#Patriotism in #Murica

“Are you patriotic? What does being patriotic mean to you?”

As an American citizen, this picture represents American patriotism to its n-th degree.

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Arlington

or also just as specifically…The White House

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White House after 17:00

Or even the Capitol Building – which has now been blown up on a ton of movies (even recently…which in and of itself has led to very racist Twitter and Facebook posts against Asians – we’ll save that for another post, possibly)…

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Capitol Building

All these are symbols of our supposed justice, freedom, and equality. They represent the ideals of ‘MURICA, right? Every time a person thumps their chest and barks that phrase out in both a joking (yet almost serious) manner, we are merely expounding our love for our American nation….no?

Is it patriotic, therefore, to discriminate based on race, gender, and/or (political) affiliation? Is it patriotic to disavow those who love whom they love? Is it patriotic to scoff and scorn others of a non-Christian/non-Protest religion? Is it patriotic to segregate our cities into little districts with the hopes of containing specific socio-economic classes, while spreading out in non-freeway-intersected suburbs. Is it patriotic to monitor one’s citizens? Is it patriotic to condemn those who expose a government’s corruption (ie: Edward Snowden)? Is it patriotic to call for “closed borders” while refusing jobs that could be yours? Is it patriotic to pay money to watch a “game” (ie: football, basketball) when that money could have gone towards scientific research or societal advancement (ie: NASA, NSF, NIH, public schools, infrastructure etc.)? Is it patriotic to continue to ruin the environment in your gas excessive vehicles?  Is it patriotic to disallow individuals the use of “soft” drugs while supporting huge pharmaceutical conglomerates that will not sanction some drugs that can have a great societal benefit but due to having the ability to “cure” and thereby decrease revenue, thereby never be made? Is it patriotic to send children to private school? Is it patriotic to decry our institutions and still seek to collect Social Security, pensions, etc.? Is it patriotic to continue funding an ever-expanding military, while still making even more cuts to scientific research and/or societal advancement? Is it patriotic to allow companies to patent and control whole genomes (and simple things, too) in order to increase their revenue in the supposed name of science? 

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Spoiler Alert – Frozen Food Safety Monitor for your Freezer

It’s only ~$20 on Amazon. This would have been perfect back last year when our freezer defrosted (twice) because I accidentally over-packed it. We ended up having to throw everything out; however, this would have allowed for us to judge better what could have been saved!

According to the Amazon description: ” In the event of an incident (freezer door not properly closed, power outage or anything affecting your freezer), the 4 liquids will independently melt into lower chambers. Depending on the color of the liquids that have melted, you will know the recommended time you have left to safely consume your frozen foods. 4 liquids for 4 recommendations. In the case of an incident the liquids will melt in the following order: Blue = 14 days to consume your frozen food, Blue and Green = 3 days to consume your frozen food, Blue, Green and Yellow = 1 day to consume your frozen food. All 4 liquids: Blue, Green, Yellow and Red: Discard everything. From the last time you verified the FreezCube.”

Too cool! 🙂 Definitely going on my “Wish List”

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Lament of Labwork (1 of many to come)

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cuz ALL THE PLATES! (all rights reserved: L Yang)

Labwork finally started up again. Who knew?

After a fulfilling summer down at NC State doing awesome data-mining, social media, and food safety related projects (which I am still doing now, but on the side), I’m now back at VTech starting my thesis research.

What am I doing exactly? I’m not too sure…and here is where the frustration (more with myself, than not) lies. As many graduate students can relate to, the thing about doing a project is that (a) you never know when/if you will succeed or fail; (b) if you haven’t done something in awhile, the confusion of not remembering certain methodologies (added to the thought that you should already know what’s going on) can be disheartening and even tragic. I’m definitely falling into this latter boat, at the moment.

From the outside, my project seems simple enough. Tomatoes. Salmonella. Things growing randomly? What could go wrong?

Besides that…

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And the Winner is Cats.

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Victory is getting the Bulls-Eye the first time you’ve ever thrown a dart at a Dart Board. Do not fear, fellow minions, your fearless ruler shall allow you to win all the rest of the times now. Now, please don’t forget to bow as you exit.

How Does the Moon Cut His Hair?

Eclipses it.

Do I consider myself funny? Haha, only if you count telling jokes in a humorous manner, funny…then, no…probably not. Sorry you sexy men and woman…I know you had higher expectations.

But wait, there’s more!

You walk into a bar. The man at the bar tells you his name is Terry. You laugh at him, “Dude, Terry is a girl’s name!” He gets angry and shoots you.

(insert drumroll here)

You have died of dysentery! 

(cymbals clash)

Or…When the whiteboard was invented, what did people say?

That’s REMARKABLE!

Yup. Little things in life, like so, will immediately evoke a smile / grin / belly-hearted laughter. So yes, if you have some fun (perhaps witty) jokes to tell, you may now get in line and have your egos boosted, immediately!

I am also taking ghost-writer applications for joke making. Please reply below. Your jokes will be added to a document collection titled: “Jokes of Steph & Lily”. Haha, see, it takes two of us to come up with material…