Yes, I know I’m a fine one to find that particular mote in someones eye. Deal with it.
In its over-the air broadcasts WYCC, Channel 20-Chicago, added to its PBS and MHz channels a third, FNX - First Nations Experience, a primarily-Canadian channel devoted to programming about the aboriginal peoples of the Americas. An interesting market that in the Chicago area is fairly small, especially as the cultures represented are mostly those of Canada (often shared with the northern US) and not those of the southern US, Mexico, and Central and South America, who make up the lion’s share of Chicago’s Native Americans. This is cool because we have lots of channels already for the majority groups, if they speak Spanish, and a few more for Chinese, Poles, and Koreans. Cooler, because most of FNX’s programming is in English. But less cool, because most of the programming is, like much of Canadian TV, earnestly tedious. Today I watched part of a craft show in which a middle-aged woman was painting on “eagle” feathers (probably turkey but I missed the beginning) for some, possibly Martha Stewartesque, reason. (You know that schmatzy, fake-Indian “art” from the Eighties? That sort of shit, only more Canadian.)
The show ended and I watched the promos that followed. One used stock footage of Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza, and Cahokia and spoke admiringly of how the native people who built those cities lived in harmony with the land.
Okay, the first two fell for other reasons, but Cahokia apparently fell apart because of deforestation, which left no nearby forests to support game animals (they had no large domestic stock) or provide wood for building and burning, and flooding, caused by erosion because of deforestation, rerouting waterways, and building on a god-damned floodplain. “Harmony with the land,” my ass! Just feel-good, hippie bullshit.
Then on one or the other of the America’s Test Kitchen programs they made Jamaican Jerk Chicken. The host, who in a fit of bad taste had appeared earlier dressed like Bob Marley, stated that Marley probably ate a lot of Jerk Chicken.
No, Chris Kimball, you are the jerk. Bob Marley was a Rastafarian vegetarian.
More examples of people who said something stupid that they could have avoided with five minutes on Wikipedia?