Memorial Day

Blessings today to anyone who has lost a loved one in a military conflict. Most of the men in my family, and among my friends, have served in the military. Thankfully, all of them came back safe and sound. My best friend, who is like a brother to me, served in Afghanistan recently. I am thankful for the Afghan local who asked my friend to please stop driving his tanker truck over a mined road until professionals got the mines removed. Otherwise, this might be a very different type of post.

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Chicken Yogurt

The Huffington Post ran a story a few months back about how chicken nuggets are made from this chicken yogurt garbage. I looked at the label of my favorite brand of chicken hotdogs today. They are made from the same crap. Back to beef hotdogs here. Yes, the Hebrew National hotdogs are much more spendy than the giganto-pack of chicken dogs I used to buy, but they seem to be better quality. Looking at their site, they are also made by a megalithic company.

Sometimes you feel you can’t win.

The Book of Dissent

http://www.versobooks.com/books/504-the-verso-book-of-dissent

I like the idea of this book. Haven’t read it.

My thing about the Occupy movement is that I don’t believe in the 99% versus the 1%. There’s a small group of very wealthy people who control an inordinate portion of the world’s resources, but they are a heck of a lot smaller than 1%. They are maybe 1% of 1%.

I don’t believe that 99% of the world (or this country) wants or needs to protest anything. The disadvantaged and disenfranchised people of the US are more like 25 – 30%.¬† Maybe another 30% are underemployed, stuck; but otherwise reasonably well-off and mostly healthy. So a good 40% of the US is happy, healthy, and well-enough to-do.

Americans are still very well-fed, on the whole.

Maybe it’s harder to market terms like The 30% or The .001% as the primary players in your drama.

But that’s the real conflict in my opinion.