Multiple School Shootings Committed by Those Taking Psychotropic Drugs

Psychotropic drugs. It’s the story of big money-drugs that fuel a $330 billion psychiatric industry, without a single cure.

According to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International

At least fourteen recent school shootings were committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs.  There have been 109 wounded and 58 killed.

Of these 14, seven were seeing either a psychiatrist (5 of them) or psychologist (2 of them).  It is not known whether the other half were seeing a psychiatrist, as it has not been published.


Is Bottled Water the Biggest Consumer Hoax of the 21st Century?

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For all those who are still drinking branded bottled water, I have just one question to ask, WHY?

They say a sucker is born every minute. If you’re still drinking water out of single use plastic bottles, I’ve got one word for you, SUCKER!

Did you know 40% of the bottled water people buy thinking they are purchasing a superior/purer product comes from municipal sources! Some of the best-selling brands like Dasani and Aquafina are little more than tap water, albeit “filtered” tap water.

Worse still, particularly in our $4 a gallon for gas economy, bottled water is expensive, 1,900 times more expensive than water from closely regulated and monitored municipal sources. Studies have shown that a family of four can save as much as $2,000 a year or more simply by switching from branded bottle water to water they filter themselves.

If you continue to believe that branded bottled water is more pure than tap water, think again. In 2008 The Environmental Working Group conducted a large-scale study of branded bottle water and found a broad range of pollutants that included:

not only disinfection byproducts, but also common urban wastewater pollutants like caffeine and pharmaceuticals (Tylenol); heavy metals and minerals including arsenic and radioactive isotopes; fertilizer residue (nitrate and ammonia); and a broad range of other, tentatively identified industrial chemicals used as solvents, plasticisers, viscosity decreasing agents, and propellants.

The truth is consumers who continue to buy into the hype and myths of the so-called advantages of bottled water are paying a premium price yet really don’t know what they are getting. This may be great marketing and great for the bottom line of numerous corporations, but it’s not for our environment or the public.




You can file this under “who knew?”  Sadly, not enough of us do.  Your clothes dryer can be deadly, a silent killer if the duct venting system is not properly maintained.

There are over 15,000 fires, 400 injuries, and several deaths caused by dryers every year according to TFRS. Most of these fires are caused by improper venting or the buildup of lint inside the venting ducts.

I came home from a business trip this weekend only to find the duct venting (flex dryer hose) had completely disconnected  from the back of the dryer. Instead of the lint being properly vented outside it was collecting inside the back of the dryer and collecting in mound on the floor.

I was stunned to see how much lint had collected and to see that the duct coming from inside the dryer was almost completely blocked.  We were lucky; that dryer was a disaster waiting to happen. I shutter to think the number of times I’ve left the dryer going while I took a short trip to the store.


Here’s another video worth looking at. This one shows just how quickly a dryer can ignite and destroy your home.

Now that you know how deadly your dryer can be here are three things you can do to protect yourself and your family.  For more information read here and here.

  • In addition to emptying the lint filter every time you are finished using the dryer, check the dryer duct on a regular basis.
  • Never go to sleep or go to sleep with the dryer on.
  • Replace plastic duct vending with metal ducting.

The U.S. dumping its electronic waste on poor countries

Dumping electronic waste (e-waste) is a massive world wide problem.  When talking about toxic time bombs, e-waste is right up there with the top five ecological nightmares that we can choose to deal with now or suffer the consequences of waiting for later.

The amount of e-waste that is generated by the U.S. every year is simply staggering. The U.S. is the world’s top producer of e-waste.  According Popular Mechanics we produce 2.25 million tons of used electronics every year and recycle only 18% of our tech toys.

Why?  Because we have very few companies here that are wiling to recycle and extract components that have value (like the copper) and because it is simply cheaper to export the electronics  and let poor people in developing nations like China, India, Ghana, and Nigeria deal with the toxic waste.

Monitors, keyboards, mainframes, memory cards contain hazardous materials like lead, mercury, chromium, beryllium, cobalt, arsenic … all cancer causing agents that are constantly being released into the environment as people in poor countries are enlisted to recycle these old electronics.

The poor, often including children, dismantle dumped PCs and phones, stripping the components for the valuable — and toxic — metals contained inside.  In the process these people are constantly being exposed to cancer causing toxins, while their landfills and ground waters are hideously being polluted.

The irony here is that since the U.S. no longer is a manufacturing country, when all those container ships arriving with cheap Chinese made goods are emptied we ship the containers back filled with out electronic waste!

For more on how to recycle your computer go to Treehugger and check with you local community recycling program.  Many cities and towns reserve at least one day every year where you can bring your old electronics to be responsibility recycled.

Check it out and be sure that any sensitive or personal data has been removed!




One of the posts I continue to get traffic on every day (here) is about PETA and why so people dislike the organization.

I understand the emotional component of wanting to spare unnecessary pain to animals.   I don’t understand mean and childish pranks that generate media attention and little else, which is typically how PETA operates.

These two videos are a case in point!  Let’s just call this,  now you see the monkey Peta got upset about and now you don’t! It seems Dodge  Auto Company recently found itself in PETA’s crosshairs after it aired a commercial starring a monkey dressed up like Evel Knievel.

ta da!  This is how Dodge fought back!

Need I say more?  Actually the 2nd commercial is so funny, it might actually make me consider a Chrysler product!



Watching this video it is hard not to become cynical about the selfish, lazy nature of mankind.

It remains incomprehensible to me how ANYONE who talks about saving the environment and the oceans can continue to use single use plastic bags, products, and bottles.

Less than a minute into the video, pause it for a moment and take a good look at the contents inside the stomach of that bird.

The massive destruction of our environment on a global scale is being conducted 24/7, 365 days a year, every year ad infinitum … for what?  Tell me again, for CONVENIENCE … so we can take home our groceries in bags that we use for minutes and that last thousands of years?



I’m betting you already know about death and taxes, but not so much about dog poop!  Well, here’s a real eye opener for you.  According to the Association of Animal Waste Specialists:

this country’s seventy-one million pet dogs produce over 4.4 billion pounds of waste per year. That’s enough to cover 900 football fields with 12 inches of dog waste!  Dog feces are more than just a nuisance – pet waste can pose a serious health hazard.

Children run the greatest risk of infection because they’re prone to play in the dirt at the park or playground and then put their hands in their mouths or rub their eyes with their hands.

In addition to health risks associated with dog waste, you need to be concerned with the manner by which the waste is recovered.  If you among the many millions who walk their dogs and carry a PLASTIC BAG for disposal after the walk you are making a serious environmental mistake.  Take heart, initially I wasn’t aware of this mistake either.

The problem with using plastic bags for animal waste is that once thrown away,  they most often end up in landfills.  We now know that plastic lasts forever unless it has been recycled!  The Daily Green puts it this way:

Unfortunately, if you put Lassie’s waste in a plastic bag, it takes up to 100 years to decompose. Flushing it down the toilet is inconvenient, and can potentially cause problems in sewer systems because of its high amount of grit.

If all else fails you can hire doggy poop service … here!


Jamie Oliver's show Food Revolution is must see TV

If you or anyone in your family is overweight you need to watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on Friday evenings at 9 PM.

We are a fatter, less healthy country than at any period in our history. We consume more calories than can be used by our bodies while we exercises less.  We are paying price

The number of obese people has grown to epidemic proportions since the 1970’s.  An impassioned Jamie Oliver is trying to do change the tide and bring sanity back to the way we eat. After watching the first two episodes of his new series, it is easy to see why fully 30% of the US population is obese or morbidly obese.Jamie

If you think our schools are doing a good job addressing the nutritional needs and obesity problems facing our kids you’d be wrong! If your child’s cafeteria serves food like the schools in Huntington, West Virginia, described as America’s unhealthiest and most obese city, where the show is being shot the chances are you are raising an unhealthy child who will grow into an unhealthy adult.

To read the rest of this article go here


Kirstie Alley's new A&E show & her Weight loss Diet

OK, I’ve a watched a few episodes, and I wish I could say I think Kirstie is going to succeed at her latest attempt at keeping the weight off.  Sadly, I don’t.  I get the impression that she wants to lose the 80 lbs she’s gained … but not really.

  Kirstie is one of those people I can’t help rooting for.  I want her to succeed despite the paparazzi who want her to stay as big as blimp;  the better to take pictures of, don’t ya know.

Here’s my advise to Kirstie and anyone who says they want to lose weight.  Do your prep work first.  You can’t turn eating habits and patterns on and off like a light switch.  You need to be mentally and spiritually ready to move forward understanding that keeping weight off is a life long commitment!  I’ve said this before, losing weight is the wrong goal.  The proper goal is developing a life long set of eating habits that will keep the weight off!

So, how does a person do that?  Well, to begin with, start by reading the best diet book I ever read.  Actually it isn’t a diet book, its a self improvement book that was featured on Oprah several years ago.  It is entitled. If Life is a Game, These are the Rules, by Cherie Carter-Scott.  I want you to pay particular attention to the first chapter in the book, Rule One … You will receive a body.

When reading this chapter, it  occurred to me that when God gives us a body upon entering the earth, the body we leave with if the one we created!  When I was younger I remember being told that every single decision we make in life, no matter how small, will impact our lives forever.  And so it is, every morsel we put into our mouths impacts our lives.

If you truly believe that your God given body is to supposed to be treated as a holy vessel for your soul, how then can you justify trashing it?  I know that this is an oversimplification on many levels, but it is none the less, a legitimate question you have to ask and answer for yourself!

If you are still with me, here’s your prep work before you embark on a diet.  For the next 2 weeks you are to

  • write down what you eat,
  • when you eat it,
  • and note you are eating because you are really hungry,
  • because you are bored,
  • because you are stressed or unhappy.

Keep track and don’t cheat.  If you cheat you are only cheating yourself.  Get yourself one of those little calorie counter books that are always near grocery store check out counters and add up the calories at the end of the day.  Charting the next 2 weeks will give you information you need to proceed and succeed.

Why am I asking you to keep track of what you’re eating?  Because most of us are unaware of the junk we put into our bodies … sometimes we eat without thinking.  Every time you put food or drink in your mouth you should be aware if you are eating to live or living to eat.  Two very different things!

Remember it is very difficult to move forward if you don’t know where you’ve been.  Good luck and I’m cheering you on!



For the record, I am officially sick and tired of politicians, issue orientated extremists of every size and shape who believe because they feel a certain way about an issue that we all must believe and act as they do.

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This is an issue orientated site that makes every attempt to treat the people who come here as adults.  I present the facts, give you my reasoning, and then judge that you will make the best decision for you and your family.

The unnecessary use and misuse of plastic is a tragedy that is nothing short of an ecological nightmare.  The damage done to the oceans, the environment, to fish, birds, and sea creatures of every type in incalculable.  That having been said, my preference is that people make the appropriate changes WITHOUT government intervention.

Now comes a New York politician, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn,who introduced a bill on March 5, that would fine restaurants $1,000 for each violation of using salt when they cook.

A THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE FOR COOKING WITH SALT!  That’s it, I’ve had it Jack!  The following is for Mr. Ortiz and all others of the same ilk:

  • Trying to eliminate salt from people’s diets while (possibly) laudable is a personal health decision that is of no concern of yours or the State of New York … I’m a grownup and I don’t need you to tell me how to eat.
  • Fining restaurant chefs for using salt when they cook, when salt can be found in nearly everything we eat (from ketchup to cereal) makes absolutely no sense.
  • If I decide that I want a chef to use less salt in a particular recipe I can ask for that change now, as I have in the past when I eat Chinese food (all that soy sauce don’t you know).
  • Eliminating salt when cooking is a akin to a sacrilege, as any decent cook will tell you.  It is needed not only for flavoring but is necessary when canning, making some breads and pastries, pickling, etc.
  • There is no single food substance that is all good or all bad. Salt, sugar, eggs, milk, meat, all have drawbacks when eaten in excessive amounts, but that doesn’t mean that we ban them because of the irresponsible behavior of a few.

Mr. Ortiz, grow up and find a real issue like the unnecessary use of plastic!  Oh ya … keep your hands off of my salt shaker!