Killer Bacon Bugs, Bid on Stars & Recycling Myths

1. An Op-Ed published by the New York Times last week has linked killer MRSA, also known as the  antibiotic-resistant “Flesh Eating Bacteria” to more than 18,000 deaths per year in the US. That’s more than AIDS. And what is the source of this superbug? You guessed it: cheap pig products. “Probably from the routine use — make that the insane overuse — of antibiotics in livestock feed. This is a system that may help breed virulent “superbugs” that pose a public health threat to us all.

A small Dutch study found pig farmers there were 760 times more likely than the general population to carry MRSA (without necessarily showing symptoms), and Scientific American reports that this strain of MRSA has turned up in 12 percent of Dutch retail pork samples.

Now this same strain of MRSA has also been found in the United States. A new study by Tara Smith, a University of Iowa epidemiologist, found that 45 percent of pig farmers she sampled carried MRSA, as did 49 percent of the hogs tested.

Death on a Factory Farm

And now with the NYT review of the Documentary “Death on Factory Farm” which is taking HBO viewers by

storm, I can only wonder how these animals that are smarter than dogs (yet some dogs chew delightfully on their dried ears & limbs) will fare int he coming months? And au contraire Mike Hale and the Wiles’s community, we can all eat veggies and thrive.

2. Bid on me! Help Farm Sanctuary raise some funds, and get a private brunch for two prepared by yours truly! Also bid on items from Bill Mahr, Amy Smart, Joan Jett, Chloe Jo, Daniela Sea, Heather Mills, Matt & Nat, Wendy Kidd, Dan Piraro, Gloria Steinem, Joelle Katcher, Rachael Sage, 30 Seconds to Mars, Maureen Burke, Gabrielle Brick, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Nigel Barker, and more!

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3. Is recycling really all that it claims to be? Have you ever been confronted by someone who is a total recycling skeptic and didn’t know what to say?

Read: “Recycling Is Too Difficult and 9 Other Obnoxious Myths

Read the Economist article: “The Truth About Recycling

Read: The Economics of Recycling

Watch: William McDonough on ‘Cradle to Cradle’

Recycling is a tricky issue because it’s really a problem of over-production and over-consumption. But one thing is certain. We do not have infinite resources on this planet, and people who are in the industries that use up these resources, and are in positions to do something about it have a responsibility to figure out how to not leave devastated ecosystems for future generations. Just because the recycling systems aren’t perfect does not justify throwing caution to the wind and continuing ‘business as usual’.

The real issue is that recycling is not enough. Reuse is better, and ‘green’ products with toxic by-products need to be more thoroughly sourced, because there are products that come from closed loop systems, also known as EIN Eco Industrial Networking or EIP- Environmental Industrial Parks. But again, the root problem is still there.

Bottler of an idea ... Crushed drink bottles at a recycling plant in Chullora

One major problem is that recycling systems are often based on dollars as opposed to ecological and personal well-being. Dollars are abstract and when you work towards achieving such an abstraction (as opposed to working towards sustainability, good health, community, friendship, etc) the consequences to the physical world become secondary, when in fact ecosystems are primary and without functioning, healthy ones, we’d all be gone. The reason recycling appears to be useless to some people is not because re-rendering products into new products is impossible – it’s because they are seeing the effects of basing a recycling system upon a system that in itself is not sustainable.

Does that mean we shouldn’t recycle? Of course not! It means we should do that, and much much more! It also means the problems haven’t been solved and we need to get some serious critical thinking done.

Stolen Transmission! Girlie Girl Army

Girly Girl Army is the queen of green. This hot Jewess has taken on New York City with style, sass, and sexy dissent. Who says you can’t save the world while looking hot? Chloé Jo sends out the most amazing weekly newsletters covering everything from fashion, food, travel, health, recipes and tips, to alerts, gossip , and sample sale low-downs – and it’s not just for the ladies!

I am obsessed with this newsletter – and If you haven’t signed up for it yet (dummy!) here is a taste of what you’re missing. This week’s newsletter:



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  • Interview with raw foods goddess Gabrielle Brick, and tips on her perfect 10 bod!
  • Say it aint so! PUMPKIN PIE BROWNIES. Meet the recipe to your downfall here.
  • In preparation for the Republican National Convention, the FBI is soliciting informants to keep tabs on local protest groups (like veggie potluck dinners!): Moles Wanted; read more
  • This great blog: gives you an entire literary story in simply six sentences. Perfect for the wannabe intellectual with limited time! Six Sentences
  • You absolutely MUST check out this article with incredible pictures of one of Earth’s last uncontacted tribes firing bows and arrows. They have never had outside human contact and have been in the rainforest nearly 10,000 years! Enlarge
  • Somewhere between the summer staple of a bathing suit and a pair of shorts lies the most adorable piece of sportswear ever invented: the playsuit. Check out this collection of flirty suits that will beat the heat and keep you stylishly cool.Playsuit from Hatfeathers Vintage.
  • Summertime, and the boozings heavy! RightRides offers women free, safe, late-night rides home to reduce assault in 35 NYC neighborhoods.
  • See the world through the eyes of Gilbert & George with these life size retro glasses made into a fun necklace. The Gilbert & George signature is etched on a gin bottle tag at the clasp for authenticity.
  • How to Make Ethanol in Your Own Backyard; Its like Making Wine in the Garage.
  • Coco Irene is a darling new clothing line inspired by vintage cinema and effortless chic.
  • Sea glass begins its journey as refuse glass that was broken then discarded into the sea. The piece is swept and carried as powerful elements of sand, tide, water and weather perform their renewing work over time and terrain. The colorful jewel washes up on the shore and this fab n crafty etsy seller makes gorgeous, simple silver jewels out of it. Like this gorgeous ring named The Mermaid Tear which makes me want it asap.
  • BEACH COMBED SEA GLASS RING - Rare Yellow Drop - Mermaid Tear - Size 7.25

  • Why Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite bakery may just be the hippest and cutest little bake shop in from Bethlehem (no worries, they deliver everywhere!!)
  • A new kind of activism;
  • On Guerrilla Gardening
  • Summer reading alert: The Boss of You: everything a woman needs to know to start, run and maintain her own business (Seal Press) is now available at, or better yet your local independent bookseller.
  • For the hot mamas and dapper daddies; When Dr. Lucy Gibney learned that her child suffered from severe food allergies, she developed a line of tasty, allergen-free cookies that every kid can enjoy.
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  • Killer summer tour peddling its fun across the nation: The TRUE COLORS tour benefits wonderful HRC and PFLAG. Not only is it benefit tour for a great cause – it’s a dreamy line up for us children of the 80’s with Cyndi Lauper, The B-52s, Rosie O’Donnell, Joan Armatrading, Regina Spektor, Joan Jett, The Indigo Girls, Tegan & Sara, and SO many others killing us softly with their songs! Who wouldn’t want to spend a summer night dancing and rejoicing with the likes of them? Buy tix now, slowpoke.
  • For healthy folks and vegans looking to grill out (sans flesh); buy a pile of Field Roast meats. They are the most authentic grain based meats we’ve ever encountered and are delish times a million. See a list of where to buy ‘em here: Whole foods does carry the line. You will fall in love!
  • The best natural cures for a tummy ache!
  • The Indigestion Cure

  • Free this sweet dog who has lived in a cage for 16 years. Take action now
  • The journal Nature, and the NYT today displayed a cold-hard celebration of vivisection at University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. What they do to monkeys (our closest relatives) for the sake of fake science is sickening, and should rile up even an animal neutral person. See these sick experiments.
  • Chris Burden choreographed a performance art piece in which he had an assistant fire a single shot to his left arm. Is this art?
  • Portland gals n’ guys will want to hit this dinner event where Post Punk Kitchen diva Isa Chandra Moskowitz will be at the stove!
  • Organic Whole Foods veggies… come from China?!?! Watch the story.
  • Nearly everyone’s life has been touched by cancer in some way. Now you have an opportunity to have a positive impact on the fight against cancer with an organization that fights cancer with compassion. Everyone should check out this site;
  • Ted Danson reps for the fishies.
  • Hybrid Jaguars are on the way! You can sleep easy now
  • Gorgeous in green and gold, this vintage begonia leaf necklace, cast from pure brass, takes center stage on copper chain. A beautiful gift for $36!
  • Great tips for antiquing (East Coasters interested in visiting Farm Sanctuary should know there is fabulous flea markets five minutes from the farm!)
  • Harry Shearer breaks down 935 tales we were told according to The Center for Public Integrity. Creeps us out.
  • Joe Lieberman Vows To Blow Up The Internet.
  • New York‘s annual celebration of great theater from New York, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain called TeatroStageFest in June looks like a great event with Jon Leguizamo rocking the stage as only he can do.
  • Take action against the inhumane dog cull in India. The state of Kerala in southern India is a popular tourist destination known for its sandy beaches, tropical lagoons and diverse wildlife. Unfortunately, Kerala is also known for their ongoing dog culls. Culling, or reducing population numbers using methods such as poisoning and clubbing, is not only inhumane, but also ineffective at combating rabies and other diseases. We need your help to send a message to the government of Kerala that culling is unacceptable and must stop. Read more and take action.
  • Los Angelenos: Sarah and Laban opened up this delicious veg junk food spot that must be checked out! Go check it out and support… it’s yummy vegan junk food. You’ll love it, and can peep your future ex boyf/girl while you wait for your milkshake.
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