Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"Meat" the #1 Superpower of the 21st Century

June 24, 2015
Stomachs turn by 40-year-old meat peddled by traders

The Chinese news media announced that the authorities had seized nearly half a billion dollars' worth of smuggled frozen meat this month across China, some of it dating to the 1970s.

Damn. I really thought this would be the year I'd be bribing the border guard and moving to China. Oh, well. There's always next year.

In all seriousness, I have no desire to visit China, move to China, or invest in China. Go figure.


Joseph Constable said...

A friend owns one of the most high tech manufacturing companies in the US. The Pentagon loves him. He goes to China to buy high tech machinery he can't buy anywhere else in the world. The building his supplier is in is paid for by the government though the company pays the utilities. The government GAVE the founder $25 million in seed capital. The founder was educated in engineering at Stanford.

Get used to it, learn Mandarin and learn to eat dog.

The irony is that China is selling the US machinery used to make weapons to use against themselves.

Stagflationary Mark said...

Not going to learn Mandarin, not going to eat dog, not going to invest in companies that I don't trust.

fudge_hend said...

A couple years ago I cleaned out an old freezer from the basement of one of my then recently deceased relatives and found some frozen items dating back to the mid 1960s. Mostly frozen berries, but also a few things that I couldn't recognize and didn't want to defrost to try and figure it out. The only reason I know how old they were is that they had labels with the date they were put into the freezer.

I didn't eat them needless to say. But then I've been to China and enjoyed it and ate more than a few things that would probably qualify as 'mystery' meat.

dd said...

Went to China in the late eighties just as things were heating up. Just an impression but the Chinese love gambling; gambling that you're not gonna know the meat is 50 years old; gambling that the bamboo scaffolding isn't going to crumble and kill everyone; gambling that the yellowish water doesn't mean typhus etc. Everything was a gamble and after awhile one tires of wondering what is in the water, the food and the wine.

Stagflationary Mark said...

We had a freezer mishap recently. The door had been left slightly ajar.

I got to gamble on the how thoroughly should I cook the boneless skinless chicken thigh game. I opted to cook it very thoroughly like I always do, since I tend to not be much of a gambler. Of course, it could be argued that I do have some gambler in me. I did eat it rather than throw it out. Tasted good. I lived. Hurray! ;)

fried said...

So, Congress no longer wants meat to be labeled with country of origin. I would ask who are the folks in Congress representing, but that would be foolish. I think we all know the answer.
I would never feed my dog anything from China, why would I eat it myself or serve it to friends.
I feed my dog lamb from New Zealand, since it is organic by I suppose it will be impossible to identify. A special thank you to the jackasses in Congress is in about serving 40 year old meat to them.

Stagflationary Mark said...


I suggest that every product simply has a Made on Planet Earth label. What's the harm?

(Just trying to set myself up for a cushy job in the halls of Congress.)