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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Wednesday charges against two men who assisted the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe in growing a crop of marijuana for a propos...
In a special election held on July 14, Nooksack citizens elected four interim Tribal Council members to fill four vacan...
A proposed U.S....
An area targeted for deep sea mining is teeming with diverse life forms, including several new species, a new study has found. Countries have been eyeing the deep seafloor of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) -- a massive 6 million square kilometers (~2.3 million square miles) area in the Pacific Ocean -- for its “polymetallic nodules”, ball-like clumps rich in metals like cobalt, copper, manganese and nickel. But life forms lurking in the dark, deep seafloor of this zone remain largely unknown. Now, a team of researchers surveying parts of the eastern CCZ leased to the UK Seabed Resources Ltd (UK-1) is beginning to unravel some of the region's mysteries. [caption id="attachment_188062" align="aligncenter" width="1440"] The fish Bathysaurus mollis and brittle star seen in a field of polymetallic nodules in the eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Photo by Diva Amon and Craig Smith, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.[/caption] During their first survey in 2013, the team discovered that the region is jam-packed with megafauna (animals over 0.79 inches in size), according to the new study published in Scientific Reports. Using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), the researchers identified more than 6,000 individuals belonging to over 170 tentative species, including corals, sponges, colorful sea cucumbers and shrimps, in a small part of their study site. Many of these species are rare or new to science, the team found. For example, the ROV collected 12 species during this preliminary survey, seven of which are new to science, researchers say, while four species may even belong to new genera. Craig Smith,…
Since August 3, peat fires in Indonesia’s westernmost Aceh province have blanketed some areas in a choking haze, sickening hundreds of people and forcing at least one school to close. Fires have appeared as far south as Subulussalam, which borders neighboring North Sumatra province, and as far north as Aceh Besar, the province’s northernmost tip. In West Aceh, 150 military and police officers are helping the disaster mitigation agency fight the fires. Hundreds of people there have developed acute respiratory infections. Two students have had to be hospitalized. “Our son began to have trouble breathing at school, they immediately rushed him to the local clinic,” said Darmawan, a relative of the boy. “It’s been more than three days of smoke. The government distributed masks, but it’s not a solution. “We’re tired — in the dry season we suffer from the haze; in the wet season the floods come.” The fires are a result of slash-and-burn land clearing practices by local farmers and companies, according to Muhammad Nur, director of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), an NGO. “Every dry season, peatlands in West Aceh and Nagan Raya burn when they’re opened for oil palm plantations,” he said. “This occurs because the awareness of people and companies to manage plantations without causing negative effects is still weak.” [caption id="attachment_185706" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Fires in the Aceh's Tripa peat swamp region several years ago led to the prosecution of several oil palm companies for illegally burning land in the area. Photo courtesy…
By now, you’ve probably heard of the massive, floating garbage patches swirling around in each of Earth’s five major ocean basins: the North and South Atlantic, the North and South Pacific, and the Indian Ocean. Recent research has shown that mankind’s trash does not get trapped in these oceanic gyres forever, as was previously thought, but that currents flowing away from the gyres in the Pacific Ocean allow the debris to eventually wash up on the shores of North and South America. Scientists are also becomingly increasingly concerned about another place where ocean trash might be ending up: the guts (or whatever passes for a digestive tract) in marine life. Plastics and other debris that degrade very slowly can leach harmful chemicals into the ocean. Does that mean your seafood might be carrying these toxins, too? A study published in the journal Scientific Reports last September noted that marine debris is found in just about every ocean habitat, from the open ocean and the deep seas to coral reefs, estuaries, and shallow bays. Ocean trash has also been found in hundreds of marine wildlife species, including fish and bivalve species like tuna, swordfish, mussels, and oysters — the types of species you might be more familiar with as “seafood.” There are several ways this can affect human health: marine debris can cause physical harm such as inflammation and laceration of tissues in the gastrointestinal tract of humans who ingest it via seafood, for instance, while consuming marine debris can also…
This is the second in a series of commentaries about the disbandment of the Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP). Read the first one here. Regardless of how conservationists and businesses feel about the effectiveness of the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP), its recent demise illustrates how government imposes a serious obstacle to meaningful change in the palm oil industry: the inability and in some cases, unwillingness, of local and national authorities to protect forests, workers, and communities. Over the past several years, we have seen positive changes and initiatives emerge in the palm oil sector. Global brands and major oil producers have committed to eliminate deforestation, to stop draining peat swamps and burning peat forests, and to protect workers’ and communities’ rights. The industry is pushing stronger standards and certifications through such efforts as the Palm Oil Innovation Group and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s RSPO NEXT. Despite this progress, however, deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia — together responsible for about 85% of the world’s palm oil — persists. Last summer, thousands of fires cleared the way for more oil palm plantations in Indonesia, daily emitting as much greenhouse gas as the entire U.S. economy. For all its efforts, the private sector alone cannot protect forests, peatlands, and basic human rights without stronger government regulation and enforcement. [caption id="attachment_187240" align="alignright" width="768"] Fires smolder in a peatland in Indonesia's Riau province in July 2015. Photo by Rhett A. Butler[/caption] In response to the efforts by individual companies and industry coalitions,…
Simply Spoken – They Cannot Fight This SB 277 Battle On Their Own – They don’t know how… Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen This newsletter post is aimed directly at my “Old” friends and associates in the North American Health Freedom Movement. But, even if you are not one of those, please continue. I’m … Continue reading The “New” California Health Freedom Movement is in REALLY Bad Shape…
The post The “New” California Health Freedom Movement is in REALLY Bad Shape… appeared first on BolenReport.
Plagiarism and duplication can be deadly to a paper in any dose. In the case of a study on the toxicity of nanoparticles to plants, the publisher has presented the precise amount of plagiarism and duplications that ultimately felled the paper. Specifically, according to Nanomaterials, 56% of “Potential Impact of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Exposure to the […]
The post More than half of plant toxicity paper isn’t original, journal says appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Video games, the world has come to realize, can do good. Twenty or thirty years ago, people had a harder time accepting this, much to the frustration of daily-gaming youngsters such as myself. I remember deciding, for a school science project, to demonstrate that video games improve “hand-eye coordination,” the go-to benefit in those days to explain why they weren’t all bad. But as our understanding of video games has become more sophisticated, as have video games themselves, it’s become clear that we can engineer them to improve much more about ourselves than that.
The New Yorker‘s Dan Hurley recently wrote about findings from a study called Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE), which began with three thousand participants back in 1998. “The participants, who had an average age of 73.6 at the beginning of the trial, were randomly divided into four groups. The first group, which served as control, received no brain training at all. The next two were given ten hours of classroom instruction on how to improve memory or reasoning. The last group performed something called speed-of-processing training” by playing a kind of video game for ten hour-long sessions spread over five weeks.
A decade into the study, some of the participants received extra training. 14 percent of the group who received no training met the criteria for dementia, 12.1 percent did in the group who received speed-of...
GREENEVILLE, Tenn.—Police say one of three people who fell from a Ferris wheel during a county fair in Tennessee suffered a head injury and remains hospitalized in serious condition.
Greeneville Police Capt. Tim Davis said during a news conference the other two were res...
StarStaX is a popular program for creating photos of star trails by stacking multiple exposures, but it can also be used for other purposes. For the photo above, photographer Eric Norris stacked photos of airplane light trails over downtown Los Angeles.
The LA-based photographer moved into the 16th floor of a downtown high-rise a few months ago with a view that faces southeast.
To create the image above, Norris set up his Canon 7D and shot 2,655 30-second exposures over 4 nights — a combined total o...
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says after talks with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin that the two nations can rebuild their damaged ties and make them even closer.
Calling Putin his “dear friend,” Erdogan said Turkey is ready to implement a natural gas pipeline project with Russia and a deal to build Turkey’s first nuclear power plant.
Putin, in his turn, said that the flow of Russian tourists to Turkey, halted after the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey in November, will resume.
Putin added that he and Erdogan...
GJEP Executive Director Anne Petermann and ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery Director Orin Langelle are in the World Social Forum in Montreal. This is the first time the WSF has taken place in a Northern country, which is creating challenges for people... Read More
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Nope! This is NOT your typical shrine, but nonetheless…it’s exactly what they are. A shine is a holy, or sacred place, which is dedicated to a specific deity. This would be demons to be exact! ANYTHING that opposes GOD is a demon. In fact, most churches/temples/shrines around the world have these same characteristics. Of course, […]
Polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a class of industrial chemicals that repel both oil and water and are used in paints and fire fighting foam among other applications.
We spoke with Xindi Hu from the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School, to find out what health impacts these chemical compo...
Sometimes the best jobs are the ones we invent for ourselves. In 2012 designer Jessica Pezalla stumbled upon “a niche market for handcrafted, one-of-a-kind objects, event decor, retail displays, and art installations,” and brought her talent as an artist to the founding of Bramble Workshop in Portland, OR. While she always sensed she’d be employed in creative pursuits, she “followed an unconventional path and invented a career to match” her artistic skills. Now, as the creative director of her own studio, Jessica has figured out how to channel her flow...
PRINCETON, Mass.—Residents of a small Massachusetts town are being urged to take caution after a woman visiting her mother was found slain in t...
A photo of Team U.S.A. swimmer Michael Phelps glaring in the direction of a rival swimmer from South Africa has entered the meme lexicon.
Four years ago, during the Olympics, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos beat Michael Phelps by five-one hundredths of a second in the 200 meter butterfly event.
When someome has “just a quick question” at...
Reasonable is when you agree that I'm right!
Indonesian artist Dedy Shofianto creates unusual kinetic sculptures of insect-like creatures by carving almost every component from wood. Though powered by hidden electronics it’s the exquisitely detailed mandibles, wings, antennae, and gears of these hybrid creatures crafted from locally sourced jati (teak) wood that take center stage. It would seem that a lifetime of wood craftsmanship would have been brought to bear on each piece, all the more impressive considering Shofianto created these pieces when he was only 24 years old while still in school—he graduated from the Art Institute of Indonesia just last year. You can see more of his kinetic works at Redbase Contemporary Art.
DALLAS—Delta’s travails, and those of its customers, move into day two with the airline canceling of another 300 flights.
The disruptions Tuesday follow about 1,000 cancelled flights Monday and, according to FlightStats, about 2,800 delayed flights, after an outage at Delta’s Atlanta headquarters instigated a global meltdown of its booking and communications systems.
The airline was back online after a number of hours Monday, but the outages were so widespread that it is still dealing with the ripple effects a day later. FlightStats, a flight tracki...
You’ll probably watch this short clip of a dog pissing on an electric fence more than once.
We managed about 8 times.
As olfitz says, “Been there, done that. Hurts!”
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“I’m an anarchist not because I think anarchism is the final goal, but because there is no such thing as a final goal.” ~ Rudolf Rocker Anarchy is typically associated with chaos and mayhem, as falsely claimed by whatever current “authority” is dominant at the time. But actually, anarchy simply means “without rulers,” and is more associated with cooperation, love, mutual aid, and freedom. And, unlike industrial society’s ecocidal dominance of nature, anarchy actually identifies with Mother Nature and stands in defense of her. So really, a person who rises up from the conformity of the status quo, who stands for freedom, cooperation, love, mutual aid and interdependence with Nature, despite rules and rulers, and despite the powers-that-be or masters, is an anarchist. And a person who proactively fights for those values while also practicing strategic non-violence and intelligent civil disobedience is a badass anarchist. Here are six other ways to be a badass anarchist despite the all-too-comfortable conformist culture. 1.) Don’t sugarcoat the fact that government is just a mafia: “It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” ~ Voltaire Stop kissing government ass! The plutocratic regime now in session wants you to continue kowtowing to its so-called authority, because it keeps them rich and in power. Don’t! Get off your knees and declare yourself free. There is only one person on this planet that can declare you free, and that person is you. Democracy through anarchy trumps tyranny through plutocracy. It always has and it always will. Both democracy (egalitarian fairness and equality) and anarchy (freedom despite rulers or masters) begins with you. You must declare yourself free first, and then help others to become free in order for democracy and anarchy to trump tyranny and plutocracy. But declaring yourself free is just the beginning. Freedom is a constant fight, a perpetual self-overcoming. True freedom can only be attained when we’re all free....
Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven’t Noticed
Gustavo Tanaka, Huffington Post, Dec. 16, 2015
Most of us haven’t quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.
A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is going through change and that most of us are unaware of that.
Why is the world changing? In this post, I’ll point out the eight reasons that lead me to believe it.
We are reaching our limits. People working with big corporations can’t stand their jobs. The lack of purpose knocks on your door as if it came from inside you like a yell of despair.
People want out. They want to drop everything. Take a look on how many people are willing to risk entrepreneurship, people leaving on sabbaticals, people with work-related depression, people in burnout.
Over the past few years, with the explosion of startups, thousands of entrepreneurs turned their garages into offices to bring their billion-dollar ideas to life. The vortex of entrepreneurship was to find an investor and get funded — to be funded was like winning the World Cup or the Super Bowl.
But what happens after you get funded?
“Isn’t it absurd that we, 7 billion of us living in the same planet, have grown further apart from each other?”
Since Britain’s vote to leave the European Union in June, there have been several discussions surrounding London losing its spot as a leading global fintech hub. The topic became particularly interesting after Paris Europlace, which promotes French finance plans, chose to travel to London to entice financial firms and professionals. The French government agency, Business […]
The post Britain’s Lead as Fintech Sector Hub Still Shaky Post-Brexit appeared first on CCN: Financial Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News.
The video was captured by YouTuber Viva Frei, who dubbed it the “BEST POV EVER!” We’re not sure about all that, but it did leave us going “no way!” when we first watched it—this isn’t some crappy video of bark or the sky or the squirrel’s furry underbelly.
As luck would have it, the squirrel picked up the GoPro and faced it straight ahead before charging up a tree and through the leaves, capturing a POV video worthy of Mirror...
“My local bus stop had an eerie proclamation today” OnionDart tells Reddit.
And if you’re wondering if you should ever pick and argument with a cockatoo, the answer is “no”.
The post Parrot learns to “meow” so it can mingle with cats appeared first on The Poke.
Everything in your life is working out really well but then, seemingly without warning, nothing. Everything feels like it’s ground to a halt. What that means for us is that our...
A U.S. appeals court on Monday “inexplicably” sided with oil giant Chevron in a massive case over its legacy of pollution in the Amazon.
Chevron persuaded the court to block enforcement of an $8.65 billion judgment delivered by Ecuador against the energy company for rainforest damage.
The three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York agreed with a March 2014 ruling by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan that found the judgment had been obtained through bribery, coercion, and fraud—a decision that astonished environmental rights activists following the case.
The decision is unlikely to end the legal battle altogether, however, as the court also noted that Kaplan’s ruling did not invalidate the Ecuadorean judgment or prevent its enforcement outside of the United States.
Karen Hinton, the American spokesperson for the Ecuadoreans, called it “a sad day for the U.S. justice system.”
“As disappointed as we are, this ruling will not deter the Ecuadoreans, their lawyers and their supporters from aggressively seeking justice in Canada and in other countries where litigation is underway to seiz...
Though they were among hardcore’s early adopters, the intermittently long-lived Portland punks Poison Idea have remained a connoisseur’s buy, a genre band for people really really into that sort of thing. Their most triumphant flirtation with the great washed knowing that they even existed was when the inarguably uncute band was...
abc installation view, 2015, Blain Southern, Marius Bercea, Photo: Marco Funke
From September 13–18, 2016, Berlin will once again become the centre of the international art world. The fifth Berlin Art Week will attract collectors, gallerists, museum directors, and all those interested in art and culture to the German capital.
Visitors will be directly drawn into Berlin’s art world and can choose from a wide variety of special offerings for this week, immersing themselves in Berlin’s sites of exhibiting and producing art, individual exhibitions by Hal...
I just spend some time researching Tether. For those who don't know this crypto is supposed to be pegged to USD, such that 1 tether = 1 USD. This is done by storing a USD amount equal to issued Tether amount on a bank account.
It's hard to find information about the Tether company. I managed to find whom I thought was the current owners. But after checking their linkedin profiles, I found that they are not the owners anymore. Guess who is ... Bitfinex. (see the summary in Reeve Collins profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/reevecollins).
Currently you can't cash out Tether at tether.to. Makes sense now.
This could have very serious implications if Bitfinex ends up bankrupt, depending on the exact ownerstructure.
Currently this information seems unknown to the market since USDT crypto prices at Poloniex are close to USD prices, not factoring in the obvious risk.
My mother had dreams. Many. But it was 1945 and she lived in the hills of rural Tennessee. Women had few options other than marriage and children.
If you are wondering what is the best driveway alarm (always subjective and dependent upon your requirements), let me offer my years of experience having installed and used all sorts of different wireless devices for my own home security – devices (e.g motion sensors / alarms) that are designed to alert you inside your home […]
Author and director Clive Barker with Doug Bradley as the Cenobite nicknamed ‘Pinhead’.
Clive Barker didn’t know much about directing when he made his debut feature Hellraiser. He thought it best to clue-in on the subject. He decided to borrow a book on filmmaking from his local library. Unfortunately...
By Dan Fries, Collective Evolution Have you ever channelled all your energy toward finishing a certain artwork or composition? Have you felt that pulsating frustration of not being able to perfectly capture a thought or a vision? And when you finally do, you feel this sense of transcendence — like you have personified the phoenix … Continue reading 7 Common Character Traits Shared By Most Creative People
Amid NBC announcer Al Trautwig’s comments about American gymnast Simone Biles’s adoptive parents, some viewers might be curious about the family of the Olympian who has been described as the “best gymnast in history.”
Biles, 19, is the most-decorated gymnast for Team U.S.A., and is the most decorated gold medal...
By Martha Rosenberg, Alternet, Waking Times It is no secret that opioids are addictive even when used as prescribed. That is why they were highly restricted until fairly recently. It is also no secret that there is no evidence of the long-term usefulness of opioids in chronic pain despite unethical Pharma marketing. Now Pfizer, the … Continue reading After 20 Years and Many Billions, Pfizer Finally Admits Opioids are Addictive
— Fletch Jr. (@DustynGiebel) August 9, 2016
— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) August 9, 2016
— Jessica Reyes (@jessicareyes) August 9, 2016
— Todd Blake (@R...
I have to ask myself: Why am I at the keyboard instead of down at the shooting range?
By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia I’m in the middle of realizing something. I’m in the process of realizing that there’s a correlation between quietness of mind and vibration. My knowledge keeps moving from the realizational to the experiential and back again. I get it. I feel it. I get it. And sometimes I … Continue reading An Increase in Quietness of Mind Brings an Increase in Vibration
Cell will not be issuing corrections for three papers co-authored by prominent plant biologist Olivier Voinnet, after readers on PubPeer raised questions about some of the images. The news may be a welcome relief for Voinnet, based at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, who has recently issued 22 corrections and seven retractions. Ongoing questions about his work have also earned […]
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By Jon Rappoport, Natural Blaze There are very few investigators on the planet who are interested in this subject. I am one of them. There is a reason why. In many articles, I’ve written about the shocking lack of logic in the curriculum of advanced centers of learning. When I attended college, I was fortunate … Continue reading What You’ll Never Read About Virus Research Fraud
answer: I dunno? 25? A gabazillion? More than I actually own somehow?
The UK Gambling Commission has outlined how its licensees can implement appropriate policies for using digital currencies.
— Barry (@QuantumPirate) August 9, 2016
— Phlegm Clandango (@Cain_Unable) August 9, 2016
— David Ridley (@IAmNotWalliams) August 9, 2016
The advancement in technology has drastically changed the travel patterns of an average human. People cover more miles, across geographies due to the increased need to travel for business and pleasure. Bitcoin, being a truly global currency has emerged as a champion for those who are constantly moving. While everyone praises Bitcoin for making it … Continue reading The Coinbase Dilemma: Regulations vs Customer Satisfaction
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YukonMay writes, “The best yearbook quote I’ve seen in a while from this young graduate”
The post This kid will go places – the quote he’s chosen for his year book is pretty on the money appeared first on The Poke.
For immediate Release. 4th August 2016.
By Earthrace Conservation Organisation
Earthrace today released details of its successful Kickstarter
campaign for designing its radical new conservation vessel.
Earthrace CEO, Captain Pete Bethune, says the Kickstarter campaign
raised just over US$90,000, nearly double what the non-profit
organization was aiming for. He says, “With a few days to go it
were inching close to the initial goal, but it then shot skywards,
and pledges continued to come in via email well after the campaign
had officially closed.”
Nearly fifty percent of all pledges were from the US, which Bethune says, “is a reflection of the popularity of the TV show “The Operatives”, which has raised the Organizations’ profile there.” Crowd sourcing has become a legitimate way to secure funding for conservation programs, and Bethune says his team is thrilled to have it successfully completed.
Funds raised are going towards a vessel design that was started early in 2016 by LOMOcean Design in Auckland, New Zealand. Lead Designer Craig Loomes says the vessel brief from Earthrace presented a number of challenges. “The boat is part military and part conservation, and these can be difficult to marry together. As an example, the vessel will be used for interdiction of illegal fishing vessels. This in many ways is a military operation, requiring speed, stealth profiling, and an extensive array of on-board assets such as drones, RIBS and Zodiacs. At the same time, Earthrace is a conservation Organization, and wanted the vessel to be extremely fuel-efficient, and with a low overall footprint.”
Design is now well advanced, and Loomes says his te...
CoinOffering has become the very first registered company to offer legal cryptographic shares in the form of tokens on the Ethereum blockchain linking the virtual and legal worlds. In a press release, CoinOffering explained that it is a unique project that incorporates the Ethereum blockchain and regulated economy. CoinOffering states that legally registered companies now […]
The opening of Japan in the 19th century after its isolationist Edo period caused an influx of foreign influence, including Western approaches to medicine. Woodblock prints from this era, often in the vibrant ukiyo-e style, captured this transition, with kabuki actors representing internal processes, and Buddhist deities battling cholera and measles.
The University of California, San Francisco, has a particularly rich collection of over 400 of these works in the UCSF Japanese Woodblock Print Collection. A few, brought to our attention...
The first Bitcoin exchange in Colombia, Colbitex, which opened just two weeks ago, has gone offline – apparently due to legal issues with digital currency in the country.
Spanish-language cryptocurrency news site DiarioBitcoin reported the closure is a temporary measure while the company and regulators determine the legal framework under which it may operate, if at all.
At present, Colbitex’s website is offline with users directed instead to a basic support page to submit fund withdrawal requests. Local...
"Can you feel it?" Arthur Thomas said to Jeni Stepien as they reached the altar in a Pittsburgh church. The bride reached her hand to Thomas' chest and felt her father's heart beating for the first time in ten years. Her father, Michael, was a tragic victim during a 2006 robbery, when Jeni was 23. After he spent 24 hours on life support, Jeni's family came to terms with the situation and made the thoughtful decision to donate his organs.
Meanwhile, Thomas, who is amicably called "Tom" by the Stepiens, had been waiting close to ten years for a heart transplant. He needed one fast and, like a miracle, Michael's came to him just in time. Stepien explains, "He was going to die if he did not receive a new heart in the next several days."
Thomas wrote a note of gratitude to the Stepiens and they kept in touch ever since, though they'd never met face-to-face. It wasn't until Jeni and her fiancé, Paul, were beginning to plan their wedding that they considered the perfect opportunity to meet. "When my fiancé proposed, one of the first things I thought of was ‘but who will walk me down the aisle?’" Stepien recalled. "I could think of nobody more meaningful than Tom."
Nervous as Jeni was, the 72-year-old Thomas graciously accepted the invitation. Jeni spoke of Thomas' effect on her family: "My mother was very touched by the idea also and thought it was a very appropriate gesture to honor my father. I knew how important it would be for her and my sister to receive this piece of closure by finally meeting Tom as well. I wanted to make the day special for everyone, not just for myself." The August 6th wedding was a joyous occasion for both the Stepiens and Thomas, who told ......
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A U.S. federal appeals court ruled Monday in favor of the oil giant Chevron in a case that dates back more than 20 years, blocking one of Ecuador’s Indigenous community from collecting a judgement of nearly US$8.6 billion for environmental damage to the Amazon rain forest.
The decision from the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of...
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Aubagne (Bouches-du-Rhône): No referral, no trains. The SNCF traffic gradually resumed Wednesday night between Marseille and Nice, according to information gathered by France Info. Train traffic was stopped on this line for several hours due to a breakdown referral likely caused by a malicious act up Aubagne (Bouches-du-Rhône). A fortnight TGV from and to Nice were deleted or delayed. […]
Var Matin / August 3, 2016: More no train can circulate in both directions of traffic, between Marseille and Aubagne since 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. A failure whose origin is unknown, prevents the switching of trains, said a representative of the Regional Directorate of SNCF.
If the TER can circulate in the Var and Alpes-Maritimes, the movement of mainline trains is heavily impacted. Four TGV had to be removed from Nice. At Toulon, the train was stopped in the late afternoon. A manual switch on the 11 km of tracks con...
In sociology, stigma is defined as something that prevents a person from being accepted into normal society.
But if we look at stigma as arising from the fear of things perceived as unfamiliar and judged abnormal, then we must think of challenging stigma by making the characteristics associated with stigma more familiar and thus less fearful. For me, central to stigma is discrimination and exclusion. The antidote: working with someone as a colleague, knowing such a person as a neighbor and friend.
The hard-fought battle for accessibility, fueled by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, has made jobs and community participation possible. Whereas it is easy to observe the progress that has been made in the realm of physical (observable) disabilities, there has been little progress for those who have been defined as mentally ill; those "crazy people."
For me, the key to the lack of progress is our failure to use what we know about how to diminish Fear. Horror movie producers utilize a basic principle to increase fear: the dreaded monster is not clearly seen until the climax. If we are given enough time to see the movie monster, familiarity diminishes the required fear of the moviegoer. Throughout history, those of us who have experienced anomalous, extreme mental states, regardless of the causes, have been removed from our communities. That isolation makes re-entry, with the added burden of stigma, a formidable, lifelong task for many of us.
For years I have been disturbed by the various attempts made to extinguish stigma. What I have seen are futile public education campaigns that barely make a dent in the public consciousness. Typically, such campaigns center on education about the nature of mental illness and the cu......
I bought some of this stock, GBTC, through a broker, and now wonder how safe their coins are. Here is an email that I sent them. If people are interested, I will include their reply, if I get one.
I have questions about GBTC since I currently hold some GBTC through a brokerage account. The recent hack of Bitfinex has made me concerned.
Am I right to assume that as more people buy GBTC, GBTC must buy more bitcoins?
How does GBTC hold the coins? Through an exchange? Through off line wallets? If wallets, how are they secured? If exchanges, which one(s)?
The recent hack of Bitfinex shows that there are people looking to hack into exchanges and steal coins. How does GBTC prevent this from happening with its coins? Are the coins that GBTC holds insured to full value?
Thanks for your consideration and response.
Sammy Davis Jr. was a singer, a dancer, an actor, a comic, and an impressionist. He was a superstar. One of the greatest all-round stage and screen entertainers. Davis was also one of the hardest working men in show business. He worked hard he said because he was a short black...
Right this moment, I really wish I spoke Russian, the better to understand this 1964 commercial that turned up yesterday on the wonderful Soviet Visuals Twitter feed.
Perhaps calling it a “commercial” is a misnomer—Soviet agriculture was mostly organized into a system of collective...
Something looked a little off about a baby skunk recently found rummaging for food in a someone's yard.
Closer inspection showed that his life was actually in danger: A plastic lid from an iced coffee cup had become stuck around his neck.
Joy Huggins (left) holding the skunk while a volunteer, Brianne Tweedie, cuts off the plastic lid Deb Lehman/Wildlife Haven Waterloo
"I managed to trap him in a net," Joy Huggins, founder of WHW, told The Dodo. Huggins then called her friend, Deb Lehman, who photographs wildlife to raise awareness about conservation, so she could catch the whole thing on camera.
Deb Lehman/Wildlife Haven Waterloo
"We picked up the skunk and cut off the plastic," Huggins said. "He was scared, but he wasn't trying to bite —...
by Bob Burton / Counterpunch
A protest and one-week hunger strike has prompted the South Korean Government to indefinitely postpone consideration of the 1160 megawatt (MW) ‘Dangjin Eco Power’ coal-fired plant.
On July 19 900 people gathered in front of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy’s office in the country’s administrative capital, Sejong, to protest against the proposed plant.
For the next week the Mayor of Dangjin, Hongjang Kim, and two leaders of a local citizens group went on a hunger strike in a bid to pressure the government into cancelling the plant, which was expected to be approved by July 28.
“As a citizen of South Korea I have a duty to leave a beautiful and clean environment to descendants and as a citizen of Dangjin I h...
it is critical that the demographic explosion which began in the 21st century be now brought under control.
As you might know, I write mostly about how to deal with medical issues in situations where modern medical facilities and care don’t exist. Accumulating medications for disaster settings may be simple when it comes to finding aspirin and other non-prescription drugs, but prescription drugs will be hard to get for those who can’t write their own prescriptions or don’t have a relationship with an understanding physician. Antibiotics are a case in point. I consider this a major issue because there
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“I’ve marked your spam homework.” writes David Firth (best known for the internet animation Salad Fingers).
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You already have most of the basic kitchen tools you will need to navigate a grain-free lifestyle. Here are a few utensils, equipment and products that can be helpful in preparing grain-free recipes:
larger pieces. If it doesn’t, then you might consider purchasing a blender with more muscle
by Gregg Prescott, M.S. Editor, In5D.com By now, we have all heard about the Mandela Effect. For those who don’t know what it is, I’ll catch you up to date. The Mandela Effect is a theory originated by writer and paranormal consultant Fiona Broome that states false memories are, in fact, glimpses into parallel worlds […]
by Andrea Schulman, Guest writer, In5D.com Having a positive perspective isn’t always easy, is it? If you’re like me, you were a little late to the show on the “positive thinking train.” I didn’t learn about the power of positive thinking and the Law of Attraction until my late twenties! This means it can be […]
Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast kicked off this summer and in his very first episode, he took on the question of how women have broken into male-dominated fields, and the many reasons that so often hasn’t happened. Having set this tone, Gladwell asks in a more recent inquiry—a three-part series spanning Episodes 4 through 7—a similar question about what we might call meritocracy in education, a value fundamental to liberal democracy, however that’s interpreted. As Gladwell puts it in “Carlos Doesn’t Remember,” “This is what civilized societies are supposed to do: to provide opportunities for people to make the most of their ability. So that if you’re born poor, you can move up. If you work hard, you can improve your life.”
Over some sentimental, homespun orchestration, Gladwell points out that Americans have told ourselves that this is our birthright, “that every kid can become president.” We have seen ourselves this way despite the fact t...
My office neighbor at work, a 50 year-old community clinician and gentle soul, originally from Colombia, came into my office with a question recently. I have always found him to be sensitive, caring, and curious about the feelings and experiences he encounters in his work. He asked, “So, the young woman you see who carries a doll with her... what is her diagnosis? What medications is she on?”
“I’m very curious, why these questions?” I replied. He explained, “When I was in training in Columbia, I used to see many women who carried dolls. It was a time of great violence in my country. These women lost their husbands... some saw them killed and lost their babies too.” I asked him, “What did you think then about why the women were carrying dolls?” He gave me a number of beautiful descriptions of possible meanings, given the context he and the women were in, about why women might carry a doll with them.
I asked him then, why should it be different in America? We may not know the context or full story of my young adult woman carrying her doll, but might we inquire? Try to learn her story, try to learn what happened to her? I went back to his story in Columbia and asked him how he approached helping the women who carried dolls. He told me, “Support and listening to all they went through, all the pain they experienced.” I asked again, “So why should it be different in America?
I suggested to him that although he didn’t know the diagnosis and medications she was on, he knew what was more important. He knew that people have their stories. Their stories become a context that frames how people see others and the world. He knew that terrible traumas happened that influenced their lives and contributed to the behaviors he was witnessing. But then he comes to America and receives “training,” and “forgets” what he already knows and has experienced. It is as if he is discounting his own lived experience as not relevant to his everyday work.
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“…The land of Shambhala lies in a valley. It is only approachable through a ring of snow peaks like the petals of a lotus … At the centre is a nine-storey crystal mountain which stands over a sacred lake, and a palace adorned with lapis, coral, gems and pearls. Shambala is a kingdom where humanity’s wisdom is spared from the destructions and corruptions of time and history, ready to save the world in its hour of need…”As Russian philosopher Nicholas Roerich passed through the mountains of Central Asia in 1926, he and his guides were left fascinated when they witnessed an incredible, golden orb floating in the sky.
I've written you several times as well as Bitfinex Support with this issue. In a nutshell:
I was simply waiting for a 12,000 USD withdrawal when the hack occurred and Bitfinex went offline. The withdrawal was approved by Bitfinex and was in processing. This money had already been deducted from my balance and I had no access to it for any trading or loans whatsoever. For all legal purposes, that USD was NOT in my account at the time of the hack.
I demand a full explanation as to why you consider that money to be covered in your 36% theft of users' accounts. (Because of a hack due to your own negligence, I might add.) How do you expect to legally defend yourselves here? Thanks.
EDIT: I am giving you a chance to do the right thing. Explain your logic, if there is any, and if you can't do that convincingly, refund me my 12,000 USD immediately.
2nd EDIT: Zane has contacted me, so the post is closed. Here's hoping he can make things right... Thanks to those commenters who actually contributed constructively.
A newly launched automatic trust management system is inclined to offer attractive passive incomes to its investors. Titled Lara With Me — aka LARA — the project requires investors to add specific credits — from $10 to 20K — into their respective profiles. These accounts can be funded by using either one of the following … Continue reading Telegram Robot LARA Promises 3% Daily Returns on Bitcoin Deposits
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IN DEFENCE OF YOUTH WORK 7th NATIONAL CONFERENCE
BLURRING THE BOUNDARIES OR RE-IMAGINING YOUTH WORK?
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 from 11.00 – 4.30
Back in April we postponed our national conference as a number of other broad initiatives were on the go, notably UK Youth with its concept of the Social Journey, the Training Agencies Group ‘shaping the future of youth work’ and ChooseYouth. We said at the time we hoped our rearranged conference would keep the debate about the future alive and ongoing. In this spirit we are holding our event on Friday, September 30 in Birmingham. Our themes, ‘Blurring the Boundaries?’ and ‘Re-Imagining Youth Work?’ raise questions for In Defence of Youth Work. and the youth sector as a whole.
In the morning session Annette Coburn and Sinead Gormally will challenge our emphasis on the voluntary relationship as a cornerstone of youth work’s distinctiveness, suggesting that IDYW’s position is an obstacle to ’thinking the unthinkable’, to the potential of reinventing youth work across professional boundaries. This challenging critique will be followed, after group discussion, by a report by Paul Fenton of the Training Agencies Group on the major themes arising from its series of conferences on ‘Shaping the Future’, particularly the impact of the changing landscape on the character of professional training.
In the afternoon we will seek to draw on your sense of what is happening on the ground. What sort of yo...
Obama says he’s being ‘forced out’ of White House (by Constitutional Coup) Channeling his inner Maduro while living out some Erdoğan fantasy, and after spending much time in the presence of the many despots and dictators he so adores, Obama seems to be under a delusion of grandeur and perceives himself, with much hubris, as […]
There are places in the world, where you can feel the connection with the divine – one of them Rila’s Lakes, known for strong energy field. Where sensitive people dream strange things, after spending the night there. Such type of places could give you answers to a long asked questions and make you feel the energy concentrated on a more spiritual level. Here are the ten most energy destinations:
1. Rila- Bulgaria – some might seem surprised, but this mountain range is one of the energy centers of the world. Not accidentally, one of the greatest spiritual masters of the XX century – Beinsa Duno is Bulgarian and has chosen to transmit wisdom in Rila. The area around Rila’s Lakes actually has very strong energy and more sensitive people feel it and receive strange dreams when they stay in the area.
Thus runs the title of a BBC News Report – read in full at Troubled Families report ‘suppressed‘.
An unfavourable evaluation of the government’s flagship
policy response to the 2011 riots has been suppressed, BBC
Newsnight has learned.
The analysis found that the Troubled Families programme had “no discernible” effect on unemployment, truancy or criminality.
The initial scheme sought to “turn around” 120,000 households at a cost of around £400m.
The local government department denies that the report has been suppressed.
A spokesperson said: “There were several strands to the evaluation work commissioned by the last government and there is not yet a final report.”
The report, which the government has had since last autumn – and seen exclusively by BBC Newsnight – is embarrassing for ministers, who not only implemented the scheme, but have since decided to extend it. Officials have told Newsnight that they believe it would have been published, had it been positive.
Ministers had trumpeted previous data related to the scheme, which had suggested that 98.9% of families participating in the scheme had been “turned around”.
Furthermore, a second wave of the Troubled Families programme was announced in June 2013, and began to roll out in April 2015. It covers another 400,000 families at a further cost of £900m.
The “troubled families” programme was aimed at those affected by high unemployment, truancy and anti-social behaviour.
The scheme was intended to save money and prevent future rioting by re...
August rapidly approached and we could all use an excuse to leave the city. Let off some steam by bouncing on inflatable sculptures at the Hudson River Museum, discover Edward Hopper’s childhood home, or marvel at the various vistas of New York and Connecticut’s sculpture gardens. Here are some of our favorite artistic escapes.
When: Thursday to Sunday,
Where: 50 Fite Road, Saugerties, New York ($10)
Sculptor Harvey Fite spent 37 years transforming an aba...
My children are school fanatics. Last year was their first year to attend public school, and they LOVED every single minute. Now that the new school year is here my two littles are proudly walking down the packed halls with their fresh pencils and shiny new outfits. While my children are eagerly excelling and growing, […]
You're getting a sneak peek at Ian's nursery today (more pictures to come soon)! But this post is not about the nursery--it's about a lamp. A super awesome lamp. When I was studying industrial design in college, one of my favorite projects was designing a creative piece of lighting. When I saw the Woody book lamp from Apollo Box, I was instantly reminded of that project and wished that this had been my design! It's so innovative and yet so simple--the best ideas always are.
The Woody book lamp is an LED lamp that conceals itself in the form of a hardcover book. As you open the "book," the light immediately shines. You can lay it flat, or open it all 360 degrees. What I especially love is that since it's LED, you don't have to plug it in. And it's easily portable--literally, the size and weight of a book!
I could see this lamp being useful for lots of different things. So far, I've been using it in the nursery to provide some soft light at night while feeding Ian. The overhead light in there is way too bright for the middle of the night, so this has worked out perfectly! It lasts for six hours and can be recharged with a simple USB cord.
Requesting a payment (from theguestbook.com), I entered a non-coinbase wallet address. I eventually received an email from Coinbase telling me the transaction had gone through, but nothing ever appeared on my wallet. Following the "view this transaction" link from Coinbase's email, I found that the BTC had actually been sent to my coinbase wallet. I'm assuming this is not intended and that Coinbase saw the same email address used with theguestbook.com and coinbase and automatically sent the BTC to my Coinbase wallet.
coinbase2 posted a comment. Jul 28th (12 days ago)
I'm sorry, I don't understand this report. What is the transaction hash for the transaction in question and what is the security vulnerability you're reporting?
Jul 29th (11 days ago)
On a merchant site, entered a non-coinbase bitcoin address to receive payout. Merchant uses coinbase to make payment. I receive funds on coinbase address instead of the one I entered. Only obvious link between merchant (theguestbook.com) and my coinbase account is my email address.
This is me receiving the funds on coinbase and forwarding them to my personal wallet. https://blockchain.info/address/1Afv3cAc1X9VwidFjNnQRPntDSFenj44Pf
coinbase2 closed the report and changed the status to Not Applicable. Jul 29th (11 days ago)
In this case what happened is the merchant ignored your request to send to a bitcoin address and sent the bitcoin off-blockchain via email address on Coinbase instead. You should take it up with the merchant.
Jul 30th (10 days ago)
You API allows the merchant to send funds to a completely unrelated address and you don't even consider it an issue?
coinbase2 posted a comment. Aug 2nd (7 days ago)...
Twitter genius @TechnicallyRon writes, “A simple guide to the sports of the 2016 olympics”
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WASHINGTON—Hillary Clinton will call on Congress to return to Washington and pass emergency funding for the Zika response during a visit to a Miami neighborhood dealing with the first U.S. outbreak of the disease.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Democratic presidential candidate plans to tour the Borinquen Medical Center, a health clinic close to the Wynwood area...
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AK-47: The AK-47 is known for being an incredibly durable rifle. In even the harshest conditions the weapon is known for not failing. It could be covered in dirt and grime and still not misfire, but what if it was stuffed with Twinkies?
It’s certainly a silly question, but after hearing it I want to know the answer. In this video, MattV2099 answers it for us.
He crammed an AK-47 with Twinkies and then tested it to see if it would work. Amazingly enough, the rifle fired. The weapon had issues cycling rounds, and needed to be manually cycled to get a new round in the chamber though. After a few magazines, the weapon cycled without problems.
Check out the bizarre stress test below.
According to ZDNet, the postal service in Australia is looking into developing blockchain platforms to ease into the global acceleration of digital identity services.
Announcing the news at the Technology in Government conference, Rick Wingfield, an Australia Post Accelerator partner, described three potential use cases that could help evolve the postal industry after disclosing earlier this year that it had been researching blockchain technology. The three use-cases include identity, e-voting, and registries.
In addition, Wingfield acknowledged ongoing experimentation with distributed ledger protocol as part of the R&D effort. The Australia Post Accelerator partner believes this technol...
Another Bitcoin auction will be held by the US government on August 22, 2016. This auction is a lot smaller compared to previous ones, as “only” 2,700 bitcoins will be up for grabs. All of these coins were seized during investigations of Silk Road. Interested bidders must register by August 18 if they want to … Continue reading Will The New Silk Road Bitcoin Auction Affect The BTC Price?
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A restaurant in Portsmouth, N.H. now accepts bitcoin, according to Free Keene, a pro-decentralization and pro-bitcoin organization in New Hampshire, which is a very independence-minded state in the U.S. Keene, N.H. is the base of a “free state” movement in New Hampshire. The restaurant, called Street, is in the west end of Portsmouth, and it […]
In 2015, a battery status API was introduced to HTML5 and had already been packaged in Firefox, Opera and Chrome by the end that year. Security researchers were concerned with the potential privacy invasion the API could lead to, but their warning went without raising many eyebrows. A year later, though, an in-depth analysis has proven the battery tracking API can do just that – aggressively track users.
When the W3C initially introduced the HTML5 specification, there were immediate concerns as to the possible blow-back it could have. Since it would allow sites to grab visitor’s battery data without the user’s explicit permission, Lukasz Olejnik published a paper on how much of an invasion this could be.
The W3C responded by saying “the information disclosed has minimal impact on privacy or fingerprinting, and therefore is exposed without permission grants.” But the recent 1-million site analysis of the API has finally proven differently.
In the privacy-threatening API, 14m combinations, providing a “pseudo-unique identifier” for each device, are offered to the website utilizing the battery tracking code.
The Guardian gives a great example of how this could work:
The Romans considered many nuts food of the gods. A few decades ago nuts were valued for their protein, vitamins, and minerals. Then in the 1980s they were seen primarily as fat-and-calorie landmines--to be avoided by all except those trying to gain weight. But during the last decade, nuts have been on the rise, thanks to research pointing to their potential heart benefits. A greater intake of nuts, especially in place of animal proteins, could reduce inflammation - a key process in the development of cardiovascular disorders, a study has found.
The world has witnessed enormous advances in autonomous passenger vehicle technologies over the last dozen years. The performance of microprocessors, memory chips and sensors needed for autonomous driving has greatly increased, while the cost of these components has decreased substantially. Software for controlling and navigating these systems has similarly improved. Buoyed by notable milestones and relentless progress in autonomous technologies, a self-reinforcing cycle emerged—optimism by industry, academia and the public leading to more effort to develop autonomous technologies, with consequent successes generating even more optimism.
The successes are real. In 2004, not a single vehicle completed even 10 miles of the D...
You may know someone like this at work: optimistic and resilient, they appear to bounce through challenges drawing on an internal strength that helps them work through problems they encounter at work. Always hopeful and positive about the future, they treat stressful events as a “one-off” situation, appearing to have a built-in buffer that protects them against both ordinary and extraordinary events. Perhaps this is even you.
In the search for ways to increase employee productivity, lower costs and increase an organisation’s bottom line, people with these qualities are ranked by managers as “perfect” employees. This sort of emotional resilience is often considered innate. But can it be taught?
Researchers who study these qualities refer to it as “psychological capital”, or “PsyC...
DALLAS—Delta Air Lines will be handing out refunds and travel vouchers as penance for the latest computer outage to knock a major airline off stride.
Delta canceled about 1,000 flights and had 2,900 others delayed, some for hours, after a power outage Monday at its...
by Jamie Seidel
News Corp Australia Network
A MYSTERIOUSLY pulsing star just keeps getting more mysterious. Giant clouds of comets? Enormous alien solar panels? A year after its discovery, new evidence still doesn’t add up.
A new paper published to the open source science journal arXiv has scoured all the data recorded by the Kepler space telescope since it was launched in 2009 for any trace of KIC 8462852.
The star — and its strange behaviour — began to be captured by Kepler’s high-precision imaging from 2011.
The study shows it has dimmed overall by a startling degree over the four years it was in the space telescope’s field of view.
It’s Tuesday morning, and time to take the first of our twice daily looks at the bitcoin price. Yesterday we got chopped out on a false breakout, but overnight we managed to draw a small profit from the markets on a scalp trade on the short side. Today we are going to attempt to replicate … Continue reading Bitcoin Price Watch; Scalp Trades For Today
This video is intense. In it, Dutch Marines board and take back a German ship that was hijacked by pirates. The footage is from helmet cams that were worn by the Marines.
As the Marines rappel out of their helicopter, the helicopter gunner lays down covering fire for them. Once landing, they trade shots with pirates before getting to cover.
Throughout the video, the Marines slowly and methodically clear each area they go through. When they come upon pirates, they immediately detain them before they get a chance to escalate it to gunfire.
It’s like something out of an action movie, check it out below.
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From this week anyone found listening to Chris de Burgh or settling down to watch an episode of Midsomer Murders will face a £100 on-the-spot fine. The new penalties are intended to tackle the growing menace of people who choose the middle-of-the-road, often at the expense of others.
‘For too long these dullards have been allowed to cruise along with their bland and unoriginal attitudes,’ said Tastes and Values Tsar Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen. ‘They probably don’t realise it, but by adopting their middle-of-the-road position these people are blocking the way for others to enjoy something a bit more cutting edge.’
According to recent figures, up to 70% of the public enjoys middle-of-the-road books, films and music, often crowding out more innovative and experimental works. ‘There is widespread ignorance of the Cultural Highway Code,’ said Llewellyn-Bowen. ‘Too many are lazily reading Dan Brown when they could be hyper-modernistically struggling to make some sense of the latest Will Self. Anyone dawdling in the middle of the road should move aside and let the avant-garde overtake.’
The new penalties follow a recent multiple pile-up when one member of the public selfishly slowed right down to watch an old repeat of Lewis on ITV3, causing a collision with others who really wanted to watch the BBC4 documentary on Bolivian street dance.
The new rules will be heavily enforced at dinner parties where undercover police will be on the look-out for dangerously anodyne behaviours. These include tailgating the opinions of the person in front, hogging the conversation by only talking about the best.....
Firefighter Stephen Rampersad was having an intense battle with a goliath grouper while fishing off the coast of Florida.
The massive fish was so strong it was able to bend the pole almost to it’s limit and Stephen was doing everything he could to reel it in. With one powerful tug the fish yanked Stephen overboard, but Stephen still had fight in him.
His buddies grabbed him and pulled him back into the boat, and Stephen held onto the pole with an iron grip. He was almost pulled overboard a few more times while reeling in the fish, but refused to give up.
In the end, he managed to defeat the fish. The grouper was estimated to be between 400 and 450 pounds. Check out the video below.
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It’s important to lead a healthy lifestyle. To achieve this, you need to exercise regularly and consume healthy food. Most importantly, your choice of food matters a lot, since numerous foods today contain cancer-causing agents. For this article, the purpose is to examine top ten common foods that contain carcinogens and should be avoided at…
A group of Taliban insurgents were digging on the side of the road preparing to place an I.E.D. to use against Military forces. They were spotted while trying to do this and ended up getting obliterated by an Apache Gunner.
While the men are digging in the road, you can hear the radio chatter in the background of the different military personnel getting clearance to fire. After verifying that there are no friendlies in the area, they are given the go ahead to fire.
Within seconds of the go ahead, the gunner unleashes a hellfire missile and vaporizes the insurgents. Before they even knew they were in danger they were reduced to ash.
Check out the video below.
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August 9th, 1831was the birthday of James Paris Lee (August 9, 1831 – February 24, 1904). He was a Scottish-Canadian and later American inventor and arms designer, best known for inventing the bolt action that led to the Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfield series of rifles.
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Today, we present another entry for Round 65 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include:
During the course of arising out of my slumber these past seven years to the fact that our country has taken a historic and possibly terminal change for the worse, I’ve noticed there seems to be stages of awaking from that long-winters-nap, for those of us fortunate enough to have had such an experience. Personally, as I look back I consider it to be a God thing– where I was, where I am now, and how the journey has transpired. And when I finally started moving on my new-found convictions, I, like most others, felt one of my first priorities was to build a food surplus. After I was satisfied that I had an adequate start there, I turned my focus to other areas of independence envisioning myself one day writing an article on how I had purchased a homestead, successfully mastered that one acre garden that is supplying all my veggies, raised a dozen chickens, a cow, rabbits, maybe a goat or two, got the whole canning thing down, installed my off-grid solar power system, and finally waved, “Sayonara” to the system that I once suckled from.
Well, I haven’t arrived at that place yet…but I’ve left.
As I initially researched the various food storage systems, the one that stood out as being able to serve my personal dietary needs was dehydrating. Alright let’s knock off all the yawning! This could actually turn out to be a really good article! The choice for dehydration centered mainly on the fact that a large portion of my diet consists of both fresh and frozen vegetables and fruits to a varying degree, and back then I didn’t have a lot of money, so purchasing months, let alone years, of freeze-dried stuffs was out of the question. I considered canning, but at that time it seemed too intimidating for s...
Some time ago I read about Christian medical sharing ministries on SurvivalBlog. (My Experience in Expatriating to Panama, by Chuck Holton)
I am retiring early at 61 due to a medical condition, and not wanting to use Obamacare I thought I had found my solution. I joined Liberty Health Share after researching them. They tell you they will help you establish a connection between them and your doctor. You fill out a form detailing your doctor’s office and send it back to Liberty. They then send correspondence to your doctor’s office. If your doctor does not respond to one correspondence that is the end of Liberty’s efforts.
I called Liberty today to inquire how the correspondence was going. They received no response from my doctor, who is part of a large clinic. I then asked if they could refer me to a doctor who accepts Liberty in my area of 100,000 plus population. Sadly, they had no record of one. I then asked for a referral to the closest metropolitan city (Seattle) of a million plus. They had one– a doctor of Naturopathy.
When doing due diligence on one of these ministries, you must include whether there is coverage in your area as one of the deciding factors! I hope this info might help SB readers. T.J.
The Economist (a leftist magazine and web site) did a pretty decent writeup on the American Redoubt featuring JWR. There are a few back-handed compliments, but overall it’s a good article. On the other hand, the comments (367, at last count) are pretty amusing and some are outrageously ill-informed. FYI: No, Idaho is not a “Blue” state. No, JWR has not undergone heart surgery. He is very healthy and active. While not a farmer, he is a rancher, and he most definitely does live inside the American Redoubt. He also coined the term “American Redoubt” in 2011–not “more than 10 years ago”, as one comment alleged.
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Thanks to the Peoples Republic of Oregon, they just made buying bottled products more competitive in border states. So in Idaho you will only pay a 6% on the dollar surcharge (sales tax) for your can of pop, and you do not have to mess around with returning the stinky can/bottle later on. You’ve gotta love those Communists over on the Coast. They are such great micro managers. The truth is that these clowns never met a tax they didn’t fall in love with. – RBS
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The Consequences Of Big Oil’s Exploding Debt. Big oil has seen its debt load increase tenfold since 2008 as a result of high spending and unstable earnings.
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Forward Observer has an interesting article on understanding doctrine. When it comes to intelligence and security, this is an important concept.
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An hour long video on emerging infectious disease by S. Hatfill M.D., MSc, M. Med. These are diseases that are emerging which have never been seen before in human populations or in areas where they have never been seen before. – Sent in by S.C.
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“Government-to-government foreign aid promotes statism, centralized planning, socialism, dependence, pauperization, inefficiency, and waste. It prolongs the poverty it is designed to cure. Voluntary private investment in private enterprise, on the other hand, promotes capitalism, production, independence, and self-reliance.” – Henry Hazlitt
It’s fascinating how ideological positions can change when it suits. Thus, in addition to funding directly the National Citizen Service, the government is now coughing up £1.8 million to the National Volunteer Police Cadets. Evidently the State can intervene if it so desires, can forego the private and ignore the invisible hand of the market, especially in the case of its behavioural modification programmes. Ah, but you say, this intervention is to be monitored by the Middlesex University. The only snag is everybody seems to have made their minds up already.
Hence as CYPN reports:
Researchers at Middlesex University will spend the next two years evaluating the usefulness of the cadet programme and how it helps young people to develop and improve the way they feel about authority. [my emphasis]
Jeffrey DeMarco, research fellow in criminology and lead researcher at Middlesex University, said: “We’re very excited to be involved with this project.
“Young people can have difficult relationships with authority but becoming a cadet can improve community relations and prevent run-ins with the police.”
That’s an independent and critical starting point.
Positive Vibrations by Cedella Marley, A Nice Time Choose today to learn from your mistakes. Choose to allow any challenge to make you stronger. Choose the disappointments to make you more determined. Choose to turn your frustrations into stronger patience. Today, you have the power to choose to be positively proactive and not let anything … Continue reading Cedella Marley: Learn From Your Mistakes
By James Holbrooks, Activist Post Last Wednesday, Israeli lawmakers legalized the imprisonment of Palestinian children as young as — by their own words — twelve years old. The new law, passed by legislators as the “Youth Bill,” allows authorities to “imprison a minor convicted of serious crimes such as murder, attempted murder or manslaughter even … Continue reading Palestinian Children as Young as 12 Can Now Be Legally Imprisoned by Israel
The literary voice of Virginia Woolf comes to us from a life lived fully in the service of literature, a life devoted, we might say, to the “craft of writing.” That earnest expression gets tossed around innocently enough in various grammatical forms. Writers craft sentences and paragraphs and set about crafting worlds for characters to inhabit. Describing writing as a craft seems a corollary to our current utilitarian thinking that literature should serve us, not we it; that we should justify our time spent reading and writing by talking about the use-value of these activities. Virginia Woolf had little use for these sentiments.
In an essay offering guidance on how to read literature, for example, she asks rhetorically whether there are “not some pursuits that we practice because they are good in themselves, and some pleasures that are final?” Is not reading among these? Just as she decries reading as a professional task, Woolf critiques the idea of writing as a form of “Craftsmanship” in an essay with that title that she delivered as a talk on BBC radio in 1937 as part of a series called “Words Fail Me.” In the excerpt above, the only surviving recording of Woolf’s voice, she reads the opening paragraphs of her essay, stating upfront that she finds “something incongruous, unfitting, about the term ‘craftsmanship’ when applied to words.”
“Craft,” ways Woolf, applies to “making useful...
We’re really excited to be part of the refashioners this year, after squabbling over who got to take on this challenge with Rachel (rock, paper, scissors sorts out everything!) I won. I’ve been wanting to make a cropped denim jacket for ages to wear with dresses and I felt like this was the perfect project to make this happen. I started off with one pair of my old jeans and one pair from my other half.
I didn’t have a pattern that I wanted to use so I decided to use the bodice part of a Vogue jumpsuit pattern (...
Lemon trees make wonderful potted plants to have on your patio garden and will be easy to access from the kitchen! With a little bit of effort, you could be using homegrown lemons in your drinks and recipes in just a few months.
Before you start, you’ll want to make sure that you are using a seed from an organic lemon as non-organic lemons typically have non-germinating seeds that will not grow. You’ll also need a seed pot, a larger planter pot, some plastic wrap, and fertile soil.
Lemons need very moist soil so before planting, you’ll need to properly and thoroughly moisten the potting soil. Because lemon trees have a tendency to dry out, make sure you don’t skip this step (but also don’t overdo it—keep the soil damp but not watery).
Fill your smaller seedling pot with soil, leaving a small gap (1-2 inches) at t...
Key Highlights Ethereum classic price traded down once again versus Bitcoin, but somehow managed to find bids at 0.0035BTC There is a crucial bearish trend line formed on the 30-min chart of ETC/BTC (data feed via Simplefx), which is preventing the upside break. The price is also below the 100 simple moving average on the … Continue reading Ethereum Classic Price Technical Analysis – Can ETC Make It?
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One of the best ways to test your survival skills is to spend some time outdoors, without electricity, running water, and flushable toilets. This is not to say that every disruptive event will require you to live outdoors, but rather that such an event will require you to cope without modern conveniences. As preppers, our hope is that such an event will be short-term in nature, but, as the saying goes, “hope for the best and prepare for the worst”.
About a year ago I was discussing this topic with Phil Cox, the CEO of Buy Emergency Foods. For those of you that don’t know, BEF, as they are called, has been a sponsor of this website from the early days and is, what I like to call, a friend of Backdoor Survival. At the time, we were chatting about their new line of cook-in-pouch meals, branded...
Schon länger fordern Grafiker und Designer aus Berlin, die perspektivisch völlig vergurken Piktogramme des Brandenburger Tors auf den Zug-Scheiben der BVG zu korrigieren. Das Büro maluma takete hat bereits vor länger Zeit einen Korrekturvorschlag gemacht. Auch die Facebookseite Fix Brandenburger Tor hat die BVG aufgefordert aktiv zu werden und hat Sticker mit einer korrigierten Version verteilt, die man auf die Scheiben kleben konnte. Nun hat die BVG offenbar reagiert. Bild: fixbrandenburgertor.com Die BVG (Berliner Verkehrsgesellschaft) hat offiziell verkündet, die Folien mit dem Berliner Wahrzeichen Brandenburger Tor auf den Scheiben ihrer Züge auszutauschen. Die alte Version hatte etliche perspektivische Darstellungsfehler. In der neuen Version wurden die Fehler korrigiert. Die Folien sollen nun nach und nach ausgetauscht werden. @Oberlinchen @konradweber pic.twitter.com/2VQSzVZiHM — Weil wir dich lieben (@BVG_Kampagne) 22. Juni 2016 Gesehen bei nerdcore
This video is pretty crazy. In it, a young girl swims around with a huge Burmese python. The 8 year old python is a family pet named Sumatra and has been around kids all her life.
According to the video description, Sumatra has never killed anything before. Instead only eating food if it has already been killed, so the family assumes that the snake would never harm them.
While that may be the case, it still seems pretty dangerous to pal around with the snake in that manner. If, god forbid, the snake coiled around that girl, there would be no way they could get it off her before serious damage was done.
Maybe I’m pessimistic, but I would never allow children to be in close proximity to such a large snake.
Lottery players worldwide will soon be able to compete for winnings in games that operate transparently over the Internet and receive payment immediately in cryptocurrency. Players will have access to full information on draws, wins and other transactions within the system. The system provides transparency of all processes, which indicates it offers fair play. Kibo Partners […]
The ringleader of a global scamming network was arrested by Interpol for scamming $60 million from companies around the world – through fraudulent emails. The 40-year-old man is being accused of running a criminal network that compromised emails of businesses all throughout the world. The location of this email fraud network? Nigeria.
Interpol and Nigeria’s anti-fraud agency picked up a 40-year-old known as Mike along with a 38-year-old accomplice in Nigeria’s oil capital, Port Harcourt. The investigation took months, according to Nigeria’s anti-fraud agency.
After the arrest, the law enforcement agencies discovered the men were involved in a much larger range of criminal activities including business e-mail compromise (BEC) and romance scams.
The email address of a high-level company employee, such as a CEO, would be hacked by the Nigerian men. That email account would then be used to request a money transfer from another employee who was responsible for handling financial requests. The payment would be sent, and the scam would be completed. One such scam paid out over $15 million, according to an Interpol statement.
Businesses around the world including in the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa and Thailand were affected by the Nigerian scammers.
The investigation began when Trend Micro, a digital...
A couple of years ago there was that big 3D hype. Panasonic even launched a special 12,5mm lens for Micro Four Thirds system. But the hype got killed by the fact that the consumer didn’t care about these kind of products.
But now everything is changing! Micronews reports that for the Pokemon GO game “3D cameras would make a better job at catching the small monsters.”. As a consequence “the share of Lenovo did take a good 10% upward due to this rumor. With the recent release of Phab 2 Pro, Lenovo integrated a PMD made 3D camera making it the first Google Tango enabled phablet.”
The day may come soon where camera manufacturers will make a special Pokemon GO camera????
In an effort to overcome a growing resistance to fill out tonight’s census, the ABS has announced a last-minute feature that will mean Australians can complete the online form in just seconds.
When users click on the ‘Login with Facebook’ button, the 55-question form will be automatically filled in with information about the person’s sex, race, religion, occupation, income, education level, marital status, favourite brands, former sexual partners and next holiday destination.
The ABS will also gain nation-critical information about what colour you thought that dress was.
Senator Nick Xenophon has been an outspoken critic of the census, refusing to put his name on the form. It is the first time Mr Xenophon has knocked back a chance to get his name out there.
Like Blake and Beethoven, Galileo Galilei (February 15, 1564–January 8, 1642) lived a life animated by the tragic genius of outsiderdom. It was only by standing apart from his society that he was able to cast dogma and convention aside, oppose the core beliefs of his era, and peer into the very fabric of eternity from his lonesome-making lookout. If anyone in his world made him feel less alone and misunderstood, it was Virginia — the eldest of his three children, with whom he identified and connected most closely. In a letter to a colleague, he once extolled her as “a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and most tenderly attached to [him].” He saw in her a counterpart to his own intellect, sensibility, and restless seeker spirit. But one enormous incongruity marked their relationship: On her thirteenth birthday, Virginia ent...
9 August, 2016. 11:02 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact HE WAS SO MOVED BY WALEED ALY’S call to arms to buy name brand milk to support our dairy farmers, he even bought himself a Stetson. However, as time marches on, local socialist Hayden Hatton has fallen back into his old habit of buying the […]
According to the start of this video, this guy was battling a tuna he had hooked for 40 minutes. Fatigue had set in and he was at the end of his rope trying to keep the fight going, but he continued to fight.
After leaning back to give himself some slack to reel in, he reached out and grabbed the excess line. From the looks of it, he tangled the line on his reel when he did this. Moments later the fish gives the line a strong tug, and the pole gets ripped from the mans hand.
As the pole disappears overboard, the man can do nothing but sit there with a look of defeat on his face. No words are said, instead everyone on board just look at one another solemnly.
9 August, 2016. 16:15 CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact Local mum, Amanda Beams has never once before mentioned that she was such an avid gymnastics fan. A discovery her teenage children made this afternoon while she sat on the couch in a weird, distracted mood and watched replays of every single event, from the […]
"What shocks the virtuous philosopher delights the camelion
distracted only partly by consuming pain
in my case cracked skin hands and possible
tooth not feeling at all right what the point
of saying so when chocolate sundae of ideas
sparkle practical farm matters carry forward
projects live for friends things getting done
I would like to open up this thread to put together some contructive feedback from community for Bitfinex team / executives how they should move on with solving ongoing crisis.
I truly personally believe that from current status point the BFX shall do following:
1 Explain in full details and with open books how they calculated hair cut of 36% and what is the contribution of BFX to cover the loss
2 Top executives shall at least hold some video conference to show their faces and answer relevant questions from community in managed way to avoid useless hate questions and disses. It is obvious top executives and/or shareholder representatives shall step up and explain what will happen next. It would boost the confidence of community that they really wish to handle this crisis properly. In crises of these dimensions it is normal aproach for any company. You simply cannot keep all communication just on Zane.
3 Expose clear information with contacts about official authorithies they reverted to with solving this issue. So far I have seen just one post about "FBI and some European authority" which is vague and not enough. This is 70 mn USD theft and being clear and transparent is the first priority
4 I know under ongoing investigation they are not able to publish details why this hack happened but I hope the time will come to submit full details to public with explanation how this could happened despite multiple security measures / limits / restrictions. Otherwise there will be always doubts about inside job - which can result in many potential criminal prosecutions and "witch hunting" of BFX representatives.
5 Clarify the concept of BFXCoin and its future and resume withdrawal / exchange trading process as soon as securely possible to show up the company is not heading to bankruptcy and remaining assets are not in danger as well as some guys in community indicate.
I hope yo...
ATV might stand for all-terrain vehicle, but that doesn’t mean they can tackle any obstacle. That is a lesson this rider learned the hard way when trying to climb a steep hill.
His first attempt didn’t get him up the hill because he didn’t have enough speed to climb the almost sheer incline. He rolled back down the hill and got a bit more of a running start for attempt number 2.
I expected him to try and give the vehicle as much gas as possible, causing the ATV to flip over from the torque. I was wrong. Instead he makes it almost to the top, then turns the wheels to the side.
This causes the ATV to lose all forward momentum and turn sideways on the steepest part of the hill. Within seconds of turning the wheel, the ATV flips over and tumbles down the hill.
Luckily the rider jumped off before the ATV crashed into a tree, he could have been pinned against it an killed.
Join EDO Qld and the Queensland Government as we explore the operation of Queensland’s planning laws, current planning reforms and important upcoming consultation opportunities, at localised events at the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Sunshine Coast, throughout August 2016.
EDO Qld, in collaboration with Queensland’s Department of Planning, is hosting a series of free community seminars across South East Queensland in August about new planning legislation.
You might recall that Parliament passed the Planning Bills back in May 2016? At the time, EDO Qld pointed out that while the amended Planning Bills showed some improvements to public participation, transparency and accountability, overall they did not strengthen environmental protection. Read more…
With the reforms set to come into play in late 2017, and at a time we’re seeing major damage caused by the loss of habitats for koalas and other native flora and fauna, this is your chance to find out what the reforms mean to you and your environment.
At the community LawJams, you can expect a conversation between:
If you have an issue you would like to see addressed at this seminar, you can nominate it ahead of time in the comments section of your RSVP.
The LawJams will be held at:
There are all kinds of venomous animals in the world, but not all of them have the same kinds of venom. They can paralyze, cause blot clots, destroy cells, or attack the heart of the victim.
The video below shows you how different types of venom react to living tissue, giving you a front row seat to how they work. It’s interesting to see how diverse each of them are, and how powerful they can be. Just a drop of certain venom types is enough to kill.
From jellyfish, to snakes, to the venomous stone fish, the video breaks down how their venom works. Check it out below.
Key Highlights Ethereum price after a minor correction against the US Dollar found buyers on the downside. Yesterday’s short-term bullish trend line highlighted on the hourly chart (data feed via SimpleFX) of ETH/USD acted as a perfect support area. On the upside, the pair is still struggling to break the $11.20-30 resistance, which may ignite … Continue reading Ethereum Price Technical Analysis – Trend Line Support Helped
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By Dr. Mercola
As you may have noticed, there's an ongoing campaign aimed at regulating supplements as drugs.1 This would allow the drug industry to eliminate the competition of the supplement industry, thereby increasing its own profits.
The primary talking point is that supplements are not regulated as drugs, so they are therefore unsafe. Strangely, prescription drugs kill many more people than car accidents — making them one of the most dangerous products on the market.
Yet, the pharmaceutical agents continue lobbying for drug regulations to be enforced upon supplements to ensure our "safety." The obvious motivation here is to give pharmaceutical companies a whole new product line as they have been struggling to innovate new successful drugs.
Can you imagine a day when the vitamins you consume will only be available by prescription? And at drug prices? In the U.S., sales of dietary supplements totaled nearly $37 billion in 2014, while the number of supplement users in the U.S. has reached 68 percent of the population.2
In February, I exposed how the Canadian Broadcast (CBC) News, The New York Times and PBS/Frontline all appeared to be part of this coordinated campaign against supplements.3
In November 2015, CBC News published a report in which they accused a number of supplement makers of failing to live up to label claims. By the end of January, the news agency was forced to retract its report as their lab tests were proven inaccurate.
Following on the heels of this debacle,...
By Dr. Mercola
Foodborne illness is a major problem in developed countries like the U.S., but one tactic many Americans rely on to prevent it is seriously misled.
A new survey on household food waste in the U.S. revealed that more than 68 percent of Americans had thrown away food because it was past the expiration date — and they believed eating it could cause food poisoning.1
This is a major misconception, as although it's possible to become ill from eating spoiled food, it is a different issue entirely from foodborne illness spread by contaminated food (which can make you sick even if it's fresh).
In many cases, expiration dates are not a measure of food safety at all, and the widespread misconceptions about their meaning are adding to the alarming amount of food wasted in the U.S. each year.
According to Ohio State University researchers, about one-third of the edible food in the world is lost or wasted every year, while many suffer without enough to eat. In the U.S., in September 2015 federal officials announced a goal to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030.
Waste is present at all stages of the food supply chain, however in the U.S. waste at the retail and consumer levels is known to be especially prevalent.
Writing in PLOS One, the researchers noted that 133 billion pounds of food were wasted at the retail and consumer levels in 2010, with two-thirds of it attributed to consumers.2,...
9 August, 2016. 14:15 CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact Australia’s first Olympic gold medallist of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Mack Horton has felt the wrath of Chinese swimming fans today, after his well publicised sledging of Chinese rival, Sun Yang. Prior to the race, Horton called Yang a “drug cheat” for testing positive to a […]
As ‘Bathroom Bill’ Debates Heat Up, Transgender People Die |
Southern Poverty Law Center: The latest round of attention paid
to trans people — much of it negative and some of it violently
antagonistic — has come as battles developed in state after state
over the use of bathrooms. When President Obama issued a directive
to public schools across the nation mandating that officials allow
trans students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity,
many conservatives erupted.
In March, North Carolina passed a “bathroom bill” that required people to use public bathrooms matching their birth sex. A few weeks later, Mississippi followed with a copycat bill. Similar bills have been filed in at least 10 other states, and on May 25, 11 states sued the Obama administration over its directive.
Opponents argue that men will claim to be transgender, enter women’s rest rooms, and sexually attack women and girls there. Virtually no such attack has been recorded, but that hasn’t stopped anti-LGBT groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom from issuing high-pitched warnings of a sex crime epidemic. The Klan, too, has joined in, distributing threatening anti-trans fliers around the country that suggested, without directly saying so, that trans people should be lynched.
Egypt: Hunger Strike in Qanater Women’s Prison –
bayareaintifada: Despite differences in our ideological
orientations and intellectual affiliations, we will not give up the
right of any detainee.
Therefore, we decided to start a hunger strike, here in prison, until Dr Basma is given her most basic human right – to see her children.
We will continue our strike until the implementation of the court’s decision to allow her visiting rights. Although some of us already suffer ill health, and Dr Basma is undergoing important heart check-ups, the prison administration continues to refuse formal complaints and statements to prove the hunger strike action. This makes us wonder: “Is it carelessness? Or orders from National Security (State Police)?!”
We suspect National Security (State Police) intervention in the non-implementation of the court’s decision. Hence, we will continue our strike, insisting on our demand, until the end.
NSW Govenor William Bligh says he expects no challenges to his authority as he implements early closing laws on the rum houses of Sydney Town.
“I’m a man who is used to getting his own way, except for that one time, so woe betide any tavern keeper who thinks he can get away with staying open after midnight,” said the Governor of NSW in a rambling proclamation that he nailed to a pole down by Sydney Cove. “The honest people of this colony are sick of the alarming rise in handkerchief stealing by rum-sodden convicts.”
“Governor Bligh’s new laws will leave Sydney Town’s nightlife stone cold dead,” complained John Macarthur from the NSW Rum Houses Association in his own proclamation titled Will The Last Person To Leave Sydney Town Please Snuff Out All The Candles. “The muddy goat tracks of this colony used to be alive late at night with the merry sounds of rummed up redcoats pushing everyone around.
“I’ve had to lay off several bawdy serving wenches and fiddle players from my own establishment. Interestingly, it seems the laws don’t apply to the Governor’s own gaming house and cock fighting pit.”
Governor Bligh ended his press conference early after taking a dislike to a question posed by nThe (un)Australian about whether if he was thinking of putting a “bounty” on the head of anyone who broke the rum serving laws.
“Yes, I think a bounty would be a very good… Oh piss off.” Governor Bligh then went and hid under his bed to avoid any further questions.
[This article first appeared in The (un)Australian on August 9, 1807. It is reproduced as part of a historical series looking back on early (un)Australian articles.]
Source: The Guardian, story by George Monbiot The media largely relegate the greatest challenge facing humanity to footnotes as industry and politicians hurtle us towards systemic collapse of the planet. What is salient is not important. What is important is not salient. The media turns us away from the issues that will determine the course
Canada’s ‘peacekeeping’ mission killed an African independence hero
| Yves Engler: [via APNS Editor John John] -- After seven
decades of brutal rule, Belgium organized a hasty independence in
the hopes of maintaining control over the Congo’s vast natural
resources. When Lumumba was elected to pursue a genuine
de-colonization, Brussels instigated a secessionist movement in the
eastern part of country. In response, the Congolese Prime Minister
asked the UN for a peacekeeping force to protect the territorial
integrity of the newly independent country. Washington, however,
saw the UN mission as a way to undermine Lumumba.
Siding with Washington, Ottawa promoted ONUC and UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold’s controversial anti-Lumumba position. 1,900 Canadian troops participated in the UN mission between 1960 and 1964, making this country’s military one of its more active members. There were almost always more Canadian officers at ONUC headquarters then those of any other nationality and the Canadians were concentrated in militarily important logistical positions including chief operations officer and chief signals officer.
Canada’s strategic role wasn’t simply by chance. Ottawa pushed to have Canada’s intelligence gathering signals detachments oversee UN intelligence and for Quebec Colonel Jean Berthiaume to remain at UN headquarters to “maintain both Canadian and Western influence.” (A report from the Canadian Directorate of Military Intelligence noted, “Lumumba’s immediate advisers…have referred to Lt. Col. Berthiaume as an ‘imperialist tool.'”)
Would Donald Trump make a more or less effective president with microcephaly?
Debunking the Myth
of an Economic Legacy from the Games: Lessons from ‘Circus Maximus’
[BOOK REVIEW] | RioOnWatch:
In short, the Rio2016 Committee stated in 2009, studies showed the Games “will bring significant benefits not only for the city’’s economy, but also for the state and country.” In Circus Maximus, economics professor Andrew Zimbalist dissects the assumptions and (mis)calculations that sustain the myth that mega-events guarantee economic benefits for the host city or country. He shows how consulting firms employed by host cities and countries often arrive at “vastly inflated and unrealistic estimate(s)” that make for excellent World Cup and Olympics marketing, while independent academic studies find an absence of conclusive evidence that mega-events bring positive economic impacts.
Which saint you see in this 17th-century painting depends on where you stand. From the left, Saint Francis of Assisi decked on his Franciscan order habit clutches a crucifix with a hand bloody with stigmata; from the right, Saint Francis of Paola holds a paper that reads “Charitas.” And looking straight on, there’s a weeping Saint Peter looking up at a blue sky where his airy halo mingles with the clouds.
Source: Arctic News Temperature Rise A temperature rise (from preindustrial levels) of more than 10°C (18°F) could eventuate by the year 2026, as illustrated by the image below and as discussed in an earlier post. The high temperature anomaly that occurred in February 2016 was partly caused by El Niño. Nonetheless, there is a threat
9 August, 2016. 11:02 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact TOM FRANKLIN ARRIVED AT SYDNEY’S MacAlister College borderline illiterate. But he was a whole head over six foot and cut lean at 105kg. He could run quicker up a hill than most people could fall down one. Even as a schoolboy, people would come from far […]
9 August, 2016. 11:15 CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact Local man, Bryce Goodwin (29) was under the impression he nailed his quarterly performance presentation this morning, at the advertising agency he has worked at for eleven months. That was until he was sitting back down at his desk and saw his reflection on his […]
Why Four Corners sickened but did not surprise | No Place For
Sheep: The consequences of this cover-up, this conspiracy one
might go so far as to suggest, have dominated white attitudes to
Aboriginal people ever since invasion, and it should have come as
no surprise to anyone when ABC TV’s Four Corners revealed on Monday
night that Indigenous children are being tortured in detention
facilities in the Northern Territory, and quite likely elsewhere in
The Don Dale facility, and the horrors enacted within it, have not developed in a vacuum. They are the logical outcome of a brutal and expedient racism that has existed in Australia since 1788, and continues to thrive. It’s excruciatingly apparent that the torments perpetrated on Indigenous children in this hell hole have been known to Northern Territory governments for the last few years. Absolutely nothing has been done to alleviate this suffering, inflicted in the service of “law and order.”
Soung Mengkea, an undersecretary of state at the Finance Ministry, said the 265-cubic-meter lot in Stung Treng province went to Chea Theach for a winning bid of about $127,000—some $32,000 above the asking price.
The undersecretary said Mr. Theach had put down a 20 percent deposit on the asking price in order to take part in the auction and will have to pay the difference on his winning bid before he can haul it off.
“We will issue a permit for him to transport the wood from Stung Treng province to anywhere he wants to process it for domestic use,” he said.
Mr. Mengkea said the timber could not be sent abroad due to a blanket ban the government placed on timber exports in mid-January. The ban took effect days after a special task force was called up by Prime Minister Hun Sen—and placed under the command of the National Military Police—to root out illicit timber stocks in eastern Cambodia.
It was that task force that seized the 70,000 cubic meters of wood the government has been trying to auction off since late June, valued at a combined $14 million.
Of a total 11 lots spread across five provinces, Monday’s auction in Stung Treng was the only one to attract the minimum three bidders the government set as a threshold for proceeding with an auction.
“I am very happy about the wood auction today because we received a higher price than the estimate,” Mr. Mengkea said.
Mr. Theach, whose business is unknown, could not be reached for comment.
The planned auctions have suffered from a severe shortage of applicants. After canceling multiple scheduled biddings, the government decided late last month not to auction off the vast majority of the 70,000 cubic meters and instead negotiate with interested buyers.
Mr. Mengkea said those negotiations would take place on Wednesday an...
Over the years we’ve profiled thousands of affordable and sustainable housing ideas that include affordable homes made with natural building materials, earthquake and hurricane resistant housing, renewable energy, appropriate technology, permaculture, and on and on. In fact, we’ve covered almost the whole range of homesteading and sustainable living topics in addition to our main focus on natural building. We’ve done this because all these things are so closely interconnected. How can you have a sustainable home without a sustainable toilet, a renewable energy system and home garden? How can you build a sustainable home without affordable land? Most affordable land nowadays has depleted soil, so how do you improve degraded land to support a homestead?
Now we’re raising the bar. Kelly, his wife Zana, our friend Luke Anthony and myself have been brainstorming ways of taking our Natural Building Blog to the next level. This process included hours of exchanging emails — sharing our hopes and visions — to make our blog even better and more effective.
The problems in the world are truly staggering – seemingly insurmountable. But at the same time, our research has uncovered thousands of low cost, simple, practical solutions that can be put into wide use right now. This gives me and many others a great deal of hope for the future.
Our Natural Building Blog now has over 2,700 blog posts on low cost, sustainable, often world changing ideas all organized on one site for free. Our blog is becoming a veritable LIBRARY of practical know-how. Please let us know if you have suggestions for future improvements.
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Vision: Israeli Claim That Hamas Siphoned Funds From Gazan Charity
Doesn't Add Up - Israel News - Haaretz: But World Vision
Germany spokeswoman Silvia Holten said in Germany on Monday that
the charity's Gaza budget totaled $22.5 million in the last decade
– well under the Shin Bet estimate of Halabi's alleged transfers to
According to Holten, there is a "huge gap" in the numbers. World Vision has halted its Gaza operations while the issue is investigated.
The extent of money transferred to Hamas, in cash and checks, was detailed during Halabi's questioning by the Shin Bet, which also seized documents about the route of the money during a raid of the charity's offices in East Jerusalem.
The Shin Bet claims that part of the money reached Hamas through the fictitious employment of Hamas operatives in Gaza.
Last week a top Shin Bet source commented that the agency suspects fraud totaling tens of millions of dollars, plus the transfer of goods of equivalent value, over six years.
ISIS Plundered, Destroyed Ancient Assyrian City in Syria,
Liberators Find - Archaeology - Haaretz - Israel News
Haaretz.com: The terrorist movement even systemically uncovered
areas not yet excavated, finding irreplaceable artifacts that they
either destroyed, or may have "saved" for sale on the black market,
Syrian archaeologists told the website.
Tel Ajaja, located in the north-eastern province Hasakeh, was one of the main cities of the Assyrian Empire, which flourished in the first millennium BCE.
I first encountered the Silver Spiders in the rain. They were swirling around an open face, two-story barn on the property of Jill McDermid-Hokanson and Erik Hokanson in Kingston, New York. The barn is located at Rosekill, an outdoor performance venue run by the couple who also runs the Grace Exhibition Space for International Performance Art in Brooklyn and that recently hosted a week-long lab titled “Transcendence, Action Art and Gender.” The location of Rosekill is rural: dirt roads, ponds covered with duckweed, watermeal, or algae, a wooden gate one has to swing open in order to enter or exit. I had come to see the lab’s culminating performance with the Silver Spiders — the spiders being actually women, all of them longtime artists within the performance art...
The New York Times airs criticism of psychiatry, and offers alternatives to it, in an article by Benedict Carey in today's Health section. An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold brings attention to the proliferation of the Hearing Voices Network, the increasing acceptance of the Open Dialogue approach, and the contribution of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health care has made, saying "For the first time in this country, experts say, psychiatry’s critics are mounting a sustained, broadly based effort to provide people with practical options, rather than solely alleging abuses like overmedication and involuntary restraint."
From the article:
"At a time when Congress is debating measures to extend the reach of mainstream psychiatry — particularly to the severely psychotic, who often end up in prison or homeless — an alternative kind of mental health care is taking root that is very much anti-mainstream. It is largely nonmedical, focused on holistic recovery rather than symptom treatment, and increasingly accessible through an assortment of in-home services, residential centers and groups like the voices network ... For the first time in this country, experts say, psychiatry’s critics are mounting a sustained, broadly based effort to provide people with practical options, rather than solely alleging abuses like overmedication and involuntary restraint."
"Alternative care appears to be here to stay, however. Private donations for such programs have topped $5 million, accord...
A healthy and balanced diet is one of the safest ways to ensure that you are getting all the needed vitamins for proper functioning of your body. According to Mercola.com, one of the main reasons why so many people suffer from vitamin-related deficiencies is that they don’t eat what they should.
The list that you are about to read below describes how specific vitamins are crucial for your health, most common symptoms that can help you recognize if you are suffering from a vitamin deficiency, and foods that you need to consume in order to achieve the recommended vitamin levels.
Although there are plenty of supplements you can take, the best sources of vitamins are foods. Vitamin deficiency cannot be diagnosed on your own, so you need to consult your physician if you happen to notice any of these symptoms. The deficiency can be kept under control with the help of your doctor’s supervision.
According to Everyday Health, vitamin B12 plays a crucial role as it encourages DNA production and helps in the making of new neurotransmitters in the brain. One of the most common symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency are hand, feet, and leg numbness, anemia, fatigue, weakness, difficulty walking, swollen tongue, loss of memory, paranoia, and hallucinations.
According to experts, there is an increase of vitamin B12 deficiency as a lot of people are going vegan or undergo weight-loss surgery. Namely, B12 is usually found in animal products, so if you have this deficiency, include more meat, poultry, fish, and milk products. If you are vegan, Everyday Health suggests consumption of non-dairy milk, me...
Are you one of those people that say a number before stepping on the scale and hoping that the scale agrees with you? And you probably do that every morning until you hit that “ideal weight”. But guess what, the scale doesn’t know how tall are you, what body type you have or how you look. That’s why you shouldn’t be obsessing over that number, but you should focus on your body mass index (BMI) instead.
What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?
BMI is used to determine whether you’re in a healthy weight range for your height. It’s an attempt to quantify the amount of fat, muscle and bones in your body composition to see if you are underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. You can simply use this BMI chart to determine your ideal body weight according to your height, but if you want to discover your body fat percentage then you need to use the BMI calculator.
Note: this chart is created for ADULT women and men only and it shouldn’t be used by persons under the age of 18.
The post This Is How Much You Should Weigh According To Your Age, Body Shape And Height appeared first on allabouthealthyfood.
Dust mites are small bugs which live in carpets, beds, and all kinds of upholstered furniture, feed on dead skin cells, and may lead to allergies, skin reactions, or asthma-related issues.
Research has found dust mite infestations in even 4 out of 5 homes.
The most common signs that indicate that there are dust mites in your home are a runny nose, red, watery, or itchy eyes, swollen, blue skin located under the eyes, sneezing, itchy nose, mouth roof, or throat, congestion, itchy nose, cough, and facial pressure or pain.
In the case of asthma, people experience trouble sleeping, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest pain, and are especially prone to colds.
Dust mites will be effectively kept at bay by regular vacuuming and washing sheets, but the mattresses and pillows also contain them, so you should also clean them as well. If the vacuum you use does not include a HEPA filter, the mites will actually return to the mattresses and pillows again.
On the other hand, you can use this extremely helpful eucalyptus oil solution to kill and repel dust mites.
This is how to prepare the eucalyptus dust mite-killing solution:
Spray the solution on all areas which cannot be easily washed in the bedroom, and then hang them to dry in a dry and warm place, as the growth of mold spores is boosted in humid places. Do this three times a week to eliminate dust mites completely.
Dust mite infestations are efficiently destroyed by essential oils, especially eucalyptus oil, as shown in multiple studies.
Yet, you should know that this essential oil is not safe for children younger than 10, so you should use some other safe alternatives in this case, like fennel or clove essential oils.
What could be more environmentally and socially beneficial than an entire country going 100% organic? The Danish government has announced that it will convert the entire country’s agriculture into organic and sustainable farming. This will declare Denmark the first country in the world to become 100% organic.
Denmark is at the fore-front when it comes to organic products and how they trade with the world, however the Danish government has set a bigger challenge. The government has managed to raise a vast 53 million euros in 2015 in an effort to turn the country into a 100% organic powerhouse. This is likely to be the most ambitious plan of the century but considering the fact that Denmark has already proved it’s love for organic food, this does seem to be achievable.
Denmark is streaks of other countries in terms of producing organic food. The national organic brand of denmark will be celebrating 25 years in business, making it one of the oldest organic brands in the world. The result is that organic exports have increased by a whooping 200% since 2007.
The government has two main angles of implementation:
one is to turn traditional farmland into organic, while the
other is to stimulate increased demand for organic
The aim is to double the agricultural land cultivated with organic methods by 2020 (compared to 2007), as the 67-point document explains, drafted by Økologiplan Danmark, theOrganic Action Plan for Denmark.
Not only will land belonging to the government be cultivated using organic and biodynamic methods, but the government will support and finance those working and investing in this sector, to develop new technologies and ideas that help promote growth. And we’re not just talking about fruits and vegetables, but also livestock – particularly pigs.
Who will lead the change in dynamics? The ministry, regions and cities have joined forces, and all institutions have been given the initaitive to lead......
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