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Ebola - More Than You Ever Wanted to Know on the Technical Side
The Ebola medical basics are a complex mixture of facts and suppositions. Learn the details about this threat so you can better gauge the information you see on TV. Includes many links to WHO medical documents on infection and prevention.
12:51 Sep 17, 2014 PST
The Pres. Says Military Will Fight Ebola. Hurray! We're Saved!
Faced with a medical disaster in Africa, one which has no cure or approved treatment, President Obama announced today that the U.S. is sending troops to build field hospitals.
11:36 Sep 17, 2014 PST
Ebola Cure Ignored? Nothing Fishy at WHO!
Some scientists say Ebola is out of control while Dr. Fish of Toronto tries in vein to send 60,000 vials of a possible treatment.
19:24 Sep 16, 2014 PST
Comets, Core Beliefs!
Comets have been harbingers of doom practically forever but, unlike asteroids or NEOs (Near Earth Objects), we actually know very, very little about them. That will soon change thanks to Rosetta.
12:57 Sep 15, 2014 PST
EBOLA A Real Threat? Fatality Rate Higher Than First Thought
We are used to hearing about a new pandemic threat every year, H1N1, Swine flu lost by a lab,etc., so it is natural to dismiss Ebola, but is this a real threat, possibly a world-wide pandemic threat?
10:51 Sep 15, 2014 PST
Is Global Warming Good?
There is significant evidence from the geologic record that global warming may be fighting it out with the comming ice age.
19:13 Aug 10, 2014 PST
Ebola, Facts, fears, and Fallacies
Ebola is big news in the U.S. just now because two infected missionary aid workers were brought to Atlanta for treatment and to study the disease. But it is not NEW to Africa. Ebola is very deadly; however, it is just another virus infection.
19:02 Aug 5, 2014 PST
Sunscreen can Kill - sunscreen helps destroy vitamin-D
Could sunscreen actually be dangerous? The science says YES. the scientific illiterate say NO. Check out the REAL story based on actual medical research. Vitamin D in high doses cuts malignant melanoma mortality in half!
17:22 Aug 3, 2014 PST
Coronal Mass Ejection Almost Destroyed Civilization in 2012
Just released today by NASA we learned that just before the last Summer Olympics a solar event nearly destroyed all communications and power grids.
16:16 Jul 25, 2014 PST
B612 - Out to Save the Earth From Real Death Stars (Asteroids)
Asteroids (from the Greek for star) have and will cause mass extinctions on the Earth yet the U.S.'s NASA and other governments are doing little to prevent this inevitable disaster, the only major threat to the entire planet which humans could actu
22:06 Feb 22, 2014 PST
Seniors Lose 10% of SS Benefits in Non-ObamaCare States
Some states have opted out of ObamaCare but this week seniors on social security are learning this will cost them $1200 per year in reduced payments.
01:15 Nov 29, 2013 PST
Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Gut Bacteria
Many 'Auto immune' diseases such as Chrons, have eventually been found to be caused by a bacterial infection in the gut, now a devastating form of arthritis joins the list - rheumatoid arthritis.
13:48 Nov 5, 2013 PST
Rejoicing at Oracle, U.S.A. Team Retains America's Cup
It finally came down to a single winner take all race with both teams tied at 8 points with only 9 needed to take the cup. Race 19, 34th America's Cup Series.
13:38 Sep 25, 2013 PST
America's Cup Absolutely Final Race (once completed)
After an absolutely amazing series in which the Oracle U.S.A. team went from keelhauled bloody mass to the biggest comeback kids in Cup History, the teams are all tied up at 8 points each in a 9 point series so the next race winner takes the cup.
13:00 Sep 25, 2013 PST
America's Cup - wind drops and the race is on
Wind continued to increase and the next race looked like it would be delayed until Wednesday but dropped suddenly just before the start.
13:14 Sep 24, 2013 PST
America's Cup peak winds will probably prevent today's race
Once again wind conditions are likely to delay the races.
12:26 Sep 24, 2013 PST
America's Cup Race 16 Oracle Struggles to Continue and DOES!
Still just one New Zealand win from seeing the cup leave the U.S., Oracle is once again struggling to win and get one race closer to the 9 wins needed to take the cup.
14:36 Sep 23, 2013 PST
America's Cup Oracle Stays Alive, Wins Another Race
Once again Oracle pulled out a win to extend the race at least one more day. It seems New Zeland just can't slam the door on Oracle and the race goes on to 14 - to the joy of viewers.
15:06 Sep 20, 2013 PST
America's Cup 2013 More Wind Delays on Day 10
Team New Zealand has been on the verge of winning the Cup for almost a week now. Today it was light winds which threw a monkey wrench in the celebration plans.
14:15 Sep 20, 2013 PST
New Zealand Wins Race 11 on Wednesday but fails to end the series
Given the good wind conditions many watchers expected this to be the final two races of the 2013 America's Cup and the Emirates N.Z. team won race 11 but was unable to sew up the Cup.
14:27 Sep 18, 2013 PST
America's Cup, Wed, Sept 18
The Cup Races live again today, here are some links which will enhance the experience.
13:14 Sep 18, 2013 PST
America's Cup 2013 Telemetry
If you are a sailor and a techie then you probably wish you were right on the boats. Here's the next best thing.
11:14 Sep 17, 2013 PST
Costa Concordia Salvage online live
The infamous cruise ship has been pulled upright and is now being floated, there is a live feed.
22:22 Sep 16, 2013 PST
The America's Cup 2013 Updates
Can't get enough of the race? Here's a link to the official twitter feed and definitions of some special terms.
21:56 Sep 16, 2013 PST
America's Cup Defense, 2013
Anyone who thought the rules of American football were complex should avoid racing boats at all costs. But this year's action in San Francisco Bay has been exciting even if you don't know your windward from your leeward.
18:53 Sep 15, 2013 PST
Can Jeff Bezos Save The Post?
Been there, tried that, so I can say possibly, IF he replaces a lot of management. For years I tried to interest The Post in becoming more active online.
15:21 Sep 4, 2013 PST
Hurricane Season: Those Most At Risk Always Least Prepared
Just once wouldn't it be nice if people in coastal cities took some responsibility for their own care instead of complaining when they run out of food in two days and aren't the first ones rescued in a disaster?
15:42 Aug 22, 2013 PST
Potential New Flu Treatment
Influenza kills a lot of people every year and a pandemic can kill millions. As I have reported before, most deaths in healthy people are due to an overreaction by the person's own immune system.
13:23 May 1, 2013 PST
Bad News Guys - Women Say Size Does Matter
The Age old argument, not in the drawing room, but from bars to locker rooms to girls night out finally has a scientific answer. Women do prefer men with bigger members.
10:03 Apr 24, 2013 PST
Zooniverse - 2B Museum Labels in Scribble
Do real science online - help museums create digital records for billions of specimens.
09:24 Apr 24, 2013 PST
Tornado - Car Safety, Common Sense can Kill
Tornado season is here and 9% of deaths occur in cars so FEMA and the NWS published timely tips on car/storm safety. Stay out of underpasses is the number one rule.
18:52 Apr 23, 2013 PST
Is Global Warming Vital to Human Survival?
Global warming is real - but is it actually a very good thing? Could sun spot cycles cause a mini ice age without global warming? Read this serious analysis.
13:35 Apr 23, 2013 PST
Narcolepsy Caused by H1N1 Flu Vaccine?
There is strong evidence that an H1N1 vaccine has caused a number of cases of narcolepsy in young patients. This demands serious study before the next pandemic flu scare and vaccination drive.
09:19 Apr 23, 2013 PST
edX Rules for Free Education in America
Universities and teacher unions have forgotten basic economics. When you price yourself out of the market, something better replaces you. If you have kids, want an education, know anyone with kids, or just want to help save the world, spread the wor
07:44 Jan 16, 2013 PST
Book Review: 'Advice is for Winners'
A How-to book explaining how and when to seek advice. This is a much more complex and important topic than it might seem at first glance.
14:07 Jan 15, 2013 PST
Perihelion - Pulp SF on the Web!
Relaunched after decades, Perihelion (online at Perihelionsf.com) is a free science fiction magazine in the pulp tradition.
09:23 Jan 15, 2013 PST
Winter Outlook from NOAA
NOAA Temp and Precipitation outlook for early 2013.
16:08 Jan 2, 2013 PST
What Romney Doesn't Understand About a UNITED States of America
End FEMA? The world has gotten too complex to revert to state's rights. We Don't live on farms or face disasters which local areas can manage.
13:02 Oct 31, 2012 PST
New Veralight.com Invention Spots 'Diabetes' Instantly, At a Glance!
With increasing obesity comes diabetes, sadly, often in pre-teens, but most people are diagnosed far along in the disease process. A new VeraLight.com invention spots it instantly, at a glance!
05:06 Sep 6, 2012 PST
What Do Americans Believe?
Considering the educational level of U.S. citizens and their strongly held beliefs, why would a reporter bother covering an election or any substantive topic with actual facts?
13:06 Sep 5, 2012 PST
Republican Experiment Already Failed in EU
The EU has followed essentially the Tea Party economic plan for several years and expect a zero to 0.6% growth for the continent as a whole. Should we do the same?
10:46 Apr 27, 2012 PST
Phil Sees Shadow - Nation Yawns
Despite the heavy overcast at my nearby ranch, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow (probably from the TV lights) and predicted 6 more (!) weeks of winter in a year when winter has yet to arrive here.
08:38 Feb 2, 2012 PST
James Dines Still Bullish on Rare Earths
Investment adviser James Dines who correctly called the internet boom and bubble as well as the housing bubble well in advance, is also a strong proponent of holding mines with value in the ground as a balance against printed money.
11:30 Jan 3, 2012 PST
Star Trek - A Look To The Future As We Enter A New Year
Gene Roddenberry foresaw short-skirted uniforms for women, highly evolved ethics, and freedom from want - in short, Utopia. But did he also predict many important social changes we may soon see? For example, does anyone 'Twit' or 'blog?'
09:48 Jan 2, 2012 PST
Highland Ranch Sanctuary - Christmas Lamb
It isn't easy running a rescue operation and we are now closing down but we've kept it up for a decade and even now we are obligated to help the few remaining animals we haven't yet placed.
11:25 Dec 27, 2011 PST
'Beyond Religion: Ethics for the Whole World' Book Review
This is the perfect time of the year to take a look at this latest book by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama because, although he certainly isn't a Christian, the book is concerned with the same spiritual qualities which Christmas is supposed to celebrat
18:38 Dec 25, 2011 PST
Mozilla Starting Off The Year With a Bug
Never, Never, Never upgrade unless forced - the only time I've EVER got in trouble with that 4 decade old rule was when I stupidly ignored it. This time Firefox got me.
12:16 Dec 25, 2011 PST
Statins Saving Flu Patients - Story is Nothing New
The cholesterol lowering drugs known as statins have already been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack even in people with normal cholesterol, now found to cut flu deaths by 40%.
18:32 Dec 14, 2011 PST
'God' Particle Discovered?? - Not Quite Yet
CERN has announced that an events have been recorded which may prove the existence of the Higgs Boson, the so-called 'God' particle - which actually just means it is the basis of gravity and has no theological implications.
11:38 Dec 13, 2011 PST
Two Lost DR. WHO Episodes Located
The BBC has recently discovered that 2 of about 100 previously lost Hartnell and Troughton Dr. Who episodes have been located. BBC and fans are anxious to find any more.
10:48 Dec 12, 2011 PST
Remembering a Veteran
What better day for everyone to give some thought to those they know personally who have served our country,and in some cases the entire world?
06:41 Nov 11, 2011 PST
Google+ The Latest in Social Networking?
Do we need yet another social networking site? Perhaps. Certainly Google seems to think so and I thought I'd try out google+
10:29 Nov 10, 2011 PST
Will Storage Discovery Make Hydrogen-Powered Cars a Reality?
Two problems face those who want the lightest element, hydrogen, to be the transportation fuel of the future. One is finding a way to store it and there MAY be new hope in that area.
12:28 Nov 7, 2011 PST
Second GOVT Energy Loan Failure - Beacon
One definition of insanity - doing the same thing again and again but expecting different results? But can you equate Beacon Power Corp.'s bankruptcy with Solyndra's?
10:34 Nov 2, 2011 PST
$100K Reward for Older Citizen to Move to Pittsburgh
Next year a contest winner will get $100,000 to move Pittsburgh. Long suffering from a reputation as a dirty, dusty blue collar steel mill town, today's Pittsburgh is actually a vibrant and highly livable city ranked among the top in the U.S. and th
11:43 Oct 31, 2011 PST
Record Snow Fall in Northeast U.S.A.
Still 90 days until Groundhog Day but we already see heavy snow in West-Central Pennsylvania and it is still falling!
15:43 Oct 29, 2011 PST
TANSTAAFL - Climate and Economy, Can You Hear me NOW?
When everyone is shouting no one is thinking. People in a lifeboat and need more thought and less demagoguery when a storm hits. Ask candidates - what color is the sky in your world?
08:09 Aug 9, 2011 PST
OH-RATS!! Coumadin Banned? Make Way For Y-Pesties (Plague)
Yesinia Pesties (commonly known as the Black Death) is carried by fleas on rats - it may come back with the EPA mommy state banning the common rat poison forms of Coumadin (a human blood thinner.)
16:05 Jun 8, 2011 PST
New Facebook Scare - IN HIDING?? - FOUND!!
Whether you have an abusive EX, the mob has a hit out, or the cops anywhere are looking for you, Facebook's new feature is dangerous!!!!
10:17 Jun 8, 2011 PST
GeoTags Invade Your Privacy
Those photos you and others post online may be telling everyone your exact location. This can pose a big threat.
08:11 Apr 22, 2011 PST
iPhone/iPad Tracks Users - This Means YOU!
I don't know why this is a surprise, but it recently became big news that apple devices track you constantly and record this information.
10:44 Apr 21, 2011 PST
Nude Demonstrators Protest Sexism - Banned from Facebook
FEMEN, the Ukrainian-based anti-porn, anti-sex trafficking activists who discovered that their political voice would be heard much more widely if they made a clean (actually usually body painted) breast of it all at rallies have been banned
12:31 Mar 31, 2011 PST
Japan -Are Fatalities Massively Higher Than Stated?
Why is the Japanese government distrusted by its' own citizens? Perhaps the death toll estimates are a clue - they are consistently divorced from reality.
19:16 Mar 19, 2011 PST
Japan Disaster Shuts Down U.S. Factories
The downside of of the just in time manufacturing model, factories around the world are already shutting down because of component shortages.
14:19 Mar 19, 2011 PST
Online Writing Tips From a Long-Time Pro
What makes online writing different? How do you tailor news stories and articles to get published and attract readers?
11:33 Mar 17, 2011 PST
Senators Demand Action Against China - Rare Earth Politics
Senators demand President Obama make China sell more rare earth elements. Will they? Will they laugh? Or will China Call in loans?
12:49 Mar 16, 2011 PST
Next Chernobyl: Japan?
Just how much radiation is dangerous to people and how much is coming from those damaged reactors? Is this a new Chernobyl?
10:32 Mar 16, 2011 PST
'Fat, Drunk, and Stupid' America Reacts to Nuke Threat
The famous words of mythical Faber College Dean echoed in my head as I heard of people in U.S. buying iodide tablets and Geiger counters.
08:53 Mar 16, 2011 PST
How Prepared is America for Natural Disaster? -Not Very
The recent disaster in Japan will focus U.S. politicians on how poorly we are prepared. Learn about a former emergency management coordinator's experience.
08:52 Mar 14, 2011 PST
First Humanitarian/Military Ship off Libya is Chinese
As a major world power, China is now beginning to 'show the flag' around the world. This will soon cause panic in Washington but China bashing and panic is NOT the right way to react.
14:28 Mar 13, 2011 PST
Anti Nuclear Forces Hype News Reports and Twist Tsunami To Fit Scare Tactics
Nuclear power is safer than any alternative but it scares the ignorant and energy companies. You can see the subtle twisted reporting every day on CNN and elsewhere. Ignorance is bliss, but only till reality strikes.
07:23 Mar 12, 2011 PST
Major Earthquakes - N.Z., then Japan. Is California Next?
Is there any basis for the concern that major earthquakes seem to be working around the Pacific 'ring of fire'? Since quakes cause the entire earth to ring like a bell and a tsunami changes the weight on a tectonic plate, is this possible?
07:55 Mar 11, 2011 PST
Earthquake Facts - Major Pacific Basin Quake
An earthquake currently rated 8.9 on the logarithmic 1-10 scale has hit northeast of Tokyo near Honshu, Japan.
06:01 Mar 11, 2011 PST
Reuters Analysis Shows China Rare Earth Export Cuts Much Greater Than Preciously
By now many people (even politicians) have recognized the importance of rare earth metals and that China has been cutting back exports. But new data shows MUCH greater cuts than previously thought.
15:22 Mar 10, 2011 PST
Gun Ownership - Fear of What? Learn from Libya
The dirty secret no one dares speak of when discussing gun ownership is that, in the extreme, it is to protect the people from bad government.
17:54 Mar 8, 2011 PST
Quest Rare Minerals Looks to List On U.S. Exchange - Files SEC Form 40-F
The potential for profits in rare earth mineral companies is seen in the recent value of the Molly Corp IPO. Quest is moving toward a listing on a U.S. stock exchange which often boosts stock price.
17:20 Mar 8, 2011 PST
U.S. Lack of Energy Policy Really Bites Right in the Wallet
Feel the pain of not having a national energy policy yet? Don't blame speculators or dictators. Look in a mirror to see why prices keep going up.
13:03 Mar 8, 2011 PST
Protect Yourself From Oil Price Increases With A Single Investment
While some commentators complain about oil prices being caused by speculators, they never seem to mention that any investor can lock in oil/gas prices by purchasing an ETF.
12:03 Mar 8, 2011 PST
Buy Smart and Shop Around for the Best Gasoline Price on Gasbuddy
When there are fast price increases or decreases some stations always lag behind in matching the changes at their pumps. Use an online tool to find the cheapest gas in your area.
09:32 Mar 8, 2011 PST
Gardening 101 - Seed Catalogs and Online Seed Ordering
This time of year an experienced gardener can have as many as a dozen or more seed catalogs awaiting their attention. But not all seeds or seed offers are created equal.
12:09 Mar 7, 2011 PST
James Dines - Rare Earth Prices Surge Again; Stocks Should Follow Soon
Famed financial newsletter guru James Dines sees the recent consolidation in rare earth element companies nearly over.
07:57 Mar 2, 2011 PST
if You Don't Like Your Local School, The States Offer The Best Alternative!
Some people treat teaching as a mystical process, but it really isn't. It takes training to be a teacher. But if you don't like your local school, many states offer a simple alternative. Start Your Own School.
06:36 Feb 28, 2011 PST
Teacher Salary By State - Your Basic Resource
With teachers being the biggest target of taxpayer anger it is important to know who is telling the truth about pay and especially whether pay is enough for a given area. Here are the facts.
09:54 Feb 25, 2011 PST
McDonalds for Breakfast? Wonder What's in That Oatmeal?
The taste is OK, but this isn't oatmeal like grandma used to make, unless she was an organic chemist. Are all the preservatives really necessary?
16:59 Feb 24, 2011 PST
Most Livable City in U.S. Launches Local Online investigative News Service
It's not exactly a new idea, but Pittsburgh's Filmmakers community has announced it will launch a new online news service targeting the West-PA region.
08:59 Feb 24, 2011 PST
Wisconsin Teacher Salaries - on Record!
Did you know that a school Principal makes about $100,000 plus benefits per year? Look up what your child's teachers make.
05:02 Feb 24, 2011 PST
Public Employee Salaries - Do You Know What You Pay Them?
Although the pay which goes to teachers, snow plow truck drivers, and everyone else who gets a state or federal paycheck is, by law, a public record (after all, YOU pay them), this is often difficult to find. I show you where they are published.
12:57 Feb 22, 2011 PST
Tale of Some Teachers - Highly Paid, Unconcerned
Some teachers especially in dangerous areas are underpaid but in many rural areas they are among the highest paid 'professionals' and a powerful political and economic force.
08:16 Feb 22, 2011 PST
Obama, Ask Gates Why OUR Money Isn't Spent Here!
OK, Mr. Gates, you made your money overcharging for software, that's The American Way and I totally respect it; but save your sanctimonious charity for HOME!
18:14 Feb 17, 2011 PST
Stay Away Watson, We Don't Want You
Can Watson beat Ken Jennings? Can a calculator evaluate a factorial faster than I can? More importantly, does it really matter and why?
12:01 Feb 14, 2011 PST
TurboTax Cites Fraud, Not Security Problem In Fradulent Emails
Ever wonder how secure your Turbo Tax filing is? I was surprised to open a note this morning saying: 'TurboTax Return Sent.' Problem is I haven't filed.
15:34 Feb 9, 2011 PST
Absolution by iPad? Confession, Forgiveness, Are Indulgences Next?
The Holy See has reportedly approved in some form by granting an imprimatur, a $1.50 iPad confession app. Fill in the basics and get instant absolution online.
10:28 Feb 8, 2011 PST
The End of Back Pain? Sometimes It's All In The Head - So Is The Treatment
Back pain is difficult to treat but recent discoveries show that in some cases some of it is literally all in the head - structural changes in the brain. And there may be a simple non analgesic treatment.
11:36 Feb 6, 2011 PST
Legendary Investor George Soros Comments on Egyptian Situation
George Soros has written a commentary on the situation in Egypt stating his views on the situation and calling on President Obama to 'stand by the values that got him elected.'
15:36 Feb 3, 2011 PST
Femen Topless Protest of Ukranian President's Verbal Diarrhea
Femen, a group of Ukranian women who sometimes stage topless protests, today released a statement condemning what they describe as 'sexist' and 'degrading' statements by Ukrainian President Yanukovich at the recent Davros summit.
11:19 Feb 3, 2011 PST
Egypt: Summary of Food and Economic Developments
Egypt's central bank recognizes threats and moves to increase food imports, open banks, and pay those on pensions.
15:18 Feb 1, 2011 PST
Women Protest Topless - Femen Group Gets Publicity for Protests
Tired of being ignored by government, women make use of their physical assets to gain public attention for important causes.
11:48 Feb 1, 2011 PST
More Winter? Punxsutawney Phil Decides on Ground Hog Day!
Every year tens of thousands of students and tourists from around the world visit our small town of Punxsutawney to hear and see whether Weather Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and returns to his den rather than face six more weeks of fur chilling
12:13 Jan 31, 2011 PST
February 4 Puppy 'Tail' Gate Party Includes Costume Contest
Pet owners in the Indiana, PA area are invited to the 7th annual puppy bowl, Friday's early pre-game football tailgate party for those with REAL tails. This fun and educational event gives pet owners a chance to meet hospital staff and each other a
12:38 Jan 27, 2011 PST
H1N1 Swine Flu Confers Super Immunity!
Doctors in Chicago have reported finding that individuals who caught and survived the 'swine' flu have developed a kind of super-immunity to various other flu strains.
17:23 Jan 26, 2011 PST
Real Science Online - Classify Galaxies or Moon Craters at Galaxyzoo.org
Looking for little green men? Well there's no guarantee of that but if you want to do real astronomy using images from the top telescopes check out galaxyzoo.org.
12:40 Dec 21, 2010 PST
Give 'Sex Madness' for Free
Why not give free books and videos to friends - they get a personalized gift; you save big money. From 'A Christmas Carol' to 'Reefer Madness' or 'Sex Madness' you can download them free to give away.
11:22 Dec 17, 2010 PST
China to Become World's Largest Exporter By End of Year
China's Minister of Commerce said Thursday that the country's foreign trade will top $2.9 Trillion this year. He also stated that China will soon be the largest exporter and second largest importer in the world.
09:13 Dec 17, 2010 PST
China's Rare Earth Near-Monopoly Could Last 15-Years
The 17 rare earth elements (often called minerals in media reports) are critical for clean technology. China owns about 95% of the current world production. A DoE report says 15 years needed to develop sufficient new sources.
15:04 Dec 16, 2010 PST
Reverse Mortgage: Appraisal Process Aimed at Suburbia
Although it is nowhere stated, after my experiences I can say that the reverse mortgage process is, intentionally or unintentionally, definitely biased toward urban and suburban homeowners.
12:16 Dec 16, 2010 PST
Go Online to Find Best Holiday Pricing Online Or At The Mall
Researching prices online can locate the best deals at the mall or online. Don't forget to search for coupons or coupon codes for online stores. You can also check local store inventory.
11:16 Dec 14, 2010 PST
Reverse Mortgages Simple as the Ads Portray? Not By a Long Shot!
They sound great and may be perfect for you, but sometimes the the process can be extremely complex and time-consuming. Part one of an investigative series on newsblaze.com.
13:57 Dec 13, 2010 PST
CyberWar by WikiLeaks Defenders Builds While Xipwire Accepts Funds
While Xipwire remains the only U.S. site accepting funds for WikiLeaks, hackers conducting a DoS attack on Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal are expected to target Amazon next.
18:26 Dec 9, 2010 PST
Xipwire Holding WikiLeaks Donations in Separate Account Pending Instructions
The only known U.S. payment company accepting money for WikiLeaks tells Newsblaze it is still trying to establish formal contacts with the organization.
16:06 Dec 9, 2010 PST
Zombie DOS Attacks Support WikiLeaks
What you need to know about the current spate of Zombie Denial of Service attacks against Visa and MasterCard and in support of WikiLeaks. Also, what is 'ping' and, for that matter, what is 'TRON?'
07:48 Dec 9, 2010 PST
Black Friday - When People Fight to Buy Junk they don't Need and Can't Afford
Ever wonder if people who have the time to stand in line overnight for Black Friday don't have jobs, or if they realize that most of the sale items will be discarded by next Xmas?
10:19 Nov 26, 2010 PST
Medical Breakthrough Safe Visible Light Sterilization for MRSA
Recent clinical trials at Glasgow Royal Infirmary have demonstrated that a certain wavelength of visible light can reduce MRSA bacteria on surfaces by 80% or more.
14:21 Nov 24, 2010 PST
'GOLDBUG!' - Book Review - A Lifetime of Investing Knowledge from James Dines
'Stress is when you wake up screaming and realize you haven't fallen asleep yet.' (pp 280) GOLDBUG! Is an extraordinary analysis of where world currencies are heading and what is likely to happen in the Second Great Depression, including the chan
16:09 Nov 8, 2010 PST
It's Not The Heat, It's The Humidity - How Global Warming Will Kill
A relatively small increase in average temperature will kill most of the human race just from the heat, not considering any of the theoretical changes to crops or sea level.
15:18 Nov 4, 2010 PST
Outlook for Nuclear Power Changed by Election
Will this election FINALLY allow the U.S. to overcome decades of prejudice and scientific ignorance so we can actually get green energy from nuclear power like the rest of the world?
07:40 Nov 4, 2010 PST
Honest Vote Count? Hacking Voting Machines for Fun and Profit
E-voting is NOT secure. University researchers recently get a voting machine to play Pac-Man. How confident does that make you about getting honest vote counts using e-voting machines?
11:07 Oct 27, 2010 PST
Poke Berry for Arthritis? Butterbur for Migraines? Herbal Remedies Come Back
Herbal remedies such as using butterbur to prevent migraine headaches are gaining mainstream support from medical doctors and even specialized clinics such as the UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine in Shadyside (Pittsburgh, PA)
11:44 Oct 26, 2010 PST
Does an Aspirin A Day Keep Colon Cancer Away?
The Lancet medical journal is holding a discussion on its Facebook page about the latest report which shows taking a low dose aspirin each day can cut the risk of colorectal cancer by 25%.
11:13 Oct 25, 2010 PST
Life Expectancy Data Shows U.S. Hispanic Population Lives Longer
According to a report compiled from 2006 death rate statistics, U.S. Hispanic-origin life expectancy is higher than that for the population as a whole as well as longer than for the non-Hispanic white population and non-Hispanic black population.
13:39 Oct 22, 2010 PST
Daunting Delivery Debacle? Another Reason To Shop Early for the Holidays
As more people shop online delivery services are more critical than ever but all the home delivery companies are cutting back and using more temporary holiday workers. How does this impact service and is it the new Achilles Heel of online shopping.
07:52 Oct 22, 2010 PST
Striking France - A U.S. Rural Expat's View of the Violence
French strikes are violent in the cities but rural areas remain calm. Justice Minister says 'thugs' are infiltrating the union demonstrations and a U.S. newcommer reports on the view from an Expat living in the French countryside.
06:01 Oct 21, 2010 PST
Recent James Dines Interview
James Dines was fired from his Wall Street job for saying gold would go sky high - that was when it sold for $35/oz. He also advised buying uranium stocks when that mineral was at $8/pound (later hit a high of $130/lb and today $50/lb.)
11:14 Oct 20, 2010 PST
U.S Debt - What Happens if Washington Annoys China?
With China holding both a massive amount of U.S. government debt and control of the world's supply of critical military and renewable energy materials, perhaps politicians should start to pay more attention to some critical technologies.
17:48 Oct 19, 2010 PST
Will the Gulf Ever Be Clean Again?
A hard nosed look at the situation suggests that the answer is not in the current geologic age. Temple University study shows massive pollution still in beaches hit by the Exxon Valdez spill.
05:32 Jun 28, 2010 PST
Nostalgia gone Wild! Free Oldstyle Arcade Games
Games from the birth of personal computing are still enjoyable and you can play many of them from Pong and Space Invaders to Colossal Cave (Adventure) for free online.
12:41 May 26, 2010 PST
Walk on the Moon - 40th Anniversary of the Last Moon Walk
Nearing the sad 40th anniversary of mankind's last visit to the lunar suface, Moon Zoo has begun a project to let anyone with Web access do real scientific research by counting all the craters on the surface.
13:40 May 25, 2010 PST
Will Kangaroo Farts Save the World?
Bacteria found in Kangaroo stomachs produce no methane, a powerful greenhouse gas which is generated in vast quantities by sheep and cattle.
06:05 May 21, 2010 PST
Social Network Fans Flock to New Browser
Flock social media browser builds on Mozilla technology to offer free optimized browser for bloggers, and other social networking users.
13:40 May 14, 2010 PST
Home Garden 1.0 - Frost-Free Days
Spring has sprung and it is time to get out of the garden shed/workroom, and into the yard. A look at what to plant when, and how to further prepare new garden soil.
12:01 May 14, 2010 PST
Call for Different Mental Health Treatment of UK Military Personnel
Studies have shown that, contrary to media reports, alcohol abuse is the bigger problem for regular service personnel while post-traumatic stress syndrone is more common in reservists returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
06:20 May 14, 2010 PST
GOLD! It REALLY is all that Glitters Today!
Gold reaches new highs while TV news misses the real story and can't even get the basic numbers right.
06:56 May 13, 2010 PST
Maternal Mortality Jumps in U.S., Denmark, Austria, Canada and Norway
Little progress has been made during a 20-year effort to reduce maternal mortality and the U.S. is actually doing worse. The world's only super power is a more dangerous place for a woman to give birth than is Croatia.
06:51 May 7, 2010 PST
Home Garden 101 - The No Work Food Garden!
Gardening doesn't have to be hard work week in and week out all spring and summer - some food plants survive even harsh winters. Planting perennials mean you pick year after year with little work.
18:10 Apr 5, 2010 PST
U.S. House Addresses China's Rare Earth Monopoly
Rare Earth metals are critical for production of everything from wind turbines and radar to cell phones and iPads - even CFL and LED lights. China owns 95% plus of all the world's REE's. The U.S. House is now addressing this dangerous situation.
09:30 Apr 5, 2010 PST
Home Garden 101 - Best Seed Catalog
Bountiful Gardens' catalog offers varieties in a single package letting you try out new vegetables at low cost. Their seeds are also open polinated for sustainable gardening.
12:37 Mar 12, 2010 PST
Comparing Congress to Volunteer Firemen
How Washington really works, an analogy. Why do they argue while the country is burning and why aren't political contributions bribes?
14:26 Mar 6, 2010 PST
Please Rob Me - A Twit and their Money are Soon Mugged!
Showing you can't spell 'twitter' without 'twit' one site is proving that people are too free with personal information by listing the homes which are vacant at the moment and waiting to be burglarized.
06:29 Mar 6, 2010 PST
Company Reply to Rare Earth Story
Lynas Corp asked me to emphasize that, although what I wrote was completely true, their sale to China was eventually blocked and the company has recently received funding through other sources.
14:15 Feb 23, 2010 PST
Nuclear Power, Getting Perspective - Other Concerns
Nuclear power plants last 60 years, wind turbines 20-25. So, how is short lifecycle really a reason to avoid nuclear power? And how are we going to recycle all those wind farms?
10:27 Feb 18, 2010 PST
Nuclear Power, Getting Perspective - Blaming 40 Year-Old Technology
Many objections to building new nuclear power plants refer to 30-40 year old technology. Consider what computers were like even 30 years ago and you will see how silly that is.
06:31 Feb 18, 2010 PST
Nuclear Power, Getting Perspective - Water Use vs. Consumption
Nuclear and coal power plants use a lot of water, but so do hydroelectric plants, but most of the water just goes back where it came from and some evaporates.
14:04 Feb 17, 2010 PST
Nuclear Power, Getting Perspective - Three Mile Island
TMI, how the worst civilian nuclear reactor accident proved how safe even older reactors actually were. The count? Dead 0. Injured 0.
12:45 Feb 17, 2010 PST
High-Paying Green Jobs in U.S. - Another Fantasy?
With or without federal support there will be green jobs created in the U.S., but will most of them be basic blue collar assembly jobs and will the factories be owned by foreign companies? Do we even have a choice?
09:19 Feb 16, 2010 PST
Fools and their Money - How to Make a Million Online
Just build a Web page which has a lot of interesting things many people would want to see or buy, then get millions of people to visit your Web site and buy things from you at profitable prices.
11:05 Feb 9, 2010 PST
Phil, the Sadness Beneath the Fur - A One-on-One Interview
In advance of this year's Groundhog Day Weather prediction I am running a two decade-old personal interview I had with Phil. Since the Mesmerizing Meterological Marmot is immortal, I believe this interview is still relevant.
12:49 Jan 28, 2010 PST
Renewable vs Practical Electricity Obama Finally Embraces Nuclear?
Why are France, China, Russia, and India far ahead of the U.S. in producing clean, safe, carbon neutral nuclear power plants? Are we becomming a second world nation and is it just a short slide to third-world energy status.
09:24 Jan 28, 2010 PST
Groundhog Day, Phamous Phallic Phil and other Statues Around Town
Phil abounds all year around the town with statues ranging from a lifesize bronze beside the police station to a dozen or more giants in fiberglass, each with a distinct personality from banker to handyman to Phallic Phil.
07:03 Jan 27, 2010 PST
One Corporation - Many Votes?
If corporations are legal entities and the Supreme Court says they have free speech, then why aren't they restricted to spending the same amount as any individual citizen?
11:48 Jan 26, 2010 PST
Groundhog Day, A Look at Downtown and Where to Eat
The rain is over and show once more covers Gobbler's know and the rest of the region. One thing you gotta do on a trip to GHD is walk around Punxsutawney to see what's left of the old town and chat with fellow groundhog fans.
09:29 Jan 26, 2010 PST
Fools and Their Money - Free Credit Reports, DON'T Pay for Them!
Credit ratings, what they mean and what if anything you can do to make yours better are large topics which I will explore in multiple Fool reports.
07:59 Jan 25, 2010 PST
Fools and Their Money - What TV Gold Buyers Actually Pay
Consumers are complaining, magazines are running tests, and the results aren't favorable for those wanting to sell their scrap gold.
10:33 Jan 22, 2010 PST
Fools and Their Money - Is Scrap Gold Mail Order a Rip Off?
Why would anyone put gold in a clearly marked envelope and send it off to some complete stranger? It could get lost, the buyer could SAY it got lost, or they could give you short weight, and, if all else fails, they will only pay about 15%.
06:25 Jan 22, 2010 PST
Groundhog Day - Planning to Party Down
Young or old, it is time to start making plans if you are going to attend the big annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney. Attending Groundhog Day at least once is considered a right of passage for colleges from Pittsburgh to Penn State.
08:20 Jan 21, 2010 PST
Groundhog Day - Spring Break With Snow!
There is nothing more small town America than the giant annual Groundhog Day party in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Every year people around the world come to the event for a taste of what America USED TO BE LIKE.
08:00 Jan 19, 2010 PST
Salvation Army Quietly Aids Haiti and I.C.R.C. Maintains Family Locator Database
The Salvation Army and Red Cross continue sending aid to Haiti and the International Organization of the Red Cross is maintaining a database for those seeking information about missing relatives.
11:56 Jan 15, 2010 PST
Haiti - Locating Survivors and Family Members
Resources and links to assist in locating friends and family members who were or may have been in the Haiti earthquake disaster area.
19:04 Jan 14, 2010 PST
HON - Health on the Net Protects the Vulnerable and Gullible
The Health On the Net NGO protects those seeking medical information on the web by certifying sites as providing reliable, medically verifiable, and trustworthy health careinformation.
09:53 Jan 13, 2010 PST
Giant 36 -50-inch Amateur Telescopes Offered by Orion
Telescopes big enough to rival those at many of the world's great observatories and universities are soon to be available for home use by amateur astronomers.
17:11 Jan 12, 2010 PST
Fools and Their Money - Picking A Mattress
Credit Unions vs. Big Banks, is it any wonder politicians have created a 'better' banking system used by most federal and state employees? You can use it too and save on outrageous bank fees as well as getting better loan and savings rates.
12:06 Jan 12, 2010 PST
Unusual Winter Extra Hard on Small Farm Animals
With day after day of relentless snow and below normal temperatures even animals used to bad weather are urgently seeking food and unfrozen water.
13:29 Jan 11, 2010 PST
Just what DO they say about high-fructose corn syrup?
What 'they' say is that HFCS is found in far too many processed foods, teens and kids eat too much of it, and many commercial sources have been found to be contaminated with mercury.
13:46 Jan 8, 2010 PST
Obama's Hidden Infrastructure Agenda
Is Washington failing to pour money into highway and bridge repairs part of a plan to generate popular demand for public transportation?
08:15 Jan 8, 2010 PST
Warning Against Buying Fake Gold Coins as An Investment
Gold may be a good investment, but could the government outlaw private ownership as a prelude to devaluing the dollar? How about silver as an alternative?
18:02 Jan 6, 2010 PST
Fools and their Money - Fool's Gold!
Some gold coins are an investment. Others are nothing but hype containing so little gold it is virtually worthless. The more they are advertised on TV, the less likely they are to be a good deal.
12:24 Jan 5, 2010 PST
Fools and their Money - Investment Advisors
What motivates TV business shows and business magazines/newspapers to keep touting stock advisors who make terrible picks?
07:43 Jan 1, 2010 PST
Fools and their Money - Secret Shoppers
Secret or Mystery Shopper scams abound, but are there some legitimate business opportunities here? Or they ALL scams?
07:12 Dec 20, 2009 PST
Fools and Their Money - Expensive Space Heaters
A fool and his money are soon parted - advertising gimmicks trick consumers into wasting billions of dollars every year. One prime example is the overpriced space heater promising to save energy.
13:30 Dec 17, 2009 PST
Flu Pandemic - A Perspective on Swine Flu
A summary of the facts and online resources with the latest information on the swine flu pandemic and the H1N1 vaccine.
10:55 Nov 4, 2009 PST
Lies, Damn Lies, and The Flu Vaccine
Calling the H1N1 flu vaccine a NEW vaccine is highly misleading and downright dishonest but you have to actually think to get it straight.
06:59 Nov 3, 2009 PST
Nuclear Real Cost/Benefit Not Recognized Energy Fair Group Only 5-10 Individuals
Coal mining, on the other hand, results in vast mountains of polluting tailings, equally or larger vast sludge ponds such as that which result from the virtually unregulated fly ash dumping near U.S. coal-fired power plants.
16:25 Nov 2, 2009 PST
Statins Effective In Preventing Some H1N1 Deaths
A recent report given at 47th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) indicates that statin class drugs reduce the risk of death in some patients with Swine Flu
06:57 Nov 2, 2009 PST
After the Moon Test, NASA Lays Another Egg
NASA next-generation Ares space vehicle test was apparently completely successful; it was also about as exciting as a coddled egg. Anyone ever heard of P.T. Barnum?
10:08 Oct 28, 2009 PST
H5N1 Paranoia Strikes Deep But How About Some Evidence Or Names?
Virtually unknown and apparently now unemployed science writer claims there is a conspiracy to infect the world with bird flu through forced flu vaccinations. She fails to name names or give details but does believe in UFO's.
07:21 Oct 27, 2009 PST
Review NBC The Jay Leno Show
Was this proof that sometimes you should just exit gracefully, or a powerful demonstration that Mr. Leno REALLY needs those writers? Either way, The Jay Leno Show laid the biggest egg in the primetime lineup so far this year.
09:37 Sep 15, 2009 PST
H1N1 Swine Flu - Which Children are at Highest Risk
Study shows children with neurological conditions such as developmental delay or cerebral palsy are the ones who are most at risk for serious complications if they catch the swine flu. Otherwise healthy children who have or contract a bacterial i
11:31 Sep 8, 2009 PST
When Pigs Fly - The Real Threat From Influenza
Bird Flu is deadly but hard to catch. Swine Flu is easy to catch but not very dangerous. What would happen if the two got together? That is the scary threat facing every one this winter.
13:58 Sep 3, 2009 PST
Preparing Schools and Businesses for Influenza
The Flu: DO Update Prepare, DON'T Panic. The most important step you can take to manage both swine flu and seasonal flu this winter (in northern areas) is to plan ahead and make basic preperations before the first person coughs.
10:00 Sep 3, 2009 PST
H5N1 Flu Poses Threat to Brain Health
According to recently-published research,H5N1 has the potential to cause brain damage and possibly trigger Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases years after initial infection.
15:01 Aug 19, 2009 PST
Now Category 4 'Wild' Bill May Threaten New England
If everything goes wrong, Hurricane Bill could pass very close to the coast of New England. This powerful tropical storm is now a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson.
08:25 Aug 19, 2009 PST
Hot Links for Tropical Weather Fans
Moving beyone local TV weather reports or even The Weather Channel, people who are really in tropical storms and other weather need to know about the treasure trove of information available online from NOAA.
10:09 Aug 17, 2009 PST
Palin - FaceBook Prophet? Or Just an Orwell and P.T. Barnum Fan?
Newspeak, the big lie, and 'Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.' Is the resigned governor really on to some big conspiracy? Or just recycling 19th and 20th Century political expediency.
12:03 Aug 16, 2009 PST
Osteoporosis Drug May Fight Flu
Two Relenza osteoporosis drugs may be effective in slowing the replication of flu viruses and therefore may be useful in treating H1N1, H5N1, and other influenza strains.
15:50 Aug 14, 2009 PST
Gigantic British Car Show This Weekend
Giant British car show held every summer in Indiana PA is on for this comming weekend. One of the largest gathering of classic and collector British-made cars runs from August 7 through August 8 in Western Pennsylvania.
07:39 Aug 6, 2009 PST
Is the Fast Spread of Swine Flu Good?
Could there be a big upside to the fast spread of the H1N1 flu virus this summer? YES, many more people are going to be immune this comming flu season.
07:11 Jul 25, 2009 PST
More Health Care Scare Tactics
Some anti-health care commercials make obviously, even insultingly false claims. Taxes never make anyone healthy? What, not tobacco taxes? Medicare taxes? NO taxes, EVER? Could they be exaggerating just a TINY bit?
08:05 Jul 23, 2009 PST
Pandemic Preparedness - Information You Can Use
The flu is mostly out of the news but now is the time when smart parents begin to prepare for school closings and having sick or well children at home this winter - whether we have a serious pandemic flu or just a seasonal outbreak.
09:23 Jul 22, 2009 PST
The Health Care Scare
6 months ago 60% of people wanted health care reform. Now a lot fewer people are in favor of change. What happened? Did they get insurance? Or did they get scared by paid pundits and politicians who already have govt healthcare?
05:57 Jul 21, 2009 PST
Do REAL Astronomy Online - Today!
Anyone can do real astronomy online at any time. Great project for groups, or individuals deeply interested in astronomy but without the resources to do real research such as looking for a nova or commet.
13:00 Jul 6, 2009 PST
Dog Friendly Travel and Vacation Locations
Some major chains also actively seek pet-owning vacationers, among them, La Quinta Inns/Suites, Holiday Inn, Motel 6, Red Roof, Best Western, and Marriott.
08:11 Jul 5, 2009 PST
Big Brain Bash in Burgh
American Mensa's big annual party is being held in Pittsburgh, PA this year. The Annual Gathering runs through July 5th.
17:28 Jul 3, 2009 PST
Carbon Emissions - Just Nuke 'Em!
Nuclear power is the ONLY viable option currently available to cut carbon emissions. Solar and wind power can't be scaled up enough and there is no such thing as 'clean' coal.
10:29 Jun 26, 2009 PST
The Wrong Flea/Tick Medicine Can Kill Your Pet
For years people have seen TV ads and store displays offering medicate-it-yourself drops you can put on your pet's neck and back.
09:42 Jun 12, 2009 PST
Nude (Naked Sunbathing and camping) - New England
Nudist resorts are a great place to enjoy the outdoors, many screen first time guests for criminal records. Even New England offers nudist campgrounds.
06:49 Jun 10, 2009 PST
Nude (Naked Sunbathing) Beaches - Florida
Summer is here and vacation is the name of the game, but cheap is also in this year - what better way to save $100 per family member than to skip that new bathing suit?
07:42 Jun 8, 2009 PST
Stop the Auto Insanity!
Will Americans buy small cars? What alternative will they have if that is all that can be sold? Will soccer moms switch to Harleys or 10-speeds if they can't buy Chevy Suburbans?
09:25 Jun 3, 2009 PST
Current List of Closing Car Dealers
GM and Chrysler dealers are folding and there are bargains to be had for the car buyer while communities face massive economic impact. Some GM dealers have admitted their loss of status, but others are not so forthcomming.
09:11 May 26, 2009 PST
Drug Targets Killer Cytokine Storm From Flu
Researchers report that a drug can fight the cytokine storm which is the real killer in highly dangerous influenza strains such as H5N1. This could potentially save millions of lives during a severe pandemic.
12:24 May 22, 2009 PST
When (not IF) the Dollar is 'Officially' Devalued
California voter's refusal to pay their own way may be the final nail in the coffin that houses the U.S. dollar. With debts gigantic and mounting. Politicians refusing to raise taxes. Can devaluation be far away?
10:27 May 20, 2009 PST
California. Is it now a third world country?
60% of California voters rejected Gov. Schwarzenegger's bid to pay the state's bills through fiscal responsibility. Are these the dumbest people on the planet? Or the smartest? For decades they got theirs - do the rest of us now get the bill?
09:39 May 20, 2009 PST
Fixing American Cars - Meeting Fuel Standards the Easy Way
Better cars, better gas mileage, both can be easy. So is increased safety - the only real price is fewer dead teenagers.
10:37 May 19, 2009 PST
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