Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Also there were electric toothbrush, (which I almost about to buy one to replace my faulty one beforehand.)
Crabtree and Evelyn raspberry biscuits and tea.. And a nice jewelry box.
To take pic and upload soon.
Very nice surprise. Love ya.
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by David Pilling 04:46 AM Aug 26, 2011
Some 200 million years before dinosaurs made their appearance on earth and thus quite some time before Homo Sapiens began celebrating nuptials at extravagant wedding banquets, sharks swam the oceans. Sharks are older than trees. They have survived at least four planetary mass extinctions.
The link between these ancient predators and contemporary wedding receptions is that, among Chinese people, it is a sign of generosity and prestige to serve guests shark's fin soup. Since there are more than 1.3 billion Chinese people and, since they are getting more affluent by the day, that is of no little consequence to the shark population.
Some 70 million sharks are killed each year for their fins. Much of the time, the fins are sliced off with a blade at sea and the bloody shark torso thrown back in the water to die.
The California state legislature is debating a Bill co-sponsored by Mr Paul Fong, a Chinese-American Democrat, to ban the sale, consumption and trade of shark's fin. Hawaii, Oregon and Washington states already impose similar bans. California accounts for 85 per cent of shark's fin eaten in the United States. The Bill sailed through the lower house assembly, but is being held up in the state senate because of concerns it discriminates against Chinese-Americans.
What people eat is, indeed, a sensitive topic and one that generates much hypocrisy. Different cultures have formed their own taboos about what is proper, and not proper, to eat. Muslims and Jews do not eat pork, Hindus do not eat beef and most Americans do not eat snake or whale. Jains, and vegetarians of all cultures, do not eat any animals at all.
Westerners are particularly prone to turning up their nose at what other people eat. Their position is mostly illogical and sometimes offensive. They tend to mentally divide animals into those you eat (like pigs, sheep and chickens); those you cuddle or stroke (cats, dogs and horses); and those too ugly, unusual or intelligent to eat (say beetles, zebras and dolphins). Many profess to loathe barbarity - think clubbing seals - yet are happy to eat veal or to ignore what goes on in their friendly neighbourhood abattoir.
The richer societies get, the more finicky they tend to become. Many (including myself) waste half the animal they have had killed on their behalf, refusing to consume its organs, intestines, brain and so on. These parts are often eaten, and sometimes prized, in non-Western societies, particularly in Asia.
In their willingness to consume almost all the animal, both China and Japan score far better than most western countries.
Surely, then, one cannot object to eating shark's fin? Yet one can and one should. The reasons are to do with conservation and our broader ecosystem. Some species of shark have been depleted by 70 per cent and a few, such as smooth hammerhead, bull sharks and tiger sharks, by 90 per cent or more.
Sharks are the ocean's top predators. Their absence causes havoc. Off the East Coast of America, sharks used to eat bottom-feeding rays. With shark numbers massively depleted, the rays have had a field day devouring scallops, clams and oysters, rapidly reducing stocks.
Once shark's fins are dried and in jars, it is all but impossible to tell what kind of shark they came from or whether they were finned.
At one store in the Sheung Wan district of Hong Kong, a city where half the world's shark's fin is traded, a salesman admits he has no idea whether the fins come from endangered species. His shop does not sell shark meat, and he says it could be true that the carcass is simply tossed into the sea. As well as the cruelty, there is also the incredible waste. The average shark stretches to about 10 bowls of soup.
Certainly, shark's fin is traditional. As one writer points out, to ask people to stop eating it is the equivalent of suggesting Americans give up turkey for Thanksgiving. There is doubtless a case for banning other types of food, such as some types of caviar and some species of whale. But cultures are not immutable. Traditions change, especially when they are unsustainable.
Fortunately, many of the most prominent campaigners against shark's fin are Chinese, with Yao Ming, the recently retired basketball sensation, among the most passionate. In Hong Kong, where shark's fin used to be de rigueur at Cantonese banquets, many young people refuse to eat it. Besides, sharks have less cachet now that they are siphoned from the oceans on an industrial scale.
In Canada, more than a few ethnic Chinese couples have made a show of not serving shark's fin at their wedding. Ms Judy Lao recently told Vancouver's The Province newspaper why she didn't have it at her reception. "We don't really care, our friends don't care, and shark's fin has no nutritional value anyway," she said. "So why should we serve it?" Why indeed.
The Financial Times Limited
David Pilling is The Financial Times' Asia editor.
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From iTODAY:Passive smoking may damage sperm DNA
| Jul 20, 2011 6:00
LONDON - Passive smoking may cause mutations in the DNA of sperm, according to a study in mice. The findings suggest that men exposed to second-hand smoke could pass on any resulting genetic abnormalities to their children.
Men who smoke are known to be at higher risk of developing abnormalities in their sperm, including reduced motility and increased DNA damage.
"Recently, the International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that there is enough evidence to link paternal smoking in humans with increased risk of childhood cancer, suggesting that tobacco smoking causes heritable germ cell mutation in humans," wrote Ms Francesco Marchetti of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, who led the new research.
Their paper was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Mr Allan Pacey, a fertility expert at the University of Sheffield, said: "What we don't know and what we overlook is the influence of passive smoking. I guess it's no surprise that passive smoking causes the same kind of damage because you're just inhaling the same stuff albeit at different levels."
Mr Pacey said that, while the long-term consequences for human health were uncertain, the advice for would-be fathers was clear.
"If you're trying to conceive, stopping smoking is good advice and removing yourself from the influences of passive smoking is good advice." The Guardian
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Steve is coming back home to Me.
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surprised becos I'm a dead man walking.
2009 MBS was the rage, and rage was over before we knew it.
2010 Sg kudeta went up the sky, dubai ritz died in a fizzle, Australia
got worst, saysay only. one renowned hotel, marriot? I can't remember.
Y shld I? Saysay only from his ex marketing flipinno (from mo kul,
broke off her marriage to get involved with their ex boss, only now
that she in syndey, this ex boss married to a russian. All in a span
of one year.) ,now u know why when I already too lack of brain cells
to take words from anyone like this seriously, zero worth. Big Talk is
free, cost zero penny and looks gd and helpful.
2011 is abt touching its 3rd month and already bubble pizza burst
like bubble, come quick, die quicker. 2nd quarter still remains a
blank for now at this time of post, only god knows, I don't want to
know. Any prize for guessing right? 3rd quarter - just received news
of Avalon, or Babylon? Maybe another Crappylon, keep fantasing.
Sandcastles sandcastles in the sky,
look pretty, look promising in my mind,
Come building, come hyping me all the time,
Only to realise in the end its just bury in the sai.
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