Another Story About Plastics?

I am sorry to keep plaguing you all with more of the same ole posts. When it turns out no matter what products we use or buy, it seems to be a choice about not really having much choice. We are at the mercy of the manufacturers, and don’t have any say as to how products are made, packaged or sold. Someday we may be able to uninvent some of the things that have both, improved and hurt our lives and environment.

https://www.wired.com/story/baby-poop-is-loaded-with-microplastics/?bxid=5c93379524c17c329b1501a7&cndid=33402769&esrc=BottomStories&mbid=mbid%3DCRMWIR012019%0A%0A&source=EDT_WIR_NEWSLETTER_0_DAILY_ZZ&utm_brand=wired&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_content=Final&utm_mailing=WIR_Daily_092221&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl&utm_term=list1_p4

What are we to do with all of that plastic!

A fellow blogger had this post and I’m sure if we were to work at things, we can overcome the massive piles of plastic waste we keep managing to create.

I’m afraid I don’t know the name of this blogger, but I have found many great scientific articles here. You should check them out.

https://www.hcn.org/issues/53.2/indigenous-affairs-economy-is-it-time-to-decolonize-the-housing-market?utm_source=wcn1&utm_medium=email

Spain: Stop abusing big cats in circuses!

Spain: Stop abusing big cats in circuses!
rusty,A four-month-old lion cub, Magnus, was starved by circus owners to keep him small enough to pose for selfies with visitors. Magnus was kept on a liquid-only diet and nearly died of malnutrition. His esophagus shrunk, making it impossible for him to eat solid foods.

We can help animals like Magnus – sign the Care2 petition urging the Spanish government to stop using big cats in circuses today!

Magnus is now being cared for by a charity, but he will be chronically ill for the rest of his life. Sadly, his situation is not unique. Big cats used in tourist shows are often drugged and abused.

Cubs are usually taken away from their mothers at an early age so they are easier to handle. Their claws and canine teeth are removed so that they can’t harm visitors.

These animals don’t deserve such horrifying cruelty just so people can take selfies. Ringing Bros circus recently announced it would stop abusing elephants in response to pressure from around the world. If enough of us speak out against this awful abuse of lions and tigers, the entertainment industry in Spain may follow suit as well. Tell the Spanish government to ban the use of lions, tigers, and other big cats in circuses!

Thank you,

Cate H.
The Care2 Petitions Team

Life in Stasis?

Should you be happy knowing you have cancer, that there may be a treatment that will work for you, after you’ve already resigned yourself to the facts that had been presented to you? That is a hard note to sing about. The roller-coaster ride never gets easier. I have known too many people diagnosed with debilitating illness, and any news only brings more fears and anxiety, to add to the list of how we are supposed to feel. We are supposed to laugh in the face of danger, and carry on as though, what we go through is nothing. The conflicts of our emotions are not only real, but assist, or hinder our wellness. How are we to act, knowing almost all is lost?

Nurses and Patients Demand Equal Rights!!!

This is another issue that needs to be brought forward to the public. The treatment of everyone needs to be both fair and just. Those that are treated poorly have the right to say so, in this country. If those at the top of the pyramid don’t like the bad press, they should take more care, to prevent atrocious acts. Punishing those that speak out against unfair treatment, is why we have so many problems in our society. I urge others to help make this known!

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Ideas, organization, and effort bring power and results! Ideas, organization, and effort bring power and results!

With this post, I introduce a project still in its infancy: its planning stages, really.

Nurses have long known that countless abuses and misbehaviors against us go unreported and unaddressed. Perpetrators are valued sources of revenue and prestige, and much protected. Nurses know from bitter experience: honest reports of real abuses through official channels more often result in retaliatory punishment of the nurse reporters than any accountability for perpetrators harming both nurses and patients. The only savior for such nurses has been publicity. My project aims to help nurses aim this light of day. The usual status quo severely risks patient safety and protects both fraudulent ‘care’ and malpractice. Nurses demand better! Our current path seems to lead ever deeper into such corruption, protected and encouraged by powerful interests that care only for profit, not patients. These interests have largely silenced nurses with ruthless retaliation against any…

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Baby Eating! – WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT! – PLEASE TAKE NOTE!

 

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http://www.vice.com/video/issei-sagawa-part-1

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http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Baby_farming
Mankind has been eating babies since before the dawn of civilization. The trading of infants as a food also dates back to before written records; however, it is generally believed that primitive man did not intentionally produce babies to eat, outside of a few isolated incidents.
Baby 20burger

A baby-burger for the fans of junk food.
The first records of actual baby farming appear in China in the 2rd century B.C.E. The baby farms are described as a relatively new concept, created in order to satisfy the demand for human flesh among the upper classes of Chinese society. Historically, Asiatic people have tended to eat more human flesh than other races. Older sources claim that Asians are biologically pre-desposed to cannibalism; however, most modern researchers have suggested the difference is mostly cultural.
Asian Baby Farming

You can also buy a baby marmelade, spread the marmelade on the bread and then enjoy eating it with the company of your friends
Baby farming quickly became common across all of China, particularly in the north-western areas, and remained so into the 20th century. In some periods, it is estimated that up to half of the babies born in China were consumed in some fashion.

 

Jonathan Swift is generally regarded as the inventor of baby farming in the West. For centuries, babies have been eaten in Europe, chiefly by Witches. However, like most baby eating, these acts should be classified as baby harvesting, if not baby stealing.
In his now famous Essay “A Modest Proposal: For Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick”, written in 1729, Swift merely suggested baby harvesting to rid Ireland of its overpopulation, not setting up baby farms. Initially, many people were shocked by the suggestion of Swift, but his arguments in favor of baby eating won the day, and in 1733, the eating of Irish catholic infants under 1 year of age was legalized by Parliament.
For several years, baby eating remained a taboo activity; known baby eaters would often be shunned by polite society. In 1737, Swift wrote a letter to the then Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole informing him of the sad state of affairs. Walpole was apparently moved by the letter, and convinced King George II to serve Irish baby at the Royal Christmas dinner that year. Within months, the Great English Baby-Eating Craze, as it would later be called, was in full swing. For the next 95 years, tens of thousands of Irish babies were devoured by the English Gentry every year, holding down the cost of land rental in Ireland and preventing widespread famine in that impoverished land.

 

In 1740, the first of many baby plantations was founded near Dublin with Jonathan Swift as the director. Despite the economic success of these baby farms, they only produced about 15% of the total infants consumed in Britain. The remaining 85% were mostly harvested unwanted infants, although a few Irish women did independently produce infants commercially. Baby farming remained restricted the Irish Catholics – selling a baby for the purpose of human consumption which was not both Catholic and Irish was punishable by death. Despite this restriction, some baby farming was introduced into Canada and South Africa.

 

Today, baby farming is limited to South-East Asia and North Korea. It was practiced in most of eastern Asia until the 20th century, but was either outlawed or rendered economically unfeasible by rising labor costs [no pun intended] and reduced demand for human flesh.

 

Gourmet babies are specially bred and raised infants, produced mainly in Laos, but formerly mostly in China.

Gourmet babies are often confused with celebrity babies, as both are far more expensive than regular babies. A celebrity baby is defined as the infant of a famous person sold for human consumption, whereas a gourmet baby is a specially bred infants who parents are, in all likelihood, not well known.

 

Gourmet babies are always raised on licensed baby plantations, while a celebrity baby is almost never grown on a baby farm. Despite the setback to this industry by the outlawing of baby farming in China, the gourmet baby industry has grown rapidly in recent years, while the baby farming industry as a whole has significantly contracted.

http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Baby_farming

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These Five Circuses Need to Nix Elephant Acts

The times they are a-changing! On the heels of Ringling’s long overdue announcement that it will drop cruel elephant acts by 2018, we are doubling down and asking numerous other elephant exploiters to drop their elephant acts, too. Join us and be a voice for elephants.

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‘Rebel With a Cause: The Sam Simon Story’ Documentary

Sam SimonEven as he was fighting for his life, Sam Simon continued fighting for the right of animals to live as well. Watch Fusion’s new documentary that tells a beautiful story about Sam’s accomplished and compassionate life.

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Victory! Rite Aid Stops Selling ‘Teddy Tanks’

Fish rentalsWhen PETA learned that Rite Aid was selling Teddy Tanks—stuffed animals with tiny tanks in their stomachs, meant to hold betta fish—we knew we had to take action and inform the drugstore chain that fish are not toys. Read all about it here!

NOW, HELP STOP FISH RENTALS

Urge Live Earth to Offer Only Eco-Friendly Vegan Food

Chicken on GroundAl Gore’s Live Earth concert series promotes climate change awareness and asks world leaders to “take climate action now.” Urge the cofounders to combat climate change by offering only vegan food at the events.

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One Rescued Dog’s Stunning Transformation

CocoPETA found a sweet dog named Coco who was penned in a backyard 24/7, in all weather extremes. With some love and basic care, the once emaciated Coco made an astonishing transformation that you have to see to believe.

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Urge Groupon to Stop Promoting Cruel Animal Shows

Elephants At UniverSoulThe daily deals site has been promoting notorious animal exploiters, including Ringling Bros., SeaWorld, and UniverSoul Circus—even after a UniverSoul representative was recently arrested and charged with abusing an elephant. Tell Groupon to stop promoting animal abuse!

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Oppose Abuse to Farmed Animals

PigsCows, pigs, chickens, and other animal victims of North America’s appetite for meat, eggs, and dairy products know nothing but a life of suffering. Make a gift right now and help us do more to protect these and all other animals from misery and a painful death.

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Deseret News – Alissa Sizemore – A Champion

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865623363/Utah-girl-dances-solo-9-months-after-losing-foot-in-accident.html?pg=all
Watch the video at this link, and be amazed at the resilience of a young girl, dealing with a life altering injury. You don’t see disgust over the accident from her. You see a beautiful young lady with promise, and an I CAN DO ANYTHING ATTITUDE.

photo-Utah girl dances solo 9 months after losing foot in accident _ Deseret News

Utah girl dances solo 9 months after losing foot in accident _ Deseret News

Alissa Sizemore was 7 years old when she ran into the path of a UPS truck in May 2014. Her right foot was crushed under one of the delivery truck’s tires and had to be amputated. On Saturday, Alissa danced her first solo in competition.

Alissa Sizemore, right, practices for a performance during ballet class Monday, March 2, 2015, at Powerhouse Dance Studio in Vernal. Alissa, 8, had to have her right leg amputated below the knee in May 2014 after her foot was pinned under a UPS truck.

Before being fitted with a prosthetic, Alissa heard the Colbie Caillat ballad “Try.” The song, with lyrics that emphasize finding beauty in oneself despite physical imperfections, resonated with Alissa.

“It’s a song that I found when my mom and dad first saw me dancing without my leg,” said Alissa, who decided to dance her first solo at Powerhouse Dance Studio’s recital this past weekend.

“I went to the dance teachers and I said, ‘I want (the solo routine) to be her,'” Heather Sizemore said. “Show her — with or without the leg — she can still dance. They took my idea, the concept, and did a beautiful choreography for her.”

So there Alissa stood Saturday, alone on the floor in front of a gym filled with friends and family who didn’t know what they were about to see.

“It just seemed like it would it would be really nice to show me without my leg,” Alissa said, describing the point in her routine where she removed her prosthesis and danced without it during the second half of the song.
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865623363/Utah-girl-dances-solo-9-months-after-losing-foot-in-accident.html?pg=all

Virtual mouse could make animal experiments a thing of the past

Virtual mouse could make animal experiments a thing of the past
Megan Treacy (@mtreacy)
Technology / Clean Technology
March 16, 2015

http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/virtual-mouse-could-make-animal-experiments-thing-past.html

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Virtual mouse

Medical testing on lab mice is one of those issues that is far from black and white. On the one hand, we’ve gained many medical advances from the practice that have significantly improved our lives, but on the other, innocent creatures are subject to a wide range of experiments that can be cruel and painful.

Luckily, the researchers at the Human Brain Project are working on a way to let us get the results of those experiments without having to harm a living being.They are building a virtual mouse that will be an exact computer model of the real thing so that future medical research can be modeled as accurately as if it were done on an actual mouse.

Right now, the team has been able to map 200,000 neurons in the mouse brain to the corresponding points in the body that would stimulate them. For example, touching the virtual mouse’s whiskers activates the corresponding parts of the mouse sensory cortex.

The mouse brain has 75 million neurons, so there’s still work to be done, but the researchers are gathering data quickly and the first version of the software will be released to collaborators in April.

The scientists are collecting their data points from biological data collected by the Allen Brain Institute in Seattle and the Biomedical Informatics Research Network in San Diego. They are integrating various types of data into this one model to make it richly layered. They expect that as they work, advances in technology will make the model more and more realistic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldXEuUVkDuw&feature=youtu.be

When the model is further along, the software will be available to scientists worldwide.
A Simulated Mouse Brain in a Virtual Mouse Body

Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid By Painkiller Drug Companies

https://news.vice.com/article/leading-anti-marijuana-academics-are-paid-by-painkiller-drug-companies
This article originally appeared on VICE.com.

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Image via Flickr -Marijuana

As Americans continue to embrace pot—as medicine and for recreational use—opponents are turning to a set of academic researchers to claim that policymakers should avoid relaxing restrictions around marijuana. It’s too dangerous, risky, and untested, they say. Just as drug company-funded research has become incredibly controversial in recent years, forcing major medical schools and journals to institute strict disclosure requirements, could there be a conflict of interest issue in the pot debate?

 

VICE has found that many of the researchers who have advocated against legalizing pot have also been on the payroll of leading pharmaceutical firms with products that could be easily replaced by using marijuana. When these individuals have been quoted in the media, their drug-industry ties have not been revealed.

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Marijuana Brett Levin via Flickr

Take, for example, Dr. Herbert Kleber of Columbia University. Kleber has impeccable academic credentials, and has been quoted in the press and in academic publications warning against the use of marijuana, which he stresses may cause wide-ranging addiction and public health issues. But when he’s writing anti-pot opinion pieces for CBS News, or being quoted by NPR and CNBC, what’s left unsaid is that Kleber has served as a paid consultant to leading prescription drug companies, including Purdue Pharma (the maker of OxyContin), Reckitt Benckiser (the producer of a painkiller called Nurofen), and Alkermes (the producer of a powerful new opioid called Zohydro).

Denver’s Marijuana Gold Rush Is Forcing Out Locals. Read more here.
https://news.vice.com/article/denvers-marijuana-gold-rush-is-forcing-out-locals
Kleber, who did not respond to a request for comment, maintains important influence over the pot debate. For instance, his writing has been cited by the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police in its opposition to marijuana legalization, and has been published by the American Psychiatric Association in the organization’s statement warning against marijuana for medicinal uses.

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Could Kleber’s long-term financial relationship with drug firms be viewed as a conflict of interest? Studies have found that pot can be used for pain relief as a substitute for major prescription painkillers. The opioid painkiller industry is a multibillion business that has faced rising criticism from experts because painkillers now cause about 16,000 deaths a year, more than heroin and cocaine combined. Researchers view marijuana as a safe alternative to opioid products like OxyContin, and there are no known overdose deaths from pot.

 

Other leading academic opponents of pot have ties to the painkiller industry. Dr. A. Eden Evins, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is a frequent critic of efforts to legalize marijuana. She is on the board of an anti-marijuana advocacy group, Project SAM, and has been quoted by leading media outlets criticizing the wave of new pot-related reforms. “When people can go to a ‘clinic’ or ‘cafe’ and buy pot, that creates the perception that it’s safe,” she told the Times last year.

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These academic revelations add fodder to the argument that drug firms maintain quiet ties to the marijuana prohibition lobby.
Notably, when Evins participated in a commentary on marijuana legalization for the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the publication found that her financial relationships required a disclosure statement, which noted that as of November 2012, she was a “consultant for Pfizer and DLA Piper and has received grant/research support from Envivo, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer.” Pfizer has moved aggressively into the $7.3 billion painkiller market. In 2011, the company acquired King Pharmaceuticals (the makers of several opioid products) and is currently working to introduce Remoxy, an OxyContin competitor.
https://news.vice.com/article/dea-accused-of-obstructing-research-on-marijuana-benefits
As ProPublica reported, painkiller-funded researchers helped fuel America’s deadly addiction to opioids such as OxyContin and Vicodin. These academics, with quiet funding from major pain pill firms, encouraged doctors to over-prescribe these drugs for a range of pain relief issues, leading to where we stand today as the world’s biggest consumer of painkillers and the overdose capital of the planet. What does it say about medical academia today that many of that painkiller-funded researchers are now standing in the way of a safer alternative: smoking a joint.

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