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02_07_09: Largest Vegan, Mad Crayons, Scary Bees, Vegan Dad

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    Howdy! Welcome to the 65th issue of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter. In this issue we re proud to showcase a recipe from a new cookbook (and fine blog) available
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      Howdy! Welcome to the 65th issue of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter.

      In this issue we're proud to showcase a recipe from a new cookbook
      (and fine blog) available online: "The Vegan Dad Cookbook."

      There's also information on how fruit can help you fight the flu, 20
      anti-aging herbs and spices, news about mercury in high fructose corn
      syrup (HFCS), and "Food Matters." Reading further, you'll learn about
      the world's "largest vegan," how bees help plants by "being" scary,
      why a well-known circus has been taken to court, that Rome's greatest
      athletes were vegans, and be able to watch several videos listed in
      our "Vegan Digital Theater Showcase" ranging from an introduction to
      animal rights (Dr. Tom Regan), an elephant and best friend, Dr. T.
      Colin Campbell, "Flow: The Water Crisis," and five top films about food.

      ... and as always, a tip of the hat to our new subscribers: y'all can
      browse past issues at the Mad Cowboy Newsletter Archives:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Mad_Cowboy/

      Best wishes to all for a good 2009, stay warm, and start planning
      those Spring Vegetable Gardens!

      Mark, MC editor/webmaster

      [personal vegan blog:
      http://www.soulveggie.com


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      TABLE OF CONTENTS:

      00: Quote(s) from Howard
      01: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
      02: A Recipe from "The Vegan Dad Cookbook"
      03: Mad Cow Info Round-up
      04: Fruit & Flu, Herbs & Spices, Mercury & HFCS, Eggs & Diabetes
      05: Largest Vegan, Scary Bees, Circus on Trial, Lobster Goes Free
      06: Vegan Digital Theater Showcase
      07: Vegans Best Roman Athletes, The Veg Internet, Food Matters
      08: Howard's Schedule
      09: Quick Bytes
      10: Closing Thoughts


      ************************************************
      *00: Quote from Howard
      ************************************************
      "There's a pink elephant in the overcrowded, ever-expanding hospital
      room known as the American "health care" industry, and they call it
      Alzheimer's disease...I call Alzheimer's a pink elephant not because
      nobody acknowledges that it is there, but rather because almost nobody
      acknowledges that it ws never there before. By historical standards,
      Alzheimer's is virtually a brand-new disease. Like CJD, Alzheimer's
      disease (AD) is a mere hundred years old, a significant fact that
      tends to be ignored... in 1906 it was... an extremely rare phenomenon.
      Today, the disease has reached epidemic proportions, as it affects
      roughly 10 percent of Americans over sixty-five years of age, and
      estimates are that an astounding 50 percent of our compatriots over
      eighty-five suffer from this affliction!

      ...Dementia is not a natural condition that we should expect to 'grow
      into" at any age. Like heart disease, dementia has acquired a patina
      of normalcy only because so many of those around us succumb to it.
      But I believe that, like heart disease, it is a distinctly abnormal
      condition brought about by an abnormal diet... And I firmly believe
      that it [is from] the exact same cause: meat... in the past... meat
      was not produced in the same way it's produced today... cows [have]
      been turned into... cannibals."

      --- Howard Lyman ("No More Bull!" pp. 55-56)
      http://www.madcowboy.com/02_VVFprods.002.html


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      *01: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
      ************************************************
      LAST ISSUE'S MAD COWBOY VEGAN MIND-BENDER:
      "Over the course of a lifetime, the average domestic cat will spend
      how many hours purring?"

      (a) 5,000 hrs. (b) 10,000 hrs. (c) 15,000 hrs. (d) too much
      (e) not enough

      ["A typical cat spends over 10,000 hours of his or her life purring:"
      http://www.peta.org/mc/amazing.asp?page=3

      Congratulations to Bill Lawton for correctly guessing "(b)" and
      winning the luck of the draw. He'll receive a year's subscription to
      "VegNews." Congratulations, also, to Twila Hoyle, of New Orleans, LA,
      who was among those answering "(e)." She'll receive the Organic
      Cotton Shopping Bag.


      THIS WEEK'S VEGAN MIND-BENDER:
      "Americans get most of their calories from which of the following top
      five sources?"

      (a) soda (b) potato chips (c) pizza (d) pastries (e) hamburgers


      Please e-mail guesses to: webmaster@... with the word
      "contest" in your subject line by NLT February. 20th, 2009. PLEASE
      INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS (U.S. domestic only). It will not be
      sold nor given out to anyone but VegNews and Ethical Planet for the
      freebies only.

      [Many thanks to Joe Connelly, Editor, VegNews, who has offered a FREE
      one-year subscription to a winner chosen at random those submitting
      the correct answer to each MC Newsletter's Contest. Our thanks to
      Joe, and you can learn more about VegNews at:

      http://www.vegnews.com or e-mail: editor@... or call
      1.415.665.6397]

      [Many thanks, also, to Fran Horvath, of Ethical Planet for offering a
      FREE organic cotton shopping bag to the 2nd place winner. You can
      learn more about her online (and offline) stores at:

      http://www.ethicalplanet.com


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      *02: A Recipe from "The Vegan Dad Cookbook"
      ************************************************
      "Looking at Vegan Dad's food makes me want to be adopted."
      --- Howard Lyman (aka "The Mad ")

      THE VEGAN DAD COOKBOOK: "Making vegan food the whole family can enjoy
      seems like a daunting task. No more! The Vegan Dad Cookbook contains
      over 120 recipes that take kids' food beyond the veggie dog. From
      brunch to dinner, Vegan Dad has you covered with dishes from around
      the world as well as good ol' fashioned comfort food. This book
      provides the answer to that daily question, "what's for dinner?"

      [Available as a downloadable PDF or black'n'white book at:
      http://stores.lulu.com/VeganDad

      [Vegan Dad's Marvelous Blog:
      http://vegandad.blogspot.com/

      VEGAN SAUSAGES
      (makes six sausage)

      INGREDIENTS:
      - 1/2 cup pinto beans, rinsed and drained
      - 1 cup cold vegetable broth
      - 1 tablespoon olive oil
      - 2 tablespoons soy sauce
      - 2 cloves garlic, grated
      - 1 1/4 cups vital wheat gluten
      - 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
      - 1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seed, crushed
      - 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
      - 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
      - 1 teaspoon dried oregano
      - Several dashes fresh black pepper

      METHOD:
      1. Before mixing your ingredients, get your steaming apparatus ready,
      bring water to a full boil. The rest of the recipe comes together very
      quickly.

      2. Have ready 6 sheets of tin foil. In a large bowl, mash the pinto beans
      until no whole ones are left. Throw all the other ingredients together
      in the
      order listed and mix with a fork. Divide dough into 6 even parts.
      Place one
      part of dough into tin foil and mold into about a 5 inch log. Wrap
      dough in
      tin foil, like a tootsie roll. Don't worry too much about shaping it,
      it will snap
      into shape while it's steaming because this recipe is awesome.

      3. Place wrapped sausages in steamer and steam for 40 minutes.

      (from "The Vegan Dad Cookbook," p. 43)
      http://stores.lulu.com/VeganDad


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      *03: Mad Cow Info Round-up
      ************************************************
      "DEAD ANIMALS FOUND IN CHILDREN'S CRAYONS:" (12/19/08): "The 2004
      report to Congress is found in the library of Congressional Research
      Service. http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdocs/... It is the most
      recent information reported to Congress on the Rendering Industry
      (according to documents within the Congressional Research Service
      library). The 'Introduction' paragraph explains the little discussed
      industry. "Renderers convert dead animals and animal parts that
      otherwise would require disposal into a variety of materials,
      including edible and inedible tallow and lard and proteins such as
      meat and bone meal (MBM). These materials in turn are exported or sold
      to domestic manufacturers of a wide range of industrial and consumer
      goods such as livestock feed and pet food, soaps, pharmaceuticals,
      lubricants, plastics, personal care products, and even crayons."
      ...The Rendering Industry claims to be the 'first recyclers'. Their
      task of removing waste material is disgusting to ponder; however, it
      is a necessary evil. "Renderers annually convert 47 billion pounds or
      more of raw animal materials into approximately 18 billion pounds of
      products." Besides the leftovers from processing human foods in the
      U.S., 'renderers collect and process about half of all livestock and
      poultry that die from diseases...'"

      [From:
      http://www.naturalnews.com/025130.html

      [See also:
      http://www.TruthAboutPetFood.com


      "LIST OF TAINTED PEANUT BUTTER ITEMS POINTS TO COMPLEXITY OF FOOD
      PRODUCTION:" (01/23/09): "For the nation's grocery shoppers, the
      list of foods that might contain salmonella-tainted peanut butter has
      grown so quickly that keeping up seems daunting. There are boxes of
      Valentine's candy, frozen cookie dough and dog biscuits, chicken
      satay, peanut butter cups and stuffed celery. Many of the products
      are sold as supermarket brands or under lesser-known national labels,
      but the list also has some of the more popular snacks on the shelf,
      like Little Debbie sandwich crackers, Famous Amos cookies and energy
      snacks from Clif Bar and NutriSystems.

      The Food and Drug Administration has listed almost 130 products [882
      as of 02/02/09] that have been recalled, but federal officials say
      the list is likely to grow as the investigation continues... The large
      and varied list of products points up the many layers involved in
      producing packaged foods....Out of 486 cases of salmonella illness
      reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6 people
      have died and 107 have been hospitalized. The most recent person
      sickened fell ill on Jan 8. Since it takes up to three weeks for cases
      to be reported to the disease agency, more are expected...
      Investigators tracked the salmonella outbreak to the Peanut
      Corporation of America, a factory in Blakely, Ga., that makes peanut
      butter and peanut paste. It sells to institutions like schools and
      nursing homes and to other companies, like Kellogg's, which turns the
      butter or paste into products like peanut-butter-filled crackers...
      The plant, which is closed, packed peanut butter in bulk ranging from
      5 to 1,700 pounds, much of which was shipped to institutions. Many
      school districts have pulled peanut butter from menus, with some
      substituting more commonly recognized supermarket brands. New York
      City school officials said they had not bought any peanut butter or
      products with ingredients that originated at the Georgia plant.

      ... "The piece that hasn't come out yet is that peanut butter isn't
      like spinach or ground beef because it has a really long shelf life,"
      said Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director for the Center for
      Science in the Public Interest. Ms. DeWaal and other critics of the
      federal food safety system said that because peanut butter was
      considered a low risk for contamination, plants could sometimes go
      without inspection for a decade..."

      [From:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/health/23scare.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

      [For a current list of recalled products (887 products as of 02/02/09):
      http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm


      "SALMONELLA' COMPANY RAN UNINSPECTED PLANT IN TEXAS:" (02/03/09):
      "The Associated Press has learned a processing plant in Texas run by
      the same company blamed for a national salmonella outbreak operated
      uninspected and unlicensed for years. Texas health records show the
      Peanut Corporation of America plant in Plainview had never been
      inspected until after the company recently fell under investigation by
      the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA inspectors went through
      the plant two-weeks-ago. No sign of salmonella has been found there,
      but the fact it's existed for so long is raising more questions about
      the government's efforts to keep the food supply safe..."

      [From:
      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,487288,00.html


      "STIMULUS MAY BOLSTER DAIRY INDUSTRY:" (01/15/09): "A stimulus
      package may be a lifeline for the nation's economy, but it could be a
      death sentence for a lot of cows. Lawmakers are looking for ways to
      use the forthcoming stimulus bill to help dairy farmers, and the
      number one priority is to dampen milk supplies and prop up prices.
      Translation: reduce the nation's dairy herd. Exactly how Congress
      will accomplish that remains uncertain... Taking milk cows out of
      production as a way to control milk prices is a controversial
      approach. The federal government tried that in the 1980s through the
      whole herd buyout program, and while the policy worked for a time,
      milk production eventually bounced back and farmers were once again
      grappling with low milk prices. The buyout also sent beef prices
      crashing, as slaughtered cows entered the meat supply..."

      [From:
      http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20090115/NEWS02/301159967/0/FRONTPAGE


      "USMEF SPREADS NUTRITIONAL MESSAGE TO MEXICO:" (01/09/09): "A very
      targeted message on the health benefits of including beef and pork
      protein in a balanced diet hit the mark last year as the US Meat
      Export Federation (USMEF) Mexico office delivered nutritional and
      educational seminars for healthcare professionals in a country with an
      extremely high rate of obesity and weight-related health issues.
      USMEF conducted 119 seminars in 2008 that provided nearly 5,000 health
      professionals with nutritional information on US beef and pork. These
      one-hour seminars included a 30-minute presentation from a physician
      or cardiologist, a 20-minute presentation from a dietician and a
      10-minute presentation from a chef in conjunction with a tasting
      session of US beef and pork. The target audiences were health
      professionals, including physicians, nurses, dieticians, nutritionists
      and college students in the health field, and housewives with
      children. From a total population in Mexico of 110 million people,
      24.4 per cent are obese and another35 percent are overweight. In
      addition, 6.5 million people have diabetes while between 35 and 37
      million people are at risk to get diabetes type 2, which can be
      regulated with a healthy diet and exercise...."

      [From:
      http://www.thepigsite.com/swinenews/20091/usmef-spreads-nutritional-message-to-mexico


      "BSE COST [U.S.] $11 BILLION:" (01/22/09): "A government report
      released in Washington on Tuesday, claims that ranchers and farmers
      lost $11 billion, between 2004 and 2008, after Japan and South Korea,
      along with other countries banned the import of US beef. The ban was
      imposed, after the discovery of BSE or mad-cow-disease was discovered
      at a meat plant in a downer cow during December 2003.Beef exports came
      to a virtual standstill as a result of the find, the markets of Japan
      and South Korea, have still not fully recovered. Max Baucus, Senator
      for from Montana, who heads the Senate Finance Committee, said "While
      I am pleased Korea is now accepting some US beef, it is clear that the
      USDA must redouble their efforts to fully open the markets of Japan,
      China and the rest of the world to safe delicious US beef..."

      [From:
      http://www.farminguk.com/news/United-States-BSE-cost-country-$11-Billion.10417.asp


      "NEW BIRD FLU CASES REVIVE FEARS OF HUMAN PANDEMIC:" (01/04/09): Just
      when you thought you could scratch bird flu off your list of things to
      worry about in 2009, the deadly H5N1 virus has resurfaced in poultry
      in Hong Kong for the first time in six years, reinforcing warnings
      that the threat of a human pandemic isn't over. India, Bangladesh,
      Vietnam and mainland China also experienced new outbreaks in December.
      During the same period, four new human cases -- in Egypt, Cambodia and
      Indonesia -- were reported to the World Health Organization. A
      16-year-old girl in Egypt and a 2-year-old girl in Indonesia have
      died... H5N1 already has been a disaster for poultry farmers in Asia.
      Public health officials estimate that as many as half a billion fowl
      have been killed by the virus or culled to contain its spread, causing
      enormous economic strain and food shortages. But the bigger fear has
      always been that H5N1 would give rise to a human pandemic like the
      so-called Spanish flu of 1918, which killed an estimated 50 million
      people worldwide.

      It was in Hong Kong in 1997 that the H5N1 virus was first observed to
      jump from chickens to humans, infecting 18 people and killing six of
      them, raising fears of a worldwide catastrophe. Hong Kong ordered its
      entire poultry population, estimated at 1.6 million birds, destroyed
      within three days. A more recent chain of poultry outbreaks began in
      South Korea in 2003 and spread over the years to 61 countries in Asia,
      Africa and Europe... The total number of verified human cases since
      the 2003 outbreak began is 391, of whom 247 died. After peaking in
      2006 at 115 human cases with 79 deaths, human infections dropped to 40
      in 2008, with 30 deaths, according to a World Health Organization
      update in mid-December..."

      [From:
      http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-birdflu4-2009jan04,0,3010223.story


      "IS CHINA COVERING UP A NEW BIRD FLU EPIDEMIC?:" (02/03/09): "While
      the WHO has recently said they do not believe China is experiencing a
      bird flu epidemic, an article in Business Week argues that the
      government may not be entirely forthcoming about the current
      situation: There have already been eight reported cases of humans
      contracting the potential deadly H5N1 virus, from which five people
      have died this year. And despite the fact that Hong Kong officials
      have been finding dead birds infected with the virus washing up onto
      its shores in recent days from the mainland, China has not made any
      official statement concerning an outbreak among birds. At least one
      Hong Kong health advisor to the government, Lo Wing-lok, says the
      government "just isn't admitting" to the problem. If this is true,
      both Chinese health officials and the state media must share the
      blame. Surely after so many human infections people must be asking
      questions of how the caught the virus, as human to human transmission
      is highly unlikely. But China has a horrible track record of
      squelching bad news at the cost of public safety, usually with the
      complicity of the local media. Back in 2003 Guangdong provincials
      covered up the SARS epidemic for 22 weeks before informing neighboring
      Hong Kong. By that time it was too late, and nearly 300 people died of
      SARS in Hong Kong, as did hundreds more worldwide. You would have
      thought that China had learned its lesson back then."

      [From:
      http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/02/is-china-covering-up-a-new-bird-flu-epidemic/


      ************************************************
      *04: Fruit & Flu, Herbs & Spices, Mercury & HFCS, Eggs & Diabetes
      ************************************************
      "FRUIT FIGHTS THE FLU:" (2009): "Fruit fights the germs we're
      exposed to in the winter. "The vitamin load keeps your immune level
      high, allowing you to fend off colds and flu," says Amy Howell, Ph.D.,
      a research scientist at Rutgers University. Fruits also reduce the
      risk of heart disease and cancer. Try the five below to give your
      immune system a boost.

      Apples: The most popular source of antioxidants in our diet...
      Papayas: ...250 percent of the RDA of vitamin C... Cranberries:
      ...more antioxidants than other common fruits and veggies... five
      times the amount in broccoli... Grapefruit: Loaded with vitamin C,
      grapefruit also contains natural compounds called limonoids, which can
      lower cholesterol. The red varieties are a potent source of the
      cancer-fighting substance lycopene. Bananas: One of the top food
      sources of vitamin B6, bananas help reduce fatigue, depression,
      stress, and insomnia. Bananas are high in magnesium, which keeps bones
      strong, and potassium, which helps prevent heart disease and high
      blood pressure.

      [From the more detailed article at:
      http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/coldandflu/flu-fighting-fruits.html


      "20 ANTI-AGING HERBS AND SPICES TO ADD TO YOUR DIET NOW:" (12/24/08):
      * Spices and herbs maximize nutrient density. Herbs and spices contain
      antioxidants, minerals and multivitamins...
      * You can eliminate salt. When you flavor your foods with spices
      instead of salt you'll immediately see health and physical benefits...
      * Spices and herbs have real medicinal properties. Study after study
      shows the benefits of distinct herbs and spices...
      ... if you have the following health concerns:
      * rosemary and basil for their anti-inflammatory power
      * cumin and sage for their dementia-fighting power
      * cayenne and cinnamon for their obesity-fighting power
      * coriander and cinnamon for their sugar regulating powers
      * lemon grass, nutmeg, bay leaves and saffron for their calming
      effects on your mood
      * turmeric for its cancer fighting power
      * oregano for its fungus-beating power
      * garlic, mustard seed and chicory for their heart-pumping power
      * basil and thyme for their skin-saving power
      * turmeric, basil, cinnamon, thyme, saffron, and ginger for their
      immune-boosting power
      * coriander, rosemary, cayenne, allspice and black pepper for their
      depression-busting power

      [Very edited from:
      http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/114694/20_anti-aging_herbs_and_spices_to_add_to_your_diet_now/


      "MERCURY IN HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, FDA HAS KNOWN FOR YEARS:"
      (01/27/09): "... the HFCS industry has been hiding some major
      skeletons in its closet -- according to the IATP study (pdf), over 30%
      of products containing the substance tested positive for mercury.
      What makes this news truly shocking is not just that the manufacturers
      of high fructose corn syrup would put consumers' health at risk, but
      that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knew about the mercury
      in the syrup, and has been sitting on this information since 2005...
      nearly 50 percent of commercial HFCS samples tested positive for the
      heavy metal... In making HFCS -- that "natural" sweetener, as the
      Corn Refiners Association likes to call it -- caustic soda is one
      ingredient used to separate corn starch from the corn kernel.
      Apparently most caustic soda for years has been produced in industrial
      chlorine (chlor-alkali) plants, where it can be contaminated with
      mercury that it passes on to the HFCS, and then to consumers.

      ..."Mercury is toxic in all its forms," said IATP's David Wallinga,
      M.D., and a co-author in both studies. "Given how much high fructose
      corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant
      additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling
      for immediate changes by industry and the FDA to help stop this
      avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply..."

      [Edited from:
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leslie-hatfield/our-melamine-theres-mercu_b_161334.html

      [For another long article with links to the study and more:
      http://www.naturalnews.com/025442.html

      [See also:
      http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/30/still-spooked-by-high-fructose-corn-syrup/?ei=5070&emc=eta1


      "EGG INTAKE LINKED TO DIABETES RISK:" (02/02/09): "People who sit
      down to a daily breakfast of eggs may have an increased risk of
      developing type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. In a long-term
      study of 57,000 U.S. adults, researchers found that those who ate an
      egg a day were 58 percent to 77 percent more likely than
      non-egg-eaters to develop type 2 diabetes... The study does not
      explain exactly why eggs are linked to diabetes, but cholesterol may
      play a role. The study participants' daily cholesterol intake was also
      related to diabetes risk, and when the researchers factored this in,
      the relationship between egg intake and diabetes weakened... it's
      important for people at risk of type 2 diabetes -- due to factors like
      family history and obesity -- to pay attention to their overall
      cholesterol intake, and not just cholesterol from eggs.

      [Study Source:
      Diabetes Care, February 2009.

      [Above edited from:
      http://uk.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUKTRE51162D20090202?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0&sp=true


      ************************************************
      *05: Largest Vegan, Scary Bees, Circus on Trial, Lobster Goes Free
      ************************************************
      "BEES GET PLANTS' PESTS IN A FLAP:" (12/22/08): "Bees can be good
      for plants in more ways than one, scientists have found. Researchers
      in Germany discovered that the flapping of bees' wings scared off
      caterpillars, reducing leaf damage. Many wasp species lay their eggs
      in caterpillars, and so caterpillars have evolved to avoid them. The
      sounds of bees' and wasps' wings are similar. Writing in the journal
      Current Biology, the scientists suggest this is an added bonus of
      having bees around, as well as the pollination they provide. "Our
      findings indicate for the first time that visiting honeybees provide
      plants with a totally unexpected advantage," they write. "They not
      only transport pollen from flower to flower, but in addition also
      reduce plant destruction by herbivores.... the researchers believe the
      caterpillars were sensing the bees' presence through the tiny hairs on
      their bodies, which enable them to detect vibrations in the air.
      "These sensory hairs are not fine-tuned," said lead researcher Jurgen
      Tautz from the Biozentrum at Wurzburg University..."

      [From:
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7796138.stm


      "NY EATERY FREES ANCIENT LOBSTER:" (01/10/09): "A lobster believed
      to be some 140 years old is to be freed from the confines of a tank at
      a New York restaurant. George the giant lobster, weighing 9kg (20lb),
      will be returned to the ocean, from where he was caught two weeks ago.
      The crustacean was bought for $100 (£66) by the City Crab and Seafood
      and quickly adopted as its mascot, posing for pictures with restaurant
      patrons. But animal rights group Peta sought the lobster's release,
      and will now put it back into the waters off Maine. It will enter the
      ocean in the waters around Kennebunkport, where lobster trapping is
      banned. George was originally caught off Newfoundland, Canada, and
      has spent about 10 days in the tank at City Crab and Seafood... The
      approximate age of a lobster can be deduced from its weight..."

      [From:
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/7821645.stm


      "VEGAN SAID TO BE LARGEST ON EARTH:" (01/30/09): "Americans have
      long equated animal protein (e.g. chicken, milk, and eggs) with
      growth, strength, and good health, and they assume that without animal
      protein, we would fast become sickly and weak. To most, a vegetarian
      or vegan diet seems odd and incomplete. But, consider this fact in
      support of how nutritious, strength-supporting, and satisfying this
      lifestyle is: The African elephant (Loxodonta africana) is the
      largest land animal in the world. A full-grown female can weigh
      between 7,000 and 10,000 pounds (three to five tons), reaching heights
      of 10 feet from the toe to the shoulder while a full-grown male can
      weigh between 9,000 and 14,000 pounds (four to seven tons) and stand
      as tall as 14 feet. Elephants are herbivores, which means that they
      only eat plant material.

      When confronted with research that supports that animal foods create
      disease, people are most confused about protein and where their daily
      source will come from. They also worry about getting enough protein
      from a plant-based diet. The fact is that if the diet is sufficient
      in calories, it will also be sufficient in protein.

      After all, if an elephant can grow big and strong eating a plant-based
      diet, and remain big and strong eating a plant-based diet, can't you?"

      [From:
      http://www.examiner.com/x-672-Disease-Prevention-Examiner~y2009m1d30-Vegan-said-to-be-largest-on-earth


      "CIRCUS FACES ELEPHANT CRUELTY CASE:" (02/03/09): "When the Ringling
      Brothers' circus comes to New York next month, the city's grown-up
      kids will be able to watch the elephants make their way through the
      streets of Manhattan to Madison Square Garden. But if animal rights'
      groups – pitted against the circus owners in a trial that begins in
      Washington tomorrow morning – have their way, this year's parade,
      which began in 1919, might be the last. Several groups, including the
      American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the
      Animal Welfare Institute, filed a suit against the owners of the
      Ringling, Feld Entertainment, in 2000, charging that the elephants
      were mistreated. It has taken almost a decade of legal wrangling to
      bring the case before a judge.

      The plaintiffs will tell the court that circus trainers regularly
      wound the animals with sharp bullhooks to nudge them around, confine
      them in overcrowded and poorly ventilated shelters and regularly chain
      their legs – all practices that allegedly violate provisions of the
      federal Endangered Species Act. According to court papers, the
      elephants are sometimes chained up in railwaywagons for up to 70 hours
      at a time. But, according to the defence, the goal of the plaintiffs
      is more radical than an improvement of the elephants' surroundings,
      that they "are hoping to put an end to circus elephants". Not true,
      counters Tracy Silverman, a lawyer for Animal Welfare. "We simply want
      the elephants to be treated humanely and in accordance with the law,"
      she told The New York Times. The case is expected to last about three
      weeks.

      [From:
      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/circus-faces-elephant-cruelty-case-1544655.html


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      *06: Vegan Digital Theater Showcase
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      VIDEO: DR. T. COLIN CAMPBELL (EXCERPTED FROM: A DELICATE BALANCE):
      http://www.plantbasednutrition.org/plant-based-nutrition/interviews/a-delicate-balance/

      "Delicate Balance documents the latest discoveries of some of the most
      prominent experts on nutrition in the world. Over 50 years of research
      ... unravelling the mysteries behind the disease epidemic[s] which has
      struck affluent countries with a vengeance...:"
      http://www.adelicatebalance.com.au/


      VIDEO: "Tarra the 8,700 pound Asian elephant. And Bella, her best
      friend, the dog:"
      http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/02/assignment_america/main4696340.shtml


      VIDEO: "AN INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL RIGHTS (DR. TOM REGAN, MAY 2006):"
      Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTNNJspZXA4
      Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDO-QIJCwJ0
      Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jk9EnqE4H0
      Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx_V0BdxRno
      Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1LjVn5FMjc

      [Mad Cowboy Interview with Dr. Tom Regan (interactive transcripts):
      http://www.madcowboy.com/02_MCIview03.000.html


      VIDEO: "FLOW: Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation
      into: The World Water Crisis:"
      [TRAILER:
      http://www.flowthefilm.com/trailer

      [ARTICLE about "FLOW: Who Owns the World's Water?:"
      http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/01/05-4


      VIDEOS: "5 Food Films That Deserved an Oscar Nomination:"
      Trailers and information/reviews of "The World According to Monsanto,
      Our Daily Bread, King Corn, Food Fight, and The Power of Community:
      How Cuba Survived Peak Oil:
      http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/01/5-food-films-deserved-oscar-nomination.php


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      *07: Vegans Best Roman Athletes, The Veg Internet, Food Matters
      ************************************************
      "THE BEST ATHLETES IN ANCIENT ROME WERE VEGETARIAN!:" "The figure of
      gladiators recalls the ideas of strength, hard training, endurance,
      and deadly efficiency: a perfect fighting machine. Historically, a
      gladiator was a sort of sport hero, and gladiator's medicine probably
      one of the first forms of organised sports medicine... Considering the
      modern diets of strength athletes, we should expect that gladiators
      had a high protein diet. However, analysis of their bones has put
      forward the hypothesis that gladiators were vegetarian athletes: in
      his accounts of Rome, the ancient historian Plinius refers to
      gladiators as "hordearii" (barley-eaters) (Eichholz et al., 1938).
      Plants contain higher levels of strontium than animal tissues. People
      who consume more plants and less meat will build up measurably higher
      levels of strontium in their bones. Levels of strontium in the
      gladiators' bones were two times as high than the bones of
      contemporary Ephesians (Kanz and Grossschmidt, 2007).

      ...The legionnaire's daily ration consisted of 78% carbohydrates,
      mainly from wheat or barley. This diet has the advantages to provide
      slowly absorbed carbohydrates, to be provide high energy, and to be
      easily digestible. It provided good intestinal ballast, and was able
      to restore the energy reserves of the organism (Fornaris and Aubert,
      1998; Lemon et al., 1992). The best fighters in the ancient world were
      essentially vegetarian..."
      [From:
      http://jssm.org/vol7/n4/24/v7n4-24text.php

      [Cite:
      Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2008) 7, 565


      "VEGETARIAN INTERNET CONNECTION:" (01/29/09): "What could make
      367,000 young people across America turn away from their long-held
      beliefs about food and embark on a brand new lifestyle? Let me tell
      you: The internet! Instead of dealing with the normal stressors of
      young adulthood by pigging out on burgers and milkshakes, a new study
      says that teenagers and young adults are turning their backs on beef
      and going to fruits and veggies to allay their fears and calm their
      minds. You can blame the World Wide Web, if you're looking to someone
      to blame. The proliferation of the internet is largely thought of as
      the number one reason for this lifestyle change among the youth of
      America. Whether your viewpoint is that the internet has helped, or
      hindered is sort of irrelevant because either way, the popularity of
      vegetarianism is rapidly growing.

      YouTube's status and the ability to search with ease have both made
      people more aware about what goes on inside slaughterhouses and farms.
      Because of this, many young people have changed their minds when it
      comes to meat. The newest statistic from the Centers of Disease
      Control, based on data gathered in 2007, is that 1 in 200 young people
      now identify with the vegetarian lifestyle... Outlined in the research
      are reasons why someone would choose to become veg. Some who took part
      in the research said it was because they felt like their ethics
      conflicted with their lifestyle and love of animals. Some said it was
      mainly for health reasons. Some said it was a mixture of the two...

      [From:
      http://media.www.ecollegetimes.com/media/storage/paper991/news/2009/01/29/News/Vegetarian.Internet.Connection-3604691.shtml


      "BRING AWARENESS, MODERATION TO DIET, AUTHOR SAYS:" (02/04/09): "Our
      carnivorous ways imperil the planet, food writer Mark Bittman says,
      especially as the rest of the world begins to eat more meat. Most
      people in the world eat much less meat than do we in the
      industrialized nations, where the daily average is a half-pound per
      person, but rates are rising. To meet that demand, Bittman writes in
      his new book, "Food Matters, a Guide to Conscious Eating," livestock
      production would have to double in the next 20 or 30 years. We'd run
      out of land and other resources before then, and the 60 billion
      livestock animals now raised every year already account for 20 percent
      of greenhouse gases -- more than is generated by transportation.

      ... New York Times columnist Bittman is known for demystifying cooking
      with such best-selling books as "How to Cook Everything." In "Food
      Matters" he tells you how to follow that deceptively simple suggestion
      to "eat food" by providing meal plans, recipes and shopping and
      cooking strategies that help nudge your diet from American industrial
      to one rich in whole grains and vegetables. "If I told you that the
      same lifestyle change could help you lose weight," he writes, "reduce
      your risk of many long-term or chronic diseases and help stop global
      warming, I imagine you'd be intrigued." Bittman can vouch for all of
      the above, because looming health issues were among the reasons he
      began thinking about the "Food Matters" diet. He suffered from sleep
      apnea, high blood sugar, elevated cholesterol and had gained extra
      pounds over the years. When I met him recently during a swing through
      Portland, he had said goodbye to all that; he'd lost 35 pounds and
      looked a slim and healthy 58..."

      [From:
      http://www.oregonlive.com/health/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1233611710182830.xml&coll=7


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      *08: Howard's Schedule
      ************************************************
      March 13-15 Green Lifestyle Festival Los Angles, CA
      www.rawlifestylefilmfestival.com 310-928-2078

      June 7th Institute for Integrative Nutrition New York City, NY
      646-633-4065

      July 8-12 Summerfest Johnstown PA

      August 21-23 5th Annual Vibrant Living Expo
      Fort Bragg, CA
      info@...
      707-964-2420

      [More information/embedded links for contact information at:
      http://www.madcowboy.com/01_SchedCA.000.html


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      *10: Quick Bytes
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      AGRICULTURE:

      [Useful resource and for networking:
      http://www.kitchengardeners.org/

      [SUPERB CSA (community supported agriculture) interactive resource:"
      http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/csa/

      BLOGS/PODCASTS:

      ["Organic Consumers: Read, Blog & Meet-up!:"
      http://organicconsumers.org/chat/index.php

      [The Mad Cowboy Newsletter Editor's Vegan Blog:
      http://www.soulveggie.com

      [Podcasts, radio:
      http://www.veganradio.com/

      [Robin Robertston's "Vegan Planet:"
      http://veganplanet.blogspot.com/

      ["The FatFreeVegan Blog:"
      http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/

      ["The Vegan Lunch Box Blog (PETA & Bloggy Award-winning:"
      http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com

      [Bryanna Clark Grogan's Blog:
      http://veganfeastkitchen.blogspot.com/

      ["Raw Vegan Blog and Podcasts:"
      http://www.rawveganradio.blogspot.com/

      ["Recommended Blogs & Websites for Food & Farming Information:"
      http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_563.cfm

      NEWSLETTERS/GROUPS/LISTS/FORUMS:

      [The FatFree Vegan Yahoo Group List:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fatfree_vegan/

      [Farmed Animal Net:
      http://www.farmedanimal.net/

      [VegNews Monthly Newsletter:
      http://www.vegnews.com

      [FARMUSA's MeatOut Monday Newsletter:
      http://meatoutmondays.org

      [PCRM Membership News and Info:
      Send e-mail to: membership@...

      [Vegetarians In Paradise Newsletter:
      http://www.vegparadise.com

      [International Vegetarian Union Newsletter:
      http://www.ivu.org/news/index.html

      ["In a Vegetarian Kitchen: (Nava Atlas):"
      http://www.vegkitchen.com

      ["International Organization for Animal Protection:"
      http://www.oipa.org/

      ["VeggieBoards:"
      http://www.veggieboards.com

      RECIPES:

      [Over 10,000 veg'n recipe links:
      http://www.madcowboy.com/02_VegRecipes.html

      ["Over 1,000 International (regional) Vegetarian Recipes:"
      http://www.ivu.org/recipes/regions.html

      [PCRM Recipe Archives:
      http://www.pcrm.org/health/recipes/recipe_archive.html

      [Almost 2,000 searchable fat-free veg'n recipes:
      http://www.fatfree.com

      [Award-winning searchable veg'n recipe database:
      http://vegweb.com/

      [Constantly wonderful site of vegan recipes:
      http://www.fatfreevegan.com/


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      *11: Closing Thoughts
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      "Consider, for example, a twenty-seven-year study of nearly nine
      thousand Californians published in the journal Neurology in January
      2005. The study demonstrated that those with high cholesterol were 42
      percent more likely to develop dementia. But it also demonstrated
      that those with high blood pressure increase their risk of dementia by
      24 percent, and those with diabetes in middle age increase their risk
      of developing dementia in later years by 46 percent.

      Now, as we know, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes
      are all direct results of a flesh-based diet. Increase your intake of
      meat [or dairy or added fat], and you will increase your risk of all
      three--- and of developing Alzheimer's."

      --- Howard Lyman ("No More Bull!" p. 58)


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