Category Archives: Quote of The Day or Mind Food for Thought

Test Tube Meat Could Solve Food Crisis and Save Animals Lives

Dr Mark Post, head of physiology at Maastricht University, plans to unveil a complete burger – produced at a cost of more than £200,000 – this October.

The project, funded by a wealthy, anonymous, individual aims to slash
the number of cattle farmed for food, and in doing so reduce one of the
major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.

“Meat demand is
going to double in the next 40 years and right now we are using 70% of
all our agricultural capacity to grow meat through livestock,” Post
said.

Post is focusing on making beef burgers from stem cells because cows
are among the least efficient animals at converting the food they eat
into food for humans.

“Cows and pigs have an efficiency rate of
about 15%, which is pretty inefficient. Chickens are more efficient and
fish even more,” Post said. “If we can raise the efficiency from 15% to
50% it would be a tremendous leap forward.”

Post and his team of six have so far grown thin sheets of cow muscle
measuring 3cm long, 1.5cm wide, and half a millimetre thick. To make a
burger will take 3,000 pieces of muscle and a few hundred pieces of
fatty tissue, that will be minced together and pressed into a patty.

Each
piece of muscle is made by extracting stem cells from cow muscle tissue
and growing them in containers in the laboratory. The cells are grown
in a culture medium containing foetal calf serum, which contains scores
of nutrients the cells need to grow.

He said that in conversations with the Dutch Society of Vegetarians,
the chairman estimated half its members would start to eat meat if he
could guarantee that it cost fewer animal lives.

Meat grown in the
laboratory could have several advantages, because its manufacture is
controlled at each step. The tissue could be grown to produce high
levels of healthy polyunsaturated fatty acids, or to have a particular
texture.

Full article at the Guardian

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A Dogs Purpose – through the eyes of a six year old


Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer.

 I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure.

They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.


The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”
Startled, we all turned to him.

What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued,
”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:


When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.
Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

Do You Show Gratitude Everyday and Be Thankful?

Do you have gratitude everyday
         and give thanks for what you have?


        If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a
        roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of
        this world. 

         If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and
        spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s
        wealthy
 
    If you woke up this morning with more health than illness.. You
    are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this     day.
 
        If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the
        loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs
        of starvation… You are ahead of 700 million people in the world.
 

 
        If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the
        norm, you’re unique to all those in doubt and despair.

Komen vs. Planned Parenthood Internet Mess

You do realize the importance now, of Social Media, right? 

We have told clients for years, what a powerful medium this is growing into. As of this month, 800 MILLION people use Facebook! They had 600 million last year.  And Twitter has 200 Million users. That’s a LOT OF CONVERSATION.

Social Media destroyed 3 decades of brand building in just 24 hours. Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been rebranded. In a bad way. 

Planned Parenthood made the announcement – and people around the world weighed in with anger, disgust, revolt and wrath! Within 24 hours, people dropped their support for Komen like a hot potato. They cut $900,000 out of their grant money and it will cost them MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars now.

Komen has faced a massive social media backlash since announcing the decision, with angry people flocking to its message boards and Facebook wall to announce that they will no longer donate to the breast cancer charity.


(FYI – After partnering with Planned Parenthood for the past five years to
provide cancer screenings to low-income patients, Komen announced on
Tuesday that it would sever ties with the family planning provider, and deny their $900,000 grant, 
because it is under investigation in Congress.
However, the Republican Senator and groups that prompted that investigation are anti-abortion
advocacy organizations that have long criticized Planned Parenthood over
the fact that some of its clinics offer abortions.
)

Within minutes, both Facebook and Twitter were swamped with pro-Planned
Parenthood, anti-Komen comments.  At one point last night, Kivi Miller  did a quick count and found the ratio of anti-Komen’s decision to pro-Komen’s
decision to be about 80 to 1 on Twitter.

Their mission blow up aside, they completely failed to understand how
the Internet works, how news spreads, how a news cycle works, and the
political climate
.

(That’s another whole story!  The left side – Democrats – are using Social Media at high speed! Speaking out about the Republican’s  hourly! You have to admit, the Republicans have no one solid this year!)

But back to our story –   Komen knew they planned to make this decision for almost 1 year.  Their first mistake was they didn’t break the news, Planned
Parenthood did with a press release. So right from the beginning they
were not in control of the story. The story contained within the press
release spread like wildfire on twitter, Facebook, and on listservs of
activists.

And there’s absolutely nothing Komen can do to stop the story now. Even
if they were to announce that the people responsible for the decision
had been fired and the funds were being restored there’s plenty to keep
going. And a door has been opened for all sorts of activism that
wouldn’t have made an impact just 72 hours ago. New dimensions to this
story will surface on their own, or activists will take action to keep
the story going.

At the end of  all this, whenever that comes, Komen will be a completely different organization. By changing their mission and stepping into a political debate unprepared, they will have had their future written for them by others.

We live in a transparent world people!

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Obama Promises – His Long Tail Game Will Work -If Given the Chance

GIVEN THE ENORMITY 
of what Obama inherited, and given what he explicitly
promised, it remains simply a fact that Obama has delivered in a way
that the unhinged right and purist left have yet to understand or
absorb. Their short-term outbursts have missed Obama’s long game—and why
his reelection remains, in my view, as essential for this country’s
future as his original election in 2008.

Andrew Sullivan has written a  MUST READ piece called,

How Obama’s Long Game 

                Will Outsmart His Critics

Former editor of The New Republic, weekly columnist for the Sunday Times of London, Andrew brought his hugely popular blog, The Dish, to the Daily Beast in 2011. He’s the author of several books, including “Virtually Normal,” “Love Undetectable,” and “The Conservative Soul.”

This is the best, most researched article, and everyone, Republicans too, should read it. A president in the last year of his first term will always get attacked
mercilessly by his partisan opponents, and also, often, by the feistier
members of his base.

FACT – When Obama took office, the United
States was losing around 750,000 jobs a month. The last quarter of 2008
saw an annualized drop in growth approaching 9 percent. This was the
most serious downturn since the 1930s.

But
Obama did several things at once: he continued the bank bailout begun
by George W. Bush, he initiated a bailout of the auto industry, and he
worked to pass a huge stimulus package of $787 billion.


All
these decisions deserve scrutiny. And in retrospect, they were far more
successful than anyone has yet fully given Obama the credit for. The
job collapse bottomed out at the beginning of 2010, as the stimulus took
effect. Since then, the U.S. has added 2.4 million jobs. That’s not
enough, but it’s far better than what Romney would have you believe, and
more than the net jobs created under the entire Bush administration. In
2011 alone, 1.9 million private-sector jobs were created, while a net
280,000 government jobs were lost.


READ THE FULL ARTICLE OF FACTS AT THE DAILY BEAST

What I Have Learned This Year

The clock is ticking, the end of the year is just hours away…

and I ask myself, What did I learn this year

Each year I get older – and I hope wiser. I hope that I grow each year as a human. And evolve spiritually.

Gratitude. Be extremely appreciative of every opportunity, contact, relationship, bit of useful knowledge and helping hand.

Don’t let others bring you down, surround yourself with positive people to see positive results.

Jennifer Weiner, (author,  Good in Bed
)  said, “I learned that things don’t always turn our the way you planned, or the way you think they should. And I’ve learned that there are things that go wrong that don’t always get fixed or get put back together the way they were before.

I’ve learned that some broken things stay broken, and I’ve learned that you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones, as long as you have people who love you.”

George Clooney said this year, “Everybody sort of has their own versions of what they think I am and what they think that is.

I’m just living my life and doing the best I can. The rest of those versions, there’s not much I can do about. No matter what I do, I’m somehow upsetting someone in some way or making somebody happy. I can only live my own life and my version of it.

My life isn’t focused on results.

 My life is really focused on the process of doing all the things I’m doing, from work to relationships to friendships to charitable work.

If I focused on results, if it’s only about the ultimate results, I’d be a failure. I’d be a failure with my friendships, I’d be a failure in relationships. You have to view it  as an ongoing process.

And I would agree.

I must always  remind myself  of that great story The Station: A Reminder to Cherish the Journey . “The Station” brings a profound message that reminds one to embrace the journey of life. And not keep telling yourself, when this or that happens, I will have arrived.

Enjoy the journey – and the learning experience.

Why are Republicans ANTI GAY?

Why do the current Republicans Hate Gay People?
And want to treat us like second class citizens??

YESTERDAY, both Hillary Clinton  (What an inspiring and well-articulated speech. She addresses a lot of
the sensitive and challenging aspects of this subject. Deeply moving. )  and Barack Obama gave amazing speeches  for Human Rights Day…
.

(President Obama  issued a memorandum directing the heads of Executive Departments and Agencies abroad to advance the human rights of and ensure the safety of LGBT people.

ObamaWrites Obama in the memorandum, which you can read below:

The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States commitment to promoting human rights. I am deeply concerned by the violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons around the world — whether it is passing laws that criminalize LGBT status, beating citizens simply for joining peaceful LGBT pride celebrations, or killing men, women, and children for their perceived sexual orientation. That is why I declared before heads of state gathered at the United Nations, “no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere.” Under my Administration, agencies engaged abroad have already begun taking action to promote the fundamental human rights of LGBT persons everywhere. Our deep commitment to advancing the human rights of all people is strengthened when we as the United States bring our tools to bear to vigorously advance this goal.

By this memorandum I am directing all agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons.

The memo directs agencies to combat the criminalization of homosexuality, protect vulnerable LGBT refugees and asylum seekers, enhance foreign aid to countries with respect to promoting LGBT rights, respond quickly to abuses of LGBT citizens abroad, and engage international organizations in the fight against LGBT discrimination.

*In recognition of Human Rights Day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver a human rights policy speech on Tuesday, December 6, hosted by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.)

I AM NOT LESS HUMAN, BECAUSE  I AM GAY!

Just say NO – to Republicans  in 2012.

So why are  Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Romney  and even NEWT (who has a lesbian daughter!) are all anti GAY??

Perry said  last night –

Just when you thought Barack Obama
couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values, AP reports his
administration wants to make foreign aid decisions based on gay rights.

This administration’s war on traditional American values must stop.
 

Promoting (promoting? you mean protecting right Rick?) special rights (?special?)  for gays in
foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of
taxpayers’ money.


But there is a troubling trend here
beyond the national security nonsense inherent in this silly idea. This
is just the most recent example of an administration at war with people
of faith (?who’s faith Rick?)  in this country. Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle
many Americas of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong.

President
Obama has again mistaken America’s tolerance for different lifestyles
with an endorsement of those lifestyles. I will not make that mistake.

AND GET THIS!  Mainstream news outlets ignored Obama’s LGBT announcement.

I AM NOT LESS HUMAN, BECAUSE  I AM GAY!

Just say NO – to Republicans  in 2012.

PRICELESS – Michelle Bachmann Speechless

Out of the mouths of babes!

Video of Michele Bachmann trying to get her photo op in with an 8 year
old. It’s hard to hear but he leans in and tells her that his mom
is gay and she doesn’t need fixing.

GO ELIJAH! Love that look of shock
she gets. WATCH.

“We were there for an Occupy Myrtle Beach event to mic
check Michele Bachmann on another issue. The lgbt issue came up
separately
”   says  mom.  . #Occupymb

Jonah Mowry – Bullied Kid Does Not Commit Suicide – Luckily

Thank goodness for the Internet. It has flattened the world and connected us all –  at the speed of light!

An very emotional video showed up this past August on YouTube – but somehow, has recently gained  world attention.

A teenage student’s distress after years
of homophobic bullying has prompted hundreds of messages of global
concern and support for him. He is a brave kid, and he bared his soul to all of YouTube. THESE KIDS  ARE CRYING OUT FOR HELP!

You are loved.”

We do  support you.” 

It gets better.”

Stay strong.”

These are just a few of the encouraging comments flooding in for Jonah Mowry.

As word spreads about the video this week, out gay ex-Star Trek actor George Takei and American author Anne Rice – who is the mother of a gay son – have been among several notables urging people to take a look and spread the word.

The original Jonah  video

Jonah  is  THANKFUL  for all of the support – and issued a brief statement  

Michael Moore Meets with Occupy Wall Street


Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here? …a proposal from Michael Moore

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Friends,

This past weekend I participated in a four-hour meeting of Occupy Wall
Street activists whose job it is to come up with the vision and goals of
the movement. It was attended by 40+ people and the discussion was both
inspiring and invigorating. Here is what we ended up proposing as the
movement’s “vision statement” to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall
Street:

We Envision: [1] a truly free, democratic, and just society; [2]
where we, the people, come together and solve our problems by
consensus; [3] where people are encouraged to take personal and
collective responsibility and participate in decision making; [4] where
we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of toleration and
respect for diversity and the differing views of others; [5] where we
secure the civil and human rights of all from violation by tyrannical
forces and unjust governments; [6] where political and economic
institutions work to benefit all, not just the privileged few; [7] where
we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to get jobs
but to grow and flourish as human beings; [8] where we value human needs
over monetary gain, to ensure decent standards of living without which
effective democracy is impossible; [9] where we work together to protect
the global environment to ensure that future generations will have safe
and clean air, water and food supplies, and will be able to enjoy the
beauty and bounty of nature that past generations have enjoyed.


The next step will be to develop a specific list of goals and demands.
As one of the millions of people who are participating in the Occupy
Wall Street movement, I would like to respectfully offer my suggestions
of what we can all get behind now to wrestle the control of our country out of the hands of the 1% and place it squarely with the 99% majority.



Here is what I will propose to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street:

10 Things We Want
A Proposal for Occupy Wall Street
Submitted by Michael Moore

1. Eradicate the Bush tax cuts for the rich and institute
new taxes on the wealthiest Americans and on corporations, including a
tax on all trading on Wall Street (where they currently pay 0%).

2. Assess a penalty tax on any corporation that moves American jobs to
other countries when that company is already making profits in America.
Our jobs are the most important national treasure and they cannot be
removed from the country simply because someone wants to make more
money.

3. Require that all Americans pay the same Social Security tax on all
of their earnings (normally, the middle class pays about 6% of their
income to Social Security; someone making $1 million a year pays about
0.6% (or 90% less than the average person). This law would simply make
the rich pay what everyone else pays.

4. Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act, placing serious regulations on how business is conducted by Wall Street and the banks.

5. Investigate the Crash of 2008, and bring to justice those who committed any crimes.

6. Reorder our nation’s spending priorities (including the ending
of all foreign wars and their cost of over $2 billion a week). This
will re-open libraries, reinstate band and art and civics classes in our
schools, fix our roads and bridges and infrastructure, wire the entire
country for 21st century internet, and support scientific research that
improves our lives.

7. Join the rest of the free world and create a single-payer, free and universal health care system that covers all Americans all of the time.

8. Immediately reduce carbon emissions that are destroying the
planet and discover ways to live without the oil that will be depleted
and gone by the end of this century.

9. Require corporations with more than 10,000 employees to
restructure their board of directors so that 50% of its members are
elected by the company’s workers. We can never have a real democracy as
long as most people have no say in what happens at the place they spend
most of their time: their job. (For any U.S. businesspeople freaking out
at this idea because you think workers can’t run a successful company:
Germany has a law like this and it has helped to make Germany the
world’s leading manufacturing exporter.)

10. We, the people, must pass three constitutional amendments
that will go a long way toward fixing the core problems we now have.
These include:

a) A constitutional amendment that fixes our broken
electoral system by 1) completely removing campaign contributions from
the political process; 2) requiring all elections to be publicly
financed; 3) moving election day to the weekend to increase voter
turnout; 4) making all Americans registered voters at the moment of
their birth; 5) banning computerized voting and requiring that all
elections take place on paper ballots.

b) A constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are not
people and do not have the constitutional rights of citizens. This
amendment should also state that the interests of the general public and
society must always come before the interests of corporations.

c) A constitutional amendment that will act as a “second bill of
rights” as proposed by President Frankin D. Roosevelt: that every
American has a human right to employment, to health care, to a free and
full education, to breathe clean air, drink clean water and eat safe
food, and to be cared for with dignity and respect in their old age.

Let me know what you think. Occupy Wall Street enjoys the support of
millions. It is a movement that cannot be stopped. Become part of it by
sharing your thoughts with me or online (at OccupyWallSt.org). Get involved in (or start!)
your own local Occupy movement. Make some noise. You don’t have to
pitch a tent in lower Manhattan to be an Occupier. You are one just by
saying you are. This movement has no singular leader or spokesperson;
every participant is a leader in their neighborhood, their school, their
place of work. Each of you is a spokesperson to those whom you
encounter. There are no dues to pay, no permission to seek in order to
create an action.


We are but ten weeks old, yet we have already changed the national
conversation. This is our moment, the one we’ve been hoping for, waiting
for. If it’s going to happen it has to happen now. Don’t sit this one
out. This is the real deal. This is it.


Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@MichaelMoore.com
@MMFlint
MichaelMoore.com