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Keeping these 12 plants in your home can improve your health — and they’re almost impossible to kill

 

  • Some houseplants are known to help purify the air.
  • A horticulturist told us that keeping a plant is also linked with therapeutic benefits.
  • There are plenty of low-maintenance plants you can keep that could fit your lifestyle.

Eating plants isn’t the only way to reap their benefits. Science has shown that keeping a simple houseplant can do wonders for your health.

Horticulturist Marc Hachadourian, the director of the Nolen Greenhouses at the New York Botanical Garden, told us that plants benefit both your physical and mental state.

“There is actually a lot of scientific evidence that adding plants to any workspace or living environment actually does help to reduce stress,” Hachadourian said. “There are obviously therapeutic effects of caring for plants and gardening has been shown to decrease blood pressure and reduce stress, so the benefits go beyond […] helping to clean the air and add oxygen.”

Certain plants have been found to specifically clean the air of toxic chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia, according to a clean air report from NASA. Hachadourian noted that although this data exists, whether you can use plants to filter your air totally has yet to be seen.

“There is some benefit,” Hachadourian said. “I think the debate now is how much of that occurs and whether it is enough to make a significant difference in the overall health and quality of the environment you live in.”

 

Forest bathing is a popular Japanese practice.
Flickr/Bryan Alexander

Although the air-purifying benefits may not necessarily be extremely significant, Hachadourian has found that the other benefits of nature are. He mentioned forest bathing, the tradition of being in the presence of nature and trees, and it even became part of Japan’s national public health program in 1982, according to The Atlantic. It’s documented health benefits include lower blood pressure and lower stress hormones.

Of course, not everyone has the ability to forest bathe. But, if you’re convinced you need more greenery in your life, Hachadourian recommended getting a houseplant that fits your environment and lifestyle. That way, you can reap all the benefits while actually keeping your plant alive.

Here are some of the most popular houseplants that are especially good for your air — and how to care for them.

 

 


 

30 minutes of terror: How the Santa Fe High School shooting unfolded

 

SANTA FE — Students were just starting their day. It was first period art class.

Then it became a war zone.

For 30 minutes, authorities say Santa Fe High School was under siege by a teenage gunman armed with a shotgun and .38 caliber revolver. In the end, 10 were left dead and 13 others were wounded.

REMEMBER THEIR NAMES: What we’ve learned about the Santa Fe victims

Dimitrios Pagourtzis carried out Friday’s deadly rampage entirely within the art complex at the high school, barricading himself inside from the fusillade of police officers’ bullets that followed him there, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said.

PHOTOS: These are the victims of the Santa Fe school shooting

 

 

Law enforcement received the first calls at 7:32 a.m., according to an affidavit filed in Galveston County court Friday evening.

The art complex is made up of four rooms, each interconnected by interior hallways. Armed with a shotgun and .38 handgun, Pagourtzis walked in there Friday morning and began shooting students and teachers, said Henry, the county’s top administrator.

All of the injuries and deaths occurred within the art complex, he said. Henry said he didn’t know how many total students were in that part of the school when the shooting began.

WATCH: Chaos after Santa Fe shooting documented on social media

 

 

“It’s tragic,” Henry said. “I don’t know how you make any sense of this.”

Zachary Muehe, a sophomore at the school of roughly 1,400 students, was in art class when he heard three loud booms.

J.J. Watt offers to pay funeral expenses of Santa Fe families

Muehe told The New York Times that he recognized Pagourtzis from the school’s football team — then saw he was holding a shotgun.

“It was crazy watching him shoot and then pump. I remember seeing the shrapnel from the tables, whatever he hit. I remember seeing the shrapnel go past my face,” he told the Times.

PHOTOS: Vigil for victims of Santa Fe shooting

 

 

As he ran from the classroom, he told the newspaper he looked back and saw students lying on the ground.

In this image taken from video, law enforcement officers respond to a high school near Houston after an active shooter was reported on campus, in Santa Fe, Texas.

The first one to confront Pagourtzis was the school’s police officer John Barnes, who tried entering the art complex looking for the shooter, he said.

PHOTOS: Heartbreaking scenes outside Santa Fe High School.

 

 

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Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting: what we know?

 

 

On Friday morning, at least one gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Ten people are dead, and 10 others have been wounded, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) said Friday.

At least one suspect is in custody, identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. He has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a police officer.

Two other people are being questioned by police, according to Abbott. Explosive devices were also discovered on the high school campus and surrounding area, according to law enforcement officials.

The shooting comes after months of activism in the US over guns and gun violence, led by the survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people in February.

 

 

”I was thinking it was going to happen eventually, it’s been happening everywhere,” Paige Curry, a Santa Fe high school student told a local Houston station. “I was ready to run out but my teacher told me to hide instead, so that’s what I did.”

Here’s what we know and what we don’t so far about the shooting.

What we know

Javier Zarracina/Vox

 

  • Ten people have been killed, and another 10 people have been wounded, Abbott said Friday at a press conference.
  • The fatalities “include students and some adult staff as well,” said Ed Gonzalez, Harris County sheriff, said at a press conference just before noon Eastern time Friday.
  • At least six people have been transported to hospitals, including one ISD police officer, said Santa Fe ISD police chief Walter Braun.
  • At least three people are being treated at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, according to David Marshall, chief nursing and patient services officer: one adult male with a gunshot wound to the arm; an adult female with a gunshot wound to the leg; and a male under the age of 18, also with a gunshot wound to leg.
  • The suspect, who is in custody, suspect has been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, The New York Times, CNN, NBC News, and CBS News reported. He is being questioned by police.
  • Students told CNN and NBC News that Pagourtzis attended Santa Fe high school, where he carried out the massacre.

 

  • Pagourtzis has been charged with capital murder charges and aggravated assault of a police officer, KHOU reports.
  • Two other people are being questioned by police, according to Abbott. One person was at the scene, and law enforcement are trying to figure out if he may have had some involvement in the crime. Abbott said police are questioning another person who may have information about the crime.
  • At least two weapons were confirmed used in the attack: a shotgun and a .38 revolver. Law enforcement believe that both of those weapons were obtained by the shooter from his father, who legally owned these firearms, according to Abbott.
  • Explosive devices have reportedly been found on campus and the surrounding area, according to Santa Fe ISD police. Officials warned community members to be on alert.

 

 

 

  • Police have uncovered different kinds of explosive devices, including a CO2 device and a Molotov cocktail, Abbott said.
  • Law enforcement have warrants out to search two residences, but are working cautiously because of the potential for explosive devices, Abbott said.
  • Witnesses said that the shooting began between 7:30 and 7:45 am CST, in an art class, according to KTRK.
  • According to law enforcement officials, at least two armed officers were on campus, as outlined in the school’s safety plan. School district ISD officers were able to confront the shooter, Abbott said. The school is also equipped with cameras, which will allow law enforcement to piece together how the crime unfolded.
  • On Facebook, the school district said Friday morning, “the situation is active but has been contained.”

 

SFISD District Response to SFHS Active Shooter
May 18, 2018
9:05 a.m.

This morning an incident occurred at the high…

Posted by Santa Fe ISD – Official Site on Friday, May 18, 2018

 

  • Multiple law enforcement agencies are on site and assisting with the investigation, including the FBI, ATF, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. The high school remains an active crime scene.

What we don’t know

  • The confirmed identity of the shooter or shooters
  • Any information about their motive
  • The identities of the people detained and their relationship to the shooting
  • The identities of those killed and injured
  • The final death toll

 

 

 

The Santa Fe school shooting was intended to start in one classroom, then pull the fire alarm for more casualties by…

Posted by Bill Looman on Friday, May 18, 2018

 

 

Minnesota: Muslims say they prefer to leave the US and live under Sharia law in Saudi Arabia or Somalia

 

 

Minnesota Streets: Filmmaker discovers many American Muslims favor sharia law over USA constitutional Law.
They say they prefer to leave the US and move to Saudi Arabia or Somalia to live under Sharia law.
Where women are considered half of a man, and non-Muslims are persecuted for being “infidels”.
Human rights organizations in the Western world are turning a blind eye to the brutal violation of human rights in the Muslim world under Sharia law.
Sharia law should be banned in the Western world.

 

 

Here’s why sharia law should be banned in the West.
Under Sharia law a woman is considered half of a man, when a woman attests to a Sharia court in countries like Saudi Arabia or Iran, she should bring at least 4 men who support her testimony.
So in most cases of rape a woman can not prove that she was raped and the court can sentence her to death for adultery, that is what happened to Suraya Menuchari who was stoned to death in Iran on false charges of adultery.

Under Shari’a laws in the Arab world, almost 90% of women underwent FGM.
The practice of FGM is banned in most Western countries but some Muslim immigrants are ignoring the law and practicing FGM even in the UK and US.

Under Sharia law girls can marry at the age of 6, just like the Prophet Muhammad from the Koran did when he married Aisha.
In Muslim countries like Yemen and Iran, girls are considered “adult” and being sold into forced marriages with grown men by their families.
There are even some cases of child marriages in Australia and Britain when immigrants brought this tradition into the West.

According to the Sharia laws An honor killing is the homicide of a member of a family, due to the perpetrators’ belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family.
Shari’a honor killing is very common in the Muslim world, but it also happens in the West, in countries such as Britain, the United States and even the Netherlands.
According to the British media there are 12 honour killings in the UK each year.

Human rights organizations in the Western world are turning a blind eye to the brutal violation of human rights in the Muslim world under Sharia law.
Sharia law should be banned in the Western world.
Share this post if you think Sharia law should be banned in the West.

Liberals and leftists in the West use the made up term “Islamophobia” to portray anyone who criticizes Islam as a “racist”.
They ignore the fact that Islam is an ideology that has nothing to do with race.
There is an attempt in the West to impose a sharia-blasphemy law to criminalize criticism of Islam.
It started when Saudi Arabia and Muslim countries tried to pass a UN resolution to force Western states to criminalize criticism of Islam.
Even The Parliament in Canada passed “Motion M-103” to condemn the so-called “Islamophobia (Fear of Islam)” in a preparation for a blasphemy law in Canada.
According to the sharia blasphemy law anyone who criticizes Islam or the Prophet Muhammad should be killed.
Under Sharia blasphemy law in Saudi Arabia and Iran Muslims are executed if they are accused of blasphemy.
In Pakistan, the situation is even worse, radical Muslims use the blasphemy law to persecute the Christian minority.
Is this the law the liberals in the West want to adopt?
If you think Sharia blasphemy law has no place in the West, share this post!

 

 

Child marriage, forced marriage, Child brides, polygamy, FGM, Acid attacks, honor killings, beheading and stoning.
Sharia has no place in the civilized world.

Posted by ‎Support Israel – תמיכה בישראל‎ on Thursday, May 17, 2018

 

 


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California: Public High School Yearbook Has Lavish Two-Page Islam Presentation Entitled “ALLAH AKBAR”

 

 

These pages on Islam are in the Rancho Cucamonga High School yearbook as a testament to how successful Islamic advocacy groups and their Leftist allies have been in deflecting attention away from the reality of jihad terror and portraying Muslims in the U.S., however spuriously, as a victim group needing special consideration and accommodation.

 

Robert Spencer

 

 

“Allahu akbar” means Allah is greater, i.e., greater than your god. It’s a declaration of superiority. Jihad mass murderers the world over scream “Allahu akbar” as they murder people.” 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta reminded himself to “shout, ‘Allahu Akbar,’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.”

And here it is in the Rancho Cucamonga High School yearbook, because they are tolerant, multicultural, diverse, and against “racism.”

The Rancho Cucamonga High School yearbook contains no pages on Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.

Why does it contain these pages on Islam?

Because it is the prevailing view among Leftists today that Muslims are persecuted, harassed and discriminated against on a large scale in America today, and that this happens because of Americans’ ignorance of Islam.

 

Both claims are nonsense.

The FBI’s latest hate crime statistics show that Jews are twice more likely to be the victims of hate crimes than Muslims. Yet there is no presentation on Judaism in Rancho Cucamonga High School’s yearbook.

And if anyone does have a negative opinion of Islam, it is because of jihad terror, not ignorance of Islam.

These pages on Islam are in the Rancho Cucamonga High School yearbook as a testament to how successful Islamic advocacy groups and their Leftist allies have been in deflecting attention away from the reality of jihad terror and portraying Muslims in the U.S., however spuriously, as a victim group needing special consideration and accommodation.

 

 

Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer

 

About the Author Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamas admits 50 of its members were killed during the attack on the Israeli border

 

 

“In the last rounds of confrontations, if 60 people were martyred, 50 of them were Hamas,” said Hamas official Salah Bardawil in a television interview.
Hamas sent 50,000 Gazans to the border with Israel – offering $100 to families who joined. With human shields for cover, Hamas terrorists used bombs, guns and Molotov cocktails to attack Israel’s border.
A closer look at casualties betrays the violent nature of the allegedly peaceful protests. Terrorists were shot while trying to plant explosive devices at the border fence, while others were killed attempting to open fire on Israeli soldiers.
Israel warned Hamas and its supporters in Gaza: “Anyone who tries to invade Israel will be shot.”
4000 Israeli families live within 2 miles of the border. Israel was forced to protect these families — and now 60 Palestinians are dead, 50 have been confirmed as active members of terrorist organizations.
Please help us shame those who demonize Israel, share this video to spread the truth.
New Zealand, Britain, France, Belgium, Hollywood and US Senator Bernie Sanders owe Israel an apology.

 

 

 

 Israel is the only free and democratic state in the entire Middle East.
The only place in the Middle East where Christians are safe, and women are free.
Every year hundreds of thousands of people all over the world take to the streets for huge marches, demonstrations and protests against Israel’s right to exist.
They took to the streets to spread hate against Israel.
This video shows what happened on the streets of New Zealand during Israel’s self-defense war against Hamas in Gaza in 2014.
Hamas is a muslim terror organization ruling the Gaza Strip since 2007, whose declared goal is the destruction of the State of Israel. Hamas is responsible for Gaza, but instead of providing welfare for its citizens, Hamas brainwashes the Gazans, uses them as pawns against Israel and exploits them as HUMAN SHIELDS, including children.

No country would tolerate this at their borders. The Gaza withdrawal gave the Palestinians a chance to show their true intentions. They have chosen nothing but war, terror and destruction. Their worst enemies are within, the Hamas leadership.
Israel, like any other country, has a right to defend itself.
Israel will not allow terrorists to invade its territory. Hamas, which rules Gaza, is an Islamic terrorist organization that threatens to kill Jews.
Hamas terrorists use civilians as human shields and send children to the front line during the riots along the Gaza border.
IDF soldiers don’t just protect a border, but what lies behind it — our families, our homes, and our children.
Israel Will Not apologize for defending itself against Hamas.

Headlines around the world demonized Israel. Today the truth is coming out. Will the world ignore it and still blame Israel? Or will the world stand up to Hamas?

Posted by ‎Support Israel – תמיכה בישראל‎ on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Iran lawmakers shout ‘death to America,’ burn U.S. flag after Trump nixes nuclear deal

 

 

Iranian lawmakers shouted “death to America” and set fire to a paper U.S. flag during angry scenes at the country’s parliament in Tehran, a day after President Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal.

The protest came as Iranian officials, including parliament speaker Ali Larijani and President Hassan Rouhani, said Wednesday they hoped European leaders will work with them to preserve the deal between Tehran and world powers — without the U.S. — but stressed that the nation could now decide to resume its nuclear program.

“If necessary, we can begin our industrial enrichment without any limitations,” the Iranian leader said. “Until implementation of this decision, we will wait for some weeks and will talk with our friends and allies and other signatories of the nuclear deal, who signed it and who will remain loyal to it. Everything depends on our national interests.”

Iran’s supreme leader, who has the final say on all state matters, struck a more defiant tone. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei directly challenged Trump, saying “you cannot do a damn thing” after Trump announced he was renewing sanctions on Iran.

During the demonstration in parliament, lawmakers held up the flaming U.S. flag as their fellow parliamentarians joined in anti-American chants. They also burned a piece of paper representing the nuclear deal and stomped on the papers’ ashes. Larijani, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency, said Trump lacked “mental capacity.”

Later Wednesday, Trump warned Iran against resuming its nuclear weapons program.

“I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program,” Trump told reporters when asked about the potential consequences. “I would advise them very strongly. If they do there will be very severe consequence.”

European diplomats meanwhile insisted that the 2015 accord would not suddenly collapse despite the U.S.’s withdrawal. Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, the European Union’s representative to China said Wednesday during a press briefing in Beijing that the EU strongly believes “that this is an agreement which belongs to the international community. This is not an agreement that will fall apart if you just walk away.”

France’s foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told French radio that the deal “wasn’t dead yet” and that European countries would hold talks over how to keep it alive.

Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia were all signatories to the 2015 accord under which Iran pledged to limit its stockpile of enriched uranium for 15 years and its number of centrifuges for 10 years. Both are needed to make nuclear weapons. The EU, U.S. and United Nations lifted economic sanctions as part of the deal.

Israel bombs dozens of Iranian terror targets in Syria in response to Iranian Missile attack earlier today towards northern Israel

 

 

Iran launched 20 Missiles from Syria at Israel, and received hundreds in return.
Israel under attack: Golan Heights residents in bomb shelters after Iranian Quds forces fired 20 rockets towards northern Israel.
Israel fighter jets are bombing Iranian targets in Syria In response to the Iranian missile attack.
More than 50 Iranian terror targets have been destroyed in Syria so far.
At least 2 military airports bombed in Damascus. 2 Patriot defense missile launched from northern Israel. Power outages reported in Damascus.
Israel Israel will teach Iran a lesson it won’t forget.
Do not mess with Israel.

 

 

Every Western country must stand with Israel against radical Islamic terrorism.
The Israeli people face the frighteningening escalation of Islamic terror acts through Israel.
The Palestinian Authority refuses to take the most basic steps towards ensuring peace with Israel, and instead incites terrorism.
Textbooks in Gaza and the West Bank teach children that Israel has no right to exist.
They teach their children to hate Jews.
The Hamas charter calls for the destruction of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

No one should have to live in fear as they drive home from work or walk home from school. This radical Islamic terrorism must stop.
Israeli mothers shouldn’t have to fear sending their kids off to school. Israeli workers shouldn’t have to fear standing at a bus stop. Israeli children and visitors should be free to feel safe while walking through Jerusalem’s Old City.
The people of Israel have a right to live in peace and security.

Israel built security fences and walls on all its borders after a wave of suicide bombings during the second intifada.
The entire world was quick to condemn Israel for defending itself
The world is silent when Palestinians influct pain and death upon Israel but screams when Israel protects itself.

When Israel left the Gaza Strip, Gaza was free and all Jews were expelled.
Hamas took control on the Gaza Strip, imposed sharia law and declared war on Israel with the declared goal of destroying the Jewish state.
They fired tens of thousands of rockets at Israel, but the world turned a blind eye.
Hamas, ISIS, and Al Qaeda share the same ideology of radical Islam.
The Western world must stand with Israel in the war against radical Islamic terrorism.

Iran founded the Shiite terror organization Hezbollah in Lebanon with the declared aim of destroying Israel.

During the first and second Lebanon wars, Hezbollah fired tens of thousands of rockets at civilian communities in northern Israel.
Hezbollah’s name means “an army of Allah.” This Shiite terrorist organization is waging a war against Israel and threatens to kill 800,000 Israelis by bombing a chemical factory in Haifa (a historic Christian city in northern Israel).
Every year thousands of Muslims take to the streets of London, Paris, Rome and other major cities in Europe, to declare loyalty to Hezbollah (Allah’s army).
They call it “Al Quds Day March” This holiday was founded by the leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran.
The Muslim mayor of London allows this to take place in the capital of England.
Shame on London, shame on Britain!
Al Quds Day march must be banned in the West.
The West must stop embracing Islam-based hatred of Israel.

 

 

Israel has the right to defend itself.
The rulers of Iran have vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
The Western world is silent when Islamists attack Israel, but screams when Israel defends itself.

Posted by ‎Support Israel – תמיכה בישראל‎ on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

 

 

Trump vows not to allow a regime that chants death to America to acquire nuclear weapons

 

 

Trump destroys Obama’s legacy and withdraws from the terrible nuclear deal with Iran
European powers are very quick to protect the Iran deal. Economic considerations may play a large role in it.
Germany, France Britain and other European countries turn a blind eye as Iranian rulers shout “Death to America” and threaten to wipe Israel off the map.
If they keep the nuclear agreement, within seven years from now Iran will have an arsenal of nuclear weapons and they will not hesitate to use this to wipe the Jewish state off the map “in the name of Islam” just as they are commanded in the Koran.
Israeli Mossad agents invaded the most secret place in Iran, stole Iran’s nuke archive and smuggled it back to Israel the same night.
This is a terrible deal. It should never have been concluded.
Shame on Merkel, Obama and Francois Hollande who signed this catastrophic agreement.

 

 

Obama has every reason to be ashamed of himself after Netanyahu revealed Iran’s secret nuclear files: “Iran lied big time – The nuclear deal is based on lies”.
In the Quran it says “Beguile the Non Believers and gain their trust “. And then spring the trap ,it is not a sin to DECEIVE the UNBELIEVERS it’s called “Taqiyya”.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed Monday evening conclusive proof of a secret project underway in Iran for the development of a nuclear weapon, evidence that proves that Tehran had lied “big time” to the international community.
Iran’s nuclear deal is based on lies.

Liberals and leftists in the West use the made up term “Islamophobia” to portray anyone who criticizes Islam as a “racist”.
Radical Muslim terrorists all over the world carry out terror attacks “in the name of Allah”.
They justify their violence by quoting verses from the Quran.
Islamophobia is a made up word created by the Muslim Brotherhood specifically to silence debate.

Liberals and leftists ignore the fact that Islam is an ideology that has nothing to do with race.
Islamophobia is a neologism created to silence any possible debate about the problems Islamic extremism has got with modernity, with the intention of using the collective post-colonial “guilt” to exempt a particular set of beliefs from scrutiny, analysis and criticism.
It’s a buzzword used in an attempt to silence anyone, whenever had legit questions or criticisms about the religion.
Islam is not a race. It’s NOT a  religion.
There is an attempt in the West to impose a sharia-blasphemy law to criminalize criticism of Islam.
It started when Saudi Arabia and Muslim countries tried to pass a UN resolution to force Western states to criminalize criticism of Islam.

The Parliament in Canada passed “Motion M-103” to condemn the so-called “Islamophobia (Fear of Islam)” in a preparation for a blasphemy law in Canada.
According to the sharia blasphemy law anyone who criticizes Islam or the Prophet Muhammad should be killed.

Under Sharia blasphemy law in Saudi Arabia and Iran Muslims are executed if they are accused of blasphemy.
In Pakistan, the situation is even worse, radical Muslims use the blasphemy law to persecute the Christian minority.
Is this the law the liberals in the West want to adopt?
If you think Sharia blasphemy law has no place in the West, share this post!

 

 

Iran’s rulers vowed to wipe Israel off the map within 25 years.
The nuclear deal allows Iran to develop nuclear weapons…

Posted by ‎Support Israel – תמיכה בישראל‎ on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

 

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