Wetlands – A Losing Battle


Saving wetlands is a losing battle! First, one must ask if the environmental fervor to save wetlands is based on real science. Second, if that question can be answered in the affirmative, the next question is, “can we save wetlands?” Third, if both of those questions can be answered in the affirmative, then one must ask, “how can we go about saving wetlands in a way that is cost effective, or is there another tactic in the bigger picture that makes scientific and economic sense in our ecosystem?”

Let’s face it, there has been little proof that all the laws, rules, and regulations designating and governing wetlands around our nation has been effective. The Seattle Times, certainly a liberal newspaper that zealously promotes wetlands and environmental protection, shed some serious light on what a dismal failure the federal and state and county governments have been in protecting our designated wetlands.

“Time and again, efforts to re-create nature by replacing wetlands fail, if the effort is made at all. The science is relatively new and evolving, and wetlands replacements are often allowed to be afterthoughts for developers. . . . Even the state’s highest environmental officials concede the system is broken. . . . ‘We are kidding ourselves; the emperor has no clothes,’ said Thomas Hruby, a senior ecologist at the Ecology Department. ‘We are deluding ourselves, hoping there is a silver bullet out there that will allow us to have our growth and not have the impacts. It’s a state of denial.'”

The cost of protecting wetlands is in the billions nationwide, and the scientific community still cannot agree on the state of our progress, or lack thereof. This cost cannot be calculated, but it hits all of us in two ways.

First, when privately owned land is designated as wetlands (even when no one can see signs of water, or the hole was dug with a shovel and the hole later has standing water in it), the owners, who are often widows or senior citizens, cannot sell their land for the fair market value it would have in the real estate market for its highest and best use. This cost alone has stolen millions and millions of dollars out of the pockets of hard working middle class Americans.

Second, the actual cost of protecting wetlands through the extensive and complicated engineering that is required is beyond comprehension for most of us. There are 10’s of thousands of massive wetlands protection projects around the country costing millions of dollars with negligible results.

The Port of Seattle has already spent $62,000,000 to replace wetlands filled in for a third runway at Sea-Tac. The Army Corps of Engineers scientist said, “the jury is still out” on the success of some of the mitigation. Not to get picky here, but have all you taxpayers signed up for this expense voluntarily?

The truth is, protecting wetlands with extreme fervor may actually be a black hole for taxpayers. We pay, government spends. What many people find so disturbing is that there is little proof that all our tax dollars are doing anything to save the environment.

On the beautiful Northern Olympic Peninsula, and in Sunny Sequim, Washington and it’s sister city, Port Angeles, thousands of acres have been designated as wetlands at a tremendous cost to private landowners, and with wheel barrels of tax dollars. Are we really saving the environment? If we held court, and had a civil jury where the burden of proof was the lowest standard, “by a preponderance of the evidence,” I am afraid the case for wetlands protection would be dismissed.


Dead Sea Beauty Products With Curative Properties


The buzz on the Dead Sea beauty products has been around the market for quite a long time now. This is no longer new as even in the era of Cleopatra Sea salts and minerals were already in use.

Cleopatra, the most beautiful woman in history, recognized the soothing and healing benefits of these beauty products. But since many cannot afford to go personally to Dead Sea and experience the rich benefits of its water and salt, manufacturers, have found ways to introduce dead sea salt and minerals to everyone by producing different products that have dead sea contents. So even in the very comfort of your home, you can be like Cleopatra as you experience the luxury of having these beauty products.

What exactly is the reason to these beauty products popularity?

The Salt sea is composed of different minerals including potassium, bromide, calcium, and magnesium. This only shows that the Sea of Salt has the highest combinations of minerals as opposed to the other bodies of water.

Research and other studies have shown that the minerals found in this Sea can stimulate the skin and allow it to cure itself. Because of this, there are now many Salt Sea beauty products introduced in the market to cater to many customers.

Among the popular Dead Sea beauty products include body scrubs, lotion, facial creams, mud mask, mud soap and more. These are not only beauty products, these products have a curing effect for acne, eczema, psoriasis, and a many other skin problems. There are also Dead Sea beauty products will revitalize your skin.


Morgellon’s Disease – A Psychologically Depressing Condition


Morgellon’s disesase is characterized by sores on the surface of the skin, often in the hair, and few available treatments are around. The skin is also characterized by vessel like structures that “thread” under the surface and are readily apparent to the casual viewer of the patient.

The disease itself, with the symptomatic skin changes, often leads to psychological damages to the patient. The patient is aware their condition not only looks bad but others are afraid it may be contagious and therefore avoid the Morgellon’s patient. This rejection leads to behavior changes such as isolation, no socialization, depression and loss of will to live. Some patients become so frustrated they contemplate suicide.

The lack of knowledge of the cause of the disease is extremely frustrating to physicians but more so to the patient. When no one can explain why the disease exists and what is the cause the patient becomes frustrated. Not knowing the cause also means not knowing a treatment to halt or reverse the symptoms of Morgellon’s.

Tea   tree  oil with it’s antiseptic properties has been shown to slow down the spread of the disease when the oil is applied topically to the skin. Due to Tea  Tree  being a very popular antiseptic that works extremely well on bacterial infections there is reason to believe the disease itself is caused by bacteria.

If the process of stopping the disease is to stop the cross contamination of the skin, by killing the bacteria, then there is also hope one can use ultraviolet c range light and kill the bacteria before it can replicate and spread the infection to other parts of the skin. The arrest of the bacteria, the suspension of replication, will lead to the control of the disease if it’s bacterial related.

If the skin eruptions are halted often the patient is buoyed psychologically by knowing the disease is not going to get worse. Once the skin disfigurement is contained the patient can use hats, scarfs, coverings to cover the skin or hair and begin to evolve back to a normal social life.

It’s one thing to find the cause, conquer the causation, but it’s another thing to be cognizant of and respectful of the state of mind of the patient who suffers from Morgellon’s disease.

The complementary use of a proven topical antibiotic like Tea  Tree  oil used in conjunction with a short 60 – 120 second daily treatment of ultraviolet c range light may provide help now for those suffering from this often undiagnosed disease.

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Enjoying Your Cozumel Mexico Vacation


When you are traveling to another country on vacation it will be a special time for you to relax, spend time with your family, see the interesting sites, and try different things that are not in your own country.

A Cozumel Mexico vacation can offer you all of these things and more. You will transported into another world with fantastic sites, sounds, tastes, and culture as you experience Mexico at its best.

When you are on vacation one of the most important things before you decide on where to go, is what the weather will be like. In Mexico the rainy Hurricane season is from August to September, so you should not go during this time, especially to the low lying coastal areas like Cozumel. The inland areas can be very hot during summer but will be cool at night.

A Cozumel Mexico vacation must be done over a fairly long period of time. This will be time for relaxation, but you will not want to miss out on any of the other activities that are on offer like diving, snorkeling, fishing, and visiting the famous   sea  turtle colony that Jacques Cousteau discovered.

Cozumel is considered to be an island paradise and you can see palm  trees  and beach huts along the gorgeous stretches of white sand.

Cozumel Mexico Vacation Activities

You can take part in many water activities, but also have fun in the night bars and experience wonderful seafood and authentic Mexican cuisine. You can visit the many shops to find interesting mementos, cloth, clothing, accessories and much more.

A Cozumel Mexico vacation must be spent in a luxury resort on the beach front, and most people that get married here will spend their honeymoon here as well. There are secluded beaches, family beaches and various hotels with pools, spas, and air conditioning.

In Cozumel you can also learn about the history of the Maya people and take part in the Vernal Equinox from the temple. The rich culture of the Mexican people is still very well preserved and you can witness it first hand on your Cozumel Mexico vacation in March.

There is also a carnival at this time of year to celebrate Lent with cock fights, fireworks, dances, and other cultural events. There are other festivals throughout the year where folk dances will be held, as well as plays, feasts, and general celebration.

A Cozumel Mexico vacation [http://www.vacationpackagesmexico.net/all-inclusive-cozumel-vacation.php] is a great way to see the different aspects that make up Mexico and their traditions. You can stay in first class accommodation and take tours of the ecosphere, and then watch some traditional folk dances.

You can go rock climbing, see the Mayan ruins, and swim with the dolphins. You can also attend the square every Sunday night for a live band in the permanent gazebo and then do some hectic water sports the following day on wave runners.

You can also go horseback riding and parasailing on your Cozumel Mexico vacation which means that you will have your calendar full for your entire stay.


Jordan: Brief Guide for Travelers


Jordan is a country in the African continent, with dry and hot climate, and a great number of monuments of the past. Coming to Jordan means submersion into the old ages and history.

Jordan is one of the most visited countries in Africa. The well-preserved attractions of the country include ancient cities and historical monuments. Jerash, the city of columns, is known for its two Amphitheaters, seventeen churches, several well-preserved ancient cobbled streets, framed by columns, which are made in different styles. Other cities of the Roman Decapolis are also popular. Here are some of the Crusader castles and Mamluk fortresses, the palaces of the caliphs, and a lot of places connected with the Old and New Testaments. According to the legend, it was in Jordan that the prophet Moses saw land for the first time after wandering for 40 years in the desert, and it was here that he found his resting place.

Jordan is the true place of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River and the place of beheading of John the Baptist. Sulphur and mineral springs were once visited by the king Herod the Great. These olive groves, pine and palm trees, these mountains are unlike anything else in the world. Unique natural sites make Jordan an ideal place for recreation. Here, the tourists are often given an opportunity to visit Petra, which is often called in the media one of the wonders of the world. Petra is the most visited and interesting historical landmark in Jordan, included into the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Petra city remains – palaces, residential buildings, steep stairs, public buildings, cobbled streets – make a lasting impression on every visitor. There are over 800 different sites here, and the vast majority of them are entirely carved in the rock. The first settlements appeared here 4000 years ago. Today, Petra draws a vast majority of tourists visiting the region. This mysterious and fascinating place has the potential to become a destination recognized in the whole world.

Five Biblical places in Jordan have been recognized by the Vatican as the great holy places. Biblical Madaba is located 30 km south of Amman. At the heart of the city, roads and urban buildings are still preserved. The Greek Christian Church of St. George, located in Madaba, is famous for its built into the floor map of the Middle East. Cities, rivers, the Dead Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea are all displayed on the map. Madaba is often called the ‘city of mosaics’. One can also see the famous Madaba Archaeological Park, with its ruins of churches, houses and streets. One of the most visited places is Moses Memorial on Mount Nebo, which is considered to be his burial place. From the top of this high mountain one can see the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley – the land, whereto he led his people.

One of the major attractions of the country is the Dead Sea. Some tourists come here for rest and regenerative treatment of various diseases, while others stop here during their travels around the country for a swim in the healing oily waters.

Desert Castles are the so-called remains of castles, fortresses, watch towers, and fortified palaces. The main role here is played by the castles of the Crusaders and the Umayyad palaces. They can be visited on the way to Aqaba or to the eastern regions of the country. Karak and Shobak are two medieval castles built by the Crusaders in the 12th century. Two other castles, Habis and Vueyra, are located in Petra. Ajloun castle, which served as the fortress of Saladin during the campaign against the Crusaders, also belongs to the monuments of the 12th century. Amra Qasr palace, with its murals, and Azraq castle of black basalt are just some of the great many of amazing structures.


Jovial Racketing of an Acorn Woodpecker


Even rare brownbacked, spot-breasted Arizona woodpeckers might be met with in small, sociable companies in these southern ranges. But now the jovial racketing of an acorn woodpecker aroused me. Perhaps he, too, was anticipating that promised season of plenty in the live oak groves, when bountiful mast would set him a-gathering his winter hoard. As I wandered reluctantly down through the alluring woodland, a panoramic view of the desert opened before me. Beyond the oak-dotted flanks of the Empire Range, beyond the green foothill slopes of the Santa Ritas, rising from flat, arid plains like steep-walled isles from a gray sea, rose far, inviting ranges-the Mustangs, Whetstones and Huachucas-other oak-clad, sun-bathed “islands” of the desert. Where the thirsty Hassayampa winds southward between shimmering cholla flats and parched, ocotillo-studded benches towards the Gila, it keeps close beside itself on either bank bordering bowers of refreshing green.

Even where the river’s bed becomes a broad, sandy wash, abandoned by surface waters, or where only a transient rill defies the heated pebbles to meander back and forth across 200 yards of glaring gravel, tall cottonwoods, feathery-leaved mesquite, sandbar willows and dense arrowweed line the curving stream-course. However few one’s steps beneath the verdant broadleafs, in spring such an experience becomes an adventure in kaleidoscopic color and sound. Within these narrow gardens, Arizona cardinals flash in brilliant rivalry with vermilion flycatchers and rose-red Cooper’s summer tanagers. Golden-winged gilded flickers riot in the high, leafy canopy or stride raucously up great furrowed trunks. With hammering of Gila woodpeckers, their excited drumming throbs in the groves; and the high clamor of both flings a racketing pattern of strangely thrilling cries against the low, harsh, yet oddly pleasant cooing of the white-winged doves.

Glossy, black phainopeplas dart out above the dazzling wash, seize insect prey with flycatcher precision, and return with a flash of white wing bars. Bullock orioles come to add clear piping, discordant chatter and rollicking song to a carnival made scintillated with their flaming red-orange and jet-black. In late April I crept into the arrowweed in pursuit of a spirited, intermittent song. A large bird, with amazingly decurved, sicklebill and bright, chestnut-colored undertail coverts, clung high on a swaying stem. Once this feathered opportunist apparently deserted hot plains and desert kin for the lush tangles of Cottonwood borders-my sweet musician was a shy crissal thrasher, first cousin to many lyric-throated dwellers of the cactus flats.


Some Fascinating Basic Earth Facts


Simply how much did you know in regards to the Earth? Starting the head count, population of the Earth: 6.66 billion by April 2008, our planet’s human population will double in 61.4 years. There are 195 countries on the planet.

Now let’s take on measurement. Earth’s circumference in the Equator is 24,901.55 miles, while Earth’s circumference between the North and South Pole is 24,859.82 miles. The earth’s diameter at the Equator is 7,926.28 miles, while the Earth’s diameter at the Poles measures 7,899.80 miles. Average distance from the Earth to the Sun is 93,020,000 miles, while average distance from the Earth towards the Moon is 238,857 miles.

Highest elevation on Earth is Mt. Everest, Asia standing up 29,035 feet, while the tallest mountain on Earth from foundation to peak is Mauna Kea in Hawaii with 33,480 feet above   sea  level. The lowest elevation on land is Dead  Sea  calculating 1369 feet below  sea  level, with regards to deepest point in the Ocean is the Challenger Deep, Mariana Trench in Western Pacific Ocean measuring 35,840 feet. The point farthest from the middle of the Earth is the peak of the volcano Chimborazo in Ecuador at 20,561 feet, farthest from the middle of the planet earth stemming from its position close to the equator and the oblateness of the Earth.

Highest temp registered is 135.8°F in Al Aziziyah, Libya dated September 13, 1922, as the lowest temperatures recorded was 128.5°F measured in Vostok, Antarctica dated July 21, 1983. Water vs. Land measures 70.8% is water and 29.2% is land. Chronological age of our planet is from 4.5 to 4.6 billion years.

Earth’s atmosphere contents are 77% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and traces of argon, carbon dioxide and water. Chemical like structure of the Earth is 34.6% Iron, 29.5% Oxygen, 15.2% Silicon, 12.7% Magnesium, 2.4% Nickel, 1.9% Sulfur, and.05% Titanium. Earth rotates on its axis 23 hours and 56 minutes and 04.09053 seconds, but it requires another four minutes to make the earth to revolve towards the same position as the previous day relative to the sun and Earth’s revolution around Sun is 365.2425 days.


Can The Earth Survive "Overshoot-And-Collapse"?


Ecologists are saying that the Earth is in an “overshoot-and-collapse” mode. Our forests are shrinking, our soil is eroding, and our water tables are falling. In addition, throughout the world the number of heat waves that can decimate crops is increasing, fisheries are collapsing, deserts are expanding, rangelands are deteriorating, and coral reefs are dying.

Our glaciers are melting, which is causing our seas to rise. Consequently more powerful storms are arising and species are disappearing. And because we’ve been so dependent on oil for so long the supply of oil is shrinking.

Although many people have been aware of these destructive ecological trends and – some have even been reversed at local levels – none of them has been globally reversed.

In the past the demand for resources on local levels has exceeded the sustainable yields of natural systems. There’s nothing new about that. However, what has been happening at an accelerated pace is that, for the first time, demand is exceeding supply on a global level.

Our forests are shrinking virtually everywhere around the world while on every continent our grasslands deteriorate. CO2 emissions are above CO2 fixation throughout the world and many countries are seeing their water tables fall.

According to a report by the Global Footprint Network, mankind’s demands surpassed the Earth’s regenerative capacity for the first time around 1980. And since then the demand has been accelerating the consumption of the world’s natural assets. This has all set the stage for the decline and potentially for the ultimate collapse of our ecosystem,

What Is “Overshoot-And-Collapse”?

A well known example of “overshoot¬-and-collapse” began in 1944. At that time 29 reindeer were introduced to a remote island in the Bering Sea. Nineteen men were stationed on St. Matthew Island at that time.

When World War II ended the following year the base closed and the men were evacuated from the island. Then, in 1957, David Kline from the US Fish and Wildlife Service visited the island and found that the original population of 29 reindeer had grown to 1,350. And they all were thriving on the 4″ thick mat of lichen covering the one hundred twenty eight square foot island.

Because there were no predators the reindeer population continued to explode.

It continued to grow until 1963, when there were 6,000 reindeer on the island.

Kline returned to St. Matthew Island three years later. When he arrived he found that almost all of the reindeer had perished. There was very little lichen and reindeer skeletons covered the island. Now there were only 41 female reindeer and 1 male. There were no fawns. The reindeer population was dying.

By 1980 they were all gone.

Like those reindeer, the worldwide growth of population is over consuming the Earth’s natural resources.

However, there still is hope. For example, since 1970 a small scale dairy producer relying almost exclusively on crop residue as a source of feed has multiplied its production more than four times. India has recently overtaken the US as the world’s leading producer of milk.

And in China a sophisticated ecologically sound crop polyculture has made that country the first in the world whose fish farm output has exceeded its oceanic catch.


Ways to Effectively Use Tea Tree Oil


The benefits of tea  tree  oil appear to be endless, there are just so many to mention. The first is that it is very effective in soothing and healing acne. For anyone with acne, finding a way to clear the skin quickly and effectively is a blessing. Rather than dealing with unwelcome pimples daily and possibly being teased at school, tea  tree  oil can sooth, calm and clear the area effectively within a very short period of time.

Tea  tree  oil is also very effective as a natural and safe make up remover. Rather than choosing a make up remover that contains dangerous chemicals, you can control what you use on your skin, using a completely organic and natural product which is just as effective.

If you are busy doing a manicure, either on your self or on a client, you will find this natural oil is also very effective in softening dry and hardened cuticles. You want the cuticles to be soft and easy to work with. Gently massaging some oil into the cuticles can have a beneficial and long term effect.

Tea  tree  oil has also proved to be very beneficial in soothing sores. Whether the sores are from a bump on the playground or a cut from a knife, the oil can soothe the pain and help the area repair itself quickly and effectively.

For anyone who suffers with foot odour, this little bottle of natural oil can be a great addition to the bathroom cupboard. Add a few drops into some water and soak your feet to reduce and eliminate odour and help your feet heal.

Tea  tree  oil is an effective antiseptic, which makes it the perfect choice when fighting a toenail fungus. The antiseptic properties help fight bacteria, while the oil works hard to repair and heal the area to promote healthy feet moving forward.

Athletes foot can be frustrating and irritating. Not only does this condition itch to a point where you want to scratch constantly, but it can also result in sores which develop between the toes. Adding a new drops of tea  tree  oil to the area will help sooth and heal the area, fighting any bacteria and leaving you with healthy and happy feet.

Chicken pox is probably one of the most frustrating illnesses a child will get. It is dangerous when you get it as an adult. Chicken pox includes bumps which come up all over the body and they itch. Trying to get children not to scratch is not an easy task, but scratching can result in scarring, which is something that is stuck with you for the rest of your life. Tea  tree  oil is very effective in soothing these bumps and reducing the itch, enabling them to heal quickly and effectively.

Cold sores are painful, irritating and unsightly. They take so long to heal and yet tea  tree  oil can help them heal that bit quicker. It is very important when using this natural oil to heal cold sores that you remember it is toxic and therefore be very careful in the application to ensure you only put a small dab on the cold sore and don’t get any in your mouth.


Tailor-Made for Enjoyment


Seduced by the pristine nature of beaches and stunning attractions on offer millions throng to Kovalam. Situated in the southern part of Kerala, this idyllic beach location was discovered by Travancore Kings for its potential and is one of the oldest known tourist spots in India. Kovalam sprang into limelight when in ninety seventies hippies swarmed to this place. From then on, its fame shot up. Now, it has found a place in global tourism map and scores visit Kovalam.

Catering to this inflow of tourists, many hotels and resorts have come up in Kovalam. Kovalam hotels and resorts offer world class accommodation facilities which make the stay of tourists cozy and luxurious. The rooms come with all amenities with modern décor. The warmth and hospitality exhibited by the staff is endearing. They always approach you with a smile. Round the clock high quality service is also available in Hotels in Kovalam.

Majority of Kovalam Hotels and resorts is situated in the vicinity of the beach and this lets tourists savor the ambience throughout the stay. The hotels are attached with multi cuisine restaurants which serve sumptuous delicacies to the fulfillment of hearts of tourists.

Hotels in Kovalam are adjoined with Ayurvedic Parlours and Yoga centres to cater to the demands from tourists for Ayurvedic treatment and healthy living.

Other facilities offered by Kovalam hotels and resorts are conference hall, Banquet hall, doctor on call, travel desk services, outdoor and indoor activities, wireless internet services, spacious parking facilities, round the clock security etc.

The hotels cater to the business sect making arrangements for conferences, meetings and training programmes. The participants are sure to find the ambience inspiring.

Kovalam beach resorts are special in that they are located in the vicinity of beaches and this let tourists savor the eerie ambience of the place throughout the stay.

Budget hotels in Kovalam cater to the middle end tourists who search for economical options. They provide a service no less inferior in lesser charges.

The meaning of the word “Kovalam” is grove of coconut   trees  and true to its name the beach have lot of coconut  trees  swaying its heads in sunny weather along its shores. The crescent shaped beach have three parts. The larger southern part known as Light house beach with a thirty five meter high light house standing on top of Kurumkal hill. The middle part is named Hawah Beach (meaning Eve’s Beach) and once known for roaming topless western women, a practice now banned. The northern part is known as Samudra Beach.

The Kovalam  sea  is shallow and you can go into  the   sea  up to hundred meters. This makes it safe for swimming. You may also feel tempted by the sandy beaches for sunbathing. The Beach Hotels in Kovalam provide arrangements for a safe and enjoyable sunbath. Many coastal places have endearing patches of coral reefs and there is facility to go snorkeling underwater. One can go surfing- facilities for which is available on rent and also take a ride in ancient catamarans, local boats rowed by expert local fishermen.

 The   sea  port of Vizhinjam is nearby. Vizhinjam is renowned for its special varieties of fish, big churches, old Hindu temples and a mosque.

The single-most attraction of Kovalam is that it has not lost its innocence despite being highly commercialized and crowded.