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Nov 18 12:06

How Satellites Are Tracking Devastation of California Wildfires from Space

The late-season Camp wildfire is still raging across Northern California, but firefighters are gradually corralling the Woolsey Fire, which has burned swaths of Southern California.

That means that the work of satellites monitoring the fires is shifting. While images of the Camp Fire are still being used to track the blaze itself, scientists are now focusing their satellite analysis on measuring the destruction left behind.

Nov 18 11:41

Is the solution to antibiotic resistance in SEWAGE? Bacteria-eating viruses have cured over a dozen Americans of superbugs - but the FDA has long dismissed it as 'Soviet pseudoscience'

Bacteriophages, or phages, are unique viruses that don’t harm humans but - as their name literally means - they are ‘bacteria eaters.’

But they are picky eaters. Each phage specifically targets a single kind of bacterium, so these treatments are tailored to each infection and only useful (for now) in narrow instances.

Critics say that phage therapy is still less effective than regular antibiotics and that the viruses so quickly leave the system that they would only be minimally effective.

But a pioneering program at the University of California, San Diego, is using phages to treat people with no other hopes left – and it’s working.

Nov 18 09:48

A common additive in food and drinks found to raise your blood pressure

If people can have too much of a good thing, imagine the dangers that come from of having too much of a bad thing. That’s exactly what researchers from the University of Basel found in their recent study, which appeared in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. In their study, they found that consuming too much phosphate, a common additive in food and drinks, can cause a person’s blood pressure and pulse rate to shoot up.

Phosphate occurs in nature, where it is found in meat, fish, nuts, and beans. However, in its synthetic form, it’s used as a preservative. It’s added to meat products to keep from spoiling, prevent coffee from clumping, and make cheese more spreadable. It’s this increased consumption, the authors said, that could be harmful to a person’s health.

Nov 17 12:23

The 2018 Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend! Here's What to Expect

Come early Sunday morning (Nov. 18), the famous Leonid meteor shower will reach its peak, with lesser numbers expected on the preceding and following mornings.

According to Margaret Campbell-Brown and Peter Brown in the 2018 Observer's Handbook of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Earth will pass through the thickest part of the Leonid swarm at 7 p.m. EST (2300 GMT) on Nov. 17. But the best time to look will be during the after-midnight hours of Sunday morning, once the source the meteors appear to stream from, called the radiant, comes above the horizon for observers in North America. The meteors appear to fly away from a point located within the Sickle of Leo (hence the name "Leonids").

Nov 17 12:23

Antares Rocket Launches NASA Cargo to Space Station in Dazzling Predawn Liftoff

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket lit up the predawn sky over Virginia Saturday (Nov. 17) to launch a privately built Cygnus spaceship filled with NASA supplies (and even some ice cream) to the International Space Station.
The Antares rocket soared into the clear, chilly skies over Virginia's Eastern Shore carrying an uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft filled with tons of science experiments, food and other vital supplies for the space station's crew. Liftoff occurred at 4:01 a.m. EST (0901 GMT) from Pad-0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport here at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility after two days of delay due to bad weather.

"What an outstanding launch," said Joel Montalbano, NASA's deputy station program manager, after the dazzling liftoff. Cygnus is now on track for an arrival at the station on Monday (Nov. 19), he added.

Nov 17 10:53

‘It robs your life’: Hospital mistakenly removes woman’s 2 healthy kidneys

A Colorado hospital is accused of mistakingly removing the kidneys of a woman who turned out to be perfectly healthy. She is now dependant on dialysis and faces a seven-year wait for a transplant.

Doctors at the University of Colorado Hospital told Linda Woolley she had to get her kidneys removed because pathology tests suggested she likely had kidney cancer. The 72-year-old had the operation in May.

However, a biopsy from March seen by KDVR shows “no evidence of malignancy” and says the results are “consistent with a benign process,” KDVR reports.

Nov 17 10:28

SURGICAL ROBOT "SPIRALS OUT OF CONTROL", KILLS MAN AS DOCS SIPPED LATTES

In the name of scientific “progress,” Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in the United Kingdom recently tried to pioneer the use of a surgical robot that it tasked with repairing a patient’s damaged heart valve, only to have the machine go completely bonkers and ultimately kill the man on the operating table.

According to reports, this first-time-use robot not only physically assaulted a living medic while attempting to conduct its programmed surgery, but also implanted stitches into the patient’s heart in a manner that physicians present during the fiasco described as not being in “an organised fashion.”

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Watch for this hospital, all who attended this surgery, and the company which manufactured the robot, to be sued out of existence.

Nov 17 07:32

Keytruda may be a miracle cancer drug, but can those who need it afford it?

Keytruda (generic name pembrolizumab) is an immunotherapy drug manufactured by the company Merck & Co. It is most commonly used to treat melanoma, and was listed for this use by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration in April 2015.

Nov 16 19:31

Grapefruit juice and statins can cause liver damage, while St John’s Wort can make the contraceptive pill ineffective: Expert reveals six surprising drug interactions

Not only can drugs interact with each other, they can also interact with food and drink, as well as popular herbal remedies.

In a piece for The Conversation, Philip Crilly reveals some of the most noteworthy to give you an overview of the combinations to be wary of.

Nov 16 11:34

Voyager 2 Creeps Closer to the Edge of the Solar System

And at the beginning of November, the team noticed a sharp decline in the number of particles encountered — but not all the way down to nearly zero, where it will remain after it leaves our neighborhood. That means that the spacecraft still has a ways to go before scientists can finally declare it free of its home solar system.

The new data adds to the first warning of Voyager 2's impending departure, which came from the probe's High Energy Telescope, which measures high-energy particles. Those particles become more prevalent as a spacecraft leaves the solar system.

The spike in energetic particles is a signature of the probe gradually losing the protection of a bubble around our sun called the heliopause. That bubble is formed by the solar wind, a constant stream of charged particles that is born in the sun, quickly accelerates in the star's atmosphere and then sets off across the entire solar system.

Nov 15 16:53

Man discovers he does NOT have cancer after misdiagnosis led to five years of chemotherapy and biopsies

James Salaz, of Montrose, Colorado, was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) in 2012 after 'abnormalities' were found in his left lung

LCH is a rare form of cancer in which an excess of immature white blood cells cause tumors to form throughout the body

Salaz was on chemotherapy and painkillers for five years, but the 'abnormalities' were not disappearing

After his primary doctor was dismissed in 2017, Salaz found another doctor who told him he never had cancer

Salaz was actually suffering from vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels

The chemotherapy he was on has also given him pancreatitis he will have to live with for the rest of his life

Nov 15 16:44

Government Study Finds ‘Clear Evidence’ for Heart Tumors From Cellphone Radiation

Cellphones were classified as a Group 2B “possible carcinogen”1 in 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization and the global gold standard for the classification of toxins.

Nov 15 10:42

NOVEMBER SNOW IN TEXAS? EXPERTS WARN DECREASED SOLAR ACTIVITY WILL SHATTER ALL GLOBAL CLIMATE MODELS

Our sun has been behaving very strangely, and this unusual behavior is really starting to affect our weather patterns. There have been virtually no sunspots in 2018 as solar activity has dropped to alarmingly low levels. As a result, our atmosphere has been cooling and shrinking, and experts are warning that we are heading for a bitterly, bitterly cold winter. And even though the official start of winter is well over a month away, winter weather is already sweeping the nation. As you will see below, a giant winter storm is about to slam into the east coast, but what is happening in Texas is even more unnerving. On Wednesday morning, the temperature in San Antonio plummeted to just 23 degrees, and that absolutely shattered the old record…

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..So much for "global warming" and the Goricle!!

Nov 15 10:03

Spain announces outlawed alternative medicine 

The Spanish government declared war on alternative medicine like acupuncture or homeopathy Wednesday, announcing it plans to eliminate from health centers what it considers a health risk.

The plan, unveiled by the science and health ministers, aims to avoid the "potential harmful effects" of these practices "when they are used as an alternative or a complement to treatment" which itself is based on "proof and scientific rigor," the government said in a statement.

It did not detail what it included as alternative medicine, but gave the examples of acupuncture and homeopathy.

Nov 15 09:53

Maintaining optimal vitamin D levels is key to preventing cancer

A study published in the Annals of Epidemiology concluded that raising the minimum serum levels of vitamin D to 40 to 60 ng/mL could prevent as many as 58,000 new breast cancer cases and 49,000 new colorectal cancer cases in the U.S. and Canada each year, in addition to preventing three fourths of the deaths caused by these cancers. They also say such an intake could decrease the case-fatality rates of those with prostate, breast and colorectal cancer by half.

The study’s authors emphasize that there aren’t any “unreasonable risks” from taking as much as 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day or achieving the levels recommended, and they called for a national effort to raise people’s intake of vitamin D as well as calcium.

Nov 15 09:50

A Fukushima waiting to happen? Huge stockpile of nuclear waste on California fault line threatens US

Millions of pounds of toxic waste are being buried under the site of a privately owned former nuclear power plant in California. The only problem? Experts warn that it sits on a major fault line — and in a tsunami zone.

Nov 15 09:46

FLASHBACK - Gates and Obama Share a Dark Secret

In 2014 there was the western Africa Ebola hoax where US President Barack Obama, the first black man to be President, announced his “War on Ebola” in September last year, ordering 3,000 US military troops to the region, though reportedly none had experience in public health and no one had produced rigorous laboratory proof of a single person dying from something called Ebola virus. Liberia was among the poorest and most war-torn regions in the world.

Wars over blood diamonds and colonial genocidal tribal wars have left a devastated, mal-nourished population in its wake. Was Ebola simply a panic-maker? Further investigation uncovered the Pentagon was developing an Ebola vaccine with Monsanto and suspicion was that the 3,000 US troops were sent to force the population to become human guinea pigs for the untested substances.

Nov 15 09:18

Did a Military Experimental Vaccine in 1918 Kill 50-100 Million People Blamed as “Spanish Flu”?

The “Spanish Flu” killed an estimated 50-100 million people during a pandemic 1918-19. What if the story we have been told about this pandemic isn’t true?

What if, instead, the killer infection was neither the flu nor Spanish in origin?

Newly analyzed documents reveal that the “Spanish Flu” may have been a military vaccine experiment gone awry.

In looking back on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we need to delve deeper to solve this mystery.

Nov 14 18:44

Propaganda Machine of $4.3 Billion Influenza Vaccine Industry Is in Full Swing

In the decade between 2005 and 2015, the influenza vaccine was less than 50 percent effective more than half the time.

Nov 14 16:13

Russia plans outlandish 'interstellar missions': Nuclear-powered spacecraft taking astronauts beyond Mars is proposed by its space agency Roscosmos

A research centre in the country made the bizarre claim and said it is building the rocket, which would be capable of reaching Mars in just seven months.

The alleged spacecraft is said to be able to launch only 48 hours after landing and scientists have allegedly been working on the novel system since 2009.

Roscosmos claims to have created a gas-cooled fission reactor which powers a plasma thruster in order to propel the rocket.

While the technology is possible, many will be sceptical over the secretive state's claims - particularly given the safety risks posed by a nuclear rocket.

Nov 14 16:05

Reaching for the stars: China creates nuke-powered fake sun that burns hotter than the real deal

Chinese researchers pushing to find a major clean energy source have created an incredible artificial sun that can reach temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius – a heat so intense it makes the real sun seem merely lukewarm.

The earth-based solar simulator has reached mind-bending temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius, the research team announced Tuesday. Now, that’s hot. For comparison, the real sun’s core is about 15 million degrees Celsius.

The Institute of Plasma Physics, affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said it has been testing an “artificial sun,” known as the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST). The sci-fi-sounding contraption has been designed to replicate the way in which the star at the center of our solar system generates its colossal energy.

Nov 14 13:47

Norway Becomes World’s First Country to Ban Deforestation

Deforestation is estimated to contribute around 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Nov 14 13:46

85% of Tampons Contain Monsanto’s ‘Cancer Causing’ Glyphosate

The feminine care industry sells products containing unregulated and potentially harmful chemicals, and now studies show there is glyphosate in tampons!

Nov 14 11:45

SoCal Fire May Have Ejected "Incredibly Dangerous" Radioactive Particles Into The Atmosphere

he 95,000 acre Woolsey fire which has coated Southern California with an apocalyptic orange glow may have released a toxic stew of radioactive particles and toxic chemicals into the air, after scorching the land on closed-down government weapons testing facility in Simi Hills known to be heavily contaminated from decades of experiments.

Commencing operation in 1947 for Rockwell's Rocketdyne Division, a government contractor for the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) has a checkered safety record, to put it lightly. In addition to several nuclear accidents - including the worst nuclear meltdown in US history, toxic materials have accumulated on-site from years of dumping, just miles from thousands of residents.

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just like Fukushima, which was initially characterized as "not a danger to civilians living close to it.

These California officials understand that when the truth comes out, after a number of people get cancer due to exposure to these materials, there will be waves and waves of class-action lawsuits against the State, and the utility company which allowed faulty power lines not to be repaired.

Nov 14 10:58

Female prisoners in England left to give birth without midwife, report reveals

Births in cells are thought to be rare, although nobody knows exactly how many occur or even how many prisoners are pregnant because neither the Ministry of Justice nor the NHS collects the data. But the lack of direct access, even on the phone, to a midwife for a women who thinks she is in labour makes it a risk. Prison nursing staff are not often trained to know when a woman is in labour, nor to cope with emergency deliveries if they cannot get the woman to hospital in time.

“This is an area that we have become increasingly concerned about,” said Naomi Delap, director of the charity Birth Companions, which has been supporting women in prison for over 21 years. Last year they wrote to the prison service expressing concern for the safety of women and babies, asking for urgent measures to be put in place. “We had started to hear a number of stories from different places about women giving birth in prison.”

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This is just bloody medieval, not to mention cruel and unusual punishment.

Of course, US prisons with pregnant inmates are not much better; women are made to give birth in chains, "so they won't escape."

As late as two months ago, a law was proposed in the US, insuring that no women prisoners would have to give birth in chains: New Bill Would Ensure No Woman Forced to give birth in chains

The article goes on to state:

"Fortunately, there is now a bipartisan effort in Congress to begin eliminating dangerous and degrading practices for pregnant women. The Pregnant Women in Custody Act (PWCA) places strict limits on the use of shackles and solitary confinement on pregnant women in federal prison and in the custody of the United States Marshals Service. It also sets forth basic standards for pregnancy care.

Importantly, the bill mandates that the federal government start collecting data on incarcerated women who are pregnant. Because, unbelievably, in a country that lionizes the power of big data for criminal justice, we don’t even know the number of pregnant women in our prisons and jails."

Nov 14 08:28

The Role of Poultry Viruses in Human Cancers

The incidence of cancers has been rising for the last half century, and the question is why? Up to 20 percent of all cancers are caused by infectious agents, chiefly viruses. We’ve known this was possible for a century, when a cancer-causing virus was discovered in chickens. The idea was considered such heresy that Dr. Peyton Rous, the man who made this landmark discovery, wouldn’t get his Nobel Prize until 55 years later.

Nov 13 18:07

One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four — How About GMO Potatoes No More

By Catherine J. Frompovich

What’s the main selling point of the GMO potato? Its flesh stays white and doesn’t oxidize when cut. It doesn’t turn green, brown or black when exposed to air or light, or when it’s bruised or diseased. The genetically engineered trait, which prevents the potato’s natural discoloration was achieved by silencing the potato’s melanin gene...

Nov 13 17:14

Call for UK ban on 'grotesquely sugary' freakshakes

Freakshakes are milkshakes that also contain chocolates, sweets, cake, cream and sauce.

The Toby Carvery Unicorn Freakshake came top of the survey with 39 teaspoons of sugar or 1,280 calories.

That is more than half the daily recommended amount of calories for an adult and over six times the amount of sugar recommended for seven to 10-year-olds.

In terms of sugar, it is the equivalent of drinking more than five cans of cola.

Nov 13 12:27

Parents accuse CDC of not reporting children's deaths from polio-like AFM

Parents of children who had a horrifying polio-like illness are accusing the Centers for Disease Control of hiding the deaths of two children who suffered from the condition.

The parents say by not publicly acknowledging the two deaths, the agency is intentionally downplaying the severity of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a disease that paralyzes healthy children in a matter of hours.
"I feel like they're just sugar-coating this," said Katie Bustamante, whose son Alex, age 6, died in May. "It eliminates my trust in the CDC."

Nov 13 10:23

Are you getting enough vitamin D? Low levels linked to compromised immune function

Studies show that low levels of vitamin D cause compromised immune system function. A person who is deficient in vitamin D has a weak T-cell response during any infection. If protecting children and the community is so important, why aren’t vitamin D levels as important to individual and herd immunity as vaccination requirements are?

Nov 13 10:22

Sucralose EXPOSED – Artificial sweetener proven in studies to generate cancerous tumors and fuel obesity

If you read the slogan on a package of Splenda, it tells you that its main ingredient, sucralose, is “made from sugar” and “tastes like sugar,” but make no mistake, it is concocted in a laboratory and does not grow in nature, as they would have us all believe. Sucralose is a synthetic compound manufactured through a chemical process. In other words, if it was sugar at one time, it’s not anymore. Do you consume Equal or NutraSweet? Research reveals that animals consuming sucralose have a “significant dose-related increased incidence” of “bearing malignant cancer tumors.” Is that because at least 15 percent of the chemicals in sucralose are absorbed by the body? You may not be a lab rat, but don’t forget, humans are animals too, with very similar DNA.

Nov 13 10:20

DRUG ALERT Common painkiller taken by millions ‘increases risk of heart attack and stroke by 50%’

A COMMON painkiller prescribed to millions of people could increase the risk of heart attack or stroke by 50 per cent, experts have warned.

Diclofenac - marketed under the brand name Voltarol or Voltaren in the US - can cause heart failure and irregular heartbeats, new findings show.

Nov 13 08:35

‘Completely safe’: Monsanto owner Bayer hit by new wave of lawsuits over Roundup weed killer

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer disclosed that lawsuits from 9,300 plaintiffs were pending at the end of October. The lawsuits allege that the company’s recently acquired weed-killing product causes cancer.

Plaintiffs claim that Roundup weed killers, which Bayer acquired in its takeover of US agrochemical firm Monsanto, made them ill and that the company knew or should have known of the risks but failed to warn adequately.

Bayer rejected all the accusations, claiming there are hundreds of scientific studies and regulatory authorities that show glyphosate, the compound contained in the weed killers, is safe to use.

Nov 13 07:12

Ann Coulter Compares Bullets To Gummy Bears, Gets Dragged By Doctors (23 Pics)

As the USA experienced the 307th mass shooting in 311 days on November 7th, 2018, in Thousand Oaks the gun-control debate returned to the headlines. This time, the National Rifle Association (NRA) played a major role in them, too. And it has a lot to do with a tweet the organization released just hours before the tragedy in California.
“Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane,” the NRA wrote. “Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.”

Nov 12 19:07

Did interbreeding wipe out the Neanderthals? Scientists say extinct species mated with humans – and were NOT killed off by them

Genetic analysis of the fossilised remains of three species of human - the Neanderthals, early humans and modern humans - suggests interbreeding was the true cause of their demise.

'It means they were incorporated, which is why we see so many of their genes living on in modern Europeans, Svante Paabo, professor of evolutionary genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, told The Sunday Times.

Nov 12 13:51

Outbreak: VERY HIGH Risk Ebola Will Spread To Uganda

The Ebola outbreak currently ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo is seeing no end in sight. Not only has containment been made all but impossible by the violence in the area of the outbreak, but there is now very high chance that the infection will make its way across the border into Uganda.

The Ebola virus is particularly known for its containment difficulties. Because the virus, which kills about half of those it infects and gets passed on through body fluids, has a long incubation period, healthy-looking people can spread the deadly disease for weeks before any symptoms actually appear.

Last week, Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggested an alarming possibility: The current Ebola epidemic could be beyond control, he said. Redfield added that the outbreak may also and for the first time since the deadly virus was first identified in 1976, become persistently entrenched in the population.

Nov 12 12:25

No One Has Ever Crossed Antarctica Unsupported. Two Men Are Trying Right Now.

A weather window opened on Halloween morning, the typical stiff winds and polar fog relenting, and the flight to Antarctica was cleared for takeoff.

For nearly a week, Colin O’Brady, a 33-year-old American adventure athlete, and British Army Captain Louis Rudd, 49, had been waiting in Punta Arenas, Chile, on the Strait of Magellan, near the shattered end of the South American continent.

In separate buildings blocks away from one another, they had been immersed in similar tasks: weighing and re-bagging their freeze-dried provisions and sorting through polar-grade gear.

Their stashes included sleeping bags good for conditions up to minus 40 Fahrenheit, portable solar panels, cross-country skis, hand-held satellite phones and modems, and a GPS tracker programmed with way points to lead them step by frozen step across the highest, driest and by far the coldest continent on earth.

Nov 12 10:02

RFK Jr. wins case against U.S. government for vaccine safety violations

Del Bigtree, founder of Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), teamed up with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to take on the U.S. government by filing suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for vaccine safety violations — and they won. This is big news for all concerned with the topic of vaccine safety. It turns out the federal agency has been neglecting their vaccine safety obligations for over 30 years. The lawsuit brought by RFK Jr. is evidence that “vaccine safety” as we know it is nothing more than a sham.

Nov 12 08:36

Self-induced DISASTER: California fires the direct result of shortsighted environmentalist policies that prohibit forest management

Years ago, the California government began interfering with local efforts to bulldoze the deadwood out of forests as part of a forest management plan to reduce fire risk. This was all done, of course, under the banner of “environmentalism,” usually with emotional pleas to “save the wildlife” by leaving all the forests alone.

Year after year, the deadwood built up. It was only a matter of time, of course, before a fire would be ignited by lightning (Mother Nature’s natural fire starter). Fueled by the tremendous underbrush that was no longer being cleaned out of the forests, the fires erupted with catastrophic ferocity.

“Extreme environmentalists have shut down public access. They talk about habitat, and yet they are willing to burn it up,” warned Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in an interview with KCRA. “This has nothing to do with climate change. This has to do with active forest management,” he said.

Nov 11 19:30

Billionaire Yuri Milner working with NASA on private mission to hunt for alien life on Saturn's moon Enceladus

Russian-Israeli billionaire Yuri Milner is planning the first private mission to deep space - and NASA is helping him.

Milner hopes to for life on Saturn's moon Enceladus, which many experts believe is the most likely place in the universe to contain alien life.

According to New Scientist, 'agreements signed by NASA and Milner's non-profit Breakthrough Starshot Foundation in September show that the organisations are working on scientific, technical and financial plans for the ambitious mission.'

Nov 11 16:58

Is The Global Temperature Record Credible?

Shows how we went from a new ice age to overheating since 1970.

"In this video I make a detailed examination of the quality of the global temperature record, which all of climate science is dependent on. It is a long video, with lots of important historical information."

Nov 11 16:53

How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change | Allan Savory

This is amazingly good news.

Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

Nov 11 09:12

Profiteers of Misery: Parents slam health fat cats in UK and US who are raking in as much as £730,000 annually for every autistic child they ‘lock up’ in secretive secure psychiatric units

A cluster of ‘fat cat’ private operators is creaming off hundreds of millions of pounds from the NHS after muscling in on the cruel but lucrative trade in locking up people with autism and learning disabilities.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that seven providers are charging taxpayers up to £730,000 a year for each patient held in controversial and secretive secure psychiatric units.

There are 2,375 people with autism and learning disabilities held in assessment and treatment units (ATUs) at a cost of about half a billion pounds a year, with scores more held in other secure units. One man alone is thought to have cost taxpayers more than £10 million after being held against his family’s wishes for more than 17 years.

Nov 10 10:46

Evacuees are turned away from overflowing shelters as more than 300,000 residents are told to leave their homes and unrelenting flames reduce entire California communities into ashes and nine are confirmed dead

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Evacuees are reportedly being turned away from overflowing shelters in Southern California as three wildfires continue to ravage the state, forcing some 300,000 panicked residents to flee their homes.

Communities across Ventura and Los Angeles counties including the city of Malibu, Calabasas and the Topanga Canyon area were placed under evacuation orders on Friday as the Woolsey and Hill fires razed countless buildings and homes to the ground.

More than 600 members of law enforcement canvassed the area through Friday night, pounding on doors to tell a quarter of a million residents to leave their homes as the fires closed in, covering more nearly 75,000 acres as of Saturday morning.

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I am crying, as I type this.

This isn't just a "bad fire"; this is an absolute catastrophe from which there is no escape for the people affected.

Nov 10 10:17

SoCal Fire Sends Thousands Fleeing; 101 Closed; Zero Containment

Update: The situation in Southern California has gone from bad to worse, as residents have been ordered to evacuate after the Woolsey Fire jumped over the 101 freeway, which is now closed in both directions for approximately four miles. The Pacific Coast Highway is also closed northbound at Topanga Canyon and southbound at Leo Carrillo State Beach.

A red flag warning will remain in effect until Tuesday.

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I would ask anyone who is so inclined, to pray for the people who are affected, and do some skull-sweat on potential contributions to charities working hard to take care of those people, and doing it well.

Nov 10 09:32

Sex addiction is more common than previously thought: One in 10 men and one in 12 women are hooked, study shows

Some 10 percent of men and seven percent of women struggle to control sexual thoughts and urges, a new study reveals.
A healthy sex life has been shown to have benefits for health and happiness, but when sex becomes a compulsion it can interfere with every day functioning and cause distress to those who must constantly fight urges.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that the number of Americans struggling with difficult-to-control sexual desires may be increasing.

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