These brown bears in Russia’s far east have developed a habit of sniffing discarded barrels formerly filled with aviation fuel until they pass out.
The containers were left in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve and the nearby creatures picked on their strong smell of kerosene and gasoline.
The animals love this smell so much that they have begun deeply inhaling the fumes for minutes at a time before digging shallow holes for themselves [...]
Should packets of crisps carry a health warning?
You might scoff at the suggestion, but it comes as evidence emerges to show the snack is bad news — fuelling not just the obesity and heart disease epidemics, but linked to developmental problems in unborn babies, hyperactivity in children and potentially cancer in adults.
The risks would not be so critical were it not for the alarming extent to which Britain’s crisp-munching habit [...]
CHICAGO — Proposed legislation would make it illegal in Illinois for dogs to get behind the wheel of a car.
Dogs in the driver’s seat — on their owners’ laps — is a dangerous but common habit, said state Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago), co-sponsor of the bill.
“Because I travel, I can’t help but observe the number of people with dogs on their laps,” he said. “It is a public safety concern. If a [...]
by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkreig:
Care for a side of horse meat with that dose of tetracycline in your chicken wings? Recovery never tasted so good! Basically since 2003, antibiotic use for sick people is flat, but up 50% for use in the meat industry. These stats are shocking. From Mother Jones:
Last year, the Food and Drug Administration proposed a set of voluntary “guidelines” designed to nudge the meat industry to curb its [...]
January 3, 2012
TOBACCO taxes are set to be repeatedly increased over the next five years, potentially raising billions of dollars in extra revenue for the commonwealth and pushing the price of a packet of cigarettes above $20.
The proposal is contained in the latest National Tobacco Strategy, which for the first time lists as its top priority the battle to “protect public health policy, including tobacco control policies, from tobacco [...]
World’s Top Gold Producer Holding Onto All of Its Gold
While Western central banks have frittered away their gold, China is quietly building up its reserves.
China is the world’s largest gold producer.
And yet – according to various sources – gold bullion brokers have not seen any gold coming from China.
In other words, China is producing more gold than any other country, but isn’t exporting any of it.
As such, China is quietly becoming a [...]
Almost half of shoppers cannot remember the reason they made a purchase by the time they have taken it home.
According to a new survey, 48per cent of buyers in the U.S. admit to not knowing why they originally bought items.
However the research, released by Oxygen Media ahead of its new series My Shopping Addiction, found that 68per cent of shoppers are often swayed by cut-prices.
Compulsive shoppers: According to a new survey, 48per [...]
John W. Whitehead
Septmeber 17, 2012
“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement was scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984
Brace yourselves for the next wave in the surveillance state’s steady incursions into our lives. It’s coming at us with a lethal one-two punch.
To start with, there’s the government’s integration of facial recognition software and other biometric markers [...]
In a major breakthrough, an international team of scientists has proven that addiction to morphine and heroin can be blocked, while at the same time increasing pain relief.
The team from the University of Adelaide and University of Colorado has discovered the key mechanism in the body’s immune system that amplifies addiction to opioid drugs. Laboratory studies have shown that the drug (+)-naloxone (pronounced: PLUS nal-OX-own) will selectively block the immune-addiction [...]
Vice President Joe Biden will take questions from reporters on a White House press call today, and as has been the case in the past, the on-the-record conversation will be embargoed until the end of the call.
The curious caveat — who would write an article during the middle of the call? — is a product of the post-Twitter presidential campaign, barring reporters from the beloved habit of tweeting remarks in real-time.
Consumers are back in the habit of freely swiping their credit cards again. Nobody’s happier than the lenders, they know they’ve got you, especially if you’re a newbie. Before opening up an account or “taking advantage” of an too-good-to-be-true promotion, really, really read the fine print.
Katie Ross, education and development manager for American Consumer Credit Counseling highlights five credit card fine print traps that you don’t want to fall [...]
Millions of Brits neglect a string of basic personal hygiene tasks – because they are too busy or too lazy, a survey has found.
Researchers found barely half of adults always wash their hands with soap after visiting the toilet. Shockingly, 27 per cent of workers claim to be too rushed at work to wash and dry their hands properly after nipping to the loo.
Additionally, 58 per cent of men regularly [...]
(CNSNews.com) – The federal government Web sitewww.fatherhood.gov offers a wide range of “tips” and resources for teaching men how to be a father, including “father-child” videos on healthy eating, teeth brushing and hand washing.
The taxpayer-funded website, launched during the Clinton administration, is a project of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, which is a part of Health and Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance. The site links to the videos on the University of Arkansas [...]
How to Vanish
June 13, 2012
The issue of camera cell phone privacy is extremely important in today’s age and far-reaching. Many cell phone cameras by default and automatically reveal tremendous amounts of information such as the physical location of a picture, time, date, cell phone model, etc. Additionally, a number of phone companies and facilities along with laws and implementations have increased so much in recent times that it is often difficult [...]
It has been almost 3 years since Michael Jackson left us at the age of 50. However, intense interest remains about his life, work, and family–especially his three children. Oprah Winfrey recently visited Jackson’s 14-year-old daughter, Paris, for an interview that revealed some details about life with a world-famous parent.Paris Jackson and Oprah Winfrey
One of the most-discussed Jackson oddities was his habit of covering his children’s faces in public. Paris [...]
Drinking one to three cups has little effect
Four or more reduces risk 20%
Four cups a day is British average
The British habit of tea-drinking can help lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes – but only if you drink four or more cups a day.
A study of European populations found that countries that drank four cups a day – the British average – had a 20% lower risk of developing the [...]
Strong statistical link between men viewing porn and women becoming unhappy
Men watching porn damages women’s self-confidence
Sex lives damage if partner prefers virtual version
Men who look at porn are making their partners miserable.
A study found that when their partners turn to X-rated films for pleasure it had a corrosive effect on a woman’s self confidence.
Women’s sex lives were also damaged if their partners preferred virtual ways of arousing himself instead of [...]
From The Reformed Broker:
I love my friend Joe Weisenthal, and I know he’s half-kidding with his monthly routine of turning the BLS Non Farm Payrolls report into the Super Bowl – 12 times a year. We’ve gotten into this habit in the financial web and media of treating each successive BLS Day since the crash as though it’s the most important one EVER!
But the truth is, only a few of them, at [...]
China, in 1990 had 168 miles of paved Interstate.
China today has 53,000 miles of paved Interstate.
China in 1990 had 5 1/2 million cars.
China today has 200 million vehicles on the road.
It takes 121,600 gallons of oil to pave 1 mile of road.
By comparrison the U.S. has 47,000 miles of paved interstate.
Same goes for their crude oil imports, which hit a record high of 23.41 million metric tons this past January, up [...]
America: Origins of an Empire (March 7, 2012)
“West of Chesapeake Bay lay the Potomac valley, one of the few easy routes into the mountains, and it’s likely that somewhere up that way – by the nature of the thing, nobody will ever know when or where – German and Scots-Irish traditions blended with scraps of a dozen other ethnic heritages to create the first draft of American frontier culture. Think log [...]
February 6, 2012
Twenty years ago free-range eggs were rarely bought but for the first time this year they will outsell those from caged birds, according to industry estimates.
Of the 9 billion eggs laid in the UK in 2012, 49 per cent will come from free-range hens allowed to roam outdoors, compared with 48 per cent from hens cooped up in cages. A further 3 per cent come from [...]
by Jill Krasny
Four years ago, Natalie McNeal was living it up. She was young, single and had a promising career as a reporter for theMiami Herald.
But there were skeletons in McNeal’s wallet.
McNeal carried a $9,785.24 credit card balance, $8,600 on her car note and $2,636 in college loans.
“I was totally freaking out,” McNeal told Your Money. “Every two weeks I’d get my hair professionally washed and blown dry, color it every [...]
The Quezon City Council is hoping to pass the “No Plastic Ordinance” by Monday, said Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte yesterday.
Speaking before the estimated 200 participants of a conference on children’s museums, Belmonte said the proposed ordinance has already been included in their agenda for the scheduled city council session on Feb. 6.
She said the desire to speed up the passage of the ordinance came after Department of Environment and Natural [...]
Kate Ryan, wtop.com
WASHINGTON – Polly Roopnarine was in the habit of calling the police. A lot. Sources close to the 69-year-old say the Gaithersburg woman was convinced that she was being followed and that someone was constantly spraying her with a noxious substance.
Art Silverman, who contacted WTOP on behalf of her family, says that calling 911 too often led to her eviction.
Montgomery County Police don’t carry out evictions, and referred [...]
by Joe Weisenthal
This is one we need to get in the habit of checking more often.
From Citi’s Steven Englander, the Stoxx Europe 600 Banks Index.
It’s clearly lost all its steam, as it hits its lowest level since November 25.
Note it’s down again today by 0.6%, while broader markets are off less, so again, notable weakness at such a key pressure point.
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From The Interloper:
I know I’m not stupid. But even though I was always among the three brightest kids in class, I have a good friend who, right brain or left brain, is quicker than me in every way. He, in turn, tells a story about a visiting professor who was writing the answer to a question on a blackboard and was asked a second question, after which he wrote the [...]