Stop Buying Paper Towels

Save the rain forests and add a little style back to your dinner table. Use dinner napkins. You know, actual cloth napkins. Remember those? Your mother used to use them. Maybe your grandmother. Anyway, stop buying paper towels! It's a waste of paper, and cloth napkins are actually cheaper in the long run, anyway.

Here's another short article on the subject. No, I didn't get the idea above from this one here. 🙂

The Job Market

When I applied and scheduled an interview for a job at the “financial arm” of the Methodist Church, I knew I was not a right fit for them. After all, I'm not only not Methodist, I'm not even a Christian.

When the HR manager called a couple days later to cancel the interview, I had a strong suspicion her excuse was concocted.

I'm guessing the conversation behind the scenes went something like this:

“When I asked him how he would feel about working in an environment where a prayer is said before and after every meeting, and people have been known to bring a Bible with them, his answer was, 'I'm not a religious person, but I have no problem with other people practicing their religion … as long as they're not hurting me.'”

Her boss probably said something like, “How very big of him! But seriously, he's not a good fit here. Let's make up an excuse not to interview him.”

“We have to be careful,” she would have said in this speculative conversation. “There are laws against religious discrimination.”

“Right, right,” he would have agreed. “Tell him the position has been filled. That always works.”

“I know,” she would have said, happy to have found a solution, “I'll just tell him the truth without actually saying it. I'll say, 'We've already got Christian applicants scheduled for interviews who are a better fit for us.' I just won't say 'Christian' out loud.”

At which point, I'm sure they shared a laugh.

And that's what she told me when she called. Her premise was that there was a “scheduling conflict.” Only four interview slots were available. As if you can't simply move things around and squeeze in a twenty minute interview? Hell, I've had plenty of much shorter interviews.

No problem. I wasn't thrilled about working for a bunch of religious fanatics, anyway. 🙂

Genetically-engineered Food Right to Know Act

Ask Your Congresspersons to Cosponsor HR 5577, Representative Kucinich's Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act

"10. Almost all non-organic processed food or animal products in the U.S. today contain ingredients that come from genetically engineered crops or from animals given genetically engineered feed, vaccines or growth hormones.

9. Genetically engineered foods have not been tested to determine whether they are safe for human consumption.

8. Genetically engineered foods ARE different from conventional and organic foods.

7. A single serving of genetically engineered soy can result in “horizontal gene transfer,” where the bacteria in the human gut adopts the soy's DNA.

6. Animals fed genetically engineered feed ARE different from animals fed conventional and organic feed.

5. The third generation of hamsters fed genetically engineered soy suffered slower growth, a high mortality rate, and a bizarre birth defect: fur growing in their mouths. Many also lost the ability to have pups.

4. The more genetically engineered corn fed to mice, the fewer babies they had and the smaller the babies were.

3. Biotech's scattershot technique of spraying plant cells with a buckshot of foreign genes that hit chromosomes in random spots would trigger the expression of new allergens and change the character of plant proteins.

2. Scientists reviewing data from Monsanto's own studies “have proven that genetically engineered foods are neither sufficiently healthy or proper to be commercialized.”

1. The Convention on Biodiversity recognizes that genetic engineering is a threat to amount and variety of life on the planet."

via Take Action —— The above was copied from: The Killing Fields of Agribusiness #234, July 22, 2010, Health, Justice and Sustainability News
from the Organic Consumers Association
Edited by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins
— — also Airing The World According to Monsanto

Safety First

Always wear your safety glasses when mowing the lawn or weed-eating. I didn't today (though I do half the time), and I got hit in the eye with a rock that was launched by the mower blade, bounced off the side of the house, and hit me in the left eye.

My first thought after I let go of the mower — which killed the engine — and put my hands to my face was, “Is the eye still in the socket? Yes. Can I see out of the eye? Yes!”

It hurt but might have scared me more than anything else. Of course, the eye is blood-red now — and wanting to close as I type this — but I think I'll be okay.