Friday, March 7
Monday, July 16
It's amazing to me that if there were proper and extensive studies on these chemicals prior to being shoved down our throats, that now... what about 15 years after it hit the market extensively (since 1983 limited approval) there is continued evidence that it causes cancer in lab animals. Meanwhile a natural noncaloric substitute (the active chemical discovered by modern man in the 30s, likely used by ancient man, and widely used in japan since 1977) has had a hard time being approved for use as a sweetener stateside with much less conclusive evidence accrediting its harmfulness. This is a chemical that tastes a lot better than sucralose, saccharin, and aspartame and also seems to have other medical uses.
I wonder if a certain subset of corporate america might have made it's approval difficult, far be it from me to insinuate that the FDA cares more about the profit of lobbyists rather than the well being of the American public.
Tuesday, May 29
O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle -- be Thou near them! With them -- in spirit -- we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it -- for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.
-- Mark Twain
Wednesday, March 21
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Wednesday, February 21
We watched this piece by Newman, that touched on subjects brought up by this (very long, and pretty tedious to follow) documentary called the Money Masters (I must point out i've only made it through the first half). This evening right on the front page of Digg.com is a video of Ron Paul making a speech, if you will, about similar topics.
The reoccurring theme you might ask? The federal reserve bank (yea that's right... lower case suck it, vampires) and the likelihood of a failing of the United States 'greenback' currency. The Ron Paul video is 5 minutes long, Money Masters is about 4 hours, and Robert Newman is 45 minutes, please watch some part of some of this. I won't lie, this will not make you happy (the Robert Newman will give you guilty spats of laughter), but I thought it was intriguing to me how little this information stuck when I first learned it (or were we taught this????).
Also the shortcut keys on gmail are pretty fucking neat. It's worth turning them on even if you're not a keyboard junkie (like me). The option is the 3rd one down in your general settings tab, under settings when logged into gmail.
Tuesday, February 20
Tuesday, February 6
I swapped the blog over to blogger (at Google), and now It has these neat labels on the bottom.
Anyway this is pretty intriguing stuff here, makes you wonder how much is wasted on a global scale from the relatively new advent of bottled water. I found this while perusing www.treehugger.com, which by the way has the most annoying layout. Makes me want to rake out my eyes! Check back soooooooon, maybe I'll make this a bi-weekly blog :P