Another danger for coral reefs: Plastic trash transports microorganisms that spread disease across the ocean floor

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The phrase “deep, blue sea” may slowly become a thing of the past, as more seas and oceans are being filled up with waste plastic. Its adverse effects have surely been felt by nearly all marine life, but a team of international researchers led by Cornell University has discovered one more unfortunate effect of plastic. They found out that plastic waste drifting in the ocean can adversely impact the corals it gets tangled with, as the material provides a favorable environment for microbial colonization.

The study, which was published in the journal Science, had researchers investigate 159 coral reefs in the Asia-Pacific region to determine how the plastic debris affects the coral, as well as the likelihood of disease of a coral tangled with plastic, visiting reefs from Indonesia, Australia, Myanmar, and Thailand.

The reason for this, the research team stated in their paper, is that there have been several studies of the impact of terrestrial pollutants in the ocean; however, the full effect of plastic waste in marine organisms has yet to be explored.

After surveying the reefs, the research team found that billions of plastic materials have been tangled in the reefs – with more spikey species getting tangled with more plastic materials. The amount of plastic in the sampled areas was estimated to be at least 11.1 billion items that are stuck in coral reefs across the Asia-Pacific. (Related: The plastic pollution problem is wide AND deep: Study finds sea animals from the deepest parts of the ocean, 7 miles down, have plastic in their stomachs.)

According to study lead author Joleah Lamb, plastic debris act as a “motorhome” for microbes.

“Plastics make ideal vessels for colonizing microscopic organisms that could trigger disease if they come into contact with corals,” she continued. “Plastic items – commonly made of polypropylene, such as bottle caps and toothbrushes – have been shown to become heavily inhabited by bacteria. This is associated with the globally devastating group of coral diseases known as white syndromes.”

If a plastic latches itself onto a coral, it becomes prone to disease. In particular, the study reported that once this happens, the likelihood of the coral to get a disease increases by 20 times.

This is because of the stress brought about by the plastic to the corals. In particular, it blocks the light source of the corals, leading to anoxic conditions which favor pathogen growth, as well as toxin release.

In addition, corals are physically injured when they come in contact with plastic debris. This leads to abrasion, which opens up the coral to pathogen invasion. When this happens, the immune system of the coral may be compromised, allowing pathogens such as Halofolliculina corallasia to infect it and cause complications such as skeletal eroding band disease.

The authors posited that if these conditions continue, the amount of plastic that will impact the marine environment will skyrocket to 15.7 billion items, which will ultimately affect corals the world over. When this happens, the effects will not only be felt by the tourism industry but by those in fishing and coastal protection as well – a combined net worth of $357 billion in goods and services provided.

Through this investigation, researchers opined that a decrease in the amount of plastic entering the ocean will be advantageous to coral reefs, especially as its chances of getting disease-associated mortality is reduced.

“Our work shows that plastic pollution is killing corals. Our goal is to focus less on measuring things dying and more on finding solutions,” concluded Drew Harvell, a senior author of the study. “This new work should drive policy toward reducing plastic pollution.”

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Trump Is In Dire Danger


Plan A, the Russian-collusion-delusion failed and failed miserably for the Deep State.

Plen B, the planned removal of the President under the 25th Amendment disability clause for mental illness has failed.

The Deep State has fired all their political bullets and now all they have left is Plan C, which is where they keep the real bullets.

With the capture of a would-be assassin earlier in the week, the Secret Service has now gained some measure of plausible deniability. They can claim that if the worst happens, that they did their best.

This President is a walking, talking target. Beware of a lone assasssin with a diary which states, in advance what he is going to do. And of course, this would be assassin will be acting alone.

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Furor in Italy after politician says the country’s “white race” is in danger


An interview with Italian Lega Nord politician Attilio Fontana, about mass migration on Radio Padania, has rocked the country:

“We cannot (accept them) because we don’t all fit, so we have to make choices.. We must decide if our ethnicity, if our white race, if our society, should continue to exist or if it should be wiped out”.

He added “it is not a matter of being xenophobic or racist, but a matter of being logical and rational”.

After his statements were published by the press, Fontana felt compelled to back down and clarify. He said, “It was a slip, an expressive error”, but it was already too late because the case has exploded in the country’s national media.

Varese politician Samu Astuti, compared Fontana with his Lega Nord party leader Matteo Salvini and with the “worst xenophobic right”. A politician of the M5S party said Fontana “should clean up his party [of corruption] instead of worrying about immigration”.

So saying you wanna survive and not go extinct, as white people… is racist…….. ok, no further explanations required. Its obvious now, these globalist monsters truly wanna kill us. If they see our wish to survive as “racist” then its obvious. They want us gone. I can understand saying its racist when someone would talk with hate about other races but Attilio Fontana never said anything hateful.

He only said that white people will go extinct if they continue accepting immigrants, and its true, only a retard would say its not true. If you send enough red ants to invade a black ant nest, can you say that the black ants will not go extinct? Can you say they will both coexist in the same nest forever and ever, dancing kumbaya?? Same with us humans Attilio didn’t bad mouth the other races, he just said he wants us to survive… and those globalist evil monsters say that saying this is “racist”.

But Fontana received some support as well. Not surprisingly from his party leader Matteo Salvini, who said that his country is under attack and its future is at risk. He did add that the color of the skin has nothing to do with that, but the real danger is to underestimate the Islamization of the country.

In two years, more than 300,000 migrants have entered Italy: 181,436 in 2016 and 119,310 in 2017.



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Amber Alert issued in Texas for two girls in danger after mom found dead

An Amber Alert was issued Sunday as Texas police search for two girls following the death of their mother.

Local police said officers responded to a welfare check at the girls’ residence in Round Rock, Texas, on Saturday and found a deceased woman inside. The mother was later identified as Tonya Bates, mother of the two girls, KVUE reported.

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Police are now searching for Luluvioletta Bandera-Margret, 7, and Lilianais Griffith, 14, who they believe to be in grave or immediate danger.

Lulu is Hispanic, 4 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 75 pounds. She has curly brown hair and brown eyes. Lili is also Hispanic, 5 feet tall and reportedly weighs 100 pounds. She has brown eyes, a nose stud and braces.

Officials have identified the suspect in the children’s disappearance as 44-year-old Terry Miles. The girls’ relationship with Miles remains unclear.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety said the three may be traveling in a gray 2017 Hyundai Accent with the Texas license plate number JGH9845.

Authorities initially said the group may be headed to Louisiana. Police later announced Monday that the last sighting of the three was in northern New Mexico and possibly southern Colorado.

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Paradigm Shifting Study Finds Danger to Bees That is Far Worse than Pesticides

The discovery has now been added to the growing list of threats that could potentially lead to the extinction of the essential pollinators. The revelation that common fungicides are having the strongest impact on the insects came as a surprise, as they typically affect mold and mildew, but appear to be killing bees by making them more susceptible to the nosema parasite or by exacerbating the toxicity of other pesticides.

The discovery was made during a landscape-scale study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, which used machine learning technology to analyze 24 different factors and how they impacted four bumblebee species.

The study collected ‘subjects’ from 284 sites across 40 US states and tested them against various factors like latitude, elevation, habitat type and damage, human population and pesticide use.

For context, about 75 percent of the world’s crops are fertilized by pollinators. The widespread decline of bees has been attributed to a number of factors including pesticides, destruction of their habitats, disease and climate change, but until now it was unclear which was the most decisive factor.

The unexpected culprit behind bee decline means “people have not been looking in all the places they probably should,” according to lead author of the study, Cornell University’s Scott McArt.

We threw everything but the kitchen sink at this analysis and the ‘winner’ was fungicides,” McArt said to UMass. “It turns out that fungicide use is the best predictor of bumblebees getting sick and being lost from sites across the U.S.”

I was definitely surprised,” said McArt, to The Guardian, as “fungicides have been largely overlooked,” until now. Going forward, McArt says researchers will have to carry out “much more work on fungicides and their role in bee declines” if humanity is to make any progress in regenerating the dying species.

Common systemic pesticide sprays are used worldwide to manage landscapes, and are often found in nectar and pollen. Another recent study, published in the same journal, found chemicals are causing severe nutritional stress on honey bees, affecting their survival rates by a whopping 50 percent.

The Canadian government recently failed to protect bees after rejecting a plea by environmentalists to completely ban the use of insecticides, instead opting to continue their use of neonicotinoids, promising to consider limiting the use of pesticides by March 2018.

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Poor Social Skills A Danger To One’s Physical, Mental Health, Study Finds


For some, feeling a growing mass of stress weighing on their shoulders may actually be the result of poor social skills, a new study finds.

Researchers at the University of Arizona surveyed 775 American adults, aged 18 to 91, hoping to evaluate the strength of their social skills, along with their levels of stress, loneliness, and physical and mental health.

Defining social skills as the ability to communicate and interact with others effectively and appropriately, the researchers found that participants who were lacking in one or more related areas reported higher levels of stress and loneliness, which often translated into poorer physical and mental health.

“We’ve known for a long time that social skills are associated with mental health problems like depression and anxiety, but we’ve not known definitively that social skills were also predictive of poorer physical health,” says study author Chris Segrin, who heads the university’s Department of Communication, in a news release.

“Two variables- loneliness and stress- appear to be the glue that bind poor social skills to health,” he adds. “People with poor social skills have high levels of stress and loneliness in their lives.”

Stress had long been known as a risk factor for diminished health, but the impact of loneliness on well-being has only come into the spotlight more recently.

“We started realizing about 15 years ago that loneliness is actually a pretty serious risk for health problems,” Segrin explains. “It’s as serious of a risk as smoking, obesity, or eating a high-fat diet with lack of exercise.”

Comparing the health effects of loneliness to that of a constant search for the car keys, Segrin states that lonely people are simply “not finding what they’re looking for, and that stress of frantically searching takes a toll on them.”

While social skills can be improved through interventions, such as therapy and counseling, many don’t realize that they’re lacking in the department, he says.

Future research could look at how a lack of social skills may affect other aspects of one’s health, including the development of chronic illness.

“I want to get the word out about how valuable good communication skills are,” he emphasizes. “They will not just benefit you in your social life but they’ll benefit your physical health.”

The full study was published last month in the journal Health Communication.

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MSNBC Guests Slam ‘Flat-Out Full Racist’ Trump, ‘Danger to This Planet’

Over the weekend, the always ultra-liberal AM Joy show on MSNBC included a couple of especially noteworthy incidents of guests hyperbolically attacking President Donald Trump as frequent MSNBC guest (and former New York Times reporter) David Cay Johnston called him a “flat-out full racist,” and MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson claimed the President was a “danger to this planet” and “everybody in this particular country.”

As Saturday’s show began with a segment on ESPN’s Jemele Hill calling President Trump a “white supremacist,” leading White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to call for her firing, host Joy Reid went to Johnston first for his reaction. The author and frequent MSNBC guest immediately tore into Trump as he began:

Donald Trump is a racist. He isn’t just a white supremacist — he’s a flat-out, full racist, and unless your definition of a racist is you hung somebody from a tree, he is a racist. He’s been the subject of judicial hearings and administrative hearings into this. He’s made awful comments over the years. 

He added:

He is the embodiment of being a racist. Just as Ms. Huckabee Sanders’s comments the other day are the embodiment of censorship and should have upset every single person in America who has even a modest level of respect for our Constitution.

After Reid followed up by asking how it happens that Trump is friendly with prominent blacks like Darryl Strawberry and Don King, Johnston continued:

But that’s one of the great things not understood largely by people who haven’t thought about these issues. We had a black President doesn’t mean we’re not a racist country anymore. That we — if we’d had Hillary Clinton, doesn’t mean that feminism is no longer an issue [that] we have equality by gender. That’s nonsense. And after all, let’s remember that Strom Thurmond had a child with a black woman.

Reid and other panel members began giggling approvingly over Johnston’s biting analysis as the MSNBC host exclaimed:

Yeah, he sure did. Well, David Cay Johnston has woken us all up this morning. I had this cup of coffee right here — I don’t think I need it anymore! I’m going to put it aside — I’m not going to sip it anymore because David Cay Johnston has us wide awake.

The next morning, during a discussion of some in the media expressing optimism over some of President Trump’s recent actions — like holding talks with Democrats — MSNBC’s Jason Johnson went after Trump as he began:

I understand the press reaction. Trump is like a bad prom date, like, you’re stuck with him. We’re stuck with him for the next couple of years, so people are going to try to justify and make it good. “Well, he didn’t open the door, but he kind of paid for dinner before he flirted with the waitress and that sort of thing.”

Johnson — who is also politics editor for The Root — then added:

And so every time he does something that’s not horrible, people are rushing to try and say it’s okay because dealing with the daily reality that this man is a danger to this planet, not to mention everybody in this particular country, is more than most people want to write about. But that’s the reality of it.

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Google isn’t merely EVIL; it has become a DANGER to freedom, liberty and democracy… Steve Cioccolanti issues urgent warning

About the author: Mike Adams (aka the “Health Ranger“) is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on called “Food Forensics“), an environmental scientist, a patent holder for a cesium radioactive isotope elimination invention, a multiple award winner for outstanding journalism, a science news publisher and influential commentator on topics ranging from science and medicine to culture and politics. Follow his videos, podcasts, websites and science projects at the links below.

Mike Adams serves as the founding editor of and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation. He has also achieved numerous laboratory breakthroughs in the programming of automated liquid handling robots for sample preparation and external standards prep.

The U.S. patent office has awarded Mike Adams patent NO. US 9526751 B2 for the invention of “Cesium Eliminator,” a lifesaving invention that removes up to 95% of radioactive cesium from the human digestive tract. Adams has pledged to donate full patent licensing rights to any state or national government that needs to manufacture the product to save human lives in the aftermath of a nuclear accident, disaster, act of war or act of terrorism. He has also stockpiled 10,000 kg of raw material to manufacture Cesium Eliminator in a Texas warehouse, and plans to donate the finished product to help save lives in Texas when the next nuclear event occurs. No independent scientist in the world has done more research on the removal of radioactive elements from the human digestive tract.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and American Indians. He is of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his “Health Ranger” passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world’s first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed “strange fibers” found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health “gurus,” dangerous “detox” products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over fifteen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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Charlottesville reporting shows the REAL danger to America is not violent riots but a wildly dishonest media that lies and distorts everything for political gain

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Shortly after violence erupted in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, where white supremacists and Left-wing anarchists battled one another over the fate of a Civil War monument, President Donald J. Trump tweeted out this message:

“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”

To the disgustingly dishonest establishment media that wasn’t good enough. They insisted — no, demanded — that the president call out only the white supremacist organizations by name who reportedly had attended the Charlottesville protest in some capacity.

So, bending to the request Trump took time on Monday to address specifically that racial hate espoused by the KKK and other white nationalist organizations would not be tolerated.

Not good enough.

Oh, Trump didn’t condemn those groups quickly enough, the chattering Left-wing commentariat in the media complained. And when he finally did, ‘it was only because we forced him to — he didn’t really mean it and we don’t believe him!’

Like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday in an interview with Fox News, no matter what this president says or does, the haters are gonna hate and the Alt-Left is gonna riot.

“…[C]learly there was a hunger for him to use the specific phrases about white supremacists and about the KKK and about Nazis. He came back today (Monday afternoon), he said every single thing that his critics on the left want. So now you have crowds that are saying ‘well, he didn’t say it soon enough.’ I just want to suggest to you – there’s an anti-Trump movement in this country that will never, ever be satisfied as long as he’s president,” Gingrich said.

Absolutely right. But the former speaker reminded viewers of this nugget, too: “By the way, remember, it’s Donald Trump who, last year, in the campaign, repudiated David Duke, he repudiated the KKK and in his inaugural, he said ‘all of us bleed the same color’ and ‘to be racist is to be un-American.”

Again, not good enough. It’s Trump, after all, so the false narratives — that’s he’s racist, bigoted, homophobic — will endure no matter what.

I want to be clear about something: Yes, I’m part of “the media,” but not part of the establishment media that is responsible for ginning up and then perpetuating so much vile hatred of Trump that it’s literally making people on the Left insane.

Consider this: As reported by The Daily Caller, Left-wing extremists “doxxed” a University of Arkansas professor, Kyle Quinn, and began calling him out on social media because they believe he was one of the right-wing extremists marching in favor of white supremacy in Charlottesville.

Only, as The New York Times reported, Quinn was nowhere near the city on Friday night; he was 1,000 miles away in Bentonville, Ark., having dinner with his wife and viewing an art exhibit.

The Times noted:

Mr. Quinn, who runs a laboratory dedicated to wound-healing research, was quickly flooded with vulgar messages on Twitter and Instagram, he said in an interview on Monday. Countless people he had never met demanded he lose his job, accused him of racism and posted his home address on social networks.

He had been misidentified.

The right-wing protest marcher carrying a tiki torch Friday night that Quinn was mistaken for sported an “Arkansas Engineering” t-shirt; Quinn teaches at the facility. The marcher had a beard and similar build to Quinn as well.

But it wasn’t him.

“You have celebrities and hundreds of people doing no research online, not checking facts,” Quinn told Times, “I’ve dedicated my life to helping all people, trying to improve health care and train the next generation of scientists, and this is potentially throwing a wrench in that.”

This is the establishment media’s fault. They are responsible for creating and then enabling an outsized hatred for Trump because it empowers them and advances their anti-American political objectives. (Related: The real goal of the intolerant Left is the outright extermination of conservative White culture (and elimination of the First Amendment.)

It’s time someone held them responsible.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for and, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

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