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.
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.
The 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?
Hats 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!
The 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.
Now, 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!
The 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.
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.
Okay, 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.
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!