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Posted by: jdad247 - 10 hours ago - Forum: Welcome - Replies (1)

Hey y'all.   Been away from this forum for quite some time but I'm back.  I hope to add some positivity if I can.  Glad to be back.

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  Hello everyone
Posted by: sls642 - 05-21-2019, 04:26 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (5)

Another long time reader but finally took the plunge and became official. Will try my best to contribute and glean advice from people more knowledgeable than me. Glad to be here!!! Now, to get to 50.

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  welcome to Wonder
Posted by: Charon - 05-20-2019, 06:31 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (5)

Wonder is new. Cannot figure out how to post a thread.

So, here you go. Welcome.

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so glad i found this forrum! lurked for a while. but decided i nèed to be part of this wonderfull supportive community. in todays current enviroment many magazine subscribers arent doing there jobs and many are suffering for it. hopefully i will be able to contribute and learn from this great community  Wink

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Posted by: Charon - 05-17-2019, 04:39 PM - Forum: The Lounge - Replies (3)


Grumpy Cat, viral meme sensation, has died at age 7

MAY 17, 2019 / 11:46 AM / CBS NEWS

Lifetime's Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Grumpy Cat appears at Lifetime's Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever event at Macy's Union Square on November 21, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Civic Entertainment Group)
Grumpy Cat, the world-famous feline whose signature frown is used in memes everywhere, has died at the age of 7, her family announced in a statement on Friday. The cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, became an internet sensation after her photo went viral.

Despite care from top professionals and loved ones, her family said Grumpy Cat died on Tuesday in the arms of her owner, Tabatha, following complications with a recent urinary tract infection. Her memory will live on with her fans.

"Besides being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world — even when times are tough. Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere," the statement said.

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Grumpy Cat initially met fame on the link-sharing website Reddit in 2012, and quickly went viral. The original uploaded image garnered one million hits in its first two days on photo-hosting site Imgur.

Known for her grumpy frown, the cat's photo is usually accompanied by captions that are equally sour. Her popularity led to T-shirts, calendars, gift wrap and a best-selling book available in 14 languages -- and even an agent.

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The meme. The legend.

RIP Grumpy Cat. Some of our favourites. ?


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In 2014, Grumpy Cat starred in a television movie on LifeTime called "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever." The movie is about a perpetually overlooked pet-store cat and the 12-year-old girl who can communicate with her. Grumpy Cat was voiced by "Parks and Recreation" actress Aubrey Plaza.

Almost a year later, Madame Tussauds in San Francisco put together a waxwork of Grumpy Cat that's animatronic, boasting five different movements.

The internet star now has millions of followers on social media. Her fans were devastated upon hearing the news of her death.  

"Rest in peace you amazing feline, you will be missed," one Twitter user wrote.

Another said, "Fond memories of your beautiful Grumpy face. your life was too short.

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  informed delivery of mail being used by thieves
Posted by: Charon - 05-16-2019, 05:15 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (3)

i dont know smart phones. the url seems to be: www.abc15.com.


Found an article on Informed Delivery--u know, wherein the postal services photograph all the mail going to your house.

Seems criminals sign you up for this. And then watch your mailbox.

And they are becoming quite successful.

But, if you move, i guess u gotta sign up STAT for Informed Delivery before some Helpey Helperton criminal signs up for the unsuspecting. And knows when impt mail is coming thru.
Thieves using Informed Delivery to steal mail
Signed up for service before homeowners' did
Posted: 2:14 PM, May 14, 2019 Updated: 4:15 PM, May 14, 2019
By: John Matarese

Thieves using Informed Delivery to steal mail
A new feature designed to prevent mail theft, Informed Delivery, may actually be helping thieves in some cases.

Jim Cook is one of tens of thousands of Americans who have signed up for a new Postal Service feature in recent months, that lets you know when important mail is coming.

"Well I just get an email, it comes every day, and it just has pictures of the mail we're going to get," Cook explained.

Earlier this year, Cook and his wife Anne told us they love the new service, because it lets them check their email every morning.

Informed Delivery is great because it lets you know when an important piece of mail or a check is going to be arriving at your home.

But in some cases, it can also alert a thief to that check, if he happened to sign up for the service before you did.

Thieves sign up, then watch your mail

Capt. Mike Dresell of the Indian Hill, Ohio, police says a sophisticated group of thieves has stolen mail from at least three, and possibly five homes in his community the past month.

Dressell believes the very savvy thieves are signing up for Informed Delivery at homes that have not done so yet. They then get alerts about all incoming mail.

"They sign up the resident unbeknownst to them, and they are coming to the house a few days later and taking a piece of mail that has a credit card or something else in it," Dressell said.

In some cases, he believes, they took another step and signed up for credit cards in the homeowner's name, then waited for that card to arrive.

How to protect yourself

If you have not yet signed up for Informed Delivery, there are steps you can take to prevent any possible mail theft.

Dressell says if you call or visit your local Post Office, you should be able to turn off this feature, so that no one can use it.

"You can call and have it blocked so this doesn't happen to you."

Or you can simply sign up for it. The service is free.

Google for USPS Informed Delivery, then enter your name, address, and email, and sign yourself up, so only you will get alerts to incoming mail. (Just make sure you are on the official Post Office website when you do that).

A Postal Service spokeswoman, Naddia Dhalai, told us these victims may have already been identity theft victims before the thieves signed them up.

But the USPS is now tightening the system. The Post Office will now mail you a post card saying that your home has signed up for informed delivery. That way, if you did not sign up for the program, you can stop it immediately.

Unfortunately, that post card can take three days to arrive, enough time for a quick-thinking thief to do their dirty work, and grab a credit card or check from your mail.

As always don't waste your money.


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  Oh Great, Now They Change Their Mind.
Posted by: Linville - 05-14-2019, 11:34 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (3)

Low-dose aspirin linked to increased risk of bleeding inside skull when taken daily, study suggests

  • Posted: May 14, 2019 03:39 PM EDT
  • Updated: May 14, 2019 03:39 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES - For years, companies like Bayer have marketed low-dose Aspirin as a preventative treatment for cardiovascular disease, but new researchshows that it increases the risk of bleeding in the skull when taken by people who do not already suffer from cardiovascular disease.

Aspirin works as a blood-thinner and can be used to treat dangerous blood clots that have the potential to cause heart attack or stroke. For those who have already suffered a heart attack or stroke, daily low-dose aspirin can help prevent another such attack from occurring, which offsets the risk of serious bleeding by about six to one, Harvard researchers determined.

For everyone else, scientists aren't so sure that the benefits of daily low-dose aspirin use outweigh the risks.
A team of researchers reviewed and analyzed 13 randomized clinical trials of low-dose aspirin use for primary prevention; 134, 446 patients participated in these trials, which occurred between January 1966 and October 30, 2018.

Researchers recorded levels of intracranial bleeding in participants and compared the differences between daily low-dose (less than 100 milligrams) aspirin users and a control group.

The researchers found that low-dose aspirin was associated with increased risk of any intracranial bleeding, but the greatest potential relative risk was for subdural or extradural hemorrhage, otherwise known as bleeding which occurs between the topmost and middle layers of membranes surrounding the brain.

There was a lower risk associated with intracerebral hemorrhage, or bleeding within the brain tissues, as well as with subarachnoid hemorrhage, or bleeding in the fluid-filled space between brain tissue and the first layer of membranes surrounding it.

The baseline patient characteristics most closely associated with intracerebral hemorrhage with low-dose aspirin use were low body mass index, and Asian race/ethnicity.
Anyone seeking to start or continue a daily low-dose aspirin regimen should consult with their doctor to find the safest course of treatment.
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  Bayer Ordered To Pay $2 Billion In Roundup Damages
Posted by: Linville - 05-14-2019, 12:02 AM - Forum: World News - Replies (1)

Bayer Ordered To Pay $2 Billion In Roundup Damages; Admits Spying On Influential Europeans
Not a great day for Bayer and its Monsanto unit.

The first piece of bad news was that Bayer just lost the third trial in a row over claims its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer.

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The jury found Roundup had been defectively designed, that the company failed to warn of the herbicide’s cancer risk and that the company acted negligently.

In the stunning verdict, sure to be appealed, a jury in state court in Oakland, California, issued its verdict Monday, awarding a total of more than $2 billion in punitive damages to a husband and wife over there cancer claims.

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Past economic loss: $47,296.01
Past noneconomic loss: $8 million
Future noneconomic loss: $10 million

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The jury hit Monsanto with another $1 BILLION in punitive damages for Alva Pilliod. The total is a $2.055 billion verdict.

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As Bloomberg reports, the jurors agreed that Alva and Alberta Pilliod's use of Roundup over about 30 years for residential landscaping was a “substantial factor” in causing them to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 

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Monsanto Co., the maker of Roundup acquired by Bayer last June, is the named defendant in similar U.S. lawsuits filed by at least 13,400 plaintiffs. Bayer is appealing the earlier verdicts and the award of $2 billion will be vulnerable to a legal challenge

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 because courts have generally held that punitive damages shouldn’t be more than 10 times higher than compensatory damages.

Bayer has just confirmed it will appeal the verdict.

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The second piece of bad news was a Reuters  story reporting that Bayer said on Monday its Monsanto unit, which is being investigated by French prosecutors for compiling files of influential people such as journalists in France, likely did the same across Europe, suggesting a potentially wider problem.

French prosecutors said on Friday they had opened an inquiry after newspaper Le Monde filed a complaint alleging that Monsanto - acquired by Bayer for $63 billion last year - had kept a file of 200 names, including journalists and lawmakers in hopes of influencing positions on pesticides.

Bayer acknowledged the existence of the files, saying it does not believe any laws were broken but that it will ask an external law firm to investigate.

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“When you collect non-publicly available data about individuals a Rubicon is clearly crossed,” regardless of whether data privacy laws were actually violated, he added.[/i][/color]

Bayer said in its initial statement that “Currently, we have no indication that the preparation of the lists under discussion violated any legal provisions.

Not a pretty picture, but shareholders have already expressed their dissatisfaction with the CEO who made the disastrous $63 billion decision to buMonsanto in 2018.
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Bayer, also known as IG Farben back in the day, survived World War II (which it helped fund for Hitler's war effort while recruiting a an army of slave workers), but it may not survive the worst acquisition in its history: the disastrous $63 billion purchase of Monsanto in 2018, which also brought over the infamous carcinogenic weed-killer Roundup, and with it countless lawsuits and legal charges.


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And while the future of the iconic company which brought "cough medicine" Heroin to the world remains in question, as it is slowly been buried under an avalanche of lawsuits emerging from Monsanto's legacy misdeeds which have slammed its stock to 7 year lows...

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  In an NC swamp, researcher finds tree older than Christianity
Posted by: Linville - 05-11-2019, 10:51 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

In an NC swamp, researcher finds tree older than Christianity. Could there be more?

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May 09, 2019 09:05 AM, Updated May 09, 2019 03:22 PM

Video of tree find

Bald cypress trees along the Black River appear to be thousands of years old
"I wonder what these trees have seen." The Nature Conservancy has conserved thousands of acres of ancient bald cypresses along the Black River. By David William Stahle


Scientists documenting the ages of bald cypress along the Black River in southeastern North Carolina have discovered an ancient tree whose annual growth rings show it to be at least 2,624 years old. 

That means the cypress was alive centuries before the advent of Christianity, the Roman Empire and the English language. The new research finding released Thursday also means bald cypress ranks fifth among all tree species on Earth for tree longevity. 

The study says a nearby cypress in the same river swamp is at least 2,088 years old. Scientists believe other, unsampled 2,000-plus-year-old trees exist along the 66-mile-long stream.
The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal “Environmental Research Communications,” shows the Black River trees are far older than previously revealed in samplings that began in 1985. These cypresses already had been determined to be the oldest stand of trees in eastern United States, with ages of up to 1,650 years. 

Professor David Stahle of the University of Arkansas, lead investigator on the studies, established the ages of the 2,000-plus-year-old trees beginning in 2017 by measuring annual tree-growth rings taken from coring the trunks and radiocarbon analysis. 

“There are surely multiple trees over 2,000-year-old trees at Black River,” Stahle said in a recent interview. “It’s my belief there are some approaching, if not exceeding, 3,000 years old.” 

The venerable trees live in Three Sisters Swamp, owned by the N.C. Nature Conservancy and part of the Black River. The conservancy led a media tour by canoe and kayak into the half-mile-wide swamp forest on Thursday. 

A few feet from the 2,624-year-old tree, Stahle stopped his canoe and swept his hand across the onyx-colored water as pronthonotary warblers tweeted in the emerald-green canopy. 
“You’re in millennium-age trees,” he said as the flotilla of 25 paddlers gathered. “There are thousands of 1,000-year-old trees.” 

Dark green moss formed a mottled pattern on the old tree’s buttresses; its trunk was straight but the top limbs were gone. Interestingly, it was not the biggest cypress in view; others were much stouter. 

“(For trees) over 2,000 (years in the swamp), there would probably be 10...20 to 30,” he said. “This is one of the great old-growth forests left in the world.” 

A conservancy staffer, Angie Carr, had guided Stahle to the two 2,000-year-old trees. He said he aged the oldsters so as to raise awareness of the unique stand. 

“If we could really prove there are individual living trees that are 2,000 years old...that information could help advance conservation of the trees along the Black River.”
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Stahle and a team from Arkansas accidentally discovered the extreme longevity of the Black River trees as part of a study to reconstruct the historical climate of the Southeast by measuring the width of tree rings. Tree rings are wide in wet years; narrow in dry years. 

The study says “the annual tree ring-width chronology developed from the ancient Black River bald cypress trees is positively correlated with growing-season precipitation totals over the Southeastern U.S. and with atmospheric circulation over the Northern Hemisphere, providing the longest exactly-dated climate proxy yet developed in eastern North America.” 

The annual ring-growth history taken from the Black River trees and others in Virginia have recorded extended wet and dry years, including the long-term droughts that likely impacted English settlements on North Carolina’s Roanoke Island in 1587 and Jamestown, Va., in 1607, according to the study.

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In a 1988 study, among the trees verified to be more than 1,000 years old include a cypress locally known as “Methuselah” that dates to 364 A.D It’s named for the Biblical figure who supposedly lived 969 years. 

Stahle concluded the tree has been living for more than 1,700 years as it was already growing in the early Fourth Century. Scientists core into the trunk above the buttress at 9 feet high, meaning the tree has to have been growing for decades before it can reach 9 feet and higher. Bald cypress grow very slowly, especially in the acidic, low-nutrient waters of the Black, according to the study.
The Methuselah tree, eclipsed in age by the newly discovered 2,624-year-old cypress by nearly a millennium, also lives in Three Sisters Swamp. The swamp holds the Black’s largest concentration of ancient trees. They’re distinguished by huge buttresses and flat tops that have been sheared off by eons of storms. The trunks measure 3-4 feet in diameter above the buttress; the tallest trees stand 90 feet high. 

Here, the river spreads into numerous braided channels through the primordial-looking swamp. Visiting canoeists and kayakers must zig-zag along, bumping into cypress knees up to 4 feet high. Stahl called Three Sisters Swamp “one of the greatest natural areas in Eastern North America.”

Tree ranks fifth on worldwide list

The study said the 2,624-year-old tree indicates that bald cypress comes in fifth on the worldwide list of tree species with the oldest individual, sexually reproducing, non-clonal trees. The oldest is a Great Basin bristlecone pine in Nevada dated at 4,900 years, based on a list compiled by Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research in Fort Collins, Colo. Stahle said that means only four other tree species on Earth are known to include individual trees capable of living longer than the cypress at Black River. 

In South Carolina, Stahle said, the oldest-documented tree is a bald cypress in The Audubon Society’s Francis Beidler Four Holes Swamp that he cored in 1992, now nearing 1,300 years. The research by Stahle and his colleagues has been supported by National Science Foundation grants. 
The senescent Black River trees have survived deluges and droughts, hail and hurricanes. They also have escaped logging over the years, likely because many are partly hollow and wouldn’t have made good lumber, Stahle said. 

The two 2,000-year-old trees, the Methuselah tree and others aren’t in danger of being logged as they’re in Three Sisters Swamp. 

The Nature Conservancy in December acquired the swamp and adjoining uplands covering 319 acres. The conservation group has secured more than 16,000 acres through ownership and conservation easements along the stream. The Black, tributary of the Cape Fear River, lies about 40 miles northwest of Wilmington. 

To protect and showcase the trees, the N.C. Parks and Recreation Division in 2017 proposed a state park along the Black. Opposition arose from some residents. The proposal was “dropped by the legislature due to lack of community support,” parks spokesperson Katie Hall said in an email.

 “If the community changes their opinions and comes to be supportive about it, we could revisit the possibility.”

The study concluded the Black potentially holds more 2,000-plus-year-old trees. “Because we have cored and dated only 110 bald cypresses at this site, a small fraction of the tens of thousands of trees still present in these wetlands, there could be several additional individual bald cypress over 2,000 years old along the approximately (66-mile) reach of the Black River.” 

Altogether, the study says, the old-growth cypresses along the Black “...remain threatened by logging, water pollution and sea-level rise,” and that, “...thousands of additional hectares with high-quality ancient forests remain to be protected.” One hectare equals 2.48 acres. 

Without permanent protection, Stahle said, the primeval but privately owned trees “could become garden mulch.”

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Want to see the ancient bald cypress? 

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Three Sisters Swamp lies between State Road 1550 bridge and the N.C. 53 bridge on the Black River in Bladen County. Only canoes and kayaks can maneuver through the swamp. 
For a 9-mile float, begin at Henry’s Landing, a private landing 1.5 miles downriver from the State Road 1550 bridge. Launch fee is $5 per canoe or kayak. 

It’s five miles to the swamp and another four miles to a private landing at the N.C. 53 bridge; fee is $3 per boat. Another 1.7 miles downriver is a no-fee Wildlife Resources Commission boat ramp. Paddlers not familiar with the swamp should go with an experienced group or an outfitter.
More details: https://cypress.uark.edu.

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Recently discovered 2,624-year-old bald cypress tree looms beside Julie Moore, front, and Dr. David Stahle in Three Sisters Swamp on the Black River in southeastern North Carolina. Moore, former botanist for the N.C. Natural Heritage Program, and Stahle, who determined the age of the ancient tree, oldest for its species in the world, led a media tour Thursday into the N.C. Nature Conservancy-owned swamp. Jack Horan

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  For Our Beloved Mothers
Posted by: Charon - 05-11-2019, 07:36 PM - Forum: The Lounge - Replies (6)




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