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Immune System, Unleashed by Cancer Therapies, Can Attack Organs

Immune System, Unleashed by Cancer Therapies, Can Attack Organs | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Immunotherapy drugs have been hailed as a breakthrough in cancer treatment, but doctors are finding that what makes them effective is also what poses serious risks.
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As modern allopathic medicine develops new and stronger techniques and drugs, the benefits and the risks grow. Meanwhile, medicine is more and more doing battle with our bodies instead of working in cooperation with them. Can we find a middle way that merges the allopathic, the homeopathic, and the wholistic so that wellness rather than beating disease becomes the norm? 
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REVEALED: Trump Organization eyes Taiwan for newest luxury resort location

REVEALED: Trump Organization eyes Taiwan for newest luxury resort location | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Trump shocked political observers Friday, initiating the first US-Taiwanese presidential contact in over three decades. The move risked a major dispute with China, which considers Taiwan to be one of its providences. In 1979, the U.S. adopted a One China position, freezing diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
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If this is true, forget high crimes and misdemeanors, in my opinion this would constitute treason, a subverting of US policy. This is the kind of behavior that truly scares me about Trump. Your reaction?
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Six maps that show the anatomy of America’s vast infrastructure

Six maps that show the anatomy of America’s vast infrastructure | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A look at the United States’s bridges, electrical grid, pipelines, railroads, airports and waterways
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Historically, the federal government has always had a hand in creating the infrastructure by helping to secure funding, most famously by giving land grants to railroads, by direct building of the Interstate road system, and by providing airmail contracts to help airlines. Mr. Trump's idea of spending to update our infrastructure is a good one. As with all such sweeping ideas, the devil will be in the details. Hopefully, he will put together a better team to implement his great project than Mr. Obama did for his project of affordable health care. This may be the biggest test of Mr. Trump as president, since he claims to be a great business administrator. 
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Did the news media overlook the world's biggest religious gathering? (+video)

Did the news media overlook the world's biggest religious gathering? (+video) | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The pilgrimage of Arbaeen is the world’s largest religious procession. Social media users are asking where the coverage was.
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How sad that people who claim to worship the same Allah terrorize one another over issues of faith. What horrid creatures we humans are. 
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Troubled $29 Billion U.S. Warship Sows Fresh Doubt on Worth

Troubled $29 Billion U.S. Warship Sows Fresh Doubt on Worth | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program “stands at a crossroads,” as the service prepares to ask Congress to authorize spending as much as $14 billion to buy more of the troubled vessels, congressional auditors say.
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Forget the dreadnoughts of old, the military has become its own behemoth ready to sink us all with unending spending. While the right condemns school meals and food stamps to save small amounts, the Navy prepares to buy more of these expensive and relatively unusable boats because, well, because they can spend the money and make the contractors rich. 
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Judge rules in favor of Craigslist sperm donor on child support

Judge rules in favor of Craigslist sperm donor on child support | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The state had argued the donor was the child's legal father because the same-sex couple he donated his sperm to didn't use a licensed physician.
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There are two questions: 1) Is a man responsible for the results his sperm produce even if he sells those sperm to the ultimate user? 2) Do certain rights continue with a man's sperm even if he has sold or gifted them. In this case, the state clearly overreached; the man had sold his sperm and the two women who bought it had taken responsibility. For the man who wants paternal rights re the child conceived via IV assuming he gave them the sperm to use, I have to question his right. Then again, I don't see sperm as having the value of life or souliness. 
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Trump’s Promises Will Be Hard to Keep, but Coal Country Has Faith

Trump’s Promises Will Be Hard to Keep, but Coal Country Has Faith | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Though experts say out-of-work miners are likely to be disappointed by Donald J. Trump’s economic plans, his supporters in West Virginia believe he can bring jobs back.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
We might be able to introduce new industries into coal country and into our big cities. We have lots of workers who could be employed. There are two problems. First" We need a government objective that will give impetus to those industries just as the road building of the 50s drove the automotive industry and the railroad/steel boom, which included coal, was driven by the railroad expansions of the nineteenth century. Second, and this is the biggest issue, is that workers want more than personal employment. They want a sense of permanence and generational security. Consider how many sons, grandsons, and even great-grandsons have gone into the mines. 

New industries no longer offer that sense of permanence. In Europe the state has become the vehicle by which security is conveyed. Pensions, education, health care, child care, and even housing have become a concern of government so that people don't have the anxiety about their children that Americans experience. That is what we in the states mistakenly call socialism and then curse as Communist when in fact it is Democratic Socialism. 

Only when the government is allowed to take its proper interactive role to foster both business and individual well-being can we hope to move forward for all. Take, for example, the building of alternative energy generation and improved local transport systems, two areas in which the government could take a stimulating role. 

So, to those who are expecting a resurgence of coal mining and automobile building, I can only say, "Lots of luck with those dreams." 
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Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016, report finds - BBC News

Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016, report finds - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This year saw the worst-ever destruction of coral on the Great Barrier Reef, a new study finds.
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Not that the deniers will care, but one more piece of evidence that climate change is real and that the world is worse for the warming. Meanwhile, if we just stopped killing one another all over the world I bet that would slow both warming and carbon emissions. How about that idea, humans?! Let's give nature a chance.
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Army Corps Orders Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters to Vacate

Army Corps Orders Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters to Vacate | Upsetment | Scoop.it
People protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline will be required to vacate property or face trespassing charges
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If the Army Corps of Engineers was smart, hmm Army Intelligence, they would help the protesters create a safe encampment and tell them we won't take any action until it is clear that there is a legal and binding conclusion to the protests. What harm are these people doing? They haven't even taken over the building at a bird sanctuary. In the end what the ACE don't get is that no matter how the decision comes down it is their organization that will take the PR hit, it is they who will look heartless and unconcerned. Again Army Intelligence will end up looking like stupidity. 
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A Navajo Chef Looks to History in His Homage to Native Cuisine

A Navajo Chef Looks to History in His Homage to Native Cuisine | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The executive chef at the National Museum of the American Indian’s cafe researched oral histories to showcase indigenous food from across the Americas.
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I have had the pleasure of meeting Freddie Bitsoie and have eaten his food a couple of times. This recognition is well-deserved. I'm sure that diners at the National Museum of the American Indian are in for a treat. 
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How Fidel Castro Went From Revolutionary to Ruler

How Fidel Castro Went From Revolutionary to Ruler | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"Today in Cuba no name moves men more quickly to praise—or to anger—than that of Fidel Castro," TIME reported in 1956.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
While Castro had many failings, particularly in his treatment of people in Cuba—if you haven't read it, I suggest "Cuba the Crocodile Island by my friend Ed Cervino as one tale of that mistreatment—he will always be high in my esteem because he stood up to the hegemony of the United States. Sure, he played the Soviet Union card to do so, but he didn't allow his country to be bullied. And, when he had the opportunity, he acted from the perspective that those countries that had little still had an obligation to help those that had even less. Cuban physicians and teachers were sent to Africa to help and many of the soldiers who have fought for the best ideal in their homelands trained in Cuba. As co-author of book about South Sudan, I learned, for example, that many of the men who fought for the Sudanese People Liberation Army first to reform Sudan and then to obtain South Sudanese independence spent time  training in Cuba. So, today, let us neither cheer Castro's death nor weep for his passing but rather see him for what he was, a figure of greatness who truly affected the world in which he lived. 
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The wildfires in Israel are still raging - and now they're approaching Jerusalem

The wildfires in Israel are still raging - and now they're approaching Jerusalem | Upsetment | Scoop.it
sraeli authorities evacuated 60,000 people from Haifa because of a spate of wildfires.
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Some are the result of negligence and others apparently have been set, but the hot, dry summer and rainless fall have intensified the threat of fire in Israel. The big question: will this threat bring Jews and Arabs together in a common effort to fight it or will it lead to accusations and more animosity? 
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Most expensive destroyer in Navy history breaks down

Most expensive destroyer in Navy history breaks down | Upsetment | Scoop.it

The most expensive destroyer ever built for the Navy suffered an engineering problem in the Panama Canal and had to be towed to port.

Kenneth Weene's insight:
Once again the Military-Industrial-Espionage complex shows how inept it really is. How many school lunches does this fiasco represent? How many homeless could be sheltered instead of building another destroyer? By the way, take a good look at her. Am I the only one who immediately thinks, "We're back to the ironclads of the Civil War. Seriously, and the cost of the shells for those guns is prohibitive anyway. Isn't it time for us to rethink our military? 
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8 Unusual Sinking Places - ODDEE

8 Unusual Sinking Places - ODDEE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Either shoddy workmanship or soft earth caused these eight areas to tilt over time.
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Interesting that this list, which does in fact include the Taj Mahal, didn't include the buildings in Alphabet City New York that are slowly sinking into the muck below. Of course, far fewer of those buildings were put up because of the hero of my novel, Times to Try the Soul of Man, which is based on real people and real events. https://www.amazon.com/Times-Try-Soul-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00VYSQ1VO/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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Heroes: Utah parents disarm son, prevent potential school shooting

Heroes: Utah parents disarm son, prevent potential school shooting | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The incident may turn debate back toward parents' roles in keeping their kids from committing acts of gun violence.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
A quote from the article: "A national study from 2005 found that between 1.5 million and 1.8 million minors live with loaded and unlocked firearms somewhere in their house. But prosecutors are generally reluctant to hit parents with charges after their child hurts someone with a gun – a trend that needs to change, some gun-control proponents have argued." 

It seems to me that parents who own guns have a very real responsibility because after all, kids are kids and not able to control their emotions and make adult judgements—not that all adults are. 
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Iran says extension of sanctions act shows U.S. unreliable

Iran says extension of sanctions act shows U.S. unreliable | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is pictured after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut, Lebanon November 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Kenneth Weene's insight:
It is time for the United States to stop being stupid in foreign affairs. We have to recognize that we are not the only powerful country on earth and that we have to work with other nations. Let's not forget that we caused the original problems with Iran by overthrowing their popularly elected government. We supported and encouraged a tyrant there as well. So, yes, I would guess that Iranian distrust of the United States makes a lot more sense than American distrust of Iran.
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There Have Been 200 Shootings Of Police This Year

There Have Been 200 Shootings Of Police This Year | Upsetment | Scoop.it
And police in states without background checks on all handgun sales were twice as likely to be shot, according to new data.
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As America mourns the 200th shooting of a cop, let's take a look at the facts. States with universal background have less gun violence towards police. Is anybody surprised? 
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After a toddler accidentally shot and killed his older sister, a family’s wounds run deep

After a toddler accidentally shot and killed his older sister, a family’s wounds run deep | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Nine-year-old Kimi Reylander’s death has left her loved ones reeling and complicated their relationships with guns.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Incredibly sad and powerful, the takeaway, accidental death from gun held by a toddler destroys the hearts of the people who are left behind. If you own a gun, please take responsibility for the safety of those around you—not just their physical safety but also their emotional wellbeing. 
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Massive Wildfire Engulfs Tennessee Resort Towns, Kills 3

Massive Wildfire Engulfs Tennessee Resort Towns, Kills 3 | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The blaze has destroyed more than 150 structures.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
How horrible. Having lived in rural Maine and having fought fires there, I can only imagine the horror of this raging fire. Want to share one of my experiences fighting fires? I used one in writing "Broody New Englander." https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00QCUYK12/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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Scurvy makes surprise return in Australia - BBC News

Scurvy makes surprise return in Australia - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Doctors in Australia report a resurgence in the disease historically associated with sea explorers.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
You would think given the way Europeans discovered Australia and how so many of the first Aussies got to their new land that everybody there would be super aware of this almost disappeared nutritional disease. But, my guess is that Aussies pride themselves on their "manly" eating and drinking habits and don't give a fart for nutrition and dietetics. As fad diets and use of super-energy-drinks increase, I bet we're going to see an increase in many such nutritional diseases in the States and Europe as well as in the Antipodes. 
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‘All I asked for was sliced cheese’: Richmond roommates bewildered after store employees hide, call the police

‘All I asked for was sliced cheese’: Richmond roommates bewildered after store employees hide, call the police | Upsetment | Scoop.it
What began as a spontaneous trip to the store ended up being one of the most bizarre experiences of Ricky Berry's life. They went to purchase a grocery item and ended up having the police called on them.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
First, tis is a public business and the two men came in looking for a product. How is that trespassing? Second, what might they have asked for that wouldn't have sent the CVS employees into a panic. Can we say racist? And, before you go on about why would there be cheese in a pharmacy, stop in a few and see all the food items. Nope, if white kids had gone into the same store and asked there would have been no problem, Note, by the way, that the Black kids had nothing negative to say about the cop. This isn't a Black Lives Matter post but simply one about the disease of  racism. 
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The Islamic State has been a catastrophe for Sunnis

The Islamic State has been a catastrophe for Sunnis | Upsetment | Scoop.it
ISIS has been a catastrophe for Sunnis in Iraq and Syria
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Call it the war against ISIS, ISIL, or DAESH, in the end like all wars it is leaving too many hapless and overwhelmed in its wake. What is the future of Iraq and particularly of its large Sunni minority? At least so far, the Shiite and Kurdish troops have not embraced the goal of genocide, but the state of things is horrific. Can we hope that the central government of Iraq will find a new way to organize the people of that land so that the various groups and tribes that make up its population can live together and prosper? 
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More minorities buying guns following Donald Trump’s election

More minorities buying guns following Donald Trump’s election | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some firearm stores have reported a four-fold increase in the number of minority customers since Donald Trump was elected.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
For some time I have been dreading this kind of story. I just hope that these same very rational minority citizens will fit themselves with body cameras so that when the cops decide to protect themselves from this new threat there will be evidence that it is the cop and not the citizen who started the battle, because that is going to become the norm: Cops harassing as they do now and it escalating into gun fights. The same is going to be true when the "Standing My Ground" Zimmermans find themselves facing lethal force Is this the America we want? Not me. I want law and order and justice for everyone, which means protecting minorities. And, don't say we have to give Trump a chance unless you were saying the same thing when Whites ran to buy guns when Obama was elected. Don't tell me that the cops are the good guys unless you have been supporting real accountability for police violence and have opposed the kind of policing (and revenue harvesting) that went on in Ferguson. Don't tell me that the legal system is a just one unless you have been screaming about the disporportionate sentencing of Blacks on drug charges. Don't tell me that the system is there to protect everyone unless you have recognized the ham-handed treatment of Native Americans. Seriously, we have just had an election about taking America back and backwards we are going, to the OK Coral. Damn, not how I want my country going. 
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Police Dogs Face 'Grave Threat' From Powerful Drug

Police Dogs Face 'Grave Threat' From Powerful Drug | Upsetment | Scoop.it

Image: Fentanyl Citrate, a CLASS II Controlled Substance as classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency in the secure area of a local hospital Friday, July10, 2009. Joe Amon / The Denver Post

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Drug addiction is life-threatening for humans, but now it is endangering police dogs as well, and that's rather upsetting because they didn't get to choose the job. It doesn't take much Fentany to kill a fine animal. Sadly, this powerful synthetic opioid has real medical uses, such as relief for cancer sufferers. But, there are always low-lifes around who will use anything they can get to make money by selling it to desperate addicts. Sadly, there are way too many addicts who are desperate to get a better fix. In the end, we have to cut off the demand and that will only come by first seeing addiction as a health issue requiring treatment and if necessary chemical support. The criminalizing of drugs approach has obviously not worked. 
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Remembering the US soldiers who refused orders to murder Native Americans at Sand Creek

Remembering the US soldiers who refused orders to murder Native Americans at Sand Creek | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A scholar of American Indian studies shares the lesser-known, true story of two men who stood up and spoke out against the murder of American Indians, and how they are celebrated as heroes today.
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If history teaches us something it should be that might does not always make right and that good men are not always silent. Let us remember the brave soldiers who have refused wrongful orders, for they are the greatest heroes of any army. 
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