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. [....]
The teacher had no contacts with anyone with Ebola, had no contact with anyone who had contact with an Ebola patient, the teacher only went to Dallas, which apparently is as scary to idiot Americans in Maine as having been to an Ebola ward of Liberia. Yes, these people vote too. TV News: turn it off or watch something else, TV 'News' won't make you smarter or better informed.
This has been the focus of Europe the last few days of a mysterious "whisky" in Sweden's waters. The Russians deny that the sub is theirs.
6.16 Just when the whole affair couldn't get any more 007, a rumour is now being circulated that the Russians were testing out a prototype mini-submarine known as the Triton NN.
Not much is known about it, but according to the website of the NIzhny Novogorod Lazurit design bureau, which claims to have designed it, a prototype underwent government testing in 2008. It is meant to combine the qualities of a speed boat and a submersile and may have been issued to navy special forces in Kaliningrad.
....“I cannot see the future here,” he said, without a touch of irony at the idea that an Israeli Jew was looking for a better life in Germany. “The middle class in Israel is going down. We feel it in our flesh.”....