Can we actually help the homeless? Please offer ideas.

Every time it’s cold I think about people sleeping outside. I get pissed about the dogs, you know that. But did you know that in 2013 – 610,042 people were homeless in the United States? Children, even. Good people. Mentally handicapped people. People who are just down on their luck. People suffering…

I read stories from time to time from the homeless groups I follow, and do you know that states will take their shelter? Kick them out of public spaces so they don’t “offend” the people. But when they check into a place that offers beds, they will refuse them blankets or take their belongings when they’re checking in and throw it away. If they’re women, they will offer them fast food and a bed for sex. Otherwise they won’t let them in. That’s why you have hard-core campers who refuse the aid offered by organizations who have no idea what’s going on every day in their units.

They can’t rely on the system because the system is DESPICABLE. It is unbelievable that anyone would let this happen. But they aren’t allowed to be in public spaces. So WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO DO?

If you say “get a job,” you should know that I do not respect that. Some of them are not capable of that. Some of them are abused women who can’t rely on that same despicable system for safety who just want to protect their children. Some of them have disabilities and can’t function like most people.

I need evidence of a system that works — that has helped a community or a state, so that I can start to push on legislators. Yeah, I’m one person. But don’t underestimate me.

I know bar selfies get way more likes and attention. Not that there’s anything wrong with bar selfies… I like camaraderie and friends and Bacardi… I’m just saying I want to do something. So if you have any recommendations, please post. My internet searches haven’t really proven any methods. They all seem to be a temporary fix.

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Evolution, Anyone?

It is an absolute truth that in any and every situation regarding any and every topic, you can answer your own questions by asking yourself how you would feel if it were you. Let us review examples:

You loaned your friend $40, they swore they would pay you on Friday and suddenly they avoid you like a communicable disease. That sucked for you. If you say you will pay someone, pay up – or communicate.

Are you comfortable with being murdered because your murderer gave you a cushy bed and said nice things to you first? No. The cow is not OK with it because he was “free-range.” Similarly, you would not consider your own murder humane, no matter how hard someone tried to convince you.

Do you like being patted on the head? Your dog doesn’t, either.

Did you like it when your friend told your secrets and you had to do damage control? Yeah, she would probably expect you to honor that “between us” conversation, too.

…elementary, really. It is an age-old adage whereby you “put yourself in another’s shoes.” You think about how you would feel and, like magic, the answers are as clear as glass. Holy Concept, Batman!

Feel free to consider and post your very own examples below.

Quark.

I do not believe that one human man can claim to know THE God, or when life as we know it will cease. But, I do accept that if we can’t recover from our overloaded, blame-serving, self-aggrandizing “Americanitis,” we will not be able to withstand the wrath before us.

We are energy. ONE energy. ONE people… ONE beautifully vast and diverse culture.

Every single day, some part of life is a challenge for the 6.8 billion mouth-breathers inhabiting our planet. You know… the planet we call home. The only home we know? The one we’re killing? Yeah. That one. There isn’t anywhere else to go. Well, not yet anyway. But the scientific discoveries of the past few years do look pretty promising.

So we all have hurdles. Some of us have small hurdles. Some of us have giant hurdles. Of course, some of us create giant hurdles from small hurdles. Regardless – we’re faced with choices, right?

1. Get up, get out and get to work. Find the things that make our little piece of Earth comfy and healthy. Be grateful for our functioning limbs and safe homes. Surround ourselves with those who love and support us and who value what we have to offer one another as partners, friends, children, moms and dads, lovers… Or…

2. Hyper-focus on anyone who is NOT us. Fuel negative campaigns that ripple outward, infecting the folks who were happily minding their own little piece of the world when you burst on to the scene with your judgements and negativity.

Life should be more like Star Trek. Sure, there were battles. But they were real battles… battles against the destruction of entire races and habitable planets! My hero, Captain James T. Kirk, risked his own human life for not just other Humans, but for Klingons, Androids, Caldonians, Gorn, Angosians…  they didn’t allow themselves to be involved in civil disputes. So, Come on! It’s a good night for mixing!

Recreational Multi-Species Down Time: A Night at the Starfleet Bar

It’s been a tough day in training! Uhura and the females are all set to meet me at Quark’s. I walk in, looking foxy in my super-mini and beehive. I head to the bar and order up a fluorescent green Cosmopolitan and proceed take in the scene. The Ferengi are throwing some dice at the corner table. The competition looks intense, but not nearly as intense as the Yang crew, who are getting rowdy with the Karaoke. They love to share their love for pro-USA classics… loudly. Could be fun later! I decide to do a quick walk-through to see what else is happening. I pass by the center table and my senses are drawn to a freshly served plate of Viinerine. It’s a Romulin dish, but it’s quite tasty. The owner of this lovely dish? An uncomfortable Garrison, who seems eager to dig in – but is trapped by the landlady who is too busy flirting with him to notice that he is waiting to eat. I consider stepping in to help him but I settle for a friendly buddy-punch to his shoulder, followed by a good-luck-with-that wink. He responds with a helpless grimace. Poor Garrison. I’d love help. Really, I would… but right now I need to find out what’s so funny to Scotty. I can see that he and McCoy are up to a bit of mischief as I overhear them trying to convince Spock that a shot of Synthehol is perfectly logical. Scotty cracks out into his heavy, infectious laugh that draws a look from Quark. No worries. All is well. I find myself caught in a giggle. My eavesdropping is cut short as Chekov stumbles into me. I maneuver to catch him before we both tumble. Close Call! I ask him if he needs to sit down. He mumbles something as Yeoman Colt sweeps in to move him along. She later informs me that Chekov was admiring “beautiful angel” from across the room, but upon walking over to “beautiful angel” discovered that it was actually Sulu, and so he was confining himself to his quarters for some sobering up. I guess too much Altairian brandy is, well… too much Altairian brandy. I settle on a seat next to Worf. He looks like he’s had a tough day, but he’s pretty hot, so I decide to keep him company while I’m waiting for… Oh – nevermiiiinnnnddd!! Whadddddap Uhura?! Your Cosmo is waiting!

Saturday night’s all right for Trekkin’!

Pesticides for Dinner: Monsanto & a List of Genetically Modified Foods

A genetically modified organism (GMO, also called “genetically engineered”) is a plant, animal or microorganism (eg, bacteria) that is created by means that overcome natural boundaries. Genetic engineering involves crossing species which could not cross in nature. For example, genes from a fish have been inserted into strawberries and tomatoes. While the Food and Drug Administration insists that foods produced by genetic engineering are the same as foods from traditional breeding, their own scientists reported that, “the processes of genetic engineering and traditional breeding are different and… they lead to different risks.” [1]

According to Wikipedia, The Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is a U.S.-based multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is the world’s leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, marketed as “Roundup”. Monsanto is also the leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed; it sells 90% of the US’s GE seeds.[2]

In Europe, corporations are required to include this information on product labels. NOT SO in America. Which means that we are ingesting poisons, carcinogens, PESTICIDES… and our government is OK with that – because there’s money to be made, folks. We’re so “bedded” with large corporations that we can’t risk being concerned for American lives.

Google it. Or – you can snag the DVD on eBay for about four bucks with shipping. See photo.

I found a list of GM foods I will be avoiding in the future, courtesy of Disabled World – Disability and Health News. Maybe you can benefit from it as well.
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It’s virtually impossible to provide a complete list of genetically modified food (GM food) in the United States because there aren’t any laws for genetically modified crops! Some estimates say as many as 30,000 different products on grocery store shelves are “modified.” That’s largely because many processed foods contain soy. Half of North America’s soy crop is genetically engineered.


Rapeseed
– Resistance to certain pesticides and improved rapeseed cultivars to be free of erucic acid and glucosinolates. Gluconsinolates, which were found in rapeseed meal leftover from pressing, are toxic and had prevented the use of the meal in animal feed. In Canada, where “double-zero” rapeseed was developed, the crop was renamed “canola” (Canadian oil) to differentiate it from non-edible rapeseed.

Honey – Honey can be produced from GM crops. Some Canadian honey comes from bees collecting nectar from GM canola plants. This has shut down exports of Canadian honey to Europe.

Cotton – Resistant to certain pesticides – considered a food because the oil can be consumed. The introduction of genetically engineered cotton plants has had an unexpectedly effect on Chinese agriculture. The so-called Bt cotton plants that produce a chemical that kills the cotton bollworm have not only reduced the incidence of the pest in cotton fields, but also in neighboring fields of corn, soybeans, and other crops.

Rice – Genetically modified to contain high amounts of Vitamin A. Rice containing human genes is to be grown in the US. Rather than end up on dinner plates, the rice will make human proteins useful for treating infant diarrhoea in the developing world.

Soybean – Genetically modified to be resistant to herbicides – Soy foods including, soy beverages, tofu, soy oil, soy flour, lecithin. Other products may include breads, pastries, snack foods, baked products, fried products, edible oil products and special purpose foods.

Sugar cane – Made resistant to certain pesticides. A large percentage of sweeteners used in processed food actually comes from corn, not sugar cane or beets. Genetically modified sugar cane is regarded so badly by consumers at the present time that it could not be marketed successfully.

Tomatoes – Made for a longer shelf life and to prevent a substance that causes tomatoes to rot and degrade.

Corn – Resistant to certain pesticides – Corn oil, flour, sugar or syrup. May include snack foods, baked goods, fried foods, edible oil products, confectionery, special purpose foods, and soft drinks.

Sweet corn – genetically modified to produces its own insecticide. Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have said that thousands of tonnes of genetically engineered sweetcorn have made their way into the human food supply chain, even though the produce has been approved only for use in animal feed. Recently Monsanto, a biotechnology food producer, said that about half of the USA’s sweetcorn acreage has been planted with genetically modified seed this year.

Canola – Canola oil. May include edible oil products, fried foods, and baked products, snack foods.

Potatoes – (Atlantic, Russett Burbank, Russet Norkatah, and Shepody) – May include snack foods, processed potato products and other processed foods containing potatoes.

Flax – More and more food products contain flax oil and seed because of their excellent nutritional properties. No genetically modified flax is currently grown. An herbicide-resistant GM flax was introduced in 2001, but was soon taken off the market because European importers refused to buy it.

Papaya – The first virus resistant papayas were commercially grown in Hawaii in 1999. Transgenic papayas now cover about one thousand hectares, or three quarters of the total Hawaiian papaya crop. Monsanto, donated technology to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, for developing a papaya resistant to the ringspot virus in India.

Squash – (yellow crookneck) – Some zucchini and yellow crookneck squash are also GM but they are not popular with farmers.

Red-hearted chicory – (radicchio) – Chicory (Cichorium intybus var. foliosum) is popular in some regions as a salad green, especially in France and Belgium. Scientists developed a genetically modified line of chicory containing a gene that makes it male sterile, simply facilitating the production of hybrid cultivars. Today there is no genetically modified chicory on the market.

Cotton seed oil – Cottonseed oil and linters. Products may include blended vegetable oils, fried foods, baked foods, snack foods, edible oil products, and smallgoods casings.

Tobacco -The company Vector has a GMO tobacco being sold under the brand of Quest® cigarettes in the U.S. It is engineered to produce low or no nicotine.

Meat – Meat and dairy products usually come from animals that have eaten GM feed.

Peas – Genetically modified (GM) peas created immune responses in mice, suggesting that they may also create serious allergic reactions in people. The peas had been inserted with a gene from kidney beans, which creates a protein that acts as a pesticide.

Vegetable Oil – Most generic vegetable oils and margarines used in restaurants and in processed foods in North America are made from soy, corn, canola, or cottonseed. Unless these oils specifically say “Non-GMO” or “Organic,” it is probably genetically modified.

Sugarbeets – May include any processed foods containing sugar.

Dairy Products – About 22 percent of cows in the U.S. are injected with recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH).

Vitamins – Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is often made from corn, vitamin E is usually made from soy. Vitamins A, B2, B6, and B12 may be derived from GMOs as well as vitamin D and vitamin K may have “carriers” derived from GM corn sources, such as starch, glucose, and maltodextrin.

“History has many records of crimes against humanity, which were also justified by dominant commercial interests and governments of the day. Despite protests from citizens, social justice for the common good was eroded in favour of private profits. Today, patenting of life forms and the genetic engineering which it stimulates, is being justified on the grounds that it will benefit society, especially the poor, by providing better and more food and medicine. But in fact, by monopolising the ‘raw’ biological materials, the development of other options is deliberately blocked. Farmers therefore, become totally dependent on the corporations for seeds.” – Professor Wangari Mathai.
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[1] Discovery documents from the lawsuit against the FDA, Alliance for Bio-Integrity et al v. Shalala, May
1998. Center for Food Safety, 666 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 202-547-9359.

[2] The World According to Monsanto, 11 March 2008, “New movie damns Monsanto’s deadly sins”

Cher For President: The Alien Treaties

During my first term as President of the Free World, I have adopted a plan to provide an abundance of organs to those on waiting lists across the planet. I believe this to be an effective plan as it will not only save the lives of those in peril, but it will indirectly eradicate evildoers.

Our first order of business is to identify key personnel who stand out in their fields based on a number of criteria including moral, charitable and societal contributions. This team is to become a council, name to be determined (Justice League?), and will be assigned the task of creating a database of all persons on waiting lists for organs throughout the world. They must, then, triage this list (the difficult part) in order of need and value, and submit the database for activation of the mission. With representation from the fields of medicine, science and law enforcement, these chosen few will be able to make sound decisions as to the distribution of collected organs. Neither tax bracket nor religion is to be factored in the selection of the Council.

Next, we will contact MIB with a proposal for the aliens to harvest organs from persons identified by MIB to be beyond rehabilitation: terrorists, serial killers and such. The harvest will be completed in one swift mission. The harvested organs will then be distributed immediately to hospitals throughout the world in the order determined previously by our Justice Council. Preparations will be made in advance to accept such high-volume submissions.

As you can see, this plan is a “win-win” for all of Earth, as it saves deserving lives, heals families, promotes peace and lessens the burden on our military and police forces by eradicating the extreme hazards of present day.

Thank you for your support.