Kids, I know you are as concerned about American food safety as I am. Especially Beef, which is why I limit consumption, and make every effort to get grass fed, organic Beef from healthy and humanely treated animals whenever possible. My caution still has very good reason, as it turns out.
I found this piece while browsing Huffington Post By Joe Satran, earlier in December 2012, and I am finally posting this because this will definitely be of interest to you.
This is the origin myth of the food safety system in the United States: The beef industry was a mess, led to awful practices by the profit motives of a few major processing companies, until investigative journalist Upton Sinclair exposed many of the atrocities of the packing plants in his 1906 novel “The Jungle,” which spurred the establishment of federal meat inspections, improving safety forever. Today, beef and other meat sold in the U.S. is safer than ever.
This is the true state of affairs, according to a yearlong investigation of the beef industry concluded by the Kansas City Star this week: just four companies process more than 87 percent of the beef packed in the U.S., and take advantage of novel, money-saving techniques that significantly increase the risk of contamination by foodborne pathogens, leading to hundreds of preventable illnesses every year. Continue reading →
Kids, I copied and pasted a weather recap of 2012 for your viewing pleasure, from a neat meteorologist blogger from Huffington Post, Paul Yeager. What I liked about it was it is a list of events, without any hint of agenda.
Check it out, and be a dear and follow Paul Yeager.
While 2011 established a record for the number of individual U.S. weather disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage, 2012 is expected to eclipse 2011 in terms of the aggregate amount of damage done (in terms of dollars). This is according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. Continue reading →
I loved this when I first saw the video short on Upworthy.com!
It always irritates me when the talking heads stay “on message” without really saying anything at all. Three minutes of “Blah Blah, Obama failed”, and then the “face” that communicates disapproval, followed with a slight head shake while rounding out the soundbyte. It is as if they all go to a class where they learn the expressions they should have on their faces whenever President Obama’s name is mentioned, along with the talking point GOP marching orders.
Sex sells, so they say. You can see that evidenced everywhere.
Heck, I even employ a saucy little play on words with the title of my website, Live Nude Politics as a way to grab a readers attention. But, some of the imagery present day advertisers use is neither fun, pleasant, or harmless. Some commercials resemble soft core porn. You would think that only 18 year old boys have any money to buy anything, judging by the visuals that predominate quite a bit of marketing campaigns.
Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist pop culture media critic (who produces an ongoing web series of video commentaries from a feminist/fangirl perspective), spoke recently at TEDxWomen about her simple project studying female characters in video games, and the chaos that ensued from game boys afraid that their games would change. The misogynistic comments and threats she received were so disturbing, and I am sure doubly hurtful to someone who had loved industry and been into gaming for so long. Especially since many were grown men, without youth as an excuse for stupidity. Continue reading →
For those of you hoping to have a more active presence in filibuster reform, there are some phone numbers for you to take advantage of in the email I recieved from Nicole Aro,
Digital Strategies Director, at the AFL-CIO.You can even text your opinion!
Or if you’d like to know more about filibuster reform, and why it is needed, please follow the informative link provided.
We’ve been working hard to hold our legislators’ feet to the fire on ending the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2% and maintaining and strengthening Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits.
Imagine, though, if we would have been able to get these important issues resolved months ago—or at least had legislators on record so voters knew where they stood on these issues before the elections. Continue reading →
Apparently, AmeriCorps is on the chopping block amidst all the ‘fiscal cliff’ mess. Another program whose success can’t be measured in dollars and cents.
Delightful. Saving money by cutting away service to the weakest among us, at a time when public service should be encouraged.
Perhaps this can be avoided if enough people make a fuss, maybe make a donation. Who knows, these days? I do know that America needs citizens that feel the call to volunteer to help their fellow Americans now more than ever. That is why I pass this email on to you, from my inbox, with love.
I wanted to make sure you saw this email from Nicole, one of our field organizers. She has such a powerful personal account of turning early struggle into lifelong success. Nicole’s experience proves that national service can have a deep and lasting impact – on children, on families, and on entire communities – and can help solve some of our country’s most pressing social challenges. I hope her story inspires you as much as it inspires me.At ServiceNation we are building an army of advocates with the goal of protecting and expanding national service programs like AmeriCorps. Continue reading →