Monday, September 12, 2022

Do YOU have this dining set at home? Expert reveals the dangerous reason why you should stop eating off them immediately

Ingesting lead is undoubtedly bad for you but where is the evidence that lead leaches through a hard glaze into food? If it does, how many molecules are involved? Very few, I would think.

An American expert and child health advocate has revealed shocking news about the vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins dining sets.

Tamara Rubin, from Oregon, is best known for testing pottery, crystal, and toys for lead after two of her children were poisoned with the toxin in 2005.

The mum-of-four has discouraged people from using the popular vintage Bunnykins dining sets with food, as she has found them to contain high levels of lead and arsenic.

She recently tested a Bunnykins baby bowl with a raft on it and found 93,600 ppm of lead and 3,460 ppm of arsenic.

The expert also revealed that 90 ppm and up is extremely unsafe for children and dangerous to consume.

'Vintage Bunnykins are not safe for food use and especially not safe for children to use,' said Tamara in a recent post on her website.

A Royal Doulton spokesperson told FEMAIL that a product's safety and quality was very important to them.

'We are committed to putting our customers first and listening to their concerns about consumer issues,' they said.

'We are conscious that manufacturing safety standards have changed over time and recommend that our vintage designs are not used for tableware as originally intended, but enjoyed and loved as a collector's item.

'Royal Doulton is committed to full compliance with all laws and regulations in relevant countries, however, we are aware some of our customers may still be worried about the Bunnykins pieces they own.'

'We would recommend they send a photo of the product back stamp and pattern to our customer service team, this information can be used to help determine the age of the product and reassure our customers about the safety of our Bunnykins products for food use.'

Generations of Australians have enjoyed the family-favourite dining sets, with many passing down the adorable plates, bowls, and cups to their children and grandchildren as gifts.

She added, 'For context: anything made today (2020) with over 90 ppm lead in the paint, glaze or coating is considered illegal in the United States if it is an item that is intended for use by children.'

The child health advocate also revealed that she found multiple other Bunnykins dishes to contain lead and arsenic as well.

'Bunnykins baby bowl with the artist contains 80,000 ppm lead on the food surface,' she said with her test report of the dish.

The high levels of lead and arsenic can cause several health and developmental issues, including severe pain, learning disabilities, chronic fatigue, memory loss, and more.

The Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment, and Water has warned residents that lead in ceramics pose extreme health risks.

'Lead is a toxic substance that can affect people of any age,' they revealed in a 2021 report.

'Lead has long been used in ceramic ware, both in glazes and in decorations'

The government also divulged that the substance is 'especially harmful' to children, pregnant women, and unborn babies as it accumulates in your body and can hence pose a health hazard over time.

'This is because the lead can get into food and drink prepared, stored or served in the crockery,' the report said.


16 reasons why you need to buy an electric car

You have a penchant for Tolstoy, but never got around to reading War and Peace. Now you can devour this 1,225-page novel at your leisure while waiting in the charging queue.

You’ve dined at them all. Aria. Bennelong. Quay. Yet you’ve never experienced dining at the local servo. No, it’s not just chocolate bars and chips on the menu. Once you finish War and Peace, you can peruse the finer things that petrol stations have to offer. Think Slurpees, gristly meat pies, and try-hard coffee. Who knows, you may be lucky enough to have breakfast and lunch there depending on the length of the charging queue. YOLO.

You have a guilty pleasure and no, you’re not Bill Gates and it’s not private jets. You like to heat your garage in winter. Think how toasty you’ll feel when you step into your garage that’s been heating all night because electric cars, just like you, do not like cold weather. offers the suggestion that parking your car in a heated garage will ensure your electric car works well. Synergy.

You’re not sure what you enjoy more, the adventure of hitchhiking or sitting alone in your car on a deserted country road awaiting the NRMA as your car has run out of charge. Electric cars need to charge frequently. So if you’re going on a long journey, there’s a chance you may not make it to the next electric vehicle charging station. This is where War and Peace also comes in handy.

You have a longing for Victorian times and it’s not just the taxidermy and corsets. Children learned the value of money in those times. Maybe sending them down a coal mine wasn’t ideal but better than being stuck up a chimney and having someone light a fire. Child slave labour is alive and well today in Africa where children are used to mine cobalt by hand in order to produce the 60 pounds of cobalt needed for one EV battery.
You are a closet Goth (Vic lit). Blackouts all the way. Cold baths and cockroach milk too.

Coal mining is so pre-Covid. Now it’s lithium, cobalt, graphite, aluminium all the way. A single EV battery needs 30 pounds of lithium, 60 pounds of cobalt, 130 pounds of graphite, and roughly 500 pounds of steel aluminium, manganese, plastic, and other materials. Happy. Happy. Joy. Joy.

You’ve always wanted to live in a permanent Disneyland – believing that electric cars have zero emissions. California awaits.

Virtue signalling has become an obsessive pastime. You now have the Tesla logo in your profile along with six needles and a Ukrainian flag.

Anything a diesel Mercedes C220 D can do your Tesla Model 3 can do better i.e. emit 11 – 28 percent more CO2 over a lifespan of the Mercedes.

You live in a Teal seat. When electricity prices reach $1 per kWh as they are set to do in Norway, it’s nothing to spend $100 to fully charge your car as long as you can wear Teal and drive a Tesla. You know you are one cool dude. Go on post that seventh needle in your profile.

You care about first-world countries and believe that it’s important to keep the pollution emissions away from them and ensure that it’s the third-world countries that are exposed to higher rates of toxic substances needed to make the batteries the EVs.

You’re a great delegator and will happily delegate power regarding your movements to the government. Of course, they should be allowed to turn your car off at any time because Science.

You’ve always wanted to work for MI5 and have one of those tracking device thingies like James Bond. (Plus you’re so glad 007 is a woman now. Hopefully they will be Trans soon and driving a Tesla, like you.)

You’ve always had a soft spot for China and think it’s important to contribute to their economy. After all, China processes 40 per cent of the world’s raw lithium and their market share for lithium is 80 per cent.

You don’t actually know how an EV charges and where the coal-fired electricity comes from. It’s battery operated and that’s all that matters.


Millions of Californians like me are told there's no energy left to charge the electric cars that could speed us away from wildfires — is this the most idiotic example of a climate cult gone mad, asks STEVE HILTON

California is in the grips of a deadly crisis! No, not the weeks-long 100-degree-plus temperatures blanketing the state. Heat waves come and go.

I'm talking about something far more insidious. The state is being strangled to death in the clench of a 'climate cult.'

All week every Californian with a cellphone has been receiving desperate text messages pleading with them to 'turn off your appliances' and turn down their air conditioning.

Governor Gavin Newsom has been sending plaintive pleas thanking us for complying and urging us to continue with the rationing measures. You see -- California's electricity grid cannot cope with the additional demands put upon it by the hot weather.

Newsom assures us our compliance will ensure that 'we can get through this together.'

Get through what? A stretch of hot days in the summer is nothing new, despite Newsom's false claims of 'unprecedented' temperatures. The last comparable heat wave occurred in 1988. That's not exactly ancient history.

No, the real reason that California – a state that ranks as the world's fifth largest economy – cannot power its citizens' homes is that for years Newsom and far-left Democrats have waged war on energy in the name of fighting climate change.

For them, the only thing that matters is pushing forward, with all the zeal of the religious fanatic, a crazed and irrational anti-energy, anti-human agenda.

Reliable sources of electricity, like gas-burning power stations and nuclear power, have been undermined, while renewable alternatives like wind and solar have been encouraged through regulation and subsidy.

Let's be clear, the climate is changing, and I have always supported reasonable, balanced policies to address that reality. I also back the sensible use and development of renewables.

But I – and millions of Californians – are not willing to plunge ourselves and our children into hot and dangerous darkness in the pursuit of a vague, self-righteous, ill-conceived crusade that won't even deliver its stated objectives.

There is zero evidence that California's self-sacrifice will amount to any meaningful reduction in global warning.

In any case, there has been no long-term increase in heatwave frequency or severity in the U.S. over the last century, and deaths from heatwaves have fallen significantly - mainly because of the increased availability of air conditioning.

But the climate cultists are telling us to turn our air conditioning off! Isn't that proof that the headlong retreat from reliable energy has gone too far?

Apparently, not for the high priests of the 'climate crisis', as they call it.

'We understand we cannot have the lights go off,' Siva Gunda, vice chair of the California Energy Commission told The Washington Post. 'But the fear of these questions being brought up is not a reason to slow down from what we know is morally and societally what we need to do.'

There it is in black and white. It is moral to cripple energy production. Unbelievably, in the midst of this entirely self-created crisis California is doubling down.

The latest centerpiece is the program to force the electrification of our economy with bans on gas cookers in new homes, and, most famously, banning gas cars by 2035.

Electric vehicles for all!

But in potentially the cruelest and most inept recent edict, Californians with electric vehicles were told not to charge their cars.

To complete the picture of chaos and confusion, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Isaac Sanchez pleaded with people to ignore that command, with parts of the state under wildfire evacuation warnings.

'We recommend cars are fully charged and ready to go. If that's your means of evacuation and if you don't do it, you are unable to evacuate, life safety is a priority. At least it is to us,' Sanchez told Newsweek. 'Our priority is always to err on the side of life safety.'

But 'life' is not a priority for the demented 'climate' zealots who have brought California to this sorry state of affairs.

They have even contributed to the very wildfires which they use as an excuse to push ahead with their agenda.

By forcing utilities like Northern California's PG&E to spend money on vanity 'climate' projects, vital ongoing maintenance work has been neglected. Time and again, investigations have shown that faulty equipment has been the cause of the most damaging wildfires.

The tragedy of all this - and the warning to the rest of America - is that it is all so unnecessary.

Like America as a whole, California has abundant energy reserves, especially natural gas, which we could be using to reliably power our economy and society while reducing carbon emissions.

Instead, we're pathetically muddling through with a combination of rationing and the import of far dirtier fossil fuels from some of the world's worst regimes.

We all shuddered at the revolting spectacle of Biden's 'fist-bump of shame' with Mohammed Bin Salman, the Butcher of Saudi Arabia.

Now the Saudis are throwing it back in Biden's face with a pledge to cut production instead of increasing it, in order to keep prices high.

It is a truly grotesque abdication of U.S. leadership. Yet these Democrat politicians have the nerve to claim that their disastrous and shambolic energy policies are somehow to be admired and replicated.

Newsom brags that where California leads, the nation will follow - a sentiment recently echoed by Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and one that should terrify all Americans.

If Democrats in California - or at the national level - really wanted to do that, they would give a massive boost to the most reliable form of clean energy we have, nuclear power.

Instead in California after years of demonization we just saw a grudging reprieve for our last remaining nuclear power station, Diablo Canyon, with zero long-term investment and nothing from Biden but a token commitment.

When you consider the astonishing incoherence and deep destructiveness of the Democrats' energy policies, you inevitably conclude that they are truly in the grip of a 'climate' cult.

Anti-science, anti-human, inconsistent even on its own terms…it is all one giant, self-indulgent exercise in elitist virtue-signaling, and as usual ordinary Americans are left in the dark.


Evidence-free assertions about climate change

If there is evidence for your case, you don’t need activists to glue themselves to the road to try and convince others to believe in your ‘cause’. Armed with evidence, you don’t need to bluster and disparage your political opponents. If you have evidence for your case, you don’t behave like a smug, arrogant ignoramus, inside or outside Parliament.

It was an enfant terrible of the climate alarmist Michael-hockey-stick-Mann, who years ago labelled the climate alarmist movement as a cause when he derided dissenting climate scientist Dr Judith Curry for her views, saying, ‘It’s not helping the cause. Nor her career…’

Mann should be reminded that science does not exist to support ‘causes’.

I am motivated to make these points in the wake of a series of overheated, under-informed comments by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy, The Hon. Chris Bowen.

He is so loud and derisory in his Parliamentary outbursts on matters to do with his portfolio that his behaviour invites ridicule. One might say that he exhibits the unquestioning confidence of the truly ignorant.

Confucius once said, ‘Real knowledge is knowing the extent of one’s ignorance.’ And while I’m quoting people, it was Charles Darwin who said, ‘Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.’

Back in 2010, 43 Fellows of the Royal Society (The United Kingdom’s national academy of sciences, a Fellowship of some 1,600 of the world’s most eminent scientists) wrote to its then president, Paul Nurse, to complain about the unscientific tone of the society’s messages on Climate Change. Eight years later, a group of 33 current and former Fellows of the Geological Society wrote an open letter to their president in similar vein.

The letter notes:

‘The IPCC position matches observations that almost half of the warming that has occurred over the last 150 or so years since industrialisation, had already happened by 1943, well before the rapid rise of industrial carbon dioxide. This difference of opinion is critical, for if carbon dioxide did not cause the pre-1943 warming, the claimed consensus that Catastrophic AGW is caused by human carbon dioxide emissions since the Industrial Revolution, which is supported by GSL, must be mistaken.

‘As this letter makes clear, it is not true that 97 per cent of scientists unreservedly accept that AGW theory is fixed, or that carbon and carbon dioxide are ‘pollutants’ and their production should be penalised; how can the primary nutrient in photosynthesis be a pollutant? We also note that 700 scientists have made submissions to the US Senate expressing dissent from the consensus and 166 climate scientists issued a challenge to Ban Ki Moon on the eve of the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009 to provide proof of human-induced global warming, which he did not do.’

My point here is that there are plenty of scientists whose work in the wickedly complex field of climate science is available for scrutiny. Ministers should avail themselves of all relevant information to their portfolios before playing with policy blocks.

Not far behind Bowen in blustering rhetoric is the Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese. Several times he has summoned up the angry gods of extreme weather events as examples of the dangerous ‘Climate Change’ that his government dragon will slay with the Net Zero mantra.

For example, in early July 2022, Albanese was commenting on the floods which had devastated large regions in Sydney’s northwest. He told the media how Climate Change was causing ever-increasing extreme weather events. He repeated this at a news conference in early September.

My concern is that the Prime Minister is making emphatic public statements that are simply wrong and swiftly contradicted by history. Perhaps he has not been properly advised on this topic? His alarmism flies in the face of the IPCC’s SREX special report of 2012 on extreme weather, which conceded that warming could well reduce extremes, rather than increase them – another glaring contradiction. Further, it would be 20-30 years before any climate effects on extreme weather would even be detectable against natural climate variability, if ever. The 2013 IPCC report broadly endorsed those findings.

While the Prime Minister and his ministers continue to peddle false alarms about ‘Climate Change’ using ordinary weather events which contradict even the questionably reliable IPCC Bible on the subject, no one dares to call them out. Does the government have any advisers who can steer them off such … well, inaccuracies?

When the IPCC was set up over 30 years ago its objective was ‘to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic [i.e., human-induced] interference with the climate system’.

The original mandate from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the IPCC was to address ‘dangerous human-caused Climate Change’. That set the agenda, which became the ruling orthodoxy, a circular argument that starts with the conclusion it is trying to prove.

The main dogma of Climate Change science is stated in the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:

‘It is extremely likely that more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010 was caused by the anthropogenic increase in GHG concentrations and other anthropogenic forcings together. The best estimate of the human-induced contribution to warming is similar to the observed warming over this period (Figure SPM.3).’ (IPCC 2014)

Chris Bowen, Anthony Albanese, and the whole Parliament wrapped up in the narrative of climate terror may like to heed the words of biosciences researcher Dr Javier VinĂ³s and petrophysicist Andy May:

‘There is no evidence confirming this dogma. It is based on computer model results that were programmed with the same assumptions that emerge from them, in a clear case of circular reasoning.’




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