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The most recent leap year prior to 2005 was in the year 2004.
The general rule of thumb is that, except for years evenly divisible by 100, every year divisible by four is a leap year. The change from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar added one exception: all years divisible by 400 are leap years. That’s why 1600 and 2000 were leap years and 1800 and 1900 were not.
The Winners are in RED:
Million Dollar Baby
Martin Scorsese - The Aviator
Clint Eastwood - Million Dollar Baby
Taylor Hackford - Ray
Alexander Payne - Sideways
Mike Leigh - Vera Drake
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Don Cheadle - Hotel Rwanda
Johnny Depp - Finding Neverland
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Aviator
Clint Eastwood - Million Dollar Baby
Jamie Foxx - Ray
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Annette Bening - Being Julia
Catalina Sandino Moreno - Maria Full of Grace
Imelda Staunton - Vera Drake
Hilary Swank - Million Dollar Baby
Kate Winslet - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Alan Alda - The Aviator
Thomas Haden Church - Sideways
Jamie Foxx - Collateral
Morgan Freeman - Million Dollar Baby
Clive Owen - Closer
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Cate Blanchett - The Aviator
Laura Linney - Kinsey
Virginia Madsen - Sideways
Sophie Okonedo - Hotel Rwanda
Natalie Portman - Closer
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke - Before Sunset
David Magee - Finding Neverland
Paul Haggis - Million Dollar Baby
José Rivera - The Motorcycle Diaries
Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor - Sideways
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
John Logan - The Aviator
Charlie Kaufman - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Keir Pearson & Terry George - Hotel Rwanda
Brad Bird - The Incredibles
Mike Leigh - Vera Drake
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
As It is in Heaven - Sweden
The Chorus (Les Choristes) - France
Downfall - Germany
The Sea Inside - Spain
Yesterday - South Africa
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
A Very Long Engagement
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera
House of Flying Daggers
The Passion of The Christ
A Very Long Engagement
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Born into Brothels
The Story of the Weeping Camel
Super Size Me
Twist of Faith
Million Dollar Baby
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Passion of The Christ
The Sea Inside
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek - Finding Neverland
John Williams - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Thomas Newman - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
John Debney - The Passion of The Christ
James Newton Howard - The Village
"Accidentally In Love" - Shrek 2
"Al Otro Lado Del Río" - The Motorcycle Diaries
"Believe" - The Polar Express
"Learn To Be Lonely" - Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera
"Look To Your Path (Vois Sur Ton Chemin)" - The Chorus
The Polar Express
The Polar Express
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Autism is a World
The Children of Leningradsky
Mighty Times: The Children's March
Sister Rose's Passion
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
Everything in this Country Must
7:35 in the Morning
Two Cars, One Night
Possible energy ramifications of diminishing magnetic field. How long will it linger at zero before reversing?
Seeing the powerful earthquakes such as the December 26th, 2004 event that triggered the tsunami disaster, people are looking for possible causes for the apparent instability of earth's crust. "End-times" alarmists and backyard researchers believe that the predicted imminent reversal of the earth's magnetic field may be a significant clue to these eschatological-scale events.
Scientists have been observing changes in the direction of earth's magnetic field which took place recently as well as in the distant past. NASA’s website features a map showing the gradual northward migration of the north magnetic pole in the past century and a half. Since more than double the time interval has elapsed since the last reversal, compared to the time lapse between the previous two pole reversals, some believe we may be overdue for the next north-south flip. However, though the interval between reversals of the Earth’s magnetic field can be as short as 5,000 years, it can also be as long as 50 million years. There does not seem to be any logic or rule governing the planet’s behavior.
It is not only the direction but also the strength of this magnetic field that is a concern. In the time of dinosaurs, at an estimated 2.5 gauss, it was eighty percent stronger than it is now. This may have been one of the reasons such gigantic life forms thrived. It is now accepted that a catastrophic event ended the reign of giant reptiles. However, they did not re-evolve to equivalent dimensions. And the disappearance of mammalian “mega-fauna” in more recent times is still considered to be a mystery. The mastodons and mammoths would have towered over modern elephants. Why are there so few large terrestrial animals today?
What happens when you flush the toilet?
The smaller average size of modern animals may be due to the gradual decline of Earth's "steady state" (as opposed to “pulsed”) magnetism. Thousands of years ago the Chinese, with their astute discovery of bio-electrical energy flows known as “meridians”, learned that magnetism promotes vigor in biological life. They used magnetic rocks in medical treatment. In the past century there has been a further decline of earth's magnetic field by another five percent down to only 0.5 gauss. This has led Dr. Dean Bonlie to identify a "magnetic deficiency syndrome" resulting from the biological stress caused by the weakening of this "energy base" for life.
The weakening of earth’s magnetism is one of the factors believed to be predictive of a pole reversal. That magnetic field reversals have occurred in the past is confirmed in the geological record. What is unclear is how precisely the transition occurs, and what happens to life forms extant at the time of this pole flip.
Does the magnetic field drop to zero gauss? Dire predictions follow upon the heels of this theory. Electronic devices would all be at risk: there may be damage to, or complete loss of, all near-earth-orbiting satellites and possibly the space station itself. Effects on life forms could range from migrating birds losing their sense of direction to immune system decline and even widespread die-off from radiation-induced cancers.
Losing its protective magnetic envelope, the atmosphere would expand and become thinner, possibly leading to altitude sickness near sea level. No longer filtered out, deadly cosmic rays would kill most if, not all, living creatures on the surface. Only those living in deep caves would be safe. This scenario has prompted some to build underground bunkers in hopes of surviving.
Countering this frightening vision, NASA predicts that, rather than declining to zero gauss, the magnetic field would become disordered. Thus we might for short time have more than one north and south pole on the planet. This official scientific stance says that the magnetosphere which shields us from cosmic radiation would not entirely disappear either. Thus, while communications would be erratic and perhaps at times completely inactivated, humans would find ways to survive. However, there are dissenters in the ranks, pointing to the vast South Atlantic magnetic anomaly and radiation damage to satellites over that region attributed to weakening of the protective magnetosphere.
The disorderly-flip theory is supported by evidence from geology that in past reversals the decline was not total. Lava flows that solidified at Steen's Mountain during a lengthy reversal process show that the magnetic poles wandered across the equator three times. Though strength of the field was reduced to about 20% of maximum, there is no record that it fell to zero gauss during that transitional period.
The theory that activity in the turbulent molten outer iron core of the planet generates its magnetic field currently dominates scientific thinking. Stormy activity deep in the earth's outer core, believed to be filled with roiling convection flows of molten iron, is understood to generate the planet’s magnetic field. Such violent seething could affect the mantle as well, possibly disturbing the earth's crust and causing the quakes.
However, there is an alternate theory of how the magnetic field is generated. In his article, "Origin of the Earth's Magnetic Field", Ernest McFarlane outlines gaps in the molten-iron convection theory. He proposes a system of electronic cells in a crystalline metal core with hot spots of heavy metals releasing alpha and beta particles. Due to the high heat the alpha particles are unable to combine with the free electrons. "Consequently an electron current flow is produced and conditions are set up for the generation of current loops throughout the inner and outer core. ... magnetic fields are produced as a consequence, in accordance with the right hand rule of electromagnetic theory."
Which theory is right? We may find out from experience sooner than we can come to amicable agreement, given the conflicting theories and computer models. The actual dynamics may include aspects of both, or new insights not yet fully developed.
The sun reverses its magnetic field like clockwork every eleven years at the peak of the sunspot cycle. The next solar flip is due in 2012. South-pointing magnetic flux moves from sunspots, which are intense magnetic loops near the equator of the sun, along “meridional flows” to the north magnetic pole, and vice versa. As the oppositely-directed charge accumulates at the poles the field declines, until eventually the reverse charge predominates.
Scientists point out that the heliosphere does not wink out of existence during this reversal. The sunspots are intense magnetic knots, much stronger than the star’s main field, which continue to spiral outward even when the main dipole field vanishes briefly. Though the solar magnetic reversal is not completely understood, the Ulysses space probe has sent back detailed data which has supplied answers to many questions.
The mechanism that controls earth's field reversals may not be based on similar principles. For one thing, a planet does not seem to have any equivalent to the powerful sunspots. McFarlane refers to there being more than one north-south pole system and about 10% of the total field being involved in smaller extra fields. If these subordinate minor magnetic fields take up more of the magnetic activity during the main field’s decline, they might become active enough to sustain a minimal protective layer shielding the biosphere, even if the main dipole field declines to zero gauss. This could be important for our survival, as the Steen’s mountain lava flows indicate that the reversal took 4,500 years to be completed!
IMPLICATIONS FOR HUMANITY’S ENERGY NEEDS
Whether the magnetic field is primarily molten-metal flow dynamics or electron current loops, or a combination of those and other factors, a magnetic pole reversal may be of significance to the search for clean energy generation and transportation. If earth magnetic anomalies become more frequent or are concentrated in certain areas, we could see disruption of existing electrical grids, even without the dramatic atmosphere expansion and radiation damaging to life and computers.
PES Network Inc. wants to encourage people in all geographical regions to participate in magnetic-pole data collection and reporting. A community-editable directory page at PESWiki.com has been created for this purpose. It is recommended that you first establish a “base line” by determining the accurate magnetic north reading for your location, and report the number of degrees and direction of any deviation from this norm. If you are able to access equipment to determine field strength as well, this additional data would be of interest too.
This data may be useful in helping inventors and researchers test the tolerance of Zero-point technologies, magnetic motors and other new generation systems in adverse situations. As we may have to live through ongoing magnetic disturbance for a long time, we will need to know whether the new systems will be robust under conditions of planetary pole reversal.
Ordinary citizens do not usually have access to instrumentation that would allow them to examine the deeper layers of the planet, nor the high atmosphere, nor the magnetospheres in space. However, if many people collect observations on magnetic field direction from different locations across the continent of North America, and indeed around the world, this data may become relevant in more ways than feeding "end-time" theorizing.
The subject is complex, and whichever scenario may be about to occur, some individuals have been taking note of unusually large fluctuations in the apparent position of the magnetic north pole. Using a large, stationary, home-built compass, one individual in western Canada noticed a ten-degree variation within a few days. This was so unusual that, concerned about a sudden pole shift, he described and published his observations, and asked for input.
No one else was seeing this rapid "pole shift". (except this guy...)
On borrowing a very sensitive water-filled portable compass and quartering the area, he discovered that this was indeed a highly localized anomaly in which his domicile happened to be situated dead center. See his recorded readings at the link below. He is now theorizing that the phenomenon may be a vortex related to the nearby extinct volcano Mount Ida. Vortices have been known to occur in volcanic mountain areas, and in the past some have become tourist attractions.
Individual observations are of value, but need to be balanced by additional data from a much wider geographical area. Thus alarms about sudden general "pole shift" may be put to rest, and anomalies studied for what they are.
Ted Twietmeyer is one of those calling for volunteers to join in a non-profit effort to track the magnetic pole shift -- or apparent pole shift. Summaries and links to this data would be appropriate for the above-mentioned PESWiki directory.
February 28 - March 6
Tommy Tune Feb 28, 1939 Tommy Tune
Feb 29, 1972 Antonio Sabato Jr.
March 1, 1954 Ron Howard
March 2, 1904 Dr. Seuss
March 3, 1847 Alexander Graham Bell
March 4, 1969 Chastity Bono
March 5, 1958 Andy Gibb
March 6, 1806 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
This Week In The Stars
Aries (March 21–April 19): Americans spent over 24 billion dollars on credit card fees last year, and you figure you paid out at least half that amount. North Korea has nuclear weapons and, strangely enough, you don’t care. And even though Karl Rove has slithered his way deeper into the Bush administration, lining up a choice position as deputy chief of staff, you’re not too worried. An apathetic moon has you feeling distanced from all of the carrying on. By next week, you’ll be back to your usual routine of antacids and panic attacks. Oh, goody.
Taurus (April 20-May 20): Adopt a Camilla Parker Bowles plan of attack. Be patient about getting what you want. Power planet Mars has moved into a better position, so things should gradually start to go your way. Mary Letourneau, the disgraced teacher who went to jail for her romance with an underage student, is now set to wed her former protégée. You won’t have to serve a jail term before reaching your goals, but some things still remain out of reach. Use this time to prioritize, strategize, and do other smart stuff ending in “–ize.”
Gemini (May 21-June 21): You’ve been worried about poor Britney Spears, but it looks like things are working out for the former Mouseketeer. She won her first Grammy for Best Dance Recording for her song “Toxic.” And she fended off rumors of trouble between her and her hubby, reaffirming her love for the scruffy Kevin on her website. The moon has you freaking out about other stuff, though. Britney wrote that her dogs are “so much cuter than Tinkerbell.” You know that a Spears/Paris Hilton smackdown is in the works, and you’re jonesing to get a ringside seat.
Cancer (June 22-July 22): Will Smith’s romantic comedy Hitch took in some 43 million dollars in its opening weekend. Like the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, you’re feeling darned good. The sun is in friendly Pisces, where it will remain for three more weeks. Rod Stewart finally won a Grammy for Stardust. . .The Great American Songbook Volume III, and you’re gaining recognition from your peers, too. You’ve even attracted a luscious bunch of groupies. That is, if you call Ned the Nerd from the IT department and Johnny the Unwashed Janitor “luscious.”
Leo (July 23-August 22): You’re taking a cue from Black Eyed Peas lead singer Will.I.Am and changing your name to something more colorful. Christ.O.Pher summons up some powerful associations. And Mad.I.Son will surely catch people’s attention. Of course, without the appropriate wardrobe, you’ll never pull it off. The Black Eyed Peas won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance, but you’d be lucky to earn Best Cameo by a Closet Prozac User. The planets have had it in for you lately, but Mercury will soon increase your chances of taking home the big prize.
Virgo (August 23-September 22): As Venus moves opposite your sign, you’re preparing to reveal a secret. Jane Fonda admitted that she struggled with the eating disorder bulimia for some 35 years. And a friend of Julia Roberts told the Star that the Pretty Woman has hired three nannies at $4,000 a week to take care of her new twins, Phinnaeus and Hazel. (That must be how she stays so pretty.) Confession is in the wind, and you’ll feel better if you ‘fess up. Come clean about your Clay Aiken fixation or that all-consuming passion for your iPod.
Libra (September 23-October 23): Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has announced that he plans to open a zoo and live crocodile performance arena in Vegas. He’ll call it the “Crocoseum.” It’s a crazy idea, but it might become a hit, anyway. As the moon and Jupiter give you a burst of creativity, you could come up with your own winning plan. You’ll figure out how to market your dirty laundry over the Internet. “Pamela Lee once brushed past me at a mall while I was wearing these pants! I’ll sell them to you for $2000.”
Scorpio (October 24-November 21): Something weird is afoot, and it isn’t just the Jackson trial. With Uranus kicking up the wacky factor, you could be having some paranormal experiences. Give Allison Dubois a call. She’s the real life psychic portrayed by Patrician Arquette in NBC’s Medium. Ask her if that’s your dead Uncle Ernie showing up at night, asking for a bed-time snack. While you’re at it, find out the best spot for nabbing photos of a Sasquatch or a Mothman. Is that Bigfoot or Dick Cheney dressed in his parka and ski cap?
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): While your ruler, Jupiter, remains in retrograde, you’re anxious to get going. You’re dying to see the Salvador Dali exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You can’t wait for the identity of “Deep Throat” to be revealed. And you’re eager to find out whether the US invades Syria or Iran next. Things are going to take a little more time to evolve, so be patient. Keep yourself busy by making entries in your blog. “Dear Diary: Today I watched paint dry. Time passed very slowly.”
Capricorn (December 22-January 19): Nicole Kidman dumped film producer boyfriend Steve Bing because of his disinterest in getting married. Take a cue from this clear-headed lady. You know what you want. Remove all obstacles to fulfilling your desire. Although Mars is reminding you that some people are working against you, you can overcome their manipulations. Think like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and fight off demons, warlocks, and dark spirits wherever you might find them. Don’t run from evil. Confront it on its own turf.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18): Over the past month, Venus has created some shakeups in your romantic life. You’ve decided that you prefer redheads. Or you’ve figured out that corn rows totally do it for you. Or you realized that you thought you wanted to get married, but what you really want is a no-strings-attached, “friends with benefits” type of arrangement. Don’t pull a Christina Aguilera or a Jude Law, getting engaged to your special someone, if you’d rather stay in the Fling Zone. Connect with your true desire.
Pisces (February 19-March 20): Three planets are pressuring you to make a big move. Like Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, you could be leaving a long-term position and heading off for some new adventures. Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker is considering developing a fragrance line, and you, too, should think outside the box. Why limit yourself to a 50 hour work week at some dead end job when there are dogies to be wrangled on the high plains? Take off on an exciting quest.
A 63-year-old man is charged with sexual gratification with an animal for allegedly having sex with calves.
Harold G. Hart, of Neillsville, allegedly told police that he routinely stopped at a Greenwood farm, usually after bar closing or on trips to strip clubs near Marshfield or Neillsville.
A criminal complaint filed in Clark County Circuit Court said the farm's owners installed a motion detector on Jan. 22 after regularly seeing footprints and vehicle tracks on their land. Around 4 a.m. the next morning, a sensor sounded and Hart was caught leaving the barn, but Hart allegedly said he just used a bathroom in the barn and had never been there before.
Hart told police he had sex with heifers before he went into the service in 1963 and resumed about a year ago at the farm. He admitted to using a rope to tie calves around the neck and estimated he had been to the farm "at least 50 times," according to the complaint.
He told police he never had sex with animals while maintaining a relationship with his a girlfriend or his wife, the complaint said.
Hart also is charged with disorderly conduct and two counts of obstructing an officer. Each charge carries up to nine months in jail.
(ARA) - Ever wonder why you can have a pleasant conversation with your teenager one minute, and the next, they are screaming at you and slamming doors for no apparent reason? New research reveals it's not your son or daughter's fault, but the work of their quickly developing brain.
A study recently conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reveals something no one knew before -- patterns of brain development don't end in early childhood, they actually extend into the teenage years. One of the doctors involved in the study explained its significance during a recent episode of "Keeping Kids Healthy," the Emmy-nominated weekly children's health television show examining real-life issues facing kids, teens and their parents.
"Before MRI came along, changes in teen brains were thought to occur at almost glacial speed," said Dr. Jay Giedd, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with the NIMH. "We thought there was less than a 10 percent change from 5 to 20 years of age. When we were able to follow individual children by watching them develop, we were amazed at how dynamic and how bustling with activity the teen brain really is."
Dr. Giedd and his fellow researchers followed 145 children through adolescence, scanning their brains every two years as they grew up. When they compared the images, they discovered less activity and development in the frontal lobes of teens than in adults. The frontal lobe is the area of the brain used for reasoning.
Dr. Giedd points out that in teenagers, the areas of the brain that control "gut" reactions are more developed than the areas for reasoning, which explains why teenagers tend to act without thinking things through.
"Bottom line is what characterizes the teen years are the extremes. They can be your lovable child one minute, like an adult the next, or anywhere in between, but don't hold that against them," says Dr. Giedd. "Parents need to expect some bumps in the road, but along with the challenges and bumps are great times." So be understanding and supportive of your teen as they make the transition to adulthood.
Produced by Montefiore Medical Center in association with Thirteen/WNET New York, "Keeping Kids Healthy" is a groundbreaking weekly children's health television show that examines real-life issues that kids, teens and parents face. This Parents' Choice Foundation Award-winning show brings parents and children who are living with a particular medical issue every day, together with nationally recognized medical experts who offer practical advice and tips. Check with your local public television station for airdates and times or visit www.keepingkidshealthy.org.
John and Marsha decided that the only way to pull off a Sunday afternoon quickie with their ten-year-old son in the apartment was to send him out on the balcony and tell him to report on all the neighbourhood activities.
He began his commentary as his parents put their plan into operation:
"There's a car being towed from the parking lot," he shouted.
A few moments passed. "An ambulance just drove by."
A few more moments passed. "Looks like the Andersons have company," he called out.
"Matt's riding a new bike."
"The Coopers are having sex."
Startled, Mom and Dad shot up in bed. Dad cautiously asked, "How do you know they are having sex?"
"Jimmy Cooper is standing out on his balcony too."
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After singing 'O Canada' the protesters listened to speeches made by Paul Mathewson, Ian Hoover, local youths, Kenneth Walker and protest organizer Bill Murphy.
Participants in the protest carried placards urging Sault MP Tony Martin to vote against federal same-sex marriage legislation and buck his New Democratic Party's line on the issue.
Those opposed to same-sex marriage in Sault Ste. Marie point to a poll conducted by Logit Group of Toronto which found that 78.3 percent of Sault residents felt that Martin should vote based on the wishes of his constituents. The pollsters concluded that a majority of residents of the Sault oppose or strongly oppose gay marriage.
Martin has said he will vote in favour of same-sex marriage legislation, regardless of his own personal Roman Catholic convictions, stating that gay marriage is a justice issue.
Martin has also refused to meet in an open debate with those opposed to same-sex marriage in the community.
Protester Paul Mathewson told LTV the issue of same-sex marriage is "nonsense," adding that "we believe the definition of marriage should be the union of one man and woman, to the exclusion of all other definitions."
He also dismissed Martin's claim that his support of same-sex is a justice issue.
"The Supreme Court has said its up to Parliament to decide."
In an address to the crowd gathered outside the Courthouse, Mathewson said one of the concerns with same-sex is how it affects children who may be adopted by same-sex couples, saying that this would lead to the breakdown of the traditional family unit in Canada.
Mathewson pointed out that there have been negative social effects for children since same-sex marriage has been introduced in Scandinavian countries.
After chants of "Hey Tony, listen to the Sault!," the crowd marched past MP Tony Martin's office before disbanding for the day.
But, Mathewson said "this issue is not going to go away, and neither will we."
At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down Finally, the guys'side of the story. (I must admit, it's pretty good.)
We always hear "the rules" From the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side. These are our rules! Please note... these are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE!
1. Men ARE not mind readers.
1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.
1. Sunday sports. It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.
1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.
1. Crying is blackmail.
1.. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!
1. Yes and No are perfectly Acceptable answers to almost every question.
1. Come to us with a problem only If you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.
1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.
1. If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't Expect us to act like soap opera guys.
1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.
1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.
1. You can either ask us to do something Or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.
1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.
1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.
1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not! A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.
1. If it itches, it will Be scratched. We do that.
1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," We will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.
1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, Expect an answer you don't want to hear.
1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear Is fine... Really
1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, or golf.
1.. You have enough clothes.
1. You have too many shoes.
1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!
1. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight;
But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.
*Thanks, Auntie 'M'
A tippet is an elegant dessert dish.
A tippet is a fashion accessory first worn by men and women in the 14th century. It was an elegant version of the scarf, usually made from swan’s down or fur. Tippets were popular among upper-class women in the early 1800s, and over the century the popularity of this accessory spread to the lower classes.
A businessman meets a beautiful girl and agrees to spend the night with her for $500. So they do. Before he leaves, he tells her that he does not have any cash with him, but he will have his secretary write a check and mail it to her, calling the payment "RENT FOR APARTMENT."
On the way to the office, he regrets what he has done, realizing that the whole event was not worth the price. So he has his secretary send a check for $250 and enclosed the following typed note:
Enclosed you will find a check in the amount of $250 for rent of your apartment. I am not sending the amount agreed upon, because when I rented the apartment, I was under the impression that;
1) it had never been occupied
2) that there was plenty of heat
3) that it was small enough to make me feel cozy
and at home.
However, I found out that it had been previously occupied, that there wasn't any heat, and that it was entirely too large.
Upon receipt of the note, the girl immediately returned the check for $250 with the following note:
First of all, I cannot understand how you expect a beautiful apartment to remain unoccupied indefinitely. As for the heat, there is plenty of it, if you know how to turn it on. Regarding the space, the apartment is indeed of regular size, but if you don't have enough furniture to fill it, please don't blame the landlady. Send the rent in full or we will be forced to contact your present landlady.
ARE YOU LAUGHING OUT LOUD....I BET YOU ARE!
*Thanks, Auntie 'M'
Dear Wizard of 'OZ',
I think I may have spyware on my computer. It has been freezing up and the internet runs real slow. According to my anti-virus, (Up to date), I have a clean machine. What exactly is spyware, how do I recognize it, and how do I get rid of it?
Sick of spyware
Dear Future Spyware Detective,
What is “Spyware”?
Forget spam, viruses, and hacker attacks..."spyware" is now the single largest problem facing Internet users today. These nasty little rogue programs have become so widespread and so viral, their volume far outstrips spam and regular virus infections. The spyware problem has grown to such an immense breadth and depth, we cannot even agree on what to call it.
Most people historically call these rogue programs "spyware", because the problem originated in the 1990's with programs that secretly observed and logged your web surfing habits. The problem, however, has now evolved into dozens of other malicious forms, including sneakware, adware, keyloggers, browser hijackers, porn servers, trojans and worms
Today, spyware is being redefined as a much larger category of rogue software called "malware", or malicious software programs.
At its most basic definition, spyware/malware is when insidious little software programs covertly install themselves on your computer, and then perform secret operations without your permission. Once in place, malware programs may do hundreds of nasty things to your computer. They will log your keystrokes, steal your passwords, observe your browsing choices, spawn pop-up windows, send you targeted email, redirect your web browser to phishing pages, report your personal information to distant servers, and serve up pornography. This malware will operate invisibly, often without displaying itself in your Task Manager. To top it off, malware usually refuses to be uninstalled through your control panel, and requires special tools to delete them from your drive. Yes, this is a direct cousin to viruses, but with a broader portfolio of wicked intentions.
What does Spyware/Malware specifically do to my computer?
Malware will perform a variety of nasty activities, ranging from simple email advertising all the way to complex identity-theft and password-stealing. New nasty functions are created every week by malware programmers, but the most common malware functions are:
1. Malware steals your personal information and address book (identity theft and keystroke-logging).
2. Malware floods your browser with pop-up advertising.
3. Malware spams your inbox with advertising email.
4. Malware slows down your connection.
5. Malware hijacks your browser and redirects you to an advertising or a phishing-con web page.
6. Malware uses your computer as a secret server to broadcast pornography files.
7. Malware slows down or crashes your computer.
Where does Spyware/Malware come from?
Spyware/malware programs are authored by clever programmers, and then delivered to your computer through covert Internet installs. Usually, malware will piggyback on innocent-looking web page components and otherwise-benign software such as game demos, MP3 players, search toolbars, software, free subscriptions, and other things you download from the web. Subscribing to online services is especially bad for getting malware. In particular, whenever you sign up for a so-called "free" service or install new software, you must accept an "end user license agreement" (EULA). The fine print of the EULA will often include the phrase "the vendor is allowed to install third-party software on your computer". Since most users don't bother to read this EULA fine print, they naively click "accept", and install malware out of sheer ignorance.
What kind of personal information does Spyware/Malware steal?
This varies from the non-confidential to the extremely-personal. The malware may simply steal a listing of your MP3s or recent website visits. Malware may also harvest your email address book. At its very worst, malware will steal your banking PIN, your eBay login, and your Paypal information (aka "keystroke logging" identity theft). Yes, spyware/malware is a very serious Internet problem that threatens everyone's personal privacy, and network administrators everywhere are deeply concerned.
How Do I Protect Myself from this 2005 Epidemic of Spyware/Malware?
Answer: Avoiding and destroying spyware is not instant, and it is not a one-time event like an innoculation. Instead, stopping spyware/malware is a long-term game that is exactly like cleaning dirt out of your home. You need constant vigilance, and a regular habit of cleaning malware out of your computer every week.
Note: Additionally, as an educated user, you must also adopt a "buyer beware" attitude whenever you install new software from the Net or even from CD...you need to read every end user license agreement on your screen before you click "accept".
Here is the checklist for detecting and destroying malware
1. Install two or three different anti-spyware programs ("spyware cleaners") on your computer, and update their definition lists regularly. Because every anti-spyware cleaner is imperfect, it is necessary to use combinations of these programs to catch the greatest breadth of malware.
Also, the anti-spyware manufacturers regularly add new entries to their "definition" lists, just like anti-virus software. Make sure to keep your spyware cleaners updated with these lists!
Click here for some recommendations for free, good checkers.
Spy-Bot - Search and Destroy
Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware SE, Personal Edition
Microsoft Windows Defender
2. Build a weekly habit of "scan and detect". Like cleaning house, this should be done every few days. At the very least, this should be done whenever you install new software. Many anti-spyware programs can be set to automatically perform scan-and-detect nightly.
3. Carefully read every EULA (end user license agreement) before clicking "accept". If you see the phrase "3rd-party software may be installed", make sure to follow the software install with a spyware cleaning.
4. Educate yourself on the latest strains of malware. In particular, start visiting these recommended anti-spyware sites, and update yourself on the latest malicious programs. 2 such sites are listed:
Spyware Guide Database
Computer Associates Spyware Database
5. Save your data, and backup often! As much as it sounds like broken-record preaching, backing-up is how an intelligent user prepares for the worst. Backing up means: keep your original software CDs in a safe accessible place, constantly save copies of your important work files on CD or separate drives, and presume you will actually need them one day. This way, if you ever experience the extreme spyware circumstance of having to reformat your hard drive, you can at least recover your important work.
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* In January, days after a crackdown by Mexican President Vicente Fox on corruption at the La Palma jail near Mexico City, a full-page ad appeared in the daily newspaper, Reforma, supposedly placed by higher-profile inmates, who, according to the ad, were now suffering under "subhuman" conditions, treated "like dogs, like animals, like we are worthless . . . scum of society." What the government had done was to confiscate the drug lords' and organized-crime leaders' big-screen TV's, computers, and cell phones (which they were using to retain control of their operations from behind bars), break up their prison rackets, and even end their personal pizza deliveries.
* The Eternal Temptation: The Roanoke (Va.) Times reported on January 17 that a Wytheville police officer had to rescue a 9-year-old boy who, with time on his hands waiting for a school bus on a "bone-deep cold" morning, decided to find out what would happen if he licked a metal pole. While awaiting someone to bring warm water to free the boy, the officer and the kid had the following conversation: "Have you learned anything?" "Uh-huh." "Are you going to do this again?" "Uh-uh."
* A landmine-detection outfit in Mozambique has upgraded from explosives-sniffing dogs to giant African Hamster rats, according to a December Agence France-Presse dispatch, because the lighter, more plentiful rats have noses that are just as sensitive and don't suffer dogs' need for affection and constant reassurances. And Northern Arizona University Professor Con Slobodchikoff, who spoke to the Albuquerque Journal in December about his two decades of elaborate, patient, desert research, said that prairie dogs he has studied at three locations in the Southwest speak in different dialects but would likely understand each other, can even invent sounds for new things, and perhaps can even gossip.
* In a tourist park next to the zoo in Chiang Mai, Thailand, handlers have toilet-trained seven elephants. In photos published in Bangkok's The Nation in January and now available on the Internet, a five-year-old elephant is shown using a giant white, Western-style concrete toilet as if he were human, including using his trunk to pull a cord to flush.
* Recurring Themes: Michael Henson's dog became the latest one to "drive," after he pawed the gearshift of Henson's idling truck, sending it through the front of the O'Reilly Auto Parts store in Springdale, Ark., in December. And Matthew Harper's hunting dog became the latest one to shoot someone, stepping on a shotgun's trigger and blasting Harper in the arm, near Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon in October. And Leana Beasley's Rottweiler assistance dog became one of the latest to save her client's life by (as per training) nose-punching a telephone's 911 button upon seeing Beasley suffer a grand mal seizure and then barking furiously into the receiver (Richland, Wash., October).
* Not Cut Out for a Life of Crime:
(1) Earmon Wilson, 44, walked in to police headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y., in January and confessed to two burglaries at his apartment house, even though he wasn't a suspect; he said his conscience was bothering him, which is also what he said in October 1994 when he unsolicitedly turned himself in for robbing a Buffalo bank.
(2) In Cincinnati, Ohio, in December, Ronald Godfrey pleaded guilty to a burglary, which he was forced to attempt alone because, according to a prosecutor, his brother James (also a burglar) refused to work with him, saying Ronald was too dumb. In the December burglary, Ronald accidentally hit himself in the head with a crowbar, splattering the scene with blood, which police traced back to him.
* Readers' Choice: In a widely publicized move in January, Oklahoma state Sen. Frank Shurden proposed legislation to bring back the "sport" of cockfighting, which the state outlawed in 2002. To appease critics, Shurden, apparently serious, suggested that the roosters wear tiny boxing gloves instead of the razor cleats on their legs and also wear electronic-sensitive vests in order to record hits so as to non-lethally determine the winner of a match.
The average lifespan of a taste bud is one year.
It is 10 to 14 days. Taste buds are constantly replenished. The tongue has 9,000 different taste buds to distinguish between sweet, salty, sour, and bitter flavors. Each day, close to 10% of taste buds die and new ones are formed. As we grow older, fewer buds are replaced; children have more taste buds than adults have, which might explain why they prefer blander foods.
(Globe and Mail) Vote reveals divisions among Tories
The Ontario Legislature approved same-sex legislation yesterday that transforms the definition of traditional marriage, but not without a protracted debate that exposed deep divisions within the Progressive Conservative Party.
Both Conservative and New Democrat members attempted to derail an earlier accord among all three parties to have members of the legislature vote on the bill by simply calling out yea or nay.
Three Conservative members opposed to the legislation demanded a formal vote that would record every MP's position on the issue. In doing so, they broke ranks with many other party members, including PC Leader John Tory.
Bill Murdoch, one of the Conservatives calling for the recorded vote, said many people in Ontario are against the bill and want to know how their MPPs voted on it.
If the government does not let members vote on bills, "then democracy is lost," he said, at which point a member of his own party, John Baird, heckled him by shouting: "You stood up and told us."
New Democrat Peter Kormos also wanted a recorded vote, but he told reporters he failed to get the support of his party's caucus. While he said he supports the legislation, he said he wanted the recorded vote to expose those Liberal members attempting to divorce themselves from party policy on the same-sex legislation.
"I became disturbed and upset at Liberals who want to have it both ways, who want to be Liberals at Queen's Park but Tories when they go back down to their riding," he told reporters. "That is repugnant behaviour."
Many Conservative members have spoken against the legislation, but they were short of the necessary five members needed for a formal vote on the matter.
The legislation, which passed third reading yesterday, extends the definitions of spouse and marriage in Ontario to include gay and lesbian couples. It also makes it clear that a religious official is not required to perform a marriage or to allow a sacred place to be used for such an occasion if doing so would be contrary to the parties' religious beliefs.
The legislation comes after rulings by courts in seven provinces and one territory that say preventing same-sex couples from marrying is a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled in June, 2003, that excluding same-sex couples from the definition of marriage cannot be justified in a democratic society.
By KAREN HOWLETT
Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are dead?
Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough?
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?
Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?
Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?
Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?
What is the speed of darkness?
Are there specially reserved parking spaces for "normal" people at the Special Olympics?
If you send someone 'Styrofoam', how do you pack it?
If the temperature is zero outside today and it's going to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?
If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
If it's true that we are here to help others, what are the others doing here?
Do married people live longer than single ones or does it only seem longer?
If someone with a split personality threatens to commit suicide, is it a hostage situation?
Do you cry under water?
How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
If money doesn't grow on trees then why do banks have branches?
Why does a round pizza come in a square box?
How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?
If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway ?
The lineage is now revealed. Many people are at a loss for a response when someone says "You don't know Jack Schitt," but now you can handle this situation with confidence!
Jack is the only son of O. Schitt and Awe Schitt. O. Schitt, the fertilizer magnate, married Awe Schitt, the owner of Knee-deep N.Schitt, Inc.
In turn, Jack Schitt married Noe Schitt, and the deeply religious couple produced six children: Holie Schitt, Fulla Schitt, Giva Schitt, Bull Schitt and the twins, Deep Schitt and Dip Schitt.
Against her parents objections, Deep Schitt married Dump Schitt, a high school drop-out. After being married 15 years, Jack and Noe Schitt divorced. Noe Schitt later married Mr. Scherlock, and because her kids were living with them, she wanted to keep her previous name. She was then known as Noe Schitt-Sherlock.
Dip Schitt married Loada Schitt and they produced a nervous son, Chicken Schitt. Fulla Schitt and Giva Schitt were inseparable throughout childhood and subsequently married the Happens brothers in a dual ceremony. The wedding announcement in the newspapers announced the Schitt-Happens wedding. They created a bumper sticker and made millions. You've probably seen it...
The Schitt-Happens children were Dawg, Byrd and Hoarse. Bull Schitt, the prodigal son, left home to tour the world. He recently returned from Italy with his new bride Pisa Schitt.
So now when someone says, "You don't know Jack Schitt," you can correct them and inform them of your more than deep knowledge of the family tree.
What to do when reality sets in and you are faced with a child who is a homosexual or lesbian? First, you need to spend time getting the facts. There are so many falsehoods going around about homosexuals and homosexuality that you need to sort out the true from the false. Learning as much as you can will make things a lot easier for you.
Then you will need to be ready to listen. Listen to how your son feels about the mix of confused feelings he is experiencing as reality sets in his life as well as yours.
Keep the lines of communication open. This is a time of crisis for your child and he needs you badly to listen to him and understand him more than ever. So keep talking. Get to know what is in his mind.
Be sensitive. Don’t sermonize him about the “evils of homosexual activities.” You don’t want to shut him off and not know what’s in his heart and mind.
Support him. You may have difficulty accepting that he is gay, but keep in mind that he is still your son and deserving of your love. Things have not worked out as expected, but then, much of life holds surprises (many unpleasant) for us all.
Keep in mind that there is a lot more to a person than his sexual orientation. A lot more to your son than his homosexuality. You need to focus on his person and the beauty that emanates from within. I have fine friends who are gay. Many of them are very talented, kind-hearted and generous persons. This is what should be focused, just as one would with the heterosexual son or daughter.
We do not choose our sexual orientation. Someday, no doubt, science will unlock the mystery about why some are born gay. Until then we can only accept and continue to love our gay children as if it doesn’t matter what is their sexual orientation.
Just as we would teach our heterosexual children to live decently, so, too, must we show our gay children the way to a happy life.
There will be, however, some very difficult issues for which there are no easy answers. Like, how the Church views homosexuality. The official stand of the Church is that it’s okay to be a homosexual as long as he does not engage in sexual activities. But then, the homosexual’s orientation is precisely geared to the same sex. It’s what makes him homosexual. So does the Church require him to be chaste for life? It seems so, since he isn’t drawn to the opposite sex. Now that’s a very tall order indeed. It is like asking the heterosexual to refrain from having sex with the opposite sex and instead being restricted to the same sex activity.
Still, through it all, the gay youngster needs the love of the parents. Understanding and acceptance are crucial to keeping love alive and healthy between parent and child.
* PEOPLE By BOB GARON
The liquid in a coconut can be substituted for human blood plasma.
In cases of emergency, coconut liquid can be temporarily used as a substitute for blood plasma, the blood’s watery part, because it is sterile, doesn’t produce heat, and does not damage or destroy red blood cells.
Remember the worldwide strike of the "I LOVE YOU VIRUS"? Reports are already coming in that the virus is mutating into several stages.
Within the next few hours, expect to see:
The original "I love you" virus
The "I like you a lot" virus
The "You're nice, but I just want to be friends" virus
The "Its not you, its me" virus
The "Look, it was just a date...don't get clingy" virus
The "Okay, I think its best if we don't have anymore contact" virus
The "It was late, I was drunk, you were easy" virus
The "Stop calling me, you unfeeling prick" virus
The "That's it, I hate you and your stupid dog" virus
The "No, I Ruullllyyyy Like You" Virus ... usually hits around midnight
The "You're Beawfullll ....." virus .... usually hits about 2am
The "Nothing has to happen. I just want to wake up with you in my arms" virus ..... careful, it's a sly one.
The "You're OK but I was wondering if your friend is single" virus
The "Of course I'll phone you ... Now do you want me to call a cab for you?"
.......... hmmm, that'll hit anytime between 3am & noon.
Now the bad news:
Virus writer says 'I love you' again
(ZDNet UK) Virus writers are using the old trick of flattery to lure people into opening dangerous email attachments.... THIS IS NOT A JOKE
Five years after the world fell victim to the 'I LOVE YOU' email virus, a malware writer is trying the same trick on unsuspecting users.
Antivirus experts unearthed a mass-mailing worm on Tuesday, dubbed Assiral, that mimics the Love Bug virus which became famous for luring people into opening an email entitled "ILOVEYOU". The original Love Bug wrought havoc among networks around the world, but experts don't think Assiral will be as destructive.
"The Assiral worm uses an old trick to seduce users into believing they may have received a romantic love letter," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "It's almost five years since the infamous Love Bug worm fooled millions of Windows users around the world using a similar tactic -- and it seems unlikely that Assiral will have anything like as much impact."
Assiral emails are sent with the subject line "LOV YA!" and contain text asking the reader to open the attachment. A typical example can be seen below:
"Subject: Re: LOV YA!
Body: Kindly read and reply to my LOVE LETTER in the attachments :-)"
The attachment also includes this message:
Greetz from LARISSA.B!
I will survive,
In this moment in time.
You computer will crash,
So, you will be mine.
I never crash,
I never fail.
So, in this moment in time,
I will surive...
- LARISSA AUTHOR - 5-15-05"
If the attached file is launched, the worm opens a Web page hosted at Geocities and attempts to send itself to contacts in the users Outlook address book.