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  1. Sixty percent of the public and 80 percent of doctors think drug companies are LYING about health claims from medical trials Drug companies don’t want to hear the latest results of a survey conducted by the Academy of Medical Sciences. The survey found that 63 percent of the general public and 82 percent of general practitioners are now skeptical of claims made by drug trials. More people now trust a friend’s advice on medicine, while only a third of the public actually believes in the official medical research. More people are questioning the official studies laid out by the deceptive pharmaceutical industry. Skepticism toward modern medicine is growing. The safety of so many drugs is now being put into question, whether it’s statins, anti-viral drugs, antacids, antibiotics, antidepressants, or vaccines. As television bombards the public with drug ads and as the internet opens the door for more research and speculation, patients are struggling to decipher what is best for their individual situation. “It’s startling to hear that only about a third of the public trust medical research,” said study author Professor John Tooke, former president of the Academy. “With our ageing population and ever more sophisticated treatments being made available, we need to act now to give patients clearer and more useful information about the medicines they take.” The Academy of Medical Sciences is now calling on the NHS to publish more detailed information about the risks and side effects of drugs. They also urge general practitioners to spend more time with older patients to discuss concerns. The survey was given to 2,041 in the general public and 1,013 general practitioners. In the poll, 82 percent of general practitioners think that medical research is biased and conflates the effectiveness of new drugs. Not enough time is spent determining if a treatment, procedure or medicine will meet an individual’s needs in both the short and long term. Drugs are often prescribed hastily, leading to further problems. Some drugs are over-praised and actually burden patients with more severe problems. Drugs intended to treat depression can cause suicidal thoughts. Statins, intended to control patients’ cholesterol levels, ultimately lead to heightened risk for dementia and Type-2 diabetes. Hormone replacement therapy may help women with menopause but now it’s linked to breast cancer. Vaccines, intended to control one pathogen, can over-burden the immune system of young children, heightening a child’s risk for secondary infections, allergies, and neurological disorders. Antacids, intended to control acid reflux, hinder the body’s ability to assimilate nutrients, leading to all sorts of health problems down the road. It’s these problems that are underplayed by drug companies and is the reason why people are distrusting Big Pharma more each day. http://wakingscience.com/2017/06/sixty-percent-public-80-percent-doctors-think-drug-companies-lying-health-claims-medical-trials/ Perhaps only a minority of researchers were succumbing to this bias, but their distorted findings were having an outsize effect on published research. To get funding and tenured positions, and often merely to stay afloat, researchers have to get their work published in well-regarded journals, where rejection rates can climb above 90 percent. Not surprisingly, the studies that tend to make the grade are those with eye-catching findings. But while coming up with eye-catching theories is relatively easy, getting reality to bear them out is another matter. The great majority collapse under the weight of contradictory data when studied rigorously. Imagine, though, that five different research teams test an interesting theory that’s making the rounds, and four of the groups correctly prove the idea false, while the one less cautious group incorrectly “proves” it true through some combination of error, fluke, and clever selection of data. Guess whose findings your doctor ends up reading about in the journal, and you end up hearing about on the evening news? Researchers can sometimes win attention by refuting a prominent finding, which can help to at least raise doubts about results, but in general it is far more rewarding to add a new insight or exciting-sounding twist to existing research than to retest its basic premises—after all, simply re-proving someone else’s results is unlikely to get you published, and attempting to undermine the work of respected colleagues can have ugly professional repercussions. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/11/lies-damned-lies-and-medical-science/308269/ Somewhere around 80 percent of all medical research—the studies that determine what’s good for us and what new drugs are awesome—are flawed or outright lies made up by the people conducting them. The reason for this is a simple, sometimes-innocent conflict of interest (though it’s usually not innocent). Drug companies desire certain results from a new product for obvious, financial reasons. Researchers desire funding and often only get it if they can deliver on an outcome. And sometimes, just wanting something to happen makes a scientist more likely to see things that aren’t there. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/11/lies-damned-lies-and-medical-science/308269/ The problem of flawed research in the field of medicine begins with researchers who have a strong desire to have their work published in respected journals. The rejection rate for papers is high, often above 90 percent, and the ones that are accepted tend to have (as stupid as this might sound) more exciting titles that promise something new. However, coming up with surprising and exciting results is really difficult. There’s a tendency, according to Dr. John Ioannidis, the leading expert on the credibility of medical studies, for researchers to basically arrange their studies, knowingly and unknowingly sometimes, so that they get the results they anticipate. Otherwise, they don’t get published. http://knowledgenuts.com/2013/08/16/80-percent-of-all-medical-studies-are-lies/
  2. Museum website: http://muttermuseum.org/ The Mütter Museum was founded in 1858, when Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter donated a collection of medical anomalies, anatomical and pathological specimens, and bizarre medical instruments to the museum. Its original purpose was to continue medical education and research in the heart of Philadelphia. From the conjoined livers from a pair of Siamese twins to slides of Albert Einstein’s brain, the Mütter Museum houses dozens of strange artifacts from medical history. One of the museum’s most popular exhibits is a display of 139 skulls collected by Viennese anatomist Joseph Hyrtl in the 1800s. Dead men may tell no tales, but each of these skulls conveys a unique and interesting story. One skull belonged to a famous tightrope walker who fell and broke his neck. Another skull belonged to a Finnish sailor who died of gunshot wounds. The museum recently began an initiative to encourage visitors to adopt a skull. For $200, the donor pays for the cleaning, restoration, and remounting of the skull, which is then placed next to a small plaque bearing the donor’s name. 2. Slice of a Human Face Dr. Matthew Cryer, a physician and dentist who was around during the early 1900s, prepared the slice to study the development of oral and sinus cavity formation and development. 3. Rib Bones of a Person with Rickets 4. Jar of Picked Human Skin http://mentalfloss.com/article/54208/11-weird-awesome-things-mutter-museum 5. Hippopotamus Fat from the Zulus in South Africa http://mentalfloss.com/article/54208/11-weird-awesome-things-mutter-museum Features of the collection: • Soap Lady • Dr. Joseph Hyrtl’s human skull collection • Plaster cast and conjoined liver of “Siamese twins” Chang & Eng • Specimen from John Wilkes Booth’s vertebra • Jaw tumor of President Grover Cleveland • Rotating exhibits of photographic art and illustrations • Tallest skeleton on display in North America • Einstein’s brain http://www.collegeofphysicians.org/mutter-museum
  3. Many people think of the woods as a peaceful place to enjoy Mother Nature and get away from the stress of life. Others view the woods as a hostile environment brimming with vicious wildlife and unseen hazards in the brush. There are times, however, when even the most seasoned outdoors-man is afraid to enter the forest for fear of what he might find. Here are five disturbing tales of unknown entities said to stalk the woods. Unknown Beasts in the Forest Many encounters suggest the presence of Big Foot or other large, mysterious creatures lurking in wooded areas. On SurvivalistBoards.com, a forum for avid outdoors-men, one hunter describes his experience with an unknown beast deep in the swamp. The outing started like any other, but though the hunter normally felt at home in “the darkest, deepest” areas of the swamp, something about this area seemed off. He couldn’t shake the sensation of being watched, and the feeling left him with a growing sense of dread. While sitting in a tree stand, the hunter heard a massive creature venturing across the swamp and towards a nearby thicket. At first, the hunter thought a group of wild hogs was responsible for the racket, but he soon realized a single creature was to blame. “Whatever it was, it was in no hurry and stayed out of sight,” he writes. “I had scouted the area and I knew the water the creature was in was waist deep on me. I could hear the ‘splash, drip…drip…drip…splash’ as it put one foot in front of the other, real slow, like it was trying to be quiet. I would never point a gun at a noise or anything I wasn’t planning to kill dead, but as that noise got louder I was looking down the barrel!” The beast eventually charged into the thicket, silencing the frogs, insects, and even the chirping birds. The hunter never did see the massive creature, but when he returned a few days later to retrieve a forgotten bag, he discovered deep claw marks on the tree he’d been using for his stand. His bag was also gone. The hunter’s tale is one of countless stories describing massive creatures in the woods, creatures that seem to be much larger than bears, cougars, or other known animals. Additional accounts on SurvivalistsBoard.com speak of huge foot prints, glowing eyes hovering several feet off the ground, and branches snapping under a heavy load. Did one or more of these experienced outdoors-men stumble across an as-yet-undiscovered beast? http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2013/06/creepy-woods-unknown-beasts-and-hauntings-in-the-forest/ There’s something creepy about the woods. Perhaps it’s the deep shadows, the unseen animals lurking in the brush, or the absence of people and lights. After reading these creepy tales from SurvivalistBoards.com, you’ll never want to go camping again. Enjoy! The Land Remembers One night I was camping near where an old river dam had been. I pulled the canoe in late so I just draped the tarp over the canoe and crawled in underneath it and fell asleep. In the middle of the night I woke up to the sound of roaring water. I crawled up out from under the tarp and the sound stopped. I thought I must have been imagining it or it was the wind through the trees or something. I crawled back under the tarp and the sound started again. This time when I crawled out it didn’t stop. The sound got louder and louder. I realized that it sounded like water ripping through the woods. Even the dogs had their hair on end. I quick pulled the tarp off the canoe and dragged it up to the top of a ridge and waited to see what was making that noise. Then I heard the voices, men yelling and a dull thumping noise. I huddled down next to the boat, pulled the dogs close and waited for the sun to come up to find out what was happening. Morning came and there was nothing to see. To this day I don’t know what that was but I have my ideas. I will not camp there ever again. I was told that the land remembers, and that’s fine, I just don’t need to be there when it’s remembering. When I was younger I used to visit family with my grandmother in Knoxville, TN. She had nine brothers and sisters that lived up there, and they all had children (my cousins). Everyone lived in one really large house. The house had a huge backyard, about three football fields long, but past the yard on all sides was nothing but mountains and woods. On one visit, I was out in the woods (although wasn’t supposed to be, adults would always yell) when I saw what I guess to be a half-body apparition. I never found an explanation for it. I can only describe it as a half person. The torso was missing. It was just black, but almost see-through black, if that makes sense. It wasn’t in a straight form, it was almost like moving gas. But it was definitely the lower portion of a very tall person. It just materialized suddenly, although the moment before I saw it I heard a noise that I can’t describe. It sounded like a really heavy person (around 300 – 400 pounds to make that noise) stepped on a really heavy or thick branch and cracked it. I booked it up to the house as fast as I could. My oldest cousin stopped me, and I explained as much as I could at the time. He had also seen something similar a few summers before that. http://ghostsnghouls.com/2012/05/23/creepy-stories-woods/
  4. An Environmental Working Group review of government water analysis data reveals that 75% of drinking water in America is contaminated with cancer-causing hexavalent chromium (also known as chromium-6). In a widely publicized report, EWG warns that 200 million Americans are right now being exposed to this toxic chemical in their water. This is on top of our own efforts at EPAwatch.org where my lab tested hundreds of municipal water samples from across the country and found high levels of lead and other heavy metals in 6.7% of samples. Yet another problem is hexavalent chromium, which is used in industrial operations such as chrome plating and the manufacturing of plastics and dyes. It has been linked to liver and kidney damage in animals as well as to leukemia, stomach cancer, and other cancers. Hexavalent Chromium has been found in the tap water of thirty-one out of thirty-five cities sampled. Of these cities, twenty-five had levels that exceeded safety standards. Sadly, even if your water is not contaminated with any of these substances, it may still be unsafe to drink. - The Great American Health Hoax - The Surprising Truth About Modern Medicine by Raymond Francis America's infrastructure collapsing into Third World status As Donald Trump said recently at a rally in Michigan, we used to make cars in Flint and you couldn't drink the water in Mexico. Now the cars are being made in Mexico, and you can't drink the water in Flint. Nor can you safely drink public water almost anywhere in America, as it's almost universally contaminated with chromium-6, heavy metals or other toxic chemicals. http://www.naturalnews.com/055408_chromium-6_drinking_water_chemical_suicide.html But almost 25 years after that real-life confrontation,[1] the conflict over chromium-6 is not over. A new EWG analysis of federal data from nationwide drinking water tests shows that the compound contaminates water supplies for more than 200 million Americans in all 50 states. Yet federal regulations are stalled by a chemical industry challenge that could mean no national regulation of a chemical state scientists in California and elsewhere say causes cancer when ingested at even extraordinarily low levels. The standoff is the latest round in a tug-of-war between scientists and advocates who want regulations based strictly on the chemical’s health hazards and industry, political and economic interests who want more relaxed rules based on the cost and feasibility of cleanup. If the industry challenge prevails, it will also extend the Environmental Protection Agency’s record, since the 1996 landmark amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act, of failing to use its authority to set a national tap water safety standard for any previously unregulated chemical.[2] In 2008, a two-year study by the National Toxicology Program found that drinking water with chromium-6, or hexavalent chromium, caused cancer in laboratory rats and mice.[3] Based on this and other animal studies, in 2010, scientists at the respected and influential California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment concluded that ingestion of tiny amounts of chromium-6 can cause cancer in people, a conclusion affirmed by state scientists in New Jersey and North Carolina. The California scientists set a so-called public health goal of 0.02 parts per billion in tap water, the level that would pose negligible risk over a lifetime of consumption.[4] (A part per billion is about a drop of water in an Olympic-size swimming pool.) But in 2014, after aggressive lobbying by industry and water utilities, state regulators adopted a legal limit 500 times the public health goal.[5] It is the only enforceable drinking water standard at either the state or federal level. http://www.ewg.org/research/chromium-six-found-in-us-tap-water
  5. Stanley Kubrick, IQ 200 http://www.therichest.com/expensive-lifestyle/entertainment/10-celebrities-you-wont-believe-have-a-higher-iq-than-you/
  6. My cat hates the ice cream truck, even more than the vacuum.
  7. Critics including UN expert fear legislation passed by Abe government could target ordinary citizens and deter grassroots opposition to government policies Japan has passed a controversial law targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes, despite a warning by the UN that it could be used to crack down on civil liberties. The ruling Liberal Democratic party and its junior coalition partner pushed the bill through the upper house of Japan’s parliament as thousands of people protested outside. The vote on the bill, which has been delayed three times amid widespread public opposition, came after a UN expert called the legislation “defective”, eliciting an angry response from Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe. Officials in Tokyo insist the law is needed to ratify a 2000 UN treaty targeting global organised crime, and to improve Japan’s anti-terrorism measures as it prepares to host the rugby world cup in 2019 and the Olympics the following year. “It’s only three years until the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and so I’d like to ratify the treaty on organised crime as soon as possible so we can firmly cooperate with international society to prevent terrorism,” Abe told reporters. “That’s why the law was enacted.” The legislation would criminalise plotting and preparing to commit 277 “serious crimes”. But the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and other critics point out that offences covered by the law include those with no obvious connection to terrorism or organised crime, such as sit-ins to protest construction of apartment buildings or copying music. Opponents see the legislation as part of Abe’s broader mission to increase state powers, and fear ordinary citizens could be targeted, despite government assurances to the contrary. Renho Murata, leader of the opposition Democratic party, said Abe’s administration had pushed through a “brutal” law that would infringe on freedom of thought. Critics fear that the law, combined with a widening of legal wiretapping and the reluctance of courts to limit police surveillance powers, could deter grassroots opposition to government policies. To try to speed up passage of the law, the ruling bloc took the rare, contentious step of skipping a vote in an upper house committee and moving directly to a vote in the full upper house. Joseph Cannataci, the UN special rapporteur on the right to privacy, wrote to Abe last month asking him to address the risk that the changes could “lead to undue restrictions to the rights to privacy and to freedom of expression”. Abe described Cannataci’s assessment as “extremely unbalanced” and said his conduct was “hardly that of an objective expert”. Cannataci said on Thursday that the Japanese government had used “the psychology of fear” to push through “defective legislation”. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/15/japan-passes-brutal-new-terror-law-which-opponents-fear-will-quash-freedoms Japan's ruling coalition passed a controversial law on Thursday, targeting conspiracies to commit "terrorism" and other serious crimes. Thousands of people have protested in Tokyo against the law over the past two days. More than 5,000 people gathered outside the Japanese parliament on Wednesday to demonstrate against the law and protests are set to continue into Thursday night. The government says the bill is part of the international joint effort against crime ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games. After the parliamentary vote on Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters the law seeks to protect Japanese citizens and is part of the Convention on Transnational Organized Crime, "to prevent terrorism before it happens". But critics say it's an abuse of power and an unconstitutional attack on freedom of expression. "This legislation is the perfect example of how the government is using counterterrorism as an excuse for mass-surveilance of ordinary citizens and activists, trying to re-militarise the country and crackdown on dissidents," Tokyo resident, Lisa Torio, told Al Jazeera. Despite resistance from the opposition bloc, the bill was approved after more than 17 hours of debate. The bill writes 277 new crimes into law. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/protests-japan-anti-conspiracy-bill-passed-170615155758951.html
  8. Two years after Roof sat in on a bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, before taking out his gun and shooting the local parishioners, reports of hate crimes against black, Muslim, LGBTI, Sikh, Jewish and Hispanic communities have only continued to surge. Meanwhile, groups like SPLC and the Human Rights Campaign say battling the rise in hate-based violence will largely take place online in the coming years, where racists and those prone to committing attacks against minorities feed off of radicalized content and fake news. When looking at the data, it becomes immediately clear that spikes in hate crimes and racial tension haven’t only impacted black communities, like the Episcopal Church. There were at least 1,314 reported cases of anti-Muslim bias in 2014, according to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report. By 2016, that annual figure soared to 2,213. Anti-Semitic incidents also rose in 2015, the latest year the Anti-Defamation League has data on, rising three percent to 941 total incidents nationwide. Of all the hate crimes carried out that year, over 48 percent were committed by whites. "We know that the normalization of violence, particularly against marginalized people, creates a culture of complicity and acceptance of hate based violence," Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, tells Newsweek. "We also see that the political climate fosters violence. As anti-transgender measures are introduced across the country and the rhetoric is turned up, we are hearing from the community an increased vulnerability of harassment in their daily lives." In total, hate crimes rose from 5,479 reported incidents in 2014 to 5,800 the next year, when Roof made his decision to act on a months-long quest he had documented at length across the web and on his racist website, TheLastRhodesian.com. Roof, who was sentenced to death on Jan. 10, 2017, was reportedly an avid reader of Daily Stormer, a hate-mongering website loaded with racial conspiracy theories, fake news and anti-Semitism. The site’s readership also included James Jackson, who penned a suicide manifesto before driving from Baltimore to New York to kill a random black man with a sword, as well as Thomas Mair, an extremist loner who murdered British Parliament member Jo Cox. http://www.newsweek.com/dylan-roof-massacre-racist-fake-news-sites-causing-rise-hate-crimes-626922 Dylann Roof is sentenced to DEATH: Unrepentant church massacre gunman who killed nine black worshipers at random and told a jury 'I had to do it and would do it again' gets the death penalty Dylann Roof, 22, was convicted last month on 33 federal charges, including hate crimes and obstruction of religion The same jury that found him guilty was tasked with deciding on his sentence Jurors spent roughly three hours deliberating Roof's sentencing on Tuesday Roof said during his closing argument: 'In my confession to the FBI, I told them that I had to do it' He added that he still feels the same way about killing the churchgoers A U.S. prosecutor argued Roof deserved to die because the shooting was calculated and intended to incite racial violence Roof, a white supremacist, is the first person to be sentenced to death for a federal hate crime Convicted murderer and white supremacist Dylann Roof has been sentenced to death for the cold blooded 2015 massacre of nine black Charleston churchgoers after he told the jury on Tuesday that he would do it all again. The 12-person jury deliberating the penalty phase of the trial spent about three hours making the decision for the 22-year-old's sentence. The jury was made up of nine white people and three African Americans. Roof stared straight ahead as the judge read through the jury's verdict findings before announcing his death sentence, local media reported on social media. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4106012/U-S-jury-asked-condemn-South-Carolina-church-gunman-death.html#ixzz4kKNjxO3O Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  9. Families of several victims of the Sandy Hook massacre have threatened legal action against NBC News ahead of the airing of Megyn Kelly's widely criticized interview with notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. A law firm representing 12 family members sent a letter to NBC News chairman Andy Lack and other network executives on Thursday condemning the interview with Jones, who has questioned whether the 2012 shooting at the Connecticut elementary school really happened. "Surely, we can agree that these families have suffered enough already, and that they will continue to suffer enough to last several lifetimes. Which is why we cannot fathom -- from a moral, ethical or legal standpoint -- NBC's decision to amplify the voice of a man who has made a living debasing that suffering and smearing our clients' names," said the lawyers, from the firm Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder. "Over the last few years, Alex Jones has weaponized his radio show to publish false and defamatory statements about our clients: chief among them that they are actors perpetrating a massive fraud on the American public by faking the deaths of their loved ones." The lawyers said that airing Kelly's interview with Jones "implicitly endorses the notion that Mr. Jones' lies are actually 'claims' that are worthy of serious debate; and in doing so it exponentially enhances the suffering and distress of our clients." http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/16/media/sandy-hook-letter-nbc-megyn-kelly-alex-jones/index.html Kelly and NBC have been under fire from critics and the Sandy Hook families ever since a tightly edited teaser of the interview aired on "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" this week. Some TV news competitors have said that NBC has hurt itself by promoting the segment with Jones' inflammatory statements. "The tease got them in trouble — that's always been the way," said Chris Cuomo, a co-anchor of CNN's "New Day" and a veteran of network newsmagazines. Kelly and Lack have defended their decision to air the Jones interview. The former Fox News anchor said she finds Jones' "suggestion that Sandy Hook was 'a hoax' as personally revolting as every other rational person does." But Kelly felt compelled to sit down with him to learn how someone who promotes outrageous conspiracy theories has a following of millions of people, including President Donald Trump. According to a person familiar with the production of the story who is not authorized to comment publicly, Sandy Hook families are also being interviewed for the "Sunday Night" story. "The interview is part of a larger piece about [Jones]. It's not the only part," the person said. http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-sandy-hook-nbc-0616-20170615-story.html
  10. In a World-First, Scientists Have Achieved 'Liquid Light' at Room Temperature For the first time, physicists have achieved 'liquid light' at room temperature, making this strange form of matter more accessible than ever. This matter is both a superfluid, which has zero friction and viscosity, and a kind of Bose-Einstein condensate - sometimes described as the fifth state of matter - and it allows light to actually flow around objects and corners. Regular light behaves like a wave, and sometimes like a particle, always travelling in a straight line. That's why your eyes can't see around corners or objects. But under extreme conditions, light can also act like a liquid, and actually flow around objects. Bose-Einstein condensates are interesting to physicists because in this state, the rules switch from classical to quantum physics, and matter starts to take on more wave-like properties. They are formed at temperatures close to absolute zero and exist for only fractions of a second. But in this study, researchers report making a Bose-Einstein condensate at room temperature by using a Frankenstein mash-up of light and matter. "The extraordinary observation in our work is that we have demonstrated that superfluidity can also occur at room-temperature, under ambient conditions, using light-matter particles called polaritons," says lead researcher Daniele Sanvitto, from the CNR NANOTEC Institute of Nanotechnology in Italy. Creating polaritons involved some serious equipment and nanoscale engineering. The scientists sandwiched a 130-nanometre-thick layer of organic molecules between two ultra-reflective mirrors, and blasted it with a 35 femtosecond laser pulse (1 femtosecond is a quadrillionth of a second). "In this way, we can combine the properties of photons - such as their light effective mass and fast velocity - with strong interactions due to the electrons within the molecules," says one of the team, Stéphane Kéna-Cohen from École Polytechnique de Montreal in Canada. The resulting 'super liquid' had some strange properties. Under normal conditions, when liquid flows, it creates ripples and swirls - but that's not the case for a superfluid. https://www.sciencealert.com/fifth-state-of-matter-liquid-light For several centuries now, scientists have known that light behaves like a wave, expanding out from its source until absorbed or reflected by objects, which are in turn illuminated. In recent years, however, research has indicated that light can also behave like a liquid — flowing around objects and reconstituting on the other side. Previously, this phenomenon has only been observed under certain extreme conditions, such as laboratory chambers chilled to near absolute zero. New research published this week in the journal Nature Physics reveals that light can behave in an even stranger "superliquid" state, in which light particles flow around objects with no friction or viscosity at all. In this state, light exhibits the dramatic effect of "frictionless flow," bending around obstacles with no ripples or swirls whatsoever. Interestingly, this effect can be observed at room temperature and ambient pressure. https://www.livescience.com/59445-liquid-light-bends-around-objects.html Researchers from CNR NANOTEC of Lecce in Italy recently collaborated with researchers from Polytechnique Montreal in Canada to explore the idea that when light is "dressed" with electrons, it becomes superfluid. Superfluid, here, meaning that light is capable of flowing with no observable friction across an obstacle and then meeting on the other side without rippling. According to Daniele Sanvitto, who led the research group, "The extraordinary observation in our work is that we have demonstrated that superfluidity can also occur at room-temperature, under ambient conditions, using light-matter particles called polaritons", which is a stark contrast to the extreme conditions that superfluidity is usually observed under (hint: superfluids usually occur around absolute zero). https://www.outerplaces.com/science/item/16181-light-liquid
  11. If endless cyber attack scare stories, viral fake news articles, online abuse and the election of Donald Trump have given yourself the resolve to walk away from the internet, you're in luck. Developers in Sweden have created a website that can help you delete your online presence with just a few clicks. Available at Deseat.me, Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck designed the internet deletion site as a place for people to "clean up your internet presence". The service lets you see all of the websites you're signed up to or have accounts for and asks if you'd like to delete them or unsubscribe. It asks for your email address and password so it can scan for the sites you're signed up to. Dahlbo and Unnebäck said they take the privacy of users seriously and that the program runs on the user's computer, rather than their servers. "So basically the only thing you're telling us is what accounts you want to delete. That's it," they said. The website uses Google's security protocol, which means it doesn't gain access to users' log in information, they added. Deseat.me is fairly limited at the moment. It requires users to have a Google email address that is used for all of your online accounts. So for those ancient MySpace and Bebo accounts that you signed up for with a Hotmail address you'll need to go to the websites yourself and delete your account. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/11/25/delete-internet-website/ Here is the website: https://www.deseat.me/ What is this new online tool? Think of this as a kind of cleanse for your online life. It's called Deseat.me, and it does one thing and one thing only — it displays a list of all the online services you've ever signed up for. So if you had a MySpace account in the early 2000s, it'll probably show up in Deseat. If you created an avatar in Second Life, it's likely to show up as well. And of course, so will things like your Facebook or Twitter accounts. To use Deseat.me, you first log in using a Google account. Then, once it knows your email address, it can find any accounts that have been linked in any way to that Google account. Now, it will ask for some things which may sound creepy — it will not only ask to view your email address, but also to view your email messages and settings. Based on my experience, Deseat.me scans through your email archives to find sign-up confirmation messages from various services. The creators of Deseat.me told the Telegraph they take user privacy seriously, and that the program runs on the user's computer, rather than Deseat.me's servers. They also say they're not storing any of your info, but you'd need to take them at their word on that. It uses Google's OAuth security protocol — but if you're not comfortable allowing Deseat.me access to your email archives, I wouldn't authorize it. In my case, it found 216 different accounts, most of which I had entirely forgotten about. For instance, I have an account with the now-defunct social network called Pownce, and an account on something called Microsoft HealthVault that I signed up for in 2007. So once you have this list of online services and accounts, Deseat.me will — wherever possible — show you a direct link to remove those accounts. http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/deseat-me-deletes-unused-accounts-1.3872537
  12. Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to hire his own lawyer for the special counsel investigation into alleged ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government can mean one of two things — or perhaps even both things at the same time. Either Pence is concerned that he may face charges of his own, or — believing that he is innocent — he wants to separate his own legal fate from that of a president whose innocence he (for good reason) doubts. If the latter prospect is true, of course, it’s doubtful that Pence will ever admit this publicly. As the Watergate scandal began to swallow up Richard Nixon, and Vice President Gerald Ford was confronted with the prospect that he would be thrust into the presidency, Ford nevertheless maintained his public defenses of the president. This was both politically necessary (Nixon was a fellow Republican, after all) and morally astute (it would be unseemly for the man who might benefit from Nixon’s downfall to seem to contribute to it). Although Pence should avoid defending Trump so vehemently that he winds up looking complicit, it is best for him to refrain from seeming over-eager at ascending to the White House himself. That said, if he has sound reason to suspect that Trump is about to take a mighty fall, it is wise for him to determine how he can best protect himself from a strictly legal standpoint. This, by necessity, means he must at least partially decouple his fate from that of the president he serves. Of course, there is also the possibility that Pence has reasons to be worried about his own future with the law. He does have at least one major scandal from his own past — in 1990, he used campaign funds to pay his mortgage and other personal expenses, which, though not illegal at the time, was regarded as highly unethical — and it is not inconceivable that there is something brewing beneath the surface that the public simply doesn’t know about. The only vice president to resign due to scandal, Richard Nixon’s own Spiro Agnew, did so not because of Watergate but for the entirely unrelated reason that he received over a quarter million dollars in bribes. It has long been speculated that prosecutors were eager to cut a juicy deal for Agnew so that he would resign before Nixon and an honest man could be appointed as his successor (Ford) to wait in the wings should Watergate destroy Nixon. Perhaps, like Agnew, Pence was involved in an unknown scandal completely unrelated to the Russia shenanigans. Of course, it is also possible that Pence is personally involved in the Russia-related mess, especially considering the legend behind how he became Trump’s vice president. The former reality TV star had apparently been set on choosing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as his running mate until his campaign manager at the time, Paul Manafort, claimed there were mechanical issues with Trump’s plane as it waited on the tarmac in Indiana, which bought time for Trump to be wooed by Pence. Manafort, you may recall, is under investigation by the FBI for his own potential connections to Russia, not the least of which is his work for Putin’s puppet in Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. http://www.salon.com/2017/06/16/is-mike-pence-pulling-a-gerald-ford-or-a-spiro-agnew/ 43 Years ago, we had a flawed President, Richard Nixon, who was facing an impeachment crisis, as he had clearly violated the Constitution, and was on the way to an early end to his Presidency. At that crisis moment, we had Gerald Ford, appointed by Nixon in October 1973 to replace the crooked Vice President, Spiro Agnew, who had been forced to resign. Nixon had chosen Ford over other more prominent figures—including John Connally, Ronald Reagan, Nelson Rockefeller— and two lesser figures of prominence who were much younger—George H. W. Bush and Bob Dole—due to the reality that Gerald Ford was well liked by the opposition Democrats, who would have the balance of power in confirming the Vice Presidential replacement under the 25th Amendment. Also, Nixon believed that although Ford was well liked as the House Minority Leader by Democrats, that no one thought that highly of Ford as to want to make him a future potential President. It turns out that the nation was blessed that we had Gerald Ford replacing Agnew in December 1973, as Ford did a masterful job of “walking on eggs” for eight months, demonstrating some support for Nixon, but in a careful measured way, as to keep his basic neutrality, as he fully realized he was likely to become the next President. http://www.theprogressiveprofessor.com/?p=29714
  13. Reddit is one of the few relics of the mid-2000s internet that has not only survived but thrived in recent years. Now venture capitalists are giving a major boost to the link-sharing website, with funding that will give the company a valuation of about $1.7 billion, two people familiar with the matter said. In recent weeks, Reddit Inc. was looking for investments totaling about $150 million, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the terms are private. A spokeswoman for Reddit said no funding had been finalized, declining to comment further. Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian founded Reddit in 2005 as students at the University of Virgina. They joined Silicon Valley business incubator Y Combinator and sold the startup to magazine publisher Conde Nast the next year. It attracted a devoted audience posting links to news, images and video, which fellow users vote on to rank their importance. It’s been the birthplace of countless online memes but has also drawn criticism for hosting racist, sexist and anonymous rants. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-17/reddit-said-to-be-raising-funds-valuing-startup-at-1-7-billion Huffman and Ohanian quit when their Condé Nast contracts expired in late 2009. At the time, Reddit wasn’t really making much money. Condé Nast used it as a conversation starter with advertisers, but primarily as a gateway into conventional contracts for its established magazine brands like Wired. Not only did advertisers view some Reddit content as unsavory, but the site itself wasn’t terribly accommodating to advertisers in terms of available real estate. A premium membership called Reddit Gold was launched in 2010, and one year later Condé Nast spun out the company into an independent entity that could hire its own ad sales team. For the next several years, Reddit’s user growth continued to skyrocket—but its ad sales merely meandered. The site still didn’t offer much in the way of visibility for advertisers, and fewer brands wanted to be associated with the site after one of its subreddits played a central role in distributing hacked photos of nude celebrities in August 2014. Not too long after, Alexis Ohanian returned as executive chairman at the same time that then-CEO Yishan Wong resigned over an apparent dispute over office space (yes, that seems to really be what happened). Ellen Pao, an existing Reddit executive who also was waging a high-profile gender discrimination case against her former employer (venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers) was installed as interim CEO. Her tenure wouldn’t last too long, but she did make a major hire: Zubair Jandali, a former Google advertising executive, as vice president of sales. Jandali was given a fairly simple mandate: Figure out how to translate Reddit’s massive user base into dollars. A new plan Jandali immediately recognized that Reddit had made very little effort to help advertisers understand the site, resulting in poor experiences and high client churn rates. “The reason brands spend money on advertising is because they want to affect word of mouth, and Reddit is basically the world’s largest water cooler,” Alexis Ohanian says, adding that one-third of all Americans will visit the site this month. “The brands are already being talked about on there, so it’s a question of if they want to be part of those conversations in an authentic and meaningful way.” Jandali’s plan was to maintain traditional display advertising, but focus most of his efforts on creating what amounts to an in-house creative consultancy for native content. Reddit not only would provide space for brands, but would help develop their message for the right audience within (after first mining Reddit for information on how and where the brand is being discussed). http://fortune.com/reddit-real-business/
  14. President Donald Trump had personal liabilities of at least $315.6 million to German, U.S. and other lenders as of mid-2017, according to a federal financial disclosure form released late on Friday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. He had roughly $20 million in income from his new marquee Washington hotel, which opened just down the street from the White House last September. Revenues also increased at Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort known as the "Winter White House." Trump reported income of at least $594 million for 2016 and early 2017 and assets worth at least $1.4 billion. (bit.ly/2sah0ZM) The 98-page disclosure document posted on the ethics office's website showed liabilities for Trump of at least $130 million to Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas [DBKGK.UL], a unit of German-based Deutsche Bank AG. For example, Trump disclosed a liability to Deutsche exceeding $50 million for the Old Post Office, a historic Washington property where he has opened a hotel. Trump reported liabilities of at least $110 million to Ladder Capital Corp , a commercial real estate lender with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Boca Raton, Florida. The largest component of Trump's income was $115.9 million listed as golf-resort related revenues from Trump National Doral in Miami, down from $132 million he reported a year ago. Income from many of his other hotels and resorts largely held steady. Revenue from Trump Corporation, his real-estate management company, nearly tripled, to $18 million, and revenue from Mar-a-Lago grew by 25 percent, to $37.25 million. The private club doubled its initiation fee to $200,000 after Trump's election. He earned $11 million from the Miss Universe pageant, after selling the beauty contest back in 2015. Revenue from television shows like "The Apprentice" fell to $1.1 million, down from $6 million a year earlier. His assets probably exceeded $1.4 billion because the disclosure form provided ranges of values. The document showed Trump held officer positions in 565 corporations or other entities before becoming U.S. president. His tenure in most of those posts ended on Jan. 19, the day before his inauguration, and in others in 2015 and 2016. Most of the entities involved were based in the United States, with a handful in Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, Bermuda and elsewhere. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-ethics-idUSKBN1972XM Document dump pdf: https://oge.app.box.com/s/kz4qvbdsbcfrzq16msuo4zmth6rerh1c The 98-page disclosure shows that Trump has at least $130 million in liabilities to the German lender Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas as well as $110 million to Ladder Capital, a commercial real estate lender in the U.S. The disclosure also shows that Trump reported an income of $594 million in 2016 and had $1.4 billion in assets as of early 2017. And before becoming president, he held officer positions in 565 corporations and entities, many of which had ended before he was sworn in on Jan. 20. The White House issued a statement, saying, “President Trump welcomed the opportunity to voluntarily file his personal financial disclosure form,” which was “certified by the Office of Government Ethics pursuant to its normal procedures.” http://www.mediaite.com/online/u-s-office-of-government-ethics-trump-owes-315-million-in-liabilities-to-lenders/
  15. When I was young and heard this girl talking, I thought it was real, I'm sure that worked that way for many people. When I was a security guard at the arena, there were nhl hockey games, and I noticed there was this guy who would beat the drum and whip up the crowd and people thought he was just a zealous fan but no, he was paid to do that, and it was preplanned. So one must ask, how many times are we set up with the information that we see that has been manufactured.