Should Father& Son be Friends?

The baseball player Harmon Killebrew tells this story: “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.  Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” 

“We’re not raising grass,” dad replied.  “We’re raising boys.”

stevew.jpg(l. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak)

In his book, iWoz, Steve Wozniak, the inventor of the personal computer, describes how he was raised in a traditional 1950’s family. His mother looked after his emotional needs and his father Jerry, an engineer at Lockheed, supported him intellectually. There was no pressure but his father was always there to nurture and teach.

“My dad’s and my relationship was always pretty much about electronics… Dad was always helping me put science projects together…When I was six, he gave me that crystal radio kit I mentioned. It was just a little project where you take a penny, and touch it with some earphones. Sure enough, we did that and heard a radio station…It was so darned exciting, I distinctly remember feeling something big had happened, that suddenly I was way ahead–accelerated- above any of the other little kids my age..” (27)

Fathers build men. Fathers change the world.

In the US, one of every three children has no father at home.

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Related: Why are Dads Afraid to Say No to their Kids?

Makow – Feminism Deprives Girls of Father’s Love
——–   “Sensible Son”

First Comment from Marcos – Father of 2 boys

“Fathers, have been given a great gift. No matter what, raise your kid like a prince. I don’t mean with royal comforts and privileges, but with the intention of developing a noble man, in character, spirit and intellect. Think about Aristotle and Alexander.

I like the American idea that anyone can be the President. I would expand on it: your kid can become anything.

I suggest you read “What Is a Man? 3,000 Years of Wisdom on the Art of Manly Virtue.” In this book, you will find thoughts about what a real man should be. Why should our kids be anything less than those great men in history? Why should they instead drool over Beyoncé or Kim Kardashian and spend their days on Facebook? Even if your son is not successful moneywise, he should end up with a noble heart and a wise mind.

We forget that in a kid, there are all possibilities opened to a human. At the same time, he is just a kid. Be too harsh, and you may raise a cruel perfectionist. Be too soft, and you end up with a confused and lost young man. There is a place for love and a place for instruction: both are needed.

I still dream often of my father, who passed away many years ago. I wondered many times why, and I think I know now. Fathers are more than real persons to us, they are symbols of our need for acceptance, of a longing for God, of instruction, a symbol of our search of a model for how we deal with life. Without fathers, we feel lost. Eventually, God Himself should fill this position.

Ephesians 6:4 –Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

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Feminist college professor says women should hate men based on their gender … This is called “inclusiveness”

A radical feminist man-hater who heads up Northeastern University’s“Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies” program, recently wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post that calls on all men everywhere to “step away” from pretty much every position of power in society in order to pacify the demands of feminist women like herself who hate men.

Couching her blatant sexism as “inclusivity” and “equality,” Suzanna Danuta Walters, who also teaches sociology at NU, argues that all women have an inherent right to hate all men because of the “millennia of woe” that men – all of them – have apparently inflicted upon all women since the beginning of time.

Unless a man agrees to only vote for feminist women, to not ever run for office, and to never “be in charge of anything,” then he can freely be hated upon by women, according to Walters, who in her commentary describes the United States as “the land of legislatively legitimated toxic masculinity.”

Citing a few recent alleged cases of sexual abuse against women by males like Eric Schneiderman and Harvey Weinstein, Walters feels justified in painting a broad brush of hate across all men. Because of her personal feelings about the opposite sex, Walters feels as though it’s completely “logical to hate men,” and she even goes so far as to scoff at women who don’t.

“My edge has been crossed for a long time,” the genderless-looking school employee writes. “Seen in this indisputably true context, it seems logical to hate men.”

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Dear, men: It’s completely logical for you to hate all feminists

Walters even takes issue with Michelle Obama, who’s actually among those arguing that not all men are responsible for the types of abuses that feminists like Walters are stereotypically accusing them of committing. In Walters’ view, all men are evil, and all of them need to emasculate themselves in order to meet her demands.

“Start with this: Lean out so we can actually just stand up without being beaten down,” Walters writes, denigrating the dignity of men.

“Pledge to vote for feminist women only. Don’t run for office. Don’t be in charge of anything. Step away from the power. We got this,” she elaborated. “And please know that your crocodile tears won’t be wiped away by us anymore. We have every right to hate you. You have done us wrong. #BecausePatriarchy. It is long past time to play hard for Team Feminism. And win.”

Based on the looks of Walters in her NU staff photo, there’s certainly not a chance that any self-respecting man would ever want to get anywhere near her, let alone try to take advantage of her. It’s a laughable notion that Walters obviously expects men everywhere to take seriously as they sustain this mutant’s litany of verbal abuse.

But more than likely almost none of them will – and that’s obviously a good thing. In fact, it would be completely illogical for any man to not hate all insane feminists like Walters and laugh in their faces whenever they spew this type of nonsense. Any so-called man who receives this message and says, “Yeah, she’s right,” would be almost as nutty as she is.

In responding to this nationally publicized hate monologue, another of the school’s employees, Northeastern University Media Relations Specialist, Shannon Nargi, told Campus Reform the following:

“Northeastern University steadfastly supports a safe and inclusive learning and working environment in which hate has no place. The university has more than 1,000 faculty members whose viewpoints span the entire political spectrum. Consistent with our unwavering commitment to academic freedom, the opinions of an individual professor do not reflect the views of the university or its leadership. Northeastern is committed to fostering an environment in which controversial ideas can be discussed, debated, and challenged.”

Read more stories about deranged, lunatic liberal mobs at LiberalMob.com.

Sources for this article include:

CampusReform.org

NaturalNews.com

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Feminist college professor says women should hate men based on their gender … This is called "inclusiveness"


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A radical feminist man-hater who heads up Northeastern University’s “Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies” program, recently wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post that calls on all men everywhere to “step away” from pretty much every position of power in society in order to pacify the demands of feminist women like herself who hate men.

Couching her blatant sexism as “inclusivity” and “equality,” Suzanna Danuta Walters, who also teaches sociology at NU, argues that all women have an inherent right to hate all men because of the “millennia of woe” that men – all of them – have apparently inflicted upon all women since the beginning of time.

Unless a man agrees to only vote for feminist women, to not ever run for office, and to never “be in charge of anything,” then he can freely be hated upon by women, according to Walters, who in her commentary describes the United States as “the land of legislatively legitimated toxic masculinity.”

Citing a few recent alleged cases of sexual abuse against women by males like Eric Schneiderman and Harvey Weinstein, Walters feels justified in painting a broad brush of hate across all men. Because of her personal feelings about the opposite sex, Walters feels as though it’s completely “logical to hate men,” and she even goes so far as to scoff at women who don’t.

“My edge has been crossed for a long time,” the genderless-looking school employee writes. “Seen in this indisputably true context, it seems logical to hate men.”

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Dear, men: It’s completely logical for you to hate all feminists

Walters even takes issue with Michelle Obama, who’s actually among those arguing that not all men are responsible for the types of abuses that feminists like Walters are stereotypically accusing them of committing. In Walters’ view, all men are evil, and all of them need to emasculate themselves in order to meet her demands.

“Start with this: Lean out so we can actually just stand up without being beaten down,” Walters writes, denigrating the dignity of men.

“Pledge to vote for feminist women only. Don’t run for office. Don’t be in charge of anything. Step away from the power. We got this,” she elaborated. “And please know that your crocodile tears won’t be wiped away by us anymore. We have every right to hate you. You have done us wrong. #BecausePatriarchy. It is long past time to play hard for Team Feminism. And win.”

Based on the looks of Walters in her NU staff photo, there’s certainly not a chance that any self-respecting man would ever want to get anywhere near her, let alone try to take advantage of her. It’s a laughable notion that Walters obviously expects men everywhere to take seriously as they sustain this mutant’s litany of verbal abuse.

But more than likely almost none of them will – and that’s obviously a good thing. In fact, it would be completely illogical for any man to not hate all insane feminists like Walters and laugh in their faces whenever they spew this type of nonsense. Any so-called man who receives this message and says, “Yeah, she’s right,” would be almost as nutty as she is.

In responding to this nationally publicized hate monologue, another of the school’s employees, Northeastern University Media Relations Specialist, Shannon Nargi, told Campus Reform the following:

“Northeastern University steadfastly supports a safe and inclusive learning and working environment in which hate has no place. The university has more than 1,000 faculty members whose viewpoints span the entire political spectrum. Consistent with our unwavering commitment to academic freedom, the opinions of an individual professor do not reflect the views of the university or its leadership. Northeastern is committed to fostering an environment in which controversial ideas can be discussed, debated, and challenged.”

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Should Government Be ‘Protecting’ Gender Identity/Expression?

  • 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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Salon: Trump Supporting Friends Should be Dead to You

You can’t be friends with people who disagree with you about politics. At least that’s what Salon wants you to think.

Salon political staff writer Chauncey Devega commands you to cut Trump supporters completely out of your life, saying that, “If you have friends or relatives who support Donald Trump you should confront them. Explain to them that they are complicit with Trump’s cruelty and sadism.”

Then he tells her readers to, “communicate that you will no longer speak with them, nor will you offer them emotional, financial or other types of support until they denounce Donald Trump and what he represents — and make amends through speech and action.” A public confession, rending of the garments, self-flagellation, etc.

Chauncey sounds nice, doesn’t he? No wonder progressives are so miserable — they’re incapable of compartmentalizing. Just ask noted hockey fan and parade enthusiast David Corn.

Why should Trump supporters be cut from your life? Because studies have shown that the motivation behind voters are “racism and nativism and authoritarianism.” If you voted for Trump for the sole reason that he was a Republican you are no better. The Republican party is “an extreme revanchist political organization” that works “against the common good” and “subverts democracy.” And that is “no excuse for supporting a petit-fascist authoritarian in Donald Trump and all the social ills he represents.”

Funny, but demanding people break contact with those you deem political untouchables comes much closer to “petit-fascist authoritarian” than anything Trump has actually done.

Still, Chauncey knows there are no innocents among the Trump base. Some people voted for Trump because they wanted to “take away women’s reproductive rights” and “they are rich and want more money from the government.”

The Trump supporter you suddenly stopped talking to may double down in the face of your rejection, but don’t worry because they will, “retreat into shadows like political Nosferatus when exposed to the light” and that’s “no reason for decent and good people to keep such people in their lives.”

The article demonizes anyone who voted for Trump, so basically 62 million Americans. If one were to heed his advice they would stop associating with a lot of people in their lives. Unless your entire extended family and friend group all voted against him. Which is unlikely.

Instead of having civilized discussions with people who hold different views than you, attack them and promptly cut ties with them. Then live in your own echo chamber where everyone agrees with you about everything. Oh, and don’t take mass transit on day’s they’ve scheduled victory parades.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/rachel-peterson/2018/06/15/salon-trump-supporting-friends-should-be-dead-you

Commercially available exoskeletons should be used with caution by workers doing heavy lifting


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An exoskeleton may sound cool, but too much use can give you a painful back. This is what researchers found in a study by the Ohio State University published in the journal Applied Ergonomics.

The study followed 12 volunteers who were made to use two pneumatic tools: A torque wrench weighing about 10 pounds and an impact wrench that weighed about 30 pounds. They used the tools with and without the aid of an exoskeleton. The test ran for several hours, over which time the researchers measured the forces acting on the volunteers’ spine and back muscles.

Commercially available exoskeletons are far from those seen in science fiction movies. They usually consist of a metal arm connected to a vest-like harness, which attaches the unit to the user’s upper body and torso.

The exoskeleton’s design transfers the load from the arms to the back, giving users additional support and allowing them to carry heavy loads with minimal use of their arms. The benefits they offer make them ideal for use in construction and industrial areas.

Researchers noted that while the exoskeleton did reduce stress on the volunteers’ arms, it proved taxing to their backs. Wearing it increased compressive spinal loads by up to nearly 53 percent compared to when the volunteers were not wearing it. The stress on different muscles in the torso also increased by anywhere from 56 to 120 percent while using the exoskeleton.

“This exoskeleton is meant to offload weight from your arms, so for your arms it’s great,” explained Gregory Knapik, senior researcher at Ohio State University‘s Spine Research Institute. “The problem is, the weight of the tool, the weight of the mechanical arm and the weight of the vest you’re wearing—that all goes to your back. At the end of the day, you’re just trading one problem for a potentially even worse problem.”

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The volunteers did not report any strain from wearing the harness but found the stiff metal rods that lined the unit uncomfortable and cumbersome.

“The simplest way to describe it is like dancing with a really bad partner,” said William Marras, director at the institute and Honda Chair Professor of Integrated Systems Engineering at Ohio State. “Someone is tugging and pulling on you in directions you’re not expecting, and your body has to compensate for that. And the way you compensate is by recruiting different muscles to perform the task.”

The exoskeleton’s manufacturer concedes that the unit does cause back fatigue and so recommends muscle conditioning to protect users from bodily injury.

The future of exoskeletons

Commercially available exoskeletons, such as the one used in the study, are passive units that utilize a combination of springs and braces to reduce load and support specific areas in the body. Active exoskeletons are more comparable to Iron Man’s metal suit and use a power source, as well as motors to facilitate movement, offer support, and provide a certain level of enhancement to the wearer.

Powered exoskeletons are seeing potential use not just in industry, but also in the military. Several types and models are undergoing testing to determine the viability of their use in the field. They are expected to provide several advantages to soldiers, ranging from increased mobility to greater resistance to injuries.

Active exoskeletons are also being developed to help older people stand up by themselves, move, and engage in more active activities. These portable robotic skeletons are seen as a means to provide additional independence and potentially improve their users’ quality of life.

Learn more about other advances in ergonomics at FutureScienceNews.com.

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Why we should learn to love wasps

Hornets, yellow jackets, tarantula hawks, oh my. Wasps might be scary, but a world without them would be a disaster.

Here’s the thing. The wasp family is in need of rebranding.

While bees have become the adorably striped darlings of the pollinator set, the poor wasp – which belongs to the same order as bees and ants – is decidedly disliked. Wasps are trapped, sprayed, swatted, and squished. There are no “Save the Wasps!” campaigns, nor are there lists of “what to plant for a wasp-friendly garden.” Wasps are getting short shrift here.

Now to be fair, bees do make honey, which is great for PR. Meanwhile, wasps have long been cast as villains … and can be grumpy … and have scary names … and can pack a prodigious punch when they sting. But still, they matter, and in fact they matter a lot.

Seirian Sumner, a senior lecturer in Behavioural Biology at the University of Bristol writes about the maligned insects in The Conversation. She notes, “Despite their poor public image, wasps are incredibly important for the world’s economy and ecosystems. Without them, the planet would be pest-ridden to biblical proportions, with much reduced biodiversity. They are a natural asset of a world dominated by humans, providing us with free services that contribute to our economy, society and ecology.”

Who knew? I mean, we all know intellectually that every creature has an important role to play and for keystone species, their removal can cause things to tumble into disaster – but emotionally, many of us would like to forget that fact about wasps.

Sumner says that there are more than 110,000 wasp species that have been identified, with nearly that many probably still unknown. They come in two styles: the Parasitica and the Aculeata. The majority of wasp species belong to the Parasitica group, who, as the name hints at, lay their eggs in other organisms. And they do so using elongated tubular organs called ovipositors. The Aculeates, on the other hand, are mostly predators and rather than having ovipositors to invade living things, they just have stingers. OK, I”m probably not helping with the appeal factor here, I know, but bear with me – that goriness translates to goodness. Sumner writes:

“Both parasitic and predatory wasps have a massive impact on the abundance of arthropods, the largest phylum in the animal kingdom, which includes spiders, mites, insects, and centipedes. They are right at the top of the invertebrate food chain. Through the regulation of both carnivorous and plant-feeding arthropod populations, wasps protect lower invertebrate species and plants. This regulation of populations is arguably their most important role, both ecologically and economically.”

Essentially, they are master exterminators. While most wasp species are comprised of solitary types, the social species have a dramatic impact on insect populations. A single nest provides a windfall of ecosystem services, taking out tremendous numbers of spiders, millipedes and crop-chomping insects, Sumner explains.

Being generalist predators, they control an array of species, but not to the extent that they eradicate other species. Thus, they provide valuable, natural pest control to the agricultural sector – with their hunger for pests like caterpillars, aphids and whiteflies, without them, global food security might be a lot less secure.

And while they are generalist predators, they are specialist pollinators. They have an intimate relationship with, for example, figs. I’ve always known that figs and fig wasps go together like peanut butter and jelly. But until I read Sumner’s essay, I had never thought about the fact that figs need wasps; and figs are an important keystone species in tropical ecosystems. Without figs and their wasp companions, more than a thousand mammals and birds would lose an important source of food.

Not only would the loss of wasps be devastating for fig-reliant species, but some 100 species of orchids also rely on wasps for pollinations. No wasps would mean fewer orchids in the world. That would be sad. Wasp species that work as generalist pollinators also provide similar services as do bees, helping plants that rely on winged assistance to get pollen from one rooted plant to another.

So heroic are these little warriors that they may even hold the keys to one of the greatest puzzles of all: The cure for cancer. Researchers have been looking into the cancer-fighting properties of wasp venom and have found that the venom of a Brazilian wasp can kill cancer cells in the laboratory. Only more research and clinical trials will tell if the wasp’s biologically active molecules will actually lead to a cure, but the findings are clearly encouraging.

So sure, a yellow jacket may come and lift a piece of corn right off your plate while you are eating outside. And yes, a pack of ornery wasps can be a scary thing. (And for those allergic to their venom, even scarier.) But they also patrol our crops far better than we can, enliven ecosystems, are integral to the lives of many fruits and flowers, and may even hold a cure to cancer. As Sumner concludes, “They may be a nuisance on a sunny afternoon – but a world without wasps would be an ecological and economic disaster.”

Read Sumner’s complete essay here.

And for more information about how to coexist peacefully, see: Why wasps attack and how to avoid them.

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5 Gross Reasons You Should Never Wear The Same Pair of Shoes Two Days In A Row

There is quite a bit of talk going around concerning wearing the same pair of shoes each day and the negative impact that it has on your feet. Everyone has their favorite pair of shoes, and the reason that they are your favorite could be because they look and feel great when you wear them. Before we uncover whether it is fact or fiction to be wearing those shoes, we need to reveal the health reasons you should not wear the same pair of shoes every single day.

1.The Sweating Feet

Whether you want to believe it or not, your feet sweat in those shoes no matter what precautions you are taking to the contrary. No amount of foot powder or feet antiperspirants can eliminate the fact the feet are going to sweat while trapped inside the shoes all day long. Whether you wear your shoes to exercise, for work, or to just lounge around during the day, your feet are not getting enough air to allow perspiration to evaporate.

When your feet begin to sweat, the shoes will act like a sponge and absorb the perspiration. Each day that you wear your shoes, the salts contained in the sweat begin to break down the footwear more easily. When you alternate between one pair of shoes and another each day, you allow the inside of the shoes to air dry, in a sense evaporating the sweat before it has the chance to significantly break down the composition of the shoes. The more shoes that you own and the more you alternate between then, the longer each individual pair of shoes are going to last you.

2.Dirty Smelling Shoes

When you wear the same pair of shoes each and every day, you are not allowing them adequate time to air out. Most people who work eight hour a day jobs are dressed and ready hours before work, and usually don’t kick off the shoes until they are home for night, ten or more hours later. The shoes sit in a dark hallway or closet until morning, and then your feet go back inside for the long day of work again. This pattern repeats itself five or more times a week, and by the end of the week those shoes can smell pretty ripe.

The shoes are not getting enough time for the salts from your sweat to dry out, so it only takes a very short amount of time before you have significant foot odors coming from the shoes. The excess salts in the shoe material is a breeding ground for nasty smells, and after a while the unpleasant odor will start seeping out of the shoe while at work. To eliminate the growth of bacteria that leads to smelly shoes, place them in the freezer overnight and the bacteria will be killed from the cold temperatures.

3.Increased Chance of Fungal Infection

Each day that you wear the same shoes again and again, the buildup of bacteria from your sweat can lead to a serious fungal infection. The reason for the infection is similar to walking around in the forest barefoot through wet areas for days. The feet never have the opportunity to dry, so you develop skin infections that are a direct result of the feet not being allowed to dry properly. The same happens with shoes. Perhaps you walked through a puddle or in the snow, wore the shoes all day, and although they appeared dry ion the outside, the inside was moist and dark, the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria to thrive.

Each day your socks or bare feet come in contact with the growing bacteria and you wind up developing a very nasty and painful fungal infection. Alternating between different pairs of shoes will allow them to properly dry out so that the next time your feet are inside they are completely dry.

4.Dangers of Sore Feet

Each time you wear that exact pair of shoes, your weight is causing the cushions in the sole to compress. When you wear them day after day, you are pressing down on the same insoles, in the same spots, again and again. It does not take long before that section of the insoles gets matted down, unable to rebound back to the original position. Those padded foot beds need to revert back so that you are not basically walking on the ground without any cushioning.

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This Simple “Cracker Test” Could Tell You How Many Carbs You Should Be Eating

Carbs are getting a lot of airtime, and new research seems to be constantly turning what we have believed about them for years on its head.

Recently, studies have found that it might be better to eat carbs at night than in the morning, and that eating pasta regularly in a diet could actually aid weight loss.

It’s a confusing time to be a pasta or pizza lover.

So how many carbs should you be eating?

According to geneticist Sharon Moalem, “the cracker test” can help you to discover how well your body digests carbs and therefore give an indication of your carb tolerance.

He outlined it in his 2016 book The DNA Restart: Unlock Your Personal Genetic Code to Eat for Your Genes, Lose Weight, and Reverse Aging.

In a new BBC documentary titled The Truth About: Carbs, Dr. Xand van Tulleken, a self-professed carb lover, put the test into practice with a group of students.

“The truth is that some of you can eat as many carbs as you like, while others have to watch it,” van Tulleken said, adding that he considers himself to be in the latter category – he once weighed 19 stone (266 pounds).

Each student was instructed to chew an unsalted cracker for 30 seconds and raise their hand when the flavor began to change – if, say, it started to taste sweeter.

The student who noticed a change in the shortest time raised their hand after 17 seconds, while another did not do so until after 35 seconds. Some said they did not notice any change in flavor.

“Seventeen seconds is quite fast,” van Tulleken said, adding that, according to Moalem’s research, “this suggests you have a high concentration of amylase enzymes in your mouth which are chopping up the big starch molecules into smaller molecules of sugar or sugar-like molecules that you can taste.”

He added: “That means that you should be able to eat a lot of carbs without having any problems.”

But for the students who noticed a change later, van Tulleken explained that it might mean they should watch their carb intake more so than those who observed a change earlier.

Finally, for those who didn’t notice a change, the theory suggests it’s because they have a low concentration of these enzymes in their mouths and “might struggle eating carbs,” van Tulleken said.

He said that, generally speaking, if you try the test at home and don’t notice a change after 30 seconds, it could mean that, like him, you have a lower tolerance for carbs and might want to ease off the white and beige variety.

He added that while it’s still early days with Moalem’s research, “the cracker test demonstrates just how varied our carb tolerance is”.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

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Obama official: 'We should have done more' on Russian interference in 2016 election

Ben Rhodes, one of President Obama’s top national security advisers, acknowledged “we should have done more” to call attention to Russia’s information war during the 2016 election, noting that a much-heralded October statement from the U.S. intelligence community failed to even address a major part of the Russian attack.

“If you look at the October statement from the intelligence community, it doesn’t say anything about fake news,” Rhodes said in an interview with the Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery. “All it talks about is that the Russians hacked and release some of the material, which I think was only a small piece of their information war. … My own view is we could have done more and said more certainly about the information war and fake news dissemination.”

At the same time, Rhodes sharply criticized Facebook for not taking more aggressive steps to block Russian trolls from manipulating its platform and sharing information with the U.S. government.

 

“And frankly, I don’t think Facebook has had anywhere near the interaction with the government and frankly the scrutiny that is necessary to say, Look, it’s not enough to just mouth words about this,” Rhodes said. “Having your platform essentially hijacked for the purposes of a foreign adversary living in information boards is something we need to deal with just as aggressively as we dealt with ISIS using social media. And I don’t see that happening yet either.”

Rhodes’ comments — a rare on-the-record admission of a lapse by a senior Obama official — came during a discussion of his new book, “The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House.” The book recounts Rhodes’s role as a speechwriter and senior adviser throughout the Obama presidency, complete with fly-on-the-wall accounts of deliberations over the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Iran nuclear deal, the Benghazi attack that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and other episodes.

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But in its chapter on the Obama response to the Russian attack on the election, Rhodes makes clear he bristled when he was told he was excluded from National Security Council deliberations in the summer of 2016 — purportedly because he was the White House’s designated liaison to the Clinton campaign. When he was told by his boss, Susan Rice, that he couldn’t participate in the debate over Russia, “I walked downstairs to my office and sank into my chair,” Rhodes writes in his book. “For eight years, I’d worked my way up to the place where I thought I’d always be in the room and now I was being kept out of the most important conversation of all. My mind raced with a mix of self-pity and self-blame.”

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But Rhodes suggested that his exclusion might have made a difference because he — as well as former State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki — had sought to combat how the Russians had manipulated social media during the country’s military intervention in Ukraine, flooding the world with bogus accounts of the 2014 shoot-down of Malaysian airlines Flight 17 and other developments during the crisis in that country.

Obama officials as well as the U.S. intelligence community failed to understand how the Russians were taking their playbook from the Ukraine crisis and now deploying it against the United States, Rhodes said.

“You learn in government who’s in the room kind of dictates what’s on the agenda, and not only was I not in the room,” Rhodes said during his Skullduggery interview, “nobody who focused on communications was in the room.” Instead, “our government kind of put [the Russian attack] in a box of cybersecurity. You know, they hacked something, they released it, we have to protect the election infrastructure.”

“So, I think it’s maybe not just me, but if somebody with that communication perspective had been in the room, there might’ve been more attention on this other set of capabilities that we had been living with from Ukraine for years, that they were deploying in the United States,” Rhodes said. “Because, essentially, they took their war machine that they built in Ukraine and just brought it to America in 2016.”

Whether calling more attention to the issue during the election would have made a difference is another question. When he later raised the issue with Obama directly, and told him, “We’re going to be criticized for not focusing on this,” Rhodes said the president downplayed the issue. “His belief was that, essentially, the Russians had found soft spots in our media and society such that, if we were calling that out, the people who consume that fake news aren’t going to listen to Obama anyway, Trump’s going to say it [the election] is rigged.”

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