This Not A Book Report


There is something in each of the two books, that I am currently reading, that I find interesting.

First – Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer – Phyllis Bennis.

Ms. Bennis does not have chapters in her book.  The table of contents consists of a series of questions and the page number on which that question appears, along with a sometimes extensive answer.

Note to Reader:  If you are among those who think that Israel can do no wrong, this book is not for you and all the more reason you need to read it.

Second – Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil Tom Mueller.

This is an observation regarding government regulation, of which the Republicans say we have too much.

From page 121 of a book with a copyright date of 2012:

“. . . the Industrial Revolution brought an age of rampant food adulteration:  bread tainted with alum and copper sulfate, beer “corrected” with narcotic picrotoxins, children’s sweets colored with lead and mercury, and “demon grocers” who purveyed a range of revolting and sometimes deadly dry goods.  In 1848, chemist John Mitchell observed that England was “about the only nation that has no laws, or effective laws, for the protection of the public against the adulteration of food.”  Much of this was due to the British government’s emphasis on free trade and a faith that Adam Smith’s “invisible hand of the market” would sort things out.

I shan’t rail about Republicans, just say, “Somethings never change.”

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