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Where Are The 1.5 Million Missing Black Men?

For every 100 black women not in jail, there are only 83 black men. The remaining men – 1.5 million of them – are, in a sense, missing, reports the New York Times:

In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life. In Chicago, 45,000 are, and more than 30,000 are missing in Philadelphia. Across the South — from North Charleston, S.C., through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi and up into Ferguson, Mo. — hundreds of thousands more are missing.

They are missing, largely because of early deaths or because they are behind bars. Remarkably, black women who are 25 to 54 and not in jail outnumber black men in that category by 1.5 million, according to an Upshot analysis. For every 100 black women in this age group living outside of jail, there are only 83 black men. Among whites, the equivalent number is 99, nearly parity.

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Dolphin Intelligence: Breaking the Communication Barrier Between Dolphins and Humans

It’s time for a conversation about breaking the communication barrier between dolphins and humans, says Joshua Foer writing at National Geographic:

Head trainer Teri Turner Bolton looks out at two young adult male dolphins, Hector and Han, whose beaks, or rostra, are poking above the water as they eagerly await a command. The bottlenose dolphins at the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS), a resort and research institution on an island off the coast of Honduras, are old pros at dolphin performance art. They’ve been trained to corkscrew through the air on command, skate backward across the surface of the water while standing upright on their tails, and wave their pectoral fins at the tourists who arrive several times a week on cruise ships.

Photo: Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences

Photo: Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences

 
But the scientists at RIMS are more interested in how the dolphins think than in what they can do.

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Jade Helm, Wal-Mart Underground Tunnels Conspiracy Theory: Footage Inside ‘Closed Walmart’ — What Are Cops Trying To Hide?

More on the JADE HELM 15 military exercises and Wal-Mart conspiracy theories from the Inquisitr:

Conspiracy theory speculations about the sudden “mysterious” closures of at least five Wal-Mart stores in four states where Jade Helm military training exercises are scheduled to start got a boost in the last few days following release of footage purportedly showing police officers guarding loading docks and entrances at a “closed” Wal-Mart under circumstances that many say are suspicious.

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Photo: Spring Dew (CC)

 

Two “exclusive” videos shot by one of the subscribers of the YouTube conspiracy theorist Dahboo777, inside the closed Pico Rivera Walmart supercenter, California, according to some, show an attempt by police guards helping Walmart maintain security to hide sinister goings-on at the closed store.

In the first footage, guards order the person filming to stop and shelves appeared to have been arranged to conceal goings on in an area inside the store.

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John Travolta Wants You To Read A Book (by L. Ron Hubbard)

John Travolta turns a recent TV interview on Good Morning America into a plug for L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology books:

Actor John Travolta has three words of advice for those who question his religion, Scientology: Read a book.

“You can read ‘A New Slant on Life.’ You can read ‘Dianetics,’” the actor said today on “Good Morning America,” referring to two books authored by Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

“I think if you really read it, you understand it,” he said. “But unless you do, you’ll speculate — and I think that’s a mistake to do that.”

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Tom Cruise & John Travolta. Photo: Hot Gossip Italia (CC)

 

Scientology, which claims Tom Cruise as arguably its most famous member aside from Travolta, has been in the headlines this month after HBO aired a documentary, “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” that made allegations about life inside the church, its practices and Hubbard himself.

“Sometimes, when something really works well it becomes a target,” Travolta said, without mentioning the documentary by name…

[continues at Good Morning America]

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Kanye West on The Illuminati

In a very long monologue at Paper Magazine, Kanye West bares his soul and speaks about all sorts of things without much inhibition, including this on celebrities and the illuminati:

I heard a comment — a joke — about the Tidal press conference being an Illuminati moment. If there was actually an Illuminati, it would be more like the energy companies. Not celebrities that gave their life to music and who are pinpointed as decoys for people who really run the world. I’m tired of people pinpointing musicians as the Illuminati. That’s ridiculous. We don’t run anything; we’re celebrities.

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Kanye West by rodrigoferrari (CC)

 

We’re the face of brands. We have to compromise what we say in lyrics so we don’t lose money on a contract. Madonna is in her 50s and gave everything she had to go up on an award show and get choked by her cape. She’s judged for who she adopts.

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FDA Ponders Putting Homeopathy To A Tougher Test

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A recent negative post about homeopathy raised hackles amongst readers. They won’t welcome news (via NPR) that the FDA is taking a look at regulating homeopathic medicine:

It’s another busy morning at Dr. Anthony Aurigemma’s homeopathy practice in Bethesda, Md.

Wendy Resnick, 58, is here because she’s suffering from a nasty bout of laryngitis. “I don’t feel great,” she says. “I don’t feel myself.”

Resnick, who lives in Millersville, Md., has been seeing Aurigemma for years for a variety of health problems, including ankle and knee injuries and back problems. “I don’t know what I would do without him,” she says. “The traditional treatments just weren’t helping me at all.”

Aurigemma listens to Resnick’s lungs, checks her throat and then asks detailed questions about her symptoms and other things as well, such as whether she’s been having any unusual cravings for food.

Aurigemma went to medical school and practiced as a regular doctor before switching to homeopathy more than 30 years ago.

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Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom

Scientists may be excited about the prospect of a new class of painkillers derived from spider venom, but will Big Pharma go for them if they’re not highly addictive? From the Wall Street Journal:

Scientists in Australia, home to some of the most poisonous creatures on Earth, have made an important discovery about spider venom that eventually could lead to a new class of painkillers.

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The greenbottle blue tarantula (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens) is one of seven species of spiders whose venom Australian researchers found has potential painkilling properties. The creature is native to Venezuela and has some of the most dramatic coloring of any spider species.

Spiders use their venom to immobilize or kill their prey. Researchers from the University of Queensland isolated seven peptides—the building blocks of proteins—in spider venom that blocked the molecular pathway responsible for sending pain signals from the nerves to the brain. One peptide in particular, from a Borneo orange-fringed tarantula, had the right structure, stability and potency to potentially become a painkilling drug, the researchers said.

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Jean-Paul Sartre and Existential Choice

Stephen Fry explains existentialism in two minutes, for BBC Radio 4:

The existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre thought that human beings live in anguish. Not because life is terrible. But rather because, we’re ‘condemned to be free’. We’re ‘thrown’ into existence, become aware of ourselves, and have to make choices. Even deciding not to choose is a choice. According to Sartre, every choice reveals what we think a human being should be.

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When Cops Check Facebook

As if disinfonauts really needed reminding, be careful who you “friend” on Facebook or other social media platforms: they might be cops looking to arrest you and your associates, reports the Atlantic:

In 2012, Brooklyn police officer Michael Rodrigues arrested a burglary gang, the Brower Boys, by adding gang members as friends on Facebook. The day of the arrest was like gathering the lowest-hanging fruit. “It’s break-in day on the avenue,” one gang member posted in his status message. Officer Rodrigues and colleagues tracked the gang members to the avenue in question. They photographed the young men committing the crime, and then arrested them.

2009/365/48: Facebook FAIL

For the past several years, police and prosecutors across the country have been quietly using social media to track criminal networks. Their methods have become more sophisticated: by combining social media APIs, databases, and network analysis tools, police can keep tabs on gang activity. In New York’s Harlem neighborhood, at-risk teens are identified as members of gangs based on their affiliations and are monitored on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Monsanto Knew of Glyphosate / Cancer Link 35 Years Ago

Oh Monsanto, can’t you find something else to make money with? The genie is out of the bottle now in terms of the world knowing that Roundup (Glyphosphate) is toxic and carcinogenic, for goodness’ sake. Global Research News reveals that you’ve known it for 35 years!

According to evidence unearthed from the archives of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the United States, it has been established that Monsanto was fully aware of the potential of glyphosate to cause cancer in mammals as long ago as 1981.

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Blister caused by Roundup (Glyphosate). Photo by Tael (CC)

 

Recently the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a statement in which glyphosate (the main component of Roundup herbicide) was classified as “probably carcinogenic” to humans and as “sufficiently demonstrated” for genotoxicity in animals (1). This announcement of a change to toxicity class 2A was given vast coverage in the global media, causing Monsanto to move immediately into damage limitation mode.

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