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Relationship between sugar and cancer is now clearer, scientists say

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[According to research by Belgian scientists, "glucose overstimulates the same proteins found mutated inside human tumors, making cells grow faster." *RON*]
Ashley May, USA Today, 19 October 2017


Belgian scientists say they’ve made a research breakthrough in the relationship between sugar and cancer.

Researchers found yeast with high levels of the sugar known as glucose overstimulated the same proteins often found mutated inside human tumors, making cells grow faster. The finding, published in Nature Communications on Friday, aims to shed light on how cancer develops.

Johan Thevelein, Wim Versées and Veerle Janssens started researching sugar's link to cancer in 2008 to try and better understand what's called the Warburg effect, when tumor cells make energy through a rapid breakdown of glucose not seen in normal cells. That energy fuels tumor growth.

The research "is able to explain the correlation between the strength of th…

Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

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["Not with a bang, but a whimper" Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say. *RON*]

Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 19 October 2017

The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists.

Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such as butterflies were declining. But the newly revealed scale of the losses to all insects has prompted warnings that the world is “on course for ecological Armageddon”, with profound impacts on human society.

The new data was gathered in nature reserves across Germany but has implications for all landscapes dominated by agriculture, the researchers said.

The cause of the huge decline is as yet unclear, although the destruction …

Newly Released Footage Shows 20,000 American Nazis Rallying At Madison Square Garden

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[From the Plus Ça Change Department... *RON*]
Jake Offenhartz, Gothamist, 18 October 2017

Nazi rally in Madison Square Garden
Back in August, following the deadly violence carried out by white supremacists in Charlottesville, we spoke with historian and author Arnie Bernstein about the time that 20,000 Nazi-supporting Americans staged a "Pro American Rally" at one of the old Madison Square Garden locations, at Eighth Avenue and West 50th Street. Organized by Fritz Kuhn, leader of the influential German-American Nazis group known as the Bund, the 1939 gathering also prompted some 100,000 angry New Yorkers to take to the streets, where they were met by the largest police presence in the city's history. According to Bernstein, the event was a defining moment for the emerging fascist and anti-fascist movements in the United States.

Now, for the first time, footage from that historic evening has been collected in one place and made availa…

Khamenei says Iran will 'shred' nuclear deal if U.S. quits it

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[Yet another US President who believes war will solve all his domestic political problems. *RON*]
Parisa Hafezi, Reuters, 18 October 2017
ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would “shred” the deal if Washington pulled out, state TV reported.

Khamenei spoke five days after U.S. President Donald Trump adopted a harsh new approach to Iran by refusing to certify its compliance with the deal, reached under Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, and saying he might ultimately terminate it.

“I don’t want to waste my time on answering the rants and whoppers of the brute (U.S.) president,” Khamenei said in a speech to students in Tehran quoted by state television.

“Trump’s stupidity should not distract us from America’s deceitfulness ... If the U.S. tears up the deal, we will shred it ... Everyone shoul…

Quebec’s religious neutrality bill passes with a vote of 66-51

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[Quebeçois keep saying they are unfairly characterized as bigots - the Mississippi of Canada - then again, they keep doing things like this! Quebec passed a controversial new law yesterday, banning face coverings for anyone using public services (think: city bus, library, etc.) The Quebec National Assembly passed the bill 66-51 with all opposition members voting against it, saying it doesn't go far enough. Despite accusations the law unfairly targets devout Muslims, Quebec's justice minister says it's not directed at any religious group. In passing the law, the province becomes the first place in North America to forbid face coverings for public services.*RON*]

Rachel Lau, Global News, 19 October 2017

Quebec politicians have passed the provincial government’s controversial religious neutrality bill with a vote of 66-51.

It was tabled by Justice Minister Stephanie Vallée in 2015 and applies primarily to public services.

“In every legisl…