Man Catches Record Size Tuna. The Fish’s Weight Will Shock You

One man recently pulled off the fishing accomplishment of a lifetime.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Troy Lancaster caught a bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico that weighed a staggering 876 pounds.

The battle to haul the fish in lasted nine hours, and it’s a record catch for a bluefin tuna out of Texas, according to the same report.

“It was just back and forth for about 7 or 8 of those hours. Then we didn’t feel anymore movement on the line, no more head shakes or tail shakes or anything. So from that point on, about the last hour and a half, we were fighting just dead weight on the fish,” Lancaster explained to the Chronicle.

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Woman Charged With Felony After Allegedly Calling Fast Food Worker Racial Slur

A Florida woman has been charged with a felony after she allegedly tossed racial slurs and a Whopper burger at employees at a Burger King over a disagreement about the thickness of the tomato in her hamburger. . .

Police say that a woman approached the fast food employees complaining that the tomato slice in her Whopper was too thick. The employees said that they could not help her unless she stopped screaming at them.

The woman then allegedly threw the Whopper at one of the employees when her back was turned.

They told the police that they heard the woman call them the n-word numerous times as she left the restaurant with her husband. The police report said that the victim’s account was corroborated by surveillance video and other witnesses. One employee was able to get their vehicle’s license plate and gave it to the police. . .

Black would have only been charged with a first degree misdemeanor for tossing the Whopper, but because she allegedly used racist epithets at the same time, police elevated the charge to a third degree felony under a statue against “evidencing prejudice while committing offense.” (Read more from “Woman Charged With Felony After Allegedly Calling Fast Food Worker Racial Slur” HERE)

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The Most Savage Memes About Bill and Melinda Gates’ Divorce

. . .When Bill and Melinda Gates announced they were getting divorced Monday, the ever-sympathetic social-media masses were quick to pay their respects — with a tsunami of mocking memes.

The philanthropist couple had tweeted the shocking news in a joint statement on their separate accounts yesterday afternoon.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they wrote. . .

Needless to say, Twitter had a field day with the centibillionaires’ split.

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Elon Musk Says ‘Bunch of People Will Probably Die’ During Mars Mission

Elon Musk has admitted that “a bunch of people will probably die” in the race to get to Mars.

The SpaceX pioneer made his blunt prediction as he laughed at how his planned Mars mission was being seen as “some escape hatch for rich people.”

“You might die, it’s going to be uncomfortable and probably won’t have good food,” Musk told Peter Diamandis, the founder and chairman of the X Prize Foundation for scientific discovery.

Advertisements for the journey should note how it will be an “arduous and dangerous journey where you may not come back alive,” Musk said with a chuckle.

“Honestly, a bunch of people will probably die in the beginning,” he said, while insisting it will also be “a glorious adventure and it will be an amazing experience.” (Read more from “Elon Musk Says ‘Bunch of People Will Probably Die’ During Mars Mission” HERE)

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Scientists Are Mixing Human Body Parts With Robots and Monkeys. We Don’t Want to See What’s Next

It’s been a big month for sci-fi primates. On Apr. 8, Elon Musk’s start-up Neuralink announced they created a cyborg monkey who can play MindPong using a brain chip. The following week, scientists at the Salk Institute in California revealed they successfully grew human-macaque embryos in test tubes. These hybrid babies were aborted at 20 days.

The ethical implications of such experiments are now debated with a resigned shrug. There’s a sense of inevitability to it all. Powerful humans will indulge in any behavior that’s both pleasurable and possible. What could be more pleasurable than playing God?

The practical question isn’t how to stop them, but how to survive in their technocratic age. Where do we draw such boundaries? Do we reflexively reject technology’s terms and conditions? Or, when it’s our turn to get chipped, do we take the plunge?

Ultimately, these are religious questions. Many traditional cultures view living beings as sacred. Each creature is endowed with a spark of consciousness and is therefore deserving of dignity, even those we kill and eat. From this standpoint, tinkering with the fundamental make-up of any living being is a form of blasphemy, especially in the case of humans. (Read more from “Scientists Are Mixing Human Body Parts With Robots and Monkeys. We Don’t Want to See What’s Next” HERE)

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Putin Is Russia’s Sexiest Man, Russian Poll Finds

. . .When asked who the most handsome man in their country was, 18% of Russia’s men and 17% of its women allegedly thought of their bare-breasted, horseback-riding, scandal-immune leader, Vladimir Putin.

The highly suspect and mildly terrifying poll by job board site Superjob.ru surveyed 2,000 Russians and determined that the 68-year-old bachelor is the sexiest man in the country, the Moscow Times reported. . .

And coincidentally, the “open-ended” survey, which was conducted in person, was published after Putin was granted permission by lawmakers to run for president until 2036.

No word yet on what happened to the 82% of men and 83% of women who didn’t vote for Putin in the poll. However, it should be noted that 19% of men named themselves as Russia’s most handsome man. And 18% of women said there does not exist a single handsome man in all the land, according to the Times. (Read more from “Putin Is Russia’s Sexiest Man, Russian Poll Finds” HERE)

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Google Maps to Start Directing Drivers to ‘Eco-Friendly’ Routes

Google’s Maps app will start directing drivers along routes estimated to generate the lowest carbon emissions based on traffic, slopes and other factors, the company announced on Tuesday.

Google, an Alphabet Inc unit, said the feature would launch later this year in the U.S. and eventually reach other countries as part of its commitment to help combat climate change through its services.

Unless users opt out, the default route will be the “eco-friendly” one if comparable options take about the same time, Google said. When alternatives are significantly faster, Google will offer choices and let users compare estimated emissions.

“What we are seeing is for around half of routes, we are able to find an option more eco-friendly with minimal or no time-cost tradeoff,” Russell Dicker, a director of product at Google, told reporters on Monday. (Read more from “Google Maps to Start Directing Drivers to ‘Eco-Friendly’ Routes” HERE)

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Eating This Common Food Just Once a Day Increases Your Dementia Risk by 44%

Eating processed meat could raise one’s chances of developing dementia, researchers from the UK say, with just a single rasher of bacon a day associated with a 44% increased risk of contracting the brain-wasting disease.

Researchers at the University of Leeds examined data from almost half a million people to assess how eating meat impacts on health. Their findings, released Monday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, show that eating a 25g serving of bacon – one rasher – every day could increase a person’s dementia risk by up to a half.

If processed meat is bad, then the researchers also say that eating 50g of unprocessed red meat – such as beef, veal, or pork – can help in fighting dementia, decreasing the risk of getting the disease by a fifth (19%). . .

“Our research adds to the growing body of evidence linking processed meat consumption to increased risk of a range of non-transmissible diseases,” said lead researcher Huifeng Zhang from the University of Leeds. (Read more from “Eating This Common Food Just Once a Day Increases Your Dementia Risk by 44%” HERE)

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Scientists Create Living Entities in the Lab That Closely Resemble Human Embryos

By NPR. [S]cientists have created living entities in their labs that resemble human embryos; the results of two new experiments are the most complete such “model embryos” developed to date.

The goal of the experiments is to gain important insights into early human development and find new ways to prevent birth defects and miscarriages and treat fertility problems.

But the research, which was published in two separate papers Wednesday in the journal Nature Portfolio, raises sensitive moral and ethical concerns.

“I’m sure it makes anyone who is morally serious nervous when people start creating structures in a petri dish that are this close to being early human beings,” says Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, a bioethicist at Georgetown University. (Read more from “Scientists Create Living Entities in the Lab That Closely Resemble Human Embryos” HERE)
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‘First complete models’ of a human embryo made in the lab

By Nicoletta Lanese. Scientists have created hollow spheres of cells that resemble human embryos in their earliest stages of development. The artificial embryos, called “blastoids,” could allow scientists to study early human development, infertility and pregnancy loss without experimenting on actual embryos.

Two separate research groups created these model embryos using different methods, and each published their results March 17 in the journal Nature Portfolio.

One research group started with adult human skin cells, which they genetically reprogrammed to resemble embryonic cells, according to a statement. The researchers then grew these modified cells over a 3D scaffold that guided them into a spherical shape. The resulting structure closely mimicked a human blastocyst, a structure that typically contains a few hundred cells and forms roughly four days after a sperm cell fertilizes an egg and later implants in the uterine wall, Nature News reported.

The second research group began with human stem cells, including both embryonic stem cells and stem cells derived from adult skin tissue, known as “induced pluripotent stem cells,” Nature News reported. The team treated the stem cells with specific chemicals known as growth factors to coax them into the shape of a blastocyst. (Read more about the creation of fabricated human embryos HERE)

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Eating This Seed Could Reduce the Risk of Parkinson’s

Consuming a chemical found in sesame seeds can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s by preventing neuronal damage that decreases dopamine production, study shows.

Scientists from Osaka City University tested the chemical sesaminol on Parkinson’s cells, as well as feeding it to mice over 36 days to find out what impact it had on dopamine levels and neurons in the brain.

Parkinson’s is a neurological disorder that impairs movement, causes stiffness and can result in a loss of balance, tremors in the hands and slurred speech.

Study authors discovered that sesaminol protected against neuronal damage that caused Parkinson’s disease and believe it could be a cure for the condition.

They found that mice with Parkinson’s that consumed the chemical saw an improvement in dopamine levels, balance and motor function. (Read more from “Eating This Seed Could Reduce the Risk of Parkinson’s” HERE)

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