Tom’s Weekly Tips, Links and Tidbits Newsletter

Wednesday 7th December 2011


I trust this finds you fit and well.

Bumper issue this week, some truly astonishing news. Took me a while to compile it so it will take you a while to digest it. Remember, knowledge is power.

Speaking of which, if you are contemplating a web site or you would like more traffic to your existing site, let me know. The research I have been doing in the area of search engine optimisation has resulted in my web sites reanking on the first page of Google for many keywords.

Raffle Tickets

Just a quick plug for my recently turned 8 granddaughter. Seems there is a raffle on at her school next week and I have been hit up for some books of raffle tickets. $2 a ticket or 3 tickets for $5. You are welcome to purchase some through me. There are three hampers involved and they are fairly sizable so probably not worthwhile buying tickets if you live outside Sydney. Getting the prize to you would be a problem. :-)


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Basic Computer User

Google Maps 6.0 for Android features indoor mapping

Google Maps is a great tool on-the-go, although it isn’t very useful inside buildings ... well, at least it wasn’t until now. Google has launched Google Maps 6.0 for Android devices which includes indoor plans of venues such as malls, retails stores, or airports.

Problems updating to iOS 5? Here’s what you need to know

Bricked iPhones, lost contacts, slow download times and a host of other problems have plagued users trying to upgrade their devices to the new iOS 5. Here are the most common problems and how to fix them.

WD restarts Thai hard disk factory

But shortages to go beyond March quarter.,wd-restarts-thai-hard-disk-factory.aspx

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Advanced Computer User

Modified Android system keeps smartphone data from leaving specified physical locations

There are plenty of situations in which it’s convenient for people to be able to receive sensitive data on their smartphones – one example could be a nurse at a clinic, who needs a doctor’s office to email over a patient’s immunization records. The problem is, those confidential records will still be on her phone, when she leaves work with it at the end of the day. A new system developed at Virginia Tech, however, offers a solution to that problem. It allows mobile phones to access certain data only when they’re in a given physical location, and wipes that data from their memories when they leave.

How to Outperform Your Competition on Facebook

Read past the imperfect grammar, some useful data in here.

Assange accuses Australia of developing and selling spy systems.

WikiLeaks has released an interactive map and 287 documents detailing allegations of surveillance equipment sold by private companies to governments around the world.,wikileaks-maps-intercept-money-mines.aspx

Thesis WordPress Theme Creator Talks Golden Ratio and Typography

Another tool in the web developer’s arsenal.

The evolution of a threat

Interesting excerpt from a book The Tangled Web: A Guide to Securing Modern Web Applications by Michal Zalewski.,the-evolution-of-a-threat.aspx

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I Do NOT Want Compulsory Drugging Of Children

And I am prepared to stand up and be counted to stop it. Please check this out and, if you agree with me, sign it.

The Amish Don’t Get Autism? And They Don’t Get Vaccinations - Possible Link?

People outside the alternative health community are often confused by the lack of autism in the Amish people. The Amish do not experience autism, or any of the other learning disabilities that plague our technological society.

Eating Fish Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds

People who eat baked or broiled fish on a weekly basis may be improving their brain health and reducing their risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease. Eating fried fish, on the other hand, was not shown to increase brain volume or protect against cognitive decline.

ABC NEWS November 30, 2011 - Psych Drugs - Kids

Thumbs up to the investigators and ABC for their work in exposing this outrage!

The Worst Drug Fraud in History? Do You Still Trust Them with Your Life?

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has preliminarily agreed to a $3 billion settlement over the sales and marketing practices of several of its drugs, including the diabetes drug Avandia.


Learn about the master mineral supplement you must have

Breast cancer prevention alternatives - know your options before leaping

Avoid Dangerous Diagnostic Procedures

Today’s Daily Health Tip - Ditch the Tests

PAP, PSA, Mammograms and Chest X-Rays do more harm than good.

Fluoride is Toxic

I just read a post form someone saying fluoride has been used for years so it must be safe. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here is my response with several excerpts from my book.

Just because something does not kill you instantly it does not mean there is nothing wrong with it. Some factors take a while to work through the system and are not always obvious as to their effects.

As just one effect, the rate at which people are contracting cancer is growing rapidly, despite the billions of $ spent in the war on cancer.

This year or last, 150 mummies were tested to see if the bodies had any sign of cancer. Only one did. In our lifetimes 50% of people will contract cancer. This indicates cancer is not “natural” but a result of dietary or lifestyle changes made in the last 2,000 years.

We now have tens of thousands of chemicals to which we are exposed every year, many of them toxic, many carcinogenic. While the body does have mechanisms to protect us from their effects, those mechanisms can be overloaded or disabled.

Chlorine is added to water to kill pathogens. It breaks apart and recombines with chemicals from lotions, shampoos and makeup that wash down the drains. Even worse, it combines with pharmaceutical residuals to form contaminated chloroform compounds in town water mains. Remember chloroform? It used to be used as an anesthetic. Not any more. The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health considers chloroform a carcinogen. It has been found to cause liver, kidney and thyroid tumours and has been linked to bladder and rectal cancer.

Town water contamination is now being linked to cancer and other serious ailments and birth defects. The Australian newspaper of 11 June 2008 carried a report on Australian town water, being seriously high in Trihalomethane [THM] chloroform contamination. The report cited tests conducted on 20,870 babies in Perth agreeing with similar tests by British and Taiwanese scientists on 396,049 babies born in Taiwan identifying serious birth defects and other health problems caused from Chlorinated Town water.

The thyroid gland is a principle player in the immune system. 94.5% of people tested by one doctor are deficient in iodine. 20% of adults over 40 have thyroid problems. The most common is hypothyroidism – an underactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism is one of the primary reasons many people over 40 struggle to lose weight.

In a 1958 book to do with diet written by a doctor in America the chapter regarding the thyroid gland states:

“All the blood in the body passes through the thyroid gland every 17 minutes. During this 17 minute passage the gland’s secretion of iodine KILLS weak germs that may have gained entry into the blood through an injury to the skin, the lining of nose or throat, or through absorption of food from the digestive tract, Strong, virulent germs are rendered weaker by each 17 min trip, until finally they are killed.

“It is well established that the iodine content of the thyroid gland is dependent upon the iodine available in the food and water intake of the individual.

“This gland performs other functions besides killing harmful germs in the blood. The 1st is the rebuilding of energy with which to do the day’s work. The 2nd is to calm the body and relieve nervous tension, and the 3rd relates to clear thinking. Iodine is also one of the best oxidizing catalysts we have.

“Now while the thyroid gland helpfully stores iodine from the blood passing through it every 17 minutes, the gland MAY also BE MADE TO LOSE THAT STORED IODINE IF, for example, WE TAKE IN DRINKING WATER TO WHICH CHLORINE IS ADDED, or use too much sodium chloride, whose common name is table salt.

“There is a WELL-KNOWN law of halogen displacement. The halogen group is made up as follows:

Halogen with its Relative Atomic Weight

“The clinical activity of any one of these halogens is in INVERSE proportion to its atomic weight. This means that any one of the four, CAN DISPLACE THE ELEMENT WITH A HIGHER ATOMIC WEIGHT but cannot displace an element with a lower atomic weight.

“Therefore FLUORINE with the LOWEST atomic weight CAN REPLACE ALL of the others, but most of all IODINE. BUT A REVERSE ORDER IS NOT POSSIBLE.

“Iodine is one of a group of 5 elements called halogens. Fluorine is the one with the lowest atomic weight, iodine is second highest. Elements with lower atomic weights will displace those with higher atomic weights, hence fluoride will displace iodine. Since we take in fluoride with our water supply and the iodine levels in food have dropped 50% over the last 50 years then we have a 94.7% chance of being iodine deficient.

“Conclusion: This means we are less resistant to germs and more likely to get sicker for longer and more likely to die.

“Iodine and colloidal silver and gold can be used to disinfect water. Data on how to use iodine to sterilize water can be obtained from

Dr Rashid Buttar says toxicity is a major factor in cancer.

If you want 438 pages of life changing data like this, check out more from my book at

Farmer suicides rising in India as GM Bt cotton crops fail

The record suicide rate among farmers in India continues to rise, with one farmer now committing suicide every 30 minutes. Many media reports blame failed GM Bt cotton crops for the crisis.

More than a quarter of a million farmers have killed themselves in the last 16 years in what is the largest recorded wave of suicides in history. An article for Sky News reports that one farmer who committed suicide “had been persuaded to use genetically modified seeds by the possibility of a better harvest. What he wasn’t told was that they needed more rain than the region provided.”

Farmers who grow GM crops also have to borrow money for expensive pesticides and fertilizers. When the crop fails, they cannot repay their debts. The article comments, “Across rural India there is now widespread despair. The fields are also filling up with widows.” Read the Article]

* Bt cotton was first released for commercial growing in India in 2002, and the data on farm suicides show clearly that the last eight years were much worse than the preceding eight - which is alarming since the total number of farmers is declining. [Read the Article]

India’s Bt cotton "revolution" has lost its sheen over the past five years, with government data showing a consistent decline in cotton yield. Even as the area under Bt has grown to 93 per cent of the total area under the cash crop, the overall yield is estimated to decline to a five-year low this year. [Read the Article]

Farmers and activists who oppose GM crops argue that none of the promises made during the introduction of GM seeds have come true. In certain cases, the opposite has happened. Some farmers report that crops failed to flower, producing no yield at all. Others report low yields and high cost of GM seed and chemical insecticides, which farmers still have to spray in spite of marketing claims that Bt cotton reduces or eliminates the need for them.

As for GM proponents’ claims that if GM seeds were so bad, farmers wouldn’t buy them, it’s clear that the consolidation in the seed market means that GM seeds are all that’s available. [Read the Article]

Dr. Oz Proven Right - Arsenic Found in Apple Juice

Just a few months ago, FDA officials blasted Dr. Mehmet Oz, branding him an “irresponsible” scaremonger for raising concerns about the arsenic content in apple juice. But now these same officials are considering tightening restrictions on the popular drink following Dr. Oz’s vindication by a major consumer watchdog group’s investigation.

The History of Monsanto

A history lesson not found in the classroom.

Health Basics: What is Aspartame?

Or, why you should not use artificial sweeteners. This is from:

Over a billion people consume aspartame in their foods and beverages across the world, believing it to be a safe ingredient, but what they probably don’t know is that aspartame currently accounts for over 75% of all side effects complaints received by the FDA’s Adverse Reaction Monitoring System (ARMS) for the past 4 years. It is banned by health-conscious countries all over the world, especially where there is a national healthcare system in place.

If you need to sweeten something, try stevia. It is a natural product, 30 times sweeter than sugar and has NO calories.

Nicola Roxon holds a gun to parent’s heads

As most of you would have heard by now, the government has announced a new policy which is due to start in July next year, linking full vaccination with the ability to receive payments of more than $2,100 from the Family Tax Benefit Part A. What you may not have heard is that the conscientious objection clause will still apply to these payments so whether you vaccinate or not, you will still be able to get this money.

Newspapers, radio and television reports are all omitting this information. One has to wonder if these omissions are intentional?

Immunologist admits that vaccines can’t possibly protect infants!

Just when I think that nothing can possibly shock me, I am sent a link to this recent talk by a pro-vaccination immunologist who states quite clearly (along with VERY inappropriate laughter!) that the vaccines given before a child turns 1 simply don’t work. Doctors and nurses know they don’t work and the only reason they are given is to ’train’ parents to bring their children in so they will come back when the baby is 1-year old for their 12-month vaccines which are the important ones! Listen here: or read it here:

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Sane People Laugh Readily - Retain Your Sense of Humour

I saw this on Facebook and thought it worthy of forwarding.

Do not grow up

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The Orangutan and the Hound

Humans Are Not the Only Beings with Interspecies Friends!Wisdom/OrangutanAndHound.html


“If you see a friend without a smile, give him one of yours.”

Burke lied—MDBA Plan will smash Basin regions, which is already happening

Following an angry confrontation with a Griffith farmer on 29th November, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Tony Burke said in an interview that farmers will only sell their water rights because of increasingly efficient agricultural practice; therefore, water buybacks will have no impact on the productivity of farms and the local towns. However, the 2010 Rizza Report, a banker’s analysis commissioned by the MDBA prior to the October 2010 release of their Guide to the proposed Basin Plan, revealed that banks had already tightened the purse strings in advance of the MDBA’s intended decimation of agriculture, to such a degree that farmers would have to sell their water rights in order to remain financially viable, in order to continue to exist. (In the words of the Rizza report: “…a common result being the sale of water as a means of working through the farmers’ financial difficulties.”)

The Rizza report also revealed that the MDBA’s Plan would create economic conditions in the Basin equivalent to permanent drought. It was admitted that with the MDBA Plan this status will likely become permanent—“the equivalent of drought conditions and the resultant cash flow consequences may become the normal operating environment.”

“Despite the resilience demonstrated by farmers and communities throughout the drought, the consistent feedback received from financiers is that a permanent reduction in water for consumptive use would decimate a number of towns economically dependent on irrigation…” the report went on to say.

As a consequence, covenants that exist in virtually every bank loan covering “Material Adverse Events”—any event which may affect the ability of an enterprise to make an income—could be triggered at any time, empowering the banks to immediately call in loans, and even invoke immediate foreclosure. Rizza admitted that banks had already begun taking action to reduce their lending exposure to the Basin. (Read more about this, and about Rizza’s background here.)

“Due to the debt levels, there has been substantial pressure applied by some banks to particular borrowers to reduce debt through the sale of water assets and raising of equity. As time passes … this pressure increases.”

Then comes the self-fulfilling downward spiral:

Forcing such sales drives down the prices of water and land across the board. “The banks will view the neighbour’s water assets as only worth as much as the recent water sale. The application of Accounting Standards will likely require reduction in recent water sales to be reflected the accounts [sic] of co-located businesses.”

Thus the banks are effectively forcing the shutdown of entire towns by forcing an initial sale of land/water to collect on their debts.

“With a reduction in asset value, gearing increases, putting further pressure on borrowers to reduce debt. In addition, with the uncertainty in water entitlements, banks may be increasingly reluctant to make new loans except at lower debt levels.”

Selling water rights to repay debt, etc., sends money primarily back to the banks, and so “is no longer available to generate income in the community.”

Many farms will be forced to restructure once they have sold water rights, but as Rizza relays from interviews he conducted with the relevant banks: “Many banks interviewed would not seriously contemplate lending to a farm to restructure their business …”

Property values will continue to fall and earnable cashflows from these properties (and their associated towns) will be much reduced as a result of the MDBA Plan, Rizza admits. Falling property values will drive down rates, collapsing local council revenues, and affecting the whole region.

Therefore, “towns with a population less than 25,000 people, which predominantly rely on irrigation for its economy, are not sustainable in the longer term as a population centre without a thriving irrigation industry”. (Emphasis added.)

The effect on food production of the shutdown of key regions of Australia’s primary irrigation farmland is patently obvious.

Tony Burke cannot deny the genocidal consequences of what has been openly admitted and endorsed by the Rizza Report and the MDBA which commissioned it.

Five things you can do right now to help stop the economic plundering of our world

Some good tips here. US oriented but applies equally here me thinks.

Some Wise Words From Abraham Lincoln

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
.... Abraham Lincoln

Financial ‘perfect storm’ slams Aussie banks - time for CEC solutions

A perfect storm of financial disasters has slammed into Australia’s banking system this week, pushing it to the precipice of total collapse, and forcing a panicked Reserve Bank to cut interest rates.

Responding to the emergency, Citizens Electoral Council leader Craig Isherwood today demanded the immediate enactment of the CEC’s policies of Glass-Steagall bankruptcy reorganisation and the establishment of a new, government-owned national bank.

The perfect storm that has struck the Australian banks includes:

  • A European-centred “credit crunch”, which cuts off the foreign “carry trade” that lends into Australia chasing higher interest rates. Australia’s big banks and miners rely heavily on this carry trade for foreign capital. The last time this happened, in October 2008, all of Australia’s major banks, including Macquarie Bank, were flattened, and only the Rudd-Gillard guarantee on their foreign borrowing kept them trading.
  • The China “sneeze” that gives Australia pneumonia: China is suffering its most severe manufacturing collapse since the depths of the GFC in January 2009, a flow-on from the crisis wracking its major consumers in Europe and the U.S. Back in 2009, China’s crisis brought world shipping to a standstill; its factories stopped importing resources from Australia; and coal export-dependent Queensland’s budget revenues collapsed. Australia was then saved from total collapse only when the Chinese accelerated their massive internal infrastructure development program, which kick-started Australian resource imports again.
  • A sharp increase in mortgage stress, coinciding with falling auction clearance rates and house prices across the country. Australia’s banks are heavily exposed to the property market, but at inflated, bubble values; a collapse of the bubble will wipe them out. Until now, heavy foreign investment via the carry trade has propped up the mortgage market, combined with the habit of longsuffering Australians to prioritise their mortgage payments over other living expenses. However, rising mortgage stress is driving a sharp increase in foreclosures, which, combined with falling sales, will drive down the property market even more, spelling doom for the banks. This likely forced the RBA’s hand on interest rates; however, lower interest rates undermine the carry trade even more, on which the banks are also reliant.
  • Australia’s supposedly great, strong, sound banks all suffered credit rating downgrades this week, as financial observers could no longer ignore the trouble they were facing.
  • Isherwood questioned whether the government was already acting behind the scenes to prop up the banks.

    “Why are the major banks risking more public hatred by foot-dragging on passing on the rate cut?” he asked. “What is being discussed right now between the government and the banks, so the banks can stay afloat? We found out later that in these circumstances three years ago, Macquarie Bank was begging hysterically in a flurry of emails to its friends in the government for the bank guarantee, and the major banks all met with Rudd, Gillard, Swan and Tanner and said if the government didn’t step in, they would collapse ‘sooner rather than later’. All the while the government kept babbling that the banks are ‘sound’.

    “It would be criminal if Gillard and Swan attempted to pull the same bailout they did in 2008, instead of solving the problem.”

    Isherwood emphasised that today is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Commonwealth Bank Act through the federal parliament:

    “The anniversary of King O’Malley’s victory in achieving a national bank for Australia is a timely reminder of the only solution to this mess”, he said.

    “The banking system must be reorganised, and put back under the control of a government-owned national bank that can direct Australia’s credit into investments in infrastructure, manufacturing and agriculture, to revive Australia’s actual physical economy.”

    He concluded, “The financial crisis has now dragged on for more than four years, and all the bailouts and austerity by governments has only made it worse, far worse. It is time for the people to demand that the government serves their welfare, instead of the banks, and fight for the CEC’s policies to make them do that.”

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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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