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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 47,233

About Me

Retired from a career in Social Work//Mental Health, now I concentrate on being the "Queen of Everything" in our house in the woods. (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

Journal Archives

How does one tell the difference between alligators and crocodiles????

ok...grab a kleenex ......

My very adult son sent me this, as a thank you, on this Mother's Day.

Video: Welcome To Hell - Driver Escapes Fort McMurray Fire

If you have never driven thru a forest fire, this is what it looks like to do so.

This is how the Canadian Gov handles wildfires and helps people.

The Fort MacMurray fire, much like our Cal. wildfires in the hills, have only one main road in or out.

In Canada, people were stuck north of the fire, as it was coming towards them, but could not drive south to escape, because they would have had to enter Fort MacMurray fires.

Via Twitter:

"We're stuck here,running out of water in the camps, no fuel, food's rationed out. The guys just wanna go." #ymmfire

The Gov't response:

May 6 plan for North evacuees, as of May 6 2:45 am MST.

So the Gov't organized a convoy, gathered and provided even toiletries for people who were in the convey, escorted then out of the danger area.

Pics and vines of the convoys can be found here:

I am impressed.

Pic: smoke from Canada fire has traveled all the way to Gulf coast...

Have seen pics of spectacular red sun sets in the South the last 2 days.

Best rant on PC I have seen for awhile...long, but worth it.

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

The older lady said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day.

But then, the older lady went on to explain:
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled,
so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.
We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the"green thing."
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.
And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.

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Good news: Del Monte to Eradicate BPA and GMOs

Del Monte Foods made a groundbreaking announcement on Tuesday that both genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and Bisphenol A (BPA) would no longer be part of its products.

The move away from BPA will begin with fruit and tomato products, and nearly all of Del Monte’s products are expected to be BPA-free by May.

The company has also announced that by 2016, all of the ingredients in 154 of its products – including sweeteners and additives – will come from non-GMO sources.

“The fruit, vegetables and tomatoes we use in our products have always been Non-GMO, but some of our added ingredients for sweeteners or flavorings have been sourced from genetically modified crops like corn or soybeans,” the Del Monte website reads. This will no longer be the case for a large majority of its products.

Del Monte was one of several companies to join the anti-labeling coalition to defeat state led measures like the failed 2012 California Prop. 37. Campbell’s and Kellogg’s are amongst the other companies that have since opted to either label or remove GMOs from their products after supporting anti-labeling measures.


Added good news:
After General Mills announced last week that it would begin to label GMOs on all its U.S. products, Mars, Inc., and Kellogg’s followed suit on Monday with near-identical announcements. Now, ConAgra, with 45 food brands under its umbrella, has also said it will begin to label the presence of GMOs in all of its food brands.

Do you know what Cinco de Mayo is actually about?

If not, a nice short explanation can be found here , by one of Juanita Jean's folks:

Cinco de Mayo actually celebrates Mexico winning the battle of Puebla in the 1860s over the French Army, which had not lost a battle since Napoleon. Unfortunately, they lost the war, so not many people in Mexico actually celebrate it.

PIC: Carly Fiorina sets new record

Prominent Democratic Consultants Sign Up to Defeat Single Payer in Colorado

The Democratic consulting firm that is fighting to kill single payer in Colorado is also currently advising Priorities USA Action,
a Super PAC backing Hillary Clinton.
NFLUENTIAL DEMOCRATIC CONSULTANTS, some of whom work for the Super PACs backing Hillary Clinton, have signed up to fight a bold initiative to create a state-based single-payer system in Colorado, according to a state filing posted Monday.

Coloradans for Coloradans, an ad-hoc group opposing single payer in Colorado, revealed that it raised $1 million over the first five months of this year. The group was formed to defeat Amendment 69, the ballot measure before voters this year that would change the Colorado constitution and permit a system that would automatically cover every state resident’s health care.

The anti-single-payer effort is funded almost entirely by health care industry interests, including $500,000 from Anthem Inc., the state’s largest health insurance provider; $40,000 from Cigna, another large health insurer that is current in talks to merge with Anthem; $75,000 from Davita, the dialysis company; $25,000 from Delta Dental, the largest dental insurer in the state; and $100,000 from SCL Health, the faith-based hospital chain.

The filing reveals that the anti-single-payer group has retained the services of Global Strategy Group, a Democratic consulting firm that has served a variety of congressional candidates and is currently advising Priorities USA Action, one of the Super PACs backing Clinton’s bid for the presidency.
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