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  • Breatharian couple claim they live a 'food-free' lifestyle and haven't felt hungry since 2008

    06/17/2017 10:29:50 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 57 replies
    Whatsupic ^ | 17 June 2017 | RACHEL HOSIE
    Camila Castello, 34, and Akahi Ricardo, 36, are what is known as “Breatharians” - they eat just three times a week, and only ever a piece of fruit or some vegetable broth at a time. “Humans can easily be without food, as long as they are the connected to the energy that exists in all things and through breathing,” The couple met in 2005 and first discovered Breatharianism in 2008. They eventually transitioned from vegetarians, to raw vegans, to fruitarians and finally to Breatharians.
  • Tax-Funded, Congressionally-Mandated Filmmaker Does Pro-Sex-Change Documentary for PBS

    06/07/2017 5:08:18 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 11 replies
    CNS News ^ | 06/07/2017 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Independent Television Service (ITVS)--a federally funded film-making company, whose existence is mandated by federal law and which received more than $86 million from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting over the last five fiscal years on record—has produced a pro-sex-change documentary entitled “Real Boy.” The Public Broadcasting Service will broadcast the documentary on June 19. PBS itself has received more than $235 million from CPB over the last five fiscal years on record (2011 through 2015), according to CPB’s 990 forms. The ITVS documentary “Real Boy” tells the story of how a young woman--whose now-divorced parents named her Rachael--becomes Bennett,...
  • Feminist researcher invents ‘intersectional quantum physics’ to fight ‘oppression’ of Newton

    05/29/2017 10:22:06 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 78 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 05/30/2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    ‘Binary and absolute differences’ are ‘exploitative’ A feminist academic affiliated with the University of Arizona has invented a new theory of “intersectional quantum physics,” and told the world about it in a journal published by Duke University Press. Whitney Stark argues in support of “combining intersectionality and quantum physics” to better understand “marginalized people” and to create “safer spaces” for them, in the latest issue of The Minnesota Review. Because traditional quantum physics theory has influenced humanity’s understanding of the world, it has also helped lend credence to the ongoing regime of racism, sexism and classism that hurts minorities, Stark...
  • Johns Hopkins’ Top [snowflake] Psychotherapist Releases Terrifying Diagnosis Of President Trump

    01/27/2017 7:03:27 PM PST · by AndyJackson · 87 replies
    Bipartisan Report ^ | January 27, 2017 | Olive Murphy
    If there’s one thing we can say about Donald Trump, it’s that he’s unlike any other world leader we’ve seen to date. The problem, however, is that his differences fail to set him apart in a positive manner. Almost daily, Trump tweets about the “biased media,” “fake news,” or a world leader who has suddenly done something so terrible that he must take to Twitter to publicly berate them. Notice, however, that it’s always someone else with the problem. It’s never him. However, John D. Gartner, a registered psychotherapist from the renowned Johns Hopkins University Medical School seems to think...
  • The Famed 'Doomsday Clock' Is More Like A Liberal Angst Meter

    01/27/2017 4:37:27 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/26/2017 | John Merline
    "Closer to 'Doomsday' Than Any Year Since '59" screams the headline in the Huffington Post. The story, and many others like it, point to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' famous "Doomsday Clock," which is supposed to be a reliable indicator of the risk the world faces of a nuclear war. The clock shows how many minutes there are until midnight, which was supposed to mean nuclear annihilation. This year, the group moved it to 2.5 minutes to midnight, 30 seconds closer than it was last year. When the Doomsday Clock launched in 1947, the initial setting was seven minutes...
  • Apocalypse is 30 seconds closer, say Doomsday Clock scientists

    01/26/2017 2:33:47 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 54 replies
    BBC News ^ | 26th January 2017 | BBC News
    Scientists say the world has edged closer to apocalypse in the past year amid a darkening security landscape and comments by Donald Trump. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BPA) moved the minute hand of the symbolic Doomsday Clock from three minutes to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. It is the second closest it has been. BPA chief Rachel Bronson urged world leaders to "calm rather than stoke tensions that could lead to war". In a report, the BPA said President Trump's statements on climate change, expanding the US nuclear arsenal and the questioning of intelligence agencies had contributed to the...
  • Gold standard study's striking findings: children of heterosexual parents happier, healthier

    01/05/2017 2:02:46 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 13 replies
    http://www.presentation-r2l.org/children-raised-in-the-intact-biological-family-fare-better-by-the-v | May 20, 2014 | Charles O'Connell
    ‘Gold standard’ study’s striking findings: children of heterosexual parents happier, healthier The most scientifically credible studies show that children of heterosexual parents fare better on numerous indicators of personal well-being than children of homosexual parents. Authored by Mark Regnerus, a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, the study was published in the July 2012 issue of Social Science Research. Children of lesbian mothers are nearly 12 times (≅ 1200%) as likely to say they were sexually touched by a parent or adult as those raised in intact biological families. Asked if they had ever been raped, 31...
  • ‘National Geographic’ just made history with its new cover (Transgender BS)

    12/17/2016 3:46:10 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 99 replies
    Fusion ^ | 12/16/2016
    As part of its January 2017 issue exploring our evolving understandings and definitions of gender, National Geographic is featuring nine-year-old transgender rights activist Avery Jackson on its cover—the first time a trans person has made the cover of the magazine. Jackson rose to stardom last year when she began documenting her transition with “Avery Chats,” a series of YouTube videos describing how she came to understand her identity at such a young age and eventually came out to her parents as trans. “When I was born, doctors said I was a boy, but I knew in my heart I was...
  • Fires set by Ice Age hunters destroyed forests throughout Europe

    12/06/2016 10:00:44 AM PST · by JimSEA · 57 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 12/1/2016 | Leiden University
    Large-scale forest fires started by prehistoric hunter-gatherers are probably the reason why Europe is not more densely forested. The finding -- by an international team, including climate researcher Professor Jed Kaplan of the University of Lausanne and archaeologist Professor Jan Kolen of Leiden University -- was published Nov. 30 in the journal PLOS ONE. Deliberate or negligent This research has generated new insights on the role of hunters in the formation of the landscape. It may be that during the coldest phase of the last Ice Age, some 20,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers deliberately lit forest fires in an attempt to...
  • Here’s how much of the Arctic you’re personally responsible for melting (LOL alert)

    11/03/2016 12:22:28 PM PDT · by dayglored · 33 replies
    Washington Post (what else??) ^ | Nov 3, 2016 | Brady Dennis
    Dirk Notz calculates that for every person who drives a car 1,000 miles or takes a round-trip flight from New York to London, three square meters (about 32 square feet) of sea ice vanishes from the Arctic. Researchers have long documented that human-fueled carbon dioxide emissions contribute to the overall warming of the planet — and, by extension, accelerate the diminishing of sea ice in the Arctic each year. But in a paper published Thursday in the journal Science, Notz and a colleague detail the complex set of calculations that allowed them to estimate how much Arctic sea ice melts...
  • Study details sugar industry attempt to shape science

    09/16/2016 12:03:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 12, 2016 2:58 PM EDT | Candice Choi
    The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar’s role in heart disease — in part by pointing the finger at fat — as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered documents. The analysis published Monday is based on correspondence between a sugar trade group and researchers at Harvard University, and is the latest example showing how food and beverage makers attempt to shape public understanding of nutrition. In 1964, the group now known as the Sugar Association internally discussed a campaign to address “negative attitudes toward sugar” after studies began emerging linking sugar...
  • Professors advise students to drop class if they question climate change

    09/01/2016 7:17:15 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 31, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is coming under fire after three professors warned their class that there would be no debate on human-caused climate change and that any students who disagree should drop the course. The professors, who are team-teaching the fall online course Medical Humanities in the Digital Age, issued the memo after some students expressed concerns about the first online lecture on climate change, according to the College Fix, which obtained a copy of the email. “The point of departure for this course is based on the scientific premise that human induced climate change...
  • Coal Faces Three Hurdles and Steady Decline

    05/21/2016 7:24:50 AM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 24 replies
    Inside Climate Science ^ | May 18, 2016 | JOHN H. CUSHMAN JR.
    Coal's future as a major energy source is being undermined by market forces, government regulations and moral arguments.
  • Union of Concerned Scientists seeks to shield scientists from public scrutiny

    The group has been a fierce advocate for transparency, regularly championing investigations that rely on public documents to hold government officials accountable. But over the past year, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a Cambridge-based advocacy group that represents thousands of scientists around the country, has campaigned to limit the scrutiny of scientists who work for public universities and agencies through public records requests. These scientists, the group says, are increasingly being harassed by ideological foes who seek to unearth documents that would derail or sully their work with evidence of bias. “We don’t want to work in an environment where...
  • Parched Earth soaks up water, slowing sea level rise: study [what we didn't realize....]

    02/12/2016 4:43:07 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 12, 2016 | AFP
    Miami (AFP) - As glaciers melt due to climate change, the increasingly hot and parched Earth is absorbing some of that water inland, slowing sea level rise, NASA experts said Thursday. Satellite measurements over the past decade show for the first time that the Earth's continents have soaked up and stored an extra 3.2 trillion tons of water in soils, lakes and underground aquifers, the experts said in a study in the journal Science. This has temporarily slowed the rate of sea level rise by about 20 percent, it said. "We always assumed that people's increased reliance on groundwater for...
  • NASA Chief: Global Warming is Real Because I Have Cancer

    01/18/2016 8:16:41 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/18/2016 | James Delingpole
    A senior scientist at NASA has announced in the New York Times that he has terminal cancer. This is sad. What’s sadder, though, is that he has chosen to exploit his personal tragedy for the purposes of promoting climate change alarmism. Here is how Piers Sellers (pictured) – acting director of NASA’s Earth Sciences division – begins his New York Times article: I'm a climate scientist who has just been told I have Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. This diagnosis puts me in an interesting position. I've spent much of my professional life thinking about the science of climate change, which...
  • Humans could evolve webbed feet if sea levels rise, scientist claims

    01/12/2016 11:42:04 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 107 replies
    Telegraph ^ | January 13, 2016 | Sarah Knapton
    The perils of climate change are well known, but rising sea levels could also alter human evolution, scientists have claimed. Rising sea levels could force communities to live in underwater or semi-aquatic towns which could change out physiology. Dr Matthew Skinner a paleoanthropologist from the University of Kent, claims that humans could evolve to have webbed hands and feet and less body hair so they could move quickly through the water. Our eyes would even become more like cats, so we could see in the murky gloom of seas and rivers and our lungs would shrink as we became used...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: ‘Climate Change’ Term Is Trojan Horse For Big Government

    12/11/2015 8:20:28 PM PST · by Isara · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/11/2015 | Chris White
    Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz told NPR in a Wednesday interview that the term “climate change” is the perfect “pseudoscientific theory for a big-government politician who wants more power.”In the interview, Cruz recalled the global cooling arguments from the 1970s, telling NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep that some of the same researchers worrying about global cooling as a threat in the 70’s, are the same people now telling people global warming is a problem today.The Texas senator asked Inskeep if he remembered back 30 or 40 years ago when politicians were telling people ” … that we were...
  • Faked peer reviews prompt 64 retractions

    08/24/2015 8:02:01 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Nature ^ | 08/18/2015 | Ewen Callaway
    A leading scientific publisher has retracted 64 articles in 10 journals, after an internal investigation discovered fabricated peer-review reports linked to the articles’ publication. Berlin-based Springer announced the retractions in an 18 August statement. In May, Springer merged with parts of Macmillan Science and Education — which publishes Nature — to form the new company Springer Nature. The cull comes after similar discoveries of ‘fake peer review’ by several other major publishers, including London-based BioMed Central, an arm of Springer, which began retracting 43 articles in March citing "reviews from fabricated reviewers". The practice can occur when researchers submitting a...
  • Humans are ‘unique super-predator’

    08/20/2015 12:47:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/20/2015 | Jonathan Amos
    Humans’ status as a unique super-predator is laid bare in a new study published in Science magazine. The analysis of global data details the ruthlessness of our hunting practices and the impacts we have on prey. It shows how humans typically take out adult fish populations at 14 times the rate that marine animals do themselves. And on land, we kill top carnivores, such as bears, wolves and lions, at nine times their own self-predation rate. But perhaps the most striking observation, say authors Chris Darimont and colleagues, is the way human beings focus so heavily on taking down adult...