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Wednesday 23rd March 2011


Hope you are having a great week.

Super Tip for the week:
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great make you
feel that you, too, can become great." —Mark Twain


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

Basic Computer User

A Day Made Of Glass

Corning's Vision For The Future With Specialty Glass At The Heart Of It VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qmwdbhsbVs&feature=fvsr

Auditor calls for Government ban on Gmail, Hotmail

Vector for attack or accidental leaks. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/252168,auditor-calls-for-government-ban-on-gmail-hotmail.aspx

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Advanced Computer User

'Ratbag' engineers make NBN kill switch unlikely: ISOC

Australian network engineers would likely protect the country’s internet connections from political control, the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) heard last night. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/251928,ratbag-engineers-make-nbn-kill-switch-unlikely-isoc.aspx

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Japan Reactors More Dangerous Than Expert Claims.

Hmmmm... seems like it's cover-ups as usual: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23764

Take a Visual Journey to the Edge of Space

Footage of the Earth from a U2 spy plane. http://www.wimp.com/breathtakingfootage/

When and How To Induce Vomiting in Pets

Potentially life saving data http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/03/15/how-and-when-to-induce-vomiting-in-pets.aspx

Aluminium Link to Breast Cancer

We typically ingest 10-100mg of aluminium daily, through deodorants, baking powder and salt, antacids and cookware, soft drink cans etc. Vaccines also contribute to our toxic overload of aluminium. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/18/vaccines-increase-cancer-risk.aspx

Throw out any aluminium cookware and check your deodorant and table salt (anti-caking agent it's called there) for aluminium. Start using potassium instead of sodium. Most of us get way too much salt so that our salt\potassium ration is way out of balance.

What is Causing What is Wrong?

What if you could find out THE cause of society's ills? What is placing America in peril?

What is causing the downfall of our educational system, the rampant diagnosing of our children, adults and elderly with mental health disorders, and what is prompting the ever-increasing use of psychiatric medication?

Lee Kessler, actress and author of "White King Rising" tells a spine-chilling story of HOW psychiatry's plan is laid out and what solution WE CAN CREATE to eliminate the harm and abuse. It is the story of a trojan horse, and in defeating it, the story of how we win.

You are invited to read "White King Rising". http://www.amazon.com/White-King-Rising-inspired-actual/dp/0615315925/

Another Case of Drug Companies Putting Profits Before Safety

Over the past few years, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials appear to have gone out of their way to protect the profits of Bayer — one of the largest and most powerful drug companies in the world... and it’s not just in the US.

You see, Bayer doesn't just make drugs. They also make chemicals for agriculture.

In the mid-90s, a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids (nicotine-based pesticides) was first introduced. This poison doesn't affect humans or animals (that's what we're told, anyway), but it disrupts the nervous systems of insects, causing disorientation and death.

It's one thing when we're talking about gypsy moths. But what about honeybees?

Bye-bye, "protection!" Hello, profits!

After neonicotinoid use began in France in 1995, the number of bees per hive was cut in half in just six years.

In a logical world, that red flag (along with other evidence of the pesticide's toxicity to bees) would have brought neonicotinoid use to a screeching halt. But an international corporate giant like Bayer isn't hemmed in by minor nuisances like logic or environmental safety.

In early 2003, Bayer applied for EPA registration of a neonicotinoid called clothianidin. At first, the agency balked. Two months later, EPA officials were suddenly not so deeply concerned with honeybee safety...

So the EPA gave clothianidin a "conditional registration", meaning the pesticide could be sold and used without restriction in the US. But the "conditional" part required Bayer to conduct a study to examine the effect of clothianidin on the life cycle of honeybees.

As expected, Bayer responded exactly the way drug companies do... They took forever, dragged their feet, and finally produced a lame, completely inconclusive study...more than FOUR YEARS later!

And what a mess!

First: The study was conducted on canola plants, not corn. Bees LOVE protein-rich corn pollen, but canola pollen doesn't draw them in as much.

Second: Researchers placed hives in a clothianidin-treated field, and other hives in an untreated control field. But the fields were so close together that bees had easy access to both fields.

So, did the research find any differences in mortality between the two sets of bees? Of course not! Maybe that's because the two sets became one big set very quickly.

And yet very quietly, with no public notice, the EPA granted clothianidin unconditional registration...THREE YEARS later! And during that entire time, the pesticide was used more and more while bee populations continued to drop alarmingly.

And in what looks like an effort to be just as incompetent or underhanded as their American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) brethren, last month, a leaked document revealed that EPA scientists had strong misgivings about the study's deficiencies and inconclusive results — the very study agency officials reviewed before giving clothianidin the green light for unconditional registration.

What's at stake?

Well, about 75 per cent of all flowering plants (which includes most food crops) require pollination. And while birds and other insects help out with pollination, commercial bee colonies play a huge role in pollinating crops. Remove the honeybee from that picture, and you've got the makings of an environmental disaster.

Now, I hope this part won't shock you too much...in 2009, Bayer reported more than $260 million in clothianidin sales...

Over in Europe they clearly understand the urgency of this matter, Italy, Germany, Slovenia and France all imposed an emergency ban on this bee-killing pesticide...

On January 25, 2011, 36 MPs in the UK House of Commons motioned to immediately suspend the licenses for all neonicotinoid pesticides used in Great Britain. By the end of March 2011, the process to put teeth into an actual law banning nicotine-based pesticides could be a groundbreaker in the struggle to give honeybees a chance to live in an environment freer from poisons and more balanced to support life, not death.

Jenny Thompson
HSI Director


"Leaked document shows EPA allowed bee-toxic pesticide despite own scientists' red flags" Tom Philpott, Grist, 12/10/10, grist.org

"Timeline of a Bee Massacre: EPA Still Allowing Hive-Killing Pesticide" Ariel Schwartz, Fast Company, 12/14/10, fastcompany.com

Reproduced from a newsletter received from Health Sciences Institute. http://www.healthsciencesinstitute.co.uk

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Groucho Marx

"Outside of a dog, a book is probably man's best friend, and inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

Michael Friedman

"The scientific name for an animal that doesn't either run from or fight its enemies is lunch."

Aldous Huxley

"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs."

Dereke Bruce, Taipei, Taiwan

"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him."

Robert A. Heinlein

"Women and cats will do as they please and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."

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Captured images of your physical keys can be used to make copies

Computer scientists at the University of California: San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering, have presented proof-of-concept for capturing images of keys from a substantial distance and using those images to make working copies of the keys. http://www.zdnetasia.com/captured-images-of-your-physical-keys-can-be-used-to-make-copies-62207952.htm

The Greatest Golfer You've Never Heard Of

Moe Norman's story - a renegade golfer who did not follow the "now I'm supposed to's". http://www.wimp.com/amazinggolfer/

From The "It's Caused by Sun Spots" Team

Volcano / Earthquake Watch Feb 17-20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yubH7KT9TQ

HAARP Video 1

Video of radar screen showing apparent source of unusual formation and Google maps location https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOSG0x_ch38

HARRP Video 2

ALERT! HAARP busted! TODAY! February 2, 2011 - Beebe, Arkansas! OMG.. caught on RADAR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jXURK4yK_o

If You've a Mind to Learn More...

This seems like a reasonable place to start... http://www.wanttoknow.info/

Rita Coolidge from 1977

Your Live is Lifting Me Higher And Higher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DJXeglQgkc

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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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