Submitted by: Odio @ 08:36 AM | Monday, October 17, 2016 | (url: https://www.rt.co...)
The mayor of the popular Bavarian resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen has penned a letter to the regional government begging them to tackle the massive problems posed by crime rates among refugees, while police say blacks are in charge of the town.
The letter, part warning to regional authorities, part cry for help, has been sent by Garmisch-Partenkirchen Mayor Sigrid Meierhofer to the Vice President of Upper Bavarias government Maria Els on Sunday, according to Merkur newspaper which saw the document.
There has been an increasingly deteriorating situation over the past weeks around the refugee registration center Abrams, Meierhofer wrote.
The mayor then argued that the very future of her city could be in disarray because of the 250 migrants now living in the Abrams center. 150 of its residents are Africans, and unaccompanied young men make up 80 percent of them, while in previous years the facility mostly accommodated Syrian families.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a picturesque resort town in Bavaria, lies close to Germanys highest mountain the Zugspitze. Due to its mild winter climate, the town is also a popular holiday spot for skiing, snowboarding, and hiking, having some of the best skiing areas in the country.
Meierhofer made it plain that she is increasingly worried about public order and security, while most of the Garmisch residents believe migrants are responsible for most sexual assaults and petty crime in the area.
Bans on migrants entering certain places like the towns spa park have been imposed in the past few weeks, but massive problems are still there, she went on, saying this is not to be ignored or tolerated.
Submitted by: Amadeus @ 12:25 PM | Thursday, September 22, 2016 | (url: http://www.zdnet....)
China has begrudgingly admitted that the country's first and only space station is most likely out of control -- and is expected to crash into the Earth's atmosphere next year.
The Tiangong-1 space station, launched in September 2011, means "heavenly palace" and was used to perform docking exercises in preparation for the country to build and launch a larger space complex by 2020.
In a press conference last week, Wu Ping, deputy director of the manned space engineering office, admitted that the station will likely come back to Earth in the second half of 2017, according to local media outlet Xinhua News.
"Based on our calculation and analysis, most parts of the space lab will burn up during falling," the official said, adding that the Tiangong-1 is currently intact and is orbiting at a height of approximately 370 kilometers.
It is hoped any debris will fall into the ocean -- otherwise, debris scattered over land masses could potentially cause some damage. If Chinese operators monitoring the station's orbit believe that collisions will occur, they will release a forecast internationally closer to the time.
Speaking to The Guardian, Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell said the station would re-enter the Earth's atmosphere "naturally," and so is not possible to predict where debris will fall.
"You really can't steer these things," McDowell told the publication. "Even a couple of days before it re-enters we probably won't know better than six or seven hours, plus or minus, when it's going to come down. Not knowing when it's going to come down translates as not knowing where it's going to come down."
China will launch the lab's replacement, the Tiangong-2, on Thursday.
Who knew you can get disposable space stations nowadays?
Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 03:42 PM | Sunday, July 17, 2016 | (url: https://www.msn.c...)
About 25 percent of the $650 billion of annual spending on Medicare goes for the treatment and care of elderly people in the final year of their lives, according to a new study. Per capita spending is nearly four times higher for those who die than for survivors.
In the long-standing national debate over how far the government should go in stretching limited resources to keep the oldest and sickest people alive, the conventional wisdom has been that the vast majority of beneficiaries making claims on Medicare in the final year of their lives are wizened people in their 80s or 90s confined to nursing home hospital beds.
But the new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation released on Thursday pokes a big hole in that assumption.
Of the 2.6 million Americans who died in this country in 2014, eight out of ten were enrolled in Medicare, the premier national health care program for seniors. However, the Kaiser study found that Medicare spent significantly more per capita on medical services and treatment for people in their late 60s and early 70s than on much older beneficiaries.
Indeed, the analysis concluded that per capita Medicare spending at the end of life actually declines with age peaking at $43,353 for those 73 years old and then gradually declining to $33,381 for 85-year-olds and just $27,779 for people 90 and older.
Submitted by: Odio @ 08:02 AM | Saturday, February 27, 2016 | (url: http://www.thedai...)
Theres a reason your mother told you to eat your vegetables, not juice them.
But no one seems to be listening these days. According to IBIS World, the market for juices and smoothies is $2 billion annually and expected to grow by hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years. You can scarcely go a week without hearing about a coworker or celebrity being on a juice cleanse, either.
Juicing is not just another fad though: it is a privileged, wasteful form of food consumption thats worse for you than cooking and bad for the environment; juicing is the triumph of marketing over science.
When juiced, a basket of fruit would probably serve halfif not lessthe amount of people as it would if eaten whole. Lost to juicing are fibers that satiate (including the skin which is loaded with heart-healthy, cancer-fighting flavonoids), vitamins, and most importantly, fat. Fat matters because the body needs it to absorb a whole host of vitamins like A, D, E, and K (PDF). Without fat in that juice combo, those vitamins pass right through you.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:40 PM | Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | (url: http://www.ft.com...)
Shark fin sales and prices have fallen sharply in China, the biggest market for the delicacy, in what appears to be a significant victory for wildlife conservation campaigners.
Retail prices in the southern city of Guangzhou, thought to have overtaken Hong Kong as the centre of the shark fin trade, have fallen by an average of nearly 50 per cent over the past two years, according to traders interviewed for a report by the WildAid wildlife group. Sales have fallen by more than 80 per cent.
Yao Ming, the Chinese basketball star, and Jackie Chan, the actor, are among the celebrities who have been enlisted to persuade their countrymen to lose their appetite for shark fin soup, in media interviews and advertisements.
This appears to have had an impact, according to the WildAid report, which said 19 out of 20 Beijing restaurant representatives interviewed had reported a significant decline in shark fin consumption. All agreed Yao Mings campaign had raised awareness among customers.
A Guangzhou retail seller told the WildAid report authors: I do not deal in fins any more because it is bad business. A wholesale trader in the same city said Yao Mings participation in the campaign had single-handedly smashed my business.
At least 25 states and countries have passed laws to ban the possession and sale of shark fins in the past 13 years, the report says, while about a third of 211 countries surveyed had shark finning regulations."
Submitted by: Goshin @ 03:38 PM | Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | (url: http://www.huffin...)
ARE YOU WANTING TO FLY CHEAPLY TO FUCKING ENGLAND FROM LA, NYC, OR FTL THIS YEAR!??!@/!?
WELL HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THESE PRICES! $240 FROM NYC TO LONDON!!!! ONLY $30 MORE FOR FOOD, LUGGAGE, AND PRIORTY SEATS!!! ITS A STEAL!
Are you an anglophile who bemoans the exorbitant price of transatlantic flights to London? Well, we've got some good news for you.
Beginning in July 2014, budget airline Norwegian will offer flights from New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Gatwick Airport starting at 149 (that's just over $240), the Guardian reports.
Norwegian is comparable to Ryanair, with slightly better amenities. Flying budget across the Atlantic Ocean doesn't sound like the most comfortable situation but, at the price, it's an attractive option.
Travelers on Norwegian's long-haul flights will fly on new Boeing Dreamliners. The airline will offer seat-back in-flight entertainment systems for free, but charge extra (30, approximately $50) for a package that will include meals, luggage and reserved seating.
Even with the added charge for amenities, Norwegian's flights will still be a steal. According to Skyscanner, the cheapest flight to London last month was 349 or $565.
Norwegian will compete with popular New York to London air carries like British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, which generally charge much higher air fares but have more amenities and fly into Heathrow Airport.
"There's great demand for high-quality flights at a low fare between the UK and the US, particularly to and from Gatwick," Bjorn Kjos, Norwegian's chief executive, said. "It shows the benefits to passengers of Gatwick competing with Heathrow on routes, price and service."
The airline plans on having three weekly New York to London flights and twice weekly flights to Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale.
HOLY CRAP WE SHOULD ALL GO!!!!!!!!
Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:26 AM | Saturday, August 24, 2013 | (url: http://slumberwis...)
Although history shows that two sleeping was common, and science indicates that it is (in some conditions) natural, there is no indication that it is better. Two sleeps may leave you feeling more rested, but this could simply be because you are intentionally giving yourself more time to rest, relax, and sleep. Giving the same respect to the single, eight-hour sleep should be just as effective.
since we know you nerds wont do that:
An English doctor wrote, for example, that the ideal time for study and contemplation was between first sleep and second sleep. Chaucer tells of a character in the Canterbury Tales that goes to bed following her firste sleep. And, explaining the reason why working class conceived more children, a doctor from the 1500s reported that they typically had sex after their first sleep.
Ekirchs book At Days Close: Night in Times Past is replete with such examples.
But just what did people do with these extra twilight hours? Pretty much what you might expect.
Most stayed in their beds and bedrooms, sometimes reading, and often they would use the time to pray. Religious manuals included special prayers to be said in the mid-sleep hours.
Others might smoke, talk with co-sleepers, or have sex. Some were more active and would leave to visit with neighbours.
As we know, this practice eventually died out. Ekirch attributes the change to the advent of street lighting and eventually electric indoor light, as well as the popularity of coffee houses. Author Craig Koslofsky offers a further theory in his book Evenings Empire. With the rise of more street lighting, night stopped being the domain of criminals and sub-classes and became a time for work or socializing. Two sleeps were eventually considered a wasteful way to spend these hours.
sounds good man
Submitted by: Goshin @ 04:50 PM | Thursday, August 15, 2013 | (url: http://well.blogs...)
Many children are given a diagnosis of A.D.H.D., researchers say, when in fact they have another problem: a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea. The confusion may account for a significant number of A.D.H.D. cases in children, and the drugs used to treat them may only be exacerbating the problem.
The symptoms of sleep deprivation in children resemble those of A.D.H.D. While adults experience sleep deprivation as drowsiness and sluggishness, sleepless children often become wired, moody and obstinate; they may have trouble focusing, sitting still and getting along with peers.
Her research builds on earlier, smaller studies showing that children with nighttime breathing problems did better with cognitive and attention-directed tasks and had fewer behavioral issues after their adenoids and tonsils were removed. The children were significantly less likely than untreated children with sleep-disordered breathing to be given an A.D.H.D. diagnosis in the ensuing months and years.
Most important, perhaps, those already found to have A.D.H.D. before surgery subsequently behaved so much better in many cases that they no longer fit the criteria. The National Institutes of Health has begun a study, called the Childhood Adenotonsillectomy Study, to understand the effect of surgically removing adenoids and tonsils on the health and behavior of 400 children. Results are expected this year.
Not only is a misdiagnosis stigmatizing, but treatment of A.D.H.D. can exacerbate sleeplessness, the real problem. The drugs used to treat A.D.H.D., like Ritalin, Adderall or Concerta, can cause insomnia.
Sleep deprivation is difficult to spot in children. Of the 10,000 members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, only 500 have specialty training in pediatric sleep issues
i know i didnt sleep soundly a lot of the time as a kid
and i rarely wake up gasping for breath even now (few times a year)
interesting stuff though
tonsils, for or against them?
Submitted by: Goshin @ 05:55 PM | Monday, August 12, 2013 | (url: http://www.psycho...)
apparently all those reds and greens and such colored toys are no good for doggies
In other words, dogs see the colors of the world as basically yellow, blue and gray. They see the colors green, yellow and orange as yellowish, and they see violet and blue as blue. Blue-green is seen as a gray. You can see what the spectrum looks like to people and dogs below.
This means that that bright red dog toy that is so visible to you may often be difficult for your dog to see. That means that when your own pet version of Lassie runs right past the toy that you tossed she may not be stubborn or stupid. It may be your fault for choosing a toy with a color that is hard to discriminate from the green grass of your lawn.
Submitted by: TooSmoothe @ 11:15 AM | Thursday, December 31, 2009 | (url: http://www.startr...)
RAPID CITY, S.D. - South Dakota authorities say a woman found passed out in a stolen delivery van earlier this month registered a blood alcohol content of .708 nearly nine times the legal limit and a possible record for the state.
Meade County State's Attorney Jesse Sondreal said Wednesday that 45-year-old Marguerite Engle, who recently moved from Minnesota, was found slumped over the van's steering wheel along a highway on Dec. 1.
He says the highest blood alcohol content state chemists he spoke with could recall was a .56. The state's legal limit is .08.
Authorities say Engle missed an initial court hearing Dec. 15, but that they found her Monday in another stolen vehicle, and that she had been drinking.
She was being held on two counts of driving under the influence. It wasn't immediately clear if she was facing other charges.
Her attorney declined comment.