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#21 MovieMadness

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 11:31 AM

5 dead after FDA-approved obesity treatment that places silicone balloon in stomach, agency says

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the sudden deaths of five people who had undergone an obesity treatment that places an inflated silicone balloon in their stomach.

All deaths happened within a month of the procedure, the FDA said in a letter earlier this week to health-care providers. Three people died just one to three days later.

The agency, however, cautioned that it has yet to determine whether the devices or the way in which they were placed in the stomachs directly caused those deaths.

“At this time, we do not know the root cause or incidence per rate of patient death,” the FDA said, adding that it is working with the companies that manufacture the devices.

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They actually allowed them to inflate balloons in their stomachs and now wonder why they are dying?


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#22 MovieMadness

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 11:22 AM

Goldfish are capable of making their own alcohol

When someone is a heavy drinker, we sometimes say that they "drink like a fish." Until now, we never knew just how apt that phrase truly was, at least as it pertains to goldfish and their carp relatives.

Scientists have found that your bored, lonely, yawning pet goldfish has a rather remarkable coping mechanism for those long weeks swimming in its murky fish bowl between cleanings: it makes its own alcohol and gets lit.

“The adaptation is very rare among animals,” said Michael Berenbrink, one of the researchers to make the discovery, to New Scientist.

It's such a rare trait, in fact, that no other vertebrate has been discovered with the ability.

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Maybe they should bottle that stuff, I'm sure it would sell.


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 07:04 PM

South Carolina warns citizens of 'Lizard Man' sightings during solar eclipse

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) is warning citizens in several of its counties to be vigilant of paranormal activity associated with the upcoming total solar eclipse.

 

Considering that the eclipse is a space event, you might think the warning is simply an amusing alert to keep an eye out for UFOs, but that's really not the cast. SCEMD is being quite specific about its advice, and it's asking citizens to be wary of Lizardmen.

 

It might sound like an April Fools' joke, but SCEMD's warning is apparently completely legitimate, as South Carolina has a history of Lizard Man sightings. The agency tweeted out a handy map of where Lizardmen have been spotted in the past along with an overlay of the path of the solar eclipse.

 

Regarding possible paranormal activity potentially occurring during the #SolarEclipse2017. As always, if you see something, say something.

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Somebody must have been drinking in South Carolina.

 

 

Looks like a full moon is not the only time to bring the kooks out.

 

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 03:47 PM

Not surprising. Fruitcakes have a shelf life of about one million years.

 

Does anyone remember (or know about) the Ozzie and Harriet episode when the Nelsons were giving out fruitcake as casual mini-gifts during Christmas time? It was a little sub-plot wherein the recipients would make a face and say 'Oh' a thinly-veiled attempt to hide disappointment. I wonder how they would have felt if they were told that it was 100 years old. I don't think it would have helped.



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Posted 13 August 2017 - 11:10 AM


"Finding such a perfectly preserved fruitcake in amongst the last handful of unidentified and severely corroded tins was quite a surprise," Meek said.

Not surprising. Fruitcakes have a shelf life of about one million years.


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 11:00 AM

A 100-Year-Old Fruitcake Was Found 'Perfectly Preserved' in Antarctica

The Antarctic Heritage Trust has recovered a 100-year-old fruit cake on Cape Adare in Antarctica, where famed explorer Robert Falcon Scott's team was likely based for the Terra Nova expedition.

Conservators for the trust said the tin was rusted, but the cake (made by British biscuit company Huntley & Palmers) still looked and smelled edible, Lizzie Meek, the manager of the program's artefacts, said in a statement. It's been documented that Scott liked this particular brand of cake.

"Finding such a perfectly preserved fruitcake in amongst the last handful of unidentified and severely corroded tins was quite a surprise," Meek said.

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I'm surprised they aren't saying it's been fully cooked from "global warming".


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:57 AM

South Carolina warns citizens of 'Lizard Man' sightings during solar eclipse

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) is warning citizens in several of its counties to be vigilant of paranormal activity associated with the upcoming total solar eclipse.

 

Considering that the eclipse is a space event, you might think the warning is simply an amusing alert to keep an eye out for UFOs, but that's really not the cast. SCEMD is being quite specific about its advice, and it's asking citizens to be wary of Lizardmen.

 

It might sound like an April Fools' joke, but SCEMD's warning is apparently completely legitimate, as South Carolina has a history of Lizard Man sightings. The agency tweeted out a handy map of where Lizardmen have been spotted in the past along with an overlay of the path of the solar eclipse.

 

Regarding possible paranormal activity potentially occurring during the #SolarEclipse2017. As always, if you see something, say something.

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Somebody must have been drinking in South Carolina.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 11:31 AM

NY Times Warns Climate Change May Be ‘Greater Threat to Guam’ than N. Korea

On Friday morning, The New York Times promoted its article entitled, “North Korea Aside, Guam Faces Another Threat: Climate Change,” by asking its Twitter readers the question:

    “What’s a greater threat to Guam? North Korea, or climate change?”

 

“The island of Guam made rare headlines this week when North Korea, responding to blustery language from President Trump, threatened to fire four ballistic missiles into waters near the American territory’s shores,” began the article. “Some Guam residents told reporters that they worried what might happen if North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, were actually to follow through.”

    “Scientists in Guam, however, say they have at least one other major threat in mind: climate change.”

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Even when threatened with nuclear annihilation, these kooks are still complaining about climate change.

 

 


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 11:28 AM

Colleges brainwash students into believing 9/11 was our fault

 

Not all of us will be mourning 9/11 victims and their families this Friday on the 14th anniversary of the attacks. Hundreds of college kids across the country will instead be taught to sympathize with the terrorists.

That’s because their America-hating leftist professors are systematically indoctrinating them into believing it’s all our fault, that the US deserved punishment for “imperialism” — and the kids are too young to remember or understand what really happened that horrific day.

Case in point is a freshman-level English class taught at several major universities across the country called “The Literature of 9/11” — which focuses almost entirely on writings from the perspective of the Islamic terrorists, rather than the nearly 3,000 Americans who were slaughtered by them.

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This is for those that think brainwashing doesn't happen at our universities>>>>> CLUELESS.


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 03:08 PM

Sounds more like a brief review of large periods of U.S. history.

The part about crystals dates it quite a bit.


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:59 PM

This Carl Sagan Prediction from 1995 Is Surprisingly Correct


    “I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — ... but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance."

 

Looks like he predicted this thread.


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:48 PM

Why Are These Water Buffaloes Covered with Tiny Frogs?

Researchers spotted the buffalo-riding amphibians — marsh frogs Pelophylax ridibundus — in the Kizilirmak Delta along the coast of the Black Sea, a region with freshwater and brackish lakes, and plentiful marsh vegetation alongside farmlands and pastures.

From April to November, domesticated Anatolian water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) are released from their pastures to roam the marshes. And when they do, they collect frog hitchhikers, which forage on the buffaloes' shaggy bodies for flies.

 

Birds are known to play a similar role with some types of mammals, but this is the first study to describe this type of mutually beneficial relationship between large mammals and amphibians, the scientists wrote.

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Did this one really take a study to figure it out?

 

 

 

Glad to know his mode of transportation. :lol:

 

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:37 PM

This Carl Sagan Prediction from 1995 Is Surprisingly Correct

Here’s the complete passage from Sagan’s 1995 book that has some people on edge:

    “I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and whats true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness. The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), the lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.

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It's amazing how accurate he depicts what's left after 8 years of Obama as President.


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:33 PM

Why Are These Water Buffaloes Covered with Tiny Frogs?

Researchers spotted the buffalo-riding amphibians — marsh frogs Pelophylax ridibundus — in the Kizilirmak Delta along the coast of the Black Sea, a region with freshwater and brackish lakes, and plentiful marsh vegetation alongside farmlands and pastures.

From April to November, domesticated Anatolian water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) are released from their pastures to roam the marshes. And when they do, they collect frog hitchhikers, which forage on the buffaloes' shaggy bodies for flies.

 

Birds are known to play a similar role with some types of mammals, but this is the first study to describe this type of mutually beneficial relationship between large mammals and amphibians, the scientists wrote.

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Did this one really take a study to figure it out?

 

 


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 03:29 PM

A study that surveyed a little over 1% of U.S. four

year colleges. Yep, that's stupid science. 


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 03:06 PM

Liberal professors outnumber conservatives nearly 12 to 1, study finds

A new study confirms what even the most casual observer of higher education has long known — that conservative professors are vastly outnumbered by liberal ones — but it also shows that the problem is getting worse.

Published in Econ Journal Watch last month, the study looks at faculty voter registration at 40 leading universities and finds that, out of 7,243 professors, Democrats outnumber Republicans 3,623 to 314, or by a ratio of 11 1/2 to 1.

The study comes after a tumultuous few years at American colleges and universities, marked by campus race protests, the disinvitation of conservative speakers and the popularization of phrases such as “trigger warning” and “safe space.”

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If anyone wondered why so many students become brainwashed into believing global warming, here is your answer.

 

 

Maybe Conservatives are too stupid to be professors. They don't like education, they don't like science, they don't know how to use a verb in a simple sentence.

 

So all the "Liberal" professors got together and decided they were going to brainwash their students. Brilliant.



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Posted 10 August 2017 - 12:32 PM

Antarctic Ice Reveals Earth’s Accelerating Plant Growth

For decades, scientists have been trying to figure out what all the carbon dioxide we have been putting into the atmosphere has been doing to plants. It turns out that the best place to find an answer is where no plants can survive: the icy wastes of Antarctica.

As ice forms in Antarctica, it traps air bubbles. For thousands of years, they have preserved samples of the atmosphere. The levels of one chemical in that mix reveal the global growth of plants at any point in that history.

“It’s the whole Earth — it’s every plant,” said J. Elliott Campbell of the University of California, Merced.

Analyzing the ice, Dr. Campbell and his colleagues have discovered that in the last century, plants have been growing at a rate far faster than at any other time in the last 54,000 years.

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Apparently "scientists" are finally admitting what many plant experts already knew, that CO2 increases growth. Now if only they stopped pretending like this isn't occurring.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 12:25 PM

Liberal professors outnumber conservatives nearly 12 to 1, study finds

A new study confirms what even the most casual observer of higher education has long known — that conservative professors are vastly outnumbered by liberal ones — but it also shows that the problem is getting worse.

Published in Econ Journal Watch last month, the study looks at faculty voter registration at 40 leading universities and finds that, out of 7,243 professors, Democrats outnumber Republicans 3,623 to 314, or by a ratio of 11 1/2 to 1.

The study comes after a tumultuous few years at American colleges and universities, marked by campus race protests, the disinvitation of conservative speakers and the popularization of phrases such as “trigger warning” and “safe space.”

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If anyone wondered why so many students become brainwashed into believing global warming, here is your answer.


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 12:51 PM

Is your pet damaging the planet? Feeding cats and dogs a meat-based diet plays a 'significant role in causing global warming', study claims

 

 I googled this one to find the source. I was certain that this was an article from The Onion.



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 11:35 AM

anyone with a pet cat knows they like to nibble on house plant leaves if available. a lot of these scientists are probably millennial age twentysomethings which would explain their stupidity...a lot.  :lol: 

this is what political correctness does...it dumbs down scientific facts known for most of the last century because they are now politically inconvenient truths.


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