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Monday 29 November 2010

Shyne Interview w/ CNN

Former Bad Boy Records rapper Shyne begins his journey of finding the truth; getting closer to God. Moses Michael Levi (born Jamal Michael Barrow) talks about how his research into Judaism started well before being imprisoned in 2001 for 10 years (serving 9) for attempted murder, assault, and reckless endangerment.

The music, he says, is informed by his Jewish faith, but listeners should not be expecting religious rhymes.

“I am not rapping about Kadish or Shabbat shalom – that’s not the music I make,” Levi says, referring the Jewish prayer for the dead and the Hebrew Sabbath greeting.

While he’s ditching the vulgar language of earlier recordings, his music still has not lost its edge, he says.

“It’s really just a change in direction – the anger is still there, you dig? The outrage is sill there at the profanity and obscenity of poverty.”

His lyrical focus now, he says, is much more political than it was in the past.

“I am still angry that people are suffering in Palestine, the people who aren’t terrorists. I am angry (Israeli soldier) Gilad Shalit is captive right now the way I was in captivity – but it’s just a different way to channel that anger.”

Props to NahRight via CNN.

Tuesday 23 November 2010

Labrinth - "Let The Sun Shine"

AYTD Public Service Announcement - A Reminder

AndYetTheyDeny thought now would be a great time to remind those [both long-time readers and new alike] of an overall summary of what this blog is about.

We certainly do not want to disrupt your living habits; or have you magnifying every aspect of your day-to-day life to the point of excessiveness and paranoia. Love, respect and kindness to oneself and to others are core aspects that lead to a living a positive, fulfilling and happy life. What we aim to do is to let you know that we have a strong belief that all these things come from one source; that being from the one true God. It is He that has created everything; this means good and bad. We want to let as many out there as possible know that He loves each and every one of you very much - however there are forces out there that not only want to separate the special bond between you and Him, but to instead wipe out all existence of His being and instead replace His way of living with their own twisted and sinister system. Joy, liberty and generosity will be exchanged for pain, domination and neglect.

We are sincerely pleading with all our hearts to you all, to please keep the goodness of God within your own spirits, by showing it in everything that you do. This will give you the best protection possible against that which is trying to deceive you, thus sending you down a path to the direct opposite of all which is good.

As mentioned before; God loves you - we just ask that you remember Him.

Now; on with the show.

Saturday 20 November 2010

Drink Up! Aspartame: The Oh-So-Sweet "Sugar-Free" Soft-Killer

What is aspartame?

Aspartame (or APM, E951) is an artificial sweetener, composed of 50% Phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid and 10% methyl alcohol . Phenylalanine and aspartic acid are important amino acids and can be consumed naturally by the human body, but the high concentration of these elements within aspartame's formation makes for a much more arduous task. A relatively new man-made additive, it got discovered by accident in 1965 in the US by Dr. James M. Schlatter for science-lab based organisation G. D. Searle & Co. whilst he was aiming to create a drug to prevent ulcers.

How did aspartame get into the food industry?
In 1980, the US department, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) denied a petition by G. D. Searle & Co. for aspartame to be approved and included in food stuffs. CEO and President of G. D. Searle & Co. from 1977-1985 was none other than Donald Rumsfeld; whom after his tenure there became a part of US President Ronald Reagan's transitional administration. Upon being appointed into office; Rumsfeld abused his position by promoting acquaintance Arthur Hull Hayes from Commissioner to Head of the FDA, and subsequently gave aspartame approval for usage in food.

Soon after getting the green light, the advertising aspect for aspartame-inclusive products went into overdrive; with its unique selling point being that it's the ideal alternative to sugar in all of your favourite drinks. From teas and coffes to soft drinks, you can have sweet drinks without the calories and weight-gaining attributes sugar can give. All hail that which is aspartame!

Ajinomoto is currently the largest manufacturer of aspartame, whom bought its APM business from GMO-food (Genetically MOdified food) giants Monsanto in 2000 for $67M. Aspartame has various brand names, such as NutraSweet, Equal and Candarel. Ajinomoto is currently rolling out products under the newly added brand of AminoSweet.

Pro's/Con's of aspartame
  • Aspartame has virtually no calories. This aspect really appeals to the health-conscious that are interested in having a very nutritious eating lifestyle.
  • Approximately 200 times sweeter than sugar, aspartame appears to a be an abundantly tasty substitute to sugar.
  • Great substitute for those suffering from diabetes - they can enjoy foods with a sweet taste without having to worry about affecting sugar level intake [on the surface, that is - see Con #1].

So; what food products contain aspartame?

Featuring in excess of 6,000 food products, aspartame can be found in an ever-increasing spectrum of items. Initially heavily promoted and connoted with all that is "sugar-free", its now being slowly infiltrated into regular sugar-included foodstuffs too. One can find aspartame in soft drinks and sodas, juices, instant coffees, teas, frozen desserts, yoghurts, cereals, chewing gum and breath mints to name just a few various examples. Some countries even offer it as a table condiment in caf├ęs and restaurants.

Here's a small insight into the kinds of items that have aspartame in them - you migh recognise some of them...

(for an extensive list of products that have aspartame in them; please check out the Supersweet blog, FoodEssentials and Boycott Aspartame .)

Next time you're doing your grocery shopping, have a look to see if "aspartame" or “Phenylketonurics: Contains a source of Phenylalanine” is labelled on some of your favourite foods and drinks. Having now being informed about what this sugar-substitute can do to your body, is having that sweet taste really worth the risk?