Humanity Lost

As we look around our world today, it’s filled with so much pain, poverty and injustice.  We have an opportunity to make our planet proud, but instead we justify the destruction of lives:  human, animal, aquatic and vegetation in the name of greed (money), power and one commodity (oil).  Countries that have nuclear arsenals and clout including USA, UK and Canada have misused their power which greatly created hardship for less powerful countries.  Any country that has oil reserves becomes targets under the guise of creating a democratic society when in fact, their country will be left torn and marginalized because of the so-called freedom/liberation.

As we look around our world, instead of countries becoming more peaceful and progressive, they are becoming more marginalized and archaic.  Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, Libya, Syria, Iraq, etc.  What do these countries all have in common?  They were liberated by the so called body of democracy – the ABC nations (America, Canada and UK) with the approval of the UN.   Justifiable, countries like Ethiopia, Congo, Sierra Leone, etc. needs liberation from the atrocities (starvation, malnutrition, child mutilation, poverty, Boko Haram, etc.) that takes place daily, yet nothing is being done to help them.  Their stories hardly make the international news.  Why, because there is nothing to gain financially for saving innocent lives.  The lives of African men, women and children are not worth saving because there is no financial gain…

Here in the USA, the Electoral College has elected Trump, a racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic, misogynistic, Putin-owning man-child as its next leader.  Our government turns a blind eye to the nepotism, conflict of interests and security threats that are hemorrhaging from Trump’s administration.  America, the giant among nations is gambling on a radical babbling buffoon as its leader of change. Really?

At the bottom of it all, what’s the cost of this and who stand to benefit the most?  These politicians are using human lives as bargaining chips, who will use theirs?  What’s also pathetic are the people that voted for Trump – we are walking, working and living alongside folks with racist, homophobic, sexist mentalities.

I’m beyond disgusted and sad.

Ebola Virus Why Now?

Ebola why now?  If you’re like me, you’re wondering why Ebola and why West Africa?  Not being one to accept anything spoon-fed by the media, I decided to do my own research.  Here is what we know:

Tulane University has been conducting testing on hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola virus for several years in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria (West Africa).  On July 23, 2014, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Sierra Leone has ordered Tulane University to STOP Ebola testing after 427 confirmed cases of Ebola and 144 confirmed cases of Ebola deaths.  To read more click here

Why was Tulane University conducting Ebola vaccines testing in such poor countries and was this an experiment gone wrong, after all, the virus had been pretty much eradicated…?

Ironically, on July 17, 2014 a Malaysian airline carrying six top AIDS researchers including WHO Media Officer Glenn Thomas died in the mysterious plane crash over Ukraine.  These individuals were on their way to an AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia sponsored by Bill Gates.  We know that Bill and Melinda Gates are advocates for and fund vaccines development and testing.

This begs to question again, was the WHO aware of the Ebola virus outbreak and wanted to silence these individuals?  Are these innocent lives sacrificial lambs to the giant pharmaceutical companies or the U.S. government?  What is also ironic is the two Americans who were exposed the virus were flown to the U.S. and recovered after receiving the “experimental” vaccine but the Africans are left to die.  Why?  If there is a vaccine available to kill the virus, why is the U.S. government withholding treatment while over three thousand people have already died of the virus in West Africa?  Aren’t we all humans and deserves to be treated as such?

Thomas Eric Duncan answered “no” to questions about whether he had cared for a patient with the deadly virus. Thomas is now in serious condition at a Dallas hospital.  Can you blame Thomas for answering “no”?  After all, he is fully aware that he he had answered “yes’, he would have never granted access to quality care and the potential life saving vaccine the two American received.  Though it’s was a selfish act, Thomas like many others wants to live and knows full well if he wasn’t on American soil, his percentage of survival is nil.

I am grateful to be living in this great country but what about the lives of my family and friends who are not as fortunate – are they sitting ducks?

Biological warfare.  My heart bleeds for the innocent men, women and children who were barely surviving to begin with but now have to die such horrible, painful deaths.  RIP

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?

Can Your Shoe Size Tell Your Age?

According to this math equation, your shoe size can tell your age.  Solve the problem below and let me know if it works for you:

1) Take your shoe size (no half sizes – round up)

2) Multiply by 5

3) Add 50

4) Multiply by 20

5) Add 1013

6) Subtract the year you were born

Answer: The first digit is your shoe size and the last two digits are your age.  It’s shoe magic!

 

Gold Really Do Grow On Trees

Money doesn’t grow on trees but apparently gold does.  Hopefully, greedy miners won’t start cutting down the trees…

moneyAustralia based researchers found the gold particles hidden within eucalyptus tree foliage, indicating that gold deposits may also be buried many metres below.

The grains growing within the leaves are approximately one fifth the diameter of a human hair, making the discovery unlikely to start a gold rush. However,  it can provide a unique opportunity for mineral exploration.

Geochemists from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRPO) said eucalyptus trees in western Australia are drawing up gold particles from the earth via their root system and depositing it their leaves and branches.

Although the amounts found were tiny, their presence could indicate gold ore deposits buried up to tens of metres underground and under sediments that are up to 60 million years old.

Lead author of the study, Dr Mel Lintern, said the team used CSIRO’s Maia detector, a machine that uses x-rays to probe matter in great detail, to search for gold deposits. They were able to produce images of gold found in the leaves, bark and twigs of some of the trees.

Their research, published in the journal Nature Communications,suggested plants were absorbing gold particles found around the soils of eucalyptus trees, Dr Lintern explained.

“The eucalypt acts as a hydraulic pump – its roots extend tens of metres into the ground and draw up water containing the gold.

“As the gold is likely to be toxic to the plant, it’s moved to the leaves and branches where it can be released or shed to the ground.

“The leaves could be used in combination with other tools as a more cost effective and environmentally friendly exploration technique.”

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