pale beneath the blue

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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Someone at Starbucks has gone mad

So, I will have to say this is almost disturbing, not as much as the Carmine, but disturbing none the less. Yes, this is the Starbucks Barista action figure. I guess I didn't ever feel the need to play with dolls, so this is really odd--I was too busy playing football and baseball to mess around with dolls. The girl at Starbucks said she was just mad because the doll has a little tattoo around her upper arm and apparently, actual Baristas are not allowed to have those showing. Maybe it's cute, in a Rachel Sage kind of interesting way, but I really have no idea what they were thinking.

What do you think?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Did you know that you were eating bugs?

So, yesterday I started watching a video on Google about Genetically Modified food. Find it here>>> . I was appalled--do you know that tomatoes are being modified with FISH genes? First off, how gross is that? Secondly, what happens if you don't know that and have an allergic reaction? There's so much info in this video that you need to watch it yourself.

Last night I received an email from my good friend Andy Valeri at Uncommon Sense TV that I found to be too much of a coincidence to let it slide. The most shocking thing I learned is what Carmine is. Remember when I was upset that they put Beet juice in my yogurt? Well, apparently, Carmine is also used in Yoplait yogurt which I don't know how I could ever eat again after reading this description from Wikipedia:

Carmine may be prepared from cochineal, by boiling dried insects in water to extract the carminic acid and then treating the clear solution with alum, cream of tartar, stannous chloride, or potassium hydrogen oxalate; the coloring and animal matters present in the liquid are thus precipitated. Other methods are in use; sometimes egg white, fish glue, or gelatine are added before the precipitation.

Seriously, how disgusting is that? I've been trying so hard to eat non-gmo foods--no partially hydrogenated oils, no high fructose corn syrup--are bugs okay because they are natural? I don't quite know where that fits in. We don't have a bug category or even processed food category in our food pyramid. Hmmm...that's got me thinking...

What I really want to know is, who makes Carmine? As in, wouldn't workers at a food plant wonder why they were boiling bugs? Do they think it's okay to feed bugs to the unsuspecting public? And how does everyone involved sleep at night?

Personally, I've decided that yogurt doesn't need to have added coloring--I'm pretty sure that I would feel much better if it was just sort of strawberry colored in spots. I guess I'll sit here and think about this some more while I eat some carrots.

Here's a link to a book selling site with more information:

I personally have stopped taking Nexium just from changing my diet. I have other friends who have cured themselves of other disease and "conditions" to which there are no cures, all because they've stopped eating things that are not really food. It's just a thought, but I think it's worth a try...

Love and longevity,

Monday, August 28, 2006

My new obsession

So, you all know that I love movies, right? Oh, I've got some things to review...I guess I had better get on that. Talladega Nights is on the list, just so you know. Anyway, have you ever checked out You Tube? A lot of unsigned bands are putting music videos up, but there's also a ton of other interesting documentary like things. I keep finding myself lying in bed with my laptop falling asleep watching something wierd about the CIA, religion or fake food. I highly recommend going to You Tube or Google video and try searching for a subject, everything has meta tags so it's pretty easy to find something of interest. Check it out. There's a movie at Google Video called the Truth and Lies of 9/11 that I highly recommend. Lots of interesting things to think about.

Also, look for my movie reviews at on the message boards.


Sunday, August 27, 2006

Tri-State Womon Fest

A big thanks to everyone at Tri-State Womon Fest held yesterday in Cincinnati. Trice and I both got some sun while playing, eating and meeting new folks. The big excitement was when a tent blew over in the middle of our set. No one got hurt fortunately. We also had the pleasure of talking with Brenda Slagle who MC'd the event and is apparently heading to Chicago to audition for Last Comic Standing. She should do well.

A big thanks to Bev (I believe) from Women's Way who chatted with us for a while and filled us in on our song "Inside" (Hologram EP) which is getting airplay on NTG Radio out of California. Who knew? She had us record a little radio bumper right there on the spot to send to them so now we'll have to listen in and see if it gets played. Bev's been working on a documentary about women in music for quite some time and we look forward to being a part of that in the future.

Until then, I guess we're back to NTG Radio. All Women, All Day.

Hugs, kisses and conspiracy theories,

Saturday, August 19, 2006

More 911 Conspiracy

I'm probably the last to find out about this, but here's a documentary about 911 called Loose Change. I found it free on Google, check it out here>>>>

Friday, August 18, 2006

The news we've been waiting for...

Yes! We won! Cincinnati is Number 1. All others are 2 or lower. We beat Cleveland and Columbus out for an IKEA store. Read all the details here>>>

Friday, August 04, 2006

A Little Something for you Conspiracy Theorists...

Just got a message from Uncommon Sense TV that took me on a wild-ride through some interesting scenerios for the 9/11 attacks. Considering that I've never actually been convinced that Bin Laden did this, I was mesmerized by all the info in Internet-ville. Start here>>> and then follow the links to other sites and read more of the story. A very JFK-like cover-up is what it sounds like, so don't expect to find out anything new in the major motion picture WTC.

Feel free to post your thoughts--yes, make comments and I'll publish them.
Take care,

ps--if you're from Dayton, don't miss this home-town boys opinion on this whole issue...Charlie Sheen.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

This just in...

Runway model Tatyana Simanava, 21, was hospitalized in May after she turned the wrong way upon emerging from the rest room of the luxury motor home she was riding in through Brooklyn, N.Y., and fell out the back door into traffic, suffering a broken arm and wrist. Newspaper stories described her as ... blonde.

Thanks for the news update, Ray.