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Pick Your Topic Part Deaux: Breast Feeding Baby Doll Nurtures Controversy With Puritanical Parents

July 21, 2011 4 comments

My thanks to my good friend Marcy Harris for her winning topic suggestion concerning the controversy surrounding the breast feeding baby doll that was recently introduced to the American toy market. Marcy doesn’t have a blog, so I can’t promote it obviously, but I can tell you this about her; Marcy and I have known each other since we were kids. We grew up in the same neighborhood, and went to the same elementary and high school. Although we were always good friends as kids, we went our separate ways after high school and didn’t reconnect until our 25 year reunion a few years ago. Here’s the deep dark secret about Marcy that I alluded to on last nights blog post; it’s actually more telling about me than her, but it’s my blog, and I can do what I want 😉

I carried a secret crush on Marcy for three years. Starting in 7th grade and carrying over to high school, I was as madly in love with her as any hormone raging teenager could be. The trouble was that I was incredibly overweight, shy, and possessed virtually no self esteem! I couldn’t have asked her to go with me if my adolescent life had depended on it! The ironic part is that for some of the time that I was secretly crushing on her, she was crushing on my brother! Sorry Marcy, I had to go there 😉

Without further adieu, I bring to you

Breast Feeding Baby Doll Nurtures Controversy From Puritanical Parents

In 2009, the Spanish company Berjaun Toys introduced “Bebe Gloton” (Greedy Baby) to the European market. The baby doll, which simulates breast feeding, was wildly popular in Europe; so much so that 2 years later, it was introduced on the American market as the “Breast Feeding Baby Doll.” The doll comes with a special halter top that has a flower for each nipple; each flower has a sensor inside that corresponds to a sensor inside the baby doll. When the child places the doll close to the flowers, the doll makes motions and sounds that resemble the act of breast feeding. After it’s done feeding, the child has to burp it or the doll cries. The toy comes in either male or female gender, as well as several ethnicities. Sounds pretty cool, does it not? Well, apparently not according to a lot of parents who are protesting to the manufacturer about the doll.

The major complaint from parents is that the doll sexualizes the child, and forces them to grow up too early. Poppycock. The doll does no such thing.

First of all, unless it’s between two adults, breast feeding is nowhere near sexual; it’s a natural, beautiful experience of a woman bonding with her child. By breast feeding, a mother is giving her child a part of herself, nourishing and nurturing the youngster by holding the child close to her breasts, and offering the baby her milk. Every animal does this, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, either real or simulated. Furthermore, it is in a child’s nature to mimic the adults that they interact with. Just as two lion cubs will mimic adult lions behavior of stalking and fighting, so too will children copy their parent’s actions in order to prepare themselves for adulthood. What’s so wrong about letting children experience such an important aspect of motherhood? It beats sitting them in front of a TV all day, either watching mindless shows or playing video games. It sure as hell beats letting a child play with toy guns or swords, or anything else that promotes violence at such an early age! Hell, if the doll had come out when my son was a toddler, I would have gotten it for him if he asked for it. I wouldn’t now though, since he just turned 17. That would just be awkward and kind of weird.

Are there any legitimate complaints about the doll? There is one. The fucking thing costs almost $100.00! It’s a wonderful toy, but who in the hell can afford it?

For those of you who think that the Breast Feeding Baby Doll is inappropriate and should be taken off the market, I have three words of advice:

Pick Your Topic Tuesday

July 19, 2011 4 comments
New York Times

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. Every Tuesday morning, I  open up the floor to suggestions for a topic that you would like me to talk about. Submit your suggestion in the comments section after my Tuesday morning prompt post. I pick one of the topics submitted, and deliver a minimum300 word post no later than Friday, with all the Tin Foil trimmings.

Here’s the criteria: no topic is taboo, however there are no guarantees how I treat the topic. I will research and form my own opinion, and write about it in my own special way 😉 Please be as specific as you can with the topic, if you submit something broad like “religion” for example, I just may go down a rabbit hole that you would not expect.

I will announce the winning topic no later than Wednesday night. The person who suggests the winning topic for the week will get full credit in the post featuring the topic . If you’re a blogger, I will make sure I include your blog site info. Plus the winner will receive total consciousness, so you’ll have that going for you.

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Why Native Americans Do Not Celebrate Columbus Day

July 14, 2011 6 comments
Columbus landing on Hispaniola, Dec. 6, 1492; ...

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Unless one has lived under a rock for their entire life, we have all heard of Christopher Columbus. In every grade school history book are recounting of how “in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” He is accredited with founding the new world, in an attempt to find a western trade route to Asia. He has been afforded commemorative statues and monuments, as well as having many American cities named after him. What we don’t often hear or read about is that he created a legacy of enslavement and brutality that would last for centuries. It was Columbus who would lead the way for a hemispheric annihilation of civilizations that were here thousands of years prior to his first voyage to the “new world.”

When Columbus landed in the Bahamas in October of 1492, he mistook the region of the Caribbean as the orient. He thought the island of Cuba was Asia, and the island that now contains Haiti and the Dominican Republic, named Hispaniola, as an island off the coast of China. Armed with a generous contract of retaining 10% of any and all profits, as well as governorship of any new found lands, the former merchants clerk from Genoa would earn himself the moniker of “Admiral of the ocean sea (Atlantic ocean),” a title he negotiated with the King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in return for his expeditions. When Columbus entered the Bahamas after 33 days at sea, his first native encounter was with the Arawak Indians, many of whom swam out to the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria to greet him. The Arawaks, a hospitable culture, were friendly to Columbus and his crew, but Columbus could only focus on one thing; he fixated on the tiny pieces of gold that the Arawaks used to adorn their ears.

Columbus kidnapped many of the Arawaks in order to lead him to more gold. They sailed to Cuba, and then to Hispaniola, where flakes of gold were visible in the rivers, and the tribal chieftain presented to Columbus a mask of gold. It was on Hispaniola that the first European military base in the Western Hemisphere was built. After completion of Fort Navidad, Columbus left for the Azores and then Spain leaving behind 39 crew members to find and store gold. During his second voyage of late 1493, he returned to Hispaniola to find that all 39 crewmen were killed by the natives, in response to the crewmen capturing women and children and using them for sex and labor. As a result, Columbus decreed that any native 14 or older must collect established amounts of gold every three months. Each native who abided received a bracelet of copper tokens, those who were not wearing these bracelets had their hands cut off, and bled to death. Those who ran away were hunted and killed.

While the Arawaks did try to fight back, it was futile. The Spaniards were armed with muskets and swords, and rode horses. The Arawaks were virtually helpless against them. After several massacres at the hands of Columbus and the Spaniards, the Arawaks turned to another strategy: Mass Suicide. Within 2 years, half of the 250,000 indigenous people were dead by suicide, small pox, massacres, or hard labor. By 1515, there were 50, 000 natives left; by 1550 there were 500; by 1650, the indigenous people of the Caribbean were completely gone.

The brutality of Columbus and his crews would set the pace of exploration and colonization in the Western Hemisphere; after Columbus came Cortez who wiped out the Aztecs of Mexico. After Cortez, there was Pizzaro who eliminated the Incas of Peru. After Pizarro came the English and French; more so the first British settlers of Virginia and Massachusetts, who set the tone by eliminating the Powhatan and Pequot respectively.

The first recorded encounter with Native Americans and the British was in 1585, when Richard Grenville landed in Virginia, after a few friendly exchanges with the Powhatan Indians; Grenville sacked and burned their villages, when it was thought a member of the tribe stole a small silver cup. In 1610 Jamestown, the British settlers overtook a Powhatan settlement, killing several while kidnapping their queen and her children: The children were shot and drowned while the queen, who was later stabbed to death, was forced to watch. The earliest American dreams were begat from nightmares of blood and anguish.

At the time of Columbus’s landing in the Bahamas there were an estimated 10 million natives north of Mexico. While Columbus and his crew may have taken care of the first 125,000, it was the combined efforts of the European nations that would reduce the native population to under a million in the present day. Through slavery, murder, disease, displacement, and assimilation, a densely populated North America was stripped of entire civilizations that were egalitarian, cultured, and thriving. A European culture which was blood thirsting for wealth and land was, willing to thoroughly dispose of tens of millions of beautiful indigenous people.

Tell me again; who were the savages?

And The Winner of Pick Your Topic Tuesday Is:

July 13, 2011 3 comments

There were some great topics as usual to choose from; my thanks go out to everyone who submitted such wonderful suggestions! As much as I would love to write about toilet paper, I decided that I would just go ahead and make it History week here at BTTFH (sorry Shane). In keeping with my History theme this week, our winner is Tracy at Kansas Mediocrity. His suggestion is that I write about some aspect of the European invasion (not The Beatles) of America, and how it affected the indigenous civilization that lived there.

I will have a 300 word minimum post up no later than Friday evening, giving Tracy full credit for the suggestion, as well as talking a little bit about his very cool blog.

Thanks to everyone who posted suggestions; I hope to see you all here next Tuesday!

Pick Your Topic Tuesday

July 12, 2011 5 comments

Here’s the deal: You suggest a topic, and If I pick it, I’ll write a 300 word minimum post about it by Friday. You will get full credit for suggesting it. Leave your suggestions in the comments below, and I will declare a winner on Wednesday night.

I can’t wait to see what this week brings!

Death By Moo Juice!

July 7, 2011 7 comments
A Dairy Crest Semi-Skimmed Milk Bottle.

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My thanks to Tori at Anytime Yoga for her winning topic suggestion of how consuming dairy can have adverse health affects. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet please do!

Without further adieu, I bring you

Death By Moo Juice

We’ve all grown up with the myth that dairy products are good for us. We’ve been hammered over the head countless times that we need to consume milk and cheese in order to get calcium, which promotes bone growth and stability. However, recent studies have shown that calcium ingested from dairy does not promote bone growth and stability, and actually leeches calcium from our system.

What we need to realize is that our bodies were not made to consume products made from cow’s milk. After the breast feeding stage of infancy, our body loses lactase, which is needed to break down the sugars lactose and galactose that are found in cow’s milk. Our body doesn’t need or want dairy products. In fact ingesting cow’s milk can create a myriad of health issues including:

 Heart disease
 Diabetes
 Prostate cancer
 Ovarian cancer- In fact Women who consume dairy on a daily basis run a 73% higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.
 Leukemia
 Bronchitis
 Emphysema
 Asthma
 Pneumonia
 Influenza
 Nephritis ( Inflammation of the Kidneys)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Crohn’s disease
 Immune system disorders
 Reproductive system disorders

How are all these issues related to consumption of dairy? Well here’s the really gross part. Here’s what’s present in our dairy, regular and organic:

 59 active bovine hormones
 Massive amounts of allergens
 Fat
 Cholesterol
 Herbicides
 Pesticides
 Over 200 times the safe level of dioxins
 52 types of antibiotics
 Blood
 Pus
 Feces
 Bacteria- One bacteria in particular, Mycobacterium Para tuberculosis is passed through dairy products and has found to be a major cause of Crohn’s in many cases.
 Viruses
 Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) – This is found in traditional dairy farms; it is given to the cows in order to produce more milk.
Polychlorinated biphenyls– A major link to cancer.

And if you think that just kicking the milk habit is enough, guess again. Cheese is ten times more concentrated than milk, while Ice Cream is 12 times more concentrated. Stay away from the butter too; it contains 21 times more toxic levels than milk.

Dairy is not only bad for our health from ingestion; it puts an incredible strain on our environment as well. In the United States, it’s estimated that there are 9.2 million cows used for dairy production. Each cow consumes 330 pounds of feed, as well as 33 gallons of water a day. Since what goes in must come out, the result is 275 pounds of urine and feces per day, resulting in 923 billion pounds of untreated pollution that finds its way to our water supply. In addition, dairy cows emit 1 billion pounds of methane per year into our atmosphere, so yes, cow farts are considered to be a huge factor in global warming.

In one of my posts Wednesday, I jokingly referred to Elsie the Cow as a poison spewing hussy. It turns out that I wasn’t wrong.

And This Week’s Winner of Pick Your Topic Tuesday Is:

July 6, 2011 6 comments

It’s time to pick the winner of Pick Your Topic Tuesday, which is going to be really easy this week. There was only one submission! Me thinks interest is waning, LOL. So, without further adieu, this week’s winner is Tori, from Anytime Yoga with her suggestion that I write about commercial dairy. Her suggestion is based upon my award winning (not really) exposes on the commercial beef and poultry and industries, and how they can dramatically affect our health. Tori would like to know if perhaps the commercial dairy industry embraces unsafe practices that can affect our health, or maybe it’s the over consumption of dairy overall that can affect our well being.Whew, this is not going to be an easy one!

I will publish my findings no later than Friday evening, provided that Elsie the Cow doesn’t put a hit on me, for exposing her as the poison spewing hussy she is. As usual, our winning blogger will receive full credit for the suggestion, as well as info about her blog.

Congratulations to Tori, and a big  shout out for her great topic suggestion!