If you have kids or know kids who complain about their commute to school, then consider the challenges facing the children in the Atule'er village in southwest China’s Sichuan province.
The schoolkids are walking half-a-mile vertically each way, and must navigate steep cliffs, hundreds of feet high, on rickety wooden ladders to get to and from school. It illustrates the yawning chasm between China’s gleaming first-world cities and its impoverished hinterland, and the difficulties faced by China’s many ethnic minorities.
The place the Chinese media have dubbed the “cliff village” is in Liangshan Prefecture, an eight-hour drive south of Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan Province. The road traverses the fertile Sichuan basin, and climbs along the banks of the headwaters of the Yangtze River.
But I stick at a different moment—the lighthearted comment he made when, in early August, an admiring veteran presented him with a replica of his Purple Heart and Mr. Trump said, “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.” What? Mr. Trump is saying he wishes that he had joined the armed forces somehow (he had a chance but skimmed out, like so many others of his time) and then had died or been scarred or maimed in combat? This is the dream of a nine-year-old boy, and it impugns the five hundred thousand young Americans who have died in combat in my lifetime, and the many hundreds of thousands more whose lives were altered or shattered by their wounds of war.
For anyone in SoCal or the Southwest, excessive heat warnings have been issued for Phoenix, LA, Las Vegas and record temperatures have already been recorded. Stay safe this week and make sure you’re aware of the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion!
Although the characters in the show often drive illegally (underage/without a license) as well as erratically due to magic adventures, getting revenge against jerks named Kevin or chasing pink haired babes on motorcycles, I appreciate the message of always wearing your seat belt.
Sour cream: There is nothing lame about seatbelt safety.
I know you guys want to catch them all, but I don’t appreciate feeling scared and unsafe when I hear someone in my backyard. This is my private property and it’s supposed to be my safe haven, my home is off limits.
That goes for any private property.
I understand how important this game is to you, now please understand how important my safety is for me. I also don’t want any of you to get arrested or hurt because you wanted to catch a pokemon.
Just please be reasonable while playing this game. Please.
So… what does this mean? I’m not sure about other countries, but the agency of health in Canada has deemed borax unsafe, and recommends that it should not be used for children’s arts and crafts, especially including slime.
CRAP I’VE USED THIS STUFF CRAP CRAP WILL I DIE?No, you won’t. This is just an advisory, and it’s prolonged exposure that isn’t healthy for kids or expecting women. Just don’t use it from now on.
Well, how else will I make my slime?There are so many other liquid starch based and plasticine based recipes out there that work just as well, if not better! I’ll make a masterpost of some soon.
BE CAREFUL FRIENDS, SLIME SAFE, AND SLIME HAPPY!
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As someone who collects and loves minerals of all kinds, I have done my best to collect as much information on the care and safety of all kinds of stones, crystals, and minerals in general as I can for my own grimoire. However, although I have attempted to do a great deal of research, these lists are not exhaustive, and please take care with any minerals and crystals you have.
Minerals That Should Not Be Exposed to Water
These minerals are water soluble, some more than others, or may be damaged by water. Some, such as halite (which is salt crystal), should even be stored in a dry location, as excess humidity may damage it. Do not charge or cleanse these with water.
Any Soft, “Fluffy”, Fibrous, or Flaky Mineral
Alum/Alunite Anglesite Angelite (Anhydrite) Borax Calcite Celestite/Celestine Chalcanthite Concretions/Kansas Pop Rocks/Boji Stone® Desert Rose (Gypsum or Baryte Crystals) Dioptase Galenite/Galena Geyserite Gypsum Halite Hanksite Hematite Jet Kernite Lapis Lazuli Magnetite/Lodestone Malachite Newberyite Opal, Fire Purpurite Pyrite Sal Ammoniac Satin Spar Selenite Sulfur Sylvinite Sylvite Ulexite
Minerals That Should Not be Exposed to Sunlight/Bright Light
These minerals are not lightfast (may fade or darken with exposure to bright light). Store in a dim place and do not cleanse or charge using sunlight.
Salt may corrode many minerals, or may become trapped in crevices and react with moisture to expand and crack stones, and should be used with care, whether it is salt water or dry salt. This list was hardest to find good information on, so is definitely not exhaustive.
Most Metals and Minerals Containing Metals Minerals Containing Trapped Water
Hematite Lapis Lazuli Opal Pyrite Selenite
Soft minerals scratch easily. They should be stored and carried alone, such as in their own bag.
It is a good idea to consult the Moh’s Hardness Scale for any given mineral (those 5 and below are particularly prone to scratching and scuffing). Even dust may contain particles harder than 5, in which case wiping the mineral that is dusty could scratch it.
Minerals That Are Potentially Hazardous to Health (Not for Use in Consumables/Elixirs; Use Care When Handling)
Determining toxicity of minerals is difficult, as some are toxic when inhaled, others when consumed, some only when consumed over a period of time or in large bioavailable quantities (such as copper), and some are toxic upon skin contact. Some minerals are potentially allergenic but do not affect everyone (many of the minerals here listed as allergenic are also toxic).
Minerals that are toxic may or may not be soluble in water, but for safety’s sake, potentially toxic minerals should not be used in elixirs, massage oils, etc. made by a direct method. It is always safer to use crystal elixirs, oils, and the like made by the indirect method (separated from the consumable by an impermeable barrier, such as glass).
Flakey, brittle, soft, and porous stones should not be used to make consumables.
Handle stones containing mercury, lead, and arsenic with gloves. Wash your hands after handling all minerals, and do not handle minerals while eating, drinking, etc.
This list is not exhaustive.
When in doubt, play it safe!
Actinolite (Fibrous Form is Asbestos) Adamite (Contains Copper and Arsenic) Ajoite (Contains Aluminum and Copper) Alexandrite (Contains Aluminum) Algodonite (Contains Arsenic) Altaite (Contains Lead) Aluminum/Aluminium (Al) Amozonite (Contains Copper) Anglesite (Contains Lead) Antimony (Sb) Antimonite (Salts of Antimony) Antozonite, variety of Fluorite (Radioactive) Apollo Stone (Contains Uranium) Aquamarine (Contains Aluminum) Arsenic (As) Arsenopyrite (Contains Arsenic) Asbestos (Hazardous to Lungs) Atacamite (Contains Copper) Aurichalcite (Contains Zinc and Copper) Autunite (Contains Uranium) Axinite (Contains Aluminium) Azurite (Contains Copper) Azurite-Malachite (Contains Copper) Azurite-Pseudomalachite (Contains Copper) Barium (Ba) Beryl (Contains Aluminum, Beryllium) Beryllium (Be) Bindheimite (Contains Lead) Bismuth (Used in medicines, but bismuth poisoning can occur.) Boji Stone® (May Contain Sulfur, other toxic minerals; trademarked name of Concretions, Kansas Pop Rocks) Brazilianite (Contains Aluminum) Bronchantite (Contains Copper) Bunsenite (Allergenic) Cadmium (Cd) Calaverite (Contains Telluride) Calomel (Contains Mercury) Carnotite (Contains Uranium) Cavansite (Contains Copper) Cerussite (Contains Lead) Chalcanthite (Contains Copper) Chalcopyrite (Contains Copper and Sulfur) Chromium (Cr) Chrysoberyl (Contains Aluminum) Chrysocolla (Contains Copper) Chrysotile/Chrysotite (Asbestos) Cinnabar (Contains Mercury) Cinnabar-Opal (Contains Mercury) Cobaltocalcite (Contains Cobalt) Coloradoite (Contains Mercury and Tellurium) Colusite (Contains Arsenic) Concretions (May Contain Sulfur, other toxic minerals) Conichalcite (Contains Copper) Copper (Cu) Corundum (Contains Aluminum) Covellite (Contains Copper) Creaseyite (Contains Copper and Lead) Crocidolite (Contains Asbestos) Crocoite (Contains Lead and Chromium) Cumengite (Contains Lead and Copper) Cuprite (Contains Copper) Cyanotrichite (Contains Copper) Devilline (Contains Copper) Diaboleite (Contains Lead and Copper) Diopside (Contains Copper) Dioptase (Contains Copper) Dumontite (Contains Uranium and Lead) Dumortierite (Contains Aluminum) Durangite (Contains Arsenic) Eclipse Stone (Contains Arsenic and Sulfur) Eglestonite (Contains Mercury) Eilat Stone (Contains Copper) Emerald (Contains Aluminum) Enargite (Contains Sulfur and Copper) Endlichite (Contains Lead and Arsenic) Epidote (Contains Aluminum) Erythrite (Contains Arsenic) Euchroite (Contains Arsenic and Copper) Feldspar (Contains Aluminum) Fiedlerite (Contains Lead) Fluoride (F) Fluorite (May Contain Toxic Minerals) Freibergite (Contains Copper, Antimony, and Arsenic) Galena/Galenite (Contains Lead) Garnet (Contains Aluminum) Garnierite (Contains Nickel) Gaspeite (Allergenic; Contains Nickel) Goshenite (Contains Aluminum) Greenockite (Contains Cadmium and Sulfur) Guérinite (Contains Arsenic) Hancockite (Potentially Contains Lead) Heliodor (Contains Aluminum) Hiddenite (Contains Aluminum) Hutchinsonite (Contains Thallium, Lead, and Arsenic) Iolite (Contains Aluminum) Iron-Nickel Meteorite (Allergenic; Contains Nickel) Jadeite (Contains Aluminum) Jamesonite (Contains Lead) Kansas Pop Rocks (May Contain Sulfur, other toxic minerals) Kasolite (Radioactive) Kunzite (Contains Aluminum) Kyanite (Contains Aluminum) Labradorite (Contains Aluminum) Lapis Lazuli (Contains Pyrite Inclusions Which Contain Sulfur) Lazulite (Contains Aluminum) Lazurite (Contains Aluminum and Sulfur) Lead (Pb) Lemon Chrysoprase (Allergenic, Contains Nickel) Lepidolite (Contains Aluminum) Linarite (Contains Lead and Copper) Litharge (Contains Lead) Löllingite (Contains Arsenic) Lopezite (Allergenic; Carcinogen; Handle with Gloves) Malachite (Contains Copper; Particularly Dangerous During Polishing/Cutting/Grinding) Marcasite (Contains Sulfur) Mendozavilite (Contains Molybdenum) Mercury (Hg) Millerite (Allergenic, Contains Nickel) Minium (Contains Lead) Mixite (Contains Copper, Bismuth and Arsenic) Mohawkite (Contains Copper and Arsenic) Moldavite (Contains Aluminum) Molybdenum (Mo) Moonstone (Contains Aluminum) Morganite (Contains Aluminum) Nadorite (Contains Lead) Natrojarosite (Contains Sulfur) Nickel (Ni; Common Allergen) Nickeline/Niccolite (Allergenic, Contains Nickel and Arsenic) Olivenite (Contains Arsenic) Orpiment (Contains Arsenic and Sulfur, Handle with Gloves) Orthoclase (Contains Aluminum) Osarizawaite (Contains Lead) Pargasite (Contains Aluminum) Phosphohedyphane/Polysphaerite (Contains Lead) Pietersite (Fibrous Form Contains Asbestos) Pilsenite (Contains Bismuth and Tellurium) Plattnerite (Contains Lead) Pollucite (Contains Cesium) Prehnite (Contains Aluminum) Proustite (Contains Arsenic and Silver) Psilomelane and Pyrolusite (Contains Barium) Pyrite (Contains Sulfur) Pyromorphite (Contains Lead) Quartz (Non-Toxic but Dust is Harmful to Breathe [Silicosis]) Rauenthalite (Contains Arsenic) Realgar (Contains Arsenic and Sulfur) Rhodizite (Possibly Contains Cesium) Rhodochrosite (Contains Lead) Ruby (Contains Aluminum) Saléeite (Contains Uranium) Scapolite (Contains Aluminum) Schrockingerite (Contains Uranium, Sulfur, and Fluorine) Scorodite (Contains Arsenic) Seamanite (Contains Manganese) Senarmontite (Contains Antimony) Serpentine (Fibrous Form Contains Asbestos) Smithsonite (Contains Zinc, May Contain Copper) Sodalite (Contains Aluminum) Sphaerocobaltite (Allergenic; Contains Cobalt) Spinel (Contains Aluminum) Spodumene (Contains Aluminum) Stibnite/Stibnite (Contains Antimony and Lead) Stilbite (Contains Aluminum) Sugilite (Contains Aluminum) Sulfur/Sulphur (S) Sunstone (Contains Aluminum) Svabite (Contains Arsenic and Fluorine) Sylvanite (Contains Tellurium) Tanzanite (Contains Aluminum) Tellurium (Te) Tennantite (Contains Copper and Arsenic) Tetrahedrite (Contains Copper, Antimony, and Sulfur) Thallium (Handle with Gloves) Thenardite (Contains Sulfur) Tiger’s Eye, Dragon’s Eye, etc. (Fibrous Forms Are Asbestos; Use in Polished Form Only) Tirolit (Contains Arsenic) Topaz (Contains Aluminum) Torbernite (Radioactive) Tourmaline (Contains Aluminum) Tremolite (Fibrous Forms are Asbestos) Turquoise (Contains Copper) Tyrolite (Contains Arsenic) Ullmannite (Contains Nickel, Sulfur, and Antimony) Uraninite (Contains Uranium and Radium) Uranium (Radioactive) Uranophane (Contains Uranium) Valentinite (Contains Antimony) Vanadinite (Contains Lead) Variscite (Contains Aluminum) Vesuvianite (Contains Aluminum) Violarite (Contains Nickel and Sulfur) Villiaumite (Contains Fluoride; Handle with Gloves) Vivianite (May Contain Manganese) Wad/Wadd/Wadt (Contains Manganese) Wavellite (Contains Aluminum) Weeksite (Contains Uranium) Wulfenite (Contains Lead and Molybdenum) Witherite (Contains Barium) Zincite (Contains Zinc; May Contain Copper) Zircon (Contains Zirconium, Uranium and Thorium) Zoisite (Contains Aluminum)
Gay? Arm yourself.
Bi? Arm yourself.
Trans? Arm yourself.
Black? Arm yourself.
Hispanic or Latino? Arm yourself.
Asian? Arm yourself?
White? Arm yourself.
Native American? Arm yourself.
A woman? Arm yourself.
A man? Arm yourself.
Disabled? Arm yourself.
Discriminated at all? Arm yourself.
When you have a gun, you don’t get bashed. Protect yourself against hate.