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Venezuelan Currency Slowly Getting Replaced By Pepe Memes

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>Tech companies can issue “Rare Pepe” trading cards, based on the popular internet meme of a green frog, on the Bitcoin-linked Counterparty platform. The system began as a joke, but now Pepe cards are exchanged for the equivalent of thousands of dollars. Each “Rare Pepe” is linked to the value of a bitcoin, creating scarcity that’s lacking in paper money.

>The unnamed developer told Crypto Insider their success stood in sharp contrast to the roughly 80 percent of nearby offices forced to shut down over the past year. His company plans to release 60 new “Rare Pepes” and create a new video game based on the cards, similar to Pokemon.
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Is lactose intolerance a myth?

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A staggering one in five people believe they are dairy intolerant. But new research is showing they may be reacting to a protein in milk, not lactose. Good news is, a new type of real cows’ milk may not cause any digestive symptoms at all.

‘I cut out dairy and all my bloating and wind and tummy pain disappeared.’ It’s a common utterance from people with digestive issues. The next step is often the same – they assume the problem is lactose intolerance, give up cows’ milk and join the one in five people who believe they can’t drink milk. Non-dairy milk alternatives are so popular now, they have been added to ‘the basket’ for the first time – an annual measure of UK inflation. According to the Office for National Statistics, this reflects a growing trend of dairy-free diets, with encouragement driven by campaigns such as Veganuary.

20 per cent of adults say they don’t get on with cows’ milk, suffering from digestive issues, bloating and skin problems

Reports show that 20 per cent of adults say they don’t get on with cows’ milk, suffering from digestive issues, bloating and skin problems. ‘As a result people are turning to artificially modified or plant-based alternatives,’ says Rick Miller, a leading registered dietitian.

More and more of us are looking to plant-based milk alternatives

But, according to Miller, compelling scientific research suggests people may not be reacting to lactose, but to a protein found in milk called A1.

‘As cows’ milk protein allergy can be diagnosed relatively easily and doesn’t tend to last into adulthood, the traditional view is that people with continued problems with milk are lactose intolerant.’

‘There are two major proteins in milk, whey and casein. Within the latter, there are two subtypes called A1 and A2. These are natural genetic variants that occur in cows’ milk.’
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California lawmakers want to repeal HIV criminalization laws

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TLDR They're going to reduce the punishment for willingly giving someone HIV in California because the old punishment is a relic of the AIDS scare, or so they say.

What do you guys think? I don't know much about HIV/AIDS because I don't pork guy's buttholes but this makes me nervous.
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News Media Watchdog - Simple, Unbiased Coverage of Popular News Outlets

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NMWD is dedicated to keeping an eye on many popular news outlets. Considering the current political, social and economic environment we live in, it is a good idea to remain objective while conducting your own research to truly "see through the veil."
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With Rhinoplasty on the Rise, Whither the Armenian Nose?

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The Armenian nose is a source of national pride, sometimes said to be like the country’s impressive mountains: high, proud, and honest.

But what looks good in a landscape painting does not necessarily meet today’s global beauty standards. And increasingly, Armenians – especially young women – are opting for rhinoplasty in an effort to conform to the idealized Western appearance.

“As a country, we try to be Western, and this applies to the beauty standards, too,” said Kristina Grigoryan, who has practiced plastic surgery in Yerevan for 16 years. “We are still proud of being Armenians, but less proud of having such features.”

Armenia does not keep national statistics on it, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the procedure is becoming more popular: Grigoryan’s clinic performs about 500 nose jobs a year, up from 150 to 200 five years ago, she said, and more and more clinics are offering the procedure.

The Armenian nose may be ancient, but the Armenian nose job is a recent innovation. In the Soviet Union, plastic surgery was mostly restricted to reconstructive cases. The massive 1988 earthquake in Armenia boosted the demand for reconstructive plastic surgery, an expertise that doctors later took advantage of to go into the cosmetic surgery business. “This is how plastic surgery started to develop in Armenia,” said Karen Danielyan, a plastic surgeon in Yerevan. “And now rhinoplasty is the most popular and most common plastic surgery in Armenia – three out of four operations are rhinoplasties.”

Danielyan is one of the pioneers of rhinoplasty in Armenia: in 2002, he started the “Most Armenian Nose” competition, with the first prize being a free nose job by the doctor himself. Back then, he said, the contest was a publicity stunt to drum up business.
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Lack of Detection Equipment Prompting Swedish US-Style 'Electronics Ban'

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Of late, the UK and the US both introduced comprehensive bans on electronic equipment on flights, with many other countries considering the same measure. Swedish experts urge the authorities to do the same due to the lack of equipment able to detect the latest generation of explosives.
According to Swedish Transport Agency CIO Eva-Mari Löfqvist, there are no plans to introduce a general prohibition against electronic vehicles on airplanes. At the same time, she ensured that the Swedish Transport Agency, which bears chief responsibility for the Swedish air safety, was closely following the developments.
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Russia may be backing the Taliban

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>The top US general in Europe said on Thursday he has seen growing Russian influence on the Afghan Taliban, and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the fighters.

>"I've seen the influence of Russia of late - increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban," Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, who is also NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

>Taliban officials have told Reuters news agency the group has had significant contacts with Moscow since at least 2007, but added Russian involvement did not extend beyond "moral and political support".

>Nicholson testified that Russia is giving the Taliban encouragement and diplomatic cover in order to undermine American influence and to defeat NATO, but he did not address whether Russia is supplying the group.
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The future

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Baba Vanga died in 1996, but she predicted some of the most incredible events in the human history. The blind mystic managed to predict the 9/11 Terror Attacks and the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and also seemed to have warned the world with her predictions about the rise of the terrorist group ISIS decades ago.

The future seems extremely interesting if anything:

2023: The Earth’s orbit will change (nobody really knows what this means).

2025: The population of Europe will reach almost zero.

2028: Mankind will fly to Venus, in hope of finding new sources of energy.

2033: World water levels will rise as the polar ice caps melt (this is already happening).

2043: Europe’s transformation into an Islamic caliphate is complete. Rome is named the capital. The world’s economy thrives under Muslim rule.

2066: America will use a new climate change weapon for the first time in a bid to retake Rome and bring back Christianity.

2076: Communism will return to Europe and the rest of the world.

2084: Nature is reborn (nobody is really sure what this means).

2100: Man-made sun illuminates the dark side of the planet (This is already in the pipeline — since 2008, scientists have been working on creating an artificial sun using nuclear fusion technology).

2130: With the help of the aliens, civilizations will live underwater.

2170: Major global drought.

2187: Two large volcanic eruptions will be successfully stopped.

2201: Temperatures drop as the sun’s thermonuclear processes slow down.

2262: Planets will slowly change orbits. Mars will be threatened by a comet.

2354: An accident on the artificial sun will result in more drought.

2480: Two artificial suns will collide and leave the Earth in the dark.

3005: A war on Mars will change the trajectory of the planet.

3010: A comet will hit the moon. The Earth will be surrounded by a ring of rock and ash.