Posts Tagged 'musings'

WoD – Evil Genius

So, by now most of you know that I pretty much think we will end the human race either through some horrific tinkering with viruses (i.e. Viruses Gone Wild), or due to genetic tinkering of our food supply or other some such transgenic activity from big companies like Monsanto.  This one is brilliant though.

There is a growing preponderance of people who will not eat products made with GMO (genetically modified organism), in particular milk/dairy products.  Here’s one reason why:

Dairy products – It has been discovered that 22 percent of cows in the U.S. were injected with recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH). This Monsanto created hormone artificially forces cows to increase their milk production by 15 percent. Milk from cows treated with this milk inducing hormone contains increased levels of IGF-1 (insulin growth factors-1). Humans also have IGF-1 in their system. Scientists have expressed concerns that increased levels of IGF-1 in humans have been associated with colon and breast cancer.

This group are looking for organic products only, made with soy as a substitute to GMO-altered dairy.  “Boo Monsanto!  We hate Monsanto!  Let’s eat organic only!”  Etc.

So, these folks are all switching to organic soy.  Which of course, is a boon to the soy farmers.  And of course, to the soy seed companies.  (Can you guess what’s coming next…?)   Yes, the largest soy seed manufacturer in the world is… Monsanto.

Pure genius…

 

Wednesday

NESHOMELE (nehSHOHmehleh)

Little soul (term of endearment)

“Come now, my little Neshomele, eat your genetically-altered soy-based insect-resistant hormone-laden faux yogurt.  It’s good for you…”

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WoD – Red Berries

I had a bowl of cereal the other day.  It was Special K with Red Berries.  Hmm, I thought.  Curious name for a cereal, isn’t it?  I mean, why not just use the word “straw”berry?  Or even “rasp” berry?  Why just “red” berries?  

I know!  Let’s play find the strawberry!  Here is a picture of the ingredients of the cereal.  Umm, wait a sec.  Not here.  

Perhaps even more intriguing – what’s with elderberries?  Why do they keep popping up on strawberry-like things?  Why don’t we just call the cereal “Special K with Elderberries”?  

In fact, now that I think of it, if Kellogg’s was a smart marketing company, they’d make all kinds of crap up about the good properties of elderberries.  How they absorb free radicals and are an anti-oxident with newly discovered healthy properties (ooh! anti-aging.  yeah go with that one).  Kellogg’s would solve their red berry problem AND get us to love the idea of eating elderberries, all in one fell swoop!  Genius.  

OR, here’s another novel idea – they could actually just put strawberries in the strawberry cereal…

 

Monday:

PATSHKE (PAHTCHkeh)

To fuss with, to bother with

Kellogg’s can’t even patshke with their product enough to put in real fruit in the fruity cereal.  (Ok that’s not really a good sentence for the word, but you get the idea…)  

 Red Berries

WoD – Art and Portfolio Theory

How much of your net worth would you feel comfortable spending on art?  What if you loved a piece, and knew it would hold its value?  Whether driven by emotion or cool calculus or portfolio theory, there is some percentage of your net worth you’d be willing or able to tie up in art.  And it goes to reason an even smaller % for just one piece of art, right?

Ok, so think of that percentage.  Since I don’t value art all that much myself, my % is very small, probably in the <1% range.  Many of you may well be similar.  And if I loved art, maybe I’d allow myself a couple of % to be invested in it.

Now read this about Steven Cohen:  “Steven A. Cohen, the founder of SAC Capital Advisors, is paying $155 million for Picasso’s “Le Rêve,” a report said.”

$155 million for one piece of art.  Now divide this figure by the % you have in your head.  Holy crap, right?!  I mean, sure, he is a hedge fund guy, I get it.  But he’s not Sam Walton or Carlos Slim – guys that actually MADE something.

Reminds me of the infamous words of Bud Fox in Wall Street, “how many yachts can you waterski behind?”

Wednesday:

KALIKE (KUHlihkeh)

A cripple, a sickly person

I played a few sets of tennis this weekend, and I’ve been so sore that I felt like a kalike.

WoD – The Mobile Election

Saw this the other day.  How can the choice of your smartphone operating system be political!  Crazy.  But charts don’t lie, I guess…  (I particularly like the musical splits by party, too…)

Monday:

ZETS (ZEHTZ)

A punch, a strong blow, a setback

Looks like the two candidates are throwing zetses at each other in the debate.  [I can’t wait for this election to be over.  Sigh…]

WoD – Smartphones Smartphones, Everywhere

We all know phones are everywhere now.  But it’s always a bit unnerving when you’re driving on the highway or in traffic and you look to your left and see driver after driver (after driver) glancing downwards as they are supposed to be looking upwards.  It is obvious the phone is just below, in the lap, on the dashboard, or in their hidden hand.  And it is almost every single commuter on the highway.

I’m on an on-ramp right now, and I literally see almost every single person looking down, or worse, typing down.  Hey, I should use that Panorama feature on iOS 6 to take a picture of all the cars in my horizon, just to show everyone glancing downwards.  Yeah!  But wait, then I’d be doing the same thing as everyone else…

Sent from my, err, umm, iPhone.

 

Thursday:

KRIKH ARAYN IN DI BEYNER (KRIHKH ahRINE ihn dee BAYnehr)

To get under one’s skin

Those drivers all not looking at the road – that can really krikh arayn in de beyner.  

WoD – It’s a Brave(?) New World

Happy Rosh everyone!  (It wouldn’t be all that yiddishy without a WoD on the new year, now would it…)

Ripped from the headlines – saw this one this morning:

US Judge rules school violated First Amendment by demanding Facebook password from 12-year-old girl

September 14, 2012

On September 6, US Judge Michael Davis ruled that the Minnewaska Area School District in Minnesota violated the First Amendment (freedom of speech) and Fourth Amendment (unreasonable search and seizure) rights of a 12-year-old student by forcing her to hand over her Facebook password to school officials who in turn used it to search for messages they deemed inappropriate.  If the alleged facts are proven to be true, the school will likely have to write a settlement check, and will also be subject to claims of invasion of privacy (claims for “intentional inflection of emotional distress” were dismissed by the judge). Read the full story at The Next Web.

TWO constitutional rights, violated!  I am just glad I don’t have to rule on it or figure it out — from a Con Law perspective, this one is hard!  Imagine the Founding Fathers, drafting our amazing Constitution, trying to contemplate Facebook passwords of 12 year-olds.  What a conundrum…

Monday:

SHMOE (SHMOH)

A naive person, a goof

I felt like such a shmoe, trying to pay with cash in the credit card only line.

WoD – on Politics

As you know, I try to make the word of the day very a-political.  And this is not about either political side.  A few weeks ago, I was listening to reactions to the Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare, both Democratic and Republican.

And I almost threw up.  

This is not about the issue of whether it’s constitutional or not, or whether it is even good law or not.  Rather, why do we have to take such opposing sides to everything?  Why is politics so black or white?  In one of the retorts, I literally heard things said as complaints that are exactly what that party would typically want and has typically argued for!  There is so much misinformation it is unbelievable.  And more importantly, incredibly divisive.  

So today’s word of the day is just on that… Why?  Why does everything have to be so divisive when it comes to an issue?  This to me is more about human nature than anything else.  (I guess that’s why I made it a word of the day.)  What happened to civil discourse?  How can we as humans somehow not hate whatever the other side says, just because they said it.

I have no answers to this.  I wish I did.  

All I know is, it kind of pisses me off.

 

 

Thursday:

CHAP A GANG!  (khap ah GONG)

Beat it!

Remember that song from the 80’s, “Bang a Gong (Get It On)”?  [which I always thought was Robert Palmer but apparently it was a UK band called T. Rex.]  

They should have said, “Get it on.  Chap a gang.  Get it On…”  The song would have been much better.  

 



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