Reading the paper today I learnt about this video:
This is Paul Broun who sits on the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Is it just me that finds this really scary? I’m starting to view some religions as huge cults that nobody seems to mind. I have been known to say that catholic schools have some benefits and that religion helps some people when nothing else can. I still believe these things but I cannot believe that people are still passing off science as “lies from the pits of hell”. There is so much evidence that the world was not created in 6 days and if I did fancy believing in something that there was no evidence for I would definitely prefer the flying spaghetti monster to god.
That’s it, the end of my rant. Thank you for reading!
This morning I was walking through my local park and, as always, gazing around at my surroundings. I love the crispness in the air on a sunny autumn morning and the crunchy leaves underfoot.
I got to thinking about the circle of life and wrote this poem when I got on the train. I hope you like it!
Brown, burgundy and gold
These are the leaves of old
Played the part they had to play
They have now been tossed away
What a sad life it must be
Clinging fearlessly to the tree
I found out this morning that it was National Poetry Day and that the theme was stars. That was enough to inspire me!
I immediately thought of my brilliant summer with the Oxfam team. Whilst we were at WOMAD we spent quite a bit of time lying outside our tents staring at the sky. It was the most amazing way to pass the time and the experience has inspired my latest poem.
Me and some of the brilliant Oxfam Shops Festival team at WOMAD Festival 2012
What makes you feel insignificant
Like gazing at the stars
Whilst lying in a field
No distraction from people or from cars
You continue to lie on the grass
For hours into the night
Stars keep on appearing
Night adds to your power of sight
But there is a sense of forboding
You start to realise
You’re looking at the past
And you no longer feel as wise
Will we ever understand
What’s happening in our sky?
Will we ever know it all?
Will we stop asking ourselves why?
Is information really power?
And will we ever really know?
The fun is finding out
The path to knowledge can be slow
I mean seriously? I thought this was a joke when I first read about it in yesterday’s newspaper.
For a start I think drinking cows milk is really weird. I know that most people do not agree with me but drinking another animal’s milk is just not natural. That milk is produced for calves not for human babies (or human adults for that matter). Would you drink milk from a cat or a dog? I didn’t think so.
I have to look at dairy farming from an animal cruelty point of view as well. Many people say that milking a cow actually helps the animal because if you didn’t get rid of the excess milk in the cows body then it would be in pain. I’m not buying it. Cows (like humans) produce enough milk to feed their calves. Have you ever wondered why cows constantly produce this milk? Calves are taken from their mothers when they are born, causing stress to both individuals. Female calves are either killed or kept to grow and be dairy cows. Male calves are put in stalls so that veal can be produced (a whole other animal welfare issue). All this so we can have milk in our coffee.
Anyway, I digress! The reason scientists are genetically modifying cows is that many children are allergic to certain proteins in the milk. I do not find this a very good reason to fool around with a cow’s genes. There are a whole range of milks out there that are not only free of these proteins but are better for both the environment and the animal. Off the top of my head there are soya, almond, hazelnut, coconut, rice, oat… the list goes on.
Apparently the genetically modified milk actually contains more of the other proteins found in milk which are also harmful to a large percentage of the population. Another reason why it is a waste of time!
Surely it is more beneficial to encourage people who cannot digest milk to drink a healthier, more environmentally friendly alternative which will cause them no harm?
I have created this blog to help me with my writing. I will be blogging inspiration for my writing as well as some poetry and other bits and pieces.
I am also a gluten free vegan and will be posting about my foody adventures.
Stick around if it sounds interesting!