Moriens sed Invictus Already

Dying, but unconquered! I just got finished reading a weeks worth of Wall Street Journals (much of which can be found online at and have found the following of interest:

On the salmonella issue, the FDA has found ONE tainted jalapeno. The tomatoes apparently are okay. Could something possibly be amiss with our prided procedures? To err on the side of safety, based on past history (tomatoes after all have been considered suspect since they were introduced in Europe in the 16th century, why should anything change now?). The conclusion: stay away from raw salsa, and cook your peppers thoroughly.

The rich are getting richer (no surprise there) and the poor, well, the poor are just the poor. What’s that great line from Gangs of New York? Something about the poor are there to kill the rest of the poor…look it up on

Oil Shock: my favorite topic. Well, the small drop in oil was good (for a bit) for the airlines. Asphalt is taking it in the ear. Ford has realized it has to produce something other than big trucks.

Urban dwellers around the world rank their nations higher than Americans rank the US. Telling, no?

American states are taking measures to cut greenhouse gases. Bravo to New Jersey for taking the plunge. At least someone is paying attention to the “Global Warming Response Act – 2007”.

The usual core of opinion pundits are opining, without much substance, on Obama, and McCain has got a new handler.

Archer Daniels Midland, Monsanto, and a few others are forming the “Alliance for Abundant Food and Energy”. I’m going to follow that as closely as possible.

On the other side, Tyson and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. To your corners! Where’s Don King when you need him?

Reading between the lines, more negative news than positive — I think personally, this dip in the price of oil is a correction — if for the best of reasons: the world demand outstrips the supply.

Somehow, someway, we have to find substitute tech for what is using the oil. Moving off fuel oil was done for the most part in 1983 and has creeped back up…this time the drama will play out on America’s highways. Oh, by the way, the railroads are lovin’ it.


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