Sunday, January 31, 2010

My Lady

Many people are fond of ladybugs because of their colorful, spotted appearance. But farmers love them for their appetite. Most ladybugs voraciously consume plant-eating insects, such as aphids, and in doing so they help to protect crops. Ladybugs lay hundreds of eggs in the colonies of aphids and other plant-eating pests. When they hatch, the ladybug larvae immediately begin to feed. By the end of its three-to-six-week life, a ladybug may eat some 5,000 aphids. Ladybugs are also called lady beetles or, in Europe, ladybird beetles. There are about 5,000 different species of these insects, and not all of them have the same appetites. A few ladybugs prey not on plant-eaters but on plants. The Mexican bean beetle and the squash beetle are destructive pests that prey upon the crops mentioned in their names.

Ladybugs appear as half-spheres, tiny, spotted, round or oval-shaped domes. They have short legs and antennae. Their distinctive spots and attractive colors are meant to make them unappealing to predators. Ladybugs can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste. Their coloring is likely a reminder to any animals that have tried to eat their kind before. A threatened ladybug may both play dead and secrete the unappetizing substance to protect itself.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane...No It's Soupergirl

Just read an inspiring article in Flavor Magazine titled The Adventures of Soupergirl. Sara Polon started her own business creating healthy, delicious vegan soups with the freshest local ingredients and delivering them to people's homes and offices in Washington DC. Every Monday the Soupergirl website posts which soups will be available the following week. You can place your order online and the soup will be delivered the following week.

Polon said that after reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, she decided to team up with her mother (alias Soupermom) and launch her business. She said, "A lot of people want to eat locally. They want to eat healthfully. But nobody has the time. And we're filling that void." She also added, "Luckily, we live in an area where we have four full seasons. And with each season comes new produce."

Polon shared her recipe for Gingered Sweet Potato Soup in the article.

Yields: 7 cups

2 teaspoons olive oil (as needed)
1 medium leek, white part only, cut in half lengthwise, rinsed well, thinly sliced
1 medium carrot, chopped
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
One 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped (set aside some grated ginger too)
4 cups vegetable broth
Salt to taste
Cilantro for garnish

Heat oil in soup pot over medium-high heat. Add leeks and carrot and cook, stirring until they begin to soften (2-3 minutes). Stir in sweet potatoes and chopped ginger. Add broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until sweet potatoes are soft (about 30 minutes). Using an immersion blender, puree until smooth. If it is too thick, add water. Salt to taste. Before serving, add some grated ginger for extra sharpness. Top with cilantro.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Fecal Bacteria Found in Nearly Half of Fast Food Soda Fountains>>>

Posted by: Dr. Mercola

A recent study has revealed that a full 48 percent of soda fountains at fast food restaurants contain coliform bacteria -- a bacteria that grows in feces. Eleven percent also contained E. Coli.
Other opportunistic pathogenic microorganisms found included Chryseobacterium meningosepticum and of Klebsiella, Staphylococcus, Stenotrophomonas, Candida, and Serratia. Most of the identified bacteria showed resistance to one or more of 11 antibiotics tested.
While there have been few certified outbreaks over in the last ten years related to soda fountains, many incidents of food poisoning go unreported.

Treehugger January 7, 2010
Int J Food Micro 2009

Kool & The Elements

Something a lil more Well




Friday, January 29, 2010


"Clothing is a choice....We were born naked. Fresh is an opinion. LOVE IS AN OBJECTIVE. Taste is selective. And expression is my favorite elective. No more politics or apologies"-theDon

Fresh is an opinion.


Taste is selective.

And expression is my favorite elective

No more politics or apologies

Sergio Mendes Magalenha

United Record Pressing Plant Tour & History>>>

Adam of United Record Pressing gives a tour of the plant, explains the process behind manufacturing vinyl, and presents a brief history of the the plant’s building, including the origin of the Motown suite.

United Record Pressing from Ethan Luck on Vimeo.

'Bin Laden' blames US for global warming>>>

A new message said to be from al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has blamed global warming on the US and other big industrial nations

The audio tape, broadcast on al-Jazeera TV, urges a boycott of the US dollar "to free humankind from slavery".

It comes days after another tape said to be from Bin Laden was released, praising the attempted bombing of a US airliner on 25 December.

The authenticity of neither tape has been verified.

But IntelCenter, a US group that monitors Islamist activity, has said the voice on the earlier tape appeared to be that of Bin Laden.

"All industrial nations, mainly the big ones, are responsible for the crisis of global warming," the latest tape says.
"This is a message to the whole world about those who are causing climate change, whether deliberately or not, and what we should do about that."

The tape criticises the administration of former US President George W Bush for not ratifying the Kyoto Protocol on combating climate change.

"Bush the son, and the [US] Congress before him, rejected this agreement only to satisfy the big companies."

The tape also urges a boycott of the US dollar. "I know that there would be huge repercussions for that, but this would be the only way to free humankind from slavery... to America and its companies."

Quantum Tomato Concentrate>>> Raw Supplement Spotlight
Be mindful. We are just informing you all of new things. We don't endorse. Nothing can replace real vegetables and the nutritional value of them. Make your own decisions on wellness.

Quantum Tomato Concentrate features unparalleled tomato nutrition. The simple tomato has gained a stellar reputation due to the discovery of a carotenoid called lycopene, a health-promoting phytochemical which gives the tomato its red color.

Lycopene acts like a powerful antioxidant in the body, helping to scavenge and neutralize harmful free radicals which can accelerate aging and cause disease.

A functional Super Food in a category by itself: quantum-state, 100% pesticide-free, nonhybrid tomatoes from South America where no chemicals have ever been used

Low-temperature, air-dried process: preserves up to 90% of the enzymes in their raw state

Rich in lycopene (67mg/tbsp) with proven antioxidant activity.

Excellent source of potassium

Free of pesticides, genetic tampering, fillers, sweeteners or artificial flavor enhancers.

For smokers or those exposed to second-hand smoke, lycopene can offer great protection against free radical damage caused by inhaling cigarette smoke. Lycopene also assists in the repair of damaged body cells as well as helping to inhibit DNA oxidation, which, if left unchecked can lead to certain forms of cancer.

Many studies have supported the role of the tomato in the prevention and nutritional support of prostate cancer, lung cancer and other types of cancer as well as heart disease and osteoporosis.

Quantum Tomato Concentrate is an organic non-hybrid tomato concentrate, rich in Lycopene. It makes instant, delicious organic tomato juice, tomato soup or tomato sauce and is a great afternoon pick-me-up drink . Just add powder to hot water and stir. It is also great to take when traveling since no refrigeration is needed.

Give us your thoughts or if you have tried this product. Be well>>>

Jetsonorama + Yote, Tuscon>>>

This wall was done for BICAS.
See more Yote here & Jetsonorama here. Yote & Jetsonorama put up these two new pieces on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. See more from these artists here.


The Janus Chairs by Ryder Architecture>>>

Ryder Architecture designed the Janus Chairs that have been installed at Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland in North East England.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Protesting Genetically Modified Eggplant

Eggplant is known as Brinjal in India. According to Association for India's Development (AID), "The government is planning to approve genetic modification of our fruits and vegetables starting with Brinjal. They have however requested for public opinion before they take a decision in February."

AID is asking everyone to join them in a fast to protest genetically modified eggplant on Jan. 30 Martyrs Day, 62 years since we lost Mahatma Gandhi. Learn more and find out how you can get involved.

"Genetically Modified (GM) crops are created by the unnatural insertion of foreign genes into host DNA of a plant, which leads to numerous unpredictable changes that are potentially dangerous for health. Bt Brinjal has been artificially created by insertion of a poisonous bacterial gene (Bacillus thuringiensis-Bt) to produce a toxin 24X7 inside the plant (and its fruit/vegetable) to target one pest—the Brinjal Fruit & Shoot Borer (it has to be noted that while many pests and diseases attack the crop, this technology is claimed as a solution to one such pest). If Bt were sprayed on the plant as a pesticide it can be washed before cooking, but now being inside the plants and vegetables no washing will remove it."

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"STOP Taking Multivitamins Until You Read This!!>>

"STOP Taking Multivitamins Until You Read This"

Did you know your multivitamin may be creating toxic
build up within your body? The deadly secret
multivitamin suppliers hope you never discover...

What if you discovered your multivitamin was punishing you instead of helping you?

What would cause me to ask you this?

Believe it or not, all multivitamins are not created equal. Some may, in fact, inflict enough punishment on you that they should probably be flushed down the toilet.


Consider this… If your multivitamin is synthetic, how do you know it’s even doing you any good? Are you assuming that because you take a ‘multi’ you’re guaranteed better health than if you don’t – because it seems like the healthy thing to do?

Obviously if you take a multi, this is something you’ll want to check out.


Celia the Queen











Visual Therapy 6: Incidental video and Accidental Aesthetics... for the week

Moxy Creative x Pablo Picasso

vintage calendars

vintage calendars

Mos Def "White Drapes>>>Mictape

From the upcoming album by Michael Sterling Eaton