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Sad when issues like doing the smart thing and saving your life have to be mandated by government.  Have we become so brain dead about preserving our health, that we can no longer be relied upon to make decisions about our own bodies?  Apparently so.  Perhaps it is time to push thru class action law suits against Redpath and other sugar purveyors for decades of misleading and false claims about the adverse health impacts of sugar.  We did it to tobacco.  Why not sugar?

No more refills: France makes it illegal for restaurants, schools to offer unlimited soft drinks

 

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Demonstrating the incredibly powerful influence of his office, the Donald’s tweet threats about slapping tariffs on cars coming from Mexico into the USA has no doubt had a major impact on Ford Motor Co’s decision to quash development of a $1.6B manufacturing plant in northern Mexico. There go a few thousand Mexican jobs. There will be others. Many others, as US companies revisit their development plans in Mexico and shut down existing facilities to ward off the wrath of the White House and Congress and the Senate. So while the Donald tweets on about the primacy of US jobs and the need to “make America great again” you have to wonder how thoroughly he thinks these things thru. If he’s broadcasting now about the horrible impact of illegal aliens in the United States, and the loss of American jobs because of these nasty alien Mexicans, I wonder what impact closure of plants in Mexico will have, given the Donald’s fear mongering about illegals and the loss of American jobs. You think there might be a slight increase in migration from Mexico across the Rio Grande when thousands and thousands of Mexicans are thrown out of work? Oh, yeah, I forgot! The Donald is building a wall to keep them out! So he has thought this through. And he’s going to force all those unemployed Mexicans to build it, and get the Mexican government to pay for it. What a brilliant leader.

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Malic acid.  Titanium dioxide.  Brilliant blue FCF.  Allura red.  Sunset yellow.  Carbon dioxide.  Carnauba wax.

Sound like ingredients in making car wax or paint.   Or perhaps some metal working industrial process to chrome plate steel.  Titanium dioxide!  Really?  I suspect  a full Hazmat suit would be recommended when handling that.   Our kids are gorging on titanium dioxide.  That can’t be good for you.  Carnauba wax?  Why not just grab a spoonful of Dad’s car wax to satisfy that sugar craving?  These are just some of the ingredients I read off candy wrappers.  Oh yeah.  The sugars.  Corn syrup.  Sugar.  Sorbitol.  Glucose.  Dextrose.  How many sugars or substitutes are out there?  The most perplexing and bizarre ingredient was carbon dioxide?  In candy!  Whoever heard of such nonsense?  CO2 in candy.  Is that not the stuff we are trying to eliminate from our atmosphere?  The ingredient that is responsible for accelerating climate change.  How on earth does CO2 have a place in candy?  Mind boggling!  Is it any wonder our kids are developing strange and never before seen health problems?   We are living in precarious times and the future does not at all seem very bright.  So before your kids get to the bottom of their pillowcase stuffed with Halloween haul, have a look at what they are ingesting.  It better blow your mind, because if it does not, it will surely blow theirs.

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Finally good news on the Dad front. He’s settling in to his new home in a senior’s residence 20 min from my house. Ideal. No more stress living in a large house. No more paranoia staring out the window all day. Lots of peers around him, some worse off, some better. A nice suite, plenty large for him, private bathroom. It gets regular cleaning from the staff, unlike his house. Still blows my mind how Dad’s other son could let his father live in a house that reeked of mould and misery. Now Pop gets three squares a day, and I’m talking really good food! I’ve eaten there several times, no cafeteria tray bland food. This place has an in-house chef preparing tasty food and pastries. So now we can get him a new set of teeth so he can enjoy that food. Going for the first form fitting for new dentures this week. Sadly the previous caregiver who lived under the same roof neglected most of Dad’s personal care and needs. And it is so refreshing to not have to make 3 hr one way drives every week to attend to Dad issues. Wonder if the brother will ever bother to come and visit his father? At his convenience of course! We lucked out and got the last suite in this 3 year old building. No long-term health care facility kind of smell or vibe. Feels like a beautiful condo, which it basically is. Hopefully will add a few more good years to Dad’s life. Dad and lilacs

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PSW arrived at 8am. Full day ahead. She gets Dads morning program underway. I load up car and head to dump. Efficient system. Car is weighed before u dump stuff. Then weighed after. Charge is $8.50 for 100kg. Pail of oil was free as was metal waste. The PSW does three loads laundry. I have to repair steps to line. Rotted side. Use ballpeen hammer. Its a bitch not having my tools. Trying to find tools in somebody else’s shop! Then to podiatrist. He took one look at Dads toenails. Said the problem is these are toes of a man older than 39! Not worth doing anything. It is not contagious. Forty bucks but money well spent. Then hang more laundry. And.. A bang from inside. Go look and Dad is bleeding profusely from gash in forehead. I apply pressure. He slipped on piles of magazines and envelopes Roland has been living with on his bedroom floor. Had you moved out by now this would never have happened. And so Ive been sitting in emergency now for almost 4 hours waiting for stitches. Nurse guesses Dad will need 16. Tell me Roland. How do you feel about living in your Dad’s house now ? Saamatu. Hopeless. At least the PSW is working ou well. Hat will tomorrow bring?

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As much as I feel sympathy for our Boston neighbours and the terrible losses suffered by its citizens, I also feel a sense of scorn at America and its lawmakers.  They reject their President’s rational and heart-felt approach to stemming the tide of assault weapons by quashing his gun control legislation in the senate.  They continue to allow purchase of military weaponry by its citizens without need of any background checks.  They allow propagation of 50 bullet gun clips and have the audacity to condemn terrorist attacks.  There is a cancer that runs through American society, and it is called the National Rifle Association or NRA.  For this lobby group to exert such a powerful influence in the halls of the Senate that it can defeat measures intended to rein in acts of terror is an abomination of America.  The Boston attack is as much a product of foreign terrorists and extremists as it is a product of American lawmakers and the NRA.  The right to bear arms is not a right to bear any and all kinds of arms. Until the NRA loses its grip on Washington, there will continue to be terror attacks.  And don’t blame the terrorists next time.  Look in the mirror and ask yourself if your society might also be at fault.

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