Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show
On Sunday, my mother sent me an email: “OMG! Watch this unbelievable cooking show!”
It wasn’t spam, and my mother, who’s 65, does not use OMG lightly.
The fuss was over a 20-minute video about a 91-year-old grandmother who cooks Italian classics in marijuana-infused butter.
It’s the first episode in a new series called Bong Appetit from Munchies, Vice Media’s food channel. Vice is the media company that aspires to be “the largest network for young people in the world.”
But the appeal of a marijuana cooking show apparently extends far beyond computer-bound stoners clicking for chuckles.
As the show’s producer, David Bienenstock, who’s based in Santa Cruz, Calif., tells The Salt, there’s really so much more to the world of marijuana cuisine than pot brownies and lollipops at the edible shops popping up around Colorado, Washington and California. Bienenstock has been writing Vice’s “Weed Eater” column since April and is a former editor at High Times.
“We’re moving beyond marijuana as something frightening. A lot of people are curious, and food is a great way for people to access the culture,” he says. “Once they can access it, they start to understand it’s something we shouldn’t be suppressing and should be celebrating.”
Which perhaps explains the freshness of characters like Aurora Leveroni, also known as “Nonna Marijuana.” The charming 91-year-old first shared her marijuana cooking skills on YouTube in 2011, courtesy of the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, which her daughter, Valerie Corral, founded.
“I like to cook with medical marijuana because I feel that it helps those who have been ill and had to endure pain, and I will use it if it helps anyone,” she tells Munchies. But that does not include herself. While Valerie says has used marijuana to treat grand mal seizures since the 1970s, when she was injured in a car accident, Nonna says she doesn’t partake.
But like any good Italian grandmother who comforts through food, she’s more than happy to cook it for others. And so Nonna shares her marijuana-infused butter technique with Bong Appetit host Matt Zambric.
Then Valerie offers Zambric a tour of her impressive marijuana garden, which features 20 different strains that her organization, WAMM, supplies to patients and caregivers on donation basis.
Next it’s time to get back to the kitchen to make chicken pot-cciatore and gnocchi with Nonna. We won’t tell you how it ends, but suffice it to say it’s delectable.
Found at NPR.
Michelle Obama died and went to heaven.
(You’ll have to decide for yourself how likely that last part is — we’re not going to judge.)
Anyway, as she stood in front of Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates, she saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. Naturally, she asked, “What are all those clocks?”
“Those are Lie-Clocks,” Saint Peter answered. “Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie, the hands on your clock will move.”
“Oh,” said Michelle, “whose clock is that?”
“That’s Mother Teresa’s. The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie.”
“Whose clock is that?” she asked again.
“That’s Abraham Lincoln’s clock. The hands have only moved twice, telling us that Abe only told two lies in his entire life.”
“Where’s my husband’s clock?” Michelle asked.
“Barack’s clock is in Jesus’ office,” Saint Peter responded. “He’s using it as a ceiling fan.”
If you didn’t laugh, you’d cry, right?
Contaminated caramel apples linked to four deaths, dozens of illnesses in 10 states
MINNEAPOLIS – Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.
Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then, in mid-October. But the commercially produced variety can have a shelf life of a month or more, and some may still be on store shelves.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with the same strains of the bacterial illness listeria, and at least 26 were hospitalized. Of those, five died. Listeriosis contributed to four of the deaths; a fifth person who died had a strain of listeria linked to the caramel apples, but health officials do not think listeriosis caused that person’s death.
The agency said that 83 percent of the ill people who were interviewed reported eating commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples before getting sick.
The CDC said the investigation into the deaths and illnesses is “rapidly evolving.” Christopher Braden, an epidemiologist at the CDC, said the agency is still trying to determine which brands are involved and how caramel apples may have become infected. He said there is no reason at this point to stop eating plain apples or other caramel products.
Two of the deaths were in Minnesota, and health officials in that state said those who fell ill there purchased the caramel apples from the stores Cub Foods, Kwik Trip, and Mike’s Discount Foods. Those stores carried Carnival brand and Kitchen Cravings brand caramel apples, none of which are still available for purchase, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. They said other brands and store locations may be impacted as the investigation continues.
The CDC said the other two deaths were in Texas and California. The agency said illnesses also occurred in Arizona, California, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. Missouri and New Mexico had the most illnesses, with five each.
It was unclear if listeriosis was the primary cause of the Texan’s death, said Christine Mann, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Listeria is a foodborne illness that is especially dangerous to pregnant women, newborn babies, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. It rarely causes serious illness in healthy people and can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea.
Because it can be so serious for some people, outbreaks of listeria generally cause more deaths than other pathogens such as salmonella or E. coli. An outbreak of listeria linked to Colorado cantaloupe in 2011 caused 33 deaths.
The CDC said that the outbreak linked to the caramel apples began Oct. 17 and the last known illnesses started Nov. 27. The agency said illnesses that have occurred since early December may not have been reported yet. Those sickened have included infants and older children and others as old as 92.
Nine of the illnesses involved either a pregnant woman or an infant, the CDC said. Listeria is dangerous for pregnant women because the illness can be passed to an unborn baby even if the mother is not showing signs of illness. It can sicken a newborn or lead to miscarriage, preterm delivery or stillbirth. The CDC said no miscarriages or fetal losses were reported in this outbreak.
Unusually, three cases of meningitis linked to the listeria were reported in older children, the agency said. Those three children were not among the deaths, Braden said, but the CDC is “very concerned” that those cases occurred in otherwise healthy children. While listeria can infect newborns, “usually we would not see this kind of infection in healthy older children,” Braden said.
Braden said there may have been more illnesses in children because kids are more likely to eat caramel apples, or possibly because the apples were heavily contaminated.
He said anyone with commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples at home should throw them away, taking care to wrap them up well so animals or people going through trash don’t eat them.
Liberals in a nut shell:
“Most people have to talk so they won’t hear.” – May Sarton
Feel good story of the day (and no, I am not shedding a tear for what happened to his son. his father brought this on his own son)
I say the perps were black, as the news report did not say two white males or two latino males, just said two males. Meaning black in liberal media speak so as to protect the blacks.
Civilian Disarmament and Tyranny
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then.
— Thomas Jefferson
Depending on the level of culture and social progress, violence can take different forms in different societies.(1) For example, in the mid-twentieth century, the communist government of dictator Joseph Stalin killed more Soviet citizens through privation, forced labor, and famine than soldiers succumbed while ?ghting the Germans in World War II on the battle?elds of Russia.(2)
In 1994, the Hutu-led Rwandan government massacred between 800,000 and 1.1 million people mostly Tutsis in a genocide carried out largely with machete-wielding government forces. The massacres took place despite the nearby presence of United Nation “peace-keeping” forces armed with automatic weapons who failed to intervene. The Tutsis were not only surprised but also unarmed and helpless.
Civilian disarmament has always preceded genocide in authoritarian and totalitarian states. In the gruesome but monumental book, Lethal Laws, we learn that repressive governments that conducted genocide and mass killings of their own populations have first always disarmed the citizens.(3) The political formula for accomplishing this goal, hallmarks of tyrannical governments, is and remains: public propaganda against ?rearms, followed step-by-step by gun registration, banning, con?scation, and ?nally total civilian disarmament. Enslavement of the people then follows easily with limited resistance.(4) This is what happened in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Red China, Cuba, and other totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. In Part 2, I presented the reader with short introductory vignettes about the ghastly incidents in Poland, Hungary, and Cuba as they relate to civilian disarmament in both war and peacetime.
When presented with these deadly chronicles and the perilous historic sequences, the popular opinion is “it cannot happen here.” As to the dangers of licensing of gun owners and registration of ?rearms, the same uninformed respondents frequently retort: “If you don’t have anything to hide, then you don’t have anything to fear!” Followed by, “I see nothing wrong with gun registration and some restrictions on gun ownership because we have to do something; there are just too many guns out there that fall into the wrong hands.” These naïve attitudes ignore the penchant of governments to accrue power at the expense of the liberties of individuals.(5-8)
Civilian disarmament is not only harmful to one’s freedom and potentially deadly to one’s existence, but also counterproductive in achieving safety. This has been further attested by University of Hawaii Professor, R. J. Rummel, in his book, Death by Government (1994), and by the French scholar Stéphane Courtois and his associates in their monumental volume, The Black Book of Communism (1999). These books make it clear authoritarian governments that limit their citizens’ freedom and proscribe them from owning guns are always dangerous to liberty — and the health of humanity. During the twentieth century, more than 100 million people were exterminated by their own repressive governments — police states bent on destroying liberty and building communism, socialism, collectivism, and other utopias that turn out to be hells on earth! (2,3,6,9,10)
Read it all and also go back and read the first two parts, HERE.
Gun porn for now….