Peaceful weekend

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It’s been a peaceful weekend.
This morning, we headed out to the conveniently local Arderne Gardens in the beautiful autumn sunshine to throw some bread at the ducks; this afternoon, we mainly played with a broken Hoover Aquavac 2200. As you do.

I didn’t bother taking any pictures of the vacuum cleaner (and who can blame me?), but I did get a few of the ducks. My particular favourite is this one:

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Bigger here

…which, on closer examination, doesn’t actually feature any ducks at all.

Anyway, even if you don’t like that, then you still might want to try clicking here to see the rest of the set, which is generally less “arty” and more “colourful” and does feature several varieties of “duck”. I promise.

Malema visits Orania

In a move which surprised many, ANC Youth League President and all-round firebrand Julius Malema today visited the Northern Cape white Afrikaner enclave of Orania.

In a move which surprised even more, he didn’t actually say anything particularly stupid.

Orania Movement president Carel Boshoff junior said in describing the mood of the talks with Malema and an ANCYL delegation there was no “shoot out” or “search for control” attitude during the discussions.
Boshoff junior said they did encounter differences in aspirations and vision between the two groups but it would not exclude further talks with the ANCYL.

Malema said he liked the attitude of the Orania community in that they were prepared to talk. He said the ANC government would always be willing to help those who try and help themselves.
“They co-operate instead of working against each other,” said Malema, adding it was a nice reality to be exposed to. [link]

I’m beginning to get a different impression of Malema. Yes, he does say some completely daft stuff, but he is always, always in the news. Never a bad thing during an election campaign. The media follows him everywhere in droves, just waiting for his next ill-thought, inflammatory comment, which gives him plenty of opportunity to put his message across to a huge audience. It’s a clever ploy and I reckon those people who thought he was really that stupid are actually the ones who were being fooled.

BIOPRO i-H2O

I was just looking into the benefits of activated water via the BioPro Technology site:

When age-old secrets from Mother Earth are combined with cutting edge technologies, a new generation of wellness solutions is born that is bound to change the energetics of the planet as we know it.

Ja right.
Frankly, I’m amazed that given the amazing benefits and the bargain price of just R8,145.61 (+VAT) per BIOPRO i-H2O™ System, South Africa isn’t laden with the patented system devised by (no joke) Dr Igor Smirnov. 

Following the disastrous nuclear radiation leak at Chernobyl, the brilliant Russian Scientist Dr. Igor Smirnov and his team were called in by the Soviet government to research the healing effects of certain mountain springs on victims of the radioactive fallout.  Through Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Tests and Infrared Spectroscopy, Dr. Smirnov discovered the water’s healing secrets, an unusual configuration and high-energy activity of water molecules.
Following that amazing discovery, Dr. Smirnov focused his efforts on a technology that could replicate this amazing natural process. The result, MRET®, a proprietary, patented noise field technology that closely resembles the natural geomagnetic field found near healing water springs, which effectively activates and structures water molecules.

Often, these “pseudo-science” technologies are dismissed as frauds and quackery. But it’s not nonsense. Honestly. Because there are a multitude of scientific papers proving the benefits of MRET and i-H2O in killing germs, enhacing red cell morphology, increasing plant growth and more, including:

  • Smirnov, I.V. (2007) “The Anomalous Low Viscosity and Polarized-Oriented Multilayer Structure of MRET Activated Water” Explore Magazine, Vol.16, No.4: 37-39, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2007) “MRET Activated Water and its Successful Application for Preventive Treatment and Enhanced Tumor Resistance in Oncology” European Journal for Scientific Research, Vol.16, No.4: 575-583, Germany
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2006) “The Physiological Effect of MRET Activated Water on Patients Suffering from AIDS” Explore Magazine, Vol.15, No.2: 37-40, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. and Peerayot, T. (2006) “The Physiological Effect of MRET Activated Water” Explore Magazine, Vol.15, No.1: 38-44, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2006) “Clinical Observation by Peerayot Trongsawad, M. D., Using MRET-Activated Water as Additional Treatment” Explore Magazine, Vol.14, No.6, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2005) “The Possible Effect of MRET Activated Water on Diabetic Patients” Explore Magazine, Vol.14, No.2: 49-54, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2004) “The Effect of a Specially Modified Electromagnetic Field on the Molecular Structure of Liquid Water” Explore Magazine, Vol.13, No.1, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2003) “Mechanism of Activated Water’s Biological Effect on Viruses” Explore Magazine, Vol.12, No.4: 34-36, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2002) “Activated Water” Electric Spacecraft Journal, No.33: 15-17, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2002) “Activated Water” Explore Magazine, Vol.11, No.2: 49-53, USA

Bit Smirnovvy yes, but surely no conflict of interest? But check that penultimate one: the Electric Sparecraft Journal. I’m impressed. Getting published in the ESJ takes a whole lot of tinfoil. And while we’re on that subject, better put on your protective tinfoil helmet just in case Dr Smironoff’s 1994 invention comes after you:

Igor Smirnov from Moscow Academy of Medicine demonstrated for the U.S. secret services and FBI experts a device which was capable to subliminally implant thoughts in peoples minds and in this way control their actions.

The rest, as they say, is history. (i.e. we’ve not heard of it since).

Of course, there’s a serious side to this nonsense as well – it concerns me that he’s suggesting that his special water can benefit AIDS patients. We have experienced the infamous quack Mathias Rath preying on vulnerable HIV+ individuals in South Africa with his “vitamins cure AIDS” bullshit and while the BioPro website does come with a disclaimer, it’s tucked away very neatly right at the bottom. I wonder how many disclaimers their “direct marketing” staff give?

I don’t know why this sort of  thing is allowed. It’s basically fraud and let’s face it, we have enough issues around fraud in the country right now. All I can advise, as a scientist with [number] years experience, is that you could find a whole lot better stuff to buy if you just happen to have R9,286 lying around.

A Question of Trust

This whole “is the case against Jacob Zuma about to be dropped?” thing. Man, it’s getting complicated.
Why doesn’t someone take things back to basics and explain it in straightforward terms?

OK – here you go, then:

Jacob Zuma, out future President (in 3½ weeks) and who can’t be trusted is set to face charges of corruption, money laundering, racketeering and fraud. He is alleging that these charges, which were investigated by Leonard McCarthy of the Scorpions (who can’t be trusted), were instated by Thanda Mngwengwe of the National Prosecuting Authority (who can’t be trusted) and were being pressed by Bululani Ngcuka of the NPA (who can’t be trusted), are politically motivated by Thabo Mbeki (who actually can’t be trusted, either) .

In a new twist revealed this week, it appears that the South African Police Service (who can’t be trusted), and their Gauteng deputy provincial commissioner Richard Mdluli (who can’t be trusted) bugged the phones of the Mbeki camp and of the Scorpions (neither of whom, remember, can be trusted) and recorded some “potentially embarrassing information”, which the Zuma legal team (who can’t be trusted) are now threatening to release if the charges are not dropped.

Suspended national police commissioner Jackie Selebi (who really can’t be trusted) has denied knowledge of the clandestine recording activities of the Scorpions (who can’t be trusted) and other key players (who can’t be trusted) in the Zuma (who can’t be trusted) corruption saga.

All my information comes from The Times… Umm. No comment.

Dan Power wastes energy

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We’ve all had it up to here [indicates height of rising sea level at about neck level] with eco-whiners whining about the eco, haven’t we? 
It’s not that I don’t recognise the need to be kinder to the environment, it’s just that I’m getting annoyed with constantly being told about it – like the utterly pointless Earth Hour this weekend. Switching off my lights on Saturday evening  won’t raise any awareness amongst my neighbours, because they’ll all be watching TV with their lights on and their curtains closed. And then when all the treehuggers switch their power back on, there’ll actually be a bigger power demand with the “spike” as appliances start up again. Possibly.
Who can forget the embarrassing fiasco of Energy Saving Day in the UK last year, when power consumption actually increased 0.1% above average. Oops.
Anyway, I utilise about 8 hours of power saving each night when I switch all my lights off and go to bed. It’s like 8 Earth Hours in one go. Brilliant.

If the upcoming Earth Hour has made the festering boil on the neck of humanity come to a oily, oozing head, then step forward Dan Power – because he’s the man to squeeze the pus out and ease the pressure with his Energy Wasting Day on April 1st.

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Embarrassingly cheesy amateur British comedy at it’s best. Yes, I’m cringing too.

Of course, it’s all in a good cause: namely treehugging and eco-awareness via together.com. But what a refreshingly not in-your-face way of going about things. Because you can easily make a bit of a difference every day, without gimmicks like Earth Hour. At Chez 6000, we already institute a wide range of energy saving practices, we recycle and we only fly long-haul when we need to be somewhere far away from the place where we currently are. But I don’t go round constantly telling people about it (apart from just now) and I don’t go round forcing them to do the same.

What I do around constantly telling people about and forcing them to do is voting for this blog in the 2009 South African Blog Awards. It won’t save the planet – hell, it won’t even win me the award – but it’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, like a high-quality brandy on a cold winter’s day. Which we won’t be having many more of if global warming kicks in, anyway.