What Does ‘Plant-Based’ Actually Mean?

I gave up eating beef and pork (well, all mammals actually, I still eat chicken and fish but I try to go for veggie options if they are available) back in 2018. I did try an impossible burger once and it was good. It tasted like a burger. But, I haven’t tried it again. I just didn’t see much point in eating a fake burger after giving up real burgers. And I have some big concerns with how processed these “plant based meats” are. I guess it’s a good time if you want to be a vegan and still be really unhealthy though:

Instead, “plant-based” contains within it a host of other implications, whether it’s that the food in question is full of protein or is low-carb or uses “healthier” ingredients. Take the emergence of “plant butter,” aka margarine, an emulsion of plant oil and water that’s been around (and much maligned) since the 1950s. Plant butter is only new in that now it more often uses olive oil than vegetable oil, but mostly it’s a rebranding to obscure a product with which customers may have negative associations. By futzing with the assumed connotations of plant-based (i.e., a meat substitute made from plants), brands can use the buzzword to their advantage, and stretch it to cover almost anything but meat. But describing a product as specifically plant-based when the product it’s riffing on is also plant-based is redundant at best and cynical at worst, an attempt to sell customers something “new” that’s not really that new. Or just confusing to someone like me, who is left wondering why some plants don’t count as “plant-based.”

White House considers arguing that Trump wasn’t impeached

I mean, they never let reality really get in the way of anything before so, sure, why not?

The White House is thinking about making the argument that President Trump wasn’t impeached because Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has not sent articles of impeachment to the Senate, according to multiple reports.

The House this week voted to approve articles of impeachment accusing Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, but Pelosi has not said when she would deliver them to the upper chamber.

A person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg, which first reported the news, that the White House legal theory is that the Senate would already have jurisdiction if Trump had been impeached. Proponents would reportedly point to a part of the constitution that gives the Senate “the sole Power to try all Impeachments.”

Man Who Did Nothing to Stop Trump in the Senate Asks Senate to do Something to Stop Trump

Ugh. Jeff Flake. The thing that is so annoying about him is if he was still in the Senate, he would still be saying stuff like this, and then voting to acquit Trump in the impeachment as soon as he could. The GOP is the party of cowardice:

To my former Senate Republican colleagues, I don’t envy you. It might not be fair, but none of the successes, achievements and triumphs you’ve had in public office — whatever bills you’ve passed, hearings you’ve chaired, constituents you have had the privilege of helping — will matter more than your actions in the coming months.

President Trump is on trial. But in a very real sense, so are you. And so is the political party to which we belong. As we approach the time when you do your constitutional duty and weigh the evidence arrayed against the president, I urge you to remember who we are when we are at our best. And I ask you to remember yourself at your most idealistic.

Irish Hot Whiskey

I’m catching a cold. It’s been a stressful winter so far…. and it’s not even winter so far. But when life gives you lemons, you make yourself a hot whiskey. The recipe here is what I usually use. Only real difference is I stir the brown sugar with the whiskey to make it dissolve a little better (or at least I feel it does).