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Drag-Queen Pastor FIRED

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Craig Duke has been a Methodist minister for three decades, building a reputation as a staunch advocate of LGBTQ inclusion. His pastoral duties have now been terminated — the result of a bitter rift surfacing in his Indiana church after he sought to demonstrate solidarity by appearing in drag alongside prominent drag queens in the HBO reality series "We're Here." Duke, 62, said he thought most of his 400-member...

Cancer Research Dominated By Really Bad Science

An effort to replicate nearly 200 preclinical cancer experiments that generated buzz from 2010 to 2012 found that only about a quarter could be reproduced. 

21 States Where Road Kill Is Now Legal

FOOD SAFETY NEWS – The Wyoming Legislature’s unanimous vote earlier this year on House Bill (HB) 95 means the state requirement that a game warden must first provide a tag before a resident can claim big game roadkill won’t any longer be mandated. Wyoming is stepping through regulations for a new roadkill system starting in 2022, allowing motorists to collect certain species of dead wildlife from non-Interstate roads based on an app, not a tag. The...

Throw Socks Away NOW

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE – More than 60% of our clothes are made with synthetic textiles derived from oil — textiles like nylon and polyester. When we think about fossil fuels and climate change, we don’t think about the clothing we wear. But the reality is more than 60% of our clothes are made with synthetic textiles derived from oil — textiles like acrylic, nylon and polyester. Producing these synthetic fibers has a profound impact on...

WHO Admits Huge Mortality Reporting Error

THE GUARDIAN – The World Health Organization has called for a “massive, urgent” effort to get the new malaria vaccine into the arms of African children, as it warned that about 180,000 more people were dying annually from the disease than had previously been thought. Dr Pedro Alonso, director of the WHO’s global malaria programme, said the RTS,S vaccine, recommended for widespread rollout in October, represented a historic opportunity to save tens of thousands of...

Smell That Smell? “Stench of Death” Explained

THE GUARDIAN Since early October, residents of Carson, California, have been sickened by a noxious smell coming from the Dominguez Channel that has been likened to “a rotten egg” or “the stench of death”. Now, officials have pinpointed a cause: a fire at a warehouse that stored beauty and wellness products. South Coast Air Quality Management District, the agency tasked with investigating the foul stench, said on Friday that the large warehouse fire, which began...

Grand Ole Opry Legend, 89, Dies Of Dementia

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country musician Stonewall Jackson, who sang on the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and had No. 1 hits with "Waterloo" and others, died Saturday after a long battle with vascular dementia. He was 89. The Opry, the longest-running radio show in history, announced Jackson's death in a news release. Jackson, a guitarist, performed on the Opry beginning in 1956 and was still appearing on the show in 2010....

Ambassador’s Daughter Beheaded In Islamabad

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) – Few cases of femicide make headlines in Pakistan, but the beheading of an ambassador's daughter promises to test a legal system activists say has repeatedly failed victims of violence and needs urgent reform. According to a police report seen by CNN, Noor Mukadam, 27, died on July 20 after being allegedly tortured and killed by an acquaintance -- Zahir Jaffer, the 30-year-old son of an influential family and a dual Pakistan-US...

New Test Could Reveal Higher Lead Levels In Water

ST. LOUIS (AP) — For years, testing of the tap water in an upscale Detroit suburb showed the city was in the clear. Then residents got a notice seemingly out of the blue: Their water could be contaminated with elevated levels of lead. The city of Royal Oak had not made drastic changes to its water. It was simply using a new testing method that showed lead levels high enough that the utility was legally...

‘High-Dose Flu Vaccines’: Good Idea?

Mayo Clinic News Network – High-dose flu vaccines are flu vaccines that are approved for people age 65 and older and given by injection. Like other flu vaccines, the high-dose vaccine is made up of flu strains most likely to cause the flu during the upcoming flu season. High-dose vaccines include four times as much flu virus antigen — the part of the vaccine that stimulates the immune system — as standard flu vaccines. This can give older...

NYC OKs ‘Safe Sites’ For Drug Abuse

The first officially authorized safe havens for people to use heroin and other narcotics have been cleared to open in New York City in hopes of curbing deadly overdoses, officials said Tuesday.

US Food Industry Poisons Consumers: Consumer Advocate

FOOD SAFETY NEWS – Some, I am sure, are a bit tired of my ranting about the FSIS doing its job and deeming Salmonella that causes human illness an adulterant in meat. Fact, after E. coli O157:H7 was deemed an adulterant in ground beef in 1994, it took about a decade for E. coli illness cases to drop.  During that time, we saw the same drop in clients seeking our help.  Go figure, the USDA’s...

Deadly Flu Season Forecast For Older Americans

WTOP – The flu season is beginning to gain traction with a predominant strain that concerns one infectious disease expert, and he’s urging everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot. Dr. Bill Petri, professor of infectious diseases at the University of Virginia, said: “We’re starting to see the first cases. And it’s the more dangerous of the three strains that’s here. "It’s what’s called influenza A (H3N2), which is associated with worse diseases, especially...

Ivermectin, ‘Miracle Drug’?

MedPage Today – Pierre Kory, MD, one of the most vocal proponents of ivermectin, got COVID-19 in August, despite taking the anti-parasitic medication on a weekly basis to ostensibly prevent the disease, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Kory has since doubled down on the drug, urging that the prophylactic dose be increased to twice per week, according to the Journal Sentinel. Pointing to Delta's higher viral load compared with previous variants, Kory told the paper: "The...
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