Tasty Tidbits 8/31/11

  1. Frankenfood Failure.
  2. Benedict XVI on economics.
  3. A Distributist success story.
  4. Marriage in New York.
  5. Assaulted by Prayer?


Gosh. It took a whole eight years for Monsaton’s frankenfood corn to flunk a test. Rootworms have risen to the challenge of genetic modification and are finding Monsaton corn perfectly tasty, though it was supposed to eat up their innards and kill them, while being perfectly safe to the rest of us — Honest! Promise! Scout’s honor! Would we lie to you?

I throw around the deprecatory label “Monsaton”, so perhaps I should explain/link why: 1, 2, 3, 4. Oh, Mark Bittman weighs in today, too. I think somewhere in Monsaton’s Corporate Vision Statement there’s something like this:

There’s only one lawful way to grow food, and we own the patent.


Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ: Your Holiness, times are changing. Europe and the Western world in general are going through a profound economic crisis which is also showing dimensions of serious social and moral hardship and great uncertainty for the future which is becoming particularly acute for young people. In the past few days we have seen, for example, what happened in Great Britain when rebellion and aggressiveness were unleashed. At the same time there are signs of generous and enthusiastic commitment, of voluntary service and of solidarity, of young believers and non-believers alike. In Madrid we shall meet a large number of marvellous young people. What message of hope can the Church provide to encourage youth throughout the world, especially those who feel discouraged today and are tempted to rebel?

The Holy Father: It is this. In the current economic crisis what formerly appeared in the previous great crisis has been confirmed: namely, that the ethical dimension is not alien to economic problems but an internal and fundamental dimension of them. The economy does not function with a self-regulation of the market alone, but it needs an ethical reason if it is to function for man. And once again Pope John II’s words in his first social Encyclical become apparent: man must be the centre of the economy and the economy cannot be measured according to the maxim of profit but rather according to the common good of all, that it implies responsibility for others and only really functions well if it functions humanly, with respect for others. And with the different dimensions: responsibility for one’s own nation and not only for oneself; responsibility for the world — even a nation is not isolated, even Europe is not isolated but is responsible for the whole of humanity and must always think about economic problems in this key of responsibility for the other parts of the world too, for all who suffer, who thirst and hunger, who have no future. And so — a third dimension of this responsibility — is responsibility for the future.

We know we must protect our planet but, all things considered, we must protect a functional service of employment for everyone and realize that tomorrow is also today. If today’s young people have no prospects in life then our own life today is misguided and “wrong”. Therefore the Church, with her social doctrine, with her doctrine on responsibility to God, proposes the readiness to give up the maxim of profit and to see things in the humanistic and religious dimension: in other words existing for each other. Thus new ways can also be found. The throngs of volunteers who are working in various parts of the world, not for themselves but for others, and who thereby find the meaning of life, show that it is possible to do this and that an education in these great goals, such as the Church tries to provide, is fundamental for our future.

(Interview with Benedict XVI during flight to Madrid for World Youth Day.)


I kind of expect, as I abandon not only blogging but reading so much about politics, to note stories of “third way” economics at work. Today, the Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, in Austin, Texas. Follow the link: I have no personal knowledge or even opinion on this 5-year-old idea, finally realized just a year or so ago.

Note that there are “Investor Members” at the $500 level — capitalism of a sort, but on a human scale, where you actually have a meaningful say in the business, unlike the token of 1 share in a million at Megacorp.


Remember the good old days when male politicians viciously rutted like bunnies but at least paid tribute to virtue by having a wife and not flouting the mistresses? That is soooo 20th Century in New York, where both the Mayor and the Governor are openly shacking up — though not with each other. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you. They’re just not personally into it.

But how does all this work for children?


I used to think anyone who took umbrage at Evangelistic appeals was illogically rejecting the truth. I now see that religious minorities might feel threatened by verbal aggression by the (perceived) majority. But it puzzles me, and Naomi Schaefer Riley, that anyone should object to being prayed for.

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If you’re missing political rants, I’m sorry, but I was giving the impression that I cared, so I stopped blogging politics. “They” are all idiots except for the ones who are rogues. But RogerWmBennett Tweets about politics and stuff over in the right-hand column. I generally agree with the guy.


Bon appetit!

About readerjohn

I am a retired lawyer and an Orthodox Christian, living in a collapsing civilization, the modern West. There are things I'll miss when it's gone. There are others I won't. That it is collapsing is partly due to calculated subversion, summarized by the moniker "deathworks." This blog is now dedicated to exposing and warring against those deathwork - without ceasing to spread a little light.
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