By Michael Moss for New York Times Sunday Magazine, Feb. 20/24, 2012
On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare, private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial, the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by their skill in fighting one another for what they called “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.
James Behnke, a 55-year-old executive at Pillsbury, greeted the men as they arrived. He was anxious but also hopeful about the plan that he and a few other food-company executives had devised to engage the C.E.O.’s on America’s growing weight problem. [....]
Insurgent commanders say that since Russia began air attacks in support of the Syrian government, they have for the first time received bountiful supplies of powerful American-made antitank missiles....With the enhanced insurgent firepower and with Russia steadily raising the number of airstrikes against the government’s opponents, the Syrian conflict is edging closer to an all-out proxy war between the United States and Russia....
As grotesque as it is to honor Christopher Columbus who set in motion a hemisphere-wide genocide against the indigenous population, it is also sickening to honor Ronald Reagan who aided and abetted genocide against Guatemalan tribes just last century, as Robert Parry reported in 2006.
So the Benghazi "investigation" starts to turn on itself, twisting in the wind. The NY Times is finding Hillary email stories boring and the irony of all the things the umpteenth committee was going to do before it settled on Hillary Hillary Hillary is simply too amusing to ignore, especially since McCarthy made sure they couldn't ignore it. Expect a rather fun appearance by Hillary in front of the committee in a few weeks - let the GOP play with the hot potato for a while.
Article from New Republic reminding us of fake "crises" in 2010-2011 where Biden and thus Obama show what crappy bargainers they are, in this case re the "death tax" and sequester. Worst is undercutting your chief negotiator behind his back. Rather important to know who'll be facing off with rampaging Republicans this time. Hopefully not Joe.
Digby points at what I've been saying for a while - Cruz is a dangerous snake in the weeds. All the worry about Trump ignores that he will burn out, wear out his welcome for real people, that this is just the warm-up side tent freak show for what inevitably turns into a much more boring big tent circus. And Cruz is working the groundskeepers and folks outside peeping in.