The Koch Brother’s Karma

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The Koch Brothers, et al.
Picture credit: Unknown

 

For the past few days, chicken and what evil may be lurking in it, has been on the news here quite a bit.

Can you guess who owns the producers of these chicken products that are being recalled?

That would be the Koch Brothers, et al.

Food safety should be everyone’s top priority in this and every Country and selling and/or eating contaminated food is just crazy, when the whole world is totally wired and connected right now.

This was not the Koch Brother’s first brush with either bad food, or trouble at their Plants, as they have had issues several times in the past few years, links to these stories are below.

One of the stories that came up while looking for more about this chicken recall, was not about a recall at all, but about a raid on one of the Koch Plants.

It seems that a few years ago, an Ohio plant was raided and 160 illegal immigrants were taken into custody by ICE or the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

This same Plant had been under surveillance for two years by their agents before the raid.

I am not quite sure, but don’t the Koch Brother’s belong to and give quite generous financial support to a political party that is highly opposed to any/all illegal immigrants in this country?

Oops~

But for now, if you have any of the above mentioned products in your freezer, please protect yourself and your family, dispose of them properly, or follow the directions at the USDA website.

Also listed below is a link to the USDA for Recalls, it would be good for you to check it as often as possible.

I have always been a great believer in Karma, but in the case of the Koch Brothers, I fear that they may outlive us all and never meet theirs.

Places to learn more:

USDA Current Recalls and Alerts

Aspen Foods recalls nearly 2 million pounds of chicken due to salmonella concerns

How Koch Foods Built a $3 Billion Chicken Empire

Immigration raids Koch Foods Ohio chicken plant

Nearly 2 million chicken products have been recalled due to Salmonella

Koch brothers: First they bought their way into politics, but now they’re in March Madness

Chicken Entrees Recalled for Salmonella Sold at Kroger, Giant, Schnucks, Aldi, Food Lion, Safeway

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The Radium Girls

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Marie and Pierre Curie experimenting with radium,
a drawing by: André Castaigne
This drawing is said to be considered: Public Domain

 

A good friend on Facebook alerted me to this vital information this morning and because it has been an important part of my past, I felt compelled to share it here.

This ugly story is about yet another way that Humans have caused mortal harm often, with little concern, to their fellow Humans.

Years ago, we had Native Friends in the East who had developed severe physical afflictions from growing up in Arizona during the time when Uranium mining  was being  done with little regard to the effect it would have on Humans, primarily the Native people who lived near the mining areas there.

This was not the only instance of US mining processes harming Native people, there were many others, all just as deadly.

From the information gleaned from my searches this morning, it seems that we have a lengthy history in this country of deliberate neglect, and willful intent to harm others on a regular basis and shamefully for profit.

This is the story of the women, most of who worked in the Eastern United States, New Jersey to be exact, in factories making products often for the US Government, that would in a very short time and after great suffering on their part, end their lives.

They, without their consent or knowledge, were being poisoned by radiation from Radium.

At this time in our early US history, many people freely used, or worked with and handled, this what is now known to be deadly substance.

Even Marie Curie the renowned Polish Scientist, who won two Nobel Prizes, one in Chemistry and one in Physics, was not exempt from their lethal effects.

She was not only the first woman to win one, but she was also the only woman to win two!

After a lifetime of one brilliant accomplishment after another, sadly, her work with this very dangerous substance, Radium, would eventually cause her death.

Her development of  aplastic anemia was said to be linked to  her bad  habit of carrying toxic, radioactive isotope test tubes in her lab coat pockets.

Tragically, Madame Curie, like the other Radium Girls, would in the end, succumb to the very evil that she had helped to discover.

 

Places to learn more:

‘Radium Girls’ Remembered for Role in Shaping US Labor Law

Marie Curie

Uranium mining in Arizona

Mae Keane, One Of The Last ‘Radium Girls,’ Dies At 107

Medicine: Radium Women

The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls and the Generation that brushed its Teeth with Radioactive Toothpaste

U tube video – Radium City

Radium Girls

Et tu Wendy’s?

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Black Bean Sliders
Picture by Walkingfox

 

Just as I was beginning a post this morning about a new product that makes my heart sing, bam the door slammed shut on me.

You see in my mail today, was a nifty story about a new Black Bean Burger being introduced at a select number of Wendy’s in Ohio.

But, regretfully when I started reading it, there was also a side story, that pointed to a quite unhappy situation.

It would seem that the about to become newest favorite eatery, Wendy’s, is embroiled in a mess over wages, with ugly insults being hurled, indicating that they may have participated in what amounts to slave labor with their employees.

Now, if the idea of a Black Bean Burger is new to you, please let me share this, my best friend at UCLA was married to the Manager of one of their top Campus eating places and he delighted in letting me know each week when he made them, knowing full well that I hated meat and loved this culinary treat.

I never did learn all of the ingredients of this delicious, decadent burger, but had been a huge fan of Black Beans for many years, so never cared a whole lot about what he put into them.

Moving to Florida basically closed the door on all of my favorite California vegetarian eating places, as I soon learned that they were not high on anyone’s totem pole here.

So, not willing to eat the Morning Star veggie burgers made with soy beans that have been processed with Hexane, a known carcinogen and pretty much a toxin/pesticide, I had given up hope.

That was until a few months ago, when shockingly I found a new Black Bean Burger from a previously unknown Company, at our local Wal-Mart.

Bringing it home was a challenge, as Walkingfox is not huge on doing without meat.

Surprise, he liked them and has become a fan, of sorts.

But being out on a shopping or other trip and hoping to find one was not to be, at least not here.

So, you can imagine my delight this morning seeing/reading this story about Wendy’s.

Joy quickly turned to sorrow, after reading that they are having similar salary and wages problems  with their employees as Waffle House is.

Right now the delectable Black Bean Burgers are only being tested in Ohio, near Wendy’s Corporate offices, but it looks like that may change quickly judging from the public responses to them.

Now if they can only get their employee/wages issues fixed, Wendy’s may yet become a new place to eat on the run.

And, if they don’t, then, as with Waffle House, we will not be dining there any time soon either.

So, dear Wendy’s, please treat your employees right, pay them right and this may after all, be only a rhetorical question, et tu Wendy’s?

 

Places to learn more:

Amid Call for Boycott, Concerns Rise That Eating at Wendy’s Supports Slave Labor

Why Wendy’s Vegan Black Bean Burger Isn’t Masquerading as Meat

Low Wage Workers Fast Food Forward Campaign

Worker wages: Wendy’s vs. Wal-Mart vs. Costco

Wendy’s “The Final Fast Food Hold-out”

Wendy’s salaries

Off My Menu!

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A Waffle House In Arizona
Picture credit: Scott

 

I first saw this story in my mail a few days ago and because it was so very ugly and pointed accusing fingers at one of my all time favorite places to get a pecan waffle, I put it aside.

But after mulling over this information for several sleepless nights, I decided that sharing it was absolutely necessary.

The report/story from AlterNet, is the first one in the reference list below.

This most disturbing story was about Waffle House, one of the most prolific breakfast places in America.

They have hundreds of restaurants throughout America, 2,100 of them actually, in 25 states, many of which are in the South were they are headquartered.

This Georgia chain has been around since 1955 and until I saw this story, my only complaint had been their practice of allowing smoking on the premises and the fact that they were not always the cleanest places to eat.

But my love of the perfect pecan waffle overrode my two minor objections, until now.

Now I find myself sickened and disgusted by a place that I will in the future refuse to eat in, unless they have a complete and total makeover starting from the top down.

If even half of the accusations in this searing report are accurate, Waffle House will never get another penny from me as a customer.

As the old saying goes, the head of the snake must be cut off.

Aside from all of the employee abuse complaints and accusations, and lawsuits by women of sexual harassment, I find the news that this Company has such strong ties with a Political Party and a platform that I find personally reprehensible, for its repeated abuses of women in this country, unacceptable.

This Company is sleeping with the enemy in my mind.

So Dear Waffle House, you are no longer on my Menu!

 

Places to learn more:

Waffle House’s Diner Empire is Based on Right-Wing Politics and Ripping Off Workers

Waffle House: Ensure every employee makes minimum wage (A very telling closed petition)

Waffle House Refuses To Let Waitress Keep $1000 Tip

 EEOC v. Waffle House, Inc. 

How safe are your favorite restaurants?

NASHVILLE WAFFLE HOUSE SETTLES EEOC SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUIT

Waffle House CEO accused of forcing employee to perform sex acts

A New Petition About Microbeads

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This toothpaste has harmful and nasty microbeads in it

 

As there is a new Petition circulating right now about this very ingredient, I would like to share it here for those who may not have seen it on my other Blog yesterday, or read the original post about it.

 

WordPress Post dated 2-1-15

Microbeads Petition

My Dear Readers, this will be short and sweet.

A petition was just sent to me and not only did I sign and share it,  I also wrote about it a few months ago on one of my other Blogs:   What Do 7 UP, Micro Beads and Lithium All Have in Common?

This petition lists many of the harmful  and deleterious effects that these nasty little micro beads are having on our planet, especially our oceans and their fragile sea life.

Won’t you please consider signing and sharing it as well?

Please go here to sign the  Ban Microbeads Petition

As always, thank you in advance, for your support of this planet’s animal life~

 

No New Ideas Needed

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A McDonald’s in Norway
Picture credit: Ken

 

It all started out innocently enough.

I was going through my email this morning and saw a new petition for McDonald’s.

This particular petition was about something that I personally have been nagging them about for years, or every single time that I went there, which by the way, in the past few years has been less and less.

I do not like meat or hamburgers and have repeatedly suggested to them that they might want to consider making some sort of meatless or veggie burger, as several of their competitors have already done.

Even better, to introduce a few Organic items!

Each and every time I was met with the same blank stare and ” ok, we will suggest it…”

In California, we who don’t like meat are not a minority, we are a strong group with many voices in high places, like the countless celebrities who also choose not to eat animals and love Organic Foods.

This petition was written by a woman in California who was asking a huge company, which at the present time is all over the news for its financial woes, to consider making a meatless burger.

The Company is cutting their Dollar meals, shuffling their vast menu, and has had a somewhat dismal showing for the past two years, many say.

They have had issues with China and meat and a variety of other embarrassing issues.

None has been very good for their image.

So, I was delighted to go and see this new petition and to absolutely sign it and support it.

However, when I got there, it seems that the desired numbers had already been reached.

Well, that’s very good news and there was also a letter from the author with suggestions for other things to do in support of the Petition and all the necessary details were included in it.

As I don’t do Twitter and wanted to go beyond just posting it on my FB page,  I  then, as suggested, called the company directly.

What happened next is the honest truth, you cannot make this stuff up.

I dialed the number, it rang and a pleasant computer asked me to make a choice of directions to be transferred to next.

I listened to all of the different choices and finally selected  ” suggest new ideas.”

This is the response, or answer that the computer gave me, I swear on my beloved Grandmother.

” I’m sorry, but McDonald’s does not accept any new ideas from anyone who does not work for the company.”

End quote!

Umm,  McDonald’s, I think I see the problem and why your sales and profits may be going down the proverbial drain.

You obviously do not listen, nor care what your customers think.

And you don’t want any ” new ideas “  from those who just happen to pay your salaries.

 

Deadly Debacles

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Both of our PT Cruisers may have parts in them from Takata’s Mexico Plant.
Picture credit: Walkingfox

The news this week of serious Air Bag flaws and failures, has been an alarming and terrifying one for car owners everywhere and two Floridians were also among the victims, one lost an eye, the other tragically, lost her life.

The once very much respected auto addition mandated by N.H.T.S.A. and other safety programs many years ago, now, can and have killed people.

One of the factors that has been suggested to cause this air bag failure is said to be humidity, which makes those of us living here in Florida feeling more than a little nervous right now.

The fact that the guilty makers of the air bags and the car companies who did not alert consumers immediately show how little respect or concern all of them have for us, those who keep them in business.

So these car companies: Honda, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda and Mitsubishi have had about 14 million cars recalled for air bag issues.

Takata, one of the world’s  biggest air bag manufacturers, is one of those who makes the air bags in question.

And they and others, are doing what they all usually do, waiting to see how the fall out goes.

A worrisome fact just learned today, is that a factory that Takata has admitted may  have made defective air bags was at one of their plants in Mexico more than ten years ago.

Both of our PT Cruisers were made there.

It has not been recalled, to our knowledge.

As in the recent past with the countless other recalls, some of the car makers have been sullenly, deadly, silent in their egregious failure to protect people.

This nightmare for owners of the recalled cars is not new, it has been going on with no clue to the terrified owners since at least 2004 and that is ten long deadly years!

Globally auto makers have brought this on themselves with denials and foot-dragging responses over recalls in the recent past.

It is not just one, it is too many and it is inexcusable.

Exactly, how much is a human life worth to these companies?

Apparently not a lot!

With the recent ignition switches failures and other terrifying events in the news nearly daily here, is it any wonder that people are afraid to but a new car, or now even a used one?

This ugly mess is completely of their own making, they are guilty and they know it.

But as someone at Ford was long ago quoted as saying, these may be the just the newest,  “acceptable losses.”

Well, in the end, the consumer may just have the last word on this issue and say, “enough.”

“Hey Auto makers, we refuse to put up with, or accept another one of your deadly Debacles!”

 

Places to  learn more:
Consumer Advisory: Vehicle Owners with Defective Airbags Urged to Take Immediate Action 

Japanese Air Bags Killing People Worldwide: ‘It Looked Like A Stabbing’

Air Bag Flaw

Blinded by an airbag: Teenager suffers devastating injuries

Recall of exploding air bags now covers almost 8 million cars

Eustis man claims faulty air bag blinded him

Few Answers After an Alert on Takata Airbags

Now the Air Bags Are Faulty, Too