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Your Electronics are Energy Hogs

clipped from www.nytimes.com

the Department of Energy estimates that in the average home, 40 percent of all electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Add that all up, and it equals the annual output of 17 power plants

“Some of the larger big-screen TVs consume as much energy each year as a new refrigerator,” according to Noah Horowitz, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Whatever machine you’re using, consider having it go into sleep, standby or hibernate after about a half-hour of inactivity. The shorter the period, the more energy you save. Graphic-intense screen savers can actually waste power.

Unplug unused external power supplies because they can draw energy even when they’re not connected to a device.

Consider buying a notebook PC, rather than a less-efficient desktop. Because notebooks are designed to run on batteries, they’re equipped with chips and drives that draw less power.

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June 16, 2007 Posted by | Environment, News, Tech | Leave a comment

Naked Butt Can Predict The Future

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Naked buttocks can predict future, claims a blind German psychic. He says he can read people’s futures by feeling their naked buttocks.

Clairvoyant Ulf Buck, 39, claims that people’s buttocks have lines like those on the palm of the hand, which can be read to reveal much about their character and destiny.

“The bottom is much more intense — it has a much stronger power of expression than the hand in my experience,” Buck told Reuters. “It goes on developing throughout your life.”

By running his fingers along a number of lines on the surface of a client’s naked buttocks, he says he can tell them about their future monetary success, family life, health and happiness. [Read More]

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February 23, 2007 Posted by | Bizarre, News | Leave a comment

‘Fence Plowing’ Is Latest Teen Craze

Five Deer Park, N.Y. teens have been arrested since October for “fence plowing,” the latest rage among certain Long Island youths, according to Suffolk County police. The concept is simple: Pick out a fence, run toward it at high speed, and launch yourself like a missile to plow through the wood. [More]

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February 19, 2007 Posted by | Amusing, News | Leave a comment

Baby Jesus Taken On A Road Trip

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – This Christmas the Leising family may keep a closer eye on their statue of baby Jesus.

Last year someone plucked the statue from the nativity scene in John and Joan’s Leising’s front yard.

The statue was taken Dec. 23, and a note – promising to return the baby Jesus in three days – was left in the statue’s place.

Eight months later, John Leising opened the front door and found the statue on his porch. Along with it was a photo album showing the figurine posed in various locations around New York state – in front of road signs, atop a horse, beside a camp fire and the like.

A note enclosed, signed “Creators of the baby Jesus chronicles,” assured the family that the prank was not intended to be “blasphemous or disrespectful.” [More]

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December 21, 2006 Posted by | Bizarre, News | Leave a comment

India has killed 10 million girls in 20 years

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Ten million girls have been killed by their
parents in India in the past 20 years, either before they were born or
immediately after, a government minister said on Thursday, describing
it as a “national crisis”.

A UNICEF report released this week said 7,000 fewer girls are born in the
country every day than the global average would suggest, largely
because female foetuses are aborted after sex determination tests but
also through murder of new borns.

“It’s shocking figures and we are in a national crisis if you ask
me,” Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury told
Reuters.

Girls are seen as liabilities by many Indians, especially because of
the banned but rampant practice of dowry, where the bride’s parents pay
cash and goods to the groom’s family.

Men are also seen as bread-winners while social prejudices deny women opportunities for education and jobs. [More]

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December 18, 2006 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Fake friends make Internet loners appear popular

For 99 cents US a month, a model of your choice will add him or herself to your online profile and leave two comments a week — comments that you write yourself — making you seem quite the tomcat.

Fakeyourspace.com is the work of Brant Walker, a web design student at San Diego’s Platt College who doesn’t mince words in his business pitch.

“FakeYourSpace makes it easy for any regular person to make it seem like they have a model for a friend … Maybe you want to appear as if you have a model for a lover,” his site says. “If you are tired of seeing everyone else with the hottest friends and want some hotties of your own, then this is the place for you.” [More]

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December 14, 2006 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Why did the sex doll become the ideal?

Paris Hilton is famous for starring in a home-made sex video seen by tens of millions and for wearing next-to-nothing on her nightly forays into the public eye. Half the female inhabitants of Big Brother, now ‘promoted’ to Celebrity D-list status, appear in public wearing so little they make regular underwear look overdressed.

Jessica Simpson in her music video for These Boots Are Made for Walking performs the classic soft porn ritual of washing a car practically using her breasts as dusters, and apparently attracts the envy of millions of teenagers.

Recently, pole-dancing has been promoted as the new women’s ‘liberation’. Girls are allegedly doing what they really, really want by behaving like strippers from the 1950s. So-called ‘raunch culture’ has given women the right to objectify their own bodies. [More]

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December 14, 2006 Posted by | News | 1 Comment

Cow ’emissions’ more damaging to planet than CO2 from cars

Meet the world’s top destroyer of the environment. It is not the car, or the plane,or even George Bush: it is the cow.

A United Nations report has identified the world’s rapidly growing herds of cattle as the greatest threat to the climate, forests and wildlife. And they are blamed for a host of other environmental crimes, from acid rain to the introduction of alien species, from producing deserts to creating dead zones in the oceans, from poisoning rivers and drinking water to destroying coral reefs.

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December 14, 2006 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Environment Drowning In Bottled Water

“Evian,” the woman says. “It’s naive spelled backwards.”

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It isn’t the idea of buying the water that is truly troublesome but more what happens to the plastic water bottles. Most times they just get tossed. That’s baaaad.

The Earth Policy Institute reports that global consumption of bottled water reached in 2004 was up 57 percent from the amount consumed five years earlier. Even where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is producing unnecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy.

“Although in the industrial world bottled water is often no healthier than tap water, it can cost up to 10,000 times more,” states an article at the Earth Policy Institute Web site. “At as much as $2.50 per liter ($10 per gallon), bottled water costs more than gasoline.” [More]

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December 5, 2006 Posted by | Environment, News | Leave a comment

Ancient Computing Device

ATHENS, Greece – Imagine tossing a top-notch laptop into the sea, leaving scientists from a foreign culture to scratch their heads over its corroded remains centuries later. A Roman shipmaster inadvertently did something just like that 2,000 years ago off southern Greece, experts said Thursday.

They claim to have identified a handful of puzzling metal scraps found in a ship wreck as the earliest known mechanical computing device, which pinpointed astronomical events. [More]

A fragment of the 2,100-year-old Antikythera Mechanism, believed to be the earliest surviving mechanical computing device, is seen at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006. The bronze system of cogs and wheels was found in a Roman wreck off southern Greece in 1900. It is the focus of a two-day conference starting in Athens late Thursday, with the participation of scientists from Greece, Britain, the U.S. and other countries. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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December 3, 2006 Posted by | News, Tech | Leave a comment