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Hippie At Heart – A Deadhead Profile


Tim Randall thoughtfully surveyed the hundreds of hours of plastic concert cassette tapes neatly stacked before him in old, slightly idealized wooden crates, the kind apparently used to ship citrus back in the day. To him the tapes were nearly … Continue reading

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West Kalimantan Fadeaway


  WEST KALIMANTAN FADEAWAY The hairy, ginger-colored primate strutted awkwardly toward us, like an unsure toddler learning to walk, until he halted, squared himself up, and glared. His wondrous gaze of seeming defiance — long arms, the length of his … Continue reading

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Toosie Roll – Now Using Palm Oil?


Tootsie Roll has me stymied.  I thought they were one of the good guys on palm oil  Hell, it wasn’t just a few years ago where they were being held out as a paragon of palm oil virtue. In 2013, … Continue reading

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Clif Bar – Not Far Enough, Not There Yet, on Palm Oil


  My girlfriend texted me from work the other day. She said, “I’m eating a Clif Bar, which has palm oil.  Just saw ingredients. It says organic palm oil.” Knowing organic palm oil doesn’t mean anything when it comes to … Continue reading

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Updated: 8/24/2017: Lactaid “Milk”? — With Palm Oil?!


UPDATE: 8/24/2017 I took issue with Lactaid actually being able to say this with a straight metaphorical face: We do not directly purchase palm oil (PO) or palm kernel oil (PKO) but rather ingredients that are derived from PO and … Continue reading

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Pop-Secret Is Top Secret On Its Palm Oil Sources – A Short Story


The environmentalist was in a hurry. He was binging “House of Cards” on Netflix. But something was missing. “Popcorn!,” he blurted out, way too melodramatically for anybody’s own good , racing for his new all-electric Chevy Bolt — you know, … Continue reading

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180 Degrees — Its Silence Shows It Hasn’t “Come Around” (See What I Did There) On Palm Oil


Another day, another trip into our palm oil-invaded workplace kitchen. This time the insidious creep of palm oil snuck-in in the form of a bagged Trojan horse called “Nutty Rice Bites”, from a company called something like 180 Degrees (I … Continue reading

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