На что не ответил Путин | Батенька, да вы трансформер

2014-12-25 12:16:35

Как победить жор?

Сегодня три часа шла пресс-конференция президента России Владимира Путина. Какое счастье, что даже в ней видны следы давно наступившего апокалипсиса — вопросы изредка содержат в себе ответ и ценны только сами по себе, большая часть вопросов похожа на бессмысленный долбёж дятла о фонарный столб, а сами ответы подойдут под любой вопрос. А поэтому — зачем задавать осмысленный вопрос, если в ответе не будет смысла? «Батенька, да вы трансформер» представляет уникальную коллекцию вопросов, которые нужно непременно задать президенту в следующий раз.

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iPhone и iPad могут перестать работать в России с начала января

2014-12-24 16:48:19

Данные гаджетов Apple хранятся на серверах в США, и компания под негласным давлением американского правительства не собирается переносить их в Россию. Если это решение окончательно утвердят, то Роскомнадзор должен будет заблокировать доступ ко всем российским сервисам Apple.

Особенностью операционной системы всех «яблочных» гаджетов является то, что эти данные она хранит в сервисе iCloud. Серверы располагаются в США, и Apple не собирается переносить их в Россию. Вследствие этого Роскомнадзор вынужден будет заблокировать все сервисы компании в России. Таким образом, в новом году российские обладатели планшетов и телефонов Apple рискуют остаться без своих девайсов, пишет портал progorod76.ru

В свою очередь, если компания Apple не пойдет на поводу у американского правительства, и не станет применять санкции, с гаджетами такого может и не произойти.

Фото: news.rufox.ru

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Cheating Ourselves of Sleep - NYTimes.com

2014-12-20 17:54:03

Cheating Ourselves of Sleep

Think you do just fine on five or six hours of shut-eye? Chances are, you are among the many millions who unwittingly shortchange themselves on sleep.

Research shows that most people require seven or eight hours of sleep to function optimally. Failing to get enough sleep night after night can compromise your health and may even shorten your life. From infancy to old age, the effects of inadequate sleep can profoundly affect memory, learning, creativity, productivity and emotional stability, as well as your physical health.

According to sleep specialists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, among others, a number of bodily systems are negatively affected by inadequate sleep: the heart, lungs and kidneys; appetite, metabolism and weight control; immune function and disease resistance; sensitivity to pain; reaction time; mood; and brain function.

Poor sleep is also a risk factor for depression and substance abuse, especially among people with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Anne Germain, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. People with PTSD tend to relive their trauma when they try to sleep, which keeps their brains in a heightened state of alertness.

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Putin: Defender of Christian Faith and Morality?

2014-12-18 08:57:09
Monday, 22 September 2014 Written by

[Putin] has restored the state. And Russian patriotism.... Little by little, he has become the leader of world opposition to the new ideological order dominated by the West [and characterised by] antiracism, globalism, homophilia, feminism, Islamophilia and Christianophobia.... He defends national sovereignty, family and the Orthodox religion.

— French intellectual Eric Zemmour, writing in Figaro magazine

Vladimir Putin Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize: Putin took over as President of Russia in 2000 when the country was in an economic mess. Putin has brought economic prosperity.... Putin put the crooked Jewish billionaires in prison and supported the Christian churches against the gays. He kept America out of war in Syria and Iran. Putin is aggressively combating the financial shenanigans of the New World Order.

— Texe Marrs, author, founder of Power of Prophecy Ministry

Putin has long been a supporter of Christianity and Christian values within Russia. He has called for the Church to play a larger role in citizens’ social lives, better religion classes in schools, and television programs emphasizing religious values.

— From an article entitled “Vladimir Putin Vows to Defend Christianity Worldwide,” in the Christian Post

The world has indeed been turned upside down. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, a career apparatchik in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and a loyal agent of the Soviet secret police, the KGB (and head of its successor, the FSB), now not only proclaims himself to be a Christian, but has donned the mantle of global protector of Christianity and morality — to the rejoicing huzzahs of many Christians and conservatives in the West.

However, before bestowing Defender of the Faith accolades on Vladimir the Pious, we would do well to look carefully behind and beneath the highly contrived Christian image being spun by the Kremlin’s public relations department and gullible Christians with short memories in the West.

Sadly, the quotations noted are not unique, nor restricted to wild outliers.

Former GOP presidential candidate and author/commentator Patrick J. “Pat” Buchanan is a paleoconservative who seems to be enthralled with the “former” KGB chief. “In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity,” Buchanan wrote, in one of his many pro-Putin syndicated columns.

The Buchanan column just quoted is entitled “Whose Side Is God on Now?,” not too subtly implying that Putin and his Kremlin comrades are now Heaven’s standard bearers against the decadent, post-Christian West.

Well, it is true, is it not, that President Vladimir Putin stands virtually alone among national leaders of the major powers in publicly proclaiming his Christian identity, and in condemning homosexual “marriage” — while leaders of the so-called Christian West have adopted the politically correct line that these unnatural unions are now sacrosanct? And is it not true that Putin and the Russian government have been spending hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild hundreds of Russian Orthodox churches destroyed during the militant atheism of the Soviet era? Has he not restored sacred holidays of the Julian Christian calendar? Did he not sign a national law last year outlawing advertisements for abortion? To which we must answer: yes, yes, yes, yes; true, true, true, true.

Additional “facts” can be cited to paint an even more striking image of Putin as pious champion of Christianity: crossing himself and kissing the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary that he presented to Pope Francis during his 2013 visit to the Vatican; numerous appearances with (and blessings and endorsements from) Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church and other Christian church leaders; signing into law a “ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia” directed at children, while President Obama promotes the LBGT agenda at every level and every opportunity; speaking out against the persecution and murder of Christians by Islamic jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

All of this has led Catholic author/blogger Stephen K. Ryan to write glowingly of “born-again Christian” Putin:

Is Russian leadership more Christian than leadership in the US? Is the Russian Government more Christian than George Bush or Obama ever imagined the US might be? The answer to both questions is Yes, and thanks to born-again Christians, Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin, Christian influence in matters of state is rapidly on the rise in Russia. Let’s look at the facts.

All the Facts, Please

Yes, let’s look at the facts; all of the facts — and in context. First and foremost, in any review of the basics regarding Putin, the most outstanding fact is that he is a creature of the Soviet KGB, a truly diabolical organization nonpareil, which stood for murder, terror, and grand deception. It was the Soviet Communist Party’s tool for the brutal suppression of religion, including the persecution of Christians: denying them jobs and education; spying on and entrapping them; arresting and imprisoning them; torturing them in unspeakable ways; desecrating and demolishing their church buildings; infiltrating their agents into churches to subvert them. The KGB destroyed thousands of Christian churches, monasteries, convents, and schools, and slaughtered millions of Christians.

But it did not destroy the churches utterly. There remained an underground church, whose members were always at risk of discovery, arrest, torture, and martyrdom. Above ground, the KGB took control of the Russian Orthodox Church, which became a very useful organ of the Soviet atheist state.

In January 2009, Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyaev, better known as Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, was elected, from a short list of three candidates, to be the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, the highest position of authority in the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). The election was called to fill the post that had been left vacant by the death of Patriarch Alexy II, who had headed the ROC since 1990. Documents from the KGB archives have confirmed what sensible observers had long ago deduced from his actions: that Patriarch Alexy II (also spelled Alexi or Alexei) was a long-serving KGB agent (code-named Drozdov, “Blackbird”), in other words, a traitor to his Christian brethren and the God he claimed to serve. Putin’s KGB/FSB was taking no chances with his replacement. All three candidates — Metropolitan Kliment of Kaluga and Borovsk (code-named Topaz), Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk (code-named Ostrovskii), and Metropolitan Kirill (code-named Mikhailov) — also have been reliably identified as agents of the KGB/FSB.

Russia expert David Satter, a former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times (of London) and the Wall Street Journal, wrote of the election in 2009 for Forbes:

According to material from the Soviet archives, Kirill was a KGB agent (as was Alexei). This means he was more than just an informer, of whom there were millions in the Soviet Union. He was an active officer of the organization. Neither Kirill nor Alexei ever acknowledged or apologized for their ties with the security agencies.

Because Patriarch Kirill is of central importance to the myth of Putin as the Saul-to-Paul, Christian persecutor-to-Christian champion, it behooves us to more closely examine the man. He has publicly presided over, and provided official benedictions and exhortations for, Putin’s cynical and Stalinesque exploitation of Russian nationalism and Russian Orthodoxy. Josef Stalin, who had very nearly consummated the annihilation of the Russian Orthodox Church begun by Vladimir Lenin, reversed course in 1941. The reason? His erstwhile partner in crime, Adolf Hitler, had turned on him and had invaded Russia. Stalin, needing all the help he could get, cut a deal with ROC Metropolitans Sergius, Nikolay, and Alexy. In exchange for their support in rallying the Russian people, he would cease (temporarily) the persecution and allow the reopening of churches and theological schools. In fact, Stalin’s Soviet government paid for the rebuilding of many of the churches. The ROC was thus placed even more firmly under the control of the NKVD, which was later to be reorganized and renamed as the KGB.

Metropolitan Sergius had shown his true colors as far back as 1927, with his illegal proclamation that the church would be absolutely loyal to the communist government of the Soviet Union. Stalin rewarded Sergius by having him enthroned as Patriarch of Moscow in 1943.

Ever since, the Russian Orthodox Church has been the handmaiden and enabler of Soviet and post-Soviet regimes that rule the Kremlin. Following Sergius’ example, his successors likewise flourished by pacifying dissent at home and providing propaganda to the outside world to discredit reports exposing the true nature of the religious persecution and subversion going on in the Soviet Union. However, the cooperation of the church hierarchy notwithstanding, persecution of true believers returned with a new vengeance under the successive reigns of Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Chernenko, and Andropov.

Kirill, though, did not have to worry about feeling the sting of persecution; he was in tight with the persecutors and on the fast track to privilege and power! In 1969, at the age of 22, he was tonsured by Metropolitan Nikodim, one of the ROC’s most notorious KGB agents (code-named Adamant). The following year Nikodim appointed Kirill as his personal secretary and began boosting him through the ROC ranks: archimandrite, bishop, archbishop, metropolitan. One of Kirill’s most important services to the ROC/KGB was to provide a public face for the Soviet Union at the conferences of the World Council of Churches. Kirill, in fact, became a top official in the WCC, being elected to the central and executive committees of the WCC in 1975.

Such service has its earthly rewards; while the Christian brothers and sisters he betrayed were tortured and killed, or rotted away in the infamous Gulag Archipelago and psychiatric prisons, Kirill (a.k.a. Agent Mikhailov) enjoyed the high life of the Communist Party’s elite “nomenklatura.” David Satter writes:

In 1995, the Nikolo-Ugreshky Monastery, which is directly subordinated to the patriarchate, earned $350 million from the sale of alcohol. The patriarchate’s department of foreign church relations, which Kirill ran, earned $75 million from the sale of tobacco. But the patriarchate reported an annual budget in 1995-1996 of only $2 million. Kirill’s personal wealth was estimated by the Moscow News in 2006 to be $4 billion.

Such is the moral pedigree of “Patriarch” Kirill, the man who serves as Putin’s “spiritual advisor” and public photo-op prop. And we have barely touched on the full extent of Agent Mikhailov’s ill-famed rec­ord. Is this the man who will spiritually guide the new champion of a Christian world order? Many naïve Christians and conservatives apparently think so.

In his current ruse as Defender of the Faith, Putin is not only channeling Stalin, but also Lenin, that original Bolshevik persecutor of the church. Lenin was the supreme pragmatist, happily willing to use “whatever works,” and constantly at odds with rigid communist “purists” who failed to grasp the necessity of operational flexibility in the pursuit of the final objective. Thus, he was willing (temporarily), in the early 1920s to abandon “war communism” and adopt a faux market capitalism (his New Economic Policy) to attract foreign capital and stimulate the Soviet economy. Likewise, prior to taking control in Russia, he instructed fellow revolutionaries to conceal their atheist fervor, in order to win the Christian support necessary for their communist venture.

In his 1905 work, Socialism and Religion, Lenin wrote:

It would be stupid to think that, in a society based on the endless oppression and coarsening of the worker masses, religious prejudices could be dispelled by purely propaganda methods.... That is the reason why we do not and should not set forth our atheism in our Programme; that is why we do not and should not prohibit proletarians who still retain vestiges of their old prejudices from associating themselves with our Party.

Once he had consolidated sufficient power, Lenin set loose the Cheka (later to become the NKVD, then renamed as the KGB, then the FSB) to smite the religious allies who had unwittingly helped the closet atheists to take control. Putin, a lifelong Marxist-Leninist, as well as a professional Chekist, is merely recycling the lessons learned from the playbooks of Lenin and Stalin. None of Putin’s “reforms” is irreversible and his Potempkin Christianity is just that, a façade, a velvet glove that hides the iron fist of his KGB/FSB gangster state that rules the Kremlin.

By Their Fruits

Our space limitations here will not allow even a partial cataloging of Putin’s many criminal actions that eclipse his much-publicized Christian statements and moral posturing. Here are just a few items that seem to have slipped down the memory hole for those who now see him as some kind of new global moral leader:

• Assuming and exercising dictatorial powers throughout Russia, unprecedented since Stalin’s time.

• Appointing more KGB/FSB agents to government positions than at any previous time in Soviet or Russian Federation history. As reported by the BBC and other news agencies, studies show that 80 percent or more of Putin’s political appointees and administrators come from the security/intelligence agencies.

• Murdering Russian citizens through a number of FSB-run “Chechen terrorist attacks” in order to whip up public support for invading Chechnya. These crimes have been well documented in, for instance, Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State by David Satter, former Russian correspondent for the Financial Times of London and now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University; Blowing Up Russia: The Secret Plot to Bring Back KGB Terror by FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko; The Assassination of Russia, a documentary film by Jean-Charles Deniau; The Litvinenko File by BBC reporter Martin Sixsmith; Disbelief, a documentary film by Andrei Nekrasov; and The Moscow Bombings of September 1999: Examinations of Russian Terrorist Attacks at the Onset of Vladimir Putin’s Rule by Hoover Institution Senior Fellow John Dunlop.

• Invading, bombing, and occupying Chechnya, including destroying much of the country and wantonly killing many civilians, including women and children. Independent estimates of the number of civilian casualties in Chechnya range from 25,000 to 200,000.

• Restoring a bust of Lenin’s first Cheka chief, Felix Dzerzhinsky (who proclaimed, “We stand for organized terror”) to a place of honor at the notorious KGB Lubyanka headquarters, and attempting to restore a giant statue of Dzerzhinsky to its former place of honor in Moscow’s Lubyanka Square.

• Murdering Russian journalists, whistleblowers, and dissidents who are brave enough to challenge his corrupt dictatorship. Famous investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya is the most well-known example, but Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists cite dozens of additional cases and have named Putin one of the world’s top “predators” of journalists. The 2006 poison murder of FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko in Britain is well known, but less known are the cases of General Trofimov, Movladi Baysarov, opposition Duma Deputy Galina Starovoitova, co-chairman of the Liberal Russia political party Sergei Yushenkov, Kovalev Commission member Yuri Shchekochikhin, human rights attorney Stanslav Markelov, human rights activist Natalia Estemirova — and many others.

• Expanding the “soft persecution” of Christian churches and organizations that are outside of the rigid state control exercised within the Russian Orthodox Church.

Concerning the last point above, organ­izations such as the Keston Institute of Oxford, England; International Christian Concern; and others have documented that Russia’s Ministry of Justice has been using the pretext of “looking for religious extremism” to carry out illegal inspections, harassment, and suppression of Baptist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Adventist, Latter Day Saints, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and independent churches and Christian organizations. Churches other than the ROC find it difficult to get visas for priests and ministers to come to Russia, or to get permission to have meetings for Bible studies, prayer groups, and worship services.

While Putin was hailed by pro-life forces in the West for signing a law restricting advertising for abortion, Russia maintains the highest abortion rate (37.4 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44) of any country reported in United Nations data. What’s more, the government still provides free abortion service. The official number of abortions in Russia hovers around one million annually, but pro-life critics say the actual number may be several times that. The Putin government, however, does appear to be somewhat in earnest on this issue, but for practical, not moral reasons. With a falling birthrate and facing demographic implosion, Russia needs to dramatically ramp up its fertility rate to sustain any hope of futurity.

Vladimir Putin’s condemnations of the depravity of modern, anti-Christian culture have won rave reviews from Western Christians, which might lead many to think that Putin’s Russia is some exemplary redoubt of wholesome virtue. However, Russia today is every bit as degenerate (if not more so) as the fleshpots of the West. Pornography, child pornography, prostitution, child prostitution, sex trafficking of women and children, drug trafficking, drug addiction, alcoholism, suicide, homicide, and other social pathologies are rampant throughout Russia and cannot simply be blamed on the “decadent West.”

The Great Deception

Soviet KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn has proven to be one of the most accurate and prescient predictors of the great deception that we are now witnessing in Russia. In his famous book New Lies for Old, published in 1984, Golitsyn exposed the striking emphasis that the Kremlin strategists placed on conferences and coalitions aimed at using Christians to further the objective of one-world socialism. Golitsyn wrote:

The Christian Peace Conference, composed of East European church leaders, dates from the period of the formulation of the long-range policy [1958]. It has played an active part in influencing Western churches in the interests of that policy.

The Second All Christian Congress in Defense of Peace, held in Prague in June-July 1964, attracted one thousand delegates, including representatives of Buddhism and Islam as well as the Orthodox, Catholic, and the Anglican and other Protestant churches. The introductory speech was made by Gromadka of [Communist] Czechoslovakia, the president of the Christian Peace Conference.

Golitsyn further noted:

The Great Soviet Encyclopaedia recorded that by 1972 the World Council of Churches had been converted from a “pro-Western” to a “progressive” orientation in its policies on peace, disarmament, and related matters.

Patriarch Kirill and his ROC/KGB subordinates continue to effectively use the World Council of Churches as a tool for Kremlin policy. However, in recent years many new fronts have been established to further the same subversive agenda. One of the most important new organizations may be the Congress of World and Traditional Religions, headquartered in Astana, Kazakhstan, and founded by Nursultan Nazarbayev, the brutal communist dictator of Kazakhstan.

The 74-year-old Nazarbayev joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1962, and rose to become first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic and chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the SSR. Since 1991, he has ruled as “president” of Kazakhstan, one of the most repressive of the “former” Soviet states. Like Putin, he has been magically transformed into a spiritual man. But since Kazakhstan is a Muslim country, Nazarbayev discovered that he was a Muslim, of course. This also has proved helpful in placing Kazakhstan’s communist agents inside the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, “the collective voice of the Muslim world.”

Universal Phenomenon

The Nazarbayev “conversion” is not unique. Virtually anywhere one might look throughout the world today, one will find “former” communist leaders proclaiming themselves now to have converted to Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, or Hinduism. Genuine conversions of this type do occur, of course, as evidenced by the journeys of Whittaker Chambers, Maurice Malkin, Bella Dodd, Douglas Hyde, Louis Budenz, and many others. However, their breaks were clean; they didn’t cling to power or continue to push the socialist line. But in case after case, the most famous “converts” today give unmistakable evidence of having simply donned a new costume to facilitate the continuation of their same play under a different title. Here are a few of the so-called converts who still promote the Marxist-Leninist doctrine:

• Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil and “former” communist terrorist;

• Daniel Ortega, president of Nicaragua and “former” Sandinista terrorist;

• Father Miguel D’Escoto, former Sandinista foreign minister and president of the United Nations General Assembly;

• Hugo Chávez, the late dictator of Venezuela;

• Illich Ramírez Sánchez, the terrorist also known as “Carlos the Jackal”;

• Arthur Waskow, veteran Marxist of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS);

• Mehdi Chamron, a founder of communist “Red Shiism” in the United States, and now an official in the Iranian regime;

• Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the terrorist PLO and “president of Palestine”;

• Angela Merkel, “former” communist propagandist and now president of Germany; and

• Gulbadin Hekmatyar, KGB agent and Afghan warlord leader of Hezb-e-Islami.

The list goes on and on. What becomes frighteningly clear from a comprehensive study of this false “conversion” phenome­non is that Golitsyn and other “Cassandras” who recognized this as a strategic Trojan Horse were right.

So, let’s recap some key points:

• Putin is a lifelong agent (and leader) of the KGB/FSB, the communist instrument used to persecute, infiltrate, and subvert Christianity in Russia.

• Putin is following the playbooks of both Lenin and Stalin of alternately (and simultaneously) persecuting and exploiting religion.

• The KGB-run Russian Orthodox Church is Putin’s “Christian” propaganda section and Patriarch Kirill (Agent Mikhailov) is his right-hand man.

• Far from exemplifying Christian virtues, Putin is running a KGB-mafia state that employs murder, repression, and terror.

• Putin’s “conversion” fits a global pattern (Nazarbayev, Rousseff, Abbas, Ortega, Chávez, et al.) of Marxist-Leninists who are using religion to advance the same communist objectives.

KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn’s detailed study of the deceptive, gradual merging of the communist and non-communist blocs under world socialism, tragically, is proving to be all too accurate. However, Christians are called to “be wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Why then allow ourselves to be deceived by a diabolical disorientation that would put up an agent of anti-Christ communism as a new “savior” of Christendom?

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Here's A Horrifying Picture Of What Sleep Loss Will Do To You

2014-12-15 15:19:49

If you don't snooze, you lose. Skimping on sleep can wreak havoc from head to toe. In fact, one study published last year showed that just one week of sleeping fewer than six hours a night resulted in changes to more than 700 genes. That's alarming news, considering nearly half of Americans don't bank the recommended seven or more hours of shut-eye a night, according to a recent survey. Read on for the nightmare-inducing truth about what could be happening to your body when you don't get enough sleep, starting the very first night.

Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post

After one night you're...

hungrier and apt to eat more. Studies have linked short-term sleep deprivation with a propensity to load up on bigger portions, a preference for high-calorie, high-carb foods and a greater likelihood of choosing unhealthy foods while grocery shopping.

more likely to have an accident. Getting six or fewer hours of shut-eye a night triples your risk of drowsy driving-related accidents, according to the National Sleep Foundation's Drowsydriving.org. Plus, just one bad night's sleep can affect a driver's eye-steering coordination, according to research from Manchester Metropolitan University. And sleep deprivation can just make you generally more clumsy, whether you're behind the wheel or not, reports Prevention.

not looking your best -- or your most approachable. Beauty sleep is legit. A small study published last year in the journal SLEEP found that sleep deprived study participants were rated as less attractive and sadder, HuffPost reported at the time. A different study from the Medical Institutet Karolinska in Stockholm, Sweden found that exhausted people are also judged to be less approachable. And the problem only gets worse over time: Researchers have linked chronic sleep deprivation with skin aging.

more likely to catch a cold. Proper rest is one of the building blocks of a healthy immune system. In fact, one Carnegie Mellon University study found that sleeping fewer than seven hours a night was associated with a tripled risk of coming down with a cold. What's more, the Mayo Clinic explains:

During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you're under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don't get enough sleep.

losing brain tissue. A small, recent study of 15 men, published in the journal SLEEP, found that just one night of sleep deprivation was linked with signs of brain tissue loss, measured by blood levels of two brain molecules that usually increase after brain damage.

more likely to get emotional. One 2007 study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Medical School used functioning Magnetic Resonance Imaging to show that after sleep deprivation, the brain's emotional centers were more more than 60 percent more reactive. "It's almost as though, without sleep, the brain had reverted back to more primitive patterns of activity, in that it was unable to put emotional experiences into context and produce controlled, appropriate responses," senior author Matthew Walker, director of UC Berkeley's Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, said in a statement. "Emotionally, you're not on a level playing field."

less focused and having memory problems. Being exhausted zaps your focus, and can render you more forgetful (no wonder you keep misplacing your cell phone after a bad night between the sheets). On top of that, sleep is thought to be involved in the process of memory consolidation, according to Harvard, which means shortchanging it can make it more difficult to learn and retain new things.

After a while your...

stroke risk quadruples. Research presented at the SLEEP 2012 conference suggested that getting fewer than six hours a night can ratchet up stroke risk for middle- and older-aged people. "These people sleeping less than six hours had a four times increased risk of experiencing these stroke symptoms compared to their normal weight counterparts that were getting seven to eight hours," study researcher Megan Ruiter, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told HuffPost at the time.

obesity risk jumps. Not only can short-term sleep loss lead to increased caloric consumption, but multiple studies have suggested a link between chronic sleep deprivation and increased obesity risk over time. One 2012 research review from Penn State, for instance, found that sleeping fewer than six hours a night was linked with changes in levels of the appetite hormones ghrelin and leptin. Another 2012 study published in the American Journal of Human Biology showed that too little sleep was tied to changes in appetite regulation, which could trigger people to eat more. And yet another study from the University of Pennsylvania found that study participants who were sleep deprived for five nights in a row gained about two pounds, perhaps because of late night snacking.

risk of some cancers may increase. One Cancer study of 1,240 participants who underwent colonoscopies found that those who slept fewer than six hours a night had a 50 percent spike in risk of colorectal adenomas, which can turn malignant over time. Another 2012 study identified a possible link between sleep and aggressive breast cancers. Researchers have also suggested a correlation between sleep apnea and increased cancer risk of any kind.

diabetes risk goes up. A 2013 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that too little (and too much!) sleep was linked with a host of chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes. And the same 2012 study that found that sleep deprivation was linked to hormonal changes associated with obesity also found that too little sleep was tied to decreased insulin sensitivity, a diabetes risk factor.

heart disease risk increases. Chronic sleep deprivation has been associated with high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (or cholesterol-clogged arteries), heart failure and heart attack, Harvard Health Publications reports. A 2011 study from Warwick Medical School researchers found that inadequate shut-eye was tied to heart attack risk, as well as cardiovascular disorders and stroke. "If you sleep less than six hours per night and have disturbed sleep you stand a 48 percent greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease and a 15 per cent greater chance of developing or dying of a stroke," lead author Francesco Cappuccio said in a statement on the findings, which were published in the European Heart Journal. "The trend for late nights and early mornings is actually a ticking time bomb for our health so you need to act now to reduce your risk of developing these life-threatening conditions."

sperm count decreases. Besides the obvious fact that exhaustion isn't typically conducive to getting busy, skipping your Zzs can take a hit on fertility. A 2013 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology of 953 young men in Denmark found that those with high levels of sleep disturbances had a 29 percent lower concentration of sperm in their semen.

risk of death goes up. A SLEEP study evaluating 1,741 men and women over the course of 10 to 14 years found that men who slept fewer than six hours had a significant increase in mortality risk, even after adjusting for diabetes, hypertension and other factors.

This story appears in Issue 87 of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, available Friday, Feb. 7 in the iTunes App store.

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Spirulina Ice Cream Recipe {Gluten-Free, Vegan}


This spirulina ice cream recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by Miryam Quinn Doblas, Registered Dietitian (RD). Miryam inspires others with her passion for healthy eating, and shares delicious recipes on her website, Eat Good 4 Life.

This spirulina ice cream recipe is so creamy and delicious that even my kids devoured it without asking questions. I love that my family can get a protein and antioxidant boost from nourishing ingredients like spirulina, while satisfying a sweet craving. No ice cream maker required! The recipe uses coconut milk, so it’s also a perfect treat for anyone following gluten-free or vegan diets.


Spirulina is hailed as a superfood because it is truly a treasure trove of nutrients. Considered a complete protein, spirulina contains all 9 essential amino acids that our bodies need on a daily basis. These essential amino acids must be obtained through food since we cannot synthesize them ourselves. Spirulina is 55-77% protein by weight, which is even higher than that of meat or soy. A small one-ounce serving of spirulina powder provides a whopping 16 grams of protein per serving. Plus, spirulina’s cell walls have no cellulose, making it easy for our bodies to digest the protein.


Aside from being a protein powerhouse, spirulina is also rich in antioxidants, minerals and other nutrients. It’s a rare source of an essential fatty acid known as gamma linolenic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests that spirulina may help lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and regulate blood sugar levels. Spirulina is also loaded with antioxidants, the protective compounds that fight free radicals linked to heart disease and other illnesses. The powder has four times the antioxidant concentration of blueberries. It’s also a highly bioavailable source of iron: the mineral that helps the body make oxygen-rich red blood cells. A serving of spirulina provides over 40 percent of the daily recommended intake for iron.


Now that we’ve delved into the health benefits of this mighty superfood, I’d also like to mention it’s easy to add to your diet in more ways than one. This spirulina ice cream could easily be my favorite way to use it, but you can also mix the powder in smoothies, salad dressings, or even guacamole. Sprinkling ½ a teaspoon over your morning bowl of oatmeal will provide a nice health kick without affecting taste.

For a nourishing vegan ice cream treat, I used coconut milk. Rich in healthy fats and antioxidants, coconut milk is a great dairy-free alternative to the heavy cream used in traditional ice cream recipes. The lauric acid content may help boost metabolism and support the immune system. The fatty acids are also wonderful nutrients for the skin and hair. Coconut milk imparts a rich and creamy flavor to the ice cream that is irresistible.


I sprinkled the ice cream with cacao nibs right before serving for a delicious chocolate crunch. Cacao nibs are basically chocolate in its purest form, before any sugar or cream is added. That means it’s full of antioxidants and minerals like iron and magnesium. I love the natural green color the spirulina gave to the ice cream. Next time, I’ll consider adding some mint for a mint chocolate version.

If you’d like, you can also use the recipe to make ice pops instead of ice cream. Just add some nut milk to make the mixture less thick. My kids absolutely love ice pops so I always try to keep some natural frozen treats in the freezer, and this recipe would work well for making those.


I hope you get to make this unique gluten-free and vegan spirulina ice cream recipe. It is delicious, refreshing and I think everyone will be pleased with the flavor.

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Пятнистые тюлени-ларги вновь облюбовали акваторию Владивостока (ФОТО; ВИДЕО) ― Новости Владивостока на VL.ru

2014-12-15 01:01:59

Пятнистые тюлени-ларги вновь облюбовали акваторию Владивостока (ФОТО; ВИДЕО)

Сегодня, 15 декабря, с набережной Спортивной гавани можно было увидеть плавающего пятнистого тюленя. Еще пятеро его сородичей купались в районе Токаревской кошки.

Ларг можно часто встретить в Японском море, каждый год любопытные тюлени подплывают к берегу достаточно близко, и горожане могут увидеть необычных животных. Однако вблизи рассмотреть их получается нечасто – тюлени очень осторожны и при любой опасности уплывают.

В прибрежной зоне ларги добывают креветок, мелких рыб и осьминогов, которые являются важной частью их рациона.


Источник — VL.ru

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25 недорогих способов занять детей на все лето

2014-12-12 17:54:43

При­ду­мать раз­вле­че­ние для вашего ребенка — бесценный опыт. Особенно, когда это удается сделать не потратив денег.

Пред­ла­гаем вам под­борку необыч­ных, но в то же время про­стых спо­со­бов занять детей.

1. Сде­лайте из клей­кой ленты дороги для машинок.


2. Изо­ленту также можно исполь­зо­вать как аль­тер­на­тиву мел­кам.

«Рас­чер­тите» поле для клас­си­ков или любой дру­гой игры — это надолго зай­мет вашего ребенка.

3. Несколько губок для посуды и пара цвет­ных мел­ков — все, что нужно для импро­ви­зи­ро­ван­ного тур­нира по дартсу.


4. Помните бумаж­ных кукол для выре­за­ния, к кото­рым при­ла­га­лись раз­но­об­раз­ная одежда и аксес­су­ары?

Вы можете сде­лать игру в пере­оде­ва­ние немного реалистичней.


5. Взры­ва­ю­щи­еся пакеты с крас­кой пре­вра­тят дороги возле вашего дома в насто­я­щее про­из­ве­де­ние искусства.


Чтобы сде­лать цвет­ные бом­бочки, вам понадобятся:

  • пакеты с зам­ком Zip-lock;
  • куку­руз­ный крахмал;
  • пище­вой кра­си­тель или акварель;
  • уксус;
  • сода;
  • бумаж­ные поло­тенца или салфетки.

Сме­шайте крах­мал, уксус и кра­си­тель и запол­ните сме­сью пакеты на одну треть. Затем насыпьте соду в сере­дину сал­фетки и сфор­ми­руйте из нее бом­бочку. Поло­жите в пакет бом­бочку и плотно запе­ча­тайте пакет. Затем хоро­шенько встрях­ните содер­жи­мое. Пакет нач­нет взду­ваться и через несколько минут про­изой­дет взрыв, кото­рый окра­сит улицы радуж­ными красками.

6. Инте­рес­ные и кра­соч­ные рисунки полу­чатся, если рисо­вать пище­вым кра­си­те­лем на жид­ком клее.


В каче­стве «хол­ста» можно исполь­зо­вать пла­сти­ко­вые крышки от сме­таны или сыра.

7. Еще один спо­соб позна­ко­мить ребенка с твор­че­ством при помощи пузыр­ча­тых паке­тов, кра­сок и ват­мана (подой­дет и ста­рый кусок обоев):


8. Сде­лайте бре­зент для игры в мяч сво­ими руками.


Вам пона­до­бится бре­зент, веревка, нож­ницы, мар­кер и скотч.

9. Постройте башню из поре­зан­ных губок.


Это заня­тие на время успо­коит рас­шу­мев­ше­гося ребенка.

10. Сде­лайте реку из фольги и бутылки с водой.


11. При­кре­пите гильзу от бумаж­ного поло­тенца к стене.


12. Если у вас зава­лялся кусок меш­ко­вины — сде­лайте из него холст для вышивания.


Это заня­тие будет полезно для раз­ви­тия мел­кой моторики.

13. Помните, как вы рисо­вали в дет­стве палоч­ками на песке? Чтобы вос­про­из­ве­сти это заня­тие дома, исполь­зуйте коробку, запол­нен­ную саха­ром, и карандаш.

Можно рас­пе­ча­тать буквы и попро­сить ребенка пере­ри­со­вы­вать их.

14. Раз­бейте пала­точ­ный горо­док. И не забудьте раз­ве­сти «костер».


15. Сде­лайте реак­тив­ный воз­душ­ный шар.

Вам пона­до­бятся:

  • веревка или леска (около 2 метров);
  • воз­душ­ный шарик;
  • 2 стула;
  • соло­минка для коктейлей;
  • скотч;
  • нож­ницы.

Натя­ните веревку между двумя сту­льями, пред­ва­ри­тельно про­дев ее в соло­минку. Надуйте воз­душ­ный шарик (но не завя­зы­вайте) и при­кре­пите скот­чем к соло­минке. Отпус­каем шарик ... и запус­каем ракету!

16. Устройте домаш­ний тур­нир по боулингу из под­руч­ных предметов.


17. Умело при­креп­лен­ная веревка заста­вит ваших детей почув­ство­вать себя супергероями.


18. Поло­жите мыло в мик­ро­вол­новку и пода­рите вашему ребенку мыль­ное облако.


19. Устройте сорев­но­ва­ние по тен­нису с помо­щью одно­ра­зо­вых таре­лок, пало­чек от моро­же­ного и воз­душ­ного шара.


Самое глав­ное, с таким мячом вы не рис­ку­ете раз­бить фамиль­ную вазу.

20. Соору­дите «пау­тину» из клей­кой ленты.


В каче­стве сна­ря­дов можете исполь­зо­вать шарики из ста­рых газет.

21. Если поз­во­ляют габа­риты квар­тиры — пре­вра­тите лест­ницу в горку.


22. Сде­лайте радуж­ную змею из мыль­ных пузырей.


Вам пона­до­бятся:

  • пла­сти­ко­вая бутылка;
  • носок;
  • клей­кая лента;
  • пище­вые красители;
  • сред­ство для мытья посуды.

Отрежьте низ у бутылки и натя­ните носок на полу­чив­шу­юся дырку. Закре­пите носок при помощи клей­кой ленты. Кап­ните на носок пище­вым кра­си­те­лем. Сме­шайте сред­ство для мытья посуды с неболь­шим коли­че­ством воды. Оку­ните носок в эту смесь и начи­найте выду­вать радуж­ные пузыри.

23. Еще одно раз­вле­че­ние с мыль­ными пузырями.


Чтоб сде­лать гигант­ские мыль­ные пузыри, вам пона­до­бятся мыль­ный рас­твор и «наду­ва­тель­ное устрой­ство», в каче­стве кото­рого можно исполь­зо­вать гим­на­сти­че­ский обруч или две палочки с веревкой.

24. Сде­лайте игрушку-капитошку, запол­нив воз­душ­ные шарики мукой.


25. Поз­вольте вашему ребенку стать дизай­не­ром соб­ствен­ной одежды.


Автор — Алиса Склярова

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Линор Горалик: пять историй про мелкое | Colta.ru

2014-12-11 15:11:37

Линор Горалик: пять историй про мелкое

…Вот, скажем, когда будущий архитектор Т. был маленьким, папа повел его гулять по одной из центральных улиц. И вдруг архитектор Т. видит, как навстречу им марширует чернокожий человек. Идет строевым шагом, хотя одет — ну, как все тогда примерно бывали одеты. А следом за ним идут строевым шагом еще два чернокожих человека, чуть правее и чуть левее. И чувствуется, что они уже не один километр так идут. А за ними еще три. И замыкает этот клин шеренга из четырех чернокожих людей, несущих над головой транспарант, красно-белый: «Советским людям в Африке живется хорошо!» Будущий архитектор Т. сперва аж замер, а потом, когда усталый клин проплыл мимо, стал донимать папу вопросами. Папа же его, человек диссидентствующий, мог и объяснить ребенку про события в Конго — но вместо этого взял давно выработанный им для таких случаев саркастический тон и стал язвительно говорить: «Что же тут непонятного, сынок? В Африке советских людей просто обожают! Советские люди в Африке — самые желанные гости! Лучшие, сыночек, друзья!» — и так далее. И вот три дня спустя во время чтения в садике «Бармалея» будущий архитектор Т. внезапно начинает возбужденно кричать вслед за несчастным бегемотом: «Давай, Бармалей! Не жалей их, Бармалей! Скушай их, скушай!» И объясняет воспитательнице, изумленной тем, что приличный, воспитанный мальчик вдруг начинает кричать с места и вообще, что Танечка и Ванечка теперь не советские люди, потому что сбежали в Африку — так что пусть их съедят, так им и надо! Вот советским людям в Африке живется хорошо, а за этих, значит, дегенератов он, будущий октябренок, отвечать не желает, они не заслужили его патриотического сочувствия. Ну, не этими самыми словами, но что-то такое объясняет воспитательнице будущий октябренок, а впоследствии архитектор Т. И от переполняющих его эмоций ударяется в слезы. И вот вечером папа будущего архитектора Т., заставив сына три раза повторить этот самый монолог, ходит по квартире и пытается понять: неужели сарказм?.. Неужели сарказм?.. И почему-то эта мысль, вполне, казалось бы, социально верная, приводит его в леденящий ужас.

…Вот, скажем, когда будущий оптометрист Ю. был маленьким, он, как и многие дети, ел мел. И сколько ему ни давали кальция, того, сего — он продолжал есть мел. И тогда его мама стала покупать мел, долго-долго растирать, смешивать со сливочным маслом и мазать ребенку на бутерброды. И потом тоже всегда поступала аналогичным образом, и все у них прекрасно.

…Вот, скажем, когда будущий герпетолог Л. был маленьким, все, кто его знал, не сомневались, что он вырастет большим ученым — вдумчивым, самоотверженным и глубоким. Родителей интересовало только одно (такие уж времена были, дуальные): гуманитарий или естественник? Физик или лирик? Споры на эту тему стали своего рода семейным спортом: мальчика же надо развивать в правильном направлении, то-се. И вдруг будущий герпетолог Л. сильно увлекся русалками. Рисовал их, книжки какие-то выискивал — словом, много о них думал. Это настолько сбивало прицел семейным спортсменам, что в какой-то момент они не выдержали. «Милый, ты же будущий ученый, — сказала взволнованная бабушка. — Неужели ты веришь в русалок?» «Я не верю в русалок как в явление, но верю в них как в событие», — задумчиво сказал будущий герпетолог Л. Бабушка вернулась на кухню и тихо сказала: «Что вырастет, то вырастет». И дальше будущего герпетолога Л. никак не развивали, он сам отлично всех развивал.

…Вот, скажем, когда дочка литератора К. была еще совсем-совсем маленькой, все знали, что ее появлению на свет сопутствовала своеобразная гендерная история: ее биологическая мама раньше жила как мальчик — по имени, скажем, Ганс — и дальше тоже собиралась жить как мальчик. Так что у ребенка получился еще один папа, который вдобавок биологическая мама. И никого эта история не смущала, кроме немолодой мамы литератора К. «Сыночек, — говорила она, — ну что же это такое? Как же так можно, сыночек? Я, наверное, старомодный человек, но как же так можно? Я все понимаю, уж кем человек себя чувствует, тем и чувствует, но почему же Гансом? Это же такое фашистское имя. Может, мне его можно называть, скажем, Гришей? Или, скажем, Гошей?..»

…Вот, скажем, когда будущий филолог А. была маленькой, папа и мама пошли с ней гулять по Амстердаму, в том числе — по кварталу красных фонарей (не затрудняя ребенка, понятно, лишними объяснениями). Там было очень нарядно, в больших окнах сидели женщины в красивом белье и махали маленькой А. и ее родителям рукой, а те махали в ответ, и маленькая А. сказала: «Я поняла: эти женщины сидят здесь, чтобы делать людям хорошо!» Мама маленькой А., психотерапевт по профессии, решила заработать несколько баллов к репутации и сказала, что ее работа тоже так устроена. Маленькая А. смерила маму взглядом и сказала не без презрения: «Мама, я не знаю, что ты там с ними делаешь, но я слышала, как они плачут!» «Может, им так нравится», — растерянно сказала мама, на что будущий филолог А. твердо ответила: «Я уверена, что эти женщины так себя не ведут».

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Праздник живота: кот объел владивостокский магазин на 60 тысяч рублей/Вести FM

2014-12-11 08:24:46

Праздник живота: кот объел владивостокский магазин на 60 тысяч рублей

Кот пообедал в аэропорту Владивостока морепродуктами примерно на 60 тысяч рублей. Как прожорливое животное пробралось в охлаждающую витрину с деликатесами - сотрудники магазина понять не могут. Этот вопрос сейчас выясняет санэпидемиологическая служба региона. В холодильнике провели дезинфекцию, продукцию утилизировали, а хозяева магазина подсчитывают убытки. Подробности истории - у корреспондента "Вестей ФМ" Марины Костюкевич.

Кальмары, осьминоги, крабы, рыба самых разных сортов - все это изобилие неожиданно оказалось в распоряжении рыжего пушистого кота. Не веря своему счастью, животное с жадностью поглощало все деликатесы. Что не успевал пробовать - надкусывал и облизывал. Такую картину застали покупатели магазина "Рыбный островок" в аэропорту Владивостока. Сначала опешили, а потом начли снимать на видео и комментировать.

В момент съемки наглый зверь лакомился кальмаром горячего копчения и сушеной камбалой. Люди, собравшиеся вокруг, кажется, его ничуть не смущали. Возможно, животное понимало, что ТАКОЕ бывает раз в жизни, и наслаждалась моментом. Трапезу прервали сотрудники магазина. Объевшееся животное выпустили и начали подсчитывать убытки. В среднем котик объел "Рыбный островок" на 60 тысяч рублей.

Конечно, всю продукцию, что была в витрине, пришлось утилизировать, а в холодильнике провели дезинфекцию и санобработку. Хозяйка торговой точки с горечью замечает, что незваный гость серьезно подорвал бюджет заведения. Сотрудники теперь боятся - как бы животное, узнав дорогу, не стало наведываться в магазинчик. Но как рыжий ворюга смог попасть в магазин, да и вообще в терминал аэропорта - остается загадкой. В пресс-службе аэропорта напоминают, что "в связи с требованиями по соблюдению безопасности полетов содержание животных в терминале запрещено".

Возможно, кота выпустили или потеряли пассажиры. Но еще большая загадка - как животное попало внутрь витрины с деликатесами: торговая точка полностью закрывается рольставнями, холодильные витрины также должны закрываться. Службы аэропорта указывают, что именно магазин должен обеспечивать безопасность. В торговых точках терминала, возможно, последуют проверки.

Единственным в этой ситуации утешением для хозяев "Райского островка" может служить то, что кот подтвердил: их деликатесы - качественные. Ведь, как известно, коты не едят плохую продукцию.