Hypocrisy & Bigotry in the Name of Security

​https://youtu.be/ofmgafP9Ht4

Trump’s ban led to people who were on flights to the US when the executive order was signed being detained or sent back, and even affects green card holders, who are very well vetted as I’m sure you know. 

So Trump cites the 9/11 attacks as part of his justification for a total ban, but NONE of the countries that the actual 9/11 hijackers came from are actually on the list… like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, and the Emirates. 

Why? Well, none of the countries Trump has major business interests in are on the list … like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Emirates.

And as far as Americans killed by terrorists fromTrump’s magnificent seven, the total is 0. Zero. Zilch.

Now, for Americans killed by terrorists from Trump’s not-banned business buddies, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Emirates: 3,000.

Well, at least Trump is putting one American first.

Source: New York Daily News

Meat Free Monday: Guilty Pleasure Bagel Chik’n Sandwich with Daiya

I really should start posting all the healthy things I’ve been eating. Maybe later. 

  • This is an Everything Bagel
  • With a Boca vegan chik’n patty
  • A slice of cheddar Daiya
  • Vegannaise 
  • And Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce

Toast the bagel very thoroughly, melt the Daiya while you’re heating the Chik’n patty, then apply condiments to taste.

By the way: Sweet Baby Ray’s really is the best commonly available retail BBQ sauce. Homemade and specialty sauces can beat it, but KC Masterpiece and Heinz never will.

Humans Are Herbivores

​https://youtu.be/XmXynDLkbXY

I love this video series. If you view the video on YouTube,  he puts links to his sources in the description.

His video on the visual predation hypothesis is great, too.

MAYBE he gets a little too moralistic about being vegan, I guess, but Mic’s videos are great motivation-boosters. 

Each one is a scientific, evidence-packed pep talk. Check them out. 

A Bit of Good News (Chelsea Manning)

​https://youtu.be/iEAhkZsKx38

Amid the flood of “alternative truths” spewing forth from the inaugaration, it’s easy to lose track of one President Obama’s last good deeds as President: he commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence. 

Now,  I’m not saying she should have served the time she already has, or that Obama shouldn’t have done this sooner. 

After all, Obama’s administration put her in prison in the first place and kept her there all this time. I’m not saying he’s a hero. I’m saying that he did the right thing as of 2017.

There have been a number of people tirelessly working for Chelsea Manning’s release since day one. Most have never even meet her face to face. They’re the real heroes here.

I hope that she’s able to build a life in or out of the spotlight,  whichever she chooses. 

Meat Free Monday: the 60 Gram Diet


After reading Alanna Collens’ 10% Human, I’ve really become interested in the role “good” bacteria play in my health. 

I’m taking several steps to improve my health,  and one of them has been to (following Dr. Collens’ example)  try to eat at least 60 grams of fiber each day. 

Try that some time, if you will. It takes some planning, some supplementation, and a big appetite.

But combined with a move to reduce my fat intake and to drastically reduce my refined sugar intake (easy to do after the holidays are over), I’ve lost almost 10 pounds since New Year’s Day.

A typical day includes: 

Oatmeal with dates for breakfast (1 cup dry plus 2 Medjool dates, for 10-11 grams fiber, depending on the size of the dates)

About a pound of beans, usually worked into a recipe (17-25 grams)

5 teaspoons chicory inulin supplement, available locally as Benefiber (15 grams)

And the rest has to come from fruits, veggies, and breadstuffs.

Killing Me Minty

I think I may have found the reason my blood pressure is up even though I’ve gone vegan, and it is the some reason my teeth were so badly strained at my last dentist appointment: 

Mouthwash. 

I started using off brand Scope, the green mint alcohol mouthwash, earlier in 2016. I thought it would be good for my mouth and my breath.

I was still thinking in terms of “killing bacteria” being a good thing.

But in doing the research for my self-care resolution this year, I learned that our good bacteria are a vital part of our systems, and that killing them off en masse is like burning down your house to kill a spider.

By the way, I like spiders. They eat mosquitos, which I hate. I try not to kill spiders if I can avoid it.

Apparently, research has shown that these “healthy” mouthwashes can raise blood pressure and increase heart attack risk. I do NOT need that at my size!

They also apparently make your bad breath come back worse after their smell wears off, they increase yellowing of teeth, and they can increase the chance of gum disease.

It seems the best way to fight bad breath is to keep your mouth’s microbiota well balanced, not to burn down the house.

So, yeah. I won’t be using any more of that stuff.

Don’t Proceed with a Boring Lead 

Looking back at NaNoWriMo 2016, I can see a few mistakes I made. 

The first was trging to do NaNo in the stressed out state I was in. I should have just started my self care resolution two months early. 

But then,  I didn’t realize how much I needed to address my loor self care until December, so maybe NaNoWriMo helped me realize it. 

The mistake was writing something that was too … undemanding … with a lead who was just too blandly “good.”

It was the best I could do in the state I was in,  which was itself a clue. 

She wanted to save the village because out was her home and she loved it and … yawn … what was I saying? I  nodded of there for a second.

I think I will revisit that story,  and my first change well be her backstory and motivations.

The story will take a slightly darker tone,  she’ll be slightly less sympathetic, but it will all be a lot more interesting.