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Agnosticsherbet

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Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb

Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb
The symptoms of autism may not be obvious until a child is a toddler, but the disorder itself appears to begin well before birth.

Brain tissue taken from children who died and also happened to have autism revealed patches of disorganization in the cortex, a thin sheet of cells that's critical for learning and memory, researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine. Tissue samples from children without autism didn't have those characteristic patches.

Organization of the cortex begins in the second trimester of pregnancy. "So something must have gone wrong at or before that time," says Eric Courchesne, an author of the paper and director of the Autism Center of Excellence at the University of California, San Diego.

The finding should bolster efforts to understand how genes control brain development and lead to autism. It also suggests that treatment should start early in childhood, when the brain is capable of rewiring to work around damaged areas.


This should help drown the already discredited research of Andrew Wakefield that somehow convinced so many people to refuse to vaccinate their children.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Mar 27, 2014, 03:33 PM (5 replies)

Every President will face a handful of fortuitous or disastrous events

Because the world is in a constant state of change. Massive changes in technology and communication made it easier to off shore jobs and save money for investors and owners at the expense of workers. China did not open the floodgates of cheap labor because of NAFTA. They did so because it made sense within the context of their own society and national agenda and the explosive growth of their own modern industrialization. For the same reason, a growling middle class created by that industrialization has increased the cost of their labor and many of these cheap labor jobs are migrating to other parts of Asia and Africa. Technology makes it cheaper to build a new factory in Sri Lanka or Uganda. This process was actually at work in the 60's with the development of Maquiladoras in Mexico that led to the shipment of jobs from the US. China actually poached a lot of those jobs with the promise of even cheaper labor.

I am not fond of Free Trade agreements, but they are not the only historical current that created todays situation. NAFTA is a symptom of the proliferation of International Corporations who chase poverty so they can use the desire of starving people for any kind of work. Once those workers get a glimmer of hope, the Corporation moves on to the next country because it is better for corporate profits to find the lowest wages possible for everyone but executives, the board of directors, investors, and owners.

The real answer is not bitching about NAFTA. The real answer is a world wide labor movement. Unions need to go international for real and fight for better wages in every country because a raise of $.05 an hour here is impetus for an industry to go where they can pay a worker $.01 for every dollar a worker makes here. As long as Corporations can move to take advantage of cheap labor for a fraction of the cost of transportation, this process will continue. Free Trade agreements are only a tiny fraction of that process, and they are not the cause of it.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Feb 13, 2014, 12:08 PM (0 replies)

Someone gave me a heart. So I am no longer heartless.

Thanks.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Feb 11, 2014, 08:43 PM (7 replies)

I voted for David Alvarez....GOTV

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Feb 11, 2014, 12:45 PM (5 replies)

California Kelp to be Tested for Fukushima Radiation in Year-Long Study



California Kelp to be Tested for Fukushima Radiation in Year-Long Study ?w=600
Kelp along the US West Coast will be tested for Fukushima radiation in an upcoming study spearheaded by California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The Kelp Watch 2014 project is led by CSULB biologist Steve Manley, an expert in marine algae and kelp who has studied the environmental effects of the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster triggered by a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that ravaged Japan's northeastern coast.

"The California kelp forest is a highly productive and complex ecosystem and a valuable state resource. It is imperative that we monitor this coastal forest for any radioactive contaminants that will be arriving this year in the ocean currents from Fukushima disaster," Manley said in a news release.

Nearly three years have passed since the nuclear incident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power station, enough time for radioactive cesium released into the sea to cross the Pacific Ocean and reach the US West Coast.

The overwhelming scientific consensus is that by now, any radioactive material released into the ocean in connection with Fukushima will have decayed or been diluted to such low concentrations that it will not pose a public health concern. But there are several unknowns, including how the radiation may affect marine life.

I applaud the notion that real scientists will be studying the issue.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Feb 6, 2014, 02:57 PM (0 replies)

Liberalism, as a political philosophy,

holds as core concepts a belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual. In action it attempts to protect the political and civil liberties of individuals. For liberals government is a crucial instrument for amelioration of social inequities as those involving race, gender, or class. Economically, liberalism is closely associated with free markets and the individual right to own the means of production and private property. Because wealth, itself, is a huge contributor to social inequality, liberals back a strong regulatory control of corporations and banks that, otherwise, subvert governments in order to create a shadow plutocratic oligarchic order.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Feb 4, 2014, 11:58 PM (1 replies)

Atlanta snow is fake? Latest conspiracy theory cites ‘plastic snow’

Atlanta snow is fake? Latest conspiracy theory cites ‘plastic snow’
There are many people beginning to speculate that the snow is fake.

No, not that the snow didn’t happen–but that the white, frosty stuff on the ground is, in fact, not snow.

Several YouTube videos have been posted documenting “proof” that the snow in Atlanta is some sort of synthetic substance; additionally, these conspiracy theorists claim that this fake snow and the devastating affects it has had on the city of Atlanta are all part of a government plot. The conspiracy theorists say that this non-snow is the latest evidence of “chemtrails,” a long-standing conspiracy theory that postulates that the government hides chemicals in airplanes and douses unknowing citizens and locations with said chemicals. Theorists claim that this is all intended to serve as “testing” for when the powers-that-be unleash the full force of several man-made “natural” disasters, in the hopes of instituting martial law amidst the ensuing disarray.


Is Obama's fault that a sizable minority of Americans are not only racists but blithering idiots?
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Jan 31, 2014, 09:48 AM (22 replies)

4 Shocking Facts about US Healthcare



Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Jan 29, 2014, 09:53 AM (7 replies)

China Is Cloning Pigs on an "Industrial Scale"

China Is Cloning Pigs on an "Industrial Scale"
A new report by the BBC reveals that China isn't just experimenting with cloning—it's doing it on an "industrial scale." Which is at best interesting and at worst more than a small cause for concern.

Spearheaded by a company called BGI, the technology required to clone animals isn't particularly new, but the application to mass production certainly is. In a report for the BBC, David Shukman explains what he saw when he visited the facility in China recently:

The first shed contains 90 animals in two long rows. They look perfectly normal, as one would expect, but each of them is carrying cloned embryos. Many are clones themselves. This place produces an astonishing 500 cloned pigs a year.


It seems that the old fashioned way of producing pigs is inefficient. What does this mean for the food supply? In theory, they are just identical chunks of meat.

What do people here think?
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Jan 16, 2014, 07:09 PM (6 replies)

Organic Mega Flow Battery Promises Breakthrough for Renewable Energy

Organic Mega Flow Battery Promises Breakthrough for Renewable Energy

an. 8, 2014 — A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar far more economical and reliable.

The novel battery technology is reported in a paper published in Nature on January 9. Under the OPEN 2012 program, the Harvard team received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop the innovative grid-scale battery and plans to work with ARPA-E to catalyze further technological and market breakthroughs over the next several years.

he paper reports a metal-free flow battery that relies on the electrochemistry of naturally abundant, inexpensive, small organic (carbon-based) molecules called quinones, which are similar to molecules that store energy in plants and animals.


This is a solution to the intermittent nature of many renewable energy sources.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sun Jan 12, 2014, 03:52 PM (7 replies)
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