oh noes!!! ginger from China goes on the “no consume” list

according to the PAN Pesticides databasealdicarb sulfoxide, the pesticide detected in the ginger is one of their "dirty dozen", a list of extremely hazardous pesticides… that

cause many deaths and widespread environmental damage every year. Most have been banned or restricted in the industrialized countries because of their known hazards. Yet the Dirty Dozen are still heavily promoted and widely used in many developing nations, where the lack of protective equipment, safety training, and medical services makes their impact even more devastating.

[sigh]  I love ginger.  it seems that so far the advisory is for raw (natural) ginger, i.e. the root

  which is not labeled by country of origin.  for what I understand most of the raw ginger exported into the US comes from China.  bummer.

candied ginger (yum!), as a packaged product, is labeled as of country-of-origin. some comes from China, some from Thailand, some from Australia.  the best I have ever had comes from Thailand and is sold by Trader Joe's:


I'm almost out.  I guess a road trip to Cincinnati is in the cards, since we are not cool enough to have a local TJs.

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ad reaction timeline

came across this print ad Source

here's my reaction timeline:

0 second:    huh?
1 second:    the dick is so big it split her mouth.  hilarious
2 second:    hilarious?
3 second:    butbutbut…is a condom ad.  what difference does it make?
4 second:    is this condom supposed to make the dick smaller?  not a good selling point to the target demo
5 second:    look!  she's hurt… ain't that hilarious?
6 second:    fuck no. that ain't hilarious. not at all
7 second:    did she get skull-fucked?
8 second:    …this looks painful.  if the dick is doing so much damage, why didn't the dick-owner stop?
9 second:    because the dick-owner (a) didn't care, (b) enjoyed hurting her, (c) she enjoyed being hurt
10 second:  speaking of her…why is she eyeless and headless? just an orifice is what she is
11 second:  even though the corners of her mouth have been cut/ripped, there is no blood, no bruising, no swelling. her
                  lipstick and make-up are not messed-up at all
12 second:  conclusion: she can be hurt and it doesn't matter. besides, look, she's fine!
13 second:  and she's ready for it to happen again
15 second:  @$^)&^@_(  !!!

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thoughts from a muggle

now that Harry Potter mania is receding, I I'm weighing in (late!) with a few thoughts.

could never get into the books. I tried, twice with the first book (HP&tPS) and once with the second (HP&tCoS). I got to page 35 on the first book and to page 20 on the second.  the writing was so plodding it was a chore to get that far.
I can't accept the excuse that "well they are children's books".  some of the best books ever written were/are children's books and they manage to have language which is creative, thoughtful, emotional, and lyrical.  The Chronicles of Narnia come to mind, so does The Earthsea cycleH.C. Andersen's Fairy Tales, and many many others.
I understand that the writing lightened and the pace quickened for the later books in the series;  but having been already disappointed and with many other books fighting for attention, I decided to pass.
I don't even get Rowling's big selling point:  that Harry Potter is so *imaginative* and that she created *such an amazing world*.  I find Harry to be adequate, but not particularly different than the many other "heroes" and "seekers" in literature who have found themselves to be the ONE (i.e. "the boy who lived") and aided with a motley crew of loyal helpers and supporters have banished the EVIL one.  as to the "magical wizardly world" is mostly gimmicks, and movie gimmicks (i.e. visual) at that: the 9 3/4 train platform, the mail owls, Diagon Alley, quidditch… is all really dress up of the mundane: getting your school supplies, preparing for the trip, traveling there, school sports, etc.

ditto the first two movies: boring, plodding, glacial pace.  the kids were cute especially Ron Weasley/Rupert Grint, but his role was the time-honored best bud/2nd banana. 
one particular sore point I have with the Harry Potter movies doesn't even have anything to do with the movies at all:  it is the apparent drive to have every living British/Irish thespian appear in a role.  I have no idea if they have made this a requirement to get you actor's license, but c'mon…  and yes, I realize is each actor's choice to accept an offered role, but a small part of me dies upon finding out that Michael Gambon, so sublime in Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective is playing Dumbledore.  or that Robbie Coltrane is Hagrid. or that Helena Bonham-Carter is L'Estrange… makes me think that Helen Mirren casting in HP6 or HP7 is imminent.    ;(

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