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Former SEAL: Williams' claims can't be true - CNN Video. Lew Rockwell - Photos du journal. Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes. Could using a dishwashing machine increase the chances your child will develop allergies? That's what some provocative new research suggests — but don't tear out your machine just yet. The study involved 1,029 Swedish children (ages 7 or 8) and found that those whose parents said they mostly wash the family's dishes by hand were significantly less likely to develop eczema, and somewhat less likely to develop allergic asthma and hay fever. "I think it is very interesting that with a very common lifestyle factor like dishwashing, we could see effects on allergy development," says Dr.

Bill Hesselmar of Sweden's University of Gothenburg, who led the study. The findings are the latest to support the "hygiene hypothesis," a still-evolving proposition that's been gaining momentum in recent years. That may make the immune system more likely to misfire and overreact in a way that leads to allergies, eczema and asthma, Hesselmar says. No, 'App Neutrality' Is Not A Thing. Last month, BlackBerry CEO John Chen tried to kiss up to major wireless carriers on the issue of net neutrality with a truly bizarre missive that received ample mockery in the technology press. Basically, Chen tried to argue that we don't need tough neutrality rules -- but we really should consider rules that force app developers to make content for unpopular mobile platforms.

Like oh, BlackBerry, which after endless missteps now controls just 2% of the smartphone market. This was, to hear Chen tell it, because when companies refuse to make apps for unpopular platforms they're violating something Chen called "app neutrality": "Netflix, which has forcefully advocated for carrier neutrality, has discriminated against BlackBerry customers by refusing to make its streaming movie service available to them. Many other applications providers similarly offer service only to iPhone and Android users. Of course, as we pointed out at the time, Netflix isn't discriminating against anybody. EFF Outlines Plan to Fix the Broken Patent System. San Francisco - The U.S. patent system is in crisis, but there are clear steps Congress and the White House can take to mitigate the impact of vague patents, patent trolls, and a weak legal process to protect competition and creativity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) explains in a new report released today.

The "Defend Innovation" whitepaper is the culmination of two-and-a-half years worth of research, drawing from the stories, expertise, and ideas of more than 16,500 people who agree that the current patent system is broken. Split into two parts, the report covers both the challenges facing innovators under the current patent regime, as well as concrete measures that policymakers must take in the coming year. "Fixing the current patent mess will require concerted action, but it can be done," EFF Staff Attorney and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents Daniel Nazer said. "Now more than ever, there is both the need and the will for real and lasting reform. " "The U.S. 10 Photos That Show Why This Size 22 Woman Just Landed a Major Modeling Contract.

Just like adults, kids are bombarded with images of body perfection. Animated movies and cartoons, as well as the magazine covers on the rack at the grocery store, send children a clear message: Thin is in. Given that, it’s no wonder that a recent report from Common Sense Media found that an astounding 80 percent of 10-year-old American girls have already been on a diet. Fortunately, the advocacy group has a slew of resources to help parents fight back against the negative messages, and what better way to do it than by taking a break from screens and settling down with a good book? Here are Common Sense Media’s best books for ensuring the next generation knows there’s nothing wrong with their bodies. New Study Shows Marijuana Is 114 Times Safer Than the Deadliest Legal Drug in the U.S. The deadliest drug in America is legal in all 50 states, and it's significantly more dangerous than a range of illegal substances much more heavily regulated and policed.

According to research recently published in Scientific Reports and spotted by the Washington Post, alcohol is approximately 114 times more dangerous than marijuana, which remains the only federally controlled substance that has never caused a death by overdose. The authors of the study assessed the "comparative risk" of death that accompanies consuming everything from weed to meth and heroin — and found that marijuana is even safer, relative to those harder drugs, than they previously believed. Researchers drew these conclusions based on something called "margin of exposure," which measures the likelihood of an average user accidentally ingesting a toxic dose. The lower the ratio, the easier it is, and the smaller the margin for error.

Not that any of this should come as news to lawmakers. What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success. The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence. Sergey Ivanov/Flickr Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system dramatically, but how? One of the hottest trends in education reform lately is looking at the stunning success of the West's reigning education superpower, Finland. Trouble is, when it comes to the lessons that Finnish schools have to offer, most of the discussion seems to be missing the point.

The small Nordic country of Finland used to be known -- if it was known for anything at all -- as the home of Nokia, the mobile phone giant. Finland's schools owe their newfound fame primarily to one study: the PISA survey, conducted every three years by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). And yet it wasn't clear that Sahlberg's message was actually getting through.

Yet one of the most significant things Sahlberg said passed practically unnoticed. Herein lay the real shocker. What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success. War, terror, security: Blowing the whistle on Harper's dirty politics. Like this article? Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Stephen Harper, a master propagandist of the first order, is doing it again. He's blowing the dog whistle and he's got them running, no matter what gets trampled. This time, the overblown tune is war, terror, security, with civil liberties, prudence and rational thought underfoot.

The issue here is not just Harper. For the two-thirds of Canadians who want him out, unless something changes, it looks like the only real hope is that he'll beat himself. For anyone who knows anything, the flaws in the terror bill's broad scope are obvious -- the Globe and Mail called the newly empowered CSIS "disturbingly like a secret police" created under a "cloud of fear" -- and, were Harper re-elected, would quickly enough be applied to notable enemies of the Conservative Party like environmentalists and progressive social groups. Not that the bill doesn't have some good points -- but that's Harper's genius.

Hollywood Lobby Group's Creepy "Open Love Letter" to the TPP. We didn't know how much copyright maximalists longed for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement—until we saw this creepy "open love letter" to the TPP from one of the biggest, most powerful copyright lobby groups, the Global Intellectual Property Center. We couldn't have made this up if we tried. Here's one part of it: You know, dear TPP, that I will drop to one knee and say “I do” for gold—no, diamond—standards for intellectual property.

My creative and innovative talents need your protection. Without trade agreements like you, it would be a long, hard journey to jumpstart our economies. If you didn't know about the harms the TPP would do to our digital rights, this would look like the copyright industry writing an amusing blog post that just turned out strange. But if you think about how this massive secret deal is a long-term scheme to undermine democratic rules and rights we have as users, it comes across as just plain vulgar. LEGER: Foiled plot proves state already has enough powers.