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Family is Poisonous

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What you should do if you come from a family that never has anything supportive to say, doesn’t show you love, doesn’t value you, doesn’t appreciate you and is constantly trying to put you down and sabotage your success.

Breaking up with a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend is one thing and there’s a lot of advice out there for doing it, but what about a family break-up?

 Most of us are not in a position to “just leave” nor do we feel we want to, or that it’s the right thing to do. So what do we do when a toxic family member (or members) is literally ruining our lives? How do we deal with the feeling of obligation, guilt, confusion and heartache?

It is important to note that not everyone’s family is there for them to lean on, to call on or to go home to. Not every family is built on the premise of interconnectedness, support and stability. Sometimes family simply means that you share a bloodline. That’s all. Some families build you up and some suck your energy dry.

In many respects, the way we were treated by our family ends up being the same treatment we offer the world.

Often times the signal and energy we put out into the world is similar to or exactly what we have experienced by others. And for most of us, this influential force has been our family. Think about it. Think about just how much the interaction, or lack there of, from our family, sets the tone for the quality of energy we give off during our lifetime.

What are the signs indicating that you could use a break or change?

-Your own health and mental well-being is damaged
-You feel emotionally, physically and/or spiritually injured
-The relationships with your immediate family/spouse/partner is suffering
-There is violence, physical and/or emotional abuse
-There is substance abuse
-There are constant struggles for power
-There is unnecessary distrust and disrespect
MDC says…… ADIOS !! 

Death of the Starfish

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While spending the early autumn of 2013 on the Southern California Coast, I was left confused hearing the report of the complete dying off of the STARFISH population. Somehow the news hit me like a ton of bricks. Helpless is the feeling I still suffer from at just the thought of a mass extinction of something so innocuous as the common starfish.

Having a bay in my back yard growing up on Long Island, the starfish was common like those helmet shaped crabs that come ashore each year. On the West Coast the starfish was so abundant and the colors so vibrant giving every sea loving person a visual feast of color and variety. But that is no more the starfish are gone.

With all the problems facing man and facing the survival of man and the world around us, it is clear that the loss of the Star Fish is an environmental bullhorn screeching as loud as our ears can take. The planet is in trouble. Threats of war, pale to the threat of a mass extinction to life, as we know it from a permanently poisoned ocean.

I want to think that the nuclear decimation of the Fukushima power plant in Japan has created this mass dying of the starfish, but that is only conjecture. Something killed them. And if those starfish are gone well it is safe to say we are not far behind.

So while politicians figure out how to combat terrorism from Daesh aka Isis, and how the doctors try to figure out what is killing us without even putting environment first on the list of culprits then we the people of the planet must make a last stand. We must make a stand to protect the other species of life if not for ourselves then for our children, and our children’s children.

Poisoned Rice

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that after testing 1,300 samples of rice and rice products, it has determined that the amount of detectable arsenic is too low to cause immediate or short-term negative health effects.

The agency said its next step will be to use new tools that provide greater specificity about different types of arsenic present in foods, to analyze the effect of long-term exposure to low levels of arsenic in rice.

The agency’s review comes after Consumer Reports in 2012 urged the government to limit arsenic in rice after tests of more than 60 popular products – from Kellogg’s Rice Krispies to Gerber infant cereal – showed most contained some level of inorganic arsenic, a known human carcinogen.

Hazardous Waste on sale at WalMart

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America’s largest retailer and employer has been fined over $100 million for violating environmental regulations by disposing of fertilizer, pesticide and bleach in sewage systems across the country, among other violations.

Walmart pleaded guilty to six counts of violating the Clean Water Act by disposing of hazardous chemicals in garbage receptacles and sewage systems at over 4,000 retail outlets across the United States in court cases filed by the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The US Justice Department said Walmart was also found guilty of violating federal law by mixing together pesticides at a Missouri recycling facility and then reselling them in a process that violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

The state of California opened an investigation into the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company in 2005 when a San Diego County Health Department inspector witnessed a Walmart employee discarding bleach down a sewer drain.

In another instance, investigators said a boy was found playing in a mound of fertilizer near a Walmart garden section. The product contained ammonium sulfate, a chemical compound that causes irritation to people’s skin, eyes and respiratory tract, USA Today reported.

“As one of the largest retailers in the United States, Walmart is responsible not only for the stock on its shelves but also for the significant amount of hazardous materials that result from damaged products returned by customers,” said Melinda Haag, US Attorney for the Northern District of California. “The crimes in these cases stem from Walmart’s failure to comply with the regulations designed to ensure the proper handling, storage, and disposal of those hazardous materials and waste.”

Court records show the illegal dumping happened in 16 California counties between 2003 and 2005. Federal prosecutors said Walmart failed to train its employees on how to handle and dispose of hazardous waste material at its outlets.

MDC says, they will pay the fine, but who cares, look at the damage people and the years of legal bullshit. Walmart agreed to pay more than $110 million in penalties to end the decades-long investigation, the Department of Justice said.

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