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« Reply #9825 on: Jan 12th, 2014, 09:26am »

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Bigfoot dead? Hunter plans to take Sasquatch corpse on tour

Texas hunter Rick Dyer recently posted new photos of "Hank" the Bigfoot, who he claims to have killed in 2012.
Skeptics and fans can see the mythical body up close with a planned carcass tour.

by Bonnie Burton
January 10, 2014 9:59 AM PST



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According to hunter Rick Dyer, this deceased Bigfoot is 8 feet tall and weighs more than 700 pounds.
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Poor Bigfoot can't catch a break. The elusive J.D. Salinger of mythical creatures has been the subject of endless movies, TV shows, games, and even monster erotica. The spotlight-shunning beast is also the subject of the new Spike TV reality show "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty," which promises to pay top dollar to the team that brings in conclusive evidence of the hominoid's existence.

The teams, however, might be searching longer than expected if news of Bigfoot's death is to be believed. Infamous Bigfoot hunter Rick Dyer claims to have shot and killed the elusive Sasquatch and says he plans to show off its lifeless corpse on an upcoming whirlwind media tour.

Though Dyer has tried to fool the public before -- and deservedly faces more than a little skepticism -- he claims this corpse is the real thing. During a September 2012 expedition in San Antonio, Texas -- with BAFTA-winning filmmaker Morgan Matthews and his British documentary film crew in tow -- Dyer says he lured Hank out using "pork ribs from Wal-Mart" doused in his special BBQ sauce and attached to trees.

"We nailed 'em all around the trees, and then that night we heard Bigfoot come back," Dyer told Esquire. "I chased him down in the middle of the night. I shot him once, he ran, I shot him again."

The footage will appear in an upcoming film "Shooting Bigfoot" (its trailer can be seen here). However, another source, a homeless man who appears in the movie, says the whole attack was staged for the film.

Dyer posted "evidence" in a YouTube video on January 2, revealing an up-close shot of Bigfoot, with and without camera flashes.

"Bigfoot is not a tooth fairy -- Bigfoot is real," Dyer told KSAT News. "The most important thing to me is being vindicated, letting people know that I am the best Bigfoot tracker in the world and it's not just me saying it."

Dyer also told the hosts of an Australian morning show that a video of the Bigfoot autopsy is completed and will be shown soon. He has planned a February 6 press conference to reveal even more Bigfoot details, presumably including the dates of the macabre corpse tour across the United States and Canada. CNET has contacted Dyer for comment on his alleged catch and will update this story when and if we hear back.

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« Reply #9827 on: Jan 12th, 2014, 09:38am »

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Obamacare may get sick if young Americans don't sign up

By Lewis Krauskopf
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Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:14am EST

(Reuters) - Now that more than 2 million people have signed up for private insurance plans created by President Barack Obama's healthcare law, a crucial next check-up for the new marketplace will be to see how old customers are.

Early data from a handful of state exchanges shows the administration needs more young adults to sign up in the next three months to help offset costs from older enrollees and prevent insurers from raising their rates.

Critics of Obama's Affordable Care Act say the market won't attract enough young people to keep it financially viable, putting more pressure on government funds to compensate for any insurer losses.

Data from seven states and the District of Columbia, which are running their own marketplaces, show that of more than 200,000 enrollees, nearly 22 percent are 18 to 34 years old, according to a Reuters analysis.

The administration had hoped that over 38 percent, or 2.7 million, of all enrollees in 2014 would be 18 to 35 years old, based on a Congressional Budget Office estimate that 7 million people would sign up by the end of March.

"The whole insurance relationship is counting on them signing up," said Dale Yamamoto, an independent healthcare actuarial consultant. "Otherwise rates will have to increase."

The picture from the initial state data is likely to change, since it mostly includes people who enrolled only through November, before a year-end surge of sign-ups for people wanting coverage effective Jan 1. Many experts speculate the early enrollees were more likely to be in urgent need of coverage, and therefore more likely to be older or sicker.

A recent survey by The Commonwealth Fund, a healthcare research foundation, found that 41 percent of those who had shopped at the various state marketplaces by the end of December were ages 19 to 34, up from 32 percent from an October survey.

One marketplace with current data, the District of Columbia, said on Friday that of the 3,646 enrollees in private plans through Thursday, about 44 percent are young adults.

Healthcare experts say many young healthy people may sign up only at the end of enrollment on March 31 to avoid paying the law's penalty for not having health insurance.

A FACTOR OF PRICE

The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, prevents insurers from charging people more if they have a health problem. Age is one of the few factors that can affect the price, with insurers allowed to charge up to three times more for a 64-year-old than someone in their early 20s.

But the healthcare costs for a 64-year-old on average are nearly five times as much as a 21-year-old, according to a study of claims from three large insurers Yamamoto conducted for the Society of Actuaries.

"The more that the marketplace is able to attract a broad mix of enrollees including the young and healthy ... the more that costs will be sustainable and premiums will be more affordable," said Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for America's Health Insurance plans, a trade group for insurers.

Other factors may be as crucial, if not more, in determining the stability of the new market, including the health status of enrollees, regardless of their age, and how that lines up with what individual insurers had projected. But those details will only become clearer later in the year based on the medical claims filed by the newly insured, making age the best early proxy about whether the market is sustainable.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the marketplace for 36 states, has yet to provide any demographic data about enrollees. CMS is expected to release an enrollment report later this month.

Data may come sooner from insurers as they discuss their recent financial performance with investors in the next few weeks. Humana Inc said on Thursday that the mix of enrollment in its marketplace plans were likely to be "more adverse than previously expected.

But healthcare experts say insurers need a better mix of enrollees than seen in the early data.

"If a quarter or more of the enrollees are young adults, I would think that's an encouraging sign, particularly for the first half of the open enrollment period," said Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation healthcare think-tank.

By the end of March, "if it's lower than that, I think there would be some cause for concern," Levitt said.

Levitt and colleagues at Kaiser analyzed a scenario that they deemed "worst case" in which young adults represented 25 percent of enrollees. They found that costs then would be about 2.4 percent higher, but insurers would retain a very slim profit margin. As a result, the Kaiser authors projected the companies would raise premiums by a commensurate amount, but not enough to destabilize the market.

Using the same data as Kaiser but different assumptions, Seth Chandler, a law professor at the University of Houston who specializes in insurance, said costs would be 3.5 percent higher, should only 25 percent of enrollees be young adults.

"If we see fewer than 30 percent of the enrollees being in that 18-to-34 age bracket, that's a warning sign that there are problems," Chandler said. "If the demographics come in poorly, insurers are going to lose money."

Chandler is a skeptic of the healthcare law and writes a blog called "ACA Death Spiral." Such a spiral is thought to occur if insurers facing higher costs raise premiums, so only very sick people buy coverage, leading to even higher premiums with the pattern continuing until the insurance market either disappears or shrinks to the point that it is not sustainable.

The penalty for not buying insurance increases significantly by 2016, which should bring in more young and healthy holdouts over time.

Not everyone, however, is significantly concerned about the age of Obamacare enrollees this year.

Linda Blumberg, senior fellow at the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center, said that Obamacare's protections for insurers in the first few years means the program has time to get the demographics sorted out.

"That all combines to make me much less worried about the mix for this year," Blumberg said. "I don't think we have to get a certain percentage of enrollees to be below age 35 or this thing crumbles."

(Reporting by Lewis Krauskopf; Editing by Michele Gershberg and Andrew Hay)

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I Spent Two Hours Talking With NSA’s Big Wigs. Here’s What’s Got Them Mad

By Steven Levy
01.13.14
6:30 AM

My expectations were low when I asked the National Security Agency to cooperate with my story on the impact of Edward Snowden’s leaks on the tech industry. During the 1990s, I had been working on a book, Crypto, which dove deep into cryptography policy, and it took me years — years! — to get an interview with an employee crucial to my narrative. I couldn’t quote him, but he provided invaluable background on the Clipper Chip, an ill-fated NSA encryption runaround that purported to strike a balance between protecting personal privacy and maintaining national security.

Oh, and I was not permitted to interview my Crypto source at the agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. I was crushed; I had grown obsessed with the vaunted triple fence surrounding the restricted area and had climactic hopes that I’d get inside. Instead, the meet occurred just outside the headquarters’ heavily guarded perimeter, at the National Cryptologic Museum. (I did buy a cool NSA umbrella in the gift shop.)

This time around, the NSA’s initial comeback was discouraging. The public relations person suggested that perhaps some unidentified officials could provide written responses to a few questions I submitted. A bit later, an agency rep indicated there was the possibility of a phone conversation. But then, rather suddenly, I was asked if I would be interested in an actual visit to meet with a few key officials. And could I do it… later that week?

Um, yes.

Why the turnaround? Apparently, the rep told me, Crypto has some fans at Fort Meade. But my professional credentials were obviously not the sole reason for the invite. The post-Snowden NSA has been forced to adopt a more open PR strategy. With its practices, and even its integrity, under attack, its usual Sphinx-like demeanor would not do.

Soon I was swapping emails with a “protocol officer” who would coordinate my visit; she requested some personal data and asked for the make, model and serial number of my voice recorder. (I was happy about the latter — when I interviewed companies like Facebook for this story, they did not permit taping.)

So there I was, driving down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, taking the exit that countless drivers have passed with a shudder of frisson. I got checked out at two gatehouses, and found my assigned parking space. Then I entered the glass leviathan whose image accompanies virtually every story in which a new Snowden leak is revealed.

Perhaps befitting the agency’s persistent stealth, the entrance foyer does not have the grandeur of, say, the CIA’s iconic marble lobby. When you go to Langley, you feel you’re on a movie set. This was more like going through security for jury duty. I met my escort, signed in, and got badged. And, yes, they checked my recorder’s serial number.

Once inside, however, the scene became more cinematic. The passageways have a bustling, Pentagon-ish feel. Many people, in fact, are in uniform, a reminder that the NSA is, after all, part of the defense department. All of its directors have been high-ranking officers like admirals or generals. Even the civilian employees communicate with the crisp, respectful efficiency of the armed forces: It’s all direct sentences, sir and ma’am, acronyms and numbers. That military mentality is built into the mindset there — NSA people view themselves, as soldiers do, as serving, protecting the nation, doing a job that must be done and stoically shrugging off its thanklessness. One always suspects that in NSA interactions with outsiders, an unspoken phrase hovers over the conversation, that of Jack Nicholson’s embittered warrior in A Few Good Men: You can’t handle the truth.

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Coffee may boost brain's ability to store long-term memories, study claims.

People who had caffeine after looking at images apparently better at distinguishing them from similar ones the next day.

by Ian Sample
12 January 2014

A cup or two of coffee could boost the brain's ability to store long-term memories, researchers in the US claim. People who had a shot of caffeine after looking at a series of pictures were better at distinguishing them from similar images in tests the next day, the scientists found.

The task gives a measure of how precisely information is stored in the brain, which helps with a process called pattern separation which can be crucial in everyday situations.

If the effect is real, and some scientists are doubtful, then it would add memory enhancement to the growing list of benefits that moderate caffeine consumption seems to provide.

Michael Yassa, a neuroscientist who led the study at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said the ability to separate patterns was vital for discriminating between similar scenarios and experiences in life.

"If you park in the same parking lot every day, the spot you choose can look the same as many others. But when you go and look for your car, you need to look for where you parked it today, not where you parked it yesterday," he said.

Writing in the journal Nature Neuroscience, Yassa described how 44 volunteers who were not heavy caffeine consumers and had abstained for at least a day were shown a rapid sequence of pictures on a computer screen. The pictures included a huge range of items, such as a hammer, a chair, an apple, a seahorse, a rubber duck and a car.

When each image flashed up on the screen, the person watching had to say whether the object was normally found indoors or outside, but they were not asked to memorise the pictures. At the end of the task, each volunteer was randomly assigned either a 200mg caffeine pill or a placebo. A typical cup of coffee contains around 150mg of caffeine.

The next day, the scientists brought the volunteers back and sat them down at the computer again. This time, the sequence of images included many they had seen the day before, but some were new and others were similar. The similar images varied in how close to the originals they were. Some showed the same object from a different angle, while others were a similar type of object, such as a different design of hammer from the one they had seen before.

For this part of the study, the volunteers had to say whether each image was either new, old or similar to one they had seen the day before. According to Yassa, the caffeine and placebo groups scored the same except when it came to spotting the similar images. In this task, the caffeine group scored around 10% higher, he said.

"What I've taken from this is that I should keep drinking my coffee," Yassa told the Guardian. "Our study suggests there's a real learning and memory benefit, but other studies suggest caffeine is associated with increased longevity, and a resistance to Alzheimer's disease. In moderate amounts, it could have beneficial effects for health."

Yassa said it was unclear how caffeine might help the storage of memories, but one theory is that it leads to higher levels of a stress hormone called norepinephrine in the brain, which helps memories to be laid down.

Some scientists, however, say they need more evidence to believe the effect. George Kemenes, a neuroscientist who studies memory at Sussex University, said the statistical techniques used in the paper were not good enough to prove the effect was real. "I have reservations. If the statistics aren't right the whole story, beautiful as it is, unravels," he said.

"Even if this was solidly true, which in my view it isn't, it wouldn't prove that caffeine has a memory-enhancing property. It wouldn't call this an improvement in long-term memory."

Jon Simons, who works on memory at Cambridge University, said the study was interesting and carefully designed, but the effect needed to be shown in a larger number of people. "The claim that caffeine affects the consolidation of memories is based on quite a small effect that would really benefit from replication in a larger sample to be convincing," he said.

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Well THIS explains a lot!




Iranian news agency says the U.S. is secretly run by Nazi space aliens

By Max Fisher
January 13

Iran's semi-official news outlets have something of a reputation for taking conspiracy theorism to the next level. They've written on Israel's secret plans to annex Iraq, the conspiracy by Western media to fabricate quotes by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemning the Holocaust and the secret Jewishness of the British royal family. You may notice a certain theme here.

On Sunday, the hard-line semi-official Fars News dropped one of its biggest bombshells yet: The United States government has been secretly run by a "shadow government" of space aliens since 1945. Yes, space aliens. The alien government is based out of Nevada and had previously run Nazi Germany. It adds, for timeliness, that the controversial NSA programs are actually a tool for the aliens to hide their presence on Earth and their secret agenda for global domination. This is all asserted as incontrovertible fact with no caveats.

There are so many wonderful details here. As proof that aliens were secretly behind the Nazis, the report explains that Germany built hundreds of submarines toward the end of the war, far more than would have been possible with mere human technology. It does not explain why aliens with access to interstellar travel built subs that were so grossly incapable against the British navy, or why all-powerful extraterrestrials were unable to help the Nazis resist an invasion by Allied forces that are mere cavemen relative to their own technology. So far, these are pretty unimpressive aliens.

In any case, after losing the war, the aliens apparently installed themselves as the secret force behind the United States government. President Obama is said to be a tool of the aliens, though anti-alien factions within the U.S. government are fighting to topple him. Their present aim is to install a global surveillance system that will, somehow, allow them to finally impose a one-world government and enslave humanity.

The best part to all this, to me, is the sourcing. Fars News takes us through a veritable hall-of-mirrors of sources "confirming" their scoop. The progenitor of it all, of course, is ostensibly NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who has waited until now to reveal that the real reason for all those NSA programs is aliens.

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It does seem that way sometimes.

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Cantonment teacher makes first cut for one-way Mars trip

Voyage to Red Planet a real long shot but not science fiction

Jan. 13, 2014 7:45 PM
by Troy Moon

One of Louis O’Rear’s students asked him why he wanted to die on Mars.

O’Rear told the Ransom Middle School eighth-grader that he didn’t want to die on Mars.

“I want to live on Mars.”

It’s not science fiction. There’s a chance that O’Rear, a Ransom Middle science teacher, could be one of the first four humans to colonize the Red Planet, a dream that has tantalized dreamers for centuries.

O’Rear, 49, is one of 1,058 people worldwide selected as potential pioneers for the Mars One program, a Dutch-led nonprofit venture that aims to send four people to live and die on Mars. The seven-month, one-way trip is tentatively scheduled for 2025. It would include broadcasts back to Earth. Organizers plan to make the Mars One trip into a reality television program.

Mars One began its Astronaut Selection Program in April. More than 78,000 people registered for the program within two weeks of its launch. Eventually, more than 200,000 people applied for the ticket to Mars. O’Rear, a married father of two, was notified shortly after Christmas that he had made the not-so-short short list.

People might wonder how he can leave everything behind — his wife, his two grown sons, everything he’s ever known, seen or loved.

“It’s not about what I’m leaving behind,” said O’Rear, who has taught at Ransom for more than two decades. “It’s more about what impact I’ve made here on Earth. I’ve been married to an intelligent, captivating woman for most of my life. Pam (O’Rear’s wife) is my rock and my soul mate. I have helped her raise two brilliant, kind, hardworking sons. I have taught nearly 3,500 kids. ... Just as I will be taking a little bit of each of them with me, I hope I am leaving just a little bit of me with each of them.”

What’s out there? It’s the eternal question that O’Rear first asked as a 10-year-old boy peering at the sky from a cheap telescope.

Now, he might get a chance to answer the question himself. He hopes his science background will help him make the next selection round, but he knows it’s a long shot. O’Rear has to submit medical exam information in March. Other selection process information has not been revealed.

He said his wife is supportive of his quest, at least now, though she was troubled at first. His sons, ages 21 and 20, are all for the trip. They would be in their 30s when the mission is set to launch for Mars, 143 million miles from home.

“They think this is just the coolest thing in the world,” O’Rear said of his sons. “We all have such a wonderful relationship, and they trust that I am making the right decision. Yes, I am a husband and a father. I am also a child of science.”

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