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« Reply #14730 on: May 2nd, 2016, 8:15pm »

A NEW TERM IS BORN


Someone finally came up with a name for our U. S. election process this year.


"ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION": the inability to become
aroused over any of the choices for President put forth
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« Reply #14731 on: May 3rd, 2016, 01:00am »

ang Swamp..sure looks like everything hit rock bottom
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Burning Man for the 1%': the desert party for the tech elite, with Eric Schmidt in a top hat

This is a high percentage of San Francisco entrepreneurs, and they tend to be winners
Eric Schmidt, Alphabet executive chairman

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on May 2nd, 2016, 8:15pm, Swamprat wrote:
A NEW TERM IS BORN


Someone finally came up with a name for our U. S. election process this year.


"ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION": the inability to become
aroused over any of the choices for President put forth
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« Reply #14733 on: May 3rd, 2016, 06:27am »

GOOD MORNIN' LOVELIES cheesy

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Dead could be brought back to life in groundbreaking project

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
3 May 2016 • 12:15pm

A groundbreaking trial to see if it possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.

A biotech company in the US has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who have been declared clinically dead from a traumatic brain injury, to test whether parts of their central nervous system can be brought back to life.

Scientists will use a combination of therapies, which include injecting the brain with stem cells and a cocktail of amino acids, as well as deploying lasers and nerve stimulation techniques which have been shown to bring patients out of comas.

The trial participants will have been certified dead and only kept alive through life support. They will be monitored for several months using brain imaging equipment to look for signs of regeneration, particularly in the upper spinal cord - the lowest region of the brain stem which controls independent breathing and heartbeat.

The team believes that the brain stem cells may be able to erase their history and re-start life again, based on their surrounding tissue – a process seen in the animal kingdom in creatures like salamanders who can regrow entire limbs.

Ira Pastor, the CEO of Bioquark Inc. said: “This represents the first trial of its kind and another step towards the eventual reversal of death in our lifetime.

“We just received approval for our first 20 subjects and we hope to start recruiting patients immediately from this first site – we are working with the hospital now to identify families where there may be a religious or medical barrier to organ donation.

"To undertake such a complex initiative, we are combining biologic regenerative medicine tools with other existing medical devices typically used for stimulation of the central nervous system, in patients with other severe disorders of consciousness.

“We hope to see results within the first two to three months."

The ReAnima Project has just received approach from an Institutional Review Board at the National Institutes of Health in the US and the team plans to start recruiting patients immediately.

The first stage, named 'First In Human Neuro-Regeneration & Neuro-Reanimation' will be a non-randomised, single group 'proof of concept' and will take place at Anupam Hospital in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand India.

Brain stem death is when a person no longer has any brain stem functions, and has permanently lost the potential for consciousness and the capacity to breathe.

A person is confirmed as being dead when their brain stem function is permanently lost.

However, although brain dead humans are technically no longer alive, their bodies can often still circulate blood, digest food, excrete waste, balance hormones, grow, sexually mature, heal wounds, spike a fever, and gestate and deliver a baby.

Recent studies have also suggested that some electrical activity and blood flow continues after brain cell death, just not enough to allow for the whole body to function.

And while human beings lack substantial regenerative capabilities in the central nervous system, many non-human species, such as amphibians and certain fish, can repair, regenerate and remodel substantial portions of their brain and brain stem even after critical life-threatening trauma.

“Through our study, we will gain unique insights into the state of human brain death, which will have important connections to future therapeutic development for other severe disorders of consciousness, such as coma, and the vegetative and minimally conscious states, as well as a range of degenerative CNS conditions, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease,” added Dr Sergei Paylian, Founder, President, and Chief Science Officer of Bioquark Inc.

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I agree with the new term and the definition. Just not sure I appreciate the way he used the state of Florida.....

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« Reply #14735 on: May 3rd, 2016, 1:10pm »

on May 3rd, 2016, 06:27am, WingsofCrystal wrote:
GOOD MORNIN' LOVELIES cheesy

Telegraph

Dead could be brought back to life in groundbreaking project

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
3 May 2016 • 12:15pm

A groundbreaking trial to see if it possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.

A biotech company in the US has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who have been declared clinically dead from a traumatic brain injury, to test whether parts of their central nervous system can be brought back to life.

Scientists will use a combination of therapies, which include injecting the brain with stem cells and a cocktail of amino acids, as well as deploying lasers and nerve stimulation techniques which have been shown to bring patients out of comas.

The trial participants will have been certified dead and only kept alive through life support. They will be monitored for several months using brain imaging equipment to look for signs of regeneration, particularly in the upper spinal cord - the lowest region of the brain stem which controls independent breathing and heartbeat.

The team believes that the brain stem cells may be able to erase their history and re-start life again, based on their surrounding tissue – a process seen in the animal kingdom in creatures like salamanders who can regrow entire limbs.

Ira Pastor, the CEO of Bioquark Inc. said: “This represents the first trial of its kind and another step towards the eventual reversal of death in our lifetime.

“We just received approval for our first 20 subjects and we hope to start recruiting patients immediately from this first site – we are working with the hospital now to identify families where there may be a religious or medical barrier to organ donation.

"To undertake such a complex initiative, we are combining biologic regenerative medicine tools with other existing medical devices typically used for stimulation of the central nervous system, in patients with other severe disorders of consciousness.

“We hope to see results within the first two to three months."

The ReAnima Project has just received approach from an Institutional Review Board at the National Institutes of Health in the US and the team plans to start recruiting patients immediately.

The first stage, named 'First In Human Neuro-Regeneration & Neuro-Reanimation' will be a non-randomised, single group 'proof of concept' and will take place at Anupam Hospital in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand India.

Brain stem death is when a person no longer has any brain stem functions, and has permanently lost the potential for consciousness and the capacity to breathe.

A person is confirmed as being dead when their brain stem function is permanently lost.

However, although brain dead humans are technically no longer alive, their bodies can often still circulate blood, digest food, excrete waste, balance hormones, grow, sexually mature, heal wounds, spike a fever, and gestate and deliver a baby.

Recent studies have also suggested that some electrical activity and blood flow continues after brain cell death, just not enough to allow for the whole body to function.

And while human beings lack substantial regenerative capabilities in the central nervous system, many non-human species, such as amphibians and certain fish, can repair, regenerate and remodel substantial portions of their brain and brain stem even after critical life-threatening trauma.

“Through our study, we will gain unique insights into the state of human brain death, which will have important connections to future therapeutic development for other severe disorders of consciousness, such as coma, and the vegetative and minimally conscious states, as well as a range of degenerative CNS conditions, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease,” added Dr Sergei Paylian, Founder, President, and Chief Science Officer of Bioquark Inc.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/05/03/dead-could-be-brought-back-to-life-in-groundbreaking-project/

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« Reply #14736 on: May 3rd, 2016, 2:15pm »

..A biotech company in the US has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who have been declared clinically dead from a traumatic brain injury,..


Just how do you recruit brain dead people ?

An unkind person would say 'ask Trump, he seems to have a knack for it'.

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But seriously.

If Trump takes Indiana then it's game over.

Come on folks, smell the coffee.

It's for real now.

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‘Classified Historical Films’ You Can Now Request From the Pentagon

Written by Jason Koebler
May 3, 2016 // 09:25 AM EST

Throw a Nickle on the Grass—Have Doughnot is the title of one of at least a thousand “classified historical films” held by the Defense Media Activity, an arm of the Pentagon tasked with doing public relations for the military.

Though the films themselves remain classified, the titles of them were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Government Attic, which tries to publish as many government documents as possible. The Defense Media Activity is a Department of Defense office that runs the websites of the major military branches, as well as military newspapers and publications such as Stars and Stripes.

Why should you care about this? Well, it’s a reminder that the Pentagon has a treasure trove of highly curious-sounding videos, such as “The Silent War: Electronic Combat” and Lasers in Military Operations Part 2 and Recovery of the Mayaguez. Now that we know the names of the films, they are subject to “Mandatory Declassification Review,” meaning anyone can ask for the release of the films. We’ll be filing declassification review requests for some of them, but we’re hoping with more awareness, more of these films will actually see the light of day.

The titles of the videos suggest that some of them date back to the Cold War, while others are from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here are some that jumped out at me:

•The Silent War: Electronic Combat

•Nuclear Warfare at Sea

•Nuclear Depth Bomb as Submarine Deterrent

•GTMO Activities

•Operation Iraqi Freedom Weapons System Video

•Operation Enduring Freedom, Detainee Arrivals

•Mass Casualty Exercise, Live Fair, Detainee Barbecue

•Detainees Play Soccer & Have Rec. Time in Camp Four. MP’s Serve Hot Lunches to Detainees. MP’s Collect Dirty Laundry in Camp Delta

•Peacetime Governmental Detention: B Level Training Video

•Lasers in Military Operations Part 2

•Electronic Intelligence Research Techniques

•Recovery of the Mayaguez


The full list is embedded below. Though this is doubtlessly a tiny fraction of the classified videos the Pentagon has, it’s an interesting window into what the military retains, what it’s willing to admit it has, and what it deems is worthy of classification in the first place.

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on May 3rd, 2016, 2:26pm, INT21 wrote:
But seriously.

If Trump takes Indiana then it's game over.

Come on folks, smell the coffee.

It's for real now.

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Never watch any of those kind of dramas.

But didn't the Pink Floyd make a track (or maybe an LP) called 'Grantchester Meadows' ?

Some reference to their university days.

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SOOOO DR...YOU'VE DECIDED TO 'AMEREXIT' TO 'BREXIT' wink

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The Combat Ration Collectors Who Eat Decades-Old Military Meals

Beef stew from 1983, anyone?

by Ella Morton
May 02, 2016

Even if they’ve been baked to perfection and stored in an airtight tin, cookies just don’t taste so scrumptious when they’re 71 years old. Youtube user Steve1989 can tell you this from personal experience.

In January, Steve—who keeps his last name secret—uploaded a video to YouTube in which he opened a tin of Canadian army rations that had been packaged in 1945. “Oh, man. Those smell awful,” he said, as he unwrapped the foil surrounding a dozen cookies.

He tasted one.

“Hmm. That’s pretty disgusting.”

He ate the whole cookie. Then he ate four more. Satisfied with the breadth of that taste taste, he moved on to sample the next packet: a cylinder of 71-year-old chocolate pellets.

Steve1989 is a ration reviewer. He’s part of a growing online community of people around the world who collect, swap, and taste-test military MREs—the self-contained, robustly packaged “Meals, Ready to Eat” that get doled out to soldiers in the field.

Whether decades old or freshly packaged, MREs are not known for their gourmet flavors. Designed to provide sustenance to active troops in combat situations, they generally consist of an entree, side dish, dessert, and vacuum-packed snacks, which together form one high-calorie meal. Utensils, powdered drink mixes, and a flameless heating device for warming up the main dish round out the package, which is often colored khaki to blend in to the rest of a soldier's kit.

This less-than-appetizing meal might be assumed to have little appeal outside the military. But civilians are interested in MREs for a few reasons. Some are ex-military, and develop a nostalgic curiosity. Others are concerned with emergency preparedness. Still others fall into a YouTube hole, end up watching a guy sample a vacuum-packed tuna-noodle entree from 1989, and get hooked on the MRE buy-swap-sell phenomenon.

Fifteen years ago, MRE enthusiasts had no way of establishing a community. Then a man named Kinton Connelly arrived on the scene. In 1999, Connelly, who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, started noticing MREs—"these little, almost unmarked brown packages," as he calls them—popping up as part of emergency preparedness plans for Y2K. "I’d seen them at various shows and army surplus stores," he says. "I’d never tried one, but I was always fascinated by it, so when Y2K came around I started looking for some more information about them."

The Y2K disaster, of course, was a huge anti-climax. But the lead-up did take Connelly in a new direction—having found scant information on MREs, he "kept digging and digging," eventually amassing a wealth of details on MRE history and menus. He launched MREinfo.com in 2003 with the aim of sharing his knowledge. Two years later, in response to multiple requests, Connelly added a forums section to the site so MRE collectors could talk to one another.

"To my shock and surprise, it really took off—and not just with people in the U.S., but people from all over the world,” he says. “Once the international visitors started coming in, there was a lot more trading that started happening."

American collectors could finally get their hands on the fabled Italian army rations that came with mini liquor bottles. Packages started zooming around the world. Coveted French and British army rations began landing in U.S. mailboxes, ready to be sampled and reviewed.

Today, most reviewers get their military MREs from other collectors, or buy them on eBay. Some of the companies that supply MREs to the military also sell civilian versions of their meals, but the authentic combat versions are the most sought-after among collectors.

Technically, U.S. military MREs aren't supposed to be sold to civilians—the phrase "Commercial sale is prohibited" is printed on snack packets. “I wouldn’t say it’s strictly illegal to get them," says Connelly, "but I’d also be remiss if I didn’t say that sometimes MREs didn’t fall off a truck.” Though he knows of "cases where the army’s criminal investigation unit has tracked down eBay auctions to see who’s selling them,” Connelly says it's rare for MRE collectors to run into trouble over the legality of their hobby.

This is good news for the small but dedicated bunch of MRE reviewers who post their taste tests on YouTube. This is a relatively new part of the MRE community, having popped up in the last five years. In May 2011, a Brookline, Massachusetts-based man who goes by gschultz9 posted a review of an eight-year-old MRE that he tasted while camping on Cape Cod. Encouraged by the positive response among collectors, he started posting more videos, and hasn't stopped since.

Unlike Steve1989, who specializes in eating decades-old army rations while reminding viewers he doesn't have health insurance, gschultz9 doesn't aim for daredevilry in his taste tests. “My style isn’t that exciting,” he says, referring to his reviews as “straightforward, informational kind of videos.” He has a theory that "a good chunk" of his audience tunes in because his soothing voice helps put them to sleep. Still, enough people must be watching all the way through—his home is currently filled with MREs from around the world, sent to him by people seeking reviews.

Though gschultz9 does occasionally taste-test MREs that are over a decade old, "it hasn’t really been my thing, per se," he says. "It’s always kind of scary. I actually just did one yesterday that was only eight years old, but it had Pop Tarts in it, and they had this strange white thing on them, I couldn’t figure out if it was crystallized sugar or mold. I decided not to eat more than two bites of it.”

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