Archive for December, 2013

Monday Moaning

c_stop_global_whiningThe Skeptics versus Science.

The facts are clear.

warningearsDoing this and going “nah, nah, nah” doesn’t change the facts.

Get your fingers out of your sanctimonious arseholes and face the reality.

Make the New Year one of action, come down hard on politicians, wipe the sniveling noses of the skeptics, make things happen!


Nature Ramble

… or rather the absence of one.

Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out. The only thing I had in my head for Nature Ramble was about a new sea snail, amongst other things,  found off the coast of Scotland.

Hardly Nature Ramblish stuff.

And now I can’t find the link to post the photo… But then it’s Monday, you expect these things on Monday.

So here’s a photo of the Chaparrastique volcano reupting in El Salvador this week, not a place to go rambling at the moment.

Image: BBC News

Satireday on Eco-Crap


Make you Fink on Friday

This is a great song written by the Aussie group Men With Day Jobs. Thanks to quakerrattled for posting from Hot Topic .


Not a CTWW Post – 25th Dec

Day off…

BBQ for ex and kids today.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas.

I Boobed

Yesterday was Monday, need I say more?

The above is a hypothetical question, it doesn’t need an answer.

With PC problems, internet problems, best part of two days with almost no access I got confused and posted today’s post instead of Monday Moaning


So today you get…


Simple Green Ideas

Now this one’s a little more oddball. Not everyone has the necessary items, but if you have, it’s a neat idea for a games room or den.



Nature Ramble

Strange beasts on…

These are NOT snakes!

Hemeroplanes Triptolemus Moth Lavae

Hemeroplanes Triptolemus Moth Larvae

The Hemeroplanes triptolemus is capable of expanding its anterior body segments to give it the appearance of a snake, complete with eye patches. This snake mimicry extends even to the point where it will harmlessly strike at potential predators.Wikipedia

Satireday on Eco-Crap


Make you Fink on Friday

Anti-bacterial soaps may not prevent the spread of germs, FDA claims

FDA said it is reviewing research suggesting chemicals used in common soaps and body washes may pose health risks

FDA is reviewing claims in response to concerns that widespread use of antibacterial soaps may be fueling a rise in superbugs. Photo: Mandel Ngan /AFP /Getty Images

After more than 40 years of study, the US government said Monday it has no evidence that the anti-bacterial chemicals used in countless common soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and it is reviewing research suggesting they may pose health risks.

Regulators at the Food and Drug Administration said they are revisiting the safety of chemicals such as triclosan in light of recent studies that suggest the substances can interfere with hormone levels and spur the growth of drug-resistant bacteria.

The government’s preliminary ruling lends new support to outside researchers who have long argued that the chemicals are, at best, ineffective and at worst, a threat to public health.

“The FDA is finally making a judgment call here and asking the industry to show us that these products are better than soap and water, and the data don’t substantiate that,” said Stuart Levy of Tufts University School of Medicine.

Under a proposed rule released Monday, the agency will require manufacturers to prove that anti-bacterial soaps and body washes are safe and more effective than plain soap and water. Products that are not shown to be safe and effective by late 2016 would have to be reformulated, relabeled or removed from the market.

“I suspect there are a lot of consumers who assume that by using an anti-bacterial soap product they are protecting themselves from illness, protecting their families,” said Sandra Kweder, deputy director in the FDA’s drug center. “But we don’t have any evidence that that is really the case over simple soap and water.”

A spokesman for the cleaning product industry said the FDA already has “a wealth of data” showing the benefits of its products.

An FDA analysis estimates it will cost companies $112.2m to $368.8m to comply with the new regulations, including reformulating some products and removing marketing claims from others.

The rule does not apply to hand sanitizers, most of which use alcohol rather than anti-bacterial chemicals.

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It’s taken 40 years to get to this. The FDA must have had some heavy pressure to get to this. Which means that there is some valid evidence.

At last!

“a wealth of data” showing the benefits of its products. What a lot of corporate bullshit. You can guarantee that 100% of that evidence is from industry biased or related sources.

Triclosan has been used since 1972, and it is present in soaps (0.10-1.00%), shampoos, deodorants, toothpastes, mouth washes, and cleaning supplies, and is incorporated into an increasing number of consumer products, such as kitchen utensils, toys, bedding, socks, and trash bags. It is also found in health care settings in surgical scrubs and personnel hand washes.Wikipedia

And they don’t really know if it’s safe or not!



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