Thursday, December 7, 2017

Puerto Rico Pay Government Employees More Than $100 Million Christmas Bonuses

From: Alonzo D.
Sent: December 7, 2017
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: Puerto Rico Pay Government Employees More Than $100 Million Christmas Bonuses

Puerto Rico Pays Gov’t Employees $100 Million in Bonuses After Asking for $94 Billion in Federal Disaster Relief

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares asked federal taxpayers to pay $94 billion towards the island’s recovery from Hurricane Maria, then reportedly spent $100 million on Christmas bonuses for the territory’s government employees. The governor’s aides argue that the bonuses had been part of the budget approved last summer and that they are a longstanding tradition allowed under the law, the Washington Times reports. Rossello requested the $94 billion federal aid package in November, estimating that $31 billion of the funds would go toward rebuilding homes and $18 billion would go toward repairing electric utilities. The budget, however, had been approved before Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving the U.S. territory begging for federal aid. ...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

This might be the most goth thing the Catholic Church has allowed

From: Alice B.
Sent: December 5, 2017
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: This might be the most goth thing the Catholic Church has allowed

by Premila D'Sa

Angèle Regnier, a Catholic woman from Ottawa, is traveling across Canada with a 500-year-old severed arm.

To be more specific, it’s the almost 500-year-old detached right forearm of Saint Francis Xavier. Fingers and all.

Saint Francis Xavier is one of the more popular saints in Catholicism (he’s not like those other saints; he’s a cool saint). His body is classified as “incorrupt,” which means it hasn’t decomposed like regular flesh. The church says it’s a miracle.

The U.S. funeral industry is the most expensive and corporate in the world

From: Joe G.
Sent: December 5, 2017
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: The U.S. funeral industry is the most expensive and corporate in the world

The Difficult Business of Dying. The U.S. funeral industry is the most expensive and corporate in the world. Can Americans find a better way to grieve?

In the six years since my father died, I’ve visited the cemetery where his ashes are interred exactly twice—the second time only because of the Jewish tradition of unveiling, where the initial graveside funeral service is followed within a year by a ceremony to uncover and dedicate the headstone. It’s not that returning would be too difficult. It’s more like the reverse: I fear an inability to perform the sadness and solemnity the pilgrimage seems to require. I miss my dad, but the cemetery, nestled alongside the highways and strip malls of suburban South Jersey, fails to evoke him in any meaningful way. It’s a site associated with him only retroactively, for the worst of all possible reasons. Where I’m supposed to feel his presence, there’s only a void.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Scientists have developed a breathalyzer to diagnose 17 diseases with one breath

From: Lilja S.
Sent: December 2, 2017
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: Scientists have developed a breathalyzer to diagnose 17 diseases with one breath

Scientists have developed a breathalyzer to diagnose 17 diseases

Royal physicians were known to sniff noblemen’s excrements as a test for disease. That may sound disgusting, but modern science backs the idea that certain diseases cause the body to produce volatile compounds, which if detected properly could provide a powerful diagnostic method. In the last 10 years, researchers have developed specific sniff tests for diagnosing tuberculosis, hypertension, cystic fibrosis, and even certain types of cancer. Here’s how it works: cystic fibrosis, for instance, causes patient’s bodies to function such that they produce nearly four times as much acetic acid (the base chemical in vinegar) as healthy people. Now a group of global researchers led by Hossam Haick at the Israel Institute of Technology have taken the idea a step further. They’ve built a device—a kind of breathalyzer—that is compact and can diagnose up to 17 diseases from a single breath of a patient. ...

Monday, November 27, 2017


From: Jim K.
Sent: November 27, 2017
To: undisclosed recipients

Big Government Forbids Flat Earth Rocket Man's Insane Flight

"Mad" Mike Hughes is a limo driver turned daredevil who wants to build his own rocket and launch himself into space to prove to the entire globe that the world is flat after all. There’s one problem with his plan: Big Government regulations are conspiring to keep him grounded for good. A space rocket is a pretty tough thing to build, so Hughes is starting with a simpler goal: a smaller rocket that’ll send him a mile across the ground and more than a thousand feet into the air. This probably won’t be high enough to prove the Earth is flat, but hey, we all have to start somewhere. Because of the Bureau of Land Management, however, Hughes might not be able to launch at all. The plan was to launch the rocket in the town of Amboy, Calif., but the BLM forbade him from launching on public lands. Hughes said he’s found private property in the area to launch from and could reschedule the launch to as early as next week. ...

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A Family From Texas Had A Lion As A Pet

From: Robert S.
Sent: November 26, 2017
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: A Family From Texas Had A Lion As A Pet

A family in Texas in 1953 had a pet lion named Blondie

In 1955, LIFE photographer Joseph Scherschel, who had made a career photographing everyone from JFK to Che Guevara, travelled to central Texas to find a family with an unusual pet. Blondie, an African lioness who was purchased by oilman Charles Hipp from the Dallas Zoo, was enough of a usual sight around Graham, Texas, that word got around to one the most popular weekly magazines in the country. The article in LIFE, titled "Living Room Lion – Blondie, A Docile 200-Pound Texan,

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Why Does The Flu Vaccine Only Last For A Year?

From: John C.
Sent: November 25, 2017
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: Why Does The Flu Vaccine Only Last For A Year?

Frequently Asked Flu Questions 2016-2017 Influenza Season - CDC

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Increasing the number of people who get vaccinated each year helps to protect more people, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications. This page summarizes information for the 2016-2017 flu season. ...

Friday, November 24, 2017

These Pills Will Make You Poop 24 Karat Gold

From: Duff M.
Sent: November 24, 2017
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: These Pills Will Make You Poop 24 Karat Gold

These Pills Will Make You Poop 24 Karat Gold

For sale: 24-karat gold pills that “turn your innermost parts into chambers of wealth.” At $425 a poop, I mean a pop, your shit will be flecked with pure gold flakes when you swallow these luxurious vitamins. “Like an addict, all I want is more. Like celebrity and celebrity culture, demand for luxury items is completely created,” said the designers, Tobi Wong and Ju$t Another Rich Kid, who originally created the pills as part of an art project in 2006. Wong has since passed away. ...

Thursday, November 23, 2017

How to Detach Emotionally From Work

From: Lihanna B.
Sent: November 23, 2017
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: How to Detach Emotionally From Work

The Importance of Detaching From Work | Psychology Today

Typically when we hear that someone is “detached”, or is actively seeking “detachment”, this is viewed negatively. There are, however, instances where a certain amount of detachment is a good thing; in fact, there is considerable evidence that regularly detaching from work is an important key to thriving under stressful conditions. Before discussing the primary mechanisms by which people may be able to detach, it is important to first consider why we often don’t detach from work. One obvious reason is technology (Park & Jex, 2012). Today we have the capability of being in touch with the workplace 24 hours a day through e-mail and smartphones. ...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Living Alone Can Make You Weird, Sudy Finds

From: Jacob P.
Sent: November 22, 2017
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: Living Alone Can Make You Weird, Sudy Finds

Study: Living Alone Could Contribute to Developing Depression

Living alone can be associated with independence and positive feelings, but a new study suggests that living without roommates could actually increase the risk for developing depression. The study results showed that people who lived alone bought more antidepressants than people who lived with roommates. “These data suggest that people living alone may be at increased risk of developing mental health problems,” according to the study conclusion. “The public health value is in recognizing that people who live alone are more likely to have material and psycho social problems that may contribute to excess mental health problems in this population group.” ...
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