repost: 如果你改變不了世界,也不要讓世界改變純真的你。Even if you can not change the world, don’t let the world change your innocence.

Written by Frank M. Lin 12/03/2016 1:43 am @ Union City, California – This is a worthy article to share.  I don’t feel like translating it, my English readers can probably use google translate and get the gist of the article.  I’m just blogging it for my own reference.

In many ways, this blog acts more like  my diary.  I use it to write about my experiences and things that are of interest to you so you are definitely getting a glimpse of into how my mind functions.  I am indeed a bit crazy but don’t worry this disease does not pass around via text.  Lol.

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世界再大,也大不過一顆心;走得再遠,也不過是一場夢 世界再大,那也大不過一顆心;走得再遠,那也不過是一場夢。 不要苛求別人都對自己好,不要苛求別人都對自己不計較。生活中,總會有人對你說三道四,總會有 人對你指手畫腳。 無論這個世界對你怎樣,都請你一如既往的努力、勇敢、充滿希望。 一個真正有學問的人,往往謙遜,不會逢人就教;一個真正有德行的人,往往慧心,不會逢人就表; 一個真正有智慧的人,往往圓融,不會顯山露水;一個真正有品味的人,往往自然,不會矯揉造作; 一個真正有修為的人,往往安靜,不會爭先恐后。 與你無緣的人,你與他說話再多也是廢話。與你有緣的人,你的存在就能驚醒他所有的感覺。 結如果真的打不開,就給它系成個花樣兒,生活就這樣要學會變通。

小時候覺得悲傷很酷,聽催淚的情歌,寫決絕的字句,生怕自己看起來沒情緒。現在想來,當時真是 多慮了,人生的疾苦都會在未來的路上埋伏好等你出現,一樣也不會少你的,一樣你都躲不掉。 生命的色彩,由我們自己主宰:珍惜生命,活出精彩。 世上最難的三件事是:不浪費時間,保守秘密;忘記別人對你的傷害。 有些人對,但你想戀愛,他卻只想拼事業。有些時間很對,可你們又相互看不上眼。經常說緣分,緣 分是什么?無非就是你想戀愛時,剛好有個人來陪你談。你想好好過日子時,剛好有個人來陪你過。 恰好出現的那個人,就是緣分。

有些記憶,無法抹去;就好比有些人,注定無法替代一樣。 學會不在意,約束好自己,把該做的事做好,把該走的路走好,保持善良,做到真誠,寬容待別人, 嚴以律自己,其他一切隨意就好! 再美好也經不住遺忘,再悲傷也抵不過時光。 每一次淚水,都有一次醒悟;每一次磨難,都有生命的財富。每一次傷痛,都是成長的支柱。 有時候,你需要換個角度看生活。使人成熟的是經歷,而不是歲月。 小時候在外面買了東西回家總是把價錢給爸媽往高了報;現在買了東西回家總是把價錢給爸媽說得很 低。小時候在外面受了委屈回家總是在爸媽面前哭著說;現在受了委屈回家要想著辦法在爸媽面前保 持笑。其實我們都長大了。 結如果真的打不開,就給它系成個花樣兒,生活就這樣要學會變通。 走過的路,腳會記得;愛過的人,心會記得!貓喜歡吃魚,可貓不會游泳。魚喜歡吃蚯蚓,可魚又不 能上岸。

如果你改變不了世界,也不要讓世界改變純真的你。 你的眼光停留在什么地方,什么就會影響你,老覺得別人炫富,那是因為你在乎物資,老若覺得別人 漂亮全都是整容來的,那是因為你在乎容貌,老若覺得別人是在秀恩愛炫幸福,那是因為你內心渴 望,記得有句話說,越缺什么,越炫耀什么,其實這句話的反面就是,你越在乎且不屑別人所炫耀 的,就越是你想要的。 記住一句話:不要因為害怕被人誤解,而把自己過得很卑微。 人的一生會遭遇無數次相逢,有些人是你看過便忘了的風景,有些人則在你的心里生根抽芽。 生活就是一場場花開花落;人生就是一場場無悔穿越。 讓你哭到撕心裂肺的那個人,是你最愛的人。而那讓你笑到沒心沒肺那個人,是最愛你的人,你要做 好選擇。 世界上最殘忍的事,不是沒遇到愛的人,而是遇到卻最終錯過。

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VOTD: Poor baby girls… my heart is broken on the last one.

Updated 12/3/2016 5:44 am – After a bit more research it looks Safyre is being cared for by a great loving family.  Time will heal her wounds.  I also added 3 positive news articles about her at the bottom.

Written by Frank M. Lin 12/2/2016 4:39 am @ Union City, California – Okay this is probably the saddest blog entry I have ever written.  So, I was just randomly browsing on internet/fb/youtube and somehow came across the first video and I was a bit disturbed by its content.  It is about an eight years old girl writing a letter to her father before she passed away.  It seems to be about an alcoholic father who would tragically killed the daughter when he was intoxicated.  I’m pretty sure it is based on a true story.

Then through the youtube’s automated recommended lists I saw the 2nd sad video.  That is also a sad story.  But that is not all, the worst video I have seen in quite sometime is suggested to me.  I’m not regretting watching it but I kid you not, I was crying like a little girl and my heart hurt so much from feeling what the kid must feel like, not only the physical pain from being a burnt victim which is probably the most painful recovery a person can undertake and she is just a little 5 year old girl.  But she also lost her siblings and her dear dad who protected her by shielding her from the fire.  The pain was so hard to take, my heart has NEVER ache in such a painful way before.  Tt hurt a lot more than when my ex-girlfriend breaking my heart back in 2001.  Ha.

Anyways, this post is hard for me to say “enjoy these videos”, but since Thanksgiving was just few days ago, this VOTD blog entry is very appropriate.  I just want to remind my readers to count your blessings.  Being grateful and thankful is a important aspect of you receiving generosity from the universe.  By becoming mindful and thankful you will notice your life will start to change for the better.  Take my advice and watch amazing things unfold in your life.  :-)

I do have some good news to share about Safyre.  She has received millions of cards and lot of money donations.  Her life will still remain extremely challenging in the future but now she has help from the globe.

HELP Fatal Arson Survivor Safyre Terry and Family – donation closed, but over $433k was raised and will help Safyre with her medical needs.

Little girl who survived fire named ‘Miss Toys for Tots’ – “We have received 1.7 million letters and 25,000 packages for her so far,” Marion said. “That’s about 325-350 letters daily and 25 to 30 packages daily.”  She will probably never finish reading her xmas card from 2015.  lol.

8-Year-Old Burn Victim Who Lost Family in Fire Receives New Hand and Foot: ‘She Is On Cloud Nine’ – awesome to hear her operation went well.  She is slowly but surely improving daily.  That is good news.

Facebook fan page where her progress is shared.

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New Moon in Sagittarius and The Triple 11:11:11 Portal on Nov 29th 2016

Written by Frank M. Lin 11/29/2016 8:34 am – Well well, it is actually my bday today and check out this astrology post shared by my friend Sunny Wang.

I haven’t said much but, things has been incredible for me in the past month.  I’ve actually had a psychic reading done for me recently.  I don’t normally do that as I don’t like to spend money and also I believe in full control of my own destiny.  However once in a long blue moon I will get a reading just to see what they have to say.  My mom also believe in the esoteric somewhat, but not fully.  In the past she had traditional fortune done for me by about 4 well respected Chinese ba-zhi readers.  Ba-zhi reading is based on your birth hour.  Surprisingly they all came to the same conclusion more or less…  One key theme was that I am a late bloomer.  Unlike lot of people who finds huge success in 20’s I won’t be really successful until I’m into my 40’s.  I am not successful yet but things are looking up.  I know I have said similar things in the past only to fizzle out however this time I have got it under my control now.  I am my own worst enemy, if I fail, only I am to blame.  But I have no fear anymore.  In the past 2 months I’ve been slowly organizing and cleaning up lot of little things in order for me to move forward.  I’m very satisfied with my progress.  It is steadily but surely.  I will slowly reveal what I’ve been working on.  Anyway, on to this astrology post.


 

New Moon in Sagittarius and The Triple 11:11:11 Portal on Nov 29th 2016

Original Source: http://www.lovehaswon.org/astrology/new-moon-in-sagittarius-and-the-triple-111111-portal-on-nov-29th-2016

Posted by newsununity, 11/27/2016

By Tania Gabrielle

A New Moon in expansive and happy Sagittarius is extra special this year since it happens on November 29, an amazing triple 11:11:11 Portal of new beginnings.

What an empowering day in the heavens this is!

The triad is the most dynamic shape in sacred geometry, so this 11:11:11 New Moon code carries a positive impact on your life, since Sagittarius governs expansion, opportunities and great expectations about the future.

Step through this powerful triple 11:11:11 portal into a glorious future.

Especially right now! The universe is preparing you to let bygones be bygones as we approach the powerful END of a nine-year cycle…

It’s a game-changing moment of limitless bounty and breakthroughs!

Trust that you can CHANGE ANYTHING in the blink of an eye.

And remember – Jupiter, ruling planet of Sagittarius, will EXPAND your life in any area of your choosing.

It goes without saying to keep your mood on the optimistic side, since this planet expands everything – including a negative mindset. In general, it’s a really good idea to be very clear about what you want MORE of!

Jupiter is so dynamic during this New Moon – lying opposite breakthrough planet Uranus as they both form a T-square to Pluto and Venus. Focus on your future and have FUN doing so – trust your intuitive insights – you are easily creating breakthroughs now.

Go ahead… challenge all your perceived ideas of how things should be.

You are entering a portal of completely new experiences – things you never imagined were possible before now!

Jupiter loves giving you MORE – more abundance, more love, greater health and more success, so use these next four weeks to focus on what you WANT to attract. You’ll be exploring your VISION of the future, dreaming BIG, getting clear how to experience ultimate FREEDOM.

Look especially at beliefs you are carrying about your ability to manifest a beautiful, abundant life.

What do you believe? Align your beliefs with profound generosity of love, with fun and happiness, with an expectation and gratitude for abundance.

Anything that fulfills your soul is your 1111:11 Gateway to Greatness.

Proceed confidently and fearlessly… you have the universe on your side:

  • Sun and Moon are at 7° bridging dimensions and expanding your instincts, intuition, cognition and spiritual awareness.
  • 11:11:11 is an irresistible call-to-action – listen for guidance to help you move forward into your soul purpose which has NO limits!
  • New Moon in Sagittarius creates a harmonious sextile to Jupiter(ruler of Sagittarius) inviting opportunities, lucky breaks, fortunate experiences – expect them!

A couple of guidelines:

  1. Neptune forms a tense “square” to the Sun and Moon. Differentiate illusion from inspiration – make your inspired dreams come true. This is a strong invitation to welcome your intuition into your decision making process. Make an agreement Now to trust and surrender.
  2. Jupiter likes to say YES to every opportunity, so make sure you don’t over-commit and stretch yourself too thin, only to regret it later. It’s always better to over-deliver, not renege on promises that are not deliverable.

This 11:11:11 New Moon will invite you to see beyond your Earthly existence into Cosmic Consciousness…

You are now preparing for your Best Year EVER — 2017!

Each person has the ability to create their own unique Heaven on Earth.May the Joy of this Sagittarius New Moon activate your heart with an abundance of blessings!

In Gratitude and Love, Tania Gabrielle.

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VOTD: DAPL part II – calling all Americans, heck all earthlings, spread the word.

Written by Frank M. Lin 11/24/2016 4:12 am @ Union City, California – I am compelled to add more videos about the activities going on at Standing Rock, North Dakota.  I have found several _excellent_ short videos jam packed with solid information that I think you will all enjoy.  Here we go.

Nice little interview about what the protectors are doing to get ready for the cold winter coming.

Published on Nov 1, 2016, by Joseph Tittel

Ancient Native Prophecy of the Black Snake is happening at this very moment. This is number 8 of 9 Hopi & Lakota Prophecies. The first 7 have all come into fruition. It is of the utmost importance that you watch, share and get involved now for the future of our water and all of humanity is at stake right now.

Right now thousands of natives and others have come together to stop the black snack Dakota Access Pipeline from crossing over the Missouri river into the land of the Lakota Indians. According to prophecy if the black snake crosses the river into the land the waters will be poisoned and it will mark off the end of the world. They do not call themselves protestors but instead they are the water protectors. They are protecting your water and your future so you must not sit there, you must get involved. If you at all care about the future of your children and grandchildren.

Spiritual Medium Joseph Tittel describes in detail the prophecy along with the last prophecy to come true. Joseph explains the current situation along with signs that have appeared from spirit. Very powerful signs. Included is detailed information on how you can get involved.
You can start by sharing this video with everyone you know.
Do you stand for standing rock?


I really enjoyed this second video above.  I love how the Black Snake (DAPL) has united the entire American Indian people.  I love how eerie the prophecy is.  And I feel strongly we will win against the evil corporation.  It is just a matter of time.  Towards the middle it gets a little hard to watch.  The tribes and many people were coming together peacefully, yet the evil corps send their minions to use violence against these brave protectors of mother earth.  I have nothing but utmost respect for people who stare down and hold their position despite overwhelming use of excessive force against them.  You protectors are the real American Heros.  You are as brave, if not braver than any people who entered military service.

Honestly I suddenly have a sense of wanting to go to Standing Rock, even if it is just for a day or two, just to observe and show support.  We’ll see if I can make that happen just yet.  -Frank


Mother earth sends Wild Buffalo’s for support.  This is a thing of beauty.  <3


 


 

Bonus videos: okay enough of the serious video.  Check out this very sweet video of beautiful ladies working out.  The beat is sick.  I love it.

OMG that babe in the thumbnail pictures she is fine AF.  I need her in my life.  LOL.

These girls are beautiful and strong.  I better get myself back on  my 5×5 strong lift program asap.  I’ve restarted my 5:30 am yoga so I’m getting in my daily 2 hours stretching.  :-)  Feels awesome.  Now I need to add bball and lifting too.  As I still sleep less than 2 hours a day I will have no problem finding time to do so, just have to schedule it.

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VOTD: DAPL, what’s up with Standing Rock?

Written by Frank M. lin 11/22/2016 6:30 pm @ DNR Performance, Hayward, California

For the past weeks there has been protesting going on at Standing Rock, North Dakota.  You hear very little, if anything about it on the mainstream TV news.  However steadily I see it on my facebook feeds.  Here are few videos that will quickly explain what’s going on.  First one, sub 3 minutes long:

Here are more information about the protest from the wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_Access_Pipeline_protests.  The protest actually began in April 2016 but most of the social media haven’t really heard about it until very recently when the authorities started to get violent against the peaceful protestors.

The Dakota Access Pipeline protests, also known by hashtags such as #NoDAPL, are a grassroots movement that began in the spring of 2016 in reaction to the proposed construction of Energy Transfer PartnersDakota Access Pipeline. The proposed pipeline would run from the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota to southern Illinois, crossing beneath the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, as well as part of Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. In April, a Standing Rock Sioux elder established a camp as a center for cultural preservation and spiritual resistance to the pipeline. Over the summer the camp grew to thousands of people.[4]

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted a limited review of the route and issued a finding of no significant impact, but did not carry out an area-wide full environmental impact assessment.[5] In March and April 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Interior, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation asked the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a formal Environmental Impact Assessment and issue an Environmental Impact Statement. In July, however, the Army Corps of Engineers approved the water crossing permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline under a “fast track” option, and construction of the disputed section of pipeline continued.[6] The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed suit against the Corps of Engineers, accusing the agency of violating the National Historic Preservation Actand other laws.[7] On November 14, the The Army Corps of Engineers said it needed more time to study the impact of the plan. In a news release they said: “The Army has determined that additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation’s dispossessions of lands, the importance of Lake Oahe to the Tribe, our government-to-government relationship, and the statute governing easements through government property.”[75]

On September 3, security workers used attack dogs and pepper spray to disperse protesters from property the protestors claim to be a sacred burial site. In late October, armed soldiers and police with riot gear and military equipment cleared an encampment that was directly in the proposed pipeline’s path, while construction took place behind the police on the land the protestors had been removed from in September. [8][9]

oil companies exposed by former worker of oil industry. 15 minutes. must watch:

I didn’t realize the DAPL project started back in 2014!!  Check out the wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_Access_Pipeline

The Dakota Access Pipeline or Bakken pipeline is a 1,172-mile-long (1,886 km) underground oil pipeline project in the United States. The pipeline is being planned by Dakota Access, LLC, a subsidiary of the Dallas, Texas corporation Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. It would begin in the Bakken oil fields in Northwest North Dakota and would travel in a more or less straight line south-east, through South Dakota and Iowa, and end at the oil tank farm near Patoka, Illinois. The pipeline is due for delivery on January 1, 2017.[2]

The $3.7 billion project became public in July 2014, and informational hearings for landowners took place between August 2014 and January 2015.[citation needed] Dakota Access submitted its plan to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) on October 29, 2014, and applied for a permit in January 2015. The IUB was the last of the four state regulators to grant the permit in March 2016, including the use of eminent domain, after some public controversy. As of March 2016, Dakota Access had secured voluntary easements on 82 percent of Iowa land.

The pipeline has been controversial regarding its necessity, and potential harm to the environment. A number of Native Americans in Iowa and the Dakotas have opposed the pipeline, including the Meskwaki and several Sioux tribal nations. In August 2016, ReZpect Our Water, a group organized on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, brought a petition to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. and the tribe sued for an injunction. A protest at the pipeline site in North Dakota near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has drawn international attention in response to the thousands of people who are protesting the pipeline construction and how they have been treated by local and state authorities.

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Repost: 1989 F40 LM – is this the first “hyper car?”

Written by Frank M. Lin 11/19/2016 4:48 am @ Union City, California

Preface: So this morning I was browsing my facebook as usual and I came across this photo…

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Instinctively I knew this had to be the LM model…  never really took a closer look in the past but the not only is it beautifully visually, the specs are crazy.  I don’t remember if it was street legal but if it was, it is the first hyper car.  750+bhp with some say one version had 950 bhp!!  And only weights 1050 kg / 2305 lbs.  OMG WTF!  I’ve looked up couple of articles and videos and included them below.  Enjoy.  BTW I really like the mis-matching six spokes up front and five spoke in the rear.  It’s kind of ghetto just the way I like it.

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Below are borrowed content from supercars.net – source: http://www.supercars.net/blog/1989-ferrari-f40-lm-2/

1989 Ferrari F40 LM

The F40LM seen here, is far more exclusive than even a normal F40: it is one of the genuine, ultra rare Le Mans (LM) versions originally built for Ferrari’s most favoured clients.

While Ferrari never originally intended for the F40 to go racing, a number of individuals with the wherewithal to put the car on the track quickly realized the F40’s racing potential. Daniel Marin, of Charles Pozzi SA, successfully lobbied Ferrari to authorize Michelotto to produce a series of racing examples that adhered to IMSA rules, giving the world’s fastest production car a chance to earn its keep on the race track.

This limited-production Ferrari, dubbed the F40 LM, for Le Mans, would be much more radical, exclusive, and exciting than the already intense F40 in every way. The chassis had work done to it and it was fitted with a way more aggressive body kit as well as race inspired front and rear wings.

Brakes, suspension and gearbox as well as wider wheels and tires were all part of the LM treatment. If you can believe they even found a way to strip even more out of the already stripped our F40 interior. In a further effort to save weight, the F40’s distinctive flip-up headlights were replaced with fixed lamps behind Lexan covers. The Ferrari F40 LM weighed just 2,314 pounds.

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Bonhams sale of 88522 at Gstaad

Developed for competition by Michelotto of Padova on behalf of the factory, the LM sported a reinforced chassis, even more aggressive bodywork including a deeper front air dam and larger, cockpit adjustable rear wing, a racing interior, stiffer suspension, up-rated brakes, competition gearbox, wider wheels and a specially prepared engine producing between 850-900bhp.

The sixth LM built, chassis ‘88522’ was delivered new via POZZI (Ferrari France) to none other than the famous French cartoonist Uderzo, creator of the celebrated Asterix cartoon strip. Uderzo, a keen and long-standing Ferrari collector, used the car exclusively for private test days, and during one of these damaged the front bonnet. The car was returned to the factory for a replacement and the opportunity was taken at the same time to convert it to run on unleaded fuel, an important advantage for future collectors.

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Ferrari F40 LM Gallery

See full Ferrari F40 LM Gallery here

Ferrari F40 LM Videos

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Racing Car
engine Tipo F120 A Twin Turbo V8
aspiration Twin IHI Turbochargers w/Behr Intercoolers
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement 2936 cc / 179.2 in³
bore 82.0 mm / 3.23 in
stroke 69.5 mm / 2.74 in
compression 7.8:1
power 566.7 kw / 760 bhp @ 7500 rpm
specific output 258.86 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 723.81 bhp per tonne
body / frame Composite & Tubular Steel
driven wheels Mid Engine / RWD
wheel type OZ Racing Alloy
rear tires Not Available/35ZR-17
front brakes Brembro Discs
rear brakes Brembro Discs
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension Koni Springs & Dampers, Anti-roll Bars
r suspension Koni Springs & Dampers, Anti-roll Bars
curb weight 1050 kg / 2315 lbs
wheelbase 2450 mm / 96.5 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios 2.77:1, 1.71:1, 1.23:1, 0.96:1, 0.77:1
top speed ~368.5 kph / 229 mph
0 – 60 mph ~3.1 seconds

Auction Sales History

1989 Ferrari F40 LM

1994 Ferrari F40 LM 97904 – sold for $3,300,000 Radically updated over the road going F40; lighter and much more powerful. The 18th example of 19 produced. One of just two with the pushrod/rocker arm suspension; the only example in private ownership. Quite possibly the finest surviving example and perhaps the most original in existence. Full service by Ferrari of Central Florida, including its timing belts in July 2013. The ultimate Ferrari F40; unrivaled track performance. Auction Source: RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015

1989 Ferrari F40 LM

1990 Ferrari F40 LM ZFFGX34X0K0079891 – sold for $2,090,000 An Important Piece of Ferrari Racing History. The Only Ecurie Pozzi Team Car in Private Hands. Podium Finishes at Mid-Ohio and Mosport. Driven by Hurley Haywood, Jacques Laffite, and Jean-Pierre Jabouille. Only Three Private Owners Since Leaving Charles Pozzi SA. Comprehensive Mechanical Restoration by Classic Coach Repair, Inc. Faithfully Presented in Original 1990 Racing Livery. Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini. Auction Source: Gooding & Company’s 10th Anniversary 2013 Pebble Beach Auction

1989 Ferrari F40 LM

1990 Ferrari F40 LM 88513 – did not sell for €900,000. The Ferrari F40 LM presented here, chassis number 88513 is the third car of the 19 IMSA LMs built. The invoice from Ferrari shows that the car was originally sold to a German collector and describes this car as, “No.1 F40 LM Competition Prototype car, VIN ZFFGX34XOLOO88513, Engine no. F12OB008, coming from our “Esperienze” Dept.” The car was completed in May 1990 and has been used very sparingly during its life, and has never been raced. Auto Motor Sport magazine tested the car in their July 1991 issue. Between December 2005 and July 2007 a full inspection and service was carried out by Michelotto at a cost of over €60,000. Following this, DK Engineering tested the car at the Ferrari Owner’s Club test day at Silverstone in July 2007 and the car ran faultlessly.

This Ferrari F40 LM is finished in Rosso Corsa; it has a standard interior and has had just three owners from new. It is a fabulous example of just 19 cars specially built by Micholotto. The car is ready to be entered in a variety of events worldwide and can be raced for the first time in championships such as the GT 90’s Revival Series. Additionally, in 2009 it will probably be eligible for the Ferrari Historic Championship and in the right hands this Ferrari will undoubtedly be the car to beat. Auction Source: 2008 Leggenda e Passione


Bonus story from Jalopnik: The Story Of The Ferrari F40 LM That Lost Its Top

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Glyphosate – why you must know this? 4 articles linked.

Written by Frank M. Lin 11/17/2016 4:21 am – recently I’ve been having arguments (rather than debate) with this Paul Davenport dude on my facebook.  I actually know of him from hybrids from way back.  But he gets on my nerves because he is really dense and believes GMO is perfectly fine and he believes glyphosate is safe to use.  Because the EPA said so.  False dude, don’t you know the lobbying is a billion dollar industry in USA?  There is so much cover up and fake facts distributed it’s not even funny.  This morning I decided to google a little bit and one can easily find evidence to support that glyphosate (major component of Monsanto’s RoundUp) is in fact – evil as hell.  I will simply link to articles below.

Paul, if you wish to continue to naively believe in the bullshit they have fed you, go right ahead and enjoy your glyphosate and round ups…  for the rest of the sensible people who have decided to wake up with me, trust no one.  Do your own research.  You shouldn’t blindly follow my blog either.  I’ve spent thousands of hours watching and reading…  and I’m drawing my own conclusions.  Use your brain, it will thank you.

First article source, from Scientific America, published in 2009 – https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/weed-whacking-herbicide-p/

Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells

Used in gardens, farms, and parks around the world, the weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that can suffocate human cells in a laboratory, researchers say

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Used in yards, farms and parks throughout the world, Roundup has long been a top-selling weed killer. But now researchers have found that one of Roundup’s inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells.

The new findings intensify a debate about so-called “inerts” — the solvents, preservatives, surfactants and other substances that manufacturers add to pesticides. Nearly 4,000 inert ingredients are approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, is the most widely used herbicide in the United States.  About 100 million pounds are applied to U.S. farms and lawns every year, according to the EPA.

Until now, most health studies have focused on the safety of glyphosate, rather than the mixture of ingredients found in Roundup. But in the new study, scientists found that Roundup’s inert ingredients amplified the toxic effect on human cells—even at concentrations much more diluted than those used on farms and lawns.

One specific inert ingredient, polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA, was more deadly to human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells than the herbicide itself – a finding the researchers call “astonishing.”

“This clearly confirms that the [inert ingredients] in Roundup formulations are not inert,” wrote the study authors from France’s University of Caen. “Moreover, the proprietary mixtures available on the market could cause cell damage and even death [at the] residual levels” found on Roundup-treated crops, such as soybeans, alfalfa and corn, or lawns and gardens.

The research team suspects that Roundup might cause pregnancy problems by interfering with hormone production, possibly leading to abnormal fetal development, low birth weights or miscarriages.

Monsanto, Roundup’s manufacturer, contends that the methods used in the study don’t reflect realistic conditions and that their product, which has been sold since the 1970s, is safe when used as directed. Hundreds of studies over the past 35 years have addressed the safety of glyphosate.

“Roundup has one of the most extensive human health safety and environmental data packages of any pesticide that’s out there,” said Monsanto spokesman John Combest. “It’s used in public parks, it’s used to protect schools. There’s been a great deal of study on Roundup, and we’re very proud of its performance.”

The EPA considers glyphosate to have low toxicity when used at the recommended doses.

“Risk estimates for glyphosate were well below the level of concern,” said EPA spokesman Dale Kemery. The EPA classifies glyphosate as a Group E chemical, which means there is strong evidence that it does not cause cancer in humans.

In addition, the EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture both recognize POEA as an inert ingredient. Derived from animal fat, POEA is allowed in products certified organic by the USDA. The EPA has concluded that it is not dangerous to public health or the environment.

The French team, led by Gilles-Eric Seralini, a University of Caen molecular biologist, said its results highlight the need for health agencies to reconsider the safety of Roundup.

“The authorizations for using these Roundup herbicides must now clearly be revised since their toxic effects depend on, and are multiplied by, other compounds used in the mixtures,” Seralini’s team wrote.

Controversy about the safety of the weed killer recently erupted in Argentina, one of the world’s largest exporters of soy.

Last month, an environmental group petitioned Argentina’s Supreme Court, seeking a temporary ban on glyphosate use after an Argentine scientist and local activists reported a high incidence of birth defects and cancers in people living near crop-spraying areas. Scientists there also linked genetic malformations in amphibians to glysophate. In addition, last year in Sweden, a scientific team found that exposure is a risk factor for people developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Inert ingredients are often less scrutinized than active pest-killing ingredients. Since specific herbicide formulations are protected as trade secrets, manufacturers aren’t required to publicly disclose them. Although Monsanto is the largest manufacturer of glyphosate-based herbicides, several other manufacturers sell similar herbicides with different inert ingredients.

The term “inert ingredient” is often misleading, according to Caroline Cox, research director of the Center for Environmental Health, an Oakland-based environmental organization. Federal law classifies all pesticide ingredients that don’t harm pests as “inert,” she said. Inert compounds, therefore, aren’t necessarily biologically or toxicologically harmless – they simply don’t kill insects or weeds.

Kemery said the EPA takes into account the inert ingredients and how the product is used, whenever a pesticide is approved for use. The aim, he said, is to ensure that “if the product is used according to labeled directions, both people’s health and the environment will not be harmed.” One label requirement for Roundup is that it should not be used in or near freshwater to protect amphibians and other wildlife.

But some inert ingredients have been found to potentially affect human health. Many amplify the effects of active ingredients by helping them penetrate clothing, protective equipment and cell membranes, or by increasing their toxicity. For example, a Croatian team recently found that an herbicide formulation containing atrazine caused DNA damage, which can lead to cancer, while atrazine alone did not.

POEA was recognized as a common inert ingredient in herbicides in the 1980s, when researchers linked it to a group of poisonings in Japan. Doctors there examined patients who drank Roundup, either intentionally or accidentally, and determined that their sicknesses and deaths were due to POEA, not glyphosate.

POEA is a surfactant, or detergent, derived from animal fat. It is added to Roundup and other herbicides to help them penetrate plants’ surfaces, making the weed killer more effective.

“POEA helps glyphosate interact with the surfaces of plant cells,” explained Negin Martin, a scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina, who was not involved in the study. POEA lowers water’s surface tension–the property that makes water form droplets on most surfaces–which helps glyphosate disperse and penetrate the waxy surface of a plant.

In the French study, researchers tested four different Roundup formulations, all containing POEA and glyphosate at concentrations below the recommended lawn and agricultural dose. They also tested POEA and glyphosate separately to determine which caused more damage to embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells.

Glyphosate, POEA and all four Roundup formulations damaged all three cell types. Umbilical cord cells were especially sensitive to POEA. Glyphosate became more harmful when combined with POEA, and POEA alone was more deadly to cells than glyphosate. The research appears in the January issue of the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology.

By using embryonic and placental cell lines, which multiply and respond to chemicals rapidly, and fresh umbilical cord cells, Seralini’s team was able to determine how the chemicals combine to damage cells.

The two ingredients work together to “limit breathing of the cells, stress them and drive them towards a suicide,” Seralini said.

The research was funded in part by France’s Committee for Research and Independent Information on Genetic Engineering, a scientific committee that investigates risks associated with genetically modified organisms. One of Roundup’s primary uses is on crops that are genetically engineered to be resistant to glyphosate.

Monsanto scientists argue that cells in Seralini’s study were exposed to unnaturally high levels of the chemicals. “It’s very unlike anything you’d see in real-world exposure. People’s cells are not bathed in these things,” said Donna Farmer, another toxicologist at Monsanto.

Seralini’s team, however, did study multiple concentrations of Roundup. These ranged from the typical agricultural or lawn dose down to concentrations 100,000 times more dilute than the products sold on shelves. The researchers saw cell damage at all concentrations.

Monsanto scientists also question the French team’s use of laboratory cell lines.
“These are just not very good models of a whole organism, like a human being,” said Dan Goldstein, a toxicologist with Monsanto.

Goldstein said humans have protective mechanisms that resist substances in the environment, such as skin and the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, which constantly renew themselves. “Those phenomena just don’t happen with isolated cells in a Petri dish.”

But Cox, who studies pesticides and their inert ingredients at the Oakland environmental group, says lab experiments like these are important in determining whether a chemical is safe.

“We would never consider it ethical to test these products on people, so we’re obliged to look at their effects on other species and in other systems,” she said. “There’s really no way around that.”

Seralini said the cells used in the study are widely accepted in toxicology as good models for studying the toxicity of chemicals.

“The fact is that 90 percent of labs studying mechanisms of toxicity or physiology use cell lines,” he said.

Most research has examined glyphosate alone, rather than combined with Roundup’s inert ingredients. Researchers who have studied Roundup formulations have drawn conclusions similar to the Seralini group’s. For example, in 2005, University of Pittsburg ecologists added Roundup at the manufacturer’s recommended dose to ponds filled with frog and toad tadpoles. When they returned two weeks later, they found that 50 to 100 percent of the populations of several species of tadpoles had been killed.

A group of over 250 environmental, health and labor organizations has petitioned the EPA to change requirements for identifying pesticides’ inert ingredients. The agency’s decision is due this fall.

“It would be a big step for the agency to take,” said Cox. “But it’s one they definitely should.”

The groups claim that the laws allowing manufacturers to keep inert ingredients secret from competitors are essentially unnecessary. Companies can determine a competitor’s inert ingredients through routine lab analyses, said Cox.

“The proprietary protection laws really only keep information from the public,” she said.

This article originally ran at Environmental Health News, a news source published by Environmental Health Sciences, a nonprofit media company.


 

 

Second article source: https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/07/24/why-do-regulators-conclude-glyphosate-safe-while-iarc-almost-alone-claims-it-could-cause-cancer/

Why regulators conclude glyphosate safe while IARC, alone, claims it could cause cancer?

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In March, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), issued a statement (also published in The Lancet) that re-classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”. It was a surprise to some in the scientific community because every major regulatory agency had determined that glyphosate, an herbicide often paired with genetically modified crops, was not carcinogenic. In fact, it’s lethal dosage measure is about that of common table salt. So why how did IARC reach such a classification? According to the IARC summary–the full report has not yet been released and may not be for months–because of:

Limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The evidence in humans is from studies of exposures, mostly agricultural, in the USA, Canada, and Sweden published since 2001. In addition, there is convincing evidence that glyphosate also can cause cancer in laboratory animals.

Anti-GMO groups jumped on the report, led by anti-GMO crusader, NaturalNews.com, acting as point in a global campaign to ban glyphosate, which is better known as Monsanto’s Roundup (although it is widely sold in generic form).

In response to a recent International Agency for Research on Cancer report, which found that the Monsanto herbicide glyphosate “probably” causes cancer in humans, a cohort of international doctors is now petitioning the European Union Parliament, the EU Commission, and several other health and food safety authorities to take action by banning the use of this prolific chemical.

The website for Moms Against Monsanto declared that “Top Medical Journal, WHO Confirm: Monsanto’s Flagship Product Probably Causes Cancer.” Not to be outdone, Common Dreams declared “Glyphosate, Favored Chemical of Monsanto & Dow, Declared ‘Probable’ Source of Cancer for Humans.” Anti-GMO NGOs have been relentlessly flogging this report since.Even more scientifically oriented publications couldn’t resist overstepping in characterizing the review.

Scientific American declared “Widely used herbicide linked to cancer.” The science magazine had earlier published a post quoting a study by Gilles-Éric Séralini in an article entitled “Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells.”

Some countries even took the IARC report to heart enough to suspend uses of glyphosate.

Comparing apples and Roundup

Does glyphosate pose a genuine danger to humans? The mainstream press has tried to separate the scare from the science, but it’s been a challenge because of the confusion of what IARC was evaluating and scientists in general assess the potential hazards and risks of chemicals. IARC does not evaluate actual human risks–a fact widely misunderstood by the public in general. Regulatory agencies do that. Rather, IARC looks at what is called “hazards”.

Note the focus of the IARC review. Quoting Nature’s summary:

The IARC review notes there is limited evidence for a link to cancer in humans. Although several studies have shown that people who work with the herbicide seem to be at increased risk of a cancer type called non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the report notes that a separate huge US study, the Agricultural Health Study, found no link to non-Hodgkin lymphomas. That study followed thousands of farmers and looked at whether they had increased risk of cancer.

But other evidence, including from animal studies, led the IARC to its ‘probably carcinogenic’ classification. Glyphosate has been linked to tumours in mice and rats — and there is also what the IARC classifies as ‘mechanistic evidence’, such as DNA damage to human cells from exposure to glyphosate.

Like glyphosate, almost anything can present a hazard, from the sun to chemicals to everyday foods like coffee depending upon exposure. British based Sense About Science just issued an explainer on the glyphosate controversy to help dispel the fog of confusion about what this review actually means. What is IARC, it asks?

The IARC is an agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) which aims to identify causes of cancer. It brings together groups of scientists to review scientific evidence in order to recognise chemicals, physical and biological agents, and lifestyle factors that can cause cancer in humans.

The IARC do not carry out a risk assessment but rather assess the potential of an agent to be carcinogenic. It does not take into consideration how much of or how commonly a risk it poses in the real world.

We’ve translated the IARC’s carcinogen list into something you can read hereWarning: You might be shocked…

What’s been overlooked is that the classification that IARC assigned glyphosate—a “2A, Probably carcinogenic to humans”—is the same classification the organization gave to grapefruit juice, fruits (including apples), and working the night shift. At least glyphosate didn’t rate a “1, carcinogenic to humans,” so it’s not as dangerous as sunlight, sunlamps, oral contraceptives, Chinese style salted fish and alcoholic beverages, among a long list.

When IARC comes to a determination of what may cause cancer, it combs through existing literature (which does raise the risk of cherry-picking studies that satisfy your point of view). But it’s assessing the hazard of a chemical. A hazard assessment simply states that a certain chemical, environmental element or behavior is somehow related to cancer. It’ll then note whether something “is,” “is probable” or “is possible”, or “isn’t,” so far as we know.

What a hazard evaluation does not tell you is how likely you are to get cancer. That’s the domain of a risk assessment, which will use the same words–“is,” “probable” and “possible”–but in a different way. Here’s a very informative video explainer by Andrew Maynard, director of the Risk Innovation Lab at Arizona State University, that covers how IARC makes its hazard assessments:

Risks versus hazards

While a hazard just shows you that “somebody out there linked this to cancer,” a risk measures how likely you are going to come into contact with this hazard. So, in the case of apples and pears, IARC looked at the existence of amygdalin, or formaldehyde, both of which are considered class 1 carcinogens and occur naturally in apples. But apples contain 22 parts per million of formaldehyde, far below amounts necessary to cause cancer. In short, dose matters.

Likewise, a report trumpeted by Moms Across America, for example, claimed the existence of glyphosate in mother’s milk, but it was not actually a study and has been challenged by many scientists, most recently by researchers at Washington State University.

Most foods do contain certain chemicals that are associated with toxicity. But each chemical has a dosage curve showing how much ingestion is needed to cause harm, and most foods contain very low doses of these toxins. As the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states,

Just because we can detect levels of an environmental chemical in a person’s blood or urine does not necessarily mean that the chemical will cause effects of disease.

This explains why IARC, a WHO subsidiary, can issue reports on cancer hazards, while the World Health Organization itself declares that the IARC study does not indicate a need for more regulation of glyphosate. In fact, several other government agencies, including the German government and (so far) US Environmental Protection Agency, have issued statements on the doses of glyphosate that cause harm and the low cancer risk of the popular and targeted weed-killer:

  • The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment re-examined data on glyphosate and declared that “the available data do not show carcinogenic or mutagenic properties of glyphosate nor that glyphosate is toxic to fertility, reproduction or embryonal/fetal development in laboratory animals.” The institute did find toxicity that originated from surfactants and other co-formulants used in the making of some glyphosate products.
  • The EPA and other US agencies have considered glyphosate’s cancer risk to be low (the EPA declared glyphosate as noncarcinogenic in 1991), but the EPA is currently reviewing the chemical for weed resistance as well as other properties.

Sense About Science and other groups maintain that even as a hazard evaluation, IARC badly botched its job.

Scientists have criticised the IARC glyphosate assessment for numerous reasons:

  • The selection of literature for reviewing was unbalanced and data has been ‘cherry picked’
  • No new scientific evidence was included in this evaluation
  • This classification is based mostly on animal studies and the report states that there is limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans
  • It contradicts the conclusions of several national regulatory agencies around the world that have reviewed the large body of glyphosate research and deemed it a safe herbicide

…The dose makes the poison

It’s important to remember that any chemical, whether natural or synthetic can hurt us if we consume too much of it.  The dose is the crucial factor.

The responsibility of IARC and similar organizations doing hazard evaluations is to review the scientific literature (or sometimes conduct their own limited research) to classify the potential theoretical dangers that a chemical could pose–but not in real world usage. Then, it’s up to regulatory agencies using risk metrics to compare what’s known about toxic exposure levels of the hazard with actual exposure in humans or animals. It’s this assessment that informs us whether something might pose genuine health dangers, such as cancer.

So what does science tell us about glyphosate? It’s not carcinogenic and is safe as used. If you question that based on the IARC hazard study, perhaps you should consider advocating bans of grapefruits, apples or night shift work.

Andrew Porterfield is a writer, editor and communications consultant for academic institutions, companies and non-profits in the life sciences. He is based in Camarillo, California. Follow @AMPorterfield on Twitter.


 

Article three source The Guardian (England): https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/13/eu-scientists-in-row-over-safety-of-glyphosate-weedkiller

EU scientists in row over safety of Glyphosate weedkiller

Dispute over possible carcinogenic effects of the widely used weedkiller comes ahead of an EU decision on its continued use

Various brands of weedkiller at a gardening centre in Britain
Various brands of weedkiller at a gardening centre in Britain Photograph: David Pearson/Alamy

A bitter row has broken out over the allegedly carcinogenic qualities of a widely-used weedkiller, ahead of an EU decision on whether to continue to allow its use.

At issue is a call by the European Food and Safety Authority (Efsa) to disregard an opinion by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on the health effects of Glyphosate.

Glyphosate is sold and promoted by Monsanto for use with its GM crops. The herbicide makes the company $5bn (£3.5bn) a year, and is used so widely that its residues are commonly found in British bread.

But while an analysis by the IARC last year found it is probably carcinogenic to humans, Efsa decided last month that it probably was not. That paves the way for the herbicide to be relicensed by an EU working group later this year, potentially in the next few weeks.

Within days of Efsa’s announcement, 96 prominent scientists – including most of the IARC team – had fired off a letter to the EU health commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, warning that the basis of Efsa’s research was “not credible because it is not supported by the evidence”.

“Accordingly, we urge you and the European commission to disregard the flawed Efsa finding,” the scientists said.

In a reply last month, which the Guardian has seen, Andriukaitis told the scientists that he found their diverging opinions on glyphosate “disconcerting”. But the European Parliament and EU ministers had agreed to give Efsa a pivotal role in assessing pesticide substances, he noted.

“These are legal obligations,” the commissioner said. “I am not able to accommodate your request to simply disregard the Efsa conclusion.”

A few days later, Efsa’s executive director Bernard Url hit back, complaining to the European parliament’s environment committee that the scientists had not seen the evidence, and were leaving the domain of science by making their criticisms public.

“This is the first sign of the Facebook age of science,” he said. “You have a scientific assessment, you put it in Facebook and you count how many people like it. For us, this is no way forward. We produce a scientific opinion, we stand for it but we cannot take into account whether it will be liked or not.”

However, unease within Url’s group was growing and at the next Efsa executive meeting, board members talked candidly of a “crisis” over the issue.

As well as finding the IARC’s analysis “far more credible”, the critique by the 96 scientists had appeared to snipe at Efsa’s vulnerability to influence from interest groups.

The IARC paper had relied “on open and transparent procedures by independent scientists who completed thorough conflict of interest statements and were not affiliated or financially supported in any way by the chemical manufacturing industry,” the scientists’ letter said.

Five of Efsa’s 80 or so mammalian toxicology experts failed to file a declaration of interests, while some of those that were submitted were several years old. More than a third of the experts were also employed by national regulators and one had a 5% stake in a risk assessment consultancy.

Given the highly charged nature of the debate, EU officials privately say that the issue is most likely to be resolved in a classic Brussels-style fudge.

“The way out may be to put more limitations on certain products [containing glyphosate], or allowing member states to do that,” one EU source said. “There is a problem of the combination of glyphosate and some other substances. That is part of the reason for the difference between IARC and Efsa. But if you have additional restrictions for certain products, you give member states some leeway.”

In a letter sent today, Url defended Efsa’s study as a “more comprehensive hazard assessment” than the IARC paper which, he said, had not tried to differentiate between the carcinogenic effects of glyphosate and other ingredients in pesticide packages, or their combined effects.

Efsa and IARC had agreed to meet early in 2016 “in an effort to clarify scientific divergences,” Url added.

  • This article was corrected on 13 January 2016 to say that glyphosate is sold and promoted by Monsanto for use with its GM crops. It was not developed by the firm for such use.

 

Fourth article source: https://www.biofortified.org/2013/10/glyphosate-toxic/

 

Is glyphosate toxic to humans?

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Of course glyphosate is toxic! It is a herbicide after all – the whole point of glyphosate (G for short in this post) is to kill unwanted plants. Like all chemicals, including water and salt, G is going to be toxic to animals (including humans) at somedose. Compared to other herbicides, though, G is a pretty safe option for killing weeds. Don’t take my word for it, check out the Glyphosate Technical Fact Sheet from the National Pesticide Information Center at Oregon State. G’s relative safety is one reason why it’s become so popular.

Wheat being harvested. Image by NDSU Ag Comm.
Wheat being harvested. Image by NDSU Ag Comm.

One interesting use of G is to dry wheat before harvest. To help reduce levels of toxic fusarium fungus on wheat, it is good to harvest the wheat as early as possible but you can’t harvest it until it’s dry. So G is used to dry (aka kill) the wheat plants so the grain can be harvested. As long as the G  is sprayed after the plants have fully matured, the G won’t be moved from the plant into the seeds. Here, G is actually helping farmers prevent a legitimately scary toxin from getting into the food supply. Want to learn more? Check out this video: Wheat School- Timing Pre Harvest Glyphosate Application In Wheat.

With G being used not only as a herbicide but also as a drying agent, and not just in our lawns but on our food, should we worry about our safety? In short, no. When used properly, G is quite safe for humans.

The EPA sets maximum safe levels of pesticide residues for crops (called tolerances), based on the latest science. These tolerances are hundreds of times higher than estimated toxic values, and they consider a person’s total exposure to pesticides (with a wide margin of error to protect children and others who may be vulnerable). The USDA tests crops each year to make sure they don’t go above the tolerances. Very few pesticides are found above the tolerance levels (despite what the Dirty Dozen list claims). If the USDA finds any pesticides above the set tolerance, or finds pesticides on crops where they aren’t supposed to be, they report that information to the FDA. The FDA puts the teeth in this whole system. They have the regulatory power to start recalls, levy fines, turn back foods at the ports, and so on (see page 5).

You can find the specific tolerance information for G in the US Code of Federal Regulations, 40 CFR, part 180, subpart C, section 180.364. Some of the tolerances for G were recently increased in the May 1, 2013 Federal Register, Vol. 78, No. 84.

EPA has reviewed the available scientific data and other relevant information in support of this action. EPA has sufficient data to assess the hazards of and to make a determination on aggregate exposure for glyphosate including exposure resulting from the tolerances established by this action. EPA’s assessment of exposures and risks associated with glyphosate follows.

Check out Vol. 78, No. 84 for a full explanation of EPA’s decision as well as insights into the safety of G in general. Scientific documents supporting this decision can be found in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0132.

Tolerances don’t set your mind at ease? Happily there’s a lot of research to peruse.

If you don’t want to dig through these dense EPA documents, you can take a look at three recent reviews that summarize the literature on glyphosate and humans: Epidemiologic studies of glyphosate and non-cancer health outcomesEpidemiologic studies of glyphosate and cancer, and Developmental and reproductive outcomes in humans and animals after glyphosate exposure. These reviews looked at epidemiological studies, ones that look at disease incidence in large numbers of humans with varying levels of exposure to G or that look at exposure to G in a population that has a disease.

Now, epidemiology isn’t perfect, but with carefully designed studies it can be a powerful way to look for connections in real human populations. Even better when we can look at reviews that put multiple studies all in one place. These reviews cover a lot of studies that find there is no correlation between glyphosate exposure and cancer or non-cancer diseases. Unfortunately these reviews are behind paywalls and I don’t know the funding source behind the reviews, but the EPA documents have summaries of many of the studies within the reviews and more.

There are occasionally alarm-inducing papers like Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors. This paper, and others like it, tend to use human cells in a petri dish rather than whole animals. I had the misfortune to do some research on cultured human cells myself and let me tell you, those are some tricky buggers to work with. Even when everything is working perfectly, it’s still very hard to tell if the results you are getting will hold true when repeated in a whole animal model. Something that causes a reaction in naked cells may not react the same when applied to your skin or taken in through your digestive system (both of which have evolved to keep you safe from many things).

Only a combination of animal models and cell studies can give us the full picture (even better if we can pair these up with some epidemiology). The third review above includes some animal studies as do the EPA reports. While I am cautious about cell studies in general, the majority of such studies have not found any cause for concern, as described in Review of genotoxicity studies of glyphosate and glyphosate-based formulations (open access) as well as in the EPA reports.

In any subject there will be a few studies that find something totally different from what is found in the majority of similar studies. In closing, I leave you with this recent strangeness: Glyphosate and AMPA inhibit cancer cell growth through inhibiting intracellular glycine synthesis. This obviously tongue-in-cheek meme plays on so many scaremongering memes created about single studies. As interesting as a single study may be, we must look at the totality of evidence. And so far, the evidence does not show that that glyphosate causes – or cures- cancer.

This obviously tongue in cheek meme plays on

Review Citations

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Understanding Islam – well presented by a scholar Dr. Bill Warner

Updated 11/18/2016 3:49 am @ Union City, California – added a bunch of videos from youtube that shows similar ideas.  Mr. warner is not alone but is the only one with historic math models which makes his presentation really cool.

Updated 11/16/2016 1:25 pm @ Oakland, California – added a second historian’s video, added Dr. Bill Warner’s facebook fan page.

Written by Frank M. Lin 11/16/2016 9:53 am @ Union City, California

This video is incredible.   I highly recommend this for anyone interested in history, or religion. Personally I’ve held the view of religion being a tool used by the elites (usually the better educated) to control the mass… but I digress.

Mr. Warner presents historic data backed with modern approach with what I will call scientific archaeology these data and research helps him to formulate and present the ideas in the video.  I’m most impressed…  it is very scary stuff.  I first posted it on honda-tech’s GDD few hours ago but after watching the entire video I think it is worthy of archiving in my blog.

Dr. Bill Warner uses objective thought and simple mathematics to analyze the Islamic doctrine. Find his books and read more at www.politicalislam.com


well I’m getting entertained by history… this one is pretty cool:

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VOTD: The Amazing World of Ants

 

Written by Frank M. Lin 11/14/2016 7:35 am @ Union City, California

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Luke/LFP shot this image and send it to me yesterday.  Of course these guys have insane power to weight ratio. They can carry massive loads that just seem impossible for humans…

Interesting scientific research on ant behavior…

Bonus videos:

Incredible sleight of hand skills.

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“You can’t beat me, I’ve got VTEC.” – 2016 SLB/GTA @ Buttonwillow

Written by Frank M. Lin on 11/13/2016 7:27 am @ Union City, California

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Well I missed the first day of the event which was Nov. 10th.  I didn’t leave SF Bay until a little pass 3 pm due to my friend Edwin having to make sure his shop DNR/Edwin Performance would operate without him being present.  By the time we got down to Buttonwillow it was almost past 7 pm just in time for us to join the entire mob crew of Black April & Maximum Grip for dinner.

We had lots of fun bench racing and talk about lots of technical stuff.  These guys kind of know me from my past and I’m just getting back into the whole track whoring thing.  These kids (most of them are below 30, some under 20 even) are a bit silly at times.  They probably think I’m old and retired (from tracking) but little did they know I’m just getting warmed up and will be returning to full track whore status shortly.  Time to show these young grasshoppers what this OG can really do.  I’m about to let loose and burniate this entire fucking state yo.  LOL.  If you catch me on my facebook my profile pix is now Trogdor instead of the oil drop man.  Ha ha.

Anyway dinner was fun and I talked mad shit for a while.  Good times.  My favorite was discussing del Sol VTEC vs. NA/NB Miata.  All things being equal, which car would be faster at the track?  I said EG2 of course.  Handling, braking, weight are similar enough between the two.  But the biggest difference is POWER!  B16A is light years ahead of the 1.6 or even 1.8 liter engine in NA/NB.  I make 192 whp with few bolt on parts for crying out loud!  And I’m about to show you guys it can do 200 whp with few more tricks.  You can dump $10k into NA/NB and will not get anywhere near 190 whp and if you are remotely close to that kind of power your drivability would suck.  That is the power of VTEC!  Two cam lobe profile.  T was not happy that I was talking shit, he claims he got plenty of tricks up his sleeve.  He got some fancy welded cams made for the EP autox Miata.  Lobes so big it require cylinder head clearance.  I started to laugh and I said no matter what you do, “You can’t beat me, I’ve got VTEC”.  Muahahahah, that was the best line of the night.  I went on as to claim, before even stepping up to challenge the all mighty B16A (the best 1.6 engine in the world.  PERIOD) Miata engine would have to beat Toyota 4AGE first – top of the example probably the Formula Atlantic variant which is about 240 bhp.  Anyhoo I stand by my claims above.  Anybody that has any high powered NA/NB  all motor engine feel free to show me what you got.

Anyway after dinner we engaged in more bench racing until finally people started to pass out.  Next morning we get to the track, and I started to take photos.  All the photos shot on my two facebook albums are with either Apple iphone 4, or Samsung Galaxy S3.  Both old phones from like 5 years ago.  This is true to my ghetto racing philosophy – using something cheap but works.  Ahh all the $20 Pep Boys ceramic brake pads I used up back in the days.  BUT, I will tell you guys that part of my phase is done.  Here on forward my racing efforts will not be ghetto budget anymore.  I will still continue to watch my budget like a eagle but where it counts I will spend the necessary money to do things right.  This time around it’s Trogdor time, I’m going to burninate everything that gets in my way!  So watch out fools and step aside.

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Check out my two gallery all shot on Friday, Nov. 11th, 2016.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154478045000358.1073741840.646835357&type=3

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154478507620358.1073741841.646835357&type=3

Enjoy!!  I didn’t even do any post processing, just straight up dumped them from my cell phones.  So excuse some of the images but I think most came out pretty good considering how quickly I shot them.  I also had a slightly better Fujifilm that I shot with.  I’ll look through them and upload in the next few days.

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