Monthly Archives: September 2012

Scott’s killed my Finches

Well now it all makes sense….

A well-known pesticide, chemical fertilizer, and lawn and garden products company faces $12.5 million in fines after pleading guilty to illegally applying toxic insecticides to its own wild birdseed products. Scotts Miracle-Gro’s toxic birdseed scandal came to light during a Scotts bird food lawsuit charging that company sold 70 million bags of the chemically treated bird food over a two-year period before recalling the product in 2008. A federal district court issued an unprecedented sentence, mandating that the company pay $4 million in fines and perform community service. The criminal penalty is the largest to date under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

Back a few years ago, I ran out of bird food (domestic), but had some outdoor bird food and I went ahead and gave it to my Finches….  8 died the next day….  I totally blamed myself, thinking that domestic birds were probably somehow different than wild birds …  I always thought that to be odd…  now I see this headline today. I should have known better than to think it was my fault.. seeds are seeds unless they are tainted with pesticides.. 

Full Article Here:

Pesticide Company Fined Millions for Poisoning Birds | Rodale News

Coverage on Fox 35 tonight…

Got covered by Fox 35 Orlando News tonight!  Woohoo!  Check out if you are looking for the details…

Are You Ready for Some Miami Dolphins’ Football?!?

Is it a coincidence that the Miami Dolphins were selected for HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series in the offseason? That would make sense, because all signs point to a difficult season for the 2012 version of the team, which begins a new era with Sunday’s game against a heavily-favored Houston Texans team from Reliant Stadium. The Dolphins have a new head coach in Joe Philbin and rookie Ryan Tannehill won the starting quarterback job with an impressive preseason. Tannehill gained the edge when recently-released veteran David Garrard suffered a knee injury during training camp, and Miami fans are counting on the youngster to be the franchise’s next great quarterback since Dan Marino.

The Texans will likely have both quarterback Matt Schaub and five-time Pro Bowl wide reciever Andre Johnson on the field at the same time, something frequently lacking in 2011. Rookie Whitney Mercilus and former Cowboy Bradie James anchor the defense, looking to improve a unit that was 4th in points allowed last season. Miami will be starting rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. They’ll look to Reggie Bush to take some pressure of Tannehill. Bush rushed for a career-high 1,086 yards in 2011, his first season in Miami. Both teams have something to prove in Week 1. From the looks of it, the Dolphins will have a harder time proving it.

Ryan Tannehill, Picked eighth overall in the NFL draft, may have the toughest test of any of the five rookie quarterbacks starting on the NFL’s opening weekend. He goes against a Texans defense that ranked second in yards allowed and set a club record with 44 sacks in Wade Phillips’ first season as coordinator. “They don’t have as many exotic pressures and zone blitzes as you will see from other teams, but they’re really good at what they do,” Tannehill said. “They believe at what they do and they’re crisp at it.” Tannehill will make his NFL debut at Reliant Stadium, where he led Texas A&M to a bowl victory over Northwestern in his final college game last December.  

Tannehill may be right about the Texans defense, but does he know what division they are in

Nevertheless I am ready for some Dolphins Football and can’t wait to see the season start.



Dolphins to start up Tannehill era in Houston | Fox News

Dolphins Vs. Texans: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More –

Dolphins set to open Tannehill era against the sack-happy Texans |

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I Heart Radio and I heart too!

I have fallen in love with IHeartRadio…

I realize that it’s Clear Channel, but I do like their programming, and they offer similar features to Pandora in addition to giving me the ability to listen to local radio stations too.

iHeartRadio is a free, all-in-one digital service that lets you find more than 1,000 Live Stations or create commercial-free Custom Stations featuring the artist you select and similar music.


FIND: The Best of Live Radio Listen to more than 1,000 Live Stations from coast-to-coast including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and college. Browse by music genre and location, then hit the scan button to move from station to station within a format. Or check out iHeartRadio Originals — our digital-only theme stations.


CREATE: Custom Stations with Unprecedented Control Simply pick a song or artist to create your own commercial-free, uninterrupted Custom Station featuring music from that artist and similar ones. Choose from our catalog of over 14 million songs and 400,000 artists. Use iHeartRadio’s exclusive Discovery Tuner to control how much variety you want in your station.

Why you shouldn’t join Facebook

I couldn’t agree more with this guys assesment that if you don’t already use facebook, you should just stay away…

Clearly I use Facebook, but I don’t like it as it exists today; it’s cluttered, tired, and bloated. It used to be bursting with articles I wanted to read and interesting tidbits from friends lives. Now, I begin to lose faith in humanity when I see what people (whom I had assumed were good, wholesome folks) are really watching on Socialcam. What was a useful destination is now more an unwanted trip to visit a distant relative, who remembers everything about you, and also happens to be a hoarder. So if you’re not on Facebook, why should you stay away? In a nutshell: because you’ve made it this far.



Another reason I ultimately warned my neighbor to stay away: You’ll never leave. Kicking the Facebook habit isn’t easy – you’ll have become so dependent on it that you won’t have a backup means of contact for many people, losing contact with them forever. The company doesn’t want you to leave, naturally. Trying to deactivate your account (not delete, deactivate – like leaving a xenomorph in stasis rather than blasting it out the airlock) leads you to a page where a selection of your friends you interact with frequently say they’ll “miss you,” as if leaving Facebook will have some catastrophic effect on your relationships in the real world. You are also required to give a reason as to why you’re going. They make you try and feel lame for leaving a kickin’ party early… and it works.



A one-way street Non-users should just stay away from joining Facebook. The site has become so embedded in the online experience that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to fully tear oneself away from the infinite stream of pictures, posts, and pokes after you step into it. While that may seem enticing to some, it has reached a point where signing up will thrust you into a confusing, overloaded world that you might not be prepared for. Especially given, at this point, everyone you know is already a power user, patiently awaiting for you to click on that invitation email that has been sitting in your inbox for months. If you’ve successfully navigated life for the past five years without help from Zuckerberg, congratulations. Proceed straight to Go and collect $200. If not, get back there. Your FarmVille crops are thirsty.



Opinion: If you’re not already on Facebook, just stay away | Digital Trends