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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Amazing new memory loss breakthroughs...

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B)mind_memory_headAmazing new memory loss breakthroughs, natural foods and do it-yourself secrets that disease proof your your brain and keep your memory razor sharp well into your 50's...60's...70's...and beyond.

Great post to read...but at the end of the day there is a cost. As they say there are no free lunches!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pod of dolphins delights Paremata, Wellington, locals...

B)This pod of dolphins delighted Paremata, Wellington, locals. They had been fishing under the bridges in the Paremata inlet.

This pod attracted crowds of onlookers and prompted locals to make regular visits and even play music to this endangered species of dolphins. There is a close affinity between dolphins and their human friends.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Shocking: The video Sealord and the global tuna industry don't want you to see...

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Today we've released shocking footage of ocean life dying in gruesome ways at the hands of industrial tuna fishers in the Pacific Ocean. When I first saw it I was outraged by the obscene waste of ocean life shown and I think most New Zealanders will be too.

This is the same destructive fishing method used by the fishing fleets that supply Sealord, New Zealand's biggest canned tuna brand. The widespread use of fish aggregation devices (FADs) with purse seine nets is to blame for high levels of bycatch and even threatens the very future of the fishery itself by catching large numbers of baby tuna. Local tuna brands Pams and Greenseas know this and are phasing out tuna caught this way.

The footage was shot by a New Zealand helicopter pilot turned whistleblower, who undertook aerial reconnaissance for tuna boats in the Pacific in 2009. To protect the pilot from reprisals we've disguised his identity.

It is not for the faint hearted, but here is what many tuna fishing vessels bring up with their catch. This is what fishing on FADs looks like:

Read more and view the video from the whistle-blower's revelations:



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Monday, November 14, 2011

Being a man really has its perks...



B)Being a man definitely really has its perks...

  • 1. Your backside is never a factor in a job interview.
    2. Your orgasms are real. Always.
    3. Your last name stays put.
    4. The garage is all yours.
    5. Wedding plans take care of themselves.
    6. You never feel compelled to stop a friend from having an elicit affair.
    7. Car mechanics tell you the truth.
    8. You don't give a hoot if no one notices your new haircut.
    9. Hot wax never comes near your pubic area.
    10. Same work .. more pay.
    11. Wrinkles-add character.
    12. You don't have to leave the room to make emergency crotch adjustments.
    13. Wedding Dress $2000; Tux rental $100.
    14. If you retain water, it's in a canteen.
    15. People never glance at your chest when you're talking to them.
    16. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
    17. One mood, ALL the time.
    18. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds.
    19. A five-day vacation requires only 1 suitcase.
    20. You can open all your own jars.
    21.You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
    22. Your underwear is $10 for a three-pack.
    23. If you are 34 and single, nobody notices.
    24. You can quietly enjoy a car ride from the passenger's seat.
    25. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
    26. You can quietly watch a game with your buddy for hours without ever thinking "He must be mad at me."
    27. No maxi-pads.
    28. If another guy shows up at the party in the same outfit, you just might become lifelong friends.
    29. You are not expected to know the names of more than five colors.
    30. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
    31. You are unable to see wrinkles in clothes.
    32. The same hair style lasts for years, maybe decades.
    33. Your belly usually hides your big hips.
    34. One wallet and one pair of shoes, one color, all seasons.
    35. You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife.
    36. Christmas shopping can be done for 25 relatives, on December 24th, in 15 minutes.
    37. The world is your urinal.


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Friday, November 11, 2011

Why I didn't show up for work yesterday...

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This is why I didn't show up for work yesterday. I was cleaning out my wife's grandpa's cellar and found 12 bottles of his home-bottled grape wine under the steps. My wife told me to empty the contents of each and every bottle down the sink, or else. I agreed to do the unpleasant task.

I withdrew the cork form the first bottle and poured the contents down the sink, with the exception of one glass, which I drank. I extracted the cork from the second bottle, did likewise, and drank one glass, just to check the taste to see if the old fellow knew his wine making. He did.

I then opened the third bottle, and poured it, too, down the sink, but not until drinking one full glass to check the purity. It was very good. I did this, also with the fourth bottle. One glass for myself, and the rest down the sink. I pulled the bottle from the cork of the next, and drank one sink out of it and threw the rest down the glass. I pulled the sink out of the next glass and poured the cork from the bottle, then corked the sink with the glass, bottled the drink and drank the pour.

When I had everything emptied, I steadied the house with one hand, counted the bottles, corks, glasses and sinks with the other, which were 29, and as the house came by I counted them again, and finally had all the houses in one bottle, which I drank. I felt so foolish that I couldn't go upstairs and congratulate my wife to tell her what a great winemaker her grandpa was. I will do that after climbing the basement steps the next time they come by
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wine could also contain a recreational drug - really you may ask?

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Wine could also contain a recreational drug - really you may ask?

By Peter Petterson

Imagine my surprise when I read in my Sunday newspaper supplement that a local wine-writer had discovered and written about the possibility of wine being a drug.

Now I'm not a wine aficionado - I prefer European - style beers myself- but a few of my friends,acquaintances and others definately are.

Research in Britain has shown that there is some minuscule traces of a class B drug Fantasy in wine. Fact or fantasy would be the initial response of many. Just what is this concentration?

It is very difficult I know to accept that a drink that has been around for thousands of years and drunk by millions, has an active ingredient of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid(GHB), or its precurser gamma-butyrolactone(GBL).

The concentration of GHB ranged from 4.1mg to 21.4mg per litre of wine, with the greatest concentration found in reds. Contrast that with the 500mg to 3000mg doses in recreational drugs and what do we really have? Is this a comparatively strong concentration, or a minor one?

Previously buried medical research undertaken in the UK in 2005 came to light showing alcoholic drinks made through the fermentation of white and red grapes actually contained small traces of a drug known as GHB, or Fantasy.
New Zealand researchers subsequently examined ethanol (the normal alcohol in wine) and published their findings in the international Journal of Psychopharmology in 2009. This showed that ethanol posed the same risks to public health as Fantasy.

The UK finding that wine contains Fantasy raises the intriguing situation that NZ wines contained a prohibited Class B drug. It would be appropriate for the NZ government to sponsor further research.

Little is known about the specific synergistic effect effect that ethanol mixed with Fantasy has and exactly what doses the mixture of the drugs is important to researchers.

What is the mixture? 1/50th of an intoxicating dose of Fantasy in a 750ml bottle of wine; more likely red than white. This shows the inconsistency of New Zealand's drug laws. How does the international community stack up against NZ laws?

Scientific information:
GHB has been used in a medical setting as a general anesthetic, to treat conditions such as insomnia, clinical depression, narcolepsy, and alcoholism, and to improve athletic performance.[5] It is also used as an intoxicant (illegally in many jurisdictions) or as a date rape drug.[6] GHB is naturally produced in the human body's cells and is structurally related to the ketone body beta-hydroxybutyrate.

First published at Qondio: http://huttriver.qondio.com

A wine aficionado...
A wine aficionado...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Always and forever...

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Texas judge disciplined his 16 yr old daughter...

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The daughter of a Texas judge who secretly caught him on video beating her as a teenager in a row over a computer game says corporal punishment was a regular feature in her home.
The seven-minute video of William Adams whipping Hillary Adams, now 23, with a belt at least 17 times and shouting abuse at her in 2004 has gone viral on the internet since she posted it online last week.
"It did happen regularly for a period of time, and I could tell because of the pattern that things were escalating again," Adams told the NBC news show Today.
"So I set up my video camera on the dresser and covered the little red light with a scarf. About half an hour after I set the camera up this happened, and it was amazing that I was able to capture such a thing."

The video has touched off a public outcry in the United States, where corporal punishment - outlawed in much of Europe - is legal within homes in all 50 states.
It shows William Adams - now under police investigation - repeatedly hitting his screaming daughter for having played a computer game. Her mother is also seen hitting her once.
Speaking to local television station KZTV outside his home in Rockport, Texas, Adams acknowledged it was him in the video. He added that his conduct was "not as bad as it looks on tape".
Explaining why she let seven years pass before going public with the video, Hillary Adams told Today: "Waiting until today ... has enabled me to pull away and be able to distance myself from the consequences."
Of her father, she added: "I think he's been punished enough just by seeing this go public like this and I think he really needs help and rehabilitation. We need to get him counselling or something."


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