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Venezuela: Chavismo scores overwhelming win, celebrates, but cautions not let down guard

Venezuela: Chavismo scores overwhelming win, celebrates, but cautions not let down guard

As they did on July 30 Chavismo has won again in Venezuela, and they won for several indisputable reasons. The first because the elections occurred in a context of absolute peace, without any incidents. Secondly because the vote was massive, the brave pueblo came out again to vote, as it did in July 30 when voted for the Constituent National Assembly. In a country where voting is not mandatory, 61.4 % of the people exercised their electoral rights. The official result is unforgiving for those who bet on the demise of Chavismo: 17 governorships out of 22 were won by the PSUV, and maybe one more in the State of Bolivar.

In addition, it is an even greater defeat for those who a few days ago were betting on violence because of the strategic victory for the forces of Chavez in the state of Miranda.

This is not a miracle, but instead it is the best demonstration of the civic consciousness and revolutionary ideology that has developed in the people of Chavez and Maduro, those women and men who defeated the violence with their mobilization in the streets and through the ballot box. Participatory democracy is an invincible weapon for them, and they have known how to use it in the toughest of moments as they continue building the Bolivarian Revolution.

Source: Venezuela: Chavismo scores overwhelming win, celebrates, but cautions not let down guard
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Nuclear Safety Authority: 29 nuclear reactors vulnerable to natural disaster in France

Nuclear Safety Authority: 29 nuclear reactors vulnerable to natural disaster in France

A natural disaster could put at risk the cooling systems of almost 30 nuclear reactors at 12 nuclear sites in France, according to the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN).

On Monday, the ASN said that 20 nuclear reactors at 8 nuclear plants operated by EDF are potentially at risk of a "total loss of the heat sink," which is classified as 'level 2' according to the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES). Another nine reactors at four nuclear sites are at "risk of partial loss," which is 'level 0' according to the INES. The scale has 7 levels that describe the safety significance of nuclear and radiological events, with the highest level classified as a 'major accident,' and events from levels 1 to 3 classified as 'incidents.' Events without any safety significance are rated as Below Scale/Level 0.

The French company EDF, which operates the country's nuclear reactors, said earlier that 20 reactors might not be able to withstand earthquakes, which could cause a collapse of their cooling systems, and nine reactors' cooling systems could also be at risk.

The ASN said that thickness measurements of pipeline systems at the Belleville Nuclear Power Plant in May and June 2017 revealed the metal is too thin to resist an earthquake. After discovering the vulnerabilities, "a thickness measurement campaign" was carried out by EDF at potentially at risk nuclear facilities.

Source: Nuclear Safety Authority: 29 nuclear reactors vulnerable to natural disaster in France
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'Nazi Grandma', 88, sentenced to 6 months jail for denying Holocaust, again

'Nazi Grandma', 88, sentenced to 6 months jail for denying Holocaust, again

A German court has found Ursula Haverbeck, also known as 'Nazi Grandma', guilty of inciting hatred by saying that Holocaust is fiction and there were no gas chambers in the Auschwitz concentration camp. The octogenarian was handed a six-month jail sentence.

Haverbeck, a notoriously fervent denier of the mass killings of Jews during Holocaust, received yet another conviction, this time for claiming at an event in Berlin in January last year that Holocaust did not happen and nobody was gassed in the infamous death camp in Auschwitz, that claimed lives of 1.1 million people between 1940 and 1945, mostly Jews.

Haverbeck who pleaded not guilty, alleged that she was citing from a book when speaking at the event. However, upon studying the half-a-minute footage, the court determined that it "was her own speech" and found her guilty. Her lawyer's argument that prosecuting her violates Haverbeck's right to free speech, failed to score any points with the judge. Moreover, while on trial, the accused repeated the statement, Der Spiegel reports.

An author for Neo-Nazi magazines, Haverbeck has never minced words in expressing her more-than-controversial beliefs no matter the consequences.

Source: 'Nazi Grandma', 88, sentenced to 6 months jail for denying Holocaust, again
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Jerusalem: Sections of Western Wall uncovered, hidden for 1700 yrs, includes Roman theater

Jerusalem: Sections of Western Wall uncovered, hidden for 1700 yrs, includes Roman theater

Archaeologists have discovered an eight-meter-high section of the Western Wall and a subterranean Roman theater, which haven't been seen by human eyes for almost two millennia.

The Israel Antiquity Authority announced the discovery on Monday following a two-year excavation of the site. "From a research perspective, this is a sensational find," archaeologist Joe Uziel said at a press conference on Monday morning in Jerusalem's Old City, as cited by The Jerusalem Post.

"The discovery was a real surprise. We did not imagine that a window would open for us onto the mystery of Jerusalem's lost theater. Like much of archeological research, the expectation is that a certain thing will be found. But at the end of the process, other findings - surprising and thought-provoking - are unearthed," Uziel added.

Archaeologists have searched for the ruins for 150 years, according to The Times of Israel, and their discovery is already altering their perceptions of Roman-occupied Jerusalem after the fall of the Second Temple and destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE.

Source: Jerusalem: Sections of Western Wall uncovered, hidden for 1700 yrs, includes Roman theater
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Why the Kurdish independence project died in Syria and Iraq

Why the Kurdish independence project died in Syria and Iraq

The bid of the Kurdish Barzani clan for an independent Kurdistan in north Iraq and beyond has utterly failed. Masoud Barzani, the strongman of the Iraqi Kurdish region, had called for the referendum to divert from his government's financial problems. Other Kurdish powerhouses saw it as a last attempt by Barzani to save his failing political position. The referendum asked for independence including in "Kurdistani areas outside the (Kurdistan) Region". It was an annexation bid. National Iraqi forces as well as the international powers turned against it. Masoud Barzani and his family are now likely to lose their leading position.

The various unilateral Kurdish assertions since 2003 will be driven back. The dream of Kurdish independence in Iraq and Syria is, for now, dead. This is a positive development for both countries.

Since 2003 and especially since 2014 the Kurds had pushed far beyond their original borders and occupied areas with critical Iraqi oil reserves. With backing from the Iraqi parliament, public opinion and international support, the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Abadi had for months demanded a return of the 2003 borders for the Kurdish region. It condemned the illegal independence bid.

Source: Why the Kurdish independence project died in Syria and Iraq
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A Dialogue With Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin

A Dialogue With Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin

(Photo: Bianca Pontes / EyeEm) This is the first part of a wide-ranging interview with world-renowned public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin. The next installment will appear on October 24. Not long after taking office, it became evident that Donald Trump had engaged in fraudulent populism during his campaign. His promise to “Make America […]

Source: A Dialogue With Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin
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Video: Top U.S. & World Headlines — October 17, 2017

Video: Top U.S. & World Headlines — October 17, 2017

Visit https://democracynow.org to watch the full independent, global news hour, read the transcript, search our archive and to make a donation to support us. Via Youtube

Source: Video: Top U.S. & World Headlines — October 17, 2017
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Prison Planet.com » Car-Bomb Kills “One-Woman WikiLeaks” Who Led The Panama Papers Revelations

Prison Planet.com » Car-Bomb Kills “One-Woman WikiLeaks” Who Led The Panama Papers Revelations

Zero HedgeOctober 17, 2017 Meet Daphne Caruana Galizia, the journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta. A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, Caruana Galizia was recently described by Politico as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”. To John Dalli, a former European commissioner whom […]

Source: Prison Planet.com » Car-Bomb Kills “One-Woman WikiLeaks” Who Led The Panama Papers Revelations
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A dentist reveals 8 foods and drinks that are worse for your teeth than candy

A dentist reveals 8 foods and drinks that are worse for your teeth than candy

We spoke with Dr. Mark Burhenne of AsktheDentist.com about foods that will wreak havoc on your teeth even more than sweets.

Source: A dentist reveals 8 foods and drinks that are worse for your teeth than candy
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UBS: AI is growing like crazy — and these chip makers are set to dominate the industry (NVDA, AMD, INTC, QCOM)

UBS: AI is growing like crazy — and these chip makers are set to dominate the industry (NVDA, AMD, INTC, QCOM)

The companies making the silicon necessary to power the next wave of AI are fighting for their piece of the multi-billion dollar pie.

Source: UBS: AI is growing like crazy — and these chip makers are set to dominate the industry (NVDA, AMD, INTC, QCOM)
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Media representative of the SDF rebels Mustafa Balli says Raqqa not liberated yet as Kurdish-led SDF rebels' clashes with ...

Media representative of the SDF rebels Mustafa Balli says Raqqa not liberated yet as Kurdish-led SDF rebels' clashes with Daesh continue

The Kurdish-led SDF have been conducting the military campaign to liberate Raqqa from terrorists since November 2016.

"Clashes in Raqqa continue. Claims that the city is completely liberated from Daesh are false," the media representative of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) rebels, Mustafa Balli, has told Sputnik Turkey.

The statement comes amid AFP's earlier report, citing the SDF, that the US-backed rebels had established control over Raqqa, the so-called former Daesh "capital," while an operation to clear the city of the remaining militants continued.

Source: Media representative of the SDF rebels Mustafa Balli says Raqqa not liberated yet as Kurdish-led SDF rebels' clashes with Daesh continue
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Let there be light - Photobiomodulation

Let there be light - Photobiomodulation

On a crisp and clear autumn day two years ago, when the sun was high in the sky but the air was cold on the ground, retired federal politician Max Burr was sitting in front of his computer at home in Launceston, desperately seeking some help.

Burr, a federal Liberal MP from 1975 to 1993, had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2012 and required a steady increase in medication. The disease had affected many aspects of his life: his balance was uncertain, he could no longer write or play the piano, and he'd lost his sense of smell. "And my voice was very timid - imagine that for a politician," Burr says.

To his dismay, he had recently been told by his geriatrician, Dr Frank Nicklason, that his condition was deteriorating and he needed to further increase the dose of his medication. Concerned about potential side-effects, Burr refused. "I said to Frank, 'No, I'll find other methods'," he tells me.

With the tenacity of a seasoned politician, Burr, 78, opened his laptop and began to search. Before long he had found a research paper on the use of photobiomodulation - the term for light's ability to modulate key biological processes at a cellular or genetic level - in animal testing for ­Parkinson's disease, published by Sydney University's ­Professor John Mitrofanis. "The paper showed that the use of 670-nanometre red light was protective of ­neurons in Parkinson's," Burr says. "So I sent John an email and said, 'Look, this is all very interesting, I wouldn't mind having a crack at it'. "

Source: Let there be light - Photobiomodulation
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