On the sand the great works of the human race are built,
and like a little child Time wrecks them with his foot.
K. Karyotakis 1927
April 18, 2008
K. Karyotakis 1927
April 18, 2008
April 18, 2008
One of the most remote places in the world, Easter Island, is a bright example of a huge ecosystem disaster.
The island nowadays is completely deforested but was largely forested before humans settled it.
About 16 species of trees or woody shrubs existed, and at least one large palm! There were not any large or small mammals; however, there were insects and at least one species of lizard. Twenty-five seabird species, from sub-Arctic to tropical, and six types of land birds are archaeologically known. Of 111-140 species of fish inhabiting the marginal marine ecosystem, only 54 of them are near-shore or offshore species. Human impact on birds was significant, and caused the extinction of about half a dozen land birds and several dozen seabirds.
The moai represent ancestral chiefs who were believed to be descended directly from the gods and whose supernatural powers could be harnessed for the benefit of humanity. The massive stone figures were generally erected on temple platforms (ahu) along the coast, where they faced inland to keep watch over the local community.
Most were carved from soft volcanic tuff at Rano Raraku, an extinct volcanic crater that served as the primary statue quarry.
April 14, 2008
April 14, 2008
Doramad radioactive toothpaste:
gamma spectroscopy analysis did reveal trace quantities of thorium, but the levels are too low to be detected with a simple hand-held survey meter.
This story is adapted from the book Alsos, written by Samuel Goudsmit, H. Schuman Inc., New York, 1947. It appeared in the December 1996 issue of the Health Physics Society Newsletter.
In the early 1940s, the U.S. was at war and extraordinary efforts were underway to build an atomic bomb. The government even went so far as to confiscate the uranium oxides used by ceramics manufacturers to produce red/orange glazes. More than a few collectors must have been upset at the disruption in their supply of red dinnerware. Still, sacrifices were required. Similar confiscations occurred in occupied Europe to supply the Nazi A-bomb project, and keeping track of Germany’s atomic research was an allied intelligence effort code-named Alsos (the Greek word for grove, as in General Leslie Groves).
In the fall of 1944, the Alsos team learned that Auer Gesselshaft, a German chemical company involved in securing and processing uranium, had taken over the French company Terres-Rares during Nazi occupation. Ominously, Auer had shipped Terres-Rares’ massive supply of thorium to Germany. That the Germans wanted thorium suggested that their atomic research was further advanced than previously thought. Shortly after Paris was liberated, the Alsos team converged on the Terres-Rares office. They found it empty. Petersen, the Auer company chemist involved in securing the uranium and thorium supplies, had fled the allied advance (in Now It Can Be Told, Leslie Groves gives this man the name Jansen).
Petersen had gone to a town on the French-German border searching for some missing railroad cars carrying the thorium. And, as luck would have it, the area was captured by the allies shortly after Petersen arrived. Alsos had their first prisoner—and a suitcase bulging with documents! Among these was a dossier on a businesswoman who plied the world’s oldest profession sur les rues de Paris. Petersen’s explanation for having the dossier was that the woman had charged him an exorbitant 3000 francs although “in Berlin . . . it is only seven marks and a half per fling.” He said he was hoping to contact the proper authorities (whoever they would be) to recover some of his money. When the Alsos investigators took to the streets, they found that all aspects of Petersen’s implausible story proved true. However, the suitcase’s most shocking document revealed that Petersen had recently visited Hechingen, a town rumored to be a center for atomic research. Later it would be learned that the Germans had a lab there with an isotope separation unit and, in a nearby cave, an experimental pile. When the site was eventually captured, a ton and a half of metallic uranium cubes from the pile (likely produced by the Auer company) were found buried in a nearby field. Petersen’s explanation for his trip to Hechingen: he was visiting his mother (no doubt seeking advice on how to recover his 3000 francs). Darn thing was, his mother actually lived there.
The front of the tube reads:
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Its radioactive radiation increases the defenses of teeth and gums. The cells are loaded with new life energy, the destroying effect of bacteria is hindered. This explains the excellent prophylaxis and healing process with gingival diseases. It gently polishes the dental enamel so it turns white and shiny. Prevents dental calculus. Wonderful lather and a new, pleasant, mild and refreshing taste. Can be applied sparingly.
Ultimately, Alsos’ hard work paid off and they discovered the true reason why Terres-Rares’ thorium supplies had been confiscated: the Auer Company, recognizing that the end of the war was near, and concerned about the consequent loss of business, concluded that there was no better future for their company than in cosmetics and related consumer products! Radium had already been used in toothpaste (Radiogen), why not use thorium instead? Auer had the patent, and with the thorium in hand they were ready to hit the ground running. They even formulated the following potential advertisement: “Use toothpaste with thorium! Have sparkling, brilliant teeth—radioactive brilliance!”
April 12, 2008
…when half the world lives on less than 2 dollars a day and 94% of global income accounts for 40% of the world’s population,
while 6% of global income accounts for 60% of people, then there’s no way for peace…
Finnish pediatrician and writer Leena Kaartinen, has dedicated her life to helping patients in dangerous areas and warzones.
She has been working in Afghanistan over the past 10 years training afghan nurses.
He is the founder and chair of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation (aka alternate Nobel prizes), which he started in 1980 when he sold his holdings of rare postage stamps to provide an initial endowment of about one million U.S. dollars. The Right Livelihood Award was conceived as an alternative to the Nobel Prize, and is intended to “recognize the efforts of those who are tackling [the great challenges facing humanity] directly, coming up with practical answers to such challenges as the pollution of our air, soil, and water, the danger of nuclear war, the abuse of basic human rights, the destitution and misery of the poor, and the over-consumption and spiritual poverty of the wealthy.
Since co-founding France’s League Against Road Violence in 1983, Jurgensen’s efforts to change French driving habits and laws have helped cut accident fatalities by well over half. Jurgensen’s campaign grew out of personal tragedy. In April 1980, Jurgensen, a journalist, was in her Paris apartment when she got word that her two infant daughters, Elise and Mathilde, had been killed in an automobile accident while on a trip with their aunt. Jurgensen and other campaigners launched educational and public-awareness programs, but could only advance so far without legislative action by politicians, many of whom were unwilling to anger French drivers. But she and her colleagues persevered, and in the early 1990s a succession of laws to combat reckless and drunk driving were passed.
On February 13, 2000 Serge Rotheli and his wife Nicole, began a journey of epic proportion, which should take them across five continents over a five-year period. He is running at a pace of 7000 km or 4,375 miles per year while she rides a motorcycle by his side.
Through this ambitious voyage, the Roethelis hope to increase public awareness of the plight of children around the world. The couple’s impetus is to promote children’s rights worldwide and to help finding effective ways to defend their rights and building support for their cause.
Safia Minney is founder and director of Fair Trade and environmental fashion and lifestyle label
People Tree. She has turned a life-long interest in environmental, trade and social justice issues
from a lifestyle into a Fair Trade business.
In 1997 Safia added a Fair Trade Fashion Collection, using eco-textiles, including organic cotton,
to the products sold by Fair Trade Company, and the first People Tree collection was launched.
People Tree was working closely with textile artisan groups to help them meet environmental
standards and develop their market potential, with two full-time designers at People Tree. Today,
People Tree has five full-time designers on the team, which consists of 40 staff members in
Tokyo and eleven in London.
Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983, fueled by the belief that credit is a fundamental human right. His objective was to help poor people escape from poverty by providing loans on terms suitable to them and by teaching them a few sound financial principles so they could help themselves.
Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, activist, editor, and author of many books. In India she has established Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers’ rights. She directs the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy. Her most recent books are Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge and Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply.
Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Green Belt Movement, an environmentalist, a civil society and women’s rights activist, and a parliamentarian.
April 9, 2008
The name comes from the Latin phrase “deus ex machina” and it’s just a videogame.
Released in the year 2000, brought conspiracy theories and Orwell’s big brother back to life!
A great mixture of mind control, nanotechnology, cloning, new world order, dark brotherhoods, Illuminati, area 51 and all these great things we love to discuss about.
In Deus Ex you play as J.C. (Jesus Christ?) Denton, an antiterrorist agent of UNATCO (United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition).
Denton is bio-genetically improved through nanotechnology, being more “effective” as an agent.
UNATCO apart from terrorists has also to face the spreading of a global disease, known as “The Grey Death”.
Whereas there is a treatment, known with the code name “Ambrosia”, its mass production and allowance takes long under no reason, while population suffers.
Terrorist group N.S.F. (National Secessionist Force) believes that Ambrosia is blocked by secret societies and strikes in order to steal the medicine.
J.C. with his brother’s (Paul Denton) team breaks in the N.S.F. operations to locate the stolen loads of the medicine.
After the success of this mission J.C. finds out that his brother Paul is a double agent for N.S.F.
Paul tries to convince J.C. to think about the honesty of UNATCO (which is a tool of secret groups) and change side.
Finally J.C. goes to the other side with N.S.F. (where is proved that fights for freedom) and faces the mysterious Men In Black who arrest him.
He wakes up in a prison cell in an unknown place, where for the first time, gets on to a mysterious “being” with the code name “Daedalus”…
JUST REMEMBER WHAT WE LIVE NOWADAYS, IS WHAT CYBERPUNK LITERATURE MENTIONED BACK IN THE ’70S-’80S.
A Bright Example: THE NEUROMANCER by William Gibson.