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De kosten van onzin

Jul 22nd 2016, 09:04, by Pepijn van Erp

Op het blog van Skepsis en hier op Kloptdatwel is met enige regelmaat met verbazing gereageerd op de programmering van Studium Generale van de TU Delft. Onder leiding van het hoofd Coen Vermeeren kwamen er lieden vertellen over graancirkels, homeopathie, complottheorieën over de aanslagen op de Twin Towers, vrije energiemachines, en Vermeeren sprak zelf natuurlijk over ufo’s. En dat allemaal zonder dat Studium Generale zelf zorg droeg voor het organiseren van een gezond tegengeluid. Wat zou deze ongein eigenlijk kosten?

Ik stuurde op 25 juni een Wob-verzoek naar de TU Delft met vragen over de kosten van sprekers (reis/verblijf en vergoeding) en de verwerking van de lezingen tot YouTube-filmpjes. Om het wat concreter te maken vroeg ik het voor zeven lezingen die mij of anderen in de afgelopen twee jaar om verschillende redenen waren opgevallen. Net binnen de uiterste termijn voor de beantwoording kreeg ik het antwoord binnen.

Mijn vragen betroffen de volgende lezingen:
9 mei 2016 De cyborgtoekomst van de mensheid - Marcel Messing
21 april 2016 Mobiele straling gevaarlijk? - Leendert Vriens
16 november 2015 Hoezo 5 voor 12? Waarom ons klimaat niet gered hoeft te worden - Marcel Crok
16 april 2015 The 9/11 building collapse: “it’s time to talk about it” - Richard Gage
16 maart 2015 Homeopathische geneeskunde – De werking verklaard en wetenschappelijk bewezen? - Lex Rutten en Gio Meijer
10 november 2014 Patronen van bedrog - Willem Middelkoop
21 mei 2014 Eérst voeding, dan pas medicijnen! - Gert Schuitemaker

Antwoord van de TU Delft (pdf).

De meeste sprekers vroegen geen vergoeding en kregen een fles wijn voor hun presentatie. Dit is de gebruikelijke gang van zaken voor dit soort lezingen in academische sfeer. Er waren echter drie sprekers die wel een stevige beloning opstreken. Wie dat precies zijn, wil de TU Delft niet mededelen. Twee van hen wilden niet dat het bedrag bekend zou worden gemaakt en de TU is van mening dat openbaarmaking een probleem op zou kunnen leveren voor de sprekers en de universiteit voor hun onderhandelingspositie bij toekomstige spreekbeurten. Deze drie kregen gezamenlijk 2.228 euro, dat wilde de TU wel aan ons kwijt. De lezer kan zelf een gokje wagen om wie het gaat.

Voor de rest verwijs ik de lezer naar de brief van de TU Delft.

NB: uit de beantwoording blijkt dat ik per abuis geschreven had dat mijn vraag om acht lezingen zou gaan. Kan ook zijn dat ik er eerst meer op mijn kandidaatlijstje had staan, of dat ik acht sprekers bedoelde (de homeopathielezing werd door twee personen verzorgd), dat weet ik echter niet meer.

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Teaming Up Against Sepsis

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By Julie Cohen

A multidisciplinary team of scientists — including two UC Santa Barbara faculty members — is poised to undertake a major biomedical research initiative focused on the escalating problem of sepsis, the body’s abnormal response to severe infections. Jamey Marth, director of UCSB’s Center for…

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That ‘Eureka!’ Moment

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By Julie Cohen

Thanks to superbugs, scientists are always on the lookout for new sources of antibiotics. Many come from microbes found in soil, where they have been waging war on one another for eons. Dirt found at a UC Santa Barbara restoration site has produced three different bacteria, two capable of killing…

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Alumni, Amplified

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By Shelly Leachman

One of the most prominent musicians among UC Santa Barbara alumni — next to Jack Johnson — is singer-songwriter Zach Gill. Funny enough, Gill often is next to Johnson. Literally. The Animal Liberation Orchestra frontman is a longtime bandmate, friend and collaborator of Johnson; the two met as UCSB…

Try, Try Again

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By Julie Cohen

And to think the discovery almost didn’t happen. During his doctoral years at Columbia University, physicist Andrea Young and colleagues tried to perfect the environment around graphene, the single-atom-thick material derived from graphite. It conducts heat and electricity efficiently and is 100…

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Uniquely Adaptable

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By Jim Logan

Great-tailed grackles are one of the most successful invasive bird species in North America, having moved up from Central America to occupy a vast range of habitats and climates. They’ve done this, researchers say, with behavioral flexibility — the ill-defined ability to change behaviors as…

‘A Delightful Din All Down the Day’

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By Andrea Estrada

John Ridland doesn’t count himself an avid fan of King Arthur, Guinevere and other literature related to the Knights of the Round Table. But the professor emeritus of English at UC Santa Barbara has a decidedly different opinion of the chivalric romance “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” “It’s such…

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Back to Basics

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By Sonia Fernandez

When it comes to eliminating schistosomiasis — a persistent disease cause by parasitic flatworms — controlling their host snails is key, according to a team of researchers from UC Santa Barbara and Stanford University. Their findings appear in PLoS NTDs. “In short, we urge a reorientation of…

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For Whom the Births (and Worms) Toll

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By Jim Logan

Human childbirth is not only unpleasant, it’s also assumed to take a toll on women’s health, even while women have a greater life expectancy. A new study led by UC Santa Barbara researchers, however, finds that indigenous women in the Bolivian Amazon with some of the highest birth rates in the…

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Cod and Climate

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By James Badham

In recent decades, the plight of Atlantic cod off the coast of New England has been front-page news. Since the 1980s in particular, the once-seemingly inexhaustible stocks of Gadus morhua — one of the most important fisheries in North America — have declined dramatically. In 2008, a formal…

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The Feel of Food

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By Julie Cohen

Some people love avocados. Others hate them. For many of the latter, the fruit’s texture is the source of their intense dislike. What gives? Scientists do not have a clear understanding of the exact process by which food texture is sensed. But now, a new study by UC Santa Barbara biologist Craig…

The Art of Illusion

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By Shelly Leachman

Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Boston’s Fanuiel Hall. Union Station in Washington D.C. The World Trade Center. These landmark, iconic developments have something in common: Long before they were constructed, they came to life through art by famed architectural illustrator Carlos Diniz….

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Take Ten: Donnell Dixon

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By Andrea Estrada

Just in time for the 2016 Michael Jordan Flight School, which lifts off at UCSB this week, Donnell Dixon, assistant public events manager at the UCSB Events Center (aka The Thunderdome, and the hub of all basketball activity) shares some of his own campus insight. 

A Helen for Our Times

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By Jim Logan

Poor Helen of Troy. Despite being the immortal child of gods and the most beautiful woman in the world, she’s often seen as a passive victim for whom a thousand ships set sail to the doom of untold Greeks and Trojans. Evdokimos Tsolakidis, however, will have none of it. The Greek actor, director…

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Faith in Diversity

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By Nora Drake

A group of scholars from diverse backgrounds and nationalities gathered at UC Santa Barbara this summer to examine religious diversity in the United States and to learn firsthand how people with widely differing beliefs can coexist. They learned lessons of tolerance despite conflicting ideologies,…

‘Advance Warning’

Jul 31st 2016, 18:02, by By Julie Cohen

In 1984, drought conditions in Ethiopia led to the country’s worst famine in 100 years. The picture was even more dire last year, but food aid from the international community staved off a full-blown crisis. With 10 million Ethiopians still hovering on the edge of starvation, is it possible to…

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Hyperinflatie Venezuela is een feit: 1.600% in 2017

Jul 21st 2016, 09:19, by Richard de Feber

Het volgende doomscenario doet zich voor. Deze keer een hyperinflatie in Venezuela. Grote protesten op straat worden geweerd door speciale politie-eenheden in een poging de uitingen van onvrede enigszins onder controle te houden. Voedseltekorten, lage olieprijzen en economisch wanbestuur dwingen de Venezolaanse overheid de noodtoestand uit te roepen. Hyperinflatie in Venezuela In het Westen zouden […]

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Greek islands overflowing with migrants amid EU fears Turkey will abandon refugee deal

Jul 31st 2016, 13:54, by RT

Preview Greek authorities on several islands in the Aegean Sea are raising the alarm over an increasing influx of refugees from Turkey, which has soared since the failed coup, while the EU fears Turkey will not keep to its promises regarding the refugee deal.
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Ditch your gadgets & go outside, Pope Francis tells youth

Jul 31st 2016, 13:01, by RT

Preview Stop being coach potatoes; throw away your gadgets, which make you drowsy and dull and go out to explore the world, Pope Francis told crowds of young people in Krakow. The pontiff certainly knows about living an active life as pictures on social media show.
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Recent terrorist attacks ‘new’ to elite German forces despite years of training – commander

Jul 31st 2016, 12:54, by RT

Preview Terror attacks across Europe have made years of training undertaken by Germany’s elite Special Forces outdated because their skills in dealing with hostage situations and organized crime are largely ineffective given the new challenges faced.
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Germany sees record requests for self-defense weapons amid fears of lone-wolf attacks

Jul 31st 2016, 10:45, by RT

Preview Requests in Germany for self-defense weapons permits are hitting record highs in 2016, police data reveals. Firearms ownership experts say people wanting to purchase non-lethal weapons come from all sections of society, “be it workers or professors.”
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Russia sends military planes, biohazard troops to fight Siberian anthrax outbreak

Jul 31st 2016, 09:22, by RT

Preview The Russian military are assisting the local authorities in dealing with a deadly anthrax outbreak. The occurrence in western Siberia has already killed 1,500 reindeer, which are used as livestock by the indigenous people.
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‘He tainted Islam’: Muslim community refuses to bury French priest killer

Jul 31st 2016, 08:50, by RT

Preview The Muslim community in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in northern France, where two jihadists slit Father Jacques Hamel’s throat, is refusing to bury one of the attackers, saying that he put a stain on Islam, the French media reported.
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Erdogan dismisses 1,400 army staff, announces sweeping overhaul of Turkish military

Jul 31st 2016, 05:24, by RT

Preview Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered a cull of 1,400 army personnel for alleged links with this month’s failed coup, and stuffed the top military council with his political allies in a bid to impose greater control over the army.
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‘They murdered him’: Hundreds of Canadians protest police killing of mentally ill black man (PHOTOS)

Jul 31st 2016, 03:25, by RT

Preview Over 500 people marched through Canada’s capital on Saturday to protest the death of a mentally ill Somali-Canadian black man, who died during a confrontation with police.
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Russian customs seize 500+ bear paws heading to Chinese black market

Jul 31st 2016, 02:32, by RT

Preview Customs officers carrying out an anti-smuggling operation in Russia’s Far East came across a grisly discovery – 525 bear paws headed for China.
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‘Merkel must go’: Rally in Berlin slams open-door refugee policy

Jul 30th 2016, 23:45, by RT

Preview A large demonstration against German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policies has been held in the German capital of Berlin, with protesters shouting “Merkel must go!” A counter-rally has also been staged in the city.
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1,000s Turkish forces surround NATO’s Incirlik air base for ‘inspection’ amid rumors of coup attempt

Jul 30th 2016, 23:35, by RT

Preview Some 7,000 armed police in heavy vehicles surrounded the Incirlik air base used by NATO forces in Adana in what a Turkish minister called a “security check.” With no official explanation, speculations have arisen about a new coup attempt or VIP visit.
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Australians protest over government’s lax reaction to abuse of Aboriginal teen detainees

Jul 30th 2016, 21:45, by RT

Preview Cities across Australia joined in protest over the government’s sub-par response to shocking videos of institutionalized child abuse at a detention facility – the latest in Australia’s dark record of racist treatment of Aboriginals.
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Do not import conflict – German politicians ahead of massive pro- and anti-Erdogan demos in Cologne

Jul 30th 2016, 20:51, by RT

Preview German politicians have urged people to show restraint and refrain from bringing Turkey’s internal tensions to Germany as the city of Cologne is bracing for a number of massive rallies both in support of and against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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4 more humanitarian corridors to be opened in Aleppo – Russian military

Jul 30th 2016, 20:24, by RT

Preview Dozens of civilians and surrendering militants have used humanitarian corridors set up by Russian and Syrian military in the besieged city of Aleppo, Russia’s Defense ministry said on Saturday, adding that four more corridors are to open soon.
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Crimea referendum reflected people’s will – French delegation head

Jul 30th 2016, 16:11, by RT

Preview Crimea’s reunification with Russia reflects the will of the majority of the Crimean people, the head of a French delegation visiting the peninsula says. He added that if it had not joined Russia, it could have been turned into a battle zone like east Ukraine.
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2 injured in Toronto shooting

Jul 30th 2016, 14:45, by RT

Preview Two people have been injured, one critically, in a shooting at the Christie Pits Park in Canada’s largest city, Toronto.
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World order in 2035: US could lose ability for global dominance, DoD paper says

Jul 30th 2016, 14:30, by RT

Preview By 2035, the US could find itself in an environment where Russia or China may match or even exceed the West’s military and economic might in some areas, taking advantage of a “disordered and contested world,” the Pentagon’s research unit said.
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After slitting priest’s throat, France church attackers smiled & talked peace and God – witnesses

Jul 30th 2016, 13:41, by RT

Preview Two nuns, who were taken hostage by two jihadists in a Normandy church on Tuesday, gave accounts of their ordeals. They said one of the attackers smiled happily after slitting Father Jacques Hamel’s throat and a bizarre theological dispute followed the crime.
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Majority of Germans don’t believe Merkel will handle refugee crisis – poll

Jul 30th 2016, 12:13, by RT

Preview The majority of Germans do not trust Chancellor Angela Merkel’s claim that the country will successfully handle its refugee crisis. Merkel has come under fire over her “we can do it” remark in response to her open door policy towards asylum seekers.
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60yo cleric arrested after marrying a 6yo girl in Afghanistan

Jul 30th 2016, 11:31, by RT

Preview A cleric in his 60s has been arrested in Afghanistan after he married a six-year-old girl. The religious leader says that the child was sent to him as a “gift.” However the rescued girl has a different opinion saying: “I am afraid of this man.”
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20 Russian high-profile organizations attacked by spy malware in coordinated op – FSB

Jul 30th 2016, 10:10, by RT

Preview Computer networks of some 20 Russian state, defense, scientific and other high-profile organizations have been infected with malware used for cyberespionage, the Russian Security Service (FSB) reported, describing it as a professionally coordinated operation.
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German magazine mocks Erdogan with ‘penis cover’ as he vows to drop insult lawsuits

Jul 30th 2016, 09:32, by RT

Preview A German satirical magazine has mocked Turkish President’s post-coup crackdowns by publishing a cover showing a sausage photoshopped over his groin area. The daring issue comes after Erdogan said he is dropping all insult-related lawsuits.
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Brazilian drug lord busted after turning prison cell into luxury suite

Jul 30th 2016, 09:15, by RT

Preview A three-room suite complete with a library, high-tech kitchen, stylishly tiled walls, plasma TV and even a conference room – no, it’s not an apartment of a US rapper, it’s actually a prison cell where a Brazilian drug lord was serving his sentence.
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Police steps up security at Amsterdam airport after threat – authorities

Jul 30th 2016, 08:17, by RT

Preview Armed police are conducting extra-security checks at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam after the authorities received reports of a possible threat. Officers searched every car entering the hub while adding it is likely that flights will be delayed.
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Gang leader who fought with ISIS in Syria, killed in Southern Russia – antiterrorism committee

Jul 30th 2016, 07:02, by RT

Preview A gang leader, who fought alongside terrorist group Islamic State in Syria and is suspected of attacks on both civilians and police in Russia, has been killed in the southern republic of Dagestan, law enforcers reported.
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Austria’s far-right candidate leading in first re-run election poll

Jul 30th 2016, 06:39, by RT

Preview Far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPO) candidate Norbert Hofer has a four percent lead over his main rival according to early opinion polls, as he looks to win a repeat of the Austrian presidential election, which is due to be held in October.
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Gulen supporters in Netherlands accuse Turkish government of ‘witch-hunt’

Jul 30th 2016, 06:02, by RT

Preview Dozens of Turks living in the Netherlands who support exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen have been assaulted and received death threats, while several buildings hosting groups affiliated with the cleric were set on fire in the wake of Turkey`s failed coup attempt.
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‘Deceitful & corrupt’: Ireland sentences 3 bankers to jail for role in 2008 crisis

Jul 30th 2016, 05:02, by RT

Preview On Friday, a Dublin court sentenced three senior bankers to up to 3.5 years in prison for conspiring to defraud investors during the 2008 banking crisis. The convictions were seemingly applauded by Irish taxpayers concerned over a lack of accountability.
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60 injured as Yerevan police disperse protesters from besieged police station (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Jul 30th 2016, 04:32, by RT

Preview At least 60 people were injured when police used flashbangs to disperse protesters around Yerevan’s police station that was seized by an armed group earlier in July. Demonstrators came out to support the anti-government gunmen.
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Vanished guns: Firearms stolen from elite US Army base in Germany

Jul 30th 2016, 01:55, by RT

Preview US officials have revealed that a collection of weapons was stolen from the Panzer Kaserne base near Stuttgart earlier this month and couldn’t be located, leading to concerns that the arms may have ended up on the black market – or in the wrong hands.
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Turkish prosecutor claims CIA, FBI trained coup plotters

Jul 29th 2016, 23:31, by RT

Preview A Turkish prosecutor has claimed that the CIA and FBI provided training for the followers of powerful US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the coup attempt earlier this month.
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RT visits Erdogan’s self-exiled arch-nemesis Fethullah Gulen at his US estate

Jul 29th 2016, 20:25, by RT

Preview An RT reporter has met with “Turkey’s most wanted man,” Fethullah Gulen, a powerful preacher who has been living in self-exile in the US state of Pennsylvania. Ankara blames the scholar for the recent coup attempt in Turkey and wants him extradited.
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Suspect on Russia’s terrorist list apprehended at Stockholm airport, later walks free

Jul 29th 2016, 19:38, by RT

Preview Police at Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sweden apprehended a suspect who was being sought internationally and was wanted by Russia on suspicion of terrorism and murder. After being questioned, however, the man was later released without charge.
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Edward Snowden & WikiLeaks clash on Twitter over how to better leak data

Jul 29th 2016, 19:23, by RT

Preview Former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden has criticized WikiLeaks, a seemingly fellow whistleblower, on Twitter for failing to provide “modest curation.”
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‘Lack of sex a political problem’: Sweden orders study into why its citizens aren’t getting it on

Jul 29th 2016, 19:13, by RT

Preview Reputed to be one of the most sexually progressive countries in the world, Sweden is launching the first major government sex study in two decades, after smaller surveys revealed that Swedes are enjoying less and less lovemaking.
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Syria says latest US-led coalition strikes killed 45 civilians near Manbij

Jul 29th 2016, 18:44, by RT

Preview Syria has appealed to the UN claiming that 45 civilians were killed and 50 injured in US-led coalition airstrikes outside the city of Manbij near Aleppo on Thursday.
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Moscow on Al-Nusra ‘rebranding’: Attempts by terrorists to disguise themselves futile

Jul 29th 2016, 18:26, by RT

Preview Russia will continue fighting terrorists in Syria, even if they pretend to be someone else, its Foreign Ministry said following an announcement by Nusra Front that it will change its name and break up with Al Qaeda.
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Militants block civilians from leaving Aleppo as Russian military open humanitarian corridors

Jul 29th 2016, 16:45, by RT

Preview Residents of the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo rushed for long-awaited supplies of food and essentials on Friday, as the Russian military opened three humanitarian corridors for civilians and militants who had agreed to lay down their arms.
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Russian military ‘serious adversary’ after making ‘impressive’ progress – top NATO commander

Jul 29th 2016, 15:54, by RT

Preview The Russian military has significantly progressed in recent years to become “a very serious adversary” to the US and NATO, the bloc’s top commander has said, noting Russia’s army is now more professional, faster-learning, and more agile at thinking.
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Diplomacy skulls: Riga mayor mocks official fine for using Russian language on Facebook

Jul 29th 2016, 15:14, by RT

Preview The mayor of the Latvian capital, Nils Usakovs, has posted a simple skulls cartoon on his Facebook page “dedicated to the State Language Center.” The city head visually suggested that Latvian officials might still be at an earlier stage of evolution.
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‘Volcano of Fire’ erupts spectacularly in Guatemala, authorities on alert (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Jul 29th 2016, 14:32, by RT

Preview Amazing images have been captured of Guatemala’s Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) erupting spectacularly. Authorities remain on high alert as it continues to display intense activity.
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German woman invented gang-rape story during Cologne NYE assaults – media

Jul 29th 2016, 14:15, by RT

Preview An 18-year-old woman who earlier claimed to have been brutally raped by a gang of refugees in front of a Cologne train station reportedly confessed that her chilling story was fiction the whole time – she hadn’t even been in the city on New Year’s Eve.
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Russia eyes military icebreaker force to protect Arctic borders – report

Jul 29th 2016, 13:00, by RT

Preview The Russian Navy is reportedly considering the creation of a force of military icebreakers and ice-class attack ships based on the newest nuclear icebreakers. Their task would be security of the Northern Sea Route and protecting Russia’s Arctic borders.
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Biggest since 1972: US military giving back 17% of occupied Okinawa land to Japanese

Jul 29th 2016, 11:29, by RT

Preview Citizens of Okinawa in Japan could be having their wishes fulfilled – at least 17 percent fulfilled, as that is the amount of land the United States military plans to transfer back to the island from its control, amid growing problems with its public image.
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French PM open to temporary ban on foreign financing of mosques

Jul 29th 2016, 09:39, by RT

Preview French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he is considering a temporary ban on the foreign financing of mosques after a series of attacks reportedly perpetrated by Islamic State, including the recent Nice tragedy and the killing of a priest at French church.
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US-trained Afghan forces keep losing territory to Taliban – US govt report

Jul 29th 2016, 09:18, by RT

Preview The NATO-trained Afghan military only controls about two-thirds of Afghanistan’s districts and keeps losing territory to the Taliban, despite billions of dollars in US investment and efforts to train a capable national army, an internal US report found.
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Video emerges of Israeli Air Force captain killed by IDF friendly fire at Jerusalem bus stop

Jul 29th 2016, 09:00, by RT

Preview Video footage of an Israeli Air Force captain who was killed by IDF servicemen at a checkpoint in Jerusalem has been published. The soldiers were aiming at a Palestinian trespasser, fearing he may try to stab them, but fatally missed their intended target.
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Canada gives day parole to ‘Balaclava Rapist’ Larry Takahashi serving three life sentences

Jul 29th 2016, 07:44, by RT

Preview A Canadian serial rapist, who is serving three life sentences, has been granted day parole, something that has become a regular occurrence over the past few years. The parole board said it believes Takahashi can manage his continued rape fantasies.
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‘Elixir of youth’ found in sex hormone – scientists

Jul 29th 2016, 05:59, by RT

Preview A team of US and Brazilian researchers have used a synthetic sex hormone to stimulate production of a naturally occurring enzyme called telomerase that is capable of reversing ageing and has been dubbed a possible “cellular elixir of youth.”
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ISIS posts new clip of alleged priest killer threatening Hollande with more attacks on France

Jul 29th 2016, 05:59, by RT

Preview A new pre-recorded video showing one of the killers of a Normandy priest was released by Islamic State. As the terror group attempts to use the atrocity to attract volunteers for more attacks, questions are being raised on how to prevent them.
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Russia calls for consolidation of intel data on terrorism, avoidance of politicization

Jul 29th 2016, 04:19, by RT

Preview To counteract terrorism more effectively, countries should consolidate their databases on terrorists into one, the chief of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) suggested following an international meeting of security chiefs in St. Petersburg.
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‘Traitor cemetery,’ ‘birthplace toilet’ & other unconventional retaliation after failed Turkey coup

Jul 29th 2016, 03:39, by RT

Preview Supporters of Turkish President Erdogan have been quite inventive in proposing means to “punish” the alleged perpetrators and plotters of Turkey’s failed coup attempt, as Ankara widens its crackdown, arresting or sacking tens of thousands of people.
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NATO rep among 3 dead in Ukraine rocket facility blast

Jul 29th 2016, 03:08, by RT

Preview A NATO representative was among three killed when a missile exploded at a defense facility in northeastern Ukraine, according to reports citing a local prosecutor. The explosion allegedly occurred while soon-to-be-disposed weapons were being unloading.
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Red meat may trigger kidney malfunction – study

Jul 28th 2016, 22:20, by RT

Preview Crispy bacon, a juicy rib eye steak, or beef burger – these mouthwatering red meat delicacies have long been accused of being bad for health. Unfortunately, a new study based on 15 years of research now claims to back that theory with scientific evidence.
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Blast rocks apartment in Malmo, Sweden – police

Jul 28th 2016, 20:38, by RT

Preview There has been an explosion in an apartment in a residential area in central Malmo, Sweden, local media report, citing police. Emergency services and police are at the scene and the area has been cordoned off.
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Office workers need an hour of physical exercise daily to offset risk of death

Jul 28th 2016, 20:07, by RT

Preview Office workers who sit at their desks for eight hours a day need to ensure they engage in physical activity such as cycling or walking quickly for at least an hour a day if they want to offset an increased risk of premature death.
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‘No qualms’: Corsica militants warn ISIS they will strike back for terrorist attacks

Jul 28th 2016, 19:57, by RT

Preview A militant splinter group on the French island of Corsica has warned Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) that they will fight back if the terrorist group carries out an attack there, while urging Corsican Muslims to unite.
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‘She declared war on own people’: Merkel vows to stick to open door policy, faces online uproar

Jul 28th 2016, 19:30, by RT

Preview Germany’s online community has been in a furor since Chancellor Merkel said she will still stick to an open door policy for refugees, maintaining Germany is still “safe,” despite the recent deadly attacks there, most of which were committed by migrants.
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Rising fear of terrorism pushes Europeans to rethink approach to right-wing parties

Jul 28th 2016, 19:06, by RT

Preview A chain of bloody terrorist attacks in Western Europe is forcing many to reconsider their attitudes towards right-wing parties, which not long ago were considered too extreme and sometimes even branded “fascist.”
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‘Deadly terrorist attack in Prague’ invented by scammers to steal FB passwords

Jul 28th 2016, 18:18, by RT

Preview Scammers have been exploiting people’s fears in the wake of recent attacks in Europe by posting fake news of a ‘terrorist act’ in Prague, in an attempt to gain access to internet users’ personal data.
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Anti-US rally staged at NATO Incirlik air base in Turkey (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Jul 28th 2016, 16:30, by RT

Preview A crowd has been protesting near the Incirlik military base in Adana, Turkey. The facility houses US and NATO forces. The demonstrators are calling for the closure of the base, where arrests and searches were made in connection with the failed coup.
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‘Can’t welcome everyone’: Italy launches €1.5mn online project to deter migrants

Jul 28th 2016, 16:03, by RT

Preview The Italian government has launched a media campaign aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of violence and exploitation during migration, in an effort to keep potential refugees from sub-Saharan Africa from traveling to Italy and Europe in general.
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Aleppo residents begin escape from besieged neighborhoods via safe passage – local media

Jul 28th 2016, 15:08, by RT

Preview The first group of residents trapped in eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city before the civil war, have begun their escape through a humanitarian corridor created with Russia’s help, Al Mayadeen TV has reported.
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France to form National Guard amid calls to step up security

Jul 28th 2016, 14:45, by RT

Preview French President Francois Hollande has announced that a National Guard will be set up to ensure additional protection after a series of terrorist attacks in the country.
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Reports of armed woman in job agency trigger special forces operation in Cologne

Jul 28th 2016, 14:37, by RT

Preview Police in the German city of Cologne launched a special operation at an employment center in the city’s southwest following reports of an armed person threatening staff there.
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‘Can amount to torture’: UN slams abuse of boys teargassed in Darwin detention center

Jul 28th 2016, 14:28, by RT

Preview Abuse of juvenile detainees, teargassed and forcibly strapped to chairs at a Darwin detention center, in Australia’s far north, could amount to “torture or cruel inhuman and degrading treatment,” UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez says.
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German police raid Islamic ‘hotbed’ as 15yo detained for allegedly planning terror attack

Jul 28th 2016, 13:34, by RT

Preview Around 400 German police conducted raids at a mosque and eight apartments in a “hotbed” of radical Islam near Hannover. It came as police near Stuttgart arrested a 15-year-old who they believe was planning a mass shooting.
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French police tipped off about planned attack days before priest killing – investigation sources

Jul 28th 2016, 11:57, by RT

Preview French police received a tip-off about a planned attack in the days before the killing of a priest in Normandy, sources close to the investigation have said. The warning was about the second attacker in the murder, who has just been identified.
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Pope Francis falls while conducting Mass in Poland (VIDEO)

Jul 28th 2016, 10:10, by RT

Preview Pope Francis has fallen during a visit to Czestochowa, Poland. The pontiff was walking on stage, about to address the waiting crowd, but suddenly fell.
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‘World is in state of war’: Pope Francis speaks up after brutal murder of French priest

Jul 28th 2016, 09:50, by RT

Preview The spate of recent terror attacks in Western Europe – the latest of which saw an elderly French priest murdered by Islamist militants – serves as proof that the world is now in a state of war, Pope Francis said during his visit to Poland.
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Russia & Syria launch large-scale humanitarian op for Aleppo residents – defense ministry

Jul 28th 2016, 07:51, by RT

Preview Russia and Syria are launching a large-scale humanitarian operation for Aleppo residents, Russia’s Defense Ministry said. Corridors for civilians and militants ready to lay down arms will be created to exit the city, which was Syria’s largest before the war.
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Chinese & Russian navies to hold drills in South China Sea in September

Jul 28th 2016, 07:42, by RT

Preview China and Russia will hold naval drills in the South China Sea in September, the Chinese Defense Ministry told a news conference on Thursday, adding they are designed to strengthen cooperation between the two countries and were not aimed at raising tensions.
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Kaczynski finds EU threats ‘amusing’ as Poland given 3 months to undo changes to top court

Jul 28th 2016, 07:23, by RT

Preview Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s ruling conservative PiS party, has laughed off threats from the EU to impose sanctions on the nation, saying “it amuses me.” The bloc has given Poland three months to reverse changes made to its constitutional court.
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‘Germany should send back foreigners to save lives, stop appeasing Islamists’ – Bavarian MP to RT

Jul 28th 2016, 06:09, by RT

Preview The fact that three of the terror attacks that shocked Germany last week took place in its largest state of Bavaria is a “nightmare” for locals, and shows a failure of the EU and Berlin to deal with migration, Thomas Jahn of the CSU party told RT.
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‘I’ll blow you up’: Manhunt in Bremen after ‘pro-ISIS psycho’ escapes ward shouting threats

Jul 28th 2016, 04:28, by RT

Preview German police have arrested a 19-year-old Algerian asylum seeker who fled a psychiatric hospital after threatening to blow up people. A shopping mall in Bremen was evacuated during the manhunt. Police have tried to downplay the man’s links to Islamists.
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ISIS tried to recruit refugees from Danish migration center – report

Jul 28th 2016, 02:43, by RT

Preview A member of the Islamic State terrorist group is alleged to have made a daring visit to a remote Danish refugee center in the hope of finding new recruits for the jihadist extremists, according to a report obtained by a Danish TV station.
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Common pesticide kills up to 40% of sperm in bees, possibly leading to shrinking population – study

Jul 27th 2016, 21:13, by RT

Preview One of the most widely used insecticides has the side effect of killing a significant percentage of bee sperm, a new study suggests, potentially offering an explanation for a dramatic decline in the bee population.
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ISIS releases video purportedly showing two terrorists who slit throat of French priest

Jul 27th 2016, 21:03, by RT

Preview Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has made a video public showing two men the group claims to be the attackers who broke into a French church and butchered a priest.
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Mosque burnt in southern France, arson inquiry opened

Jul 27th 2016, 20:25, by RT

Preview Police opened an “arson inquiry” after firefighters were dispatched to battle a blaze at the mosque under construction in Muret, a suburb of the French town of Tolouse. No injuries were reported.
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Russia forms brand-new task force to counter NATO buildup in Eastern Europe

Jul 27th 2016, 19:41, by RT

Preview Moscow has been forming a force to counterbalance NATO’s massive military buildup along Russia’s borders in Europe, which will operate along its western and southern borders, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.
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Jilted wife made Geneva hoax bomb threat to stop husband leaving – Swiss prosecutors

Jul 27th 2016, 19:36, by RT

Preview A major security alert that caused Geneva airport to step up armed security on Wednesday was caused by a bomb hoax made by a woman who did not want her husband to leave.
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Turkey orders shutdown of over 130 media outlets, dismisses 1,600 military personnel – broadcaster

Jul 27th 2016, 19:10, by RT

Preview Turkish authorities ordered the closure of more than 130 media outlets on Wednesday in a crackdown following July’s failed coup, Reuters reports, citing CNN Turk. Some 1,600 military personnel were also sacked in the Turkish government’s latest move.
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Delayed passenger loses it, batters Frankfurt airport police at check-in desk (VIDEO)

Jul 27th 2016, 17:24, by RT

Preview The reality of repressed airport anger revealed itself in an extraordinary barrage in Frankfurt recently, as onlookers cheered.
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Thousands join Kiev Holy Cross procession for peace despite threats & provocation attempts

Jul 27th 2016, 17:12, by RT

Preview Thousands gathered for the Holy Cross procession of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Kiev on Wednesday, amid heightened security. The organizers of the march said its aim was to bring reconciliation and an end to the civil war in eastern Ukraine.
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‘Unprecedented’: European govts sold $1.3bn in arms to Middle East, some ended up with ISIS – report

Jul 27th 2016, 16:33, by RT

Preview Governments of Central and Eastern European countries have been selling an “unprecedented” amount of weapons and ammunition to the Middle East in recent years, fueling armed conflicts in the troubled region, a new report claims.
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‘Allahu Akbar’ calls at Munich memorial trigger angry reaction

Jul 27th 2016, 15:25, by RT

Preview Cries of ‘Allahu Akbar’ caused uproar during a commemoration for victims of last week’s shooting at a Munich shopping mall. Nine people were killed by a German-Iranian at the Olympia mall on July 22, with officials indicating a pre-planned attack.
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‘Nothing is being done’: French outraged after police missed attackers that killed priest

Jul 27th 2016, 15:22, by RT

Preview “We don’t recognize this country anymore,” locals told RT after attackers killed a priest by slitting his throat in the French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. President Hollande has acknowledged France’s “war” against ISIS, but has failed to toughen laws.
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Bavarian police confirm incident, ‘not explosion’ near migrant center

Jul 27th 2016, 14:47, by RT

Preview German police have denied reports of an explosion near a migrant center in northern Bavaria. They said that smoke came from a suitcase filled with aerosols, but there was no blast and no one was injured.
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At least 44 dead in ISIS-claimed double bomb attack in Qamishli, Syria (VIDEOS)

Jul 27th 2016, 14:37, by RT

Preview At least 44 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a twin blast attack that rocked the city of Qamishli on the Syrian-Turkish border, state TV reported. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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Turkey issues warrants for further 47 journalists as 15K detained over failed coup

Jul 27th 2016, 13:30, by RT

Preview Turkish authorities ordered the detention of 47 journalists from a formerly oppositional newspaper amid a widening crackdown on supporters of cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for a failed coup attempt earlier this month.
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HIV-positive man hired to have sex with children in ‘cleansing’ ritual arrested in Malawi

Jul 27th 2016, 13:08, by RT

Preview Police have arrested and charged for defilement a Malawian man who claims to have HIV and says he is hired by families to have sex with young women, some of them children, for ritual ‘sexual cleansing’.
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Putin urges unified international doping control standards

Jul 27th 2016, 12:04, by RT

Preview Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for the introduction of unified international standards for doping controls, and for both athletes and sports fans to have easy access to all necessary information.
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Israeli troops kill Hamas militant wanted in rabbi murder, arrest 2 others in overnight raid (VIDEO)

Jul 27th 2016, 10:52, by RT

Preview Israel’s security forces say they have killed a Hamas militant deemed responsible for the murder of Rabbi Michael Mark in a drive-by shooting. The raid was carried out overnight near Hebron, while a further two militants were arrested.
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Russia’s Federal Security Service monitors over 220 potential suicide bombers

Jul 27th 2016, 08:42, by RT

Preview Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) is monitoring over 220 potential domestic suicide bombers. It also follows people involved in recruiting candidates for “living bombs” and preparing terrorist acts involving proxy bombers, the agency’s head reveals.
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Catalonia determined to press on with Spain independence bid with or without Madrid’s consent

Jul 27th 2016, 08:28, by RT

Preview Catalonia says it is preparing to seek independence with or without Madrid’s backing. The region’s government says it would prefer to conduct cordial negotiations about a split, but that the lack of response from the Spanish capital is forcing its hand.
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‘Not medicine, but poison’: Hungarian PM says his country does not need ‘a single migrant’

Jul 27th 2016, 05:30, by RT

Preview Right-wing Hungarian leader Victor Orban said refugees are less than welcome in Hungary, calling them “a poison” and “terror risk” at a joint press conference with his Austrian counterpart. He also rejected the migration policy the EU is trying to impose.
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Ramped-up IDF demolitions leave dozens of Palestinian adults & children homeless

Jul 27th 2016, 05:14, by RT

Preview Israel has stepped up its demolition of Palestinian homes this year, with the IDF destroying 11 more houses on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Tuesday. The total number of bulldozed buildings in 2016 could become the highest in a decade.
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Refugee rapes 79yo woman at German cemetery

Jul 27th 2016, 02:59, by RT

Preview A new rape scandal is brewing in Germany after 40-year-old man from Eritrea with official refugee status was arrested as he was sexually assaulting an elderly woman at a cemetery in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Two gunmen surrender in Armenia’s police station siege after brief shootout

Jul 27th 2016, 02:30, by RT

Preview Two armed members of a group holding hostages at a police station in the Armenian capital of Yerevan surrendered after exchanging fire with police, according to Ashot Aharonian, the head of Information and Public Relations of the Police of Armenia.
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‘France’s soul affected, response must be merciless’: French politicians react to ISIS church attack

Jul 26th 2016, 22:52, by RT

Preview The killing of an elderly priest at a French church by assailants loyal to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) marks a “new stage” of extremist terror, French politicians have said, with many calling for a stronger response from the government.
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Teen Choice Awards 2016 live stream: Victoria Justice ‘nervous’ to host event with John Cena

Jul 31st 2016, 12:00

The ceremony airs at 8pm EST on Sunday on Fox network.

India’s national-level athlete Pooja Kumari drowns while taking a selfie

Jul 31st 2016, 11:55

Kumari, a steeplechase athlete was training under the Sports Authority of India at Bhopal, in central India.

Kanan returns to spoil the party for James in Power season 3 episode 3

Jul 31st 2016, 11:37

James is presently enjoying with Angela and assures her of a great life ahead along with their children.

Passengers evacuated from ferry in Marseille after reports of loud explosion

Jul 31st 2016, 11:33

Panic as fear of terrorist threat causes evacuation of ferry in Marseille’s seaport.

Inside the luxury prison cell of a Brazilian drug lord Jarvis Chimenes Pavao

Jul 31st 2016, 11:28

Police uncovered a plasma TV, double bed and a fully stocked kitchen in VIP suite

Arsenal transfer target Jamie Vardy says rejecting the Gunners was an easy decision

Jul 31st 2016, 11:23

The 29-year-old striker was a transfer target of the North London club.

New Delhi plans to evacuate 10,000 starving jobless Indians from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait

Jul 31st 2016, 11:23

India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj calls it a ‘food crisis’ and says efforts are on to provide relief.

Colorado storm drops golf ball-sized hail, burying cars, causing $500,000 damage at an airport

Jul 31st 2016, 11:20

Huge storm in the US state damaged Colorado Springs Airport, numerous cars and a petrol station.

Rio Olympics: 2,500 security roles yet to be filled 5 days before opening ceremony

Jul 31st 2016, 11:17

85,000 troops and police will be on duty in Rio throughout the Olympic Games.

Antonio Conte says Eden Hazard can be Chelsea’s forward solution amid Diego Costa uncertainty

Jul 31st 2016, 11:09

The Belgium international scored two goals in the 3-2 defeat to Real Madrid.

Android 7.0 Nougat tipped for August rollout

Jul 31st 2016, 11:02

Evleaks says Android Nougat will bundle August security patch.

New Fast And Furious 8 video shows Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson survive explosions

Jul 31st 2016, 10:50

The movie is scheduled to release in April 2017.

Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce bemoans lack of English players in the Premier League

Jul 31st 2016, 10:45

Only 31% of Premier League players are eligible to play for England.

Cardiff imam tells teens ‘it’s permissible in Islam to have sex slaves’

Jul 31st 2016, 10:42

Ali Hammuda is an Imam at a mosque where three men worshipped before joining Isis.

Flaviu the rogue lynx returned to Dartmoor Zoo after three weeks

Jul 31st 2016, 10:29

The lynx was recaptured by one of the 25 humane traps laid out in the region.

Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal are still on the market for a defender and a forward

Jul 31st 2016, 10:26

The French boss expects to sign a defender following the injury of Per Mertesacker.

Tragic last words of Catholic priest killed by Isis terrorists revealed

Jul 31st 2016, 10:23

Isis claimed responsibility for killing the priest and critically injuring a nun.

John Legend shares adorable photo of baby Luna in pineapple dress on Instagram

Jul 31st 2016, 10:23

The singer and his wife Chrissy Teigen recently shared memorable photos from their trip to Italy.

Januzaj and Schweinsteiger set to leave Manchester United this summer

Jul 31st 2016, 10:21

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho has hinted that the duo will continue their careers elsewhere next season.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner says he is considering his future with England

Jul 31st 2016, 10:19

The 30-year-old has won 61 caps during his international career.

Manchester United ‘were desperate’ to sign Switzerland international Breel Embolo

Jul 31st 2016, 10:17

The 19-year-old was a reported transfer target of Jose Mourinho.

Children ‘groomed to gamble’ by playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota2

Jul 31st 2016, 10:15

Parents are ‘oblivious’ to the problem of online videogame gambling.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is confident that country will do well at Rio Olympics 2016

Jul 31st 2016, 10:09

India is sending 119 athletes for the Rio Olympics, which is the maximum they have sent to any Olympic Games.

Tyron Woodley KOs Robbie Lawler to become the new UFC welterweight champion

Jul 31st 2016, 10:06

The 34-year-old won the fight in just two minutes and 12 seconds.

Carl Frampton upsets Leo Santa Cruz to win WBA world featherweight title in New York

Jul 31st 2016, 10:05

The Northern Irishman was declared the winner on two judges’ scorecards.

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How Quantum Mechanics Is Changing Everything We Know About Our Lives

Jul 31st 2016, 04:00, by Thais Gibson

Quantum physics is the new physics that is pointing to something far greater than the materialistic world that we once believed to be the basis of our existence. Not only is it disproving our original perception of space and time, but it is opening the doors to the possibility of time travel, telepathy, and consciousness creating our reality.

Below are some of the major properties of quantum mechanics and the implications they have on the world around us. You won’t be disappointed!

1. Quantum Entanglement: When two sub-atomic particles cross paths with one another, they become “entangled.”

This means that their properties become linked with one another. When these entangled particles are separated (even millions of miles or light-years apart), what happens to one particle instantaneously happens to the other particle.

What this means: This means that information is travelling far faster than the speed of light to be communicated instantaneously across vast distances.
This defies what we previously knew to be possible, and also hints at the notion of telepathy having the potential to be scientifically studied.

Einstein referred to this as “spooky action at a distance.” The new physics is currently being harnessed in an attempt to build “quantum computers” that would revolutionize technology as we know it today.

2. Atoms and subatomic particles can be in two places at once. In 2012 Dr. S. Haroche and Dr. Wineland won the Nobel Prize for using quantum mechanics to prove that electrons can be in two places at once. This theory was tested to 1 part in 100 billion in terms of accuracy. This officially made it the most successful physical theory that ever existed.

What this means: In theory, this notion correlates with the Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics. This theory implies that all potential realities and possibilities already exist, and that there are potentially an infinite number of parallel realities. This theory was brought to life by a scientist named Hugh Everett.

This would technically mean that any actions you judge in others, you have also committed in a parallel reality. It would also mean that what is happening to you right now has already happened and will happen again.

Most importantly, it would essentially mean that we collectively create our personal reality — as the “Implicate” order of existence projects outward, the “Explicate” order around us (See David Bohm’s “Implicate and Explicate Order of Existence”)  projects back inwards. This happens through the means of our collective energy being filtered through our human consciousness to project the outer reality we experience.

3. In the quantum world, everything behaves as both waves and particles! So sub-atomic particles can behave like matter or move in wave patterns. The most mind-blowing part about this is that particles behave like waves when we aren’t looking, and like matter when we are!

The act of looking is what changes the behaviour of the particles.

What this means: This means that consciousness literally influences reality. The act of observing something can actually be responsible for bringing a potential reality to life. You may have heard of the Law of Attraction; quantum physics essentially supports this idea.

When you focus on a desired outcome, it is almost as if you “reel in” that already existing quantum super-position of reality that brings it to life!

4. Quantum particles have the ability to move back and forth through time. Very recently, scientists at the University of Queensland were able to simulate photons travelling through time. In one case, the photon was sent through a wormhole to interact with itself in a previous state. In another, a photon traveled through regular space-time to interact with a different photon.

What this means: Quite simply, this means that our five senses are very limited in the way that they allow us to perceive the world. Classical physics and much of science is based on finding proof from conducting experiments and observing their results.
But we interpret our observations based on our limited five senses. Quantum physics is beginning to demonstrate that there is so much more outside of our current mainstream perception of reality.

This also means that time and space aren’t what we have made them out to be. They are not linear functions.
This also opens the hypothetical doors to the possibility of time travel.
If these sub-atomic particles are able to do this, and we are made of sub-atomic particles, what implication does this have?

One thing I have always found funny about mainstream science is that it prefers to ignore the miraculous and study the ordinary. When astonishing events take place that challenge our foundation of scientific beliefs, scientists that wish to explore them are often condemned by their peers and community.

We know that science is based on proving things through measurement and calculation.
But if what we are perceiving is limited because our five senses only provide a piece of the entire picture, maybe it is time we began to focus on studying what is out of the ordinary.

Quantum mechanics is currently challenging and uprooting some of our belief systems that have previously been based on the limitations of our senses. Rather than looking at the external world, science is now beginning to investigate the internal world in the form of microscopic particle behavior.

To contemplate that these particles are behaving this way and these particles are what form the world around us is truly mind-boggling.

NFL: The Game Destroying The Brains & Lives Of Some Of America’s Finest Athletes

Jul 31st 2016, 04:00, by Anna Rodgers

“In football, one has to expect that almost every play of every game and practice, they are going to be hitting their heads against each other. Each time that happens, it’s around 20 G’s or more. That is the equivalent of driving a car at 35 miles into a brick wall. A thousand to 1500 times per year.”

 —Robert Stern, PhD Neuropsychologist (featured in the frontline documentary Why The NFL Should Be Scared Of Chris Borland)

Can you imagine being hit in the head constantly with an impact similar to that of hitting a brick wall, and how you might feel the more it happened? Each one of those hits could be potentially damaging for you, let alone having them happen again and again, year after year.

If you’ve ever watched an NFL game, you’re likely unsurprised to hear how dangerous this sport can be. If those big shoulder guards and helmets are any indication, this is not a sport for the faint of heart. It’s rough, requires enormous strength, speed, and agility, and only a select few can make it to the big time.

For many young boys, often their dream is to end up playing in the big leagues, becoming a super wealthy sports star. If they play in college, but don’t get picked up by the professional league, it can completely crush their dreams.

But this rejection may actually be a huge blessing in disguise. That is because, playing in the professional NFL may actually destroy your life.×200.jpg 300w,×240.jpg 360w” sizes=”(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px” />

Tens Of Thousands Of High Impact Hits To The Brain Over The Life Of A Professional Player

By the time someone has finished college football, it is estimated that they will have received an alarming 8000 high impact hits alone (1). When you add a professional football career spanning many years, that number increases dramatically.

Take away the glamour and prestige of the game, and think about it just in terms of these high impacts, and it might not take a lot to see: it’s a very dangerous game for long-term health. Many of the NFL fans out there are still perhaps not aware that a large number of players have died due to these impacts, and some in the most brutal and gruesome ways.

“In my opinion, taking professional football players as a cohort, I think over 90% of American football players suffer from this disease. Over 90% of players who play to the professional level have some degree of this disease. I have not examined any brain of a retired football player that came back negative.”

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CTE: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Dr. Bennet Omalu, who holds four board certifications in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Forensic Pathology, and Neuropathology, began investigating what could be happening to these players and discovered that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy [CTE] was a disease affecting many professional footballers.

CTE (2) is a degenerative disease found in people who have had severe blows to the head. It can occur from even one hit to the head. Professional football players are at the greatest risk of developing CTE. It is now thought that professional NFL players have a whopping 90% chance of developing brain disorders and/or early death.  Those with CTE are found to have an increased buildup of the protein Tau. The changes to the brain can begin after one hit, months, years, or even decades after the last hit (3).

Dr. Omalu first came across the case of Mike Webster, who played as a centre for the Pittsburgh Steelers for over 15 years. Some still call him one of the greatest NFL players ever to play the sport. Mike played an estimated 245 professional games.

To give you an idea of how many high impact hits in the head Mike may have received, just in these games, and with the estimation from college football games also included, Mike is likely to have received 17,800 hits. To put this into a different perspective, Mike may as well have been in 25,000 automobile accidents.

Absolutely astounding to say the least.

Mike’s life ended in tragedy. He suffered from amnesia, depression, and dementia. Despite having offers of places to live, he ended up living all alone in his pick-up truck.

What happened to Mike is not an isolated case. To see how many former players have had CTE confirmed after death, please see this alarming compilation here.

Terry Long, who played in 108 NFL games, is a truly tragic case. He drank a gallon of anti-freeze to kill himself. He had been experiencing extreme mental issues such as hearing voices. Terry was perfectly healthy before he played in the NFL.

There have also been several murders and suicides linked to CTE where a football player, Jovan Belcher, killed his girlfriend, and then himself.  OJ Simpson, who allegedly killed two people, was a huge football star for many years, and it is speculated that he may too have suffered from CTE, which is proven to affect mood and behaviour. the-science-behind-head-injuries

NFL Worth Billions; CTE Threatens Big Money

Dr. Omalu then went on to write a landmark study on CTE, which he brought to the NFL. While the clinical findings were overwhelming, the NFL (with the 32 teams being worth an estimated combined $63 billion) denied CTE was happening. They simply did not want to know. Many of its leaders were interviewed on TV and said that the sport was ‘safe’ and had ‘zero’ risk of brain injury.

One who denied CTE was Dave Duerson, who played for several NFL teams during his career; he vehemently disagreed that CTE was a problem within the NFL. In a sad and ironic twist of fate, Dave committed suicide in 2011. His brain was sent for further study and it was found that he too, had CTE.

In the movie Concussion (released December 2015), which is about CTE and the NFL (Will Smith plays Dr. Omalu), the viewer sees that the NFL have behaved just like other powerful entities that have a lot of money at stake — when they see a pressing problem they simply chose to deny and hide it.  Dr. Omalu spent much of his own money carrying out the study and also ended up being ridiculed and threatened by those close to the NFL. Despite there being so much evidence now that he is right, Omalu today is still often discredited.

“My son is 6. I wouldn’t let my six-year-old son near any football field. And if any coach asks my son to play football, I’ll sue that coach, and I’ll sue the school.”

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Chris Borland AKA The Most Dangerous Man In Football

How are some of the players dealing with the issue of CTE? Many choose to ignore it but some have not. Chris Borland was a rising star in the NFL world. He was signed to the San Francisco 49ers and had a very ‘bright’ future ahead of him. Yet after only a year of playing in the big leagues, he quit. His reasoning? He had researched CTE and saw that he was at great risk of developing this and chose to end his career, putting his health first.

To the powerful NFL, what he has done is very threatening to the league.  The game makes many billions each year, with the owners of the teams often being worth a billion (or 2 or 3) alone.

Chris spoke about this in an episode of Frontline which you can see below:

“The NFL is smart, they are scared of Chris Borland and the people that will come after them.”

— Chris Nowinski, Executive Director, Concussion Legacy Foundation

NFL Concussion Settlement: 20,000 Players Suing

Since the NFL had prior knowledge of CTE, many players have now sued for not being informed about the risks they would be taking by having a professional football career. It is estimated that 20,000 men are involved in this lawsuit.

Where To From Here? Can The NFL Be Safer?

America’s most loved and lucrative game isn’t going to end anytime soon. The only hope we have is making it safer, but is that even possible? Improvements so far which have been helping to improve the chances of delaying CTE are: longer time spent off the field after a high impact tackle or hit (to allow the brain to rest), new designs of helmets such as the Procap, and new rules to the game. While these may help, it’s perhaps nowhere near enough to decrease the risks of CTE in a way that is going to make a profound improvement.

The game itself would have to be completely changed to make CTE something that doesn’t happen in the extremes it is. So it seems the answer is no, the NFL can’t ever be risk free.

The only thing we can do is hope that players have much more knowledge about what they might be getting themselves into. I wish they would realize that money and fame cannot do a thing to make CTE go away once it’s affected the brain. And experiencing the severe mental problems such as some of the now deceased players have experienced, is something that you wouldn’t wish upon your worst enemy.

Do People Love NFL For The Wrong Reasons?

I’m ending this on a personal note: I didn’t grow up in America so seeing NFL games is not something that I was at all used to. The first time I ever saw one on TV, I was stunned at how rough it was. It just looked like a game to me that had impossible odds to avoid these high impacts and at times what seemed like near-death accidents. It boggles my mind that just like boxing, it’s something that has become so popular today.

It begs the question: is there perhaps something very wrong with a society that seems to enjoy seeing grown men experience these horrific body slams, the occasional breaking of limbs, and intense head impacts that just make you cringe and feel a bit sick to the stomach because you know that what you just saw has hurt a heck of a lot?

You can also find many clips on Youtube like this one with titles like ‘20 of the Most Gruesome NFL Injuries Ever.’ I couldn’t even bring myself to watch it.

Is all of this violence in sports perhaps a slight throwback to the Roman times where men would be released into a pit and have to fight off lions, and the more gory it was, the louder the cheers?

I know, I’m ‘just’ a woman — I hear some of you saying — who doesn’t ‘get’ what its like to be in a man’s world or understand the skill of this sport. But come on, there’s something seriously awry here. Men are dying, and the odds aren’t good. There will definitely be more, and we can bet on that.

Why We Need A Food Revolution & How “Hospital Farms” Could Fuel It

Jul 31st 2016, 04:00, by Kalee Brown

The food industry may pose the single greatest threat to human health today. The amount of people suffering from obesity, heart disease, cancer, and other food-related illnesses has skyrocketed since we created what is known as the “global food system.”

As globalization increased and technology advanced, we went from growing our own food and raising our own cattle to developing a multi-trillion dollar business. Food has gone from representing a method of sustaining ourselves to becoming a global industry fuelled by corruption and profitability. Most conventional food products, especially in North America, contain dairy, sugar, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), chemicals, toxins, and other ingredients harmful to human health.

The difficulty of trying to be healthy

If you read the label on any given food product, you may not even be able to recognize some of the ingredients. Even something as basic as sugar can be difficult to identify because of the number of alternative names: sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, barley malt, dextrose, maltose, rice syrup, and more. You may choose to purchase products that claim to be “sugar free” or “fat free,” but this is usually offset by an increase in artificial sweeteners with the former and sugar with the latter. One of the best ways to maintain a healthy diet is to purchase organic foods, although this is not foolproof either (as explained here).

Why medical doctors and governments are lying to you

Although the implications of eating an entire tub of ice cream may seem obvious, other foods that are detrimental to human health aren’t as evident. For example, medical doctors often claim that the only viable source of protein is meat and the sole source of vitamin B12 is red meat. They fail to mention that by consuming meat, we increase our risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, strokes, and numerous other health issues.

Governments heavily promote the consumption of dairy products, as they play a considerable role in controlling the dairy industry and reap plenty of profit as a result. Even at a young age, society is encouraged to increase their dairy intake for “optimal strength and bone health,” when in reality consuming dairy heightens our risk of osteoporosis, bone fractures, and some cancers. Despite what national food guides claim and “Got Milk?” advertisements dictate, there are a number of healthier, denser sources of calcium, including kale, broccoli, cabbage, watercress, and a wide variety of seeds.

Hospitals’ role in promoting unhealthy diets

Many consumers are aware of the dangers of their unhealthy diets, yet they continue to eat this way due to taste, convenience, and visual appeal. To these individuals, the risk is worth the reward, even if the end result is hospitalization. Ironically, the food served in hospitals isn’t as healthy as you’d expect from a business whose mission is to better the health of its patients. The average meal served to patients in a North American hospital includes:

  • Little or no vegetarian options
  • Meals centered around meat and dairy
  • Bleached, white bread
  • High sodium content
  • Extremely high sugar levels (essentially every meal is served with Jell-O)
  • Heavily processed foods

Approximately 67% of hospital staff claim they wouldn’t consume the food they serve patients, 60% of those patients refuse to eat their meals, and some of the meals prepared don’t even meet standards set by the average school cafeteria (source). The paradox is that people seek doctors’ aid to help them heal and trust hospitals to provide them with a safe place to do so, but instead they’re slowly being poisoned.

“Hospital farms”: the next generation of hospital food

The negative feedback on hospital food is not going unnoticed; some hospitals in the US have built organic farms so they can raise the organic fruits and vegetables used in patients’ meals.

St. Luke’s Hospital in Pennsylvania, for example, partnered with the Rodale Institute, a non-profit dedicated to improving organic agriculture. The pair developed an easy-to-replicate “farm to hospital” model, whereby produce is added to the cafeteria menu and available for sale at a weekly farmer’s market within the hospital. Employees are able to participate in farming activities and new moms are sent home with a complimentary package of produce and healthy recipes.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital in Michigan created an onsite organic farm, which provides organic produce for patients’ meals. The hoophouse is wheelchair accessible so patients can visit the facility and there’s an exercise bike that pumps water to irrigate the plants so that even patients with neurological disorders can participate. There is also a weekly farmer’s market within the hospital and any unsold produce is donated to Foodgatherers, a local food bank.

Why hospital farms could be the next step toward a food revolution

People are becoming more conscious about how their diet affects their health and the environment. Consumers want change and are starting to reflect this in their buying patterns. More people are buying locally sourced, non-GMO, plant-based and healthier foods; we are on the verge of a food revolution (check out G & Coletti’s podcast with Ocean Robbins to learn more).

Not only do hospital farms promote a healthier lifestyle for patients, employees, and community members, they also represent a shift in consciousness within the healthcare industry. We have seen the corruption within this industry time and time again, but this type of innovation shows a clear desire for change. Hospital farms could result in huge strives forward for the food revolution and may be a stepping-stone to creating sustainable change within this industry. Perhaps hospital farms reflect the beginning of a new era for healthcare, shifting the focus away from profit and back to health and wellness.

As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Social Media For Viral Social Change

Jul 31st 2016, 04:00, by Amanda Heart

Once upon a time, running a campaign meant knocking on doors, picking up the phone and taking out ad space — anything to alert the public to your cause. More often than not, the time, effort, and money invested in traditional campaigning methods far outweighs the results, and the capacity of a group or individual to instigate change depends largely on the resources at their disposal.

Enter the age of the internet — and social media in particular — and this is no longer an issue. Today, a message, movement, or debate can go viral in minutes, and it’s not only politicians and corporate brands that are using the internet to further their cause. Social media is increasingly being used to establish and drive humanitarian initiatives, showing just how the digital world can effectively translate into real-life social change.

Campaigning in the Internet Age: What’s New?

Never before has the world been so connected. With free social media platforms, an open blogosphere, and ready-made templates such as these making it possible to create a website in minutes, the internet is an open forum that virtually anyone can be a part of. Essentially, it has established a global community, defying geographical borders and opening up a universal channel of communication. This has significantly changed the way we interact with our peers — not only our friends, but also far-flung communities — and ultimately, the way we approach important issues.

Prior to the internet, awareness of an issue or cause was very much restricted by physical location. Unless particularly newsworthy, something going on in a specific town in India, for example, may not ever have reached the ears of those in America. Equally, someone living with a rare health condition would have found it extremely difficult to raise awareness beyond their immediate friends and family.

The accessibility of the internet has completely changed this, meaning that news can be shared, spread, and brought to people’s attention quicker than ever before, with very little effort and at no financial cost. Whilst this can have its downsides, it no doubt presents plenty of opportunity when it comes to driving social change. In short, the internet and social media have got the world talking.

Of course, Facebook and Twitter are not the magic solution to the world’s most pressing issues. In fact, you might argue that social media makes it all too easy to appear to back a cause without actually requiring any genuine engagement. As Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith (authors of The Dragonfly Effect) point out, there is the potential to “create a perception of action or participation where there is, in fact, inaction.” However, just like traditional campaigns, supporting a cause is not necessarily about taking physical action.

Sharing, liking, and hash tagging are the modern-day equivalents of signing a petition, and both have the same goal: to spread the word, raise awareness, and create a chorus of voices loud enough that those in power have no choice but to sit up and listen. Sharing a Facebook post may seem like the laziest way to get involved in a cause, but the sheer scale and speed of the online community makes it a far more powerful tool than any traditional method.

Social Media in Action

But still the question remains: are likes and follows just meaningless numbers, or do online campaigns actually translate into real-life social change? In a word, yes — and there is no shortage of case studies to prove it.

One prime example is the story of Sameer Bhatia, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who used the power of the internet to beat cancer. Upon being diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), Bhatia embarked on a mission to find a matching donor for a bone marrow transplant that could save his life. Usually, this is where the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) would come in, but only 1.4% of its registered donors were South Asian; given that tissue types are inherited, Bhatia’s chances were even slimmer than usual.

What’s more, India — where his family was originally from — had no such registry. Through a simple yet compelling email campaign, Bhatia was able to extend his search beyond geographical proximity, reaching over 30,000 people within 48 hours — something that would not have been possible without the internet. Not only did he manage to find a suitable donor, he also raised awareness of the condition in the process, using social media platforms to set up bone marrow drives nationwide.

Bhatia’s story is just one example of how forwarding, liking, or sharing a post online can yield real, offline results. Far from being a one-off case, social media has also been known to play a critical role in politics — from the Arab Springs to the Israel loves Iran initiative, which saw an Israeli couple use Facebook to launch their very own peace campaign.

What Makes a Successful Social Campaign?

The sheer scale and accessibility of social media — and the internet in general — gives online campaigns the capacity to reach not only a vast amount of people, but also an extremely wide range, not just those who are politically engaged or happen to be in a certain place at a certain time. Social media usage is not limited to any particular age group, gender, or country, and therefore acts in many ways as a rare meeting place for citizens all over the world, from all walks of life. In this respect, it is incredibly effective at raising awareness and generating strength in numbers.

However, popping up on someone’s news feed is one thing, getting them to actually engage with the cause is something else altogether. We’ve all been guilty of giving that charity worker in the street a wide berth, so what stops us scrolling past those calls for help on social media?

As previously discussed, the ease of participation no doubt plays a part —clicking “like” or “share” is a lot less time-consuming than engaging in a discussion. Another possible reason could be that such posts reach us via those already in our network, perhaps creating an instant sense of connection to the cause at hand; sometimes, the knowledge that our peers are doing something is all it takes to get us on board.

This is especially true of dynamic campaigns that see social media users taking part and nominating their friends to do the same. The ice bucket challenge brought an element of fun to charitable giving while raising $115 million for the ALS Association — topping the previous year’s $13 million in such a way that would most certainly not have been possible without the internet.

However, this certainly doesn’t mean that every worthwhile cause launched on social media is guaranteed to meet with huge success. According to the Dragonfly Effect, a powerful social campaign needs not only to tap into social media, but to also draw upon marketing strategy and consumer psychology. In doing so, an online initiative should simultaneously focus, grab attention, engage, and take action, with all four elements working in harmony — like the wings of a dragonfly — to achieve one goal.

One of the most remarkable things about social media is that it enables everyday people to be just as powerful as corporations and governments; an online campaign for change can be established by just about anyone with the desire to make a difference, regardless of financial resources or social status. Of course, there is nothing to stop political bodies — or individuals — employing the same techniques and strategies for less altruistic means, but there is no denying that, when used as a tool rather than a weapon, social media is one of the most powerful methods at our disposal for driving positive change.

9 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

Jul 31st 2016, 04:00, by Arjun Walia

This article was inspired by  Michelle McMacken article “7 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating meat.”  A bit more information has been added in along with a few slightly different points. She’s an MD, a board-certified internal medicine physician and an assistant professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine:

“[T]he protein found in whole plant foods protects us from many chronic diseases.

It’s well established in scientific literature that a meat-free diet, when done correctly, offers tremendous health benefits. The notion that meat is necessary for human health is a myth that continues to pervade popular culture, but public perception is slowly shifting, and new research is showing that even our ancestors did not exclusively (or even predominantly) eat meat. While we don’t mean to say that eating any meat is unhealthy, we do wish to call attention to the growing body of research making clear that vegan and vegetarian diets are optimal for good health.

Katherine Milton, an anthropologist at the University of California, Berkeley, explains why the ‘paleo’ argument is flawed in the following statement:

“[I]t is difficult to comment on ‘the best diet’ for modern humans because there have been and are so many different yet successful diets in our species. . . . [B]ecause some hunter-gatherer societies obtained most of their dietary energy from wild animal fat and protein does not imply that this is the ideal diet for modern humans, nor does it imply that modern humans have genetic adaptations to such diets.”

To learn more about the paleo diet confusion and see examples and studies, you can refer to this article we published early last year.

According to Harvard Medical School, “studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.”

Even the American Dietetic Association has weighed in with a position paper, concluding that “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”

These diseases include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more.

With that being said, let’s take a look at what can happen when you stop eating meat.

1. You’ll Help Protect The Environment

Eating meat is not like it used to be. Today, we raise and kill billions of animals every single year to feed our ever-increasing demand for meat — a demand which far outstrips our need. What’s worse, these animals we raise to be slaughtered are confined, tortured, and subjected to all manners of horrific treatment along the way. The cruelty alone is enough to discourage someone from eating meat, or at least encourage them to reduce their consumption. Although this article is mainly about health, this ethical issue can’t be ignored.

While we slaughter these animals, we also wreak havoc on the environment, as the video below illustrates. Called “feed lots,” though officially referred to as “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation” (CAFO) and more commonly known as factory farms, they house thousands of animals in horrid conditions that breed disease and massive environmental degradation. Despite this fact, they remain a non-issue to several major organizations whose job it is to raise awareness on the various issues contributing to our planet’s destruction.

According to FarmForward, a nonprofit advocacy group, 99 percent of farmed animals in the U.S. are raised on feedlots. We are talking about billions of animals raised for slaughter every year, and that is in the U.S. alone. Globally, more than 70 billion of these animals are raised for slaughter every single year.

Did you know that the leading cause of rainforest destruction is our own food supply? We tear them down to make room for food crops and livestock grazing, and are doing so at an approximate rate of an entire football field’s worth of forest every single second. Every day, close to 100 plant/animal/insect species are lost because of this practice. You can read more about this here.

Water waste is another major issue here. About 2,000 gallons of water are needed to produce just one pound of beef in the U.S. The fish supply in our oceans is rapidly becoming depleted; by some estimates, oceans may be fishless by 2048. The current food system, based on meat and dairy production, also contributes to world hunger — many crops grown worldwide go toward feeding livestock, not feeding people.

2. You’ll Greatly Reduce Your Chances Of Getting Type 2 Diabetes

In America alone, approximately 40 percent of people are pre-diabetic. This translates to millions of people. Multiple studies have shown that red and processed meat (also recently linked to cancer by the WHO), as well as animal protein in general, increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. In omnivore populations, the risk of diabetes is doubled compared with vegans. Another study found that eating meat once a week or more over a 17-year period increased the risk of diabetes by a startling 74 percent. A follow up study was conducted and found that increasing red meat intake by more than just half a serving per day was closely associated with an almost 50 percent increased risk in contracting diabetes over 4 years.

3. You Will Get The Right Type, And The Right Amount Of Protein

While underconsumption of protein is harmful to the body, overconsumption comes with risks as well. In the United States, the average omnivore gets more than 1.5 times the optimal amount of protein, and most of that protein is from animal sources. This is bad news, because excess protein is turned into waste or turned into fat. This stored animal protein contributes to weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, inflammation and cancer.

On the other hand, the protein contained in whole plant foods is connected to disease prevention. According to Michelle McMacken, MD, a board-certified internal medicine physician and an assistant professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine:

“[T]he protein found in whole plant foods protects us from many chronic diseases. There is no need to track protein intake or use protein supplements with plant-based diets; if you are meeting your daily calorie needs, you will get plenty of protein. The longest-lived people on Earth, those living in the “Blue Zones,” get about 10% of their calories from protein, compared with the U.S. average of 15-20%.”

Multiple studies have shown the difference between animal protein and plant protein. Another great example comes from Colin Campbell, professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. His experiments on laboratory rats showed how it was entirely possible to switch the growth of cancer on and off by simply varying the amount of animal protein present in their diet. This was an enormous discovery with implications for the diets of millions of people. The fact that the results could be replicated made the conclusions scientifically irrefutable. It’s what’s known as the “China Study.”

Below is a video of him discussing his experiments.

4. You’ll Be Living A More Compassionate Lifestyle

As mentioned above, billions of animals are raised for slaughter every year just in the U.S.. Animals are sentient beings who suffer and experience a wide array of emotions. They even suffer in farms that we currently label as “humane.”  By giving up, or even cutting down on meat, you are helping to stop animals from enduring horrific experiences. If you do eat meat, perhaps you could make better choices or consume animals who have died from natural causes at the end of their life. One thing is for certain: eating meat ethically requires serious effort and care. As consumers, we’ve become so complacent and lazy, and the food industry wants to keep us this way.

5. You’ll Reduce Inflammation In Your Body

Many people eat processed foods regularly, despite the fact that they are known to cause cancer. Eating meat specifically increases your chances of having elevated levels of inflammation in your body, which can lead to a number of short-term and long-term health consequences.

Chronic inflammation has been linked to atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases, among other problems.

Plant-based diets, on the other hand, are naturally anti-inflammatory. This is because they offer lower inflammatory triggers (saturated fat, endotoxins, and other toxins released from bacteria found in animal foods). Multiple studies have shown that those who switch to a plant-based diet can dramatically lower their level of C-reactive protein (CRP), an indicator of inflammation in the body.

6. You Will Lower Your Blood Cholesterol

Another big risk factor for heart problems is high blood cholesterol. Saturated fat, primarily found in meat, cheese, poultry, and various other animal products, dramatically influences our blood cholesterol levels.

Yet when people switch to plant-based diets, their blood cholesterol drops significantly, as several studies have shown. More surprising still, this decrease is equal to that which is seen with pharmaceutical drugs — but that’s a business unconcerned with healing. When a natural substance shows huge potential for healing, if it can’t be patented, it’s not of interest.

It’s a fact that those who require cardiovascular drugs can lower their risks by adopting a plant-based diet.

“Whole-food, plant-based diets reduce blood cholesterol because they tend to be very low in saturated fat and they contain zero cholesterol. Moreover, plant-based diets are high in fibre, which further reduces blood cholesterol levels. Soy has also been shown to play a role in lowering cholesterol, for those who choose to include it.”

— Michelle McMacken, MD

7. You’ll Give Your Gut A Makeover

Gut health is extremely important to your overall health. In fact, it could be the most important, as all health starts in your gut. If you have an unhealthy gut, you will have an unhealthy body with a variety of potential problems.

One aspect of the gut is what’s known as the ‘microbiome.’ It’s used to refer to the trillions of microorganisms that live inside of our bodies. Vital to our overall health, the microbiome produces critical nutrients, keeps our gut tissues healthy, protects us from cancer, turns genes on and off, and more. Studies have also shown that they play an important role in various other diseases, from liver and bowel diseases to diabetes and several autoimmune diseases.

Where do plant foods come in? Well, studies have confirmed that plant foods help shape a healthy intestinal microbiome. This is just another reason (out of many) why scientists and health professionals are becoming big advocates of plant-based diets. The fibre found in plant foods actually helps promote the good bacteria that’s needed in our guts. When your fibre comes from dairy, eggs and meat, this can help foster the growth of disease-causing bacteria.

“Landmark studies have shown that when omnivores eat choline or carnitine (found in meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy), gut bacteria make a substance that is converted by our liver to a toxic product called TMAO. TMAO leads to worsening cholesterol plaques in our blood vessels and escalates the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Interestingly, people eating plant-based diets make little or no TMAO after a meat-containing meal, because they have a totally different gut microbiome. It takes only a few days for our gut bacterial patterns to change – the benefits of a plant-based diet start quickly!”

– Michelle McMacken, MD

8. You’ll Live Longer

Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences at USC, has discovered that through fasting (if done correctly), the body produces less 1GF1 (growth hormone factor), and, as a result, cells start repairing themselves instead of dividing. His research has shown that fasting actually regenerates stem cells, kills cancer cells, and prolongs life. Decreases in insulin and glucose, along with an increase in ketone bodies and IGFBP1 are also observed, for all of you scientists out there.

Last year, a press release from USC emphasized how fasting, in combination with chemotherapy, has already been shown to kill cancer cells. They also presented two new studies in mice suggesting that a less-toxic class of drugs combined with fasting could kill breast, colorectal, and lung cancer cells.

Mark Mattson, the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, and one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying multiple neurodegenerative disorders, makes this quite plain in his TEDx talk on the subject:

“Calorie restriction (CR) extends life span and retards age-related chronic diseases in a variety of species, including rats, mice, fish, flies, worms, and yeast. The mechanism or mechanisms through which this occurs are unclear.”

The main relation to plant-based diets here is that in order to maintain the benefits of fasting, depending on body type, one has to do it regularly, possibly 1-2 times a month, or engage in what’s known as “intermittent fasting.” And in doing so, they are encouraged to stick to a predominately plant-based diet. According to Longo, “a plant-based diet is by far the best for longevity and disease prevention.”

Dr. Longo is a great place to start if you’re interested in fasting. Fasting can have a wide array of health benefits, but it can also be detrimental to someone who has no idea what they are doing, so please do your research if this is something you are considering.

Below is a video clip of Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, a 100-year-old recently retired heart surgeon who has been a vegan for half of his life (5o years). He shares why he made this choice.

9. You’ll Change How Your Genes Work

It wasn’t long ago that scientists figured out that environmental factors can turn genes off and on. Studies have shown that a plant-based diet can decrease the expression of cancer genes in men with low-risk prostate cancer. Plant-based diets have also been known to lengthen our telomeres, which are caps at the end of DNA chromosomes that assist us in keeping our DNA healthy. This suggests that we actually age more slowly, thus reducing our chances or contracting an age-related disease.



3 Herbs & 6 Foods You Can Use To Properly Cleanse Your Kidneys

Jul 30th 2016, 14:30, by Alexa Erickson

Kidney cleanses have been used in traditional medicine to rid the kidneys of calcium deposits for hundreds of years. Such calcium accumulations can result in kidney stones, which are often excruciating to pass.

The kidneys are intensely fragile organs which filter the blood 24 hours a day throughout the body’s lifetime. Consuming the best herbs, fruits, and vegetables for kidney health will work to keep your kidneys functioning at their best.

To learn exactly how to do a kidney cleanse properly, safely, and effectively, continue on to this easy-to-follow guide:

The Best Herbs For A Kidney Cleanse

The three best herbs for a kidney cleanse are: stinging nettle, burdock, and rehmannia.

1. Stinging nettle

Stinging nettle was used in medieval Europe as a diuretic, as well as to treat joint pain. Today, it is used to treat urinary tract infections and hay fever (allergic rhinitis), or in compresses or creams for treating joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites.

Significantly high in vitamin C, this herb has the ability to start filtering out additional fluids through the kidneys. You should consume three glasses of nettle tea a day.

2. Burdock root

Burdock root is rich in nutrients like synanthrin, fibrin, protein, calcium, phosphorus, fiber, amino acids, and carotene. This herb can be used to detoxify the blood and promote blood circulation as well as suppress the production of immune complexes in order to lessen their damage to the kidneys.

If you suffer from fluid retention, mixing in burdock root will serve you well, as it is a natural diuretic that can help you to naturally and easily remove waste from the blood and body.

3. Rehmannia root 

This herb works to expel blood impediments, replenish bone marrow, and promote growth of muscles and flesh. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes the unprocessed or raw rehmannia root is best for reducing heat in the blood, promoting the production of body fluid, and nourishing yin, whereas processed rehmannia is used to treat blood deficiency. Rehmannia root is sold in capsules, tablets, dried extracts, and powder.

The Best Foods For A Kidney Cleanse

Because the kidneys work to detoxify the body, ridding it of certain toxins and balancing out fluids, it is important to consume foods that are nutrient-dense, like high-antioxidant foods packed with electrolytes.

Here is a breakdown of the foods that are well-suited for keeping the kidneys clean (all preferably organic):

1. Cranberries

Very low in sugar, cranberries are excellent sources of Vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. They also work to prevent ulcers and bacteria from developing, and can also battle current ulcers bacteria in both the kidneys and the digestive tract.

Cranberries are also proven to prevent and treat UTIs, with one study finding that, when women drank 1.7 ounces of cranberry-lingonberry juice concentrate every day for six months, they lowered their risk of getting a UTI by 20 percent compared to women who didn’t use any intervention.

2. Celery

It is suggested that, if you do a kidney cleanse, you supplement your consumption of cranberry juice with celery juice. Celery is rich in vitamin A and C, which research has found to prevent UTIs.

3. Blueberries & Cherries

These two berries contain resveratrol, a type of antioxidant that works to eliminate euric acid. It’s one of the best compounds for kidney health, as it’s been shown to hinder the progression of polycystic kidney disease and heal chronic kidney disease.

3. Beets

You’ll also want to ensure that, if you are doing a kidney cleanse, you add in foods that support the kidneys and adrenals, and promote circulation throughout the body. Beets are perfect for this, as they are rich in nitric oxide, which is vital for kidney function. In fact, research has found that decreased production of NO2 can contribute to kidney damage. Over-consuming beets may work against you however, as they contain oxalate, which can contribute to kidney stones, particularly if you are already prone to them.

4. Seaweed

One of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, seaweed is high in iodine, calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamins C and A, protein, Vitamin B, fiber and, alpha linoleic acid, EPA, and so much more. Adding a tablespoon of spirulina or chlorella to a smoothie in the morning will help you to cleanse your kidneys, as they have been shown to detox heavy metals from the body.

5. Lemon water

Squeezing fresh lemon juice into some water and drinking first thing in the morning is a great way to to contribute to a kidney cleanse as it aids in digestion and detoxification. An 11-patient study conducted at Duke University Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center concluded that study participants showed a decrease in kidney stone formation after drinking lemon water for a 44-month period.

6. Spinach

A well-known superfood, spinach is rich in B vitamins and certain antioxidants that can help to cleanse the kidneys, along with the entire body. But just like beets, it is important not to overdo it on spinach consumption, as it can cause kidney stone formation.

The Kidney Cleanse Procedure

Now that you know all of the herbs and foods to take advantage of for a kidney cleanse, it’s time to break down just how to put it all together.

Over a three-day period, you can commit to a kidney cleanse in which you only consume vegetable juice or smoothies made of celery, cranberries, and blueberries, along with collagen protein powder, which will aid in organ rebuilding — in this case, of the kidneys. You should drink such concoctions three times per day followed by nutritional foods considered to help aid in cleansing the kidneys.

A typical day would include a smoothie for breakfast consisting of half a cup each of cherries, blueberries, and cranberries, in addition to collagen protein powder and a green powder such as spirulina. Lunch would consist of another smoothie or juice, and dinner would entail a salad rich in dark leafy greens and a protein such as chicken breast.

If you incorporate the right herbs and foods, and in the matter suggested over the given amount of time, you will notice your energy levels spike. You’ll also be improving your overall health, which is always a good thing.



Video: Pit Bull Rescued From Dog Fighting Ring Now Cuddles Kittens

Jul 30th 2016, 13:35, by Alanna Ketler

In an ongoing video series, dog-loving website BarkPost has given a very special pooch the opportunity to participate in “Dog’s Best Day” and bask in 24 hours of pampering. Named Cherry Garcia, the chosen pooch was among the more than 50 pit bulls who were removed from an illegal dog fighting ring set up and maintained by NFL quarterback Michael Vick at his Virginia property back in 2007.

Since 2010, Cherry has been fully rehabilitated and is now living with a loving and supportive family. Most people assume that any dog that was a part of a fighting ring should be put down, but it is important to remember that they are the victim in the situation and with enough love, care, and attention these dogs can fully recover. If you met Cherry today you would never believe that he was once trained for violence, as his current loves include swimming, playing, and snuggling kittens.

“Cherry just loves his kittens, he has two cats now and he loves to play with them,” Paul Fiaccone, Cherry’s owner, told BarkPost in the above video. “Every time he’s around kittens, it’s like all the stress goes away. He would definitely love to be a kitty nanny for a day.”

Check Out The Video!

Cherry’s recovery, both mentally and physically, has been astounding, and offers further proof that pit bulls, or any dogs for that matter, are the product of their environment. Aggressive dogs have been raised to be aggressive, and this learned behaviour can be unlearned, too. These dogs deserve a second chance and luckily, the good people at Best Friends Animal Society agree.

This group, based out of Utah, took in a whopping 22 of the former fighting dogs raised by Vick, including Cherry of course, and called the pack “Vicktory Dogs” because they made a commitment to changing these dog’s lives around for the better.

It is so heartwarming to to see that Cherry made a full recovery!

“Watching him with our 2-year-old son and our newborn daughter is something more special than I could ever describe,” Fiaccone told The Huffington Post in 2014. “He is always keeping an eye on them and he loves them so much. It’s hard to think of my son without having Cherry in the picture.”

Fiaccone also added:

“We have learned so much from Cherry. This is a dog that had chemicals poured on his back, forced to fight for his life, and flat-out tortured, yet he keeps moving forward, he doesn’t have a rearview mirror. He doesn’t look at himself as a victim, he looks at himself as a survivor.”

To check out more Dog’s Best Day videos, click here.

Much Love










How Rich People Are Using Philanthropy As A Disguise to Take Over the World

Jul 29th 2016, 18:23, by Maseeh Ghani

Society is made up of the collaborated efforts of people in the form of institutions. Institutions are investments people put in, and those with the most power to invest have the greatest influence on society.

Behind The Mask Of the Cabal

Despite the seeming equality we have achieved, the rich elite haven’t gone anywhere. They have managed to maintain their existence thousands of years throughout history, including in the modern era. They were even there at the dawn of modern day advancement, in the beginnings of the industrial revolution, where society witnessed its biggest growth in history. The first aristocratic class planted the initial seeds, influencing the direction of our society in the most fundamental ways, just a century ago. In time, they grew by creating most of the major sectors in finance, education, media, and more, shaping society into what it is today. If there is anywhere to look at today for questions or answers for our very imperfect world, it is at those who created it.

The richest “philanthropists” of our time have been constantly pushing forward agendas in their own right. To have such a small group of people have a chance to influence millions of lives on such a big scale sounds scary to me. Let’s take a look at some of the most influential philanthropists in modern history.

1. Bill Gates

  • Misunderstood as one of the world’s main contributors or as a computer genius that invented a lot of things.
  • Bill was given free funding by his wealthy parent and support from IBM to start his Microsoft business that was eventually carried by the successful software code Windows.(1)
  • Bill Gates’s philanthropy work consists of purchasing 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock with an estimated worth of $23.1 million,(2) $2.5 billion to vaccinating kids around the world,(3) and over $200 million on Common Core, a public education curriculum that seeks to further deindividualize the public education system.(4)

2. Warren Buffet

  • One of the richest men who has ever lived, his investments include spending millions of dollars on the big banks that are sucking the economy dry.(5)
  • He has donated a large sum of his money to an abortion business called Planned Parenthood, that has been caught selling dead baby fetuses.(6)(7)
  • The other majority of his donation money is now sent to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.(8)

3. George Soros

  • Extremely wealthy businessman, thanks to many shady business deals (he was named an “economic war criminal” at one point, as well as being a former Nazi collaborator)(9). He has funded many radical and dangerous social movements in Egypt, the European refugee crisis, the civil division, and protests in Ukraine, and the Arab Spring, and he is responsible for stirring up havoc in the United States by funding the violent protest group Black Lives Matter.(10)(11)(12)(13)

4. Rockefeller

  • Foundation founded in 1913, with its stated mission being “promoting the well-being of humanity throughout the world.” They helped create the modern day federal education system, regulated and funded the medical care system, and developed vaccines.(14)
  • Today, the medical industry is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, student scores in the U.S. are some of the lowest in the world in math and mediocre at best in general, as a result of an unequal, stifling, anti-creative education system, and vaccines have caused more diseases than they have fixed.(15)(16)(17)

5. Rothschild

  • In the early 1900’s, they purchased the majority of the U.S. media outlets (which is the reason why they are hardly talked about in the media) and helped create the Federal Reserve in 1913.(18)
  • The Rothschilds have a deep history in their involvement with world affairs. We do know even from the limited reports that they funded many of the major wars. They funded the Napoleon War, both sides of World War I and II, and the Bolshevik Revolution that created the nightmare communist regime in Russia in 1917. Even further, the Rothschilds gained approval to proceed with a Zionist movement in Israel, and essentially turned the first stone on one of the worst conflicts in the world, the 50 year Palestine-Israel war.(19)(20)(21)(22)

What This Means

The total amount of money given out by these five “philanthropists” equates to roughly $75 billion. From the looks of it, most of that money is not going to help us, but rather, help them to consolidate even more power and wealth. Billions of dollars are being spent to make our lives harder, just from these five people. Imagine how many more technocrats are out there, donating to the detriment of humanity in the name of philanthropy, and how much influence that has on us?


10 Effective Ways To Use Vinegar As A Household Cleaner (VIDEO)

Jul 29th 2016, 14:49, by Mark DeNicola

While I doubt that many of us enjoy doing household chores in general, what I personally dislike about them (beyond the sheer drudgery) is the number of chemicals they tend to involve.

From window sprays and bleach to toilet bowl cleaners and everything in between, they all seem to be filled with chemicals I’d prefer to avoid handling and inhaling.

While more natural and eco-friendly alternatives continue to pop up on store shelves worldwide, they often cost significantly more than their chemically-laden counterparts.

So while I do encourage people to purchase these products — both as an investment in our health and in the well-intentioned companies making them — I also love to discover life hacks that empower us all to step away from the conventional, regardless of our financial state.

Here is a quick list (in video and written form) outlining 10 simple vinegar-based life hacks for cleaning around the house:

1.  Cleaning Out Your Iron

If your clothing iron doesn’t seem to steam and press as powerfully as it once did, clogged outlets are likely to blame. To remedy this, fill the iron to the 1/4 mark with vinegar and use it face down on a slotted baking sheet, while consistently pressing the steam function until the liquid runs out.

Rinse the water compartment out and your appliance should be functioning like new.

2. Shoe Cleaner

While I personally do not support the purchase of leather-based products, vinegar is a proven restoration tool for those of us who do. Simply mix 1 cup of water with 1/3 cup of vinegar and use a microfibre cloth to gently clean and restore your leather shoes.

Thankfully, I’ve also tried this cleaning method on my fake leather dress shoes and found it just as effective (but always do your research before taking a chance and damaging your cherished footwear).

3. Glass Cleaner

Most traditional glass cleaners are laced with unwanted ammonia, but thankfully there is a safe and easy alternative. Fill a spray bottle with 50% water and 50% vinegar and watch as this simple mixture gives you that same streak-free shine.

As the video outlines, you can also add in a few drops of lemon to boost it with a fresh scent, or some blue food colouring to help differentiate it from your other homemade cleaners.

4. Weed Remover

Find yourself regularly battling weeds amongst your pavement or stones? Avoid traditional weed killers by using vinegar instead. Simply pour vinegar into the cracks of the affected concrete areas. Let it sit for 24 hours and return to find the vegetation killed and ready to be removed.

5. Computer Keyboard Cleaner

As I type this, I realize how badly my laptop keyboard could use this cleaning right now. Rather than investing in those expensive foams or play-doh-like keyboard dirt removers, simply use vinegar straight from the bottle.

First be sure to turn off your computer and then lightly dampen a cloth in vinegar. From there, use the cloth to not only clean the keys, but to also get into all of the crevices of the device. You can also dampen a q-tip to get into the finer places with adequate pressure.

6. Cleaning Out Your Dishwasher

Just like every other appliance, your dishwasher could also use a cleaning from time to time to maintain top performance and hopefully lengthen its working life. To do this, simply fill your washer’s soap dispenser with vinegar, pull out the inner basket, and run the unit on ‘Pots and Pans’ mode.

7. Sterilize Your Toothbrush

While simply replacing your toothbrush is always a good option, vinegar is also a good solution for those of us not quite ready to part with our current brush. Fill a mug with vinegar to the point that the entire head of your toothbrush will be submerged in liquid. Put the brush into the mug for 30 minutes to help clean and sterilize it.

To get rid of the vinegar odour, just massage some toothpaste into the brush under hot water.

8. Remove Bathroom Ceiling Mould

The dampness of bathrooms makes them highly susceptible to mould growth. If you ever find a mould stain on your ceiling, vinegar may just be the answer to cleaning it. Put 2 parts vinegar and 1 part borax into a cup followed by warm water to fill the remainder of the container. Mix the concoction until the borax has dissolved, then dip a paper towel into the mixture.

Dab the mould spot, then start rubbing to see it disappear (in most cases). Not a fan of borax? Simply research a healthier alternative.

9. Restore The Power Of Your Bathroom Faucet

If you find your bathroom faucet doesn’t have the same power it once did, or that it misfires some of its stream, chances are it is partially clogged. To fix this, soak a cotton ball into vinegar for a few seconds.

Apply the soaked cotton ball directly onto the faucet and hold it in place with a rubber band for 15 minutes. When removing it, wiggle the cotton ball around to remove any final deposits trapped in the head and run your water on hot to get it firing like new once again.

10. Couch & Furniture Cleaner

Help eliminate smells in your furniture by pouring 1/4 cup of vinegar into a spray bottle followed by two tablespoons of fabric softener. Top off the bottle with water, shake it up well, and spray a light coat over the furniture. Once done, get a dry towel and rub into the fabric in a smooth, circular motion until dry.

All 10 of these vinegar-based life hacks were put together by HouseholdHacker. Be sure to share your experience with any of them via the comment section below.

FCC Intimidates Press and Evades Questioning About Wireless and Cancer at 5G Rollout

Jul 29th 2016, 01:50, by Josh del Sol

In a public meeting at FCC headquarters on July 14, the agency which once served the American people instead acted like tyrannical thugs, in an escalating series of remarkable events.

First, they prevented wireless science advocates from displaying a simple sign, violating their First Amendment rights in a public venue. Then, a security guard forcefully prevented a t-shirt from being taken out of a bag, by a former Congressional candidate with opposing views.

Next, a Bloomberg reporter had his credentials confiscated — almost unbelievably — for talking with the former Congressional candidate.

Following these incidents, the reporter, Todd Shields, was visibly irate with FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler — who also happens to be the former president of CTIA, the wireless industry’s lobbying organization.

“Moments ago I was attempting to talk to to some people who came to attend the meeting and have concerns about radiation and 5G. And your security force intervened — told the guy he couldn’t show me the t-shirt he wished to display at the meeting, forced him to put it away, and confiscated my FCC-issued ID. Is this consonant with the discussion that ought to be taking place here, and what’s your reaction to this action by your staff?”

-Todd Shields, Bloomberg reporter, to FCC Chair Wheeler [on video above]

Bloomberg reporter Todd Shields had his credentials confiscated — for talking with a former Congressional candidate about 5G and health concerns.

Bloomberg reporter Todd Shields had his credentials confiscated — for talking with a former Congressional candidate about 5G and health concerns.

And in the Q&A that followed, the former Congressional candidate Kevin Mottus successfully added another dose of truth to the narrative.

“Hey Tom, with the NTP study showing wireless causes cancer sub-thermally, how can you proceed with more wireless expansion, with FCC standards only recognizing thermal effects — ignoring thousands of studies showing cancerous effects, neurological effects, reproductive harm, immune system disorders… people are being electrosensitive…”

-Kevin Mottus, former Congressional candidate, to Wheeler [on video above]

After about 20 seconds of yielding the floor to Mottus, Wheeler interrupted, dodged this very appropriate question, and diverted to an FCC-compliant journalist.

There have been thousands of published peer-reviewed studies that indicate the proliferation of microwave (wireless) technologies is not safe to biological life. (See meta-study links here, here, here and here.)

There have been thousands of published peer-reviewed studies that indicate the proliferation of microwave (wireless) technologies is not safe to biological life. (See meta-study links here, here, here and here.)

Why Is The FCC Resorting Too Gestapo-Like Tactics Of Censorship And Intimidation?

The issue here is that the Federal Communications Commission just rubber-stamped their rollout of “5G” cellular technology which, while increasing throughput, would blanket the planet with ultra-high microwave frequencies — 24Ghz and up. The fact that these frequencies have never been tested as safe is not stopping corporate-government plans for an unleashing of “massive infrastructure.”

FCCBut there have been thousands of published peer-reviewed studies that indicate the proliferation of microwave (wireless) technologies is not safe to biological life. (See meta-study links here, here, here and here.)

There’s a lot of money in a wireless economy and the data-harvesting that comes with it. So, Big Industry has bought the science, bought lawmakers, ruled the proliferation of microwaves as “safe,” and infiltrated the FCC along with most international health agencies.

And in the face of this willful, for-profit negligence, instead of employing conscience and responsibility, it appears they are now operating from within governing agencies to silence opposition.

Great book: Captured Agency, an exposee on the FCC by Norm Alster at Harvard Ethics Department.

Great book: Captured Agency, an exposee on the FCC by Norm Alster at Harvard Ethics Dept.

Here’s some snippets from FCC Chair Wheeler at his June 20 press conference:

“5G will use much higher frequency bands [24 to 100+ GHz]… antennas that can aim and amplify signals… massive deployment of small cells… tens of billions of dollars in economic activity… hundreds of billions of microchips… if something can be connected, it will be connected… unlike other countries… we won’t wait for the standards…”

– Tom Wheeler, FCC Chair [on video above]

Paraphrased: “We can’t let life get in the way of profit. We want to make billions from all of you, and control everything. And in doing so, we’re not only going to willfully ignore science, we’re going to remove the idea of standards and initiate a free-for-all.”

FCC Chair and former industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler announces proliferation of 5G microwave technology, privatizes rollout and removes oversight and standards

FCC Chair and former industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler announces proliferation of 5G microwave technology, privatizes rollout, and removes oversight and standards. “Nobody quits the CTIA. Once you’re CTIA, you’re family – for life.”

If Unchecked, What Could This Lead To?

The implications of all of this are very far-reaching. How far? Well, to find out, let’s start with what we know.

It’s pretty clear at this point that we have a government that has been taken over by corporate interests. In order to increase their power and control even more, they plan to exponentially ramp-up the deployment of technology everywhere, which a vast body of science clearly says is harmful.

If unchecked, this will almost certainly lead to an increase in cancer and other ailments associated with exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Haven’t we had enough of for-profit agendas putting profits before health?

From a surveillance standpoint, we already know there is a sinister spying agenda operating behind the scenes. The rollout of “5G” technology — especially in the standardless, profit-centered way Wheeler describes — would indeed open up a considerable new threat to basic rights.

If everything is connected, you can bet that as many details as possible about our actions will be tracked and stored somewhere — like the $2B NSA facility in Blufdale, Utah. And there is extraordinary market value in this. A director at NARUC stated that the value of data harvested just by “smart” utility meters alone will likely be worth a lot more than electricity itself, which is a $2.2 trillion market globally.

But besides being creepy and making the 1% even richer, there are clear warning signs that a control-oriented governing system could easily take an indexed catalog of all of your actions and use it against you in a multitude of ways.

For example, increasingly instrusive “pre-crime” operations are already planned in Miami. And insurance providers are checking their customers’ facebook data to influence premiums and even coverage availability. So it’s really not unreasonable to see how a governing body concerned primarily with staying in power could restrict rights or remove “privileges” for behavior that is deemed to be not aligned with national interests.

So, tracking is not okay unless we are absolutely convinced that the governing body of that system truly respects individual rights and has the best interests of the people in mind. And right now, we are not even close to having such leadership in our governments.

Wheeler’s vision of 5G would significantly enable those who are motivated by power and money to use technology to rule over everyone else. In order to protect our lives and future, we must not allow that to happen.

While we would all like to have fast internet, we must now look closely at the downside of this technology, and take constructive action. This can understandably be difficult, due to the considerable attachment that we have to both our devices and the sense of immediate gratification that using them offers.

While solutions to out planet's problems are being actively prevented, steering human culture into a virtual/augmented reality seems to be the insane game of the technocrats. Perhaps "The Matrix" was not far off, after all.

While solutions to out planet’s problems are being actively prevented, steering human culture into a virtual/augmented reality seems to be the game of the technocrats.

How We Will Save Our World: Individual Responsibility, Accountability & Liability

Dafna Tachover is an Israel-based attorney who is helping to lead the mission for responsible, safe technology.

Dafna Tachover is the CEO of We Are The Evidence, an advocacy organization which advocates for the rights of those who has been injured by wireless technology.

In addition to an interview with Kevin Mottus, last Sunday I skyped with Dafna Tachover, an Israel-based attorney who was present at “G-Day” last Thursday.

Tachover, who is among millions now who have directly experienced microwave radiation harm after becoming sensitized to it, says that the only way forward is individual accountability and liability. In my view, she is obviously right.

“Until there’s personal accountability and liability, this systematic problem that repeats itself will happen again, and again, and again, and it has been. So, we learned that the tobacco industry was lying to the public, bluntly — to the public, to the government, to health organizations — without any hesitation…. Was anyone sued? No. Was anyone found personally accountable? No. So that’s actually what enables this kind of behavior to happen again and again.”

“This is the action we should take: we should make it clear to those government people — or you know, if we talk about wi-fi in schools, the school principals, who do have personal responsibility and liability to protect children’s health — to make sure they know they will be found personally liable for the harms they cause. They have a position of trust, and they betrayed that trust. And they should be found liable. It should be civil liability and criminal liability.”

-Dafna Tachover, attorney & CEO of We Are The Evidence [on above video]

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Kevin Mottus is meeting with reps on the ground in Washington DC, Sept 6 – Oct 6. To meet up with him there, reach him at

Former Congressional candidate Kevin Mottus spoke about the urgency of the situation.

“My background is as a medical social worker. And when I was in the hospitals I saw young salesman and lawyers coming in with brain tumors, and healthy otherwise, other than the tumor — and doctors asking them about their cell phone use. So I was clued in very early with these heavy users and the tumors it was causing.”

“Schools are now our most dangerous places to be. You have 20-40 wireless transmitters in their iPads and wireless laptops, and then you have 2-3 commercial-grade wireless routers…. So you have, really, the setting of the most significant exposure in our country, and the most vulnerable population being exposed are small children — which we know are 3 to 4 times as sensitive to all environmental hazards.”

“We are microwaving our population and wondering why our cancer is going through the roof and chronic disease is going through the roof. It’s really very sad.”

“I spoke to Congressman Grayson from Florida, and while I was talking with him, one of his staffers, Joe, came up to me. And he said, ‘What are you talking about?’ I said, ‘I’m talking about wireless cell phones causing brain tumors.’ He said, ‘That’s interesting, because I had a brain aneurysm and I’m lucky to be alive. It’s also interesting because my buddy just died from a brain tumor.’”

“So, people are definitely getting sick. And you need to ask them, ‘Does your face tingle when you use your cell phone?…. Do you have difficulty sleeping? Have you ever gotten nauseous using the phone? Do you feel funny when you’re around wi-fi, or getting close to it?’ And you’ll be surprised — people are getting sick.”

“For instance, I spoke to Congressman Rush. Congressman Rush has a salivary gland tumor, which Israel has associated with cell phone use….”

“We need to stop this before they [FCC] auction the [ultra-high frequency] spectrum.”

-Kevin Mottus, former Congressional candidate, California [on above video]

What Can I Do To Stop This Crazy Plan?


Our friends at have put together an action page for writing, calling and emailing Congress, the FCC and others. Our friends at have put together an action page for writing, calling, and emailing Congress, the FCC, and others. Use this platform and templates to let them know firmly that you:

  1. Accept their oath of office to defend the Constitution, and all of your rights.
  2. Will hold them responsible, liable, and accountable if they do not stop harmful 5G technology in its tracks.
  3. Demand the 1996 Telecommunications Act be immediately repealed. (This industry-penned law took away local rights to refuse cell tower installations on health or environmental grounds.)
  4. Demand that the responsibility of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) safety standards be transferred to an independent, science-based panel that represents the people. (The FCC has NO ONE who is qualified to protect the health of the people, because it was never part of their mandate.)

This is the “warning shot.” While all know that more than letters to our reps will be needed to right the ship, this is where it starts. So do this first.

Then, to join the movement and be kept informed of organized actions going forward, be sure to subscribe your email to and to our site,


Mottus is calling on everyone to go speak with your government reps in DC — and to go in person if at all possible.

“You know where the Congressmen are. You know where all of the committees are. Go. Educate them. Go like the wireless industry goes, time after time, to the FCC.”

Mottus is inviting anyone who wants to join him in DC for the next session of Congress (between September 6 to October 6) to email him at

It is also very important to contact your local governments, to let them know that they, too, will be held individually accountable and liable. In Wheeler’s June 20 talk, he very clearly identified the role that local governments will play, if their plan of 5G is to be “successful” or not.


Take inspired action now.This is as much about standing up to the harm-doers and holding them accountable as it is about holding yourself accountable to do the right thing. Not to take the world on your shoulders, but to do the right thing and stay connected with others who are likewise committed.

In this process, we’re remembering who we are, as co-creators of reality. We’re accepting responsibility for the fact that we let the situation become what it is today, because of our passive trust in those who have become corrupted — but we’re forgiving ourselves, trusting in the greater flow, and coming together.

Though it can be painful to face the situation and accept the necessity of our action, we just have to do it. We’re now seeing clearly that in order for the human species to make it through this threshold, individual rights must be protected.

It is not okay to suppress free speech. It is not okay to suppress science; whenever this happens, the resulting harm is enormous. And it is not okay to prioritize power and greed above life itself.

So the only way left is to grow up, individually and as a species. When we do this — by taking responsibility and putting our Inspired Will into the world — we open the door to a future of awakening, freedom, and peace for all humanity.

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1) Book: “Captured Agency: How the Federal Communications Commission Is Dominated by the Industries It Presumably Regulates”, by Norm Alster of Harvard Ethics Dept:

2) $25M US Gov’t study finds cellular radiation causes increase in cancer (May 2016):

3) Thousands of studies that cumulatively prove negative effects caused by wireless radiation:

4) LeBron James remembers his spring surgery on jaw tumor: ‘It was a nerve-racking experience’

5) Telecom and Insurance Companies Warn of Liability and Risk

6) 34 Scientific Studies Showing Adverse Health Effects From Wi-Fi:

7) Radiofrequency science charts to visually compare studies, radiation intensities and biological effects:

8) Apple manual states to keep your iPhone away from your body at all times:

9) Study: Mobile phones are cooking men’s sperm:

10) Brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo warns against mobiles, wireless home appliances:

11) American Academy of Pediatrics warns: Limit children’s exposure to cellphones:

12) More than 60 international warnings on Wi-Fi and microwave radiation:

13) A List of Teacher Unions and Parent Teacher Organizations Taking Action On Wi-Fi (USA, Canada, UK, etc):

14) TED Talk on ‘smart’ meter harm, from a former Environmental Engineer in Silicon Valley:

15) Insurance giant Swiss RE has given electromagnetic frequencies the highest possible long-term risk rating:

16) Another insurance giant, Lloyd’s of London, will not insure anything wireless:

17) Risk Management Magazine – The Invisible Threat: Radiofrequency Radiation Risk

18) US CDC retracts cellphone radiation warning following pressure from industry lobbyists:

19) WHO involved in suppression of additional science showing harm, since 2011:

20) Study Uncovers How Electromagnetic Fields Amplify Pain in Amputees

21) CEO of 1 Billion-dollar U.K. company speaks out on microwave sickness:

22) Dozens of specific scientific abstracts that all show harm:

23) Solutions: Reducing Wirelesss Radiation and EMF:

24) Solutions: Reducing Your EMF Exposure:

25) How to Install Wired Internet in Your Home:

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