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Tuesday, 28 February 2012
British government considers using nerve agents on their own people
Mood:  d'oh
Topic: Conspiracy / Corruption

British government may use nerve agents on their own people, leading neuroscientists have warned. The agents to be used by police would be banned under an international treaty on chemical weapons, however the government may use a loophole that means it can use the nerve agents against demonstrators within its own borders. Experts have asked the government whether it intends to develop chemical agents that would incapacitate and go beyond the chemical irritants already used such as CS gas.

The experts were commissioned by the Royal Society, to investigate new agents that could be used in the military, however the experts concluded that the government may be prepared to exploit a loophole in the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention which bans the development and use of toxic chemicals and nerve agents in military conflict, but there is exemption for domestic purposes.

The Royal Society group reported that the government had shifted its position from only using irritants such as CS gas to using the type of nerve agents used in hostage situations in Russia. The report says "The development of incapacitating chemical agents, ostensibly for law-enforcement purposes, raises a number of concerns in the context of humanitarian and human-rights law, as well as the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)."

It went on to say, "The UK Government should publish a statement on the reasons for its apparent recent shift in position on the interpretation of the CWC's law enforcement position." The Royal Society group points to a 1992 statement by Douglas Hogg, the then Foreign Office Minister, who indicated that riot-control agents were the only toxic chemicals that the UK considered to be permitted for law-enforcement purposes. But in 2009 ministers gave a less-restrictive definition suggesting the use of "incapacitating" chemical agents would be permitted for law-enforcement purposes as long as they were in the categories and quantities consistent with that permitted purpose."

In a statement, Professor Rod Flower, from Queen Mary University of London, said in the Independent newspaper that, "the insights into the human brain were leading to novel ways of degrading human performance using chemicals."

Why has the British government changed it's position?

The question that must be asked is why the British government suddenly thinks that this kind of urban warfare against its own people is necessary. The riots in London, Manchester and Birmingham in 2011 were difficult to control, but they would have been avoided without the austerity measures put in place by the government after they had to bail out greedy bankers, that have caused mass unemployment, huge national debt and poverty to come back to Britain, in a way that hasn't been seen since the general strikes of the 1970s.

Other world leaders who used chemical agents on their own people include Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussain and Colonel Gadhafi.

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D Holt is currently involved in research in the UK into the mechanisms involved in healing due to meditation, hypnosis and other ''spiritual'' healers and techniques. Previous work has included investigations into effects of meditation on addiction, the effects of sulphites on the digestive system and the use of tartrazine and other additives in the restaurant industry. new blog is now available at http://tinyurl.com/sacredmeditation

Article Source - naturalnews.com

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 28 February 2012 01:27 CET
Natural tilts in earths axis cause ice ages
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Global Warming

The idea that slight shifts in Earth's axis might have been enough to trigger the ice ages is a century old.

But a Harvard earth sciences Professor Peter Huybers has finally proved it, using computer models to test competing ideas - and finding that earth's tilting axis is the only one that works.

Full Story from dailymail.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:26 CET
Elderly should get a job to combat loneliness and help them live longer
Mood:  cheeky
Topic: Longevity

Pensioners should go back to work because loneliness is more deadly than smoking, a senior Downing Street adviser said yesterday.

David Halpern claimed that strong social relationships in then workplace would help people to live longer.

Mr Halpern, who advises the Prime Minister on his ‘big society’ agenda, said that having ‘someone who loves you’ was a powerful predictor of whether an old person would live for a long time.

Full Story from dailymail.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 28 February 2012 11:21 CET
Monday, 27 February 2012
Earths Clouds Are Getting Lower, NASA Satellite Finds
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Environment

Earth's clouds got a little lower -- about one percent on average -- during the first decade of this century, finds a new NASA-funded university study based on NASA satellite data. The results have potential implications for future global climate.

Scientists at the University of Auckland in New Zealand analyzed the first 10 years of global cloud-top height measurements (from March 2000 to February 2010) from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument.

Full Story from sciencedaily.com

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Monday, 27 February 2012 10:42 CET
How to Remove Your Google Search History Before New Privacy Policy Takes Effect
Mood:  bright
Topic: Technology

On March 1st, Google will implement its new, unified privacy policy, which will affect data Google has collected on you prior to March 1st as well as data it collects on you in the future. Until now, your Google Web History (your Google searches and sites visited) was cordoned off from Google's other products. This protection was especially important because search data can reveal particularly sensitive information about you, including facts about your location, interests, age, sexual orientation, religion, health concerns, and more. If you want to keep Google from combining your Web History with the data they have gathered about you in their other products, such as YouTube or Google Plus, you may want to remove all items from your Web History and stop your Web History from being recorded in the future.

 Here's how you can do that - Click Here

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Monday, 27 February 2012 01:09 CET
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Every Sunrise a Painting, Brain tumor survivor's daily ritual
Mood:  bright
Topic: Inspirational

Strangers seek out Debbie Wagner’s artwork to mark key milestones, memorialize loved ones

No two sunrises are ever the same. Each day’s spectacle in the sky is altered by particles in the atmosphere, the tilt of the Earth, the lengths of different waves of light.

Debbie Wagner knows this better than almost anyone else. With earnest devotion, she has risen in the darkness more than 2,200 times so she could observe and paint the sunrise. She’s rarely missed a morning since December 2005; for Wagner, the daily ritual is sustaining.

“As a brain-tumor survivor, I lost so many of the loves I had, like reading and writing and mathematics,” said Wagner, 56, who had two cancerous, pear-sized tumors removed from her brain in separate surgeries in 2002. “My visual journal became essential to my attitude for the day.

“When I look at a sunrise, it represents a new beginning. I’m just so happy to be here another day and see my kids do different things and go to dinner with my husband. I suppose that’s the addiction of it — it puts me in a state of mind focused on gratitude.”

Increasingly, Wagner’s artwork is taking on personal significance for others as well. People moved by her story have started requesting sunrise paintings for their own milestones: the day of a wedding or a baby’s birth; the day a loved one came home safely from Iraq or Afghanistan; the day a person finally overpowered a stubborn addiction.

Three weeks ago, the family of Justin Tyler Berry reached out to Wagner for an altogether different reason. Wagner learned why in a concise email from Berry’s uncle, Cody Cox.

“My 24-year-old nephew was killed in a car accident December 12th, 2011 — the day of his last sunrise here with us,” Cox wrote. “I would like to purchase that day’s painting, if it is available, and also December 13th, 2011. Both unframed please.”

Berry had been an outgoing student working toward a degree in agriculture marketing at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. He died instantly outside Miami, Okla., when an oncoming driver swerved into his lane and collided into his truck head on. He had been on his way to an evening basketball game where he planned to help younger kids improve their techniques.

“His last day was beautiful just like his whole life was,” Cox, 33, said in an interview. Cox smiled when he recalled the “typical” way Dec. 12 began for his perpetually carefree nephew: Berry had locked his keys in his truck, so he had to run to class so he wouldn’t miss a final exam.

Once he got the exam and the key mishap behind him, Berry spent the rest of his day with almost every member of his large and close-knit family. That evening he headed out to play his favorite sport.

“He was just a delightful person,” his uncle said. “He made friends so easily because he was so sincere and so genuine. ... He made everyone in his life feel as though they were his favorite person.”

‘You have to redefine’

When Wagner learned that Berry’s family wanted to memorialize him with her sunrise paintings, she sat down and cried. She then made arrangements to deliver the paintings to Cox in person in Oklahoma City on Feb. 4.

Wagner is always astonished by the encounters she has with families who seek out paintings and share their stories with her. The Bennington, Kan., resident never imagined such connections could be possible — in part because she never imagined she’d become an artist.

She had been a healthy and fit mother of three when doctors discovered her two large brain tumors a decade ago. Before her surgeries, doctors warned her she likely was mere weeks away from a major stroke; after her surgeries, doctors likened her experience to being shot through the head.

Wagner had long been a foodie who loved to prepare complex recipes. She also savored long novels, managed her family’s finances and made it a priority to get at least nine hours of sleep a night.

Post-surgery, all of that changed. Multitasking became nearly impossible, and she found she could no longer follow recipes, balance a checkbook or keep a novel’s plot straight in her mind. She also lost her cherished ability to sleep through the night.

“You go through this mourning-type period of sadness, and then you realize that you’re a different person and you have to redefine,” Wagner said. “My husband jokes, ‘Well, I’ve gotten to be married to two different women without having to get divorced!’ ”

Her brain tumors and surgeries may have robbed Wagner of much, but they also gave in unexpected ways: She said she wound up experiencing a heightened visual perceptiveness and an irresistible pull toward art.

A personal journal

Wagner painted for about three years before attempting her first sunrise. She felt compelled to try it one winter morning when she awoke early from a fitful sleep. She still remembers how vibrant and spectacular the big-sky Kansas sunrise looked that day.

“I thought to myself, ‘I wonder if I can paint that?’ And I did!” Wagner said. “It was so exhilarating that I did it again the next day, and the next day. ... Now the devotion to it is effortless for me because I get such a rush from it.”

It takes Wagner about 30 to 45 minutes to complete a 5-by-14-inch pastel creation from a darkened second-story perch in her home. She skips her morning routine on days that are completely overcast, but her ritual is so ingrained that she brings her painting equipment with her on vacations. Her sunrise paintings gradually began to grow in popularity through word of mouth after a gallery in Salina, Kan., invited her to exhibit a sunrise show.

“I’m not a great painter. I’m not trying to ask for a compliment or anything — I’m just telling you the truth,” Wagner said. “I think people are drawn to the honesty of what I’m doing, and the pureness of it. It’s not calculated and it’s not planned, and it was never meant to be commercial. It’s my journal and it’s very personal.”

As was the case with Justin Tyler Berry’s family, another Midwestern family felt drawn to Wagner’s paintings after experiencing a devastating loss. A beloved 30-year-old Kansas school teacher died unexpectedly one night from a mysterious and sudden illness. His wife was three months pregnant when she attended his standing-room-only funeral.

A friend requested Wagner’s sunrise painting from the day of the teacher’s death and gave it to his family. Family members were so moved by the gift that they contacted Wagner about five months later to place an upcoming sunrise painting on hold: the date the teacher’s wife was due to give birth by Cesarean section.

“On the day of the baby’s birth, the sunrise was incredible,” Wagner recalled. “I had a very difficult time painting this sunrise because of the significance to the family. I didn’t feel like I was fully capturing how beautiful it was. And I realized at that time, I never really capture the beauty of the real thing — I can only show my reaction to the beauty I’m seeing.

“There is no substitute for the real thing.”

To learn more about artist Debbie Wagner and see additional examples of her sunrise paintings, visit her website.

Article Source - dailygood.org

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Sunday, 26 February 2012 01:40 CET
Icelands river monster video is no joke says the cameraman
Mood:  bright
Topic: Cryptozoology

More than three million people have viewed the recent footage which may or may not be of Iceland’s mythical Lagarfljóts Worm; which is often dubbed the country’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster.

Now the amateur cameraman responsible for the footage, Hjörtur E. Kjerúlf, has told the media that “This is absolutely not a hoax by me, that is ridiculous. This is no joke.”

Full Story from icenews.is


Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Sunday, 26 February 2012 11:39 CET
Saturday, 25 February 2012
Are we hard-wired to be rebellious?
Mood:  bright
Topic: Hypnosis & Psychology

As in James Dean’s Rebel Without a Cause, there are always those who refuse to follow the crowd.

Now scientists have discovered for the first time that being rebellious may be hard-wired in our brains.

Researchers found that the extent to which people changed their minds to fit in with the crowd was directly linked to the size of a specific area of their brains.

Full Story from dailymail.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 25 February 2012 16:23 CET
Ghost sightings reported by anglers at Clevedon Pier
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Paranormal

Fishermen casting off from a iconic Victorian pier in North Somerset have found their lonely vigils interrupted by a “ghostly figure” who appears and disappears in the mist.

Anglers who use the historic Clevedon Pier regularly say they have caught glimpses of an apparition staring out to sea.

Full Story from thisissomerset.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 25 February 2012 11:19 CET
Friday, 24 February 2012
Drinking alcohol really does shrink the brain
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Brain

Brain scans of mice given significant quantities of alcohol has revealed serious shrinkage in some regions of the brain.

But the effect only occurred in mice lacking a particular type of receptor for dopamine, a chemical with a key role in setting moods.

Full Story from dailymail.co.uk

Posted by mindpotion Network at 12:05 CET
Updated: Friday, 24 February 2012 16:25 CET

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