Sunday, 29 October 2006

Global warming 'threat to growth'

If there is ever going to be anything that finally convinces the world powers to actually do something about global warming, it has to be a financial incentive.

The reason they shy away from actually doing anything about it, generally, appears to be based on it not being important enough, which I am convinced can be translated to "it would eek into profits" to take action to limit emissions, etc.

But, on the contrary, according to this influential report by Sir Nicholas Stern, not doing anything could cut the world's annual economic output by 1% to 20%.

Will it be taken notice of, as this article at the BBC suggests?

Global warming 'threat to growth'

Wednesday, 25 October 2006

You too can be an editor for The Sun

You may think that the time I stopped respecting (and believing) what was printed in newspapers might have been the time when I myself wrote for them, but you would be oh so very wrong. No, that watershed moment came way before, back on a Sunday afternoon in 1983 at an hotel in Kent, England.

Well, no actually, it was when I read an account in The Sun newspaper on the following Monday morning, which had described the very lunch I had attended and their version was nothing like my recollection. My memory of the event could not have diminished so much in less than 24 hours.

As The Sun had it, in probably one of their lamest attempts at "sensationalism" ever, leader of Fat Larry's Band, who were in England at the time on a tour following the success of "Zoom", the late "Fat" Larry James, had reportedly eaten his way virtually through an entire chicken farm!

As he was at an adjacent table, I could quite clearly see that he ate portions that were no different to what the rest of us ate.

It was such a quiet, normal Sunday lunch, I was surprised it made "news" at all and the biggest laugh of the day was when other band members started ribbing me for attacking a chicken leg with a knife and fork (well, I'm English!)

Goodness knows who filed the story (no, it certainly wasn't me), nor can I even imagine why, but I think it will be interesting in these days of blogs - which are often accused of having less ethics & truth than the mainstream press - to see what will happen now that The Sun have launched a a service called MySun and announced that "You are the new Editors of The Sun."

Personally, I can't imagine standards dropping. They may actually improve!

You can be an editor for The Sun

Wednesday, 18 October 2006

Breaking Free From Self-Limiting Habits

We need to think differently to shift our paradigms to a new, deeper, "inside-out" level'; Stephen R. Covey.

In the The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey describes habits as "consistent, often unconscious patterns which constantly, daily express our character and produce our effectiveness, or ineffectiveness".

Who we are and what we become is a direct result of our habits. It is in the realm of habits that our character is born, nurtured and outwardly expressed. What we see from the outside is a direct reflection of those deeply embedded habits that have gradually, steadily and consistently ingrained themselves into our psyche. Our behavior is therefore informed by these habits, which with time become so deeply ingrained into our minds that changing them is like attempting to break mountains with bare hands.

Breaking free from these deeply-embedded habits is a tall order, especially if they have been acquired over a long period of time. The longer it takes to acquire certain habits, the more difficult it is to break them. And this is not necessarily a bad thing; especially if the habits acquired are positive. Positive habits should be encouraged, even developed where they are lacking.

According Mike Bressica, success comes from behaviors, which start out as thoughts. To change your habits or behaviors, you will need to have different thoughts. What occupies your mind; your thoughts; propels you to behave in a certain way. If you don't like the results of your behavior, all you need to do is to change your thoughts.

Renewing or shifting from our current thoughts to those that we desire brings about transformation or change in our lives. This is what is known as having a paradigm shift; adopting a new way of thinking, of doing things, of behavior.

The good thing about habits is that they are acquired over time through learning, nuances, brainwashing and experiences. Since they are acquired, they can be replaced by changing the thought patterns that fostered them in the first place.

To replace negative, self-limiting thought patterns, which Mike Bressica calls "mental patterns of failure", we must set as a first goal to reduce the impact of these patterns. And this cannot be done overnight. Just as it took time to acquire these mental patterns of failure, it will take time to release them and replace them with 'mental patterns of success'.

Paul talking to the Church in Rome expressed his frustration with his inability to rein in his patterns of failure. It appeared to him that he was fighting a losing battle with his mind as he found himself doing the very evil that he did not want to do; and not doing the good that he wanted to (Romans 7: 19).

Like so many of us, Paul was at a crossroad. On one side lay the old self-limiting patterns of failure; and on the other, his desire to release these negative patterns, which always led him to do evil, and replace them with those that would propel him into a transformed life of doing good.

Highly successful people are those who rid themselves of their patterns of failure by brushing off distractions. When you have no pattern of failure limiting your progress, you are able to overcome temporary setbacks at the thought level. Since the battle for success is won or lost at the thought level, your success or failure in this arena is what makes you successful or unsuccessful. Success comes naturally when you learn how to control your thought patterns. As Bressica says, if you muster the art of thought control, you will not be 'tempted to act opposite to what you know is best. You can keep fear at a minimum. Doubt is nowhere to be found.'

But how do you unlearn limiting thought patterns that you have picked up from childhood? How do you break down inscrutable blocks of negative habits that have been distilled and cemented into your psyche since childhood? To merely tell you to change your paradigm would be as vain as telling a hungry person to be filled without giving him food to eat. What we hear, see, experience or sense has a direct bearing on the formation of our habits; which are informed by thoughts, and which are then acted out in the form of behavior.

Thoughts are the foundation on which our habits are formed. These habits, depending on their nature, in turn inform our actions or behavior; and success or lack of it solely depends on the actions we take. To take that crucial first step in starting your own business, you must first of all unlearn the employee mentality and start seeing yourself as a successful entrepreneur.

But to achieve this paradigm shift is no mean fit. What with years of being told to study hard so that, when you grow up, you will get a good job? To break away from this mold of thinking and start seeing or thinking yourself as a successful business person requires much more than positive affirmations such as 'I can do it'. If 'I can do it' is out of tandem with your thought pattern, then, try as much as you will, you can't do it.

I believe with all my heart that if you can think it, you can do it. The writer of the Book of Proverbs (23:7) knew this all too well when he said that 'as one thinks in his heart, so is he'. Your thoughts define the kind of person you become. Countless times we blame external circumstances while in reality the core cause of our failure can be found in our thought patterns.

About The Author: Innocent Mwangi is a motivational writer and speaker. He specializes in helping people attain their highest potential. Visit his websites at;;;

Antioxidants In Fruit

Ripe Sliced Pomegranate
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Not all fruits are created equal. Some fruits have more antioxidant content than others. While one fruit may have nutrients with antioxidant properties, others may only have vitamins. But whatever the case, it is clear that the antioxidants in fruit are good for your health.

The human body derives its energy from oxygen. But oxygen, for all its benefits, may also carry with it some negative effects. When processing oxygen in the body (a process called oxidation), oxygen byproducts are produced. These byproducts, called free radicals, are highly reactive substances that can cause damage to cells. The antioxidant substances found in certain fruits may work to neutralize these free radicals and prevent them from causing damage.

Many people are already familiar with which fruits are high in antioxidants. Citrus fruits are known for their high vitamin C content. Apples are known for their beta-carotene. Consuming lots of fruit rich in antioxidants helps boost the body?s defense against free radicals and oxidative stress (damage caused by free radicals). Oxidative stress is a process which scientists have linked with the development of chronic and degenerative diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

Fruit, vegetables, and grains in your diet are more beneficial to your health than taking antioxidant supplements. Scientists suggest that consuming antioxidants in food may provide a combination of lesser-known but more potent antioxidants. This might afford greater effect than any single nutritional supplement.

In a recent issue of the Journal of Nutrition, the antioxidant content of several fruits, berries, vegetables, cereals, nuts, and legumes, were analyzed.

According to their findings, the best sources of antioxidants among berries were the dog rose, sour cherry, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, crowberry, blueberry, and black currant. Among fruit were pomegranate, grapes, oranges, plums, pineapple, lemons, dates, kiwi, clementines, and grapefruit. For legumes, broad beans topped the list. In the nut category, walnuts and sunflower seeds occupied the first and second spots, respectively. Other foods with antioxidant properties include kale, chili peppers, red cabbage, barley, millet, corn, ginger, and red beets.

About The Author: Robert Miller writes for several online magazines, including and

Friday, 6 October 2006

Can you say cat person?

Couldn't resist this little quiz I found over at Crews Views:

You Are: 0% Dog, 100% Cat 
You are are almost exactly like a cat. You're intelligent, independent, and set on getting your way. And there's no way you're going to fetch a paper for anyone!

Are You More Cat or Dog?

Oh, er, I answered honestly - as a HUMAN - too!


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