Floods, SWIFT, Luteolin
Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured the top image on February 6, 2012.
Looks like AnthroCChange is going to be more precipitation, bigtime
So what we need is
1) flood towers (Bangladesh is alrady building these... 6 metres? 15 metres? these could contain potable water tanks (see 2 & 3)
2) water purification/filtering - is it really true that tubular sand filters automatically generate effective cellular layers?
Can plastic bottles be safely used for sunlighttreatement? (ie phalathate risk)
3) storage between the floods: underground stone arched cisterns are the best? isoprene bladders? ponds with a layer of plastic bottles to cut evaporation?
4) levees: trouble is: when the levee breaks, there aint no place to go ( except flood towers)
Long term, we are looking at forests replacing grassland, unless we encourage the pachyderms
Recent times have shown the greatest seizure of bank accounts (Libya), now the (Belgian) transfer service is suborned
Old certainties about banks are crushed.
..CUTTING IRAN OUT OF SWIFT
..press the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, to shut out Iran's central bank and its other financial institutions from the system used to move money between banks ..Senator Robert Menendez.
..authorize but not compel the Treasury Department to sanction Belgium-based SWIFT and the banks that own it, ..
"SWIFT messages are kind of the glue for the worldwide banking system..
U.S. companies cannot do business with Iran, but foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies can and do.
..making U.S. parent companies liable for business done by their foreign subsidiaries ..
..more payments are being made directly to the National Iranian Oil Company and National Iranian Tanker Co..
..Foreign energy companies involved in joint ventures with Iran
the bill would not cover BP's Shah Deniz natural gas project in Azerbaijan in which a subsidiary of the National Iranian Oil Company owns a stake.
reuters..The bill now goes to the full Senate “where the likelihood of passage is considered strong,..
"Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Human Rights Act" ..
SWIFT officials were quick to cave to U.S. pressure...
Stuart Jeanne Bramhall February 3rd, 2012
Capitalism will end when oil runs out, ..Fleeing Vesuvius..2010. ..New Zealand editions ..2011. ..
..We are always taught that the industrial revolution ..was the result of British technological innovation..Smith .. The Wealth of Nations.
..Smith totally overlooks the importance of cheap fossil fuel energy, at first from coal and later from oil..
..Douthwaite .. one bBL oil = labor of a man working 40 hours *51*12...before.. cheap fossil fuels, capitalism was impossible
..production of an economic surplus that can be reinvested in new capital ..to expand production
. a surplus.. possible because of the vast amount of cheap.. work performed by fossil fuel..
..industrialization and capitalism will .. cease when fossil fuel becomes too ..expensive ..
for every 100 mg per day increase in magnesium intake, the risk of stroke was reduced by about 9%. nutrition
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett felt all the frustrations of Te Aupouri Maori Trust Board, which has been feeding children at five schools in Kaitaia, at a public meeting in the town yesterday kicking off a two-week roadshow about the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children.
Child, Youth and Family, part of Ms Bennett's ministry, has told the board to stop providing lunches to 15 to 20 children each day who came to school without lunch,
(makes sense they changed the name from Welfare to Developmen)
Camelina oil rich in the omega-3, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)....omega-3.Rapeseed ALA (10%) and sunflower almost none. Camelina oil is more stable than linseed, due-its natural antioxidants, ..
..mustard family,..resistant-flea beetles.. prefers cooler climates
Camelina oil ..64% polyunsaturated, 30% monounsaturated, and 6% saturated fatty acids... high levels of gamma-tocopherol (vitamin E) which confers a reasonable shelf life .
canola (rapeseed) 127 gal/acre
camelina 62-100 gal/acre
from 330-1700 lbs/acre seed with oil content 29-40%... . ..nitrogen up-levels of 80 lb/acre.
Montana 2008 569 lb/acre, down 4.8% over 2007, 400-1000 lb/acre...
1000 kg of Camelina 350 kg of oil, .. press will extract 250 kg. Cold pressing (40°C) is required,
.. 1,800 - 2,000 lb/acre 16-18 inches of rainfall
900 - 1,700 lb/acre 13-15 inches
2,400 lb/acre irrigation
2,100- 2,400 lb/acre 25 inches of rainfall.
Camelina sativa.. ..heavily branched, 1-3 feet .. pods.. many small, oily seeds
..gold-of-pleasure, false flax, wild flax, German sesame. One of our favorites is Siberian oilseed;
biodiesel - will it ever be a good idea?
Luteolin citrus bioflavonoids. antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor parsley, thyme, peppermint, basil herb, celery and artichoke.
Luteolin displays strong antinociceptive (against pain originating from peripheral nerves) action in mice .(85) ..
Brazilian plant Wedelia paludosa,..including painful conditions.
luteolin, quercetin, chrysin, eriodicytol, hesperetin, and naringenin -- apparently act as anti-inflammatory agents.
Luteolin is found in celery, thyme, green peppers, and chamomile tea.
quercetin include capers, apples, and onions.
Chrysin is from the fruit of blue passionflower
Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and other citrus fruits are good sources of eriodicytol, hesperetin, and naringenin.
..all six plant compounds target an enzyme TBK1 inhibits.. trigger inflammation.
..luteolin was the most effective .. already known to have anti-inflammatory properties..., Hwang first to provide this new
Occupation: in 2011, 722,000 Israelis lived beyond the Green Line, ..settlements and East Jerusalem. ..5% increase over 2010... 1 in every seven Israelis lives outside of 1967 borders ..
said that 43% of the West Bank land is inaccessible by Palestinians since it was allocated to Israeli settlements’ benefit.
Richard Feynman's lectures on quantum electrodynamics (QED) delivered at the University of Auckland in 1979. These are surely among the very best ever delivered in the history of science.
..The Rational Optimist
Life Is a Digital Code
It's hard now to recall just how mysterious life was on the morning of 28 February and just how much that had changed by lunchtime.
Foxconn, which manufactures gadgets for the likes of Apple, Sony, Nintendo and HP, among many others, has had a grim history of suicides at its factories. A suicide cluster in 2010 saw 18 workers throw themselves from the tops of the company's buildings, with 14 deaths._____________________________________
In the aftermath of the suicides, Foxconn installed safety nets in some of its factories
It's great because it evaporates a little bit faster than alcohol does, which means you can run the production line even faster and try to keep up with the quotas. The problem is that n-hexane is a potent neurotoxin and all these people have been exposed. Their hands shake uncontrollably. Most of them can't even pick up a glass.
I talk to people whose joints in their hands have disintegrated from working on the line, doing the same motion hundreds and hundreds of thousands of times. It's like carparpel tunnel on a scale that we can scarcely imagine. You need to know that this is imminently avoidable. If these people were rotated, monthly, on their jobs this would not happen. But, that would require someone to care. That would require someone at Foxconn and the other suppliers to care. That would require someone at Apple and Dell and the other customers to care. Currently, no one in the ecosystem cares enough to even enforce that. And so, when you start working at 15 or 16, by the time you are 26, 27... your hands are ruined. And when they are truly ruined, once they will not do anything further, you know what we do with a defective part in a machine that makes machines. We throw it away....
..An ancient poem was rediscovered—and the world swerved.
by Stephen Greenblatt
..Lucretius anticipated the core scientific vision of modernity...
Audio: Stephen Greenblatt on the radical ideas of the Roman poet Lucretius.
Lucretius; “On the Nature of Things” (”De Rerum Natura”); Books; Writers; Poetry, Poets; Poggio the Florentine (Poggius Florentinus); Epicurus
The accidental universe:
Science's crisis of faith
By Alan P. Lightman
Alan Guth..“the multiple-universe idea severely limits our hopes to understand the world from fundamental principles.” And the philosophical ethos of science is torn from its roots.
Steven Weinberg.. “We now find ourselves at a historic fork in the road we travel to understand the laws
of nature. If the multiverse idea is correct, the style of fundamental physics will be radically changed.”
Lets see: Inflation was proposed to explain the Improbable flatness of being. But if improbability is voided by selection from the manyVerses... the necessity for Inflation has vanished... the place is flat just because it is...
Mr. Tim Te Aika's old homestead
Wind record 12.2% of UK energy demand on December 28, ,,
.. production between December 1, 2011 and January 5, 2012 5.3% of UK power demand, RenewableUK
..to grow by one third this year, .. installed ..to 8,000 MW),