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Originally posted by boosette at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill
Originally posted by issendai at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill

My coworker John told me that his cat was seriously ill--throwing up, lethargic, refusing food, dropping weight. The previously healthy 6-year-old, 15-pound cat had lost a third of her body weight over the last few months. The vet couldn't find anything wrong with her. Blood tests were clean, and she didn't have any known illnesses. Yet she was a few days from organ failure.

That was a week ago. She's fine now. The solution was... to stop feeding her Purina cat food.

When John told me that, and said that friends of his had the same problem with their cats and Purina cat food, I looked into it. Holy shit. Take a look at the consumer complaints about Purina cat and dog food. This exact same problem has been an issue with Purina pet foods since 2007, but since this summer, the rate of complaints has picked up drastically. People who previously had to problems with Purina are reporting issues. Comment after comment sounds the same:

I've been feeding my three cats Fancy Feast canned food Chopped Grill Feast for many years. They have always devoured their meal and licked the plates clean. Last week, I noticed they did not want to eat much and went from plate to plate, ate a little. Next day, none of them would eat it. I kept trying new cans. What they did eat made them vomit and one cat was lethargic for days. I refuse to buy any more of this food. It's very scary. I don't know what is wrong with the food, but I fear it has toxins in it. I switched to another brand and the cats are fine now. Did anyone else experience this?

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My dogs have been eating Purina Dog Chow (green bag) for about four years. They used to eat only Iams, but due to financial issues, we had to go with a cheaper brand. The last bag I purchased was about a week and a half ago. My 14 years old Labrador has vomited about 5-6 times and my German Shepherd has vomited about 4 times. Something is wrong with this food! The food has a kind of metallic smell to it. It just does not smell right. I'm taking it back to the pet store. I am changing my dogs' food, it's just not worth taking the chance to save a few dollars.

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We purchased a large bag of Purina One Salmon dry cat food to give to a needy pet owner. She emailed us a couple of days later ,to say that there were maggots, lots of them with what looked to be like strands or webs with more dead gnats or flies, pieces of web in the food and "shells" of gnats or flies in the bag. Cats would not eat much of the food and, fortunately, they did not get sick. The store had noticed this problem in other bags and was willing to swap out.

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I purchased a 34 lb bag of Purina One Smartblend dog food every three to four weeks for my two Labradors. The last bag I purchased seemed fine until I noticed a new infestation of little black bugs. Upon further inspection through the contents of the bag, I noticed clusters of white "eggs" adhered to quite a bit of the food. Some of these clusters contained larvae in the process of hatching. I immediately threw out the remaining contents of the bag but did save samples for my vet.

We went out of town last weekend and had friends dog sit for us. We originally attributed their lethargy and random vomiting to separation anxiety. Although they are doing better, I am still concerned and will be watching them closely. As stated, I saved samples of the infested dog food for our vet in the event that anything results from this issue.

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I recently switched to the Friskies Poultry Variety pack (32 cans) that says it must be used by August 2013 (12281789 09:31 lo61237) sku (050000454242). I have 5 cats and feeding them this food, I noticed some of them throwing up. There's nothing in it but liquids, no hair ball, no food, nothing. My cats range from 8 weeks to 13 years old.


I switched my own cats to Purina a couple of months ago, and their coats look so much better than they did on the old brand of cat food... but Buffy has started vomiting stomach liquids. Purina and Fancy Feast are off the menu. Permanently.

I have no idea why this isn't news. But if you're feeding your pets any Purina brand, please don't wait for media confirmation that something is going on. Stop feeding your pets Purina immediately.

Notify my nexxt of kin...

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The vast majority of the world's books, music, films, television and art, you will never see. It's just numbers.

I have never read something and been so depressed in a all my life. I like to to think of myself as a connoisseur, and the knowledge that there's a good majority of the world that I will never know or see; that leaves me positively cold. I want to see everything. I want to be that fascinating person who knows all about something but sits back and lets others talk. He knows what's really going on.

Then again, sometimes I look in the ever growing list of books I have set up to read, which I really should find some way to take care of other than just deleting, and I think of how far behind I am getting. Will I ever know all I wanted to about the various subjects of which I am a Jack of All Trades, yet master of none?

I think part of this sad realization has been in my mind for a very long while. I guess it's stupid to feel like I somehow haven't done everything I wanted to and never will at the ripe old age of 28, but I do feel like I could be doing more. Especially given where I am. I still haven't seen Paris, well, more than the Metro lines that is.

I got to see some of London, and funny enough, a week still wasn't enough. I saw countless paintings, relics from societies that no longer exist, hell, I saw the rosetta stone, which by the way was a complete shock. I just need to feel like I've been places and seen things. I want to go places and do things, but at the same time, I don't want to impose my will on others. I want to see the world organically, not just because I've decided that I have to by this year see the Mona Lisa or I never will.

I have also discovered that I could deal with hostle life. It's neither glamorous nor for the faint of heart, but I could live out of a suitcase without a razor. Maybe not indefinitely, but for a while. I guess I just want to have fascinating stories if not to tell children, at the very least nieces and nephews. I just want to be fascinating, is that so wrong.

Ok, I think I need to stop this now as the last line reminds me of a scene from Absolutely Fabulous. When you can say that about anything in your life, it's time to pull back and recenter.

Other than that, things are going well here. So I think I'll keep trying to at least fascinate myself, and work three stories into one chapter. I am trying to figure out some way to do this cohesively. The last thing I need is to muddle things anymore than they are. Purposeful muddling is a good thing; but by accident, that's a whole new can of worms.

Apologies...

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There are quite a few articles I've been reading lately where people say something they shouldn't have, specifically in the cases I usually see where someone used an anti-gay slur where they shouldn't have, and it's the same response every time. "I'm sorry if people were offended, or if I offended anyone I am sorry.

Are either of those really apologies? Now maybe I'm just being a hypersensitive little whiner, I do that sometimes, but in my opinion when the conditional "if" makes an appearance, it's not really an apology. When I read something like that, I read it as you saying that you apologize under the condition that someone was offended, however, if you weren't kindly disregard this apology, because it's really what I think.

For example, there's this article about, surprise surprise, someone from the WWE using an anti-gay slur. http://www.towleroad.com/2011/03/wwe-commentator-.html. It doesn't exactly fit my conditional if criteria, but he's not fully admitting that what he said, was wrong. He's only saying that he doesn't want people to be offended by it. Specifically, I'm citing his response, which can be found in the article:
"“I apologize to any and all who were offended by my tweet toward young Josh Mathews,” Cole wrote. “It was obviously not meant the way it was taken.”

At the same time, I realize this could be read at his apologizing to those who were offended, and why would you need to apologize to people who were offended. Maybe what bothers me is just his last sentence. What other way can you take calling someone that? Unless you're gay yourself; then it can be seen as reclamation of the word, there's pretty much no excuse for using the word. Even in some circles of friends, it's unacceptable to use the word. I use it only when I'm around people who know what I mean, exactly. Usually only joking with my brother.

So am I being hypersensitive, which as I said is a real possibility.

PS. As a reference, this article here: http://www.izzoiz.com/2011/03/illinois-sheriff-regrets-anti.html, that is how you apologize in such a case as we are discussing.

New Apartment, new fun....

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So I didn't mention it earlier, but Mathieu and I have moved with his mother to an apartment here in the center of town. It's nice because I don't need a car to go anywhere or do anything....almost that is. But it's great here and I'm much happier for the move. It's great though. I am so ready to just enjoy the remaining time before the big move happens. Nothing like another transcontinental move in less than 2 years! ;-)

So we've pretty much gotten everything sorted out with regards to the new apartment, but since it's a brand new place, it's never as easy as it would seem. We have no phone service, television, or internet. The phone like was either improperly connected somewhere along the way, or just never connected in the first place. For now, we do what we can. So it's unstable internet for Frank for a while. woo hoo!

I also have decided that the only way I am going to be happy is to take the bull by the horns. I have started writing again in the last few weeks. I had to stop with the loss of internet, but as soon as it's back, I'll start putting up chapters if anyone is interested. It's not that I'm not motivated and I have actually found myself looking for inspiration all over the place. So I'm excited. Maybe something will finally become of the story I've been toying with since 1998.

That's the one great thing about a story though. It has evolved so dramatically since I started. It makes me think back though and wonder if when I compare my original story idea; is it that the original story idea was immature, and now I've refined it, or is it that I've corrupted the original work itself by making it less fantasy based? After all, it's my world. I set the rules.

But anyway, I'll be working on that, and I'm really excited to see where it will lead. We are quite happy in the new apartment, and are looking ahead to a future that will hopefully be very bright. If not, I'm running away to Thailand, where I'll become like Otcho from 20th century boys.

Also, just as a side note, I'm growing my hair out again. Nothing like last time, but longer, ya know. I'd probably grow it out just as long as before if Mathieu didn't have such issues with it. I like my long hair, and I will be happy to have it back.

Until next time Waldo watchers!

A few realizations....

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So I was talking with my brother today and I noticed a weird paradox with me. I can concentrate on things for a very short time, or I can concentrate on something for hours. Once it gets above 20 minutes though, I start to burn out. Of course, I guess it depends on my interest, and how much of a blow off something is. I remember how much time I spent in the back of my Geology class with a friend, listening to Regina Spektor and checking out stuff on the internet.

Seriously, that class was useless, but well, that's how OSU makes their money.

I also wanted to have a big rant about the fact that people on television being way older than what they really are, like the guy on 90210 who's in his 30s. That shit just pisses me off. But not something I'm going to worry about anymore.

Other than that, there's some stuff brewing, but I don't think it's a secret to anyone on here. So I'll say more when I know more!

Talk soon!

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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Also known as my childhood up on the screen. I watched the VHS tapes of the Wonderworks version, probably somewhere around 20 times in my life. I started smiling in the first minutes they got to Narnia, and didn't stop until after they got back to England. I don't know if any movies could possibly make me more happy than the Narnia franchise.

I want to look like Ben Barnes, because well, he's incredible. That's all there is to it. He's just....wonderful. There's no two ways about it. He can pull off absolutely any hairstyle, and he's just such a....man.

Through the story, I have always considered myself like Edmund. We used to play Narnia when we were kids, and I was always Edmund. Of course, I hadn't read the book at the time, so I had no idea what that entailed. He was wonderful in this series.

I ran into the same problem with this movie as with all others I have seen here in France. I am always convinced that I missed something, as it was in French. We saw Love and Other Drugs last night, which was pretty good, but not as good as Narnia.

I think there is only one series I would love to see come to the big screen more, and that's the Prydain Chronicles. It's wonderful and has all sorts of Welsh myth wrapped up in it. Taran Wanderer, the ultimate hero. Now, I wonder if Ben Barnes could play him.

Today was great, and I don't really think any movie can unseat this as my favorite of the year. Seriously, not even Harry Potter can beat it. Cannot wait for The Silver Chair, and hopefully after that, The Horse and His Boy. That's the one I'm waiting for!

cuts, and cuttings of hair

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So this is what I'm thinking. Thoughts or suggestions?

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What kind of seme or uke are you?

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What kind of seme or uke are you?

Manipulative Seme

you are pratically a wolf under the sheep's coat. Being nice and gentle at the begining helps you approach the idea mate you like and when you land your claws on them, you shall review the true self of yours. For example, you always pouts or let out a fake hurt look when your mate push you away, making you seems harmless or submessive, but when you get your chance, you supprise them by totally taking control in the relationship, or even making moves that would make your another half blushes. This type of seme are are hard to read their minds, but once they settle down with their mates, they are loyal and protective.

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The Descriptivists Dilemma

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For those of you who know, I try to be very nonjudgmental when it comes to my friends and their opinions on certain things. That is why I am ranting here, and not in a full public display. Today it happened as a result of a post by my cousin. She had mentioned how she wondered how people have gotten as far as they have in life with atrocious spelling. [please insert a shriek of the Sam Kinison varietal here]

The second I read someone complaining about another person's horrible spelling or bad grammar, it makes me want to knock that person off their high horse. I for some reason, find myself giving them one of those usually British movie villain accents, and imagine them with a monocle. Male or female, it works both ways for me.

Languages are complicated, and spelling and grammar should not be held up as some sort of perfected model of speaking. Shakespeare existed in a time without a dictionary and created numerous words that never existed before their utterance. Even after the dictionary existed, writers like Lewis Carrol was creating all sorts of word. In fact, the Jabberwock is full of nonsense words with just enough regularized English to hold it together. We don't go back and discuss writers like this as fugitives.

English, and from what I have been told French, have both undergone massive vowel shifts. How the hell do you think it is that the sound represented in most Indo-European languages as "i" comes out as something akin to what Anglophones pronounce as "eye?" Why is it that George Bernard Shaw famously wrote that fish could be spelled "ghoti?" It's because our vowel system doesn't make a lick of sense!

In regards to grammar, people spend way too much time creating ideas that we're all supposed to follow. We have asinine rules that state that infinitives in English cannot be split! Like hell they can't! People split them every day! These are all manufactured! You can go back and literally find the books that did these. They aren't conventions of the language. THEY'RE ARBITRARY!

A lot of this comes from organizations that demand that our languages regularize in a certain manner. Well, guess what? When a language becomes perfectly regularized, à la Latin, it's because no one bloody well speaks it anymore except for people who know what and where high table is.

It's not just English that has this problem though, and other languages do this too. In France, there is seriously an organization that tries to prevent other languages from creeping into French. The French Academy seriously meets and decides whether one should say the Americanism "e-mail" or if it would be better to have a French word for it. (Which they did with courrier électronique.") There was a perfectly good loan word, but no, France decided to be difficult. In Italy, there's the Dante Society that talks a big talk about proper Italian. Dante was considered pretty controversial in his time, FOR WRITING IN ITALIAN! He was supposed to be writing in Latin. Dante actually openly encouraged using what was considered a vulgar form of what people were supposed to be using at the time.

Ok, I feel slightly better now. I think I'll see if iTunes X is available yet....