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Accidental shooting on Prince of Wales

According to the Alaska State Troopers online dispatch, troopers were notified of the accident at around 10:30 p.m. The 29-year-old woman had been removing a gun from the back seat of a vehicle when it accidentally fired and shot her in the leg.

She was taken by ambulance from the Sandy Beach area of Thorne Bay to the Alicia Roberts clinic in Klawock. [Source]

Alaska commission passes measure to expand protections to LGBTQ population

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) The Alaska Human Rights Commission says the Legislature should pass a law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

At the same time, the commission is working toward changing regulations to include those categories in the list of things that people are not allowed to discriminate against in places of employment, public accommodation, the sale or rental of real estate, financing or credit, or in government.

The current list includes race, color, religion, sex, national origin and physical or mental disability. In some instances it is also illegal to discriminate against someone because of their age, marital status or changes in marital status, pregnancy or parenthood, according to the commission's website.

On Wednesday, the commission voted six to one to pass a resolution that calls on the Legislature to “prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.”

The resolution is a “first step in changing Alaska law to prohibit discrimination and include protection” for the LGBTQ population in Alaska, which is estimated to be about 3.4 percent of the population or roughly 25,000 people, said Marti Buscaglia, the human rights commission’s executive director, in a news release. [Full Source Here]

'A society that can’t defend its children has no tomorrow': Putin condemns Europe’s handling of migrants and says the child rape in Austria shows 'a dilution of national values'

The Russian president has largely kept quiet over the refugee crisis in Europe but has now spoken out of his disbelief over its handling claiming that a continent that 'can't protect its children' has no future.

His comments come off the back of a case in Austria last week, which saw an Iraqi migrant have his conviction of raping a 10-year-old boy at a swimming pool in Vienna overturned.

He was originally convicted of the crime but it was overturned because a court didn't prove he realised the boy was saying no.

It came after the migrant, identified as 20-year-old Amir A., claimed that it was a 'sexual emergency' because he had not had sex for four months.

And speaking at a press conference this week, Putin slammed Europe's migration policy and cited the case, where the victim was from a Serbian family living in Austria.
He said: 'In a European country, a child is raped by a migrant, and the court releases him.
'It doesn’t fit into my head what on earth they’re thinking over there.

'I can’t even explain the rationale – is it a sense of guilt before the migrants? What’s going on? It’s not clear.'

He also claimed that the case highlighted 'the dissolution of traditional national values' adding: 'A society that cannot defend its children has no future.' [Read the full story here]
[Ed:] This is the same Russian President that the Current Administration and the DNC is claiming is a violent, oppressive, evil person that we must be in a war with...There's only one thing that is evil and it's not Putin. 

Want to be more successful? Try thinking about death - study

A new study on a group of basketball players has found they played better if they thought about death before taking to the court.

Researchers say their findings indicate that thoughts of mortality could be used as a powerful motivator, not just for sports but for many different performance-related activities.

"Your subconscious tries to find ways to defeat death, to make death not a problem, and the solution is self-esteem. Self-esteem gives you a feeling that you're part of something bigger, that you have a chance for immortality, that you have meaning, that you're not just a sack of meat."

In one experiment, researchers asked basketball players to complete one of two questionnaires before playing a short game of one-on-one basketball. One of the questionnaires asked them about their feelings about death, and the other asked about their feelings about basketball.

Those who completed the ‘death’ questionnaire showed a 40 per cent improvement in their personal performance.

In another experiment participants were instructed to take a one-minute basket-shooting challenge, by a researcher who was wearing a t-shirt with a white skull on, along with other visual signifiers of mortality – displayed to only half of the participants.

Those who’d seen the ‘death’ t-shirt performed approximately 30 per cent better than those who hadn’t. [Full Story]


Finally a sign of hope for the Alzheimer’s disease treatment!

In Summary:
Scientist at Biogen company claim to have developed a drug called as Aducanumab. They have successfully tested this drug in a small group of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. A one-year clinical trial conducted on small group of patients resulted in clearance of the brain amyloid plaques.

Presently there are more than 5 million people suffering from the Alzheimer’s disease in United states alone. The estimated cost for the treatment including the other dementia related diseases is approximately 236 billion in the USA. Alzheimer’s disease kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined.

Scientists from the University of Zurich, Biogen and Neurimmune have successfully tested the Aducanumab (a monoclonal antibody) that selectively binds to protein deposits in the brain. This makes them available for the clearance from the brain by microglial cells (these are the cells that clear debris in brain). A one-year study conducted using this drug resulted in complete clearance of the protein deposits from the brain in the study group patients. The results of the study have been published in the journal “Nature.”

he recipe – a technology platform from UZH spin-off Neurimmune. The scientists isolated, Immune cells with antibodies that specifically identifies toxic beta-amyloid plaques sparing the amyloid precursor protein that spreads across the human body playing a crucial role in the growth of nerve cells. These antibodies were isolated from blood collected from the elderly people aged up to one hundred, with no cognitive impairment. The antibody “Aducanumab” showed a good safety profile with the facts that, it specifically binds with abnormally folded beta-amyloid protein fragment and it is of human origin. [Full Story]

“The Power of Love” is a silent movie from 1922 and it is the first 3D movie in the world

Surprisingly, 3D films are not an invention of the 21st century; it’s just directors and producers favoring 3D cameras in the last ten years or so. And it’s not as if, for example, James Cameron couldn’t have shot Titanic as a 3D movie, there is only the rhetorical question of why he didn’t do so.

The history of 3D films begins in 1922 when the silent movie The Power of Love premiered at the Ambassador Hotel Theater in Los Angeles.

And it was presented once more for exhibitors and press in New York City. That’s how successful it was. Even though it received good reviews and some people were fascinated, the audience wasn’t crazy about it at all.

But after the movie was presented for review in New York City (its second projection) it was never heard about again, and it remains on the list of lost movies today.

Since there isn’t much information written about it, many technical questions as for whether Fairall used colored filters on the projection ports or whether he used tinted prints is unknown.

The movie is about how “the power of love” defeats the indecent and greedy antagonist. [Read the entire story here]

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