A 12-year old McDonald’s burger

From the Best of Mother Earth

This is a hamburger from McDonalds that I purchased in 1996.

That was 12 years ago.

Note that it looks exactly like it did the very day I bought it.

…People always ask me – what did you do to preserve it ?

Nothing – it preserved itself.

Ladies, Gentleman, and children alike – this is a chemical food. There is absolutely no nutrition here.

Not one ounce of food value.

…Do you find this horrifying?

McDonalds fills an empty space in your belly. It does nothing to nourish the cell, it is not a nutritious food.

It is not a treat.

I marvel at how McDonalds has infiltrated our entire world. A hamburger here tastes exactly the same in China or some around the world place.

It’s cloned.

Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

Do me a favor and share this.


I’m on valium!


Well I have a terribly sore shoulder that is causing me, like, really sharp pains and I can’t get rid of it. I’ve had to stop the 100 push up program I was doing so I can rest it, and stretching, neck rolls, shoulder shrugs, etc., weren’t helping.

I found some diazepam I was prescribed for a super-sore neck a couple of years ago. I looked it up and in addition to being a short-term muscle relaxant it’s also basically valium, that popular 70’s and 80’s upper-class mom drug of choice. It’s also offered to death row inmates in California before being lethally injected! Nice.

It’s taken the edge off but I can definitely still feel the shoulder…I don’t want to go to the doctor, but hey, thanks to universal health care here in the UK, I don’t mind it!

Why I hate politics

Lies and not being able to bang people’s heads together to prove they aren’t lies.

More videos about the ‘straight-talking’ John McCain:

1. The Real McCain 2: Watch as McCain’s YouTube problem became his nightmare in the video that received over 4 million views.

2. Less Jobs. More Wars: What is this ‘Iraq war’ charge on my bill?

3. John McCain vs. John McCain: Tell McCain to get off the Double Talk Express.

4. McCain’s Spiritual Guide: The video that caused McCain to renounce Rev. Rod Parsley’s bigoted endorsement.

5. Why Won’t McCain Sign the GI Bill? Presenting the most blatant hypocrisy of the McCain campaign.

Call for creationism in UK schools

Aaauugh no.

Creationism should be discussed in school science lessons, rather than excluded, says the director of education at the Royal Society (Rev Prof Reiss, a biologist and Church of England minister)

Bloody hell, not here, too.

At least it’s being talked down a bit:

This was challenged by Simon Underdown, senior lecturer in the department of anthropology at Oxford Brookes University.

Creationism should be taught within the context of religion rather than science, said Dr Underdown. “It is not something that fits within the mainstream of science.”

With so much to be crammed into science lessons, it was not a worthwhile use of time to include lessons about creationism, he argued.

I might give up on my other blog.

Like I posted on my Wannabe Hippy blog, I may stop posting there and save my time for other pursuits.

It’s just that it’s been a year and no one comments on it, and the Google Ads certainly aren’t going to be paying the $10 hosting fees. I’m still all about the eco/recycling/drive less/cycle more stuff, but I’m just getting zero return for my efforts. Anyway, more about this at the actual blog.

Want some torture with your peanuts?


Just when you thought you’ve heard it all…

A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser®. According to this promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal website, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers. This bracelet would:
• take the place of an airline boarding pass
• contain personal information about the traveler
• be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage
• shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes

The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it’s referred to as, would be worn by every traveler “until they disembark the flight at their destination.” Yes, you read that correctly. Every airline passenger would be tracked by a government-funded GPS, containing personal, private and confidential information, and that it would shock the customer worse than an electronic dog collar if he/she got out of line?

Clearly the Electronic ID Bracelet is an euphemism for the EMD Safety Bracelet, or at least it has a nefarious hidden ability, thus the term ID Bracelet is ambiguous at best. EMD stands for Electro-Musuclar Disruption. Again, according to the promotional video the bracelet can completely immobilize the wearer for several minutes.

So is the government really that interested in this bracelet? Yes!

If this thing actually makes it on the wrist of people who board US airlines, that puts the nail in the coffin of me wanting to live in the US or visit. One of my mates at work asked today why don’t I want to live in the US with the high petrol prices and crap weather in the UK. THIS ^^^^ is one of the many many reasons not to. What sort of idiotic policy-minded bureaucrat would actually want to strap this on American citizens and visitors to the US? One of the comments to the article said that this would be the death knell to the airline industry, and I don’t think they’re far off. How ridiculous. Taser location-tagged bracelets for every airline passenger. Right! I hope this is some fantastic hoax…but I fear it isn’t.

I had another convo with a different mate this evening about US politics and what’s ‘going down’ – he said he wanted to live in the US and we started going on about how hard it is to get a visa for the US vs the UK, etc., and I started remembering traveler’s horror stories of missing laptops, security lines, luggage x-rays, the TSA (and Canadian customs as well) going through MP3 players and laptops looking for copyrighted material, habeus corpus and civil rights disappearing, all this serious stuff, all the way down to internet neutrality and bandwidth throttling. Oh, not to mention the price of fuel going up 200% in 5 years and worse to come.

sorry…ranting but it’s shite like this bracelet thing that just really really irk the hell out of me. One of the comments at the moment says the people complaining about this possibility ‘do not value their lives’ and ‘what freedom will you have when you are wearing a head scarf or dead’ and finally ‘What do you hope to leave the next generation?????’ Apparently this guy is happy to leave the next generation in an Orwellian, Judge Dredd-like militia state where no one is trusted, only the rich and powerful have any say and everyone is watched for the least little bit of unpatriotic behavior. May the Flying Spaghetti Monster save us!

What a numpty

numpty; noun; nump – tee; a person who has done a foolish or silly thing, a moron, an idiot

So I was leaving the house, ready to get in the car with my case of poker chips in hand. I was driving because we were playing poker after work and there’s no sense cycling an hour and a half home at midnight.

Door closes, ‘click!’.

And I realize I don’t even have my keys.

Can’t get in the car, can’t get back in the house, both housemates out of town and nothing is open. I even crawled over the back wall to check if I’d accidentally left the back door open, but no joy.

So I had to call Andy, who I used to rideshare with, and luckily he hadn’t left home yet so he came and picked me up. I eventually sorted out a key from a guy who used to live at the house, and he came by at around 7 to let me in the house.

At least I was able to use the wireless network from the front room to check email and whatnot on my phone, I didn’t even have a book to read or anything!

So now I’m back in after a notably long day.

Geez. Paranoid much?

I like capitalism and usually appreciate the opportunistic culture of American business, but I think some people are just a wee bit too concerned about home security.

Can you imagine sleeping in this thing:

Maybe the better question is: can you imagine being paranoid enough to consider buying this thing?

I just think it’s funny/sad that someone even sees a market for this sort of thing. Maybe it’s meant to be sold to South American dictators or African ‘presidents’?

Some people are just too paranoid to live

You know those people that have to wipe everything clean, lest they become infested with germs and bacteria? The kind of people that have to anti-bacterialize every freakin’ thing they touch, smell, see and own? Well now they have a new weapon to stave off those horrible, horrible beasts that you can’t even see with the naked eye: TT Packs!

Yes, TT Packs (or, Travel Toiletry Packs) contain everything you need to combat germs and filth at those awful rest stops, gas station toilets and public lavatories that you must come in contact with. With not just a toilet seat cover but also a wipe just for the toilet seat, another wipe for your hand, a glove for your hand, a patch of toilet paper and even a paper towel for drying your hand after wiping with the hand wipe…you can be sure your body will be free of all the horrible filth you might otherwise come in contact with.

Oh, except for the billions of bacteria in your digestive system, the viruses and germs your white blood cells are killing inside your body every second of the day, and don’t forget the slimy grunge that your kids have smeared all over your car when you get back in.

Please…seriously, people. Get a damn clue. Public toilet seats are cleaner than most people’s kitchen counter tops. Shaking hands with someone or buckling your kid in at the gas station will just put all those nasty germs right back on you. I shouldn’t even put the link to the stupid website in this post, but I had to, just in case anyone thought this was some lame joke. Yes, paranoid Middle Americans are buying this shit. Can you believe it?

You could do better by carrying your own roll of toilet paper into the restroom and having some anti-bac gel in the car. Or bring a small pump spray bottle of vinegar water and lemon juice to kill whatever’s on the seat and on your butt, even though that won’t matter once you’ve touched the door to get out, because most people don’t wash their damn hands anyway.

(of course people with immune system problems need to worry about getting germs and whatnot on themselves, I’m not talking about them – I’m talking about otherwise healthy people who are just freaked out far too much about touching everyday objects that are no threat to them)