We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse By Cutting Down Forests

We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse By Cutting Down Forests

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Mother Jones

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!

How Blue Eyes Originated!

Close-up of a blue-eyed koala
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

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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Beth Moon is an American photographer whose work is infused with wonder, awe and mystery and which straddles the border between fantasy and reality. She has spent years photographing ancient trees from around the world. Through her eyes, trees become something quite different to the everyday objects we walk past all our lives. There is a sense of strangeness and otherness that make her compositions quite bewitching, as if they had been plucked from a fairy tale. They are fabulous in the original sense of the world.

In the past Moon has used a medium format camera and a highly involved platinum developing process that imparts, in her words, ‘a beautiful luminosity’ to her prints. She prints on a particular watercolour paper ‘that has been made by the same mill in France since 1492’. It is, as she puts it, ‘Printing methods from the 19th century teamed with technology from…

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Animal Rights Activist Accused of Supporting Rape & Murder & Mayhem

Animal Rights Activist Accused of Supporting Rape & Murder & Mayhem


Animal Rights Activist Accused of Supporting Rape & Murder & Mayhem


In his video, the activist supports vile crimes against vile people.

He is perhaps the one person in the world tuned into a dying

animal’s innermost thoughts.


Today’s NOTMILK column:



Animal Rights Activist Accused of Supporting Rape & Murder & Mayhem


“You shall not murder.*”

–         God,  Deuteronomy 5:7, God’s lone suggestion out of 10

(the seventh) containing an asterisk allowing eleven circumstances

where murder is okay with him. (Also Exodus 20:13)

*     *     *     *

Does the butcher who slices the throat of a baby lamb deserve

to die? Even if he’s nice about it? How can be nice about taking

any living creature’s life? That’s what Gary Yourofsky has been

asking for the 20 years since I’ve known him.


garytofu@earthlink.net  http://www.adaptt.org

The video is 28 minutes long, and like the best books I recall

having read in my life, I could not put it down. I had to watch

every moment to witness each word coming from this man.

I can count on one hand the number of men and woman

I have loved in my life for their pure hearts.

I love this man dearly.


Violence begets violence. How many people have you

encountered in your lifetime who truly believe that there

is never justification for an act of violence? I’ve only met

one.  Retribution for the perpetrator of an initial violent

action is a different matter entirely to this man of pure spirit.

Like the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, you do not want

to come face to face with retribution in a dark alley.


After 18 years on trial, the verdict is finally in! I’ve been found INNOCENT on all charges of supporting rape! This video contains my 14-minute testimony proving I was falsely charged and defamed. I reference my insightful essays on violence and pacifism from my adaptt.org website. Erika, my wife, joins me for a 15-minute discussion after the testimony. And I have links to my mentor, George Carlin, the best comedic-philosopher of all-time! I sincerely ask everyone to watch every second of this, especially the Carlin links, so you can understand where I’m coming from, and find a true appreciation for why I behave the way I do.

Gary Yourofsky is a vegan activist who has given 2,660 lectures on animal rights and veganism to more than 60,000 people at 186 schools in 30 states and several Israeli cities/schools. His lecture has been translated into more than 30 languages for over 10 million YouTube hits.

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14 signs you’re old but haven’t realised it

14 signs you’re old but haven’t realised it

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(Picture: Rex/Sipa Press) But we don’t look a day over 21?!! (Picture: Rex/Sipa Press)

Everyone gets older.

Mother Nature is a cruel cruel woman who thinks it’s funny to age your body while convincing your brain ‘you’ve still got it.’

It’s a slow, slow process and one you might not notice, until one day it hits you.

Yes, you have become old and these things now apply.

Here’s 14 signs you’re old but haven’t realised it yet.

1. A new car advert uses an old TV theme tune and you can name every single actor/actress that was in it.

2. You now start to read the Sunday supplements catalogue thinking that yes, maybe you would like some nice patterned garden tools.

3. You’d rather send a letter than an email.

4. Friends with benefits? You’d rather have friends with biscuits.

5. You try but fail to contain your excitement when there’s a new series…

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As the Eurozone Teeters, the IMF Does Something Weird

As the Eurozone Teeters, the IMF Does Something Weird

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As Europe teeters on a precipice of its own making, some people are beginning to wonder whether the IMF might have somehow discovered it has a conscience. Strange as it may sound, rumors of the IMF’s do-gooding began spreading on Friday after the Fund published a damning report on the sustainability of Greece’s finances and the Troika’s woeful mismanagement of the country’s debt crisis.

Granted, the report was deeply critical of Syriza’s negotiation strategies and governance of Greece. But the report’s real victims were the IMF’s two Troika partners, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Commission, both of whom had fought to prevent its publication…

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Cambodia: Dog Meat Sold Next To A Children’s School


Cambodia: Dog Meat Sold Next To A Children’s School

A popular family restaurant located right next door to a children’s primary school in Siem Reap is now specializing in selling dog meat. As young children arrive and leave school each day they are forced to to walk past severed dogs’ heads and cut up dog body parts which are displayed on stands at the children’s eye level.

The name of the school is Svay Dangkum [Future Bright] Primary School, which is located along the developing SokSan Road, Siem Reap. As young children are subliminally taught to accept torture and slaughter of dogs for dog meat, the future does not look bright for Cambodia’s dogs or cats.


The busy restaurant recently switched to specializing in dog meat to keep up with customer demand for the meat. Consequently the restaurant can openly display severed dog’s heads and other body parts without fear of reprisal from local residents.

Several years ago the topic of dog meat was kept under wraps in Cambodia and many locals, especially expats, would [wrongly] argue there is no dog meat in Cambodia. As millions of tourists pour into Cambodia, local people want to capture part of the tourist dollar and providing dog and cat meat to cashed up international dog eaters has become a lucrative business for many.


In 2014 Cambodia hosted the following number of international visitors: 4,502,775.
The top five countries which visited Cambodia in 2014:

1. Vietnam 905,801 visitors
2. China 560,335 visitors
3. Laos 460,191 visitors
4. South Korea 424, 424 visitors
5. Thailand 279,457 visitors

Each of Cambodia’s top five visiting tourist nations are dog and cat eating countries!

One of the largest hot spots for dog meat in Cambodia is Siem Reap because it is home to Cambodia’s number one tourist attraction Angkor Wat, the 12th century UNESCO World Heritage site, otherwise known as the “City Of Temples.”


Offering international dog eaters the opportunity to dine on local Cambodian dog meat “cuisine” is a clever marketing tool.  Most tourists stay more than one night in Siem Reap because of its central hub when visiting a number of Cambodia’s tourist locations, including Beng Mealea, known the ruins covered in  tree roots and vines.

The Cambodian tourism department in Siem Reap province recorded that South Korea is the main source for tourists visiting  Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat, followed by China. I was in Siem Reap not so long ago and was stunned by the large number of South Korean and Chinese tourists compared to all the other visiting nationalities.


A spokesperson for the Minisitry of Tourism, Ang Kim Eang, said “Visa-free entry for the holders of ordinary passports between Cambodia and ASEAN partner countries have also encouraged more ASEAN citizens to visit Cambodia.”

Earlier this year in April, SayNoToDogMeat.Net held a global march and many animal lovers in Cambodia took part, utilizing a peaceful walk with their dog’s on leashes. This evoked an aggressive reaction from local officials who sent armed police with rifles to order the dog owners to vacate the park immediately. At the threat of dogs being “kicked to death,” the peaceful dog owners were made to walk in the gutter and not on the pavement.

“Walking dogs on leashes is strange,” said an official to a media journalist.


If Cambodia’s tourism continues to climb with tourists flocking in from pet eating countries, the fate of Cambodia’s dogs and cats looks certain to be grim. SayNoToDogMeat.Net continues to fight toward ending Cambodia’s dog and cat meat trade for good. Please sign and share our SayNoToDogMeat.Net Petition for Cambodia.

Far too many dedicated Cambodia  and expat pet owners are left sobbing in tears after their loved pets have been stolen. We invite you to stand with us and fight toward ending the global dog and cat meat trade.

Thank you for reading,

Michele Brown.
Email: contact@saynotodogmeat.info

To Read More: Cambodia: Dog Meat Trade Caters to Growing Numbers of Dog Eating Tourists

SayNoToDogMeat.Net is working to establish our own rescue, re-homing and medical center in Vietnam. We have already privately purchased the land and run down buildings but need help to finalize the facility so we can commence rescuing. Registered in Australia we have permission from the government to receive up to $10,000 in donations each year as we move toward our charitable status.; however, we are grossly below this sum. Our team are all completely self funded therefore 100% of all donations go to the animals. We desperately need help establishing our Vietnamese center. To read more: click here.











Please keep watch for new information on phase 2 of our strategic plan to end the cruel pet meat trade: OPERATION UNITE, October 2 & 3, 2016. https://www.facebook.com/events/449987735183945/ #operationunite

How Can You Help?
SayNoToDogMeat.Net have privately purchased a derelict building in Vietnam which is now being renovated into a cat and dog rescue, re-homing and medical center.
Donating to our sister-site African Wildlife Survival, funding will be used for: vaccinations, treatments, medical, re-homing, and when renovations are complete, the everyday running of our Vietnamese rescue and re-homing center.

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Email: contact@saynotodogmeat.info