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NY governor awash in controversy over 25-cent cups of milk

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s governor is finding out that, in politics, something as simple as a 25-cent cup of milk can turn sour fast. Just last summer, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo was hailed as a hero for stepping in with a state subsidy to prevent a price hike to 50 cents for the popular cups of white and chocolate milk at New York State Fair’s beloved Milk Bar, which for generations has been a shrine to the state’s dairy industry complete with life-size people sculpted in butter…

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HWH COMMENT:

“It’s just one of those goofy traditions you have to do at the fair,” Sampere said. “You have to get a baked potato. You have to get fried dough. And you have to get a cup of milk.”

This is the problem with the entire world – this destructive, backward thinking, stay in the past forever mentality. Just because you’ve always done it, means to most humans that you have to always continue doing it.

Cow’s milk is bad for you. Butter is bad for you. Dairy products are loaded with pathogens that produce sickness, allergies and sensitivity symptoms that are not fun to live with. Milk and/or butter in everything tells you why we must have it – to make wealthy people more wealthy by keeping you addicted to the flesh and the blood – which encompasses the entire animal.

Did anybody think to ask the cow?






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The $221 million Obama quietly sent to Palestine in his last hours in office went through

$220.3 million released for West Bank programs such as water, education, renewable energy, civil society, municipal governance, and the rule of law.

During his final hours in office, on the same day current President Donald Trump would be inaugurated, Barack Obama authorized the State Department to release about $221 million in withheld funds to Palestinians living in the West Bank — and it looks like it’s finally gone through.

Despite a review imposed on the payment by the incoming Trump administration, and the perception that Obama had turned away from supporting Israel towards the end of his term, acting State Department Spokesman Mark Toner confirmed the money had reached the Palestinians last month.

“So 20 – 220.3 million that was released was for West Bank programs such as water, infrastructure, education, renewable energy, civil society, municipal governance, and the rule of law, as well as Gaza recovery. And a smaller amount was to go directly to Israeli creditors of the Palestinian Authority as well as East Jerusalem hospitals,” Toner said at a press briefing in March.

“None of the funding was to go directly to the Palestinian Authority,” said Toner, contrary to reports that came out at the time. “It’s my understanding that the money has been released.”

Toner’s statement fits with the Obama administration’s earlier notification to Congress that said the money would go towards promoting the “rule of law,” the Associated Press reported at the time.

Obama’s move to release the funds came as he closed his presidency with a critical eye toward Israel. In December 2016, the UN Security Council passed a resolution demanding that Israel stop building settlements on Palestinian land. The US refused to vote on the resolution, effectively allowing it to pass.

But far from being a slight to Israel, experts say the funds released by Obama, and later approved by Trump, actually promote stability in the region…






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The Bizarre Story Behind the FBI’s Fake Documentary About the Bundy Family

May 16 2017, 12:00 p.m.

RYAN BUNDY SEEMED uneasy as he settled into a white leather chair in a private suite at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. As the eldest son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who had become a national figure for his armed standoff with U.S. government agents in April 2014, Ryan had quite a story to tell.

Eight months had passed since Cliven and hundreds of supporters, including heavily armed militia members, faced off against the federal government in a sandy wash under a highway overpass in the Mojave Desert. Now, here in the comforts of the Bellagio, six documentary filmmakers trained bright lights and high-definition cameras on Ryan. They wanted to ask about the standoff. Wearing a cowboy hat, Ryan fidgeted before the cameras. He had told this story before; that wasn’t the reason for his nerves. After all, the Bundy confrontation made national news after armed agents with the Bureau of Land Management seized the Bundy family’s cattle following a trespassing dispute and the accumulation of more than $1 million in unpaid grazing fees. But the Bundys, aided by their armed supporters, beat back the government, forcing agents to release the cattle and retreat.

Images of armed Bundy supporters with high-powered rifles taking on outgunned BLM agents circulated widely on social media. As a result, the Bundys became a household name, lionized by the right as champions of individual liberty and vilified by the left as anti-government extremists.

But something seemed off to Ryan about this interview in the Bellagio. While the family’s newfound fame had attracted fresh supporters to their cause, it had also inspired suspicion. With a federal investigation looming, who among these new faces could they really trust?

Among the more recent figures in the Bundy orbit was this mysterious documentary film crew. The director, Charles Johnson, was middle-aged, with a silver goatee, slicked-back hair, and a thick southern accent. His assistant, who identified herself as Anna, was tall and blond. A website for their company, Longbow Productions, listed an address in Nashville, Tennessee, but the Bundys could find no previous examples of their work.

https://content.jwplatform.com/players/cNYB9veJ-biiQQJhC.html

An excerpt from an interview that the purported Longbow Productions film crew conducted with Ryan Bundy, obtained by The Intercept.

As the cameras recorded, Ryan’s skepticism was plain. At times, his right eye rolled back into his head, the result of a childhood accident that paralyzed half of his face, and his gaze shifted to figures outside the shot. “There’s been a lot of red flags in the community about Longbow Productions,” one of his companions explained to the film crew. “No bullshit, straight talk. … It’s almost like you’re trying to make us incriminate ourselves.”

With a conspicuously placed copy of the U.S. Constitution poking out of his left breast pocket, Ryan turned his gaze to Johnson.

“We really do want to work with you, if that’s really what’s going on,” he said. But his family needed to know, “Is this just a mole project to garner information that will then be given to the feds?”

Johnson insisted the project was a legitimate endeavor. “I want a truthful documentary.”

“Alrighty,” Ryan said. “Let’s proceed.”

“Quiet on the set,” Johnson told his crew.

Ryan should have trusted his instincts. Johnson and his colleagues were not documentarians. They were undercover FBI agents posing as filmmakers. By the time they sat down with Ryan, Johnson and his team had spent eight months traveling to at least five states to film interviews with nearly than two dozen people about the Bundy standoff, all part of an FBI effort to build criminal cases against the Bundys and their supporters.

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Portland Burrito Cart Closes After Owners Are Accused Of Cultural Appropriation

Carolina Moreno, HuffPost

Finish reading: Portland Burrito Cart Closes After Owners Are Accused Of Cultural Appropriation


HWH COMMENT: Is this real news? With all the Mexicans and South Americans in the USA illegally using everything American as their own, and they go berserk over somebody – two white people – with a food truck making tortillas?

Americans can only make American food? What is American food anyway, but a conglomerate of foreign food. You mean white people can only make and sell white people food? What is white people food? Blacks own pizza joints. Stay in your own culture is that what they’re saying? Don’t step out and experience the culture of all those other cultures that make up America? You have to leave the tortilla and barbecue rib joints to the Mexicans and blacks? Or they’ll shut you down?

Only in America.

Appropriation? Anybody can make a tortilla. Almost every Mexican restaurant in America has a burger and fries section. Is that appropriation? You stole my culture?

Let us make this clear. Nobody owns a culture. Period.

Wow. It looks like maybe I’ve got to take down from my website all recipes I developed in my animal-free kitchen that could in any way resemble a different culture other than that of a white woman. What do white women eat? This means I can’t eat the food men eat.

I grew up on all kinds of food; now that’s all out the window. Burgers, fries, steak, not even chicken; I think the blacks will claim ownership there. Burgers, fries and steak that’s it. Can’t think of anything else American. Macaroni and cheese. Nope, blacks took that too.

South America has a lot of cattle, so are they appropriating USA culture when they sell steaks?

McDonald’s is going to have to close up shop in all these foreign countries where they peddle their American food. Taco Bell has been banned in the USA on appropriation grounds, unless they hire and sell to only Mexicans.

This isn’t appropriation this is prejudice in its most devious form. Keep all cultures separate. That way somebody, usually government forces, can control each culture, then each gender, then by ages and status of handicap. Then by religion, then by political affiliation. We’re moving backwards folks.

Watch out. That discrimination train is plowing through your county with separation papers on board. Better hide your food, before you’re found out.

I wonder if the photo that accompanied this article from the Huffington Post was an actual photo of these women making tortillas. Maybe they appropriated it from somebody else.






 

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UN Accuses Israel of Apartheid, Drawing Fury From Tel Aviv and Washington

A UN report has concluded that Israel has established an “apartheid regime,” drawing quick condemnation from Tel Aviv and Washington on Wednesday.

The report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) says, “Israel has established an apartheid regime that systematically institutionalizes racial oppression and domination of the Palestinian people as a whole.”

The study concluded that “available evidence established beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid.”

Based in Beirut, ESCWA is comprised of 18 Arab countries, according to its website, which lists the state of Palestine as a full member, and works to strengthen cooperation and promote development.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres distanced himself from the report but US Ambassador Nikki Haley said it should be scrapped altogether…

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New research identifies a ‘sea of despair’ among white, working-class Americans 

Economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton say the early mortality spike in this midlife group is not easing.

 March 23 at 12:01 AM

Sickness and early death in the white working class could be rooted in poor job prospects for less-educated young people as they first enter the labor market, a situation that compounds over time through family dysfunction, social isolation, addiction, obesity and other pathologies, according to a study published Thursday by two prominent economists.Anne Case and Angus Deaton garnered national headlines in 2015 when they reported that the death rate of midlife non-Hispanic white Americans had risen steadily since 1999 in contrast with the death rates of blacks, Hispanics and Europeans. Their new study extends the data by two years and shows that whatever is driving the mortality spike is not easing up.

VIDEO: Here’s what you need to know about the life expectancy drop

The two Princeton professors say the trend affects whites of both sexes and is happening nearly everywhere in the country. Education level is significant: People with a college degree report better health and happiness than those with only some college, who in turn are doing much better than those who never went…

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Video of ‘chubby’ tigers taking down a drone may be way darker than you think

U.S.

Johnny Lieu,Mashable Thu, Feb 23 9:30 PM PST 

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HWH COMMENT: The dark side is the live animal feeds.

What kind of person can do that? Carry a live, breathing, feeling animal into a tourist attraction park and throw him/her to the lions for the sole purpose of watching an animal tear apart and eat another animal live? They’re not there out of compassion for their hunger. The tigers are obese. They want to keep the tigers wild, barbaric like them. Otherwise they’d feed them bagged food. They tried to eat the drone, so that’s proof that they’ll eat just about anything. Feed them soy meat. China’s rich, they can afford it. Chinese and other Asian Orientals want to experience horror, while they stay safe from it – that’s the attraction.

A scary person, with a scary mind, that’s the kind of person who can do that. Scarier is a country that allows it. Scarier than that is a country of like-minded people. A barbaric country. A country that is numb to the suffering of others. A country that enjoys watching animals suffer is a dangerous collective. And this is the country that said a few days ago that they wanted to be the country that establishes the new world order, with China making the rules. Read about it here: https://qz.com/916382/chinese-president-xi-jinping-has-vowed-to-lead-the-new-world-order/






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Hackers Use New Tactic at Austrian Hotel: Locking the Doors 

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The Crimes of SEAL Team 6

Behind the heroic narratives of SEAL Team 6 is a darker, more troubling story of criminal brutality and war crimes.


Officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, SEAL Team 6 is today the most celebrated of the U.S. military’s special mission units. But hidden behind the heroic narratives is a darker, more troubling story of “revenge ops,” unjustified killings, mutilations, and other atrocities — a pattern of criminal violence that emerged soon after the Afghan war began and was tolerated and covered up by the command’s leadership…

Most SEALs did not commit atrocities, the sources said, but the problem was persistent and recurrent, like a stubborn virus. Senior leaders at the command knew about the misconduct and did little to eradicate it. The official SEAL creed reads, in part: “Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond.” But after 9/11, another code emerged that made lying — especially to protect a teammate or the command from accountability — the more honorable course of action…

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TERROR ON THE LOOSE – IN BRAZIL’S PRISONS AND BEYOND…

Trail of slaughter in prisons shocks Brazilians as gang war explodes

‘Brazil is getting out of control’ warns police investigator after a series of horrific massacres by rival drug gangs sweeps the country’s penitentiaries.


The men on the prison roof laughed as they raised a hand-painted flag emblazoned with the initials of two of Brazil’s most dangerous drug gangs. In the yard below, other gang-members hacked the heads off prisoners from a rival mafia faction and lined them up in a row.

The horrific scenes were filmed on a mobile phone during a jail riot on 1 January in which 56 prisoners were butchered near the Amazon city of Manaus – the first in a string of violent incidents in Brazilian prisons this year.

The next day, four more inmates were killed at another prison in Manaus. Five days later, 33 prisoners died at a prison outside Boa Vista, in Roraima state in the far north of Brazil. Then, early on Sunday morning, four more prisoners were killed in another Manaus jail which had been reopened to accommodate prisoners transferred after the 1 January massacre.

In a country long used to violent crime, the savagery has appalled Brazilians: local media reports have included footage of of dismembered corpses, and messages scrawled in human blood.

Police and prosecutors have warned that a war between rival gangs to control Brazil’s lucrative drug trade has escalated to a new level of brutality – and there are signs that the battle has already moved from the country’s overwhelmed prison system to Rio de Janeiro, where it threatens to destabilise a city already reeling from a rise in violent crime.

“If security agents don’t exercise caution, there is a great chance of a bloody conflict happening all over Brazil,” Josmar Jozino, a journalist who has written extensively about organized crime, wrote on security site Ponte…

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The Government in Las Vegas Is Now Powered by 100% Renewables

Las Vegas now powers all of its 140 government buildings, streetlights, and facilities using renewable energy sources such as hydroelectric turbines and solar panels. Las Vegas joins a number of other cities and countries emerging as global leaders in sustainability by making the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

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WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived

In the current D.C. climate on Russia, all relevant journalistic incentives encourage and reward false news.


IN THE PAST six weeks, the Washington Post published two blockbuster stories about the Russian threat that went viral: one on how Russia is behind a massive explosion of “fake news,” the other on how it invaded the U.S. electric grid. Both articles were fundamentally false. Each now bears a humiliating editor’s note grudgingly acknowledging that the core claims of the story were fiction: The first note was posted a full two weeks later to the top of the original article; the other was buried the following day at the bottom.

The second story on the electric grid turned out to be far worse than I realized when I wrote about it on Saturday, when it became clear that there was no “penetration of the U.S. electricity grid” as the Post had claimed. In addition to the editor’s note, the Russia-hacked-our-electric-grid story now has a full-scale retraction in the form of a separate article admitting that “the incident is not linked to any Russian government effort to target or hack the utility” and there may not even have been malware at all on this laptop…

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It Was Only a Matter of Time: Scientists Found a Way to Reverse Signs of Aging

IN BRIEF
  • A new experiment looks into the possibility of replicating stem cell-like conditions through intermittent expressions of genes in order to reverse the signs of aging.
  • As a result, human skin cells in a dish looked and behaved young again, and mice with premature aging disease were rejuvenated with a 30% increase in lifespan.

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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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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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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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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.

Finish reading: A No-Slaughter Leather Startup Just Raised $53 Million






 

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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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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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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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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…

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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.”…

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






 

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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.

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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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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.

Finish reading: Outrage In Pakistan Over Bid To Allow ‘Light Beating’ Of Wives – World News Report – EIN News






 

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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:

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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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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.”…

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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

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Zika virus ‘scarier than thought’ says US – BBC News

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The Zika virus is “scarier” than first thought and its impact on the US could be greater than predicted, public health officials have admitted.

A wider range of birth defects has been linked to the virus, said Dr Anne Schuchat of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And the mosquitoes that carry the virus could travel to more US states than previously thought, she said.

The current Zika outbreak began almost a year ago in Brazil. It has been linked to thousands of birth defects in the Americas…

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Junior Chills – For Palestine

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Junior Chills – For Palestine (original)

A few weeks ago I was asked to play a song by Woody Guthrie called ‘Deportees’. I had not heard of the song never mind played it before but I tried my hand at it and, I think, it went down well. The song stuck with me as it was based on a true story so I decided to put my own lyrics to the music of another true story. The story of Palestine. Guthrie’s song was a protest song…this, I suppose, is my own protest song to the injustice and plight of the Palestinians at the hand of Israel.

The songs basis comes from a quote I read from Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, in October 1983. The quote reads “We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned…

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A brief history of secret prisons in the United States

Secret prisons reflect a parallel legal system for prisoners who are denied access to communications, deprived of their due process rights, and hidden from public scrutiny. Investigative journalist and TED Fellow Will Potter explains.Secret prisons are operating in the United States today. Many Americans I speak with don’t believe this could possibly be true, and think that such human rights abuses only occur in foreign countries. But the reality is that the United States has a dark history of disproportionately punishing people because of their political views, a history that has largely been ignored or forgotten…

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DO FAT PEOPLE HAVE POORER MEMORIES THAN THIN PEOPLE?

Being overweight linked to poorer memory | University of Cambridge | UK

Overweight young adults may have poorer episodic memory – the ability to recall past events – than their peers, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge, adding to increasing evidence of a link between memory and overeating.

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A UN WAKE UP CALL

A mass extinction of bees and butterflies could threaten world crops, UN report finds

Many species of wild bees, butterflies and other critters that pollinate plants are shrinking toward extinction, and the world needs to do something about it before our food supply suffers, a new United Nations scientific mega-report warns.

The 20,000 or so species of pollinators are key to hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of crops each year — from fruits and vegetables to coffee and chocolate. Yet 2 out of 5 species of invertebrate pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, are on the path toward extinction, said the first-of-its-kind report. Pollinators with backbones, such as hummingbirds and bats, are only slightly better off, with 1 in 6 species facing extinction…

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the perversity of surveillance

If Apple loses, your home could be the next thing that’s unlocked, Access to your security cameras would be just a judge order away…

In a recent interview about Apple’s ongoing legal battle with the Department of Justice, Tim Cook said that our smartphones have more information about us and our families than any other device we own. He’s right. And if the FBI is able to compel Apple or any company to circumvent a phone’s encryption, it would tap into a wealth of information. But it’s not just the tiny computers in our pocket we need to be concerned about. Your home and car tech could also be affected by the ruling if law enforcement deems it necessary.

Look around your home, office or car. How many microphones, cameras or sensors are pointed at you right now? Even if these devices are not connected to a service or server, they’re probably still there watching and listening. Hopefully the manufacturers did their jobs and all those eyes and ears are encrypted. But, if Apple is forced to help the FBI get into that iPhone, even that encryption won’t matter.

The Internet of Things have been a target of security researchers (and rightfully so), but that’s forced companies to make it a priority to secure these devices. Which is paramount because they record an incredible amount of information about you and your family. Cameras like the Nest Cam track who comes in and out of your home. Microphones embedded in devices like the Amazon Echo and smart TVs let you check the weather, change channels and order items with your voice…

 

Finish reading: If Apple loses, your home could be the next thing that’s unlocked

The FBI is into some really creepy, scary stuff.





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PATH TO IMPROVED CHEMICAL TESTS WITHOUT ANIMALS

A new paper calls for ongoing development and regulatory acceptance of adverse outcome pathways (AOPs), a framework for improving chemical hazard assessment by prioritizing modern test methods that reduce animal use.

READ MORE: Adverse Outcome Pathways: Path to Improved Chemical Tests without Animals | The Physicians Committee






 

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PLANT-BASED MAKEOVER FOR CONGRESS CAFETERIAS

WASHINGTON—Doctors and dietitians from the Barnard Medical Center will visit Congress on Friday, Feb. 5, to share healthful plant-based Super Bowl snacks with members of Congress and staffers at the Veggie Touchdown, sponsored by the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association. Sodexo, which manages congressional cafeterias, has also been invited and encouraged to serve more plant-based options in Congress.

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Fungi Survive Mars-Like Conditions On Space Station

 

Some hardy Earth organisms may be able to survive on Mars, a new study suggests.

Two species of tiny fungi from Antarctica survived an 18-month exposure to Mars-like conditions aboard the International Space Station, according to the study, which was published last month in the journal Astrobiology…

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Is proof of UFO being quashed?

UFO captured? Man says he has proof

CLANCY, Mont.— For nearly two years Dr. Richard O’Connor has kept two cameras pointed at the sky with the deep hope and belief that something might be out there.

And then, after nearly 280,000 photos captured by motion detection, it happened.

Or maybe not.

But O’Connor’s findings of what he believes are two unidentified flying objects has set off a barrage of email exchanges, some of them angry, in the community of UFO fans and experts.






 

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