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 on: Apr 18, 2018, 04:03 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Darja
700 year old banyan tree gets saline treatment for infestation

They began the treatment of the tree with mixed chlorpyrifos(Pesticide) in saline bottle. The solution was injected in the barks of the tree.

ANI
Apr 18, 2018 14:19 IST
IBT

Pillala Marri (Banyan tree) is popular in Telangana's Mahbubnagar District which got more than 700 years of history. This tree was spread across three acres.

One of its branches got infested by insects. District collector of Mahbubnagar inspected the tree and ordered forest officials to take care of it. They began the treatment of the tree with mixed chlorpyrifos(Pesticide) in saline bottle. The solution was injected in the barks of the tree.

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 on: Apr 18, 2018, 04:01 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Darja
Climate change cure? Warming climate could speed up natural reforestation

Rising temperatures are speeding up the transition of empty fields to forests if trees are allowed to take over.

Immanuel Jotham
Apr 18, 2018 11:39 IST
IBT

Global warming caused by human activity and the resulting climate change could actually act as a catalyst to increase the rate at which forests develop naturally in underdeveloped and abandoned land.

When a tract of land filled with weeds and grass is left alone, it will eventually start growing saplings and young trees, which will then, over time, develop into a mature forest, notes a report by Phys.org. This process takes a few decades, but researchers noticed that this natural procession from an empty field to forest happens a lot faster in some parts of the US than others. The southeastern US seems to grow forests faster than the northeast.

Researchers realized that there should not be such a significant difference between regions, more so because both the northeast and the southeast US have been colonized by the same tree species. The study that followed points out to climate being a major factor in the pace at which trees take over land and make them forests, notes the report.

Results of the research, conducted by scientists at the Duke University suggest that as the planet gets warmer by the day, fast-growing forests that simply take over idle land could play a vital role in carbon dioxide reduction from the atmosphere in future. This research covered six sites on the eastern seaboard of the US from New York to Florida.

Researchers then set about studying the early lives of four types of trees — Red cedar, Loblolly pine, Black cherry, and Sweetgum. These trees are known to be among the to first take over abandoned and idle farmland. Tree saplings were planted in plots that had varying fertility levels. They also had batches that mixed in succession plants like Broomsedge and Goldenrod, notes the report. Other variables that affect plant growth like light, moisture, and nutrients were also constantly monitored.

Two years later, researchers found that the trees grew faster in the southeastern sites. The only realistic conclusion that the scientists could agree upon is that the warmer south made it possible for trees to grow faster.

This finding is notable, say the researchers, because this region is expected to warm by 5 to 9 degree Celsius by the end of the century. While droughts are also expected because of rising climates, but if the drought stress is absent, warming climates will really accelerate the transformation of the field to forest.

"Certainly in the next 100 years and maybe in the next 50 years, fields will likely transition much faster to woody vegetation," said study said co-author Jason Fridley.

However, new, fast-growing forests are not going to cure climate change, say researchers: "Faster-growing forests on once-cultivated land aren't going to solve the climate change problem," Wright said. "But one of the reasons we care about these abandoned sites is they have really high potential for carbon sequestration."

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 on: Apr 18, 2018, 03:58 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Darja
Human clones? The technology has nearly been perfected say scientists

Technology to make copies of animals has gotten good enough for companies to charge money to clone people's pets. Humans might not be too far away.

Immanuel Jotham
Apr 18, 2018 15:20 IST
IBT

The technology to successfully clone human beings is nearly there, but for a few scientific niggles. Also, social ethics and the taboo nature of this research seems to be the only things holding back reproductive cloning –cloning with the intent to create full-grown humans, for now.

For those who can afford it, there are private companies that are willing to clone their pets for them so that they can have a cat or a dog that will, for all intents and purposes live forever, notes a report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

What then is cloning? Cloning is creating a living copy of an animal. Copies can be created by taking a whole adult cell and injecting it into an active egg that has been stripped of its own DNA. The embryo, if it survives, is a clone, notes MIT.

If animals like dogs and the famous "Dolly the sheep" can be cloned, then why not humans, one can be moved to ask. That is because the process of cloning is highly inefficient, notes the report. About one in hundred attempts lead to a live birth. This is not something that can, for now, be tested on humans. Most embryos don't make it, notes the report, some die in the IVF stage, others simply do not survive in the womb. Even if clones are born, a lot of them could suffer abnormalities and quickly die.

Having said that, over the last 15 years, genetics research and accompanying technology has grown significantly. Many hurdles that lead to defective births have been overcome, reports Futurism. In recent times, scientists have figured out how to unblock genes that are needed to help cells grow into full embryos. Some of these genes are not "turned on" in their default setting, says the report.

Chinese scientists who solved the gene issue have actually been successful in cloning monkeys, notes the report. So that means humans are next right? Not necessarily. The scientist who solved the gene puzzle and cloned monkeys points out that to create just two long-tailed macaques it took the researchers 63 surrogate mothers and 417 eggs, which in turn resulted in only six successful pregnancies.

While the science problems can be solved with just enough funding, researchers and time, what might, in fact be the biggest problem for human reproductive cloning might just be humans themselves. All forms of cloning is flat out banned in 46 countries, reproductive cloning is banned 32 more.

So for now, the only thing stopping an eccentric billionaire finding willing scientists and starting human factories in a country that doesn't ban cloning (like China), is the pressure of the diplomatic and scientific community, reports Futurism.

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 on: Apr 17, 2018, 11:44 PM 
Started by Rad - Last post by soleil
Hi Rad,

I'm not sure if you've already posted this article on the environment/culture thread (I think I saw a Raw Story article that alluded to it), but in case you haven't, the full article is really good and worth reading:

"Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency", Adam Davidson, April 14, 2018. The New Yorker. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/michael-cohen-and-the-end-stage-of-the-trump-presidency

Soleil

 75 
 on: Apr 17, 2018, 11:29 PM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Rose Marcus
just an observation:
May 9 2017, the transiting nodes moved into the Leo/Aquarius axis. It was the day Trump fired Comey. Today, April 17, 2018 (Chiron ingress into Aries, Saturn stations retrograde) Comey's book "a Higher Loyalty" was officially launched. The rulers of the nodes - Sun & Uranus are one degree away from an exact conjunction (April 18).
Rose
 

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 on: Apr 17, 2018, 07:16 PM 
Started by Rad - Last post by soleil
Hi Rad,

Thanks for your response and for the links to those articles. I appreciate your analysis. It's spot-on.

By the way, the pictures of those evangelicals you posted is just bizarre. As is the fact that white evangelical support for Trump has grown. That's crazy.

You're right---Trump supporters will continue to call everything fake news that deviates from what that insane clown says. I also think a lot of these ignorant jerks privately believe all the bad stuff about him but publicly support him as a way of sticking it to Democrats/those not like them. I think they're play-acting.

Somehow, though, the truth always comes out. Somewhere along the way, something shocking is going to come out that will knock this demented narcissistic sociopath off his throne.

In the meantime, let's hope we have a blue wave in November.

All the best,

Soleil

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 on: Apr 17, 2018, 09:57 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Rad
Hi Wei,

"Thanks for those charts, i am curious what do you think about name asteroids in charts, do they play important role as well? I found interesting that in Trump's chart, Mueller (4031) at 13 degree Aries, conjunct Russia (232) at 12 degree Aries, opposite his natal Chiron/Juno/Jupiter in 2nd house Libra, and Transit mercury will pass these name asteroids soon."

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Such things as the names of various asteroids can have direct correlations to an individuals evolutionary and karmic journey. For example one of JWG first astrological mentors was an astrologer named Robert Jansky. In JWG's chart the asteroid Jansky was conjunct the asteroid Urania in his 10th House. Uranus, as an archetype, of course correlates with things like astrology. Jansky was one of the first for JWG to open doors to the astrological world.

So the asteroids you are referring too in Trumps chart correlate to the actual evolutionary and karmic reality for Trump. Now check this: the asteroid Lucifer is at 8 Aries in the natal chart for Mueller. And that then lands on top of the 8th house asteroids Mueller and Russia in Trumps chart. This speaks for itself.

God Bless, Rad

 78 
 on: Apr 17, 2018, 08:38 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Rad
Former NSA analyst connects the dots between Sean Hannity, Julian Assange and Russian spies

Travis Gettys
17 Apr 2018 at 10:17 ET                   

Sean Hannity finds himself in a professionally problematic situation after he was outed in federal court as the mystery third client of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen — but he could potentially be in deeper trouble.

The Fox News broadcaster neglected to inform viewers of his personal ties to Cohen despite repeatedly discussing the attorney and the FBI raid on his home and office, which likely includes evidence related to Hannity’s discussions with him.

It’s not clear what evidence relating to Hannity could have been turned up by the search warrant, or whether those documents or recordings would be of any interest to investigators.

But former National Security analyst John Schindler and others have been warning for months that Hannity has helped the president spread Russian propaganda through his nightly Fox News broadcasts and daily syndicated radio program.

Schindler claims the Fox News broadcaster has been under counterintelligence investigation for his links to the Kremlin, which appear to run through WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

“We need to ask questions about Hannity’s relationship with the Kremlin, considering his track record of pushing rancid Russian disinformation on his Fox News program,” Schindler said. “Hannity is a propagandist, not a journalist, by his own admission, but if he has served as a witting conduit for lies crafted by Russian spies, Fox News needs to explain why they are airing Kremlin Active Measures aimed at the American public and calling it ‘news.'”

“Intelligence Community friends have told me that Sean Hannity has been under counterintelligence investigation for some time, based on his clandestine ties to Moscow,” he added. “Now we know why.”

Hannity played a key role in promoting a conspiracy theory about slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, whose family has sued Fox News over a since-retracted May 2017 article posted on the network’s website.

Fox News Malia Zimmerman and frequent Fox News guest Ed Butowsky reported that Rich had leaked thousands of internal DNC emails that U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies believe were stolen by Russian hackers.

Schindler says the conspiracy theory originated just days after Rich’s murder on the shadowy conspiracy website Sorcha Faal — which claimed the 27-year-old was assassinated by a “hit team” linked to Hillary Clinton.

The website claimed its source was Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, and Schindler noted this “classic Kremlin disinformation” campaign was quickly picked up by Trump allies such as Hannity, Assange and Republican activist Roger Stone.

The Rich family’s lawsuit claims Trump himself reviewed drafts of the Fox News story last year before it was broadcast and published online.

WikiLeaks, which dumped the stolen emails online during the 2016 campaign, offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Rich’s killer — and Assange reportedly has been in contact with Hannity, Stone and Donald Trump Jr.

Stone appeared on the InfoWars radio show — where host Alex Jones also promoted the Rich conspiracy — the same day he sent an email claiming to have dined with Assange, and predicted “devastating” disclosures against the Clinton Foundation.

No evidence has turned up yet that Hannity and Assange were in contact during the campaign, but the WikiLeaks founder reached out to a parody Twitter account for the Fox News broadcaster that suggests the two men may have been in contact before — and Hannity has invited Assange to host his radio program.

Texas writer Dell Gilliam set up the phony account in January after Hannity’s legitimate account was briefly deleted after cryptically tweeting the phrase “Form Submission 1649 | #Hannity.”

Assange contacted the account, apparently believing it was the broadcaster, and offered to set up a meeting over “other channels” to send “some news about Warner.”

About a week later, Fox News broke into its evening programming to report on text messages between Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the top Democrat on the Senate’s Russia investigation, and a lobbyist linked to a Russian oligarch.

The texts had been reviewed months earlier by Republicans, who saw nothing suspicious about them, and Ed Henry, the Fox News reporter who broke the story, insisted WikiLeaks and Hannity played no role in his reporting.

Hannity hyped the report on his radio program, hours before Henry’s report came out, and Trump tweeted an attack on Warner’s credibility hours after it aired.

“Wow! -Senator Mark Warner got caught having extensive contact with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch. Warner did not want a ‘paper trail’ on a ‘private’ meeting (in London) he requested with Steele of fraudulent Dossier fame. All tied into Crooked Hillary,” he tweeted.

Hannity also played a leading role in hyping a misleading memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) intended to discredit the special counsel probe, which was also promoted by Russian bots on social media.

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 on: Apr 17, 2018, 08:29 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Rad
Hi Soleil,

"Do you think that even if proof comes out on audio tapes that he either committed or tried to commit a crime and/or tried to cover it up  that any of his base will abandon him or do you think they're too stupid and too brainwashed to ever acknowledge the truth/reality?"

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There are different sub-sets of human groupings within that 35 percent that can react to that eventuality in different ways. For example about 15 percent are the white evangelicals who, despite all that has been occurring and revealed so far about Trump, has actually increased their support of this evil piece of shit. See this: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/white-evangelical-support-trump-grows/ . Of course this just reveals the actual reality of who these humans are. They are not about 'god' and the bible at all. That's just the smokescreen they create for themselves to hide whom they actually are as humans to themselves and others. They are about power, and psychologically needing everyone to be exactly like they are in order to feel emotionally and psychologically secure. Thus, white nationalism and the racism that comes from this. Instead of hiding behind their bibles they should wear the white KKK outfits to reflect who they actually are.

Some within that 35 percent will take a deep swallow and abandon Trump once a progressive accumulation of evidence as to his wrong doings occurs. But remember too of course how Trump has managed to convince, in conjunction with propaganda of things like Fox news, that anything other that what Trump says is 'fake news'. So of course, despite the actual facts, they will hide behind the fake news bullshit in order to sustain their needed delusions in order to individually, and collectively within their sub-set groupings, sustain their sense of psychological and emotional security. Remember for most humans emotional and psychological security is dependent on being self consistent. Thus, actual factual evidence itself is used to trigger or sustain yet more delusions in order for that sense of security to be sustained.

Check this: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/blame-comey-making-trump-paranoid-cnn-reporter-stunned-trump-supporters-trash-ex-fbi-director/ and this ...... https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/gop-lawmaker-says-hes-never-heard-trump-lie/ .

God Bless, Rad

Look at these pictures of 'evangelicals' .. the truth speaks for itself.

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 on: Apr 17, 2018, 05:38 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Darja
Model claiming to know ‘a lot’ on Trump, Russia due in Thai court

Agence France-Presse
17 Apr 2018 at 05:56 ET                   

A Belarusian model detained in Thailand who claims to have revelations about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election was due in court Tuesday, in a case that grabbed widespread attention after her cryptic offers.

Anastasia Vashukevich, known by her pen name Nastya Rybka, was arrested with nine other foreigners in February when Thai police raided their sex training course in the seaside city of Pattaya.

She and six others were initially charged with lacking a work permit but are now facing additional charges of soliciting prostitution and criminal association, according to Apichai Krobpetch, Pattaya’s police chief.

Vashukevich, who is embroiled in a political scandal in Russia, made international headlines after she offered to reveal secrets to American journalists in a video posted on Instagram shortly after her arrest in Pattaya.

“They are trying to put us behind bars… That is why I am ready to tell you about all those missing puzzle pieces that you lacked… regarding a link between our esteemed lawmakers and (Paul) Manafort, Trump and all this brouhaha, the US elections,” she said in the video.

The model, who has written a book about seducing oligarchs, has not substantiated her claims but does have links to Russia’s elite.

She is facing a lawsuit in Russia over footage she filmed purporting to show an influential deputy prime minister, Sergei Prikhodko, enjoying lavish hospitality on a yacht owned by billionaire Oleg Deripaska.

The video went viral after it was published by top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in February.

Deripaska, one of several Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the US this month, denied any wrongdoing and later sued Vashukevich and Alexander Kirillov, a “sex guru” who was also detained in Thailand, for invasion of privacy.

Deripaska, an aluminium tycoon, was once an associate of US President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Manafort has been indicted on money laundering and tax-related charges as part of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

A participant in the sex training session who was not among those arrested told AFP that Vashukevich fears being deported back to Russia.

Three other participants have either been deported or are awaiting deportation, an immigration official told AFP.

The US Embassy in Bangkok has declined to comment on the case.

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