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Dan Donnert, K-State Research and Extension News Media Services

Researchers at K-State Olathe have found that four out of 10 bulk spices purchased in the Kansas City metro area contain contaminants that include heavy metals, mycotoxins and/or bacteria. Four bulk spices typically associated with salmonella contamination included black pepper, thyme, oregano and turmeric.

Mother Earth Monday: Toxic Spices? Chefs Be Warned!

If you’re using bulk spices, you might want to consider not sprinkling the black pepper on your already cooked meal according to this article below from NewsWise about  a recent FDA report on pathogens found in spices (salmonella, bacillus and staphylococcus aureus) as well as live and dead whole insects and insect parts; excrement from animals, birds and insects; hair from humans and animals; and many other foreign materials. … Read the rest

Click this pic to check out gas prices from long ago.

Soapbox Saturday: Gas Gone Wild!

Mary Allan returns to the Daily Revolution with sad observations on gas prices.
When I began driving, my daughter’s father gave me a black, Ford Falcon which had belonged to a retired teacher in Alton, Illinois.
I felt free as a bird, and if I saved Eagle Stamps which I had received at almost every store where I shopped, and filled a book, I could exchange the coupons
for a full tank of gas which lasted forever.… Read the rest

Soapbox Saturday: Unemployment worse than you think

Remember, jobless workers are not counted as being part of the labor force unless they are actively looking for work, and the decline in the unemployment rate since its peak has mostly been the result of workers dropping out of — or not entering — the labor force.… Read the rest


Wild Friday: Frankenstein

It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open.” Isn’t it time to re-read the original?… Read the rest

The Open Mike at Tapping the Vine in Safety Harbor turned ugly when I was planted in the audience to heckle my friends Mary Allan and Eileen when they performed a short skit.

Thirsty Thursday: A Mob of Mad Poets

Last Wednesday night
I had such a fright
my end was in sight
and the afterlife light
was seemingly bright
for hell hath no bite
like a mob of mad poets!

It started this way
my neighbors said hey
come be in our play
nothing to it!… Read the rest

renewable islands

Techie Tuesday: Canary Island Now 100% Self Sufficient

With the opening of a new wind farm next month, El Hierro, population just over 10,000, will become the first island in the world to be fully energy self-sufficient through combined wind and water power. The five wind turbines will provide 11.5 megawatts of power, enough to meet the demand of the population and the desalination plants on this small crop of land off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: Mind Reader’s Secret

So we all like to think that mind reading and other psychic powers are real, but here is a video that shows just how vulnerable we are to very pedestrian methods of learning the truth about people.  Can you guess how this mind reader knows so much about people he has never met – including their credit card numbers and sex life? … Read the rest


Techie Tuesday: Weather Control Lasers Are Real!

We can officially move Weather Control from Wild Friday to Techie Tuesday with the news that Florida researchers, with cash from the Defense Department, have built super-lasers that can induce rain.  According to this article “Water condensation and lightning activity in clouds are linked to large amounts of static charged particles.… Read the rest

Thirsty Thursday: Your heart lies are like bubbles

Now here is proof that all you need is a catchy hook because nobody really cares or pays attention to lyrics anyway. Bubble Pop is classic K-Pop by South Korean singer Kim Hyuna (also known as HYUNA, Hyuna, or HyunA according to the Great Wiki.) Do you think it matters if the song is intelligible when the only goal is to get you shaking your hips … in order to access your wallet and credit  card? … Read the rest

Techie Tuesday: A Real Buck Rodgers Rocket Ship?

As the quest for space moves from government to corporations (like so many other fantastic things developed by taxpayers and then handed over to the crony-ist bidder) new and exciting achievements are on the horizon. (sic) Take, for example, this amazing video of a SpaceX rocket ship that does the heretofore unthinkable: this rocket takes off and lands all in piece. … Read the rest


Mother Earth Monday: Elephants can tell different human languages

“Look, look over there, a group of elephants is coming.”The recorded voices were played for hundreds of elephants across 47 family groups during daylight hours.When elephants heard the adult male Maasai voices, they tended to gather together, start investigative smelling with their trunks, and move cautiously away.But when elephants heard females, boys, or adult male Kamba speakers, they did not show concern.“The ability to distinguish between Maasai and Kamba men delivering the same phrase in their own language suggests that elephants can discriminate between different languages,” said co-author Graeme Shannon, a visiting fellow in psychology at the University of Sussex.… Read the rest


Worldwide Wednesday: The Truth About Domestication


In school we were taught that humans engineered farm animals to be perfect by clever breeding over centuries, but that might not be true.   In the recent past, herd animals mixed with wild – and their DNA reveals the trails taken by humans as we spread across the planet. … Read the rest

Techie Tuesday: Because GODgle Says So!

My fellow web worker says she “was talking about why we had to make some changes based on Google’s best practices, bla bla bla and my teenage daughter suddenly asked “Why do you have to do everything Google says”?

Using a search engine is the most popular online activity, according to surveys by Pew Internet and most of internet users go to Google first.… Read the rest


Wild Friday: Is Google a God?

Oh dear, it was bound to happen I suppose.  But now there is a crowd that claims Google is actually God!  The Church of Google has nine proofs that explain why we should worship her above all other gods.


Google is the closest thing to an Omniscient (all-knowing) entity in existence, which can be scientifically verified.… Read the rest

Thirsty Thursday: Twerkin in the Rain

Maybe you saw Todrick with the Pentatonix doing a version of the Wizard of Oz movie with modern lyrics or maybe you saw him with Willem Belli playing Cinderella defending herself in a court case against Snow White, or maybe this is your first exposure to Todrick Hall. … Read the rest


Techie Tuesday: Police Can Intercept All Cell Phones

Police in Florida and other states refuse to talk about the new device that allows them to intercept cellular phone communications. According to Associated Press journalist Jack Gillum “a Stingray device tricks all cellphones in an area into electronically identifying themselves and transmitting data to police rather than the nearest phone company’s tower.”  Read more here and here.… Read the rest


Soapbox Saturday: Free Markets and Public Competition

Dean Baker says “People who like the market to determine outcomes should be happy with the idea of having the government compete on a level playing field with private sector firms.

If private firms offer a lower price or a better product, the government will be driven from the market with little harm done.… Read the rest

Soapbox Saturday: Lucky Duckie

When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad…
you should do what I do!

Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you’re really quite lucky!
Some people are much more…
oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you!
Read the rest

Thirsty Thursday: Sonic Circus Call in Show

Cosmic-CD-Cover-from-AIWhat do mirrors really tell us?  In today’s Sonic Circus short radio comedy we learn what Sam and Sal have to say to Marvel S. Day (Audrey Hensen) who worries that her hair is too short and that her genetically-engineered girlfriend is a bit fishy. … Read the rest

Worldwide Wednesday: The Battle Over King Tut’s DNA

Everything was going fine for the documentary on King Tut’s DNA when the scientific study was abruptly called to a halt. Why? In an article called Tutankhamun’s Blood: Why everyone from the Mormons to the Muslim Brotherhood is desperate for a piece of the Pharaoh writer Jo Marchant writes

“Woodward and a team from Brigham Young, a Mormon university named after one of the movement’s early leaders, raised suspicions that they might be looking for distant ancestors they could convert to their religion.… Read the rest