When is it safe for you to walk or drive into flood water?

Flood water may appear very gentle and safe to walk or drive into. But NEVER do it, says National Weather Service (NWS) of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NWS, in its Turn Around More »

Put your boobs away, ladies! (Video)

Put your boobs away, ladies! Unless they're dairy-free... then show 'em off! More »

Blackfish (movie) – Cruelty for profits and why you should not spend a penny at Seaworld parks

Orcas in captivity - slavery is still alive, kicking and accepted by society at large More »

New dietary guideline reverses 40 year old advice on cholesterol

Eating food with cholesterol is bad for you. This “fact” was “known” for long and Americans lived by it for two generations. This is part of the guideline that was given earlier More »

Leslee Udwin’s “India’s Daughter” – Let us ask some questions

Both mainstream news and social media are set afire by the BBC documentary “India’s Daughter” about the rape and murder of a 23 year medical student, Jyoti Singh, in Delhi in 2012. More »

 

When is it safe for you to walk or drive into flood water?

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Flood water may appear very gentle and safe to walk or drive into. But NEVER do it, says National Weather Service (NWS) of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NWS, in its Turn Around Don’t Drown campaign, says that “it takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles”.

Put your boobs away, ladies! (Video)

This woman has a sarcastic take on why woman should never breastfeed in public. Hilarious!

Blackfish (movie) – Cruelty for profits and why you should not spend a penny at Seaworld parks

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Watch the movie Blackfish (available on Netflix and on youtube, for a pay). The documentary describes the heart wrenching tale of what a corporation (Seaworld) has done to orcas in captivity. It goes on to document how both employees and visitors are mislead into thinking that they are doing a great service for the animals.

Orcas are highly socially-evolved creatures that live in close-knit families in the wild. A particularly moving portion of the film shows how Tilikum, the infamous killer whale at the Shamu show in Orlando seaworld park, was captured several decades ago. The graphic images and actual video of the hunt overlaid with the words of Howard Garrett, an orca researcher, resembles an eerie war scene. Deadly and brutal force was unleashed in the sea to capture a helpless baby orca! The hunt ended with a captured baby orca and two dead ones. Here are the word of Howard Garrett:

They had aircrafts, they had spotters, they had speedboats, they had bombs they were throwing in the water. They were lighting their bombs with acetylene torches in their boats and throwing them as fast as they could to herd the whales into coves.

But the orcas have been caught before and and they knew what was going on.. and they knew their young ones would be taken from them. So adults without young went east into a cul-de-sac and the boats followed them thinking that they were all going that way. While the mothers with the babies went north. But the capture teams had aircraft. And they have to come up for air eventually. And when they did, the capture teams alerted the boats and said “oh, no, they’re going north.. the ones with babies.” So the boats.. the speed boats caught them there and herded them in.

And they caught the young Tilikum while all the other orcas from the herd were circling around him and crying, quite literally.

The event shows how these highly intelligent creatures tried to save their babies from being captured by the most deadly predators on the planet. The film goes on to show the human brutality and hardships faced by orcas in captivity.

Orcas, popularly known as killer whales, are in fact neither whales nor killers. They belong to the dolphin family and do not ever hunt human beings in the wild. They are highly social creatures with strong family bonding.

By the way, this is not just the story of orcas but that of every wild animal in human captivity. Every single wild animal in captivity will have a similar story to tell. It is just that people are not willing to look beyond the facade. The message is that slavery is still alive, kicking and accepted by society at large.

Do cough syrups work?

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No, says this article in business-standard.com. It says:

Doctors around the world are shying away from prescribing the once-revolutionary drug as innumerable studies have been unable to prove their efficacy, with many even likening their effect to placebos.

Fake ‘polymer-enriched’ rice sold in markets in Kerala

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Did you think that rice made from plastic was sold only in China? Here is a surprise for you.

A little girl’s lemonade stand to end slavery and what followed

Vivienne Harr, an 8-year old girl, was moved by pictures of child laborers in Nepal and wanted to help them. She set up a lemonade stand in the middle of New York city and sold lemonade every day with the goal of raising $100,000. Her perseverance paid off – she was covered by The New York Times on day 52. After that, there as no looking back. She got more media coverage and funds poured in. She charged $2 a pop initially but went on to accept any amount that people were willing to pay. One man even wrote a check for $1000. A story of true grit and determination that shows how much a seemingly powerless person can do to change the world. She eventually mode more than $300,00 for her cause.

What followed this is not all charity and goodness.

Vandana Shiva’s video on indigenous knowledge of Indian farming and issue of bio piracy

Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned environmentalist, anti-GMO activist, founder of Navadanya, and one of the most influential women in the world (Forbes), talks about indigenous knowledge of Indian farming and issue of bio piracy.

You can train your brain to crave for healthy food

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Have you had that deep craving for junk food? Have you ever wished that you had similar craving for healthy food instead? What if you craved for a healthy salad instead of high fat cheese pizza? Well, you may not be asking for too much. According to

Russian government passes anti-GMO laws to protect health of its citizens

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The government of Russia has approved a bill banning all cultivation and breeding of genetically modified plants and animals with the exception of their use for research.

New dietary guideline reverses 40 year old advice on cholesterol

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Eating food with cholesterol is bad for you. This “fact” was “known” for long and Americans lived by it for two generations. This is part of the guideline that was given earlier by Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. These guidelines have a far reaching effect – they shape the menu of the school lunch program that feeds more than 30 million children every day, affect the dietary advice by doctors and are incorporated into national food assistance program such as WIC and SNAP. And just when you thought that everything is under control, the government says that it might have been bad advice. It turns out