Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Bull "Little Bird" finally gets the chance to fight back!

...and then gets killed in front of his "fans"...

From BBC News...

Bull charges bullfight spectators

At least two people are being treated in hospital in Mexico City after a bull leapt into a crowd during a bullfight.

The half-ton bull - named Pajarito or Little Bird - breached the safety barrier and landed on the fans.

The rampage ended when a fight participant entered the stand and killed the animal with his sword.

Mexico City's bullring was built 60 years ago and is one of the biggest in the world, with a capacity of 48,000.

Television images of the bullfight showed the beast jump over the heads of journalists and into the most expensive seats at the capital's vast ring.

One woman spectator received a six-inch (15-cm) gash in her chest.

The bullfight resumed 30 minutes after the incident. Little Bird is the first bull in the ring's history to jump into the crowd.

Friday, January 27, 2006

When Sage speaks, you listen

We love Sage Francis.

A press release from PETA:

Providence, R.I. — Referred to by an admiring music writer as the loudest voice ever to come out of little Rhode Island, hip-hop artist Sage Francis stands up tall for what he believes in. After all, not every musician would be so bold as to come up with a song called "Makeshift Patriot" exactly one month after the September 11, 2001, attacks. Sage makes no exception when it comes to sticking up for abused animals, which is why he jumped at the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview and shoot a pro-vegetarian ad for peta2—PETA’s Youth Division. Holding a plate filled with a mouthwatering vegan sandwich and fries, the ad features Sage next to the tagline "See Through the Lies the Meat Industry Feeds You—Go Vegetarian."

"Just watch an animal get killed and how the meat is handled and how it finally gets to you," says Sage, who began rapping as an 8-year-old while hiding in a bedroom closet and went on to become the first hip-hop artist to sign with punk music label Epitaph Records. "If you go through all that and you can still feel good about what you’re eating, I’d be surprised."

Sage makes no secret of his general skepticism, as is readily apparent with the title of his 2005 hit album, A Healthy Distrust. But despite that skepticism, the University of Rhode Island graduate is optimistic about the trend among young people to be more discriminating than previous generations about where they spend their money. He sees them as "an army of new thinkers, a new breed of consumers who buy differently and support differently."

Sage Francis joins an ever-growing list of musicians—including Peaches, Le Tigre, The Roots, Masta Killa, Common, and Death Cab For Cutie—who have teamed up with peta2 to inspire kids to challenge outdated, cruel attitudes about animals. Also featured on peta2.com are celebrity interviews, message boards, merchandise, downloadable voice-mail recordings, and chances to win great prizes like free concert tickets, iPods, and more.

Check the interview here

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

New Herbivore Mag is out...!

You can order it here...check out the list of what's in the issue...! "Vegan punks on tour in Europe" - my report about Deconstruction Tour last summer with Only Crime, Strike Anywhere and Boysetsfire (all partly vegan bands).

And while you're on the site - here's the newly designed shirt supporting the SHAC 7. Get it! Wear it! Support the SHAC 7!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Review Casts Doubt on Soy Health Benefits

From Yahoo news (yes, you've realised by now, Anna spends too much time on Yahoo news)

So, Soy is not as much the miracle food as some people thought. I can see the hordes of health aficionados and latest food trend followers pouring the cartons of Silk down the drain and rushing back to the meat section... Wake Up! it's still healthier to eat a veggie soy based burger than a beef one.
Read the news item below.

Veggie burgers and tofu might not be so great at warding off heart disease after all.
American Heart Association committee reviewed a decade of studies on soy's benefits and came up with results that are now casting doubt on the health claim that soy-based foods and supplements significantly lower cholesterol.
The findings could lead the Food and Drug Administration to re-evaluate rules that currently allow companies to tout a cholestorol-lowering benefit on the labels of soy-based food.
The panel also found that neither soy nor the soy component isoflavone reduced symptoms of menopause, such as "hot flashes," and that isoflavones don't help prevent breast, uterine or prostate cancer. Results were mixed on whether soy prevented postmenopausal bone loss.
Based on its findings, the committee said it would not recommend using isoflavone supplements in food or pills. It concluded that soy-containing foods and supplements did not significantly lower cholesterol, and it said so in a statement recently published in the journal Circulation.
Nutrition experts say soy-based foods still are good because they often are eaten in place of less healthy fare like burgers and hot dogs. But they don't have as much direct benefit as had been hoped on cholesterol, one of the top risk factors for heart disease.
"We don't want to lull people into a false sense of security that by eating soy they can solve the problem (with cholesterol)," said Dr. Michael Crawford, chief of clinical cardiology at University of California San Francisco Medical Center.
"If they are radically altering their diet where they're only eating soy in the hopes that this is going to bring their cholesterol down, they're deluding themselves," said Crawford, who was not on the panel that issued the new statement.
The FDA in 1999 started allowing manufacturers to claim that soy products might cut the risk of heart disease after studies showed at least 25 grams of soy protein a day lowered cholesterol. A year later, the Heart Association recommended soy be included in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
But as more research emerged, the Heart Association decided to revisit the issue. The committee members reviewed 22 studies and found that large amounts of dietary soy protein only reduced LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, about 3 percent and had no effect on HDL, or "good" cholesterol, or on blood pressure.
They did a separate analysis of isoflavones. The review of 19 studies suggested that soy isoflavones also had no effect on lowering LDL cholesterol or other lipid risk factors.
"Soy proteins and isoflavones don't have any major health benefits other than soy protein products are generally good foods," said Dr. Frank Sacks, a professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston who led the committee. "They're good to replace other foods that are high in cholesterol."
Still, the Heart Association statement notes that soy products like tofu, soy butter, soy nuts and some soy burgers should be heart-healthy because they contain a lot of polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals and are low in saturated fat.
"Soy isn't a magic bullet, but it can be a valuable contributor to a heart-healthy diet," said Jo Ann Carson, a professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas who was not part of the panel.
It's important not to think about foods in black-and-white terms, said Dr. Michael Lim, director of the cardiac catheterization lab at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
"There's no quick fix," he said. "Our bad cholesterol numbers would certainly get worse if instead of eating tofu burgers we went out and had hamburgers each night of the week."

Friday, January 20, 2006

Because you probably can't be in Portland today...

...spend some time on the net and read about the SHAC 7, it affects us all, no matter where we are!
Here's the link for all My Space Nerds. You can also listen to an interview with Josh Harper of the SHAC 7 on one of the latest Vegan Freaks podcasts!
And if you can - HELP them!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Vegan rat snake?

Not really, but at least doesn't eat live rodents, instead it befriends them...
Have to wonder at the zookeepers' sense of humour, though. It'd be the equivalent of a farmer calling his pigs "Pork chops" or his chicken "nuggets"...

This from Yahoo news...

TOKYO - Gohan and Aochan make strange bedfellows: one's a 3.5-inch dwarf hamster; the other is a four-foot rat snake. Zookeepers at Tokyo's Mutsugoro Okoku zoo presented the hamster — whose name means "meal" in Japanese — to Aochan as a tasty morsel in October, after the snake refused to eat frozen mice.
But instead of indulging, Aochan decided to make friends with the furry rodent, according to keeper Kazuya Yamamoto. The pair have shared a cage since.
"I've never seen anything like it. Gohan sometimes even climbs onto Aochan to take a nap on his back," Yamamoto said.
Aochan, a 2-year-old male Japanese rat snake, eventually developed an appetite for frozen rodents but has so far shown no signs of gobbling up Gohan — despite her name.
"We named her Gohan as a joke," Yamamoto chuckled. "But I don't think there's any danger. Aochan seems to enjoy Gohan's company very much."
The Tokyo zoo also keeps a range of mostly livestock animals, and promotes "cross-breed interaction," according to Yamamoto.
But Gohan and Aochan's case was "was a complete accident," Yamamoto said.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Benefit show for the Ducth ADL

Explosive Dutch Punk band Duitse Herder will play a benefit for the ADL (Animal Defense League)on Saturday Jan 21st, 2006 at 10:00 PM on Confusion ( Achterom 20 Ph:(070) 3649243), Den Haag.
The proceeds will go to help some ADL members who protested by occupying the Biomedical Primate Research Center (BPRC) in Rijswijk (known for testing and vivisecting primates...) a while back and are now facing a big fine. There will not be a door fee, donations are optional but you will probably be emotionally blackmailed by the lovely yet dangerous Duitse Herder frontwoman Romylar Dee to throw at least the equivalent (in MONEY) of one beer in the fund-box.

If you're from the area, be there and help out!!

Monday, January 09, 2006

The revenge of the mouse

From Yahoo news...

How can anyone throw a live mouse in a fire??
Your house burning to the ground must suck, but i guess this guy deserved it in a weird karmic twist of events kinda way.

FORT SUMNER, N.M. - A mouse got its revenge against a homeowner who tried to dispose of it in a pile of burning leaves. The blazing creature ran back to the man's house and set it on fire.
Luciano Mares, 81, of Fort Sumner said he caught the mouse inside his house and wanted to get rid of it.
"I had some leaves burning outside, so I threw it in the fire, and the mouse was on fire and ran back at the house," Mares said from a motel room Saturday.
Village Fire Chief Juan Chavez said the burning mouse ran to just beneath a window, and the flames spread up from there and throughout the house.
Noone was hurt inside, but the home and everything in it was destroyed.
Unseasonably dry and windy conditions have charred more than 53,000 acres and destroyed 10 homes in southeastern New Mexico in recent weeks.
"I've seen numerous house fires," village Fire Department Capt. Jim Lyssy said, "but nothing as unique as this one."


…no coffee at the club yet so we walk to the Rokerij close to the Melkweg. I don’t even need to spend money on any of the weed and stuff they sell there, I just get high by breathing in the fumes while having two good and strong coffees.

Meet Anna afterwards for another soy latte we drink sitting on a bench by one of the grachten. It is cold but I love to spend some time in clean fresh air outside. Way too much 2nd hand smoke for me over the past few days.

Then, off to the Kantjil, home of the famous tofu balls…we order two different salads, tofu balls, really good marinated tempeh with green beans, yellow rice.

I love the peanut sauce that comes with all the dishes. I just wonder why they put a hard boiled egg on the salad plate. Always good food at this Indonesian restaurant – want to take some tofu balls back to the venue with me for after the show but they’re out of them.

Instead a nice surprise waits for me at the club – my friend Carolina has made cinnamon roles using a recipe I’ve sent her a few weeks ago. They are SO good, so sweet that she made them – recipe is here. Don’t they look just fabulous?

Great dance party after the show – and we’re off to Cologne.

Not much to report from Cologne, I drop my bags at the hotel in the afternoon and return to the venue for some really good Seitan stew…

No photos today…airports are boring and there’s no wireless here for some reason…will be home in a good hour anyways.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Cindy rules...!

Antwerp – well, I did not want to fill up on greasy fries because Cindy showed up to start making dinner for us. And since she’s vegan – it was vegan! Potatoes, pasta, tofu sauces, it was great.

She is also a really good photographer – check out her photos. I will try to do an interview with her for Herbivore magazine soon.

I had a couple beers today, not this one though…

When we tried to order pizza after the show we had no luck,…so Cindy helped us out, drove our tour manager back and forth. Thank you Cindy, you really are the best!!!

London, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Cologne in 4 days tour…

London – another vegan buffet right next to our old favourite vegan buffet…Right behind the Astoria on Greek Street. Unfortunately some of the food was a bit cold but the spring rolls were delicious. So try Sasa Thai AND Tai next time you’re in London. Cheap, good, vegan food and very nice service.

I didn’t make it back there before our bus left so I snacked on the amazing Bourbon Cream cookies and later on bought some Pringles at a truck stop…unfortunately they were the only vegan crisps or chips, however you prefer to call them. Everything else had some kind of animal product in it. Luckily everything is clearly labelled here. Love it!

Parked in front of the venue in Antwerp now. Will try to get downtown from here and get some Belgian Fries with Peanut Sauce. Hope I can find them…Had some corn flakes with orange juice and a triple PBJ sandwich for breakfast, that’s what I usually eat when on tour. The bread here’s so soft and pale, it needs to be sent on a trip to some resort to get back in shape.