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Submitted by Brian Sonenstein on Wed, 04/27/2011 - 1:47pm.
Knock on wood- but we think the cold weather is FINALLY behind us. You know what that means...
It’s time for Living Liberally’s 5th Annual Spring Celebration and Fundraiser! On Saturday, May 7th 2011, we’ll be getting together from 7-11pm to catch up, discuss our future and honor the hard work of our fellow progressives.
We’re also super excited to recognize our honorees -- former Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) and activist group Color of Change: two magnificent examples of principled progressive activism at work. Mr. Grayson was instrumental in hitting back at the Corporate/Republican noise machine during financial reform, health care and a wide variety of other issues. Most notably, Mr. Grayson is remembered for summing up the Republican plan for health insurance reform as, “Don’t get sick. And if you do, die quickly.”
Color of Change is one of the fastest growing progressive advocacy organizations on the Left, and has recently scored a huge victory in their long campaign to take Glenn Beck off of TV. By circulating petitions, contacting advertisers and spreading the word about Beck’s hateful conspiracy theories and diatribes, Color of Change was largely responsible for Beck’s decline in ratings and eventual departure from FOX.
Tickets start at $100, but if you register now, you can take advantage of our recession special -- two tickets for $150 total! So grab a pal and join us for some liberal libations as we celebrate our work together over the past year.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 04/21/2011 - 6:24am.
As GOP contenders try to look like grown-ups
Republicans proposes sweeping budget changes
Conservatives jockey to seem folksy & accessible,
After years of right-wing hopefuls shilling on Fox News,
Sorry, Republicans, you've been trumped.
Believe it or not, Trump's not the only news story,
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Wed, 04/20/2011 - 9:41pm.
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Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 04/14/2011 - 7:23am.
In addressing the nation's long-term deficit,
He called for us to curtail wasteful spending
He affirmed the kind of country we want,
A solid speech, but will the Prez follow through?
Let's toast & talk, debate & deliberate, recap & revel
Submitted by KAT on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 9:12am.
KAT: We talk a lot about the factory farms that provide most of our meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products, but most Americans have no idea what really goes on inside a CAFO, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation.
You, however, saw a number of these fetid facilities firsthand when you served on the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production a couple of years ago. And industrial livestock production's role in degrading our environment, undermining our health, abusing animals and exploiting workers in the name of efficiency has been well-documented, most recently in Dan Imhoff's massive, and massively disturbing, coffee table book CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories
Given all the problems inherent in industrial livestock production, do you see a future for factory farming?
Dr. Nestle: I do not think factory farming is going away. Most people like meat and want to eat it, and do so the minute they get enough money to buy it.
I think a more realistic question is this: Can factory farming be done better? The interesting thing about the Pew Commission's investigations was that we were taken to factory farms where people were trying to do things right, or at least better. Even so, it was mind-boggling to see an egg facility that gave whole new meaning to the term "free range." And these eggs were organic, yet. The hens were not caged, but there were thousands of them all over each other. This place did a fabulous job of composting waste and the place did not smell bad. But it did not in any way resemble anyone's fantasy of chickens scratching around in the dirt.
Factory farming raises issues about its effects on the animals, the environment, the local communities, and food safety. As someone invested in public health and food safety, I care about all of those. The effects on the animals are obvious, and those will never go away no matter how well everything else is done.
But the everything else could be done much, much better. The first big issue is animal waste. It stinks. It's potentially dangerous. Most communities have laws that forbid this level of waste accumulation, but the laws are not enforced, often because the communities are poor and disenfranchised.
The second is antibiotics, particularly the use of antibiotic drugs as growth promoters. This selects for antibiotic-resistant bacteria and is, to say the least, not a good idea.
The factory farming system could be greatly improved by forcing the farms to manage waste and restricting use of antibiotics. This will not solve the fundamental problems, but it will help.
I'm hoping that more environmentally friendly meat production will expand, and factory farming will contract. That would be better for public health in the short and long run.
If you're in the NYC area, please join Eating Liberally and Kitchen Table Talks this Thursday, April 14th at NYU's Fales Library to hear Dr. Nestle, Dan Imhoff, and Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter Michael Moss address the question "What's the Matter with Mass-Produced Meat?" The discussion will be moderated by Paula Crossfield of Civil Eats. Event details here.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 04/07/2011 - 8:50am.
Glenn Beck's Fox televsion show is ending!
Progressives are winning the WI Supreme Court race!
The Tea Party's extreme overreach is going to cost them!
…and some of us want a government that functions.
It's great to see The Tea Party's tea go cold…
Share what you think as you share a drink,
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 03/31/2011 - 7:22am.
Conservatives first shouted we moved too slow in Libya,
The GOP accuses Obama of not leading on the budget
Tea Partiers blame him for not focusing on job creation,
Liberals may feel left out & progressives are pissed,
Plenty to discuss, much to debate & reason to drink --
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 03/24/2011 - 6:05am.
This time we engaged the international community,
The administration at least believes in global warming
Our President now expresses support for labor,
We're a far cry from the days of "Mission Accomplished"
We signed on for "Change We Believe In,"
If you'd like a drink, an escape & friendly debate,
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 03/17/2011 - 6:57am.
As Japan reacts to a devastating earthquake,
As revolution shakes Libya & the entire region,
And in Wisconsin we see what's at stake in America:
In America, the right-wing attacks our institutions,
Everywhere else in the world, we pray
We pray for those in the quakes & shakes
Discuss it all & join the revelry revolution
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 03/10/2011 - 9:09am.
Our country is wealthier than it's ever been
Big banks contribute next to nothing in taxes,
Unions, the vehicles to a healthy middle class,
But won't taxing billionaires & banks hurt them?
Tax the super-rich and they sting a little.
And on that cheery note, who needs a drink?
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