When in elementary school, our music teacher introduced us to the sections of the orchestra by having us listen to Peter and the Wolf. Later, when I was in college, our professor used the Peter and the Wolf as the beginning point of Music Appreciation …
More micro-aggressional madness, this time from the op-ed essay Why Is Asian Salad Still on the Menu? by Bonnie Tsui, the author of American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods:
…So what’s my problem with Asian salad? It’s not the salad itself, though it’s not my favorite. It’s the words — which, I think, matter. In many ways, the broad, generic terminology used to refer to an entire continent is the heart of it. Applebee’s menu features an “Oriental chicken salad” with the following description: “fresh Asian greens tossed in a tasty Oriental vinaigrette.” The “Asian greens” and “Oriental vinaigrette” are so laughably vague as to have no meaning at all. When I asked Applebee’s for more specifics on what made its Asian greens Asian and its Oriental vinaigrette Oriental, a spokesman told me the company was unable to “provide a thorough response.” No kidding.
Am I taking this too seriously? The casual racism of the Asian salad stems from the idea of the exotic — who is and isn’t American is caught up wholesale in its creation. This use of “Oriental” and “Asian” is rooted in the wide-ranging, “all look same” stereotypes of Asian culture that most people don’t really perceive as being racist. It creates a kind of blind spot….
Read the entire article HERE.
One commenter to the article opined:
Really??? I recommend getting a humor salad with some lighten up dressing.
Sadly, America has become a land of whiners. If there is nothing substantial about which to whine, an offense is created out of whole cloth. It is fashionable to complain — particularly if the complaint issued is “Racism!”
Twenty-first Century mankind — yes, including those of us who blog and frequent blogs — would do well to remember these words:
Related reading: Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science: Steeping yourself in negativity has seriously terrible consequences for your mental and physical health. Venting is not of as much value as previously thought.
Recently, FreeThinke posted What Concerns You Most?, along with some choices of concerns. See FreeThinke’s post for the list.I weighed in under the category of Other. Here is my biggest concern, applicable not only to politics:What concerns me mo…
If the above is true, why do we try so hard to persuade or dissuade others for whom we have no respect in the first place?
2. My pain levels have soared. Out of control and debilitating! At any moment, I may end up in the hospital again.
So, my blogging takes a back seat right now and for the foreseeable future. My dear friend and blogging partner Warren will post as he is able to do so.
By WarrenA look at recent developments in the Middle East and elsewhere plus a more in-depth byplay we don’t often get. It looks to me like Russia has really stuck its foot in it. From StrategyPage: Russia: Embarrassing Cold War Remind…
Cameo (July 30, 2001-April 16, 2017):Cameo on our front porch with the azalea bush in the background. She is gazing up at the birdhouse.Heartbreak here. We have lost our beloved Siamese/Russian Blue to cancer. There will never be another Cameo,…
(For politics, please scroll down)Enjoy Felix Mendelssohn’s joyous Symphony No. 4 In A Major ‘Italian’ on this Resurrection Day, the most important day on the Christian liturgical calendar: [about the above piece]
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Related reading at my friend Ed Bonderenka’s blog site: What’s so Good about Good Friday?
Related listening at my friend FreeThinke’s blog: J.S. Bach’s The Passion of Our Lord According to St. Matthew.
See How Bad is the Opioid Epidemic? (dated Feburary 23, 2016) and Trump’s FDA Chief Cites Opioid Epidemic As Top Priority (dated April 7, 2017). Apparently, the use of opioids is so prevalent that Colleges can get free doses of naloxone for students overdosing on opioids (dated April 10, 2017):
The Clinton Foundation and Adapt Pharma are working together to give colleges 40,000 doses of NARCAN nasal spray, which is the only FDA-approved nasal spray and is designed to be simple enough to administer that people without medical training can provide a potentially lifesaving dose.
According to the first link: Twelve states have more opioid prescriptions than people, and there are urgent calls for action. What should that action entail?
At this point, opioids are the most effective pain killers known, and doctors with integrity wish to help patients suffering from debilitating pain syndromes, which are often mysterious in origin. On the other hand, some doctors are nothing better than legal drug dealers.
What should be the government’s role in ameliorating the opioid epidemic?
And how did we get to this sorry point?
There are several ongoing narratives. In the 2012 video below, Bill Whittle explains the Marxist background behind the ongoing narratives pushing the world to the Left:
Note that, since this video was first posted, how some of the mentioned narratives are now accepted as infallible truth — even by those who pride themselves on not falling for false narratives.