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January 29, 2009

Spirit of an Age

It was the first day of 2009. A cold beginning in Wisconsin, with 3 or more feet of snow and ice chunks on Lake Michigan. A friend and I went for a walk to catch up, as we were both...


January 29, 2009

did the FDA know about the mercury?

Leslie Hatfield, in the Huffington Post begins her article, "Maybe Jeremy Piven didn't get mercury poisoning from fish at all -- according to the results of a new study released by the Institute for Agriculture and Trace Policy (IATP), the actor may well have been sickened by soda or candy or anything that contains high fructose corn syrup, which, if you eat processed food in this country means, well, just about anything." All this makes one believe John Calvin may have been right about human depravity. Speaking of which - If you didn't realize, this year is his 500th birthday. Yes, he is very old. And you can learn about the celebrations here.


January 26, 2009

eating mercury

report about mercury in the already maligned high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).Thanks a lot, Dennis. When this can happen and salmonella-tainted peanut butter is sold on supermarket shelves nation-wide, it does seem to indict the centralized, corporate-driven food system we have created. How often are you ingesting mercury? Around 50% of the time you eat anything with high fructose corn syrup in it! At least that is the frequency mercury was found in the samples taken in a study published today in the scientific journal, Environmental Health. A separate study was done by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), where my former friend Dennis works (just kidding Dennis, but I did take you out of my will), which detected mercury in nearly one-third of 55 popular brand name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first or second highest labeled ingredient. Among them were products by Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s. We North American consume a heck of a lot of HFCS. On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS. Consumption by teenagers and other high consumers can be up to 80 percent above average levels.


January 19, 2009

MLK, intestines, and big questions

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The “tide in the affairs of men” does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: “Too late.” There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. “The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on…” We still have a choice today; nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.


January 14, 2009

A True Story

This is a true story. Last saturday I went to one of the local mega-food grocery stores for the week’s shopping. As I drove down one of the parking lanes I noticed a young man standing next to the front...

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