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Sunday, February 7, 2016

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Today in History

A Thracian officer by the name of Leo is proclaimed as emperor of the East by the army general, Aspar, on the death of the Emperor Marcian.
The Netherlands, England and Sweden conclude an alliance directed against Louis XIV of France.
The Siege of Gibraltar, which was pursued by the Spanish and the French since July 24, 1779, is finally lifted.
The first successful U.S. educational magazine, Academician, begins publication in New York City.
American pugilist John L. Sullivan becomes the last of the bare-knuckle world heavyweight champions with his defeat of Patty Ryan in Mississippi City.
The Turks lose 5,000 men in a battle with the Bulgarian army in Gallipoli.
Fieldmarshal Paul von Hindenburg moves on Russians at Masurian Lakes.
The British steamer California is sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German U-boat.
Negro History Week, originated by Carter G. Woodson, is observed for the first time.
The United States signs an arbitration treaty with France.
Amelia Earhart weds George Putnam in Connecticut.
The Germans launch a second attack against the Allied beachead at Anzio, Italy. They hoped to push the Allies back into the sea.
The United States recognizes Vietnam under the leadership of Emperor Bao Dai, not Ho Chi Minh who is recognized by the Soviets.
The Mona Lisa is put on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The British band The Beatles are greeted by 25,000 fans upon their arrival in the United States at JFK Airport.
U.S. jets hit Dong Hoi guerrilla base in reprisal for the Viet Cong raids.
North Vietnamese use 11 Soviet-built light tanks to overrun the U.S. Special Forces camp at Lang Vei at the end of an 18-hour long siege.
Ethiopia mounts a counter attack against Somalia.
Iran opens an invasion in the southeast of Iraq.

Not Just the US: 2016 Elections Around the World

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Once a risk-taker, always a risk-taker ...

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A centuries-old poem hints at Shakespeare's herbal 'muse'

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Cashews Aren't Nuts

Cashews are a fruit and peanuts aren't nuts. Huh? We crack open the case on which foods are true nuts and which are impostors.

6 Little-Known Dangers of Cutting Back on Salt Too Much

Eating too little sodium can be just as bad as eating too much of it.
Sodium is an important electrolyte and a main component of table salt.
Too much sodium has been linked to high blood pressure, and health organizations recommend that we limit our intake (1, 2, 3).
Most current guidelines recommend eating 2,300 mg per day, or less. Some even go as low as 1500 mg per day (4).
However, even though too much sodium causes problems, eating too little can be just as bad.
Here are 6 little-known dangers of restricting sodium too much.
1. Possible Increase in Insulin Resistance
A few studies have linked low-sodium diets to increased insulin resistance (5, 6, 7).
Insulin resistance is when the body’s cells don’t respond well to signals from the hormone insulin, leading to higher insulin and blood sugar levels.
Insulin resistance is believed to be a major driver of many serious diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease (8, 9).
One study of 152 healthy people found that insulin resistance increased after only 7 days on a low-sodium diet (5).
Yet not all studies agree, and some have found no effect, or even a decrease in insulin resistance (10, 11, 12).
However, these studies varied in length, study population and degree of salt restriction, which may explain the differences in results.
Bottom Line: Low-sodium diets have been associated with increased insulin resistance, a condition that causes higher blood sugar and insulin levels. This may lead to type 2 diabetes and other serious diseases.
2. No Clear Benefit for Heart Disease
It is true that reducing sodium can reduce blood pressure.
However, blood pressure is only a risk factor for disease. What we really care about is hard end-points like heart attacks or death.
Several observational studies have looked at the effects of low-sodium diets on heart attacks, strokes and the risk of death (13, 14, 15).
One study found that less than 3,000 mg of sodium per day is linked to an increased risk of dying from heart disease, including from heart attacks and strokes (14).
Disturbingly, another study reported a higher risk of dying from heart disease at the low sodium levels that many guidelines currently recommend (15).
However, other studies have reported conflicting results, so this matter is far from settled (16, 17, 18).
In a 2011 review of controlled trials, reducing sodium did not reduce the risk of dying from heart attacks or strokes, and it increased the risk of death from heart failure (19)
Bottom Line: Although the evidence is mixed, some observational studies show that low-salt diet are linked to an increased risk of death from heart attacks or strokes. Controlled trials show no clear benefit.
3. Increased Risk of Death from Heart Failure
Heart failure is when the heart is not able to pump enough blood around the body to meet its needs for blood and oxygen.
This doesn’t mean that your heart stops working completely, but it’s still a very serious health issue.
Interestingly, low-sodium diets have been linked to an increased risk of death in people with heart failure.
One review of controlled trials found that for people with heart failure, limiting sodium intake increased the risk of dying (19).
In fact, the effect was strong — people who restricted their sodium intake had a 160% higher risk of death. This is concerning, as patients with heart failure are often told to limit their sodium intake.
Yet the results were strongly influenced by only one study, so more research is needed.
Bottom Line: There is some evidence showing that people with heart failure may have a higher risk of dying on a low-sodium diet. However, this needs to be confirmed by more studies.
4. A Low-Sodium Diet May Raise LDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Many factors can increase the risk of heart disease, including elevated LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
Some studies have found that low-sodium diets may increase both LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
In a 2003 review study of healthy people, low-sodium diets caused a 4.6% increase in LDL cholesterol and a 5.9% increase in triglycerides (20).
A more recent review reported a 2.5% increase in cholesterol and a 7% increase in triglycerides (21).
What’s more, these studies found that salt restriction only caused minor reductions in blood pressure on average, with a slightly stronger effect in people with high blood pressure.
Bottom Line: Studies have found that limiting salt may raise LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, which are common risk factors for heart disease.
5. Increased Risk of Death for Diabetics
Diabetics have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes (22).
Therefore, many guidelines for diabetics recommend limiting salt intake (23, 24).
However, some studies have found an association between low sodium intake and an increased risk of death for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes (25, 26).
However, these were observational studies, and their results should be interpreted with caution.
Bottom Line: Patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes may have an increased risk of death on a low-sodium diet. However, this needs to be studied further.
6. Higher Risk of Hyponatremia (Low Blood Levels of Sodium)
Hyponatremia is a condition characterized by low levels of sodium in the blood.
Its symptoms are similar to those caused by dehydration, and in severe cases the brain may swell and lead to headaches, seizures, coma and even death (27).
Certain populations, like older adults, have a higher risk of hyponatremia (28).
That’s because older adults are more likely to have an illness or take medication that can reduce sodium levels in the blood.
Athletes, especially those who participate in long-distance endurance events, are also at a high risk of developing exercise-associated hyponatremia (29, 30).
In their case, it’s usually caused by drinking too much water and failing to replace the sodium that is lost through sweat (31).
Bottom Line: A condition called hyponatremia, or low blood sodium levels, may affect certain people like older adults and some athletes. Eating less salt raises the risk of this condition.
How Much Sodium Should You Eat?
Studies suggest that there is a J-shaped curve when it comes to the effects of sodium.
Too much may be harmful, but too little can also have serious consequences.
The lowest risk of health issues and death seems to be somewhere in between.
An intake of 3000–5000 milligrams per day has been suggested as optimal, which is similar to what the average person already eats, or 3371 mg per day (32, 33).
This amounts to 7.5-12.5 grams of table salt per day, which equals 1.5-2.5 teaspoons per day (salt is only 40% sodium, so multiply sodium by 2.5 to find the amount of salt).
However, some people may benefit from restricted sodium intake, such as those with salt-sensitive high blood pressure (34).
If you have a medical condition that requires a diet low in sodium, or if your doctor has advised you to limit your intake, then by all means continue to do so.
But if you are a healthy person trying to stay healthy, then there is no good evidence that following a low-sodium diet will improve your health.
Most of the excess sodium people eat comes from processed, packaged foods – stuff you shouldn’t be eating much of anyway.
Adding some salt to your healthy foods to improve flavor is both safe and healthy, and can make your diet much more pleasurable.

Top US generals: Women should have to register for the draft, too

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Women Are Better At Expressing Emotions, Right?

Porn Is Worse Than Cocaine, Government Has To Act On ‘Public Health Crisis’

Republican: Porn Is Worse Than Cocaine, Gov’t Has To Act On ‘Public Health Crisis’Republican: Porn Is Worse Than Cocaine, Government Has To Act On ‘Public Health Crisis’
This Utah wingnut believes pornography is worse than cocaine, and the government has to act.
Hey, buddy, Utah is the state that views the most porn in the US could that be a factor in your faulty decision.
And what about all that 'less government interference' claptrap you wingnuts are always spewing?

Nestlé Admits Slavery in Thailand While Fighting Child Labor Lawsuit in Ivory Coast

Tennessee man threatens daughter with knife after she comes out as a lesbian

Police told the station that Ike Wright was intoxicated and became enraged when he found out his daughter was gay.
He is NO man.

Legal Rape Group To Hold Worldwide Event ...

On a website advertising the “Return of the Kings” event, self-styled “pick up artist” Daryush “Roosh V” Valizadeh has encouraged his misogynist supporters to “come out of the shadows."
Roosh Vörek (rooshv.com)
The again, maybe not ...
Self-proclaimed ‘neo-masculinist’ Daryush “Roosh V” Valizadeh called off the events on his website, Return of Kings, stating that he “can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend." However, he said, “I can’t stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups.”

Decades After They Were Forced To Be Sex Slaves, These Women Are Fighting Back

India rape victim says she was sexually assaulted again in hospital

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Militant member of ‘United States Patriot Army’ busted in Florida with shrapnel-filled bombs

Michael Ramos (Screenshot/Fox13)
Militant member of ‘United States Patriot Army’ busted in Florida with shrapnel-filled bombs
Lil' Dick Syndrome sufferer.

Texas Man Open Carrying Gun Arrested For Impersonating A Police Officer

Wait. They arrested a "good guy with a gun?"
Say it ain't so ...

‘Responsible Gun Owner’ Road Rages, Threatens To Shoot Motorcyclist

‘Responsible Gun Owner’ Road Rages, Threatens To Shoot Motorcyclist (VIDEO)
‘Responsible Gun Owner’ Road Rages, Threatens To Shoot Motorcyclist
“You’re all about to fucking get shot!”

Florida man faces 35 years for running over racist rider’s horse

Christopher Todd
‘All I did was I called him a nigger’

Cops use Taser on cleaning woman after mistaking her for burglar

Two Tennessee cops are being criticized for excessive force for Tasering a 36-year-old middle school cleaning woman after they confronted her at night in the otherwise empty school.

Los Angeles restaurateur convicted of poisoning pregnant girlfriend to cause miscarriage

Joshua Woodward typed the phrases, ‘ways men have forced abortions,’ and ‘evil ways to terminate a pregnancy,’ into his web search engine.

Reported prank call about gas leak led to Burger King employees breaking all the windows

A reported prank call about a fake gas leak at a Burger King in Morro Bay, California, led to extensive damage to windows of the business late on Saturday night.
According to reports, employees received a call from someone indicating they were a representative from the Fire Department advising of an emergency.
The caller stated windows needed to be broken to ventilate the business. All of the windows were then broken.
The City wants to make clear the Fire Department would generally not call a business directly to warn of such an issue. The case is now being investigated by the Police Department.

Bank manager foiled robbery by holding the door shut

A manager at the PNC Bank in Zebulon, North Carolina, held the bank's door shut when a suspect with a gun tried to enter on Thursday. Zebulon police said they responded to a bank robbery in progress at about 9:15am. According to police, the suspect approached the rear door of the bank wearing a mask, gloves, and hoodie.
The bank manager reportedly saw the suspect coming towards the door and physically held the door shut. The suspect revealed a small, black, semi-automatic handgun, which he used to bang on the door, police said. The manager continued to hold the door shut despite the suspect displaying a weapon and trying to pry the door open. There was one customer inside the bank.
He didn't want to give his name, but he described the situation as "surreal." The suspect then ran from the bank. After the man fled, police say he went to a possible getaway car parked nearby. Zebulon Police commended the bank manager's quick action. "We credit the manager in this situation from not only saving the bank from being robbed, but very likely saving somebody from being injured," said Zebulon Police Chief Timothy Hayworth.

"He reacted in a split second, and I think it showed that he was courageous. He was a brave man. I've talked to him since and he says he really doesn't want the publicity for this, but at the same time he's a hero." Zebulon Police are searching for a black male, between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing dark pants, a dark hoodie with a grey shirt underneath, red scarf or bandana, a light coloured mask, gloves, and black tennis shoes. The suspect was also wearing a back pack and possibly a front fanny pack.

Man arrested for attempted murder after hurling bidet in children's football kick-around dispute

Italian police arrested a man for attempted murder on Sunday after he used a bidet as a weapon to knock out his adversary during a dispute.
A kick-around between neighborhood boys in Pozzuoli near Naples degenerated when one player accused another of a particularly dirty foul, and the resulting scuffle deteriorated when youngsters' parents stepped in to defend their offspring.
Just as officers arrived on the scene in the seaside town in southern Italy, Domenico Cammarota, 45, father to one of the boys, hurled a bidet out of the window of his apartment, hitting another father in the street below on the head.
The injured man, knocked out by the flying bathroom appliance, was taken to hospital, while Cammarota, who was already known to the police, was put behind bars.

'Hand of Dog' Cloud Appears Over Portugal

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Giant Sinkhole Eats Highway in Oregon

The chasm is nearly the size of a basketball court.

Ancient Babylonians Tracked Jupiter With Calculus

Clay tablets reveal that Babylonian astronomers employed a sort of precalculus to describe Jupiter’s motion across the night sky.

The Earth Is Made Up Of Two Planets, Say Scientists

A ‘violent, head-on collision’ between Earth and a developing planet called Theia formed the planet that we live on today and also created the moon, according to new research.
A ‘planetary embryo’ called Theia, thought to be around the same size as Earth or Mars, collided with Earth 4.5 billion years ago with the two being effectively melded together to form a single planet, says the study.
The head-on smash took place approximately 100 million years after the Earth was formed.
While it was already known that the two planets collided, it was previously thought that Theia merely grazed Earth, causing the former to break up, with a piece of the fledgling planet forming the moon.
If that were the case, the moon would have a different chemical composition to Earth because it would be made up predominantly of Theia.
Researchers at the University of California studied moon rocks brought back to Earth by the Apollo 12, 15 and 17 missions, along with volcanic rocks from the Earth’s mantle, found in Hawaii and Arizona.
They found that the rocks from the moon and Earth had almost identical oxygen isotopes, turning the previous theory on its head.
“Theia was thoroughly mixed into both the Earth and the moon, and evenly dispersed between them,” said lead researcher Edward Young. “This explains why we don’t see a different signature of Theia in the moon versus the Earth.”
While Theia ended up incorporated into Earth, Young says that it would probably have become a planet in its own right if the collision hadn’t taken place.
The research was published in the journal Science.

Eagle Intercept

Dutch police are investigating a novel approach to dealing with drones flying where they shouldn't.

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