We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse By Cutting Down Forests

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We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse By Cutting Down Forests

Epidemiologists explain how human activity helps spread the deadly virus in West Africa.

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How Blue Eyes Originated!

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Close-up of a blue-eyed koala (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How Blue eyes Originated



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Everyone with blue eyes alive today – from Angelina Jolie to Wayne Rooney – can trace their ancestry back to one person who probably lived about 10,000 years ago in the Black Sea region, a study has found. Scientists studying the genetics of eye colour have discovered that more than 99.5 per cent of blue-eyed people who volunteered to have their DNA analysed have the same tiny mutation in the gene that determines the colour of the iris.


This indicates that the mutation originated in just one person who became the ancestor of all subsequent people in the world with blue eyes, according to a study by Professor Hans Eiberg and colleagues at the University of Copenhagen.

The scientists are not sure when the mutation occurred but other evidence suggested it probably arose about 10,000 years ago when there was a rapid expansion of the human population in Europe as a result of the spread of agriculture from the Middle East.

“The mutations responsible for blue eye colour most likely originate from the north-west part of the Black Sea region, where the great agricultural migration of the northern part of Europe took place in the Neolithic periods about 6,000 to 10,000 years ago,” the researchers report in the journal Human Genetics.

Professor Eiberg said that brown is the “default” colour for human eyes which results from a build-up of the dark skin pigment, melanin. However, in northern Europe a mutation arose in a gene known as OCA2 that disrupted melanin production in the iris and caused the eye colour to become blue.

“Originally, we all had brown eyes,” said Professor Eiberg. “But a genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the creation of a ‘switch’ which literally turned off the ability to produce brown eyes.”

Variations in the colour of people’s eyes can be explained by the amount of melanin in the iris, but blue-eyed individuals only have a small degree of variation in the amount of melanin in their eyes, he said.

“From this we can conclude that all blue-eyed individuals are linked to the same ancestor. They have all inherited the same switch at exactly the same spot in their DNA,” said Professor Eiberg.

Men and women with blue eyes have almost exactly the same genetic sequence in the part of the DNA responsible for eye colour. However, brown-eyed people, by contrast, have a considerable amount of individual variation in that area of DNA.

Professor Eiberg said he has analysed the DNA of about 800 people with blue eyes, ranging from fair-skinned, blond-haired Scandinavians to dark-skinned, blue-eyed people living in Turkey and Jordan.

“All of them, apart from possibly one exception, had exactly the same DNA sequence in the region of the OCA2 gene. This to me indicates very strongly that there must have been a single, common ancestor of all these people,” he said.

It is not known why blue eyes spread among the population of northern Europe and southern Russia. Explanations include the suggestions that the blue eye colour either offered some advantage in the long hours of daylight in the summer, or short hours of daylight in winter, or that the trait was deemed attractive and therefore advantageous in terms of sexual selection.

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Mortality Increase From Alzheimer´s Disease in U.S. within last 10 Years

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Mortality Increase From Alzheimer’s Disease in the United States within the last 10 Years. Data for 2000 and 2010

Fascinating data from the Center for Disease Control.  A generation ago we could not even spell Alzheimer’s. It now looks like we are facing an avalanche of seniors losing their minds, and their lives, in later years.  You better believe that I will be looking for all preventative methods and cures for this dreaded degeneration of the brain.  I have seen what it does and it has no dignity. Lou

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States

NCHS Data Briefs Update.

In 2010, Alzheimer’s disease was the underlying cause for a total of 83,494 deaths and was classified as a contributing cause for an additional 26,488 deaths. Mortality from Alzheimer’s disease has steadily increased during the last 30 years. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause for people aged 65 years and over. An estimated 5.4 million persons in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease. The cost of health care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia was estimated to be 200 billion dollars in 2012, including 140 billion dollars in costs to Medicare and Medicaid and is expected to reach 1.1 trillion dollars in 2050.

Alzheimer’s disease mortality varies by age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, and geographic area. This report presents mortality data on Alzheimer’s disease based on data from the National Vital Statistics System from 2000 through 2010, the most recent year for which detailed data are available.

Key findings

Data from the National Vital Statistics System

  • The age-adjusted death rate from Alzheimer’s disease increased by 39 percent from 2000 through 2010 in the United States.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and is the fifth leading cause among people aged 65 years and over. People aged 85 years and over have a 5.4 times greater risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease than people aged 75–84 years.
  • The risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease is 26 percent higher among the non-Hispanic white population than among the non-Hispanic black population, whereas the Hispanic population has a 30 percent lower risk than the non-Hispanic white population.
  • In 2010, among all states and the District of Columbia, 31 states showed death rates from Alzheimer’s disease that were above the national rate (25.1).

Keywords: dementia, National Vital Statistics System, death rate, aging

Alzheimer’s disease mortality increased compared with selected major causes of death.

Figure 1 is a bar chart showing percent change in age-adjusted death rates for the selected causes of death between 2000 and 2010.

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“s´ist Krieg! ´s ist Krieg!” Kriegslied Matthias Claudius

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Schrecken des Krieges von Goya

Kriegslied (Matthias Claudius)

‘s ist Krieg! ‘s ist Krieg!
O Gottes Engel wehre,
Und rede Du darein!
‘s ist leider Krieg –
und ich begehre
Nicht schuld daran zu sein!

Was sollt ich machen, wenn im Schlaf mit Grämen
Und blutig, bleich und blaß,
Die Geister der Erschlagenen zu mir kämen,
Und vor mir weinten, was?

Wenn wackre Männer, die sich Ehre suchten,
Verstümmelt und halb tot
Im Staub sich vor mir wälzten und mir fluchten
In ihrer Todesnot?

Wenn tausend tausend Väter, Mütter, Bräute,
So glücklich vor dem Krieg,
Nun alle elend, alle arme Leute,
Wehklagten über mich?

Wenn Hunger, böse Seuch und ihre Nöten
Freund, Freund und Feind ins Grab
Versammelten und mir zu Ehren krähten
Von einer Leich herab?

Was hülf mir Kron und Land und Gold und Ehre?
Die könnten mich nicht freun!
‘s ist leider Krieg – und ich begehre

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Quit Procrastinating and Get Motivated!

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How many times have you heard the famous words, “The diet starts tomorrow” or “I can’t be bothered to go to the gym tonight, I’ll go in the morning” or “I do really want to lose weight but….”Maybe you’ve made statements like that or you’ve heard someone else saying them. It’s a common thing.Here’s the problem though, “wanting” to do something is not actually doing it though, is it? People are good at coming up with lots of reasons for putting things off but in doing that they are not taking action and therefore not creating the results they claim they want.If you don’t do it what will life be like 2 years from now? What will life be like 5 years from now? What will life be like 10 years from now? I’m guessing if you don’t do anything, then it’s going to be significantly less satisfying than it currently is and you may be left with fewer choices about what you can do.

The future can be anyway you want it, because it hasn’t happen yet. So you have a golden opportunity now to take action to get on a path to creating what you want. That’s exciting!

It’s easy to get started too.  Let’s have a look at our 5 Top Tips for Eliminating Procrastination for Your Weight Loss Success

#1 First thing to do is make a plan. That includes a work out plan and a diet plan, plus supplements to assist you in your success. Set some goals that are realistic and make them short range goals to start with, that will automatically kick start your motivation. How many pounds can you realistically lose in the next week? Make sure you write your goals on paper or create a file for your goals on your laptop or computer.

#2 Now, set some longer range goals. What could you achieve 1 month from now, 3 months from now, 6 months from now and 1 year from now. As you think as each goal imagine what you will look like at each stage, what will you be saying to yourself, how amazing will you feel because of all that you have achieved?

#3 Create a diet plan or hire an expert to design a diet plan for you. Plan out your meals, create a shopping list and then get only the items on the list. It’s fair easier to stick to a diet plan when the food is already in the refrigerator!

#4 Create or hire an expert to design a work out plan for you. By the way, it doesn’t mean that you have to bust a gut in the gym everyday! Again the plan needs to be realistic and experiment with what activities and sports you take part in to find out what works well for you. The key is to get moving.

#5 Get a buddy! Finding some support is a great way to maintain your motivation. Ask a friend or your partner to join you for your work outs or walks in the park. Having to be accountable to someone else is a great personality trait to draw on and can assist you to stay motivated with you diet and work out plans.

The key is to take action and get started!


THE DOLPHIN-KILLING SEASON Is About to Begin in Japan; Here’s What You Can Do About It

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The Dolphin-Killing Season Is About to Begin in Japan; Here’s What You Can Do About It

Five years after ‘The Cove,’ activists are redoubling efforts to stop the slaughter.

(Photo: ‘The Asahi Shimbun’/Getty Images)

August 15, 2014

As the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, approaches, activist Ric O’Barry is getting ready for a four-hour interrogation by Japanese police and immigration officials when he arrives in the country.

The grilling has become part a gruesome Kabuki that plays out every year as fishermen in Taiji herd hundreds of dolphins into a cove and slaughter them, sparing only a few young animals that will be sold to aquariums for six-figure prices. The mercury-contaminated meat from the dead dolphins, meanwhile, ends up in supermarkets and restaurants across Asia.

It’s been five years since O’Barry, a former dolphin trainer, focused the world’s attention on Taiji in The…

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Koala survives after getting mouth-to-mouth and heart massage

Koala survives after getting mouth-to-mouth and heart massage

Firefighter had to throw the koala from a tall tree to waiting volunteers after it was hit by a car and climbed to safety


Video courtesy of the Animalia Wildlife Shelter.

A wildlife rescuer has saved the life of a koala by giving it CPR after a dramatic rescue in which the animal was flung from a tall tree to its waiting rescuers.

The koala was hit by a vehicle while crossing a road in Langwarrin, in Melbourne’s southeast, on Thursday night.

It then scurried up a tree and passed out.

A motorist called Wildlife Victoria, which enlisted the help of the Country Fire Authority to get the koala down from the tree.

Video of the rescue shows a firefighter on an elevated platform throwing the koala down to colleagues, who put it in the recovery position.

A Wildlife Victoria volunteer gave the koala heart massage and then mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The fire authority team also administered oxygen.

Their efforts were successful; the koala revived and started growling at his rescuers.

He has been named Sean, after a CFA volunteer. It was initially thought the marsupial was Sir Chompsalot, a well-known local koala.

Amy Amato, spokeswoman for Wildlife Victoria, was hopeful the koala would survive.

“This isn’t something we’d do all of the time but it shows the dedication of volunteers to saving wildlife,” she said. “Koalas often flee up trees after being hit by cars or bitten by dogs. We do get a lot of calls about koalas, unfortunately.

“He is currently being rehabilitated in a wildlife shelter and will be assessed by a vet today. Fingers crossed, with the right care he’ll be OK.

“Often we get koalas when it’s too late, but he seemed to be in fairly good shape. He might just need some R&R.”

Amato said that anyone who sees a koala or other native animal in distress in Victoria should call Wildlife Victoria on 1300 094 535.


Everything You Need to Know About Defrosting Meat – Because it’s more complicated than you think. Sort of.

Everything You Need to Know About Defrosting Meat

Because it’s more complicated than you think. Sort of.

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May 14, 2014

Believe it or not, there are only two ways to thaw frozen food: patiently and impatiently. As with most things in life, a job done quick isn’t necessarily a job done well.

The two most important factors in thawing frozen food, particularly meat, are time and temperature. How long a given food item needs to defrost is directly proportional to the temperature at which it thaws. And that means there are really only three options available to you, depending on your patience. Here they are, ranked in order of most ideal to least.

Use your fridge


Defrosting meat in your fridge takes longest, but works best. Depending on the size of the cut in question, it may take up to 24 hours to fully thaw a frozen piece of meat. A general rule is that you should set aside one day of defrost time for every five pounds of meat.

Many species of bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, are not killed by freezing temperatures.

While all that time and preparation may not sound ideal, it is certainly the safest method. Remember that many species of bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, are not killed by freezing temperatures—they just become dormant and grow more slowly. Once you take meat out of the freezer and set it on the counter, those bacteria start growing again. Plus, your meat may be exposed to other germs that increase the risk of contamination.

Fridge temperatures (roughly 40°F or less) slow the rate of contamination, which is inevitable. Unless you’re defrosting a large bird, you shouldn’t require more than a day or two for defrosting. If your fridge is set at a lower temperature than normal, raise it to 40°F for the duration of the defrost. As a general rule, ground meats shouldn’t stay in the fridge more than two days. Steaks and chops can remain for up to four or five days, and cooked meat or seafood should be tossed after four days.

Cold Water

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Submerging a sealed piece of meat in a bowl of cold water is probably the most popular way to quickly defrost frozen meat. It still takes a decent amount of time, but doesn’t usually require a whole day’s preparation. One pound of frozen meat usually requires about one hour to fully thaw using this method—add another 30 minutes per additional pound. You should cook the meat directly after thawing.

The risk has to do with how long meat is exposed to the “danger zone” of microbial growth: roughly 40°F to 135°F.

There is some debate over whether or not you should thaw food—especially meat—in a bowl of hot or warm water. The general consensus is that this is fine for small cuts—like steaks and chicken strips—so long as you keep the meat sealed in a waterproof and airtight bag. The risk has to do with how long meat is exposed to the “danger zone” of microbial growth, which is roughly between 40°F to 135°F. With long cuts of meat—such as roasts, briskets, and pork shoulders—the exterior of the meat suffers prolonged exposure to these temperatures, and may become contaminated.

The other problem with thawing meat in hot water is that it actually begins to cook the outside of the meat, forcing it to undergo the Maillard Reaction. This will dry out the meat and lead to an uneven cook. Best stick to cold water thawing.



This is certainly the quickest way to defrost meat. But we’re not convinced it’s the ideal method, if only for culinary reasons. For one, there is the risk of overcooking the meat. Even if thawed on a microwave’s defrost cycle, the meat can be excessively heated in certain spots, causing variations in the “evenness” of the cook.

There’s a reason top restaurants don’t employ an army of microwaves for defrosting their food. It just doesn’t taste good.

Think about how a microwave works: Microwave radiation is scattered throughout the interior of the machine, forcing certain molecules—particularly water and fats—to go into rapid motion and disperse heat energy. Because the heat depends on the presence of excitable molecules, certain areas of the food may become more cooked than others.

To be clear, microwaves are a safe way to defrost food, at least with regards to microbial contamination (there’s some debate over what microwaves do to nutrients). But a decrease in the quality of the food is almost certainly going to result in a damp, rubbery texture. There’s a reason top restaurants don’t employ an army of microwaves to defrost their food. It just doesn’t taste good…


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Google car ‘runs over dog’ in the name of comprehensive Street View

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Google car ‘runs over dog’ in the name of comprehensive Street View

Still from Chilean Street View appear to show dog motionless in road

On a mission as ambitious as photographing every road in the world at two metre intervals, the chances are you’re likely going to encounter some weird, wonderful and occasionally horrifying sights along the way.

The latest in a long list of ‘weird stuff on Google Street View’ sees the company itself at the centre of the controversy however, one of its cars having apparently run over a small dog in Chile.

The Street View for Meza Bell 2815-2861in the Quinta Normal, Región Metropolitana appears to show a pretty sad sight:

*Warning: Images below don’t confirm anything bad happened to the dog, but might be upsetting all the same.*

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Truthstream News 02: How the Globalists Are Raping Africa (and the Rest of the World, Too)

Truthstream News 02: How the Globalists Are Raping Africa (and the Rest of the World, Too)


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Episode 2 of Truthstream News explores the hidden agenda for global domination behind ‘charitable’ international aid and agribusiness.

In this second episode of Truthstream News, Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton expose the phony pretenses behind a massive corporate takeover in Africa – as well as other examples of Trojan Horse philanthropic aid on the international scene.

The United States just led the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, hosting figures from throughout the African continent to discuss its development. But despite typical rhetoric about lifting populations out of poverty and addressing Ebola outbreak concerns, the core of the conference was about promoting American-based multinational business in Africa.

This is particularly true of GMO-oriented agribusiness, which has been heavily pushed upon the continent in the name of increasing productivity and consolidating farms on Africa’s 60% share of the world’s arable land.

During this summit, Secretary of State John Kerry urged Africans not to create new farms, but rather to “improve” existing farms:

“Rather than convert natural areas to new farmland, a process that typically releases significant amounts of carbon pollution, we can instead concentrate our efforts on making existing farmlands more productive.”

The code words supporting biotech and export-oriented big business can hardly be missed between the lines.

President Obama quietly issued an executive order to back this effort up: “Establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa”. The advisory council is to be made up of 15 corporate leaders in banking, agriculture and industry.

Back in June 2013, Obama tried to scare African youth leaders out of developing enough to raise their standards of living to the Western consumption levels:

“Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over…”

The rise of genetically-modified mega-farming has been a major component of AGRA (the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa), founded in 2006 by the Rockefeller Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Further reading on the new corporate “Green Revolution” emerging in Africa:
Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation (F. William Engdahl)
Innovations as Key to the Green Revolution in Africa: Exploring the Scientific Facts
The Dark Green Farming Revolution (Dryland Farming Organisation)
The African Food Crisis: Lessons from the Asian Green Revolution
The Future of Genetically Modified Crops: Lessons from the Green Revolution

Back in February, the G8 established the USAID-led New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Initiative for Africa, another open door to fast track GMO farming. It’s critics blasted that African leaders acquiesced to biotech demands, and changed export regulations, tax laws and even handed over vast tracks of prime land to allow mainstream commercial development of Africa.

The worst part is that studies have shown that mega-farming is not the most productive method, and will not be “the solution” to feeding the world. To the contrary, research has found that small, peasant farmers working small plots of land are consistently more productive, and also give economic hope to typically poor African farmers.

However, the shift towards GMO crops in Africa means farmers would be dependent upon buying seeds and receiving oversight from multinational firms, while many have been pushed off their land to make way for these “improved” GMO farms, for carbon offset tree planting and/or to grow crops for ethanol biofuel production (at the expense of food).

The Organic Consumers Association tore apart the 2012 agreement, pointing out the basic flaws in the program, and its uneven gains for corporate partners:

“Study after study has shown that organic, agro-ecological farming practices on small diverse farms can boost yields in Africa and the developing world from 100-1000% over the yields of chemical-intensive or genetically engineered mono-crop farms. To help the world’s two billion small farmers and rural villagers survive and prosper we need to help them gain access, not to genetically engineered seeds and expensive chemical inputs; but rather access to land, water, and the tools and techniques of traditional, sustainable farming: non-patented open-pollinated seeds, crop rotation, natural compost production, beneficial insects, and access to local markets. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) reduce crop yields, and increase pesticide use, even according to USDA statistics. Bill Gates, Monsanto, and Barack Obama may believe that genetic engineering and chemical-intensive agriculture are the tools to feed the world, but a look at the fatal harvest of modern agribusiness tells a different story. Not only can climate-friendly, healthy organic agriculture practices feed the world, but in fact organic farming is the only way we are going to be able to feed the world.”

With this huge deception underway in Africa, Aaron and Melissa highlight some of the other blatant abuses that have been carried out in the name of international assistance – from schemes to use food aid as a tool of coercion in accepting population control to strings attached through the IMF and World Bank that allow bankers to call the shots in shaping the future of an entire nation, while subjugating its people under often harsh austerity measures.

Corntamination: An Investigative Special Report

In a special investigative report, Truthstream follows the trail of biopharming, where science is using genetically engineered crops to growing pharmaceutical and vaccine components. Some of these medications are developed to be eaten directly from the food.

One firm, Prodigene, was caught in a major scandal back in 2003 after experimental pharmaceuticals growing in open air fields – treatments for AIDS, Hepatitis B and gastrointestinal diseases – contaminated nearby food crops. Rather than reign in their potentially hazardous test crops, the USDA – publicly supportive of biopharmaceutical potential – helped Prodigene pay back damages and cover further research. However, the firm disappeared after a subsequent contamination violation led to a court decision barring them and their principals from getting further permits.

But did Prodigene really stop its pharma-crop production? Melissa Melton follows its founder and lead research scientist through his work at a spinoff firm, where human trials are beginning for drug treatments grown in genetically modified crops.


Melissa discovers the benefits of fluoridation; PharmaFlakes hit store shelves; the bridge trolls occupying the government are exposed; Aaron sells the world on international food aid at the hands of the planet’s foremost billionaires; and Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen receives a Letter to the NWO.