Not a bad score. I would like to do some boxing, but some little boy who shall remain nameless finally broke the nunchuk through little-kid-carelessness.
A movement to essentially take over the Facebook wall of cereal giant Kellogg’s appears to be working quite well, as a few peeks at the mega-corporation’s page reveals.
While the Battle Creek, Michigan based company has crafted a wholesome image through its commercials, friendly cartoon characters and seemingly health-focused products, activists of the GMO-free movement aren’t buying it because of their rampant use of GMOs, and they have a bone to pick.
Spurred by various activist groups for health freedom on Facebook including many that are support California’s landmark Proposition 37, which mandates genetically modified organism (from food crops) labeling, individual users have continued the barrage of posts. Most of them focus on their own personal decision to dump Kellogg’s for using GMOs in recent years, as well as to inform people interacting with the page about studies that have shown serious health defects caused by GMO corn and other GMOs.
Kellogg’s of course uses GMO’s in most of their cereals, as just about all processed food companies do nowadays. Corn, canola, soy, sugar beets (labeled as “sugar), and a few other ingredients are among those that are likely genetically modified if not organic. They have been linked to infertility, serious allergies, weight gain and organ damage in lab animals.
The company has taken a stand against Prop 37, however, to avoid having to label its products as containing GMOs in California. Many analysts believe that a win for the proposition in California could open the flood gates for more states to adopt such laws, which is exactly what companies like Kellogg’s and similar companies want to avoid. So far, Kellogg’s has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to fight the initiative and is likely to donate more as November draws near.
It’s interesting to note just how effective the campaign has been on Facebook by the anti-GMO crowd, however. Virtually every post or thread started by Kellogg’s has a high number of respondents spreading awareness about GMOs, and Kellogg’s fans are becoming curious. Many of them seem as if they had no idea that GMOs were even an issue, or that they happened to be in Kellogg’s products.
Today the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging this discriminatory program. We are representing a mother and her three daughters currently enrolled at Vandy. The three girls are suing the Wood County School Board because their 6th grade year was torturous for them.
• One girl has attention-deficit disorder and has trouble sitting still in class.. Her punishment? Being sent to the boys’ classroom, where she is required to sit still and face the wall while the boys roam freely around the room!
• Another girl is legally blind and has difficulty reading in the dimly lit classroom; she requested brighter lights and the teacher told her to sit by the window.
• And a third girl learns best by reading and writing things down; however, when she asked for more time to take notes and copy slide presentations, she was told that girls learn best through auditory rather than visual input.
These girls are being unfairly deprived of equal educational opportunities because they do not conform to gender-based stereotypes.
Through our lawsuit, we hope to halt this discriminatory program and bring public attention to the harms caused by sex stereotyping and unjustified separation. No child fits all the stereotypes about his or her sex, and teaching kids as if they did is simply wrong.
The following are guidelines for what you should do if the weather is extremely hot:
Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to sun.
Stay on the lowest floor, out of the sunshine, if air conditioning is not available.
Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
Eat regular, light, well-balanced meals and limit your intake of alcoholic beverages.
Drink plenty of water. People who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use the buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
What should you do?
If a period of extreme heat is forecast for your area, take the following precautions:
If you have air conditioning already installed, make sure it works properly before the summer months.
Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate them if necessary. Check your home’s air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
Install temporary window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, between windows and drapes to reflect heat back outside.
Install weather stripping on your home’s doors and windowsills to keep cool air in and hot air out.
Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers, which can reduce the heat entering a home by up to 80 percent.
Keep storm windows in place year-round.
If you don’t have air conditioning, open your windows during the coolest part of the day and keep fresh air moving around your home with circulating fans.
Drink plenty of cool non-alcoholic liquids, especially water.
Protect your face and head with a wide-brimmed hat, and wear light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight (dark clothing more readily absorbs sunlight).
Keep pets indoors and refill their water bowls frequently.
What are the health impacts of extreme heat?
Most heat-related illnesses occur when victims have been overexposed to heat or have over-exercised for their age and/or physical condition. When extreme heat is at its most deadly, it kills by forcing the human body beyond its capacity to cool itself down, slowing the processes by which normal body temperature is maintained.
Who’s at risk?
Heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable. When extreme heat occurs, it’s important to be aware of those at greatest risk for experiencing its effects: the very young, the elderly, and people with chronic diseases and/or mental illness. Even young and healthy individuals, however, can succumb to heat if they take part in overly strenuous physical exercise outdoors during hot weather.
People living in urban areas are at high risk also, thanks to the poor air quality of many large cities and often-stagnant atmospheric conditions, which trap pollutants in the air. When people breathe in these pollutants, they can trigger a wide range of respiratory problems.
Asphalt and concrete also store heat longer and gradually release heat at night, leading to higher evening temperatures. Known as the urban “heat island” effect, this can prevent or reduce nighttime relief from extreme heat in a large city.