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Monday, December 31, 2007

Great Message from my friend's Class President

From Jeanette:

From: "Alan Rosenthal"
To: "Alan Rosenthal"
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 10:08:18 -0500
I have been thinking about the challenge of hope...I have always been an optimistic person...I have great admiration for those who can bounce back from adversity, those who pick themselves up after being knocked down...To me, that is one of the true tests of a person's strength and character...Life deals all of us obstacles, disillusionments and sometimes even a real punch in the gut....But those that are happiest in life are the ones who find a way to absorb and heal from the pain and then to learn and grow from such experiences...It is easy to become anxious, worried or even depressed when confronted with disappointed expectations, the loss of a love or failure in an endeavor....But there is one thing that enables human beings to deal with the calamities of life: that thing is HOPE...Hope is the belief that tomorrow will bring a brighter day....It motivates us to get out of bed and strive for something better, whether in life, work, relationships or even just a happy thought or memory....It enables us to make lemonade out of lemons.....
I fear that the coming months and perhaps years will bring the most frightening challenge our hopes and dreams have faced.....Our economic well-being is in greater jeopardy than at any time in our lives...Every day brings more bad news: mortgage foreclosures, record credit card debt, lack of individual savings, corporate losses, stock market volatility, rising unemployment, decreasing domestic production, devaluation of the dollar, trade and budget deficits and sinking consumer confidence....I am convinced that hard times which have already begun for many among us will reach farther and deeper than scholars and pundits predict....The parents of the Class of '69 endured the Great Depression...By comparison, most of our generation have known only prosperity and a sense that the "good times" will roll forever....The economic crisis will hit us hard....
Our hope, our optimism will be rocked to the core...When you consider the difficulties of taking care of parents/relatives in declining health, educating our children and attempting to fulfill our own unmet goals, sustaining hope is a daunting task indeed....Nonetheless, we must rise to meet that challenge with the zeal for which our generation is well known....
Even at our ages (remember when we could not trust anyone over 30), we have the strength and ability to maintain a rosy view of life and our future...We can all see the cloud's silver lining, but each of us as individuals must look for it....Draw on your inner strength, focusing on your blessings and the love of those around you....Seek out the innocence and wonder on the face of a child or the beauty of a blue sky with a bright sun....Know that tomorrow can be better than today if we make it so....Medical science says that most of us, with good nutrition and a bit of exercise, will live for at least another 30 years....While there may be some "lean" years in those 3 decades, there will be many more years filled with plenty: successes of our children, arrival of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; career accomplishments, retirement, travel, completion of the "bucket list" and some plain old smelling of the flowers...There is SO much more life to live...Neither a bad economy, war, a deteriorating environment, global poverty and hunger, incompetent and corrupt public officials, illness and old age, children in trouble nor any of life's sucker punches will be allowed to get us down, at least for long....Get up, stand tall and strong, breathe deep and enjoy the bounty of life....While there will always be things to be angry or upset about, there are so many more to exult....Dedicate yourself to feeling the joy that is all around us....It will impel you to emotional heights that only experience and the wisdom of years can bring....Hope is the way and it is equally available to us all....Grab onto it and hold it dear...With hope, you can endure anything and even laugh in the face of adversity...We must have hope; it gives us the best chance of a happy life.....
I wish you and your families hope and much happiness as we end 2007 and begin 2008....And mark your calendar for Summer 2009 when the Miami High Class of 1969 will celebrate its 40 Year Reunion....Take care.....Alan
Alan Rosenthal
Adorno & Yoss LLP
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2525 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33134
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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Tens of millions of birds disappearing across North America

Janis Gilbreath <> wrote:

From: Light Eye
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2007 11:05 AM
 First the bees - now the birds...Click the link if you can't access the video.

Tens of millions of birds disappearing across North America

CBC's The National reports that tens of millions of birds are disappearing across North America.
The following video is from CBC's The National, broadcast on December 28, 2007
Posted December 29th, 2007 at 9:51 am By Michael Aivaz

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

The "W" in Christmas

The "W" in Christmas

Posted by: "Janis Gilbreath"   janis_s_gilbreath

Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:27 am (PST)

You've got to love this one.....
Sent to me by my friend, Hilda M.

Love and Blessings, Janis

The "W" in Christmas

Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful

I had cut back on nonessential obligations - extensive card writing,
endless baking, decorating, and even overspending.

Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the
precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting
season for a six year old.

For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter

I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the
production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his
teacher. She assured me there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of
the presentation.

All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then.

Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.

So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes
early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the
room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats.
As I waited, the students were led into the room. Each class,
accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then,
each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the
holiday as "Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun,
commercial entertainment songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes
and good cheer.

So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas Love," I was
slightly taken aback by its bold title.

Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy
mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads.

Those in the front row- center stage - held up large letters, one by
one, to spell out the title of the song.

As the class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up
the letter C. Then, "H is for Happy," and on and on, until each
child holding up his portion had presented the complete message,
"Christmas Love."

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her;
a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter "M" upside
down - totally unaware her letter "M" appeared as a "W".

The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little
one's mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she
stood tall, proudly holding her "W".

Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter
continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it

A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.

In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we
celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos,
there was a purpose for our festivities.

For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and

"C H R I S T W A S L O V E"

And, I believe, He still is.
Amazed in His presence... .humbled by His love.


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Friday, December 28, 2007

Why Bhutto's Assassination Matters ~ by Joel C. Rosenburg

Thanks to Larry Taylor for this.

From: <> Alerts
Date: Dec 28, 2007 10:26 AM
Subject: Why Bhutto's Assassination Matters ~ by Joel C. Rosenburg

By Joel C. Rosenberg
(Washington, D.C., December 27, 2007) -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday by Islamic radicals. A leading pro-democracy and pro-Westerner political reformer in the Muslim world, Bhutto had just finished addressing a campaign rally of supporters in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi. Jihadists opened fire on the once and possibly future premier using automatic weapons, hitting her in the neck and chest. A suicide bomber then blew himself up at site, leaving Bhutto dead and killing at least 20 others.

The attack is certainly another tragedy for Bhutto's family (her father, who was premier in the late 1970s, was hanged by radicals in 1979) and we should be praying for their peace and comfort during this difficult time. But why else does Bhutto's death matter?

To be blunt: Pakistan and her nuclear weapons are in danger of falling into the hands of Islamic radicals. Such radicals have attempted to assassinate Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf multiple times in the last few years, hoping to seize control of the government and impose sharia law. Today's attack is a sobering reminder that Pakistan is just one coup d'etat away from Osama bin Laden or one of his fanatical, murderous allies suddenly gaining control. It is difficult to imagine a more nightmarish scenario than al-Qaeda in possession of Pakistan's nuclear arsensal, but this is not an impossibility.

For several years, and certainly throughout 2007, Musharraf has been severely criticized by Western leaders -- including those here in Washington, D.C. -- for imposing martial law and employing other heavy-handed tactics in an attempt to crush the radicals and safeguard the country from their control. He has deserved some of this criticism, but we must also keep things in perspective.

While we all want Pakistan to become a fully-developed democracy -- peaceful, prosperous and healthy in all respects -- we must be very careful never to underestimate the danger that Musharraf and his colleagues are in from the radicals. They are in a battle not just for the soul but the very survival of their country. I personally have serious concerns about how truly committed Musharraf is to Jeffersonian democracy. But I do not believe that he is the worst-case scenario for Pakistan. Bin Laden (or bid Laden-ism) is the worst case scenario.

Let us, therefore, take great pains not repeat the mistakes that President Jimmy Carter made in the late-1970s when he pressed so hard for democracy and human rights in Iran that the Shah eventually was forced to flee the country and the Ayatollah Khomeini took over. As deeply flawed as the Shah was, can anyone effectively argue today that Khomeini was better for the people of Iran, the people of the epicenter, or the world at large?

FYI: Benazir Bhutto, it should be noted, became the first woman prime minister of a Muslim country on December 2, 1988 and served until August 6, 1990. She was later reelected Prime Minister, serving from October 19, 1993 through November 5, 1996.

FYI: Agence France Presse reports that "there have been more than 40 suicide attacks in Pakistan this year that have left at least 770 people dead" and notes that "the deadliest terror attack in Pakistan's history targetted her homecoming rally just hours after her return, leaving 139 people dead".

FYI: The New York Times reports that "the attack the latest blow to Pakistan's treacherous political situation. It comes just days after President Pervez Musharraf lifted a state of emergency, imposed in part because of terrorist threats. Ms. Bhutto, 54, returned from self-imposed exile to Pakistan this year to present herself as the answer to the nation's troubles: a tribune of democracy in a state that has been under military rule for eight years, and the leader of the country's largest opposition political party, founded by her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, one of Pakistan's most flamboyant and democratically inclined prime ministers. But her record in power, and the dance of veils she has deftly performed since her return -- one moment standing up to the Pakistan president, General Musharraf, then next seeming to accommodate him, and never quite revealing her actual intentions -- has stirred as much distrust as hope among Pakistanis."

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Bhutto interview bombshell...

Bhutto interview bombshell...

Posted by: "Bea Bernhausen"   beabernhausen

Thu Dec 27, 2007 11:50 pm (PST)

Sorry for the pun---not intended...
This is an interesting November interview with Bhutto---in which she casually mentions the murder of Usama bin Laden---about 6 minutes into the interview. (Mistake?---Freudian slip?--She does not correct herself and Frost 'appears' not to notice...
The whole interview is very apropo considering it was mostly discussing the previous suicide bomb attack on her life,---and other interesting revelations about the Pakistani government.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A Silent Night Movie for Peace

Dee Rohe <> wrote:
To: Warren Tatman <>
From: Dee Rohe <>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 11:01:29 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [A_Blood_Type_Chatterbox] A Silent Night Movie for Peace

Thanks to Mary Robinson Reynolds for this!
To Our Friends ...throughout the World,

May the peace that passes all understanding embrace you and sustain you as you enjoy this exquisite musical rendition of Silent Night and it's message of peace...

This movie will remain free online for you to watch as often as you need to bring you comfort.

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
- Saint Theresa's Prayer

Let us join together now, whatever the holiday celebration - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Three King's Day, New Year's - in achieving World Peace in our lifetimes by experiencing the peace that silence brings.

Blessings of the season,

Mary & Craig Reynolds

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The World Bank knows that Climate Change is costing - They're not taking any chances..

Climate Frog Blog:
"Adapt Locally, Network Globally"
Designers, planners and serious thinking about climate change..
....the insurance industry, which is dropping tens of thousands of East Coast customers and raising rates on the rest, in part as a result of climate predictions. Ecologists all over the world also know that it's a very big deal. The World Bank knows.
Biloxi and other Gulf Coast cities also suffered severe damage from Katrina and Rita. Key West had flooding comparable to that in New Orleans from Rita. If we looked around the country at other vulnerable cities, we'd have to write off many more than New Orleans.
As I've blogged repeatedly in the past, the authors point to the insurance industry as the real bellweathers of change in perspective. They recommend that government policy-makers begin working with insurance companies to implement realistic planning for coastal areas subject to sea level rise.....
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Stretching Across Asia–More Earthquakes Than Usual?

Sure seems more to me..
 Stretching Across Asia–More Earthquakes Than Usual?
A 6,2-magnitude earthquake hit near the city of Iwaki in Japan on Monday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, revising it to a slightly stronger quake than it initially reported. Strong earthquakes have also hit Indonesia ...
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Geologist's prophecy: Holy Land overdue for a major earthquake

Monday, November 26, 2007   
TEL AVIV — Based on 400-year historical cycles a the pattern of recent tremors, the Middle East should be expecting a major earthquake in the near future, a geologist said.
A leading Israeli geologist has assessed that the Middle East, particularly, the Levant, was ripe for a major earthquake. The geologist based his forecast on seismological data as well as historical patterns.
"All of us in the region should be worried," Shmuel Marco, a geologist at Tel Aviv University, said.
Seismologists have often warned of the prospect of a major earthquake in the Middle East. The Levant has undergone a series of serious tremors on the magnitude of five on the Richter Scale, but without causing significant damage.
On Nov. 20, an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter Scale shook Israel and Jordan. The earthquake, whose epicenter was in the area of the Dead Sea, did not cause major damage.
Marcos a member of Tel Aviv University's Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, has sought to predict the next major earthquake in the Levant through historical examination. The geologist has examined ancient records from the Vatican and other religious sources in his research.
The major earthquakes in the Levant took place along the Jordan Valley. Earthquakes were reported in 31 BCE, 363 CE, 749 CE and 1033 CE.
"So roughly, we are talking about an interval of every 400 years," Marcos said. "If we follow the patterns of nature, a major quake should be expected any time because almost a whole millennium has passed since the last strong earthquake of 1033."
Based on history, Marcos predicts a major earthquake that would affect Israel, Jordan, Palestinian Authority and Syria. He said the sites important to Christianity, Islam and Judaism could be particularly vulnerable.
"I am looking for patterns and I can say that based on ancient records, the pattern in Israel around the Dead Sea region is the most disturbing to us," Marcos said. "When it strikes and it will this quake will affect Amman, Jordan as well as Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. Earthquakes don't care about religion or political boundaries."

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Volcano erupts on island in Lake Nicaragua

Related earthquakes continued to rattle the area on Sunday.

Volcano erupts on island in Lake Nicaragua

Sunday, November 25, 2007
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) The Concepcion volcano in Nicaragua sent huge columns of ash into the sky in eruptions that prompted a ripple of small earthquakes, local seismologists said Sunday.
The volcano, one of two on an island in Central America's largest lake, erupted Saturday night and related earthquakes continued to rattle the area on Sunday. No one was injured by the blast, Nicaragua's Institute of Territorial Studies said in a statement.
The 1,610-meter (5,282-foot) volcano is located 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of the capital, Managua, on an island popular with adventure tourists in Lake Nicaragua.
Ash rained down on local communities on Sunday, as strong winds carried it to toward the capital, the institute said.
The Concepcion volcano, which shares its lake island with the dormant Maderas volcano, last erupted in 2005.
In the interest of timeliness, this story is fed directly from the Associated Press newswire and may contain occasional typographical errors.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Giant vault to preserve major food crops

17:55:33  20/11/2007

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic is well on its way to storing all known varieties of crop seeds in a bid to protect species from worldly disasters.

The construction of the vault, sponsored by the Norwegian government, promises to preserve 4.5 million seed samples at temperatures of around -18oC. The Global Diversity Trust, responsible for collecting and maintaining the samples, claims that crops at these temperatures can last for up to a 1000 years.

The vault is 1000km in length and located inside a mountain on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen. So, come rain or sunshine, asteroids or tsunamis, it looks like the giant freezer is here to serve our future dietary needs.


Jumping Bankers Now Talking About Losses in Trillions

Oh, oh.  Now it's hit the..
"The planet has exploded!"  ... the planet's financial system, that is. 
 Jumping Bankers Now Talking About Losses in Trillions
By LaRouche PAC
... an explosion of the entire international financial system. Already, pieces of the exploded planet are flying around like asteroids—but only a fool would say that the asteroids are "going to cause" the explosion! The planet has exploded!
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Deflected asteroids may keep coming back, told to U.S. Committee

What?  Who's been deflecting asteroids besides God?
 Deflected asteroids may keep coming back
By kmiles
What goes around comes around. Unfortunately, no such karma figures in plans to deflect asteroids on a collision course with Earth, a hearing of the US House Science and Technology Committee was told last week.
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Oh, they're just plans...  so far.


Re: The Great Stem Cell Swindle - Comment from Sue

Thanks for this, Sue!

"Sue Turner, APFLI" <> wrote:
From: "Sue Turner, APFLI" <>
To: "Dee Rohe" <>
Subject: Re: The Great Stem Cell Swindle
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 11:20:49 -0600

Even finding very useful stem cells in menstrual blood! see homepage please pass along! and check as well.
----- Original Message -----
From: Dee Rohe
Sent: Tuesday, 20 November, 2007 10:26 AM
Subject: The Great Stem Cell Swindle

This article calls this a 'breakthrough'  ... that is, being able to make ordinary skin cells into stem cells. 
This is no new thing!  Scientists have been able to do this with bone marrow cells, fat cells, and yes, even skin cells for a while now. The research and procedures need to be furthered in this direction.  "They" just want an excuse to clone human embryos. They even had 'Superman', Chris Reeves, believing that harvesting cloned human embryos would one day be the key to cure his spinal cord injury.
The truth is that making stem cells from one's own body cells (rather than an embryo) would totally avoid the problems of rejection of foreign matter.  If someday you can have a heart repaired from your own stem cells, then you would not need a heart transplant and the problems of having to take immune-destroying drugs the rest of your now shortened life.
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Children herded like cattle into Maryland courthouse for forced vaccinations as armed police and attack dogs stand guard

Thanks to Larry Taylor for this !


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Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 09:34:51 -0600
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The Great Stem Cell Swindle

This article calls this a 'breakthrough'  ... that is, being able to make ordinary skin cells into stem cells. 
This is no new thing!  Scientists have been able to do this with bone marrow cells, fat cells, and yes, even skin cells for a while now. The research and procedures need to be furthered in this direction.  "They" just want an excuse to clone human embryos. They even had 'Superman', Chris Reeves, believing that harvesting cloned human embryos would one day be the key to cure his spinal cord injury.
The truth is that making stem cells from one's own body cells (rather than an embryo) would totally avoid the problems of rejection of foreign matter.  If someday you can have a heart repaired from your own stem cells, then you would not need a heart transplant and the problems of having to take immune-destroying drugs the rest of your now shortened life.
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The Great Global Warming Swindle

We humans could not change the earth's climate even if we tried..
The Great Global Warming Swindle
Humans have put out lots of CO2 but every time a volcano erupts it puts out more CO2 than all Humans have combined over the last 100 years. Also, all of the oceans release more CO2 the warmer the water is......
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Monday, November 19, 2007

"Star Wars" show or.... Anti-christ show? I SEE LIGHTS RIGHT NOW!

Getting ready for "Star Wars" show or.... for the Anti-Christ show? 
Or, would they be one and the same?
From Dr. Boylan:
On Behalf Of Kay Wilson
Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2007 4:11 PM
To: UFOFacts
Subject: [UFOFacts] Light show in the sky

Below is a description of an odd light show seen in the Western Washington sky in the early morning of Friday, November 16. I am forwarding the description with the permission of my correspondent. We would be very interested to know if others have seen similar shows, and whether you can shed any "light" on the phenomenon.

Last night around 2 AM I wake up.

I sleep right next to the window looking West - North. My field of vision encompasses a large area around Polaris (north star = star that is always in the north).

Polaris is part of Ursa Minor (= known as small dipper). Ursa Major (big dipper) shows its 'pan'  in the direction of the Polaris, which is measuring off 4x the pan base in the direction of the pan baseline and, voila, there is Polaris. Earth's axis rotates around that point in space. I am writing this way so that you can find it yourself. In the field of vision are several star systems: Right top Usa Major; Bottom right Ursa Minor; Bottom but hard to see Draco, Bottom Left Cepheus and Top Camelopardalis
Between Camelopardalis and the Polaris I saw something very interesting. It was very high, and considering the fact I have often done star gazing and watched satellites flying over; it was at that height or even higher in space that I saw several small triangles moving, and I estimate about 8 or 10. They shot dark red-like laser beams to each other, and I saw clearly the point of origin of the blast and arrival. At times to each other and at times away, but most of them in the direction of 1/3 bottom Left of Camelopardalis.

The interesting part was there were no explosions, but it was like they were laying down some kind of an energy field upon which, when established, some kind of a hologram was projected and showed a picture, and each picture was rebuilt with the same laser-like beams (singular impulse). The picture that would appear was an outlining of fuzzy-like white-grey light speckles and formed: an outline of a man shooting an arrow (Hunter); then a Pegasus; then a Scorpio; and then it all was repeated again. After seeing it 3 times I closed my eyes for a few minutes thinking I must be nuts, but then after a few minutes opened them up again and the sequence was still going. All the pictures would kind of move in the direction of 1/3 bottom Left of Camelopardalis. It was like it was sucked away and thus mis-formed in a long smoky-like string and then evaporated.
All very interesting. Now I did scan with my eyes around to see if my retina was playing tricks on me, but no, because each time when I turned my eyes/head in the direction of what I saw before, I moved into position and continued to see what was shown.
I woke up this morning feeling super groggy and had a hard time to wake up. Throughout the day it felt like I was run over by a truck. On the question of how can I see this so clearly at night: I have very large windows in the bed room and I sleep on the floor right along side the window, so when I open my eyes it is like I am sleeping outside, and it is at times quite a sight and very serene, but every once and a while I witness something extraordinary such as this and many other things.
Viewpoint coordinates were lat 47o 00' N and long 123o 00' W (near Mt. Rainier).



Iran brands U.S. Dollar as 'Worthless'...

Iran leader dismisses US currency
US dollars
The value of the US dollar has fallen steadily in recent times
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suggested an end to the trading of oil in US dollars, calling the currency "a worthless piece of paper".
The call came at the end of a rare Opec summit, and was opposed by US ally Saudi Arabia.
The Iranian president had wanted to include the attack on the dollar in the summit's closing statement.
The communique made little mention of the dollar, however, focusing instead on energy security and the environment.
The summit in Saudi Arabia was only Opec's third in 47 years.
During the talks, Opec members revealed differences about the future direction of the exporters' group.
But Opec leaders ended with a pledge to provide the world with reliable supplies of oil.
Unfair trade?
Speaking after the end of the summit, Mr Ahmadinejad said all leaders at the meeting were unhappy with recent falls in the value of the dollar.
Oil drums
Oil reached a record high of $98.62 a barrel earlier this month
The dollar has weakened considerably against the euro and other currencies in the past 12 months.
Its decline has affected the revenues of Opec members because most of them price and sell their oil exports in the US currency.
Mr Ahmadinejad said that all Opec countries had showed interest in converting their cash reserves into other currencies.
"They [the US] get our oil and give us a worthless piece of paper," he told reporters.
But Saudi officials were against including any such language in the declaration. One is reported to have warned that it could add to the pressure on the dollar.
However, in the communique Opec did make a reference to the debate, by committing itself to studying "ways and means of enhancing financial co-operation".
Iran's oil minister said that this would allow the formation of a committee to study the dollar's affect on oil prices and investigate the possibility of alternative trading currencies.
Political agenda
The summit was also marked by divisions over the role of Opec in the world oil market.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) with Hugo Chavez
Chavez (r) and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are staunch US critics
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his Ecuadorean counterpart, Rafael Correa, whose country rejoined Opec at the summit, both argued for a more political agenda for the group, but ran into opposition from US ally Saudi Arabia.
King Abdullah, the head of state of the host nation, Saudi Arabia said: "Those who want Opec to take advantage of its position are forgetting that Opec has always acted moderately and wisely.
"Oil shouldn't be a tool for conflict, it should be a tool for development."
President Chavez had opened the meeting with a warning that oil prices could double if the US attacked Iran.
Oil has been hitting record peaks of well over $90 a barrel as markets believe the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries will not boost production, despite calls from oil-consuming countries such as the US to do so.
Venezuela's president said the price of crude could reach $150 or even $200 a barrel.


The Largest Volcano on Earth

 The greatest volcano of the world
It is neither the Fujiyama, nor krakatoa... The volcano that we spoke has a surface of 9000 kilometers square, and it is not submerged, but on the terrestrial surface. And it is in active-duty.
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The greatest volcano of the world

Escrito por Comandante Norton el Viernes, 16 de Noviembre del 2007 a las 1:54 pm [18 Views]

It is neither the Fujiyama, nor krakatoa… The volcano that we spoke has a surface of 9,000 kilometers square, and it is not submerged, but on the terrestrial surface. And it is in active-duty.
The greatest volcano of the world is the Yellowstone Park.
In the 60 one knew that the Yellowstone park was a volcanic earth, but nobody had tried to find the crater. Bob Christiansen, of the Geologic Service of the United States became that same question.
We tend to think about a volcano with the classic form of cone that lodges a smoky crater, but exist another type of still more violent volcanos that when they explode open an enormous hole to their step, which denominates boiler.
At the hands of Christiansen aerial photos arrived then from the NASA in which the Yellowstone park was observed. Then it discovered something surprising: It could not find the boiler of the volcano because practically all the park, (about 9,000 square kilometers), was the boiler.
It makes a number indetermine of years, Yellowstone exploded of a as brutal form as incomparable to any thing that the human has invented, and left to its step a crater with a diameter of almost 65 kilometers in width. Too enormous to be able to observe it at first.
Yellowstone is, then, a supervolcano.
It makes 2 million years exploded of such form that ash sufficient loosen to bury the Nueva state Cork under 20 meters of ash, and the one of California up to 6 meters.
Finally one notices worrisome. The volcano of the Yellowstone park is in active-duty, as we know, and approximately undergoes a great explosion every 600,000 years, and the last one was 630.000 ago. That is to say, that is called on to him to explode now. That explosion would be equivalent to 1000 pumps of Hiroshima every second.
Taken care of to that you are going to visit not only the park, but all United States to the complete one.
If you want to know more, reads A short history of nearly everything, of Bill Bryson.
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Tips from the Kitchen for Remedies, TWIUTB and oughta be again..

Hmmnn.. we might need these when teotwawki occurs. Actually, it may be more like twiutb.  Which wasn't so bad.  You, know, the "good ol' days"? 


The cures in your kitchen cupboards

By ANGELA EPSTEIN - More by this author » Last updated at 09:00am on 13th November 2007 Most of us keep the bathroom cabinet stocked with remedies for common ailments - but we could just as well look in our kitchen cupboards instead. Many everyday ingredients can double as home cures for a host of complaints, from toothache to sciatica - and with no worry of side-effects. Here, Angela Epstein rounds up 25 of the best home remedies...

Camomile tea can help soothe the pain of mouth ulcers, according to London GP Dr Rob Hicks. Allow the herbal brew to cool with the tea bag in, then swill liquid around the mouth before swallowing. Do this every couple of hours. It is thought the herb contains substances that relieve inflammation.
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Cures: The kitchen is a good source of remedies for common ailments
To relieve the pain of a urinary tract infection, such as cystitis, mix half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in an 8oz glass of water and drink, says Dr Jenni Byrom, a gynaecologist at Birmingham Women's Hospital. This changes the pH level of the acidic urine so that it will burn less when passing water. Do this once or twice a day at the first sign of infection.
Drinking a glass of homemade cranberry juice twice a day can also help, she says. Cranberry juice contains chemicals which inhibit the activity of E. coli - the bacteria most often responsible for cystitis. To make the juice, boil fresh or frozen cranberries until soft, liquidise when cool and drink a standard glass. This way you know you are getting the benefit of pure fresh fruit, unlike with a commercial drink which may be diluted and contain added sugar.

An oatmeal bath can help if you suffer from eczema or dry, itchy skin, says GP Dr Paul Griffiths of the Blemish Clinic in Manchester. This is because oats contain anti-inflammatory compounds known as avenanthramides, which also have an antipruritic (anti-itch) effect.
Fill a piece of muslin or cheesecloth with several tablespoons of oats and then let the water run through this as you fill the bath. Olive oil can also be used to relieve eczema as it contains mild antibacterial agents which may help contain skin outbreaks.

Taping the inside of the peel from an overripe banana to a verruca may help the healing process, says podiatric surgeon Michael O'Neill.
This is due to the anti-viral properties in the mucilage (the sticky substance inside the peel).
Apply the peel before you go to bed and do this every night until the verruca has gone.

A glass of tonic water before going to bed can help prevent cramp, says Dr Mike Dixon, visiting professor of integrated health and care at the University of Westminster, London. Tonic water contains naturally occurring quinine (the ingredient that gives it its bitter taste), which prevents the muscles going into spasm and causing the pain of cramp.
Keep a spoon by your bed, too. If you wake with leg cramp and this makes your leg feel hot, put the spoon on to your limb. The coolness of the metal will draw heat from the body, relieving the cramp.

The muscular pain caused by sciatica can be relieved by standing against a wall, with a potato placed strategically against the part of the buttocks where the pain originates.
"By pressing against this, the potato acts like a fulcrum on the muscles, providing a pivot over which they can stretch," says Robin Shepherd, acting chairman of the General Osteopathic Council. "This will relieve the muscular tension associated with sciatica."
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, running from the spinal cord and down the back of each leg.
"The potato digging into the tender muscles in the buttocks will relieve the pain running down the leg," Mr Shepherd says. For greatest relief, repeat several times every day.

Manuka honey contains a powerful antiseptic to prevent infection and can be applied in small amounts to treat cuts, grazes and blisters, says Dr Dixon. Use the lowest strength Manuka honey (basic factor 10-15).
Nutritionist Jane Clarke adds that the honey has also been shown to have strong anti-viral properties and taking a teaspoon of Manuka honey twice a day may help speed up recovery after a viral infection.

Relieve a stuffy nose, ear infection or congestion on the chest by eating something spicy such as a hot curry dish, says Dr Griffiths. This makes the nose and eyes run, loosening the mucus.
Garlic, which is often used in Indian food, helps break down mucus and is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and an antioxidant, so will help fight infection and boost the immune system.

Sprinkle a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in your armpits or on your feet, says GP Dr Rob Hicks. A natural antiperspirant, this reduces the amount of moisture normally produced in a day.

Cold, wet tea bags wrapped in paper towels can help soothe itchy eyes caused by a cold or hayfever, says Manchester-based GP Dr Charles Simenoff. It is thought the tannic acid in tea can help reduce the itch.
Smearing Vaseline up each nostril can also help, says Dr Dixon. The pollen catches on the sticky jelly, preventing it from travelling further up the nose and triggering an allergic reaction. Remove the Vaseline every two hours with a tissue, and then repeat the process.

Ginger can help, because compounds in the spice have anti-sickness properties.
A study involving Danish naval cadets found that taking just 1g of powdered ginger before embarkation reduced symptoms of seasickness - including dizziness - by almost 40 per cent, and slashed the frequency of vomiting by more than 70 per cent.
It's also good for morning sickness. According to Dr Hicks, pregnant women may get greater benefit from eating ginger biscuits. These have the added benefit over powdered ginger of helping to maintain blood sugar levels, and nausea is often caused by low blood sugar.

To ease the joint pains caused by arthritis, mix one dessertspoon of honey with one dessertspoon of cider vinegar and take with breakfast, says Dr Dixon. Both ingredients are natural anti-inflammatories.

Draw out the infection from a septic ingrown toe nail by making a poultice from bread mashed in milk, suggests Michael O'Neill. Apply it to the toe with cling film and leave it on for at least 20 minutes. Repeat this until the pus begins to come out. "The heat of the warmed milk widens the blood vessels and draws the infection to the surface," says Mr O'Neill.

Prevent discolouration of the teeth by having a piece of sugarless gum after drinking tea or coffee, says dentist Dr Phil Stemmer of the Teeth For Life Clinic in London. Chewing gum causes an increase in the production of saliva, which will help to wash away such liquids before they have a chance to stain your teeth.

To remove a splinter, take a piece of sticky tape, press on the area firmly and then remove by pulling from the opposite direction to the way the splinter is embedded, advises GP Rob Hicks. The splinter should come out on the tape.

At the first sign of a headache, have a cup of tea, suggests nutritionist Jane Clarke. "Headaches are caused by changes in the blood vessels: they either contract or expand. A small dose of caffeine seems to reverse these changes."

Soften ear wax by applying a few drops of olive oil into the ear four times a day, advises Dr Byrom. "This is as effective as anything you can buy over the counter for ear wax."

Take a clove of raw garlic and apply to the affected area. Active chemical compounds known as ajoenes in the garlic act as potent antifungals and may stop the growth of a range of common fungal infections, including thrush and athlete's foot.
Mr O'Neill adds that mixed to a paste and applied between the toes and on the sole, bicarbonate of soda can also help prevent athlete's foot.

Soak an infected hand or foot in diluted vinegar to get rid of unsightly warts, advises Sheffield-based GP and orthopaedic physician Dr Rav Naik. "The acid in vinegar will destroy the viral particles in the wart," he says. Soak for at least 15 minutes every day and repeat until warts clear.

You can get swift relief from toothache by dipping a cotton bud in oil of cloves and applying it directly on to the area, says dentist Dr Philip Stemmer.
Cloves have natural pain-killing properties. Indeed, doctors in Germany have recently devised a quick-acting anaesthetic based on the plant.
Be careful, though, not to leave the cotton bud on for more than a couple of minutes as it can cause irritation to the gums. You can buy oil of cloves from health food shops.

Treat a wasp sting by rubbing with a slice of onion, says Dr Simenoff. This will reduce the swelling and pain and speed up the recovery time. There are enzymes in fresh-cut onion that help break down the compounds in a sting that cause inflammation.

rolling pin
To relieve upper back pain, place a rolling pin on the floor and lie on top of it so that it is runs across the back, positioned between your shoulder blades, and forms a T-shape with your spine, says osteopath Robin Shepherd.
"By rolling the body over it up and down, this will arch the spine and so relieve the tension in the muscles which causes back pain."

Always contact your GP if the problem persists.


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