Open Thread - Thurs 19 May 2022 - Whatcha Reading?
Currently I'm reading a book called Don't Worry [It's Safe to Eat] by Andrew Rowell.
It's a bit old; was first published in 2003 as a hardback, but it's still pertinent because it discusses some of the political and social machinations that surround GM food and agriculture today and in the recent past. I decided to read it because I was in the UK when BSE happened, and the BSE thing really changed the way I thought about food. Before I was a bit of a twee 'organic maybe' kinda person. After I was vegetarian (at least while living in England), strongly in support of organic foods, and determined to raise as much of my own food as possible. I find the information in the book makes me angry more than it scares me, although I suppose the cupidity and the stupidity of the ruling elites, whether they be academics (hey, I'm one, sometimes!), or politicians or just a lackey in the regulation industry is more than angrifying, it's also scary, or would be if I wasn't numb to it.
I wasn't in England during the more recent Food and Mouth debacle. I'm glad I wasn't. I would have probably been arrested while protesting in support of the farmers who refused to let the government kill every animal they had; every sheep, every cow, every goat. For NOTHING! The cull didn't work. And it was illegal. Those farmers who refused to allow all their stock to be destroyed were simply ignored by the governmental murderers and they didn't get Foot and Mouth in their herds as they followed commonsense protocols such as isolation and vaccination.
The book goes into the politics and 'science' behind the government's reaction to BSE and Foot and Mouth. It discusses American politics and science as well, and their influence on the UK's reaction. Fascinating, and disheatening. Here's a review of the book from GM Watch from when it was first released: BOOK REVIEW: Don't Worry, It's Safe to Eat.
I just finished reading a book about various 'illnesses' which seem to have no real physical cause. But they have many psychogenic causes, and are legitimate even if the western medical conglomerate doesn't usually think so. The book is called The Sleeping Beauties And Other Stories of Mystery Illness by Suzanne O'Sullivan, published in 2021. It starts by talking about the 'resignation syndrome' illness found in immigrant children in Sweden. Only Sweden, only immigrants. It goes on to talk about other similar mass 'psychosis' illnesses in Central and South America, New York, Kazahkstan, the US Embassy in Cuba (and other embassies around the world). It's fascinating, and shows how little we know about the boundaries (if there are any) between the human mind and body.
Now, for the fun stuff. I'm still on the goatie thing, so here's a picture of my precious baby Lily. This was in 2017. Lily almost died of starvation. She has two big huge brothers, and she simply couldn't get enough milk from her mother after about two weeks, when the brothers started hogging everything, and she quickly (like in about 20 hours) began to starve. She was (and still is) so tiny. So her Mom let me adopt her; this doesn't usually happen for babies that are more than a day or so old - they refuse to drink from a bottle and so they eventually die . Lily lived in the house with us hoomans and Jaska, house trained herself, eagerly drank milk from the bottle I prepared her every 4 to 6 hours, went outside to be a 'goat' with her Mom during the day, and quickly flourished. This pic shows how small she was soon after I found her nearly dead in the goat shed. She's next to one of my slipper boots, and could fit inside it. And she's almost two weeks old in the pic!
So, Whatcha reading recently? Here's the open thread - and remember, everything is interesting if you dive deep enough, so post about what you have found interesting lately!