Friday, December 31, 2010

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Finally, someone is starting to get the idea. Let us see if we can take hold of this concept and run with it.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Today in Pictures - In Ritual - TIME

A ritual of self injury to mark the death of a grandson of the prophet Mohammad results in this bloody mess. Those who would do this for any reason is definitely living a very distorted social life. Extreme acts such as this just makes it more evident that there may never be peace among men. Injury to one's self or to another is just injury that only does harm to the body, the soul and to the very spirit of humanity.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Paralyzed accident victim fights for right to die - JSOnline

Paralyzed accident victim fights for right to die

Rick Wood

Dan Crews of Antioch, Ill., was injured in a car accident at age 3 and can move only his head. Now 27, he uses a pointer to change the TV station and gets help from nurses and his mother. He’s battling Froedtert Hospital because he no longer wants to live.

Man, 27, battles Froedtert Hospital to remove ventilator

By Tia Ghose of the Journal Sentinel

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Dan Crews has been a quadriplegic since he was in a car accident at age 3. For the last year and a half, Crews has battled Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa to remove his ventilator.

Should patients with high-level disabilities be given the right to terminate their lives?

Dan Crews wants to die, but he can't.

The 27-year-old Antioch, Ill., resident has been a quadriplegic since he was in a car accident at age 3. Paralyzed from the neck down, he can speak and eat, but his diaphragm muscles cannot move air through his lungs.

A mechanical respirator, a clear box filled with pumps and tubes, connects to his throat and breathes for him.

Every day, Crews lies in bed for hours, staring at posters of cheerleaders, watching sports he will never play. When he wants to make a call or use the computer, he asks his nurses to bring him the telephone, which he pecks at with a stick he holds in his mouth. When he's thirsty, he calls for a nurse, or for his mom, Cheryl Crews, who lives with him. They bring a drink and hold the straw up to his mouth for him as he sips.

"I have no friends. I have no education. No education prospects. No job prospects. I have no love prospects," he said. "All I want is to no longer live like this."

He is physically incapable of ending his life.

"I feel like I'm the only person in the country who does not have a way or an option to kill myself," he said.

For the last year and a half, Crews has battled Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa to remove his ventilator. Hospital psychiatrists and mental health professionals say he is depressed and must be treated for it before they will consider such an irrevocable step, according to his medical records. Crews said his desire to die stems not from his depression, but from his poor quality of life and the low odds that it will ever improve.

Crews' desire to die is not uncommon for people with spinal cord injuries, who often struggle to gain control over their own lives. Their suicide rate is two to six times that of the general population, depending on their specific situation. Their inability to end their lives themselves often compounds their sense of helplessness.

Yet stories like Crews' are troubling to disability rights activists. They argue his quality of life doesn't have to be inherently bad; rather, they say, society doesn't provide the resources for Crews and others to live a satisfying life.

On paper, those who wish to refuse life-sustaining treatment have more than 100 years of legal precedent behind them, said Norm Fost, a bioethicist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In hospitals around the country, dying patients and their family members quietly - and legally - make the decisions to forgo surgeries, remove feeding tubes and turn off ventilators.

"Courts have nearly universally recognized that right," said Laura Leitch, general counsel to the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

But Crews isn't a cancer patient in hospice care. Other than needing a ventilator to breathe, he is young and has no other life-threatening conditions.

Legally he still has the right to discontinue treatment, Leitch said. But in practice, it can be difficult for non-terminal patients to refuse lifesaving treatment.

Before doctors honor a patient's wishes, they must determine whether the patient is competent, and hospitals have broad leeway in determining competency, Fost said. Even if a patient is deemed competent, there is no law requiring a specific hospital or doctor to withdraw treatment, he said.

"We don't like to see people with disabilities decide not to go on," said Art Caplan, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania. "And people will put up road blocks and try to slow that process in every way they can."

Gradual decline

Crews received a $4 million settlement after the car accident that left him paralyzed 24 years ago. He graduated from high school, earned an associate's degree from the College of Lake County, a local community college, and longed to be a criminal prosecutor.

But once he realized the logistical difficulties of schooling away from home, he let his courtroom dreams slip away, he said.

The money allows him to employ two nurses and live with his mother in his own house. But he spends all day watching television - a few hours in the morning in bed, and a few hours sitting upright in a broken chair. Most days he sees only his nurses and his mom. (Crews' parents are divorced and his father is remarried).

Financial concerns also have arisen.

"The amount of money he received right from the start was designed for a 20-year life span, and already it's been 24 years. I don't think anybody thought he would make it this long," his father, Gerald Crews, acknowledged.

Crews wants to leave what's left of the money to his mother as a legacy.

"At least if I were gone, I know she'd have enough money to take care of herself for the rest of her life," he said.

Before the money runs out, his best bet was to apply for Medicaid and have the program pay for his nursing care. But to qualify, he would have to be broke. The one way to get around this requirement is to put his money in a special needs trust set up for the mentally and physically disabled, said Tom Wilson, an advocate at the Chicago-based Access Living, an independent living advocacy group for people with disabilities. That means a trustee would legally make his financial decisions.

"With my life being so guarded that I can't have much privacy, there's always people watching over me, I wanted one thing I control," Crews said.

And unlike in Wisconsin, Illinois Medicaid often denies requests for the 24-hour care he needs to stay in his home, so he risks being put in a nursing home, Wilson said.

Still, Crews recently put his money in a trust and is applying for Medicaid.

Pursuit of death

The possibility of removing Crews' ventilator was raised in a meeting June 1, 2009, with William Waring, his spinal cord rehab physician at Froedtert. Crews has gone to Froedtert Hospital for medical care since he was taken there by Flight for Life after his accident. Froedtert physicians declined to comment on his case; the rest of his medical history comes from medical records he provided.

Waring referred him to a palliative care team at the hospital. As part of that process, several mental health professionals were required to see Crews to determine whether he was able to make the decision. Initially, palliative care doctor Sean Marks wrote in patient charts an impression that Crews was competent.

After about a month, psychiatrists and psychologists expressed concern that his money troubles and desire to help his mother were clouding his judgment, according to his records. They also wanted to treat him for depression. Crews refused treatment. He said it wouldn't change his decision and he couldn't afford the hassle and expense of visiting Froedtert regularly for treatment, according to records. At that point, talks between Crews and Froedtert stalled.

For the next year, Crews considered moving to states with death-with-dignity laws, but was told he would need to be a resident for six to 12 months before they would consider removing his ventilator, he said.

In June, he initiated a hunger strike - one of the few ways he can choose to die, but one that is agonizingly slow and painful. After four days, his body began to fail, all his nurses quit, and his mother, distraught and unable to care for him, called Froedtert Hospital to get him admitted.

He finally resumed eating because he faced the possibility of having a feeding tube put in if he tried again, according to the medical records. Doctors at Froedtert told Crews he would need to have a year of counseling and treatment for depression before they would consider removing his ventilator; even then, they would not guarantee it, according to the medical records.

His father is torn. As a Catholic, he doesn't agree with Crews' wishes, he said.

"But from a father's point of view, I truly understand," he said. "I just think the life challenges have been mounting on him consistently to where, quite frankly, he's lost the will to live under the conditions he's in."

His mother does not want him to die. But she respects his right to make the decision. "I would rather the decision be his, and if he wants to (die), yes, I'll back him to the hilt; if he wants to stay, I'll back him to the hilt."

What is a life worth living?

In 1989, Larry McAfee, a Georgia engineer paralyzed in an accident, successfully argued before the Georgia Supreme Court for the right to have his ventilator removed. The state had put him in an institution, and McAfee deemed his dependent lifestyle not worth living.

Yet after winning his suit, he befriended a doctor at another institution, who persuaded him to give life another try. He found work, and was able to live independently for several years before dying of natural causes.

Some disability rights activists see the right to die as fundamental to independence. In the May 1991 Western Journal of Medicine, Andrew Batavia, a disability rights advocate who was instrumental in passing the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, wrote that "people who believe they have no control over the fundamental decision to live cannot claim to have autonomy over their lives."

But many disability rights activists disagree. They say that right-to-die arguments are just veiled discrimination and are predicated on the assumption that disabled lives are not worth living.

"People who help people to die, like (Jack) Kevorkian, are heroes in some people's minds. He's a serial killer in my mind," said Wilson, of Access Living.

In one study, about 68% of people who experience a spinal cord injury are either very or somewhat satisfied with their lives. To independent living advocates, the underlying problem is the lack of autonomy and dignity afforded to patients with high-level disabilities.

"The reality is they shouldn't have to live that way, and we should provide the services that make people's lives bearable," Wilson said.

Those arguments are academic for Crews, whose discussions with Froedtert have stalled, and who is waiting to hear about his Medicaid. He rarely leaves the house because his motorized wheelchair is broken. He agreed to take anti-depressants a few months ago, but said they have not changed his outlook or wishes.

His mother said his discontent is plain to see.

"I can put myself into his shoes every day, and he's just not happy anymore," she said.

If this is not a distortion of life then...I don't know what is. Sometimes it is...impossible. If ever a miracle was is the day. Think good thoughts for this young man. Think if it was you...

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Earn $4 per week for 20-liters of urine

South Africa is out to create a sort of revolution - it does not want its urine to go waste but convert it into useful fertilizers. It already has a system of dry toilets in Durban where water is not wasted for flushing the urinals but the urine is passed through pipelines into the ground - this helps in conserving the precious commodity called water.

It now wants to extend the idea, collect the urine and then convert it into fertilizers. The urine or human liquid waste is usually a thing that has more of a nuisance value considering the pungent smell that it generates. But - it is also a rich source of elements like nitrates, phosphorous and potassium that can be used as fertilizers. That is what is being planned for exploitation.

The feasibility study would be undertaken through funds made available by the Bill and Melinda GatesMelinda Gates Foundation. The rates for the urine would be $4 per family for a 20-liter can to be collected on a weekly basis.

Hmmm? I got to think about this one...but the possibilities are endless. Do we do this here in the U.S.?

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Perhaps the greatest trick play ever

Perhaps this is not a true social distortion but it is a nice play on the truth of reality. Great football play!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Students Build Recyclable Laptop - See the Bloom | Gather

What a novel idea and worth the effort. many kudos!!!!

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The Strange Link Between Winning Elections and Online Porn – TIME Healthland

A husband and wife research team may have discovered a novel way to make college kids care about politics. According to their research, online porn usage goes up in states that voted for winning candidates after elections.

So, If your candidate wins can win too. A new incentive for promoting your political candidates strongly.

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Dog Catching Fish? Incredible Video of Honey... | Gather

This is just a glitch in the food chain...but I have to wonder what Honey had for dinner.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

BBC News - Latvian man shortage leaves women lost for love

Latvian man shortage leaves women lost for love

Two decades after Latvia shook off Soviet communist rule, the country's women have survived the transition to capitalism better than men - they are better educated and are less likely to die young. But a high male mortality rate means for many women, it is hard to find a partner.

The Latvian man shortage leaves women lost for love at a time when it seems that life just wants to add one problem upon another. Perhaps I should leave my problems behind and book a trip to Latvia.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

John Lennon - stand by me video on CastTV Video Search

To John Lennon:
Your words and music stand by me everyday as I try to survive in a world so fraught with dangers and so blessed with miracles. Thank you.

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Mr dprince knows economic woes » Mr Dprince Knows

Every day a new story of the economic trials of Americans is broadcast on television station or another. I can empathize with these people because Mr Dprince knows economic woes also.
Life is never easy no matter what income strata we occupy. I have been all around the income table except for being filthy rich. So, being unemployed or living in poverty makes no difference to me. Why? Because no matter what the circumstance at the moment, it will change, for better or for worse.
We must live and continue to live. We must delve into ourselves deep to utilize the spirit that God gave us to overcome any and all obstacles that life throws at us. Some might say, being poor is actually a blessing, something bestowed upon those to ready them and the world for tougher times.
No one should have to do without the necessities of life. No one should have to forego the pleasures that a good life can offer them. No one is above another in worth. Mr Dprince knows this to be true.
Economic woes abound and still no one listens to the cries of the people.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A man walks through a Bellemont, Ariz., backyard after a tornado ... - Yahoo! News Photos

A man walks through a Bellemont, Ariz., backyard after a tornado struck. It seems that they may need some cheap mexican labor to rebuild. is a thought.

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UFO Over China Spotted in Chinese Airport ~ Chika Princess

Have you seen the photo showing UFO Over China? There are a lot of people that are buzzing through the internet with the mystery of unfolding this occurence. This is already the eight time that this UFO happened in China. Air Traffic Controllers were able to cancel landings and flights during the moment this UFO over the Sky of Chinese Airport was spotted. This happened around 8 pm in airport at Baotou in Inner Mongolia as well on September 11.
This alert triggered a lot of controversy as the bright lights in the sky actually moved. The management of Hohhot Air Traffic Management Bureau spotted the object on their radar. An hour after the object suddenly vansihed and passengers where now allowed to actually land on the airport.
This was not the first incident that this happened. Previous Occasion also took place over the same airport. the chinese government are claing that this were military Exercises. Yeah right, what kind of Military technology could have hover that long and shone that strong light over. This UFO Over China Spotted in Chinese Airport remains yet another mystery.
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A UFO over China being spotted over a Chinese airport may signal that it might be time that we get serious about what may or not be out there in the skies? We are no longer neanderthals who cannot ascertain the truth. Maybe we cannot handle the truth.

Lions Attack Trainers at L'viv Circus Ukraine

Some may call this just another day at work but I would definitely ask for a raise.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dirty jobs: the key to America's economic and environmental renewal - Yahoo! News

Brodhead, Wis. – Our economy remains deeply troubled, with unacceptably high levels of unemployment. Lack of conservation and bad agricultural practices have harmed America’s soils and water, producing, for example, the Gulf Dead Zone, which has grown to nearly the size of Massachusetts. Evidence of the impact of global warming grows daily.

These are serious, daunting challenges, but there is an ambitious policy plan that could directly address all of them, simultaneously: a new Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

A New-Deal triumph The original CCC was one of President Roosevelt’s most popular New Deal programs, providing some 3 million jobs. The corps planted more than 2 billion trees and created hundreds of parks nationwide, while putting young, largely unskilled people back to work.

We need a similar conservation-based jobs package right now, which would create jobs for millions of workers who could help restore and replenish the health of America’s natural resources.

This is a portion of an article but it clearsly is leading in the right direction and would put many back to work and increase national productivity.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

The Clearance Chick

Did you know that overseas commissionaries will actually accept expired coupons? That's right.... you can send your expired coupons to military families and they can still use them!

When you clean out your coupons, sort them into two stacks (Food and Non-Food), place them in plastic baggies and send them to one of the following addresses to help out some military families:

Coupon Program
Unit 7505, Box 175
APO, AE 09824
These will be sent to Air Force families stationed in Turkey.

U.S. Air Force Base
Unit 3655, Box 65
APO, AE 09126
These will be sent to Air Force families in Germany.


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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Survivor of Mexico slaughter details immigrants' final moments | World | - Houston Chronicle

MEXICO CITY — The one known survivor of a massacre on a Mexico ranch 85 miles south of Brownsville trudged into a Navy checkpoint Monday -- a bullet wound in his neck -- with a tale almost too gruesome even for a country locked in the throes of a vicious and bloody drug war.

He and fellow migrants from Central and South America, he told authorities, were headed to the Texas border with the hope of making it into the United States. Instead, everyone had been shot dead, slaughtered by gangsters even as they pleaded for their lives.

Mexican Marines discovered the 72 bodies - 58 men and 14 women - on Tuesday afternoon after a skirmish with gangsters outside the town of San Fernando. The migrants were massacred by the ruthless Zetas gang, Mexican officials said Wednesday.

The survivor, an Ecuadorean, also was shot but managed to escape, said Adm. Jose Luis Vergara, a naval spokesman.

Mexican officials did not explain at a Wednesday press conference why it took so long to discover the bodies or release the information. Nor did they explain why there is still confusion about victims' identities, how they were killed or how long they have been dead.

"We still can't determine, much less give information on, the manner in which they exactly lost their lives," said Ricardo Najera, a spokesman for Mexico's attorney general.

All the victims appeared to be from Ecuador, Brazil, Honduras or El Salvador, officials said, though that information is based largely on the survivor's account.

"It's absolutely outrageous and demands the full condemnation of everyone in our society," said Alejandro Poire, the government's spokesman for security matters.

Confusion about details

Officials seemed uncertain if all the victims had been killed at the same time, exactly why they had been murdered, or if they had been found in a mass grave. Such graves have become common amid ongoing gang violence, with scores of bodies uncovered across northern and central Mexico in recent weeks.

But the witness, who apparently escaped with a gunshot wound to the neck, told prosecutors that he was with a group of 75 people being held at the ranch.

The only known survivor's statement seemed to indicate all the victims were killed together, as he told prosecutors he heard gunfire and pleas for mercy as he fled.

After being alerted, Marines manning a highway checkpoint nearby attacked the ranch with helicopter support. Three alleged mobsters and one Marine were killed in the shootout. The troops seized 21 rifles, 6,500 rounds of ammunition and several vehicles that had been disguised as belonging to police and the army.

Mexico's Gulf Coast is a heavily used corridor for migrants from the rest of Latin America and elsewhere hoping to cross illegally into the United States. Many poorer migrants hop trains from the Guatemalan border to the Rio Grande. Those with more money hire smugglers, paying $3,000 or more for the journey.

The Zetas and other criminal bands have become heavily involved in the human smuggling business. They often hold people hostage until they're paid sums far beyond the agreed-upon fee, migrant advocates say. Gangsters also kidnap even poorer migrants, hoping to collect ransom from relatives in the United States or back home.

"Some organizations are confronting a very difficult situation in maintaining themselves with resources," Poire said in explaining the gangsters' kidnapping and extortions of migrants.

Marines and soldiers have freed hundreds of migrants from gang safe houses in Reynosa, Matamoros and other cities in recent months.

A number of Mexican local, state and federal police officers have been arrested and accused of aiding in the migrant abductions.

"This discovery once again demonstrates the extreme danger and violence that Central Americans face on their treacherous journey north, as well as the Mexican government's abject failure to protect them," said a statement released by the human rights organization Amnesty International.

Explosion of violence

Gangland violence has exploded this year across northeastern Mexico - an area bordered by the Rio Grande and the cities of Monterrey and Tampico - as the Zetas have gone to war with former allies in the so-called Gulf Cartel and other bands.

At least 600 people have been killed in the fighting in recent months, according to some media tallies. An untold number have simply disappeared, sometimes turning up in mass graves.

Known for its bass fishing and dove hunting, the San Fernando area has long been popular with outdoors enthusiasts from Texas and other U.S. states. But a group of Houston dove hunters reported being assaulted and robbed in an area field last fall by heavily armed men.

The bodies of 15 presumed gang members also were dumped recently outside San Fernando, on the highway leading to the Texas border.

Newspapers in Matamoros and Ciudad Victoria, the cities nearest San Fernando, did not carry news of the migrants' massacre on their websites Wednesday. Reporters in the region say they have been scared into silence by threats from the Zetas and other criminal gangs.


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What is a social distortion?

So one day I was asked what exactly did I consider a social distortion?

Well, it must be something that involves the lives of humans animals and in general any life on this planet and it's interaction with other life. This would be the social part. The distortion would be when life does not act according to the normal standards of living. Good or bad things happen, usually due to human interference. Sometimes, it is meant to be a good thing, but in reality it is not.

Thus, it is a social distortion.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Angelina Jolie Says She Was Scarred By 'Salt' -

Angelina Jolie Says She Was Scarred By 'Salt'

DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer
SAN DIEGO (AP) ― She wasn't computer generated, and she wasn't even wearing a costume.

That didn't stop Angelina Jolie, clad in a snug shiny black jacket, from dazzling the crowd at Comic-Con on Thursday afternoon as she promoted her spy action-thriller "Salt," which opens Friday.

"She's so pretty," said convention goer Christina Torres, who waited Thursday morning in a line that snaked outside the San Diego Convention Center to catch Jolie in the flesh. "I mean, I always knew she was pretty, but when you see her in person, you realize just how pretty she is."

The A-list actress tiptoed around fan questions about her mysterious character Evelyn Salt, who may or may not be a Russian spy.

"There's a real duplicity to her personality," she said. "There's a part of her that's not necessarily a good guy, and because of certain things that happened to her, she's a bit damaged. She's not just heroic. She's not even. She's not just brave. There's something a little off about her, and maybe there's something off about me."

Jolie performed her own stunts in "Salt" and recounted an on-set injury to the audience that left her scarred. She sliced open part of her face just above her nose when tumbling into a doorway with a gun.

Jolie said she first thought she suffered a concussion because she couldn't hear anything, but later realized she was wearing earplugs.

Comic-Con continues at the San Diego Convention Center through Sunday.

May she never ever mess up that look of hers. Not many have her presence ona nd off stage.

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Amazing Video: Whale Wallops South African Yacht;" quality="high" width="312" style="" />

Unbelievable the power of nature at work.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Landfills Mined for Hidden T | Socyberty

Every year the average individual disposes more than 1200 pounds worth of rubbish. Nearly 70% of this waste could be recycled. The mining of our landfills for untapped resources could prove to be beneficial for the environment and the American economic system. This process is known as landfill mining and reclamation or LFMR. Nearly 70% of our landfills are reclaimable, but approximately 35% of the reclaimable products are paper oriented. Paper degrades over time and cannot be reprocessed subsequently much of this would be lost.

This leaves nearly 35% of our landfills filled with plastic, glass and scrap metals than may be reprocessed. Many of these scrap metals are common metals like steel and aluminum. Many more treasured metals may also be recovered, such as gold, silver, platinum, and copper. This could supercharge the revenues America attains by a great deal, and scale down our wastefulness in the process. Glass, for example, can be converted into glassphalt while other glass particulars and plastics are also recycled. Plastics can be formed into various items such as newfangled bottles, flowerpots, hangers, and even yarn for clothing. These materials can be obtained in abundance in our landfills, and can also be distributed to reprocessing companies. Landfill mining is relatively inexpensive and a good business opportunity for the citizenry who are environmentally friendly.

The conception of landfill mining was introduced in 1953 at a landfill in Israel. In several landfills the concentration of aluminum cans was in reality much higher in respect to the concentration of aluminum in the rock bauxite where aluminum ore is obtained. This implies that less work has to be exercised to make pure and extract the aluminum from the landfill in question. This may be a critical resource since the aluminum can be extracted for a much more modest cost, and with a great deal less work.

Once upon time, people were allowed to roam their local landfill to scavenge articles for reclamation.  Sadly, due to possible hazards and health concerns, this is no longer an allowed practice. Landfill mining and reclamation is the modern alternative that can also offer new energy resources by reclaiming methane gas and creating biofuels from the food wastes. At present our current state of technology allows numerous possibilities into reclamation to provide fuel and goods, not to mention jobs and new industries.  Only time will tell of all the buried treasures in our landfills.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

American Extreme Rescue Homeless in Arizona | RedGage

Maybe Arizina's Governor should concentrate on ridding her state of these people before taking on illegal aliens. It is a question of priority.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Oil Spill- Is It the End of The World?

This video reflects the feelings of a lot of normal people who are plagued with questions of our future. BE ADVISED: some profanity is used in this video due to her frustration.

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, Doomsday Scenario

Not just conspiracy theory...perhaps truth.

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Oil spill? Just nuke it - Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada


Nuke the Deepwater Horizon wellhead? The thought had occurred to me, over the past six weeks watching environmental catastrophe unfold in the Gulf of Mexico, that detonating a nuclear bomb at the oil well blowout site a mile below the water's surface could work where all other schemes so far have failed.

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The Associated Press
The winning sand sculpture in the Fiesta of Five Flags sand sculpture contest at Pensacola Beach, Fla., on Sunday, displays a can of BP oil being poured over a pelican. Several oil spill-themed sculptures were built by angry residents.

I figured there were probably all sorts of technical reasons why this was a fanciful notion, but it turns out not so much. Apparently the former Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.) used nuclear weapons on five separate occasions between 1966 and 1981 to successfully cap blown-out gas and oil surface wells (there was also one attempt that failed), which have been documented in a U.S. Department of Energy report on the U.S.S.R.'s peaceful uses of nuclear explosions.

Russia is now urging the United States to consider doing the same. Komsomoloskaya Pravda, the best-selling Russian daily newspaper, asserts that although based on Soviet experience there's a one-in-five chance a nuke might not seal the well, it's "a gamble the Americans could certainly risk."

Reportedly, the U.S.S.R. developed special nuclear devices explicitly for closing blown-out gas wells, theorizing that the blast from a nuclear detonation would plug any hole within 25 to 50 meters, depending on the device's power. Much as I had idly imagined, massive explosions can be employed to collapse a runaway well on itself, thus plugging, or at least substantially stanching, the flow of oil.

With no air present in underground or underwater nuclear explosions, energy released overheats and melts acres of surrounding rock into a glass-like, form-fitting plug, blocking the flow. Russian media reports also note that other subterranean nuclear blasts were used as many as 169 times in the Soviet Union for fairly mundane tasks like creating underground storage spaces for gas or building canals.

The downside, of course, is the release of radioactivity into the environment, affecting flora like phytoplankton and other marine organisms, including fish. However, those are already being severely impacted by release of oil, which if unchecked, could (and probably already has) caused more damage than would fallout from a nuclear blast. The U.S. DOE report suggests environmental risks would be relatively minimal, since the bulk of the radiation released would be far underground.

"Seafloor nuclear detonation is starting to sound surprisingly feasible and appropriate," University of Texas at Austin mechanical engineer Michael E. Webber is quoted observing, while Columbia University visiting scholar on nuclear policy and former naval officer Christopher Brownfield wrote in the Daily Beast: "We should have demolished this well with explosives over a month ago. And yet we watch in excruciating suspense while BP fumbles through plan after plan to recover its oil and cover its asset."

Mr. Brownfield criticizes U.S. President Obama's team of oil spill advisers as green on casualty response and susceptible to oil company coercion, contending that: "It would be far better for our president to pick up the red phone and call Vladimir Putin for a lesson on ninjapolitik than to leave BP in charge of the ineffectual plans that it's bringing to the table," and says Mr. Obama's opportunity to stop the spill quickly and heroically with a controlled demolition is slipping away.

Notwithstanding my misgivings about possible consequences of unleashing radiation, I'm becoming more and more convinced it could be a lesser evil than letting oil continue to gush despite British Petroleum's six weeks of serial ineffectual schemes to plug the flow.

Matt Simmons, founder of the energy investment bank Simmons & Company, told Bloomberg News that "Probably the only thing we can do is create a weapon system and send it down 18,000 feet and detonate it, hopefully encasing the oil."

Of course, the current U.S. administration is solidly Democratic, and a large, core Democrat Party constituency is rigidly and reflexively opposed to use of nukes. Then there's international politics. Blowing up a nuclear device in the Gulf would violate the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty at a time when President Obama is championing global nuclear disarmament. According to the New York Times, the Obama administration's stance on nuking the oil well has been: "absolutely not," a DOE spokeswoman confirming that the nuclear option never was, and is not, on the table.

Ideological and political hesitancy about using possibly the only means available to effectively plug the leak before at least August, when relief wells are completed, hopefully relieving pressure, could result in environmental tragedy of Biblical proportions reaching far beyond the U.S. Gulf coast. Last week, the National Center for Atmospheric Research released findings of a detailed computer modeling study projecting that oil from Deepwater Horizon could contaminate thousands of miles of the U.S. Atlantic coast and move out into mid-Atlantic as early as this summer.

Things are more than bad enough already, and oil continues escaping.

Charles W. Moore is a Nova Scotia based freelance writer and editor. He can be reached by e-mail at His column appears each Thursday.

This is a followup piece for the article about scientists warnings of the Gulf of Mexico Sea Floor.

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Scientists Warn Gulf Of Mexico Sea Floor Fractured “Beyond Repair” | The Liberty Blog

Scientists Warn Gulf Of Mexico Sea Floor Fractured “Beyond Repair”

Scientists Warn Gulf Of Mexico Sea Floor Fractured “Beyond Repair”

A dire report circulating in the Kremlin today that was prepared for Prime Minister Putin by Anatoly Sagalevich of Russia's Shirshov Institute of Oceanology warns that the Gulf of Mexico sea floor has been fractured “beyond all repair” and our World should begin preparing for an ecological disaster “beyond comprehension” unless “extraordinary measures” are undertaken to stop the massive flow of oil into our Planet’s eleventh largest body of water.

Most important to note about Sagalevich’s warning is that he and his fellow scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences are the only human beings to have actually been to the Gulf of Mexico oil leak site after their being called to the disaster scene by British oil giant BP shortly after the April 22nd sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform.

BP’s calling on Sagalevich after this catastrophe began is due to his being the holder of the World’s record for the deepest freshwater dive and his expertise with Russia’s two Deep Submergence Vehicles MIR 1 and MIR 2  which are able to take their crews to the depth of 6,000 meters (19,685 ft).

According to Sagalevich’s report, the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico is not just coming from the 22 inch well bore site being shown on American television, but from at least 18 other sites on the “fractured seafloor” with the largest being nearly 11 kilometers (7 miles) from where the Deepwater Horizon sank and is spewing into these precious waters an estimated 2 million gallons of oil a day.

Interesting to note in this report is Sagalevich stating that he and the other Russian scientists were required by the United States to sign documents forbidding them to report their findings to either the American public or media, and which they had to do in order to legally operate in US territorial waters.

However, Sagalevich says that he and the other scientists gave nearly hourly updates to both US government and BP officials about what they were seeing on the sea floor, including the US Senator from their State of Florida Bill Nelson who after one such briefing stated to the MSNBC news service “Andrea we’re looking into something new right now, that there’s reports of oil that’s seeping up from the seabed… which would indicate, if that’s true, that the well casing itself is actually pierced… underneath the seabed. So, you know, the problems could be just enormous with what we’re facing.”

Though not directly stated in Sagalevich’s report, Russian scientists findings on the true state of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster are beyond doubt being leaked to his longtime friend, and former US President George W. Bush’s top energy advisor Matthew Simmons, who US media reports state has openly said: “Matthew Simmons is sticking by his story that there's another giant leak in the Gulf of Mexico blowing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. On CNBC's Fast Money, he says he'd be surprised if BP lasted this summer, saying this is disaster is entirely BP's fault.”

As a prominent oil-industry insider, and one of the World's leading experts on peak oil, Simmons further warns that the US has only two options, “let the well run dry (taking 30 years, and probably ruining the Atlantic ocean) or nuking the well.”

Obama’s government, on the other hand, has stated that a nuclear option for ending this catastrophe is not being discussed, but which brings him into conflict with both Russian and American experts advocating such an extreme measure before all is lost, and as we can read as reported by Britain’s Telegraph News Service:

“The former Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.) used nuclear weapons on five separate occasions between 1966 and 1981 to successfully cap blown-out gas and oil surface wells (there was also one attempt that failed), which have been documented in a U.S. Department of Energy report on the U.S.S.R.'s peaceful uses of nuclear explosions.

Russia is now urging the United States to consider doing the same. Komsomoloskaya Pravda, the best-selling Russian daily newspaper, asserts that although based on Soviet experience there's a one-in-five chance a nuke might not seal the well, it's "a gamble the Americans could certainly risk."

Reportedly, the U.S.S.R. developed special nuclear devices explicitly for closing blown-out gas wells, theorizing that the blast from a nuclear detonation would plug any hole within 25 to 50 meters, depending on the device's power. Much as I had idly imagined, massive explosions can be employed to collapse a runaway well on itself, thus plugging, or at least substantially stanching, the flow of oil.

“Seafloor nuclear detonation is starting to sound surprisingly feasible and appropriate," University of Texas at Austin mechanical engineer Michael E. Webber is quoted observing, while Columbia University visiting scholar on nuclear policy and former naval officer Christopher Brownfield wrote in the Daily Beast: "We should have demolished this well with explosives over a month ago. And yet we watch in excruciating suspense while BP fumbles through plan after plan to recover its oil and cover its asset.”

As to the reason for Obama’s government refusing to consider nuking this oil well, Sagalevich states in this report that the American’s “main concern” is not the environmental catastrophe this disaster is causing, but rather what the impact of using a nuclear weapon to stop this leak would have on the continued production of oil from the Gulf of Mexico, and which in an energy starved World remains the Planet’s only oil producing region able to increase its production.

On top of the environmental catastrophe currently unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico the situation may about to get even worse as new reports from the US are confirming the grim predictions of Russian scientists regarding the oil dispersement poisons being used by BP which are being swept up into the clouds and falling as toxic rain destroying every living plant it touches, and as we had detailed in our May 23rd report titled “Toxic Oil Spill Rains Warned Could Destroy North America

To what the final outcome of this catastrophe will be it is not in our knowing other than to state the obvious that the choice facing the American’s today is to either stop this disaster now, by any means, or pay dearly for it later. After all, is cheap petrol really worth the cost of destroying our own Earth? BP surely thinks so, let’s keep hoping Obama doesn’t.

Believe it or not, I have been having thoughts about what truths are being hidden about this oil spill. If this report is valid...then God help us all.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

BBC News - Day in pictures

Newly naturalized citizens in Arizona. It is a shame that not all illegal immigrants are able to accomplish this feat. For many it is not for a lack of trying.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

How to Spot a Slumlord | Socyberty

Over the past years there have been so many problems to deal with in this country.  Personal and national economics have been in the forefront of our daily woes for some time.  With nearly 10 per cent of the nation unemployed, is it any wonder that Americans are looking for any, and all ways, either to supplement their incomes or guard what incomes they currently possess?  So why do some still try to take advantage of those in need?  Why do slumlords still exist and how can they be recognized?

So many Americans have had to change residence, due either to foreclosure, or due to lack of adequate income.  For those lacking the income to afford their current housing, the option has general been to find cheaper housing.  This is where the trouble begins.  This is the first sign of a possible slumlord.  They will offer rent at a significantly lower rate.

Cheaper housing usually means that the upkeep of the property may be woefully lacking.  The property may not be level, windows may be sealed shut and the place may not have been cleaned before renting.  Many times there is an excuse as to why the lawn is not cut.  Doors may not hang right, electric outlet covers may be missing and the paint job may be horrendous to the average visitor.

Most often, these landlords will not work with a written agreement.  There is a reason for this.  A written agreement means that there are two parties involved and will require responsibilities to be performed by both parties.  All those things that are lacking in the property upkeep will now come into play.  The renter will want them fixed and the landlord does not want the expense or trouble.

The landlord may make notice of the lower rent and ask renters to do the repairs.  This could be beneficial to a possible renter who may lack the funds for security and pet deposits.  An oral agreement might be made to offset some of the renters’ costs. 

Such a landlord will usually not want an itemized inventory of property defects.  This means trouble for them.  Trouble and costs are what slumlords oppose.  For many the motto is “You don’t want it as is, then go on down the road because somebody else will.”

Why do these slumlords exist?  There simply is not enough regulation in place to advance quick action on the renters’ behalf.  Slumlords exist almost everywhere there is civilization.  There are those who have no choice but to succumb to their limited offers.  There are those who just don’t know the signs that point out a slumlord.

Believe it or not, many are not aware of slumlords...they simply take what they can get. That is not good enough.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

I wonder - Low Income People

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Target 1: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than one dollar a day

Target 2: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

Target 3: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling

I wonder....Do you think they will reach the goals set by 2015?


Still i wonder....?

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