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Food for Words?

This is one of those weeks when I’m up to my eyeballs (and then some) in preparing our “Autumn Harvest Slow Food Feast of Fools and Friends” at CounterPULSE this Sunday. It’s going to be amazing (and it’s within a seat or two of being sold out!). Weird how much food is moving to the forefront these days. Modern Times is having a 35 year anniversary banquet (“Dance of the Dinner Rolls”) the same Sunday night at Martin de Porres (they have tix left if you’re interested!). One of our contributors, Miss Snail Pail is also contributing also to a curious show at The Lab, called “Detourned Menu: Food As Activism”, which includes a panel discussion next Thursday night the 26th and a snailing expedition later that same night for you intrepid urban hunters… This food topic is something I’m going to come back to in a big way one of these years…

Meanwhile, with no time for my own writing and not much for reading either, I’ve been making my usual perusals of my personal “Silk Blog Route”… first Riverbend reappeared after months of silence to address the Lancet study on Iraqi deaths. She prompted an eloquent soul-searching by Billmon, who really hit an unusually confessional tone that I think captures the deeper pain and guilt that a huge swath of Americans feel these days.

The despair that so many feel is quite palpable and no small part of what drives even radical friends who know better to put a certain amount of time and energy into the upcoming election. As I told an old friend in front of CounterPULSE after she’d just finished a 2-hour stint as a Move.on caller, I would like to believe that getting pwogwessive Dems elected will make a difference, but I don’t. Luckily, as I wrote earlier, the rest of the world is ‘moving on’ without waiting for the mysterious self-referential world of U.S. politics to do anything different. In Oaxaca a real revolution is underway, nicely captured by George Salzman. Staughton Lynd was interviewed on Democracy Now today and as always, manages to keep his eyes on the real movements that challenge the powers-that-be. And lastly, for all the Americans who still imagine that the U.S. military is an irresistable force that can assert itself globally at will, check out this very interesting two-part series on Asia Times about the relative weakness of the U.S. geostrategically AND militaraily against the new alliance of China-Russia and Iran…

OK back to work…

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