An In Depth Analysis Of The Nonsense And Manipulation Designed To Separate Us All From Our Collective Sanity. Gandhi once said," First they ignore us-then they ridicule us-then they fight us...then we win."
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Cinderella's Pumpkin Recession
What does Cinderella, pumpkins and the recession have in common?
Cinderella is fantasy-and involves a pumpkin. Canned pumpkin was supposedly scarce due to a crop shortage and Nestle's brand "Libby" is raising the cost 20 cents a can to offset losses, increasing the cost for a 15 ounce can to 1.79 and 2.59 for a 29 oz.can.
The average pie takes 2 cups of pumpkin or 1lb. So in order to make a pie you either use less with their 15 0z.can-or buy an extra can -with leftover pumpkin to deal with--think that wasan over sight on the Libby/Nestle part?
The declaration by prominent economists that the recession ended June 2009, could be called a fantasy depending on where you get your misinformation. But it doesn't involve a pumpkin - or does it? Maybe like Cinderella -at the end of the story- we are the ones being taken for a ride in a pumpkin carriage.
And who are these prominent economists anyway? They tell a story that sounds like a confused fairy tale.
According to the National Association for Business Economics -a survey of prominent economists found that 80% agreed the recession was over in June of 2009. At rock bottom then, we have slowly been creeping forward ever since. These economic forecasters are the money weathermen who's predictions of " chance of showers" means it may -or- may not rain. One even went as far as to say "what it doesn'tmean is that everything is good again." What they are saying is this recession has ended- but a new one could take it's place becoming the new recession. "May-hap will, may-hap won't" from the wordsmiths that gave us "stagflation."
Better stock up on canned pumpkin before it runs out before Thanksgiving- At least that's what Nestle/Libby would recommend.They want to re-assure you there will be plenty to go around-at an inflated price.
Just like Cinderella-Libby brand has wicked step sisters. Nestle owns Libby brand and Nestle is owned by Nabisco who is owned by Conagra who is owned by Philip Morris who is owned by Altria Group, and Altria is Latin for "High".
One wonders where they came up with "high" to describe their company-maybe a secret additive in cigarettes-or canned pumpkin? Maybe that explains the canned pumpkin hoarding stories going around.
So what do any of these three stories really have in common? Nothing and everything. They could be true-depending on your own ability to "suspend disbelief". Or they could be fairy tales- I guess it depends on your own gullibility factor, especially when expert testimonials are involved.
Experts are bad storytellers, and they seem to think they can tell a pretty good story, but their fairy tales are badly written- more designed to confuse than to inform.
No wonder people just want to get altria ( high ) and eat pumpkin pie while watching Cinderella.
Just make sure your pie is homemade from a pumpkin grown in your own garden-not one of those corporate food conglomerate creations made by wicked step sisters.