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Wicked Blue

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NJ pizza trends

We're visiting in NJ this week and found some unusual new types of pizza. These were on the menu at a place in North Brunswick. (We got the margherita pizza and it was wonderful).

Grandma pizzas - 16 inch square thin crusts

Bruschetta pizza: red sauce, tomatoes, pesto and mozzarella

Chicken, Bacon and Ranch pizza

Chicken Fingers and Fries pizza

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza, which actually includes romaine lettuce.


There was an article about these trends in the Star-Ledger recently:

https://www.nj.com/food/2022/08/the-10-new-jersey-pizza-trends-currently-driving-me-insane.html

Pesticide made us sterile, banana workers say

Horrifying

BBC News

Tens of thousands of former banana workers say they were made sterile by a pesticide used by US companies on plantations in Latin America in the 1970s.

The United States restricted and then banned its use on the US mainland because of the health risks, but workers in Central America and South America continued to be exposed to it. Grace Livingstone reports from Panama on the workers' decades-long battle for justice.

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Across Panama, there are more than 1,100 former banana workers who say that a pesticide used by United Fruit on the plantations made them sterile.

The pesticide, called Di-bromochloropropane or DBCP, targets microscopic worms that damaged banana plants. But it can also affect men's fertility.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-62120058

40th wedding anniversary today!

Where did the time go?

So now it's ok to force women to carry fetuses to term

AND it's pretty much ok to shoot those fetuses post-birth (unless they are on the SC)

In other words, the SC seems to have legalized post-partum birth control.


For a state that worships guns the way Texas does,

it's very interesting that their big tough cops are afraid to confront gunmen.

Even when little children are getting murdered.

The Party of Death

We Democrats need to hang this label on the "pro-life" hypocrites who refuse to support any form of gun control.

No more GOP. It's POD.

Signs for a sweltering hot Saturday night









The baby formula supply problem is getting worse

Force them to be born, then starve them

CNN Business

For months stores nationwide have been struggling to stock enough baby formula. Manufacturers say they're producing at full capacity and making as much formula as they can, but it's still not enough to meet current demand.

The out-of-stock rate for baby formula hovered between 2% and 8% in the first half of 2021, but began rising sharply last July. Between November 2021 and early April 2022, the out-of-stock rate jumped to 31%, data from Datasembly showed.

That rate has increased another 9% in just the past two weeks, and now stands at 40%, the statistics show. In six states — Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri, Texas and Tennessee — more than half of baby formula was completely sold out during the week starting April 24, Datasembly said.

And although seven states had between 40-50% of baby formula products out of stock as of early April, 26 states are now struggling with supply.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/08/business/baby-formula-shortage/index.html

Big Oil Touted Recycling to Sell More Plastic, and Left Cities Grappling With a Costly Waste Problem

NBC Washington
By James Pollard and Danielle Abreu

Just because that plastic item you rinsed out and placed in your recycling bin is labeled as recyclable doesn't mean it actually is.

In fact, according to a 2020 Greenpeace report, most types of plastics in the U.S. are not recyclable and usually end up in landfills or incinerators, if not polluting the environment. The vast majority of recycling facilities across the country can only accept two types of plastics, the report found, and even then only a small fraction of that plastic waste is actually processed.

How small? According to the Environmental Protection Agency less than 9% of plastic material generated in the U.S. Municipal Solid Waste stream was recycled in 2017 and 2018, the last years for which data is available. Another 15.8% was combusted for energy, while 75.6% was sent to landfills. Millions of tons also ends up in our oceans and rivers each year.

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Hirsch pointed to a 2020 investigation by NPR and PBS’s “Frontline,” which found the makers of plastic — the nation’s largest oil companies — lobbied states in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s to mandate the “chasing arrows” symbol appear on all plastics. These petroleum companies and the industries that depend on plastic to bottle their products sold to the public the notion that the majority of plastic could be recycled, despite knowing otherwise and making billions of dollars in the process.

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/most-of-your-plastic-waste-isnt-recyclable-and-ends-up-in-landfills-heres-why/3030840/

This is so depressing. The world is drowning in plastic.

Advice wanted: Pest control company is being a pest

Has anyone experienced something like this? Or know what to do about it?

About a year ago I hired a small local company to get rid of ants invading my house. I looked for one that used environmentally friendly materials.

They told me they did not do one-time treatments. I had to agree to four treatments. If I canceled before having all four, I had to pay a $375 early cancellation fee.

The guy that showed up was evasive about the stuff he sprinkled around the house foundation. I would have liked to cancel but didn't want to pay the fee. The final treatment was in October. I paid the bill and thought that was the end of it. I did not want to hire them again.

In January the company notified me that they were coming out that week to do another treatment. I said I did not want them to come as I didn't want to re-hire them. They told me in that case I owed them a $175 early cancellation fee. I told them I did not owe them a damned thing, that I'd paid for the required four treatments and that was the end of it.

They insist I owe the cancellation fee, and have been pestering me with emails, phone calls and letters. I don't answer them.

I looked through my paper files and computer files, and can't find any sort of paperwork or contract. I always file stuff like this, but there was nothing. I do remember signing something the guy from the company wanted me to sign. I can't remember if it was on an ipad or paper on a clipboard. This is driving me crazy. Did I have something in writing from them or not? My memory isn't as good as it used to be.

There was some kind of agreement of mine on the company's website, but they deleted my account so it's no longer there. In other words, I can find absolutely no proof of what I did or did not agree to. I clearly remember being told I had to agree to all 4 treatments and pay for them, which I did.

I don't feel I owe them anything. This ridiculous fee is for the privilege of not re-hiring them. Why should I pay for non-service?
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