When I’m sick, I think about Evolution…

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I have come out the other side of being really sick yesterday. It felt like forever! It always does. Usually when I’m ill my mind goes to evolution for some reason. Why?

I took a biology course in university and part of the ciriculum was about evolutionary behaviours. A section of the course discussed when animals get sick. They tend to leave and go off by themselves. We humans seem to do that too! Continue reading “When I’m sick, I think about Evolution…”

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Nader states that Obama may become a War Criminal

Here is an interview with Ralph Nader on the state of the world. It is a good video! He says that unless Obama severely severs his ties with the Bush war crimes regime, he will go down with them…

All life on the planet is evolving as we speak, but scientists have witnessed a more exciting evolutionary phenominon, of a species of fish in Africa splitting into 2 species.

[From Scientists Discover Fish in Act of Evolution in Africa’s Greatest Lake : EcoWorldly]

Right after saying that, here is a scientist that says that humans have stopped evolving. The guy is smarter than me, but I simply don’t believe it!

[From Evolution stops here: Future Man will look the same, says scientist | Mail Online]

Woman fired over death threat sent from work e-mail

I think it is sad that a person would threaten the life of someone because they have different opinions. I especially think it is horrible that scientists in the US are under constant ridicule about evolution and the scientific method. I hope that is not the case in Canada! It reminds me of the abortion doctors that have their lives threatened, and are even killed by criminals that claim to represent the laws of their God. So much for a loving religion…

[From Woman fired over death threat sent from work e-mail – Network World

I find it particularly humorous that the lady that threatened the biologist e-mailed the threat from her work e-mail account at 1-800-flowers!

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And here I thought that the folks that worked in the floral industry were always happy! All of this started over a stupid cracker! Pent up anger if I ever saw it!

IMO, the world needs more outspoken scientists and atheists! We need to speak out about the atrocities committed by religion, or in the name of religion. I have been working on getting more contributors to the site, along with different perspectives on the world will live in. I have a few new bloggers in the works! I have been hoping that this site would become a more collaborative forum of world events. In the next few days you should be seeing the start of this collaboration! I know you are waiting with bated breath!

Is it that hard to be an atheist these days? No…

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Letter to David Suzuki

***Update***

The David Suzuki foundation wrote me back. 🙂 Here is the letter, and their agreement that recycling is not all that it’s cracked up to be…https://pakos.me/2008/09/30/reducereuse-but-forget-recycling/

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I recently wrote a letter to a Canadian icon. Dr. David Suzuki. If and when he responds, I will post his answers. In the meantime, keep checking out the site for new content, and leave comments!

Hello Dr. Suzuki,

I understand that you probably are quite busy, and one of your staff will probably answer my email(if at all, as this topic may be controversial). But I thought that since I have had some problems understanding the benefits of recycling, I would ask a major Canadian environmental scientist, and one so highly looked upon here in Canada…

Recently I have been doing some online research about the benefits of reducing waste, reusing materials, and recycling. I have been concerned by some of my results so far. There seems to be a great benefit of reducing packaging, and waste in general. Composting has a positive benefit for my garden for instance. Buying items with little or no packaging, or packaging that can biodegrade seems good as well. Then, reusing items again and again eliminates the need to make additional packaging, bags, bottles, etc…We use old torn shirts and socks as rags. We reuse beer and pop bottles for various purposes(including making beer!). We try and use all our paper in the compost as well…

But recycling seems to be really bad for the environment. Here, on Vancouver Island, we have strong recycling programs. I originally was quite proud of this fact. But I got to wondering where all my recycling was going. It seems that once it is picked up at the curb by another truck(bad carbon footprint), and taken to a sorting station to be sorted by people on specially made equipment(bad as well), it is then piled onto ships using many trucks, backhoes, cranes etc… The material is shipped on huge tankers to another country to be recycled(really bad for the environment). I understand that up to 40% of the material is just burned which we know to be bad. As well, the chemicals needed to bleach,clean, and make ready the recycled items are quite bad as well. Then once the material is in a state considered good for reuse, new products are made. Once made(mostly in China) these items are then shipped back to North America on huge tankers and wrapped up in packaging for sale. The ‘cycle’ in recycle seems to be the repeated use of chemicals, shipping, and packaging over and over again…

I notice on your foundation site that the 6 things you can do right now to help the environment doesn’t even mention recycling, where as not long ago that was the major focus of the environmental movement.

This gets to my questions… What is your opinion on recycling? Is there any movement in place to make recycling a more environmentally friendly process? In your opinion, is it better to not recycle certain items, and are there any materials that are good to recycle(glass, aluminum)? Is it better to put our current waste in modern landfills, and just try to reduce our future packaging and reuse items the best we can? Should we ban plastics in packaging for instance..

I have to say that some of my research was done on the ever inaccurate internet, which can give you any answer you are looking for… Whether right or wrong…But I have been a university science student, and normally am able to weed through the crap(pun intended).

Thank you for your time, and keep up the good work and keeping environmentalism in the public eye.

Best regards from Vancouver Island.

Is your computer “Vista Capable”?

If you are one of the unfortunate ones that needed to upgrade your computer this year, and you didn’t get a Mac, you may have been sold a “Vista Capable” machine. It turns out that the majority of basic computers on the market could only run the most rudimentary version of Vista, and as one Microsoft executive states, you may have an expensive e-mail machine. Some folks aren’t happy, feel ripped off, and are suing the Redmond company.

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And if you fly a lot, you may want to know that George W Bush, and the US Govt are asking European countries to sign an agreement to release a bunch if personal information over to them, and even on non-travellers and family members. I am quite happy that I don’t have to fly down there too often. It won’t be long before you have to leave DNA with them, or have them put a beacon on your ankle to keep tabs on you. When was the last time you read 1984? Seems that they are getting closer to the Orwell novel all the time.

On Feb 8th, I mentioned that I would look into the losing of 28g at death. i was quite skeptical, as is my nature. Here is the doctor that did the un-scientific research. Turns out that it was all a bit of a sham…

And finally, I always have a knackering to learn new things. It has cost me hundreds of dollars taking courses! Well, I am going to save you some money today. If you are interesting in learning about biology, here is a great website with FREE powerpoint presentations on many topics.

If you don’t have Microsoft Powerpoint, don’t fret. You only need to download OpenOffice. It is a free office suite. Who needs to fork out the big bucks for this stuff? Not me…