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May 31 16:17

Cannabis Use Among Older Adults Rising Rapidly

Study is first state-wide investigation of cannabis use among older Americans and the outcomes they experience

Cannabis use among older adults is growing faster than any other age group but many report barriers to getting medical marijuana, a lack of communication with their doctors and a lingering stigma attached to the drug, according to researchers...

May 31 12:24

Pentagon to ban US companies from using Russian space launches & satellites

The Pentagon has introduced restrictions that will prevent American companies from using Russian space rocket launches and satellite services, set to take effect in 2023.

The rule will levy “additional prohibitions with regard to acquisition of certain foreign commercial satellite services, such as… satellites and launch vehicles,” according to a Pentagon notice published on the US Federal Register website on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would the Pentagon please like to explain to the American people, that they have no recoverable space vehicles with which to get up to space, and back down, as we did with the Shuttle craft, unless Russia gets us there, as Russia does have this capability?!?

I am having a palm-to-forehead moment, at velocity, upon reading this!!

May 31 11:52

FIGHTING MALARIA WITH FUNGI: BIOLOGISTS ENGINEER A FUNGUS TO BE DEADLIER TO MOSQUITOES

SOURCE: THECONVERSATION.COM

Spraying insecticide to kill mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are vectors of many devastating diseases such as malaria. Sukjanya/Shutterstock.com
Antonis Rokas, Vanderbilt University

Bed nets. Insecticides. Sterile and genetically modified insects. Now scientists are adding a genetically engineered toxic fungus to the arsenal of weapons to wipe out mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite.

Although insecticides and insecticide-laced bed nets, by far the two most commonly employed strategies, have effectively lowered the numbers of infections and deaths, the global malaria burden has failed to decline in the last few years. In 2017, 219 million people were infected with malaria and an estimated 435,000 died. That is because mosquitoes are evolving resistance to insecticides.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is both scary, and creepy all at the same time; what if the resultant fungus is a slate wiper to humankind as well?!?

May 31 10:51

PHILIPPINES SHIPS 69 CONTAINERS OF DUMPED RUBBISH BACK TO CANADA

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
A cargo ship carrying tonnes of rubbish dumped in the Philippines by Canada more than five years ago, causing a festering diplomatic row, has left the Southeast Asian country, as nations in the region increasingly reject serving as dumpsites for wealthier states.

The 69 shipping containers of rotting waste were loaded onto the M/V Bavaria at Subic Bay port in the early hours of Friday, before embarking on a 20-day journey to Vancouver, in southwestern Canada.

"Baaaaaaaaa bye, as we say it," Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin wrote on Twitter, along with images of the vessel leaving.

Baaaaaaaaa bye, as we say it. pic.twitter.com/VetL4fP4Nj

— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) May 31, 2019
Environmental activists, including those from Greenpeace and EcoWaste Coalition, welcomed the Bavaria's arrival at Subic Bay, and on Thursday sailed on board a small outrigger with a streamer reading, "Philippines: not a garbage dumping ground!"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The larger question remains, how do we deal with both recyclable, and non-recyclable waste?!?

I hear Duterte's fury on this, and that of his people, but all of us are missing out on a greater opportunity.

So, I would like to challenge the US's universities, and Philippine Universities, to figure out how we do this much better, because our current answers are unsustainable, at this point, and we, globally, need a better way to do this.

And HEY, while we are at it, let us involve some of the most reputable universities on the planet, who are working on the same issue.

Intelligence, plus collaboration, equals....solutions, upon which we can, hopefully, begin to act very soon together.

We are all brothers and sisters on this journey through life, so please, let's start acting like it!! :-)

May 31 10:20

LIST OF COMPANIES USING FETAL CELLS FROM ABORTED BABIES TO FLAVOUR PRODUCTS.

“What is hidden from the public who are using HEK 293 – human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce these receptors,” said Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, a pro-life organization and ethics which monitors the use and amount of aborted fetal material in medical and cosmetic products (per year).

“They could use monkey cells (CON) cells, Chinese hamster ovary cells, insect cells or other human taste receptor, morally obtained, expressing the G protein,” said Vinnedge.

After several requests for information Nestlé finally admitted his relationship with Senomyx, indicating that the cell line was “well established in the scientific research”.

After listening to Ms. Vinnedge in April 2012, exposing the reality of the problem, many consumers-angry citizens began to express their condemnation of such immorality through letters to companies. Campbell Soup and PepsiCo responded immediately.

May 31 10:12

Studies reveal conventional cancer treatments can be as dangerous as the disease itself

Back in 2006, a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that 61 percent of women who were treated with chemotherapy for breast cancer were hospitalized in the year following treatment for a variety of reasons.

Natural News reported:

The researchers found that in the year following the women’s initial diagnosis, the women on chemotherapy were much more likely to be hospitalized or go to the emergency room for any cause. Only 42 percent of the women not being treated with chemo went to the ER or were hospitalized, compared to 61 percent of the chemo patients. Most hospitalizations were for fever and infections, or for low blood cell counts and dehydration.

Even worse, a more recent study, conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, found that chemotherapy often increases the aggressiveness of cancer cells, causing tumors to spread throughout the body.

May 31 10:00

New high-level eruption at Agung volcano, Indonesia

A new high-level eruption took place at Agung volcano, Bali, Indonesia at 03:42 UTC (11:42 local time) on May 31, 2019.

According to the Darwin VAAC, a high-level eruption was observed on webcam and satellite imagery to an estimated height of 9.1 km (30 000 feet) above sea level, moving ESE.

The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red.

"The danger area is within a radius of 4 km (2.5 miles) from the summit. Outside it is safe," BNPB's Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

May 31 09:59

New eruption near the summit of Etna volcano, Italy

A new eruption has started near the summit of Etna volcano, Italy early May 30, 2019 (UTC).

"Two new eruptive fissures have opened early May 30, 2019, on the northern and southeastern sides of the New Southeast Crater, producing modest strombolian activity and small lava flows," INGV's Boris Behncke reports.

The image below was taken from Tremestieri Etneo just a few minutes after the fissures opened:

May 31 09:05

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUES BAYER'S MONSANTO OVER PCB CONTAMINATION

SOURCE: REUTERS
(Reuters) - Los Angeles County sued Monsanto Co on Thursday, seeking to force the unit of Germany’s Bayer AG to help pay for reducing PCB contamination in dozens of bodies of water.

The most populous U.S. county, which has about 10.1 million people, said the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in products sold by Monsanto many decades ago has caused widespread environmental contamination, forcing it to spend money to retrofit its stormwater systems and prevent further damage.

Los Angeles County said Monsanto had long concealed its knowledge that PCBs were harmful, and created a public nuisance because their presence interferes with commerce, fishing, navigation, swimming and other water-based activities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a point where Monsanto/Bayer will be sued out of existence; I cannot predict when, but right now, it seems...inevitable, for all the evils Monsanto has created, and desperately tried to cover up.

May 30 15:42

Eating Blueberries Every Day Improves Heart Health

Eating a cup of blueberries a day reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease – according to new research led by the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with colleagues from Harvard and across the UK.

New findings published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show that eating 150g of blueberries daily reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 15 per cent...

May 30 15:34

73% of Oncology Providers See Benefit of Medical Marijuana

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting 2019 shows that while 73 percent of surveyed oncology providers believe that medical marijuana provides benefits for cancer patients, only 46 percent are comfortable recommending it. Major concerns included uncertain dosing, limited knowledge of available products and where to get them, and possible interactions with other medications.

“I think in some cases we’re missing out on providing a useful tool. Providers think it has benefit, but aren’t comfortable recommending it,” says Ashley E. Glode, PharmD, assistant professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the study’s first author...

May 30 11:49

NASA Mars DISCOVERY: Curiosity rover finds PROOF of 'significant amounts of water'

NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars has found clay deposits, proving a “significant amount of water” was once present on the Red Planet, the US space agency has shockingly announced.

NASA’s rover made the groundbreaking discovery at a dig site in an ancient lakebed known as Gale Crater. NASA’s Curiosity is currently exploring the peak of Mount Sharp – an imposing mountain rising out from the centre of Gale Crater. This region of Mars is of incredible importance to NASA because it may have had the right conditions to support alien life billions of years ago. And if the new discovery proves anything, is that Mars once resembled the Earth much more than it does today.

May 30 10:48

Vitamin K: The Missing Nutrient to Blame for Heart Attacks and Osteoporosis (Nope - NOT Calcium or Vitamin D)

According to recent findings, the benefits of vitamin D, in terms of bone strength and cardiovascular health, are greatly enhanced when combined with vitamin K. Vitamin D improves your bone health by helping you absorb calcium. However, it is vitamin K that directs calcium to your skeleton, to prevent it from being deposited in the wrong areas.

Vitamin K2 activates a protein hormone called osteocalcin, produced by osteoblasts, which is needed to bind calcium into the matrix of your bone. Osteocalcin also appears to help prevent calcium from depositing into your arteries.

Evidence shows that vitamin D is dependent on vitamin K, and that vitamin D toxicity is actually caused by vitamin K2 deficiency.

May 30 10:47

Vitamin K2: new research confirms essential role in heart health

Cardiovascular health remains a global concern, and one of the reasons that consumers first seek the protective benefits of dietary supplementation, particularly as evidence mounts regarding the dangerous side-effects of conventional therapies. Yet, there is also conflicting information circulating about the benefits and risks of taking certain nutrients that are long-believed to support health, leading to consumer confusion.

To that end, there has never been a better time to highlight the concrete science supporting certain nutrients, helping manufacturers to create more impactful products and allowing consumers to more confidently purchase quality supplements that deliver the true health benefits they promise.

May 30 08:33

Microbe found in Ethiopian volcano that survives in 192°F waters hints that life on Mars may be able to withstand the harsh environment on the planet

It lives in one of the hottest places on Earth in supersaturated salt water that are 89°C (192°F) and strongly acidic.

The bacteria is the first evidence of a living species able to survive in the hot springs of the region.

May 29 13:36

Organic matter from space preserved in 3.3-billion-year-old rocks

A thin layer of 3.3 billion-year-old rock contains unexpected treasure: organic matter that was carried to Earth by meteorites when the planet was still young.

The find supports the idea that organic, meaning carbon-based, chemicals from space supplied some of the raw materials for the first life on Earth. It could also complicate the search for life on other planets.

“This is the very first time that we have found actual evidence for extraterrestrial carbon in terrestrial rocks,” says Frances Westall of the CNRS Centre for …

May 29 12:08

Researchers Hunt For Secret to Kratom’s Natural Pain-Relief Benefits

Kratom is a Southeast Asian tree with a long history of use in traditional medicine. In the region, the plant’s leaves are widely consumed for pain relief, treatment of opioid addiction and other uses.

Though its efficacy and safety are unproven, kratom use has spread to the U.S. and Europe. Now, researchers report in ACS Central Science that a metabolite of a kratom alkaloid could be responsible for the treatment’s therapeutic effects...

May 29 12:06

Manuka Honey Better at Killing Respiratory Infections Than Antibiotics

Manuka honey alone outperforms antibiotics in treating respiratory infections. Combined with antibiotics, Manuka honey killed 90% of the bacteria tested

Manuka honey could provide the key to a breakthrough treatment for cystic fibrosis patients following preliminary work by experts at Swansea University...

May 29 11:02

SpaceX, NASA Finish Cleaning Up Site of Crew Dragon Spacecraft Explosion

The investigation into the destruction of SpaceX's astronaut taxi last month is proceeding apace.

On April 20, a Crew Dragon capsule exploded during a routine "static fire" test of the craft's emergency-escape thrusters at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Nobody was hurt, but the spacecraft — which in March successfully flew an uncrewed test mission to the International Space Station (ISS) called Demo-1 — was lost.

SpaceX and NASA have managed to clean up the accident site and are now focusing on what caused the mishap, agency officials announced today (May 28).

May 29 10:56

Monsanto is finally getting a taste of its own poison

Monsanto is the quintessential evil corporation.

In the 1960s it manufactured Agent Orange, a defoliant–hardcore weedkiller–which the USA used during the Vietnam war. The military sprayed vast swaths of the jungle causing horrible health effects like cancer and birth defects in American veterans and Vietnamese civilians exposed to the chemical.

Then Monsanto brought their products home to the USA and started dumping its poison on the homeland.

Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup, widely used as a weed killer. Monsanto holds patents on gene edited varieties of crops modified to withstand the herbicide while weeds die around them. It is also used to kill wheat plants for easier harvesting.

This means that practically everyone in the USA who consumes mainstream food products is exposed to Roundup.

May 28 17:09

Cranberries Help Antibiotics Fight Bacterial Infections

Research conducted at McGill University and INRS has found that a cranberry extract makes bacteria more sensitive to antibiotics, a promising avenue for limiting resistance to these important drugs

The global spread of antibiotic resistance is undermining decades of progress in fighting bacterial infections. Due to the overuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, we are on the cusp of returning to a pre-antibiotic era in which minor infections can once again become deadly. Therefore, countering the fall in antibiotic efficacy by improving the effectiveness of currently available antibiotics is a crucial goal...

May 28 11:37

Cold War and ancient cities: How US spy planes revealed the secret history of the Middle East

U2 aircraft are flying numerous missions over the Middle East, primarily taking photographs of military installations and cities. But among the shots are many that will prove invaluable to 21st-century archaeologists and environmentalists: photographs of sights that, more than half-a-century later, have either ceased to exist or else are barely visible.

Ancient urban canal networks. Prehistoric hunting traps. Marsh Arab communities uprooted during the late 20th century. Archaeologists say the sites provide a vital window into how civilisations lived.

“We knew images from those flights existed and that they were stored as part of the US National Archives,” says archaeologist Emily Hammer at the University of Pennsylvania, who is now researching the photos.

May 28 11:14

The TSA Just Updated Its Rules to Allow CBD Oil on Flights

By Emma Fiala

Over Memorial Day weekend, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) made an important update to its website. Hemp-derived CBD products may now be carried on airplanes, but only under certain circumstances...

May 28 10:32

Russian space sector plagued by astronomical corruption

With millions of dollars missing and officials in prison or fleeing the country, Russia's space sector is at the heart of a staggering embezzlement scheme that has dampened ambitions of recovering its Soviet-era greatness.

For years, Moscow has tried to fix the industry that was a source of immense pride in the USSR. While it has bounced back from its post-Soviet collapse and once again become a major world player, the Russian space sector has recently suffered a series of humiliating failures.

And now, massive corruption scandals at state space agency Roscosmos have eclipsed its plans to launch new rockets and lunar stations.

"Billions (of rubles) are being stolen there, billions," Alexander Bastrykin, the powerful head of Russia's Investigative Committee -- Russia's equivalent of the FBI -- said in mid-May.

Investigations into corruption at Roscosmos have been ongoing "for around five years and there is no end in sight," he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This means a lot of sadness, and back-tracking for the good, principled scientists who did not go down this road.

But unfortunately, corruption and toadyism, haunt the American space program as well.

And the primary reason for this, is that in the US, the military/industrial complex, is allowed to fund state and national elections, in order to get their equipment chosen, rather than the equipment of another company, which might even be both better, and less expensive.

So the "little guys" who could do better, are frozen out of the process, and this is really an horrifically stupid way for a country to attempt to build its weaponry program.

How this translates in the US, is that those executives of the "bigger, badder" companies, don't believe that equipment needs to be delivered in a timely manner, and is sometimes obsolete by the time of delivery; the equipment doesn't have to work as promised; and ginormous cost over-runs are perfectly fine.

This has to stop, and immediately, if the US is ever going to have the weaponry "technological edge" over that of China and Russia.

May 28 10:17

Villagers kill Ebola health worker in eastern DR Congo

Villagers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed a health worker engaged in the fight against a major Ebola outbreak and looted a treatment centre, according to an official report seen Monday by AFP.

"Part of the population of Vusahiro village, in the health sector of Mabalako (North Kivu province), rose up and attacked the local team fighting back against Ebola," said the daily health ministry bulletin dated Sunday. It said the incident happened on Saturday.

"A hygiene agent in the team for the prevention and control of infections died of his injuries during his transfer to the hospital," health authorities said in the bulletin.

"The health centre in Vusahiro was trashed and looted and three village houses were burned down," the bulletin added.

In a separate incident, the triage centre at Valumba in the Butembo health sector, was vandalised overnight Saturday to Sunday, the report said.

May 28 10:06

5 Million Without Power After Catastrophic Tornadoes Devastate Towns in Ohio and Indiana

A line of tornadoes crossed Indiana and Ohio last night, so close together that one crossed through the path of another. This morning, 5 million are without power. Towns outside of Dayton, Ohio were the hardest hit. The damage is nothing short of catastrophic.

The AP reports:

The National Weather Service tweeted Monday night that a "large and dangerous tornado" hit near Trotwood, Ohio, 8 miles (12 kilometers) northwest of Dayton. Several apartment buildings were damaged or destroyed.

Just before midnight, not 40 minutes after that tornado cut through, the weather service tweeted that another one was traversing its path, churning up debris densely enough to be seen on radar…

…In Indiana, at least 75 homes were damaged in Pendleton and the nearby community of Huntsville, said Madison County Emergency Management spokesman Todd Harmeson. No serious injuries were reported in the area or other parts of the state.

May 28 10:01

The Childhood Quality That’s The Best Predictor Of Wealth, Health, And Happiness

If you were presented with the opportunity to instill one, and only one, quality in your children, what would it be?

Perhaps, like Solomon of old, you would be tempted to choose something like a long life, or great wealth, or even freedom from harm for your offspring. After all, what parents don’t desire happiness and success for their children?

But while parents have a deep desire to see their children achieve these things, realistic parents understand the difficulty of such a task, and may even be tempted to shrug their shoulders and only hope for the best.

Self-Control Is the Most Important Childhood Trait

May 28 09:59

Could British homes be powered by Icelandic volcano?

Harnessing the power of Iceland’s volcanoes to provide energy to British homes is one of those ideas that resurfaces every few years, but sounds too good – or whacky – to be true.

However, interest from a clutch of international companies in a geothermal project in northern Iceland suggests the idea is not just achievable but commercially viable too.

Scientists working on the Krafla Magma Testbed plan to drill more than 2km below the Earth’s crust into a molten magma lake, starting a process they say could see the UK receiving energy from Iceland’s volcanoes within 20 years.

May 28 09:54

Rivers are contaminated with 'dangerous levels' of antibiotics as some of the world's most famous waterways are polluted with up to 300 times the safe limit of common drugs

Antibiotics are polluting the world's waterways, with some rivers containing up to 300 times more of the drugs than deemed safe.

Researchers found 'dangerous levels' of the drugs, including those used to treat skin and urinary tract infections, throughout the world's waterways.

Almost two thirds (65 per cent) of rivers across 72 different countries tested positive for 14 commonly used antibiotics.

May 28 09:30

Banned bread: why does the US allow additives that Europe says are unsafe?

Give us this day our daily foam expander. It may sound odd, but in America, your loaf of bread can contain ingredients with industrial applications – additives that also appear in things like yoga mats, pesticides, hair straighteners, explosives and petroleum products.

Some of these chemicals, used as optional whiteners, dough conditioners and rising agents, may be harmful to human health. Potassium bromate, a potent oxidizer that helps bread rise, has been linked to kidney and thyroid cancers in rodents. Azodicarbonamide (ACA), a chemical that forms bubbles in foams and plastics like vinyl, is used to bleach and leaven dough – but when baked, it, too, has been linked to cancer in lab animals.

May 28 08:38

Atlanta to Transform 7 Acres of Vacant Land Into Country’s Largest Free Food Forest

By Emma Fiala

Atlanta’s City Council just voted in favor of transforming over 7 acres of vacant property into the state of Georgia’s first food forest. The measure, which paves the way for the largest food forest in the country according to Councilwoman Carla Smith, was approved last Monday after a unanimous vote.

The Urban Food forest will be available free of charge and will include edible trees, shrubs, and vines in addition to traditional community garden beds as well as walking trails, public gathering spaces and other features...

May 28 08:22

The Childhood Quality That’s the Best Predictor of Wealth, Health, and Happiness

By Anne Holmquist

If you were presented with the opportunity to instill one, and only one, quality in your children, what would it be?

Perhaps, like Solomon of old, you would be tempted to choose something like a long life, or great wealth, or even freedom from harm for your offspring. After all, what parents don’t desire happiness and success for their children?

But while parents have a deep desire to see their children achieve these things, realistic parents understand the difficulty of such a task, and may even be tempted to shrug their shoulders and only hope for the best...

May 27 13:01

Are West Coast 'Tremor Bursts' "Just Reminders" That 'The Big One' Looms?

A series of tiny quakes rattling California and the Pacific Northwest may signal an upcoming catastrophic earthquake, seismologists say, KOIN reported. Or experts say they might just be another reminder that the pressure’s always building on fault lines beneath the West Coast, KATU reported.

“Those are just reminders,” said Scott Burns, a Portland State University geology professor, according to the station. “We don’t know what they mean. They are reminders that we are in earthquake country, and they may be precursors to the ‘big one.’”

The tremors are indications of a “slow-slip” event, says Ken Creager, a University of Washington professor, KOMO reported.

May 27 12:56

Glyphosate exposure found to hike non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk by 41% … and this deadly weed killer chemical inundates our food supply

Natural News has been warning for years that glyphosate – the primary ingredient in Roundup, the world’s most widely used weed killer – causes cancer. Though studies were published in peer-reviewed journals confirming this link, Monsanto was able to use its massive political clout and almost bottomless funds to tear these studies apart and have them refuted.

Slowly but surely, however, the tide has been turning. The first blow fell when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced its findings that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” (cancer-causing) in humans, particularly with regard to a type of cancer known as non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Though Monsanto’s friends in the mainstream media immediately tried to attack these findings, the scientists involved are simply too respected in their field to be ignored.

May 27 12:36

ANTIBIOTICS FOUND IN SOME OF THE WORLD'S RIVERS EXCEED 'SAFE' LEVELS, GLOBAL STUDY FINDS

SOURCE: GLOBALRESEARCH.CA
Concentrations of antibiotics found in some of the world’s rivers exceed ‘safe’ levels by up to 300 times, the first ever global study has discovered.

Researchers looked for 14 commonly used antibiotics in rivers in 72 countries across six continents and found antibiotics at 65% of the sites monitored.

Metronidazole, which is used to treat bacterial infections including skin and mouth infections, exceeded safe levels by the biggest margin, with concentrations at one site in Bangladesh 300 times greater than the ‘safe’ level.

In the River Thames and one of its tributaries in London, the researchers detected a maximum total antibiotic concentration of 233 nanograms per litre (ng/l), whereas in Bangladesh the concentration was 170 times higher.

The most prevalent antibiotic was trimethoprim, which was detected at 307 of the 711 sites tested and is primarily used to treat urinary tract infections.

May 27 12:34

How to See SpaceX's Starlink Satellite 'Train' in the Night Sky

SpaceX's new array of Starlink communication satellites has even the most jaded of satellite observers agog with excitement as they move across the sky.

On Thursday evening (May 23), SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The satellites are in good health and are the first of a planned 12,000-satellite megaconstellation to provide internet access to people on Earth.

The satellites, which are now orbiting at approximately 273 miles (440 km) above the Earth, are putting on a spectacular show for ground observers as they move across the night sky.

May 27 09:09

VIDEO GAME ADDICTION IS A MENTAL HEALTH DISORDER, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAYS

Many parents already have concerns, but some may now have a new argument for limiting their children's 'screen time' — addiction to video games has been recognized by World Health Organization (WHO) as a mental health disorder.

The WHO's International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a reference bible of recognized and diagnosable diseases, describes addiction to digital and video gaming as "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior" that becomes so extensive it "takes precedence over other life interests".

May 27 07:49

Widespread Contamination of Antibiotics Found in Rivers Around the World

Concentrations of antibiotics found in some of the world’s rivers exceed ‘safe’ levels by up to 300 times, the first ever global study has discovered.

Researchers looked for 14 commonly used antibiotics in rivers in 72 countries across six continents and found antibiotics at 65% of the sites monitored...

May 26 11:24

Scott Adams: Find Out Why Trump Has NO Chance of Reelection (Unless Something Changes)

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1132647797591760898

Anti-Trumpers convincing themselves he WANTS to be impeached
Not likely he wants impeachment on his Presidential record
CNN home page, news…or mind reading?
Using the wrong words to describe things…to CREATE news
President Trump’s “Bidan” tweet about Joe being called “low IQ”
Chairman Kim, a friend, mocking President Trump’s rival
Breitbart article, my Episode 540 video about Trump’s 2020 chances
The caveat is…IF nothing changes, President Trump can’t win
Social media has a stranglehold and time to perfect persuasion
BBC video immersing viewer in WWI trench warfare
“They Shall Not Grow Old”
Voiceovers of the actual words from WWI military volunteers
Pre-Suasion, by Cialdini tells us what will happen in the 2020 election
Social media controls the order in which you see things

May 26 09:09

This strange galaxy is defying the universe to travel towards the Milky Way

The universe is constantly expanding and stretching further afield, but the Hubble space telescope managed to catch one of the rare galaxies that’s defying the odds and actually moving closer to us.

A stunning spiral galaxy called Messier 90, sitting about 60 million light-years away, is part of a huge cluster of around 1,200 star systems in the Virgo constellation. While the cluster in general is moving farther away from us, Messier 90 is heading in our direction, according to NASA.

May 25 14:56

DONKTUM: Restricting the Range of Consciousness

The time to defend free speech is now, and the place is wherever you stand. We must be hyper-vigilant because the outrage addicts and crypto-fascists will never stop hunting thought criminals. We must defend speech we abhor just as vehemently as the speech we like. We must not let voices be silenced and their owners disappear into the black bag of deplatforming.

Comments at: https://twitter.com/CarpeDonktum/status/1132401710301941760

May 25 12:00

Scott Adams The Age of Enlightenment, End of the Republic

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1132285215160668161

“End of the world” fears about President…versus major successes
A consistent President Trump theme…he knows what matters
“Age of Enlightenment” phrase used by President Trump
As predicted, he is changing how we view reality
President Trump is teaching us what’s important
Military arms sales to Saudi Arabia and support for their leadership
Blight area usage, homestead style with 2 lots per owner
Kit style homes, like Sears Craftsman homes of the past
Twitter poll, ever notice you were no longer following my account
Consistently, about 20% have experienced the phenomena
Social media has neutralized our democratic republic
Ability to influence people without them realizing it
Headline construction, clickbait links, influence triggers
2020 election results will be determined by social media

May 25 09:50

Maine ends non-medical vaccine exemptions

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations in Maine.

Maine has one of the highest rates of non-medical vaccine exemptions in the nation, and health officials say the opt-out rates appear to be rising.

"As we hear more reports of measles and other preventable diseases in Maine and across the country, it has become clear that we must act to ensure the health of our communities," said Democratic Rep. Ryan Tipping of Orono, the bill's sponsor.

Maine will end non-medical vaccine opt-outs by 2021 for students at public and private schools and universities, including nursery school.

Health care facility employees are also subject to the law.

May 25 08:20

SCIENTISTS ARE BAFFLED WHY THIS GROUP OF BEES BUILT A SPIRAL NEST

Of the 20,000 varieties of bees in existence, the Australian Tetragonula carbonaria is one of the 500 varieties without a stinger. Do you think that makes them defenceless? Well, think again.

May 25 07:46

23% OF AMERICANS ARE GOING INTO DEBT TRYING TO PAY FOR FOOD, RENT, UTILITIES

American have an average of $6,506 in credit card debt, according to a new Experian report out this week. But which expenses are adding to that balance the most?

May 25 07:43

MERCK CREATED HIT LIST TO “DESTROY,” “NEUTRALIZE” OR “DISCREDIT” DISSENTING DOCTORS

Merck made a “hit list” of doctors who criticized Vioxx, according to testimony in a Vioxx class action case in Australia. The list, emailed between Merck employees, contained doctors’ names with the labels “neutralise,” “neutralised” or “discredit” next to them.

May 24 16:10

44 Things You Should Know About The Green New Deal

By Jon Miltimore

On Feb. 7, US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and US Sen. Ed Markey introduced legislation known as the Green New Deal. You’ve probably heard of it. It’s a big deal, to paraphrase Joe Biden.
The History of New Deals

Wikipedia, the Internet’s fountain of knowledge, describes the legislation as “a proposed stimulus package that aims to address climate change and economic inequality.” Okay. But what is that?

If the term “new deal” sounds familiar, it should. It’s a reference to FDR’s New Deal, which was itself a play off of Teddy Roosevelt’s Square Deal. (Politicians don’t win extra points for originality.)...

May 24 12:11

NASA executive quits weeks after appointment to lead 2024 moon landing plan

A top NASA executive hired in April to guide strategy for returning astronauts to the moon by 2024 has resigned, the space agency said on Thursday, the culmination of internal strife and dwindling congressional support for the lunar initiative.

Mark Sirangelo, named six weeks ago as special assistant to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left the agency as NASA abandoned a reorganization plan due to a chilly reception on Capitol Hill, Bridenstine said in a statement.

Two individuals close to the space program and familiar with the situation said Sirangelo was escorted out of NASA’s headquarters in Washington on Wednesday after his resignation.

His departure came after lawmakers rejected NASA’s proposal to create a separate directorate within the space agency to oversee future lunar missions and ultimately develop human exploration of Mars.

May 24 12:10

SpaceX Launches 60 Satellites for Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet Constellation

With one launch in the books and potentially dozens still to go, SpaceX has begun its build-out of the ambitious Starlink internet constellation—a series of interconnected satellites designed to deliver high-speed internet to paying customers around the globe.

The 60 Starlink satellites, each weighing 500 pounds (227 kg), were released to low Earth orbit (LEO) yesterday at around 11:32 pm ET, SpaceX confirmed in a series of tweets. Together, the tightly packed satellites weighed 13.6 metric tons, “making this launch the heaviest mission for SpaceX to date,” according to SpaceNews.

May 24 10:59

Virtual reality phone app could help spot Alzheimer's by testing patients' ability to navigate a computer-simulated world, research finds

Virtual reality will soon be able to help detect Alzheimer’s disease by asking patients to step into a computer-simulated world, research suggests.

Scientists believe they can better identify the disease its early stages using technology than with the current ‘gold standard’ cognitive tests currently used, The Times reported.

They hope the findings could one day help them develop a smartphone app that could help diagnose the disorder at home.

May 24 09:54

WE FINALLY KNOW WHERE THE SCANDALOUS OZONE-DESTROYING CHEMICALS ARE REALLY COMING FROM

SOURCE: CARLY CASSELLA @ SCIENCEALERT.COM
It's been exactly one year since US scientists reported a mysterious surge in ozone-destroying chemicals, known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

Banned in 1987 under the globally signed Montreal Protocol, there was only one explanation: somewhere out there, in an unknown location, someone must have gone rogue, setting back progress on the ozone hole by a decade or more.

After much speculation, the whereabouts and magnitude of these harmful emissions has been confirmed in scientific research. As earlier reporting in The New York Times had already suggested, they seem to be coming from the northeast coast of mainland China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, geopolitically, here is one of the West's "cage the rage, and engage" opportunities,by not screaming "China bad!" for this happening, but collaborating with China's top scientists, getting the Chinese government's blessing, to work with them to reduce this.

In my world, collaboration trumps confrontation, nearly every darn time.

May 24 09:47

Trump Plans Executive Order To Help Lower Health-Care Costs

While Democrats dither over the virtues of 'Medicare for All', the Trump administration is about to embark on an all-out offensive to lower health-care costs in the US.

According to WSJ, Trump is preparing an executive order that would force health-care providers - hospitals, internists, specialists etc. - to disclose the discounted and negotiated rates for various procedures that they negotiate with insurance companies. The order would force more transparency among health-care pricing, an industry that is accustomed to transacting in private.

May 24 09:34

SUPERBUGS AND THE ULTIMATE ECONOMIC WEAPON: FOOD

SOURCE: CHARLES HUGH SMITH
The food-exporting superpowers are easy to identify.

As my esteemed colleague Michael Snyder chronicled in a recent Zero Hedge post, world agricultural production is under assault from extreme weather and diseases such as African swine fever. Floods & Drought Devastate Crops All Over The Planet; Is A Global Food Crisis Be Coming?

Everyone understands extreme weather is a danger to food production. The overuse of antibiotics is less well understood. As this article explains, most antibiotics are given to livestock, which then become breeding grounds for antibiotic-resistant microbes, which are known as superbugs once they develop immunity to all conventional antibiotics.

Are antibiotics turning livestock into superbug factories?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the reason, that you need to know how your food is processed, and what has been done to it, in order to build, as much as possible, an antibiotic-free lifestyle.

I know that most moms and dads I know, would rather buy fresh, organic meat, with which to fee their families; some chains have started doing this, at least for a small selection of meats and vegetables; this is starting to happen at both our "big box" store, and the smaller grocery store we patronize.

So please, the next time you are at your favorite store, ask your butcher, and your veggies supervisor, to make more available for you, in terms of organic produce and meat.

Yes, it will be a lot more expensive, which is why you need to learn to use meat as a "seasoning", rather than the full course in your meals. But the opportunities for creating a healthier life for yourself, and your family , will be well worth the cost.

May 24 07:54

Weather WARNING: Solar minimum arrives EARLY and it could bring long EXTREME cold

Cosmic forecasting website Space Weather said the lack of sunspots is similar to the last solar minimum.

The site stated: “The sun has been without sunspots for 79 days so far this year – more than half the time.

“To find a similar number of blank suns, you have to go back to 2009 when the sun was experiencing the deepest solar minimum in a century.”

Earth’s host star was not expected to head into a solar minimum until around 2020 and, if the phenomenon has arrived early, this will mean a prolonged cold snap.

May 24 06:51

BEVERLY HILLS VOTES TO BAN TOBACCO SALES, BUT EXEMPTS SCHWARZENEGGER’S FAVORITE CIGAR CLUB

Beverly Hills has long been anything but a smoker’s paradise. The city was the first in California to ban smoking inside restaurants and most public places, back in 1987, and added outdoor venues to the list in 2007. Now it is poised to enact what officials say is the most stringent tobacco ban in the country, eliminating the sale of virtually all recreational nicotine products — with one very Beverly Hills exception.

May 23 16:52

Exposure to Flower Pesticides Gives Children Hypertension

In Ecuador, roses for Mother's Day sold around the world is major export crop, but pesticides used to grow and treat those flowers may be affecting health of children living nearby...

May 23 16:49

Homeschoolers Sleep Better and Eat Healthier Than Normies

Study finds better sleep, diet habits help homeschoolers counter shortfalls in formal exercise. Homeschoolers see no added health risks over time. 

Years of home-schooling don't appear to influence the general health of children, according to a Rice University study...

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