Words Matter …


Just another rant…

The weather is letting us all know climate change is real, got to admit that the cloud formations and bluster is kind of interesting …though the wind, rain and in some States enormous amounts of snow has done some big damage. So, hopefully those Governors have declared a State of Emergency … a government program btw!

In a time of crisis, one would think, feel, and expect our Governments leaders from both sides of the aisle to step up and come together; instead, the Republican Tea Party has treated the growing numbers of massacres among other things happening these days as if it were a partisan incident or even worse a states rights issue. Their comrades keep talking about intent and responsibility while using incendiary language that not only excites probably the most extreme of their factions provokes offensive discriminatory with a splash of race baiting.  I believe in the right to freedom of speech, I do not believe that the speech should willing invoke lies, fear, hate, and or death.

With all the rhetoric … the good, bad and the ugly by people who distrust government  or are anti-Obama and have been recognized as racists. It is my contention that “the Media” and the guests they invite into the fray is by far the number one vehicle of people feeling this so-called palpable tension being felt all over the country. The ugly rhetoric definitely seems to be coming from the right while the left spends a lot of time talking about it and or beating it with a stick, which does seem to stir up trouble. The problem is not freedom of speech; it is when entertainers, talking heads or public servants lose sight of their personal responsibility when on the airwaves.  The notion that duck man is being denied his rights is absurd … The fact is, A&E is a Corporation that found his comments unacceptable not a case of religious freedom being squashed. I thought folks like Gov.Jindal, private citizen Sarah Palin and others believed in Corporations having control of their own. It was clear to most of us that the A&E move to suspend duck man was an example of corporate enterprise at work.  Fact is, unless and until a guy shows his homophobe side and a serious case of racist tendencies even though “the Media” chose to opt out of covering the comments this man made about black People and Jim Crow. Voters need to take action when the right and their comrades speech gets highly charged, emotional and starts saying things that upset and rile their audiences up. The ugly rhetoric including conservative news station stir up trouble misinformation and in some cases provoke our fellow man into physical rages. Unfortunately, talking heads on the airwaves need to be reminded continually … Words Matter and some of those words have consequences.

Hate, lies and fear can lead to death.

We will always remember 9/11, never forget April 19.   .

We will all use these dates as warnings when a person desperate or a group of people use desperation or behave extreme, use violent rhetoric openly and wage war against our government and its people.  Now, in this 2015 we use city names as markers to remember what and when a domestic act of terror happened to our fellow Americans. My contention is that not only do words matter, influence others, they can be subliminal, and while those words can provoke people to kill it is true and important that we all have a choice.

We must remember the past and pledge to all do our best to see the signs, hear the rhetoric,report any suspicious behavior by people who resemble and  practice hate, exclusion in its most extreme way and ends in violence.

 In my own experience,  my opinion:

Words Matter, they hurt, incite violence, promote fear, anger, shame and when misinterpreted by the right people they can cause harm to property people. It would be great if “the Media” would STOP giving a platform to words that invoke fear, hate, and or incite others with subliminal messages to take action against those considered “other.”

We are all “other” until you put in the time to get to know someone – or

 Possibly get past that learned ugly behavior of racism discrimination and hate

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Is it Spring …


Alliance_for_Climate_Protection_logo Well, Climate Change decided to make a visit … if you have time please donate to the people enduring the Super Typhoon Maysak Targets the Philippines; At Least 5 Killed in Micronesia . The Calendar says it’s spring, though we all know, it really is not yet because it is still cold and snowing in the Northeast and in a not to subtle way the Northwest experienced the opposite of that cliché about the close of March. As March 31 went out, a freak storm decided to land here in the Northwest.  While a Cat5 was raging  unrelenting in Micronesia and possibly moving onto Philippines, the NW not only got snow in our regions Mountains which has been deemed a dry ski season, but Thunder in some areas so loud it set off car alarms, enough Wind to take trees out and enough Hail accumulation like a blast of snow blew through.

So, Happy April 1, 2015  … or April Fools

We lefties out in the North West were and still have some cold moments though it is starting to warm up. While those on West Coast are boiling right now and the East Coast not only experienced the arctic vortex the snow seemed to keep on and on, suffice it to say a lot of folks lost salaries and some businesses are no longer in business but rebuilding . The snow, which did not make a substantial appearance so some counties are suffering from drought while most of Washington State saw flowers blooming way too early. Then the temperatures dropped, the rain and some powerful storms blew through and did some damage. Now, we have had a few days that were spring like with temps of 68-69 degrees even my spring magazines are bursting with Spring Colours wanting us all to wear lightweight clothes, buy short sleeves or less. I am guessing most of us  are trying to layer or wear some version of thermal even if we used to hear “fashion industry experts” talk about not wearing leggings for pants, but let’s all admit it, we are still  wearing leggings because they’re comfy and its cold though “the media” says we look frumpy! Some are all cotton maybe all poly or a blend but the ones that are thermal or fleece are here to stay, at least until spring actually gets here. Well, I believe in layering and out here, jeans/leggings are definitely a staple but … but sometimes they just do not look right or fit the situation. Therefore, I am suggesting medium to heavy weight, sleeveless jumpers and sheaths, the other closet staple. We can wear them with a multitude of tops ,turtlenecks, long sleeves, short sleeves, and on top of that a great cardigan or chunky sweater … white black blues reds yellows, coral etc. … and if needed top it off with a blazer … shoot, throw a black chunky beach sweater on with some boots ! We all have to get creative and prepared when the weather …climate change is what it is.  I can imagine so many diff looks and if the material is sustainable, it stands to live a long life looking great but different depending on what you do it can also be worn with sandals, pumps and stilettos too. I love the next generation of leggings and jeans because they have gone high tech and with the right shoe… fantabulous. If you have been watching, there has been an attitude adjustment on leggings since the east coast has had to battle extreme cold weather. Truth be told, layering allows you to “strip” down as the temp rises and maybe you’ve got somewhere to go after work that needs to say “evening” not “work.

The other fashion tip that I myself have been practicing each and every year since or before high school is to invest in a great pair or two of jeans. Trust me when I say the only jeans you need when you “think” boyfriend” are 501’s

So, if it is still cold where you are … go to the next legging level beaseedforchangestickersGREEN

first posted 2013

FDA/USDA ~~ Alerts & Safety March 2015 p2


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03/27/2015 04:58 PM EDT
Best Foods Inc. 75 Midvale Rd Edison, NJ 08817 is recalling its 7 ounce packages of Deer Brand Raisin Golden because they contain undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
03/27/2015 07:23 PM EDT

Aurora Products, Inc. is expanding its voluntary nationwide recall of certain lots of NATURAL WALNUTS and TRAIL MIXES CONTAINING WALNUTS, because they have the potential to contain Salmonella which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

03/25/2015 03:29 PM EDT
Due to receiving a recall notice from its organic spinach supplier because of possible Listeria monocytogenes exposure, La Terra Fina is recalling the products outlined in the chart below. Following its voluntary recall of Organic Spinach Dip last Friday, La Terra Fina is expanding the recall to include these products that were manufactured on the same production equipment on the same day as the Organic Spinach Dip and are being recalled out of an abundance of caution.
03/24/2015 06:32 PM EDT
Twin City Foods, Inc. of Stanwood, Washington is recalling the following products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
03/24/2015 09:40 PM EDT  This recall is based on a recall notice from one of Superior Foods, Inc., organic frozen spinach suppliers that Superior Foods, Inc., may have received organic spinach with the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
03/24/2015 11:15 AM EDT
Hayward, CA. Carmel Food Group today issued a voluntary recall of certain Rising Moon Organics frozen Ravioli items, because of possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
03/23/2015 09:51 PM EDT
Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is recalling three 3 oz. institutional/food service ice cream cups- chocolate, strawberry and vanilla with tab lids because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
03/23/2015 07:15 PM EDT Stock Yards Meat Packing Co., Inc., a Tucson, Ariz. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,149 pounds of roast beef due to misbranding.
03/23/2015 02:50 PM EDT
Amy’s Kitchen, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 73,897 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the products identified on Attachment A. This recall is based on a recall notice from one of Amy’s organic spinach suppliers that Amy’s may have received organic spinach with the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
03/23/2015 01:08 PM EDT
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is recalling approximately 12,540 packages of Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good About Just Picked Frozen Spinach, 12 oz. (UPC 77890-32932) due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The product was sold in the frozen food department of the company’s 85 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts between January 27 and March 21, 2015.
03/22/2015 11:36 AM EDT
Nutiva, an Organic Superfoods company, has initiated a voluntary product recall of the following O’Coconut™ products after being notified by supplier that samples of a raw material in this product have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. “We are choosing to voluntarily recall three of our O’Coconut items as a precautionary measure to provide the safest products for our customers,” states John Roulac, Nutiva’s CEO.
03/20/2015 03:15 PM EDT
Van Lang Foods, a Countryside, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 232 pounds of pork potstickers and chicken dim sum due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
03/21/2015 09:41 AM EDT
Texas Star Nut and Food Co., Inc. of Boerne, Texas is voluntarily recalling Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts, Lot Code #31435001, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis
03/21/2015 09:20 AM EDT
La Terra Fina is issuing a voluntary recall of its Organic Spinach Dip due to a potential health risk from Listeria exposure. The recall of product available in Bay Area Costco stores is a precaution.

Boa Vida Imports Recalls Pork And Beef Products Imported From An Ineligible Country Without Benefit Of Import Inspection Boa Vida Imports, a New Bedford, Mass., establishment, is recalling approximately 385 pounds of pork and beef products imported from Portugal because this country is not eligible to export meat products to the United States.

03/21/2015 03:59 PM EDT Aurora Products, Inc. is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of certain lots of NATURAL WALNUTS and TRAIL MIXES CONTAINING WALNUTS because they have the potential to contain Salmonella which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Expands Recall on Organic Garlic Powder Due to Possible Health Risk

03/18/2015 03:28 PM EDT  Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc., a Lakewood, Colorado based natural grocery chain, is expanding their recall of Natural Grocers brand Organic Garlic Powder to all lots as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumption of products containing Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
03/18/2015 04:20 PM EDT
First Source, LLC of Buffalo, New York is voluntarily recalling 3,276 plastic tubs (6 oz.) of Wegmans Organic Walnut Halves & Pieces because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Fight Toxic Pesticides and Save the Bees


Because we know you’re committed to this battle, we also want to share with you this recent interview with an Earthjustice attorney about our critical fight to save bees from a newly-approved pesticide, called sulfoxaflor.

In this short audio clip, Earthjustice attorney Greg Loarie explains how we’re fighting in court to force the EPA to take immediate action to protect bees from pesticides, and to get the toxic pesticide sulfoxaflor taken off the market.

Thanks again for all that you do,

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