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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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The jury found Monsanto liable for all four claims brought by Alva Pilliod and awarded in damages:
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. 

Quote:[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.65098)]“In this case there appeared to be more detailed evidence damaging to Monsanto, which strengthens plaintiffs’ cases down the pipeline even further,” said Anna Pavlik, senior counsel for special situations at United First Partners LLC in New York, who has followed the trials.[/color]

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.

Quote:[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.65098)][i]“It’s safe to say that other countries in Europe were affected by lists ... I assume that all EU member states could potentially be affected,”Matthias Berninger, Bayer’s head of public affairs and sustainability, told journalists on Monday.
“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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  DOJ Seizes Dark Web Drug Directory
Posted by: Linville - 05-10-2019, 12:44 AM - Forum: World News - Replies (1)

DOJ Seizes Dark Web Drug Directory, Suspected Owners Arrested In France And Israel

The Department of Justice seized and shut down a major dark-web directory of drug marketplaces, DeepDotWeb (DDW), and arrested its alleged owners, in what US Attorney Scott Brady called "the single most significant law enforcement disruption of the darknet to date," according to NBC News

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Quote:[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.65098)]The alleged owners, Tal Prihar, 37, and Michael Phan, 34, both from Israel, were arrested Monday, Prihar in France and Phan in Israel, where they remain in custody. They each face a single count of money laundering conspiracy in the U.S. Phan also faces charges in Israel.
Prihar and Phan allegedly received kickback payments through bitcoinwhen someone purchased an item on the darknet sites found through the directory, earning more than $15 million in fees since October 2013, according to prosecutors.  -[i]NBC News
The so-called 'dark web' or 'darknet' is an unregulated and clandestine network which can only be accessed using specific software such as Tor, and is not indexed by web search engines. It is used to facilitate all types of black markets, which include drug sales, money laundering, data brokers (credit cards, social security numbers, etc), child pornography and human trafficking.
"According to the indictment unsealed today, these defendants allegedly made millions of dollars by providing a gateway to illegal Darknet marketplaces, allowing hundreds of thousands of users to buy fentanyl, hacking tools, stolen credit cards, and other contraband," said Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski of the DOJ's Criminal Division. 

The two accused owners received their "referral bonuses" from darknet marketplaces, which include: "AlphaBay Market, Agora Market, Abraxas Market, Dream Market, Valhalla Market, Hansa Market, TradeRoute Market, Dr. D's, Wall Street Market and Tochka Market," according to NBC News

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DDW received approximately $8.4 million worth of bitcoin (adjusted for the trading value at the time of each transaction) in kickbacks, which grew to a value of more than $15 million at the time of the withdrawals, according to the indictment. 

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According to US Attorney Brady, the closure of DeepDotWeb is significant, as it should halt the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal merchandise. 

While there have been previous dark web drug marketplace busts, they were quickly replaced by new ones - as was the case in the July 2017 closure of the AlphaBay and Hansa drug markets. Directories, on the other hand, are a bigger deal - and a first for the DOJ. 

"This prosecution is the first to attack the infrastructure supporting the darknet itself," said Brady, who added "This is the single most significant law enforcement disruption of the Darknet to date.

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Wink Long time watcher, first time poster
Posted by: petiapetkova1984 - 05-08-2019, 04:08 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (9)

Having watched this forum for some really valuable info, Im hoping now to contribute and become an active member. So Hi All!  Am keen to get going and post my thoughts and opinions on sites where I can.

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  Ketamine for depression
Posted by: Travo131 - 05-08-2019, 03:19 PM - Forum: Anxiety Depression & Stress - Replies (9)

I actually listen to this on public radio. It was really interesting to listen about the people who have been on this and how well it has worked for them when nothing else has. I thought about bringing it up with my dr. I've been on so many different types of antidepressants and they don’t seem to work.  I even tried smoking the holy panic attack lol. Anyone here on this? Below is the link.


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  Where to post question about old email vendor on original site?
Posted by: Mbrettc - 05-07-2019, 07:56 PM - Forum: Suggestions & Technical - Replies (1)

I have an email vendor who what's thought very highly of and one of the most used on the original website. Where would I go about asking if that vendor is still available and how to get ahold of them? Thank you!

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  New guy
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I was on a pay forum before and got the scam. Just looking for a new home for me to join. Have a great day guys and gals

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  Hello Everyone
Posted by: Bubba Gamps - 05-07-2019, 03:04 AM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (10)

I'm honored to finally be a part of this group.  I have been following the forum for quite a while and I have found helpful information to get through these recent hard times.  Thank you all for your contributions to the forum.

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Anyone tried these?
The site looks quite good and I've had the link for a few months but never used them.
There Digpam are quite reasonably priced...
I've run searches but i can't find any reviews for them.

I've made a small order, i will keep you posted on the outcome...

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