Wednesday, January 16, 2019

More photos of 21-year-old polygamous guy with the 23 women he has slept with

By Michael B.

A while ago, we shared the report of a 21-year-old guy who is said to have set the record of being the most polygamous guy in his country after he took to social media to share photos of the women he has slept with. The gentleman who revealed that he has a body count of […]


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Even a little marijuana may change teen brain, study finds

By johnib

Researchers say even one or two joints cause changes in areas of the brain involved in emotion-related processing, learning and forming memories.


By Shamard Charles, M.D.

Low levels of marijuana use — as few as one or two times — may change the teen brain, according to a new study.



The study, which looked at the brains of 46 14-year-old girls and boys from Ireland, England, France and Germany, found that teenagers who reported using recreational marijuana just once or twice displayed increased volume on MRI images in numerous brain regions involved in emotion-related processing, learning and forming memories. The results of the study were published Monday in the Journal of Neuroscience.


Image: Various figures show grey matter volume differences after cannabis use in adolescents.
Various figures show gray matter volume differences after cannabis use in adolescents.Courtesy of the Journal of Neuroscience

“Most people would likely assume that one or two uses (joints) would have no impact, so we were curious to study this — and especially to investigate if first uses may actually produce brain changes that affect future behavior like subsequent use,” Hugh Garavan, lead author of the study and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont School of Medicine, said in an email to NBC News.



The study did not say what the increased brain matter volume means, but the researchers noted that the enlargement of gray matter contradicts normal adolescent development.



“At the age at which we studied these kids (age 14), cortical regions are going through a process of thinning,” he said, suggesting that this is a “sculpting” process that makes the brain and its connections more efficient. “So, one possibility is that the cannabis use has disrupted this pruning process, resulting in larger volumes (i.e., a disruption of typical maturation) in the cannabis users. Another possibility is that the cannabis use has led to a growth in neurons and in the connections between them.”


It's not the first research to find that cannabis use may cause changes to the teen brain.


A recent study found that teen brains are more vulnerable to the effects of marijuana than alcohol. And in June, University of Pennsylvania scientists discovered that young people who used marijuana frequently were more likely than nonusers to have slightly lower scores on tests of memory, learning new information, and higher-level problem solving and information processing.


According to the most recent data released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 32.6 percent of 10th graders reported using marijuana at least once during their lifetime.


So far, 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana use. Legalization seems imminent in several other states, including New York and New Jersey.


Marijuana has shown considerable promise for treating medical conditions including pain, muscle spasms, seizure disorders and nausea from cancer chemotherapy. At least some of those benefits are thought to come from cannabidiol, a chemical component of the marijuana plant not thought to produce mind-altering effects. But experts believe that more research is needed to determine how and why the brain is affected by early marijuana use amid changing societal attitudes toward the drug.


Experts note that these findings are insightful, although preliminary.


The enlargement of gray matter “doesn't seem to have a major impact on brain functioning,” said David Nutt, professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College in London, “so while this study alone is not able to prove small amounts of cannabis negatively affect the brains of adolescents, this area of research is important and certainly worthy of further study.” Studies looking at whether alcohol and other psychoactive substances have unwanted brain effects in young people are also merited, he said.



Garavan says the overall takeaway is unclear, as the study did not look into large cognitive or mental health differences between users and nonusers. There's also a possibility that larger brains could be a random finding, so the findings need to be confirmed.


“As is always the case, more research is needed to replicate these effects, to try to understand the mechanisms, and critically, to unearth what additional factors may identify which cannabis-using kids show these effects and which ones don't,” said Garavan.




Shamard Charles, M.D.

Dr. Shamard Charles is a physician-journalist for NBC News and Today, reporting on health policy, public health initiatives, diversity in medicine, and new developments in health care research and medical treatments.


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Ighalo hails ‘Extraordinary’ De Gea

By Johnny Edward
Ighalo hails 'Extraordinary' De Gea

Changchun Yatai striker Odion Ighalo says Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea remains the best in the world. The 28-year-old Spanish international made 11 outstanding saves to help the Red Devils extend their winning streak under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær to six games last Sunday with a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday's […]


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Atlanta airport says ready for Super Bowl crush despite shutdown

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January 16, 2019


By Rory Carroll


(Reuters) – Atlanta airport will be ready to field the tens of thousands of additional visitors expected for next month's Super Bowl despite the ongoing U.S. government shutdown, which has left critical airport personnel unpaid, a spokesperson said Tuesday.


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), already the world's busiest, expects to see an additional 125,000 passengers ahead of the Feb. 3 game and is bringing in reinforcements to meet the additional numbers, said Elise Durham, the airport's director of communications.




More than 1,800 volunteers will help passengers navigate the airport while additional customer engagement agents will be on hand to assist people entering and exiting the city, she added.


Durham said the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the federal agency responsible for airport security screening, had committed additional resources for the Super Bowl, before the government shutdown.


“That commitment still stands and we expect to have additional TSA officers to support the increased operations,” Durham said.


“We also will have additional contract security on hand during the 10-day operational period.”


She said the airport typically handles about 270,000 passengers a day.


“(That) equates to about four times the Mercedes Benz Stadium at capacity — every day,” she said, referring to the venue where the NFL's championship game will be held.


The partial U.S. government shutdown, which is the result of a political dispute over funding for a wall along the U.S. southern border, entered its 25th day on Tuesday.


The shutdown has led 800,000 federal workers, including TSA agents and air traffic controllers, to go without pay.


Atlanta air traffic controller Dan McCabe on Tuesday said the shutdown has forced the cancellation of meetings aimed at planning for the up to 1,500 extra flights per day.


“It's like being told you're playing in the Super Bowl but you can't look at any game film, you can do limited game planning and your playbook is something that you're going to have to put together at the last second,” he told Reuters.


“We're going to keep it safe but in order to keep things safe sometimes efficiency has to suffer,” he said.


“I'm not saying that's going to happen but the potential for delay is real.”



(Editing by Greg Stutchbury/Amlan Chakraborty)




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Re-Colonisation

By peoplestrusttoronto

Authored by Therry Meyssan via Voltaire Network,


One of the consequences of the successive ends of the bipolar and unipolar world is the re-establishment of colonial projects. One after the other, the French, Turkish and English have publicly declared the return of their colonial ambitions. We still need to know what form they will adopt in the 21st century…


The French Empire



The French Empire “bestows” civilisation


For a decade we have been revealing the incongruity of the French desire to re-establish its authority over its old colonies. This was the logic behind the nomination by President Nicolas Sarkozy of Bernard Kouchner as Minister for Foreign Affairs. Kouchner replaced the French Revolutionary idea of " The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen » with the Anglo-Saxon notion of " Human Rights ». Later, his friend President François Hollande declared, during a Press conference on the fringes of the UN General Assembly, that it was time to re-establish a mandate over Syria. The great grand-nephew of ambassador François George-Picot (of the Sykes-Picot agreement), ex-President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, spoke of this even more clearly. This should help us better to understand the desire of President Emmanuel Macron to continue the war against Syria, without the United States.


There has always been a " colonial party » in France which crosses all political parties and acts as a lobby in the service of the wealthy class. Just as in every period when it becomes difficult for unscrupulous capitalists to crush the national work-force, the myth of colonial conquest resurfaces. If the " Yellow Vests » revolt, let us continue with the " exploitation of men by other men » on the backs of the Syrians.


Long ago, this form of domination hid, according to the words of Jules Ferry – under whose auspices François Hollande consecrated his son mandate – behind the duty of " bestowing civilisation ». Today, it aims at protecting the people whose elected leaders are qualified as " dictators ».


France is not the only ancient colonial power to act in this way. Turkey quickly followed on.


The Ottoman Empire



The Ottoman Empire is founded on the ignorance of its subjects. It has closed schools in the Arab world.


Three months after the attempted assassination and aborted coup d'état of July 2016, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave his inaugural speech from the university which bears his name (RTEÜ). He delivered a list of the ambitions of the Turkish Republic since its creation and those of his new régime. Making an explicit reference to the " National Oath » (Misak-ı Millî), which was adopted by the Ottoman Parliament on 12 February 1920, he justified his irredentism.


This Oath, which was the foundation of the passage of the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic, lays claim to the territory in the North-East of Greece (Western Thrace and the Dodecanese), all of Cyprus, the North of Syria (including Idlib, Aleppo and Al-Hasakah), and the North of Iraq (including Mosul).


Currently, the Empire in re-formation already occupies the North of Cyprus (the pseudo " Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus »), the North-West of Syria, and a small part of Iraq. For all these areas, where the Turkish language and currency apply, prefects (" wali) have been nominated, and their offices are situated in the White Palace of Ankara.


* * *


The British Empire



The British Empire on which the sun never sets


As for the United Kingdom, it has been hesitating for two years about its future after the Brexit.


A little after the arrival of Donald Trump at the White House, Prime Minister Theresa May went to the United States. Speaking to the representatives of the Republican Party, she proposed re-establishing the Anglo-Saxon leadership of the rest of the world. But President Trump has been elected to liquidate these imperial dreams, not to share them.


Disappointed, Theresa May then travelled to China in order to propose that President Xi Jinping share control of international exchanges. The City, she said, was ready to ensure the convertibility of Western currencies into Yuan. But President Xi had not been elected to do business with an heiress of the power which had dismantled his country and imposed on the Chinese their opium war.


Theresa May tried a third version with the Commonwealth. Some of the ex-colonies of the Crown, like India, are today enjoying powerful growth and could become precious commercial partners. Symbolically, the heir to the throne, Crown Prince Charles, was raised to the Presidency of this association. Mrs. May announced that we are on our way to a Global Britain.


In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph on 30 December 2018, the British Minister for Defence, Gavin Williamson, published his analysis of the situation. Since the fiasco of the Suez Canal in 1956, the United Kingdom has implemented a policy of decolonisation, and has withdrawn its troops from the rest of the world. Today, it conserves permanent military bases only in Gibraltar, Cyprus, Diego Garcia and the " Falklands », to give these islands their imperial title. For the last 63 years, London has been oriented towards the European Union, invented by Winston Churchill, but to which, initially, he never imagined that England would belong. The Brexit " tears this policy to shreds ». From now on, " the United Kingdom is back as a global power ».


London is planning to open two permanent military bases. The first will probably be in Asia (Singapore or Brunei), and the second in Latin America – most likely in Guyana, in order to participate in the new stage of the Rumsfeld-Cebrowski strategy of the destruction of those regions of the world which are not connected to globalisation. After the " African Great Lakes », the " Greater Middle East », it's time for the " Caribbean Basin ». The war will probably start with an invasion of Venezuela by Colombia (pro-US), Brazil (pro-Israëli) and Guyana (pro-British).


* * *


Taking no notice of the smooth speechifying of the French, the English built an empire with the collaboration of multinational companies in the service of which it placed its army. They divided the world into two parts, which may be summed up as follows – the sovereign was the King of England (and therefore submitted to political tradition over here ) and the Emperor of India (in other words subjected to the private East India Company and unlimited autocrat over there).


Decolonisation was a corollary of the Cold War. It was forced on the States of Western Europe by the duopoly of the USA and the USSR. This held during the time of the unipolar world, but now meets no obstacles since the US withdrawal from the " Greater Middle East ».


It is difficult to anticipate what form this future colonisation will take. Long ago, it was made possible by the huge differences in the level of education. But today ?




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What are mosasaurs?

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mosasaurs

Travel back to the Cretaceous period, where large marine lizards called mosasaurs dominated ecosystems around the planet. While some were the size of a dolphin, others were longer than a Tyrannosaurus rex. How did they become such a formidable apex predator? This National Geographic video describes the fossil evidence. More history from Wikipedia:



The first publicized discovery of a partial fossil mosasaur skull in 1764 by quarry workers in a subterranean gallery of a limestone quarry in Mount Saint Peter, near the Dutch city of Maastricht, preceded any major dinosaur fossil discoveries, but remained little known. However, a second find of a partial skull drew the Age of Enlightenment‘s attention to the existence of fossilized animals that were different from any known living creatures. When the specimen was discovered between 1770 and 1774, Johann Leonard Hoffmann, a surgeon and fossil collector, corresponded about it with the most influential scientists of his day, making the fossil famous. The original owner, though, was Godding, a canon of Maastricht cathedral.


When the French revolutionary forces occupied Maastricht in 1794, the carefully hidden fossil was uncovered, after a reward, it is said, of 600 bottles of wine, and transported to Paris. After it had been earlier interpreted as a fish, a crocodile, and a sperm whale, the first to understand its lizard affinities was the Dutch scientist Adriaan Gilles Camper in 1799. In 1808, Georges Cuvier confirmed this conclusion, although le Grand Animal fossile de Maëstricht was not actually named Mosasaurus (‘Meuse reptile') until 1822 and not given its full species name, Mosasaurus hoffmannii, until 1829. Several sets of mosasaur remains, that had been discovered earlier at Maastricht but were not identified as mosasaurs until the 19th century, have been on display in the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, procured from 1790.


The Maastricht limestone beds were rendered so famous by the mosasaur discovery, they have given their name to the final six-million-year epoch of the Cretaceous, the Maastrichtian.





Watch these next: Swim Alongside a Galápagos Marine Iguana, the ferocious predatory dinosaurs of Cretaceous Sahara, and why are there oyster shells in the ‘Chalk Pyramids' of Kansas?


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Ford and IBM among quartet in Congo cobalt blockchain project

By peoplestrusttoronto

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January 16, 2019


By Barbara Lewis


LONDON (Reuters) – Carmaker Ford , technology giant IBM , South Korean cathode maker LG Chem and China's Huayou Cobalt have joined forces in the first blockchain project to monitor cobalt supplies from Democratic Republic of Congo.


The pilot, overseen by responsible-sourcing group RCS Global, aims to help manufacturers ensure that cobalt used in lithium-ion batteries has not been mined by children or used to fuel conflict.




Companies are under pressure from consumers and investors to prove that minerals are sourced without human rights abuses, but tracking raw materials throughout their journey is challenging.


The project announced on Wednesday has been quietly under way since December. Starting with industrially mined cobalt in Congo, it is monitoring supplies all the way to lithium-ion batteries for Ford vehicles.


Supplies of cobalt, expected to be needed in huge quantities for electric vehicles and electronic devices, are concentrated in Congo, a sprawling, volatile nation that has been racked by civil war and political tension.


The outcome of elections in December, which had been intended to be Congo's first democratic transfer of power in six decades, is contested. [nL8N1ZB393]


RCS says the IBM blockchain platform could be used to include other minerals and to allow artisanal miners, which analysts say are the biggest issue with regard to ethical sourcing, to join a blockchain-based network of validated participants.


Blockchain, famed as the technology behind cryptocurrency bitcoin, works by providing a shared record of data held by a network of individual computers rather than a single party.


For the pilot project, which should be completed around the middle of the year, cobalt from Huayou's industrial mine will be placed in secure bags, entered into a blockchain and traced from the mine and smelter to LG Chem's cathode and battery plant in South Korea and then on to a Ford plant in the United States.


Because minerals are often combined with metals from various sources when they are smelted, they are particularly difficult to track.


The RCS project seeks to enforce best practice by using guidelines drawn up by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.


IBM said it was exploring the potential of chemical analysis using artificial intelligence to pinpoint the origin of cobalt and ensure so-called clean cobalt was not smelted with minerals sourced less responsibly.


“There is no fool-proof method, but you have to keep the ball moving forward, to keep raising the level of accuracy,” Manish Chawla, general manager of IBM's mining and industrial sector business, told Reuters.


“Blockchain has been proven to be a very effective technology in raising the bar.”


IBM has already worked with retailers including Walmart and Carrefour to trace food through supply chains. [nL4N1WK2YO]


In the mining sector, meanwhile, Anglo American's De Beers has begun using blockchain to track diamonds. [nL8N1WE4YQ]



(Reporting by Barbara Lewis; Editing by David Goodman)




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Australia’s Barty shines brightly as compatriots stumble

By peoplestrusttoronto

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January 16, 2019


By Jonathan Barrett


MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia's top-ranked player Ashleigh Barty beat Wang Yafan 6-2 6-3 in a straight-forward affair on Wednesday, propelling the home country's leading prospect into the third round.


The 15th-seeded Barty is the highest ranked local player — either man or woman — in the tournament and is known for her court craft and is an accomplished doubles player, while she has also played elite-level cricket.




“I felt like today was pretty clean, except for a couple of games where I got passive,” Barty told reporters.


The 22-year-old will play Greece's Maria Sakkari in the third round.


She is one of a rapidly depleting list of local players at the tournament where Australians have had limited success despite boasting several Grand Slam singles champions like Samantha Stosur, Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter since the 1990s.


No Australian man or woman has won the singles title at their home Grand Slam since the 1970s. The last women's finalist was Wendy Turnbull in 1980, while Hewitt lost the 2005 final to Russia's Marat Safin.


An injury-hampered Nick Kyrgios crashed out of the Australian Open first round on Tuesday in straight sets, leaving further doubts as to whether the 23-year-old can realize his potential.


Australia's top-ranked male prospect, Alex de Minaur, is scheduled to play his second round match against Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen later on Wednesday.




(Editing by Greg Stutchbury)




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What are mosasaurs?

By
mosasaurs

Travel back to the Cretaceous period, where large marine lizards called mosasaurs dominated ecosystems around the planet. While some were the size of a dolphin, others were longer than a Tyrannosaurus rex. How did they become such a formidable apex predator? This National Geographic video describes the fossil evidence. More history from Wikipedia:



The first publicized discovery of a partial fossil mosasaur skull in 1764 by quarry workers in a subterranean gallery of a limestone quarry in Mount Saint Peter, near the Dutch city of Maastricht, preceded any major dinosaur fossil discoveries, but remained little known. However, a second find of a partial skull drew the Age of Enlightenment‘s attention to the existence of fossilized animals that were different from any known living creatures. When the specimen was discovered between 1770 and 1774, Johann Leonard Hoffmann, a surgeon and fossil collector, corresponded about it with the most influential scientists of his day, making the fossil famous. The original owner, though, was Godding, a canon of Maastricht cathedral.


When the French revolutionary forces occupied Maastricht in 1794, the carefully hidden fossil was uncovered, after a reward, it is said, of 600 bottles of wine, and transported to Paris. After it had been earlier interpreted as a fish, a crocodile, and a sperm whale, the first to understand its lizard affinities was the Dutch scientist Adriaan Gilles Camper in 1799. In 1808, Georges Cuvier confirmed this conclusion, although le Grand Animal fossile de Maëstricht was not actually named Mosasaurus (‘Meuse reptile') until 1822 and not given its full species name, Mosasaurus hoffmannii, until 1829. Several sets of mosasaur remains, that had been discovered earlier at Maastricht but were not identified as mosasaurs until the 19th century, have been on display in the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, procured from 1790.


The Maastricht limestone beds were rendered so famous by the mosasaur discovery, they have given their name to the final six-million-year epoch of the Cretaceous, the Maastrichtian.





Watch these next: Swim Alongside a Galápagos Marine Iguana, the ferocious predatory dinosaurs of Cretaceous Sahara, and why are there oyster shells in the ‘Chalk Pyramids' of Kansas?


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DIVINE INTELLIGENCE PRESENT AS LIFE BEING EXPERIENCED

By peoplestrusttoronto

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How's it going today? I wonder who is in charge of illusion? They seem to be loosing the game for the EXPERIENCE. Lol


I sure ain't in charge of illusion. I am sure not in charge of CREATION, although I do get to love for Love for LOVE CREATION, as me, for Me, for ME. Me, mass/energy, me. Me, Memory/Emotions, Me, THE REAL “ME”, MOMENTS OF ETERNITY, ME


Yep, I exist as CONSCIOUS ENERGY, PRESENT AS LIVING MOMENTS OF NOW. MY HIGHER SELF IS CREATION, LOVE IS THE GIFT OF LIFE CREATION LIVES.


While I am here, I love for Love for LOVE DIVINE INTELLIGENCE PRESENT AS LIFE BEING EXPERIENCED.


I get to experience THE NOW OF ME, UNCEASINGLY, as Conscious AWARENESS. That is what NOW IS.


I got a “REALITY CHECK” BUT NO CHECK IN THE MAIL.

Lol


I can feel what a Star feels when I turn on my EYE. THE LIGHT OF A STAR IS HOW IT KNOW WHERE IT IS IN THE LIVING UNIVERSES. BEAMING ENERGY IN CREATIONS TO PAY IT FORWARD FOR ALL TO ENJOY,

FEELS LIKE LIFE TO ME


NOW, ENERGY VIBRATING AT “PRESENT” CONSCIOUSNESS. THROUGH AWARENESS, CREATION KNOWS WHAT IS HAPPENING.


I am an instrument of CREATION'S PRESENT NESS And I choose to share LOVE WITH THE ALL INCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE OF LIFE, BEING EXPERIENCED AND SHARED FREELY AS NOW AWAKENING.


C. Constant

A. AWARENESS

R. REALITY

E. EXPERIENCE


I EYE CARE


LOVE IS THE “EVENT” YOU ARE THE “EVENT” WHEN YOU ARE ONE IN “LOVE'”





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