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      December, 2001

A Chip Off the Sun

See fantastic Picture of December's Solar Flare

Sun Earth

December 12, 2001: On Friday, Dec. 14th, the Sun over Costa Rica and Nicaragua will dim -- but not because of cloudy weather. Those countries are in the direct path of an annular (ring-like) solar eclipse. Shortly before the Sun sets over that part of the world, the Moon will glide in front of the Sun covering about 96% of its disk, and a "ring of fire" will emerge around the lunar limb.

Elsewhere in the Americas people will experience a partial eclipse. Whether the Moon takes a little nibble or a big bite out of the Sun depends on where you live. The Sun over the Hawaiian islands, for example, will become a thin (79%) crescent early in the morning Hawaiian time. The event will be less spectacular but still pleasing across the continental United States, where 10% to 60% of the afternoon Sun will be hidden by the Moon.

      November, 2001

On Nov. 18, 2001

Sky watchers somewhere will see a dazzling storm of Leonid meteors.
What's coming on Nov. 18th could be the biggest event since 1966 when North Americans enjoyed a Leonid storm numbering 100,000 shooting stars per hour.

      October, 2001

The War In Afghanistan 47 Questions and Answers and additional links for further Information

Emergency Terrorism and War

      October 22

New NASA Movie Shows Simultaneous North and South Pole Auroras

      October 13

An in depth perspective of our current Global insanity and violence.

The Value of Psychotic Experience by Alan Watts

      October 11

Planetary Waves Break Ozone Holes

Huge planet-girdling atmospheric waves suppress ozone holes over Earth's northern hemisphere.
Most of the world's ozone-destroying pollutants have come from the northern half of our planet. Yet Earth's yawning ozone hole straddles the south pole -- not the north.
Why?

A solar explosion


On Tuesday (Oct. 9th at 1110 UT) hurled a full-halo coronal mass ejection toward Earth.

The expanding cloud, which sped away from the Sun traveling approximately 1000 km/s, could strike our planet's magnetosphere as soon as Thursday, Oct. 11th.
Sky watchers, especially those living above geomagnetic latitude 50 degrees, should remain alert for Northern Lights during the nights ahead. The best time to spot auroras is usually around local midnight.
Visit Space Weather for details and updates.

      October 6

War Begins in Afghanistan.

MAP

This is from The further prophecies of nostradamus' book... The chapter 'the third antichrist' The first paragraph reads "The advent of the Third World War, according to Nostradamus, will be heralded by an attack upon New York City -- city and state -- through both bombs and chemical warfare" the french is then translated "The sky will burn at 45 degrees. Fire approaches the great new city. Immediately huge, scattered flame leaps up."

Yes! This is from a real book, written many years ago.

http://www.zmag.org/ZNET.htm

( Yes! This is going to be a Nasty Global WAR. )

Second person in US tests positive for anthrax. Anthrax found on computer keyboard! 2nd Anthrax Case Found in Florida http://www.cnn.com/2001/HEALTH/10/08/florida.anthrax.case/index.html

WAR-ning
anthrax

Go to: Anthrax Department of Defense
Then Go to:
The Department of Defense Anthrax Vaccination Slowdown notice.
Then go to the Educational Products link
And then to the Anthrax Vacinne Information Statement,
from the CDC Link Read the PDF file.

CDC: www.bt.cdc.gov/Agent/Anthrax/Anthrax.asp

Contact the U.S. Department of Defense 1-877-438-8222
Contact the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: 1-800-232-2522 (English)
1-800-232-0233 (Espanol)

No one has much clarity, as yet, about today's events. In coming days we will have both coverage and analysis. We know a little, only, at this time.

We know, for example, that according to the CIA Fact Book the population of Afghanistan, a few months back, was just under 27 million people. Life expectancy at birth was 47 years. More than two thirds of Afghanistan's citizens were not only unlikely to reach 50 years of age, but were also illiterate. Telephone service and use was sporadic. There were about 100,000 TVs, or less than one for every 200 citizens. In the whole country, there were 24 kilometers of railroad-yes, that's what the CIA site I consulted said-and under 3,000 kilometers of paved road, or roughly the same as a single highway across the U.S. If that's off, the point is still evident. There were ten airports with paved runways. Even worse than the stark poverty of the country, Afghanistan had undergone nearly ten years of war with the Soviet Union and the aftermath of that had been ruinous.

Thus, weeks back UN and other international AID agencies announced that without a substantial effort at relief this winter could see up to 7 million deaths from starvation. Into this already woeful context the U.S. first infused panic that in turn aggravated hunger by demanding that Pakistan close its borders and curtailing food for nearly four weeks. The threat of bombing provoked mass migrations of fearful civilians seeking solace.

Not satisfied with that contribution to this desperate country, the U.S. has now added to the mix B1 and B52 bombers, stealth missiles, and who knows what other deadly ordnance. And having put the population into hysteria and flight, having disrupted meager paths of travel and what little electrification and other services the country had, having closed borders, having curtailed food deliveries, having induced an exodus of AID workers, all at a time of possible calamitous starvation, we have begun dropping along with the bombs enough food to feed about 30,000 people a day, assuming it continues.

Asked whether food was dropped in Taliban regions its been reported that the answer offered was no, so, supposing that was accurate, we are dropping the food in regions covering about 10% of the country. The current strategy of all this is not complex.

First throw the nation into turmoil.

Aggravate conditions of life and death desperation in the population.

Undermine, in that way, support for the Taliban. Collapse the Taliban, and presumably, in time, find and kill bin Laden. Leave to acclaim.

Turn the journalistic cameras in another direction.

Hope the innocent deaths go unnoticed, obscured by the hoopla proclaiming our largesse.

Of course, international law has been violated. Worse, the mechanism for attaining illegal vigilante prosecution has been a policy which knowingly and predictably will kill many, perhaps even huge numbers of innocent civilians. We take access to food away from millions and then give food back to tens of thousands while bombing the society into panic and dissolution.

This is terrorism, attacks on civilians to gain political ends, with a patina of public relations. It is utmost injustice, masked by utmost obfuscation.

Why?

The answer is not to reduce the prospects of terror attacks.

Everyone says their likelihood will increase, in fact, both out of short term desire to retaliate, and, over the longer haul, due to producing new reservoirs of hate and resentment.

The answer is not to get justice.

Vigilantism is not justice but the opposite, undermining international norms of law.

The answer is not to reduce actual terror endured by innocent people.

Our actions are themselves hurting civilians, perhaps in multitudinous numbers.

No, all the rhetoric aside, the answer is that the U.S. wishes to send a message and to establish a process.

The message, as usual, is don't mess with us.

We have no compunction about wreaking havoc on the weak and desperate.

The process, also not particularly original since Ronald Regan and George Bush senior had similar aspirations, is to legitimate a "war on terrorism" as a lynchpin rationale for both domestic and international policy-making.

This "war on terrorism" is meant to serve like the Cold War did.

We fight it with few if any military losses.

We use it to induce fear in our own population and via that fear to justify all kinds of elite policies from reducing civil liberties, to enlarging the profit margins of military industrial firms, to legitimating all manner of international polices aimed at enhancing U.S. power and profit, whether in the MidEast or elsewhere.

The coming days are not going to be easy. The attacks of Sept 11 produced immediate fear and reflex nationalism devoid of attention to evidence and logic.

But progressive voices were heard, and were making great progress, opening ever wider constituencies to consider broader issues of international policy and prospects.

There will be a reversal in that momentum in the next few days, but if progressive voices persist, lost ground will quickly be regained.

Questions as to the morality and rationality of answering huge and awful Sept 11 terror with even greater terror, of answering barbaric calamity with barbaric catastrophe, of answering ignorant fanaticism with highly educated jingoism will surface, and such questions will begin to turn back the tide of this militarism.

Z Magazine

      September, 2001

      September 17

Gunmen Raid Colombian Village

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Members of a right-wing paramilitary group raided a Colombian village early Sunday and killed at least 11 people, authorities said.

National Police spokeswoman Jenny Alvarado said up to 15 people may have been executed in the early morning massacre near the township of Falan, some 74 miles west of the capital, Bogota.

Fighters from the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, killed the villagers after accusing them of working with leftist guerrillas, said Tolima Police Col. Ciro Chitiva.

Authorities from the attorney general's office and the government's human rights office were heading to the region in Tolima state to investigate. Police said four people were badly injured in the massacre.

The U.S. State Department last week placed the 8,000-strong AUC on its list of worldwide terrorist organizations. Two leftist rebel armies in Colombia are also included in the list of 31 terrorist groups.

The AUC is waging a brutal massacre and assassination campaign against the guerrillas and those suspected of sympathizing with them.

Sunday's massacre is one the largest slayings committed by the AUC since the emergence of its new leader, Salvatore Mancuso. Even though the AUC is blamed for most of the human rights abuses committed in Colombia, Mancuso said in a recent interview that his fighters don't kill innocent people.

At least 3,000 civilians die every year in the South American country's 37-year-old conflict.

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Dawn of a New Ozone Hole

Last-year's ozone hole was a record-setter: it grew to be three times larger in area than the entire land mass of the United States. The hole was so far-reaching it exposed towns in southern Chile and Argentina to elevated levels of ultraviolet sunlight.

This year's hole has been opening since mid-August, and it appears to be another big one. "Right now it's too early in the season to say anything definitive about how [the 2001] hole will come out. But we can say that it will be a big ozone hole, like it has been the last few years," says Paul Newman, an atmospheric physicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

"It will certainly exceed 25 million square kilometers in size," he says. In comparison, the North American continent is about 21.5 million square kilometers.

      September 11

Hijacked Planes Destroy Twin Towers, Burn Pentagon

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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, three hijacked planes slammed into the Pentagon (news - web sites) and New York's landmark World Trade Center on Tuesday, demolishing the two 110-story towers that symbolize U.S. financial might.

Horrific scenes of terrified people fleeing the mayhem flashed across TV screens as the mighty twin towers located near the tip of Manhattan imploded one at a time, sending a massive plume of dust and smoke billowing over the city.

No death toll was immediately available but officials feared the number could climb into the thousands, as 40,000 people alone worked in the steel and glass Trade Center.

New York officials said hundreds of firefighters and police may have perished trying to save others.

World leaders condemned the attack and vowed to stand together against international terrorism. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called the strikes a ``declaration of war against the civilized world.''



A Palestinian guerrilla fires from his rifle, as children dance around him at Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp near the port city Sidon in south Lebanon September 11, 2001. Palestinians in Lebanon met news of attacks on American targets on Tuesday with jubilant gunfire, dancing and cheering, saying Israel's chief backer deserved such a punishment. (Ali Hashisho/Reuters)

NEW COUNTERING THE CHANGING THREAT OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM

Throughout our deliberations, we were mindful of several important points:



The imperative to find terrorists and prevent their attacks requires energetic use of all the legal authorities and instruments available. Terrorist attacks against America threaten more than the tragic loss of individual lives. Some terrorists hope to provoke a response that undermines our Constitutional system of government. So U.S. leaders must find the appropriate balance by adopting counterterrorism policies which are effective but also respect the democratic traditions which are the bedrock of America's strength. Combating terrorism should not be used as a pretext for discrimination against any segment of society. Terrorists often claim to acton behalf of ethnic groups, religions, or even entire nations.These claims are false. Terrorists represent only a minuscule faction of any such group. People turn to terrorism for various reasons. Many terrorists act from political, ideological, or religious convictions. Some are simply criminals for hire. Others become terrorists because of perceived oppression or economic deprivation. An astute American foreign policy must take into account the reasons people turn to terror and, where appropriate and feasible, address them. No cause, however, justifies terrorism. Terrorists attack American targets more often than those of any other country. America's pre-eminent role in the world guarantees that this will continue to be the case, and the threat of attacks creating massive casualties is growing. If the United States is to protect itself, if it is to remain a world leader, this nation must develop and continuously refine sound counterterrorism policies appropriate to the rapidly changing world around us.

Financial workers

Many of those killed and injured in the New York attacks are likely to be financial workers, including, possibly, key figures from banking and trade.

Several top financial institutions had offices in the World Trade Center, including investment bank Morgan Stanley, which was the building's largest tenant with 25 floors, Switzerland's Credit Suisse Group, Germany's Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank and Bank of America.

The forty seven storey Salomon Brothers building next to the devastated twin towers of the World Trade Centre collapsed on Tuesday evening after catching fire.

      September 1

The Why file guide to Stem Cells

the federal government plans to announce its first grants for studying human embryonic stem cells, which can form almost any type of human cell. In theory, stem cells could treat or even cure many gruesome diseases.

But even before the cash spigot opens, the government may close it -- or even try to limit research on human embryonic stem cells, the more promising and controversial type of stem cell. The stakes are huge. Stem cells can transform themselves into literally any cell in the body. They could be more important to medicine than impact wrenches to a grease monkey.

      August 2001


Several recent breaking news stories, all exposing massive, industry-enabled government surveillance of private citizens, were greeted with surprise in most quarters, but not at this desk, where I've regularly warned of the inevitable approach of such surveillance for years. My friends considered me a bit of a crank on the subject, and an alarmist to boot. The sort of massive electronic intrusion by government into the lives of citizens I was predicting could never happen in a free society, they said.

      July 2001

Methane Buildup Predicted in Superstorm Book Confirmed

Scientists have discovered that the same massive release of methane into the atmosphere that caused sudden climate change 14,000 years ago has already started to happen again. At that time, there was a sudden, devastating change in earth’s climate. It took place when dramatic drops in temperature followed an equally dramatic temperature spike. Naturally occurring global warming had been taking place for some time, when a massive release of methane into the atmosphere sped the process up, causing a worldwide spike in temperatures..... More

Red Cross Prepares for Sudden Climate Change

The international Red Cross/Red Crescent is rethinking its disaster relief plans in light of global warming. The number of geophysical disasters, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, has remained fairly steady over the past decade. But disasters caused mainly by weather -- including avalanches, landslides and extreme temperatures -- have more than doubled in the second half of the last decade............. More

Why is AmeriKa The Prison nation of the world?

Click on a state to see how much its incarceration rate has grown, how its spending on prisons and higher education has changed, what proportion of its prisoners are drug offenders, and the racial disparity between its general and prison populations.

The War on Drugs is just money down the drain.

June 2001

Mars 2001 Hubble Image

How stuff works

      May 2001

Most Censored News! Censored News

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May 16, 2001

Death of Democracy

      APRIL 2001

April 19, 2001

"Bush is the worst president for the environment since Ronald Reagan."

Globalization & the FTAA: It's about corporate wealth, stupid by Dalton Camp

April 15, 2001

Mega Solar Flares hits Earth....AGAIN!!

Powerful Easter Sunday Solar Flare


One of the most powerful solar flares ever recorded (an X14-class explosion) erupted near sunspot group 9415 today, climaxing a two-week spate of X-class flares from that active region. The source of the explosion is near the Sun's western limb, so the blast was directed mostly away from Earth. That's a good thing because today's flare was nearly as powerful as one in 1989 that triggered the collapse of a power grid in Canada -- no such calamities are expected this time.
A moderate radiation storm is in progress.
For details and updates, please visit SpaceWeather.com

April 14, 2001

The Toxic Texan

CRAWFORD, TEXAS - April 13 - Three Greenpeace activists anchored themselves to a water tower in President Bush’s home town today, with a 20x30-foot banner reading, "Bush: the Toxic Texan. Don’t Mess with the Earth." Marking the first political demonstration in the tiny town of Crawford since Bush took office, the international environmental group took this action to deliver a pre-Earth Day (April 22) protest message to President Bush, who is currently vacationing on his Texas ranch in Crawford.

WARNING!

Is our Sacred PLANET so toxic that Hir is no longer able to sustain Healthy life?

Unsafe for Mice or Men

RAY REYNOLDS is dying at age 43 from toxins that seeped into his nerve cells from 16 years of working at a Texas chemical plant. Now it has spread to his brain. "They told me," he says of his bosses, "there were no long-term problems from exposure." They lied. They have been lying to all of us, workers and consumers alike. Last night, Americans learned they are being poisoned. And they learned that the perpetrators have known about the poisonings for 50 years and have spent millions of dollars to keep us from finding out. "It was a story we never were supposed to know," Bill Moyers says in his PBS special, "Trade Secrets," which premiered last night. Moyers brings to light thousands of memos and scientific reports that show a vast coverup within America's chemical companies. Industry executives had research showing evidence that chemicals like vinyl chloride caused cancer and other health problems. But, time after time, the companies agreed to keep the findings from the public and their own workers. In one example, an Italian researcher in the early 1970s told the chemical industry that vinyl chloride caused angiosarcoma, a rare liver cancer, in lab animals. His finding was the clearest link to date between an ingredient in plastic and cancer. But the heads of such companies as BF Goodrich, Dow, Shell, Union Carbide and Conoco signed a secrecy agreement to keep the findings from the public. Even when the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health asked the industry to provide all known research on vinyl chloride, among several other chemicals, the industry withheld the findings. In 1974, BF Goodrich announced that four workers in its Louisville, Ky., plant had died of angiosarcoma - but still said nothing about the research linking the cancer to vinyl chloride. I always assumed there was some federal process by which chemical products - from weed killer to furniture polish to plastics - are deemed safe for human use. But there isn't. Of the 15,000 chemicals produced in the United States every year, only 43 percent have ever been properly tested to see if they cause injury to humans. As a result, our bodies are archives of our chemical exposure, dating to birth. For the show, Moyers took part in a nine-person study that tested for 100 chemicals in each person's body during a 24-hour period. Moyers' body contained 84. He had 31 different polychlorinated biphenyls, a now-banned family of chemicals and 13 different dioxins. Except for lead, none of the chemicals existed at the turn of the century. Surely it is no coincidence that breast cancer rates have tripled since 1940, brain cancer among children is up 26 percent, testicular cancer among adolescent men has doubled, learning disabilities have skyrocketed. San Francisco's Andrea Martin, founder and executive director of Breast Cancer Fund, took part in the nine-person study with Moyers. She also had around 80 chemicals in her body. "I was blown away," she said by phone yesterday. "The body is not up to meeting the modern chemistry of our world." For Martin, the issue is personal. She has had breast cancer twice. "Most people think we're being protected. But the industry has controlled the standards. They do the research and then they bury it." We know now we can't trust anything the chemical companies tell us. We must assume chemicals are guilty until proven innocent. And we must assume that unless we regulate the industry, the lab mice in this free-for-all chemical experiment will always be us.

      MARCH 2001

March 30, 2001

Monster Sunspot Hurls Solar Flares Toward Earth

Four solar flares and a pair of powerful magnetic gas clouds spawned in a monster sunspot were headed for Earth on Friday and could affect power systems, satellites and some radio transmissions, a top space weather forecaster said. They might also provide a dazzling display of the northern lights if they arrived at night, said Gary Heckman, senior forecaster for the U.S. Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colorado. ``They're headed our way,'' Heckman said in a telephone interview. ``But these still aren't the barnburner events. ... It will tickle some power systems. Satellite operators will notice.'' The solar flares -- explosions in the sun's atmosphere -- and the fast-moving magnetic gas clouds, known as coronal mass ejections, were hurled at Earth from the biggest sunspot scientists have seen in the past decade. The sunspot was about 86,800 miles in diameter and had about 13 times the surface area of the Earth, according to the National Science Foundation (news - web sites) (NSF) and the U.S. Geological Survey (news - web sites) (USGS (news - web sites)). The spot is so big it can be seen unaided as long as filters are used to protect the eyes from damage, the NSF said in a statement.

Solar Threat:

Massive Energy Headed Towards Earth

The biggest sunspot in 10 years has released an outburst of solar matter that will likely reach Earth on Friday

March 27, 2001

Human ``Mad Cow'' Incubation Period Could Be 30 Years

The findings of the inquiry into a cluster of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) cases--the human version of mad cow disease--suggest the fatal disease has an average incubation period of 30 years and may claim thousands or tens of thousands more victims, a leading scientist warned on Thursday. The inquiry report into five deaths in the English village of Queniborough, Leicestershire, blamed specific butchering methods for contamination of meat with bovine brain and estimated an incubation period of the disease between 10 and 16 years. The report was issued Wednesday. But Professor John Collinge, a member of the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC), which advises the government on mad cow disease or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), told BBC Radio: ``For me the main finding from this report is that the significant exposure appears to pre-date 1985. ``That sent a little chill down my spine, certainly. It fits with our estimates that we have been making of the likely incubation periods of BSE in humans.'' Professor Collinge, a specialist in prion protein diseases at St. Mary's Hospital, London, pointed out: ``The cases we are seeing at the moment are by definition those with the shortest incubation periods.'' Prions are the infectious proteins thought to cause both BSE and vCJD. Therefore, the average incubation period could ``well be in the region of 30 years''. He added: ``Unfortunately what follows from that, since the exposure of the population after 1985 was very much larger than that that preceded it, (is that) many more cases must be in the pipeline. ``We may see thousands, or tens of thousands.''

The UK Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)

      FEBRUARY 2001

February 28, 2001

Prepare for tsunamis

- A strong earthquake measuring 6.8 in magnitude and lasting about 45 seconds rocked Seattle on Wednesday, knocking chunks of masonry from skyscrapers and forcing thousands to flee their homes, schools and offices. The quake at 10:54 a.m. local time (1:55 p.m. EST), which was also felt in Vancouver, British Columbia, to the north and Portland, Ore., to the south, damaged many buildings in the earthquake-prone city of about 500,000 It was the largest quake for Seattle in 36 years, when a 6.5 tremor rocked the region on April 29, 1965. Seattle sits on a fault caused by the Juan de Fuca plate sliding under the continental United States. A 7.1-magnitude temblor in 1949 killed eight people.

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absolute power corrupts absolutely

More than 100 years ago, Lord Acton astutely observed that while power tends to corrupt, "absolute power corrupts absolutely." That's what's wrong with the Supreme Court today.

Limit U.S. Supreme Court terms

Global Warning - 2001



"Most of the earth's people will be on the losing side," Harvard University environmental scientist James J. McCarthy, who co-chaired the panel, told reporters.

The report was a summary of 1,000 pages of research into "Climate Change 2001: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability," conducted by some 700 scientists. Given the political sensitivities of the climate debate, the 19-page summary was subject to line-by-line scrutiny by government representatives during weeklong discussions prior to release.

"Projected climate changes during the 21st century have the potential to lead to future large-scale and possible irreversible changes in Earth systems," with "continental and global consequences," said the report, adding that climate change will lead to:

-- more "freak" weather conditions like cyclones, floods and droughts;

-- massive displacement of populations in the worst-affected areas;

-- potentially enormous loss of life;

-- greater risk from diseases like malaria as the mosquito widens its reach;

-- and extinction of entire species as their habitat is wiped out.

The report said global economic losses from so-called natural catastrophes increased from about $4 billion per year in the 1950s to $40 billion in 1999. Total costs were in reality twice as high, it said.

The Geneva report followed one released last month in Shanghai, China, by the international climate change panel. That predicted that global temperatures could rise by as much as 10.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century.

Researchers are monitoring an enormous iceberg that broke off the Ross Shelf in Antarctica last March in an effort to understand the nature of future breakaway 'bergs. The fragment, called B-15-A, stands approximately 15 stories above the water and is 90 miles long and almost 30 miles wide. Towers have been erected on the iceberg with sensors to monitor its movement and the weather. Hourly updates are sent by satellite to researchers at the University of Chicago, which tracks the iceberg to understand and predict the paths of future icebergs. B-15-A is part of one of the largest icebergs ever recorded to have broken away from Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf. The original iceberg, called B-15, was 180 miles long, but has since broken into two large pieces, B-15-A and B-15-B. Currently, B-15-A is drifting toward McMurdo Sound. The National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station, the largest scientific research station on the continent, is located on Ross Island in the sound.

Bloom where you are planted, and spread the seeds of kindliness and Nurturing throughout your garden of friends.

February 20, 2001

American adolescents of all races and ethnic groups are engaging in a range of activities that significantly place their health at risk, according to researchers. Increasingly younger boys and girls are engaging in sex, using drugs and alcohol, eating fatty junk foods, initiating fights, and seriously contemplating suicide.

As they initiate such behavior earlier they haven't matured enough, and they don't have the decision-making skills to negotiate this behavior--how to refuse or deal with pressure,'' she noted. ``So these findings really make the case for beginning health education at the elementary level. The notion of health education sometimes scares people because they think we're talking about sex. But it's about discussing mental and emotional health, self-esteem, nutrition, talking about poisons, drugs, communication skills, goal-setting, stress-management, and decision-making to help the children make more health-promoting decisions.

February 19, 2001

Medical marijuana: A panel of experts is about to recommend to the National Institutes of Health that smoking pot should be taken seriously as a possible way to treat sick people. an eight-member panel of experts, convened by the National Institutes of Health, is about to send an unprecedented report to NIH Director Dr. Harold E. Varmus suggesting that the medical use of marijuana shows enough promise to warrant more scientific study. The NIH effectively controls marijuana research because one of its branches, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, is the only legal source of the drug for medical experiments.

The panel was convened after voters in California and Arizona passed initiatives in November allowing people to smoke pot legally on their doctor's recommendation. The experts listened to scientific and personal testimony for two days in February, and have been writing and rewriting their formal report ever since.

In the interim, the Arizona legislature has passed a bill setting aside the voter-passed initiative until the Food and Drug Administration gives marijuana the go-ahead for medical use. Last week, federal law-enforcement officials raided a cannabis buyers club in San Francisco. Despite convening the panel, the Clinton administration is constantly reminding doctors that marijuana remains illegal under federal law -- and they risk their licenses and time in jail if they prescribe marijuana

February 16, 2001

Researchers have developed the first material that automatically repairs itself, offering a potential way of fixing the hairline cracks that develop in the space-age composites used in everything from tennis rackets to aircraft.

The scientists' secret: tiny capsules of glue that are added to the composite material.

"It has just an enormous number of applications. That's probably one drawback for me, I don't know which direction to go," Scott White said, a professor of aeronautical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who led the study.

Composite materials consist of fibers of glass, carbon or other substances mixed with a resin. Fiberglass is one type of composite. Some tennis rackets and golf clubs are made of graphite composites.

February 15, 2001

You can't tell by looking, but scientists say the Sun has just undergone an important change. Our star's magnetic field, which extends through the distant reaches of interplanetary space, has flipped.

The Sun's magnetic north pole, which was in the northern hemisphere just a few months ago, now points south. It's a topsy-turvy situation, but not an unexpected one



      January 2001

JANUARY ends with massive earthquakes in india, El Savador. Storms create havic, pesticides in foods, whales beaching themselves, Rain forests being destroyed faster than a blink of a cosmic eye...Looks like we are in for MUCH! more Global changes...Be Prepared Folks....Help others in as many small ways as you can...help them "Be" Prepared...

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January 4, 2001

This morning at 5 o'clock Eastern Standard time (0900 UT) Earth made its annual closest approach to the Sun -- an event astronomers call perihelion. Northerners shouldn't expect any relief from the cold, however. Although sunlight falling on Earth will be slightly more intense today than it is in July, winter will continue unabated.

January 3, 2001

NASDQ Rises 14% :The very worst trying to become the very best, In seconds!

NASDQ Today?

This is the best chance for North American observers to see the Quadrantid meteors until the year 2009.

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