“ The use of common antimicrobials for which acquired bacterial resistance has been demonstrated should be discontinued in consumer products unless data emerge to conclusively show that such resistance has no effect on public health and that such products are effective at preventing infection. Ultimately, antibiotic resistance must be controlled through judicious use of antibiotics by health care professionals and the public.”
For purposes other than disinfecting for illness, a good cleaning with products not containing antimicrobial (plain white vinegar works for a boatload of uses), kills many germs. One example scrubbing your hands for 20-30 seconds with plain soap. And, as studies are indicating, because antibacterials get into our air and water, not using them is healthier for our environment and our own health.
Remodeling your kitchen? Plan to place your fridge in a cooler spot, away from the oven or a sunny window. Each 1 degree above 70 around the fridge uses 2.5% more energy.
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Women have had the right to vote for 95 years now. How much do you know about the 19th Amendment that made this possible? I admit, I knew far less than I thought I knew. Take the League of Women Voters’ short quiz and test your own knowledge–and maybe learn something.
Who better to provide today’s Thursday Thought than Pope Francis in his 9/24/15 (this morning) address to the U.S. combined Congress? It’s an extension of the Golden Rule, which appears in some form in the holy books of all major world religions.
“[If] we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.”
Today is a day when all Americans are urged to take control of their and their country’s destiny. It’s National Voter registration Day. If you haven’t registered, do it today. It’s so easy, you can do it online…right now. Search “register to vote online [your state]” and take two minutes to fill out the form.
Some people want to wait to see who the Presidential candidates are. Wrong approach if you really want to have a say in who is our next President. We have more power when we decide who the candidates will be, which means voting in the Primaries. Why have to choose between two people we don’t really want when the best person for the job was beaten in the Primaries–and we didn’t cast our vote then?
Immigrants refuse to learn English, our national language, and cause greatly increased crime in our neighborhoods. We hear this all the time.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have completed a two-year study of 41 million immigrants to the U.S., and, yes, they included the 11 million who are not here legally. Their report is an eye-opener. You can read about it at the Omaha News/Nation. Here’s the upshot, though: today’s immigrants are assimilating rapidly into our country, learning English as soon as they can, getting an education, finding jobs, advancing in careers, and–here’s the kicker– they’re not as likely to commit crimes as the rest of us American citizens.
So, I’m one of those super-pro-environment people–avoid pesticides, treat food-animals humanely, work toward a real, honest, agreed-upon, and followed definition of “organic.” That sort of thing. When I saw this video, though, I realized that I know people like this–and they won’t find this video humorous.
Oh well. Just know that I’m laughing at myself, as well, while standing firm on my eco-friendly beliefs.
In May, the Veterans Administration launched “Summer of Service,” designed to engage volunteers in reaching out to veterans and their families. Some 300,000 people volunteered–three times what the VA even hoped for.
People helping people make better lives for themselves. Regular readers of this blog know my belief that this is important to all of us.