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A Global Wine Shortage May Soon Be Upon Us

Oh, my God!  This is a serious crisis!

Forget the “Financial Crisis” and unemployment, World governments must come together to address this issue.  They should be planning a conference at the United Nations….

I would hate to have to change over to beer or hard liquor….

Or, god forbid, quite drinking…

From the


Last year, global supply for wine already barely exceeded demand. Adjusting the demand to include non-wine uses (such as making vermouth), there was actually an undersupply of about 300 million cases, marking the largest such shortfall in almost 50 years.

At the current pace, a global shortage of wine is fast approaching. “Data suggests there may be insufficient supply to meet demand in coming years, as current vintages are released,” the report says.

via A Global Wine Shortage May Soon Be Upon Us.

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Some Important Information to Share: How to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Cork Screw

This is important information that everyone will probably need at some point in life…

This is vital information for dealing with one of life’s most dire emergencies:  The Broken Cork Screw….

Or information to use when you are traveling and forgot the cork screw- something I would never do.  I keep at least one in all my bags.

Believe me, you’ll thank me- and my friend Shakey who first shared it on Facebook- one day.


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Hostess wins OK to give execs up to $1.75 million in bonuses

This is a real example of what is totally wrong with the Corporate Culture and Corporate accountability in America….

These guys destroyed a profitable, iconic American Company.

Even though it makes nasty, bad-for-you treats full of preservatives and strange chemical things…

But that’s what America seems to want.  It’s really hard to fail at this….

And they failed.  And are going bankrupt.  Bad management is the only excuse…

And they are getting bonuses for this?  Talk about Bain Capital as a business model….

I guarantee the hourly workers aren’t getting any bonuses for making the product;  only those whose “leadership”  destroyed the company….

From the L. A Times:


Hostess Brands Inc., in the midst of winding down its business, won approval Thursday from a federal bankruptcy judge to give as much as $1.75 million in bonuses to its executives.

The money is intended as an incentive for 19 top-level managers to remain with the Twinkies and Ding Dongs maker to oversee its liquidation.

The payouts will be granted only if managers “achieve a set of specific tasks and goals within a specified time frame that are designed to speed and lower the cost of the wind-down,” Hostess spokesman Lance Ignon said.

The maximum bonus amount, Ignon said, represents 0.07% of Hostess’ revenue and 0.17% of the value of its assets and is below the average for bonuses in comparable bankruptcy cases. Hostess Chief Executive Greg Rayburn would be not be eligible for a bonus, Ignon said.

via Hostess wins OK to give execs up to $1.75 million in bonuses –

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Papa John’s, Denny’s, Applebees brands hurt by Obamacare criticism


I never went to Denny’s or Applebees to begin with, but  used to order Papa John’s on occasion.  But not since their CEO made his idiotic statements after the election.

I’m now boycotting Papa John’s.  I’ve long boycotted Domino’s due to their political actions and I hate Pizza Hut.

Another reason to buy local pizzas!

Local pizzas are better anyway.   We have several local, wood-fired pizza options.  At least one, uses only locally grown ingredients.

I should always been buying all our pizzas from them to begin with…

If only they delivered…..

Well, we all must make some sacrifices….


Though it has many faults, one great aspect of the free market – the actual free market and not what we have on Wall Street – is that customers have choices. Since the Obama re-election victory in November, a few CEOs and business executives couldn’t accept that they lost, and chose instead to bash President Obama and Obamacare.

It was especially strange to hear one CEO, Papa John’s’ John Schnatter, complain about the supposedly high costs of Obamacare forcing him to limit his workers’ hours, while he somehow found the money to build a moat around his mansion and a personal golf course. He’s also the same CEO who is facing a $250 million class action lawsuit for sending text messages to customers.

Then there was the local Denny’s franchiseewho came up with the bright idea to tack on a 5% surcharge to every check to supposedly pay for Obamacare.

Or Applebee’s NY franchisee who claimed Obamacare may force him to institute a hiring freeze.

via Papa John’s, Denny’s, Applebees brands hurt by Obamacare criticism.

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7-Eleven Selling Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Gravy from Slurpee Machines

I’m really starting to get suspicious….

Is 7-11 ground zero for all things related to poor nutrition choices that also lead to weight gain?

I think they pioneered super-sized drinks with the “Big Gulp”- which did really come in handy when hung-over in college…..

But this is truly disgusting.  A line has been crossed….

Fake powdered  potatoes and instant gravy from a slurp machine?  Leave out the slurp machine and it’s just like Mom used to make….

Seriously, I’m afraid….

Glad I stay on the Slow Carb Diet- I wouldn’t even eat this crap on Cheat Day-when I’ll eat almost anything….

If I want potatoes, I want the real thing!



The 7-Eleven convenience store chain is now featuring a Slurpee-type machine that dispenses mashed potatoes and gravy.

The Huffington Post on Monday confirmed that the Maggi mashed potato vending machines were beginning to show up in stores in the U.S.

For a dollar, you can get a generous helping of mashed potatoes. And then you can wash it down with a Big Gulp for only a dollar more.

MORE:   7-Eleven selling mashed potatoes and chicken gravy from Slurpee machines | The Raw Story.

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Funeral Home In South Carolina To Sell Starbucks Coffee

Well, I’ve seen Taco Bell’s in Gas Stations, but nothing like this….

Personally, if you are going to combine food and beverage services with a Funeral Home, I would prefer a bar…

From The Huffington Post:


EASLEY, S.C. — A funeral home in northwestern South Carolina will be offering what it calls the Starbucks experience to those needing comfort, or just a cup of coffee.

Robinson Funeral Home in Easley is building a coffee shop attached to the funeral home.

The Coffee Corner will feature Starbucks coffee and food and also will be open to those who don’t need services from the funeral home. Chris Robinson says the Coffee Corner will include a fireplace, TV and Wi-Fi.

Starbucks employees will train employees at the funeral home later this month before the shop opens.

Robinson says there’s nothing like food or coffee to help comfort those who’ve experienced a loss.

via Funeral Home In South Carolina To Sell Starbucks Coffee.

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House GOP Classifies Pizza As A Vegetable

Who wrote this law?  Herman Cain?

I think after this, we can safely classify the House GOP Caucus as a vegetable.

I’ve seen some idiotic bills come out of the GOP Caucus.  I’ve seen some blatant bills where it’s obvious payback to campaign contributors and lobbyists.

This is an excellent example of both.


Earlier this year, the USDA made an attempt to bolster the nutrition guidelines for the federal school lunch program. Under the new guidelines, for instance, school lunches would be limited to one cup of starchy vegetables a week and the ability of schools to count tomato sauce on pizza towards their fruit and vegetables requirement would be scaled back. But House Republicans, in a new spending plan unveiled yesterday, have done away with those changes:

The spending bill also would allow tomato paste on pizzas to be counted as a vegetable, as it is now. The department’s proposed guidelines would have attempted to prevent that.

The changes had been requested by food companies that produce frozen pizzas, the salt industry and potato growers. Some conservatives in Congress have called the push for healthier foods an overreach, saying the government shouldn’t be telling children what to eat.

According to a bill summary released by Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee, these provisions are meant to “prevent overly burdensome and costly regulations.” What they will actually do is ensure that a steady flow of dollars continues toward certain favored food manufacturers, at the expense of children’s health.

“We are outraged that Congress is seriously considering language that would effectively categorize pizza as a vegetable in the school lunch program,” said Amy Dawson Taggart, the director of Mission: Readiness, a group advocating for healthier school lunches. “It doesn’t take an advanced degree in nutrition to call this a national disgrace.”

via House GOP Classifies Pizza As A Vegetable To ‘Prevent Overly Burdensome’ School Lunch Regulations | ThinkProgress.

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The McRib Wars or the Fuss About Fast, Cruelly Created Frankenfood

Do people really eat these things?

There is so much wrong on so many levels here:

  1. Animal Cruelty allegations
  2. Frankenfood
  3. McDonalds
  4. Food additives
  5. It just sounds plain nasty….

This should really blow a hole in the “new” upscale, Starbucks type image McDonalds is promoting to fool people into eating this crap….

Of course, this being America, most won’t listen and will probably eat it anyway.  On the way to the polls to vote Republican.  While wondering why they are gaining weight and not feeling well….

From the Huffington Post, emphasis mine:

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced this week that it had filed an SEC complaint against Smithfield Farms, the large pig producer that supplies pork for McDonald’s divisive, limited-edition McRib sandwich. The complaint, which is posted in its entirety online, alleges that the pigs’ living conditions are cruel and unusual, citing reports of pigs covered in blood andsows being confined to tiny gestational grates, which are illegal in some states.

This isn’t the first time animal rights’ groups — or even the HSUS — has targeted Smithfield for its record on animal welfare. In December 2010, the HSUS got ahold of gruesome footage of a Smithfield Farms facility, leading respected figures like Mark Bittman to call for a boycott of meat from the company.

Indeed, this most recent complaint seems more like the latest salvo in an ongoing dispute than like a breaking development specifically occasioned by the McRib. An unsympathetic analysis of the HSUS action would probably lead to the conclusion that the group is tying its complaint to the McRib in order to drum up public attention for the cause. The sandwich, after all, has long been a lightning rod for press coverage.

That’s not to say that the McRib is some kind of pristine product of nature, of course. Before the HSUS complaint surfaced, several media outlets had conducted investigations into the myriad of bizarre ingredients that go into the boneless “rib” patty at the center of the sandwich.

The pork bits that make up the meat include “tripe, heart and scalded stomach,” which is bad enough. But the chemical additives that go into the sandwich are even worse. Allegedly, when the additives aren’t binding lung and liver bits together, they’re used for keeping yoga mats springy and shoe soles white.

via McRib Lawsuit Pits Humane Society Against Smithfield Farms, McDonald’s Over Animal Welfare.

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Organic Food: When Does It Matter?

I always try to buy locally grown, in-season organic food.  Organically grown food is much better tasting and so much better for us.  If you buy it at the Farmer’s Market, you are also supporting local farmers instead of the giant corporate agri-businesses that supply the chain grocery stores with their tasteless, plastic produce.

It’s always better to know your food source and support local food.  But it can be expensive and sometimes time dictates a run to the dreaded Harris-Teeter.  Then you have to make choices- do I buy conventional or organic?  Conventional is so much cheaper, is it really important to buy the organic version of this food?  What to do?  How do I find balance in my food choices and budget?

If you can’t buy all local, in season, organically grown food, here is some great information from EWG, The Environmental Working Group, to help you make your choices.  Keep it on your iPhone or Droid next time you go food shopping:


Eat your fruits and vegetables! The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.

Commodity crop corn used for animal feed and biofuels is almost all produced with genetically modified (GMO) seeds, as is some sweet corn sold for human consumption. Since GMO sweet corn is not labeled as such in US stores, EWG advises those who have concerns about GMOs to buy organic sweet corn.

EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Dirty Dozen:  Buy these Organically Grown:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines – imported
  7. Grapes – imported
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries– domestic
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens

Clean 15– Lowest in Pesticide Contamination:

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe-domestic
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms


via EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides | Environmental Working Group |

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Mediterraneans Abandon Their Famous Diet : NPR

Big Agri-Business and Marketing strike again…

From NPR:


It’s not news that Americans are getting fatter and fatter, and the same is happening in many countries around the world. What may come as a bit of a surprise is that it’s even happening in Mediterranean countries, especially among young people.

Pioppi, a little seaside Italian town south of Naples, is home of the Mediterranean Diet. In fact, there’s a museum here dedicated to Ancel Keys, a Minnesota physiologist who traveled to Europe during the 1940s and 1950s to study the diet of people living near the Mediterranean Sea.

Keys, who liked to eat Mediterranean-style meals, lived to be 101 years old. The problem is, in Italy generally, even here in Pioppi, the diet is being ignored.

“The Mediterranean diet is absolutely something that we are trying to pursue every day,” said Dr. Angelo Pietrobelli, associate professor of pediatrics and nutrition at the University of Verona. “Unfortunately, in particular among adolescents, they try to avoid Mediterranean diet because they try to ‘imitate’ the U.S. diet.”

Some people, of course, don’t think hamburgers and sodas are a U.S. diet — they call it the “industrial global diet.” Either way, the results are the same.

When Keys first came to Italy with the U.S. Army during World War II — his name is the K in the Army’s emergency K-rations — he was struck by the low rate of heart disease he saw among poor people in Italy, compared to well-fed northern Europe and America. The traditional Mediterranean diet is more than just tasty — it’s actually good for you.

But the Italians who gave Keys his insights into the Mediterranean diet have vanished. Italy now tips the scales as the fat man of Europe; maybe 36 percent of 12- to 16-year-olds are overweight or obese, according to Pietrobelli.

Nor is the problem confined to Italy. Spain and Greece are also abandoning the traditional Mediterranean diet and lifestyle and seeing much heavier young people.

Of course, it isn’t just fast food and sodas.

“I can tell you that approximately 20 percent of subjects between 6 to 12 years of age are staying in front of the TV approximately four hours per day,” Pietrobelli said.

For the first time in history, today’s children are predicted to live shorter lives than their parents. And the Italian Ministry of Health is worried. Health officials say the obesity is reaching epidemic proportions, and the TV campaigns “make it easier to make healthy choices.”

The rise in Italian obesity rates is remarkable: After all, the overweight kids in, say, Pioppi, are the great-grandchildren of the original Mediterranean diet subjects. That’s a massive change in only three generations.

While nutritionists like Pietrobelli continue to work on fixing the problem, others are trying to understand the changes.

via Mediterraneans Abandon Their Famous Diet : NPR.

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