9-yr-Old Silenced By Politicans

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9-Year-Old Who Changed School Lunches Silenced By Politicians

NeverSeconds’ first school-lunch photo, May 8, 2012. The tubular thing is mashed potatoes in a crust.

[Updated: June 15, 2012. Read to the end for developments!]

For the past two months, one of my favorite reads has been Never Seconds, a blog started by 9-year-old Martha Payne of western Scotland to document the unappealing, non-nutritious lunches she was being served in her public primary school. Payne, whose mother is a doctor and father has a small farming property, started blogging in early May and went viral in days. She had a million viewers within a few weeks and 2 million this morning; was written up in Time, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, and a number of food blogs; and got support from TV cheflebrity Jamie Oliver, whose series “Jamie’s School Dinners” kicked off school-food reform in England.

Well, goodbye to all that.

This afternoon, Martha (who goes by “Veg” on the blog) posted that she will have to shut down her blog, because she has been forbidden to take a camera into school. She said:

This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my head teacher and taken to her office. I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today. I only write my blog not newspapers and I am sad I am no longer allowed to take photos. I will miss sharing and rating my school dinners and I’ll miss seeing the dinners you send me too.

A little later, her father Dave (who helped her set up the blog but has been hands-off on the content), added to her post:

Veg’s Dad, Dave, here. I felt it’s important to add a few bits of info to the blog tonight. Martha’s school have been brilliant and supportive from the beginning and I’d like to thank them all. I contacted Argyll and Bute Council when Martha told me what happened at school today and they told me it was their decision to ban Martha’s photography.

Can we all agree how monumentally stupid this is?

Martha Payne, via JustGiving.com

Here we have a kid who got excited enough about feeding children well that she not only changed the food in her own district — within two weeks, officials were allowing children in her school to have “unlimited salads, fruit and bread,” which apparently was the policy all along only someone forgot to say so — but also got children around the world excited about their lunches too. Over the blog’s seven weeks, she received images of school lunches from Germany, Japan, Finland, Illinois, Spain, Washington State, a school in Atlanta that keeps kosher, and on.

And no, to stave off the inevitable snark, she’s not a bratty entitled kid. Here’s how we know: By her 19th post, she decided she’d gotten enough attention that she wanted to redirect it somewhere useful, and she asked her followers to donate to a charity called Mary’s Meals that funds school food in Africa. She started off the donations by sending £50 that she got from a magazine that reprinted some of her photos. By today, according to her father’s note, she had raised £2,000.

We anguish about getting kids to be enthusiastic about healthy, sustainable food — to not prefer the bad stuff, not waste the good stuff, and not be entitled little monsters who whine about when their next chicken nugget is arriving. And then a child emerges who, out of her own creativity and curiosity, does all of that, and gets other children around the world excited about doing it too. And then she gets told she is offending the powers that be, and is slapped down.

Those would be the powers who told a 9-year-old that she was making “bad choices” out of the food being served at her school, without ever taking responsibility for what they had allowed to be offered. (Which is not necessarily the norm for school lunches in Scotland, as this piece from the Daily Record makes clear.)

Infuriating.

If you’d like to tell the Argyll and Bute Council, who made the decision, exactly how idiotic they’ve been, their webpage is here. (And they are @argyllandbute on Twitter.)

If you’d like to send support to Martha, you can leave a comment on her final post. (Her email is on the same page.)

And if you’d like to honor her ingenuity by supporting the school-food charity she picked, the donation page is here.

(While I was writing this post, the news of the no-photography rule was posted by the Argyll News and the media site STV-Glasgow. The Argyll and Bute Council has not responded.)

Thanks @MJRobbins for flagging NeverSeconds’ goodbye post on Twitter.

Original Source:http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/06/neverseconds-shut-down/

To donate to Mary’s Meals:http://www.marysmeals.org/

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Coffee Adventures

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Can you tell I love sugar?

On my Instagram account, I started my Coffee Adventures series. I’m addicted to coffee. I need it to function in society, be peppy, and to resist temptation to kill people. So, without further ado, here’s today’s coffee adventure & a coffee pick of the day.

Peanut Buttercup Coffee

Today’s coffee pick comes from PBfingers.com. I follow her blog, and I love it! She suggested this coffee, I ran out and got it. It was a wise decision. If you love coffee and pb, then this is for you my friend!

What are you enjoying today?

Tools for My Summer

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I love the summer! I’m a southern girl, born and raised, so naturally the hot, steamy summers are my absolute favorites! From the refreshing drinks, to the sparkly nails I like to sport, it’s all about summer! Here are my summer tools!

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1.) Forever 21 Love & Beauty nail polish

I only used these combos for my nails in those pictures! I’ve never come across polish that shines like these do. My toes and fingers glimmer in the water and while lounging in the sun!

2.) Ready to Go Frozen Daquiris

Well, enough said. This is my go to summer saver. It’s for the Lazy Man! Simply tear open (ADD MORE VODKA), insert straw, and enjoy in the sun!

Spots to find: Target, Forever 21, & Pac Sun

3.) Stylish Beach-Public Cover UP

When I’m enjoying a day in the sun, I don’t want to be bothered with changing clothes from sun-resturant our any other public establishment. To fix this, I simply buy stylish cover ups that can easily go from the beach to a hang out! I choose light, almost sheer, airy fabrics! If you’re like me, then you want unique cover ups. Go For It! My fav. leopard one is actually a summer top/dress from NY & Co. that I use for both!

Watermelon Love

4.) Watermelon

I don’t know if it’s my immense joy of the sun or the fresh smell of grass, but summer makes me hungry for watermelon! It’s tastey and safe, nutritious and colorful! ” “Watermelon is an ideal health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium.”

My Summer Examples:

My Summer ROCK nails

My Summer Mermaid Nails

Summer “Lazy” Saver- Daily’s Frozen Daquiris

My fav. Cover up- MEOW

Summer Lovin

My list could go on and on! I’ll list some more at another free, summer-lovin time!

Fairy Tales, not So Fairy-Like

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**I found this to be so interesting I had to share! This isn’t my work. It’s from listverse.com. Check out that blog. I ❤ the content. I’ve always been fascinated by roots of fairytales, and how over years, that story gets changed. Sorry, if this taints your happy fairy tales!**

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The Pied Piper

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In the tale of the Pied Piper, we have a village overrun with rats.  A man arrives dressed in clothes of pied (a patchwork of colors) and offers to rid the town of the vermin.  The villagers agree to pay a vast sum of money if the piper can do it – and he does.  He plays music on his pipe which draws all the rats out of the town.  When he returns for payment – the villagers won’t cough up so the Pied Piper decides to rid the town of children too!  In most modern variants, the piper draws the children to a cave out of the town and when the townsfolk finally agree to pay up, he sends them back.  In the darker original, the piper leads the children to a river where they all drown (except a lame boy who couldn’t keep up).  Some modern scholars say that there are connotations of pedophilia in this fairy tale.

9)

Little Red Riding Hood

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The version of this tale that most of us are familiar with ends with Riding Hood being saved by the woodsman who kills the wicked wolf.  But in fact, the original French version (by Charles Perrault) of the tale was not quite so nice.  In this version, the little girl is a well bred young lady who is given false instructions by the wolf when she asks the way to her grandmothers.  Foolishly riding hood takes the advice of the wolf and ends up being eaten.  And here the story ends.  There is no woodsman – no grandmother – just a fat wolf and a dead Red Riding Hood.  The moral to this story is to not take advice from strangers.

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The Little Mermaid

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The 1989 version of the Little Mermaid might be better known as “The big whopper!” In the Disney version, the film ends with Ariel the mermaid being changed into a human so she can marry Eric.  They marry in a wonderful wedding attended by humans and merpeople.  But, in the very first version by Hans Christian Andersen, the mermaid sees the Prince marry a princess and she despairs.  She is offered a knife with which to stab the prince to death, but rather than do that she jumps into the sea and dies by turning to froth.  Hans Christian Andersen modified the ending slightly to make it more pleasant.  In his new ending, instead of dying when turned to froth, she becomes a “daughter of the air” waiting to go to heaven – so, frankly, she is still dead for all intents and purposes.

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Snow White

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In the tale of snow white that we are all familiar with, the Queen asks a huntsman to kill her and bring her heart back as proof. Instead, the huntsman can’t bring himself to do it and returns with the heart of a boar. Now, fortunately disney hasn’t done too much damage to this tale, but they did leave out one important original element: in the original tale, the Queen actually asks for Snow White’s liver and lungs – which are to be served for dinner that night! Also in the original, Snow White wakes up when she is jostled by the prince’s horse as he carries her back to his castle – not from a magical kiss. What the prince wanted to do with a dead girl’s body I will leave to your imagination. Oh – in the Grimm version, the tale ends with the Queen being forced to dance to death in red hot iron shoes!

6)

Sleeping Beauty

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In the original sleeping beauty, the lovely princess is put to sleep when she pricks her finger on a spindle.  She sleeps for one hundred years when a prince finally arrives, kisses her, and awakens her.  They fall in love, marry, and (surprise surprise) live happily ever after.  But alas, the original tale is not so sweet (in fact, you have to read this to believe it.)  In the original, the young woman is put to sleep because of a prophesy, rather than a curse.  And it isn’t the kiss of a prince which wakes her up: the king seeing her asleep, and rather fancying having a bit, rapes her.  After nine months she gives birth to two children (while she is still asleep).  One of the children sucks her finger which removes the piece of flax which was keeping her asleep.  She wakes up to find herself raped and the mother of two kids.

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Rumpelstiltskin

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This fair tale is a little different from the others because rather than sanitizing the original, it was modified by the original author to make it more gruesome.  In the original tale, Rumpelstiltskin spins straw into gold for a young girl who faces death unless she is able to perform the feat.  In return, he asks for her first born child.  She agrees – but when the day comes to hand over the kid, she can’t do it.  Rumpelstiltskin tells her that he will let her off the bargain if she can guess his name.  She overhears him singing his name by a fire and so she guesses it correctly.  Rumpelstiltskin, furious, runs away, never to be seen again.  But in the updated version, things are a little messier.  Rumpelstiltskin is so angry that he drives his right foot deep into the ground.  He then grabs his left leg and rips himself in half.  Needless to say this kills him.

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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In this heart warming tale, we hear of pretty little goldilocks who finds the house of the three bears.  She sneaks inside and eats their food, sits in their chairs, and finally falls asleep on the bed of the littlest bear.  When the bears return home they find her asleep – she awakens and escapes out the window in terror.  The original tale (which actually only dates to 1837) has two possible variations.  In the first, the bears find Goldilocks and rip her apart and eat her.  In the second, Goldilocks is actually an old hag who (like the sanitized version) jumps out of a window when the bears wake her up.  The story ends by telling us that she either broke her neck in the fall, or was arrested for vagrancy and sent to the “House of Correction”.

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Hansel and Gretel

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In the widely known version of Hansel and Gretel, we hear of two little children who become lost in the forest, eventually finding their way to a gingerbread house which belongs to a wicked witch.  The children end up enslaved for a time as the witch prepares them for eating.  They figure their way out and throw the witch in a fire and escape.  In an earlier French version of this tale (called The Lost Children), instead of a witch we have a devil.  Now the wicked old devil is tricked by the children (in much the same way as Hansel and Gretel) but he works it out and puts together a sawhorse to put one of the children on to bleed (that isn’t an error – he really does).  The children pretend not to know how to get on the sawhorse so the devil’s wife demonstrates.  While she is lying down the kids slash her throat and escape.

2)

The Girl Without Hands

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Frankly, the revised version of this fairy tale is not a great deal better than the original, but there are sufficient differences to include it here.  In the new version, a poor man is offered wealth by the devil if he gives him whatever is standing behind his mill.  The poor man thinks it is an apple tree and agrees – but it is actually his daughter.  The devil tries to take the daughter but can’t – because she is pure, so he threatens to take the father unless the daughter allows her father to chop off her hands.  She agrees and the father does the deed.  Now – that is not particularly nice, but it is slightly worse in some of the earlier variants in which the young girl chops off her own arms in order to make herself ugly to her brother who is trying to rape her.  In another variant, the father chops off the daughter’s hands because she refuses to let him have sex with her.

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Cinderella

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In the modern Cinderella fairy tale we have the beautiful Cinderella swept off her feet by the prince and her wicked step sisters marrying two lords – with everyone living happily ever after.  The fairy tale has its origins way back in the 1st century BC where Strabo’s heroine was actually called Rhodopis, not Cinderella.  The story was very similar to the modern one with the exception of the glass slippers and pumpkin coach.  But, lurking behind the pretty tale is a more sinister variation by the Grimm brothers: in this version, the nasty step-sisters cut off parts of their own feet in order to fit them into the glass slipper – hoping to fool the prince.  The prince is alerted to the trickery by two pigeons who peck out the step sister’s eyes.  They end up spending the rest of their lives as blind beggars while Cinderella gets to lounge about in luxury at the prince’s castle.

Contributor: JFrater

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Statements

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..of LOVE! I think love is a beautiful, mysterious, and glorious thing. It is not something to dissect, ban, or label as wrong. It is subjective and individual, not objective and collective. I just woke this morning and had this fun little desire to do a post on my favorite statements of love! Given the recent headlines and pride fests going, I decided what could be more appropriate than a post of true, honest love. Let me 1st tell you how I feel about love. LOVE knows no boundaries. It’s not defined. Love is just that love. People get confused when they ask me if I’m gay or straight. I tell them, I believe in true/honest love. If you fall in love with a man, you fall in love with a man. If it’s woman, then it’s a women. Who am I to say what you feel is right or wrong? Who am I to prevent you from love? Okay, time for my favorite statements regarding love!

Ellen & Portia: True Love

Love Statement from Ellen Degeneres:

“I don’t know what people are scared of. Maybe they think that their children will be influenced. And I gotta say I was raised by two heterosexuals. I was surrounded by heterosexuals and they did not influence me. People are going to be who they are going to be. And we need to learn to love them for who they are and let them love who they want.”

Jillian Michaels & Heidi Rhoades

Love Statement from Jillian Michaels:

“Let’s just say I believe in healthy love. If I fall in love with a woman, that’s awesome. If I fall in love with a man, that’s awesome. As long as you fall in love … It’s like organic food. I only eat healthy food, and I only want healthy love!”

Clint Eastwood- My Kind of Man, Equality

Love Statement from Clint Eastwood:

“These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage?” Eastwood opined. “I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of. They go on and on with all this bullshit about ‘sanctity’ — don’t give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.”

LOVE IS LOVE. IT CAN’T BE DEFINED. IT’S FREE.

Let’s Get Summer Smashed!

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Okay, I love alcohol (what, don’t say you don’t) and I love summer! Here are some of my favorite summer drinks! TIP IT! Shout out to delish.com for these awesome recipes! My tastebuds, spirit, and fun times thank you!

Personal Tip for Every Drink Reciepe: ADD MORE ALCOHOL.

Cherry Smash

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup(s) pitted fresh or frozen (thawed) cherries
  • 1/4 cup(s) fresh mint leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
  • 8 teaspoon(s) sugar
  • 6 ounce(s)   (3/4 cup)  dark rum
  • 1/4 cup(s) lime juice
  • 3 cup(s) cherry-flavored seltzer

Directions

  1. Divide cherries, mint leaves, and sugar among 4 glasses. Mash everything together with the back of a wooden spoon. Stir in rum and lime juice. Fill glasses with ice and top with seltzer. Garnish with mint sprigs.
    Carb Servings: 1 fruit.  Carbohydrate Servings: 1.  Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (15% daily value).

Grape Sparkler

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cup(s) seedless red grapes, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon(s) honey
  • 2 cup(s) seltzer
  • 6 ounce(s)   (3/4 cup)  vodka

Directions

  1. Puree grapes in a blender. Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all the juice. Add lemon and honey to the juice; stir until the honey is dissolved. Add seltzer and vodka. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with whole grapes.
    Carb Servings: 2 1/2. fruit Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2.  Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C

PERSONAL FAVORITES!

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What You’ll Need:

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup(s) diced fresh pineapple, plus 4 wedges for garnish
  • 1 cup(s) pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup(s) “lite” coconut milk (see Tips & Techniques)
  • 3 cup(s) ice cubes
  • 6 ounce(s)   (3/4 cup)  light rum

Directions

  1. Puree bananas, diced pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut milk, and ice in a blender. Stir in rum. Divide among 4 glasses. Garnish with pineapple wedges.
    Carb Servings: 2 fruit, 1/2 fat. Carbohydrate Servings: 2.  Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (52% daily value).

Lavaflow Cocktail

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. Malibu® coconut rum
  • 2 oz. fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 small banana
  • 2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. coconut cream

Preparation:

Blend the 2 rums and the strawberries in a blender to form a smooth paste. Pour this mixture into a tall (Collins or Hurricane) glass. Rinse the blender. Blend the banana, the coconut cream, and the pineapple juice in blender with crushed ice until smooth. Pour this mixture into the glass with the rums very slowly and watch as the strawberry mixture oozes its way to the top along the sides of the glass creating the flowing lava effect. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and paper umbrella.
Alright! DRINK UP!

I need a drink & another cruise, now.

Try This, Instead of That

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I picked  up the latest issue of Women’s Health (I love this magazine), and inside every page was information I found useful! Anyhow, I enjoyed the tips from sunscreen to food options. This issue was fun, summerry, and informational! Besides, my girl Jillian Michaels is on the cover! Here are some of favorite tips from this issue!

Keep Wrinkles at Bay!

SunScreen: If you’re like me, you’re just now using sunscreen (and you don’t like it). I love the sun and I love tanning. What I don’t love are wrinkles and cancer, so in my older age (I’m 23 now, ha), I’ve come to realize how important sun protection is. Here are some tips & facts!

“SPF refers to the ability of a sunscreen to block ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which cause sunburns, but not UVA rays, which are more closely linked to deeperskin damage. Both UVA and UVB contribute to the risk ofskin cancer.”

1.) More is better! Most people don’t put an adequate amount of sunscreen on their face, this is where a higher SPF can be useful. USE MORE! Just bc it’s in your makeup doesn’t mean you applied enough.

2.) If it burns your skin, then choose sunscreen that’s more zinc-based. Stay away from octinoxate, PABA, and oxybenzone. Try Banana Boat’s Natural Reflect Lotion

3.) One reason I disliked sunscreen was because it would run into my eyes and burn! Here’s a tip for that: try using a waxy sunscreen stick. Apply, rub into skin, and go! Or you can apply your normal sunscreen, then dab the waxy stick around areas that you don’t want to sweat (like around your eyes, eyebrows, and mouth). Try Burt’s Bees Baby Bee SPF or Banana Boats sunscreen stick!

4.) If you find it makes your skin act up, then go for a sunscreen with less ingredients. Find some with zinc and titanium. Those mineral blockers help reduce redness. Gel formulas will help alleviate your skin and offer some coolness! WH suggests MD Solar Sciences SPF 30 + Mineral Screen Gel.

My favorite brands: SunScreen Sport, Banana Boat, and Coppertone.

Beat the Bloat!

De-Bloating Your Diet: When I hit the beach, the last thing I want is to feel like a balloon! So, try these tips to prevent unneeded bloating! You’re a sun goddess, don’t let bloating tell you no!

1.) Avoid sodium. No brainer there. Sodium causes swelling and pressure. I love diet dr.pepper (I know, horrible choice with sodium & aspartame), but one sip and I can feel the swelling!

2.)More fiber. Fiber helps regulate your digestion and can prevent constipation, which will bloat your tummy! I live by this rule. Grape Nuts cereal helps a lot for me (TMI).

3.) Avoid Gassy Foods like: legumes, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, peppers, and citrus fruits.

Here’s Jillian’s Tips for De-Bloating Your Diet

Rock ON!

 Summer Playlists: This is from me! One of the most important things to bring with me during the summer is a kick ass playlist! So, here is my summer playlist.

  • “Legendary Child” Aerosmith
  • “Immigrant Song” (remixed) Led Zepplin
  • “Girls,Girls,Girls” Motley Crue
  • “Lick it Up” KISS
  • “Let’s Put the X in Sex” KISS
  • “Katmandu” Bob Segar
  • “Pretty Woman” Roy Orbison
  • “All the Lovers” Kylie Minogue
  • “Hair” Lady Gaga
  • Anything Deadmau5
  • “Be Happy” Bob Marley
  • “Paradise City” Guns N Roses
  • “Cheeseburger in Paradise” Jimmy Buffett (must have icy drink in hand, too)
  • “Wild Side” Motley Crue
  • “Nothing but a Good Time” Poison
  • “Crocodile Rock” Elton John
  • “Saints of Los Angeles” Motley Crue
  • “Sweet Emotion” Aerosmith
  • ANYTHING Aerosmith