Daily Archives: June 22, 2016

Facebook users can share ‘telepathic thoughts’ in the future say Mark Zuckerberg

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Facebook users can communicate using telepathic thoughts in future says CEO Mark Zuckerberg

During his first ever live Q&A session at the Menlo Park headquarters on Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg disclosed that Facebook users will share telepathic thoughts and feelings to each other in the future. He claimed that telepathic ‘sharing’ could be the next thing for the social media company.

Talking about the future of Facebook, Zuckerberg said, “You’re going to just be able to capture a thought, what you’re thinking or feeling in kind of its ideal and perfect form in your head, and be able to share that with the world in a format where they can get that.

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Climate and Human Civilization for the Past 4,000 Years — The Grey Enigma

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest essay by Andy May The Holocene Thermal Optimum ended at different times in different parts of the world, but it had ended everywhere by 4,000 BP (BP here means the number of years before 2000) and the world began to cool. The timeline shown in Figure 1…

via Climate and Human Civilization for the Past 4,000 Years — The Grey Enigma

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Food firms press to stop Vermont law

| Washington editor

Food industry leaders are forecasting calamity if a Vermont food labeling law takes effect two weeks from today.

Beginning July 1, Vermont will require food products containing ingredients from genetically modified organisms to carry labels that say so.

“This is the most important issue currently facing America’s food producing community, and one that could do significant harm to our nation’s entire food value chain,” Chuck Conner, chief executive officer of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, said Thursday during a media conference call.

“The consumer will be confused, there will be chaos in the marketplace, farmers will be hurt,” said Pamela Bailey, chief executive of the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Bailey and Conner are co-chairs of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which represents more than 800 food and beverage producers, sellers and trade groups.

The coalition is pressing Congress to approve legislation that would override the Vermont statute and establish a uniform, national labeling standard.

But Senate negotiators are still in talks about a bill, and the House is scheduled to be in session for just four days next week before taking a break until July 5.

Also, the food industry coalition opposes mandatory GMO labels.

“We believe these on-package labels don’t provide consumers with any useful information, they will be seen as a warning, and they will be used to stigmatize perfectly safe food and beverage products,” Bailey said.

The group instead prefers that food packages have scannable codes, phone numbers or website links that consumers could access to learn about GMO content.

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Judge rules that police can force anal exams to determine if man engaged in sex with another man

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By: Mahesh Sarin

Two men of Kenya, sued a police department for forcing them to undergo an exam to see if they had engaged in gay sex as it is against the law.

The two men had sought a court order to stop the forced anal examinations and HIV testing of men accused of being gay after they were forcefully subjected to the tests.

The two men were arrested in a bar near Ukunda, on suspicion of being homosexual. The men were arrested and forced to undergo the humiliating exams.

 After it was determined that they broke the law by having had engaged in sex acts with each other, they were arrested and they now face 14 years in prison if convicted.
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Pentagon officials ‘turned their backs’ on veterans to get around hiring them

The American Legion will begin a campaign Monday to stop an effort in Congress to limit the advantage veterans have in federal hiring, starting with a letter to members of the House that accuses the Pentagon of conjuring a “morally-bankrupt tactic” to circumvent veterans’ preference.

The influential veterans group, the country’s largest service organization, said Defense Department officials have “turned their backs” on veterans who served the Pentagon and the country.

[Senate votes to scale back veterans preference in federal hiring]

“The myth surrounding Veterans Preference must be dispelled; veterans preference is not a handout,” says the letter signed by American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett. The Washington Post obtained a copy.

“One would think the agency that produces veterans and service-disabled veterans would have the additional moral obligation to uphold the institution of Veterans Preference.

Instead, Department of Defense (DOD) turned their backs on their former employees, by initiating a provision … that dilutes veterans preference. The provision, if passed, would diminish Veterans Preference.”

A little-noticed provision of the massive defense bill the Senate passed last week would eliminate the preference veterans get once they are in the government and apply for another federal job. Former service members would still go to the head of the hiring queue. Top defense officials pressed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, for the change, Senate aides said, to ensure that qualified non-veterans are considered equally with veterans for specialized, hard-to-fill positions.

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This guy reviews cheap food like it’s a fine wine

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Putin: We’ll work with any candidate U.S. voters choose

Fareed Zakaria’s full discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin airs Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” at 10 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET.

(CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “bright” and said his country is prepared to work with any candidate American voters elect.
“Mr. Trump says he’s ready to restore full-fledged Russian-American relations. What can be bad about it?”

Putin, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev were part of a panel moderated by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria at the 20th International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Zakaria read from a report that had Putin calling Trump “brilliant,” “outstanding” and “talented.” He asked Putin what led him to that judgment and whether he still holds that opinion.
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Newly disclosed CDC biolab failures ‘like a screenplay for a disaster movie’

A USA TODAY Network investigation works to uncover details about accidents at biolabs where experiments are done with deadly pathogens. The labs are largely self-policing and often secretive when accidents occur. USA TODAY

Encased in spacesuit-like gear needed to protect them from the world’s deadliest viruses, four scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stepped into their lab’s decontamination chamber where a shower of chemicals was supposed to kill anything on them and make it safe for them to exit into an adjacent changing room.

But the shower wouldn’t start, and warning lights appeared as a cascading series of safety systems began to fail inside one of the world’s most advanced biosafety level 4 labs. That’s the highest level of containment and security, reserved for work with deadly Ebola and smallpox viruses and other pathogens that lack vaccines or reliable treatments.

The gasket seal around the exit door to the changing room deflated to the point that the scientists could see light coming in. And as they held that door shut and started an emergency chemical deluge, things got even worse.

The shower’s door back into the infectious disease lab “forcefully” burst open again and again – and they couldn’t even hold it shut. Meanwhile, air pressure alarms were blinking and monitors displayed the lab as “red,” according to records of the February 2009 incident recently obtained by USA TODAY under a Freedom of Information Act. The CDC took 3 ½ years to fulfill the request.

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World’s Oldest Twinkie Turns 40, Still Refuses to Decompose

In 1976, Roger Bennatti, a chemistry teacher at George Stevens Academy, in Maine, unwrapped a fresh Twinkie and placed it atop a classroom chalkboard so he and his students could see how long it took for it to decompose. 40 years later, that question remains unanswered, because mould simply refuses to grow on the world’s oldest Twinkie.

The official shelf-life of a Twinkie – as stated by the company making them nowadays – is only 25 days, but as the famous Twinkie of George Stevens Academy clearly shows, it’s really a lot longer than that. It has been sitting in a glass case for four decades now, and even though it might not be safe to eat, it is looking fantastic for its age. Its shape hasn’t change a bit, and if mould hasn’t grown on it so far, chances are it never will.

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Libby Rosemeier, George Stevens Academy’s dean of students, was a student in Roger Bennatti’s class on the day this decades old experiment began. “We were studying the chemistry of food. We went next door to the store, bought Twinkies and we gave them to Mr. Bennatti and [asked him], ‘How many chemicals do you think are in something like this?’” Rosemeier recalls. “He said, ‘Let’s find out and see how long it lasts.’ He opened the Twinkie package, ate one, and put the other one on top of the [chalkboard].” The popular treat remained in his classroom for the next 28 years, until the chemistry teacher retired. From then on, the world’s oldest Twinkie became Rosemeier’s responsibility, and she had her father make a glass case to store it in.

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