Archive for June 29, 2013

Earth-Friendly Tip: Oil Changes & Football

One more chore done–oil changed in Betsy.  If you didn’t dump that motor oil onto the ground or into the sewers or drains, what would you save besides ground- and water-pollution?  Each gallon of recycled oil can produce enough energy to watch 60 football games or dry your hair 216 times.

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Chimps Escape into Retirement

Chimps are getting retired, not rewired (or slathered with toxic creams or injected with poisons).  That’s good news from the National Institute of Health.  For years, researchers have known that 1) results of tests done on animals frequently don’t give a clue about how humans will react to the same test-substance, and 2) there are fake skins that mimic human skin and respond to substances like cosmetics as reliably as or more reliably than the skin of lab-animals.

Finally, some animals are being retired from the lab.  The Institute plans to send 90% of their chimps to a sanctuary. Now, if others will only follow their example….

View some elderly retired chimps at Chimp Haven, their new home.  Go to

https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=new_life_for_chimps&s_src=em_ha062713&JServSessionIdr004=ny7i953t97.app306b.

 

 

 

Thoughtful Thursday: Nelson Mandala

From a man who helped form history:

“There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.” — Nelson Mandela

 

 

Gay Marriage: Leviticus Loses

An upset to the Christian world.  That’s what the Supreme Court delivered today with its decisions on DOMA and Prop. 8.  Lucky for the Supremes, they just had to decide on Constitutionality.  The religious debate is a quagmire, sucking some into Hell, others into righteousness, and divorce lawyers into more money as homosexual couples embrace divorce.

The problem comes between the Old Testament and the New.  Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. clearly and vehemently state that homosexuality (therefore gay marriage) is BAD, BAD, BAD.  In the New Testament, Paul is obviously no fan of it, either.  But Jesus–the New Law–had His chance and blew it.  He kept preaching love for one another (no, not in that way)–His main message was love.  When cornered, yes, he referred to Adam and Eve, when answering a question about divorce in Matt. 19.  And He touched on adultery, fornication, and sexual immorality (without details).  I know that He admitted that He didn’t have time to teach people everything they needed to know (enter the Holy Spirit for that job).  I just wish He had been clearer and more definite about homosexuality/gay marriage so that we didn’t have to depend on our own interpretations of passages to prove whatever side we’re on.

 

 

Chicken Smarter than Little Sammy?

“CHICKENS ‘CLEVERER THAN TODDLERS.’  Chickens may be brighter than young children in numeracy and basic skills, according to a new study.

Chickens may be brighter than young children in numeracy and basic skills, according to a new study.

 

Hens are capable of mathematical reasoning and logic, including numeracy, self-control and even basic structural engineering, following research.

Traits such as these are normally only shown in children above the age of four, but the domesticated birds have an ability to empathise, a sophisticated theory of mind and plan ahead.

“The domesticated chicken is something of a phenomenon,” Christine Nicol, professor of animal welfare at Bristol University, and the head of a study sponsored by the Happy Egg Company.

She told The Times: “Studies over the past 20 years have revealed their finely honed sensory capacities, their ability to think, draw inferences, apply logic and plan ahead.”

In her study ‘The Intelligent Hen’, Ms Nicol explains the animal is capable of distinguishing numbers up to five and is familiar with transitive inference – the idea in logic that, if A is greater than B, and B is greater than C, then A is greater than C.”

–By Radhika Sanghani, in The Telegraph (UK), 6/25/13

 

 

Weight–Loss News

We can pig out twice a day! New studies show that by eating two large meals a day we can lose just as much weight as with the weight-loss rule of the past, 6 small meals a day (same calorie-intake in both approaches).  This came on the same news-stream as the story that Twinkies will be back on store shelves the middle of July.  Now, I’m no weight-loss guru, but I’d be willing to bet that the first news doesn’t factor in twice-a-day Twinkies for dessert.

So, which news is a cautionary tale for our national obesity epidemic….?

 

 

 

Earth-Tip: Garage Garbage

Finished cleaning out the garage?  How do you intend to get rid of all those piles of paint cans, boxes, tires, car batteries, moldy toys, garden chemicals, and such?  Find out where to recycle specific items by going to www.earth911.org.  Type in your zip code and the item and learn where to recycle that item locally.

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 [For more easy, money-saving, Eco-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/ view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-tailer.]

 

 

Pope Francis and Respect

Mutual Respect: That a culture of dialogue, listening, and mutual respect may prevail among peoples.  That’s one of the Pope’s “intentions” for June.  Each month, he publishes a couple of “intentions,” which are special things he asks all Catholics to pray for during the month.

This one resonated with me.  If this were a reality throughout the world, we’d be well on our way to universal peace.  Sounds SO simple….

 

 

What Our Clutter Says About Us

What part of your home do you feel comfortable allowing clutter to gather?  Care2’s Green Living author Shubhra Krishan suggests that specific cluttered rooms reflect who we are:

  • A packed basement is a sign that you are loyal and emotional.
  • A crowded linen closet shows you are a creative person.
  • A full kitchen table indicates that you are a nurturer and preserver.
  • An overflowing bedside table is a clue to your curious and bright personality.

For her explanation of each, go to http://www.care2.com/greenliving/what-your-clutter-says-about-you.html.

As for me, I now know that I’m a loyal, emotional, creative person who nurtures   those around her, that l long to can strawberry preserves, and that I am curious and bright enough to learn how to do it.  How about you?

I’m Safe but Lonesome

Thanks to the reader who suggested I check to see if my spam filter was still working.  Duh!  All my education and I just trusted it.  For some reason, it had stopped working.  I reactivated it and put another one on, to boot.  Haven’t had a single message since.  Not yesterday or all day today.  I’m getting lonesome. I know I asked you to hold off on comments until I got this straightened out.  But, now, PLEASE look through some of my old posts and send me a comment on one of them.  Please!  I….feel….so….alone……