It’s OK now! Now Without Bugs!

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-starbucks-cochineal-insect-extract-20120419,0,2138382.story

Your Strawberries & Creme frappuchino will no longer feature a splash of bug – enough customers didn’t want to slurp crushed cochineal insects that Starbucks Corp. is ditching the red dye used in their making.

The Mexican and South American tropical creepy-crawlies were dried and then processed into a coloring product that gave some Starbucks goods – including strawberry banana smoothies, raspberry swirl cakes, birthday cake pops, mini doughnuts with pink icing and red velvet whoopee pie – their rosy hue.

But it wasn’t vegan. It wasn’t kosher. It was also just kind of gross, according to the thousands of Starbucks customers who decided they weren’t adventurous enough to stomach the ingredient. (Maybe the color is part of it – consumer outcry also caused several retailers to recently strip meat products known as pink slime from their shelves.)

By the end of June, cochineal insect dye will be no more at Starbucks. The Seattle company will replace it with a tomato extract called lycopene.

“As our customers you expect and deserve better – and we promise to do better,” wrote Starbucks’ U.S. President Cliff Burrows in a blog post Thursday.

Well, what’s wrong with eating bugs? A buddy of mine once hung out with some Ethiopians, and noticed they were eating beetles at a party. Before he got to say anything, one of them asked him, “Well… why do you eat shrimp?” Besides…

But then of course, there are the vegetarians and vegans who want their pink, over-priced sugary drinks to fit them. What happened to saving the Earth, guys?

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Banjos and China?!?

Yeah, banjos and China.

My first impression of the idea was “Ick… a banjo?!” But then I watched the video, and thought, “OK, it’s not a bad idea!” It was very interesting, in that her style of singing reminds me of 山歌 (Songs sung by people who usually live up in the mountains, typically embodied by a uniquely high-pitched, varying vocals).
For Example…

To see how this ended, watch the video in this post

Wait… Bluegrass from the Appalachian Mountains, 山歌… I guess it all makes sense!

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[Americanized] Chinese-Food

To be honest, I’ve never had a good view of Americanized Chinese Food, because for most of my life, I’ve been blessed in living around heavy immigrant communities, and thanks to globalization, the food from “the old country” comes to us quite easily. However, I like how Jennifer 8. Lee shines a new light on this “fusion food”:

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Reciprocity: The Beginning of Morality

There was a person that asked me, “How do you know what is moral without religion?” Well first of all, being animals ourselves, we’re not the only ones with a monopoly on morality and empathy:

In other words, people with religion, and/or conservatives, aren’t the only ones with a sense of morality, and we all need to get out of our comfort zone to understand the other side:

In fact, people of science can also answer moral questions:

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Happy Zombie Jesus Day!

Found this cool trailer:

Completely possible! Has anyone ever thought of Christianity in these sane terms?

Makes sense, right? I am going to hell? Sure. But so are these guys…

…At least I’ll have company! Oh, and since it’s zombie jesus day you’d better go find the easter bunny… Before it’s too late

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