Friday, December 31, 2004

Global warning: The heat is on- The Times of India

Global warning: The heat is on- The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Snow has fallen over the United Arab Emirates for the first time ever, leaving a white blanket over the mountains of Ras al-Khaimah as the desert country experienced a cold spell and above-average rainfall. The mountain cluster, 1,737 metres above sea level, had heavy night-time snowfall for the past two days as a result of temperatures dropping to minus five and stunning the emirate's residents.

This is the latest episode of freakish weather. Grass is growing in Antartica for the first time, 25,000 people have died of heat wave in Europe, while raging fires have destroyed thousands of miles of forests in Indonesia and Borneo. The world, in short, seems to be going topsy-turvy.

Scientists say that global warming - thought to be accelerated by the emission of greenhouse gases - could be responsible, which, some suggest, could also be one of the reasons for Sunday's tsunami.

The World Meteorological Organisation estimates that the number of extreme weather events has doubled in the last ten years.

A major reason for all of these is that temperatures around the world have been rising steadily, and faster than ever in the recorded past. Average global temperatures increased by 0.6C in the last century, and are now increasing at an even faster 0.1C every decade.

The 10 hottest years in recorded history have occurred since 1990 - 1998 was the warmest, and 2004 the fourth-warmest. This October is also the warmest October ever. The Arctic region is growing warmer at four times that rate, which means melting ice caps.

According to NASA, the polar ice cap is now melting at the alarming rate of 9% per decade. Arctic ice thickness has decreased 40% since the 1960s. The current pace of sea-level rise is three times the historical rate and appears to be accelerating.

Bubba Joe's Salespitch (thanks mom)

Bubba Joe's Salespitch

Bubba Joe's first military assignment was to a military induction center,
and, because he was a good talker, they assigned him the duty of
advising new recruits about the government benefits, especially the GI
insurance to which they were entitled.

Before long the Captain in charge of the induction center began noticing
that Bubba was getting a 99% sign up for the top GI insurance.

This was odd, because it would cost these poor inductees nearly $30.00
per month more for their higher coverage than what the government was
already granting.

The Captain decided that he would not ask Bubba Joe about his selling
techniques but that he would sit in the back of the room and observe
Bubba's sales pitch.

Bubba Joe stood up before his latest group of inductees and stated, "If
you have the normal GI insurance and go to Iraq and are killed, the
government pays your beneficiary $6,000."

"If you take out the supplemental GI insurance (which will cost you an
additional $30.00 per month), the government pays your beneficiary
$200,000."

"NOW," Bubba concluded, "which bunch do you think they're gonna send
into battle first?"

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

DreamX - XBOX - mods, resources for your Xbox needs

Not too bad prices either!

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Google Doodles!

Google Holiday Logos

Add a 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 all the way up to 9 to see the great Google artwork! I love it!!!! But I still like the ufo/alien one best...

Chris

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Freakish Weather - Seven dead as French storm leaves trail of destruction

"The storm struck the French capital without warning and although it lasted only a few minutes it caused severe damage across much of northern France almost five years after the major storm of Boxing Day 1999 in which 92 people died.

Gusts of up to 90mph on the coasts and 80mph in the interior of the country were registered on Friday by the French national weather service, Meteo France, which issued a level three orange alert - its second-highest - and warned people against using their cars. At the height of the storm on Friday almost 400,000 homes were without power."

Nerd Signs

Very funny stuff....

Friday, December 17, 2004

OHMYGOD! fetus removed from murdered mother's body - Dec 17, 2004

A statement from the sheriff's department said the fetus was removed by the same "person or persons" who killed Stinnett.


Where else BUT Missouri?

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Attention My French Relatives

I just had Spinach Tortellini for the first time ever.

A catered lunch from Green Mill restaurants (chain) was eaten today as a holiday benefit provided by my workplace.

OMG! I had no idea that anything with the word spinach in it could be so good.

Everyone should try spinach tortellini (sp?) I am the pickiest eater I know, so if you are anti-spinach, this message is for you...

C

Monday, December 13, 2004

Geminids Second (and last) Notice

SW/2161126
The Geminid meteor shower will be appearing in 2004 from December 7
to December 17 and will peak December 14.

The meteors will appear to come from a point in the constellation of
Gemini. Under ideal conditions it’s possible to see 120 meteors an
hour
and their average speed is a speed 35 kilometers per second.

The closest bright star is Tau Geminorum.

For additional information and links go to:

http://www.sky-watch.com/meteor.html#geminid

Ed Ehrlich webmaster@sky-watch.com
http://www.sky-watch.com
Jerusalem, Israel
© 2004 SkyWatch

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

CHRISTMAS ANYONE? Electric Shock Joke Pen

Electric Shock Joke Pen

CHRISTMAS ANYONE? Electric Shock Joke Mouse

Electric Shock Joke Mouse

CHRISTMAS ANYONE? Electric Fly Swatter/ Raquet Zapper(Super Model)

Electric Fly Swatter/ Raquet Zapper(Super Model)

What are politics?

A little boy goes to his Dad and asks, "What are Politics?"

Dad says, "Well son, let me try to explain it this way:
#1, I'm the head of the family, so call me The President.
#2, Your mother is the administrator of the money, so we'll call her The Government.
#3, We're here to take care of your needs, so we'll call you The People.
#4, The nanny, we'll consider her The Working Class. And #5, your baby brother, we'll call him The Future.

Now, think about that and see if it makes any sense."

So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what his Dad has said.

Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him. He finds that the baby has amply soiled his diaper.

So, the little boy goes to his parent's room and his mother is sound asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the Nanny's room.

Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the Nanny.

He gives up and goes back to bed.

The next morning, the little boy says to his father, "Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now."

The father says, "Good son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about."

The little boy replies, "The President is screwing The Working Class while The Government is sound asleep. The People are being ignored, and The Future is in deep shit."

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Tuning your PC - Thank You Gene Emery

Programs: a Checklist for Tuning Up Your PC
Sat Dec 4, 8:47 AM ET Technology - Reuters

By Gene Emery

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) - You change the oil in your car every 5,000 miles or so. You clean your house every week or two. Your PC needs regular maintenance as well -- especially if you're using Windows and you spend a lot of time on the Internet.


Virus checkers need to be updated. Spyware or adware may have sneaked onto your PC and the clutter could be slowing everything down.


I have a checklist I follow at the end of every month for keeping my computer properly tuned. The steps may differ slightly, depending on your operating system. Clicking the "Start" button, going to the "Help" section and searching for a feature will show you how to adapt this list to your machine.


Here's my drill:


CLEAR THE DESKTOP. I look at my desktop icons to see if I can consolidate some of them in folders. To create a folder, put your cursor in a blank portion of the screen, click on the right mouse button, select "New" and "Folder." Click on the folder to rename it. Then you can drag desktop icons onto it. I had a friend who, until I taught him this trick, had a screen so cluttered with icons he could barely see his wallpaper.


CLEAR THE PROGRAMS. Next, I get rid of unused programs. But beware: Dragging their desktop icons into the Recycle Bin won't work. Instead, click on the "Start" button, select "Programs," find the program you want to remove, and look for an "Uninstall" option. If there isn't one, click on "Start," select "Settings," then "Control Panel," double-click on the "Add/Remove Programs" icon, look for the program on the list, and then click "Add/Remove." If that doesn't work, I insert the original disk that contained the program. The opening screen often has an "Uninstall" option.


UPDATE AND RUN THE VIRUS CHECKER. This should be done at least once a month. I've been using McAfee for years and, once you're connected to the Internet, updating is as simple as opening the main program and clicking the "Update" button. Once that's done -- the computer can appear to stall for many minutes, so be patient -- reboot the computer and run the virus checker.


By the way, if you keep your computer on all the time -- which I do not -- most virus checkers can be programed to run at specified times. I recommend 3 a.m. daily.


CLEAR THE CLUTTER. Running the "Disk Cleanup" program, found by clicking on "Start," "Programs, "Accessories," and "System Tools," will get rid of temporary files, empty your recycle bin and eliminate other junk.


UPDATE SPYWARE/ADWARE REMOVERS. Spyware and adware -- also known as scumware -- are programs that can sneak onto your computer via the Internet, slow your PC down, give you unwanted ads, and snoop on your Internet browsing habits. I use "Ad-aware" from http://www.lavasoftusa.com. Use the "Check for Updates Now" feature and let the updates install. But wait before you actually run the main program.


By the way, many readers have told me they run both "Ad-aware" and "Spybot: Search and Destroy" from http://www.safer-networking.org, another free program, to be sure all the spies are out of their system.


GO INTO SAFE MODE. I close all my programs and restart the computer in "Safe Mode." In my case, after the rebooting process has begun, I have to hit the "F8" key when I hear the beep. The process varies from computer to computer. In safe mode, the graphics look horrible, but it doesn't load programs that will interfere with what I do next.


RUN THE SPYWARE/ADWARE REMOVERS. They work more effectively in the "Safe Mode." For me, Ad-aware takes about 5 minutes to run.


The remaining steps don't need to be done regularly, but it's a good idea to do them once in a while.


Again, make sure you are in "Safe Mode," and turn off your screen saver by going to "Start," "Settings," "Control Panel," "Display," clicking on the "Screen Saver" tab, and using the pulldown menu to select "None." Then click OK and close all windows.


RUN SCANDISK (unless you have Windows XP (news - web sites)). "ScanDisk" can be found by going back to the "System Tools" folder. It checks your hard drive for problems. Make sure the "Automatically Fix Errors" box is checked and do a "Thorough" scan. Don't plan on using your computer for quite a while. It typically takes many hours.


RUN DISK DEFRAGMENTER. This is also found in the "System Tools" folder. It consolidates the files on your hard drive, making things run smoother. I start this when I'm ready to go to bed. It takes all night.


When I'm finished, I reboot the computer and it brings me back to normal.

If you're having problems, visit the site http://www.pcpitstop.com. Their free scan can be very helpful. (Gene Emery is a columnist who covers science and technology. His Internet address is GEmery(at)Cox.net. Any opinions in the column are his alone.)

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Cat Superstitions

Intestinal Problems

Despite the fact that we are living in the XXI century, still quite a lot of people all over the world believe that a black cat that runs across their way can bring us bad luck. Sometimes, even so-called serious-minded citizens, seeing a cat cross their way, stop and wait until somebody else passes the "bad -luck" line.

Here you will find some of the more popular beliefs and a few not so popular or well known.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Hobbit-Like Human Ancestor Found in Asia

Hobbit-Like Human Ancestor Found in Asia:

"Scientists have found skeletons of a hobbit-like species of human that grew no larger than a three-year-old modern child (See pictures). The tiny humans, who had skulls about the size of grapefruits, lived with pygmy elephants and Komodo dragons on a remote island in Indonesia 18,000 years ago.
Australian and Indonesian researchers discovered bones of the miniature humans in a cave on Flores, an island east of Bali and midway between Asia and Australia. "

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Change is NOT coming.

What happened to that guy from the future who said a civil war here in the states was brewing? Was he a hoax? Or will there be a civil war to right the corruption soon? What would be worse?

Aspartame-Rumsfeld-Bush-Reagan-Searle-Monsanto - Why?

Why are they connected? Is there a goal? What is the goal? Read...

USATODAY.com - Scientist says FDA system 'broken'

By Rita Rubin, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON

A Food and Drug Administration scientist told a Senate committee Thursday that the FDA is 'virtually defenseless' against another 'terrible tragedy and a profound regulatory failure' like Vioxx, a drug pulled off the market over safety concerns.
'It is important that this committee and the American people understand that what happened with Vioxx is really a symptom of something far more dangerous to the safety of the American people,' David Graham, associate director for science and medicine in the FDA's Office of Drug Safety, told the Finance Committee. 'Simply put, FDA and its Center for Drug Evaluation and Research are broken.' (Related: Vioxx lawsuits mount)

Graham went on to name five other drugs he thought might deserve Vioxx's fate: Meridia, Crestor, Accutane, Serevent and Bextra. Drug companies were quick to defend the safety of their drugs.

The problem, Graham said, is that the FDA office that approves a new drug, which it regards 'as its own child,' has too much sway over the drug-safety office. But Sandra Kweder, deputy director of the Office of New Drugs, told senators, 'That is not the FDA I know.'
Graham testified during a 4�-hour hearing into whether the FDA and Merck, which withdrew Vioxx on Sept. 30, acted in patients' best interest during the more than five years the drug was on the U.S. market.

Merck yanked the pain reliever after a company study found that Vioxx patients were more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke than those on a placebo. Based on Merck's own studies, Graham said, he estimates that Vioxx may have caused heart attacks or sudden cardiac deaths in up to 139,000 Americans.
Critics say Merck and the FDA knew even before the drug was approved that it might be linked to cardiovascular problems. But Merck CEO Raymond Gilmartin told the committee that he and the company "believed wholeheartedly in Vioxx."

A month before Merck pulled Vioxx, Graham presented an FDA-sponsored study at a scientific meeting in France that found that those who took Vioxx were more likely to suffer a heart attack or sudden cardiac death than those who took Celebrex, a drug in the same class.

Graham told Finance Committee investigators last month that the FDA was trying to block publication of his results. Acting FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford, in a statement e-mailed to reporters Wednesday night, criticized Graham, whom he did not refer to by name, for recently submitting his findings to The Lancet, a British medical journal, without having gone though the agency's normal review process.

This goes all the way back to the 'original' sin of Aspartame in 1980. Maybe even further back. See this search for more details.

FDA scientist details problems of five drugs - Finally the truth! - He'll no doubt end up in an 'accident' soon...

Fri Nov 19, 6:20 AM ET Top Stories - USATODAY.com


By Liz Szabo and Rita Rubin, USA TODAY
During a Senate hearing Thursday regarding Vioxx, the arthritis blockbuster pulled off the market in September over concerns about increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, FDA (news - web sites) scientist David Graham dropped a bombshell about five other drugs on the U.S. market. Graham, associate director for science in the FDA's Office of Drug Safety, said the five drugs pose serious safety concerns:


• Abbott Laboratories' weight-loss drug Meridia can cause high blood pressure, Graham said. When he raised a question about the drug's usefulness in a report, though, Graham said he was forced to delete it. Abbott spokeswoman Laureen Cassidy defended Meridiaby saying it has been studied in morethan 100 studies and has been used by 15 million patients worldwide. (Related story:Scientist says FDA system 'broken')


• AstraZeneca's Crestor is the "only cholesterol-lowering drug that causes acute kidney failure," Graham said. Emily Denney, a spokeswoman for AstraZeneca, says the drug has been prescribed to more than 3.5 million people worldwide and has been extensively tested.


• Roche's drug Accutane, approved to treat severe acne, is a "20-year regulatory failure," Graham said. Accutane can cause serious birth defects if taken by pregnant women, he said, and the agency's efforts to prevent this problem are ineffective. He said the FDA should institute a system that would restrict the distribution of the drug. Carolyn Glynn, a Roche spokeswoman, said the company will now require all patients - as well as their doctors and pharmacists - to register with an independent agency that will track patient use.


• Pfizer's arthritis medicine Bextra is in the same drug class as Vioxx. A recent study showed that the incidence of heart attacks and strokes among Bextra patients was more than double that of patients taking sugar pills. Pfizer spokeswoman Susan Bro says an analysis of previous studies found no increase in "serious cardiovascular events" in nearly 8,000 arthritis patients.


• GlaxoSmithKline's drug Serevent treats asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Before the FDA approved this asthma drug, a British study found with 90% certainty that it increased the risk of death from serious asthma complications, Graham said. There have been reports of patients "found dead clutching their Serevent inhaler," he said. GlaxoSmithKline issued a statement defending the medication, saying the FDA "fully considered" safety concerns last year when it issued a black box warning in the medicine's label.


It was clear Thursday that Graham was not speaking on behalf of the FDA. Sandra Kweder, deputy director of the Office of New Drugs in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, told committee members there's no evidence that these five drugs are any more dangerous than others.


Graham's testimony hurt the manufacturers' stock prices. AstraZeneca dropped $3.80 or 8.6%. GlaxoSmithKline dropped $1.45 or 3.2%. Pfizer was down 22 cents, or 0.8%, while Abbott Laboratories was down 28 cents, or 0.6%. Roche, a Swiss company, doesn't trade on U.S. exchanges.

Bush rescues his number one bodyguard from scuffle with Chilean security

U.S. President George W. Bush (news - web sites) and his wife, Laura arrive at the Estacion Mapocho Cultural Center at the APEC (news - web sites) Summit, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, in Santiago, Chile. To the right is the unidentified U.S. Secret Service Agent who was originally blocked from entering. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

Saturday, November 20, 2004

TAISMHO - The American Internet Society of Manufactured Home Owners

Just so you know that there is consumer friendly website out there for us poor saps that couldn't afford anything nicer.

TAISMHO

Friday, November 19, 2004

Rice Recuperating After Minor Surgery -- White House

Oh and while you're in there, could you tweak the loyalty chip and install the new GPS hardware?


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites) was recuperating at Georgetown University Hospital after minor surgery on Friday morning, the White House said.

"The surgery was successful and she is resting comfortably," said National Security Council spokesman Jim Wilkinson said.

Rice, the White House national security adviser, was nominated by President Bush (news - web sites) earlier this week to succeed Colin Powell (news - web sites) as secretary of state.

Rice, 50, underwent a uterine fibroid embolization, a minimally invasive procedure aimed at treating fibroids by blocking blood flow to them. Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that are common in women and usually not dangerous.

She is expected to stay overnight at the hospital and return home on Saturday.

Rice stayed back from a trip Bush is taking this weekend to Santiago, Chile, for the Asia-Pacific summit.

Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, who will be succeeding Rice as national security adviser, is accompanying Bush on the trip.




Thursday, November 18, 2004

Drizzle of Shooting Stars Expected Friday Morning

If its clear skies where you live tonite, go out around 10pm central and watch for a few minutes.

TiVo Pauses Fast-Forwarding [Motley Fool Take] November 18, 2004

TiVo Pauses Fast-Forwarding
By Rich Duprey
November 18, 2004

One of the beauties of DVR systems like those offered by TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO), Echostar (Nasdaq: DISH), and cable provider Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), is getting the television program you want when you want it. Insipid, annoying commercials can be bypassed with a click of the fast-forward button. Same with watching a movie on DVD or one that you've recorded on video. Hello, feature; goodbye condescending commercials. Heck, just flipping through channels during commercials provides a feeling of superiority over advertisers.

TiVo, a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection, is quickly realizing that the fast-forward feature is a problem for its service, which is increasingly supported by advertisers. TiVo is trying to balance the competing interests of companies that want to put their product in front of its estimated 2.8 million subscribers against those of viewers who couldn't care less about them. To this end, TiVo is introducing a static pop-up ad -- a "billboard" -- that will freeze on the screen as the user skips past the ad. Called a "fast-forward tag," advertisers can pay for a logo or other image to display while viewers otherwise ignore their ads. (They can't buy a tag during a competitor's spot.)

While it does offer advertisers a way to keep their company in front of a viewer, it shouldn't take them long to wonder whether it's cost-effective to advertise through TiVo in the first place if viewers are skipping the ads, or why they should have to pay twice for the chance to advertise their wares.

TiVo has gained in popularity, particularly as the price has dropped from $400 two years ago to $99 this holiday season. The number of households with TiVo is expected to increase from 5% to 41% in five years.

Though it has been marketed as a way to watch television commercial-free, TiVo has apparently been working behind the scenes from the beginning to incorporate advertising into the service. Already viewers are able to click on a "thumbs up" logo that is displayed during an ad if they want to receive more information about the product. It plans to offer true interactive viewing -- what it's calling "couch commerce" -- through contests, giveaways, and links to other ads. By opting in -- that is, using the remote to select the promotion -- the viewer's contact information is downloaded to that advertiser to permit even greater targeted marketing opportunities.

While technology exists to allow viewers to avoid commercials altogether (privately held ReplayTV had this capability until it bowed to the demands of the entertainment industry and removed it) TiVo has always restricted viewers to fast-forwarding through them. The new technology is built into the system itself and has some wondering whether it might not lead to the company eliminating the subscription fee altogether in order to bring in more viewers, or else risk alienating those who subscribe to be able to avoid commercials.

"TV Your Way" may be fast-forwarding to become "Advertising Their Way."


IF I am ever forced to watch an AD via my TIVO, I will cancel the service and buy the service from someone else. AND I will sell all the stock I own in TIVO as well.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

OHMYGAWD! - Mom Breastfeeds Puppy to Protect Baby

Wait til you read the last line....

Wed Nov 17, 8:30 AM ET Oddly Enough - Reuters


WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A woman in New Zealand says she is breastfeeding her pet puppy because she wants it to protect her baby daughter as they both grow up.

Kura Tumanako told the NZPA news agency Wednesday that she had started breastfeeding the Staffordshire bull terrier pup after her baby stopped taking her milk.

'I didn't want to waste it so I gave it to Honey Boy,' she said.
According to NZPA, Tumanako said she had fed the dog twice a day for the past week but would probably wean it off in about six weeks' time. Her baby, now 2 months old, is on bottled milk.

'I wanted to raise it (the pup) with my baby,' she said. 'I wanted to bring it up with a baby. It will protect her as they grow up,' said Tumanako, who lives in Hastings in New Zealand's North Island.

'He drinks more than the baby. It doesn't hurt, but it's a little bit ticklish.' "

University of Washington Chemistry exam question (thanks Shelley)

The following is supposedly an actual question given on a University of
Washington chemistry mid-term. The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic
(absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas
cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we
need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at
which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul
gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.

As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different
religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state
that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since
there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong
to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.

With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls
in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of
the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the
temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has
to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:
1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls
enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until
all Hell breaks loose.
2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in
Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.


So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year
that, " it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you, and take
into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number 2 must
be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen
over.
The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it
follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore,
extinct...leaving only Heaven thereby proving the existence of a divine
being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God."

THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY "A"

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Mobissimo Travel | Search airfare

Finally! A working search engine designed for the traveler! 'nuff said.. Now go!

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LG 48x24x48x /16x EIDE CDRW/DVD Combo Drive (Black)

WOW! LG 48x24x48x /16x EIDE CDRW/DVD Combo Drive (Black)

Matrox Millenium G450 16MB AGP Dual Head Video Card

SUPER WOW! Matrox Millenium G450 16MB AGP Dual Head Video Card

Sunday, November 14, 2004

NEC 15" Multisync

NEC 15" Multisync
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15" Viewable screen.. almost as much
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Saturday, November 13, 2004

The Leonid meteor shower - 2004

SW/2137761
The Leonid meteor shower will be appearing in 2004 from November 14
to November 21 and will peak on November 17.

The meteors will appear to come from a point in the constellation of
Leo. Under ideal conditions it's possible to see over 10-15 meteors an hour
and their average speed is a speed 71 kilometers per second.

The Leonids will be best seen after the First Quarter Moon has set.

The closest bright star is Gamma Leonis.

For additional information and links go to:

http://www.sky-watch.com/meteor.html#leonid

Ed Ehrlich webmaster@sky-watch.com
http://www.sky-watch.com
Jerusalem, Israel
© 2004 SkyWatch

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Northern Lights TONITE!!!

Wed Nov 10 20:54:12 IST 2004

SW/2131189

Increased Solar activity has triggered a massive geomagnetic storm
around the Earth causing auroras (northern lights) to appear in far more
southerly locations than usual. An aurora was seen as far south as Arizona.

You need a very dark sky to see an aurora. If you’re lucky enough to be
in such a location, take a look towards the northern horizon and you might
get to see an aurora. (If you are south of the equation, looks towards the
south.)

Ed Ehrlich - SkyWatch - The Astronomical Alarm Clock

Jerusalem, Israe
l
© 2004 SkyWatch

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Wild Northern Lights tonite!

Noticed something out of the corner of my eye this evening around 6pm central. I was driving back from the Mall of America with Alex and her friend Samantha, when we noticed a wide swath of Aurora Borealis, just east of Hudson, WI. We were going to go home to the Amery area thru Baldwin, but I wanted to see the lights more clearly, so we cut up north through Hammond, WI instead.

WOW! what a light show. This event was of the cool light blue variety. Off to the west, a little purple. Not much color variety. This was a dynamic show, on, off, on, off. Not a lot of shimmery curtain, but more like the static phosphor of a flourescent bulb glowing and dimming with very irregular shapes, unorganized patterns and lines.

Ok timeline now 9:45pm central. The show has moved to slightly south of my home near Amery and it is just rippling in real-time like I am seeing waves from the north and waves from the south come to a terminal point straight up above me. Streaks of bold light appearing and disappearing above me like those toys that you scratch on and then lift the plastic sheet up and it all disappears!

10:15pm, most of the show is weakening and has moved quite a bit south from me, so that I am only looking south from my deck. There is some activity north of me, it just appears static compared to the ripple activity overhead. It is now much brighter to the east.

Ok, my butt is frozen. When I first got home, it felt like high 30's. Now it has to be the low 20's!

I'm going to bed to warm up...

Friday, November 05, 2004

GREAT DEALS!

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Sunday, October 31, 2004

Very familiar UFO story from Bristol, TN

Williamsville, NY UFO Report

The ghost hunters in Stillwater

Yahoo! News - The ghost hunters

Diana Palm's problems started a couple of years ago with the uninvited visitor who started showing up in the middle of the night in her Stillwater apartment.

"Night after night, we'd see a man walk past the bedroom door," she said. She jumped up in alarm, but there would be nobody there when she went to investigate.

There were knocking noises, too. The TV and the lights would go on and off by themselves. She heard unexplained voices and the sounds of laughing, crying and howling.

Others saw spooky-ooky stuff, too. Palm's 10-year-old daughter and a friend said there was an old woman in the bathroom who talked to them. Neighbors in the threeplex said they had seen people walking up and down the old house's staircases. Palm's sister reported seeing a stream of people parading through the living room one night.

"It was at the point where I was afraid to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night," said Palm, 35, who works in the real estate business. "It's pretty strange for me. I'm a real practical person."

So she did some research. Located on the city's North Hill, the house where Palm lives was built in 1882 by one of the town's first mayors, she said. Before the area was developed, however, it was used as an informal graveyard, Palm said.

She burned some sage and said a prayer to clear the home.

"I put some rosaries out. I had some holy water," she said. "I kind of wanted to get to the bottom of it."

Then she heard about something called the Minnesota Paranormal Investigative Group, a small band of Twin Cities area residents whose hobby is trying to figure out what causes things to go bump in the night.

"The goals of the group are to seek out and authenticate evidence of ghosts, research ghost stories, sightings and conduct investigations into paranormal activity in the states of Minnesota, western Wisconsin and more specifically for the Twin City metro area," according to the group's Web site, www.minnesotaparanormal investigators.com.

"I basically focus on hauntings, ghosts, life after death, psychic abilities, things of that nature," said John Savage, who started the group in 1997.

Gina Booth, co-founder of the group, said many of the members got involved because they want to find proof of life after death.

They do their investigations for free. Many of the people who contact them aren't necessarily looking for help in getting rid of a haunting.

"We do that on occasion, too," Booth said. But "a lot of people, more often than not, don't really mind the fact they have a ghost."

People often contact the group to get confirmation that they're not nuts, that there really is something out there, Booth said.

BRING IN THE EXPERTS

That's how a handful of the investigators ended up at Palm's home one night earlier thismonth.

They came toting tools of the paranormal investigation trade: still, video and motion-detection cameras, a tape recorder used to pick up "electronic voice phenomena" (the voices of ghosts), and electric and magnetic field detectors.

"We want to make sure there isn't a logical explanation for something before we jump to a paranormal conclusion," Booth said.

There was also some lower-tech gear. An L-shaped metal wand, for example.

"It's just a coat hanger," said investigator Deb Sutton.

But she said it acts as a dousing rod, attracting energy and allowing her to communicate with spirits.

Phil Hatfield brought a notebook and a pen. The group members regard him as one of their psychics.

"He sees stuff," said Sutton, a school bus driver.

"I talk to them and see them," said Hatfield, who owns a construction company.

Hatfield and Sutton told Palm not to reveal to them what she's experienced until they had a chance to check out the place for themselves.

The investigators started with a walk-through of the apartment. It's full of unusual details from its Victorian origin and its modern-day remodeling. There's stained glass, detailed woodworking, pocket doors, skylights, loft bedrooms, spiral staircases and mysterious panels in the floor.

Palm pointed out some storage space, and Booth confirmed the fears of generations of spooked children.

"They like to hide in closets," she said of paranormal phenomena. "There's no such thing as just a closet."

There was also a typically ominous old house basement.

'THIS WHOLE PLACE IS CHARGED'

It was down there that Sutton aimed her video camera at a gloomy corner near the water heater.

"I'm looking for … well, entities come in a lot of different forms," she said. Paranormal enthusiasts say sometimes cameras can capture blurs or orbs of light that they see as evidence of the energy being given off by a ghost.

"Always, before I take a picture, I ask permission," Sutton said. "Because they're people like we are, just not in this form. Hopefully, my gut intuition is right, so they'll let me."

"It's too quiet in here," she announced as she ran the video camera.

But that was before she started a conversation with her dousing rod.

"I asked is there someone here," she said after the wand in her hand moved to the left. That indicated yes, she said.

"I'm going to ask if they're male or female," she said. "Supposedly, there's a female down here. Is there more than one person down here? Yes."

"OK, supposedly, what they're telling me is two females are here, from around the area, who died between 80 and 90 years old."

Upstairs in the kitchen, Cathy Olson, a friend of Palm's, gave a little jump.

"Someone just touched me!" she said. "I thought it was the cat, and there was nothing there."

"There is stuff here. There's no doubt about that," Hatfield said.

"It's touching me right now," Olson said.

"It's kind of a mass confusion," Hatfield said. "There's more than five here. All of them want to talk at the same time. I'm trying to get to a place where I can communicate with one individual."

Hatfield asked if the place used to be a doctor's office. It was once an infirmary, Palm said.

Sutton announced that the batteries on her video camera went dead. She said that's a possible indication of some paranormal energy in the place.

"This whole place is charged," said investigator Jon Rehkamp, as he pointed his magnetic field detectors around the apartment. "Even outside. Normally, you never get anything outside."

The investigators also toured the neighbor's apartment where Palm used to live and where she first started seeing things.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

Back in the basement, Hatfield sat down and started scribbling in his notebook.

"It's like the night of the living dead," he said. "Geeze Louise, where are they all coming from?"

"What I'm seeing is all these people trying to get out of the ground. I can see that they're skeletal, but they still have flesh hanging on them. They're coming out hands first. But they're pulling themselves out."

Lots of them?

"Yeah, anywhere from 20 to 30."

Hatfield said he also sensed something on the upstairs level.

"You might get something in that bathroom," he told Rehkamp.

"I didn't pick anything up," he said.

Hatfield fell into silence, his hand to his brow in apparent concentration.

"A doctor," he announced. "I'm talking to the doctor right now."

More silence. Hatfield closed his eyes and tilted his head back and forth like he was trying to get better reception. More scribbling.

"Phil?" Sutton said. He didn't answer. "It's kind of long and boring, but that's how it goes," Sutton said. "Sometimes, you sit in a darkened place for hours."

She said she's never seen a ghost. But "I keep hoping."

Then Hatfield said, "How big is the graveyard?"

THE GRIM REAPER

The investigators interviewed Palm and her neighbors. And they started giving reports on what they found there.

Hatfield said he talked to a doctor who was known as "the grim reaper doctor, because he was the one who chose if they were better off dead or alive."

A female spirit told Hatfield that Palm's daughter shouldn't fear her. She just misses her own daughter who drowned.

"Sorry about the books and pictures," Hatfield quoted the spirits as saying.

""I'm constantly straightening pictures," Palm said. "But I just thought it was because it's an old house."

Hatfield said he saw people in the basement trying to come to the surface with the ground rotating underneath them.

"So what does that mean?" Sutton said.

"I don't know," he said.

There is the spirit of a little boy in the house, the investigators reported. A hanging took place in one of the upper bedrooms. And someone pushed another person down one of the stairs. Someone died of natural causes in Palm's bedroom, and there's a lot of energy in the upstairs bathroom, Hatfield said.

Sutton showed some video she shot that shows a speck of light flitting across the room. Palm brought out a photo she snapped that has a blob of white in the corner. She thinks it looks like a face.

Palm mentioned the parade of people her sister saw in the house. There's a portal in this room, the ghost hunters said. That's a sort of ghost entry and exitway to the spirit world, they said.

The investigators explained that some of the stuff Palm has seen in the house are what they call a "residual haunting."

That's the paranormal world's way of playing back events that happened in the past. Those images won't interact with the viewer. Nothing to worry about, they said.

There's also an intelligent haunting going on at the house — spirits that are able to interact with people. Later, the investigators said they captured the voice of one of them on tape saying, "Please don't leave."

But "it's not like anyone's here to harm you," Hatfield said.

"This is typical. Nothing to be concerned with," Booth said.

"It validates things for us," Palm said afterwards. "It answers some questions. I feel fine with it."

But, she said, "It's still kind of creepy knowing people died."

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Ghost hunter in Johnson City, TN

Retired Professor Hunts Ghosts in Tenn.

Fri Oct 29, 8:06 PM ET Strange News - AP


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Halloween isn't the only time ghosts and spirits haunt parts of Tennessee. Nancy Acuff should know. The retired East Tennessee State University professor has investigated many sightings in the region and helped people understand why places might be haunted.

In time for the spooky holiday, Acuff recalled some of her most interesting hunts for haunts.

A Jonesborough man called Acuff once and told her his house was haunted.

"He woke up one morning to find the image of a dead, bloody child on the floor beside his bed; very traumatic," Acuff said.

"Sometime later, while watching television one night, he said he saw the image of two turn-of-the-century-dressed families walk through his house."

Acuff told the man to set up a video camera in the hallway to try to capture the image. Acuff and the man reviewed the video and saw what appeared to be a globe of light at first, followed by the shadows of a man, a woman and two children.

Then out of nowhere a voice shouted, "What are all these ghosts doing here?"

"The gentleman almost fainted when we heard that voice," she said. "The voice, he said, was the voice of his late wife, who had died of cancer a while back."

Acuff found evidence that a small child had been killed on a road near the house to explain the image the man saw.

Acuff said a church was once located near the man's house, and she believes the ghosts were walking to the church.

After Acuff found some explanations, the man told her the ghostly images stopped appearing.

There have been other ghostly sightings reported in Jonesborough.

The image of "Parson" Brownlow, a Methodist minister, founder of a newspaper in Jonesborough, governor of Tennessee immediately after the Civil War and later a U.S. Senator, has been seen walking the Jonesborough cemetery on some nights.

"He was a real fire-and-brimstone type of minister," Acuff said. "The thing that is puzzling is why his ghostly image has been seen here. He is buried in Knoxville."

Some believe one of his wives is buried there. Others think Brownlow buried five to six people at a time in graves at the cemetery after they died of typhoid or cholera.

Ghosts and spirits of dead people are not to blame for all hauntings. Acuff investigated another freaky episode she attributed to a doppelganger, a German word that means "double walker" and refers to an image or action of a person still alive.

A Johnson City woman, who Acuff described as intelligent and well-informed, told her that on certain holidays, birthdays or family gatherings she would come home and find her normally neat closet in disarray.

Acuff delved into the relationships in the woman's family to find an answer to the disturbance.

The woman's mother-in-law had Alzheimer's disease (news - web sites) and was living in a nursing home. The woman's husband never went to see his mother or call her because he regarded her as dead.

As Acuff tells it, after the family visited the nursing home and told the mother how concerned they were about her, the closet disturbances stopped.

Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Bungie.net : News

Bungie.net : News: "MTV Halo 2 Special!
Posted by Frankie at 10/26/2004 9:18 AM
MTV: Music Television today announced that 'Making the Video Game: Halo 2' will premiere on MTV on Friday, November 5th at 11:00pm ET/PT, and MTV2 on Saturday, November 6th at 9:00pm ET. The special will give viewers an inside look at the making of Halo 2."

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Tilley Pleads Not Guilty To 205-Mph Charge

Officer.com News Article: NEWS: Motorcyclist Pleads Not Guilty To 205-Mph Charge

Story at WCCO: http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_299133850.html

Midwest Quick Throttle Magazine noted: http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/local/9972559.htm

Their website here: http://www.midwestquickthrottle.com/main.html

And let me be the first to offer my skills at improving their website, sheeeesh.....

C

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

The Orinid meteor shower

SW/2097827
The Orinid meteor shower will be appearing in 2004 from October 2
to November 7 and will peak around October 21st.

The meteors will appear to come from a point in the constellation of
Orion. Under ideal conditions it’s possible to see 20 meteors
an hour.

The meteor shower will be best seen at its peak after the First Quarter
Moon setsby midnight.

The closest bright star is Xi Orionis.

For additional information and links go to:

http://www.sky-watch.com/meteor.html#orinid

Ed Ehrlich webmaster@sky-watch.com
http://www.sky-watch.com
Jerusalem, Israel
© 2004 SkyWatch

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Masquerading Your Browser - info on your USER AGENT header

Interesting and informative.

Masquerading Your Browser

How to clean the toilet - Thanks Tracy!

How To Clean Your Toilet - The Fun Way
Instructions on how to clean your toilet

1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.

2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids. You may need to stand on the TOP Lid.

4. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.

5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power-wash" and rinse".

6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.

7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.

8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.

9. Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.

Sincerely,

Rufus - (The Dog)

Friday, October 08, 2004

First Suit Filed Against Internet 'Spyware'

FRY THE BASTARDS!

Yahoo! News - First Suit Filed Against Internet 'Spyware'

What Is Spyware, How to Stop it, What to do about it

What the heck is spyware anyway?

The site below offers the best definition and also tells you what to do and recognize when confronted with choices that will impact your computer.

For instance, here is a paragraph from the page:

The Excite Group, a large, publicly traded company, offers "SmileyCentral" AKA "FunWebProducts" free. Hmm...but they won't allow you to install "SmileyCentral" without "MyWebSearch" toolbar.(Note: The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) is very close to banning such tactics as those kinds of tactics are typical of spyware). Excite Group/MyWay spends millions of dollars promoting their "free programs". This is an example where you really need to call upon your common sense and gut instincts despite the assurances they make of "No Spyware!". Why would a huge company give away something free and spend millions of dollars promoting it? Just because they like you so much? When is the last time General Motors gave you a car? Please...beware. Read the FULL EULA of products like HotBar, SmileyCentral (AKA MyWay, AKA FunWebProducts) and don't believe every "No Spyware!" you see. Sometimes companies merely take advantage of the many definitions of spyware to make empty promises. Be careful.
What Is Spyware, How to Stop it, What to do about it

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Shouldn't every president be considered a Consumer Advocate?

Bush search using Fraud, Corruption and Criminal Record;
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&q=Bush+Fraud+Corruption+Criminal+Record

Kerry search using Fraud, Corruption and Criminal Record;
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=Kerry+Fraud+Corruption+Criminal+Record

Nader search using Fraud, Corruption and Criminal Record;
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=Nader+Fraud+Corruption+Criminal+Record

Now try this search:

Bush the consumer advocate:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=Bush+the+consumer+advocate

Kerry the consumer advocate:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=Kerry+the+consumer+advocate

Nader the consumer advocate:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=Nader+the+consumer+advocate

One other thing when doing your own analysis; Check the quality and reputation of the websites you are visiting. Sometimes one can never tell whether a site is objective or not, but most will have many clues, some obvious, that may help you to judge the site as fair or biased. My personal opinion is that most sites are biased toward something. Even my site is biased, but I like to present information equally and fairly. With that said, can you guess who I will vote for? Bet you can't!

SuperNova coming?

Three powerful bursts of energy from different regions of space could presage spectacular explosions of huge stars, astronomers just announced.

The eruptions are likely imminent.

Scientists around the world are scrambling to track the blasts, NASA (news - web sites) officials said last night. There is no danger to Earth from the expected stellar explosions, called supernovas.

Yet never before have astronomers had such advance warning of the faraway explosions. In fact, they don't even know if their forecasts are right.

What is clear is that as the flashes develop into explosions -- or not -- knowledge of how stars die is likely to grow.

'Beautiful' bursts

A blast of X-rays was spotted Sept. 12, and another on Sept. 16. Each came from a different location in the sky and from galaxies far beyond our own. A more powerful eruption was detected Sept. 24 from yet another spot in the sky. This third flash, importantly, was on the verge between an X-ray eruption and a more energetic gamma-ray burst, which involves a more powerful form of radiation.

X-rays and gamma rays are types of light, just like less powerful visible light and lowly radio waves. All are part of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The three high-energy flashes were each discovered by NASA's orbiting High-Energy Transient Explorer (HETE- 2) observatory. There is no reason to suspect there's any connection between the three blasts.

"We think it's just a strange coincidence," George Ricker, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (news - web sites), said in a telephone interview today.

Telescopes around the world have since raced to track each event.

"Each burst has been beautiful," Ricker said. "Depending on how these evolve, they could support important theories about supernova[s] and gamma-ray bursts."

Ricker told SPACE.com the stars will likely go supernova 10 to 20 days after the initial bursts that were spotted.

The initial events have faded beyond the visibility of small professional telescopes and are now being monitored by some of the world's largest ground-based observatories. Backyard astronomers likely could not find the bursts, Ricker said.

Head-scratchers

Gamma-ray bursts are the most energetic events in the universe other than the Big Bang. They briefly outshine entire galaxies. Astronomers think each burst is related to the explosion of a very massive star that has used up its main fuel. Much material is blasted into space, and some falls back rapidly and collapses into a tiny sphere more dense than most folks can imagine, resulting in the formation of a black hole.

In some cases, however, the energy might be unleashed when two black holes collide.

But experts are not sure why some supernovas are accompanied by gamma-ray bursts and others seem to shoot out only X-rays (the latter assumption has not even been convincingly determined). The leading theory is that when a star collapses after exploding, it sends out two incredibly swift jets of material, one along each of its poles. If a jet is pointed toward Earth, the thinking goes, we see a gamma-ray burst. Otherwise we note only the X rays.

Other theorists argue that gamma-ray bursts and X-ray flashes are different animals altogether.

All this could become much clearer in coming days as the three new eruptions are monitored by a global telescope network designed to detect each of the different wavelengths of energy involved.

Nature on a rampage

The eruptions are all probably a billion or so light-year away, Ricker said. That's relatively close in comparison to most gamma-ray bursts, which may explain why the X-ray flashes have been seen at all.

"These past two weeks have been like 'cock, fire, reload,'" Ricker said. "Nature keeps on delivering."

Until recently, the events leading up to gamma-ray bursts and black hole formation had not been seen.

The bursts are known to come routinely from every direction in the sky. But they last just seconds, sometimes less than a second, so in most cases only the aftermath is witnessed. Astronomers hope this time they've seen the prelude and can witness the entire process.

Observations of other events in recent years linked gamma-ray bursts to supernovas. Now, follow-up observations of the Sept. 24 blast, named GRB040924, suggests X-rays and gamma rays do indeed emanate from the same event.

The recent bursts "may be the first time we see an X-ray flash lead to a supernova," said theorist Stanford Woosley of the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Chris says: "Of course this could be beginning of some great global change here on earth too." You never know... We've got wild hurricanes, increasing vulcan activities, etc. etc.....

Friday, October 01, 2004

The Orinid meteor shower

SW/2066279

The Orinid meteor shower will be appearing in 2004 from October 2
to November 7 and will peak around October 21st.

The meteors will appear to come from a point in the constellation of
Orion. Under ideal conditions it’s possible to see 20 meteors
an hour.

The meteor shower will be best seen at its peak after the First Quarter
Moon sets by midnight.

The closest bright star is Xi Orionis.

For additional information and links go to:

http://www.sky-watch.com/meteor.html#orinid

Ed Ehrlich webmaster@sky-watch.com
http://www.sky-watch.com
Jerusalem, Israel
© 2004 SkyWatch

Monday, September 27, 2004

C'mon Witenhafer

Yahoo! News - Man Arrested For Secret Videotaping At Hippie Hollow: "An Arizona man is accused of secretly videotaping
nudists at the Hippie Hollow park near Austin.
Dale Alan Witenhafer, 38, of Gilbert, Arizona,
was arrested Sunday.
The arrest warrant alleges Witenhafer used a video camera that was hidden inside a collapsible ice chest, with holes to allow the taping.
Witenhafer was arrested when somebody noticed him with the video camera.
He's charged with improper visual recording to arouse or
gratify.
Witenhafer is free on $7,500 bond.
The clothing optional beach is located along Lake Travis.
It's the only public nude sunbathing park in Texas. "

One or Two Quakes a Minute in Washington state

Yahoo! News - One or Two Quakes a Minute in Washington:

"Swarms of small earthquakes began Thursday and increased in frequency and magnitude until Sunday, when there were more than 10 events with a magnitude of 2 to 2.8. The quakes are at depths less than one mile below the lava dome. "

Sunday, September 26, 2004

I knew Tesla was cool and all, but I didn't know THIS!!!

And Now for the Weather...Compliments of ELF Waves: "Nicolas Tesla discovered thousands of uses for Electricity and many of his ideas are only now coming into being because of the technology and huge power demands required. He theorized that 10hz of Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) beams bounced through the Earth and up into the ionosphere would start electron resonance 50 kilometers above the Earth. This would effect thunderstorms by causing a dielectric breakdown above the clouds and forcing them to release their energy and water in a non natural way.
Meanwhile back in Congress they believed it enough to investigate and try to regulate it. The Congressmen set up what they thought would be adequate measures to regulate it but when the military found that the same beams could effect the guidance systems of Rockets and Airplanes and it could disrupt the communications of entire countries suddenly it dropped from sight, became TOP SECRET and had tons of money thrown at it. Also the Russians were developing their own ELF technology.
There's a pattern of discoveries over the years that show how far the ideas have gotten since 1976:
July 4, 1976 Soviets turn on their Tesla Magnifying transmitters with a primary ELF frequency of 10hz and start Weather Modification experiments. These are monitored by the U.S. National Security (NSI) which listens to all radio frequencies that originates in Russia.
June 5, 1976 The New York Times described the great Earthquake, which destroyed Tangshan China and killed 650,000 people as: 'Just before the first tremor at 3:42 am the sky lit up like daylight. The multi hued lights, mainly red and white were seen up to 200 miles away. Leafs on many trees were burned to a crisp and growing vegetables were scorched on one side as if by a fireball.' These electrical effects are tied to electromagnetic plasma and ball lig"

Navy to Shut Down Sub Radio Transmitters - ELF in WI to end

Yahoo! News - Navy to Shut Down Sub Radio Transmitters:

By ROBERT IMRIE, Associated Press Writer

WAUSAU, Wis. - With terrorism the new global threat, a network of radio antennas that let the Navy maintain secure communications with submarines at sea has become yet another Cold War relic.

On Thursday, the Navy will shut off its extremely low frequency (ELF) radio transmitters in northern Wisconsin and Michigan, saying the 15-year-old system, first proposed in the 1960s, is outdated and no longer needed. The Navy now will use 12 'very low frequency' transmitters located worldwide.

Greaaaaat.....
Now HAARP will fry our atmosphere and brains.....

http://www.greenscissors.org/other/elf.htm

http://www.serve.com/nukeresister/nr125/125passesbuck.html

http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/6583/project332.html

http://www.webaxs.net/~noel/lostlink/weatherstory.htm

http://www.earthpulse.com/haarp/ground.html

On the NHL | The real money problem: Big deals for little talent

Yahoo! Sports - NHL - On the NHL | The real money problem: Big deals for little talent: "Many of those who follow hockey's finances blame the current economic chaos on a series of expensive - in some cases, stupid - deals in the 1990s. There is widespread opinion that four deals forever changed hockey's landscape. "

Saturday, September 25, 2004

What if this mess with Iraq is prophecy?

IRAQ - VERY INTERESTING - DID YOU KNOW?

1. The garden of Eden was in Iraq.

2. Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq, was the cradle of civilization!

3. Noah built the ark in Iraq.

4. The Tower of Babel was in Iraq.

5. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq!

6. Isaac's wife Rebekah is from Nahor, which is in Iraq.

7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq.

8. Jonah preached in Nineveh - which is in Iraq.

9. Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel.

10. Amos cried out in Iraq!

11. Babylon, which is in Iraq, destroyed Jerusalem.

12. Daniel was in the lion's den in Iraq!

13. The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq! (Jesus had
been in Iraq also as the fourth person in the fiery furnace!)

14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the "writing on the wall"
in Iraq.

15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into
Iraq.

16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq.

17. The wise men were from Iraq.

18. Peter preached in Iraq.

19. The "Empire of Man" described in Revelation is called Babylon, which was a city in Iraq!

And you have probably seen this one. Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. But do you know which nation is second? It is Iraq! However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible. The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia.

The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The name Iraq, means country with deep roots.

Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible.

No other nation, except Israel, has more history and prophecy associated it than Iraq.

And also... This is something to think about! Since America is typically represented by an eagle.
Saddam should have read up on his Muslim passages...

The following verse is from the Koran, (the Islamic Bible)

Koran (9:11) - For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; and there was peace.

(Note the verse number!)

Hmmmmmmm?

God Bless you all Amen!

[Chris Notes]

Holy WOW! before I check the facts on this I just think WOW! What if, what if...

Tired of junk mail and junk telemarketing???

Andy Rooney's tips for telemarketers

Three Little Words That Work!!

(1) The three little words are: "Hold On, Please..."
Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt. Then when you eventually hear the phone company's "beep-beep-beep" tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.

Those three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.

(2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?
This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone. This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a "real" sales person to call back and get someone at home.

What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible. This sometimes confuses the machine that dialed the call and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer !!!

(3) Junk Mail Help
When you get "ads" enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these "ads" with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.

When you get those "pre-approved" letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.
Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? It costs them more than the regular 37 cents postage "IF" and when they receive them back.
It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these! cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.

Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them
their blank application back!

If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them. You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 37 cents!

The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them. Let's let them know what it's like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they're paying for it...Twice!

Let's help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that's why they need to increase postage costs again. You get the idea!

If enough people follow these tips, it might work! I have been doing this for years, and I get very little junk mail anymore.

[Chris Notes]
I have returned ads and blank apps on occasion but have noticed that some envelopes indicate that they are specially 'coded' to indicate who is sending the envelope!!! Is this true? I tend to doubt it. But I have yet to see a credit card application that DOESN'T have your name or other identifying information on it, so be careful and diligent when pursuing this new hobby. I also tend to pay my regular recurring bills electronically. I guess I can still send the prepaid envelopes stuffed with OTHER companies ads in them :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

XPlite and 2000lite HOLY MOLY!!!!

I gots to try me sum o' dis!

XPlite and 2000lite Uninstall Windows components.: "Windows YOUR WAY!
XPlite and 2000lite are powerful configuration utilities for Windows creating a modular Windows operating system where YOU are in control."

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Fremont People FOUND!

Yahoo! News - Canyon Holds Ancient Civilization Secrets:

"Earliest traces of Fremont life show up three centuries before the birth of Christ, but they disappeared around A.D. 1250. This unlooted canyon turned over by a rancher who kept it secret for more than half a century could have been one of their final strongholds.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04203/349310.stm

Ever notice how its always 'ranchers' that find cool stuff?

Cat Stevens the terrorist?

Yahoo! News - The Former Cat Stevens Gets Plane Diverted

What is the truest definition of Globalization? (thanks mom)

Question: What is the truest definition of Globalization?
Answer: Princess Diana's death.

Question: How come?
Answer: An English princess with an Egyptian boyfriend crashes in a French tunnel, driving a German car with a Dutch engine, driven by a Belgian who was drunk on Scottish whisky, (check the bottle before you change the spelling) followed closely by Italian Paparazzi, on Japanese motorcycles; treated by an American doctor, using Brazilian medicines. This is sent to you by an American, using Bill Gates's technology, and you're probably reading this on your computer, that uses Taiwanese chips, and a Korean monitor, assembled by Bangladeshi workers in a Singapore plant, transported by Indian lorry-drivers, hijacked by Indonesians, unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen, and trucked to you by Mexican illegals.....

That, my friends, is Globalization

205 mph earns biker citation- Tilley is silly

Samuel Armstrong Tilley makes the record book. Here is a link to pictures of the likely bike he was riding - http://www.sportbikez.net/pictures/mod/vtr1000
St. Paul Pioneer Press | 09/21/2004 | 205 mph earns biker citation

Monday, September 13, 2004

Is this true?

GEORGE W. BUSH RESUME
The White House, USA
* ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRESIDENT:
* I attacked and took over two countries.
* I spent the U.S. surplus and bankrupted the Treasury.
* I shattered the record for biggest annual deficit in history.
* I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.
* I set all-time record for biggest drop in the history of the stock market.
* I am the first president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.
* I am the first president in US history to enter office with a criminal record.
* In my first year in office I set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history.
* After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, I presided over the worst security failure in US history.
* I set the record for most campaign fund raising trips by any president in US history.
* In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their job.
* I cut unemployment benefits for more out-of-work Americans than any other president in US history.
* I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.
* I appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history.
* I set the record for the fewest press conferences of any president since the advent of TV.
* I signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any other president in US history.
* I presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.
* I presided over the highest gasoline prices in US history and refused to use the national reserves as past presidents have.
* I cut health care benefits for war veterans.
* I set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.
* I dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.
* I've made my presidency the most secretive and unaccountable of any in US history.
* Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. (The 'poorest' multimillionaire, Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her).
* I am the first president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously go bankrupt.
* I presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud in any market in any country in the history of the world.
* I am the first president in US history to order a US attack and military occupation of a sovereign nation, and I did so against the will of the United Nations and the world community.
* I have created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States.
* I set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any other president in US history.
* I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Human Rights Commission.
* I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Elections Monitoring Board.
* I removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history.
* I rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant.
* I withdrew from the World Court of Law.
* I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.
* I am the first president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors access during the 2002 US elections.
* I am the all-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.
* The biggest lifetime contributor to my campaign, who is also one of my best friends, presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).
* I spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.
* I am the first president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied, saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1)
* I am the first US president to establish a secret shadow government.
* I took the world's sympathy for the US after 911, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).
* I am the first US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.
* I am the first US president in history to have the people of South Korea more threatened by the US than by their immediate neighbor, North Korea.
* I changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
* I set the all-time record for number of administration appointees who violated US law by not selling their huge investments in corporations bidding for gov't contracts.
* I have removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history. In a little over two years I have created the most divided country in decades, possibly the most divided that the US has been since the civil war.
* I entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Mushroom cloud - cont'd

By Carol Giacomo and Arshad Mohammed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States does not believe North Korea has conducted nuclear tests, but it is unclear whether a reported blast there three days ago showed it is preparing one, Secretary of States Colin Powell said on Sunday.

"They haven't conducted tests to the best of our knowledge and belief, and the activity reported today is not conclusive that they are getting ready to do one or not," Powell said on NBC's Meet the Press.

Powell said there was "nothing conclusive" in the current reports on the blast, and said if North Korea were to conduct a nuclear test, "I think their neighbors perhaps would be more upset than the United States would be."

"People are pretty sure it's not a mushroom cloud and not a test of any kind," a State Department official who declined to be identified said on Saturday.

Another U.S. official, who also declined to be identified, said the United States had seen some activities Thursday that might have been preparations for a nuclear test, or an actual test, but there was no definitive conclusion.

This tallied with a New York Times report Sunday that the Bush administration had received recent intelligence reports that some experts believed could indicate North Korea was preparing to conduct its first nuclear weapons test explosion.

Citing senior officials with access to the intelligence, the newspaper quoted a senior scientist who assesses nuclear intelligence as saying the evidence was not conclusive, but potentially worrisome.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Mushroom cloud reported!

Saturday, September 11, 2004, 8:55 PM PDT
(Reuters) 'Mushroom Cloud' up to 2.5 miles in diameter spotted after N.Korea blast - media report.

More info to follow

The World's Shortest Blog

This website has such a narrow focus, you must visit it.The World's Shortest Blog

Thursday, September 02, 2004

I wish for a tall chick with long legs who agrees with everything I say

A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him. As he sits, the waitress comes over and asks for their orders.

The man says, "I'll have a hamburger, fries and a coke," and turns to the ostrich, "What's yours?"

"I'll have the same," says the ostrich.
A short time later the waitress returns with the order.

"That will be $6.40 please," and the man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment.

The next day, the man and the ostrich come again and the man says, I'll have a hamburger, fries and a coke," and the ostrich says, "I'll have the same.

"Once again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change. This becomes a routine until late one evening, the two enter again.

"The usual?" asks the waitress. "No, this is Friday night, so I will have a steak, baked potato and salad,"says the man, "same for me," says the ostrich.

A short time later the waitress comes with the order and says, "That will be$12.62."

Once again the man pulls exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table.

The waitress can't hold back her curiosity any longer. "Excuse me, sir.

How do you manage to always come up with the exact changeout of your pocket every time?" "Well," says the man, "several years ago I was cleaning the attic and foundan old lamp. When I rubbed it a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes.

My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there." "That's brilliant!" says the waitress. "Most people would wish for a million dollars or something, but you'll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!

"That's right. Whether it's a gallon of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there," says the man.

The waitress asks, "One other thing, sir, what's with the ostrich?"

The man sighs, pauses, and answers,"My second wish was for a tall chick with long legs who agrees with everything I say."

(THANKS MOM) But what I would really like is to know where this restaurant is!

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Large Fish Catches Boy in Minnesota

Large Fish Catches Boy in Minnesota

Fri Aug 27, 6:52 PM ET

DULUTH, Minn. - An 11-year-old boy was out hunting frogs on Island Lake when he became the prey. A large fish, probably a muskellunge or a northern pike, attacked the boy about 5 p.m. Thursday as he and his young sister were wading in a foot of water.

The resulting wounds on Mason DeRosier's feet and hands required 11 stitches to close.
Mason's father, Richard DeRosier, was in a paddle boat just offshore during the attack. DeRosier, a Lake County deputy sheriff, said he was facing the children when he saw a huge swirl in the water.

"Before I can say 'Holy moley! Look at that!', all of a sudden the swirl is by their feet," he said.
Mason said he saw the fish splash just offshore. "It was like, maybe, 5 feet in front of us," Mason said. "Then it splashed right at my foot and bit me. It hurt."

It didn't let go. "I smacked it in the head and tried to pry it off my foot," Mason said. "He let go, but he bit my hand."

The sister wasn't hurt.

Mason was taken in back to the family's cabin to wash the wounds, then he was off to the hospital.

He received eight stitches in his left hand and three in the bottom of his right foot. He has numerous other bite marks across the top of his foot, his dad said.

"I'll bet he has 20 cuts on his foot and 10 cuts on his hand," Richard DeRosier said.

Major temperature rise recorded in Arctic

Major temperature rise recorded in Arctic this year: German scientists

Fri Aug 27, 7:18 PM ET

PARIS (AFP) - German scientists probing global warming said they had detected a major temperature rise this year in the Arctic Ocean and linked this to a progressive shrinking of the region's sea ice. AWI Photo

Temperatures recorded this year in the upper 500 metres (1,625 feet) of sea in the Fram Strait -- the gap between Greenland and the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen -- were up to 0.6 C (1.08 F) higher than in 2003, they said in a press release received here.

The rise was detectable to a water depth of 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), "representing an exceptionally strong signal by ocean standards," it said.

The experts, from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, have been recording temperatures aboard a specialised vessel, Polarstern (Pole Star), for the past six weeks.

The sampling has been taking place in the West Spitsbergen Current, which carries warm water from the Atlantic into the Arctic Ocean.

The institute said water in the Fram Strait has been warming steadily since 1990 and over the past three years, satellite images had documented "a clear recession" of sea ice edges, both in the strait and the Barents Sea.

The latest data "point towards a further warming tendency," the institute said.

In June, a UN organisation announced that American scientists had detected an "alarmingly rapid growth" this year in airborne concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), the fossil-fuel pollutant blamed for global warming.

CO2 levels recorded in March 2004 at Hawaii measured 379 parts per million (ppm), an increase of three ppm over the previous year.

By comparison, there had been an annual increase of only 1.8 ppm over the past decade. Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 before the Industrial Revolution were 280 ppm.

The June announcement was made at a conference on renewable energies in Bonn by Joke Waller-Hunter, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

(UNFCCC) -- the United Nations (news - web sites)' paramount environment accord.
CO2 is the most important of the six "greenhouse" gases blamed for driving changes to the world's delicate climate system.

These gases hang like an invisible shroud in the atmosphere, trapping the Sun's heat and inflicting what many scientists predict will be serious changes to icecaps, glaciers and weather patterns.

In the Earth's distant past, climate change has occurred naturally, by emissions of CO2 disgorged by volcanoes and other phenomena.

But the overwhelming majority of climate experts say CO2 levels are rising fast today because of the unbridled burning of oil, gas and coal.

Opinions differ, though, as to how fast the effects will occur and how bad they will be.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Order WIndows XP SP2 on CD

Order WIndows XP SP2 on CD: "

Microsoft is now taking orders for Service Pack 2 on CD. There is no charge for the CD which should arrive 4-6 weeks
after you order it. Get it
here.



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Rainiest August since records began

LONDON (AFP) - The British always moan about the weather, but this month there really has been something to complain about -- it has been the rainiest August since records began in the 19th century.
AFP Photo

And with five days of the month still to go, it's not getting any better. The BBC weather centre outlook late Thursday was for outbreaks of heavy rain in Northern Ireland and Scotland, possible floods in the English Midlands and the likelihood of more rain moving south.

The centre said rainfall was up 60 percent on the seasonal average, with one town, Bedford, receiving three times the normal amount of precipitation for the month, with 178 millimetres.

Eskdalemuir in the south of Scotland has registered a whopping 273 millimetres.

With the Cornish village of Boscastle ravaged by a raging river and people having to be rescued by helicopter in Scotland, the British are wondering if global warming will bring yet more deluges.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Dead Teenager Kept in Home 36 Years

Tue Aug 24, 8:14 AM ET

HANOI (Reuters) - The family of a 17-year-old Vietnamese boy who died 36 years ago kept his body in their home after a fortune teller told relatives they had buried the teenager alive by mistake.

The boy's family thought he had died in 1968 of illness, but a herbal medicine man said told the father his son was still alive after the burial, the Ho Chi Minh City Police newspaper said on Tuesday.

Stricken with remorse, the father dug up the body and displayed it in a glass-covered coffin, keeping it in the family home in southern An Giang until he recently confessed the macabre secret to a police news reporter.

The newspaper ran a photo of the dead boy's brother posing with his arms folded next to the coffin of his sibling. The body of the boy had not decomposed, the report said.

Well. That seems awfully strange doesn't it?

Monday, August 23, 2004

Bodies of WWI Soldiers Found in Glacier

Oddly Enough - Reuters


Bodies of WWI Soldiers Found in Glacier

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ROME (Reuters) - The bodies of three Austrian soldiers killed in World War One have been found frozen and almost perfectly preserved in an Italian Alpine glacier.



Mountain rescue worker Maurizio Vicenzi discovered the mummified bodies on Friday, encased upside down in ice at 11,940 feet altitude on San Matteo mountain near the Swiss and Austrian borders.


"Using binoculars, I saw what looked like a stain on the Forni glacier and went to look," Vicenzi, 46, from the northern Italian town of Peio told Reuters on Monday.


Worlds Largest Pink Ribbon

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The pink ribbon means something different for everyone. For one it might be a memory of one lost to breast cancer. For another it might be a symbol of what the future could bring.

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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Quiz: Are You a Fiscal Fool or Money Maven

Quiz: Are You a Fiscal Fool or Money Maven?
A Suze Orman exclusive


Take this quiz to find out what you need to work on when it comes to managing your money. Send it off to your "soul mate" as well to see how he or she does.

Friday, August 20, 2004

I guess Al Gore was right...

Politics News Article %7C Reuters.com

Yahoo%21 News - Paris Hilton%27s Lost Chihuahua Turns Up

Found

Think about this on your next swim!

N.Y. Swim Student Bitten by Rabid Otter
Fri Aug 20,12:33 AM ET

PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. - A rabid otter latched onto, and bit, a 6-year-old boy who was taking swimming lessons at a small public lake Wednesday.

Police said Ethan Pederson emerged from the water with the otter hanging onto his back and legs. Lifeguards wrestled it off, but the animal ran in and out of the water several times, chasing after others in the class, police said.

Putnam County Sheriff's deputies were called to the lake about 11:15 a.m. Lifeguards finally trapped the animal under a plastic crate, and a deputy shot it dead. Police said the Putnam County Department of Health reported a positive rabies test.

Pederson was treated for hand and back wounds as well as for rabies.

Freshwater otters have brown fur and grow about 4 feet long. They are usually nocturnal and live off of fish, and sometimes fowl.
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Information from: Poughkeepsie Journal, http://www.pojonews.com