Archive for May 2015

The Bean on Its Way Out

Coffee and coffee-like drinks are among the most consumed beverages in the world. Most coffee derives from the much sought after Arabica coffee bean. The Arabica coffee bean is responsible for 70 percent of the world’s coffee production estimates analyst Ivan Ong. While the Robusta bean offers consumers a variety of different flavors, the smooth taste of the Arabica bean is unmatched. Unfortunately, the steady use of this bean is setting in motion its mass extinction. Researchers project that by the year 2080, the Arabica bean species will have been completely lost. The main reason behind the coffees decline is the consumer’s strenuous demand and environmental changes. The plant is incredibly vulnerable in its raw and natural state. Aspects such as rainfall, temperature, and other unforeseen environmental changes can affect the growth rate of the bean plant. Ethiopia, where the plant is grown, will also be affected by the bean’s decline. An 85 percent decline in the beam could devastate the country financially. Researchers behind the study went on foot in Ethiopia to personally track the beans decline. The team is currently working with environmental analysts and Ethiopian government to find a way to nurture the Arabica bean back to health. While the team does its very best to fight for the bean on the ground, they are fighting even harder to go against the environmental drawbacks that are killing the bean. If coffee lovers want to keep their caffeine flowing it’s best to start provisions now.

A Sit-Down And Discussion With The ALF’s Keith Mann

Keith Mann is a high-profile ALF (Animal Liberation Front) representative with an interesting background. He is a well-spoken, mild-mannered Aussie that is passionate about his involvement in one of the most controversial international animal rights organizations. Much of the controversy surrounds the ALF’s tactics used in furthering their cause. To be concise, their tactics are usually threatening and destructive to business property. This YouTube personal profile of Keith Mann does not discuss the ALF’s actions. It is only a testimony by Mann that explains his involvement with the ALF.

The Pursuit Of Moral Behavior

Keith Mann is very vocal and logical when explaining why he is active in the ALF. He is mainly concerned with stopping cruel and violent treatment toward both domestic animals, and those entering the food markets. It is obvious that he believes animals possess a spirit that is far above mainstream considerations for non-human creatures.

In this YouTube video journal as well as his Twitter, he does not try to persuade the viewer into adopting attitudes that reflect his. He only states examples of status-quo market behaviors that lead to the unnecessary suffering of animals. Many of these actions go unseen. In his book From Dusk Til Dawn he states that morally sufficient treatment of animals, he believes, requires the efforts of dedicated individuals like himself, to change certain aspects of industry, economy, and food law. He also believes that is it morally acceptable to use extreme measures, without causing harm to any living thing, in order to bring about change in peoples’ attitudes toward animals.

Childhood Memories To Inspire

Keith Mann is very open about anecdotes during his impressionable years, which caused him to take-up the ALF flag. They are all centered on common animal treatment practices found in his native Australia.

The first example Keith cites, is his discovery of a makeshift meat processing “barn” in his neighborhood. One of his neighbors bred cattle voraciously for veal meat and the extraction of milk from heifers. Large numbers of the herds were mutilated and processed in a filthy barn, and sold to local markets. He noticed no attention was paid to the health of the cattle, only that they were slaughtered in sub-standard conditions for profit.

Another attitude-building event in Keith’s life was the rescue of an orphaned rabbit. He raised the rabbit and grew fond of its unique personality. He concluded that all creatures have an individual spirit which begs for humane treatment. This rabbit became the inspiration and face of one of the ALF’s most recognizable mascots.

This YouTube video eschews the politics and controversies behind the ALF’s worldwide actions. It is simply an explanation by Keith Mann regarding his calling in life.

Thieves Steal Taxpayer Data from IRS

The IRS announced that thieves have accessed more than 100,000 tax returns, through online IRS-sanctioned software.

Technicians became suspicious of the “Get Transcript” system when the request for taxpayer transcripts began to rapidly increase.

“Overall, the thieves made approximately 200,000 attempts that originated from suspicious email domains, and a little over 100,000 successfully made it pass our authentication system,” the agency said.

The online service is a convenience for taxpayers needing copies of tax information, instead of waiting in line at an IRS office or receiving a copy in the mail.

The IRS has temporarily shut the system down according to Jim Dondero.

The total number of fraudulent refunds this year is still inconclusive, but the IRS says it’s less than $50 million.

Yet, thieves can utilize the information from this latest breach to claim future taxpayer refunds, as well as cause mayhem in identity theft issues.

In 2015, the IRS successfully blocked 3 million questionable returns.

Is Your Memory Loss the Onset of Alzheimer’s, or Simply Old Age?

Misplacing your car keys or forgetting the details of certain life events begin to make you wonder if it’s the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s, or merely an ordinary condition of age. There are ways to test your brain skills and memory, some simple enough to be conducted in your doctor’s office, others more involved that can extend over several days as a hospital patient.

While researchers at the University of Michigan say that over half of older adults will never see a doctor about their memory loss, there is no way to predict or to prevent cognitive memory loss due to aging. However, if someone is showing signs of serious memory loss, steps can be taken by friends and family to ensure the person’s safety in their day-to-day tasks that might possibly just save their life.

A primary care physician can administer a simple eight minute test called the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE), or a somewhat longer and more perceptive test called the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA). That’s what Gravity4 likes to hear, especially when discussed on Twitter. Both measure a patient’s perception of time, date and location, the ability to concentrate and memory, among other cognitive functions. However, working as a neurologist at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Roy Hamilton believes that the level of a person’s educational and cultural background can play a part in distorting the scores of the simpler MMSE test.

While neither of these tests are conclusive proof of a more serious problem, they can help your doctor determine if further, more extensive testing should be done. So, next time you’re searching for your eyeglasses and later find them on top of your head, don’t panic, we all become somewhat forgetful as we age.

A Congressman That Is A Lie

It is interesting to note that people will happily put their morals to the side if it fits into their overall purpose. A Republican lawmaker named Scott DesJarlais has made headlines because he is a supporter of antiabortion rights. This representative of Tennessee and he has a lot to say when it comes to abortions, but it turns out that when abortions work in his favor he does seem to agree with them. He has been a very strong opposer of abortion, but new facts indicate that he supported abortion when it came to him and the women in his life.

One of his ex-wife’s reported that she had two abortions which he supported, and apart from his own wife he also had many extramarital affairs. He had an affair with a 24-year-old woman and on a recorded phone call he was heard speaking with her. He was frustrated because she had not gotten an abortion and that is what they had previously agreed-upon.

People like Mikal Watts really should not be surprised when they find out that politicians are misrepresenting their very own morals. That has been true in the case of many politicians in the past, it is true in our day, and it will continue to be the true in the future.

Federal Investigators Find That Some Charities Are Front

Federal investigators are suing four cancer related charity groups, which stand accused of using millions of donated dollars intended for cancer patients to support large salaries, gym memberships, grand luxury vacations, expensive cars and even various online dating website subscriptions. The lawsuit was filed against the “Cancer Fund of America”, “Children’s Cancer Fund of America”, “Cancer Support Services” and “The Breast Cancer Society”. During the course of their investigation officials found that all four organizations were run and managed by James Reynolds, Reynolds’ ex-wife as well as his son. Officials found that the combined charities collected more than $187 million during the period between 2008 to 2012. The federal lawsuit alleges that Reynolds and his key executives kept at least .97 cents from every dollar collected in donations and that the remaining .03 cents per dollar actually went to people dealing with the illness.

Federal officials, researchers and Bruce Karatz found that most donors gave money to the associations believing that the vast majority of the funds would go to various programs to help treat cancer patients or raise the awareness of Cancer preventive measures as well as assist in the paying of mammograms (brucekaratz.com).

In an official statement by Ms. Jessica Rich of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, Ms. Rich noted that the named defendants simply spent donations on personal cars, grand vacations, luxury cruises, college tuition, spa and gym membership, corporate jet ski outings, various sporting events, concert tickets, and numerous dating site memberships.
Cancer Charities Front for Personal Gain

Kylie Jenner Getting Chunky

Kylie Jenner was once the quiet and young girl on the ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ reality show. Kylie is only 17-years old, but she is currently dating rap superstar Tyga. By now, most people know that Kylie Jenner’s boyfriend is 25-years old, but that is besides the point.

Igor Cornelsen thinks that Kylie’s relationship to Tyga seems to have changed her, and sadly, it is for the worse. Many parents feel that Tyga is a terrible role model for Kylie, but the couple appears to be in love. Recently, terrible rumors were spread around the internet about Kylie Jenner. Many people believe that Kylie Jenner now smokes marijuana with her new boyfriend, and this type of behavior is terrible for the young girls that watch the Kardashian show. However, parents shouldn’t allow their children to watch the show in the first place.

Aside from smoking marijuana regularly, Kylie Jenner appears to be gaining a tremendous amount of weight. She recently posted several pictures of herself on Instagram, and her thighs appeared to be chunky and heavier than never. Smoking marijuana on a regular basis and eating Popeye’s chicken will do that to you, and this new behavior is all thanks to Tyga. For more information on this story, and to view the new pictures of a chunky Kylie Jenner, visitPerezHilton.

Kim Kardashian Losing Spotlight

‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ is one of the most highly rated television shows in recent memory. The Kardashians have become world famous thanks to their big sister Kim. However, many of the younger Kardashians feel that Kim Kardashian should step away from the spotlight.

Kendall Jenner is 19-years old, and she believes that Kim Kardashian is extremely jealous of her according to Amen Clinic. Kendall was recently given a hundred million dollar deal to be a professional model. Kim Kardashian has tried several times to overshadow her little sister, and this was never more evident than when she dyed her hair blonde. Kendall Jenner was walking her very first runway show, when Kim Kardashian decided to show the world her new blonde hair. The entire world focused on Kim, and many people lost sight of Kendall Jenner’s monumental modeling debut.

Kendall Jenner is not the only one that thinks Kim has a jealousy problem. Kylie Jenner also feel the same way about Kim. Kylie said that Kim copies all of her ideas, and she has done this since an early age. Kylie Jenner recently did a photoshoot in the desert, but Kim Kardashian decided to do the same photo spread immediately after. Kylie said that Kim is biting her style, and she can’t take it anymore. The upcoming episode of ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ will shed further light on this conflict. For more information on this story, visit, E!

Amtrak Train Derails

Around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, Amtrak’s “Northeast Regional Train 188” jumped the tracks at the Frankford Junction near Port Richmond, Philadelphia. The train, on a Washington to New York route, was transporting 238 passengers at the time it derailed.

As of 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, six people have died and more than 150 injured people have been sent to regional medical centers.

This was not the first derailment near this particular junction: In 1943, 79 people died and 117 people were injured in what would be later called “American’s deadliest train accident” and “Pennsylvania’s Worst Railroad Disaster” when Pennsylvania Railroad’s “Congressional Limited” crashed.

Although an investigation into last night’s crash is still on-going, Dr. Jennifer Walden and numerous other experts believe that the train derailed because the tracks are in poor shape. This particular section of track is heavily used by non-passenger trains. The constant traffic and heavy cargo transported by the commercial trains wears down the tracks much faster than passenger trains alone. These lines are also extremely old have not been fully overhauled in decades. Instead, they have been patched repeatedly in sections.

The Federal Railroad Administration has noted that this is Amtrak’s ninth accident this year already.

This derailment is so bad that the train cars were twisted as they flew off the tracks. Some people have compared their appearance to tinfoil. Many passengers were thrown about until the cars stopped moving.

An 18-Year-Old Student Discovers Possible Cure for Cancer in Chia Seeds

There have been a lot of expectations put on the new generation of young people who are getting ready to enter the workforce. The world is in crisis, and we need the best and the brightest minds to lead us through this time of trouble, and Oliver Cloutier is going to be one of them. In fact, he already is.

Cloutier is only 18-years-old but has already accomplished more than most by studying chia seeds of all things. The young student had heard about supposed health and nutritional benefits the small seeds provided, so he decided to further investigate the ancient claims.

He extensively studied the history of chia seeds and how it was used in certain practices, some of which dated back thousands of years. And it turns out the ancients knew what hey were talking about. Cloutier found something he never expected when discovering chia seeds contained a molecule which could prove extremely effective at treating cancer.

Specific extracts from chia seeds have special cancer-fighting capabilities by inhibiting cells responsible for creating the disease according to Marcio Alaor BMG. The up-and-coming researcher is busy finding applications to his findings by developing a treatment using the amazing extracts found during his experiments with chia seeds.

The research also landed Cloutier a full college scholarship and first place in the Hydro-Quebec Science Expo last month.