Why you should avoid Amazon right now

Last week, the Bay Area went back down into stricter lockdown conditions — no outdoor dining is allowed and most salons, etc., have to close down again. It’s really hard to watch local businesses that we love struggling so much. Bay Area restaurants employ over 300,000 people and, especially if you’re passionate about cooking and the food industry, you can imagine how tough it must be to be stuck at home. …


I found Kite Hill butter at the Grocery Outlet last week — $2.99 for the 8-ounce tub, normally $6 at other stores. I’ve now tried it a few times on various toasts and sandwiches and found it to be fine — it spreads well, melts well, and has a fairly neutral flavor that doesn’t interfere with whatever you’re creating in the kitchen. At the same time, Kite Hill butter doesn’t really add anything because the flavor and texture are both so neutral. It doesn’t elevate toast in the same way as good butter from pasture-raised cows (e.g., …


I picked up a box of 12 Purely Elizabeth peanut butter bars at a Bay Area Grocery Outlet last week. They are marketed as Whole Food Nut + Seed Bars, and the ingredient list verifies this: peanuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower kernels are the top three ingredients and they also contain hemp and chia seeds and almond meal. They are sweetened using coconut sugar and also include coconut in the form of flakes and raw coconut oil. An intriguing ingredient is reishi extract — I was interested to see this because medicinal mushrooms are on my mind these days and…


What exactly is an ethical review? Well, it’s basically a review of a product or business in which the rating is for social and environmental impact.

Normally we rate products for price and quality and this is usually summed up as a rating somewhere between 1 and 5 gold stars.

The goal of the Green Stars Project and the posts on this site is to include the rating for price and quality as normal, but also to include a rating for social and environmental impact, summed up as a rating somewhere between 1 and 5 green stars.

Perhaps the best…


I’ve read many quotes from Republican voters who are undecided (or have already decided to vote against him) and a recurring concern is Trump’s character. Some of the voters like his policies but can’t abide the way he behaves on Twitter. Many are embarrassed by him at times but will still stick with him because they think he represents Republican values. He actually doesn’t represent Republican values, as I argued in a previous post but, more importantly, the undecided voters should be giving Trump’s character a lot more weight in their decision-making process.

The top reason not to vote for…


Republican Voters Against Trump (RVAT) was launched in May 2020 with the goal of gathering testimonials from Republicans who will not vote for Trump in the 2020 election. Many of them voted for Trump in 2016 and clearly see that as a mistake now, in retrospect. Some avoided Trump in 2016 by voting for a third party (instead of Hillary) and say that this isn’t good enough for 2020 — they will vote for Biden to make sure that Trump doesn’t win.

I’ve assembled quotes from their site and mapped them to the states where each of the voters lives…


This post is dedicated to Republican voters who are undecided about whether or not to vote for Donald Trump in November. There’s probably a desire to vote for him purely because he’s the representative of the Republican Party and that’s how you’ve always voted. It’s hard to overcome the deep resistance to change that we all feel — there’s no doubt about that. For Republicans deciding on which way to vote, the key question is this: Does Donald Trump represent Republican Party values?


Hey Folks. I think we all have different ways of dealing with the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. The first thing for me was to start looking back — to Rodney King in LA , 1991, Oscar Grant in Fruitvale station in Oakland , 2009, Eric Garner in New York , 2014, and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri , less than a month later. The number of black people who have lost their lives at the hands of police seems to have only accelerated over the last 6 years . The second layer of all of…


I hesitate to add another article to the insanely large volume of reading material already connected with COVID-19. However, I’ll share my thoughts in case they spark an idea, because I’ve noticed a lot of that happening these days.

You’ve probably heard by now of the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) that has been under investigation for treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Recommendations from Chinese doctors to employ it (the initial recommendation, on Feb 18 was to employ chloroquine phosphate, a related drug) were followed by a small-scale study from French researchers, published on March 20, which was promising but not…


In this post I’m going to take a look at the “Paleo Diet” from a few perspectives: Is it based on solid science? Is it healthy? Is it good for the planet? In the last post I reviewed the scientific literature on the impact of low-carb diets on health and found that the evidence overwhelmingly showed that a low-carb diet reduces the human lifespan. The only exception is when the low-carb diet is plant-based. Spoiler alert: The Paleo Diet is very much an animal-based low-carb diet, so I’ll let you draw your own conclusions there. …

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