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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

“Educational Writings-Discourse, Part XIII: America: Third World Foodstuffs in a First World Nation—Recipe for Disaster, Part IV!” by Moses Scharbug III


Today, we begin offering albums by the great heavy rock band out of New England, MOUNTAIN, who burst onto the scene in 1968.  The phenomenal guitarist, Leslie West, joined with bassist-and-Cream-producer, Felix Pappalardi, drummer Corky Laing, and keyboardist, Steve Knight.  Their first album was actually a solo album by Leslie West entitled, “Leslie West-- Mountain,” which came out in 1968 and put them on the map.  Please purchase this album by accessing the convenient link below and purchasing it at AMAZON.COM! Thank you!

 

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Here is the countdown to December 21, 2012: from today, we have 8 days to go until the End of Days, the End of Time, Armageddon, and the End of the Mayan Calendar!  Everybody, beware!

 



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Elemental News of the Day Commentary-Opinion-Sports-Foodservice for Thursday, December 13, 2012 by Moses Scharbug III

 

 

EDUCATIONAL WRITINGS-DISCOURSE, PART XIII

Educational Writings-Discourse, Part XIII: America: Third World Foodstuffs in a First World Nation—Recipe for Disaster, Part IV!” by Moses Scharbug III

 

 

Bakersfield, CA, 12-13-2012 Th:  Yesterday, I was fretting about what to buy as gifts for friends and family and I decided to take everyone out to dinner at the Doubletree Inn in Bakersfield, CA.  They have a lovely dining room so I had my wife, Lucinda, make reservations for Christmas Day so everyone—no matter their faith—can all come and celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christianity on the same day and if the world ends on the Twenty-First?  Well, we will not be out of pocket any money, will be?  Yes, I am making a joke because I do not anticipate anything-terrible happening to us but then again, I am also a realistic individual as most practicing Jews.  Life is not always easy for us; Jew-haters have persecuted us through many a pogrom throughout Europe and elsewhere and that means that one has a stoic view of the world.  The fact that we have many enemies throughout the world—primarily Iran and a resurgent Islamist Middle East thanks to the Muslim Brotherhood—means we have to have a crystal clear view of the world surrounding us.  I am not one of those Jews who hide his head in the sand hoping that evil will not befall me as to do that is to lose one’s head!

I think all of us were surprised in 2009 when the Green Revolution arose in Iran and for a few months, had the government and the mullahs on their knees in fear as to what to do about it.  The fact that President Obama did NOT come to their rescue thereby leading a great many of its participants to disappear into the gulags showed us something as to what was to come.  The previous administration would have come to the rescue immediately but the Obama Administration did NOT, which made us feel that Mr. Obama was in league with the Islamists.  I think their inaction proved this over the course of the rest of the so-called “Arab Spring” swept across North Africa from one end to the other leaving Israel in an even worse place.  Times are dangerous and increasingly so and as we approach this prophetic date of December 21, 2012 that any number of scenarios can occur, none of which are good for the world in general and Israel in particular.  The return of the “Twelfth Imam” bodes ill for all of us because to me, it is clear that the Islamists mean us no good but only death and destruction.

Therefore, you can understand as to why we make no concrete plans other than taking out the family and friends remaining in Bakersfield and its environs because to me, the next eight days are a time of danger, of intrigue, and of concern to all of us.  Let us return to my essay on the dangers of imported food and what it means to the safety of the United States:

AMERICA—THIRD WORLD FOODSTUFFS IN A FIRST WORLD NATION—A RECIPE FOR DISASTER, PART IV

The danger posed by the consumption of animal flesh as opposed to that of fruits and vegetables is because the E-coli bacteria  is a naturally occurring agent in the intestinal tracts of the former whereas that which contaminates produce is caused by lack of hygiene in the workers who pick them for the American table.  Safe-handling techniques, such as the cleansing and storage of non-meat items, pretty much nullify the danger of contracting the bacteria.  However, the danger of E-coli or hepatitis A exists in meat, NOT in regular cuts such as roasts, steaks, ribs, etcetera, but in GROUND meats due to comingled blood from numerous sources. 

When I was a young man, I apprenticed to be a butcher and over the course of several years, I have handled thousands of pounds of every type of existing cut known to man at the time.  In one town in which, I worked, I cut meat at a major grocery chain and got an eye-opening education as to the way in which, they do things in the thermostatically controlled butcher’s room—nothing you would ever care to see. 

When the meat room manager assigns the butchers their tasks, there generally are TWO band saws, one for fresh meat and one for frozen.  Two or three other butchers do varying tasks cutting meat.  Finally, there is a meat-wrapper and another one who handles the cold cut case and the freezer in which, meat items are stored such as turkeys, fish, chicken, and whatever else. 

Generally, it is NOT correct to put different meats together such as chicken or lamb in the beef trim.  The reason for this is the possibility of cross-contamination and the speed of possible infections such as E-coli can occur.  As the butchers cut their assigned meats, they sort out stuff to grind for hamburger in varying fat amounts.  Other things like odd piece of this or that (scrap chops, odd beef cuts, and etcetera) many times are combined together to form one item. 

In the walk-in refrigerator, we generally keep two or more twenty-gallon tubs and in one, it is full of teriyaki sauce while the other has something such as Chinese Char Sieu Sauce, which is a semi-sweet RED food coloring.  All daylong and all week, pork, chicken, beef, all are winding up combined in the same tub.  When I questioned the meat room manager about the safety of this practice, he told me, “That’s the way it is.”  Then, at the end of the week, we pull everything out, placed it onto sheet pans and then cooked it in the convection oven belonging to the meat department.  Everything is cooked, cooled, and wrapped on the meat department’s shelves and sold by the end of the day.  It was standard operating procedure and all I could do was to go along.

In the meat room’s walk-in, we had a massive meat grinder, which we used every day of the week yet only cleaned 1-2 days per week.  The meat trim set aside for grinding went through it in batches of similar fat content and in varying types (i.e., ground sirloin, ground chuck, etcetera) and all from different steers and sometimes old dairy cows, which have reached the end of the line.  These things are then packaged together—meat, all from different animals—which is one of the major causes of E-coli bacteria and an important reason why all ground meats need to be cooked to 165°F or well done, which is a shame as I always preferred a rare-to-medium rare hamburger.

According to the New York State Department of Health Communicable Disease Fact Sheet[i] (which, I am paraphrasing):

E-coli bacteria normally live in the intestines of humans and animals and are not particularly dangerous except for one, E.coli015:H7, which is dangerous and cause severe diarrhea and kidney damage.  Anyone of any age can catch it but for children and seniors, these two groups can develop severe complications that can prove deadly.  There are two ways that one can acquire it, the first from eating meat contaminated in the slaughterhouse and the other from lack of hygiene and sanitation on the part of the handler.  If one goes to the restroom and does not wash his or her hands, the bacteria spread easily as hepatitis A does.

The two dangers are extremely easy to catch.  Slaughterhouses that grind tons of meat have to be extremely careful because every scrap on the floor can be a potential problem, as can the machines if we do not wash and sanitize it properly.  Let me further paraphrase the NY State Health Department:

The symptoms of E.coli0157:H7 are sneaky by not showing up until 3 to 9 days later after the ingested food has left the system and are but a dim memory.  Diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps with blood in the stool is sure symptoms of the presence of this diabolical disease.  Occasionally, fever is present and in children under five years old or in seniors, a complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome or HUS, which often leads to the destruction of red blood cells and kidney failure can prove to be fatal. 

Furthermore, “transfusions of blood or blood clotting factors as well as kidney dialysis may be necessary and a prolonged hospital stay is often required.  Fortunately, most people with HUS recover completely but in some, it can prove to be fatal.[ii]   

Editor’s Note: this is where we shall stop for this segment of my article.  I hope you are learning information that will protect both you and your family as if things do not change and soon, the American people are in a dangerous situation.  One has to remember that many of the places in which, food imports are utilized is in areas such as institutional cookery, i.e., schools, colleges, retirement homes, and hospitals, where many of the people can ill afford any sort of bout with foodborne illness.  Yet, the United States seems hell bent on bringing in more and more food, which to an educated person is courting disaster.  Anyhow, we shall pick up tomorrow with more of my essay.

END PART IV

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          Today, we offered the final Blue Cheer album and then tomorrow, we begin offering CDs by the great Massachusetts hard rock band, MOUNTAIN.  I look forward to offering theirs as to me; they always epitomized the best about American rock and roll: some real hardcore characters in the personas of Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi, Corky Laing and Steve Knight fronted the band, and they continually delivered the goods album after album.  I actually saw them several times over the years and to me, that will always be one of the best moments of my entire lifetime so if things do go to hell in nine days, then I know I have seen some of the greatest rock and roll acts of all time!  Yes, indeed!                                                                    

Anyhow, let us close with this impassioned plea—please leave some comments and/or become a follower and why not spend some money and purchase an album by MOUNTAIN and/or buy a cookbook from Amazon.com—we want to make some money here so help us out by buying something!  Allied with them, we are pleased to market their merchandise! See you next time around! Bye!  

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Moses Scharbug III

Moses Scharbug III
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This is me when I was a university professor at one of California’s State Universities in the Southland back in the 1970’s.  I’ve been retired for the past 15 years and have been the assistant editor of the END since its first incarnation back in 2009.

 

Moses Scharbug III writes from Oildale, CA.

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The END Commentary for Thursday, December 13, 2012 by Moses Scharbug III

 

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