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Music Lover, LEGO Builder, Code Monkey for Librarians
Music Lover, LEGO Builder, Code Monkey for Librarians

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At a local high school for a community orchestra concert. Found open wifi. This thing is locked down to hell in 8 different ways. A "rule of the road" page for twitter and facebook, a redirect loop youtube and all kinds of other brokenness.

Yet Google+ is wide open. Go figure.
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I already adore Gardein and find it expensive, but when compared to free-range "happy" chicken breasts, it's a deal. Here's to hoping that the price continues to drop.
IT is pretty well established that animals are capable of suffering; we’ve come a long way since Descartes famously compared them to nonfeeling machines put on earth to serve man. (Rousseau later countered this, saying that animals shared “some measure” of human nature and should partake of “natural right.”) No matter where you stand on this spectrum, you probably agree that it’s a noble goal to reduce the level of the suffering of animals raised for meat in industrial conditions.

We can consume fewer industrially raised animals, concentrating on those raised more humanely. Or we can reduce consumption, period. That is perhaps difficult when people eat an average of a half-pound of meat daily. But as better fake plant-based “meat” products are created, that option becomes more palatable.

Really: Would I rather eat cruelly raised, polluting, unhealthful chicken, or a plant product that’s nutritionally similar or superior, good enough to fool me and requires no antibiotics, cutting off of heads or other nasty things? Isn’t it preferable, at least some of the time, to eat plant products mixed with water that have been put through a thingamajiggy that spews out meatlike stuff, instead of eating those same plant products put into a chicken that does its biomechanical thing for the six weeks of its miserable existence, only to have its throat cut in the service of yielding barely distinguishable meat?

Why, in other words, use the poor chicken as a machine to produce meat when you can use a machine to produce “meat” that seems like chicken? “When you ‘veganize’ food convincingly,” says Kathy Freston, author of “Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World,” “people can enjoy a healthier, better version of their traditional favorites. And if you know that food won’t hurt your body or the environment and it didn’t cause any suffering to an animal, why wouldn’t you choose it?”

Indeed. This country goes through a lot of chickens: We raise and kill nearly eight billion a year — about 40 percent of our meat consumption, compared with roughly 30 percent beef and 25 percent pork. Chickens are grown so quickly that The Veterinary Record has said that most have bone disease and live in chronic pain. (The University of Arkansas reports that if humans grew as fast as chickens, we’d weigh 349 pounds by our second birthday.)

Even the Department of Agriculture is now on the side of plant-based diets. Its “Dietary Guidelines” say “vegetarian-style eating patterns have been associated with improved health outcomes.” And almost all unbiased people agree that less meat is better than more: for our health, for the environment and certainly for the animals treated as widgets.

#vegan #vegetarian
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Just in case you wanted to know, this is my very verbose, hopefully amusing recipe for gumbo.
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I've been thinking about +Marian Call's video thanking folks for pre-ordering her new CD and how it enabled her to go to the dentist.

What is so wrong about our country that people who contribute nothing to the betterment of the country have all the money while those who enrich our communities and really contribute to what makes this country great can't get basic health insurance? It depresses me.
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I had an interesting conversation last night about a possible future of our country and the following idea was expressed: Republicans aim to get the capital gains tax reduced as low as possible, even to 0%.

This raises the interesting prospect that if this were to happen there would then be a population of people, albeit small, that needs to a amass a certain fixed amount of money, invest it in a place that pays dividends (chances are, it'll be corporations), and they will never have to work again. Ever. They can restructure their finances that they never have to pay taxes, except on things they purchase, like sales tax. They won't pay any income taxes and they won't pay any payroll taxes.

Meanwhile, the rest of the country will be working at their jobs and paying taxes and buying goods and services that support these corporations, thereby allowing those corporations to earn a profit, and pay dividends to the rich people who don't work.

What does this sound like to you?
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I just said this in a post, but I'll say it here for the world to see. I once was part of a classic failed "internet startup" and now I am a federal employee. I have to say that I like where I am now, mostly because of the great people I work with, but also that I still get to be innovative, making a difference to possibly more people than I could have before, and yet I still have a better sense of job security.

Will I make a bazillion dollars? Probably not. Then again, money can't buy happiness.
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For my G+ peeps: The nerdiest thing I've ever seen. And yes, that is coming from the girl with a gecko on her nose.

(ht +Andrea Kuszewski)
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It is sad that it's still 10 days away yet I'm already tired of the hype surrounding the 10-year anniversary of Sept 11, 2011. I really prefer not to be reminded that a college friend died there that day.
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