Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Tweet of the Day - And so I write to Demi Moore . . .

One of the weirdest things I've ever seen online (and that's saying something) is the hype generated by right-wing anti-government forces in a bizarre coalition with liberal-leaning organic farmers to hype concerns about the Food Safety and Modernization Act of 2009 (H.R. 875), a bill sponsored by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and co-sponsored by many of the best Democrats in Congress.

This is the bill through which (the hypesters would have us believe) the most progressive Members of Congress are conspiring to imprison backyard gardeners! Yes, tops on Barbara Lee's agenda is the closing of farmers markets and family farms!

After debunking by people like food-policy expert Jill Richardson, the mania from the liberal side of the blogosphere appeared to be waning, with the hysteria relegated to the ranks of Glenn Beck, Ron Paul, Michael Savage, and their followers.

Alas, Demi Moore has taken to Twitter to re-ignite the fear. So, I sent her a tweet:

@raatz @mrskutcher The #hr875 hype is off base. Please see http://is.gd/pbqB (expand) (Dr. Marion Nestle) & http://is.gd/pOog (expand) (Congressman Bart Gordon). Thx

And for the first (and last) time, I award myself Tweet of the Day :)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tweet of the Day - burrito mania continues!

@Veganism I might have mentioned this already, but this weekend I made 24 burritos for about $5! First time making refried beans from "scratch," too.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Encinitas (Calif.) City Councilmembers to reduce their meat consumption, celebrate "Earth Month"

From today's North County (Calif). Times:

Hoping to encourage people to permanently change their lifestyles, a city committee has decided to make this year's Earth Day celebration a month-long event.

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Among other things, special speakers will discuss environmental issues ranging from statewide water shortages to floating plastic trash piles in the Pacific Ocean. Tree-planting events, creek cleanup activities and drought-tolerant garden advice also will be offered. Plus, residents who cut their water usage during the month may be eligible for cash and other prizes, (Encinitas resident Elizabeth) Taylor said.

City officials will have their own contest ---- they will be asked to go on a "low-carbon diet" modeled on a national effort by the Empowerment Institute, Taylor said. Council members, committee members and city staff members will compete to see who can cut their carbon emissions the most in April. They'll be given tips, including suggestions that they hang their clothes outside to dry, walk rather than drive to events and eat less meat.
I'm proud of the town where I went to junior high and high school.