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CALIFORNIA: Pee before entering. They probably will close the public rest rooms.

6alifornia’s Regulating How Often People Can Flush Their Toilets – Welcome to Life on Liberalism

California literally just made it illegal to shower, wash your dishes and do your laundry all on the same day. Think that sounds crazy, even for California? Apparently not. State lawmakers just passed a new law that limits how much water you can use in your home – it’s 55 gallons per person, per day by 2022. And it drops to just 50 gallons by 2030.

Here’s some perspective. Washing one load of laundry takes about 40 gallons of water. Taking a shower uses about 17. So if you’re single, it will literally be illegal to take a shower and wash your clothes in the same day. Flushing a toilet takes about 3 gallons, so have fun not doing that.

But this is pretty par for the course for the Golden State, where they just passed another law mandating that all new homes be at least 50 percent solar powered by 2030.

Of course, it’s not like the dumpster fire that is California has anything else to worry about. Oh, wait…

Signs of the times

The Watermelon Brigade

Since they can’t save the planet, they’re going to save every specie on it.

Where were they when the dinosaurs need help?

Conservationists fight to save animals as mass extinction looms

Animal and plant species are vanishing at an accelerating pace around the world — sometimes even before we know that they exist — but conservationists are pushing back against the juggernaut of mass extinction.

From captive breeding to satellite tracking; restoring habitats to removing predators; shaming multinationals to nursing baby pandas and orangutans — in all these ways, scientists and others have given a second chance to creatures under threat. [snip]

The sixth mass extinction is happening now,” Craig Hilton-Taylor, head of the Red List, told AFP ahead of the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22.

“But these conservation achievements highlight that there is still reason to be hopeful for the future of our planet, and that conservation does work.” [snip]

The progressive move to a viable planet occurs when some critter manages to run out of space and time in the earth’s habitable niches. The only creature that has proven to be able to keep it’s survival real is the cockroach. There is a winner.

A plethora of pills

Big Money, Big Money at this wheel of fortune for the pushers of potions and snake oil.

Study: Multivitamins, Other Common Supplements Have No Health Benefits

Taking multivitamins or other commonly consumed vitamin and mineral supplements won’t actually provide you any health benefits, but they won’t harm you either, a new study finds.

Researchers from the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital conducted a review of 179 studies on popular vitamin supplements that were published between January 2012 and October 2017. Studies covered a vast spectrum of supplements, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6, B9 (folic acid), C, D and E; and mineral supplemts β-carotene; calcium; iron; zinc; magnesium; and selenium. Multivitamins that contained a wide variety of the vitamins and minerals were also reviewed.

The research team concluded that the most commonly consumed supplements — multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium, and vitamin C — had no effect on a person’s risk of suffering a heart attack stroke, heart disease, or early death.

“We were surprised to find so few positive effects of the most common supplements that people consume,” notes Dr. David Jenkins, the study’s lead author, in a statement. “Our review found that if you want to use multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium or vitamin C, it does no harm – but there is no apparent advantage either.”

The only supplements that showed any benefit among the studies were folic acid or B-vitamins that contained B6, B12, and folic acid, which could lower one’s risk of heart disease and stroke. Folic acid alone showed a 20 percent lowered risk of stroke. Conversely, the review found that niacin and antioxidants had a “very small” effect that could potentially raise the risk of death from any cause. [snip]

If the efficacy of these potions, being pills or liquid, was real, they wouldn’t be sold over the counter.
As one said about aspirin, it isn’t a controlled substance because it was in common use before the FDA came into being.

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