Thursday, September 18, 2008

The world could be in trouble

even more than it is now if the Republicans take office in the US elections. And knowing how the redneck right is prevalent over there, it could be a reality that a God-fearing, gun-toting, pro-life (Bill Hicks tells it like it is) self-professed "hockey mum" could have her trigger finger on the button to WWIII. It's scary. At least some Americans can see the danger.... Jon Stewart (and Stephen Colbert) know what's goin on. Small town mentality... so scary it's funny, so funny it's scary. (Ya gotta love the gay dude who hates gays!)

And while Pamela Anderson may be known as just a pair of tits, she is a hardcore animal activist and does great work for PETA. She also can see through the Palin smokescreen. New-found respect for you, Pam. And on the subject of animal rights etc, I've finally taken the extra steps to vegetarianism bordering on veganism. I've tried it before with varying results, but this time I'm giving it a real shot. After all, I've been supporting and contributing to WSPA for more than ten years, so I thought it a bit hypocritical to be eating animal products and be contributing to cruelty and environmental issues. I didn't eat much meat anyway, so it wasn't a big thing really... but cutting out milk and dairy was more of a challenge, but one I've found pretty easy too. Rice and soy milk both taste great and soy yoghurt is just the same. Soy cheese isn't as bad as I thought it would be, and I only use it for pizzas anyway. Tempeh is a real find. Thanks to my good friend Andrea for the inspiration and tips. My diet is probably better now because I look for protein-rich foods and eat more fruit, nuts and vegetables than before. Chips and chocolate have been replaced by roasted chick peas, dates, raisins, pumpkin seeds, currants, nuts. I'm feeling good, and my conscience does too. As for effecting my riding, no problem, I'm actually finishing long rides stronger, and am hacking up less, something my riding buddies no doubt appreciate. Organic Athlete has heaps of good info on fueling up, something I'm gonna need lots of for this race in a couple of weeks.


Flametop59 said...

I get all my news from Jon Stewart. I cannot watch Fox News without wanting to throw something at the TV.

I have been trying to figure out what the term "Small Town" values mean. I born in a small and I grew up in a small town. I think I have been insulted.

It looks like 2008 is going to be train wreck year. I want to look away but I have to watch. We have witnessed a week of history. Sunday was no bailouts, Tuesday was bailouts on a case by case basis and Friday was the mother of all bailouts.

Good luck with becoming a vegan. I went that route for a year in he 1990s. If I tell people I do not drink they are all understanding. If I tell them I don't eat meat everyone gets nuts. I also found I do like the occasional hamburger even if I feel guiltu

brettok said...

I know what you mean.... a couple of friends got quite irate when I told them ther other night. I'm not gonna be able to go completely vegan, I need to have cheese on pizzas!

kman said...



Best you send me a vegan cookbook then

My repetoire only includes vego risotto -and that was made for Andrea.

I could not function without real milk -I have done the soy thing years ago -Good Luck

I am going to Duff's Farm on the long weekend to do the pig on a spit thing -Am I going to hell?

brettok said...

You've already got your place in hell booked without eating swine!

Rice milk is better than soy I find, but chuck Milo or bananas and berries in it and it all tastes good.

Plenty of recipes on the net...

I think I'm only a vegetarian, not a vegan, gonna keep free-range eggs (send me some from your chooks!) and cheese occassionly.