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Mona says the Friday word is "Rant". Now while I could not think of a poem for this one right away, it is I am afraid rather easy to rant about the state of affairs both at home here in the US and around the world.
But let me get this quick rant off my chest. There is a tradition of the US senate opening with prayers. I don't have a big issue with that. I would rather we do something more useful like try to get health care to the uninsured in our nation rather than offer prayer to the man/woman (who says that the creator have to be a he?) in the skies who controls us all. The question of there being a creator remains open for some minds.
This episode just makes me wonder about whose freedom of religion it is that we are talking about?
Three people were arrested Thursday after staging a noisy protest as a
Hindu chaplain read the opening prayer at the US Senate, branding his appearance
US Capitol Police said the protestors, apparently Christian religious activists, were ejected from the chamber and charged with an unlawful disruption of Congress.
As Hindu chaplain Rajan Zed started to recite his prayer, one protestor was heard chanting "Lord Jesus, forgive us father for allowing a prayer which is an abomination in your sight.
Faith leaders from various creeds are sometimes invited to give the Senate's daily opening prayer, though it is normally offered by the chamber's Christian chaplain.
The pressure group Americans United for Separation of Church and State condemned the protest. "This shows the intolerance of many Religious Right activists," said the group's executive director, Reverend Barry Lynn. "They say they want more religion in the public square, but it's clear they mean only their religion."
I guess it is freedom of religion for some people, but what they mean is freedom for them to practice their version of Christianity and the rest of us are going to hell. ;-) But this intolerance is seen to various degrees in all religions and like has been said before, while religion can and does serve as a force for good, scores of people have been killed in its name around the world. And I won't address the unanswered question for some, is there truly a god?
That is my rant for the day.
Hot Steamed Buns
BEIJING, China (AP) -- Chopped cardboard, softened with an industrial
chemical and flavored with fatty pork and powdered seasoning, is a main
ingredient in batches of steamed buns sold in one Beijing neighborhood, state
The hidden camera follows the man, whose face is not shown, into a ramshackle
building where steamers are filled with the fluffy white buns, traditionally stuffed with minced pork.
The surroundings are filthy, with water puddles and piles of old furniture and cardboard on the ground.
"What's in the recipe?" the reporter asks. "Six to four," the man says.
"You mean 60 percent cardboard? What is the other 40 percent?" asks the reporter. "Fatty meat," the man replies.
The bun maker and his assistants then give a demonstration on how the product is made.
Squares of cardboard picked from the ground are first soaked to a pulp in a plastic basin of caustic soda -- a chemical base commonly used in manufacturing paper and soap -- then chopped into tiny morsels with a cleaver. Fatty pork and powdered seasoning are stirred in.
Soon, steaming servings of the buns appear on the screen. The reporter takes a
bite. "This baozi filling is kind of tough. Not much taste," he says. "Can
other people taste the difference?"
"Most people can't. It fools the average person," the maker says. "I don't eat them myself."
The police eventually showed up and shut down the operation.
This story gives a new meaning to the term “Product Contains 60% Recycled Paper Board” and “Buns of Cardboard” or “Hardboard Buns”. And of course I meant the kind that you can eat..oh wait...