Monday, December 31, 2007

Meishan pig

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A Meishan pig photographed at the Tierpark zoo in Berlin on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. The zoo presented the Meishan Pig family as the good luck pig for the new year 2008. In Germany the pig is a traditional symbol of good luck at the beginning of a new year.
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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Siberian Husky Mom Nurses Baby Black Panther

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Exercise induces depression-blocking gene

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The effects of exercise on the brain may go well beyond a runner's high, if new research in Nature Medicine applies to species beyond mice. A paper published over the weekend describes a study in which researchers looked at the effects of exercise on the brain and found an unexpected link to clinical depression. It looks like hitting the exercise wheel can help mice avoid some behaviors that appear to be analogous to depression symptoms in humans.
They found 33 genes that had significantly altered expression after a week's worth of workouts.

One gene (Vgf) caught their attention because other researchers had identified it as being induced by electroshock therapy, a treatment for extreme depression; other evidence had previously suggested that exercise also helps reduce the symptoms of this disorder.

The researchers found that both exercise and infusing Vgf into the brains of mice produced effects similar to antidepressants.
these results still need to be confirmed in humans.
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9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated

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Everyone tells us to stay motivated. Our friends, our co-workers, our relatives say to keep going, don’t quit. Sometimes, though, you ask, "Why? Why try my hardest when it ends in disappointment? Why go through something when it’s going to hurt? Why?"
Because it’s going to be different this time! Because you can’t accomplish anything that you give up on. Disappointments and failures happen to everyone. The difference between those who reach their goals and those who don’t is staying motivated. If you’re motivated, you’ll keep going. If you keep going, eventually you’ll reach your goal.
1. Confidence
2. Fit into that dress
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Top 10 Srtategies for Success

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1.  Start Small
2.  Get It On Paper
3.  Focus On Everyday Habits
4.  Always See Your Goal
5.  Be Consistent
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Friday, November 23, 2007

Dark Phoenix

Your results:
You are Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix
Poison Ivy
Dr. Doom
The Joker
Green Goblin
Lex Luthor
Mr. Freeze
A prime example of emotional extremes: Passion and fury incarnate.

Click here to take the Super Villain Personality Test

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

SoCal Fire Help Needed

Ten of thousands of pets are in peril because of the devastating fires
blanketing Southern California, Susan Sholar, President of the California Federation of Dog Clubs (CFODC), has opened her California School of Dog Grooming in San Diego to coordinate both the distribution of donated pet supplies and available local boarding spaces.

PetPAC urges its members to send pet food, collars, leashes, crates, and other pet supplies to the California School of Dog Grooming.

Local volunteers are also needed who can provide temporary foster care, kennel and boarding space, dog runs, or RV parking areas.

Financial contributions are gratefully accepted, and can be made out to "CFODC Fire Fund"

Displaced families needing help in providing for their pets' security and well-being should also immediately contact the California Federation of Dog Clubs for assistance.

CFODC Fire Fund
California School of Dog Grooming
655 South Rancho Sante Fe Road
San Marcus, CA 92078
Phone: 1-800-949-3746

As always I know the pet owner's community will answer this urgent plea for help.

Bill Hemby

Saturday, October 20, 2007

First Orgy After Brian's Death Very Solemn

Bug bomb

Why our net terrorist attack could come on six legs.
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THE TERRORISTS' LETTER arrived at the office of the mayor of Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 1989. A group calling itself The Breeders claimed to have secretly imported, bred, and released the Mediterranean fruit fly in Los Angeles and Orange counties. And they threatened to expand the attack into the San Joaquin Valley, a major center of California agriculture.
officials were spraying in an effort to get rid of it. The pest attacks 300 different fruits, vegetables, and nuts, reducing plant tissue to a maggoty pulp that rots and falls to the ground. An established infestation would bring widespread destruction and mean that produce could no longer be shipped out of state, potentially costing 132,000 jobs and $13.4 billion in lost revenues.
"I can write for you on a postcard a series of different ways to paralyze the agriculture industry of the United States, where we have no possibility of being able to respond," said Geoff Letchworth
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Ohio College to Offer Human Rights Degree

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Amnesty International, the Red Cross and other humanitarian groups will soon have a fresh source of manpower when the University of Dayton begins offering a bachelor's degree in human-rights studies next fall.

The private, Catholic university said the degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in human-rights advocacy and humanitarian assistance as well as law school or other advanced study.

Only a few U.S. universities offer degree programs in human-rights studies.

Karen Robinson, director of human-rights education for Amnesty International U.S.A., said she hopes that formalizing the study of human rights with a bachelor's degree program results in a deeper understanding of what human rights are.
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Monday, October 15, 2007

Conceptual Terrorists Encase Sears Tower In Jell-O

Sunday, October 14, 2007

I am a Zombie

You Are a Zombie

You're a pretty apathetic person, and you often feel like you're sleep walking through life.
You don't necessarily have a case of the "blues", but you do have a case of the "blahs."
It's hard for you to snap out of your boring every day routine. You're a bit burned out.
The only thing you crave is the company of others. But you're not too nice to the people who do hang around you.

Your greatest power: Your lack of a normal conscience

Your greatest weakness: Your lack of most emotions

You play well with: Aliens

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

What's Yours Halloween Personality?

What Your Halloween Habits Say About You

The scariest thing on Halloween is you! You definitely don't want any kids in costumes crossing your path - and you're willing to scare away any who do.

You definitely think of yourself as someone who has a dark side. And part of having that dark side means not showing it.

Your inner child is open minded, playful, and adventurous.

You truly fear the dark side of humanity. You are a true misanthrope.

You're prone to be quite emotional and over dramatic. Deep down, you enjoy being scared out of your mind... even if you don't admit it.

You are picky and high maintenance. If you wear a Halloween costume, it's only when you really feel like it. And it has to be perfect.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

How to Clean your Computer

How often:
Generally you should try to clean your computer every 3-6 months. If you use your computer often and if it's in a very dusty environment then you should clean it sooner (every 3-4 months) if you use your computer sparingly in a fairly dust free environment you don't need to clean it as often (every 5-6 months).

What you need:

  • Screwdriver (to open up the computer case)
  • Can of Compressed air (to blow away dust inside the computer)
  • Cleaning Liquid: Rubbing alcohol or mild cleaning agent (dish detergent mixed with water...).
  • Cotton swabs (Q-tips)
  • Paper towel or cotton cloth

    Make sure your computer is turned off before you begin the cleaning process!

    1. A computer on the ground attracts more dust than one elevated on a platform.

    2. Static attracts dust. Wiping down your computer with a solution of one half vinegar and one half water will minimize static.

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    Ms Swan at the airport

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    Smirnoff campaign 2

    This is what happens when the ocean take a revenge back. Good idea, used for a Smirnoff campaign.
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    Wednesday, October 3, 2007

    Could you be a vampire

    You Could Not Be a Vampire

    Sorry, but you're not just cut out for flesh eating, turning into a bat, and living forever.

    But that's okay. The sight of blood turns your stomach... without even thinking of drinking it.

    And while you definitely would never be a vampire, you're exactly the type of frail prey Dracula wannabe's crave.

    Maybe it's time to arm yourself with a cross and some nasty garlic breath!

    What you would like best about being a vampire: The raw power (though you wouldn't admit it to anyone)

    What you would like least about being a vampire: The whole killing thing

    Friday, September 28, 2007

    Two-Headed Turtle Goes on Display in Pa.

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    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A two-headed turtle captured by a turtle collector is a rare example of a conjoined-twin birth, its owner said.

    The turtle would have likely died in the wild because it swims awkwardly and would be an easy target for predators, according to Jay Jacoby, manager of Big Al's Aquarium Supercenter in East Norriton.

    The store bought the tiny turtle from the collector for an undisclosed price and will keep it on display, he said.

    The 2-month-old turtle, known as a red-eared slider, fits on a silver dollar. It has two heads sticking out from opposite ends of its shell, along with a pair of front feet on each side. But there is just one set of back feet and one tail.

    The turtle is seemingly healthy, and the species can live 15 to 20 years, Jacoby said. The turtle has not yet been named.

    The same exotic-turtle collector sold another Big Al's store a conjoined-twin turtle about 20 years ago, Jacoby said. The man lives in Florida, but he declined to identify him.

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    Russian woman gives birth to 17lb child

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    A Siberian woman who gave birth to her 12th child - doing more than her fair share to stem Russia's population decline - was stunned to find that little Nadia weighed in at a massive 17.1 lb (7.75kg).

    Nadia was delivered by caesarean section in the local maternity hospital in the Altai region on September 17, joining eight sisters and three brothers, a local reporter said


    "We were all simply in shock," said Nadia's mother, Tatyana Barabanova, 43. "What did the father say? He couldn't say a thing - he just stood there blinking."

    "I ate everything, we don't have the money for special foods so I just ate potatoes, noodles and tomatoes," she told the reporter, adding that all her previous babies had weighed more than 5 kg.


    The Guinness World Records lists a 10.2 kg baby boy born in Italy in 1955, and a 10.8 kg baby boy who was born in the United States in 1879 but died 11 hours later.

    The average weight for most healthy newborn babies is around 7.06 lb,
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    Vulnerability of the power grid

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    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Researchers who launched an experimental cyber attack caused a generator to self-destruct, alarming the federal government and electrical industry about what might happen if such an attack were carried out on a larger scale, CNN has learned.

    Sources familiar with the experiment said the same attack scenario could be used against huge generators that produce the country's electric power.

    Economist Scott Borg, who produces security-related data for the federal government, projects that if a third of the country lost power for three months, the economic price tag would be $700 billion.

    "It's equivalent to 40 to 50 large hurricanes striking all at once," Borg said. "It's greater economic damage than any modern economy ever suffered. ... It's greater then the Great Depression. It's greater than the damage we did with strategic bombing on Germany in World War II."

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    Kitten With Two Faces

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    A newborn kitten recently entered the world with two faces and, hopefully, at least nine lives. Gemini was born Sunday with two mouths, two tongues, two noses and four eyes.

    June 16: Gemini, a kitten with two faces, was born Sunday, June 12, 2005, in Glide, Ore.

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    No Child Left Inside

    Dear Friend,

    I thought you might be interested in speaking up to your Members of Congress about the "No Child Left Inside Act," a new bill to increase environmental education.

    Find out more from the National Wildlife Federation, an organization concerned about the growing disconnect between America's children and the outdoors.

    Wednesday, September 26, 2007

    Help Make the Energy Bill Clean and Green!

    Dear Friend,

    This summer, there were two major victories in the fight to reduce global warming pollution. In June the Senate passed an Energy Bill requiring automobiles go farther on a tank of gas. And in August the House passed an Energy Bill requiring electric utilities to obtain more power from clean, renewable sources-such as the wind and sun.

    Unfortunately, while Congress was taking its August recess, the auto industry was working hard to undermine these important victories. Now we need to counter their voice in Congress with our own!

    That's why I just wrote to my members of Congress reminding them that I support a clean Energy Bill with strong standards for fuel economy and renewable energy!

    Will you join me? Just click the link below to write your members of Congress today!

    Friday, September 21, 2007

    Whitewater Swimming

    Whitewater Swimming
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    I have never seen a pool like this before. Must be cool to swim in it.