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10 May 2012

Alexandria,the capital of memory

The Murder of Khalid Said
13June2010 Alexandria policemen beat young man to death, says rights group | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt “On Sunday, Khaled was at cyber café at around 11:30 in the evening. Two policemen asked him for money and when he said he didn’t have, they beat him,” Muhammad Abdel Aziz, lawyer with el-Nadeem, told al-Masry al-Youm. “As he was beaten up, his head hit a marble table and he started bleeding.” arabist

... "For insltance, the arrest of protesters in front of Sidi Gaber station in Alexandria was filmed by a blogger and uploaded to Youtube, ______________________________________________________________________________ aaa ______________________________________________________________________________ I am re-re-reading "The Alexandrian Quartet" since 2012 is the centenary of Lawrence Durrel. in 1960 it was hailed as a masterpiece,. It was certainly disturbing to a 16yr old when I read it. The book(s) rapidly went out of fashion. Now regarded as over-writter, sexually incorrect, not (post)modernist enough? One early review described it as "false orientalism" - which begs the question ... what it true Orientalism? ______________________________________________________________________________ Mohammed Ali completed the canal in 1826. Which awoke the modern Alexandria
 1863 Constantine Cavafy born
 Rue de Soeurs riot 1882 .. a riot in the European quarter ( over a cab fare) 50+ dead A month later British fleet bombarded the fortifications British occupied Egypt 2 months later

 ..Gilbert and Sullivan had Wolseley in mind when they created "the very model of a modern Major-General" in the Pirates of Penzance.. Wolseley "took no offence at the friendly satire" — in fact, he often sang the part himself to entertain his family .. The only other exception to the Wolseley luck was rather more notable: he arrived two days too late to save Gordon in Khartoum.
 The British army was guided by Commander Wyatt Rawson, naval aide-de-camp to Lieutenant-General Wolseley. He navigated successfully using the stars and the army moved into position silently. The Highland Brigade moved to the front of the attacking force. At about 05:00 on 13 September 1882, the Highland Brigade approached the Egyptian positions and there was a blaze of gunfire. The bagpipe players struck up and the Scots charged the Egyptian defences. The British army had approached the lines at Tel-el-Kebir in a staggered formation and so attacked in waves from left to right. The fighting was intense, but after just over an hour, the Egyptians fled. "General Lord Wolseley (of Cairo)" _______________________________________________________________________

Alexanders tomb

The exact date at which Philadelphus transferred Alexander's tomb to the new capital, Alexandria, which had been founded by Alexander in 331BC, is unknown, but it was most probably shortly after Ptolemy died in 282BC. No details of the tomb constructed by Philadelphus have come down to us, but there is a faint possibility that the magnificent antechamber of a Ptolemaic tumulus tomb found in pieces in the Latin Cemeteries of modern Alexandria in 1907 is a part of it. This first Alexandrian tomb was replaced by a magnificent mausoleum at the centre of Alexandria in about 215BC by the grandson of Philadelphus, Ptolemy Philopator. It was Philopator's mausoleum, standing within a huge sacred enclosure, known as the Soma, which was to become the most famous and most sacred shrine of the ancient world, for in Egypt and the Roman Empire Alexander was worshipped as a god. In 89BC one of the later Ptolemies melted down the solid gold coffin, that Diodorus describes as having been crammed with the richest aromatic spices and fitted to the body like a mummy case. This Ptolemy used the gold to pay his troops and substituted a glass coffin for the one he destroyed, but it did him no good, for he was drowned in a sea-fight with rebel forces within the year. Shrine of the Caesars ...................
in 48BC Julius Caesar arrived in Alexandria having pursued his enemy Pompey thither in the aftermath of his victory at Pharsalus. He was made a present of Pompey's head by the young Pharaoh, Ptolemy XIII, but Caesar deposed and slew him in favour of his sister, Queen Cleopatra. Caesar also took the opportunity to conduct a pilgrimage to the tomb of his hero, Alexander, in the tomb chamber carved into the rock beneath the Soma mausoleum. After a spectacular reign, Cleopatra was ultimately defeated and deposed by Octavian (the future emperor Augustus Caesar) in 30BC. His arrival in Alexandria was the occasion of the most famous visit to Alexander's tomb. Octavian had the sarcophagus brought up out of the burial chamber. He crowned the mummy and strewed it with flowers, but accidentally broke off a piece of its nose.
........ Vanished from History Towards the middle of the 3rd century AD, the Roman Empire entered a period of crisis and near collapse. At first Alexandria was little affected by these troubles, but in AD262 the local legions supported a rebellion by the governor of Egypt, whom they declared to be their emperor. The insurrection was brutally repressed. There was probably fighting in and around Alexandria and parts of the city were ruined. Less than a decade later, a local magnate by the name of Firmus supported Queen Zenobia of Palmyra in an attempt to break the eastern provinces away from the rest of the empire. Once again the rebellion was quashed. This time the rebels were besieged in the palaces along the eastern shore of the great harbour.  
.The emperor Aurelian virtually razed this area, then known as the Bruchion, to the ground.  
.The century ended badly for Alexandria, when yet another Egyptian rebel emperor was defeated and killed by Diocletian in AD298. Once again Alexandria was sacked by the imperial army. Some have believed that Alexander's tomb was destroyed in one of these upheavals, but there is now compelling evidence that it survived into the 4th century AD. Ammianus Marcellinus relates an incident which took place in about AD361.  
.The Patriarch (Christian Archbishop) Georgius is said to have posed a rhetorical question to the Alexandrian mob concerning a tall and splendid temple of the Genius of Alexandria: "How long shall this tomb stand?" he enquired. By "Genius" Ammianus meant the tutelary deity of the city and this could well mean Alexander. Certainly, Alexander is the only figure to whom this expression might apply whose tomb also lay within the city.  
.A few years later in AD365, Alexandria was struck by a phenomenal earthquake followed by a gigantic tsunami, which is reported to have wrought havoc in coastal regions and port cities throughout the eastern Mediterranean. Alexandria is reported to have been particularly hard hit with ships being lifted onto the roofs of surviving buildings. This is the most probable occasion of the destruction of the Soma Mausoleum. .......................  
.Re Tomb of Alexander: Is it possible that the mummy under St Marks in Venice is actually Alexander... then there is .."the claim of Stellio Komotsos, a Greek waiter in.. cafe-bar L'Elite in Alexandria. ..when not waiting tables, go off and dig holes everywhere he could in the city. Now retired and reportedly living in Athens, he is said to have amassed more notes, maps, and documentation on the subject than any scholar. ..Komotsos once offered to share his data with a patron in exchange for a pension in dollars and a new Mercedes... Is anyone taking up a collection? ..................

. Caracalla sacked the city in 215, but apparently respected the Mausoleum of Alexander the Great. Others to do so in the third century included Claudius II (269), Aurelian (273) and Diocletian (296) resulting in a terrible repression against the population of Alexandria which destroyed nearly the whole of the city. __________________________

In 619, Alexandria fell to the Sassanid Persians. Although the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius recovered it in 629,  
.in 641 (20AH) the Arabs under the general Amr ibn al-As captured it during the Muslim conquest of Egypt, after a siege that lasted 14 months.  
. After the Battle of Ridaniya in 1517, the city was conquered by the Ottoman Turks and remained under Ottoman rule until 1798....French troops stormed the town on 2 July 1798, and it remained in their hands until the arrival of a British expedition in 1801. The British won a considerable victory over the French at the Battle of Alexandria on 21 March 1801, following which they besieged the town, which fell to them on 2 September 1801.    
___________________________________________________________________ Sydney: Abercrombie Lane: it was created as a dividing road when the area was first subdivided in 1842. The name was in common use for decades but was only gazetted in 1975. Believed to be named after a British military officer of the Napoleonic Wars, though why it was named thus and by whom is not known.
Abercromby was buried at Malta.???? There is an unimpressive monument to Abercrombie near the railway station in Alex. Possibly not his tomb, if the Malta tomb is correct... Sir Ralph Abercromby (sometimes spelled Abercrombie) (1734-1801), was a British lieutenant-general caught a musketball in the thigh, died onboard a Brit ship in Alex harbour. ..................... cealex
The Afternoon Sun
C. P. Cavafy
(translation Lawrence Durrell)

This little room, how well I know it!
Now they've rented this and the next door one
As business premises, the whole house
Has been swallowed up by merchants' offices,
By limited companies and shipping agents. . . .

O how familiar it is, this little room!

Once here, by the door, stood a sofa,
And before it a little Turkish carpet,
Exactly here. Then the shelf with the two
Yellow vases, and on the right of them:
No. Wait. Opposite them (how time passes)
The shabby wardrobe and the little mirror.
And here in the middle the table
Where he always used to sit and write,
And round it the three cane chairs.
How many years. . . . And by the window over there
The bed we made love on so very often.

Somewhere all these old sticks of furniture
Must still be knocking about. . . .

And beside the window, yes, that bed.
The afternoon sun climbed half way up it.
We parted at four o’clock one afternoon,
Just for a week, on just such an afternoon.
I would have never
Believed those seven days could last forever.
durrell2012 Apparently Julie Christie is joining in TAQ readings .. dont know if mp3s will be available the Centenary is being celebrated in June2012 _______________________________________________________________________ ...And when Pombal said" 'you are abstracted this evening. What is the matter?' I felt like answering him in the words of the dying Amr 'I feel as if heaven lay close upon the earth and I between them both, breathing through the eye of a needle'. _____________________________________________________________  


Josa and Oswald Finney's ballroom The scene of fabulous parties and costume balls – and murder and conspiracy – in the Alexandria Quartet

07 May 2012

Greece, Methane, Germaine Greer

Property... prices here have dropped to as little as one quarter of what they were five years ago. The Greeks who could afford to have left. For rent signs are plastered over almost every one of the area's shabby five-storey apartment blocks. On the side streets among the North African-run mini markets and Nigerian internet cafes, newcomers from West Africa push shopping trolleys full of scrap metal stripped from deserted buildings. Large-scale drug dealing has overtaken an entire street in the neighbourhood. Violent crime has rocketed.

 ..fourth year in recession, Greece now outstrips even Spain for youth unemployment yesterday ... under-25s at 51.2%. The headline .. is 21.7% while the real rate 25%">..

 Somewhere around 25-35% unemployment, wage-salvery becomes untenable, even to those repressively tolerant.. independent ______________________________________________________
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 The Fongoli Chimps - How to Grow a Planet - Episode 3 - BBC Two youtube ______________________________________________________

 methane from AQUA satellite Looks like methane is coming from the ocean?? (see south atlantic) also siberia, china? Not equatorial regions. SCIAMACHY satellite is now lost (6Apr12) - seemed to be source of a bunch of science-Methane papers - is AQUA adequate ? Is there a giant burp coming from Arctic? Was there a flat level pre-2007? Is CO2 even well mixed? ______________________________________________________
n methane concentration, we estimate that sea–air fluxes amount to around 2 mg d-1 m-2, comparable to emissions seen on the Siberian shelf. aaa ggpht ______________________________________________________

 Marx doesn’t use the word ‘capitalism’. The term never occurs in the finished first part of Das Kapital he never talks of Kapitalismus.... The terms he preferred were ‘political economy’ and ‘bourgeois political economy’, which he saw as encompassing everything from property rights to our contemporary idea of human rights to the very conception of the independent autonomous individual. I think he didn’t use the word ‘capitalism’ because that would have implied that capitalism was one of a number of competing possible systems – and Marx didn’t believe that. He didn’t think it was possible to move past capitalism without a fundamental overturning of the existing social, political and philosophical order. ______________________________________________________

 Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order by Philip Coggan 2011, ISBN 978 1 84614 510 0

Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber Melville House, 534 pp, £21.99, July 2011, ISBN 978 1 933633 86 2 99

 Credit arrangements organised by religious authorities, like the differential schedules of interest for separate castes in India, could still lead to steep inequality. Elsewhere, however, Confucian strictures against extraordinary profits or the Islamic prohibition of usury allowed markets to run on credit without indenturing one portion of the population to another. Graeber’s account of medieval Muslim commerce has warmer words for the institution of the market than are usually heard on the left: By abandoning the usurious practices that had made them so obnoxious to their neighbours for untold centuries before, [merchants] were able to become – alongside religious teachers – the effective leaders of their communities … The spread of Islam allowed the market to become a global phenomenon … But the very fact that this was, in a certain way, a genuinely free market, not one created by the government and backed by its police and prisons – a world of handshake deals and paper promises backed only by the integrity of the signer – meant that it could never really become the world imagined by those who later adopted many of the same ideas and arguments: one of purely self-interested individuals vying for material advantage by any means at hand. Notwithstanding some equivocations on the role of the state (‘Markets were never entirely independent from the government. Islamic regimes did employ all the usual strategies of manipulating tax policy to encourage the growth of markets’), here is a glimpse of the anti-rentier but pro-market conception of economic life that must surely count as an intermediate necessity for radical politics today. lrb longnow youtube crookedtimber thenewinquiry _______________________________________

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 Shakespeares wife. Germaine Greer Wgtn Festival March 2012 Social History The women of Stratford backfilledhe trenches dug for the enclosure of the ancient commons. Was Ann amongst them? William was aligned with the enclosers, fiscalisation, privatisation . It was surely Ann that was buying and selling malt. 1/3 of Stratford were on poor relief Hathaways were successful in America, GG hails Covendales Psalms, the Geneva bible, 1599 the first commonly available.. .. the Authorised version " a nasty piece of work" ??   radio national

 My soul waiteth on the Lord more than the morning watch watcheth for the morning. (Psalm 130 Geneva 1599)

 "Kissing the Rod" GG in Tulsa.. (C17 womens poetry) "they that have power to hurt and will do none" Women of the later tragedies are impotent... Ophelia incapable ofhonesty, sets up Hamlet to be murdered... - its advisable to attend GG, despite her silly Australianness, she is lively on literature

28 April 2012

Arhame, curcumin,Madagascans

Athame, Witches' dagger
Professor Laura Lewis .. may face the highest hurdle of all. Her mission is to make a rare-earth-free magnet, using a compound found only in meteorites. She is trying to replicate the meteorite mix of iron laid on top of nickel on top of another layer of iron. Iron and nickel, both abundant, by themselves are easily demagnetized. But in this special crystal structure, they take on strength that makes them hard to demagnetize. The problem: "They only form naturally by a tenth of a degree per million years," says Lewis. "So it takes one billion years." _
 i always wanted a witches dagger (athame) with the Widmanstätten pattern.. (grind your athame from a meteorite, dont melt that ancient pattern

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   The Life of Super-Earths: How the Hunt for Alien Worlds and Artificial Cells Will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet By Dimitar Sasselov
 Lecethin dangerous? April 7 2011 Nature Stanley Hazen, Cleveland Clinic blood plasma 18 small molecules associated with fat buildup in the arteries. One of the best predictors turned out to be a by-product made when gut bacteria break down a fat called phosphatidylcholine lecithin). trimethylamine N-oxide or TMAO the higher the risk of getting heart disease microbes convert lecithin to a gas that smells like rotten fish. liver changes to TMAO. if the researchers eliminated most of the mice’s gut microbes with antibiotics, the animals didn’t get clogged arteries. probiotics or drugs might be able to block TMAO production. nutrition

 NZ the worst place in the world? norightturn.blogspot
The Lancet infectious disease rates had doubled in New Zealand over the past twenty years, with significant ethnic inequalities, while they had been falling every where else The Lancet's editors calling on the government to solve the problem: The apparent widening of long-standing health disparities based on economic position and ethnicity ... Disparities have changed little for either the Maori or for Pacific peoples ( a fifth of the population ) stuff "There is something very wrong in NZ with such a stark and growing inequity burden."

Robert Hirsch wrote that total economic meltdown wasn't an inevitable consequence of peak oil. Yet... most economic recessions in the United States after 1969 were preceded by a spike in oil prices, "Economically, the decade following peaking may resemble the 1970s, only worse, with dramatic increases in inflation, long-term recession, high unemployment,,,

70s (67-74 say) was the most fantastic time ever, in the history of humanity (past or future) the possibility of human liberation was all around turned out the dream was based on cheap oil, neo-colonialism, and cheap inner city rents Whatever... things will never get as good again Those who booted out flatmates and bought those city shacks made a 70x profit - but by their very nature, that minority are too up-tight and fearful to cash out and go live somewhere human (Belize? Costa-Rica? Chaing-rai?) and without the hope the expectation of liberation, the anti-colonial,pro feminism, just the idea of liberation from all tyranny in particular the tyranny of wage-labour-slavery Actually theres not much of any ideas about, - the one idea from Occupy-Wall_st seems to be "be nice, share" populace has acquiesce in surveillance, confiscation of assets on suspicion, drone murder worldwide on suspicion

 Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us [Hardcover] Maggie Koerth-Baker

 Prediction: the idea of cybernetic central planning, constitution based justice, production with feedback, every idea, every enterprise subject to feedback. every tyrant subject to replacement every person welcomed, every idea heard, every greed subject to criticism - these will fail. We are headed back to a Non_surplus Feudalism. a boot grinding in the face forever. Remnants of liberation ideology whispered until ... ?

Hot Chicago aaa Chicago hot in March

 Cold Beijing Winter Ice 2nd highest eve 

Madagascan women
 Dr Cox says. “What we’ve done is developed a computer model to find out more about that very early settlement history. Our research suggests that around 30 Indonesian women came to the island about 1200 years ago, around the 9th century AD.” Almost all Madagascans today are related to those 30 founding women. “There has been trading along the Indian Ocean for millennia, and people have assumed that Indonesians settled there as a result of lots of people using this trading route,” he says. “But if it is only 30 individuals, that theory doesn’t make sense. So it appears more likely that this may have been an accidental event – it certainly wasn’t a big, planned movement of people.” massey

but 30 women means about 10 canoes, or more than a few, but less than a "big" movement what is a fleet of 10 canoes? what idea drives it? ________________________________________________________________________________

 tumeric spice curcumin
 curcumin can rescue proteins from aggregation, the first steps of many debilitating diseases Professor Lisa Lapidus c... binds strongly to alpha-synuclein and prevents aggregation at body temperatures,.. also speeds up the protein's folding and reconfiguration.. it doesn't go into the brain easily.. curcumin .. potential protection against prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s, ..heart failure, diabetes, and arthritis. negative article 13.1 opinions by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in February 2010. jbc _________________________________________________________________________________
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  badastronomy the sky is about 40,000 square degrees. Now we also know that there are about 6000 stars visible to the naked eye. So there must be 6000/40,000=0.15 stars per square degree. So how big is the Moon? The Moon has a radius on the sky of about 1/4 a degree. The area of a circle is pi * radius^2, so the Moon's area is pi * (1/4)^2=0.2 square degrees. aaa

Is that earth gleaming_ within those rings?


 England dry Following the driest 18 months on record for some parts of the country, streams and rivers are drying up leaving insects, fish, mammals and amphibians fighting for survival. Newly hatched tadpoles of frogs, toads and newts are under threat while wading birds such as snipe, curlew and lapwings will suffer from a lack of moist soils in which to find food such as worms for themselves and their young. In drought-affected areas, some streams, ponds and shallow lakes are likely to dry up before aquatic insects such as dragonflies have taken wing, which will cause them to perish,...
 Rivers such as the Pang, home to Wind In The Willows' water vole Ratty, have already dried up in places.
  telegraph Heat wave in USA record 9days warmth in Chicago maybe: 1)GlobalWarming may be picking up 2)increased rain.. not always

27 April 2012

Boinc, Assange-Nasrallah,HERV

Winter approaches, time to fire up some Boinc
 , use yr computer  participate in some big science - in the cold world, computer cycles heat your house and solve some big problems..

Mullers Ratchet

Caenorhabditis elegans is known for his high rate of selfing that may make it susceptible to the operation of Muller's ratchet. Now evolution@home has found that this worm would indeed be in trouble if there were no processes that would counter genomic decay in this worm or if selfing was very old. we conclude that pure selfing can persist for only short evolutionary intervals, and is expected to lead to extinction within thousands of years for a plausible portion of parameter space. Credible lower-bound estimates of nuclear mutation rates do not extend the expected time to extinction much beyond a million years. biomedcentral existing simulation results suggest that outcrossing rates of less than 1% do not reduce the rate of mutation accumulation substantially ... existing simulation results suggest that outcrossing rates of less than 1% do not reduce the rate of mutation accumulation substantially

C.Elegans can  only be thousands of years as selfing??
 [I am not convinced by Muller's ratchet. Mystified how mitochondria can persist for 2B years with no crossing ] 

 Earthquakes Apple laptops manufactured since 2005 are outfitted with accelerometers, as are many IBM (now Lenovo), Acer, and HP laptops. They detect sudden acceleration--as when a laptop falls from a table, for instance--and brace the hard drive for impact. Quake Catcher Network's software analyzes shakes sensed by a computer's accelerometer and report only big movements to the central server, ignoring the vibrations from a passing truck, a bump to a table, or even a minor earthquake. The pattern of signals received by the server allows the network to recognize a significant earthquake.

Primes primegrid n 19 Apr 2012, 21:12:27 UTC, PrimeGrid’s Generalized Fermat Prime Search, through PRPNet, found the mega prime: 773620^262144+1 The prime is 1,543,643 digits long and enters Chris Caldwell's “The Largest Known Primes Database” ranked 2nd for Generalized Fermat primes and 22nd overall. The discovery was made by Senji Yamashita of Japan using an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 in an Intel Core i7-970 @ 3.20GHz system with 6GB RAM, running Windows 7 Professional x64. This GPU took about 47 minutes to probable prime (PRP) test with GenefCUDA. Senji is a member of the PrimeSearchTeam. ega prime: 773620^262144+1 (2^18 = 262144)

 I'm running this, only 3,300 others, an interest in proving primality, somewhat recondite.. primaboinca seeking counterexample to Agrawal conjecture primaboinca targets reached: no counterexample for n < 10^11; next target: 10^11- 10^12;  imath If Agrawal's conjecture were true, this would improve the polynomial time complexity of the AKS primality testing algorithm     Lenstra and Pomerance and suggest strongly that this conjecture is false. efmer berkeleyin boinc unitedboinc _________________________________________________________________

 thanks JulianA, great interview Hezbollah seems to startle itself with its successes. Their fuel-air device in Beirut killed so many US marines that Reagan pulled out of Lebanon.
In 2006 Hez snatched a couple of IDFers and then surprised everyone (including themselves?) by resisting invasion for weeks. I suspect that fibre-optics and actual cryptography were used, not just the farm-boy ciphers that SN claimed rt _________________________________________________________________

wafa Hundreds of Palestinians Arrested in March, says Rights Group NABLUS, April 11, 2012 (WAFA)..... One woman was arrested in Hebron under the pretext she attacked soldiers while crossing a checkpoint after soldiers took her 3-year-old son away from her.

The Genome Generation by Elizabeth Finkel 2012 Melbourne book review.
On first glimpse, another chatty pos sci book. On closer inspection a solid and startling investigation of C21 genetic revelations. EF is an ex research scientist, which typically means a book is solid. With a heap of references, many http (buy the kindle version?) This book is startling. I thought I had been keeping up with popular science news about the Genome, but I had fallen behind. Starts with an intro chapter, about that Saturday in 1953 - in the morning we were in the medieval vitalistic dark, in the afternoon we had a view of how molecules did life. Turns out the new 'Dogma' was over-rated. Only 1.5% of the human genome codes for protein. Chap2: "Junk is telling us something" One of EF's heroes is John Mattick (Melbourne?) sciencemag
The Eukaryotic Genome as an RNA Machine the genomes of all studied eukaryotes are almost entirely transcribed,  [in various cell lines?] generating an enormous number of non–protein-coding RNAs (ncRNAs). In parallel, it is increasingly evident that many of these RNAs have regulatory functions. EF says 8% of our DNA is fossil retrovirus and 45% are transposons (jumping genes) (others think the LINE etc may be retroviral traces, so over half , ie including the retrotransposons may be retroviral traces? .... virolution)"..  Melbourne Simons: nature Rett Syndrome fugu fish have less junk DNA, but they do have some. Bacteria: 20% of genes are regulatory proteins

This is the sticking point: if it takes genes to make proteins to regulate genes, there is evidently a limit to complexity. Is this why multicell took billions of years to arrive?

 Junk DNA Amoeba 50% roundworm 75% humans 98.5%

 have we reached another sticking point of complexity, even using small RNA controllers? 1993: C elegans missing vulva if micro RNA lin-4 not present (22Base RNA from 70 Base DNA)

 Its Double strand RNA (dRNA) that interferes , the cell recognises dRNA , DICER chops it into 20 base segments, RISC uses these to halt RNA expression. (plants,fungi,worms,flies). So far not useful medically, dRNA is fragile. in Humans 125 base miRNA protects against transposons oxfordjournals 2007 However, only a small proportion of these retroelements 0.05%, remains able to transpose...

among the non-long terminal repeat (LTR) retrotransposons, only some long interspersed nucleotide elements-1 (LINE-1, or L1) and short interspersed element (SINE) (Alu and SVA) subfamilies continue to be mobile in mammals today (1,2). sciencewatch miRNAs A Macro View of MicroRNA

  nobelprize RNA interference ENCODE Project nytimes ‘Gene’ Has a Multitude of Meanings nytimes Now: The Rest of the Genome Although only 1.2 percent of the human genome encodes proteins, the Encode scientists estimate that a staggering 93 percent of the genome produces RNA transcripts. John Mattick, an Encode team member at the University of Queensland in Australia, is confident that a lot of those transcripts do important things that scientists have yet to understand. “My bet is the vast majority of it — I don’t know whether that’s 80 or 90 percent,” he said. 

 ..... But Only about 4 percent of the noncoding DNA in the human genome shows signs of having experienced strong natural selection. Some of those segments may encode RNA molecules that have an important job in the cell. Some of them may contain stretches of DNA that control neighboring genes. Dr. Haussler suspects that most of the rest serve no function. plosgenetics The Genetic Signatures of Noncoding RNAs John S. Mattick* sciencemag skinny moms nature genome-wide association study (GWAS). Missing Heritability and GWAS Utility bbc Spotty mice flout genetics laws nature Has evolution learnt how to learn? hopkinscolon From Polyp to Cancer nytimes 

 David B Goldstein     A Dissenting Voice as the Genome Is Sifted to Fight Disease ... men from Jewish communities all carry a certain lineage of Y chromosomes, one that is shared by many Near Eastern peoples.. ...the mitochondrial DNA of many Jewish communities looks as if it was derived from the population of the host community. Jewish communities may therefore have been founded by Jewish men, arriving perhaps as traders(sic), who took local wives......................... ...............

...... As part of a project on schizophrenia, Dr. Goldstein has done a genomewide association study on 2,000 volunteers of all races who were put through cognitive tests. “We have looked at the effect of common variation on cognition, and there is nothing,” Dr. Goldstein said, meaning that he can find no common genetic variants that affect intelligence

to be continued...
the scandal is, that the Human Genome Sequencing project has shown such few useful disease results
... if 1000 genes combine to produce a phenotype, testing would need 2^1000 examples...

Fracking . Most of the chemical-laced slick water injected down the well will stay belowground, but for every million gallons, 200,000 to 400,000 gallons will be regurgitated back to the surface, bringing with it, McGraw writes, not only the chemicals it included in the first place, but traces of the oil-laced drilling mud, and all thee noxious stuff that was already trapped down there in the rock: iron and chromium, radium and salt—lots
 of salt. ,,The question is what to do with that volume of bad water. If it leaks into small streams, disaster results: the classic case is Dunkard Creek, which rambles for forty miles along the Pennsylvania–West Virginia border. In Wilber’s words, “its clear, green eddies and swimming holes, shaded by hemlock and sycamore trees, attracted generations of anglers, paddlers, picnickers, and nature lovers” who enjoyed the 161 aquatic species found in its waters. In September 2009, however, pretty much everything died in the course of a few days— nybooks ________________________________________________________________________________ the Kapuni Stream is contaminated and they are blaming the toxic poisons being used by oil companies .. fracking.. They talk about the polluted stream and contaminated ground water and point to a curious cluster of cancer cases. Even the Taranaki District Health Board admits that the death rate from cancer in the province is significantly higher than in the rest of New Zealand. Even the Straterra website says the company recommends all waste be stored in metal tanks. I visited many sites in Taranaki and didn’t see any metal tanks, just wide-open concaved mounds of earth that certainly didn’t look lined in any way and were often near streams. “I haven’t seen any metal containers. Any garbage from their activities is kept there [the pits],” Michael Self says. “You have a big downpour of rain and it goes into the rivers.” When I push Fred McLay on the subject again, he tells me the pits are “generally lined with clay and that some operators are now using liners.” Only “some” operators? 

But the tragedy is that even if all companies now using lined pits, for many, many years they weren’t and the damage may have already been done. “One guy from the oil company told me that they were having difficulty in get rid of their drilling fluids,” says Sarah Roberts. “There was an effluent pond nearby and so they dumped it in there and it overflowed into the local stream. Another guy told me that he was disturbed about how his company was handling the discharge and voiced his concerns and was told that the oil company pays at the front end so that the Taranaki Regional Council doesn’t check at the back. massivemagazine propublica

[the Kapuni Stream pollution may not be from Fracking per se, some other Oil Co drilling..] ________________________________________________________________________________ DrOz Nutrition
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Sunflower seeds contain lignin phytoestrogens,
 Fennel, an anti-inflammatory; 
 Cranberry juice disrupts the formation of plague placque 

23 March 2012

Steel cont , Tessalit, Larus bulleri

BAMAKO, 22 March 2012 (IRIN) - Former Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré, overthrown this morning ..

the Comité national pour le redressement (CNRDRE), captain Amadou Sango, has dissolved state institutions, suspended the constitution, reportedly arrested several ministers,
Touré’s “incapacity to manage the crisis in the north ..

"There are no Malian soldiers left in the base, they have all fled," said Bayes Ag Dicknane, an officer with NMLA
600 rebel fighters .. the base in Tessalit and none of the rebels had been killed..
The government has few bases in the Sahara.. Tessalit is of strategic importance .. has an airport. .. National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad..
The NMLA began attacking towns across north Mali(the Azawad) in mid-January.
..Tuareg who once fought for Libya's Moammar Gadhafi..


one of the band’s founders, singer-guitarist Ibrahim Ag Alhabib and singer-guitarist Elaga Al Hamid are the two members stranded. Ag Alhabib is reportedly staying in a refugee camp near the Algerian border but the crossfire between the Malian Army and MLNA (Mouvement de Liberation National Azawad) rebels is so heavy he "is unable to get out using his vehicle..."
.. members of Lo'Jo will join Tinariwen on stage ..
Tinariwen album 'Tassili,' Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.
Wellington Town Hall on 13 March at 8pm.
tinariwenmusic tinariwenmusic

neonatal or newborn screening tests are no longer being carried out because there isn't enough money to pay for them.

Neonatal screening is the process by which babies are screened for up to 40 serious developmental, congenital and metabolic disorders, including sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis, that may be treatable but difficult, or even impossible, to detect clinically. The tests are usually carried out on small blood spots obtained by pricking the infant's heel soon after birth.

In Greece, Hatzinikolaou said, "it is effectively grinding to a halt".

"If the institute's funding does not come through, or if it is closed down, national neonatal testing in Greece will stop. We will see children dying from disorders that we know how to detect, and know how to treat."
Castle Hill wind farm. At a potential 858 MW, Castle Hill would be the biggest wind farm in the country, and our second-largest power station;
"on at least one of the charges in question - possession of a Molotov cocktail - there seems to be very little scope for there to even be a "lawful and proper" purpose for having one. If you want to do that sort of thing, stick to paintball."
- a "left" NZ blog ["norightturn'0 - evidently a Stalinist, who fantasises about micro-control over people, gasoline, stubbies, polystyrene beads, lighters.
- Bring on the libertarians, if they will protect us from these Stalinist overlord. It is NOT a crime to burne some gasoline/polystyrene
It was Ross Meurant in 81, as head of the Red Squad, who warned about the use of bean-bag refill as a dangerous cocktail additive - HART had no idea.  Ironically Ross M is in the doc "Operation 8", now on t'other side.

a Malayan village called Batang Kali where the Scots Guards – involved in a conflict against ruthless communist insurgents – murdered 24 unarmed rubber workers in 1948
independent fisk

Pithecophaga jefferyi
Whale Sharks Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Steel continued...

1415 Agincourt " the recent adoption of steel (rather than iron) for armor."
1429 Orleans Jeane d'Arc armour made of steel? "rolled rusting steel" is "authentic"?
"In the middle of April, Joan was at Tours, where her standard was made according to her indications, and she was fitted with a steel armour like a knight's, a plain suit, however, and for this reason called white."

1872 England gets Phosphorous out of its ore
1877 Union SteamShip Dunedin orders steel ships

1888 Eiffel tower, iron not steel... Eiffel was familiar with iron

Quenching: in water bade the blade brittle. Tempering restored toughness
but many would not risk the brittle breaking breaking so not wate quenched (slave guts instead?)


"Slow Steaming" how slow can it go?
Baltic Dry Index how low can it go?


Phylo.. The aim of the game is to improve the sequence alignment of promoter regions ..of 521 disease-associated genes from 44 vertebrate species. Sequences are represented by strings of blocks with a color corresponding bases
find the best possible match between sequences for up to eight different species at a time by shifting the sequences to the left or right, one block at a time.

If a player's alignments were better than that calculated by MULTIZ, a state-of-the-art alignment program UCSC
12,252 registered users 3,000 regular players. 350,000 solutions to various MSA problems, beating the accuracy of alignments from MULTIZ in roughly 70%
humans' game-playing visual talents can do some things better than a computer algorithm



IN 1856 WILLIAM PERKIN invented mauve.


Y chromosome

Afropop Worldwide (Host: Georges Collinet)
Global Village (Host: Chris Heim)
Mary Ann Kennedy's Global Gathering
Slacker.com World (Host: Tom Frouge)
Thursday Morning on WPKN (Host: Cliff Furnald)

Average amount of pesticides used per acre, per year,
on golf courses 18.0 pounds
in agriculture 2.7 pounds


New Zealand has 33 endemic seabirds. The next biggest country count is 5
.I take my lunch with Larus scopulinus eying my every move. A bird of "Least Concern"

Fiordland Penguin Eudyptes pachyrhynchus,
Snares Penguin Eudyptes robustus,
Erect-crested Penguin Eudyptes sclateri,
Yellow-eyed Penguin Megadyptes antipodes,
Antipodean Albatross Diomedea antipodensis,
Northern Royal Albatross Diomedea sanfordi,
Southern Royal Albatross Diomedeaepomophora,
Campbell Albatross Thalassarche impavida,
White-capped Albatross Thalassarche steadi,
Chatham Albatross Thalassarche eremita,
Buller’s Albatross Thalassarche bulleri,
White-headed Petrel Pterodroma lessonii,
Magenta Petrel Pterodroma magentae,
Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata,
Pycroft’s Petrel Pterodroma pycrofti,
Cook’s Petrel Pterodromacookii,
Chatham Petrel Pterodroma axillaris,
Westland Petrel Procellaria westlandica,
Parkinson’s Petrel Procellaria parkinsoni,
Buller’s Shearwater Puffinus bulleri,
Fluttering Shearwater Puffinus gavia,
Hutton’s Shearwater Puffinus huttoni,
New ZealandStorm-petrel Oceanites maorianus,
Campbell Island Shag Phalacrocorax campbelli,
New Zealand King Shag Phalacrocoraxcarunculatus,
Stewart Island Shag Phalacrocorax chalconotus,
Chatham Islands Shag Phalacrocorax onslowi,
Auckland IslandsShag Phalacrocorax colensoi,
Bounty Islands Shag Phalacrocoraxranfurlyi,
Spotted Shag Phalacrocorax punctatus,
Pitt Island Shag Phalacrocorax featherstoni,
Red-billed Gull Larus scopulinus, LC least concern
Black-fronted Tern Sterna albostriata
[Black Billed Gull Larus bulleri why is it not on this list?]

threatened species (Figure S3), New Zealand retains “pole position”,having more than double the number of threatened species of any other country

... of the 22 species of albatross, 17 are in decline.

- this link not now working...

Tsunami double waves
gsfc mov

Boiling Water Piles

the Mark I, the "safety disadvantages" of which were highlighted in an internal memo at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission —the precursor to the NRC—as far back as 1972. The NRC nonetheless permits its use because "the Mark I can survive long enough to allow for actions that keep the public safe in the event of a radioactive release," Burnell says. In other words, there would be time to evacuate

.... The reactors at Fukushima had batteries big enough to power equipment, including monitoring instruments, for eight hours. U.S. reactors are required only to have two hours of such battery backup.

AP-1000, .. so-called passive safety ..enough water to cool a reactor for three days "If this design had been used in Fukushima, we would not have a news story," Aris Candris, CEO of Westinghouse
..the plume of contamination spreading to the northwest.. may (sic) have come from such spent fuel. Despite having been shut down for refueling, Unit 4 also suffered an explosion and what remains identified by Japanese authorities as a "lube oil fire." (.. "We know it wasn't a lube oil fire," Larry Camper, director of the NRC's Environmental Protection )..

In the U.S.,.. spent-fuel pools are even more densely packed, .. 45,000 tons..

Ironically, the loss of walls and roofs may have been the key to preventing a worse accident at Fukushima. ..the explosions enabled emergency workers to spray cooling water into the pools directly—if inefficiently—via water cannons (sic) and other devices. "

on March 10, 2011, the NRC licensed the boiling-water reactor of similar design and vintage at Vermont Yankee to operate for another 20 years just one day before the Fukushima crisis.

The one thing that the NRC crisis guide for boiling-water reactors "doesn't really do is tell you how to stop [a meltdown],"

As of 2000, conventional rocket (US$25,000 per kilogram) for transfer to geostationary orbit Saturn V low Orbit 120Tons
Space Gun


those people, including some suspected insurgents believed likely to return to the fight if released, would probably have to be released because Afghanistan has no law that allows for indefinite detention for national security reasons.”

Honestly, what kind of a backward country doesn’t have a provision for the indefinite detention, on suspicion alone, of prisoners without charges or hope of trial? As a mature democracy, we now stand proudly for global indefinite detention, not to speak of the democratic right to send robot assassins to take out those suspected of evil deeds anywhere on Earth.

in the country’s modern history, no Afghan national army has ever saved a government, or even tried. More often, such an army has either sat on its hands during a coup d’état or actually helped to overthrow the incumbent ruler.
Ann Jones

Cambodia's Shrinking Forests
Botum Sakor National Park in southwest Cambodia is fast disappearing ..the Chinese gambler.

Chut Wutty, director of the Natural Resource Protection Group
Tianjin Union Development Group 340 sq km of Botum Sakor into a gambling resort ..

..economic land concessions 7,631 sq km most of it in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries,

Fishing families in Botum Sakor say that Union Group is using strongarm tactics to relocate them deep inland.
- mining for gold and other minerals -- are dominated by the Chinese..
Cambodia's 2001 land law forbids economic land concessions >10,000 hectares ..But China's Union Group won a 99-year lease thanks to a 2008 royal decree

Botum Sakor resort,
Mathieu Pellerin rights group Licadho, "Botum Sakor is melting away,"
.. "Cambodia is giving away 36,000 hectares to a foreign entity ..

..at the picturesque seaside village of Poy Jopon, people were preparing to leave after signing away their property to Union Group -- under duress


..Nhorn Saroen, 52, was among hundreds of families who have already been moved from another fishing village, called Kom Saoi. "We were told it was Chinese land and we couldn't cut down a single tree," ..
He was provided with a house in a purpose-built village far inland, robbing him of his main livelihood: fishing...Many families cannot make ends meet in the remote area and have moved away..
Seng Sok Heng of Community Peace Network,..Open Development Cambodia,.. additional bribes were common.

..huge leaseholds at the heart of wildlife sanctuaries such as Boeng Per and Phnom Aural, while 19 concessions have swallowed up almost all of Virachey national park

..cancelling a $3.6 billion Chinese-led dam project in September..


Ted Alexandro
Hannibal Buress
Pete Holmes
Anthony Jeselnik
Moshe Kasher
John Mulaney
Kumail Nanjiani
Chelsea Peretti
Amy Schumer
Rory Scovel

spiders after floods - saveing us from mossies?


highest levels of lutein and zeaxanthin 42 and 41% reduction in the risk of cataract
against age-related macular degeneration,
U Eastern Finland 1,689 between 61 and 80
113 cases age-related cataracts, of which 108 nuclear..
..significant reductions in the risk of cataract,
both ..similar levels of protection from cataracts.
The ratio of zeaxanthin:lutein is much higher in the lens
Both protect liposomal membranes from light-induced oxidative..
Z more effective protector against UV ..
also against peroxyl radical oxidation

So lets grind up all those crayfish shells

but its astaxanthin in crays?
"dietary xanthophylls (astaxanthin and zeaxanthin)"

hens increase in the astaxanthin concentration in theegg yolks, r

powder is produced dehydration process (5-8 seconds, 350 °C) at low pressure.
crayfish residues initial 70-80% moisture and after processing 8-10%.
The carbohydrate, fat and protein crayfish powder are 20.3%, 3.3% and 30.2%,

normal diet milled corn lutein (7.45 mg/kg), zeaxanthin (7.86 mg/kg) and canthaxanthin (2.30mg/kg).
Then 20% crayfish powder (provided by Seafood Sevilla S.L.) 25 d. Hens eat around 100 g per day
astaxanthin absorbancevalue at 470 nm concentration 90.3 mg/kg.

one of the few antioxidants that can penetrate the retinal barrier in your eyes.
benefits against a number of vision-related problems

astaxanthin, microalgae Haematococcus.
the most powerful antioxidant known in the natural world, demonstrating 550 times the antioxidant power of Vitamin E,


Swanson $8.50 60*4mg

see PLOOH below

Polyphenol-rich cranberry juice has a neutral effect on endothelial function but decreases the fraction of osteocalcin-expressing endothelial progenitor cells
osteocalcin, linked to hardening of the arteries
osteoblastic EPCs [endothelial progenitor cells],
urinary tract health proanthocyanidin (PAC)
(Vaccinium macrocarpon) 36mg of proanthocyanidins (PAC) reduce the adhesion of E. coli bacteria to the urinary tract
69 participants,
double-strength Ocean Spray four months.
peripheral arterial tonometry (EndoPAT)
markers of EPC and osteocalcin
no differences for endothelial function,


12 March 2012

Gillard, epigenitics, steel

Feminism falls to a faux male warrior myth?
On 3 March, Greer wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald that she “fell in love with” the “matter-of-fact” Gillard long ago. Omitting entirely Gillard’s politics, she asked, “What’s not to like? That she’s a woman, that’s what. An unmarried, middle-aged woman in power – any man’s and many women’s nightmare”.
That Gillard might be a nightmare to the Aboriginal women, men and children whom this quintessential machine politician has abused and blamed for their impoverishment, while implementing punitive and racist measures against their communities in defiance of international law, is apparently not relevant. That Gillard might be a nightmare to refugees detained behind razor wire, children included, in places that are “a huge generator of mental illness”, according to Australia’s ombudsman, is of no interest.
That Gillard has pledged to keep Australian soldiers in Afghanistan indefinitely and that the overwhelming majority of those killed or wounded has happened during her period as prime minister, is beside the point. Gillard’s feminist distinction, perversely, is her removal of gender discrimination in combat roles in the Australian army. Thanks to her, women are now liberated to kill Afghans and others who offer no threat to Australia, just like their comrades in “hunter-killer” units currently accused of massacring civilians

Pilger antiwar

Germaine spoke tonight for the arts festival, I failed to show


The epigenetics of the cells in the brains of alcoholics is messed up-- both the epigenetic markers on the DNA and epigenetic markers on histones ... epigenetics is one of the main ways our genomes have for restricting the expression and movement of transposable elements..they found that ERVs were stripped of their DNA methylation in the alcoholic brain, and saw the expected huge increase in ERV mRNA as a result of this.

So, take home message-- they found a ton of ERV mRNA floating around in the brain cells of alcoholics.

The authors think that ERVs .. are actively contributing to the brain damage ... inducing neuroinflammation. ,,

periodic table of swearing
slack quenched bloom , mere bainite
[ no mention of East African steel?]

200 BC Celtic metallurgists supplying the Roman Republic with swords made from manganese iron ores mined in Austria ( Noricum).

blast furnace in westernEurope (± 1300). By
1500, the indirect process of decarburizing cast iron to producewrought and malleable iron and German steel dominated iron- and steelmaking strategiesafter the transition was made to utilizing the larger and more efficient Stucköfen and blastfurnaces. ..
Wayman (2000),
* are excerpted fromBarraclough (1984a).
Date Event
1900 BC First production of high quality steel edge tools by the Chalybeans from thehigh quality iron sands of the south shore of the Black Sea.
1200 BC End of the Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean region; steel isprobably being produced by the bloomery process.*
800 BC Carburizing and quenching are being practiced in the Near East.*
800 BC Beginning of the European Iron Age. Celtic metallurgists begin makingnatural steel in central and eastern Europe
.650 BC trading through Europe of iron currency bars, often percentage of raw steel
400 BC Tempered tools and evidence for the ‘steeling’ of iron from the Near East*
300 BC The earliest documented use of crucibles for steel production was thesmelting of Wootz steel in Muslim communities (Sherby 1995a).

[Wootz bars said to come from Sri Lanka, hilltop ridges forced air through the bloom?]
Damasc blades could be bent 90 degrees? Some say that some organic additive put carbon nanotubes into the blades.

200 BC Celtic metallurgists begin supplying the Roman Republic with swordsmade from manganese-laced iron ores mined in Austria (AncientNoricum).
55 BC Julius Caesar invades Britain
50 BC Ancient Noricum is the main center of Roman Empire ironworks.Important iron producing centers are also located in the Black Mountainsof France and southern Spain.
43-410 AD Romans control Britain.
125 AD Steel is made in China by ‘co-fusion’.*
700 High quality pattern-welded swords being produced in the upper RhineRiver watershed forges by Merovingian swordsmiths from currency barssmelted in Austria and transported down the Iron Road to the DanubeRiver.
1000 First documented forge used by the Vikings at L’Anse aux Meadows(Newfoundland)
1250-1350 First appearance of blast furnaces in central and northern Europe
+/- 1465 First appearance of blast furnaces in the Forest of Dean (England)
1509 [“Natural” (German)] steel made in the Weald [Sussex, England] by finincast iron*
1601 First record of the cementation process, in Nuremberg*

1607 First shipsmith forge in the American colonies used at Fort St. George,Maine
1613/1617 Cementation process is patented in England.*

1709 Abraham Darby discovers how to use coke instead of coal to fuel a blastfurnace.
1720 William Bertram invents manufacture of ‘shear steel’ on Tyneside.
1742 Benjamin Huntsman adapts the ancient process of crucible steel-productionfor his watch spring business in Sheffield, England.
1758 John Wilkinson begins the production of engine cylinders made with theuse of his recently invented boring machine.
1763-1769 James Watt designs and patents an improved version of the Newcombatmospheric engine, i.e. the steam engine.
1774 John Wilkinson begins the mass production of engine cylinders used inWatt’s steam engine pressure vessels.
1775 Matthew Boulton and James Watt begin mass production of steam engines.

1784 Henry Cort redesigned reverbatory puddling furnace, decarburization of cast iron to produce wrought and malleable iron without contact with sulfur containing mineral fuels.

1804 Samuel Lucas of Sheffield invents the process of rendering articles of castiron malleable.
1828 Adoption of the hot air blast improves blast furnaces
1835 Steel is first made by the puddling process in Germany.*
1837 In England, Joseph Nasmyth introduces the steam-powered rotary blowingengine.
1839 William Vickers of Sheffield invents the direct conversion method of making crucible steel without using a converting furnace.
1856 Gasoline is first distilled at Watertown, Massachusetts.
1856 Bessemer announces his invention of a new bulk process steel-productiontechnique at Cheltenham, England.*
1862 Robert F. Mushet sets up his Titanic Steel and Iron company in the Forestof Dean and begins producing alloy steel with tungsten and titanium.

two-lives-added-to the tree-of-souls

08 March 2012

Syria,John Holloway, Wedelia paludosa

On March 5, Russia Today (RT) headlined, "Stratfor leaks: NATO commandos in illegal special ops in Syria," saying:

On March 4, the Syrian Free Press claimed 100 foreign mercenaries captured after regaining control of Homs. Most were French. Others were from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other Arab states. They had weapons supplied by America and Israel.
On March 5, 13 French officers were captured. RT said Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper reported it.

On March 7, RT said Mossad, CIA and Blackwater elements are operating inside Syria. In addition, according to Lebanon's Al-Manar, "around 700 gunmen were recently arrested in the former rebel stronghold of Babar Amr."

They came from Gulf states, Iraq and Lebanon. Qatari intelligence operatives were with them, as well as fighters from Afghanistan, Turkey, France and other European countries.


Iran's Fars News Agency says Tehran has "corroborative evidence to prove US involvement in arms smuggling into Syria."

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said thousands of weapons and mercenaries have entered a number of Syrian border towns and cities.

AFP 5 Mar -- Israel on Monday allowed the Palestinians to export two truckloads of date bars from Gaza to the West Bank in what was the first such trade between the territories since 2007, the military and an NGO said. The rare move was permitted as part of a World Food Programme (WFP) initiative to feed Palestinian school children, Israeli NGO Gisha said in a statement, which hailed the trade as "an important step." But the military said it was a "one-off" trade and did not mean its nearly five-year ban on exports between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank was being lifted.
John Holloway Auckland historian

1,091 possible new planets, bringing the total count to 2,321—up from 1,235 candidates formally announced last February.
Of the 46 planet candidates found in the habitable zone (where liquid water could exist), 10 are near-Earth-size.

An examination order allows the police to force someone to turn up and answer their questions, on pain of a year in jail if they refuse.

Judith Collins assures us that the police will never abuse this power:
In response to the concerns of some groups, the 7-year threshold means that examination orders are not available to investigate such crimes as protesting,{sic}


fan is designed to sit on top of a freestanding wood or pellet stove, and generates its own electricity without cords or batteries. Your Ecofan AirMax starts automatically when placed on top of a stove http://www.gaiam.com/product/ecofan+airmax.do
and adjusts its speed with the stove temperature.



The official fishing-industry suck-arse brigade is proposing a Protection zone where you can actually keep fishing...
"Rob Murdoch, general manager of research at NIWA told Wilcox, "I think New Zealand is taking a very pragmatic approach to creating a MPA. I think it is a good first step.""
- would that be the guy who fired Jim Salinger for speaking out about climmate change?

A shipping container from Auckland to Singapore costs $1553 while it cost only $486 from Sydney, as Oram concludes, "shipping costs dwarf whatever productivity gains the ports can achieve so the government must investigate them. If it refuses to do so, yet it heaps pressure on council-owned port companies and their unions to eke out efficiency gains, the government, quite simply would be acting uneconomically and, worse, immorally."

, it is fascinating to watch how formerly radical organizations like the Center for Biological Diversity and individuals like Andy Kerr and Andy Stahl, the bête noires of the timber industry in the late 80s and early 90s, become seen as sell-outs by the next generation of environmental radicals.
...maybe Kerr and Stahl do see more room for collaboration with the timber industry ...
...the formerly hard-core are seen as selling out over time, to be replaced by a new cadre of the real activists. Donnelly equates Oregon Wild with the Sierra Club, suggesting that the former’s willingness to think about collaboration with the timber industry is equivalent to the latter’s extremely unfortunate embrace of fracking as a bridge fuel. ..
[whatever happened to the RAN Rainforest Action Network - they were pretty darn radical in the late 80s]

Why now, and what next?

Why was 2011 the year that brought such a ferocious assault on labour standards? .. the long-term economic decline experienced by working- and middle-class Americans. For the past thirty-five years, wages for non-professional employees have been on a steady, if gradual, decline,.. If the country continues in the broad policy directions of neoliberal trade, privatization, de-unionization and deregulation, there is no possibility but that living standards for most Americans will continue to decline, as the country is slowly but inexorably competed down to the level of less wealthy trading partners. This broad reality provides the fundamental background framing contemporary politics. For the economic elite, the primary political challenge is how to manage the politics of decline ..

Andrew Breitbart suffered his untimely death just hours before he was set to release damning video footage that could have sunk Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
Around three weeks ago on February 9 during the ‘Blog Bash’ event in Washington DC, Breitbart made a prophetic comment that takes on a somewhat chilling nature given the fact that he died in the early hours of March 1st.
Speaking to Lawrence Sinclair of Sinclair News, Breitbart stated, “Wait til they see what happens March 1st.”
It’s almost certain that Breitbart was referring to his plan to release damning footage of President Obama that he...

wedelis daisy

Wedelia paludosa protected against paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity, an effect not observed over oxidative stress-related parameters.
Hepatoprotection is likely mediated by some terpenes present in W. paludosa extrac
Bay Biscayne Creeping-oxeye,
Sphagneticola trilobata, commonly known as the Bay Biscayne Creeping-oxeye, is a plant in the Heliantheae tribe of the Asteraceae (sunflower) family. It is native to the Neotropics and is widespread as an invasive species in the Pacific.
\activity up to the lowest dose of 0.68 mg/mL in the in vitro assay against trypomastigotes of T. cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas' disease (American trypanosomiasis).

antinociceptive Wedelia paludosa, a Brazilian folk medicine dolorous pathologies. kaurenoic acid and luteolin marked antinociceptive
more active than acetyl salicylic acid, acetaminophen, dipyrone and indomethacin...

luteolin is present only in leaves and stems, but in small quantities. .. support its popular use for the treatment of algesic processes.
low DHA levels in red blood cells are associated with smaller brain volumes and a ‘vascular’ pattern of cognitive impairment even in persons free of clinical dementia.

..1,500 dementia free ..average age of 67 ..MRI brain scans. .. tested to measure mental function, body mass, and the omega-3 fatty acid level in their red blood cells
DHA levels in the lowest 25% ..had lower brain volume.. appear two years older
bottom quartile also scored lower on tests of visual memory and executive function, such as problem solving and multi-tasking and abstract thinking.
Brain scans also showed signs of less blood supply ..

nutrition diet


. People who have psoriasis were significantly more likely to have the gene variants known to defend against HIV-1 and delay its progression to AIDS.

01 March 2012

Mangosteen, Jolo Drone, Mercury

the purple stuff in the rind (& in Kumera skin)
...alpha-mangostin, beta-mangostin, garcinone B, and garcinone E, which are collectively called xanthones.

Queen Victoria offered knighthood to any subject who could bring her a mangosteen fruit in prime condition. No one succeeded.

Feb 29, 2012
US drones over the Philippines
By Jacob Zenn

airstrike Abu Sayyaf Jolo first known use of the unmanned aerial assault craft in AFP..
reportedly killed 15 Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah
incl Zulkifli bin Hir (alias Marwan), Gumbahali Jumdail ( Doc Abu), and Mumanda Ali ( Muawayah)
Marwan US$5M reward ..was in JI's central command,..the markaziyah, founder of the Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia,

conspired in 2002, bombings Bali with ..brother, Rahmat,..radios and cash..
In August 2003, Marwan Mindanao,..training Abu Sayyaf members in explosives..

Muawayah Singaporean military officer Indian descent.. 2002 Bali bombing $50,000 reward ..

Doc Abu, Mindanao's Tausug ethnic ..kidnapping, Sipadan, Malaysia in 2000 Dos Palmas Palawan 2001.
..villagers reported to the AFP.. left a sensor at his hideout ..
a separate air strike on October 2011 killed Marwan's aide, Madarang Sali, and three other Abu Sayyaf . ground operations .. "counter-productive" because they "cause locals to have negative perceptions of the military".

October 18, 2011, 100 MILF fighters + Abu Sayyaf ..13 AFP special force killed.

drone tracked the sensor

Luz Ilagan, called for the abrogation of the US Visiting Forces Agreement and an end to US military intervention ..



See Lotsa Planets (Saturn at midnight?)
For once in my life I have a hig up bedroom facing distant east horizon - sunrises, for tha sodden mind...
hope to see Mercury

Saturday, May 7, though the mornings before and after should be almost as good. You will need a low, cloudless eastern horizon.

First to rise will be Venus, about an hour before sunrise -- check your local paper for local sunrise time.

Venus will be joined by Jupiter about 5 to 10 minutes later. Jupiter will appear about 4 degrees (half a binocular field) to Venus' left. Your fist held out at arm's length covers about 10 degrees of the night sky.

A few minutes after Jupiter's appearance, Mercury will rise directly below Venus. About 5 minutes after that, Mars will join the other three. The Red Planet will appear another half binocular field to the left of Jupiter. [Skywatching Tips: Viewing Planets in 2011]

Doomer Porn, Putin Fanon

Doomer Porn
I am not in the Olduvai camp. The downshoot surely wont be back to the stone age.

It does seem that Wage-Slave-Labour, ie Capital, depends on surplus, which depends on EROEI ie fossil fuels.

Hard to envisage the post concentrated-energy ie diffuse energy economy

Where I sit the wind blows every day, more or less, and the wind turbines power the entire city. Dams + geothermal + wind do 70% of the countries energy. Fine if the rains persist.
Which it looks like they will.

Unfortunately the populace is gripped by a fierce intensity, a determination not to be human.
Thin on the ground, determined to bar refugees (660 per year permitted!). Triumphant in their weatherboard Cu-Cr-As soaked pine bungalows, still yet worth a dozen years pay,
determined to drive 100kW chariots from their 'driveway', determined not to live next to their kin.
Blissful fugue adoration for Capital. Lockouts of unions, even 'on the waterfront' where the navvies humping sacks were long replaced by a single guy way up in the seat of a massive container crane.

I suppose that on the worlds way down, in the grab for the last drop, some fools will let fly some nukes. I refuse to believe that a mere 50 cities burning will do for a nuclear winter.
Surely at least a third of people will survive.

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‘Few men realise,’ wrote Joseph Conrad in 1896, ‘that their life, the very
essence of their character, their capabilities and their audacities, are only
the expression of their belief in the safety of their surroundings.’


Shipping Container Architecture
- exactly where in Wellington is that house?

firmitas   cryptogon   progressiveradionetwork

Putins sensible propoganda
the Arab Spring was initially received with hope for positive change. People in Russia sympathized with those who were seeking democratic reform.
However, it soon became clear that events in many countries were not following a civilized scenario. Instead of asserting democracy and protecting the rights of the minority, attempts were being made to depose an enemy and to stage a coup, which only resulted in the replacement of one dominant force with another even more aggressive dominant force.
Foreign interference in support of one side of a domestic conflict and the use of power in this interference gave developments a negative aura. A number of countries did away with the Libyan regime by using air power in the name of humanitarian support. The revolting slaughter of Muammar Gaddafi – not just medieval but primeval – was the manifestation of these actions.
No one should be allowed to employ the Libyan scenario in Syria.

This just in: Zionists still disgusting, threat to world peace.
timeinc     change     blogspot


Fanon, the absence


The explosion leveled the walls, leveled the structure for the Unit 4 spent-fuel pool all the way down to the approximate level of the bottom of the fuels. So, there’s no water in there whatsoever,” an NRC official said on March 16, according to the transcripts. [...]

“If this happened in the U.S., we would go out to 50 miles,” Bill Borchardt, the NRC’s executive director for operations, told NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko on March 16.

Energy consumption is still increasing rapidly, 550 exajoules (523 Quadrillion BTUs) ..primary energy in 2010.
..80% fossil fuels, 11.3% bio-energy mainly wood 5.5% nuclear, 2.2% hydro, 0.4% other renewable

1 to 10 exajoules time to rise: 12 years nuclear, 33 crude oil, 39 natural gas, 52 coal, and 59 hydro-power.

exajoules (E18 joules) Quadrillion (E15) BTU's ..

1 joule = 9.48 E-4 BTU.
1 boe (barrel of oil equivalent) = 5.45 E6 BTU. = 5.75E9J
1 ft³ of natural gas = 983 BTU. 1.04E5
1 m³ = 3.6E6J??

1 metric ton of coal = 22.72 E6 BTU.
1 exajoule = 174 million barrels of oil equivalent.
1 foot³ = 0.02832 meters³