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Wednesday 2nd March 2011


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Basic Computer User

Sticky Notes for Your Desktop

If you are a person who loves and uses post-it notes all over the place you can tidy up your desk dramatically by getting a great free program called HOTTNOTES, (Note the double “t”). This little application enables you to have notes on your computer desktop - hide them, colour them, have different ones for lists, reminders etc. You can get it at www.hottnotes.com

Gmail fail sees accounts wiped

Thousands of Gmail users have seen their accounts wiped of both messages and contacts http://www.itnews.com.au/News/249585,gmail-fail-sees-accounts-wiped.aspx

Creepy app uses Twitter and Flickr data to track anyone on a map

When you post a photo online -- especially from a phone with a built-in camera -- you're likely sharing more than the picture itself. The same is true for updates you post on Twitter. Location data is commonly included, and crafty types can do all kinds of creepy things with that information. http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2011/02/25/creepy-app-uses-twitter-and-flickr-data-to-track-anyone-on-a-map/#comments

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Advanced Computer User

Complex Internet Data Twice as Hard to Comprehend From Mobile Phone

When reading from an iPhone-sized screen, comprehension scores for complex http://www.useit.com/alertbox/mobile-content-comprehension.html

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"I have long maintained that the child psychiatrist is one of the most dangerous enemies not only of children, but also of adults who care for the two most precious and most vulnerable things in life-children and liberty." Thomas Szasz Professor of psychiatry

omega-3s override the bad gene causing Alzheimer's

"The main take-away message here is that good diets can alleviate the effects of bad genes. Of course nutritionists have had this general idea for a while, but it's nice to be able to show that this approach can be applied to specifically counteract the negative effects of Alzheimer's disease-related genes," Professor Daniel Michaelson http://www.naturalnews.com/031499_omega-3s_Alzheimers.html#ixzz1F2Sec7Hz

How is ElectroShock Not at least a Violation of Human Rights if not Outright Torture?

"I lost not only my memories of the time I was subjected to this torture but I was robbed of almost all memories from about 2003, two years before treatment, to 2008, three years after treatment stopped." Evelyn Scogin, victim of psychiatric electroshock. http://cchrflorida.org/fda-hearing-on-ect.html

Chemtrails - The Proof

An 11 minute eye opening video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZedNdox_YIM

World depopulation plan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGEbLJfDnSY&NR=1 leads to a medical death culture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho-0SHFEgGo&NR=1

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Jeff Dunham Spark Of Insanity - Peanut - Part #1

Ventriloquist humour... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hDHqbtnwoU

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All Kiwis Please Note

This is the site of a very accurate earthquake predictor http://www.predictweather.co.nz/ArticleShow.aspx?ID=339&type=home

How to prevent typos in your copy

According to an article in Customer Service Advantage (5 Oct 2007, p. 4), spell-check fails to catch 7 out of 10 errors.

Therefore, you have to proofread your copy carefully. But that's difficult to do if you've already read the copy multiple times, because your mind skips many words.

Solution: proofread your copy backward.

Why it works: the copy loses all meaning when read backward, forcing you to notice each word more.

This tip appears courtesy of Bob Bly Direct Response Letter www.Bly.com

God Versus Science

Be sure to read to the end to see who the student was.....a real surprise!

Professor of Philosophy: In hopes that all our college students are able to discern this well, let me explain the problem science has with religion.

The atheist professor of Philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand.

'You're a Christian, aren't you, son?'

'Yes sir,' the student says.

'So you believe in God?'

'Absolutely. '

'Is God good?' 'Sure! God's good.'
'Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?'

'Are you good or evil?'
'The Bible says I'm evil.'

The professor grins knowingly. 'Aha! The Bible! He considers for a Moment. 'Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?'

'Yes sir, I would.'
'So you're good...!'
'I wouldn't say that.'

'But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn't.'

The student does not answer, so the professor continues. 'He doesn't, does He? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Can you answer that one?'

The student remains silent. 'No, you can't, can you?' the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax. 'Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?'

'Er..yes,' the student says.
'Is Satan good?'

The student doesn't hesitate on this one. 'No.'
'Then where does Satan come from?'
The student falters. 'From God'

'That's right. God made Satan, didn't he? Tell me, son. Is there Evil in this world?'
'Yes, sir.'

'Evil's everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything, correct?'

'So who created evil?' The professor continued, 'If God created Everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.'

Again, the student has no answer. 'Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?'

The student squirms on his feet. 'Yes.'

'So who created them?'

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. 'Who created them?' There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. 'Tell me,' he continues onto another student. 'Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?'

The student's voice betrays him and cracks. 'Yes, professor, I do.'

The old man stops pacing. 'Science says you have five senses you use to Identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?'

'No sir. I've never seen Him.'

'Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?'

'No, sir, I have not.'

'Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelled your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, Or, God for that matter?'

'No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't.'

'Yet you still believe in him?'

'According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that, Son?'

'Nothing,' the student replies. 'I only have my faith.'

'Yes, faith,' the professor repeats. 'And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.'

The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of his own. 'Professor, is there such thing as heat?'

'And is there such a thing as cold?'
'Yes, son, there's cold too.'
'No sir, there isn't.'

The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet.

The student begins to explain. 'You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't have anything called 'cold'. We can hit down to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees. Everybody or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.'

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.

'What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?'
'Yes.' the professor replies without hesitation. 'What is night if it isn't darkness?'

'You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use to define the word. In reality, darkness isn't. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?'

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. 'So what point are you making, young man?'

'Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.'

The professor's face cannot hide his surprise this time. 'Flawed? Can you explain how?'

'You are working on the premise of duality,' the student explains. 'You argue that there is life and then there's death; a good God and a bad God.'

'You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one.'

'To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it. Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?'

'If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.'
'Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?'

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.

'Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?'

The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided. 'To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.'

The student looks around the room. 'Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?' The class breaks out into laughter. 'Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt the professor's brain, touched or smelled the professor's brain? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.' 'So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?'

Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable. Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. 'I guess you'll have to take them on faith.'

'Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,' the student continues. 'Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?'

Now uncertain, the professor responds, 'Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.'

To this the student replied, 'Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.'

The professor sat down.

If you read it all the way through and had a smile on your face when you finished, mail to your friends and family with the title 'God vs Science'

PS: The student was Albert Einstein.

Albert Einstein wrote a book titled "God vs Science" in 1921.

Isherwood: Apply Angelides lesson to save Aussie economy from banking meltdown

The lesson from America’s Angelides Commission (Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, see www.fcic.gov), that the global financial crisis was avoidable, must be applied to Australia’s banking system now, to avert a total collapse of Australia’s economy, declared Citizens Electoral Council leader Craig Isherwood today.

“Australia’s banking system is on the verge of a meltdown,” he warned. “To feed its addiction to the speculative property bubble, it is looting the real economy by starving productive sectors of credit, to funnel billions of dollars into hyperinflated mortgages.

“The property bubble will burst, because the banks can only continue to feed it with loans by bankrupting the people in the productive economy whose work earns the income that repays those loans.

“When it bursts, it will annihilate the nation’s entire banking system,” he said.

Mr Isherwood detailed the banking system’s terminal addiction to the property bubble:

* Well over half of the business of each of the Big Four banks is mortgages, which are overvalued at hyperinflated bubble levels; consequently, the banks, the regulators and the government are extending every effort to keep the bubble growing.
* The bank regulator, APRA (Australian Prudential Regulation Authority), knows the banks are bankrupt, and so allows them to engage in blatant “Enron accounting” to meet minimum capital reserve requirements. A bank’s capital reserves attest to its solvency—its ability to withstand losses. The regulatory minimum is 8 per cent, but APRA lets the banks treat mortgages as super low risk, and against $1.157 trillion in Australian mortgages, only hold $24 billion, or 2 per cent in capital reserve.
* Because the rest of the banks’ lending requires much higher capital reserves, to lower their capital ratio the banks are withholding credit from other, more productive sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, to put into mortgages, the devastating impact of which is dramatically illustrated by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s Rizza Report.
* Furthermore, APRA lets the banks reduce their capital reserves against mortgages even further, if the collateral—the property—increases in value. In other words, the more the banks lend as mortgages to expand the property bubble, the more capital they free up to lend as mortgages to expand the property bubble even more.
* On 16th February, the Moody’s ratings agency announced a shock review of Australia’s supposedly “sound” Big Four banks, for a possible credit rating downgrade, due to their enormous foreign liabilities, which are 43 per cent of total bank liabilities. The banks incurred these foreign liabilities over the past decade, as they sourced more and more funds to pump into the property bubble. By the banks’ own admission, these liabilities are unpayable, and except for the guarantees provided by the Rudd-Gillard government in October 2008, they would have already collapsed. In recent months, the banks have sought to reduce their foreign loans, but source foreign funds for deposits instead, by paying high deposit interest rates, to draw in even more money from overseas, in a “carry trade” (borrow cheap, lend dear) similar to Brazil’s.

Mr Isherwood continued, “America’s FCIC chairman Phil Angelides declared about the global financial crisis, ‘The greatest tragedy would be to accept the refrain that no one could have seen this coming and thus nothing could have been done. If we accept this notion, it will happen again.’ His commission’s report then blamed the crisis on the very causes identified and fought against at the time by Lyndon LaRouche and the CEC: the 1999 repeal of the Glass-Steagall banking regulations, and the banning of the regulation of derivatives in 2000.

“This time the authorities had better take notice,” he concluded. “Before any more lies are told that Australia’s banks are ‘sound’, and before those actually bankrupt banks are allowed to do any more damage to the Australian economy by starving productive sectors of credit to shovel in to the speculative bubble to which they are addicted, the government must act to reorganise Australia’s banking system the way LaRouche and the CEC prescribe: enact Glass-Steagall-type regulations to protect the productive economy from speculative looting by banks; enact the CEC’s Homeowners and Bank Protection Bill 2008, including its provision for a farm debt moratorium; and establish a government-owned-and-controlled national bank, like ALP legend King O’Malley’s Hamiltonian Commonwealth Bank, to direct credit into productive industries and nation-building infrastructure projects.”

Citizens Electoral Council of Australia
Media Release 1st of March 2011

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

Change your Viewpoint

This is an overview and summarisation of much data available from many other sources. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UNL5fej2n4

There is Hope - Word is Getting Out

Anti-racism and anti-war speeches from US military personnel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRN8-lRX0FQ&NR=1

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Until next time, dream big dreams, read widely, think well of your fellow man, eat food that's good for you and do the important things that make a difference - they are rarely the urgent ones!


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