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The Other NRA: The National Restaurant Association

Good ad by ROCUnited, an organization whose mission is to:  Improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s 10 million restaurant workers.

Our mission: To improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s 10 million restaurant workers. – See more at:
Our mission: To improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s 10 million restaurant workers. – See more at:

May 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM Leave a comment

School Lunches From Around the World

Here’s an interesting pictorial about what kids are fed for lunch at schools around the world  This is the photo used to illustrate lunch in France and man-oh-man, look at all that food.

School lunches via A school lunch is laid out on a tray at the Anne Franck school in Lambersart, northern France. (AP Photo:Michel Spingler)

A school lunch is laid out on a tray at the Anne Franck school in Lambersart, northern France. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Anyway, if you’re interested, check out the other photos and descriptions here.

London looks scrumptious.



May 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM Leave a comment

Whole Foods’ CEO: We Just Aren’t That $pecial Anymore

Whole Foods Logo

From Business Insider:

Whole Foods shares are getting destroyed this morning.

The stock is off 16% after earnings yesterday showed weak same-store sales growth.

What’s holding back the company?

On the company’s conference call, CEO John Mackey explained. Organic food is now everywhere. Whole Foods just isn’t that special anymore.


Whole Foods opened a gorgeous, fun store here in Boulder about ten years ago.  If I were rich, I’d do all my shopping there but I’m not and I don’t.  I have two or three things I like to get there but otherwise I shop at King Soopers, a local chain akin to Safeway.

I take my husband to the YMCA twice a week for an exercise class.  The Y is 100 feet from Whole so sometimes I wonder over there while I’m waiting for Dan’s class to end.  I swear, there have been times when I’ve purchased maybe an energy drink and two pieces of cake and I’m out $20.  It seems as if nothing there costs less than $7.  (I saw a juice/energy drink there the other day for $11.  $11 for a 16 oz. drink! (I kid you not.)

Is Whole Foods getting its comeuppance?   The organic food chain Trader Joe’s opened a store here about a month ago.  Given the hype (er, hysteria) surrounding that ahem, momentous event, I didn’t get it after I checked it out.  But I will say I bought some frozen foods to try — taquitos, egg rolls and chicken burgers to have for quick lunches — and I actually walked out after paying $17.  I’m guessing those three things, which fed us for six meals, would have run more like $30 at Whole Foods.

So, maybe Whole Foods will get down off its high horse now because again, they’re just not that special anymore.

May 7, 2014 at 8:20 AM Leave a comment

Morning Delight: A Tiny Hamster Eating Tiny Burritos

What would we do without people who make videos like this?


April 30, 2014 at 9:17 AM Leave a comment

So What if All the Bees Die — We’ve Got Robobees!

Greenpeace put this video up this morning which I initially thought was sort of a sarcastic parody of what might happen if bees disappeared.  Then I realized it was for real. Instead of figuring out why real bee colonies are collapsing and preventing it, we’re developing robobees which I think is a sickening, bassackward way to run a planet.

Read more here.



April 28, 2014 at 8:18 AM 1 comment

How About a Bowl of Roundup for Breakfast?

Monsanto logo via

The last sentence here is the killer:

You probably wouldn’t knowingly eat a substance known to induce death in human cells. But that’s what millions of people are doing every day, even when they’re enjoying foods with “natural” on the label.

Norwegian scientists just published a new study that will appear in the June issue of Food Technology showing high levels of glyphosate—the active weed-killing chemical in Roundup—are turning up in genetically engineered (GE) soy. That herbicide-laced soy winds up in thousands of nonorganic packaged foods and in animal feed for livestock like pigs, cows, chickens, and turkeys.

Why is this happening? Genetically engineered crops are manipulated in a way that could never occur in nature so plants like corn, soy, canola, cotton, and sugar beets can withstand high doses of glyphosate-containing herbicides that would normally kill them. The result? Roundup in food that people and farm animals eat.

As more and more weeds become resistant to glyphosate and GE technology fails, farmers spray heavier glyphosate applications—and more often. Glypshoate is systemic, meaning it’s take up inside of the plant. As nonorganic farmers crank up glyphosate use, the Environmental Protection Agency has been slowly increasing allowable levels of glyphosate in food.


So, Monsanto’s Roundup is doing a number on the planet and, here in the U.S. at least, the so-called Environmental (cough) “Protection” (cough) Agency is enabling them.

The corporations really do run the place.

What a country.

April 27, 2014 at 10:19 AM Leave a comment

Try Spending Your Whole Life in a Bus Seat

The Humane Society of the United States is running ads like this one in Washington, D.C. and Des Moines, Iowa:

Humane Society Bus Ad 4-24-14

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It says:  “Try spending your whole life in a bus seat.  Most breeding pigs in the pork industry can’t even turn around.”

Oh, and they wanted to run ads in Raleigh, N.C. but the Transit Authority there turned them down.

April 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM 2 comments

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