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  1. Anyone play Magic The Gathering? play the online format?
  2. I grind flax seed and just eat it with a spoon - not with anything. Taste good to me.
  3. http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=feds-agree-to-toxicity-test
  4. http://www.ourdailybread.at/jart/projects/utb/website.jart?rel=en&content-id=1130864824948 It is not a movie promoting veganism – I think there is no editorial comments at all. It just shows mass food production, including slaughterhouses. It was on IFC or Sundance channel today. When I turned to it, it was showing a pig slaughterhouse. That stuff makes me sense and I do not need to see it change my mind, so I quit watching it but it would be good for non-vegans to watch. Anyone seen it?
  5. On honey, I have always wondered, wouldn’t honey have a lot of pesticides etc. in it? It seems since bees travel very far from their hives, they would have to come across fields with pesticides and therefore it would be part of the pollen? Also, on organic honey, wouldn't you have to keep the bees completely enclosed to assure they did not use polluted pollen sources?
  6. That is my point. Vitamin D (from sunshine), Calcium as you pointed out is not a vegan specific problem but the comments hints in that direction. Protein is in pretty much everything you eat. It was an ignorant comment and the writer took it for granted as fact and those type of comments in articles meant to be positive lead to it to being conventional wisdom, even though false and it hurts the vegan image.
  7. Nice article but ""It's harder to get calcium, harder to get protein, harder to get Vitamin D, harder to get iron," she says. "You have to be committed."" is what many readers will remember from it and if the writer fact checked, he would have found it wrong and left it out.
  8. Yes, it actually implies being vegetarian is "cool" and the "in-thing."
  9. Has anyone seen this commercial? I saw it once. It has a Chevrolet truck, with a teacher-type adult, and several grade-school aged children sitting on the ground. The teacher asks how many of the children are vegetarians. About 5 of the seven raise their hands. The teachers then says, you know this truck is a vegetarian. Then he goes on to describe flex fuel, etc. and then ends so you can see this truck is sort of a vegetarian. The kids laugh but act intelligent and say, well, maybe. It actually is a positive spin on vegetarianism. First, it indicates the majority of the kids are vegetarians (I could actually see non-vegetarian parents taking offense to that because it tries to imply most kids are) and it shows that being vegetarian is a good thing, trying to advertise the truck is one. Anyone else seen it?
  10. From the menu, it can be seen why San Antonio is known as a very fat city. The menu is all fried this or that, with extra gravy.
  11. That shows charges for archives, through a membership service.
  12. This show is late (12 am to 4am Central). So in case you want to hear it but not stay awake that late, you can tape on a VCR (use the audio inputs, fed from a radio - keep the radio on and to that channel and set the VCR to tape the line-input) and listen later.
  13. John Robbins will be on Coast To Coast AM tonight. You can find a map of radio stations here
  14. I have heard good things about blackcurrants. Anyone know where I Can buy them, online? I bought some Zante Currants, at Whole Foods but after researching, I learned that those are miniature grapes, not currants. Also, it seems lots of advertised currants are grapes not currants. For examlple, "Bob's Red Mill Currants come from the finest crops of sweet and delicious Zante and Corinth grapes." Anyone know a trusted source for real blackcurrants?
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  16. Well put together video - high production value.
  17. http://www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/living/16552184.htm
  18. The VISA PDF, link above, states that if a cardholder writes "See ID" and the card is not signed, the merchant CAN refuse to accept the card - or if the card is just not signed.
  19. Just in case you are having a bad day and want to argue with a merchant for fun or seriously, if you do not want to show ID because of ID theft concerns: Merchants can ask for ID but they can not require it for acceptance of the card. The only way they can refuse a card is if it is not signed. Mastercard (maybe the others too but I only checked for Mastercard) actually has a web site where you can easily report merchants that do: http://www.mastercard.com/us/personal/en/contactus/merchantviolations.html Also, merchants can not requirement a minimum or maximum to accept credit cards. So, those restaurants that claim you must charge at least $10 (or some other amount) to use a credit card are in violation of their merchant agreements also. You can easily report that above also. Also, merchants can not add a fee for using a credit card (they can give cash discount which is basically the same thing but they can not add a fee.) Here is a a PDF of Visa merchant agreement. http://usa.visa.com/download/business/accepting_visa/ops_risk_management/rules_for_visa_merchants.pdf The only recourse a merchant can take, if suspicious, is to call the issuing bank and state it request a code 10 (this is code to mean: I think my customer is committing fraud, is this card good, what do I do.) On requiring ID though, page 29 it states: Requesting Cardholder ID When should you ask a cardholder for an official government ID? Although Visa rules do not preclude merchants from asking for cardholder ID, merchants cannot make an ID a condition of acceptance. Therefore, merchants cannot refuse to complete a purchase transaction because a cardholder refuses to provide ID. Visa believes merchants should not ask for ID as part of their regular card acceptance procedures. Laws in several states also make it illegal for merchants to write a cardholder’s personal information, such as an address or phone number, on a sales receipt.
  20. Why does no one make pithy comeback bumper stickers such as: Eat Meat: Diabetes and coronary disease are fun. Eat Meat: Doctors need more patients.
  21. Mine reads: That's a Southern accent you've got there. You may love it, you may hate it, you may swear you don't have it, but whatever the case, we can hear it. But I doubt it is correct because people always state that I have no accent.
  22. While you sound as if you might be somewhat disappointed that you only lost five that is a good trend and just slight changes could make you easily lose much more. You showed that you can lose weight, by what you are doing now, so just decreasing your food intake a little bit more (nothing drastic just 50 to 100 calories less a day) and increase your energy burning (and it would be very simple: just add five or ten minutes to every other exercise session, or walk 30 minutes a few times a week, or add an extra exercise session every other week), would likely make you lose three or four or more times more weigh than you already have. So, see it would not take much effort (you probably would not even notice the extra exercise and slightly less food proscribed above) to lose a lot more weigh, so you should view yourself as having done a lot because you have set a foundation that will now allow you to obtain your goals in a consistent easy way, without changing much of what you are doing now.
  23. That is the problem. Many people bring up the quality thing to make it sound like it's really hard to be vegetarian or vegan though. It's an easy trick to deter people from lifestyle changes (even though protein "planning" doesn't really need to exist). On this issue, I hate to seem as if I arbitrarily overly criticize pro-vegetarian writers (and maybe I am crazy and completely wrong on this issue) but I am more critical of their writings, in this area, than I am on the neutral or anti-vegetarian writers, because I feel it is much more damaging if pro-vegetarians also maintain that this “incomplete protein” situation is a condition of the plant proteins lacking (as in zero) in certain amino acids.
  24. Some food for thought on why it was done so quickly: While crowds can be worked into frenzies supporting stuff like this (remember the top rank Nazi, Herman Goering’s infamous quote about how easy it is to get the people to do the bidding of their government, simply by telling them they are under attack) I would imagine the people, personally thrilled over this, are heads of state, the United Nations and oil companies that broke laws getting oil out of Iraq during the embargo – Saddam now can not be witness to their crimes.
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