Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Gardening Update

My garden is not doing as well as expected.  Ants are eating my strawberries.  I put down diatomaceous earth and I still see ants.  Something is also eating my spinach, swiss chard, and turnip and beet greens.  Hopefully, the turnips and beets won't be affected.  The strange thing is there is no sign of insects except ants and earwigs outside that garden but I've never seen either on the plants.  I did, however, surround that garden with diatomaceous earth today.  It's difficult when you are not sure what is destroying your plants. If anyone has ideas, please let me know.  Something was also eating my arugula greens and kale but stopped.  The swiss chard and spinach had to be pulled and thrown away.  I am planting more spinach in pots.  The brocolli (only planted one) didn't produce much so far.  I cut the center stalk because it was about to flower.  We'll see on that one.  So far all the lettuce and arugula has been great.  Already ate 7 heads lettuce and a couple of arugula plants.  The tomatos, peas, carrots, chives, parsley, and green onions are coming along fine.  This weekend I will be planting green beans, melon, and corn.  Very concerned about insects with these plants.       

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Anthony Weiner and Social Networking

By now almost everyone knows the story of Rep. Anthony Weiner and his explicit photos on Twitter.  If you don't, Congressman Anthony Weiner engaged in several inappropriate electronic relationships with six women over three years by texting messages and sending explicit photos of himself.  He publicly lied about a photo of himself sent over Twitter to a college student in Seattle a couple of weeks ago.

I am still amazed and shocked that anyone, especially someone in the public eye, could do such an idiotic thing as post partially naked photos of themselves on the world wide web.  Now he might as well kiss his career in politics goodbye.  What can we learn from this mess besides to not go into politics?  My mother always said, "Do not write put anything in writing or take photos of anything that you would not want the whole world to see."  She told me this before the Internet even existed.  If is even more important now to adhere to this very simple, common sense rule.
Here are some simple living rules for social networking (SN):
  1. Post only necessary information about yourself on a SN site and nothing too personal.  For instance your name and occupation but never your home address.
  2. Never use a SN site to write anything you would not want a future employer to read. 
  3. Keep political, religious, and sexual comments off the web and reserved for personal live conversations with family and close friends only.  
  4. Never post where you are going, especially when you are going on vacation.  This announcement let's every dishonest person that would like to rob you know when you will be gone.  Letting someone know you are leaving for the gym or local pub let's stalkers know where to find you and thieves know when to rob you.  Many people have hundreds of friends on Facebook.  Many of their "friends" are people they have never met. 
  5. Be polite in your conversations.  Being nasty or swearing is not only posted permanently but can't be taken back or removed after you've cooled down.
  6. Google your name periodically to see what information is being posted about you.  Get rid of personal information as much as possible if found.  
  7. Check your privacy settings on Facebook and other accounts to make sure they are set where you want them.      
Mike Adams, Health Ranger (Natural News) wrote a very funny but true article about Rep. Anthony Weiner on this very topic.  I literally couldn't stop laughing through the whole article.  Click on the link below if you want to read it.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Agave Nectar is High Fructose Corn Syrup

Agave Nectar like High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is not a health food.  HFCS is the most popular sweetener to manufacturers due to corn subsidies.  It is in almost every processed food on the market and that is a problem.  Not only does HFCS contribute to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, and very likely has GMOs.  70% of corn has GMOs, therefore, eating anything with HFCS is not worth risking your health on so many levels.  Agave Nectar is mostly comprised of HFCS.  It is marketed as a "health food" because of it's low glycemic index.  You, the consumer, have been fooled once again.  You are paying a premium price for junk food.  If you are going to pay a premium price, buy real maple syrup, raw honey, and stevia and use all in moderation as too much of any sweetener can cause problems with blood sugar and put weight on.  What's the difference?  Natural sweeteners have nutrients, are less addicting, are much more satisfying than sugar, and do not have GMOs.  You will use less because these sweeteners are more expensive and are not found in many processed products unless you shop at Whole Foods.  Attached is a very good article and video by Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS on why HFCS and Agave Nectar are not healthy products.

If you haven't seen my postings on GMOs, please type GMO in the blog search.