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  • Robert Sterling
    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com http://robalini.blogspot.com
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 21, 2009
      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist


      New Nahuelito Mystery Photo
      Loren Coleman
      January 17th, 2009

      A new image of the head and neck of an alleged Lake Monster of
      Argentina is worthy of a viewing here. What could it be?

      A Spanish language (Infobae) item on the Nahuelito image was
      published late last year, accompanying the above photograph. My
      translation of the text, more or less, via robot and common sense,

      It is "Nahuelito"?

      A man sent this photograph to a newspaper of Bariloche and planted a
      new seed of doubt about the existence of this mythical animal. This
      time, the image was captured in Mascardi Lake.

      The image published in the Matutinal Rionegrino the Cordillerano
      shows an animal similar to a serpent that shows itself on the surface
      of the water.

      "I thought that they were huillines [river otters], when I saw it
      diving under the water, but when she showed [again] I was surprised.
      It looked little like any other animal that I had seen before, and I
      was scared by its presence when it appeared," related the reader who
      sent the photography to the newspaper.

      For the aware, this could be a test of the existence of
      the "Nahuelito."

      But for the skeptical ones, it is only a trunk floating in the water.

      The history of "Nahuelito":

      It is an unknown aquatic creature, who, according to the popular
      belief, lives in Nahuel Huapi Lake in Argentina.

      The legend goes back to indigenous stories and the first registered
      sighting dates back to 1910, when George Garret recorded he
      saw "about 400 meters distance away a creature whose visible part
      measured between 5 and 7 meters in length and excelled about two
      meters out of the water."

      In 1897, the credible Dr. Onelli, director of the Zoological Park of
      Buenos Aires, began to receive sporadic information about a strange
      creature that inhabited the Lagos patagónicos and organized an
      expedition in search of it. The search did not obtain any positive

      More recently, in 1960, the Argentina Navy encountered in the lake an
      unidentified submarine object for 18 days, without being able to
      identify it.

      The most popular hypothesis is that the prehistoric
      monster, "Nahuelito," is a survivor of the time of the dinosaurs,
      probably a "plesiosaur."

      Please see my and Patrick Huyghe's lake monster field guide, on pages
      119-121 and 294-295, for more on the history of the sightings of

      The question remains, what does the above photograph show? A turtle
      does not have teeth, right? Is it a swimming lizard? An otter? Yes,
      an otter? A log with painted eyes and teeth? Some other kind of fake?
      What could it be?

      The two photographs of Nahuelito, allegedly taken on April 15, 2006,
      are below:

      Tip of the hat to Above Top Secret for bringing this 2008 image to
      our attention.



      Chrysalis Nutritionist Stephen Heuer Arrested by Federal Marshalls in
      FDA Raid
      Friday, January 16, 2009
      Mike Adams, NaturalNews Editor
      Key concepts: Nutrition, The FDA and Health

      (NaturalNews) Both the FTC and FDA are turning up the heat on
      nutrition-oriented companies and websites, resorting to arrests at
      gunpoint to enforce "nutritional illiteracy" across America by
      imprisoning those who accurately describe the health benefits of
      nutritional products they sell.

      It was only days ago that the FTC attacked a church over its dietary
      supplements. NaturalNews covered the legal battle in a feature
      article (http://www.naturalnews.com/025303.html) and an exclusive
      audio interview with health freedom attorney Jim Turner.

      The latest victim of this state-sponsored oppression and censorship
      agenda is Stephen Heuer of Cocoon Nutrition (www.CocoonNutrition.org)
      who advertised natural health products as treatments for depression
      and other health conditions. It remains the position of the FDA that
      there is no such thing as an herb, vitamin or superfood that has any
      ability to prevent, treat or cure any disease or health condition
      whatsoever. (In other words, the FDA ridiculously believes foods and
      herbs are chemically inert.)

      Anyone who accurately describes the biochemical effects of their
      herbal or nutritional products is immediately branded a criminal by
      the FDA and subject to arrest at gunpoint. Read the history of FDA
      raids on vitamin companies here:

      NaturalNews contacted Cocoon Nutrition offices and was told that
      Stephen Heuer had been arrested and detained by U.S. Federal
      Marshalls. No further comment was available, but we hope to be able
      to speak with Heuer's attorneys soon to determine the nature of the
      charges being brought against Heuer.

      The truth about health is outlawed in the "land of the free"

      Effectively, it is illegal in America to tell the truth about
      nutritional products that you sell. The statements made by Heuer on
      the Cocoon Nutrition website are technically factual and accurate.
      But they are not LEGAL to make in America because Free Speech is
      routinely oppressed by the FDA and FTC. Telling the truth in America
      is enough to get you locked up in federal prison; especially if you
      dare to inform people about natural cures that might take revenues
      away from the drug companies.

      Both the FDA and FTC are now acting as the racket enforcement thugs
      of Big Pharma. And like any other mob, they use armed personnel to
      protect their revenue territories. Who will they raid next? Take your
      pick: It will be a small, family-run health supplement company that
      lacks the financial resources to fight back. Notice how the FDA won't
      dare attack the Life Extension Foundation anymore? That's because LEF
      has the financial resources to stand up for itself. Small, family-run
      nutritional businesses do not, so they're routinely targeted by FDA
      thugs for business termination.

      A letter sent to customers by Cocoon Nutrition asks for donations to
      support Heuer's legal defense fund. Here is the full text of that

      I regret to inform our customers and close friends that Stephen is
      being held by the FDA and their goal is to permanently discontinue
      Chrysalis. He has not committed a single crime and is only guilty of
      helping thousands of people across the country live healthier happier
      lives. The government unfortunately will do whatever it takes to
      protect the pharmaceutical companies and its investors from a product
      that genuinely threatens their profit margins.

      Stephen will be waging war against Federal Agencies because his
      rights are at stake as well as your freedom to purchase these
      supplements. He is going to need all the help and encouragement he
      can get. If any of you are willing and capable to support or donate
      towards his legal battle, please do so by mail or by calling us at
      888-988-3325. Our mailing address is 160 Dewey Road, Greer, SC 29651.
      Checks or money orders need to be made out to Stephen Heuer. Thank
      you so much for helping Stephen in his time of need. He hopes to
      return home soon so he can continue helping each and every one of you
      to better health.

      What will happen next?

      I personally have never met Stephen Heuer, and I'm not yet aware of
      what charges are being brought against him by the FDA, but this raid
      and arrest are consistent with the secret police-style oppression
      tactics the FDA has relied on for nearly two decades to eliminate
      competitors of Big Pharma.

      We are witnessing a nutritional knowledge cleansing of America. This
      has nothing to do with protecting the public, or good science, or
      product safety. It is 100% based on eliminating the competition for
      Big Pharma while keeping the public in the dark about natural cures.

      Through their actions, FDA officials have revealed themselves to be
      little more than common thugs hiding behind a federal badge. Even the
      FDA's own scientists accuse the agency's top decision makers of being
      outright criminals who place the safety of Americans' lives at risk.

      U.S. Federal Marshalls, of course, are so clueless about law and
      justice that they're arresting all the wrong people! They should turn
      around and arrest the FDA criminals who are running this illegal
      monopoly enforcement racket instead of harassing the small family
      business owners who are trying to offer healing herbs to informed

      About the author: Mike Adams is a consumer health advocate with a
      mission to teach personal and planetary health to the public He has
      authored and published thousands of articles, interviews, consumers
      guides, and books on topics like health and the environment,
      impacting the lives of millions of readers around the world who are
      experiencing phenomenal health benefits from reading his articles.
      Adams is a trusted, independent journalist who receives no money or
      promotional fees whatsoever to write about other companies' products.
      In 2007, Adams launched EcoLEDs, a maker of energy efficient LED
      lights that greatly reduce CO2 emissions. He's also a noted pioneer
      in the email marketing software industry, having been the first to
      launch an HTML email newsletter technology that has grown to become a
      standard in the industry. Adams volunteers his time to serve as the
      executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 non-
      profit organization, and enjoys outdoor activities, nature
      photography, Pilates and adult gymnastics. Known on the 'net as 'the
      Health Ranger,' Adams shares his ethics, mission statements and
      personal health statistics at www.HealthRanger.org



      President 'has four years to save Earth'US must take the lead to
      avert eco-disasterRobin McKie in New York
      The Observer
      Sunday 18 January 2009

      Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark
      assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen
      who last week warned only urgent action by the new president could
      halt the devastating climate change that now threatens Earth.
      Crucially, that action will have to be taken within Obama's first
      administration, he added.

      Soaring carbon emissions are already causing ice-cap melting and
      threaten to trigger global flooding, widespread species loss and
      major disruptions of weather patterns in the near future. "We cannot
      afford to put off change any longer," said Hansen. "We have to get on
      a new path within this new administration. We have only four years
      left for Obama to set an example to the rest of the world. America
      must take the lead."

      Hansen said current carbon levels in the atmosphere were already too
      high to prevent runaway greenhouse warming. Yet the levels are still
      rising despite all the efforts of politicians and scientists.

      Only the US now had the political muscle to lead the world and halt
      the rise, Hansen said. Having refused to recognise that global
      warming posed any risk at all over the past eight years, the US now
      had to take a lead as the world's greatest carbon emitter and the
      planet's largest economy. Cap-and-trade schemes, in which emission
      permits are bought and sold, have failed, he said, and must now be
      replaced by a carbon tax that will imposed on all producers of fossil
      fuels. At the same time, there must be a moratorium on new power
      plants that burn coal - the world's worst carbon emitter.

      Hansen - head of the Goddard Institute of Space Studies and winner of
      the WWF's top conservation award - first warned Earth was in danger
      from climate change in 1988 and has been the victim of several
      unsuccessful attempts by the White House administration of George
      Bush to silence his views.

      Hansen's institute monitors temperature fluctuations at thousands of
      sites round the world, data that has led him to conclude that most
      estimates of sea level rises triggered by rising atmospheric
      temperatures are too low and too conservative. For example, the
      Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says a rise of between 20cm
      and 60cm can be expected by the end of the century.

      However, Hansen said feedbacks in the climate system are already
      accelerating ice melt and are threatening to lead to the collapse of
      ice sheets. Sea-level rises will therefore be far greater - a claim
      backed last week by a group of British, Danish and Finnish scientists
      who said studies of past variations in climate indicate that a far
      more likely figure for sea-level rise will be about 1.4 metres,
      enough to cause devastating flooding of many of the world's major
      cities and of low-lying areas of Holland, Bangladesh and other

      As a result of his fears about sea-level rise, Hansen said he had
      pressed both Britain's Royal Society and the US National Academy of
      Sciences to carry out an urgent investigation of the state of the
      planet's ice-caps. However, nothing had come of his proposals. The
      first task of Obama's new climate office should therefore be to order
      such a probe "as a matter of urgency", Hansen added.



      2010 Honda Insight hybrid is mostly agreeable
      By James R. Healey, USA TODAY

      CAREFREE, Ariz. — Honda's 2010 Insight gasoline-electric hybrid isn't
      the substantial, comfortable car that its Civic hybrid is, nor does
      it deliver the 50 miles per gallon promised by Toyota for its update
      of chief rival Prius.

      But if Honda prices it low enough, Insight finally could make full-
      fledged hybrid technology available to car buyers with tighter

      Insight goes on sale April 22 — Earth Day, in case you need a
      reminder of why to save fuel.

      Generally, the Insight preproduction test cars driven here proved to
      be nice machines — mostly agreeable and easily capable of hitting the
      mileage ratings — with a few annoyances.

      Honda officials here pitched Insight as a clever, handy, affordable
      small car that just happens to use hybrid technology for good fuel
      economy. It's a complete gas-electric hybrid system, not a so-called
      mild hybrid, but scaled down from the similar setup in the Civic
      hybrid (Test Drive, Jan. 9), so it doesn't perform as well.

      Expect Insight to be rated 40 mpg city, 43 highway, 41 combined.
      Civic hybrid's rated 40/45/42.

      It's hard to call 40 mpg disappointing, but in this case it is. The
      smaller, lighter Insight, using a smaller-displacement gasoline
      engine, seems to be an underachiever. Honda says that's partly
      because Insight's tuned for a little more punch, to make driving more
      fun, at the expense of fuel economy.

      Honda's given no clue about pricing, so it's hard to say if Insight's
      a good value. Civic hybrid and the 2009 Prius both start at about
      $23,000. The less-lavish and smaller Insight should be considerably
      lower if logic is part of the pricing formula.

      Toyota hasn't disclosed the price for the redone 2010 Prius — to go
      on sale in about six months — partly because it first wants to see
      what price tag Honda puts on Insight.

      Here are Insight's salients, based on a day driving the two versions
      of Insight that Honda expects most people to buy, along with a 2009
      Prius and 2009 Civic hybrid. The Insight is:

      •Sporty, firm. Insight is more agile than the 2009 Prius; less so
      than the Civic hybrid. The 2010 Prius is an unknown quantity.

      •Small and feels like it. Back-seat users have to duck and twist to
      avoid head-whacking when they get in or out. Headroom in back is
      limited. Expect your head to rub the ceiling if you're close to 6
      feet tall, or are average height and wear a hat.

      •Not especially comfortable on the rump and back. Despite what Honda
      said was considerable effort to make Goldilocks seats (juuust right),
      front seats lack lumbar adjustments.

      •Pretty smooth. If the preproduction test cars were representative,
      drivers will feel fewer subtle but annoying shimmies and jerks that
      are an unfortunate signature of most hybrid drivetrains.

      •Driver-friendly. The "econ" button, which changes the drivetrain
      programming to trade a little better fuel economy for less-lively
      performance, stays off if you turn it off. It doesn't reset, nanny-
      like, to the econ mode when you next start the car.

      "Attaboy" driver feedback is plentiful but delivered subtly. If you
      consistently drive smoothly enough for best mileage, the instrument
      panel starts awarding you figures of leaves, growing into a wreath if
      you're really light-footed. It takes into account whether you're
      driving in mountains, on the plains or in between, so Insight drivers
      in flat states don't necessarily get the eco eye candy sooner.

      Lighting in the digital speedometer glows green when you're driving
      most efficiently, blue when you're driving hard, blue-green in

      For those not good at taking hints, a moving bar in a modest-size
      gauge directly shows if you're using up the battery's charge or
      replenishing it.

      •Feels like a hybrid. The continuously variable automatic
      transmission has the unpleasant slipping-clutch sound and feel found
      in most hybrids. Hit the throttle, and the CVT lets the engine rev
      fast and stay there while the car accelerates at a pace out of sync
      with the roaring engine. Eventually, the car's going fast enough that
      the engine slows and everything's peaceful. Until you need immediate
      power again.

      If the complaints seem insignificant on your auto barometer, then all
      you need is for Honda to set a price. Too close to Prius or Civic
      hybrid and Insight's a bad buy. If it's down in true economy-car
      territory, the car's appeal grows considerably.

      About the 2010 Honda Insight

      •What? New compact, four-door, front-drive hatchback model sold only
      as gasoline-electric hybrid.

      •When? On sale April 22 (Earth Day).

      •Where? Made in Japan.

      •Why? Honda needed a Toyota Prius fighter, a hybrid-only model,
      unique and recognizable as such.

      •How? Scale down the Civic hybrid's drive system.

      •How much? Honda won't say until closer to sale date, but promises
      it'll be priced as an economy car.

      •How potent? Not very. Four-cylinder, 1.3-liter gas engine rated 98
      horsepower at 5,800 rpm, 123 pounds-feet of torque at 1,000 rpm.
      Electric motor: 10 hp, 53 lbs.-ft. Continuously variable automatic

      •How lavish? Base LX is surprisingly deficient: no stability control,
      center storage or map lights. Honda expects 65% of buyers to take the
      fancier EX. Navigation, Bluetooth optional on EX.

      •How big? Compact, smaller than Prius, between Honda Fit and Civic.
      172.3 inches long, 66.7 inches wide, 56.2 inches tall on a 100.4-inch
      wheelbase, 2,723-2,734 lbs.

      Passenger space: 85 cubic feet; cargo, 15.9 cubic feet behind rear
      seat, 31.9 cubic feet when seat's down.

      •How thirsty? Honda expects federal ratings of 40 miles per gallon in
      town, 43 highway, 41 combined. Preproduction EX tester got 48.8 mpg
      on Honda-selected route including hills, curves, highways and
      suburbs, but no stop-and-go.

      Regular (87-octane) gas specified.

      •Overall: Not refined enough if priced near Civic hybrid or Prius.
      Worth a hard look if priced as economy car.
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