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This baby is truly mad, furious, I wouldn’t want to start with him!

Though your baby probably isn’t feeling anger the way adults do, it’s normal for her to appear angry at times.

Before 6 months, babies don’t yet have a “temper” — they usually cry because they need to be fed, held, or changed, because they’re tired or in pain, or for a similar reason.

But as your baby gets older — usually around 6 months — you’ll see new emotions emerge, including frustration. To a parent, this can translate as a hot temper, says pediatrician Tanya Remer Altmann, editor of The Wonder Years: Helping Your Baby and Young Child Successfully Negotiate the MajorDevelopmental Milestones.

 

The good news is that babies aren’t developmentally and emotionally capable of a true toddler-style tantrum, says Altmann, and it’s likely that your baby’s bad moods can be avoided…

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Mad Gangs, PAEDOPHILE

MUSLIM PAEDOPHILE gangs turning young teenage white girls into serial rape victims

“He was like my owner and I was like his dog,” says 13-year-old victim of Muslim rape gangs. From London to Minneapolis, and every other country in which Muslim immigrants are a fact of life, gang rape rates as well as child sex and prostitution rings are increasing at alarming rates.

LIVE LEAK The safety, health and happiness of our women and girls is continually being sacrificed while politicians continue to overtly pander to muslims. Dawn raids across Manchester as police move in on gang who groomed under-age girls at drug-fuelled sex parties. Dozens of vulnerable teenage girls may have been rescued from the clutches of Muslim paedophiles after a major police operation smashed a Muslim child sex gang.

The victims were showered with gifts and then plied with drink and drugs before being taken to special ‘sex parties’ in Manchester and Salford. At the parties the teenage girls – some as young as 14 – would be compelled to have sex with friends of the gang in what police say was a classic case of ‘Muslim sexual grooming and entrapment.’

They are the latest in a wave of arrests carried out by police investigating gangs of Muslim men grooming underage white girls for sex. It is understood the girls – all aged around 14 and upwards – would be taken to the ‘sex parties’ at flats and houses, where they would be ‘handed out’ to other Muslim men.

In January a gang of eight Muslim men from Rochdale were arrested and accused of targeting more than a dozen underage white girls with drink and drugs before turning them into sex slaves. They were charged of a variety of offences relating to sexual activity with girls under 16, rape, child prostitution and child trafficking.

Figures show there have been 18 Muslim sex gang prosecutions since 1997 – 15 in the last three years – involving girls aged 11-16.

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Mad Cows all the time

Mad cow disease seems to pop up in the news now and then. But what is it, and how likely are people to get it?

What Is Mad Cow Disease?

Mad cow disease is an incurable, fatal brain disease that affects cattle and possibly some other animals, such as goats and sheep. The medical name for mad cow disease is bovine spongiform encephalopathy (pronounced: bo-vine spun-jih-form en-seh-fah-la-puh-thee), or BSE for short. It’s called mad cow disease because it affects a cow’s nervous system, causing a cow to act strangely and lose control of its ability to do normal things, such as walk.

How Do People Get It?

Only certain animals can get BSE — people don’t actually get mad cow disease. However, experts have found a link between BSE and a rare brain condition that affects people, called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). Researchers believe that people who eat beef from cows that have BSE are at risk of developing a form of vCJD.

vCJD is caused by an abnormal type of protein in the brain called a prion. When people have vCJD, cells in the brain die until the brain eventually has a "sponge-like" appearance. During this time, people with the disease gradually lose control of their mental and physical capabilities.

To date, very few people have been diagnosed with vCJD. By October 2009, only 217 cases of this rare condition had been reported worldwide. Of these, most were identified in Britain. Several of the people diagnosed with the disease outside Britain — including two cases in the United States — had a history of exposure in Britain. Experts believe that the people got vCJD after eating beef products from cows that had BSE.

Because vCJD is relatively new and extremely rare, experts are still learning about it. However, researchers believe that the disease is not contagious among people. In other words, you cannot get vCJD from someone else who has it. At present, it appears that the main way people get the disease is from eating contaminated meat.

Experts don’t yet know exactly how long the incubation period is for vCJD (in other words, how long it takes from the time a person contracts it to the time that symptoms first appear). However, they do believe that it takes years, if not decades, from the time someone is exposed to the disease until the first signs appear. After the first signs appear, the brain can deteriorate within a year. At this time, there is no known treatment for the disease.

Mad Cows

Digging Our Graves With Spoons

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The Korean protest against US beef imports has intensified.

With mounting concerns over mad cow disease, the fine people of Korea have rejected the government’s agreement with the US to reintroduce US beef into Korea.

A symbolic “shove it,” resonated from the crowd of recent protesters numbering 50,000+ despite government assurances that the US product is safe for consumption. Maybe they heard that George Bush wants to halt testing for mad cow disease.

It’s officially on: a boycott of a choice product from the world’s shining city on the hill, America.

Let Them Eat… Mad Cow 

Koreans are justified in their concern over US beef safety. Just last February, a secret video was released showing downer cows being led to slaughter, possibly before being shipped to market. Downer cows are diseased cows.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has concerns that the US government doesn’t follow WHO guidelines for beef safety. WHO guidelines include: stop weaning calves on cow’s blood, stop feeding infected animals to other animals, stop feeding bovine brains, eyes, spinal cords, and intestines to people or livestock.

(In this age of enlightened modernity and technological development you gotta remind someone not to give a suckling cow blood in place of or in addition to momma’s milk?).

Currently, in Michigan and Ohio there is a beef recall due to E. coli contamination. Haven’t heard? The illness of only 40 people may not be enough to grab headlines.

Also, there is growing concern of the possible link between mad cow disease and dementia in America.

However, Korean’s in support of governmental abuse (KISOGA*) are protesting that the US beef protesters are “scaring the children.” Never mind a still developing child eating a posibly contaminated beef product. A true scoundrel finds his last refuge behind the back of a child.

In 2006, Japan put US beef producers on notice after finding a spinal column in a beef shipment. And since 1997, the EU won’t allow US’ chlorine-dipped chickens into the Union. Now Koreans don’t want our beef. Doth they protest too much or do Americans protest not so much?

Mad Cars

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     Ever wonder what the cars were in Mad Max? Did you guess maybe an early ’70’s Ford Torino, a strange Mustang, or even an AMC Javelin?


Well…not quite. As Mad Max was filmed in Australia, all (or most) cars used in the movie were Australian, and most of those have been modified. Max’s black Pursuit Special (or Interceptor if you will) was modified the most. It started out life as a 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT, a car that is exclusively Australian. Starting out stock, it came with a 351 Cleveland, a 4-speed manual transmission, and a 9″ rear end. The drive-train was kept, along with most of the original interior (except for steering wheel, dash light, blower switch, and overhead console), and thus mostly body modifications were made.


The XB Ford Falcon was produced in Australia between the years of 1973 and 1976. It came after the XA Falcon which was made in ’72 and ’73, and it proceeded the XC Falcon which was made from mid ’76 to ’79. Only 949 XB GT coupes were built, a very rare car! Let us show you a picture of a stock ’73 Ford Falcon XB GT, with no body modifications. Just like how the black car started out.

Note that this is not a real GT. It is missing the GT side flutes (which are just in front of the rear wheels, Max’s black car has them, and this one is also missing the thin trim running along the top of the doors that GT’s are supposed to have). But can you tell what was done to make this already sweet-looking factory production car into the more sinister black beauty that graced the big screen? Modifications include a nosecone designed by Peter Arcadipane, sometimes called a “Monza” nosecone although it has nothing to do with the Chevy Monza. Then upon close inspection, you will notice that the trunk spoiler is not the same as the XC Cobra spoiler. It is also generally considered to be an Arcadiplane original, whereas the Cobra spoiler was made by Ford Australia. Perhaps part of a sedan/coupe kit that might have once been available, if the mould for this much smaller than Cobra trunk spoiler is still out there someplace it is certainly very elusive. The remaining body kit was entirely custom made, no “off-the-shelf” parts were used. The roof spoiler and wheel arch flares were hand made items blended into the body, and so they were never actually available as consumer items.


     Another addition to the black car was the prolific Weiand 6-71 Supercharger bulging though the hood. This supercharger had a real Scott injector hat (now a nostalgic drag racing piece) sitting above it, yet all of this was just a movie prop mind you, and was not functional in real life. The internals (rotors) were taken out, and it sat on a stand above the block, and also above a four-barrel carburetor which is what actually fed the gas/air mix to the engine. You will also note that Max’s black car had side pipes, or “Zoomies.” Eight tips in all, yet only a couple (the rear ones) were actually functional. The tips were flared in MM1, and not flared in MM2 (different Zoomies altogether in that movie). In MM2, the car also had a different blower assembly. 

     Thus the variation of the Interceptor between the two films extends beyond the nomadic toughness added for the Road Warrior film. Many subtle differences were caused by the fact that the Interceptor was stripped back in order for it to be offered up for sale as a post-production movie prop in Victoria. Under the strict Victorian law, in order for the Interceptor to obtain the “Certificate of road-worthiness” required for a marketplace sale, the blower, wide wheels and exhaust had to be removed from the car. The removed parts were then unfortunately stolen, and so when the car was re-commissioned for the second film, a similar blower, zoomie exhaust and a pair of rear wheels had to be re-obtained or were re-made. The wheels on Max’s black car in MM1 were Sunraysias, 8 spoke design.

Original car after filming MM2

As you can tell, the car’s interior was also stripped, and fuel tanks were added where the trunk would be, and the the whole car was given a stressed outback postwar look. If you didn’t already know it, there were actually two black Interceptors used in MM2. The original car (from MM1) was used for most of the close up and interior shots, while the duplicate was used for driving scenes, and ultimately the wreck at the end. The original MM1 interceptor can now be seen, although somewhat slightly restored incorrectly, at the Cars of the Stars Museum in Keswick England.


About the MFP, this stands for Main Force Patrol, as you probably all know, a fictitious police force created for the movie. Well there are a few other terms you may be curious about, which are the names for the cars. Interceptor (the most common), Pursuit, and then Pursuit Special. What you can easily tell from Mad Max 1, is that Max’s and March Hare’s yellow cop cars were Interceptors, Big Bopper was a Pursuit car, the car that the Nightrider stole was a Pursuit Special (referred to by Sarse of March Hare, “…breaks custody, wastes a rookie, and takes off in a Pursuit Special, we’ve been on him ever since), and then Max’s black car is most commonly called an Interceptor. 

     This last phrasing “Interceptor” is probably due in most part to MM2, as the crippled guy refers to it as the “last of the V8 Interceptors.” What you probably didn’t hear in MM1 was that Max’s black car was referred to as a Pursuit Special. Around the time that Max pulls up to the scene when he gets shot, you will faintly hear the Main Force Patrol’s female dispatcher say something to the effect that a Pursuit Special has been stolen, and that they request its return. This is how we know that the black cars are really both Pursuit Specials (the fastest and most modified MFP cars), although Interceptor is the most recognized name, and probably always will be.

      


Max’s yellow interceptor, is also a ford XB Falcon, although this one was actually a 1974 ex-Victorica police sedan. It had a 351 Cleveland and an FMX automatic originally, and also in the movie. As a police car, it was white, and you can still see that white paint under the hood in the beginning of MM1. The Big Bopper vehicle is also an XB sedan, believed to be a 1975 model, and March Hare’s Interceptor is an XA sedan, believed to be 1972 vintage. The Nightrider’s vehicle is a 1972 Holden (GM or Chevy in Australia) Monaro HQ LS. HQ is a model like XA and XB. LS denotes a sub-class of a model like a GT would be to an XB.

Mad Hatter

As mad as a hatter

Meaning

Completely mad. This is now commonly understood to mean crazy, although the original meaning is unclear and may have meant annoyed.

Origin

Mercury used to be used in the making of hats. This was known to have affected the nervous systems of hatters, causing them to tremble and appear insane. A neurotoxicologist correspondent informs me that “Mercury exposure can cause aggressiveness, mood swings, and anti-social behaviour.”, so that derivation is certainly plausible – although there’s only that circumstantial evidence to support it.

The use of mercury compounds in 19th century hat making and the resulting effects are well-established – mercury poisoning is still known today as ‘Mad Hatter’s disease’. That could be enough to convince us that this is the source of the phrase. The circumstantial evidence is rather against the millinery origin though and, beyond the fact that hatters often suffered trembling fits, there’s little to link hat making to the coining of ‘as mad as a hatter’.

The earliest known printed citation of the phrase that I know of is from Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, January-June 1829. It appears in a section of the magazine headed Noctes Ambrocianæ. No. XL1V, in a fictional conversation between a group of characters that wouldn’t have been out of place in Wonderland:

NORTH: Many years – I was Sultan of Bello for a long period, until dethroned by an act of the grossest injustice ; but I intend to expose the traitorous conspirators to the indignation of an outraged world.
TICKLER (aside to SHEPHERD.): He’s raving.
SHEPHERD (to TICKLER.): Dementit.
ODOHERTY (to both.): Mad as a hatter. Hand me a segar.

The expression appears again (twice) soon afterwards, in a book by the Canadian author Thomas Haliburton – The clockmaker; or the sayings and doings of Samuel Slick of Slickville, 1835:

“And with that he turned right round, and sat down to his map and never said another word, lookin’ as mad as a hatter the whole blessed time.”

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“Father he larfed out like any thing; I thought he would never stop – and sister Sall got right up and walked out of the room, as mad as a hatter. Says she, Sam, I do believe you are a born fool, I vow.”

There’s no explanation of the phrase in Haliburton’s book to help us infer any sort of derivation – there’s certainly no mention of poisoning or anything else to relate it to the practice of hat making.

There is also a suggestion that the phrase was originally ‘as mad as an adder’, i.e. a viper. That corresponds with the US expression ‘as mad as a cut snake’. I can find no example of ‘as mad as an adder’ that predates the above citations though.

Another possible explanation is from New Zealand, in the name hatter that was given to miners who work alone. Writing in 1889, E. Wakefield, in New Zealand after 50 Years:

“Miners who work alone are called ‘hatters’, one explanation of the term being that they frequently go mad from the solitude of their claim away in the bush, exemplifying the proverb ‘As mad as a hatter’.”

That’s more than fifty years after the first printed and so seems unlikely to be the origin. It’s more likely that antipodean miners were called hatters because they were mad than the other way about.

as mad as a hatterWhilst not being the source of the phrase, we can’t mention ‘as mad as a hatter’ and leave out Lewis Carroll. His ‘Hatter’ character from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1865, is of course the best-known mad hatter of them all. The Hatter is not actually described as mad in the story – merely a participant at ‘a mad tea-party’ – although he can hardly be called sane, and he is portrayed as mad (along with all the other characters) by the Cheshire Cat:

‘In that direction,’ the Cat said, ‘lives a hatter: and in That direction, lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they’re both mad.’

It would also be remiss to leave out the fact that mercury, which we now know to be highly toxic, was used in the manufacture of hats. Hatters commonly suffered from ‘hatter’s shakes’, a form of nerve damage which gave symptoms similar to Parkinson’s Disease and which is still known today as ‘Mad Hatter’s Syndrome’. A neurotoxicologist correspondent of mine has put forward the view that hatters could have been mad in either or both of the ‘angry’ or ‘insane’ senses. He states that “Mercury exposure can cause aggressiveness, mood swings, and anti-social behaviour. It is therefore likely that the mercury in hat making did lead to ‘mad’ hatters both in terms of rationality and plain old grumpiness.”

Carroll may have taken his inspiration for the Mad Hatter from the known unusual behaviour of hatters and also from Theophilus Carter, who was an Oxford cabinet maker and furniture dealer with a reputation for eccentric behaviour. The cap, or in Carter’s case the top hat, certainly fits. He was something of a ‘mad inventor’ and came up with the alarm-clock bed, which woke people by tipping the bed over. Carroll would have been familiar with the sight of Carter, in full top hat, outside his shop at 48 High Street, Oxford, where he lived in the 1850s – during the time that Carroll was an Oxford don.

Similes of the form ‘as x as y‘ are extremely commonplace in English. They almost invariably link an object with a property that it is well-known to possess, e.g. ‘as white as snow’, ‘as slippery as an eel’ etc. Whoever coined this term would certainly have had reason to associate hatters with madness. Whether they meant hatters or adders and considered them to be annoyed or crazy, we don’t know. Until we do, the derivation of ‘as mad as a hatter’ remains uncertain.

Mad Cow!

This cow is actually nuts!!!

 

 

You might have heard news reports about mad cow disease and wondered: What the heck is that? Mad cow disease is an illness also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (say: bo-vinespun-jih-form en-seh-fah-la-puh-thee), or BSE for short.

It’s called mad cow disease because it affects a cow’s nervous system, causing a cow to act strangely and lose control of its ability to do normal things, such as walk. An infected cow would act “mad,” which sometimes means mentally ill.

A cow with BSE develops these problems because it has developed an infection. This infection causes its brain to waste away and become spongy. Researchers are not completely sure how cows get this kind of infection, but they believe it comes from certain kinds of food given to cows. Some of this food contains the remains of dead cows that had the infection. These remains, especially the brains and spinal cords, may contain BSE.

Because BSE was a problem in the United Kingdom, the United States enacted rules to prevent live cows and some cow products from entering this country. The United States has had two cases of BSE in cows — one in 2003 and one in 2005. In both cases, the government took steps so that people wouldn’t buy and eat the meat.

What Does This Have to Do With People?

BSE is a concern because it can be transmitted to people if they eat meat that came from a cow with BSE. If a person eats BSE-infected beef, the person is at a higher risk for getting a human form of the disease, called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD. It is a very serious disease that affects the brain, but CJD is very rare in the United States. Only 1 in a million people get it. And it is not contagious, meaning a person can’t catch it from someone who has it. Likewise, a cow that has BSE can’t infect other cows.

The discovery of the BSE cases in the United States increases concern about the human form of the disease, but it’s still very unlikely that you or anyone you know will get the disease.

What’s Being Done About BSE?

Many people in the United States are working to prevent BSE-contaminated beef from getting to stores. There are rules against beef processors using the brains or spinal cords of the animal to make food products. In addition, there is a testing system in place designed to identify cows that may have the disease. There’s also a recall system that allows companies to notify consumers and pull products off store shelves if there could be a problem with them.

What Should I Do?

If you’re worried about mad cow disease, tell the person who buys the food in your household about how you feel. Some cuts of meat carry less risk of transmitting the disease than ground beef, which is used to make hamburgers.

Being a kid, you might be wondering about milk. Even though it comes from cows, BSE cannot be transmitted through milk or milk products.