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Worthwhile Kids Music

Whether the songs were meant for a child or not, this week’s episode is for kids. One hour of uninterrupted tunes that are kid-approved and worthwhile listening for grown-ups too.  It’s dedicated to Fox Buckminster in celebration of his 4th birthday.

This is the file, airing on CHLY 101.7FM on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

These are the tracks:
Tally Hall- Good Day
Marvin Pontiac – Little Fly
Anika Moa – Chop Chop Hiyaaa!
Doc Watson – The Crawdad Song
of Montreal – I Want to Have Fun
Blitzen Trapper – New Shoes
Great Lake Swimmers – See You on the Moon
Gabriela Teissier – Estragando O Acampamento
They Might Be Giants – Seven Days of the Week
They Might Be Giants – Hot Dog!
They Might Be Giants – Infinity
Royksopp – Happy Up Here
Pogo – What I Likes
Pogo – Expialidocious
Pogo – Bread and Butterflies
Pogo – Alice
Pogo – Bangarang
Pogo – Wishery
Pogo – Bloom
Pogo – Wizard of Meh
Roger Miller – Oo De Lally

How to benefit from a gluten free diet and still eat bread

A dear friend recently commented on a picture of my sourdough routine and said “I miss bread.” I felt exactly the same way after half a year of being gluten free. I went without bread or breaded things, or things made with wheat for months.  My body loved it and I felt a massive difference. I was clear headed, skinnier, more energy, more motivation, less munchies. It was only when going without them, I realized how often I ate things like scones, muffins, pizza, and breaded deep fried shit. By resolving to eliminate bread out of my diet, I eliminated a lot of garbage that was ultimately responsible for making me feel ill/sad/lazy too.  After reading a bit and looking into the nutrition side, I found out that the villain is not necessarily gluten or bread itself, but the real culprit is actually the industrial version of white flour  and fast acting yeasts that are in lots of processed/prepared foods. It’s a new hybrid frankenstein variety that’s used because it returns higher profits and can withstand huge loads of herbicide and pesticide chemicals sprayed on them. Chemicals that stay on/in the plant and get refined through the whole process, making it into our bodies after all. It’s sprayed on the wheat right before harvest! It’s true that even small amounts of ingested RoundUp causes major health problems, some of which the scope is not yet known. Unfermented, this flour converts to sugar right away causing our glycemic index to bounce out of whack and begins a negative chain reaction in our brains. Heroin, white flour, sugar, cocaine, corn starch, all ultra-refined white powders that used to be a plant at some point, and all cause the exact same effect on the human brain: havoc and mayhem.

So, that’s cheap “enriched” all purpose every-day modern flour, germ on or off (whole wheat/white).

Good news, though! There is such a thing as flour milled from ancient grains that haven’t been sprayed with inflammatory-cancer-causing chemicals (ie. organic) and when paired with fermentation to convert away the glycemic-spiking sugars, you can actually make a pretty healthy bread. I found out you can even get sprouted organic ancient grains now, majorly boosting the level of flavour and healthiness. This is the key, though. Unless you know the baker and trust their commitments to organic and safe fermentation, AND have a steady supply every week, you’ll basically have to make it yourself. It is surprisingly cheap, actually damn-near free. My dear friend Amanda who owns a cafe shared some of her sourdough culture with me, and I hope to keep it alive forever. There are breads made from cultures that are hundreds of years old!  Maybe my offspring will bake their bread using this same starter from The Vault.

Anyway, I am still choosing not to eat items made with cheap flour. In my mind, if I return bread to the category of sacred magic and ferment/bake it myself, I can still keep feeling good and being healthy while still also enjoying bread. Since making 2 loaves of sourdough every week requires care and dedication, this means I will have no choice but to cherish each slice with deep appreciation and a sense of connectivity to my precious food.

If anyone wants to see details or amounts of ingredients, HMU

Justin Trudeau Visits Nanaimo Episode

The Prime Minister of Canada is hosting a town hall meeting this Friday, February 2nd 2018  at former Malaspina College campus (VIU). He hopes to conveniently comment and answer safe  questions about the farce that is our current consumer capitalist economy (of course based on valueless made-up fiat currency) and our meager citizen slavery positions within it (jobs). How nice. Last time he was here, however, I was the first one to ask him a question in the corralled “media scrum” and I made sure it was a tough one. Hopefully he remembers that Nanaimo doesn’t fuck around. Fast forward to the final 2 minutes of today’s episode of the Sweet and Sour Variety Hour to hear it (from 2013).  The first half hour of the program is a re-broadcast of my most treasured 80’s songs for your listening delight, followed by a brand new episode from The Real News Network about how the canadian government doesnt give a shit about toxic tailings ponds.

This is the program file, airing liveat 8am PST on Wed. Jan. 31 2018

Q Lazzarus – Goodbye Horses
The Smiths – How Soon is Now?
Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
Tears for Fears – Head Over Heels
Cocteau Twins – Cherry-coloured Funk
Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place
CAN – Aspectacle
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Peek-A-Boo
(36 minutes in)
About the Sweet and Sour Variety Hour
The Real News Network: Trudeau Government Ignores Scandal of Toxic ‘Tailings Ponds’
Tikawa (Csetkwe Remix) – Heyoka Crisis
About Radio Malaspina 101.7 CHLY-FM
Ashta asks Trudeau a question in 2013

If I could ask Mr. Trudeau a question now, I would want to know what news outlets he regards. Particularly, does he consume independent listener-supported media like Democracy Now and TRNN? Or only commercial media conglomerates? Through what filters is he learning about the world?

“Why did you ask me that?”