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Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, Joel Rafael and John Trudell’s Bad Dog donated over $85k to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe this week from proceed...
The iconic giraffe is rapidly heading towards extinction, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In the past 30 years, giraffe numbers have plummeted by 40 percent from around 157,000 individuals in 1985 to 97,500 in 2015, IUCN announced in a statement last week. This has brought the charismatic species a few steps closer to extinction. Given their dramatic decline, the giraffe’s IUCN Red List status has jumped two places from ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Vulnerable to extinction’. “Whilst giraffes are commonly seen on safari, in the media and in zoos, people – including conservationists – are unaware that these majestic animals are undergoing a silent extinction,” Julian Fennessy, co-chair of the IUCN SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group, said in the statement. “With a decline of almost 40% in the last three decades alone, the world's tallest animal is under severe pressure in some of its core ranges across East, Central and West Africa.” [caption id="attachment_189376" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Giraffe numbers have declined by 40% in the last 30 years. Photo by Udayan Dasgupta.[/caption] Some recent studies have suggested that there may be up to four distinct species of giraffes, which do not mate in the wild. But the IUCN currently recognizes a single species of giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), split into nine recognized subspecies based on their coat markings and geographical distribution. Some giraffe subspecies are at greater risk of extinction than others, researchers say. The West African giraffe (Giraffa c. peralta), for example, is only found in an…
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The Soundwalk Collective recording on-site in Upper Mustang, Nepal (photo by Stephan Crasneanscki, courtesy the Rubin Museum)
Every place has its sound character, and in Upper Mustang in northern Nepal, one of the most cacophonous forces is the wind. Rippling prayer flags on the Himalayan mountain passes, and the air current’s sweep through the valley below, are interspersed on the field recordings made by Soundwalk Collective during their visits to the region earlier this year. In Sacred Spaces: Himalayan Wind at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan, visitors are immersed in a sound environment orchestrated from these recordings.
When the Rubin Museum opened their newly expanded Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room last fall, the two gallery spaces alongside were dedicated to a Sacred Spaces program to explore the idea of devotion and its settings. The first two installations were very visual, with a panoramic photograph of mountains in Mustang by Jaroslav Poncar, and a diptych video by Deidi von Schaewen, showing a colossal statue in Shravanabelagola, India, being drenched in orange turmeric powder and white milk....
By Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution Whether it be the increased and repetitive use of particular hand gestures by an assortment of celebrities, the captured footage from places like Bohemian Grove, or the various individuals speaking out with direct past experience within the group, it is becoming increasingly apparent (borderline obvious) of the existence of a … Continue reading The Perceived Power of ‘The Illuminati’ or Global Elite
Credit: pinterest By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia I’m experiencing a moment of bliss, which came up, I believe, because I just wrote an article on the subject of transformative love (love and bliss are in cahoots). I’m reminded of scenes in movies where a mist comes over the moor. Bliss seems to spread … Continue reading Home in Bliss, Other Desires Simply Fade Away
By Anna Hunt, Waking Times The town of Blackpool, located on the northwest coast of England, began distributing fluoridated milk to about 8000 primary school children, after The Blackpool Town Council approved the program in early 2016. Fluoridated milk is now available via the town’s free school breakfast program. This program aims to address the problem of … Continue reading Town In England Mass Medicates School Children with Free Fluoridated Milk
On March 9, 2017 the first large conference for Blockchain developers and businessmen – Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference – will be held in Tallinn. Representatives of leading IT companies, authors of startups and everyone who is interested in Blockchain technologies will come together. Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference – a net of conferences which comprises Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic – and Estonia. The … Continue reading Tallinn will host the first large conference devoted to Blockchain and cryptocurrencies
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By Amanda Froelich, Natural Blaze The Bioscarf is made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials. And, for every product sold, a Bioscarf is donated to an individual affected by air pollution. During a trip to the Hubei Province in China, businessman Carlton Solle became ill. After visiting a local doctor, he was informed that he had … Continue reading World’s First Scarf With Built-In Technology Filters 95% Of Airborne Contaminants
PMID: Front Pharmacol. 2016 ;7:270. Epub 2016 Aug 23. PMID: 27601995 Abstract Title: Shikonin Inhibits Intestinal Calcium-Activated Chloride Channels and Prevents Rotaviral Diarrhea. Abstract: Secretory diarrhea remains a global health burden and causes major mortality in children. There have been some focuses on antidiarrheal therapies that may reduce fluid losses and intestinal motility in diarrheal diseases. In the present study, we identified shikonin as an inhibitor of TMEM16A chloride channel activity using cell-based fluorescent-quenching assay. The IC50 value of shikonin was 6.5μM. Short-circuit current measurements demonstrated that shikonin inhibited Eact-induced Cl(-) current in a dose-dependent manner, with IC50 value of 1.5 μM. Short-circuit current measurement showed that shikonin exhibited inhibitory effect against CCh-induced Cl(-) currents in mouse colonic epithelia but did not affect cytoplasmic Ca(2+) concentration as well as the other major enterocyte chloride channel conductance regulator. Characterization study found that shikonin inhibited basolateral K(+) channel activity without affecting Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase activities. In vivo studies revealed thatshikonin significantly delayed intestinal motility in mice and reduced stool water content in a neonatal mice model of rotaviral diarrhea without affecting the viral infection process in vivo. Taken together, the results suggested that shikonin inhibited enterocyte calcium-activated chloride channels, the inhibitory effect was partially through inhbition of basolateral K(+) channel activity, and shikonin could be a lead compound in the treatment of rotaviral secretory diarrhea.
Posted on: Friday, March 13th 2015 at 9:45 am Written By: Margie King, Health Coach This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2015 Visit our Re-post guidelines About 70% of Americans drink fluoridated water. They’re all at a higher risk of hypothyroidism and worse. When the government added fluoride to our drinking water it was
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Yesterday, was a very big day for our efforts. We very quickly reached 200 donors which triggered a challenge grant of $1,000. Then in the mail we received a donation of $3,000 from a small foundation which has faithfully supported our efforts for several years. This along with several other individual donations brought our totals to $66,542 from 214 donors.
The 200th Donor
The 200th donor – Karen Lyke from Whitehouse, Ohio – wins a free copy of the book The Case Against Fluoride. I spoke to Karen on the phone yesterday afternoon and she said that she is going to give this book to her dentist. I asked why she supports this cause and she said, “The health of our people is the foundation of our survival.”
We are making substantial strides towards our goal of $150,000 by midnight, Dec 31 but we are still a long way from our goal of 1,000 donors. Remember the NUMBER of donors is CRUCIAL to us. Foundations know it is easy to like a Facebook page, but in their eyes a member is someone who puts money (even a little) into the cause in which they believe.
Thanks to an ongoing challenge from one of our super angels all pledges are being doubled until we reach $68,000.
To make a tax-deductible donation to the Fluoride Action Network, a project of the American Environmental Health Studies Project, you can either:
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Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made with vegetables and a variety of seasonings. When traditionally prepared, kimchi is stored underground in jars to keep cool during the summer months and unfrozen during the winter months. There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi made from napa cabbage, radish, scallion, garlic, ginger or even with cucumber
A lab at the University of California, Los Angeles has retracted two papers for duplicated images. These retractions — in the Journal of Immunology — represent the second and third retractions for the lab head; he lost another paper after one of his former students confessed to manipulating images. Although Eriko Suzuki admitted to her actions […]
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Bitcoin wallet startup Blockchain has added former Barclays Bank group chief executive Antony Jenkins to its board of directors.
New Zealand locals reportedly flocked to Muriwai Beach yesterday, to catch a glimpse of the so-called Muriwai Monster – a sprawling mass that looks exactly like something you’d drag up from the depths of the ocean.
With its thick black tendrils writhing in the Sun, the bizarre object looks a lot like the massive chunk of seabed that was lifted 2 metres above the ground by an earthquake in New Zealand last month, but this time, the explanation is a whole lot less violent.
The photos were taken by local woman, Melissa Doubleday, who posted them on Facebook for identification.
She spotted the object on Muriwai Beach, located on the west cost of New Zealand’s North Island, and it was reportedly still moving at the time.
“I actually thought it was a washed up whale as I approached it, so weird,” Doubleday told Jackson Thomas at Stuff. “It looks like worms with shells I’ve never seen before with these funny creatures that just [came] out.
Muriwai resident Rani Timoti told Stuff that the object looked distinctly ‘alive’.
“It’s got a putrid smell when you’re downwind,” she said, “and when you look closely, it looks like wiggling worms.”
I know mileage varies on this, but I find Twitter to be good almost exclusively for humor, otherwise I almost couldn’t care less about it. It’s not even just seeking comedians’ feeds, I also surpassingly love good one-joke Twitter accounts, the more narrow and absurd the better. From the almost zen-like “...
By Anna Von Reitz
There is just so much about it.
A name is NOT the “same as” the man or the thing it labels.
Think about it. You “accept” the idea that your name is yours, like a bicycle or a chest of drawers— but is it?
What if your name is John Robert Brown. Is it possible and even likely that there are numerous John Robert Browns in the world?
What if your name is The United States of America? It is just a name, folks. Like John Robert Brown.
“The United States of America” was the name of an association of states a long time ago. It was created by a charter called The Articles of Confederation. A charter is a contractual agreement.
This particular contract was destroyed when the Southern states left the Union created by that agreement. Why?
Because a contract has to be consensual and it cannot be maintained by force.
This is one of the most fundamental of all laws— The Law of Free Will.
The Union States attempted to force the Southern states to return by military victory, but the original Southern states never agreed, never succumbed.
There is no peace treaty in existence ending the American Civil War.
I have looked long and hard and so have many, many others. All of you are welcome to look for yourselves.
The North claimed victory. “Peace” was declared— by President Johnson, at least for the land jurisdiction. But there is no Peace Treaty. Not then. Not now. There is no return on record of the original states ever mending the breach that happened in 1860.
Instead, the bankruptcy trustees in charge of the Union states made up new “states” and pretended that all was well. They created “states of states” corporations named after the original states and drummed up a new corporate constitution and except for the insiders nobody was the...
For 18-year-old photographer Aria Watson’s final project in her Introduction to Photography class at Clatsop Community College in Oregon, she chose to shoot actual quotes from President-elect Donald Trump’s mouth painted onto women’s bodies. I think the results speak for themselves. They’re even more sobering in...
PMID: Sci Rep. 2016 Dec 1 ;6:38267. Epub 2016 Dec 1. PMID: 27905569 Abstract Title: Shikonin induces mitochondria-mediated apoptosis and enhances chemotherapeutic sensitivity of gastric cancer through reactive oxygen species. Abstract: The prognosis of gastric cancer remains poor due to clinical drug resistance. Novel drugs are urgently needed. Shikonin (SHK), a natural naphthoquinone, has been reported to trigger cell death and overcome drug resistance in anti-tumour therapy. In this study, we investigated the effectiveness and molecular mechanisms of SHK in treatment with gastric cancer. In vitro, SHK suppresses proliferation and triggers cell death of gastric cancer cells but leads minor damage to gastric epithelial cells. SHK induces the generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), depolarizes the mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) and ultimately triggers mitochondria-mediated apoptosis. We confirmed that SHK induces apoptosis of gastric cancer cells not only in a caspase-dependent manner which releases Cytochrome C and triggers the caspase cascade, but also in a caspase-independent manner which mediates the nuclear translocation of apoptosis-inducing factor and Endonuclease G. Furthermore, we demonstrated that SHK enhanced the chemotherapeutic sensitivity of 5-fluorouracil and oxaliplatin in vitro and in vivo. Taken together, our data show that SHK may be a novel therapeutic agent in the clinical treatment of gastric cancer.
This article was written by Tyler Durden and originally published at Zero Hedge.
Editor’s Comment: So, that plan didn’t work. But are they done trying to stop the Trump presidency? Of course not. There is currently an effort underway to indoctrinate electors from the electoral college an intelligence briefing claiming that Russia interfered with the elections in order to install Trump… thereafter, they are hoping to stop the electoral college rubber stamp and have Congress select someone else altogether.
On the off chance that any of this happens, the country would rightfully revolt and things would devolve into chaos. The system is really playing with fire in order to scare the population straight, and sooth them back into compliance and easy management. They know the herd is spooked, and the word is going around. Can this chaos be contained? Or can they benefit from circulating it into the body politic?
Trump’s Wisconsin Victory Confirmed – Gained Net 162 Votes In Statewide Recount
by Tyler Durden
It’s official… again! Donald Trump remains the winner of Wisconsin following the statewide recount demanded by Jill Stein and paid for by sad snowflakes. After counting over 3 million ballots (at a cost of $3.5 million), Trump gained a net 162 votes…
As AP reports,
Republican Donald Trump’s victory in Wisconsin has been reaffirmed following a presidential recount that showed him defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton by more than 22,000 votes.
Trump picked up a net 162 votes as a result of the recount that the Wisconsin Elections Commission certified Monday. Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested and paid for the recount that began Dec. 1.
But after recounting nearly 3 million ballots, little changed. The final results changed by fewer than 1,800 votes.
Stein has also tried to get statewide recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, but courts have stopped them. The federal deadline to certify the vote is Tuesday.
The developers behind OpenBazaar, the open-source marketplace protocol powered by bitcoin, have raised $3m in new funding.
French artist Seth Globepainter recently visited the city of Dubai to take part in the first phase of the Dubai Street Museum Project organised by Brand Dubai and curated by Rom Levy and Sanaz Askari.
Painting in the district of Satwa on 2nd Of December Street, the Parisian artist brought to life a wonderful piece of work showcasing some of his signature imagery. The piece shows two your children in traditional Emirati outfit hiding themselves into a window. Several theories can explain this piece so we will leave it open to your imagination.
Continue reading for a video and several extra images on this beautiful artwork and then make sure to drop your two cents doen in our comments section....
Abbie tells us about the birth of her son, Lane.
I figured I needed to write this all down before I forget the good detailed bits about Lane’s birth. There was so much beauty in it. I have fallen in love with being a mother and even more so with the process of becoming one. People always talk about the love you have for you children. A love no one can understand until they feel it – until they hold that precious little one in their arms and kiss those sweet cheeks. Now I get it. My heart swells with happiness and pride looking at Lane. I DID THAT. I brought my sweet boy into this world after a whole lot of work. Here’s how it happened.
I had an awesome and easy pregnancy up until 29 weeks. When I say easy, I mean it was so easy I didn’t even know I was pregnant until 14 weeks. Funny enough, I was deployed when I found out. I was six weeks into my first deployment and I found out I’m 14 weeks pregnant with my first baby. Needless to say, I was sent home. I had monthly appointments with my OB after that. My monthly OB appointment came up; I was 29 weeks at this point. Everything had been perfect thus far, but this appointment went a little differently than the ones prior. We found out that I was in preterm labor and dilated to a 1 – not normal for a first-time mom to be dilated at all.
I was placed on bed rest at home for a week with a follow-up appointment. At that next appointment we found not only was I still having contractions (painless contractions, mind you) and that I was dilated, but now my cervix was shortening. I was admitted that day. I had a constant IV and I received steroid shots for baby’s lungs. It was a scary eight days being there. I had never felt so helpless. Keeping a calm spirit was all I could focus on since I felt so helpless. At 31 weeks I was sent home, still on bed rest orders, but I was stable. I had weekly appointments at this point. But at 33 weeks, I was admitted again! My cervix started shortening even more. I was now over 60% effaced and dilated to a 1. After four days of being in the hospital, the doctor told me there was nothing more they could give me medically. I was sent home to be on continued bed rest.
GUESS WHAT. This kid stayed put. He listened. He and I had a few talks about why he wasn’t allowed to meet us yet. I guess it got through! At 35w 5d I had an OB appointment, where I found out that I was completely effaced and 2 cm dilated. The doctor told us there was no way I’d make it through next week; he even said I wouldn’t make it through the weekend (it was a Friday). We made a follow-up appointment for 10 days later, just in case. Well, 10 days came and went. Our normal OB was out, but the doctor this time said the exact same thing. I was 100% effaced...
A 1938 poster for a “degenerate art” exhibition in Germany (image via Wikimedia Commons)
I’ve long been interested in how people, particularly those in the arts (my people!), function under tyranny. How much do we compromise, and how much do we fight back? Sure, we all like to imagine ourselves acting courageously in a perilous situation, but would we really? What if our livelihoods were at stake — or our lives?
Here’s a selection of five books that examine the many ways artists responded to the Nazi regime. Just a little something to keep you occupied on your sleepless nights in the coming weeks, before an unpredictable demagogue takes our nation’s highest office.
Beth Irwin Lewis, George Grosz: Art and Politics in the Weimar Republic
University of Wisconsin Press, 1971; reprint Princeton University Press, 1991Cover of Beth Irwin Lewis, George Grosz: Art and Politics in the Weimar Republic
We tend to think of artistic repression in Germany as starting with Hitler, but the problems were already there during the Weimar Republic. The short-lived democracy was hobbled in its early years by arch-conservatives in positions of power who protected and encouraged the violent reactionaries who would eventually take over the country.
Lewis details the evolution of George Grosz’s art in the environment that fueled it. Grosz used his drawings and prints as a weapon, skewering everyone and everything around him, from the plutocrats driving the c...
The long-term direction of the trend is being decided at the current level. The bulls are at the bottom limit of the flat, so the growth of Ether's price can continue up to $13 - 14.]]>
Cabbage is known for more than just the funny sounding side effects that come soon after its consumption. Here at HHL, we’ve loved cabbage for its low-calorie and high nutrition benefits. It’s full of vitamin C, K, and potassium! We’ve also LOVED it’s cancer-fighting and anti-inflammatory superpowers (and it’s deliciousness that makes it oh-so-easy to
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In early December, a judge at Truro Crown Court sentenced Justin Paul Young to eight years in prison. Young, the former owner of Fal Fixings Ltd, pleaded guilty to several illegal weapons charges last year. Judge Simon Carr previously set a sentencing date for Young but the defendant passed out in front of the courthouse and received a new court date. On December 2, Young, again, passed out in front of the courthouse.
Prior to the first sentencing hearing, Young passed out and authorities rushed him to the hospital. Judge Carr gave the man some leniency and rescheduled his court date. Young’s defense spoke about the man’s declining mental health status and Judge Carr agreed.
Discovery of an advanced civilization in Antarctica that was
flash frozen has shocked political and scientific figures that have
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‘Baphomet Barbie’ by Argentinian artists Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini.
In 2014 Argentina-based artists Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini “redesigned” 33 Barbie, Ken and Skipper dolls into various historical religious figures such as Judas, Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Buddha and Baphomet among others. The figures were a...
According to Cybersecurity Ventures’ Cybersecurity Market Report, worldwide spending on cybersecurity is predicted to top $1 trillion for the five-year period from 2017 to 2021. However, in the drive to become more cyber resilient in 2017, organizations are extending risk management that is traditionally based on parametric measures (i.e., data loss prevention and firewalls) towards information stewardship – the proper identification, categorization and deletion of their own content, regardless of where it is saved. It … More
In mid-2016, Intel Security commissioned a primary research study to gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which enterprises use SOCs, how they have changed over time, and what they will look like in the future. Interviews with nearly 400 security practitioners across several countries, industries and company sizes yielded valuable information on the state of the SOC in 2016: Alert overload. On average, organizations are unable to sufficiently investigate 25 percent of their … More
The obesity epidemic is not limited to the United States. It is the scourge of the developed world and sweeping across the face of the globe. The world’s population is becoming sicker, fatter and weaker. Efforts are being made to limit the tremendous damage and reverse the trend. One positive step toward this end was
Money transfers and blockchain technology are two peas in a pod these days. Tempo Money Transfer, a company, focusing on remittances from Europe, integrated with Stellar. By using this technology, users can send remittances through the Stellar e-wallet. An excellent example of how blockchain technology can benefit all parties in a financial transaction. As a … Continue reading Tempo Money Transfer Taps Stellar Blockchain For Improved Remittances
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I’ve been obsessing about house plants for the last few months or so. It started with an article I read about how having plants in your work space can increase productivity. I read that a long time ago. Since I read that article, I had been trying to bring in plants. It didn’t work out to well, until recently.
I started my collection with just the elephant ears and bamboo in one water filled vase . They surprisingly thrived. And so did the mosquitoes that were nesting in my beautiful mini water garden. Gross. Allan wanted me to get rid of the plants. I compromised. I moved the bamboo into an old glass 7UP bottle. The narrow bottle neck took care of the mosquito problem while keeping the bamboo in water. I moved the elephant ears in to a Jack Daniel’s Coffee tin with dirt I snagged from a plant outside.
Since then, I’ve found more containers to fill with dirt and plants from our yard. I even bought a little plant from Home Depot. That was a disappointment though. It brought aphids with it. Thankfully I caught it before it turned into a furry white epidemic spreading to my precious boonie plants. Even after saving it from the aphids the poor little guy shriveled in to a sad pile. I probably should’ve changed out the soil and gave it some of the love filled local dirt.
How to get more people to use Bitcoin? Many Bitcoin companies see the answer in serving it up as a disguised product.]]>
A new white paper signals Digital Asset's increased efforts to take blockchain tech mainstream.
The leading Bitcoin wallet and block explorer, Blockchain now has a new board member in the form of Antony Jenkins. The former CEO of English banking giant, Barclays has announced his new position in the cryptocurrency company earlier yesterday. The inclusion of Antony Jenkins as a board member will enable the company to leverage on … Continue reading Blockchain Gets Barclays’ Antony Jenkins as Board Member
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Software “mining” the recently established Zcash (ZEC) cryptocurrency is being foisted upon unsuspecting users, Kaspersky Lab warns. The actual software is not illegal, and not technically malware – it is meant to be used by individuals who are willing to dedicate their machine(s) and pay for the increased electricity usage that accompanies cryptocurrency mining. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous individuals looking to get the coins without the cost, and they have been installing the software on … More
Debates over whether or not we should destroy or alter U.S. icons seem to turn on a critical question: are national symbols quasi-religious totems of some transcendent sacred order? The kind of imperial project likely to end up a collection of crumbling monuments with every other empire of the past? Or are they living emblems of a secular republic whose primary embodiment is its people? A country, like its people, that must reconstitute itself with each generation in order to survive?
Either way, the nation’s symbols have always withstood creative destruction, détournement, and recontextualization. Subjecting national iconography to the interventions of artists and activists restores a sense of proportion, showing us that our government and its symbols belong to the people, rather than the other way around. The idea is a powerful one. So much so that its expression never fails to excite controversy. And few expressions have provoked more ire than performances of (or responses to) the national anthem that deviate from the staid traditional arrangement.
(NaturalNews) The entire organic community of the United States just won a massive victory that many may not yet even realize. Even though the DARK Act was passed by Obama and some Senate goons to prohibit labeling of GMOs nationwide, the US Court of Appeals just passed a law that enables states and counties to completely ban genetically engineered crops from ever being planted in the first place. Think about that for a minute. You see, back in the year 2000, Monsanto undermined all US organic and conventional farming by claiming that manipulating genomic material of plants did not introduce dangerous bacteria or even plant “pests” into the equation, but their noxious “Frankenfoods” prove otherwise. So biotechnology giants figured a way to not have their cancer-causing, Alzheimer’s-causing, pesticide-laden plants classified as a risk to the environment or humans. But now, none of that really matters anymore.
Thanks to the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals and their recent interpretation of the Plant Protection Act, all U.S. states, counties, and local communities can actually ban (or regulate) the planting of any and all commercially-grown genetically engineered crops, no matter what the feds or Monsanto claims about GMO.
Dan Hushon, CSC’s CTO, has identified six trends around the philosophy of DevSecOps that company leaders need to be thinking about to drive digital transformation. Hushon’s predictions lay out the technologies and shifts in areas related to development, security and operations (DevSecOps) that together will reshape how businesses operate, alter organizational structures and revolutionize customer interactions. “A fully digital enterprise is the imperative, and more and more businesses are marching forward toward their digital futures,” … More
In case you haven’t guessed why the account is suspended, it’s the classic “using acronyms to communicate rude subliminal messages”.
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Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, Joel Rafael and John Trudell’s Bad Dog donated over $100k to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe this week from procee...
The CFTC's Chris Giancarlo argues that the US needs to rethink its blockchain policy for 2017 and beyond.
Installation view of Daniel Horowitz: Totem & Taboo at Tillou Fine Art (courtesy the artist and Tillou Fine Art)
When: Tuesday, December
Where: Dweck Cultural Center, Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)
What do the critics think of Ai Weiwei’s omnibus exhibition spanning four Manhattan galleries? Or of MoMA PS1’s differently scaled but equally intense shows of the work of Mark Leckey and Sascha Braunig? Or of Daniel Horowitz’s mixed-media paintings of surrealist, nostalgic visions at Tillou Fine Art? Come find out during the latest in artcritical and the Brooklyn Public Library’s live review panel series, this month featuring Hyperallergic’s own Seph Rodney and Ryan Wong, along with Martha Schwendener of the New York Times. —BS
When: Tuesday, December 13, 7–8:15pm ($15)
Where: The Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District, Manhattan)
Tonight, Martha Rosler will join Whitney Museum Director Adam Weinberg for this year’s...
This past Sunday, we hosted a bunch of our friends for a "Friendsmas" dinner & cookie exchange. It's basically the same idea as Friendsgiving, except in December...which is even better because you get all the same good food plus Christmas cookies! We made a ham, deviled eggs, crescent rolls, and brussel sprouts, plus chocolate crinkles, candy cane cookies, and eggnog cookies. I partnered with Kendall-Jackson, who provided delicious wine, and our friends each brought a side dish and their favorite holiday cookie. I took a few photos before everyone arrived, and believe it or not this is the dessert spread before I added our guests' contributions. We still have a ton left, so I've been super tempted to eat cookies for breakfast this week!
In addition to a plethora of cookies, we had this gorgeous dulce de leche cake that my sister-in-law made.
For decor, I got a vintage-style letter board from Lowell & Co, then added some bottle brush trees and ornaments.
I also made some mini trees out of wine corks and paper triangles, and used them to label the different options. If you want to add some competition to your cookie exchange/bake-off, it would be fun to number the cookies, then have people vote on their favorites!
London based Bitcoin firm First Global Credits reports new record high for Bitcoin margin trading for month of November.]]>
Wanted - electric kitchen knife.
Dress Up Clothes Wanted!
As we were such an amazing 'destination' (quote some Skermer, at some point over the FRL weekend) and such a hit with the big and small kiddies we have to replenish our Wrongtown stocks for this summer's Rainbow!!!
Wrong Town Boutique is a place open for all to come (at festivals), to hunt and scavenge, to create, alter and adjust their own free costume. A place to get undressed - recreate, envision, challenge, and start their day again!
Dress to Distress this Rainbow Serpent 2017 - Come find us! we'll be Wrongin' it.
We provide all manner of clothes and accessories, stylists on hand to help, as well as the tools needed (sewing machines/hot glue guns) to alter or create a new outfit from something pre-loved – all in a fun and funky environment. All we ask for is that once the party person is suitably attired in their new Wrong Town ensemble they strut their stuff on the catwalk and have their photo taken for our scrapbook.
If you've been thinking its time to shed that naff dress, slightly too risque onesie, nanna cardi, 70s disco shorts, ball gown, sexy neglegie, ... we want them! in fact, we want all your colourful dress up gear... one persons naff is another's bestest thing ever!!! We can come get it, or you can drop it off in preston or Northcote, get in touch yeah...! Happy new year fun times, and remember; Wrongtown taketh, Wrongtown giveth back.
Verkehrszeichen und Straßenmarkierungen haben die Aufgabe den Verkehrsfluss zu regulieren und möglichst gut von allen Verkehrsteilnehmern lesbar zu sein. So weit, so sinnvoll. Warum Verkehrszeichen allerdings nicht auch Raum für kreative Gestaltung bieten sollten, ist schon schwerer nachvollziehbar. Bislang haben nur sehr wenige Städte erkannt, dass sich durch die künstlerische Gestaltungen von Verkehrszeichen und Straßenmarkierungen auch ein Mehrwert ergeben kann. Eine Stadt, die erfolgreich mit dem Thema experimentiert, ist Madrid. In der spanischen Stadt wurden 2015 gleich eine ganze Reihe von Zebrastreifen künstlerisch gestaltet. Eingeladen wurde hierfür der bulgarische Künstler Christo Guelov. In einer Reihe von küsntlerischen Interventionen hat er die Leerräume von klassischen Zebrastreifen genutzt und mit geometrischen Farbmustern gefüllt. „FUNNYCROSS uses zebra crossings to intervene in the urban landscape. The metaphor “A bridge between two shores” is the starting point of this artistic intervention. Using simple geometrical designs and saturated colours reinforces the specific signaling and creates a touch of colour in our urban landscape. This action, parallel to the art concept, fights toward improving driver and pedestrian focus, by enhancing respect for zebra crossing using its visual impact.“ Verortet sind die farbigen „Funny Crosses“, wie der Künstler die Interventionsreihe betitelt hat, vor drei unterschiedlichen Schulen in Madrid. Bezahlt wurden die Umsetzung des Projektes durch die Stadt Madrid. ...
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While the government is cutting vital public expenditure across the board there's one industry for which no costs are too great, writes Martin Forwood. The price of an 'evaporator' at the Sellafield nuclear complex is escalating towards £1 billion, while billions more of taxpayer finance are being lined up to finance cooling systems, power lines and transport links for the adjacent Moorside new-build nuclear power plant.
Fluoride Action Network (FAN) is among a coalition of environmental, medical and health groups urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the addition of fluoride to public drinking water supplies.
The EPA has been served with a petition that includes more than 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing the risks of water fluoridation to human health.
In particular, the petition notes, “the amount of fluoride now regularly consumed by millions of Americans in fluoridated areas exceeds the doses repeatedly linked to IQ loss and other neurotoxic effects.”
The EPA is authorized, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to prohibit the use of a chemical that poses an unreasonable risk to the general public or particularly vulnerable populations.
The petition urges the EPA to exert their authority to prohibit fluoridation additives in drinking water, noting that their own Guidelines for Neurotoxicity Risk Assessment shows:1
“In fact,” the petition states, “the amount of fluoride now regularly consumed by many people in fluoridated areas exceeds the doses repeatedly linked to IQ loss and other neurotoxic effects; with certain subpopulations standing at elevated risk of harm, including infants, young children, elderly populations and those with dietary deficiencies, renal impairment and/or genetic predispositions.”2
As for fluoride’s effects on the brain, in 2014 Lancet Neurology released a study, authored by a Harvard doctor, among others, that classified fluoride as a developmental neurotoxin.3 It wasn’t the first time.......
Allegedly, this shocking paedo-ring news item from Norway is being TOTALLY IGNORED by the six mainstream media companies who own and coordinate the public face of the Global News Networks around the world.
The year-long (Norwegian police) investigation named “Operation Darkroom,” has so far resulted in the seizure of 150 terabytes of child porn involving young children and babies, with top politicians, lawyers and authorities implicated in the scandal. [source YNW]
A popular Linkedin post that was written on December 8 claimed the end of the Bitcoin network was coming. In fact, the post that has since been deleted was supposedly created by ‘MIT fintech alumni’ and stated a significant “stress test” was coming to attack the Bitcoin blockchain on Monday, December 12. However, the editorial seems to be a hoax, as nothing emerged from the creators of Forcecoin.
Monday, December 12 was supposed to be doomsday for the cryptocurrency bitcoin, according to a recently deleted Linkedin story. When the article was published, its author made sure it was seen across various social media platforms such as Reddit. The report classified Bitcoin as a “tulip” craze and stated that it was a “fundamentally flawed virtual currency.” According to the author a series of “global automated tests” were set to spam the Bitcoin network and show the world the digital asset “cannot be used as a store of wealth.”
“It’s time for it to make way for a better designed, more compliant, and more secure system as a global digital currency,” explained the so-called creators...
For STAT, Judith Graham reports that regulators “are poised to enact new restrictions on psychiatry’s most controversial treatment, electroconvulsive therapy, which treats people with acute mental illnesses by sending a seizure-inducing jolt of electricity through their brains.”
Today’s chart is going to look a little strange. Overnight action was pretty volatile, and that has made the chart a little bit distorted. Specifically, price ran up towards the 800 flat mark that we highlighted last night as being one to watch. Once it hit highs just ahead of this level, price reversed sharply, … Continue reading Bitcoin Price Watch; Plenty of Volatility
I didn’t enjoy Brussels sprouts until college and even then only after coming across a restaurant that served them in a rich bacon butter. Studies show that it’s not uncommon for certain complex flavors to slowly be acquired over time. It may take up to eight times tasting a food or drink before you begin to like it. (Think about kids’ reactions when they first encounter coffee, beer, or sushi and you’ve got a pretty good idea about this phenomenon.) But kids who are exposed to and try a wide variety of vegetables on their plates (even if they don’t always finish them!) have better lifetime eating habits, as they will acquire those difficult/unusual tastes earlier.
We regularly cook Brussels sprouts at our house. My kids don’t always clean their plates, but the following recipes are pretty great at getting them to eat a few bites of this highly nutritious veggie. As an added bonus, two of these dishes will take you less than 15 minutes to make from start to finish.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH BACON AND RAISINS
Remember what I said about the bacon trick? This dish makes use of a little bit of bacon and a handful of raisins to add a rich, complex. Kids who love a little sweetness will appreciate the flavor balancing that happens in this hearty side dish. Goes great with a steak.
Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain and let cool.
While bacon cools, add Brussels sprouts to drippings in skil...
Das Künstlerkollektiv AnonyMouse hat in der schwedischen Stadt Malmö winzige Geschäfte für Mäuse eröffnet. Verteilt in der Stadt wurden in den letzten Tagen gleich mehrere Shops, Cafés und Bars auf den Straßen installiert. Die kleinen Geschäfte sind speziell auf die Bedürfnisse von Mäusen ausgerichtet. In den Warenauslagen liegen echter Käse und Nüsse, es gibt Mini-Stühle und Tische und Licht, das nachts die Geschäfte beleuchtet. Ein von AnonyMouse (@anonymouse_mmx) gepostetes Foto am 25. Nov 2016 um 17:05 Uhr Hinter den Street Art Installationen steckt das schwedische Künstlerkollektiv AnonyMouse. Bislang sind die Installation nur in Malmö aufgetaucht. Vermutlich werden aber bald noch mehr Mäuseshops in anderen Städten eröffnet. Die Mäuse werden sich sicherlich freuen. Ein von AnonyMouse (@anonymouse_mmx) gepostetes Foto am 7. Dez 2016 um 10:42 Uhr Ein von AnonyMouse (@anonymouse_mmx) gepostetes Foto am 17. Okt 2016 um 9:31 Uhr Bilder: AnonyMouse (Mit freundlicher Genehmigung) @anonymouse_mmx bei Instagram
Der Beitrag AnonyMouse Kollektiv eröffnet winzige Geschäfte und Cafés für Mäuse in Schweden erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.
On the agenda for tomorrow’s ARAG meeting (14/12/2106):
You are invited to stay after the formal part of the meeting to celebrate our efforts and share some Christmas cheer. Bring something to drink and/or some nibbles to share!
Meeting starts at 7pm, at Alexandria Town Hall, Garden St.
In other news:
Luminous Landscape had a chat with Hasselblad CEO. We finally got an answer about why the camera shipment has been delayed multiple times: Hasselblad had the problem of how to ramp up manufacturing, and how to fix issues in firmware…
The ICO for the innovative BitConnect coin is heading towards the end of 2017 with a head of steam, generating great interest and market invetsment. Over 1 million BitConnect coins have already been purchased, with early adopters gaining up to 40% bonuses, as people are gaining over 1000 BCC per BTC. The pre-sale has maintained solid market demand as it nears … Continue reading BITCONNECT COIN ICO APPROACHES 1000 BTC RAISED DURING PRESALE
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Social media 'giants' - owned by the same Elite cabal - systematically suppressing and blocking David Icke's information because that which controls them is terrified of his gathering effect "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"
Facebook statistics show that only 5-10% of David Icke’s 700k+ Facebook followers actually see his posts and so the number of followers falls, and ‘likes’ are regularly and systematically deleted in blocks, while interest in his information explodes worldwide. Clearly something doesn’t add up here and algorithms and blocking processes are at work. Twitter has become next to useless, too. Over the last 12 months David has had 17.7 million YouTube video views (average 48,000 per day), but of that only 38,000 views in the annual total came from links on Twitter (average 104 per day). You would get more shouting in the street. We should be viewing the mainstream social media in the same way that we do mainstream television, radio and newspapers. They have no interest whatsoever in providing a fair platform for information because they are owned by the very Elite forces of suppression and control that want to silence all dissent and alternative views which challenge the agenda of human enslavement. The only places to get David Icke’s information uncensored – Davidicke.com, his books and his Worldwide Wake-Up Tour Please circulate, far and wide This is the link to share …
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US agency that seeks to make payments faster from 2017 concludes: Speeding up banks' fiat payments poses increased risks of losses while Bitcoin's equivalent is foolproof.]]>
“One of the projects I was assigned to involved a drug that was targeted at women. The graphics and general style of the website made it clear that the client wanted to specifically target teenage girls,” Bill Sourour writes for freeCodeCamp. “One of the features of this website was a quiz that asked girls a series of questions and recommended a type of drug based on their answers. Remember, this website was posing as a general information site. It was not clearly an advertisement for any particular drug.”
Am Himmel fliegen immer mehr Drohnen – nicht nur aus Spaß und Hobby, sondern auch für Forschung, privater und staatlicher Überwachung und vor allem im Sinne der vermeintlichen Sicherheit. Vor einigen Wochen haben wir schon einmal über einen DIY Raspberry Pi WiFi-Störer geschrieben, mit dem sich Drohnen vom Himmel holen lassen. Die Selbstbau-Variante, die man mit ein bisschen technischem Geschick für ein paar Euro selber bauen kann, stört das WiFi-Signal der Steuerung und zwingt die Drohnen so zum Landen. Bilder: Drone Shield (Mit freundlicher Genehmigung) Eine US-amerikanische Firma hat nun eine seriell gefertigte DroneGun auf den Markt gebracht. Mit der DroneGun, die zwar aussieht wie ein Gewehr, aber nur mit Funksignalen arbeitet, lassen sich Drohnen gewaltfrei vom Himmel holen. Durch eine Richtantenne wird das GPS Signal der Drohne gestört, und zwingt diese so zum Landen. Die meisten Drohnen kehren bei der Störung des GPS-Signal automatisch zum Ausgangspunkt zurück. Die Drohnen-Kanone wird zwar bereits seriell gefertigt und verkauft, ist allerdings nicht zugelassen, weder für den freien Gebrauch in den USA, noch in Deutschland. Die Firma Drone Schield hat sich auf die Abwehr von Drohnen spezialisiert und wird damit sicherlich auf ziemlich viel Interesse stoßen.
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President-elect Donald Trump on Monday said he would appoint Gary Cohn, a longtime Goldman Sachs executive, to lead the powerful National Economic Council, giving the Wall Street insider a key job in developing the new administration’s economic policy. The position, which does not require Senate confirmation, can be as influential as the treasury secretary or other Cabinet posts, and Trump said in a statement that Cohn would be his “top economic adviser.” “Gary Cohn is going to put his talents as a highly successful businessman to work for the American people,” Trump said in the statement. “He will help craft economic policies that will grow wages for our workers, stop the exodus of jobs overseas and create many great new opportunities for Americans who have been struggling.” Read more: Goldman Sachs takes over US financial policy as Trump names its president to head National Economic Council
I have the option of staying in my comfortable little bubble during this rise of white nationalism and of hate crimes. I have the option of doing nothing---of fading into the background.
‘Islamic State militants used a break in the US-led coalition’s advance against them to launch offensive in Palmyra, while counting on the fact that Russia will not conduct airstrikes on residential areas, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The setback shows that terrorists should not be given the opportunity to regroup. “Seizing on the suspension of active military action near Al-Raqqah till spring by the US and international coalition, Islamic State devoted considerable forces to storm Palmyra,” the ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said on Monday. Konashenkov said that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists knew that the Russian Air Force would not conduct airstrikes in Palmyra’s residential areas, and “used that to reinforce their attacks.”’ Read more:Thousands of ISIS terrorists given free passage across US ‘coalition’ land to retake Syrian city of Palmyra
‘Speaking to RT on the advance of ISIS militants from Mosul toward Palmyra, Virginia Senator Richard Black (R) expressed doubt that the US-led coalition could have overlooked such a regrouping, pointing to possible interests of the US and regional players. Given that the territory between areas occupied by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Palmyra is a “very barren” rocky desert, “it is unconceivable that the American-led collation could not have seen this massive army moving towards Palmyra,” Senator Black told RT. “I was surprised that ISIS was able to attack Palmyra. It’s important to recognize that the distance from ISIS-held territory [to] Palmyra is approximately 100 miles,” added the senator, who has repeatedly voiced support for Syrian President Bashar Assad in battling the jihadists.’ Read more: ISIS used as tool by Saudis, US & Turkey when it suits their interests – US senator
‘Chinese media warned Donald Trump that the one-China policy is “non-negotiable” and dropping it could lead to Beijing supporting US enemies, after the President-elect said he might do so unless Beijing made concessions. “The one-China policy cannot be traded,” an unsigned online commentary in the nationalistic Global Times said Monday, calling Trump “as ignorant of diplomacy as a child”. It warned that if the US openly supports Taiwan’s independence and ramps up arms sales to the democratically self-ruled island, China could aid “forces hostile to the US”.’ Read more: China warns Trump supporting Taiwan independence could lead to hostile action against US ‘The Coming War on China’ – John Pilger on his newest film
We tend to experience misunderstandings and communication failures in such abundance that we may find ourselves looking up at the sky and stars and saying, “What the hell is going on?”
‘Liberman goes on to draw three conclusions as the solutions for ending the crisis in the Middle East. The second conclusion is clearly a call to attack the sovereignty of the independent countries. Liberman says, “many of the countries in the Middle East were established artificially, as a result of the Sykes-Picot Agreement and based on colonial considerations that did not take into account the pattern of inhabitance and the deep sectarian rifts within the respective societies. Thus, to genuinely solve the region’s problems, borders will have to be altered, specifically in countries like Syria and Iraq. Boundaries need to be redrawn between Sunnis, Shia and other communities to diminish sectarian strife and to enable the emergence of states that will enjoy internal legitimacy. It is a mistake to think that these states can survive in their current borders.’ Read more: Israel’s Defense Minister Outlines Plan to Divide Syria and Iraq along Sectarian Lines – the plan all along
‘In a development with the shocking potential to upend the U.S. presidential election, ten Electoral College electors have requested further insight into President-Elect Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia to determine “whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States.” Led by Christine Pelosi, daughter of Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi, the group of ten electors penned an open letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, stating: Allegations that Donald Trump was receiving assistance from a hostile foreign power to win the election began months before Election Day. When presented with information that the Russian government was interfering in the election through the course of the campaign, both in private briefings and public assessment, Donald Trump rejected it, refused to condemn it, and continued to accept their help. Donald Trump even made a direct plea to the Russian government to interfere further in the election in a press conference on July 27, saying, ‘Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.’’ Read more: Electoral College To Determine If ‘Trump Is Fit To Serve As President’ On Fake News Of Russia Hacks
84 percent of unwanted clothes in the United States in 2012 went into either a landfill or an incinerator.”
David Icke - Where Did Christmas Come From? Well, Not Jesus For A Start
The year 2016 has not been overly positive for the SWIFT payment network. More than a year after the system was used to steal US%81m from the Bank of Bangladesh, security vulnerabilities are still present. Despite issuing a warning to partner banks on November 2nd, the network threat remains “very persistent” and will not go … Continue reading SWIFT Messaging Network Remains Vulnerable To Hacking And Cyber Theft
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‘British Chancellor Philip Hammond has called for a delay to completing the Brexit process, saying it might otherwise pose “risks to financial stability.” Hammond said Monday that “an emerging view among businesses, among regulators and among thoughtful politicians” necessitated a transitional deal after Brexit. A slower process “would tend towards a smoother transition and would run less risks of disruption, including – crucially – risks to financial stability, which must be a very real concern,” he noted.’ Read more: Hammond: Delay Brexit for risks to financial stability
‘British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has turned down former-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s bid for extra resources as his total cost to the taxpayer hits almost £3 million a year, it has been reported. Blair recently requested further access to additional equipment and staff, the Sun reports. He presented the demands to Johnson, who has to sign off all ex-premiers’ state spending as part of his Cabinet job, during a face-to-face Whitehall meeting in October. Blair asked for more armored cars and escort vehicles, as well as drivers to operate them, for his work in the Middle East. He also asked for diplomatic number plates to be installed on the vehicles. Officials estimated the extra resources to be worth an additional £100,000 (US$125,000) a year. The request comes despite Blair no longer having any official role in the Middle East, after giving up the job of special envoy to the quartet – the UN, US, EU and Russia – in May last year.’ Read more: Boris Johnson rejects Tony Blair’s request for increase on £3 million taxpayer funding
A few weeks ago I started to write something about my sense of a youth sector, which seems to inhabit parallel universes, one in which smug ‘selfies’ with Tory Ministers circulate, whilst in the other the Tories’ assault on youth work not of its liking continues unabated. As I collect material on this phenomenon the task is getting out of hand. Perhaps, for what it’s worth, it will see the light of day in the New Year. In the meantime I’ll post some of the ‘cuttings’ informing my ruminations.
Mark Rogers, who runs the biggest council in England, said the effects of six years of austerity meant Birmingham’s youth service had “all but gone”, homelessness prevention services had been cut by so much that rough sleeping had quadrupled, and far fewer elderly people were eligible for care at home.
The council has almost halved its headcount since 2008, from around 24,000 to 12,500, and says staff numbers could be as low as 8,000 by 2020. By that point the council will have made £800m worth of cuts since the era of austerity began in 2010, and expects to have lost 50% of its grant from central government.
Rogers also highlighted cuts to council youth services. “The youth service has all but gone. In 2010 it would have been seen as one of the exemplar programmes in the country, we would have had dozens of youth services. Now we hav...
The Richie Allen Show on Davidicke.com: Fetzer - '#Pizzagate Is Real, I can Prove It & Why Fake News Is About Destroying Alternative Media'
‘The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has warned that kids in Yemen are suffering from highest ever recorded rates of malnutrition amid scarcity of food supplies due to Saudi Arabia’s devastating military campaign against its southern neighbor. UNICEF said in a report published on its website on Monday that nearly 2.2 million children in Yemen were acutely malnourished and needed urgent care, adding that most of them, around 1.7 million, were suffering from moderate acute malnutrition. The UN agency said close to half a million children in Yemen were also grappling with severe acute malnutrition, adding that the figure showed a drastic increase of almost 200 percent, compared to what was recorded in 2014.’ Read more: Yemeni children suffering from all-time high malnutrition: UNICEF
‘Over the next 20 years, Bill Gates and 19 other investors and technology leaders will put more than one billion dollars (£793 million) into a new fund aiming to solve climate change-related problems. Breakthrough Energy Ventures will invest in technologies which are set to “reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least half a gigaton” and that have “existing scientific proof of concept”. The fund, which also includes Alibaba founder Jack Ma, Richard Branson, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, will officially launch today and will start making investments in 2017. Its main aim will be to develop technologies that can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.’ Read more: Bill Gates leads $1 billion venture fund to tackle climate change
‘Britain has handed £274 million to a controversial climate change organisation and admits it doesn’t even know what it was spent on. The foreign aid donation to the Strategic Climate Fund was agreed so the Government can can meet its pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on foreign aid. The fund runs projects in Haiti, Yemen and Cambodia but the United States has warned it might stop sending aid to these countries because their governments are considered among the most corrupt in the world.’ Read more: Officials are unable to track £274 million given in foreign aid to a controversial climate change organisation set up by George Bush
The Richie Allen Show on Davidicke.com: Alison Weir - 'Theresa May Criminalising Antisemitism Shows That Boycotting Israeli Goods Is Working'
‘The town of Blackpool, located on the northwest coast of England, began distributing fluoridated milk to about 8000 primary school children, after The Blackpool Town Council approved the program in early 2016. Fluoridated milk is now available via the town’s free school breakfast program. This program aims to address the problem of tooth health in children, and the Council states that half of the 12-year-olds in Blackpool have at least one decayed, missing or filled tooth, whereas the average for England is 33%, and 41% of 5-year-olds in Blackpool have tooth decay, 13% higher than the national average. Despite the plan’s roll out, there are many opponents to mass medication via programs such as milk fluoridation.’ Read more: British Town Mass-Medicating School Children with Free Fluoridated Milk
Phantom Self is now available for immediate shipping Worldwide! Phantom Self now shipping immediately Click here to secure a copy for immediate despatch … Includes what David calls ‘the most important chapter I have ever written’. Deeper in the rabbit hole than ever before, solution-based and right up with current events.
‘We had better recognize, today rather than tomorrow, that deception, lies and hypocrisy are now endemic in the great majority of political institutions of this planet. They are so institutionally ingrained within the established patterns of behavior on display in Westminster, Washington and Warsaw – not to mention Brussels, Berlin and Barcelona – that one can hardly fail to reach the conclusion that the ability to lie convincingly has become the key factor in determining personal advancement within the party-political pyramid. Much of this deceit is jaw droppingly opaque. To the extent that we are told that white is black, war is peace and slavery is freedom. No exaggeration.’ Read more: The Politics Of Deception
‘The influential publication The Economist released its traditional end of year edition where it predicts events of the coming year. The 2017 edition is presented in a very occult fashion: A tarot deck modified with cryptic symbols.’ Read more: The Economist’s ‘The World in 2017’ Makes Grim Predictions Using Cryptic Tarot Cards
‘The United States, despite often advertising itself as the world’s “most developed” nation, has a major problem with homelessness, with approximately 3.5 million currently living with no place to call home. Even though vacant houses outnumber the nation’s homeless by more than five to one, most of them end up sleeping in public places or out in the street. In cities around the country, the homeless are frequently criminalized as are those who offer them food and other forms of human kindness. Despite the widespread maltreatment of the homeless, judges in San Francisco have been dismissing thousands upon thousands of arrest warrants targeting the homeless because “it was the right thing to do.”’ Read more: San Francisco Judges Dismiss 66,000 Arrest Warrants Against The City’s Homeless
Interactive: A visualization of migrant deaths in Arizona, 2001-2016. Data courtesy of Humane Borders and Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner.
By the early 6th century, the Western Roman Empire had effectively come to an end after the deposition of the final emperor and the installation of Germanic kings. Under the second such ruler, Theodoric the Great, emerged one of the most influential works of literature of the European Middle Ages: The Consolation of Philosophy. Its author, senator and philosopher Boethius, wrote the text while imprisoned and awaiting execution.
A conversation the despondent author has with his muse, Lady Philosophy, the book seeks the nature of happiness and the nature of God, in the midst of great loss, disgrace, and tyranny. The Consolation of Philosophy belongs to a long tradition of prison literature that extends to Don Quixote, “Civil Disobedience,” and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Almost a thousand years after Boethius’s 524 execution, one late Medieval reader of his book—perhaps inspired by the text, or not—left the drawing you see above on the last page of a 15th century English illuminated manuscript.
Such doodling was common practice at the time, notes Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel. Blank pages in manuscripts “often filled up with pen trials, notes, doodles, or drawings.” But this particular doodle “is not what you’d expect: a full-...
‘Situated at the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, Temple Square is the spiritual, cultural and administrative center of the Mormon faith. This ten acres plot of land includes a Temple, a domed tabernacle and numerous buildings, monuments and memorials. While this place may seem holy and wholesome, a closer look at the structures reveal the presence of occult, pagan and masonic symbols. A deeper study of those grounds only adds to the controversy regarding Mormonism and reveals the disturbing truth about its real god.’ Read more: Sinister Sites – Temple Square, Utah
Visit our website now: http://www.billstill.com - considered by informed insiders’ as THE ultimate resource for fixing the National Debt problem and surviving Economic or Financial Collapse/Crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about Washington and today’s United States Political Climate. Good morning, I’m still reporting on Why We Can’t Trust Obama’s CIA! Good evening, I’m still reporting on the Obama CIA. My old friend, Joe Farah, head of WND (WorldNetDaily), has just published a wonderful piece on why we should not trust the CIA’s anonymous source that determined that not only did a hacker connected to the Russian leadership steal the DNC emails, but that this anonymous source even determined that the reason this Russian hacker did it was to help get Donald Trump elected. In SR 1393, I laid out four reasons we shouldn’t trust the Washington Post article that broke this story. But Joe Farah laid out in excellent detail in this article why we can’t trust the CIA because of its leader or DCIA – Director of CIA – John Brennan. Farah speaks from his deep knowledge derived from having followed this story for the last 8 years. He opens with a quote from Ambassador John Bolton – who will most likely be tapped to be the new Assist. Sec. of State sometime today – Tuesday. “I believe intelligence has been politicized in the Obama administration to a very significant degree.” Brennan is a bad actor and has been for some time. When he was sworn in as DCIA not with his hand on a Bible, but on a copy of the original draft of the US Constitution without the Bill of Rights. In other words, without the restrictions on the federal government preventing a citizen’s rights to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom or religion and the right to keep and bear arms. In his 1980 graduate thesis at the Univ. of Texas at Austin, Brennan argued against freedom of the press, and for the federal government being able to censor out inflammatory articles that could evoke rebellion. “I am in favor of some degree of government censorship. Inflammatory articles can provoke mass opposition and possible violence, especially in developing political systems.” According to a November 2012 Wikileaks email dump, it was Brennan who was behind the “witch hunt” of journalists who reported embarrassing Obama administration leaks. Last month, Brennan warned Donald Trump that scrapping the nuclear deal with Iran would be “the height of folly”. This year, Brennan even admitted supporting the old perpetual communist party candidate, Gus Hall in the 1976 presidential election. Brennan is arguably a supporter – if not a member – of the Muslim Brotherhood. For years, Brennan has met with Brotherhood officials and participates in their events. In 2009 he was their keynote speaker. Why? According to former top FBI experts on Islam, Brennan converted to Islam years ago in Saudi Arabia. Brennan has remained a closet Muslim during his tenure at CIA and has been recruited by the...
Visit our website now: http://www.billstill.com - considered by informed insiders’ as THE ultimate resource for fixing the National Debt problem and surviving Economic or Financial Collapse/Crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about Washington and today’s United States Political Climate. Good evening, I’m still reporting on Stein Loses in Court - Pennsylvania Certifies Results Good evening, I’m still reporting on Jill Stein. Poor Jill Stein – her name is about to fade from the American memory because tomorrow is the deadline for states to certify their election results or their states are not counted in the Electoral College a week from today. A Federal Judge in Pennsylvania blocked any further efforts to pursue Jill Stein’s recount in the keystone state. Hours later, Pennsylvania certified its existing presidential election results as a 44,000 vote win for Donald Trump. In Michigan, another federal judge blocked the Michigan recount. In Wisconsin, the recount has been finished and Trump gained an additional 162 votes over Hillary Clinton. So, in the end, $7.2 million was spent by Jill Stein on her recount attempts and the net result was +162 votes for Donald Trump. I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillStill http://billstills.blogspot.in/ https://twitter.com/billstill https://www.facebook.com/BillStillOfficial https://www.pinterest.com/billstills/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/billstill http://billstills.tumblr.com/ https://billstills.wordpress.com/ https://www.diigo.com/profile/billstill https://www.reddit.com/user/billstills/ http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/billstillss Consider becoming a cherished sponsor: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3204630 https://youtu.be/C-M8vs1F4Z8
‘Indiana residents are defying a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union challenging a cross that tops a Christmas tree in their town square. Knightstown residents were upset after the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of resident Joseph Tompkins, who claimed the lit cross atop the evergreen tree in the town square violates his First Amendment rights. “There are no other holiday decorations on the square,” the lawsuit, obtained by Infowars, states. “The cross is the best known symbol of Christianity and Knightstown’s prominent display of this symbol represents an establishment of religion in violation of the First Amendment to the US Constitution.”’ Read more: Town Fights Back After ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Christmas Tree-topper
Visit our website now: http://www.billstill.com - considered by informed insiders’ as THE ultimate resource for fixing the National Debt problem and surviving Economic or Financial Collapse/Crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about Washington and today’s United States Political Climate. Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on Dr. Ben Carson on How to Beat The New World Order But first, Beth got me an early Christmas gift. I’m not into novelty items, but this is just too good. Make Christmas great again. And just let me take this opportunity to applaud Bill O’reilly who has stood up for saying Merry Christmas for several years on his show. We are going to celebrate our holiday and not be afraid to greet everyone we meet with this greeting in the spirit of love and peace towards all humankind – Merry Christmas. Now, to Dr. Carson. Here’s a little 2 minute 50 second clip of Dr. Ben Carson that I got from a YouTube Channel called @admtrainee. It’s of Dr. Carson speaking in a church – apparently Australia – probably within the last few months. Beth was asked to be Dr. Carson’s county coordinator very early on – perhaps late 2014. But as soon as we saw him speak, we knew that he was too weak to win against the magnitude of the forces of darkness that would go all-in to win this election. Even Donald Trump – the most disruptive presidential candidate in my lifetime - barely had the strength to win. No one in American history has put the level of work as Trump did in his last 2-week blitz across this nation. I’m not sure Dr. Carson – even now – recognizes what his role is. He and Mike Huckabee are the conscience of party. And thank God, Dr. Carson agreed to take on one of the most difficult jobs in the new Trump administration, Sec. of Housing and Urban Development. America needs him to take this job and America needs him to stand on the elevated watchtower and speak his mind as the Trump presidency unfolds. And what Dr. Carson is about to say from this pulpit strikes at the very heart of the evil that has taken over our nation that we must now roll back. [insert] I’ve never heard this interpretation before. If anyone knows the scriptures to which Dr. Carson is referring, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington. Connect with Bill Still: https://www.youtube.com/user/bstill3 https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillStill http://billstills.blogspot.in/ https://twitter.com/billstill https://www.facebook.com/BillStillOfficial https://www.pinterest.com/billstills/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/bills........
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GENEVA, Switzerland, December 12, 2016 — EverdreamSoft (EDS), the Swiss-based mobile game developer who recently partnered with All 4 Games , is proud to announce the mobile soft-launch of their flagship title Spells of Genesis (SoG) on Dec. 13.
“We are hard at work, together with our producer, All 4 Games, to launch Spells of Genesis for both iOS and Android”
said Shaban Shaame, CEO at EverdreamSoft.
EverdreamSoft is pioneering true ownership of digital assets for their players, while building a precedent for Bitcoin blockchain integration into gaming. Spells of Genesis mixes trading card game aspects, bringing deck collection and strategy, with arcade game principles.
Following guidance from All 4 Games, EDS has decided to soft-launch in Canada and Switzerland first.
“We have done our best to produce a solid release in the hope that the community will continue to offer their support beyond this hugely important milestone for us, all the way to the eventual full launch,” said Shaame.
“Since the very beginning of the project, we have been developing Spells of Genesis in close collaboration with the community...
‘The Bible’s book of Galatians, VI teaches, “as you sow, so shall you reap”. And for Saudi Arabia, which has overtly and covertly supported rebellions in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Ethiopia, Philippines, and Lebanon that have led to civil wars and inter-religious strife, the day of reckoning may soon be at hand. The present Saudi king, Salman bin Abdul Aziz, is the last of the sons of the first Saudi king, Abdul Aziz al Saud, who will ever sit on the Saudi throne. After Salman dies, Saudi leadership will pass to a new generation of Saudi royals. But not all the descendants of the first Saudi king are happy about how the future succession may turn out.’ Read more: The Coming Fracture of Saudi Arabia
The U.S may soon have 3D printed homes, and a new partnership are claiming they will be created in just one day. Construction company Sunconomy have teamed up with Russian 3D printers Apis Cor and their 3D concrete printer and realize this ambition. Larry Haines, founder of Sunconomy, wants the public to join them on a “revolutionary journey to build affordable, smart, sustainable housing with Apis Cor’s new 3D concrete printer “. Sunconomy are currently crowd-funding for this project with a goal of over $500,000.
Statistics are generally pretty boring, but when pirates come into play it’s an entirely different story.
Yesterday, numerous self-respecting news publications ‘reported’ that Amazon’s Top Gear ‘inspired’ series “The Grand Tour” is now the most pirated TV-show ever, beating Game of Thrones, which held this title for nearly a decade.
While it sounds exciting, it’s not really true.
Admittingly, collecting piracy statistics is far from an exact science. However, even when we look at publicly available data it’s obvious The Grand Tour is no competition for Game of Thrones.
The confusion started with a report from the bastion of quality news reporting, The Daily Mail. “Clarkson’s TV comeback becomes the most illegally downloaded show in history,” it claimed.
The report cites data from piracy monitoring firm MUSO and suggests that the first episode was illegally downloaded 7.9 million times. More than any other show in history, the company’s chief commercial officer claimed.
“It is the most illegally downloaded programme ever. It is off the scale in terms of volume. It has overtaken every big show, including Game Of Thrones, for the totals across different platforms,” MUSO’s Chris Elkins said.
While we’re not going to dispute this number directly, the “most downloaded” claim is nonsense. First of all, it would be virtually impossible for any new show to be the most downloaded ever if it’s up against those that have been available for years.
But, let’s assume that we’re talking about downloads on a weekly basis. Even then, the signs are pretty bad. Looking at the most recent list of most pirated TV-shows on The Pirate Bay shows that several other shows currently outrank The Grand Tour by a wide margin, The Walking Dead in particular.
In addition, recent streaming data from several of the most popular streaming sites online places The Grand Tour behind The Walking Dead, which traditionally is far less popular than Game of Thrones.
TorrentFreak has kept a close eye on the most-shared torrents for The Grand Tour, which get roughly 20,000 people sharing simultaneously at their peak. Peanuts compared to Game of Thrones’ record, which sits at over a quarter million.
Some interesting things have been happening in the oceans recently, with movements of naval vessels for various purposes around the world. In October, for example, Russia deployed eight ships to the Mediterranean to support Syria in its fight against Islamic jihadist rebels, an action condemned by the governments and media of some countries in the US-NATO military alliance...
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‘UK drones are to be equipped with the much-vaunted Brimstone missiles which were used to justify involvement in Syria but then barely used, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. The Brimstone missile, which the UK military claims is particularly accurate, will be used by Britain’s ‘Protector’ drones, rebranded last year from their actual name: Predators. The missile was famously framed as having such a unique capability that it was essential to the US-led combat effort in Syria, a point used to sway the 2015 parliamentary vote to extend the UK’s operations into the war-torn country.’ Read more: Drones to be equipped with Britain’s much-vaunted but barely used, Brimstone missiles
Some versions of Netgear routers remain affected by a security flaw that could be exploited by hackers to gain root access on the device and remotely run code. On Friday, a researcher who used the online moniker AceW0rm released a proof-of-concept code exploit because Netgear hasn’t replied to his ethical disclosure.
AceW0rm privately disclosed the flaw to Netgear in August but he did not receive any response from the company.
— Acew0rm (@Acew0rm1) 11 dicembre 2016
In a first time, security experts warned of serious security issues in two Netgear routers, the Netgear R7000 and R6400 routers but the situation is worst.
Netgear now as publicly admitted the vulnerability and informed its customer that it is aware of the issue.
“NETGEAR is aware of the security issue #582384 that allows unauthenticated web pages to pass form input directly to the command-line interface. A remote attacker can potentially inject arbitrary commands which are then executed by the system.” reads the Security Advisory for VU 582384 published by Netgear.
The company informed its customers that the following products are vulnerable:
The routers belong to Netgear’s Nighthawk line of home routers.
The CERT/CC at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University published an advisory to confirm that the vulnerability is quite easy to exploit and suggested to discontinue the use of the routers waiting for a patch.
“Exploiting this vulnerability is trivial. Users who have the option of doing so should strongly consider discontinuing use of affected devices until a fix is made available.” reads the advisory published by the CERT.
The exploitation of the flaw is quite simple, at...
‘Tony Blair “believes that the arc of history still bends towards progress and enlightenment,” a recent profile in the New Statesman proclaimed. The former prime minister’s casual attire and views on the popular TV show “Strictly Come Dancing” were carefully noted by the London weekly, eager to publicize his re-engagement in British politics. Blair’s reverential interviewer did not shy away completely from the Iraq war, yet seemed more concerned about its effects on Blair’s own wellbeing than about its actual victims. By using the phrase “arc of history,” the interviewer was probably invoking Martin Luther King’s aphorism “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.” A reputedly serious magazine twisted the words of a civil rights leader to laud a war criminal.’ Read more: Who pulled Tony Blair’s strings?
A joke about the lack of Brussels sprouts in post-Brexit Christmas dinners has been revealed as the funniest gag in a competition to write the best modern Christmas cracker joke, with a fifth of people naming it their favourite.
Puns about the performance of Roy Hodgson’s World Cup team, Jeremy’s Corbyn’s collapsing cabinet and the hours of Sports Direct workers also made it into the Top 10 list; as voted for by the public as part of a competition by UKTV’s comedy channel Gold to find the best new modern Christmas cracker jokes for the fourth year running.
The Top 20 funniest festive jokes for 2016 are revealed:
After retreat from Palmyra, the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) turned the Tyas Airbase into a key defence locality to repel ISIS attacks and to prepare a new operation to take back Palmyra from terrorists.
The post Detailed Look At Military Situation In The Area Of Tyas Airbase West Of Palmyra (Map Update) appeared first on .
Nobody Won the 2016 Election
Elections have consequences, as the cliché goes, and those consequences are unpredictable, perhaps never more unpredictable than when no one wins the election — but someone takes office anyway. When that happens, the country is largely defenseless, as we learned so disastrously in 2000.
That was when we had five unprincipled Supreme Court justices to thank for promoting an actual (but uncounted) loser to the presidency. George W. Bush proceeded to reward the country’s wary trust by blithely ignoring warnings of a terrorist attack, then using 9/11 to jingo up the fear-laden public mood and urge us to go shopping while he (and a complicit Democratic Congress) started wars that have yet to end. (For reasons having nothing to do with decency or justice, Nancy Pelosi led the opposition to impeaching this war-criminal president.) For extra credit, Bush presided over a bipartisan wave of unchecked criminal capitalism that brought the economy to its knees and Democrats to the White House.
That didn’t help. Barack Obama used his “mandate” for hope and change to bail out the criminal capitalists and protect them from prosecution. With Nancy Pelosi’s collusion, he squandered whatever opportunity there was for an effective, single-payer health system, preferring to build a Rube Goldberg construct that coddles insurance companies without even insuring everyone. Obama provided little hope or change to Guantanamo inmates or drone victims, but he left war criminals and torturers unpunished (including himself, of course), while expanding Bush-era wars to other countries.
Now we have a wartime president-elect who didn’t win, and who goes unchallenged by the popular-vote leader who also lost. Roughly half the country is freaking out at the prospect of a future that seems as inherently dangerous and unfair as it is inevitable. Now those freaking out over a Trump presidency have some idea how some Republicans felt six months ago at the prospect of a Trump nomination (although #NeverTrump is as dead as the idea of acting on principle).
Since November 8, much of the country seems to have spiraled into a slough of despond, feeling helpless, directionless, uncomprehending and hopeless. Even the apparent winners seem joyless in their success, their triumph marked less by celebration than by anger, epithets, Nazi graffiti, shootings, and mad tweets. It’s as if everyone knows that there’s no one prepared or qualified to take power, but they’re going to take it anyway, and take it no one knows where.
Whatever we do, we’re along for the ride
There is, as yet, no organized resistance, although there seems to be a widespread, disorganized desire to resist. None of the establishment authorities, for all that some bewail the triumph of Trump, are act...
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