Monday, June 26, 2017

The SEVEN major problems with Cryptocurrencies

The SEVEN major problems with Cryptocurrencies

  1. The market is completely unregulated. Exchanges can be nothing more than financial traps, or better yet, the work of intelligence agencies. CoinBase demonstrated a notorious event just a short while ago by usurping crypto-wallets. If the funds disappear they could be lost forever.
  2. Cryptocurrencies have “NO INTRINSIC” value.
    Generating a crypto-unit is the function of very expensive computer servers and hydro. You need the latter to generate the enormous amount of electricity to mine a crypto unit. Once mined the the crypto unit is essentially valueless as the two major input costs have no transferable value. Crudely,  I have determined that it costs approximately $500-600 in equipment and hydro to mine a crypto-unit. That is a “sunk cost”.
  3. There is no commodity backed cryptocurrency. The addition of gold, silver or platinum to secure the value of a crypto-unit is not a consideration at the present time. While it has no better standing than FIAT money, FIAT currencies continue to have the confidence of the general public. Confidence is the only factor which could provide legitimacy to cryptocurrencies.
  4. While it has been stated that many cryptos have finite mathematical generation protocols, this is not the case anymore. The creation of “forks” have lead to hybrid forms of the base cryptocurrency. These forks are infinite in possibilities and only require specific “code” modifications.
  5. An internet shutdown would make cryptocurrencies valueless. The only viable medium of exchange would collapse the cryptos’ functionality and completely destroy any remaining confidence in this new money medium.
  6. Acquiring cryptocurrencies with FIAT currency is relatively simple with basic computer skills, but try selling the crypto’s if the market begins to collapse - it would be simply impossible.
  7. Pretending that cryptos can evade taxation, government reporting and any financial accountability is a pipe-dream. Cryptos are a utopian currency which are only viable in a completely decentralized world. To conclude that “Blockchain” technology is an impenetrable wall is ridiculous. We are in the age of “quantum computing” and “CAT5”. Blockchain is already obsolete.

Thank you,
Joseph Pede

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Did John Podesta Try To Oust Rep Scalise Over Sex Trafficking?

Did John Podesta Try To Oust Rep Scalise Over Sex Trafficking

June 25, 2017  By Liz Crokin

John Podesta and a group of Democrats called for Rep. Steve Scalise to resign shortly after he began his efforts to combat human trafficking as the Majority Whip of the House.

On Jan. 8, 2015, John Podesta received an e-mail from Democrat-run group House Majority PAC campaigning for Scalise to resign, according to an e-mail by Wikileaks. The subject of the e-mail was “add your name: tell Scalise to resign” and called for Scalise to step down as GOP Majority Whip. The e-mail stated that their reason behind the petition to remove Scalise was due to the fact that he had spoken at a rally sponsored by David Duke 13 years earlier.

“In 2002 GOP Majority Whip Steve Scalise spoke at a rally sponsored by former KKK leader, David Duke,” the e-mail stated. “It’s time for Scalise to step down as GOP Majority Whip.”

The signature-drive by Podesta and other Democrats calling for Scalise to resign began at the same time Scalise started working on legislation as the Majority Whip in the House to end human trafficking. Scalise and other Republicans had been working on several bills that took aim at human trafficking. On Jan. 27, 12 of those bills passed in the Republican-controlled House. Scalise gave a press conference at the Capitol about those bills on the same day they were passed.

Ironically, the House Majority PAC & Podesta petitioned for Scalise to resign via e-mail the same day in January of 2015 that the Senate introduced a bill to end sex trafficking titled the Combat Human Trafficking Act authored by Senators Rob Portman and Dianne Feinstein, according to Time.

On May 19, 2015, the House gave final congressional approval to legislation to expand law enforcement efforts and help victims of human trafficking. “One of the great American values we share is our strong belief in the inherent worth of each and every human life,” Scalise said at the time. “Human trafficking is a direct assault against that core value, and it affects millions of victims who need our help — including right here in America. Congress must continue to do everything in our power to combat this scourge and provide protections, and ultimately justice to the victims of human trafficking.”

As previously reported by The Hagmann Report, Scalise was working on new human trafficking legislation when James Hodgkinson allegedly shot him as he practiced baseball in Alexandria, Virginia on June 13.

Scalise had recently posted a video on his YouTube channel and on his Twitter feed discussing bills passed in the House to target child predators and to provide protection for human trafficking victims. “The sad truth is that human trafficking is a real problem plaguing each and every community in the United States,” Scalise said. “This week the House took strong action to stand up for the victims of human trafficking, passing tough bills to provide them protection and to target child predators.”

In 2011, Andrew Breitbart famously linked Podesta to underage sex trafficking in a tweet:

“How prog-guru John Podesta isn’t househould name as world class underage sex slave op cover upperer defending unspeakable dregs escapes me.”

Members of the House Intelligence Committee are set to interview Podesta this week into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Liz Crokin is an award winning investigative journalist, author of Malice and regular contributor to the Hagmann and Hagmann Report.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

First 40 Days after Death

The First 40 Days after Death explained by St.John of Shanghai and San Francisco

Limitless and without consolation would have been our sorrow for close ones who are dying, if the Lord had not given us eternal life. Our life would be pointless if it ended with death. What benefit would there then be from virtue and good deed? Then they would be correct who say: "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!"

But man was created for immortality, and by His resurrection Christ opened the gates of the Heavenly Kingdom, of eternal blessedness for those who have believed in Him and have lived righteously. Our earthly life is a preparation for the future life, and this preparation ends with our death. "It is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment" (Heb 9:27). Then a man leaves all his earthly cares; 
the body disintegrates, in order to rise anew at the General Resurrection. Often this spiritual vision 
begins in the dying even before death, and while still seeing those around them and even speaking 
with them, they see what others do not see.

But when it leaves the body, the soul finds itself among other spirits, good and bad. Usually it inclines toward those which are more akin to it in spirit, and if while in the body it was under the influence of certain ones, it will remain in dependence upon them when it leaves the body, however unpleasant they may turn out to be upon encountering them.

For the course of two days the soul enjoys relative freedom and can visit places on earth which were 
dear to it, but on the third day it moves into other spheres. At this time (the third day), it passes through legions of evil spirits which obstruct its path and accuse it of various sins, to which they themselves 
had tempted it.

According to various revelations there are twenty such obstacles, the so-called "toll-houses," at each of which one or another form of sin is tested; after passing through one the soul comes upon the next one, 
and only after successfully passing through all of them can the soul continue its path without being immediately cast into gehenna. How terrible these demons and their toll-houses are may be seen in the 
fact that Mother of God Herself, when informed by the Archangel Gabriel of Her approaching death, answering her prayer, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself appeared from heaven to receive the soul of His 
Most Pure Mother and conduct it to heaven. Terrible indeed is the third day for the soul of the departed, and for this reason it especially needs prayers then for itself.

Then, having successfully passed through the toll-houses and bowed down before God, the soul for the course of 37 more days visits the heavenly habitations and the abysses of hell, not knowing yet where it will remain, and only on the fortieth day is its place appointed until the resurrection of the dead. Some souls find themselves (after the forty days) in a condition of foretasting eternal joy and blessedness, and others in fear of the eternal torments which will come in full after the Last Judgment. Until then changes are possible in the condition of souls, especially through offering for them the Bloodless Sacrifice (commemoration at the Liturgy), and likewise by other prayers.

How important commemoration at the Liturgy is may be seen in the following occurrence: Before the uncovering of the relics of St. Theodosius of Chernigov , the priest-monk (the renowned Starets Alexis 
of Goloseyevsky Hermitage, of the Kiev-Caves Lavra, who died in 1916) who was conducting the re-vesting of the relics, becoming weary while sitting by the relics, dozed off and saw before him the 
Saint, who told him: "I thank you for laboring with me. I beg you also, when you will serve the 
Liturgy, to commemorate my parents" -- and he gave their names (Priest Nikita and Maria). "How can 
you, O Saint, ask my prayers, when you yourself stand at the heavenly Throne and grant to people God's mercy?" the priest-monk asked. "Yes, that is true," replied St. Theodosius, "but the offering at the 
Liturgy is more powerful than my prayer."

Therefore, panikhidas (i.e., Trisagion Prayers for the Dead) and prayer at home for the dead are 
beneficial to them, as are good deeds done in their memory, such as alms or contributions to the church. But especially beneficial for them is commemoration at the Divine Liturgy. There have been many appearances of the dead and other occurrences which confirm how beneficial is the commemoration of 
the dead. Many who died in repentance, but who were unable to manifest this while they were alive, 
have been freed from tortures and have obtained repose. In the Church prayers are ever offered for the repose of the dead, and on the day of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, in the kneeling prayers at vespers, there is even a special petition "for those in hell."

Every one of us who desires to manifest his love for the dead and give them real help, can do this best 
of all through prayer for them, and particularly by commemorating them at the Liturgy, when the 
particles which are cut out for the living and the dead are let fall into the Blood of the Lord with the 
words: "Wash away, O Lord, the sins of those here commemorated by Thy Precious Blood and by the prayers of Thy saints."

We can do nothing better or greater for the dead than to pray for them, offering commemoration for 
them at the Liturgy. Of this they are always in need, and especially during those forty days when the 
soul of the deceased is proceeding on its path to the eternal habitations. The body feels nothing then: it does not see its close ones who have assembled, does not smell the fragrance of the flowers, does not 
hear the funeral orations. But the soul senses the prayers offered for it and is grateful to those who 
make them and is spiritually close to them.

O relatives and close ones of the dead! Do for them what is needful for them and within your power. 
Use your money not for outward adornment of the coffin and grave, but in order to help those in need, 
in memory of your close ones who have died, for churches, where prayers for them are offered. Show mercy to the dead, take care of their souls.

Before us all stands the same path, and how we shall then wish that we would be remembered in prayer! Let us therefore be ourselves merciful to the dead.

As soon as someone has reposed, immediately call or inform a priest, so he can read the Prayers 
appointed to be read over all Orthodox Christians after death.

Try, if it be possible, to have the funeral in Church and to have the Psalter read over the deceased until the funeral.

Most definitely arrange at once for the serving of the forty-day memorial, that is, daily commemoration at the Liturgy for the course of forty days. (NOTE: If the funeral is in a church where there are no daily services, the relatives should take care to order the forty-day memorial wherever there are daily 
services.) It is likewise good to send contributions for commemoration to monasteries, as well as to Jerusalem, where there is constant prayer at the holy places.

Let us take care for those who have departed into the other world before us, in order to do for them all 
that we can, remembering that "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."

By St. John Maximovitch


If Hitler Had Won World War II Would We Have Had A Better World?

If Hitler Had Won World War II We’d Have A Better, More Just World Today

Bradford Hanson, January 29, 2017

LEGENDARY U.S. General George S. Patton realized late in the war that the United States fought the wrong country. Patton felt the U.S. should have sided with Germany to destroy Jewish Bolshevik/Communist USSR. This information comes from Patton’s diary entries, letters he wrote to his wife, and comments he made to military officers and staff.
World War II was incredibly complex. However, in the final analysis, WWII was essentially a war between two competing ideologies: Nationalism vs. Jewish internationalism/globalism. Adolf Hitler and his allies fought to preserve the concept of nationalism, not just for Germans but for all peoples the world over. Nationalism really just means the sovereignty of an ethnic people and the right of such ethnic people/nationalists — within their own bordered country — to self-determination.  What is meant by self-determination?  Self-determination just means an ethnic people preserving their unique culture and heritage and pursuing their collective goals as a unique people.  This applies to any ethnic peoples: Nigerians, Germans, Swedes, Vietnamese, Mexicans, Tibetans, etc.
On the other side of WWII was Jewish (Bolshevik) internationalism (today we simply call this ‘globalism’). In the 1920’s, 1930’s, and of course during WWII, powerful Jewish internationalists were fervently advancing the Jewish worldview of eventually eliminating all nations… except for a Jewish homeland… (what was later to be — after WWII — the nation of Israel in 1948). Today we see that nothing has changed; Jewish internationalism/globalism still works toward gradually “merging” all peoples of the world (particularly in the Western World) into one globalist system with a global government, global laws, consistent global culture, global bank, global currency, etc. In short, Jewish globalism (i.e., the weakening and eventual elimination of all nations) is the exact opposite of nationalism (i.e., a world composed of nations … specifically, ethnically homogenous and bordered nations). The Allied powers of WWII (led by Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, et al) were tools of International Jewry and thus de facto fighting for the Jewish globalist worldview. After the (Jewish-run) Allies won WWII in 1945, international Jewish forces were then free to exercise a Jewish ‘Sphere of Influence’ over the greater Western World (and as we see today, increasingly over the rest of the world).
Alternatively, if Hitler had won World War II and then exercised a Nationalist ‘Sphere of Influence’ over the greater Western World, we’d have a more just, fair, and moral Western World today. The rest of the world would have similarly benefited had the Germans been victorious since German influence would have surely spread elsewhere (ideas such as non-usurious banking and strong family oriented culture would likely have spread globally).
Had Hitler won World War II, what would be different in the post-war world? Here are a few examples:
1 – No USSR (the Soviet government murdered millions of its own people during its 70 year reign — to study this topic read the writings of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; Hitler would have liberated the USSR, though taking large parts of its Western region for lebensraum, “living space”)
2 – No cold war (because there would be no USSR)
3 – No Communist Eastern Europe/Iron Curtain (when WWII ended, Eastern Europe fell to Communism — this was part of Stalin’s spoils of war)
4 – No Red China and Mao’s subsequent killing of 40 – 60 million Chinese (the USSR created favorable conditions for Mao’s Communists which ultimately led to Mao’s victory over Chiang Kai-shek’s nationalists in 1949, thus if no USSR, no Mao victory)
5 – No Communist North Vietnam (both the Soviet Union and Red China aided Ho Chi Minh)
6 – No Communist Cambodia and Pol Pot’s slaughter of 2 million Cambodians (Red China aided Pol Pot)
7 – No dividing Korea into North Korea and South Korea (the Allies split Korea after WWII ended, with North Korea becoming Communist… another of Stalin’s spoils of war)
8 – No Communist Cuba (given the previous, what support would Castro have had in the 1950’s?)
9 – No Communism anywhere (Hitler was the world’s most fervent anti-Communist)
10 – Liberalism and multiculturalism wouldn’t dominate Western ethos (both are Jewish creations and both have always been heavily promoted/advanced by Jews; thus if no Jewish influence, then no liberalism and no multiculturalism… at least certainly nowhere near the degree we see today)
11 – No Cultural Marxism and no political correctness (these are social engineering “tools” which came out of the Jewish think tank known as the Frankfurt School)
12 – No third world immigration into Western nations (Jews wouldn’t be in power positions to craft and force through liberal immigration laws; Jews are responsible for each and every Western nation’s liberal immigration policy/laws, as all were orchestrated by a consortium consisting of the World Jewish Congress, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and B’nai B’rith)
13 – No depraved filth on TV, in movies, etc. (because Jews wouldn’t run Hollywood)
14 – No widespread pornography (Jewish lawyers and Jewish activists were the main challengers of anti-obscenity laws, under the guise of “Freedom of Speech”)
15 – There would still be prayer in public schools (Jewish lawyers were instrumental in banning prayer in public schools under the guise of so-called “separation of church and state,” something that appears nowhere in the U.S. Constitution)
16 – No man-hating radical feminist movement (Jews such as Betty Friedan, Sonia Pressman, and Gloria Steinem, among others, were the key drivers of radical feminism)
17 – No Israel and all the problems it has brought the USA and the immeasurable misery it has wrought on the Palestinians
18 – Jews would be living in Madagascar (perhaps) and would be carefully monitored (Madagascar was one place Hitler considered as a Jewish homeland)
Many reading this will ask, “But what about the Holocaust?” The Holocaust has been grossly exaggerated by organized Jewry in order to create sympathy for Jews worldwide and thus help advance the Jewish agenda (i.e., people seen as victims tend to get their way). It is also used as a political weapon to justify Israeli militarism against the Palestinians. Hitler’s Final Solution (rebranded in the early 1970’s as the “Holocaust”) was a plan to remove Jews from Europe, not to kill them. During WWII, just as the U.S. couldn’t trust Japanese Americans, thus causing FDR to round many of them up and place them in concentration camps, Hitler couldn’t trust Jews since many were partisans sympathetic to the USSR and hence they aided the USSR in various subversive, anti-German activities. Therefore the National Socialists rounded up Jews and placed them in concentration camps.
Somewhere around one million Jews died during WWII (not six million) mostly due to disease and starvation in the final months of the war. Heavy Allied bombing of Germany and parts of German occupied Europe destroyed many roads, rail lines, and bridges making it impossible for Germany to adequately supply the camps with food and medicine. The result is that many Jews died of starvation and disease; and of course many non-Jews also died of starvation and disease (again, due to a massive Allied bombing campaign and its destruction of German transportation infrastructure). Lastly, there were no “gas chambers.” Much has been written about this. To study the “gas chamber” subject, read the research papers published by Germar Rudolf and Carlo Mattogno (there are many others as well). To get a broad overview of the Holocaust, read my article, What Was The Holocaust… What Actually Happened?
It should also be noted that Hitler never wanted to “conquer the world.” He simply wanted to safeguard Europe and the greater Western World from all manner of nefarious Jewish influence and, more broadly, safeguard the world-at-large specifically from, 1) usurious Jewish banking and, 2) Jewish-driven cultural degradation.
As previously stated, the Allied heads-of-State (Roosevelt, Churchill, et al) were puppets of International Jewry; each sold his soul for power and prestige. Again, as earlier stated, World War II was a war between two competing ideologies: Nationalism -vs- Jewish Bolshevik internationalism/globalism — unfortunately International Jewry won.
Was World War II “the good war” as is often claimed? No, it was exactly the opposite. The Allied victory marked the beginning of the end of Western Civilization.

The Rothschild They Murdered

The Rothschild They Murdered

May 1, 2016
mw127900.jpg(left Amschel Mayor James Rothschild, 1955-1996, pictured here in 1977 at age 22)

Apparently, the Illuminati are not immune to lethal attack, when they administer it themselves.

from July 11, 2012
by Henry Makow Ph.D

People used the word "gentle" to describe Amschel Mayor James Rothschild.

He was the only son of Victor Rothschild's second marriage to Theresa Mayor, and 
heir to the Rothschild dynasty after his older half-brother Jacob.

Amschel's obituary stated: "Where his father was of large and pugnacious build, Amschel Rothschild was tall, thin and strikingly graceful [after his mother]. His bushy head of hair ... emphasized large, sad brown eyes. He was precise, almost obsessively tidy, enjoyed making difficult cocktails and revisiting old jokes. He loved his farm, his children, restoring old outhouses, extending his lawns, going to bed early."

As a teenager he raced motorcycles and later vintage cars and bi-planes. "He started racing classic cars in 1974, owning successively a Lotus 10, an AC Cobra, a famous 1954 250F Maserati, a 1964 Willment Daytona Coupe in which he won two Historic Sports Car Championships..."

He married brewing heiress Anita Guinness in 1981 and had three children, Kate (b.1982); Alice (b.1983) and James (b.1985). He farmed during his twenties and didn't join the family business until 1987 at age 32. He served an apprenticeship before being appointed executive chairman of Rothschild Asset management in 1993. His obit continues:

Sir-Evelyn-de-Rothschild-Net.jpg"Amschel was regularly billed as the heir presumptive to Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, left, (now 84)  for the chairmanship (Sir Evelyn's children being still too young to be candidates), though newspaper reports would be sniffy about his prospects; they implied his profile was too low, that with his gentle manner, he was too "nice", that he lacked the killer instinct."

On July 8 1996 he was found dead in the bathroom of his suite at the Bristol Hotel in Paris. According to the official story, he had committed suicide by hanging himself with the belt of his bathrobe. Thanks to the now defunct "The Spotlight" we have the truth:

Rupert Murdoch Ordered Editors World Wide To "Spike" The Story

Exclusive To *The Spotlight*
August 5, 1996
By Sasha Rakoczy

French police have  determined  that  Amschel Rothschild, heir to the fabulous Rothschild banking fortune, was murdered,  according to well-placed European sources.

But,  French  Prime Minister Jacques Chirac has ordered police to close their investigation.  Media  outlets worldwide have ignored these mysterious developments.  Some have reported the death was a suicide, other outlets disregarded the death altogether.

As  if  obeying  an invisible choir-master, the world's competing
news organizations silenced their strident sensationalism this
month to cover up the mysterious death.

In the United States, newspapers controlled by Rupert Murdoch,
the foreign-born  owner  of  the  world's largest media empire,
either studiously ignored  reports  that  Rothschild had met a
violent end, or relegated it to the back pages as a mere  "heart

A  *Spotlight*  inquiry has  established  that Rothschild, 41, a
billionaire investment banker and  a noted sportsman in excellent
health, was discovered lifeless on the floor of the bathroom  of
his  suite at the luxurious Bristol Hotel in Paris on July 8 at
7:32 pm.

Police found that he had been strangled with the heavy cord of
his own bathrobe.  One end of the cord was attached  to  a  towel rack,  as if to suggest that Rothschild's violent death was

"The  [French]  crime   scene   investigators never  called  it
'suicide,'" reporter Theirry de Segonzac told *The Spotlight*  in
a telephone interview from Paris.  "After photographing the body,
one of  the detectives  gave the towel rack tied to the body a
strong tug. It came right out of the wall."

Had Rothschild really attempted to hang himself from that rack,
he would have ended up with nothing worse than a couple of  holes
in the wall, de Segonzac said.

There  was  no suicide note, no discernible cause or reason for a
finding of suicide,  knowledgeable  sources  say.

Rothschild, an athletic and imperious figure in early middle age, was a renowned race car driver and the husband of Anita Guinness, herself one of the world's wealthiest heiresses.  The couple had three children who  spent most of their time on the family's baronial estate in
Suffolk, England.

Rothschild had arrived in  Paris  to  take over one of the many
family consortium's French assets -- management operations  which were  to be merged with N.M. Rothschild's London-based investment banking center.

"Far from being 'troubled,' Amschel Rothschild's star was on the
rise and he relished his success," says an  executive  at  Keefe,
Bruyetter  and  Co.,  a  respected  Wall  Street  monitor  of the
financial services industry.  "I  don't  believe  for a moment he
suddenly went and killed himself.   There's  much  more  to  this

But  with  frantic  speed  --  within  an hour after the body's
discovery -- authorities and  news  executives in both France and
Britain launched an unusual joint offensive to preempt a public
inquiry  or  a  press  investigation  into  the  circumstances of
Rothschild's death.

"Murdoch sent a  hotline  fax  to  his  600-odd  editors and news
managers around the world,  ordering  them  to  report  Amschel's
death  as  a  heart  attack,  if  at all," said British broadcast
reporter Ian Gooding.

"No  one  around  here  has ever seen such pressure to kill  a  front-page  story.   But  in  the  end,  the cover-up was complete."


By the way this story was buried, it is obvious that Amschel was murdered. 

Apparently the Illuminati are not immune to lethal attack, when they administer it themselves. If an enemy of the Rothschilds had done it, believe me you'd know.

The Rothschilds appear to have a secret compact. Each member of the dynasty will die if he refuses to advance the plan for the subversion and enslavement of the human race outlined i"The Protocols of Zion." 

Amschel Mayor James Rothschild did not have "the killer instinct." We don't know the details but he became an obstruction.Amschel's story is a great tragedy. A sensitive, intelligent and good man is born into a megalomaniacal family of generational satanists. He discovers he must be a ruthless predator. It's not in his character. He has a soul. He resists and is murdered.

Let's always remember this good man. 


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Strongest Painkiller That Grows Everywhere


The Strongest Painkiller That Grows Everywhere And In Your Backyard

Posted by dinet
From trauma to illness, pain is a very common symptom that can be a big problem even for the strongest. It is so common that we can see a serious epidemic of opiate addiction. Unfortunately, when there are so many people need help, this leads to the fact that most of our population becomes dependent on the pharmacy, often simply masking the problem, and not fixing the cause.
Unluckily, it becomes so widespread that medical specialists consider that a majority of us really need “seekers”.
Thus, instead of alleviating the tangible pain, people are rejected. As a result, they find this illegal, and pain clinics and rehabilitation centres appear everywhere, trying to fight drug addiction.
Lactuca Virosa is the scientific term for this, and many people have used it instead of prescription drugs. It is a leafy and tall plant with small yellow buds, and it can be grown directly from your door. More commonly found in North America and England, it’s the cousin to the lettuce that we usually see in the supermarket. It is also called bitter lettuce or more suitable for the purpose discussed here, opium lettuce.

Wild Lettuce as a Healthy Alternative

Wild Lettuce
The reason why it is referred to opium lettuce is due to analgesic and sedative effects, which are known to be produced by a white substance found in the stem and leaves.
This milky substance is called lactucarium. And, although it does not contain any opiates, it has similar side effects when used – it acts directly on the central nervous system (CNS) to reduce the feeling of pain, just like morphine.
Wild Lettuce Milk Juice
Even though we don’t know a lot about this wonderful plant, it has a history of being used as an alternative to pain relief.

History of using

Lactuca virosa was used in the 19th century by doctors when opium could not be obtained. It was widely studied by the Council of the British Pharmaceutical Society in 1911.
They found two chemicals responsible for the properties of L. virosa: lactukopicrin and lactucine.
In the United States, the plant experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1970s.
Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) forbid this plant to grow, buy and own without a prescription or license.

Other Uses

There’re plenty of other reasons to use this miraculous plant:
  1. Doctor Ibn Sina used wild lettuce as a lactagogue,  product that fights with tumours, inflammation of the stomach and erysipelas. In the form of a bandage, he advised to stretch the muscles. Milk juice healed the corneal ulcer of the eyes, used it against scorpion and karakurt bites.
  2. In traditional medicine, this plant was used in the forms of herbal infusions and lactagar. They act in small doses as hypnotic, sedative and anaesthetizing for insomnia, whooping cough, chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, laryngitis, dyspnea, persistent cough,  gout, dropsy and bladder diseases, as a diuretic in the absence of menstruation.
  3. Herbal tincture of wild lettuce is used for rinsing for stomatitis, gingivitis, bleeding gums, sore throat, abrasion. Shredded leaves are applied to wounds and cuts, and boiled grass is applied for colds.
  4. A decoction of dry leaves is a diuretic and it calms asthma, dry cough, colic and helps with kidney stones. Has a calming effect on hyperactive children, reduces anxiety and stress, soothes rheumatic and muscle pain.
In addition to all the benefits, wild lettuce causes an euphoric state, similar to opiates, even though it doesn’t contain any opiate!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Solar paint to offer endless energy from water vapour

Solar paint prototype to offer endless
energy from water vapour

RMIT researchers have created a new solar paint that absorbs moisture from the air and uses sunlight to split water atoms and harvest hydrogen as fuel.
The paint is a mix of titanium oxide, a common white pigment in wall paints, and a new material, synthetic molybdenum-sulphide, that acts like a silica gel sachet in the way it absorbs moisture.

But the new material also acts as a semi-conductor to catalyse the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen molecules, said RMIT lead researcher Dr Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh.
"Basically we are talking about producing fuel from the sun and water vapour in the air," he said. "It is a super simple idea that we have implemented very successfully. It can rival the photovoltaic cells we put on the roof."

He said hydrogen was the cleanest source of energy and could be used in fuel cells as well as conventional combustion engines as an alternative to fossil fuels.
His colleague, Dr Torben Daeneke said the solar paint was an attractive alternative as it required cheap materials, was easy to apply, and could transform everyday surfaces into energy-harvesting, fuel-producing real estate. 
"Our new development has a big range of advantages," Dr Daeneke said. "There's no need for clean or filtered water to feed the system. Any place that has water vapour in the air, even remote areas far from water, can produce fuel."
Dr Kalantar-zadeh added humidity was the key factor but the system worked in dry and hot climates near oceans without trouble.

The initial research published in the American Chemical Society's journal ACS Nano, proved the concept.
"What we have developed is the component that creates the fuel and converts the energy into hydrogen gas," Dr Daeneke said.
"For the final product we would need to incorporate this paint with membranes that are commercially available to harvest the hydrogen selectively and store it as gas for example."
The RMIT research team has released the findings to the public domain, rather than patent it, so the design can be improved upon by the scientific community and fast-tracked for commercial use.
Dr Kalantar-zadeh said he hoped to see solar paint on city buildings and in the suburbs within years. 
"People need such technology," he said.  "We can sit on it for years and years and go through commercialisation by ourselves, but like this I hope we are doing a favour to the community."