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At Least Twinkies are Back

Posted by middlerage on July 26, 2013

As Mark L. so aptly says, in my kvetch on unemployment figures, things are not quite so terrible because Twinkies have come back (like the zombie food they are).

Which leads me to give a shout out to one of my all-time favorite zombie junk food snacks: Gansitos!

Gansitos are Twinkies turned up to 11. Take a cream filled golden cake, add a layer of jam, and coat in gansitochocolate.  My stomach acids are already churning.

I first ran into Gansito(s) at summer Boy Scout camp in the 1970s. I spent every bit of fun money I could on them. Then they disappeared in the following decades. I recently re-discovered them in the latino shops that have sprung up to serve the immigrant community. I couldn’t tell you if they were imported or domestic in the 1970s – not something a young boy cares to notice – but they are back, and that’s all you need to know.

Click the pic for a cream filled wikipedia explanation.

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It’s the Uncounted Possums, Stupid!

Posted by middlerage on July 24, 2013

Lotta media attention today about Obama’s upcoming press conference on the economy. Meanwhile the media is humming along talking about the hopeful yet anemic job growth (200,000 jobs added this month!), the hopeful yet anemic consumer sentiment, the hopeful yet anemic drop from 8-something % unemployment to 7-something % unemployment, and the hopeful yet anemic new-housing starts. Oh and Wall Street is having a stellar summer.

[Side Note: “possums”? Why the heck does the post title mention possums? Go here.]

But I call bullshit on all that. Let me say emphatically: We. Don’t. Count. People. Who. Have. Given-Up. Job. Hunting.

When you count folks who want to work but haven’t looked for work in weeks because the answer IS FUCKING OBVIOUS – there are NO JOBS – then we get an unemployment rate more like Seventeen fucking percent. But those too discouraged to look for work (read: the long-term unemployed) and those who accept partial employment beneath their former situation ARE NOT COUNTED.

This is a jobless recovery. This is a non-recovery recovery. Corporations are sitting on piles of cash. McDonalds gives appallingly tone-deaf budget advise to its low-wage workers.  Congress is cutting SNAP (i.e. food stamps) benefits. Companies are outsourcing. The wages of those lucky enough to have jobs are stagnant. CEOs reap disgusting pay. WalMart bitches about living wage laws. The middle class is disappearing. Detroit is bankrupt. Nobody important in the mortgage securities debacle that led to all this HAS GONE TO JAIL. And Texas needs rain.

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A Beautifully Simple Solution

Posted by middlerage on July 23, 2013

When I was a youngster I went camping a lot. Usually trucking out with my Boy Scout troop, water purifying tablets, white gas camp stove, and plenty of Deep Woods Off. It was the 70s, and we didn’t worry about chemicals (as much). We lived, marinated in Deep Woods Off, for days, thought nothing of it. Now when you buy a can, it has a Tolstoy sized novelette on the back telling you how bad the stuff is and to “be sure to take a shower promptly upon returning indoors.” Yikes.

I don’t camp anymore, but I live in the south and summers means mosquitos. They bite everywhere (the worst is between the knuckles. Man that itches something fierce).

Well here is an interesting solution that I will be excitedly testing out: oscillating fan. I’ll let you know how it works out.


The New York Times


July 15, 2013

A Low-Tech Mosquito Deterrent


Over the Fourth of July holiday, my wife and I joined some friends for a barbecue in their backyard. The guests were lively and the space was lovely — grassy and open but shady and surrounded by lots of shrubs and trees.

In other words, it was perfect for mosquitoes — and indeed, closer inspection showed that they were thriving in all that greenery.


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