Pink’s Biggest Fear Is A World Without Cheesecake

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Should Shut Up About Israel, And Play His Guitar

The highflying pop star tells Women’s Health that along with a fear of spiders and sharks, she’s also scared of a possible cheesecake shortage. “I’m afraid of spiders; I am afraid of sharks; I’m afraid of the world running out of cheesecake, especially Cheesecake Factory,” she says in a video interview pegged to the mag’s latest issue. “And then I would also have to be afraid of the world running out of key limes because key lime cheesecake is the best kind of cheesecake there is.” Her culinary fears don’t end there, though. “I would be afraid if pigs and dogs no longer found truffles. And I would be afraid of a prohibition, I would be very afraid of a prohibition; although I would know where to store my (bleep).” The outspoken singer had even more to say about taking risks, motherhood and her fellow pop stars. On her daredevil side: “One of the most daring things I’ve ever done is skydive, and that’s because Carey (Hart, her motocross star husband) surprised me with it, and I had no choice. But then I did it twice; the second time is much more enjoyable. Another daring thing I do is acrobatics on the road with no safety net! And that’s fun, too! Another daring thing I did was marry Carey Hart.” On enjoying motherhood: “What surprises the most about being a mom is that there were ever moms that didn’t enjoy it. I know it’s a lot of work and it’s exhausting and it’s a lot of pressure, but what a blessing and a gift. And I’m really surprised that I have the most beautiful baby (Willow, 2) that was ever born. Ever.

Pink Slime: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice School Lunches?

Lean finely textured beef brings down the cost of ground beef by about 3 percent, which can add up quickly in a program that feeds more than 31 million school children each day. In Harrisonburg, VA, School Nutrition Program Director Andrea Early says that no pink slime will be served in the citys school districtand none has been served since well before the controversy over lean finely textured beef exploded in 2012. We have been trying to procure that locally from farmers who are raising their cattle in a more sustainable manner, Early said in a phone interview. The beef they buy isnt a Joel Salatin, Polyface thing, she admits, but the cows are raised on pasture and finished on silage; a package of ground chuck comes from one animalnot an innumerable number of cattle. All of which is to illustrate the fact that people like Early who head up school lunch programs have a significant amount of choice when it comes to buying USDA commodity ingredients. Harrisonburg City Public Schools has $120,000 of entitlement dollars per year to spend on USDA foods. That can all be spent on pink slime, should a school have adequate storage and plans to serve lots of sloppy joes. Or it could go towards less controversial, healthy foods, like whole-grain items. What I dont use for my entitlement for ground beef, I have that to request other USDA foods that I cant get locallylike whole-wheat tortillas or whole-wheat pancakes, Early says. Harrisonburg is noted for its farm-to-school lunch program, which launched in 2007, but the budget that Early works with is not significantly different from districts elsewhere in the state. The program receives $3 per meal served to students who qualify for a free lunch; just $1.30 of that goes toward food, Early says, with the balance paying for labor and other production costs. Harrisonburg is just one district, but its lunch program shows that, in a state that will surely be reviled for serving pink slime to students, careful choices and smart planning can lead to a far less controversial menu. Schools have the option to request the type of beef they want to serve and USDA fulfills those orders, Bryan Black, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Agriculture, told Politico. Same goes for those whole-wheat tortillas too.

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BDS is bent on Israel not existing as a Jewish state, if at all. Perhaps Mr. Waters is unaware of the not-so-hidden agenda of the organization and its adherents. After all, its been a while since he penned the song Sheep in which he sings of people who wont or cant think for themselves. What do you get for pretending the dangers not real/ Meek and obedient you follow the leader, he sings. And follow the leader is what Mr. Waters has done. He made news when in an open letter in August when he used his pop artists platform for renewing BDSs call on musicians everywhere to boycott Israel. Please join me and all our brothers and sisters in global civil society in proclaiming our rejection of Apartheid in Israel and occupied Palestine, by pledging not to perform or exhibit in Israel or accept any award or funding from any institution linked to the government of Israel, until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights, Waters wrote. Occupied Palestine is longstanding code for the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, in other words, the state of Israel. Even if Mr. Waters didnt realize what he was saying, his bedfellows certainly did catch its true meaning. Mr. Waters drew a harsh rebuke from Abe Foxman, National Director of theAnti-Defamation League.