"A little government and a little luck are necessary in life,
but only a fool trusts either of them."
P. J. O'Rourke
(1947-2022) US humorist, journalist, & political commentator
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Well said.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    As usual, P.J. has it right
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    What I'd first like to do is ask is where did P.J. make this quote? P.J. is truly quotable! Like when he asked a poor woman, in his book, Parliament of Whores, on p. 135, who was complaining about how bad her landlords treat her and her neighbors, if SHE and her fellow (and that's not sexist; I'm a woman, a poor one, at that!) tenants would consider accepting the proposition of owning their apartment building and then THEY'D be the landlords and would have more control would profit and, to paraphrase, she looked at the building, looked at him and said, "I'm not going for any of that!"

    Everybody wants to vampirize one's energy, which is what I call it, by gaining one's sympathy, but very few people are willing to take responsibility for their circumstances or even try to evaluate the causes of them clearly, much less (yikes!!!!) actually DO something to improve them! No, bellyaching and standing in the way of others who are actually trying to improve things slowly, honestly and within the rules and laws are the favorite past time, especially of most Americans, I have found over many decades.

    One man told me that he and most other Americans agree (this constituting democracy!) have a right to know what is in their food, even moreso than already provided for in our country. Every person in most other countries know that they have no such right! I told him that in that case, he can grow his own food, which he wouldn't have a clue how to do nor the resources (considering he eats all his meals in soup kitchens every day and also complains to me that "I don't listen to most of what he has to say" every time he eats dinner with me which I provide for both of us out of my own meagre resources, but which he thoroughly approves of the quality and ingredients of, and although one day last year, I just handed him a working laptop, free of charge, in an effort to help him! Every time he brings up the FACT that I won't listen to most of what he says, I try to congratulate him on being so observant that I don't listen to him much and that I have good reasons for not doing so, and that's not going to change unless he becomes a better conversationalist! Needless to say, I've come to detest him!)

    Also, I told that numbskull, as the famous, M.D., Dr. Oz, and an M.D., who appears regularly during PBS fund drives, Dr. Hyman, both recommend for all such health fanatics that if they want to be as safe as possible about the ingredients in their food without having to resort to growing it oneself in the U.S. (and even then one may not know the soil or water quality, nor the quality or origin and natural hardiness of the seed one buys/uses, etc.!) that one only eat foods with no more than five ingredients listed on the package and that one should know what all those five ingredients are. He immediately started talking about how "cold" the weather is, to which I replied that, yes, it is, and I'm giving him the "cold" hard facts about the drivel he's talking!

    Myself, I eat as healthfully as I can, but I am not a fanatic about anything; I believe with Kary Mullis, the Nobel Prize Laureate, for DNA replication, as he wrote in his book, Dancing in the Mind Field, to paraphrase, that most anyone will do well eating just about anything in moderation!

    Anyone here want to help me mass-market my healthful food line including recipes with two of the most powerful superfoods I've ever eaten, namely, chia seed and quinoa, also known as kinwa, which all my friends will beg, borrow, steal, and cajole, to get a taste of? Please contact me at (718) 480-8863 if so. Or look me up in the Superpages on the internet at D. Lee in Jamaica, NY. Thanks!
     -- Donna Lee, Jamaica     
     -- Donna Lee, Jamaica      
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