To Fight Malnutrition, These African Nuns Grow Protein-Rich Spirulina Behind Their Health Clinic

One of the nuns spoke to the photographer with glimmering eyes, saying, “None of our babies die anymore, we have a huge success with this.”

In the war-torn city of Bangui, Central African Republic, a mission of Catholic nuns are fighting malnutrition in one of the most innovative ways possible: by growing a bounty of vitamin and protein-rich spirulina in the backyard behind their health center.

Credit: Sebastian Rich

Nuns at the St. Joseph Health Center have seen some of the worst side effects from war between Muslim groups and Christians in the crumbling capitol city of Bangui. Since 2012, thousands of lives have been lost, and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced from their homes due to conflict between the religious groups.

According to Sister Margherita Floris, who has been the driving force of the medical center for more than 20 years, one of the saddest effects of the conflict has been malnutrition.

Below she cradles a child who has found refuge and security at St. Josephs Health Center.

Credit: Sebastian Rich

Sebastian Rich was the brave photographer who ventured into the war-ravaged territory of Central African Republic to capture the innovative deeds being carried out by nuns at the St. Joseph Health Center. In conversation with the photographer, Sister Margherita said the number of children being treated for acute malnutrition in Bangui “is so so many, too many, I can’t count, but we try to do our very best.”

The sisters who reside at the health center serve women and children with pre and post-natal care. They do their best to alleviate the suffering of children with acute malnutrition, but due to lack of supplies, have had to literally taken matters into their own hands.

Instead of waiting for high protein supplements from the NGOs to arrive, which more often than not don’t because they get held up due to security issues across the country, the nuns grow protein and vitamin-rich blue-green algae in their own backyard.

Credit: Sebastian Rich

The sisters first learned of the benefits spirulina might offer to those they aid when a French pharmacist passed through a few years ago and gifted them the formula and the technical skills to grow the blue-green algae behind their center.

Though the U.S.’s National Institutes of Health reports that early research on the use of this type of algae to aid malnutrition in infants and children has been mixed, undernourished children who were given spirulina with a combination of other food gained weight. For this reason and others, the sisters did not hold back on begging and borrowing supplies from the local community to single-handedly build the concrete tanks that would eventually grow the algae.

And their effort has been met with incredible results. Sister Margherita spoke to Rich with a sparkle in her eye, saying, “none of our babies die anymore, we have a huge success with this.”

Credit: Sebastian Rich

Because Spirulina contains all of the essential amino acids, plus minerals like iron, it is a great protein source to be utilized by all people, and especially grown and harvested in rural locations with minimal supplies and/or nutritious food. More communities in third-world countries could most definitely thrive if such as source of beneficial nutrition was invested in by organizations seeking to do good.

According to the United Nations, more children will die in CAR from malnutrition and related diseases than from bullets. Death from malnutrition is even more deadly in the rainy season because diarrhea and malaria are then at their peak. Sadly, it is estimated that 28,000 children in CAR will suffer from acute malnutrition this year alone.

Credit: Sebastian Rich

The sisters of St. Joseph are helping to reduce this shocking statistic, however, and will hopefully inspire other health centers in rural and urban locations to follow suit as the world progresses.

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Latest Windows 7/8/8.1 Updates Spy on you like Windows 10


Windows 10 has been installed by more than 50 million users worldwide, yet, it remains a little known fact that Windows 10 operating system captures and reports user data back to Microsoft servers.

Due to this, many loyal Windows users are unhappy with Windows 10 spying capabilities, and have chosen to instead stick with Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. However, the latest updates Microsoft has been pushing to Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users could change everything for the privacy conscious.

Microsoft’s latest updates named, KB3075249 and KB3080149, are responsible for reporting user data back to Microsoft servers.

KB3075249 adds telemetry points to consent.exe running in Windows 7 and the 8.1 operating system versions. Microsoft’s support page describes the two updates as:

  • KB3075249 – “This update adds telemetry points to the User Account Control (UAC) feature to collect information on elevations that come from low integrity levels.”
  • KB3080149 – “This package updates the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. This service provides benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.”

Simply put, if these updates are installed on any Windows machines, they will snoop on you and report data back to Microsoft servers just as Windows 10 does by default. Once the updates are installed, the machine is no more private than a Windows 10 machine as it reports swaths of personal data right back to the company.

Windows 7/8/8.1 Snooping Updates Don’t Stop There

There is little to no news regarding the updates, however, tech forums are enraged about the company’s spying habits. Users throughout various forums have reported users should avoid the following updates from Microsoft:

  • KB3035583– According to Microsoft, this update enables “additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available”.
  • KB2952664 – Labeled a compatibility upgrade for upgrading Windows 7, its purpose is to “make improvements to the current operating system in order to ease the upgrade experience to the latest version of Windows”.
  • KB2976978 – A compatibility update for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 which “performs diagnostics on the Windows system [..] to determine whether compatibility issues may be encountered when the latest Windows operating system is installed.
  • KB3021917 – Does the same as KB2976978 but on Windows 7.
  • KB3044374 – This update for Windows 8.1 enables systems to upgrade from the current operating system to a later version of Windows.
  • KB2990214 – Does the same as KB3044374 but on Windows 7.
  • KB30223

If you enjoy your privacy and have stuck to an earlier Windows version to avoid Microsoft’s data collection abuse, we highly recommend you avoid the updates mentioned above. But how do you know if any of the following updates were installed on your machine? Easy!

How to Uninstall the Privacy Violating Updates

To check if any of the following updates are installed on your system, you can:

  1. Click the Windows Start Menu on the bottom left, type in CMD and hit enter
  2. Type powershell and hit enter
  3. Run the following command to check whether or not an update is installed: get-hotfix -id KB3035583
  4. If you wish to speed things up you can run multiple checks in a single command like this: get-hotfix -id KB3035583,KB2952664,KB2976978,KB3021917,KB3044374,KB2990214,KB3022345

If no update is found, the command prompt may bring up some red text with an error, don’t worry though, it’s simply stating no update with that label exists. However, if an update is found, it should display some information such as description, ID and the date it was installed.

If you wish to remove any of the updates you can follow the steps below to remove these privacy violating updates in Windows 7/8/8.1 (we cannot be help responsible if anything happens to your system during any of these processes):

  1. Once again click the Windows Start Menu, type CMD and hit enter. If you are still in powershell from the previous commands, type exit to leave.
  2. Execute the following command to uninstall any desired patches and change the end numbers to uninstall different updates: wusa /uninstall /kb:2952664

A full list of updates that can spy on you was listed on SevenForums, with users claiming the following should not be installed:
KB2876229 (if you want Skype then install it), KB2923545, KB2970228, KB3035583, KB2990214, KB3021917, KB3068708 , KB2592687, KB2660075, KB2506928, KB2952664 x2, KB3050265, KB2726535, KB2994023, KB3022345 (replaced by KB3068708 Telemetry), KB3022345 (caused false sfc result), KB2545698 (IE9), KB3065987, KB3080149 and KB3075249, however this list has not yet been independently verified.

To ensure your system stays safe from these spying updates, be sure to check the status code before installing any updates. If you notice any of the above, simply right click the update, and select hide this update. Be careful though, they may reappear after a reboot.

Who is Stealing IMF Loans to Ukraine?

If only these wealthy oligarch pawns use their power for good and help their own ppl.

Futurist Trendcast

Latest news re oligarch and criminal Kolomoysky, who is now in the US.

Apparently, Kolomoysky appropriated 1.8 billion dollars from the IMF transfer, which was to hold the Ukrainian economy afloat, and that money were traced to his account in Cyprus. The original article in German:

Lada says:

Incidentally, The last I’ve heard Kolomoysky is back at his estate in Switzerland.

Ukraine oligarch, country’s raider No. 1 and former governor of Dnepropetrovsk, Kolomoysky holds 3 citizenships: Ukrainian, Israeli and Cyprus. When asked how he could hold 3 citizenships if it was illegal, he replied: “By law, two citizenships are illegal in Ukraine, but not three.”

It’s not surprising Kolomoysky would be implicated in the disappearance of the IMF loans. But there is much more to the story.

Kolomoysky controls the largest, and at this point almost the only, Ukrainian bank…

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freedom from fear

The old slogan by Timothy Leary applies, “Turn on, tune in, drop out”.
I’m glad you found clarity of mind once more.

“Turn on” meant go within to activate your neural and genetic equipment. Become sensitive to the many and various levels of consciousness and the specific triggers that engage them. Drugs were one way to accomplish this end. “Tune in” meant interact harmoniously with the world around you – externalize, materialize, express your new internal perspectives. “Drop out” suggested an active, selective, graceful process of detachment from involuntary or unconscious commitments. “Drop Out” meant self-reliance, a discovery of one’s singularity, a commitment to mobility, choice, and change. Unhappily my explanations of this sequence of personal development were often misinterpreted to mean “Get stoned and abandon all constructive activity”.

♪Going to California (Live at Georgia Theatre)

Can you feel it? 🙂

Dave Rawlings Machine performs “Going To California” (By Led Zeppelin) live at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Ga. Dave Rawlings Machine is comprised of Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Willie Watson (Old Crowe Medicine Show), and Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers).

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