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  People Charity Navigator Create the Good Donate your excess clutter Grameen Foundation Hands on Nashville Harmony Haven Therapeutic Riding and Horse Rescue You can use AmazonSmile instead of plain old Amazon. Choose Harmony H... read more

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New technique to produce hydrogen fuel from waterOld footage from BP relief well oil blow-out: bp.concerts amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "hepyacom-20"; amzn_asso... read more

Identity theft

ATTORNEY's ADVICE - NO CHARGE Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company:... read more

Services

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Classifieds

Shopping-related posts Misc computerelectronics for sale: Click here A whole bunch of electronic equipment for sale: Doug Religious advisor wanted. No experience necessary. Must enjoy out-of-body travel and work well with animals.... read more

Travel

   .newspaper { -webkit-columns: 60px 3; -moz-columns: 60px 3; columns: 60px 3; } .fonts { text-align: left; font-family:arial, sans-serif; } Things you [maybe] never knew about Nashville Expatriation sitespages Ten Benefi... read more

Miscellany

   All sorts of randomly-useful info Charity Navigator Comments on religion and government Electric Car Electronic Frontier Foundation Ellen Brown economics ... read more

Advice

You're asking me?! Actually, here's some advice:Do good deeds. Below are a few links: Help People Charity Navigator Create the Good Donate your excess clutter Grameen Foundation Hands on Nashville Harmony Haven Therapeutic Ri... read more

Health

  New Alternative Newsletter! Anti-required-vaccination testimony from MD Cellphone over-use causing detached retina Good and bad bugs in your gut Barefoot is best for children How to stop attacking yourself Single Paye... read more

Food

Kind Earth Recipes by Anastasia Real Italian pizza!Best pizza [one of our readers has] ever had. Kinda pricey, $22 for a large. Ingredients flown in from Italy. They must partially precook because it only takes 10 min to cook your ... read more

Alaska, a true wilderness

  I've always heard people use the words "wilderness" and "Alaska" in the same sentence. It didn't mean a lot to me until recently when my wife Carla and I cruised the Inside Passage of Alaska. The state is huge, but it still ta... read more

Portugal to Hungary

  How I Spent My Summer Vacations (Portugal to Hungary) [from 1992] PortugalAzores... read more

Eastern Canada

  Roving reporter returns from East (September, 1989) — Bill returned from his trip to eastern Canada a few weeks back. He was supposed to seek out and capture "Wild Man" Doug. Remember? Well, he's back. Bill, that is. When asked... read more

How To Exercise Without Moving Your Body

  Good news! See... how-to-exercise-without-moving-your-body Wouldn't it be nice if we lived in a magical world where we could simply imagine whatever we wanted to happen and *poof* it would appear? For thousands of years, people hav... read more

Essential Oil Uses

  Here's an interesting (and hopefully useful) article someone sent us.... read more

Time for Trees

Time for Trees. Another worthy cause.... read more

Difference between alpacas and llamas

  In case you were wondering, as I was...... read more

Elephant poaching falls dramatically

  Some good news for a change: sciencemagnews201905elephant-poaching-falls-dramatically-africa Elephant poaching in Africa has dropped significantly from a peak in 2011, according to a new analysis of annual survei... read more

Atlanta food forest

  Such a great idea! Atlanta's City Council just voted in favor of transforming over 7 acres of vacant property into the state of Georgia's first food forest. The measure, which paves the way for the largest food forest in the countr... read more

Sacred chocolate

  See Food of the gods ... drinking a homemade cacao hot chocolate in the mornings instead of coffee ... unleashes such beautiful creative energies while also giving you a subtle morning boost... read more

Veterinary medicine said to cure cancer. Cancer industry not happy.

Dog de-worming medicine allegedly cures cancer. See Cancer cure has gotten out of control and nih.gov. "Within just 3 months his cancer vanished. His insurance company spent $1.2 million before Tippens switched to a $5 a week medic... read more

Attract Butterflies and Bees to Your Garden, Reduce WiFi

  via attract-butterflies-and-bees-to-your-garden-by-reducing-wifi-radiation-frequencies "A happy garden is a wireless-free garden. Decades of research has already determined that plants and insects as well as animals and people ... read more

Disney heiress nails it

  We could not agree more. See "Disney heiress calls CEO Bob Iger's $65 million pay package 'insane.'" "When [Iger] got his bonus last year, I did the math, and I figured out that he could have given personally, out of pocket, a 15% r... read more

Cayenne supplements

  I'd like to report that if anyone has prostate issues, the best treatment I know of is cayenne pepper capsules. Some time ago I bought size 00 gelatin capsules and a capsule machine, and make my own. I take a couple every morning an... read more

Chlorine dioxide breaks down glyphosate in body (allegedly)

...and so allegedly cures autism and Alzheimer's. See youtu.beoqttA2S75AQ. "I should say something about bleach, as a number of critics insist MMS (chlorine dioxide) is a bleach and, thus, a poison. Chlorine dioxide, the che... read more

Tour with Doug to the Azores

  Tour with Doug to the Azores This itinerary includes: Round Trip Airfare from Boston with Azores Airlines; 7 Nights Accommodation at the Azoris Angra Garden Hotel; 1 Night Accommodation at the Graciosa Resort Hotel; Private Tours... read more

Wildlife bridges

  I love this! See wildlife bridges Bridges for bears and tunnels for tortoises have significantly reduced the number of wildlife-car collisions worldwide. ... read more

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Looks like a worthwhile project. Click the linkbadge below for more info ... read more

How to lose hundreds of pounds

See every-breath-you-take. ... contrary to intuition, over 90% of lost weight leaves the body as carbon dioxide exhaled from the lungs, disappearing into thin air.... read more

Shungite

  Did you know about this rock from Russia? It's supposed to neutralize wireless signals. I perceive a difference when I put it on my wifi-router, which I rarely use due to a kind of buzz I perceive in my head. But when I put a coup... read more

More Than Half Using Prescription Drugs Quit After Using Cannabis and CBD

Interesting article here: more-than-half-quit-using-prescription-drugs "A survey on cannabidoil (CBD) usage found that women are more likely than men to use CBD; and once they start using it they quit traditional forms of big p... read more

Scotty Kilmer explains new car repair

You probably can't fix it yourself, and your mechanic might not be able to, either. Almost a metaphor for our times. See Scotty Kilmer explains new car repair. By the way, this guy's great. In various places he says: Honda makes th... read more

Great foreign travel tips

  The Hobo Traveler tells it like it is: don't rent a car, some cultures dishonest, police dangerous. See youtu.beGNBfZ6oX73w "What Countries Give You The Most Respect, The Least?"... read more

Digging a shallow well

  This guy makes it look easy: youtu.be5rYPRMm8Arw... read more

Give your liver a break

pesticide levels dropped after organic diet... read more

Antibiotics kill good bacteria, too

  "A healthy blood-brain barrier is necessary for keeping unwanted molecules and cells from entering into the brain from the bloodstream. Without a healthy blood-brain barrier, pathogens can pass from the bloodstream into the brain... read more

HPV, a manufactured crisis

HPV vaccines are touted as a safe and effective cure for cervical cancer, but the evidence tells a different story.See anh-usahpv... read more

Donation to Harmony Haven

We just donated to Harmony Haven Therapeutic Riding and Horse Rescue. This recent snowstorm knocked down fencing, along with their shelter.... read more

When coyotes (try to) attack

  Well, I had an exciting morning. Who needs coffee to wake up? It was around 5:30 when I let our pug Joey out in the backyard. I'm standing there keeping an eye out for critters (there is no fence) when, sure enough, a couple of coy... read more

5G coming to OH and TN

And that's not a good thing.... read more

Turmeric, Cinnamon & Ginger Tea

from My Persian Kitchen Prep time: 1 min Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 31 mins Serves: 1 cup Ingredients 1 tsp grated fresh turmeric 12 tsp grated fresh ginger 1 tick cinnamon 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice 12 slice ... read more

Cost of living comparison (Sacramento vs. Lisbon)

  Cool international cost-of-living comparison site: expatistancost-of-living. If you're thinking of moving from Sacramento, CA to Lisbon, Portugal, for example, go to cost-of-livingcomparisonsacramentolisbon... read more

1-2-3 Day!

Today is 1-2-3 day! January 23. Exciting, right? Just think, twenty-six years from today it'll be 1-2-3-4-5 day! I'll probably be dead by then, but somebody will enjoy it!... read more

Marijuana, hemp, cbd: what's legal and where

For those "asking for a friend," see marijuana-hemp-cbd-whats-legal-and-where: "As the legalized cannabis industry in the United States grows with nearly every election, consumers interested in these products have more... read more

27-pound bucket of mac and cheese

We should just go ahead and get this for our 13yo daughter.... read more

Friends of humanity

The Friends of Humanity website. Don't know anything about it, but like the sound of it. :) "Friends of Humanity is active in the defense of human rights, education, health care, and environmental protection. Our projects are ... read more

Holodeck Earth

  Great, well-laid-out point-by-point article... if you're into this sort of thing. See Contract holodeck Earth.... read more

Draft horses pull big rig up hill

  Wow! "(UPI) — A Minnesota couple harnessed their Belgian draft horses to help a semi truck driver whose vehicle was stuck on an icy driveway." Read more: Horses-pull-stuck-semi... read more

Job listing

I get these job listing emails (just in case something awesome comes along). This latest one (probably created by AI (artificiallower intelligence)) said they have "several jobs just for you": Hospice Aide (Los Angeles), Chaplain (Pa... read more

Autism said to be linked to aluminum adjuvants

via aluminum-vaccines-cause-autism "We now have 5 years of medical research, mostly from outside the United States, incriminating aluminum adjuvants in vaccines as the SOLE cause of autism epidemic. JB Handley does a nice job la... read more

Big pharma in Maryland

  "Josh Mazer is pro-vaccine, but wants vaccines to be based on sound scientific evidence and not to cause more harm than good. He also believes in providing informed consent on the risksdangers of each vaccine." via reddit.... read more

Visiting Old Sacramento

  Observations while walking around Old Sacramento with Elizabeth: Jul 14, 2018 2:38pm As I sat on a bench in touristy Old Sacramento, a little boy walked by and asked "Are you a statue?" I had to laugh. There was a statuew... read more

Merck accused of fraud re Gardasil

They failed to clearly state... "... the minimal risk that, even once the individual was infected with the HPV virus, the infection would result in precancerous lesions..." via greenmedinfo... read more

An entrepreneur at age 66

It's never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner — after working continuously for other people for 40 years, he founded his own start-up at age 66, pairing his idea for a business with his experience and passio... read more

Words to live by

Stay loose, keep moving, stay true to yourself... always. This is pretty good advice, too, though.... read more

How to take your own passport photo

  I was having a hard time converting a digital photo down to the correct 2"x2" physical size. Then I found this article: take your own passport photos. At first, I was thinking "Tell me something I don't know." Then I saw the link to t... read more

Kroger policy

I think Kroger has a policy of periodically moving everything around in order to stimulate our hunter-gatherer instinct, never knowing which aisle our next meal is in.... read more

Coins

Woo-hoo! I took the old cookie (coin) jar to the tar machine today (11.9% "fee", are you kidding me?!). I came away with $93.54! It rejected a few coins, repeatedly, forcing me to just pocket them. One of those was an elongated penny ... read more

Flipping off Trump

  I'm working on an arrangement with my employer whereby I flip off Trump's motorcade, get photographed doing it, get fired for it, then have a "go fund me" campaign pay me $100K. Wish me luck!... read more

On the phone with NASA

Got off the phone with @NASA. Had to tell 'em, "Look, I'm not willing to relocate. Stop calling!" OK, so it wasn't actually NASA, I didn't say exactly that, and it wasn't actually a job offer. A recruiter did call about an o... read more

Feeding the homeless

With wife feeding the homeless at Room In The Inn (36.15216, -86.77859)... read more

Animals rescued from wildfires

"UC Davis has been caring for dozens of animals that were displaced or injured in the California wildfires over the past two weeks." via sacbee... read more

Strange badge swipe policy

Strange badge swipe policy at work: required first thing in the AM, after that ANYONE can just walk right in. #monitoring_v_security... read more

Bain Capital helps kill another iconic American company

"Once Toys R Us was taken over, however, the debt [that] Vornado Realty, KKR and Bain used to acquire it was pushed back onto the company, skyrocketing its debt obligations to $7.6 billion." via inthesetimesarticle206... read more

Mosquito anti-itch cream

FYI: Aileen's Instagram page "I don't know about you but mosquitoes are crazy for me! Made some anti-itch cream. :) we shall see if it works! #herbal #apothecary #herbalremedies #handmade #kitchenwitch" Not to be confused ... read more

Insults

  This is a free service that we're only too happy to provide. And just because it's free doesn't mean it's not professionally done. Give us a call anytime, but the later the hour, the worse the insult!... read more

Good advice

The following is a Chinese good luck tantra totem (a fancy way of saying good advice): Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully; Marry a manwoman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills w... read more

Signs of a stroke

  STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters... S.T.R. A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally . He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, d... read more

Spend time instead of money

  Great idea! "... around the world, people are using a system of exchange that requires something everyone is, for the most part, given equally, every day: Time." via are-you-tired-banks-credit-cards-and-debt-consider-syste... read more

Good food, bad packaging

Feedback I sent to Luvo: I love your frozen meals, but hate your packaging. Your microwave cooking instructions basically say "look elsewhere on package."Why not put the instructions right there where it says "instr... read more

Easiest container-friendly food plants

  "We've found 35 fruits and vegetables that you can grow in containers. These range from bananas and citrus fruits to tomatoes, cucumbers, and just about anything else that you would normally plant in a larger garden." via C... read more

Actual environmental issues

Here are some actual environmental issues that we should be addressing instead of "climate change" (or screaming about the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate treaty).FYI, pollution is caused by humans and should be stoppe... read more

Horsetail herb said to remove aluminum

According to the "Health Ranger," anyway See Vimeo link "The Health Ranger reveals why Horsetail herb, which grows as a weed, allows your body to eliminate toxic ALUMINUM, a heavy metal linked to Alzheimer's and demen... read more

Drop the diet drinks

from Diet drinks TRIPLE risk stroke dementia "Diet drinks TRIPLE your risk of stroke and dementia, and are FAR more dangerous than drinks sweetened with sugar. Boston University researchers found aspartame, a low-calorie sweete... read more

Plastic girl

  It was horrible! I was at Walmart again, but that's not the worst part. There was a teenageearly-20's girl with boobs out to here, wearing the most form-fitting outfit you ever saw. I tried to ignore her because she REALLY wanted to ... read more

Wild lettuce to help pain

This looks very familiar in my yard. Go here for more info: lettuce "I'm surprised I haven't come across wild lettuce as an alternative to toxic pain, migraine and anxiety pills, but a recent report by Ask a Prepper tipped me of... read more

Hotdog from Reggio's

At Chicago, Illinois (41.883222, -87.632496) Just had a hotdog from Reggio's at O'Hare. I'm told that's a real Chicago style dog. It was good!... read more

Extra recess time alleviates ADHD

Interesting "The most common sense, natural solution to inattentive behavior in school children, however, may be the basic idea of giving children more time to free play and to engage their bodies in physical activity. It's such... read more

Leave the trees, please

Another reason for short-sighted land developers to leave as many trees as possible when destroyingpreparing the site for the next new neighborhood. See Watching birds near your home is good for your mental health "People liv... read more

Farm of the future?

  Cool! But I also like one of the commenters' idea about forest gardens. Via forest gardens ... read more

New suit for homeless man = new job

  Great story! See ksl?sid=42989915&nid=148 "It was about as low as you can get, but Smith decided to at least make it to the new year. When he went on ksl to look for jobs, he saw a story KSL did on a Utah company giving... read more

How did Moscow's stray dogs learn to navigate the Metro?

Interesting. "Of Moscow's 35,000-odd stray dogs, about 20 are thought to travel regularly on the city's underground rail system. These dogs seem to be able to identify which trains to board, and where to alight. It appears that ... read more

Local pick up

Just ordered a $10 item on eBay. They offered "Local pick up in Las Vegas, Nevada" versus delivering it. I live in Nashville. I need to decide if it's worth driving out there. Suggestions?... read more

If your brakes go out

If your brakes go out, just shift into Park. Better to ruin the transmission than to die! You're welcome!.Don't ask. :)... read more

Alternate route

Don't you hate it when you take an alternate route to get away from a slow driver only to have them end up in front of you later?... read more

Another headhunter email

  I know they're just doing their jobs, but headhunters (job recruiters) can be some of the most dehumanizing people I've ever had to deal with. Because of that, I like to have a little fun at their expense whenever possible. Here's a r... read more

Alternatives to Amazon and Etsy

If you're looking for an alternative to Amazon or Etsy, for whatever reason, you might try The Grommet or StorEnvy. I was just reading about them and thought I'd share. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "t... read more

Antibiotics can have severe lasting effects

Antibiotics can have severe lasting effects; choose raw horseradish or these natural remedies instead from Antibiotics can have severe lasting effects "(NaturalNews) Antibiotics should really be a last resort when you are feeli... read more

Never combine these over-the-counter drugs

  Never combine these over-the-counter drugs - your life may be endangered Source: Never combine these over-the-counter drugs - your life may be endangered - NaturalNewsGood to know!... read more

Russia completely bans GMOs in food production

  That's it! We're moving to Russia! Just kidding (because it kinda sucks over there unless you're rich ... like almost everywhere else, actually). Still, this is good news for humans: "This is a bold move by the Russian governmen... read more

Job offer

Got the below email today. Probably because they saw that I have several books on Amazon (here, here and here), they read them, thought they sucked, and decided it would be best if I took a warehouse job. I must say, though, I've neve... read more

What to plant now

Just FYI if you were wondering, 'cuz I was. "Broccoli.If you live in a warmer climate and can find a quick growing Broccoli variety, you can harvest well into November."Source: What to Plant Now... read more

Six exercises for happiness

  "These six daily happiness exercises are proven to make anyone, from a 4-year old to an 84-year old, happy, or simply happier." Achor says in just 21 days, the exercises can transform a pessimist into an optimist. Gratitude... read more

Employee's sarcastic resignation note

Good one! "This employee had simply had enough so they decided to tell their boss how it really is before they walked out the door." via Employee's Sarcastic Resignation Note Tells It Like It Is ... read more

Being overweight means you live longer

  Why being 'overweight' means you live longer: The way scientists twist the facts I guess the only "diet" most of us need to be on is non-GMO. See also. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_ass... read more

How to stop bleeding

  [FYI, the "I" in this story is not me. The author wanted to share this info without being identified. Can you blame him? :) ] I looked online and it's hard to find direct, simple instructions, they tend to get academic or theoretica... read more

Latest scams

NOT ALL THIEVES ARE STUPID (from somewhere on the Internet) 1. LONG-TERM PARKING: Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car's registrat... read more

Please donate to Harmony Haven

Please DONATE to Harmony Haven Therapeutic Riding & Horse Rescue's fundraiser to build better shelter for the winter. Thanks. Please donate by clicking here. Thank you! Or go here: harmonyhaven.wordpressdonations And, l... read more

The real reason wheat is toxic

  "Standard wheat harvest protocol in the US is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields [because] withered, dead wheat plants are less taxing on the farm equipment ... read more

Alzheimer's reversal

  Wow! All you need to do is ... Eliminate all simple carbohydrates and gluten Eliminate processed food (wait, is that even possible?) Eat more vegetables and fruits Eat wild-caught fish Meditate twice a day Start yoga ... read more

One-fifth of U.S. workers were laid off in past five years

"Nearly 40% said it took more than seven months to find employment and about one in five of laid-off workers said all they could find was a temporary position." via latimesbusinessla-fi-layoffs-unemployment-jobs-econo... read more

List of common meds which destroy your brain

List of Culprit Drugs (according to them): Excedrin PM, Tylenol PM, Nytol, Sominex, Unisom, Benadryl, Dramamine, Paxil, Detrol, Demerol, Elavil "You wouldn't think that taking a little pain pill would cause long term cognitive i... read more

Mighty broccoli sprouts rapidly detox pollutants

Broccoli sprouts, anyone? "The drink used in the China study was made with broccoli sprouts developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. They are sold under the brand name BroccoSprouts. They are widely available in sup... read more

We're better than we think we are

"... it's worth noting that the Bible's 82nd Psalm says something that many people find shockingly un-Biblical:You are gods." Or, at least "god-like," depending on translation. Anyway, I've always agreed with the ar... read more

Just 'cuz you cut off its head...

  ... don't assume it's harmless. Chef dies after spitting cobra he was cooking bit him on the hand ... 20 minutes after he had cut its head off. See Chef-dies-spitting-cobra-cooking... read more

Nutty grain and oat bars

I need to try this. Too bad I hate cooking so much. I eat way too many snacks at work, but at least these are healthy. The snack machine and I have had a falling out (it no longer recognizes my "shopper's card"), so now's a good time ... read more

Farmers use social media to stop food waste

  Farmers use social media to stop food waste. So far, CropMobster has managed to distribute nearly half a million kilograms of food, which has brought in close to a million dollars in revenue for small producers.... read more

Working for someone else

Something I've always hated about working for someone else is that you're expected to believe (or convincingly pretend, in the corporate setting, anyway) that the people in positions above you are in fact superior to you. It's just on... read more

Take this quiz

From somewhere on the Internet ... Name the five wealthiest people in the world. Name the last five Heisman Trophy winners. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitz... read more

Staying healthy on the job

Good article on staying healthy on the job, plus just plain staying at that job. "... you can't smoke cigarettes fast enough to match the damage that today's workplace is doing to you. And not just you, but everyone from the new... read more

10 ways to survive skyrocketing food prices

  Good to know. from 10 Ways to Survive Skyrocketing Food Prices "Food prices are getting out of control. As meats, dairy, and eggs climb to record high prices and over 50 million Americans are now on public food assistance, fami... read more

52 plants in the wild you can eat

  FIRST, an important note: NEVER eat unripe elderberries. That caution aside, this is good to know if you're ever starving or just have the munchies while wandering through your back yard!:) via 52 Plants In The Wild You Can Eat |&nb... read more

Bee-friendly plants? think again.

Good info. I wonder if Ace Hardware stores are any better? Probably need to buy my plants from the farmer's market. via "Bee-friendly" plants? Think again.... read more

Don't keep calm...

  Basically, go ahead and let yourself get excited. It's OK! You might even enjoy yourself, in a way. Or at least it'll be one of those things you can look back on and laugh about. via Don't Keep Calm.... Original source here: apa.o... read more

Contributing factors to happiness

  What a great experiment ... and website!Scientists Discover One Of The Greatest Contributing Factors To Happiness — You'll Thank Me Later. See also six_exercises_for_happiness... read more

Crowd-sourced outpouring lifts struggling mom

Some good news for a change. via Crowd-sourced Outpouring Lifts Struggling Mom | The Poverty Line, What Matters Today | BillMoyers. "Last month Linda Tirado, a 31-year-old from Cedar City, Utah, was reading Gawker... read more

Switzerland shows US how to handle CEOs

  Switzerland Shows US How to Handle CEOs. Here in the United States, had the minimum wage kept pace with productivity since the 1960s it would now be $21.72 an hour, or $3,722 a month. See also ... the_minimum_wage_popular_with_th... read more

How Amazon works staff 'to the bone'

  Walk 11 miles a shift and pick up an order every 33 seconds... how Amazon works staff 'to the bone' "Internet giant Amazon works its warehouse staff 'to the bone' in long and relentless shifts, a former employee claimed yesterda... read more

Why your brain craves junk food and what you can do about it

  The good news is that the research shows the less junk food you eat, the less you crave it. In other words, self-control! What a concept! via Why Your Brain Craves Junk Food (and What You Can Do About It). "Most of us know t... read more

Sit up straight

  ... like my father always said. Apparently, there's more than just a physical benefit. via The Science Behind Posture and How It Affects Your Brain "Body language is closely related to posture — the way we move our bodies... read more

Food Stamp corporate welfare

"Millions of Americans are angry because food stamp recipients can use their benefits to buy junk food but don't realize that they are able to do so because corporate America wouldn't have it any other way." via Fre... read more

Anti-inflammatory smoothie to heal you from the inside out

  I think I'll try this. " If you are battling an aliment or just want to feel good - this smoothie rocks. The addition of cranberries helps reduce water weight too - a little aesthetically pleasing benefit that makes you look go... read more

Corporate welfare vs. social welfare spending

  via Corporate Welfare Vs. Social Welfare Spending ... It's Not Just A $40 Billion Gap. "Market subsidies, market protections, market interventions, regulatory favors, favorable legislation, legal protections, ex-post facto recla... read more

America's re-shoring of jobs is accelerating

Good! via America's Re-shoring of Jobs Is Accelerating. "Over the past couple of years, we've projected an improvement in U.S. manufacturing competitiveness by 2015 that would help drive an American manufacturing revival. The r... read more

Lessons in the art of living

Good guidelines. This snipped below is the most useful part: via Lessons in the Art of Living | Psychology Today. "In DBT [dialectical behavior therapy], the skill is encapsulated in a mnemonic device known as DearMan: De... read more

45 percent of American jobs will be done by computers in 20 years

And then the "third stage" (my words, not theirs) will be when people realize how irritating and stupid these computers are. Consumers, otherwise known as "people," will stop using services that are overly-computerized, and bosses eve... read more

Free lunch... or is it?

   I've been chosen (with 5-6 others) to "Have Lunch With ****!" (one of the VP's at work) tomorrow. I've been instructed to "come prepared to discuss real issues and solutions" regarding my job. Not looking forward to it. At least it'... read more

Must see sights around the world

  A list of must-see sights around the world. Less obvious places, such as Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Vermont, or the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, etc. Hopefully fun, interesting, different sorts of touristy things that ... read more

Feral cats find a new use

  In case you're in the market for a "barn cat," this is for you: feral-cats-get-a-second-life. Maybe other cities near you have a similar program.... read more

The effects of fluoride

  See articles below on the effects of fluoride. Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ - Published in Federal Gov't Journal Building a Database of Developmental Neurotoxicants: Evidence from Human and Animal Studies Impact of fluo... read more

Minimum wage adjusted for inflation

I don't agree that this is a valid calculation. But, for what it's worth, my brother sent this out recently. 50 years ago the minimum wage was 1.25 (1963). See dol.govwhdminwagechart.pdf. A 1963 dime (90% silver) is now worth... read more

Feds give laid-off Boeing workers a helping hand

The Labor Department ruling also means that if laid-off Boeing workers need to travel, say to California, for a job interview, the government will reimburse 90 percent of the costs. via Feds give laid-off Boeing workers a big helping... read more

The 1% and what do they do for a living

  from Who are the 1%, and what do they do for a living? "A lot of emphasis is on the "99%" versus the "1%" in these protests. But who are the 1% and what do they do for a living? Are they all Wilt Chamberlains and Oprahs and othe... read more

Some non-organic foods contain upwards of 180 times fluoride level of tap water

  via Some non-organic foods contain upwards of 180 times the fluoride level of tap water, says expert. "... the average person's cumulative exposure to fluoride from food, beverages, personal care products, and water is up to sev... read more

The jobs number is b.s. says former head of BLS

  The Jobs Number Is BS Says Former Head Of BLS. "After every non-farm payroll report we provide our own breakdown of what the real unemployment rate is in a country in which the labor force participation rate has not been adjuste... read more

Food for thought

via dreamslaughter: Food For Thought. "The corporation is a true Frankenstein's monster, an artificial person run amok, responsible only to its own soulless self. — William Dugger" ... read more

Support corporate criminals or social justice

  via Support corporate criminals or social justice? | Intrepid Report. "During Clinton's presidency 45% of all income gains went to the top 1%.During Bush's presidency 65% of all income gains went to the top 1%.D... read more

Think tank community that's doing its best to control the world

"The corporate-policy network is highly centralized, at both the level of individuals and that of organizations. Its inner circle is a tightly interwoven ensemble of politically active business leaders; its organizational core in... read more

What happens in your brain when you get mad, and how to control it

  I love this! Especially after my last post. "By using one of his strategies, "projecting peace," you can "activate a different set of mirror neurons and begin to defuse the other's anger." You can get them to mirror your cal... read more

Angry people

  Funny how the day after commenting on Facebook *(see below) about driving past a local rich neighborhood, this morning in that same neighborhood I ticked off the driver behind me by having the gall to use a turn lane properly. You do ... read more

Struggle in the vegetable garden

  No, not just me and my pathetic "crop management." While that's definitely been a struggle, there have apparently been physical altercations going on in the garden, specifically on top of the onions. The tops of those plants &mdas... read more

Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric's cardiovascular benefits found Just an FYI, above. ... read more

First day of school, I mean, work

Feels like the first day back at school after summer vacation, except in this case it's not even summer yet and I'll be starting a new job, not school, today. I hope it lasts longer than the last few jobs! I have had a string ... read more

A week of testing

  Took a test yesterday. Hope I passed! New job depends on it! Hope I did better than the previous day's job-related test. That one was on Windows 7 and 2008 techie stuff, and I just haven't kept up with Win 7, not as a tech, especially... read more

Pick your own fruits and vegetables

  Should be fun, and you'll know it's fresh: pick-your-own-produce See also: pick-your-own_fruit_and_vegetables... read more

Micro gigs

Interesting article on "micro gigs" via welcome-to-the-micro-gig-no-job-is-too-small "A crush of apps allowing us to do discrete tasks for small sums of money might be the future. But the atomization of paid labor leaves worker... read more

Garden improvements

  I finished up my little rain barrel project yesterday. My three rain barrels used to be underneath the downspout coming off the roof. And that's great for catching the most rain, but the problem was that it is downhill from and no... read more

Depressing but true

"The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return." — Gore Vi... read more

In honor of Labor Day

  Great article here via informationclearinghouse.info "What does Labor Day mean anymore other than another day off, another store sale and, in some cities, parades ever smaller and more devoid of passion for elevating the well-... read more

Lobbyist poses as mechanic in Super Bowl ad, YouTube

  Lobbyist poses as mechanic in Super Bowl ad - YouTube.... read more

Immelt moving jobs and economic infrastructure to China

  GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, The Head Of Obama's Jobs Council, Is Moving Jobs And Economic Infrastructure To China At A Blistering Pace.The hypocrisy would be laughable if not such a serious problem. ... read more

Happy May Day

from Liberty Underground... "Today, May Day, honors the workers who produce all of the wealth. It is in honor of those involved in a general strike in Chicago, killed by police in what is known all over the world by workers as t... read more

Economic inequality is not sustainable

via Economic Inequality Is Not Sustainable "A Top Heavy 1 Percent Will Topple Without a Stable Middle Class."Focusing exclusively on deficit reduction is the wrong policy. Focusing solely on cutting spending is the wrong policy.... read more

These two phrases on your resume are why it just hit the trash can

They might be right about this.Worth a shot. These Two Phrases on Your Resume Are Why It Just Hit the Trash Can. "Does your resume read like a job description? Is it one long list of bullets that contain the phrases duties incl... read more

Verizon to lay off 1,700 workers after paying CEO $22 million

  Yes, large corporations really are that stupidshort-sightedcorrupt. via Verizon To Lay Off 1,700 Workers After Paying CEO $22 Million Last Year "America's largest wireless service provider plans to cut 1,700 jobs by offering ... read more

Layoffs are for lazy corporate overseers

  via Why layoffs are for lazy corporate overseers - Fortune Management."Layoffs are often a sign of failure by top executives to properly manage a business and forecast needs.The corporate movement away from job security coincided... read more

Why faking enthusiasm is the latest job requirement

I hate when companies do this. Create a better environment for your employees, don't require them to be a pack of phonies! via Why Faking Enthusiasm Is The Latest Job Requirement. "... seeming to love the job becomes part of th... read more

Employee engagement, why it's important

  "It doesn't matter if managers are introverted or extroverted, timid or bold, loud or quiet, as long as they are making people feel like they are growing, appreciated, and confident in their future at the company ..." v... read more

Three ways to put America back to work

  Great article here: Three-Ways-to-Put-America "In theory The Great Recession is history, but for those of us who live and work on Real Street the carnage and horror continues. On Real Street, outside the gated communities where ... read more

Screw economies of scale!

  Screw "economies of scale!" As I've said before, this country needs a new (or maybe just an enforced) Sherman Antitrust Act that will limit the size, influence and control of any one corporation. More companies mean more jobs, and ... read more

Whirlpool threatens pensions

via Whirlpool threatens pensions "Unfortunately, we've just had another open theft of retired worker's benefits, this time Whirlpool management stealing the health care coverage of retired former Hoover workers and their familie... read more

Feds rule Boeing can't move plant to avoid union

Federal Agency Rules Boeing Cant Move Plant to Avoid Union. The amazing thing about this is that we see a government agency actually doing its job!... read more

The 10 most hated companies in America

  from The 10 Most Hated Companies in America — 247 Wall St.. "1. Facebook" ... read more

U.S. corporate profits vs. employee wages

"In Japan the ratio of pay for a CEO compared to that of the average worker is approx. 11 to 1. In Germany that ratio expands to a dizzying 12 to 1. And in the United States it's 475 to 1." via CHART - U.S. Corporate Profit... read more

Usurpation and the corporation as crime

  from Richard Grossman on Usurpation and the Corporation as Crime "Richard Grossman says that Occupy Wall Street activists need to go beyond greed and corruption and focus on usurpation.As in - illegal seizure of power.As in - th... read more

Job hunting

Can't companies at least send a denial letteremail? It's rude to leave us twisting in the wind.... read more

Freelancers union, a federation of the unaffiliated

  Looks like a good idea. Freelancers Union.A Federation of the Unaffiliated. "350,000 FREELANCERS JOINED TOGETHER FOR A PURPOSE. INDEPENDENTS. UNITED. INDEPENDENTS. UNITED."... read more

Note to recruiters

  I almost posted this to LinkedIn, but thought better of it since hiring managers and headhunters generally have absolutely no sense of humor regarding "the hiring process." If they would admit (at least to themselves) that they have ... read more

For all bosses who dislike directness

For all bosses who dislike directness and are afraid of offending anyone... via positive leaders love productivity "Simon Sinek @simonsinek says, "Bad leaders may edit the truth for fear of causing discomfort. Good leaders acce... read more

The minimum wage, popular with the public, but not the donor class

from The Minimum Wage: Popular With the Public, But Not the Donor Class. "One of the best proposals to come out of the State of the Union was the President's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, phased in over three... read more

Romney's Bain Capital is sending many jobs to China

Romney's Bain Capital Is Sending Many Jobs to China the Day Before the Election. "On the day before an election that's supposed to hinge on jobs, taxes and the middle class, Bain Capital, the company Mitt Romney founded, will cl... read more

Wisconsin judge reinstates collective bargaining for state employees

Wisconsin judge reinstates collective bargaining for state employees "The union-busting law that pushed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker into the national spotlight last year has been declared unconstitutional by a state judge, p... read more

Good news for bad references

enewsletters.biospacerhwnewslettergood-news-for-bad-references.htm?type=email&source=js-07-19-10 "Picture this scenario: you've been seeking new employment at a company, but without success. Your employment credentials ar... read more

Selfish CEOs

  CEOs who lay off the most people rake in the profits via Hidden Corporate Scandal: CEOs Who Laid Off the Most Workers Rake in the Most Treasure "CEOs in one company after another are throwing workers onto the unemployment rolls... read more

Virtual gym 'helps weight loss'

  Virtual gym 'helps weight loss'As my brother says, this one's for those too lazy to actually work out. :)... read more

Customers flee Walmart empty shelves for Target, Costco

Those who say raising the minimum wage will bankrupt companies are just plain wrong. Here's the proof. Treat (and pay) your people well, and they'll be great employees. Treat them like crap and, surprise surprise, they'll be crappy em... read more

5 ways your boss is killing your company culture

  I agree. And a big reason for this, I believe, is that hiring managers hire based on likability, enthusiasm, and an applicant's degree (no matter what that degree is in) rather than on experience and intelligence. So, the people who... read more

Why the rich don't give to charity

I thought this was quote-worthy, via why-the-rich-dont-give "Last year, Paul Piff, a psychologist at UC Berkeley, published research that correlated wealth with an increase in unethical behavior: "While having money doesn't ... read more

This year's vegetable garden

My checklist for this year's vegetable garden: Soil tilled? Check! Top soil added? Check! Plants bought? Check! Seeds for plants not available for purchase? Check! Plants planted? Check! Now the watering ... and waiting ... read more

The case for a 25 hour work week

via The Case for a 25-Hour Work Week This Is Not a Joke | Inc. "Whatever you may think of this theory, there are certainly many who think (including Sheryl Sandberg) the status quo the 4050 hour work week is not only d... read more

Major food companies consider lobbying for GMO labeling

  Maybe there is hope for mankind, after all? Thanks to the boycotts, and more people refusing to remain ignorant? Whatever the reason, this looks promising. via Activist Post. "... there is talk of Walmart, Pepsi, ConAgra and at... read more

Avoid the pharmacy, fight the flu with remedies from the kitchen

via Avoid the Pharmacy: Fight the Flu with Remedies from the Kitchen. "A gargle made from salt water can relieve a sore throat. As well, it can stop a budding infection in its tracks. Mix 1 tablespoon of salt with a cup of water... read more

Best places to go (2013)

Travel Picks: Best Places to Go in 2013 : Condé Nast Traveler. Nashville made the list! Here's what they say about it:"The new Nashville offers two things worth traveling for: a hot, trendy new food scene and its famous, fu... read more

Cincinnati passes resolution requiring GE food labeling

  Cincinnati passes resolution requiring GE food labeling.Good!And that's where Kroger is headquartered, which might make it more interesting.... read more

Lit motors builds a car that breaks the rules

via Lit Motors Builds a Car that Breaks the Rules. "Right now, electric cars are not sustainable," he says. "The average electric car battery pack is four times larger than ours, with one-third the range. If every car in the U.S... read more

Ford's hemp-powered, hemp-made car

  I just thought this was interesting: youtubewatch?v=54vD_cPCQM8 And here's another article on the same subject: 10 X Stronger Than Steel In The 1940s And another: henry-ford-made-a-hemp-car-in-1941 "What if cars didn't ha... read more

Closing my BofA account

Hallelujah! We have paid off our BofA credit card! It was bad enough when it was owned by the original company. But when I saw that Bank of America had bought that company and was now administering my account, I knew it was time to pa... read more

Positive attitude equals more control over your life, better health

If you're happy, you're healthy.Or the opposite.Whatever works, right? via Positive Attitude Equals More Control, Better Health. "The bottom line: when you feel in control, you take control."... read more

Exercise primally, move, lift, and sprint!

  via Action Item #4: Exercise Primally — Move, Lift, and Sprint "Moving frequently (at a slow pace) is the foundation of Primal fitness. It's what we are meant to do most often, and what we should be able to do — walk... read more

People can be fat and fit

  People can be fat AND fitGood news! "It shows that some fat people manage to remain 'metabolically healthy' even though their body mass index would suggest they are not." See also.... read more

Eat your tomato harvest all year

Five Tasty Ways to Eat Your Tomato Harvest All Year "Hello tomato harvest time. If your garden (or farmer's market, or neighbor's garden) is suddenly overwhelming you with fresh tomatoes, don't be intimidated, start filling the ... read more

Honey, I killed the superbug

  via Honey, I killed the superbug | The Australian. "... none of the bacteria [that] researchers used to test the honey, including superbugs such as flesh-eating bacteria, built up any immunity"... read more

Walmart, 50 years of gutting America's middle class

This (below) is why we hate Walmart.Too many people don't understand this.They just want "low prices" no matter the overall, long-run cost. from Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class "Walmart's explosive grow... read more

Research shows local honey may halt allergies

For those with allergies, this might help.Research Shows Local Honey may Halt Allergies. "Honey has been considered an alternative allergy treatment for many years, with many allergy sufferers swearing by its anti-allergenic pro... read more

Our first ever Ethiopian restaurant

With Elizabeth taken for the night by her wonderful Auntie, Tara and I took the opportunity last night to use a Groupon and go to an Ethiopian restaurant, Mesob. It was our first time trying Ethiopian food.The appetizer, "sambusa," wa... read more

IBM's internal plan, fire most us employees

via IBM's Internal Plan to Grow Earnings-Per-Share to $20 by 2015: Fire Most U.S. Employees. "The primary method for accomplishing this feat, according to the plan, will be by reducing US employee head count by 78 percent in... read more

Millions against Monsanto, the food fight of our lives

  "If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it." — Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 199... read more

The myth of the eight hour sleep

  ... many sleeping problems may have roots in the human body's natural preference for segmented sleep ... via BBC News - The myth of the eight-hour sleep. "It's not just the number of references — it is the way they refer ... read more

Auto repair and maintenance estimates

We hear this is a good website to estimate how much a car repair should cost.via Auto Repair and Maintenance Estimates | Auto Shop and Mechanic Ratings : RepairPal. "RepairPal independently certifies auto repair shops natio... read more

Merrill Lynch IRA finally transfers!

Hallelujuah! I've been trying since late October to transfer my IRA away from the "too-big-to-fail" Merrill Lynch, owned by the about-to-fail Bank of America. Any company that's "too big to fail" probably will. That, or they&#... read more

More evidence points to pesticide as cause of mass bee deaths

So, literally, for the sake of human survival, please stop using at least this one pesticide by Bayer! via More Evidence Points to Pesticide as Cause of Mass Bee Deaths. "A new study published in Naturwissenschaften — The... read more

British town grows all of its own vegetables, improved civic life

  British town grows all of its own vegetables, witnesses improved civic life and reduced crime as a result. "When the small British mill town of Todmorden, tucked in between Yorkshire and Lancashire, first began installing fruit ... read more

Baum law firm to close

Baum law firm to close - Business First. This is one company that got what it deserved after mocking homelessforeclosed families.... read more

Naturally reduce your risk of allergies

Yet again, the solutions for most of the ailments that plague modern society are to be found in the natural world, not the synthetic world of establishment medicine and Big Pharma. via Activist Post: 3 Ways to Naturally Reduce Your R... read more

Paying off a credit card

  That's a nice headline, and it felt good doing it today.  Granted, the bulk of the balance was simply transferred to another credit card.  But still ...  :)  I also closed out the checking account associated wi... read more

Thanks to the FDA, you really have no idea what's in your food

  via Thanks to the FDA, You Really Have No Idea Whats In Your Food. "It's been stuck this way since the early 1990s, when the FDA hired former Monsanto lawyer Michael Taylor to write the regulations, or lack thereof." ... read more

A visit to Walmart

I hate Walmart.  It's a company run by slimy executives who don't care about the mom-and-pop businesses they destroy, and its stores are frequented by the lowest class of people.  I always feel the need for a shower afte... read more

Things to do in Nashville

.newspaper { -webkit-columns: 60px 3; -moz-columns: 60px 3; columns: 60px 3; } .fonts { text-align: left; font-family:arial, sans-serif; } Some of these are not in Nashville, proper, but in the general area. Adventure Sci... read more

Escape from zip ties

  If you're ever unlawfully detained, this might be good to know: escape from zip ties - rear; escape - front... read more

Saving the rich, losing the economy

from saving-the-rich-losing-the-economy "US politicians, such as Buddy Roemer, blame the collapse of US manufacturing on Chinese competition and "unfair trade practices." However, it is US corporations that move their factories ... read more

Boycott verizon if at all possible

  They're forcing pay cuts for the people who do the actual work there while their executives get millions in bonuses. "Last year Verizon made $12 billion in profits, got $1 billion in government subsidies and paid zippo, zero in ... read more

Clean 15, the 15 lowest pesticide-prone forms of produce

Clean 15: The 15 Lowest Pesticide-Prone Forms of Produce. "If you don't buy organic, health experts like David Suzuki suggest avoiding toxic pesticides linked to health issues including cancer, hormone disruption, and brain toxi... read more

Candwich, sandwich in a can goes on sale

  Not a bad idea! Candwich: Sandwich in a can goes on sale "The American makers of the Candwich, a sandwich in a can which can be dispensed by vending machines and is opened like a can of Coke, say it's the best thing since slice... read more

Emergency preparedness food storage

  Emergency Essentials - Be Prepared Emergency Preparedness Food Storage.That's the Boy Scout motto, isn't it? Never hurts. " BePrepared is the world's largest dedicated online marketplace for survival food, water, and gear. ... read more

Greed is not a virtue

Great article. via Greed is Not a Virtue, by David Korten — Agenda for a New Economy. "By capitalism's perverse moral logic, if a person sells toxic assets by knowingly misrepresenting them as sound, the fault lies not wi... read more

How to replace a headlight bulb in a Honda Accord

How to Replace a Headlight Bulb in a Honda AccordI just followed their instructions to fix my wife's headlight (after she got pulled over and warned about it).So, I thought I'd give credit where credit's due.Thanks, eHow!... read more

Supermarket meat tainted with drug-resistant bacteria

Another reason to go vegetarian, although their math isn't right. Forty-seven percent is much worse than "1 in 4." Maybe we should actually read the article? :) via 1 In 4 Supermarket Meat Samples Tainted With Drug-Resistant Bacteri... read more

New job starts today

I hope I like it. UPDATE (2 years later):I didn't. See First day of school I mean work... read more

New job starting next week

  I'm starting a new job next week, so I ran a test of how long it would take to get there after dropping Elizabeth off at school. It was 7:42 when they started letting the kids inside, allowing me to leave. I could do like a lot of... read more

Tour of Nashville

  Elizabeth and I played tour guide to my sister Jeannie, her daughter Tiffany, her husband David, and their kids Shayden, 9, and Skyla, 1½. We started with a late breakfast at Cracker Barrel one exit east of the airport. My brothe... read more

Where to donate your stuff

  Where to Donate Your Stuff: 101 Places Your Clutter Can Do Good "Something that's been sitting in your house, unused and unloved, may bring a great deal of joy to, or fill the genuine need of, someone else. Make their day, and g... read more

Which food additives make children behave badly

  via Which Food Additives Make Children Behave Badly. "... food additives used in hundreds of children's foods and drinks can cause temper tantrums and disruptive behavior ..." ... read more

Check out a company before applying there

  GlassDoor "Search company reviews and ratings"... read more

Ways to save water

  Great site: Ways to save water "Graywater is the water that goes down the drains from your washing machine, bathroom sinks and showers. When you stop to think about it, the average top-loading washing machine will use between 25... read more

Don't take potassium iodide unless you are exposed to radiation

  Click below: dont-take-potassium-iodide-unlessHere's a website all about nuclear energy, courtesy of my brother: all things nuclear... read more

Cool solution to clean up oil disaster

Don't know if they used any of this on the BP oil disaster last year, but good to know for future events.Cool solution to clean up oil disaster. [VIDEO].... read more

Pick your own fruit and vegetable farms

  This could prove useful as food (and gas) prices soar this coming year: Where to Find Pick-Your-Own Fruit and Vegetable Farms Orchards for Local, Fresh Fruit, Vegetables and Pumpkins, Along With Canning, Freezing & Preserving Instru... read more

Professional house cleaning maid services for women with cancer

Professional House Cleaning Maid Services for women with cancer. "Interested in giving the gift of a clean home to a woman undergoing cancer treatments? We would love to hear from you!"... read more

The starch solution

  All about removing meat and dairy from your diet. The McDougall Newsletter - Introduction to New McDougall Book — The Starch Solution. "My recommendation for eating starches puts glazed looks on people's faces, and many d... read more

Diane's icy adventure

Christmas night, Diane, on the way to a party, found herself in the fast line of the freeway with a car stopped in front of her and the brakes not working due to a patch of black ice. With cars and trucks honking on the right side, sh... read more

Dems pull fast one with food safety bill

  via newswithviewsNWV-Newsnews233.htm "It didn't take long for Democrats in the House to figure a way around the constitutional roadblock that halted the advance of S. 510: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, following i... read more

Food safety hypocrites

  These people all need to go: libertynewsonlinearticle_301_29693.php... read more

Which airports have body scanning technology?

Airports to avoid, if at all possible. Which airports have body-scanning technology? - CNN "The TSA website lists all the airports using advanced-imaging technology to screen passengers. The website does not specify which... read more

Customer satisfaction surveys

When given one of those customer satisfaction surveys, always try and give a glowing report about the individual who helped you (unless they were terrible, of course) because those surveys are just another tool for corporations to har... read more

Detection dogs

  via A nose for wild things "These are no hounds. These are highly trained detection dogs used by biologists to canvass for animals, scat, rare plants and invasive weeds that are easily missed by humans."... read more

Made in America... no longer

"American as apple pie" items that are no longer made here: 19-iconic-products-that-america-doesnt-make-anymore... read more

Preikestolen

  via Preikestolen " is one of Rogaland county's most visited attractions, and one of the country's most spectacular photo subjects. has been named one of the world's most spectacular viewing points by both CNN Go and Lonely Plane... read more

A few good links

Found these unrelated stories interesting. Thought I'd share: simple-ways-to-save-money-minimizing sneakiest-new-shopping-scams childhealthsafety.wordpress ... read more

Girl quits job

This is an instant classic. via girl-quits-her-job-on-dry-erase-board-emails-entire-office-33-photos... read more

Great Depression II

  I guess they didn't call it The Great Depression during that depression, did they? We shouldn't be surprised they're not honestly calling this one Great Depression II. Or, in current parlance, maybe, "G-Dep-2." It's "only" The Great ... read more

Another reason to avoid Monsanto products

  A very technical article. from GMO-Free_Europe_2010 "It is important to note that the bulk of the data provided during the evaluation stages of GBHGMO safety were provided by the industry...This is particularly important when ... read more

How companies should cut back

  When faced with too many expenses and not enough income and you have run out of expenses to reduce, rather than firing employees, the fair and socially-responsible way to cut costs is NOT to fire employees who had nothing to do with t... read more

We did it!

  [copied from Lori's email] Hello Everyone!!! I am so excited to tell everyone the great news!!! We did it! Cure JM was number 1 at midnight last night! Because of all of our wonderful friends and family we were able to win the 250K... read more

Buy local food

  via Using Local Organic Cooperatives To Defeat Globalists "Okay, you're awake, back among the human tribe.Now what? You are not alone in wondering what is the best way to fight the globalists.There is a vastly growing human trib... read more

Burn your bra

  ... after you remove it, of course. Apparently, they cause cancer. No kidding! Here's the link: all-naturalbras.html Women who wore their bras 24 hours per day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer (in their ... read more

Old age discrimination suit vs. Google

"The California Supreme Court unanimously agreed that a trial court erred in dismissing a complaint by Brian Reid, who was hired in 2002 as a director of operations and engineering, and fired less than two years later at age 54 a... read more

Maybe cashiers need to wear gloves

Maybe their customers should wear gloves, too. Via BPA Coats Cash Register Receipts. Here's what they say at the end of the article: "In January, the Food and Drug Administration, which previously called BPA safe, announced it... read more

Genetically engineered food right to know act

  Ask Your Congresspersons to Cosponsor HR 5577, Representative Kucinich's Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act "10. Almost all non-organic processed food or animal products in the U.S. today contain ingredients that come... read more

Another reason not to shop at Walmart

If you buy underwear at Walmart, they will be able to track wherever you go. If their sales are not hurt by this announcement, they will institute it in more products, probably eventually all products. According to CNBC, these tags ar... read more

Buy American

localmakers The above link no longer points to where it used to. Someone in Holland, ironically, has apparently purchased that domain name. I would have removed this post, but the irony made it worth keeping it here. amzn_asso... read more

House the horses

Please donate by clicking here. Thank you. We are always trying to raise money so we can build a barn for our wonderful horses.Some of the horses are older and need more shade or storm protection to be comfortable. Please donate by... read more

Like a cancer

A business plan requiring constant expansion is, almost by definition, a cancer, and equally unhealthy.... read more

Stop buying paper towels

Save the rain forests and add a little style back to your dinner table. Use dinner napkins. You know, actual cloth napkins. Remember those? Your mother used to use them. Maybe your grandmother. Anyway, stop buying paper towels! It's a... read more

The job market

When I applied and scheduled an interview for a job at the "financial arm" of the Methodist Church, I knew I was not a right fit for them. After all, I'm not only not Methodist, I'm not even a Christian.When the HR manager called a co... read more

Safety first

Always wear your safety glasses when mowing the lawn or weed-eating. I didn't today (though I do half the time), and I got hit in the eye with a rock that was launched by the mower blade, bounced off the side of the house, and hit me ... read more

Getting organized

  Great article here: reorganizing-bathroom-closet I'm especially impressed with Item 3, putting everything into the pillowcase. I don't know if this is her original idea, but it's one of those that makes me say, "Why didn't I thin... read more

Make your own toothpaste

  Make your own (healthy) toothpaste here: make-your-own-safe-natural-and-healthy-tooth-pastes-and-tooth-cleansers-1955 "Virtually all commercial toothpastes contain one or both of two problematic ingredients: fluoride and glyc... read more

Another interview

I went to another job interview yesterday. It was downtown Nashville in the once trendy Cummins Station building. I've had a few consulting clients there over the years. The company interviewing me shall remain nameless. Coinciden... read more

Saved a blackberry bush

A couple of them, actually. I was going to post this to blackberryrescue, but there is no such site. Wait, maybe I should check. You never know. Guess what? There IS such a site, but it has to do with the ubiquitous electronic dev... read more

Pesticides causing ADHD?

It might explain the relatively recent phenomena. via health-kids_and_parenting See also Why French kids don't have ADHD and extra recess time alleviates ADHD... read more

Amnesty day at the dump!

I know, that sounds weird. But I just returned from the dumprecycling center, in my case the one on Omohundro Drive. I dropped off the old dishwasher along with my usual recycling and household trash. Anyway, the woman there told ... read more

Letter to a former co-worker

I'm glad you and Cathy are doing well. Our daughter Elizabeth is doing well, too. She spent last night with a cousin north of town so she can attend that little girl's birthday party today. Elizabeth's own birthday party was last mont... read more

Waxman sneaks anti-vitamin amendment into Wall Street reform bill

  Waxman represents L.A. on the west side up to Santa Monica. I bet those people take LOTS of supplements. via naturalnews028687_Henry_Waxman_health_freedom.html "Of all the sneaky tactics practiced in Washington D.C., this ... read more

Water problem solution ideas

[Email from [anonymous] to Nashville mayor regarding drinkable water shortage]: Mayor Dean, if you announce STIFF FINES for anyone exceeding HALF OF LAST MONTH'S WATER USAGE, and SUPER STIFF FINES for anyone exceeding last month's u... read more

Neighborly confrontation

  I had a run-in yesterday with the neighbor formerly known as "motorcycle guy." I had just gotten back from a customer's office when I get a knock on the door. It's "motorcycle guy" saying "Can we talk a minute? I know you've got a pr... read more

Decent breakfast place?

Calling all breakfast eaters: Does anyone know of a decent place for breakfast near Nashville's (BNA) airport? My sister is passing through town next weekend and wants to have breakfast with Elizabeth (everyone else is secondary). We ... read more

How to rob a bank

The answer is: Own one.Relax, law enforcement people, it's not a real how-to.Part two is here.... read more

Selling insurance

I got a call today about a job with American Income. They said they found my résumé on Careerbuilder. When I get emails like that, I instantly recognize them and mark them as spam and block them from sending any more. But ge... read more

Has the FDA lost its mind... again?

  cherries and walnuts are not drugs "In the latest volley of the US Food and Drug Administration's bizarre war on scientific freedom of speech, the FDA has sent a Warning Letter to the president and CEO of Diamond Foods stating t... read more

Make your own sports drink

  ... for a fraction of the cost. This is the one thing that kills our food budget, but we keep buying it because my back muscles seem to need the electrolytes to keep from spasming.At least, that's what I've convinced myself of. I've... read more

Waiting

I went to a pre-employment drug screening this morning. Last week, I had interviewed for an IT instructor position. Had to give a mock class, and everything. I chose the subject of "securing your home wireless network." It was fun. An... read more

Cake mixes & toxins

  PLEASE remember to check your cupboards when you get home tonight!!! Throw away ALL OUTDATED pancake mix, brownie mixes, Bisquick, cake and cookie mixes, etc., you have in your home. A high school student had pancakes and it almost ... read more

GMO foods

  Genetically-modified cotton is poisoning people in India. In this country, non-organic soybeans, corn and canola (most non-organic of these are GMO) are poisoning people. It's in corn chips and other products. They are making soybeans... read more

Gender unknown

First time I've ever seen this. Filling out an online job application, the EEOC stuff at the bottom gave me a choice of: Male Female Gender Unknown Decline to Answer I can understand "sexually confused," but "gender unkn... read more

Happy Groundhog's Day!

  It's been almost five months now since I was laid off. It doesn't seem that long, actually. What've I been doing since then? Collecting unemployment checks and doing freelance consulting, helping people with their computer... read more

Wine review

  Yes, we do it all here at FriendsNews! If I said to you "Bohemian Highway, California Merlot 2007," what would you think? Crap? Just this side of Thunderbird? Well, you'd be wrong. At the amazingly low price of $6 for the small bottle... read more

6 ways mushrooms can save the world

Very cool talk given here. He talks fast, so you have to pay close attention. via 6 ways mushrooms can save the world "Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: cleaning polluted soil,... read more

Cool site to help pets

  NoPawsLeftBehind "The No Paws Left Behind web site is here to help you through some tough times."... read more

Laid off

It's been almost three weeks now, and I'm finally able to talkblog about my layoff. After the merger and corporate restructuring at work, it was finally my turn to have my "position eliminated." I instinctively felt it coming. In fac... read more

Epidural steroid injection

Well, I finally had my epidural steroid injection that I seem to need every 3 or 4 years for my bulgingrupturedherniated disc (between L4 and L5, for you medics out there). I just got the shot yesterday at the Pain Management Group ... read more

Doug sells power tools!

  dholmeshilti-website.htm "Used & New Hilti Tools and Accessories Hilti professional demolition concrete tools SHIPPING WORLDWIDE"... read more

Leaving your mark

We welcome all the visitors and students to our center, Harmony Haven. Our mission statement: "We rescue and rehabilitate horses so they can rescue and rehabilitate the people who need them most."It's all about leaving your... read more

Roanoke

  I'm home after a long trip to Roanoke, VA and back. It was quite an experience overall. The 1-34 hour drive to SMF was punctuated by the puppy screaming and howling in the crate behind me in the van. She messed the newspapers once an... read more

Vancouver

  Our trip was great.  Here's a very short story. We left on 811 from my work. My boss made me attend a meeting that day which ended at 2:30, whereupon I joined June, Brian and Andy who were in our van, waiting in the parking lot... read more

Guatemala

  We visited Evelyn's family and ate like the pigs that we are. Bijou had fun. I guess the highlight was going to the cemetery. Believe it or not, it was really Gothic, colorful, historical and very interesting, in general. We didn't... read more

Kansas

  Kansas. What an incredibly boring state. Tara, her sister Sandie, niece Destiny and I flew from Nashville to attend her youngest sister Stephanie's high school graduation in Council Grove, Kansas.  Tara and I figured we'd find so... read more

Iowa

It's over, for me, anyway. I rode two days in and that was enough. As I expected, it was nice to ride with 10,000 other cyclists and the party-like attitude of the riders and the people in the towns was really nice. The problem was th... read more

A few tips

Reheat Pizza Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works. Easy ... read more

Amazing

via wanttoknow.info "The richest two percent of the world's population owns more than half of the world's household wealth. Although you may believe you've heard this statistic before, you haven't: For the first time, personal w... read more

Charleston and Savannah

  Charleston, SC We drove ... and drove ... and drove — 10 hours or so — from Nashville until finally reaching Charleston, South Carolina. Along the way, we stopped in Asheville, North Carolina at the Biltmore Estate beca... read more

New Orleans

  We flew into about noon time on a Friday. Since the room wasn't ready for such an early arrival, we walked four blocks to the pier and decided to ride the paddle wheel boat "Natchez." It basically goes a mile up the Mississippi, then... read more

California, what a trip!

  Thursday, before we left on Saturday, I took Austin to his Grandma Joy's house. We had a good visit and he took to her immediately. I left him on Friday morning and drove back to Nashville. I was supposed to get my eardrums cut open... read more

Ft. Lauderdale

  I went to Ft. Lauderdale (Nov. 6) for the Breeders Cup horse races at Gulfstream Park (actually in Hallandale, FL).  It was fun just being there.  I'd never been to south Florida before. How'd I do on the races?  Wel... read more

St. Louis

  Tara and I made a quick trip (if you can call a five-hour road trip "quick") to St. Louis over the Labor Day weekend.  We visited their historic district ("old town") along the river where they were hosting th... read more

Chicago

  Tara and I left Nashville for Chicago on a Thursday morning. At the last minute I decided to let my cat Myca out. I figured he would return shortly after doing his "business" in the neighbor's bushes, as usual, and I could ... read more

California here we come!

  For our "summer vacation," Tara and I went to California. Where in California? Just about everywhere in 4½ days. We took a Southwest Airlines "direct" flight from Nashville to Oakland. Stupidly, we thought &qu... read more

Atlanta trip

  Tara and I just got back from a long weekend in Atlanta.  It was nice to see the town.  I'd passed through before, but had never stopped to look.  The first touristy thing we did after eventually finding our hotel &md... read more

Europe '96 video

  You can watch it here: vimeo3271045 I was there for Doug and Jana's wedding, but this doesn't include that, as that was filmed by a professional. This video is so badly-done it's almost funny. amzn_assoc_placeme... read more

Europe

  Nashville  — June, 1996I planned everything in advance. Or so I thought. I bought my round-trip plane ticket three months in advance. I "surfed The Web" and researched whatever I could find regarding my destinatio... read more

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