“I work in the tasting room at The Olive Press in Sonoma, CA - the most award-winning producer of olive in the country. We are now in the middle of our pressing season which starts in October and ends in January. Every day we share our knowledge of olive oil and guide our visitors through the tasting experience. Following is a link to an expert in our field that answers many of your questions about olive oil: http://www.theolivepress.com/learn/about-olive-oil/
It is important to know the source of the oil and when it was pressed - you want to consume it within two years of being pressed. It is worth noting that while quality standards are quite stringent for EVOOs produced in the US, the same standards do not apply to oils imported from elsewhere, so Extra Virgin may mean nothing. Only tasting it will tell. And freshly pressed olive oil varies widely in color from golden to deep green.
With respect to drizzling vs. cooking with it - it pretty much depends on your budget. Fresh EVOO is the one of the healthiest oils that you can consume because it is full of antioxidants. I buy it by the ounce (no fancy bottles) and use it for everything except high-temp stir-fries.”
“I think if you compare dollars to lobbyists, you'll pretty much find out that the corporations are not exactly pikers. Really not pikers. And if you think about corporation interests (profits and everyone else be damned) vs. unions (mostly just folks working hard for a living - because unions aren't as strong as they once were - and they were kind of corrupt on a relatively minor level in the past). And I stop to think, "Does a corporation have my best interests at heart?". or do they have profits at heart - which they should - that is their raison d'etre. So unless I am just about multiplying my dollars so that I have the most toys at the end of the day - the ones I cannot take with me when I pass - I vote for a decent life for everyone while we are here. Unions are certainly flawed, but they are still about people, mostly....corporations, not so much. In fact - not at all...but you got your values, and I got mine....”
“Okay, and your actual experience with Planned Parenthood would be what exactly?
I actually did have an abortion at Planned Parenthood, at six weeks pregnant for the first time, at 42 years of age. I wasn't "now, now, now", It was, "are you sure, have you thought this through - you have other options you know - are you really sure that you want to do this?". Okay, you are sure. Here are the methods available to you. Then, once it was done, there was very woman supportive counseling, and they would not let me leave without discussing prevention options for future pregnancy, because that was par for their course. Me a lady with gray hair talking with caring counselors, many also with gray hair and some with similar experience. It's real life and where the rubber hits the road. Not theory.
But if you are against abortion, I respect that. Just please don't impose your ideology on me and my life. Instead, live it in your own life. By that, I mean, do something constructive. Maybe offer assistance to women who choose to give birth and raise their children and help to support them in that through parenting programs, job and child-care assistance, etc. Walk your talk. That is taking responsibilty for your views. Typing a few words denouncing others is easy. Living your principles in a useful and constructive manner is another.”
oldngrumpy on Aug 28, 2009 at 09:42:00
“"Typing a few words denouncing others is easy. Living your principles in a useful and constructive manner is another."
That isn't the conservative way. They lose interest as soon as birth takes place. Then the baby and the mother become something to ridicule and denounce. They oppose any effort to support either and break the cycle so prevalent in our society. They feel their contribution to society is accomplished by their judgmental "advice".
Today's "Christianity" is a far cry from that of just a few decades ago when churches operated hospitals and trained nurses and other health professionals in a true Christian environment of compassion and caring. That element is sorely missed in our health care equation. They would do well to again give back to the society that allowed them to do so well personally. Responsibility for one's fellows is the cornerstone of religion and all the forced faith and judgment they now shove onto others will become their burden without it. Much of our health care mess is due to religion abandoning this segment of responsibility that they once performed with modest efficiency. It also corresponds with their shrinking numbers and influence in our society.”
I really understand where you are coming from - I just filed for UI for the first time in my life, and I felt 'weak 'for the first time in my life. Here's what I think that we can do - lobby for universal heath-care. Not on a national level, but on a personal level. And you are very well positioned to tell you own tale and that of your cherished wife.
We are all temporary on this mortal coil, but it is all about what we do while we are here.
Let us forward the cause on every front. On an earlier post you mentioned that you are a liberal. Imagine that in this world that that concept is a negative thing. So what is so bad about being liberal - caring about other people, wanting a rising tide to float all boats? Would we rather be part of the greedy-pie people who feast while everyone else starves, and then feel justified in our self-created superiority? They are the ones who will go hungry.
Also, I lost three before the age of 40, lovers all, so I do kind of get it.
If you can find it in your heart, lay down your guns, because they serve no greater purpose. Only love does...and no matter what happens, that transcends everything...”
I was almost ready to make health-care part of my argument - as in, if somebody shoots you, you can get patched up without going into bankruptcy.
Not sure what you feel that you need your guns for (or against), but I am totally onside with health-care. I am one of the many millions here without health insurance, and - if you reference my earlier post about a different way in Canada re: gun violence, there is another thing. In Canada, everyone (absolutely everyone) has access to health care. Maybe not fastest and bestest - because everyone can access i - but I think that it makes for a better society.
I also don't get this fear thing in this country about socialized medicine. Remove the profit, and a whole lot more people get treated. What is so awful and scary about that? I don't know...maybe rich people want poor people to die so they can get a bigger slice of the pie. But, what it really comes down to is that most of us aren't all that wealthy, and the profiteers have made pawns of the rest of us...and they have preyed upon our ignorance - and padded their wallets in doing so.
As Aimee Mann sings "It's not going to stop, until you wise up"...”
“I lived in Canada for many years - a country where guns are not very prevalent, also neither is gun-related violence. In fact, it is unusual there to know someone who has a gun When my husband was applying for a gun permit for part of his job (as a props master in the film business, because guns are a big part of film and TV) the police contacted me to determine if it was okay with me that my husband had a gun permit.
I felt very reassured that there was this measure of oversight, most especially for my own safety.
Perhaps the woman in the trailer-park whose children were killed would have appreciated this level of intervention and oversight.
Maybe I lived in a less violent country for too many years, but I do not understand the strong feeling in this country about the absolute 'right' to carry a gun. It is almost never used to good purpose, and usually to a very tragic end.
Present me with one case where the use was ever justified, and I will offer you a hundred more that are tragic in the extreme.
All of those esoteric "collector" rationales will fade away very quickly in a review of the statistics...
Guns kill people - especially handguns. They are designed for that. Any NRA argument otherwise is abstruse and disingenuous.”
petphotos on Apr 8, 2009 at 04:04:29
“Very good post. As a medic, I have dealt with more gunshot victims than I can count. Only a few "deserved" to be shot.”
postman606 on Apr 8, 2009 at 03:34:06
“Are you kidding? The amount of guns in Canada is very high. However gun violence is very low.”