LAUGHTER DRAWN

Should pasta-producing Durham wheat be used to feed hungry Italians, or to sate Gaia with green-happy biofuels? CNN gets an answer:

At this popular Roman restaurant, talk of sacrificing pasta for environment draws laughter.

Sensible people, the Italians.

UPDATE. It’s “Durum” wheat, dammit!

Posted by Tim B. on 07/25/2007 at 11:53 AM
    1. The problem is of course that they have no say in the matter as they import the majority of their wheat that is used to produce pasta.

      I’m all for converting wheat into alcohol.

      Just not for putting that alcohol into vehicles.

      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 07 25 at 12:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ahhh, Viva Italia!

      Italians are very sensible people.

      Not that I’m biased, being half Italian.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 25 at 12:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. Pasta trees are bad for the enviornment?

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 07 25 at 12:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. The latest scourge of Mother Gaia™: spaghetti.  Throw in meatballs with sauce, and She’ll scream.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 07 25 at 12:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. #2, Ash_:

      Italians are very sensible people.

      Well, except for the half that are communist or the other half that are mafia.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 07 25 at 12:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. Gee, thanks Tim!

      Now I’m hungry!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 25 at 12:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. #5 Well, I’m of the half that are mafia Grimmy.

      Say… can I have your address. I want to send you flowers, to, um, thank you for something.

      Uh, yeah, that’s it.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 25 at 12:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. At this popular Roman restaurant, talk of sacrificing pasta for environment draws laughter.

      Sure it does. The grim, sardonic laughter of outraged patriots, a moment before they hurl themselves, with deadly intent, on the climate changelings who would threaten their national dish.

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 25 at 12:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. If Tim and Andrea will forgive me this O/T, I want to say thanks to everyone for their kind comments and well wishes.  Mr. H took it on himself to print them out for me, and I was surprised and touched at your kind words.  You people are simply the best.

      I had a very bad scare last week, a heart attack which was fortunately mild, but unfortunately not my first one.  I don’t know want to bog down this thread with lengthy details, so if anyone has questions you can click on my name and email me and I promise it won’t bounce.

      I apologize for my cryptic, drama queenish “goodbye”.  In my defense, I knew what was happening, panicked, and at the same time lapsed into the denial we heart patients are known for.  Somehow, instead of calling 911 right away, I had the irrational thought that I should be saying goodbye, so I emailed friends, posted my post, and deleted my email screen name.  I truly thought it was the end this time.  I was lucky my husband came in and realized something was wrong, or things could have gone from bad to worse.

      This blog has been one of the pleasures of my day, and I missed it and all of your wonderfully funny, snarky, raucous comments.  Please resume while I sit and enjoy.  And once again, thank you for the well wishes.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 07 25 at 12:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. #9 Rebecca, I’m certain you’re forgiven.

      We’re just all extremely happy you’re alright.

      Please thank Mr. H for his email to Tim the other day, for letting us know you were ok.

      Now, you get to bed and rest up. We need you back in VRWC uniform, fighting fit and raring to go!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 25 at 12:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. Thank God for Mr. H and his beautiful and well placed sense of timing.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 07 25 at 12:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. “Durum” wheat, dammit!

      Posted by Don’t Bogart that Midget, Comrade! on 2007 07 25 at 12:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back, RebeccaH. Glad to hear all’s on the mend.
      I got a suggestion: Lay off the scungilli for a while and start pounding on the red wine. The paisanos I know say it keeps you healthy.
      Which brings me to Grimmy. You better know ‘Talians name their pasta after body parts, so watch it. Next time you have penne, look it up. you’ll gag knowing what you’re eating.
Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2007 07 25 at 12:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh, OK, CNN got it wrong. That makes more sense.

      Posted by Don’t Bogart that Midget, Comrade! on 2007 07 25 at 12:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. #9, RebeccaH:

      I am most very glad to hear the crisis has passed.
      I can sympathize with you in that I suffer occasional bouts of tachycardia that will sometimes escalate into mild heart attacks.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 07 25 at 12:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. #13, Gary from Jersey:

      Penne munching has never been a vice of mine, thank you very much.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 07 25 at 12:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. WhoooHoooo!!! Rebecca’s back.

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 07 25 at 12:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. small note: my email will still bounce until I can get it changed.  It does not accept my password.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 07 25 at 12:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back, RH. Looking forward to more snark!

      Posted by Retread on 2007 07 25 at 12:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. Dearest Rebecca:

      I kiss your hand, Madame, and rejoice at your return to the Commentariat. Permit me to escort you to the chair of honor. And pay no mind to the remains of those pinstriped slacks. Wronwright epoxied himself to the seat, but we took care of that.

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 25 at 01:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. #18 Paco’s going to jump up and down with delight when he sees you’re back, Rebecca.

      I would jump up and down, but the sudden addition of weight to my floorboards would cause them to break.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 25 at 01:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. #20 My comment was perfect, then you turned up just before me!

      My timing always sucks.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 25 at 01:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. T’was a nice thought, anyway, Ash. I’ll do the jumping for you, since, in your delicate condition, it might not be suitable.

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 25 at 01:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. You’re very kind. Thank you, Paco.

      Jumping, walking, sitting, laying, thinking, sleeping… none of them are suitable right now, lol. I want her out!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 25 at 01:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. Email address fixed now.  Commence firing, if that is your wish.

      Thanks, Ash, Paco, and everybody.  You bring a smile to my face.  So what, besides the epoxy incident, did I miss?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 07 25 at 01:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. You’re welcome Rebecca. You certainly put smiles on our faces too.

      What did you miss? Hmmm. Well, there’s the Return of Andrew BoltCue: Hysterical sobbing from Left

      There was also the tantrum I threw at work, which involved me breaking a window. Oops.

      John Howard fell over.

      I’m sure there’s other stuff too.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 25 at 01:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. HEY REBECCAH…

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 07 25 at 01:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. RebeccaH
      Welcome back!

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 25 at 02:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. Glad you are back, RebeccaH.

      Posted by ladcraig on 2007 07 25 at 03:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. Durham wheat!!!!!!!!!!!!! and CNN!!!!

      As someone said if they cant even get small things right how can we trust them with big ones.

      Its Durum wheat and its on every spaghetti packet.

      Posted by LaVallette on 2007 07 25 at 07:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. Durham wheat? This is disgraceful.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 07 25 at 07:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. really?

      fascinating discussion

      wb RH

      hehe Italians will not change their diet for climate change – seems we need to stick to corn.  But the CNN comment that “they can afford it” was not all correct – I’m sure if prices keep rising not ALL could afford it.

      Posted by peter m on 2007 07 25 at 07:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. I was going to say, I didn’t think the Italians borrowed their wheat from the Auld English Hamlet of Dur.

      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 07 25 at 08:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. Howdy Rebecca!

      Miranda Divide put in another appearance and got snarked on royally, yet again. I’m beginning to think he/she is a masochist.

      Other than that, I don’t think you missed anything really big.

      Posted by Dr Alice on 2007 07 25 at 08:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. mmmmm pasta

      (low carb diet)

      Hiya RebeccaH! We missed you!

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 25 at 08:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back, Rebecca honey.  Don’t you go scaring us like that, ‘mK?

      Take good care of yourself – we need you.

      And thanks, Mr. H!

      Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2007 07 25 at 09:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. Dunno about its suitability for pasta, but that Durham wheat is a damn fine smoke…

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 07 25 at 09:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. RebeccaH, its great to see that you’re back online, and I do hope that you dont go through this again.  It’s a bit of a shock to discover that ‘virtual identities’ such as yourself (and a large number of other commenters on this site) are in fact flesh and blood.  Take care.  Ian

      Posted by IanMc on 2007 07 25 at 09:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, Rebecca! Get well soon, and don’t smite the moonbats so energetically (even though they dearly need it).

      Posted by SwampWoman on 2007 07 25 at 10:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. #15 – I suffer occasional bouts of tachycardia
      Tim has the odd bout of tacho-revvia.
      Rebecca dear, it is a delight to have you back!
      The late Kerry Packer (local media magnate) once had a very severe heart attack and was clinically dead for a short while. He was operated on by the talented (and also late) Dr. Victor Chang here in Sydney, and lived to tell about it. Kerry’s famous remark later was that he’d been to the other side and there was nothing there. We are not sure which direction he went in.
      Victor Chang was murdered by some asian gangsters who accosted him on his way to work one morning.
      It was said that Kerry paid for all NSW ambulances to be fitted with the gear that kept him ticking long enough to make it to the operating table.
      KP (1937-2005)

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 07 25 at 11:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. Durum or hard wheat has a high protein content – around 14 to 15%.

      It’s the gluten (protein) content of durum wheat which makes better bread and better pasta.

      Soft wheat, with protein content around 7-9% is fine for cakes and cookies.

      It would be particularly stupid to use expensive, high-grade, high-protein wheat to make bio-fuel.

      Cheaper soft wheat has a higher starch content, and it’s the starch which is converted into alcohol.

      If you must use grain for bio-fuel, then corn[maize] is the best choice. It’s by far the cheapest cereal to produce.

      Posted by pog-ma-thon on 2007 07 25 at 11:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. The nautical field has known how to mix alcohol and gasoline for years.

      They’re called jetskis…

      Or, if mixing it in groups, bass boats.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 07 26 at 12:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. To paraphrase pogmathon: you wouldn’t use Durum for ethanol. It’s scarce, expensive, and not especially suitable.

      Posted by wreckage on 2007 07 26 at 06:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back Rebecca!

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2007 07 26 at 06:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. Rebecca, happy recovery and I hope you own a laptop.  When I first went online I complained that you can’t take a computer to bed with you like a book then I got a laptop and found that you can.  You can even put it on its side when you turn.

      Posted by Crossie on 2007 07 26 at 08:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Here’s to heart healthy diets, oats and fish oil and so on, RebeccaH.  We H’s, we have to watch out for each other.

      Posted by Carl H on 2007 07 26 at 09:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. #40, blogstrop,

      That became known as “The Packer Wacker”.

      Welcome back Rebecca.
      XXXXXXXXXXX

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 07 26 at 10:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. #40: Tim has the odd bout of tacho-revvia.

      Excellent!

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 26 at 11:35 AM • permalink

 

    1. I can confirm that there’s no such thing as Durham wheat. I visit Durham, NC all the time. They only grow tobacco.

      Well, okay, there is a university in Durham, so that means a sizable marijuana crop as well. But no wheat!

      Posted by sundog on 2007 07 26 at 02:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. Welcome back, RebeccaH – nice to see you’ll be enjoying the insanity & brilliance here again! Yippee!

      Many thanks to Mr. H, too!

      Posted by KC on 2007 07 26 at 03:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. #40: Tim has the odd bout of tacho-revvia.

      I dunno. All the rev-heads I’ve known have always suffered from it. Though it does seem to mellow in some as they get older more responsible…

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 26 at 05:30 PM • permalink

 

  1. RH: Glad you’re back, and good health to you!

    Posted by Jim Whyte on 2007 07 27 at 10:48 AM • permalink