Daily Archives: September 11, 2008

Chocolate Breakfast Cake

It seems like an oxymoron, but when I come to think of it, it is likely not all that different than some muffins and pastries I see offered up in the morning. And…let’s face it….this looks so much nicer! 🙂

For the details, see Chocolate Breakfast Cake at have cake, will travel!

For those of you following the U.S. presidential election….

…you will want to keep tabs on FactCheck.org. It is a

“nonpartisan, nonprofit, “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”

Both sides from time to time will stretch the truth and distort the facts. FactCheck.org should help you assess that.

Andre Picard thinks the “Handling of the listeriosis outbreak is a disgrace”

He makes a strong case for it here in this opinion piece in the globeandmail.com: Handling of the listeriosis outbreak is a disgrace. Regardless of whether or not you agree with him, he raises some good points. In particular:

“Whether it’s water, food or infectious diseases, the principles are the same: You need to invest in public health infrastructure, particularly in good people; you need to value prevention, not just pay lip service; when threats to public health occur, you need to act forcefully and communicate well.”

I would argue that we need to go further: people need to understand the costs and risks of the way we live as clearly as we can. Whether it is the food we eat, the air we breathe, or the planet we inhabit. The good news is that we are getting better at coming to this understanding, when we put ourselves to the task. The bad news is, we have a way to go. In some cases, a long way to go.