Friday, December 10, 2010

C-food or Sea-Rations?

You know, I don't often rant on my blog.  There are simply too many issues one could rant ABOUT to use this precious space for that purpose, and there are too many beautiful things one can focus on instead...but this got me (and my apologies aforethought):

As someone who grows their own food out here JOTOLR, who is delighted to be able to produce it knowing it is safe to eat,  and one who, similarly cares about food supplies for the American people and the world,  as well as ourselves, I find the following to be particularly alarming.  It was posted on Yves Smith's blog, Naked Capitalism, yesterday....MM picked it up and read it to me.  Thought I would pass it along.  Perhaps this is the new Sea-Rations or C-food for the troops?

Guest Post: Secretary of the Navy Hatches Brilliant Plan to Sell More Gulf Seafood and Transport Oil to the War Zone

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 10:49 PM PST
→ Washington’s Blog

An unknown quantity of Gulf seafood is tainted with oil and/or dispersant..... Some have speculated that Gulf seafood would be quietly sold to makers of cat and dog food, to avoid public scrutiny.

But the Secretary of Navy has a different idea – force the good men and women in our armed services to eat it.

As the Times Picayune reported yesterday:

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who doubles as President Barack Obama’s point man on Gulf Coast oil spill recovery, is pressing America’s armed services to consume as much Gulf seafood as possible.

Navy Capt. Beci Brenton said Monday that Mabus has talked with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the secretaries of the Air Force and Army, and his staff has talked to the Defense Commissary Agency, which operates a worldwide chain of stores for military personnel, making the point “that we should be buying Gulf Coast seafood.”

I have friends who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the thought of folks in our armed services being fed Gulf seafood angers me.

Of course, the U.S. considers oil to be a national security issue, and the government spends a lot of money to get oil over to the various war theaters.

Indeed, BP is the main contractor supplying oil to the U.S. military.

The cynical might argue that Secretary Mabus is being callous in allowing our good service men and women to eat tainted seafood.

But maybe Secretary Mabus has an ingenious plan to cheaply transport BP oil into Iraq and Afghanistan: shipping Gulf seafood to commissaries and mess halls, and then having the troops march on their stomachs and transport the oil out into the field.

(Yes, the last sentence is parody.)

Back to Elora....

Any wonder that those impacted by the Gulf Oil Spill are having difficulty getting compensation, or legal assistance, etc.?  And the fact that we could create a mammoth experiment as to the safety of seafood contaminated--as in "poisoned" -- by the oil and related mediation products, using our service personnel as guinea, I believe, still another outrage from this administration. 

If you have any feelings about this, it might be worthwhile to drop a "cable" to Mabus. 
Go Assange!

Shame on me for leaving you with a negative thought for the weekend!  I will post a separate photo right now....instead of closing out the week's adventures on a low note.  See the next post coming your way, directly!

This Morning's Sunrise

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