Over 30 Trucks Filled With 5-cent Coins Arrives at Apple’s Headquarters: Epic Trolling from Samsung

On friday 27th September 2013 more than 30 trucks filled with 5-cent coins arrived at Apple’s headquarters in California. At first the security company that protects the facility said the trucks were in the wrong place, but only minutes later, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) received a phone call from Samsungs CEO explaining that they will be paying $1 billion dollars fine recently ruled against the South Korean company in this manner.

“The funny part is that the signed document does not specify a single payment method, so Samsung is entitled to send the creators of the iPhone their billion dollars in the way they deem best.”

 

This underhanded but genuinely geeky troll play will be a huge headache for Apple executives as they now need to find the resources and long hours in counting all that money, checking if it is all there and not to mention trying to deposit it and hope a bank will accept all the coins.

Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung Electronics, told the media that his company is not going to be intimidated by a group of “geeks with style” and that if they want to play dirty, they also know how to do it.

“You can use your coins to buy refreshments at the little machine for life or melt the coins to make computers, that’s not my problem, I already paid them and fulfilled the law.

A total of 20 billion coins, delivery hope to finish this week.”

Let’s see how Apple will respond to this.

 

Rainbow Lorikeets Living in my Roof! Introducing the “Roofus” Family.

Last spring was a little different than normal. I live in a built up area of suburbia, Melbourne, Australia. Apart from the general smelly ferals in the shopping centers, native wild animals are quite scarce.

Mrs Roofus 2013 3Last year I had a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets nesting in my roof. Some people may look at this as a problem. I however, saw it as an opportunity to watch nature at hand.  To cut a long story short, we ended up helping raise the hatchling as the temperatures in the roof were climbing above 60 Deg Celsius on some days, so we brought him down when he was old enough to be handled. We named the little Lori “Roofus” and learned so much from him and their behaviour. It was an amazing experience to say the least. We released Roofus just after fledging and sure we still see him from time to time..

This spring 2013, those same pair of Lorikeets have returned and have nested again in my roof. However, this year, I have set up a small camera inside the roof crevice and will try and capture and share some of the highlights of their nesting. I will mention though, the picture quality is not great due to low lighting and an old retro camcorder. hehe.  We gotta make the best of what we have right?

Here’s a little footage I captured today of the female nestling down on her eggs. I’ll add more once the eggs hatch or something interesting happens before hand.


And another here of Mr Roofus coming in to feed his Mrs. What a good boy he is.

Heres some more great info on Rainbow Lorikeets.

Cheers, Dazz.

New Island Created By 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Sept. 24, 2013 – Dazzodian Isl.

Natures newest creation! A new mud Island, off the coast of Pakistan. I wonder who’s going to claim it first. I say me! Dazzodian Isl. Ya just can’t go wrong there. Anyway, onto the story.

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A massive earthquake that tragically killed more than 300 people and destroyed scores of mud huts in southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday also offered a surreal moment of creation.

The tremor unleashed an underwater “mud volcano”  that spewed mud and earth to create a new island, half a mile off the coast of the Pakistani port city of Gwadar.

This satellite image, published for the first time here, depicts the 200-foot-wide island (and 100 feet high) in the middle of the Arabian Sea.
Source : http://world.time.com

 

This island was created off the coast of Gwadar when Pakistan was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on Sept. 24, 2013. Imagery collected on Sept. 26, 2013.

 

 

Recent Study Reveals Marijuana Improves Mental Sharpness In Middle-Aged Men

 

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Not only does smoking marijuana not “burn you out,” but it’s downright good for your brain.

Yet more scientific evidence — this time, that it actually appears to improve cognitive functioning among middle-aged men — comes from a 2011 medical study.

Researchers looked at a large sample of 8,992 men who “used drugs,” mostly cannabis, at age 42 and then again at age 50, reported the LA Weekly. The men were tested to measure their level of brain functioning.

Surprise, surprise — the Brits who had used illegal drugs did just as well — or slightly better! — than the chaps who had never “used drugs” at all.

When current and past drug users were lumped together as one group, their scores tended to be better than those of non-users. That advantage was small, researchers said, and might be due to the fact that people who have tried drugs tend to be better educated than those who haven’t.

“A positive association was observed between ever (past or current) illicit drug use and cognitive functioning,” the study’s authors concluded in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Marijuana was by far the most commonly used substance among participants of the study — performed by Alex Dregan of King’s College London, reported Amy Norton at Reuters.

Dr. John Halpern, Harvard Medical School: "This is what you'd expect to see"

Dr. John Halpern,
Harvard Medical School:

“This is what you’d expect to see”

​”At the population level, it does not appear that current illicit drug use is associated with impaired cognitive functioning in early middle age,” an abstract of the study concludes.

Other drugs that were asked about included amphetamines, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, cocaine and ecstasy, but only three to eight percent of study participants said they’d ever tried those.

A small subset of participants who claimed they had been treated for their drug use — which could suggest heavy or addicted drug use, or perhaps harder drugs of choice — did not fare as well cognitively at 50, but there were so few of them, it was impossible to draw meaningful conclusions, the study’s authors said.

“In a Western population of occasional drug users, this is what you’d expect to see,” said John Halpern, a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist who has studied the potential cognitive effects of drugs.

“In some ways, this is not surprising,” Dr. Halpern said. “The brain is resilient.”

The study’s findings support the idea that the effects of marijuana and perhaps other drugs are only temporary, and that cognition isn’t damaged once the effects wear off.

Source – Toke Signals

Movember 2013 – Helping The Fight In Prostate,Testicular Cancer and Mental Health Challenges.

G’day Everyone!

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Most recent Photo. Aiming for $500 in donations this year guys.

It’s Movember and the time for change is now. As a part of Generation Mo, I’ve committed my face to the cause and will be growing a moustache for the entire month of November to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.

I’d like you to support me as I fight the good fight. I’m restless for change and would love you to support my passion with a donation. You can donate to my moustache by:

1. Donating online at: http://mobro.co/dirty-dazz

2. Writing a cheque to ‘Movember’, referencing my registration ID: 3598333 and mailing it to:

Movember Foundation
PO Box 60
East Melbourne
VIC 8002
Australia

Your donation will support world class men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

These programs, directed by the Movember Foundation, are focused on:
– awareness and education
– staying mentally healthy
– living with and beyond cancer
– living with and beyond mental illness
– research

All working to achieve our vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

These funded programs are spread across Australia, please visit the Funded Programs page for all the hairy details: http://au.movember.com/programs

Thanks in advance for supporting my Mo and helping to change the face of men’s health.

United we Mo

Darren Calladine – Dirty-Dazz

Richard Branson: The war on drugs doesn’t work and decriminalisation is the answer

Richard Branson for Australian PM!. Then again, I don’t think we would want to give such a decent guy the dirty task of cleaning up the Australian politics. I’m quite happy to say I have a lot of respect for Sir Richard, not many have ever had that part of me.

A lot of this is geared towards the UK, which ultimately is Australia’s “mother country” or whatever you want to call it. Regardless of its direction, it just makes a lot of sense. There’s a lot of new medical proof on Marijuana, not only that, even the social benefits are much more appealing that drinking alcohol (well, maybe that’s just a bias example). Those that knock it and have not tried marijuana have been conditioned to think that way. I bet if they were ignorant on the issue and recently learned about the medical benefits their response would be different on the subject.

Anyway, onto the topic.

Anyone caught in possession of cannabis in Britain could face a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

In Portugal, things are a little different. Possession of small amounts of drugs there remains illegal, but under changes made in 2001, it becomes an administrative rather than a criminal offence.

The offender goes on to appear in front of a board of legal experts, social workers and psychologists, rather than a courtroom with a judge. The onus is on help, not punishment.

Billionaire businessman Sir Richard Branson thinks a similar system could work here. He is part of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which wants the drug problem to be tackled as a health issue instead of a criminal scourge.

The commission is made up of a number of former world leaders, figures who, Sir Richard insists, would implement vastly different drug policies if they had their time in power over again.

‘They admit that they should have been braver when they were in power,’ he told Metro. ‘And they weren’t. They’ve seen the light and they’re doing everything they can to persuade people who are in power not to make the same mistakes that they made.’

In the US, the tide appears to be turning in favour of the decriminalisation camp. There are now 20 states where ‘medical marijuana’ is permitted, while two of those states – Colorado and Washington – have gone one step further and legalised cannabis entirely. The US Justice Department has recently confirmed it will allow the two states to operate the law as they see fit.

However, in Britain, there is more resistance in the corridors of power. Prime minister David Cameron has rejected a call for the establishment of a royal commission to consider the decriminalisation and legalisation of drugs. The proposal was made by a Commons Home Affairs Select Committee – Sir Richard was one of those who gave evidence before it last year.

Mr Cameron says there is already enough emphasis on drug treatment and that he doesn’t support decriminalisation. However, as a backbench MP, Mr Cameron once called for a discussion at the UN on the issue.

‘Politicians have got to be braver,’ said Sir Richard. ‘They have got to do what they believe is right. But David Cameron is not the only politician who has changed his mind once he’s come to power.’

Campaigners for decriminalisation believe the war on drugs has failed miserably, claiming that billions has been needlessly thrown at the problem and made criminals of hundreds of thousands of recreational users. However, its critics fear that it would make drugs more available and help the underground market thrive further.

Sir Richard says things are finely balanced, as several countries in Europe and South America begin to tread a path towards decriminalisation and legalisation.

He compared the situation with prohibition in the US in the 1920s and 30s, when a national ban on alcohol played into the hands of gangsters such as Al Capone. But he doesn’t want a free-for-all on every kind of substance.

‘What I’ve said about the harder drugs is that they should be not legalised but decriminalised,’ he added.

‘If somebody has a drug problem they don’t have to hide the fact that they have a problem. And they don’t end up having to go to the underworld – they can come to a small group of people, they can get help and in time they can be helped to get off it.

‘If my brother or sister had a drug problem or if my children had a drug problem, I would want them to be helped. I wouldn’t want them to be arrested and sent to prison. In Portugal, they come in front of a committee of psychiatrists and others and they are asked what’s wrong.’

Since it implemented decriminalisation, Portugal has been under scrutiny from those on both sides of the legalisation argument.

The Home Affairs Select Committee said the system put in place there should make Britain sit up and take a look at its own drugs policy, while US think tank the Cato Institute has said the number of addicts has dropped significantly. The HIV infection rate among drug users also fell.

However, the initiative has its critics – the Association for a Drug Free Portugal has questioned the figures and claimed that the system has ‘trivialised’ the drugs issue.

Sir Richard said taking a health approach to drugs will save the country enormous amounts of money on prison and policing costs. He said the current drugs policy, particularly through controversial police stop and search powers, had blighted the future of ethnic minority groups – black people, for instance, are six times more likely to be stopped and search, even though they use less drugs than white people,according to research by Release.

Sir Richard explained his interest in the issue of decriminalisation.

‘I spend 80 to 90 per cent of my time now on not-for-profit ventures on subjects that I feel strongly about. I spend a lot of time building organisations that are trying to address different problems in world.

‘If you see a lot of misery that’s created by a particular law, that you think is doing more harm than good, then I think it’s important to speak out about it.’

He also spoke about his own drug use in the past.

‘I’ve smoked a joint or two when I was young. Generally speaking, it just made me feel tired so it’s not something I ever did very much. I’ve been working since I was 15 years old, so I haven’t had the luxury of getting stoned too much because it’s not conducive to building a Virgin empire.

‘I had one incident of experimenting with something when I was a teenager, something harder, and that was the only occasion. That was LSD.

‘I haven’t smoked a joint in many, many years. I certainly know people who will choose to smoke a joint rather than have a brandy or have a whiskey and that’s their drug of choice and I certainly don’t begrudge them it.’

Britain’s current drugs policy needs a rethink, he said.

‘If I had a company which had lost money for 70 years in a row, I would close it down. This drugs policy has got worse every year for 70 years and this government has continued with it.

‘What they should do is learn – as business people do – what’s going on in other countries. And if something is working, in a country like Portugal, you learn from that and you change tact and you change policies accordingly.’

 

Source Metro Uk

The Birds, The Bees & The Flowers in the Trees. Spring Is Definitely Here!

I decided to get off my sorry arse and do some gardening today, and I gotta say, I feel damn good for it. Apart from the now achy muscles that I have not used in some time. heh. But at the end of the day, I achieved an ok job.

Whilst out in the garden I had a few visits from the birds and the bees, no seriously, check out these photos. Mrs Roofus came out to say hello a couple of times, poor bugger must be feeling the heat up there. I’ve noticed Mr Roofus is out and about most of the time, prob kicking back at the local watering hole. lol. Though he does come back to feed her, which is something new I discovered this year. This is “Roofus’ssss” mother. The same pair came back this spring to nest in my roof. How cool is that.

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And the Bees! They seemed to have taken a liking to our new pond. I remember last year they came to the bird bath on the hot days, I followed their streamlined path to a neighbouring house that is keeping them in domestic hives. I don’t mind, we need these little pollinators more than most creatures. Anyone keeping up with the news will know they’re dwindling in numbers.. Sad fact that one.

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and for those that had a look at the micro rockery we did last year, I said we we’re going to expand it just a little.. And we did. Now to get it all established again. It’s looking a little bare at the moment. Ahh, it just means more photos to come 😛

 

 

Ohh, and the new vegi patch I did today… Now, what to plant!!

Cheers, Dazz.

Free Oz Lotto Tickets Available In Australia, No Tricks, No Obligations!!

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A little history on Lotta in Australia.

Australian lottery has been around for quite some time now with different states all introducing different lotteries at different times, more often than not one state would set a precedent and other states would follow suit.

The very first Australian lottery was commenced in Sydney in the 1880’s and were run as privately operated sweepstakes. Prohibition eventually forced these lottery sweepstakes to move their base to Queensland followed by Tasmania and then into Victoria. These lotteries continue to this day to be just as successful as they ever have been.

Other lottery games in Australia have been operated by the government with one known as the Golden Casket Art Union introduced in 1916 with proceeds going to community development and other charitable purposes. This lottery was very successful and formed the base model for other state run lottery games that were designed in future years.

Other types of lottery include privately owned soccer pools which were loosely based on the UK version of the lottery game. These games were introduced in the 1970’s. In 1981 prize pools from the Victorian, Tasmanian, the ACT, Northern Territory, South Australian and Western Australian lotteries were combined and Queensland continued to run it’s own lottery. An agreement was made in 1993 with NSW lotto which resulted in the creation of a national lottery network.

Remember to grab your FREE TICKET!

 

Australian Drug Dealers Go Bust With New Online Marijuana Store.

I can’t wait for the day I see those headlines.  Easy Way to Find Your Weed Online | Leafly. We need to push for something like this in Australia and for a couple of good reasons too.

1, To help those that do need it for medical purposes.

2, To help eradicate the drug dealers earning bucks off some poor fellow toker paying for something we can all grow naturally.

Weed has helped many of my friends on occasions with anxiety and depression, pain relief, etc. Even my Doctors have recommended I roll up a bit of the old green hoochie coochie due to the benefits. It beats the hell of taking prescribed drugs with the side effects they give, I’ve been there and done that and have broken teeth due to intense grinding at night. I actually woke myself up in so much pain one night, I’d snapped one of my teeth at the roots just from grinding them in my sleep. I had never ground my teeth before taking these “antidepressants”. Never again I can assure you!.

This is a friendly, informative, legal site and it wants to help you get a good, legal bake on.

The site is called Leafly.com, and simply put, it’s basically an informational community project for marijuana. It offers reviews of pretty much every type of marijuana strain known, including their effects and benefits for consuming it. Included are local dispensaries displayed alongside the dispensary’s address, phone number, operating hours, and menu of available products. (USA only I’m afraid).

Already a pretty well established site based on these features alone, Leafly even has a mechanism to help you identify which variety of marijuana is best for whatever your needs, medical or otherwise. You narrow down your selection from what can only be called the Periodic Table Of Pot . Ticking the options for “anxiety” and “pain,” for example, will visually return an ordered listing of the best strain for you.

About Leafly

We are Here to Help

At Leafly, we wanted to create a fast and friendly environment that provides the everyday user with a helpful service to make those tough medical marijuana purchasing decisions easy.

Not sure which cannabis strain will help you in the way you need it to? Our explore system is designed to help you discover the best strains possible. Already using something you like, create journal entries to help you remember them for future recollection. Something sound interesting, but you haven’t had the chance to find it yet? Add it to your favorites to remember for later. All this and more come standard with the Leafly experience.

Discover the Best

Looking for just the right medical marijuana strain? Thanks to the community we’ve been able to get great data around cannabis strains such as their effects, overall ratings and general information. With this anonymous aggregated data we can help our users make the best purchasing decisions. Not sure what exactly to purchase? Try our explore feature – where you can narrow down selection on the different effects such as medical usefulness, general feeling and recommended activities.

A Personal Experience

With our account system you can create journal entries, add favorites and even get recommendations. It can be difficult to remember all your different likes and dislikes, and that’s where our journal rating system really shines. Journal entries give you a place to log those different strains and effects and will help you remember what you enjoy at a later date. Having an account also gives you the ability to add favorites for later and even get custom recommendations on what you might like the most based on activity with the site. Be sure to sign up today!

We are Different

Leafly was designed to appeal to all types from the average user to the sophisticated connoisseur — a place that caters to all cultures. The site was optimized for a fast and safe browsing experience, providing a discreet environment to get important information.

We really hope you enjoy the site, and encourage you to give it a shot today! We welcome any and all feedback via our Feedback tab you’ll see on most pages, or contact us directlyvia our convenient email form. We look forward to hearing from you!

Leafly.com

Greenpeace are calling out for world wide help – 25 Greenpeace Protesters Arrested in Russia

Free our activists

Right now, the crew of our ship the Arctic Sunrise are being held by armed Russian Coast Guards after they illegally boarded the ship in international waters.

The Arctic Sunrise had been part of a peaceful protest against energy giant Gazprom which is poised to drill for the first oil to come out of the icy waters of the Arctic.

Using a helicopter and ropes, armed Coast Guard officials boarded the ship and started rounding up the activists, assembling them on the helideck. They subsequently arrested 25 protesters. The Arctic Sunrise was circling Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya platform inside international waters and outside the jurisdiction of Russian authorities, making the boarding of the ship unlawful.

The following link will take you directly to the greenpeace secured website, please follow the link at bottom of the page to send your concerns to the russian Ambassador.

Please send an urgent email to the Russian Ambassador in London and demand the Russian Coast Guard release the peaceful protesters immediately.