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Golden rice…

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If you could save half a million destitute children each year from blindness and/or death from Vitamin A deficiency,  would you do it?   I certainly  would.   All you would need to do is encourage the cultivation of golden rice,   which  simply modifies rice to contain beta-carotene,  a necessary nutrient often missing from the diets of the destitute in countries such as Bangladesh,  the Philippines,  and Indonesia.

Yes,  golden rice is a GMO (genetically modified organism),  but it is not toxic and it puts nothing harmful into the environment.   It is being developed by the non-profit International Rice Research Institute,  not by monsanto or any of the other big players in agriculture.    It will be provided patent- and royalty-free to poorer farmers on a non-profit basis, with funding from the Gates Foundation and others.

Yet the non-GMO hysterics are trying to block this valuable,  helpful resource.   You will never convince them that nearly everything they eat is to some extent GMO — cattle producers have practiced selective breeding of bovines in order to obtain the qualities they desired,  whether higher milk production or more muscular cattle.  Flowers are hybridized all the time,  and vegetable plants are carefully produced to thrive in certain climates and conditions or to produce fruits with specific qualities.

I have written to the anti-GMO guys pointing out that objecting to golden rice is in fact anti-human,  which is most certainly is.  My letters and postcards may not change their minds,  but it proves to them that people are watching them and objecting to their positions,  so they can’t claim  honestly that everyone agrees with them.   And it made me feel better!

 

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April 7, 2018 at 9:29 pm

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Would you marry…

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…a girl who had your diamond engagement stone embedded in her ring finger instead of wearing it in a ring?  I would be more inclined to recommend mental health counseling instead of wedding services, but this type of “piercing” is apparently  becoming popular  amongst millennials.

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March 19, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Flu vaccine fail…

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I don’t take flu shots,  for the simple reason that I haven’t had flu or a cold in many decades.   Apparently the same mechanism which causes the allergies that make me so miserable also provide protection against flu and colds.  I suppose it’s a fair trade-off,  since allergies aren’t contagious,  but I feel sorry for people who like good sheeple got the shots this year thinking they were safe.

Now they are learning that this year’s  concoction is  only about 36% effective against flu serious enough to prompt medical attention.   That means that older,  frail patients,  and the very young or those with compromised immune systems have scant protection against this year’s  crop of nasty bugs.   Do bear in mind that the vaccine is a government creation…

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February 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm

Hillary’s toe…

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The woman just  can’t stop  lying,  can she?  When does she wear heels?  The woman can barely walk,  as evidenced by the photos we saw of her being hauled up steps like a sack of feed during the campaign, so she wasn’t running anywhere.  She told us years ago she drank only tea, and if you’re running downstairs in heels you don’t fall backwards.

I’ve had a broken toe,  and all the doctor did was tape it to its neighbors,  tell me to walk slightly duck-footed and not to play kickball for a few weeks.   You don’t need a boot on a broken toe.   Why does Hillary! imagine we would believe her?

 

 

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October 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm

Eat your breakfast…

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Yet another study says that skipping breakfast or eating a poor one is bad for you.   I’m trying to eat smaller dinners these days,  but I’m still not that hungry when I arise in the morning.  On the other hand,  I love typical breakfast fare  —  eggs,  bacon,   sausage,  omelettes,  frittatas,  crust-less quiches  —  but I prefer eating them at brunch time.

Never mind –  I’m having them  for breakfast  now.

 

 

 

 

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October 3, 2017 at 4:54 pm

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Organic disappointments…

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Of course,  it will shock you only if you haven’t been paying attention for the last decade or so.   The simple truth is that plants which are totally and truly organic spend considerable energy  fighting off  pests and diseases, which quite often results in produce which is rather ugly and not very palatable.

A bit of assistance from lavender oil or other biological treatments generally produces food which looks better and offers a full complement of nutrients.   I say this as a home gardener suffering from a much higher than customary invasion of insects all too eager to sample my fruits and veggies and herbs.   Let’s face it — anything which will eat a Thai pepper plant is a tough critter,  and frankly I don’t know what it is,  but I’m not anxious to meet it face to face.

The organic means much less than you think,  but it passes the fishing lure test,  which is that you convinced someone to buy your premise or product.   Yes,  less chemicals are better health-wise,  but if your crop fails because it lacks sufficient protection,  your health has not been helped.

You can eat organic if you wish,  but do your homework so that you know the vendors,  and what you are paying such a high price for.   You could also take a mixed approach,  as I do.  I grown some of my own food,  and much of what I buy I buy young and tender,  before the plant or critter has time to absorb much from its environment.

 

 

 

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July 31, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Beef comeback…

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Of course,  beef  never left  my menu.  It’s tasty,  simple to prepare,  very versatile,  and now that the price has decreased,  quite affordable.   There is still a medical bias against beef,  despite the extremely cautious retreat on its defects as a food item.   In fact,  there is still considerable bias against all types of meat,  and the food Nazis  will simply stamp their feet and says the environment has rendered the item unsafe if they can think of nothing else.   Remember that the same junk science responsible for this is being foisted upon you in the climate change/global warming/climate weirdness debate.

 

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July 5, 2017 at 5:12 pm

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