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Aug 21 12:23

Nanny State Steps In On Soda, Law Proposed Banning Restaurants From Serving Beverages

By Aaron Kesel

The nanny state is attempting to limit what drinks children can receive at restaurants. A California bill proposing limiting restaurants to serving children water or unflavored milk with their meals passed the California Assembly and is now making its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) desk...

Aug 21 12:04

TINY PLASTIC IS EVERYWHERE

Plastic trash is littering the land and fouling rivers and oceans. But what we can see is only a small fraction of what’s out there.

Since modern plastic was first mass-produced, 8 billion tons have been manufactured. And when it’s thrown away, it doesn’t just disappear. Much of it crumbles into small pieces.

Scientists call the tiny pieces “microplastics” and define them as objects smaller than 5 millimeters — about the size of one of the letters on a computer keyboard. Researchers started to pay serious attention to microplastics in the environment about 15 years ago. They’re in oceans, rivers and lakes. They’re also in soil. Recent research in Germany found that fertilizer made from composted household waste contains microplastics.

And, even more concerning, microplastics are in drinking water. In beer. In sea salt. In fish and shellfish. How microplastics get into animals is something of a mystery, and Chelsea Rochman is trying to solve it.

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We have got to get this out of the food chain; otherwise, it augurs very poorly for human health as well.

Aug 21 11:53

Congo: Ebola “Bungle in the Jungle” a Planned Mishap

Malthusian theory holds that depopulation (or zero population growth) is a necessity to control a species (namely humanity) that reproduces and consumes natural resources without limits. This is a “New Age” mantra adopted early on by Communists as far back as Marx and Lenin. The ball has been carried successively by Edward House and Woodrow Wilson, and further exacerbated by such “gems” as Kissinger, Bill Gates, Al Gore, and so forth. Much of the public and almost all of the youth (a recent poll taken showed young people prefer Socialism to Capitalism) have fallen for this mantra.

The “problem” for them is how to push it along quickly: war is one answer, and disease is another.

Aug 21 11:08

Has the lost city of Etzanoa been found? 17th century civilization wiped out by Spanish conquistadors and disease 'has been located on the Oklahoma border'

An archaeologist in Kansas believes that he has made a once-in-a-lifetime discovery after claiming to have unearthed a long-lost civilization in the Midwest.

Wichita State University Professor Donald Blakeslee believes he's found the massive lost city of Etzanoa, which has home to an estimated 20,000 people between 1450 and 1700.

Located in Arkansas City, Kansas, just a few miles from the Oklahoma border, Blakeslee says that freshly translated documents and an array of high-tech equipment may have led him to the mythical city.

Aug 21 10:44

Staying at the Volcano House, Hawaii

Helen van Berkel checks into the Volcano House, Hawaii.

Getting there: It's about an hour's flight from Honolulu, followed by a 45-minute drive.

The check-in experience: A mimosa served at check-in quickly wipes away the dust of the road.

Price: About $455 a night. And worth it when it reopens. Volcano House sits in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where Kilauea has been erupting since May, closing the park and the house. The website says bookings are being taken but it will not reopen until September 15 at the earliest.

The accommodation: It's an old-style lodge, complete with occasionally creaky floors and stairs, sash windows and an open fire in the cosy lobby. Its old-fashioned decor adds to the elegance The facilities: It's old-school the whole way here: tiled showers and a sliding door to the walk-in wardrobe area.

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Claire playing the koa wood piano at volcano house.

Aug 21 10:42

Stratolaunch Unveils New Rockets, Space Plane to Launch from World's Largest Airplane

Now we know exactly how Stratolaunch Systems plans to get satellites to orbit.

Stratolaunch, which was established by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2011, will employ four different satellite-toting vehicles, the company revealed today (Aug. 20).

All of them will blast their way to orbit after being dropped at altitude from a mother-ship plane — the largest aircraft ever built, with a wingspan of 385 feet (117 meters). [Stratolaunch Test Photos: The World's Largest Plane in Action]

"We are excited to share for the first time some details about the development of our own, proprietary Stratolaunch launch vehicles, with which we will offer a flexible launch capability unlike any other," Stratolaunch CEO Jean Floyd said in a statement. "Whatever the payload, whatever the orbit, getting your satellite into space will soon be as easy as booking an airline flight."

Aug 21 09:49

One of the worst floods in India's history: Almost 400 dead dozens missing and 1.2 million displaced with 40% more monsoon rain than usual

The death toll in Kerala rose on Monday to nearly 400 after its worst flood in a century, as authorities handed out medicine and disinfectants to ward off disease in thousands of relief camps.

Dozens of people are missing and 1.2 million are sheltering in the camps, state officials said, as the water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace.
"The death toll has risen to 373," an official of the state's disaster management authority told Reuters. Kerala received rainfall more than 40 per cent greater than normal for the monsoon season, which runs from June to September.

Torrential rain in the last 10 days forced officials to release water from dozens of dangerously full dams.

The Indian government classified the floods as a "calamity of severe nature."
Kerala has pitched it as a national disaster, which if accepted by the central government, is likely to prompt greater commitments of funds for relief and rebuilding efforts.

Aug 21 09:41

THE LIST OF PRODUCTS AND FOODS THAT HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR MONSANTO’S CARCINOGENIC GLYPHOSATE

Monsanto is receiving considerable global backlash after the agrochemical and seed giant was found guilty of malice and of covering the fact that their flagship product can cause cancer.

At issue is glyphosate, the active chemical ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger herbicides. For years, evidence has been mounting that glyphosate is carcinogenic, which is quite alarming considering that it is the most widely used (and overused) agricultural chemical ever.

“Americans have applied 1.8 million tons of glyphosate since its introduction in 1974. Worldwide, 9.4 million tons of the chemical have been sprayed onto fields. For comparison, that’s equivalent to the weight of water in more than 2,300 Olympic-size swimming pools. It’s also enough to spray nearly half a pound of Roundup on every cultivated acre of land in the world.” ~Newsweek

Aug 21 09:29

MONSANTO WEEDKILLER RULING SPARKS BACKLASH AROUND THE GLOBE

Glyphosate, the world’s most popular herbicide, is at the center of international scrutiny after a San Francisco court on Friday decided in favor of a California school groundskeeper with terminal cancer.

The jury ruled that the plaintiff, Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, developed cancer from repeated exposure to Roundup, Monsanto‘s widely used glyphosate-based weedkiller, and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages.

The landmark jury ruling, which could open the door for roughly 4,000 similar U.S. lawsuits against Monsanto, sparked outcry around the world.

Aug 21 08:39

'I didn't want to die for nothing': Terminally ill groundsman, 46, who won $289 million in trial that found Roundup DID give him cancer speaks out about spending some of his final days in court

Johnson, a married-father-of two, doesn't have long to live, having been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - a cancer that starts in the white bloods cells - in August 2014, which has since spread.

Monsanto plans to appeal the verdict and the compensation will only be released when this has been heard, meaning Johnson may not live to see his payout.

However, in an interview with CBS This Morning, Johnson said he's happy about the trial's outcome because he didn't want to 'die for nothing' and to make sure others were warned about the potential danger of using the weedkiller.

Aug 21 08:30

Sixty nine major earthquakes hit the Pacific's Ring of Fire in just 48 hours driving fears that the 'Big One' is about to hit California

Sixty nine major earthquakes have hit Earth's most active geological disaster zone in the space of just 48 hours.

Sixteen 'significant' tremors - those at magnitude 4.5 or above - shook the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' on Monday, following a spate of 53 that hit the region Sunday.

The quakes rattled Indonesia, Bolivia, Japan and Fiji, but failed to reach the western coast of the United States, which also falls along the infamous geological ring.

The tremors have raised concerns that California's 'Big One' - a destructive earthquake of magnitude 8 or greater - may be looming.

Aug 20 17:43

How Scientists Engineer Foods to Make Them Dangerously Addictive

It’s no secret that the standard American diet is having a terrible effect on human health. What’s is a secret, though, is how the food industry uses science and psychology to create processed food products that are devoid of nutrition, full of chemical additives and colorings, and incredibly addictive.

Aug 20 17:40

The List of Products and Foods that Have Tested Positive for Monsanto’s Carcinogenic Glyphosate

The following list of products that have tested positive for glyphosate is quite unsettling, and the retailers who sell these products would do well for themselves to take the lead in calling for an outright ban on glyphosate.

Aug 20 11:31

Quakes cut power, topple buildings on Indonesian island

A strong earthquake has cut power across the Indonesian island of Lombok and destroyed buildings as the tourist hotspot tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people.

The shallow magnitude 6.9 quake that hit just after 10 p.m. Sunday was one of multiple powerful earthquakes in the northeast of the island that also caused landslides. The nighttime quake was followed by strong aftershocks.

An Associated Press reporter in Sembalun subdistrict, on the island’s northeast in the shadow of Mount Rinjani, said the latest quake caused panic, but many people were already staying in tents following the deadly quake in early August and its hundreds of aftershocks.

There was no immediate official information about casualties.

Aug 20 11:27

Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy Linked To Autism In Children

Pregnant women with higher levels of a banned pesticide that’s still found in many foods today are more likely to have children diagnosed with autism, a new study finds.

Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or DDT, is an insecticide widely used after its development in the 1940s. It’s particularly known to help prevent malaria, typhus, and other insect-borne diseases. Of course, it was also extremely useful for farmers and anyone else who found themselves frequently bugged by insects. The pesticide became commonly used across the world, but by the late 1950s, its dangerous effects on the environment and wildlife began to come into light; consequently in 1972, as it became clearer that it was unhealthy for human exposure, the Environmental Protection Agency banned its use in America.

Aug 20 10:16

Hurricane Lane expected to take northwest turn; forecasters warn of heavy rain, flooding

The latest 5-day forecast map for Lane shows the storm weakening but moving northwest by midweek, placing Oahu and Kauai in the track’s so-called “cone of uncertainty.”

Aug 20 10:10

Volcanoes National Park officials say it'll be a while until the park reopens

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been closed for nearly 100 days due to unsafe conditions from seismic and explosive activity from the summit of Kilauea but there's no telling when the park will reopen.

It's going to be a long and most likely expensive one according to national park officials.

They took local media to look at park roads, buildings and Halemaumau crater to show us why.

"The last 100 days have been grueling," Jessica Ferracane, National Park Service said.

All 130 staff members at the park still have jobs, some are working on clean up and recovery at the Hawaii Island Park, others transferred to national parks on neighbor islands. But the closure of this park continues to take its toll on staff and the surrounding community.

Aug 20 10:09

DEA MAKES SHOCKING MOVE, ORDERS INCREASE IN CANNABIS PRODUCTION BY 500% TO FIGHT OPIOID CRISIS

In an interesting turn of events, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a ruling which will greatly increase the amount of marijuana that can be grown legally for research purposes. In the same report, the DEA announced that they will be attempting to reduce the production of problematic opioid pharmaceuticals.

The amount of marijuana that can be grown previously had been roughly 1,000 pounds, but will be increasing to 5,400 pounds in 2019.

According to the filing, these numbers are quotas that “reflects the total amount of controlled substances necessary to meet the country’s medical, scientific, research, industrial, and export needs for the year and for the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks,” DEA said.

Aug 20 10:04

Big Island residents hopeful pause in Kilauea Volcano flow will last

Scientists at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Friday downgraded the threat from Kilauea Volcano from the highest level of a “warning” to a “watch” following three weeks of decreasing activity.

After Kilauea created panic and destruction when it began erupting May 3, destroying more than 700 homes in its path, there’s barely been a burp or rumble this month.

With a couple of exceptions, lava has stopped pouring into the ocean since Aug. 6. Since Aug. 2 the summit of Kilauea Volcano has not seen what’s called a “collapse event” in which an exodus of lava caused the walls of the summit to collapse, triggering seismic activity equal to 5.8-magnitude earthquakes.

And Kilauea’s notorious fissure 8 in the heart of the Leilani Estates subdivision, which unleashed a river of 2,000-degree lava that ran to the sea, “continues to calm down, cool down and quiet down,” said Tina Neal, scientist-in-charge of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Aug 20 09:54

This Texas Doctor Raped A Patient Who Was Heavily Sedated & Won't Go To Jail For It

Although he lost his medical license and his job, a Texas doctor who raped a patient won't face jail time. A jury sentenced Dr. Shafeeq Sheikh to 10 years of probation and a $10,000 fine Friday after convicting him of raping an incapacitated patient at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston in 2013. As a result of his conviction 46-year-old Sheikh will also have to register as a sex offender.

A female patient being treated for an acute asthma attack at Ben Taub Hospital in November 2013 reported being raped in her hospital room while under heavy sedation and tethered to machines, according to a local ABC News affiliate. The then-27-year-old woman told hospital staff and police that an unknown physician had entered her room and touched her breasts inappropriately during a chest exam. That same physician later returned to her bedside and sexually assaulted her on two other occasions during the night.

Aug 20 09:36

NASA Mars rover UPDATE: NASA's daring plan to rescue Mars Opportunity rover REVEALED

NASA’S Mars Opportunity rover has been silent for two months after a planet-sized dust storm consumed the Red Planet. Here is an outline of NASA’s rover recovery effort.

Aug 20 09:10

HPV jab doesn't protect against some of the most common strains of the virus, study finds

The current HPV vaccine does not protect against some of the most common forms of the virus, a study has found.

The Government announced last month that teenage boys will get the human papilloma virus jab from next year in a bid to reduce the risk of cancers, particularly of the mouth and throat.

But scientists at the University of Sheffield found the majority of people who tested positive had strains not covered by the current vaccine, in the largest study of oral HPV in England.

Aug 20 09:08

Monsanto caught colluding with EPA in Roundup cancer cover-up

Is the day we’ve all been waiting for finally on the horizon? Monsanto and the EPA have been caught red-handed in the midst of a legal controversy. Unsealed court documents have shown that not only is the EPA severely lacking in the standards department, but that the federal agency colluded with one of the nation’s most menacing companies, Monsanto. And in doing so, the EPA helped to keep Monsanto’s star product, Roundup, on store shelves and safe from being reviewed for its cancer-causing effects.

Court documents show that the EPA declared that Roundup was safe for use without ever testing the entire formulation’s effects, and instead relied on the industry testing done on just the key active ingredient, glyphosate.

Aug 20 08:55

Media Misses Key Detail On Recent Trump GMO/Pesticide Ban ‘Lifting’, Here’s Why

In early August, Trump’s administration released a new memo from the Fish and Wildlife Service stating that the 2014 version of the memo, out of Obama’s administration would be cancelled and the terms of the new memo would now be in place.

The memo was in reference to a GMO and neonicotinoid bans that put in place to help protect the bee population and wildlife refuges. The 2014 memo was a positive step forward as it was publicly stating, even at higher governmental levels, that GMOs were harmful to agriculture and wildlife, as were neonics. This initial memo was coined a GMO and neonics ban, even though the language in the memo doesn’t actually say that.

Before we continue, we recognize and have painstakingly covered, the dangers of neonicotinoid pesticides and GMOs on our environment and wildlife. We have called for an all-out ban, based on our research, numerous times over the last 6 years and still hold completely strong to that truth.

Aug 20 08:26

An Orange A Day Keeps Macular Degeneration Away

The results of a new, long-term study are nothing short of stunning when it comes to preventing the leading cause of vision loss.

Aug 20 08:20

California moving to mandate abortion pills on campus

If California politicians have their way, soon all of the state’s public universities will be forced to dispense abortion pills to students.

The politicians and the abortion industry that backs their election campaigns insist that turning California’s university student health centers into abortion centers means “progress.” But what it really means is serious problems for both students and the universities, not to mention the destruction of more human lives.

There is almost a humor to it. Remember the time when even those who supported abortion could admit that it was such a grave option that it should be "rare?" Now they want to make it as available as Tylenol.

Aug 19 13:03

Hurricane Lane to Hit Hawaii | 1-Week Forecast


This video shows 7 days forecast from the GFS model, using Windy.com

Aug 19 11:35

10 Powerful Things That Extend Your Life

By Marco Torres

Differences in lifestyle patterns rather than mortality or health outcomes appear to have immense research potential in gauging life expectancy. How do patterns in thought, actions, supplements, and diet interact, synergize, or interfere with one another? Here’s a look at 10 powerful things that influence our aging processes.

By examining how chronological age lines up with biological age across the population, researchers are starting to pin down how these two measures should sync up — and what it means for how long we have left when they don’t...

Aug 18 12:19

Leaking Las Vegas: West's Biggest Reservoir Nears Critical Threshold

In 2016, Lake Mead water levels drop to new record lows (since it was filled in the 1930s) leaving Las Vegas facing existential threats unless something is done. Las Vegas and its 2 million residents and 40 million tourists a year get almost all their drinking water from the Lake and at levels below 1075ft, the Interior Department will be forced to declare a "shortage," which will lead to significant cutbacks for Arizona and Nevada.

And now, two years later, the situation appears to be getting worse as The Wall Street Journal reports, in a prediction released Wednesday, the Bureau of Reclamation, a multistate agency that manages water and power in the West, said there is a 52% probability that water levels will fall below a threshold of 1,075 feet elevation by 2020.

Aug 18 10:27

Scientists downgrade alert level for Hawaii volcano

Slowing activity at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has prompted scientists on Friday to downgrade their alert level for the mountain.

The U.S. Geological Survey issued a "watch" for Kilauea's ground hazards, down from a "warning."

But scientists say this doesn't mean the eruption, which has destroyed more than 700 homes since May, is over. Kilauea has paused for days, weeks and even months during previous eruptions.

Lava mostly stopped flowing on Aug. 6. There's a crusted-over lava pond inside a fissure cone and just a few spots where lava is entering the ocean.

The volcano's summit hasn't collapsed since Aug. 2. Sulfur dioxide emissions are the lowest they've been since 2007.

Aug 18 10:08

USGS warns of poisonous gas emissions in National Park

Yellowstone National Park is home to thousands of hot springs and geysers spewing clouds of mostly harmless, rotten-smelling gases.

Aug 17 15:50

Even more sickened by McDonald's salads: Nearly 500 people in 15 states have contracted 'explosive diarrhea' from a parasite in the chain's 'healthy' dishes

Another 81 people have developed explosive diarrhea from the dishes, bringing the total number of sickened people to 476 across 15 states.

At least 21 of them have needed hospital treatment for their painful symptoms.

The victims range in age from 14 to 91. More than 66 percent of them are women.

The illness is cyclosporiasis, caused by the Cyclospora parasite, which causes vomiting and 'explosive' diarrhea a week or even more than a month after eating the offending food.

Despite McDonald's pulling its salad blend on July 20, the number of cases keeps climbing, and today the FDA said it is zeroing in on the origin of the romaine and carrots used to cultivate the calorie-laden meals.

Aug 17 15:11

China’s vaccine scandal explodes as one million doses now found to be maiming Chinese children… total cover-up by the media

The State Council of China announced that another batch of vaccines for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DPT) that were produced by the firm Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology, were considered “substandard.” Most of the doses were sold to authorities in the Shandong province in northeastern China, and some have already been given to children.

The latest batch of 247,200 vaccines joins the 253,338 defective DPT vaccines from the same company that were discovered last November, along with more than 400,000 produced by a different company.

According to the South China Morning Post, 76 percent of those children who were given injections from the first substandard batch have already been treated by doctors, and there are now plans in place to treat those who received injections from the second batch.

Aug 17 13:21

Four Years Into Sanctions US Still Can't End Addiction to Russian Rocket Engines

NASA is working hard to stop relying on Russian rocket engines, as said by Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

This is a result of the new sanctions on Russia announced by the Trump administration on August 8th. The sanctions were imposed due to the alleged use of chemical weapons against Russian ex-intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the UK city of Salisbury in March.

Aug 17 11:07

Is Fructose as Addictive and Harmful as Alcohol?

Millions of pounds are consumed annually, yet it may be more like a drug than a food and just as damaging and addictive as alcohol…

Aug 17 10:14

Native Hawaiians see a silver lining to destruction caused by recent volcanic eruptions

By many metrics, what is happening on Hawaii island can be considered a natural disaster. But native Hawaiians I spoke to view this period not as one of pure destruction, but rather the logical continuation of their islands’ geological evolution — a time of deep cultural and personal reflection and realignment.

“The word we use is ‘inevitable,’” cultural ambassador, community organizer and former Miss Hawaii Desiree Moana Cruz said in reference to how best to describe Kilauea’s latest lava flow. “Not tragedy, not disaster. I certainly feel compassion for the people who have lost their homes — they’re my friends, family and also strangers. But again, we all know this is where we live. We — and I mean native Hawaiians — say, ‘Have you seen the pele?’ Pele is the Hawaiian word for lava in all its manifestations, passed down through ancient chants and dances.”

Aug 17 10:02

Dangerous 'forever chemicals' have been found in US drinking water at alarmingly high rates — here's what to know about PFAS

In the US, consumers usually assume that the water coming out of our taps has been thoroughly tested and is safe to drink.

But residents in more than 30 communities around the country have found out that's not the case.

In states including Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and North Carolina, local water systems have been contaminated with toxic chemicals called PFAS, which stands for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

This class of artificial lab-grown chemicals doesn't break down in the environment, and instead remains intact in water, air, and bodies for thousands of years, according to the Associated Press. For that reason, they've become known as "forever chemicals."

Aug 17 09:50

California doctor on probation for giving vaccine exemption to child who had an adverse reaction to vaccines

Noted vaccine rights physician Dr. Bob Sears threatened with loss of license and receives almost three years of probation – after issuing exemption from vaccines

On June 27, 2018, the Medical Board of California ordered 35 months of probation for Orange County pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears, a leading voice in the vaccine rights community.

The complaint revolved around a note Dr. Sears had written exempting a 2-year-old from all childhood vaccinations.

Aug 17 09:49

Two French rivers disappear underground in large cracks and sinkholes: The Doubs River (Franche-Comté) and the Risle (Normandy)

The Doubs river flows normally in Franche-Comté, France. But since about a week or so, the river has totally dried up over a length of more than 1 km, between Pontarlier and Morteau, although precipitation has been abundant this winter and spring. The river has disappeared, and with it, the fauna and flora. Everything is dead. Two weeks ago, 13km of the Risle River in Normandy also disappeared underground in a large crater. According to geologists, this unprecedented event is due to large cracks and craters in the riverbed.

Aug 17 09:46

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Aug 17 07:58

Italy earthquake video: Fears for Mount Vesuvius VOLCANIC ERUPTION after Naples SHAKEN

ITALY has been struck by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake in the central region of Molise, a popular holiday hotspot on the eastern Italian coast, sparking fears from residents over a volcano in the southern city of Naples where the shock was also felt.

Aug 16 18:00

The epidemic rages on: Opioid overdoses killed a record 72,000 Americans last year, CDC reports

In 2017, more than 72,000 people in the US died of opioid overdoses, eclipsing 2016's 64,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's preliminary data.

Aug 16 14:57

More New Zealanders being given anti-psychotics, many for 'off-label' reasons like sleep

A dramatic rise in prescription drugs used to treat severe psychiatric disorders has sparked warnings from health experts about the risk of significant side effects if taken in high doses.

The jump in anti-psychotics is being attributed to aggressive marketing by drug companies and older European woman using them "off label" as sleep medication or tranquilisers.

University of Otago research published today shows a 49 per cent jump in anti-psychotic prescriptions between 2008 and 2015.

More than 500,000 prescriptions were issued in the last year of research. But the sharp rise appears to outstrip any increase in the conditions the drugs are designed to treat.

Aug 16 13:17

REPORT SHOWS FDA MANIPULATING AND IGNORING SCIENCE ON KRATOM

In a detailed white paper released today, AKA scientists and attorneys claim, “The FDA has also misled the DEA, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) with incomplete, inaccurate, extrapolated, and distorted information on adverse events and deaths allegedly associated with the use of kratom to encourage unwarranted legislative and regulatory restrictions on kratom at the federal, state, and local government levels.

The most egregious examples cited by AKA include cases where:

• The FDA failed to adequately disclose and account for material facts from the peer-reviewed Case Report of nine deaths in Sweden that were published in 2011 in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology. That report concluded the deaths were actually the result of adulteration of kratom powder with a toxic dose of O-desmethyltramadol.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why are the drug companies so afraid of this herb to the point of wanting to schedule it?!?

Because when used judiciously and carefully, it can assist in managing pain and stress, without the need of going to a prescription painkiller.

But in looking at using this, there are two things you have to understand, absolutely; the first is the correct dosage for your body weight, and the second is, the quality of the kratom you are buying.

Aug 16 12:52

HPV Vaccine All Risk No Benefit

Aug 16 12:32

FRACKING WASTEWATER SPIKES 1,440% IN HALF DECADE

Between 2011 and 2016, fracked oil and gas wells in the U.S. pumped out record-breaking amounts of wastewater, which is laced with toxic and radioactive materials, a new Duke University study concludes. The amount of wastewater from fracking rose 1,440 percent during that period.

Over the same time, the total amount of water used for fracking rose roughly half as much, 770 percent, according to the paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

"Previous studies suggested hydraulic fracturing does not use significantly more water than other energy sources, but those findings were based only on aggregated data from the early years of fracking," Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, said in a statement. "After more than a decade of fracking operation, we now have more years of data to draw upon from multiple verifiable sources."

The researchers predict that spike in water use will continue to climb.

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This has got to be lousy for the general environment, and for people who live anywhere near these fracking sites.

Aug 16 12:29

WEED-KILLING CARCINOGEN GLYPHOSATE FOUND IN CHILDREN'S FOODS: SOURCE: MAC SLAVO VIA SHTFPLAN.COM

The known carcinogen and infamous weed killing chemical glyphosate has just been found in breakfast foods marketed for children. A new study has discovered trace amounts of the most widely used herbicide in the country in oats, granolas, and snack bars.

Concern over glyphosate has continued to grow in the United States in recent years. Although the chemical may be safe in some amounts to spray on weeds if certain safety precautions are taken, it is probably a lot more dangerous if it’s ingested by a child. Most disturbing, however, is the fact that thirty-one out of 45 tested products had levels of glyphosate that were higher than what many scientists consider safe for children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If there was EVER a corporation utterly and completely deserving of being sued out of existence, that corporation is Monsanto, for cooking the numbers on their own research, and lying about the statistics of how bad this product is for humankind.

Aug 16 12:00

M 6.4 - 252km SE of Iwo Jima, Japan

Aug 16 10:56

Shocking exposé of dodgy medical devices

Not too far into this shocking documentary, the director of The Hunting Ground, Kirby Dick, dusts down an ancient monochrome public service film featuring the late Raymond Massey. The veteran actor cautions that while the old-time medicine man and his snake oil are being eliminated by tighter regulations, there’s a new kind of quackery which is “equally dangerous and far more difficult to control: phoney machines and devices which are supposed to diagnose and treat. Unlike new drugs, therapeutic devices do not have to be proved safe or effective before they are sold and used.”

Decades after that film was first broadcast, the $400 billion medical device industry is no better regulated. If anything, as various whistleblowers from the US’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) explain, there are even fewer safeguards. “When it comes to medical devices, we built a system that doesn’t work,” explains David Kessler, a former FDA commissioner for both the Bush and Clinton administrations.

Aug 16 10:35

Citizen contacts Maryland Department of Health to find out why they are so keen to push the HPV jab on 11yo children, so he files a freedom of information request and discovers they've been bribed/lobbied

The nurse showed him letters from Maryland Department of Health outlining the new policy. He first contacted Dr. Jinlene Chan, who had signed the letters, she could not provide evidence to back up the need for the vaccine. He then contacted Dr. Ken Lin Tai, director of the Cancer Control and Prevention unit at the Department of Health, but she couldn't provide any evidence either. Finally he met with Dr. Howard Haft, deputy director of the Maryland Department of Health who said it was CDC, yet CDC’s policy is to not take positions on state-specific legislation.

Suspecting that there was something else going on behind the scenes, in April 2018 he filed a Public Information Act request with the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration only to discover that the Maryland health department had received $91.6 million pharma funded non-profits to promote the HPV vaccine in Maryland.

Aug 16 10:31

The filthiest food you can eat, yet most think it’s the healthiest

While health agencies make a big stink about unsterilized foods such as raw organic milk, the food associated with the greatest number of foodborne illnesses is factory farmed chicken.

According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, there were 5,760 reported foodborne outbreaks between 2009 and 2015, resulting in 100,939 illnesses, 5,699 hospitalizations, and 145 deaths. Of these, chicken was responsible for the most outbreak-associated illnesses — 3,114 illnesses in total (12 percent), followed by pork and seeded vegetables, each of which was responsible for 10 percent of illnesses.

Aug 16 09:52

Bronze Age Copper From MICHIGAN Supplied Europe and Middle East

“Today, Smithsonian Institution spokesmen may not agree for politically correct reasons, but after the study of its researchers a century ago, they concluded that a civilization of a higher order than the Native American was responsible for the ancient copper mining.”

http://ancientamerica.com/missing-prehistoric-michigans-half-billion-p...

American History classes generally mention NOTHING about the ancient copper mines in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where an estimated 500,000,000 pounds of copper was mined from 5,000 to 1,200 B.C. (Interestingly, the mines were briefly reactivated on a smaller scale, suddenly ending production around 1320 A.D., +/-10 years. The Knights Templar, who discovered evidence of the Americas in Jerusalem and became very wealthy, were rounded up and almost wiped out in 1313…)

Aug 16 09:31

The Internet Just Crowd-funded The Release Of 4,358 CIA Mind-Control Documents

A crowdfunding campaign has succeeded in raising the funds necessary to pay a Freedom of Information Act request fee for documents related to the CIA’s controversial MKUltra program.

John Greenewald of Black Vault, a website that publishes government documents, appealed to the internet for help after the agency refused to waive the $425 fee it was demanding to release the documents. Greenewald, who has been filing FOIA requests for two decades, had previously published files on MKUltra, a program best known for dosing individuals with drugs like LSD to research mind control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on Greenewald, and good on the crowd sourcing folks on this!!!

This was a dark, and nasty, chapter in American Black Ops, that should:

1. Have its details seen from what it was, in the light of day, and
2. Never be replicated by this or any government again in human history.

Aug 16 09:25

Japan hikes volcanic warning level, prepares to evacuate island

Japan hiked the volcanic warning level on one southern island to the second highest on Wednesday, mandating that residents should prepare for evacuation, though an actual eruption at the peak had yet to be detected.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency said that volcanic earthquakes and sulfur emissions had increased at a peak on Kuchinoerabujima island, located roughly 1,000 km (621 miles) southwest of Tokyo, and raised its warning level to 4 out of 5.

The mountain erupted explosively three years ago, sending ash and smoke thousands of meters into the sky and releasing potentially deadly pyroclastic flows, flows of super-heated ash and gas, that reached the sea.

Aug 16 09:12

Tropical ticks threaten to bring Crimean-Congo fever to Germany

Scientists at the University of Hohenheim and the Institute for Microbiology (IMB) of the German Federal Armed Forces in Munich say they have found seven different specimens of tropical ticks, known as Hyalomma, in the northern region of Lower Saxony. Previously, only two tropical ticks are known to have been found in Germany, one in 2015 and another in 2017.

"Five of the seven ticks we can determine beyond doubt, four are the species Hyalomma marginatum and one of the kind Hyalomma rufipes," said Dr Lidia Chitimia-Dobler, tick expert at the IMB. "We did not expect ticks here in Germany at this time.”

Rising temperatures are being blamed for the arrival of Hyalomma ticks in the central European state, with migratory birds believed to be the carriers of the creatures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Along with immigrants who are not properly screened.

Aug 16 08:52

Kilauea Eruption Update 8-15-18… “USGS Gives Eruption Lull Analysis”

Some may have interest in this. The lava flow and river from fissure 8 essentially stopped a couple weeks ago. The vog over here (Kona side) has been much less, and the air is much more clear.

Aug 16 08:50

US ‘Concerned’ With ‘Abnormal’ Russian Satellite

The US is raising hue and cry about a Russian satellite exhibiting what it considers “abnormal” behavior, heavily implying it is a weapon of some sort. However, the US has repeatedly rejected out of hand attempts to prevent a space arms race via an international treaty and is developing its own hypersonic weapons capable of reaching space.

"We are concerned with what appears to be very abnormal behavior by a declared ‘space apparatus inspector,'" US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Yleem Poblete said Tuesday at a UN conference on disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland. "Its behavior on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before from on-orbit inspection or space situational awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection satellite activities."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the Americans are angry that the Russians have an object in space they don't know everything about, and the cause of their ignorance is their own lack of interest in reaching a workable treaty governing weapons in outer space, based on dubious claims about the impossibility of verification. Conclusion? Must be another scary Russian weapon!

Aug 16 08:36

Cereal killers: Monsanto weedkiller that can ‘probably’ cause cancer found in children’s breakfasts

A hearty bowl of oatmeal is a healthy way to start your day, but according to a new study, that bowl of oatmeal can contain dangerous levels of glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical linked to cancer.

The study, carried out by the non-profit Environmental Working Group, found that 43 out of 45 popular breakfast cereals tested in three locations in the US contained traces of glyphosate. 31 of these contained dangerously high levels of the chemical.

Aug 16 07:08

Cherries Improve Gut Health

Cherries for gout, cherries for gut health. While Montmorency tart cherries have a reputation as both a gout and sleep remedy – it turns out they can actually play a major role in improving gut health.

Aug 15 11:36

Looted Iraqi Antiquities Can Finally Return Home After Simple Identification by British Museum

It has been announced that a collection of 5000-year-old priceless artifacts that were looted in the wake of the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 have been identified in London. Local police seized the objects from an illegal dealer in antiquities. The items were identified by experts and this means that they can be returned to the Iraqi government and people. It is hoped that this find and the return of the objects to Baghdad will mark a new phase in the battle against the organized smuggling of antiquities.

Aug 15 11:31

Florida declares a State of Emergency after a devastating toxic algae bloom plagues the Gulf Coast, killing tourism and wildlife

A toxic algae bloom known as Red Tide has overrun Florida's southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water.

Red tide - a naturally occurring toxic algae bloom that can be harmful to people with respiratory problems- has spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico, drifting in the water since it began in October.

It also means there are tons of dead fish leaving a foul smelling odor. That has resulted in empty beaches, empty roads and empty restaurants.

'I've never seen it this bad,' said 31-year-old Heather Lamb of Venice. She's a hairdresser and makeup artist who styled herself as a dead mermaid and posted photos on social media to raise awareness of the problem.

Aug 15 11:31

What is causing Florida’s algae crisis? 5 questions answered

What’s the difference between red tide and blue-green algae?

Both are photosynthetic microscopic organisms that live in water. Blue-green algae are properly called cyanobacteria. Some species of cyanobacteria occur in the ocean, but blooms – extremely high levels that create green surface scums of algae – happen mainly in lakes and rivers, where salinity is low.

Red tides are caused by a type of algae called a dinoflagellate, which also is ubiquitous in lakes, rivers, estuaries and the oceans. But the particular species that causes red tide blooms, which can literally make water look blood red, occur only in saltwater.

Aug 15 10:54

75% Of Physicians in The World Refuse Chemotherapy for Themselves

Research using polls and questionnaires continue to show that 3 of every 4 doctors and scientists would refuse chemotherapy for themselves due to its devastating effects on the entire body and the immune system, and because of its extremely low success rate. On top of that, only 2 to 4% of all cancers even respond to chemotherapy or prove to be “life extending,” yet it is prescribed across the board for just about every kind of cancer.

Aug 15 10:53

Weed-killing chemical linked to cancer found in some children's breakfast foods

A new report found glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical that some health authorities link to cancer, in a number of popular breakfast foods and cereals marketed to children. The study by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) discovered trace amounts of the most widely used herbicide in the country in oats, granolas and snack bars. Thirty-one out of 45 tested products had levels higher than what some scientists consider safe for children.

Recently, some scientists, doctors and activists around the world have worked to keep glyphosate out of crops due to concerns that it is a dangerous carcinogen.

Aug 15 07:41

Ebola death toll in the Democratic Republic of Congo jumps to 41 amid fears the latest outbreak will be ‘hard to control’ because the cases are in a conflict zone

Official figures show the death toll has jumped by a fifth in the space of a week as aid workers work round-the-clock to control the situation.

Virologists have already warned the situation is ‘hard to control’ because the cases are in a conflict zone, roamed by armed militias. This means those infected could be displaced into refugee camps, where they could easily spread the virus.

In a desperate attempt to stem the outbreak, the World Health Organization's chief yesterday called for an end to the fighting in the DRC.

Aug 15 07:17

Earth to Opportunity? NASA admits morale is 'shaky' as rover remains silent 65 DAYS after powering down in Mars dust storm, even as skies begin to clear

It’s been over two weeks since NASA revealed that the massive dust storm battering Mars since May has finally begun to die down.

But despite the clearing skies, there’s still been no word from the Opportunity rover.

Opportunity fell silent back in June, with no way to power its solar battery as dust continued to block out the sun.

Engineers involved with the mission were at first hopeful that the robotic Mars explorer would wake back up once the storm abated – but, after more than 60 days of silence, they now admit morale is ‘shaky.’

Aug 15 07:15

Money really IS the root of all evil! Rich people are more likely to cheat on their partners, steal and drive recklessly because 'wealth makes you feel above the law', scientists say

Dr Dacher Keltner, a psychologist at the University of California at Berkeley, this week told The Washington Post that belonging to a higher social class predicts increased unethical behaviour.

He said: 'To researchers who study wealth and power, it's dismaying but not surprising, because it tracks so closely with our findings.

'The effect of power is sadly one of the most reliable laws of human behaviour.'

Aug 14 15:21

Revealed: Experts warned two years ago that 50-year-old 'uneven' Genoa bridge should be demolished because no one would pay for its 'exorbitant' maintenance - as Transport Minister says those responsible for 35 deaths 'will have to pay'

The motorway bridge which collapsed in Genoa, Italy, killing at least 35 people had been the subject of a series of 'exorbitant' maintenance works and had been causing issues for decades, it has emerged.

Engineering experts had warned that it would have been more cost effective to knock the bridge down than to continue to repair the 'uneven' construction.

The Morandi Bridge, built in 1967, was a main thoroughfare connecting the A10 and A7 highways and had therefore been heavily trafficked for more than 50 years.

Tuesday morning was no different, and dozens of cars fell several hundred feet when a 260ft section of the concrete bridge collapsed shortly after 11.30am.

Aug 14 13:00

Bayer Stock Nosedives After Jury Finds Monsanto Guilty of Covering Up Cancer Risks

For those who’ve for years been fighting Monsanto, affectionately known as the world’s most evil corporation, a San Francisco jury’s decision last Friday to fine the company $289 million is earth-shattering news. Apparently financial markets and analysts agree.

Aug 14 11:57

Experts Bribed to Lie for Corporate Predators

It’s longstanding practice. Corporate predators bribe organizations, scientists, academics, and other experts to lie about the safety of their products.

When hazardous to human health, they need endorsements from experts, willing to sacrifice their integrity for a big payday.

The Organic Authority reports “the truth behind America’s food supply and consumer products industries – pulling back the curtain on how America’s food is grown and processed.”

Earlier it reported how Monsanto (now Bayer after both companies merged) bribes academics to claim hazardous to human health GMOs are safe.

Aug 14 11:56

99% of modern scientific papers are nothing more than politically-motivated pseudoscience, warns science pioneer

“People just don’t do it,” Wharton School professor and forecasting expert J. Scott Armstrong told Brietbart.com after making the shocking claim that less that one percent of papers published in scientific journals follow the scientific method. “I used to think that maybe 10 percent of papers in my field…were maybe useful. Now it looks like maybe, one tenth of one percent follow the scientific method.” In particular, Armstrong talked about the proactive “alarmism” some scientists encourage regarding man-made climate change. He argued that scientists are more politically motivated or perhaps too focused on their own career advancement to want to publish accurate data.

Aug 14 11:01

Why You Need Transdermal Magnesium!

By Neenah Payne

Transdermal Magnesium Therapy: A New Modality for the Maintenance of Health by Dr. Mark Sircus explains why magnesium is so important for everyone and why applying magnesium through the skin (transdermally) is the most effective way to use it...

Aug 14 10:07

The Anxiety Epidemic, Antidepressants, and CBD Part III Cannabis: the Essential Relief of Being Connected

By Susan Boskey

Modern society is so far down the rabbit-hole that we can easily forget who we are. Anxiety sets in when we want to measure up to standards of “the good life”...

Aug 14 09:59

How your daily prescription pills could be draining your body of vital vitamins (and what you can do about it!)

Around half of us now take prescription pills daily, with a quarter on three different types, and millions of pensioners taking five a day on average.

What many people may not realise is that their medication — while combatting chronic and even life-threatening conditions — could also be depriving them of vital minerals and vitamins, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, hair loss, depression, loss of sex drive and muscle pains.

They can even cause crumbly bones, as Julie Sharp discovered (see box below) — she has severe asthma, and at 32, she’s also just been diagnosed with osteoporosis. This is a condition usually associated with old age, but the high-dose oral steroids she needs for her asthma affected the absorption of vital bone minerals including calcium and vitamin D.

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