Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Paper Dreams

As I've been doing loads of computer and business work today, I put on Lost + Found since I haven't actually listened to it in a long time.

And Paper Dreams came on.

It always hits me. Listening, performing, both.

Charlie's piano on that song makes me want to be a better person.

I think that's my favorite thing I've ever recorded.

What do you think? What if I did a whole record of that kind fo thing?

Every time i listen to that song i fall in love.

What better reaction could you hope for in a piece of art?

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Great Blog

My friend and head chef of Blue Canyon in Twisnburg, Ohio has a wonderful blog. He touches on the theme I just wrote about in my last post. And i think it's something that a lot of us feel.

Please check it out:

And then check out Blue Canyon! It is very tasty, AND he will make Vegan dishes if you ask!



I have a question.

Where is your passion?


Passion - (noun) 1. any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.
2. a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music. 3. the object of such a fondness or desire: Accuracy became a passion with him. 4. an outburst of strong emotion or feeling: He suddenly broke into a passion of bitter words.

Where is it?

I can somewhat understand some of the feelings of smallness in national politics. But i cannot in local politics. You can actually physically meet every candidate on the ballot for your local elections and school boards. And local issues actually immediately effect us. So why the indifference?

Let's make a few new laws:
1. You cannot critisize something without offering an serious alternative solution.
2. Treat all people and animals and things with dignity and respect.
3. "Listening" and "debate' will be taught in every grade in every school.
4. Empathy must be viewed as vitally important.

Let us wake up to reality. Really open our eyes to this illusion we have pulled over us - this maya of falsity and deception.

There is no you and me, no they and we - just unity.

Just unity.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Vote No on Issue 2!

Tomorrow's the day! Vote NO on Issue 2!

Find your polling place here:

And if you have any issues, call for election protection:

Six Reasons to Vote NO on Ohio's Issue 2

1. Issue 2 seeks to stop animal welfare improvements. Agribusiness interests are trying to change the Ohio constitution so they can continue cruel and inhumane practices on factory farms—confining animals in tiny cages and crates so small they can’t even turn around. Issue 2 proposes an industry-dominated power grab to protect the status quo: hens crammed into cages so tightly they can’t even spread their wings, breeding pigs confined in tiny barren crates and calves chained by their necks inside veal crates. We wouldn’t force our pets to live in filthy, cramped cages for their whole lives, and we shouldn’t force farm animals to either. All animals, including those raised for food, deserve humane treatment.

2. Issue 2 threatens our food safety and health. Factory farmers have put our health at risk by recklessly telling us that it’s okay to keep animals in overcrowded, inhumane conditions. Cramming tens of thousands of animals into tiny cages fosters the spread of animal diseases that may affect people. For example, the American Journal of Epidemiology reported that people who eat eggs from hens confined in cages are 250% more likely to contract Salmonella. The extreme confinement of animals is also a major factor in the emergence of diseases like H5N1 and H1N1 (bird and swine flu). Passing Issue 2 would be bad for animals—and bad for us.

3. Issue 2 favors large factory farms, not Ohio’s family famers. Family farmers and groups like the Ohio Farmers Union and Family Farm Defenders oppose Issue 2 because they know that food quality and safety are enhanced by better farming practices. Increasingly, they are supplying mainstream retailers like Safeway and Burger King. Factory farms cut corners and drive family farmers out of business when they put profits ahead of animal welfare and our health.

4. Issue 2 threatens Ohio’s environment. The American Public Health Association has called for a moratorium on new factory farms because of the devastating effects these operations can have on surrounding communities. Factory farms often spread waste on the ground untreated—contaminating our waterways, lakes, groundwater, soil, and air. By helping keep the worst animal confinement practices in Ohio, Issue 2 threatens our precious natural resources—that’s why the Ohio Environmental Stewardship Alliance and Ohio Sierra Club oppose it.

5. Issue 2 sets Ohio backwards, while other states are moving forward. Seven states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, and Oregon—have banned the use of inhumane confinement devices for farm animals. In the European Union, veal crates are illegal, as are barren battery cages (effective 2012) and gestation crates (effective 2013). Rather than make advances to help farmers, consumers, and animal welfare, Issue 2 will ensure that Ohio lags behind other states and public opinion when it comes to the treatment of farm animals and movement away from the worst factory farming practices.

6. Issue 2 is opposed by leading organizations and experts. Issue 2 is opposed by The Humane Society of the United States, the Capital Area Humane Society, the Cleveland Animal Protective League, the Toledo Area Humane Society, the Ohio Farmers Union, the Ohio Environmental Stewardship Alliance, Progress Ohio, League of Women Voters of Ohio, Center for Food Safety, the Ohio Sierra Club, Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association, the Columbus Dispatch, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Dayton Daily News.

Don't let Big Ag get away with this power grab: Vote NO on Issue 2.

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(From the Humane Society's Website: