at least it seems to be in their adults

•November 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I have to tell you that I was extremely surprised to find this article, because I really had no idea.

medical clinic in India

medical clinic in India

India Battles Diabeties “Epidemic”, via BBC

And, yes, it is Type 2 Adult Onset Diabetes. And, yes, it is because of the food they eat and a shift to a sedentary lifestyle. But the figures are staggering… 3 million a year die from it and 250 million are affected.

What worries the health professionals is that type 2 diabetes, which is the variety that is spreading so fast, is on a seemingly unstoppable rise in villages and rural areas.

It just reminds me of a conversation I had and article I wrote once, about how the United States only export is our lifestyle and it’s what is killing all of us. We have marketed ourselves so well, that people give up their traditions and change how they live and eat and it turns around and kills them.

This disease used to exist in such small numbers. Now, it is the leading killer of many nations. All because of what people eat. It’s really quite sad.

won’t you be glad when I stop posting news like this?

•November 14, 2008 • 1 Comment

leadpoison

It starts off really, really well:

Looking to bolster the fight against childhood lead poisoning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month approved a tough new rule aimed at clearing the nation’s air of the toxic metal. A key part of the initiative is a new network of monitors that will track lead emissions from factories.

But then… it takes a turn:

But the Bush administration quietly weakened that provision at the last minute by exempting dozens of polluters from scrutiny, federal documents show.

I have to be honest, I don’t even know how to write about this anymore. Scientists determined that even low levels of toxic metals in children lead to learning disabilities, aggression and even criminal behavior. So, they sought to lower acceptable levels in air. I am unclear, because I don’t know where the air is tested, but I imagine outside of factories that use lead in their processes.

The reason this is important is because the lead leaves the air, by falling to the ground and embedding itself in the soil. It stays there for years, while children play and dig and kick up all that contaminated soil and breath it in.

The new levels were about to be put into place and mandated before the Bush Administration stepped in and supported corporations instead of the people.

There is much more information in the article. I recommend reading it. The one thing it states is that it will take many, many months for the “new” EPA, under Obama, to be able to overturn this decision. You can find the article HERE.

HERE’S a link to lead poisoning on Wikipedia

Congratulations Sierra Club

•November 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

sierra_club_decalGood news from the Sierra Club: Ruling, Coal Plants MUST limit CO2

In a move that signals the start of the our clean energy future, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) ruled today EPA had no valid reason for refusing to limit from new coal-fired power plants the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming. The decision means that all new and proposed coal plants nationwide must go back and address their carbon dioxide emissions.

“The EAB rejected every Bush Administration excuse for failing to regulate the largest source of greenhouse gases in the United States. This decision gives the Obama Administration a clean slate to begin building our clean energy economy for the 21st century,” continued Spalding

I don’t think there is much more I can add to this…. it is a HUGE win for the environmental movement and HUGE loss to the Bush Administration’s EPA stranglehold on the progress of change.

Hey, Cali, listen up

•November 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

California is going to be really affected by climate change

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California gets dire warning on global warming, via Environmental News Network

Roads and bridges, the water supply, agriculture, public health and even winter skiing all will be affected by global climate change, said the report by University of California-Berkeley agricultural
and resource economics professors David Roland-Holst and Fredrich Kahrl.

This is the first time a major academic institution has studied the link in economy and environment, and the results are not good. It was already announced that we spend $28 Billion per year in health issues due to poor air quality. This however is estimating that real estate losses could be in the trillions due to sea level increases.

I know we are a state that cares about this and does the right thing, but this is a proverbial diagnosis from the doctor that we have to change NOW!

delayed

•November 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

in my last post I said I might be down… well, I am delayed in the transfer, so I will post today.

not sure

•November 13, 2008 • Leave a Comment

…what the next few days will be like with the site. I am switching to a new web-host and there will be a learning curve. I am hoping it will be seamless, but because I just don’t know, I am giving myself a three day weekend.

Wish me luck.

And, maybe it will be seamless and I can get going again right away…. we shall see

what is this?!?!?

•November 13, 2008 • Leave a Comment

So I just saw this commercial and it kind of freaks me out. And this is just one of two that I have seen.

First off, what is this game? Do I even call it that? Second, why are grown women playing this game? And last, why are grown women playing this game instead of participating in their lives. It looks like they are making up lives to be in… but can stay in their homes.

I know this has nothing to do with my normal writing, but in a way, it does. If we don’t care about our communities and be a part of them, then we have no vested interest in caring about our neighbors and politicians and anything outside of our own homes. It makes us stick to our individualism and become unwavering and intolerant. I know the commercial makes it seem fine and dandy, but it isn’t and it won’t be.

If someone can explain to me the point of this ‘game”, that’d be great, I guess. Does it have any added value?