Thursday, February 9, 2017

It turns out that dentistry is so easy that anyone can do it.

A 25-year-old man from Kuantan, Malaysia, who used YouTube videos and dentistry magazines to hone his skills to the point where he was able to open his own dental clinic and perform various procedures. Instead of spending six years in dental schools to pick up the necessary skills to become a licensed dentist, he decided to take a different route – he learned all he needed to perform procedures like tooth extraction, teeth scaling and placing braces by watching all kinds of video tutorials on YouTube and reading dentistry magazines. He knew that it couldn’t last too long, so he planned to close his clinic last year, in December. Unfortunately for him, one of his clients apparently figured out that he wasn’t a real dentist and reported him to the police. He didn’t have a license to show them when they came knocking, so they closed the clinic a month early. The fake dentist was charged under Section 27 of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998, and slapped with a $9,000 fine that he has since settled. (Oddity Central)


Palestinian hairdresser sets clients’ hair on fire in bizarre straightening technique

Palestinian barber Ramadan Edwan offers “fire barbering” as a hair-straightening technique at his salon in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza. He pours flammable powder and liquid on the hair of his customer and sets it ablaze with a large lighter before styling the hair with his hand. Mr Edwan described his technique as “good for blood circulation. It also feeds hair and protects the root of it and the hair oils. The degree of temperature expands the follicles.”  (The Sun)


Brazil on high alert as yellow fever threatens major cities

Brazil’s been dealing with the worst outbreak of yellow fever it’s had in years. Dozens of people have died and officials are looking into hundreds of other suspected cases. Yellow fever: the virus spread by the same type of mosquito that carries Zika. It usually leads to symptoms like fever and muscle aches. It’s also much deadlier than Zika. The good news? Unlike Zika, there’s a vaccine. The bad news? The vaccine’s been so in demand lately that health officials say it’s running low. Last week, the CDC said anyone in the US heading to Brazil should be vaccinated first. (The Guardian)


Turkish Police Detain Over 440 People In anti-ISIS Operation

Earlier this week, Turkish police arrested hundreds of suspected ISIS members in a huge anti-terror raid across the country. It was the largest raid ever of this kind in Turkey. The country’s been having major national security issues recently. It’s still dealing with the fallout of a failed military coup. And it’s been hit by multiple terrorist attacks linked to ISIS, including a New Year’s shooting at a nightclub that killed nearly 40 people. It’s unclear what will happen next for the arrested suspects. (NBC News)


Flight Attendants Train to Spot Human Trafficking

Shelia Fedrick said she instinctively felt something was wrong the moment she saw the girl with greasy blonde hair sitting in the window seat of aisle 10 on a flight from Seattle to San Francisco. “The girl “looked like she had been through pure hell,” said Fedrick, 49, a flight attendant working for Alaska Airlines. She guessed that the girl was about 14 or 15 years old, travelling with a notably well-dressed older man. The stark contrast between the two set off alarm bells in her head. Fedrick tried to engage them in conversation, but the man became defensive. That’s when the flight attendent left a note in the bathroom, in which the young girl wrote back on the note with the words “I need help.” Fedrick says she called the pilot and told him about the passengers, and when the plane landed, police were waiting in the terminal. (NBC News)


Former NOAA scientist says colleagues manipulated climate change data for political reasons

One former scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is stepping forward to blow the whistle on his former colleagues’ alleged political effort to manipulate scientific data published just ahead of the United Nations’ 2015 Climate Change Conference. Dr. John Bates, who led NOAA’s climate-data records program before retiring last year after a 40-year career in meteorology and climate science. The crux of Bates’ claim is that NOAA, the federal government’s top agency in charge of climate science, published a poorly-researched but widely praised study with the political goal of disproving the controversial global warming hiatus theory, which suggests that global warming slowed down from 1998 until 2012 with little change in globally-averaged surface temperatures — a direct contrast to global warming advocates’ claim that the earth’s temperature has been constantly increasing. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who chairs the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, has been asking for all the data from Karl’s 2015 report, but NOAA has refused to cooperate. Smith is now praising Bates for “courageously stepping forward.” (Daily Mail)


Secret Service spouses circulate petition calling for the dismissal of agent who decried Trump

The spouses of Secret Service agents in the Denver field office are circulating a petition online asking that Denver special agent in charge Kerry O’Grady be fired after it was discovered last month that she openly decried protecting President Donald Trump. The petition is addressed to Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy and was written anonymously. You may recall, Kerry O’Grady stirred controversy last month after the news broke that O’Grady wrote on her personal Facebook page in October that she would rather face “jail time” than take “a bullet” for then-Presidential candidate Trump. She viewed Trump as a “disaster” for America and someone who would restrict the rights of women and minorities.

Her comments were seen as extremely troubling given that she’s the special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Denver field office. That means when the president, vice president or other top government officials come to town, O’Grady is responsible for coordinating their protection with Washington-based advanced teams prior to their arrival and once they arrive. Still, the Secret Service opened an investigation into the matter only after the Examiner’s reporting last month, despite being made aware of the Facebook post last October. They have since taken action against O’Grady, placing her on paid leave late last month as the investigation into her continues. (


Russian President Putin approves legal change that decriminalises domestic violence

Russian President Putin recently signed a law that decriminalizes certain kinds of domestic violence. It means that first-time offenders who don’t seriously injure someone (like their child or their spouse) are only punished with things like a fine, or up to 15 days in jail. Supporters say it’s not the government’s job to get in the middle of family arguments. Critics point out that domestic abuse is already a huge problem in Russia and no, this law doesn’t help. Putin on a ‘this can’t be real’ face. (The Guardian)


Losing Time Because Of Losing Sleep?

Microsleep: When your brain hits ‘power off’ for a quick sec when it’s not supposed to, and you realize you can’t remember the last two seconds. Think: morning meeting pre-coffee, reading spreadsheets. Microsleep’s a sign you should spend a little more QT with your bed. (Sleepdex)


No means “NO!”

A mother is hoping police press charges against a daycare worker she says was caught on surveillance video breastfeeding her child without her permission. The mother recorded video from the security footage inside Carrboro Early School last Friday (2/3) that shows a woman adjusting her top and bringing her 3-month-old son to her chest to breastfeed him. The mom works at the daycare as a pre-kindergarten teacher. That day, her son’s teacher told her he was constipated. When another woman working in the nursery that day asked the mom if she could breastfeed the boy to see whether it would help, the mom told her no, twice. The woman was fired later that day, but the mom wants her to face criminal charges because later that same evening, she had to rush her baby to hospital because she said he became ill and was throwing up. Carrboro police said they were investigating the incident as misdemeanor child abuse. So far, no charges have been filed. (WTVD 11 TV)



Reasons Why Today Is A “Thumpin’ Thursday”:

*National Bagel Day (Note: Bagelfest Day is July 26)
*National Pizza Day
*Read in the Bathtub Day
*Toothache Day

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