Sex lessons for pupils aged five under Labour: Party plans to introduce subject to primary school curriculum in bid to tackle homophobic bullying

Jason Groves | dailymail.co.uk

Children aged five will have sex education classes if Labour wins the election.

Tristram Hunt said yesterday the subject would go on the primary school curriculum to tackle homophobic bullying.

The lessons are currently given only to children of secondary school age.

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14 Things You Really Don’t Want To Know About Your Groceries

Originally posted 2013-06-10 20:43:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Rachel Sanders | buzzfeed.com

1. Greek yogurt manufacturing produces millions of pounds of (toxic) acid whey waste every year, and no one knows what to do with it.

“For every three or four ounces of milk, Chobani and other companies can produce only one ounce of creamy Greek yogurt. The rest becomes acid whey. It’s a thin, runny waste product that can’t simply be dumped. Not only would that be illegal, but whey decomposition is toxic to the natural environment, robbing oxygen from streams and rivers. That could turn a waterway into what one expert calls a ‘dead sea,’ destroying aquatic life over potentially large areas. Spills of cheese whey, a cousin of Greek yogurt whey, have killed tens of thousands of fish around the country in recent years.”

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How does cannabis affect working memory?

Originally posted 2012-03-03 08:32:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Inserm Press Office
EurekAlert

A deterioration of working memory is observed in people who consume drugs containing cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis leaves and buds. A team led by Giovanni Marsicano (Inserm Research Unit 862) in collaboration with a team led by Xia Zhang, has recently identified the mechanism by which these substances affect working memory. These researchers have demonstrated for the first time that the adverse effect of cannabinoids on working memory is exerted via receptors located in the glial cells (brain cells present in large numbers and scarcely studied). This effect is associated with a decrease in neural connections in the hippocampus, the region of the brain that coordinates working memory processes. These results were published in Cell on 2 March 2012.

Working memory is used perform common cognitive operations (thinking, reading, writing, calculating, etc.) on information stored temporarily (for periods ranging from a few seconds to a few minutes). This allows for the integration audio, visual and spatial information. One of the major effects of intoxication with cannabinoids is the alteration of working memory, as observed in both humans and animals. Cannabis disturbs this function, thus preventing the consumer from performing common daily tasks. Cannabinoid receptors are expressed in the glial cells of the hippocampus, a cerebral structure essential for memory modulation. The cellular mechanisms responsible for the adverse effects of cannabis on this memorization process were previously unknown.

Giovanni Marsicano and his collaborators at the Magendie Neurocentre (Inserm Research Unit 862, University of Bordeaux 2) have successfully identified a mechanism by which cannabis causes adverse effects on working memory. The researchers have demonstrated that cannabinoids, when connected to their receptors, can decrease the strength of neural connections in the hippocampus.

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Climategate, the sequel: How we are STILL being tricked with flawed data on global warming

Christopher Booker | telegraph.co.uk

Although it has been emerging for seven years or more, one of the most extraordinary scandals of our time has never hit the headlines. Yet another little example of it lately caught my eye when, in the wake of those excited claims that 2014 was “the hottest year on record”, I saw the headline on a climate blog: “Massive tampering with temperatures in South America”. The evidence on Notalotofpeopleknowthat, uncovered by Paul Homewood, was indeed striking.

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Frackman The Movie (Official Trailer)

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Mass surveillance is fundamental threat to human rights, says European report

The Guardian

Europe’s top rights body has said mass surveillance practices are a fundamental threat to human rights and violate the right to privacy enshrined in European law.

The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe says in a report that it is “deeply concerned” by the “far-reaching, technologically advanced systems” used by the US and UK to collect, store and analyse the data of private citizens. It describes the scale of spying by the US National Security Agency, revealed by Edward Snowden, as “stunning”.

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Scientist helps students adapt to climate change

Originally posted 2011-09-14 14:35:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: CBC NEws

Toronto high school students are being encouraged to wreak environmental havoc on imaginary populations — with the goal of learning more about adapting to climate change.

A new course, called “Studying Climate Change, Health and Adaptation,” began as a workshop for high school students but is now part of the curriculum.

It was created by Brad Bass, an Environment Canada climate scientist who works out of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Environment. The course was built around a computer program he developed called COBWEB, for Complexity and Organized Behaviour Within Environmental Bounds.

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Michael Shermer: The Believing Brain

Originally posted 2011-11-14 05:47:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

On June 9, 2011, the Center for Inquiry-New York City and NYC Skeptics hosted noted skeptic and bestselling author Michael Shermer for a talk about his new book, “The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths.” The event was held at the Auditorium on Broadway.

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Just Right 241 – Lord Christopher Monckton – Christopher Essex, March 15, 2012

Originally posted 2012-03-20 08:05:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Just Right 241
Youtube

Just Right #241 – March 15, 2012. Bob Metz and Robert Vaughan host with special guests, Lord Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount of Brenchley, and Professor Christopher Essex, Associate Chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario. Topics include climate change, the IPCC, AIDS, Margaret Thatcher, the Courtier’s Conundrum, the eternity puzzle, sudoku X, mathematics, UK Independence Party, the Iron Lady movie, the British Freedom Party, and the Conservative Party of Britain.

Just Right: http://www.justrightmedia.org.

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10 Cancer-Causing Substances Found In Any Developed Society

Originally posted 2012-03-30 02:53:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Prevent Disease

There are a number of probable and possible carcinogens in every workplace and community, including household environments. The following are ten cancer-causing agents that affect a high percentage of the public. Here’s where to find them.

CRYSTALLINE SILICA


Associated cancers:

Lung cancer

What is it?

Crystalline silica is a component of soil, sand, and rocks (like granite and quartzite). Only quartz and cristobalite silica that can be inhaled as particles are designated known carcinogens.

Where is it found?

  • In the air during mining, cutting, and drilling.
  • Household cleaners, paints, glass, brick, ceramics, silicon metals in electronics, plastics, paints, and abrasives in soaps.

Mode(s) of exposure:

Inhalation

Occupations most at risk:

Quarry workers, plasterers, drywallers, construction workers, brick workers, miners, stonecutters (including jewellery), workers involved in drilling, polishing, and crushing, pottery makers, glassmakers, soap or detergent manufacturers, farmers, dentists, and auto workers.

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Overweight ignored

Originally posted 2012-05-02 08:15:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Today Tonight

We like to think Australia is the land of the fair go, but it seems our obese population is being ignored in the Australia retail industry.

Related: Women’s Health – Body Image Issues

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RBC replaces Canadian staff with foreign workers

Originally posted 2013-04-10 10:07:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Kathy Tomlinson | CBC News

Dozens of employees at Canada’s largest bank are losing their jobs to temporary foreign workers, who are in Canada to take over the work of their department.

“They are being brought in from India, and I am wondering how they got work visas,” said Dave Moreau, one of the employees affected by the move. “The new people are in our offices and we are training them to do our jobs. That adds insult to injury.”

Moreau, who works in IT systems support, said he is one of 50 employees who facilitate various transactions for RBC Investor Services in Toronto, which serves the bank’s biggest and wealthiest institutional clients.

In February, RBC told Moreau and his colleagues 45 of their jobs with the regulatory and financial applications team would be terminated at the end of April.

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The ecology of natural gas

Originally posted 2012-07-13 13:56:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Nadine Lymn
EurekAlert

Scientists examine process chain of natural gas, from rural extraction to urban distribution.

“Fracking” stories about shale gas extraction hit the news daily, fueling a growing conflagration between environmental protectionism and economic interests. Otherwise known as hydraulic fracturing, fracking has become a profitable venture thanks to advances in horizontal drilling technology, opening up large US reservoirs and vastly changing the natural gas market. Touted as a clean energy source and a bridge fuel to transition from fossil fuels, natural gas via fracking is also frought with public health and environmental concerns. A session at the upcoming annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America will look at the natural gas process chain, from extraction and processing to transport and distribution.

In the United States, most shale gas resources lie in the Northeast, South Central and Rocky Mountain regions of the country. Among the largest of these is the Marcellus shale, which underlies a broad swath of the Northeast. Robert Jackson and his colleagues at Duke University have been researching fracking impacts on drinking water, sampling the shallow groundwater systems of more than 200 homeowners, most of them in the Marcellus formation of Pennsylvania and New York. Jackson will be among the presenters discussing the ecological and environmental dimensions of shale gas extraction in the session “Natural Gas: Ecology, Environment and Economics.”

“In our first study of 68 homes published in 2011,” says Jackson, “we found no evidence of increased salt concentrations or fracturing fluids. But we did find that dissolved methane concentrations were on average 17 times higher for water wells located within 1 kilometer of gas wells.”

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Is stress catching?

Originally posted 2011-11-15 02:57:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: Daily Mail

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Until six months ago, Julie Hall loved her job. She had been with the firm for three years, got on with her colleagues and thrived on the challenges of working in a busy HR department. Then a new manager arrived — and everything changed.

‘At first, she seemed nice, if a bit highly strung, but I put it down to new job nerves,’ says Julie, 38, from Wimbledon.

‘But as the weeks went on it became clear that she was the kind of person who got stressed by anything and everything. When she’s upset, which is frequently, she mutters and curses loudly under her breath. It’s really distracting, but if you offer to help she gets defensive.

‘I am naturally an easy-going person and get on well with everyone, but being around her is hard. I feel myself physically tensing up. I find it difficult to concentrate with her mumbling next to me and so I become stressed because I’m falling behind, whereas I was always on top of my work before.

‘It’s got to the stage where I leave work feeling almost as uptight as she does and dread going in the next day. My colleagues feel the same. She speaks to them aggressively and nobody can relax because we’re always waiting for her to turn on us.

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Mobile phone bank phobia dulls dawn of cashless trading

Originally posted 2012-09-27 03:56:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Chris Zappone
smh.com.au

A CASHLESS future where most consumers rely on mobile phones for banking may be further away than many in the financial services industry claim.

Consumers have not displayed a wide embrace of mobile banking amid technical barriers and demographic challenges.

”The adoption of cashless payments is not a done deal,” said Guy Cranswick, an adviser with Intelligent Business Research Services, in a report on attitudes to the technology.

Banks and card companies were trying to convince the public that mobile banking technology worked, he said, but ”payment vendors know that customer behaviour and usage must change for them to succeed [and] altering behaviour can be difficult and costly”.

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Scientists grow sperm in laboratory dish

Originally posted 2012-01-05 16:58:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: Telegraph

The development opens up the possibility of infertile men being able to father their own children rather than using donor sperm.

Researchers in Germany and Israel were able to grow mouse sperm from a few cells in a laboratory dish.

In a world first a team headed by Professor Stefan Schlatt, at Muenster University in Germany, were able to grow sperm by using germ cells. These are the cells in testicles that are responsible for sperm production.

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Meddling With Male Malaria Mosquito ‘Mating Plug’ to Control an Epidemic

Originally posted 2012-08-20 20:20:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sciencedaily.com

Using information about the unique mating practices of the male malaria mosquito ? which, unlike any other insect, inserts a plug to seal its sperm inside the female ? scientists are zeroing in on a birth-control drug for Anopheles mosquitoes, deadly carriers of the disease that threatens 3 billion people, has infected more than 215 million and kills 655,000 annually.

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Quote: The fundamental point of tyranny

Originally posted 2014-08-19 04:37:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Worse is better

Originally posted 2013-03-26 14:59:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

James Delingpole | telegraph.co.uk

My original headline for this piece was I. BLOODY. TOLD. YOU. SO! but I’ll save that for another occasion.

All I wanted to note, really, was that these last few days the argument appears to have been going very much my way.

I’m thinking of Charles Moore in the Telegraph, telling it like it is about Cyprus:

After victory in 1945, Churchill broadcast that Germany “lies prostrate before us”. Today, most of southern Europe lies prostrate before Germany.

And the mighty Booker, sticking it to the politicians responsible for our energy crisis:

This is all insane in so many ways that one scarcely knows where to begin, except to point out that, even if our rulers somehow managed to subsidise firms into spending £100?billion on all those wind farms they dream of, they will still need enough new gas-fired power stations to provide back-up for all the times when the wind isn’t blowing, at the very time when the carbon tax will soon make it uneconomical for anyone to build them.

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IPCC admits uncertainty in extreme weather link

Originally posted 2011-11-19 11:46:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Source: ACM

The risk of more frequent extreme weather is one of the most potent scare tactics used by climate alarmists and politicians alike. The Greens are the experts at this kind of moral posturing, with the following being a classic example:

GREENS leader Bob Brown is facing mounting condemnation after calling on coal companies to foot the bill for the Queensland flood recovery.

Senator Brown said coal companies, as major climate change contributors, should pay a 40 per cent resources super profits tax to pay for the clean-up. (source)

Or this:

The Australian Greens say Tropical Cyclone Yasi is a “tragedy of climate change”.

The party was heavily criticised after it linked the Queensland floods to climate change and blamed coal miners.

Greens deputy leader Christine Milne says the cyclone is another example of why it is important to cut carbon pollution.

“This is a tragedy, but it is a tragedy of climate change,” she said. (source)

But the Greens don’t care about the facts. They are more interested in pushing their extreme-Left agenda of social change via the Trojan horse of environmentalism, and they will use any tools and tactics they can find to achieve that aim.

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