How to Recover Files from an Inaccessible USB or Hard Drive

A corrupted or damaged hard drive can spell disaster for you and possibly for your whole company, especially if you are not in the habit of creating backup files. However, there is still hope for a corrupted or inaccessible USB or hard drive. You can either bring the device to a data recovery professional or perform a recovery procedure yourself. If you want to save money, it is advisable that you try to recover your files on your own. This tutorial will show you how to recover files from an inaccessible USB or hard drive.Two Types of Damaged DisksIt is important to note that there are two types of disk problems. The type of damage to your USB or hard disk will determine if you can recover files on your own or if you need the assistance of a data recovery expert.1. Hardware issues: Errors caused by hardware problems will require the help of a data recovery expert. When your computer does not detect your storage device, chances are that you have a hardware issue on your drive. Abnormal noises are indicators that there is something physically wrong with your hard drive or USB. If you notice that any physical part of the storage device is missing or has been removed, then you may have to bring your storage drive to a professional.2. Software issues: If your computer detects your storage device but will not allow you access to it or if you are prompted with error messages, then there is still hope that you can fix your storage device on your own. Errors on your drive may be caused by power outages, forced shutdowns, unsafe removal of storage devices, deteriorating storage sectors, or other software issues. Using data recovery software, there is a good chance that you will be able to recover a hard drive or USB with software issues.

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Burger King cook gets $46K for being sacked over fish sandwich 

A Canadian court has awarded a former Burger King cook $46,000 ($35,000 USD, £28,000) in damages after she was fired for taking home a fish sandwich, fries and beverage.Usha Ram says her manager gave her permission to take home the food.The 55-year-old immigrant from Fiji had worked at various Burger King locations around Vancouver for 24 years.Her boss, Janif Mohammed, fired her to warn other staff against theft.In her ruling, Justice Lisa Warren found that the employers acted in an “unreasonable, unfair and unduly insensitive manner” and should have considered that Ms Ram would have difficulty finding other employment because of her age, limited education and English skills.

Source: Burger King cook gets $46K for being sacked over fish sandwich – BBC News

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B vitamins found to reduce symptoms of schizophrenia

Schizophrenia patients taking high doses of B vitamins along with their standard treatment were found in a recent study to experience added improvements. Affecting one percent of the population, schizophrenia is a debilitating disorder that makes it difficult to distinguish between what is real and what isn’t. Treatment with antipsychotic drugs is typically effective in the short-term, but long-term outcomes are poor—80 percent of patients relapse within five years. A growing body of research is exploring ways to improve these outcomes, and nutritional supplements are one promising approach. But results in this area have been inconsistent, leading the authors of the review to examine outcomes across multiple studies.“Looking at all of the data from clinical trials of vitamin and mineral supplements for schizophrenia to date, we can see that B vitamins effectively improve outcomes for some patients. This could be an important advance, given that new treatments for this condition are so desperately needed,” said lead author Joseph Firth.

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Prescription of psychotropic drugs doubles for US retirees

The number of US retirees taking three or more psychotropic drugs has doubled between 2004 and 2013, according to a new paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.The study, lead by researchers from the University of Michigan and Columbia University, found that doctors were approximately 150% more likely to prescribe psychiatric, sleep, or pain medications to patients over the age of 65.The researchers reviewed annual government surveys of office-based doctors, and focused on the prescription of at three three of a list of psychiatric, sleep and pain medications like Valium, Prozac, OxyContin and Ambien.“Between 2004 and 2013, annual polypharmacy visits by adults 65 years or older increased from 1.50 million…to 3.68 million”, the researchers state.

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Selling Food From Home Should Be Legal But It’s Not

Make It Legal to Sell Home-Cooked Food … As food delivery becomes ever more popular in the U.S., some innovators have been looking to do for meals what Uber and Lyft have done for rides. Good cooks or even professional chefs working at home can produce tasty food for people nearby, income for themselves, and tax revenue for cities and states. Or they could if it were legal to sell home-cooked food. In most states, it’s not. – BloombergHave you ever been sickened by home-cooking? We’ve had problems sometimes with food bought elsewhere but never with food that is prepared at home. Never that we can remember anyways.We’d venture to say that food prepared at home is probably as safe or safer than any other food.

Source: Selling Food From Home Should Be Legal But It’s Not | The Daily Bell

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HP hires Christian Slater to hack companies for fun


Breaking into other people’s computers seems quite popular these days.Effective, too. It can even influence elections, so I’m told.Enter the 7th Cavalry known as HP. The company on Tuesday released a series of ads in which it shows how deceptively easy it is to creep into someone’s digital everything through their computer, or even their company printer.Starring Christian Slater — he who stars in hacking TV series “Mr. Robot” — this four-part HP affair shows him playing the Wolf.This character is a hacker who literally ululates when he’s happy.In various scenarios he shows how simple it is to dupe employees into clicking on an email — or how odd it is that companies have firewalls, but still leave so much of their equipment unsecured.

Source: HP hires Christian Slater to hack companies for fun – CNET

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Source: Apple will fight ‘right to repair’ legislation

Apple is planning to fight proposed electronics “Right to Repair” legislation being considered by the Nebraska state legislature, according to a source within the legislature who is familiar with the bill’s path through the statehouse.The legislation would require Apple and other electronics manufacturers to sell repair parts to consumers and independent repair shops, and would require manufacturers to make diagnostic and service manuals available to the public.This is completely normal in the automotive sector, and I see no reason why the tech sector should be any different.

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Hens that can lay eggs from other species could save rare birds 

Genetically modified hens that can lay eggs from different poultry breeds are helping create a “frozen aviary” to conserve rare and exotic birds.Like a seed bank for poultry, the aviary will store primordial stem cells that give rise to eggs destined to hatch male or female offspring.So far, the team from the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute have collected more than 500 samples from 25 different breeds. Held in a freezer at minus 150C, the cells will remain viable for decades.The researchers want to preserve rare chicken breeds that may be resistant to infections such as bird flu or have desirable traits such as high meat quality.

Source: Hens that can lay eggs from other species could save rare birds | New Scientist

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You are what you eat: Old food shortens lifespan in animals

By Sam WongYou are what you eat – so does eating old food make you old? It sounds far-fetched, but experiments on mice, flies and yeast suggest that it might.The fundamental causes of ageing aren’t well understood. A leading idea is that throughout life, our bodies accumulate cellular damage. That might include oxidative damage to cells caused by by-products of aerobic respiration, and DNA damage – or a combination of those and other types.Vadim Gladyshev at Harvard University wondered whether organisms might also be able to acquire cellular damage from their food.Food is broken down and used as the building blocks for many cellular processes, so eating older organisms – which have more molecular damage themselves – might cause an animal to age faster than one that eats younger organisms with less molecular damage.To test the theory, Gladyshev and his team grew yeast fed on culture media made from old or young yeast and fed fruit flies food made from old or young flies. They also studied mice fed meat from old or young deer. The animals were fed their particular diet from early adulthood for the rest of their lives.The old diet shortened lifespan by 18 per cent in yeast and 13 per cent in flies. In the mice, the old diet shortened lifespan by 13 per cent in female mice, but there was no significant effect among males.

Source: You are what you eat: Old food shortens lifespan in animals | New Scientist

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US court confirms Snuggies are blankets, not clothes

The US Court of International Trade has ruled that the Snuggie should officially be classified as a blanket. It’s a tax thing. Sorry to anyone who considers a Snuggie their special robe.Bloomberg reported on the ruling, in which the court dismissed the massive wad of fabric as being anything other than a blanket because it lacks “closures.” Were you hoping to wear it as a clerical robe or for some other ceremonious outing? Tough luck. For it to officially work in that capacity, “At a minimum, one must wear the Snuggie backwards,” the court says.Snuggie maker Allstar Marketing Group and the US Department of Justice have clashed about this classification since 2010. This is great news for Snuggie makers, who will only pay a 8.5 percent tariff to import into the US, instead of the 14.9 percent they’d be saddled with under a garment classification. This is bad news for people who put on our — I mean, their — snuggies and stare longingly into the mirror while whispering, “Yer a wizard, Harry.” I mean, that would be very sad to do with a blanket and not a real robe.

Source: US court confirms Snuggies are blankets, not clothes – The Verge

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‘1984’ headed to Broadway – CNN.com

George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel “1984” is marching toward the Broadway stage.

The stage version of Orwell’s dark vision of a totalitarian state will open on June 22 at the Hudson Theatre.
It’s the first announced production of the 2017-2018 Broadway season.
“1984” tells a harrowing story within a world of government surveillance, propaganda and “newspeak.”
This production was first staged in London in 2013 and 2014, and the producers of those shows, Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin, are in charge of the Broadway staging.

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‘Evil does in fact die,’ family says in man’s obituary

GALVESTON, Texas – A Galveston man’s obituary is getting a lot of attention. It’s what his family wrote about him that is raising eyebrows.His family members apparently did not like him very much, and they wrote an obit that reflected that.More News HeadlinesKaty Perry debuts new single ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ with bizarre lyric videoAmal Clooney is pregnant with twins, George Clooney to become a dad in JuneWho’s watching who? Vizio caught spying, FTC saysFlorida woman sues Mexican restaurant after falling off donkey statue”Leslie Ray ‘Popeye’ Charping was born in Galveston on November 20, 1942, and passed away January 30, 2017, which was 29 years longer than expected and much longer than he deserved. Leslie battled with cancer in his latter years and lost his battle, ultimately due to being the horses ass he was known for.”

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Captured by Punjab Police, ‘spy’ pigeon escapes, flies towards neighbouring country

A “spy” pigeon, which was caught earlier this week in Punjab, has escaped. (File Photo)A pigeon that was captured earlier this week after “infiltrating” India from across the international border escaped on Wednesday afternoon. The bird reportedly managed to escape due to the negligence of the police in Srivijaynagar segment in Sriganganagar district, Punjab. The police claim the bird managed to escape when the head constable opened the cage out of curiosity, The Tribune reported. The pigeon is said to have flown back towards the neighbouring country. Authorities have been alerted.

Source: Captured by Punjab Police, ‘spy’ pigeon escapes, flies towards neighbouring country | The Indian Express

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Parkour mishap leaves tall, thin man stuck in downtown Denver chimney 

A 26-year-old man who was rescued after getting stuck in a downtown Denver chimney on Thursday afternoon told police he had been practicing parkour, authorities say.

Dustin Hinkle was booked into jail on suspicion of trespassing after firefighters freed him from the chimney in a building at 1742 Champa St.

Source: Parkour mishap leaves tall, thin man stuck in downtown Denver chimney – The Denver Post

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YouTube will kill unskippable 30-second ads next year

Google has announced that in 2018, it will end non-skippable 30-second ads that appear before a YouTube video. In a statement first given to Campaign then confirmed by The Verge, a Google spokesperson said the company will focus on commercial formats that are more engaging for both advertisers and viewers.

We’re committed to providing a better ads experience for users online. As part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers,” Google said.

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Chinese students at UC San Diego want a safe space from Dalai Lama’s graduation speech

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The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has decided to invite the Dalai Lama to be its graduation speaker, hurting the feelings of some of its Chinese students who consider him a dangerous separatist.

Writing for Quartz, Josh Horwitz notes a fascinating phenomenon in how some students are voicing their discontent by appropriating the rhetoric that has become popular for on-campus protests these days. Spicing up the tired, old debate over the Dalai Lama with new words like diversity, political correctness and safe space.

For example, here’s what the university’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association had to say only hours after UCSD announced its decision earlier this month:

UCSD is a place for students to cultivate their minds and enrich their knowledge. Currently, the various actions undertaken by the university have contravened the spirit of respect, tolerance, equality, and earnestness—the ethos upon which the university is built. These actions have also dampened the academic enthusiasm of Chinese students and scholars. If the university insists on acting unilaterally and inviting the Dalai Lama to give a speech at the graduation ceremony, our association vows to take further measures to firmly resist the university’s unreasonable behavior. Specific details of these measures will be outlined in our future statements.

On Facebook, Quartz also found that Chinese students have protested the decision to invite the Nobel Peace Prize winner with comments like:

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Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks, Get a Visit from the Feds

Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which begs the question: How’d the government know what they were Googling?

Catalano (who is a professional writer) describes the tension of that visit.

[T]hey were peppering my husband with questions. Where is he from? Where are his parents from? They asked about me, where was I, where do I work, where do my parents live. Do you have any bombs, they asked. Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked. …

Have you ever looked up how to make a pressure cooker bomb? My husband, ever the oppositional kind, asked them if they themselves weren’t curious as to how a pressure cooker bomb works, if they ever looked it up. Two of them admitted they did.

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Techdirt lawyers ask judge to throw out suit over “Inventor of E-mail

Michael Masnick, who founded the popular Techdirt blog, filed a motion (PDF) today asking for a defamation lawsuit against him to be thrown out. Masnick was sued last month by Shiva Ayyadurai, a scientist and entrepreneur who claims to have invented e-mail in 1978 at a medical college in New Jersey.

In his motion, Masnick claims that Ayyadurai “is seeking to use the muzzle of a defamation action to silence those who question his claim to historical fame.” He continues:

The 14 articles and 84 allegedly defamatory statements catalogued in the complaint all say essentially the same thing: that Defendants believe that because the critical elements of electronic mail were developed long before Ayyadurai’s 1978 computer program, his claim to be the “inventor of e-mail” is false.

The motion holds that Techdirt’s allegedly defamatory statements are actually constitutionally protected opinion. “This lawsuit is a misbegotten effort to stifle historical debate, silence criticism, and chill others from continuing to question Ayyadurai’s grandiose claims,” write Masnick’s lawyers.

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Female exec hired to help Magic Leap appeal to women sues for sex discrimination 

Augmented reality startup Magic Leap is being sued for sexual discrimination by an executive who was hired to help it appeal to women.The company, a startup best known for securing a valuation in the billions despite never publicly demonstrating its technology, is being sued by Tannen Campbell, its former head of, and later vice-president of, strategic marketing and brand identity.Campbell alleges that, in her first few months at Magic Leap, she was asked to put together a presentation to highlight the lack of gender diversity in the company. In her case, filed in the southern district court of Florida, she alleges it took seven months to get chief executive, Rony Abovitz, to attend the presentation, and when he did he left halfway through. Campbell never managed to present the second half.A year later, another Magic Leap employee, Rachna Bhasin, was asked to head up what the filing describes as “a ‘female brain trust initiative’ – the ‘FBI’”. Bhasin, Campbell and five other women from the company were involved in the initial meeting, in May 2016, alongside Abovitz, the vice-president of product design, Gary Natsume, and “a couple of male members of his team”.

Source: Female exec hired to help Magic Leap appeal to women sues for sex discrimination | Technology | The Guardian

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Ont. man shoots himself while making necklace from bullet

OSHAWA, Ont. – An Ontario man is recovering from surgery after he shot himself in the leg while making a necklace out of a bullet.Durham Regional Police say a 50-year-old Oshawa, Ont., man tried to pull apart a bullet with vise grips around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.They say the powder inside the bullet ignited, which caused an explosion and propelled the bullet into the man’s thigh.

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The student Left’s culture of intolerance is creating a new generation of conservatives

Student demands for censorship get a lot of coverage. Spiked Online’s Free Speech University Rankings, now in its third annual edition, argues that there is a “crisis of free speech on campus”.By analysing the censorious policies and actions that have taken place on British campuses, Spiked concluded that 63.5 per cent of universities actively censor speech and 30.5 per cent stifle speech through excessive regulation. You can barely go a few days without encountering a new op-ed covering censorship on campus.Maajid Nawaz describes the students demanding censorship as members of the “regressive left”. Milo Yiannopoulos calls them “snowflakes”.With all of this book-burning and platform-denying madness sweeping up much of the media’s interest in campus culture, the gradual rise of another group of students has gone under-reported. British and American millennials and post-millennials – also known as ‘Gen Z’ – are warming to conservatism.

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WWE Star George ‘The Animal’ Steele, Who Appeared in ‘Ed Wood,’ Dies at 79

William James Myers, better known by his name in the WWE ring, George “The Animal” Steele, has died, WWE announced Friday morning. He was 79.The wrestling company issued a statement after Hulk Hogan tweeted out, “George ‘the Animal’ Steel, RIP my brother, only love, only grateful.” No other details about his cause of death have been released.A Detroit native, Steele attended Michigan State and played for the university’s football team. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s, he coached wrestling and football in Michigan.Steele first entered the ring under the pseudonym “The Student.” But when he was scouted and began appearing on television, he changed his name to George Steele. Earning his nickname “The Animal,” Steele was known for tearing up the turnbuckle with his teeth, sticking out his green tongue and generally acting like a wild man. He was inducted into the professional wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Absurd State Licensing Rules Could Send A Woman To Jail Just for Touching a Horse

If Laurie Wheeler puts her hands on a horse, she could go to jail.Not because she would hurt the animal—she’d never think of doing such a thing—but because of an anonymous complaint submitted to the state’s licensing board that governs veterinary medicine.Wheeler has been studying horse massage since 2010, when she adopted an abandoned horse suffering from a potentially life-threatening neurological condition known as equine protozoal myeloencephalitis. Her horse, Jazz, was treated with a mix of medication and massage therapy, and Wheeler became interested in the practice. Since then, she’s twice been certified in equine massage by an Indiana-based animal therapy school, and, in 2016, successfully obtained a license from the state of Tennessee, where she lives, to practice massage therapy on humans.

Source: Absurd State Licensing Rules Could Send A Woman To Jail Just for Touching a Horse – Hit & Run : Reason.com

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Another robot just broke down investigating Fukushima’s record high radiation levels

Another robot has died in the depths of one of Fukushima’s nuclear reactors, as attempts to locate and remove melted radioactive fuel continue. This is the second robot in two weeks to meet its end in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the site of a major nuclear accident caused by the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.The robot’s mission was to investigate the pedestal underneath the Unit 2 nuclear reactor, where melted nuclear fuel is suspected to have fallen. But about 10 feet away from its target, one of the robot’s tank-like treads got stuck, World Nuclear News reports. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which operates the plant, decided to cut the robot’s cable and abandon it inside the reactor. A TEPCO spokeswoman told Phys.org that they don’t yet know whether radiation or debris stopped the robot.

Source: Another robot just broke down investigating Fukushima’s record high radiation levels – The Verge

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Fran Lebowitz: If beauty was within, there’d be no models

“I know we are supposed to say beauty is inner — but come on. If that was true, there would be no models,” observed author Fran Lebowitz during a New York Fashion Week party for the Pirelli calendar at Cipriani Wall Street.“Artifice is fashion,” she further mused. “People’s concept of beauty is different now than it was 50 years ago … It used to mean blond, blue-eyed white girl, and now it can be any color of person and any ethnicity. But still beautiful. There are no models that are not beautiful. They may not be to your taste … but that is a personal thing.”The 2017 Pirelli calendar, of course, features lots of beauty, including Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman and Helen Mirren, and was shot by iconic photographer Peter Lindbergh.

Source: Fran Lebowitz: If beauty was within, there’d be no models | Page Six

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Publishers are hiring ‘sensitivity readers’ to flag potentially offensive content

Before a book is published and released to the public, it’s passed through the hands (and eyes) of many people: an author’s friends and family, an agent and, of course, an editor.

These days, though, a book may get an additional check from an unusual source: a sensitivity reader, a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content. These readers give feedback based on self-ascribed areas of expertise such as “dealing with terminal illness,” “racial dynamics in Muslim communities within families” or “transgender issues.”

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“The industry recognizes this is a real concern,” said Cheryl Klein, a children’s and young adult book editor and author of “The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults.” Klein, who works at the publisher Lee & Low, said that she has seen the casual use of specialized readers for many years but that the process has become more standardized and more of a priority, especially in books for young readers.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s goal: Remake world Facebook helped create, fight isolationism

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(AP) — Mark Zuckerberg helped create the modern world by connecting nearly a quarter of its citizens to Facebook and giving them a platform to share, well, everything — baby pictures and Pepe memes, social updates and abusive bullying, helpful how-to videos and live-streamed violence.

Now he wants to remake it, too, in a way that counters isolationism, promotes global connections and addresses social ills — while also cementing Facebook’s central role as a builder of online “community” for its nearly 2 billion users.

The Facebook founder laid out his thoughts on Thursday in a sweeping 5,800-word manifesto that hews closer to utopian social guide than business plan. Are we, he asked, “building the world we all want?”

In a phone interview with The Associated Press, Zuckerberg stressed that he wasn’t motivated by the recent U.S. election or any other particular event. Rather, he said, it’s the growing sentiment in many parts of the world that “connecting the world” — the founding idea behind Facebook — is no longer a good thing.

“Across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection,” Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in a Harvard dorm room in 2004, wrote on Thursday. So it falls to his company to “develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.”

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Snuggies Are Blankets, Not Priestly Robes, Rules Trade Court

By Brian Flood

Snuggies, the sleeved fleece coverings, should be classified as blankets for tariff purposes, not like robes or priestly vestments, a federal trade court ruled Feb. 10 ( Allstar Mktg. Grp., LLC v. United States , Ct. Int’l Trade, 13-00395, 2/10/17 ).

The court rejected the Justice Department’s argument that Snuggies are apparel and so should be subject to higher duties than blankets. The judge found it important that Snuggies open in the back and don’t have closures.‘The Blanket With Sleeves!’Snuggies are polyester fleece knits with sleeves that the manufacturer says keeps users warm while letting them use their hands freely. Beginning in late 2008, the product, and its infomercials, became a pop culture phenomenon, and the Snuggie was featured on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Oprah, Ellen and The Today Show.

Source: Snuggies Are Blankets, Not Priestly Robes, Rules Trade Court | Bloomberg BNA

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Martial arts academy posts how-to video for defending against Trump handshake 


“As I’m scrolling through my Facebook feed I see this video and it hits me. I’ve got to teach the defense against the Donald Trump handshake.”

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The story behind human growth hormone

Along the centuries, numerous explorers and scientists have searched for the fabled fountain of youth. Nowadays, most people don’t believe in magic fountains, but they’re striving for eternal youth through other ways — plastic surgeries, special diets, or hormones. Motivated by the “anti-aging” movement, people are placing their faith into all sorts of alleged cures, but does the science back things up?

As the Smithsonian eloquently puts it, genetically modified bacteria, brain-eating diseases, and short kids are all part of the history of human growth hormones (HGH) in the US. HGH is a peptide hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction, and cell regeneration in humans and other animals. It’s a tiny protein secreted by the pituitary gland, a pea-sized organ located near your brain, and sent to the bloodstream where it serves the functions mentioned above. Scientists have known about this hormone since the 1920s, but it wasn’t really used until the 1960s — mostly because acquiring it was so hard. The only source was humans, and gathering it from cadavers didn’t really seem like an attractive proposition.

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