VACCINE MC CARTHYISM. WHAT IF THE VACCINE PARADIGM ITSELF IS DELIBERATELY FLAWED?...

Jul 20, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Asia-Pacific Research Global Research Vaccine McCarthyism. What if the Vaccine Paradigm itself is Deliberately Flawed? Did 2014 Mark the Collapse of the Vaccine Establishment? By Dr. Gary Null and Richard Gale     Within the mainstream medical and scientific community there is an unassailable pseudo-truth that vaccines are safe and effective, whether administered individually or in combination. Within the vaccine injured children and autism movements there is also an unchallenged belief that vaccines are effective but not always safe. In this case, vaccine-injured children or adult family members were simply one of the rare cases where they received a hot lot vaccine or possessed biomolecular abnormalities, such as mitochondria dysfunction, and suffered the consequences. Even many parents with two children developing neurological complications after vaccination, will continue to follow the recommended vaccine schedule....

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DOCUMENTING FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES’ CLIMATE DECEPTION...

Jul 15, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Catalyst Summer 2015 Leaked internal memos reveal a coordinated, decades-long disinformation campaign. by Elliott Negin When internal documents revealed earlier this year that ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel interests were secretly funding scientifically discredited studies authored by climate contrarian Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, the news didn’t come as a complete surprise. Back in 2007, a Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) report identified Soon—an aerospace engineer with little formal training in climatology—as one of a dozen scientists affiliated with more than 40 ExxonMobil-funded think tanks that then constituted the backbone of the climate change–denier PR machine. Soon, who erroneously claims the sun is largely responsible for global warming, produced work for at least five of these ExxonMobil-backed groups, including the now infamous Heartland Institute. But the latest cache of documents, obtained by Greenpeace and the...

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10 Reasons You Should Start Foraging for Your Own Food...

Sep 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Nature is teeming with edibles. You just need to look. By Pascal Baudar / AlterNet Man holding fresh Chestnuts picked from the forest floor Photo Credit: Sam Spicer/Shutterstock In the past few years, foraging—collecting edibles in the wild—has become more popular as people have rediscovered the joy of connecting with nature and enjoying its bounty. Done properly, foraging can be a fun activity, and benefit nature too. I’m not talking about commercial foraging (which can have drawbacks), but a more fun and personal approach to the concept of eating wild food. Personally I actually like to use the term wildcrafting, instead of foraging. The difference is subtle but important: Wildcrafting is not about taking from nature, but working with it and even helping the environment. Wikipedia has an excellent definition for wildcrafting:...

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WHO PUMPED MILLIONS OF GALLONS OF WATER DURING CALIFORNIA’S DROUGHT?...

Sep 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Google, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, U.S. Census Bureau Wet prince of bel air Who pumped millions of gallons of water during California’s drought? By Michael Corey and Lance Williams   GRIST This story was originally published by Reveal and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Los Angeles officials have steadfastly refused to identify the Wet Prince of Bel Air, the homeowner who pumped an astonishing 11.8 million gallons of water during a single year of California’s crippling drought. The city said naming water-wasting customers wasn’t in the public interest, even after Reveal found last fall from The Center for Investigative Reporting that 100 residents of wealthy neighborhoods on the Westside of L.A. were pumping millions of gallons of water apiece, drought or no. And one household in...

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THE LAST TIME SUMMER WAS THIS HOT, HUMAN BEINGS HADN’T YET LEFT AFRICA (VIDEO)...

Sep 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Juan Cole / Informed Comment  @ TRUTHDIG Summer of 2016 was not only hotter than any summer on record, i.e. since 1880.  We have enough proxies for global average temperature to know that it was hotter than any summer since at least 1016, when Genoa launched a campaign against Muslim Sardinia and Norway not only got a new king but it mattered in global affairs.  But that “at least” is a trick.  Eminent climate scientist Michael Mann says there is “tentative but compelling evidence” that it was hotter this past summer than it has been at any point in 100,000 years.  In 100,000 before present, the great human migration out of Africa of 60,000 years B.P. had not yet occurred.  (A few small bands went to the Middle East in the...

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ALEPPO AIRSTRIKES: UN SAYS TWO MILLION PEOPLE NOW WITHOUT WATER...

Sep 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] NBC News Aleppo’s Children by Alastair Jamieson News Aleppo’s Children by Alastair Jamieson A wave of intense airstrikes has left nearly two million people in the Syrian city of Aleppo without water, UN officials said Saturday as activists said at least 25 more civilians had been killed. UN children’s charity, UNICEF, said this week’s renewed airstrikes – which further dashed hopes of reviving last week’s cease-fire – had damaged a water pumping station which supplies about 250,000 people in rebel-held eastern parts and violence is preventing repair teams from reaching it. “Violence is preventing repair teams from reaching the station. In retaliation, the Suleiman al Halabi pumping station, also located in the east, was switched off – cutting water to 1.5 million people in the western parts of the city,” said Hanaa Singer,...

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25 MILLION PEOPLE COULD LOSE HEALTH INSURANCE UNDER DONALD TRUMP’S PLAN, ANALYSIS SHOWS...

Sep 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Max Ehrenfreund WASHINGTON POST Alberto Abin walks out of the UniVista Insurance office last year in Miami after shopping for a health plan under the Affordable Care Act. Two reports provide new data on the presidential candidates’ plans to make health care more affordable. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) As many as 9.6 million Americans could gain health insurance under Hillary Clinton’s proposal to provide families a tax credit to help them pay for premiums, deductibles and coinsurance, according to a new analysis. For a typical family in the lower-middle class, the credit would reduce health-care expenses by roughly a third, but it would come at a cost to taxpayers of roughly $90 billion in the first year. The Rand Corp. and the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund published the analysis of Democratic presidential nominee’s health agenda on Friday, along with a...

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HILLARY CAMPAIGN RELEASES 19-PAGE LIST OF FACT-CHECKED TRUMP LIES! UPDATED...

Sep 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Oliver Tiger  DAILY KOS “Excuse me! EXCUSE ME! Don’t fact-check ME! I have the BEST facts! They’re unbelievable! Unbelievable…” FoxSpews Senior Talking Head Chris Wallace has made it clear he will not be fact-checking anyone at the last Presidential debate… and Donald Trump approves that message: LARRY KING (HOST): Chris Wallace of Fox News is going to moderate the final debate. He says he doesn’t believe it’s his job to be the truth squad, that it’s up to the candidates to catch each other. Do you think the moderator should have facts at hands and correct the guest? DONALD TRUMP: Well, I don’t know. I can tell you, Chris Wallace is a professional. He’s very, very good at what he does. And you know, I can understand him saying that but yeah, I think...

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BRILLIANT GRAPHIC SHOWS SURFACE AREA REQUIRED TO POWER CALIFORNIA WITH 100% RENEWABLES...

Sep 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Tafline Laylin  INHABITAT View Slideshow Cold hard science in the clean energy space has a wonderful way of debunking misinformation fueled by politics and corporate greed, and nobody does that better than the husband and wife team behind the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). Elizabeth and Monoian and Robert Ferry have dished up an illuminating new infographic which demonstrates how much surface area is required to transition California away from energy sources that jeopardize planetary health to 100 percent renewables; take a closer look after the jump. LAGI writes: “Starting in 2009 with the Surface Area Required to Power the World with Solar, we have been making the case that the renewable energy transition, while a huge undertaking, is not any more ambitious in scale than previous human endeavors, and that the...

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TINY NEW FLAT-PACKED OFF-GRID HOMES OFFER AFFORDABLE HOUSING BREAKTHROUGH...

Sep 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Lacy Cooke  INHABITAT View Slideshow For 11 years, Australia‘s five major cities have been listed as “severely unaffordable” – making home ownership just a dream for many. Architect Alex Symes realized home ownership is typically tied to land ownership, but land prices are now so high, most people can’t afford to buy. As a result, Alex started Big World Homes. The goal is to disrupt expensive city housing with tiny, flat-packed, off-grid homes that sell for between $60K and $80K in Australian dollars, or around $45K to $60K. A Big World Home is created with 39 flat-pack panels, which are comprised of “low environmental impact materials“, including plywood, thermal insulation, and lightweight cladding. Even people without building experience can erect a Build World Home using a drill and a hammer, with access...

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PROPOSED ‘BORDER CITY’ BETWEEN U.S. AND MEXICO SOLVES MANY PROBLEMS AT ONCE...

Sep 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Lidija Grozdanic   INHABITAT View Slideshow In light of recent global events and the ongoing US presidential campaign, immigration and border control have once again become one of the most polarizing political and economic issues. As a way of offering a viable solution for areas where frontiers meet, architect Fernando Romero of fr*ee has conceived a masterplan for a binational city located on the cusp of New Mexico, Texas and Chihuahua. Fernando Romero, fr*ee architects, Border City, London Design Biennale, binational city, Mexico, Mexico border, city masterplan, urban design, urban planning The “Border City”, currently being exhibited at the London Design Biennale, is meant to function as a special zone where cultures “both clash and blend to create something altogether unique”. It draws from various international examples of “border situations” and aims to...

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GULF WAR SYNDROME: DOCUMENTS PROVE UK AND US MILITARY PERSONNEL WERE INJECTED WITH UNTESTED VACCINES...

Sep 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Dr. Garth L. Nicolson, the President, Chief Scientific Officer and Research Professor of Molecular Pathology at the Institute for Molecular Medicine in Huntington Beach, California, lecturing on the connection between military vaccines and Gulf War Syndrome. Image source. by Christina England, B.A. Hons Health Impact News In 1990, the recruitment of soldiers commenced for preparation to fight against Iraq in the Gulf War. On January 4, 1991, mass vaccination programs began, supposedly to protect the soldiers against the chemical warfare with which they may or may not come into contact. The soldiers reported being vaccinated with several vaccinations. In a witness statement, Mr. Richard Turnbull told the court that he had received the following vaccinations and a few that he could not remember: Anthrax Bubonic Plague Cholera Typhoid Yellow Fever Hepatitis A...

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LESSONS FROM A CITY BUILT WITHOUT LIGHT SWITCHES AND WATER TAPS...

Sep 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The best way to future-proof cities is to let them innovate—and sometimes fail. Wind tower at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Masdar City, United Arab Emirates (left); Birmingham, England. (Photos: Iain Masterton/Getty Images; Loop Images/UIG via Getty Images) Sep 19, 2016 Katharine Gammon has written for Nature, Wired, Discover, and Popular Science. A new mom, she lives in Santa Monica.   For 2,000 residents living just outside Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, experiencing the city of the future is a kind of waking dream. Masdar City is designed to take advantage of renewable energy, with a goal of being the most sustainable city in the world. It doesn’t even have light switches or water taps. The 87,000 solar panels that power the city and the mostly recycled water running through its...

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RAW SCIENCE ACTUALLY SUPPORTS ANTIVAXXERS: VACCINES UTTERLY DESTROY CELLULAR IMMUNITY...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By: Greg White   The myth that vaccines work is attributed to observations of mammals who recovered from infections with microorganisms that obtained natural immunity from future viruses. Although these observations seem to support vaccinations, raw science reveals that vaccines actually destroy cellular immunity. T-cells are responsible for cell-mediated immunity, whereas B-cells are responsible for humoral immunity (antibodies). Whenever T- and B-cells are activated by a molecule capable of inducing an immune response known as an antigen, some of these cells become memory cells. As a result, the next time an individual is exposed to the same antigen, the immune system can destroy it quickly. This is known as immunity, which gave birth to the belief that if a foreign antigen is injected into someone, then that person is immune from future...

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ZUCKERBERG AND CHAN VOW TO DELETE DISEASES...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Scott Rosenberg Covering the Web since 1994. Backchannel. NewCo Daily. Wordyard.com. Say Everything. Dreaming in Code. Grist. Mediabugs. Salon. Berkeley, CA. Real person. yesterday4 min read Can $3 billion cure everything? “Cure all diseases” is a pretty grand ambition, but no one ever accused Mark Zuckerberg of thinking small. This lofty goal is the aim of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: a $3 billion effort to conquer all the ailments that plague our lives, beginning with a $600 million research center in San Francisco called the Biohub, organized as a joint effort among Stanford, UCSF and UC-Berkeley (The Verge). Big-buck philanthropic moonshots have a mixed track record: Zuckerberg himself stumbled earlier in his career when he pumped $100 million into Newark’s schools without thinking things through carefully enough. Older and perhaps wiser, Zuckerberg this...

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THE BILL OF RIGHTS IS HANGING BY A THREAD IN LOUISIANA...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] PUBLIC DEFENDERS The law is supposed to be our protector, not our enemy. Getty By Charles P. Pierce Since I suspect a lot of us will be talking about the inequities of the American criminal justice system (again) on Thursday—those of us who do not teach a section of Law 301: Elements of Vigilantism at respected law schools, anyway—it’s a good time to drop by the good folks at The Marshall Project to see what they’ve been up to these days. First, though, let’s revisit Gideon v. Wainwright, the 1963 landmark case in which the Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment requires the states to provide counsel to indigent defendants regardless of the offense for which those defendants have been charged. Along with Miranda, which was decided three years later, Gideon was...

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WILL THE LEFT SURVIVE THE MILLENNIALS?...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By LIONEL SHRIVER NYTIMES Photo Credit Benoit Tardif Midway through my opening address for the Brisbane Writers Festival earlier this month, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a Sudanese-born Australian engineer and 25-year-old memoirist, walked out. Her indignant comments about the event might have sunk into obscurity, along with my speech, had they not been republished by The Guardian. Twenty minutes in, this audience member apparently turned to her mother: “ ‘Mama, I can’t sit here,’ I said, the corners of my mouth dragging downwards. ‘I cannot legitimize this.’ ” She continued: “The faces around me blurred. As my heels thudded against the grey plastic of the flooring, harmonizing with the beat of the adrenaline pumping through my veins, my mind was blank save for one question. ‘How is this happening?’ ” I’m asking the same thing....

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What’s 11,000 Times Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat?...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Hint: when you stop at a gas station, the grossest thing may not be the bathroom. By Larry Schwartz / AlterNet Photo Credit: Phovoir / Shutterstock America is a gas-guzzling, car-obsessed, open-road nation. Few things appeal to Americans more than a (traffic-free, ideally) leisurely drive to a fun, kick-back-your-heels destination, all the while enjoying the passing scenery. Of course, in order to achieve this bucolic vision of paradise, we need to fuel up the car, and in order to do that, we have to stop at the gas station. A study by Kimberly-Clark in 2015 investigating bacterial hot spots in the workplace fingered gas pumps as one of the unhealthiest things you can handle, and a new survey recently corroborates those findings. Admittedly, it’s probably no great surprise that gas pumps are not...

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Republican Presidents Are a Disaster for the Economy...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Labor Democratic presidents presided over higher stock market returns and corporate profits, greater compensation growth and productivity increases. By Leo Gerard / AlterNet US president Ronald Reagan personally apologized to then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher after US troops in 1983 secretly invaded Grenada, a Commonwealth island state in the Caribbean, according to newly-released tapes Nine years after the Great Recession began during the tax- and regulation-slashing Bush administration, some startlingly good economic news arrived from Washington, D.C., last week. The incomes of typical Americans rose in 2015 by 5.2 percent, the first significant boost to middle-class pay since the end of the Great Recession, and the largest, in percentage terms, ever recorded by the Census Bureau. In addition, the poverty rate fell 1.2 percentage points, the steepest decline since 1968.  Also smaller...

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Did the EPA and CDC Mislead Local and State Officials and the Public on Safety of Mosquito Pesticides Used to Fight Zika Virus?...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Naled, an insecticide being used in community mosquito spraying in the U.S., was banned by the EU in 2012 due to “unacceptable risk.” Beyond Pesticides Bangkok, Thailand – January 31, 2016 : Unidentified people fogging DDT spray kill mosquito for control Malaria, Encephalitis, Dengue and Zika in village at Bangkok Thailand. Photo Credit: PongMoji / Shutterstock.com Beyond Pesticides has urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately alert local and state mosquito control officials, elected officials, and the public throughout the U.S. to the fact that EPA’s key data reviews on the safety of widely used mosquito control pesticides, including naled and synthetic pyrethroids, are outdated and incomplete and the scientific literature raises safety concerns. In a letter to EPA, Beyond Pesticides said, “As local and state officials implement mosquito abatement programs to address the Zika...

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‘A Five-Alarm Threat to Our Food Supply’: Experts Describe Bayer-Monsanto Merger...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food A scary future for farmers around the world. By Katherine Paul / AlterNet NEW YORK CITY – MAY 23 2015: environmental activists joined a global day out against Monsanto’s GMO programs & demanding that foods be labeled. Photo Credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com It’s been about a week since Monsanto and Bayer confirmed their intention to say “I do”—ample time for media, lawmakers, consumer and farmer advocacy groups, and of course the happy couple themselves, to weigh in on the pros and cons. Reactions poured in from all the usual suspects. Groups like the Farmers Union, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth and others didn’t mince words when it came to condemning the deal. (Organic Consumers Association tagged it a “Marriage Made in Hell” back in May, pre-announcement, when the two mega-corporations were still...

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THE BIGGEST THING A PRESIDENT’S EVER DONE ON CLIMATE IS IN THE HANDS OF 10 JUDGES...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Revisit the history before the Clean Power Plan goes to court. CLIMATE PROGRESS Mountains of coal; wind turbine. CREDIT: FLICKR USER WACKELIJMROOSTER The Obama administration’s biggest action to cut carbon emissions from the power sector will get its biggest test next Tuesday when the full en banc D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. The case will decide whether the EPA violated the law when it finalized its carbon rule — the Clean Power Plan — to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector under the Clean Air Act. This is a significant case, and the D.C. Circuit took the somewhat unprecedented step of having the full court (that’s what en banc means) hear the case instead of the court’s normal three-judge panel — previously scheduled for a hearing last June. This signifies both...

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AUTISM RATES IN CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS JUMPED AS MUCH AS 17% AMONG KINDERGARTNERS SINCE MANDATORY VACCINE BILL WAS SIGNED...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Yelena Sukhoterina ALTHEALTHWORKS.COM   Autism rates in the US have been rising since the 1980s. In 1985 autism prevalence was 1 in 2,500, ten years later it jumped to 1 in 500, and today it is an astonishing 1 in 68 children. More and more researchers and doctors are raising red flags as they see more evidence that this epidemic is related not only to environmental, food, and water toxins, but specifically to those in vaccinations. In 1995, the immunization schedule for children had 19 vaccinations before the age of 16. In 2001, that number is now 28 before the age of 18. Following the 2016 schedule, a child can receive up to 72 vaccinations if they have all the doses of the vaccines, all the boosters, and a double-dose of the annual flu shot...

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DR. RUSSELL BLAYLOCK WARNS: DON’T GET FLU SHOT — IT PROMOTES ALTZHEIMERS...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Sylvia Booth Hubbard NewsMax Health The government is ratcheting up its efforts to convince Americans to get flu shots. “You can’t walk into a pharmacy without seeing lines, and the government is now telling preachers to tell their congregations to get flu shots,” says Dr. Russell Blaylock, renowned neurosurgeon and editor of the Blaylock Wellness Report. “I’ve never seen anything like it. The incidence of flu across the United States is extremely low — there are virtually no outbreaks — and not a single child has died. Yet, the flu vaccine is being pushed as if it’s the greatest health advance ever discovered. “The vaccine is completely worthless, and the government knows it,” says Dr. Blaylock. “There are three reasons the government tells the elderly why they should get flu shots: secondary...

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CRUCIAL EVIDENCE FOR VACCINE SAFETY IS MISSING – THE GIANT HAS BEEN SLEEPING...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By : The Refusers | David Denton Davis MD, a graduate from The George Washington University School of Medicine, a Charter Member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is the author of Dancing Cats Silent Canaries, a story about his career and his viewpoints about what parents can do to lessen the risks of their babies succumbing to the epidemics of SIDS and Autism. While writing my book, I came to the realization that I have been part of what might be described as a sleeping giant—an organization known as the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). In drawing this analogy, I believe it is fair to say a significant percentage of parents with sick infants seek immediate medical care at sites other than their primary care locations. Many of these infants...

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STUDIES PROVE WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT UNVACCINATED CHILDREN ARE HEALTHIER THAN THEIR VACCINATED PEERS...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   As doctors, parents and concerned citizens we consistently strive to do what is best for the children in our lives. As of late, with the passage of SB277 in California, the mainstream media has been trying to convince everyone that the vaccinated child is some how a healthier individual and lives a more “disease” free life versus their unvaccinated counterpoint. But, is this the truth? A 20 year old study from the 1990’s has recently surfaced that compares unvaccinated children to vaccinated children. The study concludes that those who were vaccinated were more likely to suffer from the following illnesses: asthma eczema ear infections hyperactivity and many other chronic conditions. There was a 10-fold increase in cases of tonsillitis in the children who were vaccinated and a 100% absence of tonsillitis in those unvaccinated....

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State of Emergency: Charlotte NAACP & Protesters Demand Police Release Video of Keith Scott Shooting...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] News & Politics Violence erupted on the second night of protests in Charlotte following the fatal police shooting of 43-year-old African-American Keith Lamont Scott. By Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!  via alternet Photo Credit: Screen Capture / Democracy Now! North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte, where protests continued for a second night after Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of 43-year-old African American Keith Lamont Scott, the father of seven children. Police say Scott “posed an imminent deadly threat,” but Scott’s family says he was unarmed. We are joined by Corine Mack, president of theNAACP Charlotte-Mecklenburg Branch, and Bree Newsome, Charlotte-based artist and activist. They both call for the release of the police video of Scott’s killing. “There has to be transparency,” Newsome says. “This distrust...

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Did the EPA and CDC Mislead Local and State Officials and the Public on Safety of Mosquito Pesticides Used to Fight Zika Virus?...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Naled, an insecticide being used in community mosquito spraying in the U.S., was banned by the EU in 2012 due to “unacceptable risk.” Beyond Pesticides Bangkok, Thailand – January 31, 2016 : Unidentified people fogging DDT spray kill mosquito for control Malaria, Encephalitis, Dengue and Zika in village at Bangkok Thailand. Photo Credit: PongMoji / Shutterstock.com Beyond Pesticides has urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately alert local and state mosquito control officials, elected officials, and the public throughout the U.S. to the fact that EPA’s key data reviews on the safety of widely used mosquito control pesticides, including naled and synthetic pyrethroids, are outdated and incomplete and the scientific literature raises safety concerns. In a letter to EPA, Beyond Pesticides said, “As local and state officials implement mosquito abatement programs to address the Zika...

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Dalai Lama Gives Hilarious Trump Impression When Asked to Weigh in on U.S. Presidential Election...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Election 2016 The whole world is watching. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet   Photo Credit: Daily Mail / Twitter Trump’s presidential bid has reached a new height of intrigue worldwide. In fact, even the Dalai Lama is now mocking the U.S. presidential election, specifically Donald Trump. During an interview with Piers Morgan this week, the spiritual leader performed an unexpected, but spot-on impersonation of the 70-year-old American billionaire. “Donald Trump, he’s a very controversial character; have you met Donald Trump?” Morgan asked the famous Buddhist. “Never,” the Dalai Lama said, although he’s willing to visit Trump in the White House, should the nominee become president and invite him. The 81-year-old spiritual leader then proceeded to poke fun at the GOP nominee’s hair and “small” mouth. The Dalai Lama also discussed the current refugee crisis as...

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ASLA LAUNCHES GUIDE TO RESILIENT DESIGN...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT     BY Jared Green Resilient design / ASLA A new online guide launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) explains how communities can better protect themselves from natural disasters through resilient landscape planning and design. According to the guide, the goal of resilient landscape planning and design is to retrofit communities to recover more quickly from extreme events, now and in the future. In an era when disasters can cause traditional, built systems to fail, adaptive, multilayered systems can maintain their vital functions and are often the more cost-effective and practical solutions. The guide is organized around disruptive events that communities now experience: drought, extreme heat, fire, flooding, and landslides. Biodiversity loss is an underlying threat also explored. The guide includes hundreds of case studies and resources demonstrating multi-benefit...

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THE SEC IS REPORTEDLY INVESTIGATING EXXON...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Samantha Page Climate Reporter at @ThinkProgress. The fraud case against the oil and gas giant just went federal. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/LM OTERO The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is reportedly investigating Exxon on allegations that the company is not accounting for the longterm risks of climate change. According to multiple reports, Exxon might not be accurately valuing its assets during the current spate of low oil prices or, in the longer term, in the face of climate change disruptions and decreased fossil fuel use. It is illegal to misrepresent financial information, including asset values, to shareholders. “This is a remarkably important development” — Bill McKibben, 350.org According to the Wall Street Journal, the SEC requested information in August from Exxon and its auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. The agency has also been reviewing documents received during the New York attorney...

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BATTLING MOTHER NATURE: Why New York probably won’t abandon its waterfront in the face of climate change...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The city can’t surrender its waterfront. But it will have to do something to make it storm-proof. Ben Adler, Grist   FILE – This Dec. 4, 2012, file photo shows the ruins of Breezy Point in the Queens borough of New York where fire burned 130 houses during Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)(Credit: AP) This post initially appeared on Grist Even under the best-case scenarios for climate change, much of New York City will be under water in 100 years. The city would be smart to retreat from its waterfront, according to experts quoted in a recent alarming feature article in New York magazine. But should the city really abandon its coastlines? And, given current political realities, how could it even do so? The article, written by Andrew Rice, suggests that waterfront...

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