Qoz

Sustainable Burial Versus Death (to all) By Chemical

IMG_6220

by Rudy DeesArticle Categories: ,

|

“I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime.”Dr Neil Degrasse Tyson made this statement ever so eloquently during the Poetry of Science discussion alongside Prof Richard Dawkins.In death, I too, want to be buried in, or left on the ground where animals, plants and decomposers could find nourishment from my now-unneeded remains. I want my organic remains to be recycled and my energy therein returned to the Earth I so dearly love. A sort of reincarnation, if I may.Moreover, we could eliminate row upon row of dark, dreary depressing headstones, and avoid the toxic impact on the environment. For example, did you know: About 800,000 gallons of formaldehyde-based embalming fluid are buried in […]

Black History Month and Other Cons

Stuart Miles

by Jasmine KingArticle Categories: ,

|

February is black history month. How ridiculous is that? Every minority culture wants equality—or so they claim. But a month set aside to celebrate only one culture is racism with a healthy dash of entitlement. If you really want equality then where is white history month? But oh no, whites celebrating whites is racism but blacks or Arabs or Jews or Indians celebrating themselves is cultural pride. Why is that?Black history month started as a week in the middle of February intended to teach the history of American blacks. The date was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and that of Frederick Douglass (February 14).I’m not just picking on ethnic groups. Women are just as stupid. We claim to want equality. Yet, February hosts Valentine’s Day where otherwise independent, strong women suddenly turn into entitled princesses who expect men to buy them roses, chocolate […]

Killer Cancer to End All Life

tigger11th

by Rudy DeesArticle Categories: ,

|

Cancer. A word that is associated with fear. When we hear the word cancer we have visions of a painful, sometimes slow, eventual death.What is cancer? Cancer cells are cells gone wrong. Mutations (i.e., random changes to the normal cell) in genes can cause cancer by accelerating cell division rates or inhibiting normal controls on body systems. These cells no longer respond to many of the signals that control cellular growth and death. Over time, cancer cells become increasingly resistant to the controls that maintain normal tissue (i.e., divide more rapidly and become less dependent on signals from other cells). Eventually, cancer cells break through normal tissue boundaries and spread to new sites in the body causing tissue/organ failure and eventually killing the host (or person).Gaia is host to many living systems. Many of these life forms are under tremendous stress which threatens their very survival.One very specific life system […]

Walking on Sunshine Instead of Dancing in November Rain

dasnr_en1_66878

by Rudy DeesArticle Categories: ,

|

A cool refreshing glass of ice water… quenches the thirst, cools your pallet and feels invigorating as the cold water splashes down your throat on a hot summer day.This year’s warm November weather allows for us to continue drinking those cold beverages rather than the hot chocolates we used to consume at this time of the year to ward off the November chill. This November weather is far removed from the cold November rain days we have been used to in Novembers past. After all, 2015 has set many record-breaking temperatures and has averaged, to date, to be the warmest year on record.Mainstream and social media outlets continuously reference the warm weather. There are endless selfies of people on patios at lunchtime, eating and drinking as if it were summer still. How many of us have thought about this—I mean really, really thought about it?News media weather journalists refer to El Niño’s, […]

The World’s Oldest Profession

adamr

by Cat MachtArticle Categories: ,

|

A woman I know has an arrangement with a wealthy older man. When he calls, she dolls herself up and goes—well, not running because of his penchant for super high heels, but you get the idea.This has been going on for more than four years. Other than sex, their worlds never meet. He is a businessman who flies all over the world; she is a city girl who flies through designer clothing racks. She is a junk food junkie. He is a health nut who is focused on fiber content. They have no friends in common, no hobbies to share, nothing that ties their lives together except sex.It seems obvious that she is a call girl. Except that one piece of paper hidden away in his home office safe calls her his wife. They both reside at the same address, albeit in different portions of the house.So my question is: […]