Israel Wakes Up to White

Israel National News
20 February 2015
Tova Dvorin

Roads and schools close as Israel blanketed with snow nationwide – from the Golan to the Negev.

Jerusalem in snow

Israelis from the north to the Negev woke up to a blanket of white Friday morning, after snow fell in every place more than 300 meters above sea level.

Jerusalem, the Gush Etzion region of Judea, Tzfat (Safed), and the Golan saw the most snow, but the storm hit other areas less prone to inclement weather – including several towns in the Negev.

The lower Golan Heights region, which was also blanketed by the blizzard, has not seen snow since 1992, according to Walla! News.

As of Friday morning, some 30 cm (11.8 inches) of snow has fallen in Tzfat; 20 cm (7.8 inches) has fallen in the Golan Heights. Continue reading Israel Wakes Up to White

‘Fluoride in water could cause depression, weight gain’ – scientists

February 24, 2015

Fluoride added to local water supplies in England may cause depression and weight gain, a new study suggests. Scientists warn local authorities should cease adding the mineral to drinking water in the interest of public health.

The research, conducted by a team of scientists at the University of Kent, indicates that particularly high numbers of underactive thyroid glands occur in areas with high levels of fluoridation.

Having analyzed 98 percent of GP practices in England, researchers found underactive thyroids are 30 percent more likely in areas where higher levels of water fluoridation occur. Continue reading ‘Fluoride in water could cause depression, weight gain’ – scientists

New Beehive Lets You Harvest Honey Automatically Without Disturbing Bees

With this brilliant invention by Stuart and Cedar Anderson, a father-and-son beekeeper team in Australia, honey bees around the world can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Their Flow Hive invention allows beekeepers to harvest honey from their hives without disturbing the bees inside.

The clever invention works by providing the bees with a partially-completed wall of honeycomb cells that they then complete with their own wax. After they fill these cells with honey and cap them with wax, the beekeeper can open the other end, allowing the honey to flow out into a tap without ever disturbing the bees. The bees simply reopen the cells and fill them up again.

Honey bees around the world are in trouble from something called colony collapse disorder, and this is highly worrisome because of the honey they produce and the agricultural plants they pollinate. Hopefully, this hive will give weakened hives a much-needed break from intrusive visits from the bee keeper!

Flu deaths keep mounting in people vaccinated against the flu

Natural News
February 24, 2015
Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) The official body count of this year’s flu shot victims continues to mount, as yet another previously healthy individual is reported to have died not long after getting the heavily pushed jab. Chad Rattray, a 37-year-old former hot dog vendor from Spokane, Washington, reportedly fell ill and died of complications from the flu recently, much to the sorrow of his close-knit community.

Known affectionately as “Cheddar Chad” among locals, Rattray had recently been hired as a bus driver for the Spokane Transit Authority (STA). And like millions of other Americans, he followed the advice of health authorities in getting a flu shot this year, which he presumably believed would help protect him against flu infection.

Instead, he fell deathly ill and had to call in sick just one day after driving his first, and only, route for STA. According to The Washington Times, Rattray had been scheduled to drive a bus on Monday, January 19, but had to be admitted to Sacred Heart Medical Center’s intensive care unit for treatment. Continue reading Flu deaths keep mounting in people vaccinated against the flu

Smoking marijuana is 114 times safer than drinking alcohol – study

24 February 2015

As the debate over marijuana legalization continues in the United States, a new study suggests that smoking the controversial plant is about 114 times safer than drinking alcohol.

In fact, alcohol was found to be the deadliest drug on an individual level, at least when it comes to the likelihood of a person dying due to consuming a lethal dose. Heroin and cocaine were the next most deadly substances, followed by tobacco, ecstasy, and meth. Trailing up the rear was marijuana.

READ MORE: High on the Hill? House bills want to legalize, tax recreational marijuana

According to the team of international researchers behind the study, published in the journal ‘Scientific Reports,’ the findings suggest that marijuana risks – at least those related to mortality – are trumped when compared to substances like alcohol.

“The results confirm that the risk of cannabis may have been overestimated in the past,” the report reads. “At least for the endpoint of mortality, the [margin of exposure] for THC/cannabis in both individual and population-based assessments would be above safety thresholds (e.g. 100 for data based on animal experiments). In contrast, the risk of alcohol may have been commonly underestimated.” Continue reading Smoking marijuana is 114 times safer than drinking alcohol – study

Alaska Becomes 3rd State With Legal Marijuana

ABC News
February 23, 2015
By MOLLY DISCHNER Associated Press

Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America’s wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings.

Making Alaska the third state to legalize recreational marijuana was the goal of a coalition including libertarians, rugged individualists and small-government Republicans who prize the privacy rights enshrined in the state’s constitution.

But when they voted 53-47 percent last November to legalize marijuana use by adults in private places, they left many of the details to lawmakers and regulators to sort out.

Meanwhile, Alaska Native leaders worry that legalization will bring new temptations to communities already confronting high rates of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and suicide. Continue reading Alaska Becomes 3rd State With Legal Marijuana

Political Science: Oil Corps Invest Millions to Rewrite Climate Change

Occupy Corporatism
Susanne Posel
February 22, 2015

According to documents, Wei-Hock Soon, prominent “climate denier” and scientist has taken millions from oil corporations in exchange for research showing climate change is not man-made; yet omitted this information from studies claiming that the sun is effecting Earth’s climate changes.

Soon took an estimated $1.2 million from giants in the fossil fuels industry for scientific research papers published in credible journals since 2008.

Shockingly, the studies paid for by fossil fuels companies were presented to the US Congress in testimony given on the findings.

And of course, Soon adamantly denies his financial involvement with any oil corporation.

Disclosing possible compromises to scientific research is an ethical requirement; including naming the corporations or special interest groups a scientist may have received funding from or is aligned with.

Charles Alcock, director of the HSC said Soon’s behavior was “inappropriate [and] this frankly becomes a personnel matter, which we have to handle with Dr. Soon internally.” Continue reading Political Science: Oil Corps Invest Millions to Rewrite Climate Change