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on: Nov 28, 2015, 06:09 AM
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on: Nov 28, 2015, 12:20 AM
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I love reading your forum . But i am in a middle of medical crisis at the moment. I was Diagnosed with hypothyroid 15 years ago and diabtes type 1-> 2 years ago. And now 2 days ago i have been diagnoses with addisons disease(adrenal insuffiencny)
I though of grtting in touch with you becuase you appear to be smarter and professional medical astrologer / researcher. Please help me by providing some remedies or any sort of physic help/suggestions whatsoever it takes . Please
Date of birth : 23rd july 1985
Time : 10:12 Am or 10:08 am (houses are diffrent in 4 minutes so i dont know whats real birth time)
Place : ahmedabad , gujarat, india
Thanks very much in advance.
on: Nov 27, 2015, 10:07 AM
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Rescued California kill-shelter dogs and cats await adoption
Originally published November 26, 2015 at 1:42 pm
After some R&R, the dogs and cats flown here from California kill shelters are ready for adoption, except those too young or not sterilized. Local dogs also need homes, like Landen, a black Lab stigmatized because of his color.
By Erik Lacitis
Seattle Times staff reporter
About those 1,000 dogs and 100 cats from California kill shelters that were flown to the Pacific Northwest last week.
“My California pup is absolutely wonderful! Adopted from PAWS in Lynnwood. The consensus seem to be he is part Jack Russell terrier and dachshund,” writes Tracy Felix, of Edmonds.
“After posting his picture on Facebook, my friends had about 100 name suggestions for me. He is now ‘Pippen!’ ”
A number of you have contacted the Puget Sound area agencies that took a portion of them for adoption. They arrived here through Wings of Rescue, a nonprofit run by pilots who ferry dogs.
For whatever reason, maybe prospective owners who live in apartments, there has been a demand for the smaller dogs.
“We have a waiting line. We tell people, ‘Please, don’t fret. Simmer down. Hopefully we’ll have enough dogs,’ ” says Janine Ceja, director of the Humane Society of Skagit County in Burlington.
A number of dogs are being held for observation for kennel cough, a kind of cold that develops from being in closer quarters with many other dogs. It soon clears up.
Some of the animals are less than 8 weeks old, and too young to be adopted and too young to be neutered or spayed.
For those particularly looking for the California kill-shelter dogs, the NOAH Center in Stanwood has put a little “Wings of Rescue” icon on its website by the California dogs.
Of course, the shelters have local-area dogs for adoption, and certain dogs in particular need a home.
Ceja has Landen, whom nobody wants. He is a black dog and people don’t adopt black dogs.
Petfinder says that black-dog syndrome may be due to “size,” “unclear facial features,” “dimly lit kennels,” “the ‘genericness’ of black pets” and “negative portrayals of black pets in books, movies and other popular media.”
Says Petfinder, “A big, frightening black dog can be seen in ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, the Harry Potter series, both movie versions of ‘The Omen,’ and even on the common ‘Beware of Dog’ sign.”
Landen is thought to be a Labrador retriever/Shar Pei mix.
The shelter writes about him:
“Landen was found in the Concrete area, on the side of the freeway! A very kind man pulled over to try and coax Landen to safety and Landen jumped into his car without hesitation. Now that he is safe, we are working on getting to know him and getting him into his forever home. He was initially a bit hesitant with us, but has since become a very sweet young man. We have guessed that he is about 3 years old. He still needs his temperament evaluation, but if you are interested in him please call or come visit!”
Just take a look at Landen’s mug shot. He needs to be keeping you company on the couch.
on: Nov 27, 2015, 09:45 AM
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High-tech consumerism — a global catastrophe happening on our watch
27 Nov 2015 at 09:24 ET
This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative with the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st century.
Smart wearable technologies, such as the Apple Watch, are this year’s “must have” item – their makers are banking on it. Apparently, there is a model for everyone. As always, professional high-tech-trend watchers (a pun now worn on their wrists) are not just selling the commodity; they are also spreading the faith in the magic of the machine, the gadget’s enveloping mist of enchantment that compels us to buy it.
Ironically, electronic consumerism has erased any connection we might once have had to notions of earthly plenitude. We now live as devices of our own devices, not as inhabitants of a living planet. The pace of our high-tech evolution has rapidly crossed the line of environmental sustainability, ravaging any sense of balance between what the Earth can give to support human activity and what the Earth can safely re-absorb from those activities.
As a species-for-things, we spend about US$1 trillion a year on consumer electronics. According to the International Energy Agency, the more than 14 billion network-enabled devices in use today account for 15% of global residential energy use.
If this trend continues, the residential electricity needed to power our digital gadgets will rise to 30% of global consumption by 2022, and 45% by 2030. On top of this, every time we create and receive data on the move, electricity runs through the data centres and telecommunication networks that connect mobile devices to service providers and the cloud.
When we join all the dots between our high-tech lifestyles and the power grid, a carbon footprint the size of the aerospace industry’s emerges. If we do not seek out green alternatives to fossil fuels to deal with the rising energy burdens of our mobile devices, our digital consumption will continue to contribute massively to environmental ills.
E-waste in other people’s backyards
Our love affair with high-wattage goods is also the leading cause of electronic and electric waste. Consumers produce e-waste at an annual rate of up to 50 million tonnes worldwide.
In the last decade or so, e-waste became the fastest-growing part of all the stuff we throw away. And this stuff is full of toxins that if not properly removed, re-used or recycled, can poison the land, air and water, as well as the bodies of workers exposed to the chemical contents.
While waste is a problem throughout the life cycle of any electronic device, from over-used and contaminated water in the production process to discarded solvents, it is also designed into high-tech goods. The pernicious business strategy of planned obsolescence dominates corporate thinking – yet it seems we don’t really care as long as the mist of enchantment surrounds our consumption.
But this destructiveness makes for a searing reality for those working in the world’s e-waste dump sites. Wealthy high-tech nations dump 80-85% of their e-waste in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. Recent estimates from the United Nations suggest that China receives 70% of all e-waste.
In these low-tech salvage yards, low-skilled workers are exposed to heavy metals (lead, cadmium, chromium and mercury), burnt plastics and poisonous fumes. They risk vertigo, nausea, birth defects and disrupted biological development in children, along with brain damage and diseases of the bones, stomach, lungs and other vital organs. The ecological impact is also profound.
Consider Guiyu in Guangdong Province, China, where 80% of local families now work in recycling e-waste. Guiyu was once a farming town, but contaminants from recycling have saturated the human food chain. Persistent organic pollutants in the soil and water prohibit the safe return of affected agricultural lands to future generations. Even if people wanted to go back to a mixed economy that included agriculture, they would produce poisoned crops.
Break your gadget addiction
All this might seem to be taking place beyond the horizon of our electronic lifestyles. But people are beginning to wise up to what labour and environmental activists and activist scholars have known for a long time.
More and more consumers are re-evaluating their love of the machine and starting to reduce their buying of new gadgets. They are also recycling old electronics as another routine duty of environmental citizenship.
In a growing number of workplaces, schools, residential buildings and neighbourhoods, green is the new normal. Many states, municipalities, national governments and regional blocs have passed laws to ensure the safe disposal of e-waste. New organisations are forming to stop digital devices from poisoning ecosystems in their place of manufacture; to push for more extensive end-of-life management for e-waste; and to press for ecologically sound manufacturing that protects the biophysical rights of all the Earth’s inhabitants.
We still have the social agency to escape from the vibrations and ringtones that sing our body electric into misty slumber. We can wake up to the challenges of climate change, ocean acidification and a planet overdosed with nitrogen.
We know how to reduce the massive levels of conventional pollution. We may not be able to reverse the “sixth great extinction”, but we can conserve habitats and mitigate the rapid loss of biodiversity.
All of us, through our teaching, activism and research, can demand a culture of sustainability over the prevailing one of consumerism. Any ideas of sustainability based on the understanding that the Earth has limited resources to support human activity should be built on an ethics of intergenerational care.
The Apple Watch and its many siblings are here. But what we really need is a materialist ecological politics and ethics to help us navigate out of the present eco-crisis.
By Richard Maxwell, Professor of Media Studies, Queens College, City University of New York
on: Nov 27, 2015, 09:41 AM
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WATCH: Scientists glimpse supermassive black hole swallowing star
International Business Times
27 Nov 2015 at 08:38 ET
Black holes are known for their voracious appetites. These bodies -- formed when a massive star collapses upon itself -- have occasionally been described as the “vacuum cleaners” of the universe and are notorious for their tendency to wreak havoc on the usual laws of physics that govern the rest of the cosmos.
Now, for the first time ever, scientists have witnessed a black hole swallowing a star and ejecting a flare of matter moving at nearly the speed of light -- a rare event that occurs when a star stumbles across a black hole’s gravitational well.
“It's the first time we see everything from the stellar destruction followed by the launch of a conical outflow, also called a jet, and we watched it unfold over several months,” Sjoert van Velzen, a Hubble fellow at Johns Hopkins University, said, in a statement released Thursday. “Previous efforts to find evidence for these jets, including my own, were late to the game.”
Current theories suggest that when a black hole -- an area of space-time so dense that nothing, not even light, can escape its gravitational influence -- gobbles up an object, a fast-moving jet of plasma composed of elementary particles in a magnetic field can escape from near the black hole’s event horizon.
The feeding frenzy of the supermassive black hole in question -- located 300 million light-years away -- was first observed by a team at the Ohio State University last December. After they had ruled out the possibility that the light was from a pre-existing accretion disk -- which forms when a black hole is sucking in matter from space -- the researchers confirmed that the sudden increase of light from the region was due to a newly trapped star.
The observation, reported in the journal Science, confirms predictions made by current theories, according to the team of researchers, which includes scientists from the United States, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Australia.
“The destruction of a star by a black hole is beautifully complicated, and far from understood,” van Velzen said. “From our observations, we learn the streams of stellar debris can organize and make a jet rather quickly, which is valuable input for constructing a complete theory of these events.”
Click to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu6hIhW00Fk
on: Nov 27, 2015, 07:21 AM
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T. rex Could Open Jaw Really Really Wide
Nov 27, 2015 07:01 PM ET
by Jennifer Viegas
Tyrannosaurus rex and at least one other carnivorous dinosaur were capable of opening their jaws up to 90 degrees.
Plant-eating dinosaurs, on the other hand, were limited to a narrower jaw gape, suggesting that feeding style and diet of dinosaurs were closely linked to how wide they could open their mouths.
Top 10 Largest Dinosaurs.. http://news.discovery.com/animals/dinosaurs/top-10-largest-dinosaurs-140904.htm
“Theropod (carnivorous) dinosaurs, such as Tyrannosaurus rex or Allosaurus, are often depicted with widely-opened jaws, presumably to emphasize their carnivorous nature,” author Stephan Lautenschlager from the University of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences said in a press release.
“Yet, up to now,” he continued, “no studies have actually focused on the relation between jaw musculature, feeding style and the maximal possible jaw gape.”
The study, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, involved digital models, based on fossils, and computer analyses to recreate the muscle strain that likely occurred as dinosaurs opened their jaws.
Video: What Color Were Dinosaurs? .. http://news.discovery.com/videos/what-color-were-dinosaurs-150622.htm
The research looked at not only T. rex, but also another huge carnivore, Allosaurus fragilis, and plant eater Erlikosaurus andrewsi. Erlikosaurus andrewsi was an interesting choice, since this dino was closely related to the meat-eating dinosaurs, but was known to mainly eat plants.
The herbivore’s gape was just 45 degrees, equivalent to that of humans.
“All muscles, including those used for closing and opening the jaw, can only stretch a certain amount before they tear,” Lautenschlager said. “This considerably limits how wide an animal can open its jaws and therefore how, and on what, it can feed.”
Human evolution clearly benefited from cooking and other food processing innovations that allow us to eat a wide variety of foods without having very impressive jaw skills.
Among dinosaurs, T. rex appears to have had the best-sustained bite force, which would have allowed the dino to rip through flesh and skin, and to crush bone.
Tyrannosaurs Were Violent Cannibals, Victim Shows
“We know from living animals that carnivores are usually capable of larger jaw gapes than herbivores, and it is interesting to see that this also appears to be the case in theropod dinosaurs,” Lautenschlager said.
In terms of living animals, hippos have an even wider bite than any dinosaur ever had, given that they can open up their jaws to an incredible 150 degrees. That means a 4-foot-tall individual could actually stand upright in a hippo’s open mouth.
Hippos are considered to be herbivores, but they have been observed scavenging on meat when their preferred food sources are scarce.
on: Nov 27, 2015, 07:11 AM
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Unilever to stop using coal for energy within five years
Consumer goods giant pledges to go ‘carbon positive’ by 2030, generating 100% of its energy needs from renewables with more to spare
Friday 27 November 2015 00.01 GMT
Unilever, the consumer goods giant, has pledged to eliminate coal from its energy usage within five years, and derive all of its energy worldwide solely from renewable sources by 2030.
The company will become “carbon positive” by 2030, through its own use of renewables, and by investing in generating more renewable energy than it needs, selling the surplus on the markets and making it available to local communities in areas where it operates. About 40% of the company’s energy use currently comes from green sources.
Unilever made the commitment ahead of the crunch UN climate change conference in Paris, which begins this weekend.
Paul Polman, chairman of the company, told the Guardian the target was “do-able, really do-able”. He cited a new factory in China which is powered by wind and solar energy, and an office in Paris which is “carbon positive”, contributing green electricity to the power grid.
He hoped other businesses would come forward with carbon-cutting plans at the conference, known as COP21. “We obviously want Paris to be ambitious and successful,” he told the Guardian in an interview. “It will be if the agreement has the right things in there, like a zero goal, a decarbonisation goal. I’m for 2050. Perhaps if we’re lucky they will say by the end of this century, but that’s a starting point.”
He said progress had been made towards an agreement by countries coming forward with targets on cutting or curbing their emissions, and he also called for a Paris deal to include a process of five-yearly reviews of emissions goals, with a provision for “no backsliding” – that countries can strengthen their targets in future but not row back on them.
He said he would also like to see a price put on carbon dioxide emissions, to encourage companies to cut them, but conceded that this was unlikely to be an outcome from the two weeks of talks.
Polman will attend the Paris conference along with business leaders from the World Business Council on Sustainable Development and other business groupings such as “the B team”, spearheaded by Sir Richard Branson, which call for stronger action on global warming.
The heavy presence of businesses at the conference has been criticised by some climate activists, but Polman said their presence, and commitments they make there, would encourage world leaders to be able to take a stronger stance. “We’re trying to keep the pressure up to get all these things from Paris.” Much of the financing for climate change projects comes from companies, he noted – “they really do more of the financing than the governments” in some areas, he said.
He also called for a strong focus on forestry at the talks, including pledges from rich nations to help the poor to protect their existing forests. “We want a moratorium on deforestation,” he said.
One of the leading causes of deforestation is to make way for palm oil plantations. Unilever was criticised recently by the Rainforest Action Network.
Polman defended the company’s stance, which includes membership of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil, a body that attempts to increase the supply of the oil grown in environmentally friendly conditions. “The reality of palm oil, it’s in many of the products we use today, from candles to food. And it’s actually a high-yield, very effective product. So if you look at alternatives, which are available, and we use them also in our products, then you need to actually use much more land surface to cultivate them. And the effects, some people would argue, would be worse. The issue with any crop that you grow, the beef from Argentina or Brazil, is that you grow it sustainably without deforestation.”
He said the main problem with unsustainable palm oil was now coming from smallholder farms “which are not in our supply chain as far as we can see”. He called for “an international effort by the whole community to ‘produce and protect’ schemes because the smallholder farmers need training, they need access to financing, they need land rights”. This would require providing financial assistance to the farmers, and would encourage small farmers to sign up to sustainable practices, because they would get higher yields.
Polman’s pledge to make Unilever “carbon positive” and remove coal from its operations has been accompanied by personal action, in that he has ensured that his own investments are not in fossil fuels. “My wife has made sure of that,” he said. Unilever’s pension funds are also committed to “responsible investing”, though it is not clear whether this means a full disinvestment from all fossil fuels and carbon-intensive businesses. Polman said the funds are operated at arms’ length from the company.
Subsidies for fossil fuels are still far outstripping those for renewable energy, he noted, even though the plummeting price of solar and wind are “exciting” for companies. “We barely subsidise green energy – one tenth of what we spend on fossil fuel subsidies goes to green energy,” he said.
More people would move to the “sharing economy”, he predicted, which would help to change the current model of capitalism. The growth of sharing, including web sites such as Airbnb and Gumtree, has been one of the recent surprises of the internet. Polman predicted that the changes that have happened in the music industry because of online sales – whereby the vinyl records of his youth gave way to CDs, which gave way to downloading – would be replicated in other areas.
He gave the example of a power drill, of which many people in the affluent world may own several. “The average time in our lifetime that we use a drill is less than two minutes, because you go jup and the hole is there. Then after six months you need to hang another picture, jup, another second. So there is an abundance of drills. So that becomes sharing economy.”
This would change the way economies grow, he said. “A hundred things that were made with stuff are now provided for in non-stuff, but it has the same service, and you are willing to pay for it.”
Critics might point out that most of Unilever’s products – from ice-cream to shower gel – are consumed once and cannot be shared after consumption.
on: Nov 27, 2015, 07:07 AM
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Town of Bulga vows to not give up fight against Rio Tinto coalmine
Residents explore legal options to overturn decision by state government commission to approve expansion of Mount Thorley-Warkworth open-cut mine
Friday 27 November 2015 04.23 GMT
A town in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales has vowed to continue fighting the battle against the expansion of a Rio Tinto coalmine.
The village of Bulga lost its fight on Friday with the government’s planning and assessment commission, which approved the expansion of Mount Thorley-Warkworth open-cut mine.
The planned expansion would bring it to within 2.6km of the town, home to about 350 people, and would prolong the mine’s operations by 20 years.
John Krey, a Bulga resident, said the decision did not mean the fight was over and the community was exploring legal avenues to overturn the decision.
“This could be the beginning of the end for Bulga but we are committed to using civil disobedience, if necessary, to frustrate this expansion, both for Rio Tinto and any future buyer of the mine,” Krey said.
The government had worked in the mine’s interests, even changing legislation to enable the approval, he said. The mine was originally approved in 2003 giving “Bulga a buffer zone, guaranteed by ministerial deed of agreement, but this was later taken away by the current government at Rio Tinto’s request”.
“Premier Baird’s talk of finding ‘balance’ between communities and mining is cheap when they ignore all advice and common sense to ruin a historic village just to suit a multinational coal company.
“If this mine extension goes ahead, 10% of the town will have the option to sell their homes and leave the area, while the rest of us have no option but to stay and suffer the crippling impacts of noise and dust.”
The planning assessment commission, which gave conditional approval for the mine in October, said that “serious consideration” should be given to moving the entire town if the expansion went ahead, although the NSW government and Rio Tinto have dismissed the idea.
The chief executive of the NSW Nature Conservation Council, Kate Smolski, said the mine expansion approval was a betrayal of Bulga residents and made a mockery of the state’s biodiversity offsets system.
“Some of the woodlands that will be destroyed include areas Rio Tinto promised to protect in perpetuity to offset the losses caused by the development of the original mine,” she said.
The mine expansion would destroy 611ha of native bushland, including three endangered ecological communities, the conservation council said.
The mine’s general manager, Mark Rodgers, told the ABC that the approval was good news for the mine’s more than 1,000 workers.
“Our workforce, especially before Christmas, have got some positive news and they can get on with managing their lives and focusing on the job and on their safety and it’s a really great outcome,” he said.
The planning department has previously said that approving the expansion and the continuing work would generate $617m in state royalties.
on: Nov 27, 2015, 07:05 AM
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Queensland windfarm finally cleared after four years of approval processes
Federal environment minister Greg Hunt approves $380m Mount Emerald windfarm, which can provide power for up to 75,000 homes
Australian Associated Press
Friday 27 November 2015 07.10 GMT
After four years of delays owing to red tape, construction on Queensland’s largest windfarm could start within a year.
The federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, approved the $380m Mount Emerald farm, in the Atherton Tablelands, on Thursday.
The farm could generate 650,000 megawatt hours of power and service up to 75,000 homes for two decades.
Ratch Australia and Port Bajool, the joint developers, have been tied up in federal and state approval processes for more than four years.
“It’s been a long haul but it’s certainly worth it,” John Morris, a Port Bajool director, said on Friday. “We never thought about giving up.”
The farm is expected to create about 150 jobs during the construction phase, but its approval has shocked some local people, who have scoffed at the developer’s comments about the process.
“It’s going to be an even longer road for us – the poor people impacted by this,” Steve Lavis from the Tablelands Wind Turbine action group told ABC radio. “We’re going to have to live under this and live with these conditions.”
The Leichhardt MP, Warren Entsch, said the farm would provide cheaper and more efficient power than the energy supplied by distant coal-powered stations.
He said the approval had taken too long and called for the state and federal government assessment processes to be combined.
“We need a rigorous process but if we don’t shorten the timeframes, we could see really good projects for our region lost,” the Coalition MP said.
Up to 63 towers could be built on the farm, with 50-metre blades and heights ranging between 80 and 90 metres.
The approval is subject to 35 conditions, including measures to protect the northern quoll, the spectacled flying-fox and the bare-rumped sheathtail bat.
on: Nov 27, 2015, 07:03 AM
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Pope Francis says failure of climate summit would be catastrophic
Pope meets Muslim and other religious leaders in Nairobi to call for success at the Paris summit and for greater environmental protections in Africa
Thursday 26 November 2015 16.35 GMT
World leaders must reach a historic agreement to fight climate change and poverty at coming talks in Paris, facing the stark choice to either “improve or destroy the environment”, Pope Francis said in Africa on Thursday.
Francis chose his first visit to the world’s poorest continent to issue a clarion call for the success of the two-week summit, known as COP21, that starts on Monday in the French capital still reeling from attacks that killed 130 people and were claimed by Islamic State.
In a long address in Spanish at the United Nations regional office, Francis said it would be “catastrophic” if particular interests prevailed over the common good of people and the planet or if the conference were manipulated by business interests.
In Kenya, at the start of his three-nation Africa trip, the pope also said dialogue between religions was essential to teach young people that violence in God’s name was unjustified.
Bridging the Muslim-Christian divide and climate issues are major themes of the trip that also takes him to Uganda, which like Kenya has been a victim of extremist attacks, and the Central African Republic, a nation riven by sectarian conflict.
“We are confronted with a choice which cannot be ignored: either to improve or destroy the environment,” the pope said in Nairobi, home to the UN Environment Programme headquarters.
He noted that some scientists consider protection of the Congo basin tropical forest, which spreads over six countries and is the world’s second-largest after the Amazon, essential for the future of the planet because of its biodiversity.
Francis, who took his name from St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of nature, has made protecting “God’s creation” a plank of his pontificate. In June, he issued a landmark encyclical calling for urgent action to save the planet.
In his address at the UN compound in Nairobi, he called for action against poaching and illegal mineral exploitation in Africa and called for “a new energy system” reducing fossil fuels to the minimum and a re-think “of the current model of development”.
He said the international community had to listen to the “cry rising up from humanity and the earth itself”.
Francis, who moves on to Uganda on Friday, began his first full day in the Kenyan capital by meeting Muslim and other religious leaders before saying an open-air Mass for tens of thousands of rain-drenched people who sang, danced and ululated as he arrived in an open popemobile.