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Tuesday 21st August 2007


Basic Computer User

Zero-Day bug in Yahoo Messenger pops up more

Highly critical flaw found in Microsoft Excel more

Storm botnet puts up defenses and starts attacking back more

Just how safe are you? Take this on-line test of your knowledge of computer risks here

Handy Keyboard Shortcuts
We all know a few keyboard shortcuts--Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, Alt-Tab--that make our life and work easier. The PC Magazine staff has collected a few that you might not know in today’s tip. here

Report: Blu-ray Outselling HD DVD By Two to One
Blu-ray high-definition movie discs outsold films on the rival HD-DVD format by 2-to-1 in the United States in the first half of 2007, Home Media Research said on Tuesday. more

Buggy ATI Driver Leaves Vista Open to Attack
Microsoft and AMD are fixing a bug in an ATI driver that leaves the Vista kernel open to attack. more

Personal data leaks ’worse in Australia than other regions’ more

Battling the latest weapon In domestic abuse - Spyware more

Wikipedia spin doctors revealed
A new Web service searches the change logs of 35 million Wikipedia edits and attempts to identify the organisation associated with the IP addresses recorded with changes. more

Since my motherboard does not support SATA, is there any advantage for me in replacing my PATA hard drive with a SATA drive connected through a PCI adapter card? more

Who created the World Wide Web?
Tim Berners-Lee is the creator of the World Wide Web (commonly known as www). Utilising a well defined Internet Protocol (IP) he began his work in 1989 with a www server. The most outstanding feature of his www invention is the hypertext system that revolutionised the way we browse for information in the internet today. By 1991, the hypertext invention was available to anyone using the internet. Tim Berners-Lee has never directly profited out of his www invention, he simply relinquished his proprietary right in the belief that the Web needed to be an open system if it is to grow to be a universal system. Tim Berners-Lee is currently serving as director of the coordinating body for Web Development at W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).

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Advanced Computer User

The Secunia Personal Software Inspector for Private\Home users detects installed software and categorises your software as either Insecure, End-of-Life, or Up-To-Date. This identifies software where a more secure version is available from the vendor. here

’Ionic Breeze’ Could Cool Chips
Researchers at Purdue recently demonstrated their new “ionic wind" technology that can improve the cooling rate of internal computer components by as much as 250 percent. more

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WorldNetDaily: Why so many Americans today are ’mentally ill’ here

Unraveling the lies about the antioxidant study on vitamins E and C
A new study published in the August 13, 2007 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine found that vitamins E and C, when taken together, result in a significant reduction in the risk of strokes (31 percent) and heart attacks (22 percent).more

Major Study Finds Good News About Vitamins E and C
A new study has found that natural vitamin E and vitamin C can significantly reduce the risk of several cardiovascular diseases. The study was published in the August 13, 2007, issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal published by the...more

BMJ pays out to doctor over slanderous ’child death’ story
The British Medical Journal (BMJ) publishes an article alleging that Dr. Rath had gone on trial in a court in Hamburg, Germany “for fraud". The article suggested that Dr. Rath was accused of the serious crime of fraud in relation with the death of a child with cancer and that he was responsible for the death of the child. None of this was true. This defamatory BMJ article not only damaged Dr. Rath as a person, but also his work as a scientific pioneer in the control of cancer with natural supplements. more

Nuremberg Records Reveal: Oil and Drug Cartel Behind WWII
After six decades of silence, the historic records of the key war crimes tribunal that determined the responsibility for WWII is finally being made available to a world audience. Currently, history books teach that WWII was launched by a lunatic dictator, Hitler, and his ruthless Nazi henchmen. However, tens of thousands of historical documents from the Nuremberg Tribunal – newly released online – show otherwise more

Antioxidants, bad science and failure of the press to tell the truth
Following yesterday’s announcement of a new study showing the phenomenal benefits of antioxidants for preventing heart disease in women, the mainstream media rallied behind a blatantly false distortion of the study designed to convince the public that...more

Natural Vitamin E Dramatically Reduces Heart Disease more

New CCHR Radio Show
Psychiatric Malpractice Victim Exposes Lack of Science behind Psychiatry

A new CCHR “Take America Back” radio show with host CCHR U.S. President Bruce Wiseman explores the horrific consequences of subjective psychiatric diagnoses and drug “treatment.” In the show, guest Jeffrey Meyer reveals how eight years of psychiatric malpractice in three states led to a virtually catastrophic result, before a medical doctor finally discovered his underlying physical problem.

Psychiatrists diagnosed Meyer with “severe depression” and “bipolar disorder,” telling him that he had no underlying physical problems, despite his frequent complaints about excruciating headaches. Prescribed Prozac, Wellbutrin and Depakote, Meyer’s condition grew increasingly worse, to the extent that he couldn’t care for himself. Meyer eventually went to a non-psychiatric medical doctor, who discovered that he had a massive brain tumor, which was visible to the naked eye. The doctor told him any MD should have caught this cranial distortion, as his brain was about to explode. Luckily, Meyer got the surgery he needed and has turned his life around.

Meyer’s experiences in the mental health system lead him to the following conclusion, “I generally call them [psychiatrists] make-believe doctors….And before we even get to the issue of whatever consideration they are getting from the drug industry for turning their business into just a pill-dispensing mechanism, I think the real issue…is what do psychiatrists do of any value in the first place. They are not real doctors; that’s the dirty little secret. They don’t know what they’re doing.”

Meyer’s case exemplifies the common psychiatric practice of ignoring patients’ underlying physical problems—such as allergies, environmental toxins, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, lack of exercise and in Meyer’s case, a massive brain tumor—instead, labeling them as “mental disorders” and prescribing dangerous drugs to cover up the symptoms.

Click here to hear Meyer’s story and to learn more about the lack of science behind psychiatry.
CCHR International, 6616 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

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I received this from Avaaz...

Often, the issues that affect the most lives don’t make the headlines. This month, we have an opportunity to do something big about one of them: the global fishing crisis.

Fishers in developing countries are catching fewer and fewer fish--because of massive overfishing by industrialized fishing fleets from rich countries, fleets subsidized with tens of billions of Euros every year. As a result, fish populations are now collapsing around the globe, and could soon be pushed beyond recovery.

But our oceans don’t have to die. This September, the World Trade Organization will release a new proposal for global fishing rules--and right now, the WTO is talking to trade ministers to decide what those rules should be. If enough of us urge our trade ministers to support a better system, we preserve our oceans for future generations--and for the one billion humans who rely on fish for protein today. Click here to send your trade minister a message in support fairness and sustainability.

A recent study found that 90% of the ocean’s big fish--tuna, swordfish, and marlin--are already gone. But it’s not the countries with the greatest need that are over-harvesting these fish--it’s the subsidized fishing fleets from the rich countries. These fleets don’t just trawl the open ocean--they fish off the coasts of developing countries, robbing local fishers and their communities of desparately needed food supplies. And as technology has developed, the crisis has accelerated.

Last week, Dr. Francis K. E. Nunoo, a Ghanaian scientist who studies fisheries ecology, interviewed a local fisherman for this campaign. the fisherman told him:

"Ten years ago, during the peak fishing season of the year, my boat is filled with a single throw of the net. In recent times, we throw the gear about 7 times before filling the same boat. And the situation is even worse this year."

And here’s what Sall Samba, an octopus fisherman in Mauritania and father of six, told a reporter:

"You used to be able to fish right in the port. Now, the only thing you can catch here is water."

A group of 125 scientists wrote a letter to the director-general of the WTO, urging him to take action on fishing subsidies. Their argument:

"There are only decades left before the damage we have inflicted on the oceans becomes permanent. We are at a crossroads. One road leads to a world with tremendously diminished marine life. The other leads to one with oceans again teeming with abundance, where the world can rely on the oceans for protein, and enjoy its wildlife. The choices we make today will determine our path for the future."

The World Trade Organization is governed by its 151 member countries. Avaaz members live in every one of those countries--and so, if we act together, we have a tremendous opportunity to push for action. The next few weeks, as the WTO works on its new plan, are critical. The plan is to send messages--thousands of them--to our countries’ trade ministers, urging a strong decision by the WTO to change the rules that underly the unfair and unsustainable fishing trade.

Experts say that 29% of commercial fisheries might already be beyond repair. But most of the world’s marine ecosystems can recover, if we get our policies right. The very fact that so few people are paying attention to this issue means that our actions will have more power. Please click here to contact your trade minister now by clicking here

The fishing crisis is an example of where our global economic system doesn’t work--not for people, and not for the earth. But by joining together to fix it, we can create an example of how global democracy should work: human beings, rich and poor, taking action to renew a world full of life. That’s what Avaaz is all about.

Raise your voice and spread the word.

With hope,

Ben, Graziela, Ricken, Paul, Iain, and the rest of the Avaaz team

PS: You can read more about the fishing crisis at this site set up by our partner on this campaign, Oceana. Look here for fact sheets, studies, and the scientists’ letter: here

Here is the article that quoted Sall Samba, from the Wall Street Journal--a great look at the global crisis, the role of rich-country subsidies and global regulation, and the human impact on Mauritania: (This link no longer works. http://www.illegal-fishing.info/item_single.php?item=news&item_id=1797&approach_id=12)

And this article sheds light on the global situation by looking specifically at Senegal: here

If you’ve ever forgotten something you’ll get a kick out of this... here

From Scott Salisbury - here is a cool web site. http://www.flashearth.com/

It’s a bit different than Google Earth - you don’t have to load anything. It just works in your browser. Put your address in and you can see your neighborhood.
I am at Latitude 33 52’ 36.5” and Longitude 151 11’ 28.2” most of the time.

Citizens Electoral Council of Australia
Media Release 15th of August 2007 from the Citizens Electoral Council of Australia
Craig Isherwood, National Secretary
PO Box 376, COBURG, VIC, 3058
Phone: 03 9354 0544 Fax: 03 9354 0166
Email: cec@cecaust.com.au
Website: http://www.cecaust.com.au

Parliamentary report devastates ’Global Warming’ scam

The Australian Federal Parliament’s Standing Committee on Science and Innovation recently completed a report entitled Between a Rock and a Hard Place, on the subject of “Geosequestration of Carbon Dioxide". However, four members of that committee have issued a “Dissenting Report ”which devastates the Committee’s major premise—that mankind causes global warming.

The dissenting MPs are former CSIRO scientist Dr. Dennis Jensen, Hon Jackie Kelly, Hon Danna Vale and Mr. David Tollner. Their report was compiled with the assistance of a number of leading scientists, including climate scientist Dr. John Christy, former lead author of the IPCC. It is a must read for anyone concerned with the subject.

They state at the very outset that, “We disagree with the report’s unequivocal support for the hypothesis that global warming is caused by man—so-called anthropogenic global warming (AGW). We are concerned that the Committee’s report strays well outside its terms of reference. In fact, the committee did not take any evidence relating to anthropogenic global warming."

Some of the chief points of their refutation include:

Global warming is observed on other planets or moons, including Mars, Jupiter, Triton, Pluto, Neptune and others. Did man cause this?

That the so-called “overwhelming consensus ”embodied in the IPCC report has nothing to do with science, nor does such a consensus even exist. It is in fact drawn from its “Summary for Policymakers ”which was written by politicians, not by scientists, and its supposed “90% certainty ”is backed up by nothing in the report, but is merely a "consensus opinion arrived at by IPCC bureaucrats"; and, in any case, so-called “democratic consensus ”is entirely opposed to scientific method. “Consensus", for instance, once held that the earth was at the centre of the universe, and that it was flat.

That the “Stern Review ”upon which the Committee based its majority report, was drafted by a man who “acknowledges that he had zero understanding of the issue less than one year before the Stern Review … It is staggering that someone with essentially no scientific knowledge on greenhouse effect, within less than one year, had acquired the scientific knowledge to state that the ’scientific evidence is now overwhelming’."

"Indeed, if one paragraph clearly illustrates the one sided nature of this report, ”the dissenters say, “it is paragraph 5.59. Here, we have a captain of industry (Rupert Murdoch), who, by his own admission is not a scientist, quoted regarding his view on anthropogenic global warming and the need to take action", citing Murdoch’s claims that "climate change poses clear catastrophic threats." There is much more, on glaciers, rising sea levels, Australia’s rainfall patterns, etc., and the report is extensively footnoted. It may be accessed: here

For more information on the real causes of climate change see www.cecaust.com.au, or click here to have a copy of LaRouche’s latest webcast on DVD and our latest New Citizen posted to you!

Some stats on how successful the “surge ”is in Iraq - not! here

The real story behind Howard’s Murray-Darling water legislation

Prime Minister John Howard has presented legislation to the Parliament which he plans to ram through this week, which will authorise the Federal Government to seize control of all of the water of the Murray-Darling Basin from the states, and to put it under a new Federal agency with intended dictatorial powers. more

Hollywood blamed for scientific ignorance more

A very interesting article on efficiency versus resilience here

Worry about bread, not oil By Niall Ferguson more

A very interesting site here

For the rev heads - racing cars over water here

One of the ways Banks steal from borrowers as part of the foreclosure process. Explain why banks grab the opportunity to foreclose rather that assist the borrower out of the problem that is more often that not one created by the bank greed for higher interest rates. NOTE: The government trusts the banks with the issue of money.

Who saw Treasurer Costello on TV news yesterday saying. “ If the banks wish to give the government the power to --------------- ”There is the truth straight from the horses mouth. more

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital near Tampa, Florida, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.

Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Missouri. The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

Crabby Old Man

What do you see nurses? ....What do you see?
What are you thinking......when you’re looking at me?
A crabby old man,..........not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .........with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food...........and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice ....“I do wish you’d try! ”
Who seems not to notice ........the things that you do.
And for ever is losing .............. A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not...........lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding ..... The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking?.......Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse......you’re not looking at me.

I’ll tell you who I am ........ As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding,......as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten.......with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .........who love one another

A young boy of Sixteen .....with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now..........a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty ......my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows........that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now .......... I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide ......And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty ............ My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other ........ With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons .......have grown and are gone,
But my woman’s beside me.......to see  I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, ......... Babies play ’round my knee,
Again, we know children ....... My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me ....... My wife is now dead.
I look at the future .............I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing......young of their own.
And I think of the years....... And the love that I’ve known.

I’m now an old man.......... .and nature is cruel.
’Tis jest to make old age ......look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles..........grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone........ where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass ..... A young guy still dwells,
And now and again ........ ...my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys.............. I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living.............life over again.

I think of the years ..all too few......gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact..........that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .........open and see..
Not a crabby old man.... ...Look closer....see........ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within.....we will all, one day, be there, too!

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