Monday, March 12, 2007


Yesterday was movie day for me and Dustin. We rented two movies, "The Doors" and "Fast Food Nation", and I had never returned Mother Theresa, so I bought it, but we didn't watch it. So, "The Doors" was long and depressing. It was really good, but watching someone in a downward spiral for three hours isn't my favorite thing to do. "Fast Food Nation" was my favorite of the two, and is the best movie I'd seen in a while. I had never realized how aweful the fast food industry. In the movie they show everthing that happens in the hamburger processing, as well as the sad existance that illegal imagrants endure who end up working in one of the processing plants. So, in short, GO F-ING SEE IT!

Go, and be educated, and skip the McDonalds:

The Meatrix
Do You Want Lies With That?
I Heart PETA
Backward Hamburger
Food Coop Directory

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Late Night Thoughts on God

I'm supposed to be studying for a Biochem Test, but instead I'm blogging at 3:00 in the morning. I just finished a chapter and I'm "cleansing my pallete" so to speak.

Anyways, I was just thinking about my boyfriend's friend who is considering getting tested for STDs (because he will bone anything with a heartbeat and tits) and it made me think of all those mislead (to put it nicely) Christians who think that God put AIDs and HPV and teenage mothers on this planet to spite the wicked. This kind of thinking drives me f***ing crazy. I'll admit that in my less enlightened days, these kind of thoughts crossed my mind, but now I realize that it is this kind of mind-set that makes God look like a big douche-bag in the sky. What people fail to remember is that God is love, and that anything that God says is out of love for God's people (I know, the sentence structure is awkward, but I'm still on the fence about the appropriate pronoun, but that's a whole different rabbit hole). God didn't create pain as a punishment sin, God created guidelines to prevent people from getting hurt. God knew, even when there was no earthly knowledge on the subject, that evolution had created some nasty little creatures, and because of this knowledge, God set guidlines to prevent people from getting them (think Old Testament: clean vs. unclean. Consider every rule in the Old Testament. They are all designed to protect us from our own brand of self-destruction. Don't abuse alcohol, don't have promiscuous sex, don't eat pork, these are all behaviors that are self-destructive, just by their vary nature. Some rules in the OT may sound weird, but that is mostly do to misinterpretation and our lack of knowledge of culture at that time.

In short, God is not some heavenly kill-joy, just a concerned, loving mother, who happens to know better than we do.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

PVC = Bad News Bears

I did not know this. I had heard rumors, but I had never taken the time to do the research and sift the fact from the fiction. Bottom line is that PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is bad bad bad. Here are some reasons:

Thalates: Thalates are additives that are added to PVC to plasticize it, or to make it softer. PVC is often used to make children's toys, and it is suspected that thalates have leached out and been introduced to children. Studies have found a correlation in the amount of thalates in pregnant mother's urine, and shortness (or feminisation) of male babies genitals at birth. "According to some medical studies, the plasticizers added to PVC may cause chronic conditions such as scleroderma, cholangiocarcinoma, angiosarcoma, brain cancer, and acroosteolysis."--Wikipedia

Dioxins:dioxins are a common byproduct of the production of PVC. This is what it looks like:

According to my instrumental analysis teacher, dioxin is one of the most dangerous carcenogens. Also Wikipedia say: "At very low levels, near those to which the general population is exposed, dioxins have been linked to immune system suppression, reproductive disorders, a variety of cancers, and endometriosis."

PVC releases dioxins into the environment as it is incinerated in landfills, and as it is being produced. It can travel far distances, and thus is a global threat.

So why is it so widely used? Economics. It is used for almost any purpose under the sun. And it is cheap. Bottom line.

So, what can we do? Minimize vinyl usage. The recycle sign on the plastic bottle will have a 3 in the middle. Also, don't send your vinyl items to the landfill. Reuse it. The dioxins are released from being incinerated, and from sitting in the sun.

Educate yourself:

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Recycle Recycle Recycle

A list of recycling centers in Oklahoma are provided here:

And to get a "little blue" recycling can in the state of OK call:

(405) 297-2833

If you're not from OK then this site is for you:

And for "GrassRoots Recycling Network" information go here: