27 March 2008

Ticking Toxic Time Bomb

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Ooops, I dropped the Light Bulb and it Exploded!

Your friendly local electric supplier, after raising the cost of supplying you electricity, suggests that you use ENERGY STAR-qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Because they use less than 25 percent of the electricity standard bulbs use and last 10 times longer. I guess if the bulbs last longer, they need to charge more!?

  • LiveScience Staff Writer Andrea Thompson.

    COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS (CFLs) are widely touted as environmentally friendly, but they have created a recycling headache for the EPA and local governments. More often than not, their toxic ingredients simply end up in landfills, where the chemicals can leach into soil and water and poison fish and other wildlife.

    The bulbs contain mercury and should NOT be tossed in the trash like regular light bulbs.

    “They’re very efficient, but once they’re used up they become a ticking toxic time bomb," said Leonard Robinson, chief deputy director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. "They need to be CAPTURED (?) and recycled." …

    “There’s not a lot of options out there for recycling them,” said Joe Dunlop, a program coordinator for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

    As of Feb. 8, 2006, it is actually illegal for California residents to throw CFLs away.

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    If a CFL should break in your home, the EPA recommends the following:

    Before Clean-up: VENTILATE THE ROOM
    1. Have people and pets leave the room, and don't let anyone walk through the breakage area on their way out.
    2. Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
    3. Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system, if you have one.
    Visit for more info.

    IF YOUR MEDICINE CABINET THERMOMETER BREAKS: on carpet, curtains, upholstery or other absorbent surfaces, these CONTAMINATED ITEMS SHOULD BE THROWN AWAY in accordance with the disposal means outlined below. Only cut and remove the affected portion of the contaminated carpet for disposal.

    This is a public life-saving announcement.
  • LIGHTS OUT! In A Turnabout World


    Global Warming and Environmental Concerns are all the rage.
    Here’s the latest:


    ON MARCH 29 at 8 PM - 24 global cities will be participating in Earth Hour . This will be the highlight of a major campaign to encourage cities –- for environmental purposes –- to turn off their lights for one hour.

    So far, the following cities have signed on [] :

    Aalborg Aarhus Adelaide Atlanta
    Bangkok Brisbane Canberra CHICAGO Copenhagen
    Dublin Manila Melbourne MONTREAL Odense
    OTTAWA Perth Phoenix San Francisco
    Suva and Lautoka Sydney TEL AVIV TORONTO Vancouver

    WOW, what a great idea. But I have another GREAT IDEA.

    A WORLD MOVEMENT I could join.

    NO MORE ROCKETS – NO MORE MISSiLES ON ISRAEL, of course, for environmental purposes... To stop polluting the Middle East skies with all that toxic dust and debris each time a missile lands on people and their homes. Well, since they don't care about Jews, maybe we can get them on the environmental issue?

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    25 March 2008

    The Humble Cherry in a Turnabout World

    FDA Wages War on the Humble Cherry

    March 29 is the beginning of the 96th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC.
    While these vibrant pink and white blossoms appear, behind closed doors the FDA continues to silence those seeking to publicize the science-backed health benefits of Hashem’s foods.

    This brings us to the delicious, juicy Cherry! Cherries are loaded with unique antioxidants and phytochemicals that have been shown in well-designed studies to promote health. In particular, anthocyanins (the redness of the cherries) have been known for their anti-inflammatory properties that have given relief to arthritis and gout sufferers.

    In 2005 the FDA sent warning letters to 29 cherry companies demanding they stop publicizing studies supporting the cherries’ health benefits.

    If a farmer says that cherries help those with arthritis, then a cherry becomes a DRUG, and they must file and gain approval on a New Drug Application. Non-compliance can bring criminal prosecution.

    I guess prozac. NSAIDs, viagra, and the other poisons marketed as so-called cures are more wholesome than the humble cherry. The humble cherry grows because Hashem created it that way. No need to search the Amazon Forest and spend millions of dollars and umpteen years to help today’s arthritis and gout sufferers.

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    12 March 2008

    Venahapochu Doubled and Redoubled

    A Greater Public Alert to be Heard Around the World –
    When the next President is Sworn In –
    The following could become the situation for the Jews in America:

    “Now there arose a new king … who knew not Yosef. And he said unto his people … Come, let us deal wisely with them ….” And as our Pesach Haggadah states, and the Zohar relates “… and then the back-breaking work began.”

    Could this back-breaking work be the method to achieve our final teshuva before the Geula?

    Since the VietNam War, morality in the US has been disintegrating, and the mighty efforts of the Founding Fathers of America are being stripped away, one by one.

    You might say, “What is this … to me?” [remember the wicked son?]

    Barack Hussein Obama has come out in favor of mishkav zachar. We know the other candidate already openly supports this. As a famous radio personality says, Liberalism is a mental disorder.

    I believe it is an insult to the Al-mighty to support by voting openly and willingly for the election of those who are tearing a benevolent country into tiny pieces. Our Holy Rabbis from previous generations [I believe] would not advocate supporting leaders who advocate a myriad lack of values which are eroding the Jewish life of our people. Why assist them in destroying Jewish Life in America?

    It saddens me immensely to see certain organizations asking the Jewish People to Vote for politicians who represent this disintegration of Jewish Life in America. What was is no more!

    Recently, there was a

    Call to “Get Out the Vote” Heard Around the Country – March 4, 2008: A Public Alert to Our Fellow Jews in Our Country, The United States of America. Gedolei Torah of previous generations have already proclaimed that every Jewish person should participate and vote in elections held in our benevolent country… First, it is incumbent on us to be concerned about the interests of our fellow Jews … we have merited to see great accomplishments, etc … .

    To this I say:

    Our leaders who are supposed to be endowed with historical vision should be able to see that the America we live in now is not the America that once was moral and upstanding, with religious values that seemingly nourished a wholesome family-life and world-outlook that was conducive as a society for Jews to live in. That is why Hashem put us here.

    But the “Get Out the Vote” says to be “concerned for your fellow Jew” (politically) – And I say be concerned for those who are not yet shomer Torah U’Mitzvos, those who are being wounded emotionally by members of Am Yisroel, those who are being rocketed out of their homes in Sderot, those who may lose their homes in Yerushalayim NO MATTER HOW THEY PRACTICE THEIR JUDAISM – they are still Jews in G.od’s Eyes.

    It speaks of “accomplishments” we’ve made? I call many of those accomplishments purely an obsession for a level of gashmius that rivals ancient Persia, that is creating inertia among some men in learning [a lack of challenge, a bren, an endearment for the Torah], laxity in Choshen Mishpat, breaches in family purity, adoption of the idolatry of the US $$$, white-collar inmates, bewilderment among the youth across ALL sectors of Am Yisrael, weakening of modesty and family values without the faintest idea what that means! Where are our leaders? The young generations are victims of the blindness of our present leaders and educators. Where have our leaders gone?

    “the single greatest ally of the Jewish nation … protecting it from the 70 wolves …”
    I’m sorry to disagree, but this nation is helping the 70 nations maintain their status vis-à-vis the umbilical cord attached to the oil rich nations, and are the main protagonist in this Greek tragedy of egging on Israel’s suicidal leaders.

    They ask us to have “Hakoras Hatov” - to whom?? What happened to Hashem? We need Hakoras Hatov to our Creator who gave us Chukim & Mishpatim to live by and the Avos to breathe by. That’s true HaKoras Hatov and not lipservice to politicians.

    Could it be that the Jews in America have been duped into believing that the U.S. has the best interests of Israel in mind when they deny the self-defense of Jews being lobbed rockets and grads upon their homes, and deny them retribution when their children are murdered. But the murderer’s family can fly flags of death in celebration. Jews have become accomplices [chas v’sholem] in their own decimation. It’s a very skillful adaptation of a Greek tragedy (by a modern titus). The manner in which the US Government compels Israel’s Jews to comply with their own undoing is Venahapochu doubled and redoubled.

    “Let no one free himself from that obligation…his individual voice can make no difference…” Contrary to what they mean here, each individual Jew can make a mighty difference by NOT voting for immorality and policies that are unraveling Jewish life in America and in Israel!

    “May Hashem guard us and save us” … save us from our own undoing. If you vote against immorality by NOT VOTING FOR THEIR REPRESENTATIVES, “All the nations of the land will see that In G.od We (the Jews) Trust, not in the falling idol of the US Dollar. Let’s put this idol to rest, let’s return to the moderation of the Rambam zt”l.

    Making a Kiddush Hashem would be better than relying on any politician or anyone who says voting for immorality is the right way. Politics is unsavory business, and when Jews are involved they usually get muddied. We need to extricate ourselves from the idol of gashmius and return to the modest ways of our forefathers.

    It’s only a matter of time …. The World is in Total Chaos

    Dearest Fellow Jews

    A Letter from Yerushalayim sent to an frum news blog (

    Dearest Fellow “Charedi” Jews,

    As I sit here in my Yerushalayim apartment, a week has passed since this tragedy has occurred. I cannot help but echo the solemn words of one student at Merkaz Harav, “ Klal Yisroel and Eretz Yisroel have had their hearts ripped out”. This feeling of helplessness and sadness has affected so many of us during the last week. The Jewish people lost eight stars, eight future leaders, and countless generations of our own. But as a “Yeshiva Guy” I feel like I lost something else. I have lost my pride.

    Following the heart-wrenching levaya I proceeded to a main thoroughfare in Geulah. The mood had suddenly changed. Only several blocks away from where this massacre occurred, festive Adar music was playing and people were going about their business like any other day. The regular Levaya and Tznius posters were posted on the walls, but something was missing. It was as if everyone had already forgotten about the eight Kedoshim who were slaughtered only hours before.

    Teenage boys who were brutally murdered as they sat in the Beis Medrash were
    suddenly as anonymous as ever. All of this in a neighborhood where numerous grown men spend countless hours each week protesting and promoting vital matters such as “Mehadrin” buses . Where has all of our Ahavas Yisroel gone? Were these boys any less pure than our own because they wore different colored Yarmulka’s? I’m not suggesting that everybody tear their clothes and prostrate themselves on the floors, but a little respect was due. R’ Elyashiv and the Belzer Rebbe attended the Levaya, where were you?

    Isn’t it time that we put all of our petty politics aside and get our priorities in order? Yes, we may represent UTJ, NRP, and Agudah, don’t we all learn from the same Torah? At times it may seem that we are far apart ideologically, but our goals are mostly local. It is at tragic times like these that Klal Yisroel must unite.



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    May I suggest some additional reading:


  • The Power of Land

  • A Bit of Emes Leaks Out:
  • A brief interview right after the terrorist attack with the hero who killed the arab mass murderer. What's significant is his statement that the weapon used by the 'palestinian' slaughterer of innocent children was given to him by Israeli President Shimon Peres. This is a brief moment of truth leaking out onto the mainstream news. Dozens protest against Peres in France, call to 'eliminate Israel'

    Let it be clearly stated, the weapon used by the US Funded Fatah Terrorist Movement member was provided to the US Backed Fatah Based Palestinian Authority by then Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres at the urging of the US State Department.

    It should be noted that since making this blatantly truthful statement, the hero of the
    Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva massacre has been banned from the news. No awards, no recognition, no interviews, no kovod, at least not in this world. But here at Mystical Paths we say, Kol HaKavod and Tizku l'Mitzvot. He saved tens to hundreds of lives that night!

    If you want to know whyYitzchak Dadon, the hero who killed the terrorist at Mercaz HaRav is not being mentioned in some of the latest news reports.

    Mayim Achronim — Balak

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