You may be more screwed than you think

If you watch the local news station, read news online, or are really alive in any way at all, you’re familiar with how often we hear about the new way we’re all going to die. It may be a new-found disease that has the potential of wiping out mass numbers of people, or a possible terrorist attack, something you eat.

Tonight it was food-related, but the catch is that it may not have been you, but rather your parents. And guess what? They may have screwed over your kids as well, through you. At least according to a several news articles.

Bisphenol A, or BPA for short, is a chemical found in many types of containers, breast feeding accessories, plastic baby bottles, canned foods, and even some dental fillings. It’s used to make such things shatter-resistant. Originally, it was designed to be used for birth control, but they found a better way of producing synthetic estrogen and abandoned the research into BPA for this purpose. When they found out how well it worked for shatter-resistance, I guess they went nuts and added it to everything.

However, lab research indicates that BPA may make men infertile, cause cancer, and may cause down syndrome and other developmental defects in babies. And if that’s not bad enough, according to the report on the news tonight, a pregnant woman who has consumed high amounts of BPA can transfer that on to their kids, which can then transfer to their kids’ kids. However, I haven’t been able to find much else that states this.

The FDA and producers of products using BPA admit that BPA does transfer from the containers and into our food and drinks, and that we have it in our systems, but they claim that it’s such a small amount that it can’t possibly harm us. (Gee, heard that before.) They also claim that the lab research isn’t valid, given the overly high amounts of BPA fed to lab rats.

Still, there’s a lot of research out there claiming this stuff is really bad for us. The FDA reopened their studies on BPA and were supposed to be reaching a conclusion soon, but had to discard their results as they recently discovered that the company they had hired to do the tests had financial ties to companies that are pro-BPA. I don’t know how they didn’t discover this before, but they’ve now fired the company and will be conducting new tests “soon.”

Maybe the pro-BPA companies are right. Maybe BPA is safe, but maybe not. Either way, you’re probably not going to be able to avoid it. It’s everywhere, in so many products that you consume every day, and, as admitted by the pro-BPA companies, it’s in a lot of the food you eat.

Knowing that, does anybody intend to do anything about it? Give up on plastic containers, canned food, and plastic bottles? Even though you likely already have BPA in you, right now?

Mario followers are terrorists

Update: Second article link is fixed.

Creating real-life Mario blocks is cool and fun.

Getting arrested and facing criminal charges for it is not.

Five teenage girls in a small nothing town were arrested for designing Mario Bros. blocks and putting them around town. In a town with nothing to do, they found some fun. Now the city is trying to press criminal charges, despite admitting they know the girls did nothing to harm anyone or to try to scare anyone.

McCoy said even though no harm was intended by the girls, they could face criminal charges for their actions.

“The potential is always present when dealing with a suspicious package that it could be deadly,” McCoy said. “In today’s day and age, you just cannot do this kind of stuff.”

What a sad, sad state of affairs.