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Feb 17 17:16

California Brain Tumor Association Issues Warning On Dangers of 5G

Proponents of the technology don’t seem to acknowledge the growing body of research and growing number of voices warning us of the coming catastrophe of a world blanketed in 5G radiation.

Feb 17 13:03

How Long Before We See Trump Derangement Syndrome Used as a Legal Defense?

Your honor, we acknowledge that our client, Jussie Smollett, faked his supposed hate crime but he just couldn't help it because he suffered from extreme Trump Derangement Syndrome.

We respectively request that the civil suit against Nathan Phillips for lying about the Covington Catholic High School students be dropped due to the fact that he was acting under the influence of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Feb 17 09:52

Over 2,000 Descend On WA State Capitol To Challenge Vaccine Mandate Bills

The Washington State Capitol in Olympia on Friday, February 8, 2019, was filled and buzzing with thousands of concerned citizens and families who drove in from all over the state to attend a public hearing for House Bill 1638, titled, “Promoting immunity against vaccine preventable diseases.” Woven within this misleading bill title is a clause that strives to remove the philosophical/personal exemptions to the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine for children who attend both public and private schools and licensed daycares.

Feb 17 09:51

Solar panels made with the heavy metal lead may soon be able to use “green” element BISMUTH instead

Scientists have finally found a non-toxic alternative to lead that can be used to build solar cells in the future — the so-called green element, bismuth. In a new study that was published recently in Advanced Materials, researchers found that bismuth may be incorporated into solar panels for roughly the same features and benefits as current models, but without the risky effects on humans, animals, and the environment.

Feb 17 09:48

NASA scientists discover FIVE new previously unknown strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in SPACE

While cleaning the washrooms on the International Space Station (ISS), scientists from NASA reportedly discovered five new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that have never before been identified, suggesting that deadly “superbugs” have the capacity to mutate and proliferate, even in outer space.

Feb 17 09:44

We should gene-sequence cave paintings to find out more about who made them

Standard archeological techniques can’t determine whether the prehistoric artists were hunter-gatherers or farmers. Analyzing the paintings’ surfaces with techniques from biology offers much more information about how they worked and when they lived.

Feb 17 09:43

Exceptional new titanosaur from middle Cretaceous Tanzania: Mnyamawamtuka

An exceptional sauropod dinosaur specimen from the middle Cretaceous of Tanzania represents a unique species and provides new insights into sauropod evolution, according to a study published February 13, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Eric Gorscak of Midwestern University, Illinois, and Patrick O'Connor of Ohio University, USA.

Titanosaurs were the most speciose and widespread group of sauropod dinosaurs, the largest terrestrial animals in Earth history. They reached their peak diversity in the Late Cretaceous after all other sauropod groups vanished, but their early evolution is poorly understood due to a scarcity of well-preserved titanosaur fossils from before the Late Cretaceous, especially outside of South America. In this study, the authors describe a newly-discovered middle Cretaceous titanosaur from southern Africa.

Feb 17 09:42

Rockefeller, Big Pharma Facing $1 Billion Lawsuit for Intentionally Infecting People With Syphilis

A federal judge recently approved a $1 billion lawsuit against Johns Hopkins University, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (BMY.N) and the Rockefeller Foundation. The lawsuit is seeking restitution for victims who were intentionally infected with syphilis during government experiments in Guatemala during the 1940s.

Hundreds of Guatemalans were reportedly infected with syphilis during the studies, which were designed to test the ability of penicillin to treat sexually transmitted diseases. The lawsuit was pending and waiting in limbo for the past four years until it was finally approved by U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang last month. In 2015, when the lawsuit was originally filed, there were 750 victims seeking restitution, now there are only 444 plaintiffs and some remaining relatives.

The test subjects in the experiments were mainly children, orphans, patients from mental hospitals and inmates.

Feb 17 09:02

China Plans To Build Space Solar Station

Chinese scientists have revealed plans to build and launch in orbit a space solar station that could capture the Sun’s rays 24/7, Chinese media report.

China has already started to build an early experimental space power plant in the city of Chongqing, The Sydney Morning Herald reported, citing an article in China’s Science and Technology Daily.

The space solar station, planned to orbit the Earth at 36,000 kilometers (22,370 miles) could provide “an inexhaustible source of clean energy for humans,” according to Pang Zhihao, a researcher at the China Academy of Space Technology Corporation.

Such solar power technology could supply reliable energy 99 percent of the time and have six times the intensity of the solar farms that work on the earth, the scientist says.

China will start by launching small solar stations between 2021 and 2025, while a possible next step would be a Megawatt-level station planned to be built in 2030.

Feb 16 10:55

Vaccines cause brain damage: the mothers know

They know what happened to their children. They don’t need sophisticated analyses. They don’t need disease or disorder labels. They don’t need the very doctors who administered the vaccines turning around and lying to them.

And the lying is vicious. It’s coming out of the mouths of physicians who are indifferent to human life.

Doctors, underneath their layers and layers of hostile fakery, know the truth, too.

So does the CDC. That agency spends billions defending the indefensible.

William Thompson, the CDC whistleblower who admitted to gross fraud and lying, in order to exonerate the toxic MMR vaccine…he knows, too.

Feb 16 09:29

Are millennials and Gen-Z avoiding alcohol because of social media?

Nonalcoholic beverages are on the rise, and alcohol sales are down. No- and low-alcohol lines are up 3.9 percent, The Wall Street Journal reported this week, even as the beer industry flatlines. WSJ concludes that “consumers are prepared to pay the same price, or even a premium, for drinks that have less alcohol.” Even Coca-Cola is getting on on the game, says Insider, launching an alcohol-free cocktail line called Bar None.

Feb 16 08:16

Facebook “Exploring Additional Measures” to Fight Anti-Vaccine Information: Report

By Jason Erickson

As the “fake news” phenomenon continues to sweep across the Web, and the purge of independent media accelerates, lawmakers are calling on Facebook and Big Tech to take responsibility for anti-vaccine messaging that appears on their platform(s). Lawmaker Adam Schiff (D-CA)...

Feb 16 06:56

OPIOID MAKER USED RAP VIDEO TO PUSH POWERFUL PAINKILLER

Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps to push the drug.

The video was shown to jurors this week in the closely watched trial in Boston of wealthy Insys Therapeutics Inc. Founder John Kapoor and four other onetime executives, including a former exotic dancer who prosecutors say was hired as a regional sales manager even though she had no pharmaceutical experience.

They’re charged with scheming to pay doctors bribes and kickbacks in exchange for prescriptions of the opioid meant for cancer patients with severe pain. Kapoor and the other former executives of the Chandler, Arizona-based company have denied all wrongdoing.

The video, titled “Great by Choice,” was shown during a national sales meeting in 2015 to encourage employees to talk doctors into prescribing higher doses, prosecutors said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One can nearly sell anything in this country, wrapped up in a pretty advertising campaign, and get away with it, most of the time; but those moral questions, about a drug's power and potential lethality are generally rarely visited in the US.

And ironically, right now, the FDA is pushing for the scheduling of the herb "Kratom", which, when taken in small doses, can assist people suffering from pain, moderate to severe, and not create a "hangover effect" from the drug, which means those taking this herb, will not need more of it then previously, to get comfortable again.

Feb 15 20:09

This year's flu shot is less than 50% effective in preventing infection, CDC says

The shot's success varies based on your age, the CDC noted. Among children up to 17, its overall effectiveness against flu was 61%, while just 24% of adults 50 and older who received the shot gained protection against infection.

Feb 15 19:01

NASA's Dawn Mission receives nod in memory of Apollo 13 'naut for asteroid belt derring-do

The mission holds a notable list of firsts and records. It is the first spacecraft to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt. It used solar-electric propulsion, notching up a record-breaking 25,700mph thanks to its ion drive. The figure is 2.7 times that of the previous record and not too far off the velocity produced by the Delta launch vehicle.

Of course, it took the ion drive considerably longer than the chemical rocket. The drive ended up running for 5.9 years in total.

Even though the mission ended when the hydrazine ran dry at the end of October, the spacecraft remains in orbit around Ceres. NASA boffins reckon it could continue circling the dwarf planet for another 20 years or more.

Feb 15 11:38

Monsanto’s Roundup raises cancer risk 41%, EPA-linked scientists find

Monsanto’s Roundup raises the risk of certain cancers in heavily-exposed individuals by an eye-popping 41 percent, according to a study by former EPA advisors that may influence a coming wave of legal actions against the company.

Exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup dramatically increases a person’s risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a new review of studies found, adding to the mounting pile of evidence against Monsanto’s popular weed killer, now owned by Bayer. The meta-analysis, published in Mutation Research, analyzed the results of six earlier studies to find individuals with heavy exposure to the herbicide had a 41 percent higher risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma than those not exposed.

Feb 15 11:30

Mom sues NY school district for ejecting unvaccinated teens: School is ‘Asking me to go against everything I believe in’

New York mother Marina Williams has taken the Orchard Park School District to court after her two children were removed from class because their vaccines were not up to date. According to Williams, her 13 and 15-year-olds are exempt from vaccinations for religious reasons. They have now been out of school for two months since moving from West Seneca to Orchard Park, a Buffalo suburb, in October. Although her children were granted a religious exemption when they attended West Seneca School District for some reason Orchard Park has denied it.

Williams said her religion prohibits putting foreign substances into the body (including drugs, alcohol, and vaccines) and that The Orchard Park school system is essentially asking her to go against her faith and everything she believes in.

Feb 15 11:15

Moon Rush: NASA Wants Commercial Lunar Delivery Services to Start This Year

NASA is eager to get back to the surface of the moon.

In November, the agency tagged nine American companies as eligible to bid on delivering robotic NASA payloads to the moon, via Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts. Thursday (Feb. 14), NASA officials announced that the first "task order" for such a delivery will likely come out in a month or so — and that flight is expected to follow in relatively short order.

"For us, if we had any wish, I would like to fly this calendar year," Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said during a webcast "media roundtable" at agency headquarters in Washington. [21 Most Marvelous Moon Missions of All Time]

"We care about speed. We want to start taking shots on goal," Zurbuchen said, noting that NASA will provide the eligible companies with financial incentives to get off the ground faster.

Feb 15 10:31

The deeper reason for drug ads on television by Jon Rappoport

Have you ever heard of these drugs? Otezla, Xeljanz, Namzaric, Keytruda, Breo, Cosentyz? Not likely. If you have, do you know what conditions they treat? Highly unlikely. But there they are, splashed in commercials.

Why? Who is going to remember to ask their doctor whether these and other obscure meds are right for them?

What’s going on here?

The answer is: IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT DRUGS ARE BEING ADVERTISED.

If Pharma can pay enough TOTAL money for ads, for ALL drugs, and dominate the allotted TV time for commercials, it can control the news—and that is exactly what it wants to do.

Feb 15 10:27

USDA rules that 'pink slime' can officially be called ground beef

Lean Finely Textured Beef, dubbed 'pink slime', has been officially classified as 'ground beef' by the USDA.

On December 21, 2018, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service reclassified the the controversial pink slime as simply ground beef.

Pink slime is a food additive made from beef trimmings exposed to ammonia gas that in 2012 was reported to be found in 70 per cent of American burgers.

When the news of the additive first broke in 2012, McDonald's pledged to stop using it and many campaigned against the substance, which led to a $1.9billion lawsuit against ABC News for reporting about South Dakota-based Beef Products Inc's beef.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Soylent pink?

Feb 15 10:23

ZERO U.S. Measles Deaths in 10 Years, but Over 100 Measles Vaccine Deaths Reported

With the measles and measles vaccine debate reaching a near frenzy on the Internet, it is always nice to throw some cold hard facts on the firestorm currently raging in the measles debate.

So here are some easily verifiable facts regarding deaths associated with measles in the United States for the past 10 years, and deaths associated with measles vaccines during the same 10 year period.

First, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps a weekly tally of disease outbreaks, including deaths. According to a statement made by Dr. Anne Schuchat, the director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, in an Associated Press story picked up by Fox News on April 25, 2014:

There has been no measles deaths (sic) reported in the U.S. since 2003 [1]

The weekly CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) since that date have not revealed any measles deaths either. (*See edit below.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Following the timeline of this article, there has been one reported death from measles in Washington state; a woman ... who had just received the measles vaccination.

Feb 15 09:25

Focus on the Family plans to broadcast live 4D ultrasounds on giant screen in Times Square

In response to New York's recent decision to allow abortions up to the moment of birth, Focus on the Family has launched "See Life Clearly," the largest pro-life effort in the history of the organization.

The global Christian ministry's campaign will conclude on May 4 with "Alive from New York," featuring live 4D ultrasounds that will be broadcast across the large monitors in Times Square.

Feb 15 09:14

Mississippi Legislature passes bills to ban abortion after a baby's heartbeat is detected

The Mississippi Legislature on Wednesday passed bills to ban abortions after an unborn baby's heartbeat is detected — usually at about six weeks — Live Action reported.

The "heartbeat bills" passed by the state Senate and House offer no exceptions for victims of rape or incest, according to The Clarion Ledger. There are, however, exceptions if it is believed the pregnancy could cause serious harm or endanger a woman's life.

Feb 15 08:45

NASA Opportunity last message: What were the final heartbreaking words of the Mars rover?

As the Martian storm descended on the rover and the skies were choked of all sunlight, the solar-powered Opportunity messaged NASA saying: "My battery is low and it’s getting dark.”

Feb 15 08:31

Here are 11 Things Other Countries do way better than America

America! Land of the free, home of the brave, and the greatest country on the face of the planet, right? A country with seemingly limitless natural resources, and according to many politicians, anointed by God herself to lead the world out of the wilderness and into a bright new age of liberty and justice for all. Too bad the road to that vision is pockmarked with so many potholes, because we haven’t raised enough taxes on people who can afford to pay to fill them.

Feb 15 08:29

People Post Heartwarming Tributes To NASA’s Rover Opportunity Which Stopped Working After 15 Years On Mars (21 Pics)

In a series of tweets that have attracted attention, science reporter Jacob Margolis explained what happened and how the mission has come to an end. He first reported the sad prognosis on February 12, when the mission was still officially in progress. However, the grim reality of rover’s condition and the fact that no contact had been established for about 8 months gave no hope and it was unsurprising that on the 13th of February NASA announced that they are giving up efforts to restore communications with the rover and are officially ending the mission after more than 15 years.

Feb 15 08:07

A 25 Y.O. Inventor From Kenya Just Invented Smart Gloves That Auto-Translate Sign Language Into Speech (4 Pics)

More than 30 million people around the globe have speech impairments and are facing difficulties when it comes to communicating with people who have no knowledge of sign language. Roy Allela – a young and ambitious 25-year-old technology enthusiast from Kenya recognized this problem and it paved the way to his newest invention. Roy, who currently works at Intel and tutors data science at Oxford University, has invented smart gloves which convert sign language movements into audio speech.

Feb 15 07:36

US woman captures the horror of heroin addiction with 'ten month challenge' photos that show her 'charismatic little sister' at her grandma's funeral - then lying in her own casket after a fatal overdose in same top (14 Pics)

A bereaved sibling has shared heartbreaking pictures of her opium addict sister at a funeral home taken ten months apart showing her both alive and dead.
The first image of Lexus Felton, 21, from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, showed her posing next to her grandmother's coffin in March 2018 but only a short while later in December of 2018 she was being laid to rest after overdosing on heroin.
Lexus's sister Chrystal Charlesworth, 24, wrote on Facebook: '10 year challenge? Let’s talk about a (almost) 10 MONTH challenge.'

Feb 15 07:35

Woman 'encased in mud' is miraculously pulled from the debris of her home after it slid 75 yards down a hill in California and crashed into another house in mudslide (6 Pics)

A California woman was miraculously pulled from the debris of her home after it slid 75 yards down a hill during a mudslide in Sausalito, California, on Thursday.
The mudslide dislodged the house sending it 'some distance' down a hill side before it slammed into another house, according to Southern Marin Fire Protection District Chief Chris Tubbs, as reported by NBC Bay Area.
The woman, who'd been sleeping at the time of the mudslide, was discovered by a rescue team who saw her hand poking through the wreckage.

Feb 15 07:15

Can “Zombie Deer” Disease Kill Humans? Research Suggests It ALREADY HAS

Recent headlines have warned that humans "could" contract so-called "zombie deer" disease. But the research suggests that several people have already died from it. Here's what you need to know.

Feb 14 18:41

Monsanto’s Roundup raises cancer risk 41%, EPA-linked scientists find

Monsanto’s Roundup raises the risk of certain cancers in heavily-exposed individuals by an eye-popping 41 percent, according to a study by former EPA advisors that may influence a coming wave of legal actions against the company.

Exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup dramatically increases a person’s risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a new review of studies found, adding to the mounting pile of evidence against Monsanto’s popular weed killer, now owned by Bayer. The meta-analysis, published in Mutation Research, analyzed the results of six earlier studies to find individuals with heavy exposure to the herbicide had a 41 percent higher risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma than those not exposed.

Feb 14 17:31

Earth Catastrophe Cycle | SOLAR MICRONOVA


A solar micronova satisfies all the catastrophe evidence, including the cyclical nature, the disaster sweet-spot, AND impactor-like evidence.

Earth Catastrophe Cycle | SOLAR MICRONOVA II: https://youtu.be/5vKwu9AqX8c
Earth Catastrophe Cycle | SOLAR MICRONOVA III: https://youtu.be/0cDWbgFjCDc

Feb 14 16:06

Pentagon unveils 17-page strategy on artificial intelligence and says machines will 'impact every corner' of the military as it ramps up efforts in AI-arms race with Russia and China

The U.S. military wants to expand its use of artificial intelligence in warfare, but says it will take care to deploy the technology in accordance with the nation's values.

In a 17-page report, the Pentagon laid out how it plans to inject artificial intelligence into future military operations and how it will keep up with Russia and China's advancements in the futuristic technology.

Feb 14 12:35

Scott Adams: Omar Versus Trump, Manafort, Spartacus

Manafort lied, CNN headline calls that a bombshell?
Amy Klobuchar calls the AOC New Green Deal “aspirational”
Cory Booker beginning to understand phrase, “The Party of Women”
Cory says he will “look to women first” for a VP
Men need not apply unless all women are unqualified
Kamala Harris tax rate statement not getting fact-checked by CNN
Jake Tapper’s unfair, mean-spirited coverage of President Trump
Jake and CNN believe the President is anti-Semitic…
…and Israel hasn’t noticed? How can they believe that?
TDS requires two pillars of belief that are obvious hoaxes
1. Charlottesville hoax
2. Russia collusion hoax (involving President Trump)
Human ego maintenance requires TDS victims cling to the 2 pillars
Accepting the 2 pillars as hoaxes…
…would be too large of a blow to their ego
The human brain protects ego at any cost to maintain self-image

Feb 14 12:06

$32,500 for CBD Oil?

If we don’t change a key FDA policy, that’s how much you may be forced to pay if you want to purchase CBD oil. Action Alert!

For years, consumers have benefitted from access to cheap, safe, and effective CBD oil supplements. But now the FDA says that CBD is a drug, not a supplement—a drug which will be sold for $32,500 a year. Legally the FDA could at any time remove all CBD supplements from the market, on its own volition, or if the drug company which holds drug market exclusivity requests FDA do so. Unless we change the rules, we may see a government-sponsored monopoly on CBD oil, and in the near future, additional monopolies on other cheap, safe, and effective supplements.

This is happening because of a back-channel that allows natural supplements to be turned into drugs by the FDA. It works like this: if a company is investigating a substance as a drug, FDA rules give the company market exclusivity on that substance—even if it is currently being sold as a supplement.

Feb 14 11:38

NASA Will Launch a New Space Telescope in 2023 to Investigate the Universe

Come 2023, NASA will have a new eye tracking the heavens and looking to solve some of the greatest scientific mysteries we know of.

That's thanks to a newly approved mission called Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer and nicknamed SPHEREx. The instrument is designed to tackle two key questions: how the universe evolved and how common some crucial building blocks of life are across our galaxy.

"I'm really excited about this new mission," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. "Not only does it expand the United States' powerful fleet of space-based missions dedicated to uncovering the mysteries of the universe, it is a critical part of a balanced science program that includes missions of various sizes."

Feb 14 11:38

Woman dies months after doctors reportedly removed both of her healthy kidneys by mistake

A 73-year-old woman in Colorado died on Friday, nine months after doctors wrongly removed her kidneys. The surgery followed a mistaken diagnosis of cancer two months prior.

Prior to her death, Linda Woolley told Denver news station KDVR that her “life was totally changed” after she underwent the needless surgery in May, which doctors at the University of Colorado Hospital ordered after telling her in March that they’d found cancer in both of her kidneys based on pathology reports. But she later discovered that the reports actually showed “no evidence of malignancy” from results “consistent with a benign process.”

Woolley had been leading an active life before the surgery, riding horses and swimming in her free time. But the medical mix-up put an end to all that, leading the grandmother to undergo four-hour dialysis treatments three times a week.

Feb 14 09:32

PSA: If you're not morbidly obese, you'd better check your 'thin privilege'

Gingell, who blogs under the name Cardiffornia Gurl, begins her message by insisting that thin privilege is a very real thing, arguing that "if you're thin, you have a certain privilege," because "everyday tasks that a thinner person can take for granted can leave a plus-size person like myself feeling full of anxiety, burden, and upset."

Feb 14 09:20

FDA Admits That Government Is Recommending Untested, Unlicensed Vaccines for Pregnant Women

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the FDA has admitted, for the first time, that government agencies, including the CDC, are recommending vaccines for pregnant women that have neither been licensed for pregnant mothers by FDA nor tested for safety in clinical trials. The lawsuit, filed by Children’s Health Defense (CHD) attorney, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on behalf of Informed Consent Action Network(ICAN), a vaccine safety advocacy group, sought all clinical trial data used by FDA to approve influenza vaccines for pregnant women. The FDA’s terse reply: “We have no records responsive to your requests.”

Feb 14 07:33

Florida family is raising a gender-neutral ‘theyby’: ‘Chose to acknowledge [that genitals] don’t indicate anything about gender

"We did not assign a sex at birth, which means when they were born, they had genitals, we know what they are, we just chose to acknowledge that those genitals don't indicate anything about gender," Dennis explained.
Dennis said that Sparrow, who is 11 months old, will be able to decide his or her gender when he or she is older, and even noted that her child's birth certificate says "unknown" under "sex."

Feb 14 06:41

Report: Congolese women offered Ebola vaccine in exchange for sex as epidemic spreads

The reports of exploitation were revealed during a recent national task force meeting in the city of Beni, according to The Guardian, and were based on feedback from focus groups conducted by researchers from the International Rescue Committee.
Trina Helderman, a senior health and nutritional adviser for aid organization Medair, asserted that given the DRC's track record, authorities battling the crisis should have anticipated relief efforts would be compromised.

Feb 13 17:51

Experts Warn Lyme Disease Causes Toxic Buildup of Heavy Metals

Once Lyme disease has enough time to develop, it shuts down the body’s detoxification pathways.

Feb 13 17:46

The Dangers of 5G to Children’s Health

What we know about the impact 5g will have on children’s health.

Feb 13 14:59

Mars Rover Opportunity Is Dead After Record-Breaking 15 Years on Red Planet

NASA declared its Opportunity Mars rover dead today (Feb. 13), more than eight months after the solar-powered robot went silent during a raging dust storm on the Red Planet — and a day after the final calls to wake Oppy up went unanswered.

"I declare the Opportunity mission as complete, and with it the Mars Exploration Rover mission complete," Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said today during an event at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. [Mars Dust Storm 2018: What It Means for Opportunity Rover]

Opportunity roamed the Martian surface for nearly a decade and a half, covering more than a marathon's worth of ground and finding conclusive evidence that the Red Planet hosted large bodies of liquid water in the ancient past. The golf-cart-size rover and its twin, Spirit, also helped bring Mars down to Earth, in the minds of scientists and laypeople alike.

Feb 13 12:23

Scott Adams: Talking to @Naval Ravikant About All the Important Stuff

Bonus broadcast!

Trusting experts and science
Fusion power’s future
Crypto, here to stay?
Turn-around specialists for countries (like Venezuela)
A retirement plan for the entire U.S. legal population
What will the future of news look like?
Who currently holds the most power in the U.S.?
Who’s thumb is on the scale?
Twitter will become an unbiased protocol or…
…democracy won’t stand for its control and power
Is Universal Basic Income and Socialism the future?
What form will future educational systems have?
What are life’s biggest illusions?
Thoughts on The Simulation
Old problems were about scarcity, now they’re about abundance
Author recommendations

https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1095428576076152832

Feb 13 11:33

Medical Expenses Contribute To Two-Thirds Of Bankruptcy Filings In U.S.

For many Americans, putting one’s health first can mean putting one’s financial status at risk. A study of bankruptcy filings in the United States showed that 66.5% were due, at least in part, to medical expenses.

The study, led by Dr. David Himmelstein, Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Hunter College and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, indicates that about 530,000 families each year are financially ruined by medical bills and sicknesses. It’s the first research of its kind to link medical expenses and bankruptcy since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010.

“Unless you’re Bill Gates, you’re just one serious illness away from bankruptcy,” Himmelstein says in a release by the Physicians for a National Health Program. “For middle-class Americans, health insurance offers little protection. Most of us have policies with so many loopholes, copayments and deductibles that illness can put you in the poorhouse.”

Feb 13 10:08

TULSI GABBARD WANTS TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA, PUNISH BIG PHARMA AND END PRIVATE PRISONS

Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii’s democratic congresswoman and one of many entrants in the crowded 2020 presidential race, is already turning heads thanks to her anti-interventionist foreign policy approach and progressive stance on a variety of issues, making her an outlier among establishment Democrats.

If her pre-campaign messaging and campaign launch speech are any indicator, the potential presidential contender has no intention of backing down – especially when it comes to her strong advocacy of medical marijuana and harsh criticisms of the criminal justice system and pharmaceutical industry.

Declaring her formal entrance into the Democratic Party presidential primaries, Gabbard issued a rousing call to end the for-profit prison industry, which has seen private corrections corporations rake in profits while shirking prisoners’ and immigrant detainees’ food, health care, and other essential services while exploiting incarcerated people as essentially slave labor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, because of Gabbard's duel status as a Vet, and as a peace advocate, the chances of her getting the (probably totally rigged again) Democratic nomination are zilch; but it is refreshing to have someone in the running who appears to stand on principle, and not being "bought off" by the large interest groups in this country with everything they have invested in keeping the status quo.

Feb 13 09:52

Would the government let Jesus cure cancer?

In the 1990s, I watched a federal trial in a Los Angeles courtroom. The defendant was charged with selling medical drugs without a license to practice medicine.

The defendant was prepared to argue that a) the substance he was selling was naturally produced in the body and b) it was effective.

The prosecution moved to exclude such testimony, on the grounds that it was irrelevant.

The judge agreed. Therefore, the trial was nasty, brutish, and short. The defendant was found guilty and sentenced to prison for several years.

This is how the federal bureaucracy operates. “Do you have a government-issued license to heal? No? You’re a criminal. End of story.”

I believe that if Jesus of Nazareth were walking the Earth today, in the United States, he would be arrested on the same grounds.

This would be particularly so if he were curing cancer.

Feb 13 08:55

How to test your drinking water and why you should do it

While we would love to be able to trust the liquid flowing from our faucets, anyone who pays even half-hearted attention to the news knows that we can no longer expect safety in our drinking water unless we confirm it ourselves.

Feb 13 08:34

Hands off ‘our hemisphere’ or Venezuela pays the price: US Senator warns Russia

This is pathetic. Without Venezuela and their gold the district of criminals is finished!

The US staked a claim on half the world, as Senate Armed Services Committee chair Jim Inhofe said Washington might have to intervene in Venezuela if Russia dares set up a military base not just there, but “in our hemisphere.”
“I think that it could happen,” Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) told a group of reporters on Tuesday. “You’ve got a guy down there that is killing everybody. You could have him put together a base that Russia would have on our hemisphere. And if those things happen, it may be to the point where we’ll have to intervene with troops and respond.”

Feb 13 08:25

Food industry criminality

In 1999, the CEOs of Kraft, Nabisco, Coca Cola and General Mills, met in Minneapolis to review the facts.

First, they got rid of employees who called the problem to their their attention.

Then they went after the scientists to destroy the reputation of anyone who studied the problem.

Sugar a leading cause of Heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and possibly even cancer.

Feb 13 08:16

The History of MIT's Blatant Suppression of Cold Fusion

A stunning report written by the late Eugene Mallove details the efforts of professors, researchers, and even the former President of MIT to squash cold fusion at all costs. If you have any doubt that Pons and Fleischmann had enemies desperately trying to discredit them, this article will erase it! A funeral party or wake to mock cold fusion was held by biased hot fusion scientists at MIT before their experiment to replicate Pons and Fleischmann's results was even complete!

Feb 13 07:41

Mexican Scientists Find a CURE for HPV (But Don't Expect to See It in the US)

A team of scientists in Mexico found a CURE for cancer-causing HPV. But don't hold your breath on this being approved in the US because it wouldn't be as profitable as Gardasil and cancer treatments.

Feb 12 19:17

Women-Led Team of Mexican Scientists Develop Cure for HPV, a Leading Cause of Cancer

Researchers at Mexico’s National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) are celebrating a major scientific achievement: a new treatment that they claim can completely cure the human papillomavirus (HPV), helping to curb a leading cause of deadly cancer among women.

Feb 12 13:03

SURPRISE! French Study Confirms Ultra-processed Foods Increase Risk Of Early Death

In a not so surprising announcement, a French team has discovered during a study that ultra-processed foods accelerate your risk of mortality. According to the new research, humans face a 14% higher risk of early death with each 10% increase in the amount of ultra-processed foods we eat.

Feb 12 13:01

Health Officials Warn: “It Isn’t Over Yet” As Ebola Outbreak Rages On And SPREADS

Nearly 100 children have died in during the most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Health officials are warning that it isn’t over yet as the disease continues to infect more people and spread further.

“We are at a crossroads,” Heather Kerr, Save the Children’s Country Director in DRC, said in a press release. “If we don’t take urgent steps to contain this, the outbreak might last another six months, if not the whole year.” According to the press release from Save the Children, 65 of the 97 children who have died since August were under the age of 5 years old. More than 180 other children have been orphaned by the disease’s most recent outbreak.

Feb 12 12:21

Scott Adams: Border Funding, Weed, #40YearsofFailure, Apologies

Will Congress ignore border experts and disrespect the public?
Any diff between the experts and Congress without explanation…
…is spitting in the face of the American public
“Finish the Wall” is clever framing
“USA” hats, seen at the rally last night, smart move by campaign
President Trump’s new hashtag for Iran, support for Iranian people
#40YearsofFailure
AOC…every Dem candidate for President, backs her Green Deal
AOC in effect is already running the Democrat party
Virginia’s non-quitters planning to hang in there
Supporters overlooking their sins cause they were so long ago
The 20 year rule applies, if they’re better people today
A “festival of apologies” is developing, between Dems
David Duke endorses Democrat Congressperson Omar
People can like something…for completely different reasons
Kamala supports recreational weed…cause it brings people joy

Feb 12 11:08

NASA Spies InSight Mars Lander from Space as It Hunts Marsquakes

NASA's InSight lander has been busy on Mars preparing to begin scientific observations, and the mission passed another milestone this weekend, when the spacecraft began preparing to deploy its final instrument.

That instrument is the heat probe, which, if all goes well, will drill itself about 16 feet (5 meters) into Mars over the course of about two months. The deployment process, like that for the lander's seismometer, relies on the grapple-like claw at the end of InSight's robotic arm. As of yesterday (Feb. 10), the claw is grasping the heat probe in preparation for deployment.

Feb 12 11:07

Ultima Thule Beyond Pluto Is Flat Like a Pancake (and Not a Space Snowman After All)

Ultima Thule doesn't look much like a snowman after all.

The final photos that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped of Ultima Thule during the probe's epic Jan. 1 flyby reveal the distant object to be far flatter than scientists had thought, mission team members announced today (Feb. 8).

"We had an impression of Ultima Thule based on the limited number of images returned in the days around the flyby, but seeing more data has significantly changed our view," New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, said in a statement. [New Horizons at Ultima Thule: Full Coverage]

"It would be closer to reality to say Ultima Thule's shape is flatter, like a pancake," Stern added. "But more importantly, the new images are creating scientific puzzles about how such an object could even be formed. We've never seen something like this orbiting the sun."

Feb 12 11:06

SpaceX Dragon Crew Demo-1 Flight to Space Station: What to Expect

SpaceX is gearing up for a big human-spaceflight milestone.

Elon Musk's company aims to fly the first demonstration mission of its Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) on March 2.

This flight, known as Demo-1, will be uncrewed. But if all goes well, Crew Dragon will likely carry astronauts to and from the orbiting lab for the first time this summer.

Feb 12 11:06

SpaceX's Raptor Engine Hits Power Level for Starship Launches, Elon Musk Says

A test fire of SpaceX's newest engine reached the power level necessary for the company's next round of rocket designs, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter.

"Raptor just achieved power level needed for Starship & Super Heavy," he tweeted on Feb. 7, four days after he shared a photograph of the first test of a flight-ready engine.

Feb 12 09:47

Russia Challenges US Defense in Space, Developing Capabilities - Intel Report

Russia is likely pursuing directed energy weapons including lasers that could take out enemy satellites, the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) said in a new assessment entitled "Challenges to Securities in Space".

"Russia likely is pursuing laser weapons to disrupt, degrade, or damage satellites and their sensors", the report said Monday.

Prior to July 2018, the report added, Russia began delivering a laser weapon system to the Aerospace Forces that is likely intended for an antisatellite (ASAT) mission.

Moreover, the document also claims Russia is developing enhanced on-orbit dual-use technology that can be used to attack and permanently disable satellites.

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