Poor Sleep May Point To Alzheimer’s

Poor sleep may point to onset of Alzheimer’s disease: study

Poor, disrupted sleep may indicate the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in people who are otherwise healthy, a study warns. Researchers from University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US found that people who reported worse sleep quality, more sleep problems and daytime sleepiness had more biological markers for Alzheimer’s disease in their spinal fluid than people who did not have sleep problems.

Those biological markers included signs of the proteins amyloid and tau and brain cell damage and inflammation. 

“It’s important to identify modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s given that estimates suggest that delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in people by a mere five years could reduce the number of cases we see in the next 30 years by 5.7 million,” said Barbara B Bendlin, PhD student at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

While some of these relationships were strong when looking at everyone as a group, not everyone with sleep problems has abnormalities in their spinal fluid.

 

There was no link between biological markers in the spinal fluid and obstructive sleep apnea, researchers said.

 

“It is still unclear if sleep may affect the development of the disease or if the disease affects the quality of sleep,” Bendlin said.

 

Researchers recruited 101 people with an average age of 63 years who had normal thinking and memory skills but who were considered at risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

 

They either had a parent with the disease or were a carrier of a gene that increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease called apolipoprotein E or APOE.

 

Participants were surveyed about sleep quality. They also provided spinal fluid samples that were tested for biological markers of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

The study was published in the journal Neurology.

Poor Sleep Can Be An Indication of Many Things

Who hasn’t laid in bed at night and stared at the ceiling fan until 6am? It’s widely known that poor sleep can be an indicator of many illnesses such as:

  • Mental Illnesses such as Bipolar Depression
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • GI Illnesses
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Heart Failure
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Epilepsy

You might be surprised to know the statistics of insomnia. An estimated 30%-50% of the general population experiences insomnia at some point or another. Some common but surprising statistics include:

  • Women are up to twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men.
  • Approximately 10 million people in the U.S. use prescription sleep aids.

Now, evidence has been found that chronic insomnia can also suggest the onset of a neurological disease called Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a form of aggressive dementia that over time can lead to nerve cell death and tissue loss throughout the brain. Over time, the brain shrinks dramatically, affecting nearly all its functions.

Alzheimer’s Disease affects over 5.3 Million people over the age of 66, and approximately over 200,000 people under the age of 65. That means 1 in 10 elderly people have the disease.

In this article, it explains how Alzheimer’s is related to insomnia and how it can be used to indicate what is going on with a person.

Personal Experience

My Great Grandmother Bonnie Jo Lippard was diagnosed a little over 10 years before Alzheimer’s took her life in March of 2000. 20491054_123793821872

She was a beloved mother, sister, wife, and cousin and everyone who knew her loved her. My Great Grandpa John Lippard took care of her throughout her illness. They had 5 children whom loved them very much. It was quite tragic. I was almost 7 years old at the time and being raised by my Grandmother (their daughter) It was the first experience I had ever had with death. I knew “JoJo” was sick but I didn’t understand the magnitude of it. At her funeral, I had to take my grandma outside because she was inconsolible and to this day, she refuses to get tested for the disease. Unfortunately, she suffers from insomnia terribly and this causes some concern for me. I think the best thing anyone can do if they are showing any potential signs of the disease is to get tested. That’s my verdict.

Whether or not my Grandmother decides to, we’ll see.

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Huntington’s Disease Therapeutics Market: Increasing Awareness About the Disease Along with Growing Infrastructure for Scientific Research Is Projected to Lead to Market

Albany, NY — (SBWIRE) — 07/07/2017 — Huntington’s disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant hereditary disorder of the central nervous system. The disease results in progressive degeneration of the brain cells. A physician named George Huntington described the disorder in detail as hereditary chorea in 1872. Thus, earlier it was known as Huntington’s chorea or HC. Huntington’s disease usually develops symptoms in adulthood between the age of 30 years and 40 years. In case the symptoms of the disease are developed before the age of 20 years, it is referred as juvenile Huntington’s disease. Both men and women are susceptible to this disease. Studies show that one in every 10,000 people in America has HD and more than 250,000 people are at risk of inheriting the disease from a parent.

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The disease causes a wide range of symptoms in an affected person. Primarily, it leads to difficulty in motor control (movement), cognition (thinking), and behavior. Motor problems include impairments in voluntary movements as well as onset of uncontrolled involuntary jerking. People suffering from HD also have muscle problems such as muscle contracture (dystonia) or rigidity, impaired gait, posture, and balance. Loss of motor control hampers a person’s daily activities and causes difficulty in living a normal life. The disease also leads to speech and swallowing problems (dysphagia). These occur when the centers of the motor or cognitive control responsible for these functions are affected. A significant behavior and cognition disorder associated with Huntington’s disease is depression that results due to brain injury and loss of brain function.

Although medical science has no cure for this disease, the symptoms of this disease can be detected and treated. Drugs to treat movement disorders include tetrabenazine (Xenazine), antipsychotic drugs such as haloperidol (Haldol), chlorpromazine, and others. Antidepressants such as escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), citalopram (Celexa), and sertraline (Zoloft) are given as treatment. Development in scientific research has led to increased awareness about Huntington’s disease. This is one of the key drivers for the growth of the Huntington’s disease therapeutics market. In addition, increased prevalence of the disease is a key growth driver of the market. Unmet medical needs have driven scientists and researchers to develop therapy for Huntington’s disease, which in turn is likely to drive the global market. Increased investment by many pharmaceutical companies in the research and development sector to develop innovative and curative drugs for the disease is driving the growth of the global market. Further, alternative therapies, including speech therapy, psychotherapy, and physiotherapy, increase the potential of the market growth for Huntington’s disease therapeutics.

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Geographically, the global Huntington’s disease therapeutics market is distributed over North America, Europe, APAC, and Latin America. North America dominates the global market due to increased awareness about the disease. In the North America market, the U.S. holds the largest market share, followed by Canada. Europe accounts for the second largest market globally. In Europe, countries such as France, Germany, the U.K., and Spain contribute major shares of the market. Increasing awareness about the disease along with growing infrastructure for scientific research is projected to lead to market establishment for Huntington’s disease therapeutics in other parts of the world such as China, India, Japan, Africa, Argentina, and Brazil.

Key players contributing highest market shares include Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., AmpliPhi Biosciences Corp, Pfizer, Lundbeck, Prana Biotechnology Ltd., Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., Cortex Pharmaceuticals Inc., Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, GlaxoSmithKline, Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Ceregene Inc., SOM Biotech, Siena Biotech, Raptor Pharmaceutical, Palobiofarma, and Ipsen.

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Amazon cuts Echo price by 50 percent for Prime Day


Amazon is offering some big discounts for its Echo and Echo Dot devices today. As part of the company’s annual Prime Day, Amazon is cutting the Echo price by 50 percent, and the Echo Dot by 30 percent. Amazon’s Echo will be available for just $89.99 (£79.99 in the UK) at 6PM PT / 6PM BST / 9PM ET tonight, alongside the Echo Dot priced at $34.99 (£34.99), the lowest price it’s ever been. Amazon’s Echo competition has been increasing recently, especially with Google’s launch of the Home and the…


https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/10/15946532/amazon-prime-day-deals-echo-price-cut

Company Plans To Resurrect Humans by 2045

A company has announced its intention to resurrect the dead by storing their memories and using artificial intelligence to return them to life. In the future, of course.

Yeaaaaaah. What?

The company is called Humai, and at the moment, it is pretty sparse on details – and we’re still not sure it’s not a marketing ploy or a hoax. At any rate, the company says they want to store the “conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out” on a silicon chip using AI and nanotechnology, according to their website.

This information would then be “coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human.” Their words, not ours.

In an interview with PopSci, Humai CEO and founder Josh Bocanegra said they “believe we can resurrect the first human within 30 years.” He also elaborated on the process, saying they would use cryonics technology to freeze and store a brain after death, keeping it safe until the technology is ready to insert it into an artificial body.

Quite what these artificial bodies will be is unknown, while the logistics of copying someone’s stored neural information is obviously very much science fiction at the moment. The company seems confident though, even going so far as to suggest that death could one day be optional with their method.

Speaking to IEET, Bocanegra added that while other AI companies are attempting to make virtual versions of people after they die, his was the first to actually bring people back to life. “I don’t think tombstones, photos, videos, or even our own memories are the best ways to remember someone who has passed,” he said. “Instead, I think an artificially intelligent version of your loved one, whom you can interact with via text and voice, is more desirable.”

This is definitely one company you’ll want to keep an eye on over the next few years to see if they make any significant progress towards their rather lofty goal. Or if it’s simply an advert for a sequel to Spielberg’s “AI.”

It Comes at Night’s alternative ending is SO different

It Comes at Night’s alternative ending is SO different

Warning: This article contains spoilers for It Comes at Night

The director of It Comes at Night has revealed the film was supposed to have a completely different ending.

Directed by Trey Shults and backed by The Witch producers A24, the survivalist horror film has been making waves with audiences and critics alike since its release earlier this month.

However, many who have watched the movie have also been divided about its rather ambiguous ending.

(In this writer’s experience, the film ended with the majority of the audience yelling at the screen as the credits rolled. We kid you not.)

In the final, released cut of the film, It Comes at Night ends with Paul (Joel Edgerton) and Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) sitting at their dinner table awaiting certain death having being infected with the virus from their son, Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr).

However, as Shults has since revealed, the movie’s original ending was a dramatic dream sequence which actually saw Will (Christopher Abbott) return to the house to torture Paul’s family, before setting fire to the house with Paul, Sarah and Travis inside.

That ending, which Edgerton later described as the “greatest acting” of his career, was taken all the way to post-production.

Nonetheless, Shults later decided to cut the scene after feedback suggested it was “too much”.

Boo. But seriously, we really hope this ending emerges at a later date…

[Trey Edward Shults]

“It was a terrifying situation where [Will] is basically in some kind of torture scenario with the family,” Shults told Cinema Blend.

“I shot it. And we burned down a set, and it took me a while to finally cut it. And once I entertained the notion [of cutting it], I started stripping away.

“I would show it to people and they’d be like, ‘The movie is great, but what the hell is that ending?’ It’s too much. You turn off. I can’t go there. But it took me a while to click.

“The problem was that [the original ending] beat everyone into submission, they didn’t connect emotionally, and then they were just pummelled,” added Schults.

“Then I figured out how to say what I wanted to say in a much more simpler, effective, tonally resonant way, and I’m very happy with what we found.”

It Comes at Night is in cinemas now.

Alternative Ending

I am always wanting to go see new horror flicks, too bad that I have to travel 30min if I want to go to a cinema. I thank rural Texas for that.

I love hearing about the end of a film I wanted to see before I actually even knew it existed, it’s my favorite.

Okay all joking and sarcasm aside, this movie seems pretty legit. I think the ending variation is solid.

 

Synopsis of Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero had somewhat of the same kind of ending. For those who don’t know what Patient Zero is, it’s a less known chapter in the Cabin Fever saga which was directed by Eli Roth. A man named Porter gets infected with the virus but instead of dying he becomes the first known asymptomatic carrier of the virus.

A research team quarantines him on an island to do rigorous testing in the race to find a cure for the disturbing, excessively gory illness.

Throughout the testing, they lie to Porter and say that his family is doing fine and misses him, however, unbeknownced to him they had died from the sickness when he was infected.

At the same time, a group of people throwing a Bachelor’s party chart an island for their getaway; the same island that all this testing is going on in.

Basically they show up and soon find that something is VERY wrong with the island.

The scientific lab has been forced into lockdown due to the fact that Porter contaminated the lab with his blood.

Later in the movie it is made apparent however; that the head scientist, Dr. Edwards, had previously infected the water with the disease in order to make him rich by being the first one to cure it. Yes, that means he deliberately infected the entire world.

Moving on, things go south for the party-goers when it becomes apparent that they are getting infected by the disease and in an order to try to get help, they make a trek to the bunker on the other side of the island.

Dr. Edwards was let to escape, along with the most seriously infected patient which was working under him (Katia) but when Dr. Edwards and Katia get to the beach their plans of escape are foiled and ultimately they are killed.

Camila, who tried to help save the infected asymptomatic patient and the last of the group (Marcus, who was getting married) escape on a boat. In the final scenes, a revelation occurs to Camila when she hears him repeating “three..blind…mice..” and it is found that both her and Marcus who helped Porter escape had been infected by Porter’s blood in the water he gave them.

Similar Endings

The closing scene is somewhat like this movie’s ending. They realize that Porter had infected them and then took the dingy as his way to escape and then wait to catch the illness.

 

Large Wildfires Force Evacuations In Central California

Large Wildfires Force Evacuations In Central California

Hot and dry conditions in the West are feeding wildfires in the U.S. and Canada, prompting evacuation orders for thousands of people. In California, some 5,000 firefighters are battling 14 large wildfires, state officials say.

“The Whittier Fire, which is burning in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, is especially concerning for firefighters because it’s near hundreds of homes,” reports Debra Greene from member station KCLU. “It has already destroyed some structures, and mandatory evacuations are in place.”

The Whittier Fire started Saturday and spread quickly. It’s burning in steep, rugged terrain with plenty of fuel. Greene quotes Mike Eliason of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department saying, “A lot of vegetation hasn’t burned on this side for a good 40, 50 years on the North Slope. So, it’s a very difficult fight.”

The blaze forced people to flee cabins in the Los Padres National Forest and briefly stranded some 90 children and 50 counselors at the Circle V Ranch near Cachuma Lake, member station KPCC reports. They were later taken to safety.

The Whittier Fire is now at 7,800 acres and is 5 percent contained. The Alamo Fire is even larger: At some 24,000 acres, it straddles parts of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, and was 10 percent contained on Sunday, according to Cal Fire.

North of Sacramento, the Wall Fire grew by thousands of acres overnight and prompted a new round of evacuation orders in Butte County. The fire threatens 750 structures, Capital Public Radio reports. As of Sunday morning, it had destroyed 10 structures.

In recent days, temperatures have been topping the 100-degree mark in much of the West — including in Oregon, where a fire at Summer Lake quickly grew to cover 950 acres on Saturday.

In Washington, the Dry Creek fire forced a highway to be closed after rapidly growing to 500 acres.

In British Columbia, more than 7,000 people have fled their homes due to wildfire threats, according to Canada’s CBC.

The CBC reports, “Around a dozen wildfires of concern were listed Sunday morning, burning through more than 15,500 hectares of land and threatening buildings in the Interior and Cariboo.”

 

Usually Texas is in a burn ban this time of year too. The temperature has stayed almost a constant 100° F this year. A lot of the time we don’t even get to shoot of fireworks for the 4th of July. Luckily this year we weren’t in a burn ban for the 4th so we got to celebrate due to the rainy conditions that have been happening as of late.

It’s a shame that the wildfires have consumed so much land in California and that these people are being urged to evacuate their homes.

It wasn’t too long ago back in March there were fatalities in the fires that rampaged through the Texas Panhandle burning over a million acres of land and forcing people to evacuate.

Right now according to Is Texas On Fire? there are no fires burning in Texas.

I do have family and friends out in California right now so I’m praying for all of those affected by the fire.

 

 

Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton

A meeting arranged by Donald Trump Jr. was held at Trump Tower in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times Photo by: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.

The meeting was also attended by his campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner only recently disclosed the meeting, though not its content, in confidential government documents described to The New York Times.

The Times reported the existence of the meeting on Saturday. But in subsequent interviews, the advisers and others revealed the motivation behind it.

The meeting — at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, two weeks after Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican nomination — points to the central question in federal investigations of the Kremlin’s meddling in the presidential election: whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. The accounts of the meeting represent the first public indication that at least some in the campaign were willing to accept Russian help.

And while President Trump has been dogged by revelations of undisclosed meetings between his associates and the Russians, the episode at Trump Tower is the first such confirmed private meeting involving members of his inner circle during the campaign — as well as the first one known to have included his eldest son. It came at an inflection point in the campaign, when Donald Trump Jr., who served as an adviser and a surrogate, was ascendant and Mr. Manafort was consolidating power.

It is unclear whether the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, actually produced the promised compromising information about Mrs. Clinton. But the people interviewed by The Times about the meeting said the expectation was that she would do so.

In a statement on Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. said he had met with the Russian lawyer at the request of an acquaintance. “After pleasantries were exchanged,” he said, “the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”

He said she then turned the conversation to adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers. The law so enraged President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia that he retaliated by halting American adoptions of Russian children.

“It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting,” Mr. Trump said.

When he was first asked about the meeting on Saturday, he said only that it was primarily about adoptions and mentioned nothing about Mrs. Clinton.

President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also attended the meeting last year at Trump Tower. Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times Photo by: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for the president’s lawyer, said on Sunday that “the president was not aware of and did not attend the meeting.”

Lawyers and spokesmen for Mr. Kushner and Mr. Manafort did not immediately respond to requests for comment. In his statement, Donald Trump Jr. said he asked Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner to attend, but did not tell them what the meeting was about.

American intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian hackers and propagandists worked to tip the election toward Donald J. Trump, in part by stealing and then providing to WikiLeaks internal Democratic Party and Clinton campaign emails that were embarrassing to Mrs. Clinton. WikiLeaks began releasing the material on July 22.

A special prosecutor and congressional committees are now investigating the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the Russians. Mr. Trump has disputed that, but the investigation has cast a shadow over his administration.

Mr. Trump has also equivocated on whether the Russians were solely responsible for the hacking. On Sunday, two days after his first meeting as president with Mr. Putin, Mr. Trump said in a Twitter post: “I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I’ve already given my opinion…..” He also tweeted that they had “discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded…””

On Sunday morning on Fox News, the White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, described the Trump Tower meeting as a “big nothing burger.”

“Talking about issues of foreign policy, issues related to our place in the world, issues important to the American people is not unusual,” he said.

But Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, one of the panels investigating Russian election interference, said he wanted to question “everyone that was at that meeting.”

“There’s no reason for this Russian government advocate to be meeting with Paul Manafort or with Mr. Kushner or the president’s son if it wasn’t about the campaign and Russia policy,” Mr. Schiff said after the initial Times report.

Ms. Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer invited to the Trump Tower meeting, is best known for mounting a multipronged attack against the Magnitsky Act.

The adoption impasse is a frequently used talking point for opponents of the act. Ms. Veselnitskaya’s campaign against the law has also included attempts to discredit the man after whom it was named, Sergei L. Magnitsky, a lawyer and auditor who died in 2009 in mysterious circumstances in a Russian prison after exposing one of the biggest corruption scandals during Mr. Putin’s rule.

Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul J. Manafort, at the Republican National Convention in July 2016 in Cleveland. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times Photo by: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

Ms. Veselnitskaya’s clients include state-owned businesses and a senior government official’s son, whose company was under investigation in the United States at the time of the meeting. Her activities and associations had previously drawn the attention of the F.B.I., according to a former senior law enforcement official.

Ms. Veselnitskaya said in a statement on Saturday that “nothing at all about the presidential campaign” was discussed. She recalled that after about 10 minutes, either Mr. Kushner or Mr. Manafort walked out.

She said she had “never acted on behalf of the Russian government” and “never discussed any of these matters with any representative of the Russian government.”

The Trump Tower meeting was disclosed to government officials in recent days, when Mr. Kushner, who is also a senior White House aide, filed a revised version of a form required to obtain a security clearance.

The Times reported in April that he had failed to disclose any foreign contacts, including meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States and the head of a Russian state bank. Failure to report such contacts can result in a loss of access to classified information and even, if information is knowingly falsified or concealed, in imprisonment.

Mr. Kushner’s advisers said at the time that the omissions were an error, and that he had immediately notified the F.B.I. that he would be revising the filing.

In a statement on Saturday, Mr. Kushner’s lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, said: “He has since submitted this information, including that during the campaign and transition, he had over 100 calls or meetings with representatives of more than 20 countries, most of which were during transition. Mr. Kushner has submitted additional updates and included, out of an abundance of caution, this meeting with a Russian person, which he briefly attended at the request of his brother-in-law Donald Trump Jr. As Mr. Kushner has consistently stated, he is eager to cooperate and share what he knows.”

Mr. Manafort, the former campaign chairman, also recently disclosed the meeting, and Donald Trump Jr.’s role in organizing it, to congressional investigators who had questions about his foreign contacts, according to people familiar with the events. Neither Mr. Manafort nor Mr. Kushner was required to disclose the content of the meeting.

A spokesman for Mr. Manafort declined to comment.

Since the president took office, Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric have assumed day-to-day control of their father’s real estate empire. Because he does not serve in the administration and does not have a security clearance, Donald Trump Jr. was not required to disclose his foreign contacts. Federal and congressional investigators have not publicly asked for any records that would require his disclosure of Russian contacts.

Ms. Veselnitskaya is a formidable operator with a history of pushing the Kremlin’s agenda. Most notable is her campaign against the Magnitsky Act, which provoked a Cold War-style, tit-for-tat dispute with the Kremlin when President Barack Obama signed it into law in 2012.

Under the law, about 44 Russian citizens have been put on a list that allows the United States to seize their American assets and deny them visas. The United States asserts that many of them are connected to the fraud exposed by Mr. Magnitsky, who after being jailed for more than a year was found dead in his cell. A Russian human rights panel found that he had been assaulted. To critics of Mr. Putin, Mr. Magnitsky, in death, became a symbol of corruption and brutality in the Russian state.

An infuriated Mr. Putin has called the law an “outrageous act,” and, in addition to banning American adoptions, he compiled what became known as an “anti-Magnitsky” blacklist of United States citizens.

Among those blacklisted was Preet Bharara, then the United States attorney in Manhattan, who led notable convictions of Russian arms and drug dealers. Mr. Bharara was abruptly fired in March, after previously being asked to stay on by President Trump.

One of Ms. Veselnitskaya’s clients is Denis Katsyv, the Russian owner of Prevezon Holdings, an investment company based in Cyprus. He is the son of Petr Katsyv, the vice president of the state-owned Russian Railways and a former deputy governor of the Moscow region. In a civil forfeiture case prosecuted by Mr. Bharara’s office, the Justice Department alleged that Prevezon had helped launder money linked to the $230 million corruption scheme exposed by Mr. Magnitsky by putting it in New York real estate and bank accounts. Prevezon recently settled the case for $6 million without admitting wrongdoing.

Ms. Veselnitskaya and her client also hired a team of political and legal operatives to press the case for repeal. And they tried but failed to keep Mr. Magnitsky’s name off a new law that takes aim at human-rights abusers across the globe. The team included Rinat Akhmetshin, an émigré to the United States who once served as a Soviet military officer and who has been called a Russian political gun for hire. Fusion GPS, a consulting firm that produced an intelligence dossier that contained unverified allegations about Mr. Trump, was also hired to do research for Prevezon.

Ms. Veselnitskaya was also deeply involved in the making of a film that disputes the widely accepted version of Mr. Magnitsky’s life and death. In the film and in her statement, she said the true culprit of the fraud was William F. Browder, an American-born financier who hired Mr. Magnitsky to investigate the fraud after three of his investment funds companies in Russia were seized.

Mr. Browder called the film a state-sponsored smear campaign.

“She’s not just some private lawyer,” Mr. Browder said of Ms. Veselnitskaya. “She is a tool of the Russian government.”

John O. Brennan, a former C.I.A. director, testified in May that he had been concerned last year by Russian government efforts to contact and manipulate members of Mr. Trump’s campaign. “Russian intelligence agencies do not hesitate at all to use private companies and Russian persons who are unaffiliated with the Russian government to support their objectives,” he said.

The F.B.I. began a counterintelligence investigation last year into Russian contacts with any Trump associates. Agents focused on Mr. Manafort and a pair of advisers, Carter Page and Roger J. Stone Jr.

Among those now under investigation is Michael T. Flynn, who was forced to resign as Mr. Trump’s national security adviser after it became known that he had falsely denied speaking to the Russian ambassador about sanctions imposed by the Obama administration over the election hacking.

Congress later discovered that Mr. Flynn had been paid more than $65,000 by companies linked to Russia, and that he had failed to disclose those payments when he renewed his security clearance and underwent an additional background check to join the White House staff.

In May, the president fired the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, who days later provided information about a meeting with Mr. Trump at the White House. According to Mr. Comey, the president asked him to end the bureau’s investigation into Mr. Flynn; Mr. Trump has repeatedly denied making such a request. Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, was then appointed as special counsel.

The status of Mr. Mueller’s investigation is not clear, but he has assembled a veteran team of prosecutors and agents to dig into any possible collusion.

Donald Trump Jr. Going Full Alt-Right, Posting AWFUL Memes Showing Donald Trump Violently Hurting “CNN”

Donald Trump Jr. shared a video meme Saturday portraying his father Donald Trump shooting down a fighter jet that included CNN’s logo.

“One of the best I’ve seen,” the younger Trump wrote in a tweet, which included laughing emojis and American flags.

Social media users began posting memes of the president taking on CNN after he tweeted last weekend a video showing him in a professional wrestling arena tackling a man with the CNN logo superimposed over his face.

Lucian Wintrich, White House reporter for the conservative (and often crazy) Gateway Pundit blog, tweeted out a curious meme depicting Donald Trump as one of the hijacked planes flying into the World Trade Center, shown with the CNN logo.

Wintrich, who gained prominence in right wing circles after organizing the “Twinks for Trump” art show — which featured Milo Yiannopoulos bathing in pig’s blood — reveled in Trump’s tweet of the CNN-bodyslam video — a nod to the meme-inclined circles of the pro-Trump internet that he inhabits.

 

My Opinion

I nearly spilt my coffee reading the meme posts that everyone was making in response to Little Jr.’s adorable little meme about CNN.

Just further proof that the Trumps are declaring war on the media. Pretty soon we will have the same kind of press rights as Russia and North Korea.

Don’t hurt the kid’s feelings too much though guys, he can’t help the fact that his father is mental.

Australian journalist demolishes Trump at G20: ‘biggest threat to the west’

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/09/biggest-threat-to-the-west-australian-journalist-demolishes-trump-after-g20

A savage opinion of Donald Trump’s presidency that went viral was delivered by one of Australia’s most seasoned political journalists, who is well known to viewers of the national broadcaster for his frank opinions.

Chris Uhlmann, the political editor of the government-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation, described Trump as “isolated and friendless” at the G20 leaders’ summit, and said his disastrous foreign policy had “pressed fast-forward on the decline of the United States”

Trump is more than just isolated and friendless. He knows nothing about politics except how to turn politics into a reality TV show. This was apparent all throughout his presidential campaign last year.

People want to start saying he’s terrible even though the liberals and the media have been saying it since the moment that he announced he was running for President.

Now people are having to reap what they sowed in the first place and try to run around frantic because they have no idea what is going on.

Mark my words, when we lose all of our allies because of his stupid mistakes, they are going to build a wall to keep US out when North Korea nukes our asses. Serves us right though in a way.

I’ve heard many a time from foreigners how they felt about USA and repeatedly have gotten roughly the same impression from each of them. We think we are better than everyone else out there but we aren’t. We are a bunch of idiots.

Congrats everyone who voted to elect this moron into office. Ya did good. There’s your Donald Trump net worth right there.

 

 

One North Texas Mother Convicted of Five Felonies for Breastfeeding One Child on Pot

Research into the effectiveness of medical marijuana in combatting epilepsy has been hampered by federal law , which classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule 1 is reserved for drugs considered to be highly …

Source: One North Texas Mother Convicted of Five Felonies for Breastfeeding One Child on Pot

 

Women face a lot of pressure these days especially when it comes to the choices they make while pregnant and thereafter. One heated debate, for example, is whether to breastfeed or bottle feed. Another example about breastfeeding has become a rather largely recognized topic is whether mothers should breastfeed their babies in public.

Another topic about breastfeeding is whether moms should use marijuana while pregnant. As mentioned in the above article, this is a very serious topic.

There are two different polars in this argument to consider:
It has no negative effects and is safer than the opiate alternatives that some doctors prescribe pregnant women.
Cannabis is a drug and should not be consumed at all while pregnant just as methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine.

The Facts

Breast milk has all sorts of benefits, including, according to one study, increasing one’s IQ later in life; some would argue that if drinking pot-laced breast milk makes babies dumber, well, so does not drinking it. As Abbey himself says in a forum post from 2014, “The are tangible and well-established, while the are vague and scary.”.

One mother came out and said “Cannabis saved my pregnancy with my son, made my pregnancy with my daughter tolerable, and helps me in my day to day life.” Then she proclaimed to know all sorts of benefits it had for her and other women she knew.

In a study conducted in the 1980s no differences were found in weaning growth or mental development between children exposed to marijuana during breast-feeding, and those not exposed, according to a 2009 review. No studies have examined the possible long-term effects of marijuana exposure during breast-feeding. The 2009 review said that there is concern that THC could alter brain cell metabolism as the baby’s brain grows in the first month of life.

Studies today show that marijuana use can impair a mother’s ability to look after her child.

Unfortunately, little research has been done on the direct effects of marijuana use while breastfeeding. But animal studies have proven that the drug’s chemical—delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC—is passed to the baby through breast milk, and is rapidly absorbed and stored in the body’s fat deposits.

My Opinion

In my personal opinion, I suggest to not smoke or consume any kind of chemical unless absolutely needed. It’s not really whether marijuana has long term effects or not. You have to quit smoking cigarettes so I believe that mothers should put the joint down until their child is past breastfeeding.