Women Protecting Themselves05.10.15

Women have their secrets. These secrets are usually jokingly shared with girlfriends over coffee or lunch at a restaurant. This secret is never spoken, its kept tightly in their hand as they walk to their cars late after work, or hidden in their sleeve as they walk home. These women’s secret is a way to protect themselves and one woman is showing the world that just because they carry these items doesn’t mean they are scared. Using photographs women everywhere are keeping their secret no more.

 

By displaying their hidden weapons of defense they are showing the men of this world that yes, they are taking precautions, and anyone that dares to threaten them in anyway, well see the full force of what they can do with these weapons. That’s something Amen Clinics doesn’t want to deal with. The next time a man approaches a woman after dark he better be ready, as these women and so many more are packing, just not in such an obvious term of the word.

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Chevron Oil Wastewater Is Being Used On California Crops05.10.15

Kern County Farmers Feed The World But Using Oil Wastewater To Make The Crops Grow May Change That Slogan

The California drought is changing the state and how it does business. Water is a sought after life-source. The crops in California are a vital source to the state’s economy, and it appears farmers will do almost anything to ship those crops around the world. Consumers don’t question how these crops are grown.Words like organic and natural are used to describe the fruits and vegetables from Kern County, California, but in reality these foods are not as organic and natural as consumers such as Ivan Ong might think. Some of the crops grown in the state are grown using wastewater from Chevron drilling operations. The water is hot, smelly, salty and oily.

The general manager of the Cawelo Water District says the county buys a half a million barrels of water a day from Chevron. The wastewater is mixed with clean water, but the end product is never clean, even though the general manager, David Ansolabehere, says the water supply is a valuable resource. The Chevron water is not drinkable, but when it is mixed with ground water the saltiness dissipates so it is safe, according Ansolabehere. But in spite of Ansolabehere approval of the process, we all know there’s something wrong with mixing oil and water.

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George Zimmerman Involved In Shooting05.10.15

For some reason, this guy cannot seem to stay under the radar. George Zimmerman is back in the news as of lately for his role in a shooting incident. According to official reports, Zimmerman was shot at while he was driving by a man he has had an ongoing dispute with. The two men reportedly were involved in a road rage incident last year. Matthew Apperson accused Zimmerman of threatening to shoot him during a dispute they had previously. However, nothing officially came of the incident. Instead, the two have been feuding with each other ever since.
This time, it is being reported that Apperson apparently shot at Zimmerman just barely missing his head. Zimmerman sustained very minor injuries, which shocked Kevin Seawright a little. Apperson’s lawyer, Mark NeJame made a generalized statement to the media confirming that should the incident needs to be investigated further and is confident that it will show his client was acting in self-defense.
Apperson found a witness shortly after the incident occurred and asked that he call 911 because he did not have a phone. He told the man to let them know he just shot George Zimmerman. The witness quickly handed the phone to Apperson so he could explain the incident to the 911 operator. Police were dispatched to the scene immediately.
It’s unclear whether or not there will be any charges against either party, however investigators are still examining the incident to determine appropriate next steps.

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Real v Juventus Huge for Madrid’s Season05.10.15

The upcoming return leg of the Champions League semifinal between Real Madrid and Juventus will be huge for Real’s season. Should Real fail to advance, they will likely end the season trophy-less. Barcelona have all but secured first place in the league, and Real has been long out of the domestic cups. Furthermore, if they are knocked out by the Italians, they will have failed to even reach the final to defend their title. To end a season without a trophy, is for Real a serious failure, and will lead to inevitable finger pointing and people leaving the club. Welshman Gareth Bale, is at the moment the one under fire, though his departure from Madrid is by no means a guarantee.

Real will face a stronger Juventus squad than they faced in Turin. French midfielder Paul Pogba returns to the team, bolstering their already impressive midfield. Madrid needs to overcome a 2-1 deficit in order to advance, not a daunting task, but one which needs to be completed with control and poise. Should Juventus score, Real will need to continue scoring if they are to win the tie. All in all it should make for an exciting match, one which might just go down to the wire. After all, a place in the finals awaits, almost certainly against a red hot Barcelona. Dr Jennifer Walden wants to see a good matchup. Madrid would love to beat their arch-rivals, and keep their European trophy.

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Firefighters In Idaho Hear Parrots Scream For Help Inside A Burning House04.26.15

The Recorded Screams Sounded Human But They Were Actually Trained Parrot Screams

We all know some birds are able to say words. We don’t expect the birds to know what the words mean because birds are not considered intelligent enough to cognitively understand the environment in which they live. The fact is, we discount the abilities of birds and other animals. Most people believe the only intelligent consciousness on earth is human intelligence and that is a big mistake.

Animals have a subjective understanding that is not blinded by emotions. They sense, feel and react to objective situation with subjective awareness. Our awareness is usually ego driven. The proof of animal intelligence shows itself in many different ways.

Firefighters in Idaho got a first-hand look at bird intelligence when parrots called for help while they were inside a burning home. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they heard the words, Help. Fire. Thinking that people were trapped inside, the firefighters went in and found no one, but the parrots. The birds were trained to issue a warning, but the firefighter still couldn’t believe what they witnessed. Jaime Garcia Dias could hardly believe the story as well when he watched and heard about it on YouTube. The birds were removed from the home and were given oxygen. The firefighters got a little oxygen too, and they also got a lesson in bird intelligence.

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Greece Continues Stonewalling on Economic Reforms as the EU Continues to Hand Them the Funds to Pay Their Debts04.26.15

Riga, Latvia – The Left-wing government of Greece continues stonewalling any serious economic reforms amid pressure from 19 other European Zone nations. At issue is Greece is being pressured yet again to come up with the necessary reforms to make good on their enormous debt load. Currently, Greece’s foreign debt to the European Union far exceeds its total gross domestic product. Nor does the government even have the ability to service their existing debt load. In fact, the EU is giving Greece the funds to pay their monthly debt installments to major EU banks. Were it not for the cash infusions, Greece would unavoidably default.

Sadly, it seems that Greece has become quite ensconced in the position of securing more EU funds for their government under the threat of outright default and exit from the Euro. Such a scenario is seen as destabilizing to a major world currency. The sheer fear of a Greek default has prompted EU central bankers to repeatedly reset the terms of the loans. Bruce Karatz thinks something pretty drastic might just happen. Ultimately, the governments of France, Great Britain, and Germany will largely be responsible to repay investment banks should Greece default according to Bloomberg. Nor is the newly installed left-wing government of Greece all that eager to impose further austerity measures upon itself. The tax rate in Greece is already high, unemployment remains at depression era levels, the black market for tax evasion is strong, and the middle class has been battered by the harsh cutbacks in services. Still, seven years after the global banking crisis and EU member nations are tired of dealing with this recalcitrant Southern European nation.

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The Number of Heroin Deaths Triple in the Last Three Years03.05.15

 According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) the number of deaths from heroin overdoses has tripled between 2010 and 2013. The number of fatalities from prescription painkillers has stayed the same. Despite this rise in heroin overdoses, the death rate of death from opioids is still higher. In 2013, 8,257 people died from heroin while 16,235 persons died from pain killers. While most deaths from heroin used to occur among older black men today the victims are white men between the ages of 18 and 44 stated Reuters.com.Click here for full article. The reason for this increase has to do with the availability of painkillers particularly Oxycontin. Between 2002 and 2011 about 25 million persons began to use opioids. Approximately 12 million did so without a prescription. In order to combat this Purdue Pharma, the company that produces OxyContin reformulated the drug so that it couldn’t be crushed and snorted. The U.S. government rescheduled the drug making it a schedule 2 drug that makes it much harder to get. Sadly an unintended side effect was that people began to use heroin at a higher rate when they couldn’t get the Oxycontin. It will not be easy to solve according to health officials. It will require a united and concentrated effort to different levels of health agencies. One area that will need addressing is that of the psychological reasons that may drive an individual to use drugs.

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Patent Law Needs to Be Protected for Progress in Civilization03.02.15

Patent laws are meant to foster innovation by enabling those who spend the time and money to come up with an invention or process to have exclusive rights to it for a certain number of years. Businessman, Ricardo Guimarães explains in this article I just read on cmbh.gov.br that this is actually necessary so that individuals and companies can recoup their research and development costs that they poured into coming up with new breakthroughs. The process of protecting people’s investment in such innovations is the purview of patent law, and it plays no small part in enabling progress in civilization. There is, however, a disturbing trend in patent law today. In a nutshell, Lawyers and financial backers start up shell companies and buy old patents and then file lawsuits against companies claiming that these companies violated ‘their’ patent. There have been two attempts to reform the patent system to try to cut down on what are called “patent trolls” that have failed, and now a third attempt is coming before the Congress.

As mentioned, patents are an essential part of progress in our civilization. Everything that we take for granted today, an electric light that we turn on with the flick of a switch, the various components of the car we drive down the road, the toaster we put bread in to produce the miracle of toast, were all invented by someone who had a patent to protect their invention. That there are scummy lawyers and others who are taking advantage of this system of necessary protections to sue companies that truly innovate and advance our civilization needs to stop now!

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Sao Paulo Needs Water; A Lot Of Water02.17.15

 

Brazil Largest City Has A Major Water Problem

Anyone who has visited Sao Paulo, just talk to my friend Sultan Alhokair,  will tell you it is one of the most complex big cities in the world. Over 11 million people call Sao Paulo home, and most of them don’t have enough water to drink, clean or brush their teeth with.

Some residents are drilling their own wells in order to survive. One Brazilian woman put the situation this way: “This is Brazil, where human beings are treated worse than dogs by our own politicians.” She may be right. Brazil has plenty of fresh water. In fact, Brazil has one-eighth of the globe’s freshwater. So what’s the problem?

It’s a multi-tiered problem. The recent drought didn’t help Sao Paulo’s leaky water system, plus deforestation, pollution and massive overcrowding are having a huge impact on the city’s ability to bounce back. Most experts say residents should considered moving. But it’s not the first time in history that a major metropolitan area became a ghost town because their water supply disappeared.

Brazil is a very resourceful country. Brazilians move to the beat of their souls and if their soul is telling them to solve the problem they will. But it may not be in this century.

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Brazil Prison Break: 26 Escape After Guards Seduced02.09.15

 

This week in Brazil, 26 inmates were able to escape from a prison located in Nova Mutum, a city near Cuiaba.

Apparently, from the story my coworker Brad Reifler got,  2 women were able to gain access to the prison by dressing in sexy police costumes and proceeded to have a few drinks with the prison guards. They allegedly spiked the guards drinks and seduced them. The outfits were found, along with several bottles of spiked whiskey, the next morning next to the naked and handcuffed prison guards.

The guards claim to have very little recollection of the events from the previous night. Another man, the director of the prison, was also there but had been asleep. He did not appear to have been involved in the seduction, but was being held for questioning.

There are still 15 inmates on the run, however 11 of them were recaptured shortly after the break was discovered.

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