Reward offered for proof H1N1 vaccine works

There’s been a lot of debate in recent months over the validity and effectiveness of the H1N1 flu vaccine and while the financial benefits to the pharmaceutical companies is obvious, the usefulness to the patient has always been a contentious issue.

Apparent lack of testing and the rushing through of licences was unconvincingly explained away by government’s panic to stop an endemic spreading through the UK – but how many other medicines would be allowed through what has always been an incredibly difficult and long winded process? Very few is probably the answer.

There are thousands of websites claiming the vaccine to be a complete scam, a government conspiracy to siphon tax payers money to their friends in the big pharms, but how many would actually gamble their own money on their claims? Probably none, until today that is, when the very popular site Natural News, in partnership with have well and truly thrown down the gauntlet to  industry, and government, claims that the vaccine is actually a valid preventative approach to dealing with swine flu.

They are offering a $10,000 reward to.. Continue reading

Boscastle Week Walking FEST 2010

Boscastle Week Walking FEST 2010

19th – 23rd April 2010
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Enjoy a week of walking with local guides Literary, historical, geological, natural history & general interest.
Evening events and meals, Art and poetry,boat trips…
From the very best of Britain’s coastline to wonderful walks amid woods and streams, it’s all on offer during Boscastle’s increasingly popular Walking Week. Our third year sees an extended selection of walks and activities for you to pick and mix from. We aim to have something for all abilities. You could join one of our experienced and knowledgeable local guides on a ramble to waterfalls or steep climbs to Cornwall’s highest coastal cliff top, or meander along the country lanes and pathways that would have been familiar to the writer Thomas Hardy, whose life-changing visit to Boscastle produced poetry regarded by many as amongst the finest in the English language.

Mylor Harbourside – Cornish Native oysters

Enjoy the sights of the season
The oyster fishing fleet have been hard at work all winter and they still have a few months left of the season.
It is a quite a sight to see the traditional sailing boats dredging up and down the Carrick Roads in all kinds of weather! If you’ve not yet seen this parade it should be first on your list of things to do this winter.
We have apartments available and are still offering 4 nights for the price of 3 until the end of March. It’s an ideal opportunity to come and sort out your boat before the mad relaunch rush starts and you can treat the family to a break at the same time.
Meanwhile if the thought of all those fresh local oysters has whetted your appetite, why not have some delivered straight to your door!

Scarlet hotel launch video

scarletThe Scarlet hotel  just launched a  fabulous  video showcasing the hotel,  a stunning short film, excellent music from local talent Ben Howard.  Video created with Sideways Cornwall, who came to film one beautiful weekend in September and got some  amazing shots of the hotel, surrounding beach and bay. If you would like a sneak preview of the hotel, or if you’ve  already visited, gently be lulled into the sense of calm. peace and tranquility of the Scarlet  Hotel

Looks like the Arctic will be ice free by 1930

“The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and
in some places the seals are finding the water too hot,” according
to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from US Consul
Ifft, at Bergen, Norway. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and
explorers, he declared, all point to a radical change in climate
conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.

“Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met
with as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth
of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm. Great
masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones,
the report continued, while at many points well-known glaciers
have entirely disappeared. Very few seals and no white fish are
found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and
smelts, which have never before ventured so far north, are being
encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.”


Why I would rather be called a heretic – by David Bellamy.

Am I worried about man-made global warming? The answer is “no” and “yes”.

No, because the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction has come up against an “inconvenient truth”. Its research shows that since 1998 the average temperature of the planet has not risen, even though the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has continued to increase.

Yes, because the self-proclaimed consensus among scientists has detached itself from the questioning rigours of hard science and become a political cause. Those of us who dare to question the dogma of the global-warming doomsters who claim that C not only stands for carbon but also for climate catastrophe are vilified as heretics or worse as deniers.

I am happy to be branded a heretic because throughout history heretics have stood up against dogma based on the bigotry of vested interests. But I don’t like being smeared as a denier because deniers don’t believe in facts. The truth is that there are no facts that link the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide with imminent catastrophic global warming. Instead of facts, the advocates of man-made climate change trade in future scenarios based on complex and often unreliable computer models.

More at The Times Online

Netherlands to levy ‘green’ road tax by the kilometre

THE HAGUE (AFP) – The Dutch government said Friday it wants to introduce a “green” road tax by the kilometre from 2012 aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 10 percent and halving congestion.

“Each vehicle will be equipped with a GPS device that tracks how many kilometres are driven and when and where. This data will be then be sent to a collection agency that will send out the bill,” the transport ministry said in a statement. Continue reading

Stop the Calderon Dolphin Slaughter in Denmark

Every year, in Denmark, specifically the Faroe Islands, innocent and helpless Calderon Dolphins are slaughtered brutally by the danes. Why you may ask, simply because. A pointless and stupid right of passage to manhood.
What points is there in killing another living being just to prove you have “evolved”, you have transcended. There is simply no need.
This poor dolphins are stabbed a number of times, but as if that weren’t enough, they bleed to death, probably in excruciating pain while the whole town watches.
Needles to say, that killing a deffensless animal is no prove of anybody’s manhood.
So, I urge, as I am sure many more have, to stop this nonesense. And take action.
Never, ever, killing an other creature, another living being, with whom we share this world, has done any good, to anyone. So let’s stop it.

Climate change catastrophe took just months

Six months is all it took to flip Europe’s climate from warm and sunny into the last ice age, researchers have found.

They have discovered that the northern hemisphere was plunged into a big freeze 12,800 years ago by a sudden slowdown of the Gulf Stream that allowed ice to spread hundreds of miles southwards from the Arctic.

Previous research had suggested the change might have taken place over a longer period — perhaps about 10 years.

The new description, reminiscent of the Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, emerged from one of the most painstaking studies of past climate changes yet attempted.