Thursday, September 19, 2013

Slime On!

Ever heard of "pink slime?"  Here's a video explaining the process in fairly blunt terms:

So what are you REALLY eating?
"Fat, sinew, bloody effluvia, and bits of meat." Oh, and ammonia.This is what you're eating when you buy and prepare ground beef from most grocery stores in the U.S. today. It's also what you're eating when you eat a fast food burger or grab a quick bite at your local diner, most likely.
The latest issue of Mary Jane's Farm spreads some light on what's really in our ground beef. And the results of what they found are enough to make this particular blogger swear off ground beef for good. The article isn't online yet, but here are a few choice quotes:
- "Ten years ago, the rejected fat, sinew, bloody effluvia, and occasional bits of meat cut from carcasses in the slaughterhouse were a low-value waste product called 'trimmings' that were sold primarily as pet food. No more. Now, Beef Products Inc. of South Dakota transforms trimmings into something they call 'boneless lean beef.' In huge factories, the company liquefies the trimmings and uses a spinning centrifuge to separate the sinews and fats from the meat, leaving a mash that has been described as 'pink slime,' which is then frozen into small squares and sold as a low-cost additive to hamburger."
- "BPI produces more than 7 million pounds of the mash per week, making it the world's largest manufacturer of this frozen product. BPI explains that its product is mixed into most of the ground beef sold in the U.S. - at major fast-food restaurants, supermarkets, and school lunch programs." (Emphasis added.)
But that's not all! See, the problem when you turn garbage bits of animal carcasses into "pink slime" to sell as a food product is that there's an issue with pathogens, such as E. coli. And when samples of the pink slime were tested, the tests came back showing that the slime was rampant with harmful bacteria. Now, one might think that the best idea would be to decide not to sell pink slime to feed to humans, but there's no money in that, is there? So BPI cleverly started disinfecting the slime with ammonia. And convinced the FDA to allow them to list it as a "processing ingredient" so that we wouldn't know we were eating ammonia.
We're eating garbage, people. Literally -- garbage that's been "cleaned up" with ammonia and sold to us mixed with ground beef, shrink wrapped for convenience at our local megamart.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What Are Others Thinking?

This video is being used by hospitals all over to help their employees to have a greater understanding of not only the patients they encounter, but their fellow workers and volunteers too.  It's also not limited to the health care industry - the same video could be shot of people walking down the street in your town, or driving the car next to you.  Maybe the reason "that idiot" cut you off was due to his/her mind being on something else?  Maybe next time we get cut off in traffic, we might think of this video and have a bit of empathy... 

My thanks to the Cleveland Clinic for this production.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Go Madison Rising!

Not everyone likes a rock'n version of the Star Spangled Banner, but this one really knocks it out of the park!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

One World Trade Center Time Lapse

Time lapse of One World Trade Center from 2004 through 2013...  impressive...

Let us never forget.