Time Travel and Social Media By Brian Simpson

     Readers would no doubt tune in to the great sense of anxiety that writers have for the future, and the almost frantic desire to warn people before it is too late. This comes from a deep, if not manic, preoccupation with reading and analysing information. Yet, we are not the only ones concerned about the future, for young people too, have picked up, perhaps at a more intuitive level, how this is all going to play out, and they like the idea of time travel to escape it, meaning that the misery of modern existence is now totally global, and there is no other place to run:

“Today's teens prefer texting over in-person communication, use social media multiple times a day, and admit that digital distractions interfere with homework, personal relationships and sleep, according to a new survey of 13- to 17-year-olds. Why it matters: Concerns over the negative impact of social media use have increased recently with reports of teen depression, suicide and cyberbullying on the rise. The study by Common Sense Media, a non-profit group focused on tech and media's impact on kids, shows teens have a complicated relationship with technology. In what was perhaps the study's most surprising finding, roughly 40% of the teens surveyed said they wish they could go back in time to an era before social media. The impact: Interestingly, despite the increased use of social media, teens are more likely to say that social media has a positive effect on them. For instance, 25% say using social media makes them feel less lonely, compared to 3% who say it makes them feel more lonely. Yes, but: Still, more than two-thirds of teens agree with the statement, "social media has a negative impact on many people my age." And 40% agree with the statement, "I sometimes wish I could go back to a time when there was no such thing as social media."

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A Plastic World By Mrs Vera West

     Here is news that even I, who am well up on the pollution of the world, both physical and metaphysical, found disturbing; we are literally becoming polluted with so much plastic that it is now invading our very bodies:

“Today at the United European Gastroenterology meeting in Vienna, researchers announced they have detected microplastics in stool samples from every single one of a small group of international test subjects. "Plastics are pervasive in everyday life and humans are exposed to plastics in numerous ways," said Philipp Schwable, a gastroenterologist at the Medical University of Vienna, who led the study, via email. And yet, even he did not expect that every poo would test positive. The pilot study tested eight subjects from eight different countries: Austria, Italy, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and the UK. Each maintained a food diary the week before donating their stools, which they deposited in glass jars, wrapped in biohazard bags, and shipped in cardboard boxes marked "Biological Substance, Category B" to the Environment Agency Austria for analysis.

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PTSD for Everybody! By Chris Knight

     Talk about snowflakes! In the US, and maybe here soon, everybody from the Left seems to be suffering psycho-damage from the rough and tough world of politics:

“With a team of researchers, she surveyed 769 introductory psychology students at Arizona State University in January and February 2017, asking about their satisfaction with the 2016 election, whether they were upset about the outcome and whether the results of the race had affected their close relationships. The results were published Monday in an article, “Event-related clinical distress in college students: Responses to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election,” in the Journal of American College Health, a bimonthly, peer-reviewed public health journal. The article finds that 25 percent of students had “clinically significant event-related distress,” which it argues can predict future distress as well as diagnoses of PTSD, commonly associated with veterans and defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it.” The research speaks to the personal toll of partisan battles, and it offers insight into the perspective of young Americans coming to political consciousness in the era of President Trump.”

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Terrific: There Goes the Pacific! By Brian Simpson

     The Pacific Ocean … calm, peaceful, but soon … radioactive:

“Government authorities in Japan have announced new plans to start dumping highly radioactive wastewater from the failed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility directly into the Pacific Ocean. Though the amount of radiation in the water far exceeds legally-permitted levels, according to the plant’s operator and documents reviewed by the U.K.’s Telegraph, there’s apparently no other place to put it at the site, which is on the verge of seeing its storage capacity completely maxed out. Reports indicate that approximately 1.09 million tons of contaminated water currently being stored inside 900 tanks at Fukushima will soon be drained in the Pacific in order to make more space for new water, a move that’s sparking outrage among local residents and a number of environmental organizations that worry about what the vast contamination will do to the world’s largest body of water.”

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Don’t Get Blue with Blueberries By Mrs Vera West

     I stopped eating blueberries because I was worried about the natural sugar content, since being over-weight, and old, is a diabetes worry. But, I was mistaken, for blueberries are jam-packed with natural goodness:

“You might have already heard about the anthocyanins in blueberries that give them their blue color and their impressive antioxidant benefits, but the compound responsible for their extraordinary ant-aging effects is known as pterostilbene – and blueberries are the only place you can get it. Pterostilbene is so beneficial because it activates three different pathways that play a role in aging. First of all, it increases the activity of the adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase, or AMPK, pathway. As you age, your AMPK activation slows down, and this contributes to accelerated aging and weight gain. That’s because AMPK regulates your body’s production of energy. Increasing AMPK pathway activity brings down fat and blood sugar levels in the blood while reducing body fat stores and chronic inflammation. It has also been shown to improve memory and stop the beta-amyloid plaque and tau tangles behind Alzheimer’s disease form forming. Therefore, it’s estimated to cause a 20 percent lifespan increase. The second way that pterostilbene can extend your life is by limiting the expression of a signaling pathway known as mTOR, which regulates cell growth, proliferation and survival. When things go wrong with this pathway, it can lead to chronic degenerative conditions and cancer. Scientists say that inhibiting this pathway by 25 percent can result in a 20 percent lifespan increase, and animal studies back this up.”

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Who’s Afraid of Mobile Phone Cancer By Brian Simpson

     Animal models in drug and vaccine testing are used to confirm drug effectiveness, but not conclusively until human studies are done. But, if bad effects are seen, then this is grounds for caution. Not so, apparently, for mobile phones. I am sure that most young people, who are virtually a part of their mobile phones, are more concerned about their phone getting cancer than them. Nevertheless, a recent study found that there was “clear evidence” of malignant tumours in the hearts, brains and adrenal glands of male rats.

     One science site says that human users should not be unduly concerned:

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Cancer? No thanks! By Mrs Vera West

     The great site, natural News.com, has a fantastic video series, based on the idea of opting out:

“The name comes from the philosophical realization that most of the bad outcomes people experience in life are self-inflicted, often unconsciously. In fact, most people inadvertently create the negative outcomes they would much rather avoid. This powerful philosophy — known as the “Opt Out Universe” mindset — rests on the principle of free will and the freedom to choose. You live in a universe where you can largely choose your outcome in life. So why not choose to be healthy and free from disease, debt, addiction and other negative outcomes? (Sounds simple, and it really is once you have the right knowledge…).”

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Can We be as Fit as a Salmon? By Mrs Vera West

     Salmon are extremely fit fish, that swim up-stream against the current often for days, to do their baby-making things. How do they do it? It is thought that the pink chemical in their flesh, astaxanthin, is what makes them into energy powerhouses. This powerful antioxidant can:

•    Neutralize free radicals to protect cells; reduce DNA damage and fight aging;
•    Promote a normal inflammatory response;
•    Improve muscle endurance and exercise performance;
•    Reduce joint pain;
•    Support healthy circulation and cardiovascular health;
•    Help your brain and nervous system function optimally
•    Relieve eye strain and fatigue, and support near and far vision
•    Protect skin against UV damage and premature aging.

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Human Genes in Rice; Breastfeeding Men: Science Out of Control By Brian Simpson

     Science and technology constitutes the magic of our age, and given that it produces effects, it is funded by the ruling class who use it to consolidate their power and control the plebs. A few crumbs fall form the festive table that the masses can eat, to keep them extra docile. Consider human genes now in rice; look mum, I am sooooooo clever:

“Rice that has been engineered with actual human genes is on its way to a supermarket near you. In Junction City, Kansas, this human gene-tainted rice is being grown on 3,200 acres by the biotechnology company Ventria Bioscience. Ventria began cultivating this rather horrifying product in 2006 with human liver genes. What exactly was the purpose of this, you ask? Their intention was to harvest the artificial enzymes produced by the rice and use them in pharmaceuticals. Ventria has taken one of the most widely grown and consumed crops and turned it into the base for new prescription drugs — all with USDA approval, of course.

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Ban all Scales! By James Reed

     This one falls into Mrs West’s area, but also mine on the insanity of the universities. How about people who are weight challenged, just smashing the scales? Sounds like a good idea; just get rid of the umpire and all of the problems of the game are solved:

“Students at colleges around North America are smashing scales to promote “body positivity.” Students at the University of Southern California and Nipissing University in Ontario, Canada, are hosting events that will allow students to smash scales in an attempt to promote “body positivity.” Earlier this semester, students at Nipissing University were invited to participate in an event called “Smash the Scales.” The event was created because “scales are something that make people feel inadequate,” according a local Canadian newspaper. “We want students to realize that weight does not define them. We have students who have gone through mental health struggles, have had illnesses or a traumatic event happen in which they’ve put on weight or lost weight,” the Nipissing University Student Union said in a comment. “We want them to be aware that no matter what they are going through the numbers on the scale does not define their worth in the eyes of others,” they continued. “It’s important for us to do because there are many students across Ontario dealing with eating disorders or body dysmorphia.”

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The Myth of Bottled Water By Mrs Vera West

     Nowadays you often see young people, and even the old carrying around with them bottled water. The cost can be a few dollars. Why, as a girl in the  1940s when printed comics were all the go, I read a science fiction story where an oppressed people were charged for bottled water. That’s absurd I thought, then went to look at Superman, which I thought was more realistic! But, as an indication of how things change for the worst, all of the time, here we are. Next it will be paying for air to breathe, as we already pay to be able to walk on the ground.

“THE lid has been lifted on what’s actually in our bottled water — and it’s probably not what you think. While some brands claim to be full of minerals you wouldn’t find in a tap, turns out filling the glass at home is better for you. And if you’re one of those people avoiding fluoride, well the bad news is it’s in the bottled stuff too. In fact, one company that’s been put to the test — Nature’s Best — was found to be really not that different to tap water at all. In the season two premiere of ABC’s War on Waste popular water brands were put to the test, comparing them to Gold Coast water in one of Griffith University’s testing labs. Australian tap water is subject to stringent testing and regulations to ensure it’s safe to drink but bottled water is classified as a food product and not subject to the same controls which means quality and mineral content can vary depending on the brand. Testing showed tap water has a relatively high concentration of minerals like calcium and magnesium, more than most of the bottled brands, except Fiji water.”

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Typhus Outbreak: Third World Here We Come, Ready of Not! By Chris Knight

     We have reported previously on San Francisco having a problem with people emptying their bowels on the streets, and unlike cats, not cleaning up their mess. Now there is an outbreak of typhus, something usually restricted to dark and dirty places, which is what the West is becoming:

“Descending into filth and destitution, dirty downtown Los Angeles has become a breeding ground for disease. The county Department of Public Health is now warning downtown residents that a new flea-borne bacterial disease is spreading from the city’s garbage heaps and rat population. This flea-borne typhus causes flu-like symptoms. Once infected, humans experience high fever, chills, headache, and rash. The infectious bacteria, Rickettsia typhi and Rickettsia felis, are transmitted by fleas. The flea may emit infectious bacteria from their feces. When a person scratches their skin, the bacterium can enter the epidermis and permeate the person’s bloodstream. The fleas are attracted to stray cats, opossums, and the city’s growing rat population. These animals do not get sick, but they bring the fleas closer to human exposure.”

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Nurses Must be Sorry for Being White: Ok, Go Do a Reverse Michael Jackson Then! By Peter Ewer

     The new code of conduct for nurses is simple: be sorry for being white, roll on the floor, cry, beg for mercy, and maybe even resign the job:

“The contentious new code telling nurses to say, "sorry" for being white when treating indigenous patients has even been slammed by nurses themselves. The controversial change to the code, which came into effect on the first of March, was brought to public attention in January this year by Australian Conservatives' leader Cory Bernardi. Channel 7's Today Tonight reports, this is the latest in a string of politically correct changes for the health industry. But this one has lead to calls for the nursing board boss to resign and even some aboriginal leaders have described it as potentially damaging. Senator Bernardi said, "What we've got is a bunch of do-gooders, who think that this is actually going to help people where in reality it's only dividing society." "It only takes a single complain from a patient to say, 'you didn't acknowledge your white privilege, I felt culturally under threat or subsumed by you,' and the nurse can find themselves hauled before the tribunal and subject to a code of conduct complaint."

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Smallpox 2.0, Here it Comes! There We Go! By Brian Simpson

     It is possible, given recent publications, that synthetic smallpox could be manufactured by terrorists and released, destroying the West, and maybe themselves for their troubles:

“Earlier this year, scientists published a paper describing how they pieced together segments of DNA in order to bring back a previously eradicated virus called horsepox. The paper, written by two University of Alberta researchers and the co-founder of a New York pharmaceutical company, was controversial because, as various experts told the magazine Science, someone could use a very similar process to bring back a related virus: smallpox. Smallpox, you’ll recall, killed hundreds of millions of people before the World Health Organization declared it eradicated in 1980. That was the result of a long vaccination campaign — so the idea of piecing the virus back together from bits of DNA raises the specter of a horrifying pandemic.

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More Good Reasons for Getting Out of the Globalist UN By James Reed

     Incredible; according to the UN, Australia’s migration laws have breached their globalist human rights ideology, and here it is, straight from the Left press:

“A United Nations body has taken the “extraordinary” step of calling on Australia to review its domestic laws in a ruling that it had breached multiple international human rights laws. The ruling coincides with the Australian government being taken to the UN over alleged breaches of international law by indefinitely separating more than 60 members of 14 refugee families on Nauru. The working group on arbitrary detention, established by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1991 to report to the Human Rights Council, had examined the case of Edris Cheragi, an Iranian man and Christian convert who sought asylum in Australia. Cheragi has been detained in various detention centres and in the community since 2012, but in 2015 was charged with criminal offences and had his bridging visa cancelled. He has never been convicted. Instead Cheragi was placed in “administrative detention” under the laws of the Migration Act, and has been in detention ever since. The working group said Cheragi’s circumstances were just the latest of many cases of arbitrary detention in Australia, and ruled the Australian government had breached multiple articles of the universal declaration of human rights and the international covenant on civil and political rights. Cheragi’s detention was based “purely on his earlier exercise of the legitimate right to seek asylum and is therefore arbitrary”.

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Fisetin: Take That Ageing! By Mrs Vera West

     With all of us here getting older by the second, we need all the chemical help we can get. Enter fisetin, a chemical found in fruit and vegetables. No, I never heard of it before either.

“Previous research published earlier this year in Nature Medicine involving University of Minnesota Medical School faculty Paul D. Robbins and Laura J. Niedernhofer and Mayo Clinic investigators James L. Kirkland and Tamara Tchkonia, showed it was possible to reduce the burden of damaged cells, termed senescent cells, and extend lifespan and improve health, even when treatment was initiated late in life. They now have shown that treatment of aged mice with the natural product Fisetin, found in many fruits and vegetables, also has significant positive effects on health and lifespan. As people age, they accumulate damaged cells. When the cells get to a certain level of damage they go through an aging process of their own, called cellular senescence. The cells also release inflammatory factors that tell the immune system to clear those damaged cells. A younger person's immune system is healthy and is able to clear the damaged cells. But as people age, they aren't cleared as effectively. Thus they begin to accumulate, cause low level inflammation and release enzymes that can degrade the tissue. Robbins and fellow researchers found a natural product, called Fisetin, reduces the level of these damaged cells in the body. They found this by treating mice towards the end of life with this compound and see improvement in health and lifespan. The paper, "Fisetin is a senotherapeutic that extends health and lifespan," was recently published in EBioMedicine.”

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Is There a Sperm in the House? Forget the Doctor! By Mrs Vera West

     Human sperm is going to be as scarce as hen’s teeth in the future. (I just thought about this and realised that hens don’t have teeth.)

“Sperm count is plummeting - meaning an increasing number of men may need IVF if they hope to conceive, new research shows. Researchers in the US and Spain analyzed semen samples from two major fertility centers between 2002 and 2017. The number of men in their cohort went up seven-fold, from 8,000 to 60,000 in that time, with an increasing number diagnosed with oligospermia, a type of male infertility. What's more, among those men with fertility issues, an increasing number have a sperm count so low they have a higher risk of needing IVF to conceive, while the number of men with a 'normal' sperm count dropped. Lead researchers Dr Ashley Tiegs, who is presenting the findings at a reproductive medicine conference on Monday, told DailyMail.com the drop in sperm quality is possibly driven by environmental factors like smoking, stress, obesity, and exposures to chemicals in plastics.

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Grapes and Blueberries on the Brain By Mrs Vera West

     Here is good news for people who like to scoff down piles of grapes and blueberries; you could be doing your brain a favour, and whose brain, today, does not need a favour?

“Polyphenol extracts from grapes and blueberry help reduce cognitive decline, according to a study published in The Journals of Gerontology; Biological and Medical Sciences. In the study, French and Canadian researchers examined the effects of the consumption of polyphenol grape and blueberry extract on memory. The researchers conducted an earlier study in a mouse model in which they found that berries, berry extracts, or isolated flavonoids could hamper age-related cognitive decline. For the current study, the researchers recruited 215 healthy people aged between 60 and 70 years old and whose body mass index (BMI) ranges from 20 to 30. The participants either consumed 300 milligrams (mg) of the grape and blueberry extract or a placebo in two capsules every day for six months. They also had three visits with the researchers: a screening visit, a baseline measurement session, and a final visit. Moreover, they performed memory function tests. Results revealed that the supplementation with the grape and blueberry extract enhanced the memory of participants with a lower level of memory performance. The researchers emphasized that the poorer performing participants exhibited the most improvements. “Subjects who were performing like 83-year-olds at the beginning, they were performing like 69-year-olds at the end,” said Barry Ritz, one of the researchers.

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Are You Ready for Killing Babies? Because the Philosophers Are! By Mrs Vera West

     Saying controversial and soften stupid things seems to be what academic philosophers do, as far as I can work out. No, they are not modern Socrates, willing to die for truth and justice. Why some even want certain people to die:

“KILLING newborn babies should be allowed if the mother wishes, Australian philosophers have argued in a prestigious journal. Their argument, that it is morally the same as abortion, has forced the British Medical Journal to defend its publication of their views. In an article that has sparked outrage around the world and elicited death threats, Monash and Melbourne University academics argue that a foetus and a newborn both lack a sense of life and aspiration. They argue this justifies "after-birth abortion" on the proviso it is painless as the baby is not missing out on a life it cannot contemplate. The doctors of philosophy argue in the BMJ publication Journal of Medical Ethics that one-third of infants with Down syndrome are not diagnosed in the womb, which means mothers of children with severe disabilities should have the chance to end a child's life after, as well as before, birth.

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Big Pharma, Profit over People? Whoever Would Have Thought That? By Mrs Vera West

     Here is a great article showing that big Pharma is more concerned with profit making than health and helping people:

“An Australian study has found that tactics used by tobacco, pharmaceutical, food, mining, chemical and alcohol companies serve to drive scientific research questions away from those most relevant to public health. Members of the Evidence, Policy and Influence Collaborative from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre looked at corporate influence on research agendas across different fields. The University of Sydney study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that of 36 articles identified, 19 demonstrated that industries tend to prioritise lines of inquiry that focus on products, processes or activities that can be commercialised and marketed.’ The medical industry tends to fund research on products with the potential to generate revenue such as drugs and devices.”

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