Asiatic Light Micropress. My business.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fair Trade: The Inner City Flea Market as an United Nations

This was originally dropped at Check the mag out and check this out.


What the history books call the Age of Exploration, Original Indigenous People call the Ages of Colonization and Imperialism. What the history books call the Age of Discovery, Original Indigenous People call the Eras of chattel slavery and genocide. Those eras, for a moment in time, were put on pause (or rather transformed into something else) when World War I happened. The countries in Europe, which had been playing chess with the rest of the world, all of the sudden started fighting amongst each other. As a result of this tribal infighting in Europe they came up with the League of Nations which later morphed into the United Nations. Nowadays we tend to see it as an organization working to keep world peace yet in reality it was an attempt by falling empires to keep the pieces of the pie amongst them selves.

When politics and religion (yeah I said it) are kept out of the mix often times Original Indigenous people get along just fine. The multi-culturalistic diversity ploys that are put in place by governments many times have already been enacted by the people. Government doesn't want you to see that because that would mean that, dammit, you can do it on your own. In fact we do it on our own all of the time.



In New Haven we have our own Asiatic United Nations of Black, Brown and Yellow people right up in the hood. It's been there for years, months, and days. It's called the Flea Market. It's on Ella T. Grasso Blvd as you go out to the highway every Sunday and Saturday.

See, one of the secrets of peace is to find common ground. Merchants have always known this. Supply and demand. Find your niche. Build a repertoire with the people. Civilized commerce is the cornerstone of any civilization. When you add on the dimension of Original people elevation through cooperative economics is a must. That is why my dollar rotates amongst Original People at the Flea Market.

The first thing that you will find are the flags waving everywhere just like at the United Nations. I see various Caribbean flags, South American Flags, and West Indian Flags. I hear a multitude of languages from Spanish to Arabic to Chinese to Woloof. I see people getting along. Let me say that again. I see people getting along.


The other thing that is great is that usage of the commerce system of the United States yet the non dependence on it. For example everyone is using the dollar yet ain't no one charging tax. You can BARTER. You can buy in bulk. All of these elements give buyer and seller more latitude for the exchange to happen. Notice that having latitude to move is key in the art of peace.

With the amount of people in this one spot without ANY official security (cameras, policemen, security guards, etc) you would expect there to be HUGE problems. Nope. In fact the only time that I can recall there being anything out of order is when the policemen come.

ImageI can spend all day at the Flea market (and I often do). It is the only place that I can get everything that I am looking for. I get that Black soap and Frankincense from the Rastas. I get some clean socks from the Indonesian Muslims. I can stock up on old kung fu flicks and get the latest mix cds of New Haven's finest. I can find the ILLEST wooden chess sets from the brothers from Senegal. Pants, shirts, jackets? I get those from the my people from Peru, Mexico, or China. THIS is the land of coconut milk and tupelo honey. Stock up now. Also take a dose of how to keep the peace amongst Original People with you on your way out.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Veggies in the News

Black-Owned Restaurants Go Vegan in South L.A.

Latinos buy less meat

California's Food Landscape Encourages Obesity

From Gangs to Gourmet Chef (yeah..raw foodist vegan style)


20 Fascinating Facts About the Natural Healing Power of Bananas

Here is a story that even a monkey would go ape about. A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression 'going bananas' is from the effects of bananas on the brain. When compared to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. No wonder monkeys are so happy all the time!

1. Energy Boost: Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

2. Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

3. PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

4. Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

5. Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

6. Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

7. Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

8. Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

9. Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

10. Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school (England) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

11. Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

12. Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

13. Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

14. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

15. Quit Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

16. Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

17. Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

18. Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

19. Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

20. Overweight at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

BONUS: Shoe Polish - want a quick shine on your shoes? Take the inside of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe. Finish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. Perhaps it's time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!'

I jacked this from the The Thinking Blog. 'Nuff respect.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I already got my passport ready

An ariel fly through of Masdar City, the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste city, currently under development in Abu Dhabi by program manager CH2M HILL. Video rendering by Foster & Partners.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

PSA 'Gainst Pork pt II

"You are what you eat" - Native American proverb

In folklore terms, eating the meat of the pig is said to contribute to lack of morality and shame, plus greed for wealth, laziness, indulgence, dirtiness and gluttony. We insult a person by calling him or her a "Pig" when they demonstrate these characteristics. Muslims are forbidden by God to eat the meat of the pig (pork).

This is detailed in verses 2:173, 5:3, 6:145, and 16:115 of the Qur'an. An exemplary verse is quoted here: "He has only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and any (food) over which the name of other than Allah has been invoked. But if one is forced by necessity, without willful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits, then Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.


Is Pork Forbidden to Muslims Only?

The Jews and Christians are also forbidden from eating pork. Here is a quote from the Old Testament to that effect: "And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.

" Deuteronomy 14:8

Many Christians believe that this verse was directed only at the Jews. But Jesus himself says during the Sermon on the Mount; "Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." Some Christians say that, after a vision by St. Peter, God cleansed all animals and made them fit and lawful for human consumption. If ALL animals are cleansed by Peter's vision, this includes dogs, cats, vultures, and rats: but you just don't see people getting excited about a cat-meat sandwich like they do over barbecued pork or bacon. Others say that it was Paul who rescinded the law forbidding pork to humans, in order to appease the Romans, who enjoyed the taste of pig-meat. Many excuses have been given, but none are very sound.

Many Far Eastern traditions also discourage the eating of pork. The 3,000 year old Confucian Book of Rites says, "A gentleman does not eat the flesh of pigs and dogs." Although many Chinese are avid eaters of pork today, physicians of ancient China recognized pork-eating as the root of many human ailments. Buddhists, Jains and Hindus usually avoid eating any kind of meat.

Bad effects of pork consumption

Pig's bodies contain many toxins, worms and latent diseases. Although some of these infestations are harbored in other animals, modern veterinarians say that pigs are far more predisposed to these illnesses than other animals. This could be because pigs like to scavenge and will eat any kind of food, including dead insects, worms, rotting carcasses, excreta (including their own), garbage, and other pigs.

Influenza (flu) is one of the most famous illnesses which pigs share with humans. This illness is harbored in the lungs of pigs during the summer months and tends to affect pigs and humans in the cooler months. Sausage contains bits of pigs' lungs, so those who eat pork sausage tend to suffer more during epidemics of influenza. Pig meat contains excessive quantities of histamine and imidazole compounds, which can lead to itching and inflammation; growth hormone, which promotes inflammation and growth; sulphur-containing mesenchymal mucus, which leads to swelling and deposits of mucus in tendons and cartilage, resulting in arthritis, rheumatism, etc.

Sulfur helps cause firm human tendons and ligaments to be replaced by the pig's soft mesenchymal tissues, and degeneration of human cartilage. Eating pork can also lead to gallstones and obesity, probably due to its high cholesterol and saturated fat content. The pig is the main carrier of the taenia solium worm, which is found it its flesh. These tapeworms are found in human intestines with greater frequency in nations where pigs are eaten. This type of tapeworm can pass through the intestines and affect many other organs, and is incurable once it reaches beyond a certain stage. One in six people in the US and Canada has trichinosis from eating trichina worms which are found in pork. Many people have no symptoms to warn them of this, and when they do, they resemble symptoms of many other illnesses. These worms are not noticed during meat inspections, nor are they killed by salting or smoking. Few people cook the meat long enough to kill the trichinae. The rat (another scavenger) also harbors this disease. There are dozens of other worms, germs, diseases and bacteria which are commonly found in pigs, many of which are specific to the pig, or found in greater frequency in pigs.

Pigs are biologically similar to humans, and their meat is said to taste similar to human flesh. Pigs have been used for dissection in biology labs due to the similarity between their organs and human organs. People with insulin-dependent diabetes usually inject themselves with pig insulin.

Regular PSA 'Gainst Pork Pt I

You know when I bring this up people think I'm on some muslim stuff yet they don't realize that a whole host of people in that area of the planet deem this meat as wack. It is the FIRST thing I advocate people get off of. One day I will finally get that paper I wrote about the grafting of pork up here (the whole history dun) yet until then some people need white people (yes I said it) to tell them what's 'bad' for them of them to believe it. The below is written by Keven Trudeau (white dude) and was forwarded to me by my alike Freedom Allah (Black dude)

More Natural Cures Revealed
by Kevin Trudeau

Chapter 11


Conventional medicine is a collection of
unproven prescriptions the results of which,
Taken collectively are more fatal than useful to mankind.

-Napoleon Bonaparte

In the book Natural Cures I mention that one of the things you should avoid is pork. People always question me about how important this is. Some of my best friends still, to this day, love their bacon, ham and sausages. I am not judgmental. I sit down and have meals with people and watch them enjoy their double-cut stuffed pork chops. Everyone has to make their own choices based on what they feel is best for them. I certainly encourage everyone to eliminate pork, or at least reduce the amount of pork they are consuming. I believe that by doing so you will be sick less, have more energy, lose weight, feel better, be happier, sleep better, live longer and be much less prone to developing serious degenerative disease. I personally believe pork is one of the major causes of degenerative disease in the body. I am not alone. Dr. Ted Broer is a major advocate in eliminating pork from your diet. Major religions concur. Muslims and Jews, for example, are forbidden to eat pork in any form. Dr. Jeff McCombs, author of the book Lifeforce, also has found that eliminating pork causes a dramatic increase in a person's energy level and health, as well as disease-fighting capabilities.

Here is what Dr. Jeff McCombs has to say about eliminating pork from diet. "People are always asking me about the risks associated with eating pork and pork by-products. There are multiple references all around the world as to the dangers of eating pork. Being in practice for many years I have firsthand experience in what occurs when someone stops eating pork and all pork by-products.

Over the years, with virtual 100 percent certainly, I can tell you that when my patients go off pork they virtually ALWAYS feel much better, have more energy, and their symptoms, whatever they may be, start to disappear as if by magic. Ironically, if they start to eat pork again, their symptoms reappear, their energy level plummets, and the feeling general malaise takes over. One of the greatest risks in eating pork in an unknown one. It is a retrovirus called porcine endogenous. This retrovirus lives in all pork cells. Scientists have no idea how this retrovirus affects humans. What is known is that these viruses survive heating and cooking, even at extremely high temperatures over long periods of time. If you are not familiar with what retroviruses can do, think of AIDS. The symptoms that come from AIDS are associated most often with retroviruses. Retroviruses use the body's own cells to replicate themselves. This means that retroviruses go undetected for many, many years as they spread throughout the body. Brown University reported that retroviruses pose a significant threat to the public. When a person eats pork on a regular basis they're loading their body with these retroviruses. These retroviruses dramatically reduce the body's ability to fight off disease, suppress the person's immune system, and make the consumer of pork more susceptible to disease, as well as creating a general overall malaise.

When a person goes off pork for thirty days they almost always have an increased sense of well-being, a heightened sense of awareness, a high level of consciousness, are much happier, smile more, laugh more, sleep better, and whatever physical symptoms they have, almost always those symptoms diminish or vanish. Eating pork causes many problems, including hormonal imbalances, joint and back pains, inflammation, excessive histamine production, headaches, increased susceptibility to colds and flus, as well as potentially being partially responsible for degenerative disease such as arthritis, heart disease and caner. From what I've personally observed, I believe eating pork is like vaccinating your body 'against health.' Pigs also harbor many other toxins, are latent with diseases, and contain worms. Most flu viruses that we encounter in the United States come from the lungs of pigs that create an incubator for the combination of bird, human, and porcine viruses. The Center for Disease Control has stated that as many as 200 of these combined viruses make their way from Southern China to the United States each year through pigs. Pigs scavenge and eat anything in their path including dead insects, worms, rotting carcasses, rats, their own feces, garbage, and other pugs. Whatever a pig eats turns to meat on its bones within a few hours. Pork is virtually undigested garbage. Pork causes stress in the body, both physically and emotionally, and gives rise to physical poisoning. This is a fact that is well known in the scientific community. It is obvious to everyone that when pork products are not prepared properly sickness can result in their consumption. However, this also applies to all pork products, including cured meats such as ham and bacon, smoked meats, sausages, etc. When someone consumes a freshly killed pork product instant symptoms develop, including acute inflammation of the appendix and gallbladder, colitis, intestinal problems, gastroenteritis, typhoid, eczema, various forms of abscesses, spasm, etc. These symptoms are also observed in people after consuming any pork product, including salami, bacon, sausage, and ham.

As I mentioned, flu viruses in pork live in the lungs. A professor at the London Institute for Virus Research states that flu viruses remained alive and active and were found in sausages, hot dogs, ham, bacon, pork chops- virtually all pork products. This means that the fly viruses and other viruses that live in the lungs on pigs and in the tissues of pigs survive the cooking and preparation process. When you eat any pork product you are eating living, dangerous viruses. Additionally, pork is the primary sources of the taenia solium tapeworm. This type of parasite spreads throughout the body. One in six Americans has triginosis and gets it from eating pork. Like most parasites, these go undetected for years, and years, and years. These parasites steal nutrients from our cells and promote inflammation and degeneration within all tissues. They help create an environment that is conductive for caner, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, as well as indigestion, gas, bloating, acid reflux, fatigue, and depression. So whether it's the retroviruses, the parasite tapeworms, the flu viruses, the histamine increasing compounds, or any of the other toxins present in pork, you may want to consider why you would ever gamble with your health by eating pork. From Confucius to Moses, to Muhammad, to present day science and research, pork has always been and continues to be a very risky health choice.

It may be the 'other white meat,' but it's definitely not the right meat!"

Dr. McCombs makes some excellent points. I would encourage all of you, if you want to do an interest test, to do what I did. I eliminated pork from my diet for thirty full days to see if I noticed any difference. I did, in fact, feel "lighter." I felt more "alive." My breathing was better. I felt generally "healthier," but I wasn't totally convinced. So, I went out and ate my favorite meal of pork loin roast. Within minutes I became violently ill. That was enough for me to know that pork is poison. If you have symptoms of any kind, if you have illness or disease of any kind, if you want to be cured of what is ailing you, you must do the steps in Chapter 6 in the Natural Cures book. One of those important steps is eliminating, or at least dramatically reducing, the amount of pork you consume. I do believe that one you start reducing pork, every time you eat it you will feel horrible that you will see that a total elimination of pork may be the right choice for you. I hope it is because I do know you will see and feel a dramatic difference within the first month.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

moss cleaning

Check out this, using moss to purify your swimming water. And they're already on the way to developing it so that it can purify your drinking water (it already can yet they're just developing the system). The concept of swimming water without chlorine, that's what's happening (insert Rerun doing the Campbell Lock here). I always hated swimming in chlorinated pools when I was younger. It seemed counter productive to me that you had to take a shower after you got out of a damn pool fool of water.

Now the key with this, as with all eco-technologies, is not to rape the environment. Yes moss may fit that niche yet next thing you know they are over farming it, destroying other natural niches, and still causing havoc with the environment. Yet all in all its a good look.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Save some Original Health Spots

Got this from my alike Divine Ruler Equality Allah. Check it out and if you can support this brother. We have a billion and one fast food spots, package stores, etc. We can't afford to loose one spot of healing.

Peace, This is brother Divine. I'm writing this letter because some of you may be friends or acquittances of Brother Artis Hinson, proprietor of Body Ecology health store. I have some grave news. Brother Hinson is in danger of losing his house/store by foreclosure due to hard times and balance due on mortgage loan. He has to make up a difference of approximately $5,000 to get current with his house by September 1st or risk the property going to sale on auction. If you have benefited from Bro. Art's friendship, his wisdom in concerns to health, or used his store when it was downtown before the fire, or his current store at his house, as a networking venue to meet other people of like minds, then you Know and Understand how it would be a tragedy if we lost the presence of Body Ecology and more importantly Bro. Art from the Greensboro, NC and Piedmont Triad community. Please consider helping to add on anyway you can or spread the word. I am also making this call to try to organize with like minds to have a rent party for Bro. Art to get his balance current. You can contact me at 336 675 1628, or Bro. Art at 336 273 7406 . Also, if you haven't already, please try to scoop up Bro. Art's book "From Dogma to Light". There's something in there for everyone, even a SKEPTIC like me, because Art has some of the bomb raw food desert recipes. Thank you for adding on in any way you can. Feel free to forward this message. Peace.

Bro. Divine.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Solar branches light tree-lined paths

Solar streetlamps are gaining in popularity. It’s one of the easiest ways for a city to green up in a noticeable way. Japan is even pushing the bar by setting up streetlamps powered by both wind and solar. While it’s (relatively) easy to slap a solar panel on a streetlamp and call it a good day’s work, it’s nice to take the time to add a little style or pizazz.

Vienna, for instance, has some pretty daring sculpture-ish “trees” as streetlamps. Seriously cool stuff for an urban setting. But what if you want something a little more subtle -- something that blends in? That’s where Jongoh Lee’s Invisible Streetlight comes in.

Going more along the lines of solar that mimics plants -- and not just in the solar-collection sense -- Lee has created a concept for solar lights that blend into tree-lined paths and sidewalks.

Creating a beautiful, romantic evening setting, the lamps wind around existing branches, collect light during the day, and illuminate walkways at night. Since the lights use the trees as support, they don’t need additional poles that would just increase the urban-ness of the scene.

I’m not sure how much sunlight they’d be able to collect, being installed under trees and all, so they probably wouldn’t last long into the night. So there’s that tiny detail to address, which perhaps will be solved with the increasing efficiency of solar we’re seeing.

However, the concept earned an IDEA award, and I hope that’s the first sign that these will eventually make their way on to city streets and park paths.

Via Inhabitat

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Black Energy

BlackEnergy is a national distributor of energy conservation products and an organizer of energy buying groups that help people use their utility bills to support Black communities. See our video profile on Atlanta's ABC affiliate below:

Now check out their site at Black Energy.

Get this word out. Get this word out. Get this word out.

Check out Amanda's blog who is associated with the site.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Y'all didn't create yoga so stop that mess

So I'm rolling in a magazine store with Phylis (who writes for that fresh metazine and we come upon the section of magazines on Yoga. Don't ya know that every cover AND inside is full of white anorexic looking women. Now Phylis, being Desi was like wtf! Another case of Europeans hijacking an aspect of another culture. Don't they know that Original people started this shiz. If you don't know then you need to check out Yoga is Asiatic over at the By Seed and By Soil section of Original Thought.

Another reason why I like to divorce myself from corporate food complexes

Because they think you're dumb. They keep trying to pull the wool over your eyes. And 85% of the population is like sheep and doesn't even read the stuff that they're feeding them. That's why its good that Mouse Print is on the job. They do your job for you and let you know the tricknowledge that the big wigs are slangin' at ya.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Micro blogging: Damn

my hydroponic lettuce is silky smooth.

Marjora Carter: Greening the Ghetto

Friday, August 8, 2008

Micro blogging: Black Soils. Eden Now

Chantal-Fleur Sandjon from Germany drops another blog on us. Yes people, there are Black people in Germany. Black Soils. Eden Now

Where the deer and the antelope.....

Indigenous cultures already have all of the elements for a plant-centric diet. It's self evident if one just takes the time to look. Why is this important? Many times our own people are turned away from eating the right foods because it comes to them via a hippie-esque package. The Ital Rastafarian diet, the 7 warriors of traditional Mexica diet, shoot...where do you think the Hippies got inspired FROM? There ain't no tofu in Europe and all of their ancient cultures gored out on meat, cheese, and gruel. The fascination with Desi culture during the 60's gave those Hippies their diet. Also roaming amongst the Indigenous peoples of North America.

One of the weapons of colonialism and genocide is the destruction of diet. The way that this is done is by adapting the 'conquered' to the S.A.D. (standard american diet). So even before we promote a plant-centric diet the first question we have to ask is a diet derived from Europeans appropriate for Original People.

Native Americans and Vegetarianism

By Rita Laws, Ph.D.

How well we know the stereotype of the rugged Plains Indian: killer of buffalo, dressed in quill-decorated buckskin, elaborately feathered headdress, and leather moccasins, living in an animal skin teepee, master of the dog and horse, and stranger to vegetables. But this lifestyle, once limited almost exclusively to the Apaches, flourished no more than a couple hundred years. It is not representative of most Native Americans of today or yesterday. Indeed, the "buffalo-as-lifestyle" phenomenon is a direct result of European influence, as we shall see.

Among my own people, the Choctaw Indians of Mississippi and Oklahoma, vegetables are the traditional diet mainstay. A French manuscript of the eighteenth century describes the Choctaws' vegetarian leanings in shelter and food. The homes were constructed not of skins, but of wood, mud, bark and cane. The principal food, eaten daily from earthen pots, was a vegetarian stew containing corn, pumpkin and beans. The bread was made from corn and acorns. Other common favorites were roasted corn and corn porridge. (Meat in the form of small game was an infrequent repast.) The ancient Choctaws were, first and foremost, farmers. Even the clothing was plant based, artistically embroidered dresses for the women and cotton breeches for the men. Choctaws have never adorned their hair with feathers.

The rich lands of the Choctaws in present-day Mississippi were so greatly coveted by nineteenth century Americans that most of the tribe was forcibly removed to what is now called Oklahoma. Oklahoma was chosen both because it was largely uninhabited and because several explorations of the territory had deemed the land barren and useless for any purpose. The truth, however, was that Oklahoma was so fertile a land that it was an Indian breadbasket. That is, it was used by Indians on all sides as an agricultural resource. Although many Choctaws suffered and died during removal on the infamous "Trail of Tears", those that survived built anew and successfully in Oklahoma, their agricultural genius intact.

George Catlin, the famous nineteenth century Indian historian, described the Choctaw lands of southern Oklahoma in the 1840's this way: "...the ground was almost literally covered with vines, producing the greatest profusion of delicious grapes,...and hanging in such endless clusters... our progress was oftentimes completely arrested by hundreds of acres of small plum trees...every bush that was in sight was so loaded with the weight of its...fruit, that they were in many instances literally without leaves on their branches, and quite bent to the ground... and beds of wild currants, gooseberries, and (edible) prickly pear." (Many of the "wild" foods Anglo explorers encountered on their journeys were actually carefully cultivated by Indians.)

Many of the Choctaw foods cooked at celebrations even today are vegetarian. Corn is so important to us it is considered divine. Our corn legend says that is was a gift from Hashtali, the Great Spirit. Corn was given in gratitude because Choctaws had fed the daughter of the Great Spirit when she was hungry. (Hashtali is literally "Noon Day Sun". Choctaws believe the Great Spirit resides within the sun, for it is the sun that allows the corn to grow!)

Another Choctaw story describes the afterlife as a giant playground where all but murderers are allowed. What do Choctaws eat in "heaven"? Their sweetest treat, of course: melons, a never-ending supply.

More than one tribe has creation legends which describe people as vegetarian, living in a kind of Garden of Eden. A Cherokee legend describes humans, plants, and animals as having lived in the beginning in "equality and mutual helpfulness". The needs of all were met without killing one another. When man became aggressive and ate some of the animals, the animals invented diseases to keep human population in check. The plants remained friendly, however, and offered themselves not only as food to man, but also as medicine, to combat the new diseases.

More tribes were like the Choctaws than were different. Aztec, Mayan, and Zapotec children in olden times ate 100% vegetarian diets until at least the age of ten years old. The primary food was cereal, especially varieties of corn. Such a diet was believed to make the child strong and disease resistant. (The Spaniards were amazed to discover that these Indians had twice the life-span they did.) A totally vegetarian diet also insured that the children would retain a life-long love of grains, and thus, live a healthier life. Even today, the Indian healers of those tribes are likely to advise the sick to "return to the arms of Mother Corn" in order to get well. Such a return might include eating a lot of atole. (The easiest way to make atole is to simmer commercially produced masa harina corn flour with water. Then flavor it with chocolate or cinnamon, and sweeten to taste.) Atole is considered a sacred food.

It is ironic that Indians are strongly associated with hunting and fishing when, in fact, "nearly half of all the plant foods grown in the world today were first cultivated by the American Indians, and were unknown elsewhere until the discovery of the Americas." Can you imagine Italian food without tomato paste, Ireland without white potatoes, or Hungarian goulash without paprika? All these foods have Indian origins.

An incomplete list of other Indian foods given to the world includes bell peppers, red peppers, peanuts, cashews, sweet potatoes, avocados, passion fruit, zucchini, green beans, kidney beans, maple syrup, lima beans, cranberries, pecans, okra, chocolate, vanilla, sunflower seeds, pumpkin, cassava, walnuts, forty-seven varieties of berries, pineapple, and, of course, corn and popcorn.

Many history textbooks tell the story of Squanto, a Pawtuxent Indian who lived in the early 1600's. Squanto is famous for having saved the Pilgrims from starvation. He showed them how to gather wilderness foods and how to plant corn.

There have been thousands of Squantos since, even though their names are not so well-known. In fact modern day agriculture owes its heart and soul to Indian-taught methods of seed development, hybridization, planting, growing, irrigating, storing, utilizing and cooking. And the spirit of Squanto survives to this day. One example is a Peruvian government research station tucked away in a remote Amazon Indian village called Genaro Herrera. University trained botanists, agronomists and foresters work there, scientifically studying all the ways the local Indians grow and prepare food. They are also learning how to utilize forests without destroying them, and how to combat pests without chemicals.

The trend that moved some North American Indian tribes away from plant food-based diets can be traced to Coronado, a sixteenth century Spanish explorer. Prior to his time, hunting was a hobby among most Indians, not a vocation. The Apaches were one of the few tribes who relied heavily on animal killing for survival.

But all that changed as Coronado and his army traversed the West and Midwest from Mexico. Some of his horses got away and quickly multiplied on the grassy plains. Indians re-tamed this new denizen, and the Age of Buffalo began.

Horses replaced dogs as beasts of burden and offered excellent transportation. This was as important an innovation to the Plains Indians as the automobile would be to Anglos later on. Life on the Plains became much easier very quickly.

>From the east came another powerful influence: guns. The first American settlers brought their firearms with them. Because of the Indian "threat", they were soon immersed in weapons development and succeeded in making more accurate and powerful weapons. But they also supplied weapons to Indians who allied themselves with colonial causes. Because it was so much easier to kill an animal with a rifle than with a bow and arrow, guns spread quickly among the Indians. Between the horse and the rifle, buffalo killing was now much simpler.

The Apaches were joined by other tribes, such as the Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapahos, Comanches, and Kiowas. These tribes "lost the corn", gave up agriculture, and started living nomadic existences for the first time. It wasn't long before their food, clothing, and shelter were entirely dependent on one animal, the buffalo.

George Catlin lamented this fact as early as 1830. He predicted the extinction of the buffalo (which very nearly happened) and the danger of not being diversified. Catlin pointed out that, were the Plains Indians only killing a buffalo for their own use, the situation might not be so grave. But because the great beasts were being slaughtered for profit, they were destined to be wiped out.

It was the white man who profited. There was an insatiable Eastern market for buffalo tongue and buffalo robes. In 1832, Catlin described a wholesale buffalo slaughter carried out by six hundred Sioux on horseback. These men killed fourteen hundred animals, and then took only their tongues. These were traded to whites for a few gallons of whiskey. The whiskey, no doubt, helped to dull the Indian talent to make maximum use of an animal. Among the tribes who did not trade with whites, each animal was completely used, down to the hooves. No part went to waste. And buffalo were not killed in the winter, for the Indians lived on autumn dried meat during that time.

But now buffalo were killed in the winter most of all. It was in cold weather that their magnificent coats grew long and luxuriant. Catlin estimated that 200,000 buffalo were killed each year to make coats for people back East. The average hide netted the Indian hunter one pint of whiskey.

Had the Indians understood the concept of animal extinction, they may have ceased the slaughter. But to the Indians, the buffalo was a gift from the Great Spirit, a gift which would always keep coming. Decades after the disappearance of huge herds, Plains Indians still believed their return was imminent. They danced the Ghost Dance, designed to bring back the buffalo, and prayed for this miracle as late as 1890.

In spite of the ease and financial incentives of killing buffalo, there were tribes that did not abandon the old ways of the Plains. In addition to the farming tribes of the Southeast, tribes in the Midwest, Southwest, and Northwest stuck to agriculture. For example, the Osage, Pawnee, Arikaras, Mandans, Wichitas, and Caddoans remained in permanent farming settlements. Even surrounded by buffalo, they built their homes of timber and earth. And among some of the Indians of the Southwest, cotton, basketry, and pottery were preferred over animal-based substitutes like leather pouches.

Catlin was eerily accurate when he predicted dire consequences for the buffalo-dependent tribes. To this day, it is these Indians who have fared the worst from assimilation with other races. The Sioux of South Dakota, for one, have the worst poverty and one of the highest alcoholism rates in the country. Conversely, the tribes who depended little or not at all on animal exploitation for their survival, like the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, and Chickasaw, are thriving and growing, having assimilated without surrendering their culture.

In the past, and in more than a few tribes, meat-eating was a rare activity, certainly not a daily event. Since the introduction of European meat-eating customs, the introduction of the horse and the gun, and the proliferation of alcoholic beverages and white traders, a lot has changed. Relatively few Indians can claim to be vegetarians today.

But it was not always so. For most Native Americans of old, meat was not only not the food of choice, its consumption was not revered (as in modern times when Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving as if it were a religious duty). There was nothing ceremonial about meat. It was a plant, tobacco, that was used most extensively during ceremonies and rites, and then only in moderation. Big celebrations such as Fall Festivals centered around the harvest, especially the gathering of the corn. The Choctaws are not the only ones who continue to dance the Corn Dance.

What would this country be like today if the ancient ways were still observed? I believe it is fair to say that the Indian respect for non-human life forms would have had a greater impact on American society. Corn, not turkey meat, might be the celebrated Thanksgiving Day dish. Fewer species would have become extinct, the environment would be healthier, and Indian and non-Indian Americans alike would be living longer and healthier lives. There might also be less sexism and racism, for many people believe that, as you treat your animals (the most defenseless), so you will treat your children, your women, and your minorities.

Without realizing it, the Indian warriors and hunters of ages past played right into the hands of the white men who coveted their lands and their buffalo. When the lands were taken from them, and the buffalo herds decimated, there was nothing to fall back on. But the Indians who chose the peaceful path and relied on diversity and the abundance of plants for their survival were able to save their lifestyles. Even after being moved to new lands they could hang on, re-plant, and go forward.

Now we, their descendants, must recapture the spirit of the ancient traditions for the benefit of all people. We must move away from the European influences that did away with a healthier style of living. We must again embrace our brothers and sisters, the animals, and "return to the corn" once and for all.

(Rita Laws is Choctaw and Cherokee. She lives and writes in Oklahoma. Her Choctaw name, Hina Hanta, means Bright Path of Peace, which is what she considers vegetariansim to be. She has been vegetarian for over 14 years.)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Micro blogging: Bio-Degradable Tech

Maaaaan....a bio-degradable usb key and a bio-degradable cell phone??!!

Air Pollution

As a former asthmatic (got off that diary kid)I can attest to the effect of bad air. I've been to LA and smog ain't no joke. I mean, I can hardly be around a smoker without being peeved. Now add to that the effects of a megacity pumping out pollution. What's interesting to me is that China is showing that they have the ability to turn on and off pollution. If anything lets take note of this. Get on your cities (yeah, we know it is hard in the center of oil baron land) on lowering those emissions. Once you take a trip on the ocean (as your's truly has) you gain a greater appreciation for clean air. And if your ass is just one of those lazy it for the children sap sucka.

Pollution curbs turn Beijing into urban laboratory

By TINI TRAN, Associated Press Writer Sun Aug 3, 2:20 PM ET

BEIJING - Like everything else done for the Olympics, China's quest to clear up notoriously polluted skies in time for opening ceremonies this week has been marked by gargantuan effort.

In what scientists are calling the single largest attempt ever made to improve air quality, scores of heavily polluting factories were shut down and some 2 million vehicles were pulled off roads across Beijing and a huge swath of northern China — an area roughly the size of Alaska. During the weekend, the hazy skies finally gave way to swirling blue.

Beijing's massive experiment with controlling pollution is offering international researchers a one-of-a-kind chance to study the large-scale effort in a uniquely urban laboratory.

"It has never been done before. I doubt it will be repeated. This is it. We've got a golden opportunity to fast-forward our research," said Veerabhadran Ramanathan, an atmospheric scientist from the University of California, San Diego, who is part of a multinational research project to track Beijing's pollution during and after the Olympics using unmanned drones, satellite data and ground-level readings.

He is one of dozens of scientists from around the world who are gathering in and around China to conduct experiments ranging from monitoring how pollution travels across continents to sampling particulate pollution over time to testing the impact of dirty air on cardiovascular functions.

Ramanathan said he first learned about China's plans to restrict cars and shut down factories last year from reading a newspaper article. As a scientist who studies pollution clouds over Asia, known as atmospheric brown clouds, he was thrilled to hear that China planned to cut back on pollution in a major way; in essence, conducting large-scale experiments he could observe.

"I immediately jumped off my seat. I thought, this is what I've been waiting for. I said, 'Thank God for the Olympics.' For me, this is 10 times better than winning the lottery," he said.

The Associated Press has been compiling its own pollution data since mid-July, recording snapshot readings of Beijing's worst pollutant — tiny dust particles known as particulate matter 10 — using a commercially available handheld monitoring device.

With China's polluted air ending up over Korea or landing in California, the data being collected now may have larger ramifications beyond these games. If China's efforts can be shown to have had a major impact, then other countries could consider taking similar actions.

Whether its current efforts actually result in clear skies for the Summer Games remains to be seen. Since the factory closures and traffic restrictions kicked in on July 20, Beijing's air pollution levels have gone up and down, though the general trend is decreasing.

What is increasingly clear is how much of a role meteorological conditions play in cutting down pollution.

"If Mother Nature cooperates, I expect there would be an impact. But it all depends on the wind directions," Veerabhadran said.

In the past two weeks, four days failed to meet the national air quality standard, with pollution levels classified as unhealthy for sensitive groups. On those days, the capital was cloaked in sweltering temperatures and a thick, grayish haze that reduced skyscrapers to ghostly outlines.

But strong winds and rainfall in the last week helped scatter much of the smog, giving Beijing residents a rare spate of sunshine and blue sky over the weekend. The air pollution index showed a decrease in pollutants, dropping to a level considered healthy by the World Health Organization.

The pollution levels are similar to findings that the Associated Press collected. Last Friday marked the clearest change visually, with the persistent haze giving way to clear skies and the lowest recorded air pollution levels. The AP's data showed that Beijing had lower levels of particulate matter than New York City on that day.

From a researcher's point of view, China's attempts to ensure blue skies for the Olympics are of huge scientific interest, said Staci Simonich, an associate professor of chemistry and toxicology at Oregon State University.

"It's a giant science experiment on air pollution. As far as I know, it's the biggest case where a city that had air quality problems took strong measures to improve air quality. They've taken it very seriously. It's exciting from a science standpoint," said Simonich, who is collaborating with Peking University professors to take samples of particulate matter.

Though Los Angeles and Atlanta both took measures to improve their air quality when they hosted the Olympics, neither city has had the same obstacles as the Chinese capital. "They didn't have to go to quite the extremes that Beijing has. Beijing has had to come a long way further than L.A. or Atlanta," she said.

If it can be proven that China's efforts made a major impact, then other countries may consider taking similar environmental actions, she said.

"It's not just about China. It's about megacities across the world. What's learned here can perhaps be applied to other cities," Simonich said.

Other scientists chose to focus on the health impact of the dirty air, a huge concern that was raised earlier by Olympic athletes. Several countries, including the U.S., has already said they will provide their athletes with an air mask that they have the option of using.

Qinghua Sun, an assistant professor at Ohio State University's College of Public Health, is working with two Chinese universities to collect data on the mechanics of how air pollution affects human health, especially cardiovascular diseases.

Sun, who will be conducting experiments on both mice and humans, said he is looking specifically at the impact of ultrafine particles, known as PM 2.5., on diabetic patients since preliminary data has shown that there is a clear link between cardiovascular disease and PM 2.5

"Hopefully, with our data, China can see the need to take a dramatic policy strategy to continue the good policies they conducted during the Games," he said

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


So someone pointed out that I be bigging up alot of female vegetarians, vegans, raw foodist, etc. Hey, they just have the fresh websites. There are alot of males out there. In the legion of vegetarians, as I mentioned right off the muscle with this site, one of my heroes Dick Gregory. He's one of the first Original Men who I was conscious of that was a vegetarian.

Another who I count amongst those hard core Original Men who rock it like this is Mutabaruka. He is an ill dub poet from Jamaica. He was in the movie "Sankofa" which is a hardcore movie about the middle passage and slavery in America. He played an ill runaway slave. I met him back in the day when the movie was in New Haven. Incredible presence. Anyway do the knowledge to this interview from Black Vegetarians with him.

BV: How long have you been a vegetarian?

M: About 30 years. I was on raw food for about 7 years, and I went back for 3 years, but I think I going to come back again and continue.

BV: What made you transition into raw foods?

M: Raw food is the way to go. Cooking kill the food. Everybody knows that. Live food for live people. Sometimes you find it very difficult to keep up with it. It's somewhat of a mindset, it's a mind thing.

BV: Is there a community of folks in Kingston doing raw foods?

M: No, there's not a community. You have one and two people that are doing raw food, but most Rastafarians are vegetarians. The raw foods are the next level. Actually we did kind of try the fruitarian thing for a while, but we came off of that.

BV: How was that?

M: It was nice. It was nice.

BV: You have it all here…

M: Yes, the fruits. Sometimes it's very expensive though. It was nice, though, to experience the different levels, the different stages of understanding how your body function. Anytime you become like that you start to know what you want, how your body function. A lot of people don't know how their body function. When I first become vegetarian, and really moved into the step of raw food, I learned more about my body. It's like you are the one who is building your temple. You are like the contractor who is constructing your body so you know exactly what is what. If something hurt you, you know why it's hurting.

BV: What are some of the traditional foods that folks are eating who are not necessarily raw but are vegetarian?

M: Well, it's a normal vegetarian food. Rice and peas, stew peas, green vegetables, brown rice, whole wheat flour. Tofu is a staple…gluten.

BV: It's a typical vegan diet?

M: Yes. No animal products. I don't use animal products. I don't use it. I don't wear it. I never given my children animal products. They don't know how cheese is made—egg, honey—none of those things. None of those things, nothing from animals. I grow up my children them that way. But I am the only one that make the transition to the raw food thing. But a lot of Rastas, they're into it. You have different stages. Some people eat fish, some people don't eat fish. Some people drink milk, some people don't drink milk. My concept of vegetarian is vegetable. “Vegetarian” come from vegetable. I wouldn't include milk and cheese and egg and these things. That is not vegetable. When I say vegetarian, I don't have to say “vegan.” That is terminologies now that make the thing get strange. People say they are lacto-vegetarian and vegan-vegetarian. You can't be a lacto-vegetarian and a vegan-vegetarian. You're either a vegetarian or you're not a vegetarian. A vegetarian is a person who only eats vegetables. So if you are drinking milk and eating can't have a semi-vegetarian.

BV: Do you have any advice for people who are curious about vegetarianism but have not made the commitment?

M: Well I would say to listen to your body. You have to just know what is good for you. You can't have no strict hard and fast rule for anybody. You have to know what is with you. You have a lot of people who are making the transition to vegetarianism who have this concern about where you get your protein from. Anybody who you tell that you are becoming a vegetarian will say, “Well, where will you get protein from?” They feel as if protein is the most important thing out of the foods. But most people spend too much time trying to figure out protein. There's too much protein already being taken. So when somebody eating fish, chicken, saying them looking for protein, you already have your protein in basic nuts, beans, grains. Brown rice have protein. Red peas, most of the peas, most of the nuts, is mostly protein. I don't think they should be concerned with it. I think we have been brainwashed in this protein thing. We already have the protein.

BV: Can you explain what dub poetry is?

M: Dub poetry is Jamaican poetry to music, especially reggae music. What we do, we use the music to compliment the poems. Most of the poems is basically a social, political or religious commentary. We use the reggae music to express it. So that is why they call it dub poetry, because Jamaican music at one time was dub music. Now they would call it reggae poetry.

BV: Are you considered the father of dub poetry?

M: The father? (laughs) Well, you see when I was doing poetry they didn't call it dub poetry. It was just poetry to music. Dub poetry just come later on down because they wanted to identify a kind of poem. I don't really like the term still because it kind of limit you to that. A lot of my poems, especially on my CDs, would draw from different black musical perspective. We're very African-centered. A lot of my poems would draw from the black experience, the musical experience of black people all over the world. You don't want to just limit yourself to reggae.

BV: Who are some of those musical influences for you?

M: Well, we just listen to every music that black people make, especially African music. You see, when we started to write the poems, we had a mind of music, a music mentality because we loved to play music, and we listened to a lot of music. I couldn't name the specific musicians as such. Depending on the poem, we use a type of music. We used to listen to poets like Last Poets, Gil Scott-Heron, Marcus Garvey. We used to read Marcus Garvey poems. In the sixties when we used to go to school, there was Sonia Sanchez, Gwendolyn Brooks, LeRoi Jones. We started to develop out of that Black Poets experience.

BV: Do you see a relationship between diet and consciousness? And, if so, how have you seen yourself grow spiritually as a Rastafarian due to your change of diet?

M: One thing vegetarian allow you to do is to become more compassionate. What I get to understand within the vegetarian concept is that all life is one. It's just different manifestations of flesh. The cow, the goat, the bird, they all flesh. Is of one source, the life source. Even the tree is of one life source. When it come down to flesh now, man wasn't made to eat flesh. Your body don't assimilate flesh as such. When you stop eating flesh, you kind of recognize a certain compassion inside of you. You feel like, wow, the cow, he don't eat animal, him just there, he don't trouble nobody. So you kind of start to feel like why should I kill the cow? The cow don't trouble nobody. The cow just eat greens everyday. The goat eat greens everyday and don't trouble nobody. That feeling take hold of you and you start to go into yourself. You start to get feelings toward things. You start to feel more developed into a being, a person. And then you take it from there within the consciousness of what people call God. We move within a level of man taking responsibility… If you kill animals it don't mean that you won't kill a man. Even when the Bible tell you “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” it never said “Thou Shalt Not Kill man.” It said “Thou Shalt Not Kill” and full stop. So who's to say what it is talking about when it say “Thou Shalt Not Kill”? If God wanted animals to be your food, him wouldn't make them with foot to run away, and with eyes. Food not supposed to have eyes and mouth and nose. That is not food. Food cannot have eyes. That is crazy. It help me as a person to understand what really is this thing that is life. As a Rasta man, it allow you to keep a certain sanity in all this confusion. It allow you really to keep a certain train of thought. Because you're thinking on life, and how to sustain and maintain life in its glory, in its fullness, in its totality. So even like me, I wouldn't say that I'm not going to eat animal, but then I wear animal product. That is contradictory to me. If a man say him don't eat cow, but him wear leather shoes, that kind of thought is contradictory because it's the same perpetuation of the killing of the animal to make clothes and to eat… Human being is the only creature on earth that kill to create clothes.

BV: Did you see any subtle differences between eating a vegetarian cooked diet and eating raw, in terms of your consciousness?

M: Yeah, man! Definitely. The raw thing is a higher level. It's like you walking a line, but it's not a line really, because it make you so balanced. I don't know. Things start to feel more to you. It gets you more aware, more quicker. You don't sleep as much. You're not as sluggish. I remember when I used to be raw, I didn't want to sleep. It was like I was starting fresh. I didn't want to sleep, but you're supposed to sleep. I had to realize that there was nothing wrong with me. Sleeping is not a thing where you have to sleep

eight hours. You eat less. You definitely eat less when you eat raw food. Three meals a day is a crazy thing. It's a western thinking. Three meals a day is a man who is soon dead. And it's kind of ridiculous to eat three meals a day when people don't eat one meal. When you're a vegetarian and you start eating tofu and gluten, it's almost like you're eating meat. But it's not as sluggish. But the raw food thing—you eat less, you're not as hungry. You just eat when you feel like you want to eat. Sometime I eat because I afraid. I didn't really want to eat, but I didn't eat for a long time so I feel I should eat something. It keep you alert.

BV: How have you seen your music and poetry develop and mature? In your relationship to—

M: Eating? Well, the poetry that I write now is just looking around me and seeing things that is happening around me. My poetry mostly is social, political, African-centered. My thinking of black, Africanness, was there before me start to go into this raw food. We were more aware of our blackness before. So it just continued that way. What the vegetarian did was put it into perspective more. You wear Africa, you eat vegetarian, anytime you talk it's African. You kind of get a respect for that. It's what white people say is “wholistic.” White people say everything is wholistic. It gives you a wholistic approach to Africa. Everything has to be directed toward an African-centered perspective. So what we eat and what we wear and what we think has to be in relation to our Africanness. So, my poetry now is just an expression of my Africanness. What I believe African people should do and what

I think white people are doing. So my poems go against white supremacy. We are Marcus Garvey people. Anytime we talk, its about Africa. It's a way to fight against white supremacy. So the food is just a next aspect. It's not really the aspect because we are talking the liberation of African people, whether we eat meat or not.

BV: Is that liberation external or internal?

M: Liberation in every way. Marcus Garvey say, “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.” The mental slavery right now is more damaging than the physical slavery that we was once in. Black people get complacent right now with slavery. They think that there's no slavery. So they get very complacent. But the slavery right now is more devastating than the slavery of old because our foreparents could see the chains, so they took out the chisel and they break off the chain on them foot. We don't see them chain, so we think no chain is there. So we get so domicile and so complacent in the European mentality. So we don't really feel it. Part of the thing that is the matter is the food. McDonald's is one of the biggest drug houses in the world right now, but people don't see it as that. It's white supremacy. Americanization of mind. It's more than just eating a burger. It's all about an institution that is inculcating a culture. So we have to understand it even more than just the physical. It's a mental thing. A man don't hunger but go have a McDonald's. Why you don't hunger but want to have a McDonald's? Because them advertise it that way. Them portray it that way. That we are fighting against. And we use the poetry to do that and we use just our own lifestyle to do that. Every time we move, every time we act, that is what we do.

BV: Well, thanks very much for talking with us.

M: Give thanks.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Micro blogging: And another one

Fellow eat to live partner Aura also has laid it down in the blogsphere at Raw Vibrations. It gets the Green Gangsta stamp of approval. (And a free ill smoothie if you catch me between 4pm-5pm EST today only).

Animalism and Racism

People that know me know that I ain't no PetaPet. I rarely roll with the term vegan only because it has been co-opted by white anorexic women in recovery (or on the down low). And frankly Peta be slipping too close to bestiality for me to really be feeling them. All in all I see an over emphasis on the welfare of animals vs the effects of post-colonialism/racism/genocide/slavery that plagues original people so rolling with PetaPets oftentimes makes me nauseous.

I generally have a plant-centric diet and I am into environmental racism. I mean..maker, owner of the planet it's my duty (blog search "Her Fullest Ecology" my 5% environmental perspective that I wrote). By doing the above the little animals in the long run are going to be saved anyway.

With all of that said I came across this piece that paired animal treatment by whites with racism. I'm kinda feeling it and it may just lighten up my feelings on those who are a little on the 'animal rights' side if they are in tune and aware of this perspective.

Animal subordination lays the groundwork for racism. The ideology of animal subordination requires that a thick line be drawn between human animals and other animals. Animals on one side of the line are considered to have rights while animals on the other side of the line are treated as objects that can be owned. Starting from this position, it is easy to shift the line a little bit, so that some humans are grouped with the animals and also treated as lesser beings. Indeed, it was specifically among the keepers of "livestock" (living beings treated like objects) that the practice of human slavery began. As long as some living beings are considered property, no group of people is safe from the possibility of also being deemed to be without rights.

Just as racism is shaped by animal exploitation, animal exploitation is sometimes patterned by racism or deployed in racist ways. Dangerous and environmentally destructive factory farms and processing plants are often located in communities of color. Local citizens must live with the pollution while working at dangerous and degrading jobs. The products of these industries are often marketed to communities of color, regardless of the impact on physical health or cultural welfare.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and other organizations have begun to focus on the issue of dietary racism. According to Dr. Milton Mills, "the U.S. Dietary Guidelines as they exist are really a fundamental form of institutionalized racism in a rather destructive and insidious format." Those guidelines recommend heavy consumption of milk products even though up to 95 percent of adult Asians, 74 percent of Native Americans, 70 percent of African Americans, and 53 percent of Mexican Americans are lactose intolerant. Recommendations concerning meat consumption ignore the high rates of heart disease and cancer among African Americans.

The school meal programs upon which so many children of color depend are constructed on the basis of these biased guidelines. Wealthy corporations profit from those programs. But what about the children? Do stomach aches, bloating, and other results of inappropriate dairy consumption impede their academic performance and enjoyment of school activities?

The link between animal exploitation and racism has an international component. During the era of European imperialism, colonized nations in Africa, Asia, and the Americas were forced to grow vast tracts of cash crops for export on lands previously devoted to sustainable production of food crops for local and regional consumption. In the immediate post-colonial era, Europe and USA continued to wield economic power over the now impoverished former colonies. That power was used to promote the continuation of cash crop agriculture and also to promote specific agricultural practices, such as the heavy use of fertilizers and pesticides. The result was further impoverishment, hunger, and the depletion of soil and water resources. Today, the latest phase of agricultural colonialism has begun. Facing shrinking markets and expanding regulations at home, agribusiness corporations want to relocate factory farming operations in low-income nations in Asia and Africa. They also hope to convince the citizens of those nations to give up their healthy traditional diets in order to increase their own consumption of meat and other animal products.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Micro blogging: Sweet Tooth

Yeah I get it. Stew some cut strawberries in some agave nectar over night and then blend them with almond milk in the morning..sip, sigh, repeat.

I LOVE that GreenTech

It makes sense that one of the centers of eco-technology would be Nippon (Japan) in that they were devastated by the nuclear bomb plus basically after the U.S. disarmed them they are a damn technological penal colony. Also, being an island they have had to think of different ways of conservation in terms of useful land vs their total population.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Wash your ass....

.....I mean wash your food. I picked this up from my peeps Aura over at soulveg.

(NaturalNews) Watching the FDA trip over its own clumsy self while groping for answers on Salmonella is a sad affair. Following the FDA-encouraged destruction of tens of millions of dollars of perfectly good tomatoes, this confused, bewildered agency admits that tomatoes may not have been the problem after all, and it has now set its sights on destroying the peppers industry. Is there no vegetable safe from the destruction of the FDA?

Tomatoes don't harbor salmonella, by the way. Neither do peppers, onions, cilantro or spinach. Salmonella only festers in factory-farmed animals, folks, and that means the real source of contamination is no doubt some animal factory upstream from the vegetable processing centers. So why isn't the FDA going after the animal factories that likely caused this whole fiasco? Because making Americans scared of their vegetables is a great way to advance the FDA's food irradiation agenda which would destroy virtually all the medicinal phytonutrients in plants.

As intelligent, informed consumers are now discovering to their own dismay, the FDA appears to be purposely dragging its feet on this food safety crisis, milking the fear for political gain just like President Bush after 9/11. Fear is a powerful tactic for pushing an agenda that the People would otherwise refuse to accept, and since most Americans are strongly opposed to food irradiation, the FDA is more than happy to drag out this salmonella issue as a way to make American consumers increasingly afraid of fresh vegetables.

This accomplishes three things the FDA supports:

1) It advances the FDA's pro-irradiation agenda where ALL fresh produce might someday be irradiated without your knowledge.

2) It makes consumers buy more processed, dead foods, which produces profits for the very same junk food companies that have strong influence at the FDA.

3) If food irradiation is put in place, it will destroy the medicinal properties of fresh produce, thereby blocking the prevention of diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, etc. This, in turn, has the effect of creating a windfall of sick people that will fill the coffers of drug companies (who are, of course, the FDA's clients).
But would the FDA play politics with the safety of American lives? Sure it would...
Wait a sec. Am I saying the FDA would purposely put American lives at risk in order to play politics with food safety?

Well, gee, if you haven't noticed, the FDA has been putting American lives at risk for well over a decade, pushing dangerous pharmaceuticals that were recalled by other nations, colluding with drug companies to bury negative information about the drugs, outlawing safe, natural alternatives to dangerous pharmaceuticals and even going so far as to threaten its own top scientists who attempt to speak out against dangerous drugs.

Want to know the truth about the FDA? Read the shocking facts, if you dare, at

This salmonella scare, you see, isn't about tomatoes, peppers or cilantro. It's about creating a state of fear in the minds of consumers -- a state that can be invoked to further the FDA's pro-irradiation agenda.

These scare stories, in other words, are a lot like false flag operations in the military, where conflicts are staged against one's own nation in order to blame the enemy and declare war. See

So as it turns out, the FDA isn't fumbling around so much after all. It only acts like it's clueless about these salmonella outbreaks in order to prolong the problem, generate more fearful press coverage, and then appear as the hero when it calls for widespread food irradiation.

Don't be afraid of fresh food, folks. Be outraged at the FDA's use of fear as a manipulation tactic to invoke a backlash against fresh food.

Vegetables are not the problem, and food irradiation would make them LESS safe for consumers, not more.


Adams, M. (2008). FDA's Wheel of Salmonella Comic. Retrieved July 31, 2008 from

Friday, August 1, 2008

Micro Blogging: I got botanics for ya...

And another one. Check out Maternal's new spot Exquisitely Bontanical.


Why I blog. Why I DIY. Cause I read 1984 in 1984 and already knew that we'd be living in 1984. That filthy dollar (the dollar is filthy..yeah..mad people's grimy hands has been on it yet gold kinda sparkles) is utilized by the rich slave makers of the poor to control what they see and hear. I already knew that their agenda was to tell lies on the 5%/poor righteous teachers.

Why I blog. Why I DIY.

Cause ain't nobody going to love you like God( don't know my resume THIS Blackman is God). Ain't nobody going to tell you the truth like your brother.

Why I DIY.

Cause I hate corporations that are nothing except the modern day incarnations of the same groups of old white men who financed slavery (yeah...I said it...those insurance firms founded on slave blood money). They also teach the poor lies that they cannot be the makers and owners of their own destiny. They actually have people believing that they need to buy name brand toothpaste, soap,PAPER TOWELS, etc. How crazy is that?

I was Building with my father (cause we do stuff like that..sorry..i got a good relationship with the Old fodder for a 'dad not in my life' story there) about solar energy. We were Building on how important it is for people on the ground level to learn how to do this stuff theirselves because when that oil runs out WHO THE FUNK DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO OWN ALL OF THE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CORPORATIONS? The same robber barons who are funking up the world now. I ain't down with them. I am the Sun (of Man). I ain't going through no intermediary to build with myself.

Now check out what they have done with digital channels