Thursday, April 28, 2005

so now there's not 1, but 12...

Did anyone else hear that there's now twelve food pyramids instead of just one?? And I thought it was hard enough to keep track of the single one! They say that it's to account for all different types of people, which I guess I can see, but I mean a healthy diet is a healthy diet, period. I would think that if you tried to eat pretty balanced meals complete with green vegetables and some protien, you know like Mom used to make, you'd be pretty set, right? I'll have to do some more research, but I dunno, I'm just gonna stick with my try-to-eat-lots-of-vegetables plan for now. That's hard enough for me to adhere to...

In further Coercion news, last night I found this Noam Chomsky quote (re: the first Gulf/Bush War) that I found to be highly appropriate:

"Support our troops. Who can be against that? Or yellow ribbons. Who can be against that? The issue was, Do you support our policy? But you don't want people to think about that issue. That's the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody's going to be against, and everybody's going to be for. Nobody knows what it means because it doesn't mean anything. Its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from a question that does mean something: Do you support our policy? That's the one you're not allowed to talk about. So you have people arguing about support for the troops? 'Of course I don't not support them.' Then you've won."

But, then again, I tend to find all Noam Chomsky quite appropriate. Him, and Howard Zinn. -- Did I tell you I met Zinn, once? He signed my copy of A People's History (which I'm still "currently reading," arg, I need to get moving on that) and we discussed the merits of oatmeal-butterscotch cookies. Quite fun - he's a great guy.

Noam, I have yet to meet. But I wouldn't mind!

Currently Reading:

TITLE: Coercion: Why We Listen To What "They" Say
AUTHOR: Douglas Rushkoff

TITLE: Rule of the Bone
AUTHOR: Russell Banks

TITLE: Game Coding Complete
AUTHOR: Mike McShaffry

1 comment:

Foucault's buddy said...

Thanks for the great Chomsky quote. I've stuck it up on my blog too (with appropriate footnoting of your site!)
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