- It's hard not to get excited about news of a potentially effective treatment for sepsis, a condition that leads to multiple organ failure and kills more people in the hospital than any other disease.But there have been so many false promises about this condition over the years, it's also wise to treat announcements — like one published online by the journal, Chest — with caution.The study, from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., reported some remarkable success in treat
- On 2 March 2017, the company Lafarge-Holcim admitted that its Syrian subsidiary, in violation of UNO resolutions, had «paid sums of money to third parties, including certain third parties who are under sanction, in order to facilitate arrangements with a number of armed groups with a view to maintaining the company's activity and ensuring safe passage for its employees and supplies to and from the factory» .The cement company has already been the object of two enquiries. The first
- Theoretical physicists have put forward a new hypothesis that aims to connect the world of visible physics to the hidden forces of our Universe: what if there's a portal that bridges the gap between the standard model to dark matter and dark energy?The idea is that the reason we struggle to understand things such as dark matter and dark energy isn't because they don't exist - it's because we've been oblivious to a portal through which regular particles and these 'dark particles' interact. And it
- Ancient Celtic bards were famous for the sheer quantity of information they could memorize. This included thousands of songs, stories, chants and poems that could take hours to recite in full.Today we are pretty spoiled. Practically the whole of human knowledge is conveniently available at our fingertips. Why worry about memorising something when we can simply Google it?The answer seems pretty evident when we go into a panic after losing our smartphones!Long before the ancient Celts, Aboriginal
- IN HIS MEMOIR, the Israeli journalist Hirsh Goodman described how he returned home from the Six Day War in June 1967 to hear the country's founding father and first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, speak on the radio. "Israel, he said, better rid itself of the territories and their Arab population as soon as possible," recalled Goodman. "If it did not Israel would soon become an apartheid state." Goodman was born and raised in apartheid-era South Africa. "That phrase, 'Israel will become an apa
- A total of 501 juveniles have been reported missing in D.C. since the beginning of the year. This startling number has forced the hands of several officials who've written a letter to call on special help from the Justice Department in investigating the matter.The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, asked FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to "devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an
- Last November's magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake was so complex and unusual that it is likely to lead to changes in the way scientists think about earthquake hazards in plate boundary zones worldwide, a new study says.Not only was it a record-setter for its complexity, but it was also one of the best recorded large earthquakes anywhere in the world. This latter feature has enabled scientists to undertake analysis in an unprecedented level of detail.The paper is the first of a number of studies
- Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer met Vladimir Putin last week. Did he bring any offer of a policy change from Berlin?Besides French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's surprise meeting with Vladimir Putin today, another important meeting between German leaders and Russia's president happened last week, but has gone almost unreported outside German media.Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer, who holds a powerful position in German politics, visited Moscow on March 16th, bringing with him a massive
- Scientists will search for the long-lost Tasmanian tiger in Far North Queensland after two promising sightings of what could be the extinct predator.Experts hold high hopes of re-discovering the Thylacine, based on descriptions of sightings which they believe are 'detailed and plausible'.Dr Sandra Abell from James Cook University - who recently discovered a second population of the near-extinct northern bettong in the same area, will lead the field survey, Australian Geographic reports.
- Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Staff Writer
“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” ~Antisthenes
Raised, as most of us are, within nation states, it is extremely difficult to think outside the statist box. It’s tantamount to cognitive dissonance; Might as well ask a fish to breathe outside water, it’s so counterintuitive. But, and here’s the rub, we are not fish, and if we want to continue to be a progressivel
British Muslims initiate fundraising campaign for London attack victims raising £12,000 in less than one dayA Muslim initiative to fundraise for the family of killed PC Keith Palmer raised over £12,000 (US$15,000) in less than one day.The campaign starter and communications expert, Muddassar Ahmed, witnessed the terrorist attack and found himself inside the Westminster lockdown in the hours that followed."I have been in touch with networks within British Muslim communities and can assure you that we all stand with fellow Londoners during these difficult times and want to extend our support by ra
- While Richard Gere was in Israel and the occupied West Bank promoting his film "Norman," he was recorded in an unguarded moment wandering the desolate streets of Hebron's Old City. A dumbfounded Gere is near at a loss for words in the clip, which aired on Israel's Channel 2 network.Not a Palestinian in sight. Soldiers and settlers roam comparatively carefree. The roads are too quiet. All of the shops are shuttered. Gere is stunned:"This is the thing that's flipping me out right now," Gere stamme
- This is the moment tourists flocked to see a dead whale - despite warnings a huge swelling coming out of its head could explode at any moment.The giant carcass was discovered washed up on a beach in Pelluhue, in the central Chilean region of Maule.Although the whale is about 52ft long, pictures show how an enormous balloon-like swelling dwarfs its entire head.Thought to be a minke whale, the carcass has attracted tourists and scientists - but there are already fears it could explode.President of
- Anna Hunt, Staff
Medical cannabis use is now legal in 29 states, and recreational use is legal in 8 states and Washington DC. Despite this, little has been done to address the practice of pre-employment cannabis testing and how it impacts people’s right to cannabis. As a result, millions of responsible and law-abiding adults remain at risk of being excluded from the workforce due to a positive drug test.
Pre-employment Cannabis Testing Dwindles in 3 States
Now, three states th
- Vaccination has been in the news a lot lately, and for all the wrong reasons as always. This week there has been the case of a young girl who contracted tetanus. As usual it's being used to convince us all to vaccinate, but tetanus is much more complex than many are aware. For starters it is not a transmissible disease. You cannot catch tetanus off someone.Doctors now give the tetanus shot (given as the combined Dtap) to patients for everything from dog bites to kitchen knife wounds. It is a com
- RT's Murad Gazdiev inspected the bombed-out streets of Mosul to assess the impact of US-led coalition airstrikes targeting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), who have been luring jets by climbing on the rooftops of the few buildings still standing.Despite losing hundreds of soldiers every day to fierce battles with jihadists, the Iraqi Army continues the strenuous effort to liberate western Mosul, wiping out militants with an intensive air campaign as well as in clashes on the battlefield."
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union: The brou-ha-ha over contacts with Russian diplomats has all the earmarks of a witch huntOur press seems to be in a feeding frenzy regarding contacts that President Trump's supporters had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and with other Russian diplomats. The assumption seems to be that there was something sinister about these contacts, just because they were with Russian diplomats. As one who spent a 35-year diplomatic career working to open up the Soviet Union and to make communication between our diplomats and ordinary citizens a normal practice, I find the attitude of much
- It's no secret that the abuse of and addiction to opioids, including heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers, is a serious global problem harming the social and economic welfare of all societies and the health of many individuals within them. The more loved ones we lose and the more families affected by it, the more we need to take a hard look at some of the biggest culprits behind the problem.Over the past 25 years in the U.S., the total number of opioid pain relievers prescribed has
- Phillip Schneider, Staff Writer
There is no evidence that the war on drugs has made the American people safer, more healthy, or more free. Contrarily, prohibition has proven to yield some catastrophic results. Incredible numbers of otherwise law-abiding citizens have had their lives destroyed due to corrupt anti-drug laws which protect the pharmaceutical and private prison industries. Families have been torn apart and patients have been denied medical treatment options such as canna
- I was recently told by an Asian friend of mine who is working in Paris: "Lately I stopped following almost all that is happening politically in the United States, in the UK and even here in France. It all feels suddenly so irrelevant, a waste of time."Statements like this would be unimaginable only one decade ago. In the past, what came from Washington and (to a smaller extent) from London was monitored with great attentiveness and fear, all over the world.But all of a sudden, things have begun
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: Over 100 civilians killed in Yemen in March, mainly by coalition strikesMore than 100 civilians were killed in Yemen over the month, most of them by airstrikes and shelling conducted by the forces of the Saudi-led coalition, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday."Over the past month alone, 106 civilians have been killed, mostly by air strikes and shelling by Coalition war ships," the statement released by the Office said, adding that a certain number of Somali refugees were among the casualties, as well as Yemeni fishermen, women, an
- The National People's Congress in Beijing made it clear that China in the 21st century as led by Xi Jinping now relies, as a state, on the "core" leader's "four comprehensives" as the letter of the law.The "four comprehensives" are to build a moderately prosperous society; deepen economic reform; advance the law-based governance of China; and strengthen the Communist Party's self-governance.No foreign-policy adventure/disaster should be allowed to interfere with the "four comprehensives," which,
- Researchers have discovered that the lungs play a far more complex role in mammalian bodies than we thought, with new evidence revealing that they don't just facilitate respiration - they also play a key role in blood production.In experiments involving mice, the team found that they produce more than 10 million platelets (tiny blood cells) per hour, equating to the majority of platelets in the animals' circulation. This goes against the decades-long assumption that bone marrow produces all of o
- The U.S. Marshals Service has flown in about a dozen deputies from the mainland to provide 24-hour protection to the federal judge whose order blocked the president's travel ban from taking effect.U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson has received death threats after he issued a ruling last week.Meanwhile, the FBI is also aware of the threats and are prepared to assist the U.S. Marshals Service if needed.The FBI would not comment further on how the threats were made.The agency would also not provid
- James Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Emerging Threats at NATO-now that's a lovely title-recently gave a talk at a private club in London on the Islamic State/Daesh. Shea, as many will remember, made his name as NATO's spokesman during the NATO war on Yugoslavia in 1999.After his talk Shea engaged in a debate with a source I very much treasure. The source later gave me the lowdown.According to Saudi intelligence, Daesh was invented by the US government-in Camp Bacca, near the Kuwait border,
- The boy, thought to be around six or seven years old, stands bewildered as an army bomb expert carefully cuts through the device's trigger and releases him.It is thought the child was part of a group who had fled from the besieged ISIS-held city of Mosul, in northern Iraq.The clip, uploaded to video-sharing site LiveLeak, claims the boy to be the youngest ever suicide bomber - although that has not been verified.
Speaking to the camera, the soldier explains that the boy, thought to be called Uda
- The Daily Beast just published an article previewing what should be referred to from this day forth as Davos for Democrats; a big-money infused orgy of wealthy donors telling their political puppets what to do as they mingle at one of the most luxurious hotel chains in the world.Clearly learning absolutely zero lessons from their recent election pummeling, the Democratic Party is simply doubling down on its hopelessly failed strategy. Namely, a focus on more cash, even more donor influence and a
- Joint Syrian-Russian-Iranian operations against foreign-funded and armed militant groups across Syrian territory have incrementally dismantled and frustrated the fighting capacity of groups including the so-called Islamic State, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, and a myriad of other fronts coordinated and arrayed from abroad against Damascus.With the Russian intervention in late 2015, considerable air power was applied to these militant fronts' logistical lines extending beyond Syria's borders. As the suppli
- Researchers say it may seem contradictory that a means of generalizing to people at large is used when reflecting on one's most personal and idiosyncratic experiences. To cope with negative experiences or to share an insight, people often use the word "you" rather than "I." "You" is an overlooked word that people use to express norms and rules, new University of Michigan research found.Researchers conducted nine experiments with 2,489 people to understand why people curiously use "you" not only
- Eighteen years after the beginning of NATO's aerial bombardment of Yugoslavia, Serbian children who were born during that troubled time still bear the emotional scars left by war.In 1999, the United States and its NATO allies utilized the air power of the formerly defensive organization to conduct air strikes in support of an internal Yugoslav conflict between Belgrade and the breakaway region of Kosovo. Their actions took a toll on the lives of the young children of that generation, leaving sca
- Imagine a liquid that could move on its own. No need for human effort or the pull of gravity. You could put it in a container flat on a table, not touch it in any way, and it would still flow.Brandeis researchers report in a new article in Science that they have taken the first step in creating a self-propelling liquid. The finding holds out the promise of developing an entirely new class of fluids that can flow without human or mechanical effort. One possible real-world application: Oil might b
- Marauding hordes of barbarian Huns, under their ferocious leader Attila, are often credited with triggering the fall of one of history's greatest empires: Rome.Historians believe Hunnic incursions into Roman provinces bordering the Danube during the 5th century AD opened the floodgates for nomadic tribes to encroach on the empire. This caused a destabilisation that contributed to collapse of Roman power in the West.According to Roman accounts, the Huns brought only terror and destruction. Howeve
- The infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, located in Poland, is known as the infamous center of Nazi operations. Its name is almost inseparable from the dreaded events of the Holocaust ...
- In the United States, there have long been talks regarding the privacy of Americans ...
- The federal agency that oversees the lease on President Donald Trump's luxury hotel in Washington, DC has ruled that he is not violating a clause barring government officials from being admitted to or benefiting from the building. On Thursday, the contracting officer for the General Services Administration (GSA) sent a letter to Donald Trump Jr, informing him that the Trump Organization is in "full compliance" with the lease for the hotel."I have determined that Tenant is in full compliance with
- We spend one-third of our lives in bed, yet little is known about the purpose of sleep, says Dr. Meir Kryger, Yale professor of medicine and clinical professor of nursing. For more than 40 years, Kryger has been working to answer some of the remaining questions about sleep through innovative research and clinical practice.Whether you have a morning or evening chronotype is dictated by your biological 24-hour clock. Until the 1950s, most people thought of sleep as a passive, dormant part of our d
- Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows.The data shows how lead poisoning affects even a state known for its environmental advocacy, with high rates of childhood exposure found in a swath of the Bay Area and downtown Los Angeles. And the figures show that, despite national strides in eliminating lead
- Yellow fever, a virus carried by mosquitoes and endemic to Africa and South America, has robbed the private, federally-protected reserve of its brown howlers in an unprecedented wave of death that has swept through the region since late 2016, killing thousands of monkeys.Karen Strier, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of anthropology, has studied the monkeys of this forest since 1983. She visited the reserve -- her long-term study site near the city of Caratinga -- in the state of Mina
- A school district in North Carolina has pulled a book that was set to be a part of First Grade curriculum after teachers and lawmakers complained about its content regarding a little boy who liked to wear dresses.
- Moscow expects that its exports to the United States will increase by some 11 percent and reach $11 billion this year, Russia's trade representative to the United States Alexander Stadnik told Sputnik."We are expecting to reach the pre-crisis exports level in 2017, which is $10.5-11 billion," Stadnik said referencing to 2013-2014 levels. "But that's the forecast in the first quarter and much will depend on how the situation develops."According to the data of the Trade Representation, the exports
- Unabashed by international sanctions, cash-strapped North Korea is calling for foreign businesses to invest in an international cruise ship in a bid to boost tourism.According to the proposal listed on the Mount Kumgang region website, the country needs $20 million to buy the 30,000-ton Royale Star, a Soviet-era cruise ship capable of carrying 1,000 passengers.The liner can operate a casino business, even though gambling remains strictly prohibited in the country. It is currently docked at Koson
- A nursing home employee in Florida is in police custody on Wednesday after detectives say she filmed two senior residents having sex without their knowledge or consent and shared the video with her followers on Snapchat in August.The victims, who haven't been identified are an 81-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man.Authorities have identified the suspect as 20-year-old Alexis Williams, an employee at the Bristol Court Assisted Living Facility on 3479 54th Avenue North in unincorporated St. Pete
- Anyone who has been involved in alternative geopolitical and economic analysis for a decent length of time understands that the establishment power structure thrives according to its ability to either exploit natural crises, or to engineer fabricated crises.
- A man driving on I-75 outside of Cleveland, Tennessee on Tuesday decided to record the hail storm he was stuck driving through.On a post to his YouTube page, Judd Rambo says "it was cool until the back window blew out and glass and ice started flying around the car."Rambo captured the deluge of hail that broke through his car, hitting him from behind. Rambo can be heard at one point stating he was forced to pick glass out of his hands due to the windows shattering.Strong winds and hail crossed t
- An international team of astronomers has identified a record breaking brown dwarf (a star too small for nuclear fusion) with the 'purest' composition and the highest mass yet known. The object, known as SDSS J0104+1535, is a member of the so-called halo-the outermost reaches - of our Galaxy, made up of the most ancient stars. The scientists report the discovery in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.Brown dwarfs are intermediate between planets and fully-fledged stars. Their mass i
- The meltdown continues.We knew that the Israeli media would go bananas over Syria's decision to defend itself against Israeli airstrikes. But who could have foreseen this level of bananas?Compliments of a Times of Israel "partner", we learn: "Israelis Now Forced To Consider The Putin Factor: Is Russia no longer Israel's security blanket in the Syrian civil war?"Strange. We remember when Putin announced Russia's air operations in Syria. But we don't remember him mentioning anything about Russian
- A yellow-green frog with eye-catching stripes that was discovered recently in Ecuador's cloud forests has now been deemed a new species of rain frog, according to a new study.Across the U.S. and Canada, there are about 110 described frog species. By comparison, Ecuador — which is about the size of Colorado — is home to 570 frog species, and counting, according to the researchers. The latest species discovery in Ecuador came from an expedition that focused on studying a similar, threa
President Trump Pushes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood: “P.P. Will Continue if They Stop This Plan”President Donald Trump is pushing the bill to defund Planned Parenthood today saying that funding for the abortion business will continue if opponents of the measure stop it.
Earth's worst-ever mass extinction of life holds 'apocalyptic' warning about climate change, say scientistsRunaway global warming saw the planet's average temperature hit about double what it is today about 250 million years agoResearchers studying the largest-ever mass extinction in Earth's history claim to have found evidence that it was caused by runaway global warming-and that the "apocalyptic" events of 250 million years ago could happen again.About 90 per cent of all the living things on the planet were wiped out in the Permian mass extinction-described in a 2005 book called When Life Nearly Di
- Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker in US Congress, has expressed concern over a series of hate crimes against Indian-Americans and asked the Justice Department to investigate all violent acts motivated by bigotry to promote a pluralistic society.
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