Warren Miller in The New Yorker
My friend Mitchel Cohen is writing a book called “The Politix of Pesticides: The Worldwide Fight Against Monsanto’s Glyphosate,” a book about pesticides, including Monsanto’s Round-Up brand of glyphosate, genetically modified food and seeds, and the general perfidy of that multinational monster, Monsanto. He asked some friends to come up with a humorous but accurate SAT-type quiz to help spice up the book. Here was my contribution. In case it is not obvious, the correct answer is always D.
1. Which is NOT a side effect of glyphosate?
A. Destroyed immune system
B. Destruction of the monarch butterfly population
C. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
D. Victory of the working people over the running dog capitalist bosses
2. Which one does not belong?
A. Charles Manson
B. John Wayne Gacy
D. Santa’s elves
3. Who sponsored a 2016 study that showed that Round-up was harmless?
A. International Agency for Research on Cancer
B. The World Health Organization
C. USA National Cancer Institute
4. Monsanto GM seeds led to massive crop failures in which of the following countries:
D. All of the above
5. When Bloomberg Business Week reported that Monsanto scientists were caught heavily involved in organizing, reviewing, and editing drafts submitted by the outside experts of a 2016 study of Round Up, a Monsanto spokesperson responded:
A. “Whoops. My bad.”
C. “Look closely at the shiny object. You are getting sleepy…”
D. “We were only involved in copy-editing.”
6. Which of the following were former Monsanto officers or attorneys:
A. Earle H. Harbison Jr., Central Intelligence Agency Deputy Director
B. Michael A. Friedman, MD—FDA deputy commissioner.
C. Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice who wrote the majority opinion in J. E. M. Ag Supply, Inc. v. Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. finding that “newly developed plant breeds are patentable under the general utility patent laws of the United States.”
D. All of the above
7. In a 2009 study by Covalence of the ethics of 581 corporations, which corporation was measured as the least ethical:
A. Big Bob’s Used Cars
B. Moe and Joe’s Hit Man Service
C. Kayaks R Us
8. Complete the Analogy.
Food is to GM food as:
A. Butter is to “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”
B. Boxing is to Wrestling
C. Pete Seeger is to Milli Vanilli
D. All of the above
9. The use of GMOs results in
10.. Which of the following is currently the lead article on Monsanto’s website:
A. “Workers of the World Unite”
B. “To Serve Man”
C. “You Can Take The People Out of Their Jeans, But You Can’t Take The Genes Out of the People”
D. “Driving Innovation in Modern Agriculture to Combat Climate Change”
More Lynda Barry at https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/author/lynda-barry
Recently, I bought a set of electric hand warmers. They are little devices that you put in your gloves or socks to keep you warm during the winter. I was familiar with the one-use little plastic package warmers, so I thought a reusable electronic version might be useful. Little did I know until I read the directions which made me laugh out loud, that I had just purchased the equivalent of the true-life version of the legendary fictional Happy Fun Ball. I especially enjoyed the helpful advice in Precaution note #5, should misfortune arise:
Rest assured, I will not Taunt the Fourheart Hand Warmer.
Last year, Penn & Teller performed this little stunt from their classic repertoire on their television series, Fool Us; it’s still a knuckle-biting performance.
But for the purists who remember the original version, here’s a clip from twenty-five years ago, back when Teller took a few more hair-raising chances . . .
Thanks to YouTuber secretSociety40
I recently had the pleasure of seeing Harrison Greenbaum’s comedy magic act at two different venues, and he killed at both of them. His philosophy of performing comedy magic is that the comedy has to be good enough to stand alone without the magic—and indeed that is what he has done for a good deal of his career; that is, he often performs hilarious stand-up comedy only, without the magic. But don’t underestimate his magic chops either—his routining and performance of the venerable magic Baby Gag is a standing ovation wonder.
Here’s Greenbaum with one my favorite comedy routines of his—no magic—“Lightning Roy,” the man who defied lightning.
Monday morning, a delightful tribute to imagination. This four-minute movie short directed by David Mossop of Sherpas Cinema had me smiling throughout. Tom Wallisch on the skis, the excellent nine-year old Sequoia Colbeck as the dreamy boy, and Lucas Meyers and Sydney Black as the oblivious parents.
“Because I’m Me” performed by The Avalanches
Thanks to YouTuber The North Face
And more about the film at https://sherpascinema.com/project/imagination/