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Mar
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Artificial Sweetners and Alcohol will Kill You

artifical sweetners and alcohol will kill you

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

The consumption of sugary drinks in the U.S. has been declining; between 2002 – 2014 dropped 18 percent.  The fall is significant, although the average person drinks 45 gallons annually. 

The big problem is that people have quickly replaced soda with diet and alcoholic beverages.  According to a recent study heavy drinking among Americans grew by 17.2 percent in the seven years between 2005 – 2012.   To increase the problem, people consume more in a shorter period of time.  Binging is up nearly 10 percent over previous decades. 

In a report from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention in 2014, alcohol has been found to lead to death directly and indirectly in 54 separate ways including depression, auto accidents and cirrhosis of the liver. 

Thu
03
Mar
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Fox's Bill O'Reilly losses Children due to Violent Behavior

Orielly

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has been ordered by a US court to give up residential custody of his two teenagers.  His 17-year-old daughter told a forensic examiner the she watched O’Reilly dragging her mother down a staircase by her neck.  Their mother Maureen McPhilmy currently has custody of the children due to the incident. 

After a lengthy legal battle the New York court of appeals ruled O’Reilly’s children live solely with their mother.  The hate spewed by the news commentator is not for show, it appears it’s who he is off camera as well.  According to the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Domestic Violence is the single greatest cause of injury to women.

O'Reilly Abusive to Women

Wed
02
Mar
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Student Circulate Pics of Nude Teacher

Arthur

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

A Union South Carolina student took pictures of a naked teacher and circulated them among other students at a Union County Career and Technology Center. 

Teacher Leigh Anne Arthur, a mechatronics teacher, resigned last week at the urging of the school system.  David Eubanks, interim superintendent and district officials gave Arthur the choice to either resign or the firing process would begin. 

According to Leigh Anne Arthur her cell phone was stolen her nude photos were taken from her phone without permission and passed around among students.  It is unknown how many students viewed the teacher’s exposed images.  The union public Safety Department is investigating the case after Arthur made an official complaint. 

Eubanks said he was not sure whether the student who stole the phone would face disciplinary action. 

Tue
01
Mar
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U.S. Government vs. Apple - Apple wins a Round in NY

US vs Apple

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

New York, NY --The freedom controversy is whether the government should be able to force Apple to unlock US Citizens iPhone.    Apple gets a win on Monday, as a Brooklyn judge ruled against the government in the case of a drug dealer. 

Magistrate Judge James Orenstein ruled the government didn’t establish that the federal All Writs Act applied to the case.  This ruling is likely to influence the outcome of Apple’s legal battle with the government over whether the San Bernardino Killer’s phone should be accessed by the manufacturer. 

The Department of Justice was shooting for a court order that would force Apple to create a get-around of the security code in the case of a criminal defendant in a New York drug case. 

Mon
29
Feb
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90-Year-Olds Final Road Trip

Driving Mrs. Norma

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Mrs. Norma of Michigan lost her husband of 67-years and two days later her doctor told her she had uterine cancer.  They offered her the options of surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.  The 90-year-old decided she would take neither. 

She instead went on a road trip with her son Tim, his wife Ramie and their dog, a poodle named Ringo. 

They jumped in an RV and hit the road leaving Northern Michigan in August and their first stop was Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota.  They continued west over the Rockies, and have created a social media page called Driving Miss Norma. 

She has now seen the Grand Canyon, Disney World and has gone whale watching in Florida. 

Now, that’s a wonderful way to go out.  Having fun.

Sat
27
Feb
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NYC: Man slashed in Subway 57th and Seventh

Subway 57th and Seventh

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email:lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Another man was slashed on the subway in Midtown.  A 60-year-old man boarded the train just after 8AM Friday at the 57th and Seventh Avenue Station; got into a verbal altercation with another man who slashed his face with a knife. 

The victim is from Mahwah, New Jersey and said the man had a small knife and cut through his chin and face before fleeing the scene.  He continued to work at Chopard Watches on Madison Ave and 63rd where he called 911 and reported the incident. 

NYC stabbings and slashing attacks are up from 503 this time last year to 609 this year.  There have been 15 slashings this year in the transit system up 50 percent over last year.

Fri
26
Feb
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Walmart Skimping on the Parm

Parm

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Walmart is facing a new lawsuit over dishonesty about their ‘Great Value Parmesan Cheese.’   The complaint is about the claim of 100 percent cheese when in fact it has been tested to be 10 percent cellulose, which is a wood product used to make paper. 

The FDA allows a maximum of 4 percent cellulose.    The plaintiff says he paid a premium price for a sub-premium product at $2.98 for the 8-ounce and $5.42 for the 16-ounce container. 

According to recent reports a Walmart spokesperson said, “We now earning customer trust starts with high standards for the products we carry.  We take this matter seriously.  We will review the allegations once we have received the complaint and will respond appropriately with the court.”

The Thinkering will keep you up to date on the case of Walmart watering down the parm. 

Thu
25
Feb
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Connecticut Judge Decides Sandy Hook Lawsuit

Bushmaster Rifle

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Sandy Hook Elementary school is back in the spotlight as a Connecticut judge has to decide whether a lawsuit against the gun company that made the rifle used at the 2012 massacre can continue. 

Earlier this week Judge Barbara Bellis heard arguments in Bridgeport, Connecticut and will rule within the next two months on whether the suit will proceed  despite a federal law that shields the gun industry from legal claims.

The shooter Adam Lanza murdered 26 people with a Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle, which is a derivation of the infamous M-16A1 rifle used by the United States Military.    The video is of the killer playing on a dancing machine before his death. 

Wed
24
Feb
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14 New Sexually Transmitted Zika Infections in US

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Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Federal health officials say fourteen more people have caught the Zika virus in the United States without traveling to affected zones.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says pregnant women were among those who have been infected sexually. 

Zika can cause birth defects; more serious ones include microcephaly, which results from a brain that stops developing in the womb.  It is also suspected to cause a condition called Guilan-Barre syndrome.    The city of Dallas, Texas reported earlier this month the first known case of sexual transmission of the current epidemic. 

Thu
18
Feb
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Los Angeles Pays ransom to Hackers

Hollywood Presbyterian

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

A ransom has been payed after a Los Angeles Hospital was infected with a ransomware virus. 

Hackers gained access to Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, locking down communications and preventing access to files.  The Hospital paid $16,664, through the purchase of a decryption key.  The ransom was paid via bitcoins. 

The FBI is investigating and in a statement said, “we are investigating the compromise with partners at LAPD to determine the person or group responsible.”

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