The richest men are banding together on a space program -- without NASA -- to settle some of humanity (not all) on Mars and the moon. If you have followed Martin Kenny on YouTube, you will realize that "Mars" is the realm or territory over the Antarctic ice wall, the next one beyond ours. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Virgin Atlantic mogul Sir Richard Branson are pooling funds "to push humanity towards the final frontier."
Bezos: "We will have to leave this planet. We're going to leave it, and it's going to make this planet better. We'll come and go, and the people who want to stay will stay." He states that our society has to stop growing due to environmental constraints. He sells $1 billion a year of Amazon stock to fund his rocket company, which is "the most important work I am doing."
They're going over the wall, folks! And they're leaving us behind ... Read more here.
Dr. Mercola interviews author Mark Shatzker, whose recent book The Dorito Effect goes into what food companies are doing with flavoring their highly processed products. It appears from animal studies that natural feeding is driven by taste: animals are seeking particular nutrients at particular times -- they don't just wolf down anything that's in front of them. By loading processed foods with designer chemical flavorings, our brain is fooled into believing empty-calorie food contains nutrients, and so we keep eating more.
Shatzker also points out that produce farmers have let flavor go for size and visual appeal. However, he does not connect loss of flavor in veggies and fruits with loss of biome in the soil ...
Click on the image below for Dr. Mercola's newsletter on sunscreens and Vitamin D.Scroll down to find the graphic that shows Vitamin D synthesis (your body making Vitamin D from sunlight) on a monthly basis in the U.S. (Although this chart suggests that almost no Vitamin D is made in lower U.S. latitudes during the winter, I have heard otherwise: north of Atlanta, Georgia is the cut-off line for the months of November through February.)
Sunscreens are a no-no, unless they contain only a short list of ingredients and are physical blocks employing non-nano zinc. (The Mercola newsletter suggests that titanium dioxide (non-nano) is acceptable, but I have heard otherwise. Please see AvatarProducts.com for Bali Bloc sunscreen-- four simple ingredients and totally organic too! Use on high-exposure areas like nose and chest and knees, but if you want to smear it elsewhere, it's waterproof and lasts all day.)
Kris Kardashian-Jenner recently got the idea that her ashes should be made into a diamond.Diamonds are forever! Here's Kris (who says she's sure she's going to Heaven), with the glass case she bought for her ash-diamond, which service is actually offered by a company called LifeGem. In the video below, Kris meets a stranger who has done this with her grandma.The Kardashians continue to find new ways to celebrate life and death, particularly this delightful new way to handle the deceased. (Question:What if this business catches on? And how can you prove the di is from your loved one's ashes? What if it's just a five-dollar cubic zirconia?)
Here's how to tell the difference between a cubic zirconia and a diamond, by the way ... BUT, remember that the LifeGem transformation, which takes 24 weeks ($3K to $20K, depending on size) does involve synthetic creation of a crystal. Read more about it here.
Excerpt (note all caps consistently used in this government post for offenders' names, except for spoken quotes) ... Read full posthere:
DIANE L. KROUPA, 61, was sentenced to 34 months in prison and ROBERT E. FACKLER, 63, was sentenced to 24 months in prison. Both defendants entered guilty pleas and were sentenced earlier today before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn. In addressing KROUPA’S extensive tax fraud committed while a sitting US Tax Court Judge, Judge Wright stated, “When a person in a position of trust violates that trust, the public is a victim,” and further noted that KROUPA’S fraud undermined the trust in the justice system.
“Over a nearly ten-year period, the defendants engaged in a deliberate and brazen tax fraud scheme,” said Acting United States Attorney Gregory Brooker. “Considering Ms. Kroupa’s position of public trust as a US Tax Court Judge, her crime is particularly egregious. Ms. Kroupa used her knowledge of the tax laws to further their fraud scheme, conceal their criminal conduct and maintain their acquisitive lifestyle. The sentences handed down today show that no one is above the law.”