Dave Stancliff 2013-05-05 blogarama.com

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Vegans & Vegetarians are Very Mad at Whole Foods - I can see why!

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Talk about a foul up! (pun intended)

Whole Foods and The Food and Drug Administration issued statements saying the vegan salad contains soy, and the curried chicken salad contains egg.

While both say no one has gotten sick, it was pointed out that people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy or eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat the salads. Good response?

Not if you are vegan or vegetarian.

“Whole Foods has admitted labels on two salads sold at its stores, a curried chicken salad and a vegan version called curried "chick'n" salad, were reversed at some 15 of its locations in the Northeast (including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York) and sold on Tuesday and Wednesday. The switched labels means it is highly likely someone who made a conscious choice not to eat animal products wound up doing so, through no fault of their own.

It’s not only "very disturbing for a longtime vegan to unknowingly eat animal flesh,” said Gene Bauer, president of animal protection organization Farm Sanctuary and one of the most well-known vegans in the country. “There could also be some health issues for someone who hasn't eaten animal flesh for a longtime because our stomachs aren't used to it."

Put it this way: If you’re a steak lover and you went to your favorite upscale steakhouse, how would you feel if the Porterhouse steak you thought you were eating turned out to be horse meat?” (Story here)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Friday, May 10, 2013

Today’s topic:experts say pets might lower your heart disease risk

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 Recent data just confirms what pet Owners have have known for years; you feel better having a pet around. There’s lots of good reasons why having a pet is so beneficial.

 The American Heart Association recently revealed research that indicated dogs not only lower your heart beat, they help reduce the risk of heart disease.

My 10 yr.old Pug Millie (below by stairs) has kept me heart happy! It doesn’t matter what the breed of dog, they all seem to have positive effects upon humans.

In the News:

They’re happy to see you when you get home, love you unconditionally and make you get up from the couch to take a walk. And there’s a growing body of evidence that pets can lower your risk of heart disease, too, the American Heart Association says.

The group says there’s 2012-04-09 16.02.06now enough evidence that pets are heart-healthy to justify an official statement summing up the evidence.

“The most data and the best data were on dog ownership,” said Dr. Glenn Levine of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who led the committee that wrote the statement. “In no way are we discounting or dissing cats or other pets,” Levine added hastily.

The committee went through all the evidence linking pet ownership with lowered risk of heart disease. There’s plenty of it:

  • Dog owners exercise more than people who don’t have dogs and they’re 54 percent more likely to get recommended levels of daily exercise.
  • Stroking a pet can lower your blood pressure. Several studies show pet owners in general have lower blood pressure than people without pets.
  • Pet owners can handle stress better -- even when their pets aren’t around. (Full Story)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Who says we don’t have diplomatic relations with North Korea?

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 What me worry?

With the “Worm” giving the word to Kim Jong Un to let an American prisoner go, there should be no problems. After all, Dennis Rodman, aka the Worm (and other nicknames too graphic to give here) has an inside with North Korea’s chubby little dictator.

They both love basketball, although for the life of me I can’t see Un dribbling anywhere but on his food! Rodman even used street slang “do me a solid…” with Un who must have gotten a Readers Digest version of street slang in America when the Worm visited him recently.

Despite Rodman’s eloquent plea, there’s been no response from his new pal. Perhaps, when he goes back in August for another planned visit he could get Un to go one-on-one on the parquet floor for the American’s release?

Do they have any seven-footers that can play basketball in North Korea? Do they even have seven-footers in that country? If they do, then I suspect Un would have a stand-in for the competition. Just saying…

The important thing to remember is the Worm is an American, and he’s having open dialogue with North Korea’s pouting strongman. The dialogue would probably come across as a comedic opera to you and I, but these two oddballs see something in each other.

So far it’s basketball. Maybe someday they’ll put together North Korea’s first basketball team which could tour the United States on a spy fact-finding mission for the People’s Republic of North Korea!

Anythings possible, so don’t look down your nose at the Worm just yet… 

“Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is tapping his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to ask for the release of a Korean-American man sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in the North.

"I'm calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him `Kim', to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose," Rodman said on Twitter. He later called the tweet a direct response to a Seattle Times editorial that dared him to ask Kim for the release if the two are really buddies.

Rodman visited North Korea in February and sat next to Kim as they watched an exhibition basketball game. His trip came at a time of high tension between Pyongyang and Washington and was not endorsed by the U.S. State Department.” (Full story)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

New Coalition Representing Over Six Million Members Forms To Stop The Sale Of Tribune Co. Newspapers To Koch Brothers

The potential sale of the Tribune Co. to the Koch brothers has brought together a large and diverse coalition of groups opposed to ownership by the right wing billionaires.

Allowing the Koch brothers to own the Tribune Company newspapers, the second largest newspaper publisher in the United States, would further undermine public access to trustworthy news. That is why so far, 250,904 individuals have taken action to stop them and save our news.

Millions of Americans rely on the news outlets currently operated by the Tribune Company to provide them with accurate, unbiased information about pressing issues in their communities and around the world. Ownership by two of the most influential and radical right wing ideologues in the country will skew trusted news sources to further their interests and debase our democracy.

Any news outlet owned by such intensely partisan activists could not be trusted to provide an honest account of a wide variety of issues that are of vital importance to the public. The Koch brothers have worked for years to benefit their bottom line at the expense of the everyday Americans. They have donated millions to organizations and politicians that deny climate change[i], attack campaign-spending limits[ii], dismantle worker’s rights[iii], promote discriminatory voter ID laws[iv], restrict access to health care[v], and increase income inequality[vi].  In doing so, the Koch brothers have shown a willingness to repeatedly and egregiously mislead the public.  Allowing them control of important, respected newspapers to further their agenda will make an honest public discourse on these, and many other important issues, impossible.

We already know what happens to news coverage when the ideology of an owner is placed over informing the public. This sale would create another Rupert Murdoch, and make papers like the LA Times and Chicago Tribune look more like Fox News and the New York Post.

We the undersigned are committed to ensuring communities have access to trustworthy news sources, and will continue working to protect media outlets that serve the public. Selling the Tribune Company newspapers to the Koch brothers, or any other party so clearly driven by ideology, is antithetical to the public interest.

Therefore, we call on Peter Liguori, Tribune Co. CEO; Bruce Karsh, Chairman of the Tribune Company Board & President and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Management; Howard Marks, Co-founder and Chairman of Oaktree Capital Management; John M. Angelo, CEO of Angelo Gordon & Co.; and Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase not to sell the Tribune Company newspapers to the Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch or other potential buyers who cannot be trusted to accurately provide information to the public.

Signed:

Karen Hobert-Flynn, Senior Vice President, Common Cause

Rick Jacobs, Founder and Chair, Courage Campaign

Becky Bond, Political Director, Credo Action

Daily Kos

Daniel Souweine, Campaign Director, Forecast the Facts

Craig Aaron, President and CEO, Free Press

Dan Cantor, Executive Director, Working Families

[i] "Billionaire brothers back suspension of California climate law." Los Angeles Times, 9-10-12. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2010/09/koch-brothers-global-warming-prop-23-climate-change.html

[ii] “Hundreds march outside Koch brothers' retreat” Los Angeles Times, 1-31-11 http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/31/local/la-me-koch-brothers-20110131

[iii] “After Michigan victory, Republicans target unions in other states” Chicago Tribune, 12-13-12 http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-12-13/news/sns-rt-us-usa-unions-michigan-statesbre8bc1fz-20121213_1_republican-governor-scott-walker-union-membership-public-sector-unions

[iv] “Back to the future: Election rigging in Florida” Chicago Tribune, 6-1-12 http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-201205311430--tms--bpresstt--m-a20120601-20120601,0,3649967.column

[v] “$55 million for conservative campaigns — but where did it come from?” Los Angeles Times, 5-28-12http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/28/nation/la-na-secret-money-20120528

[vi] “Disclosure by Arizona nonprofit shows ties to Koch brothers” Los Angeles Times, 11-5-12 http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2012/11/koch-brothers-california.html

Where’s the beef? It’s here, but the cost is reaching stratosphere!

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Raising meat prices are a slap in the…pocketbook!

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My sons, who all enjoy displaying their barbecue skills during the summer are going to savor the flavor even more now, because the price of meat just hit a new high.

I’m thinking this may be the right time for me to go vegetarian. The price of food is so costly, especially meat, that I have to be picky about what I eat.

I suppose there’s millions of vegetarians and vegans out there cheering right now, and expecting new recruits into their fold!

Outdoor chefs are in for an unhappy surprise as the summer grilling season approaches: The cost to fire up a backyard barbecue is going up.

The price of wholesale beef hit an all-time high Friday and there is no indication it will decline this year. While the price of beef alone is up at least 5 percent, that summer cookout is going to feel much more expensive to any serious barbecue aficionado buying good-quality meat.” (Story)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Rafter’s Redemption returns…

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 If your new to my novella – Rafter’s Redemption – GO HERE to start at the beginning.

For those of you who have been following my book for the last six weeks, Rafter had a mental breakdown last week. Find out what happens to him this week in:

Chapter 7                                                       Consequences:

Snippet:

“At first, they put Rafter in a section eight ward with drooling idiots and gave him medications that made him dopey during the day and knocked him out at night. He might have remained a permanent resident if it weren’t for one young psychiatrist who took an interest in his case.”

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Monday, May 6, 2013

Court ruling today allows cities to ban pot shops

A budtender pours marijuana from a jar at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary, which opened in 2006 in Los Angeles, Califo...

Local governments in California have legal authority to ban storefront pot shops within their borders, California's highest court ruled on Monday in an opinion likely to further diminish the state's once-robust medical marijuana industry.

(David McNew / Getty Images A budtender pours pot from a jar at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. California's Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities may ban pot shops within their borders.)

Nearly 17 years after voters in the state legalized medical marijuana, the court ruled unanimously in a legal challenge to a ban the city of Riverside enacted in 2010.

The advocacy group Americans for Safe Access estimates that another 200 jurisdictions statewide have similar prohibitions on retail pot sales. Many were enacted after the number of retail medical marijuana outlets boomed in Southern California after a 2009 memo from the U.S. Justice Department said prosecuting pot sales would be a low priority.

However, the rush to outlaw pot shops has slowed in the 21 months since the four federal prosecutors in California launched a coordinated crackdown on dispensaries by threatening to seize the property of landlords who lease space to the shops. Hundreds of dispensary operators have since been evicted or closed voluntarily.

Marijuana advocates have argued that allowing local government to bar dispensaries thwarts the intent of the state's medical marijuana law — the nation's first — to make the drug accessible to residents with doctor's recommendations to use it.

The ruling came in the case filed after Riverside city lawmakers used zoning powers to declare storefront pot shops as public nuisances and ban the operations in 2010. The Inland Empire Patient's Health and Wellness Center, part of the explosion of retail medical marijuana outlets, sued to stop the city from shutting it down.

A number of counties and cities were awaiting the Supreme Court ruling before moving forward with bans of their own.

A mid-level appeals court previously sided with the city of Riverside, but other courts have come to opposite conclusions. Last summer, a trial judge ruled that Riverside County could not close medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas because the move did not give the shops any room to operate legally under state law.

Meanwhile, an appeals court in Southern California struck down Los Angeles County's 2-year-old ban on dispensaries, ruling state law allows cooperatives and collectives to grow, store and distribute pot. (Source)

All you have to do is kiss the NRA’s ass & you get a free shotgun!

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In the NRA’s never-ending saga of stupidity, nothing is too outlandish to bring sheep into the fold. The recent NRA Convention highlighted idiots like Sarah Palin and Mad Dog Wayne LaPierre spouting gun propaganda and pathetic platitudes on how much they love a warm gun.

What a sight! Over 400,000 square feet of exhibition hall dotted with 550 exhibitors flashing guns and the latest in ammo.

The attendees even carried guns. It was a real bonding moment for the paranoid set, like survivalists and members of paramilitary groups. Oh, there was women and children there too. It was like any family excursion, but everyone there was armed. Right down to little Johnny’s rifle with a scope and custom blue stock, and little Jane’s Ak-15 with a hot pink pistol grip and barrel.

Anyway…the corporations who fund the gun lobbies are always looking for new ways to stimulate business. Well, they came up with a doozy this time! They put together a non-profit group who give you a shotgun if you join the NRA and take a weapons training course.

Their goal is to put a shotgun in every home. That’s because they don’t feel there’s enough guns in circulation. Corporations plus NRA (an unholy couple) equal obscene profits and no accountability for the devastation they bring upon our society.

They will lie and tell say you’re 2nd Amendment is being threatened and the government is going to take away your guns. It’s not about that and they know it. The ends to which this unholy couple will go to recruit has no limit.

  I give you the Armed Citizen Project:

“The Armed Citizen Project, a nonprofit group that arms residents living in high-crime cities, reportedly hopes to put shotguns in the hands of residents living in Chicago.The group is currently arming residents in the Houston and Tuscon areas, but made headlines after the National Rifle Association’s convention in Houston this weekend when they announced hoped for expansion into more than 15 cities, including Chicago, according to DNAinfo.com.

The group’s mission is to arm law-abiding citizens and train them in safety, legal, and tactical measures, according to ACP’s website. All participants who sign up and take the NRA training program will receive a shotgun, for free.” (Story here)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

AS IT STANDS: Imagine the Koch brothers as owners of the LA Times - it could happen!

By Dave Stancliff/for The Times-Standard

   Since the Tribune Company has emerged from bankruptcy it’s entertaining the idea of selling its newspapers. It’s still talk, but scary talk.
  The reported value of the newspaper unit is $623 million. Not much when you consider they’re talking about the LA Times, The Chicago-Sun Times, The Baltimore Sun, and five regional newspapers.
  Actually, we’re talking about a fire sale here. The political influence alone is worth $623 million. It’s true there are some strings attached, like significant debt, but to someone with money to burn - say the Koch brothers - it’s a tiny splash in their vast money pool.
Yes, I said the Koch brothers. David and Charles are reportedly interested in adding the still respected publications the Tribune Company may put up for auction. The Koch brothers, as in Koch Industries, have very deep pockets and a burning desire to convert America into a conservative Gulag.
You can imagine what’ll happen right off; there will be an ideological stand-off between the newsrooms and the Koch brothers. Talk about culture clash. Betting boards in Las Vegas will take odds on who quits first at which newspaper.
It also doesn’t take a genius to know they wouldn’t expect to make money on the purchase for a long time. If ever. So what’s the attraction? Sam Zell lost $8.2 billion when he bought the Tribune newspapers and went bust during the recession. Hardly a golden goose deal.
Another alarm bell; the Koch brothers have a website - Kochfacts.com - to take on press coverage they don’t like. They’re like honey badgers, as David Sassoon, the publisher of Inside Climate News, found out when he won a Pulitzer Prize a few years ago for publishing articles about the Keystone XL pipeline that made the brothers look bad.

They went after his non-profit site after unsuccessfully pressuring Reuters to stop distributing the articles, despite not identifying any factual mistakes in the reporting. They even took out nasty ads about Sassoon on Google and FaceBook. 
Guess who else is interesting in buying the newspapers? None other than the infamous News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdock! Sure it would be a tough road for him to hoe, as he already has Fox TV, but don’t leave it past his army of lawyers to obtain a waiver and let him bid upon the newspapers.
The prospective wealthy buyer list doesn’t end there, however. Doug Manchester, the new owner of the San-Diego Union Tribune and Aaron Kushner, the new owner of the Orange County Register, have expressed interest in buying the newspapers.
Eli Broad, liberal billionaire LA developer, threw his hat in the ring, hinting he may bid on the newspapers should they come up for sale. Even Warren Buffet, who already has newspapers in his portfolio, said he was intrigued by the sale.

Frankly, if the Koch brothers decide to buy the newspapers they have the best chance of success. That’s the scary part I mentioned earlier. They would have no trouble forking over a billion for the whole package - something the Tribune Company wants to happen.
The Tribune will file the formal documents this month. I don’t think its owners are too concerned about maintaining journalistic standard at this point. They just want to sever ties and move on. I’d be shocked if the bean counters at the Tribune Company wanted someone with more journalistic chops than David and Charles have to offer. After all, money talks and everything else walks, right?

 Time will tell if these conservative tycoons get their chance to further brainwash people by controlling mainstream media. Lord knows they feel persecuted, and have whined in past interviews about poor treatment from the liberal press.
Will anyone miss whatever journalistic integrity that remains with these once-proud newspapers? Or, will they join others that have slipped a few notches in reality after selling out to rich guys with personal agendas who publish political ideologies instead of unbiased news?
I suppose I don’t have to say just how hard the newspaper industry is struggling to make a profit today. The days of being profit centers and offering unbiased news have gone to the wayside, victims of competing advertising dollars, the economy, and wealthy buyers with agendas.
  As It Stands, I’m thankful for newspapers like The Times-Standard which allows me to share my opinions with you without fear of being censored or suppressed.

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