Cultural Food Appropriation Is Snobbery

It should not matter to anyone living in the freest nation on earth where you come from.  That is the entire idea behind freedom here.

Here is what I learned on the radio today.  The San Francisco Chronicle hired a new food critic.  Her name is Soleil Ho.  (I mean no disrespect but found I needed to add “Miss” to her name for readability.  NinaOnFood.)

Miss Soleil Ho is boastful about being THE Expert Cultural Appropriation Sheriff in town.  The Chronicle agrees!

Boy, does she have a chip on her shoulder!

Soleil Ho Named San Francisco Chronicle Food Critic. 12/5/18.

21st Century Paranoia About . . . Cuisine?  Give Me A Break!

Writing about recipes and ingredients should be off-limits to social justice platitudes and threats.

Here is what I consider a threat:

“If a radio program is about Mexican food, then a person from that culture should be the one chosen to discuss it,   Otherwise, it is misappropriation. “ (Paraphrased.) Miss Soleil Ho on KQED radio Forum December 18, 2018.

Earth to miss Ho:  Julia Child was not French yet she hosted “Bon Appetite” and authored cookbooks on the subject.  Would Child be accepted in this ice-cold Utopian environment of today’s young people?

In the early days of this country, finding food from your particular ethnic recipes was somewhat difficult.  But nobody launched websites about it.   In particular, they were not taken seriously if they demanded the “right” to it.

What Can Possibly Go Wrong With Demanding Cultural Appropriation in Food?

Plenty.

Real example.  I know of a Mexican family that runs a Greek restaurant.  What do impossible Utopians like Miss Ho want to do with this family?

Fair Warning to Cultural Utopians

Do you think it cruel to inform Ms. Ho that The Mexican Race is nonexistent?  New York Times – Genetically There’s No Such Thing As A MexicanThe citizens of Mexico are mostly of Spanish European ancestry, i.e., White.

Never Trust A Food Critic!

Quotes by Miss Soleil Ho.  She is so self-convinced of her original thinking!!

(1)  “Food is so much more than sustenance. It’s political, it’s cultural, it’s personal, and I want to learn about how others experience the things they eat.”

(2)  “A lot of my work is focused on how we can use food to talk about bigger issues—racism, sexism, sexual harassment, identity—[…] at the center of so many global trends and power dynamics when you think about colonialism . . .

“If you look past the existing narratives about you can see so many things at play and so many people jockeying for control over the narrative.”

I wonder if Miss Ho knows how to cook.  Is she another Food Critic Fraud like played by actress Barbara Stanwick in “Christmas In Connecticut?”

Plot:  A renowned magazine food critic known for her holiday meal planning and exceptional knowledge of cuisines is actually a fraud and cannot even boil an egg or make scrambled eggs.

More reading from the Utopian Planners for a world I do not identify with:

The Feminist Guide to Being a Foodie w/o Being Culturally Appropriative.

 What’s Wrong with Cultural Appropriation?  Everydayfeminist.

 

Mom Was A Foodie Before You and Me

My mom’s name is Evelyn Passos and she passed away in 1998 at age 69 just a few months shy of 70.  I’m going to turn 69 October 31.  I’ll be in Mass on All Saints November 1 to pray for her soul.  (November 2 is All Souls Day.  Our little church doesn’t have mass on that day.)

Mom loved to shop for food, read about food, collect recipes from newspapers and magazines, talk about recipes, drive all over New Orleans, New York, and then the Los Angeles region just for new food finds.

Keep in mind that the cars we owned were not great.  We owned a beat up 1959 Ford station wagon, followed by a fun-but-rarely-ran 1961 Austin Healy that was later repo’ed, followed by a 1962-ish little Chevy Corvair in candy apple red.

Soft shell crab Po’ Boy sandwich, a New Orleans tradition.

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I lived in New Orleans for one year, 1955.  I was five.  Mom loved, loved Cajun food and worked hard to learn to cook it.  Her specialties from that region were Shrimp Creole and Seafood Gumbo.  Back then, crab was actually cheap!

Speaking of crab, I remember one time we drove from Venice, CA where we lived in the early 1960’s all the way to downtown L.A. just for a special New Orleans shipment of soft-shell crabs at a busy seafood market.  You could not get them close by.  I hated every minute of that drive.  But I can remember how happy she was finding those crabs.

On Sundays instead of attending mass, Mom drove me around to places far away along the West Coast to find new restaurants.  She heard about a new joint in San Pedro, the L.A. Harbor.  That was one long drive.

Mom taught me to cook and I have inherited her enthusiasm for world foods, what we called “ethnic” in those days.

FOODIE BOOKS

I tend to stick with cookbooks as opposed to “books about food.”  There are others who enjoy reading the latter such as DiningWithDonald.   He enjoys mysteries that involve food.  I may look into his recommendations.

Agatha Raisin mysteries by M.C. Beaton are fun reading.  In every book, Agatha goes to a pub and details what she orders.  Or she goes to a village fete or festival and describes the food there.  Mom would’ve enjoyed The Quiche of Death. 

Mom liked both cookbooks and books about food and cooking.  I’m not talking about fiction, though.  She had a book by M.F.K. Fisher, the famous writer.  That was back in late 1950s.  It was a hard bound book.  I looked at Fisher’s books available on Amazon.  I thought I’d identify it by the cover but it’s not there.  Mom’s book did not have a paper cover and artwork was included on the hard cover.

I was around 10 years old then.  Over the years I tried to read it several times and never got far.  In fact it turned me off.  Fisher sounded to me like a snob of culture.  As if I’m enthralled by that!

AUDIO BOOKS ABOUT FOOD

I enjoy my new found love of sewing, crocheting, and knitting.  Thus, for the last year I’ve been borrowing audio books from the library so I can do needle work while listening.  The audio books that I have finished I can count on one hand:  the readers usually annoy me.  They either are too dramatic, too high-pitched, or too dull.

 

I tried listening to Chefs, Drugs, and Rock and Roll but at my age can no longer relate to the author’s devotion to that edgy “free spirit” lifestyle.  I react to him like he’s another culture snob.  I borrowed it just after celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain committed suicide.

I’m going to look for audio books by Bourdain some day.

 

I am going to try the audio book Provence 1970.  It may sniff of too much liberal female liberation for my taste.

THREE GOOD AUDIO BOOKS not about food

I only have three I can recommend.

The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures by [Ball, Edward]

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by [Bryson, Bill]

When it comes to audio books, the reader is The Thing.  All three books above have above standard readers.

 

Green Hell: Environmental Marxists and the Wildfires

Today, once again, we awaken to smokey skies in North State, California.  We’re in the Sacramento region.

There are two major wildfires – one called the Mendocino Complex Fire that is the largest in California history – burning more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Sacramento and another huge fire near Yosemite National Park a little farther to the southeast….CBSlocal.com

In this entry:

  • Endangered Species Act of 1973
  • Spotted Owl Hysteria and the Death of Oregon’s Lumber Industry
  • Russia’s Environmental Green Cross International Schemes
  • Global Warming Hoax is A Communist Scam
  • April 22 is Vladimir Lenin’s Birthday . . . and Earth Day.
  • Russia’s Green Cross has offices in 5 U.S. cities, aka Global Green USA
  • We thank Sovietologist Natalie Grant Wraga (deceased)

INTRODUCTION

Personal Recollection of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the Oregon Spotted Owl that Destroyed the Timber Industry and Today’s Forest Mismanagement That Is Now Destroying California’s Forests

I did honest secretarial work in the Oregon  lumber industry from 1976 to 1980.  I worked at Fibrex & Shipping, a wood chip exporter, primarily to Japan; and I worked at Pope & Talbot, a lumber manufacturer.  Both in Portland, Oregon.  I remember daily news stories about the do-gooders:   tree sitting protests, tree spiking to prevent harvest, the confusion.  I sadly remember the loss of jobs and the move of Georgia-Pacific Lumber to Atlanta from Oregon.  Huge, huge changes brought on by Left-wing extremists.

Mismanagement of Forests

Here are the facts.

For years Congressman Tom McClintock (R) has warned Congress about forest mismanagement as the cause of catastrophic fires in California.

The bureaucratic tangle caused by our so-called environmental laws has reached the point that even dead trees on public lands that threaten to fall on power lines and cause major forest fires cannot be removed without permission from federal bureaucrats. To add insult to insanity, when the bureaucracy denies or delays permission and a fire results, the cost of the fire is paid by the utility’s customers through higher household electricity bills.

“California Fires:  Government Policies, Not Global Warming.”  The New American Magazine.  08/07/2018.

Burning Up the West:  Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires.”  The New American Magazine.  08/24/2013.

Oregon’s Lumber Industry:  The Remains

Pope & Talbot, established in 1849, was shuttered in 2008.

Oregonian.  2008.

Judge converts Pope & Talbot bankruptcy to liquidation.

Pope & Talbot, Inc., one of Oregon’s last remaining publicly-held makers of forest products, shuttered its doors Friday, after a Delaware court ordered the bankrupt company to turn its mills over to a court-appointed trustee for liquidation.

The Chapter 7 court ruling, which follows a six-month long attempt to reorganize and find buyers for the company’s remaining mills, leaves 180 workers in Oregon jobless as of Friday. The fate of 700 workers in British Columbia will be decided in a separate hearing in Vancouver, B.C. on Saturday.

At the Halsey pulp mill, about 90 miles south of Portland, workers ground the last wood chips and dried the remaining pulp for storage. Many workers, who discovered Wednesday that the mill could close as soon as the end of the week, still hope that a buyer will come forward to reopen the mill.

“We’re leaving the mill in good shape and setting it up in case we do start up again,” said Tim Ysen, 47, who started working at the mill at age 18. “But who knows, we may never come back. I don’t even know if my work sheet this week will turn into a paycheck.”

The fall of the 160-year old company leaves many parties – banks, creditors, shareholders and workers- scrambling for the remaining assets. Mark Rossolo, who acted as the company’s spokesman over the past six-months of turmoil, said he would likely no longer be commenting for the company.

Workers at the Halsey mill were told Thursday that they would no longer have health insurance or Cobra health insurance and would likely not receive any outstanding vacation pay or severance package.

“The Chapter 7 filing hurts the workers more than anything,” said Ernie Lamoureux, a staff representative of the United Steelworkers Union, which represents 140 Halsey workers. “There’s no protection for them.”

Climate Change Scam:  Russia’s and Gorbachev’s Master Plan To Cripple America’s Industrial, Economic, and Military Strength

Did you know that Mikhail Gorbachev, the communist leader of the former Soviet Union, is a leading environmentalist?  He’s an “environmental Marxist,” hat tip to Cliff Kincaid.*

  • At the United Nations in 1988, he called for a halt to humanity’s “aggressions against nature.”
  • “Technology has not only failed to ease the conflict between man and nature,” Gorbachev argued, “it has aggravated that conflict . . . The crisis of civilization that we see today is a crisis of the naive belief in the omnipotence of humanity.”
  • Established Green Cross International, a post-Soviet “green planet” scheme to control industrial nations, weaken their economy, and destroy their militaries.

Did you know that Al Gore attended the first Green Cross conference?

That is significant.  Gore’s father was a friend and colleague of communist Armand Hammer.

Have you ever wondered why Black politicians are suddenly passionate about “Climate Change?”

Reason:   Former President Barack Obama, Senator Cory Booker and Van Jones, a communist, are environmental Marxists.  In times past, only Whites were passionate about it.

What?  Vladimir Lenin’s birthday is the very same day as Earth Day, April 22?

“The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970, the centennial of the birth of Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik godfather, architect of the communist totalitarian state.”  Paul Kengor, author.  Quoted in “Big Dupes at Big Peace:  Earth Day Dupes,” Breitbart.

What Is the Green Cross International?

Pictured:  Mikhail Gorbachev

Green Cross International’s roots can be traced back to President Mikhail Gorbachev’s time in office as Head of State of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, a period during which he spoke repeatedly about the interrelated threats humanity and our Earth face from nuclear arms, chemical weapons, unsustainable development, and the man-induced decimation of the planet’s ecology.

In October 1987, five years before the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Mikhail Gorbachev addressed a gathering in the Arctic city of Murmansk, and for the first time linked the concepts of environmental protection, nuclear disarmament, broader security concerns and development.

On 19 January 1990, in Moscow during an address to the Global Forum on Environment and Development for Survival, Mikhail Gorbachev suggested creating an “international Green Cross that offers its assistance to States in ecological trouble.” In other words, the world needed a body that would apply the medical emergency response model of the International Committee of the Red Cross to ecological issues, and expedite solutions to environmental problems that transcend national borders.

Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International.  “We need a real revolution.”  He wants to curtail using natural resources.

Authentic “Russian Meddling:”  Global Green U.S.A. is a member of the Russia’s Green Cross Network

Global Green USA

Founded: 1994

Santa Monica Headquarters
     President: Les McCabe
Offices in New Orleans, Washington DC, New York, and San Francisco
Global Green USA is the American affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by President Gorbachev to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For 20 years, Global Green USA has been a national leader in advancing smart solutions to climate change that improve lives and protect our planet.

Finally, Our Thanks To Sovietologist Natalie Grant Wraga

  • Natalie Grant Wraga’s papers have been declassified.
  • * She revealed Gorbachev’s climate change schemes:  “Why the Russians conceived the Global Warming scam.”  By Cliff Kincaid.  Accuracy in Media.   This disinformation theme has been embraced by the liberals now claiming to be tough on Russia.Don’t take my word for it. When Natalie Grant Wraga died in 2002 at the age of 101, The Washington Post recognized her expertise as a Soviet expert, noting that she was “born in czarist Russia, saw great upheaval in her native land and became an expert in unmasking Soviet deception methods for the State Department…”
  • In her 1998 article, “Green Cross: Gorbachev and Enviro-Communism,” Wraga, who dropped her last name and wrote under the byline Natalie Grant, explains in detail how the Soviet deception campaign, using the climate as an organizing tool, was developed. It was launched after the so-called collapse of the Soviet state, when Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet president, embarked on an environmental crusade, using the United Nations and other international organizations.

Related

Dupes:  How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated America’s Progressives for A Century.  Paul Kengor.

Green Hell:  How Environmentalist Plan To Control Your Life and What You Can Do To Stop Them  Steve Milloy. 

More Exposure Needed: Misdiagnosed Alzheimer’s-Dementia Cases

I learned recently that Alzheimer’s-Dementia are misdiagnosed.  How often is unknown.  I bet that misdiagnosing Alzheimer’s-Dementia (AD) has ruined peoples’ lives.

SAMPLE CASES:  Misdiagnoses / False Diagnosis

Having never heard of false diagnoses prior to a few months ago, I get the sense that the “experts” are keeping these facts from the public in a big way.

Kris Kristofferson was misdiagnosed as having Alzheimer’s Disease.  In fact, in June 2016, he was tested for Lyme Disease and the test was positive.

 

 

SEE ALSO:

The Doctors:  Toledo, Ohio Clinic  Sued for Falsely Diagnosing 40 People

Quackwatch:  The Toledo Clinic Sued for False Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dangerous Mix of Medicines Leads to Faulty Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Search Results – misdiagnosed Alzheimer’s

Assessing Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease.  National Institutes of Health.