Today, I ate a can of dog food.
Not by informed choice, you understand.
As the house is now dog free, I did not expect to find a can of dog meat and certainly was not looking for one. I was not wearing my glasses when I pulled it off the shelf at Kroger. It looked like a promising can of soup, with the word “Organic” prominently displayed on the label. The words “dog food” were in small print and not noticed until my daughter pulled it out of the trash.
It’s my own fault, really.
Our local Kroger grocery store has a “Reduced for quick sale” section, which I often check out for bargains. That’s where I bought this half-price can.
Now, I may be barking up the wrong tree (sorry!), but I do feel that stores have a responsibility to separate human food from pet food, if only to discourage people from switching to the healthier, cheaper canine options.
This could lead to a serious shortage of dog food, forcing dog owners to feed their pets human food. While this would be a boon to vets and would encourage entrepreneurs to open doggie weight loss centers on every block, it’s probably best not to blur the thin line that separates animals from humans.
I will continue to write, even though that dog food has made me a little queasy. My youngest made the observation that my body is in shock from eating healthy food!!!
Enough of dogs. Cats have been a big part of my life recently.
After living in an animal free home for almost a year, our youngest daughter brought a cat into the house, thinking that our grandchildren would benefit from the new arrival. A few weeks later, a second cat suddenly appeared.
The two do not get along. Cat fights have been a nightly occurrence. So, in a couple of days, we will be taking the “new” cat to our eldest daughter’s home. This will cost over $100 in gas. I suggested it might be cheaper to send the cat by UPS or FedEx, but was over-ruled.
To more serious matters, the Chinese Communist Party just held its “once-every-five-years” big congress. Foreign observers would notice that, whenever the delegates had to vote, the vote was always unanimous, with nobody voting against Mr. Xi, the President of the People’s Republic.
I’m surprised that any foreign delegates were there. Mr. Xi’s speech was 3 and a half hours long, “short” by Chinese standards. Come to think of it, I would have voted “for” just to get the speech over with.
As few westerners were likely to have listened, it should be noted that President Xi wants to offer the world an alternative to American leadership. The first Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party was Chairman Mao. He is credited with unifying the country. His successor, Chairman Deng, turned the country’s back on socialism and made it the second biggest economy in the world, after the United States. Now, President Xi vows to build on his predecessor’s accomplishments and make the country “stronger.” History shows he’s likely to succeed – economic success leads to military success.
China isn’t the only power center that wants to offer the world an alternative to the US. The EU is promising the same. The EU is the world’s biggest single market. It is effectively the world’s biggest economy, but with 27 member countries it’s not ranked at the top, with each country listed separately. That will change if Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk have their way. Immediately after Brexit takes place, they want to move full steam ahead with their plans to turn Europe into the world’s number one superpower.
Russia was in the news today.
Exactly a century after the Russian Revolution overthrew the country’s monarchy, the last Czar, Nicholas II, was in the news again.
A new movie on “Niki’s” relationship with a popular ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, is proving so controversial the lead actor decided not to attend the premiere of “Matilda” in St. Petersburg. Cinemas have been attacked and at least one was burned to the ground.
The contention is due to the fact that the Russian Orthodox Church canonized Nicholas and his wife Alexandra after the end of the communist dictatorship. Russian nationalists consider the movie “blasphemous.”
Clearly, only 26 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the church and the monarchy both have a substantial following in post-communist Russia.
Perhaps one reason for a revival of both Russian and Chinese nationalism is American democracy. US divisions make democracy look really bad. Mass shootings like the recent one in Las Vegas don’t help, either. Street interviews with the Chinese public during the Communist Party Congress showed that most people do not want to be like the West. They feel that the US and other western democracies have too much freedom.
We seem to be living through a time that’s reminiscent of ancient Israel. “There was no king in Israel in those days. Every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).