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True Strange Shoes: $3K Nike “Jesus trainers” injected with “holy water” from Jordan River and blessed by a priest sold out in minutes after being posted Tuesday on the retail site StockX. Blue dye was added to the injected water for visibility and the shoes are printed with the Bible verse which records the story of Jesus walking on water. #oddnews #3kholywatershoes #nike #waterwalkers

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Squirrel Stashes 200 Nuts in Woman’s Car

Highly unlikely things happen every day. Here’s a good one: Recently in Pittsburgh a woman was surprised by unexpected walnuts (and grass) on top of her car’s engine.

A Pittsburgh woman who detected a burning odor and heard a strange noise while driving her car looked under the hood and discovered a squirrel had stashed grass and more than 200 walnuts on top of her engine.

Read more UPI

https://youtu.be/nh0589WYkx8

You just never know with life what a day (or a squirrel) will bring.

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Man Awarded $8B for Unexpected Breasts

A man given the drug Risperdal for autism grew unexpected larger breasts as a side effect. Because he was not warned of this possibility a jury awarded Nicholas Murray, 26, a whopping $8 billion from the drug company manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. Yes, that’s billion, with a B.

US drug firm Johnson & Johnson has been told to pay $8bn (£6.6bn) in punitive damages to a man over claims he was not warned that an anti-psychotic drug could lead to breast growth.

A Philadelphia jury made the award to Nicholas Murray, 26, whose case was one of thousands pending in the state.

His lawyers argued J&J’s subsidiary Janssen put “profits over patients” in marketing the drug Risperdal.

J&J will appeal the ruling, which it said was “grossly disproportionate”. …

“A jury, if it’s outrageous enough conduct, will award a big number and let the lawyers and judges work it out,”

Read more: BBC

A psychologist prescribed the drug after diagnosing him with autism spectrum disorder. In late 1993, the drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating schizophrenia and episodes of bipolar mania in adults.

Read more: InfoWrs

Mister Murray is young and he may have a lifetime of suffering as a result of this drug, but $8 billion? Well, the net worth of Johnson and Johnson is currently over $340 billion according to one source, so that may have been a factor for the jury. Perhaps before the drug Mr Murray had a reasonable lifetime potential net worth of $8 billion based on not having man-boobs, who can say?

He might have otherwise established a men’s fitness club empire, for example, with his ripped physique featured on billboards and magazines around the world.

With such a shocking initial award it will be interesting to see what he finally ends up with. Seems like it should be at least $8 million… perhaps $80 million… or could he end up with $800 million? With a $3 million breast reduction surgery, he’d still be set for life. Good luck to him.

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Ways to Save Earth: Pulling CO2 From the Air to Make Gasoline

I hear a lot of dismay out there about the environment, but I believe there is still hope for the planet Earth, that we might even reverse the ongoing Holocene extinction if we humans stop squabbling and really get our act together. As one great example, it is said to be possible to undo the greenhouse effect we have created by extracting CO2 from the air in order to reverse climate change. The technology already exists, in fact, it just needs to be scaled up.

From its pilot plant in Squamish, British Columbia, Carbon Engineering has successfully developed and demonstrated its technologies and has been removing CO2 from the atmosphere since 2015 and converting it into fuels since 2017.

Carbon Engineering

This technology is not fringe, but is supported by Bill Gates, Canadian Natural Resources Limited founder Murray Edwards, Occidental Petroleum and Chevron, among others.

Presently, Carbon Engineering’s Direct Air Capture system can remove a ton of CO2 from the air for about $100. Individual systems would be set to capture about a million tons of CO2 per year, requiring some tens of thousands of systems to keep up with global emissions and reduce atmospheric CO2 to normal levels by 2040.

There are just under 70,000 gas stations in the United States alone, so that isn’t very many to save the planet. …

Read more: Forbes

The above is from an article by James Conca. I suspect he is missing something important with regard to his previous promotion on Forbes about it being okay to dump all the radioactive water from Fukushima into the Pacific ocean, but that’s another topic for another post.

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How Ancient Greeks Knew the Earth’s Size

The video below is a great strange little lesson in science history and human ingenuity. Having brains that instinctively build models and extrapolate from those models has been one secret of our species’ great success.

Carl Segan explains how the ancient Greeks knew the earth was round and also it’s appropriate size thousands of years ago.

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NASA Chief Scientist: Public Can’t Handle Life on Mars

There have been some intriguing statements from Jim Green, chief scientist at NASA about discovering life on Mars. Suggestions are, due to radioactivity on the surface, that life on Mars will be found underground. We typically think the first life found on another planet will be microscopic but statements about the public not being able to handle the discovery may hint at one or more macroscopic (large) life forms on the red planet.

… if scientists discover there was once life — or there is life — on the Red Planet, will the public be able to handle such an extraterrestrial concept?

NASA chief scientist Jim Green doesn’t think so.

“It will be revolutionary,” Green told the Telegraph. “It will start a whole new line of thinking. I don’t think we’re prepared for the results. We’re not.”

Source CNN 9/30/2019

Would the discovery of microscopic life on Mars shake up the world too much? Would it cause instability in any world governments? Would faith based people around the globe, seeing a Mars microbe suddenly say, “Oh no! All of those scientist types were right! Evolution is true! And if evolution is true… There is no god! I’ve been a superstitious fool! I will now live in anarchy, following no rules! I will stop paying taxes and I will henceforth run amok, committing crimes every day! And why not, since life on earth is nothing special?”

I think not. Microbial life on Mars would just be absorbed into existing religions as another creation of God.

But what if the stereotypical grey aliens have been living under the surface of Mars? 👽 What if they are 10,000 years more advanced that were are, technologically? Or 100,000? Or a million years more advanced? What if certain rumors are true and THEY created our species? I think solid undeniable evidence of that would shake many people to the core.

If there was ever undeniable proof, just as an example, that the story of Jesus was a Roman war tool written by Flavius Josephus and his friends to shame the Jewish people in Rome at the time into being more peaceful and accepting Roman rule, what would that change today?

Would civilization crumble? No. People would adjust and adapt, as we eventually do in any paradigm shift. Most who do now would keep going to church. The concept, the goodness, still rings true, even if it was ever shown to us by aliens that there was not a historical Jesus. (I’m not claiming there wasn’t, I’m just examining the possible impacts of a dramatic paradigm shift.)

The original radio drama “War of the Worlds” was said to have caused widespread panic, except it actually didn’t. It caused a rational reaction of making many people call the police and newspapers to ask if Martians were actually invading the earth, but that was it. (Source) Thinking that people would panic is often flawed. They’d “trip out” certainly, but likely would not go crazy with any major behavioral changes.

So, what is it on Mars that the public can’t handle? What if we actually came to the earth from Mars billions of years ago? What would that change? Anything?

How about immortal ancient protohumans living in super cities under the Martian surface?

What if our “place in the universe” is that we are a discarded experiment by beings of Mars? What if, to our creators, we are just a failed Petri dish of unintelligent bipeds who can’t survive long term because we pollute ourselves to extinction?

I believe in the human spirit, so I think even in that somewhat depressing scenario, we would continue to fight to make ourselves better, to beat the odds, to thrive and survive. Go humans!

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203,000 PG&E Customers Without Power In California

Well, this is strange news. Pacific Gas & Electric has shut off power to many people in California due to high winds to avoid downed power lines sparking forest fires. Outages could last several days.

More than 1/2 of all counties in the state are expected to experience outages.

Cell phones will operate for a time during outages since cell phone towers have backup batteries and diesel generators, but it is unclear how long each tower will stay up.

Stay tuned for more.

I’m watching live coverage on Periscope at AgendaFreeTV.

Hello Californians, do you have power? The Redding paper had this 4 hours ago:

… PG&E said more than 52,000 customers in Shasta (27,960) and Tehama (24,374) will be affected by the utility’s Public Safety Shutoff program.

In Shasta County, PG&E said residents in Anderson, greater Redding, Shingletown, Palo Cedro, Cottonwood, Lakehead, Millville, Bella Vista, Oak Run, Whitmore, Igo, Round Mountain, Montgomery Creek, Big Bend, Ono, Shasta and Burney should be on alert for a possible power shutoff. …

Via Redding.com

The number of customers to be affected may reach nearly 800,000.

The latest update at the PG&E site as of this writing says it may be several days of no power.

For those using well water, this can also mean no water. Be prepared.

Based on the latest weather readings, PG&E will be turning off power in portions of our service area as outlined below. Once the weather subsides and it is safe to do so, PG&E crews will begin patrolling power lines, repairing damaged equipment and restoring customers.

Outages (weather event plus restoration time) could last longer than 48 hours. For planning purposes, PG&E suggests customers prepare for outages that could last several days.

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Florida Men Arrested for Forcing Alligator to Drink Beer

Things get weird in Florida, as all followers of the misadventures of Florida Man know. This time it’s some epic stupidity and felony “taking of an alligator” in Palm City, Florida. Newsweek has the details:

Two Florida men were arrested after allegedly catching an alligator and encouraging it to bite one of the men’s arms while forcing it to drink beer, according to a report from TCPalm.

Authorities say Timothy Kepke, 27, and Noah Osborne, 22, were both arrested Thursday after enacting the scheme in Palm City, Florida. The men were charged with one count each of unlawfully taking an alligator, a felony.

According to the report, Kepke says Osborne had caught the alligator at 10 p.m. on August 26 in Palm City. He apparently took the animal from the side of a road with his bare hands. … After apparently sharing beer with the alligator, the pair released the animal back into the wild.

Others have done this in the past. Similar stories are on the net.

Now you know, alligators can get drunk, but it’s not interesting or cool. I recommend getting a higher quality of fame by breaking some world record. There are plenty to be attempted.

Not everyone likes the taste of beer.

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