Burma, America, The World, Art, Literature, Political Economy through the eyes of a Permanent Exile.
"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the oppressed. Sometimes we must interfere. . . There is so much injustice and suffering crying out for our attention . . . writers and poets, prisoners in so many lands governed by the left and by the right." Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Speech, 1986, Oslo.
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the hurricanes, someone wrote on Twitter that there was "no need for
the chickens to be drowned, bc on his father's farm they just let them
go and then they returned."
Well, factory farm chickens probably cannot fly and would not survive in open.
Covid virus is said to have come from bats which ate mangoes above a
pig sty, infecting the pigs, which were all slaughtered in a early
outbreak on an Indonesian island.
On my way back from Poland in 1969, my sister and I stopped at a business friend of my husband's in Denmark.
took us to see his pig farm. He only raised the pigs between a certain
age and a certain age, and then sold them on, within the EU.
was housed in a very clean building with real wood (teak?) arched
ceilings or roofs, and looked more like a modern church than a pig sty.
I remember passing through Copenhagen airport again abt 2002, and
seeing teak floors, also lots of teak in Chiangmai B and Bs.
I don't remember anything wet or anything smelling and the pig facility.
The rows of pigs were all head down in the troughs eating, some kind of dry grain mix.
I was surprised at how long their backs were, about 4 feet. Maybe a special breed.
Burma, my Karen friend (Karen or Kayin is a minority ethnic group) said
she raised a pig in her bathroom in a flat and kept it so well fed on
scraps, no one even knew it was there. Then they slaughtered it in the
She also said much to her husband's embarrassment, "His mother raised dogs to eat under the house."
A note: Sometimes when I tell people what people told me, they say "Ha! I don't believe you. It can't be."
It matters not to me if you believe me or not. I am definite they told me.
I overheard things abt child abuse or in one case, a mother mentioned
inappropriate behavior, let us say, between her husband and their
As I said, you can believe me or not.
My job is to write it down and tell you so you are aware of such things.
#TheTrumpDepression has cost America:
- her travel rights
- her international reputation
- her ability to contain Putin's invasions of her allies
- her ability to choose her leaders
- 415,000 lives by 1/1
- 22 million jobs
- her citizens' trust in the White House
You won't believe this, but this video was recommended for me by Google.
The next one is abt Norwegian farmed salmon.
I buy my shrimp and salmon, a $20 package every 3-4 weeks at Whole Foods. bc it is the only supermarket now near me.
I am eating more beans and bean products and vegs, since Jan 2020 to 10 years ago.
The thing with beans if you have to eat a lot of beans to get the same amount as animal protein.
My mother and many others in Burma died of liver cancer.
My sister in law ( a pathologist's) husband, a radiologist himself, told me in mid 1970s that liver cancer is very prevalent among urban Burmese.
(after autopsy of a Burmese business women Ma Myint, who was vegetarian for religious reasons, doctor who performed autopsy saw her liver and asked "Did she eat a vegetarian diet for long periods of time?)--I know she ate mostly mushrooms.
Dr K L said that rural people did not get liver cancer so much bc they ate fish paste and fish sauce.
But I do not know if that's true now or not.
A former economics MA student of mine is a mangrove specialist.
In 2006 I went with a student group from Chulalongkorn Univ. to
1. A medium size shrimp shelling workhouse
2. A bigger tuna canning factory (but the tuna themselves were quite small, abt 10 " in length)
both in Mahachai (Big Fort) area, across the river from Bangkok.
ALL the workers were Burmese.
I have never been to Chantaburi in the SE of Thailand.