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Jul 24 10:41

The US Law Restricting Satellite Imagery of Palestine-Israel

Bipartisan legislation passed by the US Congress in 1997 limits the quality and availability of aerial photography of Palestine-Israel. The Kyl-Bingaman Amendment (KBA) to the US National Defense Authorization Act was passed under the pretext of protecting Israel’s national security. It prevents US satellite operators and retailers from selling or disseminating images of Palestine-Israel at a resolution higher than that available on the non-US market. The amendment’s interpretation has been confusing and contradictory in terms of meaning, geographical scope, and legal implications. Its result has been over two decades of limited access to clear aerial photography of Palestine-Israel.

Jul 24 10:20

LightSail 2 Deploys Solar Sail to Surf the Sun's Rays

A spacecraft the size of a loaf of bread has finally turned itself into a solar sail.

On Tuesday (July 23) at about 2:47 p.m. EDT (1847 GMT), a motor onboard the small LightSail 2 cubesat began deploying the mission's 344-square-foot (32-square-meter) solar sail, which is about the size of a boxing ring. LightSail 2 is the passion project of The Planetary Society, and the space advocacy organization wants to demonstrate that solar surfing is a viable propulsion technique for spacecraft.

"We're very excited to be past this huge milestone," Jennifer Vaughn, Chief Operating Officer at The Planetary Society said during a livestream of the deployment from the spacecraft's control center in California. "We now have a sail. It's time to go sailing! … We now start the very difficult process of sailing in space."

Jul 24 09:58

Study Finds Meal Timing Strategies Like Intermittent Fasting Lower Appetite, Improve Fat Burning

Researchers have discovered that meal timing strategies such as intermittent fasting or eating earlier in the daytime appear to help people lose weight by lowering appetite rather than burning more calories, according to a report published online today in the journal Obesity, the flagship journal of The Obesity Society.

The study is the first to show how meal timing affects 24-hour energy metabolism when food intake and meal frequency are matched...

Jul 24 09:56

Fracking May Contribute to Anxiety and Depression During Pregnancy

A new study led by a researcher at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health identifies a link between proximity to hydraulic fracking activities and mental health issues during pregnancy. Results appear in the journal Environmental Research.

The researchers looked at 7,715 mothers without anxiety or depression at the time of conception, who delivered at the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania between January 2009 and January 2013...

Jul 24 09:42

23andMe and GSK are mining customers’ DNA data in a hunt for new drugs

Genetic test-kit company 23andMe Inc. has for years used saliva to tell millions of consumers how closely related they are to Neanderthals or whether they are likely to develop diseases like diabetes or Alzheimer’s. Now, it’s fulfilling a bigger ambition: drug development.

For the past year, 23andMe has been sharing its huge trove of genetic data with drug giant GlaxoSmithKline PLC GSK, +0.10% , which took a $300 million stake last summer. That collaboration has so far produced six potential drug targets, and the companies expect to start human trials on at least one candidate drug next year. But it also raises ethical questions about using people’s genetic data to create profitable drugs.

Jul 24 08:27

Consuming 60 Grams of Nuts a Day Improves Sexual Function

The finding is from a nutritional study carried out by researchers from the URV’s Human Nutrition Unit, which concludes that regular consumption of nuts by men who follow a western diet improves the quality of their orgasms and their sexual function...

Jul 23 18:28

Dozens of Pilot Whales Mysteriously Found Dead on Remote Beach in Iceland

By Amanda Froelich

Once again, dozens of dead whales have washed ashore. This time, the beached pilot whales were spotted by a helicopter flying over western Iceland.

According to the BBC, the mammals were noticed by sightseers who were flying over a beach at Longufjorur. It is unclear how the mammals beached themselves, as the region is secluded and difficult to reach by car. According to local media, police in the nearby town of Stykkisholmur have been made aware of the discovery...

Jul 23 17:18

Feces & flesh-eating bacteria: Study reveals shocking levels of contamination at America's beaches

Americans may want to think twice before that next summer swim. Many of the country’s idyllic beaches conceal a filthy secret below the sand and waves: dangerous levels of bacteria that put thousands of bathers at risk every year.

In a recently published study conducted by the Environment America Research and Policy Center, researchers found that the water at beaches in 29 coastal and Great Lakes states contained concentrations of bacteria well in excess of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards – including the harmful organisms that inhabit human feces – which they said could sicken millions of beachgoers annually.

Jul 23 17:11

Wait! US & UK doctors warn against hormones/surgery for trans-identified kids

Medical professionals in the US and UK are sounding the alarm about the growing use of “hormonal and surgical interventions” for children who are confused about their gender identity, saying that more studies are required.

Members of the conservative childrens’ advocacy group the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) wrote a letter on Monday to the Surgeon General of the United States, warning about the effects of gender-reassignment surgeries and hormonal drugs on minors, saying such interventions have “not undergone long-term study.”

The ACP called the issue a “grave public health concern” and said that the drastic methods have become the new “standard of care” in lieu of “ethical psychotherapy” for children and teens who present with gender dysphoria (GD).

The ACP letter cites research which claims that 61-98 percent of youth affected by GD will “outgrow” it “if allowed to progress through natural puberty.”

Jul 23 15:35

'We're sailing on sunlight!' Crowdfunded spacecraft unfurls its solar sail in milestone bid to be the first satellite propelled by LIGHT from the sun

A Mylar sail measuring roughly one five-thousandth of an inch thick has successfully deployed in orbit, in what could prove to be a major step forward for low-cost satellite propulsion.

The Planetary Society launched its LightSail2 spacecraft aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at the end of June in hopes to put the first ever sunlight-propelled craft in Earth orbit.

The craft consists of a CubeSat roughly the size of a loaf of bread, and a now-unfurled solar sail that stretches more than 18 feet wide.

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Now that the sail is open, though, it will have to prove it really can pull a small spacecraft using only the power of the sun.

‘The goal is to raise LightSail 2’s orbit by a measurable amount, showing that solar sailing is a viable means of propulsion for CubeSats,’ according to the Planetary Society.

Jul 23 11:13

MIT: A Nation Where Half of the Children Become Autistic?

On June 5, 2014, senior research scientist Stephanie Seneff, PhD of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory made the following statement at an event sponsored by the Groton Wellness organization in Groton, Massachusetts:

At today’s rate, by 2025, 1 in 2 children will be autistic.1

Dr. Seneff repeated the prediction at a conference on Dec. 18, 2014.2In December 2014, Dr. Seneff was interviewed about the prediction by journalist Thom Hartmann on the Thom Hartmann radio program.3 She was interviewed again about the prediction by Hartmann in January 2015 for RT television.4 In that interview, Dr. Seneff noted that she had been misquoted and that what she actually said was that “half of all children born in 2025” will be autistic. She said:

Jul 23 10:38

Voice AI: Dawn of the Reduction of Human Thinking

By Makia Freeman

Voice AI is becoming a normal part of life for many people. Whether it’s a little cylinder of circle on your countertop (Amazon Echo/Alexa, Google Home/Google Assistant) or activated purely through your computer/smartphone (Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana), the Big Tech cartel is encouraging us to use voice AI for anything and everything. They want these voice AI devices to become your one-stop shop for all information – your little circle of omniscience. Since voice AI is hands-free and voice-activated, many people use it on the go. It’s all about convenience. It lends itself even less than other forms of AI to fact-checking, since how likely are users to fact-check its answers when that would defeat the point of the convenience? Are we entering into a world of intellectual passivity, where human thinking will be drastically reduced or even eliminated?...

Jul 23 10:32

ESA Publishes Russia-Provided Data on Location of Secret US Satellites

The European Space Agency (ESA) has published information on the location of secret US reconnaissance satellites in geostationary orbit using data provided by Russian research centres.

According to a status report on geosynchronous objects as of January 1, 2019, based on orbital data in ESA’s DISCOS database and on orbital data provided by Russia's JSC Vimpel Interstate Corporation, the Keldysh Institute for Applied Mathematics (KIAM) and JSC Astronomical Scientific Center, out of 1578 objects for which orbital data are available, 529 are actively controlled, 831 are drifting above, below or through GEO, 195 are in a libration orbit and 21 are in a highly inclined orbit.

In particular, the ESA document pinpoints the location of secret US satellites in geostationary orbit, including GSSAP, Orion, Mercury and CLIO, which have not been catalogued by USSTRATCOM.

Jul 23 10:21

Keeping Livestock In The Yard May Help Your Baby’s Immune System

Getting up close – and a little dirty – with farm animals just might help us fend off illness, say researchers who’ve further demonstrated the benefits of early exposure to a wide variety of environmental bacteria.

Scientists from The Ohio State University found that bacteria and other microbes from rural Amish babies was far more diverse – in a beneficial way – than what was found in urban babies’ intestines. And, in a first-of-its-kind experiment, they found evidence of how a healthier gut microbiome might lead to more robust development of the respiratory immune system...

Jul 23 10:19

‘Legacy’ Mercury Pollution Still a Problem in New Jersey Meadowlands Waters

“Legacy” mercury pollution from decades ago and miles away is an important source of contamination in New Jersey Meadowlands waterways, according to a Rutgers-led study that could help guide cleanup efforts.

The study in the Journal of Hazardous Materials identified upper Berry’s Creek and its tributary, Peach Island Creek, in Bergen County, as major sources of mercury found throughout the Meadowlands coastal ecosystem. The two creeks are part of a Superfund site slated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a $332 million cleanup...

Jul 23 08:24

Organic Pest Control for Broccoli: Use Garlic and Other Essential Oils

Garlic and spearmint essential oils most effectively repelled pests in a study to help organic farmers.

Agricultural insect pests seek out familiar scents to find their plant hosts. However, they can also be repelled by odors from other plant species...

Jul 23 07:00

Former Miss UK, 34, battling terminal cancer claims medicinal cannabis has CURED her brain tumour - after turning down chemo to prolong her life

A Playboy model battling a terminal brain cancer claims using medicinal marijuana has shrunk her tumour - and she hopes to be free of the disease in less than three months' time.

Kerri Parker, 34, from Norwich, says her recent scans reveal she's 'shrunk' half of her cancer and she feels her brain is the 'best it's ever been'.

Jul 22 19:30

Anti-vaxxers / Ex-vaxxers: The New Blacklisted

By Catherine J. Frompovich

It is with great respect and honest admiration I salute Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), for her remarks about what’s been going on regarding our loss of freedoms relative to self-determination in health issues for us and our children, especially with regard to vaccines and vaccinations, the unsafe prophylaxis ‘preventive healthcare’...

Jul 22 19:04

Telehealth Services Grew Nearly 1,400% With Rapid Urban Expansion

From 2014 to 2018, private insurance claim lines for non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth grew 1,393 percent, according to a new white paper on telehealth from FAIR Health, a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information. The study draws on data from FAIR Health’s comprehensive repository of over 29 billion private healthcare claim records–the largest in the country...

Jul 22 19:02

Aspirin Use Still Widespread Despite Few Benefits, High Risks

Medical consensus once supported daily use of low dose aspirin to prevent heart attack and stroke in people at increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). But in 2018, three major clinical trials cast doubt on that conventional wisdom, finding few benefits and consistent bleeding risks associated with daily aspirin use.

Taken together, the findings led the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology to change clinical practice guidelines earlier this year, recommending against the routine use of aspirin in people older than 70 years or people with increased bleeding risk who do not have existing cardiovascular disease...

Jul 22 17:59

5G Is Millimeter Wave Technology. How The ACLU Weighs In On “Directed Energy Devices.”

By B.N. Frank

Millimeter wave technology can be weaponized as used as “directed energy devices.” The ACLU doesn’t seem to look upon this favorably. They aren’t alone...

Jul 22 15:46

Russia alarmed by large fall in bee populations

Large areas of central and southern Russia have seen a major decline in their bee populations in recent months.

The head of the Russian beekeepers' union, Arnold Butov, said 20 regions had reported mass bee deaths.

The affected regions include Bryansk and Kursk, south of Moscow, and Saratov and Ulyanovsk on the Volga River.

Mr Butov, quoted by Russian media, said the crisis might mean 20% less honey being harvested. Some officials blamed poorly regulated pesticide use.

Jul 22 14:00

A Derecho, a Widespread Destructive Thunderstorm Wind Event, Swept Across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan

A line of severe thunderstorms known as a derecho produced damaging winds across the upper Midwest Friday and early Saturday morning

IT WAS NASTY!

Jul 22 11:15

Liftoff! India Launches Ambitious Mission to Land at the Moon's South Pole

India is on its way to the moon again — this time, to the lunar surface.

The nation's robotic Chandrayaan-2 mission launched today (July 22) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, rising off the pad atop a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) rocket at 5:13 a.m. EDT (0913 GMT; 2:43 p.m. local Indian time). The launch came after just over a weeklong delay due to a rocket glitch, and just days after NASA celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Jul 22 10:50

Privatizing Public Lands Doesn’t Mean Turning Them Into Shopping Centers

By Gor Mkrtchian

Protected public lands in the United States — including national forests, national parks, and similar areas — cover nearly 500,000 square miles, or 14 percent of the land area of the United States. The existence of these government-controlled lands gives the federal government immense power over much of the United States, and in some US states, the federal government controls a majority of the land area.

Thanks to the popularity of some public lands, known for their natural beauty, federal control of so much land nonetheless remains popular, and the idea of privatizing these lands is considered a radical idea, to say the least...

Jul 22 10:42

Satellite images offer a glimpse of the bleached American flag, astronaut boot prints and lunar equipment frozen in time at the Apollo 11 landing site 50 years later

Fifty years on, remnants from the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing are still visible on the moon's surface, essentially frozen in time.

Without the threat of wind and water erosion we're used to on earth, even the footprints left behind by the Apollo 11 astronauts are believed to still be cemented into the moon's surface.

Buzz Aldrin described the moon's 'magnificent desolation' when he and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to ever set foot on the lunar landscape that had set untouched for 4.5 billion years.

The astronauts left behind ample evidence of their expedition, some scientific and some sentimental.

They set up a camera, Laser Ranging RetroReflector (LRRR) and Passive Seismic Experiment Package (PSEP) to send information back to earth in the future and ditched some of the gear used to collect samples loaded back onto the Eagle spacecraft - along with excrement that had accumulated on the journey.

Jul 22 10:34

Brain-Damaging Pesticide for Use on Foods Kids Eat. It’s Legal

Farmers can keep spraying fruits and vegetables with a pesticide shown to harm a child’s brain even at low levels of exposure, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency said today.

With a court deadline looming, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced his decision to allow chlorpyrifos to continue to be used on conventionally grown food crops, like peaches, cherries, apples, oranges and corn. The chemical is not allowed for use on organic produce.

In April, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the EPA must decide by mid-July whether to reverse the Trump administration’s overturn of a scheduled ban on chlorpyrifos. The ban had been strongly supported by EPA scientists.

Jul 22 10:32

Analysis – The GOOD And The BAD of Today’s “Anti-Vax” Movement…

Despite Well Funded Constant Assaults By Big Pharma, And Their Sleazy Minions, The Worldwide “Anti-Vax” Movement Gets Smarter, Tougher, And Stronger – And Far More Knowledgeable, And Sophisticated, EVERY Day...

Jul 22 10:02

Rare Lava Lake Found on Top of Sub-Antarctic Volcano

Hollywood would have you believe that at the peak of most volcanoes is a roiling, red-hot lake of lava, perfect for human sacrifices or killing James Bond. Persistent lava lakes are actually quite rare; of Earth’s roughly 1,500 volcanoes, only seven are known to have lava lakes. So, the discovery of an eighth lava-topped volcano in the sub-Antarctic Sandwich Islands is a big deal, according to a new study in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.

The new lava lake is found on the summit of Mount Michael on Saunders Island, which is part of the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. According to a press release from the British Antarctic Survey, the hot spot was originally hinted at in 2001 when low-resolution satellite data showed a geothermal anomaly at the top of the peak.

Jul 22 09:02

Failure to Launch: Parents Are Barriers to Teen Independence

Something most parents don’t want to hear from their teenager: I am not prepared to be an adult, and it’s your fault.

Nearly all parents (97%) in a new national poll say they are helping their teen become more independent by using strategies like allowing them to make more choices (86%), pushing them to handle things themselves (74%) and no longer doing things for them (65%).

Despite this, one quarter of parents surveyed say they are the main barrier to their teen’s independence by not taking the time or effort to give their teen more responsibility according to a new poll...

Jul 22 08:53

With Chandrayaan-2 launch, India’s ISRO shoots for the Moon on a shoe-string budget

The mission’s budget is just $141 million, significantly lower than those of other countries, and less than half of the recently released blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame.” The orbiter is designed to operate for at least one year, but lander and rover are expected to operate for just a couple of weeks.

Jul 22 08:42

Do these baby baboons undermine trendy gender-neutral theories about toys? Young female apes like to play with dolls and the males like trucks

An interest in gender-neutral toys has been steadily on the rise for years amid fears of reinforcing a societal male-female divide.

But a new BBC 2 documentary, Animals at Play, has revealed how differently the minds of the genders work, at least in baboons.

Filmmakers introduced lots of different toys to different animals and observed male baboons opting for trucks and planes while females seemed more interested in dolls.

One male baboon initially dashes over to a toy doll but quickly becomes disinterested and moves his attention to a shiny yellow plane.

Other male baboons also seemed to be more interested in 'active' toys and intrigued to work out how the wheels moved on toy trucks.

And for the first time ever, female baboons were spotted toting dolls around as though they were baby monkeys.

Jul 22 07:30

Early Introduction of Peanuts Reduces Allergy Risk in Babies

Worried about peanut allergies in children?

A practice article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) outlines five things to know about early introduction of peanuts in infants to reduce the risk of peanut allergy...

Jul 21 13:17

Scientists Warn That 2,000 Firefly Species Are Facing Extinction

By John Vibes

Over the past few years, many insects have been disappearing all over the world. There have been small warning signs along the way to illustrate this massive reduction of the insect population, but it doesn’t seem like anyone is paying attention. One obvious sign is that we rarely have to clean off the windshields on our cars anymore.

20 years ago, the windshields of cars would be covered in splattered bugs, just because there were so many out on the roads, but now that hardly ever happens...

Jul 21 11:46

Daily double-digit Ebola cases continue in DRC

The number of people infected with Ebola continues to rise steadily in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC's) outbreak zone, according to reports yesterday and today, with one more healthcare worker sickened by the virus and the outbreak total rising to 2,546 cases.

Jul 21 11:17

Not one but two Aussie dishes were used to get the TV signals back from the Apollo 11 moonwalk

The role Australia played in relaying the first television images of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s historic walk on the Moon 50 years ago this July features in the popular movie The Dish.

But that only tells part of the story (with some fictionalisation as well).

What really happened is just as dramatic as the movie, and needed two Australian dishes. Australia actually played host to more NASA tracking stations than any other country outside the United States.

Jul 21 10:36

Study finds psychiatric diagnosis to be 'scientifically meaningless'

A new study, published in Psychiatry Research, has concluded that psychiatric diagnoses are scientifically worthless as tools to identify discrete mental health disorders.

The study, led by researchers from the University of Liverpool, involved a detailed analysis of five key chapters of the latest edition of the widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), on 'schizophrenia', 'bipolar disorder', 'depressive disorders', 'anxiety disorders' and 'trauma-related disorders'.

Diagnostic manuals such as the DSM were created to provide a common diagnostic language for mental health professionals and attempt to provide a definitive list of mental health problems, including their symptoms.

Jul 21 10:07

How Gratitude Can Rewire Your Brain for Happiness and Success

By Brittany Hunter

Over 40 million Americans are struggling with mental health concerns, according to Mental Health America (MHA). Since MHA released its first State of Mental Health in America report in 2015, there have already been “alarming increases” in adult suicidal ideation and major depressive episodes in young people, demonstrating how serious this problem has become.

As someone who suffers from depression, I can tell you firsthand how debilitating mental health issues can be and it can feel as if there are no remedies available to really address the problem...

Jul 20 16:57

Natural Chemical in Breast Milk Dissolves Cancer Tumors, Trial Shows

By Emma Fiala

A recent trial has shown that a chemical found in the breast milk of humans can help break tumors up into smaller fragments which the body can then rid itself of via urine.

The chemical, Alpha1H, is found only in breast milk and aids in the production of lactose—an essential component in a baby’s development.

It turns out Alpha1H can also destroy tumors...

Jul 20 13:17

MDMA Shown to Help Alcoholics Shake Addiction in New Study

By John Vibes

Over the last ten years, there has been a new surge of scientific research into psychedelics.

Scientists are now finally getting a chance to gather information about how psychedelics affect our bodies and minds after many decades of finding themselves limited and restricted by the conditions of the drug war...

Jul 20 12:55

Pampers Joins Huggies in Selling “Smart” Diapers Despite Health Warnings, Privacy and Security Issues

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post reported about Huggies’ “Smart Diapers” in May. Now Proctor & Gamble has announced they will start selling their own “Smart” diapers in the fall...

Jul 20 12:29

Scott Adams: Bill Pulte on St. Louis Blight, AC Giveaway, Veteran Gift

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Guest: Bill Pulte talks about helping veterans and philanthropy
Reversing how we think about the blight of abandoned buildings
#TwitterPhilanthropy @CodeOfVets @Pulte
Demonstration: College student opinions are easily manipulated
World renowned robot scientist…robots can’t understand concepts?
President Trump speaks to Kanye about helping A$AP in Sweden
Told PM of Sweden, he would personally vouch for his bail
Bubonic plague pending in LA, huge numbers of rats and homeless
Iran seizes UK oil tanker…does Iran want war?
Who is responsible for the health effects of Trump Presidency?
President Trump said Puerto Rico government is massively corrupt
MSM and Dems mocked him…2 years later, they agree?
President Trump said there’s a crisis at the border
MSM and Dems mocked him…1 year later, they agree?
Joe Biden needs to “find a spine” in next debate, per CNN Van Jones

Jul 20 08:45

Mainstream Media Coverage of LED Lights That Blind, Fry, and Spy On Us

By B.N. Frank

Unfortunately, just because these LED bulbs supposedly use less energy to operate doesn’t mean they are harmless – biologically or environmentally. Their surveillance capabilities have been reported as well...

Jul 20 07:49

Take a Bath 90 Minutes Before Bedtime to Get Better Sleep

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering found that bathing 1-2 hours before bedtime in water of about 104-109 degrees Fahrenheit can significantly improve your sleep...

Jul 19 12:19

50 years after Apollo 11: What really rocketed us to the moon

Our commitment to space exploration began with a wake-up call over six decades ago with a beeping sound.

Not with a clock radio, but with a transponder signal that could be tuned into by any ham radio enthusiast -- the launching and ever present chirping of the Soviet Sputnik 1 satellite in 1957, the first artificial satellite. Shortly after that, the Soviets sent a dog into space aboard Sputnik 2. Several other Sputniks followed, then in 1961 they sent a man, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, into orbit aboard Vostok 1.

Also: Advancing human exploration: Is space the final frontier, and how can data and AI get us there?

Each of these milestones in space exploration was accompanied by the Soviets proclaiming their technical and moral superiority over the capitalist and imperialist United States, which was fumbling with its own space program and could barely get their own satellite and manned rocket off the ground.

Jul 19 12:13

Dr. Drew: Los Angeles Faces Imminent Outbreak of Bubonic Plague

Dr. Drew Pinsky said Friday that Los Angeles faces an imminent outbreak of bubonic plague because of the growth of the homeless population and the failure of state and local authorities to deal with rodent problems.

Dr. Drew made his comments during a Periscope broadcast by Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams, who has become a popular political pundit with a daily live audience of thousands of people.

Jul 19 12:09

Scott Adams: Dr. Drew Talks About LA Apocalypse, Trump’s Tweet, Iran

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1152216646007676931

Dr. Drew talks about dangerous disease outbreaks in Los Angeles
Bubonic plague, typhus, TB, typhoid fever
What can be done? @DrDrew
Resolution debate: Is Antifa a domestic terrorist organization?
“Send her back” chant and President Trump
Deeply offended role-playing, and the outrage awards
S.E. Cupp wins for her performance
Allegations of Omar getting into America illegally
Rand Paul MIGHT be the most trustworthy person in politics
He seems to be completely free from political wind
Negotiating tip for Iran: Become America’s ally
President Trump’s tweet take-down of NYT Thomas Friedman
Is it possible for people to SAY bad things…and NOT be bad people?
Offensive and racist are two different things

Jul 19 09:54

UK, US militaries join forces to keep the upper hand in space

Britain has joined forces with the United States in a coalition aimed at bolstering space defenses against hostile actions by rivals such as China and Russia, according to Britain’s defense secretary.

In a second space-related tie-up, the two countries are partnering in a project to field a small-satellite demonstrator within a year, Penny Mordaunt told delegates at the Air and Space Power Conference in London on July 18.

Britain is the first international partner to formally sign up for what is a little-known, American-led coalition called Operation Olympic Defender aimed at strengthening allies’ abilities to deter hostile actions by rivals.

Mordaunt said over the next 18 months that Britain will send eight personnel to the U.S. Combined Space Operations Center in California to support the operation.

Jul 19 08:59

You Can Set Up This Solar Powered Prefab Cabin In Just 4 Hours

By Mayukh Saha

These cabins can be set up by customers in any location in a flash. Especially the ‘Mono’, a tiny cabin which is prefabricated– it can be ready in 4 hours, and completely runs on solar electricity...

Jul 19 08:47

DEA TRACKED EVERY OPIOID PILL SOLD IN THE US. THE DATA IS OUT—AND IT’S HORRIFIC

SOURCE: ARSTECHNICA.COM

Between 2006 and 2012, opioid drug makers and distributors flooded the country with 76 billion pills of oxycodone and hydrocodone—highly addictive opioid pain medications that sparked the epidemic of abuse and overdoses that killed nearly 100,000 people in that time period.

As the epidemic surged over the seven-year period, so did the supply. The companies increased distribution from 8.4 billion in 2006 to 12.6 billion in 2012, a jump of roughly 50%. In all, the deluge of pills was enough to supply every adult and child in the country with around 36 opioid pills per year. Just a 10-day supply can hook 1 in 5 people into being long-term users, researchers have determined.

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"The needs of the patients" did NOT include heavy addiction, over a short period of time, thank you very much.

There are alternatives to addiction, including meditation; diet; music; and more. Music calmed pre-op patients just as well as did drugs

I would hope for a future which combines the best,and vetted, alternative therapies with far lower doses of potentially addictive drugs, to keep people from getting addicted.

Unfortunately, these are alternatives which are not really supported by the medical/industrial complex at all, because it eats into drugs' profitability.

Jul 18 16:50

The 99th Congress ‘Screwed’ Us By Giving Vaccine Makers Legal Exemptions From Product Liability Regarding Vaccines: That Has To Stop NOW

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Ever since the 99th U.S. Congress caved to Big Pharma—under DURESS—in the 1980s with passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (42 U.S.C. §§ 300aa-1 to 300aa-34), the U.S. CDC and FDA have been committing healthcare and medical science FRAUD regarding vaccines...

Jul 18 16:30

Passive Facebook Use Correlated with Depressive Symptoms

Great holiday, fantastic party, adorable children, incredible food: everyone shows their life in the best light on social networks. Those who take a look around on such sites can find that their self-esteem takes a hit as it seems as though everyone is better than them.

Users who use social networks passively, i.e. do not post themselves, and tend to compare themselves with others are in danger of developing depressive symptoms. This is what a team of psychologists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) led by Dr. Phillip Ozimek discovered...

Jul 18 16:27

Low Doses of Radiation Give Cancer Cells Advantage Over Normal Cells

New research in mice helps to understand the risks around exposure to low doses of radiation, such as CT scans and X-rays.

Low doses of radiation equivalent to three CT scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-capable cells a competitive advantage over normal cells in healthy tissue, scientists have discovered. Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge studied the effects of low doses of radiation in the oesophagus of mice...

Jul 18 16:22

Body and Mind Need Care in Mental Illness

The 18-year life expectancy gap between people with mental illness and the general population can only be bridged by protecting patients’ physical and mental health, according to a new study.

As part of a Lancet Psychiatry Commission into mental illness, University of Queensland researchers found patients’ physical health was often overlooked in pursuit of treating the mind...

Jul 18 15:22

The Tale of rBGH, Milk, Monsanto and the Organic Backlash

Organic milk is now as readily available as conventional milk as more consumers and companies are recognizing its benefits and demand. A recent estimate by the USDA, says organic products are now available in nearly 20,000 natural food stores and nearly 3 of 4 conventional grocery stores.

If you and/or your children drink organic milk, you’ve already heard about rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone), which may have prompted you to switch from conventional milk to organic milk in the first place.

Jul 18 12:29

Scientists Now Believe Quantum Entanglement May Apply to Time Itself

By Jake Anderson

The discoveries made over the last century by physicists studying quantum mechanics—some of which suggest that reality is only made certain by the presence of a conscious observer—is nothing short of mind-blowing.

One particular concept, entanglement, was so out there that Albert Einstein called it “spooky action at a distance” and for many years refused to accept it as true...

Jul 18 11:43

Cambodia will send back 1,600 tons of trash to US and Canada, govt says country is ‘not a dustbin’

Cambodia will return 83 shipping containers loaded with plastic waste to the United States and Canada, the country’s Environment Ministry has announced. The move comes as Southeast Asia tires of accepting the west’s refuse.
The shipping containers were discovered on Tuesday in Sihanoukville, once a sleepy fishing village and now an overdeveloped, rubbish-strewn port city on the country’s south coast. Though the ministry does not yet know which companies were responsible for bringing in the containers, a spokesman said that 70 were American and 13 came from Canada.

Any companies found responsible will be prosecuted, he said.

Jul 18 11:02

Wasp spray used as meth alternative has caused at least 3 fatal overdoses, West Virginia police say

People in West Virginia are using a new chemical to gain a methamphetamine-like high: wasp spray.

State police told WCHS that the chemical spray is being used as an alternative form of meth.

On Friday, nearly 30 cans of wasp spray were sold in Boone County alone.

"From what we're being told, if you use it, you know, you might use it once or twice and be fine, but the third time when your body hits that allergic reaction, it can kill you," Sgt. Charles Sutphin said.

Jul 18 10:48

Dozens arrested as Hawaiians protest $1.4bn telescope on sacred mountain

Dozens of people have been arrested on Hawaii’s Big Island this week after hundreds of protesters stood, lay and even chained themselves to structures in an effort to stop the construction of a billion-dollar space observatory at the summit of Hawaii’s tallest mountain.

The protests are the culmination of longstanding controversy over the site of the proposed observatory atop Mauna Kea, the highest point in the Hawaiian islands.

Astronomers say the site will offer an unparalleled view into deep space. But many Native Hawaiians consider the mountain sacred, and fear the construction of a telescope as tall as an 18-story building would desecrate it.

Jul 18 10:31

New York battered with heavy rain from Tropical Storm Barry, leaving one person dead, streets flooded and water gushing through subway stations

At least one person has died after remnants of Tropical Storm Barry battered New York with torrential rain, lightning and gusty winds leaving streets flooded and water gushing through subway stations on Wednesday.

A Connecticut man died after a tree was struck by lightning and a large limb fell onto his car roof at around 5 p.m. as he was driving on Bridgeport's Park Avenue.

Police found Jarrod Marotto, 21, of Southington, unconscious behind the wheel and he died on the way to hospital, WABC-TV reported.

An electrical crew had to shut down the power to wires that had also toppled on the vehicle before rescuers could begin to work to free Marotto.

'There are plenty of showers and thunderstorms around the area this evening,' the National Weather Service warned in a 5pm tweet. 'These storms could produce strong gusty winds and heavy downpours. Remember, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 10pm, and a Flash Flood Watch until 5am.'

Jul 18 10:18

Avoid airline food: The FDA has issued a warning about unsafe food conditions

The quality of airline food is being called into question. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter in March 2018 to a major airline catering company, warning about unsafe and insanitary conditions and kitchens "contaminated with filth." The FDA found a Kentucky food preparation facility to be so insanitary, they claimed that the food is adulterated and "injurious to health."

The company in question is Gate Gourmet, Inc. The food catering company provides airline food for a slew of airlines including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, LAN Airlines, Air Algérie, Air Canada, American Airlines, United Airlines, Qantas, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Avianca, Iberia Airlines, Air China, Air France, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Thai Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, TAM Airlines, Air Indus, Alitalia, and easyJet.

Top food producer for airlines has a history of serving filthy food

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think I'll pack a lunch in my carry on!

Jul 18 09:30

Home Birth May Start Babies Off With Health-Promoting Microbes

By Joan Combellick, Yale University

For all of human history, babies have been born where their mothers lived – whether in a house, hut or cave. Only in the last century has birth moved out of the home and into the hospital. How has that changed the types of microbes that live in and on our bodies – collectively known as the microbiome – which we know are vital to human health?...

Jul 18 08:44

DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it’s horrific

Between 2006 and 2012, opioid drug makers and distributors flooded the country with 76 billion pills of oxycodone and hydrocodone—highly addictive opioid pain medications that sparked the epidemic of abuse and overdoses that killed nearly 100,000 people in that time period.

As the epidemic surged over the seven-year period, so did the supply. The companies increased distribution from 8.4 billion in 2006 to 12.6 billion in 2012, a jump of roughly 50%. In all, the deluge of pills was enough to supply every adult and child in the country with around 36 opioid pills per year. Just a 10-day supply can hook 1 in 5 people into being long-term users, researchers have determined.

The stunning supply figures were first reported by the Washington Post and come from part of a database compiled by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracked the fate of every opioid pill sold in America, from manufacturers to individual pharmacies.

Jul 18 08:03

America Outperforms Canada in Surgery Wait Times—And It’s Not Even Close

By Kevin Pham

Canadian Medicare, our northern neighbor’s universal health care system, generally receives rave reviews from proponents of nationalized or socialized health care, but the Fraser Institute found that more than 63,000 Canadians left their country to have surgery in 2016.

As Americans contemplate overturning our health system in favor of one similar to Canada’s, we must ask why so many leave...

Jul 18 07:40

DARPA To Put Nuclear, Biological And Chemical Detectors In Public Venues

By MassPrivateI

Can you imagine living in a country that puts surveillance devices in every city and public venue? What would be the first country that comes to mind? China or the United Kingdom, right? What if I told you that the United States has joined their ranks?

A recent news release by the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) and Homeland Security reveal that they are installing nuclear, biological and chemical sensors everywhere...

Jul 17 18:20

Printable Material Could Lead to Cheaper Solar Panels and Electronics

Imagine printing electronic devices using a simple inkjet printer — or even painting a solar panel onto the wall of a building.

Such technology would slash the cost of manufacturing electronic devices and enable new ways to integrate them into our everyday lives. Over the last two decades, a type of material called organic semiconductors, made out of molecules or polymers, has been developed for such purposes. But some properties of these materials pose a major hurdle that limits their widespread use...

Jul 17 18:10

4 Sustainable Practices That Will Make Big Changes!

By Sara Tipton

Whether we are climate change activists or skeptics, we can all agree that we should all be doing our part to leave our Earth in the best condition possible. Sustainability isn’t always the easiest thing to accomplish considering our consumerist lifestyle in the U.S., but we’ve come up with four things that can really have an impressive impact and make big changes...

Jul 17 17:28

Electrical Engineering Team Brags About “Beyond 5G” Wireless Transceiver

By B.N. Frank

So a group of inventors are psyched and bragging about their new “beyond 5G”wireless transceiver that will utilize higher frequencies and boost speeds, despite grave concerns that exist about current 5G...

Jul 17 12:42

Elon Musk Announcement: Let’s Merge Human Brains To “Achieve A Symbiosis With AI”

By Mac Slavo

Elon Musk finally admitted late Tuesday that Neuralink’s (Musk’s brain-machine interface startup) official goal is to eventually merge human brains with artificial intelligence. The ultimate ending would be to “achieve a symbiosis with artificial intelligence.”

Musk plans to begin human trials on an early version of Neuralink intended to treat brain injuries next year, and he says that by “merging with AI,” humans will be able to keep up with AI...

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