American and Canadian Food Waste Both Staggering

Here’s a very interesting and instructive blog post about American food waste.

As my last blog entry on food waste, Rob Greenfield brought the previous link to my attention. Canada’s $31,000,000,000.00/year of wasted food has to change, as does America’s “food waste fiasco“.

Regina lost one of its few grocery stores without a food wasting compactor, a couple years ago. A pickup truck’s worth of unwanted food could be going to food banks in Regina every day from each grocery store here. As long as the food isn’t spoiled, they are protected in law.

The Hobbit Ends

I saw the last Hobbit [8/10] movie on Friday, with Jeri. We had food at Montana’s just before. I had the veggie feta burger and it was very good, it tasted just like a meat burger. My distant cousin ended up being seated at the table next to us.

The most exciting part of the movie was in the first ten minutes, but it was overall enjoyable. It was plain that if you hadn’t seen earlier installations of this series, you’d feel a bit left-out. The part of the plot depending upon the Dwarf king’s promise was a bit weakened by the promise not happening in the same movie! “You promised!” OK? I guess, but I as an audience member will just have to trust you over him, because I can’t remember details from a flick a year ago.

Avoid Brown’s Social House

Nicola Tee wrote:

Hey! Just wondering why you have the archaic & sexist rule that your waitresses have to wear a minimum 1″ heel while they’re on their feet all night? The men don’t have the same rule. That’s terrible, and I actually won’t be back because of it. Please pass that on to head office, thanks.

Brown’s wrote: “the policy that our girls need to be in a 1″ heel is a brand standard…”

I won’t be opting to return to Browns because of this. I’m also going to be telling my friends to avoid Browns, and will be posting this response to my blog. If you decide to modernize your policy and lose the sexist attitude toward your employees’ clothing, please let me know so I can update everyone.

If you operated in a location where women weren’t allowed to work, or perhaps people of a particular race, would your “brand standard” adapt to that? In Saskatchewan, we try not to institutionalize sexism. At least I’d rather not support it.

(A pair of commenters note that Earls and Moxxies adhere to the same archaic code, so good to avoid them too.)

Oil Putting Food on Families

Pardon the Bushism. The CPC’s spin regarding the oil crowding out grain shipments by rail must be inspired by Dubya.

Elizabeth May provides some sanity on the issue.

“The current rail cars used for shipping hazardous materials are not safe. Both the US and Canadian Railway Safety Boards have ruled that the DOT111 cars are unsafe, needing upgrading and replacement.”

The insanity is underneath, from Joan Crockatt.

March 6, 2014
For Immediate Release

Oil and gas putting food on the table for Canadian families

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Valentine’s Day’s Dirty Chocolate Secret

While you’re stocking up on chocolate, as the stores fill with it for Easter and Valentine’s Day, consider only treating yourself and others if the candy is labeled Fair-Trade. Fair-Trade chocolates come where the supply chain has been verified to be ethically providing a living wage for the workers growing and harvesting the plants critical to the production of cocoa.

Only a decade ago, human rights orgs were warning that a large portion of our chocolate is the result of child slavery.
This is from 3 years ago:

Many people admire Abraham Lincoln for his effort to free slaves in the American south. Sadly, the opportunity to free people from slavery has not passed away with the 19th century. You can be a hero, and contribute to the freeing of modern-day slaves. Eat less slave-chocolate, and reward fair-trade chocolate producers even though the price you pay is higher.

Shoplifter busted ; Sundog ; Bugs

A shoplifter stealing hair dye among other things was nabbed at the Extra Foods at Golden Mile. 2 cop cars. Ladies, dyeing your hair is a gateway to a life of crime.

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I saw a huge sundog a couple days ago south of Moose Jaw. It had a secondary rainbow to the west of it, as far away from the right side sundog as the sundog was from the Sun.
The Sundogs extended to the horizon, as did the rainbow. They didn’t meet over the Sun though.

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It’s extremely cold out right now. Someone moving out piled their old sectional in front of the dumpster, so it got moved to the side, into my parking space (fortunately vacant). I took off a few of the feet on the sectional, and in the thin wooden crevices were dead bugs. Ick. The furniture owners were called back to properly dispose of the pieces.