Permit me a moment’s foray into another relevant realm within the social justice world. I am a big believer in the connectivity of the broader movement toward a more just and decent society.
Today I had the privilege of seeing this movie in Vancouver today. It is very well made, thoughtful, and more importantly, thought-provoking. Who among us is immune to being sexist in some form? What is media telling girls and women they should be? (hot, sexy, skinny, a model.) What is media telling boys and men they should be? (president, CEO, crime fighter, gangster.) The media’s forceful not to mention limited portrayal of these gender roles has come to define what society expects from us, and what we even expect from ourselves.
Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, is all I can say for taking a more than a year long break! I promise on my love to you, my 3 loyal readers that I will update this blog much more regularly (and with interesting articles too!)
So, for my first post back, just a quickie:
I went with my Dad today to stock up on Veggie samosas from Sundhu’s Sweet House in North Surrey. We’ve become fairly addicted to them and figured they were well worth the half hour drive. $20 got us two full cases for a total of 40 fresh made samosas. Needless to say, there will be no shortage of night time (or day time for that matter) snack food in our house! I also came to realize today, that Chana Masala is the only dish I’ve been able to find consistently at every Indian restaurant I’ve ever enjoyed that has always been Vegan.
So this evening, I’m much too stuffed with potatoes, peas and garbanzos to eat a proper meal, but I’m still in the mood for a late snack. So I’m putting a large pot on medium-high heat (setting 6 out of 9) with just barely enough oil to cover the bottom. Next, I’m covering the bottom with just enough popcorn kearnals to cover, they’ll expand to fill the whole pot!) I stir them constantly, and after a few minutes, they’ll change to a darker color, just before they start to POP, then I turn the heat down to low-medium (setting 3 out of 9.) Once they start popping, I let them go until it sounds like they’re all done popping. Then I pour them into a bowl, cover with 1/3 cup of melted Vegan margarine, then sprinkle extremely generously with nutritional yeast to make ‘Cheesy Popcorn.”
Enjoy!! And my sincerest apologies for the extended absence. I’ll be posting a series of informational bits on Vegan travel over the coming weeks and months.
Peace be in you all and may you share it with the ones you love.
Huntingdon Life Sciences have been reliant on loans since the beginning of the campaign to shut their company down. The SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) campaign has been effective on nearly every continent in its efforts to stop the horrific violence and abuse that takes the lives of 500 animals every day of the year. HLS initially had a £12 million loan with Natwest. When RBS took over Natwest in 2001 they did not want to take the campaign with them, and when HLS failed to pay their money back in time they wrote off the debt for £1. HLS then borrowed money from US bank Stephens, after a year of campaigning they dropped HLS. By 2006 HLS were $100 million dollars in debt after securing an “anonymous” foreign loan. No other financial institution would touch them and still won’t. SHAC have now traced the anonymous loan back to the Fortress Investment Group, as US based financial company who specialize in high risk loans and acquisitions.
In 2009 HLS are still $70 million in debt and meant to pay it back in 2011, but HLS were also in crisis in March 2009 when they were unable to make one of their loan repayments. CEO Brian Cass even tried putting out a desperate plea in the national press calling on a bank to give them a loan and bank account, but no one responded as HLS rightfully remains a pariah.
HLS cannot pay back their 2011 loan to Fortress, and as a result have been forced to sell the company. No one else wants to help HLS which is why their American management has borrowed still more money to privately buy the company for over $100 million! Before the sale could take place, HLS was forced to commission an independent analysis of their financial situation. The results were incredible as they were proven to be on the brink of bankruptcy. Fortress has been the key to HLS’s survival, and are really their only hope.
2010 has seen major demonstrations against Fortress and their subsidiaries all over the world. Recently this post was released to an Animal Liberation reporting website:
– statement released by anti-HLS campaigners:
“Fortress Investment Group have ceased all loan facilities with Huntingdon Life Sciences / LSR / and all associated subsidiary companies. They will not re-finance the loan either themselves or via any other financer.
More information will be made public soon.” – The following was taken from bite back online.
For more information on the campaign to Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty check out: http://www.shac.net/HLS/who_are_hls.html
1 Package Silken Tofu
1 Cup rasberries
1 Cup Melted Chocolate Chips
3/4 Cup Maple Syrup
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
Put chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl for 5 minutes on half power (very important that it be at half power or they will burn.) Place other ingredients in food processor, blend thoroughly. Add melted chocolate chips and blend until pure and creamy.
You may have heard by now that former President of the United States, Bill Clinton has recently become Vegan! What a great representative of the Vegan diet In this video clip CNN’s Wolf Blitzer discusses near-Veganism with Doctors Esselstyn and Ornish. They’re not pure-Vegans, but they’re sending a great message: