Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Get Big Quick? Just Graft Some Friends

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The marine invertebrate Ectopleura larynx is perfectly happy to glue strangers to itself to grow its team -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Weekend reads: Top researchers resign over publishing issues; organized crime meets publishing; infamous fraudster rides in on a horse

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Before we present this week’s Weekend Reads, a question: Do you enjoy our weekly roundup? If so, we could really use your help. Would you consider a tax-deductible donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured a look at authors who publish once every five days, … Continue reading Weekend reads: Top researchers resign over publishing issues; organized crime meets publishing; infamous fraudster rides in on a horse

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Mind–Body Problems: My Meta-Solution to the Mystery of Who We Really Are

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The author of a new book about consciousness, free will and the meaning of life conducts a testy interview with himself -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: What Is Gymnema Sylvestre and Can It Kill Sugar Cravings?

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Gymnemic acid binds to the taste receptors on your tongue that perceive sweetness. As a result, it makes sweet things taste a lot less sweet -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Searching for Chocolate’s Roots, and Enemies, in Colombia’s Wilderness

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A newfound peace has spurred the hunt for disease-resistant wild cacao within the nation’s borders -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: How Los Angeles Is Helping Lead the Fight Against Climate Change

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Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti sits down with WIRED to talk about how to turn LA into a greentech testbed, why cities have to compete in order to save the world, and what the city can learn from its infamous water wars.

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: New tool developed by UBC researchers helps conservationists make smarter decisions

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(University of British Columbia) A new tool developed by University of British Columbia researchers could help ensure limited conservation dollars are well spent by determining which actions would save the most species per dollar.

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: The Power of Storytelling, with Salman Rushdie

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Gather ‘round everyone, it’s story time! Neil deGrasse Tyson, world-renowned author Salman Rushdie, comic co-host Eugene Mirman, literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall, and literary neuroscientist Natalie Phillips investigate the history, science, influence, and future of storytelling. NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/all-access/the-power-of-storytelling-with-salman-rushdie/Photo Credit: Brandon Royal.

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Teen allegedly left suicidal by bullies speaks out

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Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alvarez sits down with a teen who was bullied in school and had suicidal thoughts to find out how she was able to prevent her suicidal ideation from becoming a reality.

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Photographing America’s Toxic Wastelands

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There are currently 40,000 EPA-monitored toxic waste sites that blot the landscape across the United States. Nearly 900 are regulated under its “Superfund” program, which aims to clean contaminated sites.That’s the subject of a Waste Land, a new book that comes out September 25th. In the late 1980s, photographer David Hanson traveled to 67 of these Superfund sites to capture the deep scars they have placed on the landscape. The resulting exhibit showed some of the more dramatic examples.Bridgeport Rental & Oil Services, Bridgeport, New Jersey, 1986 (David Hanson)The book, however, is the first time Hanson’s entire set of photos is being published in one place. “When all 67 of the Superfund sites in my Waste Land series are seen together, they begin to have a cumulative effect,” Hanson writes in an email to CityLab.Atlas Asbestos Mine, Fresno County, California, 1985Another reason Hanson thinks it’s important to publish the full set now—30 years after he first took the photos—is that not much has changed.The EPA claims a few success stories through the Superfund program, like in California Gulch, where a recreation area and park sit where mining waste once destroyed the landscape.California Gulch, Leadville, Colorado, 1986But Hanson claims that most Superfund sites are too contaminated to ever be completely clean. The requisite technology doesn’t exist. But even if it does, he notes, it would be too expensive for government officials to use.The photographer mentions Rocky Flats Park as an example. Health officials insist that plutonium levels in the park are safe, but others aren’t convinced.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will cut the ribbon on the Rocky Flats Park and Wildlife Refuge this month. Twenty miles northwest of Denver, the refuge sits on land that once housed a Cold War-era plutonium trigger plant. A group of activists wants to keep the park shut, saying that visitors will kick up plutonium-contaminated dust that could raise cancer risks for the entire region. A lawsuit filed by activists claims that EPA officials skipped a key study on plutonium exposure. Meanwhile, crews in Idaho responsible for cleaning a nuclear waste site just resumed work after radioactive sludge oozing started oozing out of a ruptured drum. Years ago, that drum arrived from Rocky Flats Park.Smuggler Mountain, Aspen, Colorado, 1986This mistrust with government officials over the safety of nuclear sites dates back years. One of Hanson’s goals is to point that out through his work.Each page of the book contains a triptych with an aerial photograph, the EPA’s description of the site, and a map that shows the site’s exactly location and proximity to humans.Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Adams County, Colorado, 1986The idea, Hanson says, is to “illustrate the bureaucratic nature of hazardous waste regulation and reveal some of the elaborate legal strategies that corporations and individuals have used to avoid responsibility for the contamination and the cleanup.”Northwest 58th Street Landfill, Hialeah, Florida, 1986The photographer thinks Superfund sites aren’t going anywhere. With a half life of 250,000 years, Plutonium could be mankind’s most permanent legacy.  Says Hanson, “These poisoned landscapes are tragic monuments to our carelessness, greed, and deceit.”

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Hurricane Florence Threatens to Spread Hog **** Over North Carolina

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Big pools of pig excrement, a byproduct of the state's many hog farms, sit in the path of Hurricane Florence.

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Cruise ship doctor’s error led to worker’s arm amputation, lawsuit claims

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It's a story that’s so shocking it beggars belief, and has resulted in a man being awarded $3.3 million in compensation.

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: CityLab Daily: Why Do NIMBYs Hate Developers So Much?

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What We’re FollowingNeighborhood caricature: NIMBYs give a lot of reasons for why they don’t want new development. They worry that more housing in their proverbial backyards could lead to a host of undesirable changes. Their resistance might have a more simple explanation, though: They hate developers. But why?CityLab’s Sarah Holder reports on a new study of Los Angeles county that finds that anti-development sentiment becomes more likely when residents see that developers will turn a nice profit. This suggests NIMBYs might be driven by their resentment of others’ gains more than fear of their own losses—and it might even explain the old trope of the “evil developer.” While it may be too late to change developers’ reputation, public housing advocates and YIMBYs could learn a thing or two about how to avoid getting villainized as they push to build more affordable housing.—Andrew SmallMore on CityLabJeff Bezos Talks Everything But HQ2 Amazon’s CEO wanted to talk about his new philanthropic initiatives at a high-profile dinner Thursday night. Attendees had other topics on their minds.Sarah HolderHow Hurricane Florence Fueled a Pop-Up Micro-Economy Need a lift? Hit the hurricane ride board.Laura BlissCycling Is Key to Safer, Healthier, More Vital Cities In their new book Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett use the example of the Netherlands to show how a cycling culture promotes community building and health.Richard FloridaDublin’s Housing Crisis Reaches a Boiling Point When activists occupied a long-vacant building, the police response seemed to confirm suspicion that the state is siding with landlords.Feargus O'SullivanA Bug’s Death RIP Volkswagen Beetle, the car that conquered the city.David DudleyFeast Your Eyes (Chris Maggio)New York City is covered in advertising, but nothing appeals so directly to the carnal desires of its denizens more than the bright, crowded imagery adorning the city’s corner markets and bodegas. CityLab spoke with some men who make these curbside canvases that make the city appear like a bountiful heaven full of junk food and beer. Here’s a taste of what they have to say:Have you ever made a piece like this for yourself? To hang in your own house?I have not. I would probably eat nonstop if I had something like this hanging in my home.Read: The Bodega Signmakers of New YorkWhat We’re ReadingHow does D.C.’s neighborhood of houseboats prepare for a hurricane? (DCist)Google is using peer pressure to help cities save energy (Quartz)Why New York City voter rolls were missing names again, explained (Vox)Architecture is no longer just a “gentleman’s profession” (New York Times)Tell your friends about the CityLab Daily! Forward this newsletter to someone who loves cities and encourage them to subscribe. Send your own comments, feedback, and tips to hello@citylab.com.

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Missouri mom stole dying daughter’s meds: police

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A Missouri mother listed as the primary caregiver for her 20-year-old terminally ill daughter has been charged with taking the woman’s pain medication after the family’s doctor tipped off police about suspicious requests to refill prescriptions.

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: A Bug’s Death

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On a late-1970s road trip across New York state, my brother and I counted so many Volkswagen Beetles that we got tired of punching each other. We began simply counting them silently, with the notion that, at some point, we’d see who’d counted the most and declare a Punch Bug Champion. I’d counted more than a thousand by the time we got to Bridgeport, Connecticut. Later, bored in the hotel, we sat by a rain-smeared window a few stories above the beat-up industrial city, counting Beetles until the sun set. Downtown Bridgeport in 1977 was a veritable sea of Bugs.It’s hard to convey to a younger person just how omnipresent these vehicles once were, how they just filled your field of vision if you looked around anywhere in urban America during that era. Go stream some gritty ’70s urban action movies—Bullitt or The French Connection or anything else shot on location—and you’ll see them parked in the background of every car chase. The streets of American cities were once carpeted in Bugs. From 1968 to 1973, more than a million were sold every year. In 1972, when it passed the 15 million mark, the Bug overtook the Ford Model T as the best-selling vehicle on the planet.Yesterday, the German automaker announced that it would be killing the Beetle brand for the 2019 model year, news that surprised zero industry observers—these plans have been known for years—but still generated an involuntary spasm of nostalgia. Volkswagen, after all, has been making Beetles of one kind or another since the 1930s.Beetle-mania: VW’s Wolfsburg auto plant churned out 900 cars a day in 1954. (AP Photo/Reithausen)The current model, of course, is a “New Beetle,” which is technically only a very loosely related sibling of the rear-engined original. It’s a regular front-wheel-drive Golf in a retro-inspired Bug body; when it debuted in 1997, purists dismissed this modernized remake as too big, too plush, and too pricey, compared to the bare-bones basic transportation that the People’s Car offered when it puttered forth from the ruins of postwar West Germany. (Yes, history buffs, VW has a Hitler problem. But, as Hitler problems go these days, it’s a relatively minor one.) Even after imports to the U.S. ceased in 1980, original Bugs were still being made in Mexico until 2004, and the unkillable Vocho is still quite common on the streets of cities in Latin America.While they are very different cars underneath the sheet metal, Beetles old and new shared something more important than powertrain layout: They both broadcast a sense of whimsy, a certain wide-eyed exuberance, and a general just-happy-to-be-here mien. They were joyful machines that celebrated the idea that getting around town was essentially a fun thing to do.VW leaned in on the adorability idea—perhaps too hard—when it relaunched the Beetle—they had that little dashboard vase, so you could put flowers in there. People stuck cartoon eyelashes on the headlights and filled the rear window shelf with stuffed animals. They came in bright silly sherbert-y colors. But it worked. Remember this haunting TV ad from 2003, where Sad Gen X Cubicle Man’s heart leaps when he sees a Beetle convertible? Somewhere, out on the streets, there’s color and light and happiness and freedom!

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: 27 Major Cities Retreat from Peak Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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New York City, London and Sydney are among the cities whose emissions are declining, a new report finds -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Mississippi girl, 3, won’t let rare bone disorder stop her from dancing

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A 3-year-old girl born with a rare genetic disease often referred to as “brittle bone disease” has won the hearts of thousands across the country with her singing and dancing videos that her mother regularly shares on Facebook.

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Jeff Bezos Talks Everything But HQ2

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Hours after announcing a $2 billion Day 1 Fund to support homelessness initiatives and a preschool education program, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage at the Washington Hilton for an event with the Economic Club of Washington. In a sweeping conversation with the club’s President David Rubenstein, Bezos touched on high school (he “loved it”), his communication with Trump (“I keep my conversations with the President to myself”), and his own potential political aspirations (“You know what, I’ll be your VP”).He did not address the crowd of protesters that swarmed the Hilton’s entrance, chanting “Hey hey, ho ho, Jeff Bezos has got to go!” And he did not reveal the answer to the question most of the thousand gathered there were hoping he’d address: Where will he put Amazon’s second headquarters?In the year since Amazon first announced its search for an HQ2, Washington, D.C. has emerged as a favorite to host it, joined on the shortlist of 20 by its neighbors Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland. The clues have been mounting: Bezos owns a huge home in the District and the city’s newspaper, The Washington Post. And settling near the data farms of Loudoun County, Virginia, and the halls of Congress could be strategically savvy.Speculators had identified the Economic Club talk as a prime opportunity for Bezos to make such an announcement: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Maryland Governer Larry Hogan were both in attendance. (Virginia Governor Ralph Northam originally planned to join, but had to stay home in preparation for Hurricane Florence’s impending landing.)But after accidentally walking himself into the question, Bezos deflected. He’d been lauding the guts and intuition that he credits with helping him become the richest man in the world this year, with a personal net worth of $164 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index. “Where is your intuition leading you now on your second headquarters?” Rubenstein pivoted.“We’ll announce a decision before the end of this year,” laughed Bezos, the timeline Amazon has been reiterating for months. The crowd erupted in a few scattered “Boos.”“Be nice,” Bezos demurred. Later, he mentioned that the reason he chose to locate Amazon in Seattle originally was for its proximity to Microsoft, and the booming tech-force therein. He wouldn’t say whether he would consider another Washington as a second home base.The CEO was much more keen to talk about his plans for the Day 1 Fund, the $2 billion philanthropic entity he launched earlier that day with his wife. After asking his Twitter followers for suggestions as to what causes he should support with his money last summer, Bezos received more than 47,000 responses, he said. From them, early childhood education and homelessness resonated.Part of the fund—the Day 1 Academies Fund—will go to starting a “network of new, non-profit, tier-one, pre-schools in low-income communities,” all full-scholarship and Montessori-inspired. Bezos himself went to Montessori schools as a child, and his mother has become an expert in early childhood education. “We know for a fact that if a kid falls behind it’s really really hard to catch up,” he said on Thursday. “If you can give somebody a leg up by the time they’re in kindergarten or first grade, it can still happen, but you’ve improved their odds.”The preschools will be run by an organization, for which he says he will hire a leadership team soon. “The customer is going to be the child,” he said, implying he’d lead the schools like he leads Amazon. “The number one thing that has made us successful so far is obsessive compulsive focus on the customer as opposed to obsession over the competitor.”The rest will go to the Day 1 Families Fund, which will support existing non-profits that do work in the homeless sector, and which he says will be inspired by the ethos of Mary’s Place, a network of shelters in Seattle: “No child sleeps outside.”Amazon has supported Seattle’s homeless population before, providing Mary’s Place with a temporary space and free food (though some employees there have counted the attention as a mixed blessing), and promising them a new 200-bed shelter by 2020.But the company also used its money to help quash a Seattle tax on the city’s largest businesses to fund affordable housing and homelessness initiatives. Amazon, which is worth almost $1 trillion, would have paid $12.5 million of the $47 million-a-year tax. Instead, Amazon mounted a fierce opposition, and donated $26,000 towards a successful effort to repeal the tax after it was passed unanimously by the city council. Seattle has the third-largest homeless population in the U.S., even though it is the 18th-largest city, according to Department of Housing and Urban Development data from 2017.With the Day 1 Fund, Bezos has solidified his preference for philanthropy over policy. “If you have a mission you can do it with government, you can do it with nonprofit or for-profit,” he said. “If you can figure out how to do it with for-profit that has a lot of advantages: It’s self-sustaining.”This isn’t Bezos’ first philanthropic donation, but it is his biggest. And, as The Seattle Times points out, the $2 billion still only accounts for about 1.2 percent of his current wealth, far less than the giving of other billionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Few details on the timeline or the structure of these programs have been made public. When asked by Rubenstein whether he’d invest more in the fund later, he said yes: It’s only Day 1.“Everything I’ve done has started small,” Bezos said to the crowd. “I believe in the power of wandering… As we go about building this network of nonprofit schools, we’ll all learn new things, we’ll figure out how to make it better.”Before he left the stage, Bezos was presented with a gift: A map depicting the plan for the city of Washington, designed by Pierre L’Enfant. It’s an image that has evolved a lot since the 1700s—and one that, with the potential entrance of an HQ2, could soon change a lot more.

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Florida veteran, 93, survives flesh-eating bacteria

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A Florida veteran is making a strong recovery after contracting flesh-eating bacteria in his leg last month while on his daily walk on the beach.

Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: The Closest Exoplanet to Earth Could Be “Highly Habitable”

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A new study suggests Proxima Centauri could sustain liquid water on its surface -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com