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Royal Pain

May 01 2011 Published by under media, Our World, politics

So, did the United States declare independence from England, or not?

The Prince No-hair and Kate Mini-tits wedding was on every TV channel Friday morning as I tried to get ready for work without spitting up my breakfast. If not for the Weather Channel, I would have gone mad. And these jive-ass Robber barons have been on every corner of the Internet all weekend.

No, seriously – how is it possible in the 21st century there are billions of people who worship monarchs? The media carpet-bombs us with coverage of the ceremony, and for days afterward follows-up with strategic strikes of over-analysis of the ceremony. Still, billions of peasants choose – many of their own free will apparently – to watch. And people don’t just watch, they actually obsess and get caught up in all that nonsense analysis of bullshit minutiae like the dress and decor and makeup.

Contrast the pomp and circumstance of this ceremony against the backdrop of an international economic crisis and global attacks on working people, and it would seem this is just more of the same arrogant, opulent, let-them-eat-cake crap we’ve been getting for centuries.

And I thought the Internet was supposed to democratize the world. Well, thanks go yet again to the capitalist media corporations, for their continued control of information and ongoing effort to keep humanity in the Dark Ages.

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Processed Food Is Killing Us

Nov 06 2010 Published by under Our World

Found this sobering article at The Atlantic. It’s a great summary of this original commentary at the World Public Health Nutrition Association website.

OpenAllNiteThese don’t stick to the usual, obvious health reasons, such as that processed food is high in fat and calories and lacks nutritional value. These also examine the marketing aspects of food – how ultra-processed foods are pushed on people, and how corporations design this low-cost junk to be habit-forming.

This is very much in line with Michael Pollan’s observation that “Instead of food, we’re consuming ‘edible food-like substances,'” and that the ways we consume food have also changed to our detriment. Even the act of nutritional sustenance has now gone postmodern.

It is the 21st century lifestyle corporations have imparted on us – We’re overworked, pressed for time, and lazy. This creates the need for quick, low-cost caloric intake. Less exercise and more stationary work have turned us into mere consumption and production machines. Combine this with ultra-processed foods designed to be sold anywhere at any time, and you have a recipe for an overweight and under-nourished population.

Don’t expect to see the widespread availability and consumption of ultra-processed foods to go away any time soon. The lifestyle which leaves us little time or energy to prepare food, and the society which prices processed food cheaper than real food, are spreading and entrenching, rather than going away or facing resistance.

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