

The pain could best be described as that of walking over broken glass, but the broken glass was not on the outside, but the inside of my hands and feet.

The podiatrists who were part of my HMO prescribed a drug for my pain. But this never actually worked all that well, and the pain persisted. When I finally went to my orthopedist, who had ex-rays taken, and said that he could find no physical basis for my pain, I remember coming home in tears, and saying to Mike "How do I pencil in the time to be a hypochondriac, please?!?"

Mike, being the wonderful husband he is, started checking on the net for what on earth was the culprit for my pain, and he - unlike my medical team- found the root core of the problem; I am violently allergic to formaldehyde precursors, which, in the US, are allowed to be put into a myriad of products, because it's a cheap preservative, and, theoretically only involves the outside of your body, but should not affect the interior. So we went around the house, looking at products, like scented soaps, and low-end cosmetics, with the offending chemicals, and threw them all out.

The next morning, it was like a switch had been thrown; I could walk, and play my keyboard absolutely without pain; it felt like a miracle had happened, but not one I could attribute to my physicians.

And the one test, that could have prevented this half-decade of agony... was somehow never ordered for me, and that was a test for chemical sensitivity.

I later learned that the drug company making the (alleged) pain killer I was taking was compensating physicians who prescribed this drug; and about 5 months after that, the podiatrists who I had been seeing were no longer on the website roster of my HMO.

So now, if I need to see a physician, and there is a prescription ordered, I have absolutely no shame in looking them straight in the eye, and asking them if they get compensated for proscribing the drug they have ordered for me, and letting them know I understand that the practice is quite common, for Big Pharma.

Clients of medical practitioners should have the right to know, and the absolute right to request a change in medication, if the medication prescribed (and potentially for which your doctors were financially compensated) absolutely doesn't work for them.!!

Aug 27 08:59

Swearing proves you are f****** brilliant: Intelligent people are more likely to be foul-mouthed and walk around naked at home, claims study

Intelligent people are more likely to swear and walk around naked at home, according to a new study.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so now you know why I keep my curtains closed! :)

Aug 27 07:39

China Is Weaponizing Water

Hidden in plain sight is an intimidating Chinese weapon that allows it to hold a quarter of the world’s population hostage without firing a single shot. While much attention has been given to the nation’s fearsome new military hardware, a formidable component in its arsenal has largely escaped notice: dams. With more than 87,000 dams and control of the Tibetan plateau, the source of ten major rivers which 2 billion people depend on, China possesses a weapon of mass destruction. With the flip of a switch, the Middle Kingdom can release hundreds of millions of gallons of water from its mega dams, causing catastrophic floods that would reshape entire ecosystems in countries downstream.

Aug 26 10:37

Toxic metals in hip replacements found to cause Alzheimer’s

New advice from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) may mean that approximately 56,000 Britons need to undergo a series of medical tests to determine if they are suffering from muscle or bone damage caused by metal toxicity. The health regulatory group has warned that metal-on-metal hip replacement surgery is more dangerous than previously assumed. The advice comes on the heels of growing evidence which concludes that these implants can induce irreversible (and often asymptomatic) conditions. One of the more debilitating illnesses linked to these surgeries is Alzheimer’s disease.

Aug 26 07:48

Why Governments Aren't Telling You About the Grand Solar Minimum: OYM Radio Interview

With the new Eddy Grand Solar Minimum beginning to intensify to the point of lowering global crop yields, governments of the world are still guiding their citizens down the path of global warming, although all the signs are around us that we are entering a 15 year cooling period that has already begun.

Aug 26 06:44

Devastation: What We Know About Hurricane Harvey So Far

The most devastating storm in a decade has hit the Texas coast, causing buildings to collapse, widespread flooding, and power outages.

And according to experts, the worst is yet to come.

Aug 26 04:50

Kilauea: The youngest Hawaiian volcano

Photo album

Aug 25 17:24

68,000 doctors bribed by Big Pharma with $47 million to prescribe dangerous painkiller drugs, analysis finds

As America grapples with alleviating the opioid addiction crisis that killed more than 30,000 people in the country in 2015, the debate rages on over the best way to tackle the issue. One aspect many people can agree on, however, is the fact that doctors are overprescribing these dangerous drugs, spurring addictions that can eventually send patients to the street to get their next high once their prescription runs out.

Why are so many doctors prescribing these pills despite the dangers? The answer is simple: money. A study out of the Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine that was published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that one out of every 12 American doctors has received at least one payment from an opioid pharmaceutical company. It was the first national, wide-scale study that focused specifically on opioid-related industry payments.

Aug 25 16:47

A Thorium-Salt Reactor Has Fired Up for the First Time in Four Decades

The road to cleaner, meltdown-proof nuclear power has taken a big step forward. Researchers at NRG, a Dutch nuclear materials firm, have begun the first tests of nuclear fission using thorium salts since experiments ended at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the early 1970s.

Thorium has several advantages over uranium, the fuel that powers most nuclear reactors in service today. First, it's much harder to weaponize. Second, as we pointed out last year in a long read on thorium-salt reactors, designs that call for using it in a liquid form are, essentially, self-regulating and fail-safe.

The team at NRG is testing several reactor designs on a small scale at first. The first experiment is on a setup called a molten-salt fast reactor, which burns thorium salt and in theory should also be able to consume spent nuclear fuel from typical uranium fission reactions.

Aug 25 13:19

Soil, Monsanto And The Agribusiness Giants: Conning The World With Snake Oil And Doughnuts

In their rush to readily promote neoliberal dogma and corporate-inspired PR, many government officials, scientists and journalists take as given that profit-driven transnational corporations have a legitimate claim to be custodians of natural assets. There is the premise that water, food, soil and agriculture should be handed over to powerful and wholly corrupt transnational corporations to milk for profit, under the pretence these entities are somehow serving the needs of humanity.

Aug 25 10:42

In claiming breakthrough for “safer” Zika vaccines, science journal accidentally admits Zika vaccines might be dangerous

Whether or not this vaccine is, indeed, “safer” than those being designed by other research teams in the race to get a vaccine approved, the fact remains that it does still carry risks, and one has to wonder what the point is of being vaccinated against an essentially harmless virus in the first place.

Aug 25 10:40

Transgender characters now being placed in TV shows to indoctrinate public to “normalcy” of trans children, scientists confirm

It’s obvious at this point that Hollywood has a nefarious agenda with its entertainment programming, and the latest perversion being pushed at breakneck speed is transgenderism. Movies, television shows, and even news reports are all increasingly pushing transgenderism as normal, something that a new study says is actively changing the way that the public thinks about this issue.

It used to be that nearly everyone recognized transgenderism as being a mental disorder in need of therapy. But now it’s just another gender identity, thanks to a slew of shows that feature transgenders in a positive light. Researchers looked at how these shows shape the minds of their viewers, finding that the more people are exposed to transgenderism on the screen, the more they feel positively about it.

Aug 25 10:35

Levothyrox: The controversy over one of France's most commonly prescribed drugs explained

One of the most commonly prescribed drugs in France - Levothyrox - is at the centre of a controversy as thousands of people using the treatment complain of serious side effects in the wake of a formula change.

Aug 25 10:17

OBAMACARE 'ARCHITECT' SETTLES SUIT OVER FRAUD ALLEGATIONS

Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who has been dubbed the architect of Obamacare, has settled a lawsuit accusing him of filing fraudulent claims for government payments.

According to the settlement agreement, Gruber’s allegedly fraudulent claims date back to 2014, when the economics professor was hired by the State of Vermont to conduct research and economic modeling “relating to the implementation of Vermont’s single-payer healthcare system.”

Gruber rose to notoriety in late 2014 when video footage surfaced showing him admitting that the Affordable Care Act was passed under false pretenses, even boasting that “the stupidity of the American voter” made the grand deception possible.

The settlement notes that in two of the submitted invoices, Gruber documented that his “research assistants” worked for 500 hours at a rate of $100 an hour.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An interesting piece of work President Obama hired, but that's just the point; Gruber's hiring was due strictly to connectedness and party affiliation.

It was certainly not due to his competency or morality (of which he has absolutely none); it was all about how much money he could intensely suckle from the system, until he was found out to be an utter and complete fraud, who knew the Obamacare system would ultimately collapse under its own weight.

Aug 24 17:44

Obamacare 'architect' settles suit over fraud allegations

Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who has been dubbed the architect of Obamacare, has settled a lawsuit accusing him of filing fraudulent claims for government payments. According to the settlement agreement, Gruber’s allegedly fraudulent claims date back to 2014, when the economics professor was hired by the State of Vermont to conduct research and economic modeling “relating to the implementation of Vermont’s single-payer healthcare system.”

Aug 24 17:14

'Good' cholesterol might actually be bad

The study found that men with extreme levels of HDL in their blood had a 106 percent higher chance of dying prematurely than men with normal levels of this type of cholesterol. Women with extremely high levels of HDL cholesterol were 68 percent more likely to die prematurely than women with normal levels.

Additionally, the mortality rate in men with "very high" levels of the supposedly good kind of cholesterol also had a 36 percent higher mortality rate than men with normal levels.

The lowest mortality rate was found in those with medium levels of HDL. This was defined as 1.9 millimoles per liter for men and 2.4 millimoles per liter for women.

Aug 24 17:09

Uranus is probably full of giant diamonds

I was wondering why it hurt when I sit down :)

Aug 24 17:06

‘Cyborg’ Bacteria Grow Solar Panels for Energy

Moorella thermoacetica normally produces acetic acid from carbon dioxide, without photosynthesis.

But the scientists made a hybrid organism called M. thermoacetica-CdS by feeding the bacteria cadmium and cysteine, an amino acid. Using the sulfur atom from the cysteine, the bacteria produced cadmium sulfide nanoparticles. Those nanoparticles that are essentially semiconductor nanocrystals which covered the bacteria surface – thereby becoming “solar panels.”

“Rather than rely on inefficient chlorophyll to harvest sunlight, I’ve taught bacteria how to grow and cover their bodies with tiny semiconductor nanocrystals,” said Kelsey Sakimoto, the lead researcher. “These nanocrystals are much more efficient than chlorophyll and can be grown at a fraction of the cost of manufactured solar panels.”

Aug 24 16:59

Babylonians developed trigonometry 'superior' to modern day version 3,700 years ago

The Ancient Babylonians knew about a form of trigonometry more advanced than the modern-day version – about 1,000 years before its supposed invention by the Ancient Greeks, academics in Australia say.

The astonishing claim is based on a 3,700-year-old clay tablet inscribed with a table of numbers.

Known as Plimpton 322, it is already known to contain evidence that the Babylonians knew Pythagoras’ famous equation for right-angled triangles, long before the Greek philosopher gave his name to it.

And researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have claimed it also shows the Babylonians developed a highly sophisticated form of trigonometry – the system of maths used to describe angles that has tortured generations of school pupils with sine, cosine and tangent.

Aug 24 15:49

The number-one mind-control program at US colleges

Here is a staggering statistic (note: Thank you to reader “Namely Liberty” for surfacing this information from the WayBackMachine) from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): “More than 25 percent of college students have been diagnosed or treated by a professional for a mental health condition within the past year.”

Let that sink in. 25 percent.

Colleges are basically clinics. Psychiatric centers.

Colleges have been taken over. A soft coup has occurred, out of view.

You want to know where all this victim-oriented “I’m triggered” and “I need a safe space” comes from? You just found it.

It’s a short step from being diagnosed with a mental disorder to adopting the role of being super-sensitive to “triggers.” You could call it a self-fulfilling prophecy. “If I have a mental disorder, then I’m a victim, and then what people say and do around me is going disturb me…and I’ll prove it.”

Aug 24 15:47

In Japan, Robot-For-Hire Programed To Perform Buddhist Funeral Rites

A Japanese company has introduced a new role for SoftBank’s humanoid robot “Pepper” – a Buddhist priest for hire at funerals.

Aug 24 12:34

Soil, Monsanto And The Agribusiness Giants: Conning The World With Snake Oil And Doughnuts

In their rush to readily promote neoliberal dogma and corporate-inspired PR, many government officials, scientists and journalists take as given that profit-driven transnational corporations have a legitimate claim to be custodians of natural assets. There is the premise that water, food, soil and agriculture should be handed over to powerful and wholly corrupt transnational corporations to milk for profit, under the pretence these entities are somehow serving the needs of humanity.

Aug 24 11:37

Tropical Storm Harvey is About to Hit Texas – Governor Has Declared a “State of Disaster”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a “state of disaster” for 30 counties as tropical storm Harvey is about to slam into the state.

Abbott also ordered the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s State Operations Center to elevate its readiness level in preparation for the storm’s arrival.

Abbott is urging Texans to take action before it’s too late:

“Texans believe in taking action and always being prepared in the event of an emergency,” said Governor Abbott. “Preemptively declaring a state of disaster will allow Texas to quickly deploy resources for the emergency response effort in anticipation of the storm’s hazardous conditions.”

Aug 24 09:10

Not all-white? Nationalists flocking to genetic ancestry tests are not liking what they find

White nationalists who have been flocking to genetic ancestry tests to prove their 'whiteness' are being disappointed.

American's fascination with heritage has seen a boom in the genetic testing industry - which now offers consumers the chance to learn their ancestry with a simple 'spit test' for just over $100.

While the vast majority of users are simply curious about where their ancestors came from, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and nationalists have reportedly been using the tests as a way of proving how 'pure' they are.

And when around two thirds learned they weren't as white as they believed they were, the reactions were not pretty.

Aug 24 08:57

Breakfast cereal found contaminated with gender-bender chemical that tells your brain to make you fat

A landmark study conducted by researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center found that sugary cereals cause more harm than initially perceived. Almost all people are aware that these breakfast staples contribute to the growing obesity epidemic due to their high sugar content; yet scientists are now tracing a link between cereals and early puberty. Butylhydroxytoleuene, an additive used to prolong shelf-life, is also an endocrine disruptor. The chemical can disrupt normal hormone production and incite unnatural changes in children. Unfortunately, this synthetic antioxidant is a favorite among food manufacturers for its uses in preservation. Popular cereal brands, such as Cheerios, Lucky Charms, and Cookie Crisps use butylhydroxytoleuene (listed as E321) as one of the main ingredients.

Aug 24 08:57

29 States Allow Big Ag To Act As Seed Legislator?

States like Oregon, California, Texas, Montana and Iowa just simultaneously nuked the ability to have seed laws. Claws of Big Ag found puppeteering legislators.

With little to no fanfare at all, the states passed “seed preemption laws” that essentially shut down public discourse on seeds laws – including the use of genetically engineered crops. There is consternation that the move was “designed to block counties and cities from adopting their own rules on the use of seeds, including bans on GMOs” since in many parts of the country those crucial decisions are only the state’s to make.

Aug 24 06:38

How We Know The So-Called “Civil War” Was Not Over Slavery

Paul Craig Roberts

When I read Professor Thomas DiLorenzo’s article ( http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/21/lincoln-myth-ideological-co... ) the question that lept to mind was, “How come the South is said to have fought for slavery when the North wasn’t fighting against slavery?”

Two days before Lincoln’s inauguration as the 16th President, Congress, consisting only of the Northern states, passed overwhelmingly on March 2, 1861, the Corwin Amendment that gave constitutional protection to slavery. Lincoln endorsed the amendment in his inaugural address, saying “I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable.”

If the South’s real concern was maintaining slavery, the South would not have turned down the constitutional protection of slavery offered them on a silver platter by Congress and the President. Clearly, for the South also the issue was not slavery.

Aug 23 16:56

Scott Adams: Quick question on climate science [Video]

Has the Mann temperature data ever been peer reviewed? Or only the studies?

WRH should be an appropriate venue for this question. You can reply directly to the tweet here: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/900415616561037312

Aug 23 16:47

Cloudflare CEO Gives Bizarre Explanation For Banning The Daily Stormer From The Internet

Net Neutrality advocate and Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince told VICE News he banned The Daily Stormer despite allowing ISIS beheading videos on his network because he's a self-proclaimed "hypocrite" and had an emotional reaction to someone suggesting Cloudflare staff secretly supported the website's far-right views.

Aug 23 10:21

Martian snow storms could pose a potential danger to future explorers, experts warn

Mars experiences violent night-time snow storms, a study suggests.

Scientists simulated conditions on the Red Planet to show localised "microbursts" of snow can occur when water ice in Martian clouds cools at night.

The turbulent storms are thought to generate descending plumes of snow that in some places is deposited on the planet's surface.

They could be reason for previously unexplained precipitation signatures detected by the American space agency's Phoenix lander, scientists believe.

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Actually, we noticed the snow back in the late 70s.

Aug 23 09:42

Deaf people hear for the first time

Aug 23 08:46

THEFT: Man Demands To Know Why Government Is Charging Him Tax On Solar Energy He Generates Himself

Even though Currie’s house is a net-zero home, the HST (harmonized sales tax) still charges.

Currie pays absolutely nothing to Maritime Electric for his electricity, yet he is still billed for the tax on every kilowatt-hour used, just like any other customer.

“It’s nonsense really. It should be exempt,” Currie said. “We’re using it for heat, for one. Oil’s exempt. Now that we’re producing electricity we’re getting charged for it.”

While heating for oil is exempt from HST on P.E.I., other energy sources for heating such as wood, or electricity, are not.

Aug 23 08:04

The blue dogs of Mumbai: industrial waste blamed for colourful canines

Authorities in Mumbai have shut down a manufacturing company after it was accused of dumping untreated industrial waste and dyes into a local river that resulted in 11 dogs turning blue.

The group of strangely coloured canines was first spotted on 11 August, according to the Hindustan Times, prompting locals to complain to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board about dyes being dumped in the Kasadi river, where the animals often swim.

Footage shows the animals roaming the streets with bright blue fur.

“It was shocking to see how the dog’s white fur had turned completely blue,” said Arati Chauhan, head of the Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell, told the Times. “We have spotted almost five such dogs here and have asked the pollution control board to act against such industries.”

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Thank God the Indian authorities did the absolutely right thing here.

Aug 23 07:51

Why Japanese Women Never Get Fat And Live The Longest – Their Secret!

Do you know what the average lifespan of Japanese women is? It is 84 years. Yes, you read that right! For the past 25 years, they have held the record for being the longest-living women on earth. It is also said that a majority of the population is healthy and they do not get fat easily. Amazing, isn’t it? So, what is the secret behind their healthy and long life? Is it in their genes or is there any other secret?

Aug 23 07:47

Tinnitus warning: Taking THIS medication could make symptoms worse

Scientists analysed brained tissue in mice - especially where tinnitus occurs.

They found neutrons known as fusiform cells in this portion of the brain become hyperactive and more sensitive to stimuli when exposed to serotonin.

“We saw that the activity of those neurons went through the roof," said Laurence Trussell, senior author and professor of otolaryngology in the OHSU School of Medicine and scientist in the OHSU Vollum Institute.

Experts believe the study could have implications for a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin repute inhibitors (SSRIs).

Aug 23 07:37

School nurses intimidating and pressuring young girls to get the HPV vaccine jab, even resorting to BULLYING tactics

The campaign group Alliance for Natural Health International (ANHI) recently claimed that schoolgirls who chose to opt out of human papillomavirus vaccination (HPV) were being subjected to pressure and bullying from nurses and school staff.

According to the group, they have been receiving reports about tension between parents and school officials. The international organization also stressed that these types of bullying and intimidation are putting undue stress to children and their families.

The group claimed that the schoolgirls are being unfairly questioned about their decision to withhold consent about the vaccine in hopes of changing their minds and going against the will of their parents and guardians.

Aug 23 06:49

CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s Family Were Slave Owners – Owned Michelle Obama’s Relatives!

As the face of CNN, Anderson Cooper makes a very good living as wealthy, privileged white man casting judgments of affiliation upon his political enemies. This includes taking a handful of idiotic white supremacists and declaring they represent millions of Republicans/conservatives, pro-America, Trump supporters, etc.

And yet Mr. Cooper himself has a much closer affiliation to slavery than he likely wants his leftist viewers to know. As a descendant of the Vanderbilt family, one of the wealthiest “old money” families in American history, Cooper is a direct descendant of big time slave owners. Cooper’s great-great grandfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt, owned several plantations, including a South Carolina plantation where Michelle (Robinson) Obama’s ancestor Jim Robinson was born.

Aug 23 06:42

US 7th Fleet Commander Relieved Due to Loss of Confidence After Deadly Mistakes

According to reports, US Navy Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was dismissed due to the loss of confidence.

Aug 23 06:40

Raqqa: US-led attacks 'kill 100 civilians' in 48 hours

At least 100 civilians have been killed over the past 48 hours by US-led air attacks targeting fighters in Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Syria.

Residents told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that at least 100 civilians had been killed since Sunday, with 55 civilians killed in the eastern neighbourhoods of Bedou and al-Sukhani on Monday.

Aug 23 06:38

Qatar 'Looking for a Defense Cooperation' With Russia Amid Gulf Row

Doha is looking to cooperate with Russia in the military sphere amid the ongoing row with a group of Arab states that hit the tiny Gulf nation hardly.

Aug 23 06:30

Federal jury finds 4 Bundy supporters not guilty of most charges in 2014 Nevada standoff case

The Judge did everything in her power to Railroad these men. It didn't work.The jury saw through her and did the right thing! The Americans are Awake now!

For the second time, a federal jury in Las Vegas, Nevada, has acquitted four men accused of taking up arms against federal agents at the ranch of Cliven Bundy in 2014.

Aug 22 20:35

Solar eclipses in black and white: How a US President and others watched the moon blocking the sun in the early 20th century (11 Pics)

In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge and his wife rose early to watch the solar eclipse from the White House Lawn.

Aug 22 15:47

UK condemned over 'shocking' export of deadly weedkiller to poorer countries

A highly toxic weedkiller not authorised for use in the EU is being exported to developing countries from a UK factory. Paraquat, a pesticide so lethal that a single sip can be fatal, has caused thousands of accidental deaths and suicides globally, and was outlawed by EU states in 2007.

Aug 22 14:22

How Google is secretly recording YOU through your mobile, monitoring millions of conversations every day and storing the creepy audio files

DID you know that Google has been recording you without your knowledge? The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users' smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations - even when they aren't in the room.

Aug 22 10:51

The Real Cause of Natural Disasters Might Surprise You

So after enduring the worst natural disaster in American history, New Orleans was given billions of dollars to fix their flood control infrastructure, yet the city government has utterly failed to follow through. And let’s not forget what happened after Katrina. Multiple investigations found that the levees failed due to things like poor design, improper materials, and a lack of maintenance. And everyone knew for decades that one day those levees would fail, yet they kept kicking the can down the road. They’re still kicking the can.

So what really causes a natural disaster? Is it really an act of God, or are people to blame?

Aug 22 10:22

‘Colossal Fraud’: Lawsuit Alleges Nestle’s ‘Natural Spring’ Water is Fake

A class-action lawsuit filed in a federal Connecticut Court is accusing Nestle’s Poland Spring Water of “colossal fraud” by deceiving American consumers into thinking they are drinking “100 percent natural spring water” instead of “common groundwater,” Today reported.

Aug 22 09:13

Can Low Doses of Chemicals Affect Your Health? A New Report Weighs the Evidence

By Rachel Shaffer, University of Washington

Toxicology’s founding father, Paracelsus, is famous for proclaiming that “the dose makes the poison.” This phrase represents a pillar of traditional toxicology: Essentially, chemicals are harmful only at high enough doses.

But increasing evidence suggests that even low levels of “endocrine disrupting chemicals” can interfere with hormonal signals in the body in potentially harmful ways...

Aug 22 08:50

More EU food contamination scare: Now CHICKENS found containing fipronil

Fipronil is used to treat fleas and ticks in pets as well as in crop protection, but Brussels has banned its use in animal farming. It is harmful to people in high doses, especially to the kidneys and liver.

Eggs from chickens were recently found to contain fipronil which were distributed to 15 European Union (EU) countries as well as Switzerland, South Korea and Hong Kong.

Farms were shut down in Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands after the spread of eggs contaminated by fipronil.

Aug 22 08:29

Gum disease 'raises the risk of dementia by up to 70%': Findings could see regular dental care promoted as a way of warding off Alzheimer's

Having gum disease could increase the risk of developing dementia by up to 70 per cent, according to new research.

Results from a study of 28,000 people indicate that those who brush their teeth more are less likely to develop the disease.

Aug 21 16:42

Ovarian cancer victim wins $417m payout from Johnson & Johnson

A jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $417m (£323m) to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.

The verdict in favour of California resident Eva Echeverria was the largest yet in lawsuits alleging J&J failed to warn consumers adequately about the cancer risks of its talc-based products.

Aug 21 16:32

NASA’s Plan To Fix The Yellowstone Supervolcano

A NASA plan to stop the Yellowstone supervolcano from erupting could actually cause it to blow – triggering a nuclear winter that would wipe out humanity.

Aug 21 16:13

Moderate drinking protects your brain as you age… really

A nearly 30-year old cohort study has found that moderate drinking can improve the cognitive health of middle- to upper-class white adults. These findings, while limited to its homogeneity, could potentially indicate a medically preventive effect in social drinking. Should the data be further verified across all races and ages, moderate consumption of alcohol could be found to help prevent the onset of debilitating mental conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Aug 21 16:11

Contaminated HOUSE DUST found to promote growth of body fat

Now, a startling new study by the American Chemical Society, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, would seem to indicate that there could be another sneaky contributor to the nation’s obesity problem: house dust.

This might seem like an utterly ridiculous idea at first glance, but on closer inspection it actually makes sense. Previous research has confirmed that certain environmental pollutants like flame retardants, bisphenol-A (found in plastic) and phthalates (substances added to plastics to make them more flexible), are endocrine-disrupting chemicals – or EDCs – meaning they interfere with the body’s hormonal system. These EDCs have serious effects on reproductive and neurological functions, and impair immunity. Studies have also found that exposure to EDCs at a young age can cause obesity later in life, which is why they have been labeled “obesogens.”

Aug 21 13:23

Clary Sage Essential Oil: Facts, Benefits, Uses, And Recipes

Clary Sage has an herby aroma that is pleasantly inviting, and deeply soothing on the nervous system.As a medicinal herb, clary sage has a long history and is especially useful...headaches...

Aug 21 12:29

LAWSUIT: CVS Pharmacies accused of hiking up drug prices for those with insurance

Leading retail pharmacy chain, CVS, is being implicated in an overcharging scheme which used “clawbacks” to jack up prices for supposedly inexpensive generic drugs. According to the plaintiff, Megan Schultz, some of the “affected” prescriptions include lithium, naproxen, and zolpidem. Lawyers of Schultz have said that the public remains unaware of this repulsive behavior, in which pharmacy chains charge more for customers who use their insurance to pay for generic prescriptions. The class-action lawsuit also included Walgreens in its description, citing the company’s apparent lack of ethics as it blatantly overcharged customers through industry middlemen.

Aug 21 10:25

BACK FROM THE DEEP USS Indianapolis that delivered the Hiroshima atomic bomb and featured in the film Jaws is miraculously found after 72 years

ONE of World War 2’s mysteries has been solved after a long-lost American battleship was finally spotted some 18,000 feet beneath the surface.

More than seven decades after a Japanese torpedo sank the USS Indianapolis, the shipwreck has been discovered in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Aug 21 10:18

Video: The Horrors of Factory Farming

Aerial views of the first factory farms I visited—pig facilities—didn’t capture grass and rolling hills, but instead exposed rows of windowless metal buildings. Each confined thousands of intelligent, sensitive pigs who spent their lives on concrete floors in crowded pens. The footage also reveals what appear to be red lakes but are in fact giant, open-air cesspools. Waste falls through slats in the pigs’ concrete flooring and is flushed into these massive pits, which sometimes have the surface area of multiple football fields. To lower the levels of these cesspools, many facilities spray their contents into the air where they turn into mist and drift into neighboring communities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is another answer than ditching meat all together, and that is demanding that the meat you buy is 100% organic.

Talk to the manager of your local market, or big box store, and tell them, gently, that henceforward, the only meat you are willing to take home from that store has to be 100% organic.

They will, in turn, get the message to the meat resources they use, and we can create change in this way.

Aug 21 09:06

NASA Unveils Plan To Stop Yellowstone "Supervolcano" Eruption, There's Just One Catch

So, NASA came up with an alternative plan. They believe the most viable solution could be to drill up to 10km down into the super volcano and pump down water at high pressure. The circulating water would return at a temperature of around 350C (662F), thus slowly day by day extracting heat from the volcano. And while such a project would come at an estimated cost of around $3.46 billion, it comes with an enticing catch which could convince politicians (taxpayers) to make the investment.

Aug 21 08:37

REVEALED: NASA's ingenious hack that allows you to make your own solar eclipse safe glasses using just a CEREAL BOX

Anyone eager to catch a glimpse of Monday’s historic total solar eclipse but doesn’t want to pay exorbitant prices for special viewing glasses could make their own.

Since it is too dangerous to look at the sun during an eclipse with the naked eye, eclipse enthusiasts must use protection.

NASA has come up with ingenious low-tech and cost-friendly ideas to make sure people can look at the once-in-a-century eclipse while also preserving their eyesight, according to The Washington Post.

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Actually, ANY box will work.

Aug 21 08:32

Cutting sugar consumption for just two weeks found to dramatically improve the health of children

Nutritionists have observed that simply cutting sugar intake drastically improved the metabolic function among children in only two weeks. These results were published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) and ends with a call for parents to take a stronger stance on their children’s diet. Authors of the nutritional review revealed that this straightforward reduction in processed sugar, particularly fructose, minimized fat synthesis in the liver. This in turn lessened the child’s risk of developing debilitating diseases such as fatty liver disease and type-2 diabetes.

Aug 21 08:28

NASA's incredible plan to save humanity from Yellowstone supervolcano: 'Risky' plan to COOL magma by pumping in water (but it could trigger an eruption instead of preventing one)

A NASA scientist has spoken out about the true threat of supervolcanoes and the risky methods that could be used to prevent a devastating eruption.

Brian Wilcox, a former member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense, shared a report on the natural hazard that hadn't been seen outside of the agency until now.

He spoke of the true devastation that could come from an eruption, and the 'risky' methods that the agency is considering for preventing one - including approaches that could potentially go array and set off a supervolcano accidentally.

One such plan would involve drilling into the bottom of the Yellowstone volcano, using high pressure water to release heat from the magma chamber.

Aug 21 08:20

Find Solar & Lunar Eclipses in Your City

Aug 21 07:25

Solar Eclipse 2017 - NASA live coverage from multiple sites

Aug 21 07:13

17 Signs You May Have A Mold Illness

Mold illness could be a serious health risk threatening you and your family sometimes mold can’t be seen or smelt, yet the fungus may be growing in your home causing you to feel sick or...

Aug 20 19:29

The Neocons Are Pushing the USA and the Rest of the World Towards a Dangerous Crisis

Trump wins. Problem: he will be completely alone. The Neocons have a total, repeat total, control of the Congress, the media, banking and finance, and the courts. From Clinton to Clinton they have deeply infiltrated the Pentagon, Foggy Bottom, and the three letter agencies. The Fed is their stronghold. How in the world will Trump deal with these rabid “crazies in the basement“?

I went on to suggest that Trump’s only option would be to follow Putin’s example and do the the Neocons what Putin did to the oligarchs. Clearly that did not happen.

Less than a month ago I warned that a ‘color revolution ‘ was taking place in the USA.

Aug 20 19:00

Pesticides sprayed on U.S. cities to fight Zika found to harm motor coordination and neuromuscular systems in children

As part of the study, a team of researchers at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and the U-M Center for Human Growth and Development examined umbilical cord blood samples from about 240 mothers between 2008 and 2011. The research team then followed the development of the babies using the Peabody Developmental Motor Skill Assessment at six weeks and nine months.

The experts found that in-vitro exposure to the pesticide naled was tied to a three to four percent decline in fine motor skills, which indicate small movements of hands, fingers, face, mouth and feet, at nine months for babies who belonged in the upper percentile compared with those who had lower exposure levels. The research team also found that the chemical appeared to have a more detrimental effect on girls compared with boys.

Aug 20 08:39

Eclipse mania! Millions of Americans sit in some of the 'worst traffic jams in history', flock to Burning Man-style festivals and fill camp grounds at 21 national parks ahead of once in a lifetime celestial event

The eclipse begins its cross-country trajectory over the Pacific Coast of Oregon late Monday morning and will reach South Carolina's Atlantic shore some 90 minutes later

Officials in Oregon and other states are warning drivers the eclipse could cause the worst traffic jams

Experts advise people to wear proper protective eyewear or risk lasting blind spots during the eclipse

Monday's event will be the first total solar eclipse spanning the entire continental United States since 1918

It is also the first total solar eclipse visible anywhere in the Lower 48 states in 38 years

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