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  1. Is There a Santa Claus? :Santa_Claus_elf:

    by FEMA

    ATS Weekly, Edition 022, December 13, 2005

    As a group ATS members pride themselves on matters related to either corroborating or debunking the existence of enigmatic subjects. Based on evidence, common sense, and generally exhaustive Internet searches to support their points, ATS members can be counted on to cut the wheat from the chaff in their undying efforts to bring clarity and validation to the table of verification. It is in this light I offer scientific validation - not to mention heartwarming corroboration - to the existence of Santa Claus. As a parent, big brother or sister, you will be able to point to ATS as the group who irrefutably and scientifically proved the existence of Santa Claus. After all, as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra song, An Old City Bar, says, " . . . inside of this night it is easier to believe." I leave you now to consider the following with not only an open mind but more importantly an open heart.

    It was while watching a recent TV Christmas commercial it occurred to me that I'd soon have to provide a definitive answer to a timeless question: "Dad, is there a Santa Claus?"

    I've had several days to consider a few possible answers which ranged from overwhelming public proclamation to the scientific. I decided to settle on scientific validation.

    What I needed was evidence that showed science accepting the existence of something outside being able to directly observe it. (Kids, you need not trouble yourself with the scientific answer below - this is for your parents. I, for one, understand children have always known the "real" answer.)

    Enter the Higgs boson, AKA the God particle. Dubbed the "God particle" by Nobel Prize- winning physicist Leon Lederman (I purchased his book), the Higgs boson is a controversial particle believed to endow all other particles with mass. Lederman's hypothesis supports the existence of the elusive God particle based on its effect on visible particles (in close proximity to it) after a collision in a supercollider. A simpler explanation would be to consider an invisible soccer ball being kicked into a net. Although you wouldn't see the soccer ball fly or enter the net, the bulge in the back of the net would prove the existence of the ball - not to mention a goal.

    In short, we have an observable cause and effect relationship which science has seized upon to support its position that something unobservable can and does exist. Remember, science is simply observing effects of an unobservable particle, not the particle itself. Therefore, we need only prove an effect is present to substantiate the irrefutable existence of Santa Claus.

    Enter Santa Claus, A.K.A. Saint Nic. Despite the fact many millions of children have provided wondrous wide-eyed corroboration of the jolly old soul's existence, grownups (who've drifted too far from childhood) remain blind and deaf to such innocent, compelling and utterly unimpeachable, confirmation - they should get a lump of coal!

    Back to science. In our quest for immutable evidence to Santa's existence we need only prove he has an observable effect - if it's good enough for science, it's good enough for Santa!

    Three years ago I was attending an old-folks home which was about to welcome Santa Claus. The room was filled with gentle old souls sitting at long tables which framed a circle of wheel chairs. A hush fell over the group as they strained to hear the distant giggle of the merriest elf.

    As Santa strode into the room, several matriarchs exclaimed, "Look! It's Santa!" His twinkling blue eyes fell on a motionless figure slumped in her wheelchair, her sparkling name tag hung as immobile as she. As Santa walked to her side, the room fell silent. His deep gentle voice filled the room. "Oh, my dear Sara, how you've grown over the years. Have you been a good girl?" Several gasped at what happened next. Sara, who'd been silent and motionless for the past year, began to move. Her eyes slowly opened as her bobbing head craned upward to find his familiar face. Her emotionless face began to beam. "Hi Santa." She whispered.

    The noblest of elves began to laugh filling the room with his booming roar, "Ho, Ho, Ho!" The rest of the group joined in, nervously at first, then into full joyous laughter. I studied the face of one nurse standing beside Sara (Nurse: Noun; earthly angel who has not yet received their wings) who was crying then giggled in puzzled amazement, her hand over her mouth.

    Santa moved about the room addressing everyone by name knowing something personal about those he spoke with. The nurses looked at each other perplexed, their shoulders shrugged as they scanned the room for a face with an answer - there was none.

    After several minutes, Santa left. The room filled with excited chatter as people started to recount what had just happened. Several nurses surrounded Sara who'd slumped once again and gone quiet - they rubbed her hands imploring her to speak, she would not stir.

    Science? Well, if we need only prove something heretofore considered not to be detectable only have an effect on something in order to exist, then we have proved our case.

    Some say angels walk among us - that we should treat everyone with respect and kindness for we know not whom we entertain - after that evening I am compelled to believe them.


    ATS Contributor :smiley_snowman:

    :christmas_elf: :snowfight1_elf: :Raindeers:


    Try this one Ravon!


    Merry Christmas to all.

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  2. I hate to say it but I think you are wright Joe. :cry:

    The original had a flair that's missing here. Don't get me wrong I like it but it's not even close to the original series...

    Just my thoughts....

    Ps... How's your new arrival? I have missed or not seen any updates..

  3. Pandemics by the numbers

    CTV.ca News

    Every year, influenza spreads around the world in seasonal epidemics, causing respiratory infections in five to 15 per cent of the population. Those who die of the flu tend to be in high-risk groups such as the elderly, chronically ill.

    These epidemics are thought to result in between three and five million cases of severe illness around the world and between 250,000 and 500,000 deaths.

    In contrast, flu pandemics, which come from a completely new strain of virus, can cause illness in anyone, including healthy younger persons.

    1918 – Spanish Flu

    Approximately 20 to 40 per cent of the worldwide population became ill with Spanish Influenza. More than 20 million, and perhaps as many as 40 million people died.

    Across Canada, as many as 50,000 died.

    1957-58 – Asian Flu

    Unlike the virus that caused the 1918 pandemic, the 1957 Asian Flu virus was mild and quickly identified, and a vaccine was available in limited supply by August 1957.

    But worldwide, it still managed to infect 10 to 35 per cent of the population and kill almost 1 million people.

    1968-69 – Hong Kong flu

    The Hong Kong flu was even milder than the Asian flu and claimed 700,000 lives worldwide.

    The next one

    Canada’s Public Health Agency estimates that between 11,000 and 58,000 deaths may occur in Canada as a result of a new influenza virus, depending on its severity of the pandemic it causes.

    Based on the assumption that the virus will infect between 15 and 35 per cent of the population, 4.5 million to 10.5 million Canadians would become ill.

    Worldwide, the World Health Organization expects the next pandemic could kill at least two million people.

    Are we ready for a flu pandemic?

    By Angela Mulholland, CTV.ca News

    It’s no secret that the world is overdue for an influenza epidemic. Epidemiologists have been warning for years that it’s just a matter of time before a new strain of the flu emerges that has the potential to kill millions.

    Could the bird flu moving rapidly through Asia be that strain? Researchers aren’t sure but think it’s quite possible.

    The H5N1 virus strain has killed millions of domestic and wild birds in Asia and has spread to mammals such as cats and pigs. It’s also killed more than 50 humans since an outbreak began almost two years ago.

    What has epidemiologists worried is that the H5N1 strain may also be beginning to find a way to transmit human to human -- though researchers are wary of confirming that. There have been at least two cases in recent months in which someone with close contact with an infected patient came down the flu themselves, despite having no contact with infected birds.

    Also worrying are the similarities this flu has with the last two flu pandemics of the last 100 years -- the 1957-58 and 1968-69 pandemics. Both began in Asia as avian influenzas that eventually took on genes from a human influenza virus.

    Shigeru Omi, the head of the World Health Organization in Asia, believes it’s "highly likely" the H5N1 Asian bird flu will be the source of the next pandemic, unless concerted action is taken to eradicate it.

    Yet controlling the Asian bird flu quickly seems unlikely. Just a year ago, experts in Asia spoke confidently about eradicating the virus. They now say it could take years to eliminate and admit they are struggling just to contain the disease.

    If the H5N1 bird flu strain does “learn” to efficiently pass between humans, it could begin spreading rapidly like the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which killed more than 20 million people. The World Health Organization has warned that even in the best case scenario, the next pandemic will likely kill 2 to 7 million people.

    WOW!!!!! :eyes:

  4. Being a dumbass, when I looked at this I thought all clips were from an Invisible Man movie!  :mabiuswoz'ere:  :eyes:  :doh:


    I really needed a good laugh!!! You are a crazy nut Old Man !!

    You thought all the clips were from the invisible man! That's Awesome :fool:

  5. The Vancouver Sun News Paper 05.09.16

    Who will recieve the anti-viral drugs that must be taken once per day for up to 12 weeks!!!

    The First Group: consists of 600.000 health care workers, the first line of defence in a pandemic. Although their families will not be prioritized as well due to giving them the vaccine would not be logistically feasible or ethically justifiable?

    The Second Group: One million essential service providers such as police, firefighters, the armed forces, key decision makers, funeral personnel, public transportation that transport essential goods such as food.

    The Third Group: people at risk of dying and in sub-prioritized: 200.000 in nursing homes, 7,000,000 with high risk medical conditions, 1,000,000 additional people over age 65, children aged 6 months to 23 months, and 200,000 pregnant women.

    Fourth and Fifth Groups: general populous would be vaccinated only if there is an adequate supply of vaccine: 8.7 million healthy adults and children 23 months to 18 years of age. Children at the lowest risk but play a major role in spreading the virus.

    Bottom Line: If you are not in the first three groups you will likely be on your own until there is enough vaccine for the general population.

    Statistics on Mortality Rates August 2005

    Indonesia [ Vietnam [ Thailand [ Cambodia Deaths

    Cases-1-Deaths-1 [ Cases-90-Deaths-40 [ Cases-17-Deaths-12 [ Cases-4-Deaths-4


    Cases-112-Deaths-57 Stats provided by the World Health Organization.

  6. What type of file is it? The Board recognises most filetypes but we have to add them occassionaly and some are considered unsafe such as exe files.


    It's a Microsoft Excel Worksheet File. I'll try sending it through email.

  7. have to be the biggest bunch of morons in the business for cancelling Millennium.  I didn't want to give an opinion on this until after seeing S3, but I just finished it and I must say that it's incredible!  I remember months ago being worried about what I read on the Millennial Abyss website concerning the "new" direction in S3, but I think this season was certainly the logical progression from S2.  It's not like watching a completely different show, many of the same elements from S2 are still intact, but, yes, it's definitely different.  Sadly though, there's no real closure for the series, and that pains me, because this series has meant a lot to me since I saw the pilot episode.  Oh well, I guess I'll have to begin reading the virtual 4th season this week. 



    Virtual season for is awesome!!! It really keeps the story line strong and forthcoming..

    You will not be disappointed!


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