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NFL thugs who never took a civics class

They missed their civics lessons

Their behavior is divisive.  Grandstanding to attract attention, whether it’s the end zone or the side lines, thugs who are good at football need better parenting by their owners.

Their behavior is not noble – it’s not for the good of all – it’s grandstanding under the flag of personal cause.

Their behaviour has contributed nothing but created divisiveness.  Sure, it’s a personal cause, as if bringing further attention to it will change human nature and weed out the bad actors within the police force.

Fixing problems within the thousands of independent police departments is a block-by-block problem.  Neither president nor congress can wave a magic wand or write paper law that will change things – although in the simple mind of a football player it could be so.

Taking-a-knee would be more appropriate to a cause bigger than all, yet common to all of us – such as the victims of 911.

The NFL prohibits players from dancing over and mocking fallen opponents.  Players used to behave in that disgusting manner.  The NFL reacted by prohibiting it.  It’s time the NFL took action regarding the players actions on the side lines.  Either show respect or stay home.

 

Tattoo nanoparticles travel inside the body

Scientists have long known that organic tattoo pigments travel to the lymph nodes because visual evidence shows the lymph nodes taking on the color of the tattoo.

Most tattoo inks contain organic pigments.  However, a chemical analysis had not been done until now.  The additions of preservatives and contaminants in ink revealed the presence of  nickel, chromium, manganese or cobalt.

In a first of it’s kind study,  “Scientists have discovered that micro and nanoparticles from tattoos can travel inside the body and reach the lymph nodes” according to a UPI report.

The study reports that they “were able to prove the presence of several toxic elements, such as Cr and Ni, derived from tattooing”.  However, the report  could not determine if other contamination sources may have contributed to the presence of toxic elements.

 

Sperm count dropping in western world

As published in Scientific American:  LONDON (Reuters) – Sperm counts in men from America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have dropped by more than 50 percent in less than 40 years, researchers said on Tuesday.

They also said the rate of decline is not slowing. Both findings — in a meta-analysis bringing together various studies — pointed to a potential decline in male health and fertility.

“This study is an urgent wake-up call for researchers and health authorities around the world to investigate the causes of the sharp ongoing drop in sperm count,” said Hagai Levine, who co-led the work at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Jerusalem.

The analysis did not explore reasons for the decline, but researchers said falling sperm counts have previously been linked to various factors such as exposure to certain chemicals and pesticides, smoking, stress and obesity.