Radioactive Dust Found in Homes of Workers at Major US Nuclear Weapons Facility

A study published this month in the Journal of Environmental Engineering Science reported that small but still dangerous amounts of radioactive elements were found in dust collected by cloth wipes and vacuum cleaners in order to track the potential spread of radiation from one of the United States’ most notorious nuclear cleanup sites.

The same study also found radioactive particles in the homes of nuclear workers associated with the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and the Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado. All three sites are heavily associated with nuclear weapons production.

It’s believed the particles could have found their way into the homes in a variety of ways, including being attached to workers’ clothing and being stirred up by wind storms and wildfires, which are common in the region, and blown inside.

The tests found radioactive uranium, thorium, plutonium and americium particles that, while innocuous in the external environment, represent a “potential source of internal radiation exposure” if ingested, warns Marco Kaltofen, a civil engineer affiliated with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and author of the study, the Seattle Times reported.

Exposure to these materials increases the risk of cancer, the study noted. Plutonium is “fiendishly toxic, even in small amounts,” said Glenn Seaborg, the physicist who discovered the element in 1941, as quoted in a 2011 fact sheet on the Rocky Flats site. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry notes in its public health statement on thorium exposure that the radioactive isotopes can sit in the soil for decades and cause lung cancer if inhaled. Uranium ingestion mainly targets the kidneys, the ATSDR notes, while americium destroys and irradiates bone tissue and can cause bone cancers such as leukemia or lymphoma and damage the thyroid.

“These radioactive particles are tiny and difficult to detect once you get a few inches away, but once inside the body, the distance from our tissue is essentially zero,” Kaltofen explained. While the skin can handle certain amounts of radiation safely, the body’s internal organs have no protection and a tiny amount can prove fatally toxic. Polonium-210, for example, is 250 million times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide, the New York Times reported.

The report’s conclusions come from years of testing coordinated with Hanford Challenge, a Seattle-based organization that has fought for decades for accountability in the federal cleanup of the Hanford site. Kaltofen used an unusual technique that involves both electron microscopy and a specialized X-ray analysis that can detect extremely low levels of radioactive particles. The samples were compared to those taken from the Hanford site, which served as a kind of fingerprint for identifying the particles.

The levels found in the Hanford workers’ homes represented a health risk exceeding that considered acceptable by the International Commission on Radiological Protection’s safety standards. However, the manager of the Radioactive Air Emissions Section of the Washington Department of Health John Martell told the Seattle Times that the level found in the study “is not jumping out to us as a public health risk.”

The US Department of Energy (DoE) performs regular environmental monitoring to measure radionuclide concentrations in the air, water and soil, as well as in fish and wildlife “to assure the public that the dose and risk from Hanford contaminants are well understood,” the department says.

Hanford Site, or Hanford Nuclear Reservation, is a 586 square-mile site between the Columbia and Yakima Rivers, just upstream from the Tri-Cities and adjacent to Richland. It is roughly half the size of Rhode Island. The site was established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, the United States’ top secret program to develop an atomic bomb.

Hanford housed the world’s first full-scale plutonium reactor in the world, B Reactor, and was expanded to nine nuclear reactors and five plutonium processing plants. Plutonium manufactured at the site was used in the Trinity blast, the world’s first nuclear explosion, as was the fuel for the two atom bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States in August 1945, that killed more than 200,000 people. Most of the nuclear fuel for the 60,000 nuclear weapons the United States produced through the 1980s came from the Hanford site, according to the US Department of Energy.

Hanford was decommissioned after the Cold War but remains the storage site for 53 million gallons of liquid nuclear waste and 25 million cubic feet of solid nuclear waste, the DoE website notes. Neither the stored waste nor the waste from production has been properly stored, and large radiation leaks have contaminated much of the area, which remains the nation’s largest environmental cleanup site. According to Earth Island Journal, between 1944 and 1972, “as much as 1.7 trillion gallons of liquid waste, radionuclides and hazardous chemicals” were dumped into the Columbia River or into the ground.

The site regularly leaks nuclear contaminants, notably in February 2016 and May 2017, with the planned December 2017 demolition of a Hanford plutonium finishing plant being halted after several workers inhaled contaminated particles, arousing fears of a larger contamination if demolition continued, the Seattle Times reported at the time. Plutonium and americium traces were found up to 10 miles away from the condemned plant in subsequent tests. However, all of Kaltofen’s samples came from before the demolition began.

The Yakama Nation, whose reservation sits only 20 miles from the site, for decades fought turning Hanford into a nuclear waste site, as did other affected tribes such as the Nez Perce and Umatilla nations. Three counties around the Yakama reservation have seen high rates of a rare and fatal birth defect called anencephaly, in which a fetus’ brain and skull fail to fully form, which is believed to be caused by irradiation, Earth Island reported. Higher rates of anencephaly are also associated with sites in Iraq where the US military used depleted uranium rounds during the Iraq War, Iraqi doctors in Basra and Baghdad have noted.

ndigenous nations in Washington aren’t the only ones negatively affected by the US nuclear weapons program: decades of uranium mining in the Navajo Nation have caused extensive irradiation of the countryside, creating a disease known as Navajo Neuropathy, NPR reported. One spring in northeastern Arizona was reported in 2015 to have uranium levels “at least five times greater than safe drinking water standards” by a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The contamination caused the early deaths of many children who drank from the spring or whose mothers drank the water while pregnant.

Source Article from http://govtslaves.info/2018/06/radioactive-dust-found-in-homes-of-workers-at-major-us-nuclear-weapons-facility/

Strange Illuminati & Masonic Symbolism Found In Several Powerful Corporate Logos

  • The Facts:

    Historic meetings between Trump & Kim Jong Un move towards peace talks between the two nations. What’s really going on here is about disrupting the old elite regime.

  • Reflect On:

    Who really holds the power in our world? Are we getting a true picture of what is going on with events like this from the mainstream media? Is the hate for Trump a result of his level of disruption of elite plans?

The first thing we should all consider, and something that should be downright obvious by now, is the fact that our perceptions of events and people are purely programmed into us by the machine that is mainstream media.

When it comes to Donald Trump, historian Richard Dolan put it quite well, saying that: “It is important to understand why Trump was demonized. Sure, his character can make it easy. There is no shortage of narcissistic, sexist, or otherwise intense statements in his repertoire. But I have never, and will never believe, this is why he was demonized. Ultimately, Trump is a disruptor, and his disruption falls squarely against the two key pillars of the American ruling elite’s ideology: neoliberalism and neoconservatism.”

I often wondered how it was possible for so many people to support Obama & Hillary when the same geopolitical agenda continues unchanged for decades, I compare it to a global holocaust, in the Middle East and within many other parts of the world. A powerful group of people, using politics as their tools & politicians as their puppets, is and has been imposing their will on other countries by creating events and then proposing a solution, all to justify back home reasons for “infiltration.” Patriotism is heavily used, especially to hold up the perspective that our militaries are actually used to defend a country and bring democracy to other nations. In some cases yes, in most cases, no, unfortunately, they’ve been used by old men for unthinkable purposes.

There are so many examples to choose, from 9/11 to the recent supposed chemical gas attacks in Syria by Assad.

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic societyThose who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are moulded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” – Edward Bernays (“the father of public relations”), Propaganda, 1928 (note that Bernays’ book, Propaganda, begins with the above quote).

Yes, when another politician speaks upon these facts, like Vladimir Putin outlining the ‘magical and mythical’ threats the global elite use to impose their will on other countries, it’s labelled as propaganda by mainstream media.

So, it makes absolutely no sense to really think anything of Trump, except as an outsider, one who was not “controlled” by the corporations, and the big banks like the Clinton’s, and Obama’s, and many presidents before them. Trump represents a difference in that sense, a change, but also has numerous suspicious ties and associations that are similar to the likes of Deep State puppets as well.

Again, genocides have occurred under presidents past, yet they are viewed as heroes and celebrities…News reports of Hillary Clinton covering up a massive pedophile ring in the state departments, and strange WikiLeaks documents, have also simply been brushed off as ‘propaganda.’

Things are certainly strange within the realm of politics, to say the least.


For a deeper look into our perspective on Trump, you can refer to this article: You Asked For Our Stane On Trump, So Here It Is


Trump is a great example, and one of many who has said and acted different in their campaign, but then all of a sudden change when their presidency takes place. It seems they become aware of things they were not once aware of, and greater powers begin to influence their decisions. Perhaps they are ‘checkmated’ by the national security community?

The Real ‘Powers’

The bottom line is, when it comes to politics, there are powers greater than the presidency calling the shots, and we can never really know what’s going on. All we get are the puppets, some of which may attempt in some ways, to oppose various groups within the Deep State or those who rank among the worlds ‘elite.’ They are simply used for us to point our fingers at, or idolize and worship as Gods while people behind the curtain pull the strings.

This is why the whole idea of voting is completely useless, it simply continues a cycle and system that clearly doesn’t work.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. – Buckminister Fuller

Another thing to really consider is the fact that, as retired Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University and adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, James Petras recently wrote,

The world is riven with class conflicts in Latin America, political conflicts between the Anglo-Americans and Russians, and economic conflicts between Washington against Europe and Asia. The conflicts have called into question the capacity of ruling elites to promote growth, to secure international stability and to foster global as co-operation.

All this comes, simply because of the fact that there is a secret government in control of politics, and what we are presented with, we never really know the details and what is really going on. Presidents throughout history have called awareness to this entity, and there are several great examples where they’ve voiced their concern of, in some cases, what they had become apart of.

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of today. – Roosevelt

North Korea & Nuclear Weapons

Another important fact to consider is that the entire world is making nuclear weapons. Just look at the nuclear deals happening between Israel and Saudi Arabia, how come nobody is talking about that? What about America and their inventory of nuclear weapons? The fact that nuclear weapons even exist is troublesome, and what’s even worse are findings like the one Dr. Helen Caldecott, a researcher and anti-nuclear advocate describes:

In 2015, ninety-two American missile officers were suspended because they had been cheating, taking drugs, or sleeping in the missile silos. These men are employed to guard and to operate 150 nuclear missiles at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming which constitutes one-third of the 400 Minuteman 3 missiles that stand “on hair trigger alert” 24 hours a day in silos which are scattered across the northern Great Plains…

During the investigation, fourteen airmen had allegedly been using cocaine. Other drugs involved were ecstasy, cocaine, LSD and  marijuana.  All in all roughly one hundred officers were involved in the cheating scandal in 2015 and 2016.

After that, she goes on to describe more shocking “episodes of gross malfeasance,” stating that it’s amazing to her that  “we are still here having not been incinerated in a global nuclear holocaust. Suffice it to say, we are in the hands of fallible men armed to the teeth with missiles and hydrogen bombs.”

This is why I don’t even want to get into North Korea & Trump because our geopolitical world is completely out of control. I don’t know what’s going on, but I do know that the powers that be and the countries that they control have been imposing their will on the world for a very, very long time, and have used us, the human race, and our own consciousness, our own perceptions, to justify this behaviour.

The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception –  Mark Twain (source)

There is always some sort of problem in another country, and North Korea is a great example, that gives the Deep State an upper hand with regards to intervening, but thankfully the world is beginning to see through this. Even US Generals, like Ex-Supreme Allied Commander General Wesley Cark, have outlined the fact that this plan, to basically take over the world, has been in the works for years.

Again, let’s use Syria as an example.

The CIA began its active meddling in Syria in 1949—barely a year after the agency’s creation. Syrian patriots had declared war on the Nazis, expelled their Vichy French colonial rulers and crafted a fragile secularist democracy based on the American model. But in March of 1949, Syria’s democratically elected president, Shukri-al-Kuwaiti, hesitated to approve the Trans Arabian Pipeline, an American project intended to connect the oil fields of Saudi Arabia to the ports of Lebanon via Syria. In his book, Legacy of Ashes, CIA historian Tim Weiner recounts that in retaliation, the CIA engineered a coup, replacing al-Kuwaiti with the CIA’s handpicked dictator, a convicted swindler named Husni al-Za’im. Al-Za’im barely had time to dissolve parliament and approve the American pipeline before his countrymen deposed him, 14 weeks into his regime. – Robert F. Kennedy

One thing that is encouraging, however, is the denuclearization of any region by any country. The fact remains, the US has always wanted to emphasize the nuclear programs other other countries who do not currently have a central bank, and countries whose resources that the US and their allies could use. Is this agreement between Trump and the North Korean president something that only a president who opposes the Deep State could do? Because it’s hard to imagine any other president doing so.

This is the first time a president has been able to sit down with the leader of North Korea, and have come to some sort of peaceful resolution. That being said, most of these things are done with political, greedy and elitist goals in mind. Not peace…

The North Korean president referred to the meeting as a “historic turning point.”

In western mainstream media, Trump is praised by some outlets, like fox news, and others, like CNN, you will get a completely different perspective. It’s best to just not really through any negativity, fear, and judgment into what you are watching, and understand that you don’t really have any piece of the story unless you turn off your T.V. and spend a considerable time doing some independent research.

Related CE Article: Why Are We Systematically Being Trained To Be Offended By Everything? 

Trump Is Challenging Us To Reflect & See

If you haven’t read our stance on Trump, check it out. The amount of anger, emotions, and frustration we collectively have had about Trump being president is incredible. While I believe this shows how much we collectively need to shift our perspectives on things in general, I also believe that in many ways our emotional outcries are where things start. We have to observe our emotions and what they telling us about our beliefs and perspectives in order to see how we can move beyond them. We are massively limiting our world and reality by holding on so rigidly to what we believe. To be clear, we cannot change things from a state of anger or aggression, we must first move past this. This is a lesson humanity is learning big time right now.

“The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation . . . The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties . . . [and] control the majority of the newspapers and magazines in this country.”   John F. Hylan was Mayor of New York City from 1918-1925 (source)(source)


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Strong Evidence Suggests Extraterrestrials Have Been Shutting Down Nuclear Missiles Worldwide For Decades, But Why? 

The United States Tried To Detonate A Nuclear Weapon On The Moon: But Somebody Responded When we Did

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A 13th whale found washed up on beach in South Taranaki, New Zealand

A young sperm whale was found washed up on a remote beach near Hāwera on Friday.

    

A 13th sperm whale found dead on a South Taranaki beach in less than two weeks will be honoured with unique traditional processes.

The 11 metre-long male sperm whale was found on Friday at a remote and often inaccessible section of Ngati Ruanui beach along the Waihi-Tangahoe coastline.

It is believed to be from the same pod as 12 other whales that have found themselves stranded further down the coast at Kaupokonui since May 24.

“This is the 13th whale, one of an unprecedented amount of young male sperm whales stranding along our coast in South Taranaki,” ​Ngati Ruanui rangatira Rukutai Watene said.

“We can’t determine what’s happening out in the ocean but we can learn to manage these losses in a way that brings to life cultural practices that honour and pay respect.

“We have invited Hori Parata and experts of Ngati Wai to educate and lead us through this process.”

Parata and his team from Ngati Wai in Northland have managed about 500 whale and dolphin rites for iwi throughout Aotearoa.

Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui kaiarataki Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said they were concerned about a young healthy male pod washing up in these numbers.

Part of their journey would be returning to the past in order to understand the present.

“As it is the first in many of our lifetimes, the time is right to learn through this process, allowing traditions to continue with future generations and to understand more of what’s happening out there.”

Ngarewa-Packer said thanks to the support received from Ngati Wai and Nga Ruahine, Ngati Ruanui would work together caring for both the tohora (whale) and each other.

“This is an intense process which we undertake with careful consideration. It takes many people to respectfully receive this precious gift named Utungia.”

They were being supported by the Department of Conservation, the South Taranaki District and Taranaki Regional Councils, and other agencies, she said.

Ngati Ruanui was managing limited access to where the whale is, and the danger involved meant only approved people knew the exact site.

Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/388030-A-13th-whale-found-washed-up-on-beach-in-South-Taranaki-New-Zealand

Cop Found Guilty After “Shocking” Video Showed Him Choking a Handcuffed Man

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Waco, TX — The citizens of Waco have held one of their officers accountable and have found him guilty of assault and official oppression after he was caught choking a handcuffed man on video.

Former officer George Neville claimed he acted in self-defense the night of May 4, 2016, when he grabbed his victim, Qualon Deshon Weaver by his throat and began choking him for no reason. The attack was so unnecessary that even Neville’s fellow officers testified that they were “shocked” when witnessing it.

Naturally, Neville’s defense team, Bill Johnston, a former federal prosecutor, and Calvin McLean, a Waco police officer for 16 years who worked with Neville before going to law school in 2011 defended the actions of their client and expressed disappointment in the verdict.

“We are very disappointed with the jury verdict,” McLean said after the trial. “Officer Neville served Waco with great distinction for many years. Many important legal issues arose during the case, and for those reasons, Mr. Neville will most certainly appeal the case.”

The incident began during a stop for a minor traffic violation. While stopped, police allegedly found a small bit of marijuana in Weaver’s possession, so they arrested him. During the arrest, Weaver voiced his discontent verbally but never became physical.

On the dashcam video, Neville can be heard threatening and provoking Weaver, telling him to “get in my face one more time.” Neville then called him a name and Weaver responded by calling Neville that same name.

“He called me a dumbass so I called him a dumbass back, so he started choking me,” Neville said at the time. “You’re still innocent until proven guilty. You still have your constitutional rights even if you have a previous criminal history. Law enforcement has to follow the rules and procedures.”

For six seconds, Neville squeezed Weaver’s throat cutting off his air. The officers behind Weaver told the court that Neville’s actions were “shocking” to them. However, they never did anything to stop it, nor did they move to arrest their fellow officer who had just committed two misdemeanors in front of them, nor did they even mention any of it in their reports.

Not until Weaver himself filed a complaint was the choke ever discovered. Police claim they didn’t turn in their fellow officer because they knew he would likely get fired for it. Although they were originally suspended, those two officers, Street Crimes Unit members Kevin Spicer, Adam Beseda, were cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the incident.

According to Neville’s defense team, the officer was in “a heightened state of awareness” because the officer who requested back up said Weaver was agitated. Johnston also told jurors that Neville was concerned that Weaver may attempt to head butt or spit on him, so he had no other choice but to halfway strangle the man.

But, likely due to the fact that Weaver was handcuffed and entirely surround by police, jurors didn’t buy it. What’s more, Ricky Bates, a former Marine gunnery sergeant who taught hand-to-hand combat during his military career and then trained thousands of Central Texas police officers over a 28-year law enforcement career, testified that Nevilles actions were entirely out of line, according to the Waco Tribune.

According to the Tribune, Bates, known as “Gunny,” testified during the trial he trained Neville but never taught him to do what he saw Neville doing on the video. He said he taught police recruits to stay away from a suspect’s neck area because of the high potential to cause injury or death.

In their closing arguments, prosecutors Amanda Dillon and Gabe Price explained to the jurors the reality of the situation, noting that Neville lost his cool and Weaver did nothing to deserve that treatment. Prosecutors reminded jurors that verbal provocation is no reason to place a person’s life in jeopardy by choking them.

“Ladies and gentleman, Theodore Roosevelt said that no man is above the law and no man is below the law,” Price said. “This defendant is not above the law, and Qualon Weaver is not below the law.”

Neville is now facing a fine of as much as $4,000 and/or a jail term of as long as one year for the two charges.

“Who polices the police? You do. Not because it’s easy. Because, Lord knows, we all would like to believe that every person who puts on a badge deserves that badge and will uphold that badge. But you know what? This man right here doesn’t deserve that badge,” Dillon said, pointing at Neville.

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Body found in search for woman 'dragged into lake' by 12-foot alligator in Florida

A body has been found in the search for a woman thought to have been killed by an alligator as she walked her dogs near a lake.

A necropsy of a 12-and-a-half foot gator, captured at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Davie, found the animal had bitten Shizuka Matsuki, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.

Commission spokesman Rob Klepper said they were able to positively identify the 47-year-old from evidence collected from alligator. He did not specify what the evidence was.

Hours later, authorities later announced they had located the remains of Ms Matsuki, of Plantation, Florida, at the nature park.

“This tragedy is heart-breaking for everyone involved, and our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim at this time,” the commission said in a statement.

A witness told authorities he saw the woman walking two dogs at the reserve. He later noticed the dogs alone, barking near the water.

One of the dogs had a fresh injury, a gash on its side, said Davie Police Detective Viviana Gallinal.

Earlier news media reports indicated the witness reported seeing the creature dragging the woman into the water.

Jim Borrelli, a friend of Ms Matsuki, said she and her husband have walked their dogs in the park previously.

Authorities on the scene of the attack on Friday (AP)Authorities on the scene of the attack on Friday (AP)

The couple did not live in the neighbourhood, but he said she liked to find different places to walk the dogs. Residents said they often saw her walking them in the area.

Mr Borrelli said Ms Matsuki’s husband, who is out of town and trying to fly home, sent him to the park to get more information after being contacted by Davie police.

Alligators are opportunistic feeders that will eat what is readily available and easily overpowered. Feeding wild alligators is illegal as authorities are concerned they could lose their fear of humans.

However, fatal attacks on humans remain rare. The wildlife commission estimates, the likelihood of a Florida resident being seriously injured during by an alligator unprovoked is roughly one in 3.2 million.

From 1948 to 2017, the commission has documented 401 people bitten by alligators, including 24 fatalities.

The most recent death occurred in 2016, when a two-year-old boy playing near the water’s edge at a Walt Disney World resort was killed.

The park where Matsuki disappeared is near the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, a major Miami-area tourist and entertainment attraction.

Sharon Estupinan said a park ranger warned her to walk her dogs farther away from the water‘s edge after she saw a 10-foot gator in the pond three days ago.

“I was afraid,” she said. “Every time I walked the dogs during the day, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I’ve gotta keep away from there. I have to call my dogs,’ so they wouldn’t get close to the water or any of the trees near there because he could be hiding.”

Additional reporting by the Associated Press

Source Article from https://www.yahoo.com/news/body-found-search-woman-apos-090354241.html

California Found to Be Harvesting Newborn DNA For Decades Without Parental Consent

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Every individual who is born in a hospital in California now has a sample of their DNA stolen and kept in a state-run database. What used to take a court order now happens regularly, and the disturbing invasion of privacy takes place with hardly a whimper of protest from the nation’s most populous state.

According to a report from CBS San Francisco, the DNA of every person born in California since 1983 is stored in a state biobank. Police, the government, and outside researchers have access to it. While parents can request that their children’s DNA samples be destroyed, the state is not obligated to honor the request or to report if it has been carried out.

In what may seem as far-fetched as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelation that the government is spying on all Americans, such DNA could potentially be used against children in a court of law, or be sold to potential bidders much like Planned Parenthood reportedly does with aborted baby body parts. What scientists can do with one’s DNA is limitless.

The news that California has been quietly collecting DNA since the early 80s comes on the heels of the news that the “Golden State Killer” was apprehended using DNA evidence collected through Ancestry.com. According to CBS San Francisco, few parents are fully aware of the DNA collection practice:

“State law requires that parents are informed of their right to request the child’s sample be destroyed, but the state does not confirm parents actually get that information before storing or selling their child’s DNA… most parents are not getting the required notification. We’ve also discovered the DNA may be used for more than just research.”

To answer the question of just how the state has managed to collect and log every new resident’s DNA, it is taken during a simple blood test meant to identify and potentially prevent congenital disorders called “The Newborn Genetic Screening Test.” The simplistically titled exam belies the very real practice of collecting DNA samples from every human born in the state.

Upwards of 5,000 babies benefit from the test as various life-threatening congenital conditions can be diagnosed and treated using the test and thereby saving lives. But what happens to the DNA once the congenital health of a baby is known? Few know the answer to that question and those who do aren’t talking. The report noted:

Some states destroy the blood spots after a year, 12 states store them for at least 21 years. California, however, is one of a handful of states that stores the remaining blood spots for research indefinitely in a state-run biobank.

While some states allow parents to opt-out of to the genetic blood test, California does not.

In California, however, in order to get the potentially lifesaving genetic test for your child, you have no choice but to allow the state to collect and store the remaining samples.

The DNA collection process falls under California’s “Newborn Screening Program,” and according to the program’s website, a list of rights is granted to the parents. The website claims, “You have a right to ask the Newborn Screening Program not to use or share your or your newborn’s information and/or specimen in the ways listed in this notice.” But it adds the following caveat which reads, “However, we may not be able to comply with your request.” In other words, you can ask the state not to use the DNA collected from your child’s blood test but they may not grant your request.

If genetically modified foods (GMOs) scare you, the reality that human DNA is currently being modified may be enough to keep you up at night. While modifying DNA shows promise in being able to help individuals and groups with genetic illnesses, modifying one’s DNA also runs the risk of causing unpredictable DNA mutations for the future lineage of one’s family tree.

In the wrong hands, DNA can be used as a tool for genocide or targeted killings. CRISPR, a gene editing tool is already being used to modify human DNA. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned in 2016, “Research in genome editing conducted by countries with different regulatory or ethical standards than those of Western countries probably increases the risk of the creation of potentially harmful biological agents or products.”

Daniel Gerstein, former undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Defense, went one step further in his assessment of how DNA could be modified into a bio-weapon. “We are worried about people developing some sort of pathogen with robust capabilities, but we are also concerned about the chance of misutilization. We could have an accident occur with gene editing that is catastrophic, since the genome is the very essence of life,” he said.

As is the case with every other revelation that sounds like a conspiracy theory, people will likely dismiss these facts as conjecture or fear mongering without ever becoming duly outraged that their government has been harvesting, cataloging, and possibly selling their DNA for decades.

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Eggshell membrane found to be beneficial to joints by nourishing cartilage


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Turns out, the part of the egg that we don’t eat can actually help relieve our joints. In a study published in Clinical Interventions in Aging, the authors revealed that NEM, a proprietary eggshell membrane ingredient from Stratum Nutrition, may have the potential to help with joint recovery after an exercise. According to researchers, the study was also the first of its kind to use CTX-II, a cartilage degradation marker, as a benchmark for effective joint health intervention.

In the company’s website, NEM is touted to “support joints against pain, stiffness, and cartilage breakdown.” According to Dr. Jason Theodosakis, the contributing author of the study, the ingredient contains naturally occurring compounds – as well as collagen, peptides, and amino acids – to provide “defense for joint health.”

For the single center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers looked at the effects of NEM on healthy post-menopausal women. Sixty women took part in the study, where they were randomly assigned to take either NEM 500 g capsules or a placebo. The participants took one capsule daily, while they were asked to perform leg exercises every other day. The researchers looked at the extent of cartilage degradation at the end of both weeks.

Based on the results, participants who took the NEM ingredient exhibited significantly higher recovery rates than those who took the placebo. The placebo group, on the other hand, did not report significant differences in post-workout pain compared with baseline values. The researchers also noted that using the CTX-II biomarker in urine samples, those in the NEM group had a sustained decline in cartilage degradation – which they claimed is the first evidence that demonstrates CTX-II’s ability to be used as a benchmark for joint health in individuals.

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Looking at how exercise affects joint health

The results exhibited by using the CTX-II biomarker demonstrate the improvement in cartilage in healthy joints – something that Dr. Theodosakin and his team haven’t done before.

“When you exercise, your cartilage is metabolically active, too,” he added in a statement in NutraIngredients.com. “This particular biomarker for cartilage degradation is probably the most validated of all the biomarkers in joint health.”

The study also dispels a popular notion about exercise – that exercise causes joint problems, in particular, arthritis. An earlier study, conducted by researchers from Bangor University in U.K., found that while most people perceive exercise to be beneficial, they were most concerned about whether exercise can harm joints and if they possess adequate exercise knowledge to prevent it.

Even the Framingham Heart Study, one of the longest-running studies on cardiovascular diseases, has looked at the link between the two. More than 1,200 volunteers signed up between 1993 and 1994 to answer questions about their patterns of exercise, including walking, jogging, being active enough to work up a sweat, and their overall exercise level. They also provided information about their knees – in particular, information on previous knee injuries, as well as existing symptoms of knee pain and stiffness. They were then weighed and measured and had a full series of knee x-rays.

After more than a decade, the individuals underwent the same survey and x-ray procedure. These were then independently evaluated by experts who were not privy to the participants’ exercise history. Their findings revealed no correlation between exercise and arthritis of the knee. (Related: Exercise Does Not Hurt Joints: Study Debunks Common Myth.)

What it boils down to is, getting added help to support healthy joints is always good, but only if you really exercise.

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Grazing animals on forested pastures found to actually stimulate plant growth, benefiting conservation efforts


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Certain factors play a role in the development of soil seed banks in wood pastures, according to researchers from the Institute for Animal Production System in Mediterranean Environment (ISPAAM) in Italy. Their study, which was published in the journal Agroforestry Systems, revealed that depending on certain conditions, it could potentially increase the volume and level of biodiversity in the soil seed banks.

The term soil seed bank pertains to the natural storage of seeds in the environment. In particular, soil seed banks can occur in a variety of locations: It could be in the leaf litter, on the surface of the soil, or in the soil of many ecosystems. In essence, a soil seed bank plays a role in woodland and forest regeneration, and with the number of stresses that an ecosystem experiences – of which wildfire, drought, and disturbance are chief, a soil seed bank ensures the long-term survival of ecosystems.

There are two categories of soil seed banks:

  • transient seed bank is one where seeds are only viable for a short period of time. An example of a transient seed bank is one that has plants that can germinate for only one season.
  • Persistent seed banks, on the other hand, are viable for a longer period of time. These can survive anywhere from one to five years. An example of a plant in a persistent seed bank is lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album), which can germinate for forty years or longer.

For this study, researchers focused on soil seed banks in Mediterranean wood pastures, which allow understory vegetation to adapt to various conditions. To do this, they looked at the effects of grazing exclusion on the transient and persistent seed banks in the region.

Grazing exclusion, or selecting areas that livestock will not graze, is a practice that’s gaining popularity to recover heavily degraded grasslands. In a separate study published in Scientific Reports, the authors of the study noted that grazing exclusion “affects plant diversity, biomass production, and nutrients” in the soil. In particular, grazing exclusion can improve above-ground biomass and can favor the growth of certain plant groups. (Related: Ancient Seeds: The Key to Feeding the World.)

In particular, the team sampled 23 areas in a Mediterranean wood pasture used in silvopastoral systems – that is, a combination of trees and forage plants for livestock grazing – for the study. The wood pasture contained trees like the cork oak (Quercus suber L.), evergreen oak (Q. ilex L.), and downy oak (Q. pubescens Willd.). The team used canonical correspondence analysis to measure the topo-climactic, soil, and biodiversity factors on the soil seed bank in both grazed and ungrazed pastures.

The researchers determined that factors such as rainfall, grazing, and the available phosphorus content of the soil affected persistent seed banks. Phosphorous, in particular, is an essential element for plant growth as it stimulates early plant growth and maturity. In addition, the exposure to these elements increased the size of the soil seed bank in silvopastoral systems. Depending on the site, specific grazing schemes may improve the number of legumes in the seed bank, as well as improve the species richness and level of diversity in undergrowth vegetation.

Understanding the implication of these results, according to the authors, could aid conservation efforts in the silvopastoral area in the region.

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Police Back at Kidnapping Suspect's Home Where Bodies Found

Stewart Weldon was arrested Sunday following a chase after police tried to stop him for having a broken tail light, authorities said.

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Dead humpback whale found on Admiralty Island, Alaska

Dan Kirkwood of Pack Creek Bear Tours takes photos the humpback whale carcass that washed ashore Admiralty Island on the backside of Douglas Island on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

    

A humpback whale has washed up dead on Admiralty Island across from Douglas Island, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. It’s not clear yet how the whale died or if it was struck by a vessel.

NOAA spokesperson Julie Speegle said the carcass has most recently been spotted on the beach at Point Young, which juts out from Admiralty Island into Stephens Passage on the backside of Douglas. NOAA believes the whale carcass has come to rest there after being beached in other places.

“It’s on the beach pretty high up and we don’t anticipate it will refloat, so at this point it’s not a hazard to navigation,” Speegle said.

Speegle said NOAA hasn’t been able to determine the animal’s age or sex by the photos provided to them, but they were able to confirm the carcass is that of a humpback whale. Speegle said NOAA hasn’t received any new reports of a vessel striking a whale.

NOAA Protected Resources Division first received reports of a dead humpback whale in the area Sunday, Speegle said. Several reports of the whale have come in since then, with different locations given. On Thursday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game received a report from a pilot who had spotted the whale beached on Douglas Island, according to ADFG wildlife scientist Lori Polasek. Tides have been high recently, Polasek said, and the whale could have beached at several different locations during the course of the week.

People should stay away from the whale carcass as a “dead whale on the beach is definitely a bear attractant,” Speegle said. It’s a federal crime for a member of the public to remove parts of a dead marine mammal without permission, she added.

NOAA will send a team to do a necropsy of the whale on Saturday, Speegle said. Scientists will study the whale and take tissue samples to try and determine how it died.

That information will go into the Marine Mammal Stranding Network database, Speegle said, a collaborative effort which helps researchers identify patterns between marine mammal deaths. Scientists use the database to keep an eye out for trends or troubling clusters of whale deaths.

“For instance, if we found that if humpback whales were emaciated, then we may think there was something wrong with them not getting enough food,” Speegle said.

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