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recycle junkies

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4697 Jan 16, 2013
Recycle something new each month of 2013



We all know about recycling and we know even more about the common items that can be recycled, such as glass, plastics, metal, and even, plastic bags, but there is more.

Most items you buy anymore are suited for your convenience; Easy carry handles, large packages that can be easily transported to and from your car, and in the end it comes down to items being packaged in a lot of package in the end. And without recycling most of those large package items end up in landfills nationwide. But what is the answer to all of this?

The answer comes down to you, the consumer. When you reach for items that contain a lot of package waste, try to recycle all of the package contents when you open the product. Also, look to items that don't contain a lot of large, bulk packaging. Other ways to lean more toward the recycling ways of living would be to avoid anything that isn't recyclable. There are many items being sold on the market today that come in packaging made from post consumer waste products or a logo that shows how much of the package was made from recycled material.

Other ways to recycle:

1. Recycle magazines, newspaper, and junk mail. Most magazine anymore are made on recycled paper already, so complete their life cycled by putting them back into the recycling system. Follow that along with newspaper and junk mail as well.(Shred anything with personal information on it before recycling)

2. Old cell phones. This one seems to be overlooked a lot when it comes to recycling, but it shouldn't. Many home improvement stores have boxes that you can donate your old cell phone to and be sure they go to the right location and out of the landfill. The harm with electronics going to landfills is the mercury they contain. It leaches out into the ground when can end up in our ground water supply.(Be sure and remove any personal information from the cell phone log before donating the item)

3. Cable Cord. You can also donate old cable coax line from a recent install of cable, or wiring in your home. You can even donate them without stripping the covering in most recycle facilities.

4. Brass and Cast Iron. Most people don't realize that old brass and cast iron railing, headboards, and door knobs can be recycled just the same as other metals. Brass and cast iron are most often overlooked because they aren't a metal you come across frequently.

5. Wheels and Radiators from a car. These two are another group of items that are most often overlooked as well. The wheels from your car, lawnmower, or even a go kart are over looked because most people don't assume they can be recycled. The rubber from the tires are often recycled into playground material, roads, and tracks at high schools. The radiators in your car contains aluminum that can be recycled, and most places will take them regardless of how old they are.

Adding recycling to your daily habits is a great way to lead a greener lifestyle. A great way to incorporate recycling is by making a pledge to recycle one item each month for twelve months this year and continue till November 15th (America Recycles Day) It's a simple task that can only be a benefit in the end for the planet and yourself. Take the pledge here and let's make the planet a better place to be.
boil the water always

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4698 Jan 16, 2013
Boiling

Boiling water will kill bacteria as well as other disease-causing microorganisms like Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium parvum which are commonly found in rivers and lakes. At high elevations, though, the boiling point of water drops, so that extra boiling time is required. Water temperatures above 70 °C (158 °F) will kill all pathogens within 30 minutes, above 85 °C (185 °F) within a few minutes, and at boiling point (100 °C (212 °F)), most pathogens will be killed, excluding certain pathogens and their spores, which must be heated to 118 °C (244 °F)(e.g.: botulism – Clostridium botulinum). This can be achieved by using a pressure cooker, as regular boiling will not heat water past 100 °C (212 °F) at sea level. It is worth noting that not all pollutants are removed from water by boiling, even in a pressure cooker. Boiling cannot remove chemicals having boiling points at or above 100 °C (212 °F), nor heavy metal contamination, e.g., colloidal metal pollutants. Activated charcoal, however, can remove many pollutants, but can't remove pathogens. A combination of rolling boiling for one minute at standard atmospheric pressure (i.e., not in a pressure cooker) plus filtering with activated charcoal can neutralize most pathogens and pollutants.
ceramic filtration

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4699 Jan 16, 2013
Filtration

Portable pump filters are commercially available with ceramic filters that filter 5,000 to 50,000 litres per cartridge, removing pathogens down to the 0.2–0.3 micrometer (µm) range. Some also utilize activated charcoal filtering.

Most filters of this kind remove most bacteria and protozoa, such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia lamblia, but not viruses except for the very largest of 0.3 micrometer and larger diameters, so disinfection by chemicals or ultraviolet light is still required after filtration. It is worth noting that not all bacteria are removed by 0.2 micron (micrometer) pump filters; for example, strands of thread-like Leptospira spp.(which can cause leptospirosis) are thin enough to pass through a 0.2 micrometer filter.

Effective chemical additives to address shortcomings in pump filters include chlorine, chlorine dioxide, iodine, and sodium hypochlorite (bleach).

There have been polymer and ceramic filters on the market that incorporated iodine post-treatment in their filter elements to kill viruses and the smaller bacteria that cannot be filtered out, but most have disappeared due to the unpleasant taste imparted to the water, as well as possible adverse health effects when iodine is ingested over protracted periods.

While the filtration elements may do an excellent job of removing most bacteria and fungi contaminants from drinking water when new, the elements themselves can become colonization sites. In recent years some filters have been enhanced by bonding silver metal nanoparticles to the ceramic element and/or to the activated charcoal to suppress growth of pathogens.

Small, hand-pumped reverse osmosis filters were originally developed for the military in the late 1980s for use as survival equipment, for example, to be included with inflatable rafts on aircraft.

Civilian versions are available. Instead of using the static pressure of a water supply line to force the water through the filter, pressure is provided by a hand-operated pump, similar in function and appearance to a mechanic's grease gun. These devices can generate drinkable water from seawater.
charcoal

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4700 Jan 16, 2013
Activated charcoal absorption

Granular activated carbon filtering utilizes a form of activated carbon with a high surface area, and adsorbs many compounds, including many toxic compounds. Water passing through activated carbon is commonly used in concert with hand pumped filters to address organic contamination, taste, or objectionable odors.

Activated carbon filters aren't usually used as the primary purification techniques of portable water purification devices, but rather as secondary means to complement another purification technique. It is most commonly implemented for pre- or post-filtering, in a separate step than ceramic filtering, in either case being implemented prior to the addition of chemical disinfectants used to control bacteria or viruses that filters cannot remove.

Activated charcoal can remove chlorine from treated water, removing any residual protection remaining in the water protecting against pathogens, and should not, in general, be used without careful thought after chemical disinfection treatments in portable water purification processing. Ceramic/Carbon Core filters with a 0.5 micron or smaller pore size are excellent for removing bacteria and cysts while also removing chemicals.

Chemical disinfection

Iodine used for water purification is commonly added to water as a solution, in crystallized form, or in tablets containing tetraglycine hydroperiodide that release 8 mg of iodine per tablet adaptation to chronic tetraglycine hydroperiodide.

iodine kills many, but not all, of the most common pathogens present in natural fresh water sources. Carrying iodine for water purification is an imperfect but lightweight solution for those in need of field purification of drinking water. Kits are available in camping stores that include an iodine pill and a second pill (vitamin C or ascorbic acid) that will remove the iodine taste from the water after it has been disinfected, such as those marketed under the Potable Aqua Plus name.

The addition of vitamin C, in the form of a pill or in flavored drink powders, precipitates much of the iodine out of solution, so it should not be added until the iodine has had sufficient time to work. This time is 30 minutes in relatively clear, warm water, but is considerably longer if the water is turbid or cold. Iodine treated drinking water, treated with tablets containing tetraglycine hydroperiodide, also reduces the uptake of radioactive iodine in human subjects to only 2% of the value it would otherwise be.[5] This could be an important factor worthy of consideration for treating water in a post nuclear event survival situation. If the iodine has precipitated out of the solution, then the drinking water has less available iodine in solution.

Also the amount of iodine in one tablet is not sufficient to block uptake. Tetraglycine hydroperiodide maintains its effectiveness indefinitely before the container is opened; although some manufacturers suggest not using the tablets more than three months after the container has initially been opened, the shelf life is in fact very long provided that the container is resealed immediately after each time it is opened.[6]
charcoal

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4701 Jan 16, 2013
A potentially lower cost alternative to using iodine-based water purification tablets is the use of iodine crystals, commonly sold under the Polar Pure name.[7] A small amount of water is poured into a small glass bottle (with a capacity of approximately 1 ounce or 30 cubic centimeters), containing approximately 0.25 ounces (7 grams) of iodine crystals, and then shaken vigorously to produce a saturated solution of Iodine. At 25°C (77°F) 12.5 cubic centimeters of this solution is added to one liter of water to be disinfected.

In 15 minutes the water may be consumed. At a temperature of 20°C (68°F) let the water to be consumed stand for 20 minutes. At a temperature of 3°C (37°F) let the water stand for 30 minutes or use 25 cubic centimeters of saturated solution per liter.[8](Do not store the saturated iodine solution in a plastic bottle as the Iodine vapor will pass through the plastic and corrode steel that is in close proximity.) Note also that this method may not be adequate in killing Giaridia cysts in cold water.[9] One solution is to warm the water to be consumed to 20°C (68°F) before treatment.

Take care not to consume Iodine crystals; the amount of Iodine in the saturated solution may be two to four times the lethal dose.[10] Care must be taken to prevent the small glass bottle of iodine crystals covered with water from freezing in cold climates. An advantage of using iodine crystals is that only a small amount of iodine is dissolved from the iodine crystals at each use, giving this method of treating water a capability for treating very large amounts of water, around 2,000 liters (500 gallons), with but a small bottle of crystals.

Unlike tetraglycine hydroperiodide tablets, iodine crystals have essentially an unlimited shelf life as long as they are not exposed to air for long periods of time and are kept under water.(Iodine crystals will sublimate if exposed to air for long periods of time.) The large quantity of water that can be purified with iodine crystals at low cost makes this technique especially cost effective for point of use or emergency water purification methods intended for use longer than the shelf life of tetraglycine hydroperiodide.

Chlorine-based halazone tablets were formerly popularly used for portable water purification. Chlorine in water is more than three times more effective as a disinfectant against Escherichia coli than iodine.[11] Halazone tablets were thus commonly used during World War II by U.S. soldiers for portable water purification, even being included in accessory packs for C-rations until 1945.

The primary limitation of halazone tablets was the very short usable life of opened bottles, typically 3 days or less, unlike iodine-based tablets which have a usable open bottle life of 3 months.

Sodium dichloroisocyanurate (NaDCC) has largely displaced halazone tablets for the few remaining chlorine based water purification tablets available today.
charcoal

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4702 Jan 16, 2013
It is compressed with effervescent salts, usually adipic acid and sodium bicarbonate, to form a rapidly dissolving tablets, diluted to 10 parts per million available chlorine (ppm av.cl) when drinking water is mildly contaminated and 20ppm when visibly contaminated.

Chlorine bleach tablets give a more stable platform for disinfecting the water than liquid bleach (sodium hypochlorite) as the liquid version tends to degrade with age and give unregulated results unless assays are carried out – not practical on the spot. Still, despite chlorine-based halazone tablets falling from favor in for portable water purification, chlorine-based bleach may nonetheless safely be used for short-term emergency water disinfection. Two drops of unscented 5% bleach can be added per liter or quart of clear water, then allowed to stand covered for 30 to 60 minutes.

After this treatment, the water may be left open to reduce the chlorine smell and taste. Guidelines are available online for effective emergency use of bleach to render unsafe water potable.[1][2] The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Population Services International (PSI) promote a similar product (a 0.5%- 1.5% sodium hypochlorite solution) as part of their Safe Water System (SWS) strategy. The product is sold in developing countries under local brand names specifically for the purpose of disinfecting drinking water
A potentially lower cost alternative to using iodine-based water purification tablets is the use of iodine crystals, commonly sold under the Polar Pure name.[7]

A small amount of water is poured into a small glass bottle (with a capacity of approximately 1 ounce or 30 cubic centimeters), containing approximately 0.25 ounces (7 grams) of iodine crystals, and then shaken vigorously to produce a saturated solution of Iodine. At 25°C (77°F) 12.5 cubic centimeters of this solution is added to one liter of water to be disinfected. In 15 minutes the water may be consumed. At a temperature of 20°C (68°F) let the water to be consumed stand for 20 minutes. At a temperature of 3°C (37°F) let the water stand for 30 minutes or use 25 cubic centimeters of saturated solution per liter.[8](Do not store the saturated iodine solution in a plastic bottle as the Iodine vapor will pass through the plastic and corrode steel that is in close proximity.) Note also that this method may not be adequate in killing Giaridia cysts in cold water.[9] One solution is to warm the water to be consumed to 20°C (68°F) before treatment.

Take care not to consume Iodine crystals; the amount of Iodine in the saturated solution may be two to four times the lethal dose.[10] Care must be taken to prevent the small glass bottle of iodine crystals covered with water from freezing in cold climates.
charcoal

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4703 Jan 16, 2013
An advantage of using iodine crystals is that only a small amount of iodine is dissolved from the iodine crystals at each use, giving this method of treating water a capability for treating very large amounts of water, around 2,000 liters (500 gallons), with but a small bottle of crystals. Unlike tetraglycine hydroperiodide tablets, iodine crystals have essentially an unlimited shelf life as long as they are not exposed to air for long periods of time and are kept under water.(Iodine crystals will sublimate if exposed to air for long periods of time.) The large quantity of water that can be purified with iodine crystals at low cost makes this technique especially cost effective for point of use or emergency water purification methods intended for use longer than the shelf life of tetraglycine hydroperiodide.
Chlorine-based halazone tablets were formerly popularly used for portable water purification. Chlorine in water is more than three times more effective as a disinfectant against Escherichia coli than iodine.[11] Halazone tablets were thus commonly used during World War II by U.S. soldiers for portable water purification, even being included in accessory packs for C-rations until 1945. The primary limitation of halazone tablets was the very short usable life of opened bottles, typically 3 days or less, unlike iodine-based tablets which have a usable open bottle life of 3 months. Sodium dichloroisocyanurate (NaDCC) has largely displaced halazone tablets for the few remaining chlorine based water purification tablets available today. It is compressed with effervescent salts, usually adipic acid and sodium bicarbonate, to form a rapidly dissolving tablets, diluted to 10 parts per million available chlorine (ppm av.cl) when drinking water is mildly contaminated and 20ppm when visibly contaminated. Chlorine bleach tablets give a more stable platform for disinfecting the water than liquid bleach (sodium hypochlorite) as the liquid version tends to degrade with age and give unregulated results unless assays are carried out – not practical on the spot. Still, despite chlorine-based halazone tablets falling from favor in for portable water purification, chlorine-based bleach may nonetheless safely be used for short-term emergency water disinfection. Two drops of unscented 5% bleach can be added per liter or quart of clear water, then allowed to stand covered for 30 to 60 minutes. After this treatment, the water may be left open to reduce the chlorine smell and taste. Guidelines are available online for effective emergency use of bleach to render unsafe water potable.[1][2] The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Population Services International (PSI) promote a similar product (a 0.5%- 1.5% sodium hypochlorite solution) as part of their Safe Water System (SWS) strategy. The product is sold in developing countries under local brand names specifically for the purpose of disinfecting drinking water
susan knox

Portugal

#4704 Jan 16, 2013
Thanks for your comments here. I have met ignorant people who badmouth Jews without knowing anything about the religion or culture(s). Now I can use some of your ideas to combat those ignorant people.
ultraviolet purification

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4705 Jan 16, 2013
Ultraviolet purification

Main article: Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation

Ultraviolet (UV) light induces the formation of covalent linkages on DNA and thereby prevents microbes from reproducing. Without reproduction, the microbes become far less dangerous. Germicidal UV-C light in the short wavelength range of 100–280 nm acts on thymine, one of the four base nucleotides in DNA. When a germicidal UV photon is absorbed by a thymine molecule that is adjacent to another thymine within the DNA strand, a covalent bond or dimer between the molecules is created. This thymine dimer prevents enzymes from "reading" the DNA and copying it, thus neutering the microbe. Still, there are limits to this technology. Water turbidity (i.e., the amount of suspended & colloidal solids contained in the water to be treated) must be low, such that the water is clear, for UV purification to work well - thus a pre-filter step might be necessary.

A concern with UV portable water purification is that some pathogens are hundreds of times less sensitive to UV light than others. Protozoan cysts were once believed to be among the least sensitive, however recent studies have proved otherwise, demonstrating that both Cryptosporidium and Giardia are deactivated by a UV dose of just 6 mJ/cm sq.[12] However, EPA regulations and other studies show that it is viruses that are the limiting factor of UV treatment, requiring a 10-30 times greater dose of UV light than Giardia or Cryptosporidium[13].[14] Furthermore, studies have shown that UV doses at the levels provided by common portable UV units are effective at killing Giardia[15] and that there was no evidence of repair and reactivation of the cysts.[16]

Water treated with UV still has the microbes present in the water, only with their means for reproduction turned "off". In the event that such UV-treated water containing neutered microbes is exposed to visible light (specifically, wavelengths of light over 330-500 nm) for any significant period of time, a process known as photo reactivation can take place, where the possibility for repairing the damage in the bacteria's reproduction DNA arises, potentially rendering them once more capable of reproducing and causing disease.[17] UV-treated water must therefore not be exposed to visible light for any significant period of time after UV treatment, before consumption, to avoid ingesting reactivated and dangerous microbes.
water disinfection

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4706 Jan 16, 2013
Solar water disinfection

Main article: SODIS

In solar water disinfection (SODIS), microbes are destroyed by temperature and UVA radiation provided by the sun. Water is placed in a transparent plastic PET bottles, which is first oxygenated by shaking partially filled capped bottles prior to filling the bottles all the way. The completely water-filled and capped bottles are exposed to sunlight, preferably on a corrugated metal roof, slanted slightly to maximize the exposure to solar radiation. In practice, the water-filled bottles are placed for six hours in full sun, or for two days in partial sunlight for weather conditions involving partially overcast days, which raises the temperature of the water and gives an extended dose of solar radiation to the water in the bottles, killing almost all microbes that may be present. The combination of the two effects (UVA and heat) provides a simple method of disinfection for use in tropical developing countries, or in survival situations. The use of glass bottles may or may not provide the same degree of SODIS disinfection as using PET bottles. This is because most glass bottles are non-transparent or opaque over the wavelengths of sunlight required for successful UV disinfection from the solar spectrum required for SODIS to work, and glass bottles are usually thicker than PET bottles, which further reduces the dose of UVA to the water inside glass bottles versus PET bottles. For cases where the UVA is blocked, or reduced, only the heating effects without adequate UVA exposure are typically at work if glass bottles are used, potentially leaving dangerous amounts of bacterial and viral loads within the water.
Solar distillation
Main article: Solar still

Solar distillation may use a pre-manufactured and easily portable still, commonly referred to as a solar still, but it has its roots in a makeshift still that can be constructed simply from readily available components, typically being placed over a small pit that is dug into the ground. The solar still relies on sunlight to warm and evaporate the water to be purified. The water vapour condenses, usually on a plastic sheet suspended as an inverted cone, dripping into a collection cup placed beneath its center. For more continuous use, thin tubing or a hose is sometimes routed into the collection cup beneath the inverted cone, permitting repeated removal of water without disturbing the inverted cone upon which water condenses. This is potentially an important method to prevent losing moisture to atmospheric air, such as can occur in the desert, if the inverted cone is removed each time distilled water is removed from the cup. An alternative method based on the same technique is to tie a plastic bag over a branch of vegetation, to capture water released by the vegetation during photosynthesis. Note that while the solar still shares exposure to UV and infra-red radiation with SODIS, along with the use of plastic materials (sheeting in place of a PET bottle), a solar still relies on a completely different mechanism for operation and the two methods should not be confused. In an extreme survival situation, a solar still can be used to prepare safe drinking water from usually unsuitable water sources, such as one's own urine, or even sea water.
homemade filters

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4707 Jan 16, 2013
Homemade water filters

A homemade waterfilter for making drinking water

Water filters can be made on-site using local materials such as grass, charcoal (e.g. from firewood burned in a special way). These filters are often used by soldiers and outdoor enthusiasts.[18] Due to their low cost they can be made and used by anyone. The reliability of such systems is highly variable. Such filters can do little, if anything, to mitigate germs and other harmful constituents and can give a false sense of security that the water so produced is potable. Water processed through an improvised filters should be undergo secondary processing such as boiling to render it safe for consumption.
Prevention of water contamination

Only in very high-use wilderness areas is it recommended that all waste be packed up and carted out to a properly designated disposal point. Bury human waste well away from existing campsites and water sources to prevent site & source contamination, & reduce self contamination.
Alternatives

A more popular solution to Chlorine Dioxide water purification are ClO2 generators, however their use is steadily falling out of fashion in industry as these systems generally require the use of strong acids to work and can take several hours to reach their full yield with poor efficiency. The requirement to store the hazardous gas in a pressurized chamber poses a risk some sites prefer not to take. Newer dosing systems have proven to provide a safer alternative producing ClO2 in solution and offering a huge leap in efficiency converting around 95% instantly only requiring the use of weak FDA approved acids offering a much safer method of producing ClO2 as there is no storage which proves a more effective Chlorine Dioxide Water Treatment.[19]
glad

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4708 Jan 16, 2013
susan knox wrote:
Thanks for your comments here. I have met ignorant people who badmouth Jews without knowing anything about the religion or culture(s). Now I can use some of your ideas to combat those ignorant people.
you are indeed most welcome once again!!:) THANK U :))

yes...BLESS THE JEWS once again and GOD BLESS THE JEWS INDEED!!
references

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4710 Jan 17, 2013
Colloidal silver could easily be used to dramatically reduce the tragic and indefensible numbers of deaths caused by pathogen-contaminated drinking water.

The use of colloidal silver as a means of ridding drinking water of bacterial, viral and fungal contaminants is not a new idea by any means.

For example, in Mexico, where local water supplies are not always safe in rural areas, a colloidal silver product called Microdyn has been used for decades to help keep residents safe from contaminated drinking water.

According to The Silver Institute, a group that reports on the many uses of silver worldwide:

“Since 1955, with the approval of the Ministry of Health of Mexico, Microdyn, a silver colloid, with a particle size of about 2 manometers, has been used to provide healthful water for its citizens.

‘A few drops of Microdyn available in small bottles provides sufficient silver to disinfect clear drinking water in about 10 minutes,’ states Luis Arizcorreta Buchholz, president of Roland de Mexico, S.A, de C.V, Mexico D.E, Mexico.

‘It’s a convenient disinfectant for individual use in areas wherever tap water is suspect.
Microdyn has also found wide popularity in Mexico as a rinse to disinfect fruit and vegetables. It is also active against spores and parasites.’

Microdyn is also made available in a soluble carrier which is painted on the interior of cisterns for the long-term disinfection of drinking water.

Its use is credited with a dramatic improvement in the health of the residents of the town of Cruz Azul, Lagunas, Oaxaca, Mexico, who for years had suffered rampant gastroenteritis.

The introduction of a Microdyn coating to the town's water supply cisterns in 1977 made the difference. Other local water supply systems treated with Microdyn achieved similar results.
references

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4711 Jan 17, 2013
A study by Microbiological Research & Development Inc. of Tucson, Arizona, proved the relative power of Microdyn against that of chlorine.

At the 0.025 milligram per liter (mg/liter) level of Microdyn silver (the United States Environmental Protection Agency suggested limit for silver in drinking water is 0. 100 mg/liter]…

…water charged with 2,700 units per liter of the fecal conform Echerichia coli (E.Coli) bacterium was completely sterilized in less than three hours, whereas the chlorine to sterilize the same charge of bacterium over the same period of time required 40 times greater concentration.

In another test, water charged with 100 times that amount of fecal coliform required 8 times the normal concentration of Microdyn for complete sterilization, whereas 10 times the concentration of chlorine was required.
In every case, the disinfectant power of Microdyn was greater than that of chlorine. Silver's antibacterial power is so strong that Microdyn contains only 3,575 parts per billion of silver per liter, or less than 2 milligrams silver per liter-sized bottle.”
What’s more, back in 2001 a water purification company called NVID International of Clearwater, FL tested colloidal silver in drinking water in the Mexican city of Celaya, and found that it was astonishingly effective in reducing coliform bacterial counts in the water.

Again, according to The Silver Institute:
“NVID International, Inc. of Clearwater, Florida, announced the successful completion of testing of a municipal drinking water system utilizing ionic silver, in the city of Celaya, Mexico.
The test was designed to test a three-block section of the distribution-piping grid for this city of 350,000 residents.

The test commenced on March 8 under the auspices of the City of Celaya, and the state branches of Commission National de Aug (CNA) and Salute de Ambiental (Mexican EPA).
The Company's Ionic Disinfection System was installed on one of the 65 wells serving the city's residents and the system injected 10 parts per billion of ionic silver into the distribution grid.
Within 24 hours of installing the system, the fecal conform count was brought to zero and it remained at zero for the next eighteen days.

The system was then taken off-line and the fecal conforms returned within two days.

The system was reconnected to the distribution grid and again obtained zero fecal coliform within 24 hours and kept the count at zero for the next 45 consecutive days.
news alert

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4712 Jan 17, 2013
So-called eco-friendly, ceramic utensils may contain toxic metals like arsenic, an Israeli journalist investigates. It’s in the colors, so also be wary of color-coated knives!

We buy them at health food stores because the ceramic coated pans are supposedly safer than teflon, and good for the planet. A new investigative report by an Israeli consumer protection TV show called Kolbotek finds that ceramic cookware may damaging to your health, and could contain lead and cadmium, which cause a number of serious medical problems such as brain damage (especially in small children), and certain types of cancer. The problem is with the lack of regulation on the materials used to color the pots and pans, and these colors made with cadmium and lead, can leak into your food.

Color coated knives were also found to contain toxic metals

Various brands of ceramic cookware were tested by Kolbotek in an environmental testing laboratory Enviro Services Company (ESC), located next to Israel’s notorious hazardous wastes disposal site Ramat Hovav.

The tests found that certain ceramic cookware brands (not mentioned here due to reasons of sensitivity) contained amounts of toxic metals far above “accepted levels”(levels that do not constitute a danger to human health unless absorbed in large quantities).

Even some so called “green guard” brands using a coating called Neoflam were found to contain low levels of these metals, which might warrant then not to be used.

Kobotek also interviewed some prominent toxicologists to obtain their opinions on the dangers from using these products. One of these toxicologists is Professor Yoni Amitai a former Senior Physician at the Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem, and Director of the Department of Mother, Child and Adolescent Health at the Ministry of Health. Amitai said that utensils containing high amounts of metals like lead and cadmium should not be used, especially for families with children.

While the nonstick coatings make these utensils very nice to use, the lab tests found that heating the utensils to very high temperatures, such as done when frying foods of a high fire, releases toxins from metals and other substances at a much faster rate.

The coated knives were found to release toxic substances when scratched or chipped.

A link to the entire Kolbotek program, aired on Israel’s Channel 2 TV of Monday, December 26, is posted here. Although the show is in Hebrew, those who haven’t seen the program should do so now.

The program did not say that all ceramic, non stick coated cookware is dangerous, but that some brands that contain high amounts of the mentioned metals should be avoided.

The general consensus from the program is for people to avoid using these ceramic coated utensils, even those considered as “safe”.

This is not the first time that consumers have been warned to avoid using utensils with nonstick coatings. Warnings against use of those with “teflon” non stick coatings have been issues for years, and also in the USA warnings against nonstick utensils have been issued; an example of such is noted here.

Maybe the best idea it to stick to good quality stainless steel utensils; or even better, to use that old cast iron skillet and cooking pot or dutch oven, and use lots of “elbow grease” to clean them afterwards.

Consumer protection programs have made us more aware of products that may be dangerous to human health. Some of these products already mentioned on Green Prophet include a food substance known as meat glue (transglutaminase), an article giving warnings of possible toxic contraceptives; and a brand of silicone breast implants, PIP, that have been recalled by the French government for fears of leaks that could cause cancer.

In short: buyer beware if you want to protect your health.
lemoncurd jem

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4713 Jan 17, 2013
Lemon curd

Curd is like jam, but it’s decadent and British and it will make your friends feel extra sophisticated when they spread it on toast with their mid-afternoon tea. In fact, I think it’s what I’m going to make this year.

The secret to lemon curd’s richness is butter and eggs yolks, and I’ll be going with pasture-raised eggs.

(All the cool kids are doing it.) Punk Domestics, my favorite recipe blog-aggregating site, has an impressive list of variations on the traditional recipe, including a grapefruit-scented lemon curd, one made with Meyer lemons, and one with vanilla and lavender if you want to get utterly, ridiculously fancy.
minerals

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4714 Jan 17, 2013
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Nautilus Minerals says has had no contact with hostile bidder

Jan 8 - Nautilus Minerals Inc, which hopes to develop the world's first underwater copper-gold mine off Papua New Guinea, said it has had no contact with a little-known investor who announced a hostile C$238 million ($241 million) takeover bid for the company but would consider a formal offer.
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gold nugget

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4715 Jan 17, 2013
A MASSIVE gold nugget that could be worth upwards of half a million dollars has been unearthed in Ballarat.

The nugget, weighing slightly more than five kilograms (177 ounces), was discovered by a local prospector on Wednesday morning, who rushed it to the Ballarat Mining Exchange Gold Shop.

The exact location and the identity of the lucky prospector remain secret, but gold shop owner Cordell Kent said the nugget was found within 30 kilometres of the Ballarat CBD.

It was found about 60 centimetres below the surface, with the prospector using a state-of-the-art detector worth more than $6000 – a Minelab GPX-5000.

If sold at market value it would be worth just shy of $300,000, but its extreme rarity would mean it be worth far more, according to Mr Kent.

“If you are silly enough to melt it down, it would be worth just under $300,000 on market value. But as a nugget at this size and shape, it’s worth significantly more than that,” he said.

“I can’t remember a nugget this big ever being found locally.”

Mr Kent said the prospector had found small pieces of gold before, none of which had been worth more than $1000.

“Up until yesterday the smallest nugget he had found was a small one, about a quarter of an ounce,” he said.

“A finding like this gives people hope. It’s my dream to find something like that, and I’ve been prospecting for more than two decades.

“We’re so far into a gold rush and we have years and years and years of hope ahead of us. It’s unbelievable.”

It is expected the nugget will be sold to a collector or possibly a museum.

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Mr Kent said he hoped to sell it within Australian as given its size, there would need to be special permission granted for it to be exported overseas.

He also predicted there would be a fresh gold rush hit the Ballarat region.

“I’ve got no doubt there will be a lot of people who will be very enthusiastic about the goldfields again, it gives people hope,” Mr Kent said.

“There’s nothing like digging up money, it’s good fun.”
Jews chosen by GOD

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4716 Jan 17, 2013
A People scattered to be a blessing

The Jews God's Chosen people.

The Jews have a unique status according to the Bible. They were chosen as the people who would hear and record the words of God, through His prophets, who were also Jewish. And the Jews have influenced the world with the scriptures. There are now about 2 billion Christians in the world. In one form or another, these scriptures have influenced more than half of the people in the world to abandon pagan worship. The Jews, in this regard, and in many others, have influenced the world more than any other group of people.

The Bible declared that the Jews would be scattered throughout the world (Deuteronomy 28:64) and that they would be a blessing to the world (Genesis 12:2-3). Indeed, the Jews have been scattered to every country in the world, during the past 2500 years. And this scattering has enabled them to help reveal to the world the truth revealed in the scriptures, that there is one true God, and only one true God.
God has revealed to us in the Bible that people who persecute the Jews will be punished. And indeed they have been. The great Assyrian Empire persecuted the Jews. The great neo-Babylonian Empire persecuted the Jews. The great Phoenician Empire persecuted the Jews. The great Roman Empire persecuted the Jews. The powerful Nazi empire persecuted the Jews. And the powerful Soviet Union persecuted the Jews. All of these empires have been destroyed. And yet, the Jews are still a nation. Why? Because God had made this promise to the Jews in Genesis 12:2-3 - "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." God keeps His promises. And, the Jews are living proof that God keeps His promises.

About 2000 years ago, Christianity was introduced to the world by a group of Jews who were followers of Jesus. One of every three people in the world today are identified as being Christian, according to various almanacs and encyclopedias. The Scriptures, largely through the spread of Christianity, have influenced governments and criminal justice systems throughout the world. The concepts that people are equal in the eyes of God, that individuals have rights that should be protected, trace all or some of their roots to the Bible. And these concepts can probably trace most and perhaps all of their modern-day popularity to the influence and popularity of the Bible. These are gifts of the Bible - gifts of the Jews - to the world.

The Jews are living proof that we all can rely on the promises made by God in the Bible. After all, the Bible told us, for example, that:

Israel would be a nation (1400 BC, 1948).
Jerusalem and the Temple would be destroyed (70-135 AD).
The Jews would be exiled (70-135 AD).
Israel would become a wasteland (135-1900s).
The Jews would be scattered worldwide (135-1900s).
The Jews would be persecuted worldwide (135-1900s).
The Jews would have a worldwide impact (135-1900s).
Their identity as a group would be preserved (135-1900s).
The Jews would return to their homeland (1900s, etc).
The Jews would have Israel again as their own country (since 1948).

All of these things have happened. No matter how tightly you close your eyes, all of these things have happened. No matter how strenuously you attack the Bible, all of these things have happened. And the Bible said that all of these things would happen. And the Jews are living proof that the Bible keeps its promises.
Jews chosen by GOD

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4717 Jan 17, 2013
When the Jews declared independence for Israel in May 1948, it was the first time in about 2900 years that Israel was both united and independent. Who has ever heard of such a thing - that a country could be reborn after its people had been scattered worldwide for a few thousand years? And who has ever heard of such a thing - that a country could be reborn in a single day? Who?- you, me, and the Bible. The new Israel was born in a single day. After a worldwide movement called Zionism began in the 1800s, hundreds of thousands of Jews worldwide began to return to their ancient homeland. Then, in May 1948, the Jews declared independence. On that same day, the United States and other countries acknowledged the sovereignty of Israel. And, Israel's sovereignty was acknowledged in a very different way by the countries surrounding Israel. Within hours of the declaration of independence, Israel was attacked by the surrounding countries which had hoped to put an end to the newly reborn country. Those countries, combined, were at least 20 times larger than tiny Israel. And yet, tiny Israel prevailed in that war. Why? Because the Bible keeps its promises (see Isaiah 66:7-8 and Leviticus 26:3-8). And the Jews are living proof of this. Israel is living proof of this.

And let us not forget that Jesus is a Jew. Jesus is a Jew. His first group of followers were Jewish. How can we hate Jews and call ourselves followers of Jesus? It is impossible. Jesus talked about love, not hatred. Should we hate Jews because they are not followers of Jesus? Of course not. Would we want Hindus to hate us because we are not Hindus? Would we want Moslems to hate us because we are not Moslems? Do we want Jews to hate us because we are not Jews? Of course not. If we are followers of Jesus, we should not hate anyone. Instead, we should treat others as we would have them treat us. That's what Jesus told us to do. How can we be followers of Jesus if we don't follow Jesus?

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