Sagittarius Kosmo Kitty


Caturday returns in Sagittarius!

A Sagittarius Kosmo Kitty is quite the adventurous cat, slipping out at night through the cat door. This larger-than-life cat prefers to travel to distant worlds and distant cultures enjoying the thrill of meeting new humans, new cats and learning new things. A Sadge Kosmo Kitty may have a taste for the exotic and flare for the worldly. Kosmo Kitty may know how to hold chopsticks and know how to dance the folk steps of Germanic people. Next time you let your cat outside, imagine the journey he or she will embark upon.

"A journal of a 1,000 steps begins with one paw." Lao-tzu

Scorpio Kosmo Kitty

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Scorpio Caturday!

Some people refer to Scorpio as "the bad cat", but this is non-sense. Each cat has it's good and bad, the Mars-ruled sign of Scorpio just isn't afraid to show it. While a Scorpio cat will be clingy, cuddly and cute, they can also be obsessive, secretive and NEVER forget any wrong-doing from a human, animal or toy. When this scorpion cat strikes, it does so with precision and extreme focus. If the Scorpio cat becomes quiet (and perhaps has it ears back with tag wagging violently from side-to-side), it may be on the attack as this emotional water-sign cat has trouble communicating it's needs and would rather claw, clamp, bite and back-leg-kick it's way to resolution.

The physical appearance of the Scorpio cat is slender with a sexy cat-body and walks with a deep intense stare into the eyes of any ill-fated human. These cats are also subject to feelings of inadequacy and can be self-destructive, always trying to get and bite it's own tail. This intense cat loves the dark, hiding under boxes or grocery bags, and dangerous sports such as jumping from the tall armoire in a single leap. Scorpio cats also benefit from being neutered or spayed as they will continuously have sex on everything and over everything you love.

Healthy Eating: Science vs. Industry


While it's no surprise to anyone now that the USDA sleeps with the largest food manufactures in our food system. Scientists, Doctors, Nutritionist and even Harvard School of Public Health have long been critics of the USDA Food Pyramid and the clear distinction between lobbyist dollars and the recommendations of the government. Above is a photo of the 2005 updated version of the Food Pyramid, which was modified into vertical, confusing shapes and colors.

A confusing mix of serving sizes balanced with running up stairs. An almost indistinguishable yellow line marking the fats and oils category, milk and dairy is as big as vegetables, which isn't as big as grains and the meat category for the first time in Food Pyramid history took a dive in importance and is seen as the second smaller sliver.

HarvardNutrition pyramid
HarvardNutrition pyramid

Now let's take a look at the 2005 Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School's recommended Food Pyramid.

First what stands out is the recommendation for alcohol, multivitamins and a clear message about exercise at the base of the pyramid. HSPH goes further with their findings, bringing in language about "refined" grains such as white rice or white bread at the very top to use sparingly like butter, oil and red meats. Dairy is the 2nd lowest, not the 2nd highest like the USDAs and a new category of nuts and legumes were added! Wow! Not only is this important for everyone but vegetarians especially. Plant oils also make the base of this pyramid suggesting the importance of oil in our diet, yet appears as a barely noticeable sliver on the USDAs. Also vegetables and grains have no serving suggestion, just eat them!


We know the USDA takes input from major industry as experts in their fields, such as the Dairy Counsel and has since it's inception in 1943. When the updated Pyramid was delayed for several months, speculations arose about which "food group" lobbyist were arguing the most about their box of the pyramid. 7 months later, the image to the left was unveiled and WOW. I mean really WOW! Way to make a very uncharacteristic approach in government and simplify this for us! Replacing the pyramid with MyPlate was an excellent move. Eliminating serving sizes, qualifiers and that pyramid make this a reference tool that is easy to see with one glance. The department said that the input from the Childhood Obesity Task Force was a major consideration and Michelle Obama, said in a statement "When mom or dad comes home from a long day of work, we're already asked to be a chef, a referee, a cleaning crew. So it's tough to be a nutritionist, too," Michelle Obama said in a statement on Thursday. "But we do have time to take a look at our kids' plates. As long as they're half full of fruits and vegetables and paired with lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat diary, we're golden."


Quit being a stick in the mud Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical! While, the USDA MyPlate is a simplified version, Harvard calls it's Plate "based on science" and fixes many key flaws with the USDA plate. Harvard also moves to a simpler shape, cutting out illustrations of food while it opts to keep the detail it's always had and amplifies it. Removing alcohol and adding water was a smart choice as well as defining healthy oils, whole grains and stating that potatoes and french fries don't count as vegetables. Protein include vegetarian sources and recommend avoiding processed meats like bacon and limiting red meat. As someone who did undergrad in Public Health, I understand the USDA. In anything Public Health related, you want to reach as many people as possible with little to no consideration to the individual: vaccinations, diet/nutrition, seat belts/safety, fluoride in drinking water and so on. What I like about the government's approach is that it does follow that Public Health design but in doing so, makes it incredibly simple for the most simple minded person in regards to nutrition. On the flip side, Harvard School of Public Health takes a different approach based on scientific research on nutrition, pairing with the Harvard Medical School. They still follow Public Health guidelines of making something for the masses, but trust the audience will be a bit more skilled and discriminating in their food selection.

Do you follow the Food Pyramid? How do you know which to choose?

Portland Named Least Religious City


Portland is named least religious city in a recent study of census information. This Scorpio town is located in the Aquarian state of Oregon, the 46th least religious state. It's no surprise that the study found the Mid-West and Southern U.S. to be most religious, Salt Lake City being the #1 most religious city and the state of New Hampshire to be the least religious state. Read more and see where your city and state compare by clicking the link below. Huffington Post - Most and Least Religious Cities in America

Politicked Off Excerpt: The Bible

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2.09-Polticked Off: Lessons from the Election Cycle

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Don’t people realize that the Bible has been used to justify everything for almost two thousand years! The Bible has been used to suppress women voters, to suppress black people, gay people, handicapped people, Jewish people, Muslim people, the rich, the poor and everything in between. A perfect example of this came to me recently when I was watching “All in the Family”, an enormously popular 1970’s sitcom based in political satire most memorable for it’s main character, the outrageous outspoken Republican bigot, Archie Bunker. Archie frequently uses religion and the Bible in his own way to justify his narrow views, everything from Watergate to women’s lib, segregation to sexual orientation. Here’s an example, here’s Archie in an episode that featured Sammy Davis Jr playing himself. Archie is talking to Sammy Davis Jr. concerning the Bible as it relates to the division of races:

Archie: Now, no prejudice intended, but I always check with the Bible on these here things. I think that, I mean if God had meant for us to be together he’d a put us together. But look what he done. He put you over in Africa, and put the rest of us in all the white countries. Sammy: Well, he must’ve told ‘em where we were because somebody came and got us.

It’s twisting of the Bible and using misinterpretation as fact that was the comical genius of the show but in the real world, it’s deadly. I think Lindy West, writer to the Seattle Stranger and Jezebel.com said it best in her popular Facebook trending article ‘I’m Not Interested in Finding a Truce in the Culture War, I’m Interested in Winning It’. She states that this new brand of crazy religious fundamentalism is claiming that demand of civil rights for Americans is imposing on their “religious freedoms” but really, it’s more like “you’re religious freedoms are infringing on my actual freedoms”. I think that’s well said. And quite funny but true though.

Politicked Off Excerpt: Diversity Begots Diversity

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2.09-Politicked Off: Lessons from the Election Cycle.

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I’m reminded of episode 2.06: Adopt an Agrarian I did with Bruce Marron local activist, scientist and urban agrarian and what he said to me in regards to our conversation about growing food and bio-diversity. He said something like corporations and power and boiled down and concentrated, boiled down and re-concentrated until you finally only have two choices; Coke or Pepsi. “well, I prefer apple juice. That’s not an option. Diversity begets diversity, the more you have growing, the more you have living there, diversity is the meaning of freedom.” So consolidation puts us into narrow boxes and margins. It reduces us to this way or that way. It doesn’t take into account our actual feelings on issues, instead it says if you belong to this ticket, you must think and vote this way. Nah, nah, I refuse to accept that.

This election season, I was reminded of how much the political process both frighten and gets me so fired up that I can hardly stand it. I further learned this in example as I attempted to protest the heated Portland debate of forced fluoridated water without a public vote. This year, I took my fear, my anger, my conviction and my questioning and looked around. I decided to spend some time understanding the Green Party. A party I’ve always been interested in because it’s the only political party between our mainstream choices that actually has an environmental platform. They also include minority rights, support banking reform, single-payer healthcare, a focus on education and arts education and support alternatives to incarceration and the list goes on and on...While I agree with the party in general, I’m not comfortable voting for the lesser of two evils; between Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. Obama’s done some wacky shit for this country and Romney will not doubt and probably do even wackier shit if elected but I can’t make a vote out of fear. I don’t want to be afraid anymore. It’s time for change. Our political system is currently built like a college football game, the red team and the blue team and to many people, it’s all about the win. You become a piece in a game. A pawn perhaps? It’s not about the issues, it’s not about the performance of the president and it needs to be all these things and more. Bush shouldn’t have had a second term and I’m not to excited about Obama having a second term. We need another option. Every progressive movement in history has started this way, think of founding fathers who wanted to make a new home in the New World. It started as a dream, a movement and then a reality.

Oraia Helene at Between the Earth and Stars podcast brought up a great point in her most recent podcast episode #48 titled “Skipping Through a Minefield”. She talks about the possibility of “throwing her vote away”. It’s interesting because when I voiced my support for Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein on Facebook, I got a response similar to Oraia’s response of “don’t throw your vote away,” or “Romney may win!”. I LOVE what Oraia had to say in response in that throwing your vote away has absolutely nothing to do with who you vote for. As a citizen she is entitled to a vote, that’s her right and who she votes for is not throwing her vote away because she explains, that she has carefully examined the candidates and made a decision that is most in line with her values and I couldn’t agree with her more. The only way I see you throwing away your vote is if you don’t vote. Oraia makes another great point. If the two major political parties knew that we were voting for other parities, they would work harder to earn our vote and do their best to actually represent us when in office. This is a democracy.

Before I close, I want to clarify that I’m not saying that I think you should personally vote Republican or Democrat or Third Party. I am also not trying to make a point of Obama accomplishment and sour moments or try to give creditable reasons as to why the Green Party is appealing to me because that’s not the actual purpose of this episode. It’s not to showcase knowledge of current events or political parties doing what to whom. It is also not my intent to get you to vote for a particular person. The purpose of this episode was to point out that parties are a distraction. If we had a diverse party system we could better serve the interests of the American public and work to create unity, instead of teams fighting against each other and not having our needs meet. As John Adams once said “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.” George Washington agreed saying “ It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions.”