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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Proof that Dinosaurs and Humans Coexisted

If humans and dinosaurs did not coexist, then who built this train:

Q. E. D.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Which Is It?

"All ingredients are non-hazardous.  Warning: This product contains a chemical know to the state of California to cause cancer..." 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Strong, Mostly Grain Porter

I am a big fan of Porter.  My previous batch of The President's Porter came out well.  I decided that I would make a regular Porter.  I am interested in moving into all-grain brewing, but I also had some malt extract from an old brewing kit that I wanted to use.  So I decided to make a mostly all-grain porter with the exception that  I would use up the remainder of the extract I had.  I adjusted the amount of grains I used using the an extract to grain conversion.

  • 19.4 oz blonde malt extract from an old brewing kit (I thought I'd use it up.)
  • 7 lbs cracked American 2-row (Klages) malt
  • 1 lbs cracked Munich malt
  • 1 lbs cracked crystal malt 120
  • 1/2 lbs cracked black patent malt
  • 1/2 lbs cracked English chocolate malt
  • 1/2 lbs cracked, roasted barley
  • 1 oz German northern brewer hops
  • 1 oz German Tettnang hops 
  • 3/4 cup dextrose
  • 0.388 oz. Nottingham Dry Yeast
  • 2.5 tsp diammonium phosphate
  • 1 tsp Crosby & Baker yeast energizer
  • 2 tsp gypsum
  • 5-6 gallons Reverse Osmosis purified water
  • 27 lbs ice

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Eye Allergies: Patanol Still the Best For Me

Previously, I wrote about my experience with Patanol vs. Alaway.  Since that time I have tried additional medications, and I thought I'd post an update.

The medications I've tried are:

  • Patanol (0.1% solution of olopatadine hydrochloride).
  • Pataday (0.2% solution of olopatadine hydrochloride).
  • Alaway (Ketotifen Fumarate).
  • Up & Up Eye Drops Allergy Relief (pheneramine maleate and naphazoline hydrochloride).
I previously wrote that both Alaway and Patanol worked well for me, but that Alaway had an uncomfortable sting.  I now find the sting almost unbearable and prefer not to use Alaway, but I still do so in a pinch.  Patanol works exceedingly well for me.  I tried a free sample of Pataday; it worked fine, but I did not think it was any better than Patanol.  The fourth option, which is Target's generic brand of allergy eye drops did absolutely nothing for me.  No offense to Target; I like Target, but I think I'm a Patanol man.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

GMO-free Salt and Fluoride

Recently, I came across a blog with a face-palm entry about "GMO-free" pink Himalayan salt.  Coincidentally, I was engaged in a conversation with friends who are apparently concerned about a government conspiracy to poison us with fluoride. Putting the two thoughts together sparked my curiosity.  How much fluoride is in natural salts such as Himalayan Pink Rock Salt, and is it too much?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Good and Bad

Just a quick note on something about which I have been thinking, rather than a full blog post.  It seems to me that some people like the simplicity of easily categorizing things into good and bad.  There are good chemicals and bad chemical.  Vitamin C is a good chemical; fluoride is apparently a bad chemical.  Selenium is apparently a good chemical in your multi-vitamin, but a bad chemical when the EPA tries to eliminate it from our water supply.

In reality the world is much more nuanced.  At high concentration naturally occurring fluoride in the water supply can have negative health effects.  At the concentrations in which it is added artificially to water supplies (700 ppb to 1.2 ppm); it's beneficial. Most chemotherapy drugs are really bad for you, but maybe they are better than cancer.  Pesticides are very dangerous compounds, but mosquitoes can be deadly.  Carbon (see Carbon: Poison in Our Food ) can be toxic as hydrogen cyanide, a nutrient such as a carbohydrate, a fuel like methane, or a greenhouse gas like methane and carbon dioxide.  Ozone in the troposphere is pollution, a result of photochemical smog. Ozone in the stratosphere protects us from UV radiation.

I suspect it is tempting to do the same with people.  There is a school of thought that people can be easily categorized as good or bad.  Good people are like us; they believe what we do; we can trust them; they would never hurt a fly.  People who do bad things must be unlike us.  We search for reasons to categorize them as unlike us, rather than recognizing that but for the good choices we happen to have made, we could be those people.  I suspect that this way of looking at the world is pernicious.  It isolates us from the understanding that our choices have consequences, and that we ourselves have to be ever alert that we do not become what we despise.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Carbon: Poison In Our Food

Learn about the new hazard THEY are putting in our food!!!
You will never guess what they are putting in our food.  Even organic locally grown food contains this poison!!!

Consider the Facts about Carbon:
  1. Carbon is a principal component of the deadly nerve gas sarin.
  2. In the history of chemical warfare, more people have died from phosgene gas than any other chemical agent used on the battlefield.  Phosgene contains carbon.
  3. Deadly hydrogen cyanide gas contains carbon.
  4. 100% of biological tissue from cancer patients contains carbon.
  5. Carbon compounds are implicated in climate change.
  6. Every human disease ever known can be associated with carbon!!!!
  7. The Nazis ate food with carbon in it.
Tell Monsanto, Big Pharma, and Big Farm A that you do not want carbon in your food.  Join the movement to insist that our food producers start growing natural food without this toxic poison!

Stop Poisoning Your Body Today!