“The reason is that you eat too many foods that are high in “calories,” which are little units that measure how good a particular food tastes. Fudge, for example, has a great many calories, whereas celery, which is not really a food at all but a member of the plywood family, provided by Mother Nature so that mankind would have a way to get onion dip into his mouth at parties, has none.”
― Dave Barry
I read an article today about a hunger strike by a group of Yale University graduate students. These students currently have a $30,000 annual stipend plus free health-care and fully paid tuition (which is $40,000 annually.) They intend to use this hunger strike, which they have directed at the university President, to bring attention to their demand for ‘better union benefits.’ Based on what they already have I am not sure what ‘better union benefits’ really means. The school administration has asked the students to be cautious about damaging their health by these actions. That will likely not be a problem however. This hunger strike can be interrupted temporarily if a student happens to get hungry. That seems to marginalize the effectiveness of the act of ‘engaging in a hunger strike.’ However, the saddest thing about all this is that the school’s administration will probably cave-in to the student’s demands anyway.
Yale is among those schools in the U.S that historically had produced statesmen, leaders of industry and masters of invention and science. If this is any representation of the caliber of the today’s typical college student (and administration) then I am very, very concerned about our country’s future.