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Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it. I'm used to finding FAILs that I don't think are really FAILs. Usually I give you the most up-to-date, but I've gotten in the spirit, and I'd like to present you with my some thematic FAILs that I don't think are really FAILs.
If I remember the Thanksgiving story correctly, Native Americans helped the colonists. They used their laser guns to kill bears. The colonists were impressed by the Native American bodysuits, which they soon appropriated to make wetsuits for their annual surf contest.
Do you really hate vegetables so much that you wouldn't eat dessert if it were shaped like that? Other-food-shaped-dessert is the future of dinner. I'm expecting a turkey shaped flan for Thanksgiving dinner.
I'll agree that this is a semi-FAIL "nonsense" is meant to be baked or steamed. Boiling and frying "nonsense" is sheer... balderdash!
It's like momma always said "we're gonna have gravy, by any means necessary."
How did these turkeys FAIL? Oh it's because you're sooooo politically correct that you disagree with tricking the blind. No matter how socially unacceptable, these turkeys lives are on the line, ask yourself, what would you do?
Okay I guess this a pretty epic FAIL. My mom always starts our Thanksgiving dinner at 10pm on the dot, so you tell me how are we going to get our Whopper Meal this year? Very frustrating, I guess we'll just have to celebrate Thanksgiving at another franchise. Hello Big Mac Meal.Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it. I'm used to finding FAILs that I... more
Miss this week's infoMania? Here's a recap. Conor Knighton takes a look at the Palin bonanza following the release of her new book 'Going Rogue' as part of his look at the week in media. Also includes new books from Coolio and Heidi and Spencer Pratt, 'Chef Academy,' Lou Dobbs' departure from CNN, and Bon Jovi's appearance on 'Inside the Actor's Studio.'
Ben Hoffman tells vampires to suck it especially if they're starring Twilight. Sergio Cilli takes a look at the top rock songs in this week's edition of the 'White Hot Top 5.' Includes songs by Weezer, Three Days Grace, Alice In Chains, Breaking Benjamin, and Foo Fighters. Conor's weekly roundup of the glossies. Also includes 'New Moon' mania, Sarah Palin in running shorts, NASCAR's most beautiful people, serial killers, and more.
Brett looks at people Eatin' on Youtube
Watch the rest of this week's infoMania: Best clips from the week of 11.19.09
infoMania airs every Thursday night at 10pm on Current TV. Except not this Thursday, cuz its Thanksgiving.Miss this week's infoMania? Here's a recap. Conor Knighton takes a look at... more
Shop until you drop by robholland on flickr
It's the day before Thanksgiving, and everyone here at Current is poised to head home to prepare for family gatherings and celebrations. A quick look around the web, and it would appear that the majority of folks have other things on their minds right now.
Some of the top trending searches according to Google include queries about word of DJ Peachez's death, Debbie Schlussel's tirade about NBA sportscasters being yanked for the use of "Eye-Ran," and Adam Lambert's AMA Video awards.
But the rule of the day has largely been queries about "Black Friday." Scanning retailer specific queries is pretty telling:
Kmart Black Friday ad 2009
Black Friday Best Buy
Walmart Black Friday deals
Sears Black Friday sale
Toys R Us Black Friday
Cyber Monday deals
So much shopping! I find it interesting that Toys R Us appears so low on the list (at the time of post, it was the 14th most popular trend on Google). Sure, 14th place is nothing to shake a stick at, but consider "Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays" author Joel Waldfogel's perspective on things. Here's a snippet of an interview with Waldfogel, as conducted by Kai Ryssdal of Marketplace:
Ryssdal: I have to say this plays right into my prejudice here, because I'm just not a good holiday gift giver. But you say it actually doesn't make any sense.
WALDFOGEL: Well, the problem is, you know, normally we go out and buy things for ourselves, we'll only spend $50 if we find something that is worth at least $50 to us. But with gift giving, it's entirely different. You know, we're operating at an enormous handicap. We don't know what the other person wants or needs, so if I spend $50 on you, I might buy something that you wouldn't pay anything for.
Ryssdal: But I place value on that gift that you give me, right, so isn't there value there?
WALDFOGEL: You may place value on the fact that I gave you something. The problem is the actual thing I get you is something that you typically place less value on than the thing that you would have purchased with the same amount of money. So the spending doesn't produce as much satisfaction as we expect spending to produce.
So the cynic in me has to question, are people scouring the web in search of Black Friday deals really looking for gift ideas? Or, are they simply seeking deals on the stuff they want for themselves?
Either way, the overwhelming amount of commerce related queries still raises my age-old grudge with this endeavor, the collective focus around the Thanksgiving holiday never feels like its aimed in the right direction. What direction? Well, shouldn't these holidays really be about more important things like family, reflection, and appreciation? I think most of us eventually get there, once we've escaped the madcap craziness, and usually around a cleared table with full bellies.
But in the end, shouldn't we make a collective effort to re-focus this time towards what really matters, especially amidst a recession recovery effort? Here's my humble attempt to do so, with a prompt if you will:
What are your plans for Thanksgiving, and what are you thankful for?
Tell us what you think by submitting a story about your Thanksgiving plans and what you are thankful for over on Current.com -- extra bonus points if you do it in the form of a webcam or video.
Above all, have a wonderful holiday.
Hasn’t this just been a whole year of Black Friday? – Real Recovery
Farm tour of a Local! Organic! Sustainable! Farm! That raises… Turkey!
The race to green Thanksgiving! (and other random thoughts on traditions, values, and the holidays)
Who you calling a turkey?
Thanksgiving Prayer William S Burroughs
Shop until you drop by robholland on flickr It's the day before... more
I'm in "relationship" with my meat eating ways. That means this Thanksgiving I'm juggling my values, the information in my head, my taste buds, and the desire to please the ones I love. Even though I'm having 20 people to Thanksgiving this year, I seriously considered skipping the Turkey. I asked my guests about the idea of a vegetarian holiday, they spoke back, and well, that's another post.
After years of consuming information, meat, and guilt, I have come to the conclusion that eating meat is a natural thing to do, and necessary for a healthy body. I have also come to the conclusion that the way we manufacture our meat (what we feed the meat to make it grow faster, how we treat the meat when we are waiting for it to grow large enough so we can process it, and how we consume the meat, is not healthy or natural).
As long as I can connect the two: the life of the animal, to the life I am living because of it's death, than I feel I am actively and consciously engaging in the food chain.
So given that my guests were not particularly interested in a meatless Thursday, I found a local organic farmer and away we went. Ok, the truth is, in between editing sessions I asked Evan, the Current Green intern extraordinaire to find a local organic farm that raised and slaughtered their turkeys. 4 Google searches, 3 Twitter call outs, 2 Facebook shout outs, and a Yelp posting later... he came back with Tara Firma Farms. I then invited everyone coming over for Thanksgiving to join our tour of the farm. Kait took me up on the offer, and was excited given she only eats meat when she knows the farmer and and how the animal's life was taken. She hasn't eaten a turkey on Thanksgiving in 12 years, and so was excited to come along since it would mean...you guessed it! She'll be eating Turkey with us this Thanksgiving.
Originally we had high hopes that we would have the opportunity to watch the turkey be slaughtered. That sounds wrong. To the truth is, I was interested in documenting the experience so I could share it with you, not because I actually wanted to watch the turkey die. I'm grateful to say that they had finished that process the day before we arrived (and by the way, they call the process of taking their lives "processing" turkeys). For starters, who can complain about a beautiful drive to a farm in Petaluma to get your meat. As hokey as it sounds, the experience began to remind me of Little House on the Prairie. I loved reading those books when I was a kid, and one of the stories that stays with me is the amount they treasured and valued the things they received at Christmas~ things like sugar, and shoes. Waking up before the sun rose so we could drive to the country and pick up our thanksgiving dinner was beginning to make the event feel pretty darn special.
The very fact that we were on a journey to meet the people who had raised the bird we were going to eat, and see how it was raised shifted my thinking about turkeys from objects thought in poundage: "do I want a 20 pound dinner or a 22 pound dinner?" to an actual animal who was raised on a farm and had a life before it was wrapped in plastic and put in my refrigerator.
It was after reading The Omnivore's Dilemma that Craig and his wife Tara decided to open a small scale sustainable farm that would provide organic meat and serve as place that would help reconnect their community to the food they are eating. In the video below Craig talks about how they started the farm; at around minute 2:30 Craig shows us the area where they process the turkey (aka as taking the life of the turkey) and the tools they use. It's pretty amazing to see how it works. Craig discussed his ideas about the the role of death in life, and explores what it means to honor that process.
Craig (self acclaimed farm husband) talks to us about the "vegan myth", and discusses how raising and taking the lives of animals can be part of a spiritual practice.
Frankly, it was just amazing to be on the farm. While we were drawn there to consume something dead, we had the chance to connect to a place that is dedicated to fostering life.
I finally learned the difference between free range chickens and pasture raised chickens (more on that later), we visited baby chicks, and I even got to hang out with some live turkeys (that are destined to become...Christmas dinner).
Thanks to Kate_Armstrong's wacky question she asked via Twitter: "Can turkeys drown in the rain?"
We have this cool info on the personality of turkeys:
The turkey is in my refrigerator right now. I think of this turkey in a way that I have never thought about my turkeys in the past. It's not just that piece of meat I am putting in my stove and that is heavily tied to my ego of making a juicy well prepared meal. It is a bird, that was raised by people who wanted to play an active role in nourishing healthy communities. I saw it's home, I know how it lived, and for the first time, I actually know what a turkey sounds like. We got to play with the dog who couldn't stop chasing it's shadow, hang out with the barn cat, walk the rolling fields of Petaluma, breathe in the fresh air, and connect to the source of our food. When I serve this turkey on thanksgiving, I know that I am deeply aware of the life that was taken, am conscious of my part in the food chain, know the name of the farmers who raised it, saw the land that nourished it, and know that I am making a healthy and nourishing contribution to our thanksgiving meal; and for that, I am deeply grateful.
The race to green my thanksgiving! (aka pet peeves and traditions) video
How Twilight, True Blood, and Buffy are teaching us how to save the planet (video)I'm in "relationship" with my meat eating ways. That means this... more
What happens when your family traditions begin to intercede with your desire to act on the information in your head? Hello Holidays, hello lots of back and forth on emails, and hello sustainable, local, organic... Turkey. Nothing quite like exploiting emails from friends and family and adding a few sound affects to bring you a fun little video. Meanwhile, a heart felt thank you to animalia libero for bringing a few of the topics mentioned to light!
Even though Sarah Lane says I'm sick and twisted for wanting to meet and befriend the Turkey I am going to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner...I did it anyway. Ok, well, I didn't get to meet the turkey when it was still alive, but I did get to meet the farmer and see how it was raised. Stay tuned for that video soon. Stay tuned for more info on what defines an organic turkey, what goes into making turkey sustainable, farm tours, dinners, and hiking on your local farm. Stay tuned...a hey ride might just show up on a web page near you.What happens when your family traditions begin to intercede with your desire to act on... more
We'll be back at some point on Monday.
Until then, send us your webcam reviews for Ninja Assassin, The Road and Old Dogs by Sunday 11/29 at Midnight; you could get on The Rotten Tomatoes Show and $100.
Until then, go talk turkey for the day. We'll be back at some point on Monday. Until then, send us your webcam... more
Peaches Geldof’s Heroin-Fueled One-Night Stand at Hollywood’s Scientology Center—With Pictures
Rockstar progeny and Brit scenester queen Peaches Geldof makes a cameo in a Reddit forum for “WTF one-night stand stories.” A commenter describes an alleged heroin-fueled Thanksgiving Eve sex party—and waking up in the Hollywood Celebrity Scientology Center.
Peaches Geldof’s Heroin-Fueled and Nude at Hollywood’s Scientology Center…NSFW PHOTOS…http://ctpatriot1970.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/peaches-geldofs-heroin-fueled-and-nude-at-hollywoods-scientology-center-nsfw-photos/
Peaches—in the event you’re not familiar with her—is the 21-year-old daughter of Irish rock star/activist Bob Geldof. She currently divides her time between the U.S. and U.K., but she’s better known in her native country where she’s appeared on several TV shows, posed in numerous photo spreads, and drawn plenty of attention from the tabloid press for her hard partying ways.Peaches Geldof’s Heroin-Fueled One-Night Stand at Hollywood’s Scientology... more
"Some people are returning their Christmas gifts... the Barack Obama dildo, because it's long on promises and short on delivery." Chris Martin muses on the KKK as your Secret Santa, Tim Geithner as the not-so-Secret Santa for big banks and Osama's Secret, the underwear that's blowing up bigger than Victoria's Secret. New comedian showcase at RITA's Comedy Club in Richmond, Virginia January 2, 2010."Some people are returning their Christmas gifts... the Barack Obama dildo,... more
"I once had an Epiphany on LSD but I dumped her for an Emily." Stand-up comedian Chris Martin talks about growing up in the sixties, how spree killers can become more popular and rebranding the Redskins. He also takes potshots at Sarah Palin, Al Gore, PETA and Comcast during at a set Cafe Diem's Comedy Night in Richmond, VA November 16, 2009. MC is James Paulk."I once had an Epiphany on LSD but I dumped her for an Emily." Stand-up... more
PHOTOS: Tiger Woods Spotted at Gentle Path
These are the exclusive first photos of Tiger Woods in rehab for sexual addiction at a clinic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
For the Full Story and PHOTOS of Tiger Woods in SEX Rehab....http://ctpatriot1970.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/world-exclusive-photos-tiger-woods-in-sex-rehab-spotted-at-gentle-path/
The golfing great has not been seen in public since crashing his car into a tree shortly after Thanksgiving.
As RadarOnline.com reported he checked into the Gentle Path program, part of Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services.PHOTOS: Tiger Woods Spotted at Gentle Path These are the exclusive first photos of... more
A public health student searches for a sustainable Thanksgiving dinner in New York City. Inspired by Gordon Ramsay and Janet Street-Porter. Special thanks to Di Paola Turkey Farm.A public health student searches for a sustainable Thanksgiving dinner in New York... more
The New York Times
November 22, 2009
Animal, Vegetable, Miserable
By GARY STEINER
LATELY more people have begun to express an interest in where the meat they eat comes from and how it was raised. Were the animals humanely treated? Did they have a good quality of life before the death that turned them into someone’s dinner?
Some of these questions, which reach a fever pitch in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, pertain to the ways in which animals are treated. (Did your turkey get to live outdoors?) Others focus on the question of how eating the animals in question will affect the consumer’s health and well-being. (Was it given hormones and antibiotics?)
None of these questions, however, make any consideration of whether it is wrong to kill animals for human consumption. And even when people ask this question, they almost always find a variety of resourceful answers that purport to justify the killing and consumption of animals in the name of human welfare. Strict ethical vegans, of which I am one, are customarily excoriated for equating our society’s treatment of animals with mass murder. Can anyone seriously consider animal suffering even remotely comparable to human suffering? Those who answer with a resounding no typically argue in one of two ways.
Some suggest that human beings but not animals are made in God’s image and hence stand in much closer proximity to the divine than any non-human animal; according to this line of thought, animals were made expressly for the sake of humans and may be used without scruple to satisfy their needs and desires. There is ample support in the Bible and in the writings of Christian thinkers like Augustine and Thomas Aquinas for this pointedly anthropocentric way of devaluing animals.
Others argue that the human capacity for abstract thought makes us capable of suffering that both qualitatively and quantitatively exceeds the suffering of any non-human animal. Philosophers like Jeremy Bentham, who is famous for having based moral status not on linguistic or rational capacities but rather on the capacity to suffer, argue that because animals are incapable of abstract thought, they are imprisoned in an eternal present, have no sense of the extended future and hence cannot be said to have an interest in continued existence.
The most penetrating and iconoclastic response to this sort of reasoning came from the writer Isaac Bashevis Singer in his story “The Letter Writer,” in which he called the slaughter of animals the “eternal Treblinka.”
The story depicts an encounter between a man and a mouse. The man, Herman Gombiner, contemplates his place in the cosmic scheme of things and concludes that there is an essential connection between his own existence as “a child of God” and the “holy creature” scuffling about on the floor in front of him.
Surely, he reflects, the mouse has some capacity for thought; Gombiner even thinks that the mouse has the capacity to share love and gratitude with him. Not merely a means for the satisfaction of human desires, nor a mere nuisance to be exterminated, this tiny creature possesses the same dignity that any conscious being possesses. In the face of that inherent dignity, Gombiner concludes, the human practice of delivering animals to the table in the form of food is abhorrent and inexcusable.
Many of the people who denounce the ways in which we treat animals in the course of raising them for human consumption never stop to think about this profound contradiction. Instead, they make impassioned calls for more “humanely” raised meat. Many people soothe their consciences by purchasing only free-range fowl and eggs, blissfully ignorant that “free range” has very little if any practical significance. Chickens may be labeled free-range even if they’ve never been outside or seen a speck of daylight in their entireThe New York Times November 22, 2009 Op-Ed Contributor Animal, Vegetable,... more
Jon and Eddie celebrate Thanksgiving!
Written and Performed by: Alex Fox (Jon) and Rachel Lewis (Eddie)
Photographer: Armand Vasquez
Directed by: Jenessa Joffe
Music Composition: Daniel Oberman
Winston the Pig played by Winston the PigJon and Eddie celebrate Thanksgiving! Written and Performed by: Alex Fox (Jon) and... more
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It wasn't until he came across documents during his research at the British Museum that novelist Bram Stoker found the man who would serve as the perfect foundation for his classic gothic horror character, Count DraculaIt wasn't until he came across documents during his research at the British... more
Koreans and Latinos Break Bread on the Soccer Field
Last Sunday, Thanksgiving arrived early for all those gathered on a beautiful afternoon at San Antonio Park in Oakland, Calif.
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The weekend following Thanksgiving is probably the most important of the whole US retailing year.
The amount of money shelled out at the shops this weekend hit $41.2bn (£25bn) - a rise of 0.5% on 2008.
Even so, credit-crunched Americans spent around 8% less each than normal, an average of $343, in the days following last Thursday's holiday.
The total was higher because more of them - 195 million - shopped either online or by going out to stores.
The figures come from the largest retail trade organisation in the world, the National Retailers Association, a body that illustrates why we call the United States a consumer society.
Its members employ 24 million people - around one in five US workers.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8386936.stmThe weekend following Thanksgiving is probably the most important of the whole US... more