NOW #2 LENDER TO USA—"China’s purchases of U.S. government
securities rose 20% over the first half of this year and have
exploded by more than 105% since the beginning of 2001."
[Japan is #1 lender.]
#1 RECIPIENT OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT—"Contracted
foreign investment totals $1,026.207 billion and foreign
investment in actual use totals $540.292 billion.
"The laws that
govern the structure of an economic system cannot, in the
nature of things, be set aside or altered by anything a mere
government can do."--W.
EXCLUSIVE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: NO BALLS, 2 STRIKES— (Strike 1)—
After 154 games Ichiro had not broken Sisler's record on the way to
setting the 162-game record. Even the great Ichiro could not break
Sisler's record. Therefore both records belong in the books.
For the facts see:
BASEBALL RECORDS. "George
Sisler was the nearest thing to a perfect player."—Ty
(Strike 2) COMMISSIONER FAILS TO
RIGHT A MAJOR WRONG—Galarraga retired the
first 26 batters he faced, but his bid for a perfect game was ended one
out short when first base umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled that the batter was safe. Joyce was tearful and apologetic to Galarraga after the
game upon realizing he had made the incorrect call. Galarraga was
understanding of the mistake.
CLASS IN 35-YEAR ECONOMIC DECLINE BECAUSE OF INFLATION IN HOUSING COSTS.
HERE ARE THE DRAMATIC DATA—(1)
Since the sixties the average wage has
kept up with
inflation, so the average wage has the same spending power today as it
had in 1974.
graphs, data, links
But mortgages and rents
have inflated much faster.
just over half a decade the number of
America’s working families paying more than 50 percent of their
housing has grown 76%."–nhc.org
(3) 25% OF US FAMILIES FINANCIALLY DISTRESSED— "A
national team of academic scholars and other experts conclude that 30
million workers in America–one in
four—are seriously distressed and dissatisfied with their personal
STAR GALAXY? Predicted in 1925 by W. J. Sidis—
"A British-led team of
astronomers have discovered an object that appears to be an invisible
galaxy made almost entirely of dark matter—the
first ever detected. Without any stars to give light, it could only be
found using radio telescopes."
"Strong evidence for a massive
galaxy totally devoid of stars has been found in the Virgo cluster,
about 50 million light years away from Earth. The new galaxy, which
consists of a gigantic cloud of hydrogen gas and exotic dark matter,
contains enough material to give birth to tens of millions of stars. Yet
something is preventing this from happening."
"We thus find the universe to be. . . a sort of three-dimensional
checkerboard, the positive spaces counting as white (giving out light),
and the negative spaces as black (absorbing light). Thus what we see is
simply the white space that we are in. The surrounding black spaces are
invisible."--The Animate and the
Inanimate.Astronomers Spot 15 New Extremely Dark
MACDICTIVE?—"American researchers are investigating the possibility
that fast foods may be just as addictive as hard drugs. 'It seems that
the rats ingest more and more and the changes that we see in the brain
are similar to what we would see if we gave a rat morphine or heroin'."
SWEET DRINKS ADD CALORIES BUT DO NOT SATISFY AS FOOD—"The children
did not eat any less food to compensate for the extra calories in the
sodas, lemonades and other drink treats." Journal of PediatricsBig Food
GIRLS MORE LIKELY THAN BOYS TO SEEK REVENGE?—"Violent events
involving preadolescent and early adolescent girls are more likely to be
in response to a previous event and to involve the home environment and
family member intervention." Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
CAN THESE PLANTS CLICK EDIT AND UNDO
TYPING?—"In a discovery that has flabbergasted geneticists, these
second-generation plants replaced the abnormal code of their parents
with the regular code possessed by earlier generations."
"Cress with two mutant copies of
one gene seem to be able to correct the DNA they pass on, ensuring that
at least a few of their offspring revert to normal."
UPDATES —(1) In
Dr. Jose Delgado
flipped a switch and stopped a
charging bull in his tracks
Control of the Mind, and Man's Intervention in Intracerebral
RATS—"Signals from a laptop up to 500 metres away
make the rats run, climb, jump and even cross brightly lit open spaces,
contrary to their instincts . . .The research arm of the US defense
department is funding the work."
can not only passively observe but actively control behavior."
funded by the US military have created a neural implant designed to
enable a shark's brain signals to be manipulated remotely, controlling
the animal's movements, and perhaps even decoding what it is feeling.
They hope to transform the animals into stealth spies, perhaps capable
of following vessels without being spotted."
WILL THE BAG FINALLY MAKE IT?
REAL - The Bag, Decca
Two tunes "Red, Purple and Blue" and "Down and Out" - raise this LP out of
the common herd. Both could serve as excellent programming material for
progressive rock stations. The Bag, produced by Jimmy Curtiss, shows
DEFORESTATION THE CAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING?—(1)
deforestation increased sharply in the mid-1800s. About half of the
tropical forests that covered the
planet have been cleared." Wiki
the 1860's the German tree was beginning to suffer from mass
destruction! It had become the fashion to lop off the tip off a large
tree to use as a Christmas Tree, which prevented the tree from growing
further. Statutes were made to prevent people having more than one
The most active period of timber harvesting in the
history of Alaska's interior occurred nearly a century ago. The
beginning of this era was the year 1869, when steam-powered,
stern-wheeled riverboats first operated on the Yukon River."
(4) CARBON DIOXIDE RISE ROUGHLY CORRELATES
WITH DEFORESTATION AND GLOBAL WARMING— (Click
TREES ABSORB CARBON DIOXIDE—"An
acre of pine trees (~120 trees) has the potential to sequester roughly 5
tons of CO2 per year."
BY TREES CAN COOL PLANET, SCIENTISTS FIND—"Scientists
discover cloud-thickening chemicals in trees that could offer a new
weapon in the fight against global warming.
Computer models showed that the pine
particles doubled the thickness of clouds some 1,000m above the forests,
and would reflect an extra 5% sunlight back into space. He said: 'It
might not sound a lot, but that is quite a strong cooling effect'."
TREES REGULATE GASES
NECESSARY FOR LIFE—Trees
process gases entering and leaving the soil and the leaves.source
(Click to enlarge.)
trees for a Sunday newspaper! Deforestation
may play a far more important role as a cause of global warming.
Rising CO2 levels may be accelerated by deforestation.
This matter is now urgent:
Amazon forests are disappearing at the rate of 50 football fields
a minute, or 32 million acres (13 million hectares) a year. 1.7%
of the original forested areas that were cut down by humans are
In addition, as far as
I know, the simple experiment of adding CO2
to a volume of air causing a rise of temperature has never been
done! —Dan Mahony