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"It's the stupidest tea-party I ever was at in all my life! "
- Alice

It would seem to defy the laws of Physics... like going directly downwind faster than the wind. Ponder (or is it "pander?") the Beck-Palin "rally to restore America" taking place 8/28/10. If you thought the Tsunami of Stupid had run its course, and that natural forces... like the overwhelming evidence that its a scam... would act as a brake for the usual pandering to "the troops" and "flag," and that abject militarism was losing its charm... well- you'd be wrong.

Natural forces are present in the very food we eat, and the story, according to Food Inc., for example, is not a happy one so far. Perhaps this particular message was overwhelmed in 2008 by the deflation of imaginary "capital." The food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink all seem remote to the Palinoids. Instead, it's "returning" to "traditional values" that they don't seem to understand. If you get the impression they like to thump on "texts" like the "constitution" or the "Bible" that they've never read... you're not alone.

"Uniformity, conformity and cheapness" may seem natural, but if there were ever a case for "return" to "traditional values," it's the biodiversity of the small family farm. If we are ever going to sell this idea to the Beck-biters, we'd better emphasize the word "family" and avoid the word "diversity" like Chicken McNuggets, because as you suspected, they don't "process text" very well. It's visceral... from -the-gut, and it's just as artificial and engineered as the insides of a factory-farm chicken.

While Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms has not escaped criticism, his message is "green," and his voice may resonate with the more thoughtful people who identify with the "religious right." Yes, they do exist, and Salatin who describes himself as a "Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist farmer"may serve as an example. Reason must somehow find a voice among those who are calling out for a "religious rebirth" among those who are so easily led by blatent opportunists.

The alternative is simply too dark to imagine.

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Comment by waldopaper on August 28, 2010 at 3:17pm
I don't know how I managed to avoid watching "Food Inc." until last night, but I did. I HAD read about it... and thought it may be available on-line. Haven't been able to find it (so far)... and these folks deserve whatever props they get from buying the CD.

Even better than what we all probably know about food... it's really a good metaphor for the quick-fix "uniformity, conformity and cheapness" industrial big-box mentality. I ain't quite sure what to make of all the old white folks hobbling to the Palinoid rally with flags on their walkers... no doubt they would FREAK OUT at the end of ("socialist") "Social Security," but wouldn't see any connection at all to their uniform, conformed and cheap big-box "world-view."

Betcha the bus was littered with Chikken McNuggets boxes.
Comment by pan on August 28, 2010 at 4:02pm
We could always hope that those infected by tainted eggs are friends and family of the PalinBeckheads and maybe, just maybe, they might understand that there are dangers in non-regulated corporate greed approaches.
Comment by BO on August 28, 2010 at 8:39pm
I had to quite watching "Food Inc." because it was just too disturbing for my deluded mind.

Speak of the Devil...Was listening Democracy Now in the car today whilst running errands. The show was on the decline in the quality of our food due to industrial farming..."Largest Egg Recall in US History Brings Renewed Attention to Dangers of Industrial Farming"... Check it out.
Comment by pan on August 29, 2010 at 8:02am
After watching Food, Inc. we redoubled our efforts to avoid factory farmed food and only buy organic chicken and eggs - when they are available of course.
Comment by BO on August 29, 2010 at 1:01pm
I always keep a lookout for chicken heads in my McNuggets.

Comment by waldopaper on August 29, 2010 at 2:25pm
It doesn't get much more basic than FOOD... and yet-- there's a whole population of fucktards stuffing themselves with Grease McPoison who think we'll all go back to the majik land of milk-and-munny if we just suppress the "librulz" and their "socialist and Marxist political upheaval."

Rolly-polly-fish-heads... eat em up YUM!
Comment by pan on August 29, 2010 at 3:53pm
Comment by BO on August 29, 2010 at 4:38pm
Used to hear that song played on Doctor Demento way back in the early eighties. Never knew a video existed. The video does complete the cache' of the song.

Michael Jackson should have covered it before he died.


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