Eight things you didn't know about the internet

It was born 40 years ago, in a lab at the University of California, Los Angeles. Today it wraps the entire planet and features in the daily routine of more than 1.5 billion people. Of course, it's easy to take the internet for granted and forget that it's very much a work in progress. So what forces are shaping it, how big has it grown, and will it ever evolve a mind of its own? To find out, New Scientist posed eight simple questions.
Who controls the internet?
Could the net become self-aware?
How big is the internet?
Is there only one internet?
Is the net caught in the credit crunch?
Where are the net's dark corners?
Is the net hurting the environment?
Could we shut the net down?

Swine Flu Expose

·a book by Eleanora I. McBean, Ph.D., N.D.; 1977. (Also known for her 1957 classic, 'The Poisoned needle')
This booklet on Swine Flu hazards and fakery is part of a larger book on vaccination, titled, VACCINATION CONDEMNED BY COMPETENT DOCTORS. It is about time a large and comprehensive book of the long concealed facts about vaccination is brought forth. This is the largest and most informative book on the subject ever written in America. It contains data collected from medical records, army reports, and startling findings from researchers all over the world.
The book is intended to help combat the disastrous effects of vaccine promoters and their deceptive propaganda.
At the present writing, October 1976, a group of medical opportunists have taken upon themselves the dictatorial authority to declare the threat of a sweeping epidemic of SWINE FLU which they said was similar to, or related to, the 1918 epidemic of Spanish influenza which wiped out 20,000,000 people world-wide. [Hum...this sounds familiar]. This declaration was supposed to scare all the people into their vaccination centers to be shot full of experimental vaccine poisons, while they, the promoters, raked in the profits. During the big polio vaccine drive, a spokesman for ParkeDavis, one of the five drug houses making the vaccine, stated, ''Our company will clear over $10,000,000 on Salk vaccine in 1955.'' Before they were through they had fleeced the people of over $4 billion dollars on the Salk racket. (See the chapter on POLIO CAUSED BY VACCINATION)
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Rich people feel guilty buying luxury stuff in bad economy

More than half of affluent consumers say they feel "guilty" making luxury purchases in this economy, a survey of the most-moneyed Americans finds. Fewer this year also say they like to be labeled as "wealthy."
The survey of people with an annual discretionary household income of more than $100,000, which is generally those earning $500,000 or more, was released Wednesday by consulting firm Harrison Group and American Express Publishing. Discretionary income is what's left after the mortgage and taxes are paid.
People with such discretionary incomes make up 10% of households yet account for more than half of retail sales and 70% of profit margins.
Of course, far more than a guilty conscience is at play. More than half of those polled — 53% — said they worry they could actually run out of money.[!!!]

Silence covers 'zone of death'

The area around the stricken nuclear plant at Chernobyl was last night enclosed by a wall of official silence and tight security covering a radius of at least 18 miles.
For an unknown number of the inhabitants of several towns and villages closest to the reactor, and now evacuated, it may [be] the silence of the grave; in the words of a Russian scientist yesterday, this is the "zone of death". Inside that zone is the town of Chernobyl, and the vast nuclear complex at Pripyat, containing four completed reactors, and two under construction. The nuclear park is alongside the Pripyat River, which supplies drinking water to the city of Kiev, capital of the Ukarine, about 60 miles downstream.
To the north stretches the danger zone, licked by the escaping radiation since the disaster began on Saturday. There is the farmland of Belorussiya, and 200 miles north, the city of Minsk.
Last night, as technicians struggled to contain a fire thought to be threatening three other reactors, the achievement was in ruins. Unconfirmed reports spoke of mounting casualties and of a Kiev hospital crammed with victims of radiation sickness. Last night, Chernobyl had become a symbol of all that is frightful and frightening in the modern world of nuclear power.
Even beyond the "zone of death", the silence continued yesterday.
"We knew nothing about it until we heard the BBC World Service news this morning," Ms Sue Parminter, a 26-year-old teacher from Sevenoaks, Kent, told me from Minsk by phone.
An American military attache who was in Kiev until yesterday morning was checked over with a geiger counter at the US embassy in Moscow yesterday, and was found to have a modest dose of radioactivity.
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Descubren un planeta del tamaño de Júpiter próximo a una estrella como el Sol

Londres. (EFE).- Un grupo de astrónomos han descubierto un planeta del tamaño de Júpiter que gira alrededor de una estrella similar al Sol, informó hoy la cadena pública británica BBC.
El nuevo mundo, bautizado como HD80606b, se mueve por una órbita elíptica inusual alrededor de esa estrella, según explicaron los expertos, del University College de Londres, en una conferencia celebrada en Hertfordshire, al norte de Londres.
Cuando en esa órbita el planeta alcanza el punto más lejano a la estrella, esa distancia es como la que separa a la Tierra del Sol (132 millones de kilómetros).Sin embargo, cuando el planeta se coloca en el punto más próximo, la distancia es diez veces menor que la que separa a Mercurio del Sol (cinco millones de kilómetros). Según el estudio de los astrónomos, HD80606b se sitúa en el punto más cercano a la estrella cada 111 días.
Si en ese "doble" de Júpiter, una persona mirase al cielo, vería una estrella treinta veces más grande que el Sol, indicaron los expertos, que observaron el tránsito de ese nuevo mundo al cruzarse frente a la estrella.
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Space Junk Forcing More Evasive Maneuvers

American spacecraft had to dodge space debris four times in 2008, NASA revealed Tuesday, a fact that highlights both the extent of the space junk problem and the primary mitigation option open to NASA.
By tracking pieces of debris larger than around four inches, space engineers can identify some dangerous space junk and meteoroids. If a satellite or spacecraft is in danger of getting hit, they simply move it out of harm’s way. The International Space Station, for example, had to make an evasive maneuver back in August 2008, to avoid a piece of an old Russian craft.
“On average, Shuttle and ISS have conducted several collision avoidance maneuvers over the past ten years on the order of about one per year,” said Nicholas Johnson, chief scientist at NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office, in a teleconference with reporters ahead of a House subcommittee on space and aeronautics meeting about space debris.
Space debris is an increasing problem. Johnson noted that from the 1960s until the past year, orbital debris had increased linearly, despite advances in decreasing the amount of debris left behind per trip to space. But recently, a Chinese missile test on a satellite and the collision of two satellites in orbit, sent the amount of space debris up considerably. The satellite collision alone increased the risk to the upcoming May shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope by 8 percent.

Pandemic (Subliminal word for MediPanic)