About My Blog.

Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.

Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)

If you read a story and you feel moved in any way, comment. Comments are more than welcome.

Unlike those online who lie and hide behind fake photos and insanely fabricated stories, I'm a real person. I'm real and I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. After years of putting up with online abuse by manipulative, pathological liars, attention whores or narcissists, I've had it. Don't bother me with pathetic drama. I have no time for these types of people and their need to absorb others' time and attention.

Feel free to email me if you have a story or cause you would like shared, especially if it pertains to animal rights, liberation, veganism, animal welfare, health and well-being, geekery, Macs and computer dorkiness, music, lowbrow art, kitchy stuff, skateboards, the beach, swimming, diving, NYC, beading (it's my hobby), recipes (love to cook, especially if I made the recipe up myself!), VEGAN!, ALF, Sea Shepherd, Action for Animals, NIO, 269Life and/or anything you think I might enjoy or others might—you never know. It doesn't always have to be serious. Hilarious stories, local NY, funny videos or photos, photobombs (especially if they contain pets!)...I might be partially censored, but I'm not closed down!

Please, join Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and follow them and The Barbi Twins on Twitter and Facebook.

For the Oceans,
Suzanne

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Improper Adoptee — A Very Sick Woman: Paranoid and Delusional!

The Orleans, MA police need to pay her yet another visit, and warn her about her illegal activities. They will confiscate her computer, she'll cry, and she'll spend the night in a cell at the local jail for not obeying their direct orders and for not listening to their very specific and clear words to her the last two times they paid her a visit: STOP HARASSING ME and DO NOT EVER BOG OR WRITE ABOUT ME AGAIN, OR EXPECT TO BE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH A CRIME.



Yes indeed. What goes around, comes around, and it will for The Improper Adoptee. She is going to finally pay for her abuse, libel and stalking.


I'm calling the Oreans MA police about you AGAIN. (I know you're reading this, you creepy stalker; you obsessed lunatic) Expect a HOME VISIT within the next week. I am emailing Det. Travis Tebbits your ENTIRE BLOG and SIDEBAR right now, and I just made it a PDF, so there will be no mistakes about your libel and harassment at all. You're insane, and you need help.  


I'm emailing the Orleans Police EVERYTHING, and then I'm calling to let them know that all the documents are emailed, and they can print them out and pay you a personal visit. YOU ARE GETTING ARRESTED FOR LIBEL AND HARASSMENT, and I'll come to MA to watch you go to court, cry, and be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This time, I want to see you pay for your abuse. Officer Tebbits and his co-workers will be seeing you soon. 


It's FEB. 28th, 2010. 
Why the hell are you starting up with me, harassing me, in 2010, you psychopath?


The following is taken from the blog of The Improper Adoptee. She had been told to never blog about me again, to not write about me online. She has updated her blog and written more about me — more libel and more abusive and disturbing crap — which proves she is obsessed with me and is stalking me. She has mentioned my MySpace account, my Flickr (pro photo account) and my listings in Blog Catalog. She's stalking me, lurking me, and her obsession with me is beyond anything that one could justify as "normal."


To those wondering why a woman would do this to me for so many years; she told the police that "I hurt her feelings." She believes that I made up a "story" about my friend Anne, who was adopted. I have no idea how this could hurt some woman in another state, but anything is possible when you are mentally unstable.


She would send me threats and crazy messages via MySpace, until other users and I finally had her removed completely.
That's normal? No.


The Pathological Liar's Psychotic Prose:







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ANNOUNCEMENTS & DISCLAIMERS

IF YOU WERE REFFERED TO THIS BLOG, DUE TO A CYBERBULLY NAMED SPOOKIE, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT AMY BURT AND I HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF HER CYBERABUSE/CYBERTERROIZING, FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. THE ABOVE PICTURE WAS MADE BY SPOOKIE TO THREATEN AND INTIMIDATE ME BECAUSE SPOOKIE IS MENTALLY ILL. SHE IS ALSO UNBELEIVABLY IMMATURE, PHYSICALLY VIOLENT, OVER-REACTING, OVER-EXAGGERATING, HYSTERICAL, IRRATIONAL, UNSTABLE, SELF-ABSORBED, AND AN EVIL, CONSCIENCELESS, STALKING, LYING TROLL AND BULLY. SHE IS A MAJOR SPAMMER TO, AS MANY IN THE ADOPTION BLOGGERLAND COMMUNITY ARE WELL AWARE OF. SPOOKIE IS ALL OVER THE INTERNET IN 100 PLACES, ALSO AS MITTENS THE CAT(AND POSSIBLY OTHER HANDLES) BECAUSE SHE IS A DYSFUNCTIONAL PERSONALITY WHO HAS A COMPULSION TO UPSET, HURT AND PICK ON PEOPLE. SHE IS ALSO A DRAMA QUEEN AND AN ATTENTION MONGER. FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL SAFETY,PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM HER, DO NOT EVER TALK TO HER. SHE STARTS FIGHTS ON PURPOSE WITH PEOPLE SO SHE CAN TERRORIZE THEM AND TRY TO RUIN THEIR LIVES AND WHAT SHE HAS DONE TO AMY BURT AND I SHE WILL DO TO YOU. SHE HAS BEEN HORRIBLE TO MANY PEOPLE ON VARIOUS FORUMS THAT SHE MODERATES AND JOINS. I HAVE SEEN QUITE A FEW PEOPLE TELL HER OFF. FOR THE LAST 72 MONTHS SHE HAS REFUSED TO STOP LYING ABOUT ME AND AMY BURT, AND FOLLOWING AMY AROUND ON HER BLOGS (LIKE HER NEW TEXAS OBC ONE) AND MAKING FUN OF EVERYTHING WE SAY LIKE A SPOILED CHILD. SHE HAS ATTACKED MANY MEMBERS OF THE BLOGGER ADOPTION COMMUNITY AS WELL, INCLUDING NATURAL MOTHERS AND OTHER ADOPTEES BESIDES AMY BURT AND MYSELF (KALI,THERESA, JOY). SHE IS ALSO A MAJOR HACKER AND SHE WILL DESTROY YOUR COMPUTER. SPOOKIE WILL CONTINUE TO CYBERABUSE ME, BECAUSE SHE (HER WORDS) "CAN", AS THERE IS NO FEDERAL CYBERBULLYING LAW AS OF YET TO STOP HER. SPOOKIE STARTED HARRASSING ME ON AN ANIMAL RIGHTS FORUM IN MARCH OF 2007 AND EVERYBODY KNOWS IT. SHE IS A HATEFUL, HARMFUL BIGOT WHO GETS OFF CUTTING ME DOWN BECAUSE I AM A BASTARD AND MOCKING MY FEELINGS ABOUT CLOSED ADOPTION LAWS BECAUSE SHE LOVES TO PUSH PEOPLE'S BUTTONS AND POUR SALT IN THEIR WOUNDS.DUE TO HER INTENSE LACK OF MATURITY, SHE ALWAYS THINKS EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS ABOUT HER AS WELL. THIS MESSAGE WILL STAY UP UNTIL HER BLOG COMES DOWN, ALONG WITH THE 3 OTHER RIDICULOUS BLOGS SHE HAS UP ABOUT ME, FULL OF LIES TOO, THAT HAVE BEEN UP FOR OVER A YEAR AND A HALF, ONE FOR OVER TWO AND A HALF, THAT THE POLICE TOLD HER TO STOP WRITING ON. SPOOKIE IS THE ONE MAKING HERSELF LOOK BAD, EVERYWHERE SHE GOES, THE WAY SHE TALKS AND THE WAY SHE ACTS. HER UNJUSTIFIED HATE FEST IS SO LAME AND SO IS ENTERING OVER 50 LINKS ABOUT ME ON MANY DIFFERENT WEBSITES, AND MANIPULATING IE'S AND OTHER BROWSER'S SO THE LINKS TO THE ABUSIVE UNTRUE THINGS SHE WRITES ABOUT ME, ALWAYS ARE FIRST AND FOREMOST ON A SEARCH PAGE. SPOOKIE USES HER TECHNICAL SKILLS TO TORMENT PEOPLE, AND HURT THEM IN ANY WAY SHE CAN, WHICH SHOWS WHAT AN UNPROFESSIONAL AND EXTREMELY JUVEINILLE PERSON SHE IS. SPOOKIE HAS A CAREER INVOLVING THE INTERNET WHICH OVERLAPS INTO ADVERTISING AND SHE USES HER TRAINING/EDUCATION IN COMPUTERS TO COMMIT IMMORAL ACTS ON THE INTERNET AND IS A LIABILITY TO ANY COMPANY OR CUSTOMER SHE WOULD BE INVOLVED WITH, AS SHE FLYS OFF THE HANDLE IN A NEW YORK MINUTE, AND TRYS TO GET SINISTER REVENGE ON SOMEONE FOR IMAGINED SLIGHTS OR IF SHE DISAGREES WITH SOMEONE'S OPIONON. SPOOKIE HAS NO SCRUPLES WHAT SO EVER, NOR DOES SHE HAVE ANY INTEGRITY, AND DEALING WITH HER IN ANY MANNER, THROUGH BUISNESS OR PERSONALLY CAN RESULT IN HER TRYING TO MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE A BAD PERSON WHEN YOU ARE NOT IN A VERY PUBLIC WAY. SO PLEASE BE FOREWARNED. I HAVE NOTHING FURTHER TO SAY ABOUT HER OR THE MANURE SHE SPEWS 24/7 (EXCEPT FOR A FEW THINGS WRITTEN BELOW) & I HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO WITH MY TIME THEN READ HER FOOL BLOGS AND FEED HER LACK OF CLASS TEMPER TANTRUMS BY EVEN LOOKING AT THEM. LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO WASTE TIME ON DISHONEST AND NEGATIVE PEOPLE LIKE HER, SO DON'T WASTE YOURS, AND AVOID HER ON THE INTERNET (MYSPACE, TWEETER, FACEBOOK, FLICKER, BLOGGER, TROLLCATS, BLOG CATALOG AND MANY OTHER PLACES YOU MAY COME ACROSS HER) AS SPOOKIE IS THE LAST PERSON ON EARTH YOU CAN EVER TRUST. COMMENTS ARE BACK ON. ANY COMMENTS AT ALL FROM SPOOKIE WILL BE REPORTED TO THE POLICE HERE, AS SHE WAS INFORMED SHE IS NOT ALLOWED TO TALK TO ME ANY FURTHER. ALL LINKS THAT INDICATE THAT AMY BURT AND I ARE, LOL, MENTALLY ILL, PARANOID, SCHIZOPHRENIC, BIPOLAR, SOULESS, EVIL AND LIE ALL THE TIME ARE TOTALLY ASSINE AND ARE OBVIOUSLY DUE TO A BAD CASE OF CYBERBULLYING FROM SPOOKIE. OTHER MAJOR LIES STILL CONTINUE TO BE TOLD ABOUT ME BY SPOOKIE, THE POLICE NEVER CAME TO MY HOUSE TWICE, MY DAUGHTER'S NAME ISN'T KRISTINA, I DON'T CALL UP LONG DISTANCE AND THEN GO ONLINE (?), MY FRIENDS ARE NOT "NUTTERS" AND NEITHER AM I, I NEVER SAID OR ADMITTED I WROTE SOME BLOG ABOUT SPOOKIE BEING INVOLVED IN DIGUSTING BEASTALITY, OR CALLING HER SON UGLY, THE POLICE NEVER SAID ANYTHING TO ME ABOUT ABUSING A TODDLER ONLINE, OR INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT LAWS, NO ONE HAS "PROOF" I AM INSANE, ETC, ETC, ETC......SPOOKIE WAS HOWEVER TOLD BY THE POLICE TO NEVER WRITE ANYTHING ABOUT ME AGAIN,AND STOP THE ARGUMENT THAT SHE STARTED WITH ME, WHICH TO PRESENT DATE, SHE REFUSES TO DO.

ABOUT THIS BLOG:

Despite my URL, abolishadoption, I am not against Adoption per se. The reason I choose to use this, is because I am against The Closed Adoption Record System and the lack of laws that protect Adoptees in Open Adoption. So therefore, the link to my blog means abolish adoption LAWS...as I realize of course that there are children in this world who need a place to live and adults to take care of them. And although, I think it best, not to kick out a member of one's family through Adoption, there are times when a child has no living relatives, or relatives that are not physically able to care for them. I know too, that there is a small minority of selfish females that really do not want the babies or toddlers they have made, and prefer to put them up for Adoption, BUT, since that is hurtful enough to a child, the child does not deserve more pain by not being able to know the name of his or her family line, which is the result of Closed Adoption (and the Birth Mother Privacy Lie). What irks me as well, is the attitude towards women who conceive out of wedlock, the lack of forgiveness shown them, the incorrect belief that just because an unmarried pregnant women does not have a lot of money when she gives birth, she should pay for that by giving away her infant that she loves. (And to be punished for conceiving while unmarried and being talked into losing her child as punishment, which is what Christian Clergy does). Life changes. Situations can improve, and I do not believe Church Clergy, Social Workers, Adoption Agencies or women who can not have their own children (who manipulate fertile females to give them their infant that they want or who Adopt children literally stolen off the street in other countries not caring that this has happened) have a right to interfere in one's life path or the lessons they will learn while traveling on it. It is wrong in my opinion to separate family members to benefit other people. It is also wrong for any child to be told they are not allowed to know who gave birth to them, along with the withholding of the identities of other blood related family members. No child should have to suffer emotional distress due to this, so some adults can financially profit and others can get what they want in their lives. Adoptees are capable of loving their Adopted Parents AND want to know who brought them into this world at the same time. And if an Adoptee loves one or both of their Adoptive Parents, wanting a relationship with their Real Parents or needing to know who they are for identity closure or due to needing their medical history will not make them love an Adoptive Parent any less. I wouldn't love my Adoptive Father any less or recognize what an excellent Grandparent he has been to my natural daughter, just because I had legal access to facts pertaining to my life. Nor would I appreciate any less all he has done for me, and finding out who I am related too by blood would never make me walk away from him, or care for him if he ever needed me too. Everyone in the world is interested about from whence they came, the popularity of genealogy websites are proof of this, and we Adoptees are normal human beings like everyone else, and want the same information about who we are, like everyone else. We Adoptees also need our OBC's (Original Birth Certificates), so we are able to get passports and renew driver's licenses without being treated like terrorists or criminals which is beginning to happen since 9/11, as we only have an Amended Birth Certificate to show. Love is sharing. Love is truth. Love is freedom. And with these thoughts in mind, please join me as I along with many others, try to change the oppressive and unfair laws that have been imposed, without our permission on Adoptees since 1951.


Fucking nutjob.


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The Improper Adoptee:
A Scary, creepy, disturbing stalker.
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I'm not the only person Improper Adoptee threatened online:






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No one has to take the abuse and libel this woman dishes out.
NO ONE.

IA: Face it, you're crazy.
Example of your delusions that does NOT include me:

TO ALL WHO HAPPEN UPON MY BLOG: 
For many years on the internet, I have been introducing new ideas and have made intelligent and humorous comments in chat rooms, forums and on message boards. Many remarks I have made, much to my disturbance I have seen end up on bumper stickers, on websites, and most recently on a popular cable television show. I alone, created the terms, mindsets and theologies that have been stolen from me, whilst the uncouth plagiarist financially benefited from my words. Please be forewarned, that all comments I have made on Blogger have been printed out and saved, and will be continually, and no one has my permission to repeat what I have said without my permission and the inclusion of my identity for pay or for profit. This will apply to all areas of any type of online or offline publishing, and please be advised, if my wishes are not honored, I will take legal action. Thankyou. 

You're just the local "crazy lady." This was confirmed after you posted anti-semitism and the police said you were a well-known person in town. Well-known for being off the wall. Having loose screws. Being crazy in the coconut. 

Take your pick, "Improper Adoptee." A mental institution or a jail cell, because rehashing your libel and abuse with me is putting you in one or the other, no matter what you may think or say otherwise. 

I think you're just JEALOUS of me. GET OVER IT.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Japan Cites Sea Shepherd as Reason for Killing Whales - Sea Shepherd

Japan Cites Sea Shepherd as Reason for Killing Whales - Sea Shepherd

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Japan Cites Sea Shepherd as Reason for Killing Whales

The Sea Shepherd ships Steve Irwin and Bob Barker have now had the illegal Japanese whaling processing ship, Nisshin Maru, on the run for two weeks. No whales have has been killed since February 5th.

Three weeks remain in the whaling season, and the Sea Shepherd ships have fuel reserves to continue the chase. The Bob Barker was refitted prior to purchase and has fuel capacity four times what it was designed for.
“I believe the continued running of the Nisshin Maru from East to West and back East again is their attempt to run us out of fuel,” said Captain Paul Watson, “I think they are now surprised that we are still on their tail and continuing to disrupt their illegal whaling operations.” With the Shonan Maru No. 2 disengaged to transport Captain Peter Bethune to Japan, this removes the fourth harpoon boat from the fleet.
“I think we can guarantee now that the Japanese whaling fleet will fail to get their kill quota by 30% to 55% based on past observations of Sea Shepherd disruptions,” said Captain Watson, “They will not be seeing any profits for this season.”
Mr. Masayuki Komatsu, the former Japanese whaling commissioner who once referred to Minke whales as the “cockroaches” of the sea, has warned Japan not to retreat from whaling in Antarctica because it would be handing a decisive victory for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. “Our minister said that they are going to retreat from Antarctica, Sea Shepherd must be happier," Komatsu said.
“If the only reason that Japan wishes to continue whaling is because they refuse to be seen backing down from Sea Shepherd than that is truly pathetic and extremely petty on the part of the Japanese government,” said Captain Watson, “What Komatsu is really saying is that we are humiliating Japan by effectively disrupting their illegal poaching activities. If it’s now all about saving face now that they’ve already lost, then they should retreat while they still have half a face left.”
The Sea Shepherd ships will be pursuing the Japanese fleet this weekend during the visit to Australia by Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada.
The Japanese fleet is staying just outside the boundaries of the Australian Antarctic Territorial waters (EEZ) most likely for diplomatic reason during the Okada visit. This move can be viewed as an unofficial recognition of the EEZ. In 2008, the Australian Federal Court ruled that Japan could not kill whales inside the waters of the EEZ. The Japanese whaling fleet is in contempt of that Federal Court order.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

SUPPORT JAN SMITH — My Friend's Fiance.

SUPPORT JAN SMITH



HTTP://SUPPORTJAN.COM/

JJan Austin Smith is a longtime dedicated grassroots activist. He is a disabled medical marijuana patient charged with transporting a large amount of cannabis with the intent to sell. He was arrested in Henry County, Illinois after a bogus traffic stop and an illegal search and seizure that violated his Constitutional right to privacy and his legal right to not be detained and searched without probable cause. He spent 4 days and nights in the Henry County Jail in Illinois before (aided by a series of marvelous wizardry by his local attorney) he was able to bail out. It cost his family a stunning $16,000—reduced from an original amount of about $27,000—contigent upon the surrendering of his passport and waiving of his chance for a preliminary hearing. To provide some measure of perspective, the young man with whom Jan shared a cell, a convicted (alleged) child molester who violated the terms of his parole, was given a $5,000 bail amount. Jan’s experiences solidified his previous suspicions that ALL prisoners are political prisoners, regardless of the charge. For more proof thereof, we encourage you to investigate the cases of Geronimo Pratt and Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Sticking true to his ideals, Jan refused to cooperate with investigators and become a snitch, though he was offered the potential for a reduced sentence—an option with undeniable allure when you’re theoretically facing up to 90 years. As Jan is now wont to say, financially guilty until proven innocent. Never forget—anything you say can and will be used against you.

Jan has been active for a number of years in the animal rights, environmental, human/gay/disabled rights, women’s lib and reproductive freedom, and medical marijuana movements. He spent two separate college vacations volunteering to help bring food and hope back to the communities of New Orleans after the climate chaos-worsened Hurricane Katrina. When his chronic degenerative arthritis, a horribly painful condition in his spine and knees, disabled (pun intended) his ability to attend protests and home demos, he continued his activism through writing and other projects. He helps take care of his rescued dog Rikki and 7 rescued rats. His social justice-themed writing has appeared in the Louisiana English Journal and the Earth First! Journal. He has volunteered with Go Vegan Radio, helped support treesitters, distributed radical literature, and done prisoner support work (what goes around comes around? Hopefully?) He deserves to be out in the world fighting for change, where he belongs—not in a cage. That’s where you can help! As the legendary comedian and animal advocate Richard Pryor once said, “Lawyers can keep your ass out of penitentiary. But it’s gonna cost…gulp…A LOT.” He is in desperate need of funds to help with legal and travel expenses. You can click here to donate through paypal, or just send check, money order (made out to Jan Smith), or well-concealed cash to the following address:

http://supportjan.com/




Jan Austin Smith Support Fund 

PO Box 665 

Willits, CA 95490

We can also be contacted at JanAustinSmith@gmail.com









Monday, February 15, 2010

Marley's Cat Tales!

Marley's Cat Tales: Cat and Dog Rescue, Adoption and Education in Raleigh, Cary and Durham, NC
Marley's Cat Tales- the adoption division of the Marley Fund! 

Marley's Cat Tales is a satellite division of the Marley Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue founded in 2001, dedicated to rescuing and finding homes for stray and abandoned animals, providing education on responsible pet ownership, on FIV and feline leukemia, the importance of trap-neuter-release and partnering with other rescue groups to help change the world for the animals to make their existence pain-free and full of love. 


Please take a look at their adoptable animals and fill your home with LOVE! 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Timothy the Cat — WHY?

 
This is Timothy. 
No. This WAS Timothy.
  
Timothy was an innocent kitten, killed by a heartless human being.
WHY?

 The following is taken from the Facebook group made about Timothy. 
The group, "Timothy - When Will The Cruelty End?" can be joined here.
The discussion thread is called "Timothy's Wonderful Foster Family"

We now have the true story of Timothy and the foster family that showed him the love and kindness he so deserved. May we find some comfort in knowing that he truly knew love because of this wonderful family............Many hugs and thanks to them.

Attached you will find two pictures of Timothy, the little cat who had been glued to Interstate 90. He is held by my son, Ben Kean. Some of the information you were given about him was incorrect. Timothy was only 3 months old, not 7 months old. He came into Second Chance Rescue Center on Friday, December 11th, not on December 18th. He came home with me on Monday, December 14th and was at our house until I took him to Dale Animal Clinic on December 23. He died at the clinic on the 23rd. He was treated by Dr. Byl at Dale Animal Clinic on Wednesday, December 16th, on Tuesday, December 22nd, and on the 23rd, when he died. He was a sweet, loving little kitten. When he came to our house, he was terrified of men. He would run and hide when my husband or my sons went into his room, but after several days had past, he began to trust them. He loved to sit on the desk in his room and watch the birds in our backyard. He also liked watching our Cat Sitter DVD. Another of his favorite activities was sitting on my lap and watching the computer screen while I played Solitaire. He liked watching the cards turn over. He enjoyed sitting in my husband's lap to "help" him put puzzles together. Actually, he was better at taking the puzzles apart!On Tueday, December 22nd, he started throwing up. I took him to Dale Animal Clinic, and Dr. Byl started him on an IV because he was dehydrated. He came home later that day and seemed to be doing all right. I checked him every two hours during that night. At 5:00 a.m., he was up and using his litter box. At 7:00 a.m., he was stretched out on the floor, obviously in distress. I rushed him to Dale Animal Clinic where they did everything possible to help him. He died around 9:00 a.m. Tim Hoeck, the owner of Forever Friends, cremated his body, and we have his ashes at our house.My family and I loved Timothy very much. We called him Tiny Tim. He was a wonderful kitten, and we miss him. — Jean Kean



Notes from the group:
Someone glued this kitten to a dark Minnesota highway on one of the coldest nights of the year. Sadly, the kitten named Timothy died. A reward of more than $3,000 is being offered for information in what is described as one of the worst cases of cruelty to an animal. Authorities think the kitten was stuck to the highway for hours in freezing temperatures before a traveling couple found him glued to the snow-frozen road. Veterinarians tried to save Timothy, but he died five days later as a result of trauma, frostbite, and complications from severe injuries. "He was a lover, just a sweetheart," said Dana Wigg, a humane officer with Second Chance Rescue. Timothy had responded to the kindness of the rescue staff and loved to cuddle, snuggle, and purr. "We all thought Timothy was going to get better," Dana said, adding that the staff was heart-broken when the orange and white tabby died on December 23rd.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Two types of savory vegan muffins: Pumpkin-miso and Carrot-onion-hazelnuts
























I think mini muffins are great for bentos. They are tiny, easy and fast to make, freeze beautifully, and defrost naturally by lunchtime if you take them out of the freezer in the morning. They are handy snacks to eat when your energy is running low but you don’t have time to stop and eat properly, and are also great accompaniments to a soup or salad.


I do not like very sweet muffins, like those monster ones sold at certain fast-food-coffee franchises. Why call it a muffin, when it’s really a cupcake without icing? So when I make my own muffins, I like savory ones or at least ones that are not loaded with sugar.


Here are two savory-yet-sweet muffins that are also vegan. The bright orange winter squash or pumpkin muffins have the added twist of miso, which gives them a unique flavor. These muffins don’t rise much, but they are crispy on the outside and have a light, almost creamy texture on the inside. The carrot-onion-hazelnut muffins are a bit lighter and fluffier. Both have only 2 tablespoons each of maple syrup in them - the natural sweetness of the vegetables makes up for it. Plus, each batch only has 2 1/2 tablespoons of oil. Made as mini-muffins they only have 40-45 calories per muffin. Even as regular size muffins they are only around 100 calories per piece. The non-dieting omnivore loves both of them regardless, though he says he has a slight preference for the pumpkin ones.


Recipe 1: Pumpkin (or winter squash) miso muffins



Makes 24 mini-muffins, or 10 regular size muffins (put some water into the 2 empty muffin compartments when baking). Mini-muffins are 45 calories each, regular size ones about 103 calories each.


  • 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin or winter squash puree, homemade or from a can (I cook winter squash in the oven until soft and scoop out the flesh, or cut it up into small pieces and cook it with a little bit of water in a heavy pan until soft.)
  • 1 tsp. Garam Masala
  • 2 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. mild white miso
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened soymilk (or regular milk, if you’re not concerned with keeping these vegan)
  • 1 cup all purpose white flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda


Preheat oven to 180°C / 375°F. If necessary, oil or spray your muffin tins.


Mix together the wet ingredients: the pumpkin puree, spices, maple syrup, olive oil, miso and soymilk until thoroughly blended.


Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix into the wet ingredients. If it looks too stiff, add a tiny bit of soy milk.


Spoon evenly into muffin tins. Bake for 15-18 minutes for mini muffins, 22-25 minutes for regular size. The muffins will not rise much, but will be lightly browned on top. Cool on a rack. To freeze, pack in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag.


Recipe 2: Carrot, onion and hazelnut muffins



Makes 24 mini-muffins, or 10 regular size muffins (put some water into the 2 empty muffin compartments when baking). Mini-muffins are 42 calories each, regular size ones about 100 calories each. This one is inspired by one in Saisai Lunch.


  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • Oil for cooking vegetables
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (or other nuts)
  • Grated rind of 1/2 lemon (about 1/2 tsp.)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened soymilk
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. maple syrup
  • Several grinds of coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup all purpose white flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Pinch baking soda


Preheat oven to 180°C / 375°F. If necessary, oil or spray your muffin tins.


Sauté the carrot and onion in a little olive oil until limp and lightly browned. Toast the chopped up nuts lightly in the same pan.


Combine the sautéed vegetables with the soymilk, lemon juice (the soymilk with curdle a bit - don’t worry, it’s supposed to), olive oil, maple syrup, pepper and salt. Mix well.


Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda and add to the wet ingredients. Add the nuts. Mix until just combined. If it’s too stiff, add a tiny bit of soy milk.


Spoon evenly into muffin tins. Bake for 15-18 minutes for mini muffins, 22-25 minutes for regular size. . The muffins will rise a bit more than the pumpkin muffins but not that much, since they have no egg in them, but not to worry - they’ll still be light. Cool on a rack. To freeze, pack in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag.


See also



These non-vegan (has egg and cheese) zucchini basil muffins also work well as savory muffins, mini-size or regular size.



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Monday, February 08, 2010

Sea Shepherd Has Shut Down Illegal Japanese Whaling




Sea Shepherd Has Shut Down Illegal Japanese Whaling 


Steve Irwin Joins Pursuit of Nisshin Maru


Position:  63 Degrees 43 Minutes South   81 Degrees 26 Minutes East


The Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin joined the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker this morning at 0700 Hours (Sydney time). Both Sea Shepherd ships are now on the tail of the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru.


The Japanese fleet was running fast to the Northeast not knowing that the Steve Irwin was on a course of Southwest coming directly for them. With the fleet doing 15 knots, and the Steve Irwin doing 15 knots, the Steve Irwin and the whaling fleet closed the gap at 30 knots cutting the rendezvous time in half.


The Steve Irwin sat motionless by an iceberg for two hours at a distance of thirty miles to allow the Nisshin Maru to continue towards it. At a distance of only three miles, the Steve Irwin got underway and intercepted the Nisshin Maru.


As the Steve Irwin passed by the Nisshin Maru, the factory ship turned on their water cannons and were surprised when the Steve Irwin responded with a more powerful water cannon that had a couple of the whalers diving for the bridge doors as the frigid water struck their bridge wing deck.


The Steve Irwin is presently tailing the Nisshin Maru a few cable lengths and slightly to the port side of the factory ship. Across from the Steve Irwin, the Bob Barker is tailing the Nisshin Maru slightly to the starboard side.


Following in the wake of the Nisshin Maru are the Japanese vessels Shonan Maru 2, Yushin Maru 1 and Yushin Maru 2. There is no sign of the Yushin Maru 3.


Six ships, two from Sea Shepherd and four vessels from the Japanese fleet, are heading at full speed northeastwardly.


"Not a single whale has died since the Bob Barker intercepted the fleet at 0100 Hours on February 6th. It is now the third day that the whaling fleet has been unable to kill a whale. We intend to turn these three whaling free days into three whaling free weeks," said Captain Paul Watson. "I am confident that once again we will severely cut their kill quotas and we will once again negate their profits."


The Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker have enough fuel to pursue the whaling fleet for another month.


"It does not matter where they go, east or west along the Antarctic Coast," said Steve Irwin 1st Officer Locky MacLean. "We intend to stick to their rear like glue and we will not allow a single whale to be loaded onto the decks of that foul floating abattoir."


There are 41 crew (29 men and 12 women) on board the Steve Irwin from Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, France, Japan, Hungary, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States (15 nationalities).


There are 30 (6 women and 24 men) crew on board the Bob Barker from Australia, New Zealand, United States, Sweden, United Kingdom, and South Africa (6 nationalities).








photos credit: Glenn Lockitch / Sea Shepherd







Saturday, February 06, 2010 
Bob Barker Rammed by Illegal Whaler


At 1209 PM Fremantle, Australia time, the Yushin Maru 3 intentionally rammed the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker, penetrating it's hull and endangering the lives of it¹s crew. The collision occurred at 65 degrees 21 South, 67 degrees 58 East, about 180 miles off Cape Darnley in the Australian Antarctic Territory.


The Bob Barker had been actively blocking the slipway of the Nisshin Maru, the Japanese whaling fleet’s factory ship when the collision occurred. Four harpoon ships, the Yushin Maru 1, 2, and 3 and Shonan Maru 2, were circling and making near passes to the stern and bow of the Sea Shepherd vessel. The Bob Barker did not move from its position. At which point, the Yushin Maru 3 intentionally rammed the Bob Barker, creating a 3-foot long 4-inch deep gash in the mid starboard side of the Sea Shepherd vessel above the waterline.


No crew was injured during the collision. The Bob Barker continues to block the slipway of the Nisshin Maru, preventing the transfer of slaughtered whales and effectively shutting down illegal whaling operations.


The incident demonstrates a continued escalation of violence by the illegal whalers in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.


Said Captain Paul Watson from the bridge of the Steve Irwin, currently en route to join the action, “Because the whalers got away basically scot-free with the outrageous sinking of the Ady Gil, they now apparently think they can do whatever they want and they appear to have no qualms about endangering Sea Shepherd crew. What we really need is for the governments of Australia and New Zealand to step up and start enforcing maritime laws in these waters, or who know what the whalers will do next. Australian and New Zealand lives are at risk every day in these waters."


The crew of the Bob Barker noticed that the Yushin Maru 3 stopped moving in the water shortly after the impact, and appeared to be falling behind as the Bob Barker maintained its position on the stern of the Nisshin Maru. It’s possible the Yushin Maru 3 damaged itself in the collision.


The Japanese whalers are far more aggressive this year than in past campaigns.




Bob Barker Damage from the Collision


photos: (top) Glenn Lockitch, (bottom) Lincoln Shaw