Monday, February 28, 2011

Land O'Lakes Boycott

Here's something I found at Searching For Sustenance:
To produce its Round-Up Ready Alfalfa seeds, Monsanto partnered with a company called Forage Genetics International, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O'Lakes Dairy Co-op.... [They] stand to make a fortune from polluting our food supply with untested and unlabeled GMOs.

I don't know about you but I'm getting sick and tired of having to constantly research companies that produce my food to make sure I know what I'm getting. This business of doing all the GMO dirty work through a subsidiary while promoting your products as "natural" or "healthy" is just plain underhanded and sneaky. Not to mention morally reprehensible.

Consumers have to stand up and tell food companies that they cannot mess with our food and not expect any consequences. Land O'Lakes needs to hear from you. Tell them why you will not be buying their products. Here's the contact information:

Chris Policinski
President and CEO
Land O’Lakes
4001 Lexington Avenue
Arden Hills, MN 55126-2998
You can also write to Forage Genetics directly:
Forage Genetics International,
P.O. Box 339 Nampa, ID 83653-0339
(800) 635-5701
Mark McCaslin, PhD, President - 

While I was reading the Land O'Lakes information I found a video you might enjoy:

Image: Farm Wars
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Changing the Food System

A TED talk by Ellen Gustafson from 30 Project and The Feed Foundation.

Food Issues

The Applied Research Center has just released a study called The Color of Food. It's no surprise to most people that people of color are at the bottom of the food industry job structure. It's also no surprise that they make less than a white male while doing the same job. How big the divide actually is will surprise people.

The Organic Consumer's Association is gearing up for Millions Against Monsanto campaign. Monsanto is the company that created most of the world's Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). They say that GMOs are safe but critics say that it's too early to tell. Keep in mind that this is the same company that created DDT and Agent Orange. Monsanto said those were safe too. In the US foods containing GMOs do not have to be labeled. If GMOs were causing problems we'd never know because we don't know we've eaten GMO food. For more information read Frankenfood: It's Alive and The Food Bubble.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Little Bit Of Psychic History

When I was 12 I found a book in the library that showed me how to read fortunes with an ordinary deck of playing cards. For awhile I was busy reading the cards for classmates. Until one of the teachers caught me and had a fit. Fortune telling isn't allowed in Catholic schools. I ended up having to write an essay on the origin of cards. Talk about grown ups being totally clueless! That essay just fueled my interest in all kinds of divination.

When I was 13 Santa brought me an Aquarian Tarot Deck and a Ouija Board. I was a Catholic living in a Protestant house with a Christian figure giving me pagan gifts. No wonder I'm all over the map spiritually. Anyway. I never connected with that deck. The images just didn't move me in any way. In fact, I developed some kind of block and I've never been able to read fortunes with a tarot deck. I can't keep all the information on each card in my head. I can't even do it with playing cards any more.

Out of curiousity I looked up tarot card reading on YouTube. I found this long (and kind of boring) video that goes through all the cards and their meanings. I think if I listened to this a few times I might get it.

What do you think? Is it useful? Have you any other online tarot suggestions?
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

When is a Business Not a Business?

I found an article about a Meridan, Mississippi "fortune teller" who is challenging the laws that prohibit "his kind" from doing business inside city limits. The challenger, Sandy Mitchell, is a descendant of Meridian's "King and Queen of Gypsies."

One thing I couldn't help noticing about the article is whenever the relationship between the current Mitchell and the famous Mitchells is mentioned terms like "self proclaimed" show up. I find such terms very disrespectful. I would think that no one would be stupid enough to claim a relationship to a famous person that could easily be checked out in public records.

The other thing that surprised me was that this law forbidding fortune telling within city limits was still on the books. Really? It's the 21st Century for cripes sake. I'm surprised it took this long to get a court case going. I guess they do things differently down in Mississippi. The article mentions that if there was a change, such businesses would be restricted to a certain part of town.

I'm not going to get into the argument about whether or not someone should use his/her gifts for profit. To thine own self be true is what I say (thanks Will). If Mitchell legally makes his living reading tarot cards and he pays his taxes I feel he should be able practice his business just like anyone else. He should also be able to practice this business anywhere any other business is allowed.

I guess I'm naive to expect everyone be treated as equal.

Image: Deutscher Maler, 18. Jh. (Umkreis Samuel Beck/Seekatz): Die Wahrsagerin Oil on wood, 36.5 x 23 cm

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Friday, February 11, 2011

At Least There's No Burning Involved... Yet.

About a month ago the Catholic Truth Society published a book called Wicca and Witchcraft: Understanding the Dangers. It is currently out of stock on Amazon. It even has a couple of "customer reviews".

Here's what the Catholic Truth Society website says about the book
An introduction to these phenomena and how to evangelise those involved. To marginalised and spiritually hungry generations the growing spiritual phenomena of Wicca and witchcraft have proved attractive, with much to offer: power, supernatural abilities and socially acceptable agendas such as eco-activism and feminism. This booklet examines their origins, history, beliefs and practices, and then explains Catholic teaching’s cogent assessment of them. Furthermore it explores why young people are attracted to Wicca, and describes ways in which it is possible to bring witches and wiccans to Christ and his Church.

Who the heck is buying this crap?

In the US only 22% of Catholics attend mass regularly. Not that this is unexpected. In 2009 the Catholic Church called for a ban on social networks. Hardly anyone noticed.

Now they're taking a stand against Harry Potter? Are these the death throws of an outdated and irrelevant church? One can only hope. I've got nothing against Christianity. I have a lot of hard feelings about Christian religions. I grew up Catholic. I know how bogged down in dogma it is. It's too bad. Some of the rituals are rather pretty.

Here's a question to take away with you: What is the difference between Catholics trying to convert pagans and Muslim extremists believing that anyone who is not Muslim should be converted or killed?
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