Global Hand Washing Day

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Today Is Global Hand Washing Day

It has been estimated that one in five people do not wash their hands. While another estimate puts it as some 62 per cent of men and 40 per cent of women do not wash their hands after using the toilet.

Yet another estimate says that a total of 95 per cent of people do not wash their hands well enough to kill bacteria.

Those little bowls of salted nuts or pretzels at the bar are put there to increase your thirst and thus designed to make you drink more beer.

But have you considered just how many microscopic bacteria you swallow with each handful? Given that it is almost guaranteed that someone has dipped their hand into that bowl after having visited the toilets, it is rather a lot.

Avoid the temptation. Eating them will only make you thirstier and can possibly expose you to gross bacteria and make you sick.

If you really need a snack, buy a whole pack for yourself.

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Dogs Sold For Meat

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Dogs Sold For Meat

We would all like to think that animal cruelty rarely occurs, but there are dogs sold for meat even today.

These poor animals are kept in filthy cages with no chance of ever seeing a human as a person of trust.

korean dog meat trade

The dogs are brought out from the cage and killed by non-humane methods such as slitting their throats. This is done in full view of the dogs still in the cages.

Can you imagine what this might feel like? They live in a constant state of total despair.

And no, I am not talking about a third world country here. This is going on in South Korea on a daily basis.

The South Korean government is aware of this, yet does nothing to stop it apart from reportedly saying that they do not support it.

How can you help?

You can sign the petition at Stop Dog Meat.

You can visit Ending the Dog Meat Trade and make a donation.

You can write to your MP and ask for your Government to put pressure on the South Korean Government to put a stop to the dog meat trade.

Please note that not all South Koreans do this. It continues to happen due to a minority group of people.

Below are two videos. Both are very confronting.

The first shows a huge protest held in South Korea earlier this year.

The second shows what it is like for animals in a dog meat farm. Be warned before you scroll down, it is not pretty.

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World Egg Day

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Chris Stefanis

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Today Is World Egg Day

Why do we need a World Egg Day? Apart from being one of the oldest foods around, eggs are involved in religious beliefs.

The Catholic religion uses the humble egg as a symbol of the stone sealing the internment space of Christ after the Crucifixion. The belief goes something like this: On the third day after death, the stone was rolled away by an unseen force allowing Christ to exit the tomb and ascend into heaven.

Judaism

In the Jewish religion, eggs are viewed somewhat differently.

The egg still represents the rolling away of the stone but it also represents the circle of life, freedom and servitude and joy and suffering.

Along with eggs,  lentils and bagels, plus other round foods are consumed in the ritual meal “Seder” which is a meal of condolence. The hard-boiled egg pays homage to the temples destruction.

Hinduism.

In this religion, there is a small sector that believes the unfertilised egg is  “Rajasic”, meaning that the eater will be overstimulated leading to an immoral, unfit state of mind.*

Myself, I love eggs with bacon, or scrambled, especially with cheese. I had a chook pen in my last home and hope to get one here too. Fresh eggs from your own chickens are way better than any shop bought eggs including the free range ones.

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LGBTQ #ComingOutDay

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Chris Stefanis

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The LGBTQ Community's Day

If you are part of the LGBTQ community, the 11th of October is a special day for you.

Historically, gay people have been frowned upon at best, or worse, jailed and subjected to hormonal castration or electric shock “treatment”.

LGBTQ

How old is homosexuality?*

If we look further back in history we can find examples of gay activity as far back as the Mesolithic period.

The Mesolithic period was from the 96th century to the 50th century BC. There are rock paintings from that period that have been interpreted as two males engaged in intercourse. So being gay is nothing new.

Coming Out Day

Tomorrow, the 11th of October is known as Coming Out Day. It is the day when you should cast aside your fears of rejection by family and friends and be true to yourself. There is a  lot of support available for you, just Google gay helpline Australia.

If your friends are true friends they will think no less of you as a person. And I see no reason why your family should stop loving you for being honest.

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Today Is Scrubs Day

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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What Is Scrubs Day?

Scrubs Day is a day when we remember all of our first responders, ambulance or paramedic officers.

Our doctors, surgeons and anaesthetists.

Our nurses, aged care workers and home visit nurses.

Without all of these devoted and altruistic people, our world would be a sad place indeed.

So if you know anyone working in these fields, give them a big thank you on Scrubs Day.

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