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Stress test: saliva swab detects workplace burnout

17th July 2018

A simple saliva test can show within hours whether someone on the job is overly stressed and at risk of burnout, researchers said Friday.

Measuring levels of the anti-stress hormone cortisol at different times of the day more accurately reveals stress levels than more complicated measures, including blood tests, they reported in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports.

In experiments, scientists compared healthy workers with burnout patients diagnosed by psychologists.

“People who were identified as having a high level of work-related stress had noticeably higher cortisol values at midday and also in the evening,” the study said.

“This means that we can use these markets for preventively identifying people who are at greater risk of burnout.”

The results were nearly “100 percent accurate,” the researchers said in a statement.

Workplace stress is increasingly recognised as a widespread and costly problem.

source/read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/stress-test-saliva-swab-detects-workplace-burnout-162145768.html

Islamic terrorists among hundreds of radicalized prisoners to walk free next year

7th June 2018

About 450 radicalized detainees, including 50 Islamic terrorists, will walk free by the end of 2019 in France, the Justice Minister said. French prisons struggle with overcrowding, violence and often fail to combat radicalization.

“We have about 500 detainees who are radical Islamic terrorists. Of these 500, twenty will leave prison this year [2018] and thirty will be freed next year [2019],” Nicole Belloubet told BFMTV in an interview on Wednesday.

There are also people imprisoned for common law crimes, who were radicalized – not necessarily in prison, the minister explained. Some 30 percent of these detainees will be free in 2019. All in all, the number of radicalized detainees, including the above-mentioned 50 terrorists, who will walk free by the end of 2019, will be about 450, she concluded.

France has witnessed an almost unprecedented wave of jihadist attacks in early 2015 that left over 200 people dead and hundreds injured. The biggest loss of life took place in November of 2015, when at least 130 people were killed in coordinated attacks in Paris and Saint-Denis, a northern Parisian suburb. The latest attack happened in Paris this May when a Frenchman of Chechen origin stabbed people in a tourist hotspot, killing one and injuring five more.

In the meantime, French prisons are trying hard to cope with jihadist inmates, as well as overcrowding and a lack of staff. The biggest jail in Europe, Fleury-Mérogis, located 24km from Paris, is notoriously known for radicalization. It has already witnessed a number of high-profile incidents this year, including the refusal of inmates to return to their cells on one occasion and protests among prison staff who criticized working conditions. “Fleury-Mérogis is starting to explode already. Because we are tired of this,” Ambroise Koubi, the representative of the CGT Penitentiaries Union admitted to RT earlier in June.

The prison has housed several well-known jihadists. Among them was Salah Abdeslam, who was behind the 2015 Paris attacks, Amedy Coulibaly, who attacked a kosher store in January 2015, and the Charlie Hebdo attacker Cherif Kouachi.

France has already thwarted an attack prepared by radicalized prisoners. In October 2017 French police charged two inmates with plotting terrorist attacks – within days of their scheduled release. The men served time behind bars for non-terrorist crimes.

 

 

 

source/read more: https://www.rt.com/news/428987-france-islamists-walk-free/

Vatican Cardinal to Deliver Message From Pope To Bilderberg Globalists

7th June 2018

The Vatican has sent a top cardinal to the secretive Bilderberg Group meeting in Turin to deliver a message to the global elite from the Pope.

The Bilderberg group is an annual meeting of over 100 of the most powerful people on the planet, including presidents, prime ministers and heads of banking, the corporate world, media and academia. Its clandestine 2018 confab is set to begin today.

This year’s summit will be attended by Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State.

Given Bilderberg’s kingmaker legacy (the group has welcomed politicians before who have gone on to become heads of state), some are wondering if Parolin’s attendance could indicate he is in line to be the next Pope.

“The cardinal is one of the most powerful Curial officials and has been regarded by Vatican watchers as positioned to succeed Francis,” reports LifeSiteNews.

Pope Francis has made numerous statements and backed several causes that are in line with the worldview shared by globalists at Bilderberg.

He has criticised the Brexit vote, compared Donald Trump to Hitler and warned against the rise of populism in Europe. Pope Francis has also repeatedly urged European countries to take in migrants from predominantly Muslim countries.

Catholics have also expressed alarm about his liberal views on abortion, gay marriage and the existence of hell, while also expressing amazement at his comparison of ISIS to Jesus Christ.

The Pope’s activities have stoked concerns amongst many catholics, who worry that his allegiance lies not with the church but with the global political elite.

Parolin himself has also caused concern amongst many catholics as a result of his behavior.

“Parolin has asserted that Pope Francis’ teaching in Amoris Laetitia represents “a paradigm shift” for the Church. He has been criticized by Chinese Cardinal Zen for the Vatican’s “suicide” deal with China. And he was involved along with the Vatican in the hire of a pro-gay law firm that sought to shut down a Catholic website critical of Pope Francis,” writes Dorothy McLean.

“While the Roman Catholic Church is truly a global organization, it is thankfully not a globalist organization,” said Daniel McAdams. “While the inclusion of Cardinal Parolin in this year’s meeting should not necessarily draw our scorn, we should understand that the Bilderbergers and similar groupings of the largely unelected elite more often than not stridently oppose rather than endorse Catholic teaching.”

 

 

 

source/read more: https://www.infowars.com/vatican-cardinal-to-deliver-message-from-pope-to-bilderberg-globalists/

California becomes first state to pass water law limiting toilet flushes

6th June 2018

California has become the first state in the nation to pass a controversial new law that places tough limits on home water usage, KOVR-TV reported.

That means the state will have “more focus on flushes and scrutiny over showers,” according to the report.

How many gallons per day can people use?

Starting in 2022, California will limit water to 55 gallons per-person, per-day. By 2030, the amount falls to 50 gallons.

To put this into perspective, just taking one eight-minute shower (17 gallons of water) and doing one load of laundry (up to 40 gallons) is enough to exceed the 55-gallon limit. Taking a bath can use 80 to 100 gallons of water.

Why is the state doing this?

“So that everyone in California is at least integrating efficiency into our preparations for climate change,” said Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board.

Some residents said the limits are unrealistic.

“With a child and every day having to wash clothes, that’s — just my opinion — not feasible. But I get it and I understand that we’re trying to preserve, but 55 gallons a day?” Sacramento mom Tanya Allen, who has a 4-year-old daughter, said to KOVR.

Rocka Mitchell and his wife, Ginger, agreed that the water limits would be difficult to meet.

“She likes to bathe three times a day and she does laundry all day,” Rocka Mitchell said of his wife.

How would people achieve this?

Water-efficient fixtures could be used to help homeowners cut back on how much water they use, advocates say.

 

 

 

 

source/read more:https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/06/01/california-becomes-first-state-to-pass-water-law-limiting-toilet-flushes-showers

Navy SEAL Rips Apart David Hogg’s 5-Point Plan to Stop School Shootings

5th June 2018

Eli Crane is a Navy SEAL combat veteran and owner of Bottle Breacher. The following is a response to pro-gun control activist David Hogg’s five-point plan to stop school shootings, which he sent to Independent Journal Review.

Recently, gun control activist and Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg tweeted a plan to curb violence with an emphasis on gun control.

Though I feel for David and every other victim of this senseless violence, I am once again very disappointed to see another young American with zero respect and understanding for our Constitution and common sense.

As a U.S. veteran and member of the Navy SEAL teams, I swore [an] oath to uphold and defend the very rights that David and other Americans are working so hard to abolish.

My oath to defend Hogg’s right to disagree with me and the rest of our constitutional rights did not end when I took off my uniform.

The irony of David’s proposed plan is shortsighted, incomplete and pretty much worthless. I just did a threat assessment of a school three weeks ago in my home state of [Arizona] with an emphasis on active shooter.

My main focus was on first figuring out the multiple ways I could commit the crime myself and then working backward from there — exposing weaknesses and suggesting improvements to keep out those who wish to do harm.

I can tell you that not one thing David proposed would stop me or anyone else from a whole lot of carnage on that campus or any other for that matter.

David is proposing that we allocate more taxpayer dollars for gun violence research along with mandatory universal background checks and digitized ATF records. He is also calling for a complete ban on high-capacity magazines and “assault weapons.”

 

 

source/read more and watch video: https://ijr.com/2018/06/1100405-eli-crane-parkland-david-hogg/

Costs of Snowden leak still mounting 5 years later

5th June 2018

National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid off U.S. government surveillance methods five years ago, but intelligence chiefs complain that revelations from the trove of classified documents he disclosed are still trickling out.

That includes recent reporting on a mass surveillance program run by close U.S. ally Japan and on how the NSA targeted bitcoin users to gather intelligence to support counterterrorism and to combat narcotics and money laundering. The Intercept, an investigative publication with access to Snowden documents, published stories on both subjects.

The top U.S. counterintelligence official said journalists have released only about 1 percent taken by the 34-year-old American, now living in exile in Russia, “so we don’t see this issue ending anytime soon.”

“This past year, we had more international, Snowden-related documents and breaches than ever,” Bill Evanina, who directs the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said at a recent conference. “Since 2013, when Snowden left, there have been thousands of articles around the world with really sensitive stuff that’s been leaked.”

On June 5, 2013, The Guardian in Britain published the first story based on Snowden’s disclosures. It revealed that a secret court order was allowing the U.S. government to get Verizon to share the phone records of millions of Americans. Later stories, including those in The Washington Post, disclosed other snooping and how U.S. and British spy agencies had accessed information from cables carrying the world’s telephone and internet traffic.

Snowden’s defenders maintain that the U.S. government has for years exaggerated the damage his disclosures caused. Glenn Greenwald, an Intercept co-founder and former journalist at The Guardian, said there are “thousands upon thousands of documents” that journalists have chosen not to publish because they would harm peoples’ reputation or privacy rights or because it would expose “legitimate surveillance programs.”

“It’s been almost five years since newspapers around the world began reporting on the Snowden archive and the NSA has offered all kinds of shrill and reckless rhetoric about the ‘damage’ it has caused, but never any evidence of a single case of a life being endangered let alone harmed,” Greenwald said.

U.S. intelligence officials say they are still counting the cost of his disclosures that went beyond actual intelligence collected to how it was collected. Evanina said intelligence agencies are finishing their seventh classified assessment of the damage.

Joel Melstad, a spokesman for the counterintelligence center, said five U.S. intelligence agencies contributed to the latest damage assessment, which itself is highly classified. Melstad said damage has been observed or verified in five categories of information the U.S. government keeps classified to protect national security.

According to Melstad, Snowden-disclosed documents have put U.S. personnel or facilities at risk around the world, damaged intelligence collection efforts, exposed tools used to amass intelligence, destabilized U.S. partnerships abroad and exposed U.S. intelligence operations, capabilities and priorities.

“With each additional disclosure, the damage is compounded — providing more detail to what our adversaries have already learned,” Melstad said.

Steven Aftergood, a declassification expert at the Federation of American Scientists, said he thinks intelligence agencies are continuing to do Snowden damage assessments because the disclosures’ relevance to foreign targets might take time to recognize and understand. He said the way that intelligence targets adapt based on information revealed and the impact on how the U.S. collects intelligence could continue for years. But he said that any damage that Snowden caused to U.S. intelligence partners abroad would have been felt immediately after the disclosures began in 2013.

Moscow has resisted U.S. pressure to extradite Snowden, who faces U.S. charges that could land him in prison for up to 30 years. From exile, Snowden often does online public speaking and has been active in developing tools that reporters can use, especially in authoritarian countries, to detect whether they are under surveillance.

Snowden supporters say that the government is exaggerating when it claims he took more than 1 million documents and that far fewer have actually been disclosed.

 

 

source/read more: https://apnews.com/797f390ee28b4bfbb0e1b13cfedf0593/Costs-of-Snowden-leak-still-mounting-5-years-later