Wishing You A Peaceful 2015

As we near the end of 2014, we should head into 2015 with a new attitude and perspective on life.  No one is promised tomorrow so as we navigate this mortal world, we must remind ourselves that we are all God’s creatures.  We must learn to love and accept each other regardless of class, color or creed.  Life is short, precious and should be spent in the best possible way.  We must remind ourselves that humanity trumps all stereotypes.  Never forget The Golden Rule:  Do unto others as you would like them do unto you ~ Luke 6:31

 

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Peace be with you all in 2015!!

Warning Labels On Sweet Drinks

California announced today that all soda beverages must be labeled with warnings of weight gain, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc.  If the law passed, it will be enacted on July 1, 2015.

Some people will continue to consume soda regardless of the labels; however, others may be less inclined or may limit their intake of sweet beverages.  It is alleged that there are approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar in each 12-ounce can of soda.  It is also important to know that actual sugar is not used to sweeten beverages such as sodas, instead, it’s an artificial sweetener, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  HFCS is linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc.

rethink-your-drink_1362005087824_379920_ver1.0_640_480Warning labels may not deter everyone but it will absolutely contribute to behavior change.  The warning labels extend to all sugar-sweetened drinks.  Sweet drinks that contain HFCS should be labeled since most of these include juices that are targeted to toddlers and young children.  Dependence on unhealthy foods and drinks starts early.

Additionally, the caramel color use in many sodas may contain a carcinogenic chemical (4-Mel).

To read more about the proposed law click here.

To read more about the caramel color chemical click here.

GMO

In November 2013, GMO labeling bills were defeated in many states.  While the majority of Americans support the labeling of genetically modified foods, many of our food manufactures and producers lobbied and funded its demise.  We do not know of the long term health risks associated with eating such foods and though scientists states that there are no health risks with eating genetically modified foods, it’s a rather big pill to swallow with so many illness plaguing our population.

Supporters of the anti-labeling bill outweigh supporters for the labeling bill by 3 to 1 in spending power. Companies such as Kraft Foods, BASF, Monsanto, DuPont, Grocery Manufactures (contributors of Grocery Manufactures are: PepsiCo, Nestle, Coca-Cola, General Mills, ConAgra, Land O’Lakes, etc.), Bayer CropScience, and Dow Agrisciences all support the non-labeling of GM foods. These companies make billions in revenue from consumers yet, they are against letting us know what they are putting in your food.  Monsanto spent millions to fight mandatory labeling requirements in fear consumer will not buy GM foods.  If there is nothing to hide, then why defeat the labeling?  If anything these companies should laud the labeling bill.

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More than 88% of corn and soy planted in the USA are genetically engineered which goes to feed our animals or livestock or canola oil or ethanol or corn syrup. It’s almost impossible to escape GM food regardless of how hard you try.  The next time you pick up a box of cereal or a can of soda or a bunch of broccoli, ask yourself how was it grown, what’s in it…? The irony is that most people will still buy genetically modified foods even if they are labeled because it’s cheaper, convenient and it’s in over 80% of our foods – there aren’t many cheaper alternatives available. Oreo anyone?

Wristwatch Can Alter Body Temperature

For those that are always cold, this is a perfect invention.

 

wristify-watch-gadgetDesigners have developed a thermoelectric ‘watch’ which can alter human body temperature – drastically slashing air conditioning and heating costs.

The gadget, called Wristify, has the ability to change a person’s temperature by several degrees and can work at a rate of 0.4 degrees a second.

Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found a 0.1 degree a second change in temperature of one part of the body makes the entire body feel several degrees warmer or cooler.

This would then help to save on energy bills as increasing the temperature of a large building by one degree can use up around 100kWh a month.

Wristify is still a prototype but it uses a copper-alloy-based heat sink on the wrist and is able to automatically measure your body temperature and then make adjustments to maintain the level you set it at.

The bracelet has a lithium polymer battery inside and is able to work for eight hours.
Sam Shames, who co-invented the Wristify alongside Mike Gibson, David Cohen-Tanugi and Matt Smith, said: “Buildings right now use an incredible amount of energy just in space heating and cooling.

“In fact, all together this makes up 16.5 per cent of all US primary energy consumption.

“We wanted to reduce that number, while maintaining individual thermal comfort. We found the best way to do it was local heating and cooling of parts of the body.”

The team recently came first in the MIT Making and Design Materials Engineering Competition and won $10,000 (£6200) which they are going to reinvest into the Wristify project.

NY Daily News

 

World’s Most Boring Job?

If you think your job is so bad and boring, what do you say of this woman’s job of watching grass grow?  Helen’s job is to watch, analyze and document the growth of grass… the fun part is that she enjoys it.  Imagine if she hated her job?  So folks to each his own but it’s very important to like what you do for a living because you spend a lot of time doing it…

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Could Helen Southall have the world’s most boring job?

The green-fingered Brit earns her crust by watching grass grow.

The seed analyst spends her days planting samples and making sure blades are rising to the right length.

But far from being a dull role, the 43-year-old claims it is “rewarding” and “fascinating” and lets her spend most of her time outdoors

“People do think it’s strange when I tell them my job is to watch grass grow, but I think it’s fascinating and I wouldn’t do anything else,” she told The Times.

“It’s so rewarding seeing a stretch of perfect green grass and knowing that it has grown right because of my work,” she added.

Southall, from Timberland in Lincolnshire, plies her trade at British Seed Houses.

Tasked with making sure grass grows in the most efficient way possible, she confessed parts of the job — such as individually counting out seeds — can be “tedious.”

But she added, “There are so many different species of grass seed to test and you always see new patterns with the grass, it’s always fascinating when you find a new seed type.”

Via NY Daily News