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  1. Cassandra

    A new study published in Science Advances {see link}, suggests a stupendously powerful megatsunami occurred in the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa some 73,000 years ago. Around that time, scientists believe, a large flank of the volcanic island of Fogo collapsed into the ocean, unleashing a gigantic wave more than 300 feet in height. There is also research { } suggesting that a megatsunami happened in the Hawaiian islands over 100,000 years ago, also that a collapse of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Islands’ LaPalma island could create a tsunami that would travel across the entire Atlantic and impact the United States.

  2. Meanwhile

    “Open defecation is a practice where people relieve themselves in fields, bushes, open spaces and into open bodies of water.
    It poses a serious threat to the health of children. Hundreds of thousands of children die every year because of diseases transmitted through human waste.
    In India, nearly half of the population – more than 590m people – relieve themselves in the open.
    For many it’s a daily ritual and often something they do even when public facilities are available.
    Now a state council in the Gujarati city of Ahmedabad has come up with a scheme where children are being paid to use public toilets. Campaigners hope it will improve the situation in a country where diseases such as diarrhoea kill about 200,000 children every year.”

    • Pedant

      Reportedly the average person excretes approximately once a day and produces about 1 ounce of stool for each 12 pounds of her or his body weight. According to a 2006 study by the Indian Council of Medical Research the average weights of adult Indian men and women were 134.04/143.96 lbs (mean of 139 lbs) and 111.99/119.93 lbs (mean of 115.96) respectively. Given these figures the combined average weight of an adult Indian is 125.48 lbs, which would mean he or she produces around 10.45 ounces of fecal matter per day. As per Census 2011, the population of India was 1210.19 million comprising 586.47 million (48.5%) females and 623.72 million (51.5%) males. Females have a share of 48.1% in the urban population and of 48.6% in the rural population. Setting aside factoring in the number and average weight of India’s children, how many tons of excrement might half of the population of India (590 million persons) defecate into their country’s open spaces and bodies of water every day?
      See also “India’s Man Problem”

  3. Off we go into the wild blue yonder...

    U.S. Air Force dental technician fired after accusations of being a witch Reached by the Air Force Times, Deborah Schoenfeld said that her co-workers at the Epes Dental Clinic harassed her over her Hindu faith, claiming she was satanic for wanting to practice yoga and meditating. One co-worker, who Schoenfeld said prayed for her to find Jesus, told her that meditation summons demons, adding that “all the soldiers who are doing meditation and yoga to help their PTSD, they are getting infected also,” Schoenfeld said.
    When her requests for help through the chain of command went nowhere, she filed a formal complaint on Sept. 2, Schoenfeld said. That day, she was fired for allegedly using profanity against a co-worker, although she was not allowed to know who had accused her of doing so, she said.

  4. Solidarność

    The Supreme Court will soon take up a case that could impose a de facto right-to-work rule across the public sector, eliminating public employee unions’ ability to require fees from nonmembers and, labor leaders say, threatening the unions’ survival. Labor officials often complain that right-to-work rules create a free-rider problem, because employees in a unionized shop can enjoy the benefits of a union contract without contributing any share of the fees associated with negotiating and administering that contract. They worry that the Supreme Court’s coming decision in the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could be a death knell for organized labor by making it possible for more workers to opt out of paying union dues.

  5. Stranger Than Fiction

    “Florida candidate for U.S. Senate admits to sacrificing goat, drinking its blood” (Orlando Sentinel Oct 5th, 2015) “Invictus, a 32-year-old lawyer who changed his given name – which he declines to reveal – to a Latin phrase that means “majestic unconquered sun,” says Wyllie {the chairman of Florida’s Libertarian Party} is just running a smear campaign See also “US Senate candidate denies dismembering goat as part of cult ritual” which reports: “…Invictus, 32, is an adherent of a religion called Thelema {}, established in the early 1900s by occultist Aleister Crowley. Invictus was expelled from the religion’s fraternal organisation, Ordo Templi Orientis, but denies Wyllie’s specific claim about dismembering a goat. “I have never dismembered a goat in my life. I have performed animal sacrifices as part of my religion,” Invictus said. “I was expelled from the order for political reasons. And animal sacrifice was part of it. But that is a deliberate misrepresentation by Wyllie.”

  6. Chump-o-gram

    “There’s enough cash sitting in offshore bank accounts to wipe out the federal deficit — if only it was subject to U.S. taxes.
    That’s because U.S. companies are saving some $620 billion by parking profits outside the country, according to the latest accounting from Citizens for Tax Justice and U.S. PIRG Education Fund. {see } At least 358 large U.S. companies collectively maintain 7,622 separate overseas subsidiaries holding $2.1 trillion in profits, the group said in a report Tuesday.”

  7. Mанекен

    (9/29/15) “The United States Mission to the European Union has responded to the opinion by the Court of Justice of the European Union’s Advocate General Yves Bot that the current Safe Harbour scheme may be illegal because of NSA spying. It claims that the US “does not and has not engaged in indiscriminate surveillance of anyone, including ordinary European citizens.” As reported by Ars last week, the ability of companies to transfer the personal data of EU citizens to the US is under threat because Bot believes that the Safe Harbour’s privacy safeguards are inadequate. In particular, Bot was concerned about what he called the the “mass, indiscriminate surveillance” of EU citizens under the PRISM programme, which is believed to give the NSA direct access to all personal data held by Facebook and other US companies in their databases.”

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