Eat Your Weedies

I spent time yesterday digging dandelions from the front parkway at our house. Recent rains resulted in a bumper crop. It was tedious but we don’t use weedkillers. Doesn’t make sense to spread poisons around our living quarters so toxic Roundup, the deadly choice of millions of American, is never an option. I admit bending to social pressure in my choice to pull the weeds. I was inclined just to leave them but if we left dandelions in the front, I worried neighbors wouldn’t appreciate the fluffy seeds carrying to their yards.

As I dispatched the leafy greens with the bright yellow blooms, I reflected that it is odd: We humans lust for lawns of grass, a plant totally devoid…

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E Voting

“We provide voting products and services to state and county governments across the USA,” said Aldo Tesi, chairman and CEO of Election Systems and Software.

Tesi explained that ES&S is a behind the scenes player for elections in support of the fundamental right to vote.

Election Systems and Software is currently in 45 states and assists about 2,300 of the 3,500 counties in the country. Last year, the company supported around 7,000 elections.
Said Tesi, “It’s everything from the actual tabulator itself to the supplies, things like ballots, ‘I voted’ stickers and the poll books, all the way through to the software that captures the results and reports it at night.” 

Tesi used to be president of First…

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Green, Green Grass of Home

The lure of verdure Most of the world snickers at the American ideal of recreating a pastoral lea in front of and behind every dream home. To most, having a lush, green lawn is a mark of affluence, prestige, pride and joy. We are so enamored with the lure of verdure that we spend over $5 billion yearly on just lawn fertilizers alone. Another $30 billion goes to lawn care companies to groom the green. To say we’re crazy about grass is an understatement.

When Green is Obscene I have tried endlessly to get a straight answer from companies like TruGreen and others about what chemicals they use with their services. I’ve talked to local franchises and national…

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Resist the Roundup

Green grass is the American Way. Is there a greater symbol of success than a lush, manicured, tailored lawn? Okay, maybe a Tesla Model S in the circular driveway competes. But lawn green means long green to the US lawn care industry. Americans spend $40 billion yearly to keep weeds and bugs off our grass. That’s a lot of poison and more cash than the national budget for foreign aid.

As the weather warms, legions of urban dwellers will patrol yards, sidewalks and driveways toting plastic spray bottles and slowly killing themselves, family and neighbors. And it will get worse with Roundup resistant grass.

Dandelions don’t kill. Roundup does. Roundup is a trade name for perhaps the…

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You Are Eating Bug Killer

Would anyone ordinarily go to the basement or garage, grab a bottle of pesticide and chug it down? Didn’t think so. Most of those folks are under heavy sedation. But every time you go to the kitchen for a snack or eat a meal, you’re probably ingesting bug killer. The pesticide I’m describing is found in thousands of products and likely in whatever you might prepare for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And for sure, whenever you eat conventional processed food or soda, you’re getting dosed.

The culprit is corn. And right now, corn or a derivative of it is in almost everything we eat. Bread, milk, pasta, pizza, salad dressing, yogurt, cookies, soup, ketchup, peanut butter, mayonnaise, hamburger…

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Just Hold Your Water

The Rule of Three reads that a human can live without air for three minutes; without water for three days and without food for three weeks. Of course, those are just general parameters. Who really wants to experiment to find out what his or her personal limit is? Amazingly, of those three crucial needs for survival, two of them — water and food — are relatively simple to secure. Though air and food are both certainly vital, it seems water has been in the headlines a lot recently.

The most alarming news came from West Virginia where nearly a half-million people found out what it’s like to be without water. A massive chemical spill polluted tap water for…

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