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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.

Jan 07 10:19

These Food Products Are Considered “Healthier” For Kids By The Food Industry

In response to criticism over its role in the childhood obesity epidemic, the food industry vowed to only run TV ads for “healthier” foods to kids. Critics say the industry’s self-imposed rules don’t do much beyond giving them good publicity.

Jan 07 10:08

Dormant Kadovar volcano awakens, first eruption in known history

More than 500 people living on Kadovar Island, East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea have been evacuated following the first eruption of Kadovar volcano in known history. This volcano, dormant until yesterday, is part of the Schouten Islands, and lies off the coast of New Guinea, about 25 km (15 miles) N of the mouth of the Sepik River. The latest activity at this volcano was a period of heightened thermal phenomena in 1976. The Aviation Color Code for the volcano was raised to Orange. 50 - 60 percent of the island is already covered in lava.

Jan 07 08:55

'Bomb Cyclone' batters eastern US; energy, power supply hit

An intense "bomb cyclone" battered the US East Coast on Thursday with high winds and heavy snowfalls, leaving thousands of flights cancelled, numerous schools and offices closed and millions of Americans bracing for potential power shortages.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Thursday three people have died in the snow storm, Xinhua news agency reported.

Jan 06 20:04

Bone-chilling arctic air covers US East Coast, millions hit by blizzard

A shroud of bone-chilling arctic air covered the US East Coast and Midwest on Saturday, creating dangerous conditions as tens of millions of people struggled to clean up from a blizzard that dumped deep, drifting snow in many areas earlier this week.
Wind chill and freeze warnings stretched from New England to Ohio and Pennsylvania, while the National Weather Service warned of freezing rain in Missouri and areas to the northeast.

Jan 06 19:56

Starving Cancer To Death by Removing One Toxic Thing From Your Diet

When sugar and tobacco were introduced by Native Americans to Europeans as they began to settle America, the average life span was relatively short.1 This meant health consequences from sugar and tobacco were easily buried in the myriad of other life challenges the early settlers faced.

Jan 06 08:40

Millennial Deaths Surge As Opioid Crisis Deepens

Despite all the chatter surrounding the ‘globalized synchronized growth’ narrative rocketing equity markets to the moon, and or the constant bombardment of news stories about newly minted Bitcoin and Ripple millionaires living in their parents’ basement, the fracturing of the real and the financial economies has become more evident than ever, as many young millennials who are trapped in the real economy with high debts and wage stagnation are dying at an alarming clip.

Jan 06 08:37

First Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus Case in LA County Confirmed by Officials

On Thursday, officials in Los Angeles County announced that a woman had been infected with the Zika virus by her partner, making this the first case of sexual transmission of the virus in the county.

Jan 05 16:59

Vitamin D Is More Effective Than Flu Vaccine, Study Says

  • Mounting research suggests vitamin D deficiency may actually be a major cause of influenza. People with the lowest vitamin D levels report having significantly more colds or cases of the flu
  • Scientific review confirms vitamin D optimization boosts immunity and cuts rates of cold and flu. Among people vitamin D blood levels below 10 ng/mL, taking a supplement cut risk of respiratory infection by 50 percent
  • To prevent influenza in one person, 40 people must receive the flu vaccine whereas one case of the flu can be prevented for every 33 people taking vitamin D. If you’re severely vitamin D deficient, vitamin D supplementation is 10 times more effective than the flu vaccine
  • Jan 05 15:23

    Scott Adams Warns Donald Trump on Marijuana: 'I'm Gonna Turn on This President'

    Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams warned President Donald Trump on Friday not to stop states from legalizing marijuana, warning: “I’m gonna turn on this president faster than anyone has ever turned on him.”

    Adams said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s decision Thursday to rescind an Obama administration policy from 2013 that refrained from enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the drug was not necessarily a bad sign for users of medical and recreational marijuana, since Sessions left discretion in the hands of each state’s U.S. Attorney. He did not order a crackdown by federal law enforcement on states that had legalized it.

    However, Adams said that the decision to maintain marijuana as a Schedule I drug — the most dangerous category of drugs, with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse” — was a worrisome sign.

    Jan 05 15:07

    Private prison industry sees boon under Trump administration

    Sessions war on Cannabis is nothing more than a payoff for the $500,00 these 2 private prison gave to the Trump campaign.

    When it comes to private prisons in the US, the two biggest names are CoreCivic — the new name for the Corrections Corporation of America — and GEO Group. Management & Training Corporation, another company with prison operations, is not publicly traded.

    Both companies welcomed the Trump era with large donations.

    In January, GEO Group’s Pablo Paez, the company’s vice president of corporate relations, told USA Today it donated $250,000 to Trump’s inaugural committee. OpenSecrets’ list of inauguration donors noted the GEO Group donation, as well as CoreCivic’s $250,000 contribution.

    The month before the election, GEO Group hired two former Sessions aides as lobbyists: David Stewart and Ryan Robichaux, according to Politico.

    Jan 05 14:51

    Follow the Money: Former Sessions Aides are Lobbyists for Private Prisons Group

    For activists working on reducing mass incarceration as a cornerstone of criminal justice reform, the future looks more than a little daunting.

    On Friday, NPQ wrote about the new memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that brought private prisons back into play on the federal level. We pointed out that stocks for private prisons plummeted when then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates ordered they be phased out last year. We reminded you that the day after Trump’s election, those stocks soared. Now, we read in The Nation that in October, just before the election, two of Sessions’ former Senate aides, David Stewart and Ryan Robichaux, became lobbyists for GEO Group, one of the two largest private prison companies, and that the two were specifically engaged to lobby on government contracting.

    Jan 05 14:49

    Jeff Sessions just said something the private prison industry will love

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday made clear his intentions to reverse an Obama-era decision to phase out the federal use of private prisons.

    In a memo addressed to the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons, obtained by MSNBC, Sessions said the DOJ’s announcement last August “changed long-standing policy and practice” and “impaired the bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system.”

    Jan 05 14:30

    Scott Adams Warns Donald Trump on Marijuana: ‘I’m Gonna Turn on This President’

    Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams warned President Donald Trump on Friday not to stop states from legalizing marijuana, warning: “I’m gonna turn on this president faster than anyone has ever turned on him.”

    Jan 05 13:52

    Jeff Sessions’ Marijuana Adviser Wants Doctors to Drug-Test Everyone

    An adviser on marijuana policy to Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to see doctors make drug testing a routine part of primary-care medicine and force some users into treatment against their will, he told The Daily Beast.

    Dr. Robert DuPont was among a small group of drug-policy experts invited to a closed-door meeting with Sessions last month to discuss federal options for dealing with the rapid liberalization of state marijuana laws. California became the sixth state to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use on Jan. 1.

    Jan 05 11:17

    Oregon sues Monsanto, alleges company knowingly sold toxic PCBs for decades

    Oregon sued the agricultural chemical giant Monsanto on Thursday, alleging the company withheld information about the toxic effects of its products for decades, leading to widespread contamination across the state and health risks for humans, plants and animals.

    Jan 05 11:15

    A popular sugar additive may have fueled the spread of not one but two superbugs

    Two bacterial strains that have plagued hospitals around the country may have been at least partly fueled by a sugar additive in our food products, scientists say. Trehalose, a sugar that is added to a wide range of food products, could have allowed certain strains of Clostridium difficile to become far more virulent than they were before, a new study finds.

    The results, described in the journal Nature, highlight the unintended consequences of introducing otherwise harmless additives to the food supply.

    Jan 05 11:13

    Flu Outbreak: Deadly Influenza Virus Ravages Oregon And Idaho

    Oregon is one of 36 states nationwide reporting high levels of a flu outbreak, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. More than 120 Oregonians have been hospitalized for the flu in the week leading up to Christmas.

    Jan 05 10:50

    Ex-NSA Hacker Is Building an AI to Find Hate Symbols on Twitter

    In August of this year, a white supremacist plowed through a crowd of protesters gathered in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. The attack injured around 20 people and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The violent clashes that weekend shocked Americans, among them Emily Crose, who wanted to be there to protest against the white supremacists but couldn’t make it. A friend of hers was there, and was attacked and hurt by neo-Nazis.

    Jan 05 09:35

    A Revolutionary New Type of Lens Focuses All The Colours of The Rainbow Into a Single Point

    A brand new type of lens called a metalens has just passed a major hurdle. A metalens is a flat surface that use nanostructures to focus light, and it could change optics forever by replacing the traditional bulky, curved lenses we know.

    Jan 05 09:30

    Medicinal Marijuana Vote to Be Held in June

    It has been a long road, but Oklahoma voters will get their say in the medical marijuana legalization issue this summer. Governor Fallin Thursday set June 26 as the election date for State Question 788 on the Primary Election ballot.

    Jan 05 09:04

    Sleeping Less Than 8 Hours Can Drive Anxiety And Depression

    People with anxiety and/or depression often think that they have some moral defect to cause their ruminating, intrusive thoughts. But this couldn’t be further from the truth...

    Jan 05 08:56

    German Court Rules Transsexual Can’t be ‘Mother’

    Germany’s top court has ruled that a transsexual woman whose frozen sperm was used to fertilize an egg can only be registered as the child’s father.
    The Federal Court said Thursday it rejected the woman’s appeal against a lower court ruling preventing her from being legally listed as the child’s mother.

    The woman changed sex in 2012 and her partner gave birth to a child three years later, having used the plaintiff’s sperm.

    The registry office refused to list the sperm donor as the mother.

    Jan 05 08:52

    Doug Casey: The War on Some Drugs

    Longtime readers know that although I personally abstain from drugs and generally eschew the company of abusive users, I think they should be 100% legal. Not just cannabis. All drugs.

    The most important reason is moral and ethical. Your primary possession is your own body. If you don’t own it, and don’t have a right to do whatever you want with it, then you in fact have no rights at all. That’s the main reason why the drug war itself is criminal, and morally insane. The economic, medical, practical, and many other reasons to repeal prohibition are important, but strictly secondary.

    Jan 05 08:37

    Trump Must School Sessions on Medical Marijuana. NOW.

    School him! Good luck. ThaT man is pathological when it comes to Cannabis!
    FIRE HIM!

    When it comes to lower-profile yet critically important issues such as medical marijuana, President Trump’s own Justice Department has been actively undermining candidate Trump’s numerous, clear promises to respect the right of states to pass laws that allow for it.

    This is important.

    Candidate Trump was always very clear in his many promises on medical marijuana. In October of 2015, Trump said at a rally in Nevada “the marijuana thing is such a big thing. I think medical should happen” and then on a Michigan radio station in March of 2016 he said “I think that it should be up to the states.” Trump even went on Fox News during the campaign and said of medical marijuana “I’m in favor of it a hundred percent.” Trump’s support for medical marijuana was unequivocal and considered to be a solemn promise to the voters who put him in office.

    Jan 05 08:31

    Donald Trump On WWJ: From Marijuana To Torture, 7 Things To Know Before Casting Your Ballot

    Keep your promise Mr. President and please fire Sessions!

    Trump says he’s NEVER smoked weed, but he does like it

    “I never have smoked it. I think it certainly has to be a state — I have not smoked it — it’s got to be a state decision,” he said. “Colorado did it as you know and I guess it’s very mixed right now, they haven’t really made a final determination. There seems to be certain health problems with it and that would be certainly bothersome. I do like it, you know, from a medical standpoint — it does do pretty good things. But from the other standpoint, I think that should be up to the states. Certainly, from a medical standpoint, a lot of people are liking it.”

    Jan 05 08:28

    Donald Trump is for the Legalization of Marijuana

    Keep your promise President Trump. Fire Sessions!

    Donald Trump is Pro Pot and 420 friendly. Share it with friends.

    This clip is lifted from a Reno Nevada campaign rally Oct. 29, 2015

    Jan 05 08:08

    Launch of two missions to explore nearest space also on NASA's 2018 agenda

    It's only the beginning of the new year and NASA has already announced a number of important missions that will take place in 2018.
    Apart from a mission that will 'touch the Sun' and one that will study Saturn's largest moon Titan, the American space agency has announced two more missions which will explore a less-understood area 96 km above Earth's surface.

    Jan 05 08:07

    NASA's Juno captures 'mind-bending' image of Jupiter's tumultuous atmosphere – See pic

    Ever since its smooth transit from Earth into its destined orbit around Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft has been beaming back some amazing data on the planet as well as giving space enthusiasts spectacular visual treats from time to time.
    With many turning points marking its one-year-long journey in Jupiter's orbit, Juno has revolutionized the world's perception and understanding of the gas giant.

    Jan 04 20:12

    2017 was second hottest year on record, after sizzling 2016: Report

    Last year was the second hottest worldwide on record, just behind a sweltering 2016, with signs of climate change ranging from wildfires to a thaw of Arctic ice, a European Union monitoring centre said on Thursday.
    The Copernicus Climate Change Service, the first major international weather agency to report on conditions in 2017, said temperatures averaged 14.7 degrees Celsius (58.46 Fahrenheit) at the Earth`s surface - 1.2C (2.2F) above pre-industrial times.

    Jan 04 18:19

    Cool multi-use invention: Street lamp powered by dog poop has proven to be a successful green energy and waste management combo in the U.K.

    The brainchild of Brian Harper, a member of the environmental group Transition Malvern Hills, the device is simple yet effective in execution. First, dog walkers deposit stool into the hatch of a washing machine-like device attached to the lamp. Dog walkers then turn a handle to activate a mechanism inside the device which heats up and stirs the poop. Microorganisms break down the stool to produce methane. A containment box collects and stores the methane until dusk, whereupon a timer releases the gas to light up the lamp.

    Harper, who conceptualized the idea three years ago, has stated that ten bags of dog poop are enough to power the lamp for two hours.

    :)

    Jan 04 18:14

    Why the flu vaccine will never work: Experts reveal how the virus “mutates annually” into something new

    “Influenza mutates annually — we call that ‘antigenic drift,’” explained Brad Spellberg, M.D., an infectious disease expert. “That low, constant rate of mutation, however, isn’t really the problem when it comes to pandemics. The real problem that leads to a pandemic is a major ‘antigenic shift,’ which takes place when several different viruses infect the same cell and recombine, creating a Frankenstein-like virus that’s very different from viruses that have recently circulated. These major antigenic shifts occur every several decades. When these shifts happen, people have no memory immunity to the new virus, meaning that their immune systems aren’t able to react swiftly to fight it.”

    Jan 04 18:12

    Stage-3 myeloma cancer completely ELIMINATED with a turmeric supplement – British Medical Journal

    For decades, the medical establishment has colluded with the for-profit cancer industry to smear anyone who talked about herbs, spices or superfoods fighting cancer. Food doesn’t contain “medicine,” we were told by the dishonest establishment. Only FDA-approved toxic medications can “treat” cancer, the propagandists insisted.

    Yet millions of people across the globe continued to successfully prevent and even reverse late-stage cancers using nothing but foods, herbs and natural medicine. Despite its best efforts to ignore the reality of natural cancer cures, the medical establishment has just been forced to document a stunning case of a woman completely eliminating stage-3 cancer using nothing but turmeric, a superfood spice commonly used in curry.

    Jan 04 18:11

    Cannabis oil for chronic fatigue: A teenager says it cured his debilitating illness, has totally regained his quality of life after years of suffering

    Weak and bed-ridden, the young man stopped growing and his eye muscles didn’t function properly, causing blurred vision. Nothing seemed to help, and he told his mother that he no longer wished to live.

    According to his mother, he had no energy and appeared to be in a complete “brain fog.” Falling as many as 20 or 30 times per day, his poor memory left him unable to breathe correctly. After failed medications including antidepressants, his desperate mother turned to cannabis oil after her own mother found relief from Crohn’s disease with it.

    Once the teenager started taking the oil, his turnaround was almost immediately apparent.

    Jan 04 18:09

    Your “green energy” may not be so green after all: rare earth elements used in solar panels and wind turbines are highly polluting

    For all the hype about how much better electric and hybrid vehicles are compared to the “gas guzzlers” that most of us drive, the fact remains that these “environmentally friendly” alternatives are loaded with REEs that reports indicate are causing unprecedented destruction throughout China where most of them are mined.

    The Chinese government admits that the mining of REEs such as neodymium (used in electric motors, engines, headlight glass, and wind turbines for magnetic purposes), cerium (used in hybrid batteries and catalytic converters), terbium (used in engines and magnetic components), and lanthanum (used in fuel additives, fuel cells, and hybrid batteries) have created a scenario in which the country is now stricken with “landslides, clogged rivers, environmental pollution emergencies and even major accidents and disasters.”

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