How to install your child's car seat

Choosing and installing a child's car seat or booster seat can be confusing. These videos from Partners for Child Passenger Safety and the information contained on the site below will help you choose the right child restraint system and install it correctly.

Keeping Kids Safe During Crashes: How to Install Your Child's Car Seat or Booster Seat

There are videos. Watch them. Tell someone that has kids to get there seat installed correctly, if it isn't.


Be Teflon Free

Beware, Teflon is dangerous.

WiseGeek and theAviary have some info about its dangers.

Learn more about Teflon and how to Be Teflon Free by reading Ideal Bite's article Are you stuck on Teflon pans?
The EPA's Science Advisory Board considers PFOA (aka Teflon) a likely carcinogen, and it can come off on your food at high temps and with the use of sharp cooking utensils. Our picks use alternatives such as enameled cast-iron.


We Need an Anti War Message

On 25 August, the Democrats meet in Denver.

As recent news makes clear, an attack on Iran could happen before the election, driving the Bush Agenda into the next administration, no matter who the president is.

Who will stop an attack on Iran?

Not the Democrats who secretly authorized military operations George Bush already has underway inside Iran. Not the Democratic leaders - including Senator Obama - who insist, again and again, that "all options" remain on the table for military action against Iran, including the use of nuclear weapons!

Not the Democrats who, in their majority, including Obama, not only sanctioned retroactive immunity for the large telecom companies who went along with Bush and spied on people, but have given them prospective immunity in expanded government spying.

This war now belongs to the Democrats no less than the Republicans. If it is left to McCain and Obama, the occupation will continue for years. It was wrong to go into Iraq, it's wrong to stay in Iraq, it's wrong not to get out now!

If there is not a strong showing from the anti-war movement against this whole direction outside the convention, it will signal those who make war and the victims of these wars around the world that the people of this country will go along with continued occupation, with McCain or Obama sending many more troops to Afghanistan, and with threats to Iran. The Bush regime promised a war to last generations. Are we against this, or not?

The anti-war movement must set a standard of resistance, not accommodate what is intolerable. Only the people - not the politicians - can force open debate over why the U.S. occupation must end now. Only we can act on our convictions, letting others know that an end to the illegal, unjust and immoral wars and occupations will not happen without massive mobilization of the people, and that putting all your hopes and energies into the elections will not bring the change millions desire.

Some people say protest does not work. They are WRONG! What does not work is passivity in the face of a government being more widely exposed as committing war crimes and a public increasingly sickened by what is being done in their name. If the anti-war movement was so ineffectual why did the New York Times have to call it the "other superpower"?

Whether one plans on voting for Obama or not, we all must be in the streets making our clear opposition to torture, bloody occupations and any new war against Iran vividly clear. People are traveling the country to campaign for Obama. With a strong call from the anti-war movement, some will be willing to bring an anti-war message to Denver.

Local Denver activists have gone to court for permits for political protest outside the convention, and have permits for nearby parks. Recreate68 plans a march against the war on Sunday August 24, the day before the convention starts. The Alliance for Real Democracy, another coalition, is currently not planning to join this march.

Whatever differences exist, they pale in comparison to the responsibility those of us who are not at peace with being at war have to stop the US occupation of the Middle East. The world needs to see us in the streets in Denver, marching together on the eve of the convention opening.

If you're concerned this protest will be too small, you're not alone. The people in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan & Pakistan whose lives may be lost to further US aggression share that concern. It is the responsibility of those of us who know the devastation and misery the continued occupation of Iraq and an attack on Iran would bring to the world to struggle to bring many more forward to participate in this.

This is a call to MARCH together with the demand Stop the war in Iraq/Afghanistan, and Stop an Attack on Iran! You could have separate rallies and speakers at different sites in the park, but call out the many thousands of people to march together.

We will join with others in mobilizing everyone who has ever been against this war, and all those who know in their hearts this is wrong, to be in the streets of Denver, standing with the people of the world and refusing to be party to these wars.

We the undersigned will do all we can to get people to Denver to participate.

Missy Beattie, Elaine Brower, Larry Everest, Ron Kovic, Dennis Loo, Cynthia McKinney, Dede Miller, Cindy Sheehan, David Swanson, Debra Sweet, Sunsara Taylor,Kevin Zeese

Add your name to the letter here.

I got this email from the World Can't Wait


Play Ogg!

The Free Software Foundation has launched a new campaign

Play Ogg!

Are you tired of constantly being prompted to download proprietary software and plugins to play the videos and listen to the music you want?

Are you fed up with seeing new gadgets that only use incompatible and restrictive audio and video formats? Did you know that it's not a lack of technological know-how that causes this, but software patents and other legal restrictions?

Increasingly proprietary software companies like Microsoft, Apple and Adobe are pushing video and audio formats that restrict access and restrict software developers, but there is an alternative that can be played on all computers without restriction — Ogg.

Join the fight for freedom from unnecessary restrictions by getting started with Ogg!


Rape Prevention Advice

Another email in my inbox. Another waste of time. Read some parts of the following email.

Through a Rapist's Eyes (No Joke)

This is important information for females of ALL ages .

When this was sent to me, I was told to forward it to my lady friends, but I forwarded it to most everyone in my address book. My men friends have female friends and this
information is too important to miss someone.

Please pass it along.

A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:

1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.

2) The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who's clothing is easy to remove quickly . Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.

3) They also look for women on their cell phone, searching through their purse, or doing other activities while walking because they are off-guard and can be easily overpowered.

4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between 5:00a.m. and 8:30a.m.

5) The number one place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store parking lots. Number two: is office parking lots/garages. Number three: is public restrooms.! < /U>

6) The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to another location where they don't have to worry about getting caught.

7) Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.

8) If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn't worth it because it will be time-consuming.

9) These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands.

Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you're not worth it.

10) Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk: "I can't believe it is so cold out here," "we're in for a bad winter." Now! you've seen their face and could identify them in a line-up; you lose appeal as a target.

11) If someone is coming toward you , hold out your hands in front of you and yell STOP or STAY BACK ! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they'd leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back.
Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

12) If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes), yell I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.

13) If someone grabs you, you can't beat them with strength but you can by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the
arm (between the elbow and armpit) OR in the upper inner thigh VERY VERY HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands - the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it - it hurts.

14) After the initial hit, always GO for the GROIN. I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy's parts it is extremely painful. You might think that you'll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble and he's out of there.

15) When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.

16) Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don't dismiss it, go with your instincts!!!

You may feel a little silly at the time, but you'd feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2.Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3.If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4.Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.) DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.

a. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage:

A.) Be aware: look around you,
look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.

B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.

C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.

IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times. And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, preferably in a zigzag pattern!

8. As women, we are alw! ays tryi ng to be sympathetic: STOP! It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well-educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her "Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door."

The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, "We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door." He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it , but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.

Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby ----This
should be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on America's Most Wanted this past Saturday when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana.

I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. I was going to send this to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it onto them, as well.

Again, Snopes is awesome at debunking these things. Read a bit of their response:
This bit of codswallop began its Internet life in January 2000 as an enthusiastic e-mail penned by an employee at the St. Louis office of the public relations firm Weber Shandwick. The writer was among a group enrolled in a self-defense class taught by David Portnoy, an instructor who claims to have trained with actors Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Portnoy refuses to give information about what he teaches in his classes or details of where he gained the information he passes along, preferring instead to sell it. (He demanded a $1,000 interview fee from a Denver Post reporter). If, however, this Weber Shandwick employee's e-mail describing what he teaches is accurate, Portnoy should be characterized as a fear merchant vending false information to those anxious to feel safe.

If rapists choose their victims based on hairstyle and length of tresses, it's news to those in law enforcement; they've never noticed this trend. Rape victims have short hair, long hair, and no hair. They're also young and old, short and tall, fat and skinny, femininely dressed or looking like they just fell off the tractor, and all points in between.

Likewise, the claim that rapists go after women wearing overalls because "the straps can be easily cut" is pure hogwash, as anyone who has ever tried to cut up an old pair can attest. Overalls are made of some of the most resilient fabrics known to mankind (denim and canvas, usually), and cutting these straps is made almost impossible because the fabric is doubled over and seamed at that point in the garment. If there's a pair of scissors that can snip through this, I've yet to wield

We should address the real issue of why it is ok for men to attack women. Our anti rape energies should focus on the perpetrator and not on the victim.


Breastfeeding Benefits

My friend recently put up this page, Breastfeeding Benefits.

Check it out:
Breastfeeding Benefits For Society
  • Good for environment-it conserves energy and produces less solid waste
  • Cuts down on national health care costs
  • Contribute to a more productive workforce
  • Creates a stronger and healthier society


Progesterex is not used to sterilize rape victims

Just now I received the following email:

Share this with your daughters, sisters, friends . . . !!!!!

A woman at a bar on a Saturday night was taken by 5 men, who, according to hospital and police reports, gang raped her before dumping her. Unableto remember the events of the evening, tests later confirmed the repeat rapes, along with traces of Rohypnol in her blood and Progesterex, essentially a small sterilization pill.

The drug is now being used by rapists at parties to rape AND sterilize their victims. Progesterex is available to vets to sterilize large animals. Progesterex is being used together with Rohypnol, the date rape drug.

As with Rohypnol, all they have to do is drop it into the girl's drink.The girl can't remember a thing the next morning, of all that had taken place the night before. Progesterex, which dissolves in drinks just as easily, is such that the victim doesn't get pregnant; she won't conceive from the rape and the rapist needn't worry about having a paternity test identifying him months later.

The drug's effects ARE NOT TEMPORARY - They areP*E*R*M*A*N* E*N*T!!! Progesterex was designed to sterilize horses.. Any female who takes it will NEVER BE ABLE TO CONCEIVE... The weasels can get this drug from anyone who is in the vet school or any university.

It's that easy, and Progesterex is about to break out big on campuses everywhere. Believe it or not, there are even sites on the Internet telling people how to use it.
Please forward this to everyone you know, especially girls... Be careful when you're out and don't leave your drink unattended.

Please make the effort to forward this on to all you know... Guys, please inform all your female friends and relatives!


Snopes.com is always there to debunk these ridiculous hoaxes and urban legends. Here is the truth:
The use of the sedative Rohypnol (or "roofies") by sexual predators looking to make their victims more compliant (and less likely to remember their encounters) has been discussed at great length over the last few years. The addition of the fictitious drug "Progesterex" to a standard piece of roofie scarelore is just someone's poor idea of a joke.

This particular scare seems to rely upon the notion that the process of identifying a rapist doesn't begin until his victim is delivered of a child. Even if a woman can't identify her attacker, bodily fluids and scrapings collected immediately after the rape help finger the man responsible. Were a rapist intent upon concealing his identity, a condom would serve him far better than any mythical sterilization drug.

But more important is the issue of men sexually assaulting women and the Amerikan culture that allows it. Read a book by Jackson Katz to learn more.


Police can be brutal

Workers World published this article:
Memphis cops brutally beat trans woman
Yet another incident of police brutality has been captured on videotape—this time against a transgender woman in Memphis, Tenn.


Careful not to spend more than you earn

Investopedia has a good article about how to look out for yourself financially. More specifically, how to tell if you are living within your means.

Here is an excerpt
Five Signs That You're Living Beyond Your Means
Sign No.1 - Your Credit Score is Below 600
Credit bureaus keep track of your payment history, outstanding loan balances and legal judgments against you. They then use this information to compile a credit score that reflects your credit worthiness. The numerical rankings go from a low of 300 to high of 850. The higher the better. It's this score that lenders use to determine whether they'll grant a loan. In general, any credit score below 600 means that you are probably in over your head.


What about credit cards?

Consumerist.com is awesome. Here is an excerpt from their article, Credit Cards: 10 Things You Might Not Know about Your Credit Cards
The Fair Credit Billing Act protects you from suffering damages due to unauthorized use of your credit card. If you report a lost or stolen card before anyone uses it, you are not responsible for any charges. If you do not report it before an unauthorized use you are liable for a maximum of $50.


FOX Attacks

I'm not an Obama supporter but I am totally against FOX News. Watch this video and you'll see what I mean:


Cost of Owning a Car

I wanted to share this article at Investopedia. Here is an excerpt. Be sure to read the whole thing here.
According to the AAA, the average person spends $9,641 per year for the privilege of driving. Keep in mind that these estimated costs are based on an average gasoline cost of $2.256 per gallon. The numbers also don't include the cost of parking.

A modified car --- Illustration by © Oliver McCann/Inkroot


Own your name on the internet

Thanks to up and coming really successful people like Kelly Sutton and AJ Vaynerchuk I decided to buy my name's domain name.

A few months later I've hit #2 in a Google Search for my true name. I almost OWN my name on the internet.

Here is what these young experts recommend:
AJ Vaynerchuk
Twitter accounts will soon be like (but not on the same level) domain names. Your name is your personal brand, and if you do not own the Twitter handle for your full name you are setting yourself up for a fall, just as if you did not own your full name dot com.

Kelly Sutton
One of the best ways to control your first-page Google hits is to register a domain name under your own name.

Follow this advice and you'll never have to fear being turned down for a job because your would be future employer's internet search turned up some questionable material.


Be Car Care Aware

It is time you become Car Care Aware.

CarCare.org is a website that encourages car owners to take an active role in maintaining their vehicle in an effort to avoid costly repairs.

Visit the site and learn much. Be sure to print out the service schedule and follow that to the letter.


Yes, I would like to hear about Mother God.

Just the other day I was walking around outside, mentally preparing for a 105 degree jog. When two young men approached me. They were happy individuals, each with his own messenger bag. From a distance they yelled, "Hello! How are you?!". I replied, "Doing good. How are you living?"

They rushed closer, eyes teeming with enthusiasm. Once they were in range, they politely asked me "Have you ever heard of the mother god?"

"No. That is a first." I responded.

A shimmer of achievement rushed out of their faces, as they began speaking with me, attempting to convert me. These were no ordinary wayward souls, these two were missionaries. They very people I have learned to despise for their wanton acts of cultural genocide (see Catholic missionaries attempting to convert savages into good Christian men and women).

These young men represented my local World Mission Society Church of God. They were well trained biblical soldiers, armed with their trusty New International Version Bible (who knows what happened to the favored King James Version). Their books were conveniently highlighted and they were ready to jump from passage to passage conjuring a most impressive story. However, I was not impressed. The Bible is anything but a reliable source. Especially when attempting to prove the existence of my pathetic soul.

They explained to me the fundamentals of their beliefs and I listened. For twenty hellishly hot minutes (due to the weather) I politely answered their questions. I shall not be the one to give atheists a bad name.

What did I learn?
Essentially it is the same story but with a new twist. Allow me to summarize:
People on planet earth are actually angels. Angels that have fallen out of god's good graces. We are all angels that are serving time on prison earth. This is the reason life is so hellish. Each person that has ever existed on this planet, is nothing but a prisoner, serving time for past angelic crimes. It is through Jesus' salvation that we can be saved and returned to heaven.

But thats not all:
The Bible speaks of a mother god, god the mother, New Israel. New Israel is a physical location, marked by the presence of the mother god, in modern day Korea.


God in female or feminine form is in Korea. Now. Waiting for us to do something?

Yes. She is waiting for us to get our stamp of approval, or otherwise known as the 'Seal of god'. Once we or enough of us have the stamp of approval we can be returned to our rightful place as angels in a heaven we know nothing about.

I don't know what makes this world so hellish for those two young missionaries but I would much rather spend a lifetime on this planet, serving humanity, than an eternity serving a false god.


Reasons to not vote for Obama: Voted to legitimize domestic spying

Just in case you thought I was a Democrat, here is a reason to not vote for Barack Obama:
Obama joins Senate vote to legitimize Bush’s domestic spying operation
The Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee voted Wednesday afternoon with a majority of the US Senate to pass legislation vastly expanding the government’s power to carry out warrantless wiretapping and electronic surveillance, while handing blanket retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that facilitated the illegal domestic spying operation in the US in the six years following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


Banned Presidential Interview

In case you missed it, here it is:

I like the parts where he asks to finish what he is saying. He is a president, let him finish what he was saying.

"They had their hands cut off because the currency was devalued because Saddam Hussein was President."
That doesn't quite make sense to me.

Reasons to not vote for McCain: Doesn't pay attention to bills he has voted for

Is it ok to force insurance companies to pay for Viagra but not for contraception. Please share your opinion candidate McCain:

I hope you get back to us on that one. I'll be waiting. Oh by the way, maybe you could show up to your day job and do the job you were elected to do. Be a senator first and a presidential candidate second. Or would you give up the presidency so easily, say if there were a position available for supreme commander of the earth.

This indicates that McCain is incompetent. Don't vote for him to do anything. Of course to his credit, I'm sure there are several pieces of legislation that go his way and it must be impossible to follow all of them. Good luck.

The Perfect Diet

Here is the perfect diet, for free, and it is guaranteed to make you healthier and to support sustainable agriculture.
Eat more whole grains
  • Consuming foods rich in fiber, such as whole grains, as part of a healthy diet, reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. Grains are important sources of many nutrients, including dietary fiber, several B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate), and minerals (iron, magnesium, and selenium).
    Eat and buy fresh fruits and vegetables in season
  • Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases. Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin C.
  • Find out which vegetables are in season at Sustainable Table
  • Pick your own fruits and vegetables.
  • Find a farmer's market near you.
    Consume more dairy
  • Include milk as a beverage at meals. Choose fat-free or low-fat milk. Diets rich in milk and milk products help build and maintain bone mass throughout the lifecycle. This may reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Calcium is used for building bones and teeth and in maintaining bone mass. Milk products are the primary source of calcium in American diets. Diets that provide 3 cups or the equivalent of milk products per day can improve bone mass.
  • Choosing foods from the milk group that are high in saturated fats and cholesterol can have health implications. Diets high in saturated fats raise “bad” cholesterol levels in the blood. The “bad” cholesterol is called LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. High LDL cholesterol, in turn, increases the risk for coronary heart disease. Many cheeses, whole milk, and products made from them are high in saturated fat. To help keep blood cholesterol levels healthy, limit the amount of these foods you eat. In addition, a high intake of fats makes it difficult to avoid consuming more calories than are needed.
    Eat some protein. Preferably, protein that is naturally raised, and grass fed. Try to avoid animal products that are produced using the industrial model to agriculture.
  • The leanest beef cuts include round steaks and roasts (round eye, top round, bottom round, round tip), top loin, top sirloin, and chuck shoulder and arm roasts.
  • The leanest pork choices include pork loin, tenderloin, center loin, and ham.
  • Choose extra lean ground beef. The label should say at least “90% lean”. You may be able to find ground beef that is 93% or 95% lean.
  • Choose fish more often for lunch or dinner. Look for fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, trout, and herring. Choose dry beans or peas as a main dish or part of a meal often.
  • Choose nuts as a snack, on salads, or in main dishes. Use nuts to replace meat or poultry, not in addition to these items.
  • Proteins function as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. They are also building blocks for enzymes, hormones, and vitamins.
  • Diets that are high in saturated fats raise “bad” cholesterol levels in the blood. The “bad” cholesterol is called LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. High LDL cholesterol, in turn, increases the risk for coronary heart disease. Some food choices in this group are high in saturated fat. These include fatty cuts of beef, pork, and lamb; regular (75% to 85% lean) ground beef; regular sausages, hot dogs, and bacon; some luncheon meats such as regular bologna and salami; and some poultry such as duck. To help keep blood cholesterol levels healthy, limit the amount of these foods you eat.
  • Many people do not make varied choices from this food group, selecting meat or poultry everyday as their main dishes. Varying choices and including fish, nuts, and seeds in meals can boost intake of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Most fat in the diet should come from MUFAs and PUFAs. Some of the PUFAs are essential for health—the body cannot create them from other fats.
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    Fat Facts

    Fat Facts

    Fats help your body absorb many essential vitamins, maintain the structure and function of cell membranes, and preserve the integrity of your immune system. But fat is a very concentrated energy source, providing twice as many calories per gram as carbohydrates and protein. And too much of certain types of fat — such as saturated fat and trans fat — can increase your blood cholesterol levels and your risk of coronary artery disease.

    Limit fat to 20 percent to 35 percent of your daily calories — 40 to 70 grams of fat a day if you consume a 2000-calorie diet. Emphasize fats from healthier sources, such as nuts and olive, canola and nut oils.


    LAPD assault on immigration rally; revisited

    During an immigration rally in 2007, Los Angeles Police (LAPD) assault several demonstrators. I posted YouTube videos of the assault a few days after the brutality but since then many of those videos have been removed.

    It must be forbidden for the public to learn that police can have a very side to them. Well, I searched around and found few videos of the brutality. None of which, carried the emotional weight that any of the original videos showed, save for one. Here are some suggested articles, followed by the video (note: this is the same video that I've already posted here):

    US: Los Angeles police violently disperse immigrant rights demonstration

    Los Angeles Punishes Police Official Over Clash at Demonstration

    Officers in melee to face censure

    LAPD Officer: May Day Mistakes Won't Be Repeated

    Protein Power

    Protein Power

    Protein is essential to human life. Your skin, bones, muscles and organ tissue all contain protein. It's found in your blood, hormones and enzymes too. Protein is found in many plant foods. It comes from animal sources as well. Legumes, poultry, seafood, meat, dairy products, nuts and seeds are your richest sources of protein.

    Between 10 percent and 35 percent of your total daily calories — 50 to 175 grams a day — can come from protein. This recommendation is based on a 2000-calorie diet.


    Carbohydrate Craziness

    Carbohydrate Craziness

    Carbohydrates are your body's main energy source. Complex carbohydrates include legumes, grains and starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, peas and corn. Simple carbohydrates are found mainly in fruits and milk, as well as in foods made with sugar, such as candy and other sweets.

    Get 45 percent to 65 percent of your daily calories from carbohydrates. Emphasize complex carbohydrates, especially from whole grains and beans, and nutrient-rich fruits and milk. Limit sugars from candy and other sweets.


    Fad diet - Fat Chance

    Thinking about trying one of those far fangled fad diets, fat chance. Please don't. Here is why.

    There have been many breakthrough diets over the years but all of them have come and gone. They have all been ineffective at helping people achieve a healthy weight for length durations.

    Here are some of the most popular:
    • The Atkins Diet was very popular. The Atkins diet plan is a low carbohydrate method. The avoidance of carbohydrates in your diet is structured to keep your body from adding weight. The method includes eating less than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day. Justin Leonard from LeonardFitness.com writes about why this type of nutritional undertaking is a bad idea.
      If someone were to be consistent with the Atkins Diet, they may run into the following problems: acetone breath, gout (painful inflammation of the joints), high cholesterol (LDL = bad), kidney damage, weakness, bad (acne) or dry skin, thinning hair, increased risk of heart attack, yellowish instead of white eye balls, set back or sunken eye balls, catabolism (muscle loss), frequent urination, vitamin and mineral loss, mood swings, headaches, dizzy spells, and other health related problems due to improper nutrition balance.

    • Weight Watchers is still a diet that is going strong and it is even being used by some of my friends. Again, Leonard offers his opinion:
      While on the Weight Watchers Diet, the goal is to eat only the maximum allowable points or less for your body weight and type. The problem is that someone's maximum amount of points can be 25, for example. They can eat nothing throughout an entire day, then eat the whole 25 points [or a good portion of the 25 points] later in the evening to satisfy midnight cravings.

      This could be an accident waiting to happen, even if you're under your maximum allowable points! When you do this, your body basically says, "Thanks! You've starved me! Now I must hold onto these fat calories because I feel deprived of what I need! I want to prepare myself for another potential 'long drought' without food."

    • Liquid diets are also thought of as a quick fix. Leonard also writes about liquid diets:
      On a liquid diet, you will lose weight fast, mainly muscle. You will also lose some fat. You will quickly gain the weight back when you return to your normal eating habits...
      A liquid diet will temporarily decrease the size/capacity of the muscles, making them less efficient. Most of the body's water is stored within the muscles. A rapid decrease in lean muscle mass will slow the body's ability to burn fat. We also know that muscle weighs more than fat, which explains the rapid weight loss.

      Please visit LeonardFitness.com for more fitness information

    • As for detox diets, Professor Alan Boobis OBE, Toxicologist, Division of Medicine, Imperial College London states that "The body’s own detoxification systems are remarkably sophisticated and versatile. They have to be, as the natural environment that we evolved in is hostile. It is remarkable that people are prepared to risk seriously disrupting these systems with unproven ‘detox’ diets, which could well do more harm than good."
      Highly restrictive detox diets such as Water fasting or the Master Cleanse are not the safest form of weight loss. These diets may result in nutrient deficiencies. Of particular concern is lack of protein, which may result in wasting of muscle tissue, due to insufficient amino acids for repair. With less lean muscle tissue, the body's metabolic needs decrease, which hampers weight loss efforts unless calories are lessened further in the diet.

    Be sure to read the rest of this week's posts as I write about carbohydrates, fat, and protein and on Friday when I give you my version of the perfect diet.


    Sexism sells - but I'm not buying it

    They say sex sells. What about sexism?

    The Women's Media Center has a great page on this: Sexism Sells, But We're Not Buying It!

    Watch the video and sign the petition!


    First Aid treatment for minor burns

    I just burned my finger while cooking pancakes. Damn the short handle and my carelessness.

    Here is how to treat a minor burn:
    For minor burns, including first-degree burns and second-degree burns limited to an area no larger than 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) in diameter, take the following action:

    • Cool the burn. Hold the burned area under cold running water for at least five minutes, or until the pain subsides. If this is impractical, immerse the burn in cold water or cool it with cold compresses. Cooling the burn reduces swelling by conducting heat away from the skin. Don't put ice on the burn.
    • Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage. Don't use fluffy cotton, which may irritate the skin. Wrap the gauze loosely to avoid putting pressure on burned skin. Bandaging keeps air off the burned skin, reduces pain and protects blistered skin.
    • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). Never give aspirin to children or teenagers.

    Minor burns usually heal without further treatment. They may heal with pigment changes, meaning the healed area may be a different color from the surrounding skin. Watch for signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, fever, swelling or oozing. If infection develops, seek medical help. Avoid re-injuring or tanning if the burns are less than a year old — doing so may cause more extensive pigmentation changes. Use sunscreen on the area for at least a year.

    • Don't use ice. Putting ice directly on a burn can cause frostbite, further damaging your skin.
    • Don't apply butter or ointments to the burn. This could prevent proper healing.
    • Don't break blisters. Broken blisters are vulnerable to infection.


    What is the Axis of Justice?

    What is the Axis of Justice?
    It is the most awesome activist website.
    Axis of Justice is a non-profit organization formed by Tom Morello and Serj Tankian. Its purpose is to bring together musicians, fans of music, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice.
    We aim to build a bridge between fans of music around the world and local political organizations to effectively organize around issues of peace, human rights, and economic justice.

    Donate to the cause by clicking here.

    Here are a couple more highlights from the site:
    • Justice activists are already gearing up for this summer's Democratic and Republican National Convention. Learn what people are doing to make their voices heard, and to push for positive change in our ailing United States.
    • For nearly a decade, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has been fighting for justice for farmworkers in the tomato fields in Florida. In 2005, after a lengthy boycott campaign, the CIW convinced the Taco Bell corporation to pay fairer wages to the farmworkers. In 2007, the CIW negotiated a similar agreement with fast food giant McDonald's. But when the CIW turned their sights on Burger King, they faced much fiercer opposition.
      We are pleased to report, however, that Burger King is now working together with the CIW, and has signed a deal to increase wages for farmworkers, and has committed to drafting an industry-wide code of conduct for farmworkers in general. Congratulations to the CIW, the Student Farmworker Alliance, the Alliance for Fair Food, and everyone who participated in this great victory.