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Talk of the Town / Bride hits policeman, spends wedding night in jail
« on: October 21, 2009, 11:17:12 AM »
Bride hits policeman, spends wedding night in jail

Tue Oct 20, 12:12 PM

BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) - A Spanish bride spent her wedding night in jail after she hit a policeman trying to break up a brawl between her family and relatives of the groom, police said Tuesday.

The fight broke out just as the newly weds were about to leave the reception in a hotel in Salou, a resort 150 kilometres (90 miles) southwest of Barcelona.

Alerted by shouts from the ballroom where some 30 guests were partying on October 10, the hotel owners called police to separate the feuding families.

The unidentified bride grabbed one officer by the neck and slapped him. She was held at a police station for several hours before being allowed to rejoin her husband.

Inspiration & Hope / It's no time to lose faith
« on: October 21, 2009, 04:56:07 AM »
It's no time to lose faith
Friday, 16 October 2009
Written by Samantha Hermack, Catholic Register Special,

October has started out as a difficult month for Catholics in Antigonish and for those of us in New Brunswick too. The news of Bishop Raymond Lahey facing child pornography charges has been hard for all of us to accept. It is devastating to think that somebody in such a position of trust and respect would possess child pornography, especially when he had just been working to help victims of child abuse.

Watching the news and reading people’s comments online, it seems that many people have lost faith not only in Bishop Lahey, but in other priests, bishops and the Catholic Church itself.

Is this really the point in time when we should lose our faith? Do we have reason to stop trusting in our clergy and our church? My answer to both questions is “no.” We do indeed have reason to be sorrowful and deeply hurt, but we cannot let it destroy all that we believe.

Many years ago there was another man in a position of trust who abused his position and betrayed those who trusted him. His name was Judas Iscariot. Judas, one of Jesus’ 12 chosen disciples, betrayed his Lord, sealing the treachery with a kiss. Now, because Judas was a close disciple and friend of Jesus, would you say that all of the apostles were evil? Would you say that everything they  taught was wrong and  none of them could be trusted? Of course not! One man’s sin did not tarnish the entire group; in fact, Judas’ betrayal was used by God as the starting point for one of the greatest events in history, the event by which we are all saved. God twisted something evil into the Resurrection. Even the worst things in life can be used by God for His glory

Unfortunately, there have been thousands of reported cases of sexual abuse in the church across Canada and the United States. Just as sadly, there have been many cases of sexual abuse by teachers, parents, doctors, coaches and other people in positions of trust.

While I do not condone sexual abuse by clergy, as these are people who should know better, I believe we cannot judge the entire church based on a few of its members.

Estimates of child abuse among priests range between two and six per cent. At six per cent, that means 19 out of every 20 priests are still non-abusive. Studies done by people such as Charol Shakeshaft suggest that abuse by teachers is nearly 100 per cent more than that by priests.

While nobody should be allowed to get away with child abuse, we do not help anybody by becoming cynical. We should trust God, our church and our neighbours, aware that there are sinners in all walks of life. There is so much good in the world, and by focusing on the evil, we miss seeing the whole picture.

Bishops, priests, monks, nuns and lay people are all sinners, but many of them also do great things to help heal our world. They feed the hungry, heal the sick, save lives and bring us closer to God. Pray for all of those truly good people in the world, that they may do their jobs to glorify God, even when the odds seem to be against them.

(Hermack, 17 is a Grade 12 home-schooled student in Grand Bay-Westfield, N.B.)


Pope announces plans for Anglicans to convert en masse

By Damian Thompson Religion Last updated: October 20th, 2009

The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict is setting up special provision for Anglicans, including married clergy, who want to convert to Rome together, preserving aspects of Anglican liturgy. They will be given their own pastoral supervision, according to this press release from the Vatican:

“In this Apostolic Constitution the Holy Father has introduced a canonical structure that provides for such corporate reunion by establishing Personal Ordinariates which will allow former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony.”

More on this very important story later. But this is clearly a historic gesture by Pope Benedict which will encourage thousands of disaffected Anglicans to become Roman Catholics.

Pulong Bisaya / TubagBohol Collection of Binol-anon Idioms
« on: October 21, 2009, 12:14:11 AM »
Ako lang ibutang diri ang mga idioms sa pikas thread.

Di lang ta mo-reply diri. Didto lang ta sa pikas thread magkukabildo. Ato lang ning punduhanan sa mga idioms nga matawag natong OFFICIAL (sa tb).

Ako lang i-by-batch, pero alphabetized, ang mga sulod diri aron sayon lang gihapon ang pag-pangita. Tuyo lang nako ni aron dili ta magpunay og pangita sa pikas thread kay usahay taas na kaayo ang diskosyon.

Sa pagkatinood, wa lang jud koy lingaw kay gilaay ko diri. Kung muundang kog kolekta sa idiom, pasabot na nga bisi na pod ko o wa na jud poy idioms kolektahon. Bisan unsa aning kahimtanga, sumpayi kung pwede lang. Salamat.  ;D ;D

n.b. kung adunay ikasugyot ug kritisismo sa nahitali dinhi nga mga idioms, adto lang sa pikas topic ninyo ipabati. Ug kung aduna moy itampo, palihog basaha lang una ang mga nahisulat na dinhi, kay aron malikayan ang pagdoble-doble sa mga entry. Salamat ni day Raqs nga maoy nagsugod niining maong topic, ug sa mga magtatampo.

Anonymous Diary Blog / Ginger's Corner
« on: October 20, 2009, 11:07:53 AM »

lain na pod ning Admin nga nahanaw...asa na kaha ni karon?

*Glace, akong gi change ha kay di naman ko missing.  ;)

Btw, to those who wants to ask something from me and know my whereabouts. Ari lang mo post ha, (you can also post links of other topics related to the inquiry)daghan na kaayo ko ug apsohonon unya di naku kaapas. Thanks!

Anonymous Diary Blog / Where Is Graziey?
« on: October 20, 2009, 10:46:05 AM »
asa naman tood ning usa ka Admin?

wa naman mopatim-aw diri  ;D ;D

Talk of the Town / Nobel winner slams Bible as 'handbook of bad morals'
« on: October 20, 2009, 10:32:18 AM »
Nobel winner slams Bible as 'handbook of bad morals'

Mon Oct 19, 11:14 AM

LISBON (AFP) - A row broke out in Portugal on Monday after a Nobel Prize-winning author denounced the Bible as a "handbook of bad morals".

Speaking at the launch of his new book "Cain", Jose Saramago, who won the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature, said society would probably be better off without the Bible.

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Showbiz & Celebrity / Whitney's 'X Factor' Wardrobe Malfunction
« on: October 20, 2009, 09:06:07 AM »
Houston, You Have A Problem: Whitney's 'X Factor' Wardrobe Malfunction

Posted Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:46pm PDT by Lyndsey Parker

Whitney Houston's "comeback" album I Look To You comes out in Britain this week, so naturally she's been on the promotional fast-track across the pond, capped off by a performance on The X Factor. (Some contestants even sang Whitney songs this week, including frontrunner Danyl Johnson crooning her recent triumph-of-the-spirit ballad "I Didn't Know My Own Strength.") A live-televised wardrobe malfunction, however, nearly derailed Whitney's comeback efforts on Sunday night's results show.

Thankfully, British television decency standards are a lot more lax than the ones set here by America's FCC (who once persecuted Janet Jackson for a similar incident)...but Whitney still almost turned The X Factor into The Triple-X Factor.

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Philippine Daily News / Sinnott sighted with MILF in Lanao
« on: October 19, 2009, 11:27:41 AM »
Sinnott sighted with MILF in Lanao
(The Philippine Star) October 19, 2009

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Kidnapped Catholic priest Michael Sinnott has been sighted in the custody of a Moro Islamic Liberation Front commander in Lanao del Norte, the military said yesterday.

Quoting intelligence reports, the Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command said the Irish missionary was being held by a certain Commander Nasser in Barangay Gamal, Sapad in Lanao del Norte.

At Malacañang, presidential economic spokesman Gary Olivar assured the Columban Missionaries, to which Sinnott belongs, that the Armed Forces and police are doing everything to rescue Sinnott.

“It cannot be helped that our security forces will lead and be on the frontlines of any rescue operation because they know the situation on the ground, the balance of forces and how his abductors think,” he said.

“It’s not that we are rejecting whatever help other countries, including the US, can give to help resolve the situation but our security forces would have to take the lead in this (situation).”

Barangay Gamal is reportedly located in the highest mountain of Sapad, considered one of the most depressed areas in Lanao del Norte.

Nasser used to be based in Sapad but has since moved to other areas to evade pursuing troops.

Sinnott was said to have been passed on to Nasser’s band after he was snatched by MILF commander Latip Jamat and his men. – Edith Regalado, Roel Pareño, Paolo Romero, James Mananghaya

Miriam pushes for National Flood Management Commission

(The Philippine Star) October 19, 2009

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed a bill seeking to create a National Flood management Commission, an agency dedicated to flood prevention and crisis management.

In the explanatory note of Senate Bill 3484 or the proposed National Flood Management Act, Santiago said the commission will adopt and promulgate rules and regulations establishing minimum standards for the planning and management of flood warning systems, changes to flood infrastructure, as well as programs for land acquisition and relocation if disaster strikes again.

The agency will also store all flood data in the country.

“This bill (SB 4384) seeks to protect the public from the risks caused by storms by minimizing the occurrence of floods and providing adaptive measures in case of failure of prevention,” the senator said.

The proposed commission, which will be under the supervision and administrative control of the president, will have a chairperson and four members who will all be appointed by the chief executive. Santiago proposed that a civil engineer with at least 15 years of work experience head the commission, while the members include an expert in soil management, a geologist, waterways expert, and a representative from the Department of Public Works and Highways. – Christina Mendez, Paolo Romero

Philippine Business News / No need for emergency powers'
« on: October 19, 2009, 11:23:31 AM »
No need for emergency powers'
By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) October 19, 2009

MANILA, Philippines - There is no need for Congress to give President Arroyo emergency powers to rein in prices of oil and basic goods under a state of calamity, Malacañang said yesterday.

Presidential economic spokesman Gary Olivar issued the statement after a lawyers’ group, Social Justice Society (SJS), called on Congress to enact a law that would grant the President emergency powers to control prices of petroleum products during a state of calamity.

“Maybe our lawmakers see some weaknesses in our laws that need to be strengthened so that the President —whether the sitting President or whoever will be the president in the future —can respond faster in times of calamities,” Olivar told the government-owned Radyo ng Bayan.

“But if we look at the current situation, the President is already doing everything she can (to stabilize the situation),” he said.

Mrs. Arroyo earlier lifted her declaration of state of calamity in the Visayas and Mindanao but retained it in Luzon, including Metro Manila, to make sure that prices do not go out of control.

“I don’t think this (call for emergency powers) will reflect on the capability of the President but this may reflect a judgment call on the part of congressmen to strengthen our laws so that our presidents in the future can respond faster,” Olivar said.

He said lawmakers have every right to craft or amend laws as they see fit.

Presidential son and Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo earlier told reporters that his panel, the House committee on energy, was deliberating on amending the Oil Deregulation Law to allow the government to control prices of petroleum products during times of calamities.

The SJS said Congress may delegate emergency powers to the President to allow her to control oil prices in the deadly aftermath of typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng.”

“There should be no fear about the possible abuse of this emergency powers because there would be restrictions in the law to solve the problems that may arise in emergency governance,” Vladimir Cabigao of the SJS said.

“It is important that before we set price limitations on basic commodities, we must first control the prices of petroleum products,” he said.

“It would be futile to control the prices of basic commodities if the prices of petroleum products, which contribute significantly to the determination of the prices of basic commodities, would not be controlled,” he pointed out.

Youtube Replay / PRINCIPAL
« on: October 18, 2009, 12:22:02 AM »
prisipal, gusto kong mag-artista

kay gikapoy nako'g eskwela...hahaaha

Prinsipal gusto ko nga mag-artista
Gikapuy na ko'g eskwela
Way allowance, hagu pa

Manimpad kining pobre sa Maynila
Magpa-cute sa taga-Viva
Basig ma discover pa

[Refrain 1]
Anad na ako mag-inartista
Sa balay magpakaaron-ingnon nga busog
Bisag wa nay kusog

[Verse 2] (do verse 1 chords)
Prinsipal pwede kong magkontrabida
Kining dagway kog postura
Angayang mangulata

Ayaw lang, ayaw'g saba'ng mama'g papa
Ako s'la nga isorpresa
Musikat ko'g aduna

[Refrain 2] (do refrain 1 chords)
Anad na ako mag-inartista
Sa balay magpakaaron-ingnon nga tigas
Bisag wa nay bugas

Mga pangandoy nga nagpatagad sa ulong ko nga labad
Dili ma himo ta kung di makalupad
Aron-ingnon nga tigas bisag wa nay bugas

Adlib (do verse 1 chords)

[Refrain 3]
Anad na ako mag-inartista
Sa balay magpaka-aron-ingnon nga tigas
Bisag wa nay bugas

Ingnon nga busog bisag wa nay kusog
Ingnon nga maro bisag ma'y' pang iro
Ingnon nga bagsik bisag di' katuhik
La lala lala lalala lalala
La lala lala lalala lalala lalala

A Story About Near-Death Experience(Mine)

Doctor says near-death experiences are in the mind

By Saundra Young
CNN Senior Medical Producer

NEWTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- For Laura Geraghty, April 1, 2009, started out just as any other day. It was sunny but cool, she remembers.

The mother of two, also a grandmother, was at her job, driving a school bus for the Newton Public School District in suburban Boston, Massachusetts.

Her passengers, special-needs children, were wheelchair-bound.

Seemingly in good health and in good spirits, Geraghty was finishing up her late-morning run, transporting a student and teacher back to Newton South High School, when she realized she was in trouble.

As she was pulling into the school parking lot, she began having sharp stomach pains. She was able to park her bus, but she kept feeling worse.

The pain "went right up my arm and into my chest, and I said, 'Uh-oh, I'm having a heart attack,' " she said.

The teacher ran from the bus to get help. Newton South's nurse, Gail Kramer, and CPR instructor Michelle Coppola arrived moments later with the school's new automated external defibrillator.

Geraghty, barely conscious, was fading fast. She was weak and having trouble breathing. And then she went into full cardiac arrest.

"Her eyes were wide, and all of a sudden she stopped talking to us," Coppola said. "I grabbed the two pads, stuck them on her, started it up, and I'd say within 20 seconds, she had her first shock."

At that point, Geraghty says, her body died. She remembers watching the scene unfold -- as if from above.

"I floated right out of my body. My body was here, and I just floated away. I looked back at it once, and it was there."

Geraghty says she saw deceased loved ones, her mother and her ex-husband.

"It was very peaceful and light and beautiful. And I remember like, when you see someone you haven't seen in a while, you want to hug them, and I remember trying to reach out to my ex-husband, and he would not take my hand. And then they floated away."

Next, she says, she was overwhelmed by "massive energy, powerful, very powerful energy."

"When that was happening, there were pictures of my son and my daughter and my granddaughter, and every second, their pictures flashed in my mind, and then I came back."

What Geraghty had was a near-death experience, fairly common in people who go into sudden cardiac arrest.

Geraghty was down for 57 minutes. No blood pressure, no pulse, no oxygen, no blood flow. She was shocked 21 times before she finally came back with tales of the afterlife.

According to the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, nearly 800 near-death experiences happen every day in the United States.

Dr. Kevin Nelson, a neurologist in Louisville, Kentucky, studies near-death experiences and says they're not imagined. The explanation, he says, lies in the brain itself.

"These are real experiences. And they're experiences that happen at a time of medical crisis and danger," Nelson said.

Humans have a lot of reflexes that help keep us alive, part of the "fight or flight" response that arises when we're confronted with danger.

Nelson thinks that near-death experiences are part of the dream mechanism and that the person having the experience is in a REM, or "rapid eye movement," state.

"Part of our 'fight or flight' reflexes to keep us alive includes the switch into the REM state of consciousness," he said.

During REM sleep, there is increased brain activity and visual stimulation. Intense dreaming occurs as a result.

And the bright light so many people claim to see?

"The activation of the visual system caused by REM is causing the bright lights," Nelson said.

And the tunnel people speak of, he says, is lack of blood flow to the eye. "The eye, the retina of the eye, is one of the most exquisitely sensitive tissues to a loss of blood flow. So when blood flow does not reach the eye, vision fails, and darkness ensues from the periphery to the center. And that is very likely causing the tunnel effect."

Nelson is doing studies now to prove that the same effect results from fainting.

"The most common cause of near-death experience in my research group is fainting. Upwards of 100 million Americans have fainted. That means probably tens of millions of Americans have had these unusual experiences."

But Geraghty says this was no dream. "I know I went someplace else. I know I went someplace else other then here."

Dr. Bill O'Callahan, the emergency room doctor who shocked her back to life, agrees. "Cynics out there would say and agnostics would say that's phenomenon that comes from a dying brain. I think that's hogwash. I firmly believe that people experience these events."

Bob Schriever, co-founder of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, was refereeing a high school football game seven years ago when he went into cardiac arrest, died and was revived.

He, too, questions the dream explanation. "Why are so many people dreaming the same thing? How can so many people, and there's hundreds of thousands of people who have experienced this, how can we all be dreaming the same thing and describe the exact same thing?"

Schriever says these experiences are so profound that only someone who has gone through them can truly understand.

Seven years later, he is still consumed with his own near-death experience.

"I think about that every morning when I wake up, first thing, during the day, I don't know how many times and every night before I fall asleep. I think about that. People do not understand or appreciate what we go through."

For Geraghty, it's a daily struggle to put the pieces back together again.

"I've been someplace that not everybody can go, and there's not a lot of people you can sit down and have that conversation with," Geraghty said. "My own daughter tells me, 'It's freaky, Mom.' I've literally lost friends over this the minute they hear it."  ;D

Geraghty says she became depressed once she left the hospital because her perspective on her entire life changed. She still gets depressed, she says, and is on medication.

"I actually went to my doctor and said to her, 'I think I'm losing my mind. This can't be really happening,' you know, and she said it's OK, it's very hard to understand when you've been through an experience like that."

Geraghty has joined the cardiac arrest group, hoping that connecting with others who understand what she's been through will allow her to come to terms with what happened to her that cool spring day six months ago. And allow her to heal and move on.

General Topic / Don't poke me, bro! Facebook "poke" leads to arrest
« on: October 15, 2009, 11:48:22 AM »
Don't poke me, bro! Facebook "poke" leads to arrest
By Christopher Null

Why do stories like this continue to surprise me?

Just when I think I've seen it all online comes a tale like the one of Tennessee's Sharon D. Jackson, who was arrested last month. Her crime? Sending a "poke" to another woman via the Facebook social network.

In my experience, few people really ever use the "poke" feature. ABC News calls it the "digital equivalent of waving at someone from across a crowded room." Others would call it the online version of a "what's up?" text message.

Either way it's an awfully harmless little feature... unless, it seems, you have a restraining order filed against you preventing you from contacting the person you poked.

It's unclear why the victim of the poke, Dana M. Hannah, has a restraining order against Jackson, but as of June, Jackson had been prohibited from "telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner, directly or indirectly." It's equally unclear why Jackson poked Hannah -- or whether someone else did the poking in question under her guise  -- as well as whether a poke constitutes either contact or communication.

Either way she's now in custody, as Jackson's lawyer tries "to get my hands on some Facebook documentation so we can better assess the situation." If convicted, violation of the earlier restraining order could net Jackson nearly a year in jail.

Important lessons here, folks. If you've been stalking someone to the point where they seek a legal remedy to keep you away from them, it's probably not a good idea to interact with them in any way online -- even with an innocent "poke." In fact, you might consider de-friending them on Facebook altogether to avoid the temptation.

World Daily News / C$ rises to highest level in over 14 months
« on: October 15, 2009, 06:05:56 AM »
C$ rises to highest level in over 14 months
Wed Oct 14, 3:48 PM

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar zoomed to its highest level in over 14 months against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday as upbeat U.S. corporate results and economic data whetted investors' appetite for riskier assets and underpinned optimism about a global recovery.

The Canadian unit touched C$1.0251 to the U.S. dollar, or 97.55 U.S. cents, its highest level since early August 2008. On Tuesday, the unit finished at C$1.0365 to the U.S. dollar, or 96.48 U.S. cents.

(Reporting by Jennifer Kwan; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)

Good news or Bad News?

Technology / Tiny Nuclear Battery!!!
« on: October 15, 2009, 05:57:16 AM »
Penny-size nuclear battery keeps going and going

by Tim Hornyak
(Credit: University of Missouri)

Scientists at the University of Missouri are developing a small nuclear battery that they say can hold a million times more charge than standard batteries.

The radioisotope battery, being developed by Jae Kwon of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and other researchers, is the size and thickness of a penny.

That makes it smaller than nuclear batteries used in space and military applications. Kwon says it might shrink to less than the thickness of a human hair if the right materials are used.

The battery is designed to drive micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (M/NEMS). Such devices include labs on a chip, and biological and chemical sensors.

The nuclear battery produces power from charged particles released by radioactive decay. It also uses a liquid semiconductor material, rather than a solid one, to minimize damage to the battery.

Kwon said the technology is safe. "Nuclear power sources have already been safely powering a variety of devices, such as pacemakers, space satellites and underwater systems," he noted.

The team has applied for a provisional patent on the battery.

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Technology / The Internet is about to die. Literally die!
« on: October 15, 2009, 05:52:27 AM »
The Internet is about to die. Literally die!

One research group continues to claim that the "sky is falling" on the Internet thanks to high data growth rates and that network neutrality means the whole Internet could just "go away." Ars sifts through the hyperbole looking for a kernel of truth.

By Nate Anderson | Last updated October 14, 2009

In 2007, Nemertes Research released a dire report on Internet traffic. By 2010, it said, the "exponential" growth in demand for bandwidth will butt up against the "linear" investment in networking technology, and that whole Internet thing you've come to know and love will start experiencing "brownouts or snow days, during which performance will (seemingly inexplicably) degrade."

By mid-2009, this certainly seemed implausible. Millions of people now stream Netflix on-demand video to their computers and TV sets, YouTube has added high-quality options to its videos, and Hulu's launch showed that ad-supported Web video could be hugely popular. Despite the growth in video (which is usually pitched as the thing that will bring the Internet to its knees), "Internet snow days" were about as likely as real snow days in Havana.

Which is why it was surprising to see Nemertes President Johna Till Johnson double down on the doom-mongering in a May 2009 column for Computerworld called "The Internet sky really is falling." The article's point was largely that "we were right" because YouTube has "recently announced it's discontinuing video delivery to certain geographies due to—ahem—lack of access capacity." (We have no idea what's being referred to here, but it's certainly not related to anything happening in the US, Canada, Europe, and other places with good Internet infrastructure.) Also, ISP usage caps prove that there's some kind of bandwidth crunch and IP (both v4 and v6) are doomed.

But it's not just bandwidth brownouts and Internet Protocol that will destroy the Internet—turns out that network neutrality will, too. In an October 1 column, Johnson painted some new warnings on her apocalyptic sandwich board. Forget brownouts and snow days—what we're talking about now is the Internet "going away."

The article's headline pretty much sums it up: "Hello net neutrality, goodbye Internet."

The argument is that:

   1. Internet growth rates are continuing to edge up by anywhere "between 50% and 100% year over year."
   2. This puts strain on last-mile access lines (like your DSL or cable connection), and those lines are "excruciatingly expensive to upgrade."
   3. Net neutrality means that you can't recoup these costs by charging, for instance, absurd rates for instant messages and cheaper rates for other traffic. And that means carriers will all have to "charge by the bit." And that will "have a domino effect on peering arrangements. Tier-one providers now peer for free with each other. Once they have no choice but to charge for bandwidth, free peering will go away. And one of two things will happen then—both unpleasant. Either user costs go up (to cover the costs of peering), or more likely, carriers won't bother to peer in the first place (because they can't charge users enough to recoup the costs of peering)."
   4. When peering goes away, "so does the Internet—because you're no longer able to connect to anywhere from anywhere."

Poor Internet, we hardly knew you.

The reality

Fortunately, actual Internet traffic growth rates are between 50-60 percent year over year, not 100 percent, according to the authoritative MINTS project at the University of Minnesota. And in countries like Canada (where carriers revealed much of their data to regulators as part of a net neutrality hearing), growth rates have dropped from 53 percent (2005-2006) to 44 percent (2006-2007) to 32 percent (2007-2008).

The Internet's core has plenty of bandwidth, so traffic growth really poses the biggest problem for access lines. Fortunately, big gains in capacity in the last mile aren't "excruciatingly expensive." While Johnson's single example is the most expensive last-mile buildout in the US (Verizon's transition from copper lines to fiber optics), cable and DSL operators can upgrade their lines for bargain basement prices by adopting DOCSIS 3.0 (cable) or by running fiber deeper into the network (as with AT&T's U-verse, which already offers 18Mbps connections over copper wire compared to 6Mbps on the rest of its network).

Even Verizon, which is dropping $18 billion on the job, is doing so in the very sort of environment that Johnson says will sink the 'Net—one where neutrality is assumed and differential protocol pricing is not utilized.

And what "charging by the bit" has to do with peering remains a mystery; peers choose to "peer" (exchange traffic freely) with one another because they exchange roughly similar amounts of data. Customer billing methods don't affect this decision.

Besides, data increasingly fails to pass through the big Tier 1 providers anyway. New research out today from Arbor Networks and the University of Michigan shows that "over the last five years, Internet traffic has migrated away from the traditional Internet core of 10 to 12 Tier-1 international transit providers. Today, the majority of Internet traffic by volume flows directly between large content providers, datacenter/CDNs and consumer networks. Consequently, most Tier-1 networks have evolved their business models away from IP wholesale transit to focus on broader cloud/enterprise services, content hosting and VPNs."

What's most odd about Johnson's argument about network neutrality is that she admits that this is default network behavior right now. And while she frets about the huge growth of Internet traffic, the reality is that the growth rates have been much faster in the past (doubling every year or faster)—and the Internet abides! As for ISPs not having the money to invest in enough infrastructure to keep up with demand, well… just take a look an ISP balance sheets. Tremendous profits are being made now, even as cable operators roll out DOCSIS 3.0 tech and boost download speeds to 50Mbps or 100Mbps.

In the end, the song remains the same: of course the Internet has issues, but some kind of network-killing "exaflood" hasn't materialized in two years and doesn't look about to wreak devastation on the Internet in the near future. What we have instead is declining traffic growth rates in mature markets, and big boosts to access line capacity (for Verizon and the cable operators, at least), plenty of bandwidth in the core—all on a network that has generally been neutral for decades.

World Daily News / 'Naked' Scanner in Airport Trial
« on: October 14, 2009, 08:19:27 AM »

'Naked' Scanner in Airport Trial

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"A trial of a scanner that produces "naked" images of passengers has begun at Manchester Airport.

Sarah Barrett, head of customer experience at the airport, said most passengers did not like the traditional "pat down" search.

At Manchester Airport's Terminal 2, where the machine has been introduced, passengers will no longer have to remove their coats, shoes and belts as they go through security checks.

Ms Barrett said: "This scanner completely takes away the hassle of needing to undress."

Ms Barrett said the black-and-white image would only be seen by one officer in a remote location before it was deleted.

"The images are not erotic or pornographic and they cannot be stored or captured in any way," she said.

Passengers could refuse to be scanned, she added."

Coming to an airport, school, court, amusement park, concert and sports venue near you. Makes you long for the days of profiling.

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