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Jan 12 16:53

Putting an anti-vaxxer in charge: Trump’s latest delusions

I was taken back to that conversation this week with the news that U.S. president-elect Donald Trump had asked Mr. Kennedy to chair a commission on “vaccine safety and scientific integrity.” Those were the words of Mr. Kennedy, who was the one to announce his appointment after a meeting with Mr. Trump – someone he once called “a dangerous … deceptive … demagogue.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Big Pharma is scared that Trump will take away their cash cow!

Jan 12 15:53

Closest Ever: NASA Captures Image Of Saturn’s Spooky ‘Death Star’ Moon

On its closest-ever flyby of Saturn’s moon Mimas, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured what may be the most detailed image to date of the celestial body.

In a picture released on NASA’s website, it’s not hard to see how Mimas got its nickname – the enormous Herschel Crater dominates both its surface and the image, making the icy moon look like the Death Star, a fictional mobile space station / galactic super-weapon created by the “Star Wars” movie franchise.

Jan 12 15:49

DHS CREATES THE 'NATIONAL LIVESTOCK READINESS PROGRAM' TO CONTROL OUR FOOD SUPPLY

DHS wants to control our food supply, this sounds like a 'fake news' story but unfortunately it's all too real.

Last year, DHS gave the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center (NABC) $331,118 to develop the 'National Livestock Readiness Program'.

Don't we already have two government agencies that control disease outbreaks in animals?

The government created the FDA and the USDA to control disease, foodborne pathogens etc., why do we need a national livestock program run by DHS? (click here to read about mad cow disease.)

The very name Department of Homeland Security should give people pause. Many of us have watched DHS turn America into a police state ruled by fear. DHS has created fear of each other (See Something Say Something) fear of drugs, fear of drunk & drugged driving, fear of terror and now fear of hate crimes.

The endless wars and fear of everything is the only reason DHS exists.

DHS and the Feds to control our food supply

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am going to look to buy local, as much as I can, without my produce being sprayed with glyphosate and other carcinogens.

That the DHS is looking to control the American food supply scares the stuffing out of me, and I will do everything to purchase healthy, local food over which it has zero control.

Jan 12 14:31

Exercise for Weekend Warriors Extends Life

According to a new study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, one or two sessions of moderate-to-vigorous exercise was sufficient to reduce death significantly, from all causes, including cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer.

Jan 12 12:18

NASA Reveals Vast Hole in the Sun That Could “Cripple Power Supplies”

NASA has released a graphic showing a rip in the fabric of the sun, so to speak, that is leaking solar radiation through a hole in its surface.

This is sending a bombardment of particles towards earth that could interfere with the electric grid...

Read more at SHTF

Jan 12 11:43

CVS generic competitor to EpiPen, sold at a 6th the price

CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers.

The drugstore chain says it will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the authorized generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known treatment compared to EpiPen, which can cost more than $600.

Jan 12 11:32

The sun is ripping apart! NASA image shows vast 'hole' spreading across the solar surface

An elongated coronal hole stretching across the face of the sun sent solar wind particles gushing toward Earth last week.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has revealed a stunning animation of the phenomenon, showing the massive dark patch marring the surface of our star.

Space-weather forecasters warned that the resulting geomagnetic storm, while minor, could have some effects on satellites and the power grid.

And, the activity brought breathtaking auroras dancing across the sky in the higher latitudes.

Jan 12 11:28

Mice are transformed into aggressive 'zombie' hunters after scientists flick a killer switch in their brains

By selectively manipulating the different types in the amydala, they found that one set of neurons controlled pursuit, and another controlled the kill.

The experts' experiments involved inanimate stand-ins for prey, such as sticks and bottle caps and animate bug-like toys, as well as live insects.

When the laser was turned off the animals behaved normally, but when it was turned on, the mice took on the qualities of 'walkers' from 'The Walking Dead', pursuing and biting almost anything in their path, including the bottle caps and wooden sticks.

Jan 12 10:10

Dangers of Genetically Modified Corn: New 90-Day Rat Study Destroys Corporate GMO Propaganda

GM proponents who constantly drone on with untrue claims that the science has clearly demonstrated GMOs as safe were dealt yet another blow shortly before Thanksgiving this past year.

This is because yet another study has been published demonstrating the negative health effects of GMOs on the intestinal tract.

This study by Ibrahim and Okasha entitled “Effect of genetically modified corn on the jejunal mucosa of adult male albino rat.,” and published in the journal Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology has demonstrated that rats fed GM Bt corn MON810 for only 90 days did indeed suffer rather serious damage to the surface mucous membranes of the jejunum – which is part of the small intestine.

The specific type of corn fed to the rats was MON810: Ajeeb YG. This is a GM version of Ajeeb, which is a local species of corn grown in Egypt. The GM version was created by Monsanto for the Egyptian market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you watch the cute commercials about breakfast cereals, you have to ask, are the ingredients in this food GMO?!?

Because if so, you need to throw them out pronto, to avoid doing any more damage to your system.

Here's a partial list: Top Breakfast Cereals that Contain Monsanto’s GMO Corn

Jan 12 09:53

Incoming: NASA Totally Missed an Asteroid That Was Closer to Us Than the Moon

It’s always unnerving to learn that NASA, arbiters of space safety, missed a giant hunk of space rock flying so close to the Earth you almost needed to duck.

Like the asteroid that did a fly-by at just half the distance between the Earth and the moon on Monday of this week.

Jan 12 08:39

Cleaner water means fewer intersex fish in Grand River

Expensive upgrades to Kitchener's wastewater treatment plant have significantly reduced the number of male fish in the Grand River that were being turned female because of poor quality effluent being sent back into the river.

Mark Servos, Canada Research Chair in water quality protection at the University of Waterloo, said the intersex fish situation here in 2012 was severe.

"It's one of the worst cases around the globe of this kind of response," Servos said.

In 2012, research showed sewage from the region's wastewater treatment plants was making male fish in the Grand River female.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the US, the Liberals do it to humans!

Jan 12 06:56

US energy agency strengthens protections for scientists

Revised scientific-integrity policy gives researchers more leeway to speak to the press and publish their findings.

Jan 12 06:55

10 brands of baby wipes recalled due to pneumonia-causing bacteria contamination

Ten brands of baby wipes produced by the Pennsylvania-based Nutek Disposables, Inc., were recalled on October 25, 2014, following complaints of foul odor and discoloration.

Upon further testing, the baby wipe and adult washcloth manufacturer discovered that some of their products contained Burkholderia cepacia, a species of antibiotic-resistant bacteria frequently found in soil and water, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Known for its vinegar-like odor, B. cepacia has emerged as a human respiratory pathogen in people with weakened immune systems or chronic lung disease, especially cystic fibrosis patients.

Jan 12 06:45

CDC scientist confirms Donald Trump is right about vaccines and autism

Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy, including the vaccine debate. In a series of tweets and interviews over the past few years, the presidential candidate has stated that he strongly believes that there is a link between "monstrous" vaccines and autism. He has suggested that delivering vaccines in smaller doses over time could reduce autism rates among U.S. children. Despite being cast to the lunatic fringe by the mainstream media for his remarks, CDC scientist Dr. William Thompson has confirmed Trump's suspicions — namely, that the link between vaccines and autism is real.

Jan 12 06:44

The spicy, active ingredient in chilies found to kill off cancer cells

A burning, hot sensation in your mouth isn’t the only trick chili peppers have up their sleeve. Rather than spicing up your food, German researchers found that capsaicin, or the active, hot compound in chili peppers, could stop breast cancer in its tracks.

Jan 12 06:43

What’s killing Americans? Top 10 prescribed medications of 2016 give us a troublesome answer

‘Let food be thy medicine’ is a saying attributed to Hippocrates, who is known as the Father of Modern Medicine. We would be well off to heed his advice, but by and large, we do not, for it is the Standard American Diet that is making us sick. A look at the most often prescribed medications reveals the most common health conditions we are being treated for. And these conditions reveal a problem with our diet, because our poor health is closely correlated with our poor food choices.

Jan 12 06:41

Three year study finds Mediterranean diet could prevent loss of brain volume as you age

A new study has provided evidence that the so-called “Mediterranean diet” can help prevent the loss of brain volume in older people.

Jan 12 06:41

Water crisis: Obama’s EPA to approve dramatic increase in limits on radiation exposure allowable in public drinking water

As one of its closing acts before leaving the stage, the Obama administration plans to relax EPA guidelines regarding maximum allowable radiation levels in the nation’s drinking water, increasing them to levels thousands of times above current legal limits.

Jan 11 18:21

The Cure For Everything And Why Things Are Different This Time

By Tony Cartalucci

The years between 2010 and 2020 may likely be remembered as the decade of gene therapy, and perhaps, the end of cancer, heart disease, blindness, deafness, and even aging – if this revolutionary technology is properly implemented and integrated into our healthcare infrastructure. But it will not happen without effort, or even without a fight – for gene therapy threatens to undermine and overturn some of the largest and most influential corporate monopolies on Earth.

Gene Therapy is Already a Working “Miracle Cure”...

Jan 11 15:35

Pharma Stocks Crash Most Since Brexit After Trump Warns Drug Companies "Getting Away With Murder"

After six straight days higher and the best start to a year ever, Biotech/Pharma stocks were just crashed lower on the heels of comments from president-elect Trump promising more competitive drug pricing.

Jan 11 14:21

Chamber of Commerce: Obamacare Insurance Tax Will Cause More Premium Hikes

The tax cost health insurers $8 billion in 2014, the first year the Affordable Care Act went into effect. That collective tax rose to $11.3 billion in 2015 and 2016. I will rise to $13.9 billion in 2017, and will rise again to $14.3 billion in 2018.

Jan 11 12:27

The “Vietnam War” Called Obamacare Cannot Be Won

For once, can we do the right thing and end this disaster sooner rather than later? Can we admit that Obamacare is a failure and so was the president it’s named after? This Vietnam War of social programs cannot be won. “Saving Obamacare” makes as much sense as “peace with honor” which cost thousands of lives past the point we knew that war could not be won. Repeal! Day One, repeal!

Jan 11 12:12

North American Bumble Bee Officially Added to Endangered Species List

Like a ticking time bomb, each year we see more devastation to the world’s bee colonies. Originally called colony collapse disorder, the cause of a decline in bees is now widely attributed to the use and overuse of agrochemicals, specifically neonicotinoids, a family of pesticides used in many parts of the world as one of many mass-produced chemicals developed to be less toxic to mammals and birds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another fine product from Monsanto!

Jan 11 10:24

Healthcare Chaos Emerges After Trump Backtracks, Demands Immediate Repeal Of "Catastrophic" Obamacare

Perhaps as a result an angry backlash to last night's report by the WSJ that President-elect Donald Trump had allegedly sided with Rand Paul in pushing to delay the repeal of Obamacare until such time as there is a suitable replacement option, which as we explained are two entirely distinct processes, and that an ACA replacement could take years as it would require bipartisan support, moments ago the the NYT reported that Trump appears to have backtracked on his position as recently as yesterday, and has pressed Republicans to move forward with the "immediate repeal" of the Affordable Care Act and to replace it very quickly thereafter, saying, “We have to get to business. Obamacare has been a catastrophic event.”

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Jan 11 10:01

The Drugs May Be The Problem – Inconvenient Truths About Big Pharma And The Psychiatric Industry

“We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth… For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.” — Patrick Henry (1775)

Jan 11 09:57

Pharma pricing furor gaining steam

The furor over massive drug price increases is not likely to abate with this week's guilty pleas by two former executives of Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc., which makes an antibiotic whose average price soared more than 8,000 percent over six months in 2013 and 2014.

The day after the former Heritage executives, Jeffrey A. Glazer and Jason T. Malek, were charged last month in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania and 19 other states sued six major drugmakers, including Heritage, of Eatontown, N.J., alleging widespread price fixing.

Jan 11 09:11

EPA sends 1,115,539 pounds of toxic metals into Lake Powell, pats itself on back for clean rivers

Good news: high concentrations of toxic metals from a mine blowout caused by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are no longer detectable in the Animas and San Juan rivers, according to an agency report.

The bad news is, fall storms and spring snow-melt likely drove 1,115,539 pounds of toxic metals from those rivers to Lake Powell — a vacation spot for millions of people and water source for drinking and agriculture.

Jan 11 09:03

Could Nutella give you CANCER? Chocolate spread maker embroiled in controversy over report claiming a key ingredient is carcinogenic

The chocolate spread relies on palm oil for its smooth texture and considerably long shelf life.

However, a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) declared it to be more carcinogenic than any other oil, following similar claims by the WHO.

Now, since Nutella's profits have taken a 3 percent hit, the manufacturer Ferrero has launched a televised campaign, insisting they use palm oil in a way that is not dangerous.

The commercial insists the spread would not be the same without refined palm oil.

It does not mention the other compelling factor: since palm oil is the cheapest oil on the market, a switch in ingredients would cost Ferrero an extra $8-22 million a year.

Jan 11 08:23

‘Would You Attack Humans If You Could?’ Asks Google Home AI Bot

NY Mag is live streaming an two Google Home AI bots talking to each other and one just asked if the other ‘Would you attack humans if you could?’

Jan 10 16:51

HUMAN FLYING DRONE

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This is so COOL!

Jan 10 16:14

10-month-old suddenly suffers 14 seizures a day after receiving new meningitis vaccine, viral video spreads awareness

A UK couple is furious after their infant son began to suffer as many as 14 violent seizures per day following a meningitis vaccine, and are sharing the shocking video footage online.

As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, Luke Maguire, 25, and Louise McKever, 22, said they’ve taken their son, Bobby, to the hospital more than 55 times since he received all of his vaccines this past summer.

It’s yet another sad example of vaccine injury that the ‘mainstream’ media and Big Pharma will try to sweep under the rug.

Jan 10 16:11

EPIC: Trump Asks Robert Kennedy Jr. to Head Commission On Vaccine Safety

If vaccines cause autism, we may finally get to the bottom of it.

Jan 10 14:23

Trump asks leading anti-vaccine advocate to chair commission on ‘vaccine safety’

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has called vaccination a “holocaust” over debunked claims of links to autism, said Trump asked him to chair a vaccine safety commission on Tuesday.

Jan 10 13:25

TB and Kids: The Canadian Problem

This review notes that, despite overall low rates of TB in Canada, marked regional variability occurs.
The authors suggest paying careful attention to epidemiologic risk factors such as recent immigration.

"Foreign-born children may arrive in Canada with latent -- dormant -- TB infection that activates after arrival. They, and the children of foreign-born parents, may acquire TB when an adult or adolescent in the home or extended family develops active and infectious TB."

Infection can also be acquired during visits to friends and relatives abroad, he noted.

Although the global incidence of TB is still much higher than in Canada -- 133 per 100,000 versus 4.6 per 100,000, respectively -- the latter "obscures marked regional variability," he and his colleagues explained.

Jan 10 12:57

M7.3 - 188km SSE of Tabiauan, Philippines

Jan 10 12:33

RUSSIAN SCIENTISTS OBTAIN UNIQUE MATERIAL TO MAKE COMBAT VEHICLES INVISIBLE

Basharin said that thanks to the special shape and configuration of these cells the scientists managed to obtain metamaterial with absolutely unique properties. This metamaterial can be used to make supersensitive sensors to detect explosives and chemical weapons.

“An addition of a nonlinear semiconductor will turn the metamaterial into an adjustable screen for stealth technologies, which make fighting vehicles less visible in radio, infrared and other bands,” the NUST MISIS press service said in a statement.

Jan 10 11:48

Spectacular ‘lava firehose’ spews molten rock into ocean

Rarely is the awesome power of mother nature witnessed so spectacularly than in the form of this “lava firehose” – piping hot molten rock being expelled at high velocity from a volcano in Hawaii.
A video released by Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park Service at Kamokuna on January 9 shows a dazzling “lava firehose” shooting a relentless stream of the molten rock from deep inside the earth.

Jan 10 10:12

Asteroid nearly gave Earth a new feature, two days after its discovery

On Saturday, the Catalina Sky Survey spotted a near-Earth asteroid of respectable heft – and today, it passed between us and the Moon.

2017 AG13 (the Minor Planet Center, MPC, entry is here) is about the size of a 10-storey building. Its velocity to Earth is 11 kilometres per second.

It passed at 0.53 Lunar distance, or 203,519 km away (nearly 126,500 miles away) – a handy buffer, but still in the “low flying rocks” class of objects.

The size estimate comes with a fairly large error bar: the MPC says it's between 11 metres and 34 metres wide, putting it roughly the same size as the rock that caused havoc in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013.

Jan 10 09:26

Starving to death on NHS wards?

A shocking claim, based on figures from the Office of National Statistics.

The data for England and Wales shows that in 2015, hunger and/or dehydration were a factor in 828 patient deaths in hospitals and care homes.

Jan 10 08:48

Reader: Dr. Mercola - Monsanto - "Residents of the Tucson area, I have a special message for you."

As a resident of the Tucson area, I have a special message for you.

Monsanto, an organization I have dubbed the most evil company on the planet, is planning a to build a 155-Acre greenhouse facility in the Avra Valley just outside of Tucson in Pima County.

The good news is that Pima County has scheduled five community meetings to provide information and receive comments on the proposed facility.

If you are in the area and have availability, please consider attending one or more of these sessions to voice your opposition to the facility.

Jan 10 08:38

M6.7 - 97km WNW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands

Jan 10 08:21

St. Jude Medical releases security patches for vulnerable cardiac devices

Reports that St. Jude Medical devices contained severe security flaws which led to a complicated legal battle between the healthcare equipment provider and MedSec have been vindicated, with the FDA supporting the security firm's findings and St. Jude finally releasing a patch to fix the flaws.

On Monday, St. Jude Medical announced a set of cybersecurity updates for the Merlin remote monitoring system which is used with implantable pacemakers and defibrillator devices.

Jan 10 08:18

This phone is so smart it can scan your lunch and tell you what's in it

The H2 from Chinese electronics manufacturer Changhong is the first smartphone with a built-in molecular scanner to identify the chemical composition of most objects.

Jan 10 08:03

ISRO to launch record 103 satellites in one go next month

As many as 100 of the satellites set for launch in February belong to foreign nations, including the United States and Germany.

Jan 10 07:58

The Unethical Tactics Of The Chemical Industry To Silence The Truth

Hawaii is a hot bed for the research and development of new chemically intensive GMOs and they are a testing ground for many experimental chemicals and crops – it is essentially “ground-zero”. Five of the largest chemical companies are suing the counties of Hawaii to keep their testing secret. Much of the work that Hawaii CFS is doing is focusing on the public health impacts of the pesticides and herbicides used on GMOs, and because of this, they are heavily targeted by the biotech companies who are profiting off of these chemicals and technologies. In 2015, over 100 Monsanto employees crashed a CFS presentation in Hawaii in an attempt to intimidate the presenters. This is how biotech operatives operate, and CFS is very aware of their tactics. The people that work with CFS are very well respected and fearless activists in an increasingly aggressive climate.

Jan 10 07:22

CDC confirms: Mutated H7N2 virus transmitted from cat to human in the U.S.

Anyone who has ever watched a movie like Outbreak or Contagion knows that all pandemics start with Patient Zero. Maybe an infected monkey escapes from a lab. Maybe a farmer in China contracts something from a pig. There is always some seemingly insignificant interaction with some type of mutation that occurs in a far-off place that results in a global catastrophe.

Jan 09 21:40

Does Trump Now Accept The Phony Russian Hacking Claim?

By Stephen Lendman
1-9-17
Since his Friday intelligence briefing, he hasn’t refuted his earlier assessment, debunking the notion. I check his tweets daily to see what he’s saying.

No Russian hacking occurred. No evidence proves it. Yet on Fox News Sunday, his incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said otherwise, accepting the fake news report as factual.

Was he speaking for himself alone? Or was he also stating what Trump now believes? The president-elect hasn’t said either way since Friday so it’s unknown.

I tweeted him a number of times, this morning, saying: Hopefully you don't now buy the Russian hacking fake news story. Information was leaked, not hacked, Russia uninvolved.

Jan 09 16:38

SURVEY: 7 in 10 support Obamacare repeal…

The Democrats' new healthcare slogan, "Make America Sick Again," is a clunker with a majority of voters, according to fresh data from a Republican pollster.

Jan 09 16:34

MORE GLOBAL WARMING : SNOW AND ICE 49 STATES…

Snow and ice covered the ground in 49 of 50 states this weekend in the wake of Winter Storm Helena.

Jan 09 16:30

Professor Predicts Society Will Collapse By 2020

Scientific research predicts civil unrest by 2020 as political turmoil reaches a peak.

Jan 09 15:34

NEW 90-DAY RAT STUDY DESTROYS CORPORATE GMO PROPAGANDA

GM proponents who constantly drone on with untrue claims that the science has clearly demonstrated GMOs as safe were dealt yet another blow shortly before Thanksgiving this past year.

This is because yet another study has been published demonstrating the negative health effects of GMOs on the intestinal tract.

This study by Ibrahim and Okasha entitled “Effect of genetically modified corn on the jejunal mucosa of adult male albino rat.,” and published in the journal Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology has demonstrated that rats fed GM Bt corn MON810 for only 90 days did indeed suffer rather serious damage to the surface mucous membranes of the jejunum – which is part of the small intestine.

Jan 09 14:18

For 'Intelligent' Robot, Chess Is Just A Hobby

A robot developed by engineers in Taiwan can pour coffee and move chess pieces on a board against an opponent, but he’s looking for a real job.

The robot developed by Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute, which spent the week playing games against opponents at the Consumer Electronics Show, was displaying what developers call an “intelligent vision system” which can see its environment and act with greater precision than its peers.

Jan 09 13:53

JERKS: GOP Whines That They Want to Repeal Obamacare, But They Don’t Want to Stop Taxing Us for It

For what, at least six straight years now, the Republicans have been pissing and moaning about how much Obamacare sucks.

Buuuuuuuuut… now that the GOP finally has a chance to do something about Obamacare….

They are hesitant.

Republicans eager to scrap the 2010 health-care law are wrestling with whether to immediately cut off the tax revenue it brings in.

Read more at TheDailySheeple

Jan 09 10:57

Painkillers Now Kill More Than Heroin And Cocaine Combined

Opioid prescription painkillers, doled out like candy by Big Pharma’s drug dealers, are now claiming more lives per year than two of the hardest illegal drugs in the nation — surpassing both heroin and cocaine in their total related deaths.

Jan 09 10:25

New Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Negative Social Behavior In Bees

By Jason Erickson

The plight of the pollinator continues to be documented in an increasing number of studies that have linked neonicotinoid pesticides to a range of negative effects upon bees and their colonies...

Jan 09 09:49

NASA Is Not Just A Propaganda Apparatus

Why is it that all our heroes inevitably try to kill us? From Winston Churchill to Albert Einstein, the people we laud the most were, at one point, responsible for great harm done, and not always by their own intention. “Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions,” said T.S. Eliot.

Jan 09 09:32

Seismic activity on New Madrid fault

Jan 09 08:03

China going clean? Province bans GMO crops for five years

As reported by the Financial Times, agriculture authorities in the largest grain-producing province in China have implemented a five-year ban on genetically modified crops, which is a blow to the central government’s efforts to transform the country into a global GMO-producing powerhouse.

Jan 09 07:15

Spy In The Wild: Monkeys mourn the death of a robot baby in BBC wildlife series

Scientists and show producers were amazed when a group of langur monkeys in India mistook a robot baby for one of their family.

And when the cyber monkey was accidentally dropped from a height, they were plunged into grief and began hugging each other for comfort Executive producer John Downer explained: “It was a voyage of discovery. We were never quite certain what we were going to discover.

Jan 08 20:04

Report: GM Food Causes ‘Profound Damage’ To Health

A new peer reviewed study looking at the effects on GMOs has concluded that GM food causes “profound damage” to the body.

Jan 08 15:14

If Earth is warming, why is Arctic sea ice as thick as in 1940?

Government agencies and corporate media bemoan the melting and thinning of Arctic sea ice — indicative of the scourge of man-made global warming:

Extraordinary melting of Arctic sea ice in 2012!

Arctic sea ice declining at a rate of 13.3% per decade!

The Arctic to be devoid of sea ice by September 2016!

[But then…] Record low Arctic sea ice, November 2016!

Jan 08 13:00

Ron Paul: 'Replacing' Obamacare Is Not Enough

Ron Paul writes: Americans need to talk about not just "replacing" Obamacare, but the concept of who should be delivering medical services in a free country. Here's a hint: Not the government!

Jan 08 12:37

NHS Hospitals To Trial AI Helpline

The National Health Service (NHS) is about to direct emergency and advice calls to robot operators in order to ease pressure on overburdened accident and emergency (A&E) services.

Jan 08 10:18

Earth, Moon Photographed From Mars

This composite image, released Friday, shows Earth and the moon as seen from Mars. The two images used to create this image were captured Nov. 20, 2016, by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Jan 08 09:23

Ebola & Zika Went Away Without Vaccines, Yet Big Pharma Still Rakes in Billions

By Vin Armani

In this video, Vin Armani exposes how the Ebola and Zika virus “crises” were used to spur billions in vaccine development. Now that the vaccines are finally coming online, they’re no longer needed, but Congress will likely fund a stockpile of them for good measure. Hyped pandemics appear to be a new excuse for more corporate welfare for Big Pharma.

Jan 08 04:10

Almost minus 35C frosts registered in Moscow region. More than 80 flights delayed at Moscow airports

The air temperature in Klin, 85 kilometers northwest of Moscow, went down to minus 35.9 degrees Celsius (-32.6F) night to Sunday, the national weather service said. "It is the lowest temperature in the Moscow region for this day - the frost in Dmitrov and Volokolamsk (northwest of Moscow) was minus 33.2 degrees (-27.7F)," the service said. "The minimal temperature in Moscow was registered at minus 28.5C (-19.3F)." For the time being, the coldest night this year has been on the Orthodox Christmas night - minus 29.9C (-21.8F). Weather specialists forecast milder frosts on the coming days. As yet, the temperatures still remain 12-15 degrees Celsius lower the climate norm.
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Jan 07 21:15

Great cough syrup con: Medicines we buy from the chemist have virtually no effect, say scientists

It's the news no one suffering from a terrible winter cold wants to hear – but cough medicines are virtually useless, scientists claim.

Nothing you can buy over the counter will ward off a hacking and persistent cough, a review of the evidence has found.

Pharmacy cough medicines work little better than a placebo, while other remedies such as echinacea, vitamin C and zinc are not likely to help either. A review of studies on cough medicine found that in 15 of 19 cases, it either had no benefit or the results were conflicting. Researchers from the American Chemical Society said that, at best, all the expectorants and cough suppressants lining pharmacy shelves can offer is a good night’s sleep from drowsiness.

Jan 07 21:04

Secret Service: No friction with Trump's private security

Clancy disputes Politico report of conflict-

WASHINGTON (CNN) - U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy wants to set the record straight about President-elect Donald Trump's private security team and whether it's causing conflict with his agents.

Most of all, however, he wanted to push back against suggestions that there were conflicts between the Secret Service and the private security team that's protected Trump for years.

"There is no friction at all" with Trump's private team, insisted Clancy, who said his agency has "sole responsibility" for protecting the president and the first family. He added that there is no overlap between the private team and his agency.

Jan 07 15:30

Stomach Acid Suppressing Meds Causing Infections and Serious Health Problems

By Dave Mihalovic

Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of medications whose primary action is a to reduce gastric acid production. Prilosec, prevacid, and nexium are popular PPIs which help constitute a large percentage of the most prescribed medications in the world. In a population-based study from Scotland, PPIs were linked with an increased risk of intestinal infections with C. difficile and Campylobacter bacteria, which can cause considerable illness. The study adds to a growing body of evidence that the health consequences of PPI-based drugs are causing far more damage to the human body than previously published in medical literature...

Jan 07 11:12

Political Insanity: Outgoing President Obama’s “Operation Atlantic Resolve” against Russia: US Sends 3,600 Tanks Against Russia – Massive NATO Deployment Underway

Obama's last treasonous act! Destroy America!

The NATO war preparation against Russia, ‘Operation Atlantic Resolve’, is in full swing. 2,000 US tanks will be sent in coming days from Germany to Eastern Europe, and 1,600 US tanks is deployed to storage facilities in the Netherlands. At the same time, NATO countries are sending thousands of soldiers in to Russian borders.

According to US Army Europe, 4,000 troops and 2,000 tanks will arrive in three US transport ships to Germany next weekend. From Bremerhaven, US troops and huge amount of military material, will be transported to Poland and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

USA is sending to Russian borders 3rd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division. Overall, more than 2,500 pieces of cargo are shipped to Germany, where those will be unloaded in the period January 6-8. US military material and troops will continue to Poland by rail and military convoy’s. Massive US military deployment should be ready by January 20.

Jan 07 10:46

Vaccine-derived Polio Spreading in “Polio-free” India

On June 17, 2016, the International Business Times (IBT) reported that a strain of the vaccine-derived polio virus has been discovered in Hyderabad, India, and experts have warned that the likelihood of more cases being discovered over the next year is extremely likely.

Jan 06 16:59

BRING DC TO A HALT! MILLIONS IN THE STREET SAY NO! DON'T STOP!

Looks like they want to overthrow the government.

Going into the Inauguration, flood the streets of Washington, DC with millions of people, determined to stay on the streets to stop the Trump-Pence regime before it starts.

This starts January 14, the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, and DOES NOT STOP till this regime is prevented from ruling. This is the kind of political crisis needed at this moment in history.

Jan 06 16:30

Goodbye Cruel World: Professor Predicts Societal Collapse In 2020s

We are living in society’s twilight years – if a professor of ecology and mathematics from the University of Connecticut is correct. Studying history as a science with variables and trends, he predicts the 2020s will see massive instability.

Jan 06 14:07

Global Warming – Opps – Ice Age – Hits Europe

Unfortunately, much of Europe is facing sever cold weather as temperatures plunged below zero with heavy snowfalls.

Jan 06 14:00

Cal State professor calls for barring Trump’s use of sciences, other technologies, asserts global warming fallacies

Professor of History at California State University Sacramento and Huff Post contributor Joseph A. Palermo came forth last week with a climate change piece in which he managed to bash President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican leadership before managing to defame himself.

In his post titled “Republicans, Climate Change and the New Reality” the liberal professor made it “clear” that the election of Donald Trump as the “45th President of the United States” is a “catastrophe” in which “the country (and the world) seem to be awaiting the consequences” of.

Jan 06 13:50

Four more government officials charged in Flint water crisis

In an ongoing investigation, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has announced criminal charges against four more government officials in connection with the Flint water crisis, bringing the total number of former or current officials charged in the scandal that has made national headlines to 13.

Jan 06 13:02

Obama’s massive federal land grabs

President Barack Obama has seized more than 260 million acres of land and water throughout his tenure using the Antiquities Act of 1906. As his final presidential term comes to an end, the Obama White House has increased its pace of declaring thousands of acres of land and water federal property.

Jan 06 11:47

Is Freeze-Dried Food Worth the Investment?

Prepping and freeze-dried food are synonymous with one another. For years, the freeze-dried food industry have profited heavily on families wanting to get their pantries emergency ready. But is it worth all the hype and money?

Jan 06 09:07

Scientists warn: Super volcano has reached critical phase

Campi Flegrei is one of world's most dangerous super volcanoes, and now scientists warn that it has reached critical phase and could erupt, which would mean apocalyptic consequences.

A super volcano is defined as a volcano that is able to sling more than than 1,000 cubic kilometers of mass into the atmosphere.

By comparison, one of the most violent eruptions in modern times, Karakatau in 1883, erupted with some 30 cubic kilometers "ejekta".

Jan 06 09:05

Standing Rock 2017: The Fight is Not Over

Standing Rock 2017 will continue to be an issue. The fight of the Native American Indian tribes, environmentalists and the water protectors (protestors) is not over. Although the Army Corps of Engineers announced on Sunday December 4th, 2016, that it would not be granting the DAPL easement access, there is nothing to stop the oil company from disobeying that and moving forward anyway. After all, the amount they would have to pay in fines in insignificant next to the lost revenue they are experiencing from the delay of the project.

Jan 06 09:05

Bill Gates quietly funding effort to develop thousands of new vaccines that conveniently ‘might’ become pandemics

Bill and Melinda Gates, via their Gates Foundation, have donated billions of dollars to fund new vaccines—medicines that, in fact, have caused great harm to a great number of people. But with about a million viruses in existence that we still know nothing about, it’s likely that the Gates Foundation and other globalists will pour more resources into developing new vaccines that will work to reduce the population.

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"Why am I doing this? Well, I've made billions selling Windows to the world, and frankly I am sick of all the complaints. I've got their money and I don'd need those complaining users intruding into my zen-like calm!" -- Bull Gates

Jan 06 09:02

Purge the CIA

John McCain, who crashed enough US warplanes to qualify as an enemy ace,a man who almost sank the USS Forrestal,a man known as Songbird by his fellow POW's has now added treason to his list of crimes IMHO!

What will go down in history as the John McCain-Lindsey Graham dog and pony show featured plenty of thunder and lightning. McCain pressed Clapper to declare that Russia’s alleged actions were an “act of war,” but the DNI demurred, saying it’s not the intelligence community’s job to make such judgments.

Jan 06 08:35

Burning down the seed libraries

Donors donate seeds to the library, gardeners check them out and then at the end of the reasons, and return fresh ones for new borrowers next season.

"Not so fast" says the long arm of agriculture law. "You need to follow the regulations as a multi-national seed monopolist like Monsanto."

Regulations which, conveniently for the bureaucrats no seed library can afford to follow.

Jan 05 14:26

2016 Not Warmest Year Ever, Magic Ocean Warming & Mismatched Satellite Temperature Data

2016 has tied 1998 for temperatures with dramatic cooling in the latter part of the year. Using 8 temperature data sets measuring the lower troposphere, interesting how NOAA temps are so far above everything else our there.

Jan 05 13:05

"The false suns" have risen in St. Petersburg

Residents of St. Petersburg managed to witness a rare natural optical phenomena of Parghelia, which is a kind of halo.
Petersburgers shared the photos of the "three suns" in social networks.

Jan 05 12:21

This Wondrous National Park … Brought to You By McDonald’s?

By Jon Quealley

A controversial set of new rules quietly given final approval over the recent holiday—allowing national parks in the United States to expand corporate sponsorships and commercial contracts with private companies—is being called a “disgrace” by those who say the move is a betrayal of what the nation’s parks should be...

Jan 05 11:09

New Report: Global Warming Is A Rockefeller Scam

The Rockefeller family, an unfathomably wealthy banking and oil dynasty, has been hijacking governments, media organizations, universities, non-profits, and other power centers to expand its control over the economy and the energy sector in particular, according to a recently released investigation by a watchdog group.

Jan 05 11:02

Scientists Model Spread of Zombie Apocalypse: “Just 100 Survivors Remain Uninfected After 100 Days”

A zombie apocalypse? Really? From these people?

Apparently, the possibility is real enough that scientists have calculated and modeled the frightening rapidity with which humanity would be culled by such a disaster. And for that matter, you could add an EMP, a massive seismic event, or even a hacking event.

Read more at SHTF

Jan 05 11:02

Moscow braces for severe hoar frost after snowstorm

A "be prepared" warning has been issued in Moscow ahead of the approaching major winter storm, the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet) said on Wednesday. Forecasters warned that over 20% of monthly precipitation was expected to cover Moscow in the next 24 hours. Along with this, northern winds will bring cold air masses into the Moscow region. The winds will get stronger to 5-10 meters per second, with gusts up to 17 meters per second. A severe hoar frost is expected to grip Moscow on Thursday night after the snowfall. On Eastern Christmas Eve the temperatures will plunge to -23C, or even -28C and on Christmas Day, January 7, to -24-29C. Average temperatures are expected to be 14C below normal.

Jan 05 10:32

Obama Seized Enough Land and Water in 8 Years to Cover Texas Three Times

Last week, in one of his final moves out of the Oval Office, Obama executively designated more than 1.5 million acres of land as national monuments, preserving their untouched façade while closing them to human expansion, development, energy use, ranching or state or local jurisdiction.

In a move ignored by the liberal media last week, Obama unilaterally seized more than 1.3 million acres from Utah to establish the Bears Ears Monument, preserving it at the behest of conservationist groups and Native American tribes who claimed the land was sacred. Utah’s state legislature, however, opposed the unilateral land grab across party lines, with many speculating that Obama’s move is the latest in an attempt to limit efforts from incoming President Donald Trump to expand domestic energy production.

Jan 05 09:42

Pluto's Earth-like ridges revealed: Icy feature has only ever been seen before on our planet

Since Nasa's New Horizons probe started examining Pluto, a mountain of evidence has revealed the dwarf planet, once thought a cold, dead world, is filled with geological activity.

From the discovery of clouds in its atmosphere to a syrupy ocean beneath its surface, the tiny world at the edge of our solar system has become much more interesting to scientists since its demotion from planet status over ten years ago.

Now a new study has revealed Pluto is home to icy ridges called 'penitentes', that had only before been found on our home planet, in the Andes.

Jan 05 08:46

NASA’s Voyager 2 heads for star Sirius... by time it arrives humans will have MUTATED

NASA satellite Voyager 2, which is an incredible 10 BILLION miles from Earth, has fired thrusters that will allow it to leave our solar system for interstellar space.

Voyager 2, which was launched in August 1977 and is still functioning despite the mind-boggling distances and numbers involved, has set course for Sirius – the brightest star in the sky.

Astonishingly, even travelling at around 40,000mph it will take 296,000 years to reach Sirius.

Most experts believe mankind will have long since become extinct, or will have evolved into an entirely different species by that time.

Jan 05 07:35

California Makes It Illegal For Parents To Make Medical Decisions

A new Orwellian bill is being proposed in California that will make it illegal for parents to make medical decisions for their own children.

The new SB-18 bill will allow the State to seize children away from their parents and their homes if parents make medical decisions that the State deems not to be in the child’s best interests.

Dr. Richard Pan, the man behind the current mandatory vaccination law (SB-277) is behind this new bill which will takes away yet more power from parents.

Jan 04 20:13

'Alien' signals are pinpointed: Mystery fast radio bursts are coming from a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light years away

Using new software, the VLA last year detected a total of nine bursts over a period of a month, which was enough to pinpoint its location in the sky.

Further analysis by other telescopes allowed its location to be narrowed down.

'The VLA data allowed us to narrow down the position very accurately,' said Sarah Burke-Spolaor, of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and West Virginia University.

The discovery that the bursts come from such a long distance away rules out any source in our own galaxy.

Jan 04 19:42

"Asbestos of the Sky" - The Aviation Industry's Darkest Coverup

As a result of poor design, every breath that the crew and passengers take today, consists of a 50/50 mix of recirculated cabin air and bleed air, the latter of which can contains a wide range of synthetic chemicals, such as tricresyl phosphate (TCP or TOCP), an organophosphate which is highly neurotoxic to humans. In fact, the World Health Organisation stated in 1990 that "Because of considerable variation among individuals in sensitivity to TOCP, it is not possible to establish a safe level of exposure" and "TOCP are therefore considered major hazards to human health."

Jan 04 18:48

Massive segment of famous Hawaiian island collapses into the ocean (VIDEOS)

A huge chunk of Hawaii’s famous Kamokuna lava delta collapsed into the ocean on New Year’s Eve. Twenty-two acres of the 26-acre ocean entry crashed into sea, taking the viewing platform along with it ? and was nearly disastrous for five tourists.

Jan 04 14:17

Pneumonia Is Not Our Friend

Jim Henson created the Muppets. In late 1989, he sold his company to Disney for $150 million.

In early 1990, he began experiencing flu-like symptoms. On May 15, he got really sick. Wikipedia reports:

Jan 04 12:31

IBM Watson Replaces Insurance Claim Workers at Japanese Insurance Company

Most of the attention around automation focuses on how factory robots and self-driving cars may fundamentally change our workforce, potentially eliminating millions of jobs. But AI that can handle knowledge-based, white-collar work are also becoming increasingly competent. One Japanese insurance company, Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance, is reportedly replacing 34 human insurance claim workers with “IBM Watson Explorer,” starting by January 2017.

Jan 04 11:59

Breaking: Senate Republicans Pass Resolution That Begins Obamacare Repeal Process

At 1:13 PM EST the U.S. Senate passed a budget resolution that will begin the process of repealing Obamacare. The final vote tally was 51-48. The resolution instructs the House to have a repeal bill ready by January 27.

Seven years ago, on December 24, 2009, the Senate voted 60-39 to pass Obamacare. All Republicans voted against it, all Democrats voted for it.

"Today, we take the first steps to repair the nation's broken health care system, removing Washington from the equation and putting control back where it belongs: with patients, their families, and their doctors," Republican Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee who sponsored the legislation, said in a statement.

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Jan 04 10:54

Nutrition Myths That Made the World Sick and Obese

Nutrition plays a major role in your health and wellbeing; it’s the pivotal segment of a healthy lifestyle. While we’re trying to make our diet healthier and avoid some health issues, it’s impossible to avoid all those “recommendations” claiming some things are bad, even if they really aren’t.

Jan 04 10:18

4 reasons why plant-based protein will be a major 2017 food trend

The United Nations declared 2016 to be International Year of Pulses-dry peas, lentils and chickpeas. These hearty legumes were called out because they're affordable, have a lower eco-footprint than animal products and are nutritious. The campaign received international news coverage and chefs around the world began to incorporate more pulse-based options in their menus. From dining rooms to board rooms, it turns out that 2016 wasn't just the year of the pulse though; it was also the year of plant proteins. Here are four reasons why plant-based protein will be a major food trend in 2017.

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Sounds great; unfortunately, people with a tendency toward gout cannot eat legumes, because they can trigger a gout attack.

So here's to the evolution of plant-based proteins which are legume-free, and I look forward to The Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat getting here to Oahu, AND ...GMO-free.

Jan 04 09:50

The universe's 'eye' revealed: Astronomers get a first glimpse at a mysterious RING galaxy

Around 359 million light-years away from Earth, a strange galaxy unlike any seen before has been spotted.

The galaxy, which is made up of a core surrounded by two rings and resembles an eye, has been named Burcin's galaxy.

This unusual family of stars could offer new insight into how all galaxies form, astronomers have said.

Jan 04 09:48

Is the world's biggest space telescope in trouble? 'Super Hubble' probe that could spot alien life fails pre-launch vibration test

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), expected to launch in 2018, has failed its latest test.

Computer sensors forced the shut-down of a machine during vibration testing to see whether the telescope could withstand the vibration expected during launch.

The telescope, the largest space telescope ever built, was not damaged and vibration tests are expected to resume later in January, Nasa has said.

Jan 04 09:30

Does a Healthy Diet Have to Come at a Hefty Price?

By Kelly L. Haws, Vanderbilt University; Kevin L. Sample, University of Georgia, and Rebecca Walker Reczek, The Ohio State University

Imagine you’re in the aisle of your favorite grocery store, bombarded with hundreds of the latest and greatest products on the market. After grabbing a box of your favorite pasta off the shelf, you notice a new organic version of the spaghetti sauce you usually buy. Strikingly, you notice that the price is at almost a 50 percent premium compared to what your usual sauce costs.

Here we go again, you think: You have to empty your wallet to buy the “healthy” stuff.

If this describes how you think about the relationship between food health and price, you’re not alone...

Jan 04 09:07

Higher Altitude Means Much Lower Death Rates

A new study from Austria reports “Lower mortality rates in those living at moderate altitude“. As we’ll see here, higher altitude means much lower death rates.

Here’s a graph showing death from colon cancer in men, and breast cancer in women, by altitude:

Webmaster addition: The same data could be presented as distance from modern civilization, rather than altitude.

Jan 04 08:54

The Titanic Sails at Dawn: Warning Signs Point to Danger Ahead in 2017

a couple of the icebergs:

Mandatory quarantines without due process or informed consent: Under a new rule proposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, government agents will be empowered to indefinitely detain any traveler they suspect of posing a medical risk to others without providing an explanation, subject them to medical tests without their consent, and carry out such detentions and quarantines without any kind of due process or judicial review.

Mental health assessments by non-medical personnel: As a result of a nationwide push to train a broad spectrum of so-called gatekeepers such as pastors, teachers, hair stylists, bartenders, police officers and EMTs in mental health first-aid training, more Americans are going to run the risk of being reported by non-medical personnel and detained for having mental health issues.

Jan 04 08:28

All Aspects Of Reproductive Health Are Under Threat

Republicans spend significant amounts of time publicly railing against and legislatively restricting abortion — a procedure that has been around as long as pregnancy. However, abortion is far from their only reproductive health care target. Appointments made and policies already outlined by the incoming Trump-Pence administration indicate a full-scale attack on every aspect of reproductive health, from contraception access to preventative measures against cervical cancer and STI screenings, to measures aimed at addressing our country’s already abhorrent maternal mortality rate.

Jan 04 08:24

Disabled 13-Year-Old Wins Court Case Against Vaccine Manufacturer

A 13-year-old boy who was left severely disabled following a routine vaccination has been awarded compensation by a United States Court.

Jan 04 07:33

NASA adds 8 space station missions, bringing more launches to ULA

NASA has tripled the number of flights awarded to SpaceX and Boeing Co. to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, giving Centennial-based United Launch Alliance four more manned missions to launch.

Jan 04 07:21

Rare Comet Visiting Inner Solar System For The First Time To Be Visible From Earth This January

Seeing Comet C/2016 U1 NEOWISE fly by would be a rare opportunity for skygazers because the celestial body won't likely pass by Earth for the next thousands of years. Unlike short period comets such as Halley's, a comet which passes by our planet every 75 to 80 years, it would take C/2016 U1 NEOWISE far longer time before it gets to visit this region of the solar system again.

Jan 04 07:01

New 90-Day Rat Study Destroys Corporate GMO Propaganda

GM proponents who constantly drone on with untrue claims that the science has clearly demonstrated GMOs as safe were dealt yet another blow shortly before Thanksgiving this past year.

This is because yet another study has been published demonstrating the negative health effects of GMOs on the intestinal tract.

This study by Ibrahim and Okasha entitled “Effect of genetically modified corn on the jejunal mucosa of adult male albino rat.,” and published in the journal Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology has demonstrated that rats fed GM Bt corn MON810 for only 90 days did indeed suffer rather serious damage to the surface mucous membranes of the jejunum – which is part of the small intestine.

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Jan 03 20:54

Cannabis Ingredient To Be Classified As Medicine In UK

Cannabidiol (CBD) one of the main ingredients in cannabis is about to be classed as a medicine by the UK medicines regulator.

Jan 03 20:25

1967 vs. 2010

Scenario: Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.

1967 - Vice principal comes over to look at Jack's shotgun. He goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2010 - School goes into lock down, and FBI is called. Jack is hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.........

Jan 03 16:57

Friends Have More DNA In Common Than Strangers

People may unsuspectingly choose friends who have some DNA sequences in common with them, a new analysis finds.

Researchers compared gene variations between nearly 2,000 people who were not biologically related, and found that friends had more gene variations in common than strangers.

Jan 03 16:29

Massive 7.2 Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Fiji, Tsunami Warning Issued

A massive 7.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Nadi, Fiji, at 11:53am on Wednesday, local time.

A tsunami threat was subsequently issued for all coasts within 300km of the earthquake's epicenter.

Jan 03 15:31

Make the Clintons do that job: why cholera still kills in Haiti

Dirty job shows why cholera still kills in Haiti
By DAVID McFADDEN Associated Press Dec 28, 2016
The pit latrine cleaners form the lowest ranks of a primitive sanitation system that is largely responsible for the fierce persistence of cholera in this country since it was introduced to the country’s largest river in October 2010 by sewage from a base of U.N. peacekeepers. Haiti still relies mostly on crude methods of waste disposal that have crippled its ability to combat a water-borne illness that can cause diarrhea so severe that victims can die of dehydration in hours if they don’t get treatment. It has sickened roughly 800,000 people and killed at least 9,500.

Jan 03 15:30

M7.2 - 221km SW of Nadi, Fiji

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No Tsunami threat to Hawaii.

Jan 03 15:29

Sarah Kaplan: Donald Trump might just make going to the moon great again

Traditionally, transitions are a time to set new destinations. When President Obama took office, he axed the Constellation program, which would have sent astronauts to the moon, and set his sights on Mars. NASA has been working toward a human mission to the Red Planet with a pit stop at an asteroid, though the agency looks unlikely to meet its 2030s deadline at current levels of funding.

Jan 03 15:22

Democrats Defect from Obamacare

For practically all of the Obama administration, the partisan battle lines over the Affordable Care Act were clear. Democrats love it. Republicans want to kill it. End of story, right?

But at the end of 2016, as President Barack Obama prepared to leave office and the health care law entered another open enrollment period, something unexpected happened: Democrats stopped defending Obamacare. It wasn't despair over the law's fate in the hands of President Trump. The trend began when Hillary Clinton was still the presumptive winner.

Jan 03 14:56

Inspired By Wolverine, Scientists Develop Self-Healing Artificial Material

A team of scientists out of UC Riverside has developed a material that can mend itself, inspired by the self-healing power of iconic Marvel hero Wolverine.

Thirty-one year old UCR Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry Chao Wang is fascinated by Wolverine’s fictional regenerative abilities, specifically the manner in which his body heals itself of even the most dire injuries he sustains. It was this fascination that led him toward the development of a synthetic material that could repair itself, alongside a team that included fellow researchers from the University of Colorado.

Jan 03 14:20

Diamonds That ‘Know Where They Are’ Could Make GPS Satellites Redundant

Engineered synthetic diamonds could replace global positioning systems and make driverless cars a reality due to their sensitivity to magnetic waves, scientists have claimed.

Experts at Oxfordshire-based tech company Element Six are researching the properties of crystals which contain a gap in the atomic lattice of the diamond, known as a “nitrogen vacancy defect.”

Jan 03 14:11

Hassle Free Gardening: 10 Plants to Avoid Growing

By Ariana Marisol

Want carefree summer gardening? Here is a list of decorative plants that are not worth the trouble for those who have limited plot space, time, or both!

Having to worry about plant toxicity, garden bullies, or demanding divas is a time-consuming issue many gardeners would rather avoid. Skip the following plants if you want to avoid the extra hassle. There are plenty of other flowering and edible options that require less effort...

Jan 03 13:34

For only the third time in the US, avian flu H7N2 has passed from an animal to a human

For only the third time in the US, avian flu H7N2 has passed from an animal to a human. Usually transmitted to people who have been handling infected poultry, this case has been passed to a human from a cat. (Does this give whole new meaning to the phrase, “the cat that ate the canary” or what?)

Jan 03 11:01

Chillies Could Help Beat Cancer As Research Finds Capsaicin Destroys Diseased Cells

Chillies could help fight breast cancer after scientists revealed the spicy ingredient causes diseased cells to self destruct.

Capsaicin, the active component that gives chillies their trademark kick, can switch on specialised channels surrounding cancer cells causing them to die.

Other cancers including colon, bone and pancreatic could also be killed off by the compound.

Jan 03 10:48

Despite getting the vaccine, this 8 year old relies on prosthetic limbs after losing his legs to meningitis

If vaccines are really responsible for eradicating communicable disease as is often claimed, then why did eight-year-old Kye Vincent lose his legs and left hand? This is the poignant question some are asking after reports of Kye’s successful prosthesis went public, indicating that, despite young Kye’s compliance with childhood vaccine requirements, he still contracted meningococcal septicaemia, more commonly known as meningitis.

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