Noise: Are Backwoods Beats Really Harmless? -
(Jan. 13, 2017 - By Chuck Thompson - Outside
Magazine) - Around
the world, studies are proliferating on
the devastating effects of “electrosmog,” the blanket of electromagnetic fields
(EMFs) that we’ve cast across the planet, which could be harmful to various
wild species. For example, German scientist Ulrich Warnke has argued that
there’s a link between colony collapse
disorder in bees and our mania for cell phones, whose RF waves
discombobulate bees’ orientation and navigation mechanisms.
Then there’s FirstNet, a nationwide wireless-broadband
network for emergency communications that was approved by federal law in 2012.
Backed by numerous studies, the Department of the Interior has raised concerns
about the harmful effects it may have on migratory birds. In a dramatically
titled 2014 book, An Electronic Silent Spring, Katie Singer
reports on a Spanish study of a
frog habitat located near a cell tower. Researchers found that frogs
artificially shielded from the antennae’s waves had a mortality rate of 4.2
percent. Frogs left exposed to the waves reportedly suffered a whopping 90
percent mortality rate.
The FCC hasn’t updated its guidelines for power-density exposure to
humans since the passage of the Telecommunications Act in 1996. Singer points out that section 704 of the act includes a clause that forbids state and local
governments from regulating “wireless service facilities on the basis of the
environmental effects of radio frequency emissions.” According to critics
like Singer, this verbiage means that even if everyone in
your town agrees that a proposed new cell tower is going to kill all the birds,
bees, and frogs, your city council is legally prohibited from denying a permit
based on emissions.
In effect, telecom profits trump
How Cannabinoids Work At The Cellular Level To Keep
You Healthy -
(Dec. 15, 2016 - by Adrian Devitt-Lee - Project
CBD) - Both
CBD and THC affect mitochondrial activity, which is critical to how cells
function. There are implications for a number of conditions and diseases.
THC and CBD are both potent antioxidants, according to the U.S.
government, which filed a patent on the antioxidant and neuroprotective
properties of cannabinoids based on research from 1998. This patent underscores
one of the great hypocrisies of federal drug policy, which disingenuously
maintains that cannabis has no medical value.
According to a 2016
report in Philosophical Transactions of
the Royal Society (London): “Cannabinoids as regulators of mitochondrial
activity, as anti-oxidants and as modulators of clearance processes protect
neurons on the molecular level . . . Neuroinflammatory
processes contributing to the progression of normal brain ageing and to the
pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases are suppressed by cannabinoids,
suggesting that they may also influence the aging process on the system level.”
metabolic disorders, and cancers are all linked to mitochondrial activity — or
lack thereof. .... Preclinical studies indicate that THC can inhibit the formation of amyloid plaque in the brain (a hallmark of Alzheimer’s dementia) by
enhancing mitochondrial function. And CBD
has been shown to stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis and reverse symptoms of
[Note: This intriguing
tidbit is highly illustrative of typical
Republican misinformation/propaganda.(Actually, it’s obviously out-and-out
disinformation, which is not out of the norm for Repugs!)It was excerpted from Chuck Shepherd’s “News of the Weird” column which was published
in the weekly “St. Louis Riverfront Times.”
A parental pamphlet
on coping with marijuana use by kids, written by a Utah criminology professor
and recommended by U.S. Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah), identifies as a warning sign
of dope use “excessive preoccupation with social issues, race relations,
environmental issues, etc.”
And Its Resistance: Who Owns Your Body? - (March 11,
2017 - By Andrew Smart - Motherboard) - Inspired by Foucault, Chelsea
Manning and techniques like gene editing, artists and activists are taking back
power over our bodies from governments and corporations.
The ideology of management and control is already expressed in DNA
databases, surveillance cameras, drones, and the mobile devices that surround
and watch us via web tracking and targeted ads. There are fewer and fewer physical and virtual
spaces in which we can hide our bodies from the endless need of corporate and
state institutions to monitor us and influence our behavior. Simply by using the internet, we
inadvertently give enormous amounts of data to corporations that collude with
state actors who desire to attain a kind of omniscience about our individual
lives and intentions. Algorithms now secretly monitor the sentiments in our
emails at work and then send that data to our bosses.
Meanwhile, biotechnology has become
increasingly invasive. The day is not far off when tiny implantable sensors,
ostensibly implanted to protect our health by collecting data, will become
Biotechnology driven by power enhances the ability of institutions to conduct
politics as a continuation of war. But it
is more insidious because it is often presented to us as "caring
surveillance" or "protective surveillance." Clinical trials will soon involve continuous monitoring of
patients through the use of thousands of sensors in the home and on the body.
The fundamental need for us to form a critical perspective on biopower is
brought into sharp relief by this tension: biotechnology offers the promise to
cure disease, improve healthcare and help the weak. But this
technology will also give the state, the corporation and the military ever more
sophisticated tools with which to track, monitor and control us.-http://tinyurl.com/zvcgp8y
Cells May Drive Many Neurodegenerative Disorders - (Jan. 18, 3017 - By Bruce
Goldman - Stanford Medicine)- Astrocytes, star-shaped cells in the
central nervous system, are essential to
the survival and healthy function of brain neurons. But aberrant astrocytes may be driving neurodegenerative disorders.
While most of us
haven’t heard of astrocytes, these cells
are four times as plentiful in the human brain as nerve cells. Now, a team
led by researchers at the Stanford
University School of Medicine has found that astrocytes, which perform many indispensable functions in the brain,
can take on a villainous character, destroying nerve cells and likely driving
many neurodegenerative diseases.
A study describing
the findings was published online Jan. 18 in Nature.
astrocytes aren’t always the good guys,” said the study’s senior author, Ben Barres, MD, PhD,
professor of neurobiology, of developmental biology and of neurology and
neurological sciences. “An aberrant
version of them turns up in suspicious abundance in all the wrong places in
brain-tissue samples from patients with brain injuries and major neurological
disorders from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to multiple sclerosis. The
implications for treating these diseases are profound.”
….“We’re very excited by the discovery of
neurotoxic reactive astrocytes,” [Barnes] said, “because our findings imply that acute injuries of the retina, brain and spinal cord
and neurodegenerative diseases may all be much more highly treatable than has
Transporting A Beating Heart For Transplant - (Video)
Big Pharma Company Lobbies Against Legal Weed –
So It Could Market Its Own Synthetic Version - (March 28, 2017 - ByK.J. McElrath - Ring of
Fire) - Insys
Therapeutics gave $500,000 to help defeat an Arizona legalization initiative
last year. Now, the FDA has just approved its marijuana-based drug.-http://tinyurl.com/mb7x9jb
The Heroin Business Is Booming In America - (May 11, 2017 - by Jeanna Smialek - BloombergBusinessweek) - The bottom line:As states and doctors make
it tougher to get prescription opioids, drug cartels are making big profits
selling heroin to addicts.-http://tinyurl.com/mqzz6mf
How The Large Hadron Collider Almost Didn't Work - (July 5, 2017 - by Emma Grey Ellis - Wired) - “The basic science we are doing here drives applied science, which spins
off into industry. As one example, the
technology the LHC uses to accelerate protons is now being used to advance
proton-beam therapy, a treatment for cancer patients. If you stop doing
basic science, at some point you will have no more science to apply and no
innovative technologies. This is an important message to all politicians:
Never break the virtuous circle.”-http://tinyurl.com/y8qrhzyu
Democrats Pretend To Support Single-Payer Healthcare -
This creature has 10 eyes,
legs that chew and blood that saved your life - (July 4, 2017 - by Sarah Kaplan - The Washington Post) - First of all, there’s their blood. The stuff that runs in
horseshoe crabs’ veins is copper-based, and it gleams pale blue when
exposed to oxygen. (Iron makes humans’ blood look red.) But the true marvel of horseshoe blood lies
with specialized immune cells called amebocytes, which clump up and form a gel
on contact with a bacterial invader.
An extract from these cells, limulus amebocyte
lysate (LAL), has been used to test for contamination in every vaccine,
surgical tool and medical device that’s been inside a human body in the past 47
years, saving untold numbers from dying of infections like pneumonia and E.
coli. No other animal’s blood has such powerful antimicrobial properties, and
scientists still aren’t able to reproduce it in a lab.
A vampiric biomedical
industry has sprung up to harvest horseshoe blood. Crabbers catch the animals and send them to labs, where about 30
percent of their blood is drawn. The amebocytes are then turned into LAL —
$50 million of it every year. And the crabs are dropped back into the ocean,
preferably in the same water where they were found.-http://tinyurl.com/y742gguk
Scientists Upload A Galloping
Horse GIF Into Bacteria With CRISPR - (July 12, 2017 - by Megan Motleni - Wired) - E. coli might best be
known for giving street food connoisseurs occasional bouts of gastric regret.
But the humble microbial workhorse, with its easy-to-edit genome, has given
humankind so much more—insulin, antibiotics, cancer drugs, biofuels, synthetic
rubber, and now: a place to keep your selfies safe for the next millennium.
already used plain old DNA to encode and store all 587,287 words of War and
Peace, a list of all the plant material archived in the Svalbard
Seed Vault, and an OK Go music video. But now, researchers have created for
the first time a living library, embedded within, you guessed it: E.
coli. In a
paper published today in Nature, Harvard researchers1
describe using a Crispr system to insert bits of DNA encoded with photos and a
GIF of a galloping horse into live bacteria. When the
scientists retrieved and reconstructed the images by sequencing the bacterial
genomes, they got back the same images they put in with about 90 percent
study is an interesting—if slightly gimmicky—way to show off Crispr's power to turn living cells into
digital data warehouses.-http://tinyurl.com/y9cg7z4t
Uruguay, First Country In the
World To Legally Regulate Marijuana - (July 14,
2017 - by Hannah Hetzer - AlterNet) - But the Uruguayan model is
quite different from what's happening in the U.S.
The Uruguayan model allows four forms of access to marijuana: medical
marijuana through the Ministry of Public Health; domestic cultivation of up to
six plants per household; membership clubs where up to 45 members can
collectively produce up to 99 plants; and licensed sale in pharmacies to adult
Regulation will be overseen by the government’s Institute
for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis (IRCCA). Sales to minors,
driving under the influence of marijuana, and all forms of advertising are
Japan Plans To Expose Its People And 2020 Tokyo
Olympians To Fukushima Radiation - (July 17, 2017 - by Dahr Jamail - Truthout)
- Former nuclear industry senior vice president
Arnie Gundersen, who managed and coordinated projects at 70 US atomic power
plants, is appalled at how the Japanese government is handling the Fukushima
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the company responsible for cleaning up
the disaster, announced this February they were having difficulty locating
nuclear fuel debris inside one of the reactors. Radiation inside the plant continues to skyrocket to the point of
causing even robots to malfunction.
continue to crop up among children living in towns near Fukushima.
And it's not as if the danger is decreasing. In
fact, it is quite the contrary. Earlier this year, radiation levels at the
Fukushima plant were at their highest levels since the disaster began.
TEPCO said atmospheric readings of 530 sieverts an
hour had been recorded in one of the reactors. The previous highest reading was
73 sieverts an hour back in 2012. A single dose of just one Sievert is enough
to cause radiation sickness and nausea. Five sieverts would kill half of those
exposed within one month, and a dose of 10 sieverts would be fatal to those
exposed within weeks.
….…as a result of its
inaction in 2011 and 2012, the Pacific
Ocean and the beautiful mountain ranges in Fukushima and surrounding
prefectures are contaminated.
Arnie Gundersen had
even stronger words.
"The disaster at Fukushima Daiichi will
continue for more than 100 years," he explained. "Other atomic power reactor disasters are
bound to occur. Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi should have taught everyone
around the world that nuclear power is a
technology that can destroy the fabric of a society overnight."
According to him, the remains of the reactor containments at
Units 1, 2 and 3 are highly susceptible to damage from another severe
earthquake, and any earthquake of 7.0 or higher at the Fukushima site could
provoke further severe radiation releases.-http://tinyurl.com/ya8ogfou
All The Bad News You Need To
Know About The ALEC Agenda - (July 20, 2017 - byMary Bottari - Exposed
by CMD) -Meeting in Denver, ALEC attendees are debating model
bills related to college sexual assault, campus protest, private schools
vouchers, renewable energy, the ACA and more.
Back Renewables on the Agenda in Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force
This ALEC draft
resolution held over from the spring task force meeting opposes state funding
for green energy projects on private buildings. In particular, this resolution opposes “government involvement in financing renewable
and efficiency projects for private property owners.” It appears that conflicting
industry interests are holding up this ALEC bill which attacks a wildly popular
The Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program
helps promote green energy and energy efficiency projects on private property.
It pays for improvements to buildings, and the financing is repaid by an
assessment on the building’s property taxes over a period of up to 20 years.
New Research Suggests That Medical Marijuana Can Treat
Herpes - (August 10, 2017 - ByMaria Loreto - The
Fresh Toast) - Cannabis
oil and topicals have been known to produce impressive results on skin
conditions, like eczema, psoriasis, and different kinds of abrasions.-http://tinyurl.com/ycj37aa2