lurkitty: (geektoaster)
Some stories just scream stupid at the tops of their lungs.

The Seattle Times reports that a pharmacology professor, Daniel Storm, used an axe (hello! sparks!) to open 4 liters of metal containers of ethyl ether, a highly flammable solvent. He then poured the toxic, hazardous waste down the drains in his lab to avoid $15,000 in disposal costs.

For this, he was fined $5,000, was sentenced to probation, escaped with his life and is still employed by the UW.

For the record, UW has a chemical exchange program he could have used to pass the chemical on to a lab that could have used it for free.
lurkitty: (toilet cat)
This story is not about pit bulls. It's about a pet owner that not only failed to keep his or her animals secured, but ignored previous incidents when their pets had shown aggression. The results were tragic.

A Gig Harbor woman is in serious condition at St. Joseph's Hospital this evening after being mauled in her bed by two pit bulls. According to the Seattle Times article, the pit bulls entered her residence through a pet door. She tried firing a gun at the dogs but couldn't get them to go away. She eventually escaped to her car. The dogs also killed a neighbor's Jack Russell Terrier.
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[livejournal.com profile] thysanotus has kindly warned that there are DH spoilers in the comments of the most recent (and highly inflammatory) post on [livejournal.com profile] lj_biz. This is a continuation of the discussion of the Strikethrough 2007 issues that apparently impacts fandom greatly.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled lj....

No biotech

Jul. 24th, 2006 11:42 am
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I was craving a burrito last night so I tried Smart Grounds™ - a soy-based substitute for ground beef. It does have wheat - sad to say. It tasted good and all that. But while preparing it, I noted on the side of the package the following notice: "We do not use soybeans that were produced using biotechnology."

I am used to seeing "non-GMO" and "Oregon Tilth compliant" notices and I know what those mean, but... huh... wha...? No biotechnology at all? I mean, the Egyptians used the biotechnology of their day when they fermented grain and made beer. Do you mean to tell me that they don't test their soil? Some organic farmers even go so far as to use natural nematodes grown in *gasp* labs against deleterious insects. That's part of biotechnology, too. The fermentation of soybeans to produce tempeh uses biotechnology.

A vegetarian diet has improved my health, but sometimes it really messes with my brain.
lurkitty: (Pogo)
I heard this story on the radio. Score one for our incredible National Guard.

But whoever these parents are should be investigated immediately for neglect and child endangerment.

The day after a full grown woman drowned in this section of the Deschutes River, three children were floating down the river on inner tubes without lifejackets! The youngest was 6 or 7 years old. When they started having trouble, a group of National Guardsmen saw them, and Specialist Tom Hoy saved the little girl, while the two boys managed to get out at the urging of the other Guardsmen.

What )!@(#^&#*#@*$#)# parents let their 6 year old kids ride tubes without lifejackets in the same place a grown woman drowns the DAY BEFORE???? GAH!

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