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Scrambled Genes With Ham

Food and drink appears when summoned with the magic of Star Trek food replicators.

Soon this fiction may become fact. Meat may be the first food to get replicated out of practically nothing. No need for a farm anymore. Meat can be produced minus the bones and internal organs of an animal. A laboratory can grow animal stem cells to create a meat-like material. Even a bird feather can grow meat.

This may seem unnatural, but is it fair for animals to be raised and then slaughtered to please human appetites? Animal-rights activists may consider this a win.

Farms pollute with fertilizers, the animals produce greenhouse gases and water resources are consumed. So a win for climate change activists and environmentalists.

High animal fat diets aren’t doing Americans any favors for their girth. Doctors rejoice.

Genetic modification of this lab-created meat makes both the research and the production of it easier. So if it helps create and lowers costs, GMO it will be. How else can you create a chicken out of a feather without some serious tinkering? Protests in the future of the non-GMO crowd.

The meat lovers out there may cause a stink too. Even with the scientific advances of Star Trek, humans complained about replicated food and yearned for the real thing. (Yeah, it’s real to me, I dream of beaming down to a planet since it’s easier than that shuttle craft.)

And besides, growing only local, organic, pure, unmodified food is not a reality for feeding the huge human world population. You need modification, pollutants, water waste, methane, all the evils to keep humanity going.

The mighty Amazon may also feel some pain. That drone delivery can’t beat my replicator.

Another puzzling problem pops up: Cannibalism. In the future, will you not only be able to say, “What person would you most like to eat dinner with?” You may say, “What person would you like to taste?”

As usual, solutions create problems.

Kaylas Tell Off the Karens

“Don’t call an Asian person Oriental, that’s offensive,” said the smug white woman to me a few years ago. I never got that memo, so thanks.

Oriental: usually offensive term used to define people from Asia. associated with colonialism. politically incorrect.

During my erratic reading about China, both fiction and non-fiction, I ran across a televised Chinese talent show named “Let’s Go Oriental Angel.” I guess the Chinese have no problem describing themselves as oriental. Where’s that white woman?

Oriental: from Latin meaning to rise, come to be born, to exist.

A Middle Eastern restaurant that I frequent plays a YouTube channel by the name of “Oriental Journey.” It plays music and video form the Middle East & North Africa (MENA region). So far neither the Arabic owners of the restaurant nor the diverse customer base started to rant at that channel title. Smug white women must not eat there.

Oriental: referring to The East vs. occidental which refers to The West.

Words can only do so much before they run into limitations. Stop offending words by pushing them into muddled agendas.

White women: creating problems when none existed before.

Beware of Kaylas

Useful Idiot

Would you get a haircut from a White Supremacist?

My husband’s barber told him a story. She is not shy about her conservative point-of-view and one of her long-time clients complained about her right-leaning politics. The client did not understand how someone could support any conservative politician or political view. She ended by calling the shop owner a White Supremacist.

But she kept coming back to get a haircut! A self-proclaimed progressive, leftist woman allows a scissor-wielding racist to cut her hair?

The shop owner is an immigrant from the Middle East. She recalled this crazy incident and then said, “What do I know, I’m just a fucking Arab.” She was surprised by and angry at this insanity taking place in her new home of America. She thought freedom came with immigration.

At first I wondered if the conservative media and politicians were exaggerating when they claimed random and diverse people are being labeled as White Supremacists. But apparently if you label someone as evil over and over again, it becomes a Madison Avenue kind of truth. And in turn, the useful idiots perpetuate this slanted truth.

But why return to the scene of the crime? Is she hoping for a nick from those scissors? Ah, that would make a good story. The kind the internet likes.

Maybe the useful idiots are in fact taking over.