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NASA test fired an RS-25 rocket engine, which will help launch the agency's Space Launch System megarocket. The test took place at the Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, on Dec. 13, 2017. It was the third and final RS-25 engine test of 2017. Original Image

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After 12 Years of Searching for Cause of Bipolar Disorder, Researchers Conclude it Has Many

In fact, they say, no one genetic change, or chemical imbalance, or life event, lies at the heart of every case of the mental health condition once known as manic depression.

The research is in International Journal of Epidemiology. (full access paywall)

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Here’s a List of the Obama Lies the NY Times Chose Not to Call Out
By Robert Donachie
December 15, 2017 at 2:37pm

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The New York Times opinion page claimed Thursday that President Donald Trump has outright lied 85 more times in his first year in office than former President Barack Obama did during his eight years as president.

“In his first 10 months in office, he (Trump) has told 103 separate untruths, many of them repeatedly. Obama told 18 over his entire eight-year tenure. That’s an average of about two a year for Obama and about 124 a year for Trump,” according to the Times’ op-ed.

The Times states that their definition of the word “lie,” as it pertains to the article, is “demonstrably false statements.”

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Keeping with the newspaper’s definition, here are a few more Obama lies that the Times left-out.

1) OBAMA 2009:

“I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter because, frankly, we historically have had a employer-based system in this country with private insurers, and for us to transition to a system like that I believe would be too disruptive,” Obama said at a 2009 New Hampshire town hall.

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In a video recorded at an Obama fundraising event hosted by the AFL-CIO in 2003, Obama expressed his support for a single-payer healthcare system. The former president told the crowd, “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal healthcare plan.


“The other thing we’ve done is to say, what are the critical needs of small business? A lot of time, one of the biggest challenges is to make sure that you, as a sole proprietor, that you can get health insurance for you and your family. So when you hear about the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and I don’t mind the name because I really do care. That’s why we passed it. You should know that once we have fully implemented, you’re going to be able to buy insurance through a pool so that you can get the same good rates as a group that if you’re an employee at a big company you can get right now — which means your premiums will go down,” Obama said at a 2012 campaign speech in Cincinnati.

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Premiums for both Obamacare and employer-based health insurance plans increased steadily after Obama’s statement.

Employer-based health insurance premiums went up over $4,000 from the time Obama took office in 2008 to 2014. The growth of premiums for family coverage grew at an average rate of 5 percent a year from 2010 to 2015, according to a 2016 Kaiser Family Foundation and Journal of the American Medical Association study.

Premiums for plans sold on the Obamacare state exchanges increased dramatically during Obama’s time in the White House, particularly during his second term.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report in May 2017 comparing premiums in the exchange marketplaces in 2013, one year before Obamacare regulations took full effect, to premiums in the exchange marketplace in 2017.

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The report found that average monthly premiums increased from $224 in 2013 to $476 in 2014. That constitutes a 105 percent increase in only 4 years.

The Obama administration later conceded the fact that premiums were rising in 2016.

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The administration announced in October 2016 that insurance premiums would rise by double-digit percentages in 2017. During the same announcement, Obamacare enrollees learned that around 20 percent of consumers, or one in five, will only have one insurer to choose from in the marketplace.


“Today, the economy is growing again; wages, incomes, home values, and retirement accounts are rising again; poverty is falling again. The wealthy are paying a fairer share of taxes even as the stock market shatters records. The unemployment rate is near a 10-year low. The uninsured rate has never, ever been lower. Healthcare costs are rising at the slowest rate in 50 years,” Obama said in a 2017 speech in Chicago.

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While giving his farewell address to a crowd in Chicago in January 2017, Obama claimed that health care costs “are rising at the slowest rate in 50 years.”

The statement is definitively false, considering that U.S. health care spending began growing at a faster rate in 2014 than it had in well over a decade.

Health care spending rose 5.3 percent in 2014, accelerating from an average growth rate of 3.7 percent for the previous half decade. From 2008 to 2013, national health care spending never increased more than 4.5 percent on a year-to-year basis.

The trend continued in 2015, increasing 5.8 percent.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expects national health care spending to grow at an average annual rate of 5.6 percent through 2025.

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Google won't show news from sites that hide their country of origin

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“Hey Google” Voice Command is Now Widely Rolling-out in Google Assistant - Users have been able to search Google via voice using the ‘OK Google’ voice command since 2013. In 2016, Google released Google Assistant, although it was initially an exclusive for Pixel devices. While Google Assistant on smartphones continued using the same voice command as always, the company offered another command to wake the Google Home device. The “Hey Google” voice command could be used to wake Assistant on G...

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The latest Star Wars installment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was released in the U.S. on Friday, and audiences are gathering to watch Rey become further attuned with "The Force" under the guidance of Luke Skywalker. We know the film is fiction, but we also wonder whether there's any scientific truth underpinning the action. In fact, there's more than you might think.

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'The backward logic and disguised appeal to pre-civil war racism remain powerful and dangerous.' - #AJOpinion

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Graspable Objects Grab Attention More Than Images of Objects Do

Does having the potential to act upon an object have a unique influence on behavior and brain responses to the object? That is the question Jacqueline Snow, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, has set out to answer.

The research is in Psychological Science. (full access paywall)

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Someone takes apart the conspiracy theory of voters being bussed into Alabama (works for any of the many “bussed voters” theories).

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One of our most popular posts of the past week: They've called it a matter of public health

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The homewreckers: How Trump cronies are sabotaging the American dream -via Flynx

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Obama DEMANDED It! 5 Boxes of Classified Documents GONE! Here’s What They Tried To HidePublished on Dec 16, 2017 By Sassy Liberty

Newly-revealed documents obtained by Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch reveal ever more of the dastardly deeds of former Secretary of State, two-time presidential loser, Hillary Clinton and her sidekick, Huma Abedin.

Through the course of a lawsuit filed in response to the failure of the Department of Justice to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all forms authorizing the removal of “personal papers and non-record materials,”, Judicial Watch has obtained records demonstrating the swamp is as just as deep as we have long suspected, and likely a whole lot deeper. The duo was allowed to remove highly sensitive documents not made readily available to the public.

Judicial Watch received the records on Thursday in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that sought all DS-1904 forms completed by or on behalf of Former Secretary Hillary Clinton, Former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, Former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin, and Former Deputy Chief of Staff Jacob Sullivan.

Hillary and Huma were permitted to remove both electronic and physical records, under the guise of the claim “they were ‘personal’ materials and ‘unclassified, non-record materials,'” of which included files of Hillary’s calls and schedules. While not classified, these documents carry a special notation that they were not to be made public under the normal FOIA process. The special notation was included as part of an addendum signed by Clarence N. Finney Jr., then-director of the Office of Correspondence and Records, who reviewed the records.

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The Obama State Department allowed former Hillary while she served in her former capacity of Secretary of State and Huma Abedin in her capacity as Hillary’s top aide to remove call logs, scheduling documents and files described as “Muslim Engagement” from government premises by labeling the records “private.” These newly obtained records also show that Huma was directly authorized to remove five different boxes of “physical files” that include documents described as “Muslim Engagement.”

Also among the recent discoveries revealed by these most recent documents is the revelation that Hillary removed the physical file of “the log of the Secretary’s gifts with pictures of gifts.” This could and very likely would further expose just how deeply involved in “pay for play” the State Department was under Hillary’s leadership. It would also likely further expose the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative along with Hillary herself, causing the whole Clinton house of cards to tumble down. But will Attorney General Jeff Sessions address? Or will he continue to ignore is the question…

As a result of these findings, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton is demanding answers. He said in a statement –

“”We already know the Obama State Department let Hillary Clinton steal and then delete her government emails, which included classified information but these new records show that was only part of the scandal. These new documents show the Obama State Department had a deal with Hillary Clinton to hide her calls logs and schedules, which would be contrary to FOIA and other laws.”

Electronic records Clinton was allowed to remove:

Copy of “daily files.”
Non-record copy of a log of calls the Secretary made since 2004.
Official and personal copy of the Secretary’s “call grid” which is a running list of calls she wants to make.
Physical records Clinton was allowed to remove:

16 boxes of personal schedules from 1993-2008 (prior to her becoming Secretary of State).
29 boxes of miscellaneous public schedules ranging from her time as FLOTUS all the way up to her appointment at the State Department.
1 box of personal reimbursable receipts.
1 box of personal photos.
1 box personal schedule.
Personal correspondence.
Daily file binders.
Gift binders.
Gifts (actual).
Topic binders.
Electronic records Abedin was allowed to remove:

Outlook contacts.
Physical records Abedin was allowed to remove (5 boxes):

Travel Records
Muslim Engagement Documents
Newspaper Articles
Gift Archive Binder
FLOTUS “Courtesy Storage/Box Content List” Binder
CODEL Trips Binder
Menu Cards & Table Arrangement Binder
Personal Event Planner (2001 thru 2011)
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Judicial Watch states of the documents –

“The originals of some Clinton documents were retained, such as the call logs and schedules. For other records, including material that predates Clinton’s tenure, there is no indication that a copy was made. The most significant of these are her personal correspondence and gift binders, which could reflect Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative ties.”

After this latest bombshell revelation Fitton demands to know the obvious question – “When are the American people going to get an honest investigation of the Clinton crimes?”

The United States government has known for more than thirteen years that the mission of Muslim Brotherhood was and is to destroy Western civilization from within by their own hands. As a result, no rational thinking person that loves America should have or would have allowed these Sharia-supremacists anywhere near our government if we hoped to retain our republic.

So, the question begs to be asked in 2012 when then-Rep. Michele Bachmann and four of her colleagues asked the State Department demanded answers about the ties its Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, had with the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood, why were her concerns not given careful scrutiny? Why was Bachmann instead vilified as an “Islamophobe” while those very valid questions were left unanswered?

With this latest revelation from Judicial Watch, inquiring minds now want to know – did Huma actually enable the Muslim Brotherhood’s infiltration demonstrating yet another betrayal of our national security by Hillary Clinton and her merry band on sycophants?

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Mozilla's Mr. Robot tie-in blew up in a bad way.

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Special prosecutor has the complete cache of “many tens of thousands” of Trump transition emails from a dozen accounts, including the team's political leadership & the foreign-policy team. Prosecutors have used them as the basis for questions to witnesses. The emails were obtained from the General Services Administration, which hosted the transition email system.

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A Name to Conjure By

Apparently some folk -- the white folk who make racist comments against people who aren't white -- have decided the current president's name makes for a great racist taunt in and of itself, or an authority to invoke alongside other racist taunts.

Can't imagine how that became a thing.

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"We can’t stand by and watch one of the greatest tools for democracy ever created be turned into a private playground for the rich." — Eric Schneiderman

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Yellow eyes for Paris
Nov 2017

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My 2018 Nature Calendar is now an extra 15% off - use the code LULU15 at checkout!

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colorful abstract fir tree
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Today on Google Maps My photos have more than 100 million calls

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Seattle 2017
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Hum de dum de dum...

On one of our amazing landings, we got to see a BBC film crew setting up for a future episode that may or may not include elephant seals from South Georgia Island ;-) That is their vessel in the background.

#oneoceanexp #penguins #king

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Cape Spear, Newfoundland

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in the shroom wonderland

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Small Talk

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The smooth lake
What a wonderful sunset over this lake. Staying there watching the sun going down the horizon always makes you feel better. It's an amazing experience to see everything so calm and peaceful compared with how I was half an hour early at work!
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Winch - Sydney Harbour

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Fort Worth Japanese Garden

Autumn colors in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden. A favorite local location for fall colors. I make regular visits in November and December to follow the changing colors and watch the maples turn red.

Sony A7S with adapted Nikon 100mm lens

#wildernessphotographer #texas #fortworth #japanesegarden #fallcolor #landscape

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In the garden today. The Calla Lilies are loving the hot weather and occasional rain.

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Intellectual Humility

"Researchers from Duke University say that intellectual humility is an important personality trait that has become in short supply in our country."

"Intellectual humility is like open-mindedness. It is basically an awareness that your beliefs may be wrong, influencing a person’s ability to make decisions in politics, health and other areas of life. An intellectually humble person can have strong opinions, say the authors, but will still recognize they are not perfect and are willing to be proven wrong."

#psychology #intelligence #intellectualhumility

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Little Understood Cells Helps Mice See Color

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered that color vision in mice is far more complex than originally thought, opening the door to experiments that could potentially lead to new treatments for humans.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

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Trump lawyer accuses Mueller of improperly obtaining transition documents

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The Habits That Improve Your Memory Best, According to Science

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