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Death of the orange?

Well this would suck. :

A story that has been growing to alarming dimensions in Florida orange country is breaking through to national media, as the  delivers the astonishing news that we might be only a decade away from the effective end of oranges and their juice at our breakfast table.  It’s because of a Chinese bacterial invasion known as “huanglongbing,” a presently incurable disease that spreads like cancer, thanks to an insect that acquires the bacteria by feeding on infected trees and spreads it to healthy trees it infests.  It’s basically the orange-tree version of mosquito-borne malaria.

The Post describes huanglongbing’s effects: “Roots become deformed.  Fruits drop from limbs prematurely and rot.  The trees slowly die.”  The affliction is known as “citrus greening” because of the unpleasant color of the fruit.  Fruit from infected trees is not poisonous to humans, but it looks and tastes wrong.  $80 million worth of research has yet to produce a cure.

Woman once branded "world's ugliest" delivers an inspirational message

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Velasquez suffers from a very rare syndrome that doesn’t allow her to gain weight. In a recent speech the 24 year old discussed the obstacles she overcame since birth. She frankly told about the reactions people have to her appearance and how she chose to not let others define her.

She says she wouldn’t let herself be defined by those who called her a monster. Now she asks you, “What defines who you are as a person?”

Satellite Measurements Confirm Arctic Ice Is Increasing Massively

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Last Friday marked an important anniversary in the history of the global warming hoax. On that day 5 years ago, Al Gore prophesied that the ice cap at the North Pole would be . Let’s see :

The amount of sea ice in the Arctic has increased by close to 50 per cent compared to last year, according to satellite measurements.

ESA’s CryoSat mission revealed that in October this year the Arctic had 9000 cu km of sea ice. This compares to just 6000 cu km in October 2012.

Scientists believe part of this stronger performance is due to a greater retention of older ice.

It isn’t a 1-year fluke.

The CryoSat-2 satellite was designed to measure sea-ice thickness across the entire Arctic Ocean, and has allowed scientists, for the first time, to monitor the overall change in volume accurately.

Scientists claim around 90 per cent of the increase is due to growth of multi-year ice – which survives through more than one summer without melting – with only 10 per cent growth of first year ice.

Harry Reid Takes Taxpayer Subsidy: 'My Employer Helps Me Pay for My Health Care'

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.), whose is $193,400 a year, said he has purchased a health care plan through the D.C. Obamacare exchange and that he is accepting the federal subsidy that can run up to $11,378 per year for a member of Congress to purchase a plan on that exchange.

“I’m just like 150 million other people in America,” Reid said. “My employer helps me pay for my health care.”

A provision included in the Affordable Care Act  says: "the only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are—(I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or (II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act)."

HHS delays another chunk of Obamacare

The Obamacare plunge continues in a downward spiral.  Reported at :

Everybody who was waiting for the pre-Thanksgiving Obamacare news dump can stop waiting.

The online exchange that was supposed to make it easier for small businesses to sign up for health insurance through President Obama's health care law has been delayed for a year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced on an afternoon conference call.

According to CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille, the small business website now won't be available until December 2014.

HHS officials have repeatedly vowed that the feature, known as the SHOP exchange, would be available this November for the federal exchange, which serves residents of 36 states.

"The SHOP Marketplace for Federally-facilitated Marketplace states opens Oct. 1, 2013, when small employers can start the application process and get an overview of available plans and premiums in their area," an HHS press release from read. "All functions for SHOP will be available in November and if employers and employees enroll by Dec. 15, 2013, coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2014."

Doctors advised abortion for misdiagnosed brain-damaged baby

Two scans, same conclusion, but both horribly wrong.  Read at :

Doctors told Liane and Iain Stooke that their baby Miley was brain damaged, after the prospective parents of anew baby had an ultrasound scan. The physicians at Frenchay Hospital suggested that they have an abortion when they said the scan showed Miley would be severely brain-damaged.

The couple agonized over the decision and decided to give their little girl a chance at life — and their instinct paid off. Miley was born perfectly healthy — a shock to them after the doctors’ assurance she would have physical problems and that the imaging and diagnosis had been wrong.

Liane Stooke, 38, tells the London Daily Mail newspaper she is glad her motherly instinct proved doctors wrong. Stooke said: ‘We were told Miley was probably severely brain damaged and wouldn’t be able to communicate with or recognize us.

this incredible story:

Love your kids: Brain Scans Show The Real Impact Neglect Has On A Child's Brain

Interesting and sad at the same time.  Read the whole thing at :

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by Dr. Radut