The Sunday Times

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, before the eggs are dashed, coffee scalded, fruit cups filled, cleets laced, Jesus beleaguered and/or consumed, a mysterious person, perhaps Santa earning some extra cash in the off-season, delivers the New York Times in doubled blue plastic.

Going to fetch it feels like Christmas in the rending of plastic, or perhaps it’s a birth as the 8 lbs of news pushes itself out into the world, screaming and not yet read.

While it takes me the entire week to get through the whole thing, or at least what I consider the most important 90% (sorry style magazine) (am I going to get yelled at by the Devil wearing Prada?), I plan on having a regular Sunday or Monday post about something that just jumps right out.  And to kick things off we have:

Who knew our prayers for peace would be answered this way?

Thank you Coca-Cola – your corn-syrup poison may be dooming millions to sickness and early death, but at least they won’t be dying on the battlefield.

But don’t despair Pentagon, you can just recruit them for your video game warfare.   Pretty soon all warfare will be virtual anyway.  Today it’s controlling predator drones, fending off Chinese hackers, or spying via facebook. Tomorrow we’ll have compulsory participation in World of Warcraft with “real-life” consequence action teams.

But for now, 27% of young men not capable of basic training, which means 27% of young men not capable of really going outside, growing vegetables, hiking in wilderness, playing with present or future kids, and consequently probably not caring about what they eat, preserving the natural environment, or exposing kids to the great big outdoors.

At a certain point cause and effect become too tangled – are we adapting to a poisoned world by storing up resources and creating an indoor lifestyle, or is the world poisoned because we’ve already poisoned ourselves?

But at the moment, it’s one of those rare occasions when I’m inclined to agree with the Army.  Now, how to reverse the trend of childhood obesity is a discussion for another time, but for now let’s just simply say we’ll strive to give junior healthy meals at school, take him hiking, maybe even volunteering on an organic farm, and hope that he puts his healthy, active body to good use when he’s asked to make a choice.


3 thoughts on “The Sunday Times

  1. A couple weeks ago, I watched “Killer at Large: Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat” and apparently, fast food, McDonald’s in particular, is being served to active duty military personnel overseas (it’s cheap, ya know!!). These young men and women got through basic training (they were healthy and in shape) only to be fattened in a foreign country in their fatigues. So it’s not just schools that are supporting an unhealthy lifestyle. It’s everywhere!
    Man, now I want some greasy french fries…

    • I’ve seen photos with service members eating KFC at the base in Afghanistan, but I assumed that the rigors of duty would keep them fit. Guess not! It is everywhere!

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