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No More Exposés in North Carolina

Factory farm operators believe that the less Americans know about what goes on behind their closed doors, the better for the industry. That’s because the animals sent through those factories often endure an unimaginable amount of mistreatment and abuse.
A new state law aims to stop whistleblowers from exposing abusive practices not only at factory farms, but at businesses across the state.
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Barack Obama: Guns Are Our Shared Responsibility
I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform.
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Here is the last 11foot8 crash of 2015. Happy New Year, everyone!
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Bill Gates went vegan. Reasons why I did not eat meat for 19 years (12% of millennials have already given up meat in America):

The Survival of Humanity Argument

Veganism reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which is key to preventing ocean acidification.  If the ocean is too acidic, plankton dies and with that 50-80% of the oxygen we breathe is gone, making life impossible ►

The Hunger Argument

Number of people worldwide who will die as a result of malnutrition this year: 20 million 
Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million 
Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by people: 20 
Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 80 
Percentage of oats grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 95 
Percentage of protein wasted by cycling grain through livestock: 90 
How frequently a child dies as a result of malnutrition: every 2.3 seconds 
Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on an acre: 40,000 
Pounds of beef produced on an acre: 250 
Percentage of U.S. farmland devoted to beef production: 56 
Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce a pound of edible flesh from feedlot beef: 16

The Environmental Argument

Cause of global warming: greenhouse effect 
Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels 
Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more 
Percentage of U.S. topsoil lost to date: 75 
Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85 
Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million 
Amount of meat imported to U.S. annually from Central and South America: 300,000,000 pounds 
Percentage of Central American children under the age of five who are undernourished: 75 
Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pound of rainforest beef: 55 square feet 
Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000 per year

The Cancer Argument

Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to less than once a week: 3.8 times 
For women who eat eggs daily compared to once a week: 2.8 times 
For women who eat butter and cheese 2-4 times a week: 3.25 times 
Increased risk of fatal ovarian cancer for women who eat eggs 3 or more times a week vs. less than once a week: 3 times 
Increased risk of fatal prostate cancer for men who consume meat, cheese, eggs and milk daily vs. sparingly or not at all: 3.6 times.

The Waste Argument

Animal agriculture produces millions of pounds of waste daily in America alone.  A 2500 cow farm produces more poop than the city of Minneapolis (almost half a million people).  This has to be gotten rid of.  It can be infested with mad cow disease at times, swine flu, bird flu perhaps if not beef.

The Cholesterol Argument

Number of U.S. medical schools: 125 
Number requiring a course in nutrition: 30 
Nutrition training received by average U.S. physician during four years in medical school: 2.5 hours 
Most common cause of death in the U.S.: heart attack 
How frequently a heart attack kills in the U.S.: every 45 seconds 
Average U.S. man's risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent 
Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat: 15 percent 
Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat, dairy or eggs: 4 percent 
Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of meat, dairy and eggs by 10 percent: 9 percent 
Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption by 50 percent: 45 percent 
Amount you reduce risk if you eliminate meat, dairy and eggs from your diet: 90 percent 
Average cholesterol level of people eating meat-centered-diet: 210 mg/dl 
Chance of dying from heart disease if you are male and your blood cholesterol level is 210 mg/dl: greater than 50 percent

The Natural Resources Argument

User of more than half of all water used for all purposes in the U.S.: livestock production 
Amount of water used in production of the average cow: sufficient to float a destroyer 
Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of wheat: 25 
Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of California beef: 5,000 
Years the world's known oil reserves would last if every human ate a meat-centered diet: 13 
Years they would last if human beings no longer ate meat: 260 
Calories of fossil fuel expended to get 1 calorie of protein from beef: 78 
To get 1 calorie of protein from soybeans: 2 
Percentage of all raw materials (base products of farming, forestry and mining, including fossil fuels) consumed by U.S. that is devoted to the production of livestock: 33 
Percentage of all raw materials consumed by the U.S. needed to produce a complete vegetarian diet: 2

The Antibiotic Argument

Percentage of U.S. antibiotics fed to livestock: 55 
Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1960: 13 
Percentage resistant in 1988: 91 
Response of European Economic Community to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: ban 
Response of U.S. meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: full and complete support

The Pesticide Argument

Common belief: U.S. Department of Agriculture protects our health through meat inspection 
Reality: fewer than 1 out of every 250,000 slaughtered animals is tested for toxic chemical residues 
Percentage of U.S. mother's milk containing significant levels of DDT: 99 
Percentage of U.S. vegetarian mother's milk containing significant levels of DDT: 8 
Contamination of breast milk, due to chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides in animal products, found in meat-eating mothers vs. non-meat eating mothers: 35 times higher 
Amount of Dieldrin ingested by the average breast-fed American infant: 9 times the permissible level

The Ethical Argument

Number of animals killed for meat per hour in the U.S.: 660,000 
Occupation with highest turnover rate in U.S.: slaughterhouse worker 
Occupation with highest rate of on-the-job-injury in U.S.: slaughterhouse worker

The Survival Argument

Athlete to win Ironman Triathlon more than twice: Dave Scott (6 time winner) 
Food choice of Dave Scott: Vegetarian 

The Fear-Stress Hormones Argument

When animals suffer for seconds/minutes during the sudden slaughter death, they release stress-fear hormones that age and sicken Fear hormones as well as astral vibrations that contaminate their flesh also prompt us into human-human conflict more often; we and animals share a lot of hormonal pathways, as neuroscience shows. Bill Clinton is vegan ( and so are some CEOs ( Gandhi, Tesla, Edison, Einstein, Newton, DaVinci were vegetarian:

The Amazon and other Key Forests Argument

Rainfall and preventing desertification is achieved thru a complex hydrologic cycle that involves forests.  If we wipe out all forests, we are in big trouble, since forests generate 20-50% of the oxygen we breath and ensure we get rain.  Beef uses 160 times more land and 200 times more water per calorie than wheat, lentils, beans, potatoes do. Beef requires 28 times more land and 11 times more water than chicken and pork ►   If people go vegan or just without beef, you help save lots of water and forests.  

ESP-Telepathy Argument

It has been noticed that telepathy and other ESP functions become enhanced when meat is given up ►  See also the telepathy and biophotons connection ►  The MIT paper on biophotons in fresh fruits and veggies ►

Space Exploration Argument

How can astronauts go in space and raise cattle on their spaceship to get to Alpha Centauri?  lol.  You got to be kidding me.  The nice thing about veganism is that with vertical urban farms, people can get local food (fresh - picked up 2 hours before, thus very rich in biophotons) easily in any area and Earth can thus feed 50 billion vegans easily.  Going off-planet is a lot easier too when there are more scientists/engineers working on space travel, terra forming planets, etc.  Creating perfect weather, eliminating deaths from natural disasters, etc all these things require a lot of science.  

The Longevity Argument

Vegetarians and vegans were shown to live 7-12 years longer than non-vegetarians (take your B12 or a normal vitamin pill with B12 in it, as it's scarce in vegan foods and get B12 even if you eat meat and are over 50, because animal foods B12 is harder to assimilate as people age).  The Longest living people in North America are the vegetarian Adventists in Loma Linda, who reach 105 often.  Here is a Loma Linda doctor (I talked to him) who did surgeries at 95:, after decades of being vegan.  This shows meat is not needed for longevity.  Mahatma Gandhi was vegetarian, just like 500 million people in India today and Albert Einstein, Leonardo DaVinci, Nikola Tesla, Isaac Newton, Pythagoras.  Did you know India is the most vegetarian country in the world?  :)  RED MEAT CAUSES CANCER

The Flu and other Diseases Argument

Without incredibly toxic and filthy factory farms, there will be no frequent epidemics of swine flu, bird flu, mad cow disease, etc.

The Poop Argument

There is fecal matter in virtually all American beef according to Consumer Reports ►  Also much of chicken meat has poop in it ►

The IQ Argument

It's been noted that people with higher IQ are far more likely to give up meat.  "Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”  Einstein. On a similar note he stated, “Our task must be to [widen] our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” And on the day he became a vegetarian, Einstein wrote in his diary, “So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore.”  For more quotes on giving up meat from world's most amazing people, see this post ►
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Arnold suggests more people go without meat 1-2 days a week to reduce emissions and save the planet :)  

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Interesting analysis on Bernie Sanders position on gun control. #sanders #bernie #clinton #guncontrol
Bernie Sanders, who needs to consolidate the populist left of his party, has been decidedly less liberal on gun violence than either of his rivals. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)
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As I look at how the Triangle food scene is going to evolve in 2016, most of the action seems to be in Durham.
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I don't understand how we can do this as a community, culture and nation. If you consume meat, you should know where your meat comes from...
3 min clip about the abuse of pigs in factory farms;  workers admit that if USDA would see this, it would shut down the facility, there is no manpower to monitor this and other slaughter industries.

All animals have souls, why eat one and spare the other? :)

IQ tests show pigs are smarter than dogs

Cows normally live 20 years, but in factory farms they often live 2 years. :)  Billions of make chicks are ground alive by the egg industry.
Do we call this a soul full compassion? :)  lol

I know, in our world, everything revolves around efficiency (like why factory farming does some cruel things), but vegan diet is more efficient, uses less resources. :)  Protein from beef uses 150 times the land and emissions of protein from beans, lentils,  and 200 times the water.  It's inefficient.

Perhaps with more kindness, we will have world peace. :)  ♥ If we are not kind to animals, why would we be to humans? Love is in the air, all around us, we need no meat, a little meditation helps to develop empathy and compassion for animals ►

For dozens of reasons I went vegan over a decade ago, see ►
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If you want to become a vegan, lentils are one of the best sources of fiber, energy and protein.  When we eat cooked lentils 2-3 times a day in portions of 150-300 g, we get 40-80 grams of protein with all 9 essential aminoacids we need each day even if we are an athlete.  We also get 36-72 g of fiber a day, more than most people get from all their foods. Most adults need 40-60 g of protein a day and about 70 g of fiber for best prevention of diabetes, digestive tract issues, colon cancer and heart disease.  Lentils have almost no sugars, lots of fiber that regulates blood sugar, cholesterol and is known to prevent heart disease, colon cancer, etc.  They have the lowest level of phytic acid among beans, nuts, grains and legumes, the lowest oxalate level (20 times lower than spinach) among legumes, nuts and grains.  Soaking lentils for 10 hours in hot (60 centigrade) filtered water is a good idea, as it removes 90% of the phytic acid known to cause problems.  Eating processed foods means eating a lot of phytic acid, since they don't soak grains/soy before making breads, tofu, etc.  Phytic acid can cause mineral deficiencies.  You can use a pressure cooker (they got those at Walmart for $80), it takes 20-30 minutes after soaking to cook them, that way you just press a button and it stops by itself. 

A popular myth has been as such:  "to get complete protein you need to eat rice and beans or rice and lentils, if you eat only lentils you are screwed".  The myth means that "if you eat 100 g of cooked lentils and 100 g of cooked rice you get higher protein quality (more of the essential 9 aminoacids) than if you eat 200 g of cooked lentils".  Below I will prove this is totally false and a total aberration.   

Let us look at the science data now.  100 g of cooked lentils and 100 g of cooked rice contain the following amounts of the 9 essential aminoacids, according to


1.  Methionine ► 77mg/100g lentils vs 63mg/100g rice
2.  Valine ► 448mg/100g lentils vs 164mg/100g rice
3.  Histidine ► 254mg/100g lentils vs 63mg/100g rice
4. Tryptophan ► 81mg/100g lentils  vs 31mg/100g  rice
5. Leucine ►  *654mg/100g lentils vs 222mg/100g rice*
6.  Isoleucine ► 390mg/100g lentils vs 116mg/100g rice
7.  Threonine ► 323mg/100g lentils vs 96mg/100g rice
8.  Lysine ► 630mg/100g lentils vs 97mg/100g rice
9.  Phenylalanine ► 445mg/100g lentils vs 144mg/100g rice

As science tells us in the 9 lines above, eating 200 g of cooked lentils provides you with a far more complete protein than eating 100 g of lentils and 100 g of rice.  Eating rice is not needed for vegans or vegetarians, since you don't normally soak it, get loaded with phytic acid, get far less fiber and far less protein.  The world should cultivate more lentils and fewer grains and beans, since grains and beans are harder to digest (some grains are as easy to digest as lentils), have 3-5 times more phytic acid.

Eating just 1 pound of cooked lentils  spread at 2-3 meals will provide you with 45 g of protein.  Add tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, carrots, etc and you get a lot of healthy nutrition, all the fat, protein and complex carbs needed without sugar overload you get when eating sweet fruits.   Lentils have far more fiber than most fruits and veggies we eat without the simple sugars fruits and veggies have.  

Just so you know, as you can see at the same website, aminoacid score of lentils, 86, is higher than milk, 85 (, so another myth is busted.  As you may have read in other articles, some say 77 mg methionine is a little low, but if you eat 3 portions of 300 g of lentils, that's still a huge 700 mg a day from lentils alone.  However, Eating foods low in methionine helps to extend lifespan in rodent test subjects, according to a study published in a 2009 issue of “Medical Hypotheses.” Reduction of methionine dietary intake from 0.86 percent to 0.17 percent increased the life span of rat test subjects by 30 percent, according to a study published in a 1993 issue of “The Journal of Nutrition.” 

People in Uganda, before the western diet came along, didn't have any heart disease ( - one case found only in 1956 in a guy who started eating junk food), none at all and were known worldwide for that - and they ate 80 g or more of fiber from whole plant sources, more than the other countries.  Once the junk diet rich in meat, eggs and cheese came along, with zero fiber and lots of animal fat shown to trigger diabetes that speeds up heart disease, heart disease became the number one killer - which shows our so called "progress" is often really stagnation, replacing one disease with another.  

Instead of choosing a cheaper, easier diet of whole plant foods, we spend trillions of pills to lower our blood pressure and use 160 times more land to grow cattle and 200 times more water too.  It's just mind boggling.  The stone age didn't end because of a shortage of stones, nor does the meat age need to end because of a shortage of meat.

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Ford offers free electric car charging for 3 years, Nissan 2 years, Tesla lifetime free charging.  Even without this free stuff, electricity is 3-6 times cheaper than gasoline depending on what country.

Below are some reasons for buying your next car electric, installing solar panels and supporting 100% renewable energy in all nations:

1.  help humanity survive since absorbed CO2 leads to ocean acidification which kills plankton.  Plankton generates 50-80% of oxygen we breath, so without oxygen we will die

2.  help humanity since you no longer generate carcinogenic exhaust, otherwise known as smog, which kills millions of people each year and leads to lower IQ and autism ► Also, note that explains that 40% of deaths due to pollution.  Smog kills billions earlier than their normal time.  

3.  save lives since you reduce heart attacks caused by traffic noise ►   Electric cars are much quieter.

4.   save humanity from oil wars that destroy the environment and kill countless civilians.  Iraq war trillions could have powered all US with solar/wind ►  

5.  you no longer have to change oil (because there is no oil to change) or spark plugs; no more smog check either; electric cars have 60% less parts, so you will go for repairs much less.  Combustion engines are noisy and only 15% efficient;  electric motors are 90% efficient. 

6. reduce heat and AC costs, because electric cars produce 5 times less heat than combustion engine cars per mile, reducing the heat-island effect in cities

7.  bring the end of gas stations that poison the water wells with MTBE or other compounds leading to billions of dollars wasted in cleaning up the well water (example:  $0.4 billion settlement ►

8.  save money as you spend 4-8 times less money on "fuel" depending what area of the globe at the current low prices of oil.  If you have enough solar panels,  you get free CLEAN fuel for life, since you charge at home and utilities pay you for energy you put on the grid.  Likewise, Tesla Motors offers free solar ☼ charging for life  

9.  save money for noble purposes because electric cars are cheaper than many oil cars after the federal and state rebates:  in Colorado, you can buy a Nissan Leaf for only 15, 000, while in most other states for 18-21, 000.  A Smart EV costs only $12, 000 in Colorado, see  Mitsubishi i-MieV is only $13, 000 in California and $10, 000 in Colorado ►

10.  Save money since it is cheaper to buy solar panels over 5-12 years than to pay the electric bill without panels - so you save MONEY and the environment - just choose the best deal, they got 12 year loans for 2-3% interest rate - plus after 12 years you get free electricity for the next 30 years or longer if panels last 50 years.  

11.  Electric car batteries and solar panels are far greener than alternatives.  Battery recycling for today's oil car lead batteries is happening at a 97% rate globally. It will be even better for the far safer lithium car batteries.   Lithium Ion batteries are classified by the federal government as non-hazardous waste.  Lithium ion batteries are made from nontoxic lithium carbonate (used in ovenware), nontoxic cobalt oxide (in pottery glaze), nontoxic graphite (in pencils), and a polymer (plastic) membrane. The most toxic components are the electrolyte and lithium cobalt oxide, neither of which are persistent in the environment and both of which are increasingly being replaced by safer compounds.  Wang Chuan-Fu, CEO of BYD, demonstrated the safety of the electrolyte in their lithium ion batteries by drinking it. Zero Motorcycles founder Neal Saiki said that the Lithium Ion batteries they use are safe to eat

Solar is way better than coal, oil or natural gas which spew 100-1000 times more carcinogens in the environment per unit of energy produced, besides far more CO2.  How long does a solar panel system have to operate to recover the energy used for making the panel? Energy payback for rooftop panels is 1-4 years depending on type.   Assuming a life of 30 years for a panel, that means that most energy produced will be free from pollution of any sort ►   

12.  save time, thus money, since you are allowed to use the carpool lanes to avoid traffic if you drive an electric car, in many countries, even if there is only 1 person in the car.  

13. Natural gas and Coal can be replaced with solar-wind immediately:) as a public health priority, especially since they are cheaper in many areas than fossil fuels and storage eliminates the need for sun-wind 24-7 ►  In China's worst areas, smog makes people live only 4 decades ►   Coal-fired plants lead to birth defects in China, see the 2 min video ►  In all nations, including USA, people near coal-fired plants often die of cancer at 45 or so, see the 10 min video ►  Coal pollution leads to cancer, asthma, autism (mercury), etc. Clean coal doesn't exist ►

14.  Germany increased its solar capacity 16000 times between 1990 and 2012  It's possible.   In 2014, Denmark generated 39% electricity from wind ► For comparison, the current renewables percentage in the US is 17%, India & China 15%,   Germany 31%, Paraguay & Norway & Lesotho & Bhutan 100% (hydro), All Africa 32% (hydro), Japan 11%, Russia 15% (hydro), Mexico 26%, Indonesia & UK 19%, Canada 60% (hydro), Portugal 60% (hydro+wind), Brazil 90% (hydro), Iceland 100% (hydro+geothermal), Ghana 75% (hydro), Spain 45% (wind-solar-hydro),  New Zealand 80% (hydro+geoth+wind). 
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  • Johns Hopkins University
    Counseling, 2010 - 2013
  • Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
    Psychoanalysis, 2007 - 2009
  • Boston University
    M.A., Psychology, 2004 - 2005
  • Boston University
    B.A., Psychology, 2001 - 2004
  • Universidad de Salamanca
    Spanish Language Intensive, 2001 - 2002
  • Yonsei University
    Korean Language Intensive, 2002 - 2003
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