Sunday, April 21, 2019

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up 

The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing 
The #1 New York Times bestselling guide to 
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

How Poisonous Is Your T-Shirt?

Poisons Are in Clothes Too...
Being the savvy, health-conscious food consumer you are, you probably aren’t shopping in the GMO aisle of your favorite grocery store - but are you stocking your closet with clothes made from Monsanto’s toxic GMO cotton?

It takes about one-third of a pound of toxic agricultural chemicals to produce one pound of cotton—the amount of cotton needed to make one t-shirt.  Many of those chemicals, including glyphosate, are linked to CANCER. Do you really want to wrap your body’s largest organ, your skin, in cancer-causing chemicals?  Those chemicals are absorbed into your body through your skin!

Chemical contamination is just one reason to care about wearing clothes made from GMO cotton—there are plenty of others, including environmental contamination, and the fact that most non-organic (and unfortunately, some organic) cotton clothing is made in sweatshops.  These workers, predominantly women, are not only underpaid but also suffer from unsafe working conditions, physical, psychological and sexual abuse, 18-hour work shifts and other illegal labor practices.

We Are Not Only What We Eat - But Also What We Wear
The fashion industry, where toxic chemicals abound, promotes a toxic “fast fashion” culture designed to convince consumers that their self-worth depends largely on keeping up with the latest fashion.  Can we as consumers clean up the fashion industry, by rejecting its message?  And choosing a more conscious approach to buying clothes and textiles?
Start to Care What We Wear?
Read ‘Beyond Monsanto's GMO Cotton: Why Consumers Need to Care What We Wear’

Monsanto’s new super-toxic GMO dicamba-resistant cotton is already wreaking havoc across the U.S. But even beyond Monsanto’s latest “Frankencotton,” there are a myriad of reasons why we need to start paying as much attention to what we wear as we do to what we eat.

The U.S. is the largest clothing and apparel market in the world, with 2016 sales of approximately $350 billion. The average American household spends about four percent of its income on clothing, more than one-third of what we spend on food.

If Americans are what we wear, then we—even the most rebel youth, conscious women, organic consumers, and justice advocates—judged by what we wear (not just what we say) are increasingly corporatized. The fashion statement we’re apparently making with what we wear is that we don’t care. A look at the labels in our clothing, or the corporate logos on our shoes, reveals that the brand name bullies, the transnational giants in the garment and apparel industry, reign supreme.

Walk into any department store or clothing retailer. Look for a label that says “certified Organic Cotton or Wool and Fair Trade.” Search through rack after rack, in-store after store, but you aren’t likely to find very many items that are non-GMO, organic and Fair Trade certified.

There are, however, a growing number of online and retail clothing companies and brands, which offer non-sweatshop, natural fiber, and organic clothes, accessories, and textiles. These companies include Patagonia, PACT, Under the Canopy, Fibershed, Savory Institute, TS Designs, Maggie’s Organics, Indigenous, Hempy’s, and many others.  Unfortunately, most U.S. consumers, even organic consumers, have never heard of these socially and environmentally responsible clothing companies.

Given the importance of clothing and fashion in American culture and the economy, there are a number of rarely discussed, yet crucial issues we need to consider—health, environmental, and ethical—before we pull out our wallets to purchase yet another item of clothing or a textile product.

Synthetic fibers in clothing and textiles pollute the environment, the ocean, and ultimately the food chain. Clothes and textiles are made from both natural fibers, like cotton, hemp and wool, and synthetic fibers, like fleece, rayon or polyester. Synthetic fibers, often marketed as wrinkle-resistant, durable or easy-to-clean, are industrially produced, utilizing large amounts of energy and toxic chemicals. Polyester, for example, is made from petroleum, a non-renewable fossil fuel. Rayon, technically “semi-synthetic,” is derived from wood pulp and transformed into fiber through a high-water- and chemical-intensive process in notoriously polluting factories.

Once manufactured into fleece sweaters, bath towels or sheets, and brought home by consumers, synthetic fibers pollute the natural environment in the form of “micro-plastics.”

Whereas natural fibers, including cotton or wool, biodegrade over time, synthetic fibers do not. Scientists and marine biologists have begun sounding the alarm that clothing and other consumer products containing synthetic fibers (such as polyester, nylon, fleece and acrylics) release plastic-like micro-particles when washed, passing through sewage treatment plants, polluting surface waters and the oceans, where they are eaten and bio-accumulate in fish and other marine life, eventually contaminating the seafood that we eat.

 “Synthetic fibers are problematic because they do not biodegrade, and tend to bind with molecules of harmful chemical pollutants found in wastewater, such as pesticides or flame retardants.”

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But perhaps the safest thing to do is to stop buying clothing and textiles containing synthetic fibers.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Aviation World: TO LIVE IS TO FLY

Dreaming of Learning to Fly?
And maybe becoming a Commercial Pilot?

Have a seat in the airplane's cockpit and be entertained by these memoirs of an enthusiast aviator! Observe fascinating flight experiences, technology, and the beauty and forces of nature. Become captivated by the flying world of a professional pilot and flight instructor during the '80s and early '90s in Europe.
And maybe gain also a few pieces of advice along the way for your own flying career…

"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." 
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Just published:

To Live is to Fly: Memoirs of an Executive Pilot

by Doris Daily

worldwide available in print and ebook
at Barnes&Noble, Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Tolino and in Libraries

Excerpt of the chapters:
Early Fascination With Flying
Ground School and Flight Training
My First Cross-Country: Near-Miss
Prague: Where is the Pilot?
Flying Over Fog
Gaining Additional Flight Time
Midnight Flight to Marseille, France
Thunderstorms around Toulouse, France
Gender, Flying, and BP…
Airplane Transfers
Landing at a Military Airport
Ferry Flight to Istanbul, Turkey
Aerial Photography

Professional Pilot Training
Freelance Commercial Pilot Jobs
How I Got My First Executive Pilot Job
Never a Dull Moment
Smoked Salmon from Sweden
Destination Dresden!
Wait For Your Pilot!
Overnight Freight
Ambulance Flight to Stockholm
Interview With World War II Pilot Beate Uhse
Being a Flight Instructor
European Airports
Munich Riem Airport


Monday, April 8, 2019

Marie Curie - Amazing Scientist & Great Role Model

The Only Women Who Received TWO Nobel Prizes!
The first female Nobel Prize winner was the physicist and chemist Marie Curie, who in 1903 received the prize in the category of physics, together with her husband Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel.

Marie Curie was also the only woman to date to receive two Nobel Prizes: in 1911 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Twenty-four years later, her daughter Irène Joliot-Curie received the Nobel Prize in the same category.

Marie Curie and Irène Joliot-Curie are the only
mother-daughter team 
to date among the Nobel Prize winners.

17 times, a woman was awarded a Nobel Prize in the Peace category, 14 times the Nobel Prize for Literature, 12 times in the Physiology or Medicine category, 5 times in the Chemistry category and 3 times in the Physics category.

Four Nobel Prizes and the Business Award went to women in 2009, the highest number of awards for women in a single year.