Friday 24 May 2019

Your Teeth Could Kill You

Modern Dentistry.Todays dentists are here to help.Blah,blah.blah.....
In fact,they knowingly put dangerous substances in our mouths.We have all found out about toothepaste and mercury filings. But were you aware that root canals are very harmful to your health?

When a dentist performs a root canal, he or she hollows out the tooth, then fills the hollow chamber with a substance (called guttapercha), which cuts off the tooth from its blood supply, so fluid can no longer circulate through the tooth. But the maze of tiny tubules remains. And bacteria, cut off from their food supply, hide out in these tunnels where they are remarkably safe from antibiotics and your own body’s immune defenses.In the case of a root canal, bacteria are given the opportunity to flush into your blood stream every time you bite down.

Risking your health to preserve a tooth simply doesn’t make sense. Unfortunately, there are many people who’ve already have one. If you have, you should seriously consider having the tooth removed, even if it looks and feels fine.

Remember, as soon as your immune system is compromised, your risk of of developing a serious medical problem increases — and assaults on your immune system are far too frequent in today’s world.

Healthier Alternatives

1) Partial denture: This is a removable denture, often just called a “partial.” It’s the simplest and least expensive option.
2) Bridge: This is a more permanent fixture resembling a real tooth but is a bit more involved and expensive to build.
3) Implant: This is a permanent artificial tooth, typically titanium, implanted in your gums and jaw. There are some problems with these due to reactions to the metals used. Zirconium is a newer implant material that shows promise for fewer complications.

 Pulling the tooth and inserting some artificial replacement isn’t enough, when  42 different species of anaerobic bacteria in 43 root canal samples were found,affecting  your heart, nerves,  kidneys,brain,and your sinus cavities.
A biological dentist is uniquely trained to do these extractions properly and safely, as well as being adept at removing mercury fillings.Their approach to dental care is far more holistic and considers the impact on your entire body

Tuesday 21 May 2019


Doesn't it infuriate you when they get all egotistical and then treat you like you are beneath them? When being a  housewife to raise the children was the deal when you get together and start a family.Just because you are not the breadmaker,doesn't make you less special or important to the relationship! And then the men  bully to get the point accross? LOL! Please,asshat! We are smarter than that! We have our power and intuition to guide us-what do they have and where do they measure,in their pants,wallet,and society?????
If you raise boys in that color,you need to show them that we-the women-are in Charge! Show them a better way,and that siding with Dad only leads you to a bad marriage later.Family is meant to be teamwork,but most women feel like the man tries to control every aspect,which gets the children's views skewed and burdens society with malice.
Back to the title of this post-why men lie.Do they think we cannot differ truth versus bullshit? Do they think by trying to browbeat-we will cave? Personally I classify this as abuse.What planet are they from.My opinion is that they feel inferior to our power,that we can survive without them-despite the ole 'take everything away from her to keep her pinned' trick.When a man has an ego-he admits to inferiorority,which then leads to mean headgames in the relationship because he is supposed to feel strong,and for many-this is the solution.Lying about feelings in a relationship leads to the egotistical actions from the male,and nothing positive comes from it.Because men don't like to talk about feelings,or is it that they do not have a heartbeat-tends to bring tension to a marriage,and by lying to cover up their inadequacies,they admit to not feeling good enough.
Now how does this affect the sex life? You guessed it right! Not good if there is lack of trust between the partners.If one partner cannot treat another with honesty and respect,that will break it. Sex comes from the heart,and most men cannot comprehend that.Such a vicious cycle!
But being callous,ruthless,and sadistic only brings more strain and problems for the marriage and the family as a whole. Work performance,abuse,and bringing the unit down affects the views of children and negative impact like that-All because the man feels low in his opinion of himself. Which brings the question as to why perhaps you really got married.Was the women supposed to be a trophey to make them feel better? Do men think good looking women are a lottery ticket? All their problems go away? We are Human too,and we cannot make dreams come true based on a lie.Or abuse of any kind.Get over yourselves,and get on with it.Get connected to the Source of Light,and get real,Women cannot fix liars who cannot find themselves!
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We are the Wisdom Keepers,the Goddesses,and the Queens of this world!
If men want a better marriage,they need to let go of the ego,and stub out the lies.

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Vaccine Doses Kill Two Month Old-Baby

More Vaccines, More Infant Deaths?

Born completely healthy, two-month-old Reid Thomas Day-Englehart was vaccinated on May 20, 2015, with eight vaccine doses, including DTaP (three vaccines in one shot), Hib, polio, pneumococcal, hepatitis B and the oral rotavirus vaccine. This is the routine vaccine schedule given to two month-old babies, even premature babies, in the United States, which has the most infant vaccines of any developed country.

Some experts claim that the more vaccines there are on the schedule, the higher the infant death rate. The US has one of the highest infant death rates as well as the highest first-day death rate in the developed world. The US is the only country that gives both the Hepatitis B vaccine and the Vitamin K shot to babies on their first day of life, while still at the hospital.

Reid Dies Nine Days After Vaccines

Reid was not Christy’s first child. She vaccinated her previous three children, too. And although they have some manifestations of vaccine damage, none of them ever stopped breathing afterwards. The difference could lie in the fact that baby Reid was sick at the time of his doctor’s appointment. Vaccine inserts used to advise against vaccinating if a child was ill, but when the vaccine market began to balloon in size, this warning was removed from inserts.

Reid was still wheezing from a previous infection and still had a residual cough, but his doctor insisted it was fine to vaccinate him,explains Christy.

Nine days later, without a struggle and without any obstruction of his airways, baby Reid stopped breathing while asleep on his father’s chest. He passed away May 29, 2015.

There was a bloody-colored mucus on his father’s shirt where Reid’s head rested on his chest. This blood-like mucus, common in infant deaths, proves there was no obstruction in the airway. More mucus came out of Reid’s mouth when his mother performed CPR.

An investigation was done, and Reid’s death was ruled accidental. The immediate cause listed on his autopsy report and his death certificate  possible suffocation,though there were no signs or proof that he suffocated or that his airways were obstructed.

Parents Cannot Sue Vaccine Makers

It’s little known that vaccines are one of the only federally protected products  meaning that the families of anyone injured or killed by vaccines cannot sue vaccine makers for misconduct for injuries resulting from their vaccines. This is because, as the Supreme Court has ruled, vaccines are “UNAVOIDABLY UNSAFE.

A claim has been filed with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) on principle, but almost two-thirds of filed cases are thrown out, because the government fights tooth and nail to not recognize vaccines as a cause of death.

After Reid’s death, Christy contacted the doctor’s office and requested that a Vaccine Adverse Events Report (VAERS) be filed as per the law. Even though this request has been documented in Reid’s medical files, the doctor has yet to file a report. The doctor also continues to deny any possible link between the vaccines and Reid’s sudden death, despite the fact that, sleep apnea (a temporary suspension of breathing occurring repeatedly during sleep) is reported as a potential adverse event following vaccines.

Check out the toxic ingredients in vaccines that can cause side effects:

The day that changed it all

Christy recalls the day she brought Reid in for his two-month shots. It was May 20, 2015, and Reid’s father, Dusty, took him to get his vaccines. When they came home from the doctor, Reid was passed out and slept 11 hours straight, which was not normal, she explains. When he woke up, he was very cranky, he would not let you put him down and he screamed often. He was drinking full bottles before the shots, but afterwards he stopped eating normally in fact, he never took a full bottle again. He never smiled or laughed again either.

Having had four children, I know that the doctors tell you children can get a fever after the shots. But it was so abnormal for Reid to scream and refuse to eat, so we called the doctor. Of course, they said he was ‘fine.’ We know now he wasn’t fine at all. In fact, we even knew it then, but they wouldn’t listen.

In a mother’s words

As Christy continues to tell Reid’s story, you can hear the love and the pain in her voice. Baby Reid hit milestones just as he was supposed to, even surpassing them. He could hold his head up right after he was born and began smiling and laughing around four weeks. He had the cutest little crooked smile that I have ever seen.

And then, the morning of May 29, 2015, their lives forever changed. I remember waking up around 7 a.m and checking on all my babies. Everyone was asleep, except my oldest son, Aiden. I checked on baby Reid, and he was still breathing and sleeping peacefully on daddy’s chest, with his mouth slightly open. It was a touching sight, nothing dangerous at all,she explains. I have slept with my babies on my chest when they are having a hard time sleeping too. A lot of families do. In fact co-sleeping is the most common way to sleep throughout the world.

About 15 minutes later, my son Aiden and I were going to grab breakfast, and I had him go in and ask Dusty if he wanted anything. I will never forget the terror on his face when he came running out of the house with Dusty following, screaming, ‘There’s something wrong with Reid!’ That moment changed my world forever.

After 9-1-1 was called, Christy did all she could to revive baby Reid, including CPR, watching as her baby’s chest rose and fell with her breath. His airways were not obstructed. Christy explains: I did everything I could to bring him back. I knew he hadn’t been gone long, because I had just checked on him and he was alive. From that moment on, I feel like I have been in complete shock.

The painful aftermath

Within days, the police called Dusty, Reid’s father, and told him they would rule it possible suffocation” due to co-sleeping. I know that wasn’t the cause. I know Reid would’ve fought to breathe. Dusty would’ve felt him struggle or kick  Reid was very strong already and could hold his head up for many weeks already, explains Christy. I have since found out that the doctors and coroners will do anything they can to not blame the vaccines.

After that day, Reid’s devastated family was in utter shock. The funeral was a blur. I couldn’t even tell you who was there, says Christy. All I remember is seeing his little lifeless body in the casket. To this day, I constantly see in my head the image of his sweet little hands folded together. All I could think was how fake it seemed. His hands were never still like that. He was always moving, always active.

As she grieved, Christy reached out online for support from other families who had similar stories. She was shocked to find that literally thousands of other grieving mothers have very similar stories: Their babies died right after vaccines, too. She began to realize that it is not nearly as rare as they say and that other doctors refuse to acknowledge the dangers as well.

I was that pushy pro-vaccine supporter who shamed mothers for not vaccinating. I thought I was protecting my kids, admits Christy. It’s crazy, you never think something like this can happen to your familyuntil it does. And then, when you research it, you realize it happens EVERY DAY to families around the US.

I miss him so much. This pain will never go away.

The pain is still fresh for Christy, as if it had happened yesterday. “I think about him all day, every day, and my heart hurts. I visit his grave, and all I can think is how unfair it is. Vaccines robbed my son of his whole life and robbed our family of an amazing little boy who was meant to grow up happy and healthy,Christy says. As I always say: ‘I have four kids. Three have beating hearts and are with me on this earth, and sadly, one has no beating heart and lives in heaven as a baby angel waiting for me to join him.

Christy now funnels her pain and anger into educating others on the real risk of death and harm from vaccines. Raising awareness is now what’s important to me. It’s too late for Reid, but I will do whatever I can to save another baby from the same fate,explains Christy. I can at least plant a seed and, hopefully, get at least one mother to do the research before she vaccinates her baby. I would give anything to go back in time and do the research before vaccines killed my baby. Now, I speak out so something good might come out of this tragedy.

In his all-too-short eleven-week life, baby Reid was loved by all, especially his parents, who are now heartbroken.

Monday 6 May 2019

The Galactic Federation of Worlds (GF)

The GF is apparently a large federation of civilizations from multiple universes, galaxies, and planets working toward realizing the harmonious existence of all life. Every planet, civilization, and race has a council that represents them in the GF. The Nibiruan Council is one of the largest of the major overseeing councils whose mission is to preserve peace among multiple worlds, negotiating alliances, and help new members into the federation.

The GF was established after a catastrophic war between the various civilizations. The survivors decided that they needed a proper procedure to resolve disputes among themselves rather than risk another major war. The GF for our galaxy is believed to be located in the Sirius star system, with our Sun acting as a stargate.
In the beginning, the GF was very small since so few had survived the war. The Lyran Council and Orion Councils doubled as the administrative arm of their new fledgling federation. In other words, they were the GF. In time, new races were created as offshoots of the original four and the GF welcomed them as they reached galactic status, as we are about to do now. So the Galactic Federation grew and became a very large and powerful federation of worlds devoted to universal peace and prosperity. Now, there are millions of members from across our galaxy, according to the Nibiruan Council.

Galactic Federation of Light (GFL)
The existence of GFL was revealed through the psychic Sheldan Nidle, who came to know that the organization was established over 4.5 million years ago to prevent inter-dimensional dark forces from exploiting our galaxy. The GFL is estimated to have 200,000 members from various confederations, unions, and star nations. About 40 percent of them are humanoids. Today, the GFL communicates through various human conduits, offering their help to make Earth a better place.
While we are largely advanced civilizations that are peace-loving and non-violent, we acknowledge that there have been malevolent non-terrestrial forces illegally involved in humanity’s affairs for millennia. Our role has been limited to civilization mentorship and consciousness raising, especially in recent times. However, the situation on your world is alarming, as many of you know. Your corrupt, inefficient, and unconscious systems of thought, belief, and behavior seem to have the best of you. But this can change and we are determined to help you change all that is not working for everyone in your world, a message from an extra-dimensional being stated, as conveyed by Dr. Lisa Galarneau (medium).

The GFL has many members committed to helping Earth ascend to a higher level. As a part of the process, several spiritual guides are believed to have taken birth on our planet to help guide humanity to a righteous life. Some of the children being born today are said to possess bodies that are far more evolved that earlier human beings.
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The Number 9 in Chinese History and What We Can Expect in 2019

In Chinese society, there has been a saying: “Whenever there is a number 9, chaos is around the corner. This is in alignment with the concept in Taoism of the interchange of Yin/Yang energy, that is to say: When Yang reaches the peak, it turns into Yin, and when Yin reaches the peak, it turns into Yang. Based on numerology, number 9 is the highest point of Yang and number 10 is the maximum.

In China, there have been major events noted whenever it comes to the year ending with number 9, which has happened in the last few decades. Let’s assess the following.

The May Fourth Movement was an anti-imperialist, cultural, and political movement growing out of student participants in Beijing on May 4, 1919, protesting against the Chinese government’s weak response to the Treaty of Versailles, especially allowing Japan to receive territories in Shandong that had been surrendered by Germany after the Siege of Tsingtao. These demonstrations sparked national protests and marked the upsurge of Chinese nationalism.
In 1949, the Communist Party of China (CCP) gained control of mainland China and established the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which forced the Republic of China (ROC) to retreat to Taiwan, resulting in a lasting political and military standoff between the ROC in Taiwan and the PRC in mainland China. At the same time, the Chinese Civil War between the Kuomintang (KMT) and the CCP was still going on in the north and south of the country, and the society was in chaos.

In 1959, there was a full-scale uprising that broke out in Lhasa, Tibet. Thousands are said to have died during the suppression of the revolt by the CCP. The Dalai Lama and most of his ministers fled to Northern India followed by some 80,000 other Tibetans.
In March 1969, the most serious of the Sino-Soviet border clashes occurred in the vicinity of Zhenbao Island on the Ussuri River, that brought the two communist-led countries to the brink of war. There were hundreds of dead and wounded on both sides. In August of the same year, further border clashes occurred. Heightened tensions raised the prospect of an all-out nuclear exchange between China and the Soviet Union. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in August 1969 in the President’s Daily Briefing described the conflict as having explosive potential that included a Soviet attack on Chinese nuclear facilities while China appears to view the USSR as its most immediate enemy.

In February 1979, the People’s Republic of China launched the Sino-Vietnamese War. Although the war lasted only one month, the number of casualties was huge. According to China’s official data, 6,954 people were killed and nearly 14,800 were injured.

In June 1989, in Beijing at Tiananmen Square, the Chinese Government mobilized troops with assault rifles and tanks to suppress unarmed patriotic students calling for democracy, greater accountability, freedom of the press and freedom of speech. This shocked the world. After this June 4 incident, the international community, human rights organizations, and political analysts condemned the Chinese government for the violent response to the students’ movement. Western countries imposed economic sanctions on Chinese entities and officials.
In 1999, the Chinese Communist Party began the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners whose faith is based on truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. The CCP has even committed inhumane organ harvesting on Falun Gong practitioners while they are still alive. The persecution has not stopped and continues to this day.

In 2009, a series of violent riots broke out on July 5 in Urumqi, Xinjiang. The cause of the incident was reported to be caused by tensions at a Guangdong factory in Shaoguan that led to a full-blown ethnic brawl between the Uyghurs and Hans followed by street protests in Urumqi by the Uyghurs. The Chinese government deployed its armed police to suppress the Urumqi protest. Since then, Xinjiang has been in a state of semi-martial and complete martial law. Today, the CPC has put a huge number of Uyghurs into concentration camps.

In 2019, it is foreseen that the CCP will continue to face many problems  the U.S.-China trade war, deterioration of China’s economy and a steady rise in domestic inflation, especially for housing, growing tensions over its territorial claims in the South China Sea, growing resentment in the Islamic world of its crackdown of Uyghur Muslims, and pushback by governments of its use of cyberspace and 5G technology to steal trade secrets and industrial technology.
Hundreds of well-known figures expressed their feelings that the CCP’s reform is dead. Professor Zheng Yefu of Peking University posted an article on Chinese social media that calls for the CCP to fade from history. China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been looked upon as somewhat chaotic. The one country, two systems proposed by the Chinese government met with a boycott from across the Taiwan Strait.

Hong Kong’s Asia Weekly believes that each of these incidents is difficult for the CPC to take and will shake the foundation of the CPC. In the New Year greetings, the Beijing authorities also stressed that the Communist Party of China is facing a big change” that has not been seen in a hundred years.


Friday 3 May 2019

Just what exactly is happening?

Breaches are just a symptom of the problem. The fundamentals of the relationship between customers and these companies are broken. I recently took the helm of the podcast IRL: Online Life is Real Life and spoke to Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism who explained further how most tech companies have built their businesses on the data they collect by tracking their users’ behavior. We all need to better grasp what the trade offs really are, because once you learn how to modify human behavior at scale, we’re talking about a kind of power now invested in these private companies,she told me. I know. The situation is messed up and it makes you want to put your head in the sand and give up on digital privacy.

Please don’t do that. Fixing our online privacy problem requires both individual and collective action. Support organizations pressuring Congress and Silicon Valley to begin to claw back our digital civil rights and take some simple steps right now to protect your families and send a message to tech companies.

Become a privacy settings ninja. Most sites and apps have privacy settings you can access, but they tuck them away several tabs deep. In a user-centric world, the default settings would take your privacy preferences into account and make them easier to update. Right now, as you’ve likely experienced, finding and adjusting your privacy settings is just hard enough that most of us give up or get distracted midway through trying to figure out what to click where. Gird yourself and press on! Try a data detox and reset your privacy options, step-by-step.

If you love Facebook but hate their data collection practices, reduce what they can track about you. Try Firefox’s Facebook Container extension, which makes it harder for Facebook to track you on the web outside of Facebook.

Friend or Foe? Internet Spying

Last year, we learned that Cambridge Analytica gained access to the Facebook information of 87 million users. Maybe you were among them. And yet, one year later, we still see tech companies putting their profits ahead of our privacy.

Manoush Zomorodi, tech expert and host of Firefox's IRL podcast, has coined our mounting frustration with Big Tech as "Digital Wokeness." Indeed, it's likely the one good thing that's come out of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In her recent article on the subject, she asserts that solving the privacy problem is possible, but will require both individual and collective action.

Kids born in 2019 will be the most tracked humans in history. It’s predicted that by the time they turn eighteen, 70,000 posts about them will be in the internet ether. How and what you post about your child is a personal choice, but trusting that tech companies aren’t building dossiers on our children, starting with that first birth announcement, is a modern-day digital civil right we need to demand. As a mother myself, I want my children’s privacy to be a priority for tech makers.

In her new book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Harvard Business School’s Shoshana Zuboff argues that tech companies like Google and Facebook  collect so much personal data for profit, that they’re changing the fundamentals of our economy and way of life. And now these companies are learning to shape our behavior to better serve their business goals. Shoshana joins Manoush Zomorodi to explain what this all means for us.

We then explore whether or not it’s time to end our relationship with corporate spies. OG advice columnist Dear Abby gives us some tips to start with. We chat with philosopher S. Matthew Liao. He asks if we have a moral duty to quit Facebook. Alice Marwick explains why most people won’t leave the social network. And journalist Nithin Coca tells us what it was like for him to quit both Facebook and Google. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t easy, but he has no regrets.

What If Women Built The Internet?

All the things we love on the internet from websites that give us information to services that connect us  are made stronger when their creators come with different points of view. With this in mind, we asked ourselves and our guests: What would the internet look like if it was built by mostly women?

Witchsy founders Kate Dwyer and Penelope Gazin start us off with a story about the stunt they had to pull to get their site launched  and counter the sexist attitudes they fought against along the way. Brenda Darden Wilkerson recalls her life in tech in the 80s and 90s, and shares her experience leading, an organization striving to get more women hired in tech. Coraline Ada Ehmke created the Contributor Covenant, a voluntary code of conduct being increasingly adopted by the open source community. She explains why she felt it necessary, and how it’s been received; and Mighty Networks CEO Gina Bianchini rolls her eyes at being called a lady CEO, and tells us why diversifying the boardroom is great for business and innovation.

The Human Cost of Content Management

What, if anything, should be banned from online media? And who should review violent and explicit content, in order to decide if it’s okay for the public? Thousands of people around the world are working long, difficult hours as content moderators in support of sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. They are guided by complex and shifting guidelines, and their work can sometimes lead to psychological trauma. But the practice of content moderation also raises questions about censorship and free expression online.

In this IRL episode, host Manoush Zomorodi talks with a forensic investigator who compares the work she does solving disturbing crimes with the work done by content moderators. We hear the stories of content moderators working in the Philippines, as told by the directors of a new documentary called The Cleaners. Ellen Silver from Facebook joins us to outline Facebook’s content moderation policies. Kalev Leetaru flags the risks that come from relying on artificial intelligence to clean the web. And Kat Lo explains why this work is impossible to get exactly right.


Thursday 2 May 2019

Project aims to sequence all species on Earth

World’s Oldest Energy Source

We come at last to the final piece in our series on the future of energy.

Three weeks ago, we began, and reviewing from the future to the past, narrowed down seven energy sources that could power the world and yield profits for savvy investors along the way.

We talked about fusion, solar, bioenergy, wind and wave and natural gas. And yesterday, we talked about oil, which is making a comeback.

But our final piece, as I hinted at before, is about one of the oldest energy sources humans have used, with the first known technology going back past the time of ancient Rome and Greece and the Qin Dynasty. Whether used in caves, hot springs or in today’s high-tech facilities, humans could always rely upon…

Geothermal Energy

It’s no coincidence that the best exemplar of a place in the world that uses geothermal energy is also the world’s largest green energy and electricity producer per capita:


Tapping volcanoes keeps Iceland a thriving paradise

Yes, beneath its breathtaking landscape of freezing glaciers, lava rises to the earth’s surface from where two giant tectonic plates meet… and drift apart at a speed of 2 centimeters per year.

Tapping volcanoes keeps Iceland a thriving paradise

No wonder they’re so nice over there. Ever since  as legend has it  Vikings tricked outsiders into thinking Iceland had no lush, green resources… and Greenland had no ice… they’ve done remarkably well.

For centuries, Iceland’s hot springs have been used for bathing and washing. Then, one day in 1907, a farmer ran a concrete pipe from one of those hot springs and led steam into his house. Like the best ideas, it started small and caught on and in 1930, the first pipeline in Iceland was used to heat two schools, 60 homes and a main hospital.

Today, more than 80% of Iceland’s buildings are heated by geothermal.

We can’t forget to mention their hydroelectric power plants either. Iceland’s hydropower feeds off glacial rivers and waterfalls. In 1921, the country’s first of its kind produced just 1 MW of power, singlehandedly quadrupling the country’s overall electricity.

About 85% of Iceland’s primary energy comes from domestic renewable energy sources, with 75% coming from hydropower and 25% from geothermal. And according to a 2002 study, they have an abundance of energy leftover to tap. 83% more in potential hydropower. and over 200 volcanoes and 600 hot springs to heat your house or even your swimming pool.

This has had an interesting effect on Iceland’s use of oil

According to Wikipedia:

The move from oil-based heating to geothermal heating saved Iceland an estimated total of $8.2 billion from 1970-2000 and lowered the release of carbon dioxide emissions by 37%.

Given all the data, and the sentiment of the people, it’s likely that Iceland will be completely free of fossil fuels within the next decade.

It should be noted, however, that geothermal is not without its hazards. It generates water, hydrogen sulfide, CO2 and hydrogen. At the power plants, they separate the gas from the water, and gas emissions make it into the atmosphere. As you may know, hydrogen sulfide is corrosive. But already, Iceland’s power plants are using biology to rethink this energy problem. Specifically, plants are experimenting with a bacterium that eats hydrogen sulfide.

Since geothermal is much more efficient than technologies that draw from variable energy sources, such as solar or wind in a true bottom-up fashion, they use geothermal to power greenhouse LED lights when it’s cloudy. All in all, Iceland’s unique geography makes it one of the best places to drill holes and harness this energy. That, and the people have a bigger say over how their government works.

In the wake of the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the people of Iceland forced their government and banks to resign. Peacefully.

You know the story  it was the same one told over and over again around the world. Over-leveraging backlashed, currency was devalued, “experts” called for bailouts, and the stock market tanked.

But Iceland, with its 300,000 some population, was small and efficient enough to make a true correction to their economy and government. And while they were the pariah for years since, in 2013, Fitch upgraded their bond status back up to investment grade. Their future looks optimistic.

Unlike the U.S., whose officials were praised for bailouts, and whose CEOs were rewarded with unprecedented bonuses

Iceland rose up and forced the resignation of both the prime minister and effective government. New elections were held. New means were employed of choosing their leaders. The people took to the streets in 2010, for example, and had high level bankers and executives arrested. Interpol dictated an order to force all implicated parties to leave the country. They wrote a new constitution that has built-in mechanisms to avoid entrapments of debt-based currency and foreign loans.

Though I wish I had more time to tell you the whole story, the point is: it’s all too often the mainstream media push fear, murder, anger, government heroism, health fallacies and false information onto the public. But you rarely hear these stories… unless you’re wired into the alternative press. After all, people might get ideas.

The takeaway: invest in geothermal. And if you don’t want to invest in tech, but rather, a country that will own the future, invest in Iceland.

 The Daily Reckoning

Ed. Note: The turnaround for Iceland since the 2008 crisis is truly remarkable. If only the leaders in the U.S. had as much intestinal fortitude and good sense. Oh well At least Iceland is setting a good example, even if no one chooses to follow it. And that clearly holds true for both their financial outlook and their attitude toward energy production.opportunities.

The Sharks Are Circling Facebook

Every company in a booming industry faces it at some point.

Sometimes companies caught up in the mix survive and thrive. Sometimes they fall flat on their face and fold.

The U.S. still has a massive, thriving meat-packing industry, despite the sweeping regulations spawned from Upton Sinclair’s vivid exposure of this once-corrupt business.

The coal industry, on the other hand, probably won’t survive. I’m not taking political stance here. It’s just facts. Regulations needed for clean coal are too expensive and the industry is fading. Whether you like it or lump it.

Today regulators have a new public enemy No. 1. It’s social media, most specifically Facebook (NASDAQ: FB).

The sharks are circling and it’s to the tune of $5 billion.

Regulators: Friend or Foe?
Regulations, in general, protect you and me. They generally ensure the populace’s health and safety.

The simplest example I can think of is seat belts They DO save lives. They’re also cheap for automakers to include in their cars. Good regulation.

At the same time regulations can stifle innovation. Take for instance Uber’s battle with the NYC taxi union. Those legal fights don’t pay for themselves. It’s a big expense to bear and contributes to Uber’s inability to turn a profit.

Of course this wasn’t the first time regulators tried to kill ridesharing. Remember jitney buses? Probably not since these “share taxis” hit their stride in the early 1900’s. But minus the smartphone, they were essentially one of the first Ubers.

That is until streetcar operators lobbied against ridesharing and jitney buses ceased to be. Strangely, a few decades later regulators (backed by oil industry lobbyists) decided driving solo was akin to Nazism in the 1940s.

As a staunch capitalist I’d be remiss not to say too many regulations hurt more than help.

Personally, I much prefer Uber over the old yellow cabs. I’m not the only one. And the innovative service that consumers prefer should not be stifled because a competitor can’t get their act together.

But what about Facebook? As we all know they aren’t the squeaky-clean company we thought they were. Yet despite the slew of damaging reports FB has continued to grow in popularity with consumers

Unstoppable, Indomitable Facebook
Facebook’s privacy issues, and regulators’ calls for action, are a complicated case. Facebook clearly did not make privacy a priority. It clearly has used user data in illegal or unethical ways.

I have no problem with FB or its executives being held accountable for their mistakes. But a $5 billion fine from the FTC means nothing to this social media giant.

If you’re a shareholder, breathe easy. FB is an unstoppable force.

Speaking to trading expert Greg Guenthner about the FTC fine, he notes it’s not enough money:

$5 billion is chump change to King Zuck. He probably has that and more in his couch cushions.

FB execs of course are saying all the right things today, noting they plan to make privacy a priority and even floating the idea of creating a new oversight position within the company.

At their recent developer conference Mark Zuckerberg went on record stating, The future is private. We’ll see if he sticks to his words

As for the stock it’s only a hair under all-time highs today, which is incredible considering the heat the company has taken this year.


The simple lesson here is don’t bet against FB. Unlike jitney buses and Big Coal, social media is here to stay.

And Facebook is going to be the lead dog in this sector for years to come.

Don’t be afraid to tuck away some shares for the long haul.


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Fake cancerous nodes in CT scans, created by malware, trick radiologists

Researchers in Israel created malware to draw attention to serious security weaknesses in medical imaging equipment and networks.

When Hillary Clinton stumbled and coughed through public appearances during her 2016 presidential run, she faced critics who said that she might not be well enough to perform the top job in the country. To quell rumors about her medical condition, her doctor revealed that a CT scan of her lungs showed that she just had pneumonia.

But what if the scan had shown faked cancerous nodules, placed there by malware exploiting vulnerabilities in widely used CT and MRI scanning equipment? Researchers in Israel say they have developed such malware to draw attention to serious security weaknesses in critical medical imaging equipment used for diagnosing conditions and the networks that transmit those images vulnerabilities that could have potentially life-altering consequences if unaddressed.

The malware they created would let attackers automatically add realistic, malignant-seeming growths to CT or MRI scans before radiologists and doctors examine them. Or it could remove real cancerous nodules and lesions without detection, leading to misdiagnosis and possibly a failure to treat patients who need critical and timely care.

[Medical devices are woefully insecure. These hospitals and manufacturers want to fix that]

Yisroel Mirsky, Yuval Elovici and two others at the Ben-Gurion University Cyber Security Research Center in Israel who created the malware say that attackers could target a presidential candidate or other politicians to trick them into believing they have a serious illness and cause them to withdraw from a race to seek treatment.

The research isn’t theoretical. In a blind study the researchers conducted involving real CT lung scans, 70 of which were altered by their malware, they were able to trick three skilled radiologists into misdiagnosing conditions nearly every time. In the case of scans with fabricated cancerous nodules, the radiologists diagnosed cancer 99 percent of the time. In cases where the malware removed real cancerous nodules from scans, the radiologists said those patients were healthy 94 percent of the time.

Even after the radiologists were told that the scans had been altered by malware and were given a second set of 20 scans, half of which were modified, they still were tricked into believing the scans with fake nodules were real 60 percent of the time, leading them to misdiagnoses involving those patients. In the case of scans where the malware removed cancerous nodules, doctors did not detect this 87 percent of the time, concluding that very sick patients were healthy.

The researchers ran their test against a lung-cancer screening software tool that radiologists often use to confirm their diagnoses and were able to trick it into misdiagnosing the scans with false tumors every time.

I was quite shocked,” said Nancy Boniel, a radiologist in Canada who participated in the study. I felt like the carpet was pulled out from under me, and I was left without the tools necessary to move forward.

The study focused on lung cancer scans only. But the attack would work for brain tumors, heart disease, blood clots, spinal injuries, bone fractures, ligament injuries and arthritis, Mirsky said.

Attackers could choose to modify random scans to create chaos and mistrust in hospital equipment, or they could target specific patients, searching for scans tagged with a specific patient’s name or ID number. In doing this, they could prevent patients who have a disease from receiving critical care or cause others who aren’t ill to receive unwarranted biopsies, tests and treatment. The attackers could even alter follow-up scans after treatment begins to falsely show tumors spreading or shrinking. Or they could alter scans for patients in drug and medical research trials to sabotage the results.

The vulnerabilities that would allow someone to alter scans reside in the equipment and networks hospitals use to transmit and store CT and MRI images. These images are sent to radiology workstations and back-end databases through what’s known as a picture archiving and communication system (PACS). Mirsky said the attack works because hospitals don’t digitally sign the scans to prevent them from being altered without detection and don’t use encryption on their PACS networks, allowing an intruder on the network to see the scans and alter them.

They’re very, very careful about privacy … if data is being shared with other hospitals or other doctors,” Mirsky said, “because there are very strict rules about privacy and medical records. But what happens within the [hospital] system itself, which no regular person should have access to in general, they tend to be pretty lenient [about]. It’s not ... that they don’t care. It’s just that their priorities are set elsewhere.”

Although one hospital network they examined in Israel did try to use encryption on its PACS network, the hospital configured the encryption incorrectly and as a result the images were still not encrypted.

Fotios Chantzis, a principal information-security engineer with the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota who did not participate in the study but confirmed that the attack is possible, said that PACS networks are generally not encrypted. That’s in part because many hospitals still operate under the assumption that what’s on their internal network is inaccessible from outside — even though “the era where the local hospital network was a safe, walled garden is long gone,” he said.

Although encryption is available for some PACS software now, it’s still generally not used for compatibility reasons. It has to communicate with older systems that don’t have the ability to decrypt or re-encrypt images.

To develop their malware, the Israeli researchers used machine learning to train their code to rapidly assess scans passing through a PACS network and to adjust and scale fabricated tumors to conform to a patient’s unique anatomy and dimensions to make them more realistic. The entire attack can be fully automated so that once the malware is installed on a hospital’s PACS network, it will operate independently of the researchers to find and alter scans, even searching for a specific patient’s name.

To get the malware onto a PACS network, attackers would need either physical access to the network — to connect a malicious device directly to the network cables  or they could plant malware remotely from the Internet. The researchers found that many PACS networks are either directly connected to the Internet or accessible through hospital machines that are connected to the Internet.

To see how easy it would be to physically install malware on a PACS network, Mirsky conducted a test at a hospital in Israel that the researchers videotaped. He was able to enter the radiology department after hours and connect his malicious device to the network in just 30 seconds, without anyone questioning his presence. Although the hospital had given permission for the test, staff members didn’t know how or when Mirsky planned to carry it out.

To prevent someone from altering CT and MRI scans, Mirsky says, ideally hospitals would enable end-to-end encryption across their PACS network and digitally sign all images while also making sure that radiology and doctor workstations are set up to verify those signatures and flag any images that aren’t properly signed.

[Under pressure to digitize everything, hospitals are hackers’ biggest new target]

Suzanne Schwartz, a medical doctor and the Food and Drug Administration’s associate director for Science and Strategic Partnerships, who has been leading some of the FDA’s effort to secure medical devices and equipment, expressed concern about the findings of the Israeli researchers. But she said many hospitals don’t have the money to invest in more secure equipment, or they have 20-year-old infrastructure that doesn’t support newer technologies.

It’s going to require changes that go well beyond devices, but changes with regards to the network infrastructure, Schwartz said. “This is where engaging and involving with other authorities and trying to bring the entire community together becomes really important.

Christian Dameff, an emergency room physician with the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine and a security researcher who has exposed vulnerabilities with the 911 emergency calling system, notes that in the case of a cancer diagnosis, some backstops would prevent a patient from receiving unwarranted treatment based only on a maliciously modified CT scan. But that doesn’t mean the attack would be harmless.

There are a couple of steps before we just take someone to surgery" or prescribe radiation and chemotherapy, Dameff said. But there is still harm to the patient regardless. There is the emotional distress [from learning you may have cancer], and there are all sorts of insurance implications.

The radiologists in the BGU study recommended follow-up treatment and referrals to a specialist for all of the patients with scans that showed cancerous lung nodules. They recommended immediate tissue biopsies or other surgery for at least a third of them.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that the hospital in Israel didn’t encrypt any data passed over its network. An earlier version of the story said it had encrypted the metadata for the scans, which contains a patient’s name and medical ID.