Once upon a time there was a
minor philosopher, by the name of Marshall something or other, who was a fad in
universities for about a decade. I write with slight disparagement because when
I paid him some attention at the time, I concluded that all he was trying to do
was update his faith. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It was just
that there wasn’t enough substance there to feed my ravenous mind, and so I
traveled on. Years later I was truly impressed when I learned that there was one
thing about Marshall’s meandering that put him, for a
single moment at least, in league with the great minds of the past 10,000 years.
alleged to have predicted that when coloured television became universal,
society would take to eating spice-hot food. And so it came to pass! If he did
so predict, it is worthy of marvel. Coloured television is universal and everyone — young and
old — is consuming spice-hot food as if their taste buds have died.
This thought came to mind as I
filed first in order (not importance) the story about Campbell Soup planning to
open up shop big time in Russia and China. This and
alleged contention prompted a recollection of a Canadian university student in
Russian-Canadian studies who roomed for a brief time in my home. She went west
for a ten-day visit with a Russian-Canadian family farming in the mountain
country of southern British Columbia hard by
States border. She returned with a recipe for
that delicious Russian soup, borscht. She told me to help myself. At about three
o’clock in the morning I went down to the kitchen, and the borscht. Yum! I
spooned a bowel and took a sip. Luckily I was only a step away from the sink.
The borscht I drank at my grandmother’s and my mother’s table was sweet with or
without cream. This one, laced with pepper, burned my mouth. I blamed Marshall,
not the young lady chef. Coloured television had destroyed my appetite.
My advice to Campbell: leave the pepper
on the shelf. Otherwise first time Russians will be last time Russians. Or has
coloured television become universal there too?
Meanwhile, two top Cold War
spies, Putin and Gates have been lamenting about the good old days. A Yale
historian reminds us that the good old days were downright scary.
Goldwert of Slate Magazine telling us
why Iranian bombs have English Labels.
dictator Hugo Chavez, who was elected with 69 per cent of the vote, is causing
more trouble by burdening Venezuelans with a 5 point decrease in
sales tax and monetary reform.
Loopy Republican Representative
Connie Mack is losing sleep because Joseph P. Kennedy 11, nephew of John, is
engaged in a charity to get heating oil at bargain prices to poor Americans.
Mack accuses Kennedy of playing footsies with Chavez. Kennedy plays hardball in
response. Read Kennedy’s letter to Mack.
Take it easy, but take it.