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!

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For the Oceans,
Suzanne

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sea Shepherd: Operation Reef Defense


The following is from Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's website.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society: Important Updates

The tide is turning at Sea Shepherd. With new campaigns being launched and progress being made on legal fronts, we are forever steadfast in our commitment to our mission of defending ocean wildlife worldwide.
Poachers or corruption will not derail Sea Shepherd, and we know that with you by our side we can endure any storm that comes our way. Thank you for your support now and forever. We are all Shepherds of the Sea.
Operation Reef Defense:
Protecting Coral Reefs Worldwide
The world's coral reefs systems are in a state of crisis! Operation Reef Defense is dedicated to protecting these vital ecosystems globally!

Coral reefs represent some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth, providing critical habitat for many marine species. 25% of the world's reefs are already gone or damaged beyond recovery and more than 60% are degraded or under risk of collapse.

Join Sea Shepherd in protecting these planetary life-supporting systems and natural treasures to ensure healthy oceans for future generations to come! (more)
An Anniversary to Remember − May Marks One Year Since Captain Watson's Arrest
This month marked the one year anniversary of our esteemed Founder's politically motivated arrest in Frankfurt, Germany. Captain Paul Watson was arrested on May 13, 2012 because of 10-year-old charges stemming from an incident in which he tried to intervene, at the Government's request, to stop Costa Rican shark poachers.


Since that time, Captain Watson has been added to the Interpol Red List by Costa Rica and subsequently Japan. He is listed alongside serial killers, child abductors, and drug traffickers and still can't make landfall or else he'll face unfair extradition and "kangaroo" trials in Costa Rica and Japan.

Read on to learn more about this situation and how we suggest you turn this tragedy into something positive for the oceans.
Pete Bethune and Sea Shepherd Settle Long-Running Legal Dispute
You may remember when the Ady Gil vessel was deliberately rammed by the Shonan Maru #2 and was abandoned at sea, during the 2010 Sea Shepherd Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign. That episode broke records for Animal Planet, when the incident aired on Whale Wars. Unbeknownst to many, there was much behind-the-scenes dispute about who was financially responsible for the destruction of the Ady Gil.


Sea Shepherd has reached an agreement with the boat's owner, Pete Bethune, and we are relieved to close this chapter in our history and move forward, in solidarity with Pete Bethune, for our common goal of working for the good of the oceans. Get the details!
Jolly Roger Full-Zip Hoodies are Back
Our supporters have spoken! After much demand, our Jolly Roger Full-Zip Hoodies are back in stock and are ready to be worn by protectors of the sea. Please visit our e-Store to purchase this soft, cozy hoodie today.

Proceeds from purchases in our e-Stores help to fund our mission to defend ocean wildlife worldwide.
It is only through the continued support of concerned citizens such as yourself that we are able to persist in our efforts to protect our planet's marine wildlife.

If you haven't recently, please make a donation in support of our efforts. Your gift makes an important difference for the oceans and we are so very grateful to have you sailing alongside us in support of our endeavors. Thank you.

For the oceans,

Your Friends at Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Leader of Vegan Food Company Says Vegan Not Right for Him

Leader of Vegan Food Company Says Vegan Not Right for Him

Leader of Vegan Food Company Says Vegan Not Right for Him
“I drink green juices and have done for the last year or so, but living the life of a vegan is not for me. I think there are lots of other people like me out there,” Martin Bates told the New York Times. Bates turned around Pret a Manger’s business in the United States and is now taking charge of Organic Avenue, a company that sells vegan products that would like to expand into the national market.

Read the FULL article HEREhttp://freefromharm.org/veganism/leader-of-vegan-food-company-who-doesnt-believe-in-going-vegan/

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: School 244 in Flushing, Queens, becomes first public school in nation to serve only vegetarian meals: officials




Queens

School 244 in Flushing, Queens, becomes first public school in nation to serve only vegetarian meals: officials

Active Learning Elementary School is part of a citywide effort to promote healthy food.

Read more on The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS website: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/queens-school-serves-all-vegetarian-fare-article-1.1331690#ixzz2T1ZNKNpJ


Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and student Arianna Francisco have a vegetarian meal together on Tuesday at PS 244.

KENDALL RODRIGUEZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and student Arianna Francisco have a vegetarian meal together on Tuesday at PS 244.

There's no “mystery meat” at one Queens public elementary school.
Public School 244 in Flushing is the first public school in the nation to serve all-vegetarian meals for breakfast and lunch, according to city education officials.
Crystal Gu, schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, and Arianna Francisco enjoy a vegetarian lunch. Walcott says the all-vegetarian food system should be replicated at schools across the city and nation.

KENDALL RODRIGUEZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Crystal Gu, schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, and Arianna Francisco enjoy a vegetarian lunch. Walcott says the all-vegetarian food system should be replicated at schools across the city and nation.

Chefs at the Active Learning Elementary School have swapped chicken, turkey and ham for black beans, tofu and falafel, and kids are digging in with delight.
“This is so good!” squealed 9-year-old Marian Satti, devouring her black bean and cheddar cheese quesadilla Tuesday at lunch. “I’m enjoying that it didn’t have a lot of salt in it. ”
On the menu is black bean and cheddar quesadillas with salsa and roasted potatoes. The kids are digging into the vegetarian fare with gusto. “This is so good!” squealed 9-year-old Marian Satti.

KENDALL RODRIGUEZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

On the menu is black bean and cheddar quesadillas with salsa and roasted potatoes. The kids are digging into the vegetarian fare with gusto. “This is so good!” squealed 9-year-old Marian Satti.

The students are pioneers in a citywide effort to make healthy food a staple of every child’s day.
Public School 244, above, partnered with nonprofit New York Coalition for Healthy School Food to design vegetarian recipes.

KENDALL RODRIGUEZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Public School 244, above, partnered with nonprofit New York Coalition for Healthy School Food to design vegetarian recipes.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who often crows about maintaining a fit lifestyle, said the launch of the vegetarian food-fest should be duplicated in schools across the city and country.
“I don’t eat fried foods. I don’t drink soda. I try not to have sweets too often,” said Walcott, who tested the veggie victuals. “And that’s what we want for our students ... to make sure they eat healthy both at home and school.”
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who is calling for the all-vegetarian effort to be expanded, is known for adhering to a healthy lifestyle. "That’s what we want for our students ... to make sure they eat healthy both at home and school,” he said.

KENDALL RODRIGUEZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who is calling for the all-vegetarian effort to be expanded, is known for adhering to a healthy lifestyle. "That’s what we want for our students ... to make sure they eat healthy both at home and school,” he said.

A-rated PS 244 partnered with nonprofit New York Coalition for Healthy School Food to design recipes for appetizing plant-based grub.
Walcott places carrots onto the tray of Arianna Francisco. Salad bars have been installed in 1,000 schools, and they’ll be a fixture at all 1,800 facilities by the end of the next academic year.

KENDALL RODRIGUEZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Walcott places carrots onto the tray of Arianna Francisco. Salad bars have been installed in 1,000 schools, and they’ll be a fixture at all 1,800 facilities by the end of the next academic year.

“We believe that, if we taught kids to make healthy choices, it would help them to grow as students and well-rounded children,” said Principal Robert Groff, who helped found the school in 2008.
City public schools have undergone a “revolution” in cafeteria fare since Mayor Bloomberg took office, according to Eric Goldstein, chief executive of the Office of School Support Services for the city Education Department.
The ongoing evolution of cafeteria grub has led schools to serve only whole-grain breads and pastas. Salad bars have been installed in 1,000 schools, and they’ll be a fixture at all 1,800 facilities by the end of the next academic year.
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BREAKFAST MENU
Whole-grain sunrise carrot bread with hot cereal choice
Fluffy egg omelet with melted cheese in a New York-style bagel
Waffles with warm syrup and
mozzarella string cheese
LUNCH MENUBlack bean and cheddar quesadilla served with salsa, red roasted
potatoes and broccoli
Roasted organic tofu with cacciatore sauce, whole-grain pasta and roasted zucchini
“Superhero” spinach wrap with cucumber salad
Chickpea falafel in a soft wheat wrap with chopped romaine, fresh diced tomatoes and cucumber salad
Source: City Department of Education


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/queens-school-serves-all-vegetarian-fare-article-1.1331690#ixzz2T1Yo3Ql8