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September 2007

That's Amore

When the moon hits your eye,
Like a big pizza pie,
That's amore.

When an eel bites your hand,
And that's not what you planned,
That's a moray.

When our habits are strange,
And our customs deranged,
That's our mores.

When your horse munches straw,
And the bales total four,
That's some more hay.

When Othello's poor wife,
Becomes stabbed with a knife,
That's a Moor, eh?

When a Japanese knight,
Wields his sword in a fight,
That's Samurai.

When your sheep go to graze,
In a damp marshy place,
That's a moor, eh?

When your boat comes home fine,
And you tie up her line,
That's a moor, eh?

When you ace your last tests,
Like you did all the rest,
That's some more "A"s!

When on Mt. Cook you see,
An aborigine,
That's a Maori.

Alley Oop's homeland has,
A space gun with pizzazz,
That's a Moo ray...

A comedian ham,
With the name Amsterdam,
That's a Morey.

When your chocolate graham,
Is so full and so crammed,
That s'more, eh.

When you've had quite enough,
Of this dumb rhyming stuff,
That's "No more!", eh?

Faux Jerky

What's the greatest faux jerky of them all?
The Bite
We put 'em to the taste-test, and selected some clear champions. Fake jerky (made from soy) isn't usually associated with the word mouthwatering, but we found a few real winners.
The Benefits
Winning tastes. We tried 'em and liked 'em...well, some of 'em.
Less energy waste. Curing fake jerky takes much less dehydration time (read: energy) than meat. If we Americans reduce our meat consumption by just 10%, we'll free up enough grain to feed 60 mil people each year.
Like a patch for smokers, this stuff makes the transition to vegetarianism easier for meat-eaters.
Personally Speaking
Jerky-obsessed Toshio ordered a 10 lb bulk bag of vegan jerky (that didn't make our list) when he was in college. After a couple of months, he had to dispose of it when dorm mates complained about the stench.
Wanna Try?
Vegan Dream Hickory Pepper Jerky - just a little peppery, it's jerky's answer to fruit leather ($14/6-pack).
Cactus Jerky - sweet-and-tangy teriyaki goodness - on dried cactus ($4).
Tofurky Peppered Jurky - slightly sweet tofurky marinated with ingredients like GMO-free soy sauce ($3).


Humpback Whale Washes Up on Beach off Esplanade, DOA



Hi -
I saw your blog, and wondered if you'd heard about the dead whale off of Esplanade Avenue, in Pacifica Manor district. It's a 1-year-old Humpback that came ashore this morning. The Marine Mammal Center is down there, and will attempt to collect samples from it. It's curious that, in Southern California 3 large Blue Whales have come ashore in the last few weeks and the Marine Mammal Center has also been involved. They are quite concerned what is going on with the whales. I haven't found any news online yet about this humpback given it has just happened. We did a ceremony honoring the whales passing, with flowers and a poem.

Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 18:14:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jenna <>
Subject: Photos: Another dead whale..

My name is Jenna, age 37. I live at Lands End apartments, right where the whale came ashore. Having lived here since 2002, every year I see the whales swim by. I have a love of nature, specifically the whales and dolphins. I currently work at a high-tech silicon valley company, coordinating the companywide philanthropic giving efforts.  As an animal lover, I am a vegan.  As a photographer, I hope to inspire the love of nature in others. Below are photos taken today at approx. 2:00 p.m. today, from the whale who washed ashore on Pacifica's beach.  Feeling a spiritual connection with whales, I took it upon myself to hold a small ceremony for the whale, grabbing a few people who were on the beach.  You'll see a few photos with the flowers. I shared a poem entitled "Whales Weep Not" by DH Lawrence, and we blessed the whale's spirit. I took all photos.

Liberal Brain, Conservative Brain

"Exploring the neurobiology of politics, scientists have found that liberals tolerate ambiguity and conflict better than conservatives because of how their brains work. In a simple experiment reported in the journal Nature Neuroscience, scientists at New York University and UCLA show that political orientation is related to differences in how the brain processes information. Previous psychological studies have found that conservatives tend to be more structured and persistent in their judgments whereas liberals are more open to new experiences. The latest study found those traits are not confined to political situations but also influence everyday decisions. The results show "there are two cognitive styles—a liberal style and a conservative style," said UCLA neurologist Dr. Marco Iacoboni, who was not connected to the latest research. Frank J. Sulloway, a researcher at UC Berkeley's Institute of Personality and Social Research who was not connected to the study, said the results "provided an elegant demonstration that individual differences on a conservative-liberal dimension are strongly related to brain activity." Analyzing the data, Sulloway said liberals were 4.9 times as likely as conservatives to show activity in the brain circuits that deal with conflicts, and 2.2 times as likely to score in the top half of the distribution for accuracy. Sulloway said the results could explain why President Bush demonstrated a single-minded commitment to the Iraq war and why some people perceived Sen. John F. Kerry, the liberal Massachusetts Democrat who opposed Bush in the 2004 presidential race, as a "flip-flopper" for changing his mind about the conflict. Based on the results, he said, liberals could be expected to more readily accept new social, scientific or religious ideas. "There is ample data from the history of science showing that social and political liberals indeed do tend to support major revolutions in science," said Sulloway, who has written about the history of science and has studied behavioral differences between conservatives and liberals. Lead author David Amodio, an assistant professor of psychology at New York University, cautioned that the study looked at a narrow range of human behavior and that it would be a mistake to conclude that one political orientation was better. The tendency of conservatives to block distracting information could be a good thing depending on the situation, he said. Political orientation, he noted, occurs along a spectrum, and positions on specific issues, such as taxes, are influenced by many factors, including education and wealth. Some liberals oppose higher taxes and some conservatives favor abortion rights. Still, he acknowledged that a meeting of the minds between conservatives and liberals looked difficult given the study results. "Does this mean liberals and conservatives are never going to agree?" Amodio asked. "Maybe it suggests one reason why they tend not to get along." (Denise Gellene, LOS ANGELES TIMES, September 10)

Harley-Davidson in Trouble?


1925 Harley-Davidson, retail price about $375. I'm guessing, but I don't think any of the large-displacement Harleys currently available sell for less than $15,000. I understand that Harley-Davidson is having some large-displacement machines made in Italy. They may be on the market now (I'm not sure).  I'm told  that the large-displacement engines in the Italian-made chassis will cost between $10K & $13.5K for the  two different models. Talk has it that H-D lost about 30% of its retail business over the past year  and the people at the factory are very unhappy.


What If Everyone Consumed as Much as We Do?

Find out what the world would look like if everyone lived like you. Play Consumer Consequences, a game from American Public Media. If everyone on the planet consumed like me, we'd need 3.9 Earths to support us all. Apparently I eat too much and live in too big a house.  Recycling and biking to work are "helpful" but not sufficient. Find out how your lifestyle stacks up against me -- and other players, too. To play the game, click this: CONSUMER CONSEQUENCES

The Butler Did It: Ian Laughs Locally, Pacifica Tribune Humor Column, Half Moon Baywatch Video

It's been quite a while since I sent one of these out. (I thought you needed some space.) But lest we drift too far apart, here is an update on all things Ian Butler Newsletter worthy:

I made a video short called Half Moon Baywatch that was screened at Pacifica film night. You can see it on YOU TUBE.

I have begun writing a column for the Pacifica Tribune called Laughing Locally with Ian Butler. It appears every other week or so. You can find it online at: PACIFICA TRIBUNE.

Chris Rocco and I are tentatively scheduled to tape more Laugh Locally episodes in Nov. and Dec. I'll keep you posted! That's all, folks!

Meanwhile, check me out on IAN BUTLER MUSIC.

Biker Pops a Wheelie in El Cerrito Hill Climb


The California contingent of motorcycle racers would go back East and really smoke the Eastern riders. This went on for decades (1925-1960). It's a long and somewhat involved story with more than its share of intrigue. Some of the key players from 1910 to 1975 were Ray Elam, Dudley Perkins, and Bob Chaves. The above picture was taken at the National Championship hill climb at El Cerrito. You can see San Pablo Bay in the background.

(Bob Pilgrim is working on a history of California motorcycling.)

Audubon Looking for Volunteers to Teach Kids About Birds

Sequoia Audubon, the local chapter of the Audubon Society, is starting up its education programs again. Would you like to visit with a school group in the classroom or on a field trip to teach kids about birds and birding? Commitment would be one weekday a month at different schools in San Mateo County. Help introduce kids to nature and birding. You don’t need to be an expert, just enjoy kids and birding. Contact Rita Jennings at Info on other volunteer jobs with AUDUBON SOCIETY.