Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Day Two of my PFbB (Personal Facebook Boycott) by Cindy Sheehan

I woke up today to a few comments about my blog posting in regards to my PFbB...all supportive. One man whom I have never heard from before wrote to me (via email):

Hello Ms. Sheehan,
While there are many things we disagree on (and I imagine a number of things we'd agree on) I did want to say that I think your plans for the future without facebook (like living in the real world) are, in general, very good.  I could potificate [sic] about what I think you've got wrong in your list and what you've got right, but that would not be productive, and is kind of a rude way to introduce yourself to someone.
Good luck with your facebookless future.  I'm sure you'll be better off for it.  And while I don't know you and didn't know  your son I am deeply sorry for your loss.  I have two young boys and I can't imagine the pain of losing one of them.  You are in my prayers.

I thought that was very thoughtful of him to not engage me in a way that he knew irritated me about Facebook.

I also woke up with a headache, which I don't think I can attribute to physical withdrawals from Fb. I have had a virus that I am trying to recover from for a few weeks. I should have awakened in the WashedUp, DeCeit area because I got arrested on June 29th for "trespassing" at CIA HQ in Langley, VA--but since I am actually trying to cough up a lung, I thought it wasn't such a swell idea to get on another plane. I should know the outcome of the trial soon, as it is after six in Va. I was arrested with five others who did go to court today.

So, due to the tenacious virus, my post-Fb energy is a little low. However, I did try a new thing today. I made a vegan pumpkin from scratch! Now, I know that one of the things that annoyed me about Fb was endless postings and pictures about food, but I don't feel like I am subjected thousands of people to my whims, when just a few dozen of you will read this post. It is different, I promise.

Anyway, this is how: I chose one of the smaller sized pumpkins that my daughter has already purchased for her tribe of three small children. I cut off the top as one would do if you were getting ready to carve it. NOTE: We tried to grow our own pumpkins, but the blossoms did not get pollinated, unfortunately...

I scooped out as much of the innards as possible, and set aside to pick out the seeds to roast in the oven. Then I cut the cleaned out pumpkin into smaller pieces and cleaned the pumpkin detritus out furthers. (Oh, while you are doing all this, preheat your oven to 350). I roasted the pieces (skin down) on a shallow roasting pan at 350 for 55 minutes until the pieces were fork-tender. I have NEVER done this process before and it was actually quite labor-lite and the roasted pieces come out of the oven smelling and looking delicious!

Now it's easy to separate the pumpkin skin from the pulp. Do so, and put into a food processor, if you have one. I am between food processors now, so I had to use a hand mixer. I think the texture would be better in a processor, but we use what we have. I was surprised that the pulp of the pumpkin was stringy! I guess it is a squash. And the color is more gold, than orange. 

After I mixed 2 1/2 cups of pumpkin into the closest thing I could get to puree with a hand mixer I added:

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 pure Vermont maple syrup (that I purchased at a roadside stand near Brattleboro when I was there for a National War Tax Resistance Co-ordinating Committee Meeting in September. The stand just had an open cash box that was operated on the "honor" system). 

1/4 cup of silken tofu

1/4 almond milk

2 tbsp vanilla

3 tbsp cornstarch

ground cinnamon (I use a lot)

ground nutmeg (I use a lot)

ground ginger (I use a lot)

Mix all together until smooth, pour into pie crust (I can make my own crust, but I didn't for this pie), sprinkle with nutmeg, then bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

As I write this, the scrumptious smell is wafting from the kitchen. The filling was delicious, and I will let you know how the pie tasted after it cools.

It is hard to take pictures of food, but I hope this doesn't look like something scooped out of the toidy and put into a pie crust:

In other news, the BART strike was settled last night and all trains should be back to normal this afternoon. One would think that doesn't have much to do with me since I don't live in an area that is serviced by BART (I do ride it often, though), but as a candidate for Governor of California, I need to make it known, that I am on the side of the worker. 

Like the Wobblies say, "An injury to one, is an injury to all," and conversely, "A victory for one is a victory to all." I don't know exactly what concessions the workers had to give up, but for them it was about their safety and the safety of the passengers.

BART consistently runs at a profit, when train frequency is low and the cost is high, compared to the other systems I have ridden in this nation and around the world. Public transportation should be more widespread and very low cost to get people out of their dino-juice mobiles and off the roads. Also, many disadvantaged workers rely on the system. However, I am dismayed to see so little working-class solidarity with striking workers. Organized labor is responsible for the few concessions and benefits that we workers do have, that we are now losing faster than the jobs that have gone overseas.

We need to struggle together. If you're a teacher that is annoyed that BART engineers make more money than you, ORGANIZE. I think all workers should make a very comfortable LIVING wage with benefits only given to a congress-critter in this day and age.

Viva la trabajador! Viva la lucha!

Viva the pumpkin pie!


  1. Pie recipes? Really?! Way to turn the world to the horrors of socialism!
    Seriously, though, we actually do agree in toto about Facebook. It is corrosive to our beleaguered American culture.
    However, you blather on about fb far too long in your related screed. You sound like you are trying much too hard to convince yourself of the caustic absurdity that defines this evil schoolboy invention.
    You are also correct regarding the absolute destruction of civil discourse attendant to fb and all other social media. Yet you show an unwavering hypocrisy when you insult me in your responses to my posts with lame aspersions on my character.
    Rest assured that you will find no ambiguity or anonymity with me. I stand by every word offered to you in response to your endless nonsense.
    I believe you are seriously mentally ill and in need of intense therapy. You know in your heart that you are damaged and trying to assuage your guilt via tilting at windmills.
    You have accomplished nothing whatsoever in all these years of world travel save making yourself an international laughingstock.
    By constructing this site on the absolutely Capitalist internet you have rendered yourself a most UN-useful idiot.
    Further, you invited me and all your(snicker)'friends' to add our comments, so you deserve what you get, you miserable, confused wretch.


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