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Planned Obsolescence – Light Bulbs

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The 2010 documentary The Light Bulb Conspiracy examined planned obsolescence and products that are designed to fail, including light bulbs. Have you ever wondered why light bulbs burn out so often? Read more of this post

Could Marijuana Prevent Memory Loss

mara1Researchers in Germany, who are set to begin human trials later this year, cured elderly mice of memory loss with cannabis – and say the drug may even help delay Alzheimer’s disease. Read more of this post

The Latest Smart Meter Blunder in the UK

764_-3According to The Daily Telegraph millions of smart meters installed in British households under the Government’s flagship scheme may need to be replaced due to an IT bungle. Last night consumer experts described the smart meter roll-out as a “cock up” while sources at major energy firms admitted the cost was “spiraling” despite customers receiving “sub-par experiences”. Read more of this post

Low-dose penicillin in early life induces long-term changes in behavior

PenicillinIn a landmark study, researchers at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University have found that providing clinical (low) doses of penicillin to pregnant mice and their offspring results in long-term behavioral changes. These changes include elevated levels of aggression and lower levels of anxiety, accompanied by characteristic neurochemical changes in the brain and an imbalance in their gut microbes. Giving these mice a lactobacillus strain of bacteria helped to prevent these effects. Read more of this post

Syria: The Propaganda War

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There’s something odd about the timing of recent events in Syria. A little over a week ago President Trump’s U.S. ambassador to the UN, reported: “Our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out.” Five days later Assad allegedly bombed civilians with sarin gas. The world reeled. On Thursday Hillary Clinton suggested the US should bomb Syria in retaliation to, “take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.” Hours later the missiles were launched. That’s how the sequence of events unfolded, but maybe there’s another story besides the conventional narrative being promoted? So here’s one perspective with a little history. Read more of this post

Smoking Gun Revealed: Monsanto’s Roundup & Cancer

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The agrochemical giant Monsanto has desperately tried to hide research that links Roundup, the world’s most popular pesticide with cancer. Now documents revealed through lawsuits show how a respected EPA scientist’s conclusions that Roundup caused cancer were suppressed by the government agency meant to protect our health. Read more of this post

More Bad News For Monsanto

Monsanto-spraying-crops-GMOThe New York Times has reported that Monsanto hid evidence that showed concerns about the safety of the pesticide Roundup. A federal court unsealed documents raising questions about its safety and Monsanto’s research practices. The court documents included Monsanto’s internal emails and email traffic between the company and federal regulators, that showed that Monsanto had ghostwritten research that was later attributed to academics and that a senior official at the EPA had worked to quash a review of Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, that was to have been conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Read more of this post

John Oliver & Dalai Lama Upset China

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The Jakarta Post reports that “Last Week Tonight” show host John Oliver’s interview with the Dalai Lama pissed off China. China’s foreign ministry said the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader had appeared “deceptive” on the HBO show where he criticized some Chinese leaders as small minded and mocked Beijing’s portrayal of him as “a demon.” Read more of this post

More Smart Meter Problems

smartmeter_-_low_resA Dutch study by the University of Twente, in collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, discovered that energy saving light bulbs, LED bulbs and dimmers can give false meter readings that are 582 per cent higher than they should be. Professor Frank Leferink of the UT estimates that potentially inaccurate meters have been installed in at least 750,000 Dutch households. Read more of this post

Massive Smart Meter Malfunction

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Don’t believe the industry hype that electric smart meter are accurate. There are just too many consumer reports of inflated bills and the latest is a whopper. The UK’s Daily Telegraph reports on one energy company’s malfunctioning smart meters charging electricity users as much as £33,000 ($40,580) for a day’s power. Read more of this post