Thanksgiving is next Thursday and the commercial "silly season" is following fast on the political silly season, a.k.a. midterm elections. Over the years, as commerce has reduced holidays to shopping frenzies and most, if not all, meaning to them has been lost, I have felt more and more disconnected from them. If we didn't, usually, spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, and (sometimes) Easter with my brother and his family, the holidays would barely register on our consciousness. I like this piece by John Beckett at Patheos on the Thanksgiving Arms Race. I have said, all too often, that the yearly yammering by Christian pundits bemoaning a "war on Christmas" reveals a war already lost. For all their screeching about people saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" or other faiths insisting that their sacred days also be recognized with their symbols on public spaces. The real war killed the soul of Christmas and replaced it with a "golden calf." But few have said a word about that. After all, who wants to piss off his sponsor?
Another episode in The Obscenity of Modern Employment. If they can't build a robot to do the job, they will try to make humans over into robots.
We see a lot of products whose manufacturers claim they are "natural." We take that labeling with a ton of salt because when we read the labels (and we do read the labels) we know there is no way that crap is natural. Well, General Mills has agreed to a settlement of a lawsuit on its use of "100% Natural" which will strip the term from some of its products that include more than 0.9% of ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and others of that ilk, or GMOs.
Gee, I didn't know Moses was "the first American." And I have a MA in History.