Archive for September 18, 2012

Startling Statistics on Excessive Video Game Use in Children

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Are you aware of what your child is interacting with?  Are you aware of how video games may be affecting your child subconsciously?  Too much time on video games and the type of content will affect your child whether you like it or not. Video games holds a big source of debate with some being positive but most is negative.  I am not out to ban video games, however, it is critical that parents monitor what their children are doing, watching, and interacting with.  Check out this info-graphic below and you will be amazed by its findings….Feel free to tell me what you think.

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Russian Diamond Field, Secret Until Now, Said to Contain ‘Trillions of Carats’

September 18, 2012 2 comments


A new diamond field said to contain “trillions of carats” is hitting the news wires.

Christian Science Monitor reports that the deposit lies beneath an asteroid crater in Siberia known as Popigai Astroblem. The crater, 62 miles in diameter, was actually discovered by Russian scientists in the 1970s, but the information was classified until today.

According to the story in CSM and now being reported in several international news providers and mining publications, the Soviets decided to keep the discovery a secret because “the USSR’s huge diamond operations at Mirny, in Yakutia, were already producing immense profits in what was then a tightly controlled world market,” and the country had also invested heavily in synthetic diamonds.

Russian official news agency ITAR-Tass reports the diamonds at Popigai are “twice as hard” as Read more…

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Arctic Sea Ice Melt May Trigger Extreme European Winter

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Image: Jenny Downing/Flickr

By Stephen Leahy, the Guardian

The record loss of Arctic sea ice this summer may mean a cold winter for the UK and northern Europe. The region has been prone to bad winters after summers with very low sea ice, such as 2011 and 2007, said Jennifer Francis, a researcher at Rutgers University.

“We can’t make predictions yet … [but] I wouldn’t be surprised to see wild extremes this winter,” Francis told the Guardian.

This year’s ice melt has broken the 2007 record by an an area larger than the state of Texas.

Polar ice experts “thought that it would be many years until we again saw anything like we saw in 2007″, said Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado.

The unprecedented expanse of ice-free Arctic Ocean has been absorbing the Read more…

Smile, the Government Is Watching: Next Generation Identification

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“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement was scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984

Brace yourselves for the next wave in the surveillance state’s steady incursions into our lives. It’s coming at us with a lethal one-two punch.

To start with, there’s the government’s integration of facial recognition software and other biometric markers into its identification data programs. The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is a $1 billion boondoggle that is aimed at dramatically expanding the government’s current ID database from a fingerprint system to a facial recognition system. NGI will use a variety of biometric data, cross-referenced against the nation’s growing network of surveillance cameras to not only track your every move but create a permanent “recognition” file on you within the government’s massive databases.

By the time it’s fully operational in 2014, NGI will serve as a vast data storehouse of “iris scans, photos searchable with face recognition technology, palm prints, and measures of gait and voice recordings alongside records of fingerprints, scars, and tattoos.” One component of NGI, the Universal Face Workstation, already contains some Read more…

A World On The Verge Of War?

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Here is a summary of where the world stands:

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Buy Gold, But Don’t Store It In The US Because ‘The Fed Will Take It Away From You One Day’

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Today’s AM fix was USD 1,767.25, EUR 1,349.36 and GBP 1,089.42 per ounce.
Friday’s AM fix was USD 1,772.50, EUR 1,359.70 and GBP 1,093.53 per ounce.

Silver is trading at $34.52/oz, €26.44/oz and £21.36/oz. Platinum is trading at $1,699.00/oz, palladium at $685.50/oz and rhodium at $1,050/oz.

Gold rose $5.30 or 0.3% in New York and closed at $1,771.60. Silver climbed to $34.91 then dropped before bouncing back higher, and finished with a loss of 0.06%. Gold was up 2.02% for the week and silver another 3% for the week.

Gold is slightly weaker today but hovering near a 7 month high, as the US Fed’s announcement of QE3 has led to some investors diversifying into bullion as a hedge against inflation risk.

The yellow metal rose as high as $1,777.51 on Friday, a high not seen since February 2012 when it hit this year’s peak.  Last September 2011, it reached a nominal high of nearly $1,920/oz.

QE3 will allow the Fed to print dollars to buy Read more…

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