Good News If You Like Red Meat and Salt

0D7886F4-5D09-4E4A-8EE0-2DDAC461DB15Half of American adults live with one or more diet-related chronic illnesses, and poor diet is the primary cause of ill health in the country, leading to 700,000 deaths annually, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

So what does the Trump administration, under the leadership of America’s junk food president, do to address this issue? Well, for starters, it says fuck the scientists. What do they know? The Trump Administration has made a decision to direct the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture to limit scientific input to the 2020 dietary guidelines. This includes the guidelines with respect to the consumption of red and processed meats, for ultra-processed foods, which account for a growing percentage of calories consumed by Americans, and to the appropriate sodium (salt) levels for different populations.

Almost all dietary and nutritional experts have been recommending that Americans eat less red meat, cut back on their intake of salt, and avoid ultra-processed foods. So to Trump, it makes sense to shun scientific input into this dietary and nutritional research and to, instead, rely on the processed food industry’s lobbyists to influence “healthy” eating recommendations for all Americans.

But isn’t this the way of Donald Trump? He puts former coal, gas, and oil executives or lobbyists in charge of the departments of the Interior, Energy, and Agriculture and he picks a former Big Pharma exec to lead the Food and Drug Administration.

Big Business now runs the American government in the age of Trump. He has certainly been stocking, not draining, the swamp.

50 Word Thursday — Ready to Launch

432D0FB9-B2F9-4F0F-B8AE-A4689DA9460DSue thought that she was finally getting the hang of her job. Provided she did exactly as instructed, she should be able to get it right. She let out a little chuckle.

“What’s so funny?” Cheryl, Sue’s cubicle mate asked.

“I’m just in a good mood, Cheryl,” Sue said. “Why are you always so churlish?”

“Churlish? Are you kidding me?” Cheryl said. “I simply have a realistic view of things, Sue. You, on the other hand, act, at times, like an animated cartoon character.”

“That’s not fair,” Sue said. And then she looked at the monitor and said, “Oh shit!”EBE45FB7-E098-4B61-AECA-5815DC0DFE1A(100 words)


Written for this week’s 50 Word Thursday prompt from Deb Whittam at Twenty-Four. The idea is to use the image above (unattributed), along with the line, “Provided she did exactly as instructed, she should be able to get it right.” from Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by MC Beaton, and to write a post that must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.

Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (hang), Daily Addictions (funny), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (churlish), Word of the Day Challenge (view), Your Daily Word Prompt (animated), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (emergency).

Friday Fictioneers — It’s Not Rocket Science

AB9DBFF3-73C4-47DC-9A06-0E52DA74F819“I want to do a conga line dance,” Mildred said. Her four adult children were visiting Mildred at her nursing when Barbara, the oldest, asked her mother what she wanted to do.

“A conga line dance?” Barbara said. “Mother, don’t be silly. You’re in a wheelchair. How can you do a conga line dance?

Mildred got an annoyed look on her face. “You’re the one being silly, Barbara,” she said. “Your brothers, your sister, and you line up behind me and push me around the grounds in my chair while we dance to conga music. It’s not rocket science, dear.”

(100 words)


Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Linda Kreger.

FOWC with Fandango — Churlish

FOWCWelcome to August 30, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “churlish.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.