Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
"Just love everybody that interacts with you no matter how personally, or how peripherally, involved with you they are. The efficiency of the people who deal with you... everything is orchestrated by the manager called Law of Attraction. And your vibration is setting all of it into motion. Everything affecting you is a reflection of the vibration that you are emitting. Spend more time focused upon your dream than upon the reality. The reality gives birth to the dream -- but the dream is where you are wanting to put your attention "
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Diver Matthew Mitcham, the only openly gay male athlete in the Beijing Olympics, won gold in the 10m platform. He beat Chinese favorite Zhou Luxin by 4.8 points, preventing China from sweeping gold in diving events. Mitcham is the first Aussie to win diving gold since 1924, but that's not the only thing that makes him a trailblazer.
He is hardly the first gay athlete to compete but he is one of the first to be out while competing. American diver Greg Louganis did not share his orientation until his diving career was over. To Mitcham, he is just living his life as a gay man and as a diver, and there is nothing extraordinary about that: READ FULL STORY ON YAHOO NEWS
Friday, August 22, 2008
- Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. (Especially when giving them grief.)
- Memorize your favorite poem. (Teach foreigners the theme song to your favorite TV show and tell them it's a traditional American folk song about a fabled three hour tour.)
- Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want. (But all-you-can-eat is okay.)
- When you say, "I love you", mean it. (...mean it as "I need regular sex and someone to listen to my problems at all hours of the night, and occasionally bail me out of jail, so you'll do until someone better comes along.")
- When you say, "I'm sorry", look the person in the eye. (People will believe _anything_ if you look them in the eye.)
- Be engaged at least six months before you get married. (Heck, be engaged at least six _times_ before you get married.)
- Believe in love at first sight. (Believe in leprechauns, for that matter.)
- Never laugh at anyone's dreams(, unless they're, like, really, really stupid dreams).
- Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely(, unless it kills you).
- In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling(, you dickweed).
- Don't judge people by their relatives. (But would you eat at a delicatessen run by Dennis Dahmer?)
- Talk slow but think quick. (Shoot first and ask questions later.)
- When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?" (But would Kenneth Starr accept it?)
- Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk(, and you'll probably lose.)
- Call your mom. (Conduct a seance if necessary.)
- Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze. (They are infested with demons that must be banished.)
- When you lose, don't lose the lesson. (And the lesson is: "Vengeance!")
- Remember the three R's: (Rock 'n' roll radio?) Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions. (and remember that Revenge is the fourth R.)
- Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship(, unless it's about something important, like money or sex or who's right).
- When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. (Unless no one knows that you're responsible for it; then it's probably best to lie low and wait for it to blow over.)
- Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice(, and then he'll think to himself "Aha. Here's a sucker who will buy my insurance/magazine/siding/religion.")
- Marry a man/woman you love to talk to(, although technically it's illegal to marry a man/woman here in Virginia.) As you get older, his/her conversational skills will be as important as any other(, and you can always get a younger mistress for the non-talking parts.)
- Spend some time alone. (Your friends will appreciate it.)
- Open your arms to change(, and your palms to spare change), but don't let go of your values.
- Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer(, especially if the question is "Any volunteers?")
- Read more books and watch less TV(, or compromise and read more TV Guide).
- Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll get to enjoy it a second time. (But you'll probably have a better retirement fund if you live a bad, dishonorable life.)
- Trust in God but lock your car. (Although God could probably get into your car if He really wanted to.)
- A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home. (Kill your family if they don't cooperate.)
- In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don't bring up the past(, like you did last spring, and don't you dare deny it. Maybe you don't remember how you're always bringing up the past, but I do!)
- Read between the lines.
(31.5. For example, read this.)
- Share your knowledge. (Pontificate every chance you get. Stop strangers to give them helpful grooming advice.) It's a way to achieve immortality(, at least until they perfect cloning).
- Be gentle with the earth. (Oh come on. The Earth is old enough to take care of herself.)
- Pray. There's immeasurable power in it. (But every now and then God gets a little tired of people always pestering Him for things -- especially when He's just rented a video and settled down with a bucket of popcorn -- so He'll fling a meteor at the next whiner who bothers Him.)
- Never interrupt when you are being flattered. (For example, if your boss comes up to you and says, "Larry, this is an _excellent_ report that you wrote. I'm putting you on the top of the list for the next promotion", don't interrupt to point out that Bob wrote it.)
- Mind your own business. (But the president's sex life _is_ my business.)
- Don't trust a man/woman who doesn't close his/her eyes when you kiss them. (It's called cringing. They always do it with me.)
- Once a year, go someplace you've never been before(, like school).
- If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth's greatest satisfaction. (Well, that and all the stuff you can buy.)
- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck. (When I was four years old, I wanted panda fur and scales down my back like a stegosaurus. I still do.)
- Learn the rules then break some. (Start simple. Begin by breaking the Infield Fly Rule and work your way up to breaking the Second Law of Thermodynamics.)
- Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other. (For example, I love money more than I actually need it.)
- Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. (Keep a balance book with two columns: "gains"/"losses")
- Remember that your character is your destiny. (Uh-oh.)
- Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon(, but if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen -- or else sweat heavily and use potholders).
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Lawsuit seeks EPA pesticide data
San Francisco Chronicle, August 19, 2008
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to disclose records about a new class of pesticides that could be playing a role in the disappearance of millions of honeybees in the United States, a lawsuit filed Monday charges.
The Natural Resources Defense Council wants to see the studies that the EPA required when it approved a pesticide made by Bayer CropScience five years ago.
The environmental group filed the suit as part of an effort to find out how diligently the EPA is protecting honeybees from dangerous pesticides, said Aaron Colangelo, a lawyer for the group in Washington.
In the last two years, beekeepers have reported unexplained losses of hives - 30 percent and upward - leading to a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder. Scientists believe that the decline in bees is linked to an onslaught of pesticides, mites, parasites and viruses, as well as a loss of habitat and food.
$15 billion in crops
Bees pollinate about one-third of the human diet, $15 billion worth of U.S. crops, including almonds in California, blueberries in Maine, cucumbers in North Carolina and 85 other commercial crops, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Not finding a cause of the collapse could prove costly, scientists warn.
Representatives of the EPA said they hadn’t seen the suit and couldn’t comment.
Clothianidin is the pesticide at the center of controversy. It is used to coat corn, sugar beet and sorghum seeds and is part of a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids. The pesticide was blamed for bee deaths in France and Germany, which also is dealing with a colony collapse. Those two countries have suspended its use until further study. An EPA fact sheet from 2003 says clothianidin has the potential for toxic chronic exposure to honey bees, as well as other pollinators, through residues in nectar and pollen.
The EPA granted conditional registration for clothianidin in 2003 and at the same time required that Bayer CropScience submit studies on chronic exposure to honeybees, including a complete worker bee lifecycle study as well as an evaluation of exposure and effects to the queen, the group said. The queen, necessary for a colony, lives a few years; the workers live only six weeks, but there is no honey without them.
“The public has no idea whether those studies have been submitted to the EPA or not and, if so, what they show. Maybe they never came in. Maybe they came in, and they show a real problem for bees. Maybe they’re poorly conducted studies that don’t satisfy EPA’s requirement,” Colangelo said.
Request for records
On July 17, after getting no response from the EPA about securing the studies, the environmental group filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act, which requires the records within 20 business days absent unusual circumstances.
When the federal agency missed the August deadline, the group filed the lawsuit, asking the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to force the EPA to turn over the records.
Greg Coffey, a spokesman for Bayer CropScience in Research Triangle Park, N.C., said controlled field studies have demonstrated that clothianidin, when used correctly, will not harm bees. He added that all of EPA’s requirements for conditional registration of clothianidin have been submitted to the agency.
An EPA spokesman, Dale Kemery, said the agency couldn’t comment on the documents required under the conditional registration because the matter is the subject of litigation.
Generally, the EPA has taken the position that the bee deaths occurred under unusual circumstances. In Germany, the corn lacked a seed coating that ensured that the pesticide stuck to the seed, and equipment blew the pesticide into a nearby canola field where bees fed.
The EPA is “reasonably confident” that a bee kill similar to Germany’s wouldn’t happen in the United States because use is restricted to commercial applicators who use stickier coatings, according to Kemery.
But because the stickier coatings aren’t required, Kemery said, the EPA will review its policies on seed-treatment labels.
In California, according to the 2006 Pesticide Use Report Summary, about 3 pounds of clothianidin was used, all on corn. Other members of the neonicotinoid class, registered for a longer period of time, have been used more frequently, including 127,000 pounds on broccoli, grapes, lettuce and oranges. Some pesticides were used in buildings.
“We’ve been monitoring the bee die-off situation for a couple of years, and it’s a complex puzzle that may also involve mites, viruses and other factors,” said Glenn Brank, communications director for the state Department of Pesticide Regulation.
The agency is conducting its own review of environmental data from registered neonicotinoid pesticides as well as watching enforcement reports from counties for any unusual environmental incidents involving bees, he said. None was noted, Brank said.
Scientists presenting at the American Chemical Society national meeting Monday reported that dozens of pesticides had been found in samples of adult bees, broods, pollen and wax collected from honeybee colonies suspected to have died from symptoms of colony collapse disorder, including some neonicotinoids.
Entomologist Gabriela Chavarria, director of Natural Resources Defense Council’s Science Center, said over the years bees have had to withstand devastating problems.
Bees pick up deadly farm and home chemicals when they visit flowers, or encounter chemical drift from aerial and other applications. Fifteen years ago, queen bees imported from China brought varroa mites that attacked broods of worker bees. Microscopic tracheal mites invade the hives.
And now the new pesticide, clothianidin, is another problem, Chavarria said. Scientists must find out whether the toxicity has been sufficiently studied, she said.
“We want this information now. We cannot continue to wait. Bees are disappearing. Our whole existence depends on them because we eat. The flowers need to be pollinated, and the only ones to do it are the bees.”
Honeybees, which pollinate everything from almonds to apples to avocados, began abandoning their colonies in 2006, destroying about a third of their hives.
Since then, their numbers have not improved. A survey of beekeepers in the fall and winter 2007 by the Bee Research Lab and the Apiary Inspectors of America showed that beekeepers lost about 35 percent of their hives compared with 31 percent in 2006.
· Mass death of bees in Germany: Approval of Bayer´s pesticide Poncho suspended www.cbgnetwork.de/2517.html
· The Guardian: Germany bans chemicals linked to honeybee devastation
· Sierra Club urges EPA to suspend nicotinyl insecticides: www.sierraclub.org/biotech/whatsnew/whatsnew_2008-07-30.asp
· Press Release of the Research Centre for Cultivated Plants (German): www.jki.bund.de/cln_044/nn_813794/DE/pressestelle/Presseinfos/2008/1605__BienensterbenClothianidin.html__nnn=true
· Bee-keepers and environmental groups demand prohibition of pesticide “Gaucho”
· French Institutes Finds Imidaproclid Turning Up in Wide Range of Crops
2003 report from the “Comité Scientifique et Technique de l’Etude Multifactorielle des Troubles des Abeilles” http://agriculture.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/rapportfin.pdf
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
So it was a few years ago i was at Heathrow Airport in London Leaving the UK heading back home, i had a pocket full of Pounds and i was in the duty free with a few hours to kill....so i find my self exploring all the strange things and extremely expensive everyday things! Well i am looking at the Liquor, You know im not a big drinker but i do like to try things, especally old recipes and odd ball liquors is one of those things, and they have all sorts of stuff i had never seen then i see it the allusive GREEN FAIRY Yes Boys & Girls im talking about Absinthe! Well i had read about it many times and we had a shot at a pub in London "big misteak!" dont do a shot!!! You will regret it! So i bought a bottle, as im gomming to the States i think is this stuff illeagle??? so i peal the lables off, good idea right??? Yes now i have a bottle of green liquid on a plne comming to the States! well it turns out its not illeagle to bring a few bottles back and customs was a breeze... wll the effect of it is very much the allure of it i think, it gae me a euophoric like buzz.....
No liquor is more legendary - and more misunderstood - than absinthe. Drink of choice for famous figures like Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Aleister Crowley and Hemingway, Absinthe was a convenient target for temperance agitators and government regulators worldwide. It's now well known that wormwood contributes no poison, only a pleasing jolt of thujone to the drink, commonly known as the Green Fairy. Perfectly legal to buy and to drink, Absinthe is now showing a worldwide resurgence.
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Absinthe was invented in Switzerland late in the 18th century and has been enjoyed by many of the world's greatest minds, from Vincent van Gogh and Arthur Rimbaud, to Oscar Wilde and Earnest Hemmingway. In Paris in the late 1800's, happy hour became known as “l'heure verte” — The Green Hour. We are bringing back the popularity of “The Green Hour” worldwide.
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Absinthe has enjoyed the reputation of being a creativity enhancer and aphrodisiac for over 200 years now. Henri-Louis Pernod's original absinthe recipe included green anise, fennel, angelica, hyssop and wormwood (which contains the neurotoxin thujone). Chlorophyll was then added to give absinthe a green hue thus giving rise to its romantic nickname "La Fée Verte" or the green fairy. Nearly a century after its near global ban, absinthe is making a dramatic comeback. Most members of the European Union now allow the sale of absinthe, with a limit of 35 milligrams of thujone per kilogram.
Absinthe was portrayed as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug. The chemical thujone, present in small quantities, was blamed for its alleged harmful effects. By 1915, absinthe had been banned in the United States and in most European countries except the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Although absinthe was vilified, no evidence has shown it to be any more dangerous than ordinary liquor. Its psychoactive properties, apart from those of alcohol, had been much exaggerated.
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he French word absinthe can refer either to the alcoholic beverage or, less commonly, to the actual wormwood plant (grande absinthe being Artemisia absinthium, and petite absinthe being Artemisia pontica). The Latin name artemisia comes from Artemis, the ancient Greek goddess of forests and hills. Absinthe is derived from the Latin absinthium, which in turn is a stylization of the Greek αψίνθιον (apsínthion), for wormwood.
Some claim that the word means "undrinkable" in Greek, but it may instead be linked to the Persian root spand or aspand, or the variant esfand, which meant Peganum harmala, also called Syrian Rue though it is not an actual variety of rue, another famously bitter herb.
That Artemisia absinthium was commonly burned as a protective offering may suggest that its origins lie in the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European root *spend, meaning "to perform a ritual" or "make an offering." Whether the word was a borrowing from Persian into Greek, or from a common ancestor of both, is unclear.
Variant spellings of absinthe are absinth, absynthe, and absenta. For its English pronunciation, seeabsinthe ; for the French, see IPA: [apˈsɛ̃ːt].
Absinth (without the final e) is a spelling variant that is used by central European distillers. It is the usual name for absinthe produced in the Czech Republic and in Germany, and has become associated with Bohemian style absinthes.