Friday, September 30, 2005

Edison, Opportunity & Overalls

Just got this from a friend. Genius:

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work."
~ Thomas Edison (1847-1931)
American inventor & industrialist
More quotes about: Opportunity, People, Work

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Compassion Over Killing

Check out this commercial being aired on MTV by Compassion over Killing.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Obesity, children and Micky-D's

Hah. Gotta love that.

I can't wait to see the HUGE shift that's going to occur in the quick-serve restaurant business. I honestly don't think McD's, Burger King, Carl's Jr., etc. will exist (at least not in their current form) within 5-15 years. They simply can't. We can't afford to pay for the disease and sickness that is created as a result of their success. At the very least, their menus are going to be radically different. (I'm still blown away by the fact McD's no longer has super size options and profiles a salad on their menu and fruit in the happy meal...)

In any case, join me in supporting my friends who own some of my favorite restaurants and help them expand: from Native Foods (Westwood, Costa Mesa & Palm Springs, California) to Leaf Cuisine (Culver City, CA) to Zen Palate (NYC).

Fun fun fun!

(Thanks to Seth Godin for blogging about this.)

Monday, September 26, 2005

Roosevelt on Sweat and Timid Souls

One of my absolute favorite thoughts:

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

~ Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
American statesman (26th US president: 1901-09)
from "Man in the Arena" Speech given April 23, 1910

More quotes about: Achievement, Deed, Defeat, Effort, Enthusiasm, Errors, Failure, Soul, Timidity, Victory

And, thanks to my friend Olukunle for telling me about this site where you can read the speech from which this quote was lifted.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Edison & Astounding Ourselves

Just a friendly reminder...

"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
~ Thomas Edison (1847-1931)
American inventor & industrialist

[Astound yourself today, this year, this lifetime. (Pretty please. Thanks.)]

Monday, September 19, 2005

Kerry on Katrina

From a little speech John Kerry gave at Brown University:

The Katrina Administration

Katrina is a symbol of all this administration does and doesn't do. Michael Brown -- or Brownie as the President so famously thanked him for doing a heck of a job -- Brownie is to Katrina what Paul Bremer is to peace in Iraq; what George Tenet is to slam dunk intelligence; what Paul Wolfowitz is to parades paved with flowers in Baghdad; what Dick Cheney is to visionary energy policy; what Donald Rumsfeld is to basic war planning; what Tom Delay is to ethics; and what George Bush is to "Mission Accomplished" and "Wanted Dead or Alive." The bottom line is simple: the "we'll do whatever it takes" administration doesn't have what it takes to get the job done.

This is the Katrina administration.

The Real Test of Katrina

This is the real test of Katrina. Will we be satisfied to only do the immediate: care for the victims and rebuild the city? Or will we be inspired to tackle the incompetence that left us so unprepared, and the societal injustice that left so many of the least fortunate waiting and praying on those rooftops?

Fox Brings Us Breaking News on Bush

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Going raw: Better for your body?

Interesting article: Going raw: Better for your body?

Hmmm...after posting that article, I noticed the URL starts with ""

Apparently that section on MSN is sponsored by "Nexium"--a magical purple pill that cures heartburn. So, I checked out another artcle: "What is GERD? Often perceived as heartburn, this chronic condition needs treatment to prevent complications"

It's ALMOST funny to read that artcle. Again, it's straight out of the book I just blogged about called "Selling Sickness."

First, we get the scary statistics: "Millions affected: Statistics on the incidence of heartburn and GERD vary. According to some estimates, 7 percent of Americans have heartburn daily and 14 percent have it at least once a week. Other figures suggest that GERD affects about 20 percent of the adult population in the United States, mostly those in their 40s or older. However, it can affect people of all ages, including children."

Then, we don't even get ONE mention of the fact that the simplest way to stop acid reflux is to quit eating the toxic shit that's CAUSING the reflux. Apparently the only solution is to buy more of their purple pills.

What a wonderful service that company is providing the world, eh?


Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Mad Cowboy

Just got back from a screening of the new documentary featuring the Mad Cowboy, Howard Lyman.

Amazing. And, another frightening reminder of just how unaware we all are about what's going on in Factory Farms around the US. Disgusting...

Take a trip to a slaughterhouse to see one of the 10 BILLION animals killed in the US each year and I don't think you'd be eating much meat. But alas, we're all so far from the process that we can just keep on eating our hamburgers and chicken wings and not think anything of it...

But, the times are changing...

Take a trip over to the Mad Cowboy's site and enjoy some of the following:

WELCOME! This website is about Howard Lyman (4th generation cattle rancher and vegan), his inspiring life, the Oprah Trial, the filming of the "Mad Cowboy" Feature Documentary, the book "Mad Cowboy," Voice for a Viable Future, his speaking schedule, and over 350 REFERENCED FACTOIDS for anyone to use about Mad Cow Disease, Vegetarianism, the Environment, Human Health, and Animal Rights.

Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients

Just read this article: Adult use of ADHD medicines surges and had to of those, "My God, it's really time to do something about this nonsense" kind of laughs...

The article is essentially a page out of the new book "Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients." If you haven't read it, I HIGHLY recommend it...

From the front flap of the book:

"Thirty years ago, Henry Gadsen, the head of Merck, one of the world's largest drug companies, told Fortune magazine that he wanted Merck to be more like chewing gum maker Wrigley's. It had long been his dream, he said, to make drugs for healthy people--so that Merck could "sell to everyone."

Gadsen's dream now drives the marketing machinery of the most profitable industry on earth.

Using their dominating influence in the world of medical science, drug companies are systematically working to widen the very boundaries that define illness. Old conditions are expanded, new ones created, and the markets for medication grow ever larger. Mild problems are redefined as serious illness and common complaints are labeled as medical conditions requiring drug treatments. Runny noses are now allergic rhinitis, PMS has become a psychiatric disorder, and hyperactive children have ADD. When it comes to conditions like high cholesterol or low bone density, being "at risk" is sold as disease in its own right.

Selling Sickness reveals how widening the boundaries of illness and lowering the threshold for treatments is creating millions of new patients and billions in new profits, in turn threatening to bankrupt health-care systems all over the world. As morea nd more of ordinary life becomes medicalized, the industry moves ever closer to Gadsen's dream: "selling to everyone."

Definitely time for us all to WAKE UP!!!!

Here's another article on the subject of Selling Sickness to the Well that you might enjoy...

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Astronomy Picture of the Day

If you ever want to get perspective on your life, check out the "Astronomy Picture of the Day."

Amazing stuff.

(Thanks to Wil, one of the awesome community leaders over at the Zaadz community boards, for introducing me to that site...)

Wanna Live Longer?

Check this article out.

Forbes 10 ways to live longer
Click on the links for more information.

Risking Going Too Far...

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
~ T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)
British-American poet & critic
More quotes about: Risk

Sunday, September 11, 2005

PETA 25th Anniversary Gala

I volunteered last night at the 25th anniversary of PETA gala to help out my friend Tanya from Native Foods. Amazing event and a lot of fun.

Met some awesome people who are up to some incredible stuff within the vegan/animal rights/social activism world. Here's a quick shout out to a few who are involved in organizations you might like to learn more about:
  • Nathan Runkle, the founder of Mercy for Animals: Nathan won an award last night for the work he's been doing since he was FIFTEEN (!) years old. Check it out and get involved.
  • If you're in the bay area, you should definitely check out the Bay Area Vegetarians group. I met the co-founders, Tammy and Chris who are awesome.
  • And, we can't forget the lovely ladies from Vegan Vixens. Vegan and hot hot hot hot hot. And funny. Check em out here.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Kanye on George Bush

My buddy Jon just passed this on.

(As he said, "the look on Mike Myers' face is priceless...")

The Dalai Lama and confidence
Inspirational art quotes and fine artists

Art Quotes for September 9

If you have a sincere and open heart, you naturally
feel self-worth and confidence, and there is no need
to be fearful of others.
::: 14th Dalai Lama :::

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Vegan Freak

After chatting with my pal, Herman, over at VeganPorn (had to get my "Tofu makes me horny t-shirt"...don't we all need one?!? :), I stumbled upon this great site:

If you're interested in learning more about the vegan lifestyle from some pretty funny people, check it out.

(And, say "hi" to their mascot, "Tofu Oyaku"--he's the guy up to the left there...hilarious...)

Plus, this line was too funny not to share:


we don't eat nothin' that farts. or anything with a face. or anything from anything that farts or has a face. Basically, vegans avoid animal products to the greatest extent possible, with the overall goal of reducing suffering and increasing compassion. No eggs, meat, dairy, honey, wool, leather, etc. This sounds onerous, but trust us, it isn't. Why kill to eat when you don't have to?

Alternately, there's a nice vegan FAQ over at"

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian

This is a genius list by Pamela Rice:

101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian

Why aren't you?

Schopenhauer and Truths About Cows

Just got this quote by Schopenhauer from my friend Tom at SuperWisdom. (Highly recommend his work and newsletter.)

"Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self-evident." ~Arthur Schopenhauer

Makes me think...

A truth that will follow this aphorism precisely: the fact that dairy is ridiculously bad for your health and that the only reason you drink it is because the dairy industry has a $160 million annual budget to convince you your arms will rip off if you don't.

Dairy is disgusting and has no place in the human body. (Unless of course, you're not really a human being but in fact a new born calf who weighs 60 pounds and needs to grow to 600 pounds in 6 months--in which case, you DEFINITELY need to drink cow's milk...and, congrats on being able to read this!!! :)

For the record, btw, the scientific fact of the matter is that the high protein content in dairy is actually forcing your bones to release calcium into your body to alkalize the high level of acidity created by the protein in dairy--effectively weakening your bones, not strengthening them.

(Want to learn more about that? Go check out Dr. John McDougall's work and buy his DVD's: McDougall's Medicine: Fighting the Big Fat Lies with Fad-Free Truth. You'll be glad you did.)

It's appalling how the dairy industry gets away with marketing such ridiculous stuff...It'll be fun to see society change over the years and decades ahead...

And to think that at one point we were convinced cigarettes weren't bad for our health...

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Failing and Luck

Such a great quote and so true:

It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter
how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to
know or care about your failures, and neither should you.
All you have to do is learn from them and those around
you because... All that matters in business is that you get
it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.
::: Mark Cuban :::

(Got that today from my buddy Dion's great newsletter. Highly recommend it.)