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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Even baby shampoo isn't safe anymore! What's next?

NEWS FROM THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE...

It looks like one of the oldest baby shampoos - and most used - has two chemicals that cause cancer! Who knew? My wife even uses baby shampoo because it's gentle on her hair. Now, parents have something new to worry about while taking care of their babies.

The Chicago Tribune picked up the story from The Washington Post's reporter Lyndsey Layton:

"More than half the baby shampoo, lotions and other infant-care products analyzed by a health advocacy group were found to contain trace amounts of two chemicals that are believed to cause cancer, the organization said Thursday.
Some of the biggest names on the market, including
Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo and Baby Magic lotion, tested positive for 1,4-dioxane or formaldehyde or both, the non-profit Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reported.
The chemicals, both characterized as probable carcinogens by the
Environmental Protection Agency, are not added intentionally to products and appear to be byproducts of the manufacturing process."

To read more about this click here.

Step right up folks and see the amazing Insect Circus!

Here is a cool link to the Traveling Museum and Emporium of "The Insect Circus", apparently a fine British establishment since1964. It features irresistible attractions such as "a bearded ladybug" or the "Liberty Beetle"

Friday, March 13, 2009

Splendor in the Sky: these rare photos are stunning!

 

Letchik Lekha" is a Russian commercial pilot who also happens to be an avid photographer.

On his site you can find many rare shots of airplanes, the land below and the sky above.
("Letchik" means "the pilot" in Russian, so his real name is kept secret for now... perhaps because of airline regulations)

Resources to research the origins of Friday the 13th


So, here is a quick history of what has happened on Friday the 13th in the past.

- Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album was released in the UK on Friday, February 13, 1970.
- The “Friday the 13th Storm” struck Buffalo, New York on October 13, 2006.
- Margaret Thatcher was born on October 13, 1925
- Fidel Castro was born on August 13, 1926

More Friday the 13th.

- The remake of the original Friday the 13th was released on Friday, February 13, 2009.
- The asteroid 99942 Apophis will make its close encounter on Friday, April 13, 2029. Apophis is an asteroid, which may strike earth in 2036, according to NASA.
Apophis is also known as Apep, the Destroyer, Apophis is the Egyptian god of evil and destruction who dwelled in eternal darkness For more info about asteroid 99942

Random Facts:

-The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia.

What Is Superstition?Origin of Friday the 13th SuperstitionsThe Phobia Institute

Resources for Unlucky
MythologyFear of the Number 13More Fear of the Number 13
Resources: Unlucky Friday

History of FridayFolklore of FridayFriday, an Unlucky Day

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'Vampires' unearthed in Venice plague grave by researchers

DID YOU EVER WONDER WHERE THE LEGEND OF VAMPIRES BEGAN? IT SURE WASN'T BRAUM STOKERS COUNT DRACULA BOOK. PEOPLE REALLY BELIVED THEY WERE UNDEAD MONSTERS WHO SUCKED HUMAN BLOOD. VAMPIRES ARE POPULAR IN TODAY'S CULTURE. THERE WAS A RECENT MOVIE ABOUT VAMPIRES - THE TWILIGHT - WHICH ROMANTIZED THE BLOODSUCKERS. HERE'S AN INTERESTING REPORT FROM RUETERS...

By Daniel Flynn ROME (Reuters) - Italian researchers believe they have found the remains of a female "vampire" in Venice, buried with a brick jammed between her jaws to prevent her feeding on victims of a plague which swept the city in the 16th century. Daniel Flynn Rome (reuters) - Italian Researchers Believe They Have Found The Remains Of A Female "vampire" In Venice, Buried With A Brick Jammed Between Her Jaws To Prevent Her Feeding On Victims Of A Plague Which Swept The City In The 16th Century. Thu Mar 12, 1:19 pm ET

Matteo Borrini, an anthropologist from the University of Florence, said the discovery on the small island of Lazzaretto Nuovo in the Venice lagoon supported the medieval belief that vampires were behind the spread of plagues like the Black Death.

"This is the first time that archaeology has succeeded in reconstructing the ritual of exorcism of a vampire," Borrini told Reuters by telephone. "This helps ... authenticate how the myth of vampires was born."

Read more about vampires here. Image via www.fanpop.com/spots/vampires/images/4076279

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Have you ever been to the "Goat Races" in Tabago?

THEY'RE THE THOUROUGHBREDS OF THE CARRIBEAN...THEY ARE GOATS WHO RUN FAST AND THE PEOPLE WHO RUN WITH THEM!

THESE JOCKIES RUN BEHIND THEIR STEEDS WHILE ENCOURAGING THEM TO KICK UP THEIR HEELS.

SOUNDS KINDA LIKE A CERTAIN RACE WE HAVE IN AMERICA EVERY FOUR YEARS BETWEEN THE ELEPHANTS AND THE DONKEYS...

In Tobago, goat racing is serious business! Introduced in 1925, goat racing as an Easter Tuesday activity, has a long history. This event is surrounded by pageantry and pomp. There are stables, owners, trainers, jockeys and of course the steeds. Racing goats are very carefully selected and trained. They must be energetic and long-legged. The training of the jockey is equally rigorous.

They must be able to match their goat's pace during an actual race over a 100m stretch of turf.

Once they are assigned to their respective lanes, the goats are paraded with commentary about the race favorites, before being taken to the box.

I remember when I was a kid my Aunt and Uncle had a big old Billy Goat named Stonewall Jackson.

He might not have been a racing goat, but I thought he was pretty fast when he chased me!

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                          photos by © Claus Qvist Jessen

Famous investigative journalist, Sy Hersh, drops a bombshell at University of Minnesota event

HERE'S AN INTERESTING ITEM FROM ALTERNET TODAY:

Investigative journalist Sy Hersh dropped a bombshell revelation on Monday about international killings ordered under Bush.

At aGreat Conversationsevent at the University of Minnesota [Monday] legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh may have made a little more news than he intended by talking about new alleged instances of domestic spying by the CIA, and about an ongoing covert military operation that he called an “executive assassination ring.”

Click here to read the rest of this revealing talk to university students and staff.

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75-year-old Saudi woman to be whipped for letting in 2 deliverymen unrelated to her!

  • FROM TRUTH DIGG THIS MORNING WE HAVE A DISTURBING ACCOUNT OF AN ELDERLY WOMAN WHO IS FACING A WHIPPING AND PRISON TIME...
  • "For the crime of receiving two unrelated men in her home, a 75-year-old Saudi woman has been sentenced to 40 lashes and four months behind bars.
  • Once again, a nation that is both one of America’s closest allies and brutally oppressive of women finds itself in an awkward light."

Google Image via Rueters

There's more than one way to make apple juice!

(via "The Red Green Show")

Police go "Phishing" at rock concert and arrest 200 fans!

The cops have come up with a new plan to bust people for drugs. They just attend concerts and shake fans down! The whole shakedown was overseen by the Hampton Police Division under a "multi-jurisdictional operation."

The return of Phish to the concert stage has been a welcome development for both fans of the jam band and police.

During a series of concerts last weekend in Hampton, Virginia, authorities arrested nearly 200 Phish fans, most for possession or distribution of narcotics (cops reported seizing $68,000 and illegal drugs with a purported street value of--exactly!--$1,213,882.80)."multi-jurisdictional operation" overseen by the Hampton Police Division.

image via thesmokinggun.com

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I'm Back! Time to Blog and Roll.....

Look out traditional newspapers, Dave's back to blog! I've been going through withdrawals not being able to blog the last four days.

So much is happening in the world that I have to blog on it. It's time for opinions, snappy images, jokes, optical illusions, news items, and so much more.

I see my column last Sunday (3/8/09) has got people talking in cyberspace and that four different blogs have picked it up. One of those blogs, WatchPaul, seemed to think I was day-dreaming about pot legalization. Rose pointed out that my column was all "hearts and flowers" etc.

First off, I want to thank Rose, and everyone else, who gave input on my legalization column. The T-S Topix thread got a lot of responses to my column. Some people thought I was nuts. However, if you read those comments you'll notice that the majority seem to agree with my position on legalizing pot.

Not that that matters. When I give an opinion I expect people won't always agree with me. That's really okay. I just like having honest input, pro or con. Oh yeah...you may be right Rose...about me being all happy about the prospect of legalization. Should I have lengthened the column and talked about all the possible problems and side-effects of legalization?

I don't think so. I stayed on point for a reason. To make an impact. There's plenty of naysayers out there willing to conjure up all kinds of reasons why legalization wouldn't work. I hear what Rose is saying, and respect her opinion. I hope that is a two-way street.

Time to open the door to my muse for the day...it's great being back!

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