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Jul 21 09:17

“Smart” Toothbrushes Are Equipped With Interactive Wireless Displays—Radio Transmitters

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Do you brush your teeth with a ‘smart’ toothbrush?

Did you know there are ‘smart’ toothbrushes?

According to the package information that comes with the Oral-B Triaction/Precision 5000/5500, it contains an “interactive wireless display,” i.e., a radio transmitter that puts out electromagnetic frequencies. Holy moly—one more smart device to track us, even while brushing our teeth...

Jul 21 08:11

Citizens of Italy Unleash Mass Protests Against Mandatory Vaccination Law

Italy’s controversial new measure that requires young students to get vaccines against 12 common illnesses is not going over too well with the people, who have taken to the streets to protest the rule.

Jul 20 15:52

M 6.7 - 10km SSE of Bodrum, Turkey

Jul 20 14:52

FLASHBACK 2011 - Supreme Court vaccine ruling: parents can't sue drug makers for kids' health problems

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a federal law prohibits lawsuits against drug makers over serious side effects from childhood vaccines.

The court voted 6-2 against the parents of a child who sued the drug maker Wyeth in Pennsylvania state court, for the health problems they say their daughter, now 19, suffered from a vaccine she received in infancy.

The ruling was a stinging defeat for families dissatisfied with how they had fared before a special no-fault vaccine court.

Jul 20 13:51

Doctor Busted Running A Drug Ring That Would Make Walter White Jealous

Authorities arrested a doctor who allegedly flooded the streets of New Jersey with high dosage painkillers in a scheme potentially worth up to $7 million.

State Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced the bust at a press conference Wednesday in Newark, which included the arrest of 16 alleged leaders of the illicit operation. Dr. Craig Gialanella, a 53-year old internist with a practice in Belleville, N.J., is charged with running the drug ring, which distributed roughly 50,000 oxycodone 30-milligram pills between Jan. 1 and Dec. 7, 2017, reports Fox News.

Gialanella wrote prescriptions in the names of roughly 30 people living in Atlantic County, including the 16 members charged in connection to the scheme, which they would pay for with cash. The members than sold the pills on the streets, feeding opioid addiction in the state. Gialanella is believed to have written scripts for more than 350,000 oxycodone pills in total worth up to $7 million if sold on the street.

Jul 20 13:22

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)

On Aug. 21, 2017, people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. On that day, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse .

The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide. People who descend upon this "path of totality" for the big event are in for an unforgettable experience.

Here is Space.com's complete guide to the 2017 total solar eclipse. It includes information about where and when to see it, how long it lasts, what you can expect to see, and how to plan ahead to ensure you get the most out of this incredible experience.

Jul 20 13:20

It’s Been 25 Years Since The Alarmist Left Fooled Us Into Thinking The ‘Ozone Hole’ Hoax Would Kill Us All

DDT, GLOBAL COOLING, CHINA SYNDROME, OZONE HOLE, GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE CHANGE – THE LEFT MOVES SEAMLESSLY FROM ONE WORLD ENDING SNAKE OIL SCAM TO ANOTHER.

Jul 20 12:11

VIKING, LIFE ON MARS, AND DR. GILBERT LEVIN

I wrote this article in response to a news report that appeared the other day in the UK Independent. There just might be life on Mars....Nasa Curiosity rover picks up mysterious methane 'burps' that could possibly be coming from alien organisms

The gist of the story is that Curiosity has been detecting sudden bursts of methane erupting from small areas on the surface of Mars. These methane bursts are not explainable by geological processes, which tend to result in methane flowing steadily from large areas. But colonies of bacteria just under the surface would generate methane, which would accumulate until there was enough pressure for a "burp" to pop up through the overhead dust. Curiosity is going to perform more tests to try to confirm biological activity, and when they do, we can count on the present day NASA management to claim credit for what will truly be an Earth-shaking discovery.

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Jul 20 09:14

Medical, Disabilities And Discrimination Claims Can Be Filed Against States PUCs And Utilities

By Catherine J. Frompovich

According to Electrosmog Prevention, “Accommodations may be requested of the PUC or utility for qualifying disabilities or medical conditions [regarding EMFs/RFs radiation from AMI Smart Meters]. A discrimination complaint may be filed if accommodations aren’t met.”...

Jul 20 09:00

Eclipse to cause 'biggest traffic event in Oregon history'

ODOT is staffing up and warning drivers to be prepared to be stuck in their cars for hours during the solar eclipse.

Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Don Hamilton says the eclipse will cause "the biggest traffic event in Oregon history" on August 21.

State emergency management officials are estimating one million people from out of state are coming to Oregon to watch the eclipse. More rental cars and RVs will be added to our highways, not to mention rural single-lane roads to and from campsites.

ODOT is particularly worried about the highways to the Oregon Coast. The agency is halting any maintenance and construction in the days leading up to the eclipse just to keep roads clear. They will be closing truck weigh stations so ambulances, police or fire trucks can have room to park there in case of emergency. ODOT is even warning trucking companies of delayed deliveries until things calm down.

Jul 20 08:42

High-dose vitamin D found to HEAL sunburns by activating skin repair genes… so why won’t dermatologists recommend vitamin D?

In a new trial out of Case Western Reserve University that is the first of its kind, 20 participants were given a sunburn on their inner arm using a UV lamp and were then administered either a placebo pill or one containing vitamin D in dosages that ranged from 50,000 to 200,000 international units (IU).

The researchers then followed up with the participants 24, 48, and 72 hours after the experiment, as well as one week later, to collect skin biopsies and conduct further testing. The researchers found that Vitamin D was able to significantly reduce the skin redness and swelling that are hallmarks of sunburn, and even more surprisingly, it also activated skin repair genes that promote healing. Among those participants in the study who took a Vitamin D supplement an hour after getting burned, their level of healing was correlated to their dosage of Vitamin D.

Jul 20 08:29

Certain Antibiotics in First Trimester Up Risk of Major Birth Defects

Several common types of antibiotics were linked both to major congenital and to organ specific malformations in infants when taken during the first trimester of pregnancy, a retrospective Canadian cohort study found.
Exposure to antibiotics, such as clindamycin, doxycycline, quinolones, macrolides and phenoxymethylpenicillin, increased the risk of these birth defects, reported Flory T. Muanda, MD, of the University of Montreal, and colleagues.
However, there was no increased risk of major congenital malformations linked to exposure to amoxicillin, cephalosporins, or nitrofurantoin, the authors wrote in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

Jul 20 08:14

9-year-old's stumble leads to million-year-old fossil discovery

Nine-year-old Jude Sparks was playing with his brother in the New Mexican desert when he tripped and landed beside a massive skull.

"I didn't know what it was," Sparks, now aged 10, told El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA. "I just knew it wasn't usual."

Sparks later found out he stumbled upon an archaeological treasure: a mostly intact stegomastodon skull.

Jul 20 08:11

Why you should only buy organic strawberries: The summer-favorite fruit contains AT LEAST 20 pesticides

Strawberries contain the most pesticides of any fruit or vegetable, new research reveals.

The summer-favorite fruit contains at least 20 synthetic chemicals, a report found.

Jul 20 08:09

Fastest decline in solar activity in 9,300 years

“The recent prolonged solar minimum and subsequent weak solar cycle 24 have led to suggestions that the grand solar maximum may be at an end,” says this study on nature.com.The study, published in 2015, looked at past variations of solar activity. In 2010, the study found, scientists estimated a mere 8% chance of a return to Maunder Minimum-like conditions within the next 40 years.However, “the decline in solar activity has continued, to the time of writing, and is faster than any other such decline in 9,300 years.” (Italics added)

Jul 20 08:02

Gender Neutral Babies Are The Future" - Tucker Carlson VS Liberal SJW Feminist

Jul 20 07:25

Have YOU spotted it? Russia's 'artificial star' set to light up the sky reaches orbit (but nobody seems to be able to see it)

The Russian ‘artificial star’ Mayak has successfully made it to orbit, putting it on path to become one of the brightest objects in the night sky.
The satellite launched from Baikonur spaceport on July 14 aboard a Soyuz 2.1a rocket, and unfolded its sun reflector upon arrival to orbit.
Once the team has obtained its ID number, sky-gazers will be able to track its location using an app for iOS and Android.

Jul 19 23:00

Marijuana Industry Projected To Create More Jobs Than Manufacturing By 2020

Jobs. That is what the marijuana industry hopes will keep the Trump administration from cracking down on cannabis companies.

A new report from New Frontier Data projects that by 2020 the legal cannabis market will create more than a quarter of a million jobs. This is more than the expected jobs from manufacturing, utilities or even government jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jul 19 22:58

Marijuana Sales Totaled $6.7 Billion In 2016

North American marijuana sales grew by an unprecedented 30% in 2016 to $6.7 billion as the legal market expands in the U.S. and Canada, according to a new report by Arcview Market Research.

North American sales are projected to top $20.2 billion by 2021 assuming a compound annual growth rate of 25%. The report includes Canada for the first time as it moves towards implementing legal adult use marijuana.

Jul 19 22:47

Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana for Veterans

The leading lawmaking brass of the United States government is making a push to ensure that doctors employed with the Department of Veterans Affairs can finally write medical marijuana recommendations for those patients living in states with dispensary programs.

Earlier last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee put its seal of approval on an amendment that would—for the first time ever—make medical marijuana access for veterans a part of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.

The rider, which was introduced by Senators Steve Daines of Montana and Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon, would “prohibit the use of funds appropriated or other-wise made available under this Act to interfere with the ability of veterans to participate in medicinal marijuana programs approved by States or deny services to such veterans.”

Jul 19 22:04

The Cannabis Industry Apocalypse

Here is the plan.Sessions plans to seize the assets of the big Cannabis companies and use it to bust more people.

Another important clue to their plans comes from a recent DOJ announcement that the DOJ will no longer be donating part of the proceeds that it receives from civil asset forfeitures to a variety of non-profit groups but will instead be keeping all the proceeds for itself to be used for increased staffing and greater enforcement.

In order to address the lack of budget necessary to start large scale enforcement, the Christie Plan lays out the following actions:

Issue Subpoenas to the twenty-nine states that have legalized cannabis, in any form, and demand their entire set of licensing records, for growers, dispensers, doctors, and users.
Use conventional DOJ budgets to hire new DOJ staff to fight the states that refuse to turn over their licensing records. The DOJ will sue each state, in order or revenue, for compliance.

Jul 19 18:20

Taking antidepressants in pregnancy may raise risk of an autistic child, study suggests

Mothers who took antidepressants during pregnancy may be putting their children at risk of autism, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Bristol found that the children of women who took pills in pregnancy were 41 per cent more likely to be autistic.

However the absolute risk is still small, rising from 2.9 in 100 children to 4.1.

Up to eight per cent of pregnant women are prescribed antidepressants during their pregnancy in Britain, and there are around 700,000 births a year.

Jul 19 15:54

Plastic weighing equivalent of one billion elephants has been made since 1950s and most is now landfill

Researchers from the University of Georgia and the University of California found that by 2015 humans had generated 8.3 billion tons of plastics and 6.3 billion tons had become waste.

Only nine per cent of the waste plastic was recycled, 12 per cent was incinerated and 79 per cent had accumulated in landfill or the natural environment. If current trends continue, roughly 12 billion tons of plastic waste will be in landfills or polluting oceans by 2050.

Jul 19 15:52

Russia's Mayak satellite will be a bright shooting star in night sky, may outshine Venus and Jupiter

One of the 72 satellites included Mayak and all of these were sent into space aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket. Mayak, the meaning of which in English is beacon, has been developed by Moscow Polytechnic University (MAMU). The satellite, a standard cubesat, is roughly the size of a loaf of bread.

The satellite could become the third brightest object in the sky only after the Sun and the Moon, thanks to the Mayak 3U-CubeSat that will deploy a large tetrahedron-shaped solar reflector.

Mayake, created by young scientists, is the first crowdfunding spacecraft in the history of Russia.

Jul 19 15:46

Artificial sweeteners linked with weight gain, little health benefit

The scientists took a comprehensive look at more than 11,000 studies and found that, for overweight individuals or those with high blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes, the benefits of consuming zero-calorie, "non-nutritive sweeteners" were modest to nil. For other people, there was an increased risk of weight gain, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke and heart disease.

"Overall, the evidence does not support the intended purpose of weight loss and suggests that there might be adverse effects in the long term," said Meghan Azad, lead author of the review and an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba.

Jul 19 15:33

UK gets first publicly available dedicated cannabis research facility

Cannabinoid biotechnology company MediPen is launching its own dedicated 1,800ft sq marijuana research facility this summer, which will also provide a platform for anyone looking to utilise its facilities for the purposes of driving innovation around the use of medicinal cannabis.

The company, which has had big success selling non-psychoactive CBD vaporisers that users claim to have a long list of medicinal benefits, is currently in the process of securing a license from the Home Office to import and work with controlled compounds found in cannabis so it can study the plant in greater detail.

These include ?9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which will be studied in the laboratory with regard to cancer patients and with the aim of minimising the negative impact of existing chemotherapy-based treatments such as nausea and vomiting through its antiemetic properties, along with attempting to suppress metastasis through inhibiting the proliferation of cancer cells.

Jul 19 15:14

Court Rules That Employees Can’t Be Fired For Medical Marijuana

By John Vibes

This week, The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that businesses can not fire employees for using medical marijuana if they have a legal prescription. Under the ruling, employees will be able to sue for handicap discrimination if they are fired for their medical marijuana use.

The ruling came in the case of Christina Barbuto, a former employee of Advantage Sales and Marketing, who said she was fired because she tested positive for marijuana, despite the fact that she was legally allowed to use the drug under state law. Barbuto was prescribed cannabis by her doctor to help with complications caused by Crohn’s disease...

Jul 19 14:26

DC Allows Doctors To Prescribe Life-Ending Medications

Doctors and pharmacies in the nation’s capital are now allowed to prescribe life-ending medications to terminally ill patients.

Jul 19 10:50

In pushing malaria drug finding, the mainstream media accidentally admits Zika virus vaccines are obsolete

Upon first glance, you might not even notice the line in the Daily Mail article. After gushing about a malaria drug that they say can protect fetuses against Zika, they admitted that Zika virus vaccines are not a viable option, writing: “However, to this date no medics have been able to offer a medical option – such as drugs or vaccines – to protect them or their unborn children from infection.”

Jul 19 09:58

‘Serial Killers’: FDA Panel Recommends Approving 1st Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment

A Food and Drug Administration panel has approved the first-ever gene therapy to treat Leukemia. The immunotherapy works by genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight cancer and bolsters the immune system to shut down the disease.
A panel of cancer experts unanimously endorsed the leukemia treatment on Wednesday in a 10-0 vote, according to AP. The FDA is not required to follow the panel’s recommendation, but often does.

Jul 19 09:13

Why Smallpox Will Make A Comeback: Canadian Researchers Spend Only $100,000 To Reconstitute Extinct Virus

The Eradication of smallpox was arguably one of the greatest medical achievements of the modern era. A disease which killed at least 300 million people in the 20th century alone, was snuffed out after decades of hard work by scientists and doctors, and after over a billion dollars (adjusted for inflation) was spent on vaccination campaigns.

Unfortunately, this achievement could be easily undone with modern technology, and at a tiny fraction of what it initially cost to eradicate smallpox. Last week it was revealed that a team of Canadian researchers managed to synthesize an extinct strain of smallpox, by piecing together several mail order samples.

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Why?

I guess smallpox vaccine sales were slow!

Jul 19 08:29

Trump pivots from Obamacare repeal to ordering Republicans to 'let it fail'

The president spoke as a new plan to simply repeal the 2010 law with no replacement was in effect strangled at birth by a deeply divided party. This followed the withdrawal of legislation, blindsiding the president, on Monday night.

Venting his frustration, Trump said: “Let Obamacare fail and it will be a lot easier. And I think we’re probably in that position where we’ll let Obamacare fail. We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”

Jul 19 07:58

The mystery of the millions of yellow sponges colonizing France's northern beaches

Hundreds of thousands of mysterious yellow sponge-like balls have populated beaches in northern France sparking confusion among the area's residents and holidaymakers.

Jul 19 07:20

“Sweden Bans Mandatory Vaccinations Over ‘Serious Heath Concerns'”

““NHF Sweden sent a letter to the Committee and explained that it would violate our Constitution if we introduced compulsory vaccinations, or mandatory vaccinations as was submitted in Arkelsten’s motion… there’s a massive resistance to all forms of coercion with regard to vaccinations.”

“Robert F. Kennedy Jr. recently appeared on the Tucker Carlson Show and bravely exposed the “lawless mafia state” that is Big Pharma and their “extremely lucrative” vaccines scam. “The pharmaceutical industry is so powerful,” RFK Jr explained. “They give $5.4 billion a year to the media. They’ve gotten rid of the lawyers, so there is no legal interest in those cases. They have really been able to control the debate and silence people like me.”

Jul 18 15:53

MASS VIOLENCE LINKED TO PRESCRIPTION PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATIONS - A RESOURCE PAGE

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Jul 18 15:35

Landmark Study Shows Antidepressants Make People ‘TWICE as Likely’ to Consider Violence & Suicide

According to the latest research coming out of the United Kingdom, patients should think twice before taking SSRI antidepressant medications. Brand names can include Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa and others. Researchers in the UK evaluated clinical trials of SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors) and concluded healthy adults, who had showed no signs of depression before the clinical trials began, reported double the risk of having feelings which could lead to suicide and violence.

In other words, the control group, the group of normal individuals who did not have depression but were given the antidepressant medications during the trial phase of the drug company’s research, reported they had experienced suicidal thoughts and ideations, and thoughts of violence. Put bluntly, antidepressants can potentially make a normal person want to kill themselves or others.

Jul 18 15:34

Could antidepressants make you violent? Young people who take drugs including Prozac are '50% more likely to be convicted of assault and murder'

Popular antidepressant pills make young people violent, it is feared.

An Oxford University study found that men – and women – in their late teens and early 20s – were almost 50 per cent more likely to be convicted of offences from assault to murder when taking SSRI drugs.

This family of anti-depressants includes Prozac, as well as Seroxat, Lustral, Cipralex and Cipramil, the most commonly prescribed of the pills.

One in eight Britons takes SSRIs each year – and the number of prescription has doubled in the last decade.

Jul 18 15:32

New Evidence that Antidepressants Are Causing an Epidemic of Violence

An article in the current British Medical Journal explains why the link is stronger than previously thought. Action Alert!

ANH-USA has researched dozens of the most high-profile cases of violent crimes over the last few decades. We found that in just under half of the cases (eleven out of twenty-three), the perpetrator was documented to be taking, or had recently stopped taking, some form of antidepressant or antipsychotic medication.

In another seven cases, the killer had been on these medications earlier. We suspect that number is even higher, but the information is either not publicly available or not known.

Jul 18 15:22

Medicated to Death: SSRIs and Mass Killings

According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, “There are cases where we cannot rule out a causal relationship [of hostility, anxiety, and sudden acts of violence] with the medication.” And in the FDA formulation: “Antidepressant medicines may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teenagers, and young adults within the first few months of treatment.”

https://www.corbettreport.com/medicated-to-death-ssris-and-mass-killings/

Jul 18 14:22

Has the time come to move to a single-payer health-care plan?

As the health care debate proceeds, the thing that strikes me most is the complexity of our current system. Obamacare is clearly a compromise — suggested originally by the Heritage Foundation — that builds on our existing employer-based system and Medicaid. It can, and does, work in states that support it, but can fall apart otherwise. And the recent proposals in the House and Senate bills will create enormous hardship for millions of people.

Jul 18 13:57

Elon Musk: Regulate Artificial Inteligence ‘Before It’s Too Late’

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is once again calling for the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI), warning that “by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late”.

Jul 18 09:48

GMOs Just Got A Lot More Frightening With Approval Of New Monsanto Product

The EPA just told Monsanto they could go ahead and bypass spraying our crops with carcinogenic chemicals like Round Up and just go ahead and breed them right into the crops themselves. Using a process called RNA interference, Monsanto’s RNAi plant will supposedly kill pesky rootworms when they come along to chomp on them- but what else will these genetically modified crops do to beneficial bugs, the soil, and human health? The EPA has no idea, because they haven’t done a single trial on RNAi-altered crops.

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RNA is much less stable than DNA. Tinkering with RNA can go wildly out of control very quickly.

Jul 18 09:38

Video Shows New Military Laser Weapon Test!

Jul 18 09:26

M 7.7 - 198km ESE of Nikol'skoye, Russia

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Lots of aftershocks! Plus the big quake in Peru.

Jul 18 08:55

2 more GOP senators oppose health bill, killing it for now

The latest GOP effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare" was fatally wounded in the Senate Monday night when two more Republican senators announced their opposition to legislation strongly backed by President Donald Trump.

The announcements from Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas left the Republican Party's long-promised efforts to get rid of President Barack Obama's health care legislation reeling. Next steps, if any, were not immediately clear.

Lee and Moran both said they could not support Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's legislation in its current form. They joined GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, both of whom announced their opposition right after McConnell released the bill last Thursday.

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Jul 18 08:41

Taking a Stand: 22,000 Nurses Refuse “Mandatory” Vaccinations

Nurses are taking a stand against mandatory vaccinations, at the risk of losing their jobs.

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"If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." -- Thomas Jefferson

Jul 18 07:23

Solar Eclipse 2017: Oregon Officials Warn to Stockpile Food, Prepare to Shelter In Place

As the Aug. 21 full solar eclipse grows near, Lincoln City resident Laura Green and her neighbors are at ground zero.

Jul 18 05:05

VIDEO: US NAVY SHOWS OFF WORLDS FIRST ACTIVE DRONE-KILLING LASER WEAPON

In the sometimes hostile waters of the Persian Gulf looms the US Navy’s first — in fact, the world’s first — active laser weapon. The LaWS, an acronym for Laser Weapons System, is not science fiction. It is not experimental. It is deployed on board the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship, ready to be fired at targets today and every day by Capt. Christopher Wells and his crew.

Jul 17 15:40

Fracking wastewater found to contaminate lakes

A study published online in Environmental Science and Technology, the flagship journal of the American Chemical Society, revealed that treated wastewater from a hydraulic fracturing site has heavily contaminated a Pennsylvania watershed with billions of gallons of toxic chemicals. Furthermore, according to a Pennsylvania report, 10,000 unconventional oil and gas wells in the Marcellus Shale produced as much as 1.7 billion gallons of wastewater — which are treated haphazardly by wastewater treatment facilities before being dumped into the lake’s surface — in 2015 alone.

Jul 17 15:29

‘Serial Killers’: FDA Panel Recommends Approving 1st Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment

A Food and Drug Administration panel has approved the first-ever gene therapy to treat Leukemia. The immunotherapy works by genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight cancer and bolsters the immune system to shut down the disease.

A panel of cancer experts unanimously endorsed the leukemia treatment on Wednesday in a 10-0 vote, according to AP. The FDA is not required to follow the panel’s recommendation, but often does.

Jul 17 12:01

FLUOROQUINOLONE (CIPRO, LEVAQUIN, AVALOX) ANTIBIOTICS THAT CAN RUIN YOU!!

Cipro, Levaquin, Avalox, nearly every generic ending in “quin”, “oxacin,””ox,”…are all part of a large family of antibiotics called “Fluoroquinolones.” The FDA finally updated their warning on these antibiotics as of July, 2016. They site “multiple system damage that may be irreversible.” Permanent, you guys.

Jul 17 09:27

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG WHEN GOOGLE RELEASES MILLIONS OF “LAB-MADE” MOSQUITOS IN FRESNO?

Sometimes you have to think that scientists don’t ever read science fiction, and thus have not even contemplated all the things that could go wrong when they do something like creating 20 million mosquitos in a laboratory, infecting them with a bacteria, and then releasing those mosquitos in Fresno, California.

First of all, did you even know that Google had a bio-lab? They do and it’s called Verily. Which, I dunno, sounds rather biblical. “Verily, I say unto you…we are the purveyors of all that is The Truth.”

But I digress.

Verily plans to create 20 million mosquitoes and infect them with a bacteria in their laboratories. Then, the mosquitos will be released on the unsuspecting populace of Fresno, California, a city with over half a million people.

Why? Because, Zika.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Playing with the building blocks of life - like DNA - can have profoundly negative consequences, if things go out of control here.

This process has not been fully vetted, and there has not been nearly enough time for the State of California to sign off it, as safe.

But then again, the safety of Californians hasn't been a concern of its government for quite some time now.

Jul 17 08:48

Toxins in water under Tennessee power plant causing alarm

Memphis residents are as proud of their sweet-tasting water as their barbecue and blues. The water - drawn from the Memphis Sand aquifer beneath this Tennessee city - is so revered that a city utility called it a "community treasure" in an online report on its cleanliness.

So alarms went off after state environmental officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority revealed this week that high levels of arsenic and lead had been found in groundwater beneath the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant in southwest Memphis. The toxins were detected in wells where pollution is monitored from ponds that hold coal ash - the dirty byproduct left from burning coal to generate electricity.

Jul 17 08:14

Iranian Robot Surena Mini Dance Moves

Jul 17 07:57

Microsoft cuts off Windows 10 support early for some PCs

An entire generation of PCs, most only three or four years old, are now unable to receive new feature updates to Windows 10. If Microsoft doesn't deliver a patch within the next six to nine months, those PCs could be cut off from security fixes.

Jul 17 07:56

High blood pressure warning: Swapping sugar for sweetener in tea may be more harmful

However, the new research has revealed that artificial sweeteners may have a negative effect on metabolism, gut bacteria and appetite.

The study authors looked at 400,000 people for an average of ten years.

They found no consistent effect of artificial sweeteners on weight loss, despite this being a major selling point - in fact they tended to make people gain weight.

Dr. Ryan Zarychanski, study author from the University of Manitoba, said: “Despite the fact that millions of individuals routinely consume artificial sweeteners, relatively few patients have been included in clinical trials of these products.

“We found that data from clinical trials do not clearly support the intended benefits of artificial sweeteners for weight management."

Jul 17 04:52

What Could Possibly Go Wrong When Google Releases Millions of “Lab-Made” Mosquitos in Fresno?

This sounds like the first chapter of a sci-fi book about the Mosquito Apocalypse, but unfortunately, it's real.

Google's life science division is unleashing 20 million lab-made, bacteria infected on Fresno residents...without their consent.

Jul 16 15:01

Nevada Declares State Of Emergency Over Weed Shortages

By Aaron Kesel

Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval declared a state of emergency over recreational marijuana regulations after the Nevada Tax Commission reported a shortage of medical weed in its many stores.

The Nevada Tax Commission stated that it will consider implementing emergency regulations on July 13 to provide a stronger structure for marijuana distribution to retailers. These new regulations would also allow for liquor wholesalers to get into the marijuana business...

Jul 16 10:14

China unveils gene technology to create SUPERHUMANS with hyper-muscular test-tube dogs

The dogs, which are test tube bred in a lab, have twice the muscle mass of their natural counterparts and are considerably stronger and faster. The canine genome has been especially difficult to engineer and replicate – but its close similarity to the human genome means it has long been the prize of geneticists

Jul 16 08:17

REVEALED: Why you’re more likely to be a criminal if you’re born in the 70s

Researchers at Princeton University and Brown University uncovered a link between exposure to lead in peoples’ younger years and criminal behaviour.

The material was a key component in paint during the 1960s and 1970s, before it was banned from house paint in 1976.

Leaded gasoline was also phased out between 1979 and 1986.

Exposure to lead in preschool years significantly increases the likelihood children will be suspended or incarcerated during school, the study found.

They correlated falling rates of antisocial behaviour with the decline in lead paint used over the past few decades.

Researchers discovered children aged up to six-years-old who had been exposed to lead showed displayed more aggressive behaviour, had trouble paying attention and exhibited poorer thinking skills and impulse control.

Links have been established between getting into trouble in school and going on to be involved in crime as adults.

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You have to wonder if this kind of exposure leads to the utter craziness we see on display in Washington DC these days!!

Jul 16 08:15

Chinese villagers fight for return of ‘stolen’ 1,000yo mummified monk

Chinese villagers are fighting a court battle in the Netherlands to retrieve a 1,000-year-old statue containing the remains of a Buddhist monk.

The unusual artefact, which villagers say was stolen from their homeland, allegedly went missing from a temple in Yangchun in China’s Fujian province in 1995. It was not seen again until it was spotted in a museum in Hungary as part of a visiting exhibition two decades later.

Jul 16 08:13

Mystery Of Ancient Roman Concrete That Still Stands Strong – Has A 2,000-Year-Old Engineering Puzzle Been Solved?

Scientists now think they have finally cracked Romans’ secret of durable marine concrete. If this is the case, we could use a similar technology to build modern sea defenses which withstand time and tide.

According to Professor Marie Jackson, a geology and geophysics research professor at the University of Utah who studied these intriguing ancient Roman buildings, our ancestors used a mix of volcanic ash, lime (calcium oxide), seawater and lumps of volcanic rock to hold together the structures.

Jul 16 08:05

U.S. Taxpayers Fund Heroin Vaccine, Despite U.S. Government Being The Biggest Heroin Dealer

Many of us just pay our taxes on a yearly basis and have absolutely no idea where they’re going. Are they funding new medical research? War? The elite’s agenda? The reality is that your taxpayers’ dollars support all of these things and more, despite the fact that you may not knowingly support them yourself. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society titled “Development of a Clinically Viable Heroin Vaccine” has been making recent headlines, hinting at fewer heroin users in the United States. The irony here is that taxpayer dollars are being spent to develop a vaccine against drug users supporting the very drug trade the U.S. government and the medical industry have so heavily invested in maintaining.

Jul 16 07:34

Outrageous Massachusetts Drug Bill Would Send You to Prison and Steal Your Car—No Drugs Needed

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Outrageous Massachusetts Drug Bill Would Send You to Prison and Steal Your Car—No Drugs Needed
The proposed measure redefines reality to make a drug crime out of literally nothing.
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With the support of state law enforcement, a Massachusetts Democratic state representative has filed a drug war bill that would send violators to prison for a mandatory minimum two years (five years for a second offense) and allow police to seize their vehicles—all without the presence of any actual drugs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American comedian Ron White has a marvelous one-liner; "You can't fix stupid."

And this is about as stupid and counter-productive as a proposed allegedly "anti-drug" piece of legislation gets.

I have to wonder if Representative Hays is absolutely pig-ignorant, or is experiencing a bad case of SMD (selective memory disorder) on what happened in Portugal when they decriminalised small amounts of drugs for personal use.

Portugal decriminalised drugs 14 years ago; and now, hardly anyone dies of an overdose.

Their focus was not punitive, but on counseling and rehabilitation; and it worked.

I also have to wonder how much the guy is getting in campaign contributions from the private prison industry; the pharmaceutical industry; and the alcohol industry, that he is pushing so hard in this direction.

Jul 16 07:13

Is California Bailing Out Tesla through the Backdoor?

Tesla will soon hit the limit of the federal tax rebates, which are good for the first 200,000 EVs sold in the US per manufacturer beginning in December 2009 (IRS explanation). In the second quarter after the manufacturer hits the limit, the subsidy gets cut in half, from $7,500 to $3,750; two quarters later, it gets cut to $1,875. Two quarters later, it goes to zero.

Jul 15 13:18

Walmart shopper catches large snake in parking lot

This lady knows high quality protein when she sees it and what a deal.

July 13 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma woman who spotted a large snake slithering around the parking lot of her local Walmart didn't wait for authorities -- she grabbed the serpent herself.

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/04/26/Police-round-up-40-snakes-dumpe...

Jul 15 08:37

Mountain of God volcano eruption 'imminent' as scientists fear loss of historic sites

Scientists studying the tremors of the volcano have warned it may blow 'any second', destroying the invaluable sites forever.

The 7,650ft volcano, also known as Ol Doinyo Lengai, is less than 70 miles from where footprints left by our ancestors 3.6 million years ago were found.

It is also close to a spot where 400 human footprints from 19,000 years ago were discovered by scientists.

Jul 15 08:24

Germany: Infectious Diseases Spreading as Migrants Settle In

A failed asylum seeker from Yemen who was given sanctuary at a church in northern Germany to prevent him from being deported has potentially infected more than 50 German children with a highly contagious strain of tuberculosis.

Jul 15 07:48

A possible end to mission Red Planet? NASA can't send humans on Mars due to lack of money!

US space agency NASA has admitted that it cannot afford to send humans on Mars because it lacks enough funding.
The space agency has been in news for years regarding the future possiblity of sending humans on the red planet.
As per a report published in Deccan Chronicle, a meet of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts held on July 12 and NASA admitted the same in the meeting.

Jul 14 18:53

Flashback: Prozac 'found in drinking water'

The Observer says the revelations raise new fears over how many prescriptions for the drug are given out by doctors.

In the decade leading up to 2001, the number of prescriptions for antidepressants went up from nine million per year to 24 million per year, says the paper.

The Environment Agency report concluded that the Prozac in the water table could be potentially toxic and said the drug was a "potential concern".

The exact amount of Prozac in the nation's drinking water is not known.

Jul 14 18:52

Flashback: Mainstream media pushes malicious fluoride lie: Fluoride-free bottled water is harming children, they claim!

What you are seeing in this push for fluoride in bottled water is a desperate attempt by globalist controlled to make sure that people cannot avoid the mind-numbing effects of fluoride. The availability of clean, filtered bottled water has angered the globalists because it gives people a way to avoid consuming fluoride chemicals. This, in turn, causes more people to awaken from their mind-numbed slumber and start questioning the world around them.

Yes, Prozac is 18.4% fluoride, by molecular weight. Luvox is 17.9% fluoride. Paxil is 6.1% fluoride. All these drugs numb your mind, using fluoride as the key element that reacts with your brain tissue.

Jul 14 17:06

Rising Budget Stakes for Space Warfare

As a backdrop to the Russia-gate hysteria and the heightened fear of China is a budget war over how much U.S. taxpayer money to pour into space warfare, explains Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall There’s a civil war being fought on our nation’s soil, right in our capital. It pits the Secretary of Defense and senior generals against a bipartisan band of militant legislators who accuse the Pentagon of standing pat while Russian and China work to achieve military superiority over the United States in space.

Jul 14 16:39

Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

Amazingly, it's not Keith Richards

Jul 14 15:16

Mentally Ill Inmates In Solitary Confinement Too Long – Watchdog

Inmates with mental health issues are kept in solitary confinement longer than their peers in federal prisons, according to a new study that finds the mentally ill spend years holed up without any human contact or treatment for their disorders.

Although the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) claims it does not keep inmates in solitary confinement, a large number of inmates with mental illness were found to be confined to “restrictive housing units” for long periods of time in violation of federal policy, according to a report released Wednesday by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Jul 14 13:10

Why is China buying the world's seeds?

Two weeks ago, state-owned ChemChina finalized its $44 billion purchase of the Swiss pesticides and seeds giant, Syngenta. It was China's biggest foreign takeover of all time.

Jul 14 09:17

National Academy Of Agricultural Sciences Ditches Science For Spin In Push For GM Mustard

The case surrounding the approval of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India is coming to a head on the back of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) recommending approval. The final decision now rests with Harsh Vardhan, minister of the environment. As India’s first commercial GM food crop, the concern is that it is in effect a Trojan horse crop and an unlawful attempt to impose GM food crops on the country. At present, the only GM crop planted in India is cotton.

Jul 14 08:41

Solar panel manufacturing devastates the environment with toxic heavy metals, warns report

While the theory is that solar energy is cleaner than other types of energy, the sad fact is that the environmental cost of solar panels outweighs the cost of nuclear energy, by far. A recent report from the pro-nuclear group Environmental Progress claims that solar panels produce 300 times more waste than nuclear power plants for every single unit of electricity produced. As it turns out, solar panels rely on a variety of heavy metals that are known to be toxic, such as lead and cadmium. This is made worse by the fact that very little has been done to plan for solar waste and the issues it might cause for the environment.

Jul 14 08:40

Fracking waste contaminates Penn. watershed with radioactive material

Stream sediments in Pennsylvania downstream from two fracking wastewater treatment facilities were found to contain radioactive material and carcinogens, according to study scientists from Penn State, Colorado State and Dartmouth universities.

The study’s findings, published Thursday, came after Penn State’s Bill Burgos and his fellow scientists sought to discover what had been the effect of the strategy of treating and releasing fracking wastewater, according to the Independent.

They sampled sediments and groundwater from the Conemaugh River water, downstream from two facilities that were created to make the water used in the fracking process fit for release into the environment.

Jul 14 08:30

JEFF SESSIONS TO REVIVE D.A.R.E. TO HOOK MORE KIDS ON DRUGS AND BOLSTER PRISON PROFITS

In his sanctimonious quest to revive the laughably inept war on drugs, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions now champions this stellar plan: resuscitate the interventionist prevention program — proven wholly worthless by the government, itself — known as D.A.R.E.

Yep — believe it or not — you heard right: D.A.R.E.

Apparently deaf — or, perhaps, oblivious — to all evidence the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program should better be called an hilarious exercise in how not to convince kids to keep away from substances the State deems illegal, Sessions touted its myriad imaginary successes recently, asserting,

“I believe that DARE was instrumental to our success by educating children on the dangers of drug use. I firmly believe that you have saved lives. And I want to say thank you for that. Whenever I ask adults around age 30 about prevention, they always mention the DARE program. Your efforts work. Lives and futures are saved.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Attorney General Sessions, a word, please: doing something precisely the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome... is a classic definition of insanity.

The D.A.R.E program never worked; but what Portugal did regarding drugs did.

It is profoundly unfortunate that you so intently resist what has actually worked in the real word, so I am compelled to ask; are you deliberately ignorant, or you experiencing a really bad episode of SMD (selective memory disorder)?!?

Portugal decriminalised drugs 14 years ago; and now, hardly anyone dies from overdosing.

What they found was that, through this program, teens were infinitely less likely to experiment with drugs, and counselling, rather than jail, helped people immeasurably in getting off drugs.

Oh, and BTW, how much of your financial portfolio is invested in private prisons?!?

Because that is what this country will be filling up, if drug policies do not change for the better in this country.

Jul 14 07:59

Fracking can contaminate rivers and lakes with radioactive material, study finds

The vast amount of waste water produced by fracking can contaminate rivers, lakes and other waterways with radioactive material and hormone-affecting chemicals, according to new research.

The study tested sediments and groundwater downstream of a treatment plant in Pennsylvania that was designed to make the water used as part of the fracking process fit for release into the environment.

The scientists, from Pennsylvania State University and other academic institutions, discovered that despite this process there were “high loads of chloride, barium, strontium, radium and organic compounds” in the Conemaugh River watershed.

Stream sediments in Blacklick Creek, just downstream from one treatment plant, were found to contain about 200 times the level of radium upstream of the plant.

The highest concentration of radium found was just 14 per cent below the level at which it would have to be treated as radioactive waste in some US states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If, in fact, this data is correct, why in the name of heaven is this process still allowed to continue in the US?!?

Because of one 5 letter word: money.

And it's never the executives of the companies doing the fracking who have to live with environmental and health consequences of these processes; it is the "flyover/expendable" Americans who are forced to live with the consequences of these practices.

And of course, oil companies are very generous contributors to both Republicans and Democrats, so do not expect the political class in this country to even attempt to protect their "alleged" constituents from the harm fracking creates.

oil and gas: top political recipients of contributions

What is it going to take to get this process to stop?!?

I would imagine that a couple of high profile "Erin Brokovich"- type, class action lawsuits, in concert, just might. But it's going to take some attorneys with skills, and courage, to get the kind of compensation people who have suffered dramatically because of fracking in their neighborhood deserve.

Jul 14 07:46

Beware the Horsepox Virus

By Rosanne Lindsay

Beware the horsepox virus, resurrected from the dead. Symptoms may include a desire to neigh, snort, and gallop with the herd. But seriously…

This latest lab-created horsepox virus is said to be the cousin of the smallpox virus, which health authorities claim was formally eradicated from the planet in 1980. Why eradicate one “deadly” virus only to revive its cousin? What is the purpose in that?...

Jul 14 07:38

Tennessee restricts use of Monsanto pesticide as problems spread

Tennessee on Thursday imposed restrictions on the use of dicamba, a flagship pesticide for Monsanto Co, to become the fourth state to take action as problems spread over damage the weed killer causes to crops not genetically modified to withstand it.

Dicamba is sprayed by farmers on crops genetically modified to resist it but it has drifted, damaging vulnerable soybeans, cotton and other crops across the southern United States. Farmers have fought with neighbors over lost crops and brought lawsuits against dicamba producers.

Arkansas banned its use last week and Missouri, which initially halted dicamba spraying, has joined Tennessee with tight restrictions on when and in what weather spraying can be done. Kansas is investigating complaints.

Monsanto, which said it has spent years working to make dicamba stickier and limit drift when it is sprayed, is campaigning to overturn the bans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One can only hope that the lawsuits against this company will ultimately cause it to go bankrupt, for all the evil and harm it has created.

Jul 14 07:25

Nasa admits it can't afford to land humans on Mars

While it might still be able to fly people to the red planet, touching down is a different matter entirely

Jul 14 07:24

Tardigrades: Earth’s unlikely beacon of life that can survive a cosmic cataclysm

Whether it is a supernova or an asteroid impact, should a cosmic calamity strike, it seems there will be at least one form of life left: a tubby, microscopic animal with the appearance of a crumpled hoover bag.

The creatures, known as tardigrades, are staggeringly hardy animals, a millimetre or less in size, with species living in wet conditions that range from mountain tops to chilly ocean waters to moss and lichen on land.

“They can survive incredible conditions – we are talking close to absolute zero, the vacuum of space, exposure to radiation that would kill us, and these things just walk away from it like nothing happened,” said David Sloan, an astrophysicist from the University of Oxford.

Now new research by Sloan and colleagues has shown that the creatures would survive any cosmic disaster that might conceivably be thrown at Earth – a discovery that could have implications elsewhere in the solar system, and beyond.

Jul 13 18:48

STATINS WARNING: Heart medicine pills 'do more HARM than good'

Analysis showed those who suffer a heart attack and take a daily cholesterol-busting pill for five years will increase their life expectancy by just four days.

The research casts fresh doubt on the effectiveness of drugs prescribed to six million people in the UK and has reignited the debate over their true worth.

A coalition of experts in Britain and the US joined forces to declare there is “no consistent evidence” that the pills reduce death rates.

They claimed that the pro-statin lobby is funded by pharmaceutical giants and simply based on “cherry-picked science”.

The senior medics suggest the simplest and safest way to achieve a healthy heart is through better diet and more exercise.

Jul 13 15:27

Moon Express Announces Plans To Build Lunar Outpost By 2020

After several years of secrecy, a company called Moon Express revealed the scope of its ambitions on Wednesday.

And they are considerable. The privately held company released plans for a single, modular spacecraft that can be combined to form successfully larger and more capable vehicles. Ultimately the company plans to establish a lunar outpost in 2020 and set up commercial operations on the Moon.

Jul 13 13:37

In India, National Academy Of Agricultural Sciences Ditches Science For Spin In Push For GM Mustard

The case surrounding the approval of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India is coming to a head on the back of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) recommending approval. The final decision now rests with Harsh Vardhan, minister of the environment. As India’s first commercial GM food crop, the concern is that it is in effect a Trojan horse crop and an unlawful attempt to impose GM food crops on the country. At present, the only GM crop planted in India is cotton.

Jul 13 13:32

Quantum Physics Breakthrough in Communication & Teleportation

The experiment saw Chinese scientists send a photon up away from Earth, further than ever before.

Teleportation of this kind uses the bizarre effects of quantum entanglement, rather than physically hurling the object itself over distances. Instead it transfers the information about a photon to another point in space – creating a faithful replication of the object.

Jul 13 13:24

Mercury And Autism Relationship Confirmed In Longitudinal Study

The international journal Science of the Total Environment has just published a compelling study from the Republic of Korea, where autism prevalence is high. The study identifies a strong relationship between prenatal and early childhood exposure to mercury and autistic behaviors in five-year-olds. Lead author...

Jul 13 13:10

The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
George Orwell

All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force.
George Orwell ......

Jul 13 08:29

Nation "Too Broke" for Universal Healthcare to Spend $406 Billion More on F-35

There always another $27 billion or lying around, it seems, when Lockheed Martin needs more money for expensive weapons system

Jul 13 08:26

INCREDIBLE IMAGES OF THE GREAT RED SPOT

On July 10th, NASA's Juno spacecraft swooped over the Great Red Spot of Jupiter, only 9000 km above its swirling cloudtops. First-look images have just been released. Behold, the biggest storm in the Solar System photographed from point blank range:

Jul 13 08:24

Vapen Clear: Meet The World’s First Cannabis Inhaler

By Organic & Healthy

We are in the generation of social and medical cannabis evolution. Not only are the numbers of cannabis advocates increasing, but creative innovators around the globe are developing new ideas left and right.

There are now more ways than ever to get your medicinal or social intake of marijuana. If you thought you’ve seen it all, though, think again. The world’s first-ever cannabis inhaler is starting to roll out and goes by the name of Vapen Clear, and there’s nothing else like it out there...

Jul 13 08:17

Fracking can contaminate rivers and lakes with radioactive material, study finds

Stream sediments were found to be so radioactive they were nearly at the level that would require disposal in a specialist facility in some US states

Jul 13 07:45

Chickenpox jab offered on the High Street

Vaccinations against chickenpox are to be offered on the High Street for the first time.

Superdrug will be offering it at 58 of its specialist pharmacist stores at the cost of £130 for a two-dose course.

Jul 12 21:56

Stop WWIII! They Shot Their Wad; We Now are in Negative Nothing Burger Time to Counterattack July 12, 2017

The latest hot dummy bombshell directed at the U.S. population about President Trump concerns— hold your breath—the fact that Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner met for 20 minutes soon after Trump won the Republican nomination with a Russian lawyer who, it was claimed, would offer damning information on Hillary Clinton's illicit Russian contacts.

Jul 12 20:37

Movie encoded into the DNA of bacteria

An image and short movie have been encoded in DNA, using the units of inheritance as a medium for storing information.

Using the genome editing tool known as Crispr, US scientists inserted a GIF - five frames of a horse galloping - into the DNA of bacteria.

Jul 12 19:37

Chemotherapy WARNING as study finds it actually MULTIPLIES cancer throughout the body, almost always killing the patient

For the purposes of their study, the researchers analyzed the effects of chemotherapy on patients who were diagnosed with breast cancer. Although the treatment was found to be effective in shrinking tumors, this was only for the short term. They discovered that the drugs used in chemotherapy could, in fact, encourage the spread and growth of cancer cells throughout the body.

The researchers noted that, apart from increasing the chances of cancer cells moving to another part of the body, the drugs could also provoke a repair mechanism. This mechanism works two ways: first, it could allow the tumors to grow back stronger; secondly, it could increase the amount of blood vessel “doorways” that would make it easier for the cancer cells to spread.

Jul 12 17:13

Scientists create a 'kill-switch' for the controversial Crispr gene-editing tool to prevent unwanted side effects

The Crispr-Cas9 gene editing technique recently rang alarm bells among the scientific community, after a study found that it can introduce hundreds of harmful mutations into DNA.

If a harmful mutation hit an important gene, such as a cancer-resisting 'tumour suppressor gene', it could cause unwanted health problems for users of Crispr.

But those worries could soon be put to rest, as scientists have developed proteins that can prevent the unnecessary mutations from occurring by acting as a 'kill switch'.

Jul 12 17:10

Jupiter's 10,000 mile-wide 'Great Red Spot' up close: NASA releases first historic images from Juno flyby

NASA has released the first images from its Juno probe's historic flyby of the the biggest storm in the universe - Jupiter's 'Great Red Spot.'

The probe, which has been monitoring Jupiter's surface for just over a year, passed about 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometres) above the Great Red Spot.

Today, the first three unprocessed 'raw' images were revealed by NASA as a taste of the images to come, and space enthusiasts soon tweaked them to produce these stunning images.

Jul 12 12:30

Defend the value of Michigan water and deny Nestle permit for now

For the past three years, thousands of people in Genesee County have been carting in cases of water bottles simply to bathe, cook and drink, as the water in their taps is too toxic to use. At a time when Flint residents are living off bottled water just to make it through the day, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality should not be giving away our state's water for a nominal fee. We must protect Michigan's precious water sources now, and for future generations.

Jul 12 10:53

Why Are Public Officials Protecting GMO and the Pesticides Industry? Digging Down into the Cesspool of Corruption

It is based on a cesspool of corruption that is most probably responsible for more death and disease than the combined efforts of the tobacco companies ever were. It is sheer criminality that hides behind corporate public relations, media misrepresentations and the subversion of respectable-sounding agencies which masquerade as public institutions.

The ‘agrochemicals-agritech industry’ should not be regarded as some kind of faceless concept because that lets individuals off the hook. It is run by identifiable individuals who sell health-and environment-damaging products,co-opt scientists, control public institutions and ensure farmers are kept on a chemical treadmill. From CEOs and scientists to public officials and media/PR spin doctors, specific individuals can be identified and at some stage should be hauled into court for what amounts to ‘crimes against humanity’.

Jul 12 10:19

Earth Alerts Beta

Jul 12 10:05

In India, National Academy Of Agricultural Sciences Ditches Science For Spin In Push For GM Mustard

The case surrounding the approval of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India is coming to a head on the back of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) recommending approval. The final decision now rests with Harsh Vardhan, minister of the environment. As India’s first commercial GM food crop, the concern is that it is in effect a Trojan horse crop and an unlawful attempt to impose GM food crops on the country. At present, the only GM crop planted in India is cotton.

Jul 12 09:48

No One Would Buy My Photos, So Here They Are For Free: Mosul 2017

My name is Kainoa Little, and I am a Shoreline, Washington-based conflict photographer. I was in Mosul in April and May 2017, documenting Iraqi forces as they fought Islamic State militants to liberate the city.

I tried and failed to find newspapers and wire services who would purchase my photos. But the soldiers had fed me and given me a seat in their Humvees, and the refugees had tolerated my presence on some of the worst days of their lives. They very rightly expected that I would tell their story.

The worst uncertainty for me as a freelancer in conflict isn’t that I won’t be able to pay my rent; it’s that no one will see the story, and then I will have failed to give a voice to the voiceless. So I have tried to share them where I can, and hopefully people can imagine some of the human tragedy and triumph playing out in Mosul.

Jul 12 09:46

UN: Yemen unlikely to get cholera vaccine as first planned

U.N. officials said Tuesday that plans to ship as many as 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen are likely to be shelved over security, access and logistical challenges, even as the deadly caseload continues to balloon in parts of the war-torn country.

The U.N. aid coordination agency said Yemen's suspected cholera caseload has surged past 313,000 and caused over 1,700 deaths, making it the world's largest outbreak. War has crippled Yemen's health system, depleted access to safe drinking water and put millions on the brink of famine.

Citing such complexities, spokesman Christian Lindmeier of the World Health Organization said that shipping vaccines "has to make sense," and that they could be re-routed to places that "might need them more urgently," such as some African countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How "convenient" for the Saudis, that no cholera vaccine will get to Yemen, in spite of over 300,000 cases!

I have to wonder if this was what Saudi's Prince Salman "bought" with his 66 million dollar contribution last month to UN agencies, understanding, very clearly, that there was no way for this vaccine to get delivered, due to the fighting here.

Saudi Prince Salman contributes $66 million for anti-cholera campaign in Yemen

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