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Headphones And What Makes Them Work

By Ronald Rougeaux

Headphones and what makes them work

What are headphones? Simple answer? They basically comprise a pair of transducers that receive the audio signal from whatever music device they’re connected to and convert those signals into sound waves to make the music and sounds we enjoy so much.

Some factors to consider:

1. Open backing… Will not usually give good sound quality due to the surrounding disturbances (outside noise).

2. Closed backing… blocks outside noise better than the open backed ones.

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…from the phone, to the computer to the iPod and everything in between. These versatile devices improves our lives with the many great uses they do for you and I. From giving us mobility and privacy, as well as being compatible with computers to enjoy our video games with great sound.

Here are the main basic types:

1. Circumaural… these are big and cover your ears. Examples: Sennheiser 695, Ultrasone Proline 750, AKG K701. These are normally considered to be the “best” of the “best in sound. They are the largest physically so not well suited to carrying with your Ipod, but also provide the highest sound quality.

2. Supra aural… these go on top of your ears. Examples: Sennheiser PXC300, Koss Porta Pro, Sennheiser PXC250. Somewhat smaller size than the circumaural. Many times this design is used in noise cancelling headphones.

3. Canalphones… these go inside the ear canals and because they block outside noise are called passive noise reducing earphones. Examples: Ultimate Ears Super FI5, Shure E5C, Etymotic Research ER-4.

Compact and portable with very good sound quality.

4. Earbuds…are the main type that normally come with iPods. They go in the outer ear and sort of just hang there. Normally considered the poorest quality and most dangerous to a person’s hearing.

Why? Because they don’t block any outside noise. So, to hear them properly the volume is usually turned up to dangerous hearing levels. Usually average to poor sound quality.

5. Bluetooth…using Bluetooth technology. These wireless devices operate over a short-range and function without any cords or cables. They provide excellent service within a particular range, usually about 9 feet. Bluetooth headphones sport the latest in technology. Connections are automatic and the devices are simple and have no confusing workings. You can also change the settings for accepted and denied connectivity. Although Bluetooth headphones get its name from the respective technology, essentially the name is from the tenth century King of Denmark- Harald Bluetooth.

6. Waterproof…these are mainly ear canal type of earphones that allow the listener to listen to their favorite music or sounds…submerged underwater. The earpiece itself is waterproof, besides being in the ear and preventing water from entering. Of course, the Ipod, or other player has to be enclosed in a waterproof case or container also.

Remember, try to get the best headphone you can afford. Not only will get better listening enjoyment, the better headphones can actually protect your hearing more than the cheaper quality (means more volume) sound devices.

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Somali pirates hijack Indonesian tugboat and Turkish container ship

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 

Two more vessels have been hijacked in Somalia. Pirates have captured an Indonesian tugboat with a barge that was working for French oil firm Total and a Turkish container ship.

The Turkish vessel’s seizure was confirmed by a US Fifth Fleet spokesman. MV Bosphorus Prodigy is a 330 ft (100 m) container vessel flagged in Antigua and Barbuda. It is owned and operated by Isko Marine Company based in Istanbul.

The Fifth Fleet could not confirm the tugboat’s seizure, but an anonymous official with Total in Yemen could. He explained the boat and barge were headed to Malaysia from the Yemeni port of Mukalla. He said the crew consisted of both Indonesians and other nationalities, and that the vessels, which had been hired by a subcontractor, were not carrying any oil at the time.

The new hijackings came as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime asked for greater policing in the area by international bodies, and for the signing of agreements that allowed the arresting officer to take pirates back to the officer’s country for prosecution.

“Pirates cannot be keelhauled or forced to walk the plank, nor should they be dumped off the Somali coast,” said the office’s head Antonio Maria Costa. “They need to be brought to justice”.

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Somali pirates hijack Indonesian tugboat and Turkish container ship

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 

Two more vessels have been hijacked in Somalia. Pirates have captured an Indonesian tugboat with a barge that was working for French oil firm Total and a Turkish container ship.

The Turkish vessel’s seizure was confirmed by a US Fifth Fleet spokesman. MV Bosphorus Prodigy is a 330 ft (100 m) container vessel flagged in Antigua and Barbuda. It is owned and operated by Isko Marine Company based in Istanbul.

The Fifth Fleet could not confirm the tugboat’s seizure, but an anonymous official with Total in Yemen could. He explained the boat and barge were headed to Malaysia from the Yemeni port of Mukalla. He said the crew consisted of both Indonesians and other nationalities, and that the vessels, which had been hired by a subcontractor, were not carrying any oil at the time.

The new hijackings came as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime asked for greater policing in the area by international bodies, and for the signing of agreements that allowed the arresting officer to take pirates back to the officer’s country for prosecution.

“Pirates cannot be keelhauled or forced to walk the plank, nor should they be dumped off the Somali coast,” said the office’s head Antonio Maria Costa. “They need to be brought to justice”.

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Ukranian railway accident generates huge phosphor cloud

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 

An alarm for heavy chemical pollution has been issued in the Lviv region, Ukraine, where yesterday evening a railway disaster led to a fire involving 15 containers of liquid yellow phosphorus.

Extinguishing the fire proved extremely difficult because water cannot be used: in contact with phosphorus, water creates poisonous gas. It took six hours before the flames were extinguished. Gas was generated nonetheless, and at the moment the poisoned area extends about 90 sq. km. The casualties count is already heavy: 20 people are reported injured, 13 of them in critical condition. They have been carried to the Lviv hospital. Podrobnosti reports that the fire started when one of the containers started to leak and the phosphor caught fire.

The poisoned area includes 14 villages. From the five villages that are closer to the disaster area some 800 people have already been evacuated. Half of the evacuees had to manage on their own as there was not enough public transport for all.

At the moment there is no available data about the wind direction or next expected movements of the phosphorus cloud. Special firemen units remain on place to control the possibility of a new fire, while the administration of the Lviv Oblast tries to forecast the possible short- and mid-term evolution of the situation.

The Ukrainian Railways have officially excluded the possibility of a terrorist act as a cause for the disaster.

Podrobnosti reports the deadly dose of yellow phosphor at 0.1 g. According to that source, when poisoning living beings, phosphor causes liver necrosis and attacks the bones and spinal cord.

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Obtaining An Insurance Policy Through The Pennsylvania Assigned Risk Plan

By R Daniel Williams

While a car insurance policy can benefit a lot of people, not everybody can be qualified enough to get approved for an insurance. Especially when you are identified as a high-risk driver, companies will not anymore bother to take a look at the documents that you have submitted for application. But with the birth of the assigned risk program of the Pennsylvania auto insurance, people can now say goodbye to this kind of dilemma.

The state of Pennsylvania is known to be one of those that require every vehicle owner to carry Pennsylvania auto insurance. But with the changing lifestyles of people that somehow pose an effect on their risk ratings as car automobile owners, not all of them may be approved of the Pennsylvania auto insurance. That is why the assigned risk program was made for these high-risk drivers.

So who exactly are these high-risk drivers? To become one of those that fall under the high-risk category, there are factors that are taken into account. Some of them may be the age, the crime rate of the city where the driver is residing, and the model of the vehicle to be insured. And when you are unfortunate enough to be classified under the high-risk category, you could still qualify for the assigned risk program.

So what can the assigned risk program do for you? This program is the last resort of people that cannot get an approval of the commercial insurance companies. However, while approval is always sure since it is the state that makes the program possible, a higher premium payment can be expected due to the greater risk that will be taken on.

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So how can you obtain an assigned risk plan? Take note of the following steps towards a successful application.

– Consult an insurance agent. Seek his advice on where and how to get an assigned risk plan.

– Be reminded that your agent will not immediately go after the assigned risk program for you and instead, he will make an effort to seek for a normal insurance coverage first.

– Only after three failed attempts of getting an approval for a normal coverage will your agent start to apply for the assigned risk plan.

– The agent will complete an application form and submit the same to the appropriate state department handling the processing.

– In your application form, the insurance agent will explain that you are classified under the high-risk category but you need car insurance so that you can drive around legally.

– However, if you don’t want to bear additional costs in consulting with an insurance agent, you can also apply for an assigned risk plan by yourself. Just go directly to the state’s insurance department so you can be assisted in searching for an insurance company that can accommodate you.

Getting a car insurance has never been this easy. Through the help of the assigned risk program, people can now sit behind the steering wheel without the fear of getting trapped in between the consequences of an accident.

About the Author: 1984 Univ of Pitt Grad Founded Williams Agency in 1986 Am currently active as owner. Happy to serve over 3500 Pa residents with better insurance at much lower prices.

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Talk:Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green candidate Marion Schaffer, Oakville

Why I am a Green Party member and candidate.

I joined the Green Party in Oakville because that’s where I choose to live now, close to family. I’ve never been a party member before. The Green Party is the only internationally connected party which is ready, and able, to take positive action to clean up our world. It was essential for me to join and start doing my part in the redesigning of the future.

I think it’s a good thing that I have had no prior political experience; the Green Party is re-inventing the word ‘politician’.

Many people distrust today’s politicians. They are seen as people who talk but do not listen; as people who promise but do not deliver on those promises. The Green Party is developing leaders who will be advocates working in partnership with people everywhere to heal our over-stressed world.

I have functioned as a: speaker/leader/guide/advocate/feminist/pacifist/teacher/pastor in previous careers and I am not afraid of any opponents because I intend to follow the example of our Green Party Federal leader, Elizabeth May, and always speak the truth to the best of my knowledge.

In my opinion the three most important issues here in Oakville are:

a. controlling urban sprawl

b. preserving what we have in a fiscally responsible way

c. educating local people so that they conserve energy, support local industry, but think globally.

These goals reflect Green Party policy.

I will use all possible resources of The Green Party of Ontario to promote these ends and as well, day by day, change the way I live. I must lead by example and walk the walk or I can’t say that I am Green.

I am part of local environmental groups fighting to control development and conserve green space. I give financial support to The Sierra Club, The Council of Canadians, Amnesty International, and The David Suzuki Foundation. I support women’s shelters and palliative care centers. I utilize alternative remedies to safeguard my own health. I write letters to politicians at all levels of government to speak against unwise decisions.

But, I am determined to be a less wasteful consumer.

Here are some examples of changes I am making:

This list is just a small sample of the many, many things I know I need to do in order to help save our planet.

The first order of business in the 39th Legislative Assembly should be to declare to the people of Ontario that everyone in the house must pledge to work together to assure a clean environment for all species on our planet and a sustainable future for our children.

I think Oakville taxes are where they should be; we are served well. As far as stimulating new jobs is concerned Ontario should work at creating “green jobs”, that is jobs which will allow our province to manufacture fuel-efficient vehicles, wind turbines, better public transit, sustainable agriculture and forestry, eco-tourism, energy-efficient materials and construction. I think we should pay for what we burn, not what we earn. All these ideas have been put forward in the Green Party of Ontario platform paper.

We will have a more participatory democracy if we change the way we vote and adopt Mixed Member Proportional representation. Government of the people, for the people, by the people is the cornerstone of Green Party policy.

The new media does not figure greatly in my campaign; face-to-face dialogue is more important to the Green Party. As well, not everyone can afford to have internet service nor do they have the time to surf the web. However I wish that all citizens of Ontario would take the time to go on-line to: www.gov.on.ca. By doing so every person would know exactly when our leaders are being fiscally responsible and, likewise, when they are letting us down.

By going through this exercise myself I have come to the conclusion that the best thing Ontario’s 38th Legislative Assembly did was to dedicate a Ministry of Health Promotion to advocate healthy living and programs that prevent illness and promote wellness. The Green Party is very keen to promote prevention in the area of health care in order to save millions to say nothing of heading off the advance of our current cancer epidemic.

One of the least helpful choices of this same Assembly was that of continuing to allow Separate School funding in this province despite the condemnation of the UN Human Rights Committee twice (in 1999 and 2005) for violating the equality of its own citizens by funding Roman Catholic schools but NOT schools of other religions. We must have only ONE school system: the public school system.

We need to build tolerance as well as establish progressive social policies; we must widen the opportunity for every citizen to participate in democracy.

The Green Party believes very strongly in ALL these principles.

Marion Schaffer

Green Party of Ontario Candidate

Oakville Riding

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Talk:Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green candidate Marion Schaffer, Oakville

Why I am a Green Party member and candidate.

I joined the Green Party in Oakville because that’s where I choose to live now, close to family. I’ve never been a party member before. The Green Party is the only internationally connected party which is ready, and able, to take positive action to clean up our world. It was essential for me to join and start doing my part in the redesigning of the future.

I think it’s a good thing that I have had no prior political experience; the Green Party is re-inventing the word ‘politician’.

Many people distrust today’s politicians. They are seen as people who talk but do not listen; as people who promise but do not deliver on those promises. The Green Party is developing leaders who will be advocates working in partnership with people everywhere to heal our over-stressed world.

I have functioned as a: speaker/leader/guide/advocate/feminist/pacifist/teacher/pastor in previous careers and I am not afraid of any opponents because I intend to follow the example of our Green Party Federal leader, Elizabeth May, and always speak the truth to the best of my knowledge.

In my opinion the three most important issues here in Oakville are:

a. controlling urban sprawl

b. preserving what we have in a fiscally responsible way

c. educating local people so that they conserve energy, support local industry, but think globally.

These goals reflect Green Party policy.

I will use all possible resources of The Green Party of Ontario to promote these ends and as well, day by day, change the way I live. I must lead by example and walk the walk or I can’t say that I am Green.

I am part of local environmental groups fighting to control development and conserve green space. I give financial support to The Sierra Club, The Council of Canadians, Amnesty International, and The David Suzuki Foundation. I support women’s shelters and palliative care centers. I utilize alternative remedies to safeguard my own health. I write letters to politicians at all levels of government to speak against unwise decisions.

But, I am determined to be a less wasteful consumer.

Here are some examples of changes I am making:

This list is just a small sample of the many, many things I know I need to do in order to help save our planet.

The first order of business in the 39th Legislative Assembly should be to declare to the people of Ontario that everyone in the house must pledge to work together to assure a clean environment for all species on our planet and a sustainable future for our children.

I think Oakville taxes are where they should be; we are served well. As far as stimulating new jobs is concerned Ontario should work at creating “green jobs”, that is jobs which will allow our province to manufacture fuel-efficient vehicles, wind turbines, better public transit, sustainable agriculture and forestry, eco-tourism, energy-efficient materials and construction. I think we should pay for what we burn, not what we earn. All these ideas have been put forward in the Green Party of Ontario platform paper.

We will have a more participatory democracy if we change the way we vote and adopt Mixed Member Proportional representation. Government of the people, for the people, by the people is the cornerstone of Green Party policy.

The new media does not figure greatly in my campaign; face-to-face dialogue is more important to the Green Party. As well, not everyone can afford to have internet service nor do they have the time to surf the web. However I wish that all citizens of Ontario would take the time to go on-line to: www.gov.on.ca. By doing so every person would know exactly when our leaders are being fiscally responsible and, likewise, when they are letting us down.

By going through this exercise myself I have come to the conclusion that the best thing Ontario’s 38th Legislative Assembly did was to dedicate a Ministry of Health Promotion to advocate healthy living and programs that prevent illness and promote wellness. The Green Party is very keen to promote prevention in the area of health care in order to save millions to say nothing of heading off the advance of our current cancer epidemic.

One of the least helpful choices of this same Assembly was that of continuing to allow Separate School funding in this province despite the condemnation of the UN Human Rights Committee twice (in 1999 and 2005) for violating the equality of its own citizens by funding Roman Catholic schools but NOT schools of other religions. We must have only ONE school system: the public school system.

We need to build tolerance as well as establish progressive social policies; we must widen the opportunity for every citizen to participate in democracy.

The Green Party believes very strongly in ALL these principles.

Marion Schaffer

Green Party of Ontario Candidate

Oakville Riding

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Muslim hair stylist sues hairdresser over alleged discrimination

Friday, November 9, 2007 

British-born Muslim hair stylist Bushra Noah is currently undertaking legal action against the owner of a hair salon for alleged religious discrimination. Noah is suing London hair salon owner Sarah Desroiser. Desroiser who runs a salon in King’s Cross, has said that she would not accept Noah as a stylist if Noah’s hair was covered. Noah, like many devout Muslims keeps her hair covered in public places, believing it to be immodest otherwise.

Noah claims that her headscarf is a fundamental part of her religious beliefs and that wearing the scarf would not interfere in her carrying out the job at all. Desrosiers said that it is not discrimination but rather that “the essence of my line of work is the display of hair. To me, it’s absolutely basic that people should be able to see the stylist’s hair. It has nothing to do with religion. It is just unfortunate that for her covering her hair symbolises religion.” Desosiers added that she had worked with Muslims in the past and employs a Muslim accountant.

Noah claims that the state of her own hair is irrelevant to her ability to style others hair.

The last few years have seen a string of similar cases in Britain. Last year, there was a case over whether a British Airways employee could wear a prominent cross, and another case in which a teacher argued that she had a right to wear a Jilb?b (a traditional Islamic dress that covers almost the entire body) in the classroom. In that case, the teacher lost in the High Court.

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Selecting The Right Go Ped Gas Scooter

By M.D. Smith

When you hear people talking about gas scooters, you can’t help but think about the most popular gas scooters in the world. They are fast, reliable and have proven themselves with over twenty years of experience.

For every use imaginable, Go Ped is the gas scooter of choice. Whether you want it for your drive to work, the trip to the beach, or just to cruise around town, Go Ped has the City/Cruising scooter that is right for you.

If you’re the off road enthusiast, Go Ped gas scooters let you take your off road experience to the next level. With the hottest line of off road scooters in the world, Go Ped off road powerhouses give you the power to tackle just about any obstacle from steep burms to massive jumps.

Go Ped has left no stone unturned and has been dominating the X-Games for years. There are even Go Ped racing leagues spread through out the country just waiting for you to satisfy that adrenalin craving.

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So, which Go Ped is right for you? Lets take a closer look and you make the decision.

Go Ped has made it a bit easy to help you decide which scooter to get that will satisfy your particular needs. We will look at the ‘City/ Cruising’ Go Ped scooters, the ‘Competition ‘ Go Ped Scooters, and the ‘Off Road’ Go Ped scooters.

City/Cruising: These scooters are made for cruising around town. They are quiet, economical and compact. The scooters that fall in this category are the ‘SPORT’, ‘GSR CRUISER’, and the SPORT S25 to name a few. Go-Ped city/cruising scooters can go up to 200 miles per gallon and are designed to be faster, quieter, and easier on the environment.

Competition: Scooters in this category are designed for speed and performance. Some of the best selling performance scooters in the world include the ‘GTR46i Interceptor’, the ‘Super GSR46R’, and the classic ‘Super X-Ped’. These scooters are built for extreme competition and have set the benchmark for power and speed in the racing world.

Off Road: The off road Go Ped scooters are nothing short of ‘AWSOME’. These gas scooters allow you to hit the trails with no worries and can take just about anything that you can throw at them. Known as the best off road gas scooters, no one has been able to catch them. Featuring the ‘GTR46 Trail Ripper’ and the new ‘2007 Riot’, these monsters fulfill the demand from pit bike riders and off road maniacs for a premium quality gas scooter.

Go Ped continues to go all out and impress riders from all walks of life by giving them a real choice when it comes to selecting the right gas scooter.

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U.S. claims of Iraqi bioweapons labs contradicted in classified Pentagon report filed on 27 May 2003

Saturday, April 15, 2006 

In an article published on Wednesday by The Washington Post, reporter Joby Warrick alleged that the Bush administration and the CIA “possessed powerful evidence” that contradicted assertions made by President Bush one month after the Iraqi war began, where trailers found in Iraq were said to have been mobile biological weapons labs.

On May 27, 2003, President Bush made public statements on these trailers by asserting that “We have found the weapons of mass destruction,” which coincided with the CIA publishing a whitepaper that detailed how the trailers were allegedly used to produce biological weapons.

Warrick’s news report revealed that evidence exists to support that two days before the presidential statements were made and the CIA whitepaper was published, that a fact-finding group reached an opposite conclusion.

The group was comprised of U.S. and British civilian experts that investigated the labs and concluded unanimously that they had nothing to do with biological weapons production. They relayed their results back to Washington, where Warrick said in the front page Washington Post article that the newspaper interviewed six of the nine group members.

According to The Washington Post, this preliminary report was followed up with a detailed 122 page final report three weeks later, titled “Final Technical Engineering Exploitation Report on Iraqi Suspected Biological Weapons-Associated Trailers.” The report remains classified to this date.

Reuters reported that an unnamed U.S. official confirmed the existence of the field report filed on May 27, 2003, and said that the field report had not been evaluated at the time of Bush’s statement. “You don’t change a report that has been coordinated in the (intelligence) community based on a field report,” he reportedly said. The Bush administration continued to make claims about having found mobile biological weapons facilities throughout 2003.

On June 8, 2003, an unnamed senior CIA official stood by the interpretation that the trailers were mobile bioweapons labs saying “It is what we think it is, to the best of our knowledge”.

Then Secretary of State Colin Powell claimed in June 2003 that “confidence level is increasing” that the trailers were intended for biological weapons production.

White House speaker Scott McClellan said on July 16, 2003, that “We’ve seen some of the evidence of his weapons of mass destruction program through two mobile biological weapon labs that have been discovered.”

Vice President Dick Cheney claimed in September 2003 that the trailers were “mobile biological facilities”. Then CIA director George Tenet claimed in a speech on February 5, 2004, that the trailers “could be made to work” as biological weapons labs.

The alleged existence of mobile biological weapons laboratories was one of the cornerstones in Colin Powell’s presentation in front of the United Nations to make the case for war on February 5, 2003. Much of the information came from an Iraqi defector dubbed Curveball who was an asset of the German BND. The credibility of this source was disputed by the BND.

The Iraq Survey Group reported in September 2004 that the trailers were “impractical” for biological agent production and “almost certainly” designed and built for the generation of hydrogen. Asked about the prospects to turn the trailers into biological weapons labs, Rod Barton, a member of the Iraq Survey Group, said “It would be easier to start all over with just a bucket”.

The Washington Post cites unnamed sources among officials and members of the initial survey group as claiming that the original classified report from May 27, 2003 and the classified final report three weeks later came to the same conclusions as the unclassified findings of the Iraqi Survey Group.

Scott Ritter, a former United Nations weapons inspector, wrote September 8, 2003: “However, it now is clear that these so- called labs were nothing more than hydrogen generation units based upon British technology acquired by Iraq in the 1980s, used to fill weather balloons in support of conventional artillery operations, and have absolutely no application for the production of biological agents.”

In the April 12, 2006 press conference, Scott McClellan said “I will point out that the reporting I saw this morning was simply reckless and it was irresponsible. The lead in The Washington Post left the impression for the reader that the President was saying something he knew at the time not to be true. … The President’s statements were based on the joint assessment of the CIA and DIA that was publicly released the day before [the President made his statements].”

He did not answer repeated questions whether the President knew of the secret report at the time he was asserting that “we found biological laboratories” on May 29, 2005. When asked why the secret report was not made public earlier McClellan responded by saying that “it takes a substantial amount of time to coordinate and run through a declassification process”.