The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses.  
[...]  
The contaminated product, a mix of H3N2 seasonal flu viruses and unlabelled H5N1 viruses, was supplied to an Austrian research company. The Austrian firm, Avir Green Hills Biotechnology, then sent portions of it to sub-contractors in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Germany.
I'm surprised there's not a lot of MSM coverage about this, since it seems to happened more than a week ago.
New Zealanders that wrapped their babies' mattresses with a special gas-impermeable cover to prevent fire retardant chemicals from combining with mattress fungus had ZERO crib deaths (cot deaths) as opposed to the 810 crib deaths over the same time period from unwrapped mattresses.
They've designed a system for growing large squash, melons, and watermelons vertically. It seems like it would save lots of garden space. They're selling the system, but maybe you'll enjoy looking at their system even if you're not planning on purchasing one at this time.
Illinois Department of Revenue charges elderly couple $244.24 in back taxes for using "1,134.6 gallons of vegetable oil from 2002 to 2006."  
 
And he's not allowed to make his own vegetable fuel oil until he pays a $2,500.00 bond to obtain a "special fuel supplier", even though the state's website defines a "special fuel supplier" as storing not less than 30,000 gallons. If he continues to make his own fuel without obtaining this license, he could be charged with a felony!  
This threatening letter stated that acting as a supplier and receiver without a license is a Class 3 felony. This class of felonies carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.
 
Mac posted a related story about a man converting vehicles to use veggie oil running into trouble: Homegrown Biodiesel? Illegal! / http://linkfilter.net/?id=121125
There's an important message at this strange site, especially for teens and pre-teens. Watch the video and be grossed out -- at first. Then after watching a bit more, we get the point -- a very GOOD point!  
S.L.O.M.  
 
- noun  
 
1. Stands for Sticking Leeches On Myself  
2. A series of decisions that sucks the life out of a person.  
 
- verb  
 
1. To engage in an activity without thinking.  
2. To make a decision based on wannabeitis.  
 
Example: Those who engage in SLOMming often fear not fitting in or simply enjoy being a sheep in the flock of life. Examples might include: fans of White Snake, people that wear parachute pants, and that 20-year-old guy who still hangs out at all the high school parties.
 
The NSFW rating is because of mild grossness.
A class of drugs called dopamine agonists is prescribed to Parkinson's Disease patients in higher doses, and in smaller doses to people suffering from Restless Leg Syndrome. In 2005, eleven Parkinson's patients were found to have developed compulsive gambling. But now they're finding that some RLS patients are developing compulsive gambling also, despite their dosage being lower than the Parkinson dosage.  
 
Fortunately, pathological gambling seems to be reversible when the dose of the dopamine agonist is reduced or the patient is transitioned to an alternative medication. It is crucial that these adjustments are initiated before significant gambling debts develop, and relationships and careers are damaged.  
 
A few RLS patients have already lost sizable amounts of money. The lawyer commercials for this will be quite interesting I'm sure.
The Lactivist is a blog about breastfeeding and human milk banking. She made tshirts printed with: the other white milk. The National Pork Board sent a C&D. Make sure to read the updates too -- there's quite a few humorous word-plays to chuckle at:  
 
National Pork Board + Lawyers = Boobs  
 
Search Engine Industry Blogger, Jennifer Laycock, Ordered to Remove Her Shirt  
(Lactivist also does a SE blog)  
 
Hat tip: Tigers & Strawberries  
 
Possibly NSFW?
This electronics site looks much easier to read than most of the beginner electronics books I've tried reading, because it's broken down into segments, which I find easier to absorb.  
 
Electronics is one of the most powerful and enjoyable hobbies around. There is little you can't do or improve with a electrical circuit and a few chips. This guide will hopefully help you learn the basics of electronics, from basic static electricity to complex digital electronics. It is designed to be for beginners, so start at the first page and go through them one by one. While we have put a bit of effort in to making all our information as accurate and safe as possible, electricity is dangerous you play with it at your own risk so you should exercise caution and know what you are doing.
 
 
I found it linked from DIY Instructions for your Projects at YourGreenDream.com, which has DIY projects for wind and solar energy. I hope to try some of YourGreenDream's easier projects after learning more on electronics.
A man and his father-in-law built this home, with some help from friends. They wanted it to be low-impact on the environment, and it turned out gorgeous. Groovy Green called this a Hobbit House, and it sure does look like one!  
 
They've included hand-drawn plans, a How page (with photographs), and will even 'train' people by letting them build their next project with them (Wales' first self build eco-village) along-side of them (if you're in the UK).
Dosages for dogs and cats for common household drugs (pain-relievers, allergies, GI complaints, ect...), and a few prescription drugs (antibiotics).  
 
"The following is a list of human medications commonly found in the household. These same products may be used with pets. As with any medical condition, however, it is always consult your veterinarian."
This man has over 90 apple trees in his yard; they're about 3 feet tall. He explains what rootstock he uses, then explains how to train it over the first four years (with images).  
 
From his FAQ:  
 
How many apples can one of your small trees produce?  
 
"I'd estimate my M27 and P22 can produce a quarter to a third of a bushel of full-sized apples. More than a taste, about two dozen. With my M27/M111 you will harvest one and a half to two bushels. Over 50 apples easily."
People with just a little land still wanted fruit trees, so they learned how to train them to become 2D, instead of their natural 3D shape. It seems that most use a grafted dwarf tree instead of the full sized standard.  
 
There's many decorative espalier shapes to choose from. Some types of fruit trees need certain kinds of shapes because of their wood properties. You can train them on fences, in between posts, or against a house or building.  
 
Espaliered Trees has LOTS of different kinds of fruit tree photos.
"An employee was fired from...the Family Dollar store...after taking time off to rescue two younger siblings from hurricane-ravaged Mississippi...Her bosses didn't necessarily object to her trip, she said, but objected to her leaving work four hours early on Thursday and not leaving for Mississippi until late Friday."  
 
How many people would go to a totally demolished place like Long Beach, Miss without taking time to pack plenty of water, food, fuel, ect? What if she had to do banking before stocking up? And since she's female, I would hope she brought a male along with her, so she probably had to wait for him to get off work.  
 
So while I might not have taken as long as what she did, I'm sure I wouldn't have left a few hours after being released from work to go unprepared to a coastal region struck by Katrina. I'm not spending my money at Family Dollar Store after this, hmmmph!
We were watching a Houston news report last night about how most hotels were full except for one hotel that had many vacancies, but they started at $250/night. I was disgusted that they couldn't come down in price for the evacuees of NOLA, especially after LA sent Houston copters to help us out in our Allison 2001 flood.  
 
Today I read BlogHouston's report about who owns the high-priced hotel: the City of Houston! I will definately NOT be voting for busine$$man Mayor Bill White after this.