FDA tests find high mercury in light tuna cans

Concern over the accumulation of mercury in fish pops up in the media from time to time. I’ve managed to ignore it, thinking that it is only one of the many environmental contaminates that I am exposed to on a daily basis and I can’t worry about everything.
Well, I’m finally paying attention. I shudder to think how much mercury I’ve consumed by eating fresh ahi two or three times a week. Canned light tuna was previously thought to be relatively safe…

Newly released government data provide the best evidence to date that some cans of light tuna – one of America’s favorite seafoods – contain high levels of the toxic metal mercury.
Testing by the Food and Drug Administration found that 6 percent of canned light tuna samples contained large amounts of mercury, which can cause learning disabilities in children and neurological problems in adults.
The government has stated that canned light tuna is low in mercury and a good choice for pregnant women and young children.
The FDA also found high mercury levels in samples of Chilean sea bass, which is often sold in high-end restaurants. Previously, the FDA had tested only one sample.
And high levels were detected in big-eye tuna, a species often sold as ahi tuna and served in sushi.
No federal warnings exist for either fish, although the average mercury level found in the FDA tests was above the average in albacore tuna, which the government tells pregnant women and young children to limit eating.

FDA tests find high mercury in light tuna cans –
If you want to find out how much mercury you might be eating, here’s a calculator…
And if you are really curious, you can get yourself tested and help out a Greenpeace study on mercury exposure at the same time.
You can order testing through the Sierra Club for $25. They give you the results and also add them to the Greenpeace database.
Sierra Club – Mercury – Get Tested!
Mercury levels in your body will drop if you stop or decrease your consumption, so you can do something about it if you have a high level.


The Origin of Feces

We all have our own shit to deal with…..
The Origin of Feces
An urban naturalist’s guide to crap
By Sarah Godfrey
In community meetings and on neighborhood message boards, there are few hotter topics than poop. While talk of dog-curbing dominates the discourse, plenty are eager to identify varmints in or around their homes by examining the stool samples they leave behind. Turns out, though, most of us don’t know crap.
Over the summer, for instance, one city resident shared with a community message board his discovery of feces “deep brown/black in color, and shaped like Jordan almonds and about the same size.â€? He attributed the Italian-wedding-favor-shaped dung to a deer, claiming to “have seen deer scat many times.â€?
human dung
Homo sapiens
Mistaking human feces for animal feces isn’t a common occurrence, but it does happen, says Adcock. “We’ve had cases where people were convinced they had a possum, raccoon, or some animal in their house. They’re finding feces behind the sofa every day—then it turns out it’s their toddler,â€? he says. The dead giveaway for human waste is its size: Homo sapiens drops among the biggest turds of any mammals. “Your adult fecal is larger in diameter than any animal you’ll ever run across, except a bear,â€? says Hurley. “And we don’t have to worry about bears here. There are no bears in D.C.â€?
The rest of the story at Washington City Paper

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Dumbfuck Mountain

Thanks to Matt for sending this…
A story about a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.

critters Oddities

Bull involves spectators in bullfight..

The bulls are getting smarter…they’ve finally figured out that if you want to make bullfighting less popular, you need to lower attendance….
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A half-ton bull named “Little Bird” has flown into Mexico’s history books by leaping into a packed crowd of bullfight fans and injuring seven in a panicked frenzy.
Television images from a bullfight on Sunday showed terrified spectators scattering as the 1,107-pound (503-kg) beast jumped over the heads of stunned journalists and crashed into the most expensive seats at the vast Mexico City ring.
The rampaging bull — whose name “Pajarito,” means “Little Bird” in English — gored one woman, who is hospitalized with a 6-inch (15-cm) gash in her chest. Several other people were also injured before a bullfighter stabbed the animal to death with his sword.
Bullfighting remains a popular sport in Mexico, although it does not draw the same crowds as during its heyday in the middle of last century.
Mexico City’s bullring was built 60 years ago and is one of the biggest in the world, holding 48,000 spectators. Little Bird was the first bull in the ring’s history to jump into the crowd.

colonial legacies outbreaks

Concord Times Newspaper …Sierra Leone, West Africa : Online newspaper

Jan 29.2006
Cholera kills 18 children in Bonthe
Eighteen children are reported to have died of diarrhea in fishing villages around Delken it’s surrounding in the Bonthe district, southern Sierra Leone over the past week.
This epidemic is reported to have affected over one thousand people of whom thirty are children in that area. An emergency medical response team from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and World Vision-Sierra Leone has been dispatched to the area to carry out curative and preventive treatment.
Elizabeth Domboi, nurse in charge of health and sanitation confirmed that the epidemic killed 18 children before native herbalists put it under control. She complained that local residents in the district have negative response towards conventional treatment.
Councilor Samuel Brandon blamed the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for not providing the people with adequate health facility; which he claimed would have helped to save the lives of the children.
However Murana Koroma of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation warned local residents to use conventional treatment, as it is the best and safest means to cure Diarrhea, Cholera, and other epidemic.
Meanwhile survivors who cannot withstand the herbal treatment have been transferred to other health centers within the district. It must be recalled that 10 years ago an outbreak of diarrhea and cholera claimed the lives of more than 50 people in villages around Bonthe and part of neighboring Moyamba district.


Japanese Liar Loses Harem (already lost hair)

TOKYO (Reuters) – Police found a stun gun and tear gas Friday at the Tokyo home of a man who said he persuaded 11 younger women to live with him by chanting a spell, media reports said.
Police suspect he used the weapons to prevent the women, mainly in their 20s, from leaving, the reports said.
Hirohito Shibuya, 57, was arrested Thursday for allegedly threatening a 20-year-old woman who was reluctant to join the commune by telling her that if she left she would be turned to mincemeat, they said.
He denied threatening the woman, Kyodo news agency said, adding that he also allegedly told her he was a former senior officer in Japan’s military with secret agents around him.
Shibuya, a bald, rotund man with bags under his eyes, has attracted heavy media attention this week after claiming he chanted a spell to attract the women.
He had married and divorced several of the women, who continued to live with him, the reports said.
Asked what the incantation was, he told a newspaper: “When you say it, even unattractive men become attractive. But I won’t say it because if I do, I’ll die.”
Police confiscated several books on hypnosis from his home, Kyodo said.


The Funny Man Got the Girl…

TORONTO (Reuters) – When it comes to romance, women prefer someone who tickles their funny bone while men opt for those who catch their eye, according to an international survey released on Wednesday.
The survey, conducted in 16 countries by Canadian romance publisher Harlequin Enterprises, asked men and women on six continents about traits they liked or disliked and how they went about trying to meet Mr. or Ms. Right.
The poll revealed differences between countries in the way people tried to impress the opposite sex.
Australians and British men frequently admitted drinking too much, while about half of German and Italian men said they had lied about their finances. Spaniards were the most likely to use sex to catch someone’s attention.
Eighty percent of Brazilian and Mexican men said they had lied about their marital or relationship status, as did 70 percent of German women, the survey said.
When it came to meeting that special someone, a majority of respondents preferred to rely on friends for introductions. The Internet was not a popular hunting ground except in Portugal, where about half the surveyed men and women opted to find people online.
Both Spain and France suffered a gender gap. Thirty percent of Spanish men, but no Spanish women, looked for love online. In France, 40 percent of men but only 10 percent of women attended parties, bars and clubs to meet someone, but they did have one thing in common: both sexes rated looks as more important than their counterparts in other countries.
When it came to that first meeting, a majority of men polled said beauty was more important than brains, while women put a sense of humor at the top of their list.
Physical attraction was the top priority for men in France, Brazil, Greece, Japan and Britain. And while 40 percent of Portuguese men rated intelligence over looks in a first encounter, no Australian men did so.
In the United States and Canada, humor was considered the most important trait by both men and women, getting 63 and 73 percent of the vote respectively.

The Life Aloha

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Dethroned in Hawaii

HONOLULU – Everyone thought the humuhumunukunukuapuaa was Hawaii’s state fish. As it turns out, the brightly colored fish with the excessively long name has been dethroned.
The news shook the world of Rep. Blake Oshiro, who found out the designation was no longer official from Joel Itomura, a 6-year-old fish-loving son of a friend and constituent.
“I was really surprised,” said Oshiro, who has drawn up a bill that would make humuhumunukunukuapuaa — also known as the rectangular triggerfish or “humuhumu” for short — the official state fish for the islands.
The stubby-nosed, brightly striped and slightly aggressive little fish whose name few tourists even try to utter (it’s pronounced HOO-moo-HOO-moo-NOO-koo-NOO-koo-AH-poo-AH-ah) is commonly believed to be the state’s favorite. The fish figures into tourist trinkets, broadcast commercials and a much-beloved song about a little grass shack.
Much like its name, the fish’s road to titlelessness is long and confusing.
In 1984 the state Legislature asked the University of Hawaii and the Waikiki Aquarium to survey the public and come up with a candidate for the state fish. The humuhumu was swept into the spot in part through the support of school children who learned of the campaign through classroom projects.
Although the issue of the state fish would seem to come with little controversy, the method used to poll the public was questioned and lawmakers limited the designation to five years.
No one told the public that the humuhumu’s reign was over, so few knew anything had changed.
And the humuhumu has its opponents.
State Rep. K. Mark Takai said he had objections to a similar bill a decade ago because many of his constituents were in favor of the oopu, a brownish, freshwater gobbie endemic to the islands, he said.
The humuhumu is not unique to Hawaii, he said.
There is no lack of fish species specific to the islands. Thirteen species of wrass alone are found here and nowhere else in the world.
But while humuhumu may call more than just Hawaii its home, it has a few undeniable attributes on its side — cuteness and unpalatability.
“Here’s a cute little fish. It kind of looks like a pig and it squawks and everything,” said Chuck Johnston, editor of Hawaii Fishing News.
It’s also a good candidate because no one eats a humuhumu, he said. Picking a popular game fish such as the ulua could be a problem if environmentalists push to protect the fish from fishermen, he said.
Johnston has asked Gov. Linda Lingle to give the fish the state title in perpetuity through an executive order.
In her reply early last year, Lingle said that decision should instead be left to the public. She also pointed out that the humuhumu has not historically been held in very high regard, having been used by early Hawaiians as fuel for their fires, not their stomachs.
While Johnston had originally advocated for the Pacific blue marlin two decades ago, his support now for the humuhumu is unwavering.
“The logical choice is the one that was already selected,” Johnston said. “It has been there. He’s been crowned.”


Burning Man = Giving Man > News > Nation — Burning Man contributes $100,000 to charities
RENO, Nev. – Organizers of the annual Burning Man festival in northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert announced nearly $100,000 in contributions Friday to a variety of charitable, art and service groups.
The money is in addition to $35,000 Burning Man participants raised at this year’s event for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
“As an organization that is committed to art and community, Burning Man is pleased to support the charitable endeavors of our neighbors in northern Nevada,â€? said Marian Goodell, a spokeswoman for the Black Rock City LLC, host of the event.
The money raised through ice sales and fundraising efforts at the counterculture festival will go to organizations in Washoe County, neighboring Pershing County and the San Francisco Bay area.
It’s more than twice as much as Burning Man donated to charities last year, bringing the total donated since 1998 to nearly $300,000.
More than 35,000 people attended last fall’s festival that has been held in the desert 120 miles north of Reno for the past 16 years. It began on a beach in San Francisco in 1986.
Recipients of this year’s donations include:
Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada Outdoor School, Gerlach Medical Clinic, Reno Crisis Call Center, Friends of the Black Rock, Gerlach High School, Gerlach-Empire Senior Citizens Palace, Gerlach Volunteer Fire Department, Gerlach General Improvement District and the Empire 4-H club.
In addition, Burning Man organizers recently finished restoring the historic water tower in Gerlach as a gift to the town and contributed $800 raised by collecting aluminum cans at the festival to the Gerlach High School Student Council.
Burning Man also now provides free wireless Internet and technical support to Gerlach’s residents.
Larry Harvey, founder and executive director of Burning Man, said several Burning Man participants recently traveled to Biloxi, Miss., to help rebuild a Buddhist temple destroyed by the hurricanes.
“Volunteering and community service isn’t something that our participants do for just a week at Burning Man. It’s something they do all year, and the hurricane efforts are a good illustration,â€? Harvey said.

in and out Oddities West of the Pacific Ocean

Thailand's creepy couple to marry

Now that’s goth……

A Thai woman who set a world record by spending 32 days in a cage with 3,400 scorpions is to marry a man who holds a similarly creepy record for centipedes.
The couple will marry on Valentine’s Day and plan to consummate their vows in a coffin, according to a sponsor.
The pair met while performing their respective stunts at a snake farm.
Kanchana Ketkaew’s record was broken in 2004 by a Malaysian woman. Her fiance, Bunthawee Siengwong, set his record by spending 28 days with 1,000 centipedes.
“The couple met and fell in love when they were touring together after winning their records,” according to Somporn Naksuetrong, general manager of Ripley’s World of Entertainment, in Pattaya.
He said the couple planned to have a traditional Thai wedding ceremony, where elders bless the couple with water.
But instead of following Thai tradition and heading to a “wedding room” after exchanging vows, the pair plans to climb into a coffin, he was quoted as saying by the AP agency.
Kanchana Ketkaew, 36, was stung nine times while setting her 2002 record.
“It was like being in a room at home, only with thousands of little friends,” she said at the time.

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