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.

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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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Marketing gaffes….

I was in Perkins Restaurant a couple days ago for breakfast. As I was paying my check to leave, the manager asked if I wanted something from the bakery case to go. I told her that would be a big mistake, whereupon she looked me strangely and asked what I meant. I told her that there were two very large pencil erasers in the pastry case, with one saying “OOPS”, and the other saying “BIG MISTAKES”. I advised her that she was practicing negative advertising essentially saying that the pastries were a mistake. Apparently she had never thought of that before.PerkinsA

Twenty years ago, I worked in the I.T. department of an insurance company. This particular company liked to buy up smaller companies, and rename them as subsidiaries. I saw on my bosses desk one day, business cards with great big letters NIS. I asked him what that was and he told me it was an new company they were starting called National Information Services. I told him that was a really bad name for a company. He asked why. I said “Turn the business card upside down and read it”. NIS upside down is SIN, and not a good subliminal message to be laying about. Two days later, the name was changed.

More recently, an animal rescue organization that I sometimes help out has a dog which no one wants to adopt. Its a perfectly sweet dog with a nice personality. Unfortunately, they have named the dog “Andreas Goof”. My suggestion was to rename the dog to just “Andy”. No one wants a dog named “Andreas Goof”

I’m certainly no marketing expert, but anyone should be able to see that some things are just not appropriate if the goal is to sell a product.

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TV Shows Won’t Record — Copyright Permissions

For years, I have recorded TV shows on my PC using Windows Media Center and a TV tuner card. This allows me to view the shows I want, when I want. However, recently, some of the shows would not record. Instead, a message pops up later saying something to the effect of the recording not being allowed by the copyright owner.

I have two rules about TV:
1) If it contains canned laughter, it is targeted to stupid people, and I want no part of it. I think I can figure out myself if something is funny, and when to laugh.
2) If I cannot watch it when I want, I will not watch it at all.

Disallowing recording for personal use seems like a bad strategy for the broadcasters. Allowing people to record their material costs them nothing. Disallowing recording means that fewer people will see their program. Its all about greed I suppose.

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DotBlock Micro VPS Website Hosting

Dotblock is now offering a ‘MicroBlock’ Virtual Private Server for $9.95 a month. This server comes with 5 gigabyte solid state disk drive, 1.5 gigabyte of RAM memory, and a 1.5 gig processor. The only operating system option I saw was Centos 6.4, which is based on Red Hat Linux, and is a very robust system.

As VPS systems go, this is not very large in terms of disk space and memory, but it is enough to run most software for personal use, like a WordPress blog, a SMF forum, Joomla, etc. It has plenty of resources to run ISPConfig as hosting management software, although you the user have to install that yourself.

As one of the first users of the MicroBlock, I did experience some trouble. I was not at first able to change the root login password, and not able to reboot the virtual machine remotely. I had to contact a Dotblock tech to fix that for me. I have always found Dotblock’s support to be very good.

Also, I have had some performance issues with the solid state disk drives. Normal disk throughput seems to be about 2 gigabytes per second for reads, and 1 gigabyte per second for disk writes. This is quite good, except that at times, the disk occasionally becomes unresponsive and the disk write time drop to a few megabytes per second… almost 500 times slower. I currently have a support ticket with DotBlock about this situation. EDITED TO ADD: The disk performance issue seems to be solved.

This Micro VPS would certainly be a good choice for someone with a small to medium website, and a good way to gravitate away from shared hosting. Currently, I have apache, wordpress, email server stack (pop, smtp, spamassassin, and antivirus), database server (mysql) and domain name server running successfully on one. This blog is now hosted on a MicroBlock!

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Behr DeckOver Review

When I saw the ad on TV for the Behr DeckOver sold by Home Depot, I thought that would be a good thing to put on my deck. My deck had never been painted or stained before and it was starting to show its age. The grain in the wood was quite raised from pressure washing it several times (something I would never do again).

I chose the darkest red color called Bordeaux. The instructions say that 1 gallon would cover 50 square feet in two coats, so I bought 3 gallons to cover my 150 square foot deck. I later had to buy one more gallon to finish the job because of the steps, rails, and styles.

The product is water based, and has the strong smell of ammonia. The odor made my wife feel sick when she was helping me with the job. It didn’t bother me though.

I started with the deck floor, and rolled it on using a roller with 3/8th inch nap. It is very thick, and indeed did use a lot of paint, far more than regular paint would.

The advertisment said it would fill up to 1/4 inch cracks. As my deck is 5 years old and had never been painted, I thought that would fill up the weather cracks, but it did not. The product is too thick to penetrate any cracks, and it would not enter the gaps between the boards.

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As you can see, it is not very good at filling in even small cracks.

Getting the paint in between the deck boards was not easy either, and was very time consuming, but necessary.

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The DeckOver product does not seem to be very robust, as my dog was able to scratch it off with his toenails after the paint had cured for a full week. I had to go back and touch it up again.

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Another thing I didn’t like was the texture the paint left when applied by a roller. I used a small roller to apply the Deck Over to the styles of my deck. The texture is quite rough from the roller knap.

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To get a better idea of the color, this photo is more true:

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I found that the paint is too thick to brush easily or efficiently, and I didn’t like the texture of the roller on the rails and styles, so I switched from rolling the styles to brushing. To do this, I found that it worked better if I thinned the Deck Over with a little water. The rough texture on the deck flooring is probably a good thing though as it makes it less slippery.

One more bad thing about this product is how toxic it is to plant life. When I cleaned my brushes and rollers, I used just water and rinsed them with a garden hose. Every where the water touched, the grass died, even though the paint was so dilute there was no visible color.

All in all, I am not impressed with this product and would not buy it again.

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Myths and Misconceptions About Colloidal Silver

Copyright © 2011,2012,2013 William Peters, cgcsforum.com

Here are some of the more common myths about colloidal silver and how its made.

1) Silver kills 650 kinds of organisms
False: While it has been shown to be effective against a wide variety of pathogens, there is no recorded documentation anywhere in the scientific literature proving or even suggesting that that number is 650. This is just folklore and sales hype perpetuated by companies that are trying to sell product. There are 1407 human pathogens according to the Center For Infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh. It is highly probable that colloidal silver would be effective against most of the bacteria and virii but silver has been tested against very few of these.

2) Pathogens cannot become resistant to silver.
False: There are recorded instances of bacterial strains which are resistant to silver5,6. Therefore this claim is proven false. Some strains of Klebsiella pneumonia1, Salmonell, and Ecoli2 are resistant, proving that organisms can and do become resistant. Some colloidal silver sites claim that pathogens cannot ever become resistant to silver because silver suffocates the pathogen. Obviously, just one example of a silver resistant bacteria falsifies that claim. The way to make pathogens resistant is to introduce them to low levels of a substance so that the weakest die off, and the strongest are selected to survive. Eventually, the remaining pathogens are all the strongest and resistant.

3) Ionic silver cannot cause argyria because it is the smallest particle size and cannot “get stuck”
False: Ionic silver can react with sulfur and selenium compounds in the body to produce non-soluble particles which are larger than ions and become immobile. Scanning electron microscope studies of argyria victims show that the silver stuck in the skin is silver sulfide and silver selenide resulting from ionic silver.3

When ionic silver (silver oxide) is consumed, it undergoes a chemical reaction with stomach acid and turns into silver chloride. Silver chloride is photosensitive… it can be used to make photographic film, and turns from white to black on exposure to light. Silver chloride will react chemically with sulfur or selenium compounds in the body which becomes silver sulfide or silver selenides, which are both insoluble compounds. Metallic silver (true colloidal silver) has very low reactivity with stomach acid, and thus does not create the compounds which are found in the skin of argyria victims.

4) Electric current pulls tiny pieces of silver from the electrodes to create colloidal silver.
False: This claim is made by people unknowlegeable in chemistry and physics. The electricity creates free silver ions on the surface of the positive electrode which chemically reacts with hydroxide ions in the water. This creates silver hydroxide which dissolves in the water and floats away from the electrode. The only compounds which can be made from silver and pure water without further chemistry or heat are silver hydroxide and its decomposition product of silver oxide. If salt is present, then silver chloride will also be produced.

5) Both electrodes must be pure silver.
False: The negative electrode can be any metal. The negative electrode repels anything that could react chemically with it, and instead attracts silver from the positive electrode. Only the positive electrode contributes any material to the solution. This is the basic electroplating process. (It is also why only the positive battery wire in a car corrodes.)

6) Silver strengthens the immune system.
False: Antibiotics do not strengthen the immune system. Silver does nothing except kill pathogens, and it does this without modifying any part of the immune system.

7) Silver is a nutritional supplement:
False: The human body has zero requirement for silver, and taking small doses of silver as a supposed nutritional supplement only increases the chances of bacteria and virii becoming silver resistant. The reason colloidal silver is sold commercially as a nutritional supplement is because that is the only way it can be sold without violating FDA regulations. IE: it is illegal to sell it as a treatment or cure for any disease.

8 ) Ionic Silver (Clear like water) is more effective than Metallic Silver (Yellow color)
False: Recent tests by accredited labs show that metallic silver is often more effective.
“Interestingly, AgNP’s have been shown in a variety of cases to be more toxic to bacteria and fungi than free ions (Choi et al., Fabrega et al., 2008; Lok et al., 2006)”4

9) You can measure the strength of Colloidal Silver with at TDS meter:
False: TDS meters are calibrated to read a mix of ions commonly found in ground water, and do not even read salt solutions correctly. Since ppm is the weight of one substance in another, a TDS meter would have to be specially calibrate to read Silver Oxide, and could not read true colloidal silver at all since true colloidal silver is not ionic. For a more in depth discussion, see this article.

10) Colloidal Silver does not kill off beneficial gut bacteria
False: Of course it does. Silver cannot distinguish good bacteria from bad, just as no other antibiotic can. The feces in the human digestive tract is about 60% bacteria by weight, and there are 10 times more bacteria than cells in the human body. So while colloidal silver can kill off beneficial gut bacteria, a few milligrams of silver is not enough to substantially alter the amount even if all of the silver consumed targeted only gut bacteria.

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1) Antimicrobial Agents And Chemotherapy, Jan. 1986, p. 165-167
2) FEMS Microbiology Reviews, Volume 27, Issue 2-3, pages 341–353, June 2003
3) Silver in Healthcare: Its Antimicrobial Efficacy and Safety in Use By Alan B. G. Lansdown
4) Advances in Applied Microbiology Vol. 77 By Allen I. Laskin, Geoffrey M. Gadd, Sima Sariaslani
5) Gentamicin- and silver-resistant pseudomonas in a burns unit, K BRIDGES, A KIDSON, E JL LOWBURY, M D WILKINS
6) Mechanism of resistance to silver ions in Klebsiella pneumoniae. P Kaur and D V Vadehra

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Why the war on coal is a scam

Global warming is a perfect example of why politics and science do not mix. One is a search for truth, and one is a search for control.

Recently, Obama and the liberals in the US government announced a war on coal under the guise of reducing (non-existent) global warming. This is scientifically unsound for anyone with the tiniest bit of scientific thinking.

Coal is almost pure carbon and when burned produces only carbon dioxide. If coal is abandoned as a fuel source, then oil, natural gas, and nuclear will pick up the difference. I seriously doubt any new nuclear plants will be built because of the disaster in Japan. That leaves oil and natural gas, both of which are hydrocarbons.

Hydrocarbons are carbon compounds with hydrogen. Methane, the simplest hydrocarbon, has 1 carbon atom and 4 hydrogen atoms in each of its molecules. When burned, each molecule of methane creates 1 molecule of carbon dioxide plus 2 molecules of water vapor (H2O). All hydrocarbons (gases and oils) give off carbon dioxide and water vapor when burned.

In his book, Radiation and Climate, by Vardavas & Taylor, published by Oxford University Press (2007); the authors state:

Generally speaking, water vapor is the single most important atmospheric absorber in the IR band..

No other atmospheric constituent is better known to the general public as a “greenhouse gas” than CO2. In actuality, water vapor has a larger overall impact on the radiative energy budget of the atmosphere..

Given that water vapor is a much stronger atmospheric greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, it makes no sense to increase the usage of hydrocarbon fuels over coal. So it would seem that any war on coal has a different agenda than fixing (non existant) global warming and in fact could only make it worse. No, a war on coal is a war on the economy and prosperity of the USA.

Obama claimed that cutting coal use would save lives. Quite the contrary, it will cost lives. Without coal, the cost of electricity will rise, along with the cost of heating oil and natural gas because of the increased demand. A lot of people just barely survive as it is, and any increase in the cost of home heating will either force people out of their homes, or prevent them from eating and heating both. No one can survive winter in the northern part of the country without heat!

Phasing out coal fired electric plants will also cause electric shortages, and ultimately send more of our money to Saudi Arabia, Libya, and the other OPEC countries. Perhaps that is the real goal.

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More data shows no global warming.

A recent report by the British Meteorological shows that the earth has not warmed in 16 years!

The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week.

The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.

This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2217286/Global-warming-stopped-16-years-ago-reveals-Met-Office-report-quietly-released–chart-prove-it.html#ixzz2Xi6oIG4Q

The earth is about the same temperature as it was 1000 years ago and from http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/ice_ages.html

The idea that man-made pollution is responsible for global warming is not supported by historical fact. The period known as the Holocene Maximum is a good example– so-named because it was the hottest period in human history. The interesting thing is this period occurred approximately 7500 to 4000 years B.P. (before present)– long before humans invented industrial pollution.

Big surprise? Nope. Global warming is a hoax and the real goal is more control and taxation over the populace.

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