Kamala Harris's Trump-size Tax Plan - The Atlantic
The Harris and Brown-Khanna tax proposals would not just boost families’ earnings, but help them smooth out their income and consumption. Brown and Khanna would let families take an advance on their expanded EITC credit; Harris would let them receive their money as a monthly payment, a kind of optional universal basic income. “Half of Americans are a $500 emergency away from financial chaos,” Harris told me. “A trip to the emergency room or an unexpected expense should not land you in bankruptcy court or drive you to a predatory payday lender.”
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Rhythm of Breathing Affects Memory and Fear - Neuroscience News
“One of the major findings in this study is that there is a dramatic difference in brain activity in the amygdala and hippocampus during inhalation compared with exhalation,” said lead author Christina Zelano, assistant professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “When you breathe in, we discovered you are stimulating neurons in the olfactory cortex, amygdala and hippocampus, all across the limbic system.”
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Nomura: "Something Is Going On With The Chinese Yuan" | Zero Hedge
Yesterday, when looking at a chart of gold priced in yuan, a level which the PBOC appeared to be far more concerned about than the yuan-dollar exchange rate, we asked if the Chinese central bank had "lost control", because after managing to "peg" its currency at roughly 8,300 Yuan per oz of gold in Q3, something snapped this week when the PBOC appeared to lose its ability to managed the peg. Whether due to desperate liquidity needs elsewhere or defending stocks as they begin to freefall, the Yuan suddenly plunged back to 8,500 per oz of gold.
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Pando, the Most Massive Organism on Earth, Is Shrinking - The New York Times
This is “the Trembling Giant,” or Pando, from the Latin word for “I spread.” A single clone, and genetically male, he is the most massive organism on Earth. He is a forest of one: a grove of some 47,000 quivering aspen trees — Populus tremuloides — connected by a single root system, and all with the same DNA.
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Most people are part-Neanderthal. That may be a protection against viruses - Hybrid vigour
Most modern human beings have Neanderthal genes lurking in their DNA. That is well known. Only Africans, or those of recent African ancestry, are exempt. Genetic analysis makes it clear that there were at least two periods when Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis (a species found only in Europe and Asia) interbred with one another: one 100,000 years ago, the other 50,000 years ago. The amount of Neanderthal genetic material in the descendants of these unions ranges between 2% and 3%, and the presumption is that this DNA enhances survival, or has done so in the past.
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The Worst Way to Start a City - 99% Invisible
After the war, the U.S. government penalized the tribes that had aligned with the Confederacy, forcing them off their land in Indian Territory. This left an area of roughly 2 million acres — about half the size of Connecticut — suddenly empty. This patch of Indian Territory became known as the Unassigned Lands.
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What to do once you admit that decentralizing everything never seems to work
Antitrust policy is an example of centralization (through government bureaucracy) on behalf of decentralization (in private sector competition). When the government carrying out such a policy holds a democratic mandate, it can claim to be accountable, and aggressive antitrust enforcement frequently enjoys broad popularity. Such centralized government power, too, may be the only force capable of counteracting the centralized power of corporations that are less accountable to the people whose lives they affect. In ways like this, most effective forms of decentralization actually imply some form of balance between centralized and decentralized power.
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Magic mushrooms | The Guardian
The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew’s recent State of the World’s Fungi report revealed that a strain of fungus could help combat the damage our huge buildups of plastic waste are doing to the planet. Scientists in Islamabad discovered that the Aspergillus tubingensis variety could break down plastic far quicker than the decades it takes for the material to decompose naturally.
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WTC 9-11 Biggest Gold Heist In History
To this day, only $230 million has officially been accounted for. All of that was retrieved from the previously mentioned, two-level, 6,000-square-foot vault maintained by the Bank of Nova Scotia. They reportedly lost $200 million in gold as a result of the attacks. However, other estimates suggest there was an additional $750-million worth of precious metals that may have been stored in other vaults or hurriedly evacuated from the Nova Scotia vault before the skyscrapers came down.

According to a Nov. 1, 2001 article in The London Times: “The Comex metals trading division of the New York Mercantile Exchange kept 3,800 gold bars—weighing 12 tons and worth more than $100 million—in vaults in the building’s [apparently Building 5—Ed.] basement. Comex also held almost 800,000 ounces of gold there on behalf of others with a value of about $220 million. It also held more than 102 million ounces of silver, worth [an estimated] $430 million.”
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Veterinarians Asked To Euthanize Animals Improperly Feel 'Moral Distress' : NPR
Distress around choices such as those is pervasive among vets, Moses and her colleagues found. For example, 69 percent said they had felt moderate to severe distress about not being able to give animals what they thought was the right care. Almost two-thirds were bothered by inappropriate requests for euthanasia.
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Why Reframing Depression as “Low Battery Mode” may be the Best Thing You’ve Never Heard Of
In fact, research supports the idea that when you are depressed, you may actually be in “low battery mode.” A study by Nutt, D., Wilson, S., & Paterson, L. found that sleep disorders may be core symptoms of of depression. In 2009, 2800 members of members of Depression Alliance, a UK-based charity for people with depression, were sent a postal questionnaire. Respondents were asked if, when they are depressed, they suffer from sleep difficulties. 97% reported sleep disturbance symptoms.
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Gung-ho - Wikipedia
The term was picked up by United States Marine Corps Major Evans Carlson from his New Zealand friend, Rewi Alley, one of the founders of the Chinese Industrial Cooperatives. Carlson explained in a 1943 interview: "I was trying to build up the same sort of working spirit I had seen in China, where all the soldiers dedicated themselves to one idea and worked together to put that idea over. I told the boys about it again and again. I told them of the motto of the Chinese Cooperatives, Gung Ho. It means Work Together-Work in Harmony...."[2] Later Carlson used gung-ho during his (unconventional) command of the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. From there, it spread throughout the U.S. Marine Corps hence the association between the two, where it was used as an expression of spirit and into American society as a whole when the phrase became the title of a 1943 war film, Gung Ho!, about the 2nd Raider Battalion's raid on Makin Island in 1942.
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Salon.com Sex | Sex in a time of terror
Back in the early 1940s, family friends introduced my grandmother to the man who was to become my grandfather. They married quickly. All her friends were doing the same. "We were 'war brides,'" she said. "It was a scary time. We used to talk about how the world was going to end." This carpe diem attitude that many of us are feeling today inspires throwing caution to the wind. All of our emotions -- not only passion -- are heightened. And sometimes there are consequences. "People make promises," says Schwartz, "and then once their heightened sense of emotion is gone they say the emotional equivalent of 'just kidding.' That can be devastating."
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Perhaps the Most Primal Post-Disaster Reaction: Sex - latimes
Post-disaster sex is similar to sex that happens before, during and after war, said Pepper Schwartz, a University of Washington sociologist. There is a sense between departing soldiers and their partners that this sex may be the last. Many soldiers marry before they are sent off to war, not because they are magically seduced but because of something more instinctual, Schwartz said.
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Terror Sex - 9/11 Encyclopedia – NYMag
Nine months later, some New York hospitals were reported to have seen a 20 percent increase in births, but a review of citywide statistics does not back up that anecdotal evidence, nor, for that matter, did it hold up nationally. This romantic yearning to connect—the sex shop Toys in Babeland reported a 33 percent increase in sales that fall—was also tinged with bleakness. As John Cameron Mitchell put it in his erotic agitprop film Shortbus, a call for sexual liberation set in the city after 9/11, “It’s just like the sixties, only with less hope.”
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Obama Babies: Coming Soon | HuffPost
I want to have an Obama Baby. Let me be clear: I don’t want to have Obama’s baby, I want to have an Obama Baby. One of the thousands of babies I predict will be born somewhere around August 4th, 2009. (Which, a few astute commenters have pointed out, happens to be BHO’s 48th birthday. And you know what else is totally nuts? The possibility that Obama was conceived on November 8th, 1960. The night JFK was elected. You guys are geniuses.)
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New York, new hedonists | US news | The Guardian
Why all the sex? Many New Yorkers still chalk it up to 'terror sex', a term coined by the internet magazine Salon.com. Ten days after the terrorist attacks, the site ran an article describing the phenomenon. Couples who had been separated for the day of the attacks told how they spent the next few days in bed. A gay man who was late for work at the World Trade Centre and watched the tragedy unfold from the Brooklyn Bridge said he spent the night online looking for sex, and when he found someone, they 'had sex as if it was our last time'. Events had caused a shift in priorities, the piece claimed. Suddenly, work and possessions didn't matter. Only relationships were 'real'. The article ended by anticipating a baby boom in nine months' time.
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How Native American Slaveholders Complicate the Trail of Tears Narrative | Smithsonian
What you probably don’t picture are Cherokee slaveholders, foremost among them Cherokee chief John Ross. What you probably don’t picture are the numerous African-American slaves, Cherokee-owned, who made the brutal march themselves, or else were shipped en masse to what is now Oklahoma aboard cramped boats by their wealthy Indian masters. And what you may not know is that the federal policy of Indian removal, which ranged far beyond the Trail of Tears and the Cherokee, was not simply the vindictive scheme of Andrew Jackson, but rather a popularly endorsed, congressionally sanctioned campaign spanning the administrations of nine separate presidents.
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The New Disappeared by Nina L. Khrushcheva - Project Syndicate
In fact, Xi is something of a serial kidnapper. Since he came to power in 2012, all sorts of people – from small-scale book publishers in Hong Kong (including some holders of non-Chinese citizenship) to Chinese business leaders – have been covertly kidnapped and returned to China. After a long period of silence and seclusion, they emerged to renounce their past work.
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Biggest rift in modern Orthodox history? Russian Church won’t work w/ Constantinople-chaired bodies — RT World News
The move follows Constantinople’s decision to send its exarchs to Kiev, which violates the rule that forbids one Orthodox Church to interfere in the internal affairs of another, the synod said earlier, adding that it also goes against the official position of the Constantinople Patriarchate itself, which has so far considered the Ukrainian Orthodox Church a part of the Russian Orthodox Church.
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Biggest split in modern Orthodox history: Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Constantinople — RT World News
The Moscow Patriarchate also said that it would not abide by any decisions taken by Constantinople and related to the status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. “All these decisions are unlawful and canonically void,” Hilarion said, adding that “the Russian Orthodox Church does not recognize these decisions and will not follow them.”
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Cherokee blood: Why do so many Americans believe they have Cherokee ancestry?
The Cherokee tradition of exogamous marriage, or marrying outside of one’s clan, evolved during the 17th and 18th centuries as Cherokees encountered Europeans on a more frequent basis. Some sought to solidify alliances with Europeans through intermarriage. It is impossible to know the exact number of Cherokees who married Europeans during this period. But we know that Cherokees viewed intermarriage as both a diplomatic tool and as a means of incorporating Europeans into the reciprocal bonds of kinship. Eighteenth-century British traders often sought out Cherokee wives. For the trader, the marriage opened up new markets, with his Cherokee wife providing both companionship and entry access to items such as the deerskins coveted by Europeans. For Cherokees, intermarriage made it possible to secure reliable flows of European goods, such as metal and iron tools, guns, and clothing. The frequency with which the British reported interracial marriages among the Cherokees testifies to the sexual autonomy and political influence that Cherokee women enjoyed. It also gave rise to a mixed-race Cherokee population that appears to have been far larger than the racially mixed populations of neighboring tribes.
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China Holds a Million Uighur Muslims in Camps, UN Told - The Atlantic
The sheer scale of the internment camp system, which according to The Wall Street Journal has doubled in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region just within the last year, is mindboggling. The U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China describes it as “the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today.” Beijing began by targeting Uighur extremists, but now even benign manifestations of Muslim identity—like growing a long beard—can get a Uighur sent to a camp, the Journal noted. Earlier this month, when a UN panel confronted a senior Chinese official about the camps, he said there are “no such things as reeducation centers,” even though government documents refer to the facilities that way. Instead, he claimed they’re just vocational schools for criminals.
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U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter
U.S. military bases, both domestic and foreign, consistently rank among some of the most polluted places in the world, as perchlorate and other components of jet and rocket fuel contaminate sources of drinking water, aquifers and soil. Hundreds of military bases can be found on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of Superfund sites, which qualify for clean-up grants from the government. Almost 900 of the nearly 1,200 Superfund sites in the U.S. are abandoned military facilities or sites that otherwise support military needs, not counting the military bases themselves.
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Hidden Lead That Could Sicken Your Kids – Mother Jones
HM: Minneapolis did some interesting work and they did it very quietly. They just went through neighborhoods and block by block, they did what they just called a landscaping project: putting in clean sod. People didn’t object to it. They did that back in the 80s when I was working for them. HUD [the US Department of Housing and Urban Development] has changed public housing in New Orleans here, and in the process of new construction, they brought clean soil into the city.
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MycoPesticide Update — Fungi Perfecti
Yes, it is safe! One advantage of this mycotechnology is that strains of the Metarzhizium fungus can be trained, through natural selection, to be species-specific in its targeting, so that this fungus does not harm other non-targeted insects. A central tenet of Paul's philosophy is that "We do not wage war against insects. We just want to protect our homes, crops or bees without causing collateral harm to the ecosystem" We do not use sprays. That is opposite of the advantage of this invention - the insects seek it out, so no need to 'carpet bomb' landscapes. Most all plants are part fungi. Many plants have Metarhizium incorporated within them to protect them from insect predation, as an endophyte. Metarhizium is one of the most common of all fungi, and is beneath most every footstep you take on rich soils. Since Paul is lessening sporulation, they tend NOT to travel, and remain more localized.
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Sea snail shells dissolve in increasingly acidified oceans, study shows
"Ocean acidification is a clear threat to marine life, acting as a stressor for many marine animals. Here we found that the ability of the triton shells to produce and maintain their shells was hindered by ocean acidification, with the corrosive seawater making them smoother, thinner, and less dense. The extensive dissolution of their shells has profound consequences for calcified animals into the future as it is not something they can biologically control, suggesting that some calcified species might be unable to adapt to the acidified seawater if carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise unchecked."
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Shining a Light on Federal Law Enforcement’s Use of Computer Hacking Tools | Privacy International
Ten years ago, an FBI official impersonated an Associated Press reporter to lure and track a teenager suspected of sending in prank bomb threats to his school. To find him, the FBI agent, posing as a reporter, sent the teenager links to a supposed story he was working on, but the links were infested with malware that once clicked on quickly exposed the teen’s location. More recently, the FBI has seized and modified websites so that they deliver malware to all visitors, indiscriminately targeting individuals who visit these sites in order to identify and track them.
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US develops new gold-silver alloy for military use | MINING.com
According to the researchers, having discovered these properties allows them to optimize the optical dispersion and light-harvesting capability of the alloys. This means that these materials can outperform systems made of individual elements like gold.
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Microbial Mind Control
There are several possible mechanisms by which gut bacteria may affect the brain, including communication via the vagus nerve (the major neural link between the gut and brain), the immune system, and hormonal changes. It is also particularly intriguing that some gut bacterial species can produce chemicals of identical structure to our brain’s own neurotransmitters. This emerging evidence of the intricate links between the gut microbiome and the brain begs the question of whether bacteria have evolved to alter our neurochemistry and behavior in ways that benefit themselves.
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HAROLD LASSWELL'S PROPAGANDA THEORY - Mass Communication Talk
“In short, according to Lasswell’s psychopathology of politics, the presumption in any individual case must be that political action is maladjustive, political participation is irrational, and political expression is irrelevant” (1964, p. 91). But how do you maintain a democratic social order if any form of political debate or demonstration is problematic? Lasswell had an answer to this question: replace public discourse with democratic propaganda.

Lasswell rejected simplistic behaviorist notions about propaganda effects. Here is how he described the task of the propagandist in a 1927 article: The strategy of propaganda, which has been phrased in cultural terms, can readily be described in the language of stimulus-response. Translated into this vocabulary, which is especially intelligible to some, the propagandist may be said to be concerned with the multiplication of those stimuli which are best calculated to evoke the desired responses, and with the nullification of those stimuli which are likely to instigate the undesired responses.
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Political psychology - Wikipedia
Across the Atlantic the first American to be considered a political psychologist was Harold Lasswell (1902–1978) whose research was also spurred by a sociological fascination of World War I. His work Propaganda Technique in the World War (1927) discussed the use of applying psychological theories in order to enhance propaganda technique.[10] Lasswell moved to Europe shortly after where he started to tie Freudian and Adler personality theories to politics and published Psychopathology and Politics (1930). His major theories involved the motives of the politically active and the relation between propaganda and personality.
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LASSWELL, HAROLD (Social Science)
Laswell’s approach to political science was behavioral, and he was a part of the "Chicago school" of sociology. The Chicago school was a group of academicians in the 1920s and 1930s who focused on the urban environment, specifically through ethnographic fieldwork and an emphasis on social issues. Lasswell believed that propaganda was a key tool in public policy making, arguing that the citizenry was largely uninformed and often did not understand what was in its best interest. Lasswell was one of the first scholars to define and systematically explore the concept of propaganda, through his book Propaganda Technique in World War I (1927).
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Episode 869: The Student Loan Whistleblower : Planet Money : NPR
As the student loan ombudsman for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Seth Frotman watched as the Department of Education became one of the biggest banks in the country. It has lent out more than a trillion dollars to student borrowers. The problem is, the Department of Education wasn't really built to be a bank.
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Dr. Mark Skidmore - $21 Trillion “Missing” Money Huge Implications for Dollar - YouTube
Michigan State Economics Professor Mark Dr. Skidmore says there is a limit to money printing even when all the global central banks are doing it. Skidmore says, “What does it mean when a central bank is buying equities, or buying debt with printed money in order to suppress interest rates and keep this game going? I think, overall, the whole world is awash in debt, and it’s expanding at a rate that is unsustainable. The only way it has been sustained is that interest rates have been falling for 30 years. Now, interest rates are no longer falling, and we are running up against a constraint. Now, if this $21 trillion in “missing” federal money really represents spending above and beyond what the official records indicate, then that has huge financial implications and huge implications for confidence in the dollar as the reserve currency. This is an enormous priority to address and not just cover up and say we are all good.”
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So many people have had their DNA sequenced that they've put other people's privacy in jeopardy - Los Angeles Times
When law enforcement officials used a publicly accessible DNA database to catch DeAngelo in April, it was only the second time in crime-solving history that the strategy was implemented successfully. Since then, at least 13 additional suspected criminals have been identified in the same way.
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Whose Name Was a Byword for Evil Before Hitler? - The Atlantic
Before 1945, the analogical reservoir was more abundantly stocked. Even in the most obscure local papers, there were constant references to an extremely diverse array of historical figures from the classical era to the 20th century: Pharaoh Thutmose III, Alexander the Great, King Herod, Emperor Caligula, Attila the Hun, Richard III, Henry VIII, Guy Fawkes, Maximilien Robespierre, Georges Boulanger, and Benito Mussolini.
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Mozart's Starling
Mimetic species add another layer of difficulty by including sounds made by other birds, other animals, and even machines. Thus, in addition to exploring how members of a mimetic species develop species-typical calls and songs---that is, vocalizations with many shared acoustic properties within a population---investigators routinely encounter individual idiosyncracies. Why does one starling mimic a goat and another a cat? Given the abundance of sounds in the world, what processes account for the selection of models?
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The Peculiar Institution - Wikipedia
The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South is a non-fiction book about slavery published in 1956, by academic Kenneth M. Stampp of the University of California, Berkeley and other universities.[1] The book describes and analyzes multiple facets of slavery in the American South from the 17th through the mid-19th century, including demographics, lives of slaves and slaveholders, the Southern economy and labor systems, the Northern and abolitionist response, slave trading, and political issues of the time.
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What Was OSS? — Central Intelligence Agency
This worldwide reach benefited from close OSS contacts with British intelligence services. The British had much to teach their American pupils when COI opened its London office in November 1941. Both sides gained from the partnership. OSS needed information, training, and experience, all of which the British organizations could provide. The British good-naturedly envied the relative wealth of resources seemingly at the command of OSS and other American agencies and hoped to share in that bounty to expand their own operations against the Axis. Despite a mutual desire to cooperate, however, relative harmony between OSS and its British counterparts took time to achieve.
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The CIA and the Vatican's Intelligence Apparatus
Although a papal citation of this sort rarely, if ever, states why a person is inducted into the “Golden Militia,” there can be no doubt that Donovan earned his knighthood by virtue of the services he rendered to the Catholic hierarchy in World War II, during which he served as chief of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the wartime predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In 1941, the year before the OSS was officially constituted, Donovan forged a close alliance with Father Felix Morlion, founder of a European Catholic intelligence service known as Pro Deo. When the Germans overran western Europe, Donovan helped Morlion move his base of operations from Lisbon to New York. From then on, Pro Deo was financed by Donovan, who believed that such an expenditure would result in valuable insight into the secret affairs of the Vatican, then a neutral enclave in the midst of fascist Rome. When the Allies liberated Rome in 1944, Morlion re-established his spy network in the Vatican; from there he helped the OSS obtain confidential reports provided by apostolic delegates in the Far East, which included information about strategic bombing targets in Japan.
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Are Evangelical Adoption Agencies Stealing Children? | Dame Magazine
There is ample precedent from U.S. history with regard to both Native American populations and international adoption to justify such concerns. And since intercountry adoption has become much more strictly regulated and less available to prospective American adoptive parents in recent years, there is unmet “demand” in what adoptee activists generally describe as “not a social good” that places children who truly need families with parents, but as an adoption market focused on selling children to prospective parents who want them. Over the last couple of decades, the popularity of adoption boomed, particularly among the Christian Right. The demand among evangelicals for adoptable children does not appear to have dropped despite a steep drop in the number of children available for adoption.
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Legal fiction
n. a presumption of fact assumed by a court for convenience, consistency, or to achieve justice. There is an old adage: "Fictions arise from the law, and not law from fictions." Legal fiction something assumed to be true for the sake of convenience whether true or false.
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Admiral Hyman G. Rickover - Wikipedia
I do not believe that nuclear power is worth it if it creates radiation. Then you might ask me why do I have nuclear powered ships. That is a necessary evil. I would sink them all. I am not proud of the part I played in it. I did it because it was necessary for the safety of this country. That's why I am such a great exponent of stopping this whole nonsense of war. Unfortunately limits — attempts to limit war have always failed. The lesson of history is when a war starts every nation will ultimately use whatever weapon it has available. ... Every time you produce radiation, you produce something that has a certain half-life, in some cases for billions of years. ... It is important that we control these forces and try to eliminate them.
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Internet, internet! | CCCB LAB
In 2009, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the WWW, founded the WWW Foundation with the aim of defending an open Internet understood as a public property and a basic right, and collaborating in the fight for digital equality. Since then, it has continued to watch and denounce the consequences of the improper use of his invention. And there are already various critical voices in this respect: in 2016, mathematician Cathy O’Neil published Weapons of Math Destruction, a text about the implications of the indiscriminate use of algorithms in decision-making, and in 2018, Virginia Eubanks, associate professor of political science at the University at Albany (New York), has published Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, in which she denounced, precisely, the fact that the use of applied algorithms together with demographic statistics, far from helping to create an equitable system, continues to propagate a partial and prejudice-filled view of society.
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Opinion | My Fiancé Jamal Khashoggi Was a Lonely Patriot - The New York Times
Jamal’s family was originally from the Turkish city of Kayseri. For more than 30 years, he worked as a journalist. He was a reporter for the Saudi Gazette and other publications, a top editor at Arab News and Al Watan newspapers, he ran a television network, wrote columns, and advised some of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent leaders and policymakers — including Prince Turki al-Faisal, the country’s former intelligence chief.
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How A 19th Century Chemist Took On The Food Industry With A Grisly Experiment : The Salt : NPR
Yes, and I would be completely irresponsible if I said that food today is as dangerous as it was in the 19th century. Once the first food-safety law was passed in 1906, two years after Wiley finished his Poison Squad experiments, you see government stepping up against some of these extremely dangerous compounds. But we are still having fights about what's safe. The list of dyes that we have in food today is the exact list that Wiley approved, minus a couple that fell out when they became known to be more toxic. So we've both improved things, and not moved forward as much as Wiley would have liked or I have come to believe we should.
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US senators trigger human rights probe over missing Saudi journalist – Middle East Monitor
The Global Magnitsky Act requires a report within 120 days of the letter with a decision on the imposition of sanctions on anyone deemed responsible for a serious rights violation such as torture, prolonged detention without trial or extrajudicial killing of someone exercising freedom of expression. “The recent disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of international recognized human rights,” the letter said. The 2012 Magnitsky Act imposed visa bans and asset freezes on Russian officials linked to the 2009 death in prison of Sergei Magnitsky, a 37-year-old Russian whistleblower. It became the Global Magnitsky Act in 2016 when it was expanded to cover rights abusers in any country.
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Nomi Prins: The central banking heist has put the world at risk - UnHerd
Since QE began, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, “the US Federal Reserve has produced a massive $4.5 trillion of conjured money, out of a worldwide QE total of around $21 trillion”, says Prins. The combination of ultra-low interest rates and vast monetary expansion, she explains, has caused “speculation to rage … much as a global casino would be abuzz if everyone gambled using everyone else’s money”.
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Ralph Nader | Eisenhower's Warning: Prophetic and Presently Understated - YouTube
On June 21, 2018, The American Conservative hosted its annual crony capitalism conference at which Ralph Nader delivered a speech on the military industrial congressional complex titled "Eisenhower's Warning: Prophetic and Presently Understated." Nader is an author, consumer advocate, and former presidential candidate. He is one of America's most effective social critics, and has emerged as a leading voice against the growing convergence of government and corporate interests. He is the author of Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.
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Trump Insulted Bin Salman, so He Retaliated Against Khashoggi
This is neither the first nor the last time that Saudi opposition figures were abducted from exile and deported to Saudi Arabia. The country has a shameful and long history in this regard, as it seized the dissident, Nasser Al-Saeed from Beirut in 1979, with the help of one of his Palestinian friends from the PLO, and his fate remains unknown until today. Kidnapping dissidents are not limited to members of the public but have also included members of the royal family, the fate of many remain unknown. There are thousands of male and female scholars, clerics, intellects, economists, university professors, and activists behind bars.
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August Belmont - Wikipedia
Belmont also used his influence with European business and political leaders to support the Union cause in the Civil War, trying to dissuade the Rothschilds and other French bankers from lending funds or credit for military purchases to the Confederacy and meeting personally in London with the British prime minister, Lord Palmerston, and members of Emperor Napoleon III's French Imperial Government in Paris.[9] He helped organize the Democratic Vigilant Association, which sought to promote unity by promising Southerners that New York businessmen would protect the rights of the South and keep free-soil members out of office.[3]

According to the Chicago Tribune in 1864, Belmont was buying up Southern bonds on behalf of the Rothschilds as their agent in New York because he backed the Southern cause. Seeking to capitalize on divisions in the Republican Party at the War's end, Belmont organized new party gatherings and promoted Salmon Chase (the former United States Secretary of the Treasury since 1861, and later Chief Justice of the United States in 1864) for president in 1868, the candidate he viewed least vulnerable to charges of disloyalty to the Party during the Republican/Unionists Lincoln-Johnson Administrations, (1861–69).[12]
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How the Tequila Boom Could Go Bust - Bloomberg
Joseph Coors Sr. was best known for co-founding the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, and backing Ronald Reagan’s bid for the presidency. He and his brother nurtured the conservative movement of the 1970s through funding from the Adolph Coors Foundation.
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Saudi Crown Prince Boasted That Jared Kushner Was “In His Pocket”
What exactly Kushner and the Saudi royal talked about in Riyadh may be known only to them, but after the meeting, Crown Prince Mohammed told confidants that Kushner had discussed the names of Saudis disloyal to the crown prince, according to three sources who have been in contact with members of the Saudi and Emirati royal families since the crackdown. Kushner, through his attorney’s spokesperson, denies having done so.
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Saudi crown prince brags Jared Kushner handed him U.S. intelligence | Daily Mail Online
'Kushner got hold of an intelligence briefing,' said the Riyadh palace source, recounting the version which originated with MBS. 'At that time he had a high level of security clearance and had access to that. He copied it and provided its contents to MBS. 'The CIA are doing their job by briefing the president on what is happening internationally.  'This is a briefing by the CIA to tell the president that some members of the Saudi royal family are plotting in this and that country. 'Kushner took that part of the briefing and flew to Saudi Arabia to impress MBS.' The disclosure comes after The Intercept reported that Kushner had a late night meeting with Salman and discussed the names of Saudis who opposed his power grab.
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Pope Francis compares abortion to hiring a hitman | The Guardian
In one of his harshest criticisms of abortion, Pope Francis has compared the procedure to “hiring a hitman to resolve a problem”.
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Imposters and the Cult of Romanov Survival | CrimeReads
Disbelief at the fall of Imperial Russia and desperation among the Russian émigré community and international public, who’d romanticized the Romanovs, ignited the desire for a survivor of the Tsar’s family in the years following their disappearance. The Soviets’ deliberate campaign of subterfuge to spread misinformation about the family’s fate, both to hide the botched savagery of their execution and stamp out reverence for Russia’s tsarist past, coupled with the escape of the indomitable matriarch of the dynasty, Dowager Empress Maria, and her refusal to declare her family’s probable death, helped fuel outlandish speculation, and that most infamous of the Romanov imposters, Anna Anderson.
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Ageing in Human Cells Successfully Reversed in the Lab | Technology Networks
Hydrogen sulphide is a molecule that is found naturally in our bodies and has been shown to improve several features of age-related disease in animals. But it can be toxic in large amounts, so we needed to find a way to deliver it directly to the part of the cell where it is needed. By using a “molecular postcode” we have been able to deliver the molecule directly to the mitochondria, the structures that produce energy in cells, where we think it acts, allowing us to use tiny doses, which are less likely to cause side effects.
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As Bush aide, Kavanaugh sent 227 emails about "surveillance"
The release of the email data was no small matter. The Kavanaugh email records actually belong to the George W. Bush Presidential Library, which is part of the National Archives. George W. Bush hired an attorney to represent him personally during the process of deciding which records could be released. By the time the Kavanaugh email records reached the Judiciary Committee, their scope and number had been managed by Bush, the archives, the Department of Justice, and the Trump White House.
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1861 Salomon de Rothschild | Secret Origins of the Civil War
A Book Tour of "A Casual View of America: The Home Letters of Salomon de Rothschild, 1859-1861" Edited by Sigmund Diamond and Published by Stanford University Press, 1961.
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The CIA Has Its Fingerprints on Brazil's Election
National and international financial capital, as well as sectors of the productive business class, have already sided with Bolsonaro in the second round. A large part of the media oligarchies have backed him as well. The poorly denominated “center”, which is, in truth, a group of angry, coup-mongering conservatives faced with the threat of political disappearance have also started to partially adhere to Brazilian fascism, trying to survive from the political crumbs it can obtain if Bolsonaro, or “the Thing” as he is known, and Mourão, the “Aryan”, win the election.
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All the Very Bad Ways That Castor Seeds Have Been Used - Gastro Obscura
How can castor seeds be so dangerous and castor oil be safe for children? Produced with the right technique, the pure oil of the seeds is not a danger; the mash left behind contains the ricin. Isolated, ricin has been used in political assassinations, including the famous umbrella murder, when a Soviet dissident was stabbed in public with a poisoned umbrella tip. During World War II, the U.S. experimented with weaponizing ricin, by coating bullets with the poison or including it in bombs.
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The Corpse Gives Life - Executing Magic in the Modern Era - NCBI Bookshelf
However, the executioner’s right to dissect criminal corpses was largely a thing of the past by the mid-eighteenth century. In 1742, the Augsburg executioner, Johann George Trenkler, was ordered, for instance, to hand over all criminal cadavers to the hospital for dissection by medical students. Five years later, he petitioned to have the right to dissect for the good of public health. It was the best source of poor sinners’ fat, and he claimed, ‘The whole town knows that by mixing a salve with human fat …. I have cured several patients of their nerve gout.’11 He was unsuccessful. In 1799, the Justice Committee in Turin, Italy, recommended compensating the city executioner the sum of 24 soldi (silver coins) for the income lost once he was forbidden to sell human fat.12 However, as Kathy Stuart has observed, ‘the use of human fat was not particular to executioner medicine; executioners simply had privileged access to it’.13
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Surprise Life Found Thriving 2,000 Feet Underground
In a surprise to scientists, cyanobacteria have been found thriving nearly 2,000 feet below the strange landscape, where sunlight, water, and nutrients are scarce. Researchers previously thought these microbes could survive only while basking in the sun's rays, although they are otherwise a versatile bunch; researchers have found them alive nearly everywhere on Earth.
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The Mesmerizing Microscopy of Trees: Otherworldly Images Revealing the Cellular Structure of Wood Specimens – Brain Pickings
Wilson, who served as a research associate at the Chicago Museum of Natural History and went on to preside over the International Wood Collectors Society, cut his samples into meticulously sanded 7×3-inch blocks. Each slide presents a thin slice from one of the blocks, stained to reveal specific microscopic features of its structure.
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Russian Dada 1914–1924 | The MIT Press
This is the first book to approach Russian avant-garde art from the perspective of the anti-art canons associated with the international Dada movement. The works described and documented in Russian Dada were produced at the height of Dada's flourishing, between World War I and the death of Vladimir Lenin—who, incidentally, was a frequent visitor to Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, the founding site of Dada. Like the Dadaists, the Russian avant-gardists whose works appear in this volume strove for internationalism, fused the verbal and visual, and engaged in eccentric practices and pacifist actions, including outrageous performances and anti-war campaigns.
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Thatcher had secret plan to use army at height of miners' strike | The Guardian
The 1984 cabinet papers, released to the National Archives, show that Thatcher asked for contingency plans to be drawn up to use troops to move coal stocks, despite official government policy ruling out the use of service personnel. A plan involving the use of 4,500 service drivers and 1,650 tipper lorries was considered capable of moving 100 kilotonnes a day of coal to the power stations. A separate contingency plan, codenamed Operation Halberd, to use troops in the event of a dock strike, had also been drawn up.
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The Doctrine of Fascism by Giovanni Gentile
Giovanni Gentile (1875-1944), an Italian neo-Hegelian idealist philosopher, ghost wrote Benito Mussolini’s “The Doctrine of Fascism” (1932). He held a chair in philosophy at Palermo University (1907-1914) and later at Pisa. He also wrote the Manifesto of the Italian Fascist Intellectuals and served as Mussolini’s Minister of Public Education. In 1944 he was killed by a group of anti-fascist partisans led by Bruno Fanciullacci while returning from the Prefecture in Florence, where he had previously argued for the release of anti-fascist intellectuals.
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SURVEY OF SOLAR CYCLE PREDICTION MODELS by Jeanette A. Scissum
Sunspots are encountered in groups in which there are usually two prominent spots - a leading (western) spot and a trailing (eastern) spot. The line joining this pair of spots is generally slightly inclined to the equator. The magnetic fields associated with these spots are often of different polarity. During a cycle, all the leader spots in one hemisphere have one polarity, while the leader spots in the other hemisphere have the opposite polarity.
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The truth about quackery | Lydia Kang | TEDxOmaha - YouTube
Lydia Kang is an internal medicine physician at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine. Kang is also the author of historical, young adult and non-fiction books. Those books include: “Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything” (co-authored with Nate Pedersen) as well as “A Beautiful Poison” and “The November Girl.”
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The Conservative Resistance Inside the Vatican | The New Republic
In August, in a letter published in the National Catholic Register, Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò blamed the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis on gay priests who “act under the concealment of secrecy and lies with the power of octopus tentacles, and strangle innocent victims and priestly vocations, and are strangling the entire church.” Pope Francis, he wrote, had sheltered such priests. Viganò specifically named Theodore McCarrick, a “serial predator” who resigned as a cardinal in July after the news broke that he’d sexually abused adolescent boys while rising to become one of America’s most prominent archbishops. Viganò called on Francis to “set a good example” and resign, along with the other cardinals and bishops implicated in the scandal. He wrote little about the fact that McCarrick’s abuse took place during the papacies of Francis’s conservative predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Whatever Francis knew about McCarrick, the previous popes likely knew more. But their complicity was overlooked.
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After death, you’re aware that you’ve died, say scientists
Medical staff confirm this, he said. So how could those who were technically dead be cognizant of what’s happening around them? Even after our breathing and heartbeat stops, we’re conscious for about 2-20 seconds, Dr. Parnia says. That’s how long the cerebral cortex is thought to last without oxygen. This is the thinking and decision-making part of the brain. It’s also responsible for deciphering the information gathered from our senses.
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Shanghai in the 1930s: A Dope Smuggler's Paradise | CrimeReads
Buying off the Shanghai ports is no problem—Chinese customs officers are soon queuing up at the Buick showrooms with hundred-dollar bills shipped straight from Brooklyn. But Yasha drops major coin buying up U.S. customs to establish a direct route, and he urgently needs plenty of mules. Then Yasha and Lepke hear the U.S. Treasury is pushing the SMP to watch sailings from Shanghai to the States. Sammy thinks back to his pimping days and re- members how ladies travelled hassle-free.
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Reality Is Just a Bunch of Hallucinations We Collectively Agree On - Motherboard
The way Seth explains it, our perceptions are a combination of electrical impulses and prediction. The brain combines sensory signals, processes it in the context of what it knows from the past, and guesses what is happening in real time. For example, we might see an object through the visual cortex, but what helps us identify said object is the past compendium of information we have accumulated until that point. Which is why he says our conscious reality is so similar to hallucination—the only difference is that we collectively agree on these particular hallucinations and deem them reality. “We don’t just passively perceive the world, we actively generate it,”
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Secrets Of Color Vision Emerge From Lab-Grown Human Retinas : NPR
"Mice don't sense red," Johnston says. "They don't have these red-detecting cells. So we really have to study this in human tissue to get any insight into how it works." Johnston and Eldred knew that in a human fetus, cells that detect blue light appear first. Then come cells that respond to red and green light.
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Study: Ketogenic diet appears to prevent cognitive decline in mice
Lin et al considered The Ketogenic Diet—characterized by high levels of fat and low levels of carbohydrates—a good candidate for the study, as it has previously shown positive effects for patients with other neurological disorders, including epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and autism.
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We add it to drinking water for our teeth — but is fluoride hurting us?
The Canada study found that adults who are iodine deficient and have higher levels of fluoride in their system have a greater risk of an underactive thyroid. The Mexico study found mothers with higher fluoride exposure during pregnancy were more likely to have children with symptoms of ADHD. Both studies were published in the journal Environmental International.
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The Secret to Ant Efficiency Is Idleness - The New York Times
This didn’t have to do with some ants being lazier than others. His team could remove the hard workers and another group would take over and do just as well, and the same 70/30 rule would hold. After running various computer models of the behavior, he found out that this was the ideal distribution of work. And that the individual virtual ants had to have idleness built in as a potential response to a crowded tunnel.
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We launched a new search engine about Soviet repressions | Gulag.cz
At http://www.memsearch.org/en/, a new search engine has been launched to facilitate the search for information about Soviet repressions. This is a joint project of the Czech Association Gulag.cz and two Russian organizations: the International Memorial in Moscow and the Memorial Association in St Petersburg, which contains data from eight different sources.
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Michelle Obama: George W. Bush is 'my partner in crime'
Former first lady Michelle Obama said Thursday that ex-President George W. Bush has become her "partner in crime" after years of sitting together at official events. "President Bush and I are forever seatmates because of protocol – that's how we sit at all the official functions," Obama said on NBC's "Today" show. "So he is my partner in crime at every major thing where all the formers gather." "I love him to death," Obama added. "He's a wonderful man. He's a funny man."
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