Monday, April 30, 2012

Does Chewing Gum Make You Dumb? [Science]

Does Chewing Gum Make You Dumb? [Science]:
If you thought that chewing gum helped you concentrate, it might be time to reassess. While some old research has suggested that it can help you with abstract reasoning and logic puzzles, new research reveals that it can completely screw up your short-term memory. More »








Movie; I AM, Exploring The Meaning Of Life, Liberty And Happiness

Movie; I AM, Exploring The Meaning Of Life, Liberty And Happiness:

In Part I


This movie poses questions such as;

Does owning more stuff make us happier? 

Does competing and winning against everyone else make us a 'better' person? 

What value do we give competition, compared to cooperation and networking?

Is science the absolute truth? 

Is having more money a recipe for happiness and fulfillment?

What does a state of never ending war against (poverty,  communists, aliens, drugs, crime, etc.) get us?

What are the consequences of a way of living that teaches; greed is good?

Can an 'economy' grow forever?

Who are we? Are we really nothing more than greedy, selfish, egotistical, narcissistic, short term focused, win at all costs individuals? 

What is democracy? 
Does it work for animals, insects, plants, primates and humans?


In Part II


How is humanity evolving? 
What did Darwin try to teach others about the evolution of human beings in his books, which is being ignored and despised?

What are some recent discoveries around genes, nerves and more?

What are we hard wired for? 

Could we be hard wired for compassion around others?

Why are endorphins generated when we help others, or give of ourselves for a self less cause, community, nation?

How do we express; love your neighbor as yourself, even your enemy? 

Why is love limited to certain boxes, such as church, home, sports?

Is it possible to express love and live in love outside of church, family or sports teams?

What state are we designed to operate in? 
Fear, anger, hatred, bitterness? 
Or love, kindness, peace, harmony, etc?

Are we more than just flesh and bones? Is there something beyond us? Where and how would we access that Higher Power, if it exists? 

Is there a Universal Energy field? 
How does quantum entanglement work, and can it's effect be seen in a simple yogurt experiment?

Can this universal heart connection effect be demonstrated on a global scale?

What is consciousness? Is it linked into the world we live in? How does the butterfly effect work?

How are human beings connected together with each other, with all life, with all of the infinity of what exists?

Why is it that 99% of the genes we have are identical to those found in fish, dogs, chimpanzees, and other living beings?


In Part III 



Who are we? 
Are we just mechanical meat objects that disappear into meaningless dust, with no connection to anyone or anything? 

Or, are we connected on a very deep level, never alone, part of a greater whole, part of a human family? 

How do we change something we do not like, or that does not feel good? 

Could change start with consciousness?
Every day actions can build up over time into a huge change. 

A coalition of individuals acting together for the common good builds with small actions. 
It gathers strength and momentum, until change happens. 

How do we create something that is sustainable and good for seven future generations?


Is there a law that says if one animal, plant or insect takes more than it needs, that it then dies out as a result? Within human beings, we call that uncontrolled growth that takes and does not give; cancer. 


Is humanity a cancer, taking more than it needs from a living, breathing system called Gaia? 


Is violence the only way to do things? 


Does love, peace and compassion have a power that is greater than hate, fear and anger?


What is your part in the world? 


What is your passion? 


What makes your heart sing? 


Do not follow the freeway that everyone else is on. 


Follow your own inner road. If you have to, build your own trail through the woods, so that others may follow your trail.


Everyone has the power of ONE that is you. That I Am that is you is unstoppable, invincible and unlimited. Learn, grow and explore that power that is you, within the Oneness. 


If not you, who? 


If not now, when?


If not this, then what else?


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SPIRITUAL

Movie; I AM, Exploring The Meaning Of Life, Liberty And Happiness; via A Green Road Blog

Take 1 Giant Leap Into Happiness; Via A Green Road Blog; via A Green Road Blog  



Raj Yoga; A Connection with Soul, God And Consciousness; via A Green Road Blog

Fibonacci Secrets Revealed; via A Green Road


Mysteries And Theories: Is The Earth Growing? via a Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/mystery-is-earth-growing.html

Inspirational: All Good Things Are Coming To You Today; via A Green Road



The Universal Golden Rule; Moving Towards A Global Ethic; via A Green Road Blog




GREEN ENERGY, GREEN LIVING

Earth Day Is Every Day - Honor And Respect Yourself, The Planet, All Living Beings -

Energy Usage And Costs Compared To Nuclear And Coal; via A Green Road Blog


UN Proposal To Establish Ecocide; Prevent  Damage To Environment; via A Green Road Blog  

Breakthrough Hydrogen From Sun Method Rivals Speed of Natural Photosynthesis; via A Green Road Blog

List Of Countries/Nations With NO Nuclear Power Plants; via A Green Road Blog

American Indian Prophecy, Living As Soul on Earth; via A Green Road Blog

Germany- a World Leader in Solar, Wind and Health; via A Green Road Blog

Concentrated Solar Energy Power Generation Methods (Large Scale); via A Green Road Blog

Ten Largest Wind Turbine Manufacturers; Largest Wind Turbines, Wind Stats; via A Green Road Blog

Sustainable, Green, Alternative Energy Products And Experiments; via A Green Road Blog



PEACE/WAR

War is a Racket; via A Green Road Blog

War/No More Trouble | Playing for Change | Song Around The World; via A Green Road Blog

TSA Nude Body Scanners; Useless, Worthless, Dangerous; via A Green Road Blog  



Classified, Top Secret, Classified, Top Secret; via A Green Road Blog

Tell Pres. Obama; Bring Troops Home NOW

EMP; Electromagnetic Pulse Effect And High Altitude Nuclear Bombs; via A Green Road Blog


JUSTICE/PRISONS

US ranks 5th in Executions; With Iraq, China, Russia; via A Green Road Blog  


Trayvon Martin; Brutal Murder, or Justified Defense of Life? via A Green Road Blog  

Prison Mistakes, Prison Reform; via A Green Road Blog

Secret Jury Rights And Ignored Constitutional Duty

Hillary Clinton: Women Deserve The Right To Choose; via A Green Road Blog 


DRUGS - MEDICINE

Medical Insanity: Frankenfoods, BPA, Drugs, GMO's? via A Green Road Blog

What Hospitals Won't Tell You - Vital Strategies that Could Save Your Life; via A Green Road Blog

Raw US Milk Farmer Tortured? via A Green Road Blog

Medical Fraud; How Big Is It? via A Green Road Blog

Sleeping Pills Increase Risk Of Cancer; Caused 500,00 Deaths; via A Green Road Blog

TSA Nude Body Scanners; Useless, Worthless, Dangerous - via A Green Road Blog



Prescription Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Car Crashes; via A Green Road Blog


HOLISTIC LIVING AND NATURAL HEALTH MODALIES

7 medicinal herbs and spices that help lower blood pressure; via A Green Road

All about berries and ginger; healing foods and herbs; via A Green Road Blog

The top 5 foods to avoid if you have gluten intolerance and wheat allergies. via A Green Road Blog 

12 surprising reasons to eat more blueberries via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2010/08/12-surprising-reasons-to-eat-more.html

Natural Green Living And Health News; Kidneys, Honey, Vaccines, Permaculture, Water, Homeopathics

Germany- a World Leader in Solar, Wind and Health; via A Green Road Blog



Dr. Ernest Sternglass; Childhood Cancer Caused By Nuclear Power Plants

Dr. Ernest Sternglass; Childhood Cancer Caused By Nuclear Power Plants: Dr. Ernest J. Sternglass is a professor of radiological physics Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. 


He starts off by saying that Dr. John Goffman MD PhD was a highly respected medical doctor and taught nuclear physics. Dr. Goffman said that at the time 20 nuclear power plants were operating normally in the USA, (1958) that these plants would directly CAUSE 32,000 cancer cases EVERY YEAR.


The radiation experts measured the radiation around the first Dresden Illinois nuclear plant. They found out that that the radiation was much higher, and they found that this would result in much higher numbers of cancer cases for anyone around the nuclear plant. 


He said that the counties around Dresden, Illinois showed an elevated infant mortality. This elevated death and cancer rate dropped back down to normal if they shut down the facility for any length of time. 


The numbers of infact mortalities went from 1 in 1000 during the times BEFORE nuclear plants, to 10 or even 40 per 1,000 when these nuclear plants are operating. 


The increase in deaths was due to all kinds of infant mortalities and negative health effects from low birth weight, to still born, etc. He showed this same DRASTIC increase in infant mortalities happened around all nuclear plants, not just one specific nuclear power plant. 


The death rate of children under five years has been declining since the end of nuclear weapons testing. The cancer rate has been going up gradually ever since then. (A number of nuclear fuel reprocessing plants emit more radiation each year than all nuclear tests and accidents combined.)


After every major bomb test, accident, there are jumps  in the numbers of cancers from 5 per 100,000 to 20 or more per 100,000. 


How do we get these nuclear plants shut down? We are dealing with a difficult situation because so much money has been invested in over 100 plants in the USA. 


More recently, we have found that both the very old  immune compromised seniors and the very young are dying in higher numbers and get cancer at higher rates when they live close to nuclear reactors. 


There was a 50% decline in breast cancer in women in the San Francisco area after the end of nuclear testing and the shut down of a nuclear power plant there. Many other types of cancers also reduced in number per 100,000 after the end of nuclear testing by 30-50% since then. 


Since the 1980's over 13 reactors have been shut down. So the combination of no more nuclear bomb testing, and the shut down of a few nuclear power plants can be credited with the reduction in cancer rates in the US.  



The future of energy is NOT nuclear. The only energy future we have is in renewable energy sources such as solar, geothermal, wind, hydrogen and water. Nuclear energy is a dead end in all ways. Our future  energy needs can be achieved without the danger of nuclear radiation to our children. 


Regarding nuclear war, even if every one of the anti -ballistic missiles worked perfectly and exploded in the air and did not kill anyone, there would be so much radioactive fallout in the air, that there would be no children left to reproduce as adults anywhere in the world. The world would die with a whimper. We cannot afford to have any world war, ever again.


Dr. Ernest Sternglass; Childhood Cancer Caused By Nuclear Power Plants

iPause

iPause:
iPause: The period of time between when the light turns green and the driver in the front of the line of cars looks up from his iPod or iPhone and pulls away from the light. This is usually preceded by the person behind them honking their horn.


I cannot believe the amount of iPause time I waste on a typical commute.


A lovely day for a stroll

A lovely day for a stroll:

"It's only 0.3 uSv/hr in the park!"

Everyday readings in Fukushima:
http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/04/reality-in-fukushima/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FukushimaDiary+%28Fukushima+Diary%29
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Korduroy's "Show us your Quiver" contest

Korduroy's "Show us your Quiver" contest:

Hey there Instragrammers, tag your quiver shot with #showusyourquiver and the crew at Korduroy.tv might award you with swag.

More info at www.korduroy.tv/blog/2012/showusyourquiver

And remember, there is bonus Surfy content on the Surfy Surfy Instagram and Facebook.

What is America’s Economic Breaking Point?

What is America’s Economic Breaking Point?:
If there exists a single factor that can put enough pressure on the whole of the American economy and force it to crumble under its own weight, it’s the price the average American pays for gas. Extreme up-side gas price swings have preceded seven of the last eight American recessions, most recently in the summer of 2008 when drivers were forced to pay an all time high in excess of $4.50 per gallon at the pumps. What followed this spike – caused in part by tightening supplies, rising demand, easy money and a health dose of financial propaganda – was nothing short of the most severe financial and economic crisis since the Great Depression.
Nearly four years on the country finds itself in the midst of difficult times that have taken their toll on millions of Americans through job losses, home foreclosures, un-servicable debt, and ever dwindling retirement savings. By all accounts, Americans are worse off today than they were ten years ago, and the state of our nation, despite what Washington’s media masters report, is fiscally, economically, and socially dire.
With an estimated national debt that will approach $20 trillion in just a couple of years, some $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities over the next twenty five years, scores of millions of Americans dependent on overburdened government safety nets to survive, and a rapidly shrinking domestic economy, the key question becomes,”what is America’s economic breaking point?”
The answer to this question becomes apparent in a recent documentary from Future Money Trends, which suggests that the breaking point for the U.S. economy comes when the cheap energy we have enjoyed for the better part of a century finally dries up.
Future Money Trends is expecting the U.S. to face the perfect storm of events that, when combined, will send gas prices past the breaking point for the average American.
There are three major catalysts that will cause gas prices to reach this breaking point.
Number one, the dollar is in a state of collapse caused by a continuous increase of the money supply by America’s central bank.
Two, instability in the middle east and a potential war with Iran would great disrupt the supply of oil.
Three, the supply of cheap, recoverable oil is dwindling along with a major increase in demand.

America is built for $50 oil and $2 a gallon gasoline. The seriousness of our situation should not be overlooked. We have multiple forces that will drive gas prices past America’s $5 per gallon breaking point… Rising gas prices caused by these three catalysts will break the backs of the American consumer, spiking prices to the point where present day normalcy is no longer the reality.
Via Future Money Trends
Though there is evidence that the peak oil theory of physical shortages is accurate, it’s not even so much that the world will run out of oil per se, as it is that we simply don’t have the technology to extract that oil at a cheap enough cost to maintain our current way of life.
If you consider the significant pressures currently facing the United States financial and economically, it’s not too much of a stretch to suggest that even a minimal rise in the price of gas could seriously hamper the consumption habits of the majority of our population, which in turn will further reduce economic growth. As Future Money Trends‘ Daniel Ameduri notes in the above documentary, even a $1 gas price move has a significant impact with the potential to extract $100 billion from the broader economy.
With gas prices at or above $4 in most parts of the country, we’re quickly approaching 2008′s breaking point. And for those who don’t think prices could exceed those historic highs of 2008, consider that most Europeans are already paying nearly $10 per gallon.
With rising demand from BRIC nations like China and India, tensions in the middle east and unprecedented monetary expansion, ten dollars may very well become a reality. Such a swing in prices would immediately shave some $600 billion in direct consumer consumption and shrink our economy by 5% almost instantly. And that doesn’t even include the consequences that will inevitably hit small businesses and their employees in the months following.
Going into 2008 Americans felt fairly confident about their savings, their ability to find work, and their overall outlook. After four years of malaise, the majority of Americans have lost that confidence, as their ability to maintain the standard of living to which they became accustomed over decades of rampant government spending and easy money has been seriously undermined.
At this point, as suggested by Ameduri, even a one or two dollar increase in the price of gas could be the breaking point that sends our economy and global financial markets into an unrecoverable tailspin. The psychological impact of $5 or $6 gas may cause more of a panic than the price itself, because the only thing keeping the system afloat at this point is confidence in our leadership and that the best-and-brightest will be able to mitigate the crisis.
We were able to suspend the worst when governments around the world stepped in previously and let loose everything in the quiver to abate a collapse. This time, however, with our debts piling up at unsustainable levels and our lenders rapidly diversifying out of U.S. based assets, we will not be so lucky.
Whether the breaking point has been breached is up for debate, but there’s a strong possibility the die has already been cast. With trillions of dollars in capital flows, government intervention and financial machinations behind the scenes, it’s impossible to predict the exact timeline or occurrence of events, but we may well have already crossed the Rubicon.
Assuming that a breaking point is inevitable simply because of our failure to fundamentally change anything since the original crisis took hold in 2008, we should look to history as a guide as a way to anticipate the consequences that follow unsustainable governance and monetary policy.
If history surrounding such events has taught us anything, it’s that we must presume whatever is coming will be brutal, violent and it will transpire so quickly that most people won’t realize what happened until they’re walking the streets with worthless paper money in their pockets looking for morsels of food to stock their pantries – we’re talking end of the world type stuff.
The collapse of nations and conventional paradigms is never an orderly thing.

Concrete Plans Curb Creativity

Concrete Plans Curb Creativity:
Do you have a plan to save money, exercise more or call your mother? Making those plans concrete might help you achieve those goals but at the cost of some flexibility, according to a study published in the February issue of Social Cognition .
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UFO Sightings in Google Earth

UFO Sightings in Google Earth:
For centuries, humans have been witnessing UFOs in the sky. What those objects actually were may never be known, but the vast quantity of reported sightings in the last 150 years is quite amazing.

Created back in 2005, this UFO Sightings KMZ file still seems to be the most comprehensive of its kind. The map was created by Poly9, who was acquired by Apple a few years ago and no one seems to have updated the file since then. However, the file contains thousands of sightings each with details on what was seen:


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UFOmaps.com contains somewhat more recent information and uses a nice Google Maps interface to display it, but nothing past 2010 is in there.

The National UFO Reporting Center is very up to date, and their data was used in the original KMZ file, but they don't seem to have any kind of geospatial solution in place to view the data.

There have also been a number of UFO sightings in Google Street View. Some are listed on UFOsearchonline.com and you can find a few others by searching for "UFO" in the Google Earth Hacks Street View database.

Whether you believe in true UFO sightings or not, Google Earth is a great platform from which to view the patterns of sightings and explore what people may or may not have seen.

Navy nears power deal to help avoid Cal blackouts

Navy nears power deal to help avoid Cal blackouts: LOS ANGELES – The US Navy is nearing a first-time agreement to curb electricity use at its sprawling San Diego-area bases if power runs short in Southern California this summer, a deal intended to diminish the threat of blackouts while the troubled San ...
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Banks Cooperating With Each Other and Police to Track Occupy Protesters

Banks Cooperating With Each Other and Police to Track Occupy Protesters:
BankstersMax Abelson reports in the San Francisco Chronicle:
The world’s biggest banks are working with one another and police to gather intelligence as protesters try to rejuvenate the Occupy Wall Street movement with May demonstrations, industry security consultants aid.
Among 99 protest targets in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday are JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America offices, said Marisa Holmes, a member of Occupy’s May Day planning committee.
Events are scheduled in more than 115 cities, including an effort to shut down the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, where Wells Fargo investors relied on police to get past protests at their annual meeting this week. “Our goal is to kick off the spring offensive and go directly to where the financial elite play and plan,” she said.
After evictions and arrests from Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to London that began last year, the movement against income inequality and corporate abuse will regain strength, said Brian McNary, director of global risk at Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations.
He works with international financial firms to “identify, map and track” protesters across social media and at their assemblies, he said. The companies gather data “carefully and methodically” to prevent business disruptions.
Read more: San Francisco Chronicle:

San Diego Says Yarn-Bomber’s Stop Sign Flowers Must Be Stopped

San Diego Says Yarn-Bomber’s Stop Sign Flowers Must Be Stopped:
stopsignIs it art? Is it vandalism? The city of San Diego is putting the kibosh on one of the most extensive yarn-bombing campaigns in history, in which 100 stop signs were turned into flowers via knitware. San Diego CityBeat relays a message from the artist:
I started planting flowers in earnest starting March 1st. The 100th one was planted last night. But today I got an email from Bill Harris who works for the city. I had expected it, and was considering an obstinate stance. After a 15 minute phone call, I decided to work with them, and plan an ending.
He started the call with “Congratulations on making it to 100.” He explained how people within the city had gone to great lengths to find a way to keep them. They even contacted other cities to find out what they did. “Even Berkeley takes them down,” he told me. The problem is that the stop sign is a traffic sign.
Read More: San Diego CityBeat

Video: Sir Ken Robinson, what’s in the school of your dreams?

Video: Sir Ken Robinson, what’s in the school of your dreams?:

Watch as four student reporters hand Sir Ken Robinson a “blank check” and say: Design a learning place of your dreams. It’s a three-part video series — and definitely do watch through to Part 3, where things get a little bit silly.

What's the right size? The quantum mechanics of growth...

What's the right size? The quantum mechanics of growth...:
How come there are no ants as big as Buicks (except in the movies)? Why not have a college with a million students (or ten)?
The physics and economics of a business determine whether it's the right size or not, whether it ought to get bigger or smaller. Starbucks, for example, was not the right size when it had 11 stores. That's too many stores for just one senior manager to handle, but not enough stores for centralized purchasing and marketing and organization. The cash flow from an eleven-store chain just doesn't easily connect to the staff requirments necessary to make it efficient.
A web company might do really well with thirty people and a few million dollars in revenue. To get to a thousand people (big enough for an IPO, say), it will need to transform both the product and the way it's sold. And in between the size it is now (which is working) and the size necessary for the public offering, there's a dead zone. This is a leap, not a stroll.
When I was growing my first successful business, I kept saying that one day I'd hire enough people that the people I was hiring could manage themselves. I went from having four direct reports to eleven before I realized that I wasn't going to be able to make the leap in scale that was going to be necessary to reach a comfortable size.
The same rule applies to independent musicians and comedians. At the solo level, you might be very happy making a living gigging at certain kinds of venues and being supported by a given audience. On the other hand, to support a manager, a band and a label, you can't just add a few more fans. You need different venues, different gigs, different revenue streams. If you can't (or don't want to) get to that new level, the new team isn't going to help, and it might destroy everything you've built.
It's worth charting both profit per employee and owner satisfaction against the number of people in the organization. Perhaps getting a little bigger isn't what you want, and it might not even be possible.

How to Roast Your Own Coffee in a Stovetop Popcorn Maker

How to Roast Your Own Coffee in a Stovetop Popcorn Maker:


Thanks to the Institute for Domestic Technology, I learned roast my own coffee at home in a Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper. It's a simple, if smokey, process.

You heat up the popper on your stove top over a medium/high heat and dump in 10 ounces of green coffee beans. The beans we used were ordered from Sweet Maria's who carry a wide selection of high-end beans at inexpensive prices.

The only trick with the Whirley-Pop coffee roasting method is adjusting the stove burner. You're shooting for "first crack," the point when the beans pop kind of like popcorn. at around the 6 minute mark. Mine took a little bit longer on the first attempt, but after a few roasting sessions I'm sure I'd get the right burner setting. After first crack the beans quiet down for a few minutes. The next thing you're listening for is the "second crack." As soon as those beans start making noise again you dump them on a cookie tray to cool down. That's really all there is to it. Sweet Maria's has a pdf sheet with more detailed Whirley-Pop instructions as well as a review of other home roasting methods.

Our instructor at the Institute class, Ian Riley, suggested storing the beans at room temperature in a reusable valve bag (freshly roasted coffee beans out-gas CO2).

Unlike many home "artisinal" food methods (we probably need to retire the "a" word), home coffee roasting saves money and you get a much better product than store bought coffee.

Of course quitting coffee would also save money but you'll have to ask Mrs. Root Simple about that one--I'm an addict.

If you're in the LA area, you can take Ian Riley's home coffee roasting class at the Institute for Domestic Technology. I also teach a no-knead bread class at the institute as part of Foodcrafting 101.