Aug 27, 2013 at 14:16:47
Canada British Columbia
“I don't sell them short, but they're rather selective about what they turn their efforts to. Many years ago, all three of my children's bike were stolen, and I couldn't get the police to even come out and write a report. Some time later, much to my chagrin, they broke up a loud party in our neighbouthood, which housed many university students. They wanted these students evicted, and so went about getting residents of the nearby houses to write letters to support their actions. I wrote the letter, but was left shaking my head. It's not a wonder that so many people have lost faith in their police departments.”
Aug 27, 2013 at 13:32:31
Canada British Columbia
“I like how Ms Smith went about getting her bike back. And really, what can the man do when they are in the middle of a parking lot?
Besides which, the police aren't going to concern themselves much about it. Here in B.C., the police no longer respond to car accidents if there are no injuries, or the damage is under $500. I'd think a stolen bike wouldn't concern them too awfully much..
And it seems as though it raises their hackles when citizens find ways to outfox criminals.
Tough darts, officers. Kayla Smith rules.”
dboiani on Aug 27, 2013 at 13:48:05
“Interesting. In Toronto, the cops seem to be all hot and bothered about bike theft rings. They've set up many stings and found that the thieves tend to be highly organized, and the business of thieving bikes is quite lucrative. Don't sell the BC cops short...they may have the same view of things.”
Jul 31, 2013 at 22:55:37
“For shampoo, try raw honey and distilled or filtered water. 1 part honey to 3 parts water. A good amount is 1Tbsp.honey to 3 Tbsp. water. Make sure they are mixed well, shake it up, and massage it into your scalp thoroughly. No need to do the ends. Then rinse well. There will be a transition period, up to one month. Your hair may feel oilhy/heavy, but that will pass. Wash daily if needed for a while. Then leave longer between washings, if you want to go 2 or 3 days between. You can add a few drops of carrot seed oil or another essential oil, if you want. It works, and my hair is very long. Lemon works for deodorant. Cut end off a lemon, rub under your arms like you would a roll-on, and dry. The lemons last a long time in the fridge, adn they cost so little. Remember, for everything natural you use, your body will need time to adjust. Then it'll regulate, and you'll find the natural stuff works very well. Best of luck. ”
darcylu on Aug 1, 2013 at 07:20:13
“Wow, thanks. I will try them. I never wanted to try the vinegar because I didn't want to smell like it. These sound wonderful!”
Jul 29, 2013 at 08:34:43
“I totally understand....recent breast cancer diagnosis, so I'm on the hunt for all things natural. Most of my diet is fruits & veggies, and some meat, although not much, and I buy it antibiotic-free, and locally grown. Don't consume packaged foods, juice, (unless I make it) sodas, etc. Don't use wheat although I do have quinoa. Also don't use most commercial personal care products. No longer use shampoo and conditioner, nor convetional deodorant. There are natural alternatives to most everything, and they work.”
darcylu on Jul 30, 2013 at 10:10:09
“Yup, the quality of my food is most important - local organic farms stands are great right now! I have been working on this for 16 months, and have become consistently strict, because my body can tell the difference. I have changed my cleaning products totally, but I still have a few personal care products to replace - like shampoo! Thanks for that reminder. Baby steps helped me make huge changes in my life, bit by bit.
I wish you all the best in your journey, and somehow find a way to enjoy the ride. My positive attitude is a huge help to me, but I need a spiritual refresher right now, because the negativity keeps popping up (relating to other issues, lol). We do the best we can, with what we have!
Now to look for shampoo alternatives - vinegar rinse? I have never tried it! Take care.”
“My daughter had no compunction about trying out silly stunts. And, I maintain, boys are easier because they're predictable, temperament-wise. Girls well, you never know what's going through their heads. One day you think all's okay, the next day you'd think the earth caved in by the way they're acting. Thankfully, mine are all grown now. I told my daughter to beware: One day she mi ght have a daughter just like herself. ”
“I wouldn't. I've raised both, and from what I've seen, girls are more inclined to take stupid risks at an earlier age.
As an added bonus, they're very secretive.”
Zilo on Jul 28, 2013 at 15:19:35
“Girls take risks with boys---usually because they want to fit in and be liked (a socialization problem). Boys just take stupid risks for fun and to see what would happen. I would take a girl any day over a boy.”
Jul 28, 2013 at 13:56:15
“Well, I cannot tell a lie: It's because I've been guilty ot it. Hate to admit that, but there it is.”
darcylu on Jul 29, 2013 at 07:55:26
“We all have, lol. But I now do strict Paleo (not for weight loss) and I consider all grains, all dairy, all sugars, all soy/legumes, all processed/packaged foods to be junk food, because my body cannot tolerate them. This has allowed me to regain function in my body (like being able to move, walk, drive, cook, shop, clean, etc).
I had to get to a very low point in my life before I would try once more, with this lifestyle ... and it has truly changed my life. Most people do not get this desperate. But I am a believer, and I won't go back. Failure is no longer an option for me.”
“And how. And we, as women, buy into it, hook, line and sinker. I won't pretend I don't know why. I saw it growing up: People who were physically very attractive, were nearly always given preferential treatment. It still holds true today. People say it doesn't, but it does. And, there are people who simply refuse to change themselves to fit someone else's beauty ideal. And that, in of itself, has its own beauty. But plastic surgeons don't make money on those folks.”
While I don't put much stock in every Armageddon prediction, one only has to look at the rate at which diseases are killing people.
Cancer is far more widespread than ever it was, as is heart disease. Breast cancer rates have tripled since the mid-twnetieth century, with no slowing in sight.
What I always find fascinating, is when a person is stricken with a serious malady, heart disease, or Diabetes, for instance, they will be treated, likely medicated, and told to modify their lifestyles to reduce further risk.
Some will do it, an awful lot won't. They figure since the drugs are controlling their blood pressure, or blood sugar, they can carry on much as they did before. I see this around me all the time.
And how is slowing our growth rate of any value? Just curious about that one.
Agree about the increase in food productivity, but the food being produced seems to be doing quite the opposite of what it's intended for. Chemical additives aren't good for you; nor are chickens and cows who are farmed in conditions which require constant monitoring, and are fed food cut with toxic antibiotics to speed their growth for market.
This is a world that is reliant on chemicals to keep our food and water 'clean' and to keep us from eating ourselves to death.
Slowing population growth rate is valuable insofar as it invalidates Malthusian assumptions and projections.
Chemical additives can indeed be good for you (e.g., vitamins, iron). One needs to be specific, rather than general, in making assertions about their effects. Similarly, specific antibiotics used to promote healthy growth in food animals in the U.S. are *not* toxic to people at relevant doses, notwithstanding a lot of disinformation to the contrary.”
It's people who aren't bright enough to survive the effects of the disasters they've created.
We have been warned, again, and again, and again, year after year, decade after decade, that we're destroying ourselves.
And yet we keep right on doing what we've always done: Look for ways to make our lives more convenient, at a faster rate, at the expense of our air, water, and food supplies.
Even if a handful survived what we've worked so hard to wreck, eventually, they'd do the same thing.”
tcoxdenver on Jul 26, 2013 at 23:10:24
“Yes, we have been warned repeatedly since at least 1798 when Malthus foresaw "epidemics, pestilence, and plague... [and] gigantic inevitable famine stalks in the rear, and with one mighty blow levels the population..." Happily, from Malthus in 1798 to Paul Ehrlich in 1968 (who predicted humanity starving by the 1970s, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Population_Bomb), the doom-sayers have proved poor prophets. Far from making "our lives more convenient, at a faster rate, at the expense of our air, water, and food supplies," we now have much cleaner air and water and much greater food productivity than ever before (see Figure 4.6, http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/gfp.pdf). Scaring the gullible with stories and photos (without mentioning that the ice on which the camera sits has drifted far south to warmer areas, or that warmer weather during summer at these latitudes is not at all unusual, e.g., http://www.climatecentral.org/news/melting-at-north-pole-how-bad-is-it-16294) remains popular.
Another news flash -- people actually have been plenty bright enough to survive the so-called "disasters they've created." Malthus, Carson, Ehrlich et al. notwithstanding, here we are, more numerous than ever, slowing our growth rate, and generally doing better in all sorts of ways than ever before (www.huffingtonpost.com/ricardo-b-salinas/the-rational-optimist_b_1872247.html). The ecodisaster narrative is powerful, but not factually accurate.”