Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"Ps" In the News: Pink Pineapples and Political Pinheads



It's a Double-blog with short topics related to the letter "P": New Pink Pineapples and a Political
Pinhead.

1)  Pink Pineapples Are Here!!
Pink pineapples are called Rose Gold pineapples ― as Del Monte refers to them ― and they will actually taste sweeter than a typical pineapple . You’ll know you’re buying one of these new pineapples when you see a tag that says “extra sweet pink flesh pineapple.”
   The FDA approved the safety of this genetically modified fruit for sale in the U.S. back in December 2016. We haven’t seen them at the supermarket yet. The FDA assures that it’s perfectly safe. The way these pineapples were modified to stay pink, the FDA explains, was that they were “genetically engineered to produce lower levels of the enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed.”

2) Political Pinhead: Education Secretary Won't Stand Against Discrimination
   This makes sense, given whom appointed Ms. DeVos, but still the same, it's appalling. 

Mass. Rep. Katherine Clark has made combatting discrimination in private schools one of her top priorities in Congress, and during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing last week she asked if the Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos would stand against LGBT discrimination. Clark cited a private religious school in Indiana that receives state voucher funds. The school explicitly says it may reject students from LGBT families. Clark asked if DeVos would withhold federal funds from such discriminatory schools.    DeVos would NOT answer the question and kept side-stepping an answer until Rep. Clark's time was up.
  It's appalling that someone who is in charge of the nation's education system will not stand for the rights of students. (It's going to be a long, difficult 3 1/2 more years).

WATCH the 5 minute video here: 
 Video: https://youtu.be/DtNSQmZy7B4


 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next