Re-act-ers, Plane Truth Alarm WhistleBlower Charles Shi 20170816 Show Notes

Tune in as a Six-Sigma Master Black Belt and Certified Quality Engineer interviews a man who witnessed a great fraud in the aviation industry.

Re-act-ers Plane Truth Alarm WhistleBlower Charles Shi



Opposing Sides Expected To Show Up For Coolidge Park Rally Thursday Night; Some Urged To “Bring Your Guns”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chattanooga Police said they will be closely monitoring an organized rally at Coolidge Park on Thursday that may draw some of the same opposing sides that clashed – with deadly result – in Charlottesville, Va.

The rally is set for 7:30 p.m. and initially was in memory of a woman who was killed in the angry Virginia confrontation that initially began over a decision to tear down a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

The group Full Communism is urging its members to come from far and wide to attend the Chattanooga rally.

At the same time, those in support of a Mojo Burrito employee who was fired for attending the rally are also expected to be present.

One Internet site urges those with conceal carry permits to “bring your guns.”

Police officials said, “The Chattanooga Police Department is aware and will be present at the organized rally in Coolidge Park on Thursday.

“As our community members go about their day enjoying our waterfront, spending time with their families, expressing their views or simply appreciating all that our great city offers, the Chattanooga Police Department will continue in its mission to keep our community safe.

“The Chattanooga Police Department will have additional patrols in the area of the park and will dedicate more manpower if needed.”

Trump Report: Trump is still pissing off everyone. Now Trump shuts down 2 jobs councils amid wave of CEO departures. Trump disbands councils amid criticism over Charlottesville

President Trump announced Wednesday he is shutting down two jobs councils, amid a wave of resignations by executives in the wake of the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville.

“Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!” he wrote on Twitter.

The head of United Technologies Greg Hayes announced his resignation minutes after the president’s announcement.

And minutes before Trump’s tweet, Campbell Soup Company CEO Denise Morrison announced her departure, specifically citing the president’s controversial remarks at Trump Tower a day earlier.

Six others had resigned from the council since Saturday. Thulin and Morrison, though, were the first to bolt since Trump held his defiant press conference Tuesday defending his original statements on Charlottesville and attacking the “alt-left” for their alleged role in the clashes. 

The president said “both sides” share blame, while still condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

MillStone Report:

Abortion insurance in Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott, last week, signed a bill that will require Texas women to pay an extra health insurance premium for non-emergency abortions, one of three abortion-related items the governor placed on lawmakers’ agendas for the special session.

“As a firm believer in Texas values I am proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child,” Abbott said in a news release. “I am grateful to the Texas Legislature for getting this bill to my desk, and working to protect innocent life this special session.”

Opponents are accusing Texas of requiring women to buy ‘rape insurance’. Using scandalous phrases, and extreme rhetoric, they are trying to shoot down HB 214.

A bill requiring Texas women to pay a separate health insurance premium to get coverage for non-emergency abortions — what opponents have dubbed “rape insurance” — is close to becoming law.

The Senate gave early approval to House Bill 214, which requires women to pay an additional insurance premium if they want their health plan to cover abortions performed outside of medical emergencies. It does not include exceptions for instances of fetal abnormalities, rape or incest.

The measure, which passed on a 20-10 vote, is one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s three abortion-related priorities for the special legislative session. After final approval in the Senate, it will go to Abbott for his consideration. (Update, Aug. 13: The bill passed the Senate and now goes to the governor’s desk.)

A second abortion bill, which requires physicians and health care facilities to report more details about abortion complications to the state, cleared both chambers Friday.

Republicans who support the bill said opponents of abortion should not have to subsidize the procedure through their insurance plans.

“This isn’t about who can get an abortion. It is about who is forced to pay for an abortion,” state Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo, the bill’s author, said during the debate in the House.

As they did when a similar measure passed the Senate earlier in the session, Democrats attempted to amend the bill to include exceptions for fetal abnormalities, rape and incest. They said that no woman can anticipate needing to have an abortion, and that the measure would hurt low-income women the most.

“No woman plans to have an abortion and certainly no one can plan to be raped, no woman can plan to be sexually assaulted by someone she knows in her own family,” said state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, adding that the bill would force women to buy insurance against incest and rape.

Ben Carson says his home was vandalized with ‘hateful rhetoric about President Trump’

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson revealed Wednesday that his Virginia home was recently vandalized with “hateful rhetoric about President Trump.”

More recently our home in Virginia along with that of a neighbor was vandalized by people who also wrote hateful rhetoric about President Trump,” Carson wrote on his Facebook page. “We were out of town, but other kind, embarrassed neighbors cleaned up most of the mess before we returned.”

Carson posted the anecdote as part of his response to the “racial and political strife emanating from the events in Charlottesville last weekend.”

FBI has ‘reopened’ case on search for Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting records

The FBI has “reopened” its consideration of a request for records on the infamous 2016 tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton, the group behind that request told Fox News.

American Center for Law and Justice President Jay Sekulow called the development a “positive sign,” in an interview Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.”

Sekulow said the FBI sent him a letter saying it had reopened his Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to the June 2016 meeting. At first, the FBI and DOJ said they did not have documents detailing the tarmac meet-up, before recently releasing a batch of emails. They are now searching for more records.

While we appreciate that the FBI has ‘reopened’ the case file and is now ‘searching’ for documents responsive to our duly submitted FOIA request from more than a year ago, it stretches the bounds of credulity to suggest that the FBI bureaucracy just discovered that ‘potentially responsive’ records ‘may exist’ on its own accord,” Sekulow said in a written statement

Charles Shi will be joining us today and talking about Counterfeiting Aircraft parts and his blowing the whistle on the Company, the FAA, the DOJ. Do not miss a minute of this interview. If you know a pilot, call him up and get him to listen to this interview. All who know metallurgy also need to hear this. All who use airplanes need to know this information! Call them up, get them to tune in. They can listen in, on the phone, on their devices, on iHeart. Rouse them up.

Guest Charles Shi

He has given much documentation on this and it can be found on

Charles (Chaosheng) Shi. a Chinese National, formerly employed by the Aircraft Group of Moog Inc. as East Asia Supply Chain Manager. Served in that position for 10 years between 2006/09-2016/01. Since January 13, 2016, he acted as a whistle blower to the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) on an extraordinarily significant aircraft safety matter.

He submitted FAA Safety Hotline compelling objective evidence obtained from investigating the Chinese supplier Suzhou New Hongji (NHJ) substituted 3 lots of approved raw material with over 700 pieces for a production order of some 1000 pieces of Moog machined parts.


Interview on You tube:



Whistleblower: A Matter Of Extraordinary Aircraft Safety Threat Part Two

Tonight we are interviewing Charles Shi, WhistleBlower, with crucial information of bad quality parts.  All the plane wrecks we have heard about must have a cause. We think this is it.
7pm Eastern
Be sure to read this post for a background.  I have much more information to give.  The problem is the safety of witnesses cannot be assured until the Federal Government protects them.

This alert is being sent to airlines worldwide.

A Grave FAA oversight on an extraordinary air safety threat- FAA Case #EWB16590

Background at:

Boeing was telling concerned parties with this message below which is rather misleading to those airlines and pilots who don’t have the first hand information on the FAA fatal oversight.

”The safety of the flying public is our primary concern, and we take all such allegations seriously. The FAA investigated these allegations per their process. The supplier, working with Boeing, took corrective actions on two issues and FAA confirmed they had been addressed. I would refer additional questions to the FAA and Moog.”

One of the allegtion with violation substantiated by FAA was illegaly outsurcing Moog parts by the Chinese Counterfeiter supplier NHJ. FAA accepted Moog lie saying only first operation of 1 part was outsourced, the fact was total 11 part numbers, thousands of piece parts were already outsourced without Moog knowledge before I whistleblew to Moog management even before August 2015.

The other allegation with violation substantiated was concerning 4 part number of safety sensitive parts for B777 spoiler. these parts were not baked after cadmiumn plating which were causing embrittlement that may cause plane to crash when landing. FAA accepted Moog lie these parts are hald baked while I was the investigator myself and provided FAA objective evidence no baking at all. there were 273 pcs unbaked parts on B777 spoilers even today, No replacement due to FAA oversight.

Other more serious allegations of my whistleblowing was simply oversighted by FAA making this matter an unprecedented scam in aviation history.

One particular Single point of failure part for B737 spoiler controlling landing and take off were caught being massively counterfeited by the organized Chinese counterfeiter compromising some 500 B737. No single piece of safety critical fake parts was ordered removal by FAA so far.

For interested professionals, please contact:

Charles Shi

Skpye: charles20160318
Linkedin: charles shi
Twitter: charlesshi888
Charles Shi

2 Rebuttal to 2 FAA Investigation Report-20170727 redacted

2 A Matter Of FAA Oversight-2017-07-04press

#FireAndFury -Human Spontaneous Combustion Larry Arnold Show Notes 20170814


#FireAndFury -Human Spontaneous Combustion Larry Arnold

Social Care

by Anne Murray

It has become apparent that, in this modern day,

Our health and social services are rife with compliancy.

And if you dare to tell them, this system isn’t right,

Prepare yourself for battle; you’re going to have a fight.

They twist and turn the subject; to them we’re all the same,

They will take away your dignity, and blacken your good name.

Then you’ll be abandoned, to suffer a bureaucratic fate,

Targeted by the social sharks; that use our babies as bait.

The destruction of the family will be their only goal,

It has become apparent: the social care system has no soul.

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Trump Report: After a press Conference today, Trump told Acosta of CNN, again, ‘You are fake news.’


Mayor Michael Signer (Dem.)

He is a voting rights attorney. He was statewide director for the 2004 program directed by the Democratic National Committee. In 2010, he traveled to Panjshir Province, Afghanistan, as a member of a U.S.AID-sponsored mission to monitor Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections.[15] He also founded and co-chaired the New Electoral Reform Alliance for Virginia

Signer was senior policy advisor at the Center for American Progress and later that year worked with John Podesta on President-Elect Barack Obama’s State Department Transition Team.[2]

Signer was an appointee by Governor Tim Kaine to Virginia’s Board of Medicine. He’s a lawyer, not an MD.

During Signer’s tenure, the city council created an Open Data policy[20] and required agencies to register voters to vote online.[21]

As Mayor, Signer worked with the city council to create a Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials, and Public Spaces to address a controversy over Confederate statues in Charlottesville. The commission aimed to change the story in Charlottesville and tell the full history of race in the city through Charlottesville’s public spaces.[22] Charlottesville also hired the city’s first African-American police chief during Signer’s tenure.

Signer lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife, Emily Blout, and their twin sons.[citation needed] He is Jewish.

Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy Dem

The National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC)

NGIC is part of the Joint Use Intelligence Analysis Facility in Rivanna Station. The property for the base property was purchased by the government from developer Wendell Wood’s United Land Corporation, and is located at 2055 Boulders Road, off Route 29 within the Community of Piney Mountain, one of Albemarle County’s designated growth areas.

Homophobic, sexist, anti-white language abundant in Charlottesville vice mayor’s tweets

Wes Bellamy’s tweets contrast with other published messages of unity, empowerment

The car. Tinted windows so no one can see who was actually driving the car. No air bag deployment. Brake lights on. Why? Was the car hacked? License plate discrepancy. Strange that it was the media who broke the news to the mother of the supposed driver. Images of the arrest: Witness says that the person arrested is not the same person that was pulled out of the car. The person pulled out of the car ‘looked muslim’ (I don’t know what the hell that means either, the muslims I know are white people, anyway… The paperwork on the car that the arrested one has states he has a sun roof. The car that hit the people does not have a sunroof. In 2015 the arrested one had been in the US Army.

The Protests Night Time: The alt right people had protest permits that were pulled with no warning or discussion and without the alt right or white groups knowing about it, until they were sandwiched between the cops and the antifa BLM. Then were then forced to walk into the masses of Antifa/BLM. Most MSM said they were chanting ‘Jews will not replace us.’ LATimes said the chant was “You will not replace us.” …

Next Day Car Crashing:

No cops on the streets. A camera woman said that it felt like that the looting ws about to start, when the car crashed into the crowd. No cops around. Not a one. Crowd was Chanting “Our Streets”. Masks were on some of them (totally illegal in Virginia) Notably, there is a Clown vividly dressed carrying a sign reading “Shame”. Immediately these peaceful protesters pulled out bats and batons and attacked the car. (Soooo peaceful protests = bats, batons etc.) Sickly enough a woman is going through the injured woman’s purse. Dayum. It takes 8 minutes for the cops to show up. 8 minutes. At 5pm that day, the State Trooper’s.

Fukushima disaster: ‘WW2 bomb’ found at Japan nuclear site. BBC reported Thursday.

A suspected unexploded bomb has been found at the site of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

The US is thought to have dropped the 89cm-long (3ft) device during WW2.

It was found by workers building a car park at the site where a four-decade-long decommissioning process is under way.

Tens of thousands of residents had to evacuate the area after a reactor meltdown in 2011 following an earthquake and tsunami.

The incident at the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) site was the world’s most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

No-one died directly in the meltdown but three former Tepco executives are facing trial on charges of negligence because of deaths related to the area’s evacuation.

Tepco said construction work was immediately suspended after the object was found and a temporary exclusion zone put in place while bomb disposal experts were deployed.

It is not uncommon for unexploded WW2 devices to be found in Japan over 70 years on from the end of the war.

The Fukushima area was previously home to a Japanese military base.

Blocked in the Balkans: the refugees that Europe won’t allow in.

When the Faqirzada family set out for a future in Europe, they did not imagine it like this. As far as they were concerned, Europe meant Germany: their oldest son was already at university in Munich, and they would surely join him in the country.

The five – two parents and three teenage children – followed the same route through the Balkans that brought about 1 million people into the EU in 2015-16. But then borders began shutting.

And so for the past eight months, Muhammad Shafi Faqirzada and his wife and children have been marooned in Serbia. Slowly, they are beginning to realise they might be here for a long time.

We did not plan on staying,” Faqirzada says. “We will wait here to reach the European Union until we die, but if we are here for much longer we must learn Serbian.”

As a result of the arrival of large numbers of people into southern Europe that accelerated two years ago this month, there are 7,600 refugees in Serbia, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Most live in 18 state-run asylum centres that provide basic necessities. Many are starting to prepare for the long haul.

Faqirzada’s three children have enrolled in school, a Belgrade primary that opened its doors to 25 refugee children this spring as part of a pilot scheme.

Morning classes are integrated with Serbian students and include biology, maths, chemistry and mechanics. Then the refugee children have their own Serbian language courses, split into beginner and advanced levels, along with another foreign language such as English or German.

The main difference is that migrant children carry with them more trauma, past trauma – war, separation, loss … a completely new country, language and social barriers, loneliness … and the trauma of the future. Uncertainty in every sense,” said Darko Stanojkovic, a Serbian language teacher.

The kids without parents are like our children here at the school,” said Stanojkovic. More than 900 unaccompanied minors are in Serbia, according to UNHCR.

We talk about Afghani schools; they never had a regular schedule. Now they have some aim in their life,” said Jasmina Petrovic, another teacher.

Despite the difficulties of integration, teachers are impressed with how refugee children have thrown themselves into their new, unfamiliar environment. “They are more motivated than any students I have worked with,” said Juliana Keljajic, an English teacher.

Andjela Usljebrka is a Serbian language teacher at another pilot scheme school. Her classroom invites high-achieving Serbian students to help teach the refugees. Speaking English bridges the two groups; but as refugees learn Serbian, the Serbian children have begun to learn bits of Afghan languages as well.

In both ways the children are trying to cross the lines between them,” Usljebrka said. It is not just the language and schooling that is unfamiliar for the refugees. Usljebrka recalls seeing the refugee children using their hands at first while playing football with Serbians. Instead of interrupting, she let them figure it out themselves.

This initial phase was learning for all of us – policymakers, international partner organisations, and schools. It should produce data and information for further policy development,” said Anne-Maria Ćuković from Unicef’s Belgrade office.

Faqirzada, a former civil servant, counts his family’s safety and education as the two most important reasons he fled Afghanistan. “My children are happy here, they have freedom to learn,” he said.

I will never go back to Afghanistan, I love it here,” said his eighteen-year-old daughter, Mursal. She could never walk outside her home by herself in Afghanistan, much less attend school with boys.

Beyond education, the Serbian government has been expanding the legal rights of asylum seekers to access employment. While refugees are often skilled engineers, computer programmers, and linguists, the possibility of attaining a job in their profession is bleak.

They (refugees) do not have a diploma, they do not know the Serbian language, and the priority in our labour market are Serbians,” said Sonja Toskovic of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (BCHR). But Serbia is missing out on a wealth of skilled labour without a process that validates diplomas earned in refugees’ home countries.

Ehsanullah Weesa, 20, wears a heavy blue hoodie in the hot Belgrade sun. It is still much colder than his Afghan homeland, he says. Weesa is fluent in six languages. He lives at the asylum camp with Faqirzada’s family, teaches English and serves as the interpreter for organisations visiting the camp.

Some days until three or four at night, sometimes six days a week, I work,” Weesa said. He shrugs when pressed as to why he has never asked to be paid for his long hours. “Helping this community means more to me.”

Weesa expects he will claim asylum in Serbia within the month. However, the asylum office has yet to deliver a single decision in 2017. Out of more than 1,000 asylum claims launched in 2016, only 70 were decided upon. More than half of those were rejected.

The system is not efficient enough to process all the asylum requests it gets,” said Mirjana Milenkovski of UNHCR, which has condemned the asylum procedure in Serbia as “unsafe”. However, a revised asylum law is expected to be passed by the Serbian parliament in the coming months.

Meanwhile, every weekday, five people are chosen to leave Serbia and enter Hungary – and the EU – legally. It may be a double-edged sword.

In Hungary my family are in a 24-hour closed camp – when someone goes to the bathroom there are four police on every side of you,” said Weesa “They are not free like we are here.”

Faqirzada says many countries could learn a lot from Serbia. “In Afghanistan, no one cares for each other. In Turkey there were no schools. In Bulgaria we slept in forests. But in Serbia, the people support each other. They support my family too, I do not forget this.”

Still, if and when the Faqirzada family are given a chance to move closer to Germany, they will take it.


Science Channel is running another marathon of its popular and well-produced series “The Unexplained Files” on Monday, August 14, 2017, from 3:12AM to 4:00PM EDT.
The episode dealing with Spontaneous Human Combustion – including following Larry Arnold in his original real-time investigation of the 2013 odd fire fatality of an Oklahoma man that year – airs 11AM-Noon EDT.
Listen to why local authorities, including Sheriff Lockhart who was an arson investigator before being elected Sequoyah County’s sheriff, and local first-responders were so perplexed by the fire scene for which their training had not prepared them.
To view a trailer of this episode, go to

Larry Arnold, Director
ParaScience International


After leaving Lafayette College and a career in engineering, Larry founded ParaScience International in 1976 to pursue the exploration of fortean anomalies and consciousness. His controversial article published in August, 1978, titled “Meltdown…at TMI-2” would 8 months later be termed “uncannily accurate” by The New York Times in presaging the future of that nuclear power plant’s meltdown near his home.

An author of three pioneering books – The Parapsychological Impact of the Accident at Three Mile Island (1980), The Reiki Handbook (1982), and ABLAZE! The Mysterious Fires of Spontaneous Human Combustion (1995) he is regarded by some as the world’s expert on spontaneous human combustion (SHC) and, consequently, by others as a world-class fool.

He has been a guest on hundreds of radio and internet-radio programs, including Howard Stern, The Art Bell Show, and multiple episodes of CoastToCoastAM. He co-produces and has appeared on programs for numerous television networks, including ABC (“That’s Incredible!”); ABC Family; A&E (“The Unexplained”); American Heroes Channel; BBC; Biography (“Unexplained Mysteries”); CBC (“the fifth estate”); Destination America (“The Unexplained Files“); Discovery (eg., “X-Testers” and “Weird or What?“); Fox; FoxFamily; History International; Investigation Discovery; NBC (“Unsolved Mysteries”); National Geographic TV (“Is It Real?”); PAX (“Encounters with the Unexplained“); Science (“Investigation X” and “The Unexplained Files“); SyFy (eg., “Sightings“); TLC; UPN (“Paranormal Borderline”); plus French, Japanese, and Korean networks. He has lectured about the paranormal at Albright University; American University; Drew University; Elizabethtown College; Harrisburg Area Community College; Lebanon Valley College; Marist College; Messiah College; Shippensburg University; the University of Nebraska; The Arthur Findley College for Psychical Studies in England.

He is published in, among others, Esotera (Germany) Fate; Fortean Times (United Kingdom); INFO Journal; Life; Pennsylvania Association of Arson Investigators (PAAI) Newsletter; Pennsylvania Magazine; Pursuit (Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained); Rainbows; Science Digest; Seeing Journal; Susquehanna Monthly Magazine; UFO Annual; UFO Report; and UFO Universe.

His unofficial website is

Email is


Poetry Passion and Purpose with Rick Piva

Please pray for Russ Thacker. He is in the hospital and not doing very well. He has had a couple strokes. He is now unresponsive and doesn’t recognize anyone.

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Trump Report: Trump really had strong language for North Korea, and the footage I saw, really makes him appear quite angry….

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25 Strange Facts From History You Probably Didn’t Learn In School

25. Officially, the longest war in history was between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly, which lasted from 1651 to 1986. There were no casualties.

24. The Anglo-Zanzibar war of 1896 is the shortest war on record lasting an exhausting 38 minutes.

23. Albert Einstein was offered the role of Israel’s second President in 1952, but declined.

22. John F. Kennedy, Anthony Burgess, Aldous Huxley, and C.S. Lewis all died on the same day.

21. Napoleon was once attacked by rabbits.

20. Karl Marx was once a correspondent for the New York Daily Tribune.

19. Kim Jong Il wrote six operas.

18. Princeton researchers successfully turned a live cat into a functioning telephone in 1929.

17. Ronald Reagan was a lifeguard during high school and saved 77 people’s lives.

16. Lord Byron kept a pet bear in his college dorm room.

15. In 1912, a Paris orphanage held a raffle to raise money—the prizes were live babies.

14. A New Orleans man hired a pirate to rescue Napoleon from his prison on St. Helena.

13. The “D” in D-Day stands for “Day”, in other words, “Day-Day”

12. The Constitution of the Confederate States of America banned the slave trade.

11. When the American Civil War started, Confederate Robert E. Lee owned no slaves. Union general U.S. Grant did.

10. England’s King George I was actually German.

9. In 1838, General Antonio López de Santa Anna (President of Mexico) had his leg amputated after his ankle was destroyed by canon-fire. He ordered a full military burial for it.

8. Contrary to popular belief and legend, Daniel Boone not only did not wear a coonskin cap, he detested them. Instead, Boone wore a felt cap.

7. At the start of World War I, the US Airforce (then a component of the US army) had only 18 pilots and 5 – 12 airplanes.

6. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

5. Arabic numerals (the ones used in English) were not invented by the Arabs at all – they were actually invented by Indian mathematicians.

4. The Parliament of Iceland is the oldest still acting parliament in the world. It was established in 930.

3. Despite the terrible nature of and damage caused by the 1666 Great Fire of London, only 8 people were killed. This is despite the fire destroying at least 13,500 houses.

2. Soon after building started in 1173, the foundation of the Pisa tower settled unevenly. Construction was stopped, and was continued only a 100 years later. Therefore, the leaning tower was never straight.

  1. Ancient Egyptians used slabs of stones as pillows.

Anther history moment and this was presented by Chris Everard of Enigma TV, you can hear his broadcast on Sundays 3pm Eastern..

THE ‘PIED PIPER’ is a ‘Fairy Tale’ used to disguise a MASS CHILD ABDUCTION which happened in the German estate owned by the family of the Duke of Edinburgh. Many are familiar with the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Few realise however, that the story is based on real events, which evolved over the years into a fairy tale made to scare children.

The earliest known record of the PIED PIPER story is from the town of Hamelin itself, which was a Jewish community – and the oldest illustrations of this mass child abduction feature the Pied Piper dressed as a Jewish-mystic-magician. The abduction is commemorated in a stained glass window created for the church of Hamelin, which dates to around 1300 AD. Although it was destroyed in 1660, several written accounts have survived. The oldest comes from the Lueneburg manuscript (c 1440 – 50), which stated: “In the year of 1284, on the day of Saints John and Paul on June 26, by a piper, clothed in many kinds of colours, 130 children born in Hamelin were seduced, and lost at the place of execution near the koppen.”

For those unfamiliar with the tale, it is set in 1284 in the town of Hamelin, Lower Saxony, Germany. This town was facing a rat infestation, and a piper, dressed in a coat of many coloured, bright cloth, appeared. This piper promised to get rid of the rats in return for a payment, to which the townspeople agreed too. Although the piper got rid of the rats by leading them away with his music, the people of Hamelin reneged on their promise. The furious piper left, vowing revenge. On the 26th of July of that same year, the piper returned and led the children away, never to be seen again, just as he did the rats.

Nevertheless, one or three children were left behind, depending on which version is being told. One of these children was lame, and could not keep up, another was deaf and could not hear the music, while the third one was blind and could not see where he was going.

Millions of gallons of Mexican waste threaten US Border Patrol agents

Millions of gallons of toxic chemicals and raw sewage are being dumped by Mexico into the Tijuana River, surrounding valleys and U.S. beaches at the U.S.-Mexico border, sickening border patrol agents, but those on the front lines say the U.S. has done little to force Mexico to literally clean up its act.

Some 59 Border Patrol agents have reported getting sick in the last three months after exposure to pollutants while at work along the border. One agent suffered severe chemical burns on his feet after toxic chemicals burned through his boots, according to documentation provided by the U.S. Border Patrol Local 1613 Union.

That union is threatening legal action that could result in all 300 people stationed at the Imperial Beach Border Patrol station to abandon their posts along the vast border between San Diego and Mexico. Border Patrol union leaders blame U.S. government agencies, Congress and the International Boundary and Water Commission for not aggressively addressing the continuing environmental pollution and health hazards. The organization is an independent U.S. commission directed by the State Department that oversees management of the river.

Because it oversees sanitation, water quality and flood control in the border region, the IBWC has become the focus of outrage by local government officials as well as the Border Patrol.

It is going to get the point where they cannot patrol down there. That is a national security issue,” said Christopher Harris, secretary for the U.S. Border Patrol Local 1613 Union, which represents represent almost 2,000 US Border Patrol Bargaining Unit Employees in the San Diego Sector.

If a judge rules that our agents cannot work in that area, we are going to cede this back to no man’s land,” Harris warned, noting that this would leave a vast area of the border open to Mexican cartel smuggling fugitives putting local residents at risk.

During a tour of the U.S.-Mexican border arranged by the union, Joel Sevilla, a U.S. Army veteran who has been a Border Patrol Agent for nine years, told Fox News that last week he had to halt his ATV patrols.

I like doing what I do, but now it has come to a point that every night I have headaches and every day I have headaches and nasal pain and I had to stop,” Sevilla said.

Numerous agents have suffered from gas inhalation, chemical burns, lung damage and infections, said Terrance Shiggs, president of the National Board Patrol Council Local 1613.

Serge Dedina, mayor of the City of Imperial Beach, one of the beachfront communities most impacted by the pollution, said that between 30 and 40 million gallons of sewage are discharged daily onto the beach from Mexico’s Punta Banderas sewage treatment plant six miles south of the border, and during south swells and south winds, the sewage washes up on U.S. beaches. Mexican sewage also flows into the U.S. from the Tijuana River. When there is a power outage affecting the sewage plant in Mexico, it is not uncommon for raw sewage to be discharged on to the U.S. side of the border, Dedina said.

The City of Imperial Beach is planning its own legal action over Clean Water Act violations, Dedina added.

We can no longer tolerate our own government allowing this to happen,” he said.

Dedina said residents, small business owners, and Border Agents are frustrated that the International Boundary and Water Commission doesn’t take aggressive and immediate action to keep Mexican sewage and toxic chemicals from flowing into ocean, area canyons, the Tijuana River and a protected estuary.

We want to make sure our residents and the Border Patrol agents … and United States Navy SEALs who live and train in our city and just North of Coronado are not harmed by this mess,” Dedina said.

Dedina said the Department of Homeland Security should include new protections in the $200 million Congress just allocated for San Diego border wall upgrades.

The trouble with Mexico’s broken sewage system came to the forefront in February, when 250 million gallons of raw sewage poured from Mexico into the Tijuana River and then into the ocean for 17 days after the City of Tijuana’s sanitation system broke down.

No Mexican official disclosed the hazard, but the 200,000 people living in South San Diego, Imperial Beach and Chula Vista could smell the eye-watering, throat-burning smell of raw sewage from a mile away. The spill was the worst in the region in a decade, and resulted in several miles of beaches being closed for six weeks. Initially, the Mexican government pledged to fix the problem, but that changed.

We were told on Aug. 4 by highest level American officials that the Mexican federal government has abandoned its effort to support this issue,” Dedina said. “The U.S. government has to step up and help us stop this toxic waste and toxic sewage from coming across the border.”

I don’t think Mexico is doing this on purpose, but do I think they care – not a bit. The U-S government has to start doing some things to make Mexico care about its actions,” said Harris. “The U-S cannot solve this all alone, but we can mitigate the environmental hazards, and that is going to take the EPA and the International Boundary and Water Commission to get off the dime and start doing what they are supposed to.”

However, a spokesperson for the IBWC said the commission is taking a number of actions.

The commission is now investing $17 million into upgrading its $239.4 million sewage treatment plant built in the 1990s. Working groups have made recommendations to improve the area and some key studies are planned or ongoing. The commission established a bi-national spill notification protocol and plans new joint inspections every other month at key sites to monitor trans-boundary flows, said IBWC spokesperson Sally Spener.

“It is clear that when you look at the activities of the commission, not just since the February spill, but prior to that, there has been a long term interest and significant financial investment in improving the TJ river valley,” Spener said.

Dedina and others say the commission and federal government must take quicker and stronger action to stop the almost daily flows of raw sewage and toxic chemicals into the Imperial Beach and San Diego communities. More than 670,000 gallons of raw sewage are currently festering on Imperial Beach, attracting flies and mosquitoes, Dedina said.

Somewhere along the way, the U.S. government has apparently decided that nothing needs to be done. That is unacceptable,” Dedina said. “This is not rocket science. … It requires funding, engineering and political will.”

The Election Integrity Project California provides a list of 11 California counties that have more registered voters than voting-age citizens.

In addition, Los Angeles County officials informed the project that “the number of registered voters now stands at a number that is a whopping 144% of the total number of resident citizens of voting age.”

The Election Integrity Project California, Inc. has joined Judicial Watch, Inc., a non-partisan organization in Washington, D.C., in sending a National Voter Registration Act (“NVRA”) Section 8 notice of violation letter to California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla.

NVRA Complaint Excerpts

Dear Secretary Padilla:

From public records obtained on the Election Assistance Commission (“EAC”) 2016 Election Administration Voting Survey (“EAVS”), and through verbal accounts from various county agencies, eleven (11) counties in California have more total registered voters than citizen voting age population (CVAP) calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011-2015 American Community Survey. This is strong circumstantial evidence that California municipalities are not conducting reasonable voter registration list maintenance as mandated under the NVRA.

This letter serves as statutory notice that Election Integrity Project California, Inc., a registered non-profit corporation in California, and Judicial Watch, Inc., will bring a lawsuit against you and, if appropriate, against the counties named in this letter, if you do not take specific actions to correct these violations of Section 8 within 90 days.

The following information explains how we determined that your state and the counties named are in violation of NVRA Section 8 and the remedial steps that must be taken to comply with the law.

1. Eleven California Counties Have More Total Registered Voters Than Citizen Voting Age Population

Based on our review of 2016 EAC EAVS report, the 2011-2015 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, and the most recent California total active and total inactive voter registration records, California is failing to comply with the voter registration list maintenance requirements of Section 8 of the NVRA. For example, a comparison of the 2011-2015 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, and the most recent California active and inactive voter registration records shows there were more total registered voters than there were adults over the age of 18 living in each of the following eleven (11) counties: Imperial (102%), Lassen (102%), Los Angeles (112%), Monterey (104%), San Diego (138%), San Francisco (114%), San Mateo (111%), Santa Cruz (109%), Solano (111%), Stanislaus (102%), and Yolo (110%). Our own research shows that the situation in these counties is, if anything, worse than the foregoing data suggest. For example, we contacted Los Angeles County directly this past June. At that time, county officials informed us that the total number of registered voters now stands at a number that is a whopping 144% of the total number of resident citizens of voting age.

2. The NVRA Requires You to Undertake Reasonable Efforts to Maintain Accurate Lists of Eligible Registered Voters

3. Failure to Comply with NVRA Subjects You to Lawsuits and Financial Costs

In passing the NVRA, Congress authorized a private right of action to enforce the provisions of the NVRA, including Section 8. Accordingly, private persons may bring a lawsuit under the NVRA if the violations identified herein are not corrected within 90 days of receipt of this letter.

4. Avoiding Litigation

We hope you will promptly initiate efforts to comply with Section 8 so that no lawsuit will be necessary. We ask you and, to the extent that they wish to respond separately, each county identified in this letter, to please respond to this letter in writing no later than 30 days from today informing us of the compliance steps you are taking. Specifically, we ask you to: (1) conduct or implement a systematic, uniform, nondiscriminatory program to remove from the list of eligible voters the names of persons who have become ineligible to vote by reason of a change in residence; and (2) conduct or implement additional routine measures to remove from the list of eligible voters the names of persons who have become ineligible to vote by reason of death, change in residence, or a disqualifying criminal conviction, and to remove noncitizens who have registered to vote unlawfully.

5. Production of Records

Finally, pursuant to your obligations under the NVRA,15 your office and, to the extent that they keep records separately from your office, each county named in this letter, should make available to us all pertinent records concerning “the implementation of programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring the accuracy and currency” of California’s official eligible voter lists during the past 2 years. Please include these records with your response to this letter.

I hope that the concerns identified in this letter can be resolved amicably. However, if we believe you do not intend to correct the above-identified problems, a federal lawsuit seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against you may be necessary. We look forward to receiving your prompt response.



s/ Robert D. Popper

Robert D. Popper

Attorney, Judicial Watch, Inc.

Here is the full six-page NVRA Letter to California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla.

Key Questions

How bad is actual fraud vs. possible fraud?

How much is purposeful fraud (letting noncitizens) on the voter rolls?

How often do the dead and nonresidents vote?

Ed Klein: Hillary’s Plea Bargain

The Justice Department has reopened the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material on her private email system while she was secretary of state, and is considering offering her a plea bargain if she will agree to plead guilty to charges of breaking the law, according to a Clinton attorney.

The discussion of a plea bargain took place late last month and was offered by a high-ranking Justice Department official to the Clinton lawyer.

During the exploratory talks with the prosecutor, the Clinton attorney was told that despite former FBI Director James Comey’s decision last July not to prosecute Hillary, the Justice Department has reexamined the email case and believes there are ample grounds for prosecuting Hillary on a number of counts.

Russia Launches $100 Million Bitcoin-Mining Operation

After initial hostility and distrust Russia is warming up to Bitcoin as a financial system outside Washington’s control

In what some have called a “watershed” moment for bitcoin, Bloomberg reports that a company co-owned by an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking to expand Russia’s bitcoin-mining industry, leveraging Russia’s cheap energy to rival China as the world’s largest mining market.

The company, known as Russian Miner Coin, or RMC, is seeking to raise $100 million in an initial coin offering, promising buyers a right to 18% of the company’s mining revenue, according to a presentation cited by Bloomberg.

Russian Miner Coin is holding a so-called initial coin offering, where investors will use units of Ethereum or bitcoin to buy new RMC tokens. These new tokens will have rights to 18 percent of the revenue earned with the company’s mining equipment, according to a presentation posted on its website.”

According to Brian Kelly, a frequent CNBC contributor, the announcement is a “watershed” development in the history of bitcoin because it suggests that Putin recognizes the value of the pioneering digital currency as a reserve asset. The Russian president has already expressed an interest in blockchain technology – particularly Ethereum. In June, he met with Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum and offered his support for Buterin’s plans to help local partners adopt the technology in Russia.

Russia offers several advantages for bitcoin miners: For example, its excess power capacity is substantial.

Russia has 20 gigawatts of excess power capacity, with consumer electricity prices as low as 80 kopeks (1.3 cents) per kilowatt hour, which is less than in China, RMC said in the presentation.”

The company plans to build its own mining hardware using computer chips designed in Russia.

RMC plans to use semiconductor chips designed in Russia for use in satellites to minimize power consumption in computers for crypto-mining, Putin’s internet ombudsman, Dmitry Marinichev, said at a news conference in Moscow. Russia has the potential to reach up to 30 percent share in global cryptocurrency mining in the future, Marinichev said, adding that $10 million from the proceeds of the ICO may be spent developing the processors.”

Though, in the beginning, the firm will rely on Bitfury chips. Bitfury, a company that manufactures mining equipment and also operates its own mining operations, was founded by Valery Vavilov, a Russian-speaking native of Latvia.

The company initially plans to locate mining computers based on Bitfury chips in individual Russian households to challenge Bitmain by using Russia’s lower power prices.”

Already, at least one Russian government entity is experimenting with blockchain tech. The Central Bank of Russia has already deployed an Ethereum-based blockchain as a pilot project to process online payments and verify customer data with lenders including Sberbank PJSC.

The vote of confidence from a close Putin associate has helped lift the bitcoin price to all-time highs, according to data from CryptoCompare.



One unusual phytonutrient in blue-green algae such as spirulina is the natural blue protein pigment called phycocyanin. This is the pigment that gives blue-green algae its blue color. It may be found in concentrations as high as 7 percent in certain blue-green algae, as compared to 1 percent chlorophyll content most commonly found. Phycocyanin is related to the human pigment bilirubin, which is important to healthy liver function and digestion of amino acids.

Part of the global effort to identify natural substances with an immune system boosting or anti-cancer effect focuses on algae because of its important quantity of phycocyanin.

In one Japanese study, phycocyanin was given orally to mice with liver cancer. The survival rate of the treatment group was significantly higher than the control group not given phycocyanin. After five weeks, 90% of the phycocyanin group survived, but only 25% of the control group survived. After eight weeks, 25% of the phycocyanin group still survived, yet none of the control group was alive. This suggests that eating phycocyanin may increase the survival rate of cancer stricken organisms. In another study, after two weeks of being administered phycocyanin, the white blood cell count (lymphocyte activity) of the phycocyanin group was higher than the control group and higher than or equal to a normal group without cancer. This suggests phycocyanin raises lymphocyte activity.1

The lymph system’s general function is to maintain the health of other body organs and protect against cancer, ulcers, bleeding piles and other diseases. These results suggest phycocyanin acts not by a limited attack on local cancer, but by strengthening the body’s resistance through the lymph system. Phycocyanin may be active in preventing a host of degenerative organ diseases by increasing immunity.

Chinese scientists documented that phycocyanin stimulates hematopoesis (creation of blood), emulating the hormone erythropoetin (EPO). EPO is produced by healthy kidneys and regulates bone marrow stem cell production of red blood cells. They claimed that phycocyanin regulates white blood cell production, even when bone marrow stem cells are damaged by toxic chemicals or radiation.2

The algae present in Bio-Algae Concentrates have a high and naturally occurring phycocyanin content. This means that with a regular intake of BAC, you would not need to consume an isolated supplement to get this essential and rare phytonutrient.


Dainippon Ink x Chemicals and Tokyo Kenkyukai (inventors and assignee). Anti-tumoral agents containing phycobilin- also used to treat ulcers and hemorrhoidal bleeding. 1983, JP 58065216 A 830418.

Zhang Cheng-Wu, et. al. Effects of polysaccharide and phycocyanin from spirulina on peripheral blood and hematopoietic system of bone marrow in mice. Second Asia-Pacific Conf. Ibid, April, 1994.

From the

Effects of blue-green algae extracts on the proliferation of human adult stem cells in vitro: a preliminary study.


Adult stem cells are known to have a reduced restorative capacity as we age and are more vulnerable to oxidative stress resulting in a reduced ability of the body to heal itself. We have previously reported that a proprietary nutraceutical formulation, NT-020, promotes proliferation of human hematopoietic stem cells in vitro and protects stem cells from oxidative stress when given chronically to mice in vivo. Because previous reports suggest that the blue green algae, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) can modulate immune function in animals, we sought to investigate the effects of AFA on human stem cells in cultures.


Two AFA products were used for extraction: AFA whole (AFA-W) and AFA cellular concentrate (AFA-C). Water and ethanol extractions were performed to isolate active compounds for cell culture experiments. For cell proliferation analysis, human bone marrow cells or human CD34+ cells were cultured in 96 well plates and treated for 72 hours with various extracts. An MTT assay was used to estimate cell proliferation.


We report here that the addition of an ethanol extract of AFA-cellular concentrate further enhances the stem cell proliferative action of NT-020 when incubated with human adult bone marrow cells or human CD34+ hematopoietic progenitors in culture. Algae extracts alone had only moderate activity in these stem cell proliferation assays.


This preliminary study suggests that NT-020 plus the ethanol extract of AFA cellular concentrate may act to promote proliferation of human stem cell populations.

Most Cheese Products Tainted with Dangerous Plastic Chemicals, Study Reveals

A University of Washington study involving cheese products found endocrine-disrupting phthalates present in 29 of 30 samples tested.

A University of Washington study involving cheese products found endocrine-disrupting phthalates present in 29 of 30 samples tested. Boxed mac-and-cheese mixes scored the worst.[i] [ii] Phthalates are added to plastics to increase their flexibility and durability, and sadly they are making their way into our food supply.

Why cheese? Phthalates accumulate in fatty foods such as meat and dairy due to their fat-binding properties.

Phthalates migrate into food from packaging and equipment used in the food manufacturing process. Cheese products become contaminated from contact with plastic tubing, conveyor belts, gaskets, plastic packaging, and even the printing ink and adhesive on labels.[iii]

The results of this study are very troubling because these chemicals have been linked to genital birth defects in infant boys, as well as learning disabilities, aggression, hyperactivity, increased blood pressure, insulin resistance in older males, endometriosis in women, and a variety of other adverse effects. There is strong evidence that phthalates interfere with testosterone production, a hormone vital to normal reproductive development. Deficiency results in several reproductive abnormalities including genital malformation, low sperm count, and even increased risk for testicular cancer later in life.

Phthalates are clearly a health risk even at very low levels of exposure, especially for pregnant women, infants and children.

In the cheese study, researchers tested for 10 different phthalates in a variety of products, including 10 varieties of mac-and-cheese with some labeled as “organic.” High phthalate levels were found in every single mac-and-cheese product, and as many as six different phthalates were found in a single product. DEHP is the most widely restricted phthalate yet it was the most frequently detected.

Not only were these hormone-disrupting chemicals found in ever-popular boxed mac-and-cheese, but they were also detected in the other cheese products ranging from highly processed to more “natural” cheeses such as shredded cheese, string cheese and cottage cheese. Processed cheese slices contained almost triple the phthalates of natural cheese, and boxed mac-and-cheese was four times as high as hard cheese.

In 2008, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) restricted six phthalates from use in children’s toys and childcare products. Children’s toys were previously thought to be the most significant purveyor of phthalates, but recent science has redirected the spotlight toward foods.

Europe has banned many phthalates from use in all plastics involved with food production, but the US FDA continues to permit the use of 28 different phthalates—including DEHP—in food equipment and packaging, based on extremely outdated safety guidelines. Although FDA has fallen short of imposing a ban, they did go as far as issuing a report to the CPSC urging federal agencies to re-evaluate phthalate risks, highlighting the shift in focus from toys to foods:[iv]

“Overall, food, beverages, and drugs via direct ingestion, and not children’s toys and their personal care products, constituted the highest phthalate exposures to all subpopulations, with the highest exposure being dependent upon the phthalate and the products that contain it.”

What to Do

Unless and until regulators actually take action to clean up our food industry, you must take matters into your own hands. Below are 10 tips for reducing your phthalate exposure.

1. Processed food: Eat less processed food as it undergoes many opportunities for phthalate exposure. Fast food is also a significant source of phthalates, especially DEHP and DiNP.[v] Minimize restaurant food unless it specializes in serving fresh, organic whole foods.

2. Fresh whole foods: Eat more whole, fresh organic fruits and vegetables.

3. Cruciferous vegetables: Brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, watercress, kale, Brussels sprouts, and the like) boost your body’s detoxification from plastics.

4. Water: Drink plenty of pure water every day. Consider purchasing a whole-house filtration system designed to remove phthalates and other contaminants.

5. Dairy: If you consume milk, choose milk in glass bottles. Choose cheese that’s as unprocessed as possible and store it wrapped in parchment, inside a glass container.

6. Meat products. If you consume meat, choose meats that are as unprocessed as possible, staying away from “deli meats” and pre-packaged varieties.

7. Plastics: Plastics with codes 3 and 7 may contain phthalates, although there are other chemicals that may leach, therefore avoiding all plastics is optimal. Putting hot food or liquid in a plastic container increases chemical leaching. Replace plastic bags and wrap with glass containers and water bottles, parchment and wax paper bags.

8. Toys and baby products: Throw out old baby toys, baby bottles and sippy cups.

9. Fragrances: Avoid any product listing “fragrance” on the label because many contain phthalates. Choose personal and household products (cosmetics, cleansers, sunscreen, shampoos, nail polish, air fresheners, etc.) that are unscented, with the exception of pure essential oils. Phthalates are on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors. EWG is an excellent resource for identifying clean, phthalate-free products.[vi]

  1. Sweating: Sweating helps the body detox from phthalates, so daily exercise and infrared saunas are two ways to help your body purge these plastics.


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US couple who sexually abused adopted Russian son for 10 years to get lengthy prison terms

A US couple pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of their adopted Russian son after turning him into their “sex slave,” local media reported, citing officials. Both will now get lengthy prison sentences for molestation of the boy which spanned a decade.

Ralph Flynn, 73, and his wife Carolyn Flynn, 44 , from the town of Los Gatos, California, will be sentenced under a plea deal announced Wednesday, Mercury news reported.

Ralph Flynn, who has been in custody since his arrest in 2015, was charged with sexually molesting the boy since he was nine for a period of 10 years. He will get a 24-year prison sentence under the deal negotiated by Santa Clara County deputy district attorney Oanh Tran.

Carolyn Flynn, who is said to have started abusing the boy when he was 15, will be given 12 years in prison, her attorney Wes Schroeder said.

The story made the headlines several years ago, when the victim, identified as Denis Doe, now 25, told his former Los Gatos High School principal about the abuse, who in turn reported it to police.

I’m really happy that Denis is getting justice,” Tran said. “I’m happy that Ralph and Carolyn both took accountability for what they did,” Tran said, as cited by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The newspaper obtained police report which said that Ralph Flynn also molested another boy whom he had adopted. His name and status haven’t been released to the media. The 100-page document detailed the abuse.

In 2016, Denis shared his story exclusively with the SF Chronicle, saying that he was seven when his mother died of cancer and he and his sister (with whom he was separated) were taken to Russian orphanages.

At the age of nine he moved to the Flynn’s five-bedroom house after being officially adopted. But then began the nightmare that would last 10 years, as Ralph Flynn started sexually abusing him.

He touched me first and then asked me to touch him,” Denis said. “I was in shock. I knew what sex was. I knew what we were doing. I just didn’t know why we were doing it.”

Then Carolyn Flynn started taking part in the abuse.

Ralph called it a special occasion only,” Denis said of his mother’s participation. “His birthday, her birthday, my birthday, Christmas present. It’s messed up.”

His parents always told him to keep silent about the abuse. However, when Denis was 19, he refused Ralph Flynn’s demands and his adoptive father hit him. Denis left the house and never came back.

It’s still a mental, emotional scar that I have to carry,” he later said, as cited by the SF Gate. “I lived it, I experienced his crazy and horrific attitude first hand. If anything, that brought peace to people that I’ve told about my story before. To me, it’s still a journey.”

In 2012, Russia adopted the Dima Yakovlev Law, which bans the adoption of Russian children by US citizens. The text of the law cited several cases of abuse of Russian children by their American adoptive parents to justify the move. They complained that the punishment for the offenders handed down by the US justice system was disproportionately mild.

The document was named after Russian-born toddler Dima Yakovlev. He was 21 months old when he died from heatstroke in 2008, after his adoptive father left him strapped in a car seat for nine hours in searing heat, with the temperature inside the vehicle reaching 170F (76C). The man was initially charged with manslaughter, but a court acquitted him of any wrongdoing.

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U.S. Xpress announces layoffs in Chattanooga, Tunnel Hill

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — U.S. Xpress announced Wednesday that they will lay off just over 100 of their employees, with the majority of those layoffs happening in Chattanooga and Tunnel Hill.

U.S. Xpress employs roughly 10,000 people in 55 locations across the country.

Vice President of Corporate Communications Danna Bailey says that of the 100 employees laid off, none of them will be drivers.

Bailey told us that the layoffs are a part of a “shift in company focus”, and that the company is rearranging resources and people to meet their goals.

U.S. Xpress says its Human Resources department is offering to help anyone looking for help with the transition to the job market.

7 Ways Magnesium Improves Your Brain

Magnesium is present in all cells of the body and is involved in over 300 enzymatic processes, including energy production. Magnesium is essential for maintaining normal bone density, normal cardiac rhythmicity, normal pulmonary function, and normal blood glucose regulation. Magnesium is one of the most common world-wide deficiencies and it plays a role in most of the common health struggles people face every day.

Most doctors are not trained to detect magnesium deficiencies. Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests as only 1% of the body’s magnesium is stored in the blood (1).

Dr. Norman Shealy’s, M.D., Ph.D. is an American neurosurgeon and a pioneer in pain medicine says, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency,” and that, “magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient. (2)”

Magnesium Deficiency Rates:

Research has shown that 68% of individuals in the US do not consume the daily recommended amount of dietary magnesium and 19% do not even consume half of the RDA levels (310-420mg daily) (3). Most researchers believe this RDA level is far too low and if it was raised to where it should be we would see that roughly 80% of Americans are consuming insufficient quantities (4).

Magnesium is a basic element of life much like water and air. We need a lot of magnesium, roughly 1000 mgs/day for a healthy active individual to keep up with the demands of the body. Magnesium is to the body like oil is to a car’s engine and if we are deficient problems will arise.

Calcium: Magnesium Ratios:

Our current diet is rich in calcium but insufficient in magnesium. Our ancient ancestors had a a diet that was close to 1:1 whereas our present-day diets are more like 5:1 and up to 15:1. Having roughly ten times more calcium than magnesium is a serious problem (5).

This elevated calcium to magnesium ratio is a major player in conditions such as mitral valve prolapse, migraines, attention deficit disorder, autism, fibromyalgia, anxiety, asthma and allergies. Wherever there is elevated calcium and insufficient magnesium inside of cells the effects are muscle contractions, spasms, twitches and even convulsions (6).

Magnesium and Detoxification:

Without sufficient magnesium the body struggles to make and utilize protein and enzymes. It is also unable to properly methylate and detoxify and/or process and utilize anti-oxidants like vitamin C and E.

Magnesium is extremely critical for proper detoxification processes. As our world has gotten increasingly more toxic, our need for magnesium has increased. Meanwhile, the nutrition of our modern food has increasingly been diminished. This is due to overcropping, poor composting and pesticides/herbicide chemical residue which reduces nutritional quality of the soil and produce.

  1. Magnesium Supports Optimal Cognition

If you fall prey to habitual symptoms of brain fog you may be deficient in magnesium. Over 300 enzymes require magnesium to perform biological reactions essential to tissue and organ function (2). Magnesium supports optimal cognitive health by maximizing the various intricate functions of the brain.

Magnesium Strengthens Memory:

Critical for age-related memory loss, magnesium is associated with memory potential. Studies show that low levels of brain magnesium directly correlate to poor memory function (4).

Specifically, the hippocampus region of the brain is the primary location for retaining long term memories. Magnesium is known to strengthen the function of synapses in the hippocampus thus improving long-term potentiation. In other words, magnesium better equips the brain with the ability to retain memories over long term periods. (2)

Associated with decision making, the prefrontal cortex area of the brain aids in the retrieval of short-term memories. The effectiveness of the prefrontal cortex is largely dependent on magnesium. Magnesium also strengthens the synaptic nerve endings responsible for transmitting a response (2, 3).

Magnesium Improves Learning Abilities:

As a result of increased long-term potentiation, resulting from the repetitive stimulation of a nerve, as well as the ability for nerves to transmit signals more effectively, magnesium better enables an individual to improve their ability to learn.

Researchers looked to test rats using Magnesium threonate (MgT) supplementation and look at their ability to swim and find a submerged platform on which to rest. In this study, both old and young rats who were using the MgT learned significantly faster than the control group.

Amazingly, the supplemented group was able to retain their memory of where the submerged platform was hidden after 24 hours. Both young and old rats in the control group forgot and began randomly searching through the maze and took more than twice as long as the MgT supplemented group.

This meant that older MgT supplemented rats showed significantly better memory and recall than young rats who didn’t get MgT. The results showed a spatial long-term memory enhancement of 122% in younger supplemented rats and 100% improvement in older supplemented rats (2).

Magnesium Can Prevent Alzheimer’s

With the deteriorating health habits of our modern culture, it is not a surprise that Alzheimer’s disease is associated with decreased levels of magnesium. Toxic plaque buildup is evident in patients with declining cognitive abilities symptomatic of the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. (4)

Restoring adequate levels of brain magnesium has been found to prevent the further decline of cognitive function. One study found that the supplemental treatment of magnesium over a 17 month period reduced amyloid plaque accumulation in the hipocampus region of the brain by 35.8% and by 36% in the prefrontal cortex. Some researchers even propose that the development of the disease may even be reversed following magnesium therapy. (4)

  1. Magnesium Regulates Mood and Stress

Magnesium regulates mood and stress by nourishing the nervous system. Damage to the nervous system has been implicated as the cause of numerous health concerns including dementia and depression (5).

Case studies show that treating magnesium deficiency has helped patients struggling with anxiety, irritability, confusion, hyperexcitability, postpartum depression, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as traumatic brain injuries. Magnesium has also been reported by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society as a “probably effective” treatment for preventing migraines and headaches which can be associated with stress (7).

Magnesium Therapy Treats Depression:

Known as an anti-stress mineral, cellular magnesium levels stimulate serotonin production which improves mood. Clinical studies have found that 125-300 mg of supplemental magnesium is effective at treating symptoms of depression after just one week (5).

Magnesium Therapy Treats Anxiety:

Have you ever experienced instances when you were highly reactive towards situations or people for minimal or no apparent reason? Your body may be signaling to you that your cells are deficient in magnesium. Remember, magnesium is used by our cells as a type of fuel source for biological processes to function. The higher amount of both physical and mental demands in our lives, the higher the rate our bodies deplete magnesium sources.

Magnesium therapy can treat symptoms of anxiety by relaxing nerves, assisting in digestion, relieving muscle tension, and conducting healthy nerve responses (5). Unhealthy nerve impulses in the hippocampus can cause factors conducive to stimulating fear and anxiety (3). Magnesium therapy is not only found to strengthen the ability of nerves in the brain to function properly, but magnesium treatment also increases the selectivity of nerves to fire which reduces one’s risk of excitability and agitation (2).

  1. Magnesium Prevents Insomnia

A healthy sleep cycle is important to promoting overall health and the production of hormones which are synthesized during sleep. Magnesium may help reduce symptoms of insomnia and induce a deep restful night’s sleep.

Primarily reliant on the same factors which regulate mood and manage stress, a healthy night’s sleep is dependent on cellular magnesium concentrations. A healthy magnesium balance is needed to regulate hormones such as melatonin which in turn helps to induce sleep and decreases cortisol. Magnesium is also needed for a restful night’s sleep because it promotes muscle relaxation ensuring less of your night is spent counting sheep.

  1. Magnesium Balances Blood Sugar

Magnesium is a critical component involved in the regulation and maintenance of regulating blood glucose levels. Deficiencies in magnesium impair insulin secretion and the ability of glucose to be transported into cells (7).

Magnesium Improves Type II Diabetes

Many studies conducted show that supplementing diet with magnesium via food or oral supplementation improves insulin secretion and response in type-2 diabetic patients (6). It is this increased concentration of glucose in the kidneys that leads to frequent urination and further promotes magnesium deficiency (7).

However, clinical testing has yet to determine if the magnesium alone is solely responsible for improved glucose control. Physicians speculate whether the improved health benefits are a result of another vitamin or mineral commonly found in food sources high in magnesium.

Regardless of the lack of scientists to directly correlate magnesium to the healthy balance of blood sugar, a decreased risk factor for developing diabetes is not to be overlooked following dietary magnesium supplementation. Individuals supplementing their diets with 1,000 mg/day of magnesium oxide after 30 days showed improved glycemic control. Other reports found that there was a 15%-23% reduction in the risk of developing diabetes following different doses of magnesium supplements. (7)

  1. Magnesium Fortifies Bones and Joints

Up to 60% of magnesium is concentrated in bones and the remaining is found in soft tissue and blood. When magnesium supply is deficient in cells, the body has to search for magnesium which can affect overall health. Low levels of blood magnesium affects heart rate, nervous function, and can lead to chronic headaches. As a result of their magnesium hunt, cells are forced to pull what limited magnesium concentration is found in a delicate balance out of bone formations. (1, 7)

Calcium is not the only mineral critical to bone formation and strength. Magnesium has to be in a proper balance with calcium in order to maintain healthy bone density and is essential to bone health as we age. When magnesium is pulled from the bones resulting from cellular magnesium deficiency, the concentration of calcium to magnesium becomes too imbalanced leading to the calcification of bones and joints. Such problems lead to conditions as osteoarthritis. (7)

Limited clinical trials have found that when magnesium citrate is taken daily over long periods may prevent and possibly reverse osteoporosis (7). Women who supplemented their diets with enriched magnesium food sources over a 2 year period reportedly had fewer fractures and a decreased rate of bone loss (1).

  1. Magnesium Supports Heart Health

Along with calcium, magnesium also plays a critical role in its balance with potassium. In combination with these other minerals, magnesium is responsible for the function of muscle contraction and heart rhythm. As previously mentioned, magnesium assists in regulating nerve impulses and is perhaps most important in maintaining cardiovascular health. (7)

Magnesium May Lower Blood Pressure:

Magnesium is believed to balance blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health. Aside from alleviating symptoms of anxiety, relieving the restriction around blood vessels and regulating a healthy contraction of the heart may lower blood pressure (2, 7).

Magnesium Reduces Heart Attack Risk:

Up to 250mg/day of magnesium supplementation is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack. Lower doses of magnesium supplementation was found to reduce the risk of stroke by 8% requiring further studies to analyze the link between dose dependency and results. (7)

  1. Magnesium Assists in Detoxification

Magnesium assists in detoxifying the body’s tissue of acids, toxins, gasses, poisons and other impurities. Environmental contaminants in our food expose our bodies to a higher amount of toxins and impurities than in the past. These impurities deplete our body of essential minerals.

Magnesium improves the motility of the gastrointestinal tract and colon and thereby stimulating the removal of contaminants by promoting a laxative effect. For this reason, magnesium is a primary ingredient in most laxatives used to relieve constipation. (7)

Risks of Magnesium Deficiency

Individuals at greatest risk of magnesium deficiency should pay special attention to health problems they are experiencing. Only 32% of Americans are believed to meet the recommended daily requirements for magnesium (2). Those at a higher risk of developing a magnesium deficiency include: (5, 6, 7)

Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease and patients with other gastrointestinal diseases– These individuals are less able to absorb nutrients from dietary intake.

Type-2 diabetics- A high concentration of blood glucose leads to increased urination and a higher risk of kidney damage.

Alcoholics- Chronic alcohol abuse is likely to cause gastrointestinal problems which further promote the removal of magnesium in urine.

Elderly- As the body ages, the gastrointestinal tract becomes less efficient at absorbing minerals. Older adults are more likely to be taking medications which can interfere with the absorption of magnesium.

Did The Dogon Tribe Have Knowledge Of Theoretical Physics 5,000 Years Ago?

The puzzling knowledge of the Dogon tribe remains a great ancient mystery that raises a number of thought-provoking questions.

About 5,000 years ago, something strange happened in Mali, West Africa, the homeland of the Dogon people.

The Dogon tribe was by no means as advanced as other ancient civilizations, and yet these people possessed incredible knowledge about astronomy. They say they received their knowledge from people who came from the stars…

How could the ancient and secret traditions of an African tribe contain highly precise astrophysical knowledge about invisible stars in the Sirius star system? How did the Dogon know that the smaller Sirius B is a white dwarf – a dead sun that cannot be seen with the naked eye? Did the Dogon tribe have knowledge of theoretical physics in 3,000 BC.?

Today, the Dogon population numbers between 400,000 and 800,000. The Dogon are best known for their religious traditions, their mask dances, wooden sculpture and their architecture, but it’s their ancient cosmological knowledge that makes them fascinating.

The Dogon And The Nommo Mystery

When Robert Temple published his controversial, but very interesting book the “The Sirius Mystery”, he provided readers with answers so many crucial questions related to the mysterious Dogon tribe.

In his book, Robert Temple, a brave man and an extraordinary scientist, presented strong evidence that the Dogon tribe received knowledge about Sirius and other starts from sky visitors who visited their tribe 5,000 years ago.

Skeptics maintain that Dogons’ extraordinary astronomical knowledge was implanted with the tribe by some enlightened outsider.

Many authors have speculated on the subject of extraterrestrial contact, but never before has such detailed evidence been presented. Temple applies his in-depth knowledge of ancient history, mythology, Pythagorean physics, chaos theory, and Greek, to a close examination of the measurements of the Great Pyramid of Giza, which was built to align directly with the star Sirius. He concludes that the alien civilization of Sirius and our own civilization are part of the same harmonic system, and are destined to function and resonate together. His findings warrant a profound reappraisal of our role in the universe.

Professor Nicolas Grimal, who has held the chair of Egyptology at the Collège de France since 2000 discovered that Dogon mythology includes a host of symbols and stories that bear strong resemblance to the ancient Egyptian religion, but the African tribe also discuss events that we cannot encounter in Egyptian mythology.


FOR A FEW months in the fall of 1957, citizens of Earth could look up and see the first artificial star. It shone as bright as Spica, but moved across the sky at a much faster clip. Lots of people thought they were seeing Sputnik—Russia’s antennaed, spherical satellite, and the first thing humans had flung into orbit. But it wasn’t: It was the body of the rocket that bore Sputnik to space—and Earth’s first piece of space junk.

Space junk is the colloquial name for orbital bits that do nothing useful: spent rockets, fragments splayed by collisions and degradation, old satellites no one cares about anymore. In total, they amount to millions of pieces of debris, many of which are large enough to seriously ding satellites and the International Space Station. And then there’s Kessler Syndrome: a space sickness in which low-Earth orbit is so overpopulated that collisions cascade into more collisions, which create more debris that causes more collisions that cascade into more collisions. It’s all very bad for Sandra Bullock. And it’s about to get worse: Thousands and thousands of satellites are set to launch to low-Earth orbit before 2025.

This is not a new problem: Since Sputnik, Russians and non-Russians have already launched thousands of satellites: orbiters that send you Game of Thrones, track global climate, and even track you. Nation-states have developed systems to know where they are and where they’re going, along with all their leftover launch paraphernalia. But it will get much more complicated when the Smallsat Revolution fully arrives.

In the US, two governmental offices share that daunting task: a NASA group and the military’s US Strategic Command—USSTRATCOM, if you feel like yelling an acronym that will automatically make you sound like a sergeant—keeps track of 24,000 objects, down to about 10 centimeters in size. Some 18,700 of these are publicly listed at Space Track (the rest are for the Department of Defense to know and you never to find out). Stratcom gets intel from its Space Surveillance Network—a murder of optical and radar instruments that senses space objects. All that data sluices into uber-bunker Cheyenne Mountain, which processes their streams.

Those teams know even more data is coming, as the number of active satellites in orbit grows by at least tenfold by the mid 2020s. So they are working on new sensors, says the command’s Brian Maguire. A radar system called the “S-Band Space Fence,” located in the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, will operate at high, microwave frequencies (the S-band part), allowing it to detect smaller objects. Microwaves for microsats (and micro trash), in other words.

The US and Australia also recently spooled up a C-band (even higher-frequency) radar in March of this year, which sees space objects in even finer detail. The military plans to do more of that: share, team up with companies and other countries that run their own “space situational awareness” operations. And that’s a good thing: Last year, the 18th Space Control Squadron had to deliver 3,995,874 pieces of potentially bad news: “conjunction data messages” that let satellite owners know some other sat or sizable junk was threatening theirs.

The Department of Defense lets NASA sweat the small stuff, though. The space agency formed its Orbital Debris Program Office in 1979, and that office is responsible for characterizing objects too small to be tracked by the Air Force but big enough to cause problems. NASA uses two radar systems operated by MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory for about 1,000 hours a year to understand the population of millimeter-to-centimeter-sized objects in low-Earth orbit. That schedule that will likely get busier, along with the number of close encounters.

Space Jam

Just how much bigger will the problem get? SpaceX alone plans to send up nearly 12,000 small internet-beaming objects over time. OneWeb has designs on some 700 similar sats. Planet just launched around 100 that take pictures of the Earth’s entire landmass every day. And those are just the heaviest hitters. Little orbiters—especially the smallest types, CubeSats and NanoSats—are within reach of research scientists, government agency experiments, smaller companies, and even individual humans. Take the private Breakthrough Starshot project, which eventually plans to send diminutive spacecraft to Alpha Centauri star system (really). It just launched six “Sprites”: the world’s smallest satellites, measuring 3.5 centimeters on a side.

All of those satellite operators are in charge of making sure what they sent up comes back down, in a timely way. Bigsat operators can just use the last of their fuel to plunge their darlings toward the ocean. But many smallsats, especially the smallest kinds, don’t have propulsion systems. To naturally “de-orbit” fast, they have to be in an orbit that naturally decays quickly—an ellipse in which atmospheric drag drags them back to Earth fast.

Some smallsat operators are planning to put propulsion systems aboard. Great! But that poses another problem: explosions. If there’s pressurized fuel, there’s always the possibility for paroxysm. Which means more debris. And problematically, most members of a given smallsat constellation have the same exact specs—and so the same flaws. If one sat’s propulsion system has critical personality defects, so too do its identical siblings. When that happens with cars, automakers recall them. When that happens in space, a bunch of satellites can explode. And that’s not just true for their movement-making parts: It’s also true of satellite batteries. Just ask Samsung.

The international timeline for self-destruction, originally set by NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office, is that 25 years after the operational life of a satellite ends, it should burn up in the atmosphere. That’s the goal for new launchers, to limit how much bigger they make the pile of space trash. NASA calls it “mitigation.”

But you can’t admonish all those bolts and rocket cores and paint chips and, you know, junk that’s already out there. And you can’t guilt non-operational satellites into getting down from there (you can take them down, but more on that later). The idea, at this point, is just to make what’s bad only as worse as necessary.

On top of that, countries don’t have to enforce the 25-year guideline. In 2015, 35 percent of satellites were out of compliance. Of all CubeSats, specifically, launched between 2003 and 2014, a fifth didn’t meet the criteria. Know why? It’s hard. It costs money. And, for the most part, no one makes them do it.

There’s good news, though, for at least the heftiest of the coming smallsat herds: “Both SpaceX and OneWeb have indicated at that end of the operation of their spacecraft, they plan to lower the orbits so the orbits will naturally decay in [less than] five years rather than 25 years,” says the program’s J.C. Liou. But that still leaves unregulated rogues up there, endlessly circling, dead and dangerous.

Space and Space Nets to the Rescue

Slacker satellites—ones that haven’t prepared for mitigation—get a bit of a reprieve, thanks to some quirky orbital properties. “Like a river, like the atmosphere, space can clean itself,” says Lisa Ruth Rand, a science historian writing a book about space junk. During solar maximum, which happens every 11 years, the thermosphere heats up and expands, pressing its particles against objects in near-space, where many small satellites operate. That creates extra friction. “It drags them back to the atmosphere,” says Rand.

But there’s always gotta be equal-and-opposite bad news, right?

Recent research suggests that human-added CO2 is cooling the thermosphere, and so contracting it. “This contraction, in turn, will reduce atmospheric drag on satellites and may have adverse consequences for the orbital debris environment that is already unstable,” wrote the authors of a 2012 Nature Geoscience paper.

Since Earth is having a harder time taking satellites down, governments and companies may instead opt for more “remediation”: forcing satellites to fall. It’s something experts from space agencies in the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee have said will need to happen regardless of how well newsat makers behave.

NASA did not want to talk about this option. But a 2006 study by Liou himself showed that if no one launched anything else, which Elon would never agree to, collisions would increase the number of debris pieces 10-centimeter and larger, even considering objects that de-orbit, starting around 2055. And that was using the satellite population 11 years ago.

But remediation remains politically fraught, which is likely why NASA stayed mum. In 2007, for instance, China decided to de-orbit one of its defunct weather satellites … by firing a missile at it. That certainly took the sat out of its path—but it also created a flume of debris that flung toward the Space Station in 2011.

In February 2008, the US Navy launched its own projectile at a spy satellite toward its own satellite. The government claimed to worry that if it let the satellite fall back intact, its hydrazine fuel could release toxic vapors at breathing level. But some, at the time and still, interpret the action militarily. “That exchange right there was a ‘Hey, look at us,’” says Rand. “China is saying, ‘We can take down a satellite,’ and the US is saying, ‘We can do it, too.’”

That, of course, is gun-flexing: It implies, “…and we can also take down yours.”

Not all remediation has to be so violent. Scientists have proposed focusing the sun’s radiation onto small junk, and vaporizing it, in the adultspace version of the magnifying-glass-and-ant gig. The European Space Agency’s e.Deorbit program would like to grab junk—with a net or robotic arm—and then send it to its fiery end in the atmosphere. One could also use a space harpoon.

However the spacefarers of the world choose to bring down their satellites—naturally, or with lethal force—one thing is clear: You should keep an eye out for the synthetic meteor showers of the future, as the CubeSats and paint chips of near-space rain back down onto the atmosphere.

The Darker Side of This Summer’s Total Solar Eclipse.

Visitors to some small cities are expected to equal half of entire state populations.

Millions of people are expected to travel to see the total solar eclipse later this month, a rare astronomical happening that will be visible from a mere 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina. When the sky goes dark midday and the moon completely overlaps with the sun, twelve states along the path of totality are expected to be inundated with visitors. South Carolina, for example, with a population of 4.9 million residents, is expected to get 1 to 2 million visitors.

Small cities are bearing the brunt of preparing for this influx, and city officials and logistics experts say preparation will feel similar to, or even more intense than, major events like the World Series.

We have a playbook that we follow for big events,” said Chris Hernandez, a spokesman for Kansas City, Missouri. “Just a few years ago, we won the World Series [and had] about 800,000 people crowded into downtown for one day.”

Here are some of the biggest contingencies cities and visitors should be prepared for.

Traffic could feel like an evacuation, stalling emergency responders and deliveries

Gridlocks are expected across the U.S. for several days before and after the eclipse.

It is similar to what would happen for an evacuation for a hurricane,” said Howard Duvall, councilman for Columbia, South Carolina.

To help the public grasp the size of these traffic jams, Duvall said it’s easier, and less frightening to compare the impact to a football game, even if no football game aside from the Super Bowl can really get close to the scale of traffic. “This is going to be like having 10 Carolina-Clemson football games on the same day,” Duvall said.

Joleen Kelley, spokeswoman for Marion County, Oregon, said the more dispersed traffic will require officials to reroute travels away from small two-lane roads.

A lot of times when there is a big event, [traffic is] usually central to an area, and this time with the eclipse it will cover the state,” she said. “It will go border to border in Oregon.”

All that traffic is likely to trap EMS, fire, and police in its grasps. Larsen said the city plans to position emergency responders across the city ahead of traffic, for example on both sides of a critical bridge.

Some jurisdictions are pulling in additional personnel from other counties and states.

Regular deliveries might also get stuck in transit, so grocery stores, gas stations and even hospitals have to think about supply chain concerns in the weeks before eclipse travelers get on the road.

Hospitals have begun ordering extra medicine for their patients for that week, plus some supplies to treat an influx of minor injuries that go hand-in-hand with large crowds, like heat stroke.

Gas stations have been warned to keep up with supply that week, Kelley said. “We certainly don’t want a run on gas,” she said.

Risk will be high for pedestrian crashes and even parking garage collapses

Celestial events prompt people to wander out into city roads with their heads pointed skyward, and drivers to pull over to get a better view. But both are a recipe for fatal accidents, especially in large numbers.

Merritt McNeely, director of marketing for the South Carolina State Museum, who is assisting with city-wide logistical preparation, advised city officials to close roads as needed, and to post billboard alerts that highway drivers should not stop during the eclipse.

Some visitors may be inclined to stand on top of parking garages to get the best view, said Duvall, who has a background in hardware supply management. But due to the weight distribution of people versus cars, he cautioned that in a particularly extreme scenario, hundreds of people standing on a parking garage could cause a collapse.

Prepare to use old-school means of communication

Cell phone service and smartphone internet are expected to be unavailable inside the path of totality due to the large concentration of people. So visitors should go old-school and print out directions and reservations for hotels and campsites.

City officials will need to know how to access emergency channels. Cell phone companies are beefing up their network capacity for emergency responders, but not increasing capacity for commercial use, according to a Verizon spokesperson.

Some responders will turn to more outdated technology. Brad Kieserman, Vice President for Disaster Operations and Logistics for the American Red Cross, said the Red Cross will rely on ham radio to communicate with their staff and volunteers. Coleen Niemann of Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center said her hospital will use landlines to contact on-call doctors and medical staff.

There will be terrified calls to 911

Expect that small number of residents who just won’t know why the sun is darkening. Duvall said Columbia’s 911 operators will be prepared to reassure unaware residents—and perhaps impart some science education.

No matter how much publicity we have, some people will not know about it,” he said, “and it’s going to be a frightening thing to someone who isn’t prepared to understand what is happening.”

*The Largest ‘Dead Zone’ Ever Has Been Recorded off the Coast of Louisiana

A recent expedition to the Gulf of Mexico has yielded the largest “dead zone” ever recorded in the area. Measuring 8,776 square miles, this massive patch of oxygen depleted water is wreaking havoc on the Gulf’s marine life—a consequence of unchecked agricultural runoff pouring down from the Mississippi River.

Dead zones appear in the Gulf every summer, and the typical size is around 5,800 square miles. Back in 2002, scientists detected an unusually large dead zone stretching for 8,497 square miles, but this new one, detected just last week, is now the largest ever recorded. At a whopping 8,776 square miles (22,730 sq km), it’s 4.6 times larger than the target size set by the Gulf Hypoxia Task Force. In the words of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, this finding shows that “nutrient pollution, primarily from agriculture and developed land runoff in the Mississippi River watershed is continuing to affect the nation’s coastal resources and habitats in the Gulf.”

Hypoxia is a fancy term for low oxygen, and it’s primarily a problem for estuaries and coastal waters. These dead zones have dissolved oxygen concentrations of less than two to three parts per million, and they’re triggered by a variety of factors. In the case of the Gulf of Mexico, excess nutrients stream down the Mississippi river, stimulating massive algal growths that eventually decompose—a process that depletes the oxygen required to support marine life. Sources of these nutrients include fertilizers from agriculture, golf courses, and suburban lawns, erosion of soil packed with nutrients, and sewage discharge from treatment plants.

Dead zones can cause a loss of fish habitat, or force fish to migrate to other areas to survive. They can also cause reproductive issues among marine animals. Studies suggest that dead zones in the Gulf are leading to fewer large shrimp, for instance. There are over 400 hypoxic zones in the world, but the Gulf of Mexico dead zone is the largest in the US, and one of the largest globally.

The latest measurements in the Gulf were made by a team of scientists led by Louisiana State University and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). Data was recorded aboard the RV Pelican from July 21 to 31. Sadly, the size of the dead zone didn’t come as a surprise.

We expected one of the largest zones ever recorded because the Mississippi River discharge levels, and the May data indicated a high delivery of nutrients during this critical month which stimulates the mid-summer dead zone,” said LSU scientist Nancy Rabalais in a statement.

These findings suggest that efforts to reduce nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River basin aren’t working. The Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast, an initiative to help farmers apply fertilizers at optimum times, is either ineffective or being ignored. Dead zones obviously affect the fishing industry, but as for farmers, not so much.

It’s not immediately clear how voluntary measures to rectify the situation are actually going to shrink the Gulf Zone’s dead zone to an annual average of 1,900 square miles, a goal set by the Gulf Hypoxia Task Force. Perhaps this year’s record-setting dead zone will finally get a serious conversation started.

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*A letter from H.R. McMaster said Susan Rice will keep her top-secret security clearance

Almost one month after it was disclosed that former President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice was unmasking members of President Trump’s team and other Americans, Trump’s own national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, sent an official letter giving her unfettered and continuing access to classified information and waiving her “need-to-know” requirement on anything she viewed or received during her tenure, Circa has confirmed.

The undated and unclassified letter from McMaster was sent in the mail to Rice’s home during the last week of April. Trump was not aware of the letter or McMaster’s decision, according to two Senior West Wing officials and an intelligence official, who spoke to Circa on condition that they not be named.

This is the letter from McMaster to Rice. Names, phone numbers and personal addresses have been blurred.

I hereby waive the requirement that you must have a ‘need-to-know’ to access any classified information contained in items you ‘originated, reviewed, signed or received while serving,’ as National Security Adviser,” the letter said. The letter also states that the “NSC will continue to work with you to ensure the appropriate security clearance documentation remains on file to allow you access to classified information.”

Circa revealed in March that during President Obama’s tenure, top aides — including Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch — routinely reviewed intelligence reports received from the National Security Agency’s incidental intercepts of Americans abroad. They were doing so by taking advantage of rules Obama relaxed starting in 2011 to help the government better fight terrorism, espionage by foreign enemies and hacking threats, according to documents obtained by Circa.

In June, the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Rice as part of the committee’s larger investigation into the unmasking of Americans under the Obama administration. Rice maintains that she never accessed the information inappropriately and has agreed to testify before the committee.

Under the law, and under certain conditions, it is common practice for some senior government officials to be given the unfettered access to classified information, and their “need to know” is waived under “Executive Order 13526 Section 4.4 Access by Historical Researchers and Certain Former Government Personnel.” But the White House officials told Circa that under the current congressional investigation, and given President Trump’s ongoing concern that members of his team were unmasked, Rice’s clearance should have been limited to congressional testimony only or revoked until the end of the investigation. Rice and Brennan have confirmed they sought the unredacted names of Americans in NSA-sourced intelligence reports, but insisted their requests were routine parts of their work and that they did nothing improper. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power also has legal authority to unmask officials.

In a June tweet, Trump called the revelation that Rice and other Obama senior officials were unmasking members of his team the “big story… the ‘unmasking and surveillance’ that took place during the Obama administration.”

Basically, this letter which was signed in the last week of April undercuts the president’s assertion that Susan Rice’s unmasking activity was inappropriate. In essence, anybody who committed a violation as she did would not be given access to classified information,” said a senior West Wing official, who was shown the document by Circa and verified its authenticity. “In fact, they would have their security clearance and right to ‘need-to-know’ stripped.”

The point is, is that it lowers the bar for her,” the Senior West Wing official said.

This memo McMaster sent to Rice makes it so that she doesn’t have to prove a continuing ‘need-to-know’ to have access to classified information and in effect is a White House pardon of Susan Rice and could be used by other Obama officials who conducted targeted unmasking of the campaign as a defense,” the official added.

The White House has not responded to requests for comment.

An intelligence official told Circa “that the NSA decision to provide this level of access to the subject of several ongoing investigations and to waive her ‘need-to-know’ requirement raises serious legal, moral and ethical concerns.”

According to information obtained by Circa, dozens of times in 2016, those intelligence reports identified Americans who were directly intercepted talking to foreign sources or who were the subject of conversations between two or more monitored foreign figures.

Sometimes Americans’ names were officially unmasked; other times they were so specifically described in the reports that their identities were readily discernible. Among those cleared to request and consume unmasked NSA-based intelligence reports about U.S. citizens were Rice, his Brennan and Lynch.

Shortly after Circa released the redacted documents disclosing the change in rules, it was revealed that Power had also extensively requested permission to unmask American names in incidental foreign intercepts.

SUNY Purchase Eliminates Mandatory ACT, SAT For Admissions

PURCHASE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — While most teenagers are hitting the beach or pool this summer, others are stuck preparing for college entrance exams.

But one SUNY school in Westchester is trying to change that by getting rid of the dreaded ACT and SAT.

The sign outside of one high school said ‘have a great summer’ but that’s not really happening for Ryan Kelly.

One study session is like three hours, practice tests take about four, then there is work that I have to do in between the times that I study, so it’s quite a bit of time,” Ryan Kelly said.

The 16-year-old straight A student is heading into his junior year and taking an ACT prep course with a tutor to pump up his scores for college.

His mother told CBS2’s Brian Conybeare she knows people spending more than $6,000 on classes for their kids.

The costs are huge, but also we’re hoping that he does well early, and then we don’t have to continue it into his junior year and senior year,” Karen Kelly said.

Purchase College, Vice President Dennis Craig said the SUNY school in Westchester finds that the test, “can be a tremendous distraction.”

That’s one reason the school is eliminating mandatory ACT or SAT scores for admissions as of this fall.

The strength of a student’s high school record, the grade point average, the rigor of their curriculum of the courses that they’ve chosen have all been proven by science, by studies to be much better indicators of success,” Craig said.

The growing trend is called ‘test optional.’

It’s designed to encourage creativity as well as attract a more racially and economically diverse student body.

Purchase joins more than 900 colleges nationwide that focus more on the arts and humanities rather than engineering, science, and math.

At Purchase, all applicants will provide an essay, video, poem, or portfolio of their work instead of test scores.

It gives a chance to show personality, a chance to actually allow students to be more than just a couple of figures,” senior Demetrius McCray said.

McCray said he took twelve SAT practice exams and welcomes the change, even though it’s too late for him.

It’s a lot of money, it’s a lot of time, it’s a lot of stress,” he said.

For Kelly and other teens it’s still a summer of hitting the books.

Purchase is the second SUNY school to go ‘test optional’ but other local colleges like Sarah Lawrence, Hofstra, St. John’s, and NYU are doing it in some of their programs as well.

Is there a link between autism and glyphosate-formulated herbicides?

James E. Beecham1 and Stephanie Seneff2*

*Correspondence: Stephanie Seneff

  1. MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.


Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide on the planet, and its increasing use over time in the United States aligns well with the increasing rates of autism determined by the Centers for Disease Control. Based on the known mechanism of glyphosate toxicity, we hypothesize that a pregnant woman’s exposure at midpregnancy to glyphosate-formulated herbicides (GFH) may produce, in her unborn child’s brain, anatomic alterations of cortical neuron layering remarkably similar to those found in the brains of humans with autism. Glyphosate’s known ability to chelate manganese ions combined with evidence of severely depleted serum manganese in cows exposed to glyphosate makes it likely that glyphosate would induce manganese deficiency in humans, interfering with the function of manganese-dependent enzymes. In particular, this would affect the maternal pituitary’s manganese-dependent Protein Phosphatase 1 (PP1) enzyme, resulting in a significant reduction in maternal serum levels of Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH). A study of mid-pregnancy maternal TSH serum levels in human mothers has found a statistical correlation of reduced TSH to increased risk of autism in offspring. Since insufficient thyroid stimulation by TSH or by iodine deficiency would both induce hypothyroidism, effects of iodine deficiency can be expected to emulate effects of TSH deficiency. Cortical neuron disarrangements have been produced in the brains of offspring of rat dams fed an iodine-deficient diet, and such foci of disordered cortical neurons are characteristically found in human autistic brains. While the research literature on glyphosate’s endocrine disrupting effects is limited, diverse evidence from animal studies reveals effects that suggest impaired thyroid function. If our hypothesis can be substantiated by a focused research effort, it would provide further justification for reducing or, ideally, eliminating glyphosate-formulated herbicide exposures in pregnant women.

Keywords: Autism, glyphosate, manganese, hypothyroidism, topoisomerase, protein phosphatase, herbicide, neurodevelopment


The prevalence of autism has been rising at an alarming rate in the United States over the past two decades, as determined for example by the progressive rise in the number of children in the public school system designated as autistic under the Individuals with Disabilities Education act (IDEA). The pattern of this rise is extremely well matched temporally to the rising use of glyphosate on corn and soy crops, as pointed out in an article by Swanson et al., and illustrated in their figure 23, reproduced here as Figure 1 [1]. The data plotted in this figure are readily available from U.S. government sources on the Web, and the correlation is nearly perfect (0.99) (p<1.1E-6). While correlation does not necessarily mean causation, it is striking that the only pesticide whose usage rates have gone up dramatically exactly in step with the rise in autism is glyphosate, and it is the most used herbicide on the planet. Pesticides are clearly toxic as that is their intent, and a strong correlation in the rise of a serious disorder with a toxic chemical can not be simply dismissed.


This paper has developed the hypothesis that glyphosate may be contributing to the autism epidemic in part through its suppression of thyroid hormone production. We have presented supporting evidence from a diverse literature, including epidemiological evidence from temporal correlations, regulatory and other animal toxicology studies, studies characterizing the symptoms of acute glyphosate poisoning, and the research literature relating autism in the offspring to maternal hypothyroidism.

In order to clarify explicitly whether autism-type changes can be caused in fetal brains due to maternal exposure to glyphosate/GFH from consumption of common food and beverages, relevant animal dosing studies need to be carefully designed. Such studies are increasingly important to fund and conduct because the incidence of autism is rising alarmingly. If exposure to glyphosate/GFH from common food and beverages is a factor in autism, governmental and medical authorities need such information, as do prospective parents, in particular pregnant women.


Many different factors have been purported to be linked to autism. These have included, among others, genetic factors, iodine deficiency, vitamin D deficiency, and toxic exposures to a variety of substances, including lead, mercury, aluminum, thimerosal, fluoride, particulate matter in air pollution, to name a few. Whether, and to what magnitude, glyphosate/GFH have a place on the list is still debatable.

This paper presents a hypothesis that glyphosate exposure in utero can cause developmental defects leading to autism due in part to impaired thyroid function in the mother and in the fetus. Hypothyroxinemia in rat dams fed an iodine-deficient diet (15) caused neuron migration defects in the brains of offspring reminescent of those observed in association with autism. If glyphosate causes even borderline hypothyroxinemia in mothers exposed to glyphosate-formulated herbicides, as studies we suggest be carried out might definitively establish, then we see no reason to believe such exposure could not produce, in human fetuses, similar disordered neuron migration. Glyphosate can be expected to impair thyroid function both through depletion of manganese essential for the production of TSH in the pituitary and through inhibition of the synthesis of multiple selenoproteins involved in thyroid function.

Compelling evidence comes from research by Yau et al., which showed that a decrease in mid-pregnancy maternal TSH correlates statistically with a higher risk of ASD in the offspring of such pregnancies [10]. Although only trace amounts of glyphosate/GFH are thought to be present in commonly consumed food and beverages, even such small exposures at critical times in development might cause autism-type neuron migration defects in the in-utero fetus. Glyphosate-resistant weeds growing among genetically engineered Roundup® -Ready crops have necessitated ever increasing use of glyphosate on core crops of the processed food industry. Furthermore, the now widespread practice of desiccation, i.e., the spraying of crops with glyphosate just days before the harvest, on wheat, sugar cane, legumes, and other crops, has further raised residue levels in staple crops and therefore in many processed foods. These foods are not required to be labelled with the level of GFH residue present, and are almost never tested.

We have reviewed in a broader context evidence of thyroid dysfunction in association with glyphosate exposure, and have found support related to acute glyphosate poisoning and myxedema coma in humans, as well as impaired growth, lowered IQ, hypothermia, and decreased physical activity, all related to hypothyroidism.

We urgently encourage researchers with appropriate resources to consider carrying out carefully designed studies, including glyphosate/GFH dosing to pregnant animals while using glyphosate-free feeding diets for control animals. Examination of offspring should include detecting signs of autistic behavior in animals. Also, careful histologic review of brain tissue should be carried out to specifically look for signs of fetal neuron migration defects and/or other features commonly found in autistic brains.

We acknowledge that we have not yet proven that glyphosate/GFH exposure from common food and beverages causes human autism. On the other hand, we have perhaps highlighted glyphosate’s/GFH’s molecular potential, through a set of deduced mechanisms. This theory will have served its purpose if it spurs appropriate future research, including as outlined above. If that research confirms our hypothesis, it will also have enabled strategies to effectively reduce the incidence of autism. Regardless, mothers are advised to consume and feed their family an organic diet as a precautionary measure.


Dr. Stephanie Seneff MIT.

Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She received the B.S. degree in Biophysics in 1968, the M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT. For over three decades, her research interests have always been at the intersection of biology and computation: developing a computational model for the human auditory system, understanding human language so as to develop algorithms and systems for human computer interactions, as well as applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to gene predictions. She has published over 170 refereed articles on these subjects, and has been invited to give keynote speeches at several international conferences. She has also supervised numerous Master’s and PhD theses at MIT. In 2012, Dr. Seneff was elected Fellow of the International Speech and Communication Association (ISCA). 

In recent years, Dr. Seneff has focused her research interests back towards biology. She is concentrating mainly on the relationship between nutrition and health. Since 2011, she has published over two dozen papers in various medical and health-related journals on topics such as modern day diseases (e.g., Alzheimer, autism, cardiovascular diseases), analysis and search of databases of drug side effects using NLP techniques, and the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.

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Galactic Travel Through the Headlines with Brooks Agnew

Today Brooks Agnew of X-Squared Radio co-hosts with me as we traveled through the headlines.

Galactic Travel Through the Headlines with Brooks Agnew


*Russian PM: “The U.S. Just Declared Full-Scale Trade War On Russia”

The signing by the president of the United States of a new sanctions law against Russia creates several consequences First, the hope of improving our relationship with the new American administration is over. Second, Russia has declared a full-fledged trade war. Thirdly, Trump’s administration has demonstrated full impotence, most humiliating handing over executive powers to Congress. This changes the balance of power in the us political circles.

What does that mean for them? American establishment clean played trump. The President’s not happy with the new sanctions, but he couldn’t sign the law. The new sanctions theme arose first as another way to put trump in place. There are new entries, whose ultimate goal is to remove him from power. The sporadic player must be eliminated. The interests of American business are virtually ignored. Politics is pragmatic. Antirossiyskaya hysteria has become a key part not only of foreign (many times) but also of domestic American Politics (and this is a novella).

The sanctions regime will be codified and will continue for decades if there is no miracle. He will be tougher than Jackson’s law, for he is comprehensive and cannot be postponed by special presidential orders without the consent of the Congress. Thus, relations between the Russian Federation and the United States will be extremely strained, whatever the composition of the congress or the identity of the There will be long-term clarification of relations in international bodies and courts. Further strengthening of international tension. Rejection of major international problems.

What does that mean for us? We will continue to work on the development of the economy and the social sphere, and we will engage in the import of imports, to address the most important public tasks, in We’ve learned to do this over the years. In the face of almost closed financial markets, the fear of foreign creditors and investors in Russia, under fear of sanctions against third parties and countries. It has even benefited us, although sanctions – in general – are meaningless. We’ll manage.

The US President’s signing of the package of new sanctions against Russia will have a few consequences. First, it ends hopes for improving our relations with the new US administration. Second, it is a declaration of a full-fledged economic war on Russia. Third, the Trump administration has shown its total weakness by handing over executive power to Congress in the most humiliating way. This changes the power balance in US political circles.

What does it mean for them? The US establishment fully outwitted Trump; the President is not happy about the new sanctions, yet he could not but sign the bill. The issue of new sanctions came about, primarily, as another way to knock Trump down a peg. New steps are to come, and they will ultimately aim to remove him from power. A non-systemic player has to be removed. Meanwhile, the interests of the US business community are all but ignored, with politics chosen over a pragmatic approach. Anti-Russian hysteria has become a key part of both US foreign policy (which has occurred many times) and domestic policy (which is a novelty).

The sanctions regime has been codified and will remain in effect for decades unless a miracle happens. This legislation is going to be harsher than the Jackson-Vanik amendment as it is overarching and cannot be lifted by a special presidential order without Congress’ approval. Thus, relations between Russia and the United States are going to be extremely tense regardless of Congress’ makeup and regardless of who is president. Lengthy arguments in international bodies and courts are ahead, as well as rising international tensions and refusal to settle major international issues.

What does it mean for us? We will steadily continue our work on developing the economy and social sector, take efforts to substitute imports, and solve major national tasks, relying mostly on ourselves. We have learned to do so in the past few years, in conditions of almost closed financial markets as well as foreign investors’ and creditors’ fear of investing in Russia upon penalty of sanctions against third parties and countries. To some extent, this has even been to our advantage, although sanctions are meaningless overall. We will cope.

*Stephen Miller spanks CNN correspondent Jim Acosta

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller found himself clashing with CNN correspondent Jim Acosta at Wednesday’s White House press briefing.

“What the president is proposing here does not sound like it’s in keeping with American tradition when it comes to immigration. The Statue of Liberty says, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses,'” Acosta said, quoting from the poem The New Colossus, which was inscribed on the statue after its erection.

“It doesn’t say anything about speaking English or be a computer programmer,” Acosta continued. “Aren’t you trying to change what it means to be an immigrant coming into this country if you are telling them you have to speak English? Can’t people learn to speak English when they get here?”

Miller pointed out that English is already a requirement of naturalization.

“The notion that speaking English wouldn’t be a part of an immigration system would actually be very ahistorical,” he said.

Miller further rejected Acosta’s reference to the Statue of Liberty, noting that the poem Acosta had cited was added later.

Acosta and Miller then began to speak loudly over each other, with Acosta accusing Miller of “national park revisionism.”

“The Statue of Liberty has always been a beacon of hope to the world for people to send people to this country, and they’re not always going to speak English, Stephen, they’re not always going to be highly skilled,” Acosta said.

But Miller pointed out that historical immigration levels, from the early to late 20th century, were in conflict with Acosta’s criticism.

“If you look at the history of immigration, it’s actually ebbed and flowed,” he said.

“Do you really at CNN not know the difference between green card policy and illegal immigration?” he asked.

Acosta is known for his sometimes adversarial relationship with the White House, including new White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

*Sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface.

Surprising observation might reveal what the sun was like when it formed.

The sun’s core rotates nearly four times faster than the sun’s surface, according to new findings by an international team of astronomers. Scientists had assumed the core was rotating like a merry-go-round at about the same speed as the surface.

“The most likely explanation is that this core rotation is left over from the period when the sun formed, some 4.6 billion years ago,” said Roger Ulrich, a UCLA professor emeritus of astronomy, who has studied the sun’s interior for more than 40 years and co-author of the study that was published today in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. “It’s a surprise, and exciting to think we might have uncovered a relic of what the sun was like when it first formed.”

The rotation of the solar core may give a clue to how the sun formed. After the sun formed, the solar wind likely slowed the rotation of the outer part of the sun, he said. The rotation might also impact sunspots, which also rotate, Ulrich said. Sunspots can be enormous; a single sunspot can even be larger than the Earth.

The researchers studied surface acoustic waves in the sun’s atmosphere, some of which penetrate to the sun’s core, where they interact with gravity waves that have a sloshing motion similar to how water would move in a half-filled tanker truck driving on a curvy mountain road. From those observations, they detected the sloshing motions of the solar core. By carefully measuring the acoustic waves, the researchers precisely determined the time it takes an acoustic wave to travel from the surface to the center of the sun and back again. That travel time turns out to be influenced a slight amount by the sloshing motion of the gravity waves, Ulrich said.

The researchers identified the sloshing motion and made the calculations using 16 years of observations from an instrument called GOLF (Global Oscillations at Low Frequency) on a spacecraft called SoHO (the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) — a joint project of the European Space Agency and NASA. The method was developed by the researchers, led by astronomer Eric Fossat of the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur in Nice, France. Patrick Boumier with France’s Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale is GOLF’s principal investigator and a co-author of the study.

The idea that the solar core could be rotating more rapidly than the surface has been considered for more than 20 years, but has never before been measured.

The core of the sun differs from its surface in another way as well. The core has a temperature of approximately 29 million degrees Fahrenheit, which is 15.7 million Kelvin. The sun’s surface is “only” about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, or 5,800 Kelvin.

Ulrich worked with the GOLF science team, analyzing and interpreting the data for 15 years. Ulrich received funding from NASA for his research. The GOLF instrument was funded primarily by the European Space Agency.

SoHO was launched on Dec. 2, 1995 to study the sun from its core to the outer corona and the solar wind; the spacecraft continues to operate.

*Insufficient sleep may be adding to your waistline.

Adults in the UK who have poor sleep patterns are more likely to be overweight and obese and have poorer metabolic health, according to a new study.

The findings showed that people who were sleeping on average around six hours a night had a waist measurement that was 3cm greater than individuals who were getting nine hours of sleep a night. And shorter sleepers were heavier too.

The results strengthen the evidence that insufficient sleep could contribute to the development of metabolic diseases such as diabetes — major health challenges facing the NHS.

The study — led by Dr Laura Hardie, Reader in Molecular Epidemiology at the University of Leeds — not only looked at the links between sleep duration, diet and weight, but also other indicators of overall metabolic health such as blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood sugar, and thyroid function.

The study involved 1,615 adults who reported how long they slept and kept records of food intake. Participants had blood samples taken and their weight, waist circumference, and blood pressure recorded.

The researchers looked at the associations between how long people were sleeping and these key biological parameters.

The research team, from the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine and the School of Food Science and Nutrition, reported their findings in the journal PLOS One.

Obesity has doubled

Greg Potter, one of the Leeds researchers, said “The number of people with obesity worldwide has more than doubled since 1980.

“Obesity contributes to the development of many diseases, most notably type 2 diabetes. Understanding why people gain weight has crucial implications for public health.”

Shorter sleep was also linked to reduced levels of HDL cholesterol in the participants’ blood-another factor that can cause health problems. HDL cholesterol is ‘good’ cholesterol that helps remove ‘bad’ fat from the circulation. In doing so, high HDL cholesterol levels protect against conditions such as heart disease.

Interestingly, the study did not find any relationship between shortened sleep and a less healthy diet — a fact that surprised the researchers. Other studies have suggested that shortened sleep can lead to poor dietary choices.

The research was a snapshot of the associations between sleep duration and measurements of metabolic health. It was not designed to assess the impact of chronic poor sleep over time, and whether that leads to disease.

Importance of getting enough sleep

Dr Hardie said: “Because we found that adults who reported sleeping less than their peers were more likely to be overweight or obese, our findings highlight the importance of getting enough sleep.

“How much sleep we need differs between people, but the current consensus is that seven to nine hours is best for most adults.”

*You May Want to Avoid These Ingredients in Cannabis Oil Vape Cartridges.

By now, you’ve probably seen or tried firsthand a vaporizer with an oil cartridge. These portable vaporizers are becoming increasingly popular as they’re easy to dose and operate. Visiting a dispensary, you’ll notice different brands made with different strains, solvents, and additives. Which ingredients are safe, and which ones should be avoided?

Burning cannabis oils can produce some of the same free radicals that are formed when you burn cannabis or tobacco, which is why people have turned to vaporizing (vaping). Vaporizing means that cannabis is heated without combustion. Active ingredients are released by the heat into a fine-mist vapor. Since combustion does not occur, smoke is not created.

People who vape cannabis perceive vaping to be safer and less harmful to their health than smoking. Cannabis vaporizers are specifically designed for inhalation without harmful smoke toxins, but how safe are materials being inhaled?

Harmful Agents to Avoid in Cannabis Oil

When vaporized, cannabis oils are frequently mixed with thinning agents for better performance in a vaporizing device. However, when some thinning agents are heated, potentially harmful carbonyl compounds can be produced.

Research in this area first began with e-cigarettes. Cannabis and e-cigarettes use different thinning agents and are heated and vaporized at different temperatures, but there are parallels that have now led researchers to begin similar research on cannabis thinning agents.

In a 2017 study conducted at the Medical Marijuana Research Institute in Arizona, researchers looked at the byproducts produced when vaporizing cannabis oil. These popular cannabis thinning agents were studied:

Propylene glycol (PG or PPG)

Vegetable glycerin

Polyethylene glycol (PEG) 400

Medium chain triglycerides

These thinning agents were heated to 230°C (450°F), and scientists tested the resulting vapors to detect the presence of harmful compounds like formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acrolein.

The results showed that polyethylene glycol 400 produced much higher acetaldehyde and formaldehyde byproducts than the other three agents. Heating of the thinning agent propylene glycol also produced significantly greater formaldehyde byproduct. Researchers concluded that individuals who vaporize cannabis oil utilizing these thinning agents may risk harmful exposures to the byproducts.

Thinning Agent Alternatives in Vaporizer Cartridges

Producers of vaporizer cartridges are making a mass exodus away from these thinning agents due to their health risks and the unpleasant taste they tend to carry. Instead, many are turning to terpenes as they help thin the oil while improving flavor. Others are using different extraction methods such as distillation to achieve an oil thin enough to be consumed in a cartridge without the need for additive thinners.

As vaporizing oil cartridges becomes more popular, products specifically designed for this purpose are emerging in the marketplace. When purchasing oil cartridges for your portable vaporizer, check the ingredients to see if propylene glycol and/or polyethylene glycol 400 are listed. If so, you may want to avoid them and reach for an alternative product that utilizes terpenes or more health-conscious thinning agents.

It seems that the sun indeed has more to do with our health than the vitamin D and warmth it provides. Thanks to Suspicious Observers, for the details of where to get all this information, and at first blush, it appears that the sun and its weather affects all the systems in our bodies. This paper is worth a look. Those who try to make sense of why they feel good one day and not the next, while not changing anything from day to day, may want to see if this helps get to the root of issues.

*Impact of space weather on human heart rate during the years 2011–2013.

Abstract: During the last years a possible link between different levels of solar and geomagnetic disturbances and human physiological parameters is suggested by several published studies. In this work the examination of the potential association between heart rate variations and specific space weather activities was performed. A total of 482 individuals treated at Hippocratio General Hospital in Athens, the Cardiology clinics of Nikaia General Hospital in Piraeus and the Heraklion University Hospital in Crete, Greece, were assessed from July 2011 to April 2013. The heart rate of the individuals was recorded by a Holter monitor on a n hourly basis, while the hourly variations of the cosmic ray intensity measured by the Neutron Monitor Station of the Athens University and of the geomagnetic index Dst provided by the Kyoto Observatory were used. The ANalysis Of VAriance (ANOVA) and the Multiple Linear Regression analysis were used for analysis of these data. A statistically significant effect of both cosmic

rays and geomagnetic activity on heart rate was observed, which may indicate that changes in space weather could be linked to heart rate variations.

Abstract: Synchronization of Human Autonomic Nervous System Rhythms with Geomagnetic Activity in Human Subjects

A coupling between geomagnetic activity and the human nervous system’s function was identified by virtue of continuous monitoring of heart rate variability (HRV) and the time-varying geomagnetic field over a 31-day period in a group of 10 individuals who went about their normal day-to-day lives. A time series correlation analysis identified a response of the group’s autonomic nervous systems to various dynamic changes in the solar, cosmic ray, and ambient magnetic field. Correlation coefficients and p values were calculated between the HRV variables and environmental measures during three distinct time periods of environmental activity. There were significant correlations between the group’s HRV and solar wind speed, Kp, Ap, solar radio flux, cosmic ray counts, Schumann resonance power, and the total variations in the magnetic field. In addition, the time series data were time synchronized and normalized, after which all circadian rhythms were removed. It was found that the participants’ HRV rhythms synchronized across the 31-day period at a period of approximately 2.5 days, even though all participants were in separate locations. Overall, this suggests that daily autonomic nervous system activity not only responds to changes in solar and geomagnetic activity, but is synchronized with the time-varying magnetic fields associated with geomagnetic field-line resonances and Schumann resonances.

Synchronization of Human Autonomic Nervous System Rhythms with Geomagnetic Activity in Human Subjects (PDF Download Available). Available from: [accessed Aug 2, 2017].

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*Over $36K found hidden during I-75 traffic stop.


An investigation has begun after over $36,000 was found in a trunk during a traffic stop.

A Georgia State Patrol trooper pulled a vehicle over for failure to move over while Lowndes County Captain Ed Christian performed a traffic stop on I-75 Sunday evening just after 5 p.m.

Captain Stryde Jones said Christian’s K-9 was tipped off to something inside the car that was pulled over for failure to move over.

After searching the vehicle, GSP found 33 bundles of U.S. currency totaling just over $36,000 in a speaker located in the trunk.

Both the driver and passenger said they had no knowledge of the money or where it came from.

Jones said GSP confiscated the money.

The investigation into where the money came from, why the K-9 unit was tipped off and why it was hidden in the trunk has begun.

No arrests were made.

*Editorial Note: This story has updated to reflect new information about the reason for the confiscation of the money that officials released since this story was written.*

*Magic helps unmask how the brain works.

New illusion allows researchers to tap into brain’s ‘out-of-the box’ thinking.

Tricks and illusions, once the domain of magicians, are helping scientists unveil how the brain works.

Here’s one you can try using a tabletop mirror. Place your left hand on the table in front of the mirror’s reflective surface and your right hand behind the mirror, about six inches away, where you can’t see it. Now tap the table surface with both hands while looking at your reflection. Within a minute, you’ll feel as though the hand you see reflected in the mirror is your right hand and it’s right next to the mirror — even though the hidden hand did not move.

This classic “mirror box” illusion has been used in a number of neuroscience studies, including with amputees as a possible therapy to alleviate phantom limb pain, where it may help the brain re-map and adapt to a missing limb.

Now, a new version of the mirror box illusion, developed by University of Delaware brain scientist Jared Medina and doctoral student Yuqi Liu, is pulling back more of the curtain on how the brain processes multiple sensory inputs to perceive our bodies and the world around us. Their study, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, appears in Scientific Reports, a multidisciplinary, open access journal from the publishers of Nature.

In their novel illusion, study participants placed their hands in opposite postures (one hand palm-up, the other palm-down), creating a conflict between visual and proprioceptive feedback for the hand behind the mirror. Proprioception is your so-called “sixth sense,” the sense of where your body is in space, that comes from your muscles and joints. It’s the sense that allows you to touch your nose with confidence even with your eyes closed.

After synchronous opening and closing of the two hands, the study participants felt that the hand behind the mirror rotated or completely flipped to match the hand reflection.

“All of a sudden during our experiments, you’d hear a little laugh of surprise when people experienced this neat sensation of feeling like their hand flipped, even though it did not move,” Medina said.

Resolving battle of the senses

The illusion’s effectiveness was influenced by the perceived difficulty of moving the hidden hand to the position viewed in the mirror. Less illusion occurred for more difficult rotations requiring more strain. Such biomechanical data, Medina said, is coded in the body schema, a representation of your body position in space that takes into account feedback from all the relevant senses, plus stored information from muscles and joints about what your body can and can’t do.

According to Medina, the brain does “optimal integration” of incoming sensory information and then sorts out what the most reliable sense is.

“Vision is really precise,” Medina said, “but proprioception — the sense of where your body is in space — is noisier. So if there is a conflict between these senses, and vision is telling you that your hand is right there, but proprioception says it isn’t, your brain is optimally calculating. Vision, because it is more precise, typically rules. However, in our study, the brain also appears to be considering additional information — biomechanical constraints from the body schema — in resolving this conflict between the senses.”

Medina and his students are now using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in UD’s Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging to further uncover how the brain calculates and integrates the vast inputs it receives from all the senses. This sophisticated tool can illuminate which regions of the brain are at work when performing a task. A better understanding of such brain processing could help advance new treatments for patients with brain injuries such as strokes, chronic pain and other disorders, and for developing artificial limbs that feel like a part of the body.

“How do you embody an artificial limb? It has to respect the laws of the body you’ve learned all your life,” Medina noted. “It’s quite important to figure out how the brain solves the problem of multisensory information, and how that relates to embodiment and our sense of self. These cool tricks and illusions are a path to understanding how the mind works.”


*Health Rationing In England: Obese And Smokers Banned From Routine Surgery.

For those who extol the virtues of socialized medicine, and protest that it could never, never, ever lead to rationing, here’s a wake-up call from Great Britain.

Health care experts in Great Britain are warning that obese people and smokers will be routinely refused operations all across Great Britain in the very near future. The latest case in point comes from North Yorkshire, where patients having a BMI of 30 or higher and smokers will be refused routine surgery for over a year for non-life-threatening conditions.

That means standard hip and knee operations are out.

Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) stated:

The local system is under severe pressure. Hospitals are being warned they will not be paid for surgery if they carry out operations on obese patients who are not exempt from the policy. This work will help to ensure that we get the very best value from the NHS and not exceed our resources or risk the ability of the NHS being there when people really need it.

Clare Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, condemned the decision, asserting:

This policy from Vale of York is among the most severe the modern NHS has ever seen. Leaving patients waiting in pain for treatment longer than is clinically necessary cannot be accepted. In the last month alone, the Royal College of Surgeons has learnt of at least three clinical commissioning groups that are planning to introduce policies that deny or delay patients’ access to surgery as a means to cut spending At this rate we may see brutal service reductions becoming the norm, rather than just being exceptions.

Chris Hopson, the head of NHS Providers, warned, “I think we are going to see more and more decisions like this. It’s the only way providers are going to be able to balance their books, and in a way you have to applaud their honesty. You can see why they’re doing this — the service is bursting at the seams.”

The Telegraph reported:

The decision by Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) comes amid increasing limits across the NHS on surgery for cataracts as well as hip and knee operations. Under the latest restrictions, patients in the catchment area who have a BMI of 30 or more will be barred from routine surgery for non-life-threatening conditions for a year, although they may secure a referral sooner if they shed 10 per cent of their weight.

Smokers’ operations will be postponed for six months, but they can get on surgeons’ waiting lists earlier if they offer evidence they have stopped smoking for least eight weeks. A spokesman for NHS England stated:

Major surgery poses much higher risks for severely overweight patients who smoke. So local GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups are entirely right to ensure these patients first get support to lose weight and try and stop smoking before their hip or knee operation. Reducing obesity and cutting smoking not only benefits patients, but saves the NHS and taxpayers millions of pounds. This does not and cannot mean blanket bans on particular patients such as smokers getting operations, which would be inconsistent with the NHS constitution.

Cancer patients and those with life-threatening illnesses are excepted from the surgery ban.

BMI restrictions have already been imposed in Hertfordshire, the North West and London; in June, St. Helens CCG in Merseyside announced that all non-essential hospital referrals by GPs might be temporarily suspended

In May, NHS England revealed its provider sector overspent by £2.45 billion in 2015-16.

The ideal BMI is reputedly between 18.5 and 24.9; 25-29.9 is considered overweight; 30-39.9 is considered obese, and 40 and over is considered very obese.

*NSC Staffer Fired After Memo Alleging Globalists, Islamists Are Trying To Take Down Trump.

National Security Council staffer Rich Higgins was fired in July after issuing a memo in which he argued globalists and Islamists are attempting to derail President Donald Trump’s agenda.

Former Pentagon official Rich Higgins served as director for strategic planning at the NSC, but was let go after he wrote a memo detailing threats to Trump’s presidency specifically stemming from groups like globalists, bankers, Islamists and the deep state, The Atlantic reports.

The memo, written in May and reviewed by The Atlantic, states “Globalists and Islamists recognize that for their visions to succeed, America, both as an ideal and as a national and political identity, must be destroyed.”

It further goes on to argue that similar interests between the two groups has prompted “Islamists [to] ally with cultural Marxists because, as far back as the 1980s, they properly assessed that the left has a strong chance of reducing Western civilization to its benefit.”

Higgins, however, projected that in the end, Islamists will successfully take over the cultural Marxists, but it seems even Higgins’ own bosses were unhappy with the memo.

A source told The Atlantic that Higgins was brought before the White House Counsel’s office two weeks ago and asked about the memo, which then led to National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster’s deputy Ricky Waddell informing Higgins shortly after on July 21 he was being let go.

It’s unclear how McMaster became aware of the memo.

Higgins’ removal spells another victory for the McMaster camp, which was also able to oust Derek Harvey, senior director for the Middle East, last Thursday.

McMaster wants his own guy,” a senior White House aide told Politico.

Harvey, believed to have good relationship with White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, was known for compiling a list of Obama administration holdovers on the NSC suspected of leaking to the press. For his part, McMaster has strenuously denied the idea that holdovers are interfering in Trump’s agenda.

A White House official last Thursday told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Michael Bell, Harvey’s deputy, was remaining with the NSC, and since then, Bell has been promoted to Harvey’s old position as senior director for the Middle East.


Mnuchin Mooch and Monday Mania with Brooks Agnew

Mooch is out!! Well that was quick! Speculation is that Scaramoochie said he will report to no one, and Gen Kelly said ‘You’re Fired’. This is the most shaken up presidency ever!! HarryPotter author JK Rowling slammed on social media for claiming Trump snubbed a disabled child.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Dust Bowl

1. One monster dust storm reached the Atlantic Ocean.

While “black blizzards” constantly menaced Plains states in the 1930s, a massive dust storm 2 miles high traveled 2,000 miles before hitting the East Coast on May 11, 1934. For five hours, a fog of prairie dirt enshrouded landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the U.S. Capitol, inside which lawmakers were debating a soil conservation bill. For East Coasters, the storm was a mere inconvenience—“Housewives kept busy,” read a New York Times subhead—compared to the tribulations endured by Dust Bowl residents.

2. The Dust Bowl was both a manmade and natural disaster.

Beginning with World War I, American wheat harvests flowed like gold as demand boomed. Lured by record wheat prices and promises by land developers that “rain follows the plow,” farmers powered by new gasoline tractors over-plowed and over-grazed the southern Plains. When the drought and Great Depression hit in the early 1930s, the wheat market collapsed. Once the oceans of wheat, which replaced the sea of prairie grass that anchored the topsoil into place, dried up, the land was defenseless against the winds that buffeted the Plains.

3. The ecosystem disruption unleashed plagues of jackrabbits and grasshoppers.

If the dust storms that turned daylight to darkness weren’t apocalyptic enough, seemingly biblical plagues of jackrabbits and grasshoppers descended on the Plains and destroyed whatever meager crops could grow. To combat the hundreds of thousands of jackrabbits that overran the Dust Bowl states in 1935, some towns staged “rabbit drives” in which townsmen corralled the jackrabbits in pens and smashed them to death with clubs and baseball bats. Thick clouds of grasshoppers—as large as 23,000 insects per acre, according to one estimate—also swept over farms and consumed everything in their wakes. “What the sun left, the grasshoppers took,” President Franklin D. Roosevelt said during a fireside chat. The National Guard was called out to crush grasshoppers with tractors and burn infested fields, while the Civilian Conservation Corps spread an insecticide of arsenic, molasses and bran.

4. Proposed solutions were truly out-of-the-box.

There were few things desperate Dust Bowl residents didn’t try to make it rain. Some followed the old folklore of killing snakes and hanging them belly-up on fences. Others tried shock and awe. Farmers in one Texas town paid a self-professed rainmaker $500 to fire off rockets carrying an explosive mixture of dynamite and nitroglycerine to induce showers. Corporations also touted their products to the federal government as possible solutions. Sisalkraft proposed covering the farms with waterproof paper, while a New Jersey asphalt company suggested paving the Plains.

5. A newspaper reporter gave the Dust Bowl its name.

Associated Press reporter Robert Geiger opened his April 15, 1935, dispatch with this line: “Three little words achingly familiar on a Western farmer’s tongue, rule life in the dust bowl of the continent—if it rains.” “Dust bowl” was probably a throwaway line for Geiger, since two days later he referred to the disaster zone as the “dust belt.” Nevertheless, within weeks the term had entered the national lexicon.

6. Dust storms crackled with powerful static electricity.

So much static electricity built up between the ground and airborne dust that blue flames leapt from barbed wire fences and well-wishers shaking hands could generate a spark so powerful it could knock them to the ground. Since static electricity could short out engines and car radios, motorists driving through dust storms dragged chains from the back of their automobiles to ground their cars.

7. The swirling dust proved deadly.

Those who inhaled the airborne prairie dust suffered coughing spasms, shortness of breath, asthma, bronchitis and influenza. Much like miners, Dust Bowl residents exhibited signs of silicosis from breathing in the extremely fine silt particulates, which had high silica content. Dust pneumonia, called the “brown plague,” killed hundreds and was particularly lethal for infants, children and the elderly.

8. The federal government paid farmers to plow under fields and butcher livestock.

As part of Roosevelt’s New Deal, the federal government purchased starving livestock for at least $1 a head. Livestock healthy enough to be butchered could fetch as much as $16 a head, with the meat used to feed homeless people living in Hoovervilles. The Soil Conservation Service, established in 1935, paid farmers to leave fields idle, employ land management techniques such as crop rotation and replant native prairie grasses. The federal government also bought more than 10 million acres and converted them to grasslands, some managed today by the U.S. Forest Service.

9. Most farm families did not flee the Dust Bowl.

John Steinbeck’s story of migrating tenant farmers in his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1939 novel, “The Grapes of Wrath,” tends to obscure the fact that upwards of three-quarters of farmers in the Dust Bowl stayed put. Dust Bowl refugees did not flood California. Only 16,000 of the 1.2 million migrants to California during the 1930s came from the drought-stricken region. Most Dust Bowl refugees tended to move only to neighboring states.

10. Few “Okies” were actually from Oklahoma.

While farm families migrating to California during the 1930s, like the fictitious Joad family, were often derided as “Okies,” only one-fifth of them were actually from Oklahoma. (Plus, many of those Oklahoma migrants were from the eastern part of the state outside of the Dust Bowl.) “Okie” was a blanket term used to describe all agricultural migrants, no matter their home states. They were greeted with hostility and signs such as one in a California diner that read: “Okies and dogs not allowed inside.”


It seems the National Institute for Health is trying to make it look like that Autism is hereditary from the neanderthal days. We know that the autism correlates with industrials aged so-called medicine. First they preface saying they have DIRECT EVIDENCE that blast the thought process that ‘may’.

‘Residual echo’ of ancient humans in scans may hold clues to mental disorders.

Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have produced the first direct evidence that parts of our brains implicated in mental disorders may be shaped by a “residual echo” from our ancient past. The more a person’s genome carries genetic vestiges of Neanderthals, the more certain parts of his or her brain and skull resemble those of humans’ evolutionary cousins that went extinct 40,000 years ago, says NIMH’s Karen Berman, M.D. NIMH is part of the National Institutes of Health.

In particular, the parts of our brains that enable us to use tools and visualize and locate objects owe some of their lineage to Neanderthal-derived gene variants that are part of our genomes and affect the shape of those structures — to the extent that an individual harbors the ancient variants. But this may involve trade-offs with our social brain. The evidence from MRI scans suggests that such Neanderthal-derived genetic variation may affect the way our brains work today — and may hold clues to understanding deficits seen in schizophrenia and autism-related disorders, say the researchers.

Dr. Berman, Michael Gregory, M.D., of the NIMH Section on Integrative Neuroimaging, and colleagues, report on their magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study published online, July 24, 2017 in the journal Scientific Reports.

During their primordial migration out of Africa, ancestors of present-day humans are thought to have interbred with Neanderthals, whose brain characteristics can be inferred from their fossilized skulls. For example, these indicate that Neanderthals had more prominent visual systems than modern humans.

It’s been proposed that Neanderthals depended on visual-spatial abilities and toolmaking, for survival, more so than on the social affiliation and group activities that typify the success of modern humans — and that Neanderthal brains evolved to preferentially support these visuospatial functions,” Berman explained. “Now we have direct neuroimaging evidence that such trade-offs may still be operative in our brains.”

Might some of us, more than others, harbor Neanderthal-derived gene variants that may bias our brains toward trading sociability for visuospatial prowess — or vice versa? The new study adds support to this possibility by showing how these gene variants influence the structure of brain regions underlying those abilities.

To test this possibility, Gregory and Berman measured the impact of Neanderthal variants on MRI measures of brain structure in a sample of 221 participants of European ancestry, drawn from the NIMH Genetic Study of Schizophrenia.

The new MRI evidence points to a a gene variant shared by modern-day humans and Neanderthals that is likely involved in development of the brain’s visual system. Similarly, Neanderthal variants impacting development of a particular suspect brain area may help to inform cognitive disability seen in certain brain disorders, say the researchers.

For example, in 2012, Berman and colleagues reported on how genetic variation shapes the structure and function of a brain area called the Insula in the autism-related disorder Williams Syndrome. People with this rare genetic disorder are overly sociable and visuo-spatially impaired — conspicuously opposite to the hypothesized Neanderthal propensities and more typical cases on the autism spectrum. Mice in which a gene affected by Williams syndrome is experimentally deleted show increased separation anxiety. And just last week, researchers showed that the same genetic variability also appears to explain why dogs are friendlier than wolves.

People, my eyes hurt from constantly rolling. This is not science. This is marketing. This piece is written to cast doubt on the damages caused by vaccine and other environmental factors that is causing autism.

Why is the Department of Treasury being tasked to investigate Trump/Russia money?

Why do the footnotes in the letter to Mnuchin demanding answers, have unsubstantiated rumors periodicals?

How is it that MSM opinions are the citations used for this so-called investigation?

Missing lead’ in Flint water pipes confirms cause of crisis.

A study of lead service lines in Flint’s damaged drinking water system reveals a Swiss cheese pattern in the pipes’ interior crust, with holes where the lead used to be.

The findings — led by researchers at the University of Michigan — support the generally accepted understanding that lead leached into the system because that water wasn’t treated to prevent corrosion. While previous studies had pointed to this mechanism, this is the first direct evidence. It contradicts a regulator’s claim earlier this year that corrosion control chemicals would not have prevented the water crisis.

Researchers say the findings underscore how important uninterrupted anti-corrosion treatment is for the aging water systems that serve millions of American homes.

The team focused on the layer of metal scale — essentially lead rust — inside 10 lead service line samples from around Flint. They studied the texture of the rust layer, as well as its chemical composition. Then they used their analysis to estimate that the average lead service line released 18 grams of lead during the 17 months that Flint river water (without corrosion control) flowed through the system.

“This is the amount of lead that would have entered a single home,” said Terese Olson, a U-M associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and lead author of a study in Environmental Science and Technology Letters. “If we average that release over the entire period the city received Flint River water, it would suggest that on average, the lead concentration would be at least twice the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion.”

The lead ended up in several places.

“Some was consumed,” Olson said. “Some washed down the drain. Some might still be stored in the homes’ plumbing. In other words, there is a chance that some of that lead is a potential health risk even after the lead service line is removed.”

If a lead service line connects to a home with galvanized steel pipes, for example, those pipes can act as lead sponges that can hold and then later release particles containing the toxic metal, said study co-author Brian Ellis, U-M assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering.

In addition to examining pipe samples under a scanning electron microscope, the researchers pulverized the pipe linings to analyze what they’re made of. In the Flint pipes, they found a greater ratio of aluminum and magnesium to lead than is typical for lead service lines, when compared with data from 26 other water utilities.

“We estimated how much lead was ‘missing’ in order to bring the Flint lead scale into line with the amount of aluminum and magnesium that was reported in other communities,” Olson said. “That missing lead represents what was leached from the pipes during the Flint corrosion episode.”

As lead pipes age, the atoms on their surface react with oxygen and other chemicals in the system and become oxidized, or rusted. Adequate water treatment doesn’t prevent that process. What it does prevent, though, is the breakdown of the rust layer.

“It’s like when you put an old penny in a glass of Coke and watch it get shiny again,” Ellis said. “The acid in the Coke dissolves the copper corrosion product. This is similar to what happened in Flint’s lines. You can have a stable corrosion product, but when you change the water chemistry the oxidized lead compounds on the surface may become unstable and readily dissolve.”

Water utilities with both corrosive water and lead service lines in their systems add compounds called orthophosphates to prevent that breakdown. When Flint switched from Lake Huron water to the more corrosive Flint River to save money, the utility didn’t adjust its treatment process by adding orthophosphates.

“Beyond implications for Flint, we demonstrated that small changes in water chemistry can release what was stable lead in a fairly quick pulse,” Ellis said. “This is a known condition. So while we weren’t surprised, being able to show it underscores the importance of maintaining uninterrupted lead corrosion control.”

The authors hope to verify their prediction of the amount of lead released by analyzing a lead service line from a vacant home that was not exposed to the corrosive Flint water. The challenge is to find a home that has had its water turned off since 2014 and has a lead service line that can be dug up.

Who were the Canaanites? Ancient human DNA evidence yields answers.

Thousands of years ago, the Canaanite people lived in a part of the world we now recognize as Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan, establishing a culture that became influential in the Middle East and beyond. The Canaanites created the first alphabet, established colonies throughout the Mediterranean, and were mentioned many times in the Bible. But who were they and what ultimately happened to them? Were they annihilated like the Bible says?

Now, researchers who’ve sequenced the first ancient Canaanite genomes along with genomes representing people from modern-day Lebanon have new information to help answer those questions. DNA evidence reported in the American Journal of Human Genetics on July 27 shows that the Canaanites did not just disappear. Instead, they survived and are the ancestors of the people now living in modern-day Lebanon.

“We found that the Canaanites were a mixture of local people who settled in farming villages during the Neolithic period and eastern migrants who arrived in the region about 5,000 years ago,” said Marc Haber of The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom. “The present-day Lebanese are likely to be direct descendants of the Canaanites, but they have in addition a small proportion of Eurasian ancestry that may have arrived via conquests by distant populations such as the Assyrians, Persians, or Macedonians.”

Marc Haber, Chris Tyler-Smith, and colleagues came to that conclusion after sequencing the complete genomes of five Canaanite individuals who lived almost 4,000 years ago in what’s now the modern-day Lebanese city of Sidon. They also sequenced the genomes of 99 present-day Lebanese. Those sequences enabled the researchers to analyze the Canaanites’ ancestry and assess their relationship to the people living in Lebanon today.

The researchers estimate that new Eurasian people mixed with the Canaanite population about 3,800 to 2,200 years ago at a time when there were many conquests of the region from outside. Despite all that moving around, the Lebanese derive most of their ancestry from a Canaanite-related population, they report, suggesting that there’s been substantial genetic continuity in the region since at least the Bronze Age — a conclusion that agrees with the archaeological record.

“In light of the enormously complex history of this region in the last few millennia, it was quite surprising that over 90 percent of the genetic ancestry of present-day Lebanese was derived from the Canaanites,” Tyler-Smith said.

The findings highlight the utility of genetic studies for elucidating the history of people like the Canaanites, who left few written records themselves. The researchers say they would now like to understand the earlier and later genetic history of Lebanon and how it relates to the surrounding regions.

The case for protecting America’s intelligence agency whistleblowers.


Michael F. McMahon who served as a unit chief in the records management division at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

The Follow the Rules Act, which passed in the House of Representatives this month, would expand the protections against retaliation that are currently given to whistleblowers who refuse to violate federal laws. Under this bill, those protections would extend to employees who refuse to violate federal rules and regulations.

But, conspicuously absent from the bill is the expansion of whistleblower protections for those who serve our country in agencies that have national security and or intelligence functions, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and National Security Agency (NSA), just to name a few.

It is critical that full, concrete whistleblower protections be given to those agencies not included in the Follow the Rules Act because injustice, crime, gross mismanagement and impropriety can occur in any agency within our federal government. Whistleblower protections must not and cannot be a tiered system. Without the bill’s whistleblower protections for all agencies, our national security and the welfare of the American people could be placed in jeopardy.

This is something with which I am all too well familiar. During 2008 and 2009, while serving as a unit chief in the FBI’s records management division, I made numerous disclosures of violations of federal law, rules, and regulations. My disclosures focused upon my concerns with irregularities and departures from protocol in the way that name (or background) check cases were being conducted, closed, and disseminated. These cases were being closed for the sake of expediency. Name checks were being concluded prematurely in order to meet a 40-day name check deadline, known as the “steady state” timetable.

As a result of this practice, the records management division was providing name check reports to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) without following through on identified FBI name check investigative case leads. Case leads included, but were not limited to, espionage, counterespionage, and criminal activity, which could result in a terrorist, foreign agent, or a known criminal being potentially cleared for federal employment. This name check practice clearly sacrificed quality for quantity and jeopardized our national security as well as presented a substantial and specific danger to the public. Incidentally, the FBI’s records management division was being monetarily compensated by OPM for each name check report presented to OPM.

I reported these national security concerns on numerous occasions during my tenure in the FBI to my superiors, including to a fellow unit chief, two assistant section chiefs, and the section chief. But instead of taking corrective action, I was subjected to retaliation, which led to my resignation and subsequent retaliation weeks later in the form of a constructive discharge.

After my FBI service, I met personally with representatives of the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and communicated this national security issue to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). Moreover, I have either met with or have been in communication with representatives of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and other legislators.

If in 2009 the FBI had halted, corrected, disclosed to the public and held those responsible to account for this national security name check debacle, the inaccurate background checks and vetting of Edward Snowden, Aaron Alexis, as well as the 665,000 flawed background checks conducted by security firm USIS might never have occurred.

The expansion of whistleblower protections must be immediately given to those who proudly serve our country in federal agencies which have national security and or intelligence functions. If a federal government employee has taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and the American people, why would we not respect and value their voices when they uncover wrongdoing? Federal government-wide whistleblower protections will not only ensure the protection of all whistleblowers, but will prevent similar national security debacles from manifesting in future. No one should ever suffer the loss of their career as I did for being impelled to do the right thing.

As a United States naval officer, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, as well as to protect my fellow citizens. I kept my oath. As an FBI employee, I took a similar oath. I am keeping that one as well.

Sheriff Joe Found Guilty by Clinton-Appointed Judge in Jury-less Trial.

America’s Sheriff” Joe Arpaio was found guilty Monday of misdemeanor criminal contempt without the benefit of a jury of his peers.

The guilty ruling, by Bill Clinton-appointed U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, is the latest chapter of a nearly decade-long saga of legal proceedings against Sheriff Joe initiated by leftist groups opposed to his aggressive policing of illegal aliens. The 85-year-old Arpaio now faces up to six months in jail.

The charges against Arpaio stem from a civil rights suit demanding he cease “racial profiling” in his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s immigration enforcement operations. After a federal judge issued an order demanding certain practices, Arpaio was charged with contempt for continuing to try to enforce the law as he saw fit.

Because Arpaio was charged only with a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of six-months in jail, the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee him a right to trial by a jury of his peers. Arpaio and his attorneys repeatedly petitioned for a jury, only to be denied by Judge Bolton in March and again in May. Sources familiar with the proceedings have told Breitbart News the decision to charge only the misdemeanor was likely a ploy by federal prosecutors to avoid a jury trial in the community where Arpaio served as sheriff for more than 20 years

National Center for Police Defense (NCPD) President James Fotis, who was present in the courtroom, was highly skeptical a Phoenix jury could have ever found Arpaio guilty. He told Breitbart News:

I sat through three days of testimony and it was clear from the beginning that the DOJ had no evidence to make their case. In fact, all of the DOJ’s witnesses made it clear that Judge Snow’s order was unclear and ambiguous. There is no way a jury would have determined that the Sheriff willfully and intentionally violated the judge’s order.

Judge Bolton’s ruling has caused me to lose my faith in the court system and the federal judicial system,” Fotis added in a NCPD press release.

Fotis was hardly the first or only commentator to question the impartiality of Arpaio’s prosecution. In June, his group managed to assemble over 40,000 signatures from current and former law enforcement officers in support of Arpaio, delivering them to the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. “After devoting 56-years of his life to upholding and defending the Constitution, Sheriff Arpaio deserves our nation’s eternal gratitude — not jail time,” those petitions read.

The initial racial profiling suit that eventually led to this conviction also took on political dimensions and its conduct was criticized. The judge in that case, G. Murray Snow, ignored calls to recuse himself based on the fact his brother-in-law is a partner at Covington & Burling, the firm representing those suing Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

The decision to criminally prosecute Arpaio was taken while the DOJ was run by Attorney General Loretta Lynch. It would be highly unusual for new leadership to intervene and drop an ongoing prosecution, and no such step was taken, despite the aforementioned petitions. Arpaio now has the option to appeal his conviction to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. “I understand the Sheriff and his legal team will be filing an appeal on this decision quickly,” Fotis told Breitbart News, pointing to the ongoing appeals related to the civil trial that gave birth to this prosecution.

In witnessing the brain’s ‘aha!’ moment, scientists shed light on biology of consciousness.

Columbia scientists have identified the brain’s ‘aha!’ moment — that flash in time when you suddenly become aware of information, such as knowing the answer to a difficult question. Today’s findings in humans, combined with previous research, provide compelling evidence that this moment — this feeling of having decided — pierces consciousness when information being collected by the brain reaches a critical level. The results of this study further suggest that this piercing of consciousness shares the same underlying brain mechanisms known to be involved in making far simpler decisions. Importantly, this study offers new hope that the biological foundations of consciousness may well be within our grasp.

This research was reported in Current Biology.

“The vast majority of thoughts circling in our brains happen below the radar of conscious awareness, meaning that even though our brain is processing them, we are not aware,” said Michael Shadlen, MD, PhD, a Principal Investigator at Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and the paper’s senior author. “How some of that information bubbles to the level of consciousness, however, remains an unsolved mystery. But now, we’ve found a way to observe that moment in real time, and then apply those findings to our understanding of consciousness itself.”

For Dr. Shadlen, the most complex thoughts that the human brain can experience — such as love, grief, guilt or morality — can be ultimately be boiled down to a series of decisions, made by the brain, to engage with the outside world. He has spent his career working to understand how signals sent by the brain’s billions of cells result in such decisions. In so doing, he hopes to unravel the mechanisms that underlie the brain’s most complex abilities.

In 2008, Dr. Shadlen and colleagues found that when asked to make a challenging decision, the brain does not use all the available information before deciding. This is not because the brain is unable to do so, but rather because at a certain point, the brain thinks it has all the information it needs. There is a mechanism in the brain that says “enough is enough.”

“For us, this then begged a question,” recalled Dr. Shadlen, who is also a professor of neuroscience at Columbia University Medical Center and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. “Could the moment when the brain believes it has accumulated enough evidence be tied to the person’s awareness of having decided — that important ‘aha!’ moment?”

To find out, the researchers asked five human participants to watch dots on a computer screen that moved like grains of sand blowing in the wind. The participants were then asked whether the dots seemed to be blowing to the right or to the left.

Placed in the center of the screen was a clock. Once the dots’ motion ended and after a brief delay, participants chose which direction the dots had traveled. Using a controversial technique known as mental chronometry, the participants were asked to move the clock handle backwards to the time they felt they had become aware that they knew the answer. The participants repeated this action over many trials and levels of difficulty.

“The moment in time indicated by the participants — this mental chronometry — was entirely subjective; it relied solely on their own estimation of how long it took them to make that decision,” said Dr. Shadlen. “And because it was purely subjective, in principle it ought to be unverifiable.”

But by incorporating this new data with decades of previous research on the brain mechanisms of decision making, the team devised a clever way to verify whether the time reported by the participants was an accurate reflection of having actually decided.

“If the time reported to us by the participants was valid, we reasoned that it might be possible to predict the accuracy of the decision,” Dr. Shadlen explained. “We incorporated a kind of mathematical trick, based on earlier studies, which showed that the speed and accuracy of decisions was tied together by the same brain function.”

Previous research by Dr. Shadlen and others had uncovered how the process of making a decision plays out at the level of individual cells in the brain. By combining this knowledge with the mathematical trick, the team could scientifically validate that the participants’ subjective reporting — their feeling of having decided — was indeed an accurate reflection of the brain’s decision-making process.

“Essentially, the act of becoming consciously aware of a decision conforms to the same process that the brain goes through to complete a decision, even a simple one — such as whether to turn left or right,” said Dr. Shadlen.

While preliminary, this study raises the possibility that a deep understanding the human brain’s most complex thoughts and feelings, once solely under the purview of philosophy, may soon be understood in terms of biology as well.

“Some people think that the nitty gritty of neuroscience is far from the highfalutin stuff that a philosopher would consider,” said Dr. Shadlen. “But rest assured, explaining these concepts — whether it’s ethics, consciousness anything else — in terms of neuroscience isn’t explaining them away. Instead, I would argue that it is helping to bring the biological study of the brain closer to the philosophical study of the mind.”

The Evidence Against Aspirin And For Natural Alternatives.

As far back as the 5th century BC, the Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about the use of a bitter powder extracted from willow bark that reduced fevers and eased aches and pains. Native Americans also used an infusion of willow bark for similar purposes. What was this remarkable “healing” principle within the bark that relieved disease?

Known as salicylic acid (from the Latin salix, willow tree), this pain-killing compound is widely distributed throughout plants, where it functions as a hormone. The more vegetables and fruits you consume, the more likely you are to have a physiologically significant concentration of salicylic acid in your blood. This is why, for instance, vegans and vegetarians generally have higher levels than most grain- and meat-based consumers. [1]

The chemical acetyl-salicylic acid, commonly known as aspirin, is a synthetic form of salicylic acid, a compound which is formed when salicin, a bitter compound naturally found within plants like white willow bark, is broken down within the human body. Salicylic acid can also be synthesized endogenously from benzoic acid, and its urinary metabolite, salicyluric acid, has been found to overlap levels in patients on low-dose aspirin regimens. Cell research indicates that salicylic acid compounds (known as salicyclates) actually compare surprisingly well to aspirin in reducing inflammatory activity.[2]

While salicylic acid is found naturally in plants as salicylates, acetyl-salicylic acid does not exist in nature, is not formed as byproduct of natural salicylate consumption,[3] and is produced only through industrial synthesis. For example, this is one method of synthesis:

Acetylsalicylic acid is prepared by reacting acetic anhydride with salicylic acid at a temperature of <90 deg C either in a solvent (e.g., acetic acid or aromatic, acyclic, or chlorinated hydrocarbons) or by the addition of catalysts such as acids or tertiary amines.”[4]

Also, the chemical modification of natural salicylic acid with an acetyl group results in the acetylation of hemoglobin,[5] essentially chemically altering the natural structure-function of our red blood cells and subsequent hemodynamics. In essence, aspirin, a semi-synthetic compound, makes the blood tissue itself semi-synthetic.

This could be why aspirin has been linked to such a broad range of unintended adverse health effects, including but not limited to:

Gastric Ulcer [6]

Hearing Loss/Tinnitus[7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]

Cerebral Bleeding [13]

Influenza Mortality [14]

Reye Syndrome

Crohn’s Disease[15]

Helicobacter Pylori Infection[16]

We have a section on our database dedicated to indexing the under-reported, unintended adverse effects of aspirin, related to 50 diseases which can be viewed here: Aspirin Side Effects. We also have a section which indexes research on natural compounds studied to prevent, reduce or reverse Aspirin-Induced Toxicity.

According to US EPA statistics, up to 500 thousand pounds of the chemical was produced in the United States in 1998 alone.[17] Millions the world over take it for pain relief, including your typical headache, but also for the prevention of heart attacks and stroke.

Taking a “baby aspirin,” i.e. an 81 mg dose, is considered safer — which it is relative to a 325 mg “adult dose” – but is known to cause widespread and significant gastroduodenal damage. A study published in 2009 in the journal Currrent Medical Research & Opinion titled, “Gastroduodenal toxicity of low-dose acetylsalicylic acid: a comparison with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,” found the following:

Data suggest that ASA causes significant gastroduodenal damage even at the low doses used for cardiovascular protection. These effects (both systemic and possibly local) may be pharmacodynamically distinct from the gastroduodenal toxicity seen with NSAIDs.[18]

Another 2009 study found that 80% of healthy individuals who uses short-term (14 days), low-dose aspirin experienced small intestinal toxicity, including small bowel mucosal breaks and mucosal inflammation. [19] Also, there are reports of esophageal mucosal lesions induced by low-dose aspirin and other antiplatelet medications mimicking esophageal malignancy.[20]

Data suggest that ASA [aspirin]causes significant gastroduodenal damage even at the low doses used for cardiovascular protection. These effects (both systemic and possibly local) may be pharmacodynamically distinct from the gastroduodenal toxicity seen with NSAIDs.[21]

Hemorrhagic side effects, in fact, are one of the greatest challenges facing those who use aspirin for prevention. By taking a drug which prevents clotting, aspirin can work too well, resulting in bleeding disorders or events, some of which may be life-threatening, even lethal.

So, given the serious, unintended adverse health effects of aspirin therapy, what are some evidence-based natural alternatives?

Researched aspirin alternatives include:

Pycnogenol: A human study published in 1999 in the journal Thrombotic Research found that pycnogenol was superior (i.e. effective at a lower dosage) to aspirin at inhibiting smoking-induced clotting, without the significant (and potentially life-threatening) increase in bleeding time associated with aspirin use.[22] The abstract is well worth reading in its entirety:

The effects of a bioflavonoid mixture, Pycnogenol, were assessed on platelet function in humans. Cigarette smoking increased heart rate and blood pressure. These increases were not influenced by oral consumption of Pycnogenol or Aspirin just before smoking. However, increased platelet reactivity yielding aggregation 2 hours after smoking was prevented by 500 mg Aspirin or 100 mg Pycnogenol in 22 German heavy smokers. In a group of 16 American smokers, blood pressure increased after smoking. It was unchanged after intake of 500 mg Aspirin or 125 mg Pycnogenol. In another group of 19 American smokers, increased platelet aggregation was more significantly reduced by 200 than either 150 mg or 100 mg Pycnogenol supplementation. This study showed that a single, high dose, 200 mg Pycnogenol, remained effective for over 6 days against smoking-induced platelet aggregation. Smoking increased platelet aggregation that was prevented after administration of 500 mg Aspirin and 125 mg Pycnogenol. Thus, smoking-induced enhanced platelet aggregation was inhibited by 500 mg Aspirin as well as by a lower range of 100-125 mg Pycnogenol. Aspirin significantly (p<0.001) increased bleeding time from 167 to 236 seconds while Pycnogenol did not. These observations suggest an advantageous risk-benefit ratio for Pycnogenol.” [emphasis added]

Pycnogenol also has about as many “side benefits” as aspirin has side effects. You can view them on our pycnogenol research page.

Policosanol: Already well-known for its ability to modulate blood cholesterol levels as effectively as statins, but without their notorious side effects, this sugar cane wax extract has been found to be as effective as aspirin at inhibiting clotting, but at a lower, safer dose.[23]

There are actually a broad range of natural compounds, including foods and spices, with demonstrable platelet-inhibiting activity. You will find a list of them on our natural platelet inhibitor pharmacological actions page. Another highly relevant section on our website is the Thrombosis Research page.

Ultimately, however, cardiovascular disease and heart attacks, for instance, are not caused by a lack of aspirin. To explore further the research related to preventing and treating heart disease naturally, visit our Health Guide

BBC Giant Attack Book Writer With Russell Texas Bentley Show Notes 20170727

BBC Giant Attack Book Writer With Russell Texas Bentley

What do you do when one of the largest media outlets tries to shut you down and silence you? How do you get your words out to the people?

Tonight Russell Texas Bentley makes a special appearance on Quantum Connections to show how a BBC hit piece and the unmitigated attack by the BBC’s ‘personalities’ has shut down a fundraiser for the writing of a book. A budget of £4 Million ($5,226,400) versus a indiegogo fund of $9,000 for a book launch, is what this fight looks like, but the TRUTH is there is a lone man, doing what he knows to be right, versus a huge multi billion dollar media corporation that cannot let the truth of what is happening in Donetsk be known.

News: This Transgender issue is a distraction to keep us from paying attention to what is really important. I go into why it is a red-herring. The case for protecting America’s intelligence agency whistle-blowers. The ‘science report’ about the geo-engineering (that they have been already doing) is being proposed for by University Washington. Pentagon snared in govt sting as fake cops easily acquire $1.2mn worth of military gear. The information given today is very important. Be sure to stay tuned to this station for your edification. Be sure to hug the ones you love.

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Trump Report: Just so everyone knows what the hubbub is all about regarding the Transgender issue that has become hot news. Trump tweeted yesterday that the US Military is no longer going to be taking the costs of a transgender operation. They are now banned. Which is good on the face of it, and is capturing the headlines of all the media. What we are being distracted from paying attention to is the issue of Blackwater XE or what ever they are called today, The group of Mercenaries run by Eric Prince is lobbying to have all the Pakistan area taken care of by them. No US Military, just contractors. What this means to you and me: This is the first step of many to come to Privatize our military. First step is to destabilize the Armed Forces from within. Done – with the gay agenda and trans agenda already implemented. Recruit from other countries with the promises of citizenship. Done – Giving the individual state the option to approve the residency of the alien. Destroy the morale of the troops, and influence them to want to join a contractor group, Done – with needless deaths on the battlefield from poor equipment, training, and leadership. Plus the constant worry of bankers taking the homes of active military leaving the families homeless and Showing constant cases in the media where the leaders are not under the same rule of law as the troops are. In the military if injustice abounds, Troops will be in disarray.

See, the argument that the US Military should or should not provide medical coverage for the procedures is a red herring. No one is asking if the Mercenary Contractors are covering these medical procedures or if they are allowing gays in their ranks. Why not?

This Transgender issue is a distraction to keep us from paying attention to what is really important.

MillStone Report:

The case for protecting America’s intelligence agency whistleblowers

The Follow the Rules Act, which passed in the House of Representatives this month, would expand the protections against retaliation that are currently given to whistleblowers who refuse to violate federal laws. Under this bill, those protections would extend to employees who refuse to violate federal rules and regulations.

But, conspicuously absent from the bill is the expansion of whistleblower protections for those who serve our country in agencies that have national security and or intelligence functions, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and National Security Agency (NSA), just to name a few.

It is critical that full, concrete whistleblower protections be given to those agencies not included in the Follow the Rules Act because injustice, crime, gross mismanagement and impropriety can occur in any agency within our federal government. Whistleblower protections must not and cannot be a tiered system. Without the bill’s whistleblower protections for all agencies, our national security and the welfare of the American people could be placed in jeopardy.

This is something with which I am all too well familiar. During 2008 and 2009, while serving as a unit chief in the FBI’s records management division, I made numerous disclosures of violations of federal law, rules, and regulations. My disclosures focused upon my concerns with irregularities and departures from protocol in the way that name (or background) check cases were being conducted, closed, and disseminated. These cases were being closed for the sake of expediency. Name checks were being concluded prematurely in order to meet a 40-day name check deadline, known as the “steady state” timetable.

As a result of this practice, the records management division was providing name check reports to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) without following through on identified FBI name check investigative case leads. Case leads included, but were not limited to, espionage, counterespionage, and criminal activity, which could result in a terrorist, foreign agent, or a known criminal being potentially cleared for federal employment. This name check practice clearly sacrificed quality for quantity and jeopardized our national security as well as presented a substantial and specific danger to the public. Incidentally, the FBI’s records management division was being monetarily compensated by OPM for each name check report presented to OPM.

I reported these national security concerns on numerous occasions during my tenure in the FBI to my superiors, including to a fellow unit chief, two assistant section chiefs, and the section chief. But instead of taking corrective action, I was subjected to retaliation, which led to my resignation and subsequent retaliation weeks later in the form of a constructive discharge.

After my FBI service, I met personally with representatives of the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and communicated this national security issue to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). Moreover, I have either met with or have been in communication with representatives of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and other legislators.

If in 2009 the FBI had halted, corrected, disclosed to the public and held those responsible to account for this national security name check debacle, the inaccurate background checks and vetting of Edward Snowden, Aaron Alexis, as well as the 665,000 flawed background checks conducted by security firm USIS might never have occurred.

The expansion of whistleblower protections must be immediately given to those who proudly serve our country in federal agencies which have national security and or intelligence functions. If a federal government employee has taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and the American people, why would we not respect and value their voices when they uncover wrongdoing? Federal government-wide whistleblower protections will not only ensure the protection of all whistleblowers, but will prevent similar national security debacles from manifesting in future. No one should ever suffer the loss of their career as I did for being impelled to do the right thing.

As a United States naval officer, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, as well as to protect my fellow citizens. I kept my oath. As an FBI employee, I took a similar oath. I am keeping that one as well.

Michael F. McMahon served as a unit chief in the records management division at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet?

The idea of geoengineering, also known as climate engineering, is very controversial. But as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in our atmosphere, scientists are beginning to look at possible emergency measures.

A new University of Washington study looks at the idea of marine cloud brightening, which a UW group is investigating as a promising strategy to offset global warming. The strategy would spray saltwater into the air to make marine clouds reflect more incoming solar rays. Small-scale tests of marine cloud brightening would also help answer scientific questions about clouds and aerosols, two UW atmospheric scientists say in a paper published in July in the journal Earth’s Future. This dual goal for early-stage geoengineering tests would follow the U.S. National Academies of Sciences’ 2015 recommendation that any tests of geoengineering also yield a scientific benefit.

“A major, unsolved question in climate science is: How much do aerosol particles cool the planet?,” said lead author Rob Wood, a UW professor of atmospheric sciences. “A controlled test would measure the extent to which we are able to alter clouds, and test an important component of climate models.”

Other co-authors are Thomas Ackerman, a UW professor of atmospheric sciences, Philip Rasch at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Kelly Wanser at the Ocean Conservancy.

The authors are part of a group that is proposing to spray saltwater over oceans to cause a small increase in the brightness of marine clouds and boost their capacity to reflect sunlight. Doing so could be a short-term measure to offset global warming in a possible future emergency situation. In the meantime, it could also further understanding of the climate system.

One of the biggest uncertainties in climate models is the clouds, which reflect sunlight in unpredictable ways. Water droplets can only condense on airborne particles, such as smoke, salt or human pollution. When the air contains more particles the same amount of moisture can form smaller droplets, which creates whiter, brighter, more reflective clouds. Climate scientists believe pollution since the Industrial Revolution has created brighter clouds that reflect more sunlight, offsetting the warming from greenhouse gases, which trap long-wave radiation. But they can’t pin down the size of the effect or predict how much it might change in the future.

“Testing out marine cloud brightening would actually have some major benefits for addressing both questions,” Wood said. “Can we perturb the clouds in this way, and are the climate models correctly representing the relationship between clouds and aerosols?”

The proposal is now waiting on funding from government or private donors. For several years, UW researchers have been working with a group of engineers in California’s Bay Area to develop a nozzle that turns saltwater into tiny particles that could be sprayed high into the marine cloud layer. It’s the first in a series of steps needed to implement the roughly three-year plan. The researchers propose to:

Produce a sprayer that is able to eject trillions of aerosol particles per second

Conduct initial lab tests of the sprayer (UW research scientist Dave Covert helped conduct wind-tunnel testing of a prototype nozzle in 2015 in the Bay Area)

Do preliminary outdoor tests in a coastal area that is fairly flat, relatively free of air pollution and prone to marine clouds (the group is currently seeking funding for proposed coastal tests in Monterey Bay)

Move to small-scale offshore tests If tests were successful, people might someday decide whether to use a scaled-up version to create a small increase in the reflection of sunlight over large swaths of the world’s oceans.

“We’re talking about some kind of new world in terms of the ethical issues,” Ackerman said. “But for climate, we’re no longer in an era of ‘do no harm.’ We are altering the climate already. It’s now a case of ‘the lesser of two evils.'”

Ackerman will speak July 27 in Newry, Maine, at the first Gordon Research Conference on Climate Engineering about the proposed testing plan. Another speaker is the leader of a Harvard University test of an alternate proposal to spray reflective particles high in the atmosphere.

In addition to the paper on the scientific benefits of testing marine cloud brightening, a group of UW graduate students and professors published a recent paper on what specific measures might be feasible, ethical and scientifically useful for evaluating a cloud-brightening test. Authors include UW graduate students and faculty in philosophy, atmospheric science and civil engineering who were part of an interdisciplinary UW graduate course on geoengineering — among the first of its kind.

The class was taught last winter by Ackerman and Stephen Gardiner, a UW philosophy professor who wrote a book on the ethics of deliberately tinkering with the planet’s atmosphere. Ackerman has since written an essay about the teaching experience. He believes the interdisciplinary approach is the right way to proceed with geoengineering.

“There’s a science question about can we do it, but there’s also an ethical question about should we do it, and a policy question about how would we do it,” Ackerman said. “I’m an agnostic on this. I want to test geoengineering and see if it works. But the whole time we’re working on this, I think we need to still be asking ourselves: ‘Should we do it?'”

Pentagon snared in govt sting as fake cops easily acquire $1.2mn worth of military gear.

The US Department of Defense has been caught out selling large amounts of military supplies to a fake police department. The fake department was created by the US government itself to sniff out waste and fraud.

The Government Accountability Office issued a revealingreport last week showing that the Pentagon sold more than 100 controlled items valued at $1.2 million to a fake police department set up by the government watchdog agency through the 1990s-era 1033 program, according to a report released by the GAO. The 1033 program allows local and state law enforcement to apply for excess equipment from the US military.

The gear that the GAO received from the DoD included night vision goggles, simulated M-16A2 rifles and pipe bomb equipment.

The government watchdog set up a fake website with a fake address that led to an empty parking lot and gave the information to the DoD in their application for the supplies. The GAO then received the fake items in less than a week after applying.

They never did any verification, like visit our ‘location,’ and most of it was by email,” Zina Merritt, director of the GAO’s defense capabilities and management team, which conducted the operation, told the Marshall Project. “It was like getting stuff off of eBay.”

Following the fallout from this report, the Pentagon has now promised to tighten its procedures for verification, which include going to the police department in question to verify its location and obtain valid identification when law enforcement comes to pick up supplies.

The GAO sting operation’s groundwork was laid after the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The response to people protesting the death of the young man was met with military tanks and weapons as the Ferguson police department tried to break up the protests.

Further, it was confirmed that much of the equipment used by the Ferguson department in the protests was the same that was dispensed by the 1033 program, after the Marshall Project and others uncovered the connection.

Following the Ferguson protests, then-President Barack Obama issued an executive order that prohibited the US military from giving away their equipment and made them deem other specific pieces of equipment “controlled,”according to the Marshall Project.

READ MORE: Pentagon lacks ‘visibility & accountability’ over arms transfers to Iraq, Kuwait – govt watchdog

The order also established training requirements and strict oversight for law enforcement looking to acquire the military materials. Most importantly, the order ensured oversight from a Pentagon and Justice Department working group.

However, the group has not convened since President Donald Trump took office, according to the Constitution Project, a bipartisan think tank participating in the meetings.

Trump previously said that he would revoke the limitations set forth by Obama’s executive order, but as of yet, he has not repealed it.

The Department of Defense has also promised to conduct an internal fraud assessment by April 2018.



Ok folks,

Let’s get some things clear…..

The following is going to disturb some, it is going to relieve others, and piss off many.

Give me a few seconds and I will try to give a rip…

Sigh. I failed at that again.

With all the reports of the Satanic Ritual Abuse and Pizzagate, and PedoGate, and Hollywood Pedos and the nasty Pedo reports in the UK and well, all around the world, I have noticed a bothersome theme throughout.

In the last year the Satanic Ritual Abuse headlines are making the rounds again. Much like in the 90s and much like the rumors of the 80’s. (Do you all not remember the rumors about how the witches were taking blond virgins this month or red haired virgins?) I am not proposing that this Satanic Ritual Abuse is not happening. Not at all. I am getting suspicious of all the ‘accounts’ of them. By the way, those rumors of witches grabbing virgins were started by Christians in Churches.

There has been MKUltra Satanism and such, blamed in all those scandals. Where the CIA did do mind control and with the partnership of the Psychiatrists associations, gave a lot of details on how to fracture the mind/personalities. Hollywood has done a great job on that publicity campaign with movies and TV Shows. Think the movie ‘8mm’.

Again, I am not proposing that these things hadn’t happened. On the contrary, those things happened and I am sure far worse has happened. And certainly there are far more cases than being reported.

The stories that are captivating the attention of social media and mainstream media, are the ones that are so unbelievably horrific. It makes any and all survivors of child sexual trauma DOUBT themselves and their experience. It bullies them into silence, because they were not as ABUSED as say, Cathy O’Brien. Cathy O’Brien was allegedly raped by every big name in Washington DC, including by Hillary Clinton. This story is so horrifying, that any child with a lesser scandalous accusation will be cowed into silence. What honest FBI agent is going to look into an accusation from a girl whose church deacon is molesting her, when his boss is focusing on the the world wide sting going on, or chasing the ghosts of the nebulous Satanist groups?

A big collar like John Podesta, is huge news and guaranteed to bring a promotion… Some drunk uncle being busted will not.

Now as a survivor of child sexual abuse, I am going to tell you all some things:

  • Not all sex abuse is for the purposes of mind control.

That is a lie that has been spread to create disinfo in the the research circles.

  • Not all sex abuse is done by NAZI related entities, or CIA, or FBI, or Politicians.

Pervs are available in EVERY demographic.

  • Despite the claims of psychiatrists, THERE IS NO CYCLE OF ABUSE.

Each individual upon surviving the horror has a choice to be a monster or not.


They want to come to terms with it, heal, move on, and live life.

  • Those who have survived have a very hard time seeing the headlines and hearing the news with these salacious details.

For two reasons:

a. It makes them doubt their own recollections

b. They often have flashbacks of their own experiences

  • If a survivor has been open about their abuse, it does not mean they want to hear every headline of a new case.

Not all the abuse is similar in purpose, perpetrator, environment. Many of us do not believe the “Stars” of sexual trauma survivors, eg. Cathy O’Brien. Why? Because if half the stuff she has put forth were true, she would already be dead. Those who have crossed the Clintons, with far less, are 6 ft. under.

  • Not all sexual abuse is Satanic.

Much happens in churches of every denomination/religions.

Note: If you come to my face and talk smack that that behavior by its definition, Satanic, I will smack you down. For several reasons: You are trying to put a religion on the act. Red Herring. I know Satanists who will merrily kill a pedo for touching a child. Just because the act falls outside of ones belief system does not automatically fall under Satanism. Calling it satanic is lending a theme to the act. The theme being the anti church rituals. The kind of crap that the Catholic Church and Hollywood calls Satanic. Most of the crime is committed proximate to supposedly Christian churches. Quit Blaming Satan. That is like blaming an imaginary friend for the crimes. It is childish.

There are many stories not being told.

The Duplessis Orphanage was a case of horrific abuse. But you don’t see it in the media except here on TFR and on Why is that? When you realize that answer, you will also realize why I am ranting today.

Now that I have admitted openly on air, that I am a survivor, that does not mean I am going to answer all your questions about it. Quite frankly it really is none of your business. I question the morality of people who want to know all the details. There is something pretty sick about those scurrying questions.

Now with all the ‘Stars’ of child abuse survivors are being celebrated and promoted and still not ‘suicided’, does it not make you wonder, “Are these people/stories/accounts real?”? How is it they are able to make the circuits in a blasé fashion? Are these salacious headlines designed to distract from the real pedophilia crimes out there? What is it trying to distract you from?

I want people to consider that next time they want to share and post on social media about these stories. Use discernment, please. Enough of the bloody babies crap. While it might be true, do these minute details need to be shown at dinnertime? Really? All you have to do is say pedophilia, you needn’t talk about politicians taking baths in baby blood. We already know. Share the stories where justice is winning. Share the stories that make the survivors be happy they survived.

We don’t need new laws or operations, or stings… All these crimes are already illegal and unlawful.

If you are a cop; do your job, bust the cretins. If you are a reporter, do your job; Report what happened, if you report the truth, you won’t have to worry about trying to mold peoples’ thoughts. If you are a survivor, help others. If you are a Prayer Warrior, PRAY.

Rant over.

Show Notes 18 July 2017 Tuesday Don Wiskin Guest.

Trump admin slaps Iran with new sanctions despite nuclear deal compliance

The US has imposed new sanctions on companies and individuals that it says provide material support to Iran’s military, as well as on organizations involved in the country’s ballistic missile program. The restrictions are not related to Iran’s nuclear program.

The US Department of the Treasury “designated 16 entities and individuals for engaging in support of illicit Iranian actors or transnational criminal activity,” the department announced on Tuesday.

The announcement comes the day after the Trump administration certified that Tehran is in compliance with the terms of the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement designed to ensure Iran doesn’t make nuclear weapons.

The new sanctions “target procurement of advanced military hardware, such as fast attack boats and unmanned aerial vehicles, and send a strong signal that the United States cannot and will not tolerate Iran’s provocative and destabilizing behavior,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin in a statement.

We will continue to target the [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps] and pressure Iran to cease its ballistic missile program and malign activities in the region,” he added.

President Donald Trump has accused Iran of being a “state sponsor of terrorism,” but his administration has stopped short of designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, although it reportedly considered doing so.

Counting the Revolutionary Guard the same as terrorist groups and applying similar sanctions to the Revolutionary Guard is a big risk for America and its bases and forces deployed in the region,” Iran’s armed forces chief of staff, Mohammad Baqeri, said on Monday, according to Sepah News, an official news site of the Guard.

Baqeri did not elaborate on any potential consequences that the US could face.

He also said that Iran’s ballistic missile program is purely defensive and entirely non-negotiable.

Trump put Tehran “on notice” in February after it conducted a missile test.

In June, the US Senate voted to impose additional sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program. However, the same bill would also cement sanctions on Russia, as it was written to include both countries. To become law, the legislation would also require the House of Representatives to pass it and the president to sign it.

The administration has opposed the initiative, arguing it would undermine the authority of the executive branch to determine sanctions.

Last Friday, the US government lifted nuclear-related sanctions on Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the United States under the Obama administration together with Russia, France, Germany, China, the United Kingdom and the European Union negotiated with Iran in 2015.

Even though Trump called it the “worst deal ever negotiated,” his administration has adhered to it.

Under the terms of the deal, in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions Iran agreed to reduce the number of its uranium enrichment centrifuges by two-thirds, cap its enrichment below the level needed for weapons-grade material, reduce its enriched uranium stockpile by 98 percent from around 10,000kg for 15 years, and allow international inspections.

MillStone Report:

Be sure to listen to the outstanding interview between Brooks Agnew and Liz Crokin from last Sunday night. She has worked relentlessly to expose those in #Pedogate. I do hope she will come on this show for an update.

Like hell’: Catholic school teachers abused 500+ students over 50yrs in Germany, report says

Hundreds of school pupils in the Bavarian town of Regensburg, home to the famous German cathedral choir, suffered from physical and sexual abuse for decades, an investigator says, adding that no abusers will be prosecuted due to a lapse in the claims.

Some 500 instances of alleged physical abuse and 67 instances of alleged sexual abuse that took place over almost five decades were uncovered during an investigation against the famous Regensburger Domspatzen (Regensburg Cathedral Sparrows) choir, the special investigator, attorney Ulrich Weber, told journalists during a press conference, where he presented his 450-page report on the issue.

The abuse practices continued in the school for almost 50 years from 1945, with the most recent cases dating back to 1992, Weber said.

He went on to say that some victims were subjected both to physical and sexual abuse and put the total number of victims at 549. At the same time, he said that the real number of those who suffered from various forms of abuse at the Catholic school could be even higher, and cited unofficial data that suggest the number of victims could amount to at least 700 people, as reported by the German Die Zeit daily.

In some years, violence at the school took place almost on a daily basis, Weber said, adding that the victims described their experience at the school and choir as “like a prison, hell and a concentration camp,” and called those years “the worst time of their lives, characterized by fear, violence and hopelessness.”

Most instances of abuse occurred in the pre-school institution, Die Welt reports, citing Weber.

The investigator said that the pupils were mostly abused by their teachers as well as the heads of the choir, adding that the total number of those involved in various forms of abuse amounted to 49. Nine people of those perpetrators were involved in sexual abuse, he said.

According to Weber, at least one director of the pre-school institution, several boarding school directors as well as “numerous members of the school staff” were among the abusers.

Culture of silence’

Pupils at the school were abused not only physically but also psychologically, Weber said, adding that educational and disciplinary standards at the facility were “extremely high.” The teachers “particularly used violence” against pupils to force them to achieve high results, he added.

The abusers did not only act out of “personal propensity” to violence but were also guided by vanity and pursuit of success, the investigator said. In most cases, violence against pupils was a result of arbitrary interpretation of the school’s internal rules.

The investigator also said “almost all officials” in the school were at least “partially aware” of abuse, but preferred to “close their eyes” to the matter. The fates of the victims were ignored to protect the reputation of the school, Weber said, adding that the crimes of the abusers were covered up in several instances.

Dereliction of duty” by the victims’ parents and “negligence” of the church and state supervisory authorities also contributed to the situation in which the abusers got away with their crimes for decades as the school developed a “culture of silence.”

Former Pope’s brother partially guilty of covering up abuse – investigator

Weber also accused Georg Ratzinger, the elder brother of the former Pope Benedict XVI, of playing a role in covering up the abuses for years as he was the head of the choir between 1964 and 1994, when most instances of abuse took place.

The investigator particularly accused the 93-year-old of a “deliberate lack of attention” to the instances of physical violence against the pupils and “lack of action at a time when [he] knew” about the real situation at the school.

At the same time, Weber said that the former Pope’s brother “knew nothing” about the sexual violence in the facility. He also did not accuse Ratzinger of potential involvement in any instances of abuse.

Almost all cases time-barred, abusers cannot be prosecuted – investigator

The statute of limitations in almost all abuse cases has already expired as they occurred mostly more than 30 years ago, in the 1960s and ‘70s, Weber said, adding that the abusers cannot be now subjected to legal action, even though all the cases of abuse technically qualified as acts punishable under criminal law.

Under German law, the longest limitations period amounts to 30 years, and applies to crimes for which an offender can be sentenced to life imprisonment. In cases in which an offender can be jailed for more than 10 years, the limitations period is 20 years.

The most recent recorded instance of abuse dates back to 1992.

In 2016, the Diocese of Regensburg offered financial compensation to the victims of abuse at the school amounting to between €5,000 and € 20,000 ($5,800 and $23,000). Some 300 requests for compensation have been filed with the relevant church body so far, German Die Welt daily reports, adding that €450,000 ($521,000) has so far been paid out to the victims.

Following Weber’s report, the amount of compensation would be reviewed by an independent committee, Die Welt reported.

The first reports about widespread abuse in the school emerged in 2010, which were brought forth by former choir members. By 2013, some 400 people had come forward with accounts of abuse they said they had suffered at the hands of teachers at the school.

However, the Regensburg episcopate initiated an official inquiry into the matter only in 2015. The results of the investigation, which ran for about two years, were presented by Weber on Tuesday.

Germany made over €1bn out of Greek debt crisis

Since the beginning of Greece’s crisis in 2009 Germany’s Finance Ministry has cashed in to the tune of €1.3 billion as a result of its loans to Athens and its debt buying programs reports Euractiv.

Eurozone members initially agreed to hand any interest back to the Greek central bank as a point of EU solidarity. However, when the second bailout program started in 2015, the pay-back operation was halted. The interest was not mentioned in the German federal budget that year, and therefore the interest was never paid back to Athens.

Since then Berlin has refused to restart the pay-back program despite Athens’ efforts to satisfy the demands of its creditors.

According to German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s development bank KfW has received €393 million in interest payments on a loan of €15.2 billion it made to Athens in 2010.

A state debt buying scheme by the eurozone’s central banks brought the Bundesbank a profit of €952 million between 2010 and 2012. The European Central Bank collected more than €1.1 billion in 2016 in interest payments on the nearly €20 billion-worth of Greek bonds it holds, showed the report.

“It may be legal how Germany deals with the crisis in Greece. It is not legitimate in the moral sense of solidarity”, explains the speaker for budgetary affairs in the Bundestag for the Green Party, Sven Christian Kindler.

“The interest gained must finally be paid to Greece. It can not be that (German Finance Minister) Wolfgang Schäuble wants to rehabilitate the German budget with Greek interest,” says the Green’s EU expert in the Bundestag, Manuel Sarrazin.

Last year Schaeuble told Greece to carry out unpopular reforms if it wants to stay in the eurozone, ruling out debt relief for Athens.

Eurozone ministers agreed in June to unlock the latest €8.5 billion tranche of Greece’s bailout to help the country avoid a default on its debt repayments of nearly €7.3 billion.

Greece has to become competitive to get access to debt markets so it can stand on its own two feet,” Schaeuble said after the agreement, adding “for that Greece has to carry out reforms.”

To get a new installment of bailout funds, Athens has promised to cut pensions in 2019 and reduce the tax-free threshold in 2020 to produce savings worth two percent of GDP.

The authorities also agreed to sell coal-fired power plants and coal mines equal to about 40 percent of the capacity of state-run power utility Public Power Corporation.

At Least 100 Tourists Forced to Evacuate in Montenegro Fires

Montenegro has asked for international help to fight wildfires that are also raging along the Adriatic sea coastline in neighboring Croatia, authorities said Monday. At least 100 tourists have been forced to evacuate from a coastal area in Montenegro that has been the hardest hit by the fire.

The state Montenegrin TV reported that the Interior Ministry asked for international help through the European Union disaster relief system. The navy also stepped in to help evacuate the area by sea, officials said.

Emergency services said strong winds are hampering firefighters’ efforts to save the houses.

Too Many Complaints May Result in Dicamba Ban

From the moment it hit the market, manufacturers, the EPA, weed scientists and others have stressed that dicamba is an effective product if it is used exactly per label directions.

Unfortunately, too many farmers aren’t taking that strong directive seriously enough, and the drift-prone pesticide has been at the center of great controversy in Missouri and Arkansas.

Over 100 dicamba drift complaints were lodged over a six-month period alone last year in Missouri resulting in criminal investigations, and the state led the nation in 2016 with more than 200 complaints total.

Then in late fall, a dicamba dispute ended in murder when Mike Wallace, a Northeast Arkansas cotton, soybean and corn farmer was shot to death at the Missouri-Arkansas border allegedly “due to a physical confrontation that escalated regarding the spraying of the controversial herbicide.”

Arkansas and dicamba made headlines again earlier this month when drift from the pesticide ruined more than 100 acres at an Arkansas agricultural research station plot, where conditions are tightly controlled.

Ban Recommended

On Friday, in the wake of more than 85 new complaints of dicamba misuse brought to the Arkansas Agriculture Department, an Arkansas regulatory committee made up of ag businesspeople and farmers took strong action, voting unanimously to recommend that an emergency ban of the controversial pesticide be put in place immediately. Currently the only dicamba product legally allowed in Arkansas is sold under the brand name “Engenia” by BASF.

I hate that it’s come to this, but we have to do our jobs,” committee member Dennie Stokes, a representative from the Arkansas Agricultural Aviation Association and operator of the Stokes Flying Service, a crop dusting company, told Arkansas public radio station, UALR.

The recommendation was handed to Governor Asa Hutchinson, who said the final decision on the ban was up to the Arkansas Plant Board, the governing body that reviews complains and determines whether regulations were violated.

Dicamba problems escalated last year after Monsanto released soybean and cottonseeds that had been genetically altered to resist the pesticide.

The timing was unfortunate though. The new seeds were available, however, the newer less drift-prone formulations were not. What followed were hundreds of reports of damage and three lawsuits against pesticide makers.

Is Following the Label Enough?

Scientists and farmers are at an impasse as to whether simply saying “the label is the law” is the solution.

Speaking at the 2017 Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA) annual meeting recently, Chris Weed of KOVA of Ohio, Chairman of the OABA Custom Application Task Force, told guests that abiding by the label instructions is not up for interpretation.

If you do that with this technology, we won’t keep it,’ Weed said. “We need to do better with this than we did with glyphosate. Let’s be better stewards at this and follow the label exactly. If we don’t use this product by the label, this technology will be taken away from us. And right now, there isn’t really anything else in the pipeline to replace it.”

Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity says the problem is deeper than following instructions.

What we’re seeing in Arkansas is proof of what we all already knew — that this dangerous, drift-prone pesticide is not safe to use,” said Donley. “Assurances from pesticide makers that new dicamba products and tighter application regulations would end the drift problems that damaged hundreds of thousands of acres simply ignored reality.”

This dicamba crisis is only the latest evidence that dumping more pesticides on the landscape is a road to nowhere,” said Donley. “And it’s only going to get worse — Monsanto predicts that annual dicamba use on soybeans and cotton will jump from less than 1 million pounds just a few years ago to more than 25 million over the next three to four years.”

Illinois farmer, Dave Opperman, believes farmers can be responsible with their dicamba use.

It’s a valuable tool, but you need to respect it and use it correctly,” said Opperman. “This whole system has a lot of similarities to 20 years ago, when Roundup came on the scene. We had to educate ourselves. We have to revisit good stewardship practices, know what your neighbors planted, know the wind speeds and follow the label.”

Wes Ward, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture, believes there’s no easy answer and that livelihoods are at stake.

It’s certainly a very difficult situation, a very complex situation. When you’re talking to PhD’s and asking them their thoughts and recommendations and they say ‘I don’t have a good answer,’ you know it’s complicated. You know it’s complex,” said Ward to regulatory committee members on Friday. “We’ve got guys out there that need the technologies and have flat out told us, ‘if I don’t have these new technologies, I can’t do anything in the field, I’ve got to let it go.”

Next Steps

The Plant Board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting at 1:30pm Tuesday at its Little Rock headquarters. The new regulation would also require approval from the Arkansas Legislative Council and the governor.

To help farmers stay updated on the situation, the Arkansas Agriculture Department launched a website with news about the latest complaints and new developments on the possible ban.

NO Tennessee! BAN IT Tennessee!!

Tennessee restricts use of Monsanto pesticide as problems spread.

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Tennessee on Thursday imposed restrictions on the use of dicamba, a flagship pesticide for Monsanto Co, becoming the fourth state to take action as problems spread over damage the weed killer causes to crops not genetically modified to withstand it.

Dicamba is sprayed by farmers on crops genetically modified to resist it but it has drifted, damaging vulnerable soybeans, cotton and other crops across the southern United States. Farmers have fought with neighbors over lost crops and brought lawsuits against dicamba producers.

Arkansas banned its use last week and Missouri, which initially halted dicamba spraying, has joined Tennessee with tight restrictions on when and in what weather spraying can be done. Kansas is investigating complaints.

“We’ve had damage across just about every acre of soybeans we farm in southeast Missouri,” said Hunter Raffety, a farmer in Wyatt, Missouri. “In our small town, the azaleas, the ornamentals, people have lost their vegetable gardens. It’s a big problem.”

He suspects between 3,000 and 4,000 acres of soybeans on the 6,000 acres he and his family farm have sustained damage, evidenced by the leaves of plants constricting into cup-like shapes.

Monsanto, which said it has spent years working to make dicamba stickier and limit drift when it is sprayed, is campaigning to overturn the bans. It blames early-adoption headaches similar to wind drift and cross-contaminated farm equipment problems the company faced when it launched its popular Roundup Ready glyphosate-resistant crops two decades ago.

“In almost every technology in that first year there are kinks that you need to work out,” Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s chief technology officer, said on a news media call.

He said many of the dicamba issues are caused by farmers not following application labels, using contaminated equipment or buying older formulations of dicamba that are cheaper but more prone to drift.

The company, together with BASF SE and DuPont, which also produce dicamba-based weed killers, has agreed to additional safeguards for product use, Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn said in a statement.

The dicamba problem is the latest regulatory woe for Monsanto after California last month announced it would list glyphosate as a probable carcinogen in the state.

***The dicamba problem is the latest regulatory woe for Monsanto after California last month announced it would list glyphosate as a probable carcinogen in the state.

“It’s not good for Monsanto – if anything, this is more likely to lead to lawsuits rather than additional sales,” Jonas Oxgaard, an analyst with asset management firm Bernstein, said regarding the dicamba launch woes.

Dicamba is key to Monsanto’s biggest-ever biotech seed launch, which occurred last year. Its Xtend line of soybeans and cotton are designed to tolerate the weed killer, which replaces earlier products that contained only glyphosate.

Some weeds have developed resistance to glyphosate, which Monsanto introduced in the 1970s. Crop seeds such as corn, soybeans and cotton are genetically modified to survive the pesticide while yield-sapping weeds die.

Dicamba has long been used to kill weeds before crops are planted, but its use has spiked this season across the United States after regulators last year approved it for crops that are already growing.

Monsanto sells a new dicamba formulation under the name Xtendimax. The company says that Xtendimax drifts less than older versions. BASF and DuPont also sell less drift-prone formulations.

New restrictions in Tennessee include allowing application only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to limit potential pesticide drift and banning use of older dicamba formulations.

“I’m confident that we can address this issue as we have in other cases to ensure the safe and effective use of these tools,” Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said in a statement.

In Monsanto’s home state of Missouri, state Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst commended the quick action to update guidelines on dicamba use, which are similar to those in Tennessee.

“The Special Local Need label is designed to provide additional protection for neighboring landowners and still allow the application of Dicamba to control weed problems,” he said in a statement.


Susan Rice was supposed to testify before Congress today but she has decided not to.


Oh, it’s a sad day for podcasters.

Soundcloud just announced that they might be shutting down in 50 days. This sucks, because a lot of podcasters host their podcast there.

Why is this happening? Well, because Soundcloud was never intended for podcast hosting.

It was built for musicians. It’s a platform designed to host song files. It was never intended to for hosting ongoing podcast series’.

What’s this mean for the podcasters who host their shows on Soundcloud?

Well, it meanbs that their going to have to find a better option. They’re going to have to update their rss feeds on itunes and every other podcast app they’re on. They’re gonna have to go through and change the urls on every single post on their websites. And they’re gonna lose a lot of listeners in the meantime.

This is really bad news for a lot of really great podcasts. But that’s what happens when you use the wrong tool for the job.

Anyways, here’s an article so you can check it out for yourself.

Let this serve as a warning. If you’re gonna do a podcast, host it on a service that’s meant for podcasts, like BlastPod.


Nathan Fraser

Managing Member and Director of Marketing

Podcast Blastoff, LLC.

Ok, this is creepy…..

Mobile control with facial gestures

Mobile devices play an increasingly important role in our lives; in some situations, though, they cannot be adequately managed and even accepting a call is a real challenge. In a study, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD in Rostock, Germany have evaluated which alternative control concepts are suitable to supplement the conventional use of mobile devices. EarFieldSensing (EarFS), the proprietary development that recognizes facial gestures via a special ear plug, has a lot of potential and offers further development possibilities besides its use on mobile devices.

Modern mobile devices are usually controlled by means of a touch screen. In everyday life, however, there are many situations in which this type of operation cannot be implemented. If you are wearing gloves or have your hands full with purchases, the use of smartphones, etc. is difficult, at best. Scientists from the Fraunhofer IGD are therefore looking for alternative concepts for managing mobile devices. Operation via language is an obvious choice. However, challenges such as environmental noise as well as social acceptance impose narrow limits on language-based operation. The Fraunhofer experts’ solution: operation via head and face gestures, such as winking, smiling or nodding.

EarFS measures a smile in a person’s ear

In the context of researching contactless operation for mobile scenarios, the Rostock researchers have evaluated various technologies with which the movements of a person’s head and face can be interpreted. In this process, great importance was placed on practical use in everyday life. For example, systems that read gestures using sensors directly on one’s face are very accurate and able to recognize a large number of gestures. They are so conspicuous and unpleasant to wear, though, that they are not suitable for daily use in public. Instead, systems are needed which are as inconspicuous as possible, such as EarFS, a proprietary development of the Fraunhofer IGD. This is a special ear plug that measures the muscular currents and distortions of the ear canal which occur during facial movements. The sensor detects even the smallest movements in the face through the way the shape of the ear canal changes and measures muscle currents that arise during the movement of the face or head.

“The challenge was that these currents and movements are sometimes very small and need to be intensified,” explains Denys Matthies, scientist at the Fraunhofer IGD. “In addition, the sensors cannot be interfered with by other movements of the body, such as vibrations during walking or external interferences. To solve this problem, an additional reference electrode was applied to the earlobe which records the signals coming from outside.” The signals detected inside the ear are matched with the signals coming from the outside — the remaining useful signal enables clear facial gesture identification, even if the person wearing the EarFS is in motion.

Numerous application and further development possibilities

EarFS not only allows microinteractions with a smartphone, such as accepting and rejecting phone calls or operating the music player. The evaluation of facial movements also allows conclusions about weariness, exertion and other emotional states of the user. As a result, smartphones could warn drivers when signs of weariness and fatigue are registered or could switch automatically to mute when drivers are concentrating attentively. The use of the technology is also imaginable in the medical field. For example, it could help people with locked-in syndrome to communicate more easily by allowing them to operate computers with facial movements. However, this is not the end of the potential for EarFS. “Differential amplification sensing, or, in other words, the amplification of muscle currents and ear canal distortions while simultaneously filtering out external signals, fills a gap in research,” says Matthies. “With the technology, we can also read activities at other parts of the body and separate them from external signals: this opens up further possibilities for us, including the complementary operation of machines in Industry 4.0.”

Humans hardwired to lean to the right while kissing the world over

If you lean in for a kiss on the left you may be in the minority. A new study from an international team of psychologists and neuroscientists suggest that humans are hardwired to favour leaning to the right while kissing romantic partners, which may have wider implications for neuroscience and cognitive sciences.

Building on previous work from Western countries, a new academic paper just published in the journal Scientific Reports, is the first to investigate an inherent bias for turning the head to one side while people kiss in a non-Western context, in Bangladesh, where romantic kissing is not typically observed in public. It is also the first study in the world to show that the kiss recipients have a tendency to match their partners’ head-leaning direction.

For the study, the researchers at the universities of Dhaka (Bangladesh), Bath and Bath Spa invited 48 married couples to kiss privately in their own homes, and after kissing they were asked to go to different rooms, open an envelope and then report on various aspects of the kiss independently of each partner.

Their results highlight a bias to turn heads to the right when kissing for both the initiator and the recipient of the kiss, and also that men were about 15 times more likely than women to initiate kissing. Over two-thirds of the kiss initiators and kiss recipients turned their heads to the right.

Handedness predicted head-leaning direction in the kiss initiators, but not in the kiss recipients. In addition, the kiss initiators’ head-leaning direction strongly predicted the kiss recipients’ head-leaning direction. This suggests that the kiss recipients have a tendency to match their partners’ head-leaning direction in order to avoid the discomfort of mirroring heads.

In fact, when mirroring each other’s head movements on request for a kiss, both the kiss initiators and the kiss recipients reported that they felt discomfort kissing in that way. This further suggests the underlying cognitive mechanisms of the act of kissing and head turning. Though this action tends to be performed intuitively, a decision must be made about the direction to which the partners should lean to kiss each other.

The setting for the study was significant as kissing in Bangladesh is a very private behaviour; something censored from television or films. So, whereas similar results from the Western countries could be attributed to cultural factors or having learnt how to kiss through influences on TV or film, the same cannot as easily be said for a non-Western country like Bangladesh.

Prior studies into this area have involved couples kissing in public places, such as airports, railway stations, beaches or parks.

It suggests that the act of kissing is determined by the brain splitting up tasks to its different hemispheres — similar to being either right or left-handed — specifically the functions in the left cerebral hemisphere, located in the emotion and decision-related areas of the brain.

The researchers suggest different hormone levels (such as testosterone) in each hemisphere and neurotransmitters might be unevenly distributed to each hemisphere (such as dopamine, involved in reward behaviours) as giving rise to a bias to turn right.

This may have implications if you are left handed and your partner is right-handed or vice versa. It is likely that as a kiss initiator you will alter your partner’s spontaneous head leaning to a comfortable direction or as a kiss recipient you will be affected in a similar manner by your partner’s head leaning direction.

There is a strong cultural bias against being left-handed in Bangladesh and many other non-Western societies, so it is not always clear whether one’s handedness matches his or her innate hand preference.

Lead author from the Department of Psychology at the University of Dhaka, Dr Rezaul Karim, explained: “Head turning is one of the earliest biases seen in development — even in the womb a preference for turning the head to the right is observable before that of favouring the right hand or foot. Whether this fundamental bias is innate and extends into adulthood is a lingering question for neuroscience and psychology.

“We as humans make lots of behaviours while interacting with others everyday, but almost all the time we are not aware of the biases we have in those behaviours, such as in turning the head to one side during lip kissing. Prior studies also poorly understood the phenomena as they ignored the role of kiss recipients or were unable to disentangle the impact of kiss initiators on the head turning direction in kiss recipients.

“This is the first study to show sex differences in the initiation of kissing, with males more likely being the initiator, and also that the kiss initiators’ head-turning direction tends to modulate the head-turning direction in the kiss recipients. Based on our prior theoretical work we are also able to make new hypotheses about the underlying neural basis for these behaviours. “

Dr Michael Proulx from the University of Bath Department of Psychology added: “This study is unique in giving us a look into a private behaviour in a private culture with implications for all people. Prior works could not rule out cultural learning due to having Western samples. It turns out, we as humans are similar even if our social values differ.”

Dr Alexandra de Sousa, a neuroanthropologist at Bath Spa University explained: “Until now the research has focused on W.E.I.R.D. (Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic) countries, so this study adds valid support.

“This study lends ecological and population validity to our knowledge about lateralised human behaviour.”

It is hoped these findings will feed into further studies focused on neurophysiological mechanisms of such lateralised behaviours.

Confirmed: Sweating Removes Deadly Chemicals From The Body

A promising new study confirms that the simple act of sweating may go a long way in removing dangerous industrial chemicals from our bodies.

In a day and age where chemical and radiation exposures from industrial pollution are ubiquitous and virtually unavoidable, it behooves us all to find ways to minimize exposure to them as well as to reduce their complex toxicities.

But how do we begin the process of detoxifying vis-a-vis exposure to tens of thousands of novel new synthetic compounds that have been introduced into the environment over the past century, and by virtue of that fact, have been accumulating in our bodies since we’ve been in the womb?

Just so the reader gets a sense for the true magnitude of the problem, I will refer back to an article I wrote in 2012 entitled, “Crude Awakening: Mineral Oil Contaminates Everyone’s Bodies,” wherein I reported on how petroleum-derived ingredients in cosmetics and even foods are accumulating in our bodies and causing profound adverse health issues:

One autopsy study performed in 1985, revealed that 48% of the livers and 46% of the spleens of the 465 autopsies analyzed showed signs of mineral-oil induced lipogranuloma (a nodule of necrotic, fatty tissue associated with granulomatous inflammation or a foreign-body reaction around a deposit of an oily substance), indicating just how widespread pathological tissue changes associated with exposure really are.”

In the United States, the FDA has approved mineral for use in cosmetic products, as well as a food additive up to 10 mg/kg a day. For a 150 lb adult (68.03 kilograms) this is the equivalent of 680 milligrams a day, or 248 grams (over half a pound!) a year.

And that’s just petroleum. Add in pesticides, radionuclides, and heavy metals, and the hundreds of other chemicals we are exposed to in our daily life, and one begins to sense how overwhelming things have become.

The good news is that one of the body’s most ancient regulatory systems, namely, perspiration, is increasingly being clinically confirmed to provide more than just a thermoregulatory role, but as a powerful detoxification mechanism well.

For instance, in a previous article titled, “Research Confirms Sweating Detoxifies Dangerous Metals, Petrochemicals,” I reported on the ability of induced sweating to remove heavy metals, bisphenol A, and phthalates. Guest contributor, Deanna Minich, Ph.D., also covered the topic in her article 4 Reasons to Break a Sweat. Now, a new study indicates we can add another particularly nasty category of chemicals to the list of substances that the body can remove directly through sweating.

Sweating Removes Highly Toxic Flame Retardants From The Body

The new Canadian study on the topic entitled, “Human Excretion of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether Flame Retardants: Blood, Urine, and Sweat Study,” and published in Biomedical Research International, reveals that induced sweating helps the body remove the man-made group of flame retardant chemicals known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).

Here’s some more background on PBDEs:

Used since the early 1960s as flame retardants, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) were first identified as global contaminants in 1987 [1]; they were found in human adipose tissue in 1990; and in 1995 the United States Environmental Protection Agency classified deca-BDEs, a commercial mixture of PBDE congeners, as possible human carcinogens. Since that time, PBDEs have been increasingly recognized as having serious health implications for humans, particularly for children [2–6]. Comprised of a family of 209 congeners, these persistent organic pollutants [7] have been used in a wide range of everyday consumer products including polyurethane foam, textiles, plastics, electrical equipment, computers, and construction materials. Because they are not fixed in polymer matrices, PBDEs can leak over time into the surrounding environment and be dispersed [6, 8, 9]. Consequently, these lipophilic [10–13] and bioaccumulating [10, 14–16] pollutants have been routinely detected in air, soil, sewage sludge, fish, wildlife, and humans [10, 12, 17–26].”

While PBDEs have been banned in a number of jurisdictions, including the European Union, they are still relatively unregulated in the United States. According to the new paper, these are the primary ways in which we are exposed to them:

Indoor Air and Dust.

Diet (particularly from meat)

Breast Milk and Fetal Exposure

The study also identified three well known mechanisms of harm:

Hormone dysregulation (e.g. thyroid disorders)

Cellular disruption (e.g. DNA damage)

Neurotoxicity (e.g. associated with plaque formation in the brain)

The study design was as follows:

“Nine males and 11 females with mean ages 44.5 ± 14.4 years and 45.6 ± 10.3 years, respectively, were recruited to participate in the study. Each participant provided informed consent and voluntarily gave one 200 mL sample of blood, one sample of first morning urine, and one 100 mL sample of sweat.”

They focused on investigating the elimination of five common PBDE congeners (28, 47, 99, 100, and 153) in three body fluids: blood, urine, and perspiration.

The results of the study were reported as follows:

“PBDE congeners were not found in urine samples; findings focus on blood and perspiration. 80% of participants tested positive in one or more body fluids for PBDE 28, 100% for PBDE 47, 95% for PBDE 99, and 90% for PBDE 100 and PBDE 153. Induced perspiration facilitated excretion of the five congeners, with different rates of excretion for different congeners.”

It is noteworthy that urine samples came up clean. This indicates that blood and sweat are far more accurate biomarkers for PBDE exposure.

The researchers concluded:

[G]iven the relative absence of studies exploring PBDE elimination or clinical detoxification in humans, as well as the scientific consensus about the negative impact of PBDEs on human health, this study provides important baseline evidence suggesting that regular sessions of induced perspiration may facilitate the therapeutic elimination of PBDEs.”

This study adds further support to the indispensable health value of sweating in modern life. While the most obvious way to sweat via intense exertion isn’t always convenient or available, given disabilities or lifestyle commitments that preclude it, you could use a sauna, or infrared blanket to copiously induce perspiration. Also, there are diaphoretic (sweat inducing) herbs such as ginger that carry an excellent safety profile, and have other side benefits (take a look at our Ginger database for more information on the topic). Ginger won’t induce sweating alone but will work wonderfully in combination with exercise.

Space sound waves around Earth: Electrons whistle while they work?

Space is not empty, nor is it silent. While technically a vacuum, space nonetheless contains energetic charged particles, governed by magnetic and electric fields, and it behaves unlike anything we experience on Earth. In regions laced with magnetic fields, such as the space environment surrounding our planet, particles are continually tossed to and fro by the motion of various electromagnetic waves known as plasma waves. These plasma waves, like the roaring ocean surf, create a rhythmic cacophony that — with the right tools — we can hear across space.

Just as waves roll across the ocean or storm fronts move through the atmosphere, disturbances in space, can cause waves. These waves occur as fluctuating electric and magnetic fields plow through clumps of ions and electrons that compose the plasma, pushing some to accelerated speeds. This interaction controls the balance of highly energetic particles injected and lost from in the near-Earth environment.

One type of plasma wave fundamental to shaping our near-Earth environment are whistler-mode waves. These waves create distinct sounds dependent on the plasma they travel through. For example, the region tight around Earth, called the plasmasphere, is relatively dense with cold plasma. Waves traveling inside this region sound much different than those outside. While different whistler-mode waves sing different sounds, they all move in the same way, with the same electromagnetic properties.

When lighting strikes the ground, the electrical discharge can also trigger whistler-mode plasma waves. Some of the waves escape beyond the atmosphere to bounce like bumper cars along Earth’s magnetic field lines between the north and south poles. Since the lightning creates a range of frequencies, and since higher frequencies travel faster, the wave howls a falling pitch, giving the wave its name — a whistler.

Out beyond the plasmasphere, where the plasma is tenuous and relatively warm, whistler-mode waves create primarily rising chirps, like a flock of noisy birds. This type of wave is called chorus and is created when electrons are pushed towards the night side of Earth — which in some cases, may be caused by magnetic reconnection, a dynamic explosion of tangled magnetic field lines on the dark side of Earth. When these low energy electrons hit the plasma, they interact with particles in the plasma, imparting their energy and creating a unique rising tone.

Whistler-mode waves traveling inside the plasmasphere are called plasmaspheric hiss and sound a lot like radio station static. Some scientists think hiss is also caused by lightning strikes, but others think it could be caused by chorus waves that have leaked inside the plasmasphere. Both chorus and hiss waves are key shapers of the near-Earth environment including the Van Allen radiation belts, doughnut-shaped rings of high-energy particles encircling the planet.

NASA scientists, with the help of the Van Allen Probes mission, are working to understand the dynamics of plasma waves to improve predictions of space weather, which can have damaging effects on satellites and telecommunications signals. As a part of their observations, the scientists have recorded these eerie sounds made by different plasma waves in the particle symphony surrounding Earth.

NASA’s two Van Allen Probe spacecraft use an instrument called EMFISIS, short for Electric and Magnetic Field Instrument Suite and Integrated Science, to measure electric and magnetic waves as they circle Earth. As the spacecraft encounter a wave, sensors record the changes in the frequency of the electric and magnetic fields. The scientists shift the frequencies to the audible range so that we can listen to the sounds of space.

By understanding how waves and particles interact, scientists can learn how electrons are accelerated and lost from the radiation belts and help protect our satellites and telecommunications in space.

Don Wiskin of


I use it and when I slack off, I feel it quickly. I have learned to keep taking it. EVERDAY 3 times a day.

Cholesterol: Key player at the lung surface

Cholesterol, a naturally occurring compound at the lung surface, has been shown to have a clear effect on the properties of this nanoscale film that covers the inside of our lungs. Cholesterol levels in this system may affect the lung’s function, according to researchers at Lund University in Sweden who have published a new study on the significance of cholesterol for lung surface properties. The new findings provide new insights into this vital physiological system.

The zone in the lung where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place between the body and the air we inhale are called the alveoli. Now, in a joint study, researchers in chemistry and medicine at Lund University have more closely examined the thin film of proteins and fats that stabilises and protects the alveoli.

This film, known as surfactant, also affects the transport of various molecules between the air and the body’s blood vessels.

“Our study addresses the effect of cholesterol on the surface of the alveoli. We have obtained astonishingly clear results,” says Emma Sparr, professor of chemistry at Lund University.

Cholesterol constitutes a natural ingredient in the thin surfactant that covers the inside of our lungs, but it is almost completely absent from the clinical preparations used in healthcare to treat premature babies.

“In very premature babies, the film on the surface of the alveoli has not had time to develop completely. Although we administer surfactant drugs, usually extracted from pig’s lungs, to good effect in the acute phase, we still see pronounced long-term damage to the lungs of these extreme premature babies,” says Marcus Larsson, a physician and researcher at Lund University’s Faculty of Medicine.

In the current study, the researchers used advanced NMR technology, or nuclear magnetic resonance, to map how cholesterol affects the molecular structure of the thin film in the alveoli. The method enabled the researchers to extract completely new molecular information and to compare the appearance of the structure with and without cholesterol.

“This difference in the molecular structure of the film could be very significant to its function; both the transport of substances and the mechanical properties could be influenced by this,” says Emma Sparr.

She now hopes that the research study will contribute to elucidating the significance of cholesterol for the surface of the alveoli and that resulting knowledge about this bodily surface layer can support the development of new clinical methods.

“The effect of cholesterol on the surface of the alveoli is very clear and could eventually be included in the clinical preparations, which makes good sense as our own bodily surfactant contains this substance in quite significant levels,” says Marcus Larsson.