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Exposing the propaganda: The New Yorker's fake Browder story

Exposing the propaganda: The New Yorker's fake Browder story

How do you get credibility for a story that is mostly lies? You throw in a few negatives about the person you are going to white-wash. Then you repeat all his unproved assertions as if they were fact. And you don't bother to provide evidence. And you ignore the major story you ought to be telling: how conman William Browder got western governments and media to block the Russians from collecting some $70 million he owes on taxes and illicit stock buys. And how that helped provoke ColdWar 2.0. Joshua Yaffa's article about William Browder in the current New Yorker is a classic. Whatever happened to the New Yorker's famed fact-checkers? First, the agenda is in the subhead "why the West should confront Putin." Yaffa is a fellow at the neocon New America think tank. So, the purpose of the article is not to shed light on Browder's story, it is to build hostility to Russia. Let's go through his article.

Modicare: India to introduce free health care for 500 million people

Modicare: India to introduce free health care for 500 million people

The Indian government will pay for health care for around 500 million of its poorest citizens, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi declaring that the country can reach its potential only with a healthy population. During a speech to mark the country's independence day on Wednesday, Modi said, "It is essential to ensure that we free the poor of India from the clutches of poverty due to which they cannot afford health care," The Times of India reported. The National Health Protection Mission-also known as "Modicare"-will give impoverished families health insurance coverage of up to $7,100 every year. This may not seem a lot by American standards, but in a country where the annual per capita income is just over $1,900, it will make a massive difference to those who cannot afford private treatment. Public hospitals in India offer free, but less sophisticated, care. The system is strained to the point of collapse, with hospitals struggling to secure enough beds and staff to care for the sick. The lack of access for rural communities-where 66 percent of Indians live-forces people to travel many hours to reach urban facilities if they want treatment. This means the private medical sector cares for the majority of India's patients and charges them accordingly.

The Knowledge Systems of Indigenous Australians: Aboriginal traditions describe the complex motions of planets, the 'wandering stars' of the sky

The Knowledge Systems of Indigenous Australians: Aboriginal traditions describe the complex motions of planets, the 'wandering stars' of the sky

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this story may contain images and voices of people who have died. The five planets we can see by naked eye were known to the ancient Greeks as "asteres planetai", meaning "wandering stars", due to their wandering journey across the sky relative to the fixed stars. This is where we get the word "planet". But knowledge of the planets and their movements goes back much further, being prominent in the traditions of the oldest continuing cultures in the world. Recent research reveals a wealth of information about the planets and their complex motions in the Knowledge Systems of Indigenous Australians.

Man fatally hit by lightning on Long Island, New York

Man fatally hit by lightning on Long Island, New York

A 32-year-old man has died after being struck by lightning Saturday on Long Island. The New York State parks department said the man was struck around 6:50 p.m. in Field No. 3 at Sunken Meadow State Park. The victim, of South Richmond Hill, Queens, was taken to St. Catherine's Hospital in Smithtown, where he was pronounced dead. His name has not been released. Earlier this month, three other men were struck by lightning in Queens - two at Flushing-Meadows Corona Park and one in South Jamaica.

Lombok in Indonesia struck by 6.9 magnitude earthquake HOURS after first 6.3 quake caused landslides

Lombok in Indonesia struck by 6.9 magnitude earthquake HOURS after first 6.3 quake caused landslides

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake has hit to the northeast of the Indonesian island of Lombok. The US Geological Survey had originally measured the quake at magnitude 7.2 but has revised that figure and says it hit near to the island at a depth of 20 kilometres. It comes just hours after a 6.3 earthquake caused landslides and damage to houses on the popular holiday island. Video shot by the Indonesian Red Cross showed huge clouds of dust billowing from the mountain's slopes after the earlier tremors struck.

Iran mulls over 'solutions' to sell oil bypassing US sanctions

Iran mulls over 'solutions' to sell oil bypassing US sanctions

The EU previously pledged to resist US sanctions on Tehran by implementing legislation allowing European businesses not to comply with restrictive US measures against the Islamic Republic, introduced after Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Iran's Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has expressed hope that "European countries can meet their commitments" under the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

NY governor Andrew Cuomo's back-peddle: 'America has always been great'

NY governor Andrew Cuomo's back-peddle: 'America has always been great'

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo walked back his claim that the United States "was never that great" in a Friday conference call, describing the comments as "inartful" and asserting that he believes the opposite of what he said. The embattled New York state Governor has faced mass public backlash after deriding President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" message. "We're not going to make America great again," he said during a speech in New York City. "It was never that great." "The expression I used the other day was inartful, so I want to be very clear," Cuomo told press on Friday's call. "Of course America is great, and of course America has always been great."

NSA broke encryption on numerous 'high potential' VPN's, including Al Jazeera, Iraqi military and airlines

NSA broke encryption on numerous 'high potential' VPN's, including Al Jazeera, Iraqi military and airlines

The National Security Agency successfully broke the encryption on a number of "high potential" virtual private networks, including those of media organization Al Jazeera, the Iraqi military and internet service organizations, and a number of airline reservation systems, according to a March 2006 NSA document. A virtual private network, or VPN, uses an encrypted connection to enable users to go over the internet and connect to a private network, such as a corporate intranet. This allows an organization's staff to access internal services like file-sharing servers or private wikis without having to physically be in the office. The NSA's ability to crack into sensitive VPNs belonging to large organizations, all the way back in 2006, raises broader questions about the security of such networks. Many consumers pay for access to VPNs in order to mask the origin of their internet traffic from the sites they visit, hide their surfing habits from their internet service providers, and to protect against eavesdroppers on public Wi-Fi networks.

BEST OF THE WEB: U.S. media's application of its collective voice reveals a tragic truth about the US

BEST OF THE WEB: U.S. media's application of its collective voice reveals a tragic truth about the US

August 16, 2018 will be remembered as the day there was a collective awakening by America's media that there was something intrinsically and morally and constitutionally wrong with not just the functioning of the President of the United States - but with America itself. In response to an August 10 appeal from the Boston Globe to newspaper editorial boards around the country to write and publish their thoughts on Trump's "dirty war against the free press," more than 300 newspapers responded yesterday. The Globe's own editorial yesterday contained one of the most poignant phrases, stating that the President tosses out lies about the media "much like an old-time charlatan threw out 'magic' dust or water on a hopeful crowd." You can read the coast-to-coast outpouring of editorials on what a free press means to democracy here.

Top ten holes in the UK govt's official Salisbury narrative: #1 - The motive

Top ten holes in the UK govt's official Salisbury narrative: #1 - The motive

When I began writing about the Skripal case, I was moved to do so by three main considerations. Firstly, I really am passionate for the truth, and whatever the truth happens to be in this case, I strongly desire it to be made manifest. It was clear to me fairly early on that this was not happening. Secondly, I am also very passionate about concepts such as the rule of law, innocent until proven guilty, and the apparently quaint notion that investigations should precede verdicts, rather than the other way around. And so when I saw accusations being made before the investigation had hardly begun, verdicts being reached before the facts were established, I was appalled - appalled that this was happening in what we British pride ourselves is the Mother of Parliaments, and equally appalled that this meant the investigation was inevitably prejudiced and - pardon the expression - poisoned from the off. Thirdly, the incident happened to have taken place pretty much on my doorstep, which made it of even more interest to me. Nothing I have seen in the intervening time has persuaded me that my initial impressions were wrong. In fact, the whiff of rodent I first detected has only become stronger as time has gone on and the case has become - frankly - farcical. Not only that, but the reaction to the case has been simply incredible. For instance, the United States expelled 60 diplomats back in March, and more recently they have effectively declared economic war on the Russian Federation - all in response to unproven and inconsistent assertions of a botched assassination attempt against an old spy in a quiet Wiltshire City. Such a response ought to raise the suspicions of any sentient being that all is not what it appears.

Afghan President Ghani proposes three-month ceasefire with Taliban

Afghan President Ghani proposes three-month ceasefire with Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called a "conditional" cease-fire with the Taliban to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday. The cease-fire will commence on August 20 and run for three months, Ghani said during an Afghan Independence Day ceremony on August 19. "We announce a ceasefire that would take effect from tomorrow, the day of Arafa, until the day of the birth of the prophet [November 19], provided that the Taliban reciprocate," Ghani said. He did not say whether Taliban authorities had agreed to the cease-fire.

Germany is planning to return some migrants to Greece

Germany is planning to return some migrants to Greece

Germany will soon send back migrants to Greece if they had already applied for asylum there. The two countries made the deal at the behest of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose coalition government is on shaky ground due to increased opposition to her immigration policies. "EU law states that refugees should apply for asylum in the first EU country they reach, but Germany has typically allowed newcomers with open applications elsewhere to reside in the country as it examines their claim," reported the Wall Street Journal. "In practice, very few ever leave Germany, even if they fail to obtain asylum there." Germany's policy contradicts claims that the migrants are "war refugees," because if that were the case, they'd seek asylum at the nearest, non-wartorn country. In fact, many of the migrants travel across multiple European countries, including Greece, to seek asylum in Germany, which under Merkel has offered comprehensive welfare to migrants.

Facebook censors conservative education site, then claims it was a 'mistake' when confronted

Facebook censors conservative education site, then claims it was a 'mistake' when confronted

Facebook says it had mistakenly deleted videos and limited the reach of US conservative educational organization PragerU. The content has now been restored, but PragerU supporters don't think it was an accident. PragerU (short for Prager University, after its founder Dennis Prager) says nine of its posts reached none of its three million-odd followers, and at least two videos were deleted for "hate speech," in what many conservatives see as part of Facebook's ongoing censorship campaign. Facebook has now apologized and restored the content, but has offered no explanation beyond "we're looking into it."

Right, left-wing groups face off in fiery public confrontations in Boston and Seattle

Right, left-wing groups face off in fiery public confrontations in Boston and Seattle

The right and the left have faced off in Boston and Seattle, the latest of vitriolic protests between the opposing groups. The showdown comes a week after thousands rallied in the US capital to oppose a white supremacist protest. Seattle Hundreds of opposing demonstrators gathered in Seattle's downtown area with police separating the raging crowds with metal barriers. The right-wing groups Washington 3 Percenters and Patriot Prayer rallied against the US government's push to launch a gun-control initiative that would see the age in Washington state raised for those purchasing semi-automatic weapons from 18 to 21 and expand the background checks for those buying semi-automatic rifles.

Trump blasts ex-CIA chief Brennan as 'political hack who cannot be trusted'

Trump blasts ex-CIA chief Brennan as 'political hack who cannot be trusted'

US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to speak about former CIA Director John Brennan three days after he revoked the latter's security clearance. "Has anyone looked at the mistakes that John Brennan made while serving as CIA Director? He will go down as easily the WORST in history & since getting out, he has become nothing less than a loudmouth, partisan, political hack who cannot be trusted with the secrets to our country!" Trump stated on his Twitter account. Trump bashed John Brennan days after the latter's security clearance was revoked. Speaking about the move, Brennan called it a politically motivated decision, taken by Trump in order to silence others as the president becomes more desperate to protect himself.

Ancient Christian village in occupied West Bank struggles to survive as Israelis prepare for another land grab

Ancient Christian village in occupied West Bank struggles to survive as Israelis prepare for another land grab

Nestled in the hilltops of the central occupied West Bank, an ancient Palestinian Christian village is gearing up for a fight against the Israeli occupation that it has all too much experience with. In late July, the village of Aboud, whose existence dates back two millennia, was handed an order by Israeli authorities confiscating some 324 dunums (80 acres) of land shared by Aboud and its neighboring village al-Lubban al-Gharbiya. Israeli authorities confiscated the land under the pretext that it would be used to build an Israeli-only road between the two illegal settlements of Beit Arye and Ofarim - both of which are built on the lands of Aboud. The villagers however, insist that this time, it is not an ordinary tale of land confiscation - something they have been subject to for decades. "There is already a road that exists between the settlements, so they are lying to us when they say they are taking the land for this purpose," 70-year-old Abdullah Sharqawi, a resident of Aboud, told Mondoweiss.

Italy arrests three men accused of fighting for Donbass against Ukrainian aggression

Italy arrests three men accused of fighting for Donbass against Ukrainian aggression

For years they traveled with ease from Italy to take part in the Russia-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine. Many boasted of their martial exploits on social media and in videos, often decked out in camouflage fatigues and brandishing weapons. Comment: Good for them. The more help the Donbass gets the better. They're the ones fighting actual Nazis, after all. And for years, authorities in Italy largely turned a blind eye, failing to stop these mercenaries despite protests and complaints from officials and others in Kyiv. Comment: And yet authorities around the Western world still turn a blind eye to every other fact of the Ukraine civil war: that it was a U.S.-backed coup, that it was and is supported by actual Banderite Nazis, that Ukraine isn't implementing any of its requirements under the Minsk agreements, that Ukraine has tortured and murdered civilians, and that foreign mercenaries fight for Kiev, too. Sound fair? Until now. On August 1, Italian police announced they had arrested three men accused of recruiting mercenaries to fight in eastern Ukraine. Three others are still being sought after prosecutors in the northern Italian city of Genoa accused the six of fighting in eastern Ukraine and recruiting others to the cause. It was the first time that Italian authorities have charged anyone with fighting in eastern Ukraine, where more than 10,300 people have died since the conflict erupted in April 2014.

E-cig vapor disables key immune cells in the lung and increases inflammation

E-cig vapor disables key immune cells in the lung and increases inflammation

E-cigarette vapour boosts the production of inflammatory chemicals and disables key protective cells in the lung that keep the air spaces clear of potentially harmful particles, reveals a small experimental study, published online in the journal Thorax. The vapour impairs the activity of alveolar macrophages, which engulf and remove dust particles, bacteria, and allergens that have evaded the other mechanical defences of the respiratory tract. The findings prompt the researchers to suggest that while further research is needed to better understand the long term health impact of vaping on people, e-cigarettes may be more harmful than we think, as some of the effects were similar to those seen in regular smokers and people with chronic lung disease. Vaping is increasing in popularity, but most of the current body of research has focused on the chemical composition of e-cigarette liquid before it is vaped.

179 dead seals recorded along southern Maine coast since July 1

179 dead seals recorded along southern Maine coast since July 1

Scientists say it could take at least a week to get answers about what's causing dead seals to wash up on Southern Maine beaches. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, 179 were reported since July 1, 114 of those in August alone. That's three times the average for the entire month of August. "These numbers are obviously very concerning," said Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Goebel. Goebel said 73 other seals have been stranded on shore alive. "We're seeing these seals come in with poor body condition and they're having signs of lethargy and coughing and sneezing, so we're thinking of the possibilty is that it could be either avian influenza or the phocine distemper virus," Goebel said.

Accused 'foreign agent' Butina moved to another jail, now in 'borderline torture' conditions

Accused 'foreign agent' Butina moved to another jail, now in 'borderline torture' conditions

Maria Butina, the Russian gun activist jailed in the US on charges of being an unregistered "foreign agent," has been moved to a different prison without warning. The Russian embassy says her new conditions border on torture. The Russian embassy in the US, which has been closely following Butina's case, says she was transferred from her Washington jail handcuffed, without warning or explanation for the move. Before the move, Butina was subjected to a "degrading full strip search," and all her things were taken away, including books, shoes, towels and other hygiene items. Butina was moved to a prison in Alexandria, Virginia, and spent the next 12 hours in a quarantine cell with no food and all the lights on, unable to sleep. She will now be kept in "administrative segregation,"which means locked up in solitary confinement - conditions bordering on torture, the embassy says.

Text of Trump letter delivered by Rand Paul to Putin leaked

Text of Trump letter delivered by Rand Paul to Putin leaked

The Gateway Pundit has obtained a copy of the letter that President Donald Trump gave Senator Rand Paul to give to Vladimir Putin. Senator Rand Paul delivered the letter to the Kremlin last week during his trip to Moscow. The letter, penned on August 1, begins with "Dear President Putin," but has "President Putin" crossed out with thick black marker and "Vladimir" written over it by President Trump to make it more personal. It states that he enjoyed the meeting and looks forward to the next one in DC after the New Year. "It remains my view that it is vital for us to engage and to aim at improving relations between our countries," the letter states. The official letter continues on to introduce Senator Paul, noting that he is a member of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a voice for expanding dialogue with the Russian Federation. The President explained that he was going to be in Moscow from August 5th to August 8th. The president wrote that Senator Paul would like the opportunity to meet with Putin so that they could discuss several topics that the senator is interested in such as "legislative exchanges, parliamentary dialogue, cultural and educational exchange programs, increased counter-terrorism co-operation, building on recent successes like the disruption of the St. Petersburg plot and resolution of the military conflicts in Syria and Ukraine." The letter is signed, "Best Wishes, Donald."

Dead whale found on coast of Greenspond, Newfoundland

Dead whale found on coast of Greenspond, Newfoundland

A dead whale has washed up on the rocks near in Greenspond, close to the small island's causeway. Josephine Kelly-Janes, who has a summer home on the island in Bonavista Bay, said she heard about the whale on Saturday morning and drove down to have a look. "We put the windows down and the smell was so rancid, we had to put them back up," she said. The body of the marine animal seems to be stuck on the rocks, she said. "The only way he will move from there is if the wind changes, and it's a mighty that would have to take [it]."

Iran deal, Syrian crisis and Nord Stream 2: Putin, Merkel find common ground on tough intl issues

Iran deal, Syrian crisis and Nord Stream 2: Putin, Merkel find common ground on tough intl issues

The Iran nuclear deal, which was recently ditched by the US, humanitarian efforts in war-ravaged Syria, and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project... Putin and Merkel hold three-hour talks and are mostly on the same page. The surprise visit announced earlier this week between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin took place in Meseberg Palace, 65km north of Berlin, on Saturday afternoon. Putin arrived in the 18th-century palace shortly after attending the wedding of Austrian FM Karin Kneissl. Both Russia and Germany have been affected by US tariffs, while Moscow has also been hit by sanctions. As rifts with Washington grow, the two leaders found some common ground in their detailed three-hour talks.

South African winemaker concerned land seizures could be 'disastrous' for industry & economy

South African winemaker concerned land seizures could be 'disastrous' for industry & economy

Land expropriation in South Africa is touching almost all spheres of business in the country, and wine making is no exception. RT has talked to a South African wine producer concerned about the land seizures. At the moment, South African wineries are not a subject to land redistribution, where a white minority reportedly still owns almost three quarters of the land - almost a quarter century after the end of apartheid. "There is no historic 'land ownership' that was taken away in the winelands area. But if the constitution is amended, it might as well happen. It can go both ways. For now we believe in the law as is, and continue investing," Josef Dreyer, winemaker at RAKA wines told RT. However, there is uncertainty looming over the vineyards, and it hardly adds to confidence in this business, said Dreyer. If land expropriation hits winemakers, the effect would be 'disastrous' for the industry, he warns.

Man mauled to death by pack of 4 dogs in Jamaica

Man mauled to death by pack of 4 dogs in Jamaica

On July 21 Latoya Cole and her family members were to celebrate a special occasion, but tragedy struck in the wee hours of the morning, casting a dark shadow on a day that would have otherwise been filled with congratulatory smiles and well wishes. As Cole's older sister Marsha prepared to walk down the aisle, news came that their 66-year-old father, Whittington, had been rushed to Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine. He had been ripped apart by at least four pit bulls and Rottweilers and was bleeding profusely. Hours later, he died. Cole, who spoke with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, said Whittington often walked when he was unable to sleep. He was doing this when the dogs attacked him. "At 12:45 am he was walking in the community of Hampton Green. I can only assume that he was walking back home or walking out of the scheme when dogs attacked him. The doctors told me he said four dogs attacked him," Cole said. The attack, she said, occurred at the intersection of Grant's Crescent and Locksley Avenue.

VIDEO shows Putin dancing with Austrian FM, delivering toast in German honoring the newlyweds

VIDEO shows Putin dancing with Austrian FM, delivering toast in German honoring the newlyweds

Vladimir Putin was filmed showing off his language skills and dancing at the Austrian FM's wedding. The happy couple and their guests also enjoyed a performance of the Kuban Cossack Choir, which the Russian leader brought along. The video shows Russian President Vladimir Putin arriving with a big bouquet and then dancing to a cheerful piano tune with Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl. The two smile and enjoy themselves as guests take photos and film them on their phones. Kneissl and Putin certainly didn't forget about etiquette. The foreign minister, dressed for the occasion in a beige dirndl - a traditional alpine dress - ended the dance with a curtsy, while Putin responded with a bow. Kneissl, 53, tied the knot with businessman Wolfgang Meilinger, 54, on Saturday in a vineyard in the picturesque town of Gamlitz.

Berlin is interested in implementing Russia's refugee initiative

Berlin is interested in implementing Russia's refugee initiative

The expert said that the German chancellor showed interest in the Russian initiative concerning the return of Syrian refugees and the two leaders thoroughly discussed it Berlin is interested in Moscow's initiative concerning the return of Syrian refugees to their home country, it was a focus of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Vice President of the Center for Political Technologies Alexey Makarkin told TASS on Sunday. "The German chancellor, who recently had difficulties in overcoming a domestic political crisis over the migrant issue, showed interest in the Russian initiative concerning the return of Syrian refugees and I think that the two leaders thoroughly discussed it," he said. However, in Makarkin's view, all refugees, particularly those who have already settled down in Europe, are unlikely to be willing to return to Syria. "But I think that this initiative will help members of the Syrian middle class return home, as they fled from the country for fear that Bashar al-Assad's government may fall," the analyst added.

Monsanto woes stack up as Bayer stock keeps falling

Monsanto woes stack up as Bayer stock keeps falling

Bayer stock continues to slide in the wake of last week's bombshell verdict on the carcinogenic nature of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller. Bayer bought Monsanto earlier this year for $63 billion. Roundup's active ingredient is a herbicide called glyphosate, which a jury last week decided was responsible for the cancer of former groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson-a verdict that quickly lopped 10% off Bayer's share price. Glyphosate's responsibility for causing cancer is a deeply contentious issue. The World Health Organization thinks the substance is dangerous. However, the European Union decided in 2015 that it is not carcinogenic, the Environmental Protection Agency said last year that it probably doesn't cause cancer, and Bayer continues to argue that its newly acquired product is safe-it's appealing the Johnson ruling.

Rashida Tlaib repudiates key positions of Liberal Zionist organization, J Street

Rashida Tlaib repudiates key positions of Liberal Zionist organization, J Street

This comes after days of controversy and questions about the political commitments required to secure the support of the liberal Zionist organization. Rashida Tlaib has repudiated key positions of the Israel lobby group J Street, which endorsed her during her winning Democratic primary campaign for Michigan's 13th congressional district. This comes after days of controversy and questions about the political commitments required to secure the support of the liberal Zionist organization. In an interview with In These Times on Tuesday, Tlaib was asked about questions this writer raised concerning the Palestinian American politician's alignment with J Street.

Phytoplankton bloom: Lava that destroys on land spurs new life at sea

Phytoplankton bloom: Lava that destroys on land spurs new life at sea

The Big Island's lava-spewing volcano has torched neighborhoods, choked vegetation and desiccated a lake. But in the open ocean, scientists are finding surprising new evidence that Kilauea's apocalyptic ooze is breathing new life into the sea. Phytoplankton blooming off the coast of Puna has grown so dense since the onset of the Lower East Rift Zone eruption that it can be seen from outer space. Discovered by satellite, this floating algae plume is born of the swift rivers of mineral-rich lava draining into the ocean since May.

Foods with healing cannabinoids

Foods with healing cannabinoids

You can still benefit from the same cannabinoids that give the cannabis plant its medicinal properties, without consuming cannabis. There are several foods rich in cannabinoids that benefit the body's endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for helping the body maintain internal balance, also called homeostasis. Foods that support the function of the endocannabinoid system are pivotal to overall health and well-being. Here are five foods that contain healing cannabinoids and offer therapeutic benefits similar to cannabis.

Alzheimer's drugs are neurotoxicants: How poisoning has become the new standard of care

Alzheimer's drugs are neurotoxicants: How poisoning has become the new standard of care

What does the 4 billion dollar a year blockbuster Alzheimer's drug donepezil (trade name Aricept) have in common with insecticides, chemical weapons and venom? Quite a lot more than consumers taking them have been lead to believe. As a member of the chemical class known as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors donepezil interferes with the cholinesterase enzyme, preventing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from breaking down, resulting in an increase in both its levels and duration of action. While this can result in a temporary increase in memory, there is currently no definitive proof that use of donepezil or other similar agents slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Moreover, 21% of patients on this medication discontinue within 12 months due to serious adverse side effects

Mess to Meaning: From breakdown to breakthrough

Mess to Meaning: From breakdown to breakthrough

The stumble from grace You were feeling great! You decided to taper your antidepressant medication, did the Reset, reclaimed your body, took a red line marker to many of your former perspectives and beliefs on health, and you were loving all of the spiritual tropes parading across your Instagram feed, feeling super proud of the fact that you were at half your dose of Pristiq. Then something shifted. You binged on cookies, lost one, then two, then 8 days of meditation, and you had a potentially relationship-terminating "discussion" with your brother. Now you're what you used to call depressed. Again. You tell yourself you were an imposter to think you could ever break free. You question all of your gains. You question your ability to get off of meds. And you question who you are. I don't even know who I am or what I'm doing here! You sob. And you withdraw. You've had to let go of the rope, and now it's whipping around in front of you behind a boat that's getting smaller and smaller in the distance.

Global cooling: Summer snow recorded at Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

Global cooling: Summer snow recorded at Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

Ready or not, it's the time of year when we start talking about snow in Colorado's high country. Jake Miller snapped a picture Friday of the first snow of the season on the high peaks at A-Basin. The ski area even tweeted about it!

Rare August tornado strikes Jackson Metro, Mississippi

Rare August tornado strikes Jackson Metro, Mississippi

A rare August tornado touched down in the Jackson Metro on Friday Evening after 5PM. The tornado was rated an EF1 and tore through the northern suburbs of Madison and Ridgeland between I-55 and the Natchez Trace. Damage occurred to numerous homes in the Sandalwood Subdivision. Numerous homes had roof damage and many trees were flattened. At the Madison Airport, the tornado passed within yards of an official weather station. A wind gust of 97 mph was recorded as it moved by. August tornadoes are quite rare for Mississippi. Most tornadoes that touch down in August in Mississippi and Alabama are the result of tropical systems passing through the area, similar to last years Reform tornado on August 30th. But this tornado was the result of several outflow boundaries merging, causing ideal local conditions for a tornado to form. In fact, since 1985 this is only the 4th non-tropical tornado the National Weather Service in Jackson has surveyed.

Indonesia earthquake shakes Lombok AGAIN as island hit by 6.3 magnitude tremor after disaster killed 460

Indonesia earthquake shakes Lombok AGAIN as island hit by 6.3 magnitude tremor after disaster killed 460

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, sending people fleeing into the streets just two weeks after a quake which killed more than 460 people. The quake was centred west-southwest of Belanting town in East Lombok, the US Geological Survey said, at a relatively shallow depth of seven kilometres. Residents said the earthquake was felt strongly in East Lombok. "I was driving to deliver aid to evacuees when suddenly the electricity pole was swaying. I realised it was an earthquake. "People started to scream and cry. They all ran to the street," East Lombok resident Agus Salim told AFP news agency. The tremor was also felt in the island's capital Mataram and on the neighbouring resort island of Bali.

Vanessa Beeley: Now that focus is on Idlib, Syrian children are being robbed of their innocence to act as mouthpieces for US coalition proxies

Vanessa Beeley: Now that focus is on Idlib, Syrian children are being robbed of their innocence to act as mouthpieces for US coalition proxies

Syrian children are being callously exploited by the regime change war promoters and marketing agencies to sell a conflict that will inevitably lead to the deaths of more children. First there was Bana al-Abed, who, at only six-years-old, shot to fame depicting life under "Syrian and Russian bombs" in East Aleppo while ignoring the ravages of this enclave by the numerous US coalition-sponsored terrorist and extremist factions that included Al Nusra Front (Al Qaeda) and an assortment of client sectarian militants who collectively punished Syrian civilians in both East and West Aleppo for almost five years. Bana rose to prominence in the final months of the Syrian Arab Army campaign to finally liberate the Aleppo's eastern suburbs from extremist mafia gangs and criminal parasites armed by NATO member states and Gulf States and promoted by the Western media as "moderate rebels" while they crucified, executed, tortured, raped and generally abused the Syrian civilians who did not submit to their version of "democracy and freedom".

Trump has taken hard aim at Russiagate 'ringleader' Brennan - will the Deep State protect him?

Trump has taken hard aim at Russiagate 'ringleader' Brennan - will the Deep State protect him?

At war with current and former intelligence officials since before he was elected, Donald Trump on Wednesday moved to strip Barack Obama's CIA chief of his security clearance, though worse may be in store for John Brennan, says Ray McGovern. There's more than meets the eye to President Donald Trump's decision to revoke the security clearances that ex-CIA Director John Brennan enjoyed as a courtesy customarily afforded former directors. The President's move is the second major sign that Brennan is about to be hoisted on his own petard. It is one embroidered with rhetoric charging Trump with treason and, far more important, with documents now in the hands of congressional investigators showing Brennan's ringleader role in the so-far unsuccessful attempts to derail Trump both before and after the 2016 election. Brennan will fight hard to avoid being put on trial but will need united support from from his Deep State co-conspirators-a dubious proposition. One of Brennan's major concerns at this point has to be whether the "honor-among-thieves" ethos will prevail, or whether some or all of his former partners in crime will latch onto the opportunity to "confess" to investigators: "Brennan made me do it."

The CIA-run mainstream media is an enemy of the people

The CIA-run mainstream media is an enemy of the people

Deep State fabricates the fake narratives as the C.I.A. controls what media can and cannot report Make no mistake about it, "THE MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!" The Mainstream Media (MSM) has never been so up in arms and conspicuously enraged about anything as they are about this self-evident truth. They all know - every single journalist - that they cannot report the truth about anything. Factual reporting has been banished from the MSM; once that happened the press inevitably became "the enemy of the people". And every journalist knows in their bones that this is absolutely true. President Trump's Greatest Achievement to Date If Donald Trump were to leave office today, there's no question that his single greatest achievement would be the launching of the "fake news" meme. His nonstop warnings have become the clarion call to patriots and nationalists around the globe. Not only that, but Trump recently went one step further and dropped this truth bomb. BOMBSHELL: Trump Finally Tells The Forbidden Truth

Brazil: Thousands march and protest to register imprisoned Lula for presidential candidacy

Brazil: Thousands march and protest to register imprisoned Lula for presidential candidacy

Brazil's Superior Electoral Tribunal has until September 17 to determine the future of Lula's candidacy. Thousands of Brazilians marched Wednesday to the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to support the registration of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on behalf of the Workers' Party. Among those marching were the former Education Minister and Mayor of Sao Paulo Fernando Haddad, Lula's running mate. The event is a continuation of the Free Lula March, headed by the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) and other social organizations and movements, to demand Lula's freedom.

Wage gap: Pay for CEOs increases dramatically - while average workers get no significant raise

Wage gap: Pay for CEOs increases dramatically - while average workers get no significant raise

A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute shows that top managers are getting higher compensation every year, while their employees' salaries barely change. "In 2017 the average CEO of the 350 largest firms in the US received $18.9 million in compensation, a 17.6 percent increase over 2016. The typical worker's compensation remained flat, rising a mere 0.3 percent," the report said. "The 2017 CEO-to-worker compensation ratio of 312-to-1 was far greater than the 20-to-1 ratio in 1965 and more than five times greater than the 58-to-1 ratio in 1989." The difference between the compensations of CEOs and other very-high-wage earners is also growing, with CEOs of large companies earning 5.5 times more than the average earner in the top 0.1 percent.

Moscow's newest park brings all of Russia together - and it was designed by Americans

Moscow's newest park brings all of Russia together - and it was designed by Americans

"The park should describe the Russian soul," said Petr Kudryavtsev, gesturing broadly at the sloping, snow-covered landscape. "A place where you can hide and where you can also see everything around you." On an icy December day here, trees bare and frost-glazed, it wasn't at first apparent where you could hide in Zaryadye Park, Moscow's first new green space in 50 years, designed by the American architects Diller Scofidio & Renfro, and one of the most ambitious and expensive architectural projects in Russia in decades. But Mr. Kudryavtsev, a partner at Citymakers, the Moscow-based urban planning team that worked on the project with the architects, was soon proudly pointing out how the numerous buildings on the 35-acre site have been tucked under curving, plant and tree-filled slopes. Each of these, he explained, represents an aspect of Russia's varied regional landscapes: tundra, the steppe, the wetlands, birch forests.

Powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake hits Pacific near Fiji

Powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake hits Pacific near Fiji

A powerful magnitude 7.9 quake has struck in the Pacific Ocean, 291 km (180 miles) from Ndoi island of Fiji, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The quake hit at a depth of 570km (354 miles), too deep to cause a tsunami. Its power approaches the strongest deep-focus (over 300km deep) quake on record, the magnitude 8.3 Okhotsk Sea quake of 2013.

Trump explains the obvious: It's the president's job to talk to foreign leaders

Trump explains the obvious: It's the president's job to talk to foreign leaders

Apparently seeking once again to dispel his opponents' scorn over his diplomatic practices, US President Donald Trump has tweeted out a video address. In it, he explains that world leaders sometimes meet and it's a good thing. It takes Trump just under a minute to state something that only needs spelling out in the craziness that is the current American politics: World leaders talk to each other. It's called diplomacy.

Unknown unique apple found growing in north London community orchard - farm launches naming contest

Unknown unique apple found growing in north London community orchard - farm launches naming contest

A community orchard is launching a naming competition, following the discovery of a unique type of apple growing on an Enfield farm. Forty Hall Farm, run by Capel Manor College, said analysis of DNA samples from the tree's leaves have shown that the apple tree is completely unique and does not match any known examples in the National Fruit Collection. Following its establishment in 2011, volunteers planted 130 heritage varieties of fruit trees as well as hundreds of fruiting hedgerow trees. Historic maps of the farm show that an orchard existed on the same site in the 1830s. Orchard volunteer Val Dyer said: "There are several old apple trees growing on the farm but we had no record of when they were planted or what types of apple they are. "The fruitID.com project was launched by the world-renowned research organisation NIAB-EMR at East Malling in Kent to help improve the recording of different fruit varieties in the UK.

California state legislature passed a bill this week requiring restaurants to only offer kids milk or water with meals

California state legislature passed a bill this week requiring restaurants to only offer kids milk or water with meals

The California state legislature passed a bill this week requiring restaurants to make the default drinks for kids' menus either water or milk. According to the text of S.B. 1192: "This bill would require a restaurant, as defined, that sells a children's meal that includes a beverage, to make the default beverage water, sparkling water, or flavored water, as specified, or unflavored milk or a nondairy milk alternative, as specified. The bill would not prohibit a restaurant's ability to sell, or a customer's ability to purchase, an alternative beverage if the purchaser requests one."

Lawyer to RT: Accused 'Russian agent' Butina deprived of sleep & medication

Lawyer to RT: Accused 'Russian agent' Butina deprived of sleep & medication

Jailed Russian gun activist Maria Butina, accused in the US of "espionage," has been unexpectedly transferred to another prison, her lawyer told RT. Butina is suffering from leg swelling and she was effectively deprived of sleep. Maria Butina has been experiencing health problems in jail, yet she has been deprived of proper treatement, her lawyer, Robert Driscoll told RT. Maria has a "history of problems" with one of her legs and bad prison conditions triggered swelling of her limb. "The conditions in prison in which [she was] on the cold side because of very strong air conditioning and also humid and damp, I think that has exacerbated the swelling. And so she sought treatments for that and so far she's just received Tylenol and nothing else," Driscoll sad.

Syria's Aleppo slowly rebuilding & getting its industry back on track

Syria's Aleppo slowly rebuilding & getting its industry back on track

City of Aleppo, once trading and industrial heart of Syria, is slowly coming back to life after years of fighting and occupation by militants who destroyed its industries. Ancient Aleppo has seen years of fighting between the Syrian government forces and various militant groups. In December 2016, all parts of the city were liberated by the Syrian army and locals started to rebuild peaceful life. While residential areas of Aleppo suffered greatly during the conflict, its industry has seemingly seen it worse. Before the war, Aleppo housed roughly one third of country's industry, and all of its factories were damaged to a certain degree in the years-long fighting. RT crew visited a crucial textile factory in the city, which was rendered inoperable by the militants. Now the plant is back on track and is able yet again to provide its important production.

Signs and Portents: Two-headed snake hatched in Pittston, Pennsylvania

Signs and Portents: Two-headed snake hatched in Pittston, Pennsylvania

A little over a month ago, a snake egg began hatching at The Pet Zone and two little heads popped out of the shell. Bill Pambianco Sr. and his son, Bill Jr., thought it was twin snakes. But, it was something much different. "There was two heads sticking out and we thought it was twins but, as it emerged a little more, we saw it had two heads," Bill Jr. said. "There was no inclination; it was just a random thing that happened. We did not know that it was going to be two-headed." According to Bill Jr., manager of the Pet Zone and a reptile enthusiast, there is a 1 in 100,000 chance of a two-headed snake hatching.

Good riddance: Poland deports top Soros organizer and agitator back to Ukraine

Good riddance: Poland deports top Soros organizer and agitator back to Ukraine

On Tuesday August 14, 2018, Poland deported top Soros organizer Lyudmyla Kozlovska from the Schengen (EU) area without an explanation. The George Soros Open Dialog Foundation called this an "act of political nature carried out by the Polish authorities in order to stop the activities of the organisation in the country and abroad." Kozlovska's husband, Mr Bartosz Kramek, Head of the Open Dialog Foundation's Board, who had been calling for various civil disobedience actions in Poland. Poland sent her packing on Tuesday.