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    I checked this out and found this ….
    “Yes, you saw that right. The Bananas are here to kill us off slowly.

    Friends, we all love bananas and we eat a lot of them, but have you ever wondered where those people who sell uniformly ripened bananas on wheelbarrows and grocery stalls source them from?

    This tendency can be seen at Airport North-Ring road roundabouts and other markets within Nairobi and many other towns in Kenya.​

    Most of these bananas available in the market are forced to ripen by dipping in water mixed with Carbide. The consumption of these bananas is 100% sure to cause Cancer or some other infections in the stomach.

    Therefore, such type of bananas should be avoided. But, how does one recognize bananas ripened with the help of Carbide?

    Bananas which are ripened naturally are dark yellow and there are small black spots here and there on the bananas and the stalks are black.

    While those which are forced ripen with Carbide are lemon yellow and their stalks are green and moreover they are clear yellow without any black spots.

    Carbide is a chemical which if mixed with water, emits heat and the heat emitted by a Close tank mixed with Carbide is even more than that emitted by a LPG Cylinder, so much so it can be used for Gas Cutting (which means the calorific value is so high that it can replace LPG gas).

    In the same way, when the bunch of bananas is dipped in the water mixed with Carbide, the gas gets absorbed into the bananas and they get ripe.

    However, the banana vendors are not that literate and so they do not know the exact proportion of Carbide to be used for a dozens of bananas. As a result, they end up using excess quantity of Carbide which gets absorbed into the bananas and ultimately enters our system.

    Due to this excess use of Carbide, tumors can be formed in our digestive system.

    So, next time you purchase bananas, make sure you select the naturally ripened ones.”


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    I don’t know where you come up with all this stuff supergold, but this is very helpful. I’m wracking the ol’ brain trying to remember if I’ve ever had the green stem ones. I think not, but will be on the watch now, so thanks…   🙂

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    We are washing our fruit and vegetables incorrectly and are not removing all the toxic pesticides. This short clip will show you the best way to wash them and keep ourselves safe from all the stuff sprayed on them.

    We wash fruits and vegetable incorrectly.

    Posted by Homey Home on Wednesday, 25 April 2018


    Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)

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    Making Eye Contact with Homeless People Is Important

    Eye Contact

    It’s free, and it makes a big difference for everyone
    It’s something you take for granted every day. Connecting with people during a conversation, meeting their eyes, and feeling seen.

    For you, it probably happens dozens of times a day, but for people living on the street, it’s a rare occurrence.

    More often, people shuffle by quickly, looking absolutely anywhere but at the invisible person they’ve chosen to ignore.

    It’s a common behavior, but what’s strange is the number of people who don’t fully realize what they’re doing. Stranger still is the people who think the other person won’t notice they’re being ignored.

    The whole, “oh my, I’ve just received a very important text that requires my full attention for the next 30 seconds” routine isn’t as convincing as you think it is. Especially when it’s been done by the last 20 people who walked by.

    Making eye contact with homeless people instead of ignoring them is safe, easy, and costs absolutely nothing. Once you get good, you can even throw in a smile, nod, or friendly wave.

    It’s amazing how far a simple acknowledgment of another person’s presence can go toward helping that person feel seen rather than invisible and preventing dehumanization.

    If you only ever do one thing to improve your interactions with the homeless people you meet, let this be it.

    The Harm of Withholding Eye Contact
    By now you might be thinking, “what’s the big deal?”

    It’s hard to imagine that not engaging with one person on the street is causing any real harm. After all, you pass plenty of non-homeless people every day that you don’t acknowledge or make eye contact with.

    Surely this is overblown, right?

    Well, yes and no.

    You’re right that there’s little to no harm in one single person ignoring a homeless person trying to interact with them. It may be rude, but it’s not going to make or break anyone’s day.

    But the thing is, it’s never just one person.

    You can’t really appreciate the scale of the problem unless you experience it yourself. But most people behave exactly the same way, and the effect is cumulative.

    Imagine a day where none of your coworkers would look at you, your family all ignored you when you tried to speak to them, and even strangers on the street went out of their way to avoid you.

    How would that feel?

    Now imagine it happening every day.

    After a while, homeless people who are subjected to this treatment begin to feel as if they were ghosts watching the world but not able to fully participate in it. If they try to strike up conversations, their words fall on deaf ears. They’re ignored, dehumanized, and invisible.

    Feeling Seen and Being Seen
    What are we afraid of when we try to avoid looking a homeless person in the eyes?

    As far as I know, there’s no super-virus that’s transmitted via eye contact, so it can’t be that.

    Maybe it’s something less physical. Maybe we prevent ourselves from looking because we really don’t want to see.

    When you engage with someone, even in the most basic way like making eye contact, you acknowledge your shared humanity. This is what makes the lack of eye contact so dehumanizing. But giving it also requires something of the giver.

    It forces you to confront the fact that the person you’re seeing is a fellow human in a painful situation, which can trigger your own painful feelings. You also must acknowledge the broader societal problems that have put this person in their current situation.

    Seeing a homeless person as a person can be confronting. You may feel empathy for their situation that was previously held at bay by reductive stereotypes. You may feel anger at the injustice of inequality and be moved to execute change. Processing all these things in the moment can be overwhelming.

    It’s much easier to just shut your eyes, close your ears, wall off your heart, and keep on walking by. But as much as homeless people need to be seen, the rest of us need to see them even more.

    Baby Steps
    If making eye contact still seems like a big step for you, there are some baby steps you can take to build up your confidence.

    First, check out some of the stories in our archive. They offer a glimpse into the lives of many different homeless people from all walks of life and can help you “get to know” them virtually.

    These stories really show the diversity in personality that’s present in people no matter where they live. If you find yourself having trouble dispelling the myths you’ve been told about homeless people, watching these videos could help break the illusion.

    Making the Invisible Visible
    The first time you see a homeless person as fully human, equal to yourself, and deserving of the same safety and security you enjoy is a unique experience. It’s also an experience that we need more people to have.

    Too many of our politicians and other powerful people see “the homeless” in aggregate without seeing the individual homeless people.

    They declare crises and start criminalizing homelessness more and more in effort to get people out of sight and out of mind. This thinking is shortsighted, cruel, and will never solve the real problems causing homelessness. These policies come from a place of ignorance at best.

    The only cure for ignorance is experience. Experience is what breeds understanding, and if you want to fight homelessness in an effective way, you first need understanding.

    While homelessness is a complex issue and each person’s experience with it is unique, the first spark of understanding comes during that initial experience. Before friendship, before conversation, before anything else, the very first step on the road to understanding is eye contact.

    Allowing the other person to be seen and allowing yourself to truly see them is where it all starts.

    So, the next time you see a homeless person, resist the urge to ignore them. Make eye contact. It’s quite literally the least you can do.


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    And what about setting into motion  or elaborating a systematic long term effort  to reduce and eliminate poverty altogether  with  100% of citizen participation, including the  poor  themselves, with a component  of personal  (retirement) wealth ownership  creation  built into our taxation  collection  and welfare  payments system ?

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    Be sure to read Scene 3. Quite interesting.

    This is a new one. People sure stay busy trying to cheat us, don’t they?

    SCENE 1.
    A friend went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the locker. After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw the locker open, and thought to himself, ‘Funny, I thought I locked the locker…

    Hmm, ‘He dressed and just flipped the wallet to make sure all was in order. Everything looked okay – all cards were in place…

    A few weeks later his credit card bill came – a whooping bill of $14,000!

    He called the credit card company and started yelling at them, saying that he did not make the transactions.

    Customer care personnel verified that there was no mistake in the system and asked if his card had been stolen…
    ‘No,’ he said, but then took out his wallet, pulled out the credit card, and yep – you guessed it – a switch had been made.

    An expired similar credit card from the same bank was in the wallet.

    The thief broke into his locker at the gym and switched cards.

    Verdict: The credit card issuer said since he did not report the card missing earlier, he would have to pay the amount owed to them.

    How much did he have to pay for items he did not buy?

    $9,000! Why were there no calls made to verify the amount swiped?
    Small amounts rarely trigger a ‘warning bell’ with some credit card companies. It just so happens that all the small amounts added up to big one!

    SCENE 2.
    A man at a local restaurant paid for his meal with his credit card.

    The bill for the meal came, he signed it and the waitress folded the receipt and passed the credit card along.

    Usually, he would just take it and place it in his wallet or pocket.
    Funny enough, though, he actually took a look at the card and, lo and behold, it was the expired card of another person.

    He called the waitress and she looked perplexed.

    She took it back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man.

    All the waitress did while walking to the counter was wave the wrong expired card to the counter cashier, and the counter cashier immediately looked down and took out the real card.

    No exchange of words — nothing! She took it and came back to the man with an apology..
    (This scenario actually happened to me at a local restaurant- Falls Terrace-between the waitress and the front desk cashier.)

    Verdict: Make sure the credit cards in your wallet are yours.

    Check the name on the card every time you sign for something and/or the card is taken away for even a short period of time.

    Many people just take back the credit card without even looking at it, ‘assuming’ that it has to be theirs.


    SCENE 3:
    Yesterday I went into a pizza restaurant to pick up an order that I had called in.

    I paid by using my Visa Check Card which, of course, is linked directly to my checking account.

    The young man behind the counter took my card, swiped it, then laid it on the counter as he waited for the approval, which is pretty standard procedure.

    While he waited, he picked up his cell phone and started dialing.

    I noticed the phone because it is the same model I have, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Then I heard a click that sounded like my phone sounds when I take a picture.

    He then gave me back my card but kept the phone in his hand as if he was still pressing buttons.

    Meanwhile, I’m thinking: I wonder what he is taking a picture of, oblivious to what was really going on.

    It then dawned on me: the only thing there was my credit card, so now I’m paying close attention to what he is doing..

    He set his phone on the counter, leaving it open.

    About five seconds later, I heard the chime that tells you that the picture has been saved.

    Now I’m standing there struggling with the fact that this boy just took a picture of my credit card.

    Yes, he played it off well, because had we not had the same kind of phone, I probably would never have known what happened.

    Needless to say, I immediately canceled that card as I was walking out of the pizza parlour.

    All I am saying is, be aware of your surroundings at all times.

    Whenever you are using your credit card take caution and don’t be careless.

    Notice who is standing near you and what they are doing when you use your card.

    Be aware of phones, because many have a camera phone these days.

    Never let your card out of your sight…..check and check again!

    Scary isn’t it…..

    Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)

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    The old saying goes ” A fool and his money are soon parted” and the more I read about credit card scams, the more I am convinced they are only for money fools. We read very few of the problems card owners run into as they are often too ashamed to talk about the loss. It was a sad day for customers when they were introduced, but a great day for swindlers.

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    There Are Bees That Sleep In Flowers And It’s As Cute As It Sounds

    Are you afraid of insects? Do bees freak you out?

    If yes, maybe you should see some photos of bees that sleep in flowers.

    Can you imagine seeing a fluffy bee covered in pollen? Sleeping inside a flower?

    Photographer Joe Neely will probably change the way you perceive bees and you will definitely fall in love with these insects.

    Joe took photos of two bees sleeping in a flower, and it’s the cutest thing you will see on the Internet today.

    Accompanied by his fiancée Nicole, Joe went for a walk as he wanted to photograph poppy flowers.

    They stopped near a highway to take photos of some pink flowers, and found a hidden orange globe mallow plant.

    The bees were buzzing, and Nicole noticed that some of the flowers had bees inside, but the insects weren’t moving.

    Diadasia diminuta sleeps a few hours in orange globe mallow.

    This isn’t a common “habit” of all bees, and just a few species do this after finishing their job.

    Brandon Hopkins from Washington State University explains that bees don’t have eyelids, but they do stop moving their antenna and even fall over sideways.

    Joe came closer to the sleeping beauties as he wanted to make sure they are alive.

    All the flowers were occupied, and this bee was out. So it crawled over to the open flower and joined the other bee.

    It was moving like a drunk person, and finally settled in.

    Bees are important pollinators, and we need them to protect our crops and actually eat.

    About a third of the food you eat every day relies on bee pollination.

    You may be afraid of these buzzing insects, but you actually need them.

    Without bees, we won’t have enough food to survive.

    Hopefully, these cute photos will change your mindset, and you will take more care about bees and their role in nature.

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    How strange1  We don’t think about bees snug as a bug in a rug.   that is so cute SG!!  😀

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    Amazing! Fact #28 … Wow!

    Forty Interesting Facts About Planet Earth That You Need To Know

    There are at least 40 little known facts about the world worth knowing. The internet can give us a lot of data. We can find out a lot of facts very fast.

    So many mysteries and facts we do not know. The world is full of places, things and people and there are a lot of things to learn and to discover.

    Here is a list of forty interesting facts that will surprise all of you.

    1. A law in France says that you cannot name your pig by the name Napoleon
    2. Almost 99 % of the gold on Earth is found in the Earth’s core.
    3. Mosquitoes are the killer number one for people. They killed more people than the wars that happened in history.
    4. The blue whale’s mouth holds the whale’s bodyweight in water.
    5. Humans change completely the outer skin every month.
    6. During life, a person walks the exact amount as he/she would walk five times around equator.
    7. The tongue is the strongest muscle in the body of the human
    8. Strawberries are not berries and bananas are berries
    9. Game boy technology has outpaces the computing powers to send the human to the moon.
    10. Honey is the only food that it does not spoil
    11. If a person is stuck by lightning then his/her skin is heats up to fifty thousand °F.
    12. The jaw is the most often used joint in the body.
    13. The most sold things in history are iPhones, Rubik’s Cubes, Harry Potter books.
    14. An adult has 7 quintillions energy joules or that is the energy of 30 hydrogen bombs.
    15. It is twice more likely to be killed by vending machines than to get killed by a shark.
    16. The cockroach can live a few weeks without the head and in the end it dies from hunger.
    17. If a person gains or losses weight, the cells of fat do not disappear, they change size.
    18. To burn a calorie, you need to click the mouse ten million times.
    19. The animals get out far away of the power lines because they are scared of the ultraviolet flash that the human eye can’t see.
    20. You need a little electricity to charge your phone. When we talk about one year, it will cost you just a little less than a dollar.
    21. An average bar of chocolate has got eight insect pieces.
    22. The max theoretical height of a tree is about 130 meters because of gravity.
    23. Paper cut hurts more than regular cuts. It does not bleed and the nerve ending is open to air and it irritates the nerves.
    24. If you prepare ice cubes using boiling water, the cubes are going to be transparent. If you use the water from a tap, the cubes are going to be white.
    25. Charles Darwin was the first person who thought about attaching some wheels to the chairs in the office. He did this in order to move quickly.
    26. The Spanish word “esposas” means “handcuffs” and “wives”.
    27. About 99 % of the microbes in the human body are not known to the science.
    28. There are less sand grains on earth than stars in the sky
    29. The word “set” in the English language has the biggest number of definitions. It has about 464 definitions.
    30. Until 1977, France has been executing people using guillotine.
    31. People have five sense, but they also use proprioception and that is to be aware of the body part position.
    32. Dolphins call other dolphins by name.
    33. The lighter was invented first, than the match. The difference is ten years.
    34. Naked mole rats can live with no oxygen and they are immune to cancers.
    35. The killer whale is not a whale. It is a dolphin. The starfish is not a fish, they are sea urchin.
    36. A piece of junk from the space comes back to the planet Earth each day.
    37. To tell whether the diamond is real, you need to breathe on the diamond. The real one will stay clear and the fake is going to fog up.
    38. The whip produces a cracking sound because the tip is moving quicker compared to the sound speed that produces sonic boom.
    39. Hawaiian alphabet has got twelve letters. Those are- A, E, I, O, U, K, L, M, N, P, W.
    40. There are about 1.6 millions ants for each person on planet Earth.

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