I was all over Twitter with it, but everyone doesn’t use Twitter, so I decided to share some of the information, reminders and thoughts I had while watching Food, Inc., on PBS. Food, Inc. is an incredibly eye-opening film everyone who eats should see. PBS believes this so strongly that it’s airing the film on national television and streaming it in its entirety online from April 22 – April 29. Check your local listings for television viewing.
- Even if you don’t eat at a fast food restaurant, you’re still eating food made for/within that system. [If you haven't already, read Fast Food Nation.]
- “Chickens never see sunlight. They’re pretty much in the dark all the time.”
- “This isn’t farming, this is just mass production.”
- “It doesn’t matter if the chickens get sick, all of the chickens will be sent for processing.”
- Learn about the industrial food system.
- 30% of the land in the US is used to produce corn.
- Farm-raised fish is eating corn.
- Average American eats over 200 lbs. of meat a year. Ugh. Do you know how long it takes for meat to leave your body??
- Reminder: there’s manure in your meat! Bon appetit!
Australian footballer Harry O’Brien is not normal. He proudly subscribes to “no one normal has ever made history.” The more I interact with him, the more I’m inclined to agree that 1) he will make history 2) because he’s not normal. So maybe he’s right.
Harry’s perspective is cloaked in so much wisdom that his age of twenty-three intrigues and pleasantly surprises. With the visibility his profession allows, he’s able to touch many lives. He knows it and understands that to whom much is given, much is required. His “live for hope” motto isn’t a catchy phrase he uses on Twitter or on his site, Harry’s World, he lives it, finishing conversations and emails with it.
Ahhh…the simple things in life. Two weeks ago, I walked into a grocery store greeted by the unexpected: Children’s Health Magazine. My bright eyes widened as my lips parted into a blinding smile. “YES!”
After a random act of kindness, Jersey girl Melissa Morris Ivone decided to start a blog about perpetuating the niceness meme. Every Monday, she takes the guesswork out of being nice by providing a “Nice Assignment,” something easy that can make a difference like sending someone flowers, hugging someone, giving a compliment, or volunteering. The blog highlights pictures, blogs, and testimonials about all…being nice!
Operation Nice epitomizes the focus of finding good in the world and being inspired to create more. I challenge you to go to site, send someone an e-card and do something unexpectedly nice for someone else. Play your part in making the world a better place. It’s the little things, people.
The fact that politicians lie shouldn’t be new to anyone. With both presidential candidates geared up and ready to go, you might want to do some research on who’s telling the truth before you cast that vote.
To assist you with deciphering the truth, enter FactCheck.org.
We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit, “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
It seems as though the next group of hardcore FOX critics will be Nas fans now that he’s releasing “Sly Fox” as a single off of his upcoming Untitled album. In the song, he touches on FOX’s tendency to distort the truth as well as the rest of Rupert Mudoch’s media empire that acts as a sort of Big Brother.
George Orwell’s 1984 explains the concept of Big Brother. If you haven’t read it, download it here; it’s a great read. If you want to learn more about FOX’s “fair and balanced” news platform, check out Brave New Film’s Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism here. If you haven’t heard “Sly Fox” or seen the video, watch below.
So we look at what’s going on — this as an EXTREME aggression, um
I’m also hearing about it from EVERYWHERE!
It’s-it’s on the islands, it’s on the continent, it’s here: it’s everywhere!
And this is, if you will, a WAR — An all out assault by…
What did you do today?Â Â Me…nothing much.Â Played some tunes, watched a movie, wrote, read.Â Read a great blog that answers the question in the subject on Guerrilla Intellectualism.
“what, to the american slave, is your 4th of july? Â i answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. Â to him, you celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. Â there is not a nation on earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the united states, at this very hour”Â Â to read the speech in its entirety click here
To read the blog in full, click here.
Today, I watched Spike Lee’s Malcolm X as well as the special features documentary.Â Of all the thinkers I’ve been exposed to, Malcolm X has to just about beÂ my favorite.Â His transformation is an amazing testament of faith.Â He’s an incredible orator whose confidence, charisma, story, and logic has touched millions of lives.Â He helped so many Black people examineÂ and raise their self-esteem and the regard theyÂ held for their people, as well as to make many other positive changes inÂ their lives.Â
I think about this film and am immediately reminded of how complacent and PC everyone is, how easily placated and fooled.Â Â There are probably more Uncle Tom’sÂ walking amongst us now than there have ever been; they don’t wear conks, but you canÂ spot them by the company they keep.Â
In an article on the conflict Black Republicans will faceÂ in November, it was noted that John McCain will be attending the NAACP annual convention next month.Â What bothers me is that his appearance there probably won’t be in vain.Â He’ll snatch up some of Hillary’s supporters and maybe some Independent voters as well, which is absolutely ridiculous!
When was the last time McCain attended any kind ofÂ Black function, formal or informal,Â when he wasn’t running for any kind of office?Â He looks like he’s onlyÂ comfortableÂ around people that are either old, white, or rich, and dark skin automatically disqualifies a person even if they fit in two of the three categories.Â
So why is he going toÂ the NAACP convention?Â Because he’s a trickster.Â
“Trickster?” you ask.Â
Trickster.Â (See video below.)
Malcolm X explains that JFK is a trickster.
It’s such an easy game to spot that I’m not at all sure why people can be so easily had. I’m not on McCain’s back because I think Obama’s going to make everything right because I don’t think he will. Our political system is so disgusting and marred that I have very little faith for politicians, despite being wooed by Obama’s charisma and intelligence.
More inspiring to me than Barack is Malcolm.Â After hearing his speeches, I always want to study him, finding the post-NOI version more relatable.Â Just my luck that there’s a great site dedicated to the man and his work at BrotherMalcolm.net.Â It’s a great reference for anyone wanting to learn more.Â Enjoy!
Okay, so I don’t really have a favorite blog, per se, since I read nothing regularly, but if I had to choose one to be anything close to it, I’d have to go with Stuff Black People Hate.Â I have to immediately follow thatÂ with “it’s not for everyone” because it’s not…at all.Â It’s sincere yet blunt with an extreme lack of concern for political correctedness that’s quite refreshing.Â Maybe you’ll like it, maybe you won’t.Â Either way, it’s fine.
Happy new year to all of my fantastic readers, however many of you there are.Â Â May you all have many wonderful years part of wonderful lives.Â Find the good.Â Be inspired.Â Learn to love.
After years of wanting to volunteer, I’ve finally decided that now is the year to do it.Â If you’ve made a similar decision, check out Volunteer Match to find an organization that matches your altruistic interests.