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Exercise improves health through changes on DNAExercise improves health through changes on DNA
Six weeks of physical exercise led to changes in the epigenetic information of skeletal muscle cells in young men. These changes took place in areas of the genome that have been linked to disease. Scientists at the University of Copenhagen say their research shows, for the first time, how exercise remodels DNA in skeletal muscle, so that new signals are established to keep the body healthy. While it is widely known that regular physical exercise decreases the risk of virtually all chronic illnesses, the mechanisms at play are not fully known. Now scientists at the University of Copenhagen have discovered that the beneficial effects of physical exercise may in part result from changes to the structure of our DNA. These changes are referred as 'epigenetic'. DNA is the molecular instruction manual found in all our cells. Some sections of our DNA are genes, which are instructions for building proteins - the body's building blocks - while other sections are called enhancers that...
The problem is evil: Of cyberterrorism, great resets, and political prisonersThe problem is evil: Of cyberterrorism, great resets, and political prisoners
The present elite in the west is governed by a misanthropic principle, which views the exercise of power as something measured by the degree to which it can be exercised in the most painful way. How is a citizenry to respond to Evil, to publicly made threats that they are now in a period where novel viruses, cyberterrorism, and food shortages may strike at any moment? What about the fact that making threats to achieve political or ideological aims is the very definition of terrorism itself, or the fact that using the internet to do this is the definition of cyberterrorism? When we look at those who have benefited politically and financially from the lockdowns, and who will undoubtedly do the same with the coming cyberterrorism seasons, we are reasonable in asking: Is the World Economic Forum website in fact a terrorist website? Are the Davos people terrorists? Certainly, the plausible deniability here is that these 'threats' are actually just warnings, warnings that other nefarious...
We Have Entered the Eye of Davos' StormWe Have Entered the Eye of Davos' Storm
Congress recessed for the summer passing neither the infrastructure nor spending bills that were the focus of all of Washington's attention for weeks thanks to Krysten Sinema from Arizona. She personally torpedoed the Biden Administration's signature piece of legislation that took months to wrangle to that point and then gave the whole thing a big John McCain-like thumbs down. The debt ceiling suspension put in place under Trump has not been renewed. We are currently more than $6 trillion over it as I type this. Fungal President Joe Biden stopped looked up from his jello cup long enough to implore Congress to extend the eviction moratorium for those behind on rent and mortgage payments which has been in place for more than a year. Estimates are 6.5 million people will now face eviction who are behind on their rent. U.S. tax-cows have drawn down their savings at an alarming rate while facing this eviction cliff. But, hey, your per child tax credit is now showing up as a monthly...
Dr. Mercola to delete ALL CONTENT from website. Future articles available for 48 hours onlyDr. Mercola to delete ALL CONTENT from website. Future articles available for 48 hours only
Today, I have the most important announcement in the quarter of a century history of this newsletter. My goal and passion has always been about supporting you and helping you take control of your health. I am beyond thrilled that there are tens of millions of people who have benefited from what I have shared over the years. I am filled with joy and gratitude every time I travel and lecture as invariably many people tell me how I've changed their lives by providing vital information they couldn't find anywhere else and even better that was completely free.
Monsoon fury in India: Floods hit the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal - Landslides in Himachal and UttarakhandMonsoon fury in India: Floods hit the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal - Landslides in Himachal and Uttarakhand
Monsoons wreak havoc in states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. Landslides are reported in several areas of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand leading to road blockage. Meanwhile, flash floods due to heavy rainfall hit Rajasthan, West Bengal, and Madhya Pradesh.
Woman dies after getting caught in flash flood in Arizona canyonWoman dies after getting caught in flash flood in Arizona canyon
Authorities are investigating the death of a Kentucky woman who was caught in a flash flood in a canyon near the Arizona-Utah border. Coconino County Sheriff's officials said they received a call Saturday evening about a possible drowning at Labyrinth Canyon on Lake Powell. They said 43-year-old Heather Rutledge, of Louisville, was hiking the canyon Saturday afternoon with her husband and three sons when they were all caught in a flash flood.
Strong tornado hits Andreapol town in Tver Oblast, RussiaStrong tornado hits Andreapol town in Tver Oblast, Russia
Incredible footage of the tornado in Andreapol, Tver region in Russia today (August 2, 2021).
Cars, funerals and home improvements: EU to crack down on large cash paymentsCars, funerals and home improvements: EU to crack down on large cash payments
Cash payments over €10,000 for transactions such as car purchases, home improvements or funeral bills will be banned under EU rules expected to come into force within three years. The EU legislation is being considered in an attempt to clamp down on cross-border money laundering on a wider European basis. The move could affect a large section of society who choose to operate solely on a cash basis. Irish EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness, who is responsible for toughening anti-money laundering laws, says a much broader view of the problem must be taken, moving beyond large-scale businesses, banks and financial institutions. Ms McGuinness said the focus must now go on things like car purchases, jewellery, antiques and even more unusual items like funeral charges. "The proposed measures extend the capping for large cash payments to services too, so that for example funeral services above €10,000 would have to be paid through card or via a bank," Ms McGuinness told the Irish...
Australians who post anti-lockdown content online could face $11,000 finesAustralians who post anti-lockdown content online could face $11,000 fines
Australians who merely post anti-lockdown information online could face fines of up to $11,000 under a draconian new piece of legislation. Under the proposal, which is being pushed by the opposition in in New South Wales, protest organizers would be fined a whopping $20,000 and people who attend would be fined $5,500. However, the law would punish "people sharing information on social media about illegal rallies and inciting others to illegally attend" even more harshly, hitting them with $11,000 fines. The onerous fines are intended to neutralize a protest movement that has grown in recent weeks over New South Wales imposing yet another brutal lockdown on its citizens, which is now being enforced by military occupation of Sydney.
1 dead as severe flash floods hit Utah for second time in a week1 dead as severe flash floods hit Utah for second time in a week
Heavy rain has triggered more flash floods, mudslides and debris flows in areas of Utah, USA. One person died after being swept away by floods in Emery County. Areas of Cedar City and Iron County were also affected, just days after severe flooding on 26 July 2021. Meanwhile in Colorado, massive mudslides have blocked major roads and left 100 people in vehicles stranded overnight. Deadly Floods in Utah Emery County Sheriff's Office reported 3 vehicles carrying miners working in the area were swept away flash floods in a canyon near the Gentry Mountain coal mine. "At approximately 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 1, 2021, as mine crews were heading up the hill to enter the Gentry Mountain coal mine, crews witnessed a wall of water and debris coming down Bear Canyon, the Sheriff's Office said." Nine people survived but was one of the miners died when he was swept away and carried downstream. His body was later found after Emery County Sheriff's Office and Emery County Search and Rescue...
BEST OF THE WEB: Tyranny of the Covid experts: Finger-wagging SAGE scientist Jeremy Farrar penned a book about how HE'S the only person Boris Johnson should ever have listened toBEST OF THE WEB: Tyranny of the Covid experts: Finger-wagging SAGE scientist Jeremy Farrar penned a book about how HE'S the only person Boris Johnson should ever have listened to
Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar is a distinguished epidemiologist, a member of the Sage scientific committee, the director of the Wellcome Trust health research charity and an influential government adviser. He is also the most hawkish of lockdown hawks, and he has written a book with journalist Anjana Ahuja, called Spike. It is a revealing read. Spike is basically about Farrar himself: how he saw it all coming, how he personally forced the Chinese government to release the genetic sequence of the Covid-19 virus that allowed scientists to develop a vaccine, how he warned the world of imminent doom, how the Government could have saved lives by treasuring his words more, and how he risked assassination by the Chinese ('If anything happens to me, this is what you need to know', he told friends). The talk is all of wars, battle plans, and people heading for precipices. All this is a bit melodramatic and self-obsessed for my taste. but Farrar is a distinguished scientist who means well. He...
At least 16 members of wedding party killed by lightning bolt in BangladeshAt least 16 members of wedding party killed by lightning bolt in Bangladesh
Sixteen members of a wedding party were killed in a lightning strike on the banks of the river Padma in a boat at Shibganj Upazila in Chapainawabganj. The incident took place around 12:30 pm on Wednesday. Six more people were injured in the incident. Shibganj police Station OC Md Farid Hossain confirmed the matter to Daily Bangladesh. The injured were admitted to Upazila Health Complex, Shibganj Upazila Project Implementation Officer Engineer Ariful Islam said, adding that the death toll is likely to rise further.
At least eight dead as wildfires rip through southern TurkeyAt least eight dead as wildfires rip through southern Turkey
Parts of southern Turkey has been left devastated by the wildfires. Thousands have had to evacuate their homes after the fires ravaged through towns and villages. At least eight people have died in the blazes while villagers lost their homes and farm animals. Some residents have scrambled to save their livestock, struggling to get them to safety. Turkish farmer Nurten Almaz said she lost everything including her home, her animals and "one century of people's labour". "I feel so much pain, like I lost a child," she added. The country has launched an international appeal for help in taming the fires.
Solar max might come a year earlySolar max might come a year early
Solar Cycle 25 is heating up faster than expected. The latest sign may be found in sunspot counts from July 2021. Continuing a trend that started last year, they overperform the official forecast. Issued by the NOAA/NASA Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel in 2019, the official forecast calls for Solar Cycle 25 to peak in July 2025. However, a better fit to current data shows Solar Cycle 25 peaking in October 2024. This is just outside the 8-month error bars of the Panel's forecast. July 2021 was a remarkable month. Solar Cycle 25 crossed multiple thresholds, including its first X-flare and, at one point, 6 sunspots on the solar disk. The last time so many sunspots were seen at the same time was Sept. 2017 (SWx archive). One farside CME in July was so strong it affected Earth despite being on the "wrong" side of the sun. A handful of other CMEs narrowly missed our planet. If solar activity increases apace, some of those blows will soon begin to land.
Meteor fireball recorded over Northeastern USMeteor fireball recorded over Northeastern US
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 19 reports (event 4176-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, Québec, RI and VT on Tuesday, August 3rd 2021 around 03:23 UT. A video was uploaded to the AMS website. Credit: Rick Needham.
Revealed: In 1971, Israel secretly kept innocent Palestinians in remote detention centersRevealed: In 1971, Israel secretly kept innocent Palestinians in remote detention centers
An investigative report reveals that hundreds of Gazans, including families of suspected Fatah agitators, and young men not suspected of anything were jailed in Israeli detention centers in 1971 for almost a year. In 1971, under heavy secrecy, Israel built two detention centers in the Sinai Peninsula where innocent Palestinians were sent. One was used for the families of Fatah members who were suspected of terrorism, one was for unemployed young men. Children, women and men were transported from the Gaza Strip by the Israeli army and put in improvised buildings in the middle of the desert. They spent various stretches there - sometimes even months - in conditions the Red Cross called "unbearable." Less than a year later, both camps were closed and all the detainees were returned to Gaza. The minutes of the meetings on the subject were classified as secret for 50 years, some for even longer.
Bonkers NHS Trusts are admitting trans women sex offenders onto female-only hospital wards - this really is a bridge too farBonkers NHS Trusts are admitting trans women sex offenders onto female-only hospital wards - this really is a bridge too far
Official advice to permit sex offenders who are trans women onto female-only hospital wards flies in the face of patient safety and common sense but woke NHS trusts have drunk the gender theory Kool-Aid without question. Hit pause for a minute to consider the idea of allowing trans women sex offenders to be treated on the same female-only hospital wards as the more traditionally equipped XX chromosome crowd. Hands up, anyone thinks that's a good idea? I know of no woman who does and I would be horrified if my wife or daughters were forced to share bed space with an adult-born male convicted of a sexual offence. For starters, the Department of Health's policy is that hospitals should provide single sex wards and it's hard to see why that should change.
Drug deaths in England & Wales highest since records began, Scotland's per capita rate is even higherDrug deaths in England & Wales highest since records began, Scotland's per capita rate is even higher
Deaths from drug poisoning in England and Wales have reached a record high, with a growing number of people dying after using cocaine and opiates, data shows. Charities said the figures showed there was a public health emergency, with the pandemic negatively affecting those with addiction problems. In 2020, 4,561 people died from drug poisoning - the equivalent of 79.5 deaths per million people. This is 3.8% higher than figures for 2019 and the highest number since records began in 1993. Two-thirds (2,996) of drug poisoning deaths in 2020 were related to drug misuse, accounting for 52.3 deaths per million people.
Common insecticide is harmful to bees in 'any amount' - studyCommon insecticide is harmful to bees in 'any amount' - study
A new UC Riverside study shows that a type of insecticide made for commercial plant nurseries is harmful to a typical bee even when applied well below the label rate. The study was published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Chemically similar to nicotine, neonicotinoids are insecticides that protect against plant-consuming insects like aphids, but seriously harm beneficial insects, like bees. They are widely used by commercial growers. Comment: Fortunately for humans, nicotine delivered via tobacco smoking can actually be extremely beneficial.
Giraffes have complex social systems says studyGiraffes have complex social systems says study
Scientists at the University of Bristol have discovered evidence that giraffes are a highly socially complex species. Traditionally, giraffes were thought to have little or no social structure, and only fleeting, weak relationships. However in the last ten years, research has shown that giraffe social organisation is much more advanced than once thought. In a paper published in today in the journal Mammal Review, Zoe Muller, of Bristol's School of Biological Sciences, has demonstrated that giraffes spend up to 30% of their lives in a post-reproductive state. This is comparable to other species with highly complex social structures and cooperative care, such as elephants and killer-whales which spend 23% and 35% of their lives in a post-reproductive state respectively. In these species, it has been demonstrated that the presence of post-menopausal females offers survival benefits for related offspring. In mammals - and -ncluding humans - this is known as the 'Grandmother hypothesis'...
Sleep loss sabotages new memory storage in the hippocampusSleep loss sabotages new memory storage in the hippocampus
While some students may think it's a good idea to pull an all-nighter before an exam, conventional wisdom may be correct: A good night's sleep may actually be more helpful, according to University of Michigan research. U-M scientists Sara Aton and James Delorme found when mice are sleep-deprived, there is an increase in activity in inhibitory neurons in the hippocampus, an area of the brain essential for navigation, as well as for processing and storing new memories. "Because these neurons limit activity in their neighbors, this physiological response makes it impossible to muster normal neuronal activity in the hippocampal structure," said Aton, an associate professor in the U-M Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and a member of the U-M Center for RNA Biomedicine executive committee. "I always tell my students that an overnighter is not helping them prepare for an exam." The researchers' results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...
Portland police can't find recruits for revived gun violence divisionPortland police can't find recruits for revived gun violence division
As Portland's homicide rate climbs from historic lows, a special police division within the department dedicated to combatting gun violence is having a hard time finding recruits. The Gun Violence Reduction Team, which the City Council voted to disband last year amid social justice protests and criticisms that it disproportionately targeted people of color, has been reborn and rebranded as the Focused Initiative Team. The new unit aims to reduce violent crime while working with a citizen-advisory board comprised of eleven community members to "identify and dismantle institutional and systemic racism in the bureau's responses to gun violence." Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler unveiled the team in March, and said the community-driven committee would be responsible for overseeing its direction.
Sudden ocean oxygen spike coincided with Permian extinction, anoxia then followedSudden ocean oxygen spike coincided with Permian extinction, anoxia then followed
Two hundred fifty-two million years ago, much of life on planet Earth was dying. In an event that marked the end of the Permian period, more than 96 percent of the planet's marine species and 70 percent of its terrestrial life suddenly went extinct. It was the largest extinction in Earth's history. Now Florida State University researchers have found that the extinction coincided with a sudden spike and subsequent drop in the ocean's oxygen content. Their findings were published in Nature Geoscience.
Things get ripeThings get ripe
Besides trying to just live their lives in these days of socioeconomic meltdown, which, Gawd knows, is hard enough, the people can barely sort out the seemingly malevolent intentions of the folks in-charge of the monster that government has become. And so, the question arises: are they actually trying to kill us all, or are they so corrupt and stupid that everything they touch falls apart? In other words, is it mastermindery or clusterfuckery? On the former side, you have that gallery of international villains out of the James Bond playbook: Bill Gates, Klaus Schwab, and George Soros — megalomaniacs armed with mega-money, a sho'nuff recipe for trouble — representing the emergence of a world-saving regime, in concert with lackey national leaderships. Their narrative goes like this: Humans have over-replicated, like maggots in a trash can, they're wrecking the planet and gobbling (our) resources, and we must find a way to get rid of them that looks like a natural catastrophe so the...
Israel's Bennett says Tel Aviv keeps option open to 'act alone' against Iran after tanker attackIsrael's Bennett says Tel Aviv keeps option open to 'act alone' against Iran after tanker attack
Tehran has flatly denied having anything to do with the attack on the Mercer Street, an oil tanker managed by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer. The vessel was struck in the Gulf of Oman on 29 July, killing its Romanian captain and a British national. Western powers have threatened to join Israel in 'punishing' Iran. Israel does not rule out acting alone in its 'response' to Iran over the Mercer Street tanker attack, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has indicated. "Sitting peacefully in Tehran and igniting the entire Middle East - these times are over. We are working for the world to join us, but at the same time we also know how to act alone. Iran knows the price that we'll exact when someone threatens our security." The prime minister made the comments Tuesday during a visit to the Northern Command. Bennett's remarks come amid growing consolidation among Israel's Western allies in expressing support for Tel Aviv and condemning Tehran over its suspected role in the tanker attack.
Bibi says Biden could ruin Israeli operations against Iran by leaking info to US mediaBibi says Biden could ruin Israeli operations against Iran by leaking info to US media
According to the former prime minister, his anti-Iran policies were successful because he kept the American presidents in the dark as to Israel's plans in the region. Leader of Israel's opposition, Benjamin Netanyahu, slammed the incumbent government for the so-called "no surprises policy" with the United States, lamenting it would potentially thwart Israel's attacks against its rival Iran, Israeli media reported on Monday. Netanyahu, as quoted by The Times of Israel, said: "The information that is sent to America could be leaked to major media outlets and in this way our operations will be thwarted. That is why for the last decade I have refused the requests of American presidents to always inform them of our actions. This is an existential issue for Israel, in which there may be surprises and sometimes surprises are needed." He also said that the government of Naftali Bennett has "turned us into some sort of protectorate with a duty to report. If we have no independence on this...
US, UK embassies in Afghanistan accuse Taliban of possible war crimesUS, UK embassies in Afghanistan accuse Taliban of possible war crimes
The US and British embassies in Kabul said on Monday the insurgent Taliban may have committed war crimes in southern Afghanistan by carrying out revenge murders of civilians, a charge denied by the insurgents. Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban negotiating team member based in Doha, told Reuters that tweets containing the accusations were "baseless reports." The US Embassy in the capital Kabul tweeted a statement accusing the Taliban of killing dozens of civilians in the area of Spin Boldak in southern Kandahar province. The statement was also tweeted by the British embassy. "These murders could constitute war crimes; they must be investigated & those Taliban fighters or commanders responsible held accountable. If you cannot control your fighters now, you have no business in governance later." The tweets, accompanied by calls for a ceasefire, stepped up the United States' public criticism of the group as US troops withdraw and the Taliban goes on the offensive. US Secretary of State...
Moscow's top spy warns of plans to meddle in Russian elections, says US gov funded Bellingcat working with Western spooksMoscow's top spy warns of plans to meddle in Russian elections, says US gov funded Bellingcat working with Western spooks
Russia's main overseas intelligence boss, Sergey Naryshkin of the SVR, has cast a light on the murky world of espionage, painting a bleak picture of betrayal and disinformation cutting through a whole range of geopolitical issues. Speaking as part of a wide-ranging interview with veteran national TV broadcaster Vladimir Solovyov, aired on Sunday, the secret service chief said that relations were still tense with the US despite hope for a recent thaw. "We understand that through the efforts of the American and Western elites and the media, Russia is largely demonized," he said. Naryshkin pointed out that President Joe Biden has come under fire for "betraying national interests" just for meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and for not imposing tough new sanctions on the Moscow-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline. According to him, this demonstrates that anti-Russian sentiment will cling on in Washington regardless of who is in the White House. "You just have to live with...
Pentagon lockdown lifted after reports of nearby shootingPentagon lockdown lifted after reports of nearby shooting
The Pentagon was put on lockdown Tuesday morning for a few hours following a reported shooting at a nearby Metro station. The Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) had confirmed in a tweet that the Defense Department facility was on lockdown, citing an unspecified incident at the Pentagon Transit Center. The Associated Press reported that multiple gunshots were fired near a platform by the building's Metro station.
Australia tightens COVID curbs as Brisbane extends lockdown, army patrols SydneyAustralia tightens COVID curbs as Brisbane extends lockdown, army patrols Sydney
Australia's Queensland state on Monday extended a COVID-19 lockdown in Brisbane, while soldiers began patrolling Sydney to enforce stay-at-home rules as Australia struggles to stop the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus spreading. Queensland said it had detected 13 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours - the biggest one-day rise the state has recorded in a year. The lockdown of Brisbane, Australia's third-biggest city, was due to end on Tuesday but will now stay in place until late on Sunday. "It's starting to become clear that the initial lockdown will be insufficient for the outbreak," Queensland state Deputy Premier Steven Miles told reporters in Brisbane. Queensland has yet to establish how a school child acquired the virus, but has forced students at several schools and their families, including that of Australia's Defence Minister Peter Dutton, to stay home. Dutton said on Monday he would miss two weeks of parliament after he was told he...
Probe finds Governor Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, violated federal and state lawProbe finds Governor Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, violated federal and state law
Gov. Andrew Cuomo violated federal and state laws by sexually harassing multiple women — including current and former state employees — through actions that included touching their "intimate body parts" without consent, officials said Tuesday. Cuomo also allegedly retaliated against some of the victims and created a "toxic" and hostile work environment in the Executive Chamber, officials said. The blockbuster announcements came during a news conference at which state Attorney General Letitia James said an independent probe she commissioned had found that Cuomo engaged in "unwanted groping, kissing, hugging and making inappropriate comments." James called it "a sad day for New York" and said it was up to Cuomo to decide whether to resign, as has been demanded by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Florida district drops mask mandate after DeSantis threatens funding cutFlorida district drops mask mandate after DeSantis threatens funding cut
A Florida school district has dropped its mask mandate for schools after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) issued an executive order that would cut off funding to schools that did so. Broward County Public Schools said Monday it "intends to comply with the Governor's latest Executive Order" but that it will "strongly encourage" people in its schools to wear masks and advocate for all eligible students to get vaccinated. Children 12 years and older can get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The Broward County Public School Board voted last week to require students, staff and visitors to wear masks inside its schools. Two days later, DeSantis signed an executive order to "protect parents' freedom to choose" if their children should wear masks at schools, a direct rebuke to districts that imposed mask mandates despite his public attitude against the measures. The order gave the Florida commissioner of education the power to withhold state funds from schools that do not comply with the new policy.
Why is this weird, metallic, flashing star hurtling out of the Milky Way?Why is this weird, metallic, flashing star hurtling out of the Milky Way?
About 2,000 light-years away from Earth, there is a star catapulting toward the edge of the Milky Way. This particular star, known as LP 40−365, is one of a unique breed of fast-moving stars — remnant pieces of massive white dwarf stars — that have survived in chunks after a gigantic stellar explosion. "This star is moving so fast that it's almost certainly leaving the galaxy...[it's] moving almost two million miles an hour," says JJ Hermes, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of astronomy. But why is this flying object speeding out of the Milky Way? Because it's a piece of shrapnel from a past explosion — a cosmic event known as a supernova — that's still being propelled forward. "To have gone through partial detonation and still survive is very cool and unique, and it's only in the last few years that we've started to think this kind of star could exist," says Odelia Putterman, a former BU student who has worked in Hermes' lab.
Pegasus spyware found on journalists' phones, French intelligence confirmsPegasus spyware found on journalists' phones, French intelligence confirms
French intelligence investigators have confirmed that Pegasus spyware has been found on the phones of three journalists, including a senior member of staff at the country's international television station France 24. It is the first time an independent and official authority has corroborated the findings of an international investigation by the Pegasus project - a consortium of 17 media outlets, including the Guardian. Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based nonprofit media organisation, and Amnesty International initially had access to a leaked list of 50,000 numbers that, it is believed, have been identified as those of people of interest by clients of Israeli firm NSO Group since 2016, and shared access with their media partners. France's national agency for information systems security (Anssi) identified digital traces of NSO Group's hacking spyware on the television journalist's phone and relayed its findings to the Paris public prosecutor's office, which is overseeing the...
Israeli army covered up killing of Palestinian family during May's Gaza onslaughtIsraeli army covered up killing of Palestinian family during May's Gaza onslaught
Further evidence of the alleged war crimes committed by Israel during its 11-day assault on Gaza in May, which were uncovered by Human Rights Watch last month, was reported by Haaretz today detailing the killing of a Palestinian baby, a teenager and four other civilians. The Israeli daily gathered eye-witness testimonies of Palestinian families shelled near the Gaza fence. Details revealed in the report, amount to what may be considered a cover-up by the Israeli army of possible war crimes. It's claimed that Israeli soldiers "mistakenly" fired shells into an area inhabited by Palestinian farmers, killing a baby, a teenager, and four others. The army never reported the incident, nor did they punish any senior officers.
DC Democratic mayor caught partying without face mask after enacting new mask mandate - UPDATE: Washingtonian blames reporter, not BowserDC Democratic mayor caught partying without face mask after enacting new mask mandate - UPDATE: Washingtonian blames reporter, not Bowser
When Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) of Washington, D.C., announced this week she was enacting a face mask mandate in the nation's capital, questions immediately arose over why the mandate would not take effect until days later. After all, if COVID-19 transmission is serious enough to warrant another face mask mandate, should it not take effect immediately? That question may have found its answer Friday night. What is the background? Bowser announced Thursday that people in the nation's capital, regardless of vaccination status, would be required to wear face masks indoors beginning 5 a.m. Saturday. "We will continue to do what is necessary to keep D.C. safe," Bowser said. She did not explain why the mandate would take effect two days after her announcement. What may explain the gap? Photos surfaced on Saturday purportedly showing Bowser celebrating her birthday, which is Aug. 2. The photos show attendees, including the mayor and comedian Dave Chappelle, not wearing face masks.
Covid lunacy: China authorities to test all Wuhan's 11 million residents amid new Covid casesCovid lunacy: China authorities to test all Wuhan's 11 million residents amid new Covid cases
Chinese officials have ordered all 11 million residents of Wuhan to be tested for Covid-19, after new cases emerged in the city for the first time in more than a year. On Tuesday the national health commission reported eight cases in Wuhan, the city where Covid-19 was first detected in late 2019, before spreading around the world. Comment: Neil Ferguson must be loving this. The cases - three of which were symptomatic and five asymptomatic - were among 84 new cases reported across China in the 24 hours to Monday evening. On Tuesday, Wuhan health official Li Tao said they were "swiftly launching comprehensive nucleic acid testing" of all 11 million residents. They are believed linked to a growing outbreak of the Delta variant that has reached more than 20 cities, across more than a dozen provinces in recent weeks, including the capital Beijing and flood-hit Zhengzhou Millions of people have been confined to their homes as the country tries to contain its largest coronavirus outbreak...
An Olympic Censorship SlipAn Olympic Censorship Slip
Users of livestreaming services topped 600 million in China in 2020, and live streamers have become a powerful force driving the growth of e-commerce in the country. But live streaming has also prompted concern from internet regulators, who see immense potential for a range of abuses in the fast-growing medium - from the marketing of low-quality and counterfeit goods and concerns over standards of basic decency, to violations of political discipline. When the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country's chief internet regulatory and control body, issued new regulations on live-streaming back in February this year, concerns over the protection of youth and over data security were topped by language about "enhancing mainstream value leadership" (提升主流价值引领), code for the need for platforms to enforce the values of the CCP. The rules also talked about the need for "positive energy" (正能量) to permeate livestreams and the internet generally - this being a term closely associated...
Politico and selective attention: Eruption of 'terrorist propaganda' on Gettr thrills Trump haters - except it's on Twitter & Facebook, tooPolitico and selective attention: Eruption of 'terrorist propaganda' on Gettr thrills Trump haters - except it's on Twitter & Facebook, too
The nascent pro-Trump social network Gettr has been inundated by material sympathetic to Islamic State, according to a Politico analysis of its content, which eventually admits Twitter and Facebook are dealing with the same issue. Wallowing in schadenfreude as it describes the purported IS (formerly ISIS) terrorist organization's sympathizers who've supposedly found a home on the pro-Trump social network that recently sprung up following the ex-president's exile from Twitter, Politico notes that Gettr's "'free speech' policy" will "purportedly... allow users to fully express themselves without the censorship of tech giants." Which sounds great until the "MAGA exodus to fringe social networks that champion unfettered speech" catches the "attention of supporters of Islamic State and other jihadist groups," the outlet continues, citing "extremism experts."
Air force helicopters rescue dozens from rooftops in West Bengal, India floods as 250,000 are displaced and 14 killedAir force helicopters rescue dozens from rooftops in West Bengal, India floods as 250,000 are displaced and 14 killed
Air Force helicopters and rescue teams from the Indian Army were deployed to flooded areas in the state of West Bengal in eastern India on 02 August 2021. As of 03 August, 14 people have died and nearly 250,000 displaced by floods across the districts of Purba Bardhaman, Paschim Medinipur, Hooghly, Howrah and South 24 Parganas. News agency Press Trust of India (PTI), quoting local officials, said the flooding was a result of heavy rainfall and discharge of water from dams. The rainfall was particularly pronounced on 29 July when Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas district recorded 218 mm of rain, Midnapore 134 mm and Kolkata 146 mm.
Neanderthals were painting caves in Europe long before modern humans, study findsNeanderthals were painting caves in Europe long before modern humans, study finds
Whether Neanderthals thought symbolically and had an artistic sensibility has been a question that has vexed experts in human evolution. But evidence is mounting that our Stone Age cousins were our cognitive equals and created forms of art in Europe long before Homo sapiens were on the scene. A new study of a rock feature stained red in a cave in southern Spain has concluded that the red pigment - made from ocher - was intentionally painted, most likely by Neanderthals, refuting earlier research that said the red marks were natural.
Bill Gates Deleted DocumentaryBill Gates Deleted Documentary
Bill Gates imagines that he is the savior of the world, its environment and resources, but the means he wants to use to save the world is to reduce the world's population down to the idea of that spelled out upon the Georgia Guidestones. Also, he imagines that if he can convince us that the world is heading into global warming, when science for decades coming up to now has said that we were heading into a period of global cooling, Bill Gates knows that if he can cool the world down in advance of this event, then the resultant cooling will be enough to gradually cause crops to fail and create mass starvation. And to prepare for this he has his Svalbard Global Seed Vault to store seed away for use when he and his minions come crawling out from their bunkers. However his greatest idea has been to vaccinate the largest populations of the world to control their growth. And now his grand architect plan is to deceive the world into fearing a virus that has a 99% recovery rate. Today...
Flooding leaves 5 dead, injured in 7 provinces of IranFlooding leaves 5 dead, injured in 7 provinces of Iran
"Relief and rescue forces provided services to 846 flood survivors," ISNA quoted Mohammad Hassan Qousian as saying on Tuesday. Currently, relief operations have been completed in five provinces, but continue in Qazvin and Zanjan provinces, he stated. Over the last two years, Iran was doused with rain which was unprecedented during the past 50 years, but last year, unfortunately, the country faced drought, which shows a 40 percent decrease in rainfall. Watershed management is a solution to strengthen the ecosystem in the face of subsequent droughts by penetrating rainfall into the ground.
Sheikh Jarrah families refuse 'protected tenants' deal offered by Israeli Supreme Court: 'Ownership is ours'Sheikh Jarrah families refuse 'protected tenants' deal offered by Israeli Supreme Court: 'Ownership is ours'
Protests against an Israeli court's ruling against Palestinian Sheikh Jarrah residents in May coincided with violence elsewhere in Jerusalem during Ramadan, including the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli police, which together helped set off 11 days of rocket bombardments by Hamas and airstrikes in Gaza by the Israeli Air Force. On Monday, the Israeli Supreme Court postponed its ruling on an appeal to a lower court's decision to allow four Palestinian families to be evicted from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, saying it had not sufficiently heard arguments from both sides of the case.
My own country of Canada just kicked me out because my Covid immunity was acquired naturally and not from a vaccineMy own country of Canada just kicked me out because my Covid immunity was acquired naturally and not from a vaccine
I went home to visit my mother. Canada tried to force me into a Covid detention facility threatening fines and police action as they don't recognize my natural immunity. I had no choice but to immediately fly back to Europe. At the time of writing, I'm at an altitude of exactly 11,277m, 5,230km away from Vancouver, Canada, and 3,159km from my stopover in Munich, Germany, en route back to Paris, France. Where I really should be is relaxing on the backyard patio or in the jacuzzi at my home near Vancouver with a cold drink on a hot summer day. Instead, I'm on a Lufthansa flight heading back to Paris - just a few hours after arriving across the ocean on a 10-hour flight - because my own country's officials kicked me out. All because I committed the apparent violation of trying to re-enter my own country with proof of naturally acquired Covid-19 antibodies made by my own immune system post-recovery rather than those generated by the manmade Covid-19 vaccine about which much is still to...
Radical wokeness: Dove & BBC demonstrate that brands will destroy own reputation to support the destruction of women's sportRadical wokeness: Dove & BBC demonstrate that brands will destroy own reputation to support the destruction of women's sport
If the race to be 'wokest' was an Olympic sport, big brands and global media would be leading the field with their destruction of their own reputations to support the downfall of women's sport in the name of social justice. A rare breed of radical woke one-upmanship has emerged among big brands and global media who seem hell-bent on destroying their own reputations and relationships with loyal customers to posture as the most politically correct. Toiletries giant Dove's lack of social media tact sparked fury among female customers when celebrating born-male athlete Laurel Hubbard's inclusion at Tokyo 2020 and promoting further repeats of women's sport being obliterated in favor of a physically stronger athlete with an unfair advantage.
Fresh August snowfall in the AlpsFresh August snowfall in the Alps
There's been fresh snowfall reported above around 3,000 metres on glaciers in the Alps over the past few days. The currently closed (for skiing and boarding) Stubai Glacier near Innsbruck in Austria is the latest to report a dusting of summer snow, following fellow Tirolean glacier ski area Hintertux last week (below). Hintertux is one of five glaciers currently open for August skiing and snowboarding, along with Les 2 Alps in France, Zermatt and Saas Fee in Switzerland and Passo Stelvio in Italy.
The ugly Truth of John Maynard Keynes and the Battle of Bretton WoodsThe ugly Truth of John Maynard Keynes and the Battle of Bretton Woods
Seventy-five years of revisionist historians largely funded by the British Roundtable/Chatham House and its American branch (The Council on Foreign Relations) have obstructed the true anti-imperial nature of the founding intention of Bretton Woods and the post-war order centered on the United Nations. Then, much as today, two opposing factions were vying to shape the essence of the world order as the Nazi machine (funded by Wall Street and London's Bank of International Settlements) was drawing to a close. In case anyone was confused about these factions, I am not speaking of capitalism vs. communism.
Huge snow dump hits the southern skifields of New Zealand - up to 24 inches in 24 hoursHuge snow dump hits the southern skifields of New Zealand - up to 24 inches in 24 hours
Some southern skifields received a decent dumping of snow as a cold front made its way up the South Island on Tuesday. Canterbury skifields received the majority of the heavy snowfall over the 24 hours to Tuesday evening, according to the SnowNZ website. The Arrowsmith, Ragged, and Palmer ranges, operated on by Methven Heliski, led the way with a mammoth 62 centimetres of new snow. Tekapo's Roundhill Ski Area received 50cm, while Mount Cook Heliski region got 40cm, Temple Basin ski area near Arthur's Pass got 20cm, Ōhau got 15cm, Porters had 10cm, Wānaka's Treble Cone got 7cm, and Broken River got 5cm.
In a New Book, Longtime Agnostic Dumps DarwinIn a New Book, Longtime Agnostic Dumps Darwin
Neil Thomas was a steadfast Darwinist, until an unexpected event. "I had something of an epiphany in a nightmare that Darwinism could not be true," he said. "I decided to read around a bit to see if this subconscious flash of insight could be true, and my research (which was diligent) confirmed the theory to be absurd." "I realized I had been conned," he said. "I felt there was something dishonest about the huge claims made by Darwinism compared with the negligible evidence to support the thesis." He was so alarmed by this conclusion that he felt impelled to write a book as a sort of warning call to humanity: "Beware! You have been fooled!" That book has just been released by Discovery Institute Press: Taking Leave of Darwin: A Longtime Agnostic Discovers the Case for Design.