Secret Extensions

22 May 19
Portfolio

Quantum Theory In Relation to Consciousness Did God the create the universe, or was it the after effects of the big bang? These questions arise due to our ability to reflect on the very nature of things; to be aware or conscious. We are conscious; aware that we exist, and we are able to manipulate […]

22 May 19
SlashGear

We live in a cruel world, a world where people find joy in spoiling story endings for others on the internet. They see a movie on release day (or worse yet, pirate a movie), turn around and spew the ending of said movie on the web. Today I’ve been shown a tool that could mitigate […]

22 May 19
Archy Worldys

Discovered drug against aging in worms Roundworms, also known as nematodes, are among the best-researched organisms at all. Each of their genes is identified and each cell is biologically documented. Based on these precise findings, a research team has now succeeded in deciphering the genetic mechanism behind the aging process. Genetic manipulation allowed the team […]

22 May 19
The Persian Blog of Kings

Oh, hello there. It’s lovely to see you all again. Apologies for my extended absence from this site. It’s been just over a year since I last posted here. I don’t want to bore you with the details about why I suddenly and without warning abandoned this project, but suffice it to say it involved […]

22 May 19
Arcynewsy

Drug discovered against aging in worms Nematodes, also known as nematodes, are among the most sought after organisms. Each of their genes is identified and each cell is biologically documented. Based on these precise results, a research group managed to decipher the genetic mechanism underlying the aging process. Genetic manipulation has allowed the team to […]

22 May 19
Life & Style
She was so lucky. Abby Lee Miller reflected on her battle with cancer on Good Morning America on Wednesday, May 22, and said she was “10 minutes” from dying when doctors discovered she had Burkitt lymphoma in April 2018. After she underwent emergency back surgery, Abby, 52, revealed she “would have been dead” if the cancer hadn’t been found. “I was paralyzed from the neck down — no movement,” she said. “Because this cancer — this lymphoma — was choking my spinal cord.” Abby noted that these days, “The biggest issue is my right knee … I have needed a knee replacement for about seven years now.” Abby also declared that she’s feeling “tough” despite the health challenge, and that “I firmly believe that all the world’s a stage and we are merely the players. So I think this was all destiny. It was supposed to happen this way and it did. And I’m just following the script.” During her GMA appearance, Abby also claimed that the guards in her prison facility threatened her during her recent jail stint. She said she was treated differently “by the staff, by the guards” while she was in prison. The Dance Moms star revealed that the guards allegedly said, “Where’s that dance lady? Where’s that TV star lady? We’re going to get her.” The TV personality was indicted for fraud in October 2015 after allegedly creating a secret bank account to hide almost $1 million of income from her Lifetime series and other projects amid her Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, and eventually reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to the charge of concealing bankruptcy assets plus one count of not reporting an international monetary transaction. She was given a 366-day prison sentence, which is when she said these threats allegedly took place. Abby added of the guards, “They come into your room they, they take your locker … they dump everything out of it. They take red soda pop and shake it up and spray it all over your clothes.” She confessed that she found the guard’s behavior “offensive” and “violent,” and alleged that on her first day in jail, a female prison guard started “trying to pull my eyelashes off, that were extensions … And she kicked my bed and she screamed at me.” The Federal Bureau of Prisons wouldn’t comment specifically on Abby’s claims, citing inmate privacy, according to Good Morning America. The Bureau noted in a statement to the show that it “provides a safe, secure and humane environment for staff and inmates,” and that “if there are allegations of misconduct, they are taken seriously and, when appropriate, referred for proper investigation.” No matter what happened while she was in prison, we hope Abby’s health continues to improve now that she’s free.
22 May 19
DIY Automotive

How to Remove and Replace the Spark Plugs on a 2015 Kia Forte To remove the spark plug you need to remove the bolt mounting the ignition coil and pull it out. Using a spark plug socket and extension, remove the spark plug. The Story Behind The Repair My ol’ lady drives a 2015 Kia […]

22 May 19
Deadline

Rachel Chavkin has been here before. Under her direction, Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s gorgeous musical that sets the mythical tales of Orpheus, Eurydice, Hades and Persephone in – above ground – a stylized New Orleans and – below ground – a coal-mining hellscape – has garnered 14 Tony Award nominations. That’s the most nominations of any […]

22 May 19
In Touch Weekly
That had to be scary! Abby Lee Miller reflected on her nearly year-long prison sentence on Good Morning America on Wednesday, May 22, and claimed that the guards in her jail facility threatened her during her imprisonment. Abby, 52, claimed during her appearance that she was treated differently “by the staff, by the guards” while she was in prison. The Dance Moms star revealed that the guards allegedly said, “Where’s that dance lady? Where’s that TV star lady? We’re going to get her.” The TV personality was indicted for fraud in October 2015 after allegedly creating a secret bank account to hide almost $1 million of income from her Lifetime series and other projects amid her Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, and eventually reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to the charge of concealing bankruptcy assets plus one count of not reporting an international monetary transaction. She was given a 366-day prison sentence, which is when she said these threats allegedly took place. Abby added during her Good Morning America appearance, “They come into your room they, they take your locker … they dump everything out of it. They take red soda pop and shake it up and spray it all over your clothes.” She confessed that she found the guard’s behavior “offensive” and “violent,” and alleged that on her first day in jail, a female prison guard started “trying to pull my eyelashes off, that were extensions … And she kicked my bed and she screamed at me.” The Federal Bureau of Prisons wouldn’t comment specifically on Abby’s claims, citing inmate privacy, according to GMA. The Bureau noted in a statement to the show that it “provides a safe, secure and humane environment for staff and inmates,” and that “if there are allegations of misconduct, they are taken seriously and, when appropriate, referred for proper investigation.” Abby also reflected on her battle with cancer on the show. She was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma after she underwent emergency back surgery, and Abby revealed she “would have been dead” if they hadn’t discovered it. “I was paralyzed from the neck down — no movement,” she added. “Because this cancer — this lymphoma — was choking my spinal cord.” She noted that these days, “The biggest issue is my right knee … I have needed a knee replacement for about seven years now.” Abby also declared that she’s feeling “tough” despite the health challenge, and that “I firmly believe that all the world’s a stage and we are merely the players. So I think this was all destiny. It was supposed to happen this way and it did. And I’m just following the script.”
22 May 19
MinnPost
Since Minnesota’s legislative session began in January, the slow creep of chronic wasting disease has only progressed. Now, top lawmakers say they have a response to better contain the highly contagious and fatal brain illness among the state’s deer population. Minnesota is poised to impose tougher regulations on deer hunters and farmers while spending more money on research and prevention efforts as a centerpiece of the budget deal being finalized by Senate Republicans and House DFLers on a conference committee focused on the environment and natural resources. The CWD legislation was a top priority for both political parties in the Legislature’s environmental committees, although they differed how hard to crack down on deer farmers. The disease response was celebrated by DFLers and Republicans alike this week along with a deal to raise more money to fight aquatic invasive species, among other policy and spending initiatives. On CWD, “we’ll truly be able to show a compromise that all three branches of government can support,” said Bob Meier, an assistant commissioner for the Department of Natural Resources, referring to the House, Senate and governor’s office. [cms_ad:x100]In the race to finish an overall state budget — a task not yet accomplished — the CWD response was also one of the few notable initiatives to emerge from closed-door negotiations this week. A special session is expected later this week to pass a full budget, and many environmental issues that split the parties this year won’t move forward — like whether to ban a recreational wolf hunt or pass a law to cement the name Bde Maka Ska on the former Lake Calhoun — while others, like requiring a carbon-free energy grid by 2050, had yet to be decided or publicly discussed as of Wednesday morning. CWD and more To combat CWD, legislators agreed to require stronger rules for the fences at deer farms, such as having two redundant gates to prevent escapes by any infected animals. The Board of Animal Health, which oversees the farms, would be given new powers under the plan and more stringent inspection rules. If a deer tests positive at a farm for CWD, then the farm’s entire herd must be killed and not replaced for five years at the facility. The DNR’s Meier said farm owners had been waiting to “depopulate” their herd until after they got federal funding under a reimbursement process. Outside of deer farms, lawmakers plan to create an “adopt-a-dumpster” program to encourage safe disposal of wild deer parts and banned the importation of whole carcasses from outside of Minnesota. Meier said the DNR banned out-of-state imports by rule, but the legislation solidified the practice. The Legislature also expects to reserve about $4.7 million in the next two years for the DNR to continue managing the disease, Meier said, and another $1.8 million for research at the University of Minnesota to develop a faster, easier and cheaper test to diagnose CWD. Rep. Rick Hansen, a South St. Paul DFLer who chairs the House Environmental and Natural Resources Finance Division, and some fellow Democrats had pushed for stronger fencing requirements and even voluntary state buyouts of deer farms, among other policies related to CWD. Hansen was the lead negotiator for the DFL in his corresponding conference committee. But Republicans had balked at the price to the state and to those in the industry. Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, an Alexandria Republican who chairs the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee, said an idea for double fencing at deer farms was “nearly cost prohibitive” to farmers but said the redundant gating would prevent most escapes. Ingebrigtsen, who was Hansen’s counterpart on the conference committee, said the compromise legislation would help “nip this in the bud” before CWD threatens the deer hunting industry, which he described as a “heritage” of the state. “That was a step in the right direction,” he said of the CWD package. Rich Meech, president of the Minnesota Deer Farmers Association, said they support research and money for new testing and worked to craft the CWD legislation, but generally believe they have been unfairly targeted and over-regulated. [cms_ad:x101]“The truth of the matter is that cervid farms fear the spread of chronic wasting disease as a career ending catastrophe and consistently do everything in their power to protect themselves against it,” Meech said in an email. “As livestock producers, we understand the importance of reasonable regulation, safe fencing and adhering to common practices when disease is found.” Overall, lawmakers were given about $13.8 million in new general fund money over existing spending to distribute to environmental causes and state agencies, including the DNR and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. More than $4 million of that will be spent on increased costs at the DNR, such as rising salaries and insurance, Meier said. Another $2.7 million will go to legal fees for DNR and the MPCA for defending their actions in court, including a DNR decision to greenlight the PolyMet copper-nickel mine plan. [image_credit]Creative Commons/Christa R.[/image_credit][image_caption]Top lawmakers say they have a response to better contain the highly contagious and fatal brain illness among the state’s deer population.[/image_caption]The House had originally proposed $32 million in new general fund spending and a hike to several environment-related fees, while the Senate offered a $57 million cut but wanted to backfill some of the money with cash from fees and funds currently dedicated for other uses. “I see the ultimate budget as a true work in compromise and one that will get rid of some of those shifts and raids and transfers,” Meier said. The surcharge for aquatic invasive species management — levied on three-year boat registrations — would rise from $5 to $10.60 under the plan. Fate of climate and energy proposals unknown Ingebrigtsen and Hansen arrived at their budget plans after weeks of talks held both in public and behind closed doors. In recent days, their environmental conference committee was one of the few to hold any open meetings, but they mostly convened for a few minutes at a time to update people on what they had agreed to — and what they had not struck a deal on. Many other conference committees have not met this week while they hash out budget plans in secret. That includes a panel dedicated to economic development, energy and climate policies that has been debating a limit on a popular solar program, whether to require the state’s energy to come from carbon-free sources by 2050 and other policies, including paid family leave. A chairman of the conference committee, Sen. Eric Pratt, R-Prior Lake, declined to give any specifics on what policies, if any, have made the cut and which haven’t. In a brief interview Tuesday on a Capitol stairway, Pratt said he’s confident they would reach a budget agreement soon despite some “big sticking points.” “We’ve made a lot of progress over the last couple of days,” he said. [cms_ad:x102]Rep. Jean Wagenius, a Minneapolis DFLer who chairs the House’s Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division, declined to comment late Monday while pacing outside of Gov. Tim Walz’s Cabinet room. Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka were holding secret discussions in the room through the night with committee chairs from across the Legislature — and sometimes intervened in the budget talks of individual conference committees. While the natural resources conference committee was able to work out differences on most issues, Ingebrigtsen said several controversial policies did kick up to the powerful trio. That included much-debated provisions to ban recreational wolf hunting, create a wild rice stewardship council and finalize the name Bde Maka Ska, Ingebrigtsen said. All, he added, were shot down since each of the three leaders needed to agree on a policy for it to move forward. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled last month the DNR did not have power to change Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska, although the agency is appealing the decision. While a state task force recommended lawmakers create a permanent panel to study wild rice and water pollution standards, some DFLers objected, saying there was not enough tribal representation or consultation involved. A new carpet recycling program proposed by DFLers and a Republican plan to allow some two-line fishing did not make the final cut either, Hansen said. One thing that did get a thumbs up from the leadership trio: naming the St. Croix River State Water Trail after former Vice President Walter Mondale. What’s next In addition to agreements on CWD-related provisions, Ingebrigtsen and Hansen’s committee is finalizing spending of lottery funds dedicated to the environment and their deal had dozens of new laws, including: A “No Child Left Inside” program for outdoor education championed by the DFL Grants for hunting, fishing and firearm safety wanted by Republicans amid declining participation in those sports were merged into the new program as well. Naming the rusty patched bumble bee as the official state bee. A bill to limit the extension of comment periods on some environmental reviews without approval from a business proposing a project, which raised some opposition from environmental groups. Separate committees are working on how to spend Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment money and agricultural policy and spending. Hansen and Ingebrigtsen spotlighted the CWD response as some of their most important work of the session. While Hansen said Monday evening that he wanted to do more to fight the disease, he called the mandatory killing of deer herds after positive CWD tests “a big deal.” “I was looking for more, but the Legislature, particularly the Legislature on the last day of session, is about compromising,” he said.
22 May 19
Julies blog

Julliana Miranda Professor Welser College readyness-3rd period Profesor Welser 12/17/1812/17/18         By definition, a dream is a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep. But what is the real meaning of dreams? The meaning behind dreams has always been debated, different people with different theories and […]

22 May 19
Feminist Words

It is no secret that I am a feminist, and I am sure it is apparent in the way I act. Studying feminism and gender has truly developed my sense of self, and it has catalysed my passion for activism and feminist research. Today, society is filled with feminist popular culture, which is amazing, but […]

22 May 19
Pel Publications

By Silver N Etim Is the God of the Bible the All-wise creator of all things? Does His prophetic utterances carry any implications for the future of mankind? Does He tell the end from the beginning? Did He inspire the other books or religious laws and systems of doing things of the other religions to […]