Frankenpaper

Sinead_rips_the_PopeI was out of town last week and recovering from the trip  (sleeping) over the weekend. thus the scarcity of blog posts. I set to early today all filled with an idea about Sinead O’Connor most recent meltdown and the time she ripped the Pope’s picture on Saturday Night Live and tying that to the current unfathomable “Pope”. At the time of the picture rip, my feeling was whatevs, if you belong then don’t be disrespectful  / if you don’t belong then your opinion is invalid. Now, with the advent of this globally politicized Pope, I’m rethinking the infallibility angle and so I am now less inclined to disapprove of a little papal photo ripping.

Lots of things happened last week but now that I’m home and recovered (no longer sleep deprived), this is the one outstanding moment:

The hotel where I usually stay has a free breakfast buffet with two stacks of newspapers at the entrance to the buffet area. The paper on the left is the Wall Street Journal and the paper on the right is USA Today. Someone had mixed up the piles and I grabbed USA Today by mistake and realized it as soon as my eyes hit the print.  It wasn’t until I read the first sentence of the article that caught my eye and realized that the message in the headline was quite different. The gist of the story was that after a 2 year review of  900 separate studies on genetically engineered crops, the conclusion was that they did not cause any increase in disease or damage to the monarch butterfly population, and were safe for humans and animals to eat. But the headline blared FRANKENFOOD. Biased much?

frankenI never realized that USA Today was such a rag.

So now there’s an undercurrent of sadness that people who read this article will   only remember the word frankenfood and not get the message that there’s no such thing as frankenfood. And also that the Sinead O’Connor Pope picture incident happened almost 25 years ago and not a single person that I work with today would understand what I was talking about.

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One thought on “Frankenpaper

  1. I think many people are wondering about the new Pope and his stances, not the least of which is his distaste for western capitalism. He should read the Bible more, because Jesus was not a socialist.

    I remember when the bald chick tore that photo to shreds… so there’s at least two of us. 😉

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