Sorry for the delay, I’ve been a bit busy lately. Before I get to the latest dose of recommended reading I wanna highlight two upcoming events. Coming up first on May 31st in my very own city of Oakland, CA will be SkeptiCal 2014, the northern California conference for science and skepticism. With a convenient location in the heart of Chinatown and great student price I couldn’t pass this year up. So if you happen to be there, find me and say “Hi”.
Coming up July 10th-13th will be The Amazing Meeting 2014, North America’s largest conference focus on science and skepticism. I am already registered for the conference but I could use your help in getting there. If you would like to help out with a donation you can go to paypal.com and click the ‘send money’ link. Then just enter an amount and send to ***vegan4life007***@***yahoo***.com***. You can also help other get registration grants by donating to the JREF Forum Grant Fund and Sara Mahew’s Rising Star Grant program. Also if anyone is planning on driving out from the Bay Area and has extra room in their vehicle then get in touch.
Frank n. Foode Update:
As already reported the campaign to fund the production Frank n. Foode plushies (as well as Hawai’ian Papaya plushies) was successful, but now it is time to make you contribution to their final design. Visit the Biofortified Blog for more info.
Dr. Micheal Greger of NutritionFacts.org, a popular vegan nutrition website, has taken on Noni and Mangosteen juices in a recent post titled, Is Noni or Mangosteen Juice Safe.
Can some cats really predict a persons death? Can groundhogs predict the weather? Are dogs psychic? Can octopi predict sports matches? Check out the latest episode of the Skeptoid podcast to find out.
How Celebrities Fail Veganism:
A recent article in the Daily Mail details some of the worrying claims regarding vaccine avoidance and alternative medicine made by actor Alicia Silverstone, known to many vegans for her blog The Kind Life, in her recent parenting guide the Kind Mama. I feel this is a prime example of how mainstream celebrities fail veganism and why we need to be wary of our cultures celebrity-worship.
I’ve written about pseudo-vegan Bill Clinton before but now his story has taken a new turn as he now buddied up with Dr. Mark Hyman, a proponent of alternative and “functional” medicine, and incorporated more animal products into his diet. Read more about it here.
Last, because I think it is good to read things that challenge ourselves I am going to leave y’all with this post titled Death as a Foodborne Illness Curable by Veganism by Harriet Hall.