From Fox News: Even as San Francisco bans plastic straws in an effort to cleanup the city, the streets are now reportedly littered with plastic caps from free syringes.
The orange plastic caps come from the free hypodermic needles that officials hand out to prevent diseases spreading among drug users. The city hands out an estimated 400,000 syringes each month for drug users, but has little control on how these needles are disposed of. The San Francisco Chronicle previously reported more than 154,000 needles end up in the streets, sidewalks, parks and playgrounds.
Meanwhile, leaders in the California city are hoping to prevent plastic straws from washing up in the San Francisco Bay. The city unanimously approved in July a plan to ban plastic straws and stirrers, as well as food containers made with fluorinated chemicals. Items such as condiment packets and napkins will be given out at bars and restaurants upon request.
But these days, the orange plastic syringe caps are freely found scattered on streets and sidewalks, the Washington Post reported.
“Napkins, straws, and bags are available upon request,” sandwich shop Sentinel write on a menu footnote. “You can still get needles for free though. Welcome to SF.”
San Francisco Mayor London Breed told the newspaper that she wants residents and visitors to feel the city is “so clean.”
“I want people to walk around this city and think, ‘Wow, it’s so clean here,’” Breed said. “I want people just hanging out in front of where they live and enjoying the weather, people of all races, able to live in dignity because they have a home and are able to make ends meet.”
Breed said implementing the plastic straw ban is addressing a future problem, while working to clean the streets of items such as human feces, a Public Works crew dubbed the “poop patrol,” is addressing a current issue.
“There are things that matter now, and there are things that matter for the future of our planet and the next generation of people growing up in this city,” she said. “We can’t just think about what we need to do now.”
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Fortunately no one was hurt by this man during his car chase.
From NY Post: A Texas man whose life sentence on drug charges was commuted by former President Obama is back behind bars after cops caught him with more than two pounds of cocaine following a high-speed chase, according to a report. Robert M. Gill, 68, had been imprisoned in 1990 for cocaine and heroin distribution before Obama set him free along with other non-violent federal inmates in 2015, the San Antonio Express News reported. During his eight years in office, Obama commuted 1,715 prison sentences, more than any other president.
Last Thursday, according to federal court papers, Gill met with his probation officers and then went to the parking lot of a food market to buy more than 2 pounds of cocaine. Gill met a person who gave him a black backpack that he placed in his vehicle, and a sheriff’s deputy in an unmarked car tried to stop him, the affidavit said. But Gill took off and after a high-speed chase collided with another vehicle where deputies were able to disable his car. Officers found the cocaine in the backpack and put him under arrest, the affidavit said. Gill “related that he was going to sell the cocaine to make money and would be paying a female $26,000 for the cocaine,” the affidavit said. “I’m so disappointed to hear that he got arrested again,” Ronald Schmidt, a lawyer who helped Gill appeal his life sentence in the courts, told the San Antonio newspaper.
In signing his release, Obama said he did so “because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. … Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity.” Gill’s prison warden also stood up for him, saying: “Robert has reformed and rehabilitated himself and poses no threat to the outside world.”
Gill has been charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and was held without bail. He faces a return to prison for up to 40 years, if convicted.
Many of us are afflicted with chronic pain. Last year, a poll by the American Osteopathic Association found that nearly 70% of Americans say they or someone they care for experienced pain in the previous month. 48% of respondents do not believe that proper treatment can ease chronic pain; 41% believe pain is simply a part of aging; while 34% believe that the side effects of pain medications are worse than the pain itself.
But researchers have found pain reducers that are not opiates or pharmaceuticals. The website “Cracked” has an article on 6 things other than drugs which can reduce pain. Beginning with the least, the six are: #6. Money:An experiment in China found that just touching money makes us feel better. Those subjects in the experiment who had just handled a stack of bills before plunging their hands into very hot water for a short period of time, showed a higher pain threshold than those who had just handled blank paper. Even though the first group didn’t think they would get to keep the money, simply being in physical contact with it made them feel less pain. #5. Eating: We all have comfort foods that we turn to when we are stressed, but eating also helps in alleviating pain — at least for a while. Come to think of it, that may explain the explosion of obesity in our society of plenty where even those our government defines as “poor” are over weight. #4. Music: Listening to your favorite music enables you to tolerate up to twice your normal threshold of pain. A study of people with chronic pain and those in long-term hospital stays found that listening to their favorite music dramatically decreased the pain they were feeling. #3. Imagination: According to a study on stomach pains, getting a child to imagine that s/he is floating on a cloud is a more effective pain reliever than prescription drugs. #2. Touch:One study found that touching our own wounds helps our bodies deal with pain as it allows our brains to better “map out” the part of our body that’s hurting. The more information the brain gets about the pain’s location, the better it can process and effectively deal with the pain.
And now the most powerful, Number One non-drug pain-reducer…. #1. Religious Faith Researchers found that those who are religious handle pain better. In the study, devout Catholics are better able to withstand electrical shocks than atheists or agnostics. Participants of all beliefs were told to look at two different paintings while their hands were being shot up with electricity. Those who were Catholic reported less pain when looking at a painting of the Virgin Mary as opposed to a painting of some woman by Leonardo da Vinci. Atheists and agnostics did not feel any pain relief no matter what painting they looked at. Test subjects who were religious showed increased brain activity, while non-religious subjects had no increased brain activity.
My best friend and this blog’s co-founder, Joan, certainly can attest to the power of faith.
She has chronic excruciating pain from degenerative disk disease, fibromyalgia, and severe osteoarthritis. She describes her pain as “like someone jabbing a knife into my spine.” Despite that, she is cheerful and lives an active full life as a homemaker, having retired from being an administrative law judge. She cooks and cares for her husband, 7 cats, 1 parrot, and a turtle. She is active in her parish, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, and regularly cooks meals for tens of people. She tells me she is able to do all that because of her great love for the Triune God, and offers her pains as redemptive suffering to Christ.
At times when her pain is particularly bad, Joan finds comfort by gazing at the picture of the Divine Mercy which I had given her when she was hospitalized for total-knee replacement surgery 5 years ago.
Divine Mercy of Christ
As serendipity has it, today isDivine Mercy Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter. St. Faustina was assured by Jesus that all who receive of the Holy Sacraments today will have full remission of their sins and punishments.
“[T]hough your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” -Isaiah 1:18 ~Eowyn
(CNSNews.com) – Actor and comedian Chevy Chase told CNSNews.com that “I believe very much” in President Barack Obama and that “when he is reelected … we’ll see a number of different changes.”
Watch the video to see the most enlightened actor sharing his thoughts.
Chase was asked if President Barack Obama has lived up to his expectations concerning environmental policy. “It’s too early to tell. He’s young. Maybe he has not anticipated or hadn’t yet anticipated, with perspective, a way to gauge what’s going to be most important to the electorate and to people as he came in because he’s young. Perhaps he came in with all sorts of great thoughts and found out that in fact, in order to make things happen he had to deal with upper most issues as it were that were political,” said Chase.
“The electorate is made up of a lot of predominately men who like to fight who at 18 have the biggest balls of all and are sent off to war who are ready to fight each other and have little concern for the softer things in nature,” he replied.
These remarks come from a man that once said, “I never shot things up or freebased. I was pretty low-level when it came to drug abuse. I checked myself into the Betty Ford Clinic after my nose started to hurt.”