July 17th, 2009

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The Rich Get Richer

These two articles reveal where a lot of money is coming from, and where it's going:

Foreclosures at Record High in First Half 2009 Despite Aid
Lynn Adler, Reuters: "U.S. home foreclosure activity galloped to a record in the first half of the year, overwhelming broad efforts to remedy failing loans while job losses escalated."


Robert Scheer | "Government Sachs" Strikes Gold ... Again
Robert Scheer, Truthdig: "Connect the dots: Goldman Sachs made $3.44 billion in profit this past quarter, while the U.S deficit topped $1 trillion for the first time in the nation's history and appeared to be headed toward doubling that figure before the budget year is out. Since most of the increase in the federal deficit is due to bailing out the banks and salvaging the greater economy they helped destroy, why is the top investment bank doing so well?"


Much of the economy is designed, like a feudal system, to funnel money from the poor and middle-class to the wealthy. The problem with this is that, when the wealthy leech too much money from the lower classes and/or when the lower classes lose their jobs and have no more money for the leeches, the whole system breaks down. We need to find better ways of running the economy.
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The Mysterious Blob

A giant slimy reeking blob of something is floating off the coast of Alaska. People have yet to figure out exactly what it is, but insist it is not petroleum-based in any way, that it is instead organic. I myself would wait for the lab analysis to come back before making statements about the nature of a previously unknown phenomenon. One speculation is that it could be some kind of algae. That's plausible. I'm going to laugh my tail off if it turns out to be something organic that eats oil or plastic, though. At any rate, this blob is probably not a good thing.
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Why Free-Range Eggs Are Better

I've always known that naturally grown food is better than factory farmed food. I can taste the difference. Also, being fey makes me more alert to the essence of food, not just its physical structure. (I learned the hard way that physical food alone will not sustain this body.) So I'm pleased to see research that confirms this with specific measurements.

Live Smart has a post about eggs, linking to (among other sources) some research by Mother Earth News comparing eggs from free-range, pasture-fed hens to eggs from confined, grain-fed hens. Briefly:

Pasture raised - known as free range eggs contain:
* 1/3 less cholesterol
* 1/4 less saturated fat
* 2/3 more vitamin A
* Two times more omega-3 fatty acids
* Three times more vitamin E
* Seven times more beta carotene
* Three to six times more vitamin D


I am generally quite disappointed in America's food supply, which places profit and convenience far above nutrition and safety. There seems to be plentiful food available, and people eat great quantities, but the quality is poor, deficient in nutrients, less flavorful, and packed with unwholesome things. It's no wonder the nation has serious and growing health problems. "You are what you eat" ... since much of the food supply comes from fattened, over-medicated, forcibly immobile animals, it should be no surprise that a majority of Americans are fat, heavily medicated, and sedentary.