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Valentines Day: A Great Day To Show Love & Affection or Another Marketing Ploy We Should Boycott?

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It’s that time again – hearts, flowers, candy, cupid and enough lovey dovey stuff in your face to make you sick – yep, it’s Valentine’s Day. This is a holiday that can definitely bring up a lot of emotion for people, generally depending on their romantic relationship or, lack thereof. For many it is filled with high expectations – mainly from what we see in the media. Like, if there was one day out of the year for your partner to muster up all of the romance they can possibly produce, this is definitely the day to do it. And if they can’t? Well, then perhaps they failed at living up to the intense expectations that this holiday often portrays.

What if you are single? I won’t lie, in years past it has been slightly depressing because for the month leading up to this holiday and the day of, love and romance in your face everywhere you turn can remind you that you don’t have that special someone to cuddle up to and act like a total weirdo with… I feel that I never felt more alone than on the day when all of the coupled friends are busy celebrating their love for each other.

Where Did This Holiday Even Come From?

Like many Hallmark holidays, the story of how Valentine’s Day came to be is a strange one. According to,

“From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.

The Roman romantics “were drunk. They were naked,” says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile. The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be, um, coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right.

The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. Later, Pope Gelasius I muddled things in the 5th century by combining St. Valentine’s Day with Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals. But the festival was more of a theatrical interpretation of what it had once been. Lenski adds, “It was a little more of a drunken revel, but the Christians put clothes back on it. That didn’t stop it from being a day of fertility and love.

Around the same time, the Normans celebrated Galatin’s Day. Galatin meant “lover of women.” That was likely confused with St. Valentine’s Day at some point, in part because they sound alike.”

I told you, it was strange. But, how did this holiday become one that is celebrated almost religiously in so many Western cultures around the world? The works of Shakespeare and Chaucer romanticized Valentine’s Day, and it started to gain popularity in Britain and the rest of Europe, eventually making its way to the New World. With the industrial revolution in the 19th century came factory made cards. In 1913, Hallmark Cards of Kansas City began mass producing these cards and promoting this holiday and ever since, February 14th has never seen so much action.

Valentine’s Day, Today

Today, Valentine’s Day is a corporate money making machine, research provided by IBIS World says that sales on this day reached $17.6 billion last year, and sales for this year are expected to total $18.6 billion – cray.

So, Why Buy Into What We Know Is Just A Money Making Marketing Ploy?

As I’ve shared before, and you might remember from my previous articles my friends often say, “Alanna Ruins Everything” because I’m often full of facts that can take the fun out of things, but I strongly believe knowledge is power and I will not be silenced! When we have awareness of why we do the things we do and why things are a certain way we become empowered to then make our own decisions as to whether or not we want to participate in certain aspects of society. Believe it or not, we do have a choice, but without the awareness, we wouldn’t know any better. So! You like Valentine’s day? Think it’s fun? Like any excuse to show your love, dress up, go on a date or do something special with your significant other? Go for it! If you recognize that it is just a money making scheme, then you can choose to do with it as you wish.

I guess I will state the obvious here and say that we don’t need a special day of the year to show our love, and that things like presents really aren’t needed to show our love. This is a materialistic idea of love and unconditional love means loving no matter what, without expectation and regardless of how much romance your partner could muster up. Of course, these things are nice from time to time and in no way am I suggesting that we don’t show our love in this way, but it is important to observe why we do the things we do. Are we doing it out of obligation or because we genuinely want to?

Related CE Article: 5 Phrases More Important Than I love You

Single? Be Your Own Valentine

A couple of years ago I wrote an article, “Single This Valentine’s Day? Be Your Own Damn Valentine.” It was about the importance of loving ourselves first and foremost and how important it is to give yourself your love care and attention. I feel this is just as important today. This year, I am in a relationship after 3 years of being single, and guess what? We are going out for dinner, just for the fun of it. We are traveling and with each other daily so we basically just thought, meh, why not?

No matter what you decide to do – or not do – this Valentine’s Day, just remember to choose love, everyday.

Much Love

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Why This Vegan Egg Made From A 4,400 Year Old Bean Is A Great Idea

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Perhaps what started as an effort of compassion towards animals from those choosing to give up meat in their diets in an effort to save the lives of animals, has now shifted towards an act of environmental responsibility and long-term sustainability. People are choosing a diet with more plants as they are becoming aware of the environmental implications of choosing a diet that is high in meat and animal products. Plant-based eating is no longer just for ‘tree-hugging hippies’, more and more people around the world are deciding to take responsibility for their actions and realizing that they can make a difference in the world by choosing not to support companies and industries that are playing a hand in harming it.

So Why Eat A Plant Based Egg?

Eating a plant based egg is not only better for the environment, more compassionate towards the chickens, but also, has a whole lot less cholesterol, which means it is better for your heart as well.

Hampton’s Creek, “Just Scramble” tastes so similar to real eggs that it has already won acclaim from many chef’s around the United States. The ingredients used in Just Scramble are anticipated to save at least 65% more fresh water than conventional egg products and emit 24% fewer greenhouse gases. So if you could eat something that tasted just like an egg, but had less of an environmental impact and didn’t exploit another living, sentient being – would you? The fact of the matter is, these alternatives now exist, and we all have a responsibility to do our part to protect the environment. Not everybody needs to go vegan, but by at least drastically lowering our consumption of animals and animal products, we can significantly lower our personal environmental footprint.

Just Scramble is made from a 4,400 year old bean, more commonly known as the mung bean, that has a whole range of nutritional benefits.

CEO of the company, Josh Tetrick says, “We were lucky enough to find something that has impacted our food system for thousands of years and turn it into a meal that will impact it for thousands more. Launching Just Scramble is the culmination of years of hard work by our talented team.”

Hampton Creek has officially launched the product, first in San Francisco, and then to additional U.S. cities in 2018. Business Wire writes, “Just scramble tastes like egg, is free of antibiotics and cholesterol and its ingredients require less water and emit fewer carbon emissions than conventional eggs. The product, which has already won acclaim from notable chefs and food enthusiasts, is made from a 4,40o year old legume called a mung bean, that scrambles like an egg.”

Related CE Articles:

Studies Show What Happen To Your Heart When You Go Vegan or Vegetarian

9 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

Plant Based Protein VS. Protein From Meat

Vegan Bodybuilding

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Trump Great State of Union Speech Pros and Cons & The Real Unspoken Critical Issues!

Trump Great State of Union Speech Pros and Cons & The Real Unspoken Critical Issues!


Today Dr. Duke and Dr. Slattery broke down President Trump’s State of the Union speech, analyzing what he did say and reading between the lines for what he really means. They agree that he looked presidential and gave what was overall a good address. It was of particular note that, while addressing the immigration issue, he said that native born Americans can “be dreamers too” in that they have a right to their own American Dream. He thus emphasized that America first also means Americans first.

US President Donald Trump listens to applause before giving the State of the Union address at the Capitol in Washington. Vice President Pence and outgoing House Speaker Eddie Munster clap from the podium. Munster has all but conceded his Congressional seat to American First champion Paul Nehlen.

Of course, the speech was not without it’s downside. The bluffing and brinkmanship around his immigration proposal involves buying into the idea that amnesty for the “dreamers” is an issue of morality, even if his ultimate goal is to use them as a bargaining chip to revoke the 1965 immigration act. Also, he was unnecessarily belligerent towards North Korea, and his declaration of an open-ended commitment to the 16-year-old Afghan War is a mistake. Dr. Slattery pointed out that these negative aspects of Trump’s foreign policy are a direct result of the Russia Hoax investigation hijacking his foreign policy by preventing a detente with President Putin and ousting General Flynn as his National Security Advisor.

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Marine biologist wants to make plastic straws extinct on the Great Barrier Reef

Nicole Nash’s campaign urges tour operators and coastal resorts to ban straws completely in an effort to reduce plastic pollution.

A young marine biologist from Queensland, Australia, is working hard to make plastic straws extinct on the Great Barrier Reef. Nicole Nash recently launched a campaign called The Last Straw on the Great Barrier Reef to get tour boat operators, cruise ships, and coastal resorts to ban plastic straws completely.

Banning plastic straws is an easy solution to a serious problem. They are an unnecessary accessory to people’s drinks (except in the case of medical issues), but they have created an enormous problem. Australians use an estimated 10 million straws a day, and the U.S. statistics are even more horrifying — 500 million straws a day, which is enough to wrap around the circumference of the Earth 2.5 times daily!

Needless to say, eliminating them would go a long way to reducing plastic trash along the Great Barrier Reef. Currently, as Nash explains in the short promotional video below, 75 to 95 percent of marine debris found in and around the reef is plastic. This is harmful to the creatures that depend on the reef for survival, not to mention ugly.

The Cairns Post reports:

“Whales and sea turtles, among other animals, mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, and sea birds are attracted to colourful plastic fragments that they may feed to their young. With a false feeling of fullness they starve to death or die from internal injuries or blockages. When the animal decomposes the plastic in the guts is released and can kill again.”

The campaign has a straw-free pledge that business owners can sign. As of this past weekend, more than 30 tour operators had already signed up, which indicates that Nash’s campaign is resonating with many people.

Alternatives do exist, such as glass, stainless steel, bamboo, and paper straws, but even these are unnecessary. Nash recommends sticking to the campaign motto: “Sip, don’t suck.”

Once people quit straws, then it will be easier to start talking about other forms of disposable plastic that can, and should, be eliminated from our lives. Nash says:

“We want to start a conversation to get people thinking about what else they can do to reduce their single-use ­consumption.”

Watch the campaign video below:

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Photo: Great gray owl blends in with the wintry wilds

Our photo of the day features a majestic giant who practically disappears in the trees.

Although the great gray owl is one of the tallest of owls, they are nonetheless masters of stealth, rarely calling attention to themselves and preferring secluded areas away from people. Hunting in the dusk, dark, and just before dawn, they soar low and quietly over meadows – what a sight to see. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology actually leans toward poetic in describing this majestic bird, writing: “The Great Gray Owl is a dapper owl dressed in a gray suit with a bow tie across its neck and a surprised look on its face. In the stillness of a cold mountain meadow the elusive giant quietly floats on broad wings across meadows and openings in evergreen forests.”

Photo: Tony LePrieur, West of Calgary, Canada.

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17-feet great white shark found dead on the east coast of Luzon Island, Philippines

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Fishermen have been warned to take care after a huge Great White Shark washed up off the east coast of Luzon Island.

The 17-feet-long monster was reported in the town of Dipaculao, in Aurora province, today (Wednesday, January 24).

The species is a rare visitor to the warm seas of the Philippines, with only four sightings on record. Nonetheless, it is a protected species by law.

Eddie Fabrigas Rebueno, of the Dipaculao Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said the find was reported to his office at 6.30am this morning.

He said the shark, a female, did not show any sign of serious injury apart from some bruising on her snout and some missing teeth.



It has now been buried after blood and tissue samples were sent to the Municipal Fisheries Agriculture Office, which will investigate the cause of death.

Mr Rebueno’s boss, Arturo Molina, said that coastal village chiefs had been told of the find. They were urged to advise fishermen to be cautious about venturing into deep waters. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is now investigating if any other Great White Sharks are lurking off the coast of Aurora.

“We are now consulting with the BFAR if there is indeed a possibility that the dead shark found in the shoreline could have been part of a flock of sharks,” he added. [The collective noun for sharks is actually ‘shiver’, ‘shoal’ or ‘school’.]



In March last year, a dead humpback whale was found washed up in the same town.

In August 2015, we reported how resort owners in Misamis were advised to adopt precautionary measures due to a rash of shark sightings in the waters off the Mindanao coast.

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Brazilian soccer great Pele collapses from exhaustion, cancels London trip

Brazilian soccer great Pele has collapsed from exhaustion, forcing him to cancel a trip to London this weekend, the Football Writers Association (FWA) said on Friday. The FWA was due to host a dinner in honor of the soccer legend at the Savoy Hotel on Sunday, but said the 77-year old would not make it, Reuters reports. “In the early hours of Thursday morning, Pele collapsed and was taken to hospital in Brazil where he has undergone a series of tests, which appear to point to severe exhaustion,” the FWA said. “He remains on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery. Thankfully, there is no suggestion of anything more serious than exhaustion.” Pele is the only player to have won three World Cups.

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The great Bayeux Tapestry bribe: Macron’s charm offensive to push May into migrant deal

President Emmanuel Macron, who has successfully charmed and smarmed for support across the EU has become increasingly popular within the bloc, has spotted an opportunity as the increasingly unpopular UK prepares to leave the club.

Every one of the remaining 27 member states has its own demands in return for supporting Prime Minister Theresa May’s hopes for the establishment of a post-Brexit trade union between the UK and EU.

Now, France will have its turn as President Macron prepares to meet May at the British military base, Sandhurst, on Thursday. In an attempt to butter up the British, Macron has made an unusual move by allowing the Bayeux Tapestry to move to its neighboring nation for the first time in 950 years.

The tapestry, which depicts the Norman conquest of England after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, will reportedly travel across the Channel with Macron’s seal of approval. An Elysee official said the loan was agreed in principle but would not take place for around five years, subject to a number of tests.

May is likely to make an announcement in the coming weeks, using the loan to exemplify the strength of Anglo-French relations. However, the loan is likely to reignite a debate on where the tapestry belongs, with many suggesting it was made in Kent, England.

Macron is believed to be preparing to offer Britain support in trade talks with the EU if London meets a number of demands. Early reports say these will include the funding of a multi-million pound refurbishment of the British border in Northern France. Under the Le Touquet Accord, Britain’s border is in France and vice versa.

Macron is threatening to tear up the agreement if Britain does not agree to take more migrants, and fund new changes to bolster border forces. May is likely to agree to provide the cash, but the taking of migrants could be a sticking point as more than 1,000 are currently believed to be in France, hoping to reach the UK.

This week, Macron attacked charities working in Calais, some of which are British. He claimed that they are lying to would-be refugees and obstructing authorities.

“When associations encourage these men and these women to stay [in Calais], to install themselves in an illegal situation, even to pass to the other side of the border, they are assuming an immense responsibility. Never, ever will they have the state at their side,” Macron said.

“Each time that [migrants] are told they will be taken to the police, they are being lied to. Each time they are told that in shelters, the police are waiting for them, they are being lied to. And it is this lie, spread by too many commentators which is now damaging our collective efficiency… and the humanity we owe these people.”

Officials say there are around 500 migrants in Calais, but charities say that the real number is actually double, with new arrivals every week. Speaking to police officers and soldiers at the port, Macron claimed that charity workers were dissuading migrants from seeking asylum in France.

The young president said he would “evoke with Theresa May several issues that we must improve in our joint management. Better handling the question of lone children migrants, reinforcing police co-operation… and releasing funds to support important projects for the development of the Calais area: those are the points we will carry… in the dialogue we will have with our British friends.”

Despite Macron’s claims, many migrants in Calais and Dunkirk are attempting to reach Britain to join family and are not being influenced by workers. Dozens currently living in the bushes have previously lived in the UK.

Only 43 of 410 moved to shelters inland have claimed asylum in the country. Gerard Collomb, the interior minister, said France would “ask our British friends to take a certain number.”

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