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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Eggs are safe so spend all your money


It was bound to happen, of course. After decades of doing everything possible to make people fear the egg, the latest study now reveals that eating them is just fine because they have little if any effect on cholesterol.
Truth be told, it was just one of many ploys by the medical profession to frighten people so they will rush to a clinic or hospital for tests and checkups. Thirty years ago no one ever heard of cholesterol. Now it is a major industry.
The latest fad is the use of acronyms. You might have FRUMP so check it out with the doc. He'll write a prescription for you. If your FRUMP is okay, you may be suffering from PLOOP so take a test and then a pill. On and on it goes, a new one every month or so.
Fear itself has become a major American industry. The medical profession in cahoots with the pharmaceutical companies has made people afraid to eat, drink, smoke or even breath the air. Yet when writing of old friends who listened to the fear mongers, gave up nearly everything they enjoyed and began such things as jogging I nearly always have to precede their name with "the late . . ."
To paraphrase my friend, the late Ross Spencer, it is better to live one day without fear than ten years with it.
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People spending money they didn't have and buying houses they couldn't afford helped create the financial mess the country is now in. So what is the latest advice to fix the problem? Spend all your money, don't save it. Even if you don't have money, spend it anyway. That's what Herbert Hoover told people to do in 1930 and 1931 and that sure worked out great. A few years ago I wrote about spending money you don't have and mentioned a popular song of those years that included the line "Mister Herbert Hoover says now's the time to buy, so let's have another cup of coffee and let's have another piece of pie." That was sarcasm.
Another friend, the late Art Ealy, used to say that what this country needs is another Great Depression. Well, Art, it may have begun. We aren't supposed to say that, though. It seems that if millions of people can't pay the rent, make the car payment or even feed the family there is nothing to worry about if we just don't say the D word. I guess that's one way of looking at it.

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Blogger STAG said...

I personally am amazed at seeing a head of state elected with a mandate to spend as hard as they can. An old drunken sailor like me is in awe.
I always thought that was a way to go bankrupt. Maybe things are different when it is banks which are going bankrupt. Guess they are anxious to hand the debt load on to the feds. Pretty socialist of them when it suits "them".
Of course I grew up in a part of the world that used "bank" as a swear word, and feel a kind of sneaky underhanded joy at the idea of a bank getting some of the same medicine they hand out to people trying and failing to keep a roof over their heads.
But that won't happen.

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