For the first time in my life, I am seriously considering staying home on election day. I am opting-out of the political process. I have come to believe “freedom” to choose who runs our country is an illusion and that American society has no real choice in who becomes President. These two candidates we have today were bought and paid for long ago.
The electoral college is bullshit. The current system of “winner takes all” in each state warps presidential elections. Through polling, candidates and media divide the country into red and blue states, and those categorized as “swing” acquire the attention. A Washington Post analysis shows the 2012 election will be decided by roughly 916,643 “undecided” voters in six swing states.
Consider me “decided.” I have decided to sit at home, pour some Grey Goose over ice, and exercise my right NOT to vote. Am I wrong?
Here is a list some consider to be the 10 most disgusting “foods.” Many citizens of poorer countries are forced to eat whatever they can get their hands on. However, when it comes to gross foods, not all are born from utter necessity. You’d be amazed to learn what disgusting things many people eat by choice. And, while some foods can be identified as gross with a simple glance, others aren’t as easily spotted until you learn about their ingredients.
Do you ever notice how all these foods seem to originate in countries outside the U.S.? Many consider eating things like horse meat or cow tongue a delicatessen, yet we as American’s think it’s disgusting. It got me wondering about what foods might we eat that people in other parts of the world consider nasty? Any ideas?
Sometimes referred to as ‘maggot cheese’, casu marzu is a Sardinian cheese made from goat’s milk. But what makes this food so disgusting is the way it’s prepared. Early in the fermenting process, the larvae of cheese flies are introduced. Over a period of weeks, the larvae hatch and begin feeding. As the cheese’s fats are broken down, a special flavor is produced which many consider to be delicious. When the time comes for human consumption, many people meticulously remove the maggots. However, some leave them in, believing that they add an extra flavorful punch.
If someone placed balut on your plate, you might think they were serving you a hardboiled egg. That is, until you cracked it open and a fully intact duck embryo spilled out. Balut, considered a delicacy in many Asian countries, is produced when fertilized duck eggs are placed in warm sunlight. After about eight days, the eggs are held up to the light and checked to ensure that the budding embryo is ready. Then, the eggs are cooked and served with a dash of salt and a few squirts of lemon juice.
This delightful dish is considered weird even in the few Asian countries where it’s eaten. First, a live bat is forced into a vat of boiling milk. Then, once it has reached optimum malleability, the bat is sliced into fine bits, mixed with various herbs and spices and mashed into a pulpy paste.
In China, many people consider hasma dessert the perfect punctuation to a great meal. This disgusting dish is basically the fallopian tubes of frogs. Sold in a dried shrunken form, these amphibious reproductive organs are able to swell up to 10 to 15 times their dehydrated size once they are rehydrated with water. Afterward, a bit of sugar is added to give them that special sweetness most people desire from a dessert.
This is a list of places with a population of one person.
Buford is an unincorporated community in Albany County, Wyoming, United States. It is located between Laramie and Cheyenne on Interstate 80. Buford is at 8000 feet (2500 m) of elevation, making it the highest community on Interstate 80. It has a population of 1 person. Don Sammons, who is the only resident, is also the operator of the Buford Trading Post. His son moved out around 2008.
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America’s Protestant pastors overwhelmingly reject the theory of evolution and are evenly split on whether the earth is 6,000 years old, according to a survey released Monday by the Southern Baptist Convention.
When asked if “God used evolution to create people,” 73% of pastors disagreed – 64% said they strongly disagreed – compared to 12% who said they agree.
Asked whether the earth is approximately 6,000 years old, 46% agreed, compared to 43% who disagreed.
A movement called Young Earth creationism promotes the 6,000-year-old figure, arguing that it is rooted in the Bible. Scientists say the earth is about 4.5 billion years old.
The Southern Baptist Convention survey, which queried 1,000 American Protestant pastors, also found that 74% believe the biblical Adam and Eve were literal people.
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What do you think?
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I bet you haven’t said this out loud for a long time. Try it. It might make you feel good.
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
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It amazes me that more and more info is still coming to light regarding the 1963 JFK assassination.
Was it Oswald? Was it the CIA? Did the Warren Commission cover things up? What about the witnesses in the Book Depository? Did the fatal gunshot came from a “grassy knoll” on Dealey Plaza? I don’t have the time and energy to get into it all here, but there is a lot of great new discussion taking place on these very old questions.
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Most feel there is more to this story, and I can’t say that I blame them. If it was a slam dunk case with one shooter (Lee Harvey Oswald), then why did the Government decide to seal the assassination records for 75 years (to 2039)?
No wonder conspiracy theories abound.
The Occupy Wall Street protesters are complaining about everything from corporations to having to repay student loans. Is America the victim of its own success? Have we created a generation of self-entitled cry babies? Bill Whittle thinks so and poignantly explains it in this video. Do you agree with Bill’s assessment of the situation?
Imagine being the creative advertising agency that has to pitch cool and interesting ideas to promote the show ‘Mad Men.’ No pressure right? Well, DraftFCB does a nice job here with some outdoor advertising on the side of a building in New Zealand.