Crash site of Saratov Airlines jet spotted outside Moscow — reports

“It is in the field in the Ramensky District. Rescuers have not reached the scene yet,” the source said. 

The Saratov Airlines jet, which went off the radar earlier on Sunday, has been located in the countryside not far away from Moscow, a source in the local rescue services told RIA Novosti. Meanwhile, rescue teams are approaching the crash site on foot as they were unable to get there in their vehicles.

Preliminary reports say the Antonov An-148, a narrow-body regional airliner, was reportedly carrying 65 passengers and six crew. According to the emergency services, there is no chance of finding survivors.

READ MORE: Plane with 71 on board goes missing after taking off from Moscow

The Investigative Committee, which launched a criminal probe into the incident, has also sent forensic teams to the crash site. Transportation Minister Maxim Sokolov is also on his way to the area, Russian media report.

The crash might have been caused by weather conditions, human error or technical failure, according to TASS citing an emergency source. The source added that there were no extreme weather conditions in the Moscow region at that time.

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Genius Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Marijuana Dispensary and MAKES BANK


San Diego, CA — A young entrepreneur, with the foresight to target her audience, sold a record-breaking amount of cookies over the weekend in only six hours. Knowing that marijuana often carries the side-effect of making people hungry, a 9-year-old girl set up her cookie enterprise right outside of a marijuana dispensary.

The dispensary, likely seeing the potential for a mutually beneficial arrangement between the two businesses, then put out an Instagram post with the scout in an adorable picture, holding several boxes of cookies.

“Get some Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC today until 4 p.m.! Have a friend that wants to #tagalong? Bring them with – shopping is more fun with friends anyways,” the company wrote. “GSC” refers to a product flavored like Girl Scout Cookies.

According to the local news, the scout’s father said his daughter sold more than 300 boxes.

While the Girl Scouts’ rules state that booth sales cannot start for another week, the girls are allowed to sell from wagons as long as a parent is present. That is exactly what happened here.

“So if that’s what they say they were doing… then they were right within the rules,” said Alison Bushan, of Girl Scouts San Diego.

The idea of a girl scout selling cookies out in front of a pot shop is not without controversy, however.

As News 10 reports, Girl Scouts of America Colorado was prompted to issue a statement in 2014 after a scout reportedly sold more than 100 boxes of cookies in two hours outside a San Francisco dispensary.

“If you are wondering, we don’t allow our Girl Scouts to sell cookies in front of marijuana shops or liquor stores/bars,” the organization’s Colorado branch tweeted.

However, this move was contradicted later by Kelly Parisi, the chief communications officer from Girl Scouts of the USA, who told the LA Times that each region makes “all decisions on how the cookie program is run. As always, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of the girls we serve.”

“As Girl Scouts, we assume good intent,” Girl Scouts spokesperson Mary Doyle said in a statement to TODAY. “Should we learn that a girl is in violation of a cookie program standard or guideline, we almost always discover that the parent was unaware of that rule.”

Naturally, the front of a pot shop is magnitudes safer and far better of an image than the front of a liquor store. It is also important to note that many dispensaries provide not only recreational marijuana but also medicinal which makes them no different than a Rite Aid or Walgreens.

In fact, selling cookies in front of a pharmacy—as is common practice across the country—is arguably more detrimental to the image of the Girl Scouts than peddling cookies in front of a store that sells a plant that makes people happy. Why? Well, pharmacies have been caught illegally doling out dangerous opioids by the millions which are killing record numbers of Americans every year.

It is also important to point out the effects of legalizing marijuana and the reduction in harm and crime it causes. If this girl chose to sell cookies in front of places where weed is sold in illegal states, rest assured, it would not be a safe environment. However, because it is legal in California, all the negative traits associated with prohibition, like crime and the police state, subside—an important lesson to be learned.

Rest assured, however, that as more free market loving girl scouts try their fate at selling cookies to a target market in front of marijuana dispensaries that the regulators will likely move in to ruin it.

Indeed, if lemonade stands in California are any indication of what’s to come, we may see Girl Scouts fined and shut down for operating a business in front of a pot shop without the proper permit.

Luckily, however, humanity seems to be winning as even consumers of mainstream media appear to support the little girl’s entrepreneurial spirit as a whopping 90 percent of those polled by the Today Show thought it was okay, while the other 10 percent should probably go to a dispensary.


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UK MoD: "Practice of targeting suspected terrorists" with drones outside of war zones – officials then delete statement claiming ‘mistake’



THE UK Government has been urged to make an urgent statement after an official defence document declared that lethal drone strikes had been used to kill terror suspects outside warzones.

Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials published a report which claimed that the UK has a “practice” of using remotely-piloted aircraft to target terrorists outwith armed conflicts.

However, when the inflammatory claim was brought to the MoD’s attention by SNP MP Stewart McDonald, officials then deleted the section and described its inclusion as a mistake.

The backtracking has led to fears that the Government risks a US-style policy of using drone attacks wherever it wants across the globe.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as a drones, operate without a human pilot aboard and are used in conflicts throughout the world. Armed with missiles, they have been deployed in Syria and Iraq to kill senior figures in Isis, including British-born individuals suspected of joining the terror group.

However, there are major human rights concerns about drones, with critics arguing that innocent people have been killed by the strikes and that the defence strategy amounts to the death penalty without trial.

A key part of the controversy in the UK is whether drones have been restricted to warzones, or, more controversially, outside armed conflicts. Critics fear that conducting drone attacks outside conflict areas could lead to the type of “targeted killings” approach adopted by the US in Pakistan and Yemen.

In August 2015, British jihadi Reyaad Khan was killed by an RAF drone strike in Syria after he appeared in a recruitment video for Isis/Daesh. Khan was believed to be involved in plotting and directing terrorist attacks in the UK.

However, when the attack took place military action against targets in Syria had not then been authorised by the UK Parliament. David Cameron, who was Prime Minister at the time, said the intervention had been part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

A Joint Committee on Human Rights, comprised of peers and MPs, considered the attack and its broader implications.

The committee concluded: “We accept that the drone strike in Syria was part of that wider armed conflict in which the UK was already engaged, to which the Law of War applies, and that the Government therefore did not use lethal force outside of armed conflict when it targeted and killed Reyaad Khan on 21 August.”

Comment: Waging war in the UK is decided by the demented establishment, without even the façade of the democratic process anymore: UK secretly training Saudi troops for war on Yemen, ‘against Geneva conventions’

In September, the MoD published its “Joint Doctrine” on unmanned aircraft, an 84-page document which covered “issues raised” by the widespread adoption of the aircraft, as well as legal, moral and ethical issues. It stated that arguments against using the aircraft are centred on “worries that systems will be misused, or used illegally”.

However, in a little-read section that could have huge consequences, the document added: “They may also arise from the recent UK, and other states, practice of targeting suspected terrorists outside of the armed conflict itself and the meaning and application of a state’s right to self defence.”

SNP defence spokesman McDonald spotted the line on the UK Government having a “practice” of targeting terror suspects “outside of the armed conflict itself”.

In a letter to new Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson on December 11, he wrote: “Is the Government now acknowledging that it has applied lethal force against terror suspects outside of armed conflict and/or has a policy on this matter?”

After the letter was sent, a new version of the document was uploaded on the MoD website on December 22. The sentence had vanished.

Instead, the new doctrine stated: “Such concerns are not unique to UAS [drones and the ground-based communications systems], and the use of armed force – whether delivered by manned or unmanned systems – will always be consistent with the UK’s national and international legal rights and obligations.”

An examination of the PDF reveals the new version of the drones document was created on December 11 – the day on which McDonald wrote to the MOD – and the last edit was eight days later.

In his response last month, Williamson’s colleague, Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster, said: “You raise a sentence on page 39 of the document that misleadingly suggests that the UK Government applies a policy of using lethal force outside armed conflict. Let me reassure you that there is no such policy, and that the erroneous drafting was removed from the document at the start of December.”

However, the Government response denied applying a “policy” on lethal force outside armed conflict, when in fact the original document referred to a “practice”.

McDonald, who represents Glasgow South for the SNP, said: “The Government has always been mysteriously vague about the use of drones outside of a warzone, so I was amazed to see its policy document refer to a practice of doing so – and that is why I sought clarification on what the practice is and how it is legally overseen.

“My suspicions were raised further when the Government then removed the document from the MoD website, after receiving my letter, and then reproduced it the day after Parliament stopped for Christmas recess with that crucial sentence removed.

“A document of this nature will have gone through an incredible amount of vetting and redrafting, and will presumably have been cleared by senior officials, legal experts and ministers to ensure accuracy and accordance with the law, before it is put into the public domain. To claim that this was just an erroneous drafting error just won’t cut it.”

He added: “The Government must assure Parliament and the public that it is acting in accordance with the law and attempts to brush this off are not good enough.”

Oliver Feeley-Sprague, Amnesty International UK’s Arms Control Programme Director, said: “Although this may be a case of ministers getting the original text wrong, it does act as a reminder that there are serious concerns over how the UK uses drones overseas.

“We’ve long been concerned that the UK Government has been less than transparent over how and when drones are used to kill.”

He added: “In recent months, UK Government ministers have made a series of worryingly gung-ho remarks about ‘eliminating’ people with such attacks – yet we still have very little information about the legal basis for drone attacks, the oversight measures in place for attacks, or the processes for monitoring civilian casualties.

“Nobody would question the seriousness of the security threats the UK faces, nor of the need for the UK Government to respond to those threats, but that shouldn’t mean the UK is operating outside of the law in places like Iraq and Syria.”

Jen Gibson of Reprieve, a leading human rights group, said: “The public has a right to know the Government’s policy on taking lethal strikes in our name. And our armed forces deserve the protection of greater legal clarity and guidance.”

Gibson, who heads the charity’s Extrajudicial Killings team, team, said: “The Government appears to be in complete chaos over this. We had the Defence Secretary vowing to hunt people down anywhere. Then we had a long overdue, official document saying the Government have a ‘practice’ of killing people outside of armed conflict zones. And now we have a minister claiming there is no policy at all and their own document was ‘misleading’.

“Unless Government publishes its policy, we risk being dragged on President Trump’s coattails into unending conflicts around the world, from Yemen to Niger.”

Asked whether the MoD had admitted to a “practice” of using drones to kill terror suspects outside of armed conflicts, a spokesman said Lancaster’s letter “reflects” the department’s position.

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Posture and form OUTSIDE the gym: Expert says these everyday activities may be damaging your back

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Are you unintentionally harming your back? If you wash dishes or carry objects down the stairs, then you most definitely are — at least, according to physiotherapist Jon Bongcawel. Everyday tasks that we don’t give much thought to are causing us untold damage, and it’s because we’re doing them wrong. As Bongcawel told the Daily Mail, it’s all in your posture. “Maintaining the correct posture, no matter what you are doing, is absolutely vital. As a general rule, maintain a straight back as much as possible and bend your knees — and always be aware of what you’re doing,” explained Bongcawel.

If you do any of these actions on a daily basis (and most of you do), then here’s what they do to you and what you can do to fix your posture.

  • Washing the dishes and brushing your teeth: The problem with these is when you lean over the sink. Doing this involves repeated twisting that puts your neck, shoulders, and lower back at risk. Instead of bending, Bongcawel recommends propping up your foot on a bathroom scale or small footstool. Doing this will prevent you from leaning and force you to fix your posture, which in turn straightens your lower back.
  • Emptying the dishwasher: When you bend down from the waist, you unnecessarily strain your upper and lower back, as well as your hips. Kneeling isn’t any better. Instead, bend the knees while maintaining a straight back. For the heaviest items, load them at the front of your dishwasher and avoid twisting while you unload them.
  • Folding clothes: Doing this while stooping, sitting, or kneeling can all cause major problems. Stooping and sitting can both aggravate your lower back, while kneeling can be bad for your knees. The ideal positions for folding your clothes include standing up at a surface with a waist-high surface or sitting upright by a table.
  • Making the bed: If you need to change your duvet covers, don’t do it by over-reaching and twisting, lest you end up giving yourself a bad back. Try to get someone to help you, and be sure to straighten your backs and bend your knees. (Related: Improving your posture could help reduce muscle pain, joint pain and headaches)
  • Washing windows: This can be very dangerous since you risk hurting your shoulders, elbows, and upper and lower back when you twist and reach with one arm for a lengthy period of time. Alternate hands as often as possible, face the windows from a head-on position, and maintain a straight body at all times.
  • Vacuuming: There are several ways that vacuuming can be bad for you. First, twisting and leaning your whole body can damage your upper and lower back; second, over-reaching to get at those hard-to-reach spots can hurt your shoulders; third, holding onto the vacuum for too long can strain your elbows. Get around these by letting your arms do the moving instead of your spine, and as always, ensure that your back is straight at all times. Be sure to take regular breaks and, if possible, have someone help you with the vacuuming. One other tip to make things easier for you is to purchase a vacuum that isn’t too heavy for you to move by yourself. A canister-type vacuum with an attachment hose is suitable for this purpose, according to
  • Carrying objects up and down stairs and putting them in cupboards: When carrying items, make it a point to avoid twisting and over-reaching since these can hurt your shoulders and upper and lower back. You need to be even more careful with heavy items as they can lead to your knees sustaining repetitive strain injuries. Stay safe by keeping your back straight and holding objects as close to your body as possible. If you must twist and turn, do so with your feet and not your back or your shoulders. And if you plan on carrying something that’s much too heavy for you, don’t force it. Have someone help you.
  • Watching TV: You might not think much about your posture while enjoying your favorite TV program, but the fact is that you should. Sitting for extended periods of time and leaning forward can be bad for your lower back while sitting with crossed legs can harm your knees and hips. Make sure that none of these happen by sitting face-on to the screen with a straight back. Standing up or uncrossing your legs every 20 minutes are good habits to develop.
  • Placing children into car seats: As with many household chores, leaning forward, twisting, and over-reaching can harm your shoulders and lower back, more so when you’re doing all of these with a baby. To ensure the safety of you and your child, avoid twisting your back and instead bend and move with your knees and feet, respectively. Do all this while holding your child close to you.
  • Using handheld mobile devices: For many of us, we’ve become used to holding our phones and tablets below our chests or on our laps. Unfortunately, this forces us to lean forward or look down, which can strain and stiffen the muscles in our neck and upper back. The right way to hold your phone or tablet is by holding it at chest height so that it’s on an even level with your eyes. Prevent another kind of strain by taking periodic breaks away from the screen.

As long as you’re conscious about what you’re doing, then you can make the necessary adjustments to your posture. Doing this will save you a lot of literal and figurative aches, so always keep posture in mind.

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Double the benefit: Exercise outside to get the combined benefits of vitamin D and fitness – research shows they work better together

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A new study that was published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism focused on the effects that both exercise and adequate vitamin D intake – when present in a person’s life at the same time – have on heart health.

The study showed that the two factors working together contributes to heart health a lot more than if either factor was alone.

“In our study, both failure to meet the recommended physical activity levels and having vitamin D deficiency were very common. The bottomline is we need to encourage people to move more in the name of heart health,” said Dr. Ellen Michos, associate director of medicine at the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Johns Hopkins researchers utilized previously gathered information from the federally-funded Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study that started in 1987. The data came from 10,342 study participants who initially didn’t have any type of heart or vascular disease. These people’s information were updated until the year 2013.

The study participants had an average age of 54 at the start of the study. Women comprised 57 percent of the participants, while 21 percent of them were African-Americans, and the rest identified as white. They came from different parts of the country such as Minneapolis, Minnesota; Forsyth County, North Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; and Washington County, Maryland.

Between the years 1987 and 1989, study participants self-reported their exercise levels, which were matched against the American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations of over 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise or 75 minutes per week of strenuous intensity.

Each participant’s exercise level was classified as adequate, intermediate, or poor; people with adequate exercise levels met AHA standards, those with intermediate levels exercised intensely for up to 74 minutes per week or exercised moderately for less than 149 minutes a week, and those who were tagged as having poor exercise levels didn’t exercise at all.

The researchers found that around 60 percent of the participants belonged in the poor or intermediate categories.

The researchers then converted the exercise to metabolic equivalent tasks (METs), an exercise intensity scale that is used by cardiologists to gauge fitness. They then measured for physical activity levels by multiplying METs by minutes per week of exercise.

When the study participants were observed for the second time between the years 1990 and 1992, the researchers measured vitamin D levels in the blood by identifying the amount of 25-hydroxyvitamin D. Levels above 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) of 25-hyrdroxyvitamin D were considered adequate vitamin D levels. Thirty percent of the participants had proper vitamin D levels.

The Johns Hopkins researchers showed that exercise levels are positively connected to vitamin D levels in a direct relationship – meaning, the more one exercised, the higher the vitamin D levels became. For instance, individuals with adequate exercise had an average 25-hydroxyvitamin D level of 26.6 ng/ml, those with intermediate exercise had 24.4 ng/ml, and those with poor exercise had 22.7 ng/ml.

The researchers also found out that the people who met the recommended levels of exercise had a 31 percent lower risk of being vitamin D deficient. However, the researchers said that the positive relationship between exercise and vitamin D was only evident in whites, and not in African-Americans.

Within the 19 years that spanned the study, the researchers reported 1,800 occurrences of cardiac events, including heart attack, stroke, or death due to heart disease or stroke. After adjusting for factors such as sex, education, age, alcohol use, blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol levels, diabetes, high blood pressure medication, race, smoking, and statin use, the researchers discovered that people who met the recommended exercise levels and had adequate vitamin D levels had a 23 percent less chance of having an adverse cardiovascular event as compared with people with poor fitness regimens and inadequate levels of vitamin D.

However, people who had adequate exercise but were vitamin D-deficient, and vice versa, didn’t reduce their risk of suffering from a cardiovascular event.

Exercise makes for healthier fat

According to a new study, just a single session of exercise may alter the molecular workings of fat tissue that has the potential to boost metabolic health. (Related: MAKE TIME to exercise and commit to be fit, especially if you’re a prepper.)

Fat tissues are responsible for securely storing fat. Recent research postulated that if a person’s fat tissue is somewhat leaky, thereby enabling fatty acids to seep into the bloodstream, the fat blobs can accumulate in other tissues, particularly the muscles and the liver. They then up the risk of developing insulin resistance, which often leads to diabetes.

And diabetes, as we all know, is not good for cardiovascular health.

In a new study that was published in November in the Journal of Applied Physiology, scientists surmised that exercise affects the amount of fat we store, since muscles use fatty acids as fuel. They observed 20 men and women who were overweight but did not have insulin resistance – some of them exercised regularly, some did not engage in any fitness regimen.

The researchers found that in almost all of the volunteers, the fat tissue even after just a single session of exercise showed more amounts of a protein that contributes to the development of more blood vessels.

More blood vessels in tissue means greater blood flow. There is no doubt that the best thing for metabolic health is to lose weight,” said Jeffrey Horowitz, a professor of movement science at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology.

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Airstrikes kill at least 4 outside Yemen TV station – Houthi officials

Yemeni rebel officials say that at least four people have been killed in Saudi-led airstrikes outside a rebel-run TV station in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, AP reports. Witnesses confirmed the strikes to AP, and the officials said that airstrikes had targeted the gate of the facility just the day before. The Saudi-led coalition invaded Yemen in 2015, and has been at war with Houthi militia since then.

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Activist Photographs Ex-Lab Rats And Mice Going Outside For The First Time, And It’s Beautiful

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

No human wants to live their life in a cage. So why do we carelessly subject animals — such as rats and mice — to the same fate? With today’s technological advancements, there is no longer any reasons animals need to be experimented on. Fortunately, this attitude is becoming more common.

One individual who believes all animals should be free is Rachele Totaro. Last summer, she spent her time photographing ex-lab rats and mice who breathed fresh air for the first time ever. She wrote on Bored Panda: “My little models were test animals, just saved by La Collina dei Conigli, Italian charity based near Milan. Every year in Italy, hundreds of thousands of animals die in laboratories. Some are used for lethal tests, but most could be saved: many are used for experiments from which they could easily recover and restart normal life, others are not actually used in test, but are kept in laboratories as a surplus of safety or control, and once the experiment has ended they become “a useless expense” for labs.”

The activist wrote that Italian law allows experimental laboratories not to kill healthy and “salvable” animals, but to give them to individuals or charity. Associations deal directly with the laboratories to secure retirement plans for the rodents. Fortunately, a handful have been adopted by La Collina Dei Conigli.

Totaro wrote, “I have been supporting this charity for years now with my pictures as a volunteer photographer (I am also a proud member of HeArts Speak network, a nonprofit organization that’s uniting art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals).” Totaro feels kinship with the organization, as its motto is: “Creating a world where no shelter animal goes unseen”.

For the photographs, the activist drew inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, The Little Prince, and other fairytales. She loves merging fantastical scenes with the rescued rodents, because “even if there’s so much wrong around, sometimes, reality can become better than fiction.”

The beautiful photos show the rats and mice feeling the sun on their fur for the first time. The images also capture their curiosity for a brand new world, and how relaxed they are to finally not be in a cage. Totaro added, “Shy ones, little warriors, curious explorers, cuddle-lovers: everyone acted in a different way when taken outdoors, and they showed once again that they are not mere numbers, as they are considered in labs, but individuals with peculiar attitudes and personalities.”

Following are photos of ex-lab rats and mice going outside of the first time:

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