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Wednesday 11th August 2010


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Enjoy this week's selection of information morsels and have a great week!



Basic Computer User | Advanced Computer User | Health | Humour | Other | Videos

Basic Computer User

Cracks found in BlackBerry's security armour

Research in Motion's resistance to giving governments access to its BlackBerry network misses a major point -- authorities could probably hack the data on their own if they want it badly enough, security experts say. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/224036,cracks-found-in-blackberrys-security-armour.aspx

Computer versus Paper Reading Speeds

A study of people reading long-form text on tablets finds higher reading speeds than in the past, but they're still slower than reading print. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/ipad-kindle-reading.html

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Advanced Computer User

Google to wipe out Wave

Google will stop developing its email-like collaboration tool Wave "as a standalone product" as early as next year following low demand for the service. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/223651,google-to-wipe-out-wave.aspx

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McGorry misleading the public

Psychiatrist Patrick McGorry and others are misleading the public with dodgy statistics in mental health. http://www.theage.com.au/national/mcgorry-misleading-the-public-20100808-11qes.html

Dodgy facts no path to mental health reform http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/dodgy-facts-no-path-to-mental-health-reform/story-e6frg8y6-1225901844904

Misleading claims in the mental health reform http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=10793&page=0

What's the best thing you can do when you feel mentally challenged and physically tired?

A. Take a 15-minute cat-nap
B. Meditate quietly for 10 minutes
C. Crack open a sugary sports drink
D. Head to the gym
E. None of the above

The answer is...

Drumroll please...

Your best option for a quick mental tune up - and physical boost - is the exact opposite of what you'd expect... a 10-minute workout!

It's My Body, Get Your Hands Off It!

the federal government has now (July) passed legislation that means any women who employs a midwife (which is the new maternity reform so women http://www.facebook.com/AustraliaVotesForBirthChoices

Antidepressants linked with significant risk of stroke and fracture

antidepressants increased the stroke rate by up to half, the rate of falls by more than three quarters and the fracture rate by 87% compared with no antidepressant use. http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=23&storycode=4126712&c=1

Mineral Lab Tests

Just spoke to Ralf, the supplier of my Fulvic Minerals in the USA. He is flying interstate next week to liaise with the lab that is testing the health benefits of adding his fulvic minerals to the diets of people and livestock. Amazing results to date. I will advise more when the results are sent to me. If you are interested in adding minerals to your diet check out http://www.FulvicMinerals.com.au

Drop Your Blood Pressure with Vitamin C

Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine report that daily supplementation with vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can significantly reduce blood pressure in people suffering from hypertension... http://www.mrvitamins.com.au/news.php

Vitamin C puts the brakes on cancer cell growth

Linus Pauling pioneered vitamin C research, took up to 30 grams a day of it and lived to age 93. Latest research from New Zealand finds a lack of vitamin C allowed tumors to survive and grow more easily and Vitamin C might even prevent the formation of solid tumors in the first place. http://www.naturalnews.com/029434_vitamin_C_cancer.html

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Bill Cosby says:

Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.

Nothing going right?

A little guy is sitting at the bar staring at his drink when a large, trouble-making biker steps up next to him, grabs his drink and gulps it down in one swig.

"Well, whatcha gonna do about it?" he says, menacingly.

The little guy bursts into tears.

"Come on, man," the biker says, " I didn't think you'd CRY. I can`t stand to see a man crying."

"This is the worst day of my life," says the little guy.

"I am a complete failure. I was late to a meeting,and my Boss fired me. When I went to the car park, I found my car stolen and I don't have any insurance, I left my wallet in the cab I took home. I found my wife in bed with the milk man and then my dog bit me.

"So I came to this bar to work up the courage to put an end to it all. I buy a drink, drop the capsule in it and while I sit here watching the poison dissolve a smart ass like you shows up and downs my drink! I can't do ANYTHING right!"

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A Motion Containing Jigsaw Puzzle

Great for kids, young and old! http://www.brl.ntt.co.jp/people/hara/fly.swf

Quote from Albert Einstein:

"The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

A Great Article on Economic (mis)-Management

Gareth has some wise words that are very worthwhile reading http://performiaau.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/performia-australia-which-australian-prime-minister-would-add-the-most-value-running-your-business/

ACMA approves in-flight mobile use

Airline passengers to get mobile roaming in the air. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/221450,acma-approves-in-flight-mobile-use.aspx

Google-Verizon unveil net neutrality proposal

Google and Verizon released a joint net neutrality proposal yesterday outlining rules to protect content providers from discrimination by carriers. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/224107,google-verizon-unveil-net-neutrality-proposal.aspx

Resale Royalty Scheme

Under the Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Act 2009, visual artists are eligible to receive five per cent of the sale price when their original works over $1000 are resold through the art market. The scheme covers original works of art, such as a painting, a collage, a drawing, a print, a sculpture, a ceramic, an item of glassware or a photograph. The scheme is only applied prospectively, meaning that royalty rights only apply to resales where the seller has acquired the work after 2 June 2010. To find out more, please visit: http://www.arts.gov.au/artists/resale_royalty

Help stop the sex trafficking trade

"My daughter Oxana was a beautiful, wonderful girl, gifted in languages. She left our home when she was 20 to take her dream job as a translator in Europe. We were so happy for her. Three weeks later the police told us she died falling from a 5th story window, trying to escape men who fooled her with the job and forced her into a sex club. I died when she died. Now I live only to stop this from happening to other girls. Please, help me." http://www.avaaz.org/en/russia_rape_trade_putin_6/?vl

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Walk on water (Liquid Mountaineering)

Liquid Mountaineering is a new sport which is attempting to achieve what man has tried to do for centuries: walk on water. Or to be more precise: running on water. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe3St1GgoHQ

Crosby Stills & Nash - Suite - Judy Blue Eyes

From Woodstock 1969. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzF_MoXOU1E

The CIA's Involvement in Drug Trafficking

This short documentary is evidence that proves The CIA has been importing drugs into the USA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b6kf5PIzX4

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