31 October, 2010

Cremation or Burial?

This is not to raise any religious issues. I know most religions allow burial versus cremation, but apart from your religious beliefs, how do you want your body handled after you pass away? 

Cremation, while still a controversial practice is nonetheless widely performed throughout the world. 

For those who favor cremation, it offers the following benefits:
  • The entire process of cremation, whether or not it includes a service or just the incineration of the corpse, is far cheaper than burial, even though a coffin or container is used. 
  • For those prone to ponder the lasting appearance, the process of cremation offers a quick, purifying process. This helps people to banish the thought of the body lying for decades in the ground while suffering slow decay. 
  • The cremains, as the ashes are termed, can be kept at home in a fashionable container or urn, thus offering the family the opportunity to remember the loved-one on a daily basis.
Individuals favoring burial emphasize:
  • The sanctity of the human body and value the fact that burial keeps the body intact. 
  • Burial is less ‘final’ to its advocates and affords those left behind the chance to remember the person either at a grave site or vault. 
  • Funerals for those to be buried afford dignity and promoters for the burial process assert that the body belongs to God; let not man take it into his hands to destroy.

Cremation or burial?

This can only be answered in an individual's or family's conscience and beliefs. As for me, the body that is interred, will either slowly decay or burn rapidly, God will give all His children a new body, glorious and incorruptible to dwell with Him forever.

30 October, 2010

Dealing with the In-Laws

When we talk about in-laws, we're almost always talking about mother-in-law, with sister-in-law running a close second. What is it about the other women in our men's lives, the ones they grew up with and who, presumably, helped shape them into the guys we love?

Some of us are lucky enough to become fast friends with these women, to find an additional set of shoulders to lean on, even to discover a replacement for a mother we lost or are distant from. But there are difficult cases -- it seems that in- law troubles are pretty darn common. Here are some of the most common scenarios.

Problem 1: "We Have Very Different Lifestyles."

The mom-in-law is a very poor house-keeper, and when the wife and her husband go to visit both of their families, they always avoid camping at his mother's house. Mom-in-law is completely able to clean if she was willing. She knows her home is a cluttered mess, and even jokes about it, but does nothing to improve it.

Example:The next visit will be Christmas and the baby/toddler will be crawling/playing around the house. The wife doesn't even want the baby off her lap, let alone crawling on the filthy floor.

You can't try or force your in-laws to change in the situation. We all have our tolerance levels when it comes to tidiness, and trying to make someone else match ours is opening a door to on-going problems. However, since there's a baby involved, I would agree that telling the mother-in-law to either clean her house or you clean for her. Kids will do pick up just about everything, and they are susceptible to common household germs. For me, that's the best thing to do.

PROBLEM 2: "They Won't Accept Me"

No matter what she does to try and please her in-laws, there's no winning. If there are issues and the mother-in-law can't figure out a way to blame her son, it becomes her (the wife) fault.


If possible, just accept things as they are; or talk to your husband about how your in-laws are always doing things for you rather than trying to get to know you, and how it makes you feel. If he's not willing to do something about it, then maybe he's not that interested in you. A guy should make sure that his family gets to know her, otherwise, there is something wrong.

Think about this: Who's side is your husband on? What's his overall relationship with his family? If he doesn't get along with his family, why do you think you're going to fare any better?

Problem 3: "She's the Boss"

Here's one scenario: Your sister-in-law had a Christmas visit, older than your husband, overrode the holiday dinner plans (in your own house), suggests things -- "these are better than those"; or "do this rather than that" and so on.


If you don't like the things she suggest, tell her -- in a nice way --, that you planned those things and you already have a list. It's your house anyway. If she took it badly, it ain't your problem anymore... =)

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08 October, 2010

Toxic Red Sludge in Hungary

On Monday, October 4, 2010, a large reservoir filled with red sludge in Western Hungary ruptured, releasing approximately 700,000 cubic meters (185 million gallons) caustic mud, which killed many animals, at least four confirmed deaths.

This aerial image taken Thursday Oct. 7, 2010 and made available by the environmental group Greenpeace shows toxic sludge covering the fields, streets and canals in the town of Devecser in Hungary. Red sludge flowed into the Danube River on Thursday, threatening a half-dozen nations along one of Europe's key waterways. Monitors took samples every few hour to measure damage from the toxic spill and emergency officials declared one Hungarian tributary dead. As cleanup crews gathered deer carcasses and other wildlife from the villages in southwestern Hungary flooded by the industrial waste, environmental groups warned of long-term damage to the farming region's topsoil.   (AP Photo/Greenpeace/Peter Somogyi-Toth, HO)Original Filename: Hungary-Sludge Flood.JPEG-0c272.jpg
A 12-foot-high flood of sludge inundated several towns, sweeping cars off the road as it flowed into nearby Marcal River.

Cars are piled up in a flooded parking lot in Devecser, about 150 kms southwest of Budapest, on October 5, 2010 after the village was submerged on October 4 by toxic red sludge from a local aluminium plant. Three persons died and 60 were injured in western Hungary when a reservoir of residue from aluminium production broke and flooded two nearby villages -- Devecser and Kolontar -- with toxic red mud.    AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images 

The red sludge in the reservoir is a byproduct of refining bauxite into alumina, which took place at an alumina plant run by the Hungarian Alumina Production and Trading Company. Hungary opened a criminal probe into toxic sludge flood Wednesday (October 7, 2010) and the European Union urged emergency authorities to do everything they can to keep the contaminated slurry from reaching the Danube and affecting half a dozen other nations.

Over one million cubic meters of the poisonous chemical sludge inundated  three villages endangering thousands of people with an ecological catastrophe in the region.

A local resident rests on a chair in the garden of his house covered with red mud while rescuing his belongings in Devecser, 164 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, 06 October 2010, after a dike of a reservoir containing red mud of an alumina factory in nearby Ajka broke two days ago, and over one million cubic meters of the poisonous chemical sludge inundated three villages, killing four persons and injuring over hundred. Three people are unaccounted for and hundreds of families have been evacuated.  EPA/TAMAS KOVACS
A Hungarian man pushes his bicycle in front of his home flooded with toxic mud in the town of Devecser, Hungary, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. Monday's flooding was caused by the rupture of a red sludge reservoir at an alumina plant in western Hungary and has affected seven towns near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in the town of Ajka, 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Budapest. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)   Original Filename: Hungary Chemical Accident.JPEG-03d27.jpg

(source: content - Jumakha); photos - consolidated from various sites)