Thursday, April 30, 2020

Meat Shortages in US and an Old Joke

I did not take this photo. This was what my supermarket looked 
like yesterday, though. 

There are now meat shortages in the US. 

Meat shortages in the US? How did that happen? 

For an idea of how all this looks from abroad, you must read Fintan O'Toole's April 25, 2020 editorial in the Irish Times. You can read O'Toole's searing analysis here

But, the meat shortages. 

Yesterday there was no fresh, uncooked chicken of any kind to be had in my supermarket. Ditto turkey. There were some packages of beef, a limited selection, with rationing. One could purchase, for example, only one one-pound package  of beef. 

All this while farmers are slaughtering and burying their livestock and plowing  their crops back into the soil. 

These new conditions in America under Donald Trump bring to mind an old joke. 

I do not tell this joke to approve of it. Clearly, it is anti-Polish AND anti-Jewish. 

Jokes are data. And  they are not politically correct. 


A Russian, a Pole, an American, and an Israeli are sitting on a park bench in Moscow, USSR.

A reporter approaches them with a microphone.

"Excuse me, folks, I'm from CNN and I have a question for you. What do you think of the meat shortage?"

The Russian replies quizzically, "What is 'meat'?"

The Poles asks, "What is 'think'?"

The Israeli asks, "What does 'excuse me' mean?"

And the American is confused. "What is a 'shortage'?"

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