With the arrival of the KFC Double Down and The Bob Evans Sausage Gravy & Biscuit vending machine I’m starting to wonder if we have reached the apex of civilization. I just got home from watching Kick Ass at the movies. A film in which an 11yr old girl dressed as a superhero goes on violent killing sprees chopping, slicing and shooting bad guys with a vengeful glint in her eye, all in the name of Tarantinoesque superhero comedic action movie fun set to a pulsating rock soundtrack. I left with a smile only mildly weirded out from watching an 11yr old girl being beaten, kicked and bloodied by a drug lord four times her age. Most of us are completely desensitized to video game style ultra violence. It’s just a good time at the movies these days. Of course young kids are going to watch the 18-Rated Kick Ass as soon as it hits DVD and so what? It’s no different to games in their PS3 or Xbox.

All the while volcanic ash billows over Iceland grinding to a halt thousands of transatlantic flights and shutting down most of Europe’s airports. It would be over-dramatic to say Mother Nature may be sending us a message as experts predict we are heading for a more active phase of Icelandic eruptions over the next few decades. The Washington Post summed it up well, “The eruption in Iceland is not large as volcanoes go, but the cloud over Europe has shed light on the awkward overlay of human commerce and a hot, churning, unpredictable Earth. It raises the question of what governments can do to prepare for – and adapt to – wild-card geological events that not only affect airliners but can also alter the planet’s climate for years at a stretch?

Back to the fast food. As we know, Jamie Oliver is fighting the good fight with his Food Revolution and has to be commended for his bravery in the face of humanity’s true weakness: Greed served with fries. Juicy hot factory farmed cheap beef burgers and processed cheese. The production of which is responsible for an alarming percentage of global warming. Not to mention mass animal cruelty, contaminated water supplies, agricultural land devastation, etc etc etc…we know the facts, yet, still we go on eating it. Out of sight. Out of Mind.

KFC have proudly announced their new Double Down sandwich. In their words, “This one-of-a-kind sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel’s Sauce. This product is so meaty, there’s no room for a bun!”

The Bob Evans Sausage Gravy & Biscuit Machine. Step 1: Grab a Biscuit. Step 2: Top with sausage gravy. Cheap, quick and easy. Isn’t that what humanity is striving for?

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