Monday, July 26, 2010

Get Kevin's Law moving through Congress

For those of you who aren't aware, here's the reader's digest version on Kevin's Law as it's currently stated in Wikipedia.

Kevin's Law was nicknamed in memory of two-year-old Kevin Kowalcyk of Colorado, who died in 2001 after eating a hamburger contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. It was formally known as the Meat and Poultry Pathogen Reduction and Enforcement Act of 2003.

The bill was originally introduced by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, as H.R. 3160, in the 109th Congress.[3] [4] This bill never became law, as it was referred to committee but never reported on by committee nor voted on. Versions of the bill have been introduced in each subsequent Congress, but as of April 2010 have never been reported out of committee.

Kevin's Law would strengthen the U.S. government's ability to prevent contaminated meat and poultry from entering the food supply by:
- Requiring the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to identify the pathogens that threaten human health (e.g. Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes).
- Requiring the USDA to establish performance standards to reduce the presence of these pathogens in meat and poultry.
- Confirming that the USDA has the authority to enforce its own standards by shutting down plants that continually breach basic health standards. Courts have held that the USDA does not have this authority in the absence of explicit authorizing legislation.

Corporate meat processors have lobbied against Kevin's Law, arguing that it would increase the cost of food and is unnecessary.

That last part is complete b.s. of course, when we're talking about human lives and what most of the general public consumes on a daily basis.  The issue of e-coli in our food is an alarming one, cases seem to be increasing with consistency in the news, and much of the corporate food industry tries to mask it with stuff like ammonia filler in hamburger meat to kill the bacteria.

...and you wonder why friends you might know (yours truly included) are starting to go fully organic and vegan.  There doesn't seem to be much left in the world in the way of food to eat that isn't polluted with a potpourri of horrible crap.

It comes as no surprise that companies like Monsanto (the uber evil Death Star of the food industry, you'd be amazed at some of the twisted stuff they do...bad, bad, bad...more on them another time) don't want this bill to pass.  

This issue of Kevin's Law doesn't seem to be very well known by the general public, and definitely represents an uphill battle to become law.  With many of these issues intentionally hidden from the public, and with the corporate food industry being as big as it is lobbying Capitol Hill, it seems like a seismic shift with public opinion and food-eating habits would be the only way to start bringing attention to the issue.

Here's a link to more information about Kevin's Law for those who are interested.  More on this issue and the massive tentacles of its effects later.  Kevin's Law is merely a symptom of a massively larger problem with the food industry, and the health of Americans, that weighs in on questions about societal issues like birth defects and possibly even the emerging pattern we've seen with things like autism and ADD.

It goes without saying that you can't put a price on your health.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Oh that looks yummy!

Yum yum...when can I get myself a mouthful of this?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thanks BP

Thank you BP, for the wonderful decimated shoreline our children will inherit along the Louisiana coastline.  Thanks for propelling our messed up environmental future into our faces...I'll drink an oil slick milkshake in your honor, Daniel Day Lewis style.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Environmental Heresy in the Gulf

Here it is, America.  The path you put yourself on, which resulted in nothing but a polluted, oily, messy future.
Our most vital marshes and wetlands on the Gulf Coast are being destroyed right in front of our the greedy subhumans who are (or are part of) Big SpOil.

I hope BP gets sued by EVERYONE on the Gulf Coast.  Sue the oily swine out of existence.

We desperately need to get a grip on our energy future, and real quick.  We need to determine whether the future of America is going to go green in earnest, or continue on a path that sets itself up for calamities like this.

May our children, grandchildren, and their great-grandchildren find it in their hearts to forgive us.

Meanwhile, God help us.

Monday, April 5, 2010

THE POCKET PISSER: Repent Benedict XVI!!! You and your subhuman swine will be held accountable

Hey, it's the day after Easter! Today's a perfect day to piss in the pocket of a pontiff.  Forgive me if my aim is off this time and I hit an ear or know how it is...some days are on target, and some days I'm just not so accurate.  

Interestingly enough, my days of bad aim tend to involve folks who are in need of a little extra of the yellow let's get on with our pocket pisser of the day.

It's hard to know where do I start with this one.  First off, the ongoing arrogance and audacity of the catholic church never ceases to amaze me...not that such a realization should be of surprise to anyone who sees outside the veil and vortex of catholicism and has an iota of capacity to think for themselves.

Apparently feelings among church officials have been hurt with respect to the timing of YET MORE accounts of sexual abuse of altar boys.

Gosh my dearest pope, cardinals, and priests - I'm so sorry your holy week and Easter parade was rained upon with this news.

The reaction of the catholic church, and its lack of sensitivity to these latest accounts -- part of an ongoing nightmare for many coming out with their stories for the first time -- literally nauseates me.  

Nevertheless, I got one little question here. 

Why isn't more being done to expose these predators who were part of the church?  Why aren't arrests being made?  Seriously, WHY?  For those who did the acts, were accomplices, aided, or abetted, explain to me what makes them immune to arrest?  

Here's an excellent article by Roland Martin of CNN on the matter.

If this involved Protestants, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, or another religion, there would be arrests, right?  So what makes the the catholic church so special, besides its glorious history of hypocrisy, ruling by fear, and persecuting other religions?  Oh, and I guess you can add hundreds, if not thousands of accounts of altar boy molestation and sodomy to that list...and those are only the incidents we know about.  Sadly, common wisdom would point to acts happening for hundreds of years.

Consider me the latest heretic.  I'm sick and tired of seeing these soulless cowards and subhuman swine who pose as false heroes and men of God (give me a break) get away with these acts. 


We're beyond damage control and trying to repair credibility.  I hope the whole goddam f'n church implodes in on itself and goes up in flames.  Rest assured that I'll be doing a victory dance and cooking smores at the weenie roast...with a bottle of the blood of Christ in the other hand...then I'll piss in the pontiff's pocket...that is, if I can find one through the assortment of robes and gold chains. 

Friday, February 5, 2010

Copenhagen Summit results: what REALLY happened

This is a fascinating account of the Copenhagen Summit from Thom Yorke's's based on his attendance there last December.  When you get to his blog scroll down a bit to start at the post where he enters the summit.

For those of you who don't know who Thom Yorke is, he's the lead singer /songwriter of the Britain-based rock band Radiohead (the fella on the right in the photo), and an ardent environmental activist.  

I believe, technically speaking, he actually "snuck" into the conference with a press pass he got from a friend (maybe the guy posing in the photo with him?)  I don't know.

Rest assured, he had no good news to sounds like it was an apathetic waste of time and that very little -- if anything -- got accomplished.

Still, kudos to Thom for getting his butt into the thing so he could relay a real and unfiltered report on what REALLY happened to the rest of us!  I'm sure he'll have a place in the Environmental Hall of Fame, but until I put that list together we'll just refer to him as a hero.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Obama Administration needs to put HSR on the fast track (pun intended)

Today, at a stop in Tampa with the Veep (and experienced rail rider) Joe Biden, President Barack Obama spoke to the opening of construction of a high speed rail (HSR) line between Tampa and Orlando, Florida.

The project is being funded by stimulus dollars and will be the beginning, hopefully, of America's successful launch into the world of HSR.

It's a project that has been welcomed and highly anticipated.  The United States has fallen behind Europe and Asia in this area of advanced transportation systems.  We currently still rely on the use of the old cargo-accommodating rail lines and infrastructure for our passenger trains.  Because of the worn mess of infrastructure and current system we have in place, train riding is usually seen as a secondary and often the least desirable option.  It's slow, clunky, and ridden with delays.

This would all end with HSR.  A new infrastructure would be built to specifically accommodate this new passenger service.  Other corridors besides the one in Florida spoken about today have been identified...corridors between Seattle and Portland...Los Angeles and San Francisco...Chicago and Milwaukee...and on the east coast.  The site Planetizen provides more information on this.

Let's hope that we see the ball rolling fast on these systems so the public can get a taste, and experience the benefits, of a modern and efficient system.