Moogfest: Remembering Robert Moog

November 7, 2010 at 7:09 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Moogfest, a celebration of music made with the unique and wonderful Moog synthesizer, just wrapped in Asheville, NC, the place inventor Bob Moog called home for the last 30 years of his life.


The New York Times‘ lead music critic Jon Pareles has written an excellent account of the three-day festival, which you can read here, but I thought fans of Moog music might enjoy the liner notes written in 1999 by Bob for the first (and only) disinformation CD, Best Of Moog: Electronic Pop Hits From The 60’s & 70’s:

We began making electronic music instruments in 1964 and began calling them “synthesizers” in 1967. Back then, most of our customers were experimental composers in universities and conservatories. Their music was “at the fringe”, to say the least. Meanwhile, out in the mainstream of our musical culture, record producers and performing musicians tended to think of the Moog Synthesizer as an instrument that could make funny sounds, but you couldn’t make “real music” with it.


best of moogBut not all musicians were so shortsighted. Moog’s second synthesizer customer ever was Eric Siday, a New York composer who specialized in radio and television commercials. Siday’s “five-second compositions”, which he performed on his Moog Synthesizer, were heard by millions of listeners and viewers across the land. During the same period, in midtown Manhattan, Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley were working out the moves to produce music directly on multi-track tape, using conventionally recorded sounds along with their Moog Synthesizer. And, just a few blocks away, Dick Hyman was applying his formidable keyboard skills to his brand new Moog synth. Hyman’s record “MOOG”, and Perrey/Kingsley’s record “The In Sound from Way Out” were two of the earliest albums that demonstrated that, yes, you could indeed make “real music” with a Moog Synthesizer.


Meanwhile, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were enjoying enormous popularity, the Grateful Dead were rising fast, and listeners everywhere were developing a taste for new sounds. By the end of 1968, Columbia Records had introduced a whole series of experimental and electronic music. They called the series “M.O.O.T.”, for “Music Of Our Time.” Included in that series was Switched-on Bach, a recording of the music of J. S. Bach, realized by W. Carlos entirely on the Moog Synthesizer. Switched-on Bach went on to become one of the largest-selling classical albums of all time.


For us, 1969 was the year of “The Moog Record”. The popularity of Switched-on Bach, plus other synthesizer records that had been released, captured the attention of the mainstream record producers. We received dozens of orders for large synthesizers. At one point, we had a nine-month order backlog. The “Moog Records” began to hit the street: Moog Groove; Moog Plays the Beatles; Moog Power; Country Moog; and on and on. Our small factory was *very* busy. We were invited to stage a synthesizer concert in the garden of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, which was attended by some four thousand listeners. We were commissioned to build four programmable performance synthesizers for Gershon Kingsley’s First Moog Quartet. And of course, our company made it onto the pages of several national news magazines.


Most of the cuts on this CD come from the short but exciting period from 1968 to 1970. They’re from selected “Moog Records” of the late sixties. They’re part of the white-hot musical-cultural revolution that characterized the period. At the time they were released, they were strikingly novel. Today, we’re accustomed to hearing synthesizers, so the cuts sometimes tend to sound, well, quaint. But they’re all authentic late ’60’s, pure and simple. I hope you enjoy them.

–Bob Moog


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McDonald’s immortal burgers!

September 21, 2010 at 7:56 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Photographer Sally Davies has stirred up a lot of interest in the weird science that goes into making McDonald’s “food” resistant to decay. She has an amazing series of photos at her flickr site where you can see daily progress, or lack thereof, of an ageing McDonald’s Happy Meal (example below).

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According to New York Magazine’s Grub Street blog, Davies plans to keep the experiment going “until something happens, but she’d better be ready for a long haul: A twelve-year-old McD’s burger surfaced a few years ago looking shockingly well-preserved”!

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Aussie fuckin Scientists develop a fuckin tractor fuckin beam!!!

September 21, 2010 at 7:52 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

tractorbeamsAustralian scientists have built device that generates a tractor beam, commonly considered a  figment of alien abduction scenarios and Star Trek. The researchers’ creation thus far is capable of transporting small objects distances of up to five feet, using only a beam of light, Popular Science reports:

Using only light, Australian researchers say they are able to move small particles almost five feet through the air. It’s more than 100 times the distance achieved by existing optical “tweezers,” the researchers say.

Not quite a simple grabby tractor beam, the new system works by shining a hollow laser beam at an object and taking advantage of air-temperature differences to move it around.

It works by shining a hollow laser beam around small glass particles, as Inside Science explains. The air around the particle heats up, but the hollow center of the beam stays cool. The heated air molecules keep the object balanced in the dark center.…

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Stephen Hawking says “Aliens” do exist.

June 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Here’s an article on Stephen Hawkings new documentary.  I don’t agree entirely with what he says but it is interesting to see one of the worlds leading physicists saying that Aliens exist.  The comment at the end by Lord Rees is far more accurate I think.


THE aliens are out there and Earth had better watch out, at least according to Stephen Hawking. He has suggested that extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist — but that instead of seeking them out, humanity should be doing all it that can to avoid any contact.

The suggestions come in a new documentary series in which Hawking, one of the world’s leading scientists, will set out his latest thinking on some of the universe’s greatest mysteries.

Alien life, he will suggest, is almost certain to exist in many other parts of the universe: not just in planets, but perhaps in the centre of stars or even floating in interplanetary space.

Hawking’s logic on aliens is, for him, unusually simple. The universe, he points out, has 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars. In such a big place, Earth is unlikely to be the only planet where life has evolved.

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“To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational,” he said. “The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.”

The answer, he suggests, is that most of it will be the equivalent of microbes or simple animals — the sort of life that has dominated Earth for most of its history.

One scene in his documentary for the Discovery Channel shows herds of two-legged herbivores browsing on an alien cliff-face where they are picked off by flying, yellow lizard-like predators. Another shows glowing fluorescent aquatic animals forming vast shoals in the oceans thought to underlie the thick ice coating Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter.

Such scenes are speculative, but Hawking uses them to lead on to a serious point: that a few life forms could be intelligent and pose a threat. Hawking believes that contact with such a species could be devastating for humanity.

He suggests that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.”

He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is “a little too risky”. He said: “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”

The completion of the documentary marks a triumph for Hawking, now 68, who is paralysed by motor neurone disease and has very limited powers of communication. The project took him and his producers three years, during which he insisted on rewriting large chunks of the script and checking the filming.

John Smithson, executive producer for Discovery, said: “He wanted to make a programme that was entertaining for a general audience as well as scientific and that’s a tough job, given the complexity of the ideas involved.”

Hawking has suggested the possibility of alien life before but his views have been clarified by a series of scientific breakthroughs, such as the discovery, since 1995, of more than 450 planets orbiting distant stars, showing that planets are a common phenomenon.

So far, all the new planets found have been far larger than Earth, but only because the telescopes used to detect them are not sensitive enough to detect Earth-sized bodies at such distances.

Another breakthrough is the discovery that life on Earth has proven able to colonise its most extreme environments. If life can survive and evolve there, scientists reason, then perhaps nowhere is out of bounds.

Hawking’s belief in aliens places him in good scientific company. In his recent Wonders of the Solar System BBC series, Professor Brian Cox backed the idea, too, suggesting Mars, Europa and Titan, a moon of Saturn, as likely places to look.

Similarly, Lord Rees, the astronomer royal, warned in a lecture earlier this year that aliens might prove to be beyond human understanding.

“I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms we can’t conceive,” he said. “Just as a chimpanzee can’t understand quantum theory, it could be there are aspects of reality that are beyond the capacity of our brains.”

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Fox Admits To Planting Political Brainwashing In Popular TV Shows

March 9, 2009 at 12:14 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Corporation boasts of “inserting messages” about global warming into hit shows like The Simpsons, 24, Prison Break & Family Guy

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Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, March 6, 2009

Rupert Murdoch’s Twentieth Century Fox corporation has admitted to planting political brainwashing within its globally popular TV shows and indeed boasts that it is proud of the fact.

A corporate video currently being showcased on another part of Murdoch’s media empire,, shows Fox executives and stars of its universally recognized shows bragging about how they use the platform of hit shows that are broadcast globally to implant messages about the supposed threat of global warming.

This is not the first time Fox have been enthusiastic in propagandizing for the establishment. In 2003, Rupert Murdoch himself admitted that the corporation had “tried” to help the Bush administration sell the war in Iraq.

The text accompanying the video states, “In 2006, News Corp. embarked upon a company wide initiative to reduce the size of its carbon footprint.”

The means by which this “initiative” was carried out is then made clear by a plethora of clips from Fox’s most popular shows – the Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, Prison Break – which are all loaded with messages about global warming and the need to do something about it.

“What could we do on a practical level to start making a difference,” asks one executive before another answers, “The biggest thing we’ve done is inserting messages about the environment into some of our content.”

In other words, Fox has embarked on a deliberate campaign, which could only have been done with the coordination of the script writers of each program, to force people to accept the pseudo-science of global warming by brainwashing them into accepting it as a reality. This has been achieved by weaving in messages about climate change and having popular characters in the TV shows embrace specific tenants of the global warming manifesto.

“The most powerful way we could communicate the commitment on behalf of our company, was to change the practices within the production, as well as work in a message about global warming, about environmental changes, about empowering people to take responsibilities,” states Fox chairman Dana Walden.

We’re also treated to the vomit-inducing sight of Kiefer Sutherland, who plays the torture loving Jack Bauer in 24, sounding about as genuine as a 3 dollar bill reading off a teleprompter about how Fox is committed to reducing its “carbon footprint”.

This again goes to show that the acceptance of global warming as a reality by the general public is not being accomplished as an organic reaction to scientifically proven threats, but by propagandists artificially piggy-backing the climate mantra on the back of fictional TV shows passively absorbed by people in their millions.

This is key because of the process that people’s brains undergo when they are watching television. Political messages implanted in fictional television programs will always enjoy a receptive audience.

According to an Associated Content article, “Studies have shown that watching television induces low alpha waves in the human brain. Alpha waves are brainwaves between 8 to 12 HZ. and are commonly associated with relaxed meditative states as well as brain states associated with suggestibility.”

Experiments have shown that less than one minute after the viewer begins to watch television, the brain switches from Beta level consciousness, associated with active and logical thought, to Alpha level, which is associated with passive acceptance and suggestibility. This is why advertisers spend billions a year on commercials as well as product placement within TV shows themselves.

The scale of what Fox is admitting to here is staggering, and the fact that they even boast about what they are doing beggars belief. As Darryl Mason sardonically comments, “I never realised just how much I’d learned about the dire threats of global warming-induced climate change simply by watching immensely, globally popular Murdoch/Fox entertainments like The Simpsons and 24.”

Millions of people not just in America but globally are being educated, or should I say re-educated, about the highly complex and highly debatable topic of global warming, not through a reasoned public debate between advocates and skeptics, but through fictional cartoons, comedies and drama shows produced by a monolithic corporation that has its tentacles deeply embedded into the same establishment that is trying to sell global warming in order to introduce a CO2 tax and regulate people’s lives.

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Europe’s Strangest Theme Park

November 20, 2008 at 6:10 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

gas masks
All images: Azillphotos

When confronted with the issue of what to do with an ex-Soviet bunker in the countryside, an enterprising Lithuanian decided that some things should be left the way they are…

Welcome to 1984: Išgyvenimo Drama, otherwise known as Survival Drama in a Soviet Bunker.

Built near Vilnius in 1980, when Lithuania was still a part of the USSR, the bunker’s past life includes protecting a television transmitter and acting as a secure outpost for Soviet troops. Encompassing 4,000 cubic meters and buried 5 meters deep, the bunker is a remnant of Soviet occupation, which the Lithuanians have found more difficult to get rid of than the army.

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Instead of letting the building fall into complete disrepair, some lucrative Lithuanians decided to put the bunker to some use, so, concerned about young Lithuanians lack of understanding about their country’s past, producer Ruta Vanagaite was prompted to create a re-enactment project, demonstrating the experiences of the previous generation.

alsation and guard

Išgyvenimo drama opened in early 2008 to some controversy. Tourists pay 120 LTL ($US 220) each to step back into 1984 as a temporary USSR citizen for 2.5 hours. On entry, all belongings, including money, cameras and phones, are handed over and under the watchful eye of guards and alsatians, tourists change into threadbare Soviet coats and are herded through the bunker.

Experiences include watching TV programs from 1984, wearing gas masks, learning the Soviet anthem under duress, eating typical Soviet food (with genuine Soviet tableware) and even undergoing a concentration-camp-style interrogation and medical check.

vodka shots

The Soviet Bunker is not a theme park for the faint-hearted; all of the actors involved in the project were originally in the Soviet army and some were authentic interrogators, however there are performances tailored specifically for school groups so they know when to cool it, too.

Before heading back into the real world, participants are treated to a shot of vodka. They leave with a better understanding of life under Soviet occupation and, no doubt, a new respect for their elders past.

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What would Jesus brew?

October 27, 2008 at 10:07 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

DENVER, Colorado (AP) — In the beginning, there was a long line for Judgment Day ale.

What Would Jesus Brew?"

An entrepreneur peddles T-shirts emblazoned with, “WWJB: What Would Jesus Brew?”

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Shortly after
the doors opened on the 27th Great American Beer Festival, a crowd
congregated at the booth offering that and other pours from The Lost
Abbey of San Marcos, California, where the tap handle is a Celtic cross
and the legacy of beer-brewing monks endures.

Standing under a
banner promising “Inspired beers for Saints and Sinners Alike,”
proprietor and former altar boy Tomme Arthur had a confession: He’s
using God to sell some beer.

“It’s the oldest story ever told —
the struggle between good and evil,” said Arthur, 35, a product of
Catholic schools in his native San Diego. “There is a battle being
waged between those who make good beer and those who make evil beer.”

Without question, unholy excess is in evidence anytime 18,000 gallons
of alcohol is served to 46,000 people over three days. See: women in
Bavarian maid outfits and “Beer Pong” tables.

Yet perhaps
surprisingly, God could be found at last week’s Great American Beer
Festival — in the crassly commercial, in homage to religion’s long
history in brewing, in needling faiths that turn a suspect eye on
drinking, and (if the prophet of home-brewing is to be believed) at the
bottom of every glass.

While alcohol and religion don’t always
mix, no less a figure than Benjamin Franklin once said: “Beer is living
proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

Papazian, author of “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing,” the undisputed
bible of the craft, can cite many intersections of beer and the divine.
Mayan and Aztec priests controlled the brewing of beer in pre-Columbian
days, monks in Bavaria brewed strong bocks for sustenance during Lent
and the first brewery in the Americas was founded by Belgium monks in
Ecuador in 1534.

Before Louis Pasteur pinpointed yeast as the culprit in the 1850s,
brewers didn’t know what caused fermentation, said Papazian, president
of the Boulder, Colorado-based Brewers Association. So they invented
one run-on word to describe the mysterious stuff at the bottom of the
bottle: “Godisgood.”

“As you drain a glass of beer, look at the
yeast at the bottom and be reminded that God is good, because that’s
the way it feels,” Papazian said.

Like most business owners,
brewers tend to avoid politics and religion out of fear of alienating
customers. At the same time, microbrewing has become an intensely
competitive industry, so putting a saint on a bottle can help a guy
stand out.

When Brock Wagner was looking to name his new brewery
in Houston 14 years ago, his search took him to the library of a local
Catholic seminary. There, he found the story of St. Arnold of Metz, the
French saint of brewers and one of many patron saints of the brewing

As the tale goes, Arnold (580-640) urged his people,
“Don’t drink the water, drink beer” because he believed water boiled in
beer was safer than tainted water sources.

Centuries later, St.
Arnold Brewing Co. became Texas’ first craft brewery, with a “divine
reserve” single-batch beer and 21 fermenters named for different saints.

“One purpose of religion is the formation of communities, and our
brewery kind of has that effect, of bringing people together,” said
Wagner, who describes himself as spiritual but wary of organized
religion. “Some of our regulars say going on our brewery tour is going
to church.”

Jeremy Cowan, the marketing mind behind He’Brew (the
chosen beer), was absent from his company’s booth on the festival’s
first day; it was Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.

Established in 1996 (or 5757), Cowan’s Schmaltz Brewing Co. uses Jewish
humor, scripture and imagery in packaging its beers, all of them
kosher. There’s Genesis Ale (“our first creation”) Messiah Bold (“the
one you’ve been waiting for”) and Jewbelation (“L’Chaim!”).

am passionately Jewish,” Cowan said. “I don’t get as caught up in the
legal minutiae. I’m more fascinated in the project of Judaism as a
civilization. This is the way I participate.”

Some faith
traditions reject alcohol as an intoxicant that invites bad behavior
and abuse. Observant Muslims and Mormons, among others, abstain from
drinking on religious grounds.

Last year, an evangelical church
targeting young adults in the St. Louis area got in trouble with the
Missouri Baptist Convention for holding a church ministry at a
microbrewery. (The Southern Baptist Convention opposes making,
advertising, distributing and consuming alcohol).

At Denver’s
Great American Beer Festival, four ex-Mormons who met at Utah State
University ran a booth selling “X-Communicated Mormon Drinking Team”
T-shirts, sweatshirts and other products.

“Our business model is
to sell enough T-shirts to pay the cost of a group of our friends
getting together and having fun for the weekend,” said Mike Hansen, 36,
of Whitefish, Montana.

Another entrepreneur peddled “WWJB: What
Would Jesus Brew?” T-shirts, with an image of a smiling Jesus with a
mash paddle in one hand and a pint glass in the other.

Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa, California, brews a
series of religion-themed beers that began with “Damnation.” A strong
golden ale, the beer’s name is a nod to the great Belgian beer Duval,
which comes from the Flemish word for devil.

A restaurant around the corner from Cilurzo’s brewery refused to stock it.

“It all started with ‘Damnation,”‘ said Cilurzo, who has no religious
affiliation. “I felt like if we started with ‘Damnation,’ we needed to
be redeemed. We needed ‘Salvation.”‘

Cilurzo’s latest creation,
Consecration, was a festival hit and an answered prayer — a richly
textured sour ale aged for nine months in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels
with black currants.

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New Beginnings.

October 16, 2008 at 9:13 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

It’s been along time since I actually ‘wrote’ a blog so here fucken goes.  I guess I was put off a bit when I wrote a blog that was like 2000 or so words and no one read it, it was a bout Metal.  Hell I liked it so I was hopin a few other peoples would as well, but it was an early one so I guess I shouldn’t have expected much.  So then I’ve been posting up stuff that I find interesting, but that got a little tiresome after awhile too, especially since I’ve been so busy.

Anyways, long story short, I’m writing a new blog, and it’s gonna be more or a diary, what blogs were originally intended for right?  Prob won’t be a daily thing but at least I’m doing it right?

I’m gonna start with my new album, for my ‘band’, Azumuth.  The albums called ‘Illuminus’, and so far it’s sounding pretty fucken kickass!  I started off with 14 tracks, and that was cool.  THen I thought some of the tracks might not make it to the album, not cause they weren’t good songs, and certainly not because they deserved to be B sides, which in my opinion are a waste of money.  No the reason I was thinking that was because they were kinda happier, more uplifting, in musical terms more majorie, and in music journo terms, more poppy.  So I was gonna release ‘Illuminus’ as this dark, heavy album with a seperate EP of poppier songs on it.

Then I decided to record some more tracks, just cause I got alot of songs lying around in my head.  So then the list went up to 18 tracks.  Then I thought, ’18, shit that’s almost enough for two albums’.  So now I’m recording 3 more tracks, the last 3 and that’s it. Thinking of putting it out as a double album, one heavy and dark, one not so heavy and a little lighter.  Or maybe two seperate albums, who knows. But that’s where we are at the moment.  Recording starts next week, and it’s gonna be fun!  More to come!


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Polar bears resort to cannibalism as Arctic ice shrinks

September 30, 2008 at 11:00 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Isn’t it sad that the innocent have to suffer because of our mistakes.  Animals like the polar bears in this article never hurt anyone, and now they’re habitat is being destroyed without them even knowing why.  The worst part is that it’s probably already to late, by the time they actually get round to decreasing the greenhouse emissions the polar icecaps will probably all be gone, and the Polar Bears will have no home.  Aren’t we an awesome species.
By Marsha Walton

(CNN) — Summer is over in the northern hemisphere, but it’s been another chilling season for researchers who study Arctic sea ice.

Arctic Ice

Disappearance of Arctic ice cover may affect storm systems, storm tracks and crops, according to researchers.

“It’s definitely a bad report. We did pick up little bit from last year, but this is over 30 percent below what used to be normal,” said Walt Meier, a research scientist with the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

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This past summer, the Arctic sea ice dwindled to its second lowest level. Arctic sea ice is usually 1 to 3 meters, or as much as 9 feet thick. It grows during autumn and winter and shrinks in the spring and summer.

Scientists have monitored sea ice conditions for about 50 years with the help of satellites. Changes in the past decade have been alarming to climate researchers and oceanographers.

“It is the second lowest on record. … If anything, it is reinforcing the long-term trend. We are still losing the ice cover at a rate of 10 percent per decade now, and that is quite an increase from five years ago,” Meier said. “We are still heading toward an ice cover that is going to melt completely in the summertime in the Arctic.”

Arctic ice helps regulate and temper the climate in many other parts of the world. The less ice there is, the more dramatic the impact. Huge sheets of ice reflect solar radiation, keeping our planet cool. When that ice melts, huge expanses of darker, open ocean water absorb the heat instead, warming things up.

Although few humans live in the Arctic, the disappearance of this ice cover can have effects far beyond the few residents and the wildlife of this harsh region. Ice cover loss can influence winds and precipitation on other continents, possibly leading to less rain in the western United States and creating more in Europe.

“That warming is going to spread to the lower latitudes, to the United States, and it’s going to affect storm systems and storm tracks, the jet stream; that’s going to affect crops and all sorts of things,” Meier predicted.

So, just how much ice is disappearing?

Less than 30 years ago, there would still be 7 million square kilometers or 2.5 million square miles of ice left at the end of an Arctic summer. That’s now dropped by almost 40 percent.

“Seven million square kilometers roughly corresponds to an area of the lower 48 United States. So back in the early 1980s, the lower 48 states would be covered in sea ice in the summer,” Meier said. “Now we’ve essentially lost sea ice east of the Mississippi River and even beyond. So that’s a significant amount of area.”

The best known consequence of disappearing sea ice in the Arctic is the loss of the polar bear habitat.

“The Arctic sea ice melt is a disaster for the polar bears,” according to Kassie Siegel, staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. “They are dependent on the Arctic sea ice for all of their essential behaviors, and as the ice melts and global warming transforms the Arctic, polar bears are starving, drowning, even resorting to cannibalism because they don’t have access to their usual food sources.”

Scientists have noticed increasing reports of starving Arctic polar bears attacking and feeding on one another in recent years. In one documented 2004 incident in northern Alaska, a male bear broke into a female’s den and killed her.

In May, the U.S. Department of Interior listed the polar bear as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act. In a news release, U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne stated, “loss of sea ice threatens and will likely continue to threaten polar bear habitat. This loss of habitat puts polar bears at risk of becoming endangered in the foreseeable future, the standard established by the ESA for designating a threatened species.”

What is the future for Arctic sea ice? Some scientists believe that in just five years, the Arctic may be ice-free during the summer.

“The Arctic is kind of the early warning system of the climate,” Meier said. “It is the canary in the coal mine, and the canary is definitely in trouble.”

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Electronic cigarettes beat the smoking ban

September 25, 2008 at 6:59 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Pubs around the country have reported a decline in custom since the rules came in July last year, but landlord, Chris Giles of the Butler’s Arms in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham believes he has found the solution.

The new E.cig smokes like a real cigarette and users get a shot of nicotine every time they inhale. The device even produces a cloud of water vapour with every puff, though causes no harm to smokers.

Mr Giles said: “When it’s freezing outside and chucking it down with rain it’s a good alternative to going outside for a cigarette

Mr Giles’ daughter, Becky, Assistant Manager at the pub, added: “It’s been really successful already, we have had lots of people ringing up and asking about it. “They are not only healthier than normal cigarettes but really good value for money.”

The device, which retails at £39.99 for a starter pack, uses a small replaceable cartridge filled with a dose of nicotine. Users can choose between No nicotine, Low, medium or high nicotine, menthol, strawberry or cherry.

The makers of the product at The Electronic Cigarette Company say the vapour produced is odourless and contains no tar or carbon monoxide, resulting in no risk of passive smoking.

However the company say the E.cigs are just as addictive as the real thing.

How Does Electronic Cigarette Work?

Electronic Cigarette performs similarly to traditional smoking. It looks, feels and tastes like a cigarette or cigar, and delivers all the pleasures of smoking, without all the problems. The secret to what makes the Electronic Cigarette better than traditional smoking is what is inside this revolutionary new product.

The non-flammable Electronic Cigarette is driven by modern microelectronic technology, a small rechargeable battery and a unique, safe replaceable cartridge containing water, propylene glycol, nicotine, a scent that emulates a tobacco flavor and a membrane to suspend the ingredients.

When using the Electronic Cigarette, the act of inhaling or smoking it produces the tactile and craving satisfactions traditional smokers seek, and triggers a vaporizing process that releases a simulated smoke that is actually a vapor mist that harmlessly evaporates into the air within a few seconds.

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