Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Vertigo and Dizziness: New Treatment Device

Many people suffer from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), which involves a sudden spinning feeling, which can result in nausea, vomiting, and falling. Recently, an effective, inexpensive home treatment device has been developed by ear, nose, and throat specialists at Clearwater Clinical Limited, based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The device allows patients to perform the BPPV treatment maneuvers (discovered in 1992) that are normally administered by ENT specialists and trained physicians.
Link: http://www.dizzyfix.com/

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Finding a tutor for your child in Canada

http://www.i-tutor.ca/ is a site which offers free help to find a tutor for high school/university students. All tutors are qualified university students who charge reasonable rates and operate independently. Tutors are available for most high school subjects. Many tutors work online with their students or in person if students are nearby. Interested university students may register with the site.

findatutor.ca is a similar site.

Note: the operators of these sites do not perform background checks or evaluate the qualifications of their tutors, but act as listing agents. For parents who wish for greater security and peace of mind, there are commercial tutorial agencies such as http://tutoring.sylvanlearning.com/. Rates may be slightly higher than those charged by private tutors.

Many high schools have partnered with nearby colleges and universities in the establishment of mentoring/tutoring programs. Consult the Student Services department of your local high school about these programs.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cheap Long Distance in Canada

After a frustrating time with Bell Canada and its custom of constantly changing terms of service and fees, I have switched to two more economical plans. As most of my calls are made to destinations in Canada, these plans work for me.

For short calls, I use Yak Canada’s 10-10 Plan (5 cents/minute). Just press 10-10-925 +1+ area code + number, with no pauses. No contract. No network fees. This plan works for destinations in Canada and the U.S. 24-7. Calls are billed on your local phone bill. Details here:

For longer calls, I use Wintel’s Call 25 plan. Once you sign up with them, you dial a local access number and when you get the dial tone, press area code + number. You can talk unlimited minutes for 25 cents per call to Canada and the U. S., 24-7. This plan has a monthly $3.95 network charge, but if you tend to make lengthy calls, you’ll recoup that fee quickly. Get full sign-up details here:
Those who prefer to sign up by telephone may do so at 1-877-904-0077. Their customer care number is: 1-888-216-6624 for existing customers with any concerns.

If I’m going to be traveling in Canada, I use the President’s Choice calling card, available at No-Frills and Loblaws grocery stores. The current rate is 4 cents per minute. Their International calling card would be handy when you’re traveling outside Canada.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Buying vs. renting a house: a useful calculator

Are you trying to decide whether to buy a house or continue renting? A Government of Canada website calculator tool may help you make a decision. The calculator makes two important assumptions. First, you will invest the sum of money you would have used as your down payment. Secondly, you will invest the money you save by renting rather than making mortgage payments.


Saturday, May 17, 2008

A Happy Story

Sunday, May 11, 2008

An archive of declassified military and government documents

During 11 years of research, John Greenwald has filled his Black Vault website with over 400,000 declassified documents on topics like these: bio/chem weapons, mind control, new world order, remote viewing, spy satellites, terrorism, UFOs and weapons. Home page:


The Encyclopedia section of the site contains over 1200 articles about topics like this:

UFO sightings in ancient Egypt, Rome, and the Middle Ages:
http://www.theblackvault.com/wiki/index.php/UFO_Sightings_In_Ancient_Egypt,_Rome_and_the_Middle_Ages_(Reader's/ .

There is a collection of newspaper clippings on the UFO topic:
The topic of alien abductions is covered on the site:

Registered users (free) will be able to read 16,000 archived articles, and interact with 34,000 other users, and browse 571,000 forum entries.

Below is a Yahoo News item about John Greenwald’s site:

The site also features a collection of videos on arcane topics ranging from 9/11 to UFOs.

Anyone writing a book on the UFO topic would find a wealth of information on this site.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Teenager parlays $8 loan into successful website business

Ashley Qualls, at the age of 14, started her own website in 2005 with $8 she borrowed from her mom. Now her site, whateverlife.com, grosses in excess of $1 million annually.
Ashley noticed that her friends in high school liked to personalize their MySpace pages. Her passion for graphic arts led her to create a website featuring her MySpace page background designs, available for free download. When traffic to her site grew to over a million hits daily, advertisers became interested. Now Ashley is so involved in her runaway successful business that she has had to drop out of school and retain the services of an Internet consultant.


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Stem cell heart repair could save your life

Historically, patients who suffered a serious heart attack received the grim news that the heart damage was permanent and that they faced an uncertain future living with angina or congestive heart failure. The good news is that non-embryonic stem cell heart repair is now a medical reality, and an alternative to repeated bypass surgery. Miracle Stem Cell Heart Repair, by author and researcher Christian Wilde, describes this new medical technology and explains where to get it. Noted experts in the field of stem cell research have contributed information on the latest clinical trials.

Another book by Christian Wilde, titled Hidden Causes of Heart Attack and Stroke, deals with preventative cardiology—how to avoid heart disease and bypass surgery in the first place. The book describes the risk factors (like heavy coffee and red meat consumption) for heart disease and the tests your doctor should be using to assess your current heart health. In addition there is information about the nutrients which nourish the heart. Find out about the newly-discovered links between gum disease, homocysteine levels and heart disease. Learn why airline passengers on long flights are prime candidates for strokes. You need to take charge of your own heart health because today’s busy physicians have insufficient time to make an in-depth assessment of your risk factors.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Writing community resources help new and experienced writers

Writers.net is a writing community featuring resources for authors/writers, editors, publishers, and agents. The site features a discussion forum about “the writing life and the business of writing”. This is a place to display your work and have it noticed by publishing scouts. Exchange ideas with other writers and benefit from their experience. Browse articles on the site like these: “A Beginner’s Checklist”, “Finding Your Own Professional Editor”, “When Plagiarism Strikes”, “Never Release Your Rights”, “How To Write Query Letters”, and “Breaking Into Major Magazines”. Search a directory of authors, editors, publishers, and agents including contact information.


Monday, April 14, 2008

Cuban woman’s blog describes life in Havana

Yoani Sanchez, in defiance of Cuban government regulations and attempts to censor her site, writes daily postings to her Web log, Generation Y, on the topic of life in Havana. A linguistics graduate, Yoani’s blog covers a wide range of topics, from government policy to cultural notes. Comments from readers all over the world repeatedly praise this young lady’s efforts to exercise freedom of speech in a country where the firm hand of government rules the media. Yoani’s blog, facilitated through Wordpress, features translation from Spanish to English and German.


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Share your videos on this new site

Here is a new way to share your family videos with your friends and relatives without having a gathering in your living room. Vimeo.com is a relative newcomer to the scene. Now grandparents will be able to watch their grandchildren during those precious moments without leaving town. Kids will be able to replay their hockey games at the local arena. The site's videos are uploaded to over 4200 subject "channels", or you may create your own channel. Is your theatre group staging a performance? Upload a trailer to the site and e-mail it to people in your community or publicize it in a local newspaper ad or regular mailing.
The quality of the video you see online will depend on the quality of the camera you use to take the video. Do you have a funny video you want to share with friends or relatives, or embed in your blog? Just upload it to this site: http://www.vimeo.com/
Click on Adrian Chen's video at the following link to see how clear the videos are on this site: http://www.vimeo.com/853927

Monday, March 31, 2008

The Skeptics Dictionary will help you distinguish truth from fakery

Have you ever wondered whether ear candling works? Check this part of the Skekpdic.com website: http://www.skepdic.com/coning.html
Check out a whole slate of alternative medicine topics here: http://www.skepdic.com/tialtmed.html

Are near-death experiences real? Learn more about Raymond Moody, a well-known authority on the topic: http://www.skepdic.com/moody.html
Other supernatural topics are discussed here: http://www.skepdic.com/tisuper.html

http://skepdic.com/ (home)

Monday, March 17, 2008

New RSS reader for Windows XP and Vista offers sophisticated features

Bookmarking news websites and checking them for updated material is a tedious undertaking. Monitoring Craigslist and eBay manually is a time-consuming task. The smart move is to automate the process by downloading an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reader.

Feedbeast™, a new shareware RSS newsreader, offers features not found on typical free newsreaders. E-mail synchronization sends news updates directly to your in-box, using sorting tools which help organize news information. Word Watch allows users to input keywords to help focus the news search function. It’s easy to add new websites to this reader with the one-click subscription feature. The author of the site, A. Logan Murray, supports users with 100% free live video via Skype. Users may interact with the author and other users on the site’s forum, reporting on their experience, suggesting bug fixes, modifications and ideas for new features. Feedbeast™ is free for up to twenty subscribed feeds and may be upgraded to unlimited feeds for a nominal cost. Currently the program boasts 5-star user ratings from Download.com and Sofotex.com.


Are allergies causing your children to misbehave?

Doris J. Rapp, M. D., is a board-certified environmental medical specialist and pediatric allergist. She believes that foods and various substances in the environment cause many of the behavior problems experienced by children. Mold allergy symptoms, for example, can look exactly like many serious physical and behavioral problems. Dr. Rapp has produced several DVDs featuring children displaying typical behaviors she has encountered in her clinical practice. Dramatic changes in behavior follow removal of food and environmental allergen agents. Your child may not need Ritalin or a psychologist after all.

Home page: http://www.drrapp.com/

An eye-opening video (8 minutes) showing children with troubling behavior and how they responded to removal of allergens: http://www.drrapp.com/Dont%20Drug%20Them%20First.htm

Testimonials from parents whose children have directly benefited from Dr. Rapp’s advice: http://www.drrapp.com/testimonials.htm

Tips on preventing environmental illness:

Tips about the dangers of mothballs, boric acid sprayed on new mattresses, and Teflon cookware. http://www.drrapp.com/htips.htm

Link between ADHD/bipolar behavior and common food ingredients: http://www.drrapp.com/adhd.htm

http://www.drrapp.com/about.htm (Dr. Rapp’s credentials)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Boost your personal development with Steve Pavlina’s advice

Steve Pavlina’s website is now the most popular source of personal development information on the Web, with over 1.8 million visitors every month. Major topics include time management, motivation, setting goals, choosing and building a career, generating wealth, habits of success, problem solving, and living a balanced, fulfilling, meaningful life.

His site features over 500 personal development articles, as well as podcasts on various self-help topics, and a newsletter filled with up-to-the minute information.

I was initially drawn to his website by his information on the topic of sleep patterns and insomnia in the article below:

Main site located here:

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Listen to audio UFO reports in MP3 or CD format

Brian Vike’s HBCC UFO Research site features audio files in MP3 format (free) or CDs (for purchase) based on his extensive telephone interviews with UFO sighting witnesses. Brian gathers reports from around the world. There are plenty of sites with printed UFO reports, but this is the only one I’ve found with audio reports. Hearing the emotion in the voices of these witnesses adds another dimension to the reports. People who might normally be afraid to contact the media with their experiences may be inspired to contact Brian and relate their stories.


Brian Vike’s blog: http://thevikereport.blogspot.com/

Brian’s radio show MP3 archives: http://jancikradionetwork.com/innerstreamsradio/show/vike_report/index.html

Direct link to 2008 MP3 archives: http://jancikradionetwork.com/innerstreamsradio/show/vike_report/2008/index.php
Click on a file to download it to your computer.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Is your dentist using the latest technology to detect oral cancer?

During my last visit to the dentist, I received a new test for oral cancer. A Vancouver-based company, LED Medical Diagnostics Inc. (LED-MD) has developed the VELscope System in partnership with the British Columbia Cancer Agency. The test involves shining a Velscope LED light into the mouth. Abnormal tissue is supposed to show up as a dark, irregular area. Fortunately, my test came up negative. The site link below explains the inadequacy of the standard white light checks made by your dentist and the danger of having undiscovered oral cancer. There are also details about the use of the Velscope device.


The VELscope isn't the only oral cancer discovery tool available to dentists. Zila Pharmaceuticals in Phoenix, Ariz., sells the ViziLite Plus system, which can also detect abnormalities in the oral cavity. The patient rinses his or her mouth with a dilute acetic acid solution so that damaged tissue appears white when viewed under ViziLite's diffuse low-energy wavelength light.


Sunday, February 17, 2008

Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan resolves defective automobile disputes

Buyers of motor vehicles in the U.S. can rely on so-called “lemon laws” to help resolve disputes with dealers concerning problems with their cars. Few Canadians know about the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan, established, and funded 14 years ago by major Canadian auto manufacturers.

Don Miller, a Kingston, Ontario resident, bought a new Ford Mustang in 2006. The car soon began to experience uncontrolled power surges which ultimately caused a minor accident. The dealer took the car in for tests which failed to detect the problem. Receiving no further support from the dealer, Miller contacted Canadian Motor Vehicle Plan officials. CAMVAP set up an arbitration tribunal hearing in Kingston for Miller and a representative from Ford. The tribunal immediately ordered Ford to buy back the Mustang, less depreciation for mileage registered on the car since the time of purchase. This process requires no lawyers and no fees. The arbitrator may, if appropriate, order a dealer to repair a vehicle, or dismiss the claim if it is unwarranted as determined by an independent mechanical inspection.


Saturday, February 16, 2008

Track the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle, and other satellites

The Heavens-Above.com site provides all the information you need to observe satellites currently in orbit, including times of visibility for your area, and star charts tracking satellite paths. Data is given in real time and applies to your location and time zone. All they need is your location to generate custom data.

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has a fascinating real-time, interactive application at the following link:


Thursday, January 31, 2008

New Taser fired from shotgun will hit subjects 100 feet away

Taser International has developed a new version of their Taser electric-shock weapon which can be fired from a standard, 12-gauge shotgun. The device, named Taser XREP, is self contained, uses no wires, and is capable of reaching subjects from 100 feet away. The projectile is smaller than a sugar cube and is engineered to prevent a target person from attempting to dislodge the device from the body during its 20-second operation cycle.

The Taser XREP has many possibile uses:
Ø Aiding in the arrest of criminal suspects found fleeing the scene of a crime
Ø Incapacitating unruly persons during a riot at a prison or on the street
Ø Adding a new capability to unmanned spy drones being adopted by police services (See: http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/11/french-reveal-p.html )
Ø Stopping cars during a police pursuit by zapping the ignition circuit of the fleeing vehicle, using a projectile designed to attach to the target

Taser website for details:

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Is there any evidence to suggest that humans are being abducted by aliens?

Barbara Lamb and Nadine Lalich believe this to be true in light of their clinical research involving persons who claim to have had alien abduction experiences. Barbara is a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified hypnotherapist and regression therapist in Claremont, California. Nadine has worked as a litigation assistant and project coordinator for large business and public entity clients. Together they have written a book, entitled Alien Experiences, which describes 50 cases of alien encounter, including transcripts from actual regression sessions. Placed in context with increasing UFO sightings around the world, the information in this book will raise disturbing questions.


Monday, January 14, 2008

Are your emotions making you ill?

A German physician, Dr. med. Ryke Geerd Hamer, believes he has clinical proof that unexpected emotional shocks trigger disease. He believes that conventional medicine treats the physical symptoms of disease, but does not address the underlying causes of illness. His medical paradigm, which he calls German New Medicine, offers an explanation for the onset of illness. When an individual receives an unexpected psychic shock, e.g. the death of a loved one, the brain registers a lesion which can be identified on a CT scan. The area of the brain thus affected in turn triggers a negative impact on the corresponding bodily organ. Check out the link below:


Assuming the validity of Dr. Hamer’s medical model, how do we handle tragic or upsetting events in our lives in order to avoid the onset of disease?
Take a look at Gary Craig’s EFT website. Gary is a Stanford engineering graduate and ordained minister who believes that “our unresolved negative emotions are major contributors to most physical pains and diseases."


Thursday, January 10, 2008

How much money do your favorite NHL players make?

Find out this information and more on HockeyZonePlus.com. The site lists the salaries of more than 2600 NHL players from 1989-2008. There’s even one section which reports on salaries from 1927-1989. If you click on the Red Square tab along the side, you’ll get lots of information on Russian hockey in articles written by Denis Neznanov, a Moscow-based sports writer. It’s a fascinating site packed with material you’d normally have to gather from dozens of other sites.


Tuesday, January 08, 2008

UFOs depicted in classical art raise an important question

Are UFOs a new phenomenon or have they been a part of human history for ages? The author of this website has done extensive research to locate UFO images in classical art. He uses the Altavista babel fish translation engine to explore a French language website containing a wealth of fascinating images.


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Paltalk’s public and private Screening Rooms should be a big hit

Paltalk, established in 1998, is a rapidly-growing Internet chat service featuring text, voice and video chatting, open only to Microsoft Windows users at the present time. Screening Rooms allows members—up to 5000 in number—to watch videos (home-made or licensed) together and discuss them using text, voice, or video chat. Groups of fans can now congregate to comment on a particular music video. Video artists will have a venue to show off their creations and gather feedback. Parents and adult children will be able to meet in a private room and view videos of the grandchildren without having to travel long distances. Co-workers at various commercial sites will be able to view training videos and interact with experts at head office. The possibilities are endless.


Monday, December 10, 2007

Dr. Gifford-Jones launches his own web site

Dr. Gifford-Jones, an internationally-syndicated Canadian medical journalist, writes a popular newspaper column on current medical topics. He has just launched his own web site, enabling readers to access many of his previous columns. He writes about everything from the benefits of Vitamin C to instructions for avoiding “wrong-side” surgery. Dr. Gifford-Jones writes with a sense of humor that allows him to present serious topics in a lighter vein.


Sunday, December 09, 2007

Is Internet censorship obsolete?

Many people live in countries subject to Internet censorship, and are unable to access information available on blocked sites. The Psiphon project offers a solution to this problem. It requires the cooperation of Psiphon providers in censorship- free countries who facilitate the linking. Psiphon is a service of the CiviSec Project operated by the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. The CiviSec Project is funded by the Open Society Institute.

Web users contact the Psiphon site, and receive passwords and Web links. When the Psiphon search bar appears on their screens, they may begin surfing the Net free of blocking by government agencies. Net censors observe a nondescript IP address and have no idea which site the Psiphon user has accessed. The encrypted message appears to be one of the millions of encrypted financial transactions running through the Internet. Prospective users should visit the FAQ and Forum sections on the site to learn how the system works and how to minimize discovery by censors. Any system is vulnerable to government investigation and users should be aware of the risks involved in bypassing censorship protocols. Government investigators might even set up bogus "anonymous" proxy sites to lure and track censorship law violators. Be sure you know well the person who agrees to set up your Psiphon connection.


For a discussion about how certain countries attempt to defeat programs like Psiphon, go to: http://www.peacefire.org/circumventor/list-of-possible-weaknesses.html

Check out another program called Freegate, available at the Download.com site:

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Journal of Hispanic Ufology reports strange, new UFO incidents

This is the official site of The Journal of Hispanic Ufology, (est. 1998), which features information re paranormal and UFO events which have occurred in Mexico, Spain, South America, and the Caribbean. Reports are filed by correspondents in over twelve Spanish-speaking countries.

There is a shocking report made by police officers in Argentina. On November 11, 2007, they encountered a strange craft on the road and four alien figures in the vicinity of Irene in the District of Coronel Dorrego. If you understand Spanish, you will find a more detailed report of the incident at the following link:

Another incident occurred at the Vizcaino power plant, located in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, on June 8, 2007. A senior engineer took a photo of a UFO over the facility on June 8, 2007, using a Sony DSC-P41 camera.

What amazes me is that reports of sightings in Hispanic countries rarely appear in North American media outlets. The Inexplicata blog attempts to fill this information gap.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Arizona school teaches survival skills for national emergencies

The Aboriginal Living Skills School, founded by Cody Lundin specializes in “wilderness skills, primitive living skills, and urban preparedness”. According to Lundin, fewer than 1 in 10 people in the U.S. have the skills necessary to survive a national emergency involving the loss of basic utilities, like electricity and water over an extended period. The 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster demonstrated how vulnerable an urban population is when a catastrophe strikes. Many people have to fend for themselves, dealing with the lack of potable drinking water, food shortages, loss of medical emergency facilities and the breakdown of law and order. Lundin’s website features details on the courses he offers and two books he has written on the topics of wilderness survival and urban disaster preparedness.


Monday, November 26, 2007

Change a long URL to a short one

Sometimes when I sent an email containing a link with a long URL, like http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=OlgC4bWhVMw, it would be broken into two parts during transmission. That was inconvenient for the person receiving it, having to paste it back together. Now I use a free service called TinyURL.com to convert a long URL to a short one.
People who have one of those free websites with long URLs will also benefit from this service too. Now http://www.my-internet-isp.com/~myusername could look like http://tinyurl.com/3.

Check it out at http://tinyurl.com/