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Posted on 2025.10.31 at 15:54
This journal is ALMOST FRIENDS-ONLY!

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Originally posted by bbcnews. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-12 19:58:00.


With around 23 billion chickens on the planet at any one time, the bird is a symbol of our times, say scientists.

Originally posted by universetoday. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-12 19:56:00.



For many years, scientists have been studying how supernovae could affect life on Earth. Supernovae are extremely powerful events, and depending on how close they are to Earth, they could have consequences ranging from the cataclysmic to the inconsequential. But now, the scientists behind a new paper say they have specific evidence linking one or …

Continue reading "A Supernova 2.6 Million Years Ago Could Have Wiped Out the Ocean’s Large Animals"

The post A Supernova 2.6 Million Years Ago Could Have Wiped Out the Ocean’s Large Animals appeared first on Universe Today.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-12 19:55:00.


New research suggests that populations of the Northern Cardinal -- one of the most ubiquitous backyard birds in the United States -- are undergoing speciation in two adjacent deserts. This study, which analyzed genetics and vocal behavior, gives clues about the early steps in bird speciation.

Originally posted by livescience. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-12 19:55:00.


The marsupial lion has long mystified scientists. But the recent discovery of more of its fossils, including a nearly complete skeleton of the extinct beast, has revealed some of its secrets.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-12 19:54:00.


Permafrost thaw slumps in the western Canadian Arctic are releasing record amounts of mercury into waterways, according to new research by University of Alberta ecologists.

Climate change imperils Midwest ag production

Posted on 2018.12.12 at 19:51
Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-12 19:51:00.


A new study shows that Midwest agriculture is increasingly vulnerable to climate change because of the region's reliance on growing rain-fed crops.

Spain's minimum wage to jump 22% in new year

Posted on 2018.12.12 at 19:50
Originally posted by bbcnews. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-12 19:50:00.


"A rich country cannot have poor workers," the PM said, announcing the biggest hike for decades.

Originally posted by yahoo_weird. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-12 19:48:00.


Police Responding to Noise Complaint Decide to Just Join the Party"Instead of something negative...it was something wholesome"

Originally posted by bbcnews. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-12 19:46:00.


Fire crews free the 29-year-old from a small duct at a vacant Chinese restaurant in California.

Urgent Action Needed to Save Organic Standards!

Posted on 2018.12.12 at 19:11
Originally posted by organiconsumers. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-12 19:11:00.


December 12, 2018
Organic Consumers Association
Alexis Baden-Mayer

On Tuesday, December 10, the Senate advanced a version of the Farm Bill, in hopes of passing a bill before the end of the year. While the latest version contains some good news for small independent farmers, it also includes a plan that would weaken organic standards.

Tucked into the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill is a seemingly innocuous provision that would undermine organic standards by severely limiting our ability to get synthetic and non-organic substances off of the “National List” of what’s allowed in organic food and farming.

TAKE ACTION: Call the Senate Agriculture Committee at (202) 224-2035, then click here to email and call your Senators and Member of Congress.

Ever wonder why we call it “organic” agriculture? 

Lord Northbourne, who coined the term in his 1940 book, “Look to the Land,” compared "chemical farming versus organic farming” and described an “organic” farm as one where: “The soil and the microorganisms in it together with the plants growing on it form an organic whole.” 

Sir Albert Howard, who adopted Northbourne’s term for the title of his 1947 book, “The Soil and Health, A Study of Organic Agriculture,” emphasized organic agriculture’s use of organic matter to create rich compost to feed soil microorganisms, improve soil fertility and produce nutrient-rich food. 

The Rodale Institute, founded in 1947 by J.I. Rodale, has elevated the significance of “organic” being “carbon-based.” Rodale’s research shows that if we converted all global croplands and pastures to regenerative organic agriculture we could sequester more than 100% of current annual carbon dioxide emissions.”
USDA Organic regulations codify these values, defining organic production as:

A production system that is managed … to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. 

Unfortunately, the National Organic Program has failed to enforce this definition and has instead encouraged the growth of three disturbing trends in the organic industry:

• Factory farmed “organic” meat, eggs and dairy, where animals are kept indoors or out on bare dirt.

• Hydroponic “organic” produce, where fruits and vegetables are grown without soil.

• “Organic” food where the nutrition comes from added synthetic vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

At the crux of each of these issues is a synthetic substance that props up the broken organic system: 

• “Organic” egg and poultry producers can deprive their birds of sunlight and access to pasture only by supplementing the feed with synthetic methionine.

• “Organic” hydroponic fruit and vegetable growers rely on synthetic micronutrients in the absence of soil.

• “Organic” infant formula is a soup of synthetic nutrients.

That’s why, every six months, we take consumers’ demands for real organic to the public meetings of the National Organic Standards Board. The NOSB is the standards-setting body for USDA Organic that decides which non-organic substances can be used in organic food and farming. Every five years, each of the non-organic substances allowed in organic is reviewed by the NOSB. The substance will “sunset” (be removed) unless the NOSB votes to keep it in organic.

The corporations that are making money from the use of synthetics in organic don’t want us to have a voice at the NOSB. They have been lobbying Congress to make make it harder for the NOSB to end the use of synthetics in organic: 

• The poultry and egg industry has spent $1,395,000 so far this year lobbying Congress. Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member and Farm Bill author Debbie Stabenow has been receiving campaign contributions from Herbruck’s, an “organic” factory farm in Saranac, Michigan, that is raising six million birds that produce five million eggs daily.

• The Coalition for Sustainable Organics, the hydroponic industry front group, has spent $180,000 lobbying Congress.

• DSM North America, the company that sells DHA and ARA, synthetic nutrients heavily marketed through organic foods for infants and children, has spent $90,000 lobbying Congress so far this year, and has spent as much as $495,000 in past years.

How would the 2018 Farm Bill make it harder to get synthetic and non-organic substances out of organic?

Under the 2018 Farm Bill, which could be voted on as early as today, two-thirds of the 15-member NOSB would have to vote in favor of removing a synthetic material from organic in order to get the material out of organic.

On the surface that might sound reasonable. But here’s the deal. Historically, the NOSB would approve a synthetic chemical for use in organic solely on a temporary, five-year basis, until an organic alternative became available. After the five-year period was up, the synthetic ingredient would automatically drop off the list of allowed substances. The only way it could stay in organic, was if two-thirds of the NOSB members voted to keep it there.

The change being proposed in the Farm Bill—which allows a synthetic material to stay on the list indefinitely unless voted off—was actually already enacted through a policy change, during an NOSB meeting in 2013. That controversial decision, opposed at the time by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Sen Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), principal authors of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, triggered protests and a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

The lawsuit was dismissed in May of 2018. However, the court provided the plaintiffs, which include Organic Consumers Association, a roadmap for a future legal challenge. Here’s what that looks like: We need to wait for the five-year approval period for a synthetic material to expire. If the material isn’t re-approved by a two-thirds vote, and isn’t dropped from the National List, we could mount a legal challenge to get the material removed.

That’s exactly what proponents of the proposed change to the Farm Bill don’t want to see happen. So they’re using the Farm Bill to legislate the change, in a move aimed at preventing the courts from overturning the 2013 NOSB policy change.

TAKE ACTION: Call the Senate Agriculture Committee at (202) 224-2035, then click here to email and call your Senators and Member of Congress.

Originally posted by theonionfeed. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-12 13:16:00.


NORMAN, OK—Claiming that the average person needs to just man the fuck up and do it already, frat nutritionists attending the University of Oklahoma dared Americans on Wednesday to swallow more live goldfish. “We’ve discovered that consuming two to three live goldfish per weekend significantly reduces the risk of…


Originally posted by yahoo_weird. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-12 13:08:00.


'Yellow vests' denounce Macron speech as 'charade'Groups of "yellow vest" protesters across France responded scathingly to the "crumbs" offered by President Emmanuel Macron in a speech intended to defuse their revolt, but others acknowledged his efforts. "Nonsense," "a charade", "a bluff" and "a drop in the ocean," were among the immediate reactions that greeted the head of state's televised speech Monday evening announcing an increase in the minimum wage and a range of other financial measures. At a roundabout in the southern town of Le Boulou, some 150 "yellow vests" gathered around a loudspeaker listened carefully to the president's words before starting to shout in chorus.

It's too bad I am drinking wine again because that writes off the entire day, and will probably end in a winegrain.  Do you know that my CFS brain trouble was so bad the other day that it gave me a hangover with cottonmouth!  I didn't drink - haven't for weeks - yet I woke up with a tongue made out of chalk.

I had baking soda before I started my wine.  This combination is the worst thing ever!

The dog food shipment arrived on Monday, as I as-to-hitherfore related.  It made my dog so happy.  It is true what they say about lamb lung - my dog went crazy over the package before I even opened it.  I know it is disgusting to feed my dog lamb lung, but he is healthiest when he eats meat.  What am I going to do?   Merrick Lamb Lung Training Dog Treats, 5-oz bag

All about food and treats for dogsRéduire )

Total spent: $150 - can you believe it?

When we come inside, and I feed my dog his treats, I often say, "Can I get your eyes?"  What does this mean?  Well, for some reason, this dog accumulates a fine bit or line of 'sleep' running down from his eyes.  So, I clean this off with tissue paper, and it is a loving, bonding little moment for us.  See - this is a pround breed.  He never wagged his tail when I first got him.  He always averted his eyes.  He hated to be hugged.  He remains stubborn and proud, which is great for some reasons.  But, just getting to this point where he likes the intimacy of me wiping the crud from his eyes, this is good.

He knows I am sick, btw.  Partly because he can smell my brain.  So, he is very forgiving, even while being stubborn.

The other day, I cam up the stairs but stopped and sat, petting him, as he lay at the top of the stairs.  This is a 'submissive' or respectful thing I do, which he appreciates.  This time, I kept moving my head to get him to look directly into my eyes.  He will never do this if he is the slightest bit mad at me or distracted.  He moved his head away, and then away.  And then, our eyes locked for a little while, and a tear went down his cheek, forming that thin trail of crud.

He cried as we stared into each other's eyes.

Dogs are not said to cry.  But we are related mammals.  There must be occasions.  I think this dog said to himself, "How can I reject him when he tries so hard for me?"

It's not like I am anthropomorphizing so as to flatter myself here.  The fact is that we, alone, away from the BS of human society, do understand each other.  And I have seen so many things from him.  It is not as if I am guessing or confabulating.  My dog loves me.

Which is more than I can say.

Brain/fatigue etc. continues. Only today has my neocortex been awakened to realise that all those dishes piled up in the kitchen should, and actually could, be washed. When I get the energy. Hard to plan, fathom, empathize when I am in this condition. Out of bed yet incapable. But today I finally managed to go see a movie, buying wine first. My first wine in about a half a year.

Saw "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" - I went looking for a classy indie film but it slid too close to being just another sensationaliser, letting the morally decrepit masses think that lying and forgery and selling drugs and being spiteful etc. are all normal funny things. Just another brick in the head. Today's America seems too far gone, gobbling up seedy decadence like pathetic sleeze puppies.

I didn't hate this movie - it was acted well, and there were a few subtle side-embellishments that I delighted in, and which the paltry audience generally missed. And, even though I am tired of so many movies being about writers, I could relate to this woman - or bits of my past could. I have been in tortuous situations where one is just strangled by the oppression of fear, or guilt, or loneliness, etc. The problem I had was that this woman never really changed. Even while supposedly making retribution, she reveals her same old spite and deception and cheating. And, she revealed to the judge that her greatest problem was not guilt but fear of being caught. That is pretty low-grade on the Maslow curve, and it saddens that some peopel in the audience just laughed this off joyfully.

This was an OK movie to add to your collection of movies-seen, like so many movies today, but it was not the greatest. Sure, it is fine to commiserate with plain-looking people in dire straights, or trapped by their own misanthropy/autism/pride, as they heroically stick it to the man. But hasn't that hippie rebelliousness kinda worn thin by now? Not a movie for millennials. This movie has as much moral fibre as "Three Billboards" which the Hollywood crowd all loved. It was worth seeing, but I left near the end, seeing there was no hope in it. The British actor, Richard E. Grant, was very good. But there was a little too much over-acting, mostly by Melissa McCarthy, as if there were signs pointing to their heads, saying, e.g., "Look, now I am showing REMORSE here, see?" Catering to the less deft and the more daft.

A review said that only someone like Melissa McCarthy could have pulled this off w/o the audience despising the main character. (I'm kinda tired of hearing that line, regarding movies, btw). I don't think I've ever seen Melissa McCarthy before, so this is a fresh view: I didn't rely on her acting, I relied on the story, and I came out with thumbs down on Lee Israel. So, what became of the main character's, Lee Israel's, redemption? She made a book out of her crimes, which became a movie, which made her lots of money. SAME FUCKING DIFFERENCE, morally speaking.

Transitioning from brain pain to buzzed now, and never the twain shall meet but in fury. On my walk home tonight, a police car not only slowed aside me on my walk, but went into a parking lot I began crossing, as if I was some kind of problem. I tell you. I get crap on the internet. I get crap from idiots attacking me in real life. I get this. Where can I go to simple walk alone like I am not some kind of radicalised Antifa NAZI?

Look, Mommy, he's a MILITANT ATHEIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No, I'm sorry, but I can't.

Speaking of forgeries.

That's all most people are.

Thieves of the spirit.

Originally posted by theonionfeed. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-11 13:06:00.



Originally posted by nytimesfrontpg. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-11 13:04:00.


The Arctic has been warmer in the last five years than at any time since records began in 1900, a report from a United States scientific agency found.

Originally posted by nytimesfrontpg. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-11 13:02:00.


The Arctic has been warmer in the past five years than at any time in the modern era, scientists said. The effects can be felt far beyond the region.

Originally posted by democracynow. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-11 12:56:00.


Seg greta 2

Democracy Now! is broadcasting from the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, this week, where world leaders gathered to negotiate climate solutions were confronted last week by a teenage climate activist who says they are not doing enough to turn back the clock and prevent catastrophic climate change. Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg stunned the world last week when she denounced world leaders for inaction and told them: “change is coming whether they like it or not. The people will rise to the challenge. And since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago.” She has made international headlines since launching a school strike against climate change in her home country of Sweden earlier this year. Every Friday, she protests outside the parliament building in Stockholm instead of attending school, and her actions have inspired thousands of students across the globe to do the same. Before we speak with Thunberg in person, we play an excerpt of her speech that went viral. “I like school, and I like learning,” said Greta, who plans to end her strike when Sweden starts cutting carbon emissions by 15 percent a year. “But why should we be studying for a future that soon may be no more? This is more important than school, I think.”

Originally posted by democracynow. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-11 12:55:00.


Seg anderson

The 24th United Nations climate summit comes amid growing warnings about the catastrophic danger climate change poses to the world. In October, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate climate change or face global catastrophe—with severe droughts, floods, sea level rise and extreme heat set to cause mass displacement and poverty. But on Saturday, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait blocked language “welcoming” the landmark IPCC climate report. New studies show global carbon emissions may have risen as much 3.7 percent in 2018, marking the second annual increase in a row. A recent report likened the rising emissions to a “speeding freight train.” We speak with Kevin Anderson, professor in climate change leadership at Uppsala University’s Centre for Environment and Development Studies, and 15-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg about the drastic action needed to fight climate change and the impact of President Trump on climate change activism.

Originally posted by democracynow. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-11 12:55:00.


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As government ministers from around the globe gather in Katowice, Poland, for the final days of the 24th U.N. climate summit, we speak with 15-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who denounced politicians here last week for their inaction on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. She has garnered global attention for carrying out a weekly school strike against climate change in her home country of Sweden. “We need to change ourselves now, because tomorrow it might be too late,” says Thunberg. We are also joined by her father, Svante Thunberg, a Swedish actor.

Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-11 12:51:00.


Exclusive: Sadiq Khan accuses government of dragging its feet and calls for investment to avert catastrophe

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has declared a climate emergency and urged the UK government to do more to avert an ecological breakdown that he says poses an existential threat to future generations.

Speaking as City Hall outlined its new climate change plan, Khan said he was implementing measures to protect people from floods, fires and the political upheaval caused by climate change. He accused central government of “dragging its feet” on dealing with these issues.

Continue reading...

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-11 12:49:00.


Seventy percent of the current infrastructure in the Arctic has a high potential to be affected by thawing permafrost in the next 30 years. Even meeting the climate change targets of the Paris Agreement will not substantially reduce those projected impacts, according to a new study.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-11 12:47:00.


NOAA's annual report card on the Arctic, released today, shows that the Arctic region experienced the second-warmest air temperatures ever recorded; the second-lowest overall sea-ice coverage; lowest recorded winter ice in the Bering Sea; and earlier plankton blooms due to early melting of sea ice in the Bering Sea.

Originally posted by sciam. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-11 12:32:00.


Parasites and dog disease in India sweep through the cats’ only home, triggering fears for the species’ survival

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Originally posted by nytimesfrontpg. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-11 12:31:00.


Accelerating emissions are putting the world on track to face some of the most severe consequences of global warming sooner than expected, scientists said.


Posted on 2018.12.11 at 12:28
Originally posted by rwemmersonquote. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-11 12:28:00.


"Wisdom outweighs any wealth."

Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-10 22:55:00.


Diving tours run by former fishermen have lifted the villagers out of poverty and given new protection to overfished marine life

Fishermen-turned-entrepreneurs who have been financing the protection of endangered whale sharks in the Philippines have hit on a successful scheme to help lift their coastal community out of poverty, new research has found.

A group of 58 fishermen from the town of Oslob who were struggling to feed their families turned to the world’s largest fish species to set up a community based dive company in 2011. It has since become an international hotspot for tourists to swim with the sharks, attracting more than 750,00 visitors in the first five years and amounting to $18.4m (£14.7bn) in ticket sales over the same period.

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No Pain, No Gain

Posted on 2018.12.10 at 22:55
Originally posted by psychologytoday. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-10 22:55:00.


What doesn’t break you...

Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-10 22:53:00.


Up to 96% of all marine species and more than two-thirds of terrestrial species perished 252m years ago

Rapid global warming caused the largest extinction event in the Earth’s history, which wiped out the vast majority of marine and terrestrial animals on the planet, scientists have found.

Related: Save millions of lives by tackling climate change, says WHO

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Originally posted by democracynow. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-10 20:48:00.


Seg cop march 2

This week Democracy Now! is broadcasting from the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, where the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait have blocked language “welcoming” October’s landmark IPCC climate report that warned of the catastrophic effects of a global temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius, beyond which global crises could unfold at a rapid pace. The four countries rejected using the word “welcome,” insisting that members instead “note” the findings of the widely cited U.N. report. We begin our coverage with voices of some of the thousands of climate activists from around the world who marched in Katowice on Saturday, calling for world leaders to do more to keep rising greenhouse gas emissions in check. We also speak with a member of the European Parliament who confronted undercover Polish officials who were monitoring the protest.

Originally posted by guardian_news. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-10 19:46:00.


Of the traumatic consequences of climate change, scientists consider increasingly ferocious wildfires to be one of the most starkly apparent

Ruth McLarty, an experienced surgeon, was fairly certain she was about to die in a particularly grisly way. Surrounded by a hellish inferno of burning trees and cars, McLarty reasoned the flames would engulf her long before the smoke could choke her to death.

Trapped in nearby vehicles, some of McLarty’s colleagues made similarly macabre calculations. Two nurses, stuck in the back of a stalled police car, contemplated shooting each other. Another nurse rolled down her window and gulped in the smoke. McLarty edged her car away from a burning wreckage, fired off some final messages to her sister and called her daughter, who said she could hear the roar of the blaze over the phone.

Continue reading...

Originally posted by scienceblog. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-10 19:43:00.



Biggest extinction in Earth’s history caused by global warming leaving ocean animals gasping for breathThe largest extinction in Earth’s history marked the end of the Permian period, some 252 million years ago. Long before dinosaurs, our planet was populated with plants and animals that were mostly obliterated after a series of massive volcanic eruptions in Siberia. Fossils in ancient seafloor rocks display a thriving and diverse marine ecosystem, then […]

Originally posted by livescience. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-10 18:44:00.


Here's the horrifying way these sea creatures met their end more than 250 million years ago.

Originally posted by sciencedaily. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-12-10 18:33:00.


Under future climate scenarios, changing winds may make it harder for North American birds to migrate southward in the autumn, but make it easier for them to come back north in the spring. Researchers came to this conclusion using data from 143 weather radar stations to estimate the altitude, density, and direction birds took during spring and autumn migrations over several years.

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