Xhose Review — Really bad product

I saw the TV ad for the X-Hose expandable garden hose and since I needed a new hose, I bought the buy one, get one free deal.

The hose was made of a very tough external material, probably nylon, with a rubber tube on the inside.  It worked great…. for about a week, then it sprang a leak about 1 foot from the nozzle end.

I took the end off of the hose and found that the inner rubber tube had actually split where it joins the brass nozzle valve.  This looked like something I could fix, so I just cut off a couple of inches of the inner tube, and re-assembled it.  Yep, fixed.

But a week later, the other end sprang a leak.  So I took it apart and cut two feet off of the inside tube and re-assembled it again.

This time, it lasted a couple of days until once again it sprang a leak at the faucet end.  This time, I cut about a foot from the inside tube, but I also cut 10 feet from the outside tube.  This should have made the inside tube stretch less when the hose was pressurized.  So far it has not failed again, but really, this is a bad product, not worth the money, or trouble to keep fixing it.

I don’t recommend this product.



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19 Kids and Counting

In my lifetime, the population of planet Earth has tripled. There is no way that the planet can withstand that kind of growth.

19 Kids is a TV show which should not be on the air because it glorifies having large families. Promoting large families is actually an immoral act, in that large families endangers the whole of humanity.

The present population of Earth is over 7 billion people and at the present rate of growth will reach 14 billion in a mere 40 years. Can anyone seriously believe that the Earth can support 14 billion people?

Morality is based on survival: survival of self, survival of family, survival of tribe, and survival of species. Any act which threatens survival at any level is immoral. All moral codes can be reduced to just survival.

Every species which outgrows its resources experiences a severe die off. Man is no exception, as witnessed by what happened at Easter Island.

We are at the point where we have exhausted most of our resources, such as food and fuels. There have been no major oil fields developed in the past 30 years, and nuclear power development is stagnant. Without fuel, modern farming stops, and with it, food production plummets.

Every time the population doubles, it uses more resources than all of history before it. Don’t believe it? Here is an illustration.

Start with 1 unit of population, which uses 1 unit of resources.

Now double it and you have 2 units of population which use 2 units of resources.

Double the population again, and you have 4 units of population, using 4 units of resources, but the entire preceding 3 units of population used only 3 units of resources.

The next doubling gives 8 units of population using 8 units of resources, and again, the total of all preceding populations used only 7 units of resources.

So you see, in the next 40 years, we will need more resources than all of humanity has previously used. That cannot happen. What can happen is massive depopulation due either to starvation, disease, or more likely war over the remaining resources. Either way, humanity loses.

Even zero population growth cannot be sustained, so having more than 2 children per family is certainly an immoral act because it endangers us all.

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National Debt — $17,500,000,000,000

I took a look at the debt clock this morning! According to the debt clock, this means that on average, each American owes $55000 in debt. This is for each person, so a family of four owes $220,000 towards the debt.

But wait! Only private workers actually pay taxes. That’s right, only private workers. You see, workers on the public payroll only forward taxes to the government, but every penny they pay in taxes first came from a private worker. Take away the private worker, and there is no money to pay the government employees.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are only 134 million private workers in the US. So all of the debt lands on this 134 million, making their debt $130,000 for each private worker.

Then of course, there are all the people on welfare. At the end of 2011, there were more people (108 million) on welfare than people working. Being the grocery shopper in the family, it looks to me like the people on welfare are living better than the working people. The war on poverty has been a war on the worker.

So why bother working? Quit today, and you will shed $75,000 in debt instantly! I am not really serious about quitting your job, but its easy to see why the US is in such a downward spiral. We have become a nation of takers instead of makers. We deserve to go down the economic toilet.

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Windows 8.1 — Two thumbs down

I just tried winbloze 8.1, and I have to say, its bad. Why would I want to turn my expensive desktop into a cell phone computer?

I ran it on my mac mini under Parallels to try it out. Its way less friendly than 7, and has no redeeming features that I have seen.

For me, the only reason I need windows at all is that I have one CAD program that only runs on windows.

Out it goes, and Win 7 goes back in.

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Spammer of the Week

I have my own email server, so I can make up as many email addresses as I want. So I make up a new unique email address for every company I do business with. That way, if I get spam email I know where it came from.

I have been doing this for years, and have about 12 companies that either sold my email address, or had a security breach that allowed my addresses to be stolen.

This weeks spammer of the week award goes to KFC. In the last 5 days, I have received 106 spam emails to the address I used to complete a KFC survey. All of the ip addresses from the spam came from Romania.

Shame on you KFC!

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Alien Spacecraft on Moon

What! Well something alien is sure on the moon. With Google Earth, you can look at the surface of the moon with maps and photographs made by NASA.

Select ‘Moon’ from the menu icon that looks like Saturn, and then enter the coordinates 22°42’38.46″N 142°34’44.52″E. (Click on the yellow pin and enter the coordinates for N latitude and E longitude.)

This is what you will see until it is scrubbed from the Google Earth and Nasa servers.


This is bigger than a city and certainly bigger than any space craft ever built on earth.

What is it, and why is it here?

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About Argyria

Argyria is the gray/blue discoloration of the skin caused by the ingestion of certain types of silver preparations. According to studies done with electron microscopes, the blue/gray color is the result of silver compounds within the cells. The silver compounds inside the cell have been determined to be silver sulfide (sulfur) and silver selenide (selenium).

The major types of silver are metallic or ionic.

Ionic silver means the silver exists as a soluble compound with other substances, like oxides, chlorides, nitrates, citrates, acetates, etc. In its ionic state, the silver has a positive electric charge because it has donated an electron to the other part of the compound. Not all silver compounds are soluble, and therefore are not ionic. Insoluble compounds are not ionic. Silver sulfide for example is a silver compound that is not water soluble and therefore not ionic in water.

Metallic silver is a cluster of individual silver atoms about 15 billionths of a meter in diameter, and carries no net electric charge because it has not given any electrons away. However, it has an effective negative charge because its electrons are on the surface of the atoms. Opposite electric charges attract to each other, while like electric charges repel.

This difference in electric charge is very important in understanding how argyria occurs. Human cells require certain ions for life, like sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium etc. Human cells carry a negative electric charge on their surface which attracts positively charged ions like sodium and potassium to their surface where they are ingested through special pores on the cell wall. Metallic silver particles are repelled by cell walls, so it is not possible for metallic silver to enter a cell and be trapped inside. Also, metallic silver particles are at least 50 times larger than an ion, and as such are far too large to enter through the cells’s pores.

Many purveyors of colloidal silver say that ionic silver cannot cause argyria because ions are the smallest size and cannot get ‘stuck’ within cells. The fallacy of this argument is that it assumes that the silver ion remains an ion, but this is untrue. Once inside the cell, the silver ions combine with sulfur inside the cell and become insoluble silver sulfide, or combine with selenium and become insoluble silver selenide. These silver compounds are very stable and there is no way for them to leave the cell.

So, ionic silver is attracted to cell walls, and will enter them the same way that the essential metal ions like sodium and potassium do. Once inside, they chemically react with any sulfur or selenium in the cell and become insoluble. At that point they are stuck with no way out. As more silver becomes trapped, it begins to color the cell the characteristic blue/gray hue that Paul Karason is famous for.

Granted, it takes a long time and a lot of silver to make your skin turn blue. This is because most of the ionic silver is absorbed by the cells of a person’s internal organs long before it gets to the skin. However, it is cumulative, and builds up slowly. The first place it becomes visible is the whites of the eyes and the fingernails. Also, most of the silver which escapes being quickly absorbed by the cells of the digestive tract and liver will soon be converted to metallic silver by the glucose and other antioxidant chemicals in the blood. However, some remains as free ions circulating with the blood, and ends up in skin cells. It is the ionic silver which has been converted in the body to metallic which becomes effective against pathogens. This has been proved by electron microscope studies of metallic silver attacking bacteria.

Bacteria carry a positive electric charge, which is how they are able to enter and infect cells. This positive charge makes them attracted to metallic silver particles. When they come into contact, the difference in electric field between the two burns a hole in the cell wall of the bacteria, effectively killing it. Therefore, it would be wise to avoid ionic silver and use only metallic silver.

To tell whether your silver is metallic or ionic is very simple. Ionic silver is clear like plain water, and has a metallic taste. Metallic silver is yellow colored and is tasteless.

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Virginia Governors Race

Its interesting how this turned out. McAuliffe emerged the victor because the democrats funded the Libertarian candidate so as to take votes away from Cuccinelli. Well that strategy certainly worked, however unethical it is. But then no one ever accused politicians of being ethical.

Still, more people voted against McAuliffe than voted for him, a fact which he should not forget. He did not win by majority, he won by plurality.

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American Lantern Press CS Generator Review

One of my friends loaned me his American Lantern Colloidal Silver Generator to examine because he knew that I ran the colloidal silver forum

Here is what it looks like:
CS Generator

This generator is listed at $179.00 on their website.

The kit consists of a generator box, and two silver electrodes. There is no external power source for the generator, so I opened the box, and found:
CS Generator

Inside the box is 3 nine volt batteries, a resistor, a green led, and the two lead wires. Without the batteries, there is less than $10 worth of parts, with the plastic box and the lead wires being the most expensive parts. In my opinion, this is the most overpriced generator I have ever seen.

As a test, I measured the current output of the generator at 1.1 milliamps. With that amount of current, it will require over 5 hours to make 250 ml of 20 ppm silver oxide1,3. This unit does not actually make colloidal silver, it makes silver oxide, which is ionic silver. Ionic silver can easily be converted to true colloidal silver by adding a drop or two of Karo light corn syrup (which is a reducing sugar), a few drops of sodium carbonate solution (washing soda) to raise the pH, and heating it. The solution changes from clear to yellow2 indicating that the ionic silver has been chemically changed to metallic colloidal silver by the reducing sugar.

The best part of this kit is the silver electrodes which I believe are 10 gauge and about 6 inches in length. The electrodes are worth more than the generator.

1) The amount of silver delivered to the water from the positive electrode can be calculated from Faraday’s laws of electrolysis. The negative electrode does not contribute any silver to the solution, and in fact does not have to be silver.
2) The color is caused by the plasmon resonance of the silver particles, and is exactly the same phenomenon that creates stained glass.
3) If using pure distilled water, some of the silver which is released from the positive electrode will plate onto the negative, causing the actual ppm of the silver to be less than expected.

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Ryobi ONE+ 18V Cordless Drill

This is the Ryobi cordless drill which I purchased about a year ago.  I also bought a Ryobi cordless caulking gun at the same time so that they would use the same type battery.  I bought two identical battery packs.


I have had this drill for over a year, and used it quite a few times.  While it has indeed drilled holes, I would not buy another one for two serious reasons.

The first problem with Ryobi ONE+ tools is the battery.  The batteries which came with tool are 18 volt Ni-MH rechargeable units.  The problem with the batteries is that they will not hold a charge.  When the batteries are fully charged, the tools work ok, with plenty of power.  However, a day after a battery pack has been fully charged, it is almost completely dead – even if it was not used or even plugged into the drill.  So every time I plan on using it, I first have to make sure the battery has been on the charger for hours.   There is something definitely wrong with the design or manufacture of these batteries.

The second problem is specific to the drill, and not the battery.  The drill chuck is almost impossible to tighten enough so that drill bits do not slip in the chuck when under load.  Also, when the drill is spinning and the trigger is released, the drill stops instantly, and the momentum of the spinning chuck releases the chuck allowing the bit to fly out.  This has cost me lost bits, and many words which are better not said!

So, I give the Ryobi drill a thumbs down.  I would not buy another, nor will I buy any tool with a Ryobi ONE+ battery.

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