Closing Thought–24Dec20

The big day is coming…..

Tomorrow is a big day….you decide in what way…….and there has been a food warning issued for those that participate in a holiday tradition….the delicious sounding ‘cannibal sandwich’.

“Cannibal sandwiches” are a holiday tradition in Wisconsin, and if the name alarms you, the state’s health authorities say you’re on the right track. The sandwiches involve raw ground beef, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Saturday issued its “annual reminder” that eating raw meat is never a good idea. Indulging in the sandwiches, also sometimes called “Tiger Meat,” “poses a threat for Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, and Listeria bacteria that can make you sick. (And, no, it doesn’t matter where you buy your beef!)” the department warns. A Milwaukee historian has previously explained to Fox 6 that German, Polish, and other ethnic communities in that area have been indulging in the sandwiches at festive gatherings since the 19th century.

USA Today reports eight outbreaks in the state have been linked to eating raw ground beef since 1986, and the USDA said in 2018 that hundreds in the Midwest get sick each year after eating the sandwiches. Versions are also made with raw venison, lamb, or bacon, and are sometimes topped with raw egg yolk. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that same year took a look at the, er, delicacy, in which “freshly ground raw beef and raw onions” is sandwiched between slices of rye bread. “We want 100% lean beef, super fresh, no injections, no chemicals in it,” said the owner of one restaurant that brings someone in to grind the beef as sandwiches are ordered. “We let people season their own. Usually they’ll get the onion and the salt and pepper and a nice beer.” The USDA suggests people use the same spices and onion and simply cook the beef: “You may be surprised to find that it tastes better.”

Sorry but it sounds like something I would avoid even without the warning issued.

Please enjoy your day tomorrow

May you enjoy all the joys of the season.

Merry Christmas my friends.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

‘War On Christmas’ Returns

One final thought on this Eve of the Big Day…..some things are constant…..war, taxes and the war on Christmas BS…..(not to worry there is a Closing Thought to come)……

For the most part the last 4 years we have been spared the bullshit about some fictional war on Christmas and those people that have a problem with Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings…….but now we have a president-elect and it is not the orange idiot and the rhetoric about Christmas will return…..

AS we get closer to the day the morons have started already….this time it is Rep. Gym Jordan, the Trump sycophant with the MAGA knee pads…..Remember Gym…..He is the coach that looked the other way while wrestlers were being abused……

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, on Twitter Friday with a post that many critics mockingly suggested could be a parody.

Fauci has warned that Americans should “avoid travel and avoid congregate settings” over the holidays in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which is raging across the country and has killed more than 275,000 Americans.

Jordan’s response: “What will he cancel next? Saying Merry Christmas?”

And so it begins…..

Actually the supposed ‘War on Christmas’ was started many years ago…..almost 400 years ago Christmas was banned in the UK…..

Back in 1647, Christmas was banned in the kingdoms of England (which at the time included Wales), Scotland and Ireland and it didn’t work out very well. Following a total ban on everything festive, from decorations to gatherings, rebellions broke out across the country. While some activity took the form of hanging holly in defiance, other action was far more radical and went on to have historical consequences.

See nothing new…history is always an indicator of the future and the present.

The Unknown Philosopher

Today is Christmas Eve and I will try to lighten the mood up….I personally have had enough of Trump. Biden and the idiocy around the pandemic….so let’s change it up….at least for today.

This kinda reminds me of the old Gong Show from the 70s….and the Unknown Comic who wore a bag on his head to disguise his identity……

When in university many students take Philosophy 101 as an elective…..mostly because many already know some of the ideas that would be taught….many think that a good grade will help their average…..the study of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and the rest…..

But there is a fly in that ointment……

Ever heard of Mozi? No? How about Anne Conway? Probably not.

These are two seldom taught philosophers…..

There are at least three reasons to read philosophers from other times and places. The first is that they are sometimes right (and sometimes in surprising ways), and we can learn from them when they are. The second is that their perspectives and habits of thought are sometimes very different from our own, and it’s a useful skill, and often a mind-bending experience, to try on those perspectives and habits for ourselves. The third is that philosophy has shaped and continues to shape the larger world. We can only understand that larger world when we understand the philosophical currents it drift on.

There are a lot of great resources out there if you want to get a fuller, more detailed story about the history of philosophy. But here are two philosophers most readers have likely never heard of, a little bit about some of their ideas, and why we might find them interesting today.

Philosophers Throughout History You’ve Probably Never Heard Of: Part I

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”