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Study suggests reduced mortality risk for Covid-19 may be associated with adequate vitamin D levels | Forbes

A study led by Dr. Michael F. Holick and researchers at Boston University School of Medicine found that there is evidence that getting enough vitamin D provides significant support in protecting hospitalized individuals infected with Covid-19 from adverse outcomes. He recommends taking a vitamin D supplement to reduce the risk of being infected. Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/marlamilling/2020/09/26/adequate-vitamin-d-levels-cuts-risk-of-dying-from-covid-19-in-half-study-finds/#3e8697fe5285 Read More »

Jamaica’s Port Royal: The wickedest city on Earth? | BBC Travel

Port Royal has been known as “the wickedest city on Earth” with its rich history of trade in the late 17th century. However, it experienced a massive earthquake that destroyed and sank much of the city. “It is believed to be one of the best-conserved underwater heritage sites in this hemisphere,” said Selvenious Walters, an archaeologist. Today, the Jamaican community looks ... Read More »

Get ready for the great urban comeback | The Atlantic

Over time, natural disasters and infectious diseases have shaped the way our city was built. This is the reason why we have drainage and transportation systems, skyscrapers, and water dams. “Disasters reveal problems that already existed, and in doing so, create an opportunity to go back and do what you should have done the first time,” Mitchell Moss said. As people ... Read More »

Modern Monetary Theory; Folie à deux — a shared delusion | Medium

Policy and business circles these days are buzzing around Modern Monetary Theory. The idea behind MMT is that the government can pay its bills by printing money. The effects of this policy undermine the effect of inflation and is a revolutionary way of understanding money, taxes, and the critical role of deficit spending. MMT redefines how resources are maximized for ... Read More »

Service Reflections: Veteran recalls being a teen in Vietnam War | Stars & Stripes Japan

Sgt Steve Bosworth, now a retired US Marine Corps, recalls his military service from 1967 to 1970 as a teen in his deployment during the Vietnam War. He said, “I believe Viet Nam instilled a chronic paranoia into my psyche. I now have what seems like a hard-wired compulsion to check and re-check my surroundings. I never trust the status ... Read More »

The “Vatican” of the Templars? | BBC Travel

Aside from the UNESCO heritage Convent of Christ in Portugal, another Templar site was preserved: The Church of Santa Maria do Olival in the city of Tomar. Built during the 13th century, it was a Gothic stone church that became the spiritual center of all Portuguese churches built overseas leading some to declare it the “Vatican” of the Templars. This Portuguese National ... Read More »

The reason these military helicopters are painted pink | We Are the Mighty

Medium-lift utility helicopters like the Sikorsky S-70 platform is one of the most popular and versatile aircraft used by the U.S. military and government agencies. Few of them stand out as they were painted with a fluorescent shade called shocking pink. These aircraft from outside agencies are assigned to battle fires especially with the extreme heat happening today. Aircraft identification ... Read More »

US 2020 election: Social media’s nightmare scenario | BBC News

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has recently noted that he is worried about the possible election outcomes as people wait for all the mailed-in votes to be counted. “With our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or even weeks to be finalized, there could be an increased risk of civil unrest across the country,” he stated. There could ... Read More »

California Marine unit set to receive first amphibious combat vehicle | Marine Corps Times

An eight-wheeled amphibious combat vehicle (ACV) produced by BAE will be delivered to the California Marine units in the next few months according to Marine Corps officials. It is set to replace the tracked amphibious assault vehicle that the Corps has been using since Vietnam. The first batch will go to a platoon of Marines with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division. Source: https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/marine-corps-times/2020/09/22/first-marine-unit-set-to-receive-amphibious-combat-vehicle/ Read More »

Here is the surprise choice to become Germany’s standard assault rifle | The Drive

The German Defense Ministry is considering C.G Haenal’s rifle design over its long-time supplier Heckler & Koch on its Standard Assault Rifle. Haenel’s fully automatic AR-15/M4 patterned MK556 in a 5.56mm caliber.  Germany’s successor to the G36 is being procured under a program known as System Sturmgewehr, or Assault Rifle System. According to a report from the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), extensive tests demonstrated that the Haenel design is “somewhat better” suited to the System Sturmgewehr requirements ... Read More »