As Petraeus affair fades—Twinkie news is still booming


Once again, it’s time for a little levity on a Sunday morning.

I didn’t keep track, but according to my own subconscious random sampling of the news for the past two weeks, Petraeus & Twinkie outscored Gaza & Fiscal Cliff  by at least two to one.

As for the Twinkie news, a friend in Houston sent me this cartoon from their local newspaper. It is a good indication of the challenge ahead as we strive to promote health for ourselves and for the planet.

Sadly, the message herein is probably accurate. The number of people who’re concerned about saving the Twinkie outnumber us healthy-eating tree-huggers by at least 100 to 1. It’s kind of like the news and their tendency to devote the most air time to the least important topics. It’s actually one of Parkinson’s Laws: In group meetings, the time devoted to any topic will be inversely proportional to its value to the organization.

A couple of lessons here—courtesy of D. Carl Garrison (my Houston buddy)

Probably the most powerful major health “special” EVER. Congrats to Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Lesson One. The news media is in the entertainment business and they get paid by the number of viewers/readers they have. Hence, give those readers what they want to hear—not necessarily what’s important. How much news do you hear about how whole plants can reverse heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers?

I can name two or three in the past few years: The Last Heart Attack on CNN (Aug 2011) and a few of the Dr. Oz segments that included Dr. Esselstyn, Campbell, Fuhrman and/or Barnard. But for every one of those “healthy” segments, Dr. Oz will have a dozen segments on the latest weight-loss gimmick.

Lesson Two. If we’re ever going to help preserve our planet’s ability to sustain life as we know it, then we’re going to need some serious leadership. Since we’re not likely to get that leadership from elected officials, the medical industry, academia or the food industry—then we must get it from the world’s most powerful CEOs. They are about the only prominent leaders (affecting millions of people) who have a huge financial incentive for those people to be healthy. See this link (Slashing the cost of health care in businesses) and go from there.

Finally, for your entertainment pleasure on the last day of your 4-day holiday weekend. A silent Saturday Night Live review (2 minutes) that begins with a Paula Broadwell book reading (11-17-12). SNL removed the video portion but I found this clip where you can read the jokes.

So, what is this garbage doing in my blog? It is just part of showing you that I have a sense of humor and that I have occasionally featured a few funnies in some of my previous 658 consecutive daily blogs. Here are a few others:

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A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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5 Responses to As Petraeus affair fades—Twinkie news is still booming

  1. TWINKIE cartoon WAS inspiring – in a perverse sort of way. How wonderful that the producer of evil products such as Wonder Bread is about to go under! However, alas, some pleasures are transient. Serendipity served me well in accidentally displaying zillions (actually only 20 million or so) of hits dealing with a likely pending purchase of this evil product line by a Mexican millionaire. Say it isn’t so. PLEASE.

  2. SNL texual clip (albeit hard to read white font over pastel and grey background) was OK.

    But I’ve mixed feelings about humor and sometimes feel guilty at laughing on SOME topics.

    Years before recent stories of Petraeus and his adventures with women (not my area of expertise) I think back on labyrinth of lies sustained by him, Rumsfeld and others surrounding the death of Pat Tillman. Such memories compromise my sense of humor. See related DVD on this issue.

    Cited “Tel Oren – The Truth about Protein” has important points deserving repetition.

    Although his points MAY be *preaching to the choir” concepts are OFTEN neglected.:

    But, with all respect, for “talking head” presentations (no graphics) AUDIO suffices.
    :
    KeepVid.com is a great FREE program to make MP4 video and MP3 audio files. Seeing video on line is fine, But SAVING FILES on a PC or device makes us independent of internet availability,.

    CHEERS:

    • WOW! KeepVid.com works great and fast! I dragged the upper right “KEEPVID Bookmarklet” up into the menu bar of my browser, then, when an on-line video is playing, I clicked on the “Keep it!” name and the video is downloaded and stored on my iMac!!

      THANK YOU, THANK YOU Sr. Steinke!

  3. CJ says:

    Great post, Jim and as a long-time SNL fan I appreciate your sense of humor! Definitely appreciate your writing style which keeps your daily informational updates always insightful and enjoyable to read. Yeah, I liked twinkies when I was like 10… but anything that’s got a shelf life of like 200 years can’t be good for you. ; ) Finally, never really thought of myself as a tree hugger, but I guess anyone these days that can feel a genuine concern for our earth, and would feel a sense of sadness with a tree getting unnecessarily bulldozed over for development can be considered so… I wish we all did.

  4. Jim – Here is an nutrition educator over-achiever, for sure!

    http://thetruthaboutyourfood.com/about-dr-tel-oren

    I am listening to his excellent talk:

    Dr. Tel Oren (MD): The Truth about Protein

    Oct 7, 2011
    Talk at 2011 World Vegetarian Festival Weekend in San Francisco California sponsored by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society.
    Category:
    Education

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