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Posted on 2019.06.17 at 20:49
Ace of Base is weirdly comforting.  I was working on some George Harrison music files and I went in and listened to some Ace of Base albums I had downloaded from the library a while back - never listened to them until now.  "The Sign" and "The Bridge".

I only listened quickly, like speed-reading, but it all came back to me, as if it had never left.  The same drab thumping pop like poking through wet toilet paper.  Most of their songs are like crappy songs other bands use to fill out one-hit albums.  But they were pop geniuses, like boiled down ABBA - and who can fail with a techno reggae dance beat?

Those were the days.  If ever I feel absent of my life these days, well, surely, so I must also have been back then, listening to that wonderful twinkie music. (I think I listened to them a few years after they were popular - maybe like 1999).

Ace of Base succeeded as a fluke, you know.  They offered a cassette demo to a music exec.  He popped it in and hated it.  But it got stuck in his machine, and so he was forced to listened to it over and over again, while driving in his car.  Pretty soon, he had become a fanatical Ace of Base zombie.  the rest is history.

I guess I must have those old CDs packed away with others, back in my storage space in Ye Olde City.

Even if I manage to get out according to plan tomorrow, and eevn if I buy wine, there is no way I am ready to drink it.  Probably not until Friday.  This is a long-term relapse, requiring special love and attention.  I shall also buy it flowers.

‘The Hunger Games’ Prequel Is in the Works

Posted on 2019.06.17 at 18:09
Originally posted by nytimesbooks. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-17 18:09:00.


Suzanne Collins’s dystopian trilogy about children fighting to the death, later adapted as a series of blockbuster movies, is getting a prequel.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-17 18:09:00.


Social media use is contributing to poor mental health in Indonesia, new research suggests.

Gene Increases Risk for Pot Addiction

Posted on 2019.06.17 at 18:07
Originally posted by sciam. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-17 18:07:00.


First gene associated with cannabis abuse likely affects how people respond to the drug

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Everyone who reads this journal, esp newbies, should realise this...

I go into CFS crashes/relapses, which skew my ability to think and empathize.  In society, in general, even amongst relatives and friends, there remains vastly ignorant appreciation of the seriousness of CFS.  Most often, even if subconsciously, people minimise its reality, and attribute most recognised signs as character flaws.  It is convenient to competing siblings, and symbolic proxies of such in society, to take this stance, as it benefits each of them in-group.  It is like an unspoken conspiracy to agree that there is no blue, since they wil never give the sky that Name.  Together, they don't know what they are doing.  No point in forgiving lest one wants to become chopped liver in the end.

That is why it is important to me to be direct and accepted here in my LJ.  I would rather wait to comment or post, until I feel well and more myself, than to write you things which are not true to my heart.  Otherwise, it feels like I am still fighting to be acknowledged as I must in the outside world, as sequestered from it as I am.  To write comments which I don't really generate from my heart, after reading something I don't fully internalise, is an insult to both of us.  To me, then, LJ is more like homework than sharing with friends.

A few of you may be able to discern the illness behind some of what I write, when it is indeed forced, and that is great.  But, in general, it may be even more difficult, in most cases, for people to build sympathy over words only, than it is face-to-face, which, as I have said, is bad enough.

So, there are many pauses between what I write.  I wait until I am myself again, usually.  In the mean time, I try to get over my latest relapse by sleeping, writing, vegging out behind a movie, cooking or cleaning.  This is always going to be how it is.  Please don't take it personally.  I want to be as true as I can be.

It's interesting that I run into so many jerky people, irl, like the-crazy-gay-guy-on-the-corner, or the latest, A-hole Guy, who are on a mission to create little neighbourhood, friends, family or work kingdoms, and they always resort to lying, and the like, to do so.  They tend to be vehemently hateful towards me.  And maybe one of the reasons is that, fo so many years, in my health, and in my philosophy, I have been fighting and fight, hopefully competing only with myself, to do just the opposite: To achieve THE TRUTH.  Reality.  Nature.  Sincerity.  Connexion.  In my wake are a gaggle of assholes all shouting, "He doesn't care!"

Don't fall into that trap.  That is the currency of THE DEVIL DEVIL!  Well, at least it feels like that, when they resort to banging on the walls or stealing away my kin as if I am immortal and should never die.  Or.  Maybe their intention is to kill.  But.  Why I have to spend my life dealing with all this animal bullshit is not a fair deal in any game.

My eyes are now bugging all over and my head is a home for scorpions.  I am going to watch the last of Season One of MADMEN and will be back here later.  As long as it takes.  Ciao.

PS - Switching yesterday's plans to Tuesday, meaning I should be able to ad a movie and wine to the itinerary.  Got off to run off now to see a man about a throne...

Didn't  Einstein prove there's no such thing as a, 'Chosen People'?

No absolute IFR.

Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-15 11:41:00.


Charity’s report into effects of technology on under-18s warns of threat to mental health

Children aged five and under are at risk of becoming addicted to the internet in a trend that could damage their mental health, according to Barnardo’s.

The charity said very young children – one as young as two – were learning to access websites, for example YouTube and those related to children’s television programmes, as a result of their parents giving them access to smartphones or tablet computers to distract or entertain them.

Continue reading...

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-15 11:34:00.


There's no doubt that climate change is affecting ecosystems as well as the lifestyles of plants and animals around the globe. As temperatures rise, so do the complexity of the issues. Scientists, both in the United States and around the world, are actively pursuing mitigation solutions while providing governments with the understanding of natural hazards to help stem the effects of climate change.

Researchers take two steps toward green fuel

Posted on 2019.06.15 at 11:24
Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-15 11:24:00.


Researchers have developed a two-step method to more efficiently break down carbohydrates into their single sugar components, a critical process in producing green fuel.


Instagram, schminstagram

Posted on 2019.06.15 at 11:12
Originally posted by tmello. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-15 11:12:00.

Less then 2 minutes ago I was browsing my Instagram. I think that I, like most people, am more addicted to it than I'd like to admit... but I'm getting better, I promise.

But what brought me here, in a sudden necessity to post was my stories timeline. Not mine per se, but of the people I follow. People are getting mad and losing touch with reality, that's the only explanation I can find... And then we wonder why depression is getting more common around the world and why people are suffering from so many mental health issues!

The specific case from today was an "influencer" that I've been following for a while now. She used to be great, talk about travel and different cultures and she was real. She wasn't one of those girls that are miraculously thin and that have the most perfect life. She used to show how her followers how things really were and that was refreshing. But today, as I was getting up to date with the teasing circles on the top of my Instagram, I got to her stories...

En lire plus...Réduire )

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-15 11:08:00.


A shady refuge on a hot day could be more than a simple comfort in a warming world. Finding a cooler spot might save several species that would otherwise go extinct due to global warming, according to a new analysis.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-15 11:01:00.


Yellowstone's migratory elk rely primarily on environmental cues, including a retreating snowline and the greening grasses of spring, to decide when to make the treks between their winter ranges and summer ranges, researchers show. Their study combined GPS tracking data from more than 400 animals in nine major Yellowstone elk populations with satellite imagery to create a comprehensive model of what drives these animals to move.

Posted on 2019.06.15 at 10:56
Originally posted by maadmike. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-15 10:56:00.

I've just understood why we saw a roe deer one kilometer from my apartment house. When we had crossed an upper creek it looked like it is an asphalt track - it has been long dry, this means that there is no water in the forest while and where we saw a con deer there is a creek which always full cause it feeds with coming out of my city waters, plus the used water from cottages around the city going there also. The water is pretty clear in this creek cause it comes through the Soviet cleaning station, which consists from control center and two big basins which are full with water weeds and diffetent animals.
And it clear now why deer has got us so close - there was simply no way for him to run...
I like so much meet animals that if it depends on me I would forbid to shoot'em in Moscow region. I think if you are a hunter you could drive to some wild regions where there is not much destroyed eco sisyem and it has chances to recovet but in Miscow region the population is so dense that animals have no chance to live around and if we want to see them we certainly have to protect them.
And instead people behave as if they are only owners - and so, we don't have no fish, no animals, no wild berries, it is very sad...

Originally posted by tedtalks_video. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-14 12:40:00.


Michael Tubbs is the youngest mayor in American history to represent a city with more than 100,000 people -- and his policies are sparking national conversations. In this rousing talk, he shares how growing up amid poverty and violence in Stockton, California shaped his bold vision for change and his commitment to govern as a neighbor, not a politician. "When we see someone different from us, they should not reflect our fears, our anxieties, our insecurities," he says. "We should see our common humanity."

Originally posted by space_com. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-13 21:43:00.



There's something very weird, and very dense, under the surface of the moon's South Pole-Aitken basin, new research suggests.

Gut microbes eat our medication

Posted on 2019.06.13 at 21:33
Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-13 21:33:00.


Researchers have discovered one of the first concrete examples of how the microbiome can interfere with a drug's intended path through the body. Focusing on levodopa (L-dopa), the primary treatment for Parkinson's disease, they identified which bacteria out of the trillions of species is responsible for degrading the drug and how to stop this microbial interference.

NASA Spacecraft Spots 'Star Trek' Logo on Mars

Posted on 2019.06.13 at 21:31
Originally posted by space_com. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-13 21:31:00.



It looks like Starfleet is literally embedded on the planet next door: A dune in the shape of the famous logo from "Star Trek" appears prominently in a new picture from Mars.

Originally posted by democracynow. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-13 13:05:00.


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Authorities in Hong Kong have shut down government offices and postponed debate in the Legislative Council, one day after riot police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray at tens of thousands of demonstrators who took to the streets to protest a bill that would allow the extradition of Hong Kong residents to mainland China. On Wednesday, demonstrators attempted to storm the Legislative Council Building, where lawmakers are debating the extradition bill. Human Rights Watch criticized Hong Kong authorities for using what it described as “excessive force” to suppress peaceful demonstrations. Protesters described police using indiscriminate force. We speak with Mary Hui, a Hong Kong-based writer and reporter for the news outlet Quartz. She has reported on the extradition bill and has been covering the protests.

Originally posted by bbcnews. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-13 13:03:00.


Social media users around the world post pictures of wilted bauhinia leaves to show their solidarity.

Carbon-neutral fuel made from sunlight and air

Posted on 2019.06.13 at 13:03
Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-13 13:03:00.


Researchers have developed a novel technology that produces liquid hydrocarbon fuels exclusively from sunlight and air. For the first time worldwide they demonstrate the entire thermochemical process chain under real field conditions.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-13 13:03:00.


New research suggests spraying dicamba in warm temperatures and adding glyphosate to a dicamba spray mixture could increase dicamba volatility, potentially leading to increased off-target movement and damage to non-tolerant plants.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-13 13:02:00.


The use of Bitcoin causes around 22 megatons in carbon dioxide emissions annually -- comparable to the total emissions of cities such as Las Vegas or Hamburg.

It is abnormally pleasant outside, and not warm or cold inside.  I am personally floating in a natural, post-winegraine high.  Surely, I will crash with CFS in a day or two.  But now, it is nice to lie back and not care about anything.  Big mugga 'mocha.'  Dog content.  Food hiding in every cranny.  Various tedious missions accomplished.  Media at my fingertips.  No worry of any sort of immediate asteroid impact, or unplanned pregnancies.  No sign of big brown beetles slothing along, demanding transport outside.  This is what all of mankind has been aspiring towards, yes?  Well, arguably.  Meaning: It could be argued, and the point lost, but it could be argued.

The other day, I bought my first bottle of 'Aleve' in years.  I lapsed on my propranalol/Imtrex months ago, and Aleve is the only thing I recall that helps against my migraines.  Today, the tooth inflammation continues, but up in the root area, not where my cleaning can do any good.  Pretty bad.   So, I did my turmeric, garlic, etc., and I took 1/2 tablet each of: Aleve, Aspirin, and ibuprofen.  How about that, this actually helps.  (If I am not supposed to be mixing these, please let me know).   This mix is part of why I am floating in a cloud.  Since 'MCS' is part of my CFS, I am extra sensitive to meds.  As time and sleep go by, this inflammation should wane, I hope.  I have not yet worked on getting dental/eyeglass insurance/s.

I emailed my LL, seeking a quick meeting over at the promissory bungalow.  Thence I should describe to her some ideas I have for gaining more area inside.  The main idea: Buy a storage shed and connect it directly to the side door, which otherwise is not being used.  This would be a kind of extra room.  For storage, mainly.  Cold storage.  I could keep caribou carcasses in there during the cold Illinois winters.

This house is way too small, and there is not a lot of area for dog inside or outside. But I like the idea of the quiet, and the paucity of people about. Here, I have to deal with issues of neighbours and passer-bys everyday, and this is not favourable to writing anything of significance. Of course, neither is CFS. However, I am not so sure I will end up going for this house. Still up in the air about these things.

Last night, I watched an odd, boring movie about the later years of VanGogh, which was painful to get through, but also interesting, in a way. "At Eternity's Gate," (2018).  Basically, an old VanGogh running around in fields, or else talking slowly to people, and going mad - since he liked to eat paint, right?  (Remember you shouldn't eat paint). Ironically, his truly fatal 'lead poisoning' came from a bullet in his gut, instead. Shot by some kids. I can relate to being ruffled by a conspiracy of dunces.  And striving to escape it just to find one's muse.

This movie was made by a painter, which made it visually nice, but, so, um, painters should not make movies. The director bought a pair of bifocal glasses whilst making the movie, and said to himself, "This could be VanGogh's perspective!" So, for several scenes, we get to see through the eyes of VanGogh, who didn't wear glasses, as though he were wearing bifocals. Blurry at the bottom of the visual field, and a horizontal line cutting through the middle. This is one of the most retarded things I have ever seen done in a movie. Completely absurd. I was thinking, "How could they release this movie when this drastic flaw is in so many of its scenes?!" No flaw. Deliberate. Nuts.

But, it was interesting to see French people being French people, back in the day.

I will probably cook up some catfish today, probably w/ rice, spinach and mushrooms. I really make some good food. And then, soon, I will be the man who fell back to Earth. There are no free lunches in the march of evolution. Not without something bad lurking around the corner...

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-13 03:21:00.


A new report examines novel approaches for saving coral reefs imperiled by climate change, and how local decision-makers can assess the risks and benefits of intervention.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-13 03:20:00.


Apolipoproten E (apoeE) is a major genetic risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's disease, yet it tends to be understudied as a potential druggable target for the mind-robbing neurodegenerative disease. Now a research team reports that a novel apoE antagonist blocks apoE interaction with N-terminal amyloid precursor protein (APP) and reduces hallmark Alzheimer's-associated pathologies.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-13 03:19:00.


Intensifying climate change will increase the future risk of violent armed conflict within countries, according to a new study. Synthesizing views across experts, the study estimates climate has influenced between 3% and 20% of armed conflict over the last century and that the influence will likely increase dramatically.

Originally posted by organiconsumers. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-12 14:07:00.


June 12, 2019
Organic Consumers Association
Pat Thomas

Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, was once hailed as a kind of miracle solution to the problem of weeds.

Today, glyphosate-based weedkillers like Monsanto’s Roundup are a disgraced product, associated with a shocking and increasing number of health and environmental problems.

Glyphosate has long been promoted as a fast-acting weedkiller, as effective in small gardens and lawns as it was in industrial corn and soy fields. Its use on farms dramatically increased with the introduction of herbicide-tolerant GMO crops. But glyphosate is also regularly sprayed on non-GMO crops—‘healthy’ foods such wheat, oats, maize and barley but also soya, rapeseed, sunflower seeds and chick peas—as a desiccant, used to dry out the crops in a uniform fashion, so they can be harvested all at once.

Glyphosate-based herbicides are also used to control weeds in parks, on city streets, roadsides, sidewalks and in playgrounds.

At one time pundits claimed that glyphosate was less toxic than coffee and table salt. This wasn’t merely an outrageous mangling of the science of toxicity—it was an out-and-out lie.

We now know that glyphosate has a dirty secret—one that is being very publicly and forensically exposed in a string of recent court cases involving people who have developed an otherwise rare cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as a result of regularly using glyphosate. 

These cases may be just the tip of the iceberg. 

A trail of devastation

Glyphosate was classified in March 2015, as probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). A separate formal review of glyphosate by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), published in May 2019, backs this up. The review found statistically significant links to certain cancers, such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

According to a recent international study, glyphosate increases antibiotic resistance. The study found that along with two other toxic herbicides, 2,4-D and dicamba, glyphosate changed the way bacteria responded to a number of antibiotics including ampicillin, ciprofloxacin and tetracycline, which are widely used to treat a range of serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases.

In February 2016, a group of international scientists published a consensus statement drawing attention to the risks posed by increasing exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs). The health concerns highlighted included endocrine system-mediated and developmental impacts. The letter called for better monitoring of GBH residues in water, food and humans.

Indeed most “monitoring” of this kind is still being done by citizen scientists and NGOs. These analyses have shown worryingly high levels in the breastmilk and urine of American mothers, as detailed by Moms Across America, and in drinking water (traces have also been found in the in the urine of European citizens).

In a 2018 survey, glyphosate residues were present in all but two of the 45 oat-derived products sampled by the Environmental Working Group. GMO Free USA found that glyphosate residues are pervasive in foods served by major restaurant and fast food chains in the United States. Laboratory tests conducted by the Organic Consumers Association in 2017, both in the U.S. and in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands, found glyphosate in multiple flavors of the popular ice cream brand, Ben & Jerry's.

The list goes on. The big question is: Where is the government oversight in all this?

A moment of possibility

As the bad news about glyphosate builds, many places in the U.S. are declaring themselves glyphosate-free zones.

In addition, a large number of EU citizens want the herbicide banned—a recent European Citizens Initiative petition gathered more than 1.3 million signatures.

All these activities present us with a moment of possibility. A moment when we can take a cold, hard look at the way we farm, and at the way we manage our environments, and ask ourselves how we might do it better. They give us an opportunity to ask ourselves what has gone so wildly wrong in our world that we need to use increasingly toxic chemicals to manage our food system and our lives.

These discoveries and actions also give us an opportunity to recognize how fragile are industry claims of “magic bullets,” and to examine the all-too-familiar “natural history” of toxic chemical use which follows a predictable pattern of rising from obscurity to peak concern and eventual decline—a process which that typically takes about take 30 years. This far-to-slow response, hindered by industry lobbyists, means many more people are exposed to toxic chemicals than should be.

This may well be a moment when we can change things—yet you wouldn’t know that from reading either the mainstream media or the farming press. Even as the toxicity of glyphosate is being splashed all over the news, so-called experts and agricultural and scientific commentators are asking what herbicide can we use next. or what machinery can we press into service to spray “precision” doses of herbicide on crops.

Farmers in a bind

There’s no question that the withdrawal of glyphosate would leave many farmers in a bind. The way we farm now—monocultures, GMO crops, heavy applications of synthetic fertilisers—has made conventional farmers, unfamiliar with regenerative, dependent on pesticides. 

Yet all of these components of modern agriculture scream short-termism. They put our farmers on a chemical treadmill with a horizon that stretches only as far as the next planting. They obscure the wider and longer-term context of why we have become so chemically dependent and how we might be able to break free of that addiction.

We need to stop lying to ourselves about pesticides being “safe” and “environmentally friendly.” All but the most short-sighted people recognise this.

Fortunately, an increasing number of experts throughout the world are calling for change.

In 2013, the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published a report entitled Wake Up Before It’s Too Late. It was a powerful call for a return to sustainable farming practices. 

In 2018, the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES) published a series of case studies of agroecological transition which illustrated how the chemical treadmill—what the authors called the “lock-ins” of industrial food systems—can be overcome, where the key leverage points for transition are, and how transition towards sustainable food and farming systems can be best supported.

A way forward

Today according to the latest annual analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data by the health advocacy group Environmental Working Group, 70 percent of U.S. produce contains pesticide residues

Additionally, up to 50 million Americans could be drinkingfrom pesticide-contaminated water sources, according to a 2000 study by the USDA. 

Well-meaning advice in the media suggests that consumers can protect themselves by washing their produce. Never mind the fact that they are potentially washing their produce in contaminated water, most pesticides simply don’t wash off.

The consumer action that is really needed has nothing to do with kitchen hygiene and everything to do with demanding a better food and farming system.

A recent analysis by German think tank IDDRI found that if the process of agroecological farming began today, Europe could feed itself, pesticide free, in 10 years. A single decade is all it would take to phase out pesticides, reduce its impacts on climate and biodiversity, while ensuring a healthy and secure food system for Europeans. 

If it can happen in Europe, it can happen in the U.S.

In fact studies into regenerative farming show that a “paradigm shift” in agriculture can build soil health and with it, more resilient crops. More resilient crops means a better yield of more nutritious food. Better yields maintain and improve profits for farmers. Agroecology also emphasizes crop diversity which means dietary diversity and biodiversity. 

Regenerative agriculture is also a win in the fight for climate change. According to the Rodale Institute, recent data from farming systems and pasture trials around the globe show that we could sequester more than 100 percent of current annual CO2 emissions by switching to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, which we term “regenerative organic agriculture.” These practices work to maximize carbon fixation while minimizing the loss of that carbon once returned to the soil, reversing the greenhouse effect. 

Finding the next toxic pesticide is not a solution.

The use of glyphosate, introduced to the world by Monsanto and still being defended by Bayer, is no longer tenable. It’s a product that’s on its way out—though not fast enough. We should be grateful to the independent scientists who risked their jobs to expose its toxicity, and to the legal experts and citizens who have gathered together by the thousands to make its manufacturers pay for the widespread and undeniable chronic ill health and fatal diseases that its use has caused.

Let’s move forward now. Let’s not waste another moment in asking what new poison we can spray on the planet.

Pat Thomas is a journalist, author and campaigner specializing in food, environment and health. See more on her website. To keep up with Organic Consumers Association (OCA) news and alerts, sign up for our newsletter.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-12 12:54:00.


To control pest outbreaks, airplanes sprayed more than 6,280 tons of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) onto forests in New Brunswick, Canada, between 1952 and 1968, according to Environment Canada. By 1970, growing awareness of the harmful effects of DDT on wildlife led to curtailed use of the insecticide in the area. However, researchers have now shown that DDT lingers in sediments from New Brunswick lakes, where it could alter zooplankton communities.

Originally posted by democracynow. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-12 12:53:00.


Seg2 lula bolsonaro split

A political crisis is growing in Brazil after The Intercept revealed that the judge who helped jail former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva likely aided federal prosecutors in their corruption case in an attempt to prevent Lula’s Workers’ Party from winning the presidency. Leaked cellphone messages among Brazilian law enforcement officials and other data obtained by The Intercept point to an ongoing collaboration between Judge Sérgio Moro and the prosecutors investigating a sweeping corruption scandal known as Operation Car Wash. Lula was considered a favorite in the lead-up to the 2018 presidential election until he was put in jail and forced out of the race on what many say were trumped-up corruption charges. The leaked documents also reveal prosecutors had serious doubts about Lula’s guilt. The jailing of Lula helped pave the way for the election of the far-right former military officer Jair Bolsonaro, who then named Judge Sérgio Moro to be his justice minister. We get an update from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept, whose reporting is based on a trove of internal files and private conversations from the prosecutorial team behind Operation Car Wash.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-12 12:52:00.


An understanding of community issues can be as valuable as knowing the ecology of an area when making environmental decisions, according to new research.

Originally posted by theonionfeed. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-12 12:51:00.


NEW YORK—The American Museum of Natural History announced Wednesday the acquisition of Kyle, a unique specimen of a third-grade human male, who was discovered wandering the museum late Tuesday. “We are pleased to announce that we have acquired Kyle, an excellent example of a 9-year-old early-21st-century male human,…


Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-12 12:50:00.


In a search for clues to what may delay or prevent Alzheimer's disease, scientists report that smarter, more educated people aren't protected from the disease, but do get a cognitive 'head start' that may keep their minds functioning better temporarily.

Originally posted by democracynow. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-12 12:49:00.


Seg1 nyc rent control protest

In New York, housing rights advocates are celebrating after state lawmakers announced an agreement that would provide the strongest tenant protections in over a quarter of a century. The deal came just days ahead of the expiration of the current rent laws at the end of this week. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González explains how lawmakers agreed to abolish laws allowing landlords to deregulate rents on apartments after they exceed a certain limit, and to curb provisions allowing landlords to raise the rent of rent-controlled apartments after renovations. The law is one of several similar efforts nationwide and is expected to give municipalities around the state more authority to regulate rents and ensure greater access to affordable housing.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2019-06-12 12:47:00.


A new longitudinal study has shown that a nutritional drink designated a 'food for special medical purposes' containing the multinutrient combination Fortasyn Connect® can benefit patients with the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD), mild cognitive impairment, who are at risk of progressing to the dementia stage of AD.

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