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The Barbaric, Shameful And Cowardly Act Of Lynching (Graphic Photo)


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Not  too long ago, the world was shocked and appalled by the photo/video of the lynching and burning to death of a young boy In Lagos, Nigeria. Several local and international news outlet(s) reported this barbaric act. There were confusion and speculation about the age of the boy and the nature of the crime he had committed. However, one thing stood out; This was a barbaric, inhuman and despicable act, irrespective of the age, gender of the individual or  nature of crime committed.

Apparently, this horrible crime of lynching was carried out by self-righteous human beings of different religious affiliation(s). The zest and almost sadistic pleasure with which it was perpetuated indicts the society we have become. A society in which people succumb to the base desire to inflict pain on another human being and also relish the experience. A society that does not hesitate to cast the first stone even though the alleged crime pales in comparison with crimes  that has been committed by some of those who carried out the lynching.

Lynching and burning in Nigeria has always existed. For a time there was a lull. However, we are beginning to see a rise in the number of cases . Apart from the fact that this is a disdainful act, irrespective of the nature of the alleged crime,  there is the chance innocent people could be caught up. It could also be used as a means of exerting revenge on an enemy by raising force alarm/ accusation. A case that fits such dreadful consequence of mob action is the four young, University of Port  Harcourt students who were lynched and then burnt to death in Port Harcourt a few years ago after they were mistaken for cultists. The pain caused these families and the loss and indictment to our society can never be reversed. It is hard to even conceive that a human being would have no qualms about killing another human being; persistently torture him, slowly assault him, watch him bleed, burn while his life ebbs away. It is hard to  comprehend the depth  of this abyss we have fallen into.

Without trying to get too religious, Let us take an example from the Bible. A group of self-righteous Jews tried to stone a woman to death for allegedly committing adultery but Jesus Christ  responded to them;  “ Let him that have no sin, be the first to cast a stone!”.These were amazing words, more than 2000 years ago,  coming from a unique being. Words that should set a standard and criteria for us when we struggle against our conscience to yield to our base instinct’s  to participate in any act that the generality of people around us may have sanctioned.

The hypocrisy of our society is epic. We turn a blind eye to our past, current leaders and politician’s who have stolen( and continue to steal) millions of dollars from us. This wicked action has resulted in the terrible and harsh economic situation Nigerians experience today; No jobs, poor infrastructure and disenfranchised young men with no hope or means of survival. Thus pushing young people,  like the young man who was lynched, to do desperate things.

Ironically, our society excuses the rogue politician,  makes him the Chairman/woman of our social functions, Deacons of our churches, patrons of our clubs, godfathers of our kids, while we condemn  young men and women to death, all victims of the act of the rogue politicians whom we have come to love, heartily praise and lavishly approbate.

The shame full way we adore corrupt politicians, sing their praises and aspire to be like them while we lynch and burn the young men whose behavior  are a result of the deeds of this politicians, puts us at a level far below any civilized society.

I want to explicitly make it clear that I do not in any way subscribe to the extra-judicial punishment of any human being; Not even our greedy criminal politician and past leaders. I am only showing the disparity  in  judgment when we deal/ relate with people at different niche in  our society

Those who participated,  those who stood by and did nothing, those who enjoyed the “show” or gave approval by their silent nod, and also many reading this piece and condemning me would love to delude themselves that what was carried out that day and in every lynching case wasn’t murder. However, deep thinking would invariably make it glaringly and sadly clear that what was perpetrated that day wasn’t justice. It was murder by a group of self-righteous hypocrites.

According to Wikipedia, Lynching is the practice of MURDERING, resulting from extrajudicial mob action.

No matter how it is spun, lynching in any glorified depiction whatsoever is murder. Murder is a mortal sin regardless of your religious or non-religious bias. No one has the right to take another man’s life except for the extreme case of self-defense. The believe that the killing of another human being by one person or a group of people is justifiable for any reason shows how reluctant man is to develop his higher instincts.

How can these killings be justified? Some argue and rationalize these actions by saying extrajudicial action is the only way to cleanse the society of miscreants. Others say the police are so corrupt that it is useless taking this alleged criminals to  them as they would be out on bail in no time.  They placard their conscience with these half-hearted excuse, but the truth is irrefutable;  they have taken part in murder or, at the very least,  applauded the act directly or indirectly. No excuse, no matter how seemingly logical, can justify such despicable act. There is always an alternative moral way to deal with the problem of crime. Lynching is not the way. It debases us and sets us back to pre-historic  times, that is, not even considering the spiritual implication of such a mortal sin

While  protagonist of these cowardly act can argue, justify and bask in the false believe that they have done nothing wrong, one thing is sure;  those who participated in this dastardly act, those who stood by and gave silent nods, those who watched in bemused  elation and those who  sat behind their computer, tv screen, or mobile devices and gave direct or indirect endorsement to this great  evil,  are all  guilty of  the mortal sin of murder and would invariably  pay for it in varying degree depending on extent of participation. This is an in-escapable fate.

 

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Growing Evidence Points to a Specific Diet That Can Starve Cancer Cells of Their Prime Fuels


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Every organism on this Earth requires food to create energy in order to live and reproduce. Food is the fuel that keeps our bodies driving down the road. All of the energy, genetic instruction, and structural and regulating materials for your terrain come from nutrients. Simply put, food and the nutrients obtained from it are required to sustain life. When nutrient levels become deficient, symptoms (such as headaches, fatigue, weight gain, aches and pains) will be followed by disease. Low vitamin D causes rickets, low vitamin C causes scurvy, low folate in a mother results in spina bifida in the child. Without food, we die in approximately 40 to 180 days (this depends on a person’s body weight; some obese people have survived and remained healthy without food for over five months!). With the right foods, we can heal. It’s time to start giving credit where credit is due: Certain foods and dietary habits have kept us alive for 2.6 million years. Deep nutrition, a metabolic approach, is the answer to cancer. And where Western medicine is trying to isolate the active forms of food to create synthetic versions able to be patented, we recommend the whole foods and dietary practices, such as fasting, that have sustained us for millennia. Yes, not eating is powerful medicine. All foods contain more than one active ingredient, and we strongly believe in the therapeutic power of synergies.

When sugar, processed grains, soda, preservatives, additives, trans fats, synthetic oils, pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified corn and soy, and junk food are replaced with organic, wild, and fermented vegetables, bone marrow and organ meats, healthy fats, specific herbs, and adequate hydration, the terrain shifts in a matter of days. We’ve seen it happen—and tested it—hundreds of times during our multiday cancer retreats over the years. Epigenetic markers change, blood sugar levels decline, immune systems are fortified, hormones balance, digestion improves, toxins are removed, and fogs of depression are lifted. When stress, endocrine and sleep disruptors, and environmental and emotional toxins are removed and replaced with peace, purpose, nutrients, nontoxic products, rest, exercise, and healthy relationships, the body becomes incredibly resilient. All these elements are powerful enough to affect DNA, and that’s good medicine. Cancer doesn’t like that.

You’ve heard it before, but it is true: You are what you eat. But of course we take things further: “We are not just what we eat, but what our food eats.” When it comes to deeply nutritious foods, the quality of the soil where the food was grown is also essential. When animals are fed toxic diets they become toxic to eat. If you feed animals antibiotics, hormones, and genetically modified grains and legumes, they go from being healthy to four-legged Superfund sites—not to mention propelling antibiotic resistance. The treatment approach we lay out in our book dives deep into food quality and also bio-individuality. There is not, cannot, and should not be a one-size-fits-all diet all the time. What you eat needs to change with the seasons, for example, and is largely based on what your genetics can tell us. We look at many nutrigenomic factors (meaning, how our genes affect our foods and vice versa).

We subscribe to the metabolic theory of cancer—the proven fact that cancer cells are fueled by sugar and that altered mitochondrial metabolism is the ultimate cause of cancer. In fact, a December 2016 meta-analysis research paper assessed more than two hundred studies conducted between 1934 and 2016 and concluded that the most important difference between normal cells and cancer cells is how they respire, or create energy. Cancer cells use a primitive process of fermentation to inefficiently convert glucose from carbohydrates into energy needed to sustain their rapid growth. But the most important finding is that fatty acids (dietary fats) cannot be fermented by cancer cells, which makes a ketogenic diet the most powerful dietary approach to cancer identified to date. And thanks to more than a hundred years of research by the physicians and scientists Otto Warburg, Thomas Seyfried, Dominic D’Agostino, and Valter D. Longo, as well as a rising number of others, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that low-glycemic, ketogenic diets and intermittent fasting should be an integral part of an effective anticancer diet program.

We realize there are many people who are drawn to what we are talking about and others who are not. Our approach aims to empower people. Sadly, many cancer patients spend more time looking at a new car than at their grocery list. Using diet to prevent and manage cancer requires engagement, and that is not always easy. Conventional medicine, on the other hand, allows the patient to be passive—the doctor performs surgery or administers chemotherapy, and the patient just waits for the test results. In the conventional model the healing, and ultimately the trust, lie with the doctor. We believe, however, and have seen over and over in our practices, that true healing occurs when the patient is an active participant in the healing process. Our process is for those who are motivated to take charge of their health and willing to make lifestyle changes. It’s about getting to know yourself, and maybe changing things you never thought possible. It’s about asking questions, and not shying away from answers. It’s about undoing the notion that you are a victim of cancer and you have no control over the process. Because you do.

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Can Man Live a Good Moral Life without Religion?


Can Man Live a Good Moral Life without Religion?

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Why is Continuous Electrical Power for all Still an Elusive Reality in Nigeria


Why is Continuous  Electrical Power  for all Still an  Elusive  Reality in Nigeria

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Why Do Nigerian Politicians Change Parties So easily?


Nigerian  Politicians, unlike their American or European Counterparts, tend to move from one Political party to the other without any ideological consideration. Obviously for Monetary gains. Why don't they have any ideological conviction?

Any Insightful thoughts on this?

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If You Don't Use WhatsApp — or Even if You Do — Here are Some Things to Know About it.


Minutes Before the London terror attacker carried out the deadly rampage near Westminster Bridge, he used this app to communicate with an unknown contact. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has more Buzz60

The assailant involved in last week's London terror attacks that killed four and wounded dozens more reportedly used WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned, encrypted messaging service.

Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she wants WhatsApp and other messaging services to make these platforms more accessible to authorities in cases like the London attack.

“We need to make sure that organizations like WhatsApp — and there are plenty of others like that — don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other,” she said in interviews Sunday. In a statement, WhatsApp said they were "horrified" by the attack and were "cooperating with law enforcement as they continue their investigations."

Because the app features encrypted messaging, officials are unable to access attacker Khalid Masood's last message or its recipient.

London terror attacker used WhatsApp, the encrypted messaging app, before rampage

If you don't use WhatsApp — or even if you do — here are some things to know about it.

It's a very popular messaging app owned by Facebook

More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp, created in 2009 as an alternative to text messaging. According to a May 2016 report from research firm SimilarWeb, WhatsApp is the top chat app in 109 countries, including Brazil, India, and the United Kingdom. Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 to make a bigger play in the rapidly-growing messaging market, along with its own Messenger platform. At the time the deal was announced, WhatsApp had 450 million users worldwide.

WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption

While Apple was fighting the FBI last year over unlocking an iPhone used by assailants in the San Bernardino, Calif., attacks, WhatsApp rolled out end-to-end encryption. All messages sent through the platform are secured in a way that only the sender and the recipient can view the message. According to WhatsApp, not even they can hack their platform to view the message. Several other platforms including Apple's iMessage and Signal also use end-to-end encryption.

It also uses two-factor authentication

Like many other services such as Google and Facebook, WhatsApp uses two-factor verification, rolled out earlier this year. When enabled, a user must type in a second passcode — often a numeric code sent to the user's phone via text message — to access their account. If, say, a hacker were to gain access to a user's credentials, they would still need that second passcode to view the account or messages.

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8 Sources Of Strength Powerful Enough To Overcome The Fears Holding You Back


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To avoid failure, acknowledge and compensate for your weaknesses. To achieve great success, discover and build on your strengths.

What are your powers? Few of us are focused on what our powers are, let alone practicing or leading from those aspects of ourselves. Most of us lead overcompensating for our perceived weaknesses. Leading from insecurity makes us work harder but not necessarily smarter, or with any sense of joy. In overcompensating for our perceived insecurities, we hit burnout quicker, are more anxious, and find work more taxing. Everything in life has threads of fear in it, so we may as well learn to find the strengths which lay beneath them.

1. KNOWLEDGE.

Knowledge is the strength underneath the fear of not having confidence. Knowledge is power. It is difficult to feel comfortable when we lack the knowledge necessary to make us versatile and flexible in our daily challenges. Without knowledge we function from a weaker position, especially when in the throes of conflict or negotiation. Preparation and knowledge naturally endow us with more confidence. If we lack the information we need it is important to humble ourselves to saying, “I don’t know,” and learn. We can go back to the drawing board, fill in the missing pieces, so as to avoid being in the weaker position going forward.

When in the fear of insecurity, gather the knowledge necessary to lead from a place power.

2. OPENNESS.

Openness is the strength below our fears of change. Having knowledge is essential for success, but we must not allow ourselves to become so fixed or rigid in our thinking that we come to view our knowledge as the only correct knowledge. Being open is a strength which makes us more likeable and approachable to others. When we are open we are perceived as easier to work with. Rigid thinking and its subsequent limits overcompensate for our fears of change. We falsely believe if we know it all that we are somehow impermeable. However, closemindedness and/or rigid rules do not make our egos any less fragile. No one likes a know-it-all.

When facing fears of change, lead from the strength of open curiosity.

3. PATIENCE.

Patience is the strength that lies beneath the fear of the unknown. Impatience is a reaction to living in the grey area of uncertain results. To overcompensate for this fear we tend to become reactive, causing us to make less than stellar decisions. These impulsive decisions most often push our desired results further away from us. In practicing patience, we develop the strength and emotional resilience to let things take their natural course. Being patient makes us smarter. A little space helps us to forecast our current situation beyond our initial emotional reactions. When we learn to wait, solutions come without us having to chase them.

When facing fears of uncertainty, lead from the strength of choosing to waiting well.

4. BOLDNESS.

Boldness is the strength which lies beneath the fear of conflict. Many of us cower under conflict. When under siege we hear our instincts telling us what to do, but because we become overwhelmed with the projected negative consequences acting strongly could bring, we don’t allow ourselves to step into our boldness. We can choose to be bold, fair, in our power and to trust that the consequences of our actions will only help propel our success forward, and deepen our sense of self-confidence. A simple fact; unless we say what we want, we won’t get what we want.

When in the fear of conflict, lead from the strength to rise to the occasion.

5. ALLOW.

Allowing is the strength that lies beneath the fear of not having control. Often times we’re so fear based that we overcompensate for this fear with being controlling. To find a deeper sense of strength allow people to be who they are, allow situations to be what they are, and allow yourself to be who you are, without self-recrimination. Allowing is a tremendous power because it keeps the flow of things open and resistance at bay. It is amazing what develops when we allow things to manifest in their own way and own timing. When we allow the process of success to have its own life, we make succeeding look easy.

When consumed with the fear of not having control, lead from the strength of dropping the rope.

6. COURAGE.

Courage is the strength which lives below our fears of failure. Courage trumps fear. Whenever we feel paralyzed with fear, courage is about the last thing we believe we can tune into or utilize. Fear has two waves; the first is shock. When we’re in shock, courage cannot come. Shock is short lived, however. Once shock passes, our minds begin to unscramble allowing us to think clearly and efficiently. We begin to see a path or paths to our solution, and are able to approach our problem with an adrenalized and focused readiness. This is the birth of courage. Courage isn’t something we have, it is something we do. Believe it or not, we often perform best when under pressure.

When in the fear of failing, lead from the courage to take action.

7. QUIET.

Quiet is the power beneath the fear of not being good enough. When we feel nervous, the natural tendency is to talk too much. Nervous talking is not success-driven communication, and in reality the more we talk, the more insecure we get, and unfortunately, the more we keep talking. In a social world dominated by extroversion, the strength of being quiet is one many never utilize or study. When we are quiet we present as attentive and calm. People want and need to be heard and understood, so when facing insecurities of not being good enough, learn to listen. When people feel heard they become interested in the listener. Security doesn’t need volume; it speaks for itself.

When facing fears of not feeling not good enough, lead from the strength of being quietly present.

8. MINDFULNESS.

Mindfulness is the strength which lies below feelings of emergency. Fear is a power all unto itself because fear is a fuel. Whenever we’re in fear we move into action to remove the fear as quickly as possible. The reason fear causes so many problems is because it makes us reactive. To make fear our greatest strength, we must use it to practice mindfulness. When in a state of emergency fear makes us acutely aware of what is going on and if we can stay calm, as Captain Sully did when landing the plane in the Hudson River, we too will have more clarity on the front lines of our own critical decisions.

When under the fear of a pressured situation, lead from the strength of attunement to the moment.

When we lead from our strengths, we become more confident and successful. We are able to move with a certain grace through our troubles where we are impacted by them, but not flattened by them. To lead from our strengths we must use challenges as tests of our character. We can choose to rise to our occasions and go against our biological programing to naturally regress under stress. Having this type of composure takes practice and awareness, but if we’re going to practice anything this year, why not let it be leading from our strengths?

 

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Leave Of Absence Letter From A "Protective" Wife


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Letter sent by a Wife to her employer after her husband "mistakenly" too Viagara for headache medication. Did she have a genuine reason to be worried? Lets Weigh in on it.

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10 Chinese Food You Should Be Wary Of


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We all love Chinese food: Chicken Chaomin, Fried Rice and BBQ Chicken, Chicken fried Rice, Noddles soup, e.t c. The salty and sometimes sugery tease to our taste bud, so imppossible to resist! But Wait! Watch this video and you would definitely begin to have a change of mind or at the very least, be more wary when you order that tanlizing, mouth watering Chinese cuisine.
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Online Scams To Watch Out For


Cheque overpayment scam

This is a scam where a buyer, a prospective tenant or even an employer will send you a cheque that is worth more than the value of the items/rent/job. Once you have received the cheque they will then ask you for the surplus amount to be returned to them, or even to a third party. Sometimes they request this money be sent back in order to ‘pay for shipping’, or for another reason. The cheque will clear into your bank account initially, however, a few weeks later it will be refused. Then, once it has been refused, the bank or building society will take back the full cheque amount out of your account, which will leave you without both the cheque money and any money that you passed on to make up the difference.

People requesting to use money transfer services like MoneyGram or Western Union
These services are only intended to be used between friends or family members, so if a stranger is suggesting them to you, you should be wary. Scammers and fraudsters will try and trick people into the use of these services. Sometimes they will do this by asking you to prove that you have funds by transferring money to a friend using one of these services. Then they will ask you to show them the receipt. All they need is the tracking number from your receipt and they will be able to collect your money with ease.

Payment protection offers
If you receive any emails that are claiming to be from well known sites, and are offering you buyer protection or an online payment system then you should be wary. These can be fake and are known as ‘spoof’ or ‘phishing’ emails. If you do receive an email from a company offering you a payment or protection service, you should always go directly to the company’s website to look for details of the service.

419 scams
These are very easily avoided, as they are obvious scams. You will get an email that asks for your help to take money out of a country. They will tell you that you will be paid a commission for your help and eventually, they will ask you for money to help them take their large amount of money out of the selected country. Once you pay them, you will never hear from them again.

Brokerage and importing payments
If a seller is claiming that there are brokerage fees and import duties or any other similar fees to be paid, make sure that you don’t pay them. If you do pay these, then there is a large chance that you may never get the product you have ordered and you will lose any money you have paid.

Emails asking for your personal details (log in details, passwords, credit card details etc)
If you receive any emails from any  company, asking you to reply or follow a link handing over any personal information, do not do what it says. These emails are a scam and are another example of ‘spoof’ or ‘phishing’ emails. If you receive any emails that are urgently requesting you to send over any information, you should be very wary. Scammers can easily fake web-pages to make their emails look more authentic.

Avoid fake escrow sites
If a buyer or seller, or anyone else with whom you need to make a transaction, suggests using an escrow service to complete the handing over of money, be very wary. These sites, though they may look official, are mostly run by fraudsters who will take your money, and won’t send you the product.

Fake working from home opportunities
When receiving an offer to work from home you will need to be very careful as a lot of these are fronts for money laundering. You should avoid any working from home opportunity that involves you receiving cheques and cashing them as payment. You should also avoid any ‘jobs’ that don’t require a face to face interview. Other working from home scams can involve pyramid schemes. 

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Men's Attitude To Fatherhood Influences Child Behaviour, Says study


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Preteen behavioural problems less likely in children with confident fathers who embrace parenthood, suggest researchers

Children of confident fathers who embrace parenthood are less likely to show behavioural problems before their teenage years, researchers have found.

A new study suggests that a man’s attitudes towards fatherhood soon after his child’s birth, as well as his feelings of security as a father and partner, are more important than his involvement in childcare and household chores when it came to influencing a child’s later behaviour.

“It is the emotional connection and the emotional response to actually being a parent that matters enormously in relation to later outcomes for children,” said Maggie Redshaw, a developmental and health psychologist at the University of Oxford and co-author of the research.

Writing in the journal BMJ Open, Redshaw and colleagues at the University of Oxford describe how they explored the influence of fathers on the behaviour of their offspring by analysing data from the Avon longitudinal study of parents and children – a large-scale UK study that followed the health and development of thousands of children born in the early 1990s.

The study asked parents to complete questionnaires at various points in their child’s life. Among the surveys, mothers were asked to assess their child’s behaviour at nine and 11 years, with questions probing a variety of issues including the child’s attitudes towards other children, their tendency to restlessness, whether they were willing to share toys and their confidence in unfamiliar situations.

Fathers, meanwhile, were asked to complete questionnaires on their approach and feelings towards parenting both eight weeks and eight months after their child’s birth, with questions including how often they helped with housework, how confident they felt as a parent, and whether they enjoyed spending time with the baby. Answers were given on scales, and then totted up. 

Looking at the results for more than 6,300 children who lived with both parents at least until eight months old, the researchers found that children whose fathers were more confident about being a parent, and who were more emotionally positive about the role, were less likely to show behavioural difficulties by the ages of nine and 11. By contrast, the degree to which a father engaged with chores around the home or activities with their child apparently had no such influence.

Examining the fathers’ scores for emotional responses to their babies, taking into account factors such as the child’s gender, family size and socioeconomic status, it was found that for every point the scores increased above the average, the relative chance of the child having signs of behavioural problems decreased by 14%, and 11% at ages nine and 11 respectively. Similarly, for every point increase beyond the average in the fathers’ sense of security in parenting, the relative likelihoods of the child having behavioural problems were 13%, and 11% lower by ages nine and 11, respectively.

While the authors admit that study relied on self-reporting, and that attitudes to parenting might have changed over the years, Redshaw says the work highlights the impact of how parents feel about their roles on child development. “It is part of the approach that early experience matters and it matters from the point of view of both parents,” she said.

Iryna Culpin of the University of Bristol, who was not involved in the study, agrees. “Traditionally, research on child development has been focused on mothers, their parenting and mental health, while fathers’ role is often overlooked,” she said. The findings that fathers’ perception of their role and their 

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4 Ways Founders Destroy Their Startups With Poor Marketing


It’s no secret that startups are fragile entities and that a lot of things have to go the right way in order for them to survive and thrive. At the core of every startup, there has to be a superior product or service that people will adore and pay for. But there are lot of little things that can’t be ignored if you want to enjoy startup success.

Every startup owner needs to be aware of the fact that promoting their new enterprise is an essential part of their new reality. Without proper marketing, a startup will find it excruciatingly difficult to stand out among the competition and make a name for itself. 

Unfortunately, there is still a relatively large number of startup owners who decide to cut corners on their marketing efforts, putting their new ventures in jeopardy and often lead to their closing down. Check out a few things startup founders do that leads to their downfalls:

Ignoring the Numbers

Marketing is not homework. Marketing is not something you do because other people are doing it. Marketing is something you do in order to increase your sales and make more money. It’s as simple as that. Unfortunately, many a startup owner will see marketing as more of an art and less of a science.

In order for marketing to be effective, you simply have to determine which metrics matter to you. You have to start judging the success of your marketing efforts according to those metrics. This is especially true for certain modern marketing tactics, which are often “valued” according to metrics that will do little for your startup.

Not Being Consistent

People often think that marketing campaigns that last a couple of months can do wonders for them. This often happens once startup owners realize their sales aren’t where they thought they would be and that they are simply not attracting new customers quickly enough. In such situations, they reach for marketing and they think that a slapped-together two –month campaign will save them. But it won’t.

Doing startup marketing in bursts is simply not a good idea. Marketing a startup should start with creating a brand with all its intricacies, doing some digital marketing, and even taking advantage of the more affordable traditional marketing.. These things take time and trying to rush it will get you nowhere.

Underutilizing Your Website

Many startups have a tendency to present themselves as the next big thing. Often times, a way to do this is by featuring a website that looks like it came from the future – spectacularly innovative and impossibly beautiful to look at. Unfortunately, such websites are often excruciatingly slow to load and they convert poorly because of the emphasis on the looks. A startup’s website is more than just a pretty façade. A startup’s website is where they can share their story with a bit of blogging and  can turn visitors into customers by boosting their conversion rate.

In addition to this, many startup owners think that the job is done by simply getting their website online. It’s not. Luckily, there are innumerable places to promote one’s website and a savvy startup owner will at least consider them.

Leaving It To The Wrong People

Perhaps the biggest mistake startups make when doing marketing is letting the wrong people do it. Often, the owner or one of the very few early employees will take it on themselves to do it. As their regular tasks pile up, they tend to rush it, resulting in a big, fat nothing.

Another option is to hire an intern of some kind, usually a 15-year old who speaks solely in hashtags and whose idea of social life boils down to followers. Sure, they are able to post a gazillion Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram posts every three minutes, but they know little to nothing about actually attracting customers or influencing the bottom line in any noticeable way.

Marketing is not something people dabble in. It is a profession. There are schools for it. People hone their skills for years for a reason. Do not underestimate it.

 

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Ethiopian Beauties: Take Your Pick!


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Ethiopian Beauties: Take Your Pick!

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Pre-Wedding Photos Of Alhaji Indimi’s Son And Fatima Sheriff


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Son of Maiduguiri billionaire Alhaji Mohammed Indimi and Fatima, niece of former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff will be getting married on January 14th, 2017.

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These Simple 5 Strategies Can Help You Remember Things You Learn.


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Our brains are incredible landscapes that medical science is just beginning to understand. They are made up of a vast territory of firing neurons bathed in chemicals that enable us to inhabit our bodies with authority and purpose.

As humans, we exercise the most powerful machine of recall on the planet, with a memory capacity that far exceeds any modern-day hard drive. When faced with the challenge of assimilating new information, the human brain goes through a specific method of cognitive processing. All input is stored initially in short-term memory, but this piece of our processing is like a small bucket, constantly overflowing and losing facts under a deluge of information and sensation.

Studies indicate short-term memory can hold up to 7 items for only twenty seconds at a time. Extensive research into learning strategies in the past few decades have enabled scientists to identify a few methods that ensure your brain will hold onto and remember the factual items you process. Most of the following are simple methods that you can use independently or combine to improve your ability to learn and retain important information.

Strategy 1: Write It Down

This method, confirmed by a Princeton study in 2014, is based on the research that indicates our brains are much more likely to remember information that we physically write down as opposed to simple auditory processing or even typing electronic notes.

Because the physical act of writing utilizes different areas of the brain, it gives our memories more points of reference when we seek to recall that information. The tactile sensation of pushing against the paper is an important component of this strategy, as well as the speed in which we are able to take written notes. Scientists found that the slower pace of writing required students to reorganize information in smaller, shorter phrases that proved to be advantageous over electronic note takers, who were more likely to produce notes verbatim, but also less likely to remember the increasing amount of detail.

Strategy 2: Use Mnemonics

This is a strategy that has risen in popularity in recent years and studies have supported its ability to increase memory performance. Mnemonics involve consolidating a larger piece of information or a complex idea into a simpler phrase or sentence, where key points of the concept are usually represented by a corresponding letter that begins the first word of the idea being recalled.

For instance, a mnemonic for the scientific method might be ” Quick (Q= Question) Rabbits (R=Research) Hover (H=Hypothesis) Everywhere (E=Experiment) Chewing (C=Collect Data) Giant (G=Graph/Analyze Data) Cabbages (C=Conclusion).” The Center for Research on Learning reports that students who employed this method before exams received test grades that increased from an average of 51 percent to 85 percent.

Strategy 3: Create Visual Organizers

Teachers have long noted the appeal of this method, specifically for younger learners. The use of visual imagery in note taking has the ability to cement ideas in the brain that enable the memory to work more easily off association, like a kind of shorthand. This mind mapping, if done well, can create a vast web of concepts tied to a particular image in the learner’s mind and is effective for those who are more active learners. It also, by default, utilizes the same tactile sensations as the strategy of producing notes by hand and can even employ mnemonics as an additional advantage for recall.

Strategy 4: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

While the effectiveness of this method has been under fire in recent years, it is still a preferred strategy for many learners. The brain is more likely to remember information it sees repeatedly. But there are a few ways to enhance this fairly simple tactic, including auditory methods like repetitive songs or chants that utilize mnemonics or an approach called spaced repetition.

Spaced repetition, championed by language learning icon Paul Pimsleur, involves repeating exposure to information at increasingly longer intervals of time. Initially, when seeking to learn something, it helps to repeat frequently. But as time goes on, spacing the repetition out a few hours and then a few days between can result in better recall over longer periods of time. It’s like endurance conditioning for your memory.

Strategy 5: Get Some Sleep

You’ve probably seen the research that suggests sleep is necessary to cement our memories and keep the integrity of information we learn intact. While we rest, our brains are quietly categorizing a vast trove of items in our memories, sorting and prioritizing so that information can be pulled up with ease when the need arises.

A study in Germany in 2011 suggested that our ability to learn information is enhanced directly before we sleep. To take advantage of this method, try to read and review notes immediately before drifting off. Our minds have a habit of holding onto the last thing we do or see before sleep and this phenomena can work in your favor when seeking to learn something new.

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10 Magic Nutrients For Building A Strong Immune System


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What you eat is important for maintaining a healthy body. In this world of processed foods, would you know that you are getting all the right nutrients from the foods you eat? Here are my top 10 magic nutrients you need for a healthy body and mind by building a strong foundation from the foods you eat.

1. Protein

Never underestimate the power of protein. This nutrient deserves to be at the top of the list. It assists in building a strong immune system in the body. It is often referred to as the “building block of life” because the body needs it to repair and maintain itself every day. Sources include meat, chicken, fish, eggs, legumes, milk, cheese and yogurt.

2. Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids

Do not ditch the fats, these are super important. Omega-3s are especially needed by the body (as opposed to the Omega-6 that is plentiful in most people’s diets). ALA, DHA and EPA are the most common omega-3 fatty acids and they help the body create cells, regulate the nervous system, strengthen the circulatory system, build immunity and assist with absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A,D, E and K.

Food sources include oily fish such as salmon and fresh tuna (not canned), nuts (especially walnuts), flax seeds (also referred to as linseeds) and, wait for it, leafy green vegetables!

3. Water

Yes, this is one of the most important nutrients that is often overlooked. It is required for digestion, absorption and transportation of nutrients, elimination of waste products and hormonal harmony. Water accounts for 50-80% of your body weight, depending on the amount of muscle mass.

4. Fibre

When we think of fibre we think of bowel motions. Fibre is most defiantly needed for proper functioning of the gut and is associated with reducing the risk of chronic ailments such as heart disease and Type II diabetes. Excellent sources of fibre include oat bran, psyllium husks, nuts, seeds, lentils, fruits such as papaya and apples, and vegetables such as carrots and broccoli. Insoluble fibre is found in wheat bran, cabbage, leafy green vegetables and whole grains.

5. Carbohydrates

The carbohydrates I am referring to are not the processed variety but your basic fruits and vegetables in the form nature provided them. Try and eat more vegetables in their raw form or slightly steam to retain their nutrients. There are some exceptions such as tomatoes where the lycopene is more readily available to the body once it is heated.

6. Complex B-Vitamins

The main role of B vitamins is to help the body utilise the energy provided by fat, carbohydrate and protein. B vitamins are found abundant in leafy vegetables and dairy foods.

7. Vitamin C

This water-soluble antioxidant is required for growth and repair of tissues and is vital in the making of collagen which is the base for cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Vitamin C enhances the absorption of non-haem iron (found in plant proteins) and helps heal wounds. Best sources are citrus fruits such as lemons and limes, ginger, tomatoes, and berries.

8. B12

I know, I have already discussed the B vitamins, but B12 needs a heading of its own. This vitamin is vital for producing healthy red blood cells and formation of DNA. Some people may be deficient in the intrinsic factor which helps with absorption of B12 from the gut. Sources include red meats, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy.

9. Iron

Iron and blood production go hand in hand. Around 70% of the body’s iron is found in the red blood cells (haemoglobin) and muscle cells (myoglobin). If you are tired and exhausted, you may be deficient in iron as it is the haemoglobin that is responsible for the movement of oxygen from the lungs to all cells of the body. Great sources of iron include red meat, tuna, eggs, poultry, salmon and legumes.

10. Calcium

Absolutely crucial for healthy teeth and bones as well as nerves and muscles. Sources include dairy, leafy green vegetables, sardines, mussels, salmon and figs.

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New Plane Design Could Fly From The UK To New York In 20 Minutes !


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How great would it be if you could travel to the other side of the Atlantic in the same amount of time it takes you to get to work in the morning? While this sounds like the stuff dreams are made of, those dreams might just become reality soon thanks to the invention of the new 'Antipode' plane, which professes to be capable of transporting passengers from London to New York in TWENTY MINUTES.

But the rocket jet could seriously achieve such a feat. As METRO reports, the plane would travel at supersonic speeds after take off, which would probably feel more like blast off, and would ultimately reach an acceleration of a staggering 24 times the speed of sound.

The brains behind the invention is Canadian designer Charles Bombardier. He explained it would work using the concept 'long penetration mode' (get your mind out of the gutter) to channel air super speedily via a nozzle on its nose, meaning it could travel at 18,264 miles per hour. That's a casual ten times faster than the Concorde flew.

Before you have images of being blasted into space, the jet only flies at 40,000 feet - not dissimilar to the current commercial planes we're used to.

While this sounds great and all, if it does ever make it to the mainstream market, it's going to be expensive. The aircraft will apparently only seat 10 people, so you can probably imagine how much one of those places would cost. 

Looks like the future could be here sooner than we thought, then?

 

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Do Men Really Satisfy Women In Bed?


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Do men really satisfy women in bed?

A Popular and controversial Ghanaian marriage Counselor, George Lutterodt says the answer is  a : " Big No!"  

George Lutherordt stated that no man can brag about satisfying any woman sexually on this earth.

According to him, women try to massage the ego of men by moaning and groaning uncontrollably during sexual intercourse pretending to be enjoying it whereas they are not really satisfied. And that most women have acquired properties due to their moaning skills.

He observed that most men are deceived into believing that they are good in bed when their partners moan excitedly, that the male organ is the most disgraceful organ in the human anatomy.

The firebrand Counselor while speaking with host of Abusua FM’s Drive Ike-Da Unpredictable,said:

‘No man can satisfy any woman sexually on this earth, they thank you  they say is appreciation for your time wasted. She is fanning your ego to let you know that you are counted among the lot. There are differences in the way we have the excitement, satisfaction and the pretenses. Most of the moaning all are lies. Men are vulnerable sexually, the male organ is the most vulnerable organ in the world and is so disgraceful. Every hole you place it in, it’s happy. It appreciates and responds to every vagina.

It’s very disgraceful, unlike the vagina which has eyes and mouth, the penis has only mouth and no eyes that's  why every erection needs direction. If you have an erection, it needs direction. So any man who does not ejaculate needs to be examined, it’s a serious disorder and needs a counselor to manage him,’ he said.

What do you readers  think?

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8 Metabolism Secrets That Help You Burn Calories


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It’s no wonder metabolism is a subject of fascination and speculation: The process that turns food into fuel powers all that we do. “Even when you’re sleeping, your body requires energy for things like breathing and repairing cell damage,” says Donald Hensrud, MD, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. The number of calories you need to perform such basic functions is called your resting metabolic rate (RMR)—and it can affect everything from your waistline to your energy level. Read on to learn how to keep your metabolism revved so your body is operating at just the right speed. 

                                         DIETING CAN LOWER YOUR METABOLISM

“Whenever you cut calories, your metabolism slows down, often by more than you’d expect,” says Kevin Hall, PhD, an obesity researcher at the National Institutes of Health. Studies have found that formerly obese people have a 3 to 5 percent lower RMR than people who’ve never had to lose weight. But such a drastic slowdown isn’t inevitable. Other research has shown that regular exercise can counteract the effect. And a gradual weight-loss strategy can help keep your metabolism humming. A good rule of thumb: Reduce caloric intake by no more than 500 calories a day, and torch roughly the same number through exercise. A 1,000-calorie daily deficit should help you lose about 2 pounds a week.

                                      CHRONIC STRESS SLOWS YOUR BURN

Wigged-out and gaining weight? No, it’s not in your head (unfortunately). Research suggests that when you’re totally frazzled, your metabolism stalls. One reason: Chronic stress stimulates the production of betatrophin, a protein that inhibits an enzyme needed to break down fat, per a University of Florida study. Other research found that women who experienced a stressful event the day before eating a single high-fat meal burned 104 fewer calories over the seven hours following the meal than their more chillaxed counterparts. “The stressed women also had higher insulin levels, which contributes to fat storage,” says study author Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD, a professor at The Ohio State University. These effects could lead to a gain of 11 pounds a year, she says.

                                  INTERMITTENT FASTING MAY HELP

For the most part, experts have advised against cleanses and other trendy fasts. But research now shows that alternate-day fasting—which entails eating without restriction one day, then consuming about 500 calories the next—can trigger weight loss without mucking up your metabolism. Women who followed this plan for eight weeks lost an average of 13 pounds, according to a study from the University of Illinois at Chicago. “When we compared the change in their resting metabolic rate to that of subjects who lost weight by consuming 25 percent fewer calories overall, we didn’t see any differences between the two groups,” says study author Krista Varady, PhD.

What’s more, after the first few days, most of the women in the alternate-day fasting group didn’t report feeling hungry. But Dr. Hensrud cautions that further research is needed to determine the long-term effects of this strategy. If you’re tempted to try it, do so under a doctor’s supervision.

                                LIFT WEIGHTS THE RIGHT WAY

There’s no question that strength training is a good way to combat the drop in metabolism that comes with age. But new research suggests that when you’re lifting weights, the ideal strategy is to go slowly. Resting for two to three minutes between sets may actually promote more muscle growth than a shorter rest interval, according to a U.K. study published this year. “The most important thing is to just do it, two or three times a week,” stresses Pamela Peeke, MD, author of Body-for-LIFE for Women

                                               PROTEIN IS KEY

You’ve probably heard that the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn. And you know protein is essential for muscle growth; it helps prevent the breakdown of muscle tissue that happens as you get older and when you cut calories, says Caroline Cederquist, MD, an obesity specialist in Naples, Fla., and the author of The MD Factor Diet. But the trick, she adds, is to divide your intake evenly throughout the day. “You can utilize only 4 to 6 ounces of protein at a time. If you consume more than that at one sitting, it will get stored as fat.”

Research backs up her advice: A 2014 study found that people who took in 30 grams of protein at each meal had 25 percent better muscle protein synthesis than those who ate 90 grams in a day in irregular portions (10 at breakfast, 15 at lunch and 65 at dinner). As for the best sources of the nutrient, study author Emily Arentson-Lantz, PhD, a scientist at University of Texas Medical Branch, suggests lean meats, seafood, legumes, eggs, dairy and nuts.

                                 YOU CAN BLAST CALORIES ALL DAY LONG

6 A.M.: Work out. You can melt up to 20 percent more body fat by exercising in the morning on an empty stomach, according to a 2013 U.K. study.

7:30 A.M.: Have the right smoothie. Swiss research found that folks who consumed whey protein at breakfast burned more calories throughout the morning than folks who ate a high-carb meal.

11 A.M.: Refill your water bottle. In a German study, drinking 17 ounces of H2O increased metabolic rate by about 30 percent for more than an hour.

1 P.M.: Add some sweet red peppers to your salad. They contain a metabolism-boosting chemical called dihydrocapsiate.

3 P.M.: Take a call on your headset and go for a walk. Small bursts of activity like this can torch up to 350 calories a day, found Mayo Clinic researchers.

7 P.M.: Turn off your iPad before dinner. Exposure to blue-enriched light (the kind emitted by electronic devices) during the evening meal increases insulin resistance, according to a 2016 Northwestern Medicine study.

7:15 P.M.: Enjoy some carbs. A 2014 study showed that people who saved most of their daily carbs for nighttime burned more calories after lunch than those who ate their carbs early on.

9 P.M.: Turn down the heat. Sleeping in colder temps ramps up your body’s production of brown fat, a type that burns calories, per a study in the journal Diabetes.

             CERTAIN HEALTH PROBLEMS CAN AFFECT YOUR METABOLISM

Thyroid disorders: An overactive thyroid (called hyperthyroidism) can cause your metabolism to speed into overdrive, while an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can make it slow to a crawl. Fortunately, both conditions can be controlled with medication.

Prediabetes: This condition elevates insulin levels, which inhibits fat metabolism, explains Dr. Cederquist. But lifestyle measures such as exercise and a low-glycemic diet can help repair metabolism.

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: Neither condition affects metabolism directly, but both can make exercise painful—and not exercising enough can lead to muscle loss and a drop in metabolism, explains Dr. Cederquist.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: Women with this hormonal imbalance are at higher risk of developing insulin resistance, which can in turn impact metabolism. Possible treatments include birth control pills to regulate hormone levels and the diabetes drug metformin.

 

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Are God And Chance Compatible?


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It has long been the unquestioned assumption of many religious believers that the God who created the world also acts in it. Until recent scientific discoveries, few challenged the idea of how exactly God interacts with the world. With the introduction of Newtonian science and quantum theory, we now know much more about how the world works, and the mode of God’s action has become a serious question for believers.

Many may believe God and chance must be seen as mutually exclusive. It is not uncommon to hear that “ascribing anything to ‘chance’ rules out God’s action.” This does not mean, of course, that believers constitute a homogeneous group whose views can be neatly summarized. There is a good deal of variety in their thinking, which has surrounded this topic in the past and there is a considerable overlap. Some very ancient views persist to this day, and new theological arguments have emerged to explain how God interacts in a world in which chance seems to exist. Nevertheless, it is possible to roughly trace a progression by which believers have struggled to accept the existence of both God and chance.

The first challenge occurred with the rise of Newtonian science. This made it appear that the world was a lawful place in which things happened in a predictable way. Rocks fell back to the ground when raised and the heavens changed in a predictable way – not at the whim of fate or fortune. It was certainly true that many things appeared to happen outside this regular regime and hence ideas of magic, luck and such things continued to thrive.

At this point, believers faced a fork in the road. The first fork provided no challenge to orthodoxy. It supposed that God acted alongside the laws of nature. This posed no problem to the believer because a God who had created and maintained the world could surely modify it by special acts as circumstances required. The second fork became what is called deism. This gave priority to regularity and supposed that the world was, indeed, a grand machine with which God did not or chose not to interfere.

One has to question: does that leave any space for God to act? How then, can he exert any influence on it at all? How can evil exist in a world created by an all loving God?

The second challenge to the Christian conception of God came when science moved into the world of very small things at the quantum level. It then became possible to account for what happened on the macro scale by referring to minute and apparently random happenings on a scale so small that it defied imagination. If our appearance on the scene was an accident, then God appeared to have been squeezed out, leaving the field to chance. Chance seemed to set God in opposition to nature. Faced with this dilemma, Christians, in particular, have taken three lines of argument.

One was to maintain the traditional line by arguing that God is, indeed, in control of everything – including quantum events. That means that he directs the path of every single sub-atomic particle with a view to achieving his will. This is obviously a gargantuan task involving trillions upon trillions of events. However, if God is viewed as being far larger and more complex that we can imagine – as he is in this context – this task seems feasible. From this traditional Christian viewpoint, the fact that many happenings are apparently contrary to the intention of God poses no problem. This issue can be circumnavigated by the idea that the appearances can be misleading. If we were only able to see things from God’s perspective, on a grand scale, things might look different. Short term problems can vanish when seen through God’s eye, from a broad enough perspective.

A second approach to addressing the theological dilemma of God and chance is to accept most of the scientific picture of the world, and suppose that God acts in a sophisticated way, by only directly changing certain critical events. Thus, for example, he might have kept evolution on course by intervening only at the crucial points necessary to ensure that humans appeared as the end-product.

A third approach is to take the evidence of science at face-value and accept that chance is not apparent but real. This obviously means that God created the world as we find it, and evil and suffering are an integral part of it. One has to question: does that leave any space for God to act? How then can he exert any influence on it at all? How can evil exist in a world created by an all loving God? The obvious, and perhaps the only, answer is through people – either individually or collectively. This view gives to humans a key role, assuming that they are not deterministic robots but agents in the creative process. Agents in the creative process have the option to choose between good and evil; good being God, and evil which can be viewed be the absence of God, as some scholars have argued.

As mentioned in a previous article, unpredictability is an all-pervasive part of life, and it contributes much to the excitement and interest of living. From games of chance, where the outcomes depend on the throw of a die or the shuffling of a pack of cards, to the choice of ends in a football match, chance contributes much to the richness and enjoyment of life. This may well be a mimicking of God’s ongoing creative activity on the cosmic scale.

Original Artical from: David Bartholomew

 

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