07/29 OT: Bits and Pieces
Health and Nutrition
I recall a court case not too horribly long ago involving some purveyor of chicken "nuggets" wherein the judge, in dicta, iirc, said something to the effect of "I don't see how you can call this "chicken"". Then there was the great pink slime ruckus which came to nothing much. Meanwhile we have developed not only a vast variety of veggie "meats" but even lab or vat grown "meats" which are not particularly seen as at all that scary anymore. So time marches and it was virtually certain that somebody would develop bio-printed meat, or, at least bio-printed chicken nuggets. Yep, printed, and the prize goes to Putin, no wait, The Colonel, or, well would you believe a Kaintucky-Russia, Russia, Russia joint venture? No, this is not a joke, fraud, farce or hoax, Well, maybe a farce, but what isn't. So did KFC pick Russia Russia Russia because they are ahead of us or because they're behind us, or is this just part of Putin's unending war on our way of life. Well, actually, this pretty much IS our way of life, so scratch that last one.
So, steel yourself and peek behind that veil at https://global.kfc.com/press-release/meat-of-the-future-kfc-and-3d-biopr... where you will behold the online press release to beat all online press releases:
>Strong>MEAT OF THE FUTURE: KFC AND 3D BIOPRINTING SOLUTIONS TO USE A BIOPRINTER TO PRODUCE KFC NUGGETS
But really, I ask you, Isn't soylent green only good or bad depending upon what is in the bio-reactor, and even so, isn't recycling a good thing? Well?
Ok, get ready for it, ok ---- “Disturbing And Demoralizing”: DHS Employees Are Worried The Portland Protest Response Is Destroying Their Agency’s Reputation (https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/dhs-employee-anger-ove...) Ok, ok, stop it with the "As if", this is a real issue for real people, so I decided to address it. Dear DHSniks, you need to start with an objective appraisal of the situation. It's not like the populace ranks you up there with Bankers, Realtors, Attorneys, or even Telemarketers, for FSM's sake. I did a round of word associations locally and got "luggage thieves, child abusers, kidnappers, terrorists, spies and eavesdroppers, those who try to frame suspected dopers, wannabe censors, Storm-Troopers, thugs, and more (or would that be less?). Now, of course, you cannot all be all, or even any of those things. You have many departments, like a Hydra, so one would be unlikely to find a single individual who is both a luggage thief and a Storm-Trooper. Beyond that, many of you never get to stand in the spotlight and share the glory, but you can still be proud to be the enablers and perhaps co-conspirators. After all, somebody has to keep track of the overtime and travel pay. Probably only 25% at most would be willing to put in long hours clubbing people and caging children purely for the fun and glory of it. Whatever may come, just remember that you've got the name: Homeland from Geheimstadt, intended from day one to instill fear and terror and the aura of unquestionable power and authority, so sit back and enjoy it, after all, no other agency has Storm-Troopers, right? You' da boss!
The US might not be the only country to shoot down a commercial passenget liner flying out of a commercial airport on a normal commercial route, transmitting the IFF signal for a commercial passenger airline, but It's the only one I know of. That would be Iran Air 655 which we initially tried to allege to have been attacking one of our warships. Team Trump only scared the shit out of the crew of an Iranian passenger aircraft in Syrian Airspace on a flight from Tehran to Beirut. Several passengers were injured during the abrupt manuvers the airline had to made to avoid collision with a US F-15 that harassed it. Of course, the US has a different version, but they start their narrative with preposterous lies, so how can one believe any of it.
US Central Command said the US F-15 was on a routine mission in Syria and conducted “a standard visual inspection of a Mahan Air passenger airliner at a safe distance of approximately 1,000 metres”.
There are no routine missions in Syria. The US forces are there illegally, committing an endless series of acta of war because their very presence is an act of war. This was an act of aggression against both Syria, whose airspace we were invading with hostile intent and Iran, whose craft we harassed.
US Central Command said a single F-15 had made a visual inspection of the Iranian airliner “in accordance with international standards” to ensure the safety of coalition personnel at the military base in Al Tanf.
No international standards cover the operations of military aircraft of a belligerent country illegally and without provocation waging undeclared war against a country and invading its airspace with respect to civilian aircraft belonging to neither country operating in the airspace of the non-aggressor party. There is no need to protect the personnel or an aggressor war criminal base from a civilian passenger craft loaded with passengers on a commercial flight. Random countries don't harass our commercial flights to "protect" their nearby military bases. US based airlines flying routine commercial flights in the Caribbean aren't harassed by Cuban and Venezuelan forces to insure the safety of their bases, that is a total crock of shit.
So whatever, a few injuries, no fatalities, Trump is still waaaay second best to Rancid Ronnie Raygun.Tsk, tsk.
The savants at The Economist must've been working overtime, they finally more-or-less realized something. In a 3 part title, with a prefatory line saying Nature Depreciation they assert that The world’s wealth is looking increasingly unnatural
As natural wealth is used up, economies will rely more on human capital Finally, in 2020, they begin to realize that the earth's resources are finite and cannot be infinitely exploited forever. Instead, they, naturally enough, propose that economies will have to exploit human capital, because Gaia forbid that an economy exist somewhere that isn't based on the exploitation of something. I mean, without exploitation, how do the oligarch-rentiers amass ever more wealth for doing evermore less and less?
But, they did get something right. I can't help but wonder how they'll try to monetize that hugely belated bit of awareness.
It is killing people, many and possibly most of whom would probably not be dying quite so soon otherwise. Some people think that this is a bad thing. Some not so much. More will die. One place in Texas is resorting to triage because its medical facilities are so overwhelmed. Funny revelations about a great many things have occurred. Though any hippie could've told everybody that barbershops were non-essential, that fact has surprised, dismayed, and disappointed vast numbers. Ditto hair and nail salons. Ages ago I worked for the federal government during a budget driven shut-down. All non-essential persons were to stay home. Those of us who showed up looked around knowingly and said uh huh, thought so, many, many times. Now we have a great opportunity to look around and say uh huh, but we won't, we won't really learn anything from this experience. We have vast numbers of unemployed, who could've been cranking out PPE, and tests, administering and processing tests, building out certain kinds of infrastructure, and many other things that would've helped both those employed doing such things and the populace as a whole, and the real economy and the nation, but that isn't the American way. Instead we gave billions to the parasites who we (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) call job creators and sat on our hands and whined about the lack of baseball. The Marlins thank you, y'all..
It's an open thread, so have at it. The floor is yours
We have to run up to Vacaville (a real cow town) on business early this am and have no idea when we'll get home. As a result I'm not too likely to be about much.