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Coffee may come with a cancer warning label in California
A California judge ruled against coffee shops that may have to label their product. Labels would warn customers about acrylamide, which the state lists as a carcinogen. A preliminary decision from a California superior court judge in Los Angeles could affect thousands of coffee shops including Starbucks, 7-Eleven and even gas stations.
The shops may have to put up a warning that tells customers there is a possible cancer risk linked to their morning jolt of java. The court said in a statement Wednesday that the companies "failed to meet their burden of proof on their Alternative Significant Risk Level affirmative defense" and ruled against them.
Higher levels of lifestyle physical activity linked to more gray matter in older adults
Higher levels of lifestyle physical activity – such as house cleaning, walking a dog and gardening, as well as exercise – are associated with more gray matter in the brains of older adults, according to a study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center. The Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences will publish the study's findings on Feb. 14.
The gray matter in the brain includes regions responsible for controlling muscle movement, experiencing the senses, thinking and feeling, memory and speech and more. The volume of gray matter is a measure of brain health, but the amount of gray matter in the brain often begins to decrease in late adulthood, even before symptoms of cognitive dysfunction appear. "More gray matter is associated with better cognitive function, while decreases in gray matter are associated with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias," said Shannon Halloway, PhD.
Artifical Intelligence Machine Can Identify 20 Billion People in Seconds
Yitu Technology has made an AI algorithm that can connect to millions of surveillance cameras and instantly recognise people. The company – based in Shanghai, China – developed Dragonfly Eye to scan through millions of photographs that have been logged in the country’s national database.
This means it has a collection of 1.8 billion photos on file, including visitors to the country and those taken at ports and airports.
It may also have access to the photos of every one of Hong Kong’s identity card holders, although Yitu has refused to confirm this.
The cutting-edge technology is now being used track down criminals, with the early stages of use showing it has been a hugely successful. “Our machines can very easily recognise you among at least 2 billion people in a matter of seconds,” Yitu chief executive and co-founder, Zhu Long, told the South China Morning Post. “Which would have been unbelievable just three years ago.” It is reported that on the first day Dragonfly Eye was in operation in Shanghai’s Metro, it was able to track a man wanted by cops and sent police to his exact location. A further 567 suspected criminals were nabbed on the city’s subway system.
Zhu continued: “Let’s say that we live in Shanghai, a city of 24 million people...“You can’t watch all the videos, and doing a search is very time-consuming and requires too many resources to get meaningful results from such a huge amount of data. But artificial intelligence can do it easily, and by using existing infrastructure.” And the future of the Dragonfly technology doesn’t stop at catching criminals.
Sweden: Fire brigade now need SWAT team to enter migrant suburbs
After a fire alarm went off in a garage with fifty cars in Uppsala, the fire brigade was nowhere to be seen. According to a witness, people in the suburb of Gottsunda had to wait (for almost) an hour before the emergency services arrived.
At 9:34 pm the emergency services arrived much too late at the place. Lisa Sannervik, a police spokeswoman, said “the delay was because of safety measures”. Earlier there were attacks on responding teams and helmet and weapon reinforcements were needed to safely escort the fire brigade in the suburb.
That probably had to do with the police and housing companies conducting searches in the area in a fight against organised crime. It could not be ruled out that the garage fire in Gottsunda was retaliation for the work that was performed earlier that week.
“Of course, it is regrettable for residents in the area. But we need to put security for our staff in first place” said Lisa Sannervik.
Three volcanoes around Pacific Rim on brink of major eruptions
Volcanoes in Mexico, Indonesia and Vanuatu are at varying levels of imminent eruptions having belched smoke, ash and red-hot rocks, covering villages in ash and forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate.
Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City was the latest to show life on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time), heightening the anxieties of Mexicans still shaken by last week's powerful earthquake that killed hundreds and severely damaged thousands of buildings.
Meanwhile, the exodus from a menacing volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali is nearing 100,000 people, a disaster official said on Wednesday, as hundreds of tremors from the mountain were recorded daily.
In the Pacific island of Vanuatu, a rumbling, belching volcano that's threatening to blow has forced more than 7000 people to flee their homes by Wednesday.
Monsanto Caught Red Handed
Despite the mega-corporation’s desperate attempts to keep company secrets secret, internal emails written by top Monsanto executives that were gathered during the discovery phase of a lawsuit now underway have been unsealed. What did this treasure trove of darkness reveal? The claim being made by hundreds of plaintiffs in the current combined cases in federal court is not nonsense, as the company has long insisted. These executives did indeed cover up the known carcinogenic dangers of Roundup. Will the U.S. Congress and the federal agencies responsible for Americans’ health and safety finally ban the substance, as the European Union, Sri Lanka, El Salvador and others have wisely done?
The evidence against Monsanto’s Roundup and other herbicides containing glyphosate may not get any clearer, even to the thickest-headed believers of Roundup’s safety.
As reported by this writer earlier this year in American Free Press, Monsanto is being sued by individuals in federal court in San Francisco, on the basis that its herbicide Roundup brought on non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in individuals.
Documents released by one of Monsanto’s law firms cast a dark shadow on the company’s knowledge of the danger of Roundup and its main ingredient, glyphosate. Monsanto claims that the documents were released against attorney-client confidentiality. The law firm countered that Monsanto did not properly protect the documents in question, and the documents have now been made public, irrespective of the quibbling of lawyers.
By James Spounias
That Drone Hovering Over Your Home? It’s the Insurance Inspector
About 40% of car insurers no longer use employees to physically inspect damage in some cases When Melinda Roberts found shingles in her front yard after a storm, her insurer didn’t dispatch a claims adjuster to investigate. It sent a drone.
August 3rd 2017 WikiLeaks publishes documents from the Dumbo project of the CIA. Dumbo is a capability to suspend processes utilizing webcams and corrupt any video recordings that could compromise a PAG deployment. The PAG (Physical Access Group) is a special branch within the CCI (Center for Cyber Intelligence); its task is to gain and exploit physical access to target computers in CIA field operations.
Dumbo can identify, control and manipulate monitoring and detection systems on a target computer running the Microsoft Windows operating sytem. It identifies installed devices like webcams and microphones, either locally or connected by wireless (Bluetooth, WiFi) or wired networks. All processes related to the detected devices (usually recording, monitoring or detection of video/audio/network streams) are also identified and can be stopped by the operator. By deleting or manipulating recordings the operator is aided in creating fake or destroying actual evidence of the intrusion operation.
Dumbo is run by the field agent directly from an USB stick; it requires administrator privileges to perform its task. It supports 32bit Windows XP, Windows Vista, and newer versions of Windows operating system. 64bit Windows XP, or Windows versions prior to XP are not supported.
Jews Want The Third Temple & Fast
(Israel)—[Israel Today] Monday evening marked the beginning of the Jewish fast of Tisha B'Av, which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples. Thousands of Israelis participated in an annual march around the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, with a special focus on the Temple Mount.
Though it is Judaism's holiest site, Jews are still not allowed to pray there due to threats of Muslim violence. Government officials participating in the march noted that the people of Israel are seeking much more than just the right to pray atop a Muslim-occupied Temple Mount.
They want the Third Temple.
"Everyone who came here tonight proved with his feet that we want the Temple back—and quickly," Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan told Arutz 7.
Does this weed killer cause cancer? It's certainly giving EU experts a headache
As the debate over the safety of the world’s most widely used weed killer rages on in Brussels, there were demonstrations against glyphosate in the Belgian capital on Wednesday (July 19).
There have been conflicting studies on whether the popular herbicide can cause cancer. The product’s EU license is set to expire at the end of the year, and a decision over whether to extend it is pending.
“I am here because I am concerned about farmers, people and nature. We ask the European Commission, all governments to invest more in research for alternatives for the use of pesticides,” said Kurt Sannen, a farmer and chairman of the organic association Bioforum.
Korsak Leonid, a citizen from Belgium, gave this warning:“Soon there will be no birds, no bees, nothing. So it is time to react.”
A committee of experts from EU nations was set to hold a first discussion of the issue on Wednesday, with a vote expected later in the year.
Trouble On The India China Boarder
The ruling Communist Party of China has issued a stern warning to neighboring India, with which it is engaged in a bitter border dispute that has recently seen Chinese live-fire drills and media speculation of extensive Indian military casualties denied by both sides.
After accusing Indian troops of crossing over the disputed Sikkim border last month, Chinese Communist Party outlet Global Times published a commentary Tuesday urging restraint by both belligerents, but warning that China was prepared to engage India in a battle for the contested land. The piece chalked up the conflict to a greater competition for economic and political dominance between the two leading Asian powers and said that Beijing would amass troops and armaments at the border in anticipation for what could turn into an all-out war.
China doesn't recognize the land under the actual control of India is Indian territory. Bilateral border negotiations are still ongoing, but the atmosphere for negotiations has been poisoned by India. China doesn't advocate and tries hard to avoid a military clash with India, but China doesn't fear going to war to safeguard sovereignty either, and will make itself ready for a long-term confrontation.
www.globaltimes.cn/content/1056783.shtml & www.infowars.com/billions-of-lives-are-at-stake-as-china-threatens-india-with-war/
Will Christianity Perish In Its Birth Place
“Liberated for democracy” by the U.S., Afghanistan is now among the world’s most deadly when it comes to persecution of Christians. In Iraq and Syria, which once tolerated and even embraced Christians, hundreds of thousands are now fleeing for their lives. The 44 Coptic Christians killed in Egypt on Palm Sunday are only a few of the estimated 90,000 Christians around the world killed for their faith in 2016. Is the ultimate goal to drive all Christians from the Holy Lands?
Where are the gains for religious freedom and human rights to justify all the bombings, invasions, and wars we (US) have conducted in the lands from Libya to Pakistan?
Truth be told, it is in part because of us (US) that Christianity is on its way to being exterminated in its cradle. By Pat Buchanan
Russian Greek Catholic Church Meet for a Historic Congress
The history of the RGCC dates back to the late 19th century. Despite Greek Catholicism being illegal throughout the Russian Empire, individual Russian churchmen and intellectuals, including the eccentric and controversial Vladimir Soloviev, began pushing for Russian Orthodox Christians to unite themselves to Rome. Soloviev, for example, posited a novel theory that Rome and Moscow had never truly broken communion after the Great Schism (typically dated to 1054 A.D.). Following Tsar Nicholas II’s edict of religious toleration in 1905, it became possible for more Russian Orthodox to join the Catholic Church...In addition to asking for a bishop, the RGCC wishes for the process of Russian Orthodox entering the Catholic Church to be simplified, and for former Russian Orthodox becoming Catholic not to be absorbed automatically into the Latin Church...Prayers should also be offered that the RGCC will serve as a bridge to lead the Russian Orthodox back into communion with Rome.