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Thursday, 22 February

11:00

Francis Gooding: The Dying of the Dinosaurs "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

What colour was a Tyrannosaurus rex? How did an Archaeopteryx court a mate? And how do you paint the visual likeness of something no human eye will ever see? Far from bedevilling the artists who wanted to depict prehistoric creatures and their lost worlds, such conundrums have in fact been invitations to glorious freedom. For nearly two hundred years the resulting genre now known as palaeoart has been a playground wherein tyrannosaurids, plesiosaurs and their fellows have not only illustrated scientific knowledge, but acted as scaled and feathered proxies for the anxieties of contemporary life. None of us has ever seen one, but who doesnt know what a dinosaur looks like?

Meehan Crist: When the Ice Melts "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Higher sea levels mean higher storm surges, like the nine-foot surge that inundated Lower Manhattan and severely affected neighbourhoods in Long Island and New Jersey, but also that low-lying coastal areas, from Bangladesh to Amsterdam, will be underwater in less than a hundred years. Its worth remembering that two-thirds of the worlds cities sit on coastlines. In a high-emissions scenario, average high tides in New York could be higher than the levels seen during Sandy. A rise in global sea levels of 11 feet would fully submerge cities like Mumbai and a large part of Bangladesh. The question is no longer if but how high, and how fast.

Pankaj Mishra: Ta-Nehisi Coates "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

He visibly struggles with the question Why do white people like what I write? This is a fraught issue for the very few writers from formerly colonised countries or historically disadvantaged minorities in the West who are embraced by legacy periodicals, and then tasked with representing their people or country, religion, race, and even continent. Relations between the anointed representative writer and those who are denied this privilege by white gatekeepers are notoriously prickly. Coates, a self-made writer, is particularly vulnerable to the charge that he is popular among white liberals since he assuages their guilt about racism.

Letters "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 4 (22 February 2018)

Table of contents "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 4 (22 February 2018)

Saturday, 17 February

23:36

Five Science and Technology Predictions for 2025 "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Genetic editing of the human embryo is here to stay, and may well prove to be the most important scientific advancement of the 21st century.

23:36

XinFin ICO Enters Second Week, Announces Institutional Partnership "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

XinFins Hybrid Blockchain ICO was announced last week after launching minimum viable products and ongoing pilot projects with several institutions. The utility coin XDCE offering has now entered its second week.

XinFin, the first of its kind Hybrid blockchain platform is entering into the second week of the ICO for its utility coin XDCE. XDCE is an ERC 20 token that is also 1:1 swappable with the XDC that has utility in hosting masternodes as well as to be used on tradefinex.org platform for Global Trade and Finance beta platform.

XinFin XDC Masternodes can float tokenized or non-tokenized private subnetworks which can be used by banks, utility companies, communities or enterprises for blockchain enabling and tokenizing their assets. XinFin network is a peer to peer contract platform running on stake based DPOS consensus which can use existing approved payment channels or use XDC as a settlement layer only through approved financial institutions. The architecture makes XinFin fully compliant with laws of the land. said Karan Bharadwaj, CTO of XinFin.

TradeFinex.org Platform is the first app launched on the XinFins hybrid blockchain platform aimed at bridging the $27 trillion infrastructure deficit globally. It is connecting buyers, suppliers, and financiers through its trusted network of trade associations, financial institutions, policymakers, and regulators, he added.

XinFin launched the TradeFinex platform at second peer to peer Digital Asset summit organized by Assocham in India and extended the platform to over 450,000 enterprise members of Assocham. Amongst its institutional tie-ups are Global Youth Economic Summit by NM College group that extends the XinFin platform to over 35,000 students of various affiliated colleges. Singapore based Ramco Labs also announced to build hybrid blockchain solutions with XinFin on its XDC01 protocol for global supply chain finance. The upcoming major global expansion includes Canada and Sri Lanka to be announced in the coming weeks.

More information about XinFin is available on the platforms official website: www.xinfin.org. The XinFin token sale is available at www.xinfin.io. The platform also has an active community on Telegram, Twitter, and Slack. To participate in the Slack community, in...

23:17

AR -15 Recommendations. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

I am one of those rare folks without an AR-15. I have noticed they are dirt cheap right now.
If that nutjob in Florida doesn't cause any major problems with their sale.
I would like to hear a few recommendations for a budget AR-15 rifle? what make you like or what features you would make sure to have?
I figure having a semi-auto rifle more powerful than my .22 is a good idea.
I also have considered a semi-auto shotgun.

23:15

Another Dog Food Recall "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Smucker's has a dog food recall that covers many brands of wet dog food. We all love our pets plus I noticed that Wal-mart had Ol' Roy canned dog food on clearance yesterday. Monkey's beware.
Affected products include canned wet dog food versions of the following brands:

  • Gravy Train
  • Kibbles N Bits
  • Ol Roy
  • Skippy
The following table is reproduced from an email sent by Walmart to its affected customers.
smucker-wet-pet-food-recall-feb-2018.

Smucker's statement:...

Another Dog Food Recall

23:00

Digital Services manager not actually passionate about job "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

While having a quick drink after work on Monday, digital services manager Sarah Barrett has admitted that she in direct contradiction to the office wide email announcement sent round earlier that day is in fact NOT passionate about keeping customers secure online and protecting the information we hold of theirs.

Im paid to, Sarah confessed, thats true.  But to say Im passionate about it?  Thats not quite right.  Later after missing the twenty-seven past train and resolving to definitely get the next one Sarah, exasperated now, said: Im passionate about two things my husband and learning languages.  Thats it.  Digital services is just a job.  Whats wrong with that?  Why isnt that enough?

23:00

Luisa Rabbias Tiny Marks and Big Mysteries "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Luisa Rabbia, Birth (2017), colored pencil, acrylic, and fingerprints on canvas, 108 x 202 inches, photo by Dario Lasagni (courtesy of the artist and Peter Blum Gallery)

In these times of stridency and shrillness, how are works of art that speak with the softness of rustling chiffon in an overheated parlor ever to be heard amid a din of protest, propaganda, real news, fake news, politics-as-spectacle, or the staged, self-serving confessionals-as-entertainment that have become a mainstay of the medias mind-numbing echo chamber?

At its best, some art can or should provide both a potent response and a soothing antidote to the noise, offering the refuge and sanity of its inherent truths while reaffirming what is most abiding, essential, soulful, or noble about the members of our big, bungling, forever searching human family (or one might just settle for something nurturing or common-sensical).

Now, with Love-Birth-Death, a distinctive and, for any contemporary art-maker, unusually magisterial series of large-scale paintings, the Italian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Luisa Rabbia has addressed some of this or any eras biggest themes, humanitys most enduring, universal mysteries. To take on the task of representing our sense of wonder in the face of them is to try to give tangible form to the ineffable.

Luisa Rabbia, Death (2017), colored pencil, acrylic, an...

23:00

Number of Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds Rises to 226 Globally "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Number of Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds Rises to 226 Globally

The number of global cryptocurrency hedge funds has reached a record high of 226, according to research firm Autonomous Next. The hedge funds tracked by leading hedge fund database provider Eurekahedge show a return of 1,477.85 percent in 2017 on average.

Also read: Japans DMM Bitcoin Exchange Opens for Business With 7 Cryptocurrencies

226 Crypto Hedge Funds

Number of Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds Rises to 226 GloballyAccording to Autonomous Next, the London-based fintech practice of Autonomous Research, the number of hedge funds focused on trading cryptocurrencies more than doubled in the past four months. Reuters reported:

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22:42

Local Arrest in Crime Ring, Facts you won't see from the mass media. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

It all came about from a neighbors report.


Multiple arrests made following East Texas organized crime investigation

Over 20 people were arrested on Thursday after a multicounty long-term investigation into a string of burglaries and drug sales.

On Feb. 8, a Smith County grand jury returned...

Local Arrest in Crime Ring, Facts you won't see from the mass media.

22:39

A Simple Starter Guide for Shadow Work (that Actually Works). "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

When I first started looking into shadow work, I felt so confused. It seemed like everyone had a different opinion of what shadow work actually was, and how to "do" this shadow work stuff.

22:33

Kp Radio Hawaii 2-17-18 Use that Higher Discernment thing "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

[Kp update: pardon for the lower volume from my iPhone mic. Apparently I needed it closer to the mouth. Well get it improved next time.]

[Kp update 2: heres a link to an improved audio version. Below Ive placed an audio player with this. Much easier to listen to.]

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http://www.spirit.kauwila.net/wordpress_kauilapele/180217_kpradiohawaii-2-17-18-use-that-higher-discernment-thing_064.mp3

Show link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kpradiohawaii/2018/02/17/kp-radio-hawaii-2-17-18-use-that-higher-discernment-thing

Talked about (among other things):

  • Described how the BlogTalkRadio studio did not come up until a candle was lit.
  • Challenges have to flow with them. L...

22:32

Cryptocurrency Market Recovers to $500 Billion as Bitcoin, Ethereum Record Gains "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The post Cryptocurrency Market Recovers to $500 Billion as Bitcoin, Ethereum Record Gains appeared first on CCN

For the first time in February, the cryptocurrency market has recovered to $500 billion, as most major cryptocurrencies including bitcoin and Ethereum recorded large gains in the past two days. Within the past 24 hours, bitcoin recorded a price increase 9 percent, rising from $10,030 to $10,850. Premiums in the South Korean cryptocurrency market have

The post Cryptocurrency Market Recovers to $500 Billion as Bitcoin, Ethereum Record Gains appeared first on CCN

22:31

Strange Circle of Lights emerges from Storm Clouds over Phoenix, Arizona "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Picture
"A friend sent me these photos taken in Phoenix, Arizona on July 29, 2016 while driving on the freeway. He was initially taking pictures of the storm clouds but did not see the object in question until later when looking at the photos at home."
Source: 
http://ufosightingshotspot.blogspot.pt

22:23

Preppers Gear Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet Review "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

As promised a while ago, I will continue to review some of the prepping gear I own. Today, the Gerber Bear Grylls survival hatchet is in the spotlight. It is one of the best compact survival hatchets available on the market and it is considered a lifesaving aid in building a shelter and a campfire. ... Read more...

The post Preppers Gear Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet Review was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper's Will.

22:03

Statement of APA President in Response to Florida Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

APA President Jessica Henderson Daniel has released a statement on the recent school shooting in Florida emphasizing the lack of correlation between gun violence and mental health.

While law enforcement is still piecing together the shooters motives, some public figures and news reports are focusing on his mental health. It is important to remember that only a very small percentage of violent acts are committed by people who are diagnosed with, or in treatment for, mental illness. Framing the conversation about gun violence in the context of mental illness does a disservice to the victims of violence and unfairly stigmatizes the many others with mental illness. More important, it does not direct us to appropriate solutions to this public health crisis.

Article 

22:02

When You Start Paying Attention to Everyday Sensory Experience "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

From Aeon: A new video aims to capture the small, abstract moments that make up our inner lives, that would otherwise go ignored or quickly disappear.

Video 

22:01

Michael Fontaine: What the Ancient World Can Teach Us About Emotional Distress "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

This week on MIA Radio, we interview Professor Michael Fontaine. Michael is Professor of Classics and Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at Cornell University in New York. He regularly consults on Latin for museums, institutions, dealers, and collectors, having exposed forgery in Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age paintings. In 2016 he received the Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties.

In the episode we discuss:

  • How Michael came to be a Professor of Classics and Literature.
  • How studying the ancient world helps us to understand what the first scientists thought about mental or emotional distress.
  • The first use of the phrase psychiatric ward which can be found at the Library of Alexandria in Northern Egypt.
  • That the phrase that ultimately became the word Psychiatry in ancient times actually meant a Healing Place for the Soul and is inscribed above library entrances even today ( or Psyches iatreion).
  • The links between the Rosenhan experiment and a comedic play written 2,200 years ago by the ancient Roman playwright T. Maccius Plautus.
  • That, in the ancient world, there was no long-term incarceration in prisons or asylums.
  • The relationship between the Hippocratic/medical model (the humoral theory) and the Epicurean model of mental or emotional distress.
  • That, in the ancient world, depression didnt exist, and that the solutions for unhappiness were based in the community or in Philosophy.
  • That about 1700 years ago, the Roman Empire entered a state of decline and it...

22:01

Congress Did Something Extraordinary for Vulnerable Children "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

From The Intercept: A new piece of legislation attempting to revolutionize the foster care system recently passed despite significant opposition. The Family First Prevention Services Act allows states to use federal funds for preventative mental health and substance use programs to keep at-risk children in their homes instead of the foster system.

The Family First Prevention Services Act will usher in the most significant improvements to the child welfare system in decades and provide real help to families to fight the opioid epidemic, Wyden said in a statement. We owe our most vulnerable children the best chance to stay with their families when its safe to keep them at home and the highest standards of care to protect children who are already in foster care.

Children are taken from their families in cases of abuse but more often than not, Sandy Santana, executive director for Childrens Rights, said, kids enter the foster care system because of neglect that stems primarily from issues of poverty or substance abuse.

With the opioid epidemic, more and more kids are coming into the system because their parents are dependent on opioids, Santana said. For the government now to redirect funding for substance abuse and preventative services to keep those kids that are at risk of entering foster care with their families is a big, big deal.'

Article

22:00

In 10 Years We Won't Have Blockchains "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Instead, we may have something that does what a blockchain does, only faster, cheaper and scalable. It'll look more like a graph than a linear chain.

22:00

Pharmagunndon in America "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Note: Teresa Wrote this post in 2012, after the shooting by Adam Lanza in Newtown, CT. Seems this post should just be "on deck" at any given moment in the USA. By Teresa Conrick Here at Age of Autism, we...

21:47

Daily Verse "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:35-37 (KJV)

21:40

Slip Stitch Hand Warmers "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Texting while you walk your dog, searching the bottom of your bag for keys, catching up on emails in an under-heated caf all these things are better with warm hands and free fingertips. And this comely pair of Slip Stitch Hand Warmers makes these little daily tasks better!

Slip Stitch Hand Warmers | Purl Soho

In traditional Good Wool, the latest addition to our family of yarns, this super simple slip stitch pattern is reminiscent of a classic thermal shirt. And the natural beauty this yarn lends to these hand warmers makes them just as amenable to a walk in the woods as to a morning subway ride.

Slip Stitch Hand Warmers | Purl Soho

You just need one skein of Good Wool to make one or two adult-size pairs, and since this yarn is our most affordable yet, casting on will hardly put a dent in your wallet. And who wouldnt warm to that?

Slip Stitch Hand Warmers | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

NOTE: One skein is plenty to make two pairs of Small Hand Warmers; just enough to make two pairs of Medium Hand Warmers; or plenty to make one pair of Large.

Gauge

28 stitches and 52 r...

21:40

Make 1 Purlwise (m1p) "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Make 1 Purlwise (m1p) is a very useful technique when youre increasing on the purl side of the fabric. By simply purling into the front loop versus the back loop, m1p leans right or left on the knit side of the fabric, imitating the look of the usual knitwise m1R (make 1 right) and m1L (make 1 left). (M1L purlwise looks like m1L on the knitside and m1R purlwise looks like M1R on the knit side.)

On the purl side of the fabric, the left and right m1p look identical, so if the purl side is the right side of your fabric, choose either one!

m1L purlwise (make one left purlwise, worked on the wrong side): With the left needle, pick up the horizontal strand between the last stitch you knit and the one youre about to knit, bringing the needle from front to back, then purl through back loop of the strand. This makes a left-leaning increase on the right, or knit, side of the fabric.

m1R purlwise (make one right purlwise, worked on the wrong side): With the left needle, pick up the horizontal strand between the last stitch you knit and the one youre about to knit, bringing the needle from back to front, then purl through front loop of the strand. This makes a right-leaning increase on the right, or knit, side of the fabric.

21:38

OFFICIAL Somewhere over the Rainbow - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoole "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"



OFFICIAL Somewhere over the Rainbow - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoole

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
And the dreams that you dream of, once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dream of, dreams really do come true
Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That's where you'll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly
And the dream that you dare to
Why, oh why can't I?
Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That's where you'll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
And the dream that you dare to
Why, oh why can't I?
Songwriters: E.Y. Harburg / Harold Arlen
Related:

The Rainbow Body - Periodically Updated Research Page:

http://debunkingdeath.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-rainbow-body-periodically-updated.html

21:31

Khaita Happy Birthday - from Around the World! "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"


Rainbow Body: The Life and Realization of a Tibetan Yogin, Togden Ugyen Tendzin, presents the remarkable life story of Togden Ugyen Tendzin (18881962), a Tibetan yogin who in death achieved the rainbow body, the release of the physical body in the essence of the five elements and one of the highest spiritual attainments of Dzogchen, recognized as the supreme level of Tibetan Buddhism. His nephew, Chgyal Namkhai Norbu, one of the greatest living masters of Dzogchen, composed the book from his own recollections of his uncle as well as direct quotes from talks with the great yogin himself and his disciple Sala Karma Samten. The book traces the yogins childhood struggles, the circumstances that led him to his teacher, the eminent Adzom Drugpa, and his difficult path to self-realization. Finally, Chgyal Namkhai Norbu relates the story of Ugyen Tendzins death during imprisonment by the Chinese, when witnesses discovered that though his sheepskin robe still sat upright, his body was gonea testament to its having dissolved into the rainbow body....

21:30

PR: London Blockchain Startup FarmaTrust Partners with Mongolian Government to Stop Fake Medicine "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

London Blockchain Startup FarmaTrust Partners with Mongolian Government

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

FarmaTrust, a UK blockchain startup and global tracking system has officially signed a partnership with the Mongolian government to pilot a one-year project aimed at preventing the creation and distribution of counterfeit medications. The project will include both governmental and non-governmental parties in Mongolia, including the Specialized Inspection Agency of Tuv Province of Mongolia and the Mongolian e-Government Center NGO.

The pilot project will kickoff in the Tuv Province, a province outside of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Immediate tasks include conducting feasibility reports and helping government monitoring and inspection of pharmacies, and pharmaceutical supply chains, including warehouses and retailers.

FarmaTrust CEO, Raja Sharif, explains, This project is a great multinational collaboration to mix blockchain and other emerging technologies to secure and optimize the pharmaceutical supply chain. Mongolia is a great starting point. With a population of just 3 million, tracking and implementation can quickly scale on the national level. Mongolia is also important as a strategic middle point between Russia and China, two countries that have experienced large amounts of counterfeit medicine in the past.

FarmaTrust is providing the knowledge and experience in blockchain supply...

21:06

SEC Suspends Trading of Three Companies With Ties to Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

SEC Suspends Trading of Three Companies With Ties to Cryptocurrency

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has suspended trading in the stocks of three companies with ties to cryptocurrency. One of the three is also planning an initial coin offering. The SEC says it is concerned about the nature of the companies business operations and the value of their assets.

Also read: Japans DMM Bitcoin Exchange Opens for Business With 7 Cryptocurrencies

SEC Suspends Trading of Three Stocks

The SEC has suspended trading in three companies amid questions surrounding similar statements they made about the acquisition of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology-related assets, the agency announced on Thursday. They are Cherubim Interests, PDX Partners, and Victura Construction Group. The three stocks are traded over-the-counter, with a market capitalization of less than $5 million each, according to Factset. The suspension is temporary, beginning on February 16 and ending on March 2.

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21:00

Anti-capitalist protester starts anti-capitalist events management company "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

it's only right to think of the poor people of China in all this...An anti-capitalist protester camping outside St Pauls Cathedral in London confirmed today that the experience has inspired him to start ProtestEx the worlds first event management company dedicated to making sure your bid to overthrow the status quo goes without a hitch.

The people running this one have done brilliantly, said Christopher James of Kingham, Oxfordshire. Its a great central location, near Starbucks and Pizza Express, and theres plenty of opportunities for a few sherbets in the evening. But all the organisers are hippies and unemployed, so they had some time on their hands, and that got me thinking what if you wanted to start a protest but couldnt fit the destruction of the entire bourgeois rentier system into your busy working schedule? Youd need an events manager just like if you were planning to get married.

ProtestEx offers to handle all aspects of creating a protest, from catering to communication to accommodation. We can even sell you colour co-ordinated tents that spell out your aims when viewed from a BBC helicopter Ive got a source in Shanghai, said Mr James. But Im also looking to branch out into other causes. Fox hunting, anti-nuclear, anti-Murdoch you name it, well help you hate it. Obviously we cant promise your protest will succeed, but we can guarantee you unlimited skinny macchiatos during the attempt. If things go well Im hoping for a stock market flotation in 2015.

What we want is to make sure your big day goes off without a hitch, he continued. You cant have just anyone turning up, so weve negotiated favourable security rates with G4. Can you imagine if gypos showed up on your campsite with their dogs, unruly children and big fat brides? Nightmare! The last thing you want when demonstrating to save the world is a bunch of selfish people only worried about their own needs. Well stop them for you for a fee.

21:00

The CryptoKitties Competitors: 4 Ethereum Games That Are Catching Up "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

CryptoKitties may be the best-known ethereum app, but other games are fast winning users and registering notable volumes for expensive collectables.

21:00

ZeroEdge.Bet Opens New Office in London "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

ZeroEdge.Bet, a start-up that is building a blockchain based online casino network, is expanding its reach and will be opening brand new offices in London. The move was prompted by the unprecedented growth of the business, ahead of the proposed ICO dates later this year.

The ZeroEdge team is extremely excited to meet fans and followers of the Zero Edge online casino network when their new offices open within the next few weeks. The team, comprising of a range of experts in their respective fields including online gaming, cryptocurrencies, marketing, support, and much more, have put out the welcome mat for gamblers in the United Kingdom.

This is a great news for us and our community. We are delighted to have our new office in London. One of the reasons for opening an office in London was the access to the skilled job market. Blockchain experts, gambling industry executives, marketing gurus are all there.  Therefore, will be looking to grow our team to help us with our development on every aspect of the business. said Adrian Casey ZeroEdge.Bet CEO

london, zero edge

UK gambling market is one of the largest in the world.

United Kingdom gambling market size exceeds 14 Billion each year. Zero Edge will launch first blockchain based gambling sites in UK market just after ICO finishes and all Zerocoins are distributed publicly.

It is not by coincidence that Zero Edge has chosen London as one of their main centers of operation. Aside from the fact that London is one of the most popular cities in the world, with a vibrant melting pot of global cultures, it also happens to represent one of the largest online gambling markets in the world.

Residents of the UK love to gamble online and do so around the clock at various top online casinos aimed at the UK market. However, up until fairly recently, UK gamblers have been facing the very same problem as gamblers in other parts of the world playing at online casinos where, quite frankly, the house edge is out of control!

This is another reason why Zero Edge has chosen London to open their cutting edge new offices, to begin to roll out their plan to absolutely upset the entire online gambling industry with their unique 0% house edge concept, a first in online casino gambling (and gambling in general).

What is Zero Edge and How Does It Work?

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20:40

Kp Message 2-16-18 Use thine own Higher Discernment' (because no one else is gonna do it for you) "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The last post may or may not generate some interest. I liked it, and I posted it because I got to post it. That was from my own Higher Discernment. The article itself resonated with me. Thats all that matters to me. If it does not resonate with anyone else, that is just fine. Everyone has their own resonance points.

A key line from the last article was this (Ive spliced two parts together):

Spend more time in intuition the connection to the higher self.

Thats what I refer to as Higher Discernment.

This is not about intellectually figuring out this or that or this or that. Its about Getting on a deep inner (even deeper than gut) level what is right for you. This happens with me all the time. I get what to do. I get what to post. I get where to go. I get when to get out of bed.

I trust no ones words writings talks speeches blah blah blah and blah. I do not trust intellect-only explanations and I do not offer intellect-only explanations and anything like that. The...

20:39

This is how much Jamie Foxx wants to talk about Katie Holmes "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

This actor whos going out with another actor really doesnt want to talk about it so you probably shouldnt ask him on live TV.

How much doesnt he want to talk about it?

This much, as Jamie Foxx was asked about Katie Holmes ahead of a celebrity basketball thing.

Well take that as a no comment.

Source

The post This is how much Jamie Foxx wants to talk about Katie Holmes appeared first on The Poke.

20:34

Girlfriends unfortunate chewna mix-up goes viral "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Theres tuna. And then theres chewna. Or is there?

This guys text exchange with his girlfriend went viral because, well, see for yourself.

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Source

The post Girlfriends unfortunate chewna mix-up goes viral appeared first on The Poke.

20:22

Moira Stuart reading out these 1984 by-election candidates is an unexpected treat "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Weve always liked Moira Stuart, but weve never liked her quite so much as we did when we watched this.

Because youre probably wondering, its this.

David Bentley is our favourite.

If youre wondering why it doesnt happen so much these days, it might be something to do with this.

And for the very committed among you

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20:13

ABN AMRO Launches Blockchain Bank Accounts to Kill Escrow Accounts "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The post ABN AMRO Launches Blockchain Bank Accounts to Kill Escrow Accounts appeared first on CCN

Dutch big four bank ABN AMRO has launched a new service wherein bank accounts are issued to individual clients via the blockchain, as alternatives to escrow accounts. ABN AMRO is shifting gears in its blockchain endeavor. The Amsterdam-based banking giant has announced a new service wherein individual client within non-bank organizations entrusted with client funds

The post ABN AMRO Launches Blockchain Bank Accounts to Kill Escrow Accounts appeared first on CCN

20:06

The replies to this suggest classroom resentment runs deep "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

This question went viral because so many people had things to get off their chest.

Plus, a lot of the replies were very funny.

Here are our favourite 11 responses.

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20:05

The Disposal of Fracking Waste Includes Radioactive Material "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Marcellus shale drill cuttings are generally radioactive

Fracking Waste Disposal: Still A Hot Mess in KY, WV, PA, OH, etc.

From an Article by Mary Meehan, Ohio Valley ReSource, February 14, 2018

The slogan for Estill County is where the bluegrass kisses the mountains. But since 2015 the county, population 15,000, is widely known as the place where radioactive material generated by the oil and gas industry in a process known as fracking was dumped near some schools.

As the Ohio Valley ReSource reported in 2016, tons of waste from the drilling practice known as fracking was hauled from state to state before being improperly disposed of in a county landfill not designed to hold radioactive material.

Drilling waste is also being dumped into public landfills in West Virginia.

This week the Concerned Citizens of Estill County and state officials squared off over how to best deal with the tons of radioactive waste. The landfill owners have been fined and are required to create a mitigation plan. Officials with the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet want to keep the waste in place. But local residents have a different idea. In the two years since the waste was discovered the community has come to a consensus on what should happen with the illegally dumped waste: Dig it up and move it out.

Estill County concerned citizen Tom Bonny makes the case for removing the radioactive waste at a public hearing.

Concerned Citizens member Tom Bonny said he first thought keeping the waste in place was the better solution. But when he considered the long-half life of the radioactive material coupled with its location near Estill Countys schools, he thought of the long-term consequences to the community. He is also concerned about the proximity of the landfill to the Kentucky River and potential danger to the water supply not only in Irvine but downstream. So, he changed his mind.

He said most folks hes talked to feel the same way. The majority of the people I have spoken with indicate they will not have full peace of mind if it is left in place, he said.

The disagreement over how to deal with the mess is just a small part of a larger problem with a lack of re...

20:00

DCC Realizing the Dream of Inclusive Finance "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The issue of competitive currencies by private-sector organizations and the survival and loss of currencies due to market competition is an ideal institutional system.

Friedrich Hayek, Nobel Prize-Winning Economist

The rise of blockchain technology is making Hayeks dream become reality. There is still much progress to make though; competitive currencies alone are not enough to destabilize the existing traditional financial system, nor to establish a truly desirable one. DCC, the worlds first public chain for distributed banking, is ready to bring real change to the financial markets.

From centralized to distributed banking DCCs vision

Distributed banking is a new kind of cooperative service relationship where financial service organizations collaborate with each other on a decentralized blockchain basis.

Stewie Zhu, Project Leader, DCC

The traditional financial markets are heavily dependent on centralized banking institutions, with key user credit data and transaction data controlled by a handful of mega-sized financial firms. By contrast, DCCs goal is to serve as a public chain for distributed banking, establishing a decentralized financial trading platform. In DCCs framework, each individual has full control over their credit information. Financial institutions are then able to provide multiple competitive services to customers according to their digital credit data and there are no fixed relationships among institutions.

DCCs user account system is based on decentralized DCCID which ensures that transactions and credit data cannot be tampered with. Personal credit data reports are stored in the cloud, while all data transmissions are encrypted for the highest level of security. Blockchains intelligent contract interaction architecture successfully shifts personal data from the grasp of centralized credit institutions to decentralized individuals.

The DCC platform is open architecture too, meaning any party can create intelligent contracts based on open standard protocols or develop DApps (decentralized apps) to expand the DCC environment.

DCC will ultimately transform the financial market structure, leveraging innovation to drive change from centralized to distributed and decentralized.

Why do we need DCC?

The traditional financial industry is highly centralized.Financial transactions rely heavily on the endorsement and support of large financial institutions, with substantial transaction fees paid out to these institutions. Monopolistic financial institutions have in fact raised lending rates for borrowers and reduced the in...

19:56

Dauntless Dialogue 2-14-18 ALLIANCE INSIDER: There Will be No Civilian Trials for the Illuminati "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

[Kp update: Here are two earlier videos, each of which has more information about Arthur: 12/6/17 (related article); 12/14/17 (related article)]

I listened to this video and article by Adam Riva. I like this guy and how he presents this data, which I get is very much right on. It is what many of us have heard from others, but from a different insider. The way he presents this and the way he presents himself is quite centered and leveling, I feel, for all of us. There were four important points he presented at the end, to which his insider, Arthur, added one more. Here they are

[Intuition], Meditation, preparation, investigation, conversation.
Spend more time in meditation for the spirit than you...

19:54

Dietary supplementation with almonds may have a beneficial effect in reducing the risk of oxidative stress-induced memory loss. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2018 Feb 10. Epub 2018 Feb 10. PMID: 29429075 Abstract Title:  Dietary Supplementation of Almond Prevents Oxidative Stress by Advocating Antioxidants and Attenuates Impaired Aversive Memory in Male Rats. Abstract:  Scopolamine, an anti-muscarinic agent, has been shown to induce amnesia and oxidative stress similar to that observed in the older age. The present study was designed to determine the relationship between the oxidative status and memory improvement in scopolamine injected rats pre-administered with almonds. Rats (n=8) in the almond group were administered orally with 400 mg/kg almond suspension for 28 days daily before the intraperitoneal injection of scopolamine (0.5 mg/kg). Passive avoidance task (PAT) was used to assess memory function at the end of treatment. The present study revealed that scopolamine injection significantly impaired the memory function in rats pre-treated with saline which was accompanied by increased oxidative stress as evident by increased brain malondialdehyde (MDA) levels and reduced activities of antioxidant enzymes as compared to healthy controls. Pre-treatment withalmond significantly ameliorated scopolamine-induced oxidative stress and memory dysfunction. These findings suggest that dietary supplementation with almonds may have a beneficial effect in reducing the risk of oxidative stress-induced memory loss and delaying or preventing the onset of age-related memory impairment.

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19:36

Looking for someone to go sarging with. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I don't know if PUA community is a thing here in Cairns. I just started learning game. Hit me up.

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19:29

Tax-Free Ways to Transfer Bitcoin and Other Crypto: Expert Take "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

You can give cryptocurrency as a gift, and it doesnt trigger income taxes.

19:10

URGENT: Support the Wombat crossing in Hill Street, please! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Residents may recall that our City Council undertook to implement improvements on Hill Street in this current financial year.  These improvements were listed on this previous blog post.

As part of this implementation, Council has now advertised the trial Wombat crossing, on the north side of the Pine Street roundabout (from the pharmacy towards the school), for any public comment.  This is the advert (and apologies for the very late notice on this):

As you can see, responses are due in by Monday 19 February.  My understanding is that this means by close of business on that date, but this may be wrong (can anyone confirm this?).  Anyhow, best to get your response in ASAP.

Responses can be emailed to coh@hobartcity.com.au, marked to the attention of the Manager Traffic Engineering.  You could provide a copy to the General Manager, Nick Heath, to make certain of your message getting through:  heathn@hobartcity.com.au

Here are some thoughts you could use in your response:

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19:09

Seven Problems Older Preppers Face "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Seven Problems that Older Preppers Face via Preparedness Advice

The older I get the more I see problems that older preppers face. Since prepping hit the mainstream back in 2008-09, we all have a good 8-9 years under our belts. My own kids were just 8 and 6 when my wife and I started prepping, and now our oldest is making college plans. Time flies.

I know you all plan to be that rare exception that is still able to walk long distances in your 90s and not taking any medication. If that happens, then good for you! You were blessed with some amazing genes. Unfortunately, that will likely not be the case for most people, even the most devout prepper. Most of us end up facing some type of serious limiting medical problems. Many are dependent on medications, have mobility problems or cognitive problems, even after living a healthy lifestyle for decades. You may be the rare exception but you dont know what will happen tomorrow.

So what are some of the problems older preppers face?

  1. Medications this is a big one. Extra prescription medications are hard to get already. I know people who are on medication that keeps them alive. Without those drugs, they would be dead within a few days. Here are some ideas that may help you stock up on important medications.  15 Over the Counter Medications Preppers need to Stock , So You Need Prescription Medications,  More on, So You Need Prescription Medications
    problems that older preppers face

    These will no longer be available

  1. Mobility While I have not had any m...

18:58

Gas Masks and Respirators - 50pg Comprehensive Review .... "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

probably one of the best analysis reports I've seen on the various gas masks and respirators available on the market - detail info on the various types - recommended brands - filter types and their particular uses ....

best part of the report is that it covers the various SHTF possibilities - it's civilian family oriented - decent price comparison included ...


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18:56

A carotenoid extract from a cultivar of pumpkin triggers nonprotective autophagy in malignant cells. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2017 ;2017:7468538. Epub 2017 Dec 21. PMID: 29430284 Abstract Title:  A Carotenoid Extract from a Southern Italian Cultivar of Pumpkin Triggers Nonprotective Autophagy in Malignant Cells. Abstract:  Carotenoids, including-carotene, lycopene, and derivatives, such as retinoic acid, have been studied for their significant antiproliferative and differentiating activity on cancer cells in experimental models and in clinics. We are presenting here data on the mechanism of action of a carotenoid-enriched extract obtained from the pumpkin, variety"long of Naples,"on two malignant human cell lines, Caco-2 and SAOs, derived from a colon adenocarcinoma and an osteosarcoma, respectively. The carotenoid extract has been obtained from pumpkin pulp and seeds by supercritical COextraction and employed to prepare oil-in-water nanoemulsions. The nanoemulsions, applied at a final carotenoid concentration of 200-400g/ml, were not cytotoxic, but induced a delay in cell growth of about 40% in both SAOs and Caco-2 cell lines. This effect was associated with the activation of a"nonprotective"form of autophagy and, in SAOs cells, to the induction of cell differentiation via a mechanism that involved AMPK activation. Our data suggest the presence of a pool of bioactive compounds in the carotenoid-enriched extract, acting additively, or synergistically, to delay cell growth in cancer cells.

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18:47

How I built a public, anonymous chat app in JavaScript "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Photo by Kristina Flour on Unsplash

Were all familiar with instant messaging and using it to chat to people in realtime. Sometimes, though, we might want an app which allows us to send messages anonymously to friends, or to chat anonymously with strangers in close proximity. An example of such an app is Truth, which lets you talk with people on your contact list without disclosing your identity.

In this tutorial, Ill be showing you how to build a public anonymous chat app in JavaScript (using NodeJS and Express on the server, and VanillaJS on the client) and Pusher. Pusher allows us to build scalable and reliable realtime applications. Since we need realtime delivery of chat messages, this is a key component of the chat app. The image below depicts what we will be building:

The final product

Getting Started

Lets kick off by signing up for a free Pusher account (or logging in if you already have one). Once youre logged in, create a new Pusher app from the dashboard and make a note of your App ID, Key, and Secret, which are unique to an app.

To create a new Pusher app, click the Your apps side menu, then click the Create a new app button below the drawer. This brings up the setup wizard.

  1. Enter a name for the application. In this case, Ill call it chat.
  2. Select a cluster.
  3. Select the option Create app for multiple environments if you want to have different instances for development, staging, and production.
  4. Select Vanilla JS as the frontend and NodeJS as the backend.
  5. Complete the process by clicking the Create my app button to set up your app instance.
Creating the pusher app

Code-up the server

We need a backend which will serve our static files and also accept messages from a client and then broadcast to other connected clients through Pusher. Our backend will be written in NodeJS, so we need to set it up.

We need a package.json file, and Ill add it by running the command below. Ill use the defaults provi...

18:44

nuts and peanut butter might reduce pancreatic cancer risk in men. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Jan 22. Epub 2018 Jan 22. PMID: 29358224 Abstract Title:  Total nut, tree nut, peanut, and peanut butter consumption and the risk of pancreatic cancer in the Netherlands Cohort Study. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Nut intake has been associated with decreased cancer-related mortality, but few studies have examined the potential of nuts in the chemoprevention of pancreatic cancer. We prospectively investigated the association of total nut, tree nut, peanut, and peanut butter consumption with pancreatic cancer risk.METHODS: In the Netherlands Cohort Study, 120,852 men and women completed a baseline questionnaire, including a food frequency questionnaire, in 1986. After 20.3 years of follow-up, 583 incident pancreatic cancer cases, including 349 microscopically confirmed pancreatic cancer (MCPC) cases, were included in multivariable case-cohort analyses.RESULTS: Increased total nut consumption was associated with a non-significantly decreased MCPC risk in men (HR (95% CI) for 10+ g/day vs. nonconsumers = 0.72 (0.47-1.11), P-trend = 0.163). No clear association was found in women. For tree nut and peanut consumption, non-significant inverse associations were observed in men. In women, no or unclear associations were found for tree nut and peanut consumption. Peanut butter intake was related to a significantly reduced risk of MCPC in men (HR (95% CI) for 5+ g/day vs. nonconsumers = 0.53 (0.28-1.00), P-trend = 0.047), but this relation was not clear in women. Evidence for a nonlinear dose-response relation with MCPC was found for tree nut intake only. The associations were weaker when looking at total pancreatic cancer.CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that nuts and peanut butter might reduce pancreatic cancer risk in men. In women, no or unclear associations were found.IMPACT: Nut consumption might reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer in men.

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18:44

WTF? What's being sprayed? "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

I keep seeing strange looking contrails? Some have a corkscrew in the vapor trail like a missile would leave. The vapor tends to widen out like a mist.Not disappearing like most vapor trails would.Crisscross patterns like a tic toe board seem to appear a lot. A grid? I don't know what it is but this sure doesn't look normal. Thoughts?

18:40

Boiling Point 13th February; eternal youth and space travel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

On Tonights episode Alex and Kirsten sat down to talk about the power of naked mole rats and the future of space travel

Naked mole rats? The new fountain of youth

The fountain of eternal youth is harboured within the naked mole rat. An unusual place to find eternal youth. However, a naked mole rats risk of dying is 1 in 10,000.  According to Rochelle Buffenstein, naked mole rats defy the mathematical Gompertz law. There is no associated risk of dying as a naked mole rat ages. Suggesting, this pink skinned rodent is ageless; however, naked mole rats may not be ageless, it is suggested, their ageing process may occur later in life. Although, these rodents have the youth and immortality we strive for, with active DNA repair, high chaperones levels and, often, low to no cancer present. Naked mole rats youth and immortality has caused an outbreak of jealousy among human beings.

A car floating in space? Tesla, the future of space travel

A Tesla Roadster with Starman at the steering wheel launched into space on February 6th.  This is the latest development from SpaceX. Falcon Heavy, the powerful rocket delivering the car or payload into orbit via composite fairing, may change the future of tourism. Trips to Mars and the moon are the new destination for those hit by the travel bug. With 27 Merlin engines and 22,819 kilonewtons of liftoff thrust, there is understandable buzz from this powerful rock...

18:40

These results confirm the effects of lipid-lowering and modifying body composition of almond consumption. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  J Med Food. 2018 Jan 9. Epub 2018 Jan 9. PMID: 29315019 Abstract Title:  Time and Intervention Effects of Daily Almond Intake on the Changes of Lipid Profile and Body Composition Among Free-Living Healthy Adults. Abstract:  Favorable health benefits of almond have been shown in several previous studies. However, repeated measures, randomized, controlled trials to investigate the changes due to almond intake based on the time effects have not yet been reported. The current study was conducted to evaluate the effects of daily almond intake on changes in body composition and lipid profiles for 20 weeks with four measurements among healthy adults. Participants in the almond group showed favorable changes on blood lipid profiles, including levels of triglycerides (TG), total cholesterol (TC), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and non-high-density lipoprotein (non-HDL-C) after consuming 56g of almond per day for 20 weeks compared with those at baseline. At week 20, subjects in the almond group showed significantly decreased TC, LDL-C, non-HDL-C, TG, body fat mass, and waist-hip ratio compared with those of the control group who consumed isocaloric control food. The mixed model also confirmed that there were significant time effects in several bioimpedance indicators (i.e., total body protein, fat-free mass, etc.) and all of the lipid profile parameters in the almond group. These results confirm the effects of lipid-lowering and modifying body composition of almond consumption. In addition, our results suggest that the measuring time points would be critical to capture the effects of dietary intervention.

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18:34

These results reveal that almond consumption induced changes in the microbial community composition of the human gastrointestinal microbiota. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Nutrients. 2018 Jan 26 ;10(2). Epub 2018 Jan 26. PMID: 29373513 Abstract Title:  Almond Consumption and Processing Affects the Composition of the Gastrointestinal Microbiota of Healthy Adult Men and Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Almond processing has been shown to differentially impact metabolizable energy; however, the effect of food form on the gastrointestinal microbiota is under-investigated.OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the interrelationship of almond consumption and processing on the gastrointestinal microbiota.DESIGN: A controlled-feeding, randomized, five-period, crossover study with washouts between diet periods was conducted in healthy adults (= 18). Treatments included: (1) zero servings/day of almonds (control); (2) 1.5 servings (42 g)/day of whole almonds; (3) 1.5 servings/day of whole, roasted almonds; (4) 1.5 servings/day of roasted, chopped almonds; and (5) 1.5 servings/day of almond butter. Fecal samples were collected at the end of each three-week diet period.RESULTS: Almond consumption increased the relative abundances of,, and( 0.05). Comparisons between control and the four almond treatments revealed that chopped almonds increased,, andcompared to control (

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18:27

Altcoin Analysis: NEO, EOS, LTC, IOT and Lumens "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

It is likely that most altcoins will complete a 3-bar bull reversal pattern known as a morning star right at key support levels in the weekly chart.

LTC, Lumens and EOS/USD will lead the charge and offer wonderful buy opportunities next week.

My advice is for buyers to wait for meaningful entries next week and not to buy at peaks at current prices.

Lets have a look at these charts:

XLM/USD

alt coin XLM/USD Technical analysisXLMUSD Daily Chart for February 17, 2018

In the coming sessions, trading Lumens is pretty much straight forward.

As we can see from the chart, prices are trending higher and with stochastics signals widening, it is likely that prices will continue rally-as it is doing at the moment, meaning every pull back in lower time frames is another clear buying opportunity.

Lets not forget that we are trading from a top-down approach. If this weeks end up bullish, then there will be a sweet confirmation of a 3-bar reversal bull pattern-the Morning Star in the weekly chart.

Therefore, this means any lows that prints in lower time frames is another opportunity to buy on dips with bull targets at $0.70.

IOT/USD

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18:12

Cashew nut supplementation in Asian Indians with T2DM reduced systolic blood pressure and increased HDL cholesterol concentrations. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  J Nutr. 2018 Jan 1 ;148(1):63-69. PMID: 29378038 Abstract Title:  Cashew Nut Consumption Increases HDL Cholesterol and Reduces Systolic Blood Pressure in Asian Indians with Type 2 Diabetes: A 12-Week Randomized Controlled Trial. Abstract:  Background: There is increasing evidence that nut consumption decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, there are few data on the health effects of cashew nuts among adults with type 2 diabetes (T2DM).Objective: The study aimed to investigate the effects of cashew nut supplementation on glycemia, body weight, blood pressure, and lipid profile in Asian Indians with T2DM.Methods: In a parallel-arm, randomized controlled trial, 300 adults with T2DM [mean SD age: 51 9.3 y; body mass index (BMI; in kg/m2): 26.0 3.4; 55% male] were randomly assigned to receive advice to follow a standard diabetic diet (control) or similar advice plus 30 g cashew nuts/d (intervention) for 12 wk. The macronutrient composition of the prescribed diabetic diet was60-65% energy from carbohydrates, 15-25% from fat, and the rest from protein. Differences between groups in changes in anthropometric and biochemical variables were analyzed using linear models with robust variance estimation under an assumed independence working correlation.Results: Participants in the intervention group had a greater decrease in systolic blood pressure from baseline to 12 wk than did controls (-4.9 13.7 compared with -1.7 11.6 mm Hg; P = 0.04) and a greater increase in plasma HDL cholesterol compared with controls (+1.7 5.6 compared with +0.1 4.6 mg/dL; P = 0.01). There were no differences between the groups with respect to changes in body weight, BMI, blood lipid, and glycemic variables. Plasma oleic acid concentrations and self-reported dietary intake of nuts, oleic acid, and monounsaturated fatty acids suggested excellent compliance with the nut consumption.Conclusion: Cashew nut supplementation in Asian Indians with T2DM reduced systolic blood pressure and increased HDL cholesterol concentrations with no deleterious effects on body weight, glycemia, or other lipid variables. This study was registered at the clinical trial registry of India as CTRI/2017/07/009022.

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18:03

The findings indicate that the nut consumption may contribute to the delay of cognitive decline in aging. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Curr Alzheimer Res. 2018 Feb 1. Epub 2018 Feb 1. PMID: 29422003 Abstract Title:  Role of Nut Consumption in the Management of Cognitive Decline - A Mini-Review. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Currently, there is a significant increase in the number of older generation groups, which may result in serious economic and social issues. Therefore there is a need to prolong the active life of these older individuals, especially by focusing on modifying lifestyle factors such as healthy nutrition. In fact, recent research has shown that, for example, nuts are an important part of people's healthy diet because they have appeared to be neuroprotective compounds which might maintain or in some cases even improve people's cognitive functions.OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review study is to explore the role of the nut nutrition in the maintenance and delay of cognitive decline among older individuals.RESULTS: The findings indicate that the nut consumption may contribute to the delay of cognitive decline in aging. However, this nut diet is just one component of the multi-nutrient dietary intervention for health aging.CONCLUSION: More longitudinal controlled randomized studies have to be performed in this field to prove the efficacy of the nut nutrition for the delay of cognitive decline.

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17:57

9 UNEXPECTED TRIGGERS OF DIABETES "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Diabetes has become an epidemic, instances of those developing type 2 diabetes are increasing at an alarming rate. We know that a poor diet that is high in sugar and animal protein combined with inactivity are two  common factors of the typical Western diet and way of life that can lead to type 2 diabetes. What is not very well-known and not often discussed is that there are many are dealing with this disease for lesser-known reasons that are sometimes completely out of their control.

In this day and age, we are exposed to thousands of chemicals in our environment, usually every day. Chemicals are found in everything from the food we eat, the air we breathe, the clothes we wear, the water we drink and, quite frankly virtually every aspect of our lives, and a lot of them are bad. The effects of all these chemicals (the bad ones) is almost like the elephant in the room, its not often that fingers are pointed to these chemicals and the potential harm they are doing to our bodies. Certain chemicals like the BPA found in plastic and canned goods, vehicle exhaust and phthalates, these common environmental chemicals can alter our health in several different ways.

cost analysis published in the Lancet in 2016 stated that diseases related to everyday household chemicals cost the United States $340 billion annually, let that sink in for a moment. An increasing amount of research has been pointing towards many other environmental contaminants and chemicals that can drastically increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, there are much more important factors to be aware of, its not only diet and physical activity like we have been led to believe.

What Chemicals Can Trigger Type 2 Diabetes?

1. Arsenic Research has shown that chronic exposure to arsenic can interfere with insulin secretion, which can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology in 2017 stated that arsenic, contaminates the drinking water of approximately 100 million people globally and has been associated with insulin resistance and diabetes.

2. BPA Also known as Bisphenol A is a synthetic compound that is often used to produce certain types of plastics in toys, canned foods, drink liners, even medical de...

17:37

Palestine in Pictures: January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Palestinians stand outside their dwelling after it was damaged during a winter storm, Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 19 January. Mohammed DahmanAPA images

Israeli occupation forces killed six Palestinians during the first month of 2018. Four of those killed were children under the age of 18.

One Israeli a rabbi living at a settlement outpost not authorized by the Israeli government was killed by suspected Palestinian gunmen during the same period.

A Palestinian man was killed in what Israel claimed was a search operation in pursuit of Ahmad Nasr Jarrar, who they suspect to be involved in the 9 January slaying of the Israeli settler.

Ahmad Nasr Jarrars 31-year-old cousin, Ahmad Ismail Jarrar, was killed during the massive military raid on the Wadi Burqin neighborhood near the northern West Bank city of Jenin beginning on the night of 17 January and ending the next morning. Three homes belonging to the extended Jarrar family were destroyed during the operation.

Israel has held Ahmad Ismail Jarrars body and in the weeks following his slaying, the military raided homes in the Jenin area in search of Ahmad Nasr Jarrar.

Another Palestinian man, Ahmad Abd al-Jaber Salim, 28, was killed by Israeli forces during confrontations between youth and the military near Jayyous village in the northern West Bank on 15 January.

According to the Palestinian rights group Al-Haq, a soldier shot Salim in the back of his head with a live bullet while the university student was collecting stones from the ground, his back turned to the soldiers.

Israeli soldiers shoot childre...

17:29

Nephroprotection of plantamajoside in rats treated with cadmium. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Environ Toxicol Pharmacol. 2015 Jan ;39(1):125-36. Epub 2014 Nov 30. PMID: 25499790 Abstract Title:  Nephroprotection of plantamajoside in rats treated with cadmium. Abstract:  Cadmium (Cd), an environmental and industrial pollutant, generates free radicals responsible for oxidative stress. Cd can also lead to various renal toxic damage such as the proximal tubules and glomerulus dysfunction. Plantamajoside (PMS), a major compound of Plantago asiatica (PA), was reported to have the antioxidant effects. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of PMS on Cd-induced renal damage in the NRK-52E cell and rat kidney tissue. Cd exposure increased the ROS generation, lipid peroxidation, serum biochemical values of renal damage, and mRNA and protein expressions of KIM-1 in vitro and in vivo. The significant reduction in glutathione (GSH)/glutathione disulfide (GSSG) ratio and activities of antioxidant enzymes were also observed in the rats treated with Cd. PMS significantly decreased the ROS generation and lipid peroxidation, thus enhancing GSH/GSSG ratio, antioxidant enzyme activities in the cells and rats, and improved histochemical appearances, indicating that PMS has protective activities against Cd-induced renal injury.

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17:23

Fiction - The Crack "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Another story I've been playing with. It's about a worse case for the gulf oil well. Let me know what you think!

The Crack Part 1 | SHTeconomy.com

Thanks for reading!

17:16

Plantamajoside inhibits UVB and advanced glycation end products-induced MMP-1 expression. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Photochem Photobiol. 2016 09 ;92(5):708-19. Epub 2016 Aug 9. PMID: 27346084 Abstract Title:  Plantamajoside Inhibits UVB and Advanced Glycation End Products-Induced MMP-1 Expression by Suppressing the MAPK and NF-B Pathways in HaCaT Cells. Abstract:  Photoaging and glycation stress are major causes of skin deterioration. Oxidative stress caused by ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation can upregulate matrix metalloprotease 1 (MMP-1), a major enzyme responsible for collagen damage in the skin. Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) accumulate via gradual formation from skin proteins, especially from long-lived proteins such as dermal elastin and collagen. Plantamajoside (PM), isolated from Plantago asiatica, has various biological effects including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. In this study, we assessed the protective effects of PM on a human keratinocyte cell line (HaCaT) and primary human dermal fibroblasts (HDF) against stress caused by glyceraldehyde-induced AGEs (glycer-AGEs) with UVB irradiation. We found that PM attenuated UVB- and-glycer-AGEs-induced MMP-1 expression in HaCaT and HDF cells and proinflammatory cytokines expression by inhibiting the phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) activated by reactive oxygen species. Specific inhibitors of NF-B and MAPKs attenuated the induced expression of MMP-1. PM also inhibited the phosphorylation of IB, and reduced nuclear translocation of NF-B in these cells. Furthermore, PM attenuated the upregulation of receptor for AGEs (RAGE) by glycer-AGEs with UVB irradiation. Therefore, our findingsstrongly suggest that PM is a promising inhibitor of skin photoaging.

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17:05

Ad-Ridden Sudoku App Early Lock for Moms GOTY "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

MUNCIE, Ind. Linda Schulte, mother for 34 years and recent smartphone owner, announced in a Facebook post today that Too Much Sudoku, a free-to-play mobile application based on the popular puzzle game, had established itself as frontrunner for her 2018 Game of the Year honor.

best app I have. finally a reason to own this ipod!!! [sic] Schulte said. deb, have you heard of this to  much sudoku game?

The post has since received recognition from across Schultes social network, including five Likes and one Wow Facebook reaction, as well as two comments.

Regarding other buzzed-about titles, including Florence and The Room: Old Sins, Schulte stated: dont know if ill be able to upload these but ill try!!! (son helped me get sudoku on my phone).

A follow-up reply asked if her entire list of Facebook friends could see the post, which she explained was supposed to just be sent to deb.

Read More From Hard Drive, The Only Ethical Gaming Journalism Site on The Internet:

Since acquiring an 8GB iPhone 5C from 31-year-old son Randall, Mrs. Schultes gaming habits have changed significantly. Previously, friends and family had known Schulte as the Jumble queen, a reference to her skill with the popular syndicated puzzle series.  

The installation of Too Much Sudoku has led to what Schulte described as an obsession in a subsequent Facebook post. Someone help me to stop playing these addicting sudokus, said Schulte, before Haha reacting to her own post.

Randall Schulte, the second of three children in the family, has also observed the effect the game has had on his mother. She ran out of memory and started deleting photos of her dogs, said Schulte. Photos of grandchildren. I was like, Just get rid of the Sudoku app and she swatted me.

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17:01

Antioxidant-rich extract from plantaginis semen Ameliorates diabetic retinal injury in a streptozotocin-induced diabetic rat model. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Nutrients. 2016 Sep 18 ;8(9). Epub 2016 Sep 18. PMID: 27649243 Abstract Title:  Antioxidant-Rich Extract from Plantaginis Semen Ameliorates Diabetic Retinal Injury in a Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rat Model. Abstract:  Plantaginis semen, the dried ripe seed of Plantago asiatica L. or Plantago depressa Willd. (Plantaginaceae), has been traditionally used to treat blurred vision in Asia. The aim of this work was to investigate the effect of plantaginis semen ethanol extract (PSEE) on the amelioration of diabetic retinopathy (DR) in streptozotocin (STZ)-diabetic rats. PSEE has abundant polyphenols with strong antioxidant activity. PSEE (100, 200 or 300 mg/kg) was oral administrated to the diabetic rats once daily consecutively for 8 weeks. Oral administration of PSEE resulted in significant reduction of hyperglycemia, the diameter of the retinal vessels, and retinal vascular permeability and leukostasis in diabetic rats. In addition, PSEE administration increased the activities of superoxidase dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT), and glutathione peroxidase (GSH) level in diabetic retinae. PSEE treatment inhibited the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) and the phosphorylation of Akt without altering the Akt protein expression in diabetic retinae. PSEE not only down-regulated the gene expression of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (TNF-) and interleukin-1 (IL-1), but also reduced ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 expression in diabetic retinae. Moreover, PSEE reduced the nuclear factor-B (NF-B) activation and corrected imbalance between histone deacetylases (HDAC) and histone acetyltransferases (HAT) activities in diabetic retinae. In conclusion, phenolic antioxidants extract from plantaginis semen has potential benefits in the preventionand/or progression of DR.

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Despite local opposition, Australian government still planning for nuclear waste dump in rural South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Planning is continuing for a nuclear waste disposal site in the South Australian outback, despite opposition from local residents. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-17/barndioota-nuclear-waste-site-planning-outrages-locals/9456052

  ABC North and West By Gary-Jon Lysaght 17 Feb 18  The Federal Government has shortlisted two sitesat Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula and one at Barndioota, south of Lake Torrens, near Hawker. The site that is chosen will become a permanent facility for low-level nuclear waste, and will temporarily hold intermediate-level waste.

The intermediate-level waste is currently being held at Lucas Heights, in Sydneys south.

Barndioota is a gazetted area, and was a town between 1883 and 1929. Locals from Quorn and Hawker, the two communities closest to the Barndioota site, have been vocally opposing the site since planning began in 2015.

We can see no reason why youd bring stuff thats temporarily stored somewhere else to a completely new site that hasnt even been built, resident Greg Bannon said.

Mr Bannon is chairman of the Flinders Loc...

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The Weekend Quiz February 17-18, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

If the growth in wages (the money you get paid) keeps pace with inflation which is accelerating at the same rate as labour productivity is growing then the wage share in GDP remains constant.

The answer is True.

The wage share in nominal GDP is expressed as the total wage bill as a percentage of nominal GDP. Economists differentiate between nominal GDP ($GDP), which is total output produced at market prices and real GDP (GDP), which is the actual physical equivalent of the nominal GDP. We will come back to that distinction soon.

To compute the wage share we need to consider total labour costs in production and the flow of production ($GDP) each period.

Employment (L) is a stock and is measured in persons (averaged over some period like a month or a quarter or a year.

The wage bill is a flow and is the product of total employment (L) and the average wage (w) prevailing at any point in time. Stocks (L) become flows if it is multiplied by a flow variable (W). So the wage bill is the total labour costs in production per period.

So the wage bill = W.L

The wage share is just the total labour costs expressed as a proportion of $GDP (W.L)/$GDP in nominal terms, usually expressed as a percentage. We can actually break this down further.

Labour productivity (LP) is the units of real GDP per person employed per period. Using the symbols already defined this can be written as:

LP = GDP/L

so it tells us what real output (GDP) each labour unit that is added to production produces on average.

We can also define another term that is regularly used in the media the real wage which is the purchasing power equivalent on the nominal wage that workers get paid each period. To compute the real wage we need to consider two variables: (a) the nominal wage (W) and the aggregate price level (P).

We might consider the aggregate price level to be measured by the consumer price index (CPI) although there are huge debates about that. But in a sense, this macroeconomic price level doesnt exist but represents some abstract measure of the general movement in all prices in the economy.......

17:00

Comic for 2018.02.17 "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic

Do Your Moles Ever Go Away? "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

By Dr. Mercola

Skin is your body's largest and fastest growing organ, used to protect your body from bacteria and germs, regulate your temperature, get rid of waste products and house a nervous system that allows you to feel and sense your environment.1 Your skin is what others first notice about you, and is an indicator of both internal and external aging.

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the U.S.2 Estimates suggest nearly 20 percent of all Americans will experience some form of skin cancer during their life. Non-melanoma skin cancers affect nearly 3 million Americans each year and more than 1 million are living with melanoma. The rates of diagnosis of basal cell (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC), non-melanoma skin cancers, have been rising dramatically.

There has been an increase of 145 percent of BCC between 1976 to 1984 and 2000 to 2010, and a 263 percent increase of SCC during the same period.3 Routinely inspecting your skin increases the likelihood you'll recognize changes that may need medical attention, and will help you become more familiar with your unique pattern of moles (nevi), freckles and blemishes.

Monthly self-inspection is done in a well-lit room with the assistance of mirrors to inspect areas that are difficult to see. Your first examination may take longer as you record the location of moles and freckles on your body. This enables you to confirm the location and any changes each month forward. You might notice that a mole suddenly appears where there wasn't one before, or a mole you've had for years may start to disappear.

Evolution of a Mole

Moles are growths on your skin that are usually black or brown, but can be a lighter tan. They usually appear in childhood anywhere on your body, either alone or in groups. By the time you reach your mid-20s it's common to have 10 to 40 moles.4 Moles happen when cells that provide color to your skin melanocytes grow in clumps together instead of spreading throughout your skin. After being exposed to the sun or during hormonal changes, such as your teen years or pregnancy, moles may darken in color.

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The Motivation Factor "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

By Dr. Mercola

Research1 has convincingly demonstrated that the more physically active children and teenagers are, the better they do academically. As noted by the authors of a 2012 scientific review:

"Physical activity and sports are generally promoted for their positive effect on children's physical health There is also a growing body of literature suggesting that physical activity has beneficial effects on several mental health outcomes In addition ... there is a strong belief that regular participation in physical activity is linked to enhancement of brain function and cognition, thereby positively influencing academic performance."

Several mechanisms that help explain why physical activity benefits cognition have been proposed. For starters, exercise increases blood and oxygen flow to your brain, which in and of itself increases learning speed.2 Exercise also increases levels of norepinephrine and endorphins, which lowers stress and improves mood. Importantly, exercise triggers growth factors that create new nerve cells and enable brain plasticity, thereby facilitating memory and learning. According to the authors of this 2012 review:

"The increasing pressures to improve academic scores often lead to additional instructional time for subjects such as mathematics and language at the cost of time for being physically active [T]he literature provides inconclusive evidence on the positive longitudinal relationship between physical activity and academic performance. However, there is a strong general belief that this relationship is present, and research in this area is ongoing."

The Motivation Factor

The featured documentary, "The Motivation Factor,"3 investigates these claims, showing how exercise and particularly physical education (PE) in school helps motivate kids and young adults to excel in other areas of life, including academically.

"The knowledge that the physical well-being of the citizen is an important foundation for the vigor and vitality of all the activities of the nation, is as old as the Western civiliz...

16:52

7 speakers of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

 

Cryptocurrency investments, blockchain trends and industry development vectors will be discussed at Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Thailand

 

On March 6, Bangkok will host a large-scale international conference on blockchain, cryptocurrency and ICO Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Thailand. The event will be held at the five-star hotel Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit.

Leading experts of the cryptocurrency sector from Thailand, as well as international experts from other countries will speak at the conference. Names and topics of the seven speakers are already known.

Joseph Tsou is the managing director at BlockEx. He has extensive experience in financial services and he is also a fintech expert. The topic of his presentation is Basic concepts of blockchain technology and a review of the cryptocurrency sector: trading, investments and ICO.

Vladislav Sapozhnikov is a co-founder and CEO of a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange Deex.Exchange. This expert in digital assets will talk about why decentralized ecosystems that use BitShares platform are the future of blockchain technology.

The investor and CEO of the DAV Foundation, Noam Copel, dedicates his presentation to everyone who is interested in effective investments and ICO. His report How to evaluate a token covers many aspects from the classification of tokens themselves to the history of the DAO foundation.

Cal Evans is a lawyer and consultant on cryptocurrency agreements at Gresham International. As one of the few experts on international law regarding cryptocurrency, in his report he will cover legal aspect of blockchain projects.

Keith Lim will talk about trends in the blockchain industry and current state of the cryptocurrency market. The expert manages the insurance service Hearti, which is based on blockchain and artificial intelligence.

Head of the SyncFab MFG Token Sale project Jeremy Goodwin is a high-tech enthusiast. He is interested in such innovations as additive and advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, cryptography and decentralization. The topic of his speech will be known later, as well as the topic of the report of another speaker Dr. Jason Corbett managing partner at the Silk Legal law firm.

Subscribe to the project news not to miss the announcements of new speakers and participants of the exhibition area! Registration to the conference is already open.

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16:49

Plantago asiatica seed extract improves lipid accumulation and hyperglycemia in high-fat diet-induced obese mice. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Jun 30 ;18(7). Epub 2017 Jun 30. PMID: 28665305 Abstract Title:  Plantago asiatica L. Seed Extract Improves Lipid Accumulation and Hyperglycemia in High-Fat Diet-Induced Obese Mice. Abstract:  Obesity and its common association with type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and cardiovascular diseases are worldwide epidemics. Currently, to prevent or treat obesity and associated metabolic disorders, herbal dietary supplements or medicines have attracted more and more attention owing to their relative effectiveness with fewer significant side effects. We investigate the therapeutic effects and underlying mechanisms ofL. seed extract (PSE) on obesity and associated metabolic disorders in high-fat (HF) diet-induced mice. Our results displayed that PSE did not modify food intake or body weight but decreased abdominal white adipose tissue ratio, white/brown adipocyte size, serum total cholesterol, triglyceride (TG), low density lipoprotein cholesterol, free fatty acid, and hepatic TG concentrations when compared with the HF group. The levels of fasting blood glucose and glucose tolerance were improved in the PSE group when compared with the HF group. Furthermore, PSE upregulated mRNA expressions of peroxisome proliferator activated receptors (PPARs) and target genes related to fatty acid metabolism and energy expenditure in liver and adipose tissue of obese mice when compared with the HF group. PSE treatment effectively improved lipid and glucose metabolism in HF diet-induced obese mice. These effects might be attributed to the upregulation of PPAR signaling.

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16:43

Police Thought They Were Too Late To Save This Frozen Turtle But They Were Wrong "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The person responsible for leaving this pet turtle inside a Rhode Island home during subzero weather clearly didn't care if she perished in the biting chill. But fortunately, the hearty reptile wasn't about to let that act of cruelty slow her down not for long, at least.

Police in the town of Coventry were alerted to the red-eared slider's predicament last week, after receiving reports of an abandoned animal inside the vacant home. When they arrived, it looked as though they might be too late to help.

"Located in the home was a fish tank that was frozen solid," the Coventry Police Department wrote in a release. "Encased in the ice was a turtle."

Credit: Coventry Police Department

Incredibly, the turtle was actually still alive as her eventual reanimation proved.

Authorities removed the tank and placed the frozen turtle under the care of animal control. Overnight, the tank began to thaw. And sure enough:

"The next morning officers checked on the turtle and as they were removing the turtle from the tank one of its legs began to move," the police department reports. "The turtle was placed into appropriate conditions and began to show more signs of life, eventually standing on its own and opening its eyes. The turtle was transferred to a local reptile organization where she continues her recovery and rehabilitation."

The turtle has since been named Elsa.

Credit: Coventry Police Department

Coventry police later noted that a dog had also been found abandoned in the home. The dog is said to be in fair condition and is being "nursed back to health."

Meanwhile, a suspect has been identified in this case of animal cruelty. 
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16:38

Mom of Indigenous man shot dead by police: What did he do that was so bad? "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

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The family of Joey Knapaysweet released this photo and a statement Thursday about his recent death. Above he is seen with his mother Micheline Knapaysweet taken just before his death.

by APTN National News, Feb 16, 2018
TORONTO The grieving mother of a young Indigenous man killed by police in northern Ontario spoke out Thursday, saying the family remains in shock and still doesnt understand why her son died.

In a statement from the remote community of Fort Albany, Ont., Micheline Knapaysweet said the family needs answers about the death of her son, Joey Knapaysweet.

What did he do that was so bad that he had to be shot and killed? Micheline Knapaysweet said. I am so heartbroken, with so many questions unanswered.

Police in Timmins, Ont., shot 21-year-old Joey Knapaysweet on Feb. 3, in an as-yet unexplained incident that raised racial tensions in the city and sparked anger from the Indigenous community.

The provinces police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, is looking into the incident and has said officers responded mid-morning to a health-c...

16:33

Molecular properties and immunomodulatory activities of a water-soluble heteropolysaccharide isolated from Plantago asiatica. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Nat Prod Res. 2018 Jan 31:1-4. Epub 2018 Jan 31. PMID: 29385853 Abstract Title:  Molecular properties and immunomodulatory activities of a water-soluble heteropolysaccharide isolated from Plantago asiatica L. leaves. Abstract:  This study aims at investigating physical-chemical properties of a water-soluble heteropolysaccharide from Plnatago asiatica L. leaves, and its immunomodulatory effects on macrophages RAW264.7 cells. Hot water-extracted crude polysaccharide from the plant leaves (PLLCP) was fractionated into four fractions by DEAE Sepharose Fast Flow eluted with 0.1-0.5 M NaCl solutions. The most abundant fraction (0.3 M NaCl elution), designated PLLP-2, was identified as a heteropolysaccharide with an average molecular weight (M) of 3.54  10and composed mainly of Gal (34.4%), GalA (36.5%), Ara (10.1%) and Rha (8.4%). PLLP-2 was an acidic polysaccharide exhibiting inflaky curly aggregation with smooth surface. PLLCP and its main subfraction PLLP-2 displayed immunomodulatory activities by stimulating the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, including TNF- and IL-1 in macrophage RAW264.7 cells. These results indicate that the main polysaccharide fraction purified from P. asiatica L. leaves is probably pectin, and have potential immunomodulatory function.

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16:31

Dog Has The Most Touching Reaction After Losing Her Best Friend "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

For the last four years, this sweet pup named Belinha had been inseparable from her best friend and owner, Telma Maria. Sadly, though, their time together was recently cut short but Belinha's love for her owner lives on still.

Credit: Dionsio Neto

Maria, who lived in Brazil, passed away earlier this month after a long battle with cancer. Throughout her painful fight and declining health, Belinha never left her side and Maria's spirit was bolstered by the dog's comforting presence.

"My mother said she was her nurse," Maria's son, Dionsio Neto, wrote online. "Belinha proved to be the most faithful companion."

Credit: Dionsio Neto

Given that Belinha was such an important part of Maria's life, it only made sense that she was there to say goodbye at her wake. Along with other family members, Belinha sat sorrowfully, as if understanding the significance of the solemn gathering.

But it's what happened next that touched Maria's son the most.

Credit: Dionsio Neto

When presented with Maria's coffin, Belinha surprised everyone by remaining by her side throughout the rest of the service just as she'd always done when Maria was alive. Neto decided to capture photos of those tender moments, writing:

"Animals are pure love."
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16:30

Father pledges second walk to Canberra to support Manus Island refugees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Father pledges second walk to Canberra to support Manus Island refugeesCompelled by human rights and a desire to teach his son valuable life lessons, Adam Richards will make his second trek from Sydney to Canberra to raise awareness to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers. Story by Chris Mordd Richards. read now...

16:28

The National Center Mourns the Passing of Longtime Board Member Larry G. Kinley "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Larry G. Kinley

Published February 17, 2018

MESA, ARIZONA  The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) sends its deepest condolences to Lummi Nation and the entire Kinley family after the death of long-serving National Center Board Member Larry G. Kinley. Kinley lost his battle with lung cancer on February 13th. A member of the Board since 1988, Kinley worked tirelessly to promote the values and goals of The National Center, the Lummi Nation, and all of Indian Country.

In his 30-year tenure with The National Center, Larry brought wisdom and vision to our Board of Directors, and helped bring our organization into the 21st Century, National Center Board Chairman Derrick Watchman said. He was a leader not only through his work at the National Center but also with the Lummi people and throughout Washington state. He will be missed by all who worked with him and had the honor of knowing him.

Larry began his life of service in the United States Army. After his service, he joined the Lummi Indian Business Council, where he served as Chairman from 1974-1975 and 1981-1989. He was instrumental in not only advancing the largest tribal fishing fleet, but also in expanding the Northwest Indian College (NWIC), the Lummi School District, Fishermans Cove, the Silver Reef Hotel Casino & Spa, the new Tribal Government administration building, several mini-marts, and a processing plant. Larry was instrumental in developing the Centennial Accord, which provided a bridge between the tribes and brought Tribal Leaders to the table with the Governor of Washington State and their agencies.

Larrys dedication to bringing economic opportunity to the Lummi Nation was unsurpassed, National Center President and CEO Chris James said. He brought that same passion to his work at the National Center, and many tribes and Native entrepreneurs benefited from his expertise. Although he may be gone now, I know the National Center will carry Larrys legacy through our mission of providing economic opportunity to Indian Country.

 

 

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16:27

A. vera extract exhibited pancreatic islet cell rejuvenation. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Pharmacognosy Res. 2017 Dec ;9(Suppl 1):S99-S104. PMID: 29333050 Abstract Title:  Improvement of Insulin Secretion and Pancreatic-cell Function in Streptozotocin-induced Diabetic Rats Treated withExtract. Abstract:  Background: Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder characterized by chronic hyperglycemia. Plant extracts and their products are being used as an alternative system of medicine for the treatment of diabetes.has been traditionally used to treat several diseases and it exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing effects. Streptozotocin (STZ)-induced Wistar diabetic rats were used in this study to understand the potential protective effect ofextract on the pancreatic islets.Objective: The aim of the present study was to evaluate theextract on improvement of insulin secretion and pancreatic-cell function by morphometric analysis of pancreatic islets in STZ-induced diabetic Wistar rats.Materials and Methods: After acclimatization, male Wistar rats, maintained as per the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals guidelines, were randomly divided into four groups of six rats each. Fasting plasma glucose and insulin levels were assessed. The effect ofextract in STZ-induced diabetic rats on the pancreatic islets by morphometric analysis was evaluated.Results: Oral administration ofextract (300 mg/kg) daily to diabetic rats for 3 weeks showed restoration of blood glucose levels to normal levels with a concomitant increase in insulin levels upon feeding withextract in STZ-induced diabetic rats. Morphometric analysis of pancreatic sections revealed quantitative and qualitative gain in terms of number, diameter, volume, and area of the pancreatic islets of diabetic rats treated withextract when compared to the untreated diabetic rats.Conclusion: extract exerts antidiabetic effects by improving insulin secretion and pancreatic-cell function by restoring pancreatic islet mass in STZ-induced diabetic Wistar rats.SUMMARY: Fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and insulin levels were restored to normal levels in diabetic rats treated withextractIslets of pancreas were qualitatively and quantitatively restored to normalcy leading to restoration of FPG and insulin levels of diabetic rats treated withextractMorphometric analysis of pancreatic sections revealed quantitative and qualitative gain in terms of number, diameter, volume, and area of the pancreatic islets of diabetic rats treated withextract when compared to the untreated diabetic rats., FPG: Fasting plasma glucose, STZ: Streptozotocin, BW: Body weight.

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16:21

Dog Who Spent Years Locked In Crate Runs Free For The First Time "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Tys family started keeping him in a crate all day and all night when he started destroying things in their home, and they werent sure how to handle it. They knew keeping Ty in a crate all the time wasnt a good solution, though, so finally they decided to surrender him to the RSPCA, in hopes that it could find him a more suitable home. 

Animal collection officer Cara Gibbon went out to Tys home to get him and brought him to the RSPCAs Coventry, Nuneaton and District Branch shelter. When they arrived, she could see that Ty had a lot of energy and was going a little stir-crazy from being kept in a crate for so long. So, instead of bringing him right to his enclosure, she decided to let him have a little fun. 

Credit: RSPCA

This poor boy was confined to a crate 24/7, Gibbon said in a press release. I took him down to the dog run at the rehoming center so he could run free.

As soon as Gibbon let Ty off of his leash and into the dog run  

Credit: RSPCA

he went NUTS, and could not have been happier to finally be free to run, play and just be himself. 

Credit: RSPCA

He looked really happy and his tail was wagging nineteen to the dozen, Gibbon said. It was lovely to see him enjoying the freedom and fresh air. 

Ty took full advantage of his time outside, playing in the leaves  
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16:17

The results of this study support the existing data and the empirical uses of P. major. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Pharmacogn Mag. 2017 Jul-Sep;13(51):393-399. Epub 2017 Jul 19. PMID: 28839362 Abstract Title:  Effects ofExtracts and Its Chemical Compounds on Proliferation of Cancer Cells and Cytokines Production of Lipopolysaccharide-activated THP-1 Macrophages. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: has been reported to have anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties. However, its antiproliferative and anti-inflammatory mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. Moreover, which plant parts are more suitable as starting materials has not been explored.OBJECTIVES: To investigate the antiproliferative activity ofextracts against MCF-7, MDA-MB-231, HeLaS3, A549, and KB cancer cell lines as well as their effects on inflammatory cytokines (tumor necrosis factor [TNF]-, interleukin [IL]-1, IL-6, and interferon [IFN]-) production by lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated THP-1 macrophages.MATERIALS AND METHODS: The methanol and aqueous extracts offrom different plant parts and its chemical compounds, i.e., ursolic acid (UA), oleanolic acid (OA), and aucubin were tested in this experiment.RESULTS: Methanol and aqueous extracts ofseeds exhibited the greatest antiproliferative activity. The methanol extracts of seeds also demonstrated the highest inhibition of TNF-, IL-1, IL-6, and IFN- production. Interestingly, the roots, which were commonly discarded, exhibited comparable activities to those of leaves and petioles. Furthermore, UA exhibited stronger activities than OA and aucubin.CONCLUSIONS: The seeds are being proposed as the main source for further development of anticancer and anti-inflammatory products, whereas the roots could be included in the preparation ofderived products with respect to anti-inflammatory.SUMMARY: Amongst the parts of, seeds exhibited the greatest antiproliferative activity against MCF-7, MDA-MB-231, HeLaS3, A549, and KB cell lines as well as the highest inhibition on TNF-, IL-1, IL-6, and IFN- productionThe roots, which were commonly discarded, exhibited comparable antiproliferative and cytokines inhibition activities to those of leaves and petiolesUrsolic acid, a chemical compound of, exhibited stronger activities than oleanolic acid and aucubinThe seeds are being proposed as the main source for further development of anticancer and anti inflammatory products, whereas the roots could be included in the preparation ofderived products with respect to anti inflammatory.TNF: Tumor Necrosis Factor; IL: Interleukin; IFN: Interferon; HPTLC: High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography; UA: Ursolic Acid; OA: Oleanolic Acid; AUC: Aucubin.

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16:16

Backyard Squirrel Takes Feud With Dog To A Whole New Level "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Squirrels versus dogs its a rivalry as old as time.

Recently, however, one of those fluffy-tailed, backyard rodents heightened the tension between him and his canine adversary even further. And now there's nothing this poor pup can do about it.

Credit: Lainey Schrag

The dog, named Little Buddy, has always had a sore spot for squirrels. Seeing them prancing oh-so-playfully around the yard, carefree and nonchalant, fills him with the rage of a thousand suns. After all, the yard is his domain!

"He tries to catch them, but he's quite small and has never been successful," the dog's owner, Lainey Schrag, told The Dodo.

The squirrels, meanwhile, haven't taken too kindly to Little Buddy's aggression toward them and now one has finally gotten revenge. Rather than merely antagonize him from the safety of the treetops like the others might, this squirrel has taken a hostage.

Credit: John Schrag

Little Buddy, it seems, made the mistake of leaving his favorite chew toy outside.

And it didn't go unnoticed.

Credit: John Schrag

Seeing the toy had been left undefended, this particularly bold squirrel decided to seize the opportunity to hit Little Buddy where it hurts in the heart.

The dog's favorite toy was now his.

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16:10

800 Dogs Are Living Without Food Or Shelter In This Landfill And People Are Trying To Save Them "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Crystal Carson never thought shed be rescuing dogs in Turkey. She was busy enough rescuing dogs in her hometown of Goldsmith, Texas, and her house was always filled with at least a dozen foster dogs.

But when her friend and fellow dog rescuer, Ayse Hellig, told Carson about a woman who helped stray dogs living in a landfill in Turkey, something shifted for her.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders

She [Hellig] let me know about a young lady her name is Gokce who has been taking care and feeding over a thousand dogs in Corum, Turkey, Carson told The Dodo. So I got to looking at this young ladys posts and her Instagram.

On Gokce Erdogans Instagram page were photos that moved her and broke Carson's heart. At this one landfill, dogs were living in the worst possible conditions, eating scraps of thrown-away food and bedding down in garbage.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders

Most of the dogs are either street dogs or dogs that have been dumped there, Carson said. When winter hits there, its not like winter here. This is negative 30 degrees. Theres no shelter other than hiding amongst the garbage.

Erdogan, who is only 23 years old, had spent the last four years feeding, caring for and rehoming as many of the dogs as possible. I was astounded, Carson said. She was taking on over a thousand dogs, and making it her mission to feed them and get them vetting.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders

But Erdogan needed help it took a lot of time and resources and determination to care for these dogs and Carson, Hellig and their friend Rachael Stout offered t...

16:09

Real Estate v Quantitative Easing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,
I just finished your new NYSE Boom/Busty report. This is excellent work and as always extremely fascinating. Thank you for continuing to share these profound views with us.
My question relates to your view that we are looking at a complete collapse of Quantitative Easing and that will likely see a massive capital flight to the dollar and the major safe haven will be EQUITIES. In the context of this possibility, are you able to comment on how this may relate to Real Estate. Your ECM seems to be calling for Real Estate to top out and structurally fall in 2032. Is it not possible that with the collapse of QE and potentially economies that we will see more negative rates in the short end and with the government powers to seize assets in bank accounts, would it not be prudent to have zero cash in hand and hence we see a massive capital flight to Real Estate too? Or will the collapse of QE lead to significantly higher rates across the curve and hence blow all leveraged exposure sky high?

Many thanks as always,

David

ANSWER: The problem with real estate has been that its value depends upon lending. This was what the government did as part of the New Deal by creating 30-year mortgages. This was a scheme to get prices up by extending the period people could pay off the loan. Typically, the duration was 5 years previously.

The collapse in Quantitative Easing will have the effect of causing rates to rise on the long-term. However, there will be a shift toward private assets and this will help to a large extent. However, keep in mind that many institutions will be trapped and unable to shift to private assets. Many boards will not understand the shift and still believe, wrongly, that unsecured government debt is best.

Prices of real estate will decline in proportion to the decline in mortgage availability. We are already witnessing banks beginning to withdraw from lending on real estate.

I have provided the guide-posts for what is to come...

16:07

Very strong and shallow M7.2 earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.2 hit Oaxaca, Mexico at 23:39 UTC (17:39 local time) on February 16, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 24.7 km (15.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Mexico's...... Read more

16:07

Chemical constituents and medical benefits of Plantago major. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Biomed Pharmacother. 2017 Dec ;96:348-360. Epub 2017 Oct 10. PMID: 29028587 Abstract Title:  Chemical constituents and medical benefits of Plantago major. Abstract:  The medicinal benefits of Plantago major have been acknowledged around the world for hundreds of years. This plant contains a number of effective chemical constituents including flavonoids, alkaloids, terpenoids, phenolic acid derivatives, iridoid glycosides, fatty acids, polysaccharides and vitamins which contribute to its exerting specific therapeutic effects. Correspondingly, studies have found that Plantago major is effective as a wound healer, as well as an antiulcerative, antidiabetic, antidiarrhoeal, anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, antibacterial, and antiviral agent. It also combats fatigue and cancer, is an antioxidant and a free radical scavenger. This paper provides a review of the medicinal benefits and chemical constituents of Plantago major published in journals from year 1937 to 2015 which are available from PubMed, ScienceDirect and Google Scholar.

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16:05

On Being An Empath "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

by George DeLong, Guest writer, In5D.com Please understand that I can only speak for myself and my personal experiences. The only reason I am writing this is to clarify some points that other writers missed since they gather their information from research rather than from experience. I feel this clarification to be essential so that []

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16:01

Trump Budget is a Messaging Document "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

National Economic Council discusses White House infrastructure plan. (White House photo)

Guest Commentary

Published February 17, 2018

Budgets are statements: This is what we care about.  Its money that reveals priorities. The we could be, and ought to be, the country. Or the we could be a presidential administration thats not really equipped to govern. So there will be lots of stories this year, like last year, about the Trumps administrations desire to cut federal Indian programs, wipe out public broadcasting, end student loan forgiveness, wreck Medicaid and Medicare, food stamps, housing programs, and generally just about every federal program that serves poor people.

As Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters: This is a messaging document.

And what a message: Rich people face tough times so they deserved a huge tax cut. Poor people are poor because of their own failures. And more money is needed for a wall thats not needed, for the largest military in the world, and the Republicans no longer believe that deficits matter.

But Mulvaney has a different version. Here is what he says are the messages.

Number one, you dont have to spend all of this money, Congress.  But if you do, here is how we would prefer to see you spend it, he said. And the other message is that we do not have to have trillion-dollar deficits forever.

Ok. So the action is in Congress. Even Republicans on Capitol Hill know that this budget cannot be. Its chaos as numbers.

Perhaps the best line of nonsense was written a line written by the budget director to House Speaker Paul Ryan saying domestic spending at the levels Congress has already approved would add too much to the federal deficit. Thats funny.

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16:00

Tanya Gibbs Becomes Partner of Rosettes Michigan Office "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Tanya Gibbs

Published February 17, 2018

MATTAWAN, MICHIGAN  Rosette, LLP, a majority American Indian-owned national law firm, specializing in the practice of federal Indian law, is pleased to announce that Associate Attorney Tanya Gibbs, a descendant of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, has been elected to our partnership.

Since joining Rosette in 2013, Gibbs has focused her practice on non-gaming economic development by representing tribally-owned companies that further the economic diversification and self-determination of their respective tribes. Her representation spans a variety of industries ranging from traditional brick and mortar environments to e-commerce. Gibbss professionalism and business acumen has played an integral part in our clients success in the areas of economic development and diversification. Her specialty practice areas include
mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and assisting her clients to achieve their investment goals.

In addition to her role/responsibilities with the firm, Gibbs serves in a leadership capacity on the Council of the American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, currently as Section Chairperson, and on the Board of Directors of Odawa
Economic Development Management, Inc., a tribally chartered corporation of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, and non-profit boards in her community. Gibbs was recently nominated as one of the Grand Rapids Business Journals 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan for her commitment to her community and Indian Country as a whole.

Gibbsearned her J.D. from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2013 and a Bachelor of Art from Michigan State University in 2010.



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16:00

As We Return To Our Higher Dimensional Realms "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

by Gabriel F. Duran, Guest writer, In5D.com The freedom gained or in essence recalled when we allow ourselves to delve into experience in the 3rd dimensional realm, is a true freedom many mistakenly dismiss. Entering this realm teaches us the attributes of cause and effect. Thus, providing the ultimate playing ground for discovery of self. []

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.35 AUD
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Bitcoin and United States Dollar "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

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15:59

Trump Explains How Obama and Crooked Hillary Caused the Stock Market to Go Way Down "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Mar-A-Lago, FL President Trump gave a brief interview in-between the third and fourth course of a banquet at Mar-A-Lago today. It was honoring Over a Year of Trump and Still No Nuclear War. When he was asked why the stock market went down after...

15:53

People Raise Money To Buy Homeless Man A Special Stroller For His Dog "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

On Saturday, Piper Wood got a phone call from her friend, Berni Gutierrez, who sounded very upset. Gutierrez was leaving a shopping center in Duarte, California, when shed met a homeless man named Hector and his Chihuahua, Amy.

Hector had approached Gutierrez for help, but he wasnt asking for money or anything for himself hed told her that he needed a proper dog license for Amy.

He said he cant get his dog licensed because he doesnt have a home, and animal control and the police keep bothering him and threatening to take his dog away because he doesnt have a license, Wood, founder of Hand in Paw, a dog rescue organization based in California, told The Dodo.

Credit: Piper Wood

My friend said, The dog is really well taken care of, Wood added. Shes wearing a dress and she has jewelry on and he paints her nails. And he started crying when he was talking about her. And I said, You know what? Lets help this guy. Ill be there in 10 minutes.

When Wood met Hector herself, she understood why her friend had been so moved.

When he talks, it almost sounds like he had a stroke or something its very hard to understand him, Wood said. But hes usually talking about his dog, and his dog makes him so happy that he cries most of the time because hes so happy. Hes a really kind, kind person.

Credit: Piper Wood

Wood told Hector that shed help get Amy a license, and also get her spayed, microchipped and vaccinated, and fix her dental issues.

Wood also noticed that Hector was living out of a shopping cart, which is technically illegal in the U.S., so she decided to get Hector a...

15:53

Sitrep "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I was travelling for most of Thursday, was picked up at the last of 3 airports for the day and then whisked away and out of wifi range. I now have permission to identify my host. Former WA Police Detective Sergeant Dave McAlpine - the man who was responsible for...

15:52

Topical Plantavera gel seems to be an effective, cheap and safe treatment of diabetic foot ulcer. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Curr Drug Discov Technol. 2018 01 14. Epub 2018 Jan 14. PMID: 29336265 Abstract Title:  Efficacy of Aloe vera/ Plantago major gel in Diabetic Foot Ulcer: a randomized double-blind clinical trial. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) is one of the most common complications of diabetic patients. Mostly, non-healing DFU leads to infection, gangrene, amputation and even death. High costs and poor healing of the wounds need a new treatment such as alternative medicine. So, the aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of Aloe vera/ Plantago major gel (Plantavera gel) in healing of DFU.METHODS: Forty patients with DFU enrolled in a double-blind randomized clinical trial. The patients who were randomly assigned into the intervention group (n=20), received topical Plantavera gel in addition to the routine cares, whereas the patients in the control group (n=20), received topical Placebo gel in addition to the routine cares. Intervention was done twice a day for 4 weeks in the both groups. Photography and an evaluation of DFUhealing were conducted by a checklist and then were scored at baseline and at the end of each week. The collected data was analyzed by SPSS software.RESULTS: At the end of the study, there was a significant difference between the two groups in terms of total ulcer score (P

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15:49

Zoo Reportedly Killed Wolf Just Because They Didn't Want Her Anymore "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Last year, the Calgary Zoo in Canada featured Kali, its resident grey wolf, in a promotional video. The zoo was doing an online survey, asking the public to vote for Canadas greatest animal species. Over 11,000 people cast their votes. At the end of the video, Kali flashed onto the screen as the presenter declared the wolf the winner.

So exciting, the presenter said in the video. Congratulations, Canada. And congratulations, grey wolf.

This past Tuesday, less than a year after this campaign, Calgary Zoo euthanized Kali for a reason some animal welfare advocates are struggling to understand. According to a zoo employee who contacted Zoocheck, a Canadian animal protection organization, Calgary Zoo killed Kali simply to make room for a group of younger wolves.

Credit: Calgary Zoo

I learned about this just shortly before the animal was euthanized, Julie Woodyer, campaign director for Zoocheck, told The Dodo. I guess there was a plan to euthanize her because the zoo had brought in a group of young wolves that they wanted to put on display, and they felt that this animal wouldnt integrate well, and rather than finding a place to move the animal to, they euthanized it.

Kali was 14 years old, which is considered old for a wolf, but she was fairly healthy, according to the informant (who asked to stay anonymous for her own protection).

Credit:...

15:43

Update on Submissions to the Australian Senate Inquiry on Nuclear Waste Dump Site Selection "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Project seems hellbent on keeping this matter in the family the family being itself and a small group of local supporters in the sites already volunteering.

So, it could be a bit of a spanner in the works, for the Australian Senate to be having a Committee of Inquiry into the process. That seems to be inviting outsiders to have a say on the subject of transporting radioactive trash, particularly spent nuclear fuel rod trash 2000 km across Australia, to sit in above ground canisters temporarily near Kimba, South Australia.

Who are the Committee members?  We dont know.  When will it report back?  Thats on August 14th, which might be too late the site selection might have been made by then.

Anyway, people can send in Submissions by April 3rd, and I urge you to do so.

Four pro nuclear submissions are already published on the Senate Committee site.

These submissions come from:

  • Denise Carpenter   member of the Barndioota Consultative Committee. This Committees role is to help determine which is the best site for a National Radioactive Waste Dump.
  • Ian Carpenter is an enthusiastic member of  the Hawker Economic Working Group set up t0 investigate how local people at Barndioota, near Hawker and Quorn, 330km north of Adelaide could benefit if radioactive waste is stored there.
  • Chelsea Haywood
  •  Janice Alex McInnis

    I have skimmed through the...

15:42

Asian Altcoin Trading Roundup: Top Cryptocurrency is Neo "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

FOMO Moments

The Asian holiday weekend is upon us and markets are looking good. Most digital assets are in the green and Bitcoin is holding steady at over $10k again. Altcoins are once again being pulled up by their big brother and, as expected, one is standing out from the crowd.

According to Coinmarketcap NEO is the only altcoin trading in double digit gains during this mornings Asian session. Up to $140 from $121 this time yesterday, Neo is having a solid run and is 13% higher. All other cryptocurrencies are marginally up on yesterdays levels. Neo has been one of the few altcoins that has shown a lot of resilience during the big dip on February 6. It dropped to a low of $67 and has since made gains of over 100% over the past ten days. Neos all-time high came in mid-January when it reached $195.

Neo

Often referred to as the Chinese Ethereum, Neo has made steady progress over the past three months. It does not have the wild fluctuations that other altcoins experience and is one of the more stable cryptocurrencies. Neo is a platform, similar to Ethereum, which enables developers to build decentralized applications on. It is being used for a number of ICOs and new projects in the region.

The community is very active and developer conferences are held often across the world. The launch of a new decentralized NEO and GAS powered exchange called Neon is likely to boost prices further however the project is still in pre-ICO stage. As with most cryptos, Neo is traded predominantly in South Korea which has over 30% of the global volume. Market capacity currently sits at $8.9 billion and Neo is ranked at number 7. Over $264 million has been traded in the past 24 hours.

Other altcoins enjoying solid gains during the Asian session are Monero, Litecoin, OmiseGO and Verge.

More on Neo can be found here: https://neo.org/

FOMO Moments is a section that takes a daily look at the top 25 altcoins during the Asian trading session and analyses the best performing one, looking for trends and fundamentals. 

The post...

15:37

Its Not Happening, Tony: Abbott Asks Rupert Murdoch If He Can Be PM Again "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact As a weakened Malcolm Turnbull wallows in the mangrove, a Komodo-like Tony Abbott has sniffed an opportunity to get himself back in the top job. According to Rupert Murdoch, the lizard king, its not going to happen. In high-level talks this morning between The Advocates eventual owner and Mr []

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15:34

Thymol can be therapeutic against high risk factors for Alzheimer's disease. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Brain Res Bull. 2018 Jan 13 ;137:338-350. Epub 2018 Jan 13. PMID: 29339105 Abstract Title:  Effects of thymol on amyloid--induced impairments in hippocampal synaptic plasticity in rats fed a high-fat diet. Abstract:  Obesity and a high-fat diet (HFD) are known to increase the incidence of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Oxidative stress, a major risk factor for AD, is increased with HFD consumption. Thymol (Thy) has antioxidant properties. Therefore, in the present study, we examined the protective and therapeutic effects of Thy on amyloid- (A)-induced impairments in the hippocampal synaptic plasticity of HFD-fed rats. In this study, 72 adult male Wistar rats were randomly assigned to 9 groups (n=8 rats/group): Group 1 (control; standard diet); Group 2: Control+phosphate-buffered saline (PBS)+Oil (Thy vehicle); Group 3 (HFD+PBS); Group 4: (HFD+A); Group 5: Control+PBS+Thy; Group 6: (HFD+A+Oil); Group 7: Control+A+Thy; Group 8: HFD+PBS+Thy; Group 9: (HFD+A+Thy). After stereotaxic surgery, the field potentials were recorded afterthe implantation of the recording and stimulating electrodes in the dentate gyrus (DG) and perforant pathway, respectively. Following high-frequency stimulation, the long-term potentiation (LTP) of the population spike (PS) amplitude and the slope of the excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) were measured in the DG. The HFD rats that received A exhibited a significant decrease in their EPSP slope and PS amplitude as compared to the control group. In contrast, Thy administration in the HFD+A rats reduced the decrease in the EPSP slope and PS amplitude. Thy decreased the A-induced LTP impairments in HFD rats. The HFD significantly increased serum malondialdehyde levels and decreased total antioxidant capacity and total glutathione levels; whereas, Thy supplementation significantly reversed these parameters. Therefore, these results suggest that Thy, a natural antioxidant,can be therapeutic against high risk factors for AD, such as HFD.

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15:31

Guy Rescues Dog Abandoned at the Bottom of a 350 ft Canyon and Now Theyre Best Buds "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

 

This is the video Zak Anderegg shot when he found and rescued a puppy abandoned at the bottom of a 350 ft slot canyon. After a slow and steady recovery, Riley and Zak are now best of friends.

For those interested, you can keep up with their latest updates on...

15:27

Thymoquinone reverses learning and memory impairments and brain tissue oxidative damage in hypothyroid juvenile rats. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2018 Jan ;76(1):32-40. PMID: 29364392 Abstract Title:  Thymoquinone reverses learning and memory impairments and brain tissue oxidative damage in hypothyroid juvenile rats. Abstract:  In this study, the effect of thymoquinone (TQ) on propylthiouracil (PTU)-induced memory impairment was investigated in juvenile rats. The rats were grouped into control, Hypo, Hypo-TQ5 and Hypo-TQ10. Propylthiouracil increased latency time in the Morris water maze test and decreased delay in entering the dark compartment in the passive avoidance test. Both 5 mg/kg and 10 mg/kg doses of TQ decreased latency time in the Morris water maze test and increased delay in entering the dark compartment in a passive avoidance test. The PTU also increased malondialdehyde and nitric oxide metabolites in the brain while reduced the thiol content and superoxide dismutase and catalase activities and serum T4 level. Both doses of TQ decreased malondialdehyde and nitric oxide metabolites in the brain while enhanced the thiol content and superoxide dismutase and catalase activities and serum T4 level. The results of the present study showed that TQ protected against PTU-induced memory impairments in rats.

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15:20

Thymoquinone activates MAPK pathway in hippocampus of streptozotocin-treated rat model. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Biomed Pharmacother. 2018 Jan 20 ;99:391-401. Epub 2018 Jan 20. PMID: 29367108 Abstract Title:  Thymoquinone activates MAPK pathway in hippocampus of streptozotocin-treated rat model. Abstract:  Streptozotocin (STZ), a glucosamine-nitrosourea compound, produces deficiencies in learning, memory, and cognitive functions when it was administered intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v). In molecular level, increase in neuroinflammation and oxidative stress in brain, and decrease in the number of surviving neurons are the outcomes of STZ administration. Herein, we aimed to investigate the effect of thymoquinone (TQ), an anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory and neuroprotective agent, on STZ-induced neurodegeneration in rats. For this purpose, bilateral i.c.v. injection of STZ (3mg/kg) was given to adult female rats on days 1 and 3. TQ (20mg/kg/day in cornoil) was administered intragastrically to rats for 15 days starting from the 15th day of STZ injection. The Morris water maze test and passive avoidance test were applied to measure the learning and memory performance of animals. Following the behavioral tests, all of the rats were sacrificed for evaluation of molecular alterations. Rats in the STZ-TQ group showed higher performance in passive avoidance test than rats in the STZ group whose memory performance declined compared to control group. The worse memoryperformance in STZ group was correlated with low number of surviving neurons and high number of degenerating neurons. In addition, an increase in APOE expression and a decrease in NGF expression were observed with STZ injection. Administration of TQ reversed these STZ-triggered cognitive and molecular alterations. In the present study, we observed the neuroregenerative effects of TQ by activation of JNK protein, upregulation of mir-124, and downregulation of ERK1/2 and NOS enzymes. The same ameliorative effect of TQ was also observed in the pTau protein expression. To sum up, we can say thatthe healing effect of TQ on STZ induced neurodegeneration opens a new door for the development of Alzheimer's disease treatment using natural products as an adjuvant when their action mechanism was explained in detail.

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15:14

Thymoquinone alleviates the experimentally induced Alzheimer's disease inflammation. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Hum Exp Toxicol. 2018 Jan 1:960327118755256. Epub 2018 Jan 1. PMID: 29405769 Abstract Title:  Thymoquinone alleviates the experimentally induced Alzheimer's disease inflammation by modulation of TLRs signaling. Abstract:  Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by a robust inflammatory response elicited by the accumulation and deposition of amyloid- (A) within the brain. A induces detrimental inflammatory responses through toll-like receptors (TLRs) signaling pathway. Thymoquinone (TQ), the main active constituent of Nigella sativa oil, has been reported by several previous studies for its potent anti-inflammatory effect. The aim of thisstudy is to elucidate the effect of TQ in improving learning and memory, using a rat model of AD induced by a combination of aluminum chloride (AlCl) and d-galactose (d-Gal). TQ was administered orally at doses of 10, 20, and 40 mg/kg/day for 14 days after AD induction. Memory functions were assessed using the step through passive avoidance test. Amyloid plaques were shown to be present using hematoxylin and eosin staining. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-) and Interleukin-1beta (IL-1) levels in brain were assessed via ELISA and profiling TLR-2, TLR-4, myeloid differential factor 88, toll-interleukin-1 receptor domain-containing adapter-inducing interferon-, interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF-3), and nuclear factor-B (NF-B) expressions viareal-time polymerase chain reaction. TQ improved AD rat cognitive decline, decreased A formation and accumulation, significantly decreased TNF- and IL-1 at all levels of doses and significantly downregulated the expression of TLRs pathway components as well as their downstream effectors NF-B and IRF-3 mRNAs at all levels of doses ( p

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15:14

Prevention Against Gallstones - Eat More Foods With Vitamin E "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

More than 90 percent of the population does not meet their recommended daily allowance of vitamin E. Researchers in Germany led by the University of Kiel found that subjects with gallstone disease had lower blood levels of vitamin E than those who did not have gallstones.

15:09

Immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects of thymoquinone. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Cardiovasc Hematol Disord Drug Targets. 2018 Feb 11. Epub 2018 Feb 11. PMID: 29437018 Abstract Title:  Immunomodulatory and Anti-inflammatory Effects of Thymoquinone. Abstract:  The immunomodulatory properties of Nigella sativa seed, as a basis of its clinical applications by many cultures have been reviewed. Thymoquinone (TQ) is one of the major bioactive component of the volatile oil of N. sativa seeds. The present investigations provide a comprehensive review of the ability of TQ to modulate inflammation and immune-related disorders in the various important disease states. This finding showed that TQ has the anti-inflammatory properties that prevents the biosynthesis of important mediators in inflammatory processes and asthma such as 5-LO, COX, PGD2 and LTs. TQ also reduced LPS-induced proinflammatory cytokines such as interleukins (ILs) and TNF-.. In addition, TQ showed the immunomodulatory role in the cellular and humoral immunity. This study also found that TQ improves the imidacloprid toxicity through reducing oxidative stress and increasing chemokinesis, chemotaxis, phagocytic activity, antibody levels and the hemagglutination of immunoglobulins as well as by reducing serum MDA levels and hepatic enzymes.

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15:09

GaiaPortal 2-16-18 Time to rest with the planet and enjoy her recreation "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

[Kp update: it just occurred to me that the title may very well refer to the re-creation of the planet. Time to rest with the planet and enjoy her re-creation. Feels right to me!]

This GaiaPortal indicates it is a time for us to rest with Gaia, and follow her Spirits. The word florescence means A condition or time of flowering, so perhaps Florescents are plentiful implies that there are a lot of flowerings (or, individuals going through the process of flowering) going on right now.

Time to rest with the planet and enjoy her recreation

Time to rest with the planet and enjoy her recreation.

Efforts of elimination are completing.

Elements of truth abound.

Participations are warranted as Gaia Spirits guide.

Florescents are plentiful.

Love the show.

15:06

Mental asylums "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

why are people who have a bad mental problems not put in a mental asylum? Back in the 50s to early 60s people who had a problem were put away in a mental asylum until they were better. Why did the government put them back on the streets to harm or get harmed? A family friends wife was in and out of the mental asylum in Pinefield,La.,finally she was able to come home to stay. Another person from a town four miles away carried his four young children hunting,shot all four,put them in the car...

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15:05

THE INFLUENCE OF THE MOON "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Astrology is where the universe points to our own reality
Steven Forrest
January 2018 was an exceptional month exploring the beauty of the full moon twice.  If you had a chance to walk out to see the night sky, perhaps you were at the beach or a park, and you looked up to only witness the beauty and the power of the moon, then at some level you felt a transformation inside.
The moon represents our feminine energy, reminding us to continuously tap into that which needs nurturing or expressing in the most wild, graceful and emotional way. The moon, She is our closet celestial neighbour, smaller than the sun. She waxes and wanes (to go stronger and weaker), constantly allowing the tides of our planet and ourselves to pull and push what needs to be revealed to us.
Why does She have a powerful impact on us? Well, for many thousands of years, our ancestors have studied the moon through observation. They had no distractions, such as light, wifi, smart phones, and masses of populations, only small communities that would look at the night sky as if it was a canvas revealing something cryptic and magical to us. During these times, they recorded the phases of the moon, such as the 28-day cycle and noticing the impact it had on our emotions, psyche, reproductive system and crops.
Those precious moments of studying the phases of the moon we learned of its power. And today, She has the same influence on us. We can find it difficult at times, to tap into her subtle pull and pushes because, most of us are busy and disconnected from the universe. Were living in crowded cities, working way too hard, jumping in and out of relationships like a ping pong ball, and not spending enough time with ourselves to notice the subtle or powerful impacts She has on us.
The moon is dark, and needs the suns light to shine. And in the same way, she reflects that light to reveal our deepest emotions and psyche, depending if she is waxing or waning and which zodiac sign she is travelling through on the ecliptic track of the cosmos. She represents our unconscious desires and the underlying causes behind our actions and responses to the world. She dives deep into our subconscious and reveals to us own buried, hidden emotions such as jealousy, hatred, pain, struggles, insecurities and mos...

15:02

antioxidant effect of thymoquinone could protect damage of liver parameters against morphine toxicity. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Int J Prev Med. 2018 ;9:8. Epub 2018 Jan 29. PMID: 29441185 Abstract Title:  The Effects of Thymoquinone Against Morphine-induced Damages on Male Mice Liver. Abstract:  Background: Morphine is a pain medication. It is mostly processed in liver and reasons disturbing effects. It can increase the production of free radicals. Thymoquinone is a phytochemical compound found in the plant. It has diverse pharmacological properties such as antioxidant and anticancer. This study was intended to assess the effects of thymoquinone against morphine damages on the liver of mice.Methods: In this study, various doses of thymoquinone (4.5, 9, and 18 mg/kg) and thymoquinone plus morphine was administered (once a day) intraperitoneally to 48 male mice for 20 consequent days. These mice were randomly assigned to eight groups (= 6). Aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, serum nitric oxide (NO) levels, liver weight, and histology have been studied.Results: The results indicated that morphine administration significantly increased the mean diameter of central hepatic vein and hepatocyte, blood serum NO level, liver enzymes level, and decreased liver weight compared to saline group (

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15:00

Villagers Hear A Noise In Middle Of Night And Know Someone's In Trouble "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Around 2 a.m. on February 16, villagers in Kaeng Hang Maeo, Thailand, awoke to an ear-shattering noise.

Peeking outside with their flashlights, their eyes were met with a herd of 40 wild elephants who were frantically pacing around one of their friends who was in trouble.

A mother elephant had collapsed next to a well after getting tangled in an electric-wired fence that surrounded it. When the villagers called forest rangers for backup, they discovered the reason why she had gotten trapped in the first place: Her baby had fallen into the well.

Credit: Facebook/Department of National Parks and Wildlife

The family of more than 40 were crying and jittering around, officials with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife said.

The villagers and officials jumped into action and with the help of a backhoe, dug a large slope out of the dirt around the 9-foot-deep well to allow the calf to climb out.

Credit: Facebook/Department of National Parks and Wildlife

Completely covered in mud, the young elephant squirmed and struggled within the water for 30 minutes as her rescuers continued digging. Her mother, whom rescuers freed from the fence, could be heard crying out in the background.

Credit: Facebook/Department of National Parks and Wildlife

When the backhoe reached down near the babys face to make a final dig, she stretched her trunk out and touched it gently before making the final climb back to safety.

With one final push from the...

14:57

Mark Dice 2-16-18 Democrats All Agree with Trumps Immigration Plan! "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

This was refreshing to see that finally Dems and Trump have come together with essentially identical plans for dealing with immigration reform. Yes, for the ones pointed out in this video, it was pre-Trump election, but that shouldnt matter, should it? Anyway, this again shows how many of those who are trying to avoid their past truths are being exposed.
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https://youtu.be/uqaCRzKQmbg

Published on Feb 16, 2018
Its just too funny. They all agreed with it before they knew it was his plan.

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14:48

Xanthohumol protects morphology and function in a mouse model of retinal degeneration. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2018 Jan 1 ;59(1):45-53. PMID: 29305606 Abstract Title:  Xanthohumol Protects Morphology and Function in a Mouse Model of Retinal Degeneration. Abstract:  Purpose: To investigate whether treatment with xanthohumol (XN), the principal prenylated chalconoid from Humulus lupulus (hops), is protective in a mouse model of light-induced retinal degeneration (LIRD).Methods: Mice (129S2/SvPasCrl) were intraperitoneally injected with vehicle or XN prior to toxic light exposure and every 3 days thereafter. Retinal function was assessed by electroretinograms at 1, 2, and 4 weeks following toxic light exposure. Visual acuity was tested by optokinetic tracking 1 week and 4 weeks after toxic light exposure. Retina sections were stained with hematoxylin and eosin for morphologic analysis or by TUNEL. Redox potentials were assessed in retinal tissue by measuring levels of cysteine (CYS), cystine (CYSS), glutathione (GSH), and glutathione disulfide (GSSG) using HPLC with fluorescence detection.Results: Toxic light significantly suppressed retinal function and visual acuity, severely disrupted the photoreceptor cell layer, and significantly decreased the number of nuclei and increased the accumulation of TUNEL-labeled cells in the outer nuclear layer. These effects were prevented by XN treatment. Treatment with XN also maintained GSSG and CYSS redox potentials and the total CYS pool in retinas of mice undergoing toxic light exposure.Conclusions: XN treatment partially preserved visual acuity and retinal function in the LIRD mouse. Preservation of retinal CYS and of GSSG and CYSS redox potentials may indicate that XN treatment induces an increased antioxidant response, but further experiments are needed to verify this potential mechanism. To our knowledge, this is the first study to report protective effects of XN in a model of retinal degeneration.

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14:38

Antibiofilm activity of bioactive hop compounds toward susceptible and resistant staphylococci. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Res Microbiol. 2018 Jan 30. Epub 2018 Jan 30. PMID: 29407045 Abstract Title:  Antibiofilm activity of bioactive hop compounds humulone, lupulone and xanthohumol toward susceptible and resistant staphylococci. Abstract:  Bacterial biofilms pose a serious medical problem due to their significant resistance to antimicrobials, and staphylococci are recognized as the most frequent cause of biofilm-associated infections. The hop plant (Humulus lupulus L.) contains substances that have been determined to act as anti-infective agents against bacteria, mainly in planktonic form. Therefore, we decided to investigate the antibiofilm properties of Humulus lupulus L.-derived compounds (humulone, lupulone and xanthohumol) against a selected group of Staphylococcus spp., including methicillin-susceptible and resistant strains. All tested hop compounds were shown to possess antimicrobial properties against all tested staphylococci, both planktonic and biofilm-dwelling, with no significant difference between resistant and susceptible strains. All compounds lowered the number of bacterial cells released from the biofilm, with the strongest effect seen for lupulone, followed by xanthohumol. Moreover, lupulone and xanthohumol were not only able to penetrate the biofilm and reduce the number of bacteria within it, but their higher concentrations (60 g/mL for xanthohumol and 125 g/mL for lupulone) reduced the number of surviving bacterial cells to zero.

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14:31

Korea Doesn't Want Olympic Visitors To See What It Does To Dogs "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

In the shadows of the star-studded Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, thousands of dogs across the country some on farms just miles away from the stadiums lie in cramped, dirty cages awaiting torture before they are slaughtered for food.

But local authorities dont want tourists to know about it.

Credit: Humane Society International

Ahead of the games, Pyeongchang County offered 2 million won (around $1,850) to any restaurant owner who would stop serving dog meat during the games.

The intention, officials said, was to avoid upsetting tourists.

Pyeongchang County government official Lee Yong-bae told AFP that signs advertising dog meat dishes have been switched out at restaurants near the stadium to avoid giving a bad impression to foreigners.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

We've faced a lot of complaints from restaurant operators that we are threatening their livelihood, he added. Only two of the 12 dog meat restaurants in Pyeongchang have stopped serving the meat.
 
The move to hide the industry from tourists visiting for the games was met with explosive protest from animal advocates including Gina Boehler, founder of Korean K9 Rescue, a group dedicated to saving dogs from the countrys meat farms.

The dog meat restaurants are not closed but the government would like you to think they are, Boehler told The Dodo. In general, there is apathy towards farming dogs for consumption in Korea. Many [officials] dont take it seriously.

Credit: Korean K9 Rescue

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14:27

Astaxanthin improves glucose metabolism and reduces blood pressure in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2018 ;27(2):341-346. PMID: 29384321 Abstract Title:  Astaxanthin improves glucose metabolism and reduces blood pressure in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Abstract:  BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: This randomized, placebo-controlled trial was performed for 8 weeks to investigate the potential effects of astaxanthin (AST) supplementation on the adiponectin concentration, lipid peroxidation, glycemic control, insulin sensitivity, and anthropometric indices in participants with type 2 diabetes mellitus.METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: We enrolled 44 participants with type 2 diabetes who met our inclusion criteria. Eight milligrams of AST supplementation or a placebo were randomly administered once daily for 8 weeks to these participants.RESULTS: The 8-week administration of AST supplementation increased the serum adiponectin concentration and reduced visceral body fat mass (p

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14:18

Xanthohumol prevents dextran sulfate sodium-induced colitis. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Oncotarget. 2018 Jan 2 ;9(1):866-880. Epub 2017 Dec 12. PMID: 29416662 Abstract Title:  Xanthohumol prevents dextran sulfate sodium-induced colitis via inhibition of IKK/NF-B signaling in mice. Abstract:  Xanthohumol (XN), a prenylated chalcone isolated from the hop plant, has been reported to exhibit multiple biological functions including anti-inflammation. However, the pharmacological function of XN on colitis remains unknown. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effect of synthesized XN and molecular mechanism on dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced experimental colitis. XN attenuated the colitis symptoms along with the prevention of colonic lesions after DSS challenge. XN inhibited the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, oxidative stress and cyclooxygenase-2 expression in DSS-treated mice. Moreover, XN inhibited the phosphorylation of IB, the nuclear translocation of NF-B subunits and the transcriptional activity of NF-Band. In contrast to XN, isoXN showed much less effects on the kinase activity of IKK and IB phosphorylation induced by XN in this study, suggesting that an electrophilic carbon center present in XN is critical for the anti-inflammation in colitis, especially inhibition of IKK/NF-B signaling pathway. Consistently, our docking analysis revealed that XN could bind to the active site, presumably at the Cys99 of IKK. Taken together, these findings demonstrate a new function of XN to inhibit IKK/NF-B signaling, suggesting XN could be the potential therapeutic agent for the prevention of colitis.

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14:11

Bears Saved From Worst Owners Can't Believe How Many Treats They Get Now "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

No one knows exactly how a family of brown bears ended up in ramshackle cages at a factory in Armenia years ago but undercover footage shows just how undeniable their pain was. 

Credit: IAR

Two brown bear siblings, now known as Timothy and Marie, were put in a separate enclosure from their mom at the alabaster factory.

The undercover footage shows the family clawing desperately at both sides of the partition to try to get back together again. 

"You can see how distraught they are, poor things," Elisabeth Key, PR and communications manager for International Animal Rescue (IAR), told The Dodo.

The rescue of the bears was complicated it would be four years after the footage was shot before people from IAR would be allowed to come and take them.

By the time rescuers arrived in November 2017, they only found Timothy and Marie; their mother had already been sold and sent away. 

Credit: IAR

"When we went to rescue the two young bears, initially there was resistance from some of the workers who were reluctant to hand them over," Key said. "But eventually the rescue team won them over."

Credit: IAR

These poor bears have never felt the warmth of the sun on their backs or sniffed a cool...

14:09

Overland 229 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jacinda Woodhead (editor), Overland 229 (Summer 2017)

overland229My blog post about Overland 228 ended with a lament that I had lost my copy before I could finish reading it. To my surprise and delight, a couple of days after my blog post went up, I received a replacement copy in the mail with a friendly note from Jacinda Woodhead. I dont know what pleased me more, the kindness of the gift or the fact that someone on Overlands staff had read my post all the way through. (I realise just now that I didnt write to thank her. Better late than never: Thank you, Jacinda, especially for the chance to read Jennifer Mills conversation with Peter Carey.)

Theres lots of good stuff in issue 229, but Im travelling and have to be brief. So heres a list of things I found particularly wonderful:

  •  Indefatigable Wings by Allan Drew, which argues the case for the continuing influence John Milton, of Paradise Lost fame, the argument didnt convince me, but its refreshing.
  • Napalm, guns & underwear, in which Aotaroan / New Zealander Mic...

14:06

Family Opens Door To Their Van And Finds An Abandoned Dog In The Front Seat "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

A woman was looking out her window one morning when a car drove down her street and stopped in front of her husbands van. She didnt think much of it at first until someone got out and put something into the front seat of the van. She quickly went outside to investigate  

Credit: Scottish SPCA

and found a dog sitting inside the van, scared and alone. 

The woman was completely baffled that someone would just leave a dog in a strangers van and then drive off. The dog was curled up in the front seat when the woman opened the door, waiting for someone to help him. He was incredibly skinny and had clearly already been through a lot. Not knowing quite what to do, the woman decided to contact the Scottish SPCA in hopes that it could help. 

The caller saw a car drive down her lane, turn around and stop by her husbands van before driving off and abandoning the dog, Louise Seddon, an inspector with the Scottish SPCA, said in a press release. The male dog has a great temperament.

Credit: Scottish SPCA

The dog was taken to the Scottish SPCAs shelter in Lanarkshire, where staff decided to name him Kenny. Despite everything hes been through, Kenny is an incredibly sweet dog, and just wants to be loved by anyone he comes across. Everyone is shocked that someone could abandon such a sweet dog, and are hoping to find whomever is responsible for leaving poor Kenny behind. 

We are reviewing CCTV footage from the area, Seddon said. Were urging anyone who recognizes Kenny to get in touch with any information.

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14:06

Xanthohumol may potentially be useful as a chemopreventive agent during breast hyperplasia and carcinogenesis. "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

PMID:  Oncol Lett. 2018 Jan ;15(1):908-916. Epub 2017 Nov 17. PMID: 29422966 Abstract Title:  Inhibition of breast cancer cell survival by Xanthohumol via modulation of the Notch signaling pathwayand. Abstract:  Natural compounds derived from plants have been an important source of numerous clinically useful anticancer agents. Nevertheless, limited studies indicate that xanthohumol (XN), a major prenylated flavonoid in hop plants (Humulus lupulus), may possess anticarcinogenic properties. The purpose of the present study was to clarify the antitumorigenic effects and the underlying mechanism of XN on breast cancerand. A 4T1 breast tumor mouse model was used in the present study to investigate XN suppression of tumor growth as detected by tumorigenicity assays. In addition,studies revealed that XN significantly decreased cell viability, induced G/Gcell cycle arrest and apoptosis in MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 cells, as confirmed by an MTT assay, flow cytometry and western blot analysis, indicating anticarcinogenic activity of XN against breast cancer. Furthermore, immunohistochemistry was performed to confirm the inactivation of the Notch signaling pathway, Notch 1 and Ki-67,; consistently, XN caused decreased activation of the Notch signaling pathway and apoptotic regulators B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2), Bcl-extra large and caspase 3, as determined by western blot analysis. This study suggests that XN may potentially be useful as a chemopreventive agent during breast hyperplasia and carcinogenesis, acting via the regulation of Notch associated apoptotic regulatorsand.

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14:05

Cure for Baldness Found in McDonalds Fries, Scientists Report "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

by Core Spirit

A cure for baldness could be on the horizon thanks to a chemical used in McDonalds fries.

Scientists have regrown hair in mice using a simple technique using human stem cells.

This generated fresh follicles capable of sprouting luxurious new locks. Within days the lab rodents had furry backs and scalps.

Preliminary experiments suggest the groundbreaking therapy will also work in people.


The Japanese teams breakthrough came after they managed to mass produce hair follicle germs (HFGs) in the lab for the first time.

These are the cells that fuel follicle development. They are the Holy Grail of hair loss research, as they have never been regenerated before.
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14:04

This is What Happens to Your Body and Mind When You Nap Three Times a Week for 20 Mins "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

by Healthy Holistic Living

The stigma against napping is finally starting to wane and for good reason. Taking a timeout to sleep during the day does much more than just give us a quick energy boost. It also confers some serious cognitive and health advantages as well. Heres what the latest science tells us.

Unlike 85% of all mammalian species, humans sleep just once a day. Scientists arent sure if were naturally monophasic (as opposed to polyphasic) or if its modern society that has made us so. Regardless, its clear that were not getting enough sleep. Nearly a third of us say were simply not getting enough of it.

Power naps can alleviate our so-called sleep deficits, but they can also boost our brains, including improvements to creative problem solving, verbal memory, perceptual learning, object learning, and statistical learning. They help us with math, logical reasoning, our reaction times, and symbol recognition. Naps improve our mood and feelings of sleepiness and fatigue. Not only that, napping is good for our heart, blood pressure, stress levels, and surprisingly, even weight management.


You might be surprised to find out the benefits of napping and it doesnt take much. Yes, you read that right. Isnt that great news, that from this day forth you can justify your actions whenever you want to take a short nap? We always get told that we need to go on diet, or were told to exercise more, but its not often that someone tells you to take a nap more often. Well, I have a great idea: Once youve finished reading this article, go take a nice nap. Trust me, once youve read about some of the benefits of napping, youll never feel guilty about going for a nap ever again.
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14:03

Possible Dark Matter Detected at Milky Ways Core Could Hint at New Force of Nature "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

by Allison Eck; pbs.org

Theres a surplus of gamma rays spewing forth from the center of our galaxy, and astrophysicists say they dont know where its coming from. One thing is clear, though: it could not have been caused by anything we consider ordinary in our galaxy.

What it could be, according to Tracy Slatyer of MIT and her colleagues at Fermilab, Harvard, and MIT, is excess light from colliding dark matter particles. If true, this observation would be the first-ever indirect detection of dark matter in our universe.

Physicists believe that dark matter is made of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), which act simultaneously as matter and anti-matter, annihilating each other when they meet. That collision gives birth to normal matter in the form of high-energy photons of gamma-ray light. Currently, we have some of our best eyes, including the Fermi space telescope, pointed toward the Milky Ways centerwhere dark matter should be the densestto search for the results of these collisions.

This map shows an excess amount of gamma rays coming from the center of the Milky Way, possibly indicating the presence of dark matter.

In sifting through data collected but the Fermi telescope, Slatyer and her colleagues found about 10,000 extra photons in the 5,000-light-year space surrounding the center of the galaxy. It was an unexpected result.
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14:00

DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 415 "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 415 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Happy party weekend! Well, I know Im ready to party because I finally finished the final Part 3 of my Foot to Mouth story. Includes plenty of drama thrown in for good measure, with lots of lessons learned. I even []

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