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  1. Even mainstream climate scientists are alarmed at climate alarmism:
  2. Been mainly based in Sweden now for 18 months. Qantas Gold doesn't give you that much these days. But lounge access and priority boarding (to get overhead locker space!) are good to have for life now even when flying economy. 'Straya Day on Venice Beach seems like a great plan!
  3. Condolences... Yes - life is a gift. Let's make the most of it.
  4. I thought this thread was locked? Anyway - I don't think anybody is disputing climate change. The big questions are: How big is the anthropogenic component? What can be done about it? (Hint: global taxation is not the solution...) Why can't we have a campaign to plant a billion trees around the globe in 10 years? We just need a tree-roots [sic] campaign where 10 million people world-wide commit to planting 10 trees per year for the next decade.
  5. Merry Christmas, Mr Medved, and everyone else still monitoring the forum! Hope you all have a great holiday season with family and loved ones. My employer in Sweden is kind enough to let me work from "home" a couple of weeks at a time, so now I'm commuting between Sweden and Australia every 6 weeks during the norther hemisphere winter. This is my third trip so far with another trip planned in February. That is a lot of flying! I just made Qantas lifetime Gold frequent flyer this year.
  6. Thanks för the update Swaize. I find it hard to trade Marty's predictions but this latest trading levels in the DJIA or Nasdaq are pretty clear. But he has been wrong before so it is hard to judge the probabilities that things will unfold as he predicts. Marty also seem to state that the market can change behaviour at any time.
  7. Back in the day (80s) when we had hope that society could live without racial, social, political, and mental enclaves. Break those walls!
  8. Maybe that's OK. I think it would have been better to just require financial assets if you are an older migrant instead of charging big money for a visa. That will make them less able to look after themselves in old age.
  9. Good you're still here, though!
  10. Life in the mid-50s is totally crap. Every one of my parents' generation are now dead. Parents, uncles and aunts and their friends. This has been a decade of death. All my old friends are ageing and growing tired. I have less and less in common with them and I think I have lost all of them now except two. Making new friends is virtually impossible. My wife and I are heading towards our 60s and she's still my soulmate - that's sweet but sad to watch the slow decay in us both. As I'm watching old music videos from the 70s on Youtube I remember what it was like to be in the early teens full of enthusiasm and passion for life. That was 40 years ago.
  11. Man - that sucks! Are those the rules? You can buy yourself a visa?
  12. Thanks zaph. So - bubbly boom time ahead again? What's your take on the future of the Aussie economy? The previous bubble was driven by a mining boom and an impulse response to record low interest rates. What could drive the next housing bubble?
  13. BTW, zaph - how is the Brisbane market now? I’m thinking about buying a place in the next few years. Just a cheapie inner city unit.
  14. It is not just tor, it seems everyone has been abducted.
  15. It seems there are strong health benefits from just being barefoot on the ground: J Environ Public Health. 2012; 2012: 291541. Published online 2012 Jan 12. doi: 10.1155/2012/291541 Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons Gaétan Chevalier, 1, 2 * Stephen T. Sinatra, 3 James L. Oschman, 4 Karol Sokal, 5 and Pawel Sokal 6 Author information ► Article notes ► Copyright and License information ► This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Go to: Abstract Environmental medicine generally addresses environmental factors with a negative impact on human health. However, emerging scientific research has revealed a surprisingly positive and overlooked environmental factor on health: direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth. Modern lifestyle separates humans from such contact. The research suggests that this disconnect may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and unwellness. Reconnection with the Earth's electrons has been found to promote intriguing physiological changes and subjective reports of well-being. Earthing (or grounding) refers to the discovery of benefits—including better sleep and reduced pain—from walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems that transfer the Earth's electrons from the ground into the body. This paper reviews the earthing research and the potential of earthing as a simple and easily accessed global modality of significant clinical importance. ... Earthing research offers insights into the clinical potential of barefoot contact with the Earth, or simulated barefoot contact indoors via simple conductive systems, on the stability of internal bioelectrical function and human physiology. Initial experiments resulted in subjective reports of improved sleep and reduced pain [10]. Subsequent research showed that improved sleep was correlated with a normalization of the cortisol day-night profile [13]. The results are significant in light of the extensive research showing that lack of sleep stresses the body and contributes to many detrimental health consequences. Lack of sleep is often the result of pain. Hence, reduction of pain might be one reason for the benefits just described. Pain reduction from sleeping grounded has been confirmed in a controlled study on DOMS. Earthing is the first intervention known to speed recovery from DOMS [21]. Painful conditions are often the result of various kinds of acute or chronic inflammation conditions caused in part by ROS generated by normal metabolism and also by the immune system as part of the response to injury or trauma. Inflammation can cause pain and loss of range of motion in joints. Inflammatory swelling can put pressure on pain receptors (nocireceptors) and can compromise the microcirculation, leading to ischemic pain. Inflammation can cause the release of toxic molecules that also activate pain receptors. Modern biomedical research has also documented a close relationship between chronic inflammation and virtually all chronic diseases, including the diseases of aging, and the aging process itself. The steep rise in inflammatory diseases, in fact, has been recently called “inflamm-aging” to describe a progressive inflammatory status and a loss of stress-coping ability as major components of the aging process [32]. Reduction in inflammation as a result of earthing has been documented with infrared medical imaging [28] and with measurements of blood chemistry and white blood cell counts [21]. The logical explanation for the anti-inflammatory effects is that grounding the body allows negatively charged antioxidant electrons from the Earth to enter the body and neutralize positively charged free radicals at sites of inflammation [28]. Flow of electrons from the Earth to the body has been documented [15]. A pilot study on the electrodynamics of red blood cells (zeta potential) has revealed that earthing significantly reduces blood viscosity, an important but neglected parameter in cardiovascular diseases and diabetes [29], and circulation in general. Thus, thinning the blood may allow for more oxygen delivery to tissues and further support the reduction of inflammation. Stress reduction has been confirmed with various measures showing rapid shifts in the ANS from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance, improvement in heart rate variability, and normalization of muscle tension [19, 20, 27]. Not reported here are many observations over more than two decades by Ober et al. [12] and K. Sokal and P. Sokal [11] indicating that regular earthing may improve blood pressure, cardiovascular arrhythmias, and autoimmune conditions such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Some effects of earthing on medication are described by Ober et al. [12] and at the website: As an example, the combination of earthing and coumadin has the potential to exert a compounded blood thinning effect and must be supervised by a physician. Multiple anecdotes of elevated INR have been reported. INR (international normalized ratio) is a widely used measurement of coagulation. The influence of earthing on thyroid function and medication has been described earlier. ...
  17. Ah yes - there are lunatics like Larry Summers (and some politicians) that think trickle-down-economics works best by stimulating the big end of town and the interests of the wealthy elites. For the rest of the 99.9%:
  18. There seems to be a race between the telecommunications industry and razor blade manufacturers; 5G? I'll show you a 5-blade razor! I wonder what the innovation geniuses will think about next...
  19. I predict raising the dole/new start. Politicians gain brownie points for caring for those most in need. And those people will spend every cent of what extra they would get, which would mean instant stimulus.
  20. Sinéad O'Connor is an interesting case study of how looks affect perception of a person. Perhaps she shaved her head because she wanted to be appreciated for her art and not her pretty face. It seems her career went down the gurgler after she went "weird" in the eyes of the public. Maybe it is naive to think that we can avoid being judged by our cover. It is a shame, really. But tribal instincts are deep seated animal instincts that we humans have inherited. I don't think it can be avoided, despite our best intentions. People even get offended if one does not live up to their expectations of what we should be for them.
  21. It seems we have lost 99% of forum members. Very nice and quiet now - maybe this forum can be turned into a personal blog for the two or three people remaining Here is an interesting thing: there is strong anti-cancer "side effects" of deworming tablets with Fenbendazole that is not well known by the general public. This effect was discovered more than a decade ago: Unexpected Antitumorigenic Effect of Fenbendazole when Combined with Supplementary Vitamins You can click on the PDF link to get the whole paper. There is this chart in the paper which shows how little the cancer grew with Fenbendazole in combination with some vitamins (list is in the paper): Strange that Fendbendazole by itself made the cancer worse, but with vitamins it was very effective in stopping cancer growth. Of course, I don't recommend any human to try this, but a cancer patient treated himself in 2014 with Fenbendazole and vitamin E that raised a lot of interest by quite a few medical researchers: After Edmond man says dog dewormer cured his cancer, researchers look into others using the treatment There are now recent (2018) serious scientific studies published in credible journals about this effect: Fenbendazole acts as a moderate microtubule destabilizing agent and causes cancer cell death by modulating multiple cellular pathways An interesting quote from the article: "Fenbendazole is known to have a high safety margin and most species tolerate it very well. It has very low degree of toxicity and high degree of safety in experimental animals. In this study, we show that fenbendazole (FZ) exhibits a moderate microtubule depolymerizing activity towards human cancer cells, but possesses a potent antitumor effect as evident from in vitro and in vivo experiments. Our results indicate that FZ exerts its antitumor effect through the disruption of microtubule dynamics, p53 activation and the modulation of genes involved in multiple cellular pathways. FZ treatment also resulted in reduced glucose uptake in cancer cells due to down regulation of GLUT transporters and key glycolytic enzymes." Basically, Fenbendazole kills cancer cells in several different ways including "starving" them, as they tend to use glucose energy differently than normal cells (the Warburg effect). The drug is off-patent so there will be no Pharma company spending a $billion to get through clinical trials. Most likely they will come up with another antithelmintic variant that they can patent for human use.
  22. The paper is not peer review published anywhere yet. It seems to be like a work in progress, so I will reserve my judgement for now. One of the authors, Jyrki Kauppinen, was an expert reviewer of the IPCC AR5 report: So I think the academics are fair dinkum. They previously published an interesting paper: Major Portions in Climate Change: Physical Approach (2011): In that paper they claimed that half of the temperature increase over the last century is due to humans (anthropogenic). But they also assessed that climate sensitivity R = dT/dQ to be 0.0863 or 0.0251 K/(Wm2) That would equate to a doubling of atmospheric CO2 would lead to a warming of 0.22 degrees or 0.14 degrees. For those numbers to be correct there would be no positive feedback loop on the greenhouse gas effect with the increase of CO2. From a pure physics point of view, a doubling of CO2 would have a logarithmic effect. That is, if quantity X extra CO2 causes 1 degree of warming - then you need 2X CO2 for another degree of warming. The logarithmic effect is not in dispute - it is the feedback loop that is the big issue: It is interesting that the authors have changed their view about the warming over the last century from "About one half of the temperature increase was anthropogenic" in 2011 to now claiming that CO2 is causing a fraction of observed global warming (0.1 degrees), of which the anthropogenic component is 0.01 degrees.
  23. You got me there! The study did not say that warming was any slower than predicted. It was just my sloppy interpretation. Still - the "settled science" seem to come up with pretty drastic new conclusions, like 400% more CO2 can be emitted by humans for the same target effect of 1.5 degrees of warming. Now, my main bugbear has been the issue of climate sensitivity all along - which would mean that alarmist predictions are way overstated. So if we can now emit 4 times as much CO2 than what was previously thought - that should mean that the anthropogenic signal in climate change is a lot less than what was previously estimated. I am awaiting the results of future academic studies with eagerness. The other "black swan" issue I have is that if the anthropogenic signal is much weaker than what we believe is the case today - then it may be temporarily drowned out by natural variability. Nobody is prepared for the possibility of a decade or two of global cooling. Anyway - cheers SC, I always enjoy our discussions.
  24. So - the carbon budget is 4 times bigger than what was estimated for the last IPCC report - according to the IPCC experts themselves. I.e. there can be 4 times the amount of anthropogenic CO2 emissions (than previously thought) before we see a 1.5 degree global temperature rise. This lines up with other studies as per below. However, if you read mainstream media the catastrophic scenario is just getting progressively worse and increasingly urgent. I wonder what the scientific consensus will show if this trend in results of new studies continues another 10 years!
  25. Here is the paper published in Nature (arguably the most prestigious scientific publication in the world) by authors including Prof Myles Allen, University of Oxford and Prof Michael Grubb at University College London: Written about here: