Archives for the month of: July, 2012

Archival footage from late 1980s with Attorney Stephen Sheller, P.C. on AM Philadelphia which brings the DES matter to people’s attention and acknowledges the devastating side effects of this drug on women and men and over 3 generations.

Video published on Jul 12, 2012 by ShellerPC.

Watch our compilation of DES Videos in English on YouTube via the Diethylstilboestrol Channel.

 

Diethylstilbestrol DES Drug for Pregnant Women.

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Dear Machiavelli,My friends want to throw me a bachelor party. Knowing them, it will involve strippers, booze, drugs, the works. I promised my fiancée I would stay away from that kind of stuff, but I’m really tempted to go, and I’d hate to let the guys down. What should I do?Signed,TemptedMy Liege,I am unsure how to advise you in this instance, for your status in this world has much bearing on the matter. Are you a common man, or are you a prince? For it is well known that those actions which are considered most virtuous in a common man are in fact a vice in a prince, and that which would be vice for the lowest laborer is in fact raised to holy virtue when undertaken by a prince. Be you of the lower classes, stay true to your course and all will be well. Be you my liege, I pray you, indulge yourself.

via Dating Advice from Philosophers.

via Dating Advice from Philosophers.

Got your attention? Good.The term “community,” like in the phrases “feminist community” and “LGBT community” remains ambiguous and debatable in meaning, because of the varying viewpoints and degree of association from people who align themselves with the issues. There are certain subcategories in these larger groups based on disagreements, so that while everyone in the LGBT community may argue for same-sex marriage, they may argue with each other about the best way to achieve that, the role (if any) of religion, and the rhetoric to employ.This shouldn’t surprise anybody, much less on the internet, where groups of millions came come together for the mutual love of Star Trek only to descend into hatred over the superior attributes of certain captains of one USS Enterprise.I don’t find it surprising that people who identify as feminists tend to support LGBT rights and vice versa. Minority group (in regards to treatment and laws and not necessarily percentage of the population as in the case of women in the US) solidarity is nothing new. Each of these groups has common enemies they have to rally against for goals, which, while different in their specifics, are the same in the broadest sense: equality and equal representation. Feminism exploded in the national consciousness at the same time that LGBT visibility did, with the ideas of first wave feminism being particularly outdated and allowing for the second one in the 60s. Since then, the groups many a times overlap. Reasons include:

via Feminism, the LGBT community, and Porn.

via Feminism, the LGBT community, and Porn.

Few things are worse than going outside on a bright sunny day for a relaxing dip in the pool and finding a snake in it. For as long as pools have been around this has been a problem. There are as many ideas as to how to keep these slithering intruders out as there are varieties of snakes. Unfortunately very few solutions work, but there are a few things you can do to cut down on the likelihood these uninvited guests will crash the party.

The first step to keeping snakes out of your pool actually has nothing to do with your pool but rather your yard itself. Make your yard an unattractive home for snakes. You can do this by mowing the lawn regularly and keeping it cut short. Snakes generally do not want to be exposed to the hot sun, they enjoy a cooler temperature and comfort. In addition this will help you spot any that do decide to enter your yard anyway. You’ll also find that snakes love shrubs and pipes as well as hiding out under decks. To help minimize their taking up residence around your home and flower beds go light on the mulch and bushes against the house keeping it from accumulating over two inches. Keep firewood piles well away from your house an pool as well as any compost or mulch piles. Keep the area under decks free of debris. A clean yard that is unfriendly for snakes is the best first step to keeping them away from and out of your pool.

Many people have natural or “old farmers” tricks to keep snakes away but the reality is most just don’t work or come with a trade-off that makes them unattractive options. I was always told that placing raw garlic around the perimeter of the pool would drive snakes away as if they were vampires so this was something we tried briefly. No snakes went in the pool over the ten days or so we tried this but neither did any people. The amount of garlic needed to be sufficient just created too strong a smell and it didn’t take long before we had to shut the windows to the house to keep the smell out. Luckily no neighbors were able to pin the smell down to originating from us. Granular sulphur is said to work like a magic bullet which burns the snakes belly when they slither over it, and again it is true this does work. However when you create a perimeter of this to keep your pool safe it will also burn your feet if you walk over it barefoot as well as your pets paws. If you have kids this is an especially awful idea. Plus, every time it rains it washes away and/or dilutes and you have to re-spread it.

What worked to some degree was boiling pouches of chewing tobacco and then spraying it literally everywhere around the pool and yard. It did keep bugs off the plants and deer from gnawing on our shrubs but a couple of snakes made there way to the pool anyway. This actually seemed to work decent, much better than mothballs which have a strong aroma and any variety of snake repelling powders. The thing is snakes just go underground, up trees, or who knows where to find a way to get to their target destination regardless of what we spread. They may be many things but they are not dumb creatures.

The next summer we went high tech and bought an electronic snake repellent which was supposed to emit a high pulse that causes vibrations. The vibrations are said to scare away the snake almost immediately as it is supposed to trigger their “danger center.” One unit was supposed to protect an area of forty five feet but per suggestion at least two (More was really suggested) units that could overlap each others area were supposed to work best. It did make the dog and cat curious, but it did not keep snakes out of the pool. With yet another failure in place we called in a professional to help us.

We were given two options to keep snakes out of the pool although we were told neither could be one hundred percent certain.The first and most expensive was to enclose the pool in a lanai. This seemed like overkill but we kept it as an option. The animal control specialist was at least honest enough to admit that over time snakes would eventually be able to breach the enclosure unless we built something akin to a cement barrier fortress around the lower three feet of the lanai. The second suggestion was to just get a pool net. The idea of securing and removing it each time we used the pool seemed tedious but it was better than a construction project. We purchased a net that day and now in it’s sixth year of use we have only had one black rat snake in the pool, a far cry from the days we had two to three each week.

While using a net may seem cumbersome it is the most effective way we found to keep snakes out of the pool. The farmers remedies, electronics, and special repellents just didn’t do the job and over the long haul end up costing more than a net with unwanted side effects to boot. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best.

DES Diethylstilbestrol Awareness Video.

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Fans of going green have a new hero in Chinese researcher  Dr, Yen-Hsun Wu who has discovered a new secret in the field of luminescence. As far fetched as it may seem, it was discovered that by implanting gold nanoparticles in the leaves of trees can induce luminescence in them. What that means in basic terms is that the fusion of mineral particles with a leafy plant can make the plant’s leaves glow in the dark.

The discovery was not by accident entirely as research in the field of bioluminescence is hardly anything new. What has always been slow going is matching a stimulant agent, in this case gold nanoparticles, with a plant that responds to the stimulus in  productive way. That all tales a considerable amount of time making the process something which for most would be beyond tedious. When results are successful, as in the case, the discovery can potentially be world altering.

Why the discovery is said to have the potential to be world altering is due to the long reaching ramifications that are now possible. Imagine driving down a street where there are no streetlights, but rather rows of strong healthy oak trees whose leaves shed enough to illuminate the road. Imagine the global reduction of power demand if just applied in that one way? Imagine not needing lamps in your home because a plant on the end table does the job just as effectively. The possibilities are mind blowing and awesome – and for now they are just possibilities,

Currently, gold nanoparticles implants have only been tested on Bacopa caroliniana plants and shown luminescence. There are still slews more to try, but it is possible not all plants or trees will respond as positively. In the Bacopa caroliniana plants that were studied, high wavelength ultraviolet light triggered the transformation by creating  blue-violet fluorescence.

As exciting as it all is, the reality of luminescent plants grown on demand may be decades away under the best case scenario. Everyone involved with the project along with the RSC have been very cautious to make a point of being clear that while this is a major discovery, there is no knowledge of how tinkering with nature may impact the growth and life-cycle of plants and trees, how long the effect may last, or in general anything beyond the discovery itself.

Sources:
http://www.earthtimes.org
http://www.nanotechwire.com

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I’m already avoiding the purchase of new iPhone accessories, other than cases, in preparation for the next iteration of Apple’s iPhone, as there continue to be rumors that Apple’s new dock connector will be a 19-pin port instead of the long-standing universal iOS 30-pin port.

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It seemed that society was essentially allowing people to die from “the fact that not enough rich, white, heterosexual men have gotten AIDS,” as the late HIV-positive gay activist Vito Russo put it in 1988.The LGBT community united to demand action and address the reality that although HIV did not discriminate, the power structures that could help save lives sure did.Today, however, HIV does appear to discriminate. More than six in 10 new infections in the United States are among men who have sex with men, known in this field as MSM. Within that group, the hardest-hit are African American men ages 13 to 29. From 2006 to 2009,CDC data show, HIV infections rose by an appalling 48 percent among these young men — one of the largest increases of any demographic. New HIV cases among black MSM are nearly equal to those for their white counterparts, despite the former’s far smaller percentage of the population.This alarming disparity is one that the 19th International AIDS Conference, which begins Sunday in Washington, will address.Even while this crisis has grown, help in combatting it has been shrinking. HIV no longer seems to be a priority for some in the gay community. Foundations focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, which have historically provided millions of dollars in crucial funding for HIV service organizations, are shifting their resources elsewhere. The fight is different now. There is a lack of urgency among some well-off, white gay men, a segment of the LGBT community that was crucial in battling HIV and turning the tide in the 1980s and ’90s.

via AIDS remains a problem. But is it still a priority for the gay community?.

via AIDS remains a problem. But is it still a priority for the gay community?.

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Andrew Lincoln, showrunner Glen Mazzara and comics creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman also weigh in on Rick and Lori’s marriage and what’s to come in Season 3.

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Rick and Lori are so not in a good place when Season 3 of AMC’s The Walking Deadreturns Oct. 14.

Rick (Andrew Lincon) put an abrupt end to the awkward love triangle between himself, wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Shane (Jon Bernthal) in the penultimate episode of Season 2, greatly impacting his marriage and the group. The beleaguered ex-sheriff paid the price when Rick revealed to his pregnant spouse that he (well, Carl technically) ended her former lover’s life — and that everyone was already infected. “The bomb that went off between Rick and Lori in the final episode of the second season was not, ‘Oh my God, you told me to kill…

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At the very end of South America, the sun rises doesn’t rise until after nine o clock which means early morning light, not early in the morning. For the early rising challenged like myself, it was wonderful to walk from our room in a cozy bed and breakfast up the hill and down into the city soaking in the morning. My sister and I would enjoy our breakfast of warm bread, coffee, marmalade and the most delightful jam I ever tasted made from Calafate berries and then make our way down for the day. For our first morning and full day, we planned to dogsled and take a boat tour through the Beagle Channel. Dogsledding which may be a bit of a tourist trap, was still very exciting for the short time it lasted and who can resist nearly a field of dogs looking for attention? Driving back…

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