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Jan 05 12:05

These chefs are transforming Hawaii's food scene

The casual visitor to Hawaii may be surprised to learn that a number of French chefs have been reimagining the islands' cuisine by incorporating a variety of ingredients and culinary techniques that are traditionally associated with France.

This blending of distinct cooking styles has resulted in the creation of some delectable specialties that speak "aloha" with a French accent, ranging from fresh seafood dishes to inventive and delectable pastries.

Jan 05 11:24

Apollo Spacesuits Survive Today — in the Roofs Over Your Head

Enter Bird, formerly an engineer at Bell Aeronautics. After founding Birdair Structures, he developed ways to use the spacesuit material in removable covers for sports buildings. In 1957, Bird's home was featured on the cover of Life magazine, with an air-supported pool enclosure protecting swimmers from the winter cold.

Fabric tension structures have different classifications. Air-supported structures derive their structural integrity from the use of pressurized air to inflate the fabric, while tension-supported or tension-membrane structures rely on cables or steel framing for their support.

Birdair collaborated with other companies for Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan, to develop an air-supported, vinyl-coated fiberglass-fabric roof, the first of its kind. The fabric created for this roof, a material later called Sheerfill architectural membrane, expanded the market in the field of lightweight roof structures, according to NASA.

Jan 05 10:47

80 US Troops Deployed to Central Africa Over Concerns of Violence in Congo

US President Donald Trump announced Friday that 80 US military personnel had been deployed to the central African country of Gabon in response to violence in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo centering on its disputed presidential elections.

Trump sent a letter to congressional leaders noting that the first troops of the deployment had arrived in Gabon's capital of Libreville on Wednesday. The letter notes that further troops may be deployed "if necessary" until the "security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes such that their presence is no longer needed."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right into the middle of an Ebola epidemic!

Jan 05 10:35

SCIENTISTS “HACK PHOTOSYNTHESIS” TO MAKE PLANTS MORE PRODUCTIVE

Plants are not as productive as they could be, and in a bid to help boost global food production, a team of scientists with backing from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others are hacking photosynthesis.

If you remember way back to fifth grade when you learned the photosynthesis cycle, plants convert sunlight into energy and use that energy to collect carbon dioxide and water and turn it into sugar. However, there’s a glitch in the system, and plants end up spending a lot of energy getting rid of a toxic compound made when an enzyme called rubisco inadvertently collects oxygen. That process is called photorespiration, and it makes plants produce way less food than they otherwise could.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely suggest that the researchers, and scientists who came up with this process, and their families, should be forced to eat this biohacked food every day for at least a minimum of 2 years, with medical checks every 4 months, to insure that something in the process doesn't contribute to aggressive cancers, heart disease, diabetes, loss of sperm counts, etc., before they are EVER foisted off on to third world citizens.

I mean, come on, if the process is safe, and there is no harm in ingesting these products, shouldn't it be the developers of such a product who need to test it first?!

Jan 05 10:04

NEW CDC/FDA-Approved Six-in-One Hexavalent Vaccine—Vaxelis®—For Infants

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Just when parents, and those concerned about vaccine safety issues, think it can’t get any worse regarding over-vaccination than it is, the U.S. CDC/FDA just approved a new six-active vaccine to be given to infants in three doses starting as early as 6 weeks of age. It’s called Vaxelis®, manufactured by Sanofi and distributed by Merck. “It’s approved as a three-dose series before children reach their fifth birthday.”...

Jan 05 09:30

Tonnes of Hazardous Substances Lost in German Waters During Storm - Authorities

Those who spot the lost containers should not approach them and should call the emergency services, the German maritime emergencies agency said.

During a storm on Wednesday, the cargo vessel MSC Zoe lost over 270 containers, one of them contained 7.7 tonnes of benzoyl peroxide and 1.5 tonnes of lithium-ion batteries, the agency said.

Jan 05 08:21

Israel Showcases Stolen Palestinian Antiquities

On Monday, December 31, 2018, the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem unveiled an exhibit of antiquities seized by Israeli authorities from the occupied West Bank.

The exhibit “Finds Gone Astray” displays 20 antiquities seized by the Israeli Civil Administration from alleged “looters” and “unauthorized dealers in antiquities” in the West Bank. The exhibition claims that most of the artifacts originated from archaeological sites in the West Bank, while others were smuggled into the area from elsewhere in the Middle East, including Syria.

Jan 04 19:06

Thousands of blood pressure pills are recalled amid fears they could cause cancer because 'they contain a chemical used in ROCKET FUEL'

Four types of medications branded as Irbesartan Hydrochlorothiazide have been pulled from shelves because they could contain a carcinogenic ingredient once used in rocket fuel.

Jan 04 19:02

Has Ebola spread to Europe? Patient in Sweden is feared to have been struck down with the killer virus after vomiting blood following a trip to Africa

The patient, who local reports suggest is a 'younger man', is currently in isolation at the University Hospital in Uppsala.

Doctors treating the man, whose symptoms including blood in his vomit and stools, say he is awake and his blood pressure is normal.

Test results expected tonight will confirm if he does have Ebola - considered one of the most lethal pathogens in existence.

If the unnamed patient does have it, he would be the fifth person to have ever been diagnosed with the virus on European soil, it is believed.

Jan 04 18:30

‘There Will Be an Increase in Deforestation’: Brazil’s New President Signs Order Endangering Amazon and Indigenous Rights

In his first day in office, right wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro realized the fears of environmentalists and Indigenous communities.

Jan 04 13:15

Scott Adams: Impeachment, the #Wence, Socialism, Syria, Kevin Hart, the Worst Climate Arguments. With Coffee.

Ellen DeGeneres says Kevin Hart has apologized and grown
Was exiting Syria a smart move? Elizabeth Warren says yes
US isn’t dependent on China trade
China much more dependent on trade with the US
Inevitable outcome…trade deal
Fears on the left just after the election
The left feared he would do terrible things…he hasn’t
Left has shifted, now it’s intensely personal complaints
A 3rd Option: Not Socialism, not Capitalism
A modified version of capitalism
Discarding bad arguments on both sides of climate change
Medieval warming, ice cubes in your glass and more
Both climate change sides have a “Whack-A-Mole” problem
Debunk each point and the person just shifts to another

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1081204877412392960

Jan 04 12:11

The Latest: Zinke: Park visitors should “grab a trash bag”

Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says National Park visitors should “grab a trash bag and take some trash out” as garbage bins at some parks overflow during the government shutdown.

With many government workers furloughed as the partial shutdown entered its 14th day on Friday, garbage has piled up at sites including California’s Joshua Tree National Park.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is a scenario. Some goodhearted American grabs a discarded bag of trash which contains a used hypodermic, left by a junkie. In the course of picking up that bag, the tip of the needle pokes through the bag and into the hand of our goodhearted American. 2-3 months later our goodhearted American comes down with Hepatitis A, which is incurable. Our goodhearted American, recalling getting poked at the National park, then sues the US Government for the boneheaded advice which exposed them to the illness.

Jan 04 12:04

HEALTH FREEDOM: Trump’s new HHS department may BAN mandatory vaccinations nationwide and restore health and religious freedom

The first ever Californian Republican to become House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, just threw a “touchdown pass” for team USA regarding healthcare freedom for all Americans. With great coaching from President Trump, a new division at Health and Human Services (HHS) has been created for Civil Rights called the “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division.”

This guidance document dismantles all forced vaccination mandates across the USA, including in California, where Senator Richard “The Mercury Joker” Pan illegally penned Draconian legislation (SB277) defying the AMA’s code of ethics, where school children are forced into vaccination (at gunpoint) or they are not allowed to attend private or public school. Pan eliminated religious and personal exemptions, and allows only medical exemptions, which are for the most part denied, because it’s all a scam to sell more toxic vaccines and permanently maim more children for Big Pharma profits.

Jan 04 09:46

Phone app can diagnose vitamin and mineral deficiency from photos of your fingernails

Developers continue to create platforms on mobile devices to assist users in assessing a myriad of health conditions. Now a new smartphone app is capable of diagnosing vitamin and mineral deficiencies simply by analyzing the colour of a person’s fingernails in a photograph.

Jan 04 09:09

Electric cars a government subsidize bust

For all the dreamers who foster a future of transportation based upon electric motors, good luck. While many forms of hauling translate into the use of electric propulsion, the prospects are that General Motors and Tesla will not be the namesakes for EV personal transport.

Jan 04 07:49

More proof that cannabis is an anti-aging powerhouse: THC found to rapidly restore memory performance of older mice

Keeping the brain healthy throughout the aging process is a top concern these days. With rates of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia on the rise, it is no small wonder that researchers are looking for novel ways to combat brain aging and support cognitive function across the life span. New research has shown that cannabis may just be the answer we’ve been looking for, with scientists discovering that the plant has incredible restorative benefits for the brain.

Estimates suggest that some 14 million Americans will be living with some form of dementia by the year 2050. For 2018, dementia and Alzheimer’s are expected to have cost the country $227 billion. Within the next thirty years, experts posit that the cost of dementia will reach up to $1.1 trillion. As pharmaceutical treatments continuously fail to provide relief, it is no surprise that scientists are now turning to natural, plant medicines like cannabis and turmeric.

Jan 04 07:39

Pro-vaccine medical journal admits there is conclusive scientific evidence that vaccines can and do kill some children

Researchers have noted that vaccines trigger anaphylaxis. A 10-year analysis of claims to the U.S. National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program cited five cases of deaths associated with vaccine-induced anaphylaxis. A 2003 study also revealed that about five cases of vaccine-related anaphylaxis were recorded among children and adolescents. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices suggests routine screening be conducted prior to giving immunization shots. However, while anaphylaxis occurs after vaccination, the panel also recommended that clinicians be prepared to provide necessary health care at the event of vaccine-induced anaphylaxis.

Jan 04 05:54

Blood Pressure Meds Made in China and India Recalled

Dozens of blood pressure medications sold in the US but manufactured in China and India have been recalled. Why? Because they contain an ingredient used to make rocket fuel.

Jan 03 16:53

Average IQ of College Undergrads and Graduate Degree Holders by Decade

Today’s bachelor’s degree is the equivalent of a high school graduation certificate from fifty years ago, and today’s graduate degree falls short of a bachelor’s degree from a generation ago.

Jan 03 14:08

Scott Adams: I Declare a Climate Change Tweet Battle

Make a one-sentence skeptical claim with a supporting link. Then I invite climate scientists to debunk each skeptical claim with one sentence and a link of your own.

Jan 03 11:17

Blockbuster pharma merger weighs in at $74b

Boston: Bristol-Myers Squibb has agreed to acquire Celgene Corp. in a $74 billion (Dh271.8 billion) deal that will unite two drugmakers battling for advantage in a crowded market for innovative cancer treatments.

Both companies have faced investor wariness about their prospects in recent months. Bristol makes an immunotherapy drug called Opdivo that accounts for roughly a quarter of its sales, but that has trailed a rival medication from Merck & Co. Celgene, meanwhile, has been looking for a follow-up for its blockbuster blood-cancer therapy Revlimid.

Jan 03 11:11

WAR IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS AND ORGANIZED CRIME: AFGHANISTAN’S MULTIBILLION DOLLAR OPIUM TRADE. RISING HEROIN ADDICTION IN THE US

Today a rough estimate based on US retail prices suggests that the global heroin market is above the 500 billion dollars mark. This multibillion dollar hike is the result of a significant increase in the volume of heroin transacted Worldwide coupled with a moderate increase in retail prices.

Based on the most recent (UNODC) data (2017) opium production in Afghanistan is of the order of 9000 metric tons, which after processing and transformation is equivalent to approximately 900,000 kg. of pure heroin.

With the surge in heroin addiction since 2001, the retail price of heroin has increased. According to DEA intelligence, one gram of pure heroin was selling in December 2016 in the domestic US market for $902 per gram.

The Heroin trade is colossal: one gram of pure heroin selling at $902 is equivalent to almost a million US dollars a kilo ($902,000) (see table below)

Jan 03 11:00

CHILDHOOD ARTHRITIS LINKED TO VACCINES

Juvenile arthritis skyrockets in countries with vaccine schedules

Jan 03 10:54

It’s the Brain-altering Drugs Stupid: Addictive Opioids, SSRIs, Anti-psychotics, Benzodiazepines and Suicidality

By Gary G. Kohls, MD

Pretending to be a part of the solution is easier than admitting that they were a major cause for the crisis in the first place. Big Businesses are notorious for trying to finagle their way into positions of “leadership” when decisions might be made that could affect their share price, shareholder confidence, prestige or corporate survival...

Jan 03 10:34

Greenpeace’s iconic ‘Rainbow Warrior’ ship chopped up on third-world beach, sold for scrap

Greenpeace quietly admitted in November one of its “Rainbow Warrior” boats was “scrapped on a beaching yard in Bangladesh” — a method it spent years campaigning against.

“We have made a mistake, one that we have tried to correct,” Greenpeace International, based in Amsterdam, admitted in mid-November, adding it allowed Rainbow Warrior II “to be scrapped on a beaching yard in Bangladesh, in a way that does not live up to the standards we set ourselves and campaigned with our allies to have adopted across the world.”

However, the embarrassing admission from one of the world’s largest and most prominent environmental groups flew under the radar of major news outlets. Greenpeace quietly put out a press release on its international website, which few noticed.

Jan 03 10:32

Drugmakers kicked off 2019 with price increases in the United States on more than 250 prescription drugs, including the world’s top-selling medicine, Humira

Drugmakers kicked off 2019 with price increases in the United States on more than 250 prescription drugs, including the world’s top-selling medicine, Humira, although the pace of price hikes was slower than last year.

The industry has been under pressure by the U.S. President Donald Trump to hold their prices level as his administration works on plans aimed at lowering the costs of medications for consumers in the world’s most expensive pharmaceutical market.

During a White House meeting with members of his Cabinet, U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he expected to see a tremendous decrease in drug prices. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar was at the meeting.

Jan 03 10:32

Collecting Clean Water From Air

By April McCarthy

Humans can get by in the most basic of shelters, can scratch together a meal from the most humble of ingredients. But we can’t survive without clean water. And in places where water is scarce–the world’s deserts, for example–getting water to people requires feats of engineering and irrigation that can be cumbersome and expensive. A pair of new studies from researchers at The Ohio State University offers a possible solution, inspired by nature...

Jan 03 08:53

Ebola outbreak in Congo surpasses 600 cases amid more violence

The Democratic Republic of Congo has reached a grim new milestone in the Ebola outbreak that began August 1: The total number of probable patients is 608 as of Wednesday, with 368 deaths, the Ministry of Health said. An additional 29 people who doctors suspect may be sick with Ebola are under investigation. The ministry also reported that 207 people have recovered from the life-threatening illness.

On average, Ebola -- which causes fever, severe headache and in some cases hemorrhaging -- kills about half of those infected, but fatality rates in individual outbreaks have varied. The latest outbreak has a case fatality rate of about 60%.

The outbreak is the second-deadliest and second-largest in history, topped only by one in West Africa in 2014, when the disease killed more than 11,000 people, according to the World Health Organization.

Jan 03 08:35

Splenda Isn’t So Splendid: The Toxic Rumsfeld-Monsanto Link

As we get closer to the holidays, many people look for ways to cut back on sugar and other indulgences so that when the New Year rolls around, they won’t have to work so hard to lose those extra pounds. While it is a good idea to avoid sugar altogether, using the artificial sweeteners Splenda or Aspartame might be even worse. There are numerous reasons you should avoid the stuff in little yellow packages (or pink, or blue). Here is why.

Donald Rumsfeld, the very same politician who supports GMOs, is perhaps the singular man who got Splenda onto the market after the FDA initially refused it. If you have gotten sick from consuming this toxic substance, you can thank him, along with its makers. Splenda was created by the British company Tate & Lyle along with the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson.

Jan 03 07:27

'Liquid gold' manuka honey that costs £100 a jar could have lost its healing powers before you get it home, scientist warns

Expensive manuka honey may have lost its healing powers before customers even get it home, a scientist has warned.

The honey, known as ‘liquid gold’ because it costs up to £100 per jar, is sought after for antibacterial properties that come from its naturally-occurring bug-fighting chemical.

But this chemical can be destroyed by prolonged exposure to heat – such as during shipping or even sitting in shop windows – according to Professor Merilyn Manley-Harris.

Jan 03 06:59

Chinese spacecraft becomes first EVER to touch down on dark side of the moon as it transmits never-before-seen 'close range' images after making historic landing

Lunar explorer Chang'e-4 touched down at 10.26am local time (2.26am GMT), state media reported, and took the 'close range' photograph in a global first.

While stationed on the moon, the Chang'e-4 will attempt to recce the famous Von Karman crater in the Aitken basin, the largest impact crater in the entire solar system at eight miles (13 km) deep and 1,600 miles (2,500 km) in diameter.

It will also be tasked with carrying out mineral and radiation tests, presenting scientists with the first-ever chance to examine materials from the far side of the moon.

Jan 02 22:25

The violent volcanic eruptions of Io: NASA's Juno spacecraft spots gigantic plumes on Jupiter's moon

Giant volcanic eruptions on Jupiter's moon Io have been spotted by NASA's Juno probe.

On Dec. 21, during winter solstice, four of Juno's cameras captured images of the Jovian moon Io, the most volcanic body in our solar system, on the mission's 17th flyby of the gas giant.

Stunned researchers say they hit the jackpot by spotting the plumes.

Jan 02 18:51

Scientists Just Melted a Hole Through 3,500 Feet of Ice to Reach a Mysterious Antarctic Lake

While you were baking cookies and binging Netflix shows over Christmas, a team of about 50 scientists, drillers, and support staff was attempting to punch through nearly 4,000 feet of ice to access an Antarctic subglacial lake for just the second time in human history. And folks, they did it.

On Friday, the Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access (SALSA) team announced they’d reached Lake Mercer after melting their way through an enormous frozen river with a high-pressure, hot-water drill.

Jan 02 18:45

Scientists Successfully Made Sheep-Human Hybrids in 2018

Researchers in 2018 achieved a new kind of chimeric first, producing sheep-human hybrid embryos that could one day represent the future of organ donation – by using body parts grown inside unnatural, engineered animals.

With that end goal in mind, scientists created the first interspecies sheep-human chimera in February, introducing human stem cells into sheep embryos, resulting in a hybrid creature that's more than 99 percent sheep – but also a tiny, little bit like you and me.

Admittedly, the human portion of the embryos created in the experiment – before they were destroyed after 28 days – is exceedingly small, but the fact they existed at all is what generates considerable controversy in this field of research.

Jan 02 12:54

Scott Adams: AOC, AGW, TDS, Ye, and Coffee

Kanye tweets and his upcoming Joe Rogan podcast
Elizabeth Warren and Beto attempt to imitate AOC’s live stream
Warren cracks a beer, Beto in his V-neck sweater
Why so many climate change temperature adjustments?
Believers Berkley Earth offer their explanation
“Estimating” temperature adjustments is allowed?
Climate change Bloomberg article, convincingly debunked
Comparing Green Tech and Nuclear Power options
Bill Gates vision of a new type of nuclear power plant…in China
Can’t be built in US, endless regulations and roadblocks
A hosted conversation with me as the referee, NOT a debate
Both sides required to answer strong points of other side
Climate change risk management (Whiteboard)
Expected Value calculation
Portfolio Effect
Opportunity Costs and timing considerations
The Hill article reads like mental illness, not a political opinion

Jan 02 12:29

Unseen Enemy: Doctors in Gaza Battling Superbug Epidemic

Fahed Zuhud was shot in the thigh by Israeli soldiers in February 2018 but because of superbug infections the wound hasn’t healed and he may still lose his leg.

Doctors in Gaza and the West Bank warn they are battling an epidemic of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, a growing problem in the world’s conflict zones and one that risks spilling over borders and diminishing the global medical arsenal against serious illness.

Jan 02 12:27

Russian Physicists Come Closer to Plasma Engine for Superfast Space Travel

Scientists from Russia and around the world see plasma rocket technology as a crucial possible ingredient for speedy missions to Mars and beyond.

Physicists from the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk are preparing another round of experiments aimed at successfully harnessing the power of thermonuclear plasma for use in a rocket engine, institute deputy director Alexander Ivanov has told journalists.

The experiments, which will begin later this month, will follow up on earlier successful tests which confirmed the feasibility of confining plasma in an experimental setup using parameters suitable for a rocket engine, Ivanov said.

Jan 02 11:41

11 Reasons Why Sugar Is Killing You

In a stunning acknowledgement that fat is not the dietary villain we were once led to believe, the AARP talks about the growing recognition that excessive intake of sugar is the real cause of many serious health conditions. Here's the list.

Jan 02 10:46

GOOGLE’S FUTURISTIC RADAR-BASED HAND SENSORS GET US APPROVAL, DESPITE INTERFERENCE CONCERNS

Google has been granted permission to roll out wearable hand motion sensors that allow users to swipe, scroll and click their devices through thin air. Concern remains that the devices could interfere with other electronics.
The sensor technology, named Project Soli, has been in development since 2015. Worn on a user’s wrist, it allows the user to scroll, swipe, click and control their devices with simple hand gestures in the air. Users can click a virtual button between their thumb and index finger, or turn a virtual dial by rubbing these fingers together.

via Gfycat

A radar beam tracks the movement of the user’s hand, enabling precise control – just like the futuristic computer interface used by Tom Cruise in ‘Minority Report’. Google also claims that the technology will be integrated into phones, personal computers, and vehicles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is truly amazing how quickly science fiction is becoming science fact in the 21st century.

Jan 02 10:44

'This disease is a monster': Furious moms blast CDC for failing to act on mystery polio-like virus which has left hundreds of kids paralyzed since 2012, killed at least two and is now expected to hit unprecedented levels in 2020

Furious mothers of children who have been left partially disabled and fully paralyzed by the polio-like illness of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) have blasted the CDC for failing to act - and say they warned the organization that 2018 was going to be the worst year yet.

Several parents of children who were diagnosed with the illness up to four years ago have spoken to DailyMail.com and revealed their anger that more has not been done to educate doctors and stop the illness in its tracks.

This year the number of cases reached its highest yet with 341 children taken ill across 39 states - 186 of those cases have so far been confirmed with investigations underway on the rest.

Jan 02 10:29

Jetpack racing is here! Watch two pilots duel in the skies as startup plans world's first racing league for 2019

Starting next year, jetpack racing will no longer be the stuff of science fiction.

JetPack Aviation, the company behind the first commercially available jetpack, is now crossing another historical moment off its list, as it prepares to launch the world's first jetpack racing league in 2019.

To mark the announcement, the firm has released a video showing a test flight between two jetpack-wearing pilots.

Jan 02 10:15

Outbreak Alert: Hepatitis A Spreads Through Homeless Population In Oregon: Mac Slavo

Oregon health officials are currently concerned about a Hepatitis A outbreak working its way through the homeless population in the state. The exploding homeless population in more liberal and socialist areas are seeing a major rise in outbreaks of Hepatitis A, as California is already experiencing.

The state of Oregon’s health workers have been shifting their focus and working to redirect hepatitis A prevention strategies toward homeless populations following a shift in how outbreaks of the disease occur, according to a report by the Bend Bulletin. Homeless populations are now the most vulnerable to contracting the Hepatitis A viral infection.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is only a matter of time before this will seep from the homeless community into the rest of the general public here.

I have to wonder if the State has put this on the front burner, in terms of protecting both the homeless and their working population, by having Oregonians vaccinated. As stated at google.com:

"The hepatitis A vaccine does not cause hepatitis because it does not contain the live virus. It contains inactivated hepatitis A virus. The vaccine works by stimulating the body to produce antibodies, which are proteins that will fight and kill the virus and prevent hepatitis A infection."

Jan 02 07:55

Honda teams up with GM on self-driving cars

Honda and General Motors are teaming up to create a new generation of fully autonomous vehicles. Honda will invest $2 billion over 12 years into GM's autonomous vehicle subsidiary, Cruise.

GM and Cruise have been building and developing self-driving versions of GM's Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car with plans to deploy a fleet of them for public use next year. With Honda's engineering and financial assistance, Cruise will begin developing a new vehicle that is not based on any existing car, the companies said. It will represent the next step in autonomous driving, one in which controls for human operation are entirely absent.

"This is a purpose-built vehicle that will be the first vehicle produced at scale that is freed from the constraints of vehicle design and having a driver at the wheel," said GM president Donald Amman.

Jan 02 06:55

Vampire Science Believes “YOUNG BLOOD” Is the REAL Fountain of Youth

Creepy clinical trials that people pay thousands of dollars to participate in are transfusing "young blood" into older people to slow or reverse the signs of aging.

Jan 01 15:39

John Cleese: Political Correctness Can Lead to an Orwellian Nightmare

The essence of comedy is being critical, says Cleese, and that means causing offense sometimes. But we shouldn't protect everyone from experiencing negative emotions by enforcing political correctness, he says.

Transcript:
I'm offended every day. For example, the British newspapers every day offend me with their laziness, their nastiness and they're in accuracy, but I'm not going to expect someone to stop that happening I just simply speak out about it.

Jan 01 15:31

Fake News & Feminism - MGTOW

I'm going to take this opportunity to discuss what happened a while back when Hilary Clinton made the following statements about the so called fake news. I'm sure everyone has heard the argument from the mainstream media by now that mainstream news outlets called the presidential election for Hilary Clinton and were probably hoping that if they said it enough times then this would provide enough social proof for voters to go out there and vote for Hilary. By the way her presidential campaign cost over one billion dollars. When she lost she was throwing furniture around the room on election and getting violent with people. But when she finally calmed down she brought up the issue of fake news at a speech for Harry Reid's retirement party mentioning that the US government and Silicon Valley were going to team up and start to punish fake news sites.

Jan 01 14:32

Scott Adams: Breaking Down the Climate Change Debate

Comparing the strong points of climate experts and climate skeptics
The need for a conversation between the two sides
Bill Gates says the world needs to be working on nuclear power
It’s the biggest news in the world
Lower energy costs would allow reforestation of deserts
President Trump’s personality allows him to do things others wouldn’t
Stock market tanked 6% because Fed said market to hot, and slowed
The economy is SO GOOD…the Fed had to slow it down

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1080145063890415618

Jan 01 11:41

Nurses urge Staten Island hospital to move its entire maternity ward over mold and leaking gas fears after 53 staff fall sick

Nurses at a New York hospital want the entire maternity ward to be moved following the discovery of elevated mold levels and traces of anesthetic gasses found in the unit, which staffers believe are making them sick.

The nurses told the New York Daily News that 53 people working at Staten Island University Hospital North, in Staten Island, New York, have reported experiencing headaches, dizziness, swollen throats and other symptoms in the past few months.

Their symptoms, apparently, started manifesting after air quality monitoring devices detected mold and trace amounts of anesthetic gases in the hospital's maternity unit.

Jan 01 10:37

Gas company seeks to bankrupt anti-fracking campaigner

Rathlin Energy, a gas exploration company working in East Yorkshire, sought a bankruptcy order this morning against a leading anti-fracking campaigner.Lawyers representing the company went to the High Court in London to recover thousands of pounds from Ian Crane, a broadcaster and speaker against fracking and the activities of the onshore oil and gas industry.Rathlin Energy said the money was owed from the costs of an earlier legal case.But the judge, Chief Registrar Stephen Baister, adjourned the hearing until January next year for Mr Crane to contest the debt.

After the hearing, a member of Rathlin’s legal team told Mr Crane the cost of the bankruptcy proceedings amounted to more than £5,000 and that alone would be enough to bankrupt him.

Jan 01 10:37

Voices from the Gasfields : It started with just ONE well


This is the film the UK & Australian Governments do NOT want you to see! Documenting the accounts of families living with the Unconventional hydrocarbon (Fracking) industry as a neighbour, this hour long documentary is shocking, as it reveals the day to day pollution these people live with – pollution of water, air, light and sound, some of the the basic human requirements needed to survive. The blind eye that the authorities and the Unconventional hydrocarbon (fracking) industry turn to these families living conditions, and the complete disregard to the environmental damage done to the bush by this, is truly disgraceful.

Jan 01 10:26

PROGRESS HATERS ARE ATTACKING DRIVERLESS CARS: WITH GUNS, ROCKS AND KNIVES

The driverless car subsidiary of Google/Alphabet, Waymo, is testing driverless cars in the city and some residents are attacking the cars.

The New York Times reports:

Some people have pelted Waymo vans with rocks, according to police reports. Others have repeatedly tried to run the vehicles off the road. One woman screamed at one of the vans, telling it to get out of her suburban neighborhood. A man pulled up alongside a Waymo vehicle and threatened the employee riding inside with a piece of PVC pipe.

In one of the more harrowing episodes, a man waved a .22-caliber revolver at a Waymo vehicle and the emergency backup driver at the wheel. He told the police that he “despises” driverless cars, referring to the killing of a female pedestrian in March in nearby Tempe by a self-driving Uber car.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People tend to hate new technology, but the reality of the safe, driverless car, is nearly upon us, and primarily for the reason that we can be surveilled in brand new ways as passengers.

Many years ago, (while I was still playing with my pet sabre tooth tiger), I was part of a team which rolled out the first ATM for a very large bank. The tellers hated it, because they knew it mean "downsizing" for the work force, and occasionally, would attempt to sabotage the machines with various and sundry approaches; yet, here we are in 2019, and the ATMS are still with us, surveilling our deposits and withdrawals.

Jan 01 09:41

New medical treatment imbues older adults with “teen blood” harvested from youth… vampirism about to become mainstream “medicine”

In a shocking turn of events, the mainstream media is now openly admitting that the “elite” are spending top dollar to obtain infusions of “young blood” from teenagers, which they believe contains some kind of fountain of youth.

Jan 01 08:55

New Horizons: Nasa probe survives flyby of Ultima Thule

Signals from the Nasa probe confirm it has survived a flyby of Ultima Thule, the most distant object ever explored in the Solar System.

Scientist at the American space agency confirmed New Horizons was in a "healthy" condition after passing the icy space rock some hours ago.

Ultima Thule lies 6.5bn km (4bn miles) from Earth, beyond the Solar System in an area termed the Kuiper Belt.

The probe will send photos and other observations over the coming months.

Dec 31 09:46

Doctor Exposed To Ebola Quarantined In Nebraska

An American doctor exposed to Ebola while working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was placed into quarantine in as secure area at the University of Nebraska, officials said.

The physician, who is not exhibiting symptoms of Ebola, was transported by private plane and a car, and will remain under observation for up to two weeks at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, according to a statement by the hospital. If symptoms appear, the doctor whose name is currently being withheld, will be transported to a specialized bio-containment unit.

Dec 31 09:28

BACTERIA FOUND IN ANCIENT IRISH SOIL HALTS GROWTH OF SUPERBUGS—NEW HOPE FOR TACKLING ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

Researchers analysing soil from Ireland long thought to have medicinal properties have discovered that it contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria which is effective against four of the top six super-bugs that are resistant to antibiotics, including MRSA.

Antibiotic resistant superbugs could kill up to 1.3 million people in Europe by 2050, according to recent research.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes the problem as "one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today".

The new strain of bacteria was discovered by a team based in Swansea University Medical School, made up of researchers from Wales, Brazil, Iraq and Northern Ireland.

They have named the new strain Streptomyces sp. myrophorea.

The soil they analysed originated from an area of Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, which is known as the Boho Highlands. It is an area of alkaline grassland and the soil is reputed to have healing properties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Major congrats to the discovery team here; this is probably going to be characterized as one of the most outstanding collaborative discoveries of the 21st century.

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