Uproar In Texas After Restaurant Starts Selling A Vegan Version Of The Barbecue Favorite

Are you a meat-lover? Or a vegan? Either way, you really need to spend a few minutes reading this unbelievable post written by Hannah Al-Othman for the Mail Online. It’s all about the huge uproar in Texas caused by a restaurant that started selling a vegan version of brisket.

Brisket is a barbeque favorite in Texas. And many Texans take this meat dish very seriously. So seriously that many of them are up in arms about a vegan restaurant that has started selling a vegan version of brisket! The Dallas restaurant, V-Eats Modern Vegan, is a vegan eatery that has a vegan version of brisket on its menu.

When the Dallas Observer’s food critic, Beth Rankin, visited the restaurant and gave the vegan brisket a positive review, there was a major outcry by certain meat-loving Texans. They soon took to Twitter to post some very angry comments about vegans and V-Eats Modern Vegan.

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Somebody wrote: ‘Why do vegans gotta ruin everything?’ while the other said: ‘Is nothing sacred anymore!? This is blasphemous!’

Tweeting a link to Rankin’s review, which is entitled: ‘Vegan Brisket? It’s a Thing at This New Dallas Vegan Restaurant, and It’s Pretty Good’, one Twitter user said: ‘No, stop this blasphemy’.

Another posted: Vegan. Brisket. ‘You’ve gone too far this time, Dallas.’ 

A woman also tweeted saying ‘vegan brisket has set my outrage machine to 11’, adding: ‘I will accept the vegan brisket if it’s filed with beef #rigged’.

While another woman posted saying: ‘Vegan brisket is a thing and now I want to die.’

Barbecue fans in Texas have been left outraged after a Dallas eaterie started selling VEGAN brisket (pictured)
Barbecue fans in Texas have been left outraged after a Dallas eaterie started selling VEGAN brisket (pictured)

In response to the comments on Facebook, a man said: ‘Just a reminder to the meat eaters out there: Most of us didn’t stop eating meat, because we thought it tasted bad.

‘We stopped eating it, because we don’t like the idea of killing animals for food.

‘We make alternatives to mimic meat, because we want to eat familiar dishes without having to kill animals.

‘Your arguments aren’t new to us. We hear them all the time.

‘As someone who’s actually made a mock meat from scratch, it’s not much of a mystery as to what’s in our meat. It’s usually pretty basic ingredients.’

And Dallas Vegan Roundup also weighed in, writing: ‘Great news for Dallas! People usually don’t eat these substitutes because they miss meat, it’s more about the familiar flavors and texture.

‘Much of the flavor in BBQ comes from sauce and spices, most of which are already vegan.

‘Dallas is way behind the rest of the country in vegan dining – as usual, we are playing catch-up. But it’s a start!’

Read More: Can you have brisket with NO meat? Uproar in Texas after restaurant starts selling a VEGAN version of the barbecue favorite

That’s Where Your Council Tax Goes – Over 2000 Council Employees Now On More Than £100,000 A Year

Nice work if you can get it. According to the ‘Town Hall Rich List’ compiled by the TaxPayers’ Alliance, at least 2,314 staff were taking home a six figure pay packet in 2015/16. That’s 89 more than last year.

539 public servants were even more richly rewarded, earning a whopping £150,000 a year, up 53 on the previous year.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the group, said: “The average council tax bill has gone up by more than £900 over the last 20 years and spending has gone through the roof.

“Disappointingly, many local authorities are now responding to financial reality through further tax rises and reducing services rather than scaling back top pay.

Sunderland City Council chief Dr Dave Smith earned the most
Sunderland City Council chief Dr Dave Smith earned the most

“Despite many in the public sector facing a much-needed pay freeze to help bring the public finances under control, many town hall bosses are continuing to pocket huge remuneration packages, with the number of people on six-figure deals actually going up since last year.

“There are talented people in the public sector who are trying to deliver more for less, but the sheer scale of these packages raises serious questions about efficiency and priorities.”

Southwark Council topped the list, with 44 of its staff on a six figures salary (25 more than last year). However it has stiff competition for next year as 68 other councils have at least 10 employees earning over £100,000.

Dave Smith, Sunderland City Council’s chief executive, won the prize for the local government employee with the biggest pay packet, who took home a whopping £625,570, which included a pay-off of £185,470 and pension contributions totalling £331,414.

According to the report, in total Sunderland spent £1,676,023 on just three employees. London was unsurprisingly the area with the largest number of employees earning more than £100,000, at 450. The South East came a distant second, with 368.

Spare a thought for Wales where just 102 employees took home six-figures sums, the smallest regional figure.
The group added that their figure of 2,314 was “likely to be an understatement” because of inconsistencies in how councils presented the data.

Retirees Knit Sweaters For These Chilly Chickens And Now They Produce More Eggs

It seems that even chickens feel the cold of winter. This certainly was the case in Massachusetts, where a group of pensioners got together and decided to knit sweaters for chickens. Apparently not all chickens can cope with the New England winters. This from countries such as Malaysia are particularly prone to feeling the cold.

Nancy Kearns, who organised the project says that the sweaters go to the Mary M B Wakefield Charitable Trust. One of the knitters, Barbara Widmeyer, aged 76, says that she has knitted many things in her life, but never anything for chickens!

“I don’t think in my wildest dreams I ever thought anybody made sweaters for chickens,” Barbara said.Sweaters for Chickens

Prince Peep is one of the chickens who will be warm this winter in his new sweater. Hailing from warmer climes, he feels the cold very badly.

“There’s so much going on these days that’s kind of contentious in the world,” she said. “It was actually very calming to me to work on this.”

Libby Kaplan, aged 76, had always had a fear of birds, but this had helped her to overcome that. She thinks that the chickens know they are being looked after and seem to appreciate the good deeds.

“One person I heard say there were more important things to do in this world. ‘Make things for people that need it.’ I think animals need to be warm, too, and I’m so glad we did it,” Kaplan said.Nancy Kearns

Spokeswoman for the estate has admitted that since the chickens began wearing their sweaters, the egg production had increased, and she attributed this to warmer, happier fowls. The knitters are pleased that they have something useful to do, and keep them busy.

The group is now contemplating another project, one suggestion being to knit jumpers for elephants in India, although this may be a rather big project to undertake! Nancy says that this is a project that they will probably not undertake, due to the sheer size of jumpers, but never say never.

“Probably not something we’re going to do,” she said. “But you never know.”

Source: New York Post

Finland Is Named As The World’s Safest Country — With The UK And USA Ranking Behind Zimbabwe

Every two years the World Economic Forum presents a report about which countries are ranked in certain categories.

This year they ranked some 136 countries with regards to the safety for tourists in each country. The report looks at how each country exposes tourists to danger, and how business is affected by violence and terrorism.

This year Finland came in at the top spot, followed by The United Arab Emirates, and Iceland.

Finland has been named the safest country in the world for holidaymakers to visit in an influential new report
Finland has been named the safest country in the world for holidaymakers to visit in an influential new report

Very disturbing was the revelation that the UK and the USA came in at 78th and 84th place, well below that of Zimbabwe who came in at 60th place.

Oman, Hong Kong, Singapore, Norway, Switzerland, Rwanda and Qatar all finished in the top ten for safety.

The report does not take into account victims of petty crime. The least safe place in the world was Columbia, with Yemen and El Salvador just above it.

The safety category of The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 from the World Economic Forum rated 136 countries
The safety category of The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 from the World Economic Forum rated 136 countries

Egypt ranked as 130, while surprisingly, Venezuela took 131st place. Right below that came Nigeria and Pakistan in 132 and 133.

This year Spain found herself at the very top of the list for being the world’s most tourist friendly country. This is down to the cultural and natural offerings, combined with its top tourism infrastructure. Spain also scored at the top because of the amount and ease for airline travel to and from the country, which has increased dramatically over the last two years.

Even though France has been the victim of terrorist attacks recently, they came in second place with Germany in 3rd place. Japan jumped up from 9th to 4th place, followed by the UK who retained the 5th position. The USA took 6th place, followed by Australia, Italy, Canada and Switzerland to round out the top ten most friendly places for tourists.

While the UK maintained its fifth position overall, it only scored 78th in the safety and security section of the report
While the UK maintained its fifth position overall, it only scored 78th in the safety and security section of the report

The scores are handed out according to categories such as hygiene, safety and security, and information technology. The average score is then worked out for each country.

Europe had the strongest travel incentives, with 1.2 billion tourists visiting there last year. This huge amount is mostly due to good hygiene, good health care, cultural richness and safety.

Spain has been crowned the world’s most tourist-friendly country thanks to its cultural and natural offerings, along with its top tourism infrastructure and airline connectivity
Spain has been crowned the world’s most tourist-friendly country thanks to its cultural and natural offerings, along with its top tourism infrastructure and airline connectivity

Japan was the most improved country, with Azerbaijan and Tajikistan following her in going up positions. Japan’s increase is due to the diverse cultural appeal, and also the ease for business travel.

At the bottom of the overall report was Yemen, followed by Chad, Burundi and the Congo.

The report noted that there would be a boom in outbound travel from Africa, the Middle East and Asia in the coming decade.

Source: Daily Mail

Secret Nazi Code Kept Hidden By ‘Milk’ And ‘Vegan Agenda’

Lately twitter has noticed that some neo-nazis are ‘getting into milk’. That in itself is somewhat confusing, but it seems the reason is more disturbing that first thought.

Declaring that they are now ‘lactose intolerant’ lately have been such names as Richard Spencer, who you may remember from getting punched in the face. Seems he has replaced ‘Pepe the Frog’ emojis with a glass of milk.

Likewise, Milo Yiannopolous’ old manager now has a glass of milk neatly tucked between him names. Posts have gone so far as to make statements such as ‘down with the vegan agenda’ which in itself is somewhat weird. It is not like anyone is trying to take over the milk industry either. The findings are a little more worrying than that.

'I'm very tolerant... Lactose tolerant!' (Picture: Richard Spencer/Twitter)

Milo's old manager (Picture: Twitter/Baked Alaska)

Just lately milk (being white) has apparently become the symbol of purity. Mostly this is used in connection with racial purity. On the same note, the vegan agenda is thought to be a code word for a Jewish conspiracy. Not only a Jewish Conspiracy, but apparently any target that the far right movement chooses to take a stand against.

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So with milk being white, it spring to mind that white is pure, white supremacists like ‘white’, therefore they like ‘milk’. All extremely confusing to anyone who is not familiar with twitter! It is also thought that the rationale behind the thought may contain BS!

So next time you see someone on twitter with a small glass of milk inserted somewhere in their names, beware, they may not be who they say they are!

Source: Metro

101-Year-Old Brings Home Four Gold Medals At The World Masters Games

The week began in a very good way for Man Kaur. She won the gold medal in the 100 metres at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand. She did this in 1:14. While this may not seem that fast, you should remember that she is 101 years old! Over the week of events she also took the gold in the 200 meters, shot put and javelin!

“I enjoyed it and am very, very happy,” she said. “I’m going to run again: I’m not going to give up. I will participate, there’s no full stop.”

It isn’t even the winning that is so important to Man, it is the feeling that she is able to participate. Her running career started at the age of 93, when son Gurdev Singh suggested that Man join him in running. Since then, there has been no holding her back. Man says that without any health problems, there was no reason at all why she could not start to run with her son.

Training in their hometown of Chandigarh, in India, Man’s routine is to run the 50 meter print 5 fives, interspersed with 100 and 200 meter sprints every other day. If you don’t find her running, you will find her in the gym, working out.

Nutrition plays a very important part of Man’s day, with wheat grass juice and kefir being a part of her everyday diet. This was part of her mother’s strict diet also.

Man says that she was really pleased at winning the medals, even though she was the only participant in the race. She intends to come back and compete at the Master’s Games in Japan in 2020.

“I feel really good winning all four gold medals, and this is not it, I will come back and compete again at the Master Games 2020 in Japan,” Man shared.

Source: Runner’s World

Single Mom Arrested And Kids Were Taken After She Began Homeschooling Them

Kiarre Harris felt that the district was failing her kids in their education, and decided to homeschool them. Kiarre thought that she had done all the right paperwork, and that her kids had been officially un-enrolled from school. The school acknowledged that they had received Kiarre’s intention in writing. Kiarre thought that she had done everything correctly.

“I felt that the district was failing my children,” she said, “and that’s when I made the decision to homeschool.”

“I spoke directly to the homeschool coordinator and she told me from this point on my children were officially un-enrolled from school,” Harris said.

Soon after that Kiarre received a very disturbing call from Child Protection Services asking why her kids were not in school. She offered to show them the official letter from the school.

“I told them that my kids were homeschooled now and that I could furnish the documents if they need to see them,” Harris shared.

Image source: WKBW-TV video screen cap

Less than one month later the Police and CPS confronted Kiarre with a court order to take her children away from her and place them in foster care. Not only that, when Kiarre refused to give them up, she was arrested on charges of neglect. Kiarre refused to give up her kids because no court order was shown to her after she asked to see one.

Councilman Ulysees O. Wingo Sr made it known to the Family Court that her children should be returned immediately , adding that it was totally unacceptable for anyone to be arrested for ‘educational neglect’. Someone had messed up very badly, and that person should be made to face the music.

“Someone, somewhere messed up,” Wingo said at a Buffalo Common Council meeting Tuesday afternoon, “and that someone needs to face the music.”

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The councilman made a strong point of saying that a family had been broken up, entirely due to someone’s negligence. Somewhere the correct paperwork had been misplaced and as a result, the family was pulled apart. The school had nor reached out to Kiarre to communicate with her and make sure she was doing things correctly.

“Did anyone from the school reach out to the mother? We don’t know,” he added.

“A family was broken up because of someone’s negligence … somewhere along the line paperwork was not submitted which resulted in trauma for a family in the City of Buffalo,” Wingo said.

For homeschooling to be accepted, the parent must have full custody of the children, which Kiarre claims she had until she was arrested. Individual education plans must also have been submitted, which Kiarre says she did. In a video which she posted on a social media platform, Kiarre says that she submitted the plans. The video clip contains some graphic language.


The case has now been forwarded to the Common Council’s Education Committee who will decide what happens next. Kiarre is hoping to be released very soon and reunited with her kids, where she plans to continue homeschooling them.

Source: The Blaze

Cambridge Student Sets £20 On Fire In Front Of Freezing Homeless Person In Harsh Stunt

A University of Cambridge student was captured on film as he set hire to a £20 note in order to taunt a homeless man. Dressed in an outfit that included tails and a bow tie, the top Tory student tried to light the money on fire in front of the freezing man. A surprised bystander recorded the video and posted it online via social media site Snapchat.

The passerby filming the video alternated between recording the student and the man, as the student attempted to burn the banknote. In the clip, the student said, “Some homeless shelter” just before the filming ended. Reportedly, the incident occurred on February 2nd, sometime in the early morning.

Ronald Coyne was named as the student in the video by the Cambridge University Conservative Association (CUCA). Coyne had been their communications officer, but was asked to step down and leave the group after the release of the video.

Ronald Coyne (pictured) a first-year law student at Pembroke College, was dressed in a bow tie and tails when he taunted a rough sleeper
Ronald Coyne (pictured) a first-year law student at Pembroke College, was dressed in a bow tie and tails when he taunted a rough sleeper

A spokesman for CUCA called the actions of Coyne “disgusting and abhorrent”.

The spokesman also said, “The CUCA committee became aware of serious allegations against Ronald Coyne late last week concerning his private behavior.

“There is no room for people who behave like that in our Association, any other University Association, or frankly our University.

“This disgusting and abhorrent behavior occurred completely independently of CUCA, and did not take place before or after any CUCA event.”

“His resignation was immediately demanded and we determined the appropriate response to be to permanently revoke his membership and bar him from all future events, which we did on Saturday.”

The video shows a homeless man (pictured) standing in Bridge Street in Cambridge city centre clutching what appears to be a sleeping bag
The video shows a homeless man (pictured) standing in Bridge Street in Cambridge city centre clutching what appears to be a sleeping bag
Ronald Coyne, wearing a white bow tie and tails, appears to attempt to burn a £20 note in front of the homeless man
Ronald Coyne, wearing a white bow tie and tails, appears to attempt to burn a £20 note in front of the homeless man

Ken Clarke, the former cabinet minister, has previously been chairman of the CUCA. The group’s Honorary Vice Presidents include Andrew Mitchell, the former chief whip, and Lord Speaker Lord Fowler.

Historian Andrew Roberts, who wrote ‘Napoleon the Great’, is the current Honorary President of CUCA.

Burning a £50 banknote to taunt the homeless is an act that some suspect may be an intuition ritual of the infamous Bullingdon club in Oxford.

A Cambridge University spokesman said: ‘The University is committed to respecting the rights and dignity of all members of our community.

‘We expect our students to treat others with respect, courtesy and consideration at all times, and the University takes allegations of unacceptable behaviour very seriously.

‘We do not comment on individual cases.’

Ross Kemp In 12-Hour Kidnap Stand Off With Armed Gang In Libya

An armed clan temporarily held Ross Kemp hostage as the former EastEnders hardman was attempting to film his newest documentary in Libya.

For 12 hours, a heavily-armed group surrounded the building Kemp was in, brandishing weapons and threatening to kidnap him.

At the time of the attack, he was filming in Sabha, a city south of Tripoli. Kemp’s documentary focuses on the vast human trafficking and smuggling networks within the country.

Kemp called the filming the “best” and “most dangerous” that he has ever completed, and added, “At one point, we were asked to leave the south.

“We had a number of people outside the building we were in with weapons. And the tribe that we were with had to defend us because this other clan wanted to take us. There was a stand-off for about 12 hours.

“We nearly had to be lifted out.”

During his travels, Kemp interacted with migrants in detention camps who were being illegally held by various militias.

He observed, “In the camps people are getting three pieces of cheese a day, one piece of bread and half a litre of dirty water. They are dying.

“We met a woman who had given birth three days before we arrived. Her baby had died six hours after she had gone into labour in the toilet. She was still bleeding and dying but no one was doing anything about it.

“There are three governments out there who say they are in control. But no one is in control in the country. It is on the verge of becoming a non-state.”

This is hardly only brush with death that Kemp has had. In 2016, he filmed a documentary on Syria that featured startling shots in which he barely avoided being shot and killed by an ISIS sniper.

The BAFA-winning filmmaker has also previously risked his life in Mozambique, where he recorded ivory poachers on hidden cameras.

He adds: “This was far more dangerous than being somewhere like Iraq. At least there, we were embedded with the Kurds. We knew the barriers of where we were safe at any one time. But in Libya you are not safe at all.

“It’s a country where there are three guns to every one person.”

The documentary airs on Sky on February 21st as part of Ross Kemp: Extreme World.

Nearly 14-Pound Bass Landed In Tournament Is A Texas Lake Record

Every fisherman dreams of setting a new record, and Kurt Luker of Cleveland, is no different. Luker did in fact, get to set a new record with his catch. Kurt landed a Largemouth Bass at Belton Lake, weighing in at a staggering 13.97 pounds!

It was during the Texas Team Trail Tournament that Kurt landed the monster. It is the largest Largemouth Bass to ever be submitted for a record . Not only that, it is also the first bass from the lake to participate in the Toyota Sharelunker Program. The program encourages anglers who have landed fish weighing more than 13 pounds, to lend their fish to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for collection and spawning.

To date 68 water bodies have produced fish for the program, with Belton Lake being the latest lake to be added. John Tibbs, supervisor of TPWD, who has lived in Waco for some 18 years says that even he is impressed with the huge fish. He was very surprised to hear of a fish that size being caught there, although given climatic events over the years, he thought it may become more regular now.

“Belton Lake is the best smallmouth bass fishery in Central Texas – nothing else even comes close,” John Tibbs said. “But it’s not typically known as a big bass lake or a trophy lake like Lake Fork. So it’s impressive and somewhat unusual to see a fish of this quality come out of there.”

It seems that Belton Lake is more commonly known as a smallmouth bass lake, with very few large fish in it. The lake was stocked with fingerlings back in 1995 and had not been stocked since so it is somewhat unusual to see a fish of that size there.

“We had a huge amount of water in 2007 – it reached 630 feet and sustained that from June to the end of summer,” he adds. “So that year we had a tremendous amount of habitat improvement, we probably had a great spawn and we had a fantastic amount of prey. That fish may have gotten a really good jump-start on growth, and if that’s the case there may be some others out there.”

Tibbs says that drought, followed by heavy rainfall with lots of water may have contributed to the amount of fish there now. With all the forage which would have followed, the fish may have had a head start on growth. If there is one Largemouth Bass there, then it is entirely possible that there are more of them.

“Any lake could have a ShareLunker,” he said. “If Belton Lake is any indication you don’t have to go to Lake Fork for a 13 pound bass – you can still catch one just about anywhere you go.”

It remains to be seen just how many other large fish are out there now. One thing is certain, there is definitely one of them, because Kurt released his fish, now named as Sharelunker 570, back into the lake after biologists verified the fish and took a fin clip.

Source: Patch