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Where There’s Smoke

by on Jan.12, 2015, under Consumer, Drugs, Health, Technology

There's nothing as sophisticated as a cigarette. smoke_cool2 It makes you look cool in front of your peers. copii-fumat Despite reassurance from the cigarette manufacturers, we have doubts about the health benefits of cigarettes. Camels-smoke-a-fresh-cigarette-doctor In fact, smoking cigarettes can lead to problems, like cancer and death. smoking_death1 So what can you do to look cool and gain the admiration of your peers? ME_154_Cigarettes The technological solution is the E-cigarette. Elegant woman smoking e-cigarette with smoke wearing suit You have the elegance of a cigarette with a modern electronic flair. vape_cartNot only do you eliminate the smoke and some of the poisonous chemicals, but you can choose from a large selection of flavors. Ecigarette With the elegance of the e-cigarette and elimination of the respiratory hazards, smokers can be cool once more. But there have been some problems. e-cig02 One of the problems has been that the battery may explode while being charged. e-cig01 Although the hazard has been blamed on third party or improper chargers, it has been reported to have happened with the factory supplied chargers as well. ecigcar In Utah, an exploding e-cigarette set a child's car seat on fire. The three year old received second degree burns. ecigfire This fire displaced 30 people. ecigasp1 David Aspinall's e-cigarette didn't just start a fire when it exploded, it sprayed him with shrapnel. There was lots of blood, a hole in one leg, and gashes in another. ecigasp2 Aspinall spent nine days in the hospital, and will need skin grafts over the next three years. His apartment was destroyed. ecigasp3 Although he switched to e-cigarettes for health reasons, he has started smoking tobacco again. eciginj Having finally conquered the health complications of tobacco, e-cigarettes have made smoking cool again. kid_e-cig
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Best Laid Plans

by on Aug.18, 2014, under Miscellaneous

Sometimes the best way to cover up your illegal activities is to go underground. kremnos4 That was the idea of a resident of a property on McGills Road at Kremnos, in NSW Australia. kremnos3 A shipping container was buried underground like a survival bunker. Located in a remote area surrounded by bush, it looked like it would offer complete privacy. kremnos_fire1 But the McGills Road fire in Kremnos, part of a 700 hectare fire that threatened more than a dozen homes near Blackbutt Road and Curlew Drive, turned the area into a blackened wasteland. kremnos_after Once under fire, the secret was revealed. When police and RFS personnel inspected the properties around the area, they stumbled over some electrical wires in the dirt. kremnos5 The wires led to a hatch, which opened into the mysterious bunker. kremnos6 Equipped with high power lights and ventilation, the bunker was an ideal location for growing marijuana in secrecy. kremnos2 118 cannabis plants were discovered. The hydroponically grown marijuana emerged unscathed from the fire that destroyed the surrounding area and homes. kremnos1 A 68 year old local resident was arrested and charged with enhanced indoor commercial cannabis cultivation, drug supply, and drug possession.
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It’s A Boy’s Life In The BSA

by on Oct.05, 2013, under Culture, Education, Family, History, Kids, Parenting, Recreation

The Boy Scouts of America has agreed for the first time to allow openly gay boys as members, a decision we see as long overdue. bs-rally In a statement released by the Boy Scouts of America after the historic vote, they said: "For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, with a focus on working together to deliver the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training." bshbf65 They always been an inclusive organization, as their statement continues, welcoming white Christian boys of all kinds. But they're ready to open up to an even wider group. bs-deutcsh "Based on growing input from within the Scouting family, the BSA leadership chose to conduct an additional review of the organization's long-standing membership policy and its impact on Scouting's mission. This review created an outpouring of feedback from the Scouting family and the American public, from both those who agree with the current policy and those who support a change. ..." ScoutHandbookCovers It's never been about homosexuality at all. "The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. A change to the current membership policy for adult leaders was not under consideration; thus, the policy for adults remains in place." scountmaster_interest At least when it comes to kids. But no adults. Gay adults are creepy. The scoutmaster isn't at all creepy: He's just interested in boys. Gay kids have actually been welcome for decades, as you can see from the cover of the 1960 Boy Scout Handbook. But gay scouts have been around well before these cheery lads appeared in the Boy's Life centerfold. bshbfc3227 In 1923 the Boy Scouts adopted the "left hand clasp" as the official Boy Scout secret handshake. bs-lefthand   It's actually the same handshake members of the gay community use to identify each other without being obvious. scout-hs The scoutmasters teach the same skills to every boy, regardless of his orientation. These are things that he thinks may come in handy while you're isolated while camping. For example, you may be in a situation where you have to take your clothes off fast. Your scoutmaster can teach you how to disrobe in 20 seconds and he will probably encourage you to practice as much as possible.


Today's scouts are conscientious about the environment. They know how to clean up their camp site, set up a campfire safely, and  to leave nature undisturbed. There are even environmental awareness patches and awards.


Conservation is an especially important topic for scouts, who are at an age when conservation is crucial to the survival of their generation.


There's a whole section on it in the Boy Scout Handbook, with a lot of detail about leaving things untouched.


Today's scouts enjoy activities to encourage trust.




And bonding experiences they'll never forget.


Greater inclusion means that more boys can benefit from scouting and what it teaches, helping to turn today's children into adults well-prepared for their future.


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Cat In Heat

by on Apr.27, 2013, under Animals, Crime

A four to five week old kitten was fighting for its life in intensive care after someone set it on fire. The badly injured animal Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia's Kensington section on F Street near McPherson Square Park by Damaris Alcala. phillycat2 "It was crying when I was picking him up, but when I moved him in the back, he was screaming," Damaris Alcala said. Damaris Alcala said she discovered the burned animal in the street as a small group of people looked on at the corner of F and Allegheny. She said she picked up the kitten and walked to nearby McPherson Square, where she alerted a police officer. "When I bent down, it was still alive," Alcala said. "There was no hair on top of its head. I put it in a pillow case and when I touched the back leg, it was screaming." phillycat1 "This is a horrendous act of cruelty to inflict on a helpless animal. It is unusual, whether it's just young kids doing as a prank - what the reason is, I have no idea, but it's pretty horrendous," SPCA spokesman George Bengal said. phillycat3 The kitten suffered burns on more than one-third of its body, officials said. Most of the burns were to its head and back. They are hopeful that the kitten will survive.
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Bearing Up Under Fire

by on Sep.08, 2012, under Animals, Culture, Environment, Health, Nature

It was an especially hot toasty summer for most of the United States, and wildfires spread like butter on hot toast destroying more than 8,000,000 million acres of forest this year. In the Salmon-Challis National Forest, located in Idaho north of Boise, five separate fires eventually merged into one enormous inferno, encompassing 250,000 acres. As they were battling the blaze, Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Fish and Game encountered a small black bear cub that had climbed a Fir tree to escape the flames. His mother was nowhere in the vicinity. The four month old cub couldn't walk on his burnt paws and hadn't been able to eat in days. He weighed only 23 pounds when brought in to the Idaho Fish and Game's Wildlife Health Laboratory. They treated and dressed his claws, which had suffered second degree burns. Jeff Rosenthal, Director of the Idaho Humane Society, reported on the bear's condition. "He's healing nicely. His pads and toes are no longer bleeding and new skin is already forming on the burned portions." His contact with humans is being limited in the hopes that he can be returned to the wild in a few weeks, despite being orphaned. "He's eating like a little pig, very feisty, and not very social. He charges the cage front whenever anyone gets near, trying to scare us off." said Rosenthal. If he can't be released back into the wild, he could be situated at Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary near McCall, Idaho, where there are two acre enclosures set up as a natural bear habitat.
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Chariot of Fire

by on Aug.15, 2012, under Animals, Family, Health, Nature, Parenting

When her house in Santa Rosa de Temuco, Chile. was on fire, Amanda was determined to evacuate her five children and keep them safe. As the firefighters attended to the fire, Amanda carried her babies to safety one at a time. She found a safe place in a bin on a firetruck. All five puppies were brought out by Amanda. Four of them were unscathed, but one suffered burns on the abdomen and mouth. Amparo, the injured puppy, was taken the the Altamira Veterinary Clinic but they were unable to do anything for him and he was sent home, where he died a few hours later. Amanda became aggressive when they tried to remove Amparo and didn't want him taken away. Veterinarian Felipe Lara said, "la perrita llegó estresada y muy agresiva para defender a sus cachorros. Lo curioso es que no pescaba a los que estaban sanos, no, ella cuidaba al que estaba enfermito, quería estar con él y mordía a todo el mundo para que no lo tomaran". The other four puppies, ten days old, are healthy and doing fine with their mother.
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Ruff Ruff Life

by on Feb.23, 2012, under Animals, Culture, Family, Health

Tom Zeilenga adopted abused puppy Ruff Ruff last year. The nine-month-old Catahoula Leopard joined his two other dogs at his home in Wilmington, Illinois. While he was out celebrating New Year's Eve, a fire broke out, trapping his three dogs. A neighbor who spotted the fire managed to save the two older dogs, but the terrified puppy ran through the burning house. Ruff Ruff was discovered five hours later, badly burned and whimpering under a porch. She refused to let animal rescuers to assist her until her owner arrived. She sustained third degree burns. She's being treated at a Tinley Park animal hospital. Animal charity PAWS raised awareness of the puppy's plight and her large medical bill and the local community joined together to raise $8,000 towards her expenses. Ruff Ruff suffered severe burns around her eyes, ears, back, and all her pads on her feet were burned off. Her thick coat is thought to have saved her life. She has undergone a couple of skin removal surgeries and skin grafts. While her feet are getting better, she has lost part of her ears due to burn damage.
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Playing with Fire – Sentry Safes Suck

by on Oct.21, 2010, under Consumer, Crime, Health, Miscellaneous, Weapons

It was predicted that the computer age would bring about a paperless society when we wouldn't need hard copy documents for anything, but the need for paper documents has actually increased. Our society has become more security conscious. Children are issued a social security number right after birth.  You need a passport to visit Canada or Mexico.  Employers are required to see your original social security card in many cases to be sure you're a legal resident.  So you need to protect those papers. They can be destroyed in an instant. A house fire is reported in the United States every 90 seconds. The most common way to protect your documents and personal property is with a fire resistant safe. You can get 30 minutes, 1 hour, or two hours of protection for a reasonable price. The safes are designed to keep the temperature below 385 degrees for at least the rated time so your papers don't char and other items aren't damaged.

Other things commonly kept in home safes are guns and jewelry. To keep your property safe, it's not just fire you have to worry about. A poorly designed safe, such as Sentry brand, will do more damage to your property than fire. Expert safe technician Terry Andreasen explains: Sentry safes are wet poured when they are filled with their fire retardant material and not all of them are baked or allowed to dry completely prior to being sold.  This causes two immediate problems the first being mold or mildew on your documents the second being rust.

It even warns you in the manual that comes with the safe, though you really have to squint to read it, and it downplays the danger. Here it is enlarged.

I added a couple of pounds of Silica Gel (a desiccant) and refreshed it occasionally, but it didn't make any difference.  Anita S., Sentry's Customer Care Representative told me: "We do realize that you were using silica gel packets in your unit.  However, we do not know the brand or if instructions were on the label on the packets you were using.  The packet that is included with our product does have instructions on it for refreshing to be used again." Sentry was unable to tell me why their Silica Gel was special.  I still wouldn't eat it. I followed instructions for the most part.  I stored most of the papers in sealed plastic bags but they still got moldy. Even the cash I sealed in plastic bags got moldy. There are key hooks on the door, so it should be appropriate to use for keys.

But they corroded.  As did a valuable heirloom. The manual warns you not to store items that need to be secure because it's a fire-resistant safe, not a burglar resistant one.  But the only other caution is that you should "open your unit periodically to avoid moisture accumulation."  There are no warnings about the high-maintenance nature of Sentry safes.

Nice box design belies the awful quality of the contents

Anita S, Sentry Customer Care Representative, suggests these extra steps to keep your items from being damaged:

"We suggest that you open the safe at least once every two weeks for approximately 20 minutes. To alleviate any musty odor, we suggest that you periodically remove the items from the safe and wipe the interior with a mixture of baking soda and water and allow to completely dry." If this extra care is needed to keep my possessions safe, then it ought to say so on the box and in the instruction manual.  But then nobody would buy these crappy Sentry products. So how can you protect your important papers and valuables?  Buy another brand.  For only a little more, you can get a safe from Meilink, FireKing, or Mesa that will not destroy your valuables, and doesn't require frequent cleaning and disinfecting to do the job you bought it for. I own Meilink and Mesa fire resistant safes, and use a FireKing safe and none of them have the problem that Sentry safes have. Check out the selection and prices at http://www.authoritysafes.com.

Don't buy a Sentry safe.  You'll regret the damage to your possessions and their awful customer service.

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