An amazing story of how a noodle vendor was caught with his opium-laced food
‘The use of the unusual ingredient – used to make opium – at the restaurant in Yan’an, in Shaanxi province, came to light after one of its clients tested positive in a routine urine test by traffic police, despite insisting he’d never touched drugs, the Xi’an Evening News reports. Suspecting the noodle shop he’d eaten at a few hours before the test might be to blame, the customer, Liu Juyou, persuaded relatives to frequent the shop as well and submit themselves to drugs tests. They also tested positive.
‘The shop owner – named only as Zhang – has since admitted to police that he bought 2kg (4.4lb) of poppy buds – which contain the plant’s seeds – for $100 (£60) last month, crushed them into a powder and started to add that to his noodles, the Hua Shang Bao daily reports. Police said the unprocessed seeds contain enough opiates to gradually build up in the body and eventually trigger a positive drugs test result. According to the South China Morning Post, poppy seeds used to be a popular ingredient in Chinese hot pot sauce until their use was banned…’
Living with Nature
How Human Rewilding Works
‘If Paleololithic man was wild, then 21st-century man is fully domesticated. Few of us have ever killed our own dinner or foraged for wild foods. We eat processed and packaged meals, sleep in climate-controlled houses, and the closest most of us come to an authentic wilderness experience is watching a survival reality show on TV.
‘The human rewilding movement is out to change that. At wilderness survival camps and foraging schools around the world, domesticated humans are removing their “leashes” — nine-to-five office jobs, mortgages and the drive-thru window — to discover their wild selves…’
From trash to cash,Pinay domestic helper in Singapore becomes a boss in the Philippines
‘…However, everything changed after she became part of Aidha, a Singaporean non-profit organization teaching foreign domestic workers financial and computer literacy, business management, and entrepreneurship skills.
‘Veronica Gomez, Aidha ambassador said “A big game-changer was learning how to say “no” to relatives who asked for money, a challenge,” referring to the challenge faced by every enrollee.
‘This was shown on how Jeanilyn Bermudez surpassed the challenge in her life as she related her story at Our Better World, A Singapore International Foundation website.
‘In a GMA report, Bermudez related, “Here in my village, I feel I am the big boss… Here, I’m the one who is telling, do this and that and they call me Madam.”…’
The best kept secret of WW II
Japan’s bio-war against China
‘The Japanese had entire city-sized lab complexes in China devoted to “studies” in bio-war. Missing from this film is a dirty secret.
‘The US government was so interested in the “data” that the Japanese generated and in the advantages they thought it would give them that they chose not to prosecute the Japanese involved to keep a lid on the story and the data…’
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