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Canadian Soil Sample Delivers a New ‘Weapon in the War on Superbugs’

Superbug DestroyerScientists in Ontario have found a fungus that deactivates the gene in harmful bacteria which makes them so resistant to antibiotics.

A soil sample from a national park in eastern Canada has produced a compound that appears to reverse antibiotic resistance in dangerous bacteria.

Scientists at McMaster University in Ontario discovered that the compound almost instantly turned off a gene in several harmful bacteria that makes them highly resistant to treatment with a class of antibiotics used to fight so-called superbug infections. The compound, called aspergillomarasmine A, or AMA, was extracted from a common fungus found in soil and mold.

Antibiotic resistance is a growing public-health threat. Common germs such as Escherichia coli, or E. coli, are becoming harder to treat because they increasingly don’t respond to antibiotics. Some two million people in the U.S. are infected each year by antibiotic-resistant bacteria and 23,000 die as a result, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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‘Reading Rainbow’ the Most Successful Kickstarter Campaign of All Time

reading-rainbowI can still sing the entire Reading Rainbow theme by heart.  Um.. Not right now, though.

As it turns out, there are a lot of people who want LeVar Burton teaching kids how to read. The Reading Rainbow remake has just become the most popular Kickstarter project, ever — it broke the record with over 91,600 backers on June 30th. That puts it ahead of legendary efforts like the OUYA game console, the original Pebble smartwatch and the Veronica Mars movie, and it still has roughly two days left to go as of this writing.

Not that Burton and crew are content with those numbers, mind you. To spur additional pledges, they’re offering new perks that include signed art prints and library visits for the bigger spenders. It’s not certain that Reading Rainbow will reach its next big objective of 100,000 backers, but we wouldn’t rule out a last-minute push that puts it over the top.

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School Drops ‘Spamalot’ Because Homosexuality ‘Does Not Exist’ In Community

spamalotSouth Williamsport’s Junior Senior High School principal thinks that gay themes are inappropriate for his students because, “homosexuality does not exist in a conservative community such as South Williamsport.”

Which begs the question: “Why have musicals at all, then?”

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — A controversy is brewing in Lycoming County over the decision to cancel a musical that was set for students to perform next spring. In South Williamsport, administrators thought the subject matter of the musical was not appropriate for students.

We had several viewers reach out to us because they are upset South Williamsport’s Junior Senior High School has dropped a performance of Broadway’s Monty Python’s Spamalot over controversial content, which includes a homosexual wedding.

Cast members from “Spamalot” perform the Monty Python musical nightly on Broadway. It was supposed to be performed next spring in South Williamsport, but school officials decided not to run the musical, because of what they think is inappropriate content.

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Kill All Muggles

Muggle Old Lady… Isla’s sippin’ on dat haterade… Magic as a technology… Us versus Them… Escapism in the occult… The one person who hasn’t seen Harry Potter

My wife had to explain to me that “muggle” is from Harry Potter. She claims she was reading it for the benefit of a friend. I’m not convinced. But don’t worry. The divorce papers have been filed.

It came up because my Facebook feed was filled with this video, last month. “Muggle” was being thrown around like whatever they throw around in that Harry Potter game. I know it as internet slang for those nerds who don’t know about magic. Christians and accountants, mostly.

The video is a short report from Colorado’s 9 NEWS, concerning the finding of an “occult altar” in a deceased man’s backyard shed. Amongst the paraphernalia was found human bones. Most likely, it was connected to Palo, a Cuban magical tradition.

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Dead Chickens and Santeria at the Romero Cemetery

Black Chicken Meme…Isla in the cold… Garbage bags full of chicken parts… The black hen… Matt Staggs makes a life-long enemy…

The Albuquerque warehouse district is cold as hell at midnight.  And dark.  This little spot goes dead around 6 p.m. and refuses to drag its scraggly ass up until 5.  I’ve been sitting in the cold for two hours, cursing Matt Staggs and chain smoking.

A single tweet from Matt two week ago piqued my interest, beginning a chain reaction that ends with me on a wild chicken chase to find out who’s been leaving the corpses of black hens in a dusty family cemetery for two years.

A story that has been copypastaed ad nauseum around the internet for some reason, the last two weeks:

“KRQE-TV reports (http://goo.gl/XR9FZ8) that Michael Gabaldon, co-owner of Romero Cemetery, says for two years, dead chickens and chicken parts have been dropped off overnight.

He says the chickens have been left periodically from every day to every two weeks.  There also are bones or feathers scattered throughout the cemetery.

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ROSWELL: Guns, Grays, and Greeting Cards

Little Green Mariachi…Isla gets a gray hair… “Probing in rear”… Postcard cowboys… Extraterrestrial buttocks… Alien beer… Black helicopters… Little green mariachis…

In July 1947, a flying saucer went skipping like a stone across the New Mexico desert.  “Most people think the ship crashed in Roswell, but it only hit the ground before bouncing up and landing in Corona,” says Pat Jennings, ex-military UFO enthusiast and “Mercenary Genius Extraordinaire.”

Our route into town was opposite of the flight path, my wife and I barreling through the New Mexico desert at 65 miles per hour down US-285 from Clines Corners, a hiccup of a town.

It was my birthday weekend, and when my wife asked what I wanted to do, I just pulled out the itinerary I’d prepared and pointed to a map of Roswell.

It was like Mecca to a UFO freak like me, and I’d wanted to see it for myself since I was a kid.

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ISIS Threatens to Destroy Kaaba

kaabaIn a classic move of fundamental villainy, ISIS goes after the mamma jamma of religious targets.

Representatives of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) stated that they will destroy the Kaaba after they capture Saudi Arabia, APA reports quoting Turkish media that ISIS wants to take control of the city of Arar in Saudi Arabia and start operations there.

ISIS member Abu Turab Al Mugaddasi said that they would destroy the Kaaba in Mecca: “If Allah wills, we will kill those who worship stones in Mecca and destroy the Kaaba. People go to Mecca to touch the stones, not for Allah.”

via Vestnik Kavkaza

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‘Internet Extremism’ Now Illegal in Russia

PutinRussian Disinfonauts: DO NOT LIKE OR SHARE THIS POST!! (At least, I assume we’re on the Russian internet blacklist.  We are, right?)

People found guilty of financing extremist activities or expressing supporting for them online now face prison terms under a bill signed into law by President Vladimir Putin.

Once the law takes effect, the dissemination of online material deemed extremist will be a criminal offense, meaning that even “liking” or reposting content on a social network could land users in hot water with the authorities.

In January, Vyacheslav Dmitriyev, a member of Moscow State University’s philosophy department, was briefly detained and questioned by the Federal Security Service for reposting an article about a theoretical coup d’etat on a social network, Slon.ru reported at the time.

The bill was approved by the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, on June 20 and by the Federation Council, the upper chamber, on June 25. It was published with Putin’s signature on the government’s legal information portal Monday.

The law also entails the addition of a new article — “financing of extremist activities” — to the Criminal Code.

Those found guilty of providing or collecting funds for an organization known to be preparing an extremist crime will face up to three years in prison, as well as up to 500,000 rubles ($14,700) in fines and being barred from holding certain positions.

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The Ugly Truth About Your Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp LoveMichelle Chen exposes Thailand’s slave-driven shrimp industry.  Eat it up, you fat, western piece of shit.

The ocean’s culinary delights look pristine on our tables: peeled, processed and sterile. Now Western consumers are getting a taste of the human drudgery in the dregs of the supply chain.

News reports have surfaced of enslavement in the fisheries of Thailand. Men have reportedly been forced to work at boats for as many as twenty hours a day; disciplined with beatings, sometimes murders; often physically held captive on boats and at ports; and further preyed upon by usurious debts. The industry employs an estimated 650,000, with roughly 270,000 migrants on Thai fishing boats. Many have been trafficked from two poorer, less stable neighbors, Myanmar and Cambodia. Despite widespread reports of abuse and forced labor, regulatory bodies are weak and riddled with corruption, and we may never know how many have been subjected to this ferocious exploitation in order to keep our freezers stocked.

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NASA’s Flying Saucer Falls Out of the Sky

Flying SaucerNASA’s Low Density Supersonic Decelerator vehicle was test-driven for the first time on Saturday. The new technology will be used to help spacecraft and possibly even astronauts experience a softer landing when they finally get to Mars (how they deal with hostile extraterrestrials will be left up to them).

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA has tested new technology designed to bring spacecraft — and one day even astronauts — safely down to Mars, with the agency declaring the experiment a qualified success even though a giant parachute got tangled on the way down.

Saturday’s $150 million experiment is the first of three involving the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator vehicle. Tests are being conducted at high altitude on Earth to mimic descent through the thin atmosphere of the Red Planet.

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