June 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
“MOMMY WHERE DO BABIES COME FROM A MOMMYS BODY?” Well, I was able to answer my 5 yr old daughter w the truth that she came from the doctor giving me a “cesarean” and she came from my stomache. Apparently, she has been watching too much animal channel, discovery and national geographic channels. Today, she said you know Mommy, I think you’re not telling me everything about where babies come out. I saw babies come out from animal and peoples body w lots of blood and yucky stuff. Where are they coming from? I froze and said well they come out from anywhere – like your nose. She was content with that answer and said “OHhhh thats why the nose is so runny and sometimes peoples noses hurt after blowing so hard. they have been trying to blow the babies out?” I nodded and smiled…
Instead of attacking WikiLeaks, fix what it exposed – Stripes – Independent U.S. military news from Iraq, Afghanistan and bases worldwide
September 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
Japan’s Earthquake and Radiation Updates: JP Govt lied all along.Japanese authorities posted online maps showing the fallout of radioactive cesium and iodine from a “nuclear cloud” that floated over the greater Tokyo area, home to more than 40 million people, on March 15.
The newly released information presents a more troubling scenario than originally described in March and April by government officials, who tended to downplay or withhold bad news to calm a public enduring food shortages and hundreds of aftershocks.
Two weeks ago, state broadcaster NHK showed a simulation of a “nuclear cloud” on March 15 blowing south from Fukushima and dropping cesium on the greater Tokyo area and even beyond the Mount Fuji volcano in Shizuoka province.
Japan’s central government at that time denied the existence of such a cloud, and Tokyo’s governor asked people to go back to work as normal, despite a mass exodus of foreigners that week after warnings from the U.S., French, German and other governments.
June 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
June 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
It’s no Godzilla, but an earless rabbit allegedly born near Japan’s severely-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has become the latest poster child for the side-effects of radiation exposure.
The bunny — purportedly captured on video just outside the crippled plant exclusion area and posted on YouTube on May 21 — has become big news in Japan and, to a lesser extent, elsewhere, stoking fears that contamination from the damaged facility could cause genetic mutations.
But both rabbit experts and radiation researchers told AOL Weird News the bunny’s bizarre looks could have a less sensational explanation.
Though the longterm environmental effects remain unclear, there’s no denying that the radiation emitting from Fukushima Dai-ichi, about 140 miles northeast of Tokyo, poses a major health risk.
However it’s hard to say whether this earless bunny’s strange appearance can be blamed on radiation, according to F. Ward Whicker, professor emeritus at Colorado State University’s Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences.
“Yes, radiation can cause mutations that can be occasionally expressed as obvious birth defects, such as shown in the video,” Whicker wrote in an e-mail. “However, to say this is the result of contamination from the Fukushima accident is a stretch, because natural radiation, as well as many other chemical substances in the environment and other fact
In most cases, the cause of congenital birth defects in humans and other animals cannot be determined, he said.
“So far as science has shown, there have never been mutations produced by ionizing radiations that do not occur spontaneously as well.”
News reports from around the world have cast the bunny as a “nuclear rabbit” or a “mutant rabbit,” citing the fact the animal and was born and raised on “possibly contaminated” outdoor grass in the Fukushima prefecture’s Namie City.
But nuclear historian Richard Rhodes says a link between the earless rabbit and radiation “is highly unlikely.”
The evidence, Rhodes says, can be found in research conducted in the aftermath of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
“In the years after World War II, there was a major American commission that looked into the health ramifications of the atomic bombings, and it found no genetic changes in the populations of Hiroshima or Nagasaki,” said Rhodes, who has written extensively on the bombings. “There were no birth defects attributed to the bombing, and no genetic consequences.”
In fact, the earless rabbit’s strange appearance may not be caused by genetic factors at all.
Far removed from radiation concerns in Japan, Mary Cotter, a licensed veterinary technician and New York City chapter manager for the House Rabbit Society, has had two run-ins with earless rabbits.
“I’ve never encountered a rabbit that is born with no ears, but mother rabbits are assiduous groomers,” Cotter said. “A mother can enthusiastically over-groom and chew off a baby’s ears.”
Maternal over-grooming can leave young rabbits looking like they were born without ears, though close investigation could reveal jagged edges of flesh surrounding their auditory canals.
Cotter believes that was the case for two earless rabbits — fittingly dubbed “Stubs” and “Nubbins” — that she has taken into her care.
With only one video as evidence, it’s impossible to know why the bunny has no ears, said Dana Krempels, a rabbit expert and University of Miami biology professor.
“It is pretty much impossible to say whether this anomaly is due to radiation. But it’s very unlikely, in my opinion, that a failure to develop ears could be due to a single mutation,” said Krempels, who heads the Miami chapter of the House Rabbit Society.
Mutations and epigenetic changes are hard to track, varying greatly between subjects.
“But if more baby bunnies with physical anomalies show up in this area, it’s certainly a red flag,” she said.
Huffington Post has attempted to contact the YouTube poster who submitted the video, but has not gotten a response.
June 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
Instead of a bank foreclosing on another homeowner, the Florida homeowners foreclosed on a bank and had sheriff’s deputies foreclose on the North Carolina based bank, Bank of America.
It started five months ago when Bank of America filed foreclosure papers on the home of a couple, who didn’t owe a dime on their home. The couple actually paid cash for the house.
The case went to court and the homeowners were able to prove they didn’t owe Bank of America anything on the house. In fact, it was proven that the couple never even had a mortgage bill to pay.
A Collier County Judge agreed and after the hearing, Bank of America was ordered, by the court to pay the legal fees of the homeowners’, Maurenn Nyergers and her husband. The Judge said the bank wrongfully tried to foreclose on the Nyergers’ house.
After an excess of 5 months of the judge’s ruling, the bank still hadn’t paid the legal fees, and the homeowner’s attorney did exactly what the bank tried to do to the homeowners. He, rightfully, seized the bank’s assets.
“They’ve ignored our calls, ignored our letters, legally this is the next step to get my clients compensated, ” said attorney Todd Allen.
Sheriff’s deputies, movers, and the Nyergers’ attorney went to the bank and foreclosed on it. The attorney gave instructions to to remove desks, computers, copiers, filing cabinets and any cash in the teller’s drawers.
After about AN HOUR of being locked out of the bank, the bank manager handed the attorney a check for the legal fees.
“As a foreclosure defense attorney this is sweet justice” says Allen.
Allen says this is something that he sees often in court, banks making errors because they didn’t investigate the foreclosure and it becomes a lengthy and expensive battle for the homeowner