Friday The 13th – The Problem With Jehovah’s Witnesses

Happy Friday the 13th! Today children, we’re breaking all of the rules. In a few more sentences, you’ll see the decay of my average writing style in exchange for a more juvenile form. The reason I will write this way is because it will be more funny, crass, and quite frankly, why purport that I’m someone or something who I’m not?

To begin, I hate belief systems. They are, as a wise man once said, designed to scare and control primitive people. While I don’t see today’s victim causing holy wars or beheading journalists, Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW hereafter) are the worst pests for which there exists no repellent. Any given day of the week, they can be seen in your neighborhood, decked out in attire fit for pimps and queens. They approach your door with smiles ready to sell you on some shit you never wanted. Trespassing is a better word for what they actually do. All bullshit and jokes aside, the best deterrent for these fuckers is a dog.Let your dog outside and they are sure to stay where they belong- off your property. Of course you could opt to place some sort of signage in front of your house, but let’s face it, why fuck up your house when you aren’t the problem. There are other things which come to mind…

In my line of work, it is incredibly hard to help them. When they come in and present their bullshit, I think to myself, “you believe this, so why are you here?” Such an ass-backwards type of thinking, these parasites would rather face death than receive blood products.

No thanks, I’ve got tiger blood.

Yes, you read that right. Perhaps you were already aware of this little fact. What you may not know is that they are not allowed to own pictures, celebrate birthdays, vote, salute the American flag, and a whole bunch of shit that makes Scientology look good. But I digress; let’s get back to the blood thing. The constituents of blood are as follows: erythrocytes, leukocytes, thrombocytes, plasma, serum albumin, anti-bodies, proteins and electrolytes. Nothing’s weird there. Everything you have just read is necessary to maintain homeostasis within the human body. However, these brain-dead bastards have it in their belief system that taking the important and lifesaving component of human blood into their circulatory system is somehow wrong. This translates to a higher mortality rate. Epic fail. A 2002 medical article by Khadra et al states:

“In the CEMD the very high risk of mortality in women who refuse blood transfusion was highlighted. The death rate in this group was 1 per 1,000 maternities compared with an expected incidence of less than 1 per 100, 000 maternities.”

Our next insult is child molestation. Would you believe that they have one of the highest rates of unreported cases of child molestation? These accounts are made public through DHS, and other government agencies that investigate cults, as well as defectors of “the watchtower.”

These little fuckers had the right idea.

But we should also understand that just as any other instance of molestation cases, these go unreported, largely due to the silence of the victimized. They are brainwashed from a very young age.

beLIEve

We should be asking ourselves, what asshole is responsible for this shit? Who founded a cult so determined on recruiting that you don’t even have to leave your house; they’ll come to yours. Who is this asshole? Charles Taze Russell. Born in Pennsylvania, in 1852, this jerkoff recruited an army of like-minded assholes who easily digested what he was throwing up. He was most likely not the first to molest his followers, but he would not be the last.

He’s Right!

In summation, I hate them. I wish they would all fall off the face of the planet. Moving on to another neighborhood just means that they are migrating instead of dying. My words are harsh but their religion is worse. To quote the late Chuck Schuldiner, “If you doubt what I say, I will make you believe.” The following closing is lengthy, but necessary. This is a list of everything JWs are prohibited from performing on a daily basis. Happy Friday the 13th, Jehovah’s Witnesses!

141 Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Can’t Do

  1. Belong to another organization or club for the purpose of socializing with nonbelievers
  2. Have best friends and activity buddies who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses
  3. Associate with people outside their organization when it is not necessary
  4. Attend social functions sponsored by their employer unless attendance is required
  5. Associate with coworkers after business hours in a social settings
  6. Disagree with their organization’s rules and code of conduct
  7. Disagree with their organization’s doctrines
  8. Contribute to the Presidential Campaign Fund on their tax return
  9. Join the armed forces and defend their country
  10. Say the Pledge of Allegiance
  11. Salute the flag
  12. Vote
  13. Run for leadership in their organization
  14. Run for leadership in any organization
  15. Take a stand for any political issue inside their organization
  16. Take a stand on any political or ‘worldly’ issue outside of their organization
  17. Campaign for a political candidate
  18. Hold political office
  19. Discuss politics
  20. Be a union steward or shop steward
  21. Actively be involved in a union strike
  22. Use a gun for protection against humans
  23. Become a police officer if a gun is required
  24. Wear military uniforms or clothing associated with war
  25. Take yoga classes and practice the discipline of yoga. See Is Yoga For Christians?
  26. Smoke tobacco and cigars
  27. Work full time selling tobacco and cigars
  28. Attend Alcoholics Anonymous
  29. Donate blood
  30. Have blood transfusions
  31. Read books, magazines, publications, and literature from other religions.
  32. Buy anything from a church store
  33. Buy something at a church garage sale
  34. Donate items to a church run store
  35. Shop at the Salvation Army
  36. Work for the Salvation Army
  37. Work for another church
  38. Play competitive sports on a school team
  39. Play competitive sports professionally
  40. Run for class president
  41. Become a cheerleader
  42. Go to the school prom or school dance.
  43. Attend class reunions
  44. Be hypnotized
  45. Accept Jesus as their mediator, 1 Timothy 2:5. See Mediator
  46. Join the Boy Scouts
  47. Join the Girl Guides
  48. Join the YMCA.
  49. Serve on jury duty
  50. Study psychology, philosophy, sociology, and viewpoints that might shake their faith.
  51. Attend other Christian churches
  52. Attend nondenominational churches
  53. Attend non Christian churches
  54. Get married in another church
  55. Dating non believers is discouraged
  56. Casual dating is discouraged
  57. Dating someone without the intent of getting married
  58. Having sex before marriage
  59. Breaking an engagement can result in disciplinary action
  60. Marriage to non believers is not recommended
  61. Be gay or lesbian. Homosexuality is not acceptable.
  62. Throw rice at a wedding
  63. Get divorced unless the reason is adultery
  64. Can’t remarry unless their ex commits fornication first
  65. Toast drinks
  66. Buy a raffle ticket
  67. Play bingo
  68. Gamble
  69. Sing any holiday songs
  70. Sing the National Anthem
  71. Celebrate Christmas – Why?
  72. Celebrate New Years Eve – Why?
  73. Celebrate Easter – Why?
  74. Celebrate Mother’s Day – Why?
  75. Celebrate Father’s Day
  76. Celebrate birthdays – Why?
  77. Celebrate Thanksgiving
  78. Celebrate Flag Day
  79. Celebrate Veteran’s Day
  80. Celebrate Independence Day
  81. Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day
  82. Celebrate Valentine’s Day
  83. Celebrate Halloween – Why?
  84. Celebrate Hanukkah
  85. Accept holiday gifts – Why?
  86. Celebrate any holiday except the death of Jesus – Why?
  87. Partake in the bread and wine that represents Christ unless they are part of the 144,000
  88. Make holiday artwork for school
  89. Engage in holiday parties at school
  90. Take on a leadership role in school
  91. Porneia
  92. Do suggestive and immodest dancing in a public place
  93. Attend a class, workshop, or seminar, sponsored by another church
  94. Attend social events or fund raisers sponsored by another church
  95. Use of bad language (curse words) is discouraged
  96. Wear blue jeans, shorts, and casual clothing at the Kingdom Hall
  97. Wear pants at a Kingdom Hall if you’re a woman
  98. Wear revealing clothes or skirts that are too short (looked down upon)
  99. Wear long hair or facial hair if you’re a man (depends on the local customs of the country you live in)
  100. Body piercings are discouraged
  101. Tattoos are discouraged
  102. State or imply that the Watchtower is not run by Jehovah God.
  103. Have discussions and express Bible based viewpoints that contradict the organization’s beliefs
  104. Say anything negative about their organization. JW’s must ‘speak in agreement’ and be ‘like-minded’.
  105. Consider other religious beliefs as valid and truthful.
  106. Acknowledge any prayer spoken by a non believer as valid
  107. Take another Jehovah’s Witness to court
  108. Wear or own a cross
  109. Own any religious picture
  110. Own any religious statue
  111. Engage in idolatry
  112. Believe in miracles (except those found in the Bible) See Miracles
  113. Believe in ghosts
  114. Witchcraft
  115. Black magic
  116. White magic
  117. Consult with a psychic or become one
  118. Study tarot cards, get a reading or give a reading
  119. Study numerology or get a reading
  120. Dabble in ESP (extrasensory perception), dowsing, or divination
  121. Use a tool such as a pendulum to access information from the spiritual realm
  122. Attempt to communicate with departed spirits
  123. Attend a seance
  124. Believe in good luck or say things such as ‘Good luck to you’. Why?
  125. Believe in anything superstitious
  126. Prophesy
  127. Speaking in tongues
  128. Laying on of hands
  129. Energy healing such as Reiki
  130. Read their horoscope
  131. Study astrology or zodiac signs
  132. Combat training, boxing, or martial arts
  133. Go to heaven unless they are part of the 144,000
  134. Worship Jesus as God
  135. Idolize any celebrity or love and admire them to excess
  136. Women can’t be elders
  137. Women can’t be ministerial servants (assistants to the elders)
  138. Divulge secret information to enemies of their organization and those not entitled to know. See Theocratic Warfare
  139. Greet or talk with disfellowshipped persons except for immediate family living in the same house (except for rare exceptions)
  140. Associate with disfellowshipped persons except for immediate family living in the same house
  141. Keep secrets from the organization. Jehovah’s Witnesses must report friends and family members who break any of the Watchtower rules.

    The only solution.

-T

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Sonivox Wobble Evaluation: Or Lack Thereof

Many, if not most, of the more well-known software developers, Adobe, Microsoft etc., will offer trial, or otherwise known as evaluation copies of their software. In the process of composing music, we often find ourselves ever so immersed in the search for something groundbreaking and refreshing. While I do agree, to some extent, that “good artists copy, great artists steal,” when you are creating something from nothing, you truly have nothing from which to steal. Your imagination and the pursuit of a greater outcome, the discovery of something new, will always trump adopting another’s creation.

So, where am I going and what am I writing about? Plainly stated, there are too many companies, who could be assets, if they were not so money-hungry. Their greed is their demise and the primary cause of my evasion to anything they produce. This is why the subsequent company bothers me as much as I allow it.

The following was composed and sent to Sonivox for their consideration:

To Whom It May Concern:

I am highly interested in purchasing your latest version of Wobble. However, reviewing your FAQ section, there were some enigmatic references to 10.7 incompatibility. This could be a benefit, as my primary console, from which I compose, is operating on 10.6.8. As it stands, I would appreciate some clarification on the ambiguity, as to whether or not Wobble requires the Kernel of the newer OS or the older OS.

Most importantly, the price of this software is not cheap- good thing costs money. However, without an evaluation copy, I will never know if your software is compatible with my system and setup, as well Wobble’s integration into my music. Surely I can watch the Sonivox videos over and over, however, that doesn’t answer the questions I have. From Adobe to Microsoft, these companies understand that it is essential to allow customers to test a product before buying- this is all I am asking of Sonivox.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

-T

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Remembering A Friend

To the greatest person I have ever known- Andrea T. DiFeo. You were and are the embodiment of “forever 27.” When people say that some burn the candle at both ends, I immediately think of you. Living too fast for the rest of us, driving equally as fast and listening to the best music at the same time. If this is anything, it’s a happy birthday, because you’re alive as long as I believe you are- think Schrödinger’s cat.

This writing marks six years without your contagious laugh and the nickname I proudly answered to whenever you called me by it. When I write this, I know that you believed in an afterlife, even if I don’t. If it exists, I hope you are enjoying yourself there, as much as you did while you were here. Though this is déjà vu, Sevendust just released an album of entirely acoustic tracks, and they covered our song, “Crucified.” I know you would love it as much as I love you. So, wherever you are, know that I think of you everyday, and as always:

Can I give it all way
Just to get back to that better place
That better place today
And I give everything away
Just to get back to that better place
That better place today

Loving you forever and always, wherever you are.

-T

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Happy Friday The 13th, Jehovah’s Witnesses!

Happy Friday the 13th! Today children, we’re breaking all of the rules. In a few more sentences, you’ll see the decay of my average writing style in exchange for a more juvenile form. The reason I will write this way is because it will be more funny, crass, and quite frankly, why purport that I’m someone or something who I’m not?

To begin, I hate belief systems. They are, as a wise man once said, designed to scare and control primitive people. While I don’t see today’s victim causing holy wars or beheading journalists, Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW hereafter) are the worst pests for which there exists no repellent. Any given day of the week, they can be seen in your neighborhood, decked out in attire fit for pimps and queens. They approach your door with smiles ready to sell you on some shit you never wanted. Trespassing is a better word for what they actually do. All bullshit and jokes aside, the best deterrent for these fuckers is a dog. Let your dog outside and they are sure to stay where they belong- off your property. Of course you could opt to place some sort of signage in front of your house, but let’s face it, why fuck up your house when you aren’t the problem. There are other things which come to mind…

In my line of work, it is incredibly hard to help them. When they come in and present their bullshit, I think to myself, “you believe this, so why are you here?” Such an ass-backwards type of thinking, these parasites would rather face death than receive blood products.

No thanks, I’ve got tiger blood.

Yes, you read that right. Perhaps you were already aware of this little fact. What you may not know is that they are not allowed to own pictures, celebrate birthdays, vote, salute the American flag, and a whole bunch of shit that makes Scientology look good. But I digress; let’s get back to the blood thing. The constituents of blood are as follows: erythrocytes, leukocytes, thrombocytes, plasma, serum albumin, anti-bodies, proteins and electrolytes. Nothing’s weird there. Everything you have just read is necessary to maintain homeostasis within the human body. However, these brain-dead bastards have it in their belief system that taking the important and lifesaving component of human blood into their circulatory system is somehow wrong. This translates to a higher mortality rate. Epic fail. A 2002 medical article by Khadra et al states:

“In the CEMD the very high risk of mortality in women who refuse blood transfusion was highlighted. The death rate in this group was 1 per 1,000 maternities compared with an expected incidence of less than 1 per 100, 000 maternities.”

Our next insult is child molestation. Would you believe that they have one of the highest rates of unreported cases of child molestation? These accounts are made public through DHS, and other government agencies that investigate cults, as well as defectors of “the watchtower.”

These little fuckers had the right idea.

But we should also understand that just as any other instance of molestation cases, these go unreported, largely due to the silence of the victimized. They are brainwashed from a very young age.

BeLIEve

We should be asking ourselves, what asshole is responsible for this shit? Who founded a cult so determined on recruiting that you don’t even have to leave your house; they’ll come to yours. Who is this asshole? Charles Taze Russell. Born in Pennsylvania, in 1852, this jerkoff recruited an army of like-minded assholes who easily digested what he was throwing up. He was most likely not the first to molest his followers, but he would not be the last.

He’s right!

In summation, I hate them. I wish they would all fall off the face of the planet. Moving on to another neighborhood just means that they are migrating instead of dying. My words are harsh but their religion is worse. To quote the late Chuck Schuldiner, “If you doubt what I say, I will make you believe.” The following closing is lengthy, but necessary. This is a list of everything JWs are prohibited from performing on a daily basis. Happy Friday the 13th, Jehovah’s Witnesses!

141 Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Can’t Do

  1. Belong to another organization or club for the purpose of socializing with nonbelievers
  2. Have best friends and activity buddies who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses
  3. Associate with people outside their organization when it is not necessary
  4. Attend social functions sponsored by their employer unless attendance is required
  5. Associate with coworkers after business hours in a social settings
  6. Disagree with their organization’s rules and code of conduct
  7. Disagree with their organization’s doctrines
  8. Contribute to the Presidential Campaign Fund on their tax return
  9. Join the armed forces and defend their country
  10. Say the Pledge of Allegiance
  11. Salute the flag
  12. Vote
  13. Run for leadership in their organization
  14. Run for leadership in any organization
  15. Take a stand for any political issue inside their organization
  16. Take a stand on any political or ‘worldly’ issue outside of their organization
  17. Campaign for a political candidate
  18. Hold political office
  19. Discuss politics
  20. Be a union steward or shop steward
  21. Actively be involved in a union strike
  22. Use a gun for protection against humans
  23. Become a police officer if a gun is required
  24. Wear military uniforms or clothing associated with war
  25. Take yoga classes and practice the discipline of yoga. See Is Yoga For Christians?
  26. Smoke tobacco and cigars
  27. Work full time selling tobacco and cigars
  28. Attend Alcoholics Anonymous
  29. Donate blood
  30. Have blood transfusions
  31. Read books, magazines, publications, and literature from other religions.
  32. Buy anything from a church store
  33. Buy something at a church garage sale
  34. Donate items to a church run store
  35. Shop at the Salvation Army
  36. Work for the Salvation Army
  37. Work for another church
  38. Play competitive sports on a school team
  39. Play competitive sports professionally
  40. Run for class president
  41. Become a cheerleader
  42. Go to the school prom or school dance.
  43. Attend class reunions
  44. Be hypnotized
  45. Accept Jesus as their mediator, 1 Timothy 2:5. See Mediator
  46. Join the Boy Scouts
  47. Join the Girl Guides
  48. Join the YMCA.
  49. Serve on jury duty
  50. Study psychology, philosophy, sociology, and viewpoints that might shake their faith.
  51. Attend other Christian churches
  52. Attend nondenominational churches
  53. Attend non Christian churches
  54. Get married in another church
  55. Dating non believers is discouraged
  56. Casual dating is discouraged
  57. Dating someone without the intent of getting married
  58. Having sex before marriage
  59. Breaking an engagement can result in disciplinary action
  60. Marriage to non believers is not recommended
  61. Be gay or lesbian. Homosexuality is not acceptable.
  62. Throw rice at a wedding
  63. Get divorced unless the reason is adultery
  64. Can’t remarry unless their ex commits fornication first
  65. Toast drinks
  66. Buy a raffle ticket
  67. Play bingo
  68. Gamble
  69. Sing any holiday songs
  70. Sing the National Anthem
  71. Celebrate Christmas – Why?
  72. Celebrate New Years Eve – Why?
  73. Celebrate Easter – Why?
  74. Celebrate Mother’s Day – Why?
  75. Celebrate Father’s Day
  76. Celebrate birthdays – Why?
  77. Celebrate Thanksgiving
  78. Celebrate Flag Day
  79. Celebrate Veteran’s Day
  80. Celebrate Independence Day
  81. Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day
  82. Celebrate Valentine’s Day
  83. Celebrate Halloween – Why?
  84. Celebrate Hanukkah
  85. Accept holiday gifts – Why?
  86. Celebrate any holiday except the death of Jesus – Why?
  87. Partake in the bread and wine that represents Christ unless they are part of the 144,000
  88. Make holiday artwork for school
  89. Engage in holiday parties at school
  90. Take on a leadership role in school
  91. Porneia
  92. Do suggestive and immodest dancing in a public place
  93. Attend a class, workshop, or seminar, sponsored by another church
  94. Attend social events or fund raisers sponsored by another church
  95. Use of bad language (curse words) is discouraged
  96. Wear blue jeans, shorts, and casual clothing at the Kingdom Hall
  97. Wear pants at a Kingdom Hall if you’re a woman
  98. Wear revealing clothes or skirts that are too short (looked down upon)
  99. Wear long hair or facial hair if you’re a man (depends on the local customs of the country you live in)
  100. Body piercings are discouraged
  101. Tattoos are discouraged
  102. State or imply that the Watchtower is not run by Jehovah God.
  103. Have discussions and express Bible based viewpoints that contradict the organization’s beliefs
  104. Say anything negative about their organization. JW’s must ‘speak in agreement’ and be ‘like-minded’.
  105. Consider other religious beliefs as valid and truthful.
  106. Acknowledge any prayer spoken by a non believer as valid
  107. Take another Jehovah’s Witness to court
  108. Wear or own a cross
  109. Own any religious picture
  110. Own any religious statue
  111. Engage in idolatry
  112. Believe in miracles (except those found in the Bible) See Miracles
  113. Believe in ghosts
  114. Witchcraft
  115. Black magic
  116. White magic
  117. Consult with a psychic or become one
  118. Study tarot cards, get a reading or give a reading
  119. Study numerology or get a reading
  120. Dabble in ESP (extrasensory perception), dowsing, or divination
  121. Use a tool such as a pendulum to access information from the spiritual realm
  122. Attempt to communicate with departed spirits
  123. Attend a seance
  124. Believe in good luck or say things such as ‘Good luck to you’. Why?
  125. Believe in anything superstitious
  126. Prophesy
  127. Speaking in tongues
  128. Laying on of hands
  129. Energy healing such as Reiki
  130. Read their horoscope
  131. Study astrology or zodiac signs
  132. Combat training, boxing, or martial arts
  133. Go to heaven unless they are part of the 144,000
  134. Worship Jesus as God
  135. Idolize any celebrity or love and admire them to excess
  136. Women can’t be elders
  137. Women can’t be ministerial servants (assistants to the elders)
  138. Divulge secret information to enemies of their organization and those not entitled to know. See Theocratic Warfare
  139. Greet or talk with disfellowshipped persons except for immediate family living in the same house (except for rare exceptions)
  140. Associate with disfellowshipped persons except for immediate family living in the same house
  141. Keep secrets from the organization. Jehovah’s Witnesses must report friends and family members who break any of the Watchtower rules.

    The only solution.

-T

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Words To Live By: Greg Capullo

“One thing I’ve learned and wanna pass on- Don’t envy anybody! We only see others’ sunshine but, never their darkness. Love being you.” -Greg Capullo

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The Death of the PS2

“Applaud, my friends the comedy is over.”

Sometime, long ago, I wrote a long exposé trashing Sony. Most people have no idea how close this technological pioneer has come to bankruptcy over and over. Well, it’s true, because of their research and design innovations, they created concepts such as the Betamax and MiniDisc. Both were their designs- both of which failed miserably. What resurrected this company was not thePlaystation, but the Playstation 2- more commonly called “PS2.” The PS2 is credited with being the best-selling game console of all time, according to Time Magazine, and its wide use is also thought to have aided the popularity of DVDs, as a drive for the discs was built into the machine. The PS2 first went on sale in March 2000 in Japan and since then more than 150million PS2 consoles have been sold. The PS2 was so popular that it outsold its replacement for the first three years that the PlayStation 3 was available. The architecture behind the PS2 included a unique processor known as the Emotion Engine, and was originally incorporated into the early PS3, allowing those with PS2 games to be played on the PS3. As PS2 sales climbed, the Blu-ray-ready PS3 was taking a backseat. The only way to promote sales was to remove the Emotion Engine from all future PS3 consoles.

I’m like you in many ways, in that I don’t live in my mother’s basement, playing World of Warcraft. In point of fact, I don’t have any video games that I play. What makes the PS3 an amazing console is its ease of use, built-in hard drive and Blu-ray player, all of which makes it one of the greatest multimedia units on the market. I will stream Netflix, Amazon On-Demand, store all of your digital movies and pictures and still play video games for those into that type of thing. With a system, which offers so much, it speaks volumes when its predecessor is being eliminated by the time you finish reading this.

Today is history. Today will be remembered. Years from now the young will ask with wonder about this day. Today is history and you are part of it. Sony took hold. They were the silent consultants on the iPhone. They prospered in business, science, education, and the arts. With nothing they came and with nothing they flourished. For over a decade there has been a PS2. By this evening this decade will be a rumor. Sony never happened. Today is history.

End of Line

-T

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Trashing the iPhone 5

While the hot topic, at present, for many is the iPhone 5, I want to discuss something completely different. Have you ever heard the term e-waste? It refers to the electronic devices we own, and the chemical compounds, which they contain. Disposing of e-waste in landfills has the potential to cause severe human and environmental health impacts.

When you discard an electronic device to your local recycling facility or trash authority, it does not get reduced to a proper level, whereby the device is no longer a threat. These are some of the compounds found in most electronic devices you use everyday; arsenic, barium, beryllium, Brominated flame retardants (BFRs), cadmium, chromium, CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons), dioxins, lead, lithium, mercury, Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and selenium. All of the aforementioned compounds and elements are insalubrious and known teratogens. While some naturally occurring substances are harmless in nature, their use in the manufacture of electronic equipment often results in compounds, which are hazardous (e.g. chromium becomes chromium VI).

Wherever you live, there are local facilities and programs involved in the complete recycling process, which would render all of the hazardous materials benign. One such program can be found at your local Whole Foods. Their program discards all forms of devices, including one of the largest offenders- disposable batteries. But this is only an example of one program. I urge you to seek out local e-waste programs and dump your discarded electronics on them. Remember, this stuff will be here long after we’re gone. A special note: one of the most severe toxins you can ever come in contact with is Toner Dust, from the cartridges of laser printers. Be careful when handling these and wear a mask so you don’t inhale this toxin- think asbestos.

End of Line

-T

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Blue Microphone Radius Shock Mount Incompatibility Explained

Simply stated, the Radius is not compatible with the Blue Yeti. I have done a great deal of research into the issue of the Radius and the Yeti being incompatible. The following outlines exactly what is going on, and why they are incompatible. As I suspected, both devices are machined in different measurements. The Yeti is machined in Imperial, or better known as standard, at 5/8″ with a tpi (threads per inch) of 27. These are standard measurements that fit all musical instruments manufactured in the U.S. The Radius is machined in Metric, measuring at M16x1.0. The Radius will actually connect to itself if you remove the stand attachment and attach it to the thumbscrew. Because the stand attachment is machined incorrectly as well- not in Standard but in Metric.

If BlueMic can manufacture the Radius in Standard units, rather than metric, they will fit together as though they were truly made for each other. If you desire a quick example of this, please take one minute and forty seconds and watch this short video, which demonstrates the Yeti/Radius incompatibility:

Their manufacturing and quality control departments should read this, as it is a very large oversight that should not reach the consumer.

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Hint Water: Bullshit In A Bottle II

Okay. So, the following email was sent to Hint:

To Whom It May Concern:

My question is simple, yet I am unable to find an answer- what are you adding to the water? I am not interested in the “how” only the “what.” Let me make this clear at the commencement- I am not interested in your process. Truthfully, I do not wish to learn your coveted secrets, in order to reproduce your product. What bothers me is the all-encompassing cop-out labeled “natural flavors,” placed on every label of Hint water. I deserve to know exactly what I am placing into my body and the bodies of my two-year-old daughter and five-year-old son.

Given the obvious, it is not a fruit derivative. It contains zero calories and reminds me of an ester- though it is far from the conventional definition of an ester. Another speculations I have is that castoreum is the “natural” ingredient. Whatever the additive, I am leaning toward laboratory-manufactured over natural. Whatever it is, I will not stop until I get an answer that is entirely satisfactory. I drink water, and despise gimmicks. More than anything, I despise corporate deception.

Please answer my question entirely, without any boilerplate write-offs. If you are unwilling to inform me of your flavoring ingredient, then I request the company information who supplies said ingredient.

Thank you for your time,

Anthony Bellitta

That was followed by a semi-personal, but veiled response:

Hello Anthony. I appreciate your concerns. I can assure you we don’t use any ingredients from animal sources or dairy, msg, diet sweeteners or class 1 allergens (peanuts, nuts, gluten, soy, shellfish). “Other natural flavors” in our products are simply flavors from vegetable sources (fruits, vegetables and other plants) other than the one named in the flavor. For example, if we added orange essence to a tangerine flavor product to round out the flavor, that orange essence would be included as “other natural flavor. We don’t share the exact recipe, but can assure you there is nothing that you should be concerned about in any of our products.  I hope that helps.

For the sake of professional journalism, I will keep the name of the replier anonymous, and shall only allude to it being someone of extreme seniority. As I am still writing this, you may assume that my question was unanswered. Sure, there’s that bit in there about “allergens and ingredients,” but there is no definitive answer to a simple question- fruit or not? All I wanted to know was whether or not the flavors were being extracted from fruit, or some chemical composition manufactured in a laboratory. When they replied with everything but the actual answer, I had to take investigation to a higher level.

imgresArmed with my everlasting search for knowledge, I began to contact corporations who focus in aromatic extraction and flavor extraction. The first company to contact was Nash, because they sell the equipment that makes this possible. They were unable to answer my question- How do you extract the aroma and or flavor of a fruit and vegetable without capturing vitamins and calories and excess byproducts? They sent me to Sherman Engineering, who are no strangers to large projects and intricate processes, where I spoke with the lead engineer.

Sherman Engineering

Sherman Engineering’s lead engineer described the process, and told me that a compressor would be essential for vapor pressure, as would a liquid ring vacuum, of various depths, which is akin to the separation of hydrocarbons. In order to extract the different products petroleum has to offer, it undergoes a process known as thermal cracking. NOTE – Do Not misinterpret this as the same thing as “fracking.” But, we are not dealing with petroleum- we are dealing with fruit. Thus, he recommended that you begin with a distillation column. What came next were various industrial solutions and home processes, outlined in great detail by Elena Vosnaki, whereby the Martha Stewarts of the world can complete this without supporting any such company.

In summation, I purchased a distillation column and have achieved 75% of the results. If you are interested to know, I obtained a 100% result soon after I began this endeavor, using old kitchen techniques. There! I gave away nothing that Hint is keeping secret, but assure you that they attest their product is harmless. Also, you have been provided with scientific research that proves that anyone willing can create the same results. Lastly, and most important, just drink water. If its plain taste bothers you, drop some mint leaves in it or a slice of lemon. Please, don’t buy into the hype and trend of companies the likes of Hint.

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-T

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