Scientists Discover Major Reason Behind Cancer, May Find Cure for the Disease


Researchers have taken a new step toward tackling the ruthless disease claiming some eight million lives annually.

Scientists came to the conclusion that changes in the immune system are a key factor that provokes cancer, along with genetic mutations.

The prevention and treatment of cancer should be based on immune-related factors rather than only genetic ones, a research team from the University of Dundee in Scotland found out.

“This is still very early days but if we are proven right then you could be talking about a whole new way to treat and prevent cancer,” Dr. Thea Newman, a senior author of the study, was quoted by MedicalExpress as saying.

As it turned out, an aging immune system plays a more significant role in cancer incidence than it was previously thought. In addition, men are more likely to develop cancer than women, the research suggests.

According to Newman, many modern studies related to cancer are based on analyzing genetic mutations and the ways to deal with them, which is insufficient.

For decades it was believed that mutations arise either as a result of a genetic predisposition, or because of lifestyle and the environment, are the main factors that cause the disease, but this is only partly true, she argued.

“Nearly all of the mainstream research into cancer is based on how we can understand genetic mutations, target them and thereby cure the disease. We’re not debating the fact that mutations cause cancer, but are asking whether mutations alone can account for the rapid rise in cancer incidence with age when ageing causes other profound changes in the body,” the scientist said.

Cancer claims lives of about eight million people each year. The research conducted by Newman’s research team could have a major impact on the global fight against cancer, if the results are proven and further explored in future studies.



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Another reason to avoid free two-day shipping: they are shipping dogfood by air

TreeHugger has previously looked at Why you should avoid free two-day shipping, where Katherine noted that “when people want their goods fast, it forces companies to send out delivery trucks that are not filled to capacity.” But there is a much more serious issue with a bigger carbon footprint: a dramatic increase in the amount of stuff being shipped by air. According to the Wall Street Journal,

Global airfreight traffic climbed almost 9% year-over-year… The cause is twofold: As online shoppers come to expect faster home delivery of everything from smartphones to paper towels, passenger jets and dedicated cargo planes are picking up more kinds of cargo traditionally carried by container ships, trains, and trucks.

Traditionally, air freight has been used for high value, lightweight products like smartphones and semiconductors. But that is changing;

Shoppers accustomed to getting e-commerce orders in two days or less are adding to the pile at airport cargo terminals with items such as dog food and spaghetti sauce. “We’re shipping more and more of what you might consider to be everyday basics,” said Jim Mayer, a spokesman for the airline unit of United Parcel Service Inc.

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The problem is that shipping by air has ten times the carbon footprint of shipping by truck, and 66 times the footprint of shipping by container ship. The carbon cost of a two-day delivery of dog food or spaghetti sauce is huge.

Amazon is now building its own air freight company and by the end of 2018 and is pulling old Boeing 767s out of desert storage. Old planes are not as fuel efficient but cost a third as much to buy, and they have to feed those Prime customers.

Amazon has used its current fleet of about 30 jets primarily for its fastest Prime delivery service, according to a person familiar with its operations. The dedicated fleet has allowed it to extend the window for guaranteed two-day delivery from 6 p.m. on the East Coast to as late as 11 p.m. The company also is evaluating a new design for the air-cargo containers used on Boeing 767s to reduce wasted space and loading times, the person said.

It’s time for a slow shopping movement

The slow movement used to be a big deal, starting with slow food and branching out into slow design, slow cities, slow travel. (see Seven Slow Movements And Memes That Can Change Our Lives). Katherine has pointed out the problems with fast fashion; now we are learning about the problems of fast delivery.

Slow shopping has been tried by retailers before; according to the Wall Street Journal,

Stores are trying to slow down the shopping experience, a movement known as “slow shopping.” Adherents believe that browsing in a store should be a leisurely and enriching experience that’s not overtly focused on buying something. To entice shoppers to spend more time, boutiques and national chains are adding libraries, art installations, performance spaces and cozy lounges to encourage shoppers to hang around and enjoy themselves.

That sounds rather nicer than sitting and waiting for the FedEx truck to arrive. We should refuse to be rushed in our shopping and our shipping.

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Disturbing Video Shows Cop Beating Handcuffed Man for No Reason—Cop Suspended


Titusville, FL – An unnamed police officer is on paid vacation after he was caught on video punching a nonviolent man in the face during an arrest. In a cellphone video recently posted online, the officer can be seen punching 20-year-old Amari Nicholas Hair while he was already handcuffed.

“Upon seeing the video, members of command staff at the police department immediately removed the Detective from his duties and placed him on leave so that a due process investigation can be completed on the use of force during the arrest. We want to assure our community that we are committed to a thorough investigation in this incident and will be completely transparent on our findings,” a spokesperson from the Titusville Police Department said.

The officer punched him at least twice in the head while he was handcuffed, leaving him with a bloodied nose after allegedly finding drugs on him during a traffic stop.

According to the police report, an officer got out of his patrol car earlier and spotted Hair climbing over the center console into the passenger seat of a Toyota.

The confrontation began when officers approached Hair, who was standing outside of the vehicle, during a traffic stop. The officer ‘quickly grabbed a hold of Amari and placed him under arrest,’ according to a police report.

According to police, at that point, the officer attempted to search Hair but Hair pulled away. However, it only looked like Hair was squirming due to the invasive nature of the cop groping him in search of some arbitrary substance deemed illegal by the state.

Police said the detective then ‘escorted’ Hair to the pavement, placing his weight on Hair. After a few moments, Hair could be heard screaming, “Oh my God…my (expletive) face is bleeding…Do not touch me!”

In the video, Hair can be heard saying “You punched me in my face.” To which the officer replies, “Yes, I did.”

Police then attempted to justify their excessive force by claiming Hair—who was handcuffed and compliant—was reaching for his waistband. Exactly why Hair was allegedly “reaching for his waistband” remains a mystery as no weapons were found.

According to Space Coast Daily, Hair was charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Hydromorphone, Resisting an Officer and Driving With a Suspended License. He was booked into Brevard County Jail Wednesday night and was released at 10:10 a.m. Thursday morning.

However, Hair’s family believes that he is being targetted and harassed by the officers who pulled him over. Hair’s father, Alonzo Hair, says that his son has had multiple run-ins with the arresting officer in the past year alone.

“They’ve got it in for my son. He could be walking down the street, and they’ll stop him. They are a threat to the community. At least we were able to get it on video this time, Alonzo Hair said.

As the Free Thought Project has previously reported, police officers across the country have been caught beating handcuffed suspects. Also, they have been captured on their own body cameras planting drugs on entirely innocent people.

Whether or not Hair had actual narcotics on him will be left for the courts to decide. However, this incident provides a perfect example of how the war on drugs is an utter and violent failure.

If Hair does have a heroin problem, handcuffing, beating, kidnapping and caging him will do nothing to solve it. It will also cost the taxpayers of Brevard County. Not only will the citizens have to pay to keep Hair in a cage but they will also be forced to pay for the brutality of these officers in the form of a lawsuit settlement that will inevitably follow this arrest.

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One more reason “high carbon levels” are a good thing: CO2 protects rainforests and at-risk wildlife species

Image: One more reason “high carbon levels” are a good thing: CO2 protects rainforests and at-risk wildlife species

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Scientists and world leaders who are convinced that the world is facing a crisis they refer to as catastrophic man-made global warming have implemented policies to turn the situation around. These measures include taking steps to reduce carbon emissions and entering agreements like the Paris Climate Agreement.

Scientists are also aware that trees are reservoirs of stored carbon and that when trees are cut down they release this carbon into the air. They, therefore, recognize that preventing deforestation will reduce the amount of carbon released into the air, which they believe will help curb global warming.

With this in mind, there has been renewed focus worldwide on protecting what are known as “high carbon” rainforests.

Large-scale and extractive industries like the palm oil giants of Asia have been responsible for massive amounts of deforestation. The United Nations and other organizations have been working with these agricultural companies to institute policies of “zero deforestation,” and have also been allocating conservation areas to protect forests that are known to retain large amounts of carbon.

A research team from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent, set out to discover the effects of such conservation areas on resident wildlife in the forests of Borneo – an area threatened by palm oil conversion. They were excited to discover that when high carbon rainforests are protected, biodiversity increases and the numbers of endangered mammals increase exponentially. Their study was published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

The study abstract explains:

[W]hen using high-resolution, locally validated biomass data, diversity demonstrated positive relationships with carbon for threatened and disturbance-sensitive species, suggesting sensitivity of co-benefits to carbon data sources and the species considered. [Emphasis added]

Species most vulnerable to deforestation, like orangutan and clouded leopards, benefited more than any others from the higher carbon levels. (Related: What do mining and chocolate have in common? Deforestation of rainforests.)

Lead author, Nicolas Deere, was able to confirm the link between the higher carbon levels and the increase in endangered species numbers by combining the results of camera-trap images and high-resolution satellite imagery.

When standard carbon maps were consulted the correlation between higher carbon levels and biodiversity was not visible, but when high-resolution maps were used to identify carbon resources it became clear that high carbon levels support the greatest number of mammal species. (Related: If you care about the real issues facing our planet be sure to bookmark

The study’s authors believe that their work has implications for government and other policymakers because it proves that protecting high carbon forest areas has “strong potential for biodiversity conservation,” particularly in areas vulnerable to palm oil extraction.

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Americans have no savings and with very good reason: housing, education, and health care have seen extraordinary inflation while wages are stagnant

It has now become a daily ritual in which story after story of broke Americans plaster the web.  Yet somehow on the mainstream press, very little is discussed about this topic.  Americans are largely broke because inflation is vey real.  Housing, education, and health care costs have soared out of control while wages have remained stagnant.  The way Americans continue to pay for these items is by going into loan shark levels of debt.  There used to be a pretense that “we” actually cared about having a middle class but that is now thrown out the window.  At this point, we are in a full on sprint towards low wage capitalism.  Many people live on a paycheck to paycheck diet and are berated about saving more for retirement.  The reality is, the new retirement model is working until you die.

In the land of no savings

Sunday morning, I wake up and take a stroll through the neighborhood.  “Did you hear about Bitcoin?  Wild right?”  I’m asked by a stranger at the park.  “Sure seems wild.  You own any?”  To which I get the following response, “I wish I had some money to even invest!”  I think we live in a world where most Americans are merely spectators to the wild gyrations of the market.  They hear about investments too late or mistake speculation with actual investing.

Most Americans impact their standard of living with their income from work.  And most of the income gains since 1980 have now gone to the top 1 percent:

income growth

This is the new world we live in.  Even to compete for a home, what was once the bedrock of a middle class lifestyle, is now seen as out of reach for many Americans.  And of course people are still buying homes but they are going into wild levels of debt to do so.  You have banks offering 5 and 10 percent down payment loans because people simply cannot save enough to buy a property.  So what happens when that next recession hits and you have no buffer of safety?

1 out of 3 Americans has no savings for retirement:


We have done a good job of bamboozling the public into believing in some sort of financial Disneyland.  Things appear better than they are until you look behind the curtain.  You have a lot of props and gimmicks but the substance is being eroded.  For example, we now have more than $1 trillion in credit card debt outstanding.  This is largely driven by Americans buying more than they can afford so they can keep up with the notion that they are still middle class.  Credit card debt is really just spending your future earnings today.  So you pull demand from the future into the present.  This is not a sound path of wealth management.

I think things fall into two dramatic camps.  You have the “screw the poor, they deserve it” camp and you have the “all capitalism is evil, therefore control every company” camp.  Of course life falls in the gray area.  Capitalism thus far has proven to be one of the stronger economic systems out there.  But even in the U.S. we have some strongly socialistic systems in place:  the military, Social Security, Medicare, public parks, public education, and on and on.  I do believe that there is a basic price to live in a modern society.  However, when it comes to business creation the free market does the best.  Can you picture a government trying to design an iPhone, Facebook, or running Amazon?  These companies do well because they operate (largely) in a free market.

With that said, the current system is stripping out the middle class from the United States.  You have the financial sector speculating and essentially using cheap funds to inflate values in many areas.  It is a system where very few Americans are participating in and many are losing out simply by the inflation that is being created.  Americans have no savings for very good reasons.  Will that change?  That is yet to be seen.

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Only 1 reason DNC destroyed server, says U.S. intel expert

The allegedly hacked Democratic National Committee server that handled email from the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign and the DNC is the key piece of forensic evidence in Russia’s suspected interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The intelligence-community assessment on purported Russian meddling in the race, conducted by the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA released in Jan 2017, concludes Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered the hacking of the DNC and the dissemination of e-mails from key staffers via WikiLeaks to damage Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.

But the intelligence agencies attributing the sweeping cyber-intrusion to Russia-backed hackers have yet to provide any actual evidence substantiating their claims about how the DNC data was obtained or by whom.

In fact, not a single government agency has even viewed the hacked computer servers to conduct a forensic data-breach investigation.

They never will.

The DNC destroyed the server, former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile revealed.

The FBI asked the DNC to surrender its allegedly breached servers to the bureau. But the DNC didn’t comply and instead, hired the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike to make a “replica” of all the information on its server and computers, turning over a major law-enforcement investigation to the private sector.

“The person we hired was the former No. 3 at the FBI, and they worked it out. [CrowdStrike] got a list from the FBI – the things that the FBI wanted. In that list of items that the FBI requested, they asked for a replica or an exact copy of everything that we have from our server – knowing that if we got rid of our server. We actually would get rid of our entire database,” Brazile explained during a discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., about her new book, “Hacks.”

“Our brain would be gone. And then essentially we would have nothing.”

CrowdStrike claimed in the summer of 2016 that “two separate Russian intelligence-affiliated adversaries” had hacked into the DNC network in May 2016 by a group the firm encountered in 2015 while investigating a hack on the unclassified networks of the White House, State Department, and Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Google, which gave millions of dollars to the Clinton campaign and was under fire during the election for manipulating and suppressing negative search results for Clinton, is one of the CrowdStrike’s primary investors.

Another company which significantly invests in CrowdStrike is Warburg Pincus, a company run by a former staffer of both the Clinton and Obama administrations, Timothy Geithner.

Availing the server to the FBI for examination would allow intelligence agencies and federal government resources to determine whether the DNC was in fact hacked, establish the source of the breach, and verify whether the trove of DNC and Clinton campaign emails published during the election were leaked from a party within the DNC.

Yet, Brazile insisted “killing” the server was critical after the data was breached because the server would continue to be affected by spyware had it not been destroyed.

“In the last two weeks of the election, we had to make another decision as to whether or not to shut down that server – to actually kill it – because we kept getting, you know, we kept getting more spyware,” she said. “They were so stealth; the operation was so stealth.”

The replica and remediation process after the hacking cost the DNC “millions” of dollars, Brazile said.

“We made a replica of everything and turned it all over to [the FBI]. We also let them see all of the evidence from all of the individual computers, from everything else. So, we – trust me, it cost us quite a penny to make replicas and then we destroyed the machines and then bought the staff people new laptops,” she said. “If you can imagine this, right before the convention, these staffers had lost all of their data, all of their materials – everything was gone. Everything was wiped clean, but we made a replica.”

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The Real Reason Saudi Oil Prices Are Going to Climb 80%


Oil prices have ben plunging. However, the Saudis hav announced that il will be climbing 80%. This explains a lot of what we are seeing internationally with the BRICS nations. The real story is in the following video.

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WATCH: Tyrant Cop Knocks Handcuffed Woman Unconscious for No Reason & Lies About It


Coldwater, MI — Last July, Tiffany McNeil would walk into the Branch County Jail in handcuffs only to leave in a stretcher moments later after being brutally assaulted by a police officer and knocked unconscious.

What happened while McNeil, 31, was being processed into jail that fateful day is now the subject of a federal lawsuit alleging that police used excessive force and then lied about what happened. The incident—in which a half dozen cops stood by and watched their brother in blue smash a handcuffed woman’s face into the pavement—was also captured on video.

“It was absolutely egregious, disgusting, thug-like conduct,” McNeil’s attorney, Solomon Radner, said. “You don’t expect that from police officers, and it shouldn’t be tolerated.”

On July 24, police were called to McNeil’s home by her husband during an argument. According to the lawsuit, McNeil had been drinking which sparked the argument.

McNeil was arrested and brought to the Branch County Jail to be processed for the incident. As police bring her into the secured entrance, we can see this disturbing scenario unfold.

The woman-beating cop, identified in the lawsuit as Lewis Eastmead, is seen shoving McNeil’s face into the concrete wall for several minutes. The entire time, McNeil is non-combative and not resisting in the least—not to mention, she’s in handcuffs.

All of the sudden, the officer begins pressing her face into the wall with both hands before pulling her backward and slamming her face-first into the concrete floor. McNeil was knocked out immediately.

During the attack on the restrained woman, five other cops watched as their brother in blue degraded the young woman by shoving her face into the wall and not a single one of them intervened as he slammed her to the floor.

In a most disturbing image, once Eastmead realizes McNeil is knocked unconscious, he rolls his victim over to reveal a puddle of blood on the floor coming from the massive gash in her head.

“I told you to relax,” the officer yells, with his knee now on McNeil’s back as she lay motionless on the ground.

For nearly 15 minutes, police prodded the unconscious woman as she lay entirely unresponsive on the concrete. Finally, EMTs arrive and bring her to the hospital where, according to Radner, McNeil received 17 stitches and was treated for a concussion.

After being treated in the hospital, police charged McNeil with felony resisting a police officer. To justify this charge, police then lied on their report, claiming McNeil was being “combative” and “actively resisting arrest,” according to the lawsuit.

Obviously, McNeil was not being combative as we can clearly see that fact in the video. She was doing nothing wrong when Eastmead attacked her.

Radner explained that police brought the felony charge against her to force her into taking a plea deal for the domestic misdemeanor charge to which she pleaded no contest. The felony resisting charge was then dropped.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Eastmead and about a dozen other officers and police department supervisors, including the officers who witnessed the incident, are listed among the defendants, with some identified by name and others listed as John Doe. McNeil is also suing the city of Coldwater.

Along with the excessive force claim, the lawsuit alleges unreasonable seizure; abuse of process and malicious prosecution; that the other police officers failed to intervene “to prevent the violation of Ms. McNeil’s constitutional rights,” and that city failed to properly screen, train and supervise its police officers. It seeks at least $75,000 in damages.

As for Eastmead, he is still a cop on the Coldwater force.

Below is a video of what a woman abusing predator does when given unchecked authority and is accountable to no one.

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