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9 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Turning Point: Saying NO to the keystone xl pipeline

keystone xl pipeline, oil pipeline, tar sands oil, TransCanada

If you are like me, you have been hearing a lot of controversy about the keystone xl pipeline that is suppose to run through the heart of the United States to shuttle tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf. As some people point out, there are already hundreds of thousands of miles of oil pipelines crisscrossing the U.S. - so why start objecting now to the creation of this particular pipeline? Well, I see it as a turning point for this country. Stopping the keystone xl pipeline sends a message and exercises our power as United States citizens.

8 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in vitamin supplements, vitamin D, vitamins, micronutrients, eating healthy

Vitamin Supplements: Magic pills or Placebos?

vitamin supplements, vitamin D, vitamins, micronutrients, eating healthy

It seems like vitamins are becoming like eggs in that one-minute we are told to consume them the next minute we are told to avoid them. Some warn of their dangers, while others praise vitamin supplements for their extraordinary health benefits. So, what do you do: take vitamin supplements or avoid them all together?

6 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

The Last Word: A Response to "We Are Wall Street" Leaflets

#OWS, occupy movement, protests, chicago

On Wednesday October 26, 2011 "We are Wall Street" leaflets were dropped on the Chicago Occupy Protesters. You can find the full length of the note here:

Although I think the note was humorous more than anything else, I thought it would be just as fun and interesting to use the same format and write it from our [99%] perspective. And here is what I came up with.

2 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

You're Wrong, I'm Right! You're Dumb, I'm Smart

democracy, voting, communication, citizens, representation, cooperation

Whenever I read an article on the environment, politics or the occupy movement, I like to glance at the comments below the article as well. And it is amazing what many people say behind the protection of their computer and made-up username. Although I would like to believe that technology has improved communication, at times I think it has given us an excuse to communicate more like children than adults. Many people respond very emotionally: calling people names, making jokes at the expense of others and discrediting anything that does not jive with their point of views.

1 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Life After Death For Your Clothes

worn clothes, cloth rags, uses for old clothes

If you are like me I will wear my clothes until they are faded, worn at the seams and stained. I have phases: clothes to wear out, comfy clothes to wear at home only, clothes for messy jobs like cleaning the house and painting and, the final phase, clothes to rags. I often wear quality clothing for up to 10 years before I must retire them to rags. Once I determine that they are not suitable to be worn at any time, I tear or cut them into pieces. Chores I use these rags for include,

  • Dusting

  • Wiping up spills

  • Painting

31 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Never Forget: The importance of continuing a BP boycott

BP, oil spill, Gulf of Mexico, off-shore drilling, fragile ecosystems

As many will remember in April 2010 due to the poor decisions made by BP an oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. It took them almost three months to control the gushing oil. This oil spill like those in the past has had devastating effects on the wildlife. It has ruined businesses and the livelihood of the people living in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

28 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

OccupyRural: We are not whole until rural residents are heard

#occupyrural, #OWS, #occupytogether, #occupyeverywhere, occupy movement

As I have been following and participating in this occupy movement, I have started to think about my roots. Although I live just outside of downtown Chicago now, I actually grew up in a rural area. I often think about one day being able to live out in a rural area again with a small piece of land, a garden and just open space. But it is not that easy because now that I have experienced both urban/city living and rural living, I recognize the benefits of both. And they compliment each other in a way that is much like a friendship between old friends.

28 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Where Does Your Meat Come From?

I grew-up in a rural area around family farms. I grew-up taking care of horses, chickens, cats and dogs. When I see such cruelty, such as the video below -- it is mind blowing that any one can treat animals this way. Even animals that we plan on eating deserve to live a life free of torture. They do experience pain and misery; and you can tell that when you see the animals mistreated at the beginning of the film and those treated better at the sanctuary at the end of the film. Some of you may think you don't want to watch it because of some of the images you might see.

26 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Taxi Driver Says It Best....

I came across a 2006 documentary by Jamie Johnson called "The One Percent" I found it to be interesting, considering it had many interviews of powerful/rich people [although I think the interview questions could have been better put at times]. The people interviewed included Milton Friedman, Ralph Nadar, Nicole Buffet [grand-daughter of Warren Buffett], and Bill Gates Senior.

25 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Drinking Soda-Pop is NOT Cool: What it really represents

soft drinks, soda, sugar, obesity, high-fructose corn syrup, coca-cola, pepsi

We need to associate soda-pop, like Coca-Cola and Pepsi, with something other than cool. The advertisements are meant to paint a pretty picture about soft drinks, but there is a disturbing reality behind them. So what what is the reality behind soda-pop?

  • Contributes to the obesity epidemic because of its high sugar content either in the form of cane sugar juice or high-fructose corn syrup