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Food, for thought….

I know I bang on about organic food, but I remember a conversation with a new mother, when asked about her baby food and what was in it.

“Oh, they wouldn’t put it into food if it was bad for you….”

Well, I’ve long known about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, aspartame being a particular bug bear of mine. It’s in most of the diet sodas and also anything that’s sugar free. I remember drinking ordinary Coca Cola, and ordinary Ribena, but the one thing i did do was CLEAN MY TEETH. I have no fillings, I have no teeth problems at all, neither do my 2 brothers, so it can’t have been the level of sugar, but the care, the responsibility I took in looking after my teeth.

So take a moment, to read the following report, from the National Library of Medicine, in the United States, on the “The effect of aspartame administration on oncogene and suppressor gene expressions.

BACKGROUND: Aspartame (L-phenylalanine N-L-alpha-aspartyl-1-methyl ester) is an artificial sweetener with widespread applications. Previously published results have shown that among rats receiving aspartame a significant increase of lymphoreticular neoplasms, brain tumours and transitional cell tumours occurred. The aim of our short-term experiment was to investigate the biological effect of aspartame consumption by determining the expressions of key oncogenes and a tumour suppressor gene. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After one week per os administration of various doses of aspartame to CBA/CA female mice, p53, c-myc, Ha-ras gene expression alterations were determined in individual organs. RESULTS: The results showed an increase in gene expressions concerning all the investigated genes especially in organs with a high proliferation rate: lymphoreticular organs, bone-marrow and kidney.

CONCLUSION: Aspartame has a biological effect even at the recommended daily maximum dose.

So, erm, next time you are doing the shopping, just check out the ingredients, eh. Avoid at all costs. artificial sweeteners. They might not put it in if it’s bad for, but they sure will put it in if they can make a profit.

Take care one and all,

M

PS. I am starting a new site, all about organic food and healthy living. Click here to visit the Organic World blog.

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Languages and Numbers….

So, here’s something I throw out to you all:

Pupils ‘are urged to drop maths’ – Pupils are being discouraged from taking A-level maths as schools in England chase higher places in the league tables,scientists have claimed. (Read Full Article Here…)

and, followed up by this…

The government’s exams advisers have told it that its plans for two new maths GCSEs are not going to work. (Read Full Article Here….)

meanwhile the Chinese, are doing this….

Maths enthusiasts are being challenged to answer a sample question from Chinese university entrance tests.

A glance at the two questions reveals how much more advanced is the maths teaching in China, where children learn the
subject up to the age of 18, the society says.

It has sounded a warning about Britain’s future economic prospects which it claims are threatened by competition from scientists
in China. (Read Full Article Here….)

Now, tell me, who are going to be in charge, in this Brave New World?

I’d start teaching your kids Chinese if I was you. I’m getting mine doing it, from a free downloadable podcast. Let me know if you want the details.

Take it easy, folks! As I was told the other day, McDonalds are hiring….

M

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World….

Schools Shun Childrens Book Over One Word

A children’s author has said she is "horrified" after her book was banned from some US schools and libraries. (Read Full Article)

Considering some of the crap I have seen on their TV shows, Spongebob Squarepants being one of the offending items over the last week, the word "scrotum" doesn’t even come close.

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Diary of a Snow Shoveler….

Spot on, right about now, as we are expecting another 10cm of it today (it’s falling heavily as I right this post), after 8cm yesterday and a weekend of it to look forward to….

Diary of a Snow Shoveler – Author unknown

December 8 6:00 PM. – It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses Print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!

December 9 – We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the Whole World? Moving here was the best idea I’ve ever had. Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life.

December 12 – The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment. My neighbor tells me not to worry, we’ll definitely have a white Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we’ll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I’ll never want to see snow again. I don’t think that’s possible. Bob is such a nice man I’m glad he’s our neighbor.

December 14 – Snow lovely snow! 8″ last night. The temperature dropped to -20. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn’t realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I’ll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn’t huff and puff so.

December 15 – 20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4×4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife’s car and 2 extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that’s silly. We aren’t in Alaska, after all.

December 16 – Ice storm this morning. Fell on my ass on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.

December 17 – Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should’ve bought a wood stove, but won’t admit it to her. God I hate it when she’s right. I can’t believe I’m freezing to death in my own living room.

December 20 – Electricity’s back on, but had another 14″ of the damn stuff last night. More shoveling. Took all day. Goddamn snowplow came by twice. Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they’re too busy playing hockey. I think they’re lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they’re out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they’re lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he’s lying.

December 22 – Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white shit fell today, and it’s so cold it probably won’t melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to piss. By the time I got undressed, pissed and dressed again. I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter; but he says he’s too busy. I think the asshole is lying.

December 23 – Only 2″ of snow today. And it warmed up to 0o. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What is she nuts!!! Why didn’t she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did but I think she’s lying.

December 24 – 6″. Snow packed so hard by snowplow, l broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the son of a bitch who drives that snowplow, I’ll drag him through the snow by his balls. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at a 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I’ve just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas Carols with her and open our presents, but I was busy watching for the goddamn snowplow.

December 25 – Merry Christmas. 20 more inches of the !=3D@x@!x!x1 slop tonight. Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. God I hate the snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she’s an idiot. If I have to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” one more time, I’m going to kill her.

December 26 – Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She’s really getting on my nerves.

December 27 – Temperature dropped to -30o and the pipes froze.

December 28 – Warmed up to above -50. Still snowed in. THE B!#CH is driving me crazy!!!!!

December 29 – 10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That’s the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?

December 30 – Roof caved in. The snow plow driver is suing me for a million dollars. The wife went home to her mother. 9″ predicted.

December 31 – Set fire to what’s left of the house. No more shoveling.

January 8 – I feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed?

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Wise words….

Feeling grumpy at the moment, filing tax returns tends to do that to me. 

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. – Buddha –

Interested in geneology? Have a look at ww.geni.com and play around with it. I’m a bit concerned about the mass email addresses being on there, but, we’ll see. I’m not going to be putting loads of info on there, just use it to start building up the tree.

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Fingerprinting Children….

The more I read, the more this is disturbing me.

Having read “1984”, I can’t see the “story” as anything other than a blueprint for the state of the nation, in the UK.

If you have kids, relations or friends, I’d love to know what you think. Personally, I’m against it. Post comments, get in touch get involved.

You might like to head over to www.leavethemkidsalone.com and at the very least read what they say. You owe it to your children to get educated.