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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Full of Awesome: CVS/pharmacy to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

CVS/pharmacy to Stop Selling Tobacco Products



FINALLY!  A major pharmacy chain joins the pharmacies in the rest of the Western world by not selling a poison that causes immediate cardiovascular harm at every dose, big or small, and that is the #1 cause of preventable death and disability in the US and the world.



Thank you for listening to the pharmacists, who have been opposed to selling tobacco for a long time, seeing themselves as health care providers who ought to do no harm.



CVS: Saving lives, saving money!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Cultural Appreciation vs. Appropriation: A Response

I read this article and it's just one of the most illogical articles I've seen in a long time.


First up is non-Latinos who think sugar skulls are cool and don't really know anything else about Dia De Los Muertos except having fun and painting their faces.  This troubles the blogger because, to him/her, it's sacred to honor the dead. 

I presume Mexicans doing exactly the same thing are somehow not offensive to her, because they're conveniently of the right ethnicity?  Oops, looks like they are having fun and drinking alcohol.  Not very sacred.

When white people use a sacred tradition (that historically, was suppressed by whites) simply as an excuse to throw a party, it’s disrespectful. 

White people are throwing parties to celebrate this day?  I guess I missed the memo, and here I am in a border state.

Also, I gotta comment on the "white people" thing here.  Umm...I never suppressed anyone else's holidays.  Neither did my ancestors.  Sooo...what does this have to do with me?  Oops.  All we have left is race.  Now who's being insensitive?

When it’s used as a Halloween costume, it reduces a sacred day to one cheap costume and makes the special holiday seems one-dimensional to outsiders. Calavera costumes and ~sexy Catrinas~ promote the belief that the sugar skull makeup is the ONLY aspect of Día de los Muertos

Ummm...which "white people" are you interacting with exactly?  You must have put out a classified ad asking for only the most ignorant, lowest IQ white people to be your friends.

it’s just obnoxious when white people are lauded and admired for appropriating a tradition that’s still regarded as “savage” by some Anglo eyes

Lauded and admired?  Really, when all we're doing, as you pointed out, is putting makeup on?  

Oops--"Anglo eyes".  Hmm.  So some people with low melanin levels think DDLM is "savage", and that means it's offensive when others with similar suntanning abilities admire their peers for putting makeup on?  

The wannabes – people who’ve researched the holiday to some/great extent and are now trying to celebrate it their own way. They may have some or a lot of knowledge about the holiday, but are receiving it from secondhand sources and often, white authors.

Seriously--white people can't be knowledgeable about a topic?  Let us all bow to you as a genuine Aztec then, which brings me to your next point:

with secondhand information, a mixed, bastardized idea is probably what you’re celebrating

Oh dear.  That describes almost every single holiday on the planet. 

A further troubling concept is – why do you want to celebrate it? For what reason does a white person feel the need to adopt the tradition of other cultures that previously, white people tried to stamp out? What could you possibly gain from it?

The only thing me or my ancestors try to stamp on is grapes.  You do understand we're an entire race of individuals, right?  Not members of the Borg hive mind?

Why do you want to eat pizza, wear French clothes, drive an Italian sports car?  It's not from your culture.  

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Fools!

AT Matthew 5:22, Jesus said,"anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell"

AT Matthew 5:17, Jesus said, "You blind fools!"

AT Luke 11:40, Jesus said, "You foolish people!"

To those who believe in the alleged Mayan end-of-the-world prediction

If you aren't following the rest of their alleged beliefs, why is that?

Are you sacrificing hundreds of virgins by drowning them in wells?

Are you sacrificing people by holding their limbs and tearing out their hearts as offerings to the Gods?

Do you believe there is an underworld with Mayan Gods of death?

Do you believe the night sky is a window to see what the Gods are up to?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #20

Article 1.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

--Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations

Monday, March 19, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #19

Remember this song from Mary Poppins?

"Sister Suffragette" Lyrics
Music: Richard M. + Robert B. Sherman
Lyrics: Richard M. + Robert B. Sherman
Premiere: 1964

Mrs. Banks:
We're clearly soldiers in petticoats
And dauntless crusaders for woman's votes
Though we adore men individually
We agree that as a group they're rather stupid!

Cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters' daughters will adore us
And they'll sign in grateful chorus
"Well done, Sister Suffragette!"

From Kensington to Billingsgate
One hears the restless cries!
From ev'ry corner of the land:
"Womankind, arise!"
Political equality and equal rights with men!
Take heart! For Missus Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!

No more the meek and mild subservients we!
We're fighting for our rights, militantly!
Never you fear!

So, cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters' daughters will adore us
And they'll sign in grateful chorus
"Well done! Well done!
Well done Sister Suffragette!"

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #18

The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from ever shadowing one young soul with the superstition of the Christian religion.--Elizabeth Cady Stanton