Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pizza Hut no longer adding antibiotics?

Pizza Hut is no longer going to add antibiotics and other chemicals to their pizza?

So Pizza Hut today was one of the first to announce and admit that they were going to stop using antibiotics and other chemicals in their pizzas in an effort to improve sales. So the real question comes down to this, if they didn't tell us before that they were using antibiotics and other things in their food product, and we didn't know it, how are we going to know if they've stopped using those products? If a food product never spoils, never diss-colors, never loses its flavor is it a safe product to consume ? When the almighty dollar takes precedent over food safety do these companies really know what the word ethics means?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Why are casino workers finger printed and bank workers not?

     If you want to work in a casino you have to have what is called a gaming card. You go to the local police station buy the card and get finger printed. But if you work in a bank there is no such thing, why? How would finger prints help catch a casino worker that is stealing? Casinos have 3 times the cameras that a bank has, and few casinos use finger prints as part of their security. I have been told that part of it is to identify possible organized crime and keep them out of casinos.If that is the case shouldn't we worry about banks too or are they already full of crooks and there is no point look for them in bank? Is there a hidden agenda behind singling out only part of the work force. Does the government think that only criminals work for casinos because they are low paying, non-skilled jobs? Isn't that profiling ?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lahontan Reservoir, safe or unsafe?

Lahontan Reservoir 

safe or unsafe?

When reading this article, please keep in mind these are questions? They are questions that any concerned parent or person would have if they were living under similar conditions. And as far as I know there is not a law against asking questions. The article is not intended to imply anything about the Churchill County, Fallon, Nevada area. Although their should probably be a better explanation given to the public about heavy metal contamination, other than scientific reports that only someone with a degree can read or understand.

  Today I thought I would ask a few questions about a local matter. For many years now we have known that due to mercury contamination of the Carson River in Nevada, that the fish in 
Lahontan Reservoir are not safe to eat, correct? In my research concerning the contamination of mercury, I found the government information to be mainly concerned about the consumption of the fish from the reservoir. I did learn that the contamination is throughout the water system and that the Indian Lakes area has the higher concentrations of mercury. I found little if any information as to how this contamination affects agricultural crops, livestock, wildlife or people. I also found little information regarding other heavy metals and contaminants that would've resulted from the same mining operation that caused the mercury contamination.
     Many are using this irrigation water from the reservoir to water their crops and in some cases water their livestock, is that safe? If the fish are contaminated how is it that the cows drinking this water are not contaminated or the milk they produce? If hay fields are irrigated with water from the reservoir how is it that these agricultural fields are not contaminated as well?  Lahontan Reservoir is also used as a recreational area in which people use the reservoir for swimming boating and fishing.(With the understanding that the majority of the fish, are catch and release and not consumed.) EPA does not consider mercury to be a carcinogen but it is a well-known toxin that causes nerve damage and with enough exposure mercury can kill you. As for the wildlife, some of the game birds and other animals that feed on the fish are showing high levels of mercury, but for some reason there there dosn't seem to be a limit on the number of birds you eat like there is a limit on the fish, why is that?
    As a kid growing up in Fallon, Nevada I spent many a summer day swimming either in the canals or the lakes and reservoirs. To this day I still wonder how many of my health issues are the result of being exposed to this toxic substance. What is even more interesting is that fact that if you have your well water tested, Mercury, lead and other toxic heavy metals are not tested for unless you specifically request to have those test done, why is that? You would think that if you were living in an area that was prone to heavy metal contamination, that the government would want to know what the current levels are? Although, I have been told by some lawyers that the reason for this is deniability. In other words our local government may try and play dumb should a serious problem arise. They will simply say," I didn't know" and thus not be liable for anything.
    The Fallon area has been my home most of my life. It would be hard for me to think of living elsewhere, but don't you think we deserve the right to know what were dealing with? If we are being exposed to a toxic substance, do we not at the very least deserve the right to know what is killing us? And with all that said could we at least get someone to explain it to us in a simple non-scientific, non-legalese language so we don't have to hire an interpreter? After all how many of you actually trust our government to look out for our best interests? 


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Apple software not safe to use in nuclear power plants, life-support systems, and air traffic control

Apple license agreement, disclaimer.

So when was the last time that you took the time to read the license agreements posted by Apple software update. It just so happens I recently took the time to read the latest disclaimer and what I found within the disclaimer was actually in some ways frightening. Usually when a company makes a disclaimer they do so because they've had problems with people misusing their product in such a fashion. Things like, remove child from baby carriage before folding, soap capsules should not be taken internally and other things that most people would not need if they had common sense.
    And so when I began reading the disclaimer, I was amazed to find in the capitalized section a somewhat alarming disclaimer. Now after reading this, one has to ask several questions. Why did they feel the need to put everything in capitalized letters? Are they yelling or just trying to highlight something they thought was extremely important? How many nuclear power plants in the world are being operated with Apple software? Did a doctor decide to use an Apple iPod to resuscitate a patient? Did an air-traffic controller accidentally plug his iPod into the air traffic control system? And how often does the failure of Apple software lead to death, injury, severe physical damage, or environmental damage? And in what environment would you use Apple software that could result in environmental damage? When the lawyers wrote this document, were they standing too close to a nuclear reactor? 

So the next time you get an Apple software update, you might want to read the fine print or in this case capitalized sections of the license agreement.