Saturday, July 22, 2006
And this will make up for "no blogging" on Friendship Day... doh! *LOL*
If it doesn't, nothing will!
Hence, onwards to HEALTH TIPS AND OTHER HELPFUL THINGIES!
All of this courtesy of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (you know it is a good reliable source if it has a John in there somewhere - Johns are good chaps, even if the name, once pluralized, has a bad connotation that some attribute to Richard Lionheart himself... Gee, I could tell about chaps named Rich... But I won't!
I love doctors (...) everyone who knows me KNOWS just how much I do (more on that - tomorrow!) so it should come as no surprise that I am mightily proud to quote from one - Dr. Rolf! No, not the muppet - that's Rawlf! Rowlf? Anyway!!! He plays the piano - he's no quack! May have portrayed one in a sketch, once or twice, with Miss Piggy playing the nurse... But I digress!
When asked if "it’s okay for people to drink out of plastic water bottles?"
Rolf Halden, Ph.D. says:
First, people should be more concerned about the quality of the water they are drinking rather than the container it’s coming from. Many people do not feel comfortable drinking tap water, so they buy bottled water instead. The truth is that city water is much more highly regulated and monitored for quality. Bottled water is not. It can legally contain many things we would not tolerate in municipal drinking water.
Having said this, there is another group of chemicals, called phthalates that are sometimes added to plastics to make them flexible and less brittle. Phthalates are environmental contaminants that can exhibit hormone-like behavior by acting as endocrine
Enlightening aqua commentary there, I must admit... I suspected so much for the longest time too! However, Dr. Rolf's medical facility there has been attributed rather odd and even alarming "issued warnings":
Cancer update -- Johns Hopkins -- Cancer News from Johns Hopkins:
1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave.
Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters.
So it was stated, at any rate...
They are not making any friends over at Naya and Nestlé's bottled water division! Then again, they don't need them - they have bigger, greater and richer pals in several pharmaceutical giants... And we all know that a glass of tap water is all you need to help you swallow that overpriced prescribed crap that will NOT cure you!
But that is another story...
Dr. Rolf does actually discredit the "freezing bottled water alert" scare, currently prevalent in some forwarded e-mails, to be honest... When asked "What do you make of these email warnings that claim dioxins can be released by freezing water in plastic bottles?", he answers sharply (like any TV doctor would...)
"No. This is an urban legend. There are no dioxins in plastics. In addition, freezing actually works against the release of chemicals. Chemicals do not diffuse as readily in cold temperatures, which would limit chemical release if there were dioxins in plastic, and we don’t think there are."
Hmm... They don't THINK there are. I hate it when docs do that. They leave you with that lingering doubt - same as a dime-story scribe will leave you dangling on the edge with a cliffhanger and a dozen loose plot threads to cling on to...! That is, of course, to have us go back for another high-priced consultation, surely...
Who says doctors have nothing in common with charlatans of old who'd go from town to town selling their "miraculous potion" in old whiskey bottles...? I see lots of similarities, all the way down to the recycling habits...!
See you all tomorrow for an *official* quack bashings post - this was nothing! ;)
Friday, July 21, 2006
Today, celebrate being alive. Sing the blood as it rushes through your veins, bringing vibrant energy to each part of your beautiful body. Be glad to be alive, just as you are, just as your life is, everything in its perfection at this moment, exactly as it is.
Step outside and look at the sky. Take a deep breath as you feel your connection with the great all. Study a leaf, stand under a tree. Feel the vibrant life force as it pours through each living thing. Feel your connection as you breathe in the oxygen that the tree gives out, as you feel the circle of energy and life completing itself through you.
Treasure this moment, for there is no other like it. You, just as you are at this moment, in this life at this time, are unique in all of the universe. This moment is here and then it is gone. Capture it in your blood. Sing it in your body. Feel it vibrantly within you, just as it is, right now. Let the great force of life be felt within you, through you, flowing, surrounding, completing, connecting.
Be one with it all in its glory, right now.
Here is a little prayer for today
I embrace my life in this moment, right now. I feel the deep connection I have with all that is and know myself as a part of the greatness and wonder that is life.
I love myself completely and recognize myself as a part of the wonder of all creation. I feel my connection deeply as I extend my love to all life that is.
I am love. I am connection and a deep, deep peace.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
The third and fourth videos here are just to complete the tableau - the luminous way!
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I still hate that little twerp who spits early on in the video...
L'homme-éléphant... version revue et corrigée par Alain Souchon
Monday, July 17, 2006
I raised my voice, in light of "an injustice" as you might say... Mind you, as with Zidane's "injustice" perpetrated by Materazzi, this was a "minor injustice" - but when it is happening, we don't care nor do we see such dichotomy. It does seem like the gravest crime in the world! It seems more like a MAJOR annoyance in hindsight... Yet, it is nothing but WORDS... And what's that expression that Zinedine should take to heart more than even I should? "La pluie des injures n'atteindra pas le parapluie de ma..."? Hmm... "Le parapluie de mon..."? Zut alors...! Let's play at "you complete the phrase" for a second - shall we? E-mail me or comment the last word that should go there, at the end of that sentence between parentheses and win... absolutely nothing!
So then... I raised my voice with this guy.
He raised his voice back.
We argued and then - we grabbed each other by the collar and raised our respective free fist...
We both thought the same thing then - I could see it in my quarry's eyes!
We both wanted to hit first - but not with the witnesses around us who'd then say it to the police later on!
We both did NOT want to be hit first - but we knew it was the price to pay for NOT being the instigator - and then all that would follow would be deemed "in self-defense"...
Clearly, we both saw ourselves as the eventual victor here - but I know I had the edge because I was not going to pull any punches...!
Yet... in the end... we did not make a move!
And the fleeting seconds that our hesitation lasted was all that was required for the "spectators" to intervene and break it up... before it began!
See, I'll give credit where it is due - even to the scum of the earth if need be! My quarry here was not the scummiest I've ever seen though - he is but a BLUTO (which means that I was his Popeye? Hmm... how can that be? Since I am bigger and I don't squint an eye! But I digress...) and still he THOUGHT BEFORE HE ACTED FOOLISHLY! So did I - but this is me: the thinking man's hot-tempered warrior!
Zinedine Zidane did not think - and I bet you that Luis Figo would have not reacted the same way with so much on the line! Figo would have, instead, sought out Materazzi AFTER THE GAME, EITHER IN THE LOCKER ROOM OR THE PARKING LOT! And THEN - and only then - anything goes!
I suggest thinking before acting - always in every situation - and not let emotion overrun reason. When that is impossible, there better not be any witnesses around because, to pay for what you do to a foul-mouthed piece of scum after he ran his mouth one too many times - now THAT is a serious injustice!
True, even the coolest among us will lose their temper and throw to the wind any caution in re: possible repercussions of one's actions... I can count on the fingers of ONE HAND the times that my saintly, patient father did that though. And, knowing myself as I do, on certain days or nights, depending which way the wind blows or what configuration the moon has, I might have committed murder already when faced with such scum of the earth as my father and Zidane have seen stand before them...
And I assure you that I am no LOBEZHOMEM!
Then again, I like it more than anything in the world to confound adversaries with my way with words and undefeatable debater prowess, face-to-face, as I did with a certain Dr. Marsolais to name but ONE... And to beat him up to a pulp, as he apparently was, fictitiously, in his capacity as a "non-speaking part extra" years ago in a forgettable mini-series called Music-Hall... Well, that would have turned out to be a very fleeting victory and, in the end, only an extra source of frustration as I would have surely been arrested for assault, prosecuted, condemned, fined or incarcerated if I refused to pay the fine, which I surely would have... Because, I can tell you all right now, a simple head-butt would have not sufficed...! But I digress... :)
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Know how to give without regret, how to acquire without meanness;
know how to replace in your heart,
by the happiness of those you love, the
happiness that may be wanting to yourself.
- George Sand (1804 -1876)
George Sand was not a man, for those who do not know - but a woman!
And nobility to boot. AND she had one of the higher I.Q.s known to... man!
Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin, dite Baronne Dudevant - her estimated I.Q. was of 150...! On the silver screen, the Baroness Aurore Dudevant was marvelously played by une compatriote - Juliette Binoche in LES ENFANTS DU SIÈCLE - THE CHILDREN OF THE CENTURY, a film chronicling in large part her tumultuous love affair with the tormented Alfred de Musset, fellow writer and years her junior. The film, with its title and pervasive sense of despair (though "George Sand" comes out of it *convinced* that Love Exists) was fittingly filmed in 1999... Director Diane Kurys must have thought, like so many ill-informed others, that the End of the World was imminent and really slated for sometime in the year 2000...!?
Maybe next time, Diane!
The extra info to this particular edition of "inbox indirections" has a dual purpose:
1) evoke the *other* TLB Prime tradition - "Statistics Sundays", remember?
2) silence the www.writingUp.com critics of such blog entries! *LOL*