Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Warning About Mercury In Multi-year Predator Fish

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Once again, the news that eating predator fish a lot is dangerous, makes the news. The latest story ties itself to the issue of sushi, a delicacy I happen to love. This gives the impression that sushi is bad to eat even though the mercury danger is for only tuna or similar sushi.

From Reuters:
Sushi is more popular than ever before but eating it "has become the new Russian roulette" in terms of safety, a group campaigning against mercury in fish said on Monday.

Eli Saddler of gotmercury.org, a campaign of California-based Sea Turtle Restoration Project, went to six top sushi restaurants in Los Angeles to test mercury levels in the fish they serve.

"The level of mercury in tuna these restaurants serve is so high they should be keeping this food off their lists," Saddler said. "Eating sushi has become the new Russian roulette."
Tuna steaks are other menu items. Shark meat is eaten in many forms. Why sushi in particular is being attacked is most irritating since most sushi isn't made with these particular ingredients and one can enjoy sushi without worry if it isn't these few types of fish.

I notice today's food news is being spread all over the place. I have known now for about 30 years not to eat tuna, for example, while pregnant or nursing. So this shouldn't be a big surprise. The fact that stores and eateries won't warn people about this is due to the fact that our government doesn't want to interfer with business.

The hunting of tuna will have to stop, pretty soon, due to simple overfishing. This is why I seldom eat the fish today, mercury or no. Even more so with sharks who are rapidly going extinct due to overfishing.

Here is a PBS story about mercury in fish:
In America one-in-six children born every year have been exposed to mercury levels so high that they are potentially at risk for learning disabilities and motor skill impairment and short-term memory loss. That type of mercury exposure is caused by eating certain kinds of fish, which contain high levels of the toxin from both natural and man-made sources such as emissions from coal-fired power plants One government analysis shows that 630,000 children each year are exposed to potentially unsafe mercury levels in the womb. If the government and its scientists know about the mercury problem, why do so many people continue to be poisoned?
This PBS show is a good source of information.

They report that California passed a law forcing businesses to post warnings about tuna in particular. Only this was dragged into court this year. Like the cigarette folk, these people want business. It is all very odd, this. For example, the eating of eggs dropped drastically due to health fears yet the real problem is sick chickens due to factory farms that abuse the poor birds. I have hens and they are happy birds, free to roam about, eating all sorts of interesting things, grooming each other, dust baths, perches, etc. They lay lovely eggs that are brilliantly golden, high yokes, firm whites, very healthy. But people in general are now spooked about eggs even though they happily ingest industrial waste products made with the most noxious chemical ingredients imaginable!

Even when seeking "health foods" the public blandly buys ready made junk food. "Lo Carbs!" announce cookie boxes, for example. Yech!

The PBS article correctly fingerpoints to the many coal burning plants producing electricity as chief agents of pollution. The smokestacks are very tall to disperse the poisons as far as possible which means the wind picks it up, combines it with rain and then it all falls into the rivers and seas! Great.

And we are building more of these things!

Here is an older article about the same warnings. From the CBC:
Last Updated Wed, 29 May 2002 12:17:22
OTTAWA - Health Canada has sent out a warning to consumers to limit their intake of certain types of fish because of high mercury levels in them.

The department had previously warned consumers last year about eating shark, swordfish and fresh and frozen tuna. A news release from the department says it just wants to reiterate that advice.
A huge industry in Canada is fishing and for their government to do this takes a lot of guts.

A lot of our increasing problems ultimately can be traced back to our desire to live in an anti-ecological bubble. Scientists know that predators don't eat predators. They go lower down in the food chain. Perhaps, this is one more reason why. And is probably why polar bears that eat seals who are high on the food chain are having increasing problems with their health, they are getting the double whammy here from our energy use. Global warming and pollution.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Bush Is Insane

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The latest "interview" with Bush where he bares his sole of his shoes, shows clearly, this man is insane. He should be locked up in a secure facility (or prison).

From ABC News:
BUSH: You know, it's interesting, you said that one of the things that we love doing is to invite our buddies up from Texas. And I think about the time we had Jones, Procter and Selee [sic]. These are guys we grew up with in Midland, Texas. They are down to earth, you know, they have no agenda, except being with their friends Laura and George.

VARGAS: They call you George?

BUSH: No, they call me Mr. President.

VARGAS: I was going to say…

BUSH: They probably don't want to call me Mr. President, but they do call me Mr. President. And we sit up there in the White House. First of all, it's a great joy to see their joy about being here. It's a fantastic experience for people to be able to come here.

VARGAS: To come and visit.

BUSH: Yeah.

VARGAS: That's great

BUSH: They're not jaded. The other thing is that they remind us of what's important in life. And that we're not here in this office — really pretty brief period of time. And yet your friendships which became the foundation of your life last forever. And I'm real pleased that our buddies who were friends before government will be friends after government. No matter what their status is in life. And it's really one of the neat things to do, to welcome people here. Have them come up from West Texas and kind of walk around in their accents and go, "Man, this is something else!"

VARGAS: [With twang] This is great!

BUSH: "This is unbelievable Bush! We can't believe we're here nor can we believe you're here."
Aside from his deteriorating ability to speak English, the astonishing thought processes here are frightening. His laughing about his "down to earth" buddies being totally intimidated by him and despite their desire to be down to earth buddies, they are forced to call him "Mr. President" yet when he makes fun of them being awed by the White House as if this clown didn't haunt the White House during the years his father run the joint!----acting as if this were something new----the fact is, when he pretends to be them, he calls himself, "Bush".

Now, I know no close friends at any time in my life that I or they referred to themselves or myself by the formal last name. Never. Indeed, when we do this, it is to insult each other when someone screws up.

Also, the expressions of disbelief coming from people who are supposed to be his friends is very odd indeed considering that gramps Bush was a Senator and daddy Bush was a Vice President then President, for his comfortable buddies who brook no formality to be astonished by all this is very bizarre. Of course, they aren't around to dispute this but it is all around horrifying.

Why? Because the stilted language, the stilted images of them as if they are shadows moving in front of Bush's nonseeing eyes.

This guy who spent only a short while in Texas in his youth before being shipped to a top private Academy in the Northeast, can't help but sneer at his former playmates who blew up frogs with him during his misspent youth. "It is a great joy to see their joy" is a psychopath talking. Namely, he loves to rub his status in the face of his earliest friends. I am certain they were overjoyed to be invited to the White House and Bush clearly understands they had no business with him, thus the joy in looking down his nose at them. Unlike moneymen who he has to carefully cultivate and pleasure.

There are no pictures of him kissing his childhood friends, unlike the Saudis, for example.

The entire interview is full of misappropriated nouns and verbs, running amock, seeking shelter.
VARGAS: One of the great perks living here.

BUSH: That and having a gym above your bedroom.

VARGAS: Now that's a perk! Do you work out everyday?

BUSH: I do. Six days a week.
The inabilty to understand plain English is glaring here. He works out "everyday" six days a week? What? Of course, he couldn't say, "No, I do it only six days a week, not Sundays" for example though I seriously doubt he spares Sunday. The fact that he has to ride his bike everywhere and work out upstairs, too, nearly every day is a sign of mental distress. He isn't an athlete, he supposedly has pressing work to do, yet he focuses nearly all his remaining brain cells on mindless churning work outs.

Serioiusly, this might be a symptom of his brain dying. When a shark is brain dead, it circles in the water instead of going in a straight line. This is how I caught one once with my bare hands. I knew it was dying.

Animals suffering from rabies or more, deer or cows suffering from MCD walk in circles without resting. When I see animals doing this, this is a sign their brains are expiring.

Another aspect of this bubble interview was the extended part about his girls. Both of them have been caught, drinking while underage, using false IDs, using Secret Service agents to haul them from bar to bar and keep them from being arrested. Neither the interviewer nor Bush mention these sorts of things. The media is still protecting him even when discussing his strange meeting with Cheney where Bush shows great consideration for Cheney's FEELINGS after that guy stupidly shot a money man for the GOP. He doesn't mention any concern for the well being or feelings of the victim, only relief there was no death to cover up.

Indeed, the fact that these same media people parse and pinch anything anyone on the liberal side of politics say, like whenever Dean opens his mouth, the hostile reception in contrast to the careful padding of Bush's ego is probably why he can imagine no one is horrified by his obvious increasing brain damage.

Just like the ports business. First, he said he was determined to give our ports to his family friends in the United Arab Emerites then he claimed he had no idea it was happening until the news hit him then he reverted and said it was a good idea. Either he is insane or he spins like a weathercock in a hurricane. He also claims in this interview that he still has a mandate to spend even though his polls have collapsed. This is way out of touch with reality, isn't it?

I say, he is insane. This is why he couldn't process the information about the hurricane destroying New Orleans though this doesn't explain the brain damage of Chertoff who didn't know anything for days and days, either.

Aaaaaa. Bush isn't insane. He is a criminal. And so is Chertoff. And Rumsfeld. Arrest them all or lock them in an insane asylum with Nurse Ratchet.

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