Sunday, March 21, 2010

Weekend Reading

I'm really enjoying this Jamie Oliver "Food Revolution" show on ABC. His shows in the UK have actually had a pretty meaningful impact on school food programs. However, the fact that the show was being sponsored locally by Pizza Hut is disturbing on many levels :)

The menu of this school in West Virginia is almost spot on with local school menus. People often grumble about the cost "eating healthy" and this show is highlighting our battle with the Federal food subsidy programs. Note that less than half of 1 percent of Federal subsidies go to the production of vegetables and fruits while 74% of subsidies go to the meat/dairy industries. Is it any wonder that a salad costs more than a Big Mac?

* In a related story - nanny state warns you to keep your kid from biking to school - "So you get this very circular argument where parents say, ‘I can’t let my kid walk or bike to school because of all the traffic.’ But they’re the ones creating the traffic."

* Seriously, you can't make this stuff up - US Customs and Border Patrol proposes a new $8 million border crossing facility at Forest City, Maine. Population: 5 - Though the population Forest City does swell to 25-30 in the summer!!!

"Collins cited statistics pointing out that fewer than five vehicles cross through the port each day, along with “extremely minimal truck traffic.”

Johnson doubted that the port sees even that much traffic.

Sometimes you see only two cars go through there a day, and other times there are no vehicles coming through here at all,” she said. “We are talking about a port that is only open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed on Sundays and holidays. Most of the time the residents are the only people to use the port.”

* Just to clarify - the Cold War is over, right? Russian firm to bid on US Air Force Tanker Program.

In another twist to the ongoing saga to replace the Air Force's aging fleet of aerial refueling tankers, United Aircraft Corp. of Russia is planning to bid on the $40 billion contract, according to a person familiar with its plans.

United Aircraft, an aerospace consortium owned by the Russian government, will seek to offer a tanker version of its Ilyushin Il-96 wide-body jetliner, dubbed the Il-98, this person said. The planes would be largely built in Russia, and assembled in the U.S., this person says.

Finally, a little bonus picture for my mom who just loves giant moths....


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