'Green' lightbulbs poison workers

TIMES ONLINE Michael Sheridan, Foshan
Hundreds of factory staff are being made ill by mercury used in bulbs destined for the West

WHEN British consumers are compelled to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs from 2012, they will save up to 5m tons of carbon dioxide a year from being pumped into the atmosphere. In China, however, a heavy environmental price is being paid for the production of “green” lightbulbs in cost-cutting factories.

Alert to shoppers: Forget the price, feel the weight

FOOD MANUFACTURERS are downsizing their products rather than putting prices up, in a marketing ploy that has left some consumers feeling duped.

Consumer New Zealand says it has fielded a steady stream of complaints from shoppers who have bought items at the supermarket only to get home and discover the manufacturers have apparently disguised cost increases by reducing the pack size while keeping the price the same.

Gaza's Gas - destined for Israeli nightclubs or Palestinian refugee camps?

The Palestinian Authority’s economic plan announced in Sharm El-Sheikh in early March hoped for accelerated development of the Gaza Marine Gas Field, 30 kms off the coast of the Gaza Strip in Occupied Palestine. However, the issue of who receives the revenues, consumes the gas and controls the supply remains highly problematic.

The field is estimated to contain over 1 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas, and could be worth anywhere between $4-8 billion. Although not of enormous consequence at the international level, they are highly significant in a context where Palestinians and Israelis are all heavily reliant on imported fuel.

Arnold Schwarzenegger To Build Home In Queenstown

Arnold Schwarzenegger
the muscle-bound Californian governor is building a multimillion-dollar home overlooking idyllic Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown New Zealand.

It is understood plans have been drawn up for a holiday home after the Terminator star bought the land, but building work is yet to start.

The former bodybuilder, who already owns a mansion in southern California and an estate in Idaho, is not the first celebrity to be drawn to the area's picturesque beauty. Country singer Shania Twain bought two properties near Wanaka and actor Sam Neil and millionaire jeweller Michael Hill also call it home.


Jon Stewart: Truman a War Criminal for Bombing Hiroshima

“Here’s what I think of the atom bombs. I think if you dropped an atom bomb fifteen miles offshore and you said, “The next one’s coming and hitting you,” then I would think it’s okay. To drop it on a city, and kill a hundred thousand people. Yeah. I think that’s criminal.”

There Are 2 Kinds Of Law On This Earth

Prince Talks About Chemtrails In Rare TV Interview

He did not exactly make a great deal of sense but interesting alone for the fact this topic is popping up in the mainstream so much in the last 6 months.


Infowars Under Sophisticated Denial of Service Attack

Earlier this evening, Alex Jones’ flagship website, Infowars.com, came under a concerted denial of service (DoS) attack. It is unavailable at the time of this report.

The attacks are coming out of Japan. A Whois database search reveals the origin to be the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre in Milton, Australia.

DoS attacks usually consist of concerted efforts to shut down a web server by flooding the computer with requests and consuming its resources so that it is no longer available to users. DoS attacks commonly constitute violations of the laws of individual nations.

UK Bee burglers plunder hives to sell on growing black market

Thieves are braving stings and swarms to steal vast numbers of honey bees from beekeepers in Britain, and may be selling them on an apian black market.

Break-ins at bee farms around the country have resulted in the theft of entire hives, leading bee farmers to suspect that the thieves must have good knowledge of bees and how to sell them on in large numbers.

Rising interest in beekeeping has coincided with a dramatic reduction in the bee population in Britain caused by disease and wet summers, leading to a sharp increase in the value of a common-or-garden honeybee.

Honeybee Collapse Strikes Japan, Up to Fifty Percent of Honeybees Gone…

For the first time, Japan has been hit with a large-scale collapse of honeybee populations like that experienced in other countries around the world.

"There have been small-scale honeybee losses for many years, but a massive collapse like they had in the U.S. is very unusual," said Kiyoshi Kimura of the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science. "We must investigate the situation in Japan."

The phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder, in which large numbers of worker bees simply vanish, was first identified in the United States in 2006. Since then, it has also been reported across Europe and, most recently, in Taiwan.

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