Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Leave it to Texas...

To be the linchpin of the totally ludicrous, illogical, cruel, and selfish practice of canned hunting in the name of “conservation.” According to the story on 60 Minutes on January 29, Texas is home to the largest population of exotic wildlife in the country.  Exotic, endangered, and even extinct animals from all over the world are brought to and bred on Texas ranches. Why? For the purpose of “conservation,” i.e. so white men can make money off of other white men who like to commit murder.

A couple of ranch owners and patrons were interviewed and predictably resorted to the typical, non-sensical  argument that hunting these animals keeps them alive. It is only due to the “value” (derived from hunting) of these animals that many of them even still exist at all, as some have already gone extinct in the wild. Hunters, as I’ve heard only a million times, are the ultimate conservationists. If they were not hunting and placing a value on the heads of these animals, they would simply die out.

It is an argument as tired, old, and ridiculous as Rupert Murdoch. The hunters in the story claim that animal rights groups are their biggest enemies and it is because “[animal rights groups] just don’t understand what we’re doing.”

Excuse me? We animal rights people KNOW EXACTLY what you are doing and that is why we oppose it! Acquiring and breeding animals for the purpose of fulfilling your violent desires and easing the hurt of your fragile ego is simply not morally sound. It is exploitation, plain and simple. You can call it whatever you want- try to cover up that fact with dubious conservation claims, but the bottom line is still the same. Plus, how does it escape hunters that the very reason these animals are on the verge of extinction to begin with is because of people just like them? It is because of hunting that the animals are suffering! It is by virtue of the value attached to these animals that they are sought after and become murder victims, not in spite of it. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Almost nothing but chicken nuggets for 15 years

I was disgusted, but not totally shocked, when I heard the story of the 17 year-old girl in Britain who has eaten nothing but chicken nuggets since she was two. I see an episode of "Freaky Eaters" in her future. That is, if she has a future. Can't be sure, given that she apparently became very ill recently.

The girl's mother claims that she went to "great lengths to try to fed her daughter more nutritious food." Nope. Sorry. Not buyin' it. No kid will starve itself to death- it will eventually eat what you give it. Furthermore, kids model their parents' behaviour, leading me to believe that the parents did not eat real food either.

As I heard somewhere recently, "behind every kid who won't eat vegetables is a parent who doesn't."

This should be considered child abuse. I mean, it is bad enough that Western parents slowly poison their children in their formative and critical years by feeding them the standard trashy Western diet, but to go above and beyond even that is just criminal.

Maybe this girl should sue her parents for criminal neglect? That would be an interesting case, for certain.

Vegan Cupcake Victory!

I just watched Cupcake Wars and was pleased that, once again, vegan cupcakes prevailed.

The victory goes to Sticky Fingers Bakery in Washington, D.C.

Despite the fact that I have wanted to go to Sticky Fingers ever since I heard of them, I have not yet had the opportunity. I visited the D.C. area in 2008, but the bakery was closed on the day I wanted to go. It looks like Sticky Fingers is now open 7 days a week, but a bit late for me.

You can order their treats online and have them delivered, but shipping is phenomenal! A 4 cupcake set that costs $16 is $21 to ship! I think I will just have to wait until the next time I am in D.C.

Anyway, this victory is the second for Sticky Fingers on Cupcake Wars and at least the third one that I know of for vegan bakers. It goes to show that vegan stuff is just as good, if not better, than the animal-laden and much less healthy conventional versions.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Shocking News! Paula Deen has Diabetes!

Who would have thought that the woman who deep fries mayonnaise could possibly have diabetes?

Deen addressed “rumors” about her health on the Today show this morning,  saying that she wanted to show everyone that diabetes is not a death sentence. She refused to admit that her food plays any significant role in the disease, maintaining that it is all about “moderation,” something that she has “always” practiced despite the appearance of abundance on her cooking shows.

She skillfully demonstrated well-rehearsed aversion tactics when it comes to providing direct answers to Al Roker’s questions, and played her role as pharmaceutical shill to a “T.” She kept referring to Diabetes in a New Light, the promotional website of Novo Nordisk for their diabetes drug Victoza, for which Deen is now a paid spokesperson.

Later in the show, Deen and her sons showed us how to make “healthy” lasagna. Use half the amount of ground beef, by cutting it with a mixture of mushrooms, onions, and green peppers. Wow! SO MANY vegetables!  Add a no-salt tomato sauce. Make a healthy cheese filling by replacing your ricotta with a reduced fat version and filling it out with fat free cottage cheese. Instead of 2 whole eggs, just use one egg and one egg white. Mix in some parmesan cheese. Layer cheese mixture with sauce, gruyere and mozzarella cheeses, and whole wheat pasta. Serve it with a chocolate sour cream bundt cake made healthier by smaller portions and fresh fruit. Oh- and don’t forget your Victoza!

So healthy OMG! Hmmm....

Problems, anyone?

According to Deen, diabetes is more the result of genetics, stress, overweight, and “lifestyle.”  Diet is only a small part of the puzzle. She refused to make a connection to the quality of food, despite Al Roker’s insistence on getting an answer to this question.  It is all about moderation.

Well, if Ms. Paula has always eaten in moderation and moderation is the key to health, then why was she ever fat? And, if the type of food you eat doesn’t have much bearing on health, why do you need to bother finding ways to make it “healthy” anyway?

All you need is drugs, dugs; drugs are all you need.

When asked why she waited 3 years to publicly reveal her disease, Deen said it was because she needed to learn about herself and figure out how to deal with it. Really, I think she waited because she needed the time to prepare for her spokesperson role. I noticed a while back that she had started to lose weight and I suspect this was not so much to improve her health as it was to present herself in a more healthful light and to reinforce the message that diabetes is beyond one’s control and that drugs are necessary to control it.

Finally, when confronted with the suggestion that she is promoting crappy food to the public, Deen responds, "Honey, I'm your cook, not your doctor. You are going to have to be responsible for yourself."

Ahhh... Personal responsibility- the mantra of those who get rich off of inflicting harm on others.

Maybe Ms. Deen should listen to her own advice and take some responsibility for her disease: admit that it is HER OWN FAULT.