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Cockroach Milk — One of the Latest Superfood Contenders

Cockroach milk has quadruple the nutrition value compared to cow’s milk, and may be tapped to feed the world in the future.

By Dr. Mercola

There are superfoods, and there are superfood fads. They come, and sometimes they go. One of the latest? Cockroach milk. Sound delish, doesn’t it? It must be a hoax, or gimmick, or play on words, right?

Well, look at some of the most prestigious science news sources and you’ll see it’s no joke. In fact, there are those who assert that cockroach milk — yup, from the “brood sac” of the female Pacific beetle cockroach — may even be among the most nutritious substances on Earth. According to NPR’s The Salt, cockroach milk is:

“Three times richer in calories than buffalo milk (the previous top contender for the most protein- and calorie-rich milk) … So could a competitive health-food market that already stocks cow, goat, almond, soy, cashew, hemp, rice and coconut milk now see cockroach milk as the next superfood?”1

Apparently no other insect species is like this one. Scientifically designated as Diploptera punctate, this genus of cockroach is the only one known to be viviparous, i.e., to give birth to live young that developed in her body (as opposed to laying eggs), or to nurse her offspring. CNN notes:

“Like other viviparous creatures, this species of roach nourishes its growing embryos with a protein-rich liquid secreted by its brood sac — the roach version of a uterus. Soon after the embryo ingests the liquid, protein crystals develop within its midgut.”2

The pale golden liquid from the crystals can, if one were interested, actually be extracted from the little beasts…

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Toxic chemicals in drinking water for six million Americans

By Lisa Rapaport

“So the negative effects on immune functions appear to be lasting,” Grandjean said. “Sadly, there is very little that an exposed resident can do, once the exposure has led to an increased amount of PFASs in the body.”

(Reuters Health) – Drinking water supplies for more than six million Americans contain unsafe levels of industrial chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other serious health problems, a U.S. study suggests.

The chemicals – known as PFASs (for polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances) – are used in products ranging from food wrappers to clothing to nonstick cookware to fire-fighting foams. They have been linked with an increased risk of kidney and testicular cancers, hormone disruption, high cholesterol, and obesity.

“PFASs are a group of persistent manmade chemicals that have been in use since 60 years ago,” said lead study author Xindi Hu, a public health and engineering researcher at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Once these chemicals get into the water, they’re hard to get out, Hu added by email.

“Most current wastewater treatment processes do not effectively remove PFASs,” Hu said.

The problem may be much more widespread than the current study findings suggest because researchers lacked data on drinking water from smaller public water systems and private wells that serve about one-third of the U.S. population – about 100 million people, Hu noted…

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The NSA Leak Is Real, Snowden Documents Confirm

A never-before-published NSA manual makes it clear that malware released by a hacker group this week came from the spy agency.

THE NSA LEAK IS REAL, SNOWDEN DOCUMENTS CONFIRM

ON MONDAY, A HACKING group calling itself the “ShadowBrokers” announced an auction for what it claimed were “cyber weapons” made by the NSA. Based on never-before-published documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Intercept can confirm that the arsenal contains authentic NSA software, part of a powerful constellation of tools used to covertly infect computers worldwide.

The provenance of the code has been a matter of heated debate this week among cybersecurity experts, and while it remains unclear how the software leaked, one thing is now beyond speculation: The malware is covered with the NSA’s virtual fingerprints and clearly originates from the agency.

The evidence that ties the ShadowBrokers dump to the NSA comes in an agency manual for implanting malware, classified top secret, provided by Snowden, and not previously available to the public. The draft manual instructs NSA operators to track their use of one malware program using a specific 16-character string, “ace02468bdf13579.” That exact same string appears throughout the ShadowBrokers leak in code associated with the same program, SECONDDATE.

SECONDDATE plays a specialized role inside a complex global system built by the U.S. government to infect and monitor what one document estimated to be millions of computers around the world. Its release by ShadowBrokers, alongside dozens of other malicious tools, marks the first time any full copies of the NSA’s offensive software have been available to the public, providing a glimpse at how an elaborate system outlined in the Snowden documents looks when deployed in the real world, as well as concrete evidence that NSA hackers don’t always have the last word when it comes to computer exploitation…

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Turkey Has Made it Legal to Have Sex With CHILDREN After Lowering Age of Consent to 12

The Constitutional Court has ruled to annul a provision that punishes all sexual acts against children under the age of 15 as “sexual abuse,” stirring outrage from academics and women’s rights activists who warn that the decision will lead to cases of child abuse going unpunished.

The Constitutional Court discussed the issue upon an application from a district court, which complained that the current law does not discriminate between age groups in cases of child sexual abuse and treats a 14-year-old as equal to a four-year-old.
The local court said the law does not provide legal consequences for the “consent” of victims in cases where the child victim is from 12 to 15 years of age and able to understand the meaning of the sexual act. “This creates an imbalance between legal benefits and sanctions that should be preserved in crime and punishment,” the application stated.
With seven votes against six, the Constitutional Court agreed with the local court and decided to annul the provision. The decision will come into effect on Jan. 13, 2017…

Finish Reading: Turkey Has Made it Legal to Have Sex With CHILDREN After Lowering Age of Consent to 12 | Viral Women

HWH Comment: Muslim women should come out from hiding behind their hajibs and burkas, and fight for the rights of their girl children. The women are as sick as the men.

This is a bunch of mumble jumble. There is no deterrent if there are no consequences. The court removed the deterrent without replacing it with an alternative. Their stupidity is frightening.






 

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THE SAUDI GOVERNMENT SHOWS THE WORLD IT’S TERRORIST TENDENCIES BY SHOWING NO MERCY TO THE INNOCENTS

U.S.-backed, Saudi-led Coalition Bombed a Hospital in Yemen Supported by Doctors Without Borders

HWH Comment: Do you think the Saudis are trying to show the USA and the world who they really are, what they really do, what values drive their behavior? Does anyone continue to doubt that Saudis think that they rule the world because they rule the oil wells, and as a consequence, nobody can touch them? Anybody ever hear of the Saudi Mafia?

The bombing of hospitals, schools and bridges cannot be accepted as the cost of doing war. The world must stand united in fighting terror, but must also stand united when so-called peaceful countries cross the line into that darkness, by inflicting the same pain on the innocents as the terrorists inflict. This pattern of terror inflicted by the Saudis must not go unchallenged. A condemnation is not strong enough. To any Arab it is a slap in the air. It means nothing and has no effect.


AFTER THE U.S.-BACKED, Saudi-led coalition bombed a hospital in Yemen supported by Doctors Without Borders on Monday, the U.S. State Department offered a rare condemnation of the coalition’s violence.

“Of course we condemn the attack,” said Elizabeth Trudeau, a spokesman for the State Department.

The State Department has previously deflected questions about coalition attacks by referring reporters to the Saudi government — even though the U.S. has supplied the coalition with billions of dollars of weapons, and has refueled Saudi planes.

Trudeau also stressed that “U.S. officials regularly engage with Saudi officials” about civilian casualties — a line that spokespeople have repeated for months. Saudi Arabia has nevertheless continued to bomb civilian sites, including homes, markets, factories, and schools.

“We’ve also encouraged them to do their utmost to protect entities protected by international law, such as hospitals,” said Trudeau.

But for the Saudi coalition, bombing medical facilities has become business as usual. In October, the coalition bombed an MSF-supported hospital in Yemen’s Haydan district, destroying the only emergency medical facility serving 200,000 people. (Doctors Without Borders is also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF.) In December, airstrikes destroyed an MSF clinic in Taiz while doctors were treating the wounded from a nearby Saudi airstrike in a park. And in January, the coalition destroyed a hospital in Razeh district, killing five people — and killing an ambulance driver working for MSF later that month…

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TRUMP ON TORTURE

TRUMP ON TORTURE

Hey, I’ve got an idea.

Why not have one of Donald Trump’s sons undergo what is currently not considered torture, but still practiced at black sites – black prisons – CIA holding companies|facilities around the world?

The real deal. Stress positions, sensory deprivation, loud noises, temperature extremes, sexual humiliation, the whole nine yards. Then have him report back to father on what he thinks torture is and isn’t.

You don’t have to do the water-boarding, just all the other stuff.

I get Trump. He doesn’t want to show his cards to the enemy. He’s not going to reinstate torture. He’s trying to get a rise out of somebody.

Actually, the definition of torture as it currently exists, excludes a lot of stuff I would regard as torture. It’s a narrow definition.

Trump and Clinton both need to read up on what the USA considers torture – in detail. It’s not enough for Clinton to criticize Trump for saying he would bring back torture, when the USA still tortures.

You can’t say that we don’t torture, like Obama repeatedly does, when we do torture.

It’s like Obama saying he closed Guantanamo Bay prison, when he didn’t. It has never been closed, so he didn’t close it, and neither did anybody else. Yet he said he closed it. In his mind, he thinks he closed it, because he signed an executive order to explore lawful options.

That’s not the same as closing anything. Actually Trump uses the same technique that Obama uses – beating around the bush.

Executive Order 13493 of January 22, 2009

(e) Mission. The mission of the Special Task Force shall be to conduct a comprehensive review of the lawful options available to the Federal Government with respect to the apprehension, detention, trial, transfer, release, or other disposition of individuals captured or apprehended in connection with armed conflicts and counterterrorism operations, and to identify such options as are consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice.

To see the original order: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2009-01-27/pdf/E9-1895.pdf






 

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IN AMERICA…

President Obama needs to stop using his power and influence as president to tell all of America how to vote. It’s dictatorial and controlling.

Obama who talks freely about the doom and gloom perception of America espoused by Donald Trump is engaging in the same doom and gloom strategy by fear mongering to voters about Trump’s mental state. Not fit to run, not fit to be president, says who in a free and open democratic society? Anybody can grow up to be president, remember?

Obama had eight years to make a difference. Better that he spend the remainder of his last term making up for lost time, instead of vicariously running for president again – this time against Donald Trump.

Keep your bad blood to yourself. It’s ugly to see you stoop –  as POTUS – just to get even. We need a president now. Be that person and stop the insanity with Trump. People are beginning to see how easily Trump gets under your self-professed thick skin and the thick skin of Hillary Clinton.

What’s most offensive is the use of a Muslim family as a recruitment tool for other Muslims wanting to martyr themselves – why not for us rather than against us?

At the DNC a father lamented that had Donald Trump been president, his son could not have martyred himself as a human shield to save other soldiers, since they wouldn’t have been in the USA.

I would have preferred a more antiwar sentiment, seeking peace over sacrifice. Instead we got a Pakistani family whose mission it was to take down a major USA political candidate, before the entire world, with no plan except the destruction of a person. How rude.

In America anybody can grow up to be president or choose to martyr themselves in defense of the nation. One isn’t any more or less worthy than the other.






 

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Tech trends that will impact your home | TechCrunch

Imagine walking through the bathroom door at 7am and the shower starts itself at optimal water heat and pressure. The thermostat adjusts when you enter the room. Want a new bathroom tub? What if you could 3D print it? High-tech homes are about to revolutionize the way we live.

While interior design once relied on color schemes and playful accents, new tech trends are completely revamping how we design, build and live in our spaces. Even more, they’re having a social impact, enabling users to reduce their carbon footprints and increase efficiency as they go about their daily lives.

3D printing, virtual reality and the Internet of Things (IoT) have just recently began to appear in our houses, but they’re making an incredible impact. So what capabilities do these tech trends have? And what will they look like further in the future?…

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DOE Seeks Severe Punishment for Leopard Poacher | Financial Tribune

DOE Seeks Severe Punishment for Leopard Poacher

The Department of Environment is seeking the maximum punishment for a poacher charged with killing a Persian leopard cub in Mazandaran Province.
Speaking to ISNA, Ali Teymouri, director of the DOE’s Hunting and Fishing Office, said the hunter will most likely be sentenced to three years in jail and fined 800 million rials ($22,800).

“We request the maximum punishment for the perpetrator,” he was quoted as saying.

“The protected animal is a rare species and was killed in Kiasar National Park.”

Teymouri noted that Ma Insurance Company has proposed giving 600 million rials ($17,000) to DOE to help accelerate the implementation of effective conservation measures in the area.

Over the past eight years, more than 166 leopards have perished across the country. Road accidents, hunting and poisoning by shepherds trying to protect their livestock are the main causes of death.

A study spanning four years found that 71% of all Persian leopard fatalities were attributed to illegal hunting or poisoning. Reduced prey population and shrinkage of the natural habitat are other factors threatening the graceful, but imperiled, big cats…

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WWF Roars Out Against Tiger Farming | Big Cat Rescue

WWF: Tiger Farming in Asia Must End; US has Role to Play

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is using International Tiger Day today to call on governments across Asia to investigate all tiger breeding centers and close any operations involved in the illegal tiger trade. WWF is also calling on the US to do more to address its own large captive tiger population.

Closure of operations in Asia linked to illegal tiger trade, commonly referred to as ‘tiger farms’ to distinguish them from legitimate zoos or captive breeding facilities established for conservation purposes, would significantly boost efforts to save the world’s remaining wild tigers.

According to the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), there are more than 200 tiger breeding centers across Asia ranging in size from tiny to huge. These centers, spread across China, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, jointly house between 7,000-8,000 captive tigers – far more than the estimated 3,900 tigers left in the wild.

Many of these tiger breeding centers – which often include entertainment attractions like Thailand’s notorious Tiger Temple – are likely to be involved in the illegal trade of tigers and tiger products, particularly given their incredibly high operating costs. They undermine efforts to protect wild tigers and to halt the illegal trade by complicating enforcement activities, and by normalizing and legitimizing the sale of tiger parts and products, which in turn drives up demand…

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Record number of wild animals rescued and released in Scotland | Discover Wildlife

The number of wildlife casualties in Scotland returned to their natural habitats has more than doubled in just over five years.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity, the Scottish SPCA, released 4,651 wild animals in 2015, compared to just 1,881 in 2010.

This is partly due to the charity’s £3.5 billion relocation to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross in 2012.

Colin Seddon manages the site. He said: “Releasing wild animals fit and healthy back to their natural habitats is always our aim wherever possible, so these statistics are incredibly encouraging.”

The move to the new centre has enabled the charity to deal with a larger volume of rescued animals than ever before, as well as increasing the diversity of species it can take in, from orphaned foxes and otters to injured deer, seals and birds of prey.

The charity has also invested heavily in increasing the size and capabilities of its rescue team, which means it can respond to a greater number of call-outs and deal with them efficiently.

“At Fishcross we benefit from on-site veterinary facilities, which means we don’t have to move animals once they are here, keeping human interaction and stress to an absolute minimum,” said Seddon.

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Report Finds Circus Animals Are Denied Lives ‘Worth Living’ | Mental Floss

A new report commissioned by the Welsh government has concluded that traveling circuses fail to meet legal standards for animal welfare [PDF]. The researchers say there is ample scientific evidence to support a ban on the inclusion of wild animals in circuses and other traveling shows.

Lead author Steven Harris—who researches ecology and animal population management at the University of Bristol in the UK—and his colleagues Jo Dorning and Heather Pickett had been studying the ethics and practicalities of animal welfare for years when they were approached to write the report. The government wanted to know what the scientific literature had to say about wild animals in circuses, and whether major stakeholders like conservationists, zookeepers, lawyers, and animal trainers felt the same way. They were especially interested in learning if circuses and other traveling shows were consistently meeting the requirements set down in the UK’s Animal Welfare Act 2006.

The researchers reached out to 658 experts and organizations around the world for feedback. The pool included 138 animal trainers and circuses (ATCs); 206 animal welfare–focused lawyers and veterinarians (LVs); 107 employees of related non-government organizations (NGOs); 144 scientists; and 58 staff members from zoos and wild animal sanctuaries. They sent all the participants the same questionnaires, which included questions about living conditions, signs that animals were healthy, and which practices were good or bad for animal welfare.

The results revealed a substantial gulf in opinions and beliefs, with ATCs and NGOs on one side and scientists, lawyers, veterinarians, and sanctuary staff on the other. ATCs in particular were more likely to believe that animal training (which frequently relies on violence and other negative stimuli) was not stressful for wild animals and that frequent transport from show site to show site was actually good for them. Scientists, veterinarians, and other animal experts disagreed.

Analysis of the questionnaire responses and scientific literature on the subject led the researchers to a number of troubling, yet unsurprising conclusions:

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Why ‘white trash’ Americans are flocking to Donald Trump

One time when J.D.’s mom took exception to something the boy said in the car, she hit the accelerator and sped up to 100 miles per hour, screaming that she was going to kill them both. When he jumped in the backseat hoping to protect himself from the impact, he recalls, she instead pulled the car over “to beat the s- -t out of me.” The evening concluded with Mom being hauled away in a police car.

One of J.D.’s stepdads, Bob, though kindhearted, had a bad case of “Mountain Dew mouth.” Half his teeth had fallen out, the other half were black, brown and misshapen.

J.D. and his people are called rednecks, white trash, hillbillies. But Vance made it out of the holler, way out. The Marines led him to Ohio State, then Yale Law School and finally a job as a principal at a Silicon Valley investment firm. Looking back on his youth, and all he fled, yields a frank, unsentimental, harrowing memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy.” It’s a superb book given an extra layer of importance by its political reverberations: When Vance returns home these days, he sees yard after yard festooned with Trump signs.

Nancy Pelosi says blue-collar white men vote “against their own economic interests” because of guns, gays and God, “God being the woman’s right to choose.” The Washington Post noted that this group does care about gun rights more than the average voter but it’s a myth that their views on gays and God differ much from everyone else’s, and Pelosi’s regal dismissal of the bitter clingers is not only too reductive, it’s an attitude that drives voters away from the Democratic Party…

Finish reading: Why ‘white trash’ Americans are flocking to Donald Trump – Kyle Smith | New York Post


HWH Comment: This white guy Kyle Smith may think it’s okay to call poor white people white trash, but this poor white person thinks he’s a racist for doing it. Just because hillbillies call themselves names, doesn’t make it alright for everybody else to do the same. Blacks call themselves names too. He could easily have said ‘niggers’ are flocking to Hillary Clinton, but he didn’t and won’t because he’d be out of a job and maybe a city or two might be burned to the ground as a result, maybe even another cop sacrificed would be on the menu.

Kyle Smith likes to shock people, especially when he knows there won’t be any adverse consequences and especially because the author of the book uses the term, but there is such a thing as decency in writing, and responsibility in reporting  on what somebody else has written in a tasteful, non-offensive way.

Women don’t burn cities either when you call them ‘cunts’, but it’s a disparaging term and not many writers would use it. That Kyle Smith thinks it’s okay to disparage anyone through the written word, shows he’s not much of a writer or a communicator when he has to resort to abuse to shock somebody into reading one of his articles.

Kyle Smith knows nothing about tasteful or communicating effectively.

Yeah, niggers are flocking to Hillary Clinton and white trash to Donald Trump. The word trash denotes inhumane. It’s something you dump, something you throw away as worthless. There’s nothing about nigger or even kike that denotes or even connotes the same worthlessness as trash. Trash is by far the worst. The term white trash is racist by definition. There is nothing good nor useful about that term.

Hillbilly is different unless used in a disparaging way.

Kyle Smith knew that as he wrote this trashy piece of worthless writing, as if he was writing a book review – using a review format to cover for his slick and slimy need to disparage poor white people – that served only to stink up the New York Post.

And shame on J.D. Vance for stereotyping his own people in such a disparaging way. He may claim that he’s just being honest and I will argue that many a people who claim honesty aren’t telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth. They tell a portion of it, leaving out the honest parts that would complete the picture or story. Maybe you all should note that there are lots of poor white people who don’t live in the hills of any state. And there’s more that defines a person than the number of teeth they have.

When I first came to Cleveland I was called white trash by an irate black woman, shaking her finger in my face after I caught her stealing. I did not think it was okay, nor did I take it lightly.

For Kyle Smith to put the term in the title was over the top. To use apostrophes instead of quotes was misleading – whose quote was it anyway? To use it in the same sentence as Donald Trump was passive-aggressive writing meant to influence and harm, not enlighten, suggesting that Donald Trump was white trash via association with those who support him – another bias.

Find a new profession, Kyle Smith.

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Zika mosquito: thrives in hot weather, hard to wipe out

ZIKA MOSQUITO

…Five things to know about the bug: FIRST IN AFRICA Aedes aegypti is a small, dark, hot weather mosquito with white markings and banded legs. Scientists believe the species originated in Africa, but came to the Americas on slave ships. It’s continued to spread through shipping and airplanes. Now it’s found through much of the world, including cities across the southern United States…

…A CITY DWELLER Aedes aegypti has an unusually cozy relationship with people. While other species thrive in more rural areas, or at least in parks and gardens, this is a domesticated species — sort of a housecat mosquito — accustomed to living in apartment buildings and city centers. It prefers biting people to animals and likes to feed indoors, during daylight hours. It doesn’t venture far. Researchers say it doesn’t travel more than a few hundred yards during its lifetime — usually two to four weeks…

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Safe GOP convention boosts Cleveland’s image to the world

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s safe and successful turn as host of the Republican National Convention has helped establish it as an ideal location for large events but also a city that people will consider when deciding where to live and do business, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said Friday.

July 22, 2016
“It really puts us in a different light with a different image,” the mayor said at a news briefing. Police reported a total of 24 arrests during the four-day convention that ended Thursday night, a surprisingly low number that can be attributed to a massive police presence and to safety concerns that discouraged protesters and visitors from coming to Cleveland this week…

Finish reading: Safe GOP convention boosts Cleveland’s image to the world


HWH Comment: It’s unfortunate that we live in a time where it takes thousands of law enforcement personnel and military in addition to extreme barricades and procedures and millions upon millions of dollars to keep people safe during a political convention that promised to attract thousands of violent protestors.

That it costs so much in time, money and services to keep Cleveland from being burned to the ground does not make me feel secure. It only proves the volatile time we live in whereby these measures are needed to keep the peace.

Where is the discipline by those who would do humanity harm to advance their cause in the name of their lives mattering more than yours, when they need the presence of a literal army to prevent them from acting on their annihilist urges?






 

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A No-Slaughter Leather Startup Just Raised $53 Million

LAB-GROWN LEATHER: A MORE CULTURED CHOICE

Brooklyn-based startup Modern Meadow, founded in 2011, has secured a total of $53.5 million in funding to grow leather in labs—instead of from livestock.

The cruelty-free business model could end the slaughter of animals for leather goods, but it also has another benefit— cutting down on the physically and chemically intensive processes needed to produce leather using traditional means.

Biofabrication also allows them to “design, grow, and assemble collagen” along with other proteins to produce leather that is biologically identical to traditional leather, minus the unwanted details that make traditional leather processing toxic.

“We’re making a material that has no hair flesh or fat on it. So the liming and toxicity you see elsewhere in the leather trade is eliminated,” Modern Meadow CEO and co-founder Andras Forgacs noted.

And because the laboratory fabrication process gives them more control, designers could order leather with specific characteristics rather than simply choosing from what’s naturally available. This flexibility would help the company secure its market and achieve their goal of becoming the world’s go-to source of leather.

But leather is not the only thing Modern Meadow will be growing in the lab. They are also growing meat, because Forgacs is a firm believer that growing leather and meat together is a more cultured choice than slaughtering animals.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA FEARS HIS OWN PEOPLE

White Lives Do Matter, Black people. Get used to it. We care about you, that means you need to care about us.

Appropriation of Black culture? How about that cell phone you’re using or those shoes you’re wearing or the schools you go to or the jobs you get through Affirmative Action? How about that gun you carry? Who made that? How about the laws passed that enable you to carry a gun? Who got those passed?

No Appropriation of White culture going on there? You can’t own a word. You can’t own a culture. You can’t own a hair style. You can’t own knowledge and experience. You can’t own your family nor your church. You can only own you.

This isn’t Africa. This is the United States of America. You can’t corral people into a barn, lock the door and set the barn on fire every time you get “upset”.

Further the cause of civilization and the entire world won’t have to fear you. Right now they do, and rightly so.

Black Lives Matter became a terrorist organization the minute they marched in front of the world screaming “death to cops”. Barbecued is how they want them.

The massacre of those five police officers was a terrorist plot and action, and continues to be condoned by Black Lives Matter and most American Blacks.

The fact that President Obama and his administration dismissed it as a crime committed by a demented person who was just upset doesn’t change the reality of what occurred. Obama practically justified the retaliation part, making his eulogy for five White police officers, assassinated because they were White, a political speech for Black Lives Matter. The toughest he could get was, ‘hey if you engage in actions like these, it won’t help the cause.’

President Obama still can’t say that he’s half White. He knows the rampant racism in the hearts and minds of his Black people. He knows that they would turn on him in an instant and bad things could happen. So he says he has a White mother instead. Poor Mom. All her sacrifices and that’s how she gets treated by her son who became President of the United States, who  shouldn’t be fearing anybody, not with all that power.

That shows you his own personal lack of courage. He fears his own people. So why should White people not fear his people?

He tells us not to fear them, then why does he?






 

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NATO Preparing For ‘Hot’ War Against Russia 

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has accused NATO of preparing for a “hot” war against Russia and says rhetoric from alliance’s leaders is pushing the two sides toward a military confrontation.

“NATO has begun preparations for escalating from a Cold War into a hot one,” Gorbachev was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying on July 9.

His comments came as NATO leaders met in Warsaw for the final day of a summit, where the alliance endorsed a new major deployment of armed forces to Eastern Europe that Moscow has fiercely criticized.

NATO says the move is a response to Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and its backing of separatists fighting Kyiv’s forces in eastern Ukraine.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on July 9 that the alliance does not see any “imminent threat” against its member states but that it does not enjoy the “strategic partnership” with Russia that it pursued after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Finish reading: NATO Preparing For ‘Hot’ War Against Russia – World News Report – EIN News


HWH Comment: Isn’t it enough that we created war zones all over the Middle East? Now we’re preparing to go to war against Russia? The USA and NATO need to stand down. They’re acting like the bullies of Black Lives Matter. Russia doesn’t meet our demands, so we’re going to activate the war machine? Who is the terrorist state here?

Britain is no longer a part of the European Union, so the USA decides to sucker punch Russia into compliance with their aggressive nation-stealing program. Crimea doesn’t belong to the USA. Neither does Ukraine. We don’t need to be sending troops to threaten anybody into compliance with our evil self-serving plans to control the planet. And we don’t need to be financially bailing out another corrupt nation – Ukraine.

We the people decide who we war against. President Obama needs to end his anti-Russia campaign and stop trying to make USA citizens hate anything Russian. Keep your hate to yourself Mr. Obama. The world doesn’t need you. We the people don’t want war mongers and hate mongers controlling who lives and dies. Obama is so hot to send our children into harms way. Why not send his daughters to be killed for what he claims to be a worthy cause for the few?

We don’t want your stupid war chants any more. Make peace or leave the stage.






 

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TO DALLAS TEXAS et al

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Get some sleep.

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Israel Targeting Palestinian Protesters on Facebook 

ON THE MORNING of August 28, 2014, two days after the end of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, Sohaib Zahda hopped into a shared taxi in Hebron that was going to Ramallah, where he had a job interview.

Thirty-three-year-old Zahda, who owns a paintball company, is an unlikely terrorist. An avid cyclist who speaks Arabic, Italian, French, and English, he is a member of Youth Against Settlements, a nonviolent organization that protests against Israeli settlers who live in and around Hebron. He is opposed to Hamas firing rockets into Israel. He likes to tell visitors his grandfather had Jewish friends in Hebron in the 1920s.

Hebron and Ramallah are about 25 miles apart. To get between them, Palestinians must pass through the “container checkpoint,” manned by Israeli soldiers on a road that connects the southern West Bank to its central and northern cities. At the checkpoint — named for a shipping container once located at the barrier — Palestinian pedestrians queue up to get their IDs checked, while cars wait for inspection and for soldiers to wave them through. When Zahda’s taxi drove up, masked Israeli soldiers stopped the vehicle, asked him to get out, and then handcuffed him….

Finish reading: Israel Targeting Palestinian Protesters on Facebook – World News Report – EIN News

HWH Comment: This story is way too long. Nobody, unless they like short novels and they feel like reading one, is going to get through this article.

What is it about Arabs and Palestinians and Persians that they have to include every detail surrounding anything they write about? Just give the facts.

Of course Israel is going to blame Palestinians for inciting violence against Israelis. The Palestinians are the ones committing the violence of which the Israelis speak.

Israel is not going to look to themselves as the cause. Israel thinks they are perfectly justified in prejudice, discrimination, enslavement, torture and slaughter against a people whose land they covet. They want your land. Why can’t you see the cause of what they do? For the same reason they can’t see the cause of what you do.

Israelis don’t know how to make peace. Palestinians obviously don’t know how to make peace either. Israel wants what they want and they are going to get it – your land. For all these years you haven’t come up with a viable plan – except to kill yourselves. Whoa. Nobody anywhere in the world wants to invest in a people who want to kill themselves. Don’t say you kill yourselves because of what they do to you. That’s not an excuse, a reason nor a plan. Why do you keep asking them to free you? Are you little children? Free yourselves. Work with them, not for them. Equal partners. In everything. Show you can do it.

Hamas and Hezbollah keep saying they have discipline. No you don’t. Yes, I’m talking to you directly. You have no discipline – and the Jews have even less. There is no discipline in killing – in torturing. There is no discipline in building tunnels for the purpose of getting guns. Build a tunnel to get supplies for survival if at all. Guns destroy, and the world thinks you all have a death wish. Israel has a death wish too. They just keep putting themselves in the line of fire instead of moving away from it.

Stop posting death images and threats on social media. It doesn’t matter that you didn’t build or throw a bomb. You may, without knowing it, encourage somebody else to do it. Why should you vent your evil onto the world? I don’t want to hear your anger, your hatred, your destructive thoughts. I don’t want to see the inner you reflected in the images you post. I don’t want to fear you, so don’t try to make me fear you.

Make me want to like you. Both. I’m talking to both of you. Jews don’t care if anybody likes them. That scares me. That means they have no self control and don’t care what they do, how they do it, to whom they do it, when or where or what time they do it. Nobody wants to invest in loose cannons, in people whose direction changes with the wind, people who don’t respect the views of others – only their own.

Hey, if Israel had their way, they’d drown every last Palestinian. Unfortunately the only way to prevent that is to work with them not for them. Jews work very hard at making you hate them, so you’ll pop and then they’ll feel justified in murdering you. Don’t let it happen. Exercise some self control. Build a future not a bomb. Build a life not a death sentence.

Don’t be so arrogant. Neither of you have anything to be arrogant about.






 

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In Pakistan, gruesome ‘honor’ killings bring a new backlash

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Parveen Rafiq closed her hands around the neck of her youngest daughter, Zeenat, and squeezed and squeezed until the girl was almost dead.

Then, in the tiny apartment where the family lived, she doused the 18-year-old with kerosene and set her on fire.

Neighbors saw the smoke and rushed to the home. Someone inside, apparently one of Rafiq’s daughters-in-law, was screaming, “Help her! Help!”

But the door was bolted from within. Moments later, they heard Rafiq scream from her rooftop: “I have killed my daughter. I have saved my honor. She will never shame me again.”

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Zeenat’s crime was marrying a childhood friend she loved, defying her widowed mother’s pressure for an arranged marriage and, in the mind of her mother and many of her neighbors, tarnishing her family’s honor.

Her macabre death on June 8 in the eastern city of Lahore was the latest in a series of increasingly gruesome “honor killings” in Pakistan, a country with one of the highest rates of such killings in the world.

In one case, a mother slit the throat of her pregnant daughter who had married a man she loved. In yet another a jilted suitor doused a teenage girl with kerosene and set her on fire.

Finish reading: In Pakistan, gruesome ‘honor’ killings bring a new backlash

HWH: This barbarism must end. Charge these parents. Put them on trial. How can honor killings be legal? Pakistan = Shame.






 

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BOYCOTT AND BANISH MICHAEL SYMON for crimes against animals

Previously: Michael Symon, Iron Chef, Bans Donald Trump From All His Restaurants For Being ‘creepy’.


Michael Symon is a disgrace to the animal race.

MICHAEL SYMON is a mass murderer of other species.

MICHAEL SYMON is a serial offender of innocent, defenseless animals trying to coexist within the Animal Kingdom.

I wonder, given his penchant for ripping open the guts of other animals – slicing, dicing, roasting, grilling – how many of these poor, innocent creatures he mutilated as a child?  A natural born molester of the innards, he relishes getting his creepy little fingers straight into the belly, what should be the private space of all creatures, he invades, laughing all the while, like the devil he chose to be, sucking up the blood with his thirsty, vengeful eyes.

Yeah, he’s Donald Trump all over. Iron chef my foot! He didn’t earn that title. He was bank-rolled, while he rolled everybody else. He isn’t a hands on manager of all those disgusting restaurants he claims he owns. You can’t own somebody’s soul.

Michael Symon is trying to sell souls through those slaughterhouses he calls eating establishments. He, being a devil, knows that that’s what people really want when they eat the blood – they want to own another creature’s soul. They want to own God. They want to punish God by ripping open the hearts of God’s innocent, defenseless children, right under God’s nose. In God’s house. On God’s planet.

How did he rise up from the gut sewer so fast? He has no talent for anything. The slaughter industry put their money-grubbing hooks into his devil fantasy and made him king.

Banish Michael Symon from the Animal Kingdom. He is not our leader. He is a devil who wants our skin. He wears no disguise as he rips your guts out while you’re still alive, blood dripping like cognac gone bad, just rotten enough for him to call you already dead. He wants you to see him, who he really is, while he laughs himself all the way into your wallet.

No vegans allowed in his house of horrors. We don’t serve vegans unless they eat the entrails of the children he bleeds out as spectacle for your consumption. Vegans creep him out.

Yeah, he’s Donald Trump all over.

Boycott Michael Symon. Banish Michael Symon from the Animal Kingdom.

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US Senate Fails to Pass $1.1B in Funding to Fight Zika

With no vaccine on the immediate horizon and America’s mosquito season well underway, Zahn said, “The only guaranteed way to prevent [Zika birth defects] is contraception. So access to contraception both domestically and abroad is crucial to address this issue.”

Access to contraception became a central point of contention in the Senate debate leading up to Tuesday’s vote blocking the $1.1 billion to fight Zika.

Democrats objected when a majority of Republicans inserted cost offsets that included a cut in funds to Planned Parenthood, a major provider of birth control to women…

Finish reading: US Senate Fails to Pass $1.1B in Funding to Fight Zika – World News Report – EIN News






 

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Hope and fear as combative president takes over Philippines

Sounds like, looks like – a Donald Trump has become President of Philippines!


MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in Thursday as president of the Philippines, with many hoping his maverick style will energize the country but others fearing he could undercut one of Asia’s liveliest democracies amid his threats to kill criminals en masse.

The 71-year-old former prosecutor and longtime mayor of southern Davao city won a resounding victory in May’s elections in his first foray into national politics. He has described himself as the country’s first leftist president and said his foreign policy will not be dependent on the United States, a longtime ally.

The frugal noontime ceremony at Malacanan, the Spanish colonial- era presidential palace by Manila’s murky Pasig River, was a break from tradition sought by Duterte to press the need for austerity amid the country’s grinding poverty. In the past, the oath-taking has mostly been held at a grandstand in a historic park by Manila Bay, followed by a grand reception.

Vice President Leni Robredo, a human rights lawyer who comes from a rival political party, was sworn in earlier in a separate ceremony in her office compound. Vice presidents are separately elected in the Philippines, and in a sign of Duterte’s go-it-alone style, he has not met her since the May 9 vote.

Duterte, who began a six-year term, captured attention with promises to cleanse his poor Southeast Asian nation of criminals and government crooks within six months — an audacious pledge that was welcomed by many crime-weary Filipinos but alarmed human rights watchdogs and the dominant Roman Catholic Church.

Duterte’s inauguration address, before a crowd of more than 600 relatives, officials and diplomats, was markedly bereft of the profanities, sex jokes and curses that were a trademark of his campaign speeches. There were no menacing death threats against criminals, but he pressed the urgency of battling crime and graft, promised to stay within the bounds of the law and appealed to Congress and the Commission on Human Rights “to mind your work and I will mind mine.”

“There are those who do not approve of my methods of fighting criminality, the sale and use of illegal drugs and corruption. They say that my methods are unorthodox and verge on the illegal,” Duterte said.

He added: “The fight will be relentless and it will be sustained.” “As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not. My adherence to the due process and the rule of law is uncompromising,” he said to loud applause…

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Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos

Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process.

The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States.

YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Islamic State videos and other similar material, the sources said.

The technology was originally developed to identify and remove copyright-protected content on video sites. It looks for “hashes,” a type of unique digital fingerprint that internet companies automatically assign to specific videos, allowing all content with matching fingerprints to be removed rapidly.

Such a system would catch attempts to repost content already identified as unacceptable, but would not automatically block videos that have not been seen before.

The companies would not confirm that they are using the method or talk about how it might be employed, but numerous people familiar with the technology said that posted videos could be checked against a database of banned content to identify new postings of, say, a beheading or a lecture inciting violence.

The two sources would not discuss how much human work goes into reviewing videos identified as matches or near-matches by the technology. They also would not say how videos in the databases were initially identified as extremist.

Use of the new technology is likely to be refined over time as internet companies continue to discuss the issue internally and with competitors and other interested parties.

In late April, amid pressure from U.S. President Barack Obama and other U.S. and European leaders concerned about online radicalization, internet companies including Alphabet Inc’s YouTube, Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc and CloudFlare held a call to discuss options, including a content-blocking system put forward by the private Counter Extremism Project, according to one person on the call and three who were briefed on what was discussed.

The discussions underscored the central but difficult role some of the world’s most influential companies now play in addressing issues such as terrorism, free speech and the lines between government and corporate authority.

None of the companies at this point has embraced the anti-extremist group’s system, and they have typically been wary of outside intervention in how their sites should be policed.

“It’s a little bit different than copyright or child pornography, where things are very clearly illegal,” said Seamus Hughes, deputy director of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism.

Extremist content exists on a spectrum, Hughes said, and different web companies draw the line in different places…

Finish reading: Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos

HWH Comment: I wonder how this will affect the animal rights movement’s use of animal abuse videos as educational tools to raise the consciousness of the populace?

There will definitely be abuse of our freedom of speech rights.

Just a few nights ago I was blocked three times from responding critically to three different posts. Nothing out of the ordinary, but the block was very real, and very scary – that somebody could do that, and now to discover that it was Facebook. Whoa. That needs to be looked at. This had nothing to do with terrorists.






 

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THE BIRTHING OF DONALD TRUMP

The Democratic Party presents to the world their own Donald Trump.

Elizabeth Warren took center stage today rousing the crowd at a Hillary Clinton rally to the tune of Donald Trump on steroids. Rock a bye Baby with an AK-47 delivery system.

The only difference between Warren and Trump is that Warren has the details – and she spit them out – rapid fire style – as the crowd went wild.

I’ve never heard cheers for Hillary Clinton like I heard after Elizabeth Warren spoke. That’s what the democrats needed, wanted, all along – their own Donald Trump.

If Hillary Clinton doesn’t pick Warren as her running mate, her Vice President, then Hillary deserves to lose.

And if Warren doesn’t accept, then they both deserve to lose.






 

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Albino Children Being Hunted Tanzania 

This story was originally published January 25, 2016.

People born with albinism — a rare congenital condition that leads to a lack of pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes — can face a life frought with complications. Risks of blindness and skin cancer are high; children with albinism are often bullied or teased over their looks. But in places like Tanzania, the challenges are unimaginable: discrimination, segregation, and even death. Local superstitions and traditions provoke attacks on people with albinism, whose limbs are used in witchcraft practices…





 

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Once again, women discriminating against women

No women need apply: Yacht club’s men-only policy rankles

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Taylor Swift has a home in this seaside community. But even one of the world’s most famous women wouldn’t be able to join the Westerly Yacht Club, which bestows full membership only on men.

Wives can become associate members, and while they can run committees and organize parties at the club, they can’t vote. Single women and married lesbians are not admitted, even as associates, because they are not married to a man. Gay men may join, but their husbands may not become associates, a status reserved for wives.

Women, and many men, are not happy. Several women connected to the club said it was ridiculous, in a year when Hillary Clinton is making a historic run for president, that they can’t join. Swift hasn’t asked, but if she wanted to would not be allowed, even though her beach house is in the same ZIP code.

“How do I explain this to my daughters? That you can be the president, but you can’t be a member of the Westerly Yacht Club?” said associate member Danielle Hetu. Hetu and her husband, who sits on the club’s board, are among those who have been working for years to change the policy. Previous votes to admit women have won a majority but failed to win a two-thirds majority, as required by the club’s bylaws, members said…

Finish reading: No women need apply: Yacht club’s men-only policy rankles

HWH response: Many wives told their husbands to vote no, because they didn’t want single women in the club cavorting with their husbands when they weren’t there. Sad, but true. Women will compromise their own rights to keep their husbands (they think) from straying – not that a private club ever stopped anything untoward from occurring. Private parties where wives are not invited often include call girls.

And what weak men would vote against rights of all women just because their wives told them to do it? Guilty men. It’s all somewhat sick – on both sides. Better that they open-air the whole system and make equal the membership. Equal power eliminates the prejudice, not necessarily the bad behavior.

Restricting some women from  men-only clubs does not eliminate adultery or infidelities among couples.

Shame on everybody here, including the single women who want to conquer married men – in other words take from other women their pride. That’s sick too.






 

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Career Advice: How to Recover From Any Mistake | Greatist

No matter how you messed up, following this advice will help you earn forgiveness.

Susie, can I please have the report from last week? I don’t see it in my inbox.”

My heart sank. My boss was asking me for a sales report that I had to submit every Friday. It was Monday. I totally blanked on doing it last week.

I did the only thing I could think of: I lied. “That’s odd—it should be there. I’ll re-send!” In 15 minutes, I scrambled together the shoddiest report ever created and hit send as if my life depended on it. You can imagine the questions my boss had about the errors in the Excel cells later that day. He knew; I knew. But I was resolute in my lie.

I was young. I thought this approach was safer than honesty. But I was wrong. I had not only failed to do the work, but I was also dishonest about it—trying to cover my tracks instead of admitting my mistake.

No matter what you messed up, acknowledging your error can make you feel like a naughty kid again—not the confident adult you’ve become.

Trust me, I know there’s nothing like the sting of making a mistake to make you feel inadequate, remorseful, and just plain pissed at yourself. But we all make mistakes in many different ways. Maybe you laid into your S.O. over something insignificant, forgot to text a friend back about plans, or made a glaring typo in an uber-important work memo. No matter what you messed up, acknowledging your error or poor judgment can make you feel like a naughty kid again—not the confident adult you’ve become…

Finish reading: Career Advice: How to Recover From Any Mistake | Greatist






 

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A Vegan Cafe Was Attacked by Meat-Wielding Neo-Nazis | VICE | United States

 

Around 15 people showed up at the Kiwi Café in Tbilisi, Georgia, brandishing meat skewers and violently throwing meat at its patrons.

The Kiwi Café in Tbilisi, Georgia, is a hipster enclave in the city. It’s located on a rundown street at the edge of the Georgian capital’s Old Town and is known for its veggie burgers and falafel. But this weekend, the cafe became the target of an attack by extremists, who reportedly ransacked the cafe and bludgeoned its patrons with meat.

Around 15 people brandishing meat skewers showed up at the business on Sunday and began shouting at customers, throwing pieces of meat at them and into their food, according to Kiwi Café staff.

“They were wearing sausages on their necks,” 20-year-old Giorgi Gegelashvili, who works at the cafe and seemed slightly traumatized by the event, told VICE. “They were yelling, ‘We know your face, who know who you are.'”

Gegelashvili and other staffers told me the attackers were members of a local neo-Nazi soccer fan club who had harassed patrons of the Kiwi Café a month earlier.

According to Kiwi Café staff, as the yelling and abuse spilled into the street, over a dozen neighbors noticed the ruckus and joined in. They claim that the neighbors were yelling that the cafe’s customers and staff were “punks” who were “not Georgian” and “had no respect for traditional values.”

According to Kiwi Café’s statement on the incident, a female cafe worker’s face was shoved onto the street, while a customer’s face was cut after a man hit him with a walking stick. A brawl reportedly ensued, with about four of the cafe’s staff and patrons receiving some kind of injury.

“Our neighbors do not like us, maybe because we have piercings and tattoos and talk about peace,” Gegelashvili told me…

Finish reading: A Vegan Cafe Was Attacked by Meat-Wielding Neo-Nazis | VICE | United States


HWH Comment: Crimes against vegans or vegan establishments need to be legally covered under the hate crimes category in USA and all other countries. We already know the prejudice and discrimination part. If left unchecked, it progresses to enslavement, then torture, then slaughter. Make the laws now. We are a special class of people – worldwide.






 

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U.N. Chief Admits He Removed Saudi Arabia From Child-Killer List Due to Extortion

Ban Ki-moon cited a financial threat to defund United Nations programs, presumably by the Saudi government.

U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL Ban Ki-moon publicly acknowledged Thursday that he removed the Saudi-led coalition currently bombing Yemen from a blacklist of child killers — 72 hours after it was published — due to a financial threat to defund United Nations programs.

The secretary-general didn’t name the source of the threat, but news reportshave indicated it came directly from the Saudi government.

The U.N.’s 2015 “Children and Armed Conflict” report originally listed the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen under “parties that kill or maim children” and “parties that engage in attacks on schools and/or hospitals.” The report, which was based on the work of U.N. researchers in Yemen, attributed 60 percent of the 785 children killed and 1,168 injured to the bombing coalition.

After loud public objections from the Saudi government, Ban said on Monday that he was revising the report to “review jointly the cases and numbers cited in the text,” in order to “reflect the highest standards of accuracy possible.”

But on Thursday, he described his real motivation. “The report describes horrors no child should have to face,” Ban said at a press conference. “At the same time, I also had to consider the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously if, as was suggested to me, countries would defund many U.N. programs. Children already at risk in Palestine, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and so many other places would fall further into despair.”…

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Tribe demands details on investigation into burned woman

CROW AGENCY, Mont. (AP) — Nearly two months after a woman was found severely burned on the Crow Indian Reservation, the tribe is still seeking information about the case from federal investigators, tribal leaders said.

June 10, 2016
The victim was found on April 17 in a field near the border between the Northern Cheyenne and Crow reservations with burns over most of her body, The Billings Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/28qcUKZ). Doctors told the woman’s family she had walked about 3 miles before collapsing, said Crow Sen. Shawn Real Bird.

The FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs say she is being treated for her injuries and they can’t comment because the investigation is ongoing. The agencies wouldn’t confirm the date and location of the incident, or say how the burns occurred.

Reservation residents believe the woman was set on fire. Tribal attorney Dawn Gray told members of the Crow Tribal Judicial Committee on Thursday that the lack of disclosure likely violates the 2010 Tribal Law and Order Act, which in part guaranteed the tribes the information they need to ensure public safety. The act also sought to decrease violence against Native American women, to encourage hiring more law enforcement officers for Indian lands and to encourage collaboration among federal, state and tribal law enforcement…

 

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Why Israel is blocking access to its archives – News from Al Jazeera

Israel is concealing vital records to prevent darkest periods in its history from coming to light, academics say.

Jerusalem – Israel is locking away millions of official documents to prevent the darkest episodes in its history from coming to light, civil rights activists and academics have warned as the country’s state archives move online.

They claim government officials are concealing vital records needed for historical research, often in violation of Israeli law, in an effort to avoid damaging Israel’s image.

The Israeli army has long claimed to be the “most moral” in the world.

Accusations of increased secrecy come as Israel marks this week the 49th anniversary of the 1967 war, when it seized and occupied Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, West Bank, and Golan Heights.

Many of the records to which access is being denied refer to that war and the first years of Israel’s military rule over Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.

Menachem Klein, a politics professor at Bar Ilan University, near Tel Aviv, said researchers needed such documents to gain a clearer picture of events half a century ago, the goals of policymakers, and human rights abuses. “We have gradually been able to expose some of what happened in 1948 [the war that established Israel], but there is still very little available to help us understand the 1967 war,” he told Al-Jazeera…

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SHINE ON HILLARY

SHAKE UP THE PLANET!

HILLARY EARNS TITLE OF FIRST WOMAN PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE of major political party.

Enjoy your moment in the sun. With all the privilege the world thought you had because you were white, it took you this long. How old are you?

No one worked longer or harder than you did to finally demolish the ceiling you shattered long ago, a ceiling that should have disintegrated under the pressure of prejudice, a ceiling that was kept from crumbling – till now – by the prejudicial thoughts and actions of all humankind (including women who were taught to discriminate against their own).

The world did not succumb to change. The world embraced the truth, instead of perpetuating the lie that all women are inferior to men in all ways and forever.

The world dispelled that long-standing prejudicial myth that divided humankind. Now we can truly unite as liberation heals the wounds of…

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NCAI Response to New Poll on R*skins Team Name | NCAI

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NCAI Response to New Poll on R*skins Team Name 

“It is true some Native people do not find the word offensive. However, thousands of Native people across the country have voiced their opposition to the name and the historic, disparaging connotations it carries to this day. More than 100 Native American organizations representing tribal nations and peoples across the United States have spoken out in opposition to the use of the R*skins mascot of the Washington D.C. NFL team. The tribal nations comprising the National Congress of the American Indians have repeatedly passed resolutions against the R*skins name and image, as well as many individual tribal governments and organizations.

The Washington Post surveyed a small sample of Native American adults, anyone can create a poll on any issue. The survey doesn’t recognize the psychological impacts these racist names and imagery have on American Indian and Alaska Natives. It is not respectful to who we are as Native people. This poll still doesn’t make it right.” – Jacqueline Pata, NCAI Executive Director
Source: NCAI Response to New Poll on R*skins Team Name | NCAI






 

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Harvard researchers unveil new Alzheimer’s theory

Karen Weintraub, Special for USA TODAY 7:28 a.m. EDT May 27, 2016

Researchers at Harvard this week offered a new theory of Alzheimer’s Disease that – if true – would upend our understanding of the disease and suggest new routes for treatment and prevention.

The researchers think that the immune system may play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s, which slowly robs people of their memory and is eventually fatal.

A protein called beta amyloid, long considered the bad actor in Alzheimer’s, actually plays a positive role in fighting off bacteria and fungus in mice, worms and cells, the researchers showed in a new paper in Science Translational Medicine.

Assuming that’s also true in people, it suggests that getting rid of amyloid, as some drug trials have tried, could be dangerous, and approaches that stimulate the immune system could be safer and more effective…

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Outrage In Pakistan Over Bid To Allow ‘Light Beating’ Of Wives 

By RFE/RL

Asuggestion that men should be allowed to “lightly beat” their wives from an Islamic religious body was met with outrage in Pakistan on May 27.

The suggestion was included in a draft bill released by the Council of Islamic Ideology on May 26, which was posed as an alternative to a law giving women greater rights and protection that was enacted in the province of Punjab in February.

The Islamic bill says: “A husband should be allowed to lightly beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up as per his desires; turns down demand for intercourse without any religious excuse; or does not take bath after intercourse or menstrual periods.”

Leading the outraged response to the proposal, the country’s biggest and most influential newspaper, the English-language daily Dawn, published a satirical article with a list of things people could beat other than their wives — including eggs, the bottom of ketchup bottles, and the Michael Jackson hit Beat It.

The article was a rare example of media satire on matters laid down by Pakistan’s conservative Islamic authorities.

The draft bill was also slammed by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, which condemned it as “ridiculous” and called for the council of “zealots” to be disbanded.

“It is difficult to comprehend why anyone in his right mind would think that any further encouragement or justification is needed to invite violence upon women in Pakistan,” the group said.

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Ginger: 10,000x Stronger Than Chemo In Cancer Research Model

By Sayer Ji • Originally published on GreenMedInfo.com

A new study reveals ginger contains a pungent compound that could be up to 10,000 times more effective than conventional chemotherapy in targeting the cancer stem cells at the root of cancer malignancy.

A new study published in PLoS reveals a pungent component within ginger known as 6-shogaol is superior to conventional chemotherapy in targeting the root cause of breast cancer malignancy: namely, the breast cancer stem cells.

As we have discussed in greater detail in a previous article titled, “Cancer Stem Cells: The Key To Curing Cancer,” cancer stem cells are at the root of a wide range of cancers, not just breast cancer, and are sometimes referred to as “mother cells” because they are responsible for producing all the different “daughter” cell types that makeup the tumor colony. While cancer stem cells only constitute between .2 and 1% of the cells within any given tumor, they have the seeming “immortal” ability to self renew, are capable of continuous differentiation, are resistant to conventional chemotherapeutic agents, and are tumorigenic, i.e. are capable of “splitting off” to create new tumor colonies. Clearly, the cancer stem cells within a tumor must be destroyed if cancer treatment is to affect a lasting cure.

The new study titled, “6-Shogaol Inhibits Breast Cancer Cells and Stem Cell-Like Spheroids by Modulation of Notch Signaling Pathway and Induction of Autophagic Cell Death,” identified powerful anti-cancer stem cell activity in 6-shogaol, a pungent constituent of ginger produced when the root is either dried or cooked. The study also found that the cancer-destroying effects occurred at concentrations that were non-toxic to non-cancerous cells – a crucial difference from conventional cancer treatments that do not exhibit this kind of selective cytotoxicityand therefore can do great harm to the patient.

The authors of the study further affirm these points:

Finish reading: Ginger: 10,000x Stronger Than Chemo In Cancer Research Model






 

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Stop Cancer with Baking Soda 

This is one of the most interesting health-related articles I’ve read.

“Sodium bicarbonate possesses the property of absorbing heavy metals, dioxins and furans. Comparison of cancer tissue with healthy tissue from the same person shows that the cancer tissue has a much higher concentration of toxic chemicals, pesticides, etc.”

In the early stages of acidic pH in the body’s tissues, the warning symptoms are mild. These include such things as skin eruptions, headaches, allergies, colds, flu and sinus problems. These symptoms are frequently treated (manipulated) with antibiotic drugs and suppressive medications. The longer and the deeper we become acidic the more our illness takes hold so it’s best to fight acidic conditions early on and in every presenting clinical situation. Certainly a highly toxic drug like anti viral Tamiflu won’t do a fraction of the job sodium bicarbonate will do especially if it’s combined with magnesium chloride and iodine as well as high levels of vitamin C.

Finish reading: Stop Cancer with Baking Soda – healthnews.benabraham.com






 

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Donald Trump Thinks Too Much…

…about punching people. A punch is a punch – doesn’t matter who is perceived as punching first.

You never start it do you? Everybody always starts it first.

There’s something called provocation – used to incite someone to punch you, so you can legally/ethically/as a right of responsibility to defend your name and reputation, punch them back. So essentially, you punch first. Provocation is the first punch. In response, they punch you like you wanted them to do, then you punch again. Counterpunch you call it.

You started it, you finished it.

You enjoy punching people. That’s not a good processing tool. Eventually you’re going to provoke the wrong person – someone who doesn’t roll with the punches.

It’s probably not a good idea to keep talking about punching anybody. The fact that you consider yourself a second responder, thus the victim, doesn’t change the violent message, nor does it send a positive message to the kids of the world.

You don’t solve problems by punching people. You solve problems by talking with people.






 

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New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship

by Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept

A newly published study from Oxford’s Jon Penney provides empirical evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocates: that the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression. Reporting on the study, the Washington Post this morning described this phenomenon: “If we think that authorities are watching our online actions, we might stop visiting certain websites or not say certain things just to avoid seeming suspicious.”

The new study documents how, in the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations (of which 87% of Americans were aware), there was “a 20 percent decline in page views on Wikipedia articles related to terrorism, including those that mentioned ‘al-Qaeda,’ “car bomb’ or ‘Taliban.’” People were afraid to read articles about those topics because of fear that doing so would bring them under a cloud of suspicion. The dangers of that dynamic were expressed well by Penney: “If people are spooked or deterred from learning about important policy matters like terrorism and national security, this is a real threat to proper democratic debate.”…

Finish reading: New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship






 

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Big Bosses In Congress In With The Mafiosa Of Big Pharma

WASHINGTON — A group of House Democrats is organizing an effort to slow down an Obama administration plan to reduce drug prices, according to a letter obtained by The Huffington Post.

The Department of Health and Human Services is working toward finalizing a new rule that would experiment with ending the financial incentive doctors have for prescribing some extremely expensive medications. The rule has been well-received among some patient advocates, but congressional Democrats have been largely silent, while the pharmaceutical industry and medical community have waged an aggressive campaign to stop it…

Finish reading: House Democrats Push Back On Plan To Cut Drug Prices – World News Report – EIN News


HWH Comment: Democrats are acting like Republicans again! All incentives to doctors and clinics to prescribe any medication for any reason should be banned – outlawed.

Both Democrats and Republicans don’t want to get on board with lower-priced medicines.

The drug companies want to keep the financial incentives to physicians and clinics, so they’ll keep using and prescribing the most expensive drugs and as it turns out, so does Congress.

Congress in essence allows Big Pharma to bribe doctors and clinics into forcing expensive drugs onto patients when less expensive drugs would work as well or better, even when they know they can’t afford them.

So the rich get treated with the good drugs and stay rich – and maybe they get better. And the poor, well…they get sicker, go bankrupt or both. They’re given the drugs that don’t work first. Then, even if they can afford a couple trials of the expensive – cause it’s the best – drug, eventually their bank account dries up, leaving them with no viable treatment options and in financial ruin.

They hold a gun to the patient’s head. We have this really good, but really expensive drug that can cure you. What would you do? Hepatitis C can be cured with a shot for about twenty thousand dollars. The Veteran’s Administration won’t cover it, the veterans can’t afford it out of pocket, so they die. That’s a crime right there. A crime against humanity.

You use the drug that works. That’s the only ground you can stand on. If pharmaceuticals can’t tell physicians what works and what doesn’t – what is the best and worst – then that drug shouldn’t even be on the market. There shouldn’t even be a worst drug category. No doctor should ever prescribe a drug that they know won’t work. That’s a crime right there.

Doctors should not be allowed to accept gratuities from drug companies or from any company with a conflict of interest. Any entity involved in patient care has a conflict of interest. Let the patient decide, not the doctor or clinic being bought by the pharmaceuticals.

Doctors should not be making a commission on the drugs used in a clinical setting nor should they be receiving expensive vacations for the drugs they prescribe in an office setting (something that nobody’s addressing yet). What is wrong with our government, that they allow it?

They’re crooks – all of them. The Democrats are with the Republicans on this one. So now they think they’re working together. Yes, they are working together – against ‘we the people’ – working together against ‘the patient’, who is getting short-changed on quality healthcare, while everybody else lines up to line their pockets.

And healthcare professionals wonder why the lack of trust? How can you trust somebody who gets paid off for prescribing certain drugs? Doctors get pissed off when a patient doesn’t want a particular drug, or doesn’t want any drugs at all. They retaliate. When they see you walk through the door of their office, they see dollar signs. The more drugs they prescribe you, the more money in their pocket. If you don’t sign up as a contributor to their vacation, they remember that. Next time you want something, they’re not there for you.

It’s a racket that needs to end. They act like the Mafia. Patients are afraid to say no, and you can’t blame them. Ever wonder why so many bottles of prescription drugs end up in the toilet? They don’t want them. Doctors give signals, and the patients at their mercy get the message. Fill the prescriptions – whether you take them or not doesn’t matter. Just keep refilling them.

Congress isn’t qualified to be making healthcare decisions for patients. The only decision Congress should be making is outlawing financial kickbacks to healthcare professionals and institutions for prescribing certain high-end drugs, or any drug or medical device.

Doctors need to disqualify themselves based on their admitted corrupt practice of accepting bribes that affect a patient’s care.

Clinics are accepting the same bribes, so they’re disqualified.

Who else is there? Who is the advocate for the patient here and not just someone who is pandering to the pharmaceuticals and Congress, concerned only about how much profit everybody can make off of one prescription?

There is no one powerful enough to make a positive difference for the patient. Our healthcare system is broken. Putting band-aids on it isn’t going to fix it. The problem is corrupt politicians who get lobbied by special interests to your detriment. They always cave, and it’s always to your detriment.

Reducing the cost of a drug from twenty thousand to fifteen thousand isn’t going to make much difference to the patient, who couldn’t afford the copay either way.

Stop all incentives. Call the bluff of Big Pharma – when they hint that they’ll increase the prices on all of their drugs, not just the best ones. That’s extortion right there. Ban Bribery. Stop calling them incentives. Call their bluff. Don’t meet with lobbyists. Why do you meet with them? Because you want to get re-elected. Well, that’s on you. You don’t belong in office if you do whatever a lobbyist tells you to do, just to stay in office.

You serve the people.

We the people don’t need nor do we want Cowards in Congress. You work for us.






 

Posted in ATTENTION, POLITICS

to D-T (Donald Trump): IT’S ORE-GUN, NOT ORE-GONE

BIG INSULT TO OREGONIANS – ORE-GO-KNEE-INS.

Correct immediately!

gon = gun

get it?






 

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Rage disorder connected to undercooked meat, cat feces

Individuals with a psychiatric disorder involving recurrent bouts of extreme, impulsive anger — road rage, for example — are more than twice as likely to have been exposed to a common parasite than healthy individuals with no psychiatric diagnosis.

In a study involving 358 adult subjects, researchers found that toxoplasmosis, a relatively harmless parasitic infection carried by an estimated 30 percent of all humans, is associated with intermittent explosive disorder and increased aggression.

Read more: People with rage disorder twice as likely to have latent toxoplasmosis parasite infection: New study identifies link between Intermittent Explosive Disorder and exposure to the common toxoplasma gondii parasite typically found in undercooked meat, cat feces






 

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Unilever, the Company That Once Fought Vegan Mayo, Now Supports Sustainable Plant-Based Food | update on Hellman’s

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When Unilever, the owner of Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, caught wind that Hampton Creek was making a creamy, plant-based condiment and advertising it as “mayo,” they pretty much lost it.

The almighty Association of Dressings and Sauces swooped in,  a lawsuit was filed, and an official mayo war began. Despite all of the bad blood, at the end of the day, Unilever decided to drop the case, and then a handful of months later, set out to make a vegan mayo of their own! It looks like the company is taking the “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach.

According to Food Business News, in a recent conference call with analysts, Andrew Stephen the head of investor relations at Unilever, stated that the conglomerate was seeing excellent traction in their portfolio with products that “meet the growing demand for authentic, fresh, natural and sustainably-sourced products.”

Stephen made a point to note that Hellmann’s new vegan mayonnaise or as they prefer to call it, “Carefully Crafted Dressing and Sandwich Spread,” was seeing good responses in the U.S market…

Read more: Unilever, the Company That Once Fought Vegan Mayo, Now Supports Sustainable Plant-Based Food | One Green Planet

JUST MAYO SUED BY HELLMAN’S commentary on this site 5/18/2015