Thursday, July 17, 2008

Good things about the energy crisis?

Resident Representative Pete A. Tenorio deserves some props if he's indeed the one who got 12 mile CNMI control of submerged lands into proposed offshore drilling legislation. Sigh. It was in the Saipan Tribune and Marianas Variety yesterday but I can't find a link. Maybe that's because they both just reprinted his press release. The resrep link seems to be broken. Update: here we go, their website was intractable, but I found it on the net

According to the press release, Congressman Don Young of Alaska included the provision in H.R. 6108. I particularly liked its headline: "CNMI could benefit from energy crisis".

I have some problems with that, but not where the Commonwealth is concerned. Because of looming energy problems Japan and France decided to push nuclear power years ago; Germany is going solar. At this late date, when it hit the fan again, some geniuses think offshore drilling will help us a few years 'down the road'.

On the bright side, even if the bill doesn't pass, Young has shown the ability to slip pet provisions into other bills after they have passed.

On the road again

Our flirtation with 55 mph speed limits didn't take, but it appears gas price increases save lives. Who knew?

Calorie counting

Closer to home, the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation has forced many people to give up the '24 hour rice cooker'. You know, keeping it going 'in case anybody gets hungry'. That's a good thing nutritionally too; the gloppy over-refined stuff that's preferred here is hardly a healthy snack.

Between CUC and rice price increases (thanks for the ethanol subsidies, Congress) we've been eating more of the three T's: tapioca, taro and 'taters. Yum.

That's very timely, with that conference on lifestyle diseases just wrapping up.

Hmm, I wonder if restaurants should list the calories of menu items like New York City? (They just banned trans-fat, too.)


Lil' Hammerhead said...

For the first time in my life, our family got a rice cooker with a warming feature.. you know, to extend the life of the rice and all. Now it's too expensive to use it. It's a problem for a family, because refrigerated rice is only edible after one warming less than 12 hours later. After that.. it's horrible. It's also hard to cook just the right amount when you're feeding five or six people at a sitting. You never know who's going to eat how much.

It would be great if restaurants posted the nutritional (or lack of it) of their foods. I think it would be an unreasonable burden on small non-franchise restaurants. Who can afford to send a sample of all of their meals for "testing" and results.

Besides.. we know what is sh#t and what is not. The only value in seeing the breakdown on a sign, is that it would remind us of what we're about to stuff down our throats. Kind of like the warning you ignore on a cigarette package or beercan.

bigsoxfan said...

Three T's, plus the "S" Oh, sweet SPAM. We enjoyed a major surge over the winter, but the tasty stuff in the can seems to be gone now. As a sidenote, SPAM was going for no less than 3.85 USD a can here. I'm hoping the price is still hovering around the two dollar mark or riots might spread.

Boni said...

Bad Boni: Calories on menus? I'd never eat anything. It would be a disaster, they'd need to provide calculators and then ordering would take forever. Women would mess up their makeup,beads of sweat and smeared mascara from crying about how much it will take to burn the calories off. However, I can see it now. I can see the benefit, consumers should know what they are paying for, especially when it can affect their health. The question is, how much of an obligation should restaurants have to educate their customers on food choices? Don't people know that a big honking steak with butter drizzled on it and half a plate of white rice is going to eventually kill them?

The leftover rice from the cooker usually turns into fried rice the next morning. The rice cooker is a horrendous machine to have plugged in.

KAP said...

I didn't read the fine print, I hope they're not required to get testing. I was bummed out just thinking about some poor deli slob counting the slices on his corned beef sandwiches. They'd have to use big print, nobody reads the labels in the grocery stores.

Winchell's would scream, that muffin count was amazing.

Taro slathered with coconut is one of my favorites. So much for healthy local food.

In the good 'ol days, I used to tease my wife about turning the cooker off before the air-con came on. I called it her space heater. Oh, do you remember air-con?

We do fried rice a lot, and the old stuff is easier to work with.