Intelligent people’s brains wired differently to those with fewer intellectual abilities, says study

The brains of high-achieving individuals are wired up differently to those of people with fewer intellectual or social abilities according to one of the first studies to find a physical link between what goes in the brain and a person’s overall lifestyle.

An analysis of the “connectivity” between different parts of the brain in hundreds of healthy people found a correlation between how well wired-up some individuals were to their cognitive abilities and general success in life, scientists said. Continue reading “Intelligent people’s brains wired differently to those with fewer intellectual abilities, says study”

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Govt. workers have right to refuse gay marriage licenses: pope

Pope Francis said on Monday government officials have a “human right” to refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience.

Speaking to reporters as he returned home from a 10-day trip to the United States and Cuba, Francis also repeated his condemnation of priests who had sexually abused children, saying the victims had been “crushed by evil”.

Although the Argentine-born pontiff delved into some of the United States’ thorniest political debates during his visit, he never specifically referred to a controversy over same-sex marriages, which the Church firmly opposes. Continue reading “Govt. workers have right to refuse gay marriage licenses: pope”

State Using Taxpayer Funds to Implant 10-Year-Olds With Birth Control

Taxpayers in the State of Washington are funding the disturbing practice of fitting extremely young public school girls with implantable long-lasting birth control devices, according to documents received by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Girls as young as 10 attending public schools in Seattle have been implanted with intrauterine devices (IUDs), the documents show, and as exposed by Life News in July, the children do not need to obtain parents’ permission before the procedure is performed. Continue reading “State Using Taxpayer Funds to Implant 10-Year-Olds With Birth Control”

Millions of Americans Will Realize Little or No Benefit from Donald Trump’s Tax Plan

Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump released details of his tax plan today.

The plan, posted on Trump’s “Make America Great Again” website, is billed as a way to “let people keep more money in their pockets and increase after-tax wages.”

Many Americans, however, will realize a significant gain. The plan is designed to primarily benefit the poor, the lower middle class and corporations. Continue reading “Millions of Americans Will Realize Little or No Benefit from Donald Trump’s Tax Plan”

Australian Government Warns That Alternative Rock, Teenage Rebellion Could Lead To Radicalization

The Australian government is fighting back against the unrelenting terrorist threat that threatens to consume every Western nation. It, too, has noticed that youngsters and their SnapChats are particularly prone to radicalization from outside forces. As Richard Chirgwin of the Register points out, it has chosen to address this threat to Australian society in the way only a government agency can: with a blend of … Continue reading Australian Government Warns That Alternative Rock, Teenage Rebellion Could Lead To Radicalization

Currency Warfare: Ruble Plunges As Putin Speech Ends

We are sure it’s just a coincidence but seconds after Vladimir Putin concluded his speech at The UN calling for a broad anti-terrorist coalition, the Russian Ruble was sold aggressively (after a relatively news-less and quiet day in the currency)…     It appears the USD weakness evident during President Obama’s earlier speech was reciprocated. Source: Continue reading Currency Warfare: Ruble Plunges As Putin Speech Ends

The Average American Worker Earns Less Today Than 40 Years Ago

It’s not just unemployment that matters. Many full-time workers take home less money, after inflation, than in decades.

Because most everything we buy gets more expensive over time, we have to earn more money each year just to maintain our existing standard of living. When we’re not given raises that keep up with this rate of inflation, we’re effectively suffering a pay cut.

That’s why many American workers are actually poorer today than four decades ago. They may be earning more money. But, in real terms, they’re getting less for it. Measured in 2014 dollars, the median male full-time worker made $50,383 last year against $53,294 in 1973, according to new U.S. Census Bureau figures. Continue reading “The Average American Worker Earns Less Today Than 40 Years Ago”

Engineering Humans for War

Inside the Pentagon’s efforts to create a super-soldier — and change the future of the battlefield.

Retired four-star general Paul F. Gorman recalls first learning about the “weakling of the battlefield” from reading S.L.A.Marshall, the U.S. Army combat historian during World War II. After interviewing soldiers who participated in the Normandy beach landings, Marshall had learned that fatigue was responsible for an overwhelming number of casualties.
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This week, credit cards with chips are to become the standard

Starting Thursday, most shoppers will no longer be swiping their new credit and debit cards into merchants’ card readers to make purchases. They’ll be inserting them instead — chip side first.

The new pieces of plastic that banks and other card issuers have been sending to customers contain a tiny metallic chip designed to reduce counterfeiting, just as similar Europay credit cards have cut such fraud throughout Europe.

The technology in the microchip makes it more difficult for criminals to forge fakes and easier for merchants to authenticate cardholders. Continue reading “This week, credit cards with chips are to become the standard”

Police question woman for wearing a protest T-shirt as she walked past the 9/11 memorial

As Miru Kim walked past the 9/11 memorial, NYPD cops pointed to her shirt and asked her about the message on it! “He asked me what my shirt said,” she recalled. “I told him it was an old T-shirt from a protest group. That got him going even more, and I had to explain that it was from an anti-Iraq War group from a long … Continue reading Police question woman for wearing a protest T-shirt as she walked past the 9/11 memorial