Friday, April 14, 2006

Microwaved Water

Microwaved Water - See What It Does To Plants


Below is a sxience fair project that my granddaughter did for 2006. In it she took filtered water and divided it into two parts. The first part she heated to boiling in a pan on the stove, and the second part she heated to boiling in a microwave. Then after cooling she used the water to water two identical plants to see if there would be any difference in the growth between the normal boiled water and the water boiled in a microwave. She was thinking that the structure or energy of the water may be compromised by microwave. As it turned out, even she was amazed at the difference.

Marshall Dudley

Followup. We have seen a number of comments on this, such as what was the water in the microwave boiled in. The thinking is that maybe some leaching took place if it was in plastic. It was boiled in a plastic cup, so this could be a possibility. Also it was not a double blind experiment, so she knew which was which when watering them. On top of that she was wanting the microwaved ones to do poorly, and although most scientists would dismiss the idea, it is possible that her thoughts toward each plant had an effect as well. Bottom line is, the results are intersting, and duplicate the results that others have reported (try Googling '"microwaved water" plants') more experiments need to be done with better controls and as a double blind study. But this was a simple 6th grade science fair project, and was never intended to be anything more than that.

The plants were genetically identical, they were produced from graphs from the same parent plant, so that variable can be eliminated.

Interesting... I will have to try something like this myself to see what the results are... - Az

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Sometimes its different

"The reality you create in your mind,
is sometimes different then the truth
(as others see as the truth)."
- Jason Mozingo April 13 2006

Arctic water flow speeding up

Measures of rain, snow and runoff in Siberia show hefty changes.

Source: Copyright 2006, Nature
Date: April 6, 2006
Byline: Quirin Schiermeier

One of Siberia's largest rivers is dumping about 10% more fresh water into the Arctic today than it was some 60 years ago, thanks to the complex effects of increased snowfall, melting permafrost and changing weather.

The result is in line with predictions of how climate change is expected to alter the Arctic water cycle, and is a worrying sign in terms of maintaining important ocean currents. The more fresh water that enters the northern seas, the less dense this water becomes and the less likely it is to sink. This sinking currently helps to drive a powerful Atlantic current that keeps the climate temperate and steady.

Freshening of the Arctic Ocean may already have begun to affect this so-called thermohaline circulation, but oceanographers and climate modellers are still puzzling about the magnitude and likely effects of the changes.

Jessie Cherry of the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and her team analysed records of precipitation, snow depth and runoff in the catchment area of the Lena River, an area of more than a million square kilometres east of the Ural mountains in Siberia.

The team, including two Russian scientists, found that the average winter snow depth there has doubled to 44 centimetres from 22 centimetres in 1940. Although summers in the region have become significantly dryer, and also slightly cooler, total runoff from the Lena has increased by around 10%, they reported at the European Geosciences Union annual meeting in Vienna, Austria, on 5 April.

Other research projects have looked at river runoff before: the annual runoff of the six mightiest rivers draining into the Arctic Ocean, including Russia's Ob, Lena and Yenisey, increased by about 7% between 1936 and 19991. But the study by Cherry and colleagues looks at the full hydrological cycle, in order to unpick exactly how and why the rivers are pouring out more water.

Melting land

An increased snowmelt plays a big role during the spring, but there are other factors too. The atmosphere is getting warmer and moister, says Cherry. And, whereas Siberian summer days are getting cooler, night temperatures have increased, allowing for more permafrost thawing and more water drainage. In the winter, warming has enhanced evaporation, precipitation and runoff.

Permafrost thawing could be the biggest effect in the future, Cherry says. Increased melting of frozen soils has so far only been observed in the southern third of their study area. If it were to spread further north, which could happen as temperatures continue to rise, this would really boost runoff, she says.


Given the number of factors involved in the water cycle and the difficulty of maintaining devices that collect data, it has proven much harder to quantify changes in water flow than, for example, global temperatures2. Cherry's unpublished analysis, which is based on daily observations from seven Russian meteorological stations and 40 stations recording snow depth, is one of few studies that climate researchers can use to validate their models of hydrological changes.

"It is always fairly useful to know what the real world does, and the Arctic freshwater budget is indeed very important," says Michael Vellinga, a climate modeller at the UK Met office in Exeter. "Solid data about one large river system are therefore very welcome; having that kind of information Arctic-wide would be incredibly valuable."

Cherry and others are now working on a model to help scientists calculate details of snowfall from available measurements, such as snow depth and air temperature. The model, known as the Pan-Arctic Snowfall Reconstruction, should help to pin down details of the hydrological cycle in other parts of the Arctic.

Peterson B. J., et al. Science, 298. 2171 - 2173 (2002).

Ingram William J., Allen Myles R., et al. Nature, 419. 224 - 232 (2002).

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Arctic water flow speeding up
and also here

Root Canals, Teeth, and your Health

By Dr. James Howenstine, MD.
October 7, 2005

Many chronic diseases, perhaps most, are a result of root canal surgery. Approximately 20,000,000 root canal operations are performed annually in the United States. Nearly every dentist is oblivious to the serious health risks this operation produces. Brilliant dentist, Dr. Weston A. Price, did monumental research about dental conditions. His work took him around the world where he studied the teeth, diets and bones of native populations living without the benefit of “modern food.” He learned that primitive tribes had perfect teeth without cavities or gum disease and had no bone diseases. As soon as these native tribes adopted the food of the western “advanced” nations their teeth became deformed, full of cavities, gingivitis started, diabetes appeared and they developed bone diseases. Foods that appeared particularly troubling included processed white sugar, fluoride, synthetic vegetable fats (transfats) and all processed nutritionally lacking foods. It was obvious to him that human degenerative diseases were fundamentally a nutritional problem.

Dr. Price wrote two incisive books covering 1174 pages about his research into human health and dental conditions that were so important that he should have won a Nobel Prize. Instead his work was deliberately buried, unread and unappreciated for 70 years. An endodontist (root canal surgeon) named George E. Meinig was encouraged to read Dr. Price’s book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by the Executive Director of The Price Pottenger Foundation, Pat Connoly. Dr. Meinig soon realized the great importance of the 25 years of research efforts by Dr. Price. He confessed to being in “utter shock when he realized the serious ramifications of Dr. Price’s research.” Dr. Meinig developed great empathy for the millions of persons who are suffering illness from the infections produced from their infected the root canal teeth. His concern for the immense health problems arising from lack of knowledge about Dr. Price’s research led him to write his important book Root Canal Cover-Up which fortunately has attracted wide interest to Dr. Price’s research.

Dr. Price learned after thousands of animal studies that a root canal tooth is always infected regardless of it’s appearance and lack of symptoms. When Dr. Price took a root canal tooth out of a patient who had a chronic disease and placed this tooth in an animal the patient became well and the animal developed the same illness the patient had previously suffered from. If the patient had rheumatoid arthritis the animal became afflicted with RA. When the patient had heart disease the animal developed heart disease. The tooth from a patient with kidney disease produced an animal with kidney disease.

More Details About Dr. Price’s Research

The patient whose root canal tooth was placed in an animal not only became well they became well in 24 to 48 hours. This means that a person suffering from the chronic degenerative disease rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune illness) can be completely cured in 48 hours. The animal receiving the infected tooth from the person with rheumatoid arthritis developed full blown rheumatoid arthritis in 48 hours. The person with chronic glomerulonephritis (autoimmune illness), after removal of the infected tooth, no longer has kidney disease in 48 hours. The patient suffering from auto-immune disease affecting the heart becomes quite well when the offending root canal infected tooth is removed. This research completely changes the way physicians need to think about disease causation.

Every tooth affected by a root canal infection may have a different bacteria residing in it. Thus the individual who has had three root canals could have three different infectious organisms continuously seeding the blood stream. This could result in three different degenerative diseases simultaneously affecting this person.
for the rest of the story read...
PART 1 of 3
PART 2 of 3
PART 3 of 3

from the Archives

Top of the world ma... Well just farther north :)

Well the trip from Atlanta to my new Aztlantis home was filled with visions danger... Just kidding... I kept seeing butterflies... and we all know what kind of omen they are :) lol...

Also the journey past my new home, northwards into the lands of "The Amish" and cheese steaks was gladly uneventful :)

Monday, April 10, 2006

Dear Mr. President

"Dear Mr. President" by PINK
(feat. Indigo Girls)

Dear Mr. President
Come take a walk with me
Let's pretend we're just two people and
You're not better than me
I'd like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly

What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street
Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep
What do you feel when you look in the mirror
Are you proud

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye
How do you walk with your head held high
Can you even look me in the eye
And tell me why

Dear Mr. President
Were you a lonely boy
Are you a lonely boy
Are you a lonely boy
How can you say
No child is left behind
We're not dumb and we're not blind
They're all sitting in your cells
While you pay the road to hell

What kind of father would take his own daughter's rights away
And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay
I can only imagine what the first lady has to say
You've come a long way from whiskey and cocaine

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye
How do you walk with your head held high
Can you even look me in the eye

Let me tell you bout hard work
Minimum wage with a baby on the way
Let me tell you bout hard work
Rebuilding your house after the bombs took them away
Let me tell you bout hard work
Building a bed out of a cardboard box
Let me tell you bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work
You don't know nothing bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work

How do you sleep at night
How do you walk with your head held high
Dear Mr. President
You'd never take a walk with me
Would you

The little girl's fire truck

A firefighter is working on the engine outside the station when he notices a little girl next door in a little red wagon with little ladders hung off the sides and a garden hose tightly coiled in the middle.

The girl is wearing a firefighter's helmet. The wagon is being pulled by her dog and her cat.

The firefighter walks over to take a closer look. "That sure is a nice fire truck", the firefighter says with admiration.

"Thanks", the girl says.

The firefighter takes a closer look and notices the girl has tied her wagon to the dog's collar and the cat's testicles.

"Little Lady", the firefighter says, "I don't want to tell you how to run your rig, but if you were to tie that rope
around the cat's collar, I think you could go faster."

The little girl replies thoughtfully, "You're probably right, but then I wouldn't have a siren."

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Goodbye Atlanta

Do svidanja, Adiós, Cuídate, Adyos po, Sawatdi, Lòi chào xin cào biêt, Ka dish day, Ma'as salaama, Au revoir, Aloha kãkou, Shalom, Sayonara, Tu heel k'iin, Ciao, Chao,
Goodbye Atlanta

For I am off to find my new Aztlantis...

A Song from Sumer (2,300 BC)

Seshat transports us back 4,300 years to ancient Sumer where a newly translated cuneiform tablet offers a fascinating insight into life and love in Mesopotamia…

When we think of ancient civilisations, it tends to be difficult to relate to them as real people with ordinary lives, loves and considerations, instead our attention is usually taken by the better-documented royal and military activities of the day. In many ways this doesn’t tell us much about how ordinary people lived - in the same way that the lifestyles of the rich and famous don’t necessarily directly relate to the man in the street today.

The tablet Seshat has translated offers us a unique insight into the social and recreational aspect of life in the cradle of civilisation as it was expressed through its music. Just as our modern day music often reflects the experiences of the songwriter, so too did the songs sung over four thousand years ago.

The song speaks of the bittersweet memories of a failed love affair between the writer and a mysterious lady, his ‘goddess’ who he clearly still had feelings for.

The song below has no title, but has been translated from a cuneiform tablet found in a recently discovered site that archaeologists believe is connected to the ancient capital of Assyria, Nineveh – close to what is present day Mosul, on the banks of the Tigris.

Cuneiform script is one of the earliest known forms of written expression and was created by the Sumerians in the late 4th millennium BC. The tablet that has just been translated is thought to date back to around 2,300 BC. Cuneiforms were clay tablets, onto which impressions where made with a blunt reed called a stylus. The impressions left by the stylus were wedge shaped, thus giving rise to the name cuneiform, which means wedge-writing. Tens of thousands of such tablets have been recovered from Sumer, recording everything from Epic battles to, as we are about to see, simple songs. What makes this song unique is that not only does it echo the same sentiments we feel today, but its age, at over 4,000 years old, this is truly a song that has stood the test of time.

"Remember those days of greatness and
wisdom, when a man could speak about his thoughts without
covering himself with the darkest of curtains?
Since the sun faded away I no longer see a place of rest,
even fresh water seems to whisper violence in its own language.
I will never trust a god who doesn't like to be questioned.
Remember those days of healthiness when a man could smile and have a smile back for his joy.
They put the sky inside a vessel and the smiles faded with the last sunset above this land.
I lost my faith in the morning of my childhood, I lost my fear when I saw the end coming, tonight there is only me and the thoughts of you.

Tonight there is only me and the vision of two green jewels, those emerald eyes.
Tonight there is only me and the silver moon, that moonlight skin.
Tonight there is only me and the soft lotus breeze, your smell of queen.

Heat that burns the earth dries the rivers of blood, like an incense of death.
The blind and the fool will live for their emptiness, ah, those hollow spirits.
So strong I am, ah, my strength stands for the thieve of my world, the fool and the blind, they leave no place for me on this earth.
Songs of peace to the new end that just begins.

I am coming home, oh I am coming
The home that was never there
I am coming, the home that never was.
The home that never knew my name, I am coming.
To the place that was never there, home.
Through the door that is never open.
Open sky, my home, guide to the house where my name was forgotten.

You forgot my name, I forgot my heart.

I am coming home, in search of my heart.
The heart calls for me, beats for me, lost among the dead.
I am looking for my heart, the one I cannot feel to find.
I lost my heart, the one who is afraid to find me.
I lost myself, the soul of me, the one I do not remember.
Was it my heart? Was it my fear?

I do not fear, I do not feel.

Tonight there is only me and the vision of two green jewels, those emerald eyes.
Tonight there is only me and the silver moon, that moonlight skin.
Tonight there is only me and the soft lotus breeze, your smell of queen.

Tonight there is only me and the promise that my name will not be spoken.
Tonight there is only me and the promise that your eyes will never wish to find me.
Tonight there is only me and the promise that I will never touch your skin.
Tonight there is only me and the promise that I will never return home.

Sleep oh goddess sleep.
You, who will never wonder where I am.

Sleep oh Goddess sleep.
I pray for you.
For you never to remember.

Sleep oh Goddess; I sleep
Lost in the vision of two green jewels, those emerald eyes.
Upon the silver moon, that moonlight skin.
Following the soft lotus breeze, your smell of queen."

This song was translated by Seshat and is published exclusively on ThothWeb.

The Manogram

AT&T's monitoring program

"The recent discovery of AT&T's monitoring program has raised more than a few eyebrows. While the class action suit filed by EFF is pending (as well as a seperate suit filed against the NSA filed by the ACLU), interested parties are taking the time to learn more about the scope of this massive invasion of privacy. Bewert examines the Narus architecture used by AT&T in their previously shadowed (and ongoing) collaboration with the NSA."

All About NSA's and AT&T's Big Brother Machine, the Narus 6400

NSA Lawsuit - Stop Illegal Surveillance - ACLU

So what's the deal?

Remember - just because you attend their meetings doesn't make you one of them

sorry for spewing on here...

Water Quality

EPA May Weaken Rule on Water Quality
Plan Would Affect Towns That Find Complying Costly

By Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 1, 2006; A04

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to allow higher levels of contaminants such as arsenic in the drinking water used by small rural communities, in response to complaints that they cannot afford to comply with recently imposed limits.

The proposal would roll back a rule that went into effect earlier this year and make it permissible for water systems serving 10,000 or fewer residents to have three times the level of contaminants allowed under that regulation.

About 50 million people live in communities that would be affected by the proposed change. In the case of arsenic, the most recent EPA data suggest as many as 10 million Americans are drinking water that does not meet the new federal standards.

Benjamin H. Grumbles, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Water, said the agency was trying to satisfy Congress, which instructed EPA in 1996 to take into account that it costs small rural towns proportionately more to meet federal drinking water standards.

"We're taking the position both public health protection and affordability can be achieved together," Grumbles said in an interview this week. "When you're looking at small communities, oftentimes they cannot comply with the [current] standard."

But Erik Olson, a senior lawyer for the advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council, called the move a broad attack on public health.

"It could have serious impacts on people's health, not just in small-town America," Olson said. "It is like overturning the whole apple cart on this program."

The question of how to regulate drinking water quality has roiled Washington for years. Just before leaving office, President Bill Clinton imposed a more stringent standard for arsenic, dictating that drinking water should contain no more than 10 parts per billion of the poison, which in small amounts is a known carcinogen. President Bush suspended the standard after taking office, but Congress voted to reinstate it, and in 2001, the National Academy of Sciences issued a study saying arsenic was more dangerous than the EPA had previously believed. The deadline for water systems to comply with the arsenic rule was January of this year.

The proposed revision was unveiled in early March in the Federal Register and is subject to public comment until May 1. Administration officials said the number of comments they receive will determine when it would take effect.

EPA's new proposal would permit drinking water to have arsenic levels of as much as 30 parts per billion in some communities. This would have a major effect on states such as Maryland and Virginia, which have struggled in recent months to meet the new arsenic rule.

Last summer, the Virginia Department of Health estimated that 11 well-based water systems serving 9,500 people in Northern Virginia might not meet the new standard for arsenic.

Maryland has a high level of naturally occurring arsenic in its water, and its Department of the Environment has estimated that 37 water systems serving more than 26,000 people now exceed the 10-parts-per-billion arsenic limit. These include systems serving several towns as well as individual developments, mobile home parks, schools and businesses in Dorchester, Caroline, Queen Anne's, Worcester, Garrett, St. Mary's and Talbot counties.

General Manager George Hanson's Chesapeake Water Association in Lusby, Md., serves 4,000 town residents with four wells. Three of them meet the new arsenic standard, but one well has 14 parts per billion in its water. He estimated that cleaning it up would cost between $1 million and $4 million.

"It's some of the most beautiful water I've ever seen. The arsenic is the only thing that fouls the entire system," Hanson said, adding that he and other community water suppliers are hoping the new EPA proposal will offer them a way out. "They're waiting for someone to help them."

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996, complying with federal drinking water standards is not supposed to cost water systems more than 2.5 percent of the median U.S. household income, which in 2004 was $44,684, per household served. That means meeting these standards should not cost more than $1,117 per household.

Under EPA's proposal, drinking water compliance could not cost more than $335 per household.

Several public officials and environmental experts said they were just starting to review the administration's plan, but some said they worry that it could lead to broad exemptions from the current federal contaminant standards cities and larger towns must also meet. Besides arsenic, other water contaminants including radon and lead pose a health threat in some communities.

James Taft, executive director of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, said he and others are concerned that the less stringent standard will "become the rule, rather than the exception" if larger communities press for similar relief.

Avner Vengosh, a geochemistry and hydrology professor at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, said he was surprised by the administration's proposal because North Carolina officials are trying to keep arsenic levels as low as 2 parts per billion.

"It's a bit ironic you have this loosening in the EPA standard when local authorities are making it more stringent," Vengosh said, adding that many rural residents "have no clue what they have in the water."

National Rural Water Association analyst Mike Keegan, who backs the administration's proposal, said the current rule is based on what contaminant levels are economically and technically feasible, rather than what is essential to preserve public health.

The administration may face a fight on Capitol Hill over the proposal. Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), who helped write the 1996 law, said EPA's proposal, "if finalized, would allow weakened drinking water standards, not just in rural areas, but in the majority of drinking water systems in the United States."

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So it costs to much to clean the water... humm... How about this one... NO DUMPING IN THE RIVERS AT ALL... EVER !!!! and if you do.. the fines are so stupidly high that company's would actually do something about it instead of just paying the fine and dumping in the river because it would cost more to fix the problem... why is everyone putting up with this type of stupidy and greed.. -Az

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Dr Bob Beck lectures

Dr Bob Beck video - lecture on curing cancer and HIV with microcurrents!

This is a rare video, taken in 1996 at Ventura College, of Dr Robert (Bob) Beck. A genius in the field of magnetism and electricty, he focused the last decade of his life on using micro currents to render all known virus, bacterial and parasites (including HIV!) powerless. This video seriously challenges current drug/chemical-fuelled approach western science takes towards the treatment of disease.


The Bob Beck lecture is available as an archived MP3 audio file to keep the size as small as possible. It's still a bit over 10MB in size, so it will take awhile to download, depending on your connection speed. The file is in a "zip" format, so you will need to unzip it before being able to use it.

Right-click on the following file link and save it to your computer. Don't try to "open" the file, it's too large: Bob Beck MP3 Lecture


Robert C. Beck is a highly respected research physicist and formerly a consultant to the Sandia Corp, Senior Staff Scientist at Eyring Research Institute, and consultant to the US Navy. Dr. Beck recently retired from his own business interests and from his work as a university lecturer. He was known for his leading-edge designs in measuring subtle magnetic fields and extremely low frequency fields. His last research project in the early 1980's that focused on the brain and altered states of consciousness resulted in the design of the Brain Tuner. This won him an award from the John Fitzer Foundation.

Although he can live in relative ease the rest of his life because of the money he's made by holding the patent on the camera flash, Dr. Beck's life changed forever when he read about a research project at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York city.

In March, 1991 Science News magazine gave a brief report that "Zapping the AIDS virus with low-voltage electric current can nearly eliminate its ability to infect human white blood cells cultured in the laboratory ..." Doctors William Lyman and Steven Kaali also presented their research at a symposium. This research piqued Bob Beck's interest but he found only closed doors when he tried to get further information. The paper they presented had been deleted from the symposium report.

In 1993, after a patent was filed by Lyman and Kaali with the US Patent Office [Patent #5,188,738], their discovery became public information for the first time.

Dr Beck soon developed a safe, simple non-invasive method of applying this technique, but rather than patenting his idea, he made the information freely available to all.

Beck's invention brilliantly combined the discoveries of Lyman and Kaali with the research of Dr Robert Becker MD and his team at Syracuse University, who conducted many years of research into the long known anti-bacterial properties of Silver. He proved that sub-microscopic particles of PURE SILVER suspended in water destroyed even the most drug resistant microbes on contact.

We have all heard the stories before. Stories of ordinary people coming up with extraordinary ideas that threaten the monopolies of the big corporations. Design an engine that potentially cuts petrol sales, and before too long the fuel companies will either buy you or break you, and your invention is never seen or heard of again.

Imagine the reaction of the Pharmaceutical industry when Dr. Robert Beck developed a simple electronic device, affordable by anyone, which has been proven to destroy virtually all known bacteria, viruses and fungi instantly.

By making his invention freely available to all, Beck has made it impossible for the medical and pharmaceutical industries to control or suppress his invention.


HIV-Aids, Cancer, Hepatitis, Herpes and a dozen other ailments cured in the early 1990s? Lecture on treating disease with electric current and the equipment required for doing so. Interesting information about colloidal silver and the assertion that garlic, while being good for the immune system is poisonous to the brain. Many other topics. The information contained in this video is supposedly being suppressed by the greed based corporate system that we're subjected to. They would rather blame overpopulation for the world's ills, then make a profit off of sick people like usual.

This cant be real...LOL..GARLIC is bad....
well this guy has to be a nut...

just wondering who told you what you believe...
proof is in the real world experence...
(h202 feb 1993, CS 1994?)- Az

How to make Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver And How to Make It Yourself.
- " By Mark Metcalf "
(dont use the Saline solution...
just distilled water, silver and electricity)

You look familiar

Air trends 'amplifying' warming

By Richard Black
Environment Correspondent, BBC News website, in Vienna

Reduced air pollution and increased water evaporation appear to be adding to man-made global warming.

Research presented at a major European science meeting adds to other evidence that cleaner air is letting more solar energy through to the Earth's surface.

Other studies show that increased water vapor in the atmosphere is reinforcing the impact of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Scientists suggest both trends may push temperatures higher than believed.

But they say there is an urgent need for further research, particularly at sea.

Full story here


Global warming 'proof' detected
By Richard Black
BBC News environment correspondent
The Earth is absorbing more energy from the Sun than it is giving back into space, according to a new study by climate scientists in the US.
more at:

Trade can 'export' CO2 emissions
By Richard Black
Environment Correspondent, BBC News website
New research from the US shows that trade can significantly affect emissions of greenhouse gases.

Researchers found that US imports of goods from China cause a greater production of carbon dioxide than if the goods were made in the US
"A country can intentionally or unintentionally decrease its CO2 emissions by reducing its domestic production but increasing its trade.

"Total CO2 emissions would increase, but the current carbon accounting framework will show a decrease." full story at:

Let me get this right... NOW global warming is caused by clean air and more water in the air... LOL ... The BBC News.... Is everyone F#@&ing stoned .. CLEAN AIR AND WATER VAPOR !!! The two best things for every living thing on this planet... Plant and animal....

hummm... Plants take in CO2 and release oxygen... But there is not a lower amount of plants in the world ? Is there? Along with creating more CO2...

Not that it would solve all problems but how about this... every tank of gas every one has to plant 1 tree... or burn the equivalent of coal, oil, etc...

The globalization is making it worse... So by saving 10 cents on my shampoo at walmart increases the CO2 emissions in the world while gas costs twice as much...

sorry im to busy to rant anymore... and I could spend hours on this stuff... but you are spared ... For now...- Az

NASA vexed by worker accidents

Friday, April 7, 2006; Posted: 3:38 p.m. EDT (19:38 GMT)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- Over the past three months, workers at the Kennedy Space Center have tripped, dropped things, banged into sensitive equipment and started fires in a deadly string of accidents that has NASA perplexed.

The space agency has launched investigations into three accidents -- the death of a worker who fell off a roof, the bumping of space shuttle Discovery's robotic arm by a platform, and damage last week to an instrument that supplies power to the orbiters.

But since the beginning of the year, there have been 20 other incidents in which a worker was injured or equipment was damaged in excess of $25,000. There were only 14 incidents during the same time period last year.

"There's enough going on that we're very, very concerned," said Bill Parsons, deputy director of the Kennedy Space Center.

One explanation for the accidents may be that workers have been out of the rhythm of preparing for shuttle launches, since there has been only a single liftoff since the Columbia disaster in early 2003, Parsons said.

"I think anytime you have big gaps in between doing something that's like launching shuttles ... or things like that, you are always concerned that you've lost a little bit of your edge," Parsons said.

Workers had been under pressure to meet a May launch date for Discovery, but the flight was pushed back to July last month so that technicians could replace troublesome sensors in the fuel tank.

Senior managers and contractors have been urged to get out in the field to talk to workers about any problems and emphasize safety and discipline.

In the meantime, a July launch could be threatened by a new problem -- "whiskering" on a shuttle engine circuit board. Whiskering is the formation of thin metallic protrusions that could lead to a short circuit.

"It's a problem that has been around for years," said Kyle Herring, a NASA spokesman. "It's probably of greater interest now because we're getting ready to fly."

In one incident in January, workers accidentally started a fire while repairing the roof of the Vehicle Assembly Building.

In March, broken glass from a lamp fell into Discovery's payload bay. Workers cleaning it up the next day accidentally dented Discovery's robotic arm. Three days later, an X-ray film container was dropped on shuttle Endeavour.

Space center director James Kennedy called a two-hour work stand-down in mid-March to re-emphasize safety after another fire was accidentally started by roofers at the assembly building. But the accidents didn't stop.

The next day, roofer Steven Owens, 51, tripped on a wire and fell off a warehouse -- the first worker death at the space center since 1989. Last week, electronic equipment was damaged at a spare parts depot when the electricity was reversed, and workers from New Orleans dropped a lamp on the nose of the external fuel tank while repairing it.

Lynn Beattie, a Machinists union leader at the space center, said he believes accidents are simply being reported more than they have been in the past.

But he noted that several accidents, including the roofer's death and the fires, involved outside contractors, not employees of NASA or its primary shuttle contractor, United Space Alliance.

"I sometimes think there's not a real serious attempt to make our contractors comply with the same safety standards that everybody else has to out here," Beattie said.

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Every man

"Every man has his follies
- and often they are the most interesting thing he has got"
- Josh Billings

Chavez rules out return to cheap oil

If you thought high oil prices were just a blip think again - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ruled out any return to the era of cheap oil.

In an interview with BBC Newsnight's Greg Palast, Mr Chavez - who is due to host the Opec meeting on 1 June in Caracas - said he would ask the oil cartel to set $50 a barrel as the long term level.

During the 1990s the price of oil had hovered around the $20 mark falling as low as $10 a barrel in early 1999.

"We're trying to find an equilibrium. The price of oil could remain at the low level of $50. That's a fair price it's not a high price," Mr Chavez said.

He will have added clout at this Opec meeting.

Analysis by the US Department of Energy (DoE) - seen by Newsnight - shows that at $50 a barrel Venezuela - not Saudi Arabia - will have the biggest oil reserves in Opec.

Venezuela has vast deposits of extra-heavy oil in the Orinoco. Traditionally these have not been counted because at $20 a barrel they were too expensive to exploit - but at $50 a barrel melting them into liquid petroleum becomes extremely profitable.

The DoE report shows that at today's prices Venezuela's oil reserves are bigger than those of the entire Middle East - including Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, Iran and Iraq.

The US agency also identifies Canada as another future oil superpower.

Venezuela's deposits alone could extend the oil age for another 100 years.

The DoE estimates that the Venezuelan government controls 1.3 trillion barrels of oil - more than the entire declared oil reserves of the rest of the planet.

Mr Chavez told Newsnight that "Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world. In the future Venezuela won't have any more oil - but that's in the 22nd Century."

He will ask the Opec meeting in June to formally accept that Venezuela's reserves are now bigger than Saudi Arabia's.

Social projects

Mr Chavez's increased muscle will not go down well in Washington, which is deeply opposed to his government.

Ironically, by invading Iraq, George W Bush has boosted oil prices and effectively transferred billions of dollars from American consumers to the Venezuelan government.

Up to $200m a day - half of it from the US - is flooding into Caracas.

Mr Chavez is spending this on building infrastructure and increasing the minimum wage and improving health and education in the poor ranchos which surround the cities.

As a result even his opponents accept that Mr Chavez is extremely popular and will easily win the next presidential election in December.

Mr Chavez is also spending billions in the rest of Latin America - exchanging contracts for oil tankers and infrastructure projects and buying up debt in Argentina and Brazil.

He has made cheap oil deals with Ecuador and the Caribbean.

He has also spent some of the dollars which have come in from the US to support Fidel Castro in Cuba. In return Cuba has supplied the thousands of doctors and teachers who are transforming conditions in the barrios of Caracas.


Washington accuses Mr Chavez of buying influence in Latin America.

The Venezuelan president has repeatedly won democratic elections and the opposition operates freely although some members have been charged with accepting illegal foreign donations.

Nonetheless Bush's administration repeatedly targets Mr Chavez on human rights and finances his opponents.

Earlier this year, US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld compared Mr Chavez to Hitler - because he was elected democratically.

Mr Chavez told Newsnight he was still concerned that Mr Bush had not learned the lessons of Iraq and would order an invasion to try to secure Venezuela's oil.

"I pray this will not happen because US soldiers will bite the dust and so will we, Venezuelans," he said.

He warned that any such attempt would lead to a prolonged guerrilla war and an end to oil production.

"The US people should know there will be no oil for anyone."

Mr Chavez does not accept UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's criticism of him for lining up with Mr Castro.

He told Newsnight: "If someone is sleeping together it is Bush and Blair. They share the same bed."

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Ads Offer to Swap Rent for Sex

“Upscale executive seeks beautiful female 18-24 to live in his luxury condo in Coral Gables for $1/month in exchange for some light duties. Help take care of dog, cook occasionally. Sex 2x/week. Serious inquires only. Please email a picture for consideration. The Coral Gables man who offered that startling pitch in a recent posting on the popular website is among a growing pool of men who routinely seek sexual favors in the room-for-rent section of Internet ads. Such postings — a type of bartering of homes for sex — are not only worrisome because they target young women who may be desperate for affordable housing in South Florida’s harsh real estate climate. They may also be illegal. ‘They would be of concern to us,’ said Sgt. Kelly Sullivan with the Miami-Dade Police Department’s organized crime unit. ‘It is a form of prostitution because they are enticing young girls who may be strapped for cash.’ Trading a room for sex over the Internet is relatively fresh terrain for law enforcement — so much so, that Sullivan admitted he wasn’t aware this was happening.” — Miami Herald (US)

3 charged in castrations in Haywood ‘dungeon’

“At least six men traveled from across the nation and abroad to learn ’slave training’ and have their genitals mutilated by a man they called ‘Master Rick’ in a sadomasochistic dungeon… Haywood County authorities said Friday the men were castrated during eight illegal surgeries at a home on Peace Mountain Road in the Allens Creek community… Investigators used the informant’s information to gain a search warrant Wednesday, and found inside the house grizzly evidence of homemade surgeries. In the first-floor room called the dungeon, they found a coffee can with bloody scalpels, a silver tin marked ‘used instruments,’ intravenous supplies, syringes, needles, bandages, an electric shock paddle and a video camera and tripod. In another first-floor room, the investigators found a Physician’s Desk Reference book along with stacks of CDs and a computer. An invoice for lidocaine, topical pain relief medicine, was in the kitchen. A plastic container in a freezer contained what one of the suspects said was human testicles. The equipment, according to court papers, was used for removing testicles in castrations and at least one penis removal. The informant told investigators a man from Chile had his testicles replace with artificial ones called ‘neuticles.’ He later traveled back to the house to have them removed because ‘they were too large.’ DVDs discovered listed Peace Mountain Enterprises as the production company and surgeries performed by ‘Master Rick…’ Court papers and the sheriff said the surgeries were done for sexual gratification, though some experts said that would be rare.” — Citizen Times (US)

Here are pictures of the three perps: Michael Mendez, Danny Carrol Reeves, and Richard Peter Sciara (aka “Master Rick”). Googling “Master Rick” eventually turned up this photo from an S&M personals site. You think this matches the mugshot of Mr. Sciara? If so, it reveals the perp’s email address and enables you to come up with more personal ads that he placed around the net. There’s this one, which seeks out a “a permanent sex and pain slave.” The ad notes that “slave’s body would be modified to fit the image master has of a naked slave/dog kneeling at his side, including tattoos, piercings, shaving and branding.” It doesn’t mention castration. Perhaps that would scare people off?

Authorities shut down sadomasochistic dungeon
3 charged in castrations in Haywood ‘dungeon’
Master Rick's Castration Service
Slicing and dicing without a license in NC
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The below is from Backstage at Newza da Weird
Friday, April 07, 2006

Get ready for a rash of stories on apotemnophilia? Ever since that rural North Carolina voluntary castration den was uncovered [Backstage, 4-1-2006], Yr Editor has been waiting for the nation’s editors to accept the invitation to titillate. ABC News just found one apotemno (though I guess the medico-journalistic term now will be someone who suffers from Body Integrity Identity Disorder) who decided her legs had to go but did the research and killed them first with dry ice, which is less messy than blasting them with a shotgun. Medical conclusion, still, as always: We don’t know why they do it.

I am at a loss for words on this one... other then WHY I posted this... Haywood County is very close to Asheville... LOL

Fair and balanced

Seeing this stuff makes me sick... Ever hear of the saying .. "How do you know they are lieing? Their lips were moving..." I do love that their anniversary is April fools day... nice :) I wish this article was a joke... well it is.. but more people have to wake up and see what they are doing right infront of all our faces...

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Top Ten Junk Science Stories of the Past Decade
Thursday, April 06, 2006
By Steven Milloy

My web site celebrated its 10th anniversary on April 1, 2006. To mark the event, this column spotlights 10 big junk science stories of the last 10 years. In no particular order, they are:

1. The most toxic manmade chemical? That’s what some called dioxin, a by-product of natural and industrial combustion processes and the “contaminant of concern” in the Vietnam-era defoliant known as Agent Orange. Billions of dollars have been spent studying and regulating dioxin, but debunking the scare only cost a few thousand dollars.

Keying off Ben & Jerry’s claim on its ice cream packages that “there is no safe exposure to dioxin,” we tested Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and found that a single serving contained about 200 times the dioxin that the Environmental Protection Agency says is “safe” – and who’s afraid of Ben & Jerry’s? Read more…

2. Dial “F” for Fear. Since the 1993 Larry King Live broadcast featuring a man suing a cell phone maker claiming his wife died from a cell phone-induced brain cancer, many cell phone users have worried about phone safety. But studies failed to identify any risk.

The final blow to the scare came in 2002 when notorious trial lawyer Peter Angelos’ $800 million lawsuit – alleging a Maryland physician’s brain cancer was caused by cell phone use – was dismissed (like the 1993 suit) for lack of evidence. Read more…

3. Powerline scare unplugged. Fears that electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) created by power lines and appliances caused cancer started in 1978. Parents worried about power lines over schools. Consumers worried about electric blankets. Power companies worried about burying power lines. The National Academy of Sciences finally unplugged the scare in October 1996, concluding that no evidence showed EMFs presented a health hazard. Read more…

4. Hormone Hysterics. Tulane University researchers published a 1996 study claiming that combinations of manmade chemicals (pesticides and PCBs) disrupted normal hormonal processes, causing everything from cancer to infertility to attention deficit disorder.

Media, regulators and environmentalists hailed the study as “astonishing.” Indeed it was as it turned out to be fraud, according to an October 2001 report by federal investigators. Though the study was retracted from publication, the law it spawned wasn’t and continues to be enforced by the EPA. Read more…

5. Secret Science? EPA air pollution rules issued in 1997 governing airborne particulate matter (soot) are estimated to cost $10 billion annually. The EPA claimed soot in ambient air causes tens of thousands of premature deaths every year.

Congress asked thr EPA to disclose the scientific data underlying the claims. EPA refused. A subsequently enacted law requiring that taxpayer-funded scientific data used to support regulation be made available to the public through the Freedom of Information Act has yet to be enforced. The EPA is preparing to make those very same rules even more stringent. Read more…

6. Obesity statistics lose weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added to our bodyweight panic in 2004 by announcing that obesity kills 400,000 people annually, a number approaching the death toll attributed to smoking (440,000). Criticism of the estimate from CDC’s own statisticians caused the agency in 2005 to back-off the estimate – adjusting it downward by 93 percent to 25,814 annual deaths. Read more…

7. ‘Ear-ie’ biotech scare. “Who plays God in the 21st century?” captioned an Oct. 11, 1999 full-page ad in the New York Times attacking genetic engineering. Placed by a coalition including Greenpeace and the Sierra Club, the ad featured a photo of a shaved laboratory mouse with what looks like a human ear attached to its back.

The caption stated, “This is an actual photo of a genetically engineered mouse with a human ear on its back.” As it turned out, it wasn’t a real ear and it had nothing to do with genetic engineering. A template in the shape of a human ear was seeded with human cartilage cells and surgically implanted on the back of a mouse. The cartilage cells grew into the ear-like structure. The technology’s purpose is to help children who are either born without ears or who lose their ears through injury. Read more…

8. PETA: Milk drinking makes for future felons. With its web site repeatedly alluding to acts of animal cruelty committed in childhood as being predictors of adult criminality, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sponsored an in-school curricula teaching children that eating meat and drinking milk constitutes “animal cruelty.”

PETA’s “Milk-Stealing Ming,” for example, was depicted with his mouth attached to an unhappy cow’s udder, alongside a “wanted poster” describing his crimes and exclaiming, “cows make milk for their babies, not for maniacs like Ming.” Read more…

9. Choking on chips. Swedish scientists alarmed us in April 2002 that cooking high-carbohydrate foods – like potatoes and bread – formed acrylamide, a substance linked with cancer in lab animals. But even if lab animals were reasonable predictors of cancer risk in humans – a notion yet to be validated – someone of average bodyweight would have to eat 35,000 potato chips (about 62.5 pounds) per day for life to get an equivalent dose of acrylamide as the lab animals. Read more…

10. The Mother of all junk science controversies. The most important junk science story of the last 10 years is global warming. Though climate varies naturally and ongoing climate change is within that natural variation, the global warming lobby seems bent on railroading us into economy-killing regulation.

The Kyoto Protocol is being ignored by its EU signatories. Global warmers admit that the drastic and impossible step of halting all greenhouse gas emissions would have no impact on climate. Sky-high energy prices threaten our economy. Yet many yearn for global warming regulation. Read more…

Petrochemical/chemical, Pharmaceutical, Energy, and Telecommunications companies hummm... well if they all say their products are safe for me, they are the experts and they wouldnt sell me something or do anything thats bad for me ... right?

So it should be ok if I eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in a trubute to my uncle what was sprayed with Agent Orange in Vietnam and died 15 years ago from cancer. While siting on the front porch watching the chemtrail patterns in the sky while I try to use my moble tracking/phone device, but cant because I dont get a signal at my house because I live under high voltage power lines. But just because the powerlines interfere with my cell phone, tv, radio, wireless internet, fluorescent lights, etc... that doesnt mean that its effecting my gray matter or the bag of mostly salty water I call my body in anyway... Right? So I sit back and read the anti
animal cruelty ad on the frozen BGH/milk product I have been scooping out with potato chips while my monster SUV warms up in my driveway for 20 minutes using a whole gallon of gas so I can go two blocks down the street to pick up my prozac so I dont have any emotions about my infertility and ADD from all the pesticides, PCBs, and Floride in the water, murcury in my teeth, or the genetically modified food that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and the FDA, all say is just as good as the real thing but 10 cents cheeper unless I dont want what they are selling then the real stuff costs 4 times as much as the poison.. oh well .. whats on FOXNews?... because they ARE "Fair and balanced" - Rant finished... for now... - Az

Gospel of Judas

'Gospel of Judas' Surfaces After 1,700 Years

Published: April 6, 2006

An early Christian manuscript, including the only known text of what is known as the Gospel of Judas, has surfaced after 1,700 years. The text gives new insights into the relationship of Jesus and the disciple who betrayed him, scholars reported today. In this version, Jesus asked Judas, as a close friend, to sell him out to the authorities, telling Judas he will "exceed" the other disciples by doing so.

Though some theologians have hypothesized this, scholars who have studied the new-found text said, this is the first time an ancient document defends the idea.

The discovery in the desert of Egypt of the leather-bound papyrus manuscript, and now its translation, was announced by the National Geographic Society at a news conference in Washington. The 26-page Judas text is said to be a copy in Coptic, made around A. D. 300, of the original Gospel of Judas, written in Greek the century before.

Terry Garcia, an executive vice president of the geographic society, said the manuscript, or codex, is considered by scholars and scientists to be the most significant ancient, nonbiblical text to be found in the past 60 years.

"The codex has been authenticated as a genuine work of ancient Christian apocryphal literature," Mr. Garcia said, citing extensive tests of radiocarbon dating, ink analysis and multispectral imaging and studies of the script and linguistic style. The ink, for example, was consistent with ink of that era, and there was no evidence of multiple rewriting.

"This is absolutely typical of ancient Coptic manuscripts," said Stephen Emmel, professor of Coptic studies at the University of Munster in Germany. "I am completely convinced."

The most revealing passages in the Judas manuscript begins, "The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot during a week, three days before he celebrated Passover."

The account goes on to relate that Jesus refers to the other disciples, telling Judas "you will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me." By that, scholars familiar with Gnostic thinking said, Jesus meant that by helping him get rid of his physical flesh, Judas will act to liberate the true spiritual self or divine being within Jesus.

Unlike the accounts in the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the anonymous author of the Gospel of Judas believed that Judas Iscariot alone among the 12 disciples understood the meaning of Jesus' teachings and acceded to his will. In the diversity of early Christian thought, a group known as Gnostics believed in a secret knowledge of how people could escape the prisons of their material bodies and return to the spiritual realm from which they came.

Elaine Pagels, a professor of religion at Princeton who specializes in studies of the Gnostics, said in a statement, "These discoveries are exploding the myth of a monolithic religion, and demonstrating how diverse — and fascinating — the early Christian movement really was."

The Gospel of Judas is only one of many texts discovered in the last 65 years, including the gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene and Philip, believed to be written by Gnostics.

The Gnostics' beliefs were often viewed by bishops and early church leaders as unorthodox, and they were frequently denounced as heretics. The discoveries of Gnostic texts have shaken up Biblical scholarship by revealing the diversity of beliefs and practices among early followers of Jesus.

As the findings have trickled down to churches and universities, they have produced a new generation of Christians who now regard the Bible not as the literal word of God, but as a product of historical and political forces that determined which texts should be included in the canon, and which edited out.

For that reason, the discoveries have proved deeply troubling for many believers. The Gospel of Judas portrays Judas Iscariot not as a betrayer of Jesus, but as his most favored disciple and willing collaborator.

Scholars say that they have long been on the lookout for the Gospel of Judas because of a reference to what was probably an early version of it in a text called Against Heresies, written by Irenaeus, the bishop of Lyons, about the year 180.

Irenaeus was a hunter of heretics, and no friend of the Gnostics. He wrote, "They produce a fictitious history of this kind, which they style the Gospel of Judas."

Karen L. King, a professor of the history of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School, and an expert in Gnosticism who has not yet read the manuscript released today, said that the Gospel of Judas may well reflect the kinds of debates that arose in the second and third century among Christians.

"You can see how early Christians could say, if Jesus's death was all part of God's plan, then Judas's betrayal was part of God's plan," said Ms. King, the author of several books on Gnostic texts. "So what does that make Judas? Is he the betrayer, or the facilitator of salvation, the guy who makes the crucifixion possible?"

At least one scholar said the new manuscript does not contain anything dramatic that would change or undermine traditional understanding of the Bible. James M. Robinson, a retired professor of Coptic studies at Claremont Graduate University, was the general editor of the English edition of the Nag Hammadi library, a collection of Gnostic documents discovered in Egypt in 1945.

"Correctly understood, there's nothing undermining about the Gospel of Judas," Mr. Robinson said in a telephone interview. He said that the New Testament gospels of John and Mark both contain passages that suggest that Jesus not only picked Judas to betray him, but actually encouraged Judas to hand him over to those he knew would crucify him.

Mr. Robinson's book, "The Secrets of Judas: The Story of the Misunderstood Disciple and his Lost Gospel" (Harper San Francisco, April 2006), predicts the contents of the Gospel of Judas based on his knowledge of Gnostic and Coptic texts, even though he was not part of the team of researchers working on the document.

The Egyptian copy of the gospel was written on 13 sheets of papyrus, both front and back, and found in a multitude of brittle fragments.

Rudolphe Kasser, a Swiss scholar of Coptic studies, directed the team that reconstructed and translated the script. The effort, organized by the National Geographic, was supported by Maecenas Foundation for Ancient Art, in Basel, Switzerland, and the Waitt Institute for Historical Discovery, an American nonprofit organization for the application of technology in historical and scientific projects.

The entire 66-page codex also contains a text titled James (also known as First Apocalypse of James), a letter by Peter and a text of what scholars are provisionally calling Book of Allogenes.

Discovered in the 1970's in a cavern near El Minya, Egypt, the document circulated for years among antiquities dealers in Egypt, then Europe and finally in the United States. It moldered in a safe-deposit box at a bank in Hicksville, N. Y., for 16 years before being bought in 2000 by a Zurich dealer, Frieda Nussberger-Tchacos. The manuscript was given the name Codex Tchacos.

When attempts to resell the codex failed, Ms. Nussberger-Tchacos turned it over to the Maecenas Foundation for conservation and translation.

Mr. Robinson said that an Egyptian antiquities dealer offered to sell him the document in 1983 for $3 million, but that he could not raise the money. He criticized the scholars now associated with the project, some of whom are his former students, because he said they violated an agreement made years ago by Coptic scholars that new discoveries should be made accessible to all qualified scholars.

The manuscript will ultimately be returned to Egypt, where it was discovered, and housed in the Coptic Museum in Cairo.

Ted Waitt, the founder and former chief executive of Gateway, said that his foundation, the Waitt Institute for Historical Discovery, gave the National Geographic Society a grant of more than $1 million to restore and preserve the manuscript and make it available to the public.

" I didn't know a whole lot until I got into this about the early days of Christianity. It was just extremely fascinating to me," Mr. Waitt said in a telephone interview. He said he had no motivation other than being fascinated by the finding. He said that after the document was carbon dated and the ink tested, procedures his foundation paid for, he had no question about its authenticity. "You can potentially question the translation and the interpretation, he said, but you can't fake something like this. It would be impossible."

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Friday, April 07, 2006

Dont do it...

I like her eggs

The trip of a lifetime

By Katy Hickman
Producer, All in the Mind
Before 1960s' Flower Power, LSD was a medical wonder drug - a supposed treatment for mental illness. Then it became outlawed and discredited. But now a new generation is researching the medical benefits of psychedelic drugs.

"You realise that your feelings are beginning to change. You have to understand these drugs don't put things into your mind. You're very aware and in a subtle way this drug begins to change your perception - you're able to look at your same problem and feelings in a very different way."

Pam Sakuda, 58, is dying of cancer. Last year she took part in a controversial pilot project which uses psilocybin (pronounced sil-o-cybin), which comes from magic mushrooms, to help patients cope with the anxiety of being terminally ill.

"It became paralysing," she says of the stress caused by confronting her mortality. "It came to the point where you feel that you don't have anything left to do. And I was hoping in this study to be able to get some relief from that."

Pam spent several days talking to the psychiatric team at Harbor-UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles, before agreeing to the trial.

(Legal in their fresh, raw state, magic mushrooms (right) were outlawed in the UK in 2005 Magic mushrooms banned)

When using hallucinogenic drugs in a medical environment, volunteers
are subjected to a regime known as "set and setting" - knowing what might happen, and feeling safe in one's environment.

The hospital room in Pam's case was specially decorated with beautiful drapes and vases full of flowers. Pam lay down wearing eye shades and listening to her favourite music, waiting for the drug to take effect.

"Physically you begin to feel a tingling warmth and a flush to your head," she says. "It's physical but it's more than physical."

Psychiatrist Professor Charles Grob, who is leading the project, says individuals "appear to have much diminished anxiety, improved mood regulation and also more acceptance" of their condition.

Professor Grob believes the psilocybin, like LSD, gives an insight into one's sub-conscious.

"Individuals can have very deep, very personally rewarding experiences" he says. "[They] can have beautiful aesthetic experiences, powerful autobiographic experiences, where they review aspects of their lives. There's something about that experience that seems to have an intrinsic capacity to heal."

Professor Grob's study is a small pilot - just eight volunteers. It is, however, one of a number of new research projects into psychedelics sanctioned over the last few years: psilocybin is being studied for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; MDMA, more commonly known as Ecstasy, is being used alongside psychotherapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

There's even a tentative step to get permission to use LSD for cluster headaches - a debilitating condition that involves months of severe migraines.

(Hedonistic use of LSD in the 60s was exemplified by Ken Kesey's Magic Bus)

If it sounds familiar, that's because hallucinogenics - in particular LSD - used to be the wonder drugs of psychiatry back in the 1950s and 60s - used to treat addiction, depression anxiety and other mental illnesses.

But LSD soon became the drug of choice for hippies and those involved in the 60s counter-culture, and was outlawed.

For Professor Grob, like many of this new generation of psychedelic researchers, LSD remains their ultimate goal. He chose to work with psilocybin because the mere mention of LSD still provokes extreme reactions.

"We could more easily glide under the radar and do our work without attracting the negative attention that I think would happen with an LSD study."

In Britain LSD was used widely in hospitals - Powick in Worcestershire even had an LSD block. But ignorance about its powerful effects resulted in some disturbing experiments.

Diane is one of many former patients who sued her health authority for the harm she says LSD caused her.

A rape victim, she was treated with LSD because "they wanted me to discuss it, and I couldn't... in those days you just didn't."

* Discovered by Dr Albert Hofmann (above) in 1938
* Became the wonder drug of psychiatry until it was outlawed
* CIA funded trials, mostly without patient consent, into its effects as a 'truth drug'
* New medical trials have begun in the US, Switzerland, Canada and Israel
* Dr Hofmann celebrated his 100th birthday in January 06

She remembers being given something to drink and then left in a hospital room, not knowing what would happen. She suffers recurring flashbacks of being smothered and huge crawling black spiders.

"I always have, I don't know whether they're nightmares or trips at night which wake me up and I'm too frightened to go to sleep then," she says. "I'm just generally frightened of everything and everybody."

Diane now lives quietly with her full-time carer, but believes LSD is a dangerous drug that doesn't deserve a second chance.

"There were terrible mistakes, terrible lapses in judgement of individuals doing treatment," admits Professor Grob. "But I think we're seeing more serious, sober, scientific medical investigators getting interested in this area. There's a growing recognition that a psychedelic experience can have a therapeutic profile which might be extraordinary particularly in patient populations that do not respond well to conventional treatments."

It's far too early to say whether psychedelics do have a role in modern psychiatry. But Pam Sakuda is convinced her experience of psilocybin has helped her face death.

"It was a dramatic difference from the morning to the afternoon," she says. "I came to see that being so afraid and so negative about all the things I wouldn't be able to do was really limiting the time I do have left. I started to live fully and richly and intensely."

All in the Mind is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 1630 BST on Wednesday 5 April, or you can hear it through the BBC
Radio Player.

Phone Call From an Alien

by Preston Dennett
FATE :: April 2006

UFO contact comes in many different forms. Some people have sightings of craft. Others have onboard experiences. Some experience bedroom visitations with ETs. Others have only telepathic contact or even claim to channel ETs. But there is another form of contact that is so rare, there have been only a few reported cases. These unique cases involve UFO contact through a simple instrument found in most homes—the telephone. As bizarre as this sounds, enough accounts have turned up to merit a serious investigation.
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