Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Shake, Rattle and Roll ~ Not the good kind...
Evening meows and mew-sings, my Happy New Year glorious Big Cats... oh yowls, what a bizarre day of back-and-forth trying to get stuff done... yeee-owww! Moi’s brain is frazzled city... however, there was a gorgeous tangerine-glowing sunset on the tame prairie...
Don’t you love peacock feathers? The Kougar was searching for a pic for her bloggie at THE ROMANCE STUDIO, scheduled for Thursday, January 6th, and found this fab pic.
Shake, Rattle and Roll ~ Not the good kind... Oh, darling Kittens, did you know that earthquake activity in the US and across the world has escalated dramatically. Of course, most are low level quakes that cause no damage and are rarely felt by a population... however, it is shake, rattle and roll all over Mother Earth right now. Apparently, there is no sign that it’s abating, either. Rather, it appears as if it will only continue. AND! Currently, there is regular earthquake activity along the New Madrid fault. Yep, and the *lying pant-on-fire* news media is playing it down, and even saying this activity is normal. NO... IT’S NOT!!!
In case you don’t know, the New Madrid fault [do an internet search] is bigger and badder than the San Andreas fault in California, and, in fact, an 1800's earthquake on the New Madrid fault was so brutal and so strong, it caused the mighty Mississippi river to run backwards... yeah, that’s THE REAL danger facing those who live close to this fault.
As a further Big Cat Commentary... not only are earthquakes manifesting all over the globe, but quakes at every level of society, and in every country, are manifesting as well.
Our entire world is shaking, rattling and rolling... get ready, and be prepared.
Big Cat by-the-numbers ~
2:12 am... 3:33 am... 12:12 pm... 4:44 pm... 10:10 pm... blessed be to Mother Earth...
Authoress news and mews ~
Well, the Kougar attempted to add pages to her bloggie, so she could post her entire serial flash ~ Courtship On Another Earth. However, she simply wasted a lot of time, and got nowhere. ~frustrated sighs and shrugs~
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Friday, December 31, 2010
Smashwords Year in Review, Plans for 2011
by Mark Coker
Welcome to my annual Smashwords year in review where I report our progress and plans for the new year.
2010 was a breakout year for us. It was also a breakout year for our indie ebook authors and publishers.
Exactly two years ago we were publishing 140 books from 90 authors. We thought that was fantastic for our first year in business.
Last year at this time we hit 6,000 books from 2,600 authors and publishers. We were thrilled.
Today we're listing 28,800 books from over 12,000 authors and publishers. We released 3,200 new ebooks in the last 30 days alone. We're pinching ourselves now, not just because of how far we and our authors have come, but because we know we've barely scratched the surface of the possible.
~ blog.smashwords.com/2010/12/smashwords-year-in-review-plans-for.html ~
Now ~ FIRST! just for the big cool cats ~ from the Flash Cat...
Happy Courtship on another Earth
X-Serial Flash in Two Hundred ~ Sylva and Zeke’s story continues...
Part 737 ~
Sylva looked to Nevada, who gazed at his wife. “Major land changes due to the natural cycles of our Earth,” Ginger answered. Nevada gazed at Sylva intently. She could practically see his wheels spin while he thought. As well, she observed his need to be protective and answer her truthfully. “So far, there are no indications the ranch is in any real danger from massive land changes. Though, of course, we got plans ready. Get Zeke to take you out to the pyramids we’re constructing.” Sylva asked the obvious, “Pyramids?” The three of them nodded. “Pyramids are stabilizers,” Nevada explained.
Zeke memorized the emblem, intending to research it later. “Center business?” Van asked. Sweeping them over a flat section of land, he increased their speed while lowing their altitude. “Yep. Wes and Wayne hail from the V, an East Coast Center-like operation. “No wonder they were dang bull’s eyes for that missile.” After scanning around them with his gaze, and using their onboard scanner, Zeke spoke. “There was worldwide attacks from drones with dart missiles. Some evil bastards are testing our mettle. Lookin’ for weaknesses.” Zeke gazed at Van. “Think I’m gonna make certain to keep up my weapons’ training.”
TO BE CONTINUED...
Part 1 - 15 ~ see blog ~ January 15th Cometh, then Part 15... and before...
Part 16 ~ 736 ~ see the Kougar’s prior bloggies... or the Passionate Ink forum, the FREE READS page ~ passionateink.org/forum ~ OR! Now available on The Romance Studio Forum, JANUARY 2009 through JUNE 2010 flashes ~ theromancestudio.com ~ Click on the FORUMS, then Savanna Kougar ~ the Fantasy Lair ~
IF YOU LIKE ORGANIC FOODS LIKE THIS BIG CAT DOES, this is damn bad news!!!
USDA Certified Organic’s Dirty Little Secret: Neotame
Published on 01-02-2011
~ blacklistednews.com/index.php?news_id=12131 ~
By Barbara H. Peterson - Farm Wars
Just when we thought that buying “Organic” was safe, we run headlong into the deliberate poisoning of our organic food supply by the FDA in collusion with none other than the folks who brought us Aspartame. NutraSweet, a former Monsanto asset, has developed a new and improved version of this neurotoxin called Neotame.
Neotame has similar structure to aspartame — except that, from it’s structure, appears to be even more toxic than aspartame. This potential increase in toxicity will make up for the fact that less will be used in diet drinks. Like aspartame, some of the concerns include gradual neurotoxic and immunotoxic damage from the combination of the formaldehyde metabolite (which is toxic at extremely low doses) and the excitotoxic amino acid. (Holisticmed.com)
But surely, this product would be labeled! NOT SO!!! For this little gem, no labeling required. And it is even included in USDA Certified Organic food.
The food labeling requirements required for aspartame have now been dropped for Neotame, and no one is clear why this was allowed to happen. Neotame has been ruled acceptable, and without being included on the list of ingredients, for:
* USDA Certified Organic food items.
* Certified Kosher products with the official letter k inside the circle on labels. (Janet Hull)
Let me make this perfectly clear. Neotame does not have to be included in ANY list of ingredients! So, if you buy processed food, whether USDA Certified Organic or not, that food most likely will contain Neotame because it is cost-effective, and since no one knows it is there, there is no public backlash similar to what is happening with Aspartame. A win/win situation!
But that’s not all. Just love chowing down on that delicious steak? Well, that cow most likely will have been fed with feed containing…..you guessed it…..Neotame! A product called “Sweetos,” which is actually composed of Neotame, is being substituted for molasses in animal feed.
“Sweetos is an economical substitute for molasses. Sweetos guarantees the masking of unpleasant tastes and odor and improves the palatability of feed. This product will be economical for farmers and manufacturers of cattle feed. It can also be used in mineral mixture,” said Craig Petray, CEO, The NutraSweet Company, a division of Searle, which is a part of Monsanto. (Bungalow Bill)
Why would we feed animals food that is so distasteful that we would have to mask the unpleasantness with an artificial sweetener? Most animals will not eat spoiled, rancid feed. They know by the smell that it is not good. Enter Sweetos (Neotame). Just cover up the unpleasant tastes and odors, and you can feed them anything you want to, courtesy of the oh, so considerate folks at Monsanto and company.
But of course, Monsanto is no longer associated with NutraSweet. In the time-honored tradition of covering its assets, Monsanto has a proven track record of spinning off controversial portions of its company that generate too much scrutiny, such as it did with the Solutia solution.
Says the Farm Industry News, “Monsanto, which has long resided in the crosshairs of public scorn and scrutiny, appears to have dodged at least one bullet by spinning off its industrial chemical business into a separate entity called Solutia a couple of years ago. Solutia has since been hammered by lawsuits regarding PCB contamination from what were once called Monsanto chemical plants in Alabama and other states” (Source Watch)
So what is the solution to this problem? Buy local organic food, know your local farmer, and don’t buy processed foods whether they are labeled “Organic” or not. This requires a drastic change in lifestyle that most will not want to make. For those who choose to ride the wheel of chance by succumbing to this genocidal adulteration of our food supply by those who stand to profit from our sickness and early demise, my only comment is….it is your choice. But for those of us who have decided to fight this battle one bite at a time by hitting these sociopaths in the pocketbook where it hurts……viva la revolucion!
The most powerful weapon is the human soul on fire.
~ HAPPY NEW YEAR ~ MAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE ENOUGH ~
May you live the dreams of your heart...
Shake, Rattle and Roll kisses from the Kougar...