Good morning! (Yes, Blue, call off the rain dance!) We still have drought, btw, that's how it works, one rainfall doth not alleviate it all, but... Oh, rain!
Sadly, also wind. Bzzt! Power outage flickers all night. On-off-on-off... I slept through most of it, but Hubby did not. His plug-in alarm clock has a tendency to BEEEP when power comes back on. Igt's a single beep, but it's enough. Me? Pfft. My alarm clock is mmy body. Or cats. Or both.
Speak of, I had the craziest dream. I had gotten the hot pink baby-blanket fleece yarn "cape" on LilMiss, but she wouldn't sit still for a picture! I was chasing her, b/c I wanted y'all to see her in it. Meanwhile, it's nto even *finished* yet. Mom asked for a new scarf, so that came first. Also, each cape has to go with each cat, b/c Shadow and Lil Miss are not "one size fits all". I feel ridiculous, to be honest. But... eh. What else is new? Me, ridiculous? Never!
Do *not* watch the Netflix special "Rotten". YOu will never eat again, you will never drink water again, you will never even consider the planet a safe place to live again, b/c everything will kill you or is killing someone or something, and it's all doomed and dark and horrible and we're screwed. If you're responsible and thoughtful in one direction, you're enabling something bad. If you're eating a different way, you're enabling bad things. It's a never-win. But I will say it exlains why we're all always sick or tired or both. Even the conscientious veg-heads like me are toast. *sigh* To eat responsibly for the planet and your body -- you have to not eat, apparently. Or breathe (I'm waiting for the documentary about how all air gives us lung cancer. Duh. Pollution.)
Meanwhile, this is a new fad:
First, let's examine that phrase. Raw water. What's "cooked" water?! Does it come in rare, medium and well-done? What the what?
Second, let's check the price. Up to $15 for a gallon of "raw water" from a "natural spring".
Third, it's "raw" b/c it's fre from "government interference and chemicals".
Fourth, it's bloody stupid, and yet genius. Whoever marketed this? Is a freaking genius. They talked people into thinking UNTREATED WATER was better for them than treated water! Holy Mother Mary's sacred socks. *jaw drop* And got them to pay $15 a gallon for UNTREATED water. No filtering, no treating, it's "raw".
Guess what else we call "Raw"? Sewage.
Why do we have horrible chemicals in our tap water? It's called "prevention of dysenteric diseases". Typhoid. Cholera. Dystentery. E.Coli. Must I reallllly go on? Yes, apparently, b/c out in Silicon Valley, California, the techno-nerds are into "raw water".
Now, let me stress, I grew up on a well. Well water. On a farm. And what did we do? 1. Make sure it was safe by testing and 2. not contaiminate it by stupid farming. As it happens, easily done for us. Now, would I go collect a bottle from the creek on our farm and drink it? The hell I would. Runoff from farm = germs at best. Would I have even trusted a sprin gon our property? No, because I couldn't have told you its source (deep or shallow), and if shallow (say, from less than fifty feet down), the risk fo contamination was too high. End of story.
Bear in mind, not even treated tap water removes chemicals. You need a secondary filter in your own home to be sure you're filtering residual lead, arsenic, mercury, etc., to say nothing of nitrates (fertilizer). Nothing yet filters out medication peed into the water works and recirculated into the tap water. (At one point, New York City had measurable prozac in some of its tap water.)
So raw or "tap", your water will not be perfect until filtered a *lot*. Mineral water is, duh, full of things --- including trace arsenic, btw, in some cases, please check throoguhly the geochemistry of the area of origin of your fancy mineral water --- adn even th ebest fresh spring water or well water has stuff in it. Iron. (Yay?) Calcium. Sulfur. Take your pick. *Rain* carries trace conatimation, for pity's sake. (Think "acid rain", or rain that falls through smog and soot. Yech. You can drink it without getting diarrhea, but it's still got yuckies.)
So "bottled from a natural source"... or "RAW" water....
Is a great way to set back 150 years of sanitation. Hygiene. Pick a word.
Now, do I particualrly care if a bunch of overpaid dimwits drop dead of their own need to be in on the newest fad and health craze? Honestly.... No. Their kids and pets, however, are innocent.
"Oh but what can you get from a spring?"
A contaminated well in London --- one --- started a cholera outbreak that killed many in the mid-1800s.
A single contaminated spring -- contaminated due to mining --- meant some of my dad's family had to leave their land. Youc an't drink methane-sulfur water. You can burn it, but you can't drink it. And it's on you to pay for filtering, and if you can't? Oh well.
Hundreds can get sick from a single salad bar being sprayed by water that wasn't adequately treated for E.Coli. It's happened.
Yet "raw" (untreated) water is now "healthy".
Humans have drunk beer or wine in their water for centuries b/c the alcohol helped kill off the crap in it. It was, in fact, considered deadlier to drink water than to drink wine or beer, in much of Western Europe for, oh, a couple of centuries. Sewage dumped into rivers, etc., without *treatment* = outbreaks of every GI bug you can think of times ten, probably.
So if you want all-natural untreated water from a fresh spring? Know the spring. Test the water of it for yourself. And don't but "raw" water. We call that "untreated and unsafe". There's entire organizations dedicated to bringing safe drinking water to huge swathes of humanity around the world... and suddenly in the US, "raw water" (untreated) is "healthy".
So is "Crossfit", if you're already fairly fit, and until you fail at it, at which point you delight physical therapists with continued employment. (Crossfit is a leading cause of hip and back injuries in people under 40. And, yes, PT people love it. Guaranteed employment. They say as much. Creepy but also true.)
Now to enjoy power, and a thirty-degree temp drop since bedtime. Whee!
May your weekend be... wonderful.:-)
Go to end of this (clipped/pasted from a news site). IF they really have found the way viruses tie themselves up into cell nuclei? THey might have a help for Epstein-Barr (per last bit ofnew release) and how many of us here have or have had EBV? *me*... Who knows?From University of Virginia School of Medicine: Scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have found out how a...
Hey, all. I woke up late for a doc app't. Good morning! *whoosh* And there's my vapor trail. Much hugs to all, and here's a hug to get us all going!