Sunday, July 06, 2008

Sunscreens; Little Protection - Much Harm Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen! (Original Version) copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. For years, Sarah felt safe as she traveled about. She shielded herself from harm. She placed her faith in science. She listened to the advice of experts. She thought she had been careful with chemicals and creams. This wise woman knew not to trust recommendations without doing a thorough examination of evidence. After an avid assessment, Sarah avowed, "Sunscreens are good." Then one day, as she entered her home after being out and about, she saw what she had never imagined. Sarah was beyond surprised; she was shocked. Her mouth agape, Sarah shrieked; "I have been burned." Not only had the solar rays she worked to avoid scorched her skin in ways she had not thought possible. The lotion may have seared parts of her body not easily seen. What Sarah had not considered was her sunscreen may have debilitated people, plants, and aquatic animals throughout the planet. She was not sensitive to the symbiosis that governs the globe. Sarah was as most individuals are, she was consumed with what affected her directly. Her skin, her health, the salves she slathered on, these were her priorities. On a bright afternoon in June, Sarah, a person whose complexion is pinkish in hue, first realized reason for alarm. She turned the television on, and was greeted with the headline, "Study: Some sunscreens overpromise on protection." Extremely disturbed by the possibility cosmetic creams might have an effect on her personal health, Sarah pursed her lips and rushed to the computer. She needed to read the research for herself. After all, her life and wellbeing were threatened. She decided to take control and more closely scrutinize her choices. She perused the survey. In a new investigation of 952 name-brand sunscreens,...
Iraq, Iraqis "Wouldn't Exist Anymore" Blitz Busts Bush on Early Iraq WMD Invasion Plans in 2000 copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. As Governor of Texas, the Presidential hopeful warned us. If we were to select him as Commander-In-Chief he would not send mixed messages. Americans might have read George W. Bush's lips. Pressure would be applied in abundance. A thousand points of light illuminated the path the then possible Chief Executive proposed. Yet, no one wished to believe a prominent person, the son of a former President of the United States could be so cruel. Certainly, a candidate to the highest office in the land would not suggest that he would be happy to start a war while he worked to win the support of American people. Yet, there it was, in the smirk, in the statement, in the glint seen in the eyes of Governor George W. Bush. The date, January 16, 2000, one year and four days before the ready and willing combatant placed his hand on the Bible and recited the Presidential Oath of Office. Americans entered a new age; the second millennium had just begun. Yet, the people had learned little from hundreds or thousands of years of history. While tuned into television, citizens did not need to read between the lines. The future President spoke directly of his intent. Journalist Wolf Blitzer heard the words and reiterated. Perchance, the Broadcaster, too shocked by a truth he thought awesome, offered the then candidate a chance to redeem himself. George W. Bush cognizant of how his words might be thought cocky, endeavored to lessen the concern, somewhat; however, he remained stalwart. The words were ominous, they, the Iraqi's, would not exist any more. They hung in the air. Yet, people wanted to believe, as President, George W. Bush, (or whomever)...

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