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Sep 02 12:50

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

By Aaron Kesel

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

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

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

Sep 02 10:03

DA LAUNCHES CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO ILLEGAL ARREST OF UTAH NURSE

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

60% of Americans on prescription drugs

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

Sep 02 09:56

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

Sep 01 19:54

Seattle to Ban Plastic Straws, Utensils at Restaurants Next Year

Waking Times

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

Sep 01 14:08

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

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

Sep 01 11:39

Regulatory Laxness Exacerbated Hurricane Harvey’s Environmental Nightmare

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

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

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

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

Sep 01 09:42

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Sep 01 09:29

Underwater ruins of lost Roman city discovered in Tunisia

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

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

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

Sep 01 09:28

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 01 09:23

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

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

Aug 31 17:20

It looks like yet another satellite is breaking apart at GEO

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

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

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

Aug 31 14:43

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

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

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

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

Aug 31 14:22

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 31 13:31

White Pigment In Processed Food Worsens Inflammatory Bowel

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

Aug 31 13:11

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

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

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

Aug 31 13:09

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 31 13:06

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

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

Vaccines make children sick, you don’t say?

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

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

Aug 31 12:05

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

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

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

Aug 31 11:23

PESTICIDES LINKED TO BIRTH ABNORMALITIES IN MAJOR NEW STUDY

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 31 11:10

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Possible Cat 5.

Aug 31 11:01

Texas Republicans Helped Chemical Plant That Exploded Lobby Against Safety Rules

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

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

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

Aug 31 10:39

WORRIES ABOUT A GALVESTON BIO-LAB

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 31 10:28

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 31 10:23

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 31 09:21

Sugar more addictive than cocaine, study says

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

Aug 31 08:59

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 31 07:47

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

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

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

Aug 31 06:49

Your Phone Is Making You Sick

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

Aug 30 17:04

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

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

Aug 30 16:56

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

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

Aug 30 15:41

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

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

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

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

Aug 30 15:31

Russia, China Join Together In Space Exploration Effort

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

Aug 30 13:59

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

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

Aug 30 12:20

New Decision in US Vaccine Court SIDS Case Is Significant

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

Aug 30 11:48

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

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

Aug 30 11:25

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

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

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

Aug 30 11:16

Hurricane Harvey damaged ExxonMobil refineries, causing hazardous pollutants to leak

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

Aug 30 11:06

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

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

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

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

Aug 30 10:58

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 30 10:57

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

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

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

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

Aug 30 10:54

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YIKES!!

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

Aug 30 10:37

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

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

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

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

Aug 30 10:31

AquaPail Water Filter

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 30 09:55

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

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

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

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

Aug 30 09:47

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Aug 30 09:39

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

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

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

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

Aug 30 09:34

Exclusive: mind-boggling FDA confession about the smallpox vaccine

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

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

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

That simply means weak and compromised immune systems.

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

Aug 30 08:37

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

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

Aug 30 08:13

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

By April McCarthy

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

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

Aug 30 08:07

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

Energy is everything.

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

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

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

Aug 30 01:38

DEFENDING AGAINST THE NEXT GENERATION OF BIOWEAPONS

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

Aug 29 15:58

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

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

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

Aug 29 15:57

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 29 15:54

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 29 15:42

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 29 15:38

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 29 14:03

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

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

Aug 29 12:31

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

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

Aug 29 12:25

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

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

Aug 29 11:37

Last days of Russian summer bring snow to Yakutia

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

Aug 29 11:31

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

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

Aug 29 09:54

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

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

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

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

Aug 29 09:46

Minerals on Mars Indicate Crater was Suitable for Microbes

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

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

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

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

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Aug 29 09:21

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

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

Aug 29 09:19

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

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

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

Aug 29 08:26

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

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

Aug 29 07:58

Key To Weight Loss Success Is The Rate You Lose It

By Karen Foster

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

Aug 28 20:24

Cancer drug turns BLACK cancer patient WHITE due to side effect

Can a drug for cancer be racist? That might be the rallying call of “antifa” terrorists, should they find out about what’s happening to Paula Edwards, a 54-year-old black woman from Loughborough in England. Edwards has reportedly been taking a drug for terminal kidney cancer known as Votrient (pazopanib), manufactured by Novartis, that she says is gradually causing her naturally black skin to turn white.

Aug 28 18:41

CCTV + Lip-Reading Software = Even Less Privacy, Even More Surveillance

Techdirt has written a number of stories about facial recognition software being paired with CCTV cameras in public and private places. As the hardware gets cheaper and more powerful, and the algorithms underlying recognition become more reliable, it's likely that the technology will be deployed even more routinely. But if you think loss of public anonymity is the end of your troubles, you might like to think again

Aug 28 17:31

Radioactive iodine has been “legally” released by European nuclear power plants for over fifty years… used for “tracking ocean currents”

Incredibly, nuclear reprocessing plants at La Hague in France and Sellafield in the U.K. have been legally releasing radioactive contaminants for more than 50 years. In fact, scientists have started using the radioactive material known as 129iodine (129I) to track the movements of currents in the ocean. While they are quick to point out that the levels of radioactivity in the North Atlantic are very low and not dangerous, many people are uncomfortable with the idea of such chemicals being intentionally released into our planet’s waters.

Aug 28 16:22

The World's Largest Radio Telescope Has A Massive Tourist Problem

In September, China flicked the switch on the world's largest radio telescope. The unusually large dish in an isolated area of Guizhou province needs radio silence to hone in on potential signs of alien life and distant pulsars, but researchers fear that a huge influx of tourists could be rendering the ¥CN1.2 billion ($228 million) dish useless. Now, a choice between a booming local economy and the advancement of science looms on the horizon.

Aug 28 14:08

Probiotic Treatment Erased Peanut Allergy In 70 Percent Of Children

Last week Australian scientists announced a major breakthrough in treating peanut allergies – and it can last for up to four years! This news couldn’t come at a better time since hundreds of Americans die each year from food allergies and around 200,000...

Aug 28 09:30

Beer production returns to Syria with opening of $16mn brewery (VIDEO)

This is for all you beer drinkers (Me Included). Our government supports the guys who blow up Breweries. BAD! BAD! BAD! The Russians and Iranians support the guys who like to make Beer! GOOD! And they are going to make Pilsner lager! Triple GOOD!

Syria’s beer production industry is being resurrected with the opening of a $16 million brewery which plans to produce an impressive 15 million litres the product each year

The Aradoz Beer Factory opened in Syria’s north west coastal city of Safita and is the work of two Syrian expats living in the Czech Republic. It represents the first mass-produced domestic beer since the civil war halted production of the country’s only two brands.

Aug 28 09:28

‘Poison’ PR Campaign Has Biased Jury Pool, Say Dakota Access Protester’s Lawyers

As tensions rose at Standing Rock last fall, Red Fawn Fallis was one of many arrested at the scene of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) protests near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. However, her charges stood apart: Attempted murder of police officers, an indictment later dropped for lesser charges.

Still, the claim that Fallis shot at police has stuck in the minds of North Dakotans who may have to judge her culpability and is one reason she could not get a fair trial in the area, her lawyers argue. Attorneys for Fallis, a 38-year-old Oglala Lakota Sioux woman from Colorado, have posited that the case should be moved to a different federal court district.

Aug 28 09:18

Cardiovascular Failure 12 Times More Prevalent In Those With Vitamin D Deficiency

By Mae Chan

More trials are needed to test vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of heart disease, say researchers behind a new study showing heart failure among the elderly is strongly associated with vitamin D deficiency...

Aug 28 09:11

She eats out of dumpsters so she can afford long-term care for her husband

Betsy Winkler’s first stop is the bakery counter. It is early on a drizzly summer morning, and the grocery store is neat and quiet. But when the sleepy clerks roll out carts brimming with past-their-prime breads and pastries, the 60-year-old gets to work.

She fills the back of her dusty green minivan, neatly stacking croissants and chocolate muffins, cookies and cinnamon rolls, Dutch apple pie and foot-long hot dog rolls. In an hour or so, the volunteer will deliver the baked goods to the Kuna Good Neighbors Inc. food bank.

Before that, though, Winkler has another stop to make: the grocery store dumpster. That’s where she gathers the fruit and vegetables that will sustain her throughout the week. What she does not eat she will can, freeze or dry for even leaner times.

Aug 28 08:57

The world's most radioactive man: Lab worker stunned doctors when he survived a 1976 explosion that showered him with 500 times the safe dose of radiation - only to become a pariah known as Atomic Man

On the night of August 30, 1976, Harold R McCluskey was working the graveyard shift at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state when a chemical explosion blasted him with radioactive material and peppered him with shards of glass.

Incredibly, McCluskey, then 64, survived what's believed to be the largest human dose of radiation ever recorded to become known as the 'Atomic Man'.

Even more remarkable was that he lived another 11 years and died from causes unrelated to the accident with no sign of cancer in his body.

Aug 28 08:55

Where HAVE all the insects gone? Experts warn windscreens free of dead flies, gnats, moths and wasps signal an alarming decline in bugs

Have you noticed you're scrubbing fewer squashed flies off your windscreen of late?

You're not alone. Drivers across the UK have been reporting an absence of flies, gnats, wasps and moths on their vehicles - prompting fears from scientists that such insects could be in decline.

And this is no new phenomenon, with experts noting a decline in insect numbers over the past few decades.

Aug 28 08:35

Over a million children under the age of six are currently on psychiatric drugs in America

Mental health watchdog group Citizens Commission on Human Rights is drawing attention to the concerning fact that more than a million kids younger than six in our nation are currently taking psychiatric drugs.

While around half of these children are four to five years old, an incredible 274,804 of them are younger than a year old. That’s right: babies are being given psychiatric drugs. The number rises for toddlers aged two to three, with 370,778 kids in this category taking psychiatric drugs overall.

Data from IMS Health shows that the situation only gets worse as kids get older, with 4,130,340 kids aged 6 to 12 taking some type of psychiatric drug.

Aug 28 07:41

Houston forecast: ‘Unprecedented’ 50 inches of rain

National Weather Service warns catastrophic flooding to continue for days

Aug 28 07:21

'Please send help!' Thousands of residents are trapped on their rooftops in flooded Houston as cops ask ANYONE with a boat to help rescue them amid warnings Hurricane Harvey could be as devastating as Katrina

Thousands of people are trapped on their rooftops in flooded Houston and are desperately pleading for help after Hurricane Harvey left much of America's fourth largest city underwater.

Many residents have turned to social media with heart-breaking pleas for help as the Houston police department asked any civilians with boats to join them and assist with the more than 6,000 calls for rescues.

The storm has already dumped a historic 11 trillion gallons of water on Texas - with another 27 inches of rain falling so far and another 23 inches expected to come within the next few days.

Experts said the aftermath of the catastrophic hurricane could equal the level of destruction of Katrina in 2005.

Aug 28 06:45

Rescuers pluck hundreds from rising floodwaters in Houston

Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation’s fourth-largest city Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with the constant calls for help.

The incessant rain covered much of Houston in turbid, gray-green water and turned streets into rivers navigable only by boat. In a rescue effort that recalled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, helicopters landed near flooded freeways, airboats buzzed across submerged neighborhoods and high-water vehicles plowed through water-logged intersections. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prayers for all the people in Houston hit by this disaster, and prayers also for the very brave first responders here.

Aug 28 06:42

Why Wasn’t Houston Evacuated Before Hurricane Harvey?

Why wasn’t Houston evacuated? Why wasn’t there a mandatory evacuation order for the city? Who’s to blame?

Those are questions people are asking as horrific images circulated of the dire flooding in the city. People begged for help from rooftops, a man was rescued from a partially submerged semi truck, and families pleaded for rescue on social media. One woman reportedly went into labor waiting for help but eventually made it to a hospital. A man’s living room was so flooded he caught a large fish in it, and in nearby Dickinson, seniors were photographed sitting up to their waists in water in a nursing home. You can read some of those accounts here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Government officials are generally in a state of torpor, complacency and denial; they are only "serving" their alleged constituents to fatten their own wallets, and any potentials for natural harm or disaster, like this nearly-Biblical flood, are not ever prepared for in the ways in which they should be.

Aug 27 16:39

Hawk takes shelter from Hurricane Harvey and refuses to leave taxi

Published on Aug 27, 2017

A man filmed the moment a hawk wouldn't budge from his taxi cab as Hurricane Harvey barreled towards Texas.

Aug 27 11:05

Medical cannabis use found to dramatically decrease reliance on addictive prescription medications

Taking medical cannabis may significantly reduce the need for prescription medications, a recent study revealed.

As part of research, a team of health experts at the University of New Mexico examined patients who voluntarily enrolled in the New Mexico state medical cannabis program. The patients were also on scheduled prescription medications.

Prescription drug use was reported to the New Mexico Prescription Monitoring Program. Opiates and benzodiazepines were among the most common drugs that the patients used.

According to the research team, patients enrolled in the medical cannabis program have significantly lower monthly average number of prescriptions than those who did not enroll in the program. Enrolled patients also reduced the types of prescription drugs they took as well as the number of prescribers and related pharmacy visits, the scientists noted.

Aug 27 10:03

Electrifying! $145K Tesla Model X drag races a $500K Lamborghini Aventator and WINS - setting a new world record for SUVs

Now that's an electric moment at the racetrack.

A Tesla Model X has beaten a Lamborghini Aventator SV in a quarter-mile drag race at the Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida, edging out the more expensive competitor by a split second.

The race, set up and filmed by the drag racing blog DragTimes, pitted Elon Musk's electric SUV against the Italian supercar.

Aug 27 09:56

BBC Promotes Putting Lithium in Drinking Water to Combat Dementia

By Aaron Kesel

Researchers in Denmark believe that we should add lithium to drinking water because studies show it may reduce dementia.

You simply can’t make this up. Adding fluoride, a neurotoxin, according to The Lancet medical journal, to our water isn’t enough.

The BBC reported that a study, at the University of Copenhagen, looked at the medical records of 73,731 Danish people with dementia and 733,653 without the mental disease...

Aug 27 09:28

15 Videos Showing Hurricane Harvey Unleash Hell Upon the Gulf Coast

In a matter of days, Hurricane Harvey evolved from a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico into a Category 4 storm, making landfall on Friday night near Rockford, Texas with sustained winds of 130 mph. After making landfall, Harvey immediately stalled, pummeling the same area for hours, before inching slowly north and dropping in intensity.

Aug 27 09:00

68,000 DOCTORS BRIBED BY BIG PHARMA WITH $47 MILLION TO PRESCRIBE DANGEROUS PAINKILLER DRUGS, ANALYSIS FINDS

As America grapples with alleviating the opioid addiction crisis that killed more than 30,000 people in the country in 2015, the debate rages on over the best way to tackle the issue. One aspect many people can agree on, however, is the fact that doctors are overprescribing these dangerous drugs, spurring addictions that can eventually send patients to the street to get their next high once their prescription runs out.

Why are so many doctors prescribing these pills despite the dangers? The answer is simple: money. A study out of the Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine that was published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that one out of every 12 American doctors has received at least one payment from an opioid pharmaceutical company. It was the first national, wide-scale study that focused specifically on opioid-related industry payments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had firsthand experience with this kind of practice.

A number of years ago, I had horrific, unexplained joint pain, that made simple walking, or playing my keyboard, completely impossible.

The pain could best be described as that of walking over broken glass, but the broken glass was not on the outside, but the inside of my hands and feet.

The podiatrists who were part of my HMO prescribed a drug for my pain. But this never actually worked all that well, and the pain persisted. When I finally went to my orthopedist, who had ex-rays taken, and said that he could find no physical basis for my pain, I remember coming home in tears, and saying to Mike "How do I pencil in the time to be a hypochondriac, please?!?"

Mike, being the wonderful husband he is, started checking on the net for what on earth was the culprit for my pain, and he - unlike my medical team- found the root core of the problem; I am violently allergic to formaldehyde precursors, which, in the US, are allowed to be put into a myriad of products, because it's a cheap preservative, and, theoretically only involves the outside of your body, but should not affect the interior. So we went around the house, looking at products, like scented soaps, and low-end cosmetics, with the offending chemicals, and threw them all out.

The next morning, it was like a switch had been thrown; I could walk, and play my keyboard absolutely without pain; it felt like a miracle had happened, but not one I could attribute to my physicians.

And the one test, that could have prevented this half-decade of agony... was somehow never ordered for me, and that was a test for chemical sensitivity.

I later learned that the drug company making the (alleged) pain killer I was taking was compensating physicians who prescribed this drug; and about 5 months after that, the podiatrists who I had been seeing were no longer on the website roster of my HMO.

So now, if I need to see a physician, and there is a prescription ordered, I have absolutely no shame in looking them straight in the eye, and asking them if they get compensated for proscribing the drug they have ordered for me, and letting them know I understand that the practice is quite common, for Big Pharma.

Clients of medical practitioners should have the right to know, and the absolute right to request a change in medication, if the medication prescribed (and potentially for which your doctors were financially compensated) absolutely doesn't work for them.!!

Aug 27 08:59

Swearing proves you are f****** brilliant: Intelligent people are more likely to be foul-mouthed and walk around naked at home, claims study

Intelligent people are more likely to swear and walk around naked at home, according to a new study.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so now you know why I keep my curtains closed! :)

Aug 27 07:39

China Is Weaponizing Water

Hidden in plain sight is an intimidating Chinese weapon that allows it to hold a quarter of the world’s population hostage without firing a single shot. While much attention has been given to the nation’s fearsome new military hardware, a formidable component in its arsenal has largely escaped notice: dams. With more than 87,000 dams and control of the Tibetan plateau, the source of ten major rivers which 2 billion people depend on, China possesses a weapon of mass destruction. With the flip of a switch, the Middle Kingdom can release hundreds of millions of gallons of water from its mega dams, causing catastrophic floods that would reshape entire ecosystems in countries downstream.

Aug 26 10:37

Toxic metals in hip replacements found to cause Alzheimer’s

New advice from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) may mean that approximately 56,000 Britons need to undergo a series of medical tests to determine if they are suffering from muscle or bone damage caused by metal toxicity. The health regulatory group has warned that metal-on-metal hip replacement surgery is more dangerous than previously assumed. The advice comes on the heels of growing evidence which concludes that these implants can induce irreversible (and often asymptomatic) conditions. One of the more debilitating illnesses linked to these surgeries is Alzheimer’s disease.

Aug 26 07:48

Why Governments Aren't Telling You About the Grand Solar Minimum: OYM Radio Interview

With the new Eddy Grand Solar Minimum beginning to intensify to the point of lowering global crop yields, governments of the world are still guiding their citizens down the path of global warming, although all the signs are around us that we are entering a 15 year cooling period that has already begun.

Aug 26 06:44

Devastation: What We Know About Hurricane Harvey So Far

The most devastating storm in a decade has hit the Texas coast, causing buildings to collapse, widespread flooding, and power outages.

And according to experts, the worst is yet to come.

Aug 26 04:50

Kilauea: The youngest Hawaiian volcano

Photo album

Aug 25 17:24

68,000 doctors bribed by Big Pharma with $47 million to prescribe dangerous painkiller drugs, analysis finds

As America grapples with alleviating the opioid addiction crisis that killed more than 30,000 people in the country in 2015, the debate rages on over the best way to tackle the issue. One aspect many people can agree on, however, is the fact that doctors are overprescribing these dangerous drugs, spurring addictions that can eventually send patients to the street to get their next high once their prescription runs out.

Why are so many doctors prescribing these pills despite the dangers? The answer is simple: money. A study out of the Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine that was published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that one out of every 12 American doctors has received at least one payment from an opioid pharmaceutical company. It was the first national, wide-scale study that focused specifically on opioid-related industry payments.

Aug 25 16:47

A Thorium-Salt Reactor Has Fired Up for the First Time in Four Decades

The road to cleaner, meltdown-proof nuclear power has taken a big step forward. Researchers at NRG, a Dutch nuclear materials firm, have begun the first tests of nuclear fission using thorium salts since experiments ended at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the early 1970s.

Thorium has several advantages over uranium, the fuel that powers most nuclear reactors in service today. First, it's much harder to weaponize. Second, as we pointed out last year in a long read on thorium-salt reactors, designs that call for using it in a liquid form are, essentially, self-regulating and fail-safe.

The team at NRG is testing several reactor designs on a small scale at first. The first experiment is on a setup called a molten-salt fast reactor, which burns thorium salt and in theory should also be able to consume spent nuclear fuel from typical uranium fission reactions.

Aug 25 13:19

Soil, Monsanto And The Agribusiness Giants: Conning The World With Snake Oil And Doughnuts

In their rush to readily promote neoliberal dogma and corporate-inspired PR, many government officials, scientists and journalists take as given that profit-driven transnational corporations have a legitimate claim to be custodians of natural assets. There is the premise that water, food, soil and agriculture should be handed over to powerful and wholly corrupt transnational corporations to milk for profit, under the pretence these entities are somehow serving the needs of humanity.

Aug 25 10:42

In claiming breakthrough for “safer” Zika vaccines, science journal accidentally admits Zika vaccines might be dangerous

Whether or not this vaccine is, indeed, “safer” than those being designed by other research teams in the race to get a vaccine approved, the fact remains that it does still carry risks, and one has to wonder what the point is of being vaccinated against an essentially harmless virus in the first place.

Aug 25 10:40

Transgender characters now being placed in TV shows to indoctrinate public to “normalcy” of trans children, scientists confirm

It’s obvious at this point that Hollywood has a nefarious agenda with its entertainment programming, and the latest perversion being pushed at breakneck speed is transgenderism. Movies, television shows, and even news reports are all increasingly pushing transgenderism as normal, something that a new study says is actively changing the way that the public thinks about this issue.

It used to be that nearly everyone recognized transgenderism as being a mental disorder in need of therapy. But now it’s just another gender identity, thanks to a slew of shows that feature transgenders in a positive light. Researchers looked at how these shows shape the minds of their viewers, finding that the more people are exposed to transgenderism on the screen, the more they feel positively about it.

Aug 25 10:35

Levothyrox: The controversy over one of France's most commonly prescribed drugs explained

One of the most commonly prescribed drugs in France - Levothyrox - is at the centre of a controversy as thousands of people using the treatment complain of serious side effects in the wake of a formula change.

Aug 25 10:17

OBAMACARE 'ARCHITECT' SETTLES SUIT OVER FRAUD ALLEGATIONS

Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who has been dubbed the architect of Obamacare, has settled a lawsuit accusing him of filing fraudulent claims for government payments.

According to the settlement agreement, Gruber’s allegedly fraudulent claims date back to 2014, when the economics professor was hired by the State of Vermont to conduct research and economic modeling “relating to the implementation of Vermont’s single-payer healthcare system.”

Gruber rose to notoriety in late 2014 when video footage surfaced showing him admitting that the Affordable Care Act was passed under false pretenses, even boasting that “the stupidity of the American voter” made the grand deception possible.

The settlement notes that in two of the submitted invoices, Gruber documented that his “research assistants” worked for 500 hours at a rate of $100 an hour.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An interesting piece of work President Obama hired, but that's just the point; Gruber's hiring was due strictly to connectedness and party affiliation.

It was certainly not due to his competency or morality (of which he has absolutely none); it was all about how much money he could intensely suckle from the system, until he was found out to be an utter and complete fraud, who knew the Obamacare system would ultimately collapse under its own weight.

Aug 24 17:44

Obamacare 'architect' settles suit over fraud allegations

Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who has been dubbed the architect of Obamacare, has settled a lawsuit accusing him of filing fraudulent claims for government payments. According to the settlement agreement, Gruber’s allegedly fraudulent claims date back to 2014, when the economics professor was hired by the State of Vermont to conduct research and economic modeling “relating to the implementation of Vermont’s single-payer healthcare system.”

Aug 24 17:14

'Good' cholesterol might actually be bad

The study found that men with extreme levels of HDL in their blood had a 106 percent higher chance of dying prematurely than men with normal levels of this type of cholesterol. Women with extremely high levels of HDL cholesterol were 68 percent more likely to die prematurely than women with normal levels.

Additionally, the mortality rate in men with "very high" levels of the supposedly good kind of cholesterol also had a 36 percent higher mortality rate than men with normal levels.

The lowest mortality rate was found in those with medium levels of HDL. This was defined as 1.9 millimoles per liter for men and 2.4 millimoles per liter for women.

Aug 24 17:09

Uranus is probably full of giant diamonds

I was wondering why it hurt when I sit down :)

Aug 24 17:06

‘Cyborg’ Bacteria Grow Solar Panels for Energy

Moorella thermoacetica normally produces acetic acid from carbon dioxide, without photosynthesis.

But the scientists made a hybrid organism called M. thermoacetica-CdS by feeding the bacteria cadmium and cysteine, an amino acid. Using the sulfur atom from the cysteine, the bacteria produced cadmium sulfide nanoparticles. Those nanoparticles that are essentially semiconductor nanocrystals which covered the bacteria surface – thereby becoming “solar panels.”

“Rather than rely on inefficient chlorophyll to harvest sunlight, I’ve taught bacteria how to grow and cover their bodies with tiny semiconductor nanocrystals,” said Kelsey Sakimoto, the lead researcher. “These nanocrystals are much more efficient than chlorophyll and can be grown at a fraction of the cost of manufactured solar panels.”

Aug 24 16:59

Babylonians developed trigonometry 'superior' to modern day version 3,700 years ago

The Ancient Babylonians knew about a form of trigonometry more advanced than the modern-day version – about 1,000 years before its supposed invention by the Ancient Greeks, academics in Australia say.

The astonishing claim is based on a 3,700-year-old clay tablet inscribed with a table of numbers.

Known as Plimpton 322, it is already known to contain evidence that the Babylonians knew Pythagoras’ famous equation for right-angled triangles, long before the Greek philosopher gave his name to it.

And researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have claimed it also shows the Babylonians developed a highly sophisticated form of trigonometry – the system of maths used to describe angles that has tortured generations of school pupils with sine, cosine and tangent.

Aug 24 15:49

The number-one mind-control program at US colleges

Here is a staggering statistic (note: Thank you to reader “Namely Liberty” for surfacing this information from the WayBackMachine) from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): “More than 25 percent of college students have been diagnosed or treated by a professional for a mental health condition within the past year.”

Let that sink in. 25 percent.

Colleges are basically clinics. Psychiatric centers.

Colleges have been taken over. A soft coup has occurred, out of view.

You want to know where all this victim-oriented “I’m triggered” and “I need a safe space” comes from? You just found it.

It’s a short step from being diagnosed with a mental disorder to adopting the role of being super-sensitive to “triggers.” You could call it a self-fulfilling prophecy. “If I have a mental disorder, then I’m a victim, and then what people say and do around me is going disturb me…and I’ll prove it.”

Aug 24 15:47

In Japan, Robot-For-Hire Programed To Perform Buddhist Funeral Rites

A Japanese company has introduced a new role for SoftBank’s humanoid robot “Pepper” – a Buddhist priest for hire at funerals.

Aug 24 12:34

Soil, Monsanto And The Agribusiness Giants: Conning The World With Snake Oil And Doughnuts

In their rush to readily promote neoliberal dogma and corporate-inspired PR, many government officials, scientists and journalists take as given that profit-driven transnational corporations have a legitimate claim to be custodians of natural assets. There is the premise that water, food, soil and agriculture should be handed over to powerful and wholly corrupt transnational corporations to milk for profit, under the pretence these entities are somehow serving the needs of humanity.

Aug 24 11:37

Tropical Storm Harvey is About to Hit Texas – Governor Has Declared a “State of Disaster”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a “state of disaster” for 30 counties as tropical storm Harvey is about to slam into the state.

Abbott also ordered the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s State Operations Center to elevate its readiness level in preparation for the storm’s arrival.

Abbott is urging Texans to take action before it’s too late:

“Texans believe in taking action and always being prepared in the event of an emergency,” said Governor Abbott. “Preemptively declaring a state of disaster will allow Texas to quickly deploy resources for the emergency response effort in anticipation of the storm’s hazardous conditions.”

Aug 24 09:10

Not all-white? Nationalists flocking to genetic ancestry tests are not liking what they find

White nationalists who have been flocking to genetic ancestry tests to prove their 'whiteness' are being disappointed.

American's fascination with heritage has seen a boom in the genetic testing industry - which now offers consumers the chance to learn their ancestry with a simple 'spit test' for just over $100.

While the vast majority of users are simply curious about where their ancestors came from, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and nationalists have reportedly been using the tests as a way of proving how 'pure' they are.

And when around two thirds learned they weren't as white as they believed they were, the reactions were not pretty.

Aug 24 08:57

Breakfast cereal found contaminated with gender-bender chemical that tells your brain to make you fat

A landmark study conducted by researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center found that sugary cereals cause more harm than initially perceived. Almost all people are aware that these breakfast staples contribute to the growing obesity epidemic due to their high sugar content; yet scientists are now tracing a link between cereals and early puberty. Butylhydroxytoleuene, an additive used to prolong shelf-life, is also an endocrine disruptor. The chemical can disrupt normal hormone production and incite unnatural changes in children. Unfortunately, this synthetic antioxidant is a favorite among food manufacturers for its uses in preservation. Popular cereal brands, such as Cheerios, Lucky Charms, and Cookie Crisps use butylhydroxytoleuene (listed as E321) as one of the main ingredients.

Aug 24 08:57

29 States Allow Big Ag To Act As Seed Legislator?

States like Oregon, California, Texas, Montana and Iowa just simultaneously nuked the ability to have seed laws. Claws of Big Ag found puppeteering legislators.

With little to no fanfare at all, the states passed “seed preemption laws” that essentially shut down public discourse on seeds laws – including the use of genetically engineered crops. There is consternation that the move was “designed to block counties and cities from adopting their own rules on the use of seeds, including bans on GMOs” since in many parts of the country those crucial decisions are only the state’s to make.

Aug 24 06:38

How We Know The So-Called “Civil War” Was Not Over Slavery

Paul Craig Roberts

When I read Professor Thomas DiLorenzo’s article ( http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/21/lincoln-myth-ideological-co... ) the question that lept to mind was, “How come the South is said to have fought for slavery when the North wasn’t fighting against slavery?”

Two days before Lincoln’s inauguration as the 16th President, Congress, consisting only of the Northern states, passed overwhelmingly on March 2, 1861, the Corwin Amendment that gave constitutional protection to slavery. Lincoln endorsed the amendment in his inaugural address, saying “I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable.”

If the South’s real concern was maintaining slavery, the South would not have turned down the constitutional protection of slavery offered them on a silver platter by Congress and the President. Clearly, for the South also the issue was not slavery.

Aug 23 16:56

Scott Adams: Quick question on climate science [Video]

Has the Mann temperature data ever been peer reviewed? Or only the studies?

WRH should be an appropriate venue for this question. You can reply directly to the tweet here: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/900415616561037312

Aug 23 16:47

Cloudflare CEO Gives Bizarre Explanation For Banning The Daily Stormer From The Internet

Net Neutrality advocate and Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince told VICE News he banned The Daily Stormer despite allowing ISIS beheading videos on his network because he's a self-proclaimed "hypocrite" and had an emotional reaction to someone suggesting Cloudflare staff secretly supported the website's far-right views.

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