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Sep 06 09:42

“Devastating” Hurricane Irma Flattens “Most Solid” Buildings On Caribbean Island

Irma is the kind of storm where you get thousands of lives lost. This is not going to be the big slow-motion flood like Harvey - this is a real, honest-to-God hurricane. - Chuck Watson, disaster modeler with Enki Research

Sep 06 09:32

Plastic is in more than 80% of TAP WATER around the world and could penetrate organs, scientists warn

More than 80 per cent of the world's tap water is contaminated with plastic, new research reveals.

The US has the highest contamination rate at 93 per cent, followed by Lebanon and India.

France, Germany and the UK have the lowest levels, however, they still come in at 72 per cent.

Overall, 83 per cent of water samples from dozens of nations around the world contain microplastics.

Scientists warn microplastics are so small they could penetrate organs.

Sep 06 09:30

Sun Unleashes Monster Solar Flare, Strongest in a Decade

Early this morning (Sept. 6), the sun released two powerful solar flares — the second was the most powerful in more than a decade.

At 5:10 a.m. EDT (0910 GMT), an X-class solar flare — the most powerful sun-storm category — blasted from a large sunspot on the sun's surface. That flare was the strongest since 2015, at X2.2, but it was dwarfed just 3 hours later, at 8:02 a.m. EDT (1202 GMT), by an X9.3 flare, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). The last X9 flare occurred in 2006 (coming in at X9.0).

According to SWPC, the flares resulted in radio blackouts: high-frequency radio experienced a "wide area of blackouts, loss of contact for up to an hour over [the] sunlit side of Earth," and low frequency communication, used in navigation, was degraded for an hour.

Sep 06 09:28

Typhoon Haikui slams into Shanghai and China's east coast

A typhoon that slammed in eastern China's coast flooded and washed out roads, knocked out power and disrupted transportation in one of the nation's most populous regions. Typhoon Haikui came ashore in Zhejiang province with winds up to 150 kilometres (90 miles) per hour. Shanghai Public Weather Service said Haikui dumped as much as 58 millimetres (2.3 inches) in one hour in the city's centre.

Sep 06 08:57

It Was Going to Be a Great Year for Texas Farmers — Then Harvey Hit

This was shaping up to be a record year for cotton farmers in Texas.

In 2016, farmers were lucky to harvest one bale of cotton per acre of the profitable crop. A year later, with perfect weather conditions during harvesting season, farmers would get three bales, maybe even four, per acre — the most in more than a decade.

Sep 06 08:54

What Would You Give Up for Alcohol?

Would you give up coffee for alcohol? How about sex, TV, sugar, or even your car?

If you’re like most Americans, chances are you’d be willing to give up at least a few things to keep alcohol in your life. Americans are, after all, big drinkers.

In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 56 percent of Americans over the age of 18 reported drinking at least once in the past month, nearly 27 percent reported binge drinking, and over 86 percent have drunk alcohol at least once in their life.

Based on this data, it’s easy to see why Americans have a difficult time giving up alcohol. But is it stronger than our addiction to our phones or more passionate than our love for sugar and coffee? We asked over 1,000 Americans what they would and wouldn’t give up to keep alcohol in their life. Here’s what we learned.

Sep 06 08:47

Infanrix hexa and sudden death: a review of the periodic safety update reports submitted to the European Medicines Agency

There have been a number of spontaneous reports of sudden unexpected death soon after the administration of Infanrix hexa (combined diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, hepatitis B, inactivated poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenza type B vaccine). The manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), submits confidential periodic safety update reports (PSURs) on Infanrix hexa to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The latest is the PSUR 19. Each PSUR contains an analysis of observed/expected sudden deaths, which shows that the number of observed deaths soon after immunisation is lower than that expected by chance.

Sep 06 08:46

Hurricane Irma: If There Was Such A Thing As A Category 6 Hurricane, This Would Be It

Hurricane Irma has become even stronger than the most extreme forecasts were projecting. According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma had sustained winds of 185 miles per hour at one point on Tuesday. That makes it the strongest Atlantic hurricane in history “outside the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean”. I was criticized for suggesting that Irma could become so powerful that it could potentially be labeled a “category 6” storm if such a thing existed. Well, now it has actually happened. If you extrapolate the Saffir-Simpson scale, “category 6” would begin at 158 knots, which would be 181.8 miles per hour. Since Irma has surpassed that mark, I believe that it is entirely reasonable if people want to refer to it as a “category 6” storm.

Sep 06 08:43

BIG PHARMA BIAS: FDA GRANTS ‘BREAKTHROUGH’ STATUS TO ECSTASY FOR PTSD WHILE PROHIBITING CANNABIS

If there’s one refrain we hear from politicians more than anything else, it’s “I support the troops.” However, their definition of “support” changes with the political wind, and more often than not is a farce.

One example is the ongoing denial of medical cannabis to war veterans suffering from a range of conditions, from chronic pain to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Despite plenty of evidence—both scientific and real-world—that cannabis effectively treats these conditions, those who purportedly fought for freedom come home only to lose freedom under the War on Drugs.

The Veterans Administration (VA) still prohibits doctors from recommending cannabis or its extracts—including cannabidiol (CBD) which does not produce a high—even though most U.S. states acknowledge the science and have legalized medical cannabis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Typical; and of course, those growing their own cannabis for medicinal use, cannot possibly complete in the area of the "deep pockets" of Big Pharma, when it comes to keeping the people who legislate in their favor, in power.

Sep 06 08:36

Exploding fireball changes night into day and rattles windows from British Colombia to Alberta in loud boom

A very large fireball lit up the night sky from Nelson in British Columbia to Calgary in Alberta on September 4, 2017 at around 10pm.

Residents reported feeling the explosion of the space rock way more intense than thunder, but not quite like an earthquake. It rattled the windows.

Sep 06 08:27

Hurricane Irma: If There Was Such A Thing As A Category 6 Hurricane, This Would Be It

Hurricane Irma has become even stronger than the most extreme forecasts were projecting. According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma had sustained winds of 185 miles per hour at one point on Tuesday. That makes it the strongest Atlantic hurricane in history “outside the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean”. I was criticized for suggesting that Irma could become so powerful that it could potentially be labeled a “category 6” storm if such a thing existed. Well, now it has actually happened. If you extrapolate the Saffir-Simpson scale, “category 6” would begin at 158 knots, which would be 181.8 miles per hour. Since Irma has surpassed that mark, I believe that it is entirely reasonable if people want to refer to it as a “category 6” storm.

Sep 06 08:08

AS IRMA THREATENS, FLORIDA HITS THE PANIC BUTTON WITH MASSIVE RUN ON FOOD AND WATER SUPPLIES

On Monday night, shoppers said, Publix in College Park was out of bottled water. A viewer also gave News 6 a picture showing empty water shelves at the Walmart on Alafaya Trail near the University of Central Florida. Micah Kropp stopped by Publix in College Park and bought water by the gallon since that was the only option. He's also stocking up on canned food, crackers and diapers.

Sep 06 07:59

Ron Paul Defends Price Gouging ('Free Market Pricing') In Wake Of Hurricane Harvey

Before you cringe, Dr. Paul explains 'price gouging,' which he explains is really 'free-market pricing,' as only he can. "Price gouging is just a nasty word for the market adjusting the price for tbe demand for that good," Dr. Paul begins. He goes on to give many real life examples of how 'price gouging' would incintivize suppliers to provide disaster victims with what they need in time of crisis, when government can not. I am not sure that any other person on earth besides the erudite Dr. Paul could make such a shockingly persuasive argument for what is an initially offensive-sounding premise.

Sep 06 07:48

Antidepressants found to drastically increase head injuries among Alzheimer’s patients

One of the more common side-effects of antidepressants is that they increases the risk of falling. Usually doctors tell patients that the risk is only evident in the first 30 days of use, as the body gets used to it. Eventually, the risk becomes negligible. However, the study found that the neural processes involved with balance are still affected by antidepressants for up to two years. They released their results in Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy with the cautionary conclusion that caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients should be very vigilant in keeping tabs on their wards.

Senior researcher Heidi Taipale from the University of Eastern Finland said that antidepressants are regularly given to Alzheimer’s patients because they are believed to be a safer alternative to benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety medicines). Nevertheless, this new research may suggest that antidepressants should not be prescribed as frequently.

Sep 06 07:42

Flash flood watch issued ahead of rain Wednesday in Massachusetts

As more rain is expected Wednesday, meteorologists caution of potential flooding in Massachusetts.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch. The watch took effect at 6 a.m. Wednesday and will remain in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday.

The flash flood watch was issued for the following counties: Barnstable, Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Worcester.

Sep 06 07:27

HURRICANE IRMA - Latest Track

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Right up the eastern shore of Florida.

Sep 06 07:11

A New Epidemic – Alcoholism on the Rise in America

Waking Times

Alcohol is a most destructive drug. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that some 88,000 people a year die from excessive alcohol use, while over 10,000 people die each year as a result of drunk driving, a third of all traffic fatalities. Never-the-less, the alcohol industry continues to grow with nearly $500 billion a year in sales of beer, wine, and spirits. Big business, with big consequences.

Sep 06 07:06

Antidepressant Use Continues to Rise Sharply Especially Among Children

Waking Times

Mental health in America is in decline, and while there is no one-size-fits-all reason for this, doctors and psychiatrists do offer a one-size-fits-all solution: antidepressants. The number of people who have taken antidepressants has soared some 65% in just the last 15 years, and the numbers continue to rise. A new survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers insight into how this usage breaks down in our society.

Sep 05 18:43

MD: I’ve seen cases of vaccine injury for 40 years

Australian doctor exposes vaccine damage, stands up to government/media attacks; here’s what he wrote

Sep 05 18:41

Trump Appoints Conservative Ex-Navy Flier to Run NASA; Liberal Heads Explode

The next head of NASA is likely to be an ex-Navy fighter pilot turned Republican congressman who believes strongly in space exploration but is skeptical about man-made climate change.

What’s not to like about Trump’s nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Oklahoma) for the job of NASA’s administrator?

Everything, if you’re a liberal.

According to New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi, Trump just blew the perfect chance to change his “presidency from the chaotic mess of threats, bitterness and bilious paranoia to one of rationality and reasonableness.”

Apparently, the job should have gone to a fully-fledged climate alarmist.

Sep 05 16:04

Big Oil To Blame For Harvey’s Toxic Legacy

Yesterday, the Governor of Texas warned that the bill for reconstruction after Superstorm Harvey could be as high as $180 billion. To put this into perspective, this is much worse that Hurricane Katrina.

It also does not include the hidden huge impact on local health and the environment from the toxic release of dozens of chemicals from the state’s petrochemical infrastructure – from refineries, chemical plants to toxic pits.

Sep 05 15:22

A $475,000 And A $5 Cancer Cure Announced In The Same Week

In striking contrasts, a university-based team just announced it has developed a five-dollar treatment that completely abolishes cancer in the same week news headlines hailed the Food & Drug Administration’s approval of a $475,000 immunotherapy treatment for blood cancer (leukemia).

I’m sure readers want to hear about the five-dollar cancer cure first. A university-based team set out to develop a cancer cure that could be performed in third-world countries where incomes are low, equipment unavailable and even electricity non-existent. What they came up with needs just a needle and a syringe and a steady hand.

Sep 05 14:24

Hurricane Irma is so strong it's registering on devices designed to detect earthquakes

Hurricane Irma is so strong it's showing up on seismometers — equipment designed to measure earthquakes.

"What we’re seeing in the seismogram are low-pitched hums that gradually become stronger as the hurricane gets closer to the seismometer on the island of Guadeloupe," said Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.

Sep 05 14:23

Florida Governor Activates National Guard As "Monster" Hurricane Irma Approaches

With the monster Cat-5 Hurricane Irma fast approaching what looks increasingly like an inevitable Florida landfall later this week, Governor Rick Scott has just announced that he has activated 100 members of the Florida Air and Army National Guard, with an additional 7,000 members expected to be activated Friday morning. Per the Miami Herald:

Sep 05 13:04

Video: W.H.O. Is Right? World Health Organisation Argues Monsanto Uses Cancerogenics

The GM foods giant Monsanto is calling for an investigation into an agency of the World Health Organisation.

Sep 05 12:14

Cocktail of Pesticide Residues in Fruit and Vegetables Given to Schoolchildren

Traces of 123 pesticides, including those linked to cancer, hormone disruption and damage to brain development, have been found in fresh produce supplied to primary school children through a government scheme aimed at promoting healthy eating habits. CATHERINE EARLY reports

Sep 05 12:09

Researchers show just how effective manuka honey is in healing wounds

Manuka honey with a high UMF rating is significantly more effective than examples with a low rating, or regular honey, in improving wound healing, new research shows.

Researchers at the University of Sydney compared the effectiveness of manuka honey of different UMF (unique manuka factor) ratings (ranging from 5 to 20 depending on antibacterial activity) and ordinary, store-bought honey in healing large, bloody wounds on horses' legs.

Sep 05 11:26

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

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

Sep 05 11:14

Tropical Storm Jose forms behind Hurricane Irma

Jose, the 10th tropical storm of the season, has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is about 1,505 miles east of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The tropical storm is expected to gain strength in the next couple of days as it moves west-northwest and may become a hurricane by Friday, meteorologists said Tuesday.

Sep 05 08:59

SCIENTISTS DEVELOP TINY ROBOTS THAT DRILL INTO CANCER CELLS TO KILL THEM

Tiny new robots are proving to be life-saving tools in the fight against cancer. As first reported in the journal Nature, scientists at Durham University in England, in collaboration with researchers at Rice and North Carolina Universities in the United States, have developed nanomachines that are capable of drilling into cancer cells, killing them within minutes. These light-activated nanobots, the size of a molecule, move so rapidly that they can burrow through cell linings of cancer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like this technology will be a huge step in successfully treating cancer.

However, unfortunately, I would not bet against those pharmaceutical companies making chemotherapy products to buy it, in order to keep it off the market.

The cancer/industrial complex is a money machine, and those creating chemotherapy products don't want the profit gravy train to be interrupted.

Sep 05 08:51

Quebec journalist quits chemo, sparking storm of controversy

The long-time Le Devoir columnist and broadcaster is a three-time cancer survivor. Her new book explains her own decision to quit chemotherapy and sharply questions the value of chemo in the treatment of many kinds of cancer.

On the show, she said she recognized the success of chemotherapy as a treatment for children with cancer, as well as for adults with leukemia. But she argued that chemotherapy does not work well for a majority of other adult cancers.

By the next morning, her 18 minutes on TLMEP had made its way into headlines, hospital waiting rooms and clinics.

Sep 05 08:29

Melanoma (skin cancer) found to be easily prevented with low-cost Vitamin B-3

Researchers from the University of Sydney, Australia believe that nicotinamide (vitamin B3) can be used to prevent the incidence of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. The study, published in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, demonstrates the efficacy of vitamin B3 in reducing or even reversing DNA damage and inflammation caused by ultraviolet radiation. Authors of the review say that more research into the topic is necessary but conclude that should their data be further verified, it could lead to a cheap and potent solution to skin cancer.

Sep 05 08:26

Chilling moment baby boy known as 'Little Albert' is taught to fear SANTA and furry animals in controversial 1919 brain-conditioning experiment by US psychologist - who failed to UNTEACH him the fears

Horrifying footage in which a baby is conditioned to fear fluffy animals and Santa Claus has emerged online - in what is considered to be one of early twentieth century psychology's most unethical experiments.

Before there was a code of conduct for psychological research which ensured the subject's consent and mental well-being, John Watson of John Hopkins University Hospital performed the 'Little Albert' experiment in 1919.

The aim of the perverse experiment was to show that an emotionally stable nine-month-old infant - referred to as 'Albert B' - could be trained to have a phobia of something he wasn't scared of before.

Sep 05 08:17

Evacuations expand, I-84 closed between Hood River & Troutdale as Gorge fire rages

We are 60 miles away and have ash coming down the last 2 days. Got a fire on the Washington side now too.

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Transportation has closed a stretch of Interstate 84 Monday night due to spot fires from a nearby wildfire.

Additionally, new evacuation orders have been issued for rural Multnomah County as the Eagle Creek fire exploded Monday night.

By Monday night the fire grew to about 4,800 acres, up from 3,200 acres earlier in the day. The fire forced Level 2 and 3 evacuations throughout neighboring communities including Cascade Locks.

Sep 05 08:07

'None of us knew they'd still be working!' Nasa celebrates the 40th anniversary of Voyager 1 and 2, humanity's farthest and longest-serving probes

Nasa's official celebrations will begin in Washington at 12:30pm ET (17:30 BST) today

Sep 05 08:04

Babies were given a trial TB vaccine 'that did not work on monkeys by Oxford University scientists', former academic at the institution claims

Oxford University scientists went ahead and gave human babies a trial tuberculosis (TB) vaccine that was found to 'not work on monkeys', it has been claimed.

Professor Peter Beverley, a former principal research fellow at the institution, made the allegation, which has since been denied.

He suggested scientists ignored worrying data, collected by Government officials, that showed primates given the booster jab seemed to 'die rather rapidly'.

Sep 05 07:54

San Diego declares health emergency to combat hepatitis A outbreak

City officials in San Diego declared a public health emergency Friday over an outbreak of hepatitis A that has been linked to at least 15 deaths and 400 hospitalizations.

The liver disease outbreak started last November, with the homeless population affected most. The emergency declaration will help the city access state funds and provide legal protection for new sanitation measures, the Union-Tribune reported.

Areas with high concentrations of homeless people will receive roughly 40 portable hand-washing stations to help combat the disease, which can spread through fecal matter when people fail to thoroughly clean their hands after using the restroom.

Crews also plan to use bleach-spiked water for high-pressure washing to remove "all feces, blood, bodily fluids or contaminated surfaces," according to a sanitation plan outlined in a letter Thursday.

Sep 05 07:08

This Silent Public-Health Crisis Costs The US $150 Billion A Year

The opioid epidemic isn’t the only public-health crisis costing the economy hundreds of billions of dollars. According to the Trust for America’s Health’s annual “State of Obesity” report, nearly 40% of American adults are obese or overweight. And collectively, they will add some $150 billion to the cost of health care, and billions more in lost productivity.

Obesity rates have finally stabilized after having nearly tripled since the CDC first began tracking them in 1960. They’ve doubled since the 1980s. Particularly problematic is childhood obesity, which is correlated with poor performance and school and other factors that could impact a child’s wellbeing into adulthood.

Sep 05 06:37

MD: I’ve seen cases of vaccine injury for forty years

In Australia, the noose is tightening around parents’ and children’s necks.

There is already a policy in place that denies certain government benefits to families who don’t vaccinate their kids. Now, there is legislation that would deny unvaccinated children enrollment in daycare and kindergarten.

But a grassroots rebellion is underway.

Australian MD John Piesse has stepped out of the shadows and reported his findings and research on vaccine damage. The government is investigating him. They may strip his license. The press is attacking him mercilessly.

He isn’t backing down.

Sep 05 06:21

Hurricane Irma strengthens to a Category 5 storm

Hurricane Irma strengthened into a monstrous Category 5 storm early Tuesday as it plowed toward the Greater Antilles and southern Florida, officials said.

Its maximum wind speeds were 175 mph and forecasts suggested it would strike Florida and the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, the Washington Post reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wildfires to the left of us, Hurricanes to the right; for those who believe in a God above, it should be clear he is pissed at the recent aggressive behavior of the United States!

Sep 05 06:19

THE GOOD DOCTOR Official Trailer (HD) Freddie Highmore ABC Drama


This is a new show that is coming out in September. It is about a young person that becomes a "super" doctor and it is BECAUSE he has Autism. It seems to give him special powers that make him utterly unique and a much better human being than if he didn't have it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So such right out and give your kids as many vaccinations as you can because they will turn into Superman!!!!!

Sep 05 06:17

Class and Race Profiling in the Vaccine Culture War


Professors and medical doctors are protecting the multi-billion dollar global vaccine industry by using class and race profiling in academic journals and media reports to disempower the people by bullying, shaming and encouraging prejudice and discrimination against parents and doctors advocating for vaccine safety and informed consent protections in public health laws. Informed consent rights and freedom of thought, speech, religion and conscience are under attack in the U.S., Europe and other developed countries as vaccine developers and mandatory vaccination proponents lobby to eliminate vaccine exemptions.

Sep 04 17:44

Google DeepMind AI destroys human expert in lip reading competition

A new artificial intelligence tool created by Google and Oxford University researchers could significantly improve the success of lip-reading and understanding for the hearing impaired. In a recently released paper on the work, the pair explained how the Google DeepMind-powered system was able to correctly interpret more words than a trained human expert.

Sep 04 15:52

Obesity epidemic continues to ravage American youth: Nearly three-quarters aren’t eligible for military service

If you wanted to know just how bad America’s obesity epidemic has gotten, look no further than a just-released report that found 70 percent of American youth do not qualify for military service, mostly because they are too fat to fight.

Sep 04 15:46

Three mile wide asteroid that skimmed past Earth on Friday has TWO moons that could each measure 1,000 feet across

On September 1, a massive asteroid measuring roughly 2.8 miles wide skimmed past Earth at just 4.4 million miles away, or 18 times the distance between our planet and the moon.

While it might sound far away, NASA says it’s the closest an asteroid of this size has come since it first began tracking near-Earth objects.

Radar images captured during the August 29-Sept 1 flyby have now uncovered new details on the huge space rock, dubbed ‘Florence’ – and, they’ve revealed the asteroid has two small moons orbiting it.

Sep 04 07:53

Coastal Watches/Warnings and Forecast Cone for Irma

Sep 04 07:51

New Study Confirms Where Cancer Really Comes From

A recently published study out of Canada showed that the total amount of cancer rates that can be linked to lifestyle and environmental factors is substantial, at almost 41 percent.

According to the researchers, “We estimated summary population attributable risk estimates for 24 risk factors (smoking [both passive and active], overweight and obesity, inadequate physical activity, diet [inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption, inadequate fiber intake, excess red and processed meat consumption, salt consumption, inadequate calcium and vitamin D intake], alcohol, hormones [oral contraceptives and hormone therapy], infections [Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis B and C viruses, human papillomavirus, Helicobacter pylori], air pollution, natural and artificial ultraviolet radiation, radon and water disinfection by-products) by combining population attributable risk estimates for each of the 24 factors that had been previously estimated.”

Sep 03 17:02

Researchers find an enzyme that harvests light to make hydrocarbons

It's pretty easy to grow vast quantities of microbes. It's a lot harder to convert those microbes into something useful. For example, we've engineered algae that, when starved for nitrogen, will put most of their stored energy into fats. Fats are chemically similar to hydrocarbons, so this is potentially useful for making biofuel. But "similar" isn't really good enough; you still need to process the fats before they can be used as a fuel.

But some researchers may have figured out a way to get biology to convert fats directly to hydrocarbons using nothing more than sunlight. They've identified an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of fats to long hydrocarbons, which could be used as fuel with no further modification.

Sep 03 11:50

Teaching People To Visualize An Outcome Is More Effective Than Teaching People What To Do: Study

By Josh Richardson

An established but little-known psychological theory is likely to improve performances across a range of activities, including sport, according to new research published that can be applied to amateurs or skilled performers alike says psychologist Dr Warren Mansell, from The University of Manchester.

Many philosophers believed that all behaviors are predetermined and have a causal lineage. Some of the factors believed to influence determinism include genetics, environment, and past and present experiences.

Adam Bear, Ph.D performed a couple of simple experiments to test how we experience choices...

Sep 03 11:38

Ancient Romans were drinking water from 'poisonous' lead pipes around 200 years earlier than thought

An archaeologist at the National Center for Scientific Research in France, Dr Hugo Delile led a study into the lead content in soil cores taken from two harbours in Rome.

These harbours, called Ostia and Portus, would have been the end of journey for some of the water running through the lead pipes, after it was disposed of into the Tiber River.

In the new paper, the team describe how water inside these pipes would pick up lead particles.

When the water reached the harbour, the lead would sink, and this would create layers of the toxic compound in the soil.

Examining the lead in the soil, the team found that in Ostia there was a sudden influx of lead in 200 BC, around the same time Rome’s expansion began.

Previous evidence of lead pipes only dated back to 11 BC, meaning the new evidence shows ancient Rome used lead almost 200 years earlier than we thought.

Sep 03 09:02

Can pills for depression turn you into a killer?

Antidepressants can lead to brain damage, suicide and murder, yet they are being prescribed to 120 million people worldwide, including 1-year-old babies. Has the world gone mad?

Sep 03 08:51

Hurricane Irma's forecast eyes Bahamas — it's still uncertain but be prepared, officials say

urricane Irma, once again a major Category 3 storm, on Sunday continued its westward push toward the eastern islands of the Caribbean.

Forecasters said the storm, with top winds of 115 miles an hour, was about 885 miles east of the islands of Barbuda and Antigua, which are on the eastern perimeter of the Caribbean, and about 2,100 miles from South Florida, as of 11 a.m. Sunday.

The storm was moving west-southwest at 15 miles an hour. Some additional strengthening is forecast through Monday night.

Sep 02 12:51

As Babies are Prescribed Pharmaceuticals, Have We Reached Dystopia?

Would you let a five-year-old smoke a joint? I certainly hope not. Yet that would probably be less harmful than loading kids up on pharmaceuticals.

Currently, over a million American children UNDER SIX YEARS OLD are taking psychiatric drugs. Babies are literally being doped up by the pharmaceutical industry. Over 274,000 babies UNDER ONE-YEAR-OLD are given drugs, mostly for anxiety.

Anxiety drugs for babies. Have they tried motherly love? Or is that just an old fashioned, outdated concept?

You know, I like to mention society’s similarity to Orwell’s 1984. And surely the growing police state, war on drugs, and endless military campaigns–where the enemy seems to change daily–are reminiscent of the fictional dictatorship of Big Brother.

But it seems the powers that be are working tirelessly to blend together the dystopia of 1984, with that of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

Sep 02 12:50

Is The Marijuana Study To Help Veterans with PTSD Being Sabotaged by the VA?

By Aaron Kesel

An Arizona study on medical marijuana and its benefits for veterans to combat PTSD is in danger of collapsing because researchers can’t find enough participants for the research, Military Times reported.

The first of its kind study funded by a $2.156 million grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) awarded to MAPS to sponsor the research, seeks to determine whether marijuana can help manage veterans’ PTSD.

The research has received wide-scale backing from the American Legion and other veterans organizations...

Sep 02 10:03

DA LAUNCHES CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO ILLEGAL ARREST OF UTAH NURSE

The Utah police have issued an apology after a video went viral of one of their own assaulting a nurse after she refused to draw blood from a patient who was unconscious at the University Hospital. The incident is alleged to have occurred at the end of July and the video shows the nurse, Alex Wubbels (above in blue), being arrested by officer Jeff Payne.

When watching the video you can see the moment that the officer seemed to have had enough is when the superior of Wubbels tells him that he is making 'a big mistake,' to which Payne responds by making it even worse and illegally detaining the nurse.

The police department claims that an investigation has been launched into the incident and they've issued an apology to the hospital.
Many people have called for Payne to be placed on leave, to be fired, and/or to receive some psychological evaluation. Someone who appears to be that mentally unstable is probably not well suited to be in such a position of authority.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if this officer was on some kind of antidepressant medication.

60% of Americans on prescription drugs

Just starting on this medication, or getting off of it, can cause tremendous impulse control issues.

Sep 02 09:56

Harvey causes MAJOR flooding in Clarksville, TN - River rises 40ft in 2 days!

Sep 01 19:54

Seattle to Ban Plastic Straws, Utensils at Restaurants Next Year

Waking Times

Starting next year, Seattle restaurants will no longer provide plastic straws and plastic utensils to its patrons after a 2010 ordinance finally takes effect.

Sep 01 14:08

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

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

Sep 01 11:39

Regulatory Laxness Exacerbated Hurricane Harvey’s Environmental Nightmare

Flood-prone Houston was woefully unprepared for days of torrential rainfall. Its drainage system can’t handle it.

Its regulatory policy is lax. Its overdevelopment eliminated green space. Its damaged oil refining, fuel and chemical facilities exacerbated the disaster, turning much of the area into a toxic swamp, land, air and water affected – certain to gravely harm public health.

The International Business Times (IBT) said “Texas Republicans helped chemical (company Arkema) lobby against safety rules” – likely contributing to two August 31 explosions at its Crosby plant, 25 miles from Houston, releasing toxic smoke and chemicals into the air and water.

“The effort to stop the chemical plant safety rules was backed by top Texas Republican lawmakers, who have received big campaign donations from chemical industry donors,” IBT explained.

Sep 01 09:42

NOVARTIS TO CHARGE $475,000 FOR $20,000 CANCER CURE FUNDED BY TAXPAYERS AND CHARITY

While Americans squabble over irrelevant political diversions, a revolutionary breakthrough in human healthcare has yielded its first FDA approval - a therapy that literally cures otherwise incurable leukemia.

It is the first of many therapies that re-engineer human cells in living patients to reprogram more resilient immune systems and even repair damaged or aging organs.

Literally on her deathbed in 2012, Emily Whitehead has been cancer free after receiving treatment in clinical trials funded by charity. The media is now rewriting history, attributing the breakthrough and thriving patients like Emily Whitehead to Novartis.

MIT's Technology Review, in an article titled, "FDA Approves Groundbreaking Gene Therapy for Cancer: The treatment will be sold by Novartis for $475,000," would report:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; this therapy will be available only for the super-rich with leukemia, and for no one else, because ordinary working Americans cannot possibly afford it.

Way to Go, NOVARTIS!! Profits uber alles, RIGHT?!?!?

Sep 01 09:29

Underwater ruins of lost Roman city discovered in Tunisia

A vast 1,700 year old Roman settlement has been discovered off the coast of Tunisia after several years of archaeological exploration in search of the ancient city of Neapolis.

Neapolis is believed to have been submerged after a tsunami in the 4th century AD destroyed most of it, as recorded by Roman soldier and historian Ammien Marcellin. The natural disaster also badly damaged Alexandria in modern Egypt and the Greek island of Crete.

Very little has been recorded about the city because the citizens of Neapolis sided with Carthage rather than Rome during the Third Punic War in 149–146 BC, which ultimately destroyed the rival civilisation and brought its territory under Roman control.

Sep 01 09:28

Harvey's devastation from space: Striking satellite pictures show how 19 trillion gallons of toxic brown flood waters have ravaged Texas, causing $35 BILLION worth of damage

Texas is just beginning to recover after Harvey wreaked havoc on the state, leaving behind residential areas partially submerged in flooded waters.

New satellite images from DigitalGlobe show the extent of the catastrophic damage that the storm caused, as experts claim that flood damage alone will amount to at least $35billion, about what Katrina cost in 2005.

The stunning photos, taken from November through Wednesday, show areas outside of Houston flooded with murky waters after Harvey dumped more than 19 trillion gallons of water on the region, a stark contrast from the green land just months beforehand.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Against the power of nature, man's destructive abilities are puny.

Sep 01 09:23

Irma Turning Into Monster Hurricane: "Highest Windspeed Forecasts I've Ever Seen"

Hurricane Irma continues to strengthen much faster than pretty much any computer model predicted as of yesterday or even this morning. Per the National Hurricane Center's (NHC) latest update, Irma is currently a Cat-3 storm with sustained winds of 115 mph but is expected to strengthen to a devastating Cat-5 with winds that could top out at 180 mph or more. Here is the latest from the NHC as of 5PM EST:

Aug 31 17:20

It looks like yet another satellite is breaking apart at GEO

On August 26, the Indonesia based, state-owned satellite operator PT Telkom disclosed an "anomaly" in the pointing of its satellite in geostationary orbit. Company officials said that although they and contractor Lockheed Martin expected to restore service to the satellite, they were moving customers to another satellite as a precautionary measure.

However, new evidence gathered by a US-based firm that tracks objects in geostationary orbit, ExoAnalytic Solutions, suggests the satellite may be falling apart. The company uses algorithms to review data collected by its global network of 165 optical telescopes for anomalies, and one of its instruments in Eastern Australia spotted the satellite apparently breaking apart.

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This is the second satellite in about two months to experience such an issue in geostationary orbit...

Aug 31 14:43

Environmental alert as antidepressants found 'in high concentrations' in FISH BRAINS in the Great Lakes region

New research has revealed that human antidepressants are building up in the brains of bass, walleye and other fish common to the Great Lakes region.

High concentrations of these drugs were detected in the brain tissue of 10 fish species in the Niagara River.

Researchers say that ingredients from antidepressants are coming out from wastewater treatment plants, accumulating in fish brains and potentially affecting their their feeding behavior and survival instincts.

Aug 31 14:22

Apollo sensors solve the mystery of the moonquakes: Researchers say tidal stress is to blame for quakes hundreds of miles beneath the lunar surface

Researchers believe they may have solved the long running mystery of how quakes happen hundreds of miles under the lunar surface.

They say the same gravitational force responsible for creating tides on Earth could be behind the 'moonquakes' about 800 to 1,200 kilometers (497 to 746 miles) below its surface roughly every 27 days.

Seismometers placed on the moon during the Apollo 12, 14, 15 and 16 missions revealed the strange events.

The timing of the events - roughly the same as it takes the moon to make a complete circuit around Earth, caused scientists to suspect the moonquakes were a result of tidal stress, but their exact cause remained a source of debate until now.

Aug 31 13:31

White Pigment In Processed Food Worsens Inflammatory Bowel

Marshmallows, gingerbread men, doughnuts and frosted cupcakes all tied up in strings – these may be some of your favorite things, but white coloring pigments in foods often contain titanium dioxide...

Aug 31 13:11

Monsanto knowingly sold dangerous, illegal chemicals for YEARS, uncovered documents reveal

Monsanto’s reputation has been taking a lot of hits lately, and the news just keeps getting worse for the agrochemical company. As unsealed court documents continue to show how they acted to cover up the dangers of their toxic Roundup herbicide, other documents have come to light showing that deceit has been the name of the game at the firm for many decades.

Recently uncovered documents show how Monsanto produced and sold toxic industrial chemicals for eight years after finding out they were dangerous to the public as well as the environment. The chemicals, known as PCBs, were once used as lubricators and coolants in electrical equipment, among other uses, and they could be found in products such as flame retardants, paint and refrigerators.

Aug 31 13:09

New green car device 'can slash motorists’ fuel bills and harmful emissions': Ex-Royal Navy inventor uses submarine technology for his smart box that slots in the engine

Former Leading Seaman Brian Sheard, 49, has switched from Cold War warrior to civvy-street inventor to create – in his own garage – a smart box inspired by the way submarines make their own air to keep crews breathing during long missions underwater.

His resulting compact hydrogen fuel-cell box reduces car emissions by up to 80 per cent and offers fuel savings of up to 20 per cent, according to independent tests.

His box fits neatly into a car’s engine bay and uses electrolysis to generate on-board hydrogen.

This is pumped immediately and directly into the engine to make the petrol or diesel fuel burn faster, cleaner, and more completely.

Aug 31 13:06

BOMBSHELL: United Nations admits latest outbreak of polio in Syria was caused by polio vaccines

In war-torn Syria, there’s little doubt that the conflict has taken a toll on health. Now, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that their attempt at using vaccines to “protect” children against polio has backfire — infecting more children with the devastating disease rather than saving them.

Vaccines make children sick, you don’t say?

As World Health Organization representative Elizabeth Hoff reports, “As of 18 August 2017, 33 children under the age of five have been paralyzed. The detection of the circulating vaccine derived polio virus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases demonstrates that disease surveillance systems are functional in Syria. Our priority now is to achieve the highest possible polio immunization coverage to stop the circulation of virus.”

Thirty-three children paralyzed by the vaccine that was supposed to protect them — and the UN’s response is to just keep doling out more vaccines? Sadly, that’s par for the course.

Aug 31 12:05

FDA Approves 1st ‘Living Drug’ To Treat Cancer In The US

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first-ever gene therapy to treat cancer in the US. The treatment offers a totally new approach to fighting the disease and could lead to novel treatments of other serious and life-threatening maladies.

On Wednesday, the FDA approved a new leukemia treatment from the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, which the agency said is “the first gene therapy available in the United States.”

Aug 31 11:23

PESTICIDES LINKED TO BIRTH ABNORMALITIES IN MAJOR NEW STUDY

High exposure to pesticides as a result of living near farmers’ fields appears to increase the risk of giving birth to a baby with “abnormalities” by about 9 per cent, according to new research.

Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, compared 500,000 birth records for people born in the San Joaquin Valley between 1997 and 2011 and levels of pesticides used in the area.

The average use of pesticides over that period was about 975kg for each 2.6sq km area per year.

But, for pregnant women in areas where 4,000kg of pesticides was used, the chance of giving birth prematurely rose by about 8 per cent and the chance of having a birth abnormality by about 9 per cent.

Writing in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers compared this to the 5 to 10 per cent increase adverse birth outcomes that can result from air pollution or extreme heat events.

Aug 31 11:10

Tropical Storm Irma Intensifying in Eastern Atlantic; Expected to Become a Hurricane Thursday

Irma has rapidly intensified into a hurricane in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Possible Cat 5.

Aug 31 11:01

Texas Republicans Helped Chemical Plant That Exploded Lobby Against Safety Rules

The French company whose Houston-area chemical plant exploded twice on Thursday successfully pressed federal regulators to delay new regulations designed to improve safety procedures at chemical plants, according to federal records reviewed by International Business Times. The rules, which were set to go into effect this year, were halted by the Trump administration after a furious lobbying campaign by plant owner Arkema and its affiliated trade association, the American Chemistry Council, which represents a chemical industry that has poured tens of millions of dollars into federal elections.

The effort to stop the chemical plant safety rules was backed by top Texas Republican lawmakers, who have received big campaign donations from chemical industry donors.

Representatives from Arkema Americas and the American Chemistry Council did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Aug 31 10:39

WORRIES ABOUT A GALVESTON BIO-LAB

Concern is rising for the safety of a biological lab containing deadly diseases on Galveston island, which has been hit by the massive storm devastating southeast Texas.

The Galveston National Laboratory on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch contains samples of hundreds of viruses, insects and microbes, which could spread extreme danger if they were to escape. There are several Bio-safety Level 4 labs at Galveston. BSL-4 is the highest level precaution taken for work with agents that can be transmitted through the air and cause fatal diseases in humans for which there are no known cures.

According to its website, the high security national bio-containment lab’s mission is to develop “therapies, vaccines, and diagnostic tests for naturally occurring emerging diseases such as SARS, West Nile encephalitis and avian influenza – as well as for microbes that might be employed by terrorists.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The bottom line here, is, unless and until the press are able to get to the manager of this lab, there is no way of knowing what has happened with the deadly pathogens and infectious agents it was studying.

Aug 31 10:28

465,000 Patients Need Software Updates for Their Hackable Pacemakers, FDA Says: A painful reminder that a future where the internet is in every device—even the most critical one—can be disastrous.

Patching has long been one of the most tedious chores for those who want to keep their electronic devices secure or up to date. Sometimes, patches require a restart, disrupting your workflow. Sometimes, patches screw up the software, making it unusable. These are just some of the reasons why users normally dread patching.

Now, imagine if you had to patch the thing that keeps you alive.

That's the situation almost 500,000 people who rely on buggy pacemakers face right now. On Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of several vulnerable models of pacemakers made by Abbott, a global health company that used to be known as St. Jude Medical. The recall has the goal of reducing the risk of hackers taking control of the pacemakers, potentially, harming the patients.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is horrific; and that someone would do something so life-threatening to a person relying on a pacemaker to keep them alive, is pure and unadulterated evil.

Aug 31 10:23

Pesticides linked to birth abnormalities in major new study. The sheer size of the study, and the meticulous way it has been carried out, suggest that there is an environmental hazard for mothers resident in an area with large scale pesticide usage’

High exposure to pesticides as a result of living near farmers’ fields appears to increase the risk of giving birth to a baby with “abnormalities” by about 9 per cent, according to new research.

Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, compared 500,000 birth records for people born in the San Joaquin Valley between 1997 and 2011 and levels of pesticides used in the area.

The average use of pesticides over that period was about 975kg for each 2.6sq km area per year.

But, for pregnant women in areas where 4,000kg of pesticides was used, the chance of giving birth prematurely rose by about 8 per cent and the chance of having a birth abnormality by about 9 per cent.

Writing in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers compared this to the 5 to 10 per cent increase adverse birth outcomes that can result from air pollution or extreme heat events.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As difficult a slog as this is going to be, the companies making these pesticides need to be forced to change their formulations to those which do not poison children in the womb anymore, and most probably - American Agracorporations being, collectively, the interesting pieces of work they are- they will need to be hit with class action lawsuits repeatedly until they are forced to do this.

Aug 31 09:21

Sugar more addictive than cocaine, study says

A new paper suggests that sugar may be as addictive as cocaine. The latest findings have evoked strong reactions across the medical community. RT America’s Brigida Santos has the story from Los Angeles.

Aug 31 08:59

Crosby, Texas, Chemical Plant Explodes Twice, Arkema Group Says

Two explosions shook a flooded chemical plant near Houston early Thursday, sending a plume of black smoke into the air and triggering an intense fire that continues to burn.

Authorities warned that further blasts were likely to occur on site since chemicals weren't being stored at the appropriate temperatures after the facility lost power following Hurricane Harvey.

Residents in a 1.5-mile radius of the Arkema Inc. plant were first evacuated Tuesday, and the water levels there remain too dangerous for workers to assess the situation from the ground, officials added.

"That's why we want people to respect [the] radius. It's not over. This is very serious and we know that," Richard Rennard, of Arkema Group, said at a news conference.

He added that the explosions were not massive, and that the pressure building up inside the containers where the chemicals are located eventually produces a "popping sound."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds like the same kind of codswallop residents of Fukushima heard after the nuclear plant there went critical.

Aug 31 07:47

Monsoons kill 1,200, displace millions in India, Nepal & Bangladesh (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)

India, Nepal and Bangladesh are battling some of the worst monsoon rains in recent history, which have left around 1,200 people dead and 41 million people affected. In India more than 32 million people have reportedly been impacted by downpours.

Vast areas of land across all three countries are underwater, according to the Red Cross. “Rainwater from the Himalayas is travelling down through Nepal’s lower-lying areas, through swollen rivers in north-east India and eventually through the floodplains of Bangladesh,” it said in a statement.

Aug 31 06:49

Your Phone Is Making You Sick

U.S. National Institutes of Health: Evaluation of the Effect of Radiofrequency Radiation Emitted From Wi-Fi Router and Mobile Phone Simulator on the Antibacterial Susceptibility of Pathogenic Bacteria Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli. Mobile phones and Wi-Fi radiofrequency radiation are among the main sources of the exposure of the general population to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF). Previous studies have shown that exposure of microorganisms to RF-EMFs can be associated with a wide spectrum of changes ranged from the modified bacterial growth to the alterations of the pattern of antibiotic resistance.

Aug 30 17:04

California Legislature Wants to Tax Drinking Water for First Time in History

Although Senate Bill 623 is titled: “Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund,” a coalition of agricultural and environmental lobbyists convinced its author Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) to amend the ground water cleanup bill that has been moving through the Legislature since February, to quietly add a water tax of 95 cents per month on every residence and business. The bill would also tack on $30 million in farm and dairy fees.

Aug 30 16:56

465,000 Patients Need Software Updates for Their Hackable Pacemakers, FDA Says

Patching has long been one of the most tedious chores for those who want to keep their electronic devices secure or up to date. Sometimes, patches require a restart, disrupting your workflow. Sometimes, patches screw up the software, making it unusable. These are just some of the reasons why users normally dread patching.

Aug 30 15:41

Antibiotic-resistant genes are being spread all over the world in animal feed, scientists discover

Antibiotic-resistant genes are being spread around the world in animal feed, according to new research that adds to fears humanity could lose one of our most important medicines.

A Government-commissioned report last year estimated 10 million people a year could die worldwide by 2050 because of the rise of “superbugs”, prompting the then Prime Minister David Cameron to announce a crackdown on over-prescribing by GPs and lead efforts to tackle the problem at the United Nations.

Bacteria resistant to the “last resort” antibiotic, colistin, was found in the UK in December 2015, following similar discoveries in parts of Europe, Africa and China.

Aug 30 15:31

Russia, China Join Together In Space Exploration Effort

China and Russia are set to sign a milestone agreement in October on joint space exploration from 2018 to 2022, sending manned missions to the Moon for the first time... It is to be signed against the background of space exploration race the US is trying to win... It’s not about peaceful space research only.

Aug 30 13:59

Study Finds Eating Low Carb, Moderate Fat Diet May Lower Risk Of Death

Contrary to most dietary advice handed out for decades, consuming moderate amounts of fat appears to reduce the risk of premature death, a major global study has found.

Aug 30 12:20

New Decision in US Vaccine Court SIDS Case Is Significant

Not reported by any major media outlet was a recent July 10th decision by the Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, known as the vaccine court, that sufficient evidence was put forth to rule that vaccination caused a child to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Aug 30 11:48

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

As humans, we have evolved with the natural environment over millennia. We have learned what to eat and what not to eat, what to grow and how to grow it and our diets have developed accordingly.

Aug 30 11:25

BOMBSHELL: These teenage girls DIED of meningitis even after getting vaccinated… total media blackout

High school senior Kimberly Coffey came home from school one day complaining of body aches and fever. Her health quickly deteriorated, and she eventually ended up on life support after her organs failed. She died and was buried just three days before her high school graduation in the prom dress that she never got to wear. Her mother said she couldn’t believe her diagnosis at first because she had received the vaccine, and now she is trying to make sure everyone knows that the vaccine does not offer the protection many people think it does.

In a separate incident, 19-year-old Emily Stillman, a college sophomore, complained of body aches and headache. ER doctors initially thought she was suffering from a migraine, but a spinal tap performed after she lost consciousness revealed that she had meningitis. Her mother said she had no idea that the vaccine did not protect against all strains of the illness.

Aug 30 11:16

Hurricane Harvey damaged ExxonMobil refineries, causing hazardous pollutants to leak

After Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas last weekend, you probably didn’t think the situation could get any worse. Sadly, it did. On Tuesday, ExxonMobil acknowledged that two of its refineries were damaged during the natural disaster, causing hazardous pollutants to leak into the environment.

Aug 30 11:06

Fears over deep space travel as Cosmonaut study reveals the human immune system 'doesn’t know what to do' on long missions

It may come as no surprise that an extended trip to space can take its toll on the human body – but, at the molecular level, the mechanisms that drive these changes largely remain a mystery.

Now, in efforts to better understand the effects of weightlessness, scientists have analyzed protein composition in blood samples of 18 Russian cosmonauts who each partook in long-duration missions to the International Space Station.

This revealed that space flight causes the immune system to ‘turn on all possible defense systems’ in the face of the unfamiliar threat, leading to significant changes all throughout the human body, from the organs down to the tissues and cells.

Aug 30 10:58

Essure coil contraceptive implant is under investigation after women are left suicidal and forced to have hysterectomies due to crippling pain

Women are being driven to the point of suicide due to the crippling pain caused by the sterilisation device Essure.

Manufactured by Bayer, Essure is a coil implant that works to trigger inflammation in the Fallopian tubes, resulting in the build-up of scar tissue that blocks eggs from reaching the womb.

Yet, in some instances, the device, which is a form of sterilisation, has been accused of puncturing holes in the fallopian tube, and even becoming dislodged before embedding elsewhere in the body.

Some women also react badly to the devices' materials, which include nickel and polyester.

Due to the how the coil attaches to the fallopian tubes, it can only be removed by taking out the oviduct or, in some cases, performing a hysterectomy.

Aug 30 10:57

GOV’T FAST-TRACKING MANDATORY VACCINATION AS MEDIA MUZZLES DEBATE

Turning their backs on the human rights principle of voluntary informed consent memorialized in the Nuremberg Code after World War II, health authorities in France and Italy are fast-tracking involuntary vaccine mandates for school-age children.

In Italy, millions of Italians have been demonstrating since June, protesting the infringements to parental rights.

On July 28, industry-beholden Italian legislators voted 296-92 to pass a one-size-fits-all law that mandates multiple doses of ten vaccines for preschoolers through teenagers, imposing steep fines for parents who do not comply.

Aug 30 10:54

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YIKES!!

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

Aug 30 10:37

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

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

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

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

Aug 30 10:31

AquaPail Water Filter

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 30 09:55

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

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

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

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

Aug 30 09:47

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Aug 30 09:39

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

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

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

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

Aug 30 09:34

Exclusive: mind-boggling FDA confession about the smallpox vaccine

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

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

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

That simply means weak and compromised immune systems.

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

Aug 30 08:37

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

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

Aug 30 08:13

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

By April McCarthy

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

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

Aug 30 08:07

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

Energy is everything.

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

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

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

Aug 30 01:38

DEFENDING AGAINST THE NEXT GENERATION OF BIOWEAPONS

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

Aug 29 15:58

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

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

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

Aug 29 15:57

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 29 15:54

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 29 15:42

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 29 15:38

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 29 14:03

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

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

Aug 29 12:31

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

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

Aug 29 12:25

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

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

Aug 29 11:37

Last days of Russian summer bring snow to Yakutia

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

Aug 29 11:31

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

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

Aug 29 09:54

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

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

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

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

Aug 29 09:46

Minerals on Mars Indicate Crater was Suitable for Microbes

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

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

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

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

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Aug 29 09:21

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

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

Aug 29 09:19

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

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

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

Aug 29 08:26

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

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

Aug 29 07:58

Key To Weight Loss Success Is The Rate You Lose It

By Karen Foster

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

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