Australia Calls Up 3,000 Army Reservists to Assist Firefighters

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Australia is calling up thousands of Army Reservists to help fight the fires, (while Trump sends thousands of troops to the Middle East)

What a strange understatement for a title.
From VOA News:
Australia Experiencing An Exceptional Wildfire Season
By VOA News January 04, 2020 07:45 AM
Wildfires are burning out of control in southeastern Australia.

Thousands of people have already fled their homes but some have waited too long.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has advised those who have not evacuated areas at risk that, “It is too late to leave.  Seek shelter as the fire approaches.”

Late Saturday evening, Victoria had 14 fires rated at emergency or evacuation warning levels, while New South Wales, home to more than 100  fires, had 11 emergency fires.

CNN reported that fire officials said Saturday three fires combined overnight in Victoria and are now larger than Manhattan in New…

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Parrots: Not Just Smart, Also Selfless


A series of new experiments has demonstrated that in addition to cleverness, African grey parrots have social intelligence making them the ‘humans of the bird world’.

Study #1 overview

Researchers trained the parrots in a new study to exchange metal tokens for treats. The parrots were then placed into paired compartments with a little opening between them. Only one bird had tokens, but only the other bird could reach the treats. From the very first trial, the parrots with tokens gave them away, even though they got nothing in return.

“They were quite intrinsically motivated to help another.”

–Dr. Désirée Brucks, cognitive biologist, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany

The parrots are the first non-mammals observed helping each other in this way, suggesting other animals have evolved the ability to act selflessly.  Scientists call this kind of helpful behavior prosocial.

Study #2 overview

Another in…

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One Step Closer To Freedom

Depression medication Mirtazapine recalled for mislabelled strength
FOX43 NewsroomOne lot of the depression medication called Mirtazapine has been recalled due to a labelling error. Tablets in affected lots may be twice as strong as labelled.The FDA recall notice dated Dec. 31, 2019 says bottles labeled Mirtazapine 7.5 mg may actually contain 15 mg tablets. Taking a higher dose of the medication than expected may increase a person’s risk of sedation, agitation, increased reflexes, tremor, sweating, dilated pupils, gastrointestinal distress, nausea and constipation, among other symptoms. Elderly individuals or those operating motor vehicles are at risk of falling or getting into accidents due to the increased sedation risk.Mirtazapine is a medication used for the treatment of major depressive disorder. The lot number for both the 7.5 mg tablets and the 15 mg tablets is 03119002A3 and the drugs expire in March of 2022.Aurobindo Pharma, which produces the tablets, has notified distributors, which are encouraged to return the bottles to place of purchase.Individuals who use the medication should contact their healthcare provider if they experience any problems that may be linked to the drug. Those with further questions can call 1-888-504-2014 or email

The Justice System is a Joke!!!