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How a third of all fish caught in the ocean is turned into something that no one eats​


The oceans are running out of fish. To slow down that problem, environmentalists pushed for fish farming, or aquaculture. This was supposed to be the solution, but it ended up being a problem on its own. This industry became too big and too hungry. To fatten the farmed fish faster, they started feeding them high-protein pellets, called fish meal, made from massive amounts of fish caught at sea and pulverized into powder. Now, more than 30% of all marine life pulled from the sea goes to feed other onland fish.

To explore this upside-down situation, the Outlaw Ocean Project, a nonprofit journalism organization based in Washington, D.C., traveled to West Africa for an offshore patrol where hundreds of Chinese and other fishing boats trawl for fish meal production, cratering the local food source and polluting the coastline.
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A dubious distinction at best...........

An Iranian man dubbed the "world’s dirtiest man" has died at the age of 94, according to state media.

Amou Haji died Sunday in the village of Dezhgah, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). He had refused to bathe for more than 60 years, fearing it would make him sick.

He gained notoriety around the globe for his unofficial title as "world’s dirtiest man," and his life was even chronicled in a 2013 documentary called "The Strange Life of Amou Haji."
 

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A recall on Clorox cleaning products containing bacteria, manufactured over 21 months, WTF????

Clorox recalls cleaning products that may contain bacteria​

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OAKLAND, Calif. — If you’re thinking of wiping down your kitchen with that bottle of Pine-Sol all-purpose cleaner under your sink – stop. It may contain bacteria that could cause serious illness in people with compromised immune systems.

The Clorox Company said Tuesday it has recalled its scented multi-surface cleaners and all-purpose cleaners. The recall doesn’t include its iconic original pine-scented Pine-Sol, which is its only product registered as a disinfectant.

The products recalled by the Oakland, California-based company also include scented CloroxPro Pine-Sol All Purpose Cleaners and Clorox Professional Pine-Sol Lemon Fresh Cleaners, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.

The products “may contain bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an environmental organism found widely in soil and water,” the commission said.

“The bacteria can enter the body if inhaled, through the eyes, or through a break in the skin. People with healthy immune systems are usually not affected by the bacteria,” the commission said.

Testing identified bacteria in the recalled products produced between January 2021 and September 2022, the commission said. It said consumers should take pictures of the 12 digit UPC code and the date code, throw the product in its container in the trash, and contact the company for a refund.
 
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A woman in Indonesia's Jambi province was killed and swallowed whole by a python, according to local reports.

Jahrah, a rubber-tapper reportedly in her 50s, had made her way to work at a rubber plantation on Sunday morning.

She was reported missing after failing to return that night, and search parties sent out to find her. A day later villagers found a python with what appeared to be a large stomach.

Locals later killed the snake and found her body inside.

"The victim was found in the snake's stomach," Betara Jambi police chief AKP S Harefa told local media outlets, adding that her body appeared to be largely intact when it was found.


He said the victim's husband had on Sunday night found some of her clothes and tools she had used at the rubber plantation, leading him to call on a search party.

After the snake - which was at least 5m (16ft) long - was spotted on Monday, villagers then caught and killed it to verify the victim's identity.

"After they cut the belly apart, they found it was Jahrah inside," Mr Harefa told CNN Indoneisa.

Though such incidents are rare, this is not the first time someone in Indonesia has been killed and eaten by a python. Two similar deaths were reported in the country between 2017 and 2018.
 

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How a Black-Owned Condom Brand Pitches Itself as the Right Fit​

To distinguish itself in a crowded market, B Condoms floods its Instagram account with sex and wellness tips, many of them explicit.


Jason Panda cares deeply about branding. During a recent video interview, the logo for his company, B Condoms, was visible in no fewer than four places: on a blue wall behind him in an Atlanta warehouse, on his white T-shirt, on a condom package that just so happened to be within arm’s reach and on a cornhole board in a nearby storage room.

Just as important is where he hides the logo. His company’s Instagram page features explainer-type posts with titles like “8 things women really want in bed” and “Let’s normalize laughing during sex” — two of the more printable headlines from the account. The final slide of each post features a photo of condom boxes with the words “A Black-Owned Condom Company” in bold letters above them, underlined in red.

“You may not know about us, but when you go through those slides because they’re interesting, they’re captivating, they bring you in,” Mr. Panda said. “When you hit that last slide, you’re like, ‘Oh wow, they’re a Black-owned company.’”

In recent months the brand has signed deals with Walmart, Target and a majority of CVS drugstores, the company said. The stores are physical spaces for what Mr. Panda, 43, calls the “David and Goliath” struggles that he’s been fighting since founding B Condoms in 2011. Its three biggest competitors — Durex, Trojan and Lifestyles — are owned by companies that are worth billions; B Condoms is independently owned.

Beyond B Condoms’ platinum packaging — an implicit riposte to Trojan’s signature color (“Gold is old,” Mr. Panda said) — its marketing is notably different from its competitors. According to Mr. Panda, the brand is predominantly focused on appealing to Black Americans, with Instagram posts that discuss sexuality and sexual wellness in frank terms.

“It was very interesting to see actual Black-owned sexual health,” said Brittany Wooten, 31, a B Condoms customer in Phoenix. “And I’ve never heard or seen anybody before mention anything about Black condoms or any sexual health, reproductive or that kind of stuff when it comes to Black-owned.”

Among the account’s roughly 200 posts are oral sex advice, a post explaining that flirting does not equate to consent and a video in which interviewees recall their first orgasm. Goody Howard, a sex educator in Dallas, said the fact that the posts had a practical bent stood out.

“They are focusing on pleasure education,” Ms. Howard said. “I think Trojan does a kind of good job about insinuating pleasure, but B Condoms is actually giving you actionable items: ‘This is how you do this.’”

The posts, which frequently center on women’s pleasure, typically have at least a few commenters expressing relief that someone is giving out such advice. “I know a couple of men that need to read this,” reads one reply beneath a post about sex tips. “Love this and I wish this was taught more in schools,” says another.

B Condoms has focused its energies on its Instagram, where it has at least 25,000 more followers than Trojan’s and Durex’s U.S. accounts.

The emphasis on social media marketing makes sense: Instagram is not regulated as tightly as television and radio are, and it offers the possibility of more direct engagement with potential customers. And as a digitally native brand, B Condoms may have an edge on competitors that were already decades old when social media became ubiquitous. (A representative for Durex said in a statement that the brand “has been heavily active in social media marketing for more than a decade.”)

As it did for millions of others, social media took on increased importance during the pandemic for condom brands as well, according to Mia Xu, a researcher at the N.Y.U. School of Global Public Health.

“Especially during Covid, brands realized that they had great reach and potentially a lot more buyers because everyone was at home,” Ms. Xu said. “Basically every single brand really pushed out ads on a weekly basis. Before, they were posting once a week to once a month.”

Ms. Xu was the lead author of a study that found that posts pertaining to sex were a positive predictor of likes on Instagram and YouTube, and providing sexual health education had a positive association with likes on Instagram. According to the study, “the sexual health education and resources provided by condom brands have significant reach and positive reception.” Ms. Xu noted that B Condoms was “talking basically about every single aspect of sexual health — even ones that are not related to condoms.”

The largest three condom brands all have sex-positive posts ranging from informative to playful (a recent Durex tweet: “Want to seggz?”) that date well before March, when Mr. Panda says the B Condom account started posting raunchier Instagram slides. Its messaging is generally more reliant on sex education, though: Whereas Trojan’s and Durex’s feeds are sprinkled with collaborations with social media influencers and celebrities, the B Condoms feed features video clips from community and H.B.C.U. outreach events that Mr. Panda, a Morehouse alumnus, helps organize.

With its small, 10-person staff and comparatively tiny budget, B Condoms chooses to focus its resources on Black Americans, Mr. Panda said, citing the disproportionately high rates of H.I.V. and teen pregnancies among people of color.

Mr. Panda said he spent his formative years in Brockton, Mass., south of Boston, watching those issues in real time. (At his high school, there were “so many kids with kids,” Mr. Panda recalled.) Another inspiration was a conversation about the effects of H.I.V. on Black Americans that he had with his mother, who ran a drug- and alcohol-detox facility. Mr. Panda said that after feeling unfulfilled during his time as a corporate lawyer in New York, he quit and founded B Condoms with two other Morehouse alumni. In those early days, he ran the operation from his apartment.

“I never saw condoms as a career, but after I got into it, it made perfect sense,” he said.

Without a model for a successful Black-owned condom brand, Mr. Panda said he spent a good portion of B Condoms’ existence teaching himself “every aspect of this business.” He recalled that in the earlier stages he used a storage facility in the Bronx because a warehouse was too expensive, and that he would place the condoms in bodegas for free because he couldn’t find any buyers. By the time he moved operations to Atlanta, in June 2020, his co-founders had left the company.

Mr. Panda said B Condoms may have to tone down its Instagram posts as the brand becomes “corporate.” During the interview, he declined to reveal who was actually responsible for the brand’s recent posts, saying that he was worried a larger company might pluck them away with the promise of a better salary.

“We’re rewriting the rules with a lot of this stuff,” Mr. Panda said.
 

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no surprise

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no surprise

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So one of the charges is Elder Abuse. Looked up California law and it states (
California Criminal law Under Penal Code § 368, elder abuse occurs when a person knows that victim is an elder then inflicts unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering on the elder or willfully causes or permits that elder to suffer. It also covers situations where a person willfully causes or permits an elder to be placed in a situation in which their health is endangered.)
Well that would mean David is not an intruder but knew Paul. I’m waiting for the kink to come out that Paul was having a perverted fling gone bad better known as a “Giggity”.
 

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Boy, 8, turns the tables on deadly cobra and bites back, killing it​


David Strege
Thu, November 3, 2022 at 11:01 AM


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An 8-year-old boy in India turned the tables on a deadly cobra after getting bitten by it. He bit back and killed the poisonous snake.

In what The New Indian Express aptly called “a bizarre incident,” the boy named Deepak was playing in the backyard of his house on Monday when he was bitten.

“The snake got wrapped around my hand and bit me,” Deepak explained to The New Indian Express. “I was in great pain. As the reptile didn’t budge when I tried to shake it off, I bit it hard twice. It all happened in a flash.”

The boy was rushed to a health care center.

“He was quickly administered anti-snake venom and kept under observation for the entire day, and discharged,” Dr. Jems Minj told the Express.

“Deepak didn’t show any symptoms and recovered fast, owing to the dry bite when the poisonous snake strikes but no venom is released,” snake expert Qaiser Hussain told the Express. “Such snakebites are painful and may show only local symptoms around the area of the bite.”

The incident occurred in the remote Pandarpadh village in Jashpur district.

“Jashpur is a tribal district, which is also known as Naglok (abode of serpents) because it has over 200 species of snakes,” the Express wrote.



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Boy, 8, turns the tables on deadly cobra and bites back, killing it​


David Strege
Thu, November 3, 2022 at 11:01 AM


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An 8-year-old boy in India turned the tables on a deadly cobra after getting bitten by it. He bit back and killed the poisonous snake.

In what The New Indian Express aptly called “a bizarre incident,” the boy named Deepak was playing in the backyard of his house on Monday when he was bitten.

“The snake got wrapped around my hand and bit me,” Deepak explained to The New Indian Express. “I was in great pain. As the reptile didn’t budge when I tried to shake it off, I bit it hard twice. It all happened in a flash.”

The boy was rushed to a health care center.

“He was quickly administered anti-snake venom and kept under observation for the entire day, and discharged,” Dr. Jems Minj told the Express.

“Deepak didn’t show any symptoms and recovered fast, owing to the dry bite when the poisonous snake strikes but no venom is released,” snake expert Qaiser Hussain told the Express. “Such snakebites are painful and may show only local symptoms around the area of the bite.”

The incident occurred in the remote Pandarpadh village in Jashpur district.

“Jashpur is a tribal district, which is also known as Naglok (abode of serpents) because it has over 200 species of snakes,” the Express wrote.



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Chuck Norris can do that.
 
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McDonald’s is enduring yet another coffee-related lawsuit— this time, as Insider reports, an Alabama woman has filed a $13 million lawsuit against the fast food chain after being was served a cup of coffee that contained harmful chemicals and resulted in damage to her throat and organs.
 

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Man who stole $14 in 2002 released from prison after 20 years​


TheGrio Staff
Sat, November 5, 2022 at 4:06 PM


David Coulson, 55, was incarcerated from 2002 to 2022 in California under the Three Strikes law, 1990s legislation mandating life sentences following a third felony offense.

20 years into serving a life sentence for stealing $14, a Black man was released from a California prison last month following a recommendation from the state’s department of corrections and rehabilitation.

David Coulson, 55, was incarcerated from 2002 to 2022 in California under the Three Strikes law which mandated life sentences following a third felony offense. The law was adopted in many states nationwide as fears of crime and “habitual offenders” swept the United States. Nearly half of those behind bars due to the law today are Black, as reported by The Guardian.

Coulson, who was 35 at the time of his 2002 arrest, stole miscellaneous items from an open residential garage while he was homeless in Long Beach amid lifelong challenges with abuse, mental illness and drug addiction, according to the outlet.
 

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