Researchers At Harvard Discovered A New Potential Treatment For Ebola


Islamic State earns $1 million per day in oil sales

WASHINGTON — Islamic State militants are raking in money at a remarkable rate, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a Treasury Department official said Thursday.
—David Cohen, who leads the department’s effort to undermine the Islamic State’s finances, said the extremists also get several million dollars a month from wealthy donors, extortion rackets and other criminal activities, such as robbing banks. In addition, he said the group has taken in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings.
—“With the important exception of some state-sponsored terrorist organizations, (Islamic State) is probably the best-funded terrorist organization we have confronted,” Cohen, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. “It has amassed wealth at an unprecedented pace.”


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Organized Crime Pays

The 2008 arrest of Antonio Iovine, a Camorra boss who reportedly ran the Casalesi family’s hugely profitable waste-disposal aUtCS6abusiness. Illustration by Jacob Everett
—In the American imagination, being involved in organized crime means living in beautiful mansions, having beautiful cars, and being surrounded by beautiful women. Nothing could be further from the truth. The life of a mafioso is horrendous, bleak, and almost monastic. What people don’t realize is that being a mafioso, even a boss, means living like a rat in a sewer. They are forced to hide the riches they have earned, risking their own lives and those of their relatives. They become fugitives, dwelling in tiny underground bunkers just a few square feet in size, and rarely see daylight or their loved ones. They understand, from the moment they go down that road, that it ends in two possible ways: Either they’ll be in prison, or their enemies will murder them.
—I’m speaking specifically of today’s mafiosi, the current generation of powerful, rich, and influential Italian criminals. They live in pursuit of only two objectives: power and money. That doesn’t mean, however, that they immediately get whatever they want.

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Why is educational achievement heritable?

The high heritability of exam grades reflects many genetically influenced traits such as personality, behavior problems, and self-efficacy and not just intelligence. The BKSOzAwstudy looked at 13,306 twins at age 16 . The twins were assessed on a range of cognitive and non-cognitive measures, and the researchers had access to their GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) scores.
The researchers found that the heritability of GCSE scores was 62%. Individual traits were between 35% and 58% heritable, with intelligence being the most highly heritable.
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—New research, led by King’s College London finds that the high heritability of exam grades reflects many genetically influenced traits such as personality, behaviour problems, and self-efficacy and not just intelligence.
—The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), looked at 13,306 twins at age 16 who were part of the Medical Research Council (MRC) funded UK Twins Early Development Study (TEDS). The twins were assessed on a range of cognitive and non-cognitive measures, and the researchers had access to their GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) scores.

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Beautiful Vintage Bathing Suits in Florida from the 1940s-50s


street art

Writer and Portland resident Mike Vogel spotted this wheatpaste poster of an older Calvin daydreaming about his childhood and the good times he had with his pal Hobbes. The street artwork was spotted at the corner of 7th Avenue and Salmon Street in southeast Portland.


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The Same River Twice

Stenothermal Waters and the Remorseless Flow of Time…Outside, May 1986, Reprinted from THE FLIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1988).

—I’VE BEEN READING Heraclitus this week, so naturally my brain is full of river water.
—Heraclitus, you’ll recall, was the Greek philosopher of the sixth century B.C. who gets credit for having said: “You cannot step twice into the same river.” Heraclitus was a loner, according to the sketchy accounts of him, and rather a crank. He lived in the town of Ephesus, near the coast of Asia Minor opposite mainland Greece, not far from a great river that in those days was called the Meander.
—He never founded a philosophic school, like Plato and Pythagoras did. He didn’t want followers. He simply wrote his one book and deposited the scroll in a certain sacred building, the temple of Artemis, where the general public couldn’t get a hold of it . The book itself was eventually lost, and all that survives of it today are about a hundred fragments, which have come down secondhand in the works of other ancient writer. So his ideas are known only by hearsay. He seems to have said a lot of interesting things, some of them cryptic, some of them downright ornery, but this river comment is the one for which Heraclitus is widely remembered. The full translation is: “You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on.” To most people it comes across as a nice resonant metaphor, a bit of philosophic poetry. To me it is that and more.

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Amazing car save!!


A woman cries in shock as she searches for her children, minutes after a car bomb exploded in a crowded neighborhood of mainly-Muslim West Beirut on 08 August 1986. The bomb killed 13 people, including three children, and injuring at least 92 –

room with a view, nakanyane safari lodge, south africa photo

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room with a view, nakanyane safari lodge, south africa


50 year anniversary: Peter, Paul, and Mary

Stewball by Peter, Paul & Mary on Grooveshark

A medical photograph of a young girl from the archives of Utrecht’s university hospital. In the early days of medical photography clinical standards had yet to be formulated for photographic images. Consequently, many images were more poignant than scientific. Holland. 1890.


On Sunday, we asked a very handsome guard for a picture with my friend visiting from Cali – RIP Nathan Cirillo


‘Ebola,’ a History by David Quammen

Ebola has come to be described in horror-movie terms as an affliction, in the words of the journalist BOOKQUAMMEN-master180David Quammen, that “seems to kill like the 10th plague of Egypt in Exodus — the one inflicted by an angel of death.” With a mortality rate as high as 90 percent, it kills painfully and swiftly, with a seemingly remorseless calculus. There is even an article on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that compares Ebola to the ghastly scourge in “The Masque of the Red Death,” the Edgar Allan Poe story that begins: “The ‘Red Death’ had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous.”
—In “Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus,” Mr. Quammen puts the frightening reality of Ebola — and the heightened language and hyperbole surrounding it — into perspective. This slender book is an expanded extract from his 2012 book “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic,” and it does a nimble job of situating this year’s unnerving events in historical context, going back to the first recorded occurrence of the virus in 1976 and chronicling the scientific and medical efforts to understand it since.

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Bedouin nomads crossing the Wadi Rum desert, Jordan


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Variations of the ichthys symbol

The ichthys symbol, or “Jesus fish”, typically used to proclaim an affiliation with or affinity for Christianity, has many variations. Some of these are made by Christians in order to promote a specific doctrine or theological perspective, such as evolutionary creation. Other variations are sometimes intended for the purpose of satire. Both the traditional Ichthys fish, as well as its variations, often are seen adorning the bumpers or trunks of automobiles, often in the form of adhesive badges made of chrome-colored plastic. While the ichthys symbol dates back millennia, the satirical images known today are quite recent in origin.


Eerily Beautiful Monkey Portraits by Hiroshi Watanabe


“Hurt That Bitch”: What Undercover Investigators Saw Inside a Factory Farm

This is an excerpt from Mother Jones contributing writer Ted Genoways’ new book, The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food.

On September 15, pcM1P9v2008, Lynn Becker got the phone call every hog farmer fears.

For months on end, pork producers across the Midwest had been struggling against record-low prices per head, but Becker had taken steps to protect his family’s farm against contractions of the market. He had signed a producer agreement with Hormel Foods, maybe the one company with a recession-proof demand for pork, and he had planted enough of his own corn to sustain his herd for the next year, insulating his operation from skyrocketing feed prices. With another Minnesota winter already in the air, Becker was out walking his fields one last time before starting the harvest. “When I got in and checked the answering machine,” he told me later, “there was a message from Matt Prescott with PETA.” Becker was soft-spoken but bristled with nervous energy. His jitters, together with his work-honed physique and fair hair, made him seem much younger than forty. But he insisted that the four years since receiving the call from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had aged him by more than a decade. “They had ‘damning evidence,'” he said haltingly. “Undercover. Of animal abuse. On a farm that we own.”


Honest And Revealing Portraits Of Gay Couples In The 80’s


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Pokot archers of Kenya – The Big Picture

Most boys of the Pokot tribe in Alale, Kenya, are unable to attend school due to their daily duty of cattle herding and their role as “warriors” to protect against cattle rustlers of the neighboring Turkana tribe. Dinah Hellen Chebitwey, a 52-year-old early childhood education officer, teaches Pokot boys the game of archery in an attempt to transform their skills into a means of peace-building. Chebitwey hopes to engage her counterpart in Turkana to create a program where boys from two rival communities can compete in the game of archery to deepen exchanges and learn to embrace peace. –By European Pressphoto Agency


A Crossroads of the Caucasus, Georgia Was a Tempting Invasion Target for Centuries


The secrets of the desert aircraft ‘boneyards’

What happens when an aircraft is no longer needed? In the desert dry of the south-western US, vast ‘boneyards’ are homes to thousands of aircraft, Stephen Dowling writes.



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How the Surveillance State Changes Our Everyday Lives

George Orwell’s 1984 opens with Winston Smith carving out a pocket of privacy by crouching in a corner of his apartment where the telescreen—and thus Big Brother—can’t see and writing a diary entry. These days, that Stalin-inspired nightmare seems quaint.

We carry our personal telescreens around with us, and take it for granted that if someone wants to watch us, they can.There is nowhere to hide, even in the Hong Kong hotel room where Laura Poitras filmed Edward Snowden talking to Glenn Greenwald about the revelations about the NSA the whistleblower unleashed on the world. At one point in Citizenfour, Poitras’s film about the surveillance state and Snowden, an impatient Snowden yanks the hotel phone’s plug from the wall. All VoIP phones can be bugged, he explains, tossing away the cord. The NSA could know what he ordered from room service.


how to sharpen a pencil [how long into this film before you catch on what this guy is up to?]

Men’s Journal Magazine

Betting big on marijuana futures with the Wolf of Weed Street.

So there I was in Mexico, wintering away in the tiny, stray-dog surf town of Punta de Mita, bored out of my skull, not a single rideable wave predicted for the next week, my time mostly spent in mind-numbing internet excursions, when all of a sudden I wound up on Twitter, reading posts from a guy named the Wolf of Weed Street. It seems that the Wolf and his followers – 21,000 of them, known collectively as the Wolf Pack – have been making a fortune trading stocks tied to the marijuana industry. So far, more than 20 states have approved pot for medicinal purposes, with more on the way. Since last January, when Colorado opened itself up to recreational toking, pot stocks have been on a tear. By March, the Wolf himself had parlayed $22,000 into $640,000, trading companies with names like American Green, Vapor Group Inc., and Hemp Inc. And there are, so says Twitter buzz, more gains to come. In fact, according to ArcView Market Research, the U.S. market for legal weed will reach $2.6 billion this year and $10.2 billion within five years, which has opened up an equally major-bucks-boffo opportunity for investors.


How to Digitally Avoid Taking It to the Grave –

Planning for control of your personal information after you die used to be as simple as telling someone about the desk drawer or the fireproof box or the safe deposit 03planning-illo-master180box at the local bank.
—But in the era of smartphones and cloud computing services, that same stuff may be stored in digital formats on servers scattered across the globe. You may keep documents online or use email as a catchall for paperless receipts, insurance information or financial transactions. And don’t forget the photos, videos and musings left behind at social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Flickr.
—So how do you make sure all that information — protected by who knows how many passwords — is handled the way you would like after you’re gone? Two words: Plan ahead.
—Providers that store digital content are restricted in how they can disclose it to someone other than the account holder. Much of it is protected by privacy laws. And terms of service agreements for things like free email may prevent companies from disclosing that material to anyone without a court order.

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Jane Austen on Men Who Refuse to Hear No

A plea for “the compliment of being believed sincere.”
—Two centuries ago, Jane Austen published a passage in her masterpiece Pride and Prejudice that fits almost seamlessly into the ongoing debate about sexual culture, consent, women saying no, and men who proceed as if they don’t mean it, even though the context is “courting culture” as opposed to “hookup culture.” The scene begins when a gentleman caller, Mr. Collins, asks permission to speak alone with Elizabeth Bennet, a request that the young woman’s mother quickly grants. “Dear madam, do not go,” Elizabeth pleads. “I beg you will not go. Mr. Collins must excuse me. He can have nothing to say to me that anybody need not hear.”
—She departs nonetheless, and Mr. Collins comes to his purpose, immediately raising the notion that Elizabeth’s reticence to be alone only increases his esteem for her:

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Jeff Koons’s Play-Doh is made up of twenty-seven individual interlocking pieces of painted aluminum and took two decades to fabricate. Definitely not child’s play!

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10 Things About The U.S. News Media That They Do Not Want You To Know

Source: Michael Snyder, Guest Post

Do you trust the news media? Do you believe that the information that they are giving you is true and accurate? If you answered yes to either of those questions, that places you in a steadily shrinking minority. Yes, on average Americans watch approximately 153 hours of television a month, but for their news they are increasingly turning to alternative sources of information such as this website. Big news channels such as CNN, MSNBC and Fox News are losing hordes of viewers, and they are desperately searching for answers. Things have gotten so bad at CNN that they have been forced to lay off hundreds of workers. The mainstream media is slowly dying, but they will never admit it. They are still convinced that they can find some way to turn this around and regain the trust of the American people. But it simply is not going to happen. The following are 10 things about the U.S. news media that they do not want you to know…

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Small Drones: The IEDs of the Next War


EXCLUSIVE LEAK: FBI Report Warns of Potential Homegrown ISIS Attacks Against Law Enforcement in US


Kids playing on the Lower East Side, New York, 1963. By William Carter

5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn’t Learn In Social Studies: A Short Guide To ‘The Half Has Never Been Told’

Edward Baptist’s new book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery And The Making Of American Capitalism”, drew a lot of attention last month after the Economist said it was too hard on slave owners.
—What you might not have taken away from the ensuing media storm is that “The Half Has Never Been Told” is quite a gripping read. Baptist weaves deftly between analysis of economic data and narrative prose to paint a picture of American slavery that is pretty different from what you may have learned in high school Social Studies class.


May 1942. “Southington, Connecticut. Where Southington folk buy their magazines.” Photo by Fenno Jacobs for the OWI.

Under the original black-and-white photo, one commenter remarked, “The only thing better than this picture would be to see it in color.” This prompted me to start on what eventually became an almost year-long journey of Internet detective work in order to find all the magazines in this shot as they looked in their original colors….via.

Today’s picture shows men loading the bags of picked cotton into the cotton trailer. At this point, the cotton would be taken to the local Cotton Gin where it is processed and sold. The picture was taken in 1936.


Prostate cancer’s penchant for copper may be a fatal flaw

Like discriminating thieves, prostate cancer tumors scavenge and hoard copper that is an essential element in the body. But such avarice may be a fatal weakness, scientists report. Researchers have found a way to kill prostate cancer cells by delivering a trove of copper along with a drug that selectively destroys the diseased cells brimming with the mineral, leaving non-cancer cells healthy.


Wolf von dem Bussche, Reception Committee, portfolio “From the Peaceable Kingdom”, 1969 (551.1982.d)


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