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

Monday, April 26, 2010

An Octopus is a Sentient Being.

I don't give a shit what culture you come from; this is just cruel, disgusting and sick.
"Octopus have highly developed nervous systems, similar to humans. Eating them while feeling every bite, or tear is inhumane."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT09Dwzfqck

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Squirrel Whisperer

The squirrel whisperer

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Follow the link to view these amazing and adorable photos.

Below: Month-old Eastern gray squirrels sleep inside an incubator after being fed by Lynn Anderson at her home in Waldorf.

The squirrel whisperer

Spring is the busiest time of the year for wildlife rehabilitator Lynn Anderson of Waldorf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Month-old Eastern gray squirrels sleep inside an incubator after being fed by Lynn Anderson at her home in Waldorf.
Linda Davidson-The Washington Post
A series of photos

 

 




http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2010/04/21/GA2010042105201.html

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Alert to NY Liberationists: Live Animals Being Tortured & Served to Paying Customers

Alert to NY Liberationists: Live Animals Being Tortured & Served to Paying Customers

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Alert to NY Liberationists: Live Animals Being Tortured & Served to Paying Customers




If we have any NIO In the Streets cells in New York who can pay the following sadists a visit, Saturday night might be a prime opportunity to disrupt this hellhole.
Ocean animals are being tormented and eaten alive in some New York City restaurants. The legs of octopuses are sheared off bit by bit, and the animals are served and consumed while they’re still alive and writhing in agony. Lobsters are also cut up and eaten alive and, in some cases, positioned so that they can actually watch themselves being consumed. Octopuses and other animals, including lobsters, are slowly steamed to death in front of patrons—the animals try desperately to crawl away, only to be dropped back onto the burning surface again and again.


Cho Rok Park


Owner


Sik Gaek
161-29 Crocheron Ave.
Flushing, NY 11358
718-321-7770
For everyone who is not able to visit in person, please see PeTA’s campaign for additional ways to  be heard.
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NIO In the Streets is a global and decentralized political collective of autonomous resistance cells united in the goal of overcoming passivity and fear, stimulating resistance against domination in all forms, and transforming an inherently dysfunctional dominator society by establishing new associations based on peace, cooperation, autonomy, equality throughout the sentient community, harmony with the natural world, and sustainable modes of living.
If the nonhumans could fight back, their tormentors would have expired long ago. We have an obligation to expose the abusers. It is the LEAST we can do! I welcome your emails & contributions.
If you have a Facebook account, join the extended Negotiation Is Over network.”.
To submit work to NIO for consideration and publication, please send an email tocamille@negotationisover.com with the subject “submission”.
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____________◉_⊃◉ WTF?!

This video is vile. The person who posted it thinks it's "amazing" and is trying to justify it by playing the culture card. I gave her a piece of my mind on the YouTube site where it's posted.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Talking Cat Turf War

This cracked me up. I'm going to post videos by him when I have no time to really blog.

klaatu42  February 03, 2010 — A feline border dispute caught on tape.

Find me on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/klaatu42
twitter: http://twitter.com/klaatu42

Thanks to mkass84 for shooting the original video!
http://www.youtube.com/user/mkass84


Thursday, April 22, 2010

World Day for Animals in Laboratories


Saturday April 24th, 2010
Meeting from 11.30am, Cavendish Square, London W1G OPR
(nearest Tube: Oxford Circus)


On Saturday April 24th 2010 campaigners from across the country, as well as many from overseas, will be gathering in London to mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories. Following a rally in Cavendish Square, close to Oxford Circus, we will be marching through the centre of London, past some of the busiest places in the world, Regent St, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square taking the anti-vivisection message to tens of thousands of people. Then onto Whitehall, past Downing St and to the Houses of Parliament where we will be calling for an end to all animal experiments once and for all.

Please keep this date free and join us on 24th April, and let's make our voices heard as we call for "Justice for the Animals".

Coaches and minibuses are being arranged from around the country. Go to http://www.wdail.org for details of transport from your area.

More details will be announced over the next few months, including more details about the events of the day, as well as important developments in the international fight against vivisection which are expected as we count down to World Day 2010.

For more information, please contact us.

Donations: The march and rally and other events for World Day in London are being organised by a collective of individuals and grass-roots groups. Please consider making a donation to help us make the day a big success. Send Cheques/PO’s (payable to 'WDAIL') to WDAIL, BM Box 8623, London WC1N 3XX.

WDAIL, BM Box 8623, London WC1N 3XX.
Email: info@wdail.org





World Day 2009




http://www.wdail.org/goodscience.htm

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Largest Dolphin Pod EVER... WOW!!!



undergroundmodel — August 26, 2008 — About 1000 or more Dolphin 60+ miles off the coast of Destin, FL. This has got to be the coolest thing ive ever seen.

After seeing this, please, rent or buy The Cove.




Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Icelandic Volcano

Incredible Images of Iceland Volcano from Just a Few Kilometers Away

Lightning visible in the plume of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland on April 17, 2010.

Image courtesy of and copyright Snaevarr Gudmundsson. Astronomer Snaevarr Gudmundsson from Iceland was able to travel to within just a few kilometers from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and shared his incredible close-up images with Universe Today. "I stayed near the volcano from about 16:00 hours to 22:00 hours on Saturday and watched its impressive eruption," Gudmundsson said in an email to me. "...



Lightning visible in the plume of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland on April 17, 2010. Image courtesy of and copyright Snaevarr Gudmundsson.
Astronomer Snaevarr Gudmundsson from Iceland was able to travel to within just a few kilometers from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and shared his incredible close-up images with Universe Today. "I stayed near the volcano from about 16:00 hours to 22:00 hours on Saturday and watched its impressive eruption," Gudmundsson said in an email to me. "Amazing event, awesome explosions of 1200 °C hot magma reaching ice and water. I shot more than 550 images during these hours of continuous enjoyment. Sounds ridiculous but its ever changing appearance was never boring."
The massive plume put on an impressive display – from lightning forming within the plume to an incredible amount of spewing ash. On one of following pictures you can see helicopter for size comparison of the plume
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Read the rest of Incredible Images of Iceland Volcano from Just a Few Kilometers Away (594 words)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Southampton Animal Shelter

Southampton Animal Shelter - Home

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My cousin adopted the sweetest "older" cat from this wonderful shelter.
His name was Snuggles. Now it's Ringo. Here he is, in his new home at my wonderful cousins' house!



Ringo was at the shelter for years. Now he's a happy, content and loved family member, with a kitty brother named Toby! Ringo is 11 years old, but you'd never know it. He has many years to go. 

Never worry about adopting an older cat. My cat Midnight lived to be almost 23 years old! I know many cats who are over 18 and doing fine. 



This is Conner.


Conner
11-year-old neutered male cat. A handsome guy, young for his years would make a great addition to your home.

Here's a few other kitties at the shelter.

Faustaus is a 15 year old neutered male.


Teddy is a 10 year old neutered male.















Frankie














Murray

Cheetah Portrait


Cheetah Portrait
Originally uploaded by Martin_Heigan
Beautiful.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Animals and animalrights in the media worldwide: Cat Travels 1,300 Miles From New Mexico to Chicago (USA)

Animals and animalrights in the media worldwide: Cat Travels 1,300 Miles From New Mexico to Chicago (USA)






Cat Travels 1,300 Miles From New Mexico to Chicago (USA)







A cat from New Mexico has turned up in Chicago after wandering 1,300 miles from his Albuquerque home. Charles was picked up by Chicago Animal Care and Control but his life was spared when staff found a microchip and contacted his owner.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ethical Pizza: The Daiya Review

Ethical Pizza: The Daiya Review


Since I just bought Daiya, and Harry and I want to make pizza, I thought I'd share my friend Barna's review of Daiya in which he makes... pizza! After, I'm including a link to his video on making vegan pizza.


This is what the retail packaging looks like that we bought from Whole Foods.
Below is an ad that is said to show Daiya's cheese-like qualities. I think it's a little over-exaggerrated, but that's okay if this tastes good.




Thank you, Barna, and ETHICAL PIZZA!






MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009


The Daiya Review

Daiya is a new vegan cheese that we have been hearing about for months now. Actually "hearing about" is an understatement; this product seems to have developed something of a cult following with people singing its praises left and right. Daiya will supposedly change the world, if you can believe it. It is supposed to taste and melt better than any other vegan cheese. And, at last, it also is supposed to achieve the as-yet unachievable: stretchy vegan cheese.

Rainbow Grocery now sells Daiya, so naturally, I wanted to see what the fuss is about and recently picked up two half-pound tubs of it.




At $10 / lbs, Daiya is in about the same price range as other vegan cheeses (for two of my 14" pizzas, I use about half a pound of vegan cheese). It is primarily made of a variety of vegetable starches and fats, and contains no soy. The Daiya I bought came in shredded form. I'm not sure if this is how it is sold by Daiya or if it's Rainbow that did the shredding. In any case, it was a nice touch and made for slightly quicker assembly of the pizzas.


Daiya's raw taste is startling -- to me it tastes exactly like dairy cheese, to the point of prompting me to do a double-check to make sure that Daiya is indeed all-vegan (it is).


Anyway, here are some pizza shots:








When baked, Daiya melts very nicely. It is neither watery nor tough, but bakes up to just the right consistency. Because of this, it seems more foolproof than some other vegan cheeses. Baked Daiya tastes really good. It does indeed stretch some, and it has a rich, creamy mouthfeel and sticks to your palate a little bit. I do think that it comes close to dairy cheese, but then again it has been about a decade since I have last had dairy cheese (something I'm very glad about).




To sum it up, Daiya will be a strong contender in the vegan cheese market. It is an excellent vegan cheese for pizzas. I can see that a lot of research went into it, and I appreciate the fact that despite this, it is not expensive. Daiya's greatest strength to me, ironically, is its raw form. I can say that I haven't tasted anything quite like it and I can see myself making sandwiches with raw Daiya. And I am looking forward to more experiments with it in the oven and pan as well.


Will Daiya change the world, though? Not really. The truth is that other vegan cheeses such as Vegan GourmetTeeseCheezly or Sheese also perform and taste excellent. I have gotten rave reviews for my pizzas from vegans and non-vegans alike, before Daiya came along. Daiya is really good, but really not all that much better than the rest, and it will be interesting to see if and how the others in the market respond to it.


The stretchiness factor of Daiya is a nice gimmick and indeed surprising / unusual at first -- but the excitement wore off quickly with me. (And truth be told, it's not as stretchy as the pictures on the Daiya website would make you believe. Or maybe I didn't bake it right.) I guess I don't have much of a fetish to replicate animal products as much as I am pursuing great tasting vegan creations. But if replicating dairy cheese exactly is important to you, then you should give Daiya a try - it may bring you closer to nirvana.


Another nice thing about Daiya is the fact that it contains no soy. If you're allergic or are baking for someone who is, you now have a great vegan cheese to use.


I think my wife summed Daiya up well with "It is pretty cool but it doesn't make you go, 'OMG my life is changed forever!'". And so it should be. If you look beyond the hype, Daiya is just one new product in a market that has seen a lot of interesting developments in the last few years. These are exciting times for vegans and my hope is that vegan manufacturers will keep innovating -- both as competitors and as a community.

http://www.ethicalpizza.com/2008/09/ethical-pizza-video.html


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2008


Vegan Pizza: The Video

[[I originally made this video for the website SFVegan, but I plan to make an Ethical Pizza version of it as well.]


How To Make Vegan Pizza from Barna on Vimeo.