Daily Archives: July 25, 2016

Pokemon Go — A Smashing CIA Orwellian Big Brother Success

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Groundbreaking Study Finds Turmeric Extract Superior To Prozac For Depression

by Sayer Ji, 

A new study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research has confirmed for the first time in a randomized, controlled clinical trial that the primary polyphenol in turmeric known as curcumin is both safe and effective in treating serious states of depression.[1]

The research was performed at the Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, and involved patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). The objective of the trial was to compare the efficacy and safety of curcumin with fluoxetine (Prozac) in 60 patients diagnosed with MDD. Subjects were randomized to receive either a six week treatment with fluoxetine (20 mg) and curcumin (1000 mg) individually or their combination.

Success of the treatment was evaluated using the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D17). The results were reported as follows:

We observed that curcumin was well tolerated by all the patients. The proportion of responders as measured by the HAM-D17 scale was higher in the combination group (77.8%) than in the fluoxetine [Prozac] (64.7%) and the curcumin (62.5%) groups; however, these data were not statistically significant (P = 0.58). Interestingly, the mean change in HAM-D17 score at the end of six weeks was comparable in all three groups (P = 0.77). This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment in patients with MDD without concurrent suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders. [emphasis added]

continue http://sgtreport.com/2016/07/groundbreaking-study-finds-turmeric-extract-superior-to-prozac-for-depression/

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CrimeStoppers joins search for giant missing duck in N.J.

CLINTON — Crime Stoppers of Hunterdon County is offering a $250 reward for information about the disappearance of a giant inflatable duck that went missing after the annual rubber ducky race in Clinton Sunday.

The duck, donated to the Clinton Guild by several of its members, had been sitting on the patio of the Hunterdon Art Museum the week before the race, and members of the Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad anchored it in the river on race day. “We thought people would be excited to take pictures of the duck,” said Clinton Guild President Diane Crisman-Race on Wednesday.

The duck was last seen in the water around 10 p.m. Sunday, Crisman-Race said. “We’ve pinned it down to after 10 p.m. and before 8:20 a.m. Monday,” she said. “Sometime during that time period the duck went missing.”

continue http://www.nj.com/hunterdon/index.ssf/2016/07/crimestoppers_joins_search_for_giant_missing_duck.html

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Birds And Humans ‘Talk’ To Each Other To Outsmart Bees

Yao honey-hunter Orlando Yassene chops open a bees’ nest in a felled tree in the Niassa National Reserve, Mozambique.

Claire Spottiswoode

Yao honey-hunter Orlando Yassene chops open a bees’ nest in a felled tree in the Niassa National Reserve, Mozambique.

In 1569, a Portuguese missionary working in what is now Mozambique noticed something strange: tiny birds flying in and out of the church to nibble at the beeswax altar candles. Though the was perplexed by the behavior, it would have made perfect sense to locals. The birds in question were honeyguides, a species known for their predilection for wax, and their cooperative relationship with human honey hunters.

Human-animal cooperation, especially when it comes to food gathering, isn’t all that rare. We’ve trained dogs to corner game, pigs to sniff out truffles, even cormorants to catch fish.

But in all of these cases, the animals are either domesticated or trained to do our bidding. Human collaboration with wild animals is rare. In one remarkable case, dolphins have been shown to work cooperatively with Brazilian mullet fishermen to catch fish, to the mutual benefit of man and beast. But honeyguides and their human partners take cooperation a step further.

continue http://www.popsci.com/humans-and-birds-collaborate-to-get-honey

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Priest says Hell is an invention of the church to control people with fear

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

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Last week the BBC launched a mobile app, called BBC+, delivering “customisable content collections” to your phone or tablet. It’s a personalised service which requires an email address.

Last year, when the corporation announced its plans for personalised services, it made several data protection promises. Specifically, Phil Fearnley (“Director of Homepage and myBBC”) promised:

“We’ll put you in control over how we use your data, and be open and transparent about what we’re using your data for. You will always be able to change or delete it.”

But that isn’t entirely true. The BBC tells us data is retained even after you delete your account – only in “anonymised” form.

continue http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07/25/bbc_will_retain_your_viewing_history/

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Anatomy of an Insurgency: A look at #BlackLivesMatter

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Hillary’s 60 Minute Interview Reveals a Diabolical Narcissist With a Persecution Complex

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Scientists Unlock ‘Green’ Energy from Garden Grass

Garden grass could become a source of cheap and clean renewable energy, scientists have claimed.

A team of UK researchers, including experts from Cardiff University’s Cardiff Catalysis Institute, have shown that significant amounts of hydrogen can be unlocked from fescue grass with the help of sunlight and a cheap catalyst.

It is the first time that this method has been demonstrated and could potentially lead to a sustainable way of producing hydrogen, which has enormous potential in the renewable energy industry due to its high energy content and the fact that it does not release toxic or greenhouse gases when it is burnt.

Co-author of the study Professor Michael Bowker, from the Cardiff Catalysis Institute, said: “This really is a green source of energy.

“Hydrogen is seen as an important future energy carrier as the world moves from fossil fuels to renewable feedstocks, and our research has shown that even garden grass could be a good way of getting hold of it.”

The team, which also includes researchers from Queen’s University Belfast, have published their findings in the Royal Society journal Proceedings A.

Hydrogen is contained in enormous quantities all over in the world in water, hydrocarbons and other organic matter.

continue https://www.rdmag.com/news/2016/07/scientists-unlock-green-energy-garden-grass

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Cincinnati cop investigated over post slamming white police

CINCINNATI (AP) — A black Cincinnati police officer is under investigation over a Facebook post that said white officers “are looking for a reason to kill a black man.”

The police department is aware of an officer’s post referencing an interpretation of law enforcement actions, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said in a statement that didn’t identify the officer.

“The comments that were posted are under review as they relate to our social media procedure and our rules and regulations,” Isaac said.

Isaac added that he is proud of the department’s officers and their efforts to work collaboratively with the community. The city has drawn praise nationally for its work to improve police-community relations after 2001 riots triggered by a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Officer Freddie Vincent posted the Facebook comments earlier this month after the fatal shootings of black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota.

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Grow Your Own Capers

Cleopatra is said to have served this delicious crop in feasts to win the love of both Mark Anthony and Julius Caesar. Grow this same crop in your own garden.

Capers are those delicious little green ‘berries’ that can normally be found atop bagels with lox or in many Mediterranean dishes. Grow your own capers and enjoy adding this tasty addition to any meal.

Did you know that capers are not actually a berry or a fruit, but the unopened flower bud of the caper bush?

The caper bush produces these tasty unopened flower buds that have been used in cooking for over 5000 years. Capers are also reputed to have medicinal properties, such as treating dermatitis.

 

This crop grows well in very dry conditions as it normally comes from the Mediterranean, norther Africa, and the Middle East. This means that these bushes normally prefer similar conditions to grapes, olives and pistachios. In the United States, caper bushes thrive in areas with climates similar to that of coastal California.

Good capers can be hard to come by in markets in the United States because they are often low quality imported capers. It is also impossible to buy them organic. Because of this, it could be a great idea to grow them yourself.

Caper bushes grow to be about 3 feet tall and spread out to about 5 feet wide. They have rounded grey-green leaves and a sprawling habit, so they also make great spill-over plants at the top of walls. These bushes can even grow out of crevices in rocks and buildings.

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Verizon will cut off unlimited data users who use too much unlimited data

Verizon is forcing heavy data users to get off its unlimited plan or get off the carrier’s network entirely.

Verizon’s continuing its ongoing mission to pare down the number of customers on unlimited data plans by migrating them to ones with hard limits. Recently, the company came up with a way to get rid of its biggest data hogs.Verizon is notifying customers using an “extraordinary” amount of data per month that they must move off their unlimited data plan by August 31. If they don’t switch, the carrier will disconnect their accounts, though they’ll have 50 days to reactivate them on a limited plan, as first reported by Droid Life.

Verizon ceased offering unlimited data plans in 2011.

The impact on you: “Extraordinary” usage appears to be people who are sucking down more than 100GB every month. Verizon told Ars Technica that a very small number of users are exceeding 100GB every month on a single device. The carrier deems this as extraordinary since its largest monthly plan offers that amount of data as a shared bucket used by multiple devices.

continue http://www.pcworld.com/article/3099008/mobile/verizon-will-cut-off-unlimited-data-users-who-use-too-much-unlimited-data.html

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