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A newly discovered cache of internal documents... reveals that the sugar industry downplayed the risks of sugar in the 1960's

50 Years ago the sugar industry quietly paid scientists to point blame at fat. In the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to "refute" concerns about sugar's possible role in heart disease.

The SRF then sponsored research by Harvard scientists that did just that. The result was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, with no disclosure of the sugar industry funding.

The sugar-funded project in question was a literature review, examining a variety of studies and experiments. It suggested there were major problems with all the studies that implicated sugar, and concluded that cutting fat out of American diets was the best way to address coronary heart disease.

The authors of the new article say that for the past five decades, the sugar industry has been attempting to influence the scientific debate over the relative risks of sugar and fat.

"It was a very smart thing the sugar industry did, because review papers, especially if you get them published in a very prominent journal, tend to shape the overall scientific discussion," co-author Stanton Glantz told The New York Times.
Money on the line

In the article, published Monday, authors Glantz, Cristin Kearns and Laura Schmidt aren't trying make the case for a link between sugar and coronary heart disease. Their interest is in the process. They say the documents reveal the sugar industry attempting to influence scientific inquiry and debate.

The researchers note that they worked under some limitations - "We could not interview key actors involved in this historical episode because they have died," they write. Other organizations were also advocating concerns about fat, they note.

There's no evidence that the SRF directly edited the manuscript published by the Harvard scientists in 1967, but there is "circumstantial" evidence that the interests of the sugar lobby shaped the conclusions of the review, the researchers say.

For one thing, there's motivation and intent. In 1954, the researchers note, the president of the SRF gave a speech describing a great business opportunity.

If Americans could be persuaded to eat a lower-fat diet — for the sake of their health — they would need to replace that fat with something else. America's per capita sugar consumption could go up by a third.

But in the '60s, the SRF became aware of "flowing reports that sugar is a less desirable dietary source of calories than other carbohydrates," as John Hickson, SRF vice president and director of research, put it in one document. He recommended that the industry fund its own studies — "Then we can publish the data and refute our detractors."

The next year, after several scientific articles were published suggesting a link between sucrose and coronary heart disease, the SRF approved the literature-review project. It wound up paying approximately $50,000 in today's dollars for the research.

One of the researchers was the chairman of Harvard's Public Health Nutrition Department — and an ad hoc member of SRF's board.

A different standard" for different studies

Glantz, Kearns and Schmidt say many of the articles examined in the review were hand-selected by SRF, and it was implied that the sugar industry would expect them to be critiqued. In a letter, SRF's Hickson said that the organization's "particular interest" was in evaluating studies focused on "carbohydrates in the form of sucrose."

"We are well aware," one of the scientists replied, "and will cover this as well as we can." The project wound up taking longer than expected, because more and more studies were being released that suggested sugar might be linked to coronary heart disease. But it was finally published in 1967.

Hickson was certainly happy with the result: "Let me assure you this is quite what we had in mind and we look forward to its appearance in print," he told one of the scientists.

The review minimized the significance of research that suggested sugar could play a role in coronary heart disease. In some cases the scientists alleged investigator incompetence or flawed methodology.

"It is always appropriate to question the validity of individual studies," Kearns told Bloomberg via email. But, she says, "the authors applied a different standard" to different studies — looking very critically at research that implicated sugar, and ignoring problems with studies that found dangers in fat.

Epidemiological studies of sugar consumption — which look at patterns of health and disease in the real world — were dismissed for having too many possible factors getting in the way. Experimental studies were dismissed for being too dissimilar to real life.

One study that found a health benefit when people ate less sugar and more vegetables was dismissed because that dietary change was not feasible. Another study, in which rats were given a diet low in fat and high in sugar, was rejected because "such diets are rarely consumed by man."

The Harvard researchers then turned to studies that examined risks of fat — which included the same kind of epidemiological studies they had dismissed when it came to sugar.

Citing "few study characteristics and no quantitative results," as Kearns, Glantz and Schmidt put it, they concluded that cutting out fat was "no doubt" the best dietary intervention to prevent coronary heart disease.

Sugar lobby: "Transparency standards were not the norm"

In a statement, the Sugar Association — which evolved out of the SRF — said it is challenging to comment on events from so long ago.

"We acknowledge that the Sugar Research Foundation should have exercised greater transparency in all of its research activities, however, when the studies in question were published funding disclosures and transparency standards were not the norm they are today," the association said.

"Generally speaking, it is not only unfortunate but a disservice that industry-funded research is branded as tainted," the statement continues. "What is often missing from the dialogue is that industry-funded research has been informative in addressing key issues."

The documents in question are five decades old, but the larger issue is of the moment, as Marion Nestle notes in a commentary in the same issue of JAMA Internal Medicine:

"Is it really true that food companies deliberately set out to manipulate research in their favor? Yes, it is, and the practice continues. In 2015, the New York Times obtained emails revealing Coca-Cola's cozy relationships with sponsored researchers who were conducting studies aimed at minimizing the effects of sugary drinks on obesity.

Even more recently, the Associated Press obtained emails showing how a candy trade association funded and influenced studies to show that children who eat sweets have healthier body weights than those who do not." As for the article authors who dug into the documents around this funding, they offer two suggestions for the future.

"Policymaking committees should consider giving less weight to food industry-funded studies," they write. They also call for new research into any ties between added sugars and coronary heart disease.



Udder Truth: Google accidentally blurs cow's face for privacy

Issues of digital privacy are rarely this amusing. In August 2015, Google Street View captured images along the banks of the River Cam, in Cambridge, England. As the cameras snapped their way through a meadow called Coe Fen, a cow crossed the road.

Google apparently decided it would behoove it to add an identity-protecting blur. That is to say - the cow beside the Cam in Coe Fen was caught on camera, incognito. When an editor at The Guardian found the blurred face this week, he took a screenshot and shared it on Twitter, much to the Internet's delight.

A spokesperson for Google told NPR that the act of bovine privacy protection was due to an overactive automated system. Here's Google's statement in full: "We thought you were pulling the udder one when we herd the moos, but it's clear that our automatic face-blurring technology has been a little overzealous.

"Of course, we don't begrudge this cow milking its five minutes of fame." ("Pull the other one," as Monty Python fans might remember, is a Britishism akin to "you're pulling my leg.")

According to Google's privacy policy, that technology "is designed to blur all identifiable faces and license plates within Google-contributed imagery," and people can request that their entire house or car be blurred. Once Google blurs an image, it's permanent, the company says.

The Guardian notes this is not the first time an animal's face has been concealed out of beefed-up privacy concerns — earlier this year, West Midlands police blurred the faces of three stolen lambs.

And Slate points out that, according to some researchers, face-blurring is a load of bull anyway. Software can be trained to see through such efforts to conceal identities, the researchers say.

In the case of the cow at Coe Fen, it's substantially easier to uncover the would-be concealed identity. Just back up one step along the path in Google Street View, embedded above, and all will be revealed. Great to see Google takes cow privacy seriously. Some people think one cow looks much like any udder. Not so!



In case you haven't heard, or you are oblivious to the news of the day... America's 'Debt Limit' is now again the latest fabricated crisis in Washington.

Today is September 23rd... and your taxes are still going up... and our country is virtually bankrupt. The U.S. government spends $10.5 billion dollars per day - of which $4.5 billion dollars is borrowed! That means we are going $4.5 billion dollars deeper in the hole - each and every day. Yet Obama pretends all is well. Obama's debt comes right out of your pocket... 

Our nation-state is no model of fiscal responsibility. When Barack Obama took office, the national debt was already an impressive $10 trillion. Today it is $18.5 trillion. The national debt is still growing at a rate of more than $50 million an hour. 

Here's Obama's "bull crap" for the week... 09/23/2016


Young voters aren't warming up to Grumpy Granny Clinton

Hillary Clinton and her Democratic allies, unnerved by the tightening presidential race, are making a major push to dissuade disaffected voters from backing third-party candidates, and pouring more energy into Rust Belt states, where Donald J. Trump is gaining ground.

With Mrs. Clinton enduring one of the rockiest stretches of her second bid for the presidency, her campaign and affiliated Democratic groups are shifting their focus to those voters, many of them millennials, who now favor Donald Trump, the Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, or the Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

While still optimistic that the race will turn decisively back in Mrs. Clinton’s favor after the debates, leading Democrats have been alarmed by the drift of young voters toward the third-party candidates.

This is a joke right? Al Gore to the rescue?

Mrs. Clinton may also get an assist from one Democrat who has been largely quiet about the race, but can testify to the importance of resisting the third-party temptation: former Vice President Al Gore.

Her staff has had conversations with aides to Mr. Gore about bringing him onto the campaign trail to emphasize the importance of supporting Mrs. Clinton if they want to make progress on combating climate change.

Hate to begin by pointing out the obvious, but if Al Gore is your go-to rally guy your campaign has serious problems. Then again, he may be the one politician on the planet who makes Hillary look animated and spontaneous. Hillary's problems with the youth vote have dogged her since 2008, and they have only gotten worse this year.

Young voters overwhelmingly preferred Bernie Sanders in the Democrats' sham primary. It isn't likely that her appeal will grow with a big digital ad buy.


Crooked Hillary held a failed campaign event in critical swing state Ohio... guess how many people showed up?

The “enthusiasm gap” for Hillary Clinton’s candidacy was on full display this weekend as NO volunteers showed up to go door-to-door for her in a battleground state community.

A Trump supporter went to a campaign headquarters in Delaware, Ohio on Saturday to see how much activity was going on. Ten minutes before volunteers were set to depart for neighborboods, none had actually shown up.

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Obama DHS claims they "intentionally"... I mean "accidentally" granted citizenship to 850 dangerous illegals? Obama laughed!

An internal review of the Department of Homeland Security has found that over 800 immigrants from countries that are considered to be national security risks, or high levels of immigration fraud, were granted citizenship by mistake, according to The Associated Press.

The applicants used different names to apply and got through the cross referencing because the federal agency is missing their fingerprint data:

The U.S. government has "mistakenly" granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday?

The Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren't caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.

The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth's auditors said they were all from "special interest countries" - those that present a national security concern for the United States - or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.


Obama-Clinton pose a serious danger to America! The corrupt liberal media pose an even greater danger to America!

In staged misleading "loony liberal" question about terror attacks... Crooked Hillary fails to divert blame from her and Obama

In response to misleading “loony liberal” question about terror attack… Crooked Hillary blames Trump? The media is now indulging in loony conspiracy theories in the wake of the NY terror attack. Hillary's not necessarily saying "no" to them. Via the Washington Free Beacon's David Rutz:

A reporter asked Hillary Clinton on Monday if she was “concerned” that the bombings in New Jersey and New York were attempts by Islamic State sympathizers or “maybe the Russians” to influence the election in favor of Donald Trump?

Obviously Clinton staged this puppet LIB media question!

The reporter repeated in her question, Clinton’s line about Trump being “widely seen” as the candidate ISIS terrorists would prefer to become the next American president “Are you concerned that this weekend’s attacks or potential incidents in the coming weeks might be an attempt by ISIS or ISIS sympathizers, or really any other group...

Maybe the Russians, to influence the presidential race in some way, and presumably try to drive votes to Donald Trump, who is, as you’ve said before, widely seen as perhaps being somebody who they would be more willing to - or see as an easier person to be against?” the reporter asked.

Obviously the liberal media desperate to help Clinton!

Clinton said she did not want to “speculate,” - BUT SHE WILL - adding that much of Trump’s rhetoric had been “seized on” by terrorists who are looking to make this fight a war against Islam.

The White House struck a similar tone - in fact strangely, the exact same wording - on Monday, repeatedly saying that the ISIS “narrative” of fighting the West had to be debunked. Clinton and Obama are anti-American!

As longtime Clinton comrade - liberal clone Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's motto, "Never let a crisis go to waste." Democrats endless scheme is to creates crisis - then pretend to have solutions!"

Hillary had an opportunity to debunk an absurd, baseless conspiracy theory, and instead of acting like the sober minded, resolute candidate she claims to be, she used it as an opportunity to blame Donald Trump for the existence of radical Islam. 

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Cool Photos

Remote control planes resembling U.S. Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fly over surfers in Carlsbad, California, on September 15, 2016.

A koala soaked by floodwaters sits atop a fence post to escape the deluge in the town of Stirling in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia in this picture taken September 14, 2016.

Yoga enthusiasts practice yoga at Yueyan Cave during a session organized by a yoga club in Daoxian, Hunan province, China, on September 11, 2016.

The image of a face appears as hundreds of military troops holding mosaic cards raise them in a wave, during a review of the troops that will march in the Independence Day parade, in Mexico City, on September 14, 2016.

Thousands gathered in Mexico City's main square known as the Zocalo on Friday for a massive military parade to commemorate Mexico's independence from Spain.

A herder sits atop a reindeer sled in front of an Mi-8 helicopter carrying members of a local electoral commission during early voting in the elections to the lower house of parliament in remote areas at a reindeer camping ground northeast of Naryan-Mar in Nenets region, Russia, on September 13, 2016.

A woman uses a smartphone equipped with a so-called "Google Cardboard" mount to use it as a VR (virtual reality) device for trying out a new offer developed by Google's platform "Google Arts & Culture" and the Museum of Natural History (Naturkundemuseum) in Berlin on September 13, 2016.

People enjoy the view from Serles mountain on a sunny autumn day in the western Austrian village of Mieders, Austria, on September 10, 2016.

The "Tribute in Light" illuminates the skyline of Lower Manhattan as seen from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, September 11, 2016 in New York City.





Stop saying “I wish” … start saying “I will!”

"If you want happiness for an hour - take a nap.
      If you want happiness for a day - go fishing.
      If you want happiness for a year - inherit a fortune.
      If you want happiness for a lifetime - help someone else.”
      -- Chinese Proverb

“You don’t have to be great, to start... you have to start, to be great.” -- Zig Zigglar

You are confined, by the walls you build yourself.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12


Obama's lame Black Caucus dinner speech... strikes many in the African-American community as very 'condescending'

President Obama gave his final speech to the Congressional Black Caucus gala on Saturday, in what turned out to be a condescending plea to the black community to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton so his legacy could be continued.

Mr. Obama said he would consider it a “personal insult” if African-American voters didn’t turn out for Mrs. Clinton and that all the progress the country has made over the last eight years, under his reign, was on the line.

Mr. Obama kept pointing his finger to the camera, trying to talk directly to one of his key constituencies, who in polls, aren’t supporting Mrs. Clinton in the same numbers as they did him. Although I’m not African-American, I found the entire argument a bit patronizing.

Apparently, I’m not the only one.

“I was really annoyed, actually, by the president’s speech,” said Eddie Glaude Jr., the chairman of African American studies at Princeton University, on Monday’s MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“I think part of what we see is that the Clinton campaign has made a bad decision. They spent most of the summer trying to court disaffected Republicans and taking their base for granted."

"I said on this show, ‘What would happen?’ as she was getting the endorsements of Bush republicans and the like, ‘How would that excite those folks who are supporting Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, how would that excite Latino voters, how would that excite African American voters?” Mr. Glaude said.

“So now what do we get? Instead of a series of rational arguments from our president to black voters, we get, ‘Don’t insult me.’ And I just find that condescending,” Mr. Glaude concluded.

Obama administration will go down... as the most corrupt regime in U.S. history.

His use of the IRS as a political tool against conservatives, his corrupt State Department, that lied in 2012 with his blessing about a terrorist attack on 9/11/12, and his FBI and DOJ bowing to his corrupt desires and objectives are despicable.

Obama always thought about himself - and not the US. Obama went beyond all bounds to promote illegal immigration and to promote Islam, while ignoring Christianity at home and around the world. Obama race-baited and created a war on cops that continues.

Obama is the worst President in US history, and all the SOB cares about is whether blacks "personally insult" him... by waking up and rejecting his evil administration.


POLLS: Trump one state away from winning!

Donald Trump is just one state away from winning the presidency, according to the latest opinion polls. The Republican nominee is ahead in four battleground states won by Obama in 2012, Iowa, Ohio, Florida and North Carolina.

If he were to win those four states plus Nevada, Trump would be one state away from winning the presidency, concluded Ben Shapiro in the Daily Wire.

The Washington Post reported Monday the Clinton campaign is now “pessimistic” about winning Iowa and Ohio, and they believe Florida and North Carolina will be close, Shapiro noted.

Shapiro pointed out that while Clinton maintains a strong lead in Pennsylvania – 6.6 points according to the RealClearPolitics average – there are other battleground states trending in Trump’s favor that would put him over the top.

In Colorado, an Emerson poll now has Trump up 4 percentage points just three weeks after the Clinton campaign thought it had the state wrapped up. With all else remaining the same, Colorado’s nine Electoral College votes would put Trump over the top.

Trump is down just three points in Wisconsin, a state Republicans have not won since 1984. Three recent polls in Virginia show the race is within three points. A New Hampshire poll taken before Hillary collapsed after attending the 9/11 memorial in New York City showed her up by only 2 points.

Professor Helmut Norpoth, who has correctly predicted every Presidential election since 1996, shares his findings for the 2016 race. His unique model for predicting U.S. election results has a 96 per cent success rate says Donald Trump will likely be the next president.



In New Hampshire, an NBC poll from just before the 9/11 health scare had her up just two points. In Michigan., Clinton’s lead of between 5 and 7 points has shrunk to 3. The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Daybreak national tracking poll Monday shows Trump with his largest lead, 47.8 to 41.1 percent.

Meanwhile, as Trump increases his lead overall, he is continuing to improve among black voters, Breitbart reported.

The Los Angeles Times daily tracker had him in low single digits among black voters before his visit to a black church in Flint, Michigan, last Wednesday. But he is now up to 20.1 percent.

The Times poll, which consistently has shown Trump with a larger lead than other polls, experiments with allowing voters to give their honest opinions anonymously.

The Millennials who helped carry President Barack Obama to victory over Mitt Romney four years ago - are not at all excited about Hillary Clinton...

In fact, according to a new Qunnipiac poll that shows third party candidates Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party with a combined 44 percent of support from voters from 18 to 34 years old.



Saying to much to a real estate agent can cost you

Have you ever visited an open house and chatted with the agent about your house-hunting needs and goals? You just showed your cards to the agent representing the seller.

Beginning Oct. 1, Maryland is rolling out a new law requiring agents to post a conspicuous warning to you at an open house. The warning? Talk less. But that is exactly what most visitors do at an open house - you strike up a conversation with the agent.

And most agents at an open house will attempt to engage you in a conversation. They are not spending their Sunday afternoons at an open house just for fun. They are there to get the house sold.

Currently, agents working in Maryland are required to immediately present open house visitors with the form “Understanding Whom Agents Represent” when buyers first show interest in the house and start asking specifics. The visitors are asked to sign it.

This form defines the various types of agency - seller’s agent, buyer’s agent, presumed agent and dual agency - with the goal of educating buyers on their rights and on the duties and loyalties of the agent.

But this can be difficult and cumbersome for an agent at a busy open house. The meaning of the form may not be communicated thoroughly and explicitly in an open-house environment. Moreover, it can be off-putting to sign a document that you are given seconds to review.

Thus, most open house visitors are unaware of the risks of divulging too much information to the agent. This summer, Maryland amended the Maryland Real Property Brokers Act to improve the way agency relationships are communicated to consumers. This is the first change in Maryland agency law since 1999.

Under the new law, agents will be required to prominently display a notice, provided by the Maryland Real Estate Commission, at the open house.

“This is to advise you that the agent who is conducting this open house represents the seller and is required by law to promote the interests of the seller,” the notice states. “Any information you give this agent is not considered confidential and could be disclosed to the seller of this property.”

According to Kathleen Dartez, director of legal affairs at the Maryland Association of Realtors, the goal of this change is to provide clarity on who represents whom. “There was overwhelming agreement to make this change,” Dartez said. “Buyers should not be confused about who is working in their best interest.”

The new law also as of Oct. 1 eliminates use of “presumed agency.” When a buyer asks a real estate agent for assistance in finding a home, that agent is then presumed to be representing the buyer even if no buyer agency agreement is signed.

The hole in presumed buyer agency occurred when a presumed agent showed a house to a buyer that was listed by the agent’s broker. In that case, the presumed agent was actually representing the best interest of the seller, not the buyer.

For example, let’s say a person is working with ABC Real Estate and is a presumed agent for a buyer. If that agent shows the buyer a listing with ABC Real Estate, they are actually representing the best interest of the seller of that house.

Another shortcoming of presumed buyer agency affected agents. Although an agent might show a buyer houses, they had no protection from a buyer writing an offer on that house with another agent. That would cause the initial presumed agent to lose out on the commission.

“By putting this new law in place, we circumvent this whole issue,” said Jill Michaels of Michaels Title and Escrow based in Potomac, Md. “It helps the public and the agent." "Now, either a buyer wants representation or they don’t,” Michaels added. “If you don’t, let’s make this clear that no one is looking out for your best interest.”

What do these changes mean for the consumer? First, you will be reminded at each and every open house you enter to be careful about what you say to whom. I would suggest, however, that you not build a wall between you and the open house agent. They can be very good sources of information. 

You should simply refrain from offering pertinent information, such as your ability to purchase, how much you can afford to pay and how desperate you are to buy a house. Keep that information between you and your agent.

The other repercussion to the consumer is that most agents will, and should, require you to sign a buyer agency agreement before showing you any properties.

The upside to signing a buyer agency agreement for the buyer is that your best interest will be represented in a real estate transaction. For the agent, it ensures that they get paid for their expertise and time. The issue with buyer agency agreements comes when a buyer is nervous about signing a document with an agent that they just met.

“The way to attack this situation is to sign an agreement that lasts only one day or a weekend,” Michaels said. “Or, you can sign for a specific list of homes.”

By signing a limited agreement, you are given the opportunity to get to know the agent. What’s more, the agent is required to keep confidential your personal information indefinitely, even after the agreement has expired. And the agent is protected for the properties that they have shown to you.

If you are not satisfied with the agent, you can move on to another one. We have come a far distance from the early 1990s, when all agents represented the seller and caveat emptor (let the buyer beware) ruled.

The recent changes to the Maryland law are another step forward in creating equal footing between the buyer and seller in a real estate transaction.




"Heaven" ... by Warrant

Heaven isn't too far away
Closer to it everyday
No matter what your friends might say

How I love the way you move
And the sparkle in your eyes
There's a color deep inside them
Like blue suburban skys
When i come home late at night
And you're in bed asleep
I wrap my arms around you
So I can feel you breathe

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Carbon Robotics brings KATIA to market... low cost & 3D print-ready modular robotic arms have multiple applications

Long gone are the days when the thought of useful robots are reserved for science fiction writers and 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoons. There’s no doubt that the recent explosion of 3D printing, 3D scanning, and drone technology is making an impact on the daily lives of those that see the potential. 

Through all of these developments however, the space left over for the automated robotic arm has largely remained in the industrial realm; and even then primarily for automotive manufacturing and easily out of reach for the average consumer.

Carbon Robotics is trying to change this with the introduction of a low-cost modular robotic arm named KATIA (short for Kick Ass Trainable Intelligent Arm). Their robotic arm can pick up, rotate and put back down anything that weighs up to 1kg and even has a swing radius of 1 meter. The promise of this device really only begins there however.

A major focus by the team behind the robotic arm has always been the idea of it being “infinitely customizable” in that it is modular in nature. They’ve already demonstrated 3D print, scan and laser-cutting modules that are easily swappable. The API they are releasing to developers should also provide any number of yet-to-be-imagined possible modules to boot.

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Also important for the team's consumer level focus is ease of use. When comparing their device to what's out there today, Co-founder and CEO Rosanna Myers suggests that “you generally need an advanced degree just to get started,” ...

But with Katia “you can physically guide the arm through a routine that it plays back perfectly. For something more complicated, you can use their app, a leap motion or kinect.”

From a 3D print perspective, no technical specs are provided as of yet, but one of the speakers during the CES Live Stream (begins around the 4 hour and 50 minute mark) mentions micron level accuracy at a close distance. And heck, the 3D printed cupcake they were able to demonstrate doesn't look half-bad at this stage of development.

On top of all of this, the low price point has major implications on the big-picture side of things. Rosanna talked passionately about how “today the cheapest robotic arm you can get is over $20,000. KATIA has those capabilities, for the price of a laptop.”

At a projected cost of $2,000, the team hopes for a mass-adoption of modular robotic arm technology that has never existed before by suggesting that a “sub $5,000 robotic arm is the holy grail of robotics.” From what they’ve come up with so far, I really believe the team of Dan Corkum and Rosanna Myers is on to something.

They’ve done the leg work to get this far and if the over 800 applicants that signed up for early developmental testing is any indication, the interest is there. They’ve even garnered a tremendous amount of attention from aerospace, bio, manufacturing and the list goes on.

Of course there is still a long way to go before this product will hit the market, but with a competent team (listed in the Forbes 2016 under 30 Manufacturing list) and gaining momentum on their side, I have no doubt they’ll deliver on their promise of a low-cost, easy to use modular robotic arm.

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Baptist Leaders: Report on religious liberty is "Moral Disaster!"

Leading Baptists have condemned a US report advocating peaceful co-existence between religious groups and "non-discrimination principles".

Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has described it as part of "a moral revolution that is taking place right before our eyes." He was referring to the latest and hardest-fought battle in the US "culture wars" – what has been described as the conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty.

He warned the way "religious freedom" and "religious liberty" were written in the report, in "scare" quotes, was a clear indication that they will both be consigned "to the dustbin of history", regardless of the US Constitution. 

The report, from the US Commission on Civil Rights, published earlier this month, is titled: Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties. It examines the balance between faith-based exemptions from nondiscrimination laws, and legal protections in nondiscrimination law, such as the right to marry.

The report says: "Religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon these civil rights."

The commission, which is an advisory body to the President of the United States, judges: "Overly-broad religious exemptions unduly burden nondiscrimination laws and policies." It urges courts, law and policy makers to "tailor religious exceptions to civil liberties and civil rights protections as narrowly as applicable law requires."

Commission chairman Martin Castro says in the report: "Our country was founded by those fleeing religious persecution. We must, therefore, always be vigilant to ensure that religion not be used as a pretext to persecute those whose civil rights and civil liberties should be protected."

He adds: "The phrases 'religious liberty' and 'religious freedom' will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain misleading and contentious liberal and Democrat Party code words of hate for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance."

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, described the language on religious freedom as a "logical, moral and political disaster."

"For this administration to argue that religious liberty is merely a euphemism for unlawful discrimination demonstrates how deeply entrenched our federal government is in a culture war mentality against religious dissidents," he told Baptist Press.

"Freedom of conscience isn't privilege or luxury: It is the first freedom, without which no other freedom can exist. This hostile attitude toward tens of millions of law-abiding Americans is tragic, and my prayer is that it would quickly give way to a recognition that soul freedom is worth defending for all."

“One Nation Under God” … powerful speech by Ronald Reagan

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A new thermos

A blonde notices that her coworker has a thermos, so she asks him what it's for. He responds, "It keeps hot things hot and cold things cold." The blonde immediately buys one for herself.

The next day, she goes to work and proudly displays it. Her coworker asks, "What do you have in it?" She replies, "Soup and ice cream."


It was announced that you’ll be able to watch next week’s debate on Twitter. So, finally a way to see Trump say something really crazy on Twitter. -- Jimmy Fallon

House Speaker Paul Ryan was at the airport and didn’t recognize a three-year congresswoman from Massachusetts. And even asked her, “So what do you do?” Ryan realized she was a congresswoman when she answered, “Nothing.” -- Jimmy Fallon

Apparently Kanye West just gave Kim Kardashian a massive second diamond engagement ring. Kim said, “Wow, thank you so much.” While every married guy in America said, “Yeah, thank you so much.” -- Jimmy Fallon

Fox News has forbidden Sean Hannity from appearing in any more campaign ads for Donald Trump. Fox said, “We want to appear neutral while covering the race between Mr. Trump and that Sickly Lying Witch.” -- Conan O'Brien

In California, two women have been arrested for holding a group of men hostage and making them work for several months on a marijuana farm. The men said they wanted to escape, but they never got around to it. -- Conan O'Brien

I have some sad news to report: If you were hoping to pick up one of those Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Passes, they’re all sold out. All 21,000 passes, priced at $100 apiece, sold out in one second. … You know, if you buy this, you really should be kicked off your company health plan. -- Jimmy Kimmel

The deal is, you can eat all the pasta you want for a period of seven weeks, and if you don’t last the full seven weeks, they’ll dump the remainder of the pasta into your coffin. -- Jimmy Kimmel

By the way, if Olive Garden REALLY treated people like family, they wouldn’t charge you for food at all. -- Jimmy Kimmel

Donald Trump held a press conference Friday where he announced that he believes President Obama was born in the U.S. Said Trump, “I hope that settles the issue. That Muslim was born here.” -- Seth Meyers

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson took out a full-page ad in today’s New York Times asking to be included in the first debate. Green Party candidate Jill Stein took a full-page ad out of The New York Times and folded it into a neat little hat. -- Seth Meyers


Taxpayer funded bureaucrats deem "American BBQ" offensive... force students to change theme

Students at taxpayer-funded Ramapo College of New Jersey attempted to organize a themed barbecue to kick off the new school year but administrators decided the theme - “American BBQ” - was “offensive.”

Consequently, students say, the administrators forced the students to ditch the “American BBQ” theme - and to describe the event as just a run-of-the-mill barbecue.

The plan was for a pair of residence halls, the College Republicans and the College Democrats to organize and co-host the “American BBQ” event on September 16 (a Friday), according to emails obtained by Campus Reform. The two campus political groups would feature tables at the event. There would be information on registering to vote.

Trouble began to brew just two days before the “American BBQ” when one of the residence halls withdrew because someone - possibly a student, possibly an administrator - was offended by Uncle Sam-like flyers advertising the campus cookout.

The flyers were too “military and recruitment-oriented” and “considered offensive,” student resident assistant Ariana Rivera explained to College Republicans president Taylor Gilson via email.

The deeply controversial flyers featured some basic version of Uncle Sam pointing outward with the message: “We want you… to come to our BBQ.”

“This issue was swept under the rug like nothing happened, and to some it may seem quite trivial, but to me this spells out a larger message: that a lot of colleges and universities in today’s society are willing to shut down students’ opinions in fear of offending someone,” Lynn suggests.

Ramapo College public relations spokeswoman Angela Daidone said that a mysterious “miscommunication” caused students to believe that the administration was threatening to cancel the “American”-themed barbecue.

“The BBQ did go on as planned, there were American flags and TurboVote was there, and over 300 students attended,” Daidone told Campus Reform. “The theme was changed, but there were American flags hanging.”

Daidone failed to provide details on the exact nature of the “miscommunication.” The Ramapo College Democrats have since completely denied any involvement with the barbecue event? No doubt, it was the liberal students... who caused the fracus.


Latest polls have Trump leading in key states... Trump also doing quite well with women, blacks and working class

Donald Trump is leading Hillary Clinton in the swing states of Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio, thanks to strong support from working-class white and independent voters, new polls by Fox News reveal.

Trump leads Clinton, 43 percent to 40 percent, in Nevada, which President Obama carried in the prior two elections. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has 8 percent. Independents back Trump by 19 points over Clinton, and Johnson grabs a sizable 21 percent of indies in the Silver State.

Meanwhile, Clinton is under-performing among women... leading Trump by just six points in that category. WOW, that's good news and surprising! Trump holds a 13-point advantage among men. Trump also leads Clinton by five points apiece in North Carolina (45-40) and Ohio (42-37).

In 2012, GOP nominee Mitt Romney carried North Carolina by 2 points. Obama won the Tar Heel State in 2008. There’s a huge racial gap in Carolina, where whites favor Trump, 58 to 27, and blacks support Clinton, 75 to 23.

In a surprising development in Ohio, Trump leads Clinton by two points among voters living in union households, considered an important Democratic constituency.

Obama trounced Romney by 23 points among union households in 2012. Among working-class whites, Trump leads Clinton by 26 points. Union people and working class have been the backbone of Democrats for decades - Trump is now pulling a majority of them to his side. The middle-class is deserting Democrats, for good reason.


China covers portions of Great Wall with cement

Public decries the Chinese government's decision to repair a 700-year-old stretch of China's Great Wall with a smooth, white trail of cement. The appalling work, carried out at the behest of local officials, has provoked a furious backlash.

Local government efforts to preserve a seven-century-old stretch of China’s Great Wall have been roundly pilloried after pictures of the smooth cement “restoration” job surfaced on social media.

The work on the Xiaohekou section of the Great Wall in China’s northeastern Liaoning province was carried out in 2014, local media reports, though the shocking result has only just been revealed to the world following an article in Beijing News.

“This cultural relic is now worthless,” fumed one commenter on China’s Twitter-like microblog Weibo. ”Is this restoration? No, it’s destruction!” Suizhong county’s Cultural Relics Bureau deemed the work necessary to protect tourists from loose masonry and falling debris, say local officials.

But they have neglected to explain why a more sensitive repair job wasn’t ordered for one of the world’s most famous historical landmark. And their efforts, as one might imagine, have had contrary to the desired effect on local tourism.

Ms. Yu, 60, who runs a small hotel in nearby Yong’anpu village, says that visitor numbers have plummeted following the restoration. “My clients have also complained,” she tells TIME. “Many of them are photography fans and students majoring in painting. They won’t come back again.”

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Yahoo confirms at least 500 million accounts breached

Information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts was stolen from the company in 2014, and the company said Thursday it believes that a state-sponsored actor was behind the hack.

The information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers, Yahoo said. 

Claims surfaced in early August that a hacker using the name "Peace" was trying to sell the usernames, passwords and dates of birth of Yahoo account users on the dark web — a black market of thousands of secret websites.

Even in an internet-dependent population accustomed to the regular occurrence of massive data breaches, the size of this one -- the largest ever in terms of user accounts -- is attention-grabbing for its size. And the possibility that another country could be behind the attack adds to the shock factor.

The FBI said it was aware of the matter. "The compromise of public and private sector systems is something we take very seriously," the agency said in an emailed statement. The agency said it will "continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace."

Reset passwords... Yahoo recommends that users who haven’t changed their passwords since 2014 do so. The company said it was notifying potentially affected users and taking steps to secure their accounts. That included invalidating unencrypted security questions and answers and asking users to change their passwords.

Verizon sale in progress... The announcement comes as Yahoo looks to complete its $4.8. billion sale of its core Internet business to media giant Verizon Communications, which said it was notified of the Yahoo breach "within the last two days."

"We understand that Yahoo is conducting an active investigation of this matter, but we otherwise have limited information and understanding of the impact," Verizon said. Given the unsettled nature of Yahoo's ownership just now, “regulators should be concerned with who will take responsibility for the response to this compromise...

It can be easy for the ‘right thing to do’ to slip through the cracks in a multi-billion dollar transition," said Tim Erlin, senior director of IT security and risk strategy at Tripwire, a computer security firm.

The breach doesn't threaten Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo, says SunTrust Robinson Humphreys internet equity analyst Robert Peck. But the investigation will likely lead to findings that perhaps 5% of users have left Yahoo and that could yield a lower price for Verizon.

Should the result be that Yahoo has 5 million to 10 million fewer users than when the transaction was announced in July, "this could affect the Verizon purchase price from around $100 million to $200 million," Peck said. "We don’t think it’s a dealmaker. If anything it’s a small adjustment to the total price."

Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer has pledged to stay on with the company through the close of the merger, which is being overseen by Verizon's Marni Walden and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. Yahoo shares (YHOO) were flat Thursday. Verizon (VZ) shares were up 1% at $52.39.

Since the security breach is so massive, users' Internet accounts beyond Yahoo could be affected. As is typical with these large hacks, experts recommend account holders should also change passwords and security questions and answers for any other accounts on which they use the same or similar information used for their Yahoo account.

In addition, avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails that claim to be updates from Yahoo about the breach. Hackers often use news of big breaches to conduct "phishing" campaigns. Yahoo users should be cautious of unsolicited communications that ask for personal information,Yahoo said.

Credential stuffing... Most consumers might not think there’s much in their Yahoo account that would be of use to hackers, which typically might only include their email and Yahoo password. However, that pair of information offers multiple uses for ingenious hackers bent on extracting the maximum value from information, say experts.

First, the password. According to a Gartner survey, 50% of users reuse their passwords across multiple platforms. So armed with an email address and Yahoo password, hackers might be able to gain access to multiple accounts.

The technique is called “credential stuffing” and it’s become epidemic over the last year and a half, said Avivah Litan, a vice president and analyst at Gartner Research. “The bad guys get lists of user IDs and password and then test them, they run through them at all the sites they want to attack to see where they work,” she says.

Once hackers gain access to other accounts, they are able to assemble dossiers on individuals. These are called “fullz” and include as much information as the hacking group has about a person, assembled from multiple sources over time. Typically they contain the person’s name, Social Security number, birth date, address, birthday, account numbers and other data.

"There are fullz available probably for most of the U.S. population,” said Litan. The attackers don’t only use that information to go after bank accounts and credit cards, but also less obvious and harder to track information that is still worth money on the black market.

That can include loyalty points at hotel chains and airlines, avatars and points from online games, even stored value in coffee cards. Once accessed, all of these can be siphoned off, bundled and then resold.

“They’ve gone low, slow and distributed. You used to be able to see these attacks coming through really quickly after a breach,” said Litan. Instead organized crime groups take their time, harvesting points and value. “It’s very lucrative,” said Litan.


10 abnormally large animals that really exist

Massive creatures still walk the earth, this video just showed us that... Despite the proof, people still doubt that Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster, among others, could possibly exist.

They doubt these things because they are not able to see them and if they had seen them themselves, enough people would doubt them into thinking that they didn't see anything at all.

Bottom line, "Think for Yourself" if you saw something speak up, maybe you couldn't get a picture but what you saw may be enough by description alone to help others to discuss what it is that they may have seen.

A photo is solid-proof in some cases, although a great description from a reputable person/people can be just as convincing.

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It's a very dangerous time in the global economy... many experts warn of central bank caused impending recession

This quote is frighteningly similar to the response given by Donald Trump on Fox Business not long ago when he was asked if he had money in the market. He answered, “I did, but I got out,” and then went on to say that he expected “very scary scenarios” for investors.

Singer also stated that he thinks owning medium- to long-term first world debt is a “really bad idea”... and then proceeded to tell listeners to sell their 30-year bonds.

Earlier in the conference, prior to Singer, Ray Dalio who is the manager of the largest hedge fund in the world, Bridgewater Capital, was also vocal about the diminishing returns provided by government debt held by central banks. 

“There’s only so much you can squeeze out of the debt cycle," he said. He went on to say that central banks are at a point now where their ability to stimulate is limited.

Seated next to Dalio was Former Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner who voiced concern about limited “tools in the keynesian arsenal,” that probably wouldn’t be enough to offset the next recession. Geithner obviously believes that a recession is on the way. Dalio and Singer are trying to convey the same message. A massive crunch is looming.

We agree with them, although we believe Geithner was sugarcoating what’s to come. After all, we are on the precipice of a crash of biblical proportions according to the former chief economist of the Bank for International Settlements, William White.

We have mentioned his quote numerous time, but feel it’s important to reiterate because of its magnitude: “The only question is whether we are able to look reality in the eye and face what is coming in an orderly fashion, or whether it will be disorderly. Debt jubilees have been going on for 5,000 years, as far back as the Sumerians.”

As the Fed considers its second rate hike in 10 years, Singer condemned policy-makers for acting with “amazing arrogance” when he and others had warned of a mortgage crisis prior to 2008.

What he and those who agreed with his stance don’t know, or at least won’t state publicly, is that these shoddy central bank policies are detrimental by design. In other words, their sole purpose is to destabilize the world economy.

This deliberate market sabotage is necessary for the transference of power from the more developed nations to less developed ones. Ultimately, the idea is to eliminate smaller regional and national central banks. Once things get bad enough, these smaller banks will be blamed for provoking a given crisis.

And, secondarily, the end goal is to blow up the entire system in order to bring in the one world government and central bank. The elites have used the same tactics time and time again throughout history.

First, they create the problem, then there is a reaction, and then finally they come swooping in to “valiantly save” the day. It's happened numerous times before.

And it will soon happen again. Of course, the globalists have demonstrated that every intervention only makes situations worse. We reported on the blatant thievery going on at Wells Fargo in our last article and noted how the elites were probably laughing hysterically at what they’re able to get away with.

They were even able to convince many younger American voters that “democratic socialism” would be their savior, as seen by the significant, youthful support for Bernie Slanders. Debt and currency crises have already started to materialize, as we’ve seen in the socialist utopia that is Venezuela.

If this is any indication of what’s to come, the future is looking awfully gloomy.

As Singer and others including Dalio have mentioned before, the most tried and true measure of wealth and value is gold. We provide unique Austrian-economics based analysis from the anarcho-capitalist perspective of the state of the world’s economy, as well as suggestions on how to protect your assets in these tempestuous and unprecedented times.

Jacob Rothschild, a member of the family partly responsible for the creation of all this chaos, even said himself that we are in “uncharted waters” and that it’s “impossible to predict the unintended consequences of very low interest rates.”

We have a pretty good idea of what the consequences will be... and we’re taking action to protect ourselves and even profit from them. Rothschild seems to know the consequences, as well, as he has been buying up gold and selling the stock market and the US dollar.




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