Today I visited the downtown "Shut Down LA" civil disobedience site. People from all walks of life were there demanding that corporate greed stop, that laws stop them from doing ANYTHING to hurt the environment, animals, the common person, our health, our integrity or our future as the human race. Dozens of tents were pitched on the LA City Hall lawn. A kitchen, meeting area, and media center were set up and alll was organized chaos, beautiful to behold. The leaders are discussing the actions agenda for weeks ahead–"we will stay til we get what we want" is the war-cry. Reportedly, the Los Angeles City Council is considering whether or not to support the protest. Unions will be marching in solidarity with the protesters tomorrow and Friday. More posts and pics later.
My friend Joseph of www.veganchicago.blogspot.com and I created a starter vegan “omelette” recipe the other day, and this is how we did it–enjoy!
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
4-6 mushrooms, sliced
1/2 onion, chopped
(optional: add or replace with other vegetable ingredients that you would usually place in your omelette)
1 package silken tofu
1 Ener-G Egg Replacer
1/4 c. whole wheat flour (rounded)
1/4 c. Daiya vegan cheese
1/2 tspn. turmeric
1-2 tspn. olive oil (for skillet)
a splash of soy sauce
salt, pepper, garlic powder (or other spices you normally would use in an omelette
Blend tofu until creamed. Heat up skillet on medium high. Meanwhile, throw in the powdered Ener-G egg replacer–WITHOUT ACTUALLY FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS ON THE ENERG EGG REPLACER PACKAGE–as well as the tumeric, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Whip it up with a whisk until all is mixed in evenly.
Fold in the Daiya cheese and pour the entire mixture into an omelette or frying pan coated with the thin layer of olive oil. Throw the chopped onions, peppers, mushrooms–and/or whatever other veggies you desire–on top. Let it cook a good while, until getting golden on the bottom. Then flip and cook as with a normal omelette, aiming to have it partly lightly-browned and well-cooked.When done it will more or less look and act like a normal omelette. This recipe will work as an omelette, right down to the protein content!!!
THE GOVERNMENT “DISSOLVING”–NOW WOULD BE THE TIME
Wake up people! When you are living in a house whose foundations are rotten, the bottom is bound to fall out soon. The problem with our culture, American culture (and capitalist cultures in general), is that our basic beliefs about what is important in life–our values, our foundation–are not reflected in the systems we have in place for spiritual growth, commerce and government. So our house is built on a shaky and unreliable foundation–and if the floor is torn out of a house, you cannot dwell there. What is happening in Japan, the partial nuclear meltdown, and what is happening in our government–the budget cuts of Medicaid and other social service programs which Obama today declared might lead to a “dissolving” of our government–are reflections of the basic problems we have in our societal structure. As Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz said today on Democracy Now, the forces of capitalism and government today are nothing more than the tyrants of Old Europe dressed up in modern clothes.
As deep psychologists are pointing out, when one is motivated by more than one thing, values can get destroyed or overlooked. When the government or a big business is making profits by harming or destroying life, health, our food safely, the environment, et cetera, those involved will psychologically be unable to see–or adequately solve–the problem at hand.
We need to decide whether or not our values of protecting people’s lives and health, peace, protecting endangered species and habitats, making sure our food and water systems are safe, and preserving a high quality of life for ourselves and future generations are important to us, and what we are going to do to defend them. Are they important enough to us to tear down our old house and build a new, sustainable one, one all living creatures can live in peacefully? Now would be the time to decide.
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The investigation of Islamic Americans as potential terror threats by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, while leaving the actual white, “Christian” perpetrators of 9/11–i.e., Bush and company–out of the investigation is discriminatory, ignorant and a waste of taxpayer money. Obviously, in view of the facts–such as those concerning the Oklahoma City bombings, the recent arrest of the neo-Nazi, would-be Martin Luther King’s Day bomb-builder Kevin William Harpin, and the growing public belief that Bush and his greedy evil pals were behind the 9/11 bombings–more than just radical Islamic people are potential threats to the U.S.. In fact, according to investigator Michael Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, radical Islamics (of any stripe) have committed far less attacks in the U.S. than radical right-wingers, like Patriot militia types, Ku Klux Klanners, and neo-Nazis in recent years, and all of these groups deserve to be investigated as threats. Even more importantly, much evidence exists–coming from large groups of physicists, demolition experts and architects to political insider informants (see http://www.911truth.org), that Bush and friends may have been responsible for 9/11.
Let’s be logical, shall we, and not waste taxpayer money following the whim of a neurotic Congressman to do a pseudo-investigation of terrorism in the U.S. while allowing the real culprits to go scott-free. I call on all those millions of Americans who understand the value of the lives that were lost on 9/11/2001–and the potential lives to be lost if we let the real perpetrators of terrorism in the U.S. go–to demand a real investigation this year, the ten-year anniversary. We’re all obliged to stand up for truth and justice and join together to stop the abuse of power occurring in our nation’s Capitol.
We and all the animals were created out of clay, and lived in a peaceful Paradise with one another at one time–so go some of the old Biblical and mythological views on life. Others talk about a time when Eve, the mother of humankind, ate the fruit of the wrong tree and therefore sent us all into miserable existence. As such ancient legends are thought to actually bear some resemblance to actual ancient history, it is possible that the “apple” Eve ate–the food God had forbidden, significantly forbidden along with that of the “Tree of Life”–represented lifeforms other than plant food, i.e. eating the “apple” signifies the beginning of the eating of meat and animal products.
However, was it actually Eve–the woman of the first mated couple on earth–rather than Adam that created the first “sin”? Was it actually she that ate the first animal products? Given that men were in control of the writings of the Bible for many hundreds of years, it makes sense that we ask that question. Moreover, It takes much strength to kill an animal, and generally men are stronger than women, a fact which is probably the main reason that men are most often the hunters of various tribes and cultures, not women. Also, women tend to be more compassionate towards other living creatures than men are.
No, I say it is most likely that it was man’s idea to kill animals and eat them–not Eve’s. Relatedly, the fact that men associate hunting with the male role model is probably another reason that women vegetarians and vegans outnumber their masculine counterparts by large ratios.
But it is women who–fortunately or no–are the managers, if not the owners, of the family kitchen. Women who can advocate for the vegan diet by cooking delicious plant-based (vegan) meals are one of the most potent forces of compassion towards farm animals on our planet! Although many of us would take issue with the fact that we are treated unfairly when we are “put in our place” by being chained to the unpaid kitchen, grocery shopping, (and childcare) jobs, it is we who also have more power than our male partners to save farm animals’ lives, and improve our familiy’s health. Hence, although women certainly can influence what their family eats without actually being the cook, as International Women’s Day draws near on Saturday, March 12th, the power of women in the kitchen can be something to celebrate!
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Veganism, by the creator’s definition of the word (D. Watson created the word “vegan” in the 1940s while being a conscientious objector), is the belief that it is wrong to kill other living creatures–this can refer to people as well as animals. Hence true vegans are not only strict vegetarians who do not support the abuse or killing of animals, they also believe in peaceful interactions between people. To that end, I support the protests, parallel actions and civil disobedience which are being called for by Veterans for Peace on March 19th (the anniversary of the Iraq War) in order to end the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.