Bound up

Read this quote, apparently quite popular, but I’d never heard it before this morning:

“If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you are
coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work
together.”
— Australian Aboriginal Woman

Reminds me of Matthew Chapter 25 and how Jesus says that my salvation is bound up with the poor, the stranger, those in prison, etc.

The Original Point of the "Cramer/Stewart" Feud

Daily Beast has a comprehensive blow-by-blow of the Cramer/Stewart mega-pseudo-dustup. Lots of breathless critical coverage of John Stewart’s critical coverage of CNBC’s lack of critical coverage of the financial bubble that burst all over us, but all of it misses the original point.

Stewart’s initial drubbing of CNBC was aimed at the audacity of CNBC’s Rick Santelli. Santelli called troubled mortgage holders “losers” for wanting to be bailed out of the situations they had gotten themselves into. Quite galling since Santelli said it while fomenting a revolt amongst the traders from the market floor on Wall Street. How dare Main Street be as gullible and greedy as Wall Street? Pot, kettle, black.

John Stewart was pointing out how CNBC was among the cheerleaders of the bubble that stoked the gullible greediness, the mirage of endless growth that justified such foolish leveraged investment. But apparently such foolishness is only bailout-worthy when you’re “too big to fail.” Foolish mortgage owners who want the same kind of help are “losers?”

Stewart was just pointing out, ruthlessly and at length, the hypocrisy of CNBC spending years of air time blowing up the bubble and then blaming those who burst with it. Cramer was barely winged in the attack but was the only one with guts enough to respond. Santelli was the one Stewart wanted on his show, not Cramer.

The final showdown between Cramer and Stewart was as hard to watch for me as it was riveting. It was like he quit doing comedy for a night and said, “Here. I’ll show you how to do your job” with a well researched, well documented takedown of Cramer. Cramer threw himself on the grenade for his network, playing James Fry to Stewart’s Oprah.

I would be quite happy if professional journalists put as much research into their reporting as John Stewart puts into his comedy. Lack of critical reporting was the main beef for Stewart in the end. But in the beginning, it was the audacity of pointing out the speck in troubled mortage owners’ eyes when the financial sector had a log in its own.

Deeper down, another thing still troubles me. We as a country have a rooted distate for mercy. Bailouts, to me, are essentially mercy. Giving people who do stupid stuff with money another chance they don’t deserve is mercy. Mercy cannot be deserved or earned. It can only be given. Yes, there must be justice, but for Christians, mercy trumps justice. Or at least it should since that’s the whole point of Christ in the first place.

The stories I see about the coming populist revolt trouble me. Yes, we the people should be angry. But a lot of this populism comes from our culture’s contempt for those who need and show mercy. We choke down the idea of the bailouts only out of fear and self-interest. Politicians tells us that the idiots will take us down with them if we don’t bail them out. There is no recognition that we need to temper justice with mercy in our so-called Christian nation.

To the extend that we are a merciless society, we are a godless society. That’s a bankruptcy of another, more serious kind.

Lunch

Okay, so while I am at it. I’ll capture the recipe for my favorite quick lunch. It started out as an improvisation, but now it is something I will make sure I always have ingredients on hand for.

I would link the article I read that inspired this experiment. The article about omega 3s and the need to eat oily fish rather than take fish oil supplements. The article that fascinated me with its connection between farming and ranching practices in the west and the decline of Omega 3s in the western diet. But for the life of me I cannot remember the source or find it by Googling.

Oh well, this is what I got from it. I tried canned fish of the types that the ariticle said have the highest Omega 3 content. Turns out Herring, Sardines, Anchovies, and Salmon top the list. Anchovies are quite salty and I don’t know how to do anything with them yet that I find palatable. Kippered Herring is okay with saltines but bland. Don’t really enjoy it much unless I add some sort of sauce and most of those have added sugar, etc.

But canned salmon — the good kind that actually looks like it used to be salmon, the kind without the little round boney things that crumble in my mouth and make my soul shudder — that led me to this improvisation:

Good canned Salmon (packed in water)
Handful of Pumpkin Seeds
Handful of chopped Sun-dried Tomatoes
Just enough Crumbled Feta cheese
Coupla Tbs Minced Onion
To taste: Kosher Salt, Red Pepper Flakes, Balsamic Vinegar
Mix with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, just enough to moisten

Walla! Lunch!

Breakfast

This recipe is my standard breakfast smoothie. Heidi calls it a gritty. It is my current go-to in the morning. Lasts until lunch.

1/3 cup frozen blueberries
Handful of walnuts
2T Ground Flax Seeds
Local Honey (to taste)
1 Cup 2% Milk
5 Ice Cubes

Simple. Loud. Going for Omega 3s, Fiber, and Antioxidants.

Helps to pulse the milk and ice first until smooth and then add the other ingredients.

Why am I sharing this? Dunno. Maybe I want my future self to remember what I thought was healthy back when I was in my early forties. maybe I just want to record the recipe so I can remember how I made that old smoothie I used to like.