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A major winter storm is affecting the Japanese archipelago Japan this week. The storm is producing typhoon-force winds and prolonged, intense sea-effect snow. Extreme amounts of snow have fallen in parts of Japan and claimed lives of at least 2 people. More than 40...... Read more »
CAO BANG CITY, Vietnam – Vietnam is home to some of the world’s most endangered primates, many of which live in the country’s mountainous, heavily forested far-northern provinces. Among the 25 most critically endangered monkeys, apes and lemurs in the world, three species are endemic to northern Vietnam. The country tied with Indonesia for the second-most species after Madagascar’s five, according to the most recent biannual report put out in 2015 by global primate experts. The at-risk species in Vietnam include the Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri), Cat Ba langur (Trachypithecus poliocephalus) and the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus). The first of those species made headlines last August when Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Vietnam announced the discovery of the world’s second-largest population of Delacour’s langurs in a forest in the country’s far north, numbering around 40 individuals. These regions hug the border with China and are among the most remote, undeveloped parts of the country. That presents major challenges for species conservation, including for the rare primates that live there. There is also the impact of humans to contend with. Local communities in these areas tend to use the forest for resources, including firewood to cook or for livestock grazing. Hoang Van Lam, country program manager at FFI Vietnam, explains that this impacts the primates living nearby. “[The local communities] may not hunt the primates directly, but whatever they do underneath the canopy disturbs the lives of the primates,” Lam said. “This is the main challenge to [the primates].” They…
Nutella lovers can continue to indulge in the chocolate-hazelnut spread without fear of health risks from the palm oil it contains, according to the product’s manufacturer, Ferrero. In October, the Italian confectioner began running advertisements on television assuring the Italian public of the safety and quality of one of its flagship products and has reportedly also purchased ad space in several newspapers with a similar message. The campaign is an apparent response to warnings by a European food safety organization that several substances found in refined palm oil could be carcinogenic. Much of the controversy around palm oil in recent years has centered on its reported impact on deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions as the world’s most popular vegetable oil. Meanwhile, concerns about how healthy it is have simmered in the background. That is, until tensions boiled over in May 2016 when the European Food Safety Authority published research about contaminants that result from the refining process used for palm oil and other vegetable oils in EFSA Journal. [caption id="attachment_192429" align="alignnone" width="765"] The edge of recently cleared rainforest in Peru for a commercial oil palm plantation. Photo by John C. Cannon[/caption] The authors of the study found that heating certain vegetable oils to temperatures of 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit) induces the formation of the fatty acid esters of glycidyl (GE), 3-monochloropropanediol and 2-monochloropropanediol. According to the Singapore-based agribusiness giant Wilmar International, the final step of refining palm oil involves heating it to 240 to 260 degrees C (464 to 500 degrees F) to…
The various posters made by Shepard Fairey for this week’s Inauguration in Washington, DC (via Kickstarter)
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing to utilize blockchain technology in securing the transmission and storage of data collected by security cameras, sensors and internal databases.
The model-photographer duo Victoria Yore and Terrence Drysdale are always on the move. Together, they’re known for their Follow Me Away project and recently enchanted us with their fairy tale images of Oregon. In the short time since, Yore and Drysdale packed their bags for Iceland to explore what the picturesque country had to offer. Like other Follow Me Away series, every photograph is simultaneously stunning and mystifying. The grandiose settings will take your breath away.
“All images are shot with me wearing the same dress,” Yore told us in an email. Through this glamorous—and surprisingly rugged—ensemble, she leads us through turquoise fields of ice and white-capped mountains. These particular shots are some of the most mesmerizing photos in the whole series. Drysdale has a knack for capturing light at just the right moment, and it bathes the ground in a brilliant color spectrum—from fiery oranges to tranquil cerulean.
The frigid temperatures, however, weren’t all that Yore and Drysdale saw. Demonstrating the incredible diversity of Iceland, they also ventured to grassy rolling hills and sculptural rock formations. As Yore maneuvers along an uncertain terrain, we can’t help but feel she’s a character in a book, embarking on an epic journey.
Detroit is making a name for itself as the badlands of America once more - but this time round, it’s all about Bitcoin ATM crime.
Bailey Reutzel speaks to the controversial pair behind Bitcoin Uncensored and tries to separate their truths from their blockchain industry trolling.
Benvenuto Cellini, “Nude of Fear” (n.d.), bronze, height 32 cm, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence (image via Web Gallery of Art)
Yesterday, Hyperallergic Weekend began its new series, Drawing in a Time of Fear & Lies, with “Various Dismal Futures” (2016) by William Powhida.
The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
—James Branch Cabell
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
—H. L. Mencken
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
—T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
Humor is an almost physiological response to fear.
Scorching my seared heart with a pain, not hell shall make me fear again.
—Edgar Allan Poe, Tamerlane
Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?
Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire....
This practice can remind us that we need not escape from our reality, even when it is sprinkled with doubt...
Here are five tips to help you create the space and sense of freedom to welcome true creative fulfillment into your life:
This past week the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Nigeria has warned its residents about virtual currency investments. The agency’s warning has bundled bitcoin investment with two Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) operations well known for deceptive activities.
On January 12, the Nigeria’s SEC issued a statement cautioning citizens from investing in digital tokens such as Bitcoin, Onecoin, and Swisscoin. SEC details the public should be aware that these investments are “risky by nature” and some of them are “fraudulent pyramid schemes.” The Nigerian authorities state in the public notice:
The public is hereby advised to exercise extreme caution with regard to digital (cryptocurrencies) as a vehicle of investments.
The news comes after the well known Ponzi MMM Nigeria has become increasingly popular in the country. MLM and pyramid-like schemes have been catching the eyes of the country’s financial authorities as law enforcement agencies worldwide begin to investigate these operations.
Sadly the authorities have placed bitcoin alongside two shady businesses, Onecoin and Swisscoin, which both practice MLM techniques. Bitcoin is not a pyramid scheme, Ponzi, and proponents are not recruiting people for rewards. Unlike Swisscoin and Onecoin the cryptocurrency is studied by academic leaders, used by citizens voluntarily, and is a real peer-to-peer decentralized network.
Writing about the global financial system that, however falteringly, commands the world at present, David Graeber remarks, “In part, these systems work because no one knows how they really work.” No wonder that few things inspire as much persistent paranoia as banking. In this case, a little paranoia might not be such a bad thing, but I presume that one of Graeber’s main reasons for writing this remarkable book was the hope that shedding a little light on how money got to be what it is might help transform the system. Debt is extraordinarily complicated and erudite — a work of historical synthesis of even greater scope than, say, Fernand Braudel’s three volumes on the development of capitalism between 1400 to 1800 or Perry Anderson’s diptych on Europe’s historical development from antiquity to feudalism (though Graeber is, by trade, an anthropologist rather than a historian). From its complexities emerge a number of simple, vitally significant points—for instance, that states foster markets because “modern money is based on government debt, and that governments borrow money to finance wars.” It’s a book not only of anthropology, of history, of economics, but also of philosophy: to read it is to reconsider your sense of such basic ideas as freedom, guilt, and equality, as well as money, credit, and, of course, debt. Back in the spring, reading Maurizio Lazzarato’s book-length essay, The Making of the Indebted Man, I was impressed by his idea (derived from Nietzsche) “that the paradigm of the social lies not in exchange (economic and/or symbolic) but in credit.” Graeber confirms this in a way, but contests Lazzarato’s Nietzschean conclusion that “there is no equality of exchange underlying social relations, but rather an asymmetry of debt/credit.” On the contrary, Graeber claims that the study of simple societies shows that “the obligation to share […] tends to become the basis of everyday morality in a society whose members see themselves as equals.” It is only on the foundation of this “baseline communism,” an assumption of reciprocity in which no accounts are kept, that systems of exchange and of hierarchy are erected. When exchange is tallied — when it is attached to a numerical measure of equivalence — then deb...
To seek intellectual inspiration, budding writers often turn to the works of the world’s most celebrated authors. While flipping through their most beloved books is a good start, the Mark Twain House & Museum has a better idea: why not share their workspace? Recently, the museum has announced plans to open Mark Twain’s library to the public, inviting literature-loving writers to quite literally follow in Twain’s footsteps.
Nestled in Twain’s gorgeous Hartford home, the library is both beautiful and highly historic. It is between its bookshelves where Twain penned The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, an iconic pair of American classics still widely read today. Though stepping foot on such holy grounds may seem out of the question, the museum has opted to not only allow visitors to walk through the library, but to work in it, too.
As you can imagine, slots for a seat at such a well-known writing desk are extremely limited. In 2017, the museum will hold only 4 sessions. Each one is 3-hours long and costs $50. Writers must work in pencil or on a device—though, there is no Wi-Fi and outlets for charging any gadgets and gizmos are nowhere to be found in the 19th-century reading room.
If you are lucky enough to reserve a spot in the legendary library, however, the museum promises a peaceful and quiet environment free of distraction. “Feel inspired by the beautiful sounds of the fountain in the family conservatory,” its website describes. “Rest your eyes upon Twain’s bookshelves as you ponder your next word. You’ll spend three hours of quiet in the historic library of our very own Sam Clemens. No doubt you’ll begin your own masterpiece.” Still, if its serene surroundings aren’t enough to keep you focused, its lack of Internet is sure to do the trick!
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A craft beer company and an ad agency brewed up a brilliant idea to save marine life if six-pack rings end up in the ocean. Are you aware that 80% of the plastic humans throw away ends up in the oceans? The sad reality is made worse when one learns that, as a result, billions of pounds of plastic are now swirling in convergences in the seas. In fact, 40% of earth's total ocean mass is now covered by plastic
According to Greenpeace, approximately 70% of Seabirds and 80% of Sea Turtles are now ingesting plastic. As a result,1,000,000 birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles are dying each year.
The movie Snowden by Oliver Stone performs a masterful job in
depicting efforts by the National Security Agency (NSA) in
comprehensively gathering up electronic communications between
people and organizations in the U.S. and all over the world. Stone
correctly displays the routine violation of U.S. constitutional
rights such practices entail, and why Edward Snowden was
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There have been dozens of obituaries for Nat Hentoff over the past week. He was memorialized in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and anywhere else a person could hope to be, with obituaries detailing his intellectual prowess and expertise on a myriad of subjects. Despite the plethora of responses to his passing, I cannot help but wonder how he is going to be remembered, and indeed if he is going to be remembered in the long run. Hentoff was a producer, not a star, nor even the type of director who gave himself an occasional cameo. History is not much good for remembering producers, despite the fact that no shows go on without them. Hentoff wrote himself out of many of his works and used a light touch in his interviews in order to focus entirely on the people he interviewed: their stories, their lives, their voices. This is what makes those pieces so rich. It’s why his subjects trusted him. He was a good listener. One of the best, it seems.
I dwelled on the “elegant riffs and the sweet harmonies” in the Times obituary: “the legendary jazz writer and civil libertarian who called himself a troublemaker and proved it with a shelf of books and a mountain of essays on free speech, wayward politics, elegant riffs and the sweet harmonies of the Constitution died on Saturday [at age 91] at his home in Manhattan … surrounded by his family members and listening to Billie Holiday.”
Hentoff worked at the Village Voice for fifty years, alongside a handful of agile writers populating their independent America with flair, teeth, and supple sentences. For my cohorts and me, they changed journalism.
Hentoff’s art was to highlight the art of others and he was so successful that he is in danger of being left out of the stories he stepped aside to make room for.
Any way you want to look at it he was prolific. There are many strands of Nat Hentoff, which, in both scope and depth, are hard to wrap your head around.
by Wes Annac; Wake Up World
An out-of-body experience (OBE) is precisely what the name suggests: an experience where your consciousness is separate from your body, which frees you to roam an open world while the body remains unconscious. It’s a common experience that’s linked to lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis.
Your experience with OBEs, lucid dreams, and similar dream-related phenomena depends on your mindset and the level of control you’re able to exert over your surroundings. Conscious sleep paralysis, on the other hand, is almost always a negative experience.
Sleep Paralysis, Lucid Dreams, and OBEs
by Healthy Food House
This time of the season, even though we are all celebrating and enjoying the holidays, it is also the time of the flu, so you need to try and prevents its symptoms, such as coughing, sore throat, and sniffling.
Numerous people immediately reach towards lozenges, but even though they fight a cough successfully, they are high in dangerous chemicals that lead to other side effects and do not address the root of the problem.
Even though a cough can be quite irritating, but it is a natural reflex, whose purpose is beneficial, as it clears the large passages from microbes, secretions, microbes and foreign particles.
Sally Hazelet Drummond, “No Trace” (1973), oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches (all images courtesy Alexandre Gallery)
In the summer of 1952, a handful of artists started the Tanager Gallery, the first artist-run cooperative on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In the fall of 1953, the gallery moved a few blocks north, to 90 East Tenth Street, where Willem de Kooning had a studio. The Tanager Gallery ran for a decade, closing in the summer of 1962, around the time Pop Art and Minimalism began grabbing much of the art world’s attention. By then de Kooning had moved to another studio, and would soon move out of New York.
During the decade that the Tanager Gallery operated, a number of other artist-run galleries opened on Tenth Street, and many artists got their start in this vibrant, non-commercial scene. It was also during this time that Clement Greenberg came up with the derisive term, “Tenth Street Touch,” which he later claimed in his essay “Post Painterly Abstraction,” “spread through abstract painting like a blight during the 1950s.” Greenberg was speaking about “The stroke left by a loaded brush or knife.” In other words, anything that smacked of de Kooning, Franz Kline, or gestural abstraction. The problem with Greenberg’s memorable dismissal is that a lot of artists who showed on Tenth Street were doing something that bore little or no resemblance to de Kooning’s work, but for various reasons paid a price for it.
Which brings me to the subject of this review — the pairing of Lois Dodd and Sally Hazelet Drummond in adjoining solo exhibitions, Lois Dodd: Early Paintings and Sally Hazelet Drummond: Selected Paintings at Alexandre Gallery. The Dodd exhibition runs from January 7 through February 25, while the Drummond exhibition closes on February 11. Their joint exhibition is meant to coincide with...
Cryptocurrencies can be exchanged within a peer-to-peer environment, without relying on 3rd intermediary parties. Although exchange of value is possible using a single cryptocurrency, exchange of values across various coins’ blockchains is currently not possible without utilization of some sort of an intermediary party, such as cryptocurrency exchanges. To overcome this problem, a patent was introduced proposing an innovative system and method for exchanging value across multiple blockchains. So, if A has bitcoin, he/she can exchange them for another coin, e.g. monero, via using the proposed system without going into a centralized exchange service, or any other “middlemen”.
The hash algorithms for different cryptocurrencies are highly variable, which accounts for the difficulty underlying exchange of value using different cryptocurrencies. For instance, bitcoin has an SHA-256 hashing algorithm that is designed to produce 32 bit words, or solutions. The SHA-256 proof of work (PoW) hashing algorithm represents a function that is CPU bound. On the other hand, other coins, e.g. monero, has a CryptoNight hashing algorithm whose function is memory bound, rather than CPU bound. There are currently hundreds of cryptocurrencies and as such, there are tens of hashing algorithms. Consequently, each coin has a specific inner algorithm and produces a blockchain with a distinctive size, up to 512 bit words.
Moreover, the software solutions available presently cannot perform efficient dynamic pricing prediction of various cryptocurrencies and aren’t capable of effectively working across more than 2 blockchains simultaneously. Accordingly, it might be necessary to perform translation of cryptocurrency addresses and/or mapping to execute transactions efficiently across multiple blockchains.
An Overview of The Problems Solved By The Invention:
The proposed innovation provides a system that can perform translation of cryprocurrency destination addresses and mapping between two or more coins. The protocol of the system is designed to provide a way for allocating multiple asset accounts, whether in the form of cryptocurrencies or tangible assets, to a single entity that can be represented by a single private key.
According to the patent, the system provides an improved system for transacting various cryptocurrencies. It is also designed to permit the initiation of at least a single transaction across more than one blockchain simultaneously. It is also coded to provide improved means for assigning value or dynamically pr...
by John Douillard; LifeSpa
Some 50 to 70 million Americans have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, and new research has linked numerous health concerns to poor sleep. Brain lymphatics drain three pounds of toxins each year during sleep. The worse you sleep, the less efficiently the brain drains, and the less the brain drains, the less likely you will get a good night’s sleep. (1,2)
It is clear that the many shades of stress can dramatically affect one’s ability to sleep. Stress can alter the circadian clock, throw off blood sugar, flood the body with stress hormones, disturb the production of neurotransmitters, alter the microbiome and deplete the body’s energy reserves — all factors linked to healthy sleep.
Ayurveda suggests that sleep issues are linked to the body lacking energy reserves, rather than having too much energy. The Ayurvedic strategy for sleep is not to sedate an already exhausted body, but to rejuvenate and rebuild its reserves so that the body has the energy it needs to sedate itself and sleep deeply, naturally.
by Derrick Broze; Activist Post
A federal agency has officially recommended further studies into two areas of geoengineering weather modification techniques.
Earlier this month the U.S. Global Change Research Program quietly recommended new studies looking into two specific areas of research involving the controversial technology known as geoengineering. The GCRP involves thirteen different federal departments and agencies. The program was created by a presidential initiative in 1989 and became law as part of the Global Change Research Act of 1990. The law called for new research to help “assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.”
Len thought that it must have been when he extended the cable on his then-new CD player that the wire stripper last saw action. ‘The Hitachi. That would have been in the previous flat, before we moved out of the city. Haven’t even got the CD player any more. Thing must have packed up 10 years ago’ he muttered.
Blowing the dust from the stripper, Len found that the rubberised non-slip handles showed no signs of perishing and still felt good in his hands. He repeatedly squeezed the handles, noticing how the spring action ran smoothly and silently. Still flexing, Len mentally scoped his house, trying to think of any electrical cables that needed shortening. Realising that he’d probably never use the wire stripper again, he carefully replaced it in his toolbox.
Jean Follett, “3 Black Bottles” (1958), mixed media on wood, 11 2/3 x 19 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches, The American College of Greece Art Collection, Athens, gift of Takis Efstathiou Photo: Nicholas Papananias
Once upon a time, the art world — at least as it existed in downtown New York in the 1950s — was diverse in myriad ways. I mean, when is the last time you went to a big group show and came across a gaggle of Asian sounding names: Yayoi Kusama, Leo Valledor, Yoko Ono, Nanae Momiyama, Robert Kobayashi, Walasse Ting, and Tadaaki Kuwayama. How many Asians were included in The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, which was at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (December 14, 2014–April 5, 2015)? What happened between the mid-1960s and the present, a little more than a half-century? Did Asians stop painting and go into computer programming? Hollywood erases Asians faster than you can say anime, and so does the art world, it seems.
These are just some of the questions spurred by the exhibition, Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965 at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University (January 10–April 1, 2017), which was curated by Melissa Rachleff, who has done an amazing and thorough job.
Rachleff deserves our thanks for amassing a wide and wild range of material, from art works to documentary photographs to gallery ephemera. She has managed to allot discrete areas to a variety of artist-run galleries and groups in what is a difficult space to organize. Rachleff seems to have left no stone unturned. Driven by curiosity, this is curatorial practice at its best.
For anyone who has come across the name Jean Follett, you can see two wall pieces by her in this exhibition, one of which is in a little-known collection in Athens, Greece. Follet, who studied with Hans Hoffman, began applying layers of paint to found objects placed in a shallow box, to which she added more objects. They are shadow boxes but they are not. They don’t look like anythi...
Recently, newspapers across the nation prominently promoted an Associated Press story stating that Russia interfered in our presidential election. It stated that the U.S. Intelligence chief, James Clapper testified about the “hacking” and other actions by Russia using RT Russia Today, social media and fake news to promote their views. It should be noted that Clapper also admitted that Russia did not actually change any vote tallies.
It appears that rogue members of the CIA, the neocons and their liberal war- hawk partners, which include much of the mainstream media and legislators like RINO John McCain and Lindsay Graham, are attempting to convince the American people that the U.S. may need to engage in WWIII with Russia. The implication here is that President elect Trump is stupid and un-American for not believing our intelligence agencies and may need to be impeached shortly after the sworn in ceremony.
The Trump presidency, which will concentrate on promoting peace instead of war, will greatly reduce the illicit war profits of the international bankers and military industrial complex companies, and this will result in huge rewards for the American people.
Let’s first define the terms. A “hack” is when someone breaks into your computer or computer network and a “leak” is when an insider secretly releases private and confidential information. The CIA [who has lied in the past] asserts that Russia hacked the DNC and John Podesta email accounts while Julian Assange of WikiLeaks [who have a 10 year record of perfect truthfulness] stated they were not leaked by Russia and insinuated that a DNC insider leaked the emails. Missing from this debate is that most people are ignoring that the emails are legitimate and they expose all kinds of criminal wrongdoings by the DNC and Hillary Clinton. Most notable are the admissions of stealing the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders and giving it to Clinton.
Our intelligence agencies have a long history of using lies, deception and covert activities in order to orchestrate coups and assassinations of political leaders. They are experts at using technology, psychological operations and propaganda to influence elections.
There seems to be an agenda to make Russia our enemy, as our government and the CIA is totally ignoring the irrefutable fact that Saudi Arabia has donated tens of millions of dollars to the Clintons and thereby was trying to influence the outcome of our election. Yet they are ignored.
Russia is not a threat to the United States. The Soviet Union, at one time did pose a threat to the United States. Marxist ideology fomented worldwide revolution and sought the extermination of capitalism. The United States was USSR’s greatest enemy. But Russia no longer embraces Communism; the Cold War is over. President Putin has not threatened the United States.....
Very much enjoyed reading this piece. It was a very helpful read for me, and perhaps it will assist a few in “crossing over” the river of the Variety of Energies we are on right now. Definitely aligns with the last post. Stop trying to oppose the energies and the transformation occurring right now… rather, rise up with them.
“A word on the time we are going through now and our election that has many in fear and angst. It will be a new wonderful Divine World as Divine Intervention has taken place. According to Dr Richard London, the Akashic Records said Donald Trump would be the next president. The purpose is he is the seed for economic transformation as we move into abundance and a peaceful society. Our economic situation must change. The selection of Trump by the angels is for a specific purpose… to seed the transformational change on the earth.
“We just busted apart old structures that Hillary was a part of. People do not want more of an old broke system. It was about two different energies and not living up to integrity…not being honest. Much of what Trump...
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I was at a televised event recently during which a documentary about mental health problems — part of the BBC’s largely execrable All in The Mind strand — received two prestigious awards. The producer of the documentary made a gracious acceptance speech during which the old trope about battling the stigma associated with these ‘terrible diseases’ was trotted out, as was the ubiquitous (and, ironically, stigmatising) ‘1 in 4’ figure. The subject of the documentary — a TV celebrity who had worked his way through a gruelling bout of depression — also took the stage. In a clip from his film he likened his use of psychoactive drugs to taking “A cool drink of water after a drought.”
I put my head in my hands at that point, not because I dispute his personal narrative — he is the expert in his own experience and the important thing is that he feels better — but because that line is so memorable. It is a lyrical distillation of all the pharmaceutical industry would like us to believe. Had I been the manufacturer of his medication I would have put it on my product the next day and waited for sales to soar! But my frustration was also due to the fact that, once again, a reductive, medically-driven view of mental health problems was being given a public platform and the people watching were being misinformed – if not by design then by omission.
Thus I ended 2016 as I started it: listening to a celebrity reducing the complex interplay between society and the psyche to a matter of simple biology. The celebrity I encountered earlier in 2016 is a much more powerful figure in the world of mental health: Ruby Wax.
I have been aware of Ruby Wax for a long time. She is a difficult person to ignore. This ferocious American virago first entered my consciousness in the early Eighties, in TV shows such as Girls on Top. Later, in the Ruby Wax Meets series, she proved herself to be an overly-familiar but highly effective interviewer, teasing revelations and reactions out of a wide-range of startled celebrities such as Madonna, Imelda Marcos and Donald Trump. More recently, she has evolved into an influential mental health campaigner and lecturer — and has received an OBE (an honour bestowed by the Queen) for her efforts.
Mental health is a complex field within which there is room for a range of voices. Ruby Wax is as well-qualified to contribute towards it as anyone else. In fact, she has what I consider to be the best qualification to work in mental health: personal experience. She is very candid about her prolonged and painful bouts of depression. Her extensive personal experience has been strengthened by academic insight. She has a Master’s degree in mindfulness-based cognitive behaviour therapy from Oxford University. Consequently, whenever our media focuses its butterfly mind upon the subject of mental health, before flitting on to more colourf...
‘Nearly 19 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the UN, but the worst of the civilian impact of the two-year civil war in the country has fallen on the district of Tuhayat on the Red Sea coast. As RT’s Arabic-language crew visited the area, they witnessed scenes of chaos – as locals scrambled to acquire food – and quiet desperation, with many residents swollen with hunger, waiting for outside help, or resigned to their fate. Salem is an eight-year-old boy, though like many in similar struggling areas around the world, he looks small enough to be mistaken for a toddler. “We have no energy left, and I have no money with which to treat my child,” says his mother, admitting that the boy is severely malnourished, just one of more than 1.5 million children suffering from the same fate in the country, according to the United Nations.’ Read more: ‘No food, no medicine, no money’: Yemeni town faces mass death by starvation
Developers often build and test their applications in temporary server environments called cloud or virtual servers, from infrastructure providers such as Amazon, Digital Ocean, and the bitcoin-accepting Vultr. A new service has been launched to help developers deploy servers instantly, anonymously, and pay for them with bitcoin.
Signing up for one of the infrastructure providers usually requires opening up a browser window to sign up and giving away personal information, especially if a credit card is used for payments. With many steps required to sign up, the process is not instant by any means. For developers who usually prefer to use command-line window for speed, signing up for these services is a tedious process.
Bitcoiner Teran McKinney found a solution for developers. The full-stack developer who lives in El Paso, Texas, launched a service called Sporestack this week, allowing developers to deploy servers with bitcoin, while remaining anonymous. The service is purely API driven and requires no accounts.
Using Sporestock, developers can sign up for a Vultr virtual server instantly using the command line interface. Using bitcoin to pay gives no personal information away. McKinney described that the service is:
Handy for development, quick VPNs, network test servers, or building out a whole infrastructure on microservices.
‘Protesters have gathered on the streets of Tel Aviv, calling for the resignation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over growing allegations of corruption. “You take from the poor to give to the rich,” and “Send Netanyahu to prison” were among the slogans the demonstrators chanted during their Saturday march. Netanyahu is currently under investigation for several separate charges of corruption. One involves him allegedly proposing commercial favors to an Israeli newspaper owner in return for positive coverage. Last week, a recording emerged of Netanyahu offering the owner of the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper a reduction in the circulation of the pro-Netanyahu newspaper, Israel Hayom, if Arnon Mozes’ paper took a more favorable stance towards him. A drop in the circulation of Hayom would be a direct benefit to Mozes as it is his main rival in advertising revenues.’ Read more: Protesters call on Netanyahu to resign over corruption allegations
‘The ‘One China’ principle acknowledging that there is only one Chinese government is non-negotiable and the ultimate basis for US-China relations, China’s Foreign Ministry said in response to US President-elect Donald Trump’s comments. The Chinese ministry also called on “relevant parties” in the US to recognize the sensitivity of the Taiwan issue in a statement that came as a response to the remarks Trump made in the interview with the Wall Street Journal. In an hour-long interview on Friday, Trump said that he may consider ending the long-standing agreement with China on relations with Taiwan. “Everything is under negotiation, including ‘one China,’” Trump said during the interview.’ Read more: Beijing to Trump: ‘One China’ principle non-negotiable
Freedom Road - The Human Journey - David Icke (1998)
‘One of the many side stories that has been lost in the chaos of the Trump transition is the fact that far-right Islamophobe Frank Gaffney has been serving as a foreign policy adviser. Considering President-elect Donald Trump’s views about Muslims, this isn’t too surprising. Trump’s shallow understanding of the issue of Islamist extremism has obviously been gleaned from the right-wing fever swamps and Gaffney owns that end of the bog. (The Southern Poverty Law Center has posted a full Gaffney dossier.) But with all the excitement over Trump’s various mounting scandals, Gaffney’s influence has flown under the radar, at least until this week. That’s when one of his close associates went to Capitol Hill to testify at his CIA director confirmation hearing. That’s right, Trump’s nominee to run the Central Intelligence Agency, Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas, is a Gaffney guy.’ Read more: Meet Mike Pompeo, the Far-Right Christian Zealot Who Will Lead Trump’s CIA
‘Donald Trump has announced another Goldman Sachs insider will join his administration. Anthony Scaramucci, also know as “The Mooch,” will serve as Donald Trump’s liaison to the financial class. The former hedge fund ringmaster will likely occupy Valerie Jarrett’s Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. Steve Bannon, Steven Mnuchin (who will head up the Treasury), Gary Cohn, and Jay Clayton worked for Goldman Sachs. How is the anti-establishment establishment supposed to fulfill its promise to restore the economy if its top people are former banksters and hedge fund managers?’ Read more: Trump Recruits Another Goldman Sachs Banker
‘China and Vietnam have promised to settle their differences regarding territorial claims in the South China Sea and to safeguard peace in the region, the two countries said in a joint communique. Then statement came after Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Saturday. The communique, released by China’s Xinhua news agency after the talks, described the discussions of bilateral relations by the top officials as “candid.”’ Read more: China and Vietnam pledge to settle differences over South China Sea claims
It’s very clear to me that an “eruption” has occurred, of all sorts of energies… all at once. Yes, primarily since that “USA election thing”. Ever since then frantic types of this’s and thats are coming up, and coming out into full view.
What a wonderful time this is for all of us, at least for me, since I’ve found I must allow (or, “Be okay with”) expressions that may or may not be mine, but apparently these must express. And if I am going to “move on up”, I cannot judge those expressions. Just let them be.
We’re all learning from whatever we are going through right now. The total energetic picture is seemingly so varied, and so seemingly “out there” sometimes… well, and it helps me when I understand that all of this must come out. Especially the stuff that gets in the way of ascension… aka, rising in vibration. I’ve had several of those opportunities the last couple days… and my response has been based on a sense of “brotherh...
‘“The Lobby”, the Al-Jazeerah expose of the Israeli Embassy and the Jewish Lobby infiltration into British politics is a landmark in journalism. It seems that Qatari TV outsmarted Israeli intelligence in the UK and beyond. In the program, an undercover journalist named ‘Robin’ managed to infiltrate into the corridors of the Jewish lobby in Britain, secured the trust of a senior Israeli intelligence officer and, most importantly, managed to reveal the depths of Israeli interference in British politics. We learned how Israel and its lobby plot against Britain and the Brits. In the program, Shai Masot, an Israeli official was caught on camera conspiring to “bring down” a British minister.’ Read more: Why Did the Al-Jazeera Expose Fail?
‘Undercover video shot by Al Jazeera reveals the lengths to which some leaders of the UK’s influential pro-Israel networks will go to discredit their critics. Part three of The Lobby, broadcast on Friday night, shows the chairperson of Labour Friends of Israel falsely claiming a Palestine Solidarity Campaign supporter had abused her with anti-Semitism. Speaking to an undercover reporter who she thought was a pro-Israel activist, lawmaker Joan Ryan claimed the PSC activist had said Labour Friends of Israel was a route to getting a job at a bank in the City, London’s financial district.’ UK, israeli lobby, uk mps, zionists, anti semitism
Cryptic as often the case with these, my view of this one is that certain pathways are closed… “Closures are finished”. We are indeed in a period of erupting “volcanics” (exposures, call-outs of the dark, etc.), which to me implies spectacular exposures of hidden volcanoes.
There’s more to this, I’m sure, but those are major points, from my end.
Light BEings are strengthened as closures are finished.
Handles are removed.
Flares of assistance are launched.
Cosmics come to the rescue for the I AM willing.
Spectaculars from Volcanics surface.
‘The leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, says has plans similar to those of US President-elect Donald Trump to challenge the United Kingdom’s “rigged” political system. In an address on Saturday morning, Corbyn said the Leave campaign, which won the Brexit vote on June 23, and Trump “both recognized the system was broken and the people weren’t being listened to.” “Recognizing that your car won’t start, however, is one thing, knowing how to fix it is another. Labour is going to call time on this rigged system. Because power is in the wrong hands,” Corbyn said in his speech to the Fabian Society conference, during which he used the word “rigged” for ten times.’ Read more: Corbyn imitates Trump in pledge to tackle UK ‘rigged’ system
'Bombshell Revelations' Point to Ongoing Poisoning of Grassy
Narrows People | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the
Progressive Community: The reporting, published Thursday, said
that soil samples collected by volunteers from the organization
Earthroots as well as The Star reporters were found to contain
"hundreds of times the level of mercury found in a nearby
uncontaminated site," the organization said Friday.
"Mercury contamination, a serious health risk, has plagued the indigenous community in northern Ontario for decades," The Star reported. "Dangerous and persistently high levels of mercury in the sediment and fish in the river system suggest there is an ongoing source, but the province has denied the possibility that the site of the old mill—100 kilometres upstream from Grassy Narrows—could be responsible."
Brian Atkins, a 45 year-old telecommunications enginner from Watford, today shocked the internet community by announcing that his ham and pineapple pizza with a garlic bread accompanyment had been delivered to him successfully by Luigi’s Pizza and Kebabs, also from Watford.
Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee wept uncontrollably as he described how his idea to develop a global communications network has at last delivered the results he has waited-for for so long ‘I can’t believe it’ said Berners-Lee ‘At first I hoped that the network would be used to help scientific advances and to speed-up the development of cancer cures through the global sharing of information, but when I heard that Brian’s pizza and garlic bread had arrived safely I was just overwhelmed.’
Twitter addicts were also buoyed by Atkins’s announcement ‘It’s fantastic news’ said Twitter CEO Evan Williams ‘Although having examined his tweets for the past two days I’m concerned that he’s only had one crap, and I hope the pizza doesn’t add to his digestive congestion.’
When interviewed Atkins said that in his haste to announce the safe delivery of his pizza through Twitter he had neglected to tip the delivery driver but said that ‘It didn’t really matter, in fact my pizza was also topped with a free bonus from Luigi’s, which I think was a kind of guacamole but only a bit more slimy and full of bubbles. The guy who delivered it also had a really bad cold, but that didn’t stop him offering first class customer service.’
‘Ideally I would have liked to announce that the free diet coke had also arrived successfully, but I ran out of characters. Still that’s the price you have to pay for being an early adopter of advanced technologies’ said Atkins.
15th January 2010
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. Donald Trump's Top Priorities Survey - Part 2 Good evening, I’m still reporting on the economy. XIn the 30-question survey the Trump Transition Team sent out earlier this week, #2 is “Repeal and replace ObamaCare. #2. This is not a top priority of mine. Although ObamaCare is collapsing, if we don’t fix a few other things first, we’ll never need a sophisticated, complicated health care system – because there won’t be a system – or a civilization – to collapse. I wish I didn’t have to give this a “Low Priority” because it’s more important than that, but there is no other choice with this poorly-designed survey. #3. Appoint a strong constitutionalist to the Supreme Court in the mold of the Justice Antonin Scalia. This gets a very high priority in my book. This will restore a conservative 5-4 majority on the high court. Just think, Trump may get to pick 2 or 3 more times over 8 years. That would make a 7-to-2 – or an 8-to-1 conservative majority – and that majority will be able to shape the court for the next 30 or 40 years! And think about the advances in life-extension 30 years from now – so it could be - let’s say at least into 2050. With any luck, we could see a majority among the Supremes into the next century! #4. Sign into law the Senate’s existing bill to build the keystone pipeline. Heck yeah! Take the power of the Arab states away! And although I am a certified part Cherokee, this notion among the Indians of North Dakota that a pipeline on – or even near - their property - is not in accord with the harmony of Mother Nature is crazy talk by a small, but vocal minority of misguided folks. I can remember the same arguments by natives of Northern Alaska who tried to stop the Alaska pipeline. Now every Alaskan gets a nice big, fat check every year from the state which is their share of the rent, and there is not a single Alaskan who would vote against it today. Wise up. #5. And here’s the economics part. Introducing infrastructure package to modernize our country.Sure, spending the nation’s money to revamp our infrastructure is, but not if you have to borrow the money! And there is no question that the money will have to be borrowed because Mr. Trump still struggles over the notion of one basic concept: state money versus bank money! But it doesn’t have to be this way! Why would you go out and take a loan, if you didn’t have to? This is madness! There’s nothing new about state money. Just like bank money, you do have to watch out for inflation. You do have to control the quantity. But at least you have some say in the matter when State money is involved. Look at the poor nations of the European Union that got hoodwinked into the Euro. The Euro is....
The government is prepared to abandon the single market, customs union and the European Court of Justice in order to achieve a clean break with the EU, Theresa May is expected to say this week. The Prime Minister will also call for “an end to the division” which has maintained a hold over the country since the referendum, in a speech which is expected to give the most detailed insight yet into her approach to the forthcoming talks with Brussels. Read more: Hard Brexit: Theresa May to announce withdrawal from single market to get ‘clean break’ from EU
Visit our website at http://www.billstill.com Read This Report: http://www.billstill.com/reports/cia-dems-deep-state-hate-trump/ Considered by informed insiders’ as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and today’s United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Good morning, I’m still reporting on the invasion. Glenn Greenwald on the CIA & Dems vs Trump Good Morning, I’m still reporting on the invasion. Last night on Fox, Tucker Carlson interviewed Glenn Greenwald on his recent story in The Intercept entitled The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer. Greenwald charged that the recent un-sourced allegations about Donald Trump in Russia is the work of the American intelligence community. Greenwald goes on to state that the Democrats are now desperately supporting any negative dirt on Trump – including unsourced commercially contrived – and flat out fake news - designed to weaken Trump as much as possible before he becomes president. The reason is obvious; once inaugurated, Trump’s cabinet appointees will move swiftly to clean out the intelligence community of folks who have been abusing their power by having their security clearances pulled, thus ending their careers all together. And rightly so. Remember this guy, Dan Gabriel. He was the self-proclaimed ex-CIA operative who worked for Sen. Ted Cruz and engineered the Cruz “win” in the Iowa primary by circulating the false rumor on caucus night that Dr. Ben Carson had dropped out of the race and was throwing his support to Cruz? Let’s face it, every major nation does what it can to support candidates that will be supportive of their nation post-election. That’s been a fact of spying throughout all of human history. However, when a nation’s intelligence agents turn on the president – or, in this case, the president-elect - that is not only clearly illegal, ii may be treasonous as well. That’s why Trump must clean house and the bad guys know it. Therefor they are extending their election fight in support of Hillary Clinton – right up to the minute President Trump is sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol one week from today at high noon. Other writers have called this deep state battle royale for power in United States as essentially a coup d’état attempt – a battle that President Donald Trump is destined to win. Incidentally, Glen Greenwald was the primary reporter responsible for publishing the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden on the depth of NSA spying on American citizens. [insert] But I think this goes beyond a battle over Syrian policy. The sordid truth is that President Obama appointed several of his intelligence chiefs who were recent converts to a certain group that is responsible for what I have dubbed “the invasion”. Could it be that these intel chiefs are playing....
Stephane Dujarric, the Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, said that South Sudanese Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Martin Lumoro, confirmed that “in line with the relevant Security Council resolutions the government would continue to facilitate the deployment of the regional force”.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) had started talks with the government to reinforce its ranks in order to help stabilize the country.
UNMISS said it entered talks with the transitional government to specify where the new regional protection force will be deployed in the capital, Juba.
But earlier in the week, a spokesman for South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that his government would no longer accept 4,000 additional UN peacekeepers proposed last August and agreed by the Security Council.
In November, the South Sudan government had sent by communique to the Security Council its “unconditional” consent to the deployment of the Regional Protection Force.
“In renewing the UNMISS mandate, including the deployment of the Regional Protection Force, the Security Council reaffirmed its determination that the security situation in South Sudan remains fragile, with serious consequences for the civilian population in South Sudan,” the UN said.
South Sudan, the world’s youngest independent nation, has seen civil war for much of its 5 years in existence.
The security situation in South Sudan, which celebrated its fifth independence anniversary on July 9, began to deteriorate on December 15, 2013 when Kiir accused Machar of masterminding a coup attempt. Some reports said that members of the Presidential Guard loyal to Machar engaged in a gun battle with security forces supporting Kiir.
Hostilities erupted when other supporters of the two men, from rival tribes, clashed in Juba.
In late December, the UN Security Council rejected a US-drafted resolution imposing an arms embargo and more sanctions on South Sudan.....
Identity released of victim in well pad workplace death on Thursday
Middlebourne, WV — The identity of a man fatally injured at a Tyler County oil-and-gas well site Thursday morning has been released.
Hunter D. Osborn, 19, of Lewis County, died at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown on Thursday from injuries he suffered after he was struck by a truck, then pinned between the truck and a stationary object, Tyler County Sheriff’s Lt. Shannon M. Huffman said in a press release.
“He was treated at the scene by emergency personnel and was airlifted to the hospital, where later on Thursday he succumbed to his injuries,” Huffman said.
Osborn was employed by U.S. Well Services of Jane Lew. An equipment operator, Osborn was injured while acting as a spotter for a tractor-trailer carrying a load of sand, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Leni Fortson.
“The victim was pinned between a tractor-trailer and sand silo while the truck was backing to off-load the sand,” Fortson said.
OSHA’s investigation is ongoing, and the agency will release its findings within six month, according to Fortson.
“U.S. Well Services is currently investigating a very unfortunate accident that occurred yesterday which resulted in the death of one of our employees,” Human Resources Director Dean Fullerton said Friday.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of....
Five Signs Something Might Be Going Down On Inauguration Day
If the allegations about Russia holding a “sex tape” on President-elect Trump were to be proved true, he would of course have to resign or be impeached. Quite apart from the moral issues involved, a man guilty of such appalling recklessness, stupidity and irresponsibility should not be employed as a janitor or window-cleaner by any government in the world...
Belgian police have detained three people for questioning following house searches in the Molenbeek district of Brussels, Reuters cited prosecutors as saying. It comes amid an ongoing anti-terror operation in the Belgian capital. The operation, which reportedly involves police anti-terror units, is being conducted at the request of the Prosecutor's Office, according to media reports. The police have already raided and searched several houses in the area, while some streets in Molenbeek were cordoned off. "These are searches carried out within the framework of a judicial file managed by the Brussels Public Prosecutor's Office," the spokesman of the federal police told local RTL info. The Brussels Prosecutor's Office said it was a terrorism-related case. Several people were reportedly detained, according to RTL info.
‘In the name of equality, justice and safe spaces, a car insurance firm in the United Kingdom is advocating for the creation and designation of gender split roadways to give women their own lanes and separate infrastructure in order to avoid the perils of sharing the road with men. Shiela’s Wheels, a car and personal theft insurance company which bills itself as having a ‘different spin on car insurance,’ has assembled a fact sheet concerning the statistical differences between men and women in regards to highway safety, accidents and injury reports. Their conclusion, in short, is that women are at a greater risk of accident and injury while traveling on roads occupied by men, and that in order to correct this societal imbalance, separate, pink roadways and lanes should to be funded and created by government to segregate men and women drivers in some of the more dangerous thoroughfares in the UK.’ Read more: UK Insurance Company Proposes Gender-Split Traffic Lanes for Social Justice
I have been traveling recently, so this is a short and sweet tutorial on how to make a cool and practical faux fur scarf to fight off the winter cold. This scarf will not only keep you warm this winter, but it will also be a stylish and trendy addition to your wardrobe all the way through to spring.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have noticed the statement of the season is a furry “something” hanging from your body or handbag. I am a practical person, but I do like trends. They can be fun to follow and if you can make them yourself, you’ll save a bundle and only pay a fraction of the price of buying something trendy in a store.
Fur is everywhere this season. It shows a very feminine touch without being too girly. Indeed I love it because it keeps me warm and looks great.
My only concern with designing a fur scarf was if it were too long, you might have to wrap it around a few times. In this case, if you are vertically challenged, as I am (5’1″ or 157cm), you would just look like a boa constrictor is about to swallow you. If you’re tall and can pull the look, then you’re those people I admire from afar while saying to myself “next time I am born I will be tall” Congratulations! You can do whatever you want either way.
I am just saying for this tutorial on a fur scarf, we will need only a small amount of fur. There will be no lining and no special tricks to complicate our lives. This faux fur scarf has a slit or what I’m calling a “keyhole” to capture one end of the scarf which is accentuated by a fur pompom. This will hold the scarf so you don’t have to worry abou...
Confirmed: “Unknown” Republican, Democrat Paid For Forged “Trump Dossier”By Tyler Durden, Having learned previously both the identity of the former British intelligence officer who compiled the “Trump dossier”, revealed by the WSJ earlier this week as former MI-6 staffer Christopher Steele, currently director of London-based Orbis Business Intelligence, and that John McCain was the person who delivered the […]
by Tyler Durden
Jan 14, 2017 10:20 PM
"It is one thing to play captain, but another to imagine that you steer the ship. They are happy for Trump to take all the prestige and privileges of the office; but not for him to cut into the big business of foreign conflict, the undercurrent of all American affairs, the dealings in death, drugs, oil and weapons, and the control of people through a manipulation of these affairs."
"Trump is reportedly retaining his own private security, bucking the protocol of Secret Service detail… and this clearly a sign that he and his team have thought through security issues and the possibility of an inside job." Quotes from Zero Hedge:
by Tyler Durden
Jan 14, 2017 10:32 PM
"As a reminder, while the FBI has cleared Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing regarding her use of a private email server, a parallel probe into the Clinton Foundation regarding allegations of corruption is still ongoing." Quote from Zero Hedge:
By folding fractals into 3-D objects, a mathematical duo hopes to gain new insight into simple equations.
Mathematicians are not so different from naturalists. Rather than studying organisms, they study equations and shapes using their own techniques. They twist and stretch mathematical objects, translate them into new mathematical languages, and apply them to new problems. As they find new ways to look at familiar things, the possibilities for insight multiply.
That’s the promise of a new idea from two mathematicians: Laura DeMarco, a professor at Northwestern University, and Kathryn Lindsey, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. They begin with a plain old polynomial equation, the kind grudgingly familiar to any high school math student: f(x) = x 2 – 1. Instead of graphing it or finding its roots, they take the unprecedented step of transforming it into a 3-D object.
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To prevent a shortage of Fintech startups and talents in the country, London is forming a fintech bridge with Belgium’s financial sector.
Much of the focus on air pollution in South Asia is on vehicular pollution, and smoke – whether from burning agricultural fields to clear them, or from traffic. While this is an important aspect of air pollution, particularly as burnt particles produce a high level of particulate matter less than 2.5 microns (PM 2.5) in width, which can enter the bloodstream and lungs, another source of such pollution – stone crushing and the creation of fine dust particles, often also PM 2.5, is ignored.
In Pakistan’s mountain communities the cost of the country’s development for many locals is asthma and other respiratory diseases, as well as both air and sound pollution, that comes from stone crushing machines working around the clock. These provide the raw matter for roads and buildings, but while those buildings and roads often benefit the urban inhabitants, it is the poor mountain communities in rural areas that pay the price.
‘In every home you will find an asthma patient’
Shaukat Ali works as a principal at a private school in Abbottabad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in northern Pakistan. The school is located in the rural area, on the way to the well-known tourist resort Thandiani.
According to the i...
Towards the middle of 2016 a group of young women activists called on South Africans to “remember Khwezi”. They were referring to the woman who accused then-deputy-president Jacob Zuma of rape (he was acquitted) and had to flee the country amid threats on her life.
That rape trial unfolded a decade ago and at the time organisations like One in Nine vocally supported Khwezi. They called on South Africans to remember all the women silenced by sexual violence even as rights to equality and safety were enshrined in the constitution.
But go even further back: to the times before the constitution; before the existence of a space known as the Republic of South Africa; or even the Union of South Africa.
It is possible to trace the links between patriarchy, violence, gender roles and the state further into the past. It’s also possible to trace the ongoing resistance to these by some women.
In colonial records held in national archives – the National Archives of South Africa, the Western Cape Archives and Records Service and The National Archives in the UK – another group of women calls on us to remember their acts of resistance.
‘Police in a Chicago suburb have finally released a dash-cam clip that shows several officers violently attacking and pinning down an African American PhD student falsely accused of stealing his own car. “This is my vehicle, sir. I have evidence. . . . I purchased this vehicle January 23, 2015, from Libertyville Chevrolet,” said the victim Lawrence Crosby at the time of the incident as his voice was captured by the dashboard-camera video,” read a Washington Post report Saturday, noting that police in the affluent city of Evanston still handcuffed and arrested the black student despite verifying that he owned the vehicle. Police released the dash-cam video earlier this week, the report says, detailing the half-hour encounter that triggered a civil lawsuit against police by Crosby and yet another debate on race and policing in the city, located just north of Chicago.’ Read more: New video shows US police beating and arresting black man over stealing own car
Fulgurites and Smithsonian butterflies
Summer thunderstorms and Rom-coms set Tim wondering; can lighting really produce glass? Turns out the answer is YES and that glass is called a Fulgurite….
And Chantelle shared her last Panama adventure, with an interview conducted in the steamy Butterfly Research Laboratory of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute http://www.si.edu/ResearchCente…/Tropical-Research-Institute
Boiling Point will return at 6pm on Tuesday 17 January – join us on your wireless at 89.7FM or tune into the live stream at http://eastsidefm.org
Su lucha antibélica y sus propuestas teóricas sobre el capitalismo e imperialismo la posicionaron como una de la mejores revolucionarias
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January 14, 2017 In part four of The Lobby, the senior political officer at the Israeli Embassy in London discusses a potential plot to ‘take down’ British politicians – including a Minster of State at the Foreign office who supports Palestinian civil rights.
Sydney: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney on Saturday where the pair agreed to deepen defence ties and stressed the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Abe’s visit comes amid heightened regional tension in the South China Sea and fears US president-elect Donald Trump will push ahead with his pledge to kill the trade agreement once he takes office on January 20.
“We have confirmed our commitment to the rule of law, free trade and open markets in our region,” Turnbull told reporters at a joint press conference.
Abe said the increasingly uncertain geopolitical landscape made the relationship between Japan and Australia more important than ever.
“It is important to guard and increase the robustness of the free, open and rules-based international order,” Abe said.
Both leaders spoke of their desire to see the TPP ratified, despite opposition from Trump.
The 12-member pact aims to cut barriers in some of Asia’s fastest-growing economies, but it does not include China.
Without US approval the agreement cannot come to fruition.
Following bilateral talks, the two leaders announced the signing of an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), which will increase cooperation in combined military exercises, training and peace-keeping operations. The agreement is expected to be finalised by the end of 2017.
The announcement comes nearly nine months after Australia chose a French bid over a Japanese design for a new fleet of submarines.
The loss of the $40 billion contract was a major blow for Abe’s ambitions to develop Japan’s defence export capabilities as part of a more muscular security agenda.
Japan, as well as Australia, is looking to protect its strategic and trade interests in the Asia-Pacific region, especially as China becomes increasingly assertive in...
Dr. Lee talks about studies showing fluoridation ineffective. He also has a fascinating story about the first attempt to pass a state-wide mandatory fluoridation law in California. A young Jerry Brrown, governor at that time, asked a specially formed commission to give him one (out of the supposed hundreds) safety study on fluoridation. The fluoridationists could not produce even one safety study. The special commission
dissolved in chaos and that was the end of that attempt at a state-wide mandatory fluoridation law. But Jerry Brown stopped being governor for a while, and a state -wide mandatory bill was passed the legislature in 1995. Jerry Brown is once again the governor, and much of the state now has fluoridation because it cannot be stopped or voted out by citzens due to the state mandatory law.
First time I've seen this video maybe quite old but very informative.
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The media was rife with ‘I told you so’ headlines yesterday, after reports from more unnamed sources said the first order of business for the Trump administration was to hold a summit with Vladimir Putin, in Iceland, just like Reagan did with Gorbachev, circa 1986.
The headlines were smug and the Twitterati of newly born left wing militarist war mongers were resplendent with calls for martial law or protests or anything that could stop Donald Trump, an obvious traitor against America — a revolting person of low qualities who enjoys to be urinated upon by Russian hookers.
The only problem with that narrative, as touching as it may seem, is that it’s completely false. According to Trump’s press secretary, it’s all fake news.
Here is what Bloomberg peddled for news yesterday.
Donald Trump’s advisers have told U.K. officials that the incoming president’s first foreign trip will be a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, potentially in Reykjavik within weeks of taking office, the Sunday Times reported.
Trump plans to begin working on a deal to limit nuclear weapons, the newspaper said, without providing details. It cited an unidentified source for the summit plans, and added that Moscow is ready to agree to the meeting, based on comments from officials at the Russian embassy in London.
The paper, citing an unidentified adviser to Trump, told the Times that the president-elect, who will be sworn in on Jan. 20, will meet with Putin at a neutral venue “very soon.”
In eyeing Iceland’s capital, Trump’s team may be hoping to recreate the optics of a Reagan-era nuclear agreement. Former President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, then general secretary of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party, held a two-day summit in Reykjavik in October 1986 to work on what eventually became a major nuclear disarmament treaty between the two superpowers in 1987.
Trump’s transition team didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Did the media just make up this story out...
Airbus Versus Boeing: Iran Deals the Difference in Plane Battle Over the past two decades, planemakers Airbus (AIR.PA) and Boeing (BA.N) have traded the crown in the annual orders race, and it was usually clear who had bragging rights in the fiercely competitive $120 billion annual jet market. On Wednesday, Airbus retained the top spot […]
’10 years ago, everybody was on MySpace. 10 years from now, the Twitters and Facebooks and YouTubes of today will be dinosaurs, abandoned by users sick of censorship and centralized control. Thankfully, the alternatives to these social media dinosaurs are already here, and they’re blockchain-based, torrent friendly, decentralized and censorship resistant.’
‘Lloyds, Halifax and TSB customers can’t get access to their online bank accounts for a third day as websites not working across the UK. It’s another bad day for some Lloyds, Halifax and TSB customers as their online banking appears to have gone down again. One frustrated user has a posted a message on Twitter saying: any chance of sorting out your online banking services today!! Lloyds say they are aware of the issues saying: “We’re aware of intermittent errors and are looking to resolve ASAP. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.”‘ Read more: Lloyds, Halifax and TSB online banking down again – websites and apps crash for third day
“La guerra cibernética es el conjunto de acciones llevadas por un Estado para penetrar en los ordenadores o en las redes de otro país, con la finalidad de causar prejuicio o alteración” . Richard Clarke, especialista en seguridad del gobierno…
It’s OK, you can admit it — from the time you first saw those huge electromagnetic cranes in scrap yards you’ve wanted to have one. While it may not fling around a car, parts donated from scrapped microwaves can let you build your own electromagnetic lifting device and make that dream finally come true.
We recently watched [MakeItExtreme] turn a couple of microwave oven transformers into a somewhat ill-advised wall-climbing rig. It looks like that may have been the inspiration for this build, and the finished product appears to be a tad more useful this time. The frames of three MOTs are cut open to remove the secondary coils and leave the cores exposed as poles for the future magnets. A shallow dish is fabricated out of steel and the magnets are welded in place.
With the primaries wired together, the magnets are epoxy potted, the business end is faced off cleanly, and the whole thing put to the test. [MakeItExtreme] doesn’t go into control details in the video below, but the website mentions the magnet being powered off a 24V 15A power supply with battery backup in case of mains failure.
Reuters Claims Secret ‘List’ Blames Assad for Chemical Attacks Investigators Insist They Didn’t Make Any Such List Reuters is claiming tonight to have seen an unidentified and apparently secret list of Syrian government figures accused of being involved in chemical weapons attacks, and that this list included the name of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad under […]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has inaugurated the Palestinian Embassy in the Vatican and held a meeting with Pope Francis. Abbas said the embassy's opening is a sign that "the Pope loves the Palestinian people and he loves peace." The embassy was inaugurated in Porta Angelica street in the Vatican, Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper reported. "This [the embassy] is a sign that the Pope loves the Palestinian people and he loves peace," Abbas said, the newspaper reported. Later Abbas and Pope Francis held a meeting behind closed doors which lasted 23 minutes. "I met with His Holiness. The Vatican has fully recognized Palestine as an independent state, I hope that other states take their example from the Holy See," Abbas later told journalists.
‘Facebook wants to read your mind and is developing the capability to do so at a hardware division in California focused on brain computer interface technology. Recruitment ads at the facility for a number of neuroscience based positions have sparked speculation that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s dream of telepathic communication through technology could be on its way. So if you thought Facebook already knows too much about you be prepared for things to be taken to the next level.’ Read more: Facebook job ads suggest ‘mind reading’ social networks could soon be a reality
El primer ministro israelí atraviesa una nueva crisis política luego de ser interrogado dos veces por la policía por su
Yemeni town faces mass death by starvation RT | January 14, 2017 ‘No food, no medicine, no money’: Yemeni town faces mass death by starvation Nearly 19 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the UN, but the worst of the civilian impact of the two-year civil war in the country has […]
Yangon: Myanmar’s strongest ethnic armed group is set for its biggest leadership shake-up in a quarter century, senior sources told Reuters, raising the prospect of a period of instability in a group that is key to Aung San Suu Kyi’s signature peace process.
The United Wa State Army (UWSA) boasts some 30,000 soldiers who control a secretive, China-dominated statelet the size of Belgium in the remote hills on Myanmar’s eastern border.
This year the group’s political wing, the United Wa State Party (UWSP), is holding elections for the first time since 1992, with at least some of the old guard who have led the statelet since its 1989 formation set to stand down, three senior Wa officials said.
“The election will also include the chairman, but whether he will be replaced is unknown,” said one of the sources. “Those who are sick or old would retire. The party is going to cultivate a new group of young talents,” the person added, referring to the party’s top decision-making politburo.
A second Wa official with direct knowledge of the matter described the vote as an “earth-shattering” event within the reclusive Wa State hierarchy.
Reuters visited the self-proclaimed Wa State in October – a rare trip by a major international news organisation – where officials described for the first time its inner workings.
The reshuffle could pose a new headache for Suu Kyi’s nine-month-old civilian administration, already grappling with escalating clashes between government forces and other ethnic armed groups along the mountainous border with China and a military crackdown in the Muslim-majority northwest that has sent 65,000 people fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh.
After sweeping to power following a November 2015 election, Nobel peace prize laureate Suu Kyi has made ending the ethnic conflicts that kept Myanmar in a state of perpetual civil war through decades of military rule a priority.
As the biggest ethnic army, the UWSA will be crucial to....
The preceding three parts of this series analyzed the mechanisms that drive great powers. The most in-depth understanding of the issues concerned the determination of the objectives and logic that accompany the expansion of an empire...
El régimen de los Al Jalifa ha ejecutado a tres activistas bahreiníes por supuestos cargos de ‘asesinato’, pese a las
Here is a list of the 12 zodiac signs that make the perfect couples.
1. Aries and Aquarius
The relationship between an Aries and an Aquarius is built on the adventurous nature of both of these signs. Not only is each sign pretty much always willing to try something new, they also enjoy having a partner for their grand, spontaneous adventures.
While other couples' relationships will grow stale with time, the same cannot be said for the Aries and Aquarius.
2. Taurus and Cancer
The Taurus and the Cancer share an intense bond with one another on both a physical and emotional level. These are two signs that seem to just understand one another without having to dig deep, even though that's what eventually happens as their relationship flourishes over time.
They are always grateful for each other, showing appreciation even when it's not necessary, which often sees them sharing a love that stands the test of time.
3. Gemini and Aquarius
These two signs share a bond that thrives on intelligence and creativity. This couple enjoys a strong emotional link that is made even stronger by accepting one another's ideas.
And while the Gemini and Aquarius prefer to spend every single second with each other, they both enjoy having their independence. Each partner recognizes that their independence only brings the two of them closer together.
4. Cancer and Pisces
The relationship of the Cancer and the Pisces is strong and passionate simply because they accept one another for who each person is.
Each person knows who they are and where they stand, and the other isn't keen on trying to change that. In fact, they love them more so because of it.
With the Pisces' need to connect with those around them, and the Cancer's need to nurture those around them, it's a match made in heaven.
5. Leo and Sagittarius
These two fire signs enjoy a particularly passionate relationship because of how much each of them enjoys life and all it has to offer.
Not only do they know what they want, but each sign is nothing but encouraging when it comes to pursuing dreams and achieving the goals they've set out.
This is often the couple that every other couple is envious of because of how much fun they are to be around.
6. Virgo and Taurus
Virgo and Taurus share a loving relationship because they tend to be perfectly aligned in almost...
Remember when we couldn't see the "really bad" photographs from Abu Ghraib because it might incite a reaction and endanger our folks stationed overseas?
President Trump will make similar incitements daily, starting with moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
It’s certainly frustrating to read the reasons women give for having supported Donald Trump. In many ways, their rationales are totally predictable. In others, they are surprising. You see a lot of the themes from the campaign mentioned. The Clintons enriched themselves. She said one thing in public and another in private. She was a flip-flopper. She was crooked. She lied about her email server and Benghazi. As for Trump, he got credit for being honest and saying what everyone else was thinking. He knows how to build stuff and get things done. He’s not beholden to special interests. That’s all the predictable part.
On the other hand, the women in this sample aren’t ideologues. For the most part, they didn’t disqualify Clinton because they disagree with the Democratic Party platform. Some are protective of the police and don’t like how President Obama seems to have sided with Black Lives Matter. Some think the Democrats are too permissive about immigration. But several of them appear to be more aligned with the Democrats on policy. They have personal reasons for being mad at the Democrats, like the price of health insurance or the fact that their mom spent a year unemployed or that too many auto jobs have left the country and middle-aged men are working as waiters instead of in good union jobs.
One thing I know I really didn’t do in this campaign was to defend Clinton. It was difficult for me to accept that she would be our party’s nominee, although I accepted it fully even though I didn’t vote for her. Spending my energy defending her was generally just too much for me, however. I thought she could pull off a victory because I gave the public too much credit for being able to see through Trump. Nonetheless, I saw the main threat as the possibility that they wouldn’t. Trump was getting a lot of press coverage, and I thought it was most important to counter the positive attributes and narratives he was receiving.
The last thing I felt like doing was writing about Benghazi or her email server or (especially) the Clinton Foundation. That appears to have been a mistake on my part. The real threat was that Clinton would be brought down to Trump’s level and seen as equally unacceptable.
A lot of the Clinton bashing was coming from the left and from the Sanders camp, and I was often at least sympathetic to their criticisms. I did, after all, cast my vote for Sanders. I should have been rougher with these folks than I was. At a certain point, they were doing the devil’s work. Still, I refused to get into calling people “emos” or attacking “BernieBros.” I didn’t want to increase divisions. I still don...
SA 178. Ms. KLOBUCHAR (for herself and Mr. Sanders) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to the concurrent resolution S. Con. Res. 3, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2017 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2018 through 2026; as follows: At the end of title III, add the following: SEC. 3___. DEFICIT-NEUTRAL RESERVE FUND RELATING TO LOWERING PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES FOR AMERICANS BY IMPORTING DRUGS FROM CANADA. The Chairman of the Committee on the Budget of the Senate may revise the allocations of a committee or committees, aggregates, and other appropriate levels in this resolution for one or more bills, joint resolutions, amendments, amendments between the Houses, motions, or conference reports relating to lowering prescription drug prices, including through the importation of safe and affordable prescription drugs from Canada by American pharmacists, wholesalers, and individuals with a valid prescription from a provider licensed to practice in the United States, by the amounts provided in such legislation for those purposes, provided that such legislation would not increase the deficit over either the period of the total of fiscal years 2017 through 2021 or the period of the total of fiscal years 2017 through 2026. ______
What they voted against was the above amendment to the Budget reconciliation bill. The Budget reconciliation bill is not a normal bill because it never becomes law. It never goes to the president for signature or veto. What it does is set out the framework for spending money that the committee chairs must work with when legislating and appropriating.
The Klobuchar/Sanders amendment would have given Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming, the chairman of the Budget Committee, the discretion to pa...
The governor of Ohio asks some urgently important questions:
“We are now able to provide health insurance to 700,000 people,” said Ohio’s [John] Kasich, who circumvented his state Legislature to enact [Medicaid] expansion in 2013 and who was the sole GOP presidential candidate in 2016 to defend that portion of Obamacare.
“Let’s just say they just got rid of it, didn’t replace it with anything,” he said. “What happens to the 700,000 people? What happens to drug treatment? What happens to mental health counseling? What happens to these people who have very high cholesterol and are victims from a heart attack? What happens to them?”
The answer is that many of them get sicker and a lot of them experience premature death. Countless others will live with the anxiety that they or their loved ones will suffer that fate.
But I have an additional question.
Why did we give these 700,000 people access to health care in the first place? What were we trying to do? Were we trying to lower the quality or increase the price of health care for everyone else? Were we trying to turn this country into a European dystopia? Were we pursuing an ideological jihad against the American Way?
John Kasich is hardly a moderate in most policy areas, but he does understand the moral imperative to make sure the citizens of Ohio don’t needlessly get sick or die. He knows that just on the opioid crisis alone, the state can hardly afford to lose the access to treatment that Obamacare provides.
Paul Ryan ought to know the same things, but he’s paid not to understand them. He’s willing to look a man straight in the face and lie to him about what will happen if they repeal Obamacare and don’t replace it with something that gives people the same or better access to health care.
For decades, our political leaders were unable to come up with any plan to cover people who couldn’t afford or were refused access to health care. That our citizens were constantly getting sick and dying prematurely as a result was considered a crime by Democrats and some kind of Darwinian justice by Republicans. That people were repeatedly denied care that they had every reason to believe they had paid for wasn’t something the GOP particularly cared about. That more and more citizens were priced out of insurance every year by rampant premium inflation wasn’t considered a moral crisis.
So, when the Democrats finally gathered enough political power to address these problems, they came up with the best solution they could given the constrai...
For those that are ecstatic about the new HPV vaccine, the nation’s leading cancer centers, involving two in Baltimore, just released their support to endorse new recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The doctors believe these suggestions can help improve the use of the vaccine and prevent human papillomavirus, which is the most […]
All slaughterhouses across France will be equipped with CCTV cameras next year, the country's parliament voted, after the emergence of numerous shocking videos of animal cruelty in the facilities. The cameras are to be installed "in areas where the animals are delivered, kept, immobilized, stunned, and slaughtered," the MPs ruled late on Thursday. The deputies voted 28-4 in favor of relevant amendments to be made to a bill on animal cruelty. In September, the France's National Assembly has issued a report, which suggested 65 measures to improve the "transparency and the inadequate controls" at French abattoirs. Setting up CCTV cameras and providing more qualified veterinarians at the facilities, in particular during stunning and killing, were among the top proposals on the list.
The quest for the fountain of youth is as ancient as humanity itself. Now, it appears scientists may have found the source.
Using a process designed to “reprogram” normal adult cells into pluripotent stem cells—cells that can transform into many different kinds of cells—researchers have managed to boost the life spans of mice by up to 30% and rejuvenate some of their tissues.
The treatment did not change the cell’s genetic code, but rather chemical attachments on their DNA called epigenetic marks, responsible for regulating the genome and determining how active certain genes are.
‘Just off a winding highway along the Pacific coast in Monterey, California, is a private clinic where people can pay $8,000 to have their veins pumped with blood plasma from teenagers and young adults. Jesse Karmazin is the entrepreneur who made the practice possible, by launching a clinical trial on the potential of “young blood” through his startup Ambrosia. He says that within a month, most participants “see improvements” from the one-time infusion of a two-liter bagful of plasma, which is blood with the blood cells removed. Several scientists and clinicians say Karmazin’s trial is so poorly designed it cannot hope to provide evidence about the effects of the transfusions. And some say the pay-to-participate study, with the potential to collect up to $4.8 million from as many as 600 participants, amounts to a scam.’ Read more: For $8,000 this startup will fill your veins with the blood of young people
There has been a significant increase in the number of vehicles with foreign plates in Greece, as their owners are able to avoid paying this country’s high road tax and fines. In response to a parliamentary question, Deputy Finance Minister Katerina Papanatsiou said that the temporary circulation of vehicles in […]
Ex-prisoners launch class action over alleged abuse in NT juvenile
detention | SBS News: Maurice Blackburn class action principal
Ben Slade told media on Wednesday that after considering a number
of claims, the evidence of assaults, battery, and excessive use of
isolation beyond the powers permitted by the Northern Territory’s
Youth Justice Act was "overwhelming".
Mr Slade added that the law firm concluded the youth prisoners alleging the abuse had the right to compensation.
He said superintendents of youth detention centres were obliged to ensure that everyone in those centres were safe including the detainees.
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