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Dec 27 20:09

2014’S Most Fascinating Science Pictures (60 Pics)

Mike Hollingshead makes a living following the worst storms in America, from snarling tornadoes chewing up the Kansas farmland to supercell thunderstorms massing over the Dakotas. This supercell photograph was taken at a York, Nebraska truck stop after a day of chasing storms.

Dec 27 09:58

Despite ban Monsanto & Bayer's GMO plants contaminate Europe

New evidence reveals that despite a ban on cultivation of GM rapeseed in Europe, Monsanto and Bayer's plants are now freely growing there.

A new study published in PLoS titled ,"Unexpected Diversity of Feral Genetically Modified Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus L.) Despite a Cultivation and Import Ban in Switzerland," is believed to be the first report of its kind showing that despite a cultivation and seed import ban of genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape in Switzerland, Monsanto and Bayer's GM plants have been introduced into the environment there, confirming fears that once the GM genie has been let out of the bottle it can not be put back.

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Every company making these GMO products should be sued out of existence., and sustainable, natural small farms should be encouraged, because they work, and don't create ill effects with the crops they raise.

Dec 27 09:57

A Report From the Frontlines in the War Against Fracking

A mixture of emotions is running through the Finger Lakes region of New York in the wake of Governor Cuomo’s announcement on Wednesday, December 17 to ban hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the state. Residents are relieved to be protected from the health risks and environmental damage produced from fracking. Nevertheless, they are continuing their struggle to oppose the Texas-based Crestwood corporation’s project to store volatile gases extracted from other states, such as Pennsylvania, in salt caverns along the shores of Seneca Lake, which provides drinking water for approximately 100,000 people. Crestwood is seeking to make the Seneca Lake location a hub in its broader infrastructure that supports fracking.

Dec 27 09:46

Can Robots Save The World? Fukushima's Nuclear Fuel Mess

Richard Wilcox, PhD
Activist Post

Setting aside the issue of robots taking over the world (as opposed to saving it) and making human workers redundant; or Artificial Intelligence (as opposed to severe lack of intelligence we see in the world) causing the extinction of homo sapiens, it is true that tools and technology have done much good in the world ever since chimps figured out how to use a stick to prod grubs from a tree for a tasty morsel.

Maybe robots can help to bring a speedy end to the nuclear mess at Fukushima as well. However, while robots are being touted for all sorts of things, such as replacing human workers and removing melted fuel, they are not quite there yet. Remember the promises of nuclear technology and GMO foods? Maybe those Genies should have been kept in the bottle...

Dec 27 09:42

Breaking News: China Destroys 3 US Shipments of GM Corn

Could the global tide in support of GMOs be turning? A new report reveals that the formerly pro-GMO Chinese government, one of the largest consumers of GMO food crops in the world, is beginning to crack down on GM corn shipments from the US that have not followed appropriate biosafety regulations.

According to a news brief released today by GMWatch.org, China destroyed three shipments of GM corn imported from the US.

Dec 27 09:41

The secret GMO war: double agents, betrayal, greed?Dec26

Well, let me put it to you this way. What would happen to Whole Foods’ program of voluntary GMO labeling if there were mandatory labeling across America, or in any state where Whole Foods does business?

Can you guess?

I’ll break it down. Whole Foods has pledged to put “non-GMO” labels on their products by 2018. They’ll do everything they can to sell as many non-GMO products as possible. The products that don’t carry the non-GMO seal will obviously be GMO, and customers can avoid them if they want to.

On the other hand, if suddenly, out of the blue, mandatory labeling became law, the whole voluntary non-GMO label enterprise would be obsolete. Why voluntarily put that label on products when mandatory labeling handles the whole issue?

“We put non-GMO labels on our food. Aren’t we wonderful?”

“Not really. The mandatory labels tell me everything that’s GMO. All the other products are non-GMO. Thanks, but no thanks.”

Dec 27 08:18

Ebola Update: CDC Lab Error May Have Caused Exposure

A laboratory technician in Atlanta may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A small amount of material from an Ebola virus experiment that was transported Monday from one lab to another may have contained live virus. The material was on a sealed plate but should not have been moved into the second laboratory, the CDC said in a statement.

There was no exposure outside the secure laboratory and no exposure or risk to the public, the CDC says. The mistake was discovered by laboratory scientists Tuesday.

The lab technician who processed the material has no symptoms of the illness, the CDC says, and will be monitored for 21 days. Others who entered the lab will be assessed for possible exposure.

Dec 26 23:16

Show How Much You Care with a Flu Shot Gift Card!

Just wow.

Considering not just the horrid batch of ingredients in a flu shot or even the fact that the CDC admits this year's flu shot is essentially worthless but that, before the whole Ebola thing blew up one of the CDC's own epidemiologists was recorded saying he himself would NEVER give his own pregnant wife a flu shot because the mercury preservative thimerosal it contained was known to cause tics (autism-like features) in babies, well...

Exactly how much would you have to hate someone's guts to give them this as a present?

Dec 26 08:34

Fukushima Children Thyroid Cancer Rate Continues To Rise

Fukushima prefecture has been conducting regular checkups of over 360,000 people who were in Fukushima in March 2011 and were age 18 or under when the nuclear crisis struck. As WSJ reported in August, a study by researchers in Fukushima prefecture found 57 minors in the prefecture have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer so far and another 46 are showing symptoms that suggest they may also have the disease. Today, as The Japan Times reports, four more children are suspected of suffering from thyroid cancer in the latest survey bringing the total to 107 out of 385,000 now surveyed. This is dramatically higher than the normal "between 5 to 11 cases per million people," that Okayama University professor Toshihide Tsuda cites for national statistics between 1975 and 2008.

As The Japan Times reports,

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Why the TEPCO leadership and former governmental leadership have not been sued out of existence for this very preventable catastrophe, absolutely eludes me.

Apparently, Japan's future generations are expendable to the Japanese government. And that is going to have profound consequences for this country.

Dec 26 08:12

Monsanto/Bayer's GM Plants Contaminate Europe Despite Ban

Sayer Ji
Activist Post

New evidence reveals that despite a ban on cultivation of GM rapeseed in Europe, Monsanto and Bayer's plants are now freely growing there.

A new study published in PLoS titled, "Unexpected Diversity of Feral Genetically Modified Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus L.) Despite a Cultivation and Import Ban in Switzerland," is believed to be the first report of its kind showing that despite a cultivation and seed import ban of genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape in Switzerland, Monsanto and Bayer's GM plants have been introduced into the environment there, confirming fears that once the GM genie has been let out of the bottle it cannot be put back...

Dec 26 07:58

Al Jazeera Investigates - Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787

Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit and reporter Will Jordan investigate Boeing's "Dreamliner", finding some workers with quality concerns, alleging drug use and fearing to fly the plane they build.

Dec 26 07:55

10 Simple Strategies for Becoming A Prepper

by Gaye Levy

No one really knows how many preppers exist in the world but it is safe to say that there are three to four million in the United states alone. Even though at first blush this sounds like a huge segment of the population, in round numbers that is still only slightly more than 1% of the total US populace. When you think about it, that is pretty shocking. Who is going to take care of the remaining 99% percent of the population when a major disruptive event occurs?...

Dec 26 06:49

Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT

Why? Evidence points to glyphosate toxicity from the overuse of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on our food. For over three decades, Stephanie Seneff, PhD, has researched biology and technology, over the years publishing over 170 scholarly peer-reviewed articles. In recent years she has concentrated on the relationship between nutrition and health, tackling such topics as Alzheimer’s, autism, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.

Dec 25 10:26

Whole Foods sued for false non-GMO labeling

Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

The case is Michelle Richard v. Whole Foods, as reported by the Food Navigator (12/5/14) and other press outlets.

The plaintiff’s claim? Whole Foods advertised and sold Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond Milk and Vanilla Almond Milk with non-GMO labels, when these products hadn’t been verified as such by the Non-GMO Project...

Dec 25 10:15

Whole Foods sued for false non-GMO labeling

The case is Michelle Richard v. Whole Foods, as reported by the Food Navigator (12/5/14) and other press outlets.

The plaintiff’s claim? Whole Foods advertised and sold Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond Milk and Vanilla Almond Milk with non-GMO labels, when these products hadn’t been verified as such by the Non-GMO Project.

The Non-GMO Project is, by far, the largest North American group that tests and verifies food products as non-GMO, and grants the use of its “Verified” seal.

Concerning the lawsuit, Whole Foods declined to comment. The Non-GMO Project declined to comment. Blue Diamond declined to comment.

Dec 25 09:38

Ebola Sample Is Mishandled at C.D.C. Lab in Latest Error

A laboratory mistake at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta may have exposed a technician to the deadly Ebola virus, federal officials said on Wednesday. The technician will be monitored for signs of infection for 21 days, the incubation period of the disease.

Dec 25 08:00

Organic food sales skyrocket across Australia, while GMOs lose traction

Known for having one of the most outstanding economies in the world, with consistent high growth, low interest rates and low inflation, Australia is no stranger to the booming organic food market

Dec 24 20:38

10 Days Of Extreme Weather Turn A Mountain Into Sheer Ice (15 Pics)

10 Days Of Extreme Weather Turn A Mountain Into Sheer Ice (15 Pics)

Dec 24 19:45

Google Wants to Spy on You in Your Car. Automakers Balk, Already Spying on You

Automakers dread the Googleization of their cars “We’re unwrapping the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined,” Google gushed as it unveiled its “first real build” of a self-driving car. It’s still a prototype. But hey, the thing got headlights and all. And it self-drives. What Google paraded in front of the media in May was just a mockup without headlights.

Dec 24 17:50

Genentech pays doctors to prescribe its newer more expensive drug, which costs $2,000/dose vs. older, cheaper, equally-effective drug Avastin ($50/dose). Cost to taxpayers: $1 B-billion/A YEAR

When the drug maker Genentech introduced a major product in 2006, it found itself in an awkward position: persuading eye doctors to start using its new more expensive drug instead of a popular cheaper version that the company already sold.

Dec 24 15:36

Atlanta CDC botches Ebola lab sample transfer, potentially infecting many

Protocol was breached in a high-security Center for Disease Control (CDC) lab Monday, when a lab worker accidentally transferred a human blood sample

Dec 24 15:27

Death toll in Ebola outbreak rises to 7,588: WHO

The global death toll from Ebola has risen to 7,588 out of 19,497 confirmed cases recorded in the year-old epidemic raging in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Dec 24 14:40

CDC: A dozen scientists may have been exposed to Ebola in Atlanta

One scientist may have been exposed to the Ebola virus and as many as a dozen others are being assessed for potential exposure at a lab of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, agency officials said Wednesday.

Dec 24 13:07

Untested Ebola drug given to patients in Sierra Leone causes UK walkout

Ebola patients at a treatment centre in Sierra Leone have been given a heart drug that is untested against the virus in animals and humans, a move that has been deemed reckless by one senior scientist and has prompted UK medical staff at the centre to leave.

A 14-strong team of British doctors, nurses and paramedics stopped working at the Lakka treatment centre in Freetown because of their concerns over what they considered the experimental and potentially dangerous use of the drug, and other safety issues.

Dec 24 08:12

What Parents Need To Know About Monsanto: “By 2025 One In Two Children Will Be Autistic”

“Children today are sicker than they were a generation ago. From childhood cancers to autism, birth defects and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise. Our assessment of the latest science leaves little room for doubt; pesticides are one key driver of this sobering trend.” October 2012 report by Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

Dec 23 16:19

Statins cause brain dysfunction

Statins work by poisoning an enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) which is needed to produce cholesterol, adrenal and sex hormones, memory proteins and maintain cell energy. The highest concentration of cholesterol in the body is found in the brain. Can you guess an organ that will suffer when cholesterol production is blocked? If you guessed the brain, you would win the prize.

All of the following events occurred from 2004 to 2014 and were gathered from the FDA Adverse Events Databases.

  • Brain function: There were 36,605 reports of brain dysfunction which included memory impairment, transient cases of global amnesia, confusion, paranoia, disorientation, depression, and dementia related to statin use. Remember, this number is thought to represent only 1-10% of the true number of adverse drug reactions.

    Can you imagine how quickly the FDA would pull a vitamin from the market place if it were shown to cause tens of thousands of cases of brain dysfunction?

  • Dec 23 15:47

    New Research: Antidepressants Can Cause Long-Term Depression

    It has been apparent for many years that chronic exposure to SSRI antidepressants frequently makes people feel apathetic or less engaged in their lives, and ultimately more depressed. In my clinical experience, this is a frequent reason that family members encourage patients to seek help in reducing or stopping their medication. SSRI-induced apathy occurs in adults and includes cognitive and frontal lobe function losses.
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    Dec 23 11:58

    CDC is covering up 1,400 potential Ebola cases in U.S., acclaimed journalist reveals

    A noted investigative journalist says the American people are still not being kept up to speed about the dangers of possible spread of Ebola in the country

    Dec 23 10:32

    MASS VIOLENCE LINKED TO PRESCRIPTION PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATIONS - A RESOURCE PAGE

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    Reposted in light of the revelation that the NYPD cop shooter was a long time user of prescription anti-depressants.

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    Dec 23 09:31

    Researchers develop underwater ''thinking'' robots to surveil and engineer the ocean

    Directly from the National University of Singapore press release:

    Latest turtle robot capable of performing more complicated tasks such as surveillance and energy harvesting, and operates on a self-charge mode.

    NUS Engineering researchers are closer to creating underwater robotic creatures with a brain of their own – besides behaving like the real thing. In the near future, it would not be too tall an order for the team to produce a swarm of autonomous tiny robotic sea turtles and fishes...

    Dec 23 09:14

    Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and seven elves arrested blocking gas storage facility

    Carrying banners that declared “Christmas Against Crestwood” and “Methane in Your Stocking is Worse Than Coal,”

    Dec 23 08:57

    DARPA's Autonomous Microdrones Designed to Patrol Inside Houses

    by Nicholas West

    As drone expert, P.W. Singer said, "At this point, it doesn't really matter if you are against the technology, because it's coming." According to Singer, "The miniaturization of drones is where it really gets interesting. You can use these things anywhere, put them anyplace, and the target will never even know they're being watched."

    DARPA is now announcing a new wave of microdrones under the Fast Lightweight Autonomy program. As the name indicates, they ideally would like humans to be completely removed from the control process...

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    Dec 23 07:49

    20 maps and charts that explain the obesity epidemic

    Obesity has become one of the greatest health scourges of our time. Around the world, it contributes to three million deaths each year. There are more than a billion adults who classify as overweight or obese, and the epidemic has hit developing countries, where starvation and malnutrition are still widespread. As researchers learn more about the social and economic impact of obesity, a number of basic unanswered questions remain — such as why obesity rates have soared in the last three decades, and how to turn that trend around. Here are 21 maps and charts that explain what we know about obesity.

    Dec 23 07:22

    The children of two on drugs for hyperactivity: Psychologists warn health workers are going 'straight to medication' instead of offering therapy or support for parents

    Children as young as two are being prescribed ‘chemical cosh’ drugs to curb hyperactivity – in defiance of official guidance.

    More than one in five psychologists are aware of children under five on drugs such as Ritalin to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other behavioural conditions, according to a survey of health professionals.

    Psychologists warned that overstretched health workers were increasingly going ‘straight to medication’ instead of offering behaviour therapy and parenting support.

    Dec 23 05:17

    IMF policies hinder fight against Ebola

    International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies left healthcare systems in the African countries worst affected by Ebola underfunded and lacking doctors, and hampered a coordinated response to the outbreak, researchers said Monday.

    Dec 23 05:13

    Mounting Evidence Exposes Dangers of Energy Drinks

    Two research papers, each published separately, suggest that concerns over levels of caffeine and sugar in energy drinks, and their effects on young people who drink them, are mounting.

    Dec 22 20:02

    Ebola death toll passes 7,500: WHO

    More than 7,500 people have now died from the Ebola virus, as the number of cases climbs towards 20,000, the World Health Organisation said today.
    The UN health agency reported that as of December 20, 19,340 people had been infected with the deadly virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and that 7,518 of them had died.

    Dec 22 16:05

    The Ethics of Sarcastic Science

    Every year the British Medical Journal publishes an issue of joke science. But years later, those papers are cited as real.

    Dec 22 15:25

    Google just unveiled the first functional prototype of its self-driving car

    Google has revealed the first functional prototype of its new self-driving car, following the debut of the “early mockup” this last May. The shape of the Google’s self-driving car hasn’t changed that much over the last few months, but Google says that the latest prototype now has all of the parts that it needs to drive on the road.

    Dec 22 14:46

    Europe Revokes Monsanto’s ‘Fraudulent’ GMO Tomato Patent

    Patent EP1812575 held by Monsanto has been revoked by the European Patent Office (EPO) after the international coalition No Patents on Seeds! filed an opposition in May 2014.

    A further opposition was filed by Nunhems / Bayer CropScience. In November 2014, Monsanto requested that the patent be revoked in its entirety and the EPO complied with this request.

    The patent covered conventionally bred tomatoes with a natural resistance to a fungal disease called botrytis, which were claimed as an invention. The original tomatoes used for this patent were accessed via the international gene bank in Gatersleben, Germany, and it was already known that these plants had the desired resistance. Monsanto produced a cleverly worded patent in order to create the impression that genetic engineering had been used to produce the tomatoes and to make it look ‘inventive’...

    Dec 22 12:12

    CHILDREN ARE CLEANING UP A DEVASTATING OIL SPILL IN BANGLADESH—WITH THEIR BARE HANDS

    Our boat, the Gol-Patta, reached the Sundarbans on Dec. 14, four days after the spill. Men, women, and children were knee deep in the mudflats and elbow deep in heavy fuel oil. They were scraping black, viscous goo from sedges, reeds, leaves, trunks and roots. Each painstaking handful of black pulp collected was smeared off along the rim of a cooking pot. Then, they turned back to the plants for more. Children, mostly aged between 10 years and 16 years, were covered in black from toe to waist.

    Dec 22 12:03

    Fukushima 2020? Disaster-stricken area hopes to host Tokyo Olympic events

    Japanese government still in denial over nuclear disaster -- Fukushima hopes to host some of the events for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to show the world that the worst days of the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster are behind it.

    Dec 22 11:53

    6 Shocking Facts about Pesticides

    Pesticides are an increasing concern among populations all across the world. Even organic food, which is grown without the use of chemical additions, are suffering from the effects of pesticide overexposure. -- Not only are they harming our food, our bodies, and our environment, many pesticides may be non essential when it comes to keeping crops safe from insects. Here are some of the shocking facts about pesticides that everyone should know.

    Dec 22 07:53

    Immigration, open US borders: the secret reason

    NAFTA. Obama, during his 2008 Presidential campaign, said he would take another look at that treaty. It needed to be reexamined.

    Perhaps he did take a subsequent look, down to the left and far away, as he was flying toward Hawaii on one of his vacations.

    NAFTA. From The Guardian, 4 Jan. 2014, “NAFTA: 20 years of regret for Mexico,” by Mark Weisbrot:

    “The most basic measure of economic progress, especially for a developing country like Mexico, is the growth of income (or GDP) per person. Out of 20 Latin American countries…Mexico ranks 18, with growth of less than 1% annually since 1994 [when NAFTA went into effect].

    “Millions of Mexicans were displaced from farming, for example, after being forced into competition with subsidized and high-productivity agribusiness in the United States, thanks to NAFTA’s rules.”

    Dec 22 07:47

    Pharmacists Charged with 25 Murders in Meningitis Outbreak

    Responsible for the deaths of at least 64 people resulting from injections of contaminated medication, the co-owner and supervisory pharmacist of a compounding pharmacy were charged this week with 25 acts of second-degree murder. Sacrificing safety standards for profit, 14 suspects associated with the pharmacy have been charged with 131 counts including conspiracy, mail fraud, racketeering, and violations of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Although the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) believes this is an isolated incident, sources assert these crimes occur on a daily basis in compounding pharmacies throughout the nation.

    Dec 22 07:43

    Oprah Winfrey to Run Monsanto Ads in Her Magazine

    The worldwide magazine, O, is running Monsanto advertisements that promote biotech farming practices. Isn't this out of character for a woman who owns an organic farm and has discussed the dangers of GMOs?

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    So, Oprah has a price!

    Dec 22 07:03

    Ebola Cover Up: CDC Monitoring 1,400 Active Cases: “Government Effort To Control The Message”, by Mac Slavo

    According to Fox News Channel’s investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson, who recently reached out to the Centers for Disease Control, the agency is still very much involved in monitoring individuals for the deadly African-borne virus. The problem, says Attkisson, is that the CDC is covering up the numbers, presumably to minimize panic across the United States.

    Attkinson says that following the appointment of Ebola Czar Ron Klain media involvement became almost non-existent because the government stopped releasing statistics and granting interviews in an effort to control the news.

    The infectious disease experts I consulted were and remain very concerned about this because if it gets out of control in this country because we will not be able to deal with it.

    A lot of the media coverage has gone from overtime to almost nothing since they appointed the Ebola Czar, and I don’t think that’s any accident – I think it’s a strategy.

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    Just because we have not heard about it in the corporate media does not mean that the threat of Ebola no longer exists in this country; but that it has been deliberately made to fall off the proverbial radar concerns me greatly.

    Dec 22 01:54

    The Healing Power of Cannabis Has Barely Been Tapped

    Waking Times

    We’ve only discovered a fraction of medical marijuana’s potential for treatment.

    Dec 22 01:51

    Oncology Nurse Quits After 17 Years to Promote Natural Cures for Cancer

    Waking Times

    Valerie Warwick spent 17 years as an oncology nurse and has recently made a major life change, quitting her job, and beginning her new mission of helping people to understand the link between nutrition and surviving cancer.

    Dec 21 08:47

    S Leone to withdraw Somalia troops over Ebola

    Sierra Leone is withdrawing its troops from Somalia after the African Union blocked the West African country from rotating its soldiers over fears for the Ebola virus.

    Dec 21 08:33

    How the CIA Launched the «Financial Pearl Harbor» Attacks on Russia and Venezuela

    The net result of the CIA-inspired fracking operations, which the Saudis were warned not to pursue by petroleum engineers working for some foreign-based firms like Schlumberger, is that there will be an oil supply glut for the next 5 years. The glut will be followed by a reduction in Saudi oil production unless new oil fields are brought on line. There is now a major push by U.S. and Canadian oil companies to bring online the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the United States to offset the expected sharp rise in oil prices in four to five years. But with Canada suffering financially from the drop in oil revenues, the Keystone XL project is also on financially shaky ground.

    Dec 21 08:04

    To Those Who Say America Didn’t Really Care About The Innocent Lives

    To Those Who Say America Didn’t Really Care About The Innocent Lives

    Dec 21 08:00

    The Shale Gas Shell Game

    Dec 21 04:43

    Rick Perry: "large doses of vaccines" may be needed "to respond to a bio-terror attack on our nation"

    After not-so-subtly hinting that he would like to be president in 2016, Texas Governor Rick Perry has warned that "Large doses of vaccines" may be needed to respond to a bio-terror attack on the United States.

    Dec 20 10:56

    How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients' Wages

    On the eastern edge of St. Joseph, Missouri, lies the small city's only hospital, a landmark of brick and glass. Music from a player piano greets visitors at the main entrance, and inside, the bright hallways seem endless. Long known as Heartland Regional Medical Center, the nonprofit hospital and its system of clinics recently rebranded. Now they're called Mosaic Life Care, because, their promotional materials say: "We offer much more than health care. We offer life care."

    Two miles away, at the rear of a low-slung building is a key piece of Mosaic—Heartland's very own for-profit debt collection agency.

    When patients receive care at Heartland and don't or can't pay, their bills often end up here at Northwest Financial Services. And if those patients don't meet Northwest's demands, their debts can make another, final stop: the Buchanan County Courthouse.

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    In the US, we have the most expensive health care in the world, and many times, some of the most lousy outcomes.

    And even if you HAVE insurance, you can still get financially crucified if that policy doesn't come from a union, an association, or membership organisation of some kind.

    We know. With the insurance Mike had when he got ill with pneumonia last year, the insurance we had for him only paid 10% of the bill, and we are stuck with the other 90%. I am already in negotiations with the hospital, and having worked collections myself, understand that as long as you are consistent, and offer a reasonable payment plan, the hospital cannot drag you into collection.

    Intelligent, enlightened countries in Europe have figured out how to fund health care, and have a single payer system, where you have to have the basic insurance, but if you want more coverage, you can get it by buying more.

    Dec 20 09:58

    A New Resistance film to expose dangers of Roundup in food, water and all around us

    It has been in constant and increasing use for more than 50 years. But glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, isn’t at all safe for humans.

    Dec 20 09:14

    U.S. agribusiness licking its chops over thawed Cuba relations

    One group that appears to be licking its chops over the newly-thawed relations between the United States and Cuba is U.S. agribusiness.

    Dec 20 08:49

    Australian Police Arrests Mother of Children Stabbed in Cairns

    The mother of seven of eight children murdered Friday in Australia's city of Cairns was arrested, the police said Saturday.

    "The 37-year-old mother of several of the children involved in this incident has been arrested for murder overnight and is currently under police guard at the Cairns Base Hospital," Cairns Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said at a press conference aired on BBC.

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    I wonder if she was on prescription anti-depressants.

    Dec 20 07:29

    New watchdog bans EU from being GM-free

    Nations and regions which want to stay free of genetically-modified crops will be banned from doing so under a devastating ruling by EU scientists.

    The decision, the first from the new European Food Safety Authority, means governments will be unable to stop the controversial plants being grown on their soil - effectively opening the floodgates.

    It is a disastrous blow to those British consumers, farmers, politicians and green campaigners who are fearful about the safety of so-called Frankenstein foods.

    The administrations in Scotland and Wales and many English local authorities - particularly in the South West - oppose GM crops.

    Last night, Greenpeace warned Britain is being dragged into a vast and unpredictable experiment. Once commercial planting of GM crops is allowed, their pollen will spread and contaminate the entire countryside.

    Dec 19 19:34

    Study Links GMOs to Over 22 Different Diseases Yet More Evidence GMOs Should be Banned

    if it doesn't increase crop yields or reduce pesticide use, why use it?

    Dec 19 16:16

    The Real Costs of Fracking

    The first researchers to systematically document ill health in livestock, pets, and people living near fracking drill sites were Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald. Bamberger, a veterinarian, and Oswald, a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell University, used a case study approach–looking at individual households–to search for possible effects (Bamberger and Oswald 2012).

    Many fracking chemicals are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors or other classes of toxins (Colborn et al. 2011). Bamberger and Oswald’s studies, carried out during the ongoing fracking boom, uncovered serious adverse effects including respiratory, reproductive, and growth-related problems in animals and a spectrum of symptoms in humans that they termed “shale gas syndrome”. Ultimately, their research led them to consider fracking’s broader implications for farming and the food system (Bamberger and Oswald 2012 and 2014).

    Dec 19 15:45

    Santa’s real workshop: the town in China that makes the world’s Christmas decorations

    There’s red on the ceiling and red on the floor, red dripping from the window sills and red globules splattered across the walls. It looks like the artist Anish Kapoor has been let loose with his wax cannon again. But this, in fact, is what the making of Christmas looks like; this is the very heart of the real Santa’s workshop – thousands of miles from the North Pole, in the Chinese city of Yiwu. Our yuletide myth-making might like to imagine that Christmas is made by rosy-cheeked elves hammering away in a snow-bound log cabin somewhere in the Arctic Circle. But it’s not. The likelihood is that most of those baubles, tinsel and flashing LED lights you’ve draped liberally around your house came from Yiwu, 300km south of Shanghai – where there’s not a (real) pine tree nor (natural) snowflake in sight.

    Dec 19 15:35

    How The Military Could Turn Your Mind Into The Next Battlefield

    Giordano's research group has categorized these weapons into four broad categories: drugs, bugs, toxins, and bytes. In an email to me, he described them like this:

    Drugs: There are particular drugs that act upon the central and/or peripheral nervous system that can be used to 1) alter concentration and vigilance (to increase or decrease combat warfighters' performance on various tasks), 2) alter sensation, perception and emotion (to induce feelings of fear, confusion or even amiability), and of course 3) incur profound debilitation — and death.

    Bugs: There are a number of microbiological agents ("bugs") — viruses and bacteria — that can induce a host of neurological diseases (such as encephalitis, meningitis), and effects (such as cognitive and motor manifestations).

    Dec 19 15:18

    Painkillers Kill More Than Heroin and Cocaine Combined

    Yes, prescription painkillers do in fact take more lives per year than two of the hardest illegal drugs in the nation — surpassing both heroin and cocaine in their total related deaths.

    Dec 19 14:20

    How to naturally cure tooth decay and gum disease

    As luck would have it, it’s actually quite easy to sport a healthy smile with a few natural remedies

    Dec 19 10:58

    Oklahoma, Nebraska ask Supreme Court to overturn Colorado marijuana law

    This is the second time I'm puttin this up. I made a mistake and put up 2 https in the url and for months now I can't edit my mistakes. I have complained about this to no avail. I've been a loyal reader and poster(5 YEARS) for goin on 17 years and I'm tired of not being able to edit a post when I make a mistake on the url or spelling! IT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dec 19 10:44

    Oklahoma, Nebraska ask Supreme Court to overturn Colorado marijuana law

    What jerks they have for State Attorney Generals in Oklahoma and Nebraska!

    Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said one problem with Colorado’s law is that marijuana is now crossing state lines, causing headaches for states where pot remains illegal under both state and federal law.

    Dec 19 09:23

    FLASHBACK - Curiosity might prove we've already found life on Mars

    GILBERT LEVIN aims to appropriate the Mars Science Laboratory for his own ends. "Since NASA has disdained any interest in MSL looking for life, I'm taking over," he says. "I claim it."

    He is only half joking. If MSL's rover Curiosity finds carbon-based molecules in the Martian soil, Levin - who led the "labelled release" experiment on NASA's 1976 Viking mission - will demand that his refuted discovery of life on Mars is reinstated.

    Dec 19 09:22

    FLASHBACK - Mars Viking Robots 'Found Life'

    New analysis of 36-year-old data, resuscitated from printouts, shows NASA found life on Mars, an international team of mathematicians and scientists conclude in a paper published this week.

    Dec 19 09:20

    Mars has gas, and Curiosity finds organic matter -- fuzzy signs of life?

    A NASA rover has found the building blocks of life on Mars. They might be the product of past or present life on the Red Planet -- or they might not be.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    "And that is our final word!" -- Never A Straight Answer

    Dec 19 08:49

    Kepler is reborn 'like a phoenix rising': Crippled telescope proves it can still find planets after discovery of a ‘Super-Earth’

    The injured planet-hunter, Kepler, was left crippled in space last year after Nasa said it had given up attempts to fix the telescope.

    But all was not lost. Rather than abandoning the spacecraft, a team of Kepler engineers thought up an ingenious way to keep it running using the subtle pressure of sunlight.

    And now, their efforts have paid off, with Kepler spotting its first alien world since being wounded by the loss of two of its gyroscope-like wheels in May 2013.

    Dec 19 08:39

    FDA approved Gardasil 9: Malfeasance or Stupidity?

    by Norma Erickson

    Malfeasance is when a public official violates the public trust by performing an act that is wrongful, legally unjustified, or contrary to law. Nonfeasance is the failure to act where there is a duty to act. Misfeasance is conduct that is lawful but inappropriate. Perhaps, when it comes to the recent approval of Gardasil 9 all of these apply.

    10 December 2014: The FDA approved the use of a reportedly ’new and improved’ version of Gardasil, which will be marketed as Gardasil 9. According to the FDA approval letter, this action was taken without consultation with VRBPAC (the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee) which is responsible for reviewing and evaluating data concerning the safety, effectiveness, and appropriate use of vaccines and related biological products...

    Dec 19 08:16

    Strela Rocket With Kondor-E Satellite Blasts Off From Baikonur:Space Agency

    Russia’s Strela carrier rocket blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome with a Kondor-E radar imaging satellite, the country’s space agency Roscosmos told RIA Novosti Friday.

    Dec 19 08:10

    Closing the Gate on GMO and the Criminal Transatlantic Trade Agreement

    Julian Rose
    Activist Post

    “What emerges is an understanding of TTIP as the political project of a transatlantic corporate and political elite which, on the unfounded promise of increased trade and job creation, will attempt to reverse social and environmental regulatory protections, redirect legal rights from citizens to corporations, and consolidate US and European global leadership in a changing world order.” (Seattle to Brussels Network, Kim Bizzarri)

    A key element of this Transatlantic Trade Agreement, but only one of hundreds of highly controversial proposals, is the move to deregulate the status currently accorded to imports of GM seeds and plants for cultivating in European soils...

    Dec 19 08:07

    A New Resistance film to expose dangers of Roundup in food, water and all around us

    It has been in constant and increasing use for more than 50 years. But glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, isn't at all safe for humans. And a new film project known as A New Resistance seeks to make this fact known on a wide scale, warning the public that this deadly chemical is now present in water, soil, air and food, and is slowly killing us all.

    Since 1974, conventional farmers have been dousing their crops with what they were told is a completely safe, broad-spectrum weedkiller. This weedkiller has since become the number one selling herbicide in the world, but a growing body of independent science now shows that it is destroying human health, promoting obesity, infertility, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, autism and dementia.

    Dec 19 07:26

    GAO Report: VA Provides Inconsistent Treatment To Veterans With Depression

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides inconsistent treatment to veterans with depression and may be underestimating the number of vets who suffer from the condition, according to a government watchdog agency..

    The VA also needs to do a better job monitoring veterans who are prescribed antidepressants and in tracking suicides, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

    Dec 19 07:23

    Veterans exposed to viruses, claim VA avoided responsibility

    John Renegar Jr., wearing a careworn baseball cap emblazed with “101st Airborne”, surveyed his small living room in Smyrna Tennessee and shrugged. “It just makes you think you don’t mean nothin’ to anybody, you know,” the 66 year old Vietnam vet said. “You served a country, but you don’t mean anything to her.”

    Dec 19 07:19

    Child quarantined after Chicago airport Ebola alert

    A child with Ebola-like symptoms was taken to hospital in Chicago after arriving at O'Hare International Airport early Friday morning, according to local media reports.

    The child, whose age and gender was not released, is under observation at the University of Chicago Medical Center, according to a statement emailed to the Chicago Tribune.

    Dec 18 21:58

    HIPPA: Police/DHS can spy on your medical & financial records

    The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPPA) is the primary federal law that addresses health records. The HIPAA privacy rules have special exceptions for law enforcement and national security investigations. The law enforcement provision is very broad. It covers all the usual police procedures, including subpoenas. Those don’t require a judge’s advance permission, and they also require much less basis than probable cause.

    Dec 18 18:38

    Family of Toddler Injured by SWAT 'Grenade' Faces $1M in Medical Bills

    Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh never imagined their family would be at the center of a controversy over the militarization of police. But that’s exactly where they found themselves when their toddler was seriously injured by a SWAT team, also leaving them with a $1 million medical bill they have no hope of paying.

    Dec 18 16:02

    Prediction: In 5 Years, Smart Fridges Will Outnumber Fitness Trackers

    Having to worry about the North Koreans and Chinese, not to mention US state and federal agencies hacking my refrigerator, is just not something I am really ready to deal with. Most of the wearables and other smart appliances on the market today, keep and could possibly share too much personal information about bad habits that the insurance company would love to use against me during the next open enrollment period.

    Dec 18 12:16

    Cambodia investigates suspected mass HIV infection

    Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, has ordered an inquiry into an apparent mass HIV infection believed to have been spread by contaminated needles, as the number of suspected cases passed 100.

    Hundreds of panicked residents of the remote village of Roka, in western Battambang province, have sought testing since news of the infections emerged last week, with health officials saying a total of 106 people may have contracted the virus.

    “I call for a thorough investigation into the issue,” Hun Sen said in a televised speech, urging tests of the equipment used to verify that the patients have HIV.

    Dec 18 10:32

    Monsanto’s New ‘Herbicide-Resistant’ GMO Crop Slammed by Food Experts

    snip: Dicamba was first introduced in 1967 to be used as a broadleaf herbicide. Even then it was linked to higher cancer rates in farmers who used it, as well as birth defects in their male offspring. The herbicide is especially notable for its ability to drift into neighboring farms, thereby damaging crops. - See more at: http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-new-herbicide-resistant-gmo-crop-s...

    Dec 18 10:07

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO): Profit, Power and Geopolitics

    snip: “American foreign policy has almost always been based on agricultural exports, not on industrial exports as people might think. It’s by agriculture and control of the food supply that American diplomacy has been able to control most of the Third World. The World Bank’s geopolitical lending strategy has been to turn countries into food deficit areas by convincing them to grow cash crops – plantation export crops – not to feed themselves with their own food crops.” Professor Michael Hudson [3].

    Dec 18 10:05

    Africa Bill Gates' human experimentation with GM bananas in Africa condemned by scientists

    snip: "Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996," explains the Institute for Responsible Technology.

    "The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise."

    Dec 18 09:13

    BREAKING: Hawaii Victorious Over GMO Tyranny!

    An attorney for the SHAKA Movement in Hawaii that has been trying to uphold a democratically voted moratorium on GMOs on the island of Maui reports that residents and activists have won.

    An intervention in a federal lawsuit that was brought on by Monsanto and Dow trying to push their genetically modified agenda on islanders will not go through.

    Dec 18 09:12

    Is Europe About to Lose the Fight Against GMO’s?

    “What emerges is an understanding of TTIP as the political project of a transatlantic corporate and political elite which, on the unfounded promise of increased trade and job creation, will attempt to reverse social and environmental regulatory protections, redirect legal rights from citizens to corporations, and consolidate US and European global leadership in a changing world order.” – (Seattle to Brussels Network, Kim Bizzarri)

    Dec 18 08:11

    11th Sierra Leonean Doctor Dies From Ebola

    One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said.

    Ebola has killed more than 350 health workers in West Africa, depleting the ranks of doctors and nurses in countries that already had too few to begin with. Because Ebola is spread through bodily fluids, it is only transmitted through close contact. It is often called the "caregivers' disease" because those infected are typically family members caring for the sick or health workers treating them.

    Dec 18 07:38

    Big food corporations committing massive organic fraud – investigation

    Expected to reach an estimated $35 billion in profits this year, the organic market has become attractive to food companies on all sides of the spectrum, opening up the door for potential abuses.

    Dec 18 06:25

    ‘Biggest fracking victory ever!’ as New York bans dangerous drilling in state

    After years of lobbying and aggressive public protest by state residents to make permanent a short-term moratorium on the controversial oil and gas drilling practice

    Dec 17 19:46

    Star Trek: TOS Errand of Mercy

    Where's the Organians when you need them. My kinda folks!

    The Organians: "super-evolved" and completely pacifistic.

    Dec 17 16:53

    Monsanto’s New ‘Herbicide-Resistant’ GMO Crop Slammed by Food Experts

    This is another weapon in the Big Ag giant’s chemical arsenal that is being called yet another indiscriminate chemical that “will take agriculture back to the dark days of heavy, hazardous pesticide use that will seriously endanger human health and the environment.”

    Dec 17 16:02

    How NE Ohio hospitals, schools react to flu outbreak

    Health experts are seeing an influx of flu cases throughout the Northeast Ohio area less than a week into official start of the winter season.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    And CDC has admitted this year's flu vaccine is totally useless. (But you don't get a refund.)

    Dec 17 13:47

    The Green Goons Want To Convert Your Grandmothers Remains Into Earth Friendly Soylent Snacks

    Why use precious real estate to bury your beloved family members when these grotesque inhuman dirt bags will convert them into fertilizer. This is going beyond the extremes, will you remember your precious family whenever you pull vegetables from their corpses? How can someone even try to bring this idea to fruition? Anyone in their right mind who has a shred of humanity left might get violent when you bring your 'concept' to them at the local town hall. You'd be lucky to get out of there alive.

    Dec 17 12:51

    Cuomo to Ban Fracking as Health Department Calls It Unsafe

    The New York state Health Department said fracking for natural gas can’t be done safely, dooming prospects that Governor Andrew Cuomo will end a six-year moratorium.

    Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said at a cabinet meeting in Albany today that studies on the extraction technique’s effects on water, air and soil are inconsistent, incomplete and raise too many “red flags” to allow.

    Dec 17 11:26

    “Greatest Living Scientist” Shunned for Telling Truth About Race, Forced to Sell Nobel Prize

    James Dewey Watson’s 1962 Nobel Prize for co-discovering deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sold for an astonishing $4.76 million at an auction held on December 4 at Christie’s auction house in New York, marking the first time a living scientist has ever sold his Nobel.

    Dec 17 10:32

    Patients don't understand risks of unnecessary antibiotics, study shows

    Over prescription of antibiotics is a major factor driving one of the biggest public health concerns today: antibiotic resistance. In a first-of-its-kind study, research led by the George Washington University suggests that public health educational materials may not address the misconceptions that shape why patients expect antibiotics, driving doctors to prescribe them more. The research appeared in October in the journalMedical Decision Making.

    Dec 17 09:16

    FLASHBACK - The Calm Before The Storm: An Interview With Dr. Gilbert Levin

    In a little over one month, the British built Beagle 2 exobiology lander will look for signs of extinct or extant life on the surface of Mars. Not since NASA's Viking mission 27 years ago has another search for life on Mars been attempted.

    One has to wonder why since the Viking mission left behind important unanswered questions - such as: are there organic molecules from either life and meteorites laying on the surface? Or are they destroyed by the hypothetical oxidants many NASA researchers say are certainly there? One of the Principal Investigators for the NASA Viking biology team was Dr. Gilbert V. Levin who invented and built the Viking Labeled Release Experiment. His experiment tested the soil of Mars nine times at two different landing sites under different temperature regimes and environmental conditions. All his data point to microbes metabolizing a nutrient solution and giving off an indicative radioactive CO2 gas.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Sadly, the Beagle 2 lander failed to communicate from the surface of Mars.

    Dec 17 08:42

    11 trillion gallons of water to relieve California drought – NASA

    NASA scientists say it would require 11 trillion gallons of water – more water than California’s 38 million residents use each year for domestic purposes – to relieve the state’s record drought, currently in its third year.

    Dec 17 08:40

    16 Important Rules of Survival and Preparedness

    by Gaye Levy

    Having a survival mindset means you are always ready to take on new challenges, right? Although I fully believe that new challenges are a good thing, it is sometimes downright frustrating to recognize that prep as we do, we are never really ready.

    Part of the disconnect from being totally prepared is having the knowledge that we will never be able to prepare for everything. As recently as four years ago, we were preparing for the end of the world as we know it and a global economic collapse. And now? The flavor of the month is a pandemic, a cyber attack, and the potential for another world war...

    Dec 17 07:52

    Big food corporations committing massive organic fraud - investigation

    (NaturalNews) Expected to reach an estimated $35 billion in profits this year, the organic market has become attractive to food companies on all sides of the spectrum, opening up the door for potential abuses.

    Under-the-table financial contributions to politicians in Washington have allowed Big Food companies to hijack the organic industry by selling products blatantly in violation of strict organic standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    Dec 17 07:52

    Humans Started Using Fire Habitually 350,000 Years Ago, Researchers Claim

    Two years ago the team at UNESCO declared the cave to have “universal value” because of its documentation of human history dating back to half a million years. The site allowed researchers to precisely document how the use of fire by humans evolved over a lengthy period of time.

    Researchers examined the caves sediment layers and found that most flints were not burned in layers that were older than 350,000 years old. The flints, characterized by cracking, red or black coloration began regularly showing up 350,000 years ago. The group found small round depressions where fragments called pot lids flaked off the stone, indicating exposure to fire.

    Dec 17 06:58

    Your all-electric car may not be so green: Researchers say electricity generated by coal plants can cause MORE pollution than simply using gasoline

    'A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean ... are not better than gasoline.'

    Dec 17 06:54

    Big food corporations committing massive organic fraud - investigation

    Expected to reach an estimated $35 billion in profits this year, the organic market has become attractive to food companies on all sides of the spectrum, opening up the door for potential abuses.

    Under-the-table financial contributions to politicians in Washington have allowed Big Food companies to hijack the organic industry by selling products blatantly in violation of strict organic standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    The USDA fails to prosecute violators due to giant corporations' lobbyists pressuring the agency to "favor their preferred industrial model of food production," according to Mark Kastel, the Senior Farm Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute.

    Dec 17 06:48

    California leaders vow to continue climate change action

    California's political leaders pledged Monday to advance the state's landmark laws on climate change and fend off challenges from opponents such as oil companies..

    "We're just at the beginning," Gov. Jerry Brown said. "There's still lots of skeptics and lots of deniers."

    Dec 17 06:39

    Landmark Petition Submitted to Parliament Could Launch Canadian 9/11 Investigation

    An historic milestone in the 9/11 Truth Movement has been achieved by a dedicated group of activists in Ottawa, Ontario, with the presentation of a petition in the House of Commons requesting a "parliamentary review of the omissions and inconsistencies in the official United States of America 9/11 Commission Report."

    This is not the first time that Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth has published news on the three-year effort to present this petition to the Canadian government. Back in February 2012, we reported that the petition for a parliamentary review of the destruction of the three WTC skyscrapers on September 11, 2001, had been given to members of Parliament in the hope that they would formally present the petition in the House of Commons. However, officials were not yet ready to tackle the numerous unanswered questions about 9/11. Again, in March 2013, we reported that a renewed effort to have the petition read in the House of Commons was impeded by Ottawa MP and foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar, because he "did not agree with it." Still not ready.

    A major development finally unfolded on December 3, 2014 when a Member of Parliament rose in the House of Commons "to present a petition, from petitioners in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and particularly in the Ottawa area, calling on the government of Canada to conduct a parliamentary review into the events that occurred in the United States on September 11."

    Dec 16 19:41

    Hawaii officials: Lava on course to hit shopping center with gas station in 7 to 10 days

    There’s still a great deal of uncertainty about when the lava might reach the center and what it could hit. The lava could smother one structure in the complex or cover them all, he said.

    Dec 16 18:33

    Patients don't understand risks of unnecessary antibiotics, study shows

    Over prescription of antibiotics is a major factor driving one of the biggest public health concerns today: antibiotic resistance. In a first-of-its-kind study, research led by the George Washington University suggests that public health educational materials may not address the misconceptions that shape why patients expect antibiotics, driving doctors to prescribe them more. The research appeared in October in the journalMedical Decision Making.

    Dec 16 17:22

    “Mass sterilization”: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine

    According to LifeSiteNews, a Catholic publication, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

    Dec 16 14:32

    Obamacare hits 2.5 million enrollees; officials say that doesn’t count ‘extremely busy’ weekend

    Administration officials said Tuesday that nearly 2.5 million Americans had selected a plan on the federal Obamacare marketplace through Friday, a tally that did not include an “extremely busy” three days before Monday night’s deadline to get covered for the new year.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Wow! A whole 2.5 million! Out of a total US population of 330 million! That';s almost 1 percent!!!!!!!!!!!

    And take it from me those Obamacare-compliant policies are a raw deal!

    Dec 16 14:14

    Unapproved GM Mosquitoes Being Shipped to US for Release NOW

    Are you aware that genetically modified mosquitoes are being set for release worldwide? Right after GM mosquitoes were let loose in Brazil, dengue fever cases spiked. Now, the Florida Keys are in danger of facing a similar fate. The mosquitoes haven’t even been officially approved, but Oxitec, the British company who created the mosquitoes, has already shipped them to Florida. The only hope is a very vocal grassroots effort to tell the Governor of Florida that these mosquitoes will ruin tourism and possibly turn the natural ecosystem there on its head.

    Dec 16 13:35

    NEW STUDY: HEPATITIS B VACCINATION IN FRANCE SPARKED A WAVE OF NEW CASES OF MS

    There has been considerable suspicion about a link between hepatitis B vaccination and the development of multiple sclerosis. This new study examined detailed national data in France around the mass vaccination of French adults in the mid 1990s. Following World Health Organisation recommendations in 1992 to mass vaccinate against hepatitis B to hopefully eradicate the virus, 20 million French people were vaccinated between 1994 and 1997.

    Dec 16 12:50

    Food Safety Experts Slam USDA over Dicamba GM Crops

    Center for Food Safety criticized the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton.

    The EIS paves the way for introduction of new crops genetically engineered to survive spraying with the herbicide dicamba. If approved, the anticipated widespread adoption of these GE crops would lead to an over 10-fold increase in dicamba use in American agriculture, from under 4 million lbs. at present to more than 40 million lbs. per year. Commercialization is also contingent on EPA approval of dicamba formulations for use on the new crops, which is presently under consideration...

    Dec 16 12:41

    Extra vitamin E may protect elderly from getting common pneumonia

    Extra vitamin E protected older mice from a bacterial infection that commonly causes pneumonia. Microbiologists and nutrition researchers from Tufts University report that the extra vitamin E helped regulate the mice's immune system. The findings, published online in advance of print in the "The Journal of Immunology," show promise for studies investigating the effects of vitamin E and infection in humans...

    Dec 16 12:29

    Drug-resistant ‘superbug’ found in Rio de Janeiro Olympic waters

    Micro-organisms were discovered by the specialists from the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, one of the world’s main public health research institutions located in Rio de Janeiro.

    Dec 16 12:20

    Nasa finds evidence of 'life on Mars'

    Evidence of life on Mars could have been found by Nasa's Curiosity Rover.

    One of the instruments on the robot found mysterious spikes of methane that cannot easily be explained by geology or other theories. Scientists can’t be sure what is causing the spikes, but it is possible that it could be very small, bacteria-like living organisms.

    If the gas is coming from living, breathing microbes then it would mark one of the biggest discoveries in history.

    Scientists have said that the rover now has to test and re-test the possibility of life.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Back in 1976 the Viking Landers carried two different experiments to detect life. The first took a sample of Martian soil and dropped it into a generic nutrient solution tagged with a radioactive isotope and waited for radioactive gas to be released by metabolic processes. This experiment showed a positive result.

    The second experiment was a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer that heated a sample of Martian soil to cause large organic molecules to leave the soil and be drawn into a mass spectrometer, but unlike the inorganic mass spectrometer the heat was kept low enough to not cause the molecules themselves to come apart. This experiment returned a negative for the organic molecules it was designed to detect.

    NASA was faced with one positive and one negative result. Most of us sitting at those consoles were convinced the positive needed to be given priority.

    NASA was under a huge amount of public pressure over the issue of life on Mars. In particular the Buy-bull bangers were adamant that there could not possibly be life on Mars because the Bible did not mention it, and life on other planets meant Earth was not special in the eyes of whatever gods were being prayed to. Some of the controllers were getting death threats from fanatics like the Children of God. The post-Apollo "New" NASA was already entrenched. The scientists with the PhDs were no longer in control, but political appointees with MBAs ran the show, and so a political decision was made to ignore the positive result, rely on the negative, and declare that Viking had not found any life on Mars at all. That placated the masses at what we all felt was the expense of the truth.

    Now, years later, subsequent probes to Mars have discovered a high amount of perchlorate in the Martian soil. In the presence of heat, perchlorate will decompose organic molecules. So the Viking organic mass spectrometer was destroying the organic molecules before it ever had a chance to detect them. That means the negative result was bogus data and can be discarded. That leaves just one positive result.

    In subsequent years, other scientists have re-examined the Viking data and come to the conclusion that we did indeed find life on Mars.

    And before anyone shouts, "Oh no, NASA would never hide such an important find", please recall that when Marco Polo returned from China he was promptly locked away in a dungeon by the Dominicans on the orders of the church, who thought that their control over Europe would be threatened by public awareness of a great civilization to the East that had never heard of Jesus. Eventually, word of Marco Polo's discoveries leaked out and he was released.

    There is no question that confirmation of extraterrestrial life will be a socially transformative event. Humans might decide to put down their weapons of war and unite to find our just who is out there. For those governments dependent on war, that is a huge threat to their power and ample motive to bias their assessment of the Viking results towards the negative.

    Dec 16 10:45

    ALOHA FROM HAWAI'I, GMO GROUND ZERO

    We started Babes Against Biotech in response to the blatant financial ties between elected officials and the agrochemical biotech companies poisoning the Hawaiian islands. Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Syngenta and DuPont/Pioneer use Hawai’i as an open air laboratory to test genetically engineered crop seeds for export. In developing pesticide resistant Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs,) these multi-national companies create zero local food sending profits off island, while exposing our communities to obscene amounts of restricted and general use pesticides up to ten times the national average. We already have two pesticide linked birth defects doctors estimate at ten times the national average in communities near GE test fields.

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    Dec 16 10:28

    44 Reasons To Believe Cell Phones Can Cause Cancer

    Cell phones emit microwave radio-frequency radiation. Fact.

    This radiation has the ability to penetrate our bodies. Fact.

    Our governments do virtually nothing to protect us from these dangers. Fact.

    And yet there is strong evidence, multiple peer reviewed studies, to indicate that cell phones cause cancer and other diseases.

    Take a look for yourself at these facts.

    Dec 15 20:35

    Inside an internet addiction treatment center in China

    At the Internet Addiction Treatment Centre in Beijing, children must take part in military-style activities, including exercise drills and the singing of patriotic songs. They are denied access to the internet. One of the first experiences internees undergo is brain monitoring through electroencephalography (EEG). The programme is run by psychologist Tao Ran, who claims the brains of internet and heroin addicts display similarities.

    Dec 15 18:25

    #2 of 6: NIST's WTC 7 Reports: Filled with Fantasy, Fiction, and Fraud

    PART 1: NIST and Popular Mechanics Fabricate Myth of WTC 7's "Scooped-Out" 10 Stories

    Editor's Note: This fascinating and provocative technical piece on NIST's manipulation of the WTC 7 evidence is broken down into a series of six articles. The second installment (below) is PART 1: NIST and Popular Mechanics Fabricate Myth About WTC 7's "Scooped-Out" 10 Stories. The first installment was the INTRODUCTION. Stand by for the next four installments, to be published monthly.

    Dec 15 16:35

    This Device Turns Plastic Trash Into Edible Mushrooms

    ?A team of microbiologists and designers wants our future food to pull double duty by breaking down man-made trash while growing tasty treats. The Fungi Mu?tarium is a prototype device that uses fungi to safely break down plastic and grow edible, fluffy biomass in its place. Here’s how it works: small bits of thin plastic—like the kind that make up shopping bags—are doused in UV light to sterilize them and start to break the plastic down. The plastic is then placed in a small pod made of agar, an edible, algae-based gelatin. The pods are placed in the “growth sphere”, a dome-like incubator.

    Dec 15 13:31

    NEW WORLD SYSTEMS: POLICE ARE SPYING ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND ASSESSING YOUR ‘THREAT RATING’

    New World Systems offers software that allows dispatchers to enter in a person’s name to see if they’ve had contact with the police before. Provided crime data, PredPol claims that its software “forecasts highest risk times and places for future crimes.” These and other technologies are supplanting and enhancing traditional police work.

    Dec 15 12:27

    Liberia postpones elections again because of Ebola

    Officials in Ebola-stricken Liberia on Sunday postponed Senate elections until the end of the week, while some urged calling off the vote for fear the results would not be credible.

    Dec 15 12:27

    WHO Ebola response chief says virus still spreading due to lack of change in behaviors

    The failure of Sierra Leone's strategy for fighting Ebola may be down to a missing ingredient: a big shock that could change people's behavior and finally prevent further infection.

    Dec 15 12:11

    Hazardous Trend: The ‘Commodification’ of Sleep

    Clearly, there are some serious risks associated with our 24/7, wireless, ‘smart’ culture. Maybe this is just another cost of ‘progress’, or maybe it’s because we simply cannot keep up with the basic costs of living and dozens fees, fines and stealth taxes?

    Dec 15 11:25

    Man shoots himself as police approach him at a fast food restaurant

    A novel approach. If you see the police coming for you,kill yourself before they do and don't give them the satisfaction and 3 days off with pay! Boy that'll teach em!

    by Adam McDonald / KMOV.com staff

    KMOV.com

    Posted on December 14, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Updated today at 8:39 AM

    ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A man shot and killed himself as police approached him while he was in his vehicle at a fast food restaurant drive thru in Jefferson County.

    Dec 15 11:21

    Seeds of Profit and Geopolitics

    Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not essential for feeding the world [1,2], but if they were to lead to increased productivity, did not harm the environment and did not negatively impact biodiversity and human health, would we be wise to embrace them anyhow?

    The fact is that GMO technology would still be owned and controlled by certain very powerful interests. In their hands, this technology is first and foremost an instrument of corporate power, a tool to ensure profit. Beyond that, it is intended to serve US global geopolitical interests. Indeed, agriculture has for a long time been central to US foreign policy.

    Dec 15 07:25

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO): Profit, Power and Geopolitics

    The fact is that GMO technology would still be owned and controlled by certain very powerful interests. In their hands, this technology is first and foremost an instrument of corporate power, a tool to ensure profit. Beyond that, it is intended to serve US global geopolitical interests. Indeed, agriculture has for a long time been central to US foreign policy.

    “American foreign policy has almost always been based on agricultural exports, not on industrial exports as people might think. It’s by agriculture and control of the food supply that American diplomacy has been able to control most of the Third World. The World Bank’s geopolitical lending strategy has been to turn countries into food deficit areas by convincing them to grow cash crops – plantation export crops – not to feed themselves with their own food crops.” Professor Michael Hudson [3].

    The Project for a New American Century and the Wolfowitz Doctrine show that US foreign policy is about power, control and ensuring global supremacy at any cost [4,5]. Part of the plan for attaining world domination rests on the US controlling agriculture and hijacking food sovereignty and nations’ food security.

    Dec 15 06:47

    7 GMO Claims Debunked

    In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth debunks 7 claims made by the food authorities:

    Claim 1: Genetic engineering isn't radical technology
    Claim 2: GMO Crops aren't new
    Claim 3: Farmer's Don't Want to Save Seeds, Anyway
    Claim 4: The Only Way to Feed the World is Through GMOs
    Claim 5: GMO's don't cause health problems
    Claim 6: It's Not just Monsanto, All Research says GMOs are okay
    Claim 7: *GMOs don't spread to other crops and wild plants

    Dec 15 06:37

    Antidepressants No Better Than Placebo: JAMA Study

    A study just published in JAMA Jan 5, reported that SSRI antidepressants are no better than placebo for most cases of depression. The authors reviewed 30 years of data and concluded that "the benefit of antidepressant medication compared with placebo may be minimal or nonexistent in patients with mild or moderate symptoms".

    Dec 15 06:36

    Hepatitis B vaccine linked to causing multiple sclerosis

    A sudden and sharp increase in the number of multiple sclerosis (MS) cases diagnosed in France back in the mid-1990s appears to have its roots in a mass vaccination campaign for hepatitis B that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to new epidemiological data published in the journal Immunologic Research.

    Dec 14 21:41

    5 Myths About Marijuana Debunked

    Waking Times

    The more research is released, the more legalization makes sense.

    Dec 14 21:35

    4 Healthy Foods That Serve as Natural Antibiotics

    Waking Times

    Although most doctors continue to prescribe antibiotics anytime they find signs of infection, these medicines are becoming less and less effective. The over-use of antibiotics has heralded the rise antibiotic resistant bacteria, and the best defense you have against bacterial infection may be to proactively fortify your body with natural antibiotics by making certain foods and supplements part of your daily diet.

    Dec 14 19:56

    10 best superfoods for Diabetes prevention

    10 best superfoods for Diabetes prevention

    Dec 14 19:55

    50 Unbelievable Facts About Our Earth

    50 Unbelievable Facts About Our Earth

    Dec 14 18:43

    Report: Obamacare Shutting Down Free Health Clinics

    The Affordable Care Act is spelling the demise of free healthcare clinics across the country, The Wall Street Journal reports.

    Of clinics across 28 states, almost a dozen in the past two years have cited Obamacare as their reason for shutting their doors.

    Dec 14 18:39

    Earth faces sixth ‘great extinction’ with 41% of amphibians set to go the way of the dodo

    Analysis for prestigious Nature magazine sounds alarm on the way that human activity, from overfishing to agriculture, is forcing a vast number of species to vanish from the wild

    Dec 14 18:23

    Six in 10 Americans, including half of all Republicans, said they support regulation of carbon dioxide pollution

    When Republicans take control of Congress next month, top on their agenda will be undoing environmental regulations they claim will harm the economy, chief among them President Barack Obama's plans to limit heat-trapping carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.

    Dec 14 12:23

    THE "BIG BANG" IS JUST RELIGION DISGUISED AS SCIENCE - REVISED AND UPDATED

    Yet even though hard evidence exists to warrant a full re-examination of the basic assumption of the expanding universe, our science classes and TV programs still promote the "Big Bang" view, just as the erroneous theory of Aristotle continued to be promoted even after Galileo proved it wrong, because one theory fits into a theology, and the other does not.

    Man's progress is not measured by the reaches of his science but by the limits of his superstition. The truth is known. But the truth is unpopular.

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    Dec 14 09:37

    12 disasters that could bring about the end of the world as we know it

    Our way of life is far more vulnerable than most people would ever dare to imagine. A single major catastrophe could fundamentally alter all of our lives at any moment.

    Dec 14 08:16

    Extreme weather - winds, snow and flooding on US West Coast, in pictures (21pics)

    Extreme weather - winds, snow and flooding on US West Coast, in pictures

    Dec 14 07:01

    U.S. Attorneys General Form Secret Alliance To Help Energy Companies

    Major energy companies have effectively created a secret law firm of conservative attorneys general to persuade Washington lawmakers to gut environmental regulations, according to an investigation by the New York Times. In return, these senior government officials have received millions of dollars to help them win political campaigns.

    Dec 13 21:15

    Ebola outbreak: Darwin volunteer writes from Sierra Leone treatment centre, 'I just cry in my goggles'

    Australian Dan Baschiera is volunteering at an Ebola treatment hospital in Sierra Leone where he is doing what he can to stop the deadly disease.

    Dec 13 21:09

    Geminids meteor shower: Live updates as dazzling show reaches its fiery peak

    Meteors should be visible throughout the night from around 10pm - and at its peak later there could be between 50 and 100 shooting stars every hour

    Dec 13 10:43

    Cocaine consumption quadruples the risk of sudden death in people between 19 and 49

    A joint piece of research conducted by the UPV/EHU, the Basque Institute of Forensic Medicine, and the Biomedical Research Centre Network into Mental Health (CIBERSAM) of the Carlos III Institute of Health links, for the first time, the increase in sudden cardiovascular death with the recent consumption of cocaine. In people in the 19-49 age bracket this risk is quadrupled. In fact, cocaine consumption doubles the risk of death of cardiovascular origin that can be attributed to smoking, and becomes the main risk factor among subjects under 50.

    Dec 13 10:02

    11 Restaurant Scams That Sabotage Weight Loss

    Take two popular menu items: A Carrot Walnut Muffin or the Chocolate Croissant. Which one’s healthier? Surely your health-conscious conscience jumps at the thought of starting your day with carrots and walnuts, yet the truth is fuzzier. Au Bon Pain’s healthy sounding muffin offering packs 540 calories—plus 7 grams more fat, double the carbs (73 g vs. 34 g), and the four times the sugar of a 300-calorie Starbucks Chocolate Croissant! Remember, “muffin” is just a way to get you to eat cake for breakfast.

    Dec 13 08:38

    Human DNA Shows Traces of 40 Million-Year Battle For Survival Between Primate and Pathogen

    Examination of DNA from 21 primate species – from squirrel monkeys to humans – exposes an evolutionary war against infectious bacteria over iron that circulates in the bloodstream. Supported by experimental evidence, these findings, published in Science on Dec. 12, demonstrate the vital importance of an underappreciated defense mechanism, nutritional immunity.

    Dec 13 08:21

    Visiting soldier can't stay in wife's Central apartment, landlord says

    Chuck my butt! How about Scrooge or Grinch. This really sucks!

    CENTRAL, SC (FOX Carolina) -

    A soldier returning home for the holidays to see his wife and newborn baby in Central is being kicked out of his wife's apartment after the landlord said he is overstaying the time allowed for visitors.

    Sergeant William Bolt is stationed in Missouri, but his wife has been in Central. She gave birth to their daughter two weeks ago.

    Bolt said the landlord at The Groves apartment complex in Central told him he had overstayed, saying visitors are not allowed to stay in the apartments past seven days, per the agreement signed by Bolt's wife, Lily.

    "I'm stationed in Missouri and we haven't seen each other in six months. What's the problem with me staying and visiting with my wife?" Bolt said.

    The landlord, whose name is Chuck, told FOX Carolina he enforces that rule for all his tenants.

    Dec 13 06:50

    Lead Developer of HPV Vaccines Comes Clean, Warns Parents & Young Girls It’s All A Giant Deadly Scam

    Dr. Diane Harper was a leading expert responsible for the Phase II and Phase III safety and effectiveness studies which secured the approval of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines, Gardasil™ and Cervarix™. Dr. Harper also authored many of the published, scholarly papers about the vaccines. She is now the latest in a long string of experts who are pressing the red alert button on the devastating consequences and irrelevancy of these vaccines. Dr. Harper made her surprising confession at the 4th International Converence on Vaccination which took place in Reston, Virginia. Her speech, which was originally intended to promote the benefits of the vaccines, took a 180-degree turn when she chose instead to clean her conscience about the deadly vaccines so she “could sleep at night”.

    Dec 13 04:30

    Why 12/13/14 could be a day to remember

    It won’t happen again this century, but Saturday is 12/13/14 on the Gregorian calendar. For some it’s a minor curiosity, for others it’s their wedding day — or a signal to call their mother.

    Dec 13 01:50

    DHS: 100 Million Americans Could Lose Power in Major Sun Storm

    illions of Americans face catastrophic loss of electrical power during a future magnetic space storm that will disrupt the electric grid and cause cascading infrastructure failures, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document.

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