A Few Features From Filosofa on Friday

Mind bounce.  It is a distraction when my mind will not settle in and focus on one thing, but insists on bonking and blipping all over the place, rather like a ping pong ball on speed!  Mind bounce is a terrible thing to waste.  And so, today I simply let it bounce wherever it wished, and here is what we came up with.

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Hats Off To Our Friends To The North …

No doubt about it, Canada has class. First off, they have Justin Trudeau, while we have … well, you know.  But what prompted this statement was the Pride House hosted by our friends to the North while at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.  It is the first Pride House in the world to be embraced by a national Olympic Committee, and Canada deserves a two thumbs-up for this show of inclusion.

PrideThe idea for this Pride House, organized in collaboration with South Korean activists, is based on the tradition of Olympic delegations opening hospitality houses to showcase their home nations’ culture and history and welcome fans. Rather than focusing on a particular nationality or team, the Pride House welcomes all.

“The mission of Pride House, is to create a place where people can go and watch games, and hang out and eat food and all that — sort of experience the games in a safe and welcoming way.”

The welcome sign at the entrance to the Pride House reads …

“This is your house no matter who you are or where you come from. You are at home, regardless of your sex, sexual orientation, race, marital or family status, gender identity or expression, sex characteristics, creed, age, color, disability, political or religious belief. Be proud. Be you. Be Olympic!”

Excuse me … all you people in the U.S. who are worried about what bathroom others use?  All you people in the U.S. who claim that marriage must be only between one man and one woman in order to be legitimate?  Listen up … go back and re-read that welcome sign again … and again … and again until you understand what it is saying.  It is saying that everyone … EVERYONE … is welcome here.  Get that?

pride-2.pngHats off to Canada and Canadians!  We here in the U.S. need some lessons from you guys … and I ask one more time … could we trade you-know-who for your Mr. Trudeau???  I’ll throw in some extras, like Kellyanne and Sarah!

Too Little, Too Late, Ronald McDonald!

The headline read …

McDonald’s Commits To More Balanced Happy Meals By 2022

McDonald’s announced its goal to market more balanced kids meals around the globe.  And … they are going to do this marvelous thing in just over four years!  Let us all give them a round of applause … NOT!

happy mealThe company says by the end of 2022, at least 50 percent or more of the kids meal options listed on menus will meet new global Happy Meal nutrition criteria: Meals will have 600 calories or less; no more than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat; no more than 650 mg sodium; and no more than 10 percent of calories from added sugar.

obese fat boy child eat chicken cheese hamburgerNow, I hate to tell you this, Ronald McDonald, but those standards aren’t going to earn you any applause from those of us who really do try to eat healthy.  650 mg sodium???  You have got to be kidding me!  I get less sodium from the dish of pretzels I just ate!  And 600 calories???  That is more than half of what I consume in a given day!

And could somebody explain to me why it takes over four years to make healthier food???  I do it every day, for Pete’s sake!

Let’s look at one of the things they plan to do:

According to the article I read in NPR  “they will downsize the size of the fries served with the six-piece Chicken McNugget Happy Meal. Currently it comes with a standard small fry, but going forward this will change to a smaller kiddie size.”  Two points here:  1) why does it take four years or more to just put a few less fries in the meal?  It isn’t rocket science, folks!; 2) will they also reduce the price based on having fewer fries in the meal?  No sir, I’m betting that if anything, the price will rise, as they had to hire some analyst to come in and tell them just how many fries constitute a ‘healthier’ meal!

ronald mcdonaldThe real problem, I suspect, is that U.S. parents don’t want healthier Happy Meals.  Remember when First Lady Michelle Obama tried to implement healthier choices in school lunches?  You would have thought she was proposing to put poisoned apples in every child’s lunch, the way parents went berserk!  Nope, U.S. mums really like shoving all that fat, salt and sugar down their kids’ gullets, and then saying, “Oh look how little Johnny has grown!”  Yeah, outward.

Give me the job, and I can make those Happy Meals both healthier and tastier within one month … not the 46-month goal set by the corporate powers-that-be. Nice try, Ronald, but no thumbs-up for you, no hats off, no round of applause.  Too little, too late.

 Downloadable WHAT???

Another eye-catching headline …

The Defense Dept. Is Researching How To Download Skills To Our Brain

DARPA, [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency], the research arm of the Pentagon, is investigating ways to download skills directly into the human brain, similar to how a computer downloads a program from the internet.

For instance, imagine downloading a foreign language and then being able to speak that same language immediately, with a proper dialect and native delivery. This would be a major leap forward in education.

brain-computerOkay, now I can see where this could come in very handy, but … no.  Just no.  This is too much.  You can read more about it here … it makes for interesting reading, but … count me out.

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And thus wraps up the snippets from this bouncing mind, and I will now go mop some floors while you go read some saner blog posts!  Have a great weekend, my friends!

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30 thoughts on “A Few Features From Filosofa on Friday

  1. Dear Jill,

    I am not a fast food fan but my granddaughter loves them. I will only take her to Chick-fil-A and she’s okay with this. Otherwise I wouldn’t be caught dead in one of those places. A McDonald’s near me is always busy. Peoples love that junk food.

    I wish the powers to be would teach nutrition to children in the early grades as it could make such a difference in cutting down in all types of diseases like juvenile diabetes.

    What an outstanding impression Canada has been making in being welcoming to all in their Pride House at the Olympics. It certainly makes a better advertisement for Canada versus the sour face of VP Mike Pence. What a wet blanket.
    I’ll never forget when PM Justin Trudeau visited the White House. His stay wasn’t long. I couldn’t help but wonder how President Trump felt buy all the attention the Prime Minister received without fanfare or prompting.

    I would love to learn a new language in a few minutes.

    Lots of Hugs, and hope all is well, Gronda

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    • I agree, and shame on parents who don’t look out for their children’s nutrition at an early age, but instead let them eat all the junk food they want.

      Yes, Mike Pence shamed us all when he acted like the jerk he is, and his wife as well. Yes, I remember when Justin Trudeau visited and watching him and DDT together, I couldn’t help but be struck at the 180 degree difference between the two men. Trudeau is a gentleman and has class, rather like Barack Obama did. DDT is just … well, you know. Sigh. I’ve tried to make a trade with some of my Canadian friends, but so far they are not buying. I wonder why? I even offered to throw in a bunch of others, including Kellyanne and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.


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      • And you never know what sort of twisted terrorist leader could encourage his cyber experts to do damage.
        Image suddenly one morning the President wakes up to the news that the entire Pentagon staff are pogo-sticking all over Washington……
        Meanwhile in Moscow many military officials and experts are doing Cossack dances….
        While the British carry on as usual, we don’t need any help in that department we are more than capable of messing things up on our own…..(I give you Brexit) 😏

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        • Aaaarrggghhhh …. shoot me now! Hmmmmmm … perhaps I should … nope, not going there this morning. 😩 Might actually be rather humorous to see all those people in uniform bouncing and boinking all about DC. Traffic would come to a halt, taxis couldn’t get the flight crews to the airports, flights would be delayed. Amtrak trains would be crashing all over because that’s what they do every day. Yep …. SNAFU. And it will give you guys something to laugh about 🤣 in the midst of all the Brexit brouhaha … 😡 And meanwhile, they will be teaching kids to shoot guns in schools and life goes on. I will still be pounding my keyboard, as will you. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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  2. Terrific stuff! I add my voice in praise of Canada which obviously has the right idea! Also, I suspect that McDonalds has taken a page from the political notebook and realizes that if they simply SAY their meals — four years from now — will be healthier people will believe them. It certainly does appear to have worked in the election of morons to take the reins of this country!

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    • Thanks Hugh! Yes, it is certainly working in Washington, so why not McDonald’s. Interestingly, they have already begun serving healthier meals in some countries in Europe, just not the U.S. Methinks they are spending that time figuring out how to get by with charging more for less.


      • Subway was founded by a medical student at Harvard and started out being relatively healthy but they fudged and made sure there was sufficient fat food to keep the company in the black. But the company has been bought out now and will probably drop the relatively “healthy” sandwiches. We have always equated healthy people with large and tan — both of which are known to be the opposite.

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        • I did not know that about Subway, nor did I realize they had been bought out. I find that, while most restaurants have at least a few ‘healthy’ choices, my best bet is cooking at home, where I cook with mostly fresh veggies and lean chicken/beef, bake my own bread, and fry very little. The real shame is when parents don’t see that the fact that little Johnny weighs 100 pounds by his 5th birthday, it is not healthy either physically or mentally. I will look into it, but I believe the U.S. is the most obese nation … close, if not the most. Sigh.


  3. Hello Jill. Love the post. I think of all the misinformation on the web, viruses, and malware and then think of that going right into my brain. Short circuit here I come. I got enough issues with thinking things out now, I don’t need that. Hugs

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  4. That’s from The Matrix films, the downloading skills thing, or mind-to-mind transmission a la Tibetan Buddhists, and probably any number of other places–good luck with it. The internet completely downloads crap into us already to the point that the trumpocalypse happened, so I would call that done.

    I have never been impressed with McDonald’s and still am not.

    I love the Pride House situation, and am I the only person to see the visual of the button in a Rorschach way as either breasts or a male member? Probably. No one would think that, much less sneak it into an emblem…right?

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  5. Thank you very much for the high praise for my country, Canada, Jill. We are trying hard to be a more inclusive society, yet make no mistake, we have plenty of narrow-minded conservatives who don’t buy into the vision. Can we send those guys down to you? Free? No need to send anyone or anything back… Merry Christmas! Hugs!

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