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bk sent me a reference to a 1972 book linking sugar to all sorts of diseases. He asked me if I hadn’t told him something of the sort back in the 1970s. Yes, bk, I did. And I told Ivan Illich — in one of his seminars at CIDOC, Cuernavaca, a dozen Yalie postdocs in attendance: “well” before 1972 (maybe a year, maybe a half year).
I throw together a summary:
PK, I remember you telling me in the 1970s that sugar is a poison.
I repeated that in the 1990s to a med-school student, who denied it.
Was this book something you read back in the 1970s?
bk, like me, usually types us lower case, here he didn’t.
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I want to answer before I start reading the balance of your email, 1972 book.
I tried to argue about this with Ivan Illich, in Cuernavaca, during
1969 or 1970 there had been an article in the NYT citing refined sugar
Now: Illich was big on the evils of sugar: as a social phenomenon:
Well, at CIDOC, in his class, me auditing, he gave quick review of his
so: these forty odd years later I’m happy to hear of this other guy.
It could be said that sugar, refined sugar, invented slavery.
I responded further to the line: “what a ruthless and unscrupulous adversary the sugar industry proved to be.”
|a managed market pretending to be free, the duped refusing to be
honest to avoid implication.
Did you see Philip Baker Hall as Nixon? where he talks about the 100,
The coalition of owners shifts members but there’s always a coalition
Now this is delicious, to me:
|Oh, please say more about this:
Emile: I refer to Dr. Emile Benoit, my step-father, bk’s step-maternal grandfather, husband to Hilary’s mother, Etta.
|Jules Henry’s Culture Against Man (1963) has details
“economists” were “agreed”: US prosperity depended on military
The US planned, made nukes, then more nukes. armament accelerated
The 3card monte dealer always knows he can shuffle the shells faster
universities pretend to study things they actually censor consideration of.
Raymond was Emile Benoit’s younger brother. Emile had gone to Harvard for two PhDs, chezuz what a putz. Little Raymond, as much taller than Emile as Ichabod Crane was taller than a pumpkin, competed against big brother by dropping out of highschool, never going to college, but being a sought after mathematics professor: at University Chicago, Princeton, CCNY … (and wrote very funny books, was a great magician, did amazing card tricks, including 3card monte tricks.
He’d trained his hands as a musician, transferred to magic. You knew it had to be a trick because for a climax he’d change the cards being shuffled. You were led to look for the queen of hearts, the other two cards a pair of black deuces: suddenly you had the ace of spades and two red jacks.
Raymond could switch anything in front of anybody: what Emile practiced verbally, with the backing of Columbia University and the White House.)
|Thank you. Sounds like when Congress calls it “reducing the debt” when they mean slowing the growth of deficit spending.|