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Posted in: Methane big part of 'alarming' rise in planet-warming gases See in context

What's not mentioned here is that half of all sewage sludge in North America is spread on farmland as toxic fertilizer where it decomposes to release nitrous oxide and methane and CO2. If landfilled these gases could be trapped under caps and collected instead.

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Posted in: Japan's low jobless rate masks deepening worker despair See in context

Every country needs to have a guaranteed minimum income for all sufficient to pay for basic needs of food, shelter, health care, transportation, and education. Paid for by Income above this poverty line that is taxed at an increasing rate so that the richer pay a fair share proportionate to their wealth.

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Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall on Izu Peninsula; one dead, at least 50 injured See in context

I can't talk about this without choking on the tears thinking about it bring to mind! How can politicians be so heartless as to ignore the pollution causing such Climate Change?

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Posted in: U.S. blames Iran for Saudi attacks, 'pretend' diplomacy See in context

Sounds like the actions and rhetoric that "justified" America's wars of aggression against Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan. Now targeting Iran. We won't need to worry about Climate Change destroying us, if we allow nuclear annihilation by creating WW3. We need to stop our so-called leaders setting us on that path!

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Posted in: Whaling town Taiji begins dolphin hunt See in context

Dolphins and whales are highly intelligent mammalian creatures, and likely far more so than we humans! Here's why I think this: https://universaldigest.com/whales-esp-life-earth/

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Posted in: Words from A-bombed cities' mayors mirror fears of new nuke arms race See in context

A subject the entire world of humanity needs to act on by banning all nuclear weapons! Give peace a chance!

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Posted in: 4 injured as patient with knife escapes from hospital in western Japan See in context

This needs to be viewed in the over-all context of all the unreported incidents where those working with mentally ill people successfully intervened to prevent or stop violence. This was an exception that needs to be investigated to understand why it happened and how it might have been prevented in the given circumstances. The story should not be used to spread fear about those being treated for mental illness. I say this as a retired mental health worker who had to deal with multiple cases of potentially violent confrontations.

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Posted in: How to find a lost cat: Unique method proves to be surprisingly effective See in context

Evidence that animals are telepathic and pick up on our thoughts. We are too, but most of us are in denial about it.

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Posted in: 'He hugs everybody': Women divided over defense of Biden See in context

People who suffered sexual abuse as children can have their chronic PTSD triggered by such touching. In North America 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys suffered such childhood sexual trauma, but this is not widely known so only those who have suffered such abuse or who have had to deal with it understand the problems it causes.

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Posted in: Amid cries of 'traitor,' Canada's Trudeau set for ugly election See in context

Trudeau's Liberal government was elected with 39% of the votes cast, so while his party got a majority of the seats in Parliament, 61% of the Canadian population voted against them. Trudeau's most popular election promise was to change the voting "first-past-the-post system" to one of proportional representation, so that in the next election government would be truly representative of the majority of voters. However once in power he announced he had changed his mind and would not bring in proportional representation, no doubt because it would force him to form a coalition with another party to form a future government. His support for continuing and expanding the fossil fuel industry while claiming to be reducing global warming has also angered many Canadians who are opposed to expanding oil & gas exports, and who are peacefully resisting the construction of further pipelines intended for this purpose. There is also opposition to Trudeau's support for Israel's policies against Palestinian rights, and for his obedience to America's policies of interference in Venezuela, and of putting the interests of corporations above what's best for people and the environment in world trade agreements. The one promise Trudeau has kept is to legalize marijuana.

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Posted in: 'How I survived abuse from a mom who hated me' See in context

Reading this has brought tears to my eyes! Good that such a story has been told. It helps us understand why some young people are committing suicide all around the world. And it reminds us that "it takes a community to raise a child". We are all responsible for preventing such tragedies.

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Posted in: Are doctors and teachers confusing immaturity and attention deficit? See in context

The amygdala organ in the brain switches on the body's fight or flight physical arousal in life threatening emergencies. In children up to the age of around 5 it also narrows the child's awareness by dissociating from consciousness much of the sensory inputs and feelings and thoughts about what is happening so the child is only aware of doing what is necessary to survive. Because of this partial amnesia for what happened, the child's brain does not realize the emergency is over, so the mind/body remains in a chronic state of emergency arousal. Healing can only happen when the dissociated parts of the experience come into consciousness in a safe way so the child fully understands what happened and the mind/body knows it is finally over and can stand down from the chronic state of emergency arousal. The failure to recognize and properly help such children who are suffering the chronic PTSD effects of overwhelming trauma is the principal cause of most mental and emotional illness in later life as well. Such children and adults need the help of caring people to understand and heal themselves, not to be labelled as having some incurable illness that will require drugs for the rest of their lives.

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Posted in: China's plastic waste import ban pushes rich nations to rethink trash options See in context

Is this waste plastic being dumped in the ocean? That would explain the huge floating amounts of plastic, and the dying marine animals!

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Posted in: 'Suicidal' mechanic steals plane from Seattle airport See in context

More evidence that there is something fundamentally wrong with society. Why are we not recognizing and helping people before they become suicidal or murderous?

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Posted in: How to avert more death and despair in Gaza See in context

In 6 weeks of peaceful demonstrations by tens of thousands of Palestinian protesters along the border wall in Gaza some 100 Palestinians have been shot to death by Israeli snipers including 6 members of the press, 1000s more have been wounded by bone shattering bullets, 1000s more by rubber bullets and tear gas. On the Israeli side only one person is claimed to have been "injured" by receiving a scratch. Yet somehow all the Palestinian casualties were caused by Hamas? What utter nonsense!

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Posted in: U.S., Britain, France launch strikes against Syria See in context

How can 100 missiles explode in chemical weapons facilities without the toxic chemicals being released into the air and poisoning people in the surrounding areas?

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Posted in: Trump weighs Syria options; Russia envoy says 'cannot exclude' war See in context

"Russia, Syria and its other main backer Iran have said reports of the Douma attack were fabricated by rebels and rescue workers and have accused the United States of seeking to use it as a pretext to attack the Syrian government." The fact that this statement is near the bottom of the article shows how distorted media coverage is in favour of the US position. There are two sides to this story, and people need to hear both sides fairly presented with equal coverage to decide what needs to be done for the common good of all humanity.

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Posted in: CDC: Drug-resistant 'nightmare bacteria' pose growing threat See in context

The real threat no one is addressing is the fact that all the pathogens from sick people are flushed into the sewage system where they are exposed to weak solutions of all the antibiotics in human waste and defensively exchange DNA creating evermore antibiotic resistant superbugs. After anaerobic digestion to reduce biomass the sewage sludge is concentrated as biosolids and spread on farmland as fertilizer without destroying the pathogens because heating it would greatly reduce the nitrogen content that farmers want. Up to 2 million e-coli are permitted in a half cup of sludge as markers for all other pathogens, and such Class B sludge is spread at 10 tonnes per acre to fertilize corn. The resulting pollution of the soil, water, air, and food chain is not researchable because it is the most convenient way for cities to get rid of half of North America's sewage in a multi-billion dollar sewage spreading industry the taxpayers suffering the harmful effects from know nothing about!

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Posted in: U.S. museum not to host A-bomb exhibit over calls for nuclear weapons abolition See in context

America's nuclear weapons industry is more important than an atomic bomb free world? That says a lot!

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Posted in: 2 Peach plane tires blow out after landing in Fukuoka See in context

I don't fly very often, but when I do I like a window seat near the back of the plane. So I am able to watch the lowered wheels on the wing as they touch the runway during landings. On two occasions I saw the rubber outer surface of tires separate showing the metal underneath shining through. Then when the aircraft came to a stop the rubber came together so the tear in the tread was no longer visible to the inspection crew. I reported the first incident to the airline who told me the plane had taken off again and they would have the tire repaired at the next destination. The second incident was with a different airline and I told the stewardess who was seeing us off the plane. She thanked me and said she would report it immediately to the crew. I think everybody should pay attention and report defective equipment to help keep airplanes safe.

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Posted in: Japan catches 177 whales in northwest Pacific for 'research whaling' See in context

Toasted Heretic - my personal understanding of whales possessing higher consciousness than humans and trying to help us evolve can be read at


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Posted in: Japan catches 177 whales in northwest Pacific for 'research whaling' See in context

Whales are the most intelligent creatures on this planet! They are both individuals and telepathically share a group mind. They don't kill us because they are peaceful and want to help us evolve to become like them. All that's stopping humanity is closed minds trapped in limited egocentric self-serving consciousness!

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Posted in: Spinal manipulation might help with low back pain See in context

In my case spinal realignment by an experienced chiropractor using the activator device proves very successful. Once properly realigned I can continue to keep my spine in position using muscle relaxation and stretching techniques when I feel it going out. I would like to see the results of a study that compares different manipulation treatment techniques for lower back pain, as I suspect the activator technique has the highest success rate.

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Posted in: Web-based counseling lowers blood pressure as much as meds: study See in context

People don't need regular counselling to keep their blood pressure low either. They just need to figure out what diet works best, and how to lower the stress in their life and keep it below the threshold that causes them health problems.

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Posted in: Japan, Russia hold talks on security, territorial dispute See in context

Wow! Japan and Russia are holding talks to resolve issues of dispute and security affecting them, independently of the US. Gives hope for the world!

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Posted in: Arthritis' toll rises as too few take steps to reduce pain: CDC See in context

Exercise certainly helps, but it is hard to do when in a lot of pain and muscle stiffness. I accidently found that taking an L-lysine capsule after eating several handfuls of dry roasted peanuts greatly reduces muscle stiffness and stops the pain. I had taken the L-lysine because I thought some light headedness I was experiencing might be due to an inner ear problem caused by herpes virus. And I had stopped eating sugary foods and was snacking on peanuts. After several days I was amazed to discover my arthritic pain had stopped and I had become so flexible I could put on my socks without any problem. A net search revealed that you should not eat peanuts when taking L-lysine for herpes because there is an enzyme in peanuts that combines with the L-lysine enzyme to make the lubricant for your joints! That was years ago, and it still works for me today. It doesn't take much either, as I only use up one bottle of 40 capsules of L-lysine in an average year.

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Posted in: Trudeau says Canada will continue to take refugees See in context

Harry_Gatto writes Looks like DT is going to have to build a wall on his northern border too.

If so the wall will be needed to keep moderate Americans from fleeing to Canada, like the past Berlin Wall that kept East Germans under their repressive regime from fleeing to West Germany.

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Posted in: Less salty diets would save millions of lives: study See in context

I recommend people try cutting their salt intakes and see if it lowers their blood pressure and has other positive health benefits. I did this years ago and my doctor says I am in good health at age 70. I have also greatly reduced my sugar intake, drink green tea instead of coffee, snack on dry roasted unseasoned nuts, and eat a banana a day for a proper balance between potassium and sodium salt to keep my heartbeat regular. I exercise every few days doing physical work. All this without taking the statin and aspirin and heart pills prescribed for me by doctors. We are each responsible for doing what we find best for us to achieve and maintain our own good health!

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Posted in: The good, bad and unknown about marijuana's health effects See in context

Back in 1990 while reading studies on PTSD in a university medical library, I found one that had examined the difference between returning US Vietnam War veterans suffering severe trauma who had managed to get better and settle into a normal civilian life, and those who remained unemployable and unable to cope in marriage relationships. All had returned addicted to heroin or cocaine, but the common denominator in the ones who got better and off these hard street drugs was that they each had a smoke of marijuana in the evening. The conclusion of the study was that "more research needs to be done to find out why marijuana is so much more addictive than heroin and cocaine!"

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Posted in: Trump unfiltered: Tweets reveal his interests, insecurities See in context

Wow! I'm of an older generation that doesn't use Twitter, but it sounds like Trump's actually telling people what he's thinking, instead of what his aides want us to think! An about to be world leader who actually practices free speech is setting an example of democratic rights that gives a ray of hope for our future.

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