July 11, 2012 § 2 Comments
It has been said that the two biggest motivations of humans are to obtain pleasure and to avoid pain. I believe with some variations, this is mostly true. Add into this our instinct for survival and you can probably explain most behaviors. But I am just guessing here, I suppose. « Read the rest of this entry »
May 28, 2012 § 11 Comments
EATING BETTER FOR LE$$
- In 2010, 48.8 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 32.6 million adults and 16.2 million children.
- In 2010, 14.5 percent of households (17.2 million households) were food insecure.
- In 2010, 5.4 percent of households (6.4 million households) experienced very low food security.
- In 2010, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.2 percent compared to 11.7 percent.
- In 2010, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20.2 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (35.1 percent) or single men (25.4 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (25.1 percent) and Hispanic households (26.2 percent).
- In 2009, 8.0 percent of seniors living alone (925,000 households) were food insecure.
- Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 5 percent in Steele County, ND to a high of 38 percent in Wilcox County, AL.
*Per Feeding America
We are attempting to attack a problem here, there and everywhere because too many people do not know how to cook well on a budget.
HOW TO EAT BETTER FOR LE$$!
Poorer folks do not eat out or at least they should not!
Take out pizza is ten bucks minimum.
If you ate take out pizza all week (forget delivery, I mean you have to pay a tip) it would cost a minimum $300 a month and you would be receiving one meal a day—or two if you really wish to eat cold pizza at 12 midnite or 600:AM.
Of course, fast food and all processed food meals are loaded with too much of everything bad and very little of what’s good, in taste and nutrition, for us or our wallets.
I have spent hundreds of hours with food channel shows or with Martha over the last few years. I learned a lot from these programs even though I usually attack the subject with satire. And I have learned much from the diner shows, believe it or not.
I would think that two would be able to eat for under $200/$225 a month. If you are living with three teenagers, I think you should need at a minimum $500/month especially if you have active boys! A teen age boy needs 4500 calories a day if he is active as I was in my day but we shall discuss this at length in further episodes—assuming this idea catches on.
So Auntie Sam and I decided that it might be fruitful for all of us to come together to share/discuss philosophically and realistically the type of diet that one could live on for $150.00 or so a month. These menus would be satisfying, nutritional, cheap and easy to prepare. All the Vitamins A and B’s and C and E and other needs should be taken care of in a 3 meal a day regimen.
Auntie Sam and I would like to begin a real look at nutrition and we welcome every recipe and other ‘food and nutrition fare facts, as well as hints on $aving$ you feel like contributing. Do you recommend a good coupon site on internet for printable coupons? Please share.
Red Pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper of course
Dried Onion flakes
Lemon juice (bottled)
Ten or fifteen minutes later (depending upon the type of apples you found on sale at the grocers) you turn off the burner. The smaller pieces have become sauce, the larger pieces (which you might even cut a bit) add substance.
*Toward the beginning of every month I pick up 5 pounds of apples (Now I might wait till the first Sunday when the prices change) and I choose those apples that are on sale. It usually runs me four or five bucks and the bag lasts me a month.
crack eggs into poaching ‘cups’
top with your favorite omelet ingredients such as these options:
A bit of shredded cheese and/or
crumbled bacon or small chunks ham, sausage and/or
chopped vegetables like pepper, mushrooms, green onion, etc. and/or
chopped tomato and/or
well, whatever you want
As egg poaches, ingredients cook and blend into top of egg. Easy clean up, only a small portion of fats; depending upon your additions to the basic recipe.
You can put on whole wheat toast
(kids and adults love these)
cost – less than $1.00 per serving
- The average preschooler sees 642 cereal ads per year just on television, almost all for cereals with the worst nutrition ratings.
- Compared to cereals marketed to adults, those marketed to children have 85% more sugar, 65% less fiber, and 60% more sodium.
- Cereal companies together spend more than $156 million per year marketing to children.
- Of the ten cereals with the worst overall impact (nutrition and marketing scores combined), six are products from General Mills, three are from Kellogg, and one is from Post.
- Self-regulation by industry should not forestall needed government action. Self-regulatory pledges by the cereal companies have thus far been weak and have not shielded children from a barrage of messages to eat the least healthy products. Companies should be held accountable for the impact their products have on children.
IF CEREALS HAVE PRESERVATIVES AND OTHER ‘FAUX’ INGREDIENTS – THESE ARE NOT GOOD FOR YOU. CHECK INGREDIENTS AND NUTRITION INFORMATION ON PACKAGES. CEREAL IS EXPENSIVE. STEEL CUT OATMEAL IS INEXPENSIVE AND OH, SO HEALTHY. TOP WITH A BIT OF FRUIT, BROWN SUGAR, WALNUTS AND YOUR BODY AS WELL AS TASTE BUDS WILL THANK YOU.
Kellogg Mini-Wheats received the best nutrition rating; therefore, it is the only brand to receive a high combined FACT score.
The cereals with the poorest scores based on combined nutrition and marketing impact are Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, and Reese’s Puffs.
Coming soon: Healthy, nutritious and economical homemade cereal recipes.
May 22, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I am watching Dylan: Revealed.
If you are looking for music like the Last Waltz you are going to be disappointed. There is little by the way of music.
But I learned something.
I watched Charlie Rose recently and he was interviewing an English Actor with whom I have little experience; and yet I am familiar with Bill Nighy. I always get a kick out of Bill.
He had a part in Love_Actually. (A silly nonsensical take on xmas in London!. But I loved the film—so what?)
Nighy went to all the proper British Schools for training and such. And in Love Actually he plays this nothing musician who apparently had one or two big time tunes and was lost forever as far as the public was concerned.
He ends up taking off all his clothes playing some silly xmas tune and is revived.
Bill is wonderful. He wanted to play in Pinter Plays or those written by Stoppard or Brenton or Gill…
But he normally eschewed Shakespeare. And the manner in which he handles his anti-Shakespearean slant with Rose is wonderful. Hahahahah.
This actor maintained that Dylan was his favorite singer!
This comment from Nighy just amazed me!
WHAT IN THE FUCK IS THIS GUY THINKING ABOUT?
And then I relistened (is that a word) to some older Dylan songs.
And I thought:
WHAT IN THE FUCK IS THIS GUY TALKING ABOUT?
Instead of staying mad and incredulous I thought:
Hell, I would rather listen to Dylan than anybody else.
March 13, 2012 § Leave a Comment
World Fertility Rate Map
With all the hoopla about access to contraceptives by women here as well as abortion rights and the paranoia both here and abroad about Islamic take over, I thought it might be of interest to look at the reality of what is actually going on. A comment in one of the other diaries reminded me of checking out some of the stories in Asia Times so I though I would cruse over there. « Read the rest of this entry »
January 10, 2012 § Leave a Comment
The secret to eternal youth may come in the form of stem cell injections, U.S. scientists claimed.
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh made the discovery after breeding mice with progeria syndrome, which causes rapid aging, and injecting them with stem-cell-like cells derived from young, healthy rodents.
You never know when a healthy rodent might come in handy!
This Ron Paul newsletter scandal reminded me of something that occurred almost a century ago.
In 1918 Henry Ford took over a newspaper called the Dearborn Independent.
Wiki provides a nice neat rundown of this fiasco.
It would be funnier if certain Germans did not embrace many of the articles appearing in that newspaper—most of which were authorized by Ford, personally if not written by him. Then the newspaper got into the book business.
The newspaper published The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which was discredited by The Times of London as a forgery during the Independent’s publishing run. The American Jewish Historical Society described the ideas presented in the magazine as “anti-immigrant, anti-labor, anti-liquor, and anti-Semitic.” In February 1921, the New York World published an interview with Ford, in which he said: “The only statement I care to make about the Protocols is that they fit in with what is going on.” During this period, Ford emerged as “a respected spokesman for right-wing extremism and religious prejudice,” reaching around 700,000 readers through his newspaper …
Later the most anti-Semitic articles were republished in another book that the Germans really liked.
By 1927 Henry was attempting to disavow the most terrible articles printed in his paper:
At a libel trial in 1927 he claimed he neither wrote nor had knowledge of the content of those articles Sound familiar?
Ford was being sued in Federal Court under a libel/slander theory.
Within a year of this trial the Dearborn Independent was no more!
Many great writers have noted over the centuries that there never was and never would be an innocent man.
Ford was a violently dogmatic conservative and hater of unions but he invented the five dollar day for his workers.
His company eventually cut workers’ hours and established benefits.
He was also a big employer of Black Americans. He saw characteristics in the Black Man that most white employers ignored.
From a strictly capitalistic perspective, Henry I wanted to keep his trained work force. He was upset when he saw his managers having to train in new workers because his trained workers were quitting to make better money elsewhere.
It appears that although he was a pacifist/isolationist like Ron Paul, his factories geared up for the First World War. (Wiki notes that Wilson wished Ford to run as Senator to help him out with his League of Nations idea)
He kind of lost command of his faculties during the 1930′s following a few heart attacks, handing over formal executive powers to others.
I get on my high horse much too often; being prone to hyperbole and judgmental-ism; not that I am the only one with these afflictions!
Henry I made a vehicle to replace the horse. Oh he did not invent the car you might say.
But he did invent a manner of manufacturing that ultimately led to making a vehicle available to the masses; using laborers who could afford to actually purchase a vehicle they had a hand in manufacturing.
Just as an aside, the current epic television series about the building of the transcontinental railroad following the Civil War lays out all the terrible issues facing a new America including the Indian Wars and the abuse of minorities in the budding labor force.
I have to stand back and put things into context. And I must compare our new nation’s sins to the sins of other nations during the same time period.
The Russian Tsar might have freed the serfs in 1863, but it was surely a freedom granted in name only.
People were living in the sewers of London and Paris during this time period and needless battles were fought throughout Europe for no apparent logical reason.
I must conclude that Henry Ford was a great man of his time and this nation was better off with his insights and his ability to build an international manufacturing business.
I mean Edison was a prick from everything I have read but this nation was better off as a direct result of his inventions and his visions. He was terrible to his laborers.
I do not feel that Ron Paul in this day and age has accomplished anything compared with the masters of American Industry of yesteryear.
But his voice is a voice that must be heard.
And regardless of newsletters printed under his name and label a couple of decades ago, this nation is better off that he has had the opportunity to be heard amongst the cacophony of lies perpetrated by most of the other candidates running for the repub nomination.