Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pixcetera-beautiful photography from around the world

More than 1,000 exposed to dengue in Florida: CDC

"We're concerned that if dengue gains a foothold in Key West, it will travel to other southern cities where the mosquito that transmits dengue is present, like Miami," said Harold Margolis, chief of the dengue branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Dengue is the most common virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes. It infects 50 million to 100 million every year, but only kills 25,000 on average. The bug causes cold or flu like symptoms that are usually very mild, leaving many cases to go undetected. However, the virus can also cause internal and external bleeding, and sudden death. A vaccine has been in the works for quite some time but nothing is concrete at this point.
27 cases of Dengue were reported in Florida in 2009, leading several organizations to investigate the appearance of Dengue in Florida. The Florida Department of Health also recently took blood samples from 240 Key West residents. Of those, 5 percent had active Dengue infections, or active antibodies to the virus, showing that at one point they had been infected."

Laundry Delivery - Old Picture of the Day

"Even back in the days before washing machines, some were fortunate enough to have commercial laundries do their washing and drying. The picture above was taken in the early 1900's, and shows a laundry service that used dog teams to pick up and deliver laundry. The picture was taken in Alaska..."

Cheap booze no more-Price hike aimed at binge drinkers

By David Hutton, The StarPhoenix, 
"The provincial government says its solution to cutting down on public drunkenness and binge drinking -- making cheap booze more expensive -- is working..."

Plant 'Breathing' Mechanism Discovered

by Staff Writers
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Jul 14, 2010
A tiny, little-understood plant pore has enormous implications for weather forecasting, climate change, agriculture, hydrology, and more...

What Caffeine Actually Does to Your Brain

"...Right off the bat, it's worth stating again: the human brain, and caffeine, are nowhere near totally understood and easily explained by modern science. That said, there is a general consensus on how a compound found all over nature, caffeine, affects the mind..."Welcome to Lifehacker:

Chinese Football Fan Trains Team of Roosters

"China’ may not have been present at the World Cup 2010, in South Africa, but its team of football playing roosters would probably win any competition..."

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Put... me... DOWN! The elephant who took a fancy to a very unfortunate lizard

"...She caught the lizard alive and carried it all the time for few days - tossing it up and even dropping it.
Her behaviour was extraordinary and I've never seen or heard about anything so bizarre before... "

China's favorite dog comes with big warnings

"...The Chinese want truly ferocious dogs, she says. TMs will protect anything on their property..."

Mountie fears more Canadians taking up jihad By ALTHIA RAJ, Parliamentary Bureau

" OTTAWA - Increasing numbers of Canadians are becoming radicalized, taking up violent jihad and leading Canada to become an exporter of terrorism, a top Mountie told QMI Agency Tuesday..."

Moscow’s stray dogs By Susanne Sternthal

"Russians can go nutty when it comes to dogs. Consider the incident a few years ago that involved Yulia Romanova, a 22-year-old model. On a winter evening, Romanova was returning with her beloved Staffordshire terrier from a visit to a designer who specialises in kitting out canine Muscovites in the latest fashions. The terrier was sporting a new green camouflage jacket as he walked with his owner through the crowded Mendeleyevskaya metro station. There they encountered Malchik, a black stray who had made the station his home, guarding it against drunks and other dogs. Malchik barked at the pair, defending his territory. But instead of walking away, Romanova reached into her pink rucksack, pulled out a kitchen knife and, in front of rush-hour commuters, stabbed Malchik to death..."


Robbie Robertson - Somewhere Down The Crazy River

Monday, July 12, 2010

Makes My Living - Davin James

Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010: Wide Angle

"After the Deep Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico in mid-April, the potential for environmental disaster has spread as tens of thousands of gallons of oil leak from the rig daily. Clean-up crews are in overdrive to protect Louisiana's ecologically sensitive Gulf Coast. Follow our coverage and analysis as developments unfold..."

Drug that grows new brain cells

"Researchers have found a drug that can help the brain grow new cells and said their study may lead to ways to improve experimental Alzheimer's drugs..."

Great Pet Stories BARK:e news for you and your pet:

The Paper Sack : Ultra Fur

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Burl Ives - Big Rock Candy Mountain

Burl Ives - Big Rock Candy Mountain
1. On a summer day
In the month of May
A burly bum came hiking
Down a shady lane
Through the sugar cane
He was looking for his liking
As he roamed along
He sang a song
Of the land of milk and honey
Where a bum can stay
For many a day
And he won't need any money
Oh the buzzin' of the bees
In the cigarette trees
Near the soda water fountain
At the lemonade springs
Where the bluebird sings
On the big rock candy mountain
2. There's a lake of gin
We can both jump in
And the handouts grow on bushes
In the new-mown hay
We can sleep all day
And the bars all have free lunches
Where the mail train stops
And there ain't no cops
And the folks are tender-hearted
Where you never change your socks
And you never throw rocks
And your hair is never parted
3. Oh, a farmer and his son,
They were on the run
To the hay field they were bounding
Said the bum to the son,
"Why don't you come
To that big rock candy mountain?"
So the very next day
They hiked away,
The mileposts they were counting
But they never arrived
At the lemonade tide
On the big rock candy mountain
1. One evening as the sun went down
And the jungle fires were burning,
Down the track came a hobo hiking,
He said, "Boys, I'm not turning
I'm heading for a land that's far away
Beside the crystal fountain
I'll see you all this coming fall
In the Big Rock Candy Mountain
2. In the Big Rock Candy Mountain,
It's a land that's fair and bright,
The handouts grow on bushes
And you sleep out every night.
The boxcars all are empty
And the sun shines every day
I'm bound to go
Where there ain't no snow
Where the sleet don't fall
And the winds don't blow
In the Big Rock Candy Mountain.
3. In the Big Rock Candy Mountain
You never change your socks
And little streams of alkyhol
Come trickling down the rocks
O the shacks all have to tip their hats
And the railway bulls are blind
There's a lake of stew
And ginger ale too
And you can paddle
All around it in a big canoe
In the Big Rock Candy Mountain
4. In the Big Rock Candy Mountain
The cops have wooden legs
The bulldogs all have rubber teeth
And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs
The box-cars all are empty
And the sun shines every day
I'm bound to go
Where there ain't no snow
Where the sleet don't fall
And the winds don't blow
In the Big Rock Candy Mountain.
5. In the Big Rock Candy Mountain,
The jails are made of tin.
You can slip right out again,
As soon as they put you in.
There ain't no short-handled shovels,
No axes, saws nor picks,
I'm bound to stay
Where you sleep all day,
Where they hung the jerk
That invented work
In the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

How to Build a Computer

"Have you ever thought about building your own computer? Actually buying a motherboard and a case ­along with all the supporting components and assembling the whole thing yourself?"   2.How to build computer:

Nana Mouskouri - Amazing Grace

Friday, July 2, 2010

Ellen van Deelen photography

Tick Warning

"I hate it when people put out bogus warnings, and I have even done it myself a couple times unintentionally but this one is real, and it’s important.

If someone comes to your front door saying they are checking for ticks due to the warm weather and asks you to take your clothes off and dance around with your arms up,

They only want to see you naked.

I wish I’d gotten this yesterday. I feel so stupid."