Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Heights of Procrastination

I've gone from watching a documentary about India dubbed in Spanish, to The Limits of Control, a movie from 2009 apparently, which, after a good half hour or so of watching, I still have no flipping idea what it's about. DirectTv is little help in this regard, saying merely: "The motives of a mysterious stranger remain unknown as he works outside the law." So far he's been striding silent and alone around some European looking town,  answering a curt no to children who asked if he, the black stranger they were following, was "an American gangster", then sitting silently in a rehearsal for a flamenco performance.  There's hardly any dialogue at all, but lots of menacing sounding guitar runs. I don't know about the limits of control, but I have reached the limits of my interest in this flick. Surely there are MUCH more engaging ways to procrastinate than this!

Or I could not procrastinate and just get on with it.

No sooner had I decided to just not blog about the state of things (i.e., politics, the economy, cultural depravity, etc., etc.) the muse alights and sparks a political topic.

Now that I'm eating more conscientiously, I spend countless minutes standing in grocery store aisles scanning ingredients, looking usually in vain for the lack of soy lecithin (or soy anything, in order to avoid the neurotoxic, petroleum byproduct, hexane, which soybeans are bathed in) and high fructose corn syrup or its NEW nom de doom: Corn Sugar.

The truth of the political situation is this: unless or until there is real campaign finance reform, it doesn't matter what party is quote unquote in charge. Given the ridiculous amounts of money spent on political campaigns, and much of it donated by interest groups representing corporate products, --and now even more brazenly directly by corporations themselves thanks to SCOTUS' Citizens United decision -- we are ALL subject to the whatever whims will make corporate fat cats fatter. Basically, Soylent Green is high fructose corn syrup. Read the labels of a few things in your cabinet, fridge, grocer shelf. I bet you it's in 90% of them. It's bad for you,contributing to obesity and diabetes, which exacerbates ailments of the kidney and heart--which you then need medication for, so big pharmaceutical companies and big agricultural concerns like Monsanto and the dreaded Archer Daniels Midland and their industries' associations pad lots of political pockets with lots of cash to ensure the population has ready access to lots of stuff to make us sick:

The top twenty pharmaceutical companies and their two trade groups, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and Biotechnology Industry Organization, lobbied on at least 1,600 pieces of legislation between 1998 and 2004. According to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, pharmaceutical companies spent $900 million on lobbying between 1998 and 2005, more than any other industry. During the same period, they donated $89.9 million to federal candidates and political parties, giving approximately three times as much to Republicans as to Democrats.[1] According to the Center for Public Integrity, from January 2005 through June 2006 alone, the pharmaceutical industry spent approximately $182 million on Federal lobbying.[2] The industry has 1,274 registered lobbyists in Washington D.C.
(Big Pharma)

If only there were an alternative to eating to survive, or
 CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
I can still dream, can't I?

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