Things are changing so fast, and it is hard for us tech people to even keep up with them. But the billion dollar corporations know things are changing fast too, and they are trying to find ways to keep better tabs on them and keep tighter regulations and controls on everyday people like you and me. In 1960 the biggest problem with corporations was happening with the industrial revolution and the science of chemistry. Companies began putting high levels of chloronated hydrocarbons on everything, and even in our foods. Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) is what we call them today, and they go beyond the chemicals used in insecticides and herbicides. They are hormone disrupting agents, and change our endocryn systems. You may have heard of this problem recently when you may have read that mercury in vaccines given to children can lead to autism. Well the level of other pollutants in the human body is already high enough to do this without mercury, and studies have proven it can happen at extremely low thresholds in animals. Birds begin singing the wrong songs, and humans will become mentally handycapped. Persistent organic pollutants bioacumulate in the food suply, and are magnifide. When insecticide is sprayed on vegtables, animals eat them and the level of DDT (or whatever is in the insecticide) increases in the animals tissue, and remains there permanetly being stored in the fat tissue. Then when humans eat the animals meat or drink the animals milk the level of DDT we take in is 10x greater than the level the animal was getting eating the vegtables. Washing your vegtables isn't going to get the chemicals off of them either. The only way to remove them is to skin the outer layer of vegtables and remove the leaves. The inside of the vegtable is still usually fine. The government believes there is a threshold that is safe for humans, and has had this policy for some time. After the book "Silent Spring" was writen in the 1950's, president Kenedy put legeslation into place to prevent corporations and the governments agroculture department to use insecticides and herbacides like they were harmless. They sprayed entire cities like downtown Chicago with insecticide, so much it looked like it was snowing. The planes flying over the air dropping the chemicals on women and children, were trying to do away with insects that were causing diseases in the cities forests and trees. But the spraying polluted the soil, and the ground water, and killed many animals, and people. And caused all of the birds in the city to stop being able to reproduce, as well as lead to many retarded and deformed children being born. Well our generation faces a different problem. And that problem is the Grid that enters all of our homes. We have Cable TV, Phone Service, & High Speed Internet. And all of the services can be owned by a single company. I pay Time Warner cable only $120 a month for all of my service, and I get free long distance, hbo & showtime movie channels, and road runner high speed internet. I was paying the same ammount before I switched to the company. But Road Runner is owned by Vice President Dick Chaney's lesbian daughter, who also owns AOL. What the Bush adminsitration doesn't want you to know is that Time Warner is a government ownd company that is a tool of the department of home land security. Because the government secretly bought a stake of the company and owns the lines all of our information travels on, and can even employ actual members of the department of home land security, they don't have to even get warents to search our homes or to tap our lines. Because their company owns the lines, and checking out what we are doing with them is just part of quality assurance. At any time time warner cable can send voltage spikes through our lines and zap our equipment, our computers, our televisions, or even our microwaves with voltage spikes. It is easy for them to do this, because all they have to do is come and do a little work on your line and then they just have to tamper with the connections grounding. Electrical grounding is the most important part of any electrical application, and people don't understand what it is used for. When doing really important technical work, in studios where they work with computers, and audio/video equipment. They install their own grounding equipment just to increase the quality of the signals. To explain grounding you just have to imagine two people playing telephone with tin cans. If you don't hold the tin cans tight enough then the string between the tin can is very loose. Well that string represents the electrical currents and voltage running through the line. If the people are using the can, the string can move every with way, and even swing around in wild untamed circles. But if they were to ground the connection, and permanetly tie the tin cans into place on to the sides of the buildings, and measure the length of the string. Then the connection would be tight, and the machine would function to transmit information accross the string in between the two cans. This is exactly how electricity works, because without correct grounding in the lines, you get voltage spikes and irregular electrical signals coming in through all of your cables. It is just the way it works. And it reduces the signal quality of whatever reception you are getting. The damage doesn't always happen overnight, and even with correct grounding your machines can begin to start losing some of their quality. That's why people buy high-end expensive surge protectors. The little power strip you have your computer plugged into now isn't actually a surge protector. The voltage changes over all of our lines so much that people in europe are actually using broad band connections over power lines, and they have completely done away with the meter man. They transmit power to their homes and offices simotaneously while they use voltage irregularities controlled by digital spikes to transmit high speed data. And if the power company needs to check how much energy you are using, all they have to do is send you a little ping through the power lines. Time warner is part of the department of home land security and has installed a back door into all of our homes. They just have to send us some voltage spikes, and ruin our equipment. And after that they can send someone in to fix the problem. They come into our house, make us pay for the damages, and all the while can sniff all of the traffic we are working with over our phones, internet, and cable. They have more power than the power companies themselves! And they don't have the same regulations. When the cable guy came over to my house, he didn't even ground the cable after he did the work, because he didn't understand why grounding was important. And he blew up my $1000 high definition flat screen LCD television. So at least now I realize the importance of good grounding and surge protectors, because I didn't even know it was an issue before now. Even when I made little electrical gizmos, I never woried about grounding the machine. I just didn't get why it was important. And they don't really explain it in school. Except to tell us it protects from lightning strikes. SO BUY SOME SURGE PROTECTORS FOR YOUR COMPUTERS, AND TELEVISION. And anything else you want to last for years and years!!!!!