Dear Walmart: Why Don’t You Sell Sugar-Free Chocolates on Valentine’s Day?

An estimated 285 million people, corresponding to 6.4% of the world’s adult population, will live with diabetes in 2010.

70% of the current cases of diabetes occur in low- and middle income countries. With an estimated 50.8 million people living with diabetes, India has the world’s largest diabetes population, followed by China with 43.2 million.

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Sooo…why the hell can’t I buy a Heart-Shaped Sugar-Free Box of Chocolates for my diabetic step son at Walmart? Or Target? Or Publix? Or anywhere for that matter.

Why doesn’t Walmart or any of these mega-retailers stock ANYTHING sugar-free in the Valentine’s aisle?
Don’t you realize that there are diabetic children that would like to feel semi-normal on Valentine’s Day?
Mine sure would.

So get off your capitalist asses and put some pressure on Russell Stover and Hersheys.

Thanks in advance.

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Review of Fahrenheit 9/11

I recently saw this movie and found it refreshing. I must say I’m a fan of Michael Moore and I’ve read “Dude, Where’s my country?” and seen both Roger and Me” and “Bowling for Columbine”.

After having read the book this movie was inspired from, “Dude, Where’s my country?” I can’t help but feel the full impact of his message wasn’t truly captured. There were sections in the book that I had to step away from and re-read later. Although the movie does touch many of the book’s same topics, it does so in a quick witty manner that doesn’t allow one to truly absorb the material properly. If the purpose of this movie is to provoke thought and action then it was a success. Unfortunately, most people will only walk away with the thought this is propaganda and miss the arguments the book so accurately conveys.
I could only hope Fahrenheit 911 moves the people to read and educate themselves better. We’re falling victim to the immense amounts of advertising and television penetration. As a result, we’ll soon grow into a nation of obese walking zombies craving Coke and McDonalds. Hell…we may have already reached that stage.

How to Avoid Online Scams & Fraud

Here are a few simple steps to safe online shopping…

1. Check out the merchant at resellerratings.com. Read the reviews closely. They’re from other buyers like yourself.2. Are they really there? Send a test email to them. How long did it take to respond? Try calling and checking if the number works. Tons of sites don’t respond quickly to simple questions. Imagine how frustrating that could be if you actually bought something there.

3. Jump on google and do a search for “companyname review”. I’ve found some interesting stuff this way.

4. When you enter the Checkout process, does it say https:// in the address? Is there a locked padlock on the lower tight side of your browser? There should be. This means all traffic is safe.

5. Do you see a lot of seals from Better Business Bureau, Verisign, BizRate, CNet, etc? Do me a flavor. Try clicking on those seals. If they?re not links to information about the rating of that specific web site, they?re fake. Many times, the seals aren?t links at all. Just wallpaper. Wallpaper that says ?Ripoff in progress.?

6. Check the shipping. If the site doesn’t state costs up front then beware. They’ll probably stick you with high shipping charges to make up for great deals.

Good Luck and be safe out there. Oh, and avoid Broadway Photo like the plague.

A Carrot, An Egg and a Coffee Bean

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. After coming to a boil, she placed carrots in the first, eggs in the second and coffee beans in the third. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

Twenty minutes later she turned off the burners and moved the items to separate bowls. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me, what do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity … boiling water… yet each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however, in the fact they changed the water and created something pleasant from it.