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November 03, 2011

Tear-gas treatment cheatsheet, because I oppose using force as a rhetorical device

If you've ever gotten a snoot full of tear gas...

I count at least three terrible career missteps here

TAKING A LION FOR A RIDE! - British Pathe TAKING...

October 31, 2011

The true story of America's worst Halloween candy poisoning

A Colorful Little Tale of Halloween Poison | Speakeasy Science
. . . The biggest poison outbreak – linked to Halloween of 1950 – was simply caused by orange food coloring used by candy manufacturers. Scores of children across the country fell ill with severe diarrhea and welting rashes after eating candy and popcorn balls tinted by the FDA approved Orange Dye No. 1 ( also known as FD&C Orange No. 1, Acid Orange 20, and Orange 1). The “FD&C” indicates that the dye is used in food, drugs and cosmetics. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Orange 1 was used primarily in candy, cookies, cakes, carbonated beverages, and meat-products such as hot dogs. As federal investigators would discover upon investigation, the dye was also a rash-inducing occupational health hazard. Orange 1 belonged to a group of seven dyes first approved by the federal government in the year 1906, the first year that this country began regulating food safety. All seven of these dyes were coal-tar dyes, derived originally from the hydrocarbon byproducts of processed coal. Orange 1, for instance, contained benzene, today one of our better known toxic compounds. But at that Halloween moment in 1950, no one had thought much about colored food. In fact, officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suddenly realized that no one had really taken a good look at these turn-of-the-century food dyes for almost 50 years. The FDA promptly launched an investigation that found that, yes, Orange 1 was definitely poisonous: an oral dose of one gram of the dye per one kilogram of food killed two out of five mice in a day. A 20-week-experiment mixing the dye into rat food killed three of eight test rats. . . .

October 19, 2011

Aw, what the the Hell, Zanesville!?!

Zanesville, Ohio: Lions, Tigers, Exotic Animals Set Loose from Muskingum...

October 11, 2011

Today's mantra, today's meditative focus, today's zen . . .

ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS I am Dave's Complete and...

October 05, 2011

Steve Jobs Dead at 56

Steve Jobs Dead: Apple Co-Founder Dies At 56 I am...

September 27, 2011

Dang! The International Space Station is about the size of a city block!

BBC - Dimensions - The International Space Station Here's what...

This cracks me up. It does so because I am a Bad Man. I understand and accept this Truth.

ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS NOW I KNOW THIS MIGHT...

September 21, 2011

New York Times Reports: Nature Just One Crazy Seething Mass of Indiscriminate Boning

For Deep-Sea Squid, Same-Sex Sex Is Only Half the Story...

September 20, 2011

Violent crime rates down for fourth straight year

A lot of my nihilistic-sociopathic-Tea Party-leaning-Libertarian friends on Facebook act like the Next American Revolution is right around the corner, undoubtedly imagining themselves fighting off hordes of government goons or armed people with non-white skin tones or whatever. But the statistics don't back it up. Despite all our economic failings and educational troubles, we are still a more peaceful country than we were just four years ago. NPR.org -- FBI: Violent Crime Down By 6 Percent in 2010
Violent crime dropped 6 percent in 2010, marking the fourth straight year-to-year decline, while property crime was down for the eighth straight year, falling 2.7 percent, the FBI said Monday, referring to crimes reported to authorities. Nationwide, there were an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes in 2010 and an estimated 9 million property crimes. The rate for murder and non-negligent manslaughter fell to 4.8 per 100,000 population, less than half what it was two decades ago. The last time that rate was lower was in 1963, according to FBI crime data. An aging population, better policing and continued high rates of imprisonment for criminals are helping to drive down crime rates, criminologists say. Robbery fell 10 percent, rape dropped 5 percent, and murder, non-negligent manslaughter and aggravated assault fell more than 4 percent. . . .