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Skyrocketing Tesla Stock May Soon Make Elon Musk The Richest Person In The World

( life / people )
Tesla CEO Elon Musk may finally get his huge paycheck by mid-spring if shares of the electric carmaker stay stable and the company manages to ... read more

Iodine And Saline Kill Viruses

( life / health )
Found this. Seems you can put a cotton ball impregnated with iodine and saline in each nostril and breathe quite well: Iodine and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Dr. David Derry, MD, wrote a very interesting article entitled "Iodine: the Forgott ... read more

Want To Help Bees? Leave The Dandelions Alone This Spring

( life / environment )
The British Ecological Society is encouraging people to mow around dandelions, buttercups, and other flowering weeds to help pollinators. ... read more

Palacsintas

( life / health / food / recipes )
Markowitz recipe. (pronounced pah-lah-CHIN-tuhz). Makes 4 or 5. beat well 2 eggs Add a pinch of salt ½ teaspoon sugar beat/mix in blender until has a loose consistency. Add ½ cup water and some flour while mixing, until thick enough As a test, dip spoon into mix and let the mixture drip Make sure it does ... read more

California State Fair Tacos

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1 potato (about 4 inches long) ¼ head lettuce 3 cloves garlic 6 green onions 1 pound lean ground beef 1 cup water ½ small can green chilies Salt and pepper 12 - 14 white corn tortillas Vegetable oil ... read more

Don's Orange Julius

( life / health / food / recipes )
Place ½ cup orange juice concentrate in blender Fill 2 cup container ½ full with ice cubes Add water to make 2 cups and pour into blender Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Add 8 teaspoons sugar Blend on LOW speed until ice thoroughly crushed ... read more

Easy Deviled Eggs

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Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. ... read more

National Weather Service Warns Of Falling Iguanas On Cold Night In Miami

( life / animals )
The National Weather Service on Tuesday warned people in South Florida of the possibility of falling iguanas in advance of cold weather.... read more at upi ... read more

Bees Absolutely Love Cannabis & It Could Help Restore Their Populations

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via https://www.collective-evolution.com/2020/01/20/bees-absolutely-love-cannabis-it-could-help-restore-their-populations/New research out of Cornell University that's beenpublished in Environme ... read more

After Losing Hope Of Ever Finding Their Dog, Pup Is Finally Found Living Like King Among Doting Pris

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via https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/alabama-man-finds-dog-living-life-large-in-prison/Although this pup's owners were frantic with worry over his disappearance, he was found only days later living like a king amongst the local pri. ... read more

Elephant Climbs 5-foot Wall To Steal Mangoes From Lodge

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via https://www.upi.com/OddNews/2020/01/13/Elephant-climbs-5-foot-wall-to-steal-mangoes-from-lodge/3411578953055/ An elephant in a Zambian national park was caught in camera climbing over a wall to steal so ... read more

Panera Favorites

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Insider favorites at Panera Bread. Via panera-bread-employee-favorites ... read more

'Listen To Old People & Hold Onto Your Idealism': World's Oldest PM Sends Advice To Youngest

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Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, the world's oldest prime minister, has offered the world's youngest, Finland's Sanna Marin, some words of wisdom as she takes on her new role: Ask "old people" for their advice. via mahathir-marin-fin ... read more

4 Day Work Week

( life / money / employment )
Wow, this would be great! See 4-day work week ... read more

Random Observations

( life / miscellany )
Miscellaneous Had alarm set for 4:15a.m., but the trash collectors in the alley behind my hotel thought 3:30 would be better. At the airport, I was busted for trying to sneak contraband mouthwash and sweet tea through security OK how are you supposed to cut a mango? No idea. Wife said she wanted a collander. I thought i ... read more

Winter Oranges In Nebraska

( life / health / food )
Amazing. Nebraska retiree uses Earth's heat to grow oranges in snow... See youtube.com/watch?vZD3gsgsnk Winter temperatures in Alliance, Nebraska can drop to -20°F (the record low is -40°F/C), but retired mailman Russ Finch grows oranges in his ... read more

TN Safari Park

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Drove past this place a month ago. Looked interesting, and it is apparently getting great reviews. ... read more

How To Exercise Without Moving Your Body

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Good news! See... how-to-exercise-without-moving-your-body/ Wouldn't it be nice if we lived in a magical world where we could simply imagine whatever we wanted to happen and poof it would appear? For thousands of years, people ... read more

Essential Oil Uses

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Here's an interesting (and hopefully useful) article someone sent us. ... read more

Time For Trees

( life / health / environment / trees )
Time for Trees. Another worthy cause. ... read more

Difference Between Alpacas And Llamas

( life / animals )
In case you were wondering, as I was...UPDATE: click the image ... read more

Elephant Poaching Falls Dramatically

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Some good news for a change: elephant-poaching-falls-dramatically-africa Elephant poaching in Africa has dropped significantly from a peak in 2011, according to a new analysis of annual surveillance data. The progress seems ... read more

Atlanta Food Forest

( life / health / food / trees )
Such a great idea! Atlanta's City Council just voted in favor of transforming over 7 acres of vacant property into the state of Georgia's first food forest. The measure, which paves ... read more

Sacred Chocolate

( life / health / food )
See Food of the gods ... drinking a homemade cacao hot chocolate in the mornings instead of coffee ... unleashes such beautiful creative energies while also giving you a subtle morning boost ... read more

Veterinary Medicine Said To Cure Cancer

( life / health )
Dog de-worming medicine allegedly cures cancer. See Cancer cure has gotten out of control and nih.g ... read more

Attract Butterflies And Bees To Your Garden, Reduce Wi-fi

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via attract-butterflies-and-bees-to-your-garden-by-reducing-wifi-radiation-frequencies &qu ... read more

Disney Heiress Nails It

( life / money / employment )
We could not agree more. See Disney heiress calls CEO Bob Iger's $65 million pay package 'insane.' When Iger got his bonus last year, I did the math, and I figured out that he could have given ... read more

Cayenne Supplements

( life / health / food / plants )
I'd like to report that if anyone has prostate issues, the best treatment I know of is cayenne pepper capsules. Some time ago I bought ... read more

Chlorine Dioxide Breaks Down Glyphosate In Body (allegedly)

( life / health )
...and so allegedly cures autism and Alzheimer's. See http://youtu.be/oqttA2S75AQ. I should say something about bleach, as a number of critics insist MMS (chlorine dioxide) is a bleach and, thus, a poison. Chlorine dioxide, the chemical that is MMS, has never been used domestic ... read more

Wildlife Bridges

( life / health / environment )
I love this! See wildlife bridges Bridges for bears and tunnels for tortoises have significantly reduced the number of wildlife-car collisions worldwide. ... read more

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

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Looks like a worthwhile project. Click the link/badge below for more info ... read more

How To Lose Hundreds Of Pounds

( life / health / fitness )
See every-breath-you-take. ... contrary to intuition, over 90% of lost weight leaves the body as carbon dioxide exhaled from the lungs, disappearing into thin air. ... read more

Shungite

( life / health )
Did you know about this rock from Russia? It's supposed to neutralize wireless signals. I perceive a difference when I put it on my wifi-router, which I rarely ... read more

More Than Half Using Prescription Drugs Quit After Using Cannabis And CBD

( life / health / drugs )
Interesting article here: more-than-half-quit-using-prescription-drugs "A survey on cannabidoil (CBD) usage found that women are more likely than men to use CBD; and once ... read more

Scotty Kilmer Explains New Car Repair

( life / help / auto )
You probably can't fix it yourself, and your mechanic might not be able to, either. Almost a metaphor for our times. See Scotty Kilmer explains new car repair. By the way, this guy's great. In various places he says: Honda makes the best engines but Toyota makes the best cars. The F ... read more

Great Foreign Travel Tips

( life / travel )
The Hobo Traveler tells it like it is: don't rent a car, some cultures dishonest, police dangerous. See https://youtu.be/GNBfZ6oX73w What Countries Give You The Most Respect, The Least? ... read more

Digging A Shallow Well

( life / miscellany )
This guy makes it look easy: https://youtu.be/5rYPRMm8Arw ... read more

Give Your Liver A Break

( life / health )
pesticide levels dropped after organic diet ... read more

Antibiotics Kill good Bacteria, Too

( life / health / drugs )
"A healthy blood-brain barrier is necessary for keeping unwanted molecules and cells from entering into the brain from the bloodstream. Without a healthy blood-brain barrier, pathogens can pass from the bloodstream into the brain, causing illness and even death. The blood-brain barrier also maintains central nervous system (CNS) ho ... read more

HPV, A Manufactured Crisis

( life / health )
HPV vaccines are touted as a safe and effective cure for cervical cancer, but the evidence tells a different story.See http://www.anh-usa.org/hpv/ ... read more

Donation To Harmony Haven

( life / help / charity )
We just donated to Harmony Haven Therapeutic Riding and Horse Rescue. This recent snowstorm knocked down fencing, along with their shelter. ... read more

When Coyotes (try To) Attack

( life / animals )
Well, I had an exciting morning. Who needs coffee to wake up? It was around 5:30 when I let our pug Joey out in the backyard. I'm standing there keeping an eye out for critters (there is no fence) when, sure enough, a couple of coyotes start trotting toward us, all casual-like as if out for a stroll, not down i ... read more

5G Coming To OH And TN

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And that's not a good thing. See also S ... read more

Turmeric, Cinnamon & Ginger Tea

( life / health / food )
from My Persian Kitchen Prep time: 1 min Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 31 mins Serves: 1 cup Ingredients 1 tsp grated fresh turmeric 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger 1 tick cinnamon 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice 1/2 slice of lemon ... read more

Cost Of Living Comparison (Sacramento Vs. Lisbon)

( life / travel )
Cool international cost-of-living comparison site: expatistan.com/cost-of-living. If you're thinking of moving from Sacramento, CA to Lisbon, Portugal, for example, go to cost-of-l ... read more

1-2-3 Day!

( life / miscellany )
Today is 1-2-3 day! January 23. Exciting, right? Just think, twenty-six years from today it'll be 1-2-3-4-5 day! I'll probably be dead by then, but somebody will enjoy it! ... read more

Marijuana, Hemp, Cbd: What's Legal And Where

( life / health / food / plants )
For those "asking for a friend," see marijuana-hemp-cbd-whats-legal-and-where: "As the legalized cannabis industry in the United States grows with nearly every election, consumers interested in these ... read more

Friends Of Humanity

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The Friends of Humanity website. Don't know anything about it, but like the sound of it. :) "Friends of Humanity is active in the defense of human rights, education, health care, and environmental protection. Our projects are currently underway in Asia, Europe, Africa and ... read more

Draft Horses Pull Big Rig Up Hill

( life / animals )
Wow! "(UPI) — A Minnesota couple harnessed their Belgian draft horses to help a semi truck driver whose vehicle was stuck on an icy driveway." Read more: Horses-pull-stuck-semi ... read more

Job Listing

( life / money / employment )
I get these job listing emails (just in case something awesome comes along). This latest one (probably created by AI (artificial/lower intelligence)) said they have several jobs just for you: Hospice Aide (Los Angeles), Chaplain (Paramus), Registered Nurse Case Manager (Peru). Peru? As in South America? And I don't qualify for any of them, even I ... read more

Autism Said To Be Linked To Aluminum Adjuvants

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via aluminum-vaccines-cause-autism "We now have 5 years of medical research, mostly from outside the United States, incriminating aluminum adjuvants in vaccines as the SOLE cause of autism epidemic. JB Handley does a nice job laying out t ... read more

Big Pharma In Maryland

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"Josh Mazer is pro-vaccine, but wants vaccines to be based on sound scientific evidence and not to cause more harm than good. He also believes in providing informed consent on the risks/dangers of each vaccine." via ... read more

Visiting Old Sacramento

( life / travel )
Observations while walking around Old Sacramento with Elizabeth: Jul 14, 2018 2:38pm As I sat on a bench in touristy Old Sacramento, a little boy walked by and asked "Are you a statue?" I had to laugh. There was a statue/wooden carving of a man on ... read more

Merck Accused Of Fraud Re Gardasil

( life / health / drugs )
They failed to clearly state... "... the minimal risk that, even once the individual was infected with the HPV virus, the infection would result in precancerous lesions..." via greenmedinfo.co ... read more

An Entrepreneur At Age 66

( life / money / employment )
It's never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner — after working continuously for other people for 40 years, he founded his own start-up at age 66, pairing his idea for a business with his experience and passion. And he's not alone. As he shares in this short, funny and inspirational talk, seniors are increasingly indulging ... read more

Words To Live By

( life / help )
Stay loose, keep moving, stay true to yourself... always. This is pretty good advice, too, though. ... read more

How To Take Your Own Passport Photo

( life / travel )
I was having a hard time converting a digital photo down to the correct 2x2 physical size. Then I found this article: take your own passport photos. At first, I was thinking Tell me something I don't know. Then I saw the link to the State Department' ... read more

Kroger Policy

( life / money / shopping )
I think Kroger has a policy of periodically moving everything around in order to stimulate our hunter-gatherer instinct, never knowing which aisle our next meal is in. ... read more

Coins

( life / money )
Woo-hoo! I took the old cookie (coin) jar to the tar machine today (11.9% fee, are you kidding me?!). I came away with $93.54! It rejected a few coins, repeatedly, forcing me to just pocket them. One of those was an elongated penny someone had thrown in the jar (I'm guessing Elizabeth). Anot ... read more

Flipping Off Trump

( life / money / employment )
I'm working on an arrangement with my employer whereby I flip off Trump's motorcade, get photographed doing it, get fired for it, then have a go fund me campaign pay me $100K. Wish me luck! THIS JUST IN: ... read more

On The Phone With NASA

( life / money / employment )
Got off the phone with @NASA. Had to tell 'em, "Look, I'm not willing to relocate. Stop calling!" OK, so it wasn't actually NASA, I didn't say exactly that, and it wasn't actually a job offer. A recruiter did call about an opportunity there, though. I'm not a COMPLETE liar. ... read more

Feeding The Homeless

( life / help / charity )
With wife feeding the homeless at Room In The Inn (36.15216, -86.77859) ... read more

Strange Badge Swipe Policy

( life / money / employment )
Strange badge swipe policy at work: required first thing in the AM, after that ANYONE can just walk right in. #monitoringvsecurity ... read more

Bain Capital Helps Kill Another Iconic American Company

( life / money / employment )
"Once Toys R Us was taken over, however, the debt that Vornado Realty, KKR and Bain used to acquire it was pushed back onto the company, skyrocketing its debt obligations to $7.6 billion." via inthesetimes.com/ar ... read more

Mosquito Anti-itch Cream

( life / health )
FYI: Aileen's Instagram page "I don't know about you but mosquitoes are crazy for me! Made some anti-itch cream. :) we shall see if it works! #herbal #apothecary #herbalremedies #handmade #kitchenwitch" Not to be confused with ... read more

Insults

( life / help / services )
This is a free service that we're only too happy to provide. And just because it's free doesn't mean it's not professionally done. Give us a call anytime, but the later the hour, the worse the insult! ... read more

Good Advice

( life / help / advice )
The following is a Chinese good luck tantra totem (a fancy way of saying good advice): Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully; Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other; Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you w ... read more

Signs Of A Stroke

( life / health )
STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters... S.T.R. A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally . He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough. The stroke vi ... read more

Spend Time Instead Of Money

( life / money / shopping )
Great idea! "... around the world, people are using a system of exchange that requires something everyone is, for the most part, given equally, every day: Time." via ... read more

Good Food, Bad Packaging

( life / health / food )
Feedback I sent to Luvo: I love your frozen meals, but hate your packaging. Your microwave cooking instructions basically say "look elsewhere on package."Why not put the instructions right there where it says "instructions?" Opening the package afterwar ... read more

Easiest Container-friendly Food Plants

( life / health / food / plants )
"We've found 35 fruits and vegetables that you can grow in containers. These range from bananas and citrus fruits to tomatoes, cucumbers, and just about anything else that you would normally plant in a larger garden." via ... read more

Actual Environmental Issues

( life / health / environment )
Here are some actual environmental issues that we should be addressing instead of "climate change" (or screaming about the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate treaty).FYI, pollution is caused ... read more

Horsetail Herb Said To Remove Aluminum

( life / health / food / plants )
According to the "Health Ranger," anyway. "The Health Ranger reveals why Horsetail herb, which grows as a weed, allows your body to elim ... read more

Got Yelled At Today

( life / animals )
Got yelled at today ... by a quail. I was crossing an empty lot toward the soccer field when I heard squawking. I looked down, and there it was. ... read more

Airlines Misbehaving

( life / travel / airlines )
United Airlines says "Thank you, American Airlines, now everyone finally knows we're not the ONLY aholes!" Yes, the woman was apparently belligerent (just like United's victim), but these so-called prof ... read more

Drop The Diet Drinks

( life / health / food )
from Diet drinks TRIPLE risk stroke dementia "Diet drinks TRIPLE your risk of stroke and dementia, and are FAR more dangerous than drinks sweetened with sugar. Boston University researchers found aspart ... read more

Plastic Girl

( life / people )
It was horrible! I was at Walmart again, but that's not the worst part. There was a teenage/early-20's girl with boobs out to here, wearing the most form-fitting outfit you ever saw. I tried to ignore her because she REALLY wanted to be looked at, and I always try to disappoint people like that. Even ... read more

Wild Lettuce To Help Pain

( life / health / food / plants )
This looks very familiar in my yard. Go here for more info: lettuce "I'm surprised I haven't come across wild lettuce as an alternative to toxic pain, migraine and anxiety pills, but a rece ... read more

Hotdog From Reggio's

( life / travel )
At Chicago, Illinois (41.883222, -87.632496) Just had a hotdog from Reggio's at O'Hare. I'm told that's a real Chicago style dog. It was good! ... read more

Extra Recess Time Alleviates ADHD

( life / health / drugs )
Interesting "The most common sense, natural solution to inattentive behavior in school children, however, may be the basic idea of giving children more time to free play and to engage their bodies in physical activity. It's such a simple notion in such unusual times that it actually sounds revolutionary, and several schools in Tex ... read more

Tornadoes

( life / environment / weather )
Had to park under an overpass this morning to avoid tornadoes. No problems for me but one did touch down right near work. Someone said it hit Macy's (just across the Interstate). ... read more

Leave The Trees, Please

( life / health / environment / trees )
Another reason for short-sighted land developers to leave as many trees as possible when destroying/preparing the site for the next new neighborhood. See Watching birds near your home is good for your mental health "People living i ... read more

Cash Back

( life / money / shopping )
Don't you hate it when you tell the self-checkout register that you want cash back. Then by the time you're finished, because the $!?&@ machine has screwed up so many times, you've become distracted and forgotten all about the cash? Yep, if you want to get rich just follow behind me whenever I go to the grocery store. Luckily I'd only asked for $20 ... read more

Farm Of The Future?

( life / health / food )
Cool! But I also like one of the commenters' idea about forest gardens. Via forest gardens ... read more

New Suit For Homeless Man = New Job

( life / money / employment )
Great story! See ksl.com "It was about as low as you can get, but Smith decided to at least make it to the new year. When he went on ksl.com to look for jobs, he saw a story KSL did on a Utah company giving suits to homeless people to help them feel confident d ... read more

Local Pick Up

( life / money / shopping )
Just ordered a $10 item on eBay. They offered "Local pick up in Las Vegas, Nevada" versus delivering it. I live in Nashville. I need to decide if it's worth driving out there. Suggestions? ... read more

If Your Brakes Go Out

( life / help / advice / auto )
If your brakes go out, just shift into Park. Better to ruin the transmission than to die! You're welcome!.Don't ask. :) ... read more

Adjusted To Winter

( life / environment / weather )
You know you've adjusted to winter when you walk outside to 45F degrees and think "It's not bad out here! ... read more

Alternate Route

( life / travel / traffic )
Don't you hate it when you take an alternate route to get away from a slow driver only to have them end up in front of you later? ... read more

You Know You're Lazy When...

( life / environment / weather )
You know you're lazy when you check weather.com instead of getting up and going outside to see what the weather is doing! I (eventually) went outside. ... read more

Another Headhunter Email

( life / money / employment )
I know they're just doing their jobs, but headhunters (job recruiters) can be some of the most dehumanizing people I've ever had to deal with. Because of that, I like to have a little fun at their expense whenever possible. Here's a recent email exchange: Headhunter: I had ... read more

Alternatives To Amazon And Etsy

( life / money / shopping )
If you're looking for an alternative to Amazon or Etsy ... read more

Antibiotics Can Have Severe Lasting Effects

( life / health / drugs )
Antibiotics can have severe lasting effects; choose raw horseradish or these natural remedies instead from Antibiotics can have severe lasting effects "(NaturalNews) Antibiotics should really be a last resort when you ... read more

Never Combine These Over-the-counter Drugs

( life / health / drugs )
Never combine these over-the-counter drugs - your life may be endangered via NaturalNews.com Good to know! ... read more

Russia Completely Bans GMOs In Food Production

( life / health / food / drugs )
That's it! We're moving to Russia! Just kidding (because it kinda sucks over there unless you're rich ... like almost everywhere else, actually). Still, this is good news for humans: "This is a bold move by the Russian government, and it sits in unison with the newly-ignited global debate on GMOs and the presence of ... read more

Job Offer

( life / money / employment )
Got the below email today. Probably because they saw that I have several books on Amazon (here, here and ... read more

What To Plant Now

( life / health / food / plants )
Just FYI if you were wondering, 'cuz I was. "Broccoli.If you live in a warmer climate and can find a quick growing Broccoli variety, you can harvest well into November."Source: What to Plant Now ... read more

Dare To Be Nice

( life / help / advice )
Dare to be nice (or friendly, even) once in a while instead of cool. As my brother-in-law says, Jus' sayin'. ... read more

Six Exercises For Happiness

( life / health )
"These six daily happiness exercises are proven to make anyone, from a 4-year old to an 84-year old, happy, or simply happier. Achor says in just 21 days, the exercises can transform a pessimist into an optimist. Gratitude Exercises. Write down three things you're grateful for that occurred over the last 24 hours. ... read more

Employee's Sarcastic Resignation Note

( life / money / employment )
Good one! "This employee had simply had enough so they decided to tell their boss how it really is before they walked out the door." via Employee's Sarcastic Resignation Note Tells It Like It Is ... read more

Being Overweight Means You Live Longer

( life / health )
Why being 'overweight' means you live longer: The way scientists twist the facts I guess the only diet most of us need to be on is non ... read more

Avocados Poisonous To Most Pets

( life / animals / pets / health )
Did you know that avocados are poisonous to most pets? Check out these links: petpoisonhelpline.com ... read more

How To Stop Bleeding

( life / health )
FYI, the I in this story is not me. The author wanted to share this info without being identified. Can you blame him? :) I looked online and it's hard to find direct, simple instructions, they tend to get academic or theoretical about it. It's very simple: APPLY HARD PRESSURE! Once, I cut myself on the job trying to free a piece of m ... read more

Latest Scams

( life / money )
NOT ALL THIEVES ARE STUPID (from somewhere on the Internet) 1. LONG-TERM PARKING: Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car's registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people's home in Pebble Beach and robbed it. So I guess i ... read more

Please Donate To Harmony Haven

( life / help / charity )
Please DONATE to Harmony Haven Therapeutic Riding & Horse Rescue's fundraiser to build better shelter for the winter. Thanks. Please donate by clicking here. Thank you! Or go here: ... read more

The Real Reason Wheat Is Toxic

( life / health / food / drugs )
"Standard wheat harvest protocol in the US is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields because withered, dead wheat plants are less taxing on the farm equipment and allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest" via ... read more

Alzheimer's Reversal

( life / health )
Wow! All you need to do is ... Eliminate all simple carbohydrates and gluten Eliminate processed food (wait, is that even possible?) Eat more vegetables and fruits Eat wild-caught fish Meditate twice a day Start yoga Get seven to eight h ... read more

One-fifth Of US Workers Were Laid Off In Past Five Years

( life / money / employment )
"Nearly 40% said it took more than seven months to find employment and about one in five of laid-off workers said all they could find was a temporary position." via latimes.com/business/la-fi-layo ... read more

List Of Common Meds Which Destroy Your Brain

( life / health / drugs )
List of Culprit Drugs (according to them): Excedrin PM, Tylenol PM, Nytol, Sominex, Unisom, Benadryl, Dramamine, Paxil, Detrol, Demerol, Elavil "You wouldn't think that taking a little pain pill would cause long term cogn ... read more

Mighty Broccoli Sprouts Rapidly Detox Pollutants

( life / health / food )
Broccoli sprouts, anyone? "The drink used in the China study was made with broccoli sprouts developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. They are sold under the brand name BroccoSprouts. They are widely available in sup ... read more

Just 'cuz You Cut Off Its Head...

( life / health )
... don't assume it's harmless. Chef dies after spitting cobra he was cooking bit him on the hand ... 20 minutes after he had cut its head off. See Chef-dies ... read more

Nutty Grain And Oat Bars

( life / health / food )
I need to try this. Too bad I hate cooking so much. I eat way too many snacks at work, but at least these are healthy. Th ... read more

Farmers Use Social Media To Stop Food Waste

( life / health / food )
Farmers use social media to stop food waste. So far, CropMobster has managed to distribute nearly half a million kilograms of food, which has brought in close to a milli ... read more

Working For Someone Else

( life / money / employment )
Something I've always hated about working for someone else is that you're expected to believe (or convincingly pretend, in the corporate setting, anyway) that the people in positions above you are in fact superior to you. It's just one more thing to gnaw at me during my time there. That expectation seems to be even stronger the further east you go ... read more

Take This Quiz

( life / people )
From somewhere on the Internet ... Name the five wealthiest people in the world. Name the last five Heisman Trophy winners. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor ... read more

Staying Healthy On The Job

( life / money / employment / health )
Good article on staying healthy on the job, plus just plain staying at that job. "... you can't smoke cigarettes fast enough to match the damage that today's workplace is doing to you. And not just you, but everyone from the newest hire to your CEO. Your company is unknowingly dragging the life from all of you." ... read more

10 Ways To Survive Skyrocketing Food Prices

( life / health / food )
Good to know. from 10 Ways to Survive Skyrocketing Food Prices "Food prices are getting out of control. As meats, dairy, and eggs climb to record high prices and over 50 million Americans are now ... read more

52 Plants In The Wild You Can Eat

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FIRST, an important note: NEVER eat unripe elderberries. That caution aside, this is good to know if you're ever starving or just have the munchies while wandering through your back yard!:) via 52 Plants ... read more

Bee-friendly Plants? Think Again.

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Good info. I wonder if Ace Hardware stores are any better? Probably need to buy my plants from the farmer's market. via Bee-friendly plants? Think again. ... read more

Jobs

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We're now an affiliate of Indeed.com. Go to indeed.com ... read more

Don't Keep Calm...

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Basically, go ahead and let yourself get anxious/excited. It's OK! You might even enjoy yourself, in a way. Or at least it'll be one of those things you can look back on and laugh about. via Don't Keep Calm.... ... read more

Contributing Factors To Happiness

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What a great experiment ... and website!Scientists Discover One Of The Greatest Contributing Factors To Happiness — You'll Thank Me Later. See also ... read more

Crowd-sourced Outpouring Lifts Struggling Mom

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Some good news for a change. via Crowd-sourced Outpouring Lifts Struggling Mom  The Poverty Line, What Matters Today  BillMoyers.com. "Last month Linda Tirado, a 31-year-old from Cedar City, Utah, was readi ... read more

Switzerland Shows U.S. How To Handle CEOs

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Switzerland Shows US How to Handle CEOs. Here in the United States, had the minimum wage kept pace with productivity since the 1960s it would now be ... read more

How Amazon Works Staff 'to The Bone'

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Walk 11 miles a shift and pick up an order every 33 seconds... how Amazon works staff 'to the bone' "Internet giant Amazon works its warehouse staff 'to the bone' in long and re ... read more

Why Your Brain Craves Junk Food And What You Can Do About It

( life / health / food )
The good news is that the research shows the less junk food you eat, the less you crave it. In other words, self-control! What a concept! via ... read more

Sit Up Straight

( life / health )
... like my father always said. Apparently, there's more than just a physical benefit. via The Science Behind Posture and How It Affects Your Brain "Body language is closely related to posture &mdas ... read more

Cold Day In November

( life / environment / weather )
It was cold today in Nashville! The high for the day was only about 45. I guess that'll feel warm if we get that in January, but still.... It's supposed to get down to the mid-20s tonight. I know, I know. You all in Chicago and ... read more

Anti-inflammatory Smoothie To Heal You From The Inside Out

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I think I'll try this. " If you are battling an aliment or just want to feel good - this smoothie rocks. The addition of cranberries helps reduce water weight too - a little aesthetically pleasing benefit th ... read more

Lessons In The Art Of Living

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Good guidelines. This snipped below is the most useful part: via Lessons in the Art of Living  Psychology Today. "In DBT dialectical behavior therapy, the skill is encapsulated in a mnemonic device known as DearMa ... read more

45 Percent Of American Jobs Will Be Done By Computers In 20 Years

( life / money / employment / computers )
And then the third stage (my words, not theirs) will be when people realize how irritating and stupid these computers are. Consumers, otherwise known as people, will stop using services that are overly-computerized, and bosses everywhere will be forced to trash their computerized systems in favor of good old-fashioned humans. via News Forag ... read more

Free Lunch... Or Is It?

( life / money / employment )
I've been chosen (with 5-6 others) to Have Lunch With ! (one of the VP's at work) tomorrow. I've been instructed to come prepared to discuss real issues and solutions regarding my job. Not looking forward to it. At least it's a free lunch ... but is it really? The price is I have to Have Lunch With ! and talk about work. :) At leas ... read more

Must See Sights Around The World

( life / travel )
A list of must-see sights around the world. Less obvious places, such as Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Vermont, or the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, etc. Hopefull ... read more

The Effects Of Fluoride

( life / health )
See articles below on the effects of fluoride. Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ - Published in Federal Gov't Journal Building a Database of Developmental Neurotoxicants: Evidence from Human and Animal Studies Im ... read more

Minimum Wage Adjusted For Inflation

( life / money / employment )
I don't agree that this is a valid calculation. But, for what it's worth, my brother sent this out recently. 50 years ago the minimum wage was 1.25 (1963). See dol.gov/whd/minwage/chart.pdf. A 1963 dime (90% silver) is now worth 1.9 19 x 1.25 $23.75 ... read more

Feds Give Laid-off Boeing Workers A Helping Hand

( life / money / employment )
The Labor Department ruling also means that if laid-off Boeing workers need to travel, say to California, for a job interview, the government will reimburse 90 percent of the costs. via ... read more

The 1% And What Do They Do For A Living

( life / money / employment )
from Who are the 1%, and what do they do for a living? "A lot of emphasis is on the 99% versus the 1% in these protests. But who are the 1% and what do they do for a living? Are they all Wilt Chamberlains and ... read more

Some Non-organic Foods Contain Upwards Of 180 Times Fluoride Level Of Tap Water

( life / health / food )
via Some non-organic foods contain upwards of 180 times the fluoride level of tap water, says expert. "... the average person's cumulative exposure to fluoride from food, beverages, personal care products, and water is up to se ... read more

The Jobs Number Is B.s. Says Former Head Of BLS

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The Jobs Number Is BS Says Former Head Of BLS. "After every non-farm payroll report we provide our own breakdown of what the real unemployment rate is in a country in which the labor force participation rate has not been adju ... read more

Food For Thought

( life / money / employment )
via dreamslaughter: Food For Thought. "The corporation is a true Frankenstein's monster, an artificial person run amok, responsible only to its own soulless self. — William Dugger" ... read more

Think Tank Community That's Doing Its Best To Control The World

( life / money / employment )
"The corporate-policy network is highly centralized, at both the level of individuals and that of organizations. Its inner circle is a tightly interwoven ensemble of politically active business leaders; its organizational core includes the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Conference, the European Round Table of Industrialists ... read more

What Happens In Your Brain When You Get Mad, And How To Control It

( life / health / mental )
I love this! Especially after my last post. "By using one of his strategies, projecting peace, you can activate a different set of mirror neurons and begin to defuse the other's anger. You can get them to mirror your calm instead of you mirroring their anger. ... read more

Angry People

( life / people )
Funny how the day after commenting on Facebook (see below) about driving past a local rich neighborhood, this morning in that same neighborhood I ticked off the driver behind me by having the gall to use a turn lane properly. You do realize you're not ... read more

Struggle In The Vegetable Garden

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No, not just me and my pathetic crop management. While that's definitely been a struggle, there have apparently been physical altercations going on in the garden, specifically on top of the onions. The tops of those plants — once so proud and erect — are all now bent over. I hope they're not broken, not that I guess it will af ... read more

Benefits Of Turmeric

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Turmeric's cardiovascular benefits found Just an FYI, above. And now this, below: turmeric and black pepper together ... read more

First Day Of School, I Mean, Work

( life / money / employment )
Feels like the first day back at school after summer vacation, except in this case it's not even summer yet and I'll be starting a new job, not school, today. I hope it lasts longer than the last few jobs! I have had a string of incredible bad luck over the past decade through no fault of my own, I swear. :)I guess it started with that l ... read more

Cinco De Mayo

( life / health / food / restaurants )
It was Cinco de Mayo, so we tried Moe's Southwest Grill. After ten minutes with very little movement (the line was so long), we left. Next we tried Las Pal ... read more

Saved A Life Today

( life / animals / turtles )
Probably. You never know about these things. Anyway, I had forgotten to buy cat food and that is what allowed me to be there in time to save a life. Taking my daughter to school this morning, I had to turn south on Nolensville Rd because Old Hickory was backed up. I was running late, and there'd be no way to make up time taking my usual route. ... read more

A Week Of Testing

( life / money / employment )
Took a test yesterday. Hope I passed! New job depends on it! Hope I did better than the previous day's job-related test. That one was on Windows 7 and 2008 techie stuff, and I just haven't kept up with Win 7, not as a tech, especially in regard to its various corporate scenarios. The test only served to remind me how tired of being a techie I am. I ... read more

Pick Your Own Fruits And Vegetables

( life / health / food / plants )
Should be fun, and you'll know it's fresh: pick-your-own-produce See also: pick-your-ownfruitandvegetables ... read more

Shaking While Braking

( life / help / auto )
Three and a half hours in the Pep Boys waiting room is always time well-spent, wouldn't you agree? :) I'm home now, appreciating the comfort of my office chair, but Pep Boys seriously needs to consider putting more comfortable seats in their waiting area. I did get some thin ... read more

Micro Gigs

( life / money / employment )
Interesting article on micro gigs via welcome-to-the-micro-gig-no-job-is-too-small "A crush of apps allowing us to do discrete tasks for small sums of money might be the future. But the atom ... read more

Garden Improvements

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I finished up my little rain barrel project yesterday. My three rain barrels used to be underneath the downspout coming off the roof. And that's great for catching the most rain, but the problem was that it is downhill from and not close enough to the garden where it's needed. I've looked into pumps, but they're expensive, which mig ... read more

Denied Again

( life / health / insurance )
This is the second denial in as many days. Yesterday it was the life insurance company. Today, I got one of those job application denial emails: Thank you for your interest in our recent opening. We have had a chance to review your resume ... Unfortunately, we have decided to pursue other candidates who match our requirements more ... read more

Depressing But True

( life / money / employment )
"The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return. — Gore Vidal" ... read more

Insurance Companies

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Good news: SunLife Financial sent me a refund check! Bad news: It was because they denied my policy for, according to them, failing to send all of my paperwork in on time. Um, I think faxing it in at least a couple days prior to the deadline qualifies as on time! I guess it doesn't co ... read more

In Honor Of Labor Day

( life / money / employment )
Great article here via informationclearinghouse.info "What does Labor Day mean anymore other than another day off, another store sale and, in some cities, parades ever smaller and more devoid of passion for elevating the well-being of work ... read more

Lobbyist Poses As Mechanic In Super Bowl Ad

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Lobbyist poses as mechanic in Super Bowl ad - YouTube. ... read more

Immelt Moving Jobs And Economic Infrastructure To China

( life / money / employment )
GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, The Head Of Obama's Jobs Council, Is Moving Jobs And Economic Infrastructure To China At A Blistering Pace.The hypocris ... read more

Happy May Day

( life / money / employment )
from Liberty Underground... "Today, May Day, honors the workers who produce all of the wealth. It is in honor of those involved in a general strike in Chicago, killed by police in what is known all over the world by workers as the Haymarket ... read more

Economic Inequality Is Not Sustainable

( life / money / employment )
via Economic Inequality Is Not Sustainable "A Top Heavy 1 Percent Will Topple Without a Stable Middle Class.Focusing exclusively on deficit reduction is the wrong policy. Focusing solely on cutting spending is th ... read more

These Two Phrases On Your Resume Are Why It Just Hit The Trash Can

( life / money / employment )
They might be right about this.Worth a shot. These Two Phrases on Your Resume Are Why It Just Hit the Trash Can. "Does your resume read like a job description ... read more

Verizon To Lay Off 1,700 Workers After Paying CEO $22 Million

( life / money / employment )
Yes, large corporations really are that stupid/short-sighted/corrupt. via Verizon To Lay Off 1,700 Workers After Paying CEO $22 Million Last Year "America's largest wireless service provi ... read more

Why Faking Enthusiasm Is The Latest Job Requirement

( life / money / employment )
I hate when companies do this. Create a better environment for your employees, don't require them to be a pack of phonies! via Why Faking Enthusiasm Is The Latest Job Requirement. "... seeming to love the job becomes p ... read more

Employee Engagement, Why It's Important

( life / money / employment )
"It doesn't matter if managers are introverted or extroverted, timid or bold, loud or quiet, as long as they are making people feel like they are growing, appreciated, and confident in their future at the company ..." via ... read more

Three Ways To Put America Back To Work

( life / money / employment )
Great article here: Three-Ways-to-Put-America "In theory The Great Recession is history, but for those of us who live and work on Real Street the carnage and horror continues. On Real Street, outside the gated c ... read more

Screw Economies Of Scale!

( life / money / employment )
Screw economies of scale! As I've said before, this country needs a new (or maybe just an enforced) Sherman Antitrust Act that will limit the size, influence and control of any one corporation. More companies mean more jobs, and most importantly, more competition. Even ... read more

Whirlpool Threatens Pensions

( life / money / employment )
via Whirlpool threatens pensions "Unfortunately, we've just had another open theft of retired worker's benefits, this time Whirlpool management stealing the health care coverage of retired former Hoover workers and their families. Once again, w ... read more

Feds Rule Boeing Can't Move Plant To Avoid Union

( life / money / employment )
Federal Agency Rules Boeing Cant Move Plant to Avoid Union. The amazing thing about this is that we see a government agency actually doing its job! ... read more

The 10 Most Hated Companies In America

( life / money / employment )
from The 10 Most Hated Companies in America — 24/7 Wall St.. "1. Facebook" ... read more

Job Hunting

( life / money / employment )
Can't companies at least send a denial letter/email? It's rude to leave us twisting in the wind. ... read more

Note To Recruiters

( life / money / employment )
I almost posted this to LinkedIn, but thought better of it since hiring managers and headhunters generally have absolutely no sense of humor regarding the hiring process. If they would admit (at least to themselves) that they have no idea what they're doing, it might help. :) Anyway, here it is: Note to recruiters with application support ... read more

For All Bosses Who Dislike Directness

( life / money / employment )
For all bosses who dislike directness and are afraid of offending anyone... via positive leaders love productivity "Simon Sinek @simonsinek says, Bad leaders may edit the truth for fear of causing discomfort. Good le ... read more

The Minimum Wage, Popular With The Public, But Not The Donor Class

( life / money / employment )
from The Minimum Wage: Popular With the Public, But Not the Donor Class. "One of the best proposals to come out of the State of the Union was the President's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, phased in over three years, and tie it to the co ... read more

Wisconsin Judge Reinstates Collective Bargaining For State Employees

( life / money / employment )
Wisconsin judge reinstates collective bargaining for state employees "The union-busting law that pushed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker into the national spotlight last year has been declared unconstitutional by a state judge, push ... read more

Good News For Bad References

( life / money / employment )
enewsletters.biospace.com/rhw/newsletter/good-news-for-bad-references.htm?typeemail&sourcejs-07-19-10 "Picture this scenario: you've been seeking new employment at a ... read more

Virtual Gym 'helps Weight Loss'

( life / health / fitness )
Virtual gym 'helps weight loss'As my brother says, this one's for those too lazy to actually work out. :) ... read more

Customers Flee Walmart Empty Shelves For Target, Costco

( life / money / employment )
Those who say raising the minimum wage will bankrupt companies are just plain wrong. Here's the proof. Treat (and pay) your people well, and they'll be great employees. Treat them like crap and, surprise surprise, they'll be crappy employees. What a concept! :) via ... read more

5 Ways Your Boss Is Killing Your Company Culture

( life / money / employment / bosses )
I agree. And a big reason for this, I believe, is that hiring managers hire based on likability, enthusiasm, and an applicant's degree (no matter what that degree is in) rather than on experience and intelligence. So, the people who end up running things often have no real idea what they're doing, but, darn it, they're enthusiastic and ... read more

Why The Rich Don't Give To Charity

( life / help / charity )
I thought this was quote-worthy, via why-the-rich-dont-give "Last year, Paul Piff, a psychologist at UC Berkeley, published research that correlated wealth with an increase in unethical behavior: While having money doe ... read more

This Year's Vegetable Garden

( life / health / food / plants )
My checklist for this year's vegetable garden: Soil tilled? Check! Top soil added? Check! Plants bought? Check! Seeds for plants not available for purchase? Check! Plants planted? Check! Now the watering ... and waiting begins! Oh, you're wondering what I planted? Lettuce ... read more

The Case For A 25 Hour Work Week

( life / money / employment )
via The Case for a 25-Hour Work Week This Is Not a Joke  Inc.com. "Whatever you may think of this theory, there are certainly many who think (including Sheryl Sandberg) the status quo the 40/50 hou ... read more

Major Food Companies Consider Lobbying For GMO Labeling

( life / health / food )
Maybe there is hope for mankind, after all? Thanks to the boycotts, and more people refusing to remain ignorant? Whatever the reason, this looks promising. via Activist Post. "... there is talk of ... read more

Avoid The Pharmacy, Fight The Flu With Remedies From The Kitchen

( life / health / food / drugs )
via Avoid the Pharmacy: Fight the Flu with Remedies from the Kitchen. "A gargle made from salt water can relieve a sore throat. As well, it can stop a budding infection in its tracks. Mix 1 tablespoon of salt with a cup of ... read more

Best Places To Go (2013)

( life / travel )
Travel Picks: Best Places to Go in 2013 : Condé Nast Traveler. Nashville made the list! Here's what they say about it:"The new Nashville offers two things worth traveling for: a ho ... read more

Cincinnati Passes Resolution Requiring GE Food Labeling

( life / health / food )
Cincinnati passes resolution requiring GE food labeling.Good!And that's where Kroger is headquartered, which might make it more interesting. ... read more

Lit Motors Builds A Car That Breaks The Rules

( life / health / environment / transportation )
via Lit Motors Builds a Car that Breaks the Rules. "Right now, electric cars are not sustainable, he says. The average electric car battery pack is four times larger than ours, with one-third the range. If ... read more

Ford's Hemp-powered, Hemp-made Car

( life / health / environment / transportation )
I just thought this was interesting: youtube.com/watch?v54vDcPCQM8 And here's another article on the same subject: 10 X Stronger Than Steel In The 1940s ... read more

Closing My BofA Account

( life / money )
Hallelujah! We have paid off our BofA credit card! It was bad enough when it was owned by the original company. But when I saw that Bank of America had bought that company and was now administering my account, I knew it was time to pay that thing off ASAP! I just filled out their onli ... read more

Positive Attitude Equals More Control Over Your Life, Better Health

( life / health )
If you're happy, you're healthy.Or the opposite.Whatever works, right? via Positive Attitude Equals More Control, Better Health. "The bottom line: when you feel in control, you take control." ... read more

Exercise Primally, Move, Lift, And Sprint!

( life / health / fitness )
via Action Item #4: Exercise Primally — Move, Lift, and Sprint "Moving frequently (at a slow pace) is the foundation of Primal fitness. It's what we are meant to do most often, and what we should b ... read more

People Can Be Fat And Fit

( life / health / fitness )
People can be fat AND fitGood news! "It shows that some fat people manage to remain 'metabolically healthy' even though their body mass index would suggest they are not ... read more

Eat Your Tomato Harvest All Year

( life / health / food / plants )
Five Tasty Ways to Eat Your Tomato Harvest All Year "Hello tomato harvest time. If your garden (or farmer's market, or neighbor's garden) is suddenly overwhelming you with fresh tomatoes, don't be intimidated, s ... read more

Honey, I Killed The Superbug

( life / health )
via Honey, I killed the superbug  The Australian. "... none of the bacteria that researchers used to test the honey, including superbugs such as flesh-eating bacteria, built up any immunity" ... read more

Walmart, 50 Years Of Gutting America's Middle Class

( life / money / employment )
This (below) is why we hate Walmart.Too many people don't understand this.They just want low prices no matter the overall, long-run cost. from Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class ... read more

Research Shows Local Honey May Halt Allergies

( life / health / food )
For those with allergies, this might help.Research Shows Local Honey may Halt Allergies. "Honey has been considered an alternative allergy treatment for many years, with many allergy sufferers swearing by its anti-allergenic properties. Unti ... read more

Our First Ever Ethiopian Restaurant

( life / health / food / restaurants )
With Elizabeth taken for the night by her wonderful Auntie, Tara and I took the opportunity last night to use a Groupon and go to an Ethiopian restaurant, Mesob. It was our first time trying Ethiopian food.The appetizer, sambusa, was very good. When th ... read more

Employment

( life / money / employment )
Non-profit job listings Tap Root ... read more

Charity

( life / help / charity )
Charity Navigator Cure Juvenile Myositis Greater Good Horse Rescue/Therapy ... read more

IBM's Internal Plan, Fire Most U.S. Employees

( life / money / employment )
via IBM's Internal Plan to Grow Earnings-Per-Share to $20 by 2015: Fire Most U.S. Employees. "The primary method for accomplishing this feat, according to the plan, will be by reducing US employee head count by 78 percent in that time frame." ... read more

Millions Against Monsanto, The Food Fight Of Our Lives

( life / health / food / drugs )
"If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it. — Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 199 ... read more

The Myth Of The Eight Hour Sleep

( life / health )
... many sleeping problems may have roots in the human body's natural preference for segmented sleep ... via BBC News - The myth of the eight-hour sleep. "It's not just the number of references — it is the way they refer to it, as if it wa ... read more

Auto Repair And Maintenance Estimates

( life / help / auto )
We hear this is a good website to estimate how much a car repair should cost.via Auto Repair and Maintenance Estimates  Auto Shop and Mechanic Ratings : RepairPal. "RepairPal independently certifies auto repair shops nationwide for superior training, quality tools, fair ... read more

Merrill Lynch IRA Finally Transfers!

( life / money )
Hallelujuah! I've been trying since late October to transfer my IRA away from the too-big-to-fail Merrill Lynch, owned by the about-to-fail Bank of America. Any company that's too big to fail probably will. That, or the ... read more

More Evidence Points To Pesticide As Cause Of Mass Bee Deaths

( life / health / environment )
So, literally, for the sake of human survival, please stop using at least this one pesticide by Bayer! via More Evidence Points to Pesticide as Cause of Mass Bee Deaths. "A new study publishe ... read more

British Town Grows All Of Its Own Vegetables, Improved Civic Life

( life / health / food / plants )
British town grows all of its own vegetables, witnesses improved civic life and reduced crime as a result. "When the small British mill town of To ... read more

Baum Law Firm To Close

( life / money / employment )
Baum law firm to close - Business First. This is one company that got what it deserved after mocking homeless/foreclosed families. ... read more

Naturally Reduce Your Risk Of Allergies

( life / health / food )
Yet again, the solutions for most of the ailments that plague modern society are to be found in the natural world, not the synthetic world of establishment medicine and Big Pharma. via Activist Post: 3 Ways to Naturally Reduce Your Ri ... read more

Paying Off A Credit Card

( life / money )
That's a nice headline, and it felt good doing it today.  Granted, the bulk of the balance was simply transferred to another credit card.  But still ...  :)  I also closed out the checking account associated with the card, making sure to close the checking account first.  My fear was that if I paid off the credi ... read more

Thanks To The FDA, You Really Have No Idea What's In Your Food

( life / health / food )
via Thanks to the FDA, You Really Have No Idea Whats In Your Food. "It's been stuck this way since the early 1990s, when the FDA hired former ... read more

A Visit To Walmart

( life / money / shopping )
I hate Walmart.  It's a company run by slimy executives who don't care about the mom-and-pop businesses they destroy, and its stores are frequented by the lowest class of people.  I always feel the need for a shower afterward.  But, this morning it made more sense to go there becau ... read more

Things To Do In Nashville

( life / travel )
Some of these are in the general area, not Nashville, proper. Adventure Science ... read more

Saving The Rich, Losing The Economy

( life / money / employment )
from saving-the-rich-losing-the-economy "US politicians, such as Buddy Roemer, blame the collapse of US manufacturing on Chinese competition and unfair trade practices. However, it is US corporations that move their factories ... read more

Boycott Verizon If At All Possible

( life / money / employment )
They're forcing pay cuts for the people who do the actual work there while their executives get millions in bonuses. "Last year Verizon made $12 billion in profits, got $1 billion in government subsidies a ... read more

CEO Salaries

( life / money / employment )
Just warms your heart, doesn't it? Not. via NY Times "It turns out that the good times are even better than we thought for American chief executives." ... read more

Clean 15, The 15 Lowest Pesticide-prone Forms Of Produce

( life / health / food )
Clean 15: The 15 Lowest Pesticide-Prone Forms of Produce. "If you don't buy organic, health experts like David Suzuki suggest avoiding toxic pesticides linked to health issues including ca ... read more

Candwich, Sandwich In A Can Goes On Sale

( life / health / food )
Not a bad idea! Candwich: Sandwich in a can goes on sale "The American makers of the Candwich, a sandwich in a can which can be dispensed by vending machines a ... read more

Emergency Preparedness Food Storage

( life / health / food )
Emergency Essentials - Be Prepared Emergency Preparedness Food Storage.That's the Boy Scout motto, isn't it? Never hurts. " BePrepared.com is the world's largest dedicated online marketplace for survival food, water, and gear. They're a complete one-stop shop for everything ... read more

Greed Is Not A Virtue

( life / money / employment )
Great article. via Greed is Not a Virtue, by David Korten — Agenda for a New Economy. "By capitalism's perverse moral logic, if a person sells toxic assets by knowingly misrepresenting them as sound, the fault lies not with ... read more

How To Replace A Headlight Bulb In A Honda Accord

( life / help / auto )
How to Replace a Headlight Bulb in a Honda AccordI just followed their instructions to fix my wife's headlight (after she got pulled over and wa ... read more

Supermarket Meat Tainted With Drug-resistant Bacteria

( life / health / food / drugs )
Another reason to go vegetarian, although their math isn't right. Forty-seven percent is much worse than 1 in 4. Maybe we should actually read the article? :) via 1 In 4 Supermarket Meat ... read more

New Job Starts Today

( life / money / employment )
I hope I like it. UPDATE (2 years later):I didn't. See First day of school I mean work ... read more

New Job Starting Next Week

( life / money / employment )
I'm starting a new job next week, so I ran a test of how long it would take to get there after dropping Elizabeth off at school. It was 7:42 when they started letting the kids inside, allowing me to leave. I could do like a lot of parents and just drop her off and take off, but I like to make sure she's safely inside before I go. Other pare ... read more

Tour Of Nashville

( life / travel / family / restaurants )
Elizabeth and I played tour guide to my sister Jeannie, her daughter Tiffany, her husband David, and their kids Shayden, 9, and Skyla, 1½. We started with a late breakfast at Cracker Barrel ... read more

Where To Donate Your Stuff

( life / help / charity )
Where to Donate Your Stuff: 101 Places Your Clutter Can Do Good "Something that's been sitting in your house, unused and unloved, may bring a great deal of joy to, or fill the genuine need of, someone ... read more

Which Food Additives Make Children Behave Badly

( life / health / food / drugs )
via Which Food Additives Make Children Behave Badly. "... food additives used in hundreds of children's foods and drinks can cause temper tantrums and disruptive behavior ..." ... read more

Check Out A Company Before Applying There

( life / money / employment )
GlassDoor "Search company reviews and ratings" ... read more

Ways To Save Water

( life / health )
Great site: Ways to save water "Graywater is the water that goes down the drains from your washing machine, bathroom sinks and showers. When you stop to think about it, the average top-loading washing machine wil ... read more

Don't Take Potassium Iodide Unless You Are Exposed To Radiation

( life / health )
Click below: dont-take-potassium-iodide-unlessHere's a website all about nuclear energy, courtesy of my brother: all things nuclear/ ... read more

Cool Solution To Clean Up Oil Disaster

( life / health / environment )
Don't know if they used any of this on the BP oil disaster last year, but good to know for future events.Cool solution to clean up oil disaster. VIDEO. ... read more

Pick Your Own Fruit And Vegetable Farms

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This could prove useful as food (and gas) prices soar this coming year: Where to Find Pick-Your-Own Fruit and Vegetable Farms / Orchards for Local, Fresh Fruit, Vegetables and Pumpkins, Along With Canning, Freezing & Preserving Instructions! See also: ... read more

Professional House Cleaning Maid Services For Women With Cancer

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Professional House Cleaning Maid Services for women with cancer. "Interested in giving the gift of a clean home to a woman undergoing cancer treatments? We would love to hear from you!" ... read more

The Starch Solution

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All about removing meat and dairy from your diet. The McDougall Newsletter - Introduction to New McDougall Book — The Starch Solution. "My recommendation for eating starches puts glazed looks on people's faces, and many dismiss me as certifia ... read more

Diane's Icy Adventure

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Christmas night, Diane, on the way to a party, found herself in the fast line of the freeway with a car stopped in front of her and the brakes not working due to a patch of black ice. With cars and trucks honking on the right side, she had no choice but to steer for the shoulder, running over not one but two sign posts. The first sign, a tall one, ... read more

Winter Has Arrived

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It's been snowing all day, at least an inch and a half accumulation. Earlier, I put some de-icer on the driveway in preparation for tomorrow morning. Before that, I had to walk the dogs in the snow. You know, pugs don't like snow. It just really throws them off, having to go potty on something white instead of green. Lying here now, blo ... read more

Dems Pull Fast One With Food Safety Bill

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via newswithviews.com/NWV-News/news233.htm "It didn't take long for Democrats in the House to figure a way around the constitutional roadblock that halted the advance of S. 510: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, following its approval by the Senat ... read more

Food Safety Hypocrites

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These people all need to go: libertynewsonline.com/article30129693.php ... read more

Customer Satisfaction Surveys

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When given one of those customer satisfaction surveys, always try and give a glowing report about the individual who helped you (unless they were terrible, of course) because those surveys are just another tool for corporations to harass their already under-paid, under-appreciated employees. You don't want to be responsible for getting someone ... read more

Detection Dogs

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via A nose for wild things "These are no hounds. These are highly trained detection dogs used by biologists to canvass for animals, scat, rare plants and invasive weeds that are easily missed by humans." ... read more

Made In America... No Longer

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American as apple pie items that are no longer made here: 19-iconic-products-that-america-doesnt-make-anymore ... read more

Preikestolen

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via Preikestolen " is one of Rogaland county's most visited attractions, and one of the country's most spectacular photo subjects. has been named one of the world's most spectacular viewing points by both CNN Go and Lonely Planet. It rises 604 metres above ... read more

A Few Good Links

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Found these unrelated stories interesting. Thought I'd share: simple-ways-to-save-money-minimizing sneakies ... read more

Girl Quits Job

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This is an instant classic. via girl-quits-her-job-on-dry-erase-board-emails-entire-office-33-photos/ ... read more

Great Depression II

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I guess they didn't call it The Great Depression during that depression, did they? We shouldn't be surprised they're not honestly calling this one Great Depression II. Or, in current parlance, maybe, G-Dep-2. It's only The Great Recession. As if those of us out of work (or in my case, under-employed) and facing such dire uncertainty ... read more

Another Reason To Avoid Monsanto Products

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A very technical article. from GMO-FreeEurope2010 "It is important to note that the bulk of the data provided during the evaluation stages of GBH/GMO safety were provided by the i ... read more

How Companies Should Cut Back

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When faced with too many expenses and not enough income and you have run out of expenses to reduce, rather than firing employees, the fair and socially-responsible way to cut costs is NOT to fire employees who had nothing to do with those costs getting too high. The FIRST target of cost-cutting needs to be ... I think I originally suggested t ... read more

We Did It!

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copied from Lori's email Hello Everyone!!! I am so excited to tell everyone the great news!!! We did it! Cure JM was number 1 at midnight last night! Because of all of our wonderful friends and family we were able to win the 250K grant from Pepsi! This money will directly benefit Lucas! His doctor is the head of the foundation! This is HUGE ... read more

Help

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People Charity Navigator Create the Good Donate your excess ... read more

Buy Local Food

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via Using Local Organic Cooperatives To Defeat Globalists "Okay, you're awake, back among the human tribe. Now what? You are not alone in wondering what is the best way to fight the globalists.There is a vastly growing huma ... read more

Burn Your Bra

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... after you remove it, of course. Apparently, they cause cancer. No kidding! Here's the link: all-natural.com/bras.html Women who wore their bras 24 hours per day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer (in their study, n2056 for the cancer gro ... read more

Old Age Discrimination Suit Vs. Google

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"The California Supreme Court unanimously agreed that a trial court erred in dismissing a complaint by Brian Reid, who was hired in 2002 as a director of operations and engineering, and fired less than two years later at age 54 after being told he was not a good cultural fit." ... read more

Maybe Cashiers Need To Wear Gloves

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Maybe their customers should wear gloves, too. Via BPA Coats Cash Regi ... read more

Diary, 2010/07/25

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Just got back from an all day shopping excursion. I don't know how Tara does it every week. I told her that was harder work than going to the office all day. She said, So, you appreciate me more now? Of course, I said yes. First we went to Tara's Kroger, the one almost in Nolensville c ... read more

Genetically Engineered Food Right To Know Act

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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 ... read more

Another Reason Not To Shop At Walmart

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If you buy underwear at Walmart, they will be able to track wherever you go. If their sales are not hurt by this announcement, they will institute it in more products, probably eventually all products. According to CNBC, these tags are not removable, although ... read more

Buy American

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localmakers.com/ The above link no longer points to where it used to. Someone in Holland, ironically, has apparently purchased that domain name. I would have removed this post, but the irony made it worth keeping it here. ... read more

House The Horses

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Please donate by clicking here. Thank you. ... read more

Like A Cancer

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A business plan requiring constant expansion is, almost by definition, a cancer, and equally unhealthy. ... read more

Environment

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New technique to produce hydrogen fuel from waterOld footage from BP relief well oil blow-out: bp.concerts.com ... read more

Stop Buying Paper Towels

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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 ... read more

The Job Market

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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 ... read more

Safety First

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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 ... read more

Getting Organized

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Great article here: reorganizing-bathroom-closet I'm especially impressed with Item 3, putting everything into the pillo ... read more

Make Your Own Toothpaste

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Make your own (healthy) toothpaste here: make-your-own-safe-natural-and-healthy-tooth-pastes-and-tooth-cleansers-1955 "Virtually all commercial toothpastes contain one or both of two prob ... read more

Another Interview

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I went to another job interview yesterday. It was downtown Nashville in the once trendy Cummins Station building. I've had a few consulting clients there over the years. The company interviewing me shall remain nameless. Coincidentally, a few hours before the interview I received a ... read more

Saved A Blackberry Bush

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A couple of them, actually. I was going to post this to blackberryrescue.com, but there is no such site. Wait, maybe I should check. You never know. Guess what? There IS such a site, but it has to do with the ubiquitous electronic device. Anyway, on a couple of recent dog walks through t ... read more

Aetna Reverses Its Decision

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My insurance company, Aetna, which denied a $10,000 medical claim last year, has finally reversed its decision (after my second appeal) and decided to process the claim again.Woo-hoo!Let's see how it actually shakes out, though, before I get too excited. ... read more

Pesticides Causing ADHD?

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It might explain the relatively recent phenomena. via health-kidsandparenting/ See also Why French kids don't have ADHD and ... read more

Amnesty Day At The Dump!

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I know, that sounds weird. But I just returned from the dump/recycling center, in my case the one on Omohundro Drive. I dropped off the old dishwasher along with my usual recycling and household trash. Anyway, the woman there told me that today (Saturday, May 15) is an unadvertised amnesty day when you can drop off ANYTHING (other than nucl ... read more

Letter To A Former Co-worker

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I'm glad you and Cathy are doing well. Our daughter Elizabeth is doing well, too. She spent last night with a cousin north of town so she can attend that little girl's birthday party today. Elizabeth's own birthday party was last month. I'm sort of employed, working for myself doing computer consulting fixing people's computer problems, setti ... read more

Waxman Sneaks Anti-vitamin Amendment Into Wall Street Reform Bill

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Waxman represents L.A. on the west side up to Santa Monica. I bet those people take LOTS of supplements. via naturalnews.com/028687HenryWaxmanhealthfreedom.html "Of all the sneaky tactics practiced in Washington D.C., this rece ... read more

Identity Theft

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ATTORNEY's ADVICE - NO CHARGE Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company: Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put 'PHOTO ID REQUIRED.' ... read more

Water Problem Solution Ideas

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Email from anonymous to Nashville mayor regarding drinkable water shortage: Mayor Dean, if you announce STIFF FINES for anyone exceeding HALF OF LAST MONTH'S WATER USAGE, and SUPER STIFF FINES for anyone exceeding last month's usage, you will get better water c ... read more

Neighborly Confrontation

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I had a run-in yesterday with the neighbor formerly known as motorcycle guy. I had just gotten back from a customer's office when I get a knock on the door. It's motorcycle guy saying Can we talk a minute? I know you've got a problem with me. About a year ago I had gotten in his face about him riding his motorcycle (a dirt bike) on the street ... read more

Decent Breakfast Place?

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Calling all breakfast eaters: Does anyone know of a decent place for breakfast near Nashville's (BNA) airport? My sister is passing through town next weekend and wants to have breakfast with Elizabeth (everyone else is secondary). We have a short time frame (2 or 3 hours) for breakfast b ... read more

How To Rob A Bank

( life / money )
The answer is: Own one.Relax, law enforcement people, it's not a real how-to.Part two is here. ... read more

Selling Insurance

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I got a call today about a job with American Income. They said they found my résumé on Careerbuilder. When I get emails like that, I instantly recognize them and mark them as spam and block them from sending any more. But getting a phone call is apparently more effective on me. I agreed to an interview (because she never ment ... read more

Has The FDA Lost Its Mind... Again?

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cherries and walnuts are not drugs "In the latest volley of the US Food and Drug Administration's bizarre war on scientific freedom of speech, the FDA has sent a Warning Letter to the president and CEO of Diamond ... read more

Make Your Own Sports Drink

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... for a fraction of the cost. This is the one thing that kills our food budget, but we keep buying it because my back muscles seem to need the electrolytes to keep from spasming.At least, that's what I've convinced myself of. I've been battling back problems since 1996, and this is just part of the routine I've settled into. Anywa ... read more

Waiting

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I went to a pre-employment drug screening this morning. Last week, I had interviewed for an IT instructor position. Had to give a mock class, and everything. I chose the subject of securing your home wireless network. It was fun. Anyway, no, I haven't been hired ... yet. They require this test before even thinking about hiring me. I walked in ... read more

Cake Mixes & Toxins

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PLEASE remember to check your cupboards when you get home tonight!!! Throw away ALL OUTDATED pancake mix, brownie mixes, Bisquick, cake and cookie mixes, etc., you have in your home. A high school student had pancakes and it almost became fatal. His mom, a registered nurse, made him pancakes, dropped him off at school and headed to play ten ... read more

GMO Foods

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Genetically-modified cotton is poisoning people in India. In this country, non-organic soybeans, corn and canola (most non-organic of these are GMO) are poisoning people. It's in corn chips and other products. They are making soybeans and corn that are Round-up ready, which means, they have pesticide IN THE FOOD, which infects and GROWS in your i ... read more

Gender Unknown

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First time I've ever seen this. Filling out an online job application, the EEOC stuff at the bottom gave me a choice of: Male Female Gender Unknown Decline to Answer I can understand sexually confused, but gender unknown? Really? ... read more

Happy Groundhog's Day!

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It's been almost five months now since I was laid off. It doesn't seem that long, actually. What've I been doing since then? Collecting unemployment checks and doing freelance consulting, helping people with their computer problems and questions. Check out computersavior.com ... read more

Thawing Out

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Hopefully. It snowed a good 5-6 inches Friday in and around Nashville. It wasn't good snowman/snowball snow, though. Not in our neighborhood, anyway. It was too crusty because of the freezing rain that came after the snow. It made for great sledding, though, which Elizabeth and I spent several hours doing over the past few days. The pugs ... read more

Wine Review

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Yes, we do it all here at FriendsNews! If I said to you Bohemian Highway, California Merlot 2007, what would you think? Crap? Just this side of Thunderbird? Well, you'd be wrong. At the amazingly low price of $6 for the small bottle, it's just as good as the Woodbridge California Merlot at twice the price. I've never had French wine, so this ... read more

6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save The World

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Very cool talk given here. He talks fast, so you have to pay close attention. via 6 ways mushrooms can save the world "Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: cle ... read more

Cool Site To Help Pets

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NoPawsLeftBehind.org "The No Paws Left Behind web site is here to help you through some tough times." ... read more

Diary, 2009/10/15

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Two weeks shy of my birthday and I'm still looking for a job. I don't know why. I never really fit in at these corporate soul-sucking places. Oh that's right, I need to pay the mortgage, daycare, grocery bill, utilities, car payment and its insurance. And don't forget the exorbitant health care premiums. You ever tried buying health insurance when ... read more

Laid Off

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It's been almost three weeks now, and I'm finally able to talk/blog about my layoff. After the merger and corporate restructuring at work, it was finally my turn to have my position eliminated. I instinctively felt it coming. In fact, I couldn't sleep the night before, worrying about it. No one had said anything to me, it was just a feeling, a fe ... read more

Epidural Steroid Injection

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Well, I finally had my epidural steroid injection that I seem to need every 3 or 4 years for my bulging/ruptured/herniated disc (between L4 and L5, for you medics out there). I just got the shot yesterday at the Pain Management Group in Antioch. I'm already feeling better, although t ... read more

Doug Sells Power Tools!

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dholmes.com/hilti-website.htm "Used & New Hilti Tools and Accessories Hilti professional demolition / concrete tools SHIPPING WORLDWIDE" ... read more

Leaving Your Mark

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We welcome all the visitors and students to our center, Harmony Haven. Our mission statement: "We rescue and rehabilitate horses so they can rescue and rehabilitate the people who need them most."It's all about leaving your mark or hoof print. Help others and have a be ... read more

Services

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Services provided by FriendsNews members Handyman:  Doug Horse Rescue / Therapy Riding:  Jeannie Classified Ad Placement:  ... read more

Classifieds

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Shopping-related posts Misc computer/electronics for sale: Click here A whole bunch of electronic equipment for sale: Doug R ... read more

Travel

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Things you maybe never knew about Nashville Expatriation sites ... read more

Miscellany

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All sorts of randomly-useful info Charity Navigator ... read more

Advice

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You're asking me?! Actually, here's some advice:Do good deeds. Below are a few links: Help People Charity Navigator Create the Good ... read more

Health

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This just in: turmeric and black pepper together New Alternative Newsletter! .newspaper -webkit-columns: 90px ... read more

Food

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This just in: turmeric and black pepper together Kind Earth Recipes by Anastasia Real Italian pizza!Best pizza one of our reade ... read more

Roanoke

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I'm home after a long trip to Roanoke, VA and back. It was quite an experience overall. The 1-3/4 hour drive to SMF was punctuated by the puppy screaming and howling in the crate behind me in the van. She messed the newspapers once and I stopped and ... read more

Vancouver

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Our trip was great.  Here's a very short story. We left on 8/11 from my work. My boss made me attend a meeting that day which ended at 2:30, whereupon I joined June, Brian and Andy who were in our van, waiting in the parking lot. Boy, did I need a vacation! We arrived at Jeannie's that night, stayed overnight and dropped off Cedar, ... read more

Guatemala

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We visited Evelyn's family and ate like the pigs that we are. Bijou had fun. I guess the highlight was going to the cemetery. Believe it or not, it was really Gothic, colorful, historical and very interesting, in general. We didn't have much time for sightseeing this time (only 4 days), but now everyone has at least met Bijou, so the mission w ... read more

Kansas

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Kansas. What an incredibly boring state. Tara, her sister Sandie, niece Destiny and I flew from Nashville to attend her youngest sister Stephanie's high school graduation in Council Grove, Kansas.  Tara and I figured we'd find something to do that night upon arrival in ... read more

Iowa

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It's over, for me, anyway. I rode two days in and that was enough. As I expected, it was nice to ride with 10,000 other cyclists and the party-like attitude of the riders and the people in the towns was really nice. The problem was that it took place in Iowa. I was glad that when I rode, it was overcast, had head winds, and occasional rains. Otherw ... read more

A Few Tips

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Reheat Pizza Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works. Easy Deviled Eggs Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up ... read more

Amazing

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via wanttoknow.info "The richest two percent of the world's population owns more than half of the world's household wealth. Although you may believe you've heard this statistic before, you haven't: For the first time, personal wealth, not income, has been measured around ... read more

Charleston And Savannah

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Charleston, SC We drove ... and drove ... and drove — 10 hours or so — from Nashville until finally reaching Charleston, South Carolina. Along the way, we stopped in Asheville, North Carolina at the Biltmore Estate because Tara had forgotten to get postcards when ... read more

New Orleans

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We flew into about noon time on a Friday. Since the room wasn't ready for such an early arrival, we walked four blocks to the pier and decided to ride the paddle wheel boat Natchez. It basically goes a mile up the Mississippi, then heads back. You'll see a lot of other international cargo ships, and the Domino's sugar refinery, and an oil refiner ... read more

California, What A Trip!

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Thursday, before we left on Saturday, I took Austin to his Grandma Joy's house. We had a good visit and he took to her immediately. I left him on Friday morning and drove back to Nashville. I was supposed to get my eardrums cut open for the plane ride because I had ear infections, but the steroids and antibiotics had put a negative pressure sit ... read more

Ft. Lauderdale

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I went to Ft. Lauderdale (Nov. 6) for the Breeders Cup horse races at Gulfstream Park (actually in Hallandale, FL).  It was fun just being there.  I'd never been to south Florida before. How'd I do on the races?  Well, I bet a total of $45 and won $35, so I ended up $10 do ... read more

Alaska, A True Wilderness

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I've always heard people use the words wilderness and Alaska in the same sentence. It didn't mean a lot to me until recently when my wife Carla and I cruised the Inside Passage of Alaska. The state is huge, but it still takes a good seven days (round trip) to cruise up and back on the western coast. We stopped at Juneau, Skagway, and Ke ... read more

St. Louis

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Tara and I made a quick trip (if you can call a five-hour road trip "quick") to St. Louis over the Labor Day weekend.  We visited their historic district ("old town") along the river where they were hosting the Big Muddy Blues & R ... read more

Chicago

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Tara and I left Nashville for Chicago on a Thursday morning. At the last minute I decided to let my cat Myca out. I figured he would return shortly after doing his "business" in the neighbor's bushes, as usual, and I could then lock him in the house for the duration of our trip. When he didn't return as ... read more

California Here We Come!

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For our "summer vacation," Tara and I went to California. Where in California? Just about everywhere in 4½ days. We took a Southwest Airlines "direct" flight from Nashville to Oakland. Stupidly, we thought "direct" meant direct. But, as the pilot explained as he came back and chatted with us while we sat ... read more

Atlanta Trip

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Tara and I just got back from a long weekend in Atlanta.  It was nice to see the town.  I'd passed through before, but had never stopped to look.  The first touristy thing we did after eventually finding our hotel — the downtown Courtyard-by-Marriott, picked out b ... read more

Europe '96 Video

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You can watch it here: vimeo.com/3271045 I was in Bratislava, Slovakia for Doug and Jana's wedding, but this doesn't include the wedding itself. That was filmed by a professional. This video is so badly-done it's almost funny. There's also some footage on here from Budapest ... read more

Portugal To Hungary

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How I Spent My Summer Vacations (Portugal to Hungary) from 1992 Portugal/Azores ... read more

Eastern Canada

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Roving reporter returns from East (September, 1989) — Bill returned from his trip to eastern Canada a few weeks back. He was supposed to seek out and capture Wild Man Doug. Remember? Well, he's back. Bill, that is. When asked to report his findings, however, Bill said, What? You never said anything about fin ... read more

Europe

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Nashville  — June, 1996I planned everything in advance. Or so I thought. I bought my round-trip plane ticket three months in advance. I "surfed The Web" and researched whatever I could find regarding my destination cities and countries. I bought renter's insurance for the apartment, a video camera, a new suit for the w ... read more

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