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Activist, writer, researcher, addicted to sharing information and facts.

Respect for Constitution?

Republicans respect the Constitution so much that four of them submitted Amendments to it yesterday. Some would take that to mean they thought the Constitution was somehow deficient, or that they think that all Americans before them and who will come after them were/are/will be too dumb to get things right. Good thing that these same four do not have as much respect for their religious beliefs; they’d be trying to amend God to suit themselves – grin.

Disunion: First South Carolina. Then New York?

Does this apply today – substitute Arizona for NYC?



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via NYT > Opinion by By JOHN LOCKWOOD and CHARLES LOCKWOOD on 1/6/11

The South wasn’t the only part of the Union contemplating secession in January 1861. So was New York City.



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Which Plastics to Never Use with Food: Recycle Code 3 or 7

If the Recycle code on the plastic is 3 or 7, then don’t use it on foods. The chemical in 7, BPA, is bad news.

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Which Plastics to Never Use with Food

Flip over your favorite plastic food storage container and check the recycling code number. If you spy a number 3 or 7, well, those containers should probably go to the craft room or garage to store buttons or screws rather than food. If there is no number listed, contact the manufacturer. (And to be fair to Tupperware, they do manufacture products that are not made of these plastic types.)

Recycling code number 7 includes several plastic types (it’s the catchall “other” category–see tips below) but it is predominantly polycarbonate. The problem with polycarbonate is that it harbors bisphenol A (BPA). Studies have shown that BPA damages the reproductive systems of lab animals by interfering with the effects of reproductive hormones and has other serious health effects. BPA’s capacity to cause these stems from its ability to mimic the human hormone estrogen–it has been linked to prostate and mammary gland cancers, early onset of puberty and reproductive-organ defects.



Celebrate Today! Afghan Poet Advises

It is true – today is the only day you get that you can be sure of.

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Every day is a good day for me.
I love nature and its beauty,
and I love all people.

I hate war,
I hate conflicts
all around the world.

From the bottom of my heart
I want peace.
I want peace with all human beings
I want to respect each other
and make every day
a lucky day to live
for today
and the next generation.

When that time comes
life will be golden.




Tea Party, Take Notice – Real Climate Change Means Tea to Cost More for Less Flavor!

Can’t argue with real, practical science – recording yields of tea over last 200 years plus. If they are concerned and saying they have noticed change – IT IS TRUE – climate deniers! Tea Party take notice! You tea is going to cost more and not as good!

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Climate change leaves Assam tea growers in hot water

Rising temperatures reducing yields and altering distinctive flavour of India’s most popular drink

Assam tea garden labourer

The Tea Board of India said it had recorded a steady decline in tea production in recent years. In 2007, Assam produced 512,000 tonnes of tea. By 2008 this had declined to 487,000 tonnes, with estimated production in 2009 down again to 445,000. A further decrease is expected this year.



Texas Whirlwind: Rick Perry – the last Anglo Governor of Texas?

Spin today was based on yesterday’s political view of the West and Southwest – Could be that present Arizona and Texas Anglo Conservative Republicans are doing their last dance.

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Texas Latinos poised to disrupt the power of Caucasian Lone Star Republicans — It’s been almost comical reading just how giddy Texas Republicans are at the prospect of gaining four more seats in Congress. There’s only one problem — those seats aren’t their’s for the taking.

“Hispanics will dominate two or three of the new Texas districts.”



Trust Areva for Ohio Nuclear Plant – Not!

French-based Areva wants to help build a nuclear power plant in Ohio – it can use the money from US tax payers to help repair its spill in Niger and fininsh its years behind nuke plants in Finland.

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Pesticide in your toothpaste – Triclosan – Tell EPA: Get it Out!

Trislosan, a researcher at Tufts University notes, could pave the way for a superbugs it cannot combat. And guess what: triclosan is in way too many common products.

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EPA Solicits Comments on Petition Regarding Antimicrobial Pesticide Triclosan
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs routinely publishes petitions on pesticide issues for public comment. Comments on this Federal Register notice will be accepted until February 7, 2011, and may be submitted at in Docket ID # EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0548. The Federal Register notice can be found at