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Jan 17 07:33

Second US winter storm forces hundreds of flight cancellations

A second winter storm in as many weeks is causing hundreds of flight cancellations across the United States, airlines reported on Tuesday, potentially dealing a further blow to carriers' first quarter outlooks.

As the storm sweeps across southeast Texas and up the East Coast dumping snow, sleet and freezing rain, airlines have already cancelled flights into Wednesday in anticipation of difficult conditions.

Jan 17 07:31

Super Blue Blood Moon in the sky after 150 years. Here's what you need to know

After 2017 gave sky-gazers and space enthusiasts a chance to witness a rare total solar eclipse, 2018 is all set to give aficionados another treat.

On January 31st, the moon is all set to turn orange. Get ready to witness a rare celestial spectacle on the last day of January as the moon enters a phase of total eclipse aligning perfectly with the sun.

Jan 17 05:52

HOW YOUR CAR IS SPYING ON YOU: EXPERTS REVEAL HOW AUTOMAKERS CAN TRACK EVERYTHING FROM YOUR WEIGHT TO THE FOOD YOU EAT USING IN-BUILT SENSORS

Experts have revealed the myriad ways that your car can spy on your personal habits. Automakers track your vehicle’s location, how fast you drive, what entertainment you listen to, through internet-connected systems in modern cars. Newer cars can even record a driver’s eye movements, the weight of people in the front seats, the weather on your street, and where you prefer to eat.

Jan 16 17:04

Is Your Child Smarter Or Dumber Because Of Microwave Technologies?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Parents are overjoyed when their two-year-olds ‘master’ computer games and cell phones. They interpret that as “look how smart my kid is!” Well, that’s really not the take-away message parents should be coming up with. Maybe their youngsters inadvertently are becoming addicted to a tech-meme and device, which will damage them down the road, and very dramatically: dumb and cancer?...

Jan 16 16:52

Perihelion, Aphelion and the Solstices

The Earth is closest to the Sun – at its Perihelion – about 2 weeks after the December Solstice and farthest from the Sun – at its Aphelion – about 2 weeks after the June Solstice.

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In response to the caller to the radio show.

Jan 16 16:24

Expert creates new prototype to restore old lithium batteries to 95% of original capacity, drawing interest from major tech companies

An expert in batteries from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore has successfully managed to create a prototype of a device that can reportedly restore a battery’s life. And it has been so effective that a few major tech companies have already expressed their interest in it as a piece of technology that they can somehow benefit from.

This invention was made by Professor Rachid Yazami, who is an adjunct scientist at NTU. He sees it as a better way to prolong the lifespan of lithium batteries, which by design, tend to break down and need replacement after a certain number of years of use. In this view, it would be greatly beneficial to users of smartphones, laptops, and even bigger battery-powered devices such as electric vehicles. In fact, he says that the greatest potential of his invention can be in electric vehicles, mainly because people wouldn’t be looking to replace them as often as they would other normal gadgets like phones, laptops, and tablets.

Jan 16 15:22

Goldwater Rule’s Origins Based on Long-Ago Controversy

Restraint of psychiatrists’ comments on political candidates is grounded in APA’s response to an attempt to question Barry Goldwater’s mental health during the 1964 campaign for president.

Jan 16 14:24

If Hillary Was President.Would She Allow the USA to freeze During the Artic Blast to So Call Save the Planet?

I can say if Hillary was President. America would freeze to comply with lowering our carbon foot print in the name of saving the planet

Jan 16 12:18

Alex Jones Exposed

Very detailed,lots of links. Here is a sample.

8. – Alex Jones’ parents David Jones and Carol Hamman have been employed by the C.I.A. in the past. Alex Jones’ deceased uncle Bill Hamman was employed by the C.I.A. and U.S. Army Special Forces. Alex Jones’ cousin Verna Grayce Chao is currently employed as a C.I.A. contractor by Dell (previously by IBM). Alex Jones’ other cousin Buckley Hamman was one of the original founders of Infowars in 1995. Thus there is only one degree of separation between Alex Jones and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Jan 16 10:35

The flu is officially an epidemic in the US

The flu is now officially an epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than half of all US states reported high flu activity within the first week of the year.

Jan 16 10:34

Black Death: Fears of PLAGUE break out in Africa as eye bleeding fever sweeps Uganda

BLACK DEATH killed hundreds of people in Madagascar in 2017 but now a deadly new form of the plague may have broken out in Africa following the death of a nine-year-old girl who was “bleeding from the eyes”.

Jan 16 10:31

The radical plan to clear space debris by blasting it with a LASER GUN

It may sound like the stuff of science fiction but researchers in China have put forward a bold proposal to take care of the debris surrounding Earth's orbit using giant lasers.

A paper by scientists at the Air Force Engineering University in Xi'an describes how space-based lasers could zap large-sized space junk into smaller pieces to make them potentially less harmful.

And impossible to track.

Jan 16 10:19

Black Death: Fears of PLAGUE break out in Africa as eye bleeding fever sweeps Uganda

BLACK DEATH killed hundreds of people in Madagascar in 2017 but now a deadly new form of the plague may have broken out in Africa following the death of a nine-year-old girl who was “bleeding from the eyes”.

Jan 16 10:18

The flu is officially an epidemic in the US

A total of 7.0 percent of the deaths occurring during the week ending December 23 2017 were due to pneumonia and influenza, based on National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) mortality surveillance data available on January 11 2018.

This percentage is at the epidemic threshold of 7.0 percent for week 51, said CDC.

Jan 16 09:05

Are You One Of The 170 Million Americans Drinking Radioactive Tap Water?

According to a new bombshell report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), tap water for more than 170 million Americans contains radioactive elements that may increase the risk of cancer. The group examined 50,000 public water systems throughout the United States and found from 2010 to 2015, more than 22,000 water utilities reported radium in treated water.

Radiation in tap water poses serious health threats, particularly for children, and women during pregnancy.

The most common radioactive element the EWG found was radium. Studies show that radium above the EPA legal limit may cause depression of the immune system, anemia, cataracts, fractured teeth, and of course cancer.

Jan 16 09:04

Paleontologists Discover New Species of 10-Ton, 40-Foot Dinosaur in Russia

A team of Tomsk State University paleontologists in Siberia, who unearthed the new genus of dinosaurs during excavations in a river bank at a village in West Siberia, the press service of the university said on Wednesday.

"This is already the second kind of sauropod which has been given a scientific name in Russia and also one of the oldest forms of titanosaurs found in Asia. We called it Sibirotitan astrosacralis for its size and special bone structure,” the announcement elaborated.

Jan 16 08:48

4 Real Flying Cars That Actually Fly

Jan 16 08:00

'Quasars' help scientists detect the structuring of the universe for the first time

The enigmatic universe harbours countless secrets within it, compelling scientists to put in every effort to delve deeper in order to extract information about its existence and consequent evolution.

The universe is also home to numerous super-massive black holes, which emanate incredibly bright and luminous distant points of light called Quasars.

Jan 16 07:56

China builds world's tallest air purifier - higher than Qutub Minar, Statue of Liberty

In its battle against alarmingly high pollution levels, China has a new weapon - a 330-feet tall purifier that is now dubbed the world's tallest structure dedicated to cleaning the air.

The South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday that the air purifier was built in Xian in Shaanxi province and is currently being tested at the Institute of Earth Environment at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Initial experiments by researchers reportedly show a significant reduction in pollution levels over an area of 10 square kilometres with 10 million cubic metres of clean air being released every day.

Jan 16 07:48

Bali volcano update LIVE: Mount Agung and Mount Sinabung erupt to life - Eruption latest

MOUNT Agung and Mount Sinabung in Indonesia have erupted again and sent thick plumes of smoke and volcanic ash into the air. Here is the latest news and updates as the two Indonesian volcanoes erupt.

Jan 15 15:52

12,000 Flee As Philippines Volcano Crater Glows Red Hot

The Philippines’ most active volcano has awoken again. On Sunday, lava pooled to the surface of the volcano’s crater showing a glowing red hot core just below.

By Monday, the crater of a rumbling Philippine volcano was glowing bright red. Coupled with vulcanologists’ warnings it could erupt within days, the glowing crater caused thousands of residents to flee from their homes in search of safety. The volcano lies in the coconut-growing Albay province about 210 miles southeast of Manila.

Jan 15 13:29

A severe flu season is stretching hospitals thin. That is a very bad omen

Atsunami of sick people has swamped hospitals in many parts of the country in recent weeks as a severe flu season has taken hold. In Rhode Island, hospitals diverted ambulances for a period because they were overcome with patients. In San Diego, a hospital erected a tent outside its emergency room to manage an influx of people with flu symptoms.

Wait times at scores of hospitals have gotten longer.

But if something as foreseeable as a flu season — albeit one that is pretty severe — is stretching health care to its limits, what does that tell us about the ability of hospitals to handle the next flu pandemic?

Jan 15 09:55

ANCESTRY MADE ITS PRIVACY POLICY MORE TRANSPARENT, BUT IT STILL CLAIMS TO OWN YOUR DNA

When you spit in a test tube in hopes of finding out about your ancestry, you’re giving companies like AncestryDNA access to a whole lot of very intimate details about what makes you, you. But how consumer genetic testing companies actually use your DNA is often obscured behind many pages of vague, jargon-filled legalese—and as I recently explored, those agreements can hide some rather terrifying clauses.

AncestryDNA, owned by the company behind family-tree website Ancestry.com, has taken at least one step toward making its policies more transparent. The company’s privacy policy and terms of use agreements have been updated so that they are actually easy to understand for anyone with a basic command of English.

Jan 15 09:49

Philippines raises Mayon volcano threat level to 'critical'

Thousands of villagers evacuated after authorities warn ‘hazardous eruption’ is possible within weeks or even days

Jan 15 09:06

Erdogan vows to ‘drown’ US-backed Syrian Border Force before it’s born, labels unit ‘terrorist army'

The Turks are going after the US supported terrorists in Eastern Syria and Erdogan means to drive the US Terrorist Special Forces advisers out with them.
The drones against the Russian base have really backfired. Can you say Asymetrical Warfare?

The Turkish president has called US-backed Syrian Border Force using Kurdish fighters a “terrorist army,” vowing to “drown” it before it’s complete. He also added that military preparations against Kurdish-held Afrin are ready.

“Our duty is to drown this terrorist force before it is born,” the Turkish leader said on Monday, as cited by AP.

“This is what we have to say to all our allies: don't get between us and terrorist organizations, or we will not be responsible for the unwanted consequences,” Erdogan said, as cited by Turkish media. He added that Turkish forces will battle “until not a single terrorist remains along our borders, let alone 30,000 of them.”

Jan 15 08:59

Study: Hawaii Most Expensive Electric Car Ownership in USA

This study was designed to examine the variation across the individual U.S. states in the relative fuel cost of driving battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and gasoline vehicles. Also of interest was the state-by-state variation in the fuel economy that gasoline vehicles would have to exceed to make driving them less expensive than driving BEVs.

Jan 15 08:48

LG made a 65-inch TV that you can roll up like paper

This new rollable OLED is a different story, though. First of all, it's not even aimed at consumers yet. LG Display is the company that develops and manufactures panels for commercial and consumer products, including LG-branded TVs. They develop cutting edge technology like this for their partners to spin into consumer products at some point down the road. Just don't expect it in your living room quite yet.

Secondly, if the panel is truly "rollable"—and not just a TV with a little curve to it—the road opens up for a lot of novel applications: roll-up TVs in places with limited space like cars and airplanes, a portable screen for business presentations, TVs that can trace the contours of curved walls. There are a lot of possibilities.

Jan 15 08:33

Medical students urged to volunteer as NHS winter crisis worsens

Medical students are being urged to help relieve the NHS winter crisis because hospitals are so short-staffed they are struggling to cope with the surge in patients, the Guardian can reveal.

Despite their lack of experience, undergraduates are being asked to volunteer in A&E units and on wards reeling under the weight of extra demand caused by the cold weather, an outbreak of flu and people suffering serious breathing problems.

Jan 15 08:04

Twenty dead in California mudslides, major highway closed

The death toll from Southern California mudslides that swallowed dozens of homes and forced the closure of a major highway along the picturesque Santa Barbara County coast rose to 20 on Sunday, with four other people still reported missing.

Emergency officials said chances of finding more survivors in the ravaged landscape of hardened muck, boulders and other debris had waned considerably since heavy rains unleashed torrents of mud down hillsides before dawn last Tuesday.

Jan 15 07:44

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope passes critical milestone

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope -- the world's premier infrared space observatory of the next decade -- has successfully completed critical testing in a massive thermal vacuum chamber, enabling it to function properly in the extremely cold and airless environment in space in 2019, the agency said.

Webb Space Telescope, developed in coordination among NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, is the most sophisticated -- and expensive -- space observatory ever designed.

Jan 15 06:37

Study Finds Sugar Feeds Cancer: How Unhealthy Eating Increases Your Risk

Can eating too much sugar increase your disease risk? Your chance of developing cancer and other health conditions increases the more you rely on sugar for fuel. If most of your calories come from processed food and sugar-sweetened beverages, you’re putting yourself in danger. Let’s take a closer look at how sugar destroys our bodies and what you can do to fight back

Jan 14 20:27

There may be water on Mars, reveals NASA - See pic

Scientists have unearthed thick and massive deposits of ice in some regions on Mars.

The images taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) showed the three-dimensional structure of massive ice deposits on Mars.

The ice sheets extend from just below the surface to a depth of 100 meters or more and appear to contain distinct layers.

Jan 14 10:21

Nuclear War Survival Skills Updated and Expanded 1987 Edition Cresson H. Kearny

An all-out nuclear war between Russia and the United States would be the worst catastrophe in history, a tragedy so huge it is difficult to comprehend. Even so, it would be far from the end of human life on earth. The dangers from nuclear weapons have been distorted and exaggerated, for varied reasons. These exaggerations have become demoralizing myths, believed by millions of Americans.

° Myth: Fallout radiation from a nuclear war would poison the air and all parts of the environment. It would kill everyone. (This is the demoralizing message of On the Beach and many similar pseudoscientific books and articles.)

Jan 14 09:56

DHS restarts Obama-era DACA amnesty after judge’s ruling

Amazing! Trump isn't allowed to rescind an executive order.I have never seen such a weak President.

DACA is back up and running, Homeland Security announced this weekend, saying President Trump’s attempt to phase out the Obama-era deportation amnesty is on hold while they fight a court case that ordered them to begin accepting applications again.

Only those among the 800,000 or so previously approved can submit applications for renewal, under the judger’s order. And those covered by DACA will no longer be granted advance parole, which had become a shortcut pathway to citizenship in the Obama administration.

But U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it will otherwise restore DACA as it was on Sept. 5, before Mr. Trump decided on a six-month phaseout, saying the program was illegal.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48587.htm

Jan 14 09:11

Russian Journalists Blow Lid Off Alleged US Terrorist Training Network in Syria

The Pentagon was forced to go into full public relations mode late last month amid fresh allegations by the Russian General Staff that US instructors were providing training assistance for some 350 ex-Daesh (ISIS) militants at the US Army's al-Tanf garrison in the southern Syrian province of Homs. Chief of Staff General Valery Gerasimov accused Washington of intending to use the militants to create a so-called 'New Syrian Army', a military formation aimed at further destabilizing the war-torn country after Daesh had been defeated.

Jan 14 09:04

California Flu Epidemic Kills 15 in First Week of 2018

The California Department of Public Health reported that for the first 13 weeks of the 2017-2018 influenza season ending Jan. 6, total epidemic deaths for people younger than age 65 spiked from 27 to 42. That compares to 1 death for the same period last year.

Jan 14 08:48

Officials Warn of Possible Measles Exposure At Newark Airport

Health officials in New Jersey are warning passengers who traveled through Newark Liberty International Airport earlier this month that they may have been exposed to measles.

On January 2, 2018, a traveler with a confirmed case of the highly contagious disease arrived in Newark from an international flight. The New Jersey Department of Health statement notes that the traveler was “infectious on that day” when she arrived into Terminal C.

After a layover, she “departed for Indianapolis from a domestic terminal,” but “may have traveled to other areas of the airport.”

Jan 14 08:23

California mudslides death toll rises to 19

The death toll from the mudslides in a California coastal town rose to 19 today but a man who had also been on the list of missing persons was located alive, authorities said.
The body of Morgan Christine Corey, 25, was found in mud and debris in Montecito, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said. Her 12-year-old sister, Sawyer, had been found dead earlier.

Jan 14 08:12

Ford's Self-Driving Test Car Severely Damaged In Crash

It’s never good news when an autonomous automobile is involved in an accident. Lately, Alphabet’s Waymo crashed an autonomous bus in Las Vegas, and Uber managed to flip a self-driving Volvo in Arizona.

In the latest installment of autonomous car accidents across America, a self-driving test car from the Ford-backed startup Argo-AI was severely damaged Wednesday that sent two people to the hospital.

Jan 14 08:12

Black Death TWO: Girl, 9, drops dead as strange 'eye-bleeding fever' spreads

A NEW disease is feared to become even more deadly than the Black Death that killed thousands in 2017 after it killed a nine-year-old child.

Jan 14 08:04

‘A cruel harvest of the poor’: Israeli allegedly behind human organ black market arrested in Cyprus

The young man’s collapse was the first domino to go in a complex investigation into an international organ black market operating out of the Balkan country. Desperate donors, mostly from Turkey and the former Soviet Union, provided the organs. Buyers, many from Israel, paid between 80,000 and 100,000 euros ($96,000 and $120,000) for the kidneys. International prosecutors would later determine at least 23 people had their organs removed at Medicus in an eight-month run in 2008.

Jan 14 07:52

M 7.1 - 40km SSW of Acari, Peru

Jan 14 05:32

7 Deadly Types of Cancer Directly Linked to Alcohol Consumption

By now, you’re probably aware that alcohol can do some pretty significant damage to your body. Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol can and will do some lasting damage to your system if you’re not careful. Of course, almost everyone is going to have a drink here and there. Aside from the well-known issues associated with alcohol consumption, you should know that drinking has a direct relationship with one of the deadliest diseases in the world: cancer.

Jan 13 19:39

Living under a bridge doesn't stop this homeless woman from staying positive.

A few months back I logged onto Facebook and was greeted by a smiling homeless woman's selfie in front of a tent holding up a cup of coffee. It was captioned "good morning." Today, I met Manda at her homeless encampment where she made me a cup of coffee!
Manda is an amazing woman. She is disabled from severe brain trauma, yet because she is high functioning, she falls through the gaps in the safety net. I have been working with her trying to help find a path out of homelessness, but the walls bureaucracy are impossible to break through.
For all the people that believe homeless people are lazy, I wish they could just spend an hour in Manda's shoes! She works hard to keep her tent camp clean. She works hard getting to treatment and therapy. She works hard every single day trying to survive. And she works extremely hard to stay positive while facing the madness of homelessness each and every day!

Jan 13 18:18

Artificial sweeteners associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia

In a 2014 study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, researchers declared aspartame a carcinogen, and advised a re-evaluation of the current position of international regulatory agencies regarding the chemical. They also found that it impaired memory and increased oxidative stress in the brain. Aspartame side effects can include headaches, mood disorders, dizziness and even episodes of mania.

Jan 13 16:02

Alabama Declares State of Emergency for the Flu Epidemic as the US Death Toll Rises

Citing a strain on "overwhelmed" health resources, Governor Kay Ivey declared an official State of Emergency in Alabama on Thursday due to the rapidly spreading flu epidemic.

But it isn't just Alabama.

The flu epidemic is spreading across the US.

In total, the flu has killed 85 adults and 20 children in the United States and last week, the CDC reported that the hospitalization rate for people with the flu DOUBLED.

Jan 13 10:21

Girl, 6, Suffers Frightening Side Effects After Taking Tamiflu

The family from Allen, who wants to remain anonymous, says the side effects were stunning: hallucinations, running away from school and an attempt, they believe, to hurt herself.

“The second story window was open, which is in her bedroom, and she used her desk to climb up onto it, and she was about to jump out the window when my wife came up and grabbed her,” her father said.

They took her to the hospital, where a doctor informed them that nervous system problems – including psychosis – can be a very rare side effect of Tamiflu. Emergency room physician Dr. Glenn Hardesty, with Texas Health Prosper, says it’s very rare but can happen.

Jan 13 10:01

As flu spreads in metro Detroit and nationwide, young visitors not as welcome in hospitals

nfluenza cases are raging nationwide, federal authorities say 20 children have died from the flu and 7% of senior deaths last month are blamed on this year's virulent strain.

All of that prompted metro Detroit's Beaumont hospital chain to take an unusual step Friday afternoon: banning visits from children under 13 until the flu season subsides.

Jan 13 09:55

NEW STUDY REVEALS MUSHROOMS CURE DEPRESSION BY DOING THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF ANTI-DEPRESSANTS

A revolutionary new study is once again revealing a natural approach to be far superior to big pharma solutions—this time involving psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms.

The study, published in the scientific journal Neuropharmacology, found that clinically depressed people had increased neural responses to fearful faces one day after a psilocybin-assisted therapy session, which positively predicted positive clinical outcomes.

“Psilocybin-assisted therapy might mitigate depression by increasing emotional connection,”neuroscientist and study author Leor Roseman, a Ph.D. student at Imperial College London, explained to PsyPost.

This is almost the exact opposite of how standard anti-depressants operate, as SSRI’s typically work by creating an “emotional blunting.”

Jan 13 09:44

Kentucky is first to get OK for Medicaid work requirement

Kentucky has become the first state to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work to receive coverage, part of an unprecedented change to the nation’s largest health insurance program under the Trump administration.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the approval on Friday. The change will require adults between the ages of 19 and 64 to complete 80 hours per month of “community engagement” to keep their coverage. That includes getting a job, going to school, taking a job training course or community service.

It’s a big change for Kentucky, a state that just four years ago embraced former President Barack Obama’s health care law under a previous Democratic governor who won praise for posting some of the largest insurance coverage gains in the country.

But Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said while more Kentuckians have insurance, it is not making them healthier.

Jan 13 09:23

Food fraud - IT’S ON THE RISE

The “food” industry is bigger than the oil business.

And it’s very poorly regulated.

The result: What’s on the label is very often what you’re not getting.

Jan 13 09:11

Mount Sinabung ERUPTS: Volcano spews molten lava and ash over Indonesia in Ring of Fire

MOUNT Sinabung has erupted again today, spewing molten lava and ash over the Indonesia volcano – which sits on the notorious Ring of Fire – after becoming active again following hundreds of years of inactivity.

Jan 13 09:06

California Megaflood: Lessons from a Forgotten Catastrophe

Geologic evidence shows that truly massive floods, caused by rainfall alone, have occurred in California every 100 to 200 years. Such floods are likely caused by atmospheric rivers: narrow bands of water vapor about a mile above the ocean that extend for thousands of kilometers.

The atmospheric river storms featured in a January 2013 article in Scientific American that I co-wrote with Michael Dettinger, The Coming Megafloods, are responsible for most of the largest historical floods in many western states. The only megaflood to strike the American West in recent history occurred during the winter of 1861-62. California bore the brunt of the damage. This disaster turned enormous regions of the state into inland seas for months, and took thousands of human lives. The costs were devastating: one quarter of California’s economy was destroyed, forcing the state into bankruptcy.

Jan 12 16:52

Flu season is shaping up as one of the worst in years, officials say

The entire continental United States is experiencing widespread flu right now, the first time in the 13 years of the current tracking system that that has happened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Officials said that this flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent years.

The rate of flu hospitalizations — the number of people hospitalized with flu per 100,000 — nearly doubled last week compared with the previous week. Last week it was 22.7 per 100,000 people; the week before that rate was 13.7.

Jan 12 16:30

Health officials ADMIT: The flu jab does NOT work; vaccine in circulation targets wrong strain (as is usually the case)

Albert Einstein is broadly credited with saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. By that definition, the entire healthcare profession of most of the developed world is insane. Why else would they continue to insist, year after year, that people be vaccinated against the flu, when year after year, the vaccine proves to be ineffective?

The U.K.’s Daily Mail recently reported that this year’s flu vaccine (unsurprisingly) is targeted at the wrong strains, and that the thousands of people who have already received the shot have wasted their own time and the government’s money.

U.S. publications, including The New York Times, are reporting that we are experiencing the same problem on this side of the pond.

Jan 12 16:02

Vitamin D is a flu fighter

Now Japanese researchers offer tangible support for that idea. They show that vitamin D supplementation dramatically cut the incidence of seasonal flu among the children they followed.

Their double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was small. Only 334 children completed a three-month course of six pills per day — a dropout rate of almost one-quarter. Then again, that’s a lot of pills to make kids take each day to get just 1,200 international units of the vitamin. (Especially since the teeny capsule I down contains almost twice that much.)

But the supplementation certainly looked promising. Incidence of influenza A was 10.8 percent among the 167 kids who received vitamin D pills. That's in contrast to a flu rate of 18.6 percent among an equal number of children getting identical looking inert pills.

Jan 12 09:35

Oroville Update Final Forensics Report Sequence of Events After Spillway Failure

Remember last February's drama - Oroville Dam failure?
Here is a most recent update by Juan Brown who has not only the education but also the means to keep people updated. Very fascinating to get the event timeline and the most resent standing of the dam a year later.

Jan 12 07:49

What If American Life Expectancy Declined Again and the Elite Cared More About Trump’s Tweets?

The news came and went so fast that you might have missed it. American life expectancy has declined. Again. In 2015 and 2016, in fact, the average American life span declined for two years in a row for the first time in more than 50 years. The preliminary numbers for 2017 are looking grim as well. Multi-year declines are typically attributable to war or disease outbreaks. In America? Our decline is based largely on our capacity for self-harm, as the Washington Post explained: The 2016 data shows that just three major causes of death are responsible: unintentional injuries, Alzheimer’s disease and suicides, with the bulk of the difference attributable to the 63,632 people who died of overdoses. That total was an increase of more than 11,000 over the 52,404 who died of the same cause in 2015.

Jan 12 07:35

FLU OUTBREAK: Now Impacting 46 States, Epidemic is ‘Widespread’

This year’s strain of the flu is now widespread, spanning 46 states, and can make you fatally sick. Coupled with how fast the flu has struck, an ineffective vaccine, and how early it hit, this year is shaping up to be one of the worst ones yet for the flu virus.

The strain responsible for the outbreak is H3N2, a particularly deadly variety of influenza and the number of cases have spiked, with 46 states now reporting widespread activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC also claims that at least 13 children have died from the flu since October when the season began to really get into full swing.

California has been particularly hard hit, with at least 27 deaths of people under 65 attributed to the flu, according to reports. As the number of cases continues to climb there, hospitals are beginning to run out of Tamiflu, the anti-viral medication used to treat the illness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tamiflu didn't work when Claire was prescribed it. The doctor had to change medication before she got better.

Jan 12 07:31

New Medicaid Work Requirements ‘Sinister,’ Frame the Poor and Ill as ‘Deadbeats’

In response to the announcement, Seema Verma, administrator of the CMS, suggested the initiative will ultimately help Medicaid recipients get out of poverty.

"Our policy guidance was in response to states that asked us for the flexibility they need to improve their programs," Verma said in a statement. "[It's also going] to help people in achieving greater well-being and self-sufficiency."

But that's just not how it works, says Mary Gerisch, a member chair of the Rights & Democracy health care justice team.

Jan 12 07:14

Teenage Boy Found Dead After Receiving HPV Vaccine

Jan 12 07:00

WATCH: Baltimore Hospital Staff Dump Patient at Bus Stop in Hospital Gown

On Tuesday night, Imamu Baraka was heading home when he saw a woman wearing nothing but a hospital gown and socks being dropped off by hospital staff at a nearby bus stop.

Shocked, Baraka began filming the scene unfolding outside the University of Maryland Medical Center — Midtown Campus. The temperature that night was a frigid 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

Jan 12 06:55

Shocking video shows hospital security guards wheeling a disoriented patient out onto the street in just her gown and dumping her alone at a bus stop in the freezing cold

A Baltimore hospital has launched an investigating after shocking video emerged showing staff abandoning a woman outside in the freezing cold, wearing just her gown.

The clip shows four security guards, one rolling a wheel chair, walking away from the alleged patient near a medical facility located near Mount Vernon, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Jan 12 06:11

Cold or Flu? Here's How to Tell

You know the feeling. Your throat is dry. You feel tired, and perhaps a little stuffy. Then, a little cough starts, followed by that unmistakable taste in the mouth that screams "respiratory infection!" How do you know when that stuffy nose and scratchy cough is just a cold, and when it is something more serious, like influenza? Cold or flu? Here's how to tell the difference.

With the more virulent H3N2 influenza strain being widespread in almost every state in the US, it is so important to be able to tell the difference between the common cold and the flu. The H3N2 strain is a subtype of Influenza A that is particularly hard on less robust populations. This would include young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and anyone with a compromised immune system, such as diabetics and cancer patients.

Jan 12 06:03

MONSANTO TRYING TO HIDE GMO FOODS UNDER THE TERM “BIOFORTIFIED”

Do genetically engineered crops and their pesticides make you think of the term “biofortified”? Chances are, the term biofortified makes you think of vitamins in kids’ cereals. Mega corporations are no strangers to propaganda and public relations. Did you know that much of our non-organic crops are grown with human sewage sludge? No? That’s because the practice is called “biosolids” to keep you in the dark. You are probably aware of the sneaky disguises that sweeteners like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup were attempted to be concealed in. (“Corn sugar,” anyone?)

Jan 11 22:31

Nevada Bundy Prosecution Collapses: The Federal Government Spent a Quarter-Billion Dollars but Couldn’t Convict the Bundys of a Single Crime

In 2013 the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) obtained federal court orders authorizing the agency to “seize and remove to impound” hundreds of Cliven Bundy’s cattle on the public ranges around Bunkerville, Nevada. The agency interpreted these court orders broadly, and descended on the area in April 2014 with some 200 body-armor-wearing agents, semiautomatic weapons, sniper teams, undercover informants, and surveillance cameras aimed at the Bundy residence.

Jan 11 12:18

'Super Hubble' is almost ready! World's biggest space telescope that could spot alien life passes key simulation tests ahead of its launch next year

Nasa's James Webb Telescope that could spot extra-terrestrial life has completed a critical series of tests in anticipation of its launch in early summer 2019.

The $8.8 billion (£6.5bn) telescope has been successfully tested in a giant vacuum chamber at the Johnson Space Centre - proving it will function in deep space.

Engineers are now confident it will be able to capture starlight in focus and track astronomical targets describing the completion of tests as a 'significant milestone'.

Jan 11 12:14

Orangutans 'may know medicines unknown to humans': Great apes are filmed chewing plants to make 'ointment' that eases aching limbs in a world first

Orangutans may have knowledge of medicines unknown to humans, a study has found.

The great apes have been filmed chewing plants into a lather - which they then use as an ‘ointment’ on their aching limbs.

The plant is also used by the orangutan’s indigenous human neighbours in the forest.

Now scientists are investigating the possibility the apes may know of further medicinal plants that could be used by mankind.

Jan 11 10:04

Exposed: Chevron Has a Secretive Drilling Site in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Wedged into last month’s $1.5 billion tax cut law, which benefits mostly the 1 percent, is a provision opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to commercial oil drilling.

After decades of being denied access to the refuge, the oil companies have achieved a legislative milestone. And absent a movement of popular resistance combined with legal action, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will join the growing list of places around the world plundered by CEOs and a political elite who put profits before people and the planet. We can and must stop them.

Jan 10 20:02

Rescuers seek survivors after California mudslides kill 17, more feared dead in deluge

SANTA BARBARA: Rescue crews with dogs and scanners dug through the waist-deep mud in an affluent stretch of Southern California's coast on Wednesday, searching for about two dozen people missing after mudslides that killed at least 15.

The mudslides in Santa Barbara County, triggered by a downpour on Tuesday, destroyed 100 single-family homes, damaged hundreds of other buildings and injured 28 people, said Amber Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

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