Monday, September 25, 2006

Homemade hair treatments

Are you looking for a unique hydrating conditioner for dry hair?

If so, you might be interested in homemade hair conditioner and shampoos.

Surprisingly, the very same fruits and vegetables sitting in your icebox double as natural hair care recipes and double as the best conditioner for severely damaged dry hair.

Here are three nifty ways to use homemade natural hair care recipes to fix brittle hair:

Restore you hair's pH with this amazing hair repair conditioner
In order to restore a healthy pH balance, try mashing 1 banana with 1 tablespoon of plain ol' olive oil in a blender or food processor to make a "mask."

Apply this homemade hair mask directly to your dry hair, cover with a shower cap and wait 15 to 30 minutes. Finally rinse out, and shampoo and condition as usual.

Milk + honey = healthy hair
If you have thinner hair, the combination of milk and honey offers a light restoration without weighing your hair down.

Warm 2 cups of whole milk and add 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix well until the honey dissolves. Apply this mixture to your dry hair and wait 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then shampoo and condition as usual.

Strip this "mousse" with ocean's favorite ingredient
If you're addicted to hair gels and mousses to control frizzy hair, each application of mousse or gel saps your hair's natural moisture pump -- eliminating your hair's shine.

Here is the best way to strip away excess oil and buildup...

... Dissolve 2 tablespoons of fine sea salt or Epsom salt in a cup of warm water, and pour over your hair. Wait 5 minutes and rinse. Then follow up immediately with your regular shampoo and conditioner.

Warning: Use this treatment just once or twice a month... overuse may irritate your scalp or dry out your hair.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Trading Place was good, but this is better

Last night, Comedy Central aired Trading Places -- a 1983 film based on the Three Stooges 1935 short film Hoi Polloi -- as an "experiment into heredity versus environment."

The brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke conspire (and place a $1 bet) for two radically different men to "trade places" in life.

Louis Winthorpe III, an Ivy League white guy (played by Dan Aykroyd) is falsely accused of theft and his life spirals out of control. Ultimatley, he's fired from his job (working with the Duke brothers), loses all of his possessions, his friends, and his dignity. At the same time, the stereotypical, black-skinned hustler (played by Eddie Murphy) is given everything Winthorpe lost.

As you'd expect, the movie has a happy ending with revenge against the rich guys. I love that.

Unfortunately, what happens in the movies is not what happens in real life.

So it's ironic that the producer of Trading Places -- Aaron Russo... just released a documentary called Freedom to Fascism -- it's a movie the IRS doesn't want you to watch.

The film starts with Russo's quest to validate the claims of the Tax Honesty movement -- that paying individual federal taxes is voluntary. In Russo's attempt to get an answer to the one simple question, "What is the law that requires people to pay personal income tax in their wages and salaries," Russo is stonewalled by just about everyone, he instead discovers everything from the evils of the Federal Reserve System to human-implanted RFID tracking chips and even corrupt Diebold electronic voting machines.

Unfortunately, Russo never gets answers to his simple question.

I understand Freedom to Fascism gets standing ovations... how many movies can claim that? Yes, it's that good. I wished it didn't end...

... And that my only critique of the movie -- it didn't end. Instead, Russo asks us what our next step is. That's a pickle most can't handle. I was looking for ideas on what to do next.

This isn't Russo's first documentary about corruption... he actually created an hour long informercial called, "Aaron Russo's Mad as Hell."

Russo is a fascinating guy (to say the least). During my research, I discovered Russo is (allegedly) the mystery man wiretapped by "famed Hollywood private detective" Anthony Pellicano... apparently initiated over a sour business relationship with financier Adam Sander. Russo also ran for governor of the state of Nevada in 1998 because, ""I believe that America is rushing headlong into becoming a socialist totalitarian society and I want to help stop it. I see the Federal Government disobeying the Constitution. When the government is allowed to take control by force and act unlawfully, then thats tyranny."

Screening of Freedom to Fascism

Freedom to Fascism websites:

Aaron Russo's Mad as Hell
(Warning: the sound quality is horrible.)

Russo for President:
(This is a cached version of the site from October 22, 2003.)

Donate to fund Freedom to Fascism:

Monday, September 11, 2006

Are gas prices predictable?

Last week, CNN contrarian talking head Jack Cafferty offered this opinion about the link between gas price trends and elections.

"You know, if you were a real cynic, you could also wonder if the oil companies might not be pulling the price of gas down to help the Republicans get re-elected in the midterm elections a couple of months away."

Whether you're a Cafferty fan or not, Jack is simply mimicing what seems to be obvious election year schemes via the pump.

Now that the price of gas is much higher than it was just 10 years ago, the proof of a gas price conspiracy is hard to argue.

Armed with nothing more than a government spreadsheet and a few minutes of my time, it's easy to see a distinct trend between the rise and fall of nationwide prices (for unleaded gas) when linked to election year cycles.

Over the last 10 years, the average rise/fall of gas prices between June and October are directly tied to elections... during off-election cycles, the price of gas always increased from June to October. And on even-ending years (during election cycles), the price of gas always fell from June to October.


Here's what the Bureau of Labor Statitics (the same government department who oversees the reporting of the Consumer Price Index) released for the average price of unleaded gasoline within the United States from 2005 'til 1996:

2006 (Election year)
Sep $2.66
Jun $2.92
8.9% cheaper

Oct $2.79
Jun $2.18
27.9% more expensive

2004 (Election year)
Oct $2.03
Jun $2.04
0.5% cheaper

Oct $1.60
Jun $1.51
5.9% more expensive

2002 (Election year)
Oct $1.45
Jun $1.40
3.5% more expensive

Oct $1.36
Jun $1.64
17.0% cheaper (*same period as 9/11 attacks)

2000 (Election year)
Oct $1.56
Jun $1.62
3.7% cheaper

Oct $1.27
Jun $1.15
9.5% more expensive

1998 (Election year)
Oct $1.04
Jun $1.09
4.6% cheaper

Oct $1.24
Jun $1.23
0.8% more expensive

1996 (Election year)
Oct $1.23
Jun $1.30
5.4% cheaper

Bottom line: While big oil could easily accuse Jack Cafferty as a conspiracy theorist, the facts (and data) show Mr. Cafferty is spot on. The government's own Consumer Price Index for unleaded gasoline reveals the average price of gas declines during election years and increases during off-election cycles... the only exception was the year of the 9/11 attacks.

When you look at the June to October trends above (and remove the 2001 cycle), gas prices averaged an 11.0% price drop during election year cycles and a 4.4% increase during off-election years.

Updated sources:

USA National Gas Temperature Map
A very interesting, color-coded map of average gas prices by geography

Any thoughts on these gas price trends?

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Welcome to TruthSleuth

Unfortunately, the domain TruthSleuth was already scooped up at

... And surprisingly, my backup domain names were already taken as well.

Finally, I was able to create this blog under the URL:


I asssume your visit here signifies a desire to find the truth about historical events.

Whether it's what really happened on September 11th, the real reason behind high gas prices, or even finding proof that our weather is manipulated, the fact that you're here tells me you share the same curiosities I do.

While I don't believe a word of official story about what happened on 911, I don't know exactly why it was done (or who did it).

That's one of the reasons I'm willing to invest my time posting to this blog.

I've promised myself to stick to the facts and stay far away from "unknowables."

For example, it's now widely believed that the twin towers (and Building 7) was brought down by controlled demolition. And while the evidence seems beyond a reasonable doubt, I'd rather focus on facts.

Here's just a few to ponder:

- Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld announced less than one day before "attack" the Pentagon was missing $2.3 trillion.

- Over $950 million in gold and silver were stored in various WTC buildings were moved away in Brinks trucks before the collapses. Apparently, just a fraction of the gold and silver was reported recovered (yet not even an ounce of these precious metals were found after the cleanup -- and any high school science teacher would tell us gold and silver is too dense to be vaporized).

- According to radio host Walter Burien (of Radio Free America), The World Trace Center was deemed a "no-fly zone" 12 miles in all directions. If you flew within the no-fly zone, you were warned to back off. If you flew within 5 miles, you were threatened with a shoot down order. If you dared flew within 3 miles, the shoot down order could be issued.

Plus, the North Tower was specially outfitted with surface-to-air missiles and Spatz helicopter to defend the towers.

- Wargames and drills were being conducted at the exact same time as the attacks... including "Operation Vigilant Guardian" which simulated hijacked planes in the north eastern sector and started to coincide with 9/11.

- World Trade Center Building 7 was the first time a modern, steel-reinforced high rise in the United States ever collapsed in a fire.

- Building 7 stored criminal files and records related to numerous Wall Street investigations including Enron and the relationship between Citigroup and the WorldCom bankruptcy.

- Larry Silverstein, owner of the WTC complex was the first buyer of terrorism insurance just 48 days prior to 9/11.

- According to the FBI, Osama Bin Laden isn't wanted for the 9/11 attack.

Any thoughts about the facts above?