White coat syndrome. That visceral, heart thumping, anxious, nerve-driven reaction that predictably pops up the second you see that tell-tale while lab coat. But wait, it starts before that doesn’t it? More like the second you first detect that smell. Just what is it about medical disinfectant? It just smells so, well, medical. So like … Continue reading the story "Doctor’s Office Disinfectant – The Smell of Fear"
Monthly Archives for June, 2010
Life is messy, and I don’t just mean figuratively. Literal mess, muck, puke, and poop. We may like to distance ourselves from it as much as possible, but just as we all put our pants on one leg and a time, we all generate the stuff. And good thing we do or else life wouldn’t go on for too long. … Continue reading the story "Whale Poop is Nature’s Perfect Carbon Offset"
Whoever first said ‘don’t discuss politics and religion’ may have been on to something. It is probably one of the surest ways to turn friends into enemies, or at least damage friendships. But perhaps that happens because we don’t discuss these taboo subjects enough, rather than too much. I very nearly had one of … Continue reading the story "Politics and Religion – Taboo Talk or Opportunity?"
It’s a fine line to walk sometimes. How long do you wait to comment on a piece of news that’s still evolving? Wait too long and it’s no longer news. Don’t wait long enough and the information could change. Since I’m here writing on the latest Criminal Minds development, I guess I’m erring on the side of better to get the information out there. … Continue reading the story "Criminal Minds Cast Update – Bad, Good, and New Bad"
It just doesn’t seem to stop. Everyday there’s another horror, revelation, or uncovering of yet another lie, or misstatement of the truth if you want to be kind about it. I’m not so sure I do. Too many of BP’s actions, and inactions in other cases, have left me totally disgusted. The list just grows of what has gone wrong in the Gulf of Mexico … Continue reading the story "BP Horror Show Continues – Yacht, Memo, Now Turtles Burned Alive"
Talk about inflation, sort of. A five dollar bill in 1910 is now worth between $50,000 and $100,000. But not just any five dollar bill will do. It has to be the very first one ever issued by the Bank of Vancouver, which only operated from 1910 to 1914. … Continue reading the story "$5 Bill – Worth $50,000 To $100,000 – Going to Auction"
I don’t understand spitting. OK, probably not the most appealing way to start a post, but then again, neither is what prompted me to write this. For probably the umpteenth time, give or take a few times, I saw someone walking down the street who decided it was appropriate to spit on the sidewalk. I simply do not understand the thinking behind this. What is so … Continue reading the story "Where Does Saliva Belong?"
The power of the internet never ceases to amaze me. The worldwide instant communication with people you’d never otherwise come into contact with truly makes our world feel as small as we know it is. This was brought home to me again when I received an email just a few hours after the posting of my follow-up to animal testing still done by … Continue reading the story "Still More Info on Tobacco Testing on Animals"
We hear about good oils and bad oils – the eating kind not the crude kind – as they relate to our health. And we hear about the bad done to our planet because of the latter, but not usually the former. But it turns out great damage is being … Continue reading the story "Palm Oil Production – Orangutans Extinct in 10 Years?"
A recent comment to my post “Tobacco Companies Still Testing on Dogs” asked for more evidence that animal testing was still going on, how he hoped it would have stopped by now. I thought this was a good opportunity to share what I’ve found beyond what I’ve already posted. The impetus for that original post was actually an article I was sent that … Continue reading the story "More Information on Animal Testing by Tobacco Companies"