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SUMMER TIME, SUMMER TIME….SUM, SUM SUMMER TIME!!! WHILE AT THE BEACH….KEEP IT CLEAN….THE LIFE YOU SAVE MIGHT BE THE NEXT GENERATION OF FISH, FOUL AND HUMAN!!!

I receive my daily newsletter from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC!!!  I had to share this with you ….THINK ABOUT PLANET EARTH—-THINK ABOUT OUR OCEANS….DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A BUNDLE OF BAGS FLOATING IN THE OCEAN THAT IS KILLING OUR SEA ANIMALS AND CREATING MORE AND MORE FILTH????  THESE BAGS HAVE COMBINED AND NOW FLOAT IN A CERTAIN REGION OF THE OCEANS OF THE EARTH….HERE…LET ME GET THE PICTURE FOR YOU—HOLD ON A MINUTE…BE RIGHT BACK…

start of the Academy Award-winning movie “American Beauty,” a character videotapes a plastic grocery bag as it drifts into the air, an event he casts as a symbol of life’s unpredictable currents, and declares the romantic moment as a “most beautiful thing.”

To the eyes of an oceanographer, the image is pure catastrophe.

In reality, the rogue bag would float into a sewer, follow the storm drain to the ocean, then make its way to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a heap of debris floating in the Pacific that’s twice the size of Texas, according to marine biologists.

The enormous stew of trash – which consists of 80 percent plastics and weighs some 3.5 million tons, say oceanographers – floats where few people ever travel, in a no-man’s land between San Francisco and Hawaii.

Marcus Eriksen, director of research and education at the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Long Beach, said his group has been monitoring the Garbage Patch for 10 years.

“With the winds blowing in and the currents in the gyre going circular, it’s the perfect environment for trapping,” Eriksen said. “There’s nothing we can do about it now, except do no more harm.”

The patch has been growing, along with ocean debris worldwide, tenfold every decade since the 1950s, said Chris Parry, public education program manager with the California Coastal Commission in San Francisco.

Ocean current patterns may keep the flotsam stashed in a part of the world few will ever see, but the majority of its content is generated onshore, according to a report from Greenpeace last year titled “Plastic Debris in the World’s Oceans.”

The report found that 80 percent of the oceans’ litter originated on land. While ships drop the occasional load of shoes or hockey gloves into the waters (sometimes on purpose and illegally), the vast majority of sea garbage begins its journey as onshore trash.

That’s what makes a potentially toxic swamp like the Garbage Patch entirely preventable, Parry said.

“At this point, cleaning it up isn’t an option,” Parry said. “It’s just going to get bigger as our reliance on plastics continues. … The long-term solution is to stop producing as much plastic products at home and change our consumption habits.”

Parry said using canvas bags to cart groceries instead of using plastic bags is a good first step; buying foods that aren’t wrapped in plastics is another.

After the San Francisco Board of Supervisors banned the use of plastic grocery bags earlier this year with the problem of ocean debris in mind, a slew of state bills were written to limit bag production, said Sarah Christie, a legislative director with the California Coastal Commission.

But many of the bills failed after meeting strong opposition from plastics industry lobbyists, she said.

Meanwhile, the stew in the ocean continues to grow.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is particularly dangerous for birds and marine life, said Warner Chabot, vice president of the Ocean Conservancy, an environmental group.

Sea turtles mistake clear plastic bags for jellyfish. Birds swoop down and swallow indigestible shards of plastic. The petroleum-based plastics take decades to break down, and as long as they float on the ocean’s surface, they can appear as feeding grounds.

“These animals die because the plastic eventually fills their stomachs,” Chabot said. “It doesn’t pass, and they literally starve to death.”

The Greenpeace report found that at least 267 marine species had suffered from some kind of ingestion or entanglement with marine debris.

Chabot said if environmentalists wanted to remove the ocean dump site, it would take a massive international effort that would cost billions.

But that is unlikely, he added, because no one country is likely to step forward and claim the issue as its own responsibility.

Instead, cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is left to the landlubbers.

“What we can do is ban plastic fast food packaging,” Chabot said, “or require the substitution of biodegradable materials, increase recycling programs and improve enforcement of litter laws.

“Otherwise, this ever-growing floating continent of trash will be with us for the foreseeable future.”

How to help

You can help to limit the ever-growing patch of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean. Here are some ways to help:

Limit your use of plastics when possible. Plastic doesn’t easily degrade and can kill sea life.

Use a reusable bag when shopping. Throwaway bags can easily blow into the ocean.

Take your trash with you when you leave the beach.

Make sure your trash bins are securely closed. Keep all trash in closed bags.

Trash is also a problem in parts of San Francisco Bay. For an interactive map showing some of the worst locations, go to www.savesfbay.org/baytrash.

– Justin Berton jberton@sfchronicle.com

This article appeared on page W – 8 of the

 

This article is important.  That is Why I am sharing it…..Think about the earth’s future…..contact Justin Berton….see what you can do to help….SAVE THE PLANET AND OURSELVES!!!!

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HOT 97 IN THE MORNING IS SO BORING!!!! WHY THIS TORTURE???!!!!

 

 

 

 

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

Alright already….we got the point! 

What is going on!

  I have nothing to listen to while I drive!  No Ms. Jones was not perfect…BUT CA’MON ALREADY!!!!! 

 I HAVE TO LISTEN TO 100.3 WITH THESE WACKY PHONE JACKS….SOME ARE SO MEAN….REALLY…THEY PHONE JACK INNOCENT PARENTS…WHOSE KIDS MUST DISPISE THEM OR SOMETHING….IT IS REALLY VERY MEAN!  NOT GOOD.

////THEN TODAY THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT CLOTHES BASED ON THE 10 CENT STORES FOR “BLACK” PEOPLE IN THE MALL!!! UGGGGGHHH AND DOUBLE UGGGH!  

 PLEASE HOT 97….GET SOMETHING GOOD ON …GET A GOOD DJ….JOCK SOMETHING….STOP PLAYING ALL OF THAT BORING MUSIC!!!  I NEED A GOOD JOKE WHEN I DRIVE TO WORK….I NEED A GOOD CHUCKLE!!!!  HELP!!!

UPDATE ON THAT Z100 STATION WITH THAT ELVIS GROUP!  TODAY THEY PICKED ON A PARENT OF A LISTENER WHO WAS IN THE DOCTORS OFFICE ON AN EXAM TABLE  AND HAD HER SO UPSET.  This phone jack was so mean….I actually felt sorry for this poor woman.  So please PLEASE  HOT 97….GET SOMEBODY ON THE AIR!!!  Hey wait a minute…

 

HOT 97….GIVE WENDY WILLIAMS A SPOT FROM 6 AM TO  10 AM….i KNOW…SHE DOES NOT HAVE THE TIME OR YOU WOULD NOT HIRE FROM A RIVAL STATION—BUT IT WAS JUST A THOUGHT!  —HURRY UP….I NEED SOME CONTROVERSY IN THE MORNING….IT IS KIND OF LIKE HAVING MY COFFEE IN THE MORNING…YA KNOW???!!!

THATS’SA’ MY BOY!!! ***** SWEENY TODD****—JOHNNY DEPP SINGS! “PRETTY WOMEN”—MOVE OVER BARBARA STRIESAND!!!! ULTRA DISTURBING… BUT GREAT TO WATCH NONETHELESS!!!*****

I think I have told you guys, and gals this before…..I LOVE JOHNNY DEPP! 

BUT…this Sweeny Todd FlicK is rather disturbing to me.

  I do not like alot of blood and gore and I feel nervous about plays and movies that focus on REVENGE.  Passionate crime, or crime for lets say….John Q.  in which Densel Washington plays a father who was in a fight for his child’s life….those type of movies with a focus on violence for a “cause”  I can watch. 

 BUT ….this Sweeny Todd Movie…I know, I know….it is a movie that was adapted from a BroadWay Play.

  Look,  I have sung alot of the songs from that play without really knowing their origin. 

 I had this “tape”–yes!  I said tape,  a very old tape– featuring Barbara Striesand that was only tunes from BroadWay and ‘PRETTY WOMEN’ was sung by Barbara Striesand.  Imagine my shock when I heard Johnny Depp sing it!  Wow! 

The violence was more intriguing….than appalling.  I was overcome by the amount of blood spraying from the victims of Sweeny Todd. 

What was funny….but should not have been I guess…was how Sweeny Todd, (a.k.ak Johnny Depp)  sat while the baker woman sat day dreaming him through her life and hopes. 

 It was comical because he only seemed  to display emotion when he was contimplating murder and the use of his barber blades.  UGH!!!!! 

Johnny Depp did a fabulous job in taking my mind off of Pirates of the Caribbean for a while. 

But  I did not feel any type of “friend in my head attraction”  to him in this movie.  The Sweeny Todd character portrayed by Johnny Depp made me nervous, and uncomfortable and had me bordering on contempt. 

 Some characters make you feel compassion,  (i.e.  the SANDMAN–in the last SpiderMan movie). 

You could relate to a man who was not very well educated, and lacked the skills to support his family….but SWEENY TODD WAS PSYHCO!!!!

Sweeny Todd’s attitudes changed from dark, to darker, to darkest.  He was only happy as he was about to slice and dice his victims.

He became a serial killer when he sliced his victims to make meat pies!  Talk about a happy butcher!

  AGAIN UGH!!!!

  See,  today is June 1, 2008 and a man just sliced up his girlfriend and jumped from a Stock Exchange building. 

 So,  based on all of that….the Sweeny Todd movie is not cute, or funny!  There are too many psyhco people committing crimes based on slicing people up! 

 UGH!!!!

My son loves this movie!  He loves the music and the singing.  One strange line in the first song at the begining of the movie was sung by Johnny Depp…”The World is a big blackhole with a big deep pit….and people inside it are full of s…it!

Terrible lines….was that really in the play too?  UGH!!!  Of course my 15 year found that line hilarious!  OMG….IMAO ETC., ETC., ETC.,

So,  again,  the movie film was probably alot of ‘BLUE SCREEN’ by the looks of the London streets, and the people too. 

It was so dreary…I do not think I could have taken it on the full screen in the theatre….I am such a scary cat!  Ya…know?

But over all,  it was interesting.  But just not my cup of tea.

  I like more of a endearing Jack Sparrow Character …who I love inspite of his bad, so very bad behavior!

  Jack Sparrow smiled,  had style, and charisma….Sweeny Todd was dark and forboding and had no vision toward the future….just murder and mahem!

 Too dark for me.  I need to see the ‘LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL’….BUT TO EACH HIS OWN. 

 My son is keeping this flick in his personal bag for video games, and movies that he likes alot. 

Till next blog….

Oh,  the next movie I will discuss will be

“THERE WILL BE BLOOD”

Another excellent but disturbing flick!

—-riveroflifelisajoy

MORE FROM ***46 HEALTHY SOUL FOOD RECEIPES****Power to End Stroke*** You are the Power***Stroke Association.org ~~~~~((SOUP)) CHICKEN SOUP WITH MUSTARD GREENS AND TOMATOES!!! WOW!

 

 

 

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

 

 

This is another installment to inform and assist  all humanbeings.  As I stated before I went to a job related function and I received this lovely little book on receipes for people of color.  This information was given to me by a nice lady that represented the American Heart Association.  She wanted all of us to get out the word about black Americans and stroke.—-So please understand I am copying from the booklet…the information you are about to read is from the booklet called 46 HEALTHY SOUL FOOD RECIPES—

EDITOR Sandra K. Nissenberg,

  CEO  Louis Weber, 

 President Magazine Division Jerry L. Croft, 

Editor-in- Chief James M. O’Connor.   

BEST RECEIPES TM SPECIAL

VOL.1, no. 23, June 12, 2007

2007 Publications International, LTD.

Favorite Brand Name Recipes at www.fbnr.com

For Publications International, LTD. business inquiries call 847-329-5841

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. ORG—-

REMEMBER: according to 46 HEALTHY SOUL FOOD RECEIPES AND AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION……

STROKE TARGETS BY COLOR.

KNOW WHERE YOU STAND.  The odds are African Americans are twice as likely to suffer a stroke as white Americans.

Beating the odds isn’t about winning. It’s about living. You have the power to end stroke. 1-888-4-stroke/ StrokeAssociation.org.

Now to the receipe of the day!

Chicken Soup with Mustard Greens and Tomatoes!


Serves 4…1 cup per serving

4 cups fat-free, low sodium chicken broth

1 small carrot, thinkly sliced

4 large mustard green leaves, coarsely chopped (about 4 cups)

2 medium italian plum tomatoes, diced

2 ounces diced lower-sodium, low-fat ham (about 1/4 cup)

2 medium green onions, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon imitation bacon bits

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Now, according to the receipe follow the next set of directons….

In a large saucepan, bring the broth and carrot to a simmer over medium-high heat.  Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes, or until the carrot is almost tender.

Stire in the remaining ingredients.  Increase the heat to medium high and return to a simmer.  reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, or until the greens are tender and the flavors blend. 

Ladle into soup bowls.

Per serving: calories 61, Total fat 1.0g. Saturated fat 0.0g, Polyunstaturated fat 0.0g, Monounsaturated fat 0.5g, Cholesterol 6 mg, Sodium 297 mg. Carbohydrates 7g, Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 3 g, Protein 7 g.

Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 Vegetable, 1/2 Very Lean Meat

So there you have it…page # 10 in the Soups chapter of the 46 HEALTHY SOUL FOOD RECEIPES!!!!

NOW GET TO COOKIN!

TILL NEXT BLOG~~~~

RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY

BLOODS *** CRIPS***AND GANG VIOLENCE! New ENDANGERED SPECIES….BLACK MALE TEENAGERS!

My Baby Boy...Endangered Species in Todays Society--2008My son recently turned 15 years old.  I am concerned about him and all other males that are black, minority and non-minority.  The life expectancy is limited.  I will consider my years as a teenager and I will tell you. 

 When I attended junior highschool and highschool back in the 70’s  I do not recall anybody ever getting shot or killed by drive by,  gang related,  or stray bullets….ever! 

 When I attended a school in New Hyde Park Queens it was embroiled with race riots and such…but never was there a murder based on these issues.  A girl I attended school with had gotten a piece of glass in her eye from the “special bus” that we were riding. 

 The special bus was a city bus set aside to transport the minority bus students out of New Hyde Park from our junior highschool I.S. 172 back then.  The buses would ride right up to the school and we would board the buses and they would ride down Hillside Avenue in Queens to 169th Street.

One day there were white teenagers and they threw a brick at the special bus and shattered the window. My friend had to be taken to the hospital and glass had to be removed from her eye. The funny thing was her mother was white and her father was black.

She was the product of racial harmony, however she became the victim of racial hatred when the white teenagers tossed that heavy brick through the window of the bus she was riding in.  She had always been a quiet girl and pleasant to talk to.

 From the incident she transferred out of the school. I never saw her again. That was a terrible event that should of never happened. Nowadays the violence is either black on black or white on white possibly gang related and totally completely senseless.

People are being found dead in parks, deserted areas, and other areas.  My son was attacked by a group of kids from another school.   It was his graduation from Grace Lutheran to prepare for highschool.  What a mess. 

 My son and his friends, six of them were all assaulted except for one.  They had to literally run for their lives.  I was so shocked.  I had put him through 9 years of private school, sacrificed,  and went without inorder for him to have a good,  healthy enviornment in which he would learn how to treat and repect others. 

However, on his last day of school the principal had allowed them to have half a day.  The six boys wanted to play a last game of basketball and so they went to a elmentary school P.S. 34 to play. 

 However,  since they were not usually  in that area for any reason during the school year,  they found themselves  walking on dangerous ground on the gang of boys assumed basketball court.  The violence was not race related like when I was a kid.  Instead this was violence that was black on black only.  No ryhme or reason.  This was not West Side Story the movie come to life….it was some type of tribal war over a play ground. 

My son who has episodic seizures was stomped, and kicked till he fell to the ground.  Another kid had passed out from the brutal beating that he took.  My son and his friends told me that they had been attacked by atleast 20 of these pre-teen,  teen black boys. 

 Why I keep asking myself is this violence so prevalent in the year 2008?  Where is all of this leading?  My son has been playing tennis for six years.  He has represented his school on the basketball team.  He received a dogtag from his school for his participation in team sports.  He is considered a very nice young man.

Why were those other kids not in school?  Were those other kids truants or drop outs?  A sanatation worker saw the brawl and yelled at those assailents that she was calling 911.  The assaults stopped and everybody began to run. 

 However,  my son and his friends were all separated.  The Valdictorian was assaulted and left with a bloody lip.  Since my son’s school was Lutheran they had a night time graduation.  The kids went home and prepared for graduation. 

I was so disgusted because my son did not call me to tell me when it happened.  As a matter of fact he was with his friend,  a very tall chubby kid that did not get assaulted,  and I had just called the cell phone of his friend who had lied to me and said at 12:30 and told me “everything is all right.” 

Meanwhile,  my son’s friend’s statement to me could not have been further from the truth.  Now,  recently since my son is in highschool,  I have to pick him and and drive him to school everyday for medical reasons. 

I am concerned about his medical health, but I prefer to drive him because I know as a black male….or any male for that matter in today’s society—my son is an endangered species.

Do you agree?  What  do you think we can do as a society to stop the flow of crime within our society –especially the youth against one another?  What can be done to change this climate of hatred, and destruction. 

Any parent wants to see their child grow to an adult and be productive in society.  Where are the parents of the violent kids, and what can be done to help those parents take back their children from the powerful influence of the streets and crime.

What do you think?