The logic - or should I say skewed thought process in my opinion - is frightening. Because we’ve overfished and depleted the supply, thrown off the balance of nature, the next thing we do is kill the next species in line. It’s not the first time comparable acts have been undertaken, but it is further proof of our seemingly endless and unfettered belief that we get to pillage and take from the earth whatever we want, however we want. Now because of diminishing cod stocks, the Canadian government’s federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans is considering options to drastically reduce the … Continue reading the story "Proposal to Kill and Incinerate 80% of Sable Island Seals"
I’m no expert on criminology, or the justice and prison systems, so maybe there’s something I’m missing, there probably is, or at least I hope there is. But I do not understand the logic of concurrent sentences. Every time I read or hear about another judge handing out sentences for multiple offenses that are to run all at the same time, I’m reminded of what seems a miscarriage of justice. Although it sure seems like a good deal for the convicted, or the bean counters of prisons that save money from shorter incarcerations. I repeat, maybe there’s some good reason for this that I’ve just never … Continue reading the story "Where’s the Justice with Concurrent Prison Sentences?"
We may live in a small world, but within that small world are many different sets of national regulations. Whether it’s lead or cadmium found in toys or glasses, or melamine plastic in pet food, we are all too often unwittingly exposed to things that shock us once we discover the truth. Now add imported honey tainted with drugs to the ever-growing list of products to be wary of, or at least aware of. Last month, The Food and Drug Administration seized 64 drums of tainted honey from a Philadelphia distribution centre. “According to FDA sources the honey was imported from China, and contained the potent anti-biotic Chloramphenicol* which … Continue reading the story "Antibiotic Chloramphenicol in Chinese Imported Honey"
I have a question. It’s one I guess I should really ask those in charge of supermarkets, specifically those who make the ambient temperature decisions. Why is it so darn much colder inside some grocery stores in the middle of summer? I don’t accept the argument that it has to be that cold inside to preserve all the food. Obviously the cooler and freezer sections have to be at a certain temperature, but more often than not these days the freezers aren’t open air anyway, but behind glass doors. That chill I feel walking down the fresh fruit and veggie aisle is not from the frozen food freezers. … Continue reading the story "Freezing in the Summer – At the Supermarket"
Yesterday I happened to look up into a particularly clear blue sky to see the graceful gliding of a few seagulls. Whenever I see birds just floating and sliding around the sky like that, with their wings essentially motionless, I can’t help but wish I could know what that feels like. I sure can see what drew the Wright Brothers and others to want to find a way to take to the skies. Imagine my amazement when I then heard about the Swiss-made Solar Impulse plane that has just now completed an historic flight, landing Thursday, July 9th 2010 in Switzerland. Flying gently, compared to jet airplanes … Continue reading the story "Solar Powered Airplane Flies All Day and Night"
New York Magazine is reporting that AMC, “home to groundbreaking hours Mad Men and Breaking Bad has approached NBC Universal about the possibility of producing new episodes of Dick Wolf’s long-running and recently cancelled drama,” Law & Order. While not out of line in terms of episodic TV production costs, especially for ones that have been on the air so long and have rising salaries etc., Law & Order would cost in the range of the … Continue reading the story "AMC Approaching NBC Universal about Law & Order"
Sometimes you get an email forward that you just can’t resist sharing. "Jail vs Nursing Home" has the benefit of being both funny, and also contributing a great social commentary on some rather skewed priorities. I suppose in all fairness, the rights and treatment of these two segments of the population have evolved separately, with corresponding reasons for the apparent dichotomy. And few of us would wish to actually be in jail, but still the forward makes some interesting observations. While some of the following is clearly tongue in cheek, this bit of humour sure presents an interesting view of, and stark contrast between life in a … Continue reading the story "Jail Versus Nursing Home – Time To Swap?"
Electrolux is bringing attention to the Pacific Garbage Patch and the whole issue of plastic trash clogging up too much of our oceans. According to Electrolux, “The plan is to make a limited number of vacuum cleaners from plastic debris harvested from the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans and the Mediterranean, Baltic and North Seas. The techniques for harvesting the plastic will vary depending on the location – from diving after it to scooping it up from the waves. Cecilia Nord, Vice President of Floor Care Environmental and Sustainability Affairs at Electrolux (hope that’s not all on her name plate) has said, “We will work with … Continue reading the story "Plastic Ocean Garbage “Vac from the Sea”"
Reebok and many other companies including Wal-Mart, Foot Locker, and TJ Maxx are all clients of Rebox, a corrugated box company. The thing that sets Rebox apart is that this St. Laurent, Quebec company is focusing on reusing rather than always making new cardboard boxes. Takes the typical curbside cardboard recycling thing up a notch. Instead of being crunched up and remade into something new, or worse ending up in a landfill, Rebox buys used flattened boxes by the load, mostly from big manufacturing companies like Nestle, Pepsi, and Kraft. After they’re inspected for any damage and sorted by size, they go on to live another life. The companies … Continue reading the story "Reebok Likes Rebox – Reused Cardboard Boxes"
Given the popularity of a post a few months ago on green tripe for dogs (and cats), I thought today I’d look at dehydrated tripe treats. For years we’ve fed ground up frozen green tripe. I’ve even gotten more or less used to the distinctive ‘farm’ odour of the stuff. But only more recently have we’ve been using dried tripe as treats. One of our favourites so far has been PetKind Tripe Treats, as determined by the canine member of the family that is. I may sniff their meat – who’d have ever thought this … Continue reading the story "A Tripe Down Dog Food Lane"