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Jan 13 19:39

Living under a bridge doesn't stop this homeless woman from staying positive.

A few months back I logged onto Facebook and was greeted by a smiling homeless woman's selfie in front of a tent holding up a cup of coffee. It was captioned "good morning." Today, I met Manda at her homeless encampment where she made me a cup of coffee!
Manda is an amazing woman. She is disabled from severe brain trauma, yet because she is high functioning, she falls through the gaps in the safety net. I have been working with her trying to help find a path out of homelessness, but the walls bureaucracy are impossible to break through.
For all the people that believe homeless people are lazy, I wish they could just spend an hour in Manda's shoes! She works hard to keep her tent camp clean. She works hard getting to treatment and therapy. She works hard every single day trying to survive. And she works extremely hard to stay positive while facing the madness of homelessness each and every day!

Jan 13 18:18

Artificial sweeteners associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia

In a 2014 study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, researchers declared aspartame a carcinogen, and advised a re-evaluation of the current position of international regulatory agencies regarding the chemical. They also found that it impaired memory and increased oxidative stress in the brain. Aspartame side effects can include headaches, mood disorders, dizziness and even episodes of mania.

Jan 13 16:02

Alabama Declares State of Emergency for the Flu Epidemic as the US Death Toll Rises

Citing a strain on "overwhelmed" health resources, Governor Kay Ivey declared an official State of Emergency in Alabama on Thursday due to the rapidly spreading flu epidemic.

But it isn't just Alabama.

The flu epidemic is spreading across the US.

In total, the flu has killed 85 adults and 20 children in the United States and last week, the CDC reported that the hospitalization rate for people with the flu DOUBLED.

Jan 13 10:21

Girl, 6, Suffers Frightening Side Effects After Taking Tamiflu

The family from Allen, who wants to remain anonymous, says the side effects were stunning: hallucinations, running away from school and an attempt, they believe, to hurt herself.

“The second story window was open, which is in her bedroom, and she used her desk to climb up onto it, and she was about to jump out the window when my wife came up and grabbed her,” her father said.

They took her to the hospital, where a doctor informed them that nervous system problems – including psychosis – can be a very rare side effect of Tamiflu. Emergency room physician Dr. Glenn Hardesty, with Texas Health Prosper, says it’s very rare but can happen.

Jan 13 10:01

As flu spreads in metro Detroit and nationwide, young visitors not as welcome in hospitals

nfluenza cases are raging nationwide, federal authorities say 20 children have died from the flu and 7% of senior deaths last month are blamed on this year's virulent strain.

All of that prompted metro Detroit's Beaumont hospital chain to take an unusual step Friday afternoon: banning visits from children under 13 until the flu season subsides.

Jan 13 09:55

NEW STUDY REVEALS MUSHROOMS CURE DEPRESSION BY DOING THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF ANTI-DEPRESSANTS

A revolutionary new study is once again revealing a natural approach to be far superior to big pharma solutions—this time involving psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms.

The study, published in the scientific journal Neuropharmacology, found that clinically depressed people had increased neural responses to fearful faces one day after a psilocybin-assisted therapy session, which positively predicted positive clinical outcomes.

“Psilocybin-assisted therapy might mitigate depression by increasing emotional connection,”neuroscientist and study author Leor Roseman, a Ph.D. student at Imperial College London, explained to PsyPost.

This is almost the exact opposite of how standard anti-depressants operate, as SSRI’s typically work by creating an “emotional blunting.”

Jan 13 09:44

Kentucky is first to get OK for Medicaid work requirement

Kentucky has become the first state to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work to receive coverage, part of an unprecedented change to the nation’s largest health insurance program under the Trump administration.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the approval on Friday. The change will require adults between the ages of 19 and 64 to complete 80 hours per month of “community engagement” to keep their coverage. That includes getting a job, going to school, taking a job training course or community service.

It’s a big change for Kentucky, a state that just four years ago embraced former President Barack Obama’s health care law under a previous Democratic governor who won praise for posting some of the largest insurance coverage gains in the country.

But Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said while more Kentuckians have insurance, it is not making them healthier.

Jan 13 09:23

Food fraud - IT’S ON THE RISE

The “food” industry is bigger than the oil business.

And it’s very poorly regulated.

The result: What’s on the label is very often what you’re not getting.

Jan 13 09:11

Mount Sinabung ERUPTS: Volcano spews molten lava and ash over Indonesia in Ring of Fire

MOUNT Sinabung has erupted again today, spewing molten lava and ash over the Indonesia volcano – which sits on the notorious Ring of Fire – after becoming active again following hundreds of years of inactivity.

Jan 13 09:06

California Megaflood: Lessons from a Forgotten Catastrophe

Geologic evidence shows that truly massive floods, caused by rainfall alone, have occurred in California every 100 to 200 years. Such floods are likely caused by atmospheric rivers: narrow bands of water vapor about a mile above the ocean that extend for thousands of kilometers.

The atmospheric river storms featured in a January 2013 article in Scientific American that I co-wrote with Michael Dettinger, The Coming Megafloods, are responsible for most of the largest historical floods in many western states. The only megaflood to strike the American West in recent history occurred during the winter of 1861-62. California bore the brunt of the damage. This disaster turned enormous regions of the state into inland seas for months, and took thousands of human lives. The costs were devastating: one quarter of California’s economy was destroyed, forcing the state into bankruptcy.

Jan 12 16:52

Flu season is shaping up as one of the worst in years, officials say

The entire continental United States is experiencing widespread flu right now, the first time in the 13 years of the current tracking system that that has happened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Officials said that this flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent years.

The rate of flu hospitalizations — the number of people hospitalized with flu per 100,000 — nearly doubled last week compared with the previous week. Last week it was 22.7 per 100,000 people; the week before that rate was 13.7.

Jan 12 16:30

Health officials ADMIT: The flu jab does NOT work; vaccine in circulation targets wrong strain (as is usually the case)

Albert Einstein is broadly credited with saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. By that definition, the entire healthcare profession of most of the developed world is insane. Why else would they continue to insist, year after year, that people be vaccinated against the flu, when year after year, the vaccine proves to be ineffective?

The U.K.’s Daily Mail recently reported that this year’s flu vaccine (unsurprisingly) is targeted at the wrong strains, and that the thousands of people who have already received the shot have wasted their own time and the government’s money.

U.S. publications, including The New York Times, are reporting that we are experiencing the same problem on this side of the pond.

Jan 12 16:02

Vitamin D is a flu fighter

Now Japanese researchers offer tangible support for that idea. They show that vitamin D supplementation dramatically cut the incidence of seasonal flu among the children they followed.

Their double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was small. Only 334 children completed a three-month course of six pills per day — a dropout rate of almost one-quarter. Then again, that’s a lot of pills to make kids take each day to get just 1,200 international units of the vitamin. (Especially since the teeny capsule I down contains almost twice that much.)

But the supplementation certainly looked promising. Incidence of influenza A was 10.8 percent among the 167 kids who received vitamin D pills. That's in contrast to a flu rate of 18.6 percent among an equal number of children getting identical looking inert pills.

Jan 12 09:35

Oroville Update Final Forensics Report Sequence of Events After Spillway Failure

Remember last February's drama - Oroville Dam failure?
Here is a most recent update by Juan Brown who has not only the education but also the means to keep people updated. Very fascinating to get the event timeline and the most resent standing of the dam a year later.

Jan 12 07:49

What If American Life Expectancy Declined Again and the Elite Cared More About Trump’s Tweets?

The news came and went so fast that you might have missed it. American life expectancy has declined. Again. In 2015 and 2016, in fact, the average American life span declined for two years in a row for the first time in more than 50 years. The preliminary numbers for 2017 are looking grim as well. Multi-year declines are typically attributable to war or disease outbreaks. In America? Our decline is based largely on our capacity for self-harm, as the Washington Post explained: The 2016 data shows that just three major causes of death are responsible: unintentional injuries, Alzheimer’s disease and suicides, with the bulk of the difference attributable to the 63,632 people who died of overdoses. That total was an increase of more than 11,000 over the 52,404 who died of the same cause in 2015.

Jan 12 07:35

FLU OUTBREAK: Now Impacting 46 States, Epidemic is ‘Widespread’

This year’s strain of the flu is now widespread, spanning 46 states, and can make you fatally sick. Coupled with how fast the flu has struck, an ineffective vaccine, and how early it hit, this year is shaping up to be one of the worst ones yet for the flu virus.

The strain responsible for the outbreak is H3N2, a particularly deadly variety of influenza and the number of cases have spiked, with 46 states now reporting widespread activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC also claims that at least 13 children have died from the flu since October when the season began to really get into full swing.

California has been particularly hard hit, with at least 27 deaths of people under 65 attributed to the flu, according to reports. As the number of cases continues to climb there, hospitals are beginning to run out of Tamiflu, the anti-viral medication used to treat the illness.

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Tamiflu didn't work when Claire was prescribed it. The doctor had to change medication before she got better.

Jan 12 07:31

New Medicaid Work Requirements ‘Sinister,’ Frame the Poor and Ill as ‘Deadbeats’

In response to the announcement, Seema Verma, administrator of the CMS, suggested the initiative will ultimately help Medicaid recipients get out of poverty.

"Our policy guidance was in response to states that asked us for the flexibility they need to improve their programs," Verma said in a statement. "[It's also going] to help people in achieving greater well-being and self-sufficiency."

But that's just not how it works, says Mary Gerisch, a member chair of the Rights & Democracy health care justice team.

Jan 12 07:14

Teenage Boy Found Dead After Receiving HPV Vaccine

Jan 12 07:00

WATCH: Baltimore Hospital Staff Dump Patient at Bus Stop in Hospital Gown

On Tuesday night, Imamu Baraka was heading home when he saw a woman wearing nothing but a hospital gown and socks being dropped off by hospital staff at a nearby bus stop.

Shocked, Baraka began filming the scene unfolding outside the University of Maryland Medical Center — Midtown Campus. The temperature that night was a frigid 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

Jan 12 06:55

Shocking video shows hospital security guards wheeling a disoriented patient out onto the street in just her gown and dumping her alone at a bus stop in the freezing cold

A Baltimore hospital has launched an investigating after shocking video emerged showing staff abandoning a woman outside in the freezing cold, wearing just her gown.

The clip shows four security guards, one rolling a wheel chair, walking away from the alleged patient near a medical facility located near Mount Vernon, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Jan 12 06:11

Cold or Flu? Here's How to Tell

You know the feeling. Your throat is dry. You feel tired, and perhaps a little stuffy. Then, a little cough starts, followed by that unmistakable taste in the mouth that screams "respiratory infection!" How do you know when that stuffy nose and scratchy cough is just a cold, and when it is something more serious, like influenza? Cold or flu? Here's how to tell the difference.

With the more virulent H3N2 influenza strain being widespread in almost every state in the US, it is so important to be able to tell the difference between the common cold and the flu. The H3N2 strain is a subtype of Influenza A that is particularly hard on less robust populations. This would include young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and anyone with a compromised immune system, such as diabetics and cancer patients.

Jan 12 06:03

MONSANTO TRYING TO HIDE GMO FOODS UNDER THE TERM “BIOFORTIFIED”

Do genetically engineered crops and their pesticides make you think of the term “biofortified”? Chances are, the term biofortified makes you think of vitamins in kids’ cereals. Mega corporations are no strangers to propaganda and public relations. Did you know that much of our non-organic crops are grown with human sewage sludge? No? That’s because the practice is called “biosolids” to keep you in the dark. You are probably aware of the sneaky disguises that sweeteners like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup were attempted to be concealed in. (“Corn sugar,” anyone?)

Jan 11 22:31

Nevada Bundy Prosecution Collapses: The Federal Government Spent a Quarter-Billion Dollars but Couldn’t Convict the Bundys of a Single Crime

In 2013 the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) obtained federal court orders authorizing the agency to “seize and remove to impound” hundreds of Cliven Bundy’s cattle on the public ranges around Bunkerville, Nevada. The agency interpreted these court orders broadly, and descended on the area in April 2014 with some 200 body-armor-wearing agents, semiautomatic weapons, sniper teams, undercover informants, and surveillance cameras aimed at the Bundy residence.

Jan 11 12:18

'Super Hubble' is almost ready! World's biggest space telescope that could spot alien life passes key simulation tests ahead of its launch next year

Nasa's James Webb Telescope that could spot extra-terrestrial life has completed a critical series of tests in anticipation of its launch in early summer 2019.

The $8.8 billion (£6.5bn) telescope has been successfully tested in a giant vacuum chamber at the Johnson Space Centre - proving it will function in deep space.

Engineers are now confident it will be able to capture starlight in focus and track astronomical targets describing the completion of tests as a 'significant milestone'.

Jan 11 12:14

Orangutans 'may know medicines unknown to humans': Great apes are filmed chewing plants to make 'ointment' that eases aching limbs in a world first

Orangutans may have knowledge of medicines unknown to humans, a study has found.

The great apes have been filmed chewing plants into a lather - which they then use as an ‘ointment’ on their aching limbs.

The plant is also used by the orangutan’s indigenous human neighbours in the forest.

Now scientists are investigating the possibility the apes may know of further medicinal plants that could be used by mankind.

Jan 11 10:04

Exposed: Chevron Has a Secretive Drilling Site in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Wedged into last month’s $1.5 billion tax cut law, which benefits mostly the 1 percent, is a provision opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to commercial oil drilling.

After decades of being denied access to the refuge, the oil companies have achieved a legislative milestone. And absent a movement of popular resistance combined with legal action, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will join the growing list of places around the world plundered by CEOs and a political elite who put profits before people and the planet. We can and must stop them.

Jan 10 20:02

Rescuers seek survivors after California mudslides kill 17, more feared dead in deluge

SANTA BARBARA: Rescue crews with dogs and scanners dug through the waist-deep mud in an affluent stretch of Southern California's coast on Wednesday, searching for about two dozen people missing after mudslides that killed at least 15.

The mudslides in Santa Barbara County, triggered by a downpour on Tuesday, destroyed 100 single-family homes, damaged hundreds of other buildings and injured 28 people, said Amber Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Jan 10 20:01

Southern California mudslides: Death toll rises to 17; 100 single-family homes destroyed

SANTA BARBARA: The death toll from devastating mudslides in affluent communities along a stretch of Southern California coastline rose to 17 on Wednesday after two more bodies were recovered, the local sheriff said, and the number of people missing also climbed to 17.

The two additional fatalities were discovered as some 500 rescuers using search dogs, helicopters and thermal-imaging equipment dug through the waist-deep mud for victims or survivors of the mudslides, which were triggered by a heavy downpour early on Tuesday.

Jan 10 14:54

FLU OUTBREAK: Dallas County Flu Deaths On The Rise, Now At 18

This year was projected to be a rather tough year for the flu. Coupled with this year’s ineffective vaccine, this season’s flu outbreak is shaping up to be one of the worst.

All of the patients who have succumbed to the flu in Dallas County have had other health conditions that complicated their body’s ability to fight off the virus. But that doesn’t change the fact that 18 people have now died. And it isn’t just Dallas that has struggled to fight this year’s flu. California is experiencing a medication shortage while the outbreak is taking lives in Oregon and Idaho as well.

Jan 10 13:41

BIRDS CALLED 'FIREHAWK RAPTORS' ARE INTENTIONALLY SPREADING FIRES IN AUSTRALIA

When you think of causes of fire in Australia, you might think of lightning or arsonists – but you probably don’t think of birds. But at least three birds of prey species spread wildfires in Australia, according to a new paper incorporating indigenous knowledge. Penn State University geographer and lead author Mark Bonta told National Geographic, “We’re not discovering anything. Most of the data that we’ve worked with is collaborative with Aboriginal peoples…They’ve known this for probably 40,000 years or more.”

Jan 10 13:38

Monsanto Uses Codex to Hide GMOs from Consumers

At the recent Codex meeting in Berlin, there was an attempt to define genetically engineered (GE) food ingredients as ‘biofortified’ and therefore mislead consumers. This contravened the original Codex mandate for defining biofortification. That definition is based on improving the nutritional quality of food crops through conventional plant breeding (not genetic engineering) with the aim of making the nutrients bioavailable after digestion. The attempt was thwarted thanks to various interventions, not least by the National Health Federation (NHF), a prominent health-freedom international non-governmental organization and the only health-freedom INGO represented at Codex. But the battle is far from over.

Jan 10 13:34

Flu season is off to a bad start, bringing fears of what’s next

By the end of December, the tally of flu-like illnesses in the state exceeded the peaks in the two previous seasons, when the biggest number of cases occurred in February and March.

And while it’s unclear whether the annual flu epidemic will be worse this year, or just arrived earlier, fears have been stoked by the severity of the flu in Australia during its most recent season and the fact that the vaccine may protect against the predominant strain of the flu only 30 percent of the time.

Jan 10 11:09

Human muscle tissue grown from stem cells: US study

Working human muscle has been grown from stem cells in the lab in a breakthrough that holds promise for sufferers of degenerative muscular diseases, scientists said on Tuesday.

The team from Duke University in North Carolina said they were the first to achieve this feat using adult skin or blood cells which were "reprogrammed" into a juvenile, versatile state.

These are called "induced pluripotent stem cells" or iPSCs. Like naturally-occurring stem cells found in embryos, they can become any other type of human cell.

In this case, the iPSCs were coaxed into becoming skeletal muscle cells, which grew into "functioning human skeletal muscle," the team reported in the science journal Nature Communications.

"It's taken years of trial and error, making educated guesses and taking baby steps to finally produce functioning human muscle from pluripotent stem cells," study co-author Lingjun Rao said.

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Wow! If these reports prove true, this technology will surely be a boon to humankind.

Jan 10 09:37

CHP Seizure of Legal Cannabis Outrages California Farmers

This is what is wrong with this country.Our employees will not obey their sovereigns and the law. Time for the sovereigns to rein in these so-called public servants!

On Friday night Dec. 22, three days before Christmas and ten days before California ushered in legal retail sales of marijuana for adult use, California Highway Patrol officers pulled over the truck of a locally-licensed marijuana distributor near North State Street and Pomo Lane, just north of the Mendocino County seat of Ukiah.

The truck for Old Kai Distribution was carrying 1,875 pounds of plant material from three local farms. It was to be sorted and inventoried at the company’s Ukiah factory, given traceable bar codes, sent out for sample testing at cannabis laboratories and, eventually, shipped to licensed concentrate manufacturers.

Jan 10 09:18

What We Can Learn 100 Years After the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918

It has been 100 years since the Spanish flu infected 500 million people around the globe and wiped out an estimated 20 million to 50 million of them.

And here we are, potentially on the cusp of another influenza pandemic. Here's what we can learn from the last major pandemic.

Jan 10 05:57

Shocking: Mother discovers pregnancy 45 minutes before giving birth

Imagine discovering your pregnancy and delivering a little baby – all within 45 minutes.

Shocked out of your wits, right?

This is exactly what happened to Plympton-based Lisa Leathard.

Recalling the incident, Lisa, who's 38 now, remembers coming home from work with stomach pain in 2014.

Jan 09 16:09

Yemen’s Houthis release video of downing Saudi jet over Sana'a

The Houthis obliterate this aircraft with 2 dead on hits. If they can do this to an F-15,just think of what the Russians or Chinese could do. This is amazing and scary.

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has released footage of the moment its forces shot down an F-15 fighter jet belonging to the Saudi-led coalition.

The video released by the Houthi-run al-Masirah television network early on Tuesday shows the exact moment when the aircraft is hit by a surface-to-air missile while flying over the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, the previous day.

The fate of the pilot is still unknown.

Jan 09 15:57

With ingestible pill, you can track fart development in real time on your phone

First human trials reveal gut gas chambers and blustery effects of diet.

Jan 09 14:58

Five Spills, Six Months in Operation: Dakota Access Track Record Highlights Unavoidable Reality — Pipelines Leak

Representatives from Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, traveled to Cambridge, Iowa, in October to present a series of $20,000 checks to emergency management departments in six counties. The money was, in part, an acknowledgement of the months of anti-pipeline protests that had taxed local agencies during construction, but it was also a nod to the possibility of environmental contamination. One of the counties had pledged to use its check to purchase “HazMat operations and decontamination training/supplies.” Less than a month later, in Cambridge, the Iowa section of the Dakota Access pipeline would experience its first spill.

Jan 09 14:42

Your smartphone????is making you???? stupid, antisocial ???? and unhealthy ????. So why can’t you put it down???

Smartphones are "literally using the power of billion-dollar computers to figure out what to feed you," Mr. Harris said. That's why you can't look away.

Jan 09 14:34

Taking Acetaminophen During Pregnancy May Reduce Fertility Of Daughters

The Western world is blissfully unaware of the hazards of over-the-counter painkillers that continue to roll out in study after study...

Jan 09 13:59

Male infertility among many side effects linked to ibuprofen - study

Men who dream of starting a family may want to pass on the ibuprofen the next time they have a headache. A new study says the well-known painkiller could cause fertility issues in males.

Jan 09 12:37

Kansas Official Goes 100% Racist to Defend Cannabis Prohibition

The folks in Kansas suffer from extreme Reefer Madness. This is ridiculous!

It’s fairly common knowledge that America’s cannabis prohibition laws were enacted on a foundation of fear, ignorance, and racism. In the early 20th century, local officials in the Southwest began outlawing cannabis when they observed Hispanic men enjoying their mota after a hard day’s work. Harry Anslinger, America’s first drug czar, famously used the fear of race mixing to ramp up reefer madness and pass the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which formally codified federal prohibition. Over the past 50 years, marijuana laws have been used selectively against people of color, resulting in our nation’s overincarceration crisis. Even today, black people are four times more likely to be stopped and arrested for marijuana possession than white people.

Jan 09 11:40

Natural disasters cost America a record $306 BILLION last year - with a record 16 costing more than $1bn each

With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion.

The U.S. had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

That ties 2011 for the number of billion-dollar disasters, but the total cost blew past the previous record of $215 billion in 2005.

Jan 09 11:37

The Yaquis People Forcefully Halted A Pipeline’s Construction: “Standing Rock Of Mexico”

By Markab Algedi, Natural Blaze

In Loma de Bacum, a town in Northwest Mexico near the border of Arizona, an indigenous tribe called the Yaqui are challenging the California founded, multi-billion dollar corporation Sempra Energy and their border crossing pipeline in the region.

The pipeline’s opposition is making headlines, being referred to as the “Standing Rock” of Mexico - and it is effective...

Jan 09 10:13

Ancient Rock Art Found in India Could Be Oldest Depiction of Supernova

Scientists at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research believe a 5,000 year old rock painting they have discovered in Burzahama region in Kashmir, India, could be the oldest sky chart ever drawn as well as the oldest record of a supernova.

Jan 09 10:12

Lost in space? Secret SpaceX Zuma satellite a total loss – reports

The highly classified and expensive government satellite launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral has reportedly been destroyed. SpaceX isn’t commenting on the allegedly failed mission, however.
Despite the launch being shrouded in secrecy, SpaceX seemed to have successfully carried a mysterious government satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday. SpaceX was able to land the booster’s first stage, while the second stage continued to carry the secretive Zuma payload to its destination in low-orbit.

SpaceX has now landed Falcon 9 boosters a total of 21 times. However, SpaceX never officially confirmed the success of the mission.

On Monday, lawmakers were informed that the mission was “a total loss” and the payload plummeted back into the atmosphere when it failed to detach from the rocket, sources told the Wall Street Journal.

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Maybe...

Jan 09 10:05

Infection lapses are rampant in nursing homes but punishment is rare

Basic steps to prevent infections — such as washing hands, isolating contagious patients and keeping ill nurses and aides from coming to work — are routinely ignored in the nation’s nursing homes, endangering residents and spreading hazardous germs.

A Kaiser Health News analysis of four years of federal inspection records shows 74% of nursing homes have been cited for lapses in infection control — more than for any other type of health violation. In California, health inspectors have cited all but 133 of the state’s 1,251 homes.

Jan 09 08:35

2017 'costliest' year in US: Report

Last year will be remembered as the "costliest" one for the US with losses from hurricanes, wildfires and extremely cold weather reaching a record $306 billion, according to a government report.

The US had 16 weather and climate disasters in 2017 each with losses exceeding $1 billion, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in the report on Monday.

That ties 2011 for the record number of billion-dollar disasters for an entire calendar year, but the total cost broke the previous record of $214.8 billion in 2005, Xinhua news agency quoted the report as saying.

Jan 09 07:26

‘Global warming’ in the Sahara Desert: ‘We woke up to see snow!’

It snowed 16 inches in the Sahara Desert near the town Ain Sefra in Algeria after a storm hit on Sunday. This is the third time in 40 years that snow has fallen on the city.

Jan 08 16:45

Spectre and Meltdown make anything with chip in it vulnerable, but Raspberry Pi is safe

So why isn’t Raspberry Pi vulnerable?

Well, as a matter of course, Raspberry Pi runs on an ARM Cortex-A53, making it safe from Meltdown. However, most devices with ARM and AMD cores also use caching and speculative execution, which means they’re vulnerable to Spectre. Raspberry Pi doesn’t, making it one of the few devices on the market that’s free and clear.

The Raspberry Pi blog has an excellent post up explaining exactly how their devices are safe from Meltdown and Spectre. It turns out that the basic lack of caching and speculation in Raspberry Pi is enough to keep things good. If you’re interested, they have an extensive walk-through of the internal logic which Raspberry Pi uses instead of these two techniques. As they conclude,

Jan 08 14:48

See Which U.S. Cities Robots Are Making Humans Irrelevant! We Will Face Extermination!

The robots are coming... what’s your opinion on this? Are robots and automation good or bad? Or is it how the technology is used that really matters?

Jan 08 12:34

Cliven Bundy standoff case thrown out in another stunning blow to government

The Oregonian tried to railroad the Bundy's and now they and their trolls are very Butthurt! ROTFWLMFAO!

By Maxine Bernstein mbernstein@oregonian.com
The Oregonian/OregonLive

A federal judge Monday threw out criminal charges against Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy, his two sons and a co-defendant in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff, citing "flagrant misconduct" by prosecutors and the FBI in not disclosing evidence to the defense before and during trial.

"The government's conduct in this case was indeed outrageous," U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro ruled. "There has been flagrant misconduct, substantial prejudice and no lesser remedy is sufficient."

Jan 08 10:26

SESSIONS WAGES WAR ON NATURAL CANNABIS, AS HE GRANTS MAKER OF FENTANYL A MONOPOLY ON SYNTHETIC THC

Instead of going after criminals in the government or making an attempt to thwart corruption, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made his mission clear this week—he intends to crucify those who dare to ingest a plant that makes them healthier and happier. In a statement released by the justice department on Thursday, Jeff Sessions reversed the policy of allowing states to make their own decisions on legalizing cannabis and vowed to dedicate federal tax dollars and resources to enforcing this tyranny.

Jan 08 09:28

Huge 50,000 pound whale protects diver from approaching shark by hiding her under its fin and pushing her to safety in amazing video

This is the heartwarming moment a giant, 50,000-pound humpback whale protects a marine biologist from a nearby shark by shielding her and pushing her out of harm's way.

The hypnotising footage was filmed in the waters off Muri Beach, Rarotonga, of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific.

Jan 08 09:04

Sessions Wages War on Natural Weed, As He Grants Maker of Fentanyl a Monopoly on Synthetic THC

Instead of going after criminals in the government or making an attempt to thwart corruption, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made his mission clear this week—he intends to crucify those who dare to ingest a plant that makes them healthier and happier.

Jan 08 08:26

Does This Apparently Explain CDC’s Modus Operandi?

Nothing I would write or say probably could explain more thoroughly the reasons and actions the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) take regarding pharmaceuticals, vaccines and medical technologies than the fact the CDC is listed as a “business” on the U.S. stock exchange; see the Dun & Bradstreet report below.

Jan 07 10:25

Severe flu brings medicine shortages, packed ERs and a rising death toll in California

So many people have fallen sick with influenza in California that pharmacies have run out of flu medicines, emergency rooms are packed, and the death toll is rising higher than in previous years.

Health officials said Friday that 27 people younger than 65 have died of the flu in California since October, compared with three at the same time last year. Nationwide and in California, flu activity spiked sharply in late December and continues to grow.

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