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Rafts of research in the past few decades have convinced scientists that theres less that separates humans from other animals than wed originally thought. Take the concept of culture, for example. Once thought to be the province of our species and ours alone, it has turned up on some surprising branches of the tree of life. In a recent documentary, Person of the Forest, researchers set out to record evidence of culture in one of our closest relatives, the orangutan. Different orangutan groups have unique ways of communicating, eating and even protecting themselves from the rain. And the teams work uncovers clues about how these behaviors develop, evolve and creep into the habits of other orangutans. A Bornean orangutan, pictured here in Sabah, Malaysia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. At the same time, scientists studying orangutans know theyre in a race against time as habitat loss, hunting and the pet trade drive them toward extinction. The fact that unique cultures exist means that if we lose one group of orangutans to poaching or a new oil palm plantation, all of that knowledge will be lost with it, even if other groups are kept safe. The film features biological anthropologist Cheryl Knott of Boston University and field biologist Robert Rodriguez Suro, who is based in Puerto Rico. Person of the Forest is a finalist at the New York WILD Film Festival, which kicked off at the Explorers Club in Manhattan on Feb. 22. Mongabay caught up with Knott and Suro to
Tropical forests DRC reissues logging concession licenses, violating its own moratorium (Mareeg). NGOs charge that reinstated logging rights in DRC are on peatlands (Nasdaq/Reuters). No-deforestation pineapples available from Costa Rica (UNDP Green Commodities Programme/PR Newswire). The Amazon rainforest is nearing a tipping point, scientists argue (Science Advances). We have the tools to stop global deforestation, UN official says (UN News). Assessing the state of the Amazon (Ensia). How tropical trees withstand droughts in the Amazon (UCR Today). Drilling down into satellite data to understand seasonal changes in the tropics (Brookhaven National Laboratory/Phys.Org). Illegal avocado plantations discovered in Mexican butterfly refuge (Los Angeles Times). DJ races to record forest sounds before theyre gone in Indonesia (VICE News). Has forest certification failed to protect forests? (Yale e360). Brazil nears a decision on drilling by French oil company Total in the Amazon River basin (Reuter). Other news Investment firm BlackRock to demand contributions to society from supported companies (The New York Times). Scientists claim to have found the worlds ugliest animal in the deep ocean (The Straits Times). Vegetarian and vegan diets could help cut climate-warming emissions by 70 percent (AccuWeather). A profile of modern climate-change activists (The New York Times Magazine). Animals increasingly hemmed in (The New York Times). Pangolins saved in a vehicle crash in Thailand (The Nation). Satellite data reveals the state of Antarcticas ice flow (NASA/Phys.Org). Extinction cascades possible with increasing biodiversity loss, new study finds (University of Exeter/Phys.Org). New research reveals decades of warming in the Pacific near
Daily mortar and missile attacks against the Syrian capital Damascus have been ongoing for years but intensified in recent months. The often quoted Syrian Observatory notes: ... raising to 116 persons at least including 18 children and 14 citizen women,...
Racial segregation has probably done more to shape American cities than any other factor. The Guardian [guard] has a thoughtful and very deep article about the structural effects of inequality on some cities particularly Baltimore, Maryland, where I grew up.
I was a kid, and I went everywhere on my bicycle. That did two things: it constrained where I went to the easy paths with smooth pavement, and it led me to take shortcuts off the path where motorists usually went. Id fly through some parts of the city, taking the bridges over the railroad tracks and staying on the broad avenues where I was less likely to be hit by a car, but I had time to look down off the bridge into the neighborhoods that seemed strangely hard to get to; there were railroad tracks and fences and razor wire I assumed to keep kids from playing on the tracks but some neighborhoods were shabby and houses were burned out shells, brick skulls with their teeth knocked out.
The roads with the overpass bridges seemed to make sense, but they didnt make it easy to get anywhere except where the traffic was designed to flow. I assumed the neighborhoods were dying because of the economy; I didnt understand that the economy also means that the mayor was giving prime real estate to developers along with tax breaks to attract high-spending suburbanites to zoom into the city for dinner, and turn around and go home. They really left nothing for the local economy because they didnt stop at the shabby stores, which got shabbier and shabbier and finally closed. I understood none of this but I remember being sad when they shuttered the hat store where all the cool black men used to buy their hats. I thought it was just economics.
I was stupid.
Please read the article at The Guardian, but dont ruin your day wait for a time when you can feel your blood boil, and feel like you want to cry at the same time. Im not sure why The Guardian decided to write such a perceptive piece about America, right now, but its devastatingly clear.
West Oakland in California is a typical example of a redlined neighbourhood. Historically a working-class community of immigrants and African Americans, it stagnated after being redlined. By the 1950s and 60s, during the interstate building boom, West Oakland was in a prime position to be carved...
La agresin sucedi exactamente afuera de la escuela, se cree que se pudo tratar de un asalto, pero testigos consideran que la estaban esperando. Regeneracin, 23 de febrero de 2018.- Mara Luisa N, una profesora de Economa de la Facultad de Estudios Superiores (FES), Acatln de la UNAM fue baleada en las inmediaciones de la escuela 
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UNIFIL spokesperson Andrea Tenenti slammed Israeli media reports accusing the peacekeeping forces of failing to carry out their duties, saying the reports are inaccurate, the National News Agency reported on Friday.
UNIFIL is aware of these media reports which contains clear inaccuracies. UNIFIL is working around the clock and carrying out some 450 operational activities each day. We have close coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces, almost 40% of our activities are carried out at night, said Tenenti.
He stressed saying the UNIFIL highly values its strategic partnership with the Lebanese army mainly in the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. The Lebanese army is an integral part in preserving the calm and stability in the UNIFIL area of operations.
Israeli media have accused the peacekeeping forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) of becoming an excuse for Hizbullah and the Lebanese government to violate UN resolution 1701.
Israel fought a month-long war against Hizbullah in 2006, killing more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civ...
It suddenly sunk in with all this talk about arming school teachers to prevent mass shootings hey, thats me! I teach! What kind of gun do I get? A big one? I want something intimidating, you know, like that monster handgun Dirty Harry waves around.
Then I want to know the rules of engagement here. Do I get to shoot students for just carrying a gun, or do I have to wait for them to kill someone first? Do I get the same benefit of the doubt that cops get like, if I see a student reach inside their coat, or move their hand down towards their belt, is it OK if I shoot them? Just in case?
Also important: if I aim to shoot a suspicious-looking student, and miss and kill some other student in the crowd, I wont be blamed for it, will I? Its just collateral damage to protect our precious students, these things happen, its just part of the cost of maintaining the peace.
If I murder a student while teaching, I would like to have at least 30 days paid leave, so that I can recover from the emotional trauma. A medal for bravery would be nice, too. I think we should add a section to our yearly tenure and promotion review in which we tally up our confirmed kills, and all the faculty applaud our brave teachers who have shot someone in the performance of their teaching duties.
You can trust me! For sure, I wouldnt be like that Utah teacher who shot herself by accident. Id be safe. Id have the safety on at all time, and no bullets in the chamber, until, that is, it was time for me to intentionally shoot a student, a responsibility I would take very, very seriously.
I am concerned, though, that we have a 14:1 student:faculty ratio here, and I see a lot of my colleagues in the community spaces with students milling about. Theres going to be some intense competition to bag students, and Im going to have to be quick on the draw if I want to be first. Maybe I need a bigger gun? Or two guns? Or maybe a hand grenade? I wouldnt want the chemistry department to get a higher score than the biology department, you know.
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Cybercrime costs businesses close to $600 billion, or 0.8 percent of global GDP, which is up from a 2014 study that put global losses at about $445 billion, according to a report by McAfee, in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Adopting new technologies The report attributes the growth over three years to cybercriminals quickly adopting new technologies, the ease of engaging in cybercrime including an expanding number of cybercrime More
We Dont Need Government, We Need Purpose
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What truly motivates a person? Years ago I would have answered, well, money of course. Money helps to pay for our food, shelter, some entertainment and allows us to (sometimes) further our education. While that answer is true in ways, today I will take it further and say that a purpose is what motivates us. It is not that money itself is motivating for us, but it is the security money can provide us by allowing to our basic needs like food, shelter and clothing to be met.
From our childhood, we have been conditioned to believe that it is necessary to have money and to need the institutions in our world that direct the flow of money to the greater populace. However, if we analyze this deep enough, we see that it is a fact that such a means of rationing resources (which money does) and the institutions that control the rationing, are not necessary, but are by choice.
Sure, in some ways government has served its purpose. It has allowed us to build an infrastructure on this planet where we can travel pretty much wherever we would like. It has also built schools, hospitals and allowed for the creation of all sorts of public services as well as public entertainment. However, what is important to remember is that it wasnt governments who build these things. It was people. People made the choice each and every morning to wake up and go to their job to help create their projects.
Though money was almost certainly an incentive for many of these people, I believe that we human beings have an innate desire to help serve a greater cause. Perhaps for many of these people, an additional incentive for doing their work was that they knew on a deeper level that this was in some way, big or small, helping our civilization to develop and grow in a positive direction.
In todays world, with the internet, 3-D printing, blockchain technology and the ability to harness unlimited energy for the entire world in the forms of solar, wind, tidal and geothermal, not to mention the numerous patented free energy devices which are currently suppressed, the need for money and government has passed us. We no longer need money as a way to ration reso...
On February 22, the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) handed over its checkpoints in the neighborhoods of Ein Tal, Hellok, Bustan Basha and nearby areas to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Reports also appeared that the SAA had entered into the YPG-held neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud as well as the YPG-held part of the Youth housing area the situation there remains unclear.
A map of Aleppo according to the versino that the entire area had been handed over to the SAA:
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Signing malicious code with valid digital certificates is a helpful trick used by attackers to maximize the odds that malware wont be flagged by antivirus solutions and often even by network security appliances. Digitally signed malware can also bypass OS protection mechanisms that install or launch only programs with valid signatures. As it happens, it has recently been pointed out that the practice of signing malicious code is more widespread than previously thought. But, while More
Local Editor 22-02-2018 | 12:00 Arab Member of the Israeli Knesset Ayman Odeh, the chairman of the Joint List party stated that Saudi Arabia has an alliance with the Israeli right wing during an interview on Tuesday night. There is a direct alliance between Saudi Arabia and the Israeli right and it is disgraceful, 
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) A global money-laundering watchdog has decided to place Pakistan back on its terrorist financing watchlist, a government official and a diplomat said on Friday, in a likely blow to Pakistans economy and its strained relations with the United States.
The move is part of a broader U.S. strategy to pressure Pakistan to cut alleged links to Islamist militants unleashing chaos in neighboring Afghanistan and backing attacks in India.
It comes days after reports that Pakistan had been given a three-month reprieve before being placed on the list, which could hamper banking and hurt foreign investment.
The United States has spent the past week lobbying member countries of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to place Pakistan on a so-called grey list of nations that are not doing enough to combat terrorism financing.
Pakistan had launched last-minute efforts to avoid being placed on the list, such as taking over charities linked to a powerful Islamist figure.
But the campaign proved insufficient and the group decided late on Thursday that Pakistan would be put back on the watchlist, a senior Pakistani official and a diplomat with knowledge of the latest FATF discussions told Reuters.
The decision was taken yesterday. The chair (of FATF) is expected to make a statement some time this afternoon in Paris, the diplomat said.
Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity.
Pakistans foreign ministry spokesman declined to confirm or deny the news at a regular news briefing on Friday, saying the FATF would make an announcement on its website.
Let the things come out, and then we can comment on the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, spokesman Mohammad Faisal said.
Pakistan was on the list for three years until 2015.
Robert Frost, the famous American poet, concludes his poem Mending Walls with the assertion that good fences make good neighbors. While this might generally be the case, for both Lebanon and Israel, it seems that neither a fence nor border demarcation can keep these two nations from a recurrent conflict.
In the past, Israel has on many occasions attacked Lebanon due to the latters inability to prevent non-state actors, such as the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), and later Hezbollah, from launching attacks into its territories. The last such Israeli act was in July 2006, when the Israeli Ar...
The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility...
GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP | In a China venture Minis would be built outside Europe for the first time
If plans to build the Mini in China go ahead, it would be the first time the unmistakeable cars originally created by a British company have been built outside Europe.
But BMW and Great Wall have yet to agree on important details like where to build a factory and how much to invest.
China is the fourth-largest market for the Mini after Britain, the United States and Germany.
Some 35,000 were sold there in 2017, or around one in ten sales worldwide.
BMW follows a maxim that production follows the market, making China ripe for investment in local manufacturing.
Reaching 560,000 units in 2017, Chinese sales of BMW-brand cars produced locally under a joint venture with carmaker Brilliance outweighed shipments in other major markets the United States and Germany combined.
A similar growth strategy could accelerate development of the Mini brand significantly, BMW said.
It added that it would continue talks with Great Wall without questioning BMW Groups commitment in the UK, where production of electric Minis is slated to begin at an Oxford plant next year.
The firm added that it would further expand its joint venture with Brilliance, but did not offer further details.
Events in Syria are so heavily muddied, by hyperbole and
complete disinfo, it's been two or three of the most media crazy
days I've noticed since 2011. When I began following the
destruction of Syria as it began in earnest.
Was saying to hubby- I've never seen the spin so thick and fast. And I've assuredly read through a whole pile of media lies these past nearly ten years.
I suspect this entire area is going to get much worse. If that's even conceivable to all?
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Security Council Resolution was a fail. Unsurprisingly
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I just love that he used the words "massive psychosis"But Russias ambassador, Vasily A. Nebenzya, whose veto is the lone obstacle to the resolution, dismissed the reports as disinformation and propaganda.He accused his fellow ambassadors and United Nations officials of succumbing to massive psychosis perpetuated by the global news media, which he said had engaged in the coordinated and repeated spread of the same rumors in recent days.
Syrias ambassador, Bashar al-Jaafari, said accusations by the United States, Britain and France which he called the three musketeers that the Syrian government was indiscriminately bombing civilians were completely false
The real goal of the West-brokered UN Security Council resolution on Syria is to put the blame on Damascus for everything and provide cover for militants, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.
Cisco offers cloud-based endpoint security solutions for MSSPs Cisco is offering MSSPs security, visibility, and control of customer endpoints. Their endpoint security portfolio includes: Cisco AMP for Endpoints, Cisco Umbrella, and Meraki Systems Manager to offer protection against advanced malware and threats. AMP for Endpoints prevents breaches and blocks malware at the point of entry, then continues to watch, analyze, and record file activity, regardless of the files disposition. Cisco Umbrella blocks requests to malicious More
Maduro is hoping cryptocurrencies will help Venezuela skirt U.S. financial sanctions as it struggles under hyperinflation and a collapsing socialist economy.
Phi Beta Iota: Sanctions are going to die in next decade. Ecuador particularly and UNASUR generally, should be looking at three things: nationalizing all central banks; expelling all foreign and absentee land owners; and creating a crypto-currency at the same time that they leave the SWIFT system. All IMF and WB officials should be declared Personna Non Grata.
I have written many times in the past, that if the government was ever foolish enough to attack the Second Amendment, there would be open rebellion. Some have snickered at this suggestion. However, we now are beginning to acquire some data that shows that Americans will never up their guns unless the gun is taken from the cold, dead hand of the gun owner.
Massachusetts is that first foolish state to move on the Second Amendment, but certainly will not be the last state to ban bump stocks for firearms.
History has spoken on this issue, and American politicians are not listening to the lessons previously learned.
The bimp stock confiscation law went into effect almost three weeks ago. Have the police had to hire new employees who are needed to assist in the collection of these now banned accessories? Not exactly, because after three weeks, the police cannot believe the fact that only four, countem, FOUR people have turned in their bump stock.
In case the readers do not know, bump stocks, can be substituted for a rifles standard stock. This permits the gun owner to fire a gun that is more like an automatic weapon than a standard issue rifle. This recent law went into effect after it was announced that the suspected gunman in the Las Vegas Massacre, Stephen Paddock, had a dozen rifles...
Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another. We are continuing to develop, test, and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and are updating our regulated goods policies to reflect this evolution, Monika Bickert, head of Facebooks global policy management, said in a statement on Friday evening.
President Barack Obama and state attorneys general, as well as gun control activist groups Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns backed by billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had been urging the worlds top social media website to crack down on private gun sales, USA Today reported.V
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The last time Facebook took gun-related action was in March of 2014, when it blocked posts involving gun transactions to minors and required user-controlled pages to adopt wording telling others to obey local and federal laws and regulations. The site already bans arranging sales of marijuana, pharmaceuti...
A serious incident took place at 10 a.m. on Friday morning, when five Turkish warships threatened to sink the drillship SAIPEM 12000 commissioned by the Italian energy company ENI. The drillship had set to reach block 3 of Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in a new effort to reach Soupia target. SAIPEM could not reach
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Zayner is no stranger to stunts in biohackingloosely defined as experiments, often on the self, that take place outside of traditional lab spaces. You might say he invented their latest incarnation: He's sterilized his body to "transplant" his entire microbiome in front of a reporter. He's squabbled with the FDA about selling a kit to make glow-in-the-dark beer. He's extensively documented attempts to genetically engineer the color of his skin. And most notoriously, he injected his arm with DNA encoding for CRISPR that could theoretically enhance his musclesin between taking swigs of Scotch at a live-streamed event during an October conference. (Experts sayand even Zayner himself in the live-stream concededit's unlikely to work.)
So when Zayner saw Ascendance Biomedical's CEO injecting himself on a live-stream earlier this month, you might say there was an uneasy flicker of recognition.
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Thats because the Legislature last year voted to require school districts to choose between holding elections to coincide either with the May primaries or the November general elections. Read the rest
My uncle John is a retired Los Angeles police officer. He doesnt like to talk about it, but if I buy him enough drinks, hell tell how he captured an armed bad guy on the streets of LA, although my uncle was off-duty and unarmed.
The story involves car chases, foot chases, and a shotgunand the guy holding it wasnt my uncle. Fortunately, everything worked out that day, and a dangerous criminal was off the streets because my uncle risked his lifeoff the clock.
I think about my Uncle John every time I read an all-too-frequent report like this one: The armed school resource officer assigned to protect students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took a defensive position outside the school and did not enter the building while the shooter was killing students and teachers inside [all emphasis added] with an AR-15 assault-style rifle, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday.
Most Americans are astonished and outraged to hear this. How can a police officerhow can any personstand around listening to innocent kids being shot?
Most Americans dont know this happens all the time. Remember the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando?
As the largest mass shooting [at that time] in modern U.S. history began to unfold, an off-duty police officer working at a gay nightclub exchanged gunfire with the suspect. But three hours passed before one of the nations most revered SWAT teams stormed the building and brought the attack that left 49 people and the gunman dead to an end.
The ISIS-wannabe was in a shoot-out with a cop before he even got in the building. But for some reason, the cop didnt follow him in. Shots fired inside. Nothing. Then SWAT waited outside, even as shots rang out from inside the building.
Remember Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut? Newtown officers arrived at the school while the gunman was still shooting but did not enter the building for more than five minutes, according to a prosecutors report. The state police conducted a comprehensive review of events that day, but didnt interview any Newtown police officers who were the first responders on the scene. Newtown police didnt do their own after-action report, either. Whats to review, right?
This list goes on and on. Up in Canada during the 1898 massacres at Ecole Polytechnique: As officers...
The traditional American notion of almost absolute freedom of speech may have run its course.
Journalist and academic Damon Linker says some Americans may be having second thoughts about what weve come to accept as free speech. In this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast, he talks to Jeff Schechtman about his recent analysis that found free speech is under siege from all sides.
Linker notes whats happening on college campuses, where arguments over diversity are polarizing students and faculty, and, on the political right, where state power is being marshaled to suppress unpatriotic speech. The result, according to Linker, is a potential constriction of public dialogue and a clear decline in democratic values.
Civics classes once taught that untrammeled freedom of speech would allow the truth to triumph. But does this work when propaganda, multiplied many fold by social media, drowns out other voices in a blare of noise?
In his conversation with Schechtman, Linker digs deep into the many complexities of the issue and what the current situation portends for the future of democracy.
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the grand jury indictment of three Russian companies and thirteen Russian nationals on February 16, 2018. The indictment alleges that the defendants took part in a multi-layered, multi-million dollar scheme to surreptitiously participate in the most recent presidential election. The defendants are charged with aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit mail and bank fraud and with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government. The indictment asserts that the purpose of the enterprise was to obstruct the lawful governmental functions of the United States by dishonest means in order to enable the Defendants to interfere with U.S. political and electoral processes, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
One of the companies and four of the individual defendants are charged specifically with six counts of aggravated identity theft. The crime involves unlawfully possessing, using, or transferring the identity of someone else in connection with the commission of one of a series of other offenses, such as wire or bank fraud. The offense is punishable by imprisonment for a mandatory two years (five years if the predicate offense is a federal crime of terrorism). The indictment lists six instances in which a victims social security number and/or date of birth were used in conjunction with acts of wire and bank fraud to open bank accounts or secure credit cards.
One of the companies and two of the Russian nationals are charged with conspiracy to com...
Over one-third of all security incidents start with phishing emails or malicious attachments sent to company employees, according to F-Secure. Types of attacks The single most common source of breaches analyzed in the report was attackers exploiting vulnerabilities in an organizations Internet facing services, which accounted for about 21 percent of security incidents investigated by F-Secures incident responders. Phishing and emails with malicious attachments together accounted for about 34 percent of breaches, which F-Secure Principal More
The tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida got a little bit worse yesterday as news emerged that the armed school resource officer on duty, Scot Peterson, failed to even enter the building as the shooting was taking place. Faced with a potential suspension over his lack of action, Peterson resigned his post this week. At a press conference at which Sheriff Scott Israel disclosed the armed guards failure, he said that Peterson should have, Gone in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.
Social media erupted on Thursday night with condemnation of Petersons cowardice. Although he may have been under no legal obligation to put his life at risk to stop the shooting, given the heroism of students and teachers who died protecting others, his failure didnt look very good. There is no doubt that Peterson will suffer from demons of that day with or without external criticism. He has his own cross to bear now. But the more important question is how his failure fits into a broader picture of incompetence before and during the mass killing.
Serious questions arise about how fit Peterson was for his job, and whether anybody bothered to find out. Had Peterson received sufficient training to know how to respond to this kind of incident? Were specific protocols in place that he was to follow? An internal investigation is now being launched to hopefully answer these questions.
In addition to the news about Peterson, on Thursday we learned that police, upon arriving on the scene, went to view security cameras and believed for some time that they were watching a live feed, when in fact it had been rewound by 20 minutes. Confused police thought the gunman was still on the second floor of the school, when in fact he was on his way to Wal-Mart to buy a soda.
According to the Sun Sentinel, at 2:54 pm police watched tape of the suspect, believing it was live, even though the perpetrator had left the building long before. The sheriffs office described this as a communications failure. The same security camera system eventually identified the inaction of officer Peterson. The more we learn about the local police preparation and response to the shooting, the more it seems like a shambolic effort, rife with mistakes and carelessness.
The natural question that arises is whether anything could have been done to increase the competence and preparedness of the Broward County police force before this kind of school shooting. At a CNN town hall Wednesday night, Israel all but berated National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch for daring to suggest that law enforcement dropped the ball. Rather than taking some blame and talking about how to do better, he claimed innocence, even though he likely knew of Petersons actions, or lack ther...
Its a fair question that I and millions of my fellow conservatives have been asked repeatedly since the Florida school shooting Why do conservatives care so much about their guns?
Most liberals who have asked me have done so out of sincere confusion, justifiable anger even, about the senseless deaths at the hands of school shooters since Columbine. Theyre asking in good faith and a sincere desire to prevent future mass shootings.
Colleagues of mine have done an excellent job responding to the arguments about whether or not gun control would be effective, what it might legislatively look like, whether its constitutional, and answering a variety of political questions, and still the debate rages on. And it will continue to rage, so long as these kinds of horrific acts of violence continue to happen.
But I want to answer the more fundamental question. Why do conservatives care so much about our guns?
Liberals seem to think we care because its our right or merely because of the Second Amendment, but this isnt the primary driver behind our thinking. If it were, liberals might reasonably conclude that we dont care, and rightly feel they hold the moral high ground. Their position is that safe schools should be valued over my gun. But this isnt just about my right to keep and bear arms, whatever you may think that phrase written into the Constitution in 1791 means in 2018.
Fundamentally, this is about the governments responsibility to prove I have committed a crime before taking away my rights. Let me explain.
The Second Amendment must be read in context of the entire law and the acknowledgement in the Declaration of Independence that our rights are pre-political, that our rights predate the Constitution and are therefore not granted by government as mere privileges bestowed upon worthy individuals who satisfy some kind of government standard.
Our government does not have rights. Our government has limited powers carefully and specifically granted through the Constitution for the sole purpose of preserving and protecting all of the rights of the individual. What can the government constitutionally presume about me if I want to to own a firearm? Whose burden is it to show that I should or should not be able to possess a firearm?
This is why the ...
Leftisms cult of youth is coming out in glorious display by showcasing Stoneman Douglas High School students and their pending movement for severe gun control measures. Yes, cult perfectly suits a media rendered awe-stricken and rationally stunted by the shrieks of children. They share a psychological profile with historic cultists, from Adolph Hitlers Nuremberg crowds to Jim Jones flock: the mind shuts down and rewires itself to make rationalin a democracy!such Manichaean claims like Youre either with us or youre against us.
But so much of leftism makes sense when you realize its a species of Christian heresy, gnostic millenarianism to be exact, that perverts so many of orthodox Christianitys fundamental teachings. In this case, its Jesus teaching, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.
Christians have never taken Jesus words to mean children should govern the church, administer pastoral oversight, do theology, or conduct worship. His attention to childrens faith is more about their complete dependency and passive reception of his gifts. Still, this hasnt stopped errant Christians and their leftist kin from granting to youth an angelic, untarnished, innocent wisdom.
In the church, this errancy takes the form of youth services or the like, those annual events in which titillated adults grant raw authenticity to the nervous pleas of confused youth awkwardly on display in the sanctuary. Always its the same message: You old-timers are complacent and hypocritical! Church for you is just a social club and dead rituals! You have to change!
The sly among the adults will chuckle and foresee Miss Impassioned Teen 20 years hence, with coifed hair, a clique of friends, and forced smile after a weary week of mothering, looking complacent, social clubby, and awfully hypocritical while she mouths her hymns. And the beat goes on, a perverted ritual marking Christianitys own present demise into gnostic millenarianism.
Leftism, as a species of Christian heresy, retains this same cultish regard of youth, but freed from any pretense of being Christian, takes it to the extreme. What explains it, and how do we parse it?
Ground zero for the claim that leftism is a species of Christian heresy is eighteenth-century political philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Hegel feared what English Enlightenment thinking would do for Christianitys ethical claims on the western mind. He feared English empiricism, with its materialism...
Pennsylvanias legislature gained a third chamber over the weekend. No one can quite say how it happened.
Usually, such as sweeping constitutional alteration would require an amendment, if not a state convention. The change would have been deliberated and argued about in newspapers and on television. There would be op-eds and blog posts, ads on the radio, chatter in the streets. Instead, this one arose by other means. Organically, you might say, in the way that cancer is organic. This mutation in the weakened body politic metastasized, leaving an unseemly growth on the state constitution, one that threatens to kill the whole patient.
The change took the people of the Keystone State unawares. While we dozed through a rainy three-day weekend, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared itself a lawmaking body, one over which the real legislators have no veto. They did so for all the usual reasons tyrants do what they do. Fairness. Equity. Justice. All things that, in a persons own mind, he and he alone represents. They had a good story to tell, one that the mainstream media was apt to believe. The only thing they lacked was the law. But no matter. Courts do not need such things in Pennsylvania anymore.
The courts Democratic majority would deny that any such change took place. They would say they were doing their job, interpreting the law, not making it up out of whole cloth. But not long after inventing a new requirement for congressional districting, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court invented the map, too. Rather than judging the legislatures efforts against the legal standard (a standard they pulled out of thin air, but a standard, at least) they took the pencil out of the legislatures hands and said well just write the thing ourselves.
In other countries, in other times, we would call that a coup dtat. Here, its just another day in the life of a country where the people have forgotten that the legislature is the branch that is supposed to write laws. Want to change the laws? Change the legislature. Win an election. Or, if you cant do that, apparently, just run to court and get someone to override the peoples will.
The power-grab had three stages. The courts majority carried out the first step in January when they issued an order striking down the Congressional Redistricting Act of 2011 (the act that created the congressional districts for the next five elections based on the 2010 census). The timing alone raises an eyebrow. How did a law passed in 2011 meet constitutional requirements then, but get struck down seven years later in January 2018? What changed in those seven years to push the law from constitutional to unconstitutional?
Nothing changed with the law, which admittedly created the most bizarrely shaped Ho...
Rev. Billy Graham fell asleep in the loving embrace of Jesus on February 21, 2018. His name conjures up so many images for so many different people. Obviously he was best known as the dignified everyman evangelist who led numerous crusades. This was a man who could fill a sports arena to get people to hear about the good news of Jesus Christ, a subject most of us would feel timidity about bringing up at the water cooler.
He was also the moral conscience of this nation in more ways than one. Three days after the darkest hour in modern U.S. history, Graham was asked to address our entire country from the Washington National Cathedral. On September 14, 2001, he said these words:
We come together today to affirm our conviction that God cares for us, whatever our ethnic, religious or political background may be. The Bible says that He is the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troublesThe Bible says, God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
But how do we understand something like this? Why does God allow evil like this to take place? Perhaps that is what you are asking. You may even be angry at God. I want to assure you that God understands these feelings that you may have. Weve seen so much that brings tears to our eyes and makes us all feel a sense of anger. But God can be trusted, even when life seems at its darkest. What are some of the lessons we can learn?
First, we are reminded of the mystery and reality of evil. I have been asked hundreds of times why God allows tragedy and suffering. I have to confess that I do not know the answer. I have to accept, by faith, that God is sovereign, and that He is a God of love and mercy and compassion in the midst of sufferingThe lesson of this event is not only about the mystery of iniquity and evil, but, second, its a lesson about our need for each other.
What an example New York and Washington have been to the world these past few days! None of us will forget the pictures of our courageous firefighters and police, or the hundreds of people standing patiently in line to donate blood. A tragedy like this could have torn our country apart, but instead it has united us.
So those perpetrators who took this on to tear us apart, it has worked the other wayit has backlashed. We are more united than ever before. I think this was exemplified in a very moving way when the members of our Congress stood shoulder to shoulder and sang, God Bless America. Finally, difficult as it may be for us to see right now, this event can give a message of hopehope for the present and hope for the future.
The anti-religious often claim that clergy peddl...
If Iran is the most prominent state sponsor of terrorism in the world, can its president be called a centrist? What about if under that president Iran has become the worlds leading executioner of all people per capita, and of women and children on an absolute basis?
Does a president termed the Diplomatic Sheikh, a man who brags about deceiving the West in negotiations to buy time to advance Irans nuclear program; who describes such diplomatic engagement as jihad; and who calls for still more jihad and resistance against Israel while pointing 250,000 rockets at it, strike you as centrist?
If that president served for 40 years at the highest levels of the Islamic revolutionary regime as the first official following the overthrow of the shah who, standing steadfast at Ayatollah Khomeinis side, called for public executions to chill opponents of the revolution, can he rightly be called a centrist? And how, pray tell, are we to distinguish between this supposedly centrist president and the Khomeinist regime under which he serves in the first place?
In Iran, hardliner supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini is truly supreme. Khameini blesses or directs every aspect of national policy. The president is constitutionally subordinate. Further, the supreme leader has power direct and indirect over the Guardian Council, which is responsible for vetting and approving all presidential candidates, not to mention ratifying all legislation parliament passes.
Stated simply: The president serves at the pleasure of the supreme leader and his cronies. The national security and foreign policy establishment nevertheless would have us believe otherwise. Witness the intelligence communitys (IC) newly released assessment of worldwide threats. In the ICs estimation:
Iranian centrist and hardline politicians increasingly will...
The #MeToo movement shows no sign of slowing its glacial roll of accusations of sexual misconduct against men in positions of power across American society, despite growing unease and cautionary words from some critics. The most recent man firmly positioned in the front lines of this trial by media is Clarence Thomas, whose accusers are now calling for his impeachment.
The prominent media stories of women who want Thomas removed from the Supreme Court and disciplined are filled with details and emotions, but they lack proper attention to the right of due process in our nation. Due process isnt some arcane legal doctrine, inaccessible to all but the most well versed lawyers and legal scholars. Due process is a basic legal premise for all Americans meant to ensure that every citizen receives fair treatment in the judicial process.
Only one right is specifically detailed twice in the Constitution, and that is the right to due process, which appears first in the Fifth Amendment, where people can not be: deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, and again in the Fourteenth Amendment, where the Due Process Clause includes those exact same words.
Any attempt to impose harsh consequences on people without legal process passively erodes the due process right enshrined in the Constitution, and Americans should take notice and defend their right. Emotionally, it may seem fair or even just when people with lots of seemingly credible accusations against them lose their jobs or livelihoods, but theres more at stake than one persons job or a personal sense of justice here.
All of this circles back to the current climate around accusations, and how and where they should be made, when a well placed narrative story can ruin a reputation as soon as it goes viral. Its in this culture that these accusations have resurfaced against Thomas, and the publications running them know theyll shape the national conversation and the legacies of all involved.
None of this is to say that the women involved should be silenced, or that speaking out against abuse is the wrong thing to do. The opposite is true. If misconduct has occurred, it does need to see the light of the day and be investigated. But it needs to be inves...
Solidarity is our weapon. In Greece, Turkey and Macedonia, the enemy lies in banks and ministries.
Originally published by Vogliamo tutto e per tutti.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
Solidarity is our weapon
In Greece, Turkey and Macedonia, the enemy lies in banks and ministries
Patriotism is the principle that will justify the training of wholesale murderers, Leo Tolstoy
We will not beautify the situation. It is more than evident that those who participated in the two rallies for the Macedonian issue in Athens and Thessaloniki are not fascists in their majority. If most of them were fascists, Greece would have entered a civil war by now. Here starts the dangerous part, however. Someone stated that political hegemony does not concern majorities, but content. It is clear that fascism was hegemonic in those two rallies. The rallies provided the opportunity to a heterogeneous rabble and the right-wing scums of the greek society to mobilize under the flag of patriotism, of national unity, and the threat of an imaginary foreign enemy. Those who participated in the rallies, yes those non-fascists that we mentioned before, walked (even if they do not admit it) side by side with far-right party members, neo-Nazis, militaries, the church, and many other ludicrous personas of the far-right circus. Their presence in the rallies strengthened and normalized the HOMELAND-RELIGION-FAMILY dogma of the greek far-right, in other words, they legitimized nationalism dressed in the light cloak of patriotism. Simultaneously, the rallies were embraced by the most violent actors of the greek far-right (Nazis, autonomous fas...
Colton Haab, a JROTC Cadet at Stoneman Douglas High School, appeared on Fox News Tucker Carlson Tonight to explain how a CNN producer scrapped his own thoughts and rewrote his questions for the CNN town hall event on Wednesday night.
Originally, I had thought that it was going to be more of my own question and my own say and then it turned out to be more of just a script, Haab said. She had actually said that over the phone that I needed to stick to the script.
Haab described how he had emailed CNN Producer Carrie Stevenson his thoughts, as she had asked, only to get multiple emails back asking for his thoughts in a different format, then with different words altogether.
What they had actually done was wrote out a question for me, he said.
On a previous interview Haab did with CNN, he shared his thoughts on arming teachers and allowing those who are willing to carry on campus. Haab said he absolutely thought that CNN producers rewrote questions for his classmates who participated in the event.
It was a little piece of paper cut out. And I know for a fact that nobody cut their own paper out and wrote their own question. Especially when they were all based off the same topic. So, to me, it from right there it showed this isnt correct. Why do they all have the same size piece of paper with a short little question on it?
Haab said it was because of this that he decided not to attend the event. To me it was a total waste of my time, honestly.
A recent Pew Research poll found 51 percent of millennials have a negative view of capitalism, which is not at all surprising when you consider a 2017 Harvard University poll that reveals 54 percent of millennials identify as Democrats. I work with such a woman.
Sarah silkscreens phrases like America was never great and Capitalism Sucks onto T-shirts and sells them online for between $30 to $50 apiece. Its her way of resisting, and it nets her $1,500 a month. She wont call it a business, because in her mind business is a consortium of rapacious swindlers, so she calls it a site.
We work in a restaurant together and frequently talk while setting up for service. Im old enough to be her father and, although we disagree on just about everything, I love our conversations. Its a lot like talking to my younger selfthe same enthusiastic, rebellious spirit; the same fears.
I was an art school student from a Democrat household at her age. I shopped at thrift stores and dabbled in photography. I made zines at Kinkos. I lived off credit cards and threw away the bills. I smoked cheap weed and listened to Bob Dylan sing Forget the debts youve left, they will not follow you.
As a young man my entire worldview was an attempt to justify my lack of restraint and discipline. I did things that were easy. I could rationalize hitting the bars instead of the books because I was an artist. You see, I was gaining valuable life experience that would add texture to my subtle, nuanced poetry about how beauty only reveals itself to the destitute. Remember that ridiculous plastic bag scene in American Beauty? I loved it.
It required nothing of me to hate on the wealthy except my own arrogant belief that financial success was only possible through theft or exploitation. I didnt have to understand economics to know that the people on the commuter train had deliberately bought in to a false knowledge, and they deserved to be chained to their briefcases and neckties for joining the business class in their grotesque parade of greed.
Im pretty sure I would have loved Bernie Sanders, just like my friend Sarah does. Id probably be joining the chorus of people equating a tax cut to mass murder, telling Second Amendment supporters theyre murderers, or calling attempts to pass health-care legislation attempted mass murder because that, too, is easy.
Its easier to count your unfulfilled wishes than your blessings. Our way of life feels so natural that its easy to forget how truly unique it is, especially during a time when outrage and victimhood are held in higher esteem than commerce and manufacturing.
Dana Loesch described on The Federalist Radio Hour podcast what happened behind the scenes of Wednesdays CNNs televised town hall event titled, Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action. Loesch, representing the National Rifle Association as their national spokesperson, said she wasnt informed until hours before of the events format or that students would be asking questions.
I had nothing in advance. I didnt know how the setup was going to be. I didnt know it was going to be in a giant arena where it was 360 all the way around. I had no clue, she said. But I wanted to go and represent the people that I was representing, and also because Im a parent tooI have kids and my oldest child is just a couple of years younger than these students.
The audience had already filled the arena and the event had started two hours before the cameras were even turned on, Loesch said.
They had music that was playing. They had montages that they were flashing across the screen. They had a number of speakers from the school and from the community. They had the sheriff go up and speak. He mentioned special interest groups, referring to the membership of the NRA.
Then they brought the politicians outand that was the first hour. After all of this was already happening, after emotions were already running high, and after CNN put everyone together and cranked up, really trying to wind people up even more.
I had no questions in advance. It was even weird the way they had us walk out because it was like entering like you were a boxer or like WWE. You were walking up to the stage and they had music playing. You had to walk in aisles with all these people screaming and you had to walk toward the stage. Thats how you entered.
As Loesch and her security detail walked toward the stage, audience members shouted at her phrases like, murderer, child killer, and burn her. Jake Tapper, CNNs chief washington correspondent and anchor of The Lead, was the event moderator.
I know Jake, and it might strike a nerve, me saying this, but I think he lost control, Loesch said.
I dont know if he lost control or if that was CNNs intention, because [CNN President] Jeff Zucker was there. When we were backstage getting ready to go out, Jeff Zucker came in. He doesnt just show up for nothing. This is not a day at the ballpark. It was weird.
There was no control. It just went on forever and ever. At some point, youre just desensitized, because where is the moderation? This is where a moderator drives this. Youre a moderator, you have to make sure pe...
An indie game currently in development, Phantom Block, is changing up videogaming conventions: the level editor is also the actual game.
Phantom Block is a 2D side-scroll game, like classic Mario games, where you have to not only progress through the level, but edit the level in order as you progress before the screen catches up with you. The game is aesthetically retro, and the music pays homage to the classic 8- and 64-bit tunes.
You play as the character Boomer, and guide him in his quest to collect coins, travel the world, and defeat mischievous Ballums, enemies that resemble gelatinous blobs. You take advantage of the mysterious Phantom Blocks that can be used to travel through walls, bounce extra high, or stick to walls.
There are already more than 30 levels in game, but you can also create your own and play ones that others have created, like a level-building inception. There are also hidden levels to unlock depending on how you do in the level.
Level-building aspects of games have been around for a while, but rarely as a center point of a game. Level-building gained tremendous spotlight with the release of Mario Maker in 2015, which critics and fans, young and old, loved. Mario Maker allows you to create your own levels, unlocking new features as you go along, and play not only the levels created by you and your friends, but with players all over the world.
In the first month Mario Maker sold 500,000 copies in America, getting to 1 million copies sold by January. Eight months after the release, players all over the world had made 7 million courses, and the game had been played more than 600 million times. The levels showcase fans humor, ingenuity, and creativity. Countless YouTubers and Lets-Players had a field day with Mario Maker, playing everything from entertaining levels to ones that seem actually impossible (with success rates of 0.01 percent for some levels).
Alhough Phantom Block is currently in development, you can download the demo of the game on their website. Some gamers are very excited about the concept: Nice spin on the Mario-style platformer! I love the different ways you can move in the game! commented user Finneshim.
Steam user Jesala added, At first, I just thought meh, just another platformer. The graphics and style are just so understated. But as the trailer continued I became more and more interested. The gameplay is sharp and inventive. I cant wait.
This game is another demonstration of how developers are always seeking to make games fresh and new by expanding the boundaries of possibility in our fast-changing world. Though many games never make it past development into completion, especially indie games, it has sparked gamers interest and hopefull...
Mesa police have released body cam footage showing their officers slam an 84-year-old grandmother to the ground. They deliberately blurred the entire video, however, their abuse is clearly visible.
The post Police Release Body Cam, Showing Officers Brutally Assault 84yo Grandmother appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) Turkeys Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday that Syrian government air strikes in eastern Ghouta were unacceptable, and called on Russia and Iran to put pressure on Damascus authorities.
Turkeys Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu
Russia and Iran need to stop the Syrian government, Cavusoglu said, adding that an offensive by pro-government forces in the northern Syrian province of Idlib also violated an agreement between Turkey, Iran and Russia.
Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Dominic Evans
Russias UN ambassador, Vasily A. Nebenzya, dismissed reports of attacks on civilians in eastern Ghouta as disinformation and propaganda. Credit Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters
Despite the rain, hundreds of Tennessee residents and antifascist groups including Knoxville Radical Alliance, Mercy Junction, Middle Tennessee based antifascists, and multiple DSA chapters (Charlottesville, Northern Alabama, and Knoxville), gathered in Knoxville, Tennessee on February 17th to protest neo-Nazi leader Matthew Heimbach & his Traditionalist Workers Party coming to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville campus.
Submitted to Enough is Enough by Middle Tennessee Autonomous Network.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
Despite the rain, hundreds of Tennessee residents and antifascist groups including Knoxville Radical Alliance, Mercy Junction, Middle Tennessee based antifascists, and multiple DSA chapters (Charlottesville, Northern Alabama, and Knoxville), gathered in Knoxville, Tennessee on February 17th to protest neo-Nazi leader Matthew Heimbach & his Traditionalist Workers Party coming to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville campus.
Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters hold an ammunition belt near the city of Afrin, Syria February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil AshawiREUTERS
BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) The Turkish army struck a convoy entering Syrias Kurdish-held Afrin region, which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine.
In a statement on Friday, the Turkish military said a fleet of some 30-40 vehicles of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia had approached the main town of the northwest Afrin region. It said artillery targeted the convoy carrying terrorists, weapons and ammunition.
The YPG said the convoy, which arrived in Afrin late on Thursday, had transported civilians from the Jazeera region further east and other towns under the control of Kurdish forces.
Birusk Hasaka, the YPG spokesman in Afrin, said the convoy included hundreds of people. The shelling set some cars ablaze, wounding at least ten people and killing one passenger.
The convoy was headed to stand in solidarity with the people of Afrin, carrying food aid and medical supplies, he told Reuters.
Turkey launched an assault last month on Afrin, seeking to drive out the YPG which it deems a menace along its border. It denies hitting civilians during the offensive.
As always all attention and sensitivity was shown so that civilians were not harmed, the Turkish military said on Friday. It released aerial video footage showing a series of explosions and smoke rising from a country road.
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday the Turkish army was making every effort to avoid harming any civilians, which was extending the duration of the operation. Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli has previously dismissed reports of harmed civilians as false.
Human Rights Watch s...
Sometimes we see projects that are so clever while being remarkably simple, that we cant help thinking: Why didnt I think of that! Take [Haresh Karnan]s zipper robot, for example. Its a well-designed 3D-printed shell with two geared motors for traction, that can both undo and do up zippers. Behind that seemingly simple design probably lies a huge iterative design process to arrive at a shape perfect for the job, but the end result is so elegant that even [Haresh]s write-up and Hackaday.io page for the project are short and to the point. Download the STL file, snap in the motors, apply to a zipper, and away you go. He suggests rubber bands as a traction aid, but thats pretty much it.
The results can be seen in the video below the break. While we might be tempted to make jokes about the terminally lazy using this device to save unnecessary labour after a toilet break, we can see that it might have a real application. If you have any friends with restricted dexterity you will understand how having an automated helper with such a fiddly task as a zipper could be an extremely useful accessibility aid.
While were on the subject of zippers, if you missed it a few weeks ago heres our in-depth look at their story.
After sitting in Bionic-Proposed the past week, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS has officially moved from the Artful Aardvark's Linux 4.13 kernel to now running on Linux 4.15...
In our new war against ocean plastics - we have international law on our side
Tougher sanctions may jeopardise the latest detente between the two Koreas.
Finally a government official admitted the obvious: that the average citizens does not see the improvements in economy as they are been recorded in spread sheets and in the upgrades of the contrys credit ratings. Touring the island of Crete and meeting with local authorities, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said Some things are done, there
The post FinMin Tsakalotos admits Citizens do not see the economy improvements appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.
Theres an unsettling premise at the heart of Joe Brewers lifes work.
Brewer is a change strategist dedicated to ensuring a thriving global civilization exists 100 years from nowand he believes this is becoming less likely every year. Theres rising instability in our fragile and rapidly changing biosphere, he says, and society is unlikely to escape harm.
We are going through a period of planetary change, and there is a collapse dynamic thats already happening. The global scale social complexity we have today is at risk, and we may lose it, he told me in a conversation for Singularity Hub.
Without the North, Nigeria and Nigerians would be reduced to nonentities. In 2005, Goldman Sachs Investment Bank forecast that Nigeria More
Natural News| Psychiatric drug use is on the rise in the U.S., with one out of every six Americans now taking some type of medication in this category. This is highly concerning given the scary side effects and poor effectiveness of many of these drugs, but there is one particularly disturbing aspect of this trend that seems to get glossed over, and that is the extraordinary number of children who are taking such drugs.
Mental health watchdog group Citizens Commission on Human Rights is drawing attention to the concerning fact that more than a million kids younger than six in our nation are currently taking psychiatric drugs.
While around half of these children are four to five years old, an incredible 274,804 of them are younger than a year old. Thats right: babies are being given psychiatric drugs. The number rises for toddlers aged two to three, with 370,778 kids in this category taking psychiatric drugs overall.
Data from IMS Health shows that the situation only gets worse as kids get older, with 4,130,340 kids aged 6 to 12 taking some type of psychiatric drug.
You might be forgiven for assuming that most of these statistics are made up by kids taking ADHD drugs given how common that approach seems to be nowadays, but it really only accounts for a small portion of it, with 1,422 of those younger than a year old and just over 181,000 of those aged four to five taking ADHD drugs.
Antidepressants and antipsychotics put forth some surprising figures, but the biggest category of psychotic drugs given to children appears to be anti-anxiety drugs. Just over 227,132 babies under one and nearly 248,000 of those aged four to five take these medications.
These numbers are even more shocking when you consider the fact that experts believe these estimates are far too low and the real numbers are actually much higher, due in part to the tendency for some doctors to hand out psychiatric medications for...
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I was surprised to learn that up until this week, Mir's initial Wayland support didn't allow for windows of Wayland clients to be moved around the screen...
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Antimatter is notoriously tricky to store and study, thanks to the fact that it will vanish in a burst of energy if it so much as touches regular matter. The CERN lab is one of the only places in the world that can readily produce the stuff, but getting it into the hands of the scientists who want to study it is another matter (pun not intended). After all, how can you transport something that will annihilate any physical container you place it in? Now, CERN researchers are planning to trap and truck antimatter from one facility to another.
Antimatter is basically the evil twin of normal matter. Each antimatter particle is identical to its ordinary counterpart in almost every way, except it carries the opposite charge, leading the two to destroy each other if they come into contact. Neutron stars and jets of plasma from black holes may be natural sources, and it even seems to be formed in the Earths atmosphere with every bolt of lightning.
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On my weekly radio show, I recently interviewed Liam McCormack, the head of testing for Consumer Reports (CR)a resource and monthly magazine with seven million print and online subscribers. It has always been a wonder to me why seventy million people dont take advantage of this honest, non-profit testing organization that gives you the lowdown on just about every kind of consumer productand some servicesthat you buy regularly.
Year after year, month after month, Consumer Reports proves its worth to consumers through money saved, aggravation avoided and safety advanced. Founded in 1936, this venerable organization takes no advertising and is as incorruptible as any organization can possibly be.
Here are just a few examples of naming names and suggesting better purchases:
AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon cost an average of $960 a year. Well tell you about the carrier that provides better voice quality and costs $360 a year. You can save $600 a year.
Comparing price, selection and service of more than 20 chain retailers, consumer satisfaction scored Costco higher than Walmart.
Youve heard the Geico insurance ads15 minutes saving you 15 percent. CR advises you compare insurance companies every two or three years, adding, After 20 years with Geico, one of our readers switched to highly-rated Amica insurance companies and saved $793 on her coverage.
The most expensive brands, whether cars or mattresses, are not often the best buy, whether it is a Mercedes-Benz car or an Apple computer, or a Serta mattress. CRs own testing results often show other brandsincluding lesser known ones, are a better deal for a variety of reasonsincluding price and performance.
To show how much you can save and how you pay for rewarding name-brand advertisers, Consumer Reports tested the Serta Comfort Smart Support HB300Q, which costs $2,275, and had unimpressive back support. By contrast, the Denver Mattress Doctors Choice received a CR top-rating with very good back support and is priced at $500!
CRs food testing and advice can save your family hundreds of dollars a year while protecting your health and saving you additional health care expenses.
One of the magazines innovations was their Annual Auto Issue. Lets say youre thinking about buying a car or selling a car. Youll receive detailed ratings, reliability, recommendations, photos and base price ranges for 240+ recently tested cars and trucks.
CR doesnt shy away from controversy. It writes that doctors recommending CT scans include many physicians who underestimate the risk of CT scans, whose substantial radiat...
Mays aim for cabinet unity around Canada plus model unlikely to impress Brussels
The UK prime minister faces a fundamental dilemma: avoiding flare-ups at home may only store up trouble in Brussels FT Montage/AFP/Getty
By Alex Barker and Jim Brunsden in Brussels and George Parker in
Financial Times (FT)
Theresa May on Thursday night hammered out a British strategy for future ties with the EU but was warned by a fellow European leader over the way ahead even before a Brexit Cabinet meeting had begun.
Meeting the British prime minister in Downing Street on Wednesday, 24 hours before the Chequers summit, Mark Rutte, Mrs Mays Dutch opposite number, urged her to ditch the idea of a three baskets trade deal.
This idea, floated by Mrs May in the past, seeks to divide a post-Brexit order into three areas; one where the UK maintains the same regulation as the EU; another where it uses rules of its own for the same outcomes; and a third where the UK takes a fundamentally different approach.
It would be better to say nothing at all, Mr Rutte said, according to officials familiar with Wednesdays meeting.
His blunt assessment captures the fundamental dilemma facing Mrs May as she seeks to unify her government around a common line: avoiding flare-ups at home may only store up trouble in Brussels.
For Mr Rutte and other EU27 leaders, the onus is on Mrs May to set out a credible plan that is clear and free from hybrid constructions that mask an unwillingness to make choices.
One has to accept the costs [of different models], said one senior EU diplomat. There is a tendency in the UK for politicians to mention lots of different specifics they would like. What we want is coherence, realism. Im not saying it is easy.
A senior French official said: We dont need lots of details. The issue is: can the UK government simply say they want a free-trade agreement?
Some British ministers also favour a more conventional free-trade deal rather than a broader accord with Brussels.
On Wednesday the European Commission circulated a 58-page document to EU27 member states making it plain that whatever compromise were agreed at Chequers, it was unlikely to fly.
Preserving the integrity of the single market excludes sector-by-sector participation
It includes a staircase chart that shows how, if Mrs May sticks to her negotiating red lines, the only option available is a traditional, unvarnished fr...
Arnaud Nourry, the CEO of Lagardre Publishing (the parent company of Hachette Book Group), gave an interview to Scroll.in in which he claims, "the eBook is a stupid product."
In the US and UK, the ebook market is about 20% of the total book market, everywhere else it is 5%-7% because in these places the prices never went down to such a level that the ebook market would get significant traction. I think the plateau, or rather slight decline, that we're seeing in the US and UK is not going to reverse. It's the limit of the ebook format. The ebook is a stupid product. It is exactly the same as print, except it's electronic. There is no creativity, no enhancement, no real digital experience. We, as publishers, have not done a great job going digital. We've tried. We've tried enhanced or enriched ebooks didn't work. We've tried apps, websites with our content we have one or two successes among a hundred failures. I'm talking about the entire industry. We've not done very well.
For an in-depth explanation of Arnaud Nourry's comments, we go to The Digital Reader:
Hachette's sales are low because Hachette keeps their ebook prices high. If you check the Author Earnings report, you will see that ebooks make up a significant part of the market. And it's not just a tiny group of readers who like ebooks; almost all of romance has gone digital, as well as around half of the SF market.
This guy understands so little about ebooks that it is almost frightening.
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Todays Front Bench covers last nights Brexit summit at Chequers. A sample of the email is below. If you like what you see, sign up here. Dont forget to vote in the poll and leave your reasoning in the comments below. The best responses will feature in this afternoons Brexit Briefing.
Forget three baskets, it sounds like we might only need one. Well, at least for most things. The much-hyped Brexit war cabinet away day to Chequers has come and gone with an agreement reached and no one flouncing out or resigning.
We wont find out exactly what was agreed over slow-braised Guinness short rib and lemon tart until next week. However, the 11-strong core Cabinet has reportedly agreed to pursue mutual recognition of regulations. That is, the middle of three baskets or same goals, different methods. It means divergence is still possible, but should stave off feared job losses from the sudden erection of trade barriers.
Pro-Brexiteers are spinning it as divergence wins, with The Telegraph being told that Philip Hammond, a supporter of very modest Brexit, was shocked at the level of divergence agreed to.
Nevertheless, everyone seems to be relatively happy, with various media outlets being told that the PM played a blinder.
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Igalia's Jose Maria Casanova Crespo sent out a set of patches today for fixes that allow for the enabling of the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension within Intel's ANV Vulkan driver...
Polar ice melting has resulted in many new discoveries. The following clip taken from Russian nightly news with a transcript below gives the details a new island discovered by two young Russian students recently.
303 Galerius, Roman Emperor, published his edict that began the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Empire.
1387 King Charles III of Naples and Hungary was assassinated at Buda.
1582 Pope Gregory XIII announced the Gregorian calendar.
1786 Wilhelm Grimm, German philologist and folklorist, was born (d. 1859).
1822 The 1st Swaminarayan temple in the world, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahm...
United States Ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday night said that President Donald Trumps Middle East peace plan is nearly ready while speaking at the University of Chicagos Institute of Politics.
During a question-and-answer session led by the Institutes current head, David Axelrod, she said: Theyre coming up with a...
The prime minister loses no opportunity to speak about the need for simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. The president spoke about it as well in his address to parliament in end January.
With the drumbeats building up, it is time to dissect this proposal. It is a dangerous one. If pushed through, it will tinker with the basic structure of the constitution, alter the balance of Centre-state relations, further centralise powers, give more powers to the president and thereby modify the Indian parliamentary system for the worse.
Elections to the Lok Sabha and state as...
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Alex Baca is a Strong Towns member and writer who's sharing a guest article today about the need for safer, slower streets.
We build roads for the act of driving. As a result, we rarely build streets, which are meant for people. (More on the difference between a road and a street here.)
When the easiest way for people to get to where they need to go is to drive in their personal vehicle, the places we live suffer. It is not physically or geometrically possible to create space to accommodate the moving and the parking of a car for everyone, all of the time, and so our towns and cities spread out, making us and the cities we live in poorer. Furthermore, speeding is aided by the act of driving and abetted by the design of our roads. Both are at odds with safety: Theres a 15 percent crash risk and 5 percent fatality risk when driving at 20-25 miles per hour. That jumps to a 55 percent crash risk and 45 percent fatality risk when driving at 30-35 miles per hour. Fast-moving cars are the problem and thats why we have to slow them down.
A Complete Street design with designated spaces for bike users, cars, pedestrians and transit (Source: Crandall Arambula)
One way to slow cars down is to design a complete street. When we talk about complete streets, we usually mean Complete Streets the proper-noun version, of which Smart Growth America and its in-house National Complete Street Coalition can be generally regarded as the progenitor. Complete Streets, the proper-noun version, includes both the design of a street itself to equitably accommodate all users pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and driver...
- Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill Good evening, Im still reporting on: Google Has Killed Tons of Firms by Demonitization, 2070 Synopsis: An important part of coup is the ability to control independent reporters from presenting the news they think is fit to print out across the internet. Tucker Carlson has called Google the largest monopoly of today's world. So fearsome is their power that I really would feel better in saying less at this point than more, especially when Tucker says all that needs to be said at this point. Thank you, Tucker, and God speed. [insert Minds.com guy, Bill Ottman,thumbs up. Oh, this just in - literally - YouTube has re-I'm still reporting from outside of the one-time free-speech capitol of the world. Good day. Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - Natural Hemp Oil - Use promocode: BillStill for 10% off. Vets get 15% off. https://Naturalhempoil.com Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the Still Report, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillStill http://billstills.blogspot.in/ https://twitter.com/billstill https://www.facebook.com/TheStillReport https://www.pinterest.com/billstills/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/billstill http://billstills.tumblr.com/ https://...
Based on a true story of The White Rose a group of Germans who stood against the Nazis in Germany and paid with their lives.
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Coca-Cola and Nestl to Acquire Private Ownership of the Largest Reserve of Water in South America. Report By Amanda Froelich Global Research the Guarani Aquifer Private companies such as Coca-Cola and Nestl are allegedly in the process of acquiring private ownership of the largest...
Moldova seldom hits media headlines but the situation there is another example of creeping NATO expansion. The US is in the process of establishing its military presence there to make American soldiers and Russian peacekeepers watch each other through gun sights.
A principal agncia responsvel por conceder cidadania americana est promovendo uma importante alterao sua declarao de misso, ao remover o trecho que descreve os Estados Unidos como uma nao de imigrantes. O diretor do Servio de Cidadania e Imigrao (USCIS) dos EUA, L. Francis Cissna, anunciou na quinta-feira, em um e-mail para funcionrios da agncia a que The Intercept teve acesso, o novo texto:
O Servio de Cidadania e Imigrao dos EUA administra o sistema de imigrao legal do pas, protegendo sua integridade e sua promessa ao analisar de forma justa e eficiente os pedidos de benefcios de imigrao, ao mesmo tempo protegendo os cidados americanos, promovendo a segurana domstica e honrando nossos valores.
A redao anterior, ainda disponvel no site da agncia, dizia:
O USCIS defende a promessa da Amrica como uma nao de imigrantes, fornecendo informaes teis e precisas aos nossos clientes, concedendo benefcios de imigrao e cidadania, promovendo a conscincia e a compreenso da cidadania e assegurando a integridade do nosso sistema de imigrao.
Cissna ainda acrescentou: Creio que essa declarao simples e direta de nossa misso define o papel da agncia no sistema de imigrao legal do pas e o compromisso que temos com o povo dos EUA. O diretor destacou, especificamente, a remoo do termo clientes do texto, argumentando que a palavra passava a impresso errada.
O que fazemos no USCIS to importante para o pas, to relevante para os candidatos e requerentes, um trabalho s vezes to complicado, que nunca deveramos permitir que fosse considerado uma mera linha de produo ou mesmo que fosse descrito em termos comerciais ou de negcios, escreveu Cissna. Em especial, ao nos referirmos aos candidatos e requerentes dos benefcios de imigrao e aos beneficirios de tais requisies como clientes, promovemos uma cultura institucional que enfatiza a satisfao definitiva dos candidatos e requerentes, a despeito da apreciao correta de suas requisies nos termos da lei. De forma crtica, Cissna declarou tambm que o uso do termo leva crena equivocada de que servimos em primeiro lugar aos candidatos e requerentes, no ao povo norte-americano.
Todos os candidatos e requerentes devem ser tratados s...
February 22, 2018 Hezbollah Deputy Chief, Sheikh Naim Qassem, vowed that the Lebanese resistance wont cede one iota of its countrys territory. During a meeting in Beirut southern suburb (Dahiyeh) on Wednesday, Sheikh Qassem said that Hezbollah sticks to accuracy while defending its territory. We dont accept that our land or our territorial water be 
United Nations: Forty allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse were made during the last three months of 2017 against UN peacekeeping missions, agencies, funds and programmes and implementing partners, the world body said on Thursday.
Of the 40 accusations, 15 were reported from peacekeeping operations, 17 came from UN agencies...
Ecologists and agriculturalists find common ground in the future of farming post Brexit
An Open Letter on the subject of Adult Social Care (ASC) to County Councillor Helen SWIERS [Con.], in her capacity as Chair of North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), from County Councillor Tony RANDERSON [Lab.]. Like Councillor RANDERSON, Councillor SWIERS is also a Scarborough Borough Councillor (SBC).
I cannot in all conscience support this budget, although in a quite minute way sympathise with Cllr Dadd and the Executive in their uncomfortable positions in these times of Austerity foisted upon us all by their Tory Government.
It is diabolical that once again there is a recommendation for us all to chew over of yet another 2% precept on Social Services.
This is again another double whammy upon those good residents throughout North Yorkshire.
The Government has already received finances from us all to ensure Social Services are adequately catered for, just why should our citizens have to pay twice for the same service.
To put a further extra financial burden in the County Councils court, purely because of this continuous slashing of funding from Central Government, is a step too far. It just is not fair or equitable.
I am perfectly aware that the County Council has attempted to protect adult social care spending to a much greater extent than many other councils and it now spends 42% of its budget on social care of older people along with vulnerable adults, for this they must be applauded.
However, North Yorkshire citizens pay more Council Tax and receives less government funding along with having higher costs due to the delivery of its services right across Englands largest rural authority. This has to be correct because these are Cllr Dadds words and not my own, however I agree whole heartedly with them.
This being the case I have to beg the question from North Yorkshires illustrious Members of Parliament just what they are doing, if anything, to address this ludicrous situation, where our council tax in varying parts of North Yorkshire is higher than most if not all constituencies throughout Britain. Their unacceptable silence is deafening, it clearly is the case living in their respective Ivory Towers of yes you are struggling but Im alright, Jack.
It just cannot be right that once again our residents have to dig deep into their own pockets just in order to prop up failing government economic policies.
For the avoidance of doubt, I also take issue with the continuous term Savings when we should be clearly pointing out that these are Cuts to this County Councils funding.
I shall be...
the following text is the transcript of Professor Michel Chossudovskys presentation at the ROK National Assembly, , Seoul, South Korea, February 21, 2018 (see image below)
Fire and Fury was not invented by Donald Trump. It is a concept deeply embedded in US military doctrine. It has characterized US military interventions since the end of World War II.
What distinguishes Trump from his predecessors in the White House is his political narrative.
We are nonetheless at a dangerous crossroads. Foreign policy miscalculation could lead to the unthinkable. Bear in mind that MISTAKES are often what determine the course of World History.
Insanity in US foreign policy, not to mention the fiction that nuclear weapons are an instrument of peace as formulated by the Trump administration could lead to the unthinkable. Decision-makers in high office believe in their own propaganda.
A Pre-emptive first strike US nuclear attack against North Korea could potentially precipitate a Third World War.
About-turn in January? President Trump not only confirmed his support for the North-South Pyeongchang inter-Korean dialogue, he also stated his resolve to establish a direct dialogue with Pyongyang. A few weeks later, this peace-making rhetoric was replaced by a new gush of military threats against the DPRK.
From a strategic point of view, the US is intent upon undermining the North-South dialogue. In recent developments, reported by the US media a powerful military-intelligence faction within the Trump administration is pushing for a pre-emptive military strike on North Korea to take place during or in the immediate wake of the Winter Olympics.
The operation is labelled by Washington as a bloody nose attack consisting of a either a conventional or low yield tactical nuclear weapon attack against North Koreans missile facilities.
Even if nuclear weapons were not immediately used, the death toll in South Korea alone is estimated in the tens of thousands on the first day, in a conflict that could rapidly draw in nuclear-armed powers such as China and Russia.
Reality Check: FDAs Disinformation Campaign on Kratom Video Ben Swann The opioid crisis is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year. So why would the FDA crack down on a substance that may be helping millions of addicts...
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What is this country we are asked to love? This might once have been an easy question to answer. National identity was built around a range of institutions, considered to represent the national interest. Rebellion against them was characterised as treason. But one by one, these institutions have been subverted from within. Look to the top to see treachery at work.
The recent focus on SOAS sheds light on a series of important aspects of the way Prevent operates in universities, and in general
MANILA (Reuters) Philippine police killed 10 suspected drug peddlers and arrested 63 people in dozens of operations during the single deadliest night of the countrys ferocious war on drugs since police resumed participation in early December.
Since President Rodrigo Duterte allowed police to resume operations following a two-month suspension over the death of an unarmed teenager, 88 people have been killed and close to 9,000 arrested, the latest police data show.
The operations ran from Wednesday night through to Thursday morning in the province of Bulacan, north of Manila, the capital. This is the province where 32 people were killed in a single day in August last year.
Bulacan police chief Romeo Caramat said the 10 suspects were killed in eight different towns in 45 separate buy-bust incidents, or sting operations.
The living and working conditions of the millions of people living in the Attica prefecture and Athens have been surveyed by Marc on behalf of the Attica Regional Authorities in cooperation with the Labor Center of Athens. The results draw as no otherwise expected a grim picture of those living in the Greek
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The Last Oil -- Gwich'in David Solomon 'Rise Up and Defend Arctic and Caribou' Article by Brenda Norrell Watch live https://thelastoil.unm.edu/watch-live/ Censored News ALBUQUERQUE, David Solomon, Gwich'in of Fort Yukon, urged the people to rise up and defend the caribou and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as oil drilling again threatens the Gwich'in homeland. "We need you," David said,
Dominos Pizza says it is in no way affiliated with an adult entertainment website after news of the sites Dominos-ordering sex toy was announced on Thursday.
This is news to us, a Dominos spokesperson tells Fox News. We have not worked with this company, nor have we authorized them to use our name in conjunction with their toy.
The adult site introduced its new interactive vibrator, dubbed the RubGrub, in a press release issued on Thursday morning, describing the sex toy as an interactive vibrator that has the ability to order Dominos pizza immediately following an orgasm.
According to the press release, the RubGrub will be outfitted with a button affixed to the end of the device, which can be pre-programmed with the users payment and delivery information, meaning he/she would merely need to push the button to summon a cheese pizza.
While initially launching with the ability to order pizza, the adult entertainment company has plans to add additional restaurant chains, including those serving Mexican and Chinese food, reads the press release, adding the devices will be available sometime in the coming months for $19.95 a pop.
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Acoma Petuuche Gilbert opens The Last Oil symposium in New Mexico, the home of U.S. nuclear bombs, with words of prayer and respect for all life. By Brenda Norrell Censored News ALBUQUERQUE -- Petuuche Gilbert, Acoma, opened The Last Oil symposium, with prayer and a call for peace and respect, while questioning why the United States continues to build nuclear bombs to kill the people of the
Officer Scott Peterson waited four minutes outside the high school building after the shooting started. Seventeen people were killed in the six-minute ordeal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.
The armed police officer who stood outside a Florida high school while a gunman shot and killed 17 people resigned on Thursday and has been placed under investigation.
The resignation came amid a national debate in the United States about how to prevent future school shootings. The countrys powerful pro-gun lobby and some Republican lawmakers, including US President Donald Trump, have suggested arming school officials as a solution.
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What is the financial balance of EU membership for central Europe? Zsolt Darvas Bruegel FEBRUARY 6, 2018 EU membership led to major financial and economic advantages to central European Member States, partly by encouraging foreign investment. Widespread foreign ownership of capital brought many benefits but also resulted in large profits. Since central European
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Jaipur: Despite a massive crackdown, thousands of farmers protested against the Vasundhara Raje-led governments budget announcement in various parts of the state capital on Thursday (February 22). The protests were held under the leadership of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS).
In order to deter the agitating farmers from staging a mahapadav (mass sit-in) around the Rajasthan state assembly, the entry points of the capital were sealed and farmers leaders, including veteran Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Amara Ram who was leading the protest were arrested on Tuesday (February 20) under Section 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
On their way to the state capital to stage the protest, about 179 people from Chomu, Kala Dera, Jhunjhunu, Nagaur, Bikaner, Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh...
We told you two weeks ago that we were headed to Toulon as part of our collaboration with Free Street Theater. The aim of this project is to visit with people around Illinois and bring them together to talk about their relationship to the news and information in and about their communities not in a boring panel way, but in a way that's fun, genuine, collaborative and interactive. In a way that helps people talk to each other (and to us) across differences.
We are interested in what people have to say about their communities: what is special, what is misunderstood and what needs change. And we want to work with people to tell their own stories.
What exactly does that look like? Well, we dont have a formula yet. The workshops will be adapted to each host city, to the people and the news of each place.
How did we pick these places? It was sort of easy. We were invited. We introduced our project and said we needed some help figuring out where to go. As a relatively new media organization in Illinois based in Chicago, we wanted to make sure we leave our bubble and travel the state.
We chose the locations based on the details of the invitation, as well as the diversity in urban, suburban and rural locations. And while these are the first batch of locations, we still want to know whats up in your town. So please keep sending these invitations. Whether for this project or another, we want to visit you.
So, heres where were going, in addition to Toulon:
Before we hit the road, we thought itd only make sense to test out the idea in Chicago since ProPublica Illinois and Free Street are both based there. And Fr...
Late last month, ProPublica reported that the California man accused of killing a gay and Jewish University of Pennsylvania student was an avowed neo-Nazi and a member of Atomwaffen Division, one of the countrys most notorious extremist groups.
The news about the murder suspect, Samuel Woodward, spread quickly throughout the U.S., and abroad. Woodward was accused of fatally stabbing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein and burying his body in an Orange County park.
The report, it turns out, was also taken up in the secretive online chats conducted by members of Atomwaffen Division, a white supremacist group that celebrates both Hitler and Charles Manson.
I love this, one member wrote of the killing, according to copies of the online chats obtained by ProPublica. Another called Woodward a one man gay Jew wrecking crew.
More soon joined in.
What I really want to know is who leaked that shit about Sam to the media, a third member wrote.
At least one member wanted to punish the person who had revealed Woodwards affiliation with Atomwaffen.
Rats and traitors get the rope first.
Encrypted chat logs obtained by ProPublica some 250,000 messages spanning more than six months offer a rare window into Atomwaffen Division that goes well beyond what has surfaced elsewhere about a group whose members have been implicated in a string of violent crimes. Like many white supremacist organizations, Atomwaffen Division uses Discord, an online chat service designed for video gamers, to engage in its confidential online discussions.
In a matter of months, people associated with the group, including Woodward, have been charged in five murders; another group member pleaded guilty to possession of explosives after authorities uncovered a possible plot to blow up a nuclear facility near Miami.Lucas Waldron/ProPublica
The groups propaganda makes clear that Atomwaffen the word means nuclear weapons in German embraces Third Reich ideology and preaches hatred of minorities, gays and Jews. Atomwaffen produces YouTube videos showing members firing weapons and has filmed members burning the U.S. Constitution and setting fire to the American flag. But the organization, by and la...
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Devil In The Details-Parkland School Shooting, Media, Actors and Handlers from OffPlanet Media on Vimeo.
A spontaneous break-down of some of the hidden clues behind the mass trauma shooter event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which reported 17 fatalities from a "lone gunman" . We profile two high profile "activists" and show how they are actually planted assets being used to promote an agenda of fear and control in a long run ning terror campaign waged against the American public.
Beyond the shooter and the front-facing public faces of "students" (some of who are clearly Crisis Actors placed as part of a "live drill" that was in processs on the day of the shooting), are some interesting clues to the handlers of these media creations, David Hogg and Cameron Kasky. We find elements of Pizzagate, human trafficking, pedophilia, and MKULTRA-type mind control programs.
Source for the material is drawn from the 4Chan /pol postings and Reddit posts---what WE found was "the pencil" (penis).
Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that endangering the lives of 8 million civilians in Damascus in order to protect terrorists in Eastern Ghouta is unacceptable act. Al-Jaafari made his remarks during a UN Security Council meeting held on Thursday to discuss the situation in Syria. He added that the draft resolution submitted by Kuwait and Sweden to the UN Security Council was not coordinated with Syria - the very country impacted by that text - in any way, which is a big shame. The Syrian diplomat noted that terrorist groups situated in the Eastern Ghouta and designated as terrorist organizations by the UN Security Council have been targeting Damascus with hundreds of rocket and mortar shells on a daily basis, causing the death and injury of dozens of civilians.
The two firms decide to end the US$580m deal as regulatory approval is unlikely
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One Belt, One Road, One Direction for Precious Metals by: David Smith Money Metals ll great events hang by a hair. The man of ability takes advantage of everything and neglects nothing that can give him a chance of...
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Palestinian Beaten to Death In Custody by 20 Israeli Troops Security camera footage shared online and picked up by local media showed the soldiers hitting the 33-year-old repeatedly in the head, stomach and back. A Palestinian man died Thursday after a brutal confrontation with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank that the Palestinian Authority 
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Bats may fly in the night, but theres no reason to fear these amazing mammals! Bats are one of the most common types of mammals on the planet and live on almost every continent. Most bats eat insects, some eat fruit, some eat nectar, and a few even eat blood. They are amazing creatures: not only are they the only flying mammal, but they also use echolocation to find their food and navigate in total darkness. Bats are cool!
How bats carry viruses without getting sick
February 22, 2018
Bats are known to harbor highly pathogenic viruses like Ebola, Marburg, Hendra, Nipah, and SARS-CoV, and yet they do not show clinical signs of disease. In a paper published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe on February 22, scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China find that in bats, an antiviral immune pathway called the STING-interferon pathway is dampened, and bats can maintain just enough defense against illness without triggering a heightened immune reaction.
We believe there is a balance between bats and the pathogens they carry, says senior author Peng Zhou. This work...
Do you have a small company? If the answer is yes, and you think that no cyber attack will ever affect you, think again. Small Business is a privileged target of attackers, in fact, there is a high risk of having problems with hackers, if you are a large company or even a media player.
According to recent reports, more than 40% of cyber attacks are targeting companies with fewer than 500 employees. More disturbing studies show that hackers attack every fifth small company. In most cases, these companies shut down because their security plans do not exist or there is a huge gap in providing total protection.
Cybersecurity is the most important way to ensure that your business does not run the risk of malicious attacks, especially if the people behind them do not show up.
Therefore, it is essential to take strong security measures if you do not want to lose your job for life and trust of your valuable customers. Moreover, prominent organizations expect their confidential information to hide under any circumstances. If you find that this is not the case, your customers will turn to other companies.
To avoid this, we would like to share with you how you can protect your small business from cyber attacks or more simply, tips to protect small business from cyber attacks.
Make as Many Backups as Possible
The reserve is significant if you want to protect all confidential data from cyber attacks and hackers who create malicious software and send it to devices that are explicitly used by small employees are inexorable. If you create multiple backups, you can sleep well at night, knowing that these files, presentations, etc. are present safe and sound. It is important not to get stained forever when it comes to malware.
Application of the Most Powerful Antivirus Program
When using a reliable security solution, it is essential to keep your business altogether.
Do not forget to choose the one antivirus software that protects your computer against all types of malware; antivirus program that eventually needs to detect and eliminate spam, spyware, Trojans, phishing attacks, etc. after selecting the best option for your business, but dont forget to update it regularly.
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The link between fluoride levels and Alzheimers disease
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New Delhi: Speaking in the Gujarat assembly on Thursday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja said that the BJPs tally in the state assembly elections last year was restricted to 99 seats because butchers. bootleggers and those opposing the proposed triple talaq bill didnt vote for the party.
In the elections held last December, the BJP retained power for a sixth term in the state, though with a reduced number of seats. The Congress won 77 seats in the 182-member house.
Speaking on the motion of thanks to governor O.P. Kohli on the first day of the Budget session, Jadeja, Gujarats minister of state for home, said, I (will) tell you who did not vote for us. It was those butchers who were angry at us for introducing a tough anti-cow slaughter law. It was bootleggers who were angry because the BJP government has introduced a tough prohibition law.
Many school owners were unhappy because we brought a law to cap their fees. Those who were angry with the BJP gover...
Passports, like any physical ID, can be altered and forged. That's partly why for the last 11 years the United States has put RFID chips in the back panel of its passports, creating so-called e-Passports. The chip stores your passport informationlike name, date of birth, passport number, your photo, and even a biometric identifierfor quick, machine-readable border checks. And while e-Passports also store a cryptographic signature to prevent tampering or forgeries, it turns out that despite having over a decade to do so, US Customs and Border Patrol hasn't deployed the software needed to actually verify it.
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The job search has not been going good, said Harsanyi, a baby-faced 27-year-old with tattoos poking out of his collar. I think when youre a drug addict in sobriety with a felony on your record, they look at you different, like youre going to rob their store.
Jobs are plentiful in Marylands Anne Arundel County, which boasts an unemployment rate of 3.1%. But after doing time for an armed robbery committed while he was high in 2015, Harsanyi has so far been turned down for jobs at Valvoline and Jiffy Lube, and is only able to pick up occasional work as a tile setter for another recovering addict he met through his 12-Step program.
Harsanyis experience isnt just hard on him. The opioid crisis is turning into a real problem for employers, who are having trouble finding workers in the midst of one of the tightest labor markets in decades.
There are nearly 6 million job openings in the U.S. and the unemployment rate, at 4.1%, is at a 17-year low. But the share of people working or looking for work still hasnt recover...
On either side of a freshly paved road, heavy land-levelling machines are at work to flatten out 650 acres of land. A massive under-construction stage can be seen in the distance on one side of the road, and an array of saffron flags as far as the eye can see on the other. We are in Meerut. This is the site of Rashtroday, what the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is calling its biggest ever event, to be held on February 25.
The event, according to the RSS, will see a congregation of 3.1 lakh swayamsevaks (RSS volunteers) from the 14 districts that form Meerut pranth (province). The RSS had op...
On February 22, the Turkish Army's artillery guns and rocket launchers shelled an aid convoy that was about to enter the Afrin area through the Ziyarah crossing in the northern Aleppo countryside, according to the Hawar News Agency (ANHA). The ANHA added that thousands of civilians from the Kurdish-held areas in eastern Syria had been onboard the convoy, which was transferring humanitarian aid to people in Afrin.
In 2017, 13 federal agencies expressed high confidence that more than 92 percent of the observed rise in global average temperatures since 1950 is the direct result of human activity. But the Trump administration wants to debunk its own findings. First, Trump nominated Kathleen Hartnett White, a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), to lead the Council on Environmental Quality. As you might imagine, the TPPF is basically a front for utility companies and the oil and gas industry.
Craig McDonald, director of Texans for Public Justice, told the Texas Observer, TPPFs donors are a Whos Who of Texas polluters, giant utilities and big insurance companies. TPPF is thinking the way its donors want it to think.
Unfortunately for the polluters, Kathleen Hartnett White gave one of the most pathetic performances in history during her confirmation hearings. It was so bad that her nomination had to be pulled.
Senator Tom Carper of Delaware, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said he found Ms. Whites views so unsettling that he mounted a campaign to block her confirmation. Mr. Carper said he visited the offices of 16 Republican senators to voice his concerns, bringing with him an iPad in order to play a three-minute video that his staff had compiled of Ms. White struggling to respond to questions posed by both Republicans and Democrats at her hearing.
In an interview last week, Mr. Carper said he believed his effort had played a part in ending Ms. Whites nomination.
Her climate change skepticism wasnt necessarily the problem. Her complete ignorance of environmental science was just too much to overlook. Thats why the Trump administration is tossing us another climate skeptic.
The Trump administration is considering a North Carolina regulator who questions mainstream climate science to be the next White House enviro...
Ive often compared the red/blue divide in our politics to two tectonic plates that are locked together. Every so often, there is some slippage along the fault line that causes a minor political earthquake, but things usually settle back into a stable state. No one can quite predict when The Big One will come, but theres always the potential for a huge shift that will permanently rearrange the divide and leave one party with an insurmountable advantage.
Weve had two presidential elections, in 2000 and 2016, when the party with fewer voters nonetheless won the election due to an advantage in the Electoral College. In Congress, weve seen control switch back and forth during this same period. The one thing that would change everything is if Texas and its 38 Electoral College votes suddenly moved into the Blue column. Without Texas, its inconceivable that a Republican could win the presidency. The Republicans currently enjoy a 27-11 advantage in their congressional delegation, and they hold both U.S. Senate seats. Both of those majorities are key to the Republicans current control of Congress.
Based solely on demographic analyses of Texas, it has looked like the Democrats might be competitive in the presidential election by 2024 and perhaps have an outright advantage by 2028. Those estimates dont take into account the possibility that racial, ethnic or gender groups might change their voting preferences. If whites vote even more heavily Republican or Latinos become more like swing voters, then Texas may remain reliably red for a longer period of time. But if the reverse happens, or if, say, white women move sharply away from the GOP in reaction to school shootings and the #MeToo movement, then Texas could be competitive in 2020.
Early voting for the midterm election primaries started in Texas on Tuesday, and the Dallas Morning News reports that the Democrats are turning out at close to presidential year numbers.
Of the 51,249 Texans who cast ballots Tuesday on the first day of early voting, more than half voted in the Democratic primary.
The total number of voters from the 15 counties with the most people registered is high for a midterm year. In 2016, a presidential election year, 55,931 Texans voted on the first day of early voting for the primary. But in the last midterm election in 2014, only 38,441 Texans voted on the first day.
Even more surprising is the turnout among Democrats. Since the last midterm election, the party saw a 51 percent increase in first-day early voting turnout, while Republicans saw a 16 percent increase.
Some of the individual county numbers are striking...
Financial records filed last year in the secretive tax haven of Cyprus, where Paul J. Manafort kept bank accounts during his years working in Ukraine and investing with a Russian oligarch, indicate that he had been in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as $17 million before he joined Donald J. Trumps presidential campaign in March 2016.
The loans for the 377 Union property totaled 6.5 million and were for a property that Manafort initially bought for less than $3 million.
Between the Hamptons property and the Brooklyn property the Federal Savings Bank loaned Manafort $16 million or 5 percent of all of the bank's loans, according to records kept by the FDIC.
Manafort owed Oleg Deripaska somewhere in the neighborhood of 16 or 17 million dollars. That's the same amount of money he borrowed once he lost his job with the Trump campaign.
When he was still employed by the campaign, he tried offering Deripaska private briefings and otherwise monetizing his access and position. Then he got fired.
On Aug. 19, 2016, Manafort left the Trump campaign amid media reports about his previous work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, including allegations he received millions of dollars in payments.
That same day, Manafort created a holding company called Summerbreeze LLC. Several weeks later, a document called a UCC filed with the state of New York shows that Summerbreeze took out a $3.5 million loan on Manafort's home in the tony beach enclave of Bridgehampton.
This doesn't look all that complicated. Manafort owed a Russian oligarch approximately 16 million dollars. He'd been stiffing him for a few years. He came up with a desperate idea to repay him which was a priority due to Deripaska's connections to organized crime. He would offer to work for Trump for no pay. Then he would begin paying Russia back in other ways. A change in the Republican platform. Private briefings on the inner workings of Trump's circle. But he got exposed and fired. The same day, he began scrounging for $16 million using the connections he'd made to secure the highly dubious loans.
This, too, has been exposed. And now Manafort is up shit's creek.
In court filings Friday related to Manafort's bail, federal prosecutors said they have "substantial evidence" that a loan made from the bank to Manafort using the Virginia and Hamptons properties as collateral was secured through false representation...
My congressman, Ryan Costello, is well-respected in my community. Hes a local boy who did good. He knows he represents a district that voted for Obama once and for Hillary Clinton. He doesnt throw bombs and keeps away from right-wing media. He casts an occasional dissenting vote. He tries to sound reasonable about immigration policy. He opted out of attending Trumps convention in Cleveland because of concerns about his behavior and rhetoric. Its all sensible behavior for someone who most definitely represents a swingy district. His predecessor, Jim Gerlach, survived some rough election cycles using the same basic playbook.
But Costello has been acting weird lately. He was supposed to be at the softball practice where his colleague Steve Scalise was shot and almost killed, but he missed his ride. After that, he became less accessible. He refused to attend a town hall meeting in Phoenixville, explaining implausibly that the sponsors inadequate security had created a death trap. Then he collapsed at the local gym when he read the headlines about it in the local newspaper.
Then in January, he totally freaked out when a couple of canvassers came to his house and talked to his wife. He accused his likely opponent in the next election, Democrat Chrissy Houlahan, of sending the canvassers to his house in order to intimidate his family.
During the weekend, Costello wrote on Facebook that a disturbing political incident had taken place at his house. He claimed that two associates of Houlahan had gone onto his property on Saturday, snapped pictures of his home, and intimidated his wife. Families should always be off limits, he said. We were able to get some footage of the incident and hope these individuals will be apprehended.
It turned out that they hadnt taken any pictures or mistreated his wife. They were just...
Asha Rangappa is a former FBI counterintelligence officer who now lectures at Yale University. Shes written a piece for Politico that explores some fairly obvious points about the damage that can be done to our governmental institutions when we elect someone without good moral character. His main point is that its a very bad thing when, due to the presidents personal flaws, the courts have to get involved in defining and limiting his or her power. A secondary point is that when a president is aggressively investigated by his or her own executive branchs prosecutors, it divides the country. The presidents supporters lose faith in federal law enforcement.
Not to be mean, but theres not much more content than this to Rangappas piece, which is unfortunate considering the relevancy of her background. The main problem is that she tiptoes around the central problem in our current situation. Its fine to lament that the nation elected a man with poor moral character which has now produced predictably bad results for the nationresults that are likely to get worse and worse with each passing day. But this is where we are, and the question of whether Donald Trump will willingly submit to an interview from Robert Muellers Special Counsels office doesnt hinge on anything too complicated.
The president cannot do an interview with Robert Mueller because he isnt sane.
I dont need to sit down with Trump and do a psychological evaluation to know that he has highly peculiar traits, among which is an inability to cleanly divide fact from fiction. Perhaps he knew that he was peddling bullshit all along when he hyped the birth certificate controversy with President Obama. Perhaps he knows that hes gaslighting people when he says that hes been tougher on Russian that Obama ever was. Or maybe one part of his brain knows this, at least initially, and then that part of his brain becomes subsumed by another part of his brain that believe its own lies. What does Trump think about the size of his inaugural crowd? Has he convinced himself that he really, truly never once expressed doubt that the Russians interfered in our election?
If he were more cunning and in control of his own thoughts, it might be possible for him to talk to prosecutors and stick to the truth. This would be highly embarrassing for him because hed have to admit to telling hundreds of lies that pertain to the Russia investigation. For just one example, hed have to argue that he of course crafted a completely dishonest account of the purpose of the Trump Tower meeting his son, son-in-law and campaign chairman had with the Ru...
AFP/File | New Delhi said it was deeply dismayed by the extension of emergency rule in the Maldives
MAL (MALDIVES) (AFP) The Maldives has warned India against interfering in its political crisis, deepening a rift with the country once seen as its closest ally.New Delhi has expressed concern about the situation in the honeymoon islands, whose president has sacked top judges, jailed political dissidents and imposed a state of emergency in recent weeks.
On Wednesday it said it was deeply dismayed by the extension of emergency rule, earning an official rebuke from the Maldives foreign ministry.
There is no doubt that the Maldives is experiencing one of the most difficult periods in the history of the nation, the islands ministry said in a statement late Thursday.
It is therefore important that friends and partners in the international community, including India, refrain from any actions that could hinder resolving the situation facing the country.
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has jailed almost all his political opponents since coming to power in late 2013 and the resulting fall-out has dented the nations image as a popular holiday destination.
The UN human rights chief has described the imposition of a state of emergency following a power struggle with the Supreme Court as an all-out assault on democracy.
Exiled opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed has urged India to intervene militarily in the crisis a request the government has not publicly addressed.
The Yameen regime has leaned heavily on Indias regional rival China for political and financial support to build infrastructure in the nation of 1,190 tiny coral islands.
Despite criticism from the international community, legislators from Yameens party on Tuesday controversially approved a 30-day extension of emergency rule.
But first, science candidates must win their races. Most face long odds. For starters, voters may be impressed by a candidates scientific credentials, but such background is rarely a decisive factor when they go to the polls. In addition, most of this years STEM candidates are political novices who are starting out far behind their opponents when it comes to knowing how to run a professional campaign.
House races feature unusual upsurge in entrants with technical backgrounds.
Here you will find a list of just 9 Out of the many dangers of Fluoride.. that can be found in 95% of all toothpaste sold and knowingly added to our water supply . Its time we call for a BAN on FLUORIDE In its entirity . Our Days of being dumbed down and people being mass sterlilized is over. Here is the list ..I just came acrossed . CODE : SPAM SHARE THIS POST.
FLUORIDE IS TOXIC
In fact, the number one reason for poison control calls concerning fluoride are for children whove eaten toothpaste. Long-term ingestion is harmful to the brain, digestive system, heart, bones even the tooth enamel its supposed to help. These next 9 shocking facts will make you take a second look at your exposure to fluoride.
Weakens Skeletal Health Skeletal fluorosis is a condition resulting from fluoride consumption. The liver is unable to process fluoride, thus it passes into the bloodstream where it combines with calcium thats been leeched from the skeletal system. Youre left with weak bones, otherwise known as skeletal fluorosis. The risk has been known about for decades yet its not been established how much exposure will trigger skeletal fluorosis and the impact it has on quality of life is horrendous. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid fluoride. Recently, Chinese authorities established a link between reductions in fluoride exposure and the incidence of fluorosis.
Causes Arthritis Fluoride has been shown to cause calcification of cartilage, the essential tissue for joint health.Degenerative osteoarthritis has been linked to skeletal fluorosis. And in a study of individuals suffering from fluorosis, osteoarthritis knee conditions occurred frequently.
Toxic to the Thyroid Iodine and fluoride belong to a family of compounds known as halogens. Although iodine is beneficial to the thyroid, fluoride is not. However, because of the similarities, the thyroid can absorb fluoride instead of iodine. This is bad. Fluoride is toxic to thyroid cells; it inhibits function and causes cell death.For decades, fluoride was used to reduce thyroid function in individuals suffering from an overactive thyroid. Now and pay attention to this the range used in water fluoridation matches the levels typically used to reduce thyroid function.
Calcifies the Ultra-Important Pineal Gland Although the full capabilities of the pineal gland have been the subject of debate for centuries, its known for certain that, at a minimum, the pineal gland regulates body rhythms and wake-sleep cycles; two extremely important functions. Fluoride is especially toxic to the pineal gland, where it accumulates and calcifies the gland. In fact, by the time the average person reaches old age, their pineal gland will have higher calcium density than their bones.
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The irony is so thick youd think it was made from ballistic jelly. But, thats exactly whats needed to contain this shot across the election-tampering bow the Russians just pulled off.
Sputnik 22.02.2018 MOSCOW North Koreas committee on Korean reconciliation condemned on Thursday an upcoming joint US-Japan missile defense drill as an attempt to reignite regional tensions and obstruct the ongoing thaw between Pyongyang and Seoul. Branding this as a ferocious gangster-like act aimed to tarnish the hard-won atmosphere for the improvement of the 
Tehran (MEE) The IAEA report also says that Iran may build nuclear reactors for ships that remain within limits of 2015 deal.
Iran is still sticking to the 2015 nuclear accord, a UN atomic watchdog report showed on Thursday, four months ahead of US President Donald Trumps deadline to fix its disastrous flaws.IAEA Inspectors
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) document, the ninth since the deal came into force in January 2016, showed Iran complying with the accords key parameters.
The number of centrifuges to enrich uranium was below the agreed level of 5,060, while Irans total stockpile of low-enriched uranium has not exceeded 300 kg, said the report seen by AFP.
When enriched to high purities, Uranium can be used in a nuclear weapon. At low purities, it can be used for peaceful applications such as power generation Irans stated aim.
The volume of heavy water, a reactor coolant, remained below the agreed maximum of 130 tonnes throughout the past three months.
Iran has inched above that ceiling twice since the accord took effect.
It removed and rendered inoperable the core of the Arak reactor, which could in theory have produced weapons-grade plutonium, before the accord entered into force.
Aside from the relatively minor breach on heavy water, the IAEA reports have consistently shown Iran adhering to the deal in the two years since it took effect.
However, the future of the hard-won agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany is highly uncertain, mainly because o...
While calling for hardened security at schools, president floats proposals to keep weapons out of some hands
Though as with so many independent inventors the origins of computing can be said to have been arrived at through the work of many people, Alan Turing is certainly one of the foundational figures in computer science. His Turing machine was a thought-experiment computing device in which a program performs operations upon symbols printed on an infinite strip of tape, and can in theory calculate anything that any computer can.
In practice, we do not use Turing machines as our everyday computing platforms. A machine designed as an academic abstract exercise is not designed for efficiency. But that wont stop Hackaday, and to prove that point [Olivier Bailleux] has done just that using readily available electronic components. His twin-tape Turing machine is presented on a large PCB, and is shown in the video below the break computing the first few numbers of the Fibonacci sequence.
The schematic is available as a PDF, and mostly comprises of 74-series logic chips with the tape contents being displayed as two rows of LEDs. The program is expressed as a pluggable diode matrix, but in a particularly neat manner he has used LEDs instead of traditional diodes, allowing us to see each instruction as it is accessed. The whole is a fascinating item for anyone wishing to learn about Turing machines, though we wish [Olivier] had given us a little more information in his write-up.
That fascination with Turing machines has manifested itself in numerous builds here over the years. Just a small selection are one using 3D printing, another using Lego, and a third using ball bearings. And of course, if youd like instant gratification, take a look at the one Google put in one of their doodles for Turings 100th anniversary.
Is it time to put the US Coalition on a Terrorism watch list? While Syria is fighting ISIS, it must also battle US Coalition-supported Turkey al-Qaeda groups, while the US reserves the right to bomb the SAA [ Editors Note: We are living in an upside-down world now. Western countries, widely known to have been 
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