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Sunday, December 26, 2010

The war on terror is heating up....

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Bhut Jolokia plant in the ground at the prop...Image via Wikipedia

The war on terror is heating up.....

The war on terror is heating up...
By Peter Petterson
First published at Qondio::p
The post of the week:
The Indian military has a new weapon against terrorism - the world's hottestchilli. According to several recent news reports, the country has decided to use the bhut jolokia or "ghost chilli" to make tear gas -like hand grenades to immobolise its enemies.
The pungent pepper was confirmed by Guiness World Records in 2006 as the world's spiciest. Its grown in India's northeast for its taste, as a cure for stomach problems and as a way to to fight the heat-cooling the body through sweat and evaporated heat as blood rushes to the face. It has more than 1,000,000Scoville Heat Units, the measurements of a chilli's spiciness; thats 200 times hotter than the average tabasca sauce - a mere 2500-8000 units.
Real hot stuff in the campaign against terrorism in the sub-continent.
Hot stuff!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Why it can be great to be a dog...

Two of the most common home animals (pets).Image via Wikipedia

Why it can be great to be a dog...

By Peter Petterson

Firtst published at Qondio

Why it can be great to be a dog...

1/ No-one expects you to take a bath every day.

2/ if it itches, you can scratch it.

3/There's no such thing as bad food

4/ A rawhide bone can entertain you for hours.

5/ If you grow hair in weird places, no one notices.

6/You can lie around for hours without being fired.

7/ You don't get into trouble for putting your head in a stranger's lap.

8/ You're always excited to see the same people.

9/ Having big feet is considered an asset.

10/Puppy love can last.

An idea from Dawn Dressler.

A dog's life is not as bad as some claim.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

O Christmas Tree Cake...

O Christmas Tree Cake

  • This Christmas tree cake, inspired by the Christmas carol, gives you the chance to decorate the Christmas tree twice -- and is as delicious as it is beautiful.
Christmas Tree Cake
Lauren Jepsen Mace
Decorating the Christmas tree is so fun, why not do it twice this year by decorating a Christmas tree cake, too? Though seemingly complex, we assure you this evergreen treat is a cinch to decorate. (And we suspect "chopping it down" will be even easier.)

To make this cake, start with a batch of Fluffy Yellow Cake and one batch of Buttercream Frosting for Decorating. Bake the cake in a 9 by 13-inch pan. (If using store-bought frosting, I recommend Duncan Hines, which has a good consistency. Do not use whipped topping, which tends to droop.)

Gather the following supplies, then get started:
-M&M's, Skittles or other small colorful candies
-1 package fruit tape, such as Fruit by the Foot (preferably strawberry)
-Colorful cake decorating decors, such as Cake Mate's Snowflakes, Hollyberry & Leaves and Christmas Tree Sequins or Betty Crocker's Stars
-Small star-shaped candle, such as Cake Mate's Star Light Party Candles
-Green food coloring (such as Wilton food coloring gel)
-Parchment or wax paper
-Pastry bag with star-shaped cake tip (#21 or #22)

After you've finished checking out this cake, be sure to see our other Christmas desserts, including a whimsical Santa Cake, Gingerbread Men made from cupcakes, and our Classic Christmas dessert recipes. Also see Gail Simmons's Christmas Dessert suggestions. Plus Christmas decorating and craft ideas from Holidash.

Read more: http://www.kitchendaily.com/2010/12/01/o-christmas-tree-cake/#ixzz18L8BBoOT
Acknowledgements:  Lauren Jepsen Mace
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

I invite you to visit my group blogs...

Blogs on JoopeAImage via Wikipedia

I invite you to visit my group blogs...

:pAn invitation dear reader; Please visit my group blogs.
Hope you come and visit, make a comment or three, and give me some advice on how to improve my blogs.
Takes awhile to build up a readership following. They say it can take up to a year to achieve this. I hope not. I hope to have thousands of readers in a week or two. LOL
See you at the blogsites!

http://huttriver.blog.co.uk   KIWIPETE'S main blogsite

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The ladies specials - womens only trains in India...

Ankleshwar railway stationImage by Umang Dutt via Flickr

The ladies specials - womens only trains in India...

:)After decades of harassment by male passengers, who have insulted, groped,pinched and lewdly stared at them, women travelers on India's over-crowded commuter trains will, in some cases, get their own trains.
In response to the rising complaints by women, the Indian government has decided in certain circumstances to remove men altogether, reports from the Calcutta newspaper,'The Telegraph' claims.
As a result in India's four major cities, New Delhi, Mumbai,Chennai and Calcutta - a limited number of "Ladies Specials" will be reserved exclusively for women. passengers are very pleased at the decision.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Scanner-proof underpants hitting the markets...

Scanner-proof underpants hit the market

A Colorado company is addressing privacy and health concerns about full-body scanners in US airports with an innovative new product.
Rocky Flats Gear is selling 'anti-radiation underwear', reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
The underpants have a fig leaf pattern on the front, which as well as keeping private parts, well, private during a body scan, is also made of fabric that blocks "natural and man-made radiation."
Customers can choose from the 'Patriot' 3 pack of men's boxer shorts, briefs and a 'Velvet Privacy Bra' for women.
The Transport Security Administration (TSA) has insisted that the full-body scan pose no health risks.
"We want to work with industry to make sure we have the safest machines available. That is the bottom line. They are safe for everyday use," TSA chief John Pistole told MSNBC television.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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One for the birds here...

Male Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) in-flig...Image via WikipediaHere's one for the boffins: Did you know that in terms of body lengths per second, a diving hummingbird actually flies faster than a fighter jet? Yes, according to the University of California,Berkeley, USA.

Christopher Clark filmed the courtship rituals of male Anna's hummingbirds and calculated that when swooping to impress females, "the feathered acrobats reached speeds of almost 400 body lengths per second."

Such a speed is comparatively "greater than that of fighter jet", at full throttle, says Clark. When pulling up at the end of its dive, the bird is subject to a force of ten times the pull of gravity - more than fighter pilots can stand without losing consciousness.

So much for mere humans - one for the birds here!:wave::idea:

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

AAADD - know the symptoms...

Ritalin (photograph)Image via Wikipedia

AAADD- know the symptoms...

Thank goodness there's a name for this disorder. Somehow I feel better, even though I have it!!
Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A..A.D.D. -
This is how it manifests itself:
I decide to water my garden.
As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.
As I head towards the garage, I notice post on the porch table that I picked up from the postman earlier.
I decide to go through it before I wash the car.
I put my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the recycling box under the table, and notice that the recycling box is full.
So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the recycling first.
But then I think, since I'm going to be near the postbox when I take out the recycling paper anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.
I take my cheque book off the table and notice that there is only one cheque left.
My extra cheques are in the desk in my study, so I go into the house to my desk where I find the cup of tea I'd been drinking.
I'm going to look for my cheques but first I need to push the tea aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.
The tea is getting cold, and I decide to make another cup..
As I head toward the kitchen with the cold tea, a vase of flowers on the work-top catches my eye - the flowers need water.
I put the tea on the work-top and discover my glasses that I've been searching for all morning.
I decide I'd better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers..
I put the glasses back down on the work-top, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote control. Someone left it on the kitchen table.
I realise that tonight when we go to watch TV,I'll be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.
I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.
So, I put the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.
Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day:
The car isn't washed
The bills aren't paid
There is a cold cup of tea sitting on the kitchen work-surface
The flowers don't have enough water,
There is still only 1 cheque in my cheque book,
I can't find the remote,
I can't find my glasses,
And I don't remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all bloody day and I'm really tired.
I realise this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.....
Do me a favour. Forward this message to everyone you know, Because I can't remember who the hell I've sent it to.
Don't laugh - if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!!
Acknowledgements: Barbara, Taita

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Monday, November 22, 2010

A big thank you to Robin Williams and others who have made donations to the Canterbury earthquake fund...

American comedian Robin Williams at "Stan...Image via WikipediaA big thank you to Robin Williams and others :D who have made donations to the Canterbury earthquake fund...

Robin Williams, American actor and comedian, mixed comic relief with earthquake relief at his recent show in Christchurch, New Zealand recently.

And Williams announced that all proceeds from his recent stand-up comedy performance at the C B S Canterbury Arena would go to earthquake rebuilding projects.

The money is to be shared between the Canterbury quake fund administered by the Red Cross and the Christchurch City Council's mayoral building fund.

He said it was devastating what happened in Christchurch, but from what he learned, the people there are incredibly resilient. The first quake of 7.1 magnitude would have been traumatic enough, but he understood that since then, the people of Christchurch have experienced close to 3000 aftershocks. The quake and aftershocks were an "unmanageable trauma".
Robin Williams hoped his donation would go some way to help the rebuilding effort in the city. Red Cross national marketing manager, Paul Socringe , said Williams donation was wonderful news.

The earthquake fund had now reached about $19.4 million dollars, of which $4.4 million had already been paid out. Applications for another $2.5 million had also been received.

A group of Kiwis working in London had raised $15,000 towards the earthquake fund too.
Donations had peaked, aside from the Robin Williams show, Band together CD sales and corporate grants.

Mr Socringe said they wanted to communicate thank-you messagas to all concerned to the rest of NZ on behalf of Canterbury, and to Canterbury for the generosity that has come through. He said it was quite amazing.

As a Canterbury boy myself, despite being away for forty odd years, I don't find it unusual at all. I would like to thank everybody who has made donations as well. There is a huge task to rebuild Christchurch and surrounding districts - the face of the city will never be the same.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Victim's mum cried herself to paralysis...

Murder Memorial Queen Street 02Image via WikipediaVictims mum cried herself to paralysis...
The mother of murder victim Yi Ren cried so much she deprived her brain of oxygen, leaving half her body paralysed.
The High Court has today heard the mother of murder victim Yi Ren cried so much she deprived her brain of oxygen, leaving half her body paralysed.
Ms Ren was stabbed seven times in her Auckland apartment in September 2008
Her killer Peng Cheng Tian was today sentenced to a minimum ten years behind bars
Justice Douglas White read out the victim impact statement from Ms Ren's sister, who said not only was her mother now paralysed, but her father was hospitalised with a heart condition after the murder.
Ms Ren and Tian had been friends, but relations had soured over money.
This is such a sad story.
Acknowledgements: © 2010 NZCity, NewsTalkZB
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

An exaggerated swing of their young gay hips upsets the Buddhist hierarchy

The buddhist temple Wat Arun in Bangkok.Image via WikipediaIt has been reported from Bangkok that a number of new monks in Thailand have been 'sullying' the reputation of the more conservative Buddhist faith's hierarchy  by wearing lipstick,overly tightening their robes, and walking with an exaggerated swing of the hips and carrying handbags. Concern over the behaviour of these gay novices has apparently  moved religious authorities to propose training monks in matters of decorum. A leading Buddhist preacher explained that homosexuality in itself is not banned  among monks, 'otherwise more than half of them would be defrocked".
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Did he think his wife talked too much - Aussie monster cut off his wife's tongue...

An aerial view of the Barossa Valley in South ...Image via WikipediaDid he think she talked too much - Aussie monster cut off his wife's tongue after argument...:##

An Australian man allegedly cut off his de-facto partner's tongue and sliced her mouth open during a vicious early-morning attack in her home.

Mohammed Tasleem Tahir appeared in Southport Magistrate's Court yesterday, charged with torture, acts intended to maim and disfigure and grievous bodily harm, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports.

Court documents reveal the victim, Catherine Cameron, moved to the Gold Coast from South Australia six months ago after ending her relationship with Tahir.

The 20-year-old changed her name and telephone number, with the intent of starting "afresh".
But police allege Tahir confronted Ms Cameron in her unit around 1.30am on Saturday morning, telling her he wanted to "repair" their relationship.

Instead, he allegedly held her in a headlock while bashing her with an empty alcohol bottle.

He then pulled out a knife and cut her tongue and mouth. Ms Cameron was taken to hospital, suffering from a 4cm gash on the left side of her mouth and a 2cm gash on the right
She also suffered a fractured eye socket and will need a metal plate to be inserted.

Tahir then allegedly tried to strangle Ms Cameron on her bed and only stopped when she feigned losing consciousness and went limp.

Neighbours called police when they heard commotion in Ms Cameron's apartment.

The case has been adjourned until November 27.

Acknowledgements: MSN News

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