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Health and Food / Deer placenta promoters
« on: October 10, 2019, 11:33:38 PM »

The deer placenta pyramid scheme and promoters who claim pills can help stage 4 cancer

Recruiters for Singapore firm Riway International have made some astonishing claims about their products

By Andrew Penman
29 NOV 2018

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Amardeep Singh Sekhon

This seemed like too good a chance to pass up.

All I had to do was attend a free seminar and I'd get the chance to join a scheme making loads of money while having the satisfaction of helping others.

“When I say this will not only provide you with purpose and fulfilment but also true wealth and very quickly, I mean it,” gushed organiser Amardeep Sekhon on Facebook.

Learn English Online / Floccinaucinihilipilification
« on: October 05, 2019, 05:06:23 AM »

Floccinaucinihilipilification—one of the longest words in the English language—is the act of estimating that something is worthless

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Learn English Online / Pentheraphobia
« on: October 05, 2019, 04:58:03 AM »

Pentheraphobia is the intense irrational fear of your mother-in-law.

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Health and Food / The Power of Sleep
« on: October 04, 2019, 09:29:47 PM »

Sleep literally cleans your brain. During slumber, more cerebrospinal fluid flushes through the brain to wash away harmful proteins and toxins that build up during the day.

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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / 10 of History's Craziest Cat People
« on: October 04, 2019, 06:33:53 PM »

10 of History's Craziest Cat People


Many illustrious historical personages had a beloved cat or two, but some of them were full-on crazy cat people, filling their homes with felines and far preferring their companionship to that of humans. Here are 10 famous historical figures who were unabashed crazy about cats.

Technology / Tech, Glorious Tech!
« on: September 30, 2019, 01:26:28 PM »

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Science and Research / New images show Mars as you've never seen it before
« on: September 21, 2019, 10:12:40 PM »

New images show Mars as you've never seen it before

By Ashley Strickland, CNN
September 20, 2019

(CNN)One of the latest images of Mars looks more like cookies and cream than it does the so-called Red Planet.

A photo taken this week by the European Space Agency and Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter's camera actually shows north polar dunes on Mars.

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Winter at the poles causes carbon dioxide ice to cover the dunes in a thin layer. In spring, this layer immediately transforms from ice to vapor and the defrosting happens from the bottom of the dune and works its way up.

This works to trap gas in areas between the ice layer and the sand. When the ice defrosts, gas erupts from the cracks and inevitably, sand follows. That creates the dark "cookies" part of the cookies and cream-style image.

Health and Food / The danger of topical toothache and cold sore medicine
« on: September 20, 2019, 02:02:10 PM »

A numbing medicine turned a woman's blood blue

By Ryan Prior and Scottie Andrew, CNN

September 20, 2019

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(CNN)A 25-year-old woman walked into an emergency department in Providence, Rhode Island, complaining of generalized weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath... and an unusual symptom you don't see every day.

She was turning blue. Literally.

Drs. Otis Warren and Benjamin Blackwood wrote about the case in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday. Their patient, they wrote, looked "cyanotic," the clinical term for appearing blue.

Philippine Government / Just how bad was corruption during the Marcos years?
« on: September 20, 2019, 01:27:40 PM »

Just how bad was corruption during the Marcos years?

The Marcoses not only ransacked the economy, they also flaunted their loot to the world

JC Punongbayan
September 19, 2019

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We’re 3 years shy of the 50th anniversary of Marcos’ Martial Law declaration. Yet so many myths about the Marcoses still abound.

One is that Marcos supposedly holds the Guinness World Record for “World’s Most Brilliant President in History.”

Although that one’s false, Marcos does have a legitimate Guinness World Record to his name: “Greatest Robbery of a Government” to the tune of $5 billion to $10 billion. This record has yet to be beaten.

You might wonder: why such a wide estimate of the Marcos plunder?


Waking at the same time each night reveals details about your health

It's happened to all of us. We get into a pattern of waking and sleeping that sees us opening our eyes in the middle of the night.

The room is dark, but sure enough, the clock reads the same time as it did the night before... And the night before that, and the night before that, and... Well, you get the picture.

So, what's happening? Why has your body decided to suddenly nudge you awake in the wee hours? It certainly can't be good for you.


29% of local posts now occupied by 'fat' political dynasties

Ateneo School of Government Dean Ronald Mendoza says political dynasties with members simultaneously occupying more than one elective post have grown by about 1% per election period since 1988

Sofia Tomacruz
September 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Political dynasties now possess 29% of all local elected posts, growing by about 1% or 170 positions per election period since 1988, a study by the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) showed.

ASoG Dean Ronald Mendoza presented findings from a study looking into political dynasties, term limits, and development which showed an increasing trend in the number of local positions occupied by members of "fat" political dynasties or powerful clans. The study was done along with ASoG research associates Leonardo Jaminola and Jurel Yap.

"Fat dynasties" – families whose members simultaneously hold elective posts – occupied 19% of all local elected positions in 1988. Since then, the number has grown across gubernatorial, vice gubernatorial, congressional, mayoral, vice mayoral, provincial board member, and councilor posts.

Philippine Government / Senate bill goes after online ‘fake news'
« on: September 14, 2019, 01:44:10 PM »

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Facebook was the preferred social media platform of candidates in the last elections, perhaps owing to its massive use by the public, many of whom use “free basics.” AFP File photo

Senate bill goes after online ‘fake news,’ but data point to wider problem

Jake Soriano, Yvonne Chua (
September 14, 2019

More than three months since the May 2019 midterm elections, the matter of who won and lost on the back of mis- and disinformation still looms large.

Bringing the issue to the fore is a recent bill filed by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, which aims to combat “false content” online by penalizing its creators. The text of the measure mentions an instance where a hoax video showing a pre-shaded ballot “raised doubts as to the integrity of the automated election system.”

An analysis of election-related mis- or disinformation flagged by, a pioneering collaborative fact-checking initiative between 11 newsrooms and three universities, shows, however, Senate Bill No. 9 rests on certain assumptions, such as framing “fake news” as if it were only a social media problem where the problem persists both online and off.

By seeking to penalize only “false and deceiving content online,” the bill neglects disinformation that spread through other vectors, which data show were as prominent during the midterms as those on social media.

Health and Food / Daytime naps may be linked to a healthy heart
« on: September 12, 2019, 04:50:08 AM »

Daytime naps once or twice a week may be linked to a healthy heart, researchers say

By Amy Woodyatt, CNN
September 10, 2019

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Researchers looked at the association between napping frequency and average nap duration and the risk of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular disease 'events,' such as heart attack, stroke, or heart failure.

(CNN)Some good news for nap fanatics -- a new study has found that a daytime nap taken once or twice a week could lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes.

Researchers from the University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland studied the association between napping frequency and duration and the risk of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular disease complications.

Tracking 3,462 people between the ages of 35 and 75 for just over five years, the report authors found that those who indulged in occasional napping -- once or twice a week, for between five minutes to an hour -- were 48% less likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or heart failure than those who did not nap at all.


What’s the connection between Buddhism and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar?


How have Buddhists become implicated in one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world? Randy Rosenthal looks through history to understand how a religion of peace has become a justification for violence.

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Muslim protesters burn an effigy of radical Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu in Hyderabad, India, September 10, 2017. AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.

“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”

– Aung San Suu Kyi

Understanding the Crisis in Myanmar

The scriptures of Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam condone, justify, and even sometimes encourage the use of violence. In Buddhist texts, it’s just the opposite. Chapter ten of the Dhammapada, an anthology of verses attributed to the Buddha, reads: “All tremble before violence. All fear death. Having done the same yourself, you should neither harm nor kill.” Another verse reads: “In this world hostilities are never appeased by hostility. But by the absence of hostility are they appeased. This is an interminable truth.” A line from the Metta Sutta reads: “Toward the whole world one should develop loving-kindness, a state of mind without boundaries—above, below, and across—unconfined, without enmity, without adversaries.” This principle of non-violence, consistent throughout the Pali Canon — the collection of early Buddhist teachings — is partly why many Buddhists are deeply troubled by the current situation in Myanmar — a majority-Buddhist country — where, particularly in Rakhine State, massive human rights violations are systematically being committed against the Muslim Rohingya people.

European Union EU / French rooster triumphs in battle over right to crow
« on: September 05, 2019, 09:57:13 PM »

French rooster triumphs in battle over right to crow

05 September 2019

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Corinne Fesseau with her rooster Maurice in the garden of her home in Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron, western France

The owner of famed French rooster Maurice emerged victorious on Thursday from a legal battle with her neighbours over his early-morning crowing, with a court upholding the bird's right to sing in the day.

The case brought by the neighbours of Maurice's owner Corinne Fesseau has made headlines around the world, seen as symptomatic of the tensions in the countryside between rural folk and holiday home owners.

"Maurice won and the plaintiffs must pay his owner 1,000 euros in damages," Fesseau's lawyer Julien Papineau told AFP.

Health and Food / What Is Dehydration in Adults?
« on: September 01, 2019, 01:27:05 PM »

What Is Dehydration in Adults?

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Dehydration Facts

1. Dehydration is a condition that occurs when an individual has lost so much fluid that the body can no longer function normally and develops signs and symptoms due to the loss of fluid.

2. Adults should seek medical care for suspected dehydration if experiencing decreased production of urine, fever over 101 F, seizures, difficulty breathing, or chest or abdominal pain.

3. Medical treatment of dehydration in adults may involve drinking fluids that contain electrolytes and carbohydrates, in addition to water. In cases of severe dehydration, it may be necessary to administer IV fluids.


UK, France, Germany ‘concerned’ over South China Sea tensions

The E3 countries seek to 'underline their interest in the universal application' of the UNCLOS

Mara Cepeda
September 01, 2019

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MARITIME DISPUTE. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

MANILA, Philippines – Three European countries that are state parties of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) expressed their collective concern over the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

On Thursday, August 29, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany – collectively known as E3 – released a joint statement on the “tensions” among coastal states along the South China Sea that could lead to “instability” in the region.

“We are concerned about the situation in the South China Sea which could lead to insecurity and instability in the region,” said the 3 countries’ statement.

Philippine Education / The pros and cons of homework
« on: August 30, 2019, 12:25:46 PM »

The pros and cons of homework

The Philippine Star
August 30, 2019

There has been much debate over the last few years regarding homework. As an educator and a parent, I feel l have struggled in this area over and over, trying to figure out exactly how beneficial homework could be for learners.

As a student many moons ago, I recall thoroughly enjoying homework for subjects I excelled at and dreaded the ones I was weak in. All in all, the stress behind the whole idea of homework should be assessed fully by the teacher in charge.

At most, this is my opinion. As a young teacher, I taught a foreign language – Spanish. Because I grew up hearing the language at home, as a young student, one can say it should have been familiar territory for me at school. However, my parents and I never went through conjugations of verbs at home. Conjugations of verbs were always a big part of learning a foreign language and it was a side of the subject I honestly didn’t enjoy at school even if my parents spoke Spanish at home.


Why You May Want to Avoid These 2 Types of Blood Pressure Meds

Experts urge a change in medication to decrease risk of death.

For people with high blood pressure, fluctuating readings are a warning sign that you might need to change medication.

New research presented today at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session pointed out that two types of high blood pressure medications — alpha-blockers and alpha-2 agonists — are associated with blood pressure variability.

And these fluctuations are linked to an increased risk of death.

The researchers from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Utah are encouraging physicians to prescribe other blood pressure medications to decrease mortality risk for their patients.


'Mysterious power over humanity': How cats affect health

By Alice Robb
Science of US

Story highlights

The cat is one of the most powerful animals on the planet, author says

Even if your cat doesn't give you toxoplasmosis, it may not be wonderful for your mental health

When a stray cat wandered onto the tracks of a midtown 7 train in New York City last month, the MTA halted the entire subway line until the animal was out of harm's way. At the same time, the U.S. government euthanizes millions of stray cats each year.

They're a disaster for the environment: One conservancy organization has called cats the "ecological axis of evil." American cats kill between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds each year, and they've been implicated in dozens of mammalian extinctions. (The Australian government has funded research into the most efficient methods of cat control -- yielding products like a poison-laced kangaroo sausage called "Eradicat.")

Nearly half of house cats have physically attacked their owners.

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