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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Happy Halloween!

I hope that your night goes well. That are parties are a success and you get to trick or treat! If you are taking little ones out today, I hope it all goes well and they have a blast! It’s going to be great!

Now before you run off and show the world how scary you can be, please enjoy this image supplied by Ray William Johnson:

And The Father of the Year Award Goes To…

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The 7 Top Worst Website Names

I did check, some of these sites are real. Some are just those crappy sites that try to get you to go other places. Still, some people really are that lame. 😀

Paleolithic Eating: Berlin Restaurant Caters to Modern Cavemen

Alright, so I may or may not stop this trend, but until then enjoy the weird!

Paleolithic Eating: Berlin Restaurant Caters to Modern Cavemen

PHOTO: In Berlin, the restaurant "Sauvage" has opened which is the first restaurant in Europe to offer only dishes that could have been available already in the Stone Age.

In Berlin, the restaurant “Sauvage” has opened which is the first restaurant in Europe to offer only dishes that could have been available already in the Stone Age. (Newscom)

 From: http://abcnews.go.com/International/paleolithic-eating-berlin-restaurant-caters-modern-cavemen/story?id=14819733

By Alison Kilian, SPIEGEL
Oct. 29, 2011

No cheese, bread or sugar are available at a recently opened Berlin eatery. In fact, guests are served dishes made only of ingredients that would have been available to their hunter-gatherer ancestors. The Stone Age fare is prepared by adherents of the Paleolithic movement, who say their restaurant is the first of its kind in Europe.

The restaurant menu shows a stereotypical image of modern humanity’s forbearer, the jutting profile of a hirsute caveman. Inside, diners eat at candle-lit tables with a contemporary cave painting hanging in the background. These hints aside, Berlin’s Sauvage restaurant looks similar to many of the German capital’s other trendy eateries. But the chalkboard out front announcing a “Real Food Revolution — Paleolithic Cuisine!” alerts diners to the fact that their Stone Age menu might offer up some surprises.

Sauvage, which is also the French word for “savage” or “wild,” is part of the Paleolithic diet movement, whereby adherents eat only foodstuffs that would have been available to Stone Age humans. This means organic, unprocessed fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, and herbs. The truly obsessed build an entire lifestyle around the concept, mimicking caveman-era exercise — lifting boulders and running barefoot, with some even emulating the blood loss they believe Stone Age hunters might have experienced in pursuit of their dinner by donating blood every few months.

But guests at Sauvage can try “Paleo” without feeling obligated to take on a strictly Stone Age lifestyle.

“Many people think the Paleolithic diet is just some hipster trend but it’s a worldwide phenomenon, with an online community that spans the globe,” Sauvage’s Boris Leite-Poço told SPIEGEL ONLINE of the growing interest in caveman cooking. “Right now the trend is probably strongest in the United States, where people who have had enough of the fast food way of life and generations of illness have taken it up.”

Leite-Poço is quick to point to the health benefits of Paleolithic eating, citing personal experiences as evidence of the diet’s benefits. Since going Paleo two years ago, he has enjoyed a medication-free existence, he says. Other benefits of Paleo cuisine listed on the restaurant’s website include greater energy levels, increased muscle mass, clearer skin and a higher sex drive.

Cooking like Cavemen Wanting to share his positive Paleo experience, Leite-Poço opened up Sauvage alongside his partner and fellow Paleo convert, Rodrigo Leite-Poço, in a former brothel this May. So far the restaurant’s health-conscious cuisine has proved popular among Berliners, where Sauvage stands out as what the proprietors say is the only Paleo restaurant in Europe.

The menu includes salads with olives, capers and pine nuts; gluten-free bread with nut-based butter or olive tapenades; smoked salmon with herb dressing; and other various meat and fish dishes. Gluten- and sugar-free cakes, like a spicy pumpkin pie, are available for those Stone Age diners who refuse to forego desert. A focus on transparency is also important to the owners: Sauvage’s guests know exactly what ingredients they are eating in every dish.

Asked about menu items — such as wine — that would have been unlikely in a Paleolithic person’s diet, Leite-Poço acknowledges that Sauvage makes some exceptions. “The restaurant has to survive and we have to find an audience among the majority of people, who are not Paleo. So we do make some concessions,” he explains. The stricter strain of Paleo emphasizing the consumption of raw meat, for instance, is tough to implement at a restaurant that wants to keep its license.

While the ingredients on the menu at Sauvage might point to the restaurant’s Stone Age roots, the Paleolithic restaurateurs do allow themselves to make use of certain modern conveniences when preparing the food. “Of course we don’t cook over an open fire,” admits Leite-Poço. “And we try to avoid usin

More Weird Shit

I think I am going with a theme!

By Alyssa Newcomb

Oct 27, 2011 11:20am

Bacteria Fighting Mom Banned From McDonald’s

 

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An Arizona mom who has been banned from eight McDonald’s restaurants because she kept swabbing their play areas in a search for bacteria says she won’t let it keep her from her anti-bacteria campaign.

Erin Carr-Jordan, a university professor specializing in adolescent development, received a hand-delivered letter from a lawyer on Monday listing eight McDonald’s locations where she is no longer welcome.

“It doesn’t mean much to me personally,” Carr-Jordan told ABCNews.com. “I’ve gotten positive responses from parents who said,  ‘Hey, I’m not banned, give me swabs!’”

Carr-Jordan, who is a mother of four in Chandler, Ariz., said all eight of the locations are owned by Ernie Adair, who ABCNews.com could not immediately reach for comment.

Adair’s lawyer, James Stipe, issued a statement to ABCNews.com, alleging that  “Dr. Carr-Jordan became disruptive to both his employees and customers, requesting the PlayPlace be shut down and interfering with my client’s place of business.” He continued, “My client takes feedback about his restaurants extremely seriously and is committed to providing a safe, clean restaurant for all his employees and customers.”

Carr-Jordan’s crusade began after she complained to a McDonald’s manager about unsanitary conditions in an indoor play area, and came back a few days later to find nothing had changed.

At that point, Carr-Jordan began swabbing indoor playgrounds around Arizona, and said what she found was alarming.

“Many of these play places are in disgusting condition.  I’ve seen rotting food, hair, stuff stuck to the wall, second-story windows broken,” Carr-Jordan said.

She claims she also found pathogens that can cause a host of serious health issues, including meningitis,  gastrointestinal disease and nausea, to name a few.

It’s a subject she feels so passionately about, she’s visited states across the country collecting samples from fast food play areas, spending  “thousands and thousands of dollars” of her own money, and not just at McDonald’s.

“They’re all the same,” she said. “And there are no regulations.”

Through her ‘Kids Play Safe’ movement, Carr-Jordan is hoping to influence lawmakers at the state and federal levels to pass a regulation requiring indoor play places to be regularly disinfected and monitored for safety hazards.

Legislators in California and Illinois have introduced legislation, and Carr-Jordan said she hopes many more will follow suit.

“This seems like a no-brainer,” she said.

Wearing Diapers is really weird

So how about if that same person pretends to be autistic? Really weird!

Oklahoma Man Poses as Autistic, Cons Women Into Changing His Diaper

PHOTO: Mark Anthony Richardson Jr. escorted from courtroom
Mark Anthony Richardson Jr. is escorted from a courtroom at the Oklahoma County Courthouse in Oklahoma City, Jan. 5, 2011. Richardson, who admitted to conning baby sitters by posing as an autistic teen and wearing diapers, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual battery. (Steve Gooch/The Oklahoman/AP Photo)

An Oklahoma man was sentenced to three years in prison after he posed as an autistic, diaper wearing teen and conned babysitters into caring for him and repeatedly changing his diaper.

Mark Anthony Richardson II, 21, pleaded guilty to felony sexual battery and seven counts of outraging public decency. He grabbed the breast of one of his babysitters. The seven counts of outraging public decency refer to the seven times one babysitter changed his diaper.

He is accused of conning at least two babysitters into caring for him while he used a pacifier, wore a diaper and drank baby formula.

In October of last year, a woman alerted Oklahoma City police after Richardson spent several days at her home and stayed overnight at least five times. The unidentified woman’s daughter had posted on Craigslist advertising her babysitting services, according to a police report.

Richardson responded to the advertisement posing as the father of an autistic, 19-year-old son, according to a police report.

He then showed up at the woman’s home posing as a helpless teen who needed to be fed and changed. He is a slight man at 4-foot-9 and weighing 120 pounds.

Richardson, who was previously convicted of arson, demanded that the women change his diaper. He later grabbed the 18-year-old babysitter’s breast while she was sleeping.

During his sentencing, Richardson apologized. After serving his sentence, he must also serve five years of probation and register as a sex offender.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bleach Fight in Walmart

Yup, this really happened too:

Hazmat team called to bleach fight at Md. Walmart

AP

Sat Oct 8, 1:25 pm ET

ARBUTUS, Md. – Authorities in Maryland say two women threw bleach and another chemical on each other during a fight at a Walmart, prompting officials to evacuate the store for two hours and call in a hazardous materials team.

Fire officials say 19 people had to be taken to hospitals, although only one was thought to have serious injuries. That person was taken to the Wilmer Eye Institute with a potentially serious eye injury.

Fire officials were called to the store in the Baltimore suburb of Arbutus shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday.

Fire Department spokesman Glenn Blackwell says one person was arrested and charges are pending.

 

Woman Stabs Boyfriend Over A Game Of Monopoly

Yes it really happened.

Click here to watch the video (Sorry ABC really hates working with WordPress)

An Movie I want to see

There is a new Shakespeare movie on the horizon: one that has gotten people ruffled. It suggests that Shakespeare was an idiot who couldn’t have written his plays.

This idea has been around for a long time, and usually gets a lot of scorn. Honestly, I am not certain the man was as great as they attribute him to be. This is coming from a girl who is trained to perform Shakespeare (Which is hard). Something is off. It could be as simple as people added and added to it over the years. It wasn’t until several years after his death that anything was published. Who knows what happened in between. Or if the same man really wrote it all. There just isn’t evidence.

Of course, performing Shakespeare is a lot different than just simply loving it. You need to take the man down a peg in order to be able to get at the guttural nature of his work. It is dirty, unclean, raw and powerful. And you can’t perform from a pedestal. I bet you have seen someone perform Shakespeare on pedestal. Sure, I bet you didn’t call it that – but I bet you didn’t understand it or enjoy it. Shakespeare is about the Human Condition and that ain’t so pretty.

So, I plan to see this movie. I am not sure when. But eventually I will see it and let you know what I think. The very fact that it is controversial and Shakespeare (related) makes it interesting to me. Hell, it should be to you too. Even if you hate it – it is sure interesting!

Check out the article about the movie

And Watch the Trailer:

Should We Dress Up Our Dogs on Halloween?

Halloween is almost upon us and it’s almost time to break out those Costumes and Party! It can be a fun time for both us and your four legged friend. But before we don our costumes and go out into the lime light maybe we should get some advice from Casear Millian.

From Casear Millan’s Site:

See the entire article here

Should We Dress Up Our Dogs on Halloween?

Is Halloween going to be a trick or treat for your pup? For more than 3 million Americans it’s a chance to put their dogs in costume and make them a part of the fun.
But is it really fun for Fido?

Alexandra Horowitz, author of the bestseller Inside of a Dog, stirred up a lot of comments last year when she wrote a piece saying dogs really do NOT like to be dressed up.

“Among wolves, one animal may “stand over” another: literally placing his body on top of and touching the other, as a scolding or a mild putting-in-one’s-place,” she wrote in the New Yorker. “To a dog, a costume, fitting tight around the dog’s midriff and back, might well reproduce that ancestral feeling. So the principal experience of wearing a costume would not be the experience of festivity; rather, the costume produces the discomfiting feeling that someone higher ranking is nearby. This interpretation is borne out by many dogs’ behavior when getting dressed in a costume: they may freeze in place as if they are being “dominated”—and soon try to dislodge the garments by shaking, pawing, or rolling in something so foul that it necessitates immediate disrobing.”

But experts say that isn’t true of all dogs. And the secret is to know how your dog reacts to it and not push him to do something he is uncomfortable with.

Cheri Lucas, a trainer who has worked extensively with Cesar for many years, says: “I don’t think it is a problem as long as it doesn’t make the dog uncomfortable. If it bothers your dog then don’t force it. Make sure the costume is comfortable—and especially—that it is well ventilated.”

Of course dogs have no idea it is Halloween or why they are being dressed up. But they are so in tune to their human family that they will enjoy the attention they get and knowing that they are part of the fun.

“It is important for you to recognize that you are dressing up your dog for your benefit—your dog doesn’t care whether he goes to the parade as a pirate or a ballerina!”

Even author Horowitz admits that some dogs enjoy dressing up, if for no other reason than their strong desire to please their humans.

Says Cheri Lucas: “I don’t humanize dogs at all – but then again you don’t want to become so extreme about it that it’s not fun!”

 

Organic Foods NOT Always Better

I love the organic industry, how can you not? They turned a word that was ordinary and oblivious into a brand – as must have thing! Yes, sir, I want my food organic! Which implies that all other food isn’t organic. Which always makes me question what the other food is made of, Silicon? No? Then why is this Organic and that is not?

Of course, I know fully well what Organic food is. And so does everyone else. It’s supposed to be healthier, more natural, better tasting, etc. This is despite the fact that in blind taste tests, people often say the the Non-Organic food is better than the Organic. That doesn’t matter, trust me. People will do almost anything if they believe it. If you don’t believe me, watch Penn and Teller’s Bullshit or any hidden Camera show.

Now as you might have guessed, I don’t really eat Organic Food. It’s expensive, it isn’t that good and too much of it comes from China. I am happy with the many locally grown foods. I can make some really great meals with them. So can you! However, I do from time to time come across an interesting article about it. Which is what I found today. Enjoy:

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press 1 hr 19 mins ago

WASHINGTON – Shoppers nervous about foodborne illnesses may turn to foods produced at smaller farms or labeled “local,” “organic” or “natural” in the hopes that such products are safer. But a small outbreak of salmonella in organic eggs from Minnesota shows that no food is immune to contamination.

While sales for food produced on smaller operations have exploded, partially fueled by a consumer backlash to food produced by larger companies, a new set of food safety challenges has emerged. And small farm operations have been exempted from food safety laws as conservatives, farmers and food-lovers have worried about too much government intervention and regulators have struggled with tight budgets.

The government has traditionally focused on safety at large food operations — including farms, processing plants, and retailers — because they reach the most people. Recent outbreaks in cantaloupe, ground turkey, eggs and peanuts have started at large farms or plants and sickened thousands of people across the country.

“While it’s critical that food processors be regularly inspected, there is no way the Food and Drug Administration would ever have the resources to check every farm in the country, nor are we calling for that,” says Erik Olson, a food safety advocate at the Pew Health Group. “Unfortunately, there are regulatory gaps, with some producers being completely exempt from FDA safeguards.”

The FDA, which oversees the safety of most of the U.S. food supply, often must focus on companies that have the greatest reach. A sweeping new egg rule enacted last year would require most egg producers to do more testing for pathogens. Though the rule will eventually cover more than 99 percent of the country’s egg supply, small farms like Larry Schultz Organic Farm of Owatonna, Minn., would not qualify. That farm issued a recall last week after six cases of salmonella poisoning were linked to the farm’s eggs.

A new food safety law President Barack Obama signed earlier this year exempts some small farms as a result of farmers and local food advocates complaining that creating costly food safety plans could cause some small businesses to go bankrupt. The exemption covers farms of a certain size that sell within a limited distance of their operation.

Food safety advocates unsuccessfully lobbied against the provision, as did the organic industry. Christine Bushway of the Organic Trade Association, which represents large and small producers, says food safety comes down to proper operation of a farm or food company, not its scale.

“How is the farm managed? How much effort is put into food safety?” she asks. “If you don’t have really good management, it doesn’t matter.”

Smaller farms do have some obvious food safety advantages. Owners have more control over what they are producing and often do not ship as far, lessening the chances for contamination in transport. If the farm is organic, an inspector will have to visit the property to certify it is organic and may report to authorities if they see food being produced in an unsafe way. Customers may also be familiar with an operation if it is nearby.

But those checks aren’t fail-safe. The FDA has reported at least 20 recalls due to pathogens in organic food in the last two years, while the Agriculture Department, which oversees meat safety, issued a recall of more than 34,000 pounds of organic beef last December due to possible contamination with E. coli.

Egg safety is equally ambiguous. While many people like to buy cage-free eggs, those chickens may be exposed to bacteria on the grounds where they are roaming.

So what can a consumer do? Experts say to follow the traditional rules, no matter what the variety of food. Cook foods like eggs and meat, and make sure you are scrubbing fruit and cleaning your kitchen well.

Do your part, and hope for the best, the experts say.

“Labels like organic or local don’t translate into necessarily safer products,” says Caroline Smith DeWaal of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “They are capturing different values but not ensuring safety.”

Bushway of the Organic Trade Association says one of the best checks on food safety is the devastating effect a recall or foodborne illness outbreak can have on a company’s bottom line.

“It’s just good business to make sure you are putting the safest products on the market,” she says.

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