Posted: August 20th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Blipvert, Favorite New Thought . . ., From The Web | Tags: California, California Department of Public Health, Nation Parks Service, Plague, Squirrel, Yosemite National Park | Comments Off on Yosemite National Park Closed, Squirrels Found with Plague
A popular camping ground in California’s Yosemite National Park will be shut down temporarily after a pair of dead squirrels were found to be infected with the plague, officials say.
The closure of Tuolumne Meadows Campground comes a week after a child who camped elsewhere in Yosemite, one of America’s top tourist destinations, was hospitalised with the disease.
The case marked the first time a human was known to be infected with the centuries-old scourge, which is carried by rodents and the fleas that live on them, in California since 2006.
The campground will be closed from Monday through Friday of next week based on “new evidence of plague activity in animals”, Karen Smith, director of the California department of public health, said in a statement :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 10th, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Blip, CRIME!, News | Tags: Cannibalism, President Putin Cannibalism Claim, Russian President, The Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Putin's Health, Yakutsk | Comments Off on Kremlin Denies Putin Cannibalism Claim
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Not sure if this is a coincidence? Our favourite news wire – Reuters – has run a story on the ever-weird Russian President, Vladimir Putin’s health problems, and while the Kremlin has vehemently denied the claims, we can’t help but wonder if it was something the President ate!? Russian investigators have opened a murder case amid fears two men who survived three months lost in a remote forest might have eaten a companion to stay alive, clearly this is unrelated to Mr Putin’s health issues, unless :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 1st, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Blip, BLOGGING! | Tags: Blog, Blogging | Comments Off on From The Blog! Full Function Addict
As mentioned a while back in – Full Function Addict– it’s been my intention to expand this subject, it fascinates me, specifically, how some addicts become the dirt beneath our feet while others function – often more highly – in everyday life.
The thought was one of the more interesting things to come out of my Bunny Boiler experience, apparently (at the time 2008/9) I was painted into this very category by my psychotic ex and my sympathetic sister, a Heroin Addict? A Functioning Heroin Addict! A label I neither like nor dislike, the fact of the matter was that I’d never tried the drug, like most, it scares the beejeebers out of me. About 3 months ago I smoked a small amount of what I was told was H_rse, I now understand what the attraction is, I’m also now more afraid of this drug than I ever was in my chasteness.
I had of course met a Full Functioning Heroin Addict though, a close freind of Bunny Boilers, an extremely intelligent, successful, very driven and extremely charming bloke.
So how is it that people react so differently to addiction, especially with opiates. One soul tramps around the pavement hocking her body, the other casually cascades through the corridors of power. I don’t believe it has anything to do with substance availability or regularity, it’s personality all the way. We will look a little harder into this one!
WARNING! CONTAINS DRUG USE!! NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN! :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: November 19th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Blip, Hard Pill to Swallow, Media, News, Television | Tags: australia, Business News, Channel Nine, Indeep Media, Media, Television, Television Network | Comments Off on Television Network on the Brink: Nine Networks Hard Pill
Australia: The owners of television network Nine Entertainment are meeting bankers to seek more time to pay off debts of more than $2.7 billion. Media analysts predict the owners, private equity firm CVC Asia Pacific, will get short shrift, which means the network is one step closer to a crisis not seen since entrepreneur Alan Bond took Nine to the brink of financial ruin. Shareholder activist Stephen Mayne says TV network owners have a habit of borrowing too much money. That, in hindsight, seems to be the problem besetting Nine. A few weeks ago Channel Seven owner Kerry Stokes was predicting that within a year the business would be owned by the banks. Media analyst Roger Coleman from CCZ Equities agrees, saying there have simply been too many lean years in the business cycle for CVC. Nine is hoping for a two-year extension of the debts, but Mr Coleman says it is unlikely given the current uncertain economic climate. He says while there are some assets that could be sold, including Ticketek and Acer Arena, CVC would have to keep the media businesses – website NineMSN, magazine publisher ACP and Channel Nine – together. READ MORE
Posted: October 30th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Blip, Love and Other Drugs, Michael Courtenay, News, Socially Engineered, That Human Condition | Tags: china, community-and-societ, india, Kosovo, population-and-demographics, socially engineered, Vietnam | Comments Off on Bachelor Nations
Nature provides an unbending biological standard for the sex ratio at birth of 104-106 males to every 100 females.
As the global population hits seven billion, experts are warning that skewed gender ratios could fuel the emergence of volatile “bachelor nations” driven by an aggressive competition for brides. The precise consequences of what French population expert Christophe Guilmoto calls the “alarming demographic masculinisation” of countries such as India and China as the result of sex-selective abortion remain unclear. But many demographers believe the resulting shortage of adult women over the next 50 years will have as deep and pervasive an impact as climate change.
The statistics behind the warnings are grimly compelling. Nature provides an unbending biological standard for the sex ratio at birth of 104-106 males to every 100 females. Any significant divergence from that narrow range can only be explained by abnormal factors.
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Posted: October 22nd, 2011 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Art News, Blip, Celebrity News, Cult of Celebrity, Flick, Love and Other Drugs, Movie Review, News, Socially Engineered, That Human Condition, Verity Penfold | Tags: Art News, Blip, Celebrity News, Cult of Celebrity, Elizabeth Olsen, Flick, Fox Searchlight, Love and Other Drugs, Martha Marcy May Marlene, News, Sean Durkin, socially engineered, That Human Condition, Verity Penfold | Comments Off on Cult of Elizabeth Olsen: Martha Marcy May Marlene
Olsens latest film is the first feature film from young writer/director Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene is certainly a stylistically assured debut, mysterious, moody, unbearably tense…
One of the benefits of a large family is that, of several children, your more likely to turn out at least one normal adult. A point in case are the Olsen sisters. Elizabeth Olsen is a commandingly lovely actress, wistful, with soulful eyes and a gracefilled figure, Elizabeth cuts a fine figure on the screen.
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