Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Theme For The New Yr.: Dinner

Didn't expect it would be cannibalism, but when life gives you ... uh, never mind. It's not life, it's just the Internet.
When the head of a production brigade dares to state the obvious – that there is no food – a leader warns him: "That's right-deviationist thinking. You're viewing the problem in an overly simplistic manner."
Words to live by.
The Great Famine remains a taboo in China, where it is referred to euphemistically as the Three Years of Natural Disasters or the Three Years of Difficulties. Yang's monumental account, first published in Hong Kong, is banned in his homeland.

He had little idea of what he would find when he started work: "I didn't think it would be so serious and so brutal and so bloody. I didn't know that there were thousands of cases of cannibalism. I didn't know about farmers who were beaten to death.

"People died in the family and they didn't bury the person because they could still collect their food rations; they kept the bodies in bed and covered them up and the corpses were eaten by mice. People ate corpses and fought for the bodies. In Gansu they killed outsiders; people told me strangers passed through and they killed and ate them. And they ate their own children. Terrible. Too terrible."

For a moment he stops speaking.

"To start with, I felt terribly depressed when I was reading these documents," he adds. "But after a while I became numbed – because otherwise I couldn't carry on."
We know the feeling.

7 comments:

mikey said...

Hmmm, the Romney boyz are looking DE-lish...

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

"I said I would feed you. I never said who I was going to feed you TO."

Weird Dave said...

No worries. Unless we seriously change our evil ways this will be the fate of a large portion of this planet.

I was hoping to be dead, and cremated, before the worst of it, but who knows, I may end up being someone's midnight snack. Although if so I do guaranty I will be tough and stringy.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

We're just interested in your branes, Dave, so make sure you keep 'em drenched in alcohol and drugs.

Weird Dave said...

Mmmmmm..marinated brains.

Substance McGravitas said...

I don't imagine most folks will be so picky.

M. Bouffant said...

Eatin' Editor:
You can pick your nose, but you can't pick your meals.

By the way, that one Canadian lady we ate was very tasty. We may be looking for more Canookie.

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.