Presidential Candidate Wants to Build Giant Wall Between USA and Canada

politicianIn a recent story reported by MSN.com, Canada somehow got dragged into the controversial immigrant debate when Republican contender Scott Walker from Wisconsin brought up the idea in an interview during his campaigning for the upcoming presidential election of the United States. Apparently Walker thought raising a giant wall along the northern border was a splendid concept, claiming that people first had approached him with the idea in New Hampshire. The group, which included some folks from law-enforcement, was deeply concerned about the state of border security. Not the southern border, mind you, but the U.S./Canadian one. Walker told NBC’s Meet the Press reporter that it’s a legitimate issue for his party to look into.

The presidential candidate then quickly moved on to discuss the escalating situation in the Middle East, the boosting of military resources and the importance of national security. The Canadian wall didn’t make the cut when the interview was edited but was later posted on NBC’s website. The debate touching the Mexican border is an inflammatory political issue in the race, leaving the Canadian border out of the spotlight most of the time. Most candidates from both sides of the argument tend not to focus too heavily on our neighbors to the north, and the question is only occasionally brought to the table by political commentators.

Politico Magazine recently published an article named, “Fear Canada: The Real Terrorist Threat Next Door”, although as usual it was Mexico that had to bear the brunt of the burden, especially after a Republican stated that ISIL supporters use the Rio Grande to gain access to the States. Walker himself has often jumped on the bandwagon, vowing to fight off any terrorists coming up from the south. This coincides with primary leader, Donald Trump’s stand on deporting more than 11 million illegal immigrants before building the Great Wall of Trump across the border. It was in this context that a reporter posed the question: “Why Mexico and not Canada?”. It’s a valid question. After all, why wouldn’t terrorists choose to enter the U.S. from the north, when the south is under so much scrutiny?

Walker replied that while the south is of greater concern, he certainly wasn’t oblivious to the danger of an unguarded northern border and that if the option presented itself, he would certainly build a 5000 mile-long wall up there too.

This might make Canada a little nervous, as more than one-third of its GDP comes from the relatively open trade with its neighbor. Canada’s defense minister, Jason Kennedy, responded to Walker’s statement by saying Canada would do everything in its power to protect what he called one of the largest bilateral trade relationships in the history of modern economics, and that severe security measures were already under way, to avoid any giant walls along the 49th parallel.

“We will naturally vigorously oppose any tightening of the border,” Kennedy told an interviewer at an Ottawa news conference.

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Scottish Scientist Discovers Local Wormhole

estateThere are many stories of individuals who end up being lost in space and time, or people who can transcend the space-time continuum and travel to both the past and the future. Most of the time you find them in sci-fi books, comics or shows and movies. But there have been a few noteworthy phenomenon happening in real life too. It can be quite unsettling and outright disturbing once you go beyond the veil of normality and descend into the unknown. Let’s be real, how much do we really know about how our reality works? There are many things our scientific methods cannot fully explain or comprehend.

This case is one of them.

It happened in 1933, when prominent and well-respected Scottish astronomer Dr. Derek Langton was attending a meeting at one of his local colleagues and close friends, Lord Edward Gibson, at his family estate on Thanet Isle. Lord Gibson had been quite ill for a period of time and Langton was regularly visiting his friend out of concern for his health. On the day in question, the scientist was walking up the steps of the estate’s driveway to get a better view of its surroundings. The driveway itself was curved, and ended in a small access area to a country road, with a large hedge running along its side.

Langton was studying the scenery while pondering the condition of his friend, when he suddenly noticed the hedge was gone. There was no fog and it was in the middle of the day. The hedge had simply disappeared. Bewildered he looked further down the road, only to discover that the road had vanished as well. In its place was an unpaved path of muddy ground. He then saw a man walking up the path towards the estate’s front yard. The man was dressed in what seemed to be late 17th century clothing – breeches, riding boots, a smeared coat and a high hat from that time period. On his back was slung an old flintlock rifle. The stunned astronomer continued to observe the stranger until their gazes met, at which point the strangely attired newcomer stopped. The man appeared to be just as surprised as Langton, as he acted like he did not fully understand what he was looking at.

In an attempt to orient himself to the situation, Langton briefly turned around to see if the estate of Lord Gibson was still behind him. Sure enough, there it was. But as he turned back, the man was simply gone and so was the path he had been walking on. The familiar scene of the driveway and its accompanying hedge had returned. Langton returned to the house and told his ailing friend about his strange experience that seemed to be a glimpse into local past history. Gibson confirmed that it wasn’t the first time visitors had been through unexplained events on the grounds. The surroundings of the estate appears to be the focal point of a localized wormhole in time and space. The story of the respected scientist gained quite a reputation and since then, several other renowned people have come forward with similar tales when visiting the Isle.

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Thousands of People Signed Up to Give Poop to Transplant Program for Money

lab30-year-old lab assistant Brent needs to go number 2 and bad. But he doesn’t. Instead he jumps in his car, passing several restrooms on the way, and drives 45 minutes down the road to a special men’s rooms facility set up by a research division at MIT. Brent puts a collection bucket inside the bowl and takes care of business. When the deed is all done, he seals the bucket with a lid, places it in a bag and hands it over to the receptionist at the laboratory next door, where Brent’s smelly offspring is weighed and studied. All in all, Brent has supplied the lab with more than 12 pounds of feces in less than three months. Enough crap to give the scientists the ability to treat more than 150 people suffering from C. difficile, an internal infection that affects over 500 000 thousand Americans every year.

Not only is Brent helping the sick, he’s also making money from his donations. The researchers pay him more than 40 dollar for a sample. Brent’s deposits have netted him a healthy 1500 cash, or somewhere thereabouts. The laboratory has more than 20 active donors on their payroll, but it’s not easy to get on the list. To get accepted each person need to pass a clinical assessment, with many factors that would deem then unfit for poop donation. Only about 3% of the applicants pass the screenings, which makes Brent one of the lucky few.

“Turns out my donations are pretty much close to perfection”, the donor says with a proud smile on his face.

What makes Brent’s leavings so different from others?

A person has around 100 trillion living bacteria inside the stomach. Some are needed and some are just bad for business. C. difficile is one of the bad guys. Without treatment the bacteria will grow unchecked and spread to the rest of your body, making you sick. The healthy bacteria in Brent’s guts can prevent this spreading through what is called a fecal transplant. The treatment can be performed via rectal insertion or through a tube in the patient’s nose. Hospitals can buy fecal transplants for 400 bucks a piece, and Brent and the other donors have together helped create over 5000 treatments that have been administrated to more than 300 clinics all over the country. The treatment has a 90% success rate.

OpenBiome’s poop donors have created about 5,000 treatments, and the organization says the results have been stunning. Stinky human waste is an astonishingly simple cure: 90% of the patients get better. Until the samples are distributed, they sit in a cryogenic freezer, alive and well at a temperature of -110 degrees. The donors are welcome to pay their little ones a visit if they like.

“They look like little bottles of frozen chocolate milkshakes!”, Brent laughs as he studies his deposits.

The lab assistant claims he didn’t sign up to be a donor for the financial perks. Pooping for a wage is no doubt easy money, but according to Brent it’s helping the suffering patients that matters the most.

Are you interested in signing up like Brent did? You may have to wait a long time. Over 5000 people have put their names on the waiting list with about 50 people being interviewed and screened every week. You’ll most likely have better luck to get into MIT than to be accepted as one of their poop donors.

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