Relevant news for the last days & just plain ol’ news 8/17 con’t…Pedophile hunters Dark Justice report online grooming ‘epidemic’…Christian School Told 12-yo His Alleged Rape Was ‘Boys Being Boys’…Stamford wants to Outlaw ‘Distracted Walking’…Smartphone separation anxiety is growing problem & more

Video – Tiny robots used to treat bacterial infectionsOfficials: At Least 13 Dead, 50+ Injured In Barcelona Terror Attack…


Tiny robots used to treat bacterial infections (VIDEO)

A micromotor drug delivery system has been used to treat bacterial infections in the stomachs of mice, a US school of engineering has announced.

The tiny vehicles, each of which measure about half the width of a human hair, were designed to swim through the rodent’s gut and neutralize the gastric acid before delivering their cargo of antibiotics.

The breakthrough experiment was carried out by nanoengineers from the UC San Diego Jacob School of Engineering. It is the first time a device of its type has been tested.


“It’s a one-step treatment with these micromotors, combining acid neutralization with therapeutic action,” said Berta Esteban-Fernández de Ávila, a co-author of the paper, published in Nature….


Pedophile hunters Dark Justice report online grooming ‘epidemic’ (VIDEOS)

Pedophile hunters ‘Dark Justice’ say the number of men targeting children online has reached “epidemic” levels, with predators lurking on Justin Bieber Facebook pages and live video apps to find victims.

The Newcastle-based duo, who use the pseudonyms Scott and Callum, set up fake profiles on social media posing as girls or boys aged 11 to 15. They never instigate conversations and immediately tell those who contact them that they are underage.

They try to avoid sexual conversations, acting young and uneducated. They only arrange a meeting if it is suggested by a third party. They then inform police, and go along to film the suspected offender….


Christian School Reportedly Told 12-Year-Old His Alleged Rape Was ‘Boys Being Boys’

His mother has since filed a lawsuit against the school.

A prestigious Christian school in Tennessee is under fire for allegedly doing nothing after a male student reported that he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by four older classmates.

On Aug. 4, the mother of the male student sued the school in a civil lawsuit and is seeking $30 million in damages. The lawsuit, obtained by HuffPost, claims that during the 2014-2015 school year the young boy (named only as John Doe), who was in 6th grade at the time, was repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted by four male 8th-graders….


How A German City Found An Absolutely Genius Way Of Handling Neo-Nazis

The program’s so successful, other communities hassled by neo-Nazis have emulated it.

What do you do when neo-Nazis keep flooding your town?

One German city was faced with exactly that problem.

A viral post on Twitter from Cleve Jones shares the story of Wunsiedel in northeast Bavaria, which has been a neo-Nazi destination since it was once home to the grave of Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess.

But in 2014, sponsors agreed to donate money for each step marched by the neo-Nazis, with the cash going to programs that fight Nazis, the Guardian reported at the time.


Record-shattering 2.7 MILLION-year-old ice core drilled from Antarctica could reveal what triggered the ice ages

  • The bubbles in the ice core contain greenhouse gases from Earth’s atmosphere
  • Carbon dioxide levels were less than 300 parts per million 2.7 million years ago
  • This is lower than today’s levels of carbon dioxide of 405 parts per million
  • Ice core was drilled region in East Antarctica famous for preserving meteorites…


Stamford Officials Eye Legislation That Would Outlaw ‘Distracted Walking’

Drivers aren’t the only ones who could be fined for texting or talking.

Now, there’s a proposal to keep pedestrians safe that could set off a national trend.

Crossing busy Broad Street in downtown Stamford can be a challenge, even if you’re not staring down at text messages on your cell phone….

Stamford Officials Eye Legislation That Would Outlaw ‘Distracted Walking’


Smartphone separation anxiety is growing problem, says scientist

Smartphones are so central to our lives that being separated from them for any length of time can put people into a high state of anxiety – and the problem, it seems, is only going to get worse.

Researchers have been looking into the reasons for our ‘smartphone separation anxiety’ – known as nomophobia – and found that it has little to do with being unable to make or receive a call….


Australian bodybuilder with rare disorder dies eating high-protein diet

Meegan Hefford, a 25-year-old bodybuilder, was found unconscious on June 19 in her Mandurah, Western Australia, apartment, according to CNN affiliate Australia News 7.

Days later, Hefford was pronounced dead. Only after her death did her family learn that Hefford, the mother of a 7-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, had a rare genetic disorder that prevented her body from properly metabolizing her high-protein diet.
Urea cycle disorder, which causes a deficiency of one enzyme in the urea cycle, stops the body from breaking down protein, according to the nonprofit National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation….


RT inside ISIS-besieged Deir ez-Zor: Daily struggle for food, soaring prices, glimpses of hope

Hopes of returning to normal existence lie with the Syrian army, residents of the ISIS-besieged city of Deir ez-Zor told RT in exclusive footage recorded just a stone’s throw from the frontline, where armed forces are making a final push to liberate the city.

Syrians in the city of Deir ez-Zor have somehow managed to maintain their sanity amid the terror and severe shortages of food, medicine and basic commodities. Markets, the heart of a typical Middle Eastern society, function as they did for hundreds of years, with one notable exception – a lack of products to sell and those in supply are sold at astronomical prices….


Officials: At Least 13 Dead, 50+ Injured In Barcelona Terror Attack


All prophecies the bible says will happen in end times are happening or almost completed at present:

Terror attack Spain (Live Updates) ’13 dead’, dozens injured & Hostages now held in restaurant (unconfirmed) (Warning Graphic Video)…No go zones in UK…South Korea LG service centers attacked by ransomware…

Pictured: Suspect ID’d…

Spanish police have confirmed a truck has struck a crowd on a popular tourist street in central Barcelona in what they are calling a terror attack, with local media claiming there are up to a dozen injured in the “serious incident”.

According to reports, the van involved in the incident left the road and entered the pedestrianized area of the walk and drove through the crowds until it crashed into a kiosk. Spanish police were quick to identify the incident as a “terrorist attack” and said the attacker had fled the scene….

Live Updates:

Local reports say Las Ramblas attack driver made off on foot after mowing down dozens of tourists

• Shortly afterwards shop workers reported a hostage situation in the Luna de Istanbul restaurant, near the La Boqueria Market….

Horror images have emerged of people laying bloodied in the street as 13 people are reported dead.

However, the Catalan interior ministry has confirmed only one death….

Matthew 24 – Last days, many will hate and betray one another

No Go Zones: ‘No Whites Allowed After 8 PM’ Graffiti Appears in Birmingham, England

More evidence of the emerging No Go Zones investigated by Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam in a new book has emerged in Birmingham, England, where a message reading ‘NO Whites Allowed After 8 pm’ appeared on the side of a building in the inner-city neighbourhood of Alum Rock.

The Birmingham Mail traced the graffiti to the corner of Farndon Road after the image was shared in a Facebook post — since deleted — by a page called Brumz Updates.

Local councillor Ali Khan, a Labour Party representative, told the paper that similar messages had been scrawled on stickers and affixed to lampposts in the nearby district of Saltley around three years ago.

The graffiti is just the latest in a series of anti-white incidents in England recently.


South Korea LG service centers attacked by ransomware

SEOUL – A ransomware attack resembling WannaCry’s malicious code has attacked South Korean tech giant LG Electronics’ service centers.

LG Electronics’ service centers were attacked by ransomware this week, with the malicious code used possibly identical to the WannaCry ransomware attack, one of the largest cyberattacks that struck in May, according to security authorities Wednesday.

LG said that self-service kiosks at some of its service centers were attacked by ransomware, a type of malicious software that encrypts computer files and asks for money to unlock them….


Relevant news for the last days & just plain ol’ news 8/17…Conflict leaves millions hungry in DR Congo…Germany experimenting with drugs to make people accept migrants…A young mom turns radical as Venezuela crisis deepens…Gardasil risks hidden…N Korea tortures/executes those who practice religion & more

Crazy Chase: Motorcyclist chases down hit-and-run suspect

Matthew 24:33….When we see all these things….

A motorcyclist chased after a hit-and-run suspect, while relaying information to police. The entire pursuit was caught on tape, and eventually lead to the driver’s arrest.


Conflict leaves millions hungry in DR Congo – UN

Nearly eight million people face acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of conflict, especially in the central Kasai region, UN food agencies said Monday. “Food security and nutrition… are deteriorating in many parts of DRC, but nowhere is the situation more alarming than in Kasai,” said Claude Jibidar, director of the World Food Program’s operations in the country. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said about 7.7 million people were on the verge of starvation overall in the vast central African country, a 30 percent surge over a year ago. A rebellion has been raging in the diamond-rich Kasai region for the past year, with both the government and rebels accused of atrocities. (AFP)


Germany experimenting with mind-altering “Love” drugs to make people more accepting of migrants

LOVE DRUG: Westerners are kinder to migrants when given the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin and put under peer pressure, scientists find

Researchers from the University of Bonn said that humans tend to be generally kinder to friends and family than strangers.

“Given the right circumstances, oxytocin may help promote the acceptance and integration of migrants into Western cultures.”

 The suggestion that Westerners should be given drugs to make them more welcoming to foreigners is likely to be hugely controversial.

Millions of migrants and “refugees” have poured into Europe in recent years, with people now attempting to cross the Mediterranean on jetskis after paying up to £3,000 per person.

Angela Merkel recently told Donald Trump she “wishes” she hadn’t opened Germany’s borders to refugees, while the billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates said Europe was at “breaking point”.


Iraqi Shiite militias pledge to take part in next ISIS fight

Iraq’s Shiite militias announced on Monday they will participate in the next major battle against the Islamic State(ISIS) group after the Iraqi forces’ victory in Mosul last month.

The Shite militias did not fight in the urban part of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, but were key in clearing far-flung villages of ISIS and capturing supply lines in the desert west of Mosul toward Iraq’s border with Syria.

The spokesman for the government-sanctioned umbrella — known as the Popular Mobilization Forces or PMF and mostly made up of Shiite militias — says the participation of the militiamen is “essential” in the upcoming fight for the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul. About 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of the Syrian border, Tal Afar was once home to both Shiites and Sunni ethnic Turkmen….


‘Hora Cero’: A young mother turns radical as Venezuela crisis deepens

“Upheaval” describes everyday life in Venezuela.

The South American country has been mired in an economic, political and humanitarian crisis that has spilled into the streets, with almost daily protests affecting the lives of 30 million people who either participate in them or are forced to navigate through roadblocks and debris.

In cities and towns across the country, people have come out by the thousands since early April to protest a government many no longer recognize as legitimate….

Also at stake is control of the country’s vast oil reserves and an economy that, once strong, has descended into chaos as inflation soars to triple digits and the value of the currency plummets, according to analyses by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

At least 124 people have been killed, and thousands more have been injured, according to an August report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Government security forces and pro-government armed groups, called colectivos, are behind at least 73 of those deaths, according to the report, which adds, “It is unclear who the perpetrators in the remaining deaths may be.”

For Claudia Vivas, a 29-year-old mother living in Caracas, the violence of the protests and the government’s response to them have added to an already hard life.

“They’re massacring us,” Vivas told ABC News in Spanish. “I’ve breathed in tear gas like you don’t have any idea. I’ve never been hit, thank God. Neither me nor my husband has been hit, but we’ve breathed in that gas.”….

An uncertain future

Venezuela’s turmoil has garnered international attention and provoked fiery rhetoric, such as when President Donald Trump said U.S. military intervention in the country was on the table.

The Trump administration has sanctioned Venezuelan government officials it believes are linked to international drug trafficking and human rights violations, including Vice President Tarek El-Aissami and several government ministers.

For the first time since Maduro’s election in 2013, the majority of countries in the Organization of American States have issued strong condemnations of his government. Although OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro has called Maduro’s efforts to sew up power “treason” against the Venezuelan people, the organization has failed to pass any resolutions against the Venezuelan government.

International pressure can do only so much. It’s a combination of internal dynamics and external factors that bring about change, Arnson said.

Attempts at formal dialogue between the Maduro government and the opposition — often brokered by former world leaders or other neutral parties — have so far proved fruitless….


NYC Subway Workers Say Dead Bodies Are Being Stored In Their Bathrooms

This has been an ongoing issue for years, the transit union says.

Employees in the New York City subway believe they can improve their working environment with one teensy-weensy, itsy-bitsy change in protocol: Stop storing dead bodies in their break rooms and bathrooms.

When someone dies on the subway or in a terminal, their body is removed as quickly as possible so that service can be resumed.

Sources from the Transport Workers Union Local 100, the city’s public transit worker union, told the New York Post that means that bodies are taken to the nearest room ― regardless of what it is.

“If a lunch room is the nearest, they’ll put it in the lunch room,” one source told the Post.

When someone dies on the subway, the New York Police Department’s policy is to first determine if the death was a potential homicide so the possible crime scene can be preserved.

Deputy Police Commissioner Peter Donald told The Chief-Leader, a newspaper that specializes in labor unions, that it’s up to emergency medical specialists “to make the call if someone is DOA.”….


North Korea is executing, torturing and enslaving those who practice religion, US says in new report

The North Korean regime has continued to position itself as one of the world’s worst persecutors of the religious, torturing and killing people who practice their faith, according to a State Department report released Tuesday.

The 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom determined that the government led by dictator Kim Jong Un continues to delineate brutal punishments for those who engage in faith-bound acts outside of worshipping the country’s leadership. The punishment includes “executions, torture, beatings and arrests.”

“An estimated 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners, some imprisoned for religious reasons, were believed to be held in the political prison camp system in remote areas under horrific conditions,” the report stated….

Matthew 24 – christians hated/persecuted


Rick Wiles Issues An Extremely Ominous Warning: “The Alarms Are Ringing Again”

What you are about to read is going to absolutely shock you.  Rick Wiles has done outstanding work over at TruNews for well over a decade, and now just days before the August 21st solar eclipse he has issued his most ominous warning ever.  His warning is not directly related to the eclipse, but I find it extremely interesting that it is coming at approximately the same time, because many consider the eclipse itself to be some sort of warning.  I was a TruNews listener way before I ever started The Economic Collapse Blog, and I know Rick’s track record.  So I would take what follows very, very seriously.

In 1998, a very unusual series of events resulted in Rick meeting a wonderful Christian lady named Leah Mandell at a conference.  Three years later, Leah made a very strange phone call to Rick on August 11th, 2001, which was precisely one month before the 9/11 attacks.  When Rick answered his phone, Leah began telling him that “the alarms are ringing”

She said, “Rick, something very odd is happening today. Alarm bells, everywhere I go today there are alarms ringing, car alarms, burglar alarms, fire alarms, even oven alarms, every place I go, I hear alarms ringing. What’s really strange is people are having trouble turning the alarms off. I go into stores, the alarm is ringing. I go into an office, the alarm is ringing. And they can’t get the things to turn off. The Lord told me, ‘Call Rick Wiles and tell him, “The alarms are ringing, and this time, they will not be turned off.”’”

The moment she said that, Rick’s seatbelt alarm started ringing even though his seatbelt was fastened.

One month later was September 11, 2001.

Exactly 16 years later, on August 11th, 2017, Leah called Rick again.  She called to tell him that “the alarms are ringing” again and that she was seeing dead birds fall out of the sky everywhere……


Study: Gardasil Risks Hidden by Vaccine Manufacturer and FDA Regulators

A new study published in Clinical Rheumatology exposes how vaccine manufacturers used phony placebos in clinical trials to conceal a wide range of devastating risks associated with HPV vaccines. Instead of using genuine inert placebos and comparing health impacts over a number of years, as is required for most new drug approvals, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline spiked their placebos with a neurotoxic aluminum adjuvant and cut observation periods to a matter of months.

Researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Cardiology pored over 28 studies published through January 2017—16 randomized trials and 12 post-marketing case series—pertaining to the three human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines currently on the market globally. In their July 2017 peer-reviewed report, the authors, Manuel Martínez-Lavin and Luis Amezcua-Guerra, uncovered evidence of numerous adverse events, including life-threatening injuries, permanent disabilities, hospitalizations and deaths, reported after vaccination with GlaxoSmithKline’s bivalent Cervarix vaccine and Merck’s quadrivalent or nine-valent HPV vaccines (Gardasil and Gardasil 9). Pharmaceutical company scientists routinely dismissed, minimized or concealed those injuries using statistical gimmicks and invalid comparisons designed to diminish their relative significance.

Of the 16 HPV vaccine randomized trials, only two used an inert saline placebo. Ten of the sixteen compared the HPV vaccine against a neurotoxic aluminum adjuvant, and four trials used an already-approved aluminum-containing vaccine as the comparison.

Scientific researchers view double-blind placebo trials as the gold standard for testing new drugs. To minimize bias, investigators randomly assign patients to either a “treatment” group or a “control” (placebo) group and then compare health outcomes. The standard practice is to compare a new drug against a “pharmacologically inert” placebo. To minimize opportunities for bias, neither patients nor researchers know which individuals received the drug and which the placebo. However, in clinical trials of the various HPV vaccines, pharmaceutical researchers avoided this kind of rigor and instead employed sleight-of-hand flimflams to mask the seriousness of vaccine injuries….


Relevant news for the last days & just plain ol’ news 8/16 con’t…Creator of the pig-human chimera keeps proving other scientists wrong…Fla. Pediatricians Won’t see Unvaccinated Kids…Germany to install urinals for both men and women & more…

Pictured-Germany’s gender neutral urinals…


Al Qaeda Publishes Blueprint for Attacks on Key U.S. Transportation Systems…

Terror group’s top bomb maker outlines plan for attacks in America

The al Qaeda terror group’s chief bomb maker has published a blueprint for new attacks on U.S. transportation systems, including planes, trains, and boats, which the terror group views as “prime targets,” according to a copy of a lengthy manifesto that provides a guide for would-be terrorists to launch attacks.

Ibrahim al-Asiri, a top al Qaeda leader known as the terror group’s chief bomb maker, detailed the extremist organization’s plans to target U.S. passenger and shipping transportation services, which the terror organization views as weak links ripe for attack.

While al Qaeda’s operations have been weakened by years of U.S. attacks on its key locations and apparatus, it has increasingly relied on promulgating its radical ideology to so-called “lone wolfs” who are not officially affiliated with the group but who are capable of carrying out terror attacks without detection by American authorities….


The creator of the pig-human chimera keeps proving other scientists wrong

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte had spent years probing the inner workings of embryos, ferreting out the genes that give a body its shape or allow wings to form instead of legs. He’d tracked wafting chemical messengers that, like traffic police, guide streams of dividing cells either left or right. He’d even found a way to tweak animals to grow extra limbs. But one thing he never stopped thinking about was how salamanders could lose parts of their bodies and then regrow perfect replacements. Was it possible, he wondered, that humans might do the same?

The dogged pursuit of that question has pushed Izpisua Belmonte to the forefront of biology as he’s made one stunning discovery after another — many before the world is ready to deal with their far-reaching ethical implications.

Early this year, seeking a way to grow human organs for transplant, his group announced it had created pig-human chimeras — fetal pigs with human cells mixed in. His Salk Institute lab has discovered two new kinds of stem cells, including one considered the pinnacle of stem cells because, in addition to being able to create every type of cell in the body, it can also form tissues like the placenta and amniotic sac that embryos need to survive. Last December, they used a technique in mice that may help reverse aging by reprogramming adult cells back to their youth….


Pediatricians In Florida Refuse To See Unvaccinated Kids

Some Florida parents got a bit of a surprise when they were kicked out of pediatric firms for having unvaccinated children.

Even though the decision to not vaccinate is growing among those who read the vaccine inserts and familiarize themselves with the potential side effects, doctors want all children forcibly injected because they make more money if their patients vaccinate.

It’s not a secret that the vaccine manufacturers dumped big money into California lawmakers pockets just before mandating all children get all the recommended vaccines. But safety and health come second to a pocket full of money.

“We want everyone vaccinated and caught up with the CDC schedule by age of 2,” said Dr. Thomas Connolly, a pediatrician with the Carithers Pediatric Group.  Connolly said he strongly encourages all of his patients to get vaccinated.

“It’s nothing personal against you as a person, I respect your decision that is your decision, but my medical decision and my background and my belief is I want the child vaccinated to maximize their defense,” Connolly said. In other words, he wants to make sure you pump your child with known toxins so he can continue to make money….


Urinals for MEN & WOMEN to be introduced as Germany’s public toilets go gender-neutral

BERLIN’S government are planning to combat lengthy female toilet queues by introducing gender-neutral urinals – although not all are convinced they will be a success.

In a 99-page policy document called ‘The Toilet Concept for Berlin’, the German capital have pledged to bring in public urinals for both men and women.

The paper states: ”In the future urinals which can be used by all genders should be offered.”

The provision of urinals for women “could be a subject for the continuation of the [toilet] concept and an opportunity for Berlin to show that it is innovative,” it adds.

Future German toilets will also have a well-lit exterior, an emergency alarm and gender-neutral signs….


Over 200 dead in India, Bangladesh and Nepal floods

Rescuers scour submerged villages for the missing as seasonal floods claim a total of 221 lives in three countries.

At least 221 people have died, and more than 1.5 million have been displaced by monsoon flooding across the South Asian countries of India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Rescuers are currently scouring submerged villages searching for the missing.

Janardan Sharma, Nepal’s home minister, told parliament on Tuesday that 111 people had been killed and 35 are still missing in the country, which has seen nearly 20 percent of the population affected by severe flooding….


NY schools to use vaping, bullying detectors

Smoking and vaping are banned in all New York schools. Now schools are testing technology that can smoke out offenders. The new technology inside a little box may play a big role in holding students who break the law accountable.

“If we get a spike above the line then we know if there’s an incident occurring,” Digital Fly CEO Derek Peterson said. “And we notify the officials.”

 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July banned the use of e-cigarettes on all public and private school grounds….


Brooklyn Army Base Is Urged to Rename Streets Honoring Confederate Generals

New York City leaders, politicians say the streets are insulting to residents of the Bay Ridge neighborhood

In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., some New York City community leaders and politicians are renewing calls to remove the names of Confederate generals from streets in a Brooklyn military base. Standing outside the Fort Hamilton army base, Rev. Khader El-Yateem, a Democratic candidate for City Council, said streets honoring Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson were insulting to residents of the Bay Ridge neighborhood and soldiers serving at the base who are minorities.

“We are demanding the removal of these names because we need to make sure we are taking the small steps to treating everyone with dignity and respect,” Rev. El-Yateem said at a rally Tuesday. The streets, General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive, are located inside the army base, which sits next to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge….


Black Lives Matter Calls for U.S. to Ban Confederate Symbols After Charlottesville Violence

The group Black Lives Matter is calling for a ban on Confederate flags and groups in the U.S. following the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

According to tweets shared initially by the group’s Chicago chapter and then by the group’s main account, Black Lives Matter wants to see the U.S. adopt a policy toward Confederate flags similar to Germany’s ban on Nazi symbols.

“The fact that the Confederate flag & statues permeate the south is evidence that white supremacy was never overthrown in the United States,” the group said in a series of tweets.


All prophecies the bible says will happen in end times are happening or almost completed at present:

The secret life of pets – best scenes

Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max’s life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of lost pets determined to take revenge….

Relevant news for the last days & just plain ol’ news 8/16…Paralyzed man building a fully automated life…Sierra Leone appeals for urgent help after deadly floods…3 women suicide bombers kill 28…Service robots used in Singapore hotel…& more

Videos – Cameras show child being dragged at school…Greece asks neighbors for help in fighting wildfires…Riyadh fighter jet downs Qatar passenger plane in Saudi TV animation


Cameras show child being dragged at school

Security cameras show a teacher and her aide dragging a child at an elementary school in Crestline, Ohio.


Paralyzed man building a fully automated life

In their picturesque garden in a quintessential English village in Oxfordshire, Tom and Ellen Nabarro are making mint tea with leaves cut from a plant nearby.

They’ve just surfaced after a late night in London, which Ellen attended almost straight off a plane having returned from vacation. But they are fresh and conversational, with no fretting over obstacles that could be in their way that day — or in fact, any day.

It’s easy to overlook that Tom uses a wheelchair. He’s paralyzed from the neck down and has been for over a decade, after a snowboarding accident severed his spine. But he lives the way he wants to.
 “I have a very active life,” said Tom Nabarro, 32.
Perhaps it’s the comfort and ease with which he moves around his home, the calm and happy nature both he and his wife exude or the fact that both have professions they enjoy. Whatever the reason, the garden hosts a happily married couple with a constant flurry of friends dropping by.
Disability does not get in their way….
Today, he uses eye gaze technology, head pointers and voice recognition to facilitate his movements. His wheelchair also has environmental controls that use infrared to communicate with devices across his home.
“I control my bed movements, so the bed sits up when I tap a certain button, and I can open the door and watch TV and change channels,” he said. “There are not many things you can’t do.”….


Sierra Leone appeals for urgent help after deadly floods

Sierra Leone’s president issued a desperate appeal for help, a day after flooding ravaged the country’s capital, killing more than 300 people and leaving hundreds more missing.

President Ernest Bai Koroma fought back tears and said the devastation was “overwhelming us”, as he toured Regent, one of the worst-hit areas.

“Entire communities have been wiped out,” Koroma said Tuesday. “We need urgent support now.”

As the city began to bury its dead, foreign governments began mobilising aid, with Israel pledging to provide clean water, medicines, blankets and other essentials.

The UN said it was evaluating humanitarian needs in the country and that “contingency plans are being put in place to mitigate any potential outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and diarrhea”, according to spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

He noted that the International Organization for Migration had released $150,000 in emergency funds.

Heavy rains streaming down a hill in Regent triggered a landslide that engulfed homes three or four storeys high, many of them built illegally.

Koroma toured Regent’s Connaught hospital and central morgue, which has been overwhelmed by bodies….


3 Women suicide bombers kill 27 in north-east Nigeria

Attackers suspected of being linked to Boko Haram militants targeted a market and a refugee camp

Three female suicide bombers have blown themselves up and killed 27 people in north-east Nigeria, according to local militia, in an attack bearing the hallmark of Boko Haram militants.

One bomber detonated her device on Tuesday at a market in Mandarari 25km from the city of Maiduguri while two more attackers targeted the gates to a nearby refugee camp, the officials said.

In all, 83 people were wounded in the three explosions in the area which is the centre of the long-running conflict between government forces and Boko Haram.

Baba Kura, a member of a vigilante force set up to fight jihadists, said: “Three female bombers triggered their explosive … killing 28 people and wounding 82 others.”

The first assailant blew herself up, triggering panic, Kura said.

“People were trying to close their shops when two other female bombers triggered their explosives, causing most of the casualties,” he said….


Maduro calls for nationwide ‘anti-imperialist’ drills after Trump’s threat of ‘military option’

A massive rally in support of the Venezuelan president has taken place in Caracas, condemning Donald Trump’s proposal of a “military option” to resolve the country’s issues. Nicolas Maduro announced a nationwide military drill next week to fend off a possible “imperialist” invasion.

“I have given the order to the armed forces’ joint chiefs of staff to start preparations for a national civil-military exercise for the integrated armed defense of the Venezuelan nation,” Maduro told supporters who had gathered in the nation’s capital. The drills are scheduled for August 26-27….

M Social Robot – making its rounds in a Singapore hotel

It’s name is Aura and it’s a new room service robot (Video at link)


Philippine police kill 32 in bloodiest night of Duterte’s war on drugs

Raids near Manila latest in campaign that has killed thousands and follow claim US has toned down criticism of rights abuses

Police in the Philippines have killed more than 30 people in a series of raids near Manila, in the bloodiest night yet of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

Supt Romeo Caramat said 67 police operations in various parts of Bulacan, a province north of the capital, had left 32 “drug personalities” dead and more than 100 others arrested.

Human rights groups have repeatedly warned that Duterte, nicknamed “the Punisher” by his supporters for his approach to policing, may be overseeing crimes against humanity in his brutal anti-drugs campaign, which has left thousands dead.

Duterte was elected president last year on a quick-fix, populist platform of wiping out crime and pledging to put drug pushers in funeral parlours, not prisons.

He has said he is “happy to slaughter” millions of of drug users and dismissed the deaths of children as “collateral damage”….



Massive wildfires in Greece

Greece asks neighbours for help in tackling wildfires

Massive wildfires spread towards the Greek capital Athens after hitting the town of Varnavas and the outskirts of Kalamos on Monday. Over 90 forest fires raged throughout the day as authorities battled to stop them spreading. Firefighters and helicopters were deployed to the site attempting to contain the disaster.


Riyadh fighter jet downs Qatar passenger plane in Saudi TV animation

As the diplomatic feud between Doha and its Arab neighbors continues, Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya TV has published a video showing a Saudi fighter jet downing a Qatari passenger plane, saying it’s an “option” for violating Riyadh’s airspace.

The animated video makes clear that Saudi Arabia would have the right to deal with a “violating plane” in “any way it wishes” under international law.

It begins by showing a less extreme scenario in which a commercial Qatar Airways flight is made to land by a Saudi fighter jet after entering the country’s airspace.

However, it goes on to show a deadly example in which the plane is shot down by a Saudi military plane with a missile.

“The options in this case either take the form of deploying a fighter jet that forces the plane to land whereby the flight crew are then tried on several charges,” the video states….