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Friday, April 27, 2007


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Originally uploaded by silverzephyr.
That's what I've named the baby squirrel that lives in the tree next to my building. I took these pictures from my office -- he tends to hang out and eat stuff in the afternoon right outside my windows. He's so adorablez I can barely stand it!!!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Hello Come Uppance

Sometimes, I have good days. When I read articles like these.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Blowing his nose and wiping away tears, the multimillionaire founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" video empire pleaded guilty to contempt of court Monday and was sentenced to 35 days in jail. Continue reading...

All I can say is...35 days isn't enough. But I'll still enjoy it.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Cases of Forced Abortions Surface in China

Morning Edition, April 23, 2007 -- Dozens of women in southwest China have recently been forced into abortions, some late in their pregnancies. It's not the first time a local government has been accused of such an action, but it's surprising because China has relaxed its law that limits each family to one child.

This is a difficult piece to listen to but I'm glad NPR ran it. I cried all the way to work. It's the only time I've heard Steve Inskeep issue a warning before playing a story.

Listen here.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

NIH Will Review Contractor's Work On Chemical's Risk

From The Washington Post:

“The National Institutes of Health says it will review the work done on a chemical called bisphenol A by a contractor hired to assess its health risks. The agency fired the company because it was also doing work for the chemical industry.”

“Herman Gibb, the president of Sciences International, called the firing "unfair." He said his company's work for BASF predated its federal work on bisphenol A, and he described an 11-employee firm where workers assigned to federal jobs were unaware that other employees were working for industry. None of the science was compromised by the firm's business ties, he said.”

Right. I’m sure in a workplace with *eleven* employees, they don’t know what’s going on with every single person!

“Gibb acknowledged that his company was working for three chemical trade associations at the same time it was performing federal reviews of two chemicals linked to those groups.”

I know this sort of thing occurs frequently and it’s nothing new. But I can’t help but be continually shocked that our government is willing to let people suffer (and die) at the hands of the chemical industry. It’s so disheartening in my battle to try and control chemicals in my food and home. I’m not a purist. I don’t have the time and energy to research and control every substance. And even if I did, things that are deemed ok may not be. Also, due to the expense of buying all organic products, I'm just not able to all the time. I try to buy organic or local if price permits. It’s such a frustrating exersize, I almost want to say what the hell, I’ll just eat all the pesticides. What does it f*cking matter?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I'm In Ur...

evolved thumbs
Originally uploaded by silverzephyr.
These continue to crack my ass up. Seriously. I don't care how played out it is. Here's more of the same (kindly sent from friend Chris R). This one reminds me of Angus!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Why Does Being A Musical Genius Also Mean You're Bat Shit Crazy?

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Originally uploaded by silverzephyr.
I mean, if you're on trail for murder, you might not want to look the part.

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Spring Roses

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Originally uploaded by silverzephyr.
I've got a rose bush in the backyard with 30-40 buds just waiting to pop open. Any day now...

Monday, April 02, 2007

"Little Joseph" Candle Holder

little joseph candle holder
Originally uploaded by silverzephyr.
I just love this creepy candle holder. The eyes...so dead...so alive...so going to come to life in the middle of the night and stab you. I must have one!

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