Flatbush ZOMBiES share new short film with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ice T and John Leguizamo

Flatbush ZOMBiES’ new album, Vacation In Hell hit stores on Friday and they released a brand-new short film to promote it. The film is titled “VACATION (The Movie)” and has some big names appearing in it.

In the film, Flatbush ZOMBiES is sitting in a diner trying to come up with some ideas. They want to figure out ways to get people to listen to their music. Ideas include Tide Pods, music that white people don’t understand but will create memes about, and psychic vampires.

The rappers then get some very special advice from names like Ice-T, John Leguizamo and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The conversations are almost sketch-based but they also are intercut into the music video for the song “Vacation.”

The film humorously stops the video at random times, such as when they ask if the video is working yet but realize that they haven’t gotten to the chorus — the only part anyone cares about. There is even a point where they started a brand-new song that they decided was amazing but wasn’t a single before cutting back to “Vacation.”

The single “Vacation” also features the talents of Joey Bada$$Vacation in Hell is the second album by Flatbush ZOMBiES, following their 2016 release 3001: A Laced Odyssey, which peaked at second on the U.S. R&B charts and 10th on the Billboard 200.

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This short video explains how we’re killing coral

Coral reefs are very important and very much at risk; here is what’s going on.

Most of us have heard about how coral is in peril; we’ve heard about warming oceans and acidification and the eerie bleaching of these beautiful and important organisms. At the same time, however, the ocean and its creatures are so far removed from most of us – it’s hard to understand what exactly is going on and how we may be contributing.

In this short video by Earth Vision Trust, which premiered on National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase, Dr. Joanie Kleypas from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, explains what’s going on and why the coral is dying at such an alarming rate. And while it is depressing, the situation is not without hope – as you will see as she describes how humans are helping to save these beleaguered creatures.

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Short Video Shows How Social Media And Our Smart Devices Are Controlling Us

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There has been a revolution recently and for many it has passed by without notice. This revolution has taken place in the way we communicate, which over the last 10 years has changed in a way that is completely alien from the way we used to talk to each other.

The first Iphone was released just 11 years ago, and Facebook really started to gain its popularity around about the same time. Since then things have changed drastically and information sharing and communication has been revolutionised. This video explores these big changes and how our devices have slowly started to get control of us.

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Short term lemon honey juice fasting can be an effective way for healthy individuals to reduce BMI, fat levels in the blood

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Lemon, honey, and fasting: For some people, these words will look anything but connected, but these three, when combined, have been touted to be effective for weight loss, alcoholic liver disorders, and many other health conditions. Their short-term effects on lipid profile and body composition, however, are less known. Researchers from the SDM College of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences, Ujire and Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana have taken it upon themselves to uncover those effects — which they eventually discovered to be very promising.

For their study, published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, the team recruited 50 healthy individuals (32 females and 18 males) between 18 to 29 years of age. Before the participants went through the four-day fast, their body compositions and lipid profiles were assessed. Body composition is the ratio of body fat and fat-free mass, or lean tissue. The lipid profile is a medical screening tool for lipid (e.g., cholesterol and triglycerides) abnormalities.

As part of the experiment, the participants were gathered into a hall between 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and tasked with avoiding their daily routines for the duration of the fast. Each participant was given a 300 ml serving of lemon-honey juice (half a lemon and teaspoon of honey mixed with 290 ml of water) four times each day. The researchers allowed the participants to drink water whenever they were thirsty. Rigorous physical activity was discouraged to prevent hypoglycemia.

The participants were given more food one day after the four-day fast. In the morning, they received 300-milliliter glasses of sweet lime juice. Their afternoon meal was a 200-gram serving of papaya for each one. The final meal of the day was a “raw diet,” which consisted of 50 g of sprouts, a 100-gram fruit salad serving, and 100 g of raw vegetables. The participants returned to their normal diets and routines the day after.

Following the fast, the researchers measured the participants’ body compositions and lipid profiles. Of the 50 participants, six dropped out before completing the fast. Data gathered from the 44 remaining volunteers yielded highly positive results.

The researchers took note of “significant reductions” to the participants’ weight, body mass index (BMI), fat mass, fat-free mass, muscle mass, total body water, and total serum triglycerides. Further analysis revealed that only the female participants had undergone notable changes in all of these categories. The male participants only experienced losses in their weights, BMI, fat-free mass, and muscle mass, though the data suggested that the male participants had the potential to go through reductions in their fat mass and total serum triglycerides. (Related: A Woman Drank Honey Lemon Water for 1 Year – This Is What Happened)

Based on their findings, the researchers believed that these various changes were due to the combination of fasting and lemon-honey juice. The lack of food meant that muscle tissues and body fluids were utilized for energy production This, in turn, lead to the drops in fat-free mass, which includes muscle mass and total body water. Fats were used as well, as evidenced by the losses in fat mass and the lower total serum triglycerides. Moreover, the changes to the participants’ weights and BMI was credited primarily to the vitamin C content in lemon-honey juice.

As such, the researchers stated that a four-day fast with lemon-honey juice was a good way to positively change the body compositions and lipid profiles of healthy individuals.

How to make lemon-honey juice

To make this drink, all that’s needed is half a lemon, a teaspoon of honey, and hot water.

  • Begin by boiling a cup of water then leaving it to cool.
  • Stir in a teaspoon of honey until it dissolves into the water.
  • Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon.
  • Drink immediately, preferably on an empty stomach. Do not reheat.

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WORK TILL YOU DIE: Japan, short of workers, eyes hiking optional pension age beyond 70

Japan has okayed plans to let people choose to start drawing their state pensions beyond the age of 70 as it grapples with severe labor shortages, ballooning welfare costs and a shriveling tax base stemming from its greying population.

The government said on Friday it would look to cement the proposals through legal changes after April 2020, adding that it would look at raising in stages the mandatory retirement age for some 3.4 million civil servants to 65 from the current 60.

Japanese people can currently choose to start receiving their pensions at any point between the ages of 60 and 70, with bigger monthly payments offered to those who do so after their 65th birthdays.

The policies may offer clues to how countries from Germany and Italy to China and South Korea could deal with the challenges sparked by their own ageing societies, from a lack of workers to spiraling welfare spending.

Japan has the world’s highest life expectancy, while the number of births last year fell to their lowest since records began over a century ago. Its population will shrink to 88 million from the current 127 million in the next four decades, the government estimates.

The grim demographics, coupled with a reluctance to loosen tight immigration rules, have led to the worst labor shortages since the early 1970s. The squeeze stifles the potency of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policies, the International Monetary Fund has said.

Abe has pushed for more elderly people to remain in work and stay active in later life, as part of his “work style” reforms aimed at revving up economic growth and productivity. The government said on Friday it would also support companies that raise their mandatory retirement age.

Most Japanese companies require full-time employees to retire at 60. The system is a keystone of Japan’s traditional jobs-for-life employment structure where workers are virtually guaranteed employment from graduation to retirement.

More than half are planning to raise the retirement age, a Reuters poll last year showed.

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Short-Lived US Government Shutdown

Short-lived US Government Shutdown

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Shutdowns occurred 18 previous times, the longest in 1996, lasting 21 days.

The second one under Trump in the past three weeks, occurring after midnight Thursday, was resolved quickly. Neither party wanted it to last.

Overnight, Senate budget legislation passed overwhelmingly, not before shutdown occurred after Senator Rand Paul delayed voting past midnight, objecting to GOP failure   to stick to 2011 budget caps and fiscally conservative policies.

On Fox News, Paul said Washington “spends too much money, borrows too much money, and actually we’re going to bring back Obama era deficits. I was elected to combat Obama era deficits.”

US deficits occur in nearly all fiscal years. The nation has a long history of indebtedness from the republic’s early days.

Andrew Jackson was the only president to eliminate US debt entirely. It was about $1.4 billion in current dollars. Today the national debt is $20.6 trillion.

Deficits occur almost annually, balanced budgets or surpluses rare. Deficits explode in wartime. They rose sharply under Bush/Cheney and Obama.

Because of the great GOP tax cut heist, budget experts estimate the US FY 2018 deficit at $1 trillion or more, continuing high in subsequent years.

David Stockman believes the tax cut will add trillions of dollars in federal debt. He estimates it rising to around $35 trillion by 2028, causing enormous economic harm, saying:

“Whatever expansionary impulses that do remain in the US economy are about to get smothered by the impending collision between soaring debt issuance by the US Treasury just as the Fed prepares to dump upwards to $2 trillion of existing debt securities into the bond pits.” 

“The punters on Wall Street have been so addled by years of Fed monetization of the public debt that they now think rising yields are a ‘good thing’ and reflect rebounding economic growth. No they don’t!”

“The only possible way to accelerate growth in a 104-month-old business cycle – where household consumers are impaled on a record $15 trillion of debt and other liabilities – is through an outbreak of capital spending.”

So far, companies have been largely focused on stock buybacks, increased executive pay and bonuses, along with mergers and acquisitions.

There’s no way out of “the fiscal trap…short of a thundering financial collapse,” Stockman believes.

Stockman earlier called Fed quantitative easing (QE) “high grade monetary heroin,” believing one day it’ll “kill the patient.” 

He called the current equity market swoon “a minor warm-up for the main event.” The fullness of time will tell.

Pre-dawn Friday, House members passed budget legislation, agreeing on a $300 billion increase in military and domestic spending to keep dysfunctional government running – Trump expected to sign the measure into law later today.

The shutdown lasted hours. Three weeks ago, it shut down for three days. Undemocratic Dems caved, agreeing to another continuing resolution to keep government running through February 8.

The January shutdown occurred over immigrant rights issues, notably Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), letting undocumented immigrants entering America as minors receive renewable deferred action from deportation, along with work permit eligibility.

Around 850,000 “Dreamers” are affected. Some estimates put their number at 1.7 million human beings deserving equitable treatment – not thrown under the bus for political reasons.

The issue remains unresolved, leaving them in limbo once budget resolution is signed into law – likely later on Friday, but in Washington, nothing is certain.

The proposed budget deal involves a fifth stopgap bill to fund government through March 23. Another measure will be needed to prevent shutdown.

It’s no way to run government, yet it persists, a game of chicken to see who blinks first.

A Final Comment

The deal agreed on includes:

$165 billion military spending increase;

domestic program spending boosted by $131 billion;

nearly $90 billion in disaster relief funding:

funding community health centers for the next two years;

extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program for four years;

funding for existing infrastructure programs for transportation, drinking water and broadband.

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NYT Goes Manic Over FISA Memo From ‘Stooge’ Nunes; ‘Falls Well Short’ of Scandal

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I$rael condemns passing of Polish Holocaust law, stops short of recalling envoy

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All short-haul flights from Norway could be electric by 2040

Whether it was low cost carrier Easyjet planning electric passenger flights within a decade, or Boeing-backed Zunum’s plans to run battery-powered flights out of regional airports, I have not hidden my surprise at the fact that fully electric commercial flight is being seriously considered possible in the medium-term future.

I mean, it wasn’t that long ago that I was surprised to see a plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt on my street.

But progress just keeps on going, and now numerous outlets including—appropriately enough—Life in Norway are reporting that Avinor, Norway’s major airport infrastructure operator, is aiming for 100% of short-haul flights to be fully electric by 2040 at the latest. Avinor also wants to be running test flights on key routes as early as 2025.

To be clear, we are only talking about flights of about 1.5 hours in duration or less—but that would still cover almost all domestic routes, as well as flights to nearby foreign capitals like Copenhagen or Stockholm too. There are several reasons why this would be a pretty major deal:

Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, short haul flights are far more polluting per passenger mile than long haul. That’s because of the sheer amount of power it takes to get a plane off the ground. By shifting these shorter routes to cleaner, more efficient electric propulsion, we could save more energy intensive jet fuel for those longer routes that really need it. Even if longer-haul electric flight is not yet viable, this may also help develop hybrid options or other efficiency improvements that could be deployed on longer flights too.

Secondly, despite its status as an oil and gas exporter, Norway’s electric grid runs primarily on renewables. So just as its massive growth in electric car sales has created outsized climate benefits due to its greener grid, the same will be true of electric flights that charge up in Norway.

And thirdly, while Norway itself is a relatively tiny country, this sends a powerful message to airlines, airplane manufacturers and governments around the world—that electric flight is increasingly feasible, and they’d better start investing now if they don’t want to be left behind.

Now if Norway could also stop pushing oil to the rest of us…

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