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HangBags can be the Death of you...

HANDBAGS... I never gave it a thought. Who would have thought?

Have you ever noticed gals who sit their handbags on public toilet floors - then go directly to their dining tables and set it on the table? Happens a lot!

It's not always the 'restaurant food' that causes stomach distress.

Sometimes "what you don't know 'will' hurt you"!

Read on:
It's something just about every woman carries with them. While we may
know what's inside our handbags, do you have any idea what's on the outside?

Women carry handbags everywhere; from the office to public toilets to the floor of the car.

Most women won't be caught without their handbags, but did you ever stop to think about where your handbag goes during the day?

"I drive a school bus, so my handbag has been on the floor of the bus a lot," says one woman.

"On the floor of my car, and in toilets."

"I put my handbag in grocery shopping carts, on the floor of the toilet while changing the baby's diaper," says another woman "and of course in my home which should be clean."

We decided to find out if handbags harbor a lot of bacteria. We learned how to test them at Nelson Laboratories in Salt Lake , and then we set out to test the average woman's handbag.

Most women told us they didn't stop to think about what was on the bottom of their handbag.

Most said at home they usually set their handbags on top of kitchen tables and counters where food is prepared.

Most of the ladies we talked to told us they wouldn't be surprised if their handbags were at least a little bit dirty. It turns out handbags are so surprisingly dirty, even the microbiologist who tested them was shocked.

Microbiologist Amy Karen of Nelson Labs says nearly all of the handbags tested were not only high in bacteria, but high in harmful kinds of bacteria.

Pseudomonas can cause eye infections, staphylococcus aurous can cause serious skin
infections, and salmonella and e-coli found on the handbags could make people very sick.

In one sampling, four of five handbags tested positive for salmonella, and that's not the worst of it.

"There is fecal contamination on the handbags," says Amy. Leather or vinyl handbags tended to be cleaner than cloth handbags, and lifestyle seemed to play a role.

People with kids tended to have dirtier handbags than those without, with one exception.

The handbag of one single woman who frequented nightclubs had one of the worst contaminations of all. "Some type of feces, or possibly vomit" says Amy.

So the moral of this story - your handbag won't kill you, but it does have the potential to make you very sick if you keep it on places where you eat.

Use hooks to hang your handbag at home and in toilets, and don't put it on your desk, a restaurant table, or on your kitchen countertop.

Experts say you should think of your handbag the same way you would a pair of shoes.

"If you think about putting a pair of shoes onto your countertops, that's the same thing you're doing when you put your handbag on the countertops" - your handbag has gone where individuals before you have sneezed, coughed, spat, urinated, emptied bowels, etc!

Do you really want to bring that home with you? The microbiologists at Nelson also said cleaning a handbag will help. Wash cloth handbags and use leather cleaner to clean the bottom of leather handbags.



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Hobbit bones found - could it be Bill Bogget from Lord of the rings?

True Hobbits apparently existed in history. Now considering how scientist
view the world - I don’t know if the existence of “Hobbits” mean that evolution
is a proven fact - or weather the Trilogy of “Lord of the Rings” is an actual tail of historical facts?

It amazes me how science works today - you can find a piece of a bone fragment
and scientist some how know what this bone was - a hobbit who wore green cloths
and knew a friend called “Bill Bogget” from wilshire ave…….LoL.

Did hobbits exist? Does it some how prove that Evolution is correct and not a
theory that can not be proven or disproved?

Someone call hollywood - we may have some copyright infringement law issues.

Eating from your toilet bowl ???

Is it me or do they have a fixation with the toilet Bowl? First came the toilet Bowl shaped house - now thier eating out of toilet bowls.......?

Nov. 17 - A diner in the capital of Taiwan is attracting clients with toilet humour.
The Modern Toilet diner is one of 12 eateries with a toilet theme scattered across the island of Taiwan.
Daragh Burke reports.

Sea scorpion bigger than a human male????

Could it be true - what do you think?

Scientists have found the fossilised claw of a 2.5 metre long sea scorpion, a nighmarish creature living before the age of dinosaurs.
German scientist Markus Poschmann, who found the claw in a quarry around 15 years ago, says scientists didn't previously know that these prehistoric animals were so big.
Joanna Partridge reports

Soundbite: Markus Poschmann, scientist who discovered fossilised sea scorpion claw.

I need my Internet Fix -am I addicted, no ??

I need my next fix – Am I addicted?

Well here I am in the library trying to write my post on my blog when I realized I have a serious addiction. And I didn’t even know it!

What happened? Well, my computer crashed and it’s in the repair shop – it’s been 6 days and I’ve spent all my time thinking about my computer, finding and using other computers with internet access in order to log on to my sites and blogs.

Then it hit me, I’m like a junkie running all over town looking for my fix?

I can’t believe it. I didn’t realize how needy I am. How much I obsess with my online activities. Yea I thought I spent too much time online – but, when you have to go cold turkey… you start to crave it even more. You know you’ve hit rock bottom when your at the library ready to push some elderly woman out from in front of the computer you want………

Boy I have it bad. Oh how I miss my computer. Nice clean, slick, set up with all my list of fav’s and ready to guide me in this online world ....... Oh God help me.

New Age Ninja tactics - run & hide ???

Nov. 9 - A Japanese designer has come up with a novel way to address personal safety in the face of street crime - use urban camouflage.
Aya Tsukioka's Coke-machine dress allows the wearer to quickly change appearance to that of a vending machine - blending into the urban landscape.
As a female designer, she had been contemplating how to make clothes that also protect women.

Toshi Maeda reports.
**** I can only say this.... Couldn't a criminal use the same tactic?
And did I hear him correctly - that most Japanese just run when scared?
And dang, I thought america was litered with ads and vending machines - .......

Televangelists Targeted by Senate Probe?

Somewhere along the line, some people with questionable ethics decided spreading the Gospel was a great way to get rich and live a lavish lifestyle. That kind of thing has been around for a long time, but never has it reached the levels we see now. Something's starting to happen, though, that we hope puts the skids
to this kind of evangelistic fakery. Of course, until the people sending in the money quit doing so, this will continue.

The U.S. Senate also has taken notice of these televangelists who beg for money in the name of God, saying it will bring the givers riches. The only people getting rich, though, are the hucksters separating good folks from their money. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has sent letters to several top tv-evangelists asking for financial doc­uments pertaining to their supposedly "non-profit" operations.

According to The Tampa Tribune, televangelists such as Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, the Whites from Without Walls in Tampa and others received letters asking for various financial documents. The U.S. Senate wants to know how much they are taking in and how the money is being spent.

This is great information to get from these people. Some, as we've seen, ba­sically rob their own ministries to live incredible lifestyles. They have money in foreign bank accounts to hide what they have. They own numerous homes, fancy cars and spend incredible amounts of money on just about everything but religion or spreading the word.
The bad news is that the believers who support many of these phonies are just as guilty of greed. They buy into the religion of prosperity, that by "planting the seed" with your money, you "reap the harvest."

Robert Tilton is a perfect example of this. All he ever talks about is about sending money to him, not about the word of God. He twists and mangles Bible passages to fit his sales pitch to people staring at a TV. Of course, it's a buyer-beware market out there and if a, person is set on sending their life's sav­ings to these people, they can. What's troubling, though, is that many of these con artists care nothing about religion or people. They just want money - your money. Often it is the people least able , to part with money who send them the biggest checks. It's sickening that they are preyed upon.

We hope this action by the U.S. Senate puts these people on notice, and we also wish that the people looking for biblical inspiration would turn to the many outstanding and upstanding religious figures around them. They are everywhere. They can be found in our churches, in our com­munities and throughout our nation.
The Rev. Billy Graham never taught the religion of prosperity nor did he live a life of opulence. His message ; was pure and from the heart. He just spoke about the Good News and how it changes lives. And that's the bottom 'line.

Dear editor - on imigration

New Immigrants
From: "David LaBonte"

My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to "print" it myself by sending it out on the Internet.

Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:

Dear Editor:

So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren't being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture.

Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity. Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the United States of America as one people. When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl

And here we are in 2007 with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I'm sorry, that's not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice In raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.
(signed) Rosemary LaBonte

P. S. Pass this on to everyone you know!!!

two-year-old girl who was born with eight limbs

Nov. 6 - Indian doctors are operating on a two-year-old girl who was born with eight limbs in southern Bangalore.

Laxmi was born to a poor family in a village in Araria district in India's eastern Bihar city.

The illiterate villagers first considered her as an incarnation of Hindu Goddess Laxmi but after some time they realised that she was not well and needed medical help.

Just looking at this video saddens me. I can't help but wonder "what if"....
What if that was me, my child, my niece, nephew....
Life can be wonderful and sometimes life can be cruel.

New orleans went under - An African American's Comments

Disclosure: New Orleans Went Under--An African American's Comments -- Carefully read the whole article. These comments an opinion are soly of Rev. Jesse L Peterson and not of "What you think does matter" or "eblogger and/or affiliates".

By Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
Say a hurricane is about to destroy the city you live in. Two questions:
What would you do?
What would you do if you were black?

Sadly, the two questions don't have the same answer.
To the first: Most of us would take our families out of that city quickly to protect them from danger. Then, able-bodied men would return to help others in need, as wives and others cared for children, elderly, infirm and the like. For better or worse, Hurricane Katrina has told us the answer to the second question.

If you're black and a hurricane is about to destroy your city, you'll probably wait for the government to save you.

This was not always the case. Prior to 40 years ago, such a pathetic performance by the black community in a time of crisis would have been inconceivable. The first response would have come from black men. They would take care of their families, bring them to safety, and then help the rest of the community. Then local government would come in. No longer.

When 75 percent of New Orleans residents had left the city, it was primarily immoral, welfare-pampered blacks that stayed behind and waited for the government to bail them out. This, as we know, did not turn out good results.
Enter Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan. Jackson and Farrakhan laid blame on "racist" President Bush. Farrakhan actually proposed the idea that the government blew up a levee so as to kill blacks and save whites. The two demanded massive governmental spending to rebuild New Orleans, above and beyond the federal government's proposed $60 billion. Not only that, these two were positioning themselves as the gatekeepers to supervise the dispersion of funds.

Perfect: Two of the most dishonest elite blacks in America , "overseeing" billions of dollars. I wonder where that money will end up. Of course, if these two were really serious about laying blame on government, they should blame the local one. Responsibility to perform legally and practically fell first on the mayor of New Orleans. We are now all familiar with Mayor Ray Nagin the black who likes to yell at President Bush for failing to do Nagin's job.

The facts, unfortunately, do not support Nagin's wailing. As the Washington Times puts it, "recent reports show [Nagin] failed to follow through on his own city's emergency-response plan, which acknowledged that thousands of the city's poorest residents would have no way to evacuate the city." One wonders how there was "no way" for these people to evacuate the city. We have photographic evidence telling us otherwise. You've probably seen it by now the photo showing 2,000 parked school buses, unused and underwater. How much planning does it require to put people on a bus and leave town, Mayor Nagin?

Instead of doing the obvious, Mayor Nagin (with no positive contribution from Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the other major leader vested with responsibility to address the hurricane disaster) loaded remaining new Orleans residents into the Superdome and the city's convention center. We know how that plan turned out. About five years ago, in a debate before the National Association of Black Journalists, I stated that if whites were to just leave the United States and let blacks run the country, they would turn America into a ghetto within 10 years. The audience, shall we say, disagreed with me strongly. Now I have to disagree with me. I gave blacks too much credit. It took a mere three days for blacks to turn the Superdome and the convention center into ghettos, rampant with theft, rape and murder.

President Bush is not to blame for the rampant immorality of blacks. Had New Orleans ' black community taken action, most would have been out of harm's way. But most were too lazy, immoral and trifling to do anything productive for themselves. All Americans must tell blacks this truth. It was blacks' moral poverty not their material poverty that cost them dearly in New Orleans. Farrakhan, Jackson, and other race hustlers are to be repudiated for they will only perpetuate this problem by stirring up hatred and applauding moral corruption.

New Orleans, to the extent it is to be rebuilt, should be remade into a dependency-free, morally strong city where corruption is opposed and success is applauded. Blacks are obligated to help themselves and not depend on the government to care for them. We are all obligated to tell them so.

The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is founder and president of BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, and author of "Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America." You are asked to keep this moving, however, you now have the information so do with it as you will.

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America - our country, be proud of it.

Here is a subject probably none of the candidates would touch. It amazes me that people leave their country to come to a better place and want to convert America into the place they left. I am proud of my heritage - but i am also proud of the country i live in and that provides me my precious freedoms we all enjoy - America.

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