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‘Zombie deer’ disease found in 24 states, could spread to humans

“Zombie deer” disease, officially called chronic wasting disease, or CWD, has spread into 24 states and two provinces in Canada, and researchers are worried humans could contract it, given certain circumstances. The disease is primarily found in free-ranging deer, elk and moose, and has been identified in farmed deer and elk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illness is fairly low in free-ranging deer and elk, but in some areas where the disease is more established, infection rates can top 10 percent, the CDC reported, and localized infection rates of 25 percent have also been reported.…

Dutch mystery of ‘20,000 seabird deaths’ on coast

Scientists are trying to find out why some 20,000 guillemots have died in recent weeks along the Dutch coast. The birds were all emaciated and there are fears they may have been victims of a spill from the MSC Zoe container ship, from which some 345 containers fell in the sea during a storm. “There’s no smoking gun, but we’re looking into it,” says Mardik Leopold, who is investigating the deaths. Chemicals may be to blame as most plastics are hard to ingest, he says. Hours after the containers fell off the MSC Zoe in a storm, they started washing…

Mutant squirrels? Seldom seen breed in east NC capable of ‘glowing pink,’ experts say

Bigfoot is apparently not the craziest thing you might find in North Carolina’s backwoods. On Wednesday, state biologists revealed a disconcerting fact about those infamous 2-foot-tall fox squirrels known to live in the eastern part of the state. “Just another boring rodent, right?” said a post on the NC Candid Critters Facebook page. “Not unless you think that glowing pink is boring!” “Many fox squirrels have a condition…that causes their bones and sometimes even their fur to glow pink under ultraviolet light.” That condition is called congenital erythropoietic porphyria and the Candid Critters page posted examples showing one squirrel’s belly…

Rare half-male, half-female cardinal spotted in Pennsylvania

Jeffrey and Shirley Caldwell have been attracting birds for 25 years with carefully tended backyard feeders. But the lifelong Erie, Pennsylvania, residents have never seen a creature so wondrous as the half-vermillion, half-taupe cardinal—its colors split right down the middle—that first showed up a few weeks ago in the dawn redwood tree 10 yards from their home. In fact, they weren’t sure they saw it correctly until it came in closer. “Never did we ever think we would see something like this in all the years we’ve been feeding,” Shirley Caldwell says. The anomaly is known as a bilateral gynandromorph.…

Don’t buy a pair of jeans before reading this

 Shopping is often referred to as “retail therapy.” Some suggest buying stuff, especially new clothes, can make you feel better — more relaxed, perhaps, or prettier or popular. While shopping for the latest trendy fashions may boost your mood temporarily, most people agree the positive vibes seldom last long. Even if they did, there is more to modern fashion than meets the eye. Underneath all the glitz and glam portrayed in store windows are layers of what a new BBC documentary refers to as “fashion’s dirty secrets.” If you think turning over your wardrobe frequently has little impact on…

Nando’s, Domino’s Pizza and McDonald’s among fast food giants forcing misery and pain on billions of chickens, global study says

KFC, McDonald’s, Nando’s and Domino’s Pizza are subjecting billions of chickens to lives of misery that end in a painful death, according to what is thought to be the first global investigation of its type. The world’s nine biggest chains – also including Burger King, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Subway – have, following the investigation, been rated “poor” or “failing” on chicken welfare, and accused of putting birds through “chronic pain” in “brutal” industrial-scale systems hidden from the consumer. World Animal Protection (WAP)’s report found “an almost-universal disregard among the brands … for improving the treatment of chickens throughout their…

19 ways to stop creating unnecessary trash…Simple steps are the gateway to living a zero-waste lifestyle.

You dutifully set out a full recycling bin each week brimming with plastic, paper and metal. It’s a good habit, but, unfortunately, recycling efforts aren’t working as well as they should. In the last few decades, for instance, the number of plastic products has exploded, but only about 9 percent of them are actually recycled, according to National Geographic. Meaning most of your plastic beverage bottles, single-serve food containers, straws and cups end up in the landfill — and ultimately, the ocean — where they take centuries to biodegrade and harm wildlife. More bad news arrived in 2018 when China…

6,000 tons of coal sinks in Ohio River after bridge accident

At least 6,000 tons of coal sank into the Ohio River, and federal authorities are continuing to work on a plan to save the remaining barges pinned against the McAlpine Dam. Fifteen coal barges broke free from a tug boat headed north up the Ohio River earlier this week. Six barges were recovered while another nine floated downriver. By Friday afternoon, four barges had sunk into the river, each carrying at least 1,500 tons of coal, said U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Michael Metz. The Army Corps of Engineers is working with the Coast Guard on a plan to…

EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico

Environmentalists are warning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its draft plan to continue allowing oil and gas companies to dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals and wastewater directly into the Gulf of Mexico is in violation of federal law. In a letter sent to EPA officials, attorneys for the Center for Biological Diversity warned that the agency’s draft permit for water pollution discharges in the Gulf fails to properly consider how dumping wastewater containing chemicals from fracking and acidizing operations would impact water quality and marine wildlife. The attorneys claim that regulators do not fully understand how the chemicals used in offshore…

Hail apocalypse in Sydney, Australia: Deluge declared as catastrophe as surfers even had to shelter under their boards for protection! (videos)

On December 20, 2018, the NSW coast was battered with hail that would easily match a mean cricket ball in a fair fight. Severe storms were reported from the Central Coast down to Kiama in the south, with icy stones up to 8cm in diameter accosting areas like Berowra on the upper North Shore and pelting out to Western Suburbs like Oran Park, Harrington Park and Casula. WATCH: An incredible wave of hail is rolling across Sydney. #9Newshttps://t.co/xaLssA2aSD pic.twitter.com/Mj1t0Q1YCD — Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) December 20, 2018 Just one day after hailstorms pummelled Sydney and the central coast, it is…

Harvard Researchers Begin Work on Bill Gates-Funded Project to Block Out the Sun with Geoengineering

As the world continues to grapple with the consequences of an ever-changing planet, scientists have continued to work on projects aimed at manipulating and shaping the world in unexpected ways. The most controversial and hotly debated of all these topics (aside from climate change itself) has been that of geoengineering, a topic many news sites dare not breach for fear of being labeled as conspiracy theorists. But now, the cat is officially out of the bag, as even Forbes just dropped a bombshell on its website: a new plan from Harvard scientists to “tackle climate change through geoengineering by clocking…

A ‘Gold Rush’ at The Bottom of The Ocean Could Be The Final Straw For Ecosystems

As the world’s population scales to ever-greater heights, a growing demand for resources is driving humans to new lows. In the next few years, commercial mining on the deep ocean floor could become a real possibility. But with several permits already issued, a new report suggests the mining industry is racing to the bottom in more ways than one. Researchers at the University of Exeter and Greenpeace are now warning that a deep sea “gold rush” for minerals and metals could wind up causing irreversible damage to what are already fragile ocean ecosystems. “Many marine scientists are concerned that, once…

Thousands of dead fish wash up in Rio de Janeiro

Residents of a luxury, high-end neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro awoke Friday to the unpleasant odour of 13 tonnes of dead fish floating in the water of the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. One of the city’s picture postcard locations, the lagoon has suffered similar fish die-offs in previous years and biologists believe that extreme heat is the culprit. Mass die-offs, or “kills”, happen periodically throughout the world. They can be caused by pollution or toxic spills, but can also be triggered by natural phenomena, such as hot weather. Heat reduces the amount of oxygen dissolved in the water, which can…

Coal Ash Dumps Are Contaminating Groundwater in 22 States

Ten years ago today, the earthen wall of a coal ash impound in Kingston, Tennessee, ruptured, sending 1.1 billion gallons of coal ash slurry rushing across the countryside, destroying homes and chocking streams and wetlands with the toxic leftovers from burning coal for electricity. Luckily, no one died in the flood, but more than 30 workers have died after cleaning up the spill. Another 200 workers are now sick or dying from blood cancer and other illnesses linked to heavy metals such as arsenic, selenium and mercury that are found in coal ash. A ceremony and memorial to honor the…

Big Brother app reports your location over 14,000 times a day

The millions of dots on the map trace highways, side streets and bike trails — each one following the path of an anonymous cellphone user. One path tracks someone from a home outside Newark, New Jersey, to a nearby Planned Parenthood. Another represents a person who travels with New York’s mayor during the day and returns to Long Island at night. Yet another leaves a house in upstate New York at 7am and travels to a middle school 14 miles away, staying until late afternoon each school day. Only one person makes that trip: Lisa Magrin, 46, a math teacher.…

“I Know Where All The Bodies Are Buried”: Clinton Foundation CFO Spills Beans To Investigators

The CFO of the Clinton Foundation, thinking he was “meeting an old professional acquaintance,” admitted to investigators that the charity had widespread problems with governance, accounting and conflicts of interest, and that Bill Clinton has been commingling business and personal expenses for a long time, reports The Hill‘s John Solomon.  Clinton Foundation CFO Andrew Kessel made the admissions to investigators from MDA Analytics LLC – a firm run by “accomplished ex-federal criminal investigators,” who have been probing the Clinton Foundation for some time. Kessel told MDA “There is no controlling Bill Clinton. He does whatever he wants and runs up incredible expenses with foundation…

2019 Jeep Wrangler has been given a DEVASTATING one-star safety rating

The all-new 2019 Jeep Wrangler has been given a stinging one-star safety rating in the latest round of assessments from independent body, Euro NCAP. The fourth-generation JL Wrangler, revealed earlier this year, was already out of the running for a five-star rating due to its lack of autonomous emergency braking at launch. The single-star result revealed by Euro NCAP today comes as a massive blow to the new model before it goes on sale, making it the lowest-rated car as tested under 2018 criteria, which not only analyses crash data for occupant protection, but evaluates accident avoidance tech and pedestrian impact…

“Historic Storm” To Bury Southern Appalachians In Snow; Expect Massive Travel Disruptions

Ed Vallee, head meteorologist at Vallee Weather Consulting, has certainly been on his weather game this year. Last month, his forecasts correctly pointed to a number of cross-country storms and unprecedented cold weather that punished the East Coast. Now, his forecasts point to a new danger. Winter Storm Diego will travel through the southern US with a swath of snow, sleet and freezing rain from the southern Plains to the Ozarks, southern Appalachians, and parts of the Mid Atlantic late this week into early next week. A winter storm will take shape across the Four Corners region of the U.S. late this week, and will move across…

Generation Xanax : doubling in children being treated for addiction

New figures reveal the rise of “generation Xanax” – with a doubling in young people being treated for addiction to anti-anxiety drugs. The statistics from Public Health England show 315 cases in which those under the age of 18 were treated for problems with benzodiazepines – a class of drugs used to treat anxiety and insomnia. They include the drug Alprazolam (better known as Xanax) where there was a six-fold rise in numbers treated. Latest NHS figures suggest one in eight children has a mental health disorder, amid warnings of an “epidemic of anxiety”. Earlier this year an investigation found…

Another one: The Weekly Standard is DONE

The Weekly Standard — the conservative magazine that has stubbornly cleaved to an anti-Trump stance — is expected to fold unless a white-knight investor swoops in. The current owner of the 23-year-old publication, Media DC, a subsidiary of Philip Anschutz’s Clarity Media Group, did nothing on Wednesday to tamp down reports of the Weekly Standard’s imminent demise. “It is no secret that news organizations across the US are dealing with an evolving business landscape,” said a spokeswoman for Clarity Media. “The Weekly Standard is dealing with these same issues. Clarity Media has been exploring a number of possibilities regarding the…

Elementary school bans Santa, candy canes, reindeer, Elf on the Shelf, ‘red/green items’ to be ‘inclusive and culturally sensitive’

Manchester Elementary School Principal Jennifer Sinclair just landed on Santa’s naughty list, which means she probably won’t get any presents from the big man this year. The Nebraska educator apparently tripped on a “big rock” and fell on her face, all the while attempting to rob her students of the joyous Christmas season. It’s like a bad Hallmark movie come to life, happy ending and all. “It seems that I have stumbled upon a ‘big rock’ that I hadn’t anticipated,” Sinclair wrote to her legion of teachers in her “week ahead” newsletter for Dec. 3-7. “I know that you are all very…

Apple Watch can now detect your irregular heart rhythms and other problems

Apple Watch users can now take a reading of their heart’s electrical signal by holding a finger on the crown of the device. On Thursday, customers with the Apple Watch Series 4 who install the latest software update can access a new feature to identify atrial fibrillation, a common form of an irregular heart rhythm, as well as opt in to more passive monitoring. Anyone over age 22 can use these new heart health features, although not all them are designed for people who have already been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, or AFib, by their doctor. All of this has…

Political Crisis In Israel: Defense Minister Resigns, Slams Netanyahu For “Surrendering to Hamas”

“If Lieberman resigns, Netanyahu will dissolve the Knesset” — report senior Israeli government sources following a formal announcement by Lieberman confirming he has quit his post as defense minister. Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman resigned his post after a dramatic escalation in Gaza since Sunday’s controversial Israeli special forces assassination raid on a top Hamas commander, sparking a political crisis in Israel. He made a formal announcement of his exit Wednesday during a televised news conference. In a rare public fissure over defense strategy Lieberman slammed Prime Minister Netanyahu for “surrendering to Hamas terror” over the prime minister agreeing to a ceasefire deal with Hamas on Tuesday. The…