Are You A Chicken?

If you are what you eat, are you a chicken? I hope not. I am definitely not a chicken. I will not even let my two dogs eat chicken…including so called free range chicken. Modern industrial farming practices are deplorable for all animals, but chickens especially. Even the so called free range chickens are kept in conditions that would ruin your appetite for life. When we hear free range, we picture chickens strolling around on the prairie, eating grass and insects. Unfortunately, free range only means they are not kept in cages, 30 to a cage. Instead they are housed in a large indoor area, with no room to move and thousands to one area. Because the conditions are so unsanitary, because the chickens cannot move…they are stuck in their own feces all day…diseased and dying….feathers falling off. To combat these untenable conditions, the farmers pump them full of antibiotics in an attempt to keep them alive and growth hormone…to try to fatten them up….despite the fact that they are wasting away and dying. We in turn eat those chickens and everything they put into them.

Unfortunately, growth hormone and antibiotics aren’t the only thing we are putting into our system. Because the chickens are so unhealthy, they have extremely high levels of Omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 6 acids have been attributed to everything from heart disease and arthritis to dementia. The levels of Omega 6 in these chickens are so high, that no amount of fish oil, can even the playing field. Chickens also have no nutritional value anymore, no Vitamin D or vitamins and minerals. They are fed donut by products and they themselves are nutritionally deficient, so they cannot in turnw provide any nutritional value to us either….let alone our four legged friends. Our chicken is even banned in Europe, for all the unhealthy chemicals we put into it, including washing it down with chlorine! I know how hard it is, to avoid eating chicken. It is readily available everywhere and it is cheap. But there is a reason it is so cheap; there are absolute no benefits to eating it anymore but actually great health risks associated with its regular consumption.

There is another reason to cut down on meat and cut out chicken altogether; the environmental impact. The world has almost 10 billion people in it now. Meat is bad for the environment. Livestock farming has a vast environmental footprint. It contributes to land and water degradation, biodiversity loss, acid rain, coral reef degradation and deforestation. Nowhere is this impact more apparent than climate change! Livestock farming contributes a whopping 18% of human produced greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. If we do not change our eating habits, we will literally be responsible for our own extinction and that of the planet as well. The time to act is now, before the damage is irrepairable!

One might try to argue, that meat is a necessary part of a healthy diet. Actually, that thinking is entirely dated and the contrary is actually true. On average vegetarians, live at least 8 years longer than their meat eating counterparts and lead much healthier lives! They do not have the weight problems meat eaters do, the cholesterol problems meat eaters do, the blood pressure problems meat eaters do, the heart disease meat eaters do, they are less likely to get cancer and on and on and on. Considering all the benefits there are to a vegetarian diet, it flat out shocks me that more people aren’t vegetarian. Unfortunately the world is taking a cue from us and eating McDonald’s for every meal instead of rice and vegetables.

The United States has the most advanced health care in the world and yet our average life expectancy isn’t any higher than places like India and China and in fact, is even lower than some third world countries. Our diet and lifestyle is killing us and the planet and the rest of the world seems to be following our ill advised lead. We need to be the ones to make the change for the better. The fate of the world is literally in our hands, as the City on the Hill. Don’t be a chicken. Don’t be any other type of animal really, but especially don’t be a chicken!

Above Pictures: “Free Range Chickens”

The Desperate Bee Garden 2019!

It is more important than ever to promote the livelihood of the ever dwindling bee population. Bees are responsible for pollinating millions of plants each year, many of which are agricultural crops. One out of every three foods that we eat are made possible by bees. Without them, a huge amount of the plants we rely on for food would die off. Combine that with a world population on the brink of 10 billion people worldwide and we need bees now more than ever.

Cosmos Bippinatus

Sadly though, they are dying off. The biggest preventable reason for the current drop in our bee population are the many toxic pesticides Trump has lifted bans on. One of these was a previously banned highly toxic bee killing pesticide that he brought back to life; Sulfoxaflor. He not only lifted the ban on this toxic pesticide, but authorized its dumping and use on over 16 million acres of bee attractive crops!!! The other Chlorpyrifos, actually causes brain damage in children. We haven’t made nearly enough strides in preserving life on this planet and what few strides we have made, Trump is working overtime to deplete. Unfortunately, with all the coverage on his collusion with Russia and the Mueller Report, these environmental atrocities get lost in translation and are not mentioned at all!

Goldenrod

So to help we need to 1) vote for a new candidate in 2020 2) grow a bee garden and 3) feed your children organic fruits, free of pesticides and do not allow them to eat school fruit. For the purpose of this post, my focus is on the bee garden. I prefer to plant flowers that stay in bloom for awhile. There is nothing less appealing for a landscape than bunches of dead and dying flowers. It is also best to choose at least three varieties of flower, that bloom at different times of the year to ensure that whether it is spring, summer or fall, there is a much needed feast available for the bees.

Zinnias

This year for my spring bloom, I chose Cosmos Bipinnatus. Bees love cosmos, they are easy to grow and they stay in bloom for a very long time. From seed they typically take about 7 weeks from seed to first bloom. For my summer blooming flower, I chose Zinnias this year. Here again Zinnias are very easy to grow, they stay in bloom for a prolonged period of time and bees and pollinators love them! They are also very colorful. Zinnias take about 60 to 70 days from seed to first bloom.

Lastly and my personal favorite for fall, I chose Goldenrods. Of all the flowers, I think bees and butterflies love these the most. This wildflower grew a few years ago on my front lawn without me even planting them and there were herds of bees and butterflies feeding on them all day long! They are a beautiful vibrant bright yellow color and an excellent last source of pollen before the winter. This flower is also easy to grow, very hardy and drought tolerant. If you want your goldenrods to bloom in the current year, sow them in the spring. Make sure to put the seeds in direct sunlight and do not cover them with soil. The sunlight is paramount to their germination, which will generally occur in about 2 to 3 weeks. For blooms next year sow the seeds in the fall, for blooms in spring. Tell your friends and family, grow a bee garden!

Cosmos Bipinnatus
Zinnia Flower
Goldenrod

The Dale Gribble Amazon Equation & The Permanent Eradication of the American Worker

The Dale Gribble Amazon Equation & The Permanent Eradication of the American Worker: Most of us our familiar with the popular 90s show King of the Hill. The character Dale Gribble played the uneducated outlandish conspiracy theorist buffoon. I loved this show. I thought it was funny and it was at the time. It was funny because the Dale Gribbles were few and far between and so you could whole heartedly laugh at his crazy antics. Today however, we have managed to digress and the Dale Gribbles of this world are far more prevalent than the grounded Hank Hill’s. It is no longer a joke but a stark and completely unfunny reality. These Dale Gribbles who buy into and perpetuate fake news are so concerned with their wall and other hateful pipe dreams that Trump has absolutely no intention of fulfilling, that they do not see the impending doom before them.

Trump has his Gribble constituents transfixed on a wall he never intends to build. If he did intend to build it, he would have put a reasonable proposal through when the Republicans had control of both houses. But he doesn’t intend to build the wall. The wall is just the carrot and he is the stick. He is a true illusionist, misdirecting MOST people’s attention from the impending doom and the return to mass poverty, unemployment, poor working conditions and low wages. A return to the days of the Rockefeller’s and Carnegie’s of the world, owning most the power and wealth and exploiting that to the fullest extent.

This time however the names will be Donald Trump and Jeff Bezos and a change of law or break up of a monopoly won’t change things. It won’t change things because most jobs will be overseas and what jobs are here, will be automated. The rise of Artificial Intelligence and Automation, at the same time as Amazon is poised to put every brick and mortar store out of business (by selling to break even and not paying taxes) is going to permanently and irreparably harm the American economy. There will be no jobs. The Trump’s and Bezos’s of the world, as in the days of old, will own most of the wealth and this time an employee strike will have no effect, as the employees will be bought and paid for machines. There will be no bringing back to life the companies put out of business by Amazon selling for growth and not profit. There will be no bringing back all the jobs outsourced overseas by the “fat cats”. There will be no reverting back to the era of the human worker, once we allow their displacement. That is why something needs done now, before it is too late.

There needs to be a change in law now before every truck driver, factory worker and retail store employee is put out on the streets and put out of a job. There needs to be a change in law now before Jeff Bezos puts every company in America out of business, by selling for growth and not a profit. He is deliberately trying to put his competitors out of business and once he does, he will raise the prices of his products to fit a for profit and not a break even paradigm.

There are two great examples of the morality of Jeff Bezos, or lack thereof. First, before Amazon was huge they participated in a program called iGive that donated over 1% of all sales to charity. They no longer participate in that program, as they no longer have the need to drum up customers. They do have a mediocre substitute at best where they donate a mere half a percent, of select purchases to charity. But very few purchases qualify.

Secondly, a simple call to Amazon customer service will reveal they have already outsourced every job possible. They have only kept the bare minimum number of jobs in the United States. These jobs are factory workers and delivery personnel. But even this will soon change as they are presently working to replace these workers as well. They are looking to automate their factories and replace their delivery drivers with flying drones.

In short, the largest company in America is looking for a select few to control all of the wealth, while offering no jobs to the many whatsoever. To achieve that end Jeff Bezos is currently trying to put all physical stores that do hire people in America, out of business.

The Dale Gribbles of the world are so blinded by their hate, that they are ignoring the real issues and the real problems. I am afraid by the time they wake up, if they wake up at all, that it will be too late to do anything about it. We need to act now. We need to make sure to get a President in office, who doesn’t want to be the next Rockefeller, but actually puts the country first and not his own personal financial aspirations.

Everything Trump has done while in office has been to either save or make himself money. Cutting taxes for the super wealthy only, constitutes large savings for Trump. The disbanding of the EPA and environmental protections, ensures Trump can pollute anywhere from our drinking water to protected wildlife areas with endangered species as inhabitants, again saving him money. It is more expensive for his companies to dispose of harmful chemicals and pollutants properly. He would rather dump them in the water like PG&E Hinkley and have the laws to back it up that make it legal for him to poison people and animals. In all this time, those are the ONLY things Trump has accomplished, if you do not have a soul and can even call those things accomplishments. Nothing is sacred to Trump, less his personal fortune.

It is very likely that the day is coming where Amazon will put all brick and mortar stores out of business and the few jobs that do exist, will be automated or outsourced. Immigrants aren’t the problem. The Trump’s and Bezos’s of the world trying to eliminate the need to hire and pay anyone at all, is the REAL problem. Almost all jobs in the entire country are at risk of being outsourced or automated; truck drivers, uber drivers, cab drivers, factory workers, retail store employees and anyone employed by a company who has mostly brick and mortar locations. That is a huge chunk of the populous!

Unfortunately, I think hate and ignorance will be the prevailing theme in America until it is too late and as a result we will see a collapse in the economy and jobs that we will never recover from. But you can fight and spread the word. Support a diverse array of businesses. Cut down on Amazon purchases and spending. Most importantly, elect politicians who aren’t afraid to fight big business, on the permanent and absolute eradication of the American worker!!!!