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Naked Ballet Dancers — February 10, 2016
The Trash Not in Tampa Bay — February 8, 2016

The Trash Not in Tampa Bay

Last year on a Saturday morning in September, before the sun rose I left to go fishing at Picnic Beach in Old Tampa Bay.  It was so early I decided to stop on the Courtney Campbell Causeway’s shared path bridge to enjoy a quiet sunrise over Old Tampa Bay.0926050714

After enjoying seeing the rising sun as I walked towards the east, I turned back at the halfway point of the bridge to return to the parking area along the causeway.0926050713

Since I  still had time to kill before meeting my family at the beach, I continued walking along the causeway taking pictures of  all the garbage that was left strewn on the parking spots.  0926050728a

Here are just a few pictures of all the beer, liquor and other garbage people left behind after getting wasted the night before.  All this trash could end up in Tampa Bay if not for the people who work here picking up the mess these uncaring beings leave behind.

And of course some of this garbage is already edging closer to the water.092705082209270508250927050802

Maybe you don’t want to know this but please continue reading A Little Perspective in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times, 2/7/2016 to see what a few volunteers were able to remove  from the waterways and surrounding areas in and around the Hillsborough River watershed.  Let’s Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.

And if you click and read the whole section of A Little Perspective you’ll find an interesting statistic about the sex lives of those who support Donald Trump.


A Little Perspective

16,720 pounds of trash not in Tampa Bay

It starts with a bottle cap picked up from the side of the road. It continues with a plastic bag fished out of a drain pipe. And it dramatically improves Tampa Bay, the body of water that gives identity to our region.

Last month, 302 volunteers removed 16,720 pounds of trash from our waterways and surrounding areas in and around the Hillsborough River watershed. The Trash Free Waters Partnership is part of a national effort by the EPA to bring together public, private and nonprofits to keep our waterways clean. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful (one of us — Debbie — is executive director) and Nestle Waters North America (the other of us — Kent — is the natural resource manager) were glad to be able to lead this effort. This year, the cleanup took a pre-emptive approach, removing land-based litter at the source — in and around the conduits that feed into the Hillsborough River.

That cigarette butt on the ground may seem small, but consider:

• 80 percent of marine debris comes from land-based sources. 

• Every little item makes a difference. 900 yards of fishing line was recovered at the 2015 Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup, according to a University of Florida study.

• There are an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans, weighing 269,000 tons, according to a study published in the journal PLOS One. 

A healthy Hillsborough River Basin is vital to our quality of life. More than 350,000 Floridians rely on it for their drinking water. All it takes is one big rainstorm to wash all of the garbage on the side of the road into our waterways. But the rain cannot wash away trash that isn’t on the ground.

That small piece of litter on the side of the road may seem inconsequential. But what we as a community decide to do with it is the key to preserving the marine ecosystem that so many of us love and treasure. Pick it up. Put it in the trash or recycling bin.

Kent Koptiuch and Debbie Evenson, special to the Tampa Bay Times

Ladies, your vagina has not misplaced its chakra. — January 18, 2016

Ladies, your vagina has not misplaced its chakra.

Your uterus and vagina wants you to leave them alone

Your uterus isn’t tired or depressed or dirty and your vagina has not misplaced its chakra. They want no real help from you unless there is something wrong and they will tell you there is something wrong by bleeding profusely or itching or cramping badly or producing an odor. Don’t blame malaise, or fatigue on your uterus or vagina (unless you are anemic from bleeding, but then you would have had the warning sign).

This advice is from Dr. Jen Gunther after she received a forwarded text about detoxing the vagina and uterus using a bag of herbs that are to be inserted into the vagina. “The pearls look like little mesh bags attached to a string, and to perform a deep cleanse I had to insert all three pearls into my vagina and leave them there for three days.”claims Tiara Janté.uterus-detox-pearls.jpg

Leaving a bag of anything in your vagina for 3 days is dangerous and smelly

What happens when you leave something in a vagina for 3 days is that anaerobic (not good) bacteria grow. I have removed many retained tampons over my career and the smell is so bad we typically have to close the exam room for the rest of the day. Yes, you read that right. Bad bacteria smells bad – this smell alerts you there is a serious issue somewhere.

Instead my advice to you ladies is to use the  vagina stick. You will feel tight and wanted again!


Please ladies leave your vaginas alone and follow the advice of Dr. Jen Gunther.

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Don’t “detox” your vagina or uterus with a bag of herbs in your vagina. Really.

and don’t use the vagina stick either.  But if you want to read more about it…

I really can’t believe how naive women are. But I wonder if men could insert without any pain items like these into the urethra, if they would be just as stupid and naive as these women who actually believe these remedies help tighten or detox anything.


2016 Pritzker Prize Awarded to Alejandro Aravena — January 14, 2016

2016 Pritzker Prize Awarded to Alejandro Aravena

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena just won architecture’s most prestigious award – the Pritzker Prize. The jury praised the architect for his dedication to public service, and his prolific body of work that includes low-cost social housing and post-disaster architecture. The jury commended the 41st Pritzker Prize winner in a statement: “Alejandro Aravena epitomizes the revival of a more socially engaged architect, especially in his long-term commitment to tackling the global housing crisis and fighting for a better urban environment for all.”Alejandro-Aravena-Quinta-Monroy-Housing-combined-2-889x588.jpg

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The Pussy Moth Caterpillar — January 2, 2016

The Pussy Moth Caterpillar

The pussy moth caterpillar, the asp,the flannel moth caterpillar resembles a colored ball of cotton. It is venomous, not in the sense that it bites, but in that it is covered in fur-like spines that contain venom that can cause varying forms of distress to humans who come into contact with them. The peak months of envenomation are July through November, and symptoms of envenomation typically include burning pain, swelling, nausea, and itching.

These caterpillars pose a seasonal health hazard. Intense, throbbing pain develops immediately or within five minutes of contact with the caterpillar. Stings on the arm may also result in pain in the armpit region. Erythematous (blood- colored) spots typically appear at the site of the sting. Other symptoms can include headaches, nausea, vomiting, intense abdominal distress, lymphadenopathy, lymphadenitis, and sometimes shock or respiratory stress. Pain usually subsides within an hour and spots disappear in a day or so; however, with a larger dose of the venom, it is not uncommon for the symptoms to last several days or longer. 

Often, those envenomated by the asp caterpillar find that health care professionals have never seen nor heard of the creature; the caregivers are left with little to go on, and the victims are left with the distress of an unknown prognosis. Existing literature often involves a single case study, a self-reported envenomation, or a handful of cases. The need for better information about these caterpillars is not purely academic: at times public schools in Texas have been temporarily shut down because of outbreaks of the caterpillar, and more generally the problem of ignorance in the medical community can lead to under-treatment or mistreatment.aspcat.jpg

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America’s Pervert — December 31, 2015

America’s Pervert

It’s official “America’s Dad” has been indicted. Another fallen man will forever be known as “America’s Pervert.” Do you need me to name him? What a pathetic creep. He’s lucky not one of the women he drugged with Qualudes, wine, and promises of stardom is one of my family. Shame on the “men” who know these accusers.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby is helped as he leaves a court appearance where he faced a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Elkins Park, Pa. Cosby was arrested and charged Wednesday with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in January 2004. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby, a cultural icon who once stood among America’s most beloved figures, suffered the latest and most serious blow to his forever mixed legacy, as he walked slowly into a Pennsylvania courthouse holding a cane and answered to charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman.

It was a moment Wednesday in stark contrast to a reputation built over half a century, merging the personal and professional into one potent, visceral brand. The allegations have left many — especially in the black community — feeling betrayed.

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Juan Manuel Santos y Barack Obama se reunirán el próximo 4 de febrero — December 30, 2015

Juan Manuel Santos y Barack Obama se reunirán el próximo 4 de febrero

The White House confirmed on Tuesday December 29, 2015 that the presidents of the United States, Barack Obama, and of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, will meet February 4, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

La Casa Blanca confirmó este martes que los presidentes de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama; y de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, tendrán una reunión de trabajo, en Washington, el próximo 4 de febrero de 2016. 

La cita, que es denominada como una “visita oficial de trabajo” para que los dos mandatarios hagan una revisión de todos los asuntos bilaterales, también servirá para que se conmemore el aniversario número 15 del Plan Colombia, que es la ayuda oficial para la lucha contra las drogas que de forma bipartidista el Congreso estadounidense da a Colombia. colp_hf230895

“En el año 2000 Colombia era un país al borde del abismo. En ese momento el gobierno de Estados Unidos comenzó un plan de apoyo al esfuerzo que ya hacía Colombia, denominado Plan Colombia, que durante 15 años ha tenido el apoyo de 3 administraciones y de los dos partidos. Un apoyo sostenido y decisivo que gracias a la persistencia de nuestro pueblo, al sacrificio económico de los colombianos y a las victorias de nuestras Fuerzas Armadas, logró la transformación de nuestro país y abrió la puerta para el proceso de paz”, explicó el embajador de Colombia en Estados Unidos, Juan Carlos Pinzón.  Continue reading


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