Saturday, February 28, 2015

Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth


    • The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth
      The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth
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    • Also, the water melting from the North Pole and Greenland is already reshaping the earth even without Antarctica melting too. Ice builds vertically but when turned to water through earth heating it raises sea levels and moves all over the earth reshaping what earth looks in many different ways. Also, this changes the weight displacement of the earth so the earth rotates and wobbles differently too because the earth is a big spinning top out in space.

Is Marijuana Safe? No!

Of course alcohol, tobacco and caffeine aren't safe either. For example, try drinking 4 to 6 cups of coffee which for some people would give them either a heart attack or stroke. Even my wife if she now drinks even one really strong cup of coffee or more no one wants to be around her because she just gets too wound up. So she switched to Chai Lattes at Starbuck's instead.

But, Marijuana when adults vote for it they are thinking about Marijuana in college which mostly was about 1/300th as strong as what is sold now. Some marijuana is about as dangerous as taking LSD which can be fatal for some people.

So, is Marijuana safe? No.

Is Marijuana Safe? It's More Complicated Than You Think

There are at least 10 drugs that are more deadly than marijuana, including some that are legal, such as alcohol and nicotine, a new study by researchers in Germany and Canada finds. In fact, drinking alcohol — the deadliest drug on the list — is about 100 times more dangerous than using marijuana,…

Is Marijuana Safe? It's More Complicated Than You Think

Is Marijuana Safe? It's More Complicated Than You Think
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The margin of exposure, a ratio that calculates the likelihood of lethal drug overdose, for daily drug use.
There are at least 10 drugs that are more deadly than marijuana, including some that are legal, such as alcohol and nicotine, a new study by researchers in Germany and Canada finds.
In fact, drinking alcohol — the deadliest drug on the list — is about 100 times more dangerous than using marijuana, the scientists concluded in the study, which was based on data from animal studies and published Jan. 30 in the journal Scientific Reports.
Marijuana is labeled as a Schedule I drug in the United States, meaning that under federal law, it is illegal and cannot be used for medical purposes (although some states have legalized its use).
The new findings echo the results of previous studies, and lawmakers should take this research into consideration when drafting new policies, the researchers said. [Marijuana vs. Alcohol: Which Is Really Worse for Your Health?]
The low risk that marijuana poses to people's health suggests that the drug should be strictly regulated but not prohibited, the researchers wrote in the study.
But other experts say more analysis is needed in order to make a conclusion about marijuana's full impact. For instance, studies should consider the effects of the drug on people's behavior, as well as the impact it has on society, some researchers say.
"Lethality is not the only form of dangerousness," said Jonathan Caulkins, a professor of public policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, who was not involved with the study. "The lethality of a substance is absolutely relevant to the making of public policy, but it is only one part" of the bigger picture, he said.
In the study, the researchers calculated the health risk of each drug by looking at a measure called the "margin of exposure" (MOE), which is a ratio that compares the approximate amount of a drug needed to kill a person to the amount that people usually take. In essence, the MOE rates the likelihood that someone could take a lethal overdose of a drug: When the ratio is low, the drug is deadlier.
But tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, had an MOE higher than 100, meaning the chances of a lethal overdose are slim, the researchers said.Alcohol, heroin, cocaine and nicotine are considered high-risk drugs because their MOEs are less than 10, the researchers found. Other drugs — including MDMA, methamphetamine, methadone (a narcotic often used to treat heroin addition), amphetamine (a stimulant that treats narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and diazepam (brand name Valium) — were a little less risky, with MOEs between 10 and 100.
However, there are several caveats to the findings. First, the numbers for the MOE are based on animal data, as it's not ethical or safe to test drug lethality in people. Also, the MOEs are calculated based on the use of each drug individually, whereas in real life, it's common for people to use several drugs at the same time, the researchers said.
Moreover, the MOE doesn't factor in other health risks associated with drugs, such as infections from unclean syringes, the researchers said in the study.
For the most part, the new study supports earlier work on the risk of death from drugs, Caulkins said. It's surprising that heroin is less dangerous than alcohol, but not that marijuana is relatively low-risk, he said.
But policymakers need to factor in dependence and addition, Caulkins said. Drugs can also impair decision making, driving ability and productivity, and children may experience abuse and neglect if their parents are dependent users of legal drugs, he said.
Emerging evidence also suggests that marijuana use may be associated with heart problems. For instance, two young men in Germany died after taking marijuana, according to a 2014 study in the journal Forensic Science International. Other research has found that marijuana use can change brain structure, and it's unknown what effects these changes might have.
Although the MOE values are interesting, more research is needed to determine the full impact of marijuana on health and society, Caulkins said.
A drug's lethality "has to be part of an analysis that considers these other things also," he said.
Follow Laura Geggel on Twitter @LauraGeggel. Follow Live Science @livescience, Facebook & Google+. Original article on Live Science.
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Is Marijuana Safe? It's More Complicated Than You Think

If you think Marijuana is safe you are likely young and naive of both the short term and the long term things that can happen to you. However, if you asked me does Marijuana Make you violent?

This is usually: NO!

which is the opposite of Alcohol which gets people killed every day either with fists, guns, knives or cars or motorcycles or trucks.

However, you might not ever get a degree or get anything done in your life if you smoke Marijuana also, unless you are already successful. So, if you want to have a real life in the future Marijuana isn't usually a way to get there.


Dems: GOP DHS budget tactics a political blunder

The Republicans are fragmented into too many groups. The Tea Party people hate the Conservatives, moderates and liberals and each of the groups sort of hate each other too. You cannot govern with such a fragmented party. So, my thought is that either the Republican party splits off into 2 or 3 parties or they have to find a way to compromise with each other. Otherwise, like now, the American people are just going to give up on them if they can't come together for the higher good for the whole country.

Dems: GOP DHS budget tactics a political blunder

"It's a staggering failure of leadership that will prolong this manufactured crisis of theirs," says Democrat Nancy Pelosi.  Extension » 

Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder

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In this Feb. 27, 2015, photo, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., voice their objections to the Republican majority during a delay in voting for a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats didn’t get all they wanted in Congress’ struggle over Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a broader political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond. "It’s a staggering failure of leadership that will prolong this manufactured crisis of theirs and endanger the security of the American people," said Pelosi.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond.
Democrats lacked the votes Friday to force Republicans to fund the department for a year with no strings. Still, even some Republicans say party leaders are on a perilous path with a very public ideological struggle only highlighting the GOP's inability to pass contested legislation and possibly worsening its weak relationship with Hispanic voters.
Worst of all, numerous lawmakers said, Republican leaders have offered no plausible scenario for a successful ending, so they simply are delaying an almost certain and embarrassing defeat.
Conservatives defend their doggedness. They say they courageously are keeping promises to oppose President Barack Obama's liberalization of deportation policies, which they consider unconstitutional. Several said their constituents support their stand, while others said the issue transcends politics.
As a deadline fast approached Friday night, the House agreed to extend the department's funding for a week. But some in both parties said the Republicans were losing political ground.
"It's bad policy and bad politics," said Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who once oversaw his party's House campaigns. The short-term fix, he said, "doesn't help the country, and it just shows that they're incapable of governing" despite holding House and Senate majorities.
As for an important voting group in presidential elections, Van Hollen said: "Any effort to earn the support of Hispanic voters has been torpedoed by these antics."
Some Republicans are nearly as pessimistic.
"Bad tactics yield bad outcomes," GOP Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania told reporters. Republican leaders, he said, have engaged "in tactical malpractice, and at some point we're going to vote on the negotiated Homeland Security appropriations bill," a bipartisan plan that most Republicans oppose but cannot kill.
Weeks ago, Republicans embarked on a strategy that targeted Obama's executive order protecting millions of immigrants from deportation. They voted to cut off the department's money flow after Feb. 27 unless the order was rescinded.
But they never figured how to overcome Democratic delaying tactics in the Senate that, as many predicted, blocked the GOP plan. Stymied, Senate Republican leaders agreed to fund the department for the rest of the budget year, through September, and to deal separately with immigration.
House Republicans rejected that approach. Shortly before Friday's midnight deadline, the House extended funding for a week without resolving the larger dispute.
"We all know how this is going to turn out," said an exasperated Republican, Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho. "Politically, it's devastating."
Democrats turned up the heat, saying short-term extensions will damage morale at the agency.
"It's a staggering failure of leadership that will prolong this manufactured crisis of theirs and endanger the security of the American people," said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
But Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona said he and his fellow conservatives are taking a principled stand against Obama's "unconstitutional" action. The president, he said, has forced lawmakers to choose between "potential short-term national security threats and almost inevitable long-term damage to the constitutional foundation of the nation."
He and his allies will "do the right thing, even if it doesn't make us look good," Franks said.
Lawmakers from strongly Republican districts tend to closely track the fiercely conservative voters who can dominate GOP primary elections. Rep. Kenny Marchant of Texas said he tried to persuade some of his Dallas-area constituents that a federal judge's order to freeze Obama's move lessened the urgency to use Homeland Security funding as political leverage.
"But they don't have the confidence back home that some of us do" about the likely longevity of the judge's order, Marchant said.
He said his supporters see reversing Obama's order as more important than preventing a partial and temporary funding lapse at Homeland Security. He noted that most agency employees are considered "essential" and would stay on the job.
After Obama won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2012, a Republican National Committee-commissioned report said the party must embrace "comprehensive immigration reform" to win future elections, including the 2016 presidential contest.
Democrats say Republicans are heading in the wrong direction.
Pelosi hinted at possible Democratic campaign themes next year when she said of the funding fight: "This crisis exists only because Republicans prioritize anti-immigrant extremism over the safety of the American people."
Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said his party's wounds are self-inflicted.
"Politically it's going to kill us," he said of conservatives' demands to link Homeland Security funding with Obama's immigration policy. "Morally, you're equating an immigration order with the lives of American citizens."
"I've had it with this self-righteous delusional wing of the party that leads us over the cliff," King said.
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I was walking through one of the big Gambling Hotels Friday night. And as an intuitive it was one of the more creepy things I have done in my life. I was pretty happy to get up to my room. People there all often in very strange motivations sort of in a life or death mode. I'm not a gambler (at least with money). Most of my risk taking is of a different sort most of my life. I have been a rock climber, someone who likes to ride motorcycles, fly planes, (and in my youth) before I married, often date somewhat dangerous women, so on one level I understand gamblers from this point of view. However, gambling always seemed "not safe" to me. So, if I ever have gambled this is what I allowed myself ($20). When I would gamble in the 1980s I allowed myself $20 which is about what a meal might cost then for one person. (two people at a fast food place) to see if I could win something. What I found was that I might win about 10 or 20 dollars in the process but if I kept doing whatever i was doing eventually long enough I could also lose it all. So, I imagine this is most other people's experience too. So, in this sense I have compassion for people who gamble, but I can't really understand the thrill of it.

People have always been important to me but not money and what is interesting about this is that as long as I took care of everyone and helped them life and God always took care of me too. So, I attribute wealth to (always putting people first) in my own life.

So, my point of view is this:"If you want to have every good thing make sure you take care of others too. Because I have discovered this is how to be wealthy in all ways spiritually, mentally physically,  and emotionally".

Friday, February 27, 2015

Universe may have had no beginning: Makes sense to me

The Creators who built this Galaxy said there was no beginning because time only exists in Matter Galaxies and not elsewhere. So, this likely is the truth.

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning



More Mysterious Craters Found in Siberia

 The idea that these craters are caused by Methane explosions caused by melting permafrost is an interesting one. Also, the fact that many of these have become lakes too. I suppose it would be possible that someone is walking over an area smoking a cigarette and then suddenly disappears in Siberia and later a Crater is found where they were?

More Mysterious Craters Found in Siberia
More Mysterious Craters Found in Siberia
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A Siberian hole that opened up mysteriously and was reported in July 2014.
Last summer, the discovery of several new giant craters in Siberia drew worldwide interest, launching wild speculation that meteorites, or even aliens, caused the gaping crevasses. And now, scientists have found even more of them.
In July 2014, reindeer herders discovered a 260-feet-wide (80 meters) crater in northern Russia's Yamal Peninsula. Later that month, two more craters were discovered in the Tazovsky district and Taymyr Peninsula (also spelled Taimyr), respectively.
Now, satellite images have revealed at least four more craters, and at least one is surrounded by as many as 20 mini craters, The Siberian Times reported. [See Photos of Siberia's Mysterious Craters]
"We know now of seven craters in the Arctic area," Vasily Bogoyavlensky, a scientist at the Moscow-based Oil and Gas Research Institute, told The Siberian Times. "Five are directly on the Yamal Peninsula, one in Yamal autonomous district, and one is on the north of the Krasnoyarsk region, near the Taimyr Peninsula."
Now, two of the craters have turned into lakes, satellite images reveal. A crater called B2, located 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) south of Bovanenkovo, a major gas field in the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district, is now a large lake ringed by more than 20 smaller water-filled craters.
But Bogoyavlensky thinks there may be many more. He called for further investigation of the craters, out of safety concerns for the region. "We must research this phenomenon urgently, to prevent possible disasters," he said.
Trapped gases
Although the origin of these craters remains somewhat mysterious, many scientists think they were created by explosions of high-pressure gas released from melting permafrost, or frozen soil, due to the warming of the climate.
"In my opinion, it definitely relates to warming and permafrost," said Vladimir Romanovsky,a geophysicist who studies permafrost at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Romanovskythinks he knows how this occurs: Pressurized gas — mostly methane, but possibly carbon dioxide as well — exists beneath the permafrost. Since warming temperatures thaw the permafrost from the bottom up, an underground cavity forms, Romanovsky said. As the gas gets close to the surface, it deforms the ground above, creating a small hill. Finally, the pressurized gas erupts through the surface, forming a crater, he said.
In November 2014, scientists went on an expedition to study the Yamal crater, snapping some stunning photos. Vladimir Pushkarev, director of the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration, actually climbed down into the crater on a rope to observe it from the inside.
"You can see from the photographs a very different structure," where most of the hole is caved in, but only the upper 16 to 23 feet (5 to 7 m) looks like a crater, Romanovsky told Live Science. "Only the upper several meters [of ground] was thrown away, but most of the hole was actually there before the eruption."
Dangerous explosions
The erupting methane may have even caught fire. Residents near the crater in the town of Antipayuta reported seeing a bright flash in the distance, according to The Siberian Times.
"Probably the gas ignited," Bogoyavlensky told The Siberian Times. Investigating the craters will be dangerous, because scientists don't know when the gas emissions will occur, he added.
How the methane would have caught fire is somewhat of a mystery, Romanovsky said. "It seems like it happened during wintertime, so there should be no thunderstorms, no lightning," he said. He thinks the methane probably erupted without igniting, just due to high pressure.
These craters should only form when the temperature is warm enough to melt the permafrost. "If the warming continues, we will see more and more of this phenomenon," Romanovsky said. It could happen anywhere there are enough sources of natural gas, including parts of Alaska and northwestern Canada, he added.
Follow Tanya Lewis on Twitter. Follow us @livescience, Facebook & Google+. Original article on Live Science.

Egypt deciding to erect Naval Blockade of Libya say Russia is welcome to join them?

Egypt is really pissed with ISIS because of beheading it's Coptic Christians there. 25,000 Egyptians have now left Libya to keep their heads. Now Egypt is bombing ISIS in Libya along with the recognized Libyan Government. This is what is going on so far:

However, all these events in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Ukraine, Yemen etc. are why I'm concerned this is turning into another world war slowly, this time over oil within the next few years.
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Kurdish Fighters Capture Tel Hamees, ISIS Stronghold In Syria

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