The Insanity of Society
By David J. Stewart
I can't help but write this article. It has to be said. We are living in a loony world today! It's hard to grasp the reality that mankind has actually advanced in technology to the point of being able to land robots on Mars; yet hot dogs still come in packs on 10, and buns in packs of 8. Go figure!
I read in the news today that a doctor is saying popcorn fumes are dangerous. Oh brother! Here's the article from the Associated Press:
Doctor warns consumers of popcorn fumesConsumers, not just factory workers, may be in danger from fumes from buttery flavoring in microwave popcorn, according to a warning letter to federal regulators from a doctor at a leading lung research hospital.
A pulmonary specialist at Denver's National Jewish Medical and Research Center has written to federal agencies to say doctors there believe they have the first case of a consumer who developed lung disease from the fumes of microwaving popcorn several times a day for years.
"We cannot be sure that this patient's exposure to butter flavored microwave popcorn from daily heavy preparation has caused his lung disease," cautioned Dr. Cecile Rose. "However, we have no other plausible explanation."
The July letter, made public Tuesday by a public health policy blog, refers to a potentially fatal disease commonly called popcorn lung that has been the subject of lawsuits by hundreds of workers at food factories exposed to chemicals used for flavoring.
In response to Rose's finding, the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association issued a statement Tuesday recommending that its members reduce "to the extent possible" the amount of diacetyl in butter flavorings they make. It noted that diacetyl is approved for use in flavors by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
One national popcorn manufacturer, Weaver Popcorn Co. of Indianapolis, said last week it would replace the butter flavoring ingredient because of consumer concern. Congress has also been debating new safety measures for workers in food processing plants exposed to diacetyl.
The FDA said in an e-mail it is evaluating Rose's letter and "carefully considering the safety and regulatory issues it raises."
Fred Blosser, spokesman for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, said it is the first case the institute has seen of lung disease apparently linked to popcorn fumes outside the workplace.
The occupational safety arm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is working on a response to the letter.
William Allstetter, spokesman for National Jewish Medical, confirmed the letter was sent by Rose, a specialist in occupational and environmental lung diseases and director of the hospital's Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic.
"There have been no other cases that we know of other than the industrial occupational ones," Allstetter said.
Rose acknowledged in the letter that it is difficult to confirm through one case that popping buttered microwave popcorn at home can cause lung disease.
However, she said she wanted to alert regulators of the potential public health implications.
Rose said the ailing patient, a man whom she wouldn't identify, consumed "several bags of extra butter flavored microwave popcorn" every day for several years.
He described progressively worsening respiratory symptoms of coughing and shortness of breath. Tests found his ability to exhale was deteriorating, Rose said, although his condition seemed to stabilize after he quit using microwave popcorn.
She said her staff measured airborne levels of diacetyl in the patient's home when he cooked the popcorn. The levels were "similar to those reported in the microwave oven exhaust area" at the quality assurance unit of the popcorn plant where the affected employees worked, she said.
David Michaels, of the George Washington University School of Public Health, who first published Rose's letter on his blog, The Pump Handle, said the finding is another reason for federal regulators to crack down on diacetyl exposure by workers and consumers.
"This letter is a red flag, suggesting that exposure to food flavor chemicals is not just killing workers, but may also be causing disease in people exposed to food flavor chemicals in their kitchens," Michaels wrote on his public health policy blog.
While medical researchers are warning the American public about the potential dangers of popcorn fumes, millions of perfectly healthy babies are being ruthlessly tortured to death in abortuaries nationwide. Americans have gone insane! It seems that everyday we are being warned by the "experts" about something or another, but what about the children? Should it be surprising that a nation sat back and allowed Terri Schiavo to be starved and dehydrated to death in 2005? Terri's own family begged for her life, offering to care for their beloved daughter/sister; but some evil people said, "No, we're going to kill Terri, and there's nothing you can do about it." What kind of savages are we? What have we deteriorated to as a nation? Woe unto America!
Michael Vick, the pro-football player who recently pleaded guilty to dog-fighting and animal cruelty, is a sorry excuse for a human being. He should go to prison. Yet, we're just talking about animals here. What about the 48,000,000 human beings, little babies, who have been ruthlessly cut into pieces, dissolved into acids, or had their skulls cracked open and brains sucked out while ALIVE in abortion clinics all across America? If Michael Vick is a monster, and he certainly is, then so are all the abortionists in the United States who deliberately torture little babies to death!!! Yet, in our sick, morally twisted, and utterly confused American society today, the average person doesn't see any evil in murdering children. Millions of Americans are outraged at Michael Vick and want him severely punished, for torturing and killing dogs; while mothers who do the same thing to their babies are encouraged, comforted, and protected by law. Hypocrites! Are dogs more precious than human babies? We are living in a freak society today.
A Degenerate Society
Equally as retarded is the sex-crazed society we live in. Everywhere we turn nowadays we are confronted with immodesty dressed women, sexually suggestive advertising, dirty-minded people, and filthy television. As a result, fornication is commonplace in America. The fuel for the fires of fornication is Rock-n-Roll music. Rock-n-Roll is sexual music. According to John Oates of Hall and Oates..."Rock 'n' roll is 99% sex." So how do American's deal with the epidemic problem of fornication? They murder their children by abortion. America has become so immoral that you can't even walk through a shopping mall anymore, or ride public transportation, or watch the news, without the Devil trying to put unholy adulterous thoughts into our minds, because of some whorish woman who isn't dressed properly. To no surprise, sexual crimes are running rampant, and the Amber Alert System is in desperate demand from the very same society that allows pornography, strip joints, lascivious movies, Girls Gone Wild, and all the other vile filth on television and the internet today. How stupid can society be? For every Law of God that we violate, there are direct and indirect consequences. America's day of reckoning is coming!
People Just Don't Think Anymore
I recently went through a McDonalds drive through with my kids, and noticed that a Double Cheeseburger cost $1.00, but a regular Cheeseburger cost $1.05! Why would a single cheeseburger cost MORE than a double-cheeseburger? This is ridiculous. So if you like McDonald's Cheeseburgers better than their Double Cheeseburgers, it's actually cheaper for you to buy Double Cheeseburgers and throw the extra meat patties away. What is wrong with business today?
In a nation that gives us 50 choices for Miss America, it's hard to imagine that we are only provided a choice of 2 or 3 candidates for President of the United States!
And why does it take longer for an ambulance to come to our home than a pizza delivery order?
I really hate those paper-towel dispensers where you grab for one towel and twenty come out. You'd think companies would move out of the Flintstone's age. Ever heard of the Paper Reduction Act? I couldn't help but chuckle last year when I used TurboTax to do my taxes. The program actually asked me if I wanted to PRINT the Paper Reduction Act? Everywhere we look today, we see the retardedness of society.
I called my local phone-company today, requesting for someone to please explain their confusing billings statements to me. After speaking with a woman in Customer Service for 10-minutes, she said she was confused, and suggested I come down to the phone company to take care of the matter. I said, "Let me get this straight... with all the things I have to do, you want me to come all the way down to the phone company, so you can try to figure out your own billing statements"? It's preposterous the way businesses operate today. Why can't they make things simple?
In a rush, I stopped for gas at a Shell station the other day. After paying, the man behind the desk handed me some stickers. I asked, "What are these"? He said I should lick the stickers and paste them onto a redemption card every time I buy gas. I just looked at him. He told me to save the stickers and when I had spent $100 on gas I'd get a free coffee. Oh boy!... does that include a free snoopy dog? Don't businesses realize that people don't have time for their stupid games?
I hate mail-in rebates! Companies do it for tax write-off purposes, but it has become a major nuisance in society today. It's a shame that companies are allowed to exploit people, and evade paying taxes, by making our lives more difficult. Consumers aren't saving any money. Most rebates are for defective, problematic, obsolete, or over-priced merchandise anyway. With all the things that people have to get done in their daily lives, it's ludicrous that companies today expect people to take the time to fill out one rebate card after another. I refuse to buy anything which involves a mail-in rebate. Keep it!
Many of the commercials we see on TV today have lengthy disclaimers at the bottom of the screen, in print so small no one can read it, even with the screen paused. This is shady advertising. So many companies have done this unethical and dishonest practice for so long, that it has now become the norm in society. Yet, as retarded as it is, consumers keep doing business with such shady corporations. There ought to be laws against such dishonest types of advertising. Companies put that fine print on the TV screen so you can't sue them, knowing that people can't read the fine print.
Then there's the drug commercials. It's insanity! They tell you how wonderful their drug is, and then read you a long list of potentially dangerous side-effects, including: stroke, loss of appetite, ED, blindness, headaches, cramps, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, nervousness, constipation, insomnia, dryness of the mouth, heart attack, and even death. I can't help but laugh while they're saying all these things in conjunction with a smiling person on the TV screen. I don't think anyone would be smiling if experiencing ANY of those side-effects. They're all a bunch of greedy jerks. The list of potentially serious side-effects is staggering.
Some of the drugs are merely for helping people sleep at night, etc. It's ridiculous to take potentially dangerous drugs when they AREN'T necessary. Going for a one-hour walk in the sunshine will help you sleep good at night. Sunshine is important to help us sleep. Exercise, or going for a nice long walk in the park, will do wonders for a good night's rest. The Pharmageddon industry has gone hog wild crazy with unnecessary drugs! Please don't become their guinea pig.
Would you like to know how crazy America has become? Washington D.C. has more gun-control laws than any other city in the United States; YET, it is still the murder-capital of the country!!! Go figure! Might I make a suggestion that someone doesn't know what they're doing in Washington? Then again, that'd be stating the obvious.
And then there's the Godless public school system. The U.S. courts removed prayer and Bible reading from public schools in 1962-63. Instead, children are taught the LIES of Evolution, i.e., that human life evolved from slime. And then the "experts" sit back and try to figure out why America is going to hell? Away with Dr. Fat Bottom and Professor Know-it-all. It doesn't get much more retarded than the public school system. You can't remove from children their faith in God, and then reasonably expect them to grow up to be respectable moral adults. No God = No Morality!
My daughter asked me why a TV commercial was saying, "People are smart"? I responded, "Because people are DUMB enough to believe what they here." It's the truth. Do you know what psychology is? It is man's attempt to explain human nature without taking the Word of God into consideration. The truth is that psychology has no place in the Christian's life. The word "psychology" means simply, the study of the mind. But the Word of God goes BEYOND the mind... "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." The Bible genuinely addresses the whole of man. Holistic medicine claims to address the whole of a person's health; but this is IMPOSSIBLE without the Word of God, specifically taking into consideration man's vile sin-nature.
Thank God for His precious Word. In these crazy times in which we are living, it is vitally important that we look to the Word of God for answers. The Bible isn't merely intended to be read, memorized, and quoted; but most of all, lived. The average person today is woefully ignorant of the truth. Should it be surprising that the same medical profession who murder millions of precious babies are simultaneously warning us about the dangers of popcorn fumes? This is what happens to people when they abandon the truth... "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:22).
Ye Must Be Born Again!