The reason people hate the Sagagagawia dollar coin

As seen in the news video, it’s because nobody knows how to say Sagagagawia:


Tips to quit smoking

Tips to quit smoking

I wanted to share some tips to quit smoking. I’ve tried all of the quit smoking tips, and some tips work, some don’t:

My tips to quit smoking

Quitting smoking is not all about sheer willpower, there are some tried-and-true tips that can maximize your chance of successfully quitting smoking.

Tips aside, the sad truth is that thousands of people die every year because they cannot shake this most powerful addiction.

The biggest tip is to make quitting smoking a top priority.

The sadistic tortured bear cub video

Any society that laughs are watching animals being tortured is beyond redemption.

Liberal hippies note that Sadists were themselves abused and tortured, but I favor a more natural explication, that people who torture animals have no souls . . .

It’s been proven that psychopaths start by torturing small animals, and that they can never be cured, and some people advocate the death penalty for Intentional infliction of Emotional Distress.

But what do you say about a society that finds it “funny” to torture a baby bear cub?

WARNING: This video is from a TV show where sick people enjoy torturing baby animals:

Tips for identifying a skinned animal

There may be more than one way to skin a cat, but a skinned cat looks a lot like a skinned rabbit, or a skinned possum . . .

All skinned critters look alike!

I was taught that when you dress a rabbit, always leave-on the feet on.

This is so that people know that you are getting a rabbit, and not Aunt Sadies kitty cat . . .

Let’s see if you can identify this lovely carcass.

It must be delicious, judging by the priceless look on the little girls face, but it looks too much like Fido to me:

Listen to Janet Burleson on NPR this Sunday

Mark your calendars, Janet will be on NPR this Sunday at 10:00 OM EST.

Janet is a guest on the “Animal Matters” show this week on National Public Radio (NPR), with the topic of service mini horses for the blind.

This worldwide radio show will air on Sunday, 7/19/2009 10:00 PM EST.

“Join co hosts Christianna Capra and Healer Gabriela Castillo and this month’s guest Janet Burleson from The Guide Horse Foundation:

Janet & Scout from the book “A Day in the life of America”

Their mission is to provide a safe, cost-effective and reliable mobility alternative for visually impaired people. The Guide Horse Foundation is committed to delivering Guide Horses at no cost to the blind, relying on un-paid volunteers and charitable donations to pay all travel and housing expenses for the blind handler’s on-site training.”

Janet Book Update!

The timing for the radio interview is perfect since Janet’s sold-out book has now been re-printed and is now available for immediate purchase:

Helping Hooves: Training Miniature Horses as Guide Animals for the Blind

She also has posters available, very popular with little girls:

Seeing Eye Horse poster

Avoiding Resveratrol Scams

Resveratrol is being touted as a real-real fountain of youth after a Harvard study shows amazing results in lab animals, where lab rats lived 30% longer!

The Harvard study showed that Resveratrol activates the SIRT-1 aging gene! The original research for Resveratrol (the findings on the SIRT-1 “rescue” gene) was purchased by Glaxo Wellcome for $750,000,000, so there is something to this Resveratrol research.

The active chemical in Resveratrol

But there is a problem! Because Resveratrol is derived from grape skins, it’s considered a food supplement and not under regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Hence, there are loads of Resveratrol scams. The Resveratrol Scams take two forms:

– Billing scams – They offer a “free trial” of Resveratrol, and then charge your card for large dollar amounts.

– Impotent Resveratrol – The most annoying of the Resveratrol scams involve the sale of “fake” Resveratrol, concoctions without the real active chemical. The fake Resveratrol contains cis-resveratrol, an isomer which is used in many Resveratrol pills, but which has no health benefits whatsoever

Why is Resveratrol Important?

Most people first heard about Resveratrol from this 60 Minutes report on Resveratrol, showing a Harvard laboratory study where fat aging rats actually became healthier and thinner, living over 30% longer than a control group.

This science article notes a real longevity factor associated with the SERT1 gene, and the Harvard research is clear that Resveratrol affects the SERT1 gene.

People who have been taking Real Resveratrol claim that it actually changes gray air back to your original color, with side effects like instant weight loss and increased stamina!

Take the time to watch this:

Resveratrol is the active antioxidant in red wine, but highly concentrated, with as much in a pill as dozens of bottles of wine.

Separating the Resveratrol facts from the hype

As it is, Resveratrol is made from grape skins, and as, such, Resveratrol is considered a food supplement and not a drug. Hence, there are all sorts of hype and Resveratrol scams all over the web Here is some of the hype:

This place offer a free trail of Resveratrol, but BEWARE, there is a boatload of complaints about free trials of Resveratrol, where they subsequently charge your card over $80 without consent.

Of more concern, how do we know that we are getting “real” Resveratrol and not some placebo?

Finding reputable Resveratrol sellers

So, where is a safe place to buy “real” Resveratrol? I decided to try Amazon, where there are dozens of people selling Resveratrol, some charging over $1,000 for 100 capsules (at 100 mg).
We chose this source of Resveratrol because their web site claims that this was the “research grade” Resveratrol that was used in the Harvard study. The Amazon page notes:

“Transmax is currently being used by more medical schools and universities in human clinical trials than all other supplement brands together.

Our quality, integrity and experience meet the rigid standards of these institutions Transmax contains no cis-resveratrol, the isomer which is used in many other supplements but which has no health benefits”

This might still be a scam, but Amazon allows this to be published, so we assume that this is the “real Resveratrol” . . .

Dazzling Cubist camouflage

America invented camouflage. During the American Revolution we were desperate to get away from England and we violated the “gentleman’s protocol” of warfare. Instead of wearing bright red targets on our tunics, and standing still while the Limey’s reloaded their rifles, we hid in the bushes and killed the British oppressors. The Brit pussies cried “terrorism”, and thus began the art of American camouflage.

This month congress passed a bill to change the MARPAT (MARine PATtern) colors for Afghanistan. MARPAT is a pixilated camouflage that make soldiers practically invisible:

pixelated camouflage is best

But camouflage is tricky and counterintuitive. The point of camouflage is to disguise yourself against the enemy, but in WWI somebody discovered that a wild abstract art pattern did a better job than the traditional blue-gray camouflage coloration.

This is a counter-intuitive camouflage, and it was a great surprise to discover that wild abstract colors and bold cubist patterns made a huge ship practically invisible:

Wild and bold, yet invisible to the naked eye

It’s clear that this “razzle dazzle” painting is from Brach’s cubist movement, and the evolving world of abstract art. But it really works! Dazzle camouflage is an optimal illusion whereby your eyes trick you into interpreting the abstract bizarre shapes into melding into the background, thus making the ship invisible at-sea:

The more biazrre the pattern, the better the camouflage

The British called this modern art style of camouflage “Dazzle Painting” while we Americans called it “Razzle Dazzle.” In either case, it’s a real mindfucque, playing tricks with your eyes:

Wild patterns adorned aircraft carriers

In today’s world of super-radar, hiding the visual acpects of large ships is not as important, but razzle dazzle camouflage is a great study into the optical delusions of human visual perception.