MLB suspends Houston Astros GM, manager for sign-stealing in 2017 World Series

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailA.J. Hinch, manager of the Houston Astros, during a regular season game on May 31, 2019. (Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)(HOUSTON) — Major League Baseball handed down stiff penalties to the Houston Astros organization on Monday for stealing signs during its 2017 World Series win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were both suspended for one year. MLB’s ruling also forces the Astros to forfeit their first and second-round draft picks in the 2020 and 2021 MLB drafts, according to an announcement from the league on Monday. Shortly after the release of the report, the Astros fired Luhnow and Hinch, the team announced.“I find that the conduct of the Astros, and its senior baseball operations executives, merits significant discipline. I base this finding on the fact that the club’s senior baseball operations executives were given express notice in September 2017 that I would hold them accountable for violations of our policies covering sign stealing, and those individuals took no action to ensure that the club’s players and staff complied with those policies during the 2017 Postseason and the 2018 regular season,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement Monday.“The conduct described herein has caused fans, players, executives at other MLB Clubs, and members of the media to raise questions about the integrity of games in which the Astros participated. And while it is impossible to determine whether the conduct actually impacted the results on the field, the perception of some that it did causes significant harm to the game,” Manfred added.The Astros will also be fined $5 million as well, which is the maximum allowed under current MLB rules.MLB’s investigation, which covered a period starting in 2016 until today, began following a November 2019 article by The Athletic that the Astros engaged in sign-stealing.The Astros, according to MLB, began using live game footage from the center field camera in an attempt to decode the opposing team’s sign sequence from the catcher and pitcher when an Astros player was on second base. This would give a batter the advantage of knowing the pitch type, significantly increasing his chances for a hit.“Once the sign sequence was decoded, a player in the video replay review room would act as a ‘runner’ to relay the information to the dugout, and a person in the dugout would notify the players in the dugout or signal the sign sequence to the runner on second base, who in turn would decipher the catcher’s sign and signal to the batter from second base,” MLB’s report on the investigation said.Alex Cora, who is now the manager of the Boston Red Sox, was the bench coach for the Astros in 2017. MLB’s report said after the sign-stealing operation started, Cora began to call the replay room on the replay phone to obtain sign-stealing information. On multiple occasions, MLB said, employees in the replay room sent sign-stealing information to staff members’ smartwatches or phones on the bench.The Astros’ sign-stealing operation advanced when players, including current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran, went to Cora with a way to improve sign-stealing.MLB said Cora arranged for a monitor displaying the center field camera feed to be placed immediately outside of the Astros’ dugout, which was allowed by MLB rules at the time. The feed, which was supposed to be used for “player development purposes,” was instead used by the Astros to set up the sign-stealing operation.Players, MLB said, would watch TV with the center field feed, decode the signs and then bang on a trash can with a bat to alert the batter as to what pitch was coming.“Generally, one or two bangs corresponded to certain off-speed pitches, while no bang corresponded to a fastball,” MLB said. “Witnesses consistently described the scheme as player-driven, and with the exception of Cora, non-player staff, including individuals in the video replay review room, had no involvement in the banging scheme.”Cora, who is facing similar allegations during his current tenure as Red Sox manager, was not handed a punishment Monday by MLB, but one is expected.“I will withhold determining the appropriate level of discipline for Cora until after the DOI [Department of Investigations] completes its investigation of the allegations that the Red Sox engaged in impermissible electronic sign stealing in 2018 while Cora was the manager,” Manfred wrote in his report Monday. The Red Sox won the World Series in 2018 .During its investigation, MLB said it interviewed 68 witnesses, including 23 current and former Astros players. MLB said it also reviewed “tens of thousands” of emails, Slack messages, texts, video clips and photographs.Trying to decode a catcher’s signs is not illegal, according to MLB rules, so long as no outside or electronic equipment is used. In 2017, MLB issued a warning to all 30 teams that sign-stealing would not be tolerated. The Astros, Manfred said, deliberately ignored MLB’s orders.“The Astros continued to both utilize the replay review room and the monitor located next to the dugout to decode signs for the remainder of the regular season and throughout the postseason,” the MLB report said.MLB said the Astros stopped using the sign-stealing scheme at some point during the 2018 season and did not use it during the 2018 playoff nor at any point in the 2019 season.While Hinch and Luhnow were not the masterminds or organizers of the sign-stealing, MLB said it had to hold those at the top accountable.“Regardless of the level of Luhnow’s actual knowledge, the Astros’ violation of rules in 2017 and 2018 is attributable, in my view, to a failure by the leaders of the baseball operations department and the field manager to adequately manage the employees under their supervision, to establish a culture in which adherence to the rules is ingrained in the fabric of the organization, and to stop bad behavior as soon as it occurred,” Manfred said in his report.Manfred said he is not suspending any players involved because it would be “impractical,” given many players are with different teams and it’s difficult to determine “with a degree of certainty” who should be held accountable.The Astros organization and its baseball operations were previously under the spotlight last year when then-assistant general manager Brandon Taubman reportedly made threatening comments to a group of female sports reporters.The year before, the Astros acquired Roberto Osuna, while he was serving a 75-game suspension for domestic violence.Taubman, following playoff game against the New York Yankees in October 2019, reportedly turned toward a group of female reporters in the clubhouse and said several times, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—— glad we got Osuna!” Sports Illustrated reported. He was fired not long after the allegations became public. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img January 13, 2020 /Sports News – National MLB suspends Houston Astros GM, manager for sign-stealing in 2017 World Serieslast_img read more

Lewis Iwu penalised for dirty campaign tactics in OUSU race

first_imgOUSU Presidential front-runner Lewis Iwu’s campaign actively attempted to seek out information in order to defame another candidate, the Returning Officer ruled on Wednesday.Iwu’s campaign agent, Jason Sarfo-Annin, sent emails to former Oxford students who have since left the University, trying to find details that would enable him to maliciously discredit Labour Club candidate Olivia Bailey, who is also running for President.OUSU Returning Officer James Dray ruled that Iwu’s campaign was in breach of rules relating to mailings and use of the Internet to distribute electoral material. He reduced Iwu’s publicity limit by a fifth, cutting 100 posters from his campaign, and fining him £10 from his £50 deposit.Dray added to his ruling, “It may not sound like a lot but it’s about as strict a fine as I can give, it would normally be 30 or 40 stamps. Lewis didn’t do it himself and may not have known that his agent did it. But his agent was asking for information which was clearly going to be used in a malicious manner, which is a serious offence.”In an email to Steve Longden, last year’s Campaigns & Membership Officer for the Oxford University Labour Club, Sarfo-Annin said, “We’re enjoying great support from students at the moment, even from a lot of members of the Oxford University Labour Club. However, due to political reasons most of them are sitting on their hands and don’t want to be seen helping us, which is fair enough.“However, a few have mentioned the fact that Olivia worked for Labour Students, and was forced to resign her position. I know that you know the story. I wanted to get the exact details first hand, I was hoping that you’d be able to give me the details.”He added, “Naturally, this is all off the record and if we do decide to use this info it will never be traced back to you.”Longden promptly forwarded the email to members of Olivia Bailey’s campaign, who issued a formal complaint to the Returning Officer.Included in the complaint was a copy of a similar message sent on Facebook to London Young Labour Campaigns Officer Lynne Wells, and an admission by Iwu’s agent Sarfo-Annin that a similar message was sent to Kenny Young, Chair of Labour Students.In the message to Lynne Wells, Sarfo-Annin asked for “exact detail and circumstances” of Bailey’s resignation from Labour Students. He added, “I’d like to ask you if you could put some pressure on Stephen Longden or even Kenny Young if you know him. Because of the nature of these elections, it’s very easy to leak stuff without people knowing the source. So anonymity is guaranteed if that’s an issue.”Figures close to Lewis Iwu’s campaign team have suggested that they will not be appealing against the decision. Sarfo-Annin was unable to comment due to election regulations preventing candidates or their agents speaking to the press. Labour Club sources suggested off the record that Bailey resigned as National Treasurer for Labour Students to concentrate on her work as new JCR President for St Hilda’s, not having the time to maintain both positions of Staff Reporterslast_img read more

Finsbury bolts on Scottish acquisition

first_imgBakery giant Finsbury Food Group has today announced the completion of its acquisition of Johnstone’s Just Desserts (Johnstone’s), from administrator FRP Advisory. The firm, which bought Fletchers Group of Bakeries last year, said that the purchase of Johnstone’s would escalate the company’s entry into the foodservice cake market. The acquisition would also save the jobs of 150 employees.Johnstone’s is a supplier to leading national coffee shop chains and produces cakes such as caramel shortcake and brownies.Johnstone’s appointed administrators from FRP Advisory in March, following the loss of contracts with two of its key independent customers.Commenting on the sale joint administrator Tom MacLennan, partner at FRP Advisory said: “We are delighted to have secured the sale of the Johnstone’s Just Desserts business to Finsbury Food Group, which is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most progressive and entrepreneurial food manufacturing businesses. This is a great result both in safeguarding the business, and importantly for securing all 150 jobs in food manufacturing..”Last month John Duffy, chief executive of Finsbury, said: “Johnstone’s Just Desserts will be a bolt-on acquisition and is in line with our strategy to diversify into new channels. This illustrates the group’s continued reach into the foodservice ‘out of home eating’ market and the broadening of our product offering and customer base.”The Johnstone’s site, based in East Kilbride, Glasgow, generated a turnover of around £9m ($13.7m) in 2014.last_img read more

Legal: Defining the term ‘natural’

first_imgJohn Mitchell, partner at law firm Blake Morgan, looks at the issues around claiming a food product is ‘natural’In terms of food labelling and advertising, the Real Bread Campaign’s (RBC’s) recent victory has shown that even the biggest names in the food industry don’t always get it right.Following a complaint from the RBC, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that two Pret A Manger adverts, which purported its products avoided ‘obscure chemicals, additives and preservatives’ and referred to its food as ‘natural’, breached the ASA code.The RBC claimed Pret’s adverts were misleading because they implied its foods were free from additives – when in fact some of Pret’s bread contains E-numbers. Although Pret said its adverts did not claim it used only natural ingredients, or that its food was additive- and preservative-free, the regulator ruled that consumers were likely to interpret Pret’s claims to mean that its foods were ‘natural’ as they did not contain chemicals, additives and preservatives. This is not the first time the ASA, the UK’s independent advertising regulator, has upheld complaints on the use of the term ‘natural’ in relation to food. When it comes to the law, the ASA’s system runs in parallel with legal frameworks. While the law imposes a blanket ban on false or misleading labelling, there is limited legislation on the use of specific terms. In relation to the term ‘natural’ and its application to food, there are three relevant laws: the EU’s Food Information for Consumers and General Food Regulations, and the Food Safety Act. Each piece of legislation makes businesses responsible for providing consumers with a clear understanding of what is – and isn’t – in their food.However, as there is no legal definition of the term ‘natural’ in EU or UK law, regulations covering its use in relation to food are open to legal argument. To assist in this legal grey area, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) published guidance on how to use commonly used industry terms. Pret’s case was, in part, based on the FSA’s most recent guidance (published in 2008), which incorporated consumer expectations and market research on classifying what it is to ‘mislead’ consumers.  The guidance said: “’Natural’ means … that the product is comprised of natural ingredients, e.g. ingredients produced by nature, not the work of man or interfered with by man. It is misleading to use the term to describe foods or ingredients that employ chemicals to change their composition or comprise the products of new technologies, including additives and flavourings that are the product of the chemical industry or extracted by chemical processes.”Although this was informal, non-binding advice, it provided businesses with clear guidance to help them achieve compliance with food advertising law. Currently, there is a vacuum and businesses are having to use common sense to make decisions which might result in a reference to the ASA or a prosecution by the local trading standards office.The key issue is whether or not the information provided can be seen to mislead consumers, based on their expectations. Businesses are responsible for providing accurate and transparent information about the foods they produce to ensure consumers can make informed decisions on the food they buy.last_img read more

The New Mastersounds, Pink Talking Fish, Robert Walter, Natalie Cressman, More On Phish MSG Pre- & After-Parties

first_imgIt’s officially December, and Phish fans around the country are beginning to count down the days until the Vermont jam band returns to New York City for their annual New Year’s Eve residency at Madison Square Garden. The four-night run is scheduled to take place once again on December 28th-31st, and fans will be more than ready to take on the long holiday weekend with their jam heroes. Phish certainly have their work cut out for them after last year’s New Year’s Eve performance, but knowing this band, they most definitely will have something wild ready for their upcoming return to MSG.One of the best parts of the four-night run taking place in New York City is that the state’s 4 a.m. curfew laws allow for plenty of late-night fun, which, here in “The City That Never Sleeps,” can feel like four extra nights of Christmas. So for local New Yorkers looking for a Phish pre-party to hit after work before heading to MSG, or fans in from out of town who’d like to make the most of their trip, CEG has you covered! Take a look at some of the best pre and post-Phish parties taking place during the 2018 New Year’s Eve run below. 12/28: Hayley Jane & The Primates @ The Cutting Room [Tickets]Hayley Jane & The Primates‘ music includes a potent mix of sounds and styles that any music fan would want to hear out of a modern rock and roll band. Fronted of course by their talented lead singer, Hayley Jane, this band from Boston finds a fun balance of melodic power with a looseness that keeps the music flowing with ease. The band has earned a regional reputation of being one of New England’s top roots rock/Americana acts, and with a new studio album released in 2017, We’re Here Now, Hayley Jane and her gang of Primates will have plenty of energizing tunes to get fans ready and warmed up for the opening night of the Phish run.***12/28: Chillfam Allstars Play Michael Jackson @ Gramercy Theatre [Tickets]What better way to charge into the start of the Phish run than by dancing all night to “The King of Pop” as played by members of the Trey Anastasio Band, Snarky Puppy, Pink Talking Phish, Eric Krasno Band, and more. The complete lineup features Elise Testone (vocals), Eric Gould (bass), Zack Burwick (drums), Kito Bovenschulte (percussion), Richard James (keys), Danny Mayer (guitar), Natalie Cressman (trombone), Rob Volo (trombone), Matt Wayne (sax), and Justin Stanton (trumpet). This collaborative effort will shake the foundation of The Gramercy Theatre that will make fans feel like they’ve stepped into Studio 54. Costumes aren’t required for this show, but considering that most folks will be coming from Phish and heading straight into the Michael Jackson universe, expect for things to get a little weird when songs like “Thriller”, “Billie Jean”, or “Rock With You” begin blaring out of the speakers. It also goes without saying that this late night party on December 28th is one that will encourage fans to don’t stop until they get enough…***12/28: The Werks @ The Cutting Room [Tickets]The Werks‘ sound could easily be described as a wonderfully fun combination of groovy rock guitar riffs to go with a plethora of strong, psychedelic jams. Since forming out of southern Ohio back in 2005, The Werks have earned a dedicated national fanbase and are steadily building a demand for their presence at major music festivals. They have the undeniable ability to bring the energy for large audiences at events like The Peach, Electric Forest, and Summer Camp festivals, as well as taking the party indoors for more intimate experiences at New York’s Cutting Room where they’ll be on December 28th. The band’s ability to collectively chase one another through improvisational teamwork has set them apart from their contemporaries, as The Werks have become almost a necessary part of the jam circuit. Their night one party will be a must-see addition to this year’s NYE afterparty schedule.***12/28: Of Clocks & Clouds @ Rockwood Music Hall [Tickets]Of Clocks And Clouds are somewhat of an anomaly within the jam scene. While many guitar-based jam bands sometimes go for a lighter sound, this New York-based rock quartet (recently expanded from a trio) do not shy away from their love for heavier, darker themes. They’ve continued to push themselves over the last few years while developing into a machine capable of keeping an energy firing on all cylinders from start to finish. The recent addition of a keyboardist has allowed the group to greatly expand their on-stage abilities, allowing for guitarist Joe Salgo and bassist Max Devlin to really take charge of a jam and take the music further into the unknown. The intimacy of their afterparty at Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage 2 will provide the perfect late-night atmosphere as fans should still have fresh legs on night one of the new year’s run.***12/29: Stella Blues Band @ The Cutting Room [Tickets]It wouldn’t be a true Phish NYE run without some Grateful Dead, and Stella Blue’s Band is one of New York City’s more reliable Dead tribute acts. Named after one of Jerry Garcia’s most beloved ballads, Stella Blue’s Band does not rely on the softer side of the Dead catalog to get fans on their feet. The seven-member band has everything a Deadhead or curious fan would want out of a Dead show experience, with song selections ranging from early, primal Dead to the songs that filled the setlists throughout the 1980s and into the 90s. With night two of the Phish NYE run taking place on a Saturday, fans won’t have to worry about ditching work early to make it to this 4 p.m. pre-show party on time. Fans should also assume that Bob Weir‘s weekend anthem, “One More Saturday Night”, will definitely be finding its way into the setlist before the pre-show comes to an end.***12/29: Pink Talking Fish @ Gramercy Theatre [Tickets]One of the cool parts of experiencing this three-headed musical monster that is Pink Talking Phish is that the themes are constantly changing throughout the set. One minute fans can find themselves getting down with Talking Heads‘ funky dance beats, and the next they’re entering a trance of epic rock psychedelia through the musical vehicle that is Pink Floyd. There’s of course the Phish element to the band’s show as well, so anyone who may not have heard their favorite Phish song from the band during the show earlier that evening just may find themselves hearing it at this Gramercy Theatre afterparty. Fans don’t have to imagine what three of their favorite cover bands combining into one might sound like, as any preconception will be replaced with reality when Pink Talking Phish keep the dance party going well into early Sunday morning hours.***12/29: James Brown Dance Party @ The Cutting Room [Tickets] James Brown paid the cost to be the boss with his unparalleled showmanship, and now his energy-fueling music will be making its way to The Cutting Room following Phish night two on Saturday, December 29th for a night of epic R&B and soul. The all-star cast of musicians, including one of Brown’s bassists, Fred Thomas, will help lead the party with one of the funkiest tribute experiences around. Also included on the bill are Robert Walker and JM Kimock of Mike Gordon Band, as well as Chris Rob from Talib Kweli’s band, The Chase Brothers, and Adam Dotson, so there will be no shortage of talent when the Saturday night afterparty keeps the energy going late into the night. Get on up!***12/30: Jazz is Phish @ The Cutting Room [Tickets]The Chase Brothers may have a busy night on Saturday, but they’ll be back in action on Sunday afternoon for a Phish pre-show at The Cutting Room with their instrumental tribute project. Jazz Is Phish may be a relatively new venture, but their spin on old Phish favorites helps the music to continuously evolve while reinterpreting the band’s material into their own funky jazz fusion. The fact that they use elements of jazz to reinterpret Phish’s music allows for unlimited depth and diversity in their extended jams and collaborative group effort, as the concept of “jamming” was always initially inspired by what players were doing with the music over in the jazz world. This all-star act has included members of Phish’s Giant Country Horns, Trey Anastasio Band, Snarky Puppy, Dave Matthews Band, The Flecktones, and more, so this show should have more than enough musical ammunition to revive any tired soul from the night before as day three gets going at 4 p.m. on Sunday.***12/30: Expost  @ Arlene’s Grocery [Tickets]Local rock band Expost will be leading the way on Sunday night for an afterparty themed around a full-album performance of the Velvet Underground’s Loaded LP in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Phish’s “LOADED” Halloween in Vegas back in 1998. The show at Arlene’s Grocery will actually take place right around the corner from where Expost played their first show after forming back in 2012, and have played countless times in the years since, so they’ll feel right at home for a night in front of their hometown fans as well as anyone courageous enough to catch them for the first time following Phish that evening. The night’s performance on December 30th will include two full sets of music starting at 11 p.m., so fans had better be prepared to get totally LOADED when the band hits the stage following Phish on Sunday.***12/30: A Family Affair – A Tribute To Sly Stone @ The Cutting Room [Tickets]There were few artists who could mix rock, funk, and psychedelic soul into one package like the way that Sly and The Family Stone did. That potent mix of musical fun will fill The Cutting Room on December 30th when The Nth Power’s Nate Edgar, Snarky Puppy’s Justin Stanton, Talib Kweli’s Chris Rob, The Chase Brothers, Adam Dotson, and more all take the stage for an all-star event that will be just what the doctor ordered to keep fans going by night three. Anyone who has ever experienced a Turkuaz or Snarky Puppy concert should know what to expect when these musicians take the stage to help fans “Dance To The Music” well into the early hours of Monday. There was only one Sly Stone, and there’s only one real party in the city that weekend where fans will be able to dive right back in and get lost within his funky universe. ***12/31: The New Mastersounds @ Gramercy Theatre [Tickets]The final, climactic night of the Phish NYE run doesn’t have to come to an end after Phish wraps up their marathon performance at MSG. There are few bands who can immediately command a room with their energy and showmanship like The New Mastersounds, who will take the stage for a late night set at the Gramercy Theatre for one last hurrah of 2018 during the very first hours of 2019. The band comprised of Eddie Roberts (guitar), Simon Allen (drums), Pete Shand (bass guitar), and Joe Tatton (organ/piano) are no strangers to New York City, as they routinely play the city either on land or on boat. They’ll be on dry land this time around, and more than ready to help fans charge into the new year with plenty of strong jams and late night grooves that will make everyone in attendance forget that 2018 ever existed in the first place.For more information on CEG’s Phish after-parties and pre-parties, head to the official website.last_img read more

Celebrate Jim Morrison’s Birthday With These Videos Of The Lizard King In Action [Watch]

first_imgBorn on this date in 1943, The Doors’ Jim Morrison was one of the most iconic and influential front men in the history of rock music. Contributing hits like “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” “Light My Fire,” “People Are Strange,” and “L.A. Woman,” Morrison was a special, yet eccentric talent.Though his final years were marked by incident, most famously the March 1969 concert in Miami, FL when Morrison allegedly exposed himself to the crowd after trying to incite a riot, it cannot be understated the lasting effect Morrison has had on the generations that have followed. His powerful vocals and vulnerability have cemented his legacy with The Doors as one of the foremost gatekeepers of classic and psychedelic rock.In honor of The Lizard King’s birthday, take a look at these videos of Morrison and The Doors:“Light My Fire”[Video: DrLecter]“Break On Through (To The Other Side)”[Video: Diopriest2]“The Unknown Soldier”[Video: MrMojoRisinn]“Five To One”[Video: Ama Lia]“Roadhouse Blues”[Video: JimJohnRayRobby]“Touch Me”[Video: Jorge Selas]“Riders On The Storm”[Video: JimJohnRayRobby]last_img read more

More than just meat

first_imgIn 1974, Yale divinity student Carol J. Adams was living in Cambridge and taking classes at Harvard. One October day, while walking down Oxford Street, she had an epiphany that would change her life. Meat is not just murder, she thought, but an expression of violence against women, an emblem of their oppression.Adams had become a vegetarian a month before and was busy learning how to cook without meat. At the same time, she was reading a lot of feminist literature, and on Oxford Street fell into a reverie on chapter 7 of “Small Changes” by Marge Piercy. (An abused wife flees her husband, and swears off meat at the same time.)For Adams, two worlds — feminism and vegetarianism — suddenly came together, like slot-machine cherries clicking into place.That’s the image of intellectual discovery that Adams uses in one preface to “The Sexual Politics of Meat,” a breakthrough book on feminist-vegetarian theory. Its 20th anniversary edition will be on bookshelves next month, a fact that Adams celebrated in Cambridge Wednesday (April 28) with a lecture at Harvard.Her talk, at the Science Center’s Hall D, was just steps from the locus of her epiphany almost 36 years earlier, an experience, she said later, “that levitated me 10 feet off the ground.”Before that epiphany came an ordinary upbringing in rural New York: horses and ponies, a tomboy phase, and — yes — a picture of Adams as a cheerleader. And there was a girlhood of eating meat.That started to change in 1973, when Adams went home after her first year in graduate school — and someone shot her horse Jimmy. “That evening I bit into a hamburger,” she said of those first hours of grief over her dead horse. “Suddenly I stopped [and thought]: I am eating a dead cow.”Adams now sees that moment in feminist terms, believing that feminists see the same things as everyone else, but differently. “I knew I had to stop eating animals,” she said. Years later, her studies of feminist vegetarians (some of the work done at Radcliffe College) finally matured into the book she had started in 1975 as “The Oedible Complex,” a class paper for Boston College feminist philosopher Mary Daly.When “Sexual Politics” appeared, it was red meat to right-wing commentators, who saw it as the latest example of political correctness. “They loved hating it,” said Adams.Her lecture, which she has delivered at more than 50 colleges, was a nine-point outline of feminist-vegan thought. It was illustrated by dozens of disturbing, madcap, or downright bizarre images that Adams has culled from sympathetic readers — all of them meant to illustrate the connection that Western culture makes between sexual exploitation and meat eating.There were restaurant posters, television commercials, newspaper illustrations, book jackets, magazine spreads, and food ads of every stripe — as long as the feminized pigs, cows, shrimp, and crayfish were seductively edible.There was a naked chicken, legs up and ready for the oven, wearing high heels; fashion models posed in a meat locker, dressed in steaks; a “hamtastic” cartoon pig in a skirt, flashing her bulging shanks; “Littermate of the Year” in PlayBoar magazine, a spoof on you-know-what. (“This little piggy,” one headline read, “likes to get dirty.”)Then there were the T-shirts and bumper stickers meant to underscore a cultural given — that eating meat is for real men. One read, “Eat beef: The West wasn’t won on salad.” The real West was won by killing Indians and usurping treaties, said Adams, who lives in Dallas. “Where there is anxious virility,” she added, “there is meat eating.”Then there is another point, said Adams: “One does not eat meat without the death of an animal.” Behind the jokes, and — to the palette — behind the seasonings, there is a dead cow, pig, chicken, or other animal: what she called “the absent referent” in the consumption of meat.To not admit that, or to not see that, allows for “the moral abandonment” of a being, said Adams. “Meat eaters are happiest when they don’t have to deal with these facts.”In Western culture, both edible animals and attractive women are fragmented into part, Adams suggested. She showed one ad of a man at a table, seasoning a shapely female leg. An Arby’s ad shows a close-up of a woman crossing her arms in front of two bra-like hamburger buns. “We’re about to show you something,” the copy reads, “you’ll really drool over.”Feminism sees the environmental harm in eating meat too, said Adams, who called on “ecofeminist theory” to point out the contribution of meat production to depleted soils, water waste, high fuel consumption, and habitat fragmentation.Worldwide, she said, 33 percent of arable land is devoted to raising meat and the grain it requires; a third of fossil fuel consumption is expended on meat production; and 70 percent of U.S. grain is used to feed animals.Don’t forget the cost of eggs and dairy — “feminized protein” that requires a constant state of lactation (milk) or reproductive efficiency (eggs), said Adams, who is a vegan, a vegetarian who does not eat animal products. “Milk comes from a grieving mother,” she said.Some animal advertising is about what Adams called “suicide” food, that is, animals who sing about (or hint at) their own demise. Think of Charlie the Tuna shilling on TV for canned tuna fish. (“Sorry, Charlie” became an American catchphrase.) Or watch a chorus of hens on “Sesame Street” poke fun at themselves. “Even when I’m down,” goes one line, “I’m still Grade A.”Still, for all the power of the ads, “this slide show is not about advertising,” said Adams. It is about the “consciousness-creating” culture the ads come from, she said.In her 90-minute talk, Adams came to the real point early, by giving her sense of being a feminist vegan. “In my life, I want to do the least harm possible,” she said. “I want to walk lightly on this Earth.” Late in the talk, after dozens of slides that equated eating meat to sexual exploitation, she came around to a counterpoint. “In our culture,” observed a sobered Adams, “we have a hostility to caring.”Some of the 85 people at the lecture showed a little hostility of their own. One complained to Adams that her argument would be strengthened by statistics. “I hate statistics,” she replied, bristling at the male urge to quantify. “I don’t care how many times [a woman-hating ad] is presented. I care that it’s presented.”Another complained that Adams had treated the statistics questioner unfairly. One more argued that “getting it” — that is, understanding a vegetarian’s view — doesn’t mean necessarily agreeing with it.Another questioner asked: Would you oppose eating meat if animals were killed humanely?Said Adams, “There is no ideal way to kill an animal.”Her lecture was co-sponsored by the Ann Radcliffe Trust, the Harvard College Women’s Center, and the Harvard College Vegetarian Society (aka Vegitas).The society’s new president, Avalon Owens ’13, presided over a table of post-lecture vegan snacks, including bread, dark chocolate, popcorn, tortilla chips, hummus, fruit, and carrots. Even Adams’ angry detractors filled their plates.“I’m eating delicious food,” said Owens of vegetarianism’s best argument. “I feel like I’m doing something important.”To learn more about Vegitas.last_img read more

Maryann Plunkett & More Set for The Gabriels at the Public

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 3, 2016 Election Year in the Life of One Family, Play One: Hungry Tony winner Maryann Plunkett and more have been tapped for the world premiere three-play cycle The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family. Penned and directed by Tony winner Richard Nelson, the previously announced productions will play next year at the Public Theater. Hungry is set to begin previews on February 27, 2016 and run through March 20, officially opening on March 4. This will be followed by What Did You Expect?, which is scheduled to bow in September; the final play, Women of a Certain Age, is slated to open on election night, November 8.Each play in The Gabriels will open on the day it is set and unfold in real time over a couple of hours. Along with Plunkett (Me and My Girl) as Mary Gabriel, the cast will feature Meg Gibson (Picture Perfect) as Karin Gabriel, Lynn Hawley (Richard III) as Hannah Gabriel, Roberta Maxwell (Our Town) as Patricia Gabriel, Jay O. Sanders (Pygmalion) as George Gabriel and Amy Warren (August: Osage County) as Joyce Gabriel.In the spirit of Nelson’s The Apple Family Plays and shining a spotlight on the upcoming 2016 political election year, Hungry will introduce us to the Gabriels of Rhinebeck, New York. (The Gabriels live just around the corner from the Apple Family.) Along with What Did you Expect? and Women of a Certain Age, the lives of the Gabriels will be tracked throughout the coming presidential election year.The trio of productions will feature scenic design by Susan Hilferty and Jason Ardizzone-West, costume design by Hilferty, lighting design by Jennifer Tipton and sound design by Scott Lehrer and Will Pickens. View Commentslast_img read more

FARC Attack on Power Grid Fails

first_imgBy Dialogo August 20, 2012 Colombian Navy troops deactivated on August 17, three FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) makeshift explosives intended to destroy an electrical tower in Cajapí, in the rural area of Tumaco, Nariño. The three explosive devices, consisting of 30 kilos of TNT fiberglass explosives sealed in plastic bottles and 40 meters of detonating cord, were found attached to a power line located in the Tumaco – Pasto highway. The explosives were successfully found and deactivated thanks to timely information provided as a result of collaborations between the Urban Bomb Group personnel and the Road Safety Group “Meteor”, assigned to the Marines Command and Support Battalion No 4. So far this year, the Pacific Naval Forces have located, deactivated and safely destroyed over 295 kilos of explosives, with which terrorists intended to attack civilians and security forces in the Colombian Pacific region. The Colombian Navy continues to advance search and control operations in the area with the firm intention of neutralizing terrorist activities in the region.last_img read more

CUNA/League system to testify before Senate Banking Committee

first_imgRachel Pross, Chief Risk Officer at Maps Credit Union, Salem, Ore., will testify on CUNA’s behalf before the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday during a hearing titled “Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives.”CUNA supports the ability of credit unions to serve cannabis-based businesses in states where it is legal but does not have a position on legalization or decriminalization of marijuana. In states where cannabis is legal for medicinal and recreational purposes, credit union members are engaged in this market but have difficulty accessing traditional banking services. The public safety risk continues to grow among credit unions and communities at large due to the lack of access to banking services.Pross testified before the House Financial Services Committee in February about the need for Congressional clarity on this matter.Last week, Fox Business published an op-ed co-authored by CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle on the need for a solution caused by this discrepancy in state and federal laws. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more