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May 28 17:09

Cranberries Help Antibiotics Fight Bacterial Infections

Research conducted at McGill University and INRS has found that a cranberry extract makes bacteria more sensitive to antibiotics, a promising avenue for limiting resistance to these important drugs

The global spread of antibiotic resistance is undermining decades of progress in fighting bacterial infections. Due to the overuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, we are on the cusp of returning to a pre-antibiotic era in which minor infections can once again become deadly. Therefore, countering the fall in antibiotic efficacy by improving the effectiveness of currently available antibiotics is a crucial goal...

May 28 11:37

Cold War and ancient cities: How US spy planes revealed the secret history of the Middle East

U2 aircraft are flying numerous missions over the Middle East, primarily taking photographs of military installations and cities. But among the shots are many that will prove invaluable to 21st-century archaeologists and environmentalists: photographs of sights that, more than half-a-century later, have either ceased to exist or else are barely visible.

Ancient urban canal networks. Prehistoric hunting traps. Marsh Arab communities uprooted during the late 20th century. Archaeologists say the sites provide a vital window into how civilisations lived.

“We knew images from those flights existed and that they were stored as part of the US National Archives,” says archaeologist Emily Hammer at the University of Pennsylvania, who is now researching the photos.

May 28 11:14

The TSA Just Updated Its Rules to Allow CBD Oil on Flights

By Emma Fiala

Over Memorial Day weekend, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) made an important update to its website. Hemp-derived CBD products may now be carried on airplanes, but only under certain circumstances...

May 28 10:32

Russian space sector plagued by astronomical corruption

With millions of dollars missing and officials in prison or fleeing the country, Russia's space sector is at the heart of a staggering embezzlement scheme that has dampened ambitions of recovering its Soviet-era greatness.

For years, Moscow has tried to fix the industry that was a source of immense pride in the USSR. While it has bounced back from its post-Soviet collapse and once again become a major world player, the Russian space sector has recently suffered a series of humiliating failures.

And now, massive corruption scandals at state space agency Roscosmos have eclipsed its plans to launch new rockets and lunar stations.

"Billions (of rubles) are being stolen there, billions," Alexander Bastrykin, the powerful head of Russia's Investigative Committee -- Russia's equivalent of the FBI -- said in mid-May.

Investigations into corruption at Roscosmos have been ongoing "for around five years and there is no end in sight," he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This means a lot of sadness, and back-tracking for the good, principled scientists who did not go down this road.

But unfortunately, corruption and toadyism, haunt the American space program as well.

And the primary reason for this, is that in the US, the military/industrial complex, is allowed to fund state and national elections, in order to get their equipment chosen, rather than the equipment of another company, which might even be both better, and less expensive.

So the "little guys" who could do better, are frozen out of the process, and this is really an horrifically stupid way for a country to attempt to build its weaponry program.

How this translates in the US, is that those executives of the "bigger, badder" companies, don't believe that equipment needs to be delivered in a timely manner, and is sometimes obsolete by the time of delivery; the equipment doesn't have to work as promised; and ginormous cost over-runs are perfectly fine.

This has to stop, and immediately, if the US is ever going to have the weaponry "technological edge" over that of China and Russia.

May 28 10:17

Villagers kill Ebola health worker in eastern DR Congo

Villagers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed a health worker engaged in the fight against a major Ebola outbreak and looted a treatment centre, according to an official report seen Monday by AFP.

"Part of the population of Vusahiro village, in the health sector of Mabalako (North Kivu province), rose up and attacked the local team fighting back against Ebola," said the daily health ministry bulletin dated Sunday. It said the incident happened on Saturday.

"A hygiene agent in the team for the prevention and control of infections died of his injuries during his transfer to the hospital," health authorities said in the bulletin.

"The health centre in Vusahiro was trashed and looted and three village houses were burned down," the bulletin added.

In a separate incident, the triage centre at Valumba in the Butembo health sector, was vandalised overnight Saturday to Sunday, the report said.

May 28 10:06

5 Million Without Power After Catastrophic Tornadoes Devastate Towns in Ohio and Indiana

A line of tornadoes crossed Indiana and Ohio last night, so close together that one crossed through the path of another. This morning, 5 million are without power. Towns outside of Dayton, Ohio were the hardest hit. The damage is nothing short of catastrophic.

The AP reports:

The National Weather Service tweeted Monday night that a "large and dangerous tornado" hit near Trotwood, Ohio, 8 miles (12 kilometers) northwest of Dayton. Several apartment buildings were damaged or destroyed.

Just before midnight, not 40 minutes after that tornado cut through, the weather service tweeted that another one was traversing its path, churning up debris densely enough to be seen on radar…

…In Indiana, at least 75 homes were damaged in Pendleton and the nearby community of Huntsville, said Madison County Emergency Management spokesman Todd Harmeson. No serious injuries were reported in the area or other parts of the state.

May 28 10:01

The Childhood Quality That’s The Best Predictor Of Wealth, Health, And Happiness

If you were presented with the opportunity to instill one, and only one, quality in your children, what would it be?

Perhaps, like Solomon of old, you would be tempted to choose something like a long life, or great wealth, or even freedom from harm for your offspring. After all, what parents don’t desire happiness and success for their children?

But while parents have a deep desire to see their children achieve these things, realistic parents understand the difficulty of such a task, and may even be tempted to shrug their shoulders and only hope for the best.

Self-Control Is the Most Important Childhood Trait

May 28 09:59

Could British homes be powered by Icelandic volcano?

Harnessing the power of Iceland’s volcanoes to provide energy to British homes is one of those ideas that resurfaces every few years, but sounds too good – or whacky – to be true.

However, interest from a clutch of international companies in a geothermal project in northern Iceland suggests the idea is not just achievable but commercially viable too.

Scientists working on the Krafla Magma Testbed plan to drill more than 2km below the Earth’s crust into a molten magma lake, starting a process they say could see the UK receiving energy from Iceland’s volcanoes within 20 years.

May 28 09:54

Rivers are contaminated with 'dangerous levels' of antibiotics as some of the world's most famous waterways are polluted with up to 300 times the safe limit of common drugs

Antibiotics are polluting the world's waterways, with some rivers containing up to 300 times more of the drugs than deemed safe.

Researchers found 'dangerous levels' of the drugs, including those used to treat skin and urinary tract infections, throughout the world's waterways.

Almost two thirds (65 per cent) of rivers across 72 different countries tested positive for 14 commonly used antibiotics.

May 28 09:30

Banned bread: why does the US allow additives that Europe says are unsafe?

Give us this day our daily foam expander. It may sound odd, but in America, your loaf of bread can contain ingredients with industrial applications – additives that also appear in things like yoga mats, pesticides, hair straighteners, explosives and petroleum products.

Some of these chemicals, used as optional whiteners, dough conditioners and rising agents, may be harmful to human health. Potassium bromate, a potent oxidizer that helps bread rise, has been linked to kidney and thyroid cancers in rodents. Azodicarbonamide (ACA), a chemical that forms bubbles in foams and plastics like vinyl, is used to bleach and leaven dough – but when baked, it, too, has been linked to cancer in lab animals.

May 28 08:38

Atlanta to Transform 7 Acres of Vacant Land Into Country’s Largest Free Food Forest

By Emma Fiala

Atlanta’s City Council just voted in favor of transforming over 7 acres of vacant property into the state of Georgia’s first food forest. The measure, which paves the way for the largest food forest in the country according to Councilwoman Carla Smith, was approved last Monday after a unanimous vote.

The Urban Food forest will be available free of charge and will include edible trees, shrubs, and vines in addition to traditional community garden beds as well as walking trails, public gathering spaces and other features...

May 28 08:22

The Childhood Quality That’s the Best Predictor of Wealth, Health, and Happiness

By Anne Holmquist

If you were presented with the opportunity to instill one, and only one, quality in your children, what would it be?

Perhaps, like Solomon of old, you would be tempted to choose something like a long life, or great wealth, or even freedom from harm for your offspring. After all, what parents don’t desire happiness and success for their children?

But while parents have a deep desire to see their children achieve these things, realistic parents understand the difficulty of such a task, and may even be tempted to shrug their shoulders and only hope for the best...

May 27 13:01

Are West Coast 'Tremor Bursts' "Just Reminders" That 'The Big One' Looms?

A series of tiny quakes rattling California and the Pacific Northwest may signal an upcoming catastrophic earthquake, seismologists say, KOIN reported. Or experts say they might just be another reminder that the pressure’s always building on fault lines beneath the West Coast, KATU reported.

“Those are just reminders,” said Scott Burns, a Portland State University geology professor, according to the station. “We don’t know what they mean. They are reminders that we are in earthquake country, and they may be precursors to the ‘big one.’”

The tremors are indications of a “slow-slip” event, says Ken Creager, a University of Washington professor, KOMO reported.

May 27 12:56

Glyphosate exposure found to hike non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk by 41% … and this deadly weed killer chemical inundates our food supply

Natural News has been warning for years that glyphosate – the primary ingredient in Roundup, the world’s most widely used weed killer – causes cancer. Though studies were published in peer-reviewed journals confirming this link, Monsanto was able to use its massive political clout and almost bottomless funds to tear these studies apart and have them refuted.

Slowly but surely, however, the tide has been turning. The first blow fell when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced its findings that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” (cancer-causing) in humans, particularly with regard to a type of cancer known as non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Though Monsanto’s friends in the mainstream media immediately tried to attack these findings, the scientists involved are simply too respected in their field to be ignored.

May 27 12:36

ANTIBIOTICS FOUND IN SOME OF THE WORLD'S RIVERS EXCEED 'SAFE' LEVELS, GLOBAL STUDY FINDS

SOURCE: GLOBALRESEARCH.CA
Concentrations of antibiotics found in some of the world’s rivers exceed ‘safe’ levels by up to 300 times, the first ever global study has discovered.

Researchers looked for 14 commonly used antibiotics in rivers in 72 countries across six continents and found antibiotics at 65% of the sites monitored.

Metronidazole, which is used to treat bacterial infections including skin and mouth infections, exceeded safe levels by the biggest margin, with concentrations at one site in Bangladesh 300 times greater than the ‘safe’ level.

In the River Thames and one of its tributaries in London, the researchers detected a maximum total antibiotic concentration of 233 nanograms per litre (ng/l), whereas in Bangladesh the concentration was 170 times higher.

The most prevalent antibiotic was trimethoprim, which was detected at 307 of the 711 sites tested and is primarily used to treat urinary tract infections.

May 27 12:34

How to See SpaceX's Starlink Satellite 'Train' in the Night Sky

SpaceX's new array of Starlink communication satellites has even the most jaded of satellite observers agog with excitement as they move across the sky.

On Thursday evening (May 23), SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The satellites are in good health and are the first of a planned 12,000-satellite megaconstellation to provide internet access to people on Earth.

The satellites, which are now orbiting at approximately 273 miles (440 km) above the Earth, are putting on a spectacular show for ground observers as they move across the night sky.

May 27 09:09

VIDEO GAME ADDICTION IS A MENTAL HEALTH DISORDER, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAYS

Many parents already have concerns, but some may now have a new argument for limiting their children's 'screen time' — addiction to video games has been recognized by World Health Organization (WHO) as a mental health disorder.

The WHO's International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a reference bible of recognized and diagnosable diseases, describes addiction to digital and video gaming as "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior" that becomes so extensive it "takes precedence over other life interests".

May 27 07:49

Widespread Contamination of Antibiotics Found in Rivers Around the World

Concentrations of antibiotics found in some of the world’s rivers exceed ‘safe’ levels by up to 300 times, the first ever global study has discovered.

Researchers looked for 14 commonly used antibiotics in rivers in 72 countries across six continents and found antibiotics at 65% of the sites monitored...

May 26 11:24

Scott Adams: Find Out Why Trump Has NO Chance of Reelection (Unless Something Changes)

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1132647797591760898

Anti-Trumpers convincing themselves he WANTS to be impeached
Not likely he wants impeachment on his Presidential record
CNN home page, news…or mind reading?
Using the wrong words to describe things…to CREATE news
President Trump’s “Bidan” tweet about Joe being called “low IQ”
Chairman Kim, a friend, mocking President Trump’s rival
Breitbart article, my Episode 540 video about Trump’s 2020 chances
The caveat is…IF nothing changes, President Trump can’t win
Social media has a stranglehold and time to perfect persuasion
BBC video immersing viewer in WWI trench warfare
“They Shall Not Grow Old”
Voiceovers of the actual words from WWI military volunteers
Pre-Suasion, by Cialdini tells us what will happen in the 2020 election
Social media controls the order in which you see things

May 26 09:09

This strange galaxy is defying the universe to travel towards the Milky Way

The universe is constantly expanding and stretching further afield, but the Hubble space telescope managed to catch one of the rare galaxies that’s defying the odds and actually moving closer to us.

A stunning spiral galaxy called Messier 90, sitting about 60 million light-years away, is part of a huge cluster of around 1,200 star systems in the Virgo constellation. While the cluster in general is moving farther away from us, Messier 90 is heading in our direction, according to NASA.

May 25 14:56

DONKTUM: Restricting the Range of Consciousness

The time to defend free speech is now, and the place is wherever you stand. We must be hyper-vigilant because the outrage addicts and crypto-fascists will never stop hunting thought criminals. We must defend speech we abhor just as vehemently as the speech we like. We must not let voices be silenced and their owners disappear into the black bag of deplatforming.

Comments at: https://twitter.com/CarpeDonktum/status/1132401710301941760

May 25 12:00

Scott Adams The Age of Enlightenment, End of the Republic

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1132285215160668161

“End of the world” fears about President…versus major successes
A consistent President Trump theme…he knows what matters
“Age of Enlightenment” phrase used by President Trump
As predicted, he is changing how we view reality
President Trump is teaching us what’s important
Military arms sales to Saudi Arabia and support for their leadership
Blight area usage, homestead style with 2 lots per owner
Kit style homes, like Sears Craftsman homes of the past
Twitter poll, ever notice you were no longer following my account
Consistently, about 20% have experienced the phenomena
Social media has neutralized our democratic republic
Ability to influence people without them realizing it
Headline construction, clickbait links, influence triggers
2020 election results will be determined by social media

May 25 09:50

Maine ends non-medical vaccine exemptions

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations in Maine.

Maine has one of the highest rates of non-medical vaccine exemptions in the nation, and health officials say the opt-out rates appear to be rising.

"As we hear more reports of measles and other preventable diseases in Maine and across the country, it has become clear that we must act to ensure the health of our communities," said Democratic Rep. Ryan Tipping of Orono, the bill's sponsor.

Maine will end non-medical vaccine opt-outs by 2021 for students at public and private schools and universities, including nursery school.

Health care facility employees are also subject to the law.

May 25 08:20

SCIENTISTS ARE BAFFLED WHY THIS GROUP OF BEES BUILT A SPIRAL NEST

Of the 20,000 varieties of bees in existence, the Australian Tetragonula carbonaria is one of the 500 varieties without a stinger. Do you think that makes them defenceless? Well, think again.

May 25 07:46

23% OF AMERICANS ARE GOING INTO DEBT TRYING TO PAY FOR FOOD, RENT, UTILITIES

American have an average of $6,506 in credit card debt, according to a new Experian report out this week. But which expenses are adding to that balance the most?

May 25 07:43

MERCK CREATED HIT LIST TO “DESTROY,” “NEUTRALIZE” OR “DISCREDIT” DISSENTING DOCTORS

Merck made a “hit list” of doctors who criticized Vioxx, according to testimony in a Vioxx class action case in Australia. The list, emailed between Merck employees, contained doctors’ names with the labels “neutralise,” “neutralised” or “discredit” next to them.

May 24 16:10

44 Things You Should Know About The Green New Deal

By Jon Miltimore

On Feb. 7, US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and US Sen. Ed Markey introduced legislation known as the Green New Deal. You’ve probably heard of it. It’s a big deal, to paraphrase Joe Biden.
The History of New Deals

Wikipedia, the Internet’s fountain of knowledge, describes the legislation as “a proposed stimulus package that aims to address climate change and economic inequality.” Okay. But what is that?

If the term “new deal” sounds familiar, it should. It’s a reference to FDR’s New Deal, which was itself a play off of Teddy Roosevelt’s Square Deal. (Politicians don’t win extra points for originality.)...

May 24 12:11

NASA executive quits weeks after appointment to lead 2024 moon landing plan

A top NASA executive hired in April to guide strategy for returning astronauts to the moon by 2024 has resigned, the space agency said on Thursday, the culmination of internal strife and dwindling congressional support for the lunar initiative.

Mark Sirangelo, named six weeks ago as special assistant to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left the agency as NASA abandoned a reorganization plan due to a chilly reception on Capitol Hill, Bridenstine said in a statement.

Two individuals close to the space program and familiar with the situation said Sirangelo was escorted out of NASA’s headquarters in Washington on Wednesday after his resignation.

His departure came after lawmakers rejected NASA’s proposal to create a separate directorate within the space agency to oversee future lunar missions and ultimately develop human exploration of Mars.

May 24 12:10

SpaceX Launches 60 Satellites for Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet Constellation

With one launch in the books and potentially dozens still to go, SpaceX has begun its build-out of the ambitious Starlink internet constellation—a series of interconnected satellites designed to deliver high-speed internet to paying customers around the globe.

The 60 Starlink satellites, each weighing 500 pounds (227 kg), were released to low Earth orbit (LEO) yesterday at around 11:32 pm ET, SpaceX confirmed in a series of tweets. Together, the tightly packed satellites weighed 13.6 metric tons, “making this launch the heaviest mission for SpaceX to date,” according to SpaceNews.

May 24 10:59

Virtual reality phone app could help spot Alzheimer's by testing patients' ability to navigate a computer-simulated world, research finds

Virtual reality will soon be able to help detect Alzheimer’s disease by asking patients to step into a computer-simulated world, research suggests.

Scientists believe they can better identify the disease its early stages using technology than with the current ‘gold standard’ cognitive tests currently used, The Times reported.

They hope the findings could one day help them develop a smartphone app that could help diagnose the disorder at home.

May 24 09:54

WE FINALLY KNOW WHERE THE SCANDALOUS OZONE-DESTROYING CHEMICALS ARE REALLY COMING FROM

SOURCE: CARLY CASSELLA @ SCIENCEALERT.COM
It's been exactly one year since US scientists reported a mysterious surge in ozone-destroying chemicals, known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

Banned in 1987 under the globally signed Montreal Protocol, there was only one explanation: somewhere out there, in an unknown location, someone must have gone rogue, setting back progress on the ozone hole by a decade or more.

After much speculation, the whereabouts and magnitude of these harmful emissions has been confirmed in scientific research. As earlier reporting in The New York Times had already suggested, they seem to be coming from the northeast coast of mainland China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, geopolitically, here is one of the West's "cage the rage, and engage" opportunities,by not screaming "China bad!" for this happening, but collaborating with China's top scientists, getting the Chinese government's blessing, to work with them to reduce this.

In my world, collaboration trumps confrontation, nearly every darn time.

May 24 09:47

Trump Plans Executive Order To Help Lower Health-Care Costs

While Democrats dither over the virtues of 'Medicare for All', the Trump administration is about to embark on an all-out offensive to lower health-care costs in the US.

According to WSJ, Trump is preparing an executive order that would force health-care providers - hospitals, internists, specialists etc. - to disclose the discounted and negotiated rates for various procedures that they negotiate with insurance companies. The order would force more transparency among health-care pricing, an industry that is accustomed to transacting in private.

May 24 09:34

SUPERBUGS AND THE ULTIMATE ECONOMIC WEAPON: FOOD

SOURCE: CHARLES HUGH SMITH
The food-exporting superpowers are easy to identify.

As my esteemed colleague Michael Snyder chronicled in a recent Zero Hedge post, world agricultural production is under assault from extreme weather and diseases such as African swine fever. Floods & Drought Devastate Crops All Over The Planet; Is A Global Food Crisis Be Coming?

Everyone understands extreme weather is a danger to food production. The overuse of antibiotics is less well understood. As this article explains, most antibiotics are given to livestock, which then become breeding grounds for antibiotic-resistant microbes, which are known as superbugs once they develop immunity to all conventional antibiotics.

Are antibiotics turning livestock into superbug factories?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the reason, that you need to know how your food is processed, and what has been done to it, in order to build, as much as possible, an antibiotic-free lifestyle.

I know that most moms and dads I know, would rather buy fresh, organic meat, with which to fee their families; some chains have started doing this, at least for a small selection of meats and vegetables; this is starting to happen at both our "big box" store, and the smaller grocery store we patronize.

So please, the next time you are at your favorite store, ask your butcher, and your veggies supervisor, to make more available for you, in terms of organic produce and meat.

Yes, it will be a lot more expensive, which is why you need to learn to use meat as a "seasoning", rather than the full course in your meals. But the opportunities for creating a healthier life for yourself, and your family , will be well worth the cost.

May 24 07:54

Weather WARNING: Solar minimum arrives EARLY and it could bring long EXTREME cold

Cosmic forecasting website Space Weather said the lack of sunspots is similar to the last solar minimum.

The site stated: “The sun has been without sunspots for 79 days so far this year – more than half the time.

“To find a similar number of blank suns, you have to go back to 2009 when the sun was experiencing the deepest solar minimum in a century.”

Earth’s host star was not expected to head into a solar minimum until around 2020 and, if the phenomenon has arrived early, this will mean a prolonged cold snap.

May 24 06:51

BEVERLY HILLS VOTES TO BAN TOBACCO SALES, BUT EXEMPTS SCHWARZENEGGER’S FAVORITE CIGAR CLUB

Beverly Hills has long been anything but a smoker’s paradise. The city was the first in California to ban smoking inside restaurants and most public places, back in 1987, and added outdoor venues to the list in 2007. Now it is poised to enact what officials say is the most stringent tobacco ban in the country, eliminating the sale of virtually all recreational nicotine products — with one very Beverly Hills exception.

May 23 16:52

Exposure to Flower Pesticides Gives Children Hypertension

In Ecuador, roses for Mother's Day sold around the world is major export crop, but pesticides used to grow and treat those flowers may be affecting health of children living nearby...

May 23 16:49

Homeschoolers Sleep Better and Eat Healthier Than Normies

Study finds better sleep, diet habits help homeschoolers counter shortfalls in formal exercise. Homeschoolers see no added health risks over time. 

Years of home-schooling don't appear to influence the general health of children, according to a Rice University study...

May 23 16:46

Pregnant Women Living Near Fracking Wells Have Higher Concentrations of Metals

The Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology last week revealed the findings of a 2016 pilot study that measured pregnant women’s exposure to environmental contaminants in northeastern British Columbia, an area of intensive natural-gas production through hydraulic fracturing (fracking)...

May 23 13:01

Comcast Plans In-Home Health Surveillance and Medical Tracking Device

By Nicholas West

“Comcast is already in talks with hospitals about taking on shared savings — if it can keep people from expensive emergency room visits.” — CNBC

It is becoming clearer each day that new technologies are further highlighting the great expanse between intention and application. As with all technologies of value, medicine has pitted the powerful desire of human liberation from suffering and the pursuit of a longer life up against the powerful desire to create centralized systems of management, both for profit and control.

The fact is that Big Data and its attendant analytics is irresistible for central authorities...

May 23 12:08

“Mass Sterilization”: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine

According to LifeSiteNews, a Catholic publication, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

The Kenyan government denies there is anything wrong with the vaccine, and says it is perfectly safe.
UNICEF: A History of Taking Advantage of Disasters to Mass Vaccinate

It should be noted that UNICEF and WHO distribute these vaccines for free, and that there are financial incentives for the Kenyan government to participate in these programs. When funds from the UN are not enough to purchase yearly allotments of vaccines, an organization started and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI, provides extra funding for many of these vaccination programs in poor countries. (See: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Vaccine Empire on Trial in India.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The enforced sterilization of young women, who have not consented to this or fully understand the vaccine's real purpose, should be allowed, in a large class-action lawsuit, to sue the people who manufactured and distributed this vaccine, and receive compensation; but, of course, because these women are not monied, this will happen only when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

May 23 11:46

Gaza exit permits: Aisha's lone journey for cancer treatment

Israeli permit system prevents some parents from accompanying their sick children to hospitals outside of Gaza Strip.

Gaza City - Last month, five-year-old Aisha came home from nursery vomiting and saying she had a headache.

Her condition deteriorated, so her family took her to hospital, where, after undergoing medical checks, they had every parent's worst fear confirmed.

Aisha was diagnosed with brain cancer.

"The news hit me like a thunderbolt," Mona Lulu, Aisha's mother, told Al Jazeera from her home in the al-Bureij refugee camp.

Aisha underwent urgent surgery in al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City but she needed a medical transfer to go to the Augusta Victoria Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem for further treatment.

But when it came time to decide which of her parents would go with her, the family found the decision was out of their hands.

"Her mother and I applied and we both were rejected," Aisha's father Wesam said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just when I think that the Israeli government cannot get any more putridly foul, it does something that amazes me, by its ability to go even lower.

The kid is 5, for heaven's sake; and that she has to go alone for these treatments?!?

If an afterlife exists, (which I believe does), there has to be a special place in hell for the Israeli bureaucrats who made this decision, with an absolutely tone-deaf response to the needs of a kid who needs treatment.

Shameful, Israel!!

I keep hoping that you will find a way to rise above this kind churlish pettiness, in these kinds of situations, but I keep getting clobbered, every time something like this happens, and it happens far too frequently.

May 23 11:20

Mysterious Quakes Worldwide Might Be Linked to Birth of Submarine Volcano

The birth of a unique submarine volcano near a French island located between Africa and Madagascar could shed light on a puzzle that has baffled scientists since last year. In 2018, seismic sensors detected strange low-frequency ripples thousands of kilometres away from the discovered developing volcano.

The baby submarine volcano, situated 50 kilometres away of the tiny French island of Mayotte, might be linked to a series of mysterious earthquakes, the results of a French scientific mission suggested, according to National Geographic.

May 23 11:18

Scott Adams: Biden, Infrastructure Theater, Word-Thinking, Shadowbanning

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1131560677942878209

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels…back in the news again
Political season is upon us, and some odd traffic coincidences
We’re left to guess why traffic patterns suddenly altered
The fact we can’t tell why…portends regulation
Lack of social media algorithm transparency…
…IS the end of our Republic
Not necessarily a coordinated conspiracy, but same result
Joe Biden has no legislative accomplishments
A career in politics, and NO accomplishments to show?
VP candidate traditionally boring, watered-down version of POTUS
Biden was more boring than President Obama
Now Biden has to select his own VP, that’s even more boring
CNN and MSNBC producing stories out of colorful words
CNN reports Pelosi says she’s getting under POTUS skin
Social media wasn’t able to obtain their desired result in 2016

May 23 08:35

AFTER READING THIS ARTICLE ABOUT THE DANGER OF GMOS, YOU WILL PROBABLY NEVER WANT TO EAT GENETICALLY-MODIFIED FOOD AGAIN

Every single day, most Americans eagerly gobble down foods that contain ingredients that have been genetically-modified without ever considering the consequences. Most of us simply assume that the federal government would never allow us to eat GMOs if they were not safe. Unfortunately, it appears that the federal government has completely failed us. The material that I am about to share with you is deeply disturbing, and after reading this article there is a very good chance that you will never want to eat genetically-modified food ever again. But at this point it is almost impossible to completely avoid GMOs, because they are in almost everything. Unless they are specifically designated “organic”, most corn, soy, canola and sugar beets grown in America today have been genetically modified, and almost all packaged foods contain ingredients derived from at least one of those sources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Playing with the building blocks of life, in the food chain, can be hazardous to your health; and Congress does nothing about this, because they get huge amounts of campaign money from companies like Sygenta and Monsanto, to look the other way.

May 22 19:03

Fluoride chemicals added to U.S. drinking water are unprocessed TOXIC WASTE; water fluoridation needs to end

In fact, America is one of very few developed countries that fluoridates its water, with Green Med Info reporting that just 5 percent of the world’s population consumes this type of water. More people in America drink it than in all other nations combined, and we’re paying the price in terms of our health.

That’s because the fluoride chemicals that are placed in our drinking water are actually unprocessed toxic waste products. Most people never take the time to question where all that fluoride added to our water comes from, and the answer is shocking: It is generally pollutants captured from the phosphate fertilizer industry in Florida or chemical imports that come from China, known for a lack of regulation and adulteration. These chemicals aren’t purified before they’re added to drinking water, and it’s not at all unusual for them to contain significant amounts of heavy metals like arsenic, mercury and lead.

May 22 13:53

Bayer, Dow, L’Oreal using potentially harmful chemicals illegally – investigation

More than 650 companies are breaking European chemical safety laws, according to an investigation from German environmental group BUND. As a result, potentially harmful chemicals can be found in food, cosmetics, and toys.
“Chemical companies have been disregarding the law for years and getting away with it, selling substances that might cause hormonal cancers, brain disorders and other severe health problems,” said BUND’s chemical policy officer Manuel Fernandez. “EU and national authorities need to raise their game in a big way.”

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) acknowledged that companies have been known to flout chemical safety laws last November, investigating 700 widely used chemicals and finding that two thirds of them broke REACH, the agency’s key safety regulation.

May 22 12:54

Dramatic video shows a woman being rescued from floodwaters as 22 million people in the central states brace for hail and heavy rain after 22 tornadoes ripped through the Southern Plains, while Colorado sees its latest May SNOW in 44 years

Heavy rain, high winds and hail has swept across the central states, bringing devastation to the region during a brutally wet spring period, leaving 22 million people braced for more flash flooding.

Four million residents were under a flash flood 'emergency warning' on Tuesday morning, including in Oklahoma, where as much as five feet of water entered homes in Hominy, to the northeast of the state.

Some 22 tornadoes have been reported so far across Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri, while rescue crews in boats pulled at least 50 people from flood waters as heavy downpours inundated roads and homes, said Oklahoma Emergency Management Agency. No injuries have been reported.

A woman in Oklahoma City had to hold onto a tree while she was bombarded by flood waters around North West 178th Street and Council Road. Tow rope was used to carry her out of the waters.

May 22 12:41

Record slow planting puts 2019 crop at risk

A cold, wet spring that caused record slow corn planting has the 2019 crop squarely behind the 8-ball. To recover lost potential, production must run the table with near-perfect conditions the rest of the growing season. Otherwise, a smaller crop could wipe out much of the surplus USDA forecasts for the coming year.

While the slow start doesn’t doom the crop, the unusual political and economic environment of 2019 could make recovery more difficult than in other years with major delays.

May 22 09:39

Report: 13,500 patients infected or died of infections in Israel hospitals in 2018

Some 13,500 patients in Israeli hospitals died or were infected by illnesses while receiving care in 2017, an internal Ministry of Health report revealed yesterday.

This is an increase from four years ago, according to the Jerusalem Post which reported earlier this year that “between 4,000 and 6,000 patients in Israel die from complications of hospital-acquired infections every year, in many cases from antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according a State Comptroller’s Office report from 2013.”

The revelations come after Yedioth Ahronoth on Sunday published a list of Israeli hospitals with the worst rates infection rates while receiving care.

May 22 08:56

Civil War Plant Medicines DISARM Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Lab Tests

During the height of the Civil War, the Confederate Surgeon General commissioned a guide to traditional plant remedies of the South, as battlefield physicians faced high rates of infections among the wounded and shortages of conventional medicines. A new study of three of the plants from this guide — the white oak, the tulip poplar and the devil’s walking stick — finds that they have antiseptic properties...

May 21 17:59

China set to impose regulations on gene-editing following controversial trial with human embryos

After global backlash involving the use of gene-editing tool CRISPR on human embryos, China will further tighten regulation on manipulating the human genome.

According to a report in Nature, a draft of new code in the country's civil law explicitly lists human genes and embryos as protected personal rights for the first time ever.

Lawyers interviewed by Nature say that the law would make any doctor or scientist engaging in the editing of the human genome liable for the outcome of their experiments.

May 21 14:45

Study of teenagers finds blocking out blue light from screens can improve health and wellbeing

Previous research has shown that adolescents who use a computer in the hour before bedtime are three times more likely to get less than five hours sleep, which can be hugely disruptive to mood and schoolwork.

As well as symptoms of tiredness and poor concentration, lack of sleep can also increase the risk of more serious long-term health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

A study by researchers in the Netherlands found that wearing glasses that filter out the blue light has virtually the same impact on sleep as turning off devices entirely.

Teenagers who used screens before bed needed an extra 30 minutes to get to sleep compared with those who did not, yet the blue light filters helped offset the problem within just a week.

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