March 2016

Thursday nightCap

Highly recommended for a laugh

Yes, the USA has a national quilt collection


Today’s Trivia

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The record for the longest period without an elected government in a democracy is held by Belgium (541 days). (Source)

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Daily Roundup


Fiction.  Clearly.

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Latest news headlines from Reuters


Why Trump is succeeding: 2/3rds of Americans support torture

Reuters via Al Jazeera

Reuters via Al Jazeera

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they believe torture can be justified to extract information from those suspected of planning attacks, a survey released Wednesday found.

The March 22-28 online Reuters/Ipsos poll asked respondents if torture can be justified “against suspected terrorists to obtain information about terrorism”.

About 25 percent said it is “often” justified, while another 38 percent it is “sometimes” justified. Only 15 percent said torture should never be used.

The poll reflects an American public on edge after the massacre of 14 people in San Bernardino in December, and large-scale attacks in Europe in recent months – including a bombing claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) last week that killed at least 32 people in Belgium. Read more »

I knew it…vegetarianism gives you cancer


Wonder no more if vegetarians are sickly…they most probably are..with cancer.

Long term vegetarianism can lead to genetic mutations which raise the risk of heart disease and cancer, scientists have found.

Populations who have had a primarily vegetarian diet for generations were found to be far more likely to carry DNA which makes them susceptible to inflammation.

Scientists in the US believe that the mutation occured to make it easier for vegetarians to absorb essential fatty acids from plants.

But it has the knock-on effect of boosting the production of arachidonic acid, which is known to increase inflammatory disease and cancer. When coupled with a diet high in vegetable oils – such as sunflower oil – the mutated gene quickly turns fatty acids into dangerous arachidonic acid.

The finding may help explain previous research which found vegetarian populations are nearly 40 per cent more likely to suffer colorectal cancer than meat eaters, a finding that has puzzled doctors because eating red meat is known to raise the risk.
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