Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Is it the people or the food?

According to an article titled, “Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year, WHO agency says,” the World Health Organization (WHO) has reportedly said that “some half a million cases of cancer a year are due to people being overweight or obese.”  In the article, the author underlines how the WHO says the problem is acute in North America.  The writer also cites a study published in The Lancet Oncology that suggests that a high body mass index (BMI) has become a major cancer risk factor and that it is responsible for about 3.6 percent (481,000) of new cancer cases in 2012.  Specifically in Europe, it is purported that “obesity is to blame for around 6.5 percent of all new cancers a year, or around 65,000 cases.”  Furthermore, it is stated that cancers linked to obesity and being overweight are anticipated to increase along with economic development.  The article advises that the findings “underlined the importance of helping people maintain a healthy weight to reduce their risk of developing a wide range of cancers, and of helping developing countries avoid the problems currently faced by wealthier ones.”

After reading the article, I couldn’t help but ask myself the following questions: Is it the people themselves who each too much, become overweight, and then get cancer?  Or is it the garbage that is put in the food that causes people to become overweight and get cancer?  Or worse still, is it the garbage that is put into the food that we consume that causes people to get cancer?

I find it convenient (and suspicious) how the findings point toward the need to “help” people maintain a healthy weight to reduce the risk of developing cancer.  To me, this is like attributing all of the blame to the people who are eating the junk-filled food and none to the conglomerate producers of the poisoned foods that increase the risk of cancer.  Truthfully, it might be that all of the additives placed in the food by the conglomerates that in turn cause people to overeat and become overweight.  It is these same chemicals that are at the root of the cancers, not the people!

What is the government doing to “help” you ask?  Nothing!  We continue to see the same glamourous-looking fast food ads on TV and all of the “flavourings” that continue to be sanctioned by the governing bodies!  So, what is the moral to the story?  You guessed it: Blame it on fast foods!

- B. J. T. Pepin

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Controlling the Narrative

Just recently, Jian Ghomeshi—a Canadian broadcaster, producer, writer, and musician—was “placed on indefinite leave” and later “let go” by his employer (the CBC) for, according to sources, “conduct [CBC] could not be seen to defend” (source).  Jian then released a statement on Facebook that gave details concerning his behavior and maintained that the “encounters” in question were always consensual, and anyone who made comments to the contrary would be lying.  Like clockwork, allegations suggesting that Jian’s behavior was not consensual surfaced, with one stating that he choked and beat a New Brunswick woman.

Like any “story” involving a high-profile individual who is in the public eye, the various media outlets provided the public with “reports” or commentary on the matter.  Not being a fan of this type of news, I didn’t pay much attention to it until something caught my ear: The radio show host said something about “controlling the narrative.”

Now, before I continue, I want to make it clear that I am not commenting on the subject of the allegations and I am most definitely not choosing a side on the matter.  Rather, I am simply looking to discuss the subject of “controlling the narrative.”

The truth of the matter is the government, politicians, conglomerates, the media, and individuals always turn out “spinning” their stories, and this story serves as a reminder that we can’t trust anything that is presented to us in the media.  As Michael Wolff says, “Storytelling is now the highest form of commerce.  This process, occurring at the intersection of technology, pop culture, and millennial behavior, is ever more complicated and fast-changing, and consumes more and more time and resources, involving a wide-ranging search for talent.  It's a new business without a precise name yet” (source).

With each story, a web of lies is spun, and the hope is to catch in it as many people as possible, all just to "earn a quick buck."  At the end of it all, what can even remotely be considered close to the “truth” is and forever will be lost.  So to speak, the truth is a commodity.

It’s up to you whether to agree with me or not.  But, to me, it’s clear who we can attribute this new “reality” to, this “reality TV” approach to everything: Blame it on fast foods!

- B. J. T. Pepin

Friday, October 10, 2014

Could we make use of an “Equalizer”?

As I was reading some of the critiques of the newly released movie called “The Equalizer” (starring Denzel Washington), I quickly found myself reflecting on several of the quotes related to the character in the movie.  One write-up describes him as a man who “has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life,” but when he sees what the ultra-violent gangsters have done to a young girl, “he can’t stand idly by” and “has to help her.”  Another blurb portrays him as a “former black ops commando who faked his death for a quiet life,” but “comes out of his self-imposed retirement” to rescue a young girl.  Yet another article depicts the character as “a retired intelligence officer who helps people in trouble.”

Regardless of the accuracy of these descriptions, what I like most is that he represents a “knight without armour, the rescuer of the downtrodden” who “[serves] vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless,” and who’s “desire for justice [is] reawakened.”  “If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, [he] will help.”

Consider how the conglomerates around the world constantly take advantage of so many folks, and when called to task on matters, utilize their money, power, and influence to quash any resistance or backlash against their strong-arm tactics.  Then there are the corrupt and self-seeking politicians and other officials who are bought out by representatives of the conglomerates to close their eyes to the evil perpetrated on so many in our society.

Now imagine an individual with the traits outlined earlier: someone who could step in and right the wrongs committed against those who have no power and who must submit themselves to the whims, desires, and deceitful maneuvers of these entities.  An individual that would act on our behalf to ensure that justice is served.  Imagine having access to a real-life equalizer!

Many would say that this is nothing but a pipe-dream and wishful thinking.  Others would say that it is impossible because those in power would never permit it.  Maybe they are right, maybe they are wrong.  I say, why are these folks putting a damper on a positive line of thought?!  My slant on it is actually quite simple and straight forward: We need people like this to keep the powerful in check!  If this idea is unrealistic on my part: Blame it on fast foods!

- B. J. T. Pepin

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Saving money by gambling?

I came across an interesting article in the New York Times that really grabbed my attention.  At first, I figured that it was a joke, but then I realized that it was for real and does actually work!

For most folks, when faced with the chore of putting away money as compared to the allure of winning mega bucks in a lottery, the majority will forego of the first and go with the second, hoping to get their hands on the proverbial “pot of gold.”  The article outlines how an increasing numbers of credit unions and nonprofit groups are now using prize-linked savings accounts to get folks to save money.  Essentially, every deposit is treated as a ticket toward a prize-winning raffle.  The author states that, “The idea is to offer the thrill of gambling without the risk. Even perennial losers keep their savings.”  He adds that, “One of the goals of these programs is to help change financial habits.”

Although these accounts form a small portion of those available in the world of banking, they are slowly growing in number.  One program created 50,000 accounts for a total of $94 million dollars.  One credit union gets account holders to buy one-year certificates, and for every $25 share that they purchase, they get an entry into the monthly lottery.  Another credit union offers “monthly prizes ranging from $25 to $100, a few quarterly prizes of $500 to $1,500, and one $30,000 jackpot.”  One customer said that she “got addicted when [she] won $100, and [she] was thrilled to death.”  Not bad at all!

Sounds too good to be true!  There must be a catch, right?  For some accounts, the catch is that the money can only be withdrawn for emergencies.  For other accounts, there is a penalty if the money is withdrawn early.  The only other catch is for the US Congress to modify federal banking laws and permit more financial institutions to offer prize-linked accounts.  Time will tell what will come of it!

All I can say is, “Wow!”  I hope that this takes root in Canada as well!  Imagine a world where people have money in retirement rather than being poor.  All that is left to do is to get more people to participate.  If, for some reason, there are barriers to this idea or people choose not to take advantage of it, I for one will simply…blame it on fast foods.

- B. J. T. Pepin

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Soda could affect memory and ability to learn in adolescents? Is this for real?!

A recent article on CBC titled, “Drinking too much pop could affect adolescent memory, ability to learn,” points out that in addition to risks of obesity and diabetes, excess consumption of soda could have an adverse effect on the brain…and especially the brains of teenagers!

The article points out how research suggests that daily ingestion of high-fructose corn syrup or sucrose sweetened drinks can impair learning and recall.  Dr. Scott Kanoski states, "It's no secret that refined carbohydrates, particularly when consumed in soft drinks and other beverages, can lead to metabolic disturbances."  He goes on to say that such excessive ingestion of sugar-sweetened drinks before adulthood interferes with the brain’s ability to function normally and remember critical information about the environment.

When I first glanced at the article, I couldn’t help but laugh.  Like, duh!  Was this a statement of the obvious or what?!  Looking at many of today’s teenagers, especially those who consume large quantities of soda, it is clear that they don’t learn and can’t remember much of anything.  Why?  Well, look at all of the stupid things they do over and over again!  “Just for kicks,” one teenager jumps off the roof of a three floor house and breaks several bones.  The first day out of the hospital after several months of rehab, he does it all over again!  He just didn’t learn!  I only have one thing to say about this: “As thick as a brick!”

For those of you who believe in theories of natural selection, we are witness to prime examples of what the future has in store for our society.  If we were to extrapolate our species’ likelihood of survival from the actions of our young folks, we would see that we are doomed to extinction!  In essence, the former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg, was right to wage a public health battle against soda drinks.  It is clear that soda should be banned!

What are the chances of such a ban taking root?  I would say nil.  Why?  Because soda is big business!  There is too much money to be made by the conglomerates, so they will never allow this to happen!  So, what are we left to do?  Blame it on fast foods.

- B. J. T. Pepin

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Crooked Politicians?

On June 13, 2014, Joe Fontana was found guilty of fraud, forgery, and breach of trust for actions that took place in 2005 when he was a Liberal Party cabinet minister of the Federal Parliament of Canada (see the Maclean’s article here).  As a result, Fontana resigned from his position as Mayor of London, Ontario, Canada on June 19, 2014.  The conviction relates to using taxpayer money to pay for his son’s $1,700 wedding reception in 2005.

Fontana stated, “I obviously need to digest what has taken place, talk to my legal team, and look at what I’m going to do.”  He also said that he regrets “that all this had to happen, especially for the people of London.”  Furthermore, Fontana said that he was “very surprised, shocked, [and] devastated” by the verdict.

Before we move on, let’s take a moment to digest the situation.  So, this story relates to one politician and one incident.  But, are we naïve enough to believe that this only applies to a solitary politician?  Might there be some politicians who have done similar things on occasion?  Of course not!  All politicians are upstanding citizens who only want what is best for their constituents!  Yah, right!

Now, consider the following train of thought: Since the inception of government in our respective countries, how many times have politicians lied to the people?  How many times have politicians made closed-door agreements or shady business transactions at the expense of the people?  What about other government employees who have expense accounts?  Since our governments have been put in place, how much money have the people been defrauded of?  Given the amount of politicians and government employees who have come and gone, I could never come up with a figure that would approximate this amount of money.  Would it be sufficient to cover the deficit?  Maybe, you never know!  But I digress…

Coming back to the reality of these types of circumstances, we must also ponder the level of trust that we citizens place in the hands of politicians.  After all, politicians have repeatedly shown us that they cannot be trusted!  Nevertheless, we continue to elect these types of people and they continue to disappoint us.  What I find repugnant is the fact that an abundance of the politicians who are “discovered” like Fontana claim that their actions resulted from innocent mistakes.  And, worse yet, they often get away with only a slap on the wrist!  For those who are charged and found guilty, a conviction of “breach of trust” is an enormous understatement!  And what do we do about it?  Squat!

The whole affair is sad.  These positions as our “representatives” are nothing but revolving doors.  The way things are going, anytime that a politician gets singled out for inappropriate behaviour or caught for any wrong-doing or crime, they’ll be able to get away with the whole thing with an excuse as simple as, “I blame it on fast foods!”

- B. J. T. Pepin

Friday, June 13, 2014

To the Belly It Goes, and in the Belly It Stays

According to a recent article, “Obesity research confirms [that] long-term weight loss [is] almost impossible.”  The evidence presented is clear: Long-term weight loss applies to a small minority of people.  With the exception of short-term, fairly easy weight loss, research demonstrates that our biology eventually brings us back to our original weight…and often a little bit extra.

Why is it that we continually hear stories of those who have won the battle?  Why aren’t the so-called experts telling us the whole story?  To me, the answer is simple: We have been duped!  It’s the stories of these few people that keep the myth alive!  And “why do they do it,” you ask?  It helps to perpetuate, if not grow, the weight loss industry!

Researchers are supposedly divided over the reasons why body weight tends to stick around.  Some point to biology, saying that our bodies are efficient biological machines that have evolved to not lose weight.  Then there are the social forces and everything else that leads people to gain weight in the first place.  The article also refers to the stigmatization that would ensue if the truth was broadcasted and the harsh effect that this would then have on people.  The author of the article points out that, “lost in all of the noise about dieting and obesity is the difficult concept of prevention, of not putting weight on in the first place.”  To that, I say: Great point!

So, is our society ever going to really hear the truth?  Fat chance!  Oops!  Pardon the pun…

Imagine what would happen if everyone found out the truth.  All of the weight loss companies would have to pack it in.  All of the exercise gurus would be discredited.  The “health food” producers would stand to lose a lot of money.  In essence, the weight loss industry would quickly go down the tubes!

Then, there is the fast food industry.  Given this truth and the associated forces at work that keep the weight on, the fast food conglomerates are relishing the situation because they stand to profit from it!  Why?  Well, no matter how you slice and dice it, people are in a catch 22: To lose weight, they have to prevent things from progressing to the point where they have extra weight, but once it is too late, there isn’t much that they can do.  So, what will people do if they have already put on extra weight?  They will simply resign themselves to the truth that they won’t lose weight and turn towards something that gives them pleasure.  And what’s that?  You know the answer: Fast foods!

So, there you have it!  I rest my case!  Since the ingestion of fast foods clearly contributes to weight problems, I can honestly say: Blame it on fast foods!

- B. J. T. Pepin

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Less Violent World?

While reading the news, a couple of articles caught my attention.

The first is entitled, “World Becoming Less Violent: Despite Global Conflict, Statistics Show Violence in Steady Decline.” The article speaks to the thesis of three new books that outline how statistics reveal dramatic reductions in war deaths, family violence, racism, rape, murder, and all sorts of mayhem.  A quote from prominent Harvard psychologist, Steven Pinker, reads as follows: "The decline of violence may be the most significant and least appreciated development in the history of our species."  The article’s author writes that Pinker “makes the case that a smarter, more educated world is becoming more peaceful in several statistically significant ways.”  The writer then refers to stats suggesting that prior to the advent of organized countries, 500 of every 100,000 people were killed in battle.  Today, deaths on the battlefield are down to three-tenths of a person per 100,000.  Other stats affirm that the rate of genocide deaths per world population was 1,400 times greater in 1942 than in 2008.  In 1946, there were fewer than 20 democracies as compared to nearly 100 today.  Authoritarian countries have gone from a high of close to 90 in 1976 to more like 25 today.

Commenting on the claims suggesting that the world is a less violent place, in his article entitled, “Three reasons the number of refugees is as high as it is today,” Brian Stewart says, “But try telling that to the current wave of some 48 million refugees and displaced people from today's wars and conflict zones.”  Stewart proposes that the first reason is that conflicts are prolonged, some going on for decades.  He offers as a second reason the “shrinking of humanitarian space”—as the UN calls it—where the clashes are instigated by “non-state forces such as militias, insurgent groups, bands of religious fanatics, and bandits who terrorize civilians and aid workers alike.”  He suggests that the nature of these forces make it such that fewer rules are respected.  The result is that refugee camps are unsafe and aid workers are considered key targets.  He adds, “the more terror, the more refugees.”  Third, finding asylum elsewhere is quite difficult since more countries are literally putting up barricades to prevent the mass movement of these desperate people—including economic migrants and refugees alike—in their hunt for sanctuary.

I don’t know about you, but I am left shaking my head, trying to make sense of it all.  What is portrayed in the media would seem to paint a different picture.  If we accept the statistics suggesting that violence has declined, the number of refugees living throughout the world who are impacted by conflict seems to contradict the stats.  Admittedly, I have not read the books that were cited, but nevertheless, as a lay person, I couldn’t help but ask myself: Is it only the number of deaths by violence that has decreased, rather than the number of incidents of violence?  Could it be that the underlying message conveyed by the stats be a matter of semantics?  Since terror is surely a form of violence—in many instances—I’m wondering: Might there be more people affected by violence today than ever before?  If the numbers of refugees are correct, those numbers might help corroborate the answer to this question.  If someone accepts the proposed idea that a smarter and more educated population contributes to a more peaceful world, on the surface, there may appear to be some truth to the idea.  On the other hand, the insidious aspect of “terror” might suggest that the world has only become “smarter” about how it uses, dishes out, and handles violence.

Once again, this whole business and talk about violence has caused my brain to hurt!  I submit that violence is a tool used to get things out of or from others.  In fact, it appears as though it is often purposeful and designed to inflict pain and suffering on others.  I believe that there is something else at work behind the need for violence…  “What is it,” you ask?  As always I:  Blame it on fast foods.

- B. J. T. Pepin

Monday, May 19, 2014

Election Time!

For many, there are two topics that are taboo: religion and politics.  So, let’s talk politics!  I wish to make it clear, however, that I am not going to go into minute detail on each and every aspect of politics.  If I were to do so, I would be writing myself into a grave!

From time to time, elections are necessary.  We, the citizens of the so-called democratic countries, are called upon to go to the polls to elect the next federal, state, provincial, or “whatever,” government.  From one person to the next, “democracy” can mean something quite different; some are more fervent in their values and beliefs regarding the democratic process and an individual’s responsibilities, while others are more “laisser-faire.”  And during these elections, candidates and their various parties try their best to woo the majority of the electorate to their side and secure the votes of the people.

The upcoming election in my part of the world has left me rather bewildered.  In a recent survey, respondents were given an opportunity to list the most important issues in this election.  With varying percentages attached to each, the responses included words deemed to be synonymous with the economy, jobs, and taxes.  Health care was the second-most frequent answer, while accountability, education, energy, transit and infrastructure, the environment, and social justice/inequality rounded out the top ten.

Although I agree with the majority of these concerns, I am still having difficulty deciding how I’m going to vote.  “Why,” you ask?  Well, the various parties’ platforms suggest that they will do this or that to rectify the current state of affairs, but to me, it’s all rhetoric.  Considering that accountability actually made the list in the first place, I think that it’s the issue that is most often overlooked and forgotten by the governing party.  During campaigns, the various parties put their best foot forward, but once a party gets into power, accountability goes right out the window!  In essence, we always wind up getting the same result: corruption, waste, and of course taxes.  The reason for this is simple: once in power, what is of utmost importance is paying off the folks that contributed to the success of the campaign!

When it comes to politics and the results that come out of any electoral process, I believe that there are a few things that are certain: 1. The rich will get richer; 2. The poor will get poorer; and 3. The middle class will pay for it all!  Part of me says that the only sure way to change this reality is to take everything apart and start from scratch.  Only then could we ensure that things are put in their proper places and everyone pays their fair share.  Being the pessimist that I am, however, even if we were to do this, greed would most certainly entice some people to sway their votes in a different way.  The whole situation exudes uncertainty, and I think that Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

What will come out of the elections that we face?  I do not know.  But with humans being who they are, one thing is for sure: There will be plenty of finger pointing throughout the process, laying blame for this, that, and the other thing.  How did we get to where we are today?  As I said earlier, greed and corruption play a major role.  And finally, how do I deal with it all?  I choose to blame it on fast foods.

- B. J. T. Pepin

Friday, May 02, 2014

Fast food outlets in hospitals? You’ve got to be kidding me!

Just the other day, a work colleague passed on a copy of The Medical Post (April 22, 2014).  She pointed out an article that she thought would catch my attention…and it did indeed!

The article entitled, “Why hospitals can survive, and thrive, without fast food,” by Allison Dunfield, raised concern about the kind of food being served in some hospitals.  At one hospital in particular, staff complained that they couldn’t get through the lunch line.  It appears that after a nutrition policy at a nearby school banned deep fryers, the students were going to the hospital to get their fix of french fries and poutine!

The article pointed out that in a 2002/03 survey of 200 hospitals with pediatric residency programs, 29.5% had fast food restaurants in their cafeterias.  Also, 50% of Canadian hospitals were found to have non-cafeteria food service outlets in a 2004/05 study.  Later on, the exposé outlined that one of the major arguments hospitals were using against the notion of getting rid of fast food outlets and/or carb-loaded items was that they would lose money.  Another argument related to the need to allow staff and visitors the freedom of choice.

To that, all I can say is: “Wow.”  Fast foods—and might I add the fast food conglomerates—have even taken a foothold in institutions that are supposed to promote health.  They do anything they can to make a buck!  Although I do believe in freedom of choice, I submit that it is difficult to freely choose healthy options when you are constantly being bombarded with ads steering you toward fast foods.  This is brainwashing at its best!

The piece underlines how there are advocates who suggest that hospitals are supposed to be examples for the community.  Furthermore, the article emphasizes that preventing disease before it starts is an urgent health care issue, and that changing the environment to one that supports healthier eating can significantly reduce the incidence of numerous chronic diseases.  At last!  It is such a relief to find that there are others out there who also take this subject seriously and who have taken steps to rectify the problem!

Let’s follow their example and make the necessary changes that will help ensure our good health!  It is time to fight back and make the right choice!  And if people are too lazy to do any of this, all I can do is…blame it on fast foods!

- B. J. T. Pepin

Thursday, April 24, 2014

“Say what you mean and mean what you say”

While checking out the news, I found an interesting article by Neil Macdonald entitled, “Why politicians and academics don’t just say what they mean.”  Alongside its primary topic, stated in its title, the article also refers to a forthcoming book written by Harvard psychologist, Steven Pinker, titled, “The Sense of Style.”

In the article, Macdonald writes that in Pinker’s book, Pinker expresses no patience for those who say that complex, obscure language is useful and necessary when speaking to an expert audience.  Pinker also adds that meta-concepts (i.e. concepts about concepts) are like the layers of packaging that a consumer has to go through to get at a product.  Furthermore, Pinker calls the qualifiers that reporters use and editors would call journalistic caution—such as “apparently,” “evidently,” “rather,” “comparatively,” and “presumably”—“wads of fluff that imply that writers are not willing to stand behind what they are saying.

This describes to a tee the verbal garbage that many politicians and academics—especially lawyers—try to fill us up with/make us swallow.  I most enjoyed what is offered as Pinker’s diagnosis of this type of verbiage: “In explaining any human shortcoming, the first tool I reach for is Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”  In other words, many politicians and academics are just plain stupid!  Worse yet, if we believe those who continually throw that trash at us, the same applies to us!

All of this to say, we need to live by the adage: “Say what you mean and mean what you say.”  More importantly, we should hold our so-called leaders to that standard.  This world would surely be a better place if we did!  And if, by chance, this doesn’t work… Blame it on fast foods!

- B. J. T. Pepin

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Just the other day, someone mentioned to me that the subject matter of my posts was too negative for her liking.  In order to attract more readers, she suggested that I should be more positive.  Of course, this got me to thinking: Am I perhaps being too negative?  Should the topics be more positive in nature?

I couldn’t help myself but begin reflecting on the situation.  First, I thought about the programming on the television.  Then I considered the themes covered by magazines.  Afterwards, I turned toward the news headlines.  The main focus of our society quickly became evident…

Regarding TV, many of the most popular shows are based on a negative premise.  First, there are the reality shows.  The “lives of housewives” from this or that location show us what kind of mayhem they can and do cause.  The “group house” kinds of shows concentrate on nothing but people trying to “screw” each other—both figuratively and literally—in such a way that they get others kicked out of the house.  Then, there are the cop shows in their various forms, focusing on nothing but crime/murder.

If you take a quick look at the best-selling magazines, they too cover negative subjects.  “Movie Star W” is cheating on his wife with “Movie Star X,” while “Movie Star Y” has just hooked up with five-time divorced “Movie Star Z.”  Other magazines try and sell us the idea that we must go on this or that diet to lose x number of pounds so we can fit in the same bathing suit as “Ms. All-Star Super Model.”  And how about the article on how to tell if your wife or husband is cheating on you and how to go about busting them?

Turning to the daily newscasts, we see a similar pattern.  This politician has cheated taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars after having submitted fraudulent expense claims.  Over the course of his tenure, “Mr. Businessman” has embezzled millions of dollars from clients.  Yesterday, there was a 100-car pile-up that led to the death of six people.  This morning, a drunk and unlicensed driver fled the scene of an accident after jumping the curb and hitting a 10-year-old boy—and doctors state that the boy will now be in a wheel chair for the rest of his life.  What’s worse is that the unlicensed driver’s wife helped him elude the police after the fact!

Considering the above, it’s plain to see that what is covered by today’s media is nothing but negative in nature.  A different way to qualify this observation is to simply remember the oh-so-common saying that “bad news sells.”  I think that we have been programmed to see and seek out the negative in life!  For all intents and purposes, positivism is dead!  So, what am I left to say about this?  If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!  It’s either that, or you can…Blame it on fast foods!

- B. J. T. Pepin

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Social Creatures? Yah right!

Have you ever entered a boardroom or classroom several minutes earlier than the established start time, expecting to be the first one there, but found that someone else had arrived before you?  How about the reverse, with you showing up first?  In either scenario or other ones like these, what do you do?  Do you say “hi,” or do you just do your own thing, acting as if no one is there?

In my case, I typically extend a greeting to the other party/parties.  However, quite frequently, I get nothing but silence in return.  I have witnessed similar situations involving others; I’m not the only one that doesn’t get a response.  In fact, not only does no exchange take place, but I get the impression that people are purposely ignoring one another!  What’s up with that?!

Over the course of my life, in numerous books and other writings, I have come across statements that suggest that humans are “social creatures.”  To elaborate on this point, consider the following quote:  

“Human beings are social creatures.  We are social not just in the trivial sense that we like company, and not just in the obvious sense that we each depend on others.  We are social in a more elemental way: simply to exist as a normal human being requires interaction with other people.” -Atul Gawande

Given my experience, I get the impression that there is nothing “normal” of human beings!  I dare say that in today’s world, humans are far from being the social creatures that are described in the quote.  It believe that, in many ways, we are actually becoming antisocial creatures.  You don’t believe me?  Consider the following…

It is highly likely that we have “encounters,” in their various forms, with other people most every day of our lives.  However, in this day and age of technology, many folks go around with some type of electronic device (tablet or phone) “glued” to their hands.  Likewise, many others have earphones or earbuds stuck on or in their ears.  Some would argue that these devices serve to keep us connected to others.  Others would say that they serve as shields, devised to keep those who are right beside us at a distance.  I surmise that the more “technologically savvy” we become, the more we are distancing/separating ourselves from our neighbours.

So what are we to do about it?  I for one am behind an approach that leads to direct interaction and the need to make eye contact and exchange with one another.  Such an approach serves to make connections that bring us together.  So, get rid of those gadgets designed to control us and pay attention to the living creatures all around you!  Don’t let anything come between us!  But, if after showing the initiative no one else reciprocates, just do what I do: Blame it on fast foods.

- B. J. T. Pepin

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

"Tabula Rasa"

Given the content of this post, I believe that the title is “a propos” (i.e. fitting).  “What gives,” you ask?  Let’s see…

In Latin, tabula rasa means “blank slate.”  From an epistemological vantage point—a branch of philosophy that focuses on the nature and scope of knowledge—the theory contends that each of us is born without inherent mental content, including thoughts, concepts, memories, emotions, percepts, and intentions.  It suggests that our knowledge comes from experience and perception; in other words, it supposes that we become knowledgeable by means of “empirical familiarity” (i.e. knowledge that is developed through observation or experimentation).  Moreover, the familiarity with all of the things of the world that surround us allows for the development of universal concepts (i.e. ideas).  These ideas mature through a syllogistic method of reasoning—that is, a logical process where deductive reasoning (i.e. top-down logic) is used to reach conclusions.  Furthermore, supporters of the tabula rasa thesis have a preference for the "nurture" side of the “nature versus nurture debate,” believing that the physical and behavioural traits that differentiate one from another (as it relates to characteristics of one's personality, social and emotional behaviour, and intelligence) come from external influences.  

Now, I don’t know about you, but re-reading the paragraph above has given me a splitting headache!

“What does this have to do with the price of tea in China,” you ask?  Consider present-day kids: The vast majority of them have their eyes “glued” to some kind of screen from one of an innumerable selection of electronic devices.  I can’t help but ask: Where is the nurture side of the tabula rasa theory as it relates to the care for “our” children?  In fact, these devices are most often used to “babysit” the kids.  In essence, parents are forfeiting their parental responsibility to nurture their kids and are willingly placing the responsibility in the “hands” of a thing that is devoid of any attachment or good will toward the child.  The result is this: Rather than going out into the world to experience nature and in turn develop their own knowledge of the world under the guidance and tutelage of a loving parent, the kids are force-fed all of the various forms of garbage that exist in the video games that they play and on the webpages they surf!  In other words, rather than write some “good stuff” on the so-called blank slate that is the child’s mind, the parents are letting others decide what is being etched on those plates.  It’s no wonder why we have so many screwed-up and problem-ridden kids!  

Now, some would argue that many parents are screwed-up to begin with, and the electronic realm is the lesser of two evils.  I say that no matter what, the majority of counter arguments are nothing but cop-outs!  People are just looking for the easy way out rather than taking responsibility for themselves and for their children!  All parents should take their kids in hand and assume ownership of their rearing.  Parents should be setting the stage so that their children can become creative and find alternative ways to occupy themselves, especially focusing on the most productive means possible.  This will allow our kids to acquire useful knowledge and in turn become self-sufficient rather than be guided by the programs found on a computer for their entire lives.  Now is the time to doing something about the situation!  But, if after taking this approach you still wind up with screwed-up kids, simply do what I do: Blame it on fast foods.

- B. J. T. Pepin

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Change ‘em up?

Recently, the first major personnel changes to next year’s Hockey Night in Canada (HNIC) telecasts were announced.  In these announcements, George Stroumboulopoulos was named the new anchor of HNIC, replacing Ron MacLean who has held the position for the past 28 years.  Now, what’s up with this?

Back in November of 2013, Rogers acquired the Canadian NHL broadcasting rights in a blockbuster 12-year, $5.2-billion deal.  As a result, starting next year, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) no longer has these rights.

To Canadian hockey fans, this is a huge deal and a huge change.  If you’re not a hockey fan, follow other sports, and/or live in the United States, this move is akin to replacing Chris Berman from ESPN and ABC Sports.  With this comparison in mind, I hope now you can get the gravity of the situation.

On the plus side, the president of Sportsnet and NHL properties for Rogers spoke positively of the CBC, suggesting that the CBC has been “where the tradition of broadcasting hockey began.”   However, in the same breath, he added that it is his hope to bring a “fresh face” to the game.  To the latter comment, I think the message that MacLean passed on was right on point: "George…don’t screw this up, it’s a big show.”

For me, the story behind all of this change is simple: You have a big conglomerate that swoops in to take over, pushing aside a much smaller and vulnerable entity that can’t do anything about it.  Then, in the process, those who are taking over believe that they know what is best for everyone and, in turn, do as they please.  And is this move best for HNIC?  We’ll surely see!  All I can say is: Don, watch your comments on the earrings!

Anyway, the point I’m trying to get at is change for the sake of change is not the best of approaches.  In this disaster in the making, I lay responsibility for everything that happens squarely on the shoulders of the decision-makers who’ve fouled things up for everyone.  And if the conglomerate behind all of this won’t listen to this forewarning, the only thing left to do is this: Blame it on fast foods!

So, some are saying that this “new blood” will serve to “shake things up” and is a good thing for HNIC.  On the other hand, there are many others who say that you should “never mess with a good thing” and believe that what MacLean had was definitely a “good thing.”  What do you think of the whole situation?  Read about it here and comment below!

- B. J. T. Pepin

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Although I chose to title this post “Clueless,” I might as well have called it any of: self-absorbed, ill-mannered, selfish, lazy, provoking, or outright stupid; in other words, if we were to examine the particular circumstances when individuals demonstrate such traits, one quickly realizes that there is a common thread.  Recognizing that some knowingly act in these ways, many, if not most people are clueless as to the impact that their actions or inactions have on others.  Let’s take a closer look…

No matter what level of study, when you are in school, there's always several people who are tapping things, chewing gum with their mouths open, speaking with others, and so on, and they don't even realize that it disturbs/annoys everyone else.  The same principle applies with: playing loud music in public areas; texting/not looking while you're walking; talking in groups in the middle of major walkways or purposely/ignorantly walking in the middle of those same walkways; standing in the middle of escalators instead of moving to the side so people can walk up instead of stand and wait; and so on.

The same things happen when you’re out on the roadways; as you’re going down the highway, you often come up on drivers who are driving well below the speed limit in the left and center lanes (or right and center if you’re in the UK and the like).  Then, you get to experience the traffic accordion effect.  So much fun!

If you stop and think about it, it’s not the speeders that are at fault for accidents; it’s the people who think that they own the roads, blocking the paths for everyone else, who are the cause of most accidents.  I agree that everyone should follow the speed limits, but people should also be using their rearview mirrors and moving to the appropriate lane if someone is approaching them from the rear.  If you are scared to drive on the highways, stay off of them!  People are just so damn clueless!

As you can see, the above scenarios show us how people are so self-absorbed, ill-mannered, selfish, and lazy, and purposely or ignorantly do things to provoke others.  Whatever happened to the principles of decency, respect, courtesy, and sharing?!  So many folk focus on and only look out for themselves!  Their message is clear: To heck with everyone else!  I think that these people could stand to reap the benefits of an enema!  This might help to “loosen things up,” if you know what I mean.  And if that doesn’t help, there’s one thing left for us to do: Blame it on fast foods.

- B. J. T. Pepin

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Prima Donna

The idea for this post came to me when I witnessed what I considered selfish and lazy play on the part of some of my teammates during a hockey game.  Although we are far from being professional athletes, I believe that there is such a thing as putting forth a minimal amount of effort and that no one is above anyone else; that is, the expectations should not be less for a select few relative to the rest of the team under any circumstance, good or bad.

I am sure that the majority of you have seen this type of thing.  Remember that professional baseball player who attempted a catch at the wall, but after it hit his glove and remained in play, he proceeded to throw his glove down and stomp around, leaving a teammate to pick it up and throw the ball to one of the infielders?  Because of this bonehead play, the hitter was able to make his way closer to home plate than he otherwise would have.

A similar thing happened last night during an NHL game.  One of the so-called elite players went down the ice on a breakaway and, after the goalie stopped the scoring attempt, the player skated past the net, turned slowly, and glided back toward his defensive zone, simply watching the play go down the ice and not putting in any effort to back-check.  And what was the result?  A goal against.

And how about the NFL player who, as he was about to cross the goal-line, was so cocky that he threw the ball backwards, not realizing that he actually produced a fumble instead of a touchdown, allowing the other team to recover the ball?  Great play man!  Nice no-touchdown!

With these examples in mind, I thought it a propos to entitle this post “prima donna.”  If you don’t know the term, it has a negative connotation and is often used to describe an egotistical, undisciplined, vain, obnoxious, and/or temperamental person whose role is essential to the success of a team but often behaves in a detrimental way.  

Where does this type of attitude come from?  I believe that over the course of their lives, these people have been praised so much that they’ve developed an inflated view of themselves, their talent, and their importance, in turn leading them to believe that they are above others and should be treated differently.  The result is that these people become selfish and lazy, only putting in an effort in circumstances when they are guaranteed to receive praise from the people around them.  Then, when the going gets tough, these individuals let up or give up entirely!  To that, I say: “Back to the minors, all of you!”  And if sending them there doesn’t serve to put them back in their place, the only thing left to do is: Blame it on fast foods.

- B. J. T. Pepin

Tuesday, March 04, 2014


When I set out to write this, I reflected upon the many sayings I’ve come across over the years.  Of course, none of them are my creations, but I thought you might enjoy me sharing a few with you.  Here are the ones I think are most applicable to this post…

“Opinions are like farts—so hard to hold ‘em in, and when one slips, everyone's gonna know it and at least one person is gonna leave the room.”

“Opinions are like armpits—everyone has at least two, and they probably both stink.”

“An opinion is like an asshole—everybody’s got one, but everyone thinks that everyone else’s stinks.”
Like you, I couldn’t help but notice a common theme: Opinions just plain stink!  “Why,” you ask?  It’s simple…

Many people think they know everything about everything and love to give advice to others.  What makes things worse is that these same folk do so even when they're completely wrong.  And don’t try to reason with these people—it’s a fruitless endeavor!   Although we all would like to shoot or do other unmentionable things to this kind of people to resolve the issue, these options are not very realistic.  We all know that if we did such things, we’d end up paying the price for their idiocy…

Anyway, my slant is that when they were young, they must have fallen on their respective little heads.  That or they ingested some sort of poison that ate away at their brains; maybe this is all a result of a terrible diet—that must be it!  So, rather than waste your time listening to or trying to reason with these types of people, do what I do: Blame it on fast foods.

- B. J. T. Pepin

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Phishing Scams

If you’re reading this post, you either own a computer or have access to one through some other means.  In either case, you certainly make use of the net and likely have an e-mail account that you access frequently.  As a result, I’m sure that while you’ve used computers, you’ve encountered incessant pop-ups claiming that your computer is infested with a virus and must be immunised before your hard drive is erased, causing you to lose all of your valuable information.  Likewise, I’m sure you’ve also received e-mails claiming to be sent by your bank or credit card company, suggesting that you must act immediately to rectify a problem or you’ll lose access to your hard-earned money.  And we can’t forget those instances when you receive a message—pop-up, e-mail, or text—saying that you’ve won a coveted vacation or prize and will miss out if you don’t contact the sender instantaneously.

These phishing scams are specifically designed to make you panic such that you share personal information such as usernames, passwords, credit card details, or, worse yet, send money to someone who promises to resolve the issue or process the documentation required for you to be eligible for a prize or trip.  But, how is it that so many people have fallen for these scams, in turn causing identity theft and/or major financial loss?  The answer to this question is quite simple…

Many see the internet as infallible, without malice, and full of truth.  They fail to understand how malicious people are just waiting in the background to pounce on the unsuspecting.  When presented with a chance to get something for nothing, others cannot pass on the opportunity and jump in with both feet, drowning in the process.  I especially feel bad for the elderly who fall prey to these thieves, lacking experience with technology and not realizing that these sorts of things are being done.

I lay blame on the conglomerates that bombard us through every means possible with advertisements that draw us towards their products.  It’s at the point where many companies charge you extra when you choose to conduct business with them using any other means than the one they force upon you.  It’s no wonder why people are so easily caught off guard!

And what are you to do about this?  I really can’t say; on one hand, the internet is so useful and can simplify things tremendously, but on the other, with one’s identity in jeopardy, using the internet can be a risky endeavour!  I am resigned to the fact that there isn’t much that can be done about the whole thing, leading me to my fallback plan: Blame it on fast foods.

- B. J. T. Pepin

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Magic Pill

We are continually bombarded with advertisements that claim to have a newly discovered, secret recipe that is more potent and ingredient-laden, and sold nowhere else but through one particular company via a “limited time offer.”  Other ads speak about having scientifically/clinically-proven processes or fool-proof tricks to address specific problems that plague the world.  In both cases, a high profile spokesperson/endorser suggests/professes that if we take this company’s product, he/she promises we will be rid of all of our fat, have unlimited amounts of energy, be acne-free/be beautiful, no longer be affected by erectile/sexual dysfunction, or, worse yet, become ageless wonders that can overcome each and every ailment known to mankind.

In reality, these companies dupe consumers simply to make a quick sale, often disappearing into the sunset to later reincarnate as different businesses with newer creations or versions of product X, Y, or Z.  But, how do they sucker us into buying these things?  It’s actually simple!  The manufacturers and/or sales “gurus” focus on and/or poke and jab at as many of our frailties as possible.  For all intents and purposes, the sales pitch is designed to specifically target a particular group of fragile folks, convince them to believe their hogwash, and create a sense of urgency by threatening them to remove their time-sensitive offer, thereby getting them “hook, line, and sinker.”

It’s time for all of us to push back!  We all must refuse to be fooled by the “smoke and mirrors” and the glitter used to reel us in!  Since the government is doing nothing about the trickery, we must fight these companies by not buying their products, hitting them where it hurts them most: Their pocket books.  And if everything you do fails, just do what I do: Blame it on fast foods.

- B. J. T. Pepin

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Everything Is Relative...or Is It?

Every winter, places around the world encounter some interesting weather.  Some face cooler temperatures for a few days, while others face temperatures of -30°C/-20°F that last for weeks.  In both cases, people complain about how frigid it is, while others say that it isn’t that cold.  Then, when the temperature warms up significantly, you get the same thing: some say that it’s warm out, and others say that it’s still a little chilly.  What gives?!

The same concept can be applied to affluence.  I’m sure that you all have witnessed people who have nothing but the clothes on their backs (if that) and feel rich, while there are billionaires who complain that they don’t have enough money to live comfortably.  In all cases, one might say that it all depends on one’s point of view or perspective taken.

This brings us to the concept of relativism.  It suggests that points of view do not have absolute truths since things have relative/subjective value based on differences in perception of and importance attributed by the individual concerned.  However, one argument against this concept points out that relativism actually contradicts itself: If the statement “everything is relative” is viewed as a relative statement, it doesn’t rule out absolutes, and if it’s considered an absolute statement, it indicates that not all things are relative.

Further exploration of the concept leads to all sorts of “isms,” including: moral relativism, cultural relativism, anthropological/methodological relativism, philosophical relativism, descriptive relativism, normative relativism, and I could go on and on.  However, just looking at these concepts gives me a splitting headache!

So, if you’re like me and you can’t stand where this discussion is going, just do what I do: Blame it on fast foods.

- B. J. T. Pepin

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Too Much Quoting?!

Have you ever met someone who is so well-read that he/she is able to produce a quote at almost any time and about almost any topic?  Most people have.  But is it impressive to have this skill, or is there such a thing as too much quoting?

In scholastic terms, were someone to use too many quotes, it could lead to accusations of plagiarism.  In other words, too much quoting crowds out your own ideas, leaving the reader with nothing but the thoughts of others.  It’s interesting how folks who quote others all the time are often viewed as “know-it-alls,” yet really, they’re actually devoid of any original thought.

That said, it is time for me to throw out some quotes of my own.  No wait, I mean others...

“People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.”-  J. Michael Straczynski

“Never follow somebody else's path; it doesn't work the same way twice for anyone...the path follows you and rolls up behind you as you walk, forcing the next person to find their own way.”-  J. Michael Straczynski

“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”-  Albert Einstein

Did you like that last one?  Is this too much quoting?  Don’t like it?  Blame it on fast foods!

- B. J. T. Pepin

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How Times Change!

Depending on when you born, you may have had the privilege of seeing progress at its best (and worst).  This post touches upon only a few of the changes that many of witnessed over such a short period of time.

Way back when, 1960 to be exact, you could get a half pint of milk for four cents/pennies.  A gallon (a bit less than four litres) would cost about 60 cents.  A gallon of milk now costs about $3.50.  You used to be able to get a candy for a penny.  The same sized candy now costs you anywhere from five to ten cents.  More shockingly, the penny itself has gone extinct (in Canada at least)! 

For the music buffs, many have never seen, much less played/listened to, vinyl records.  There were also 8-track tapes and cassettes that now have been replaced by CDs and other forms of digital recordings.  These older forms of recordings have, for the most part, disappeared.

For the video buffs, there was such a thing called “film.”  Later, there came Super 8 film.  Eventually it entered our homes in the form of Beta and VHS video cassettes.  All of these forms of video now have been replaced by the DVD.

Only a few decades ago, all calculations were done by hand using the computing power of the human brain.  Computers then came along with the purpose of facilitating such menial tasks, allowing people to focus on more “meaningful” endeavours.  At first, computers were the size of large rooms.  Now these “machines” can fit in the palm of your hand (or even smaller).  Some believe that computers/machines will eventually replace humans…or is it just that human beings will become so lazy that they will let the machines take over everything?!

Some would question whether or not progress is a good thing.  I guess it depends on your perspective.  If progress allows people to become more “productive,” I would venture to say that it might be a good thing.  On the other hand, if progress raises costs of everything and makes us lazier than we already are, I’m not so sure that progress is such a good thing!  Regardless, my stance on the whole subject is simple: Blame it on fast foods!

- B. J. T. Pepin

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2014 Olympic Ice Hockey Team Selections—Canada and the United States

This month, we all witnessed how being two of the world’s hockey powers has its advantages and disadvantages.  Notably, some of the nominations—or non-nominations—for the 2014 American and Canadian Olympic Ice Hockey Teams seem to have drawn some attention.  Let’s take a closer look.

For the United States, Bobby Ryan was left off of their roster.  Shortly after the announcement, thoughts from a member of the selection committee were released to the media and the fiasco that ensued was pretty hilarious.  Why any organisation would share such information with a reporter is beyond me!  It did nothing but invite trouble, as we all saw.  In any case, too bad for Ryan—he’s a good hockey player.

For Canada, Martin St. Louis was not selected.  As outlined in the media, Steve Yzerman was in a no-win situation.  The real problem is that Canada has too many good players to choose from.  In fact, Canada could send two teams to the Olympics and it still would be difficult to select the players.  If you take a quick peek at the NHL statistical leaders, you would see that the majority of the leaders are Canadian and some of the individuals who are currently in the top five were not named to the team—including St. Louis.  With his recent four-goal performance, it makes you wonder if it was the right decision to leave him off the team.  We’ll see soon enough!

All of this to say that people will be unhappy regardless of the names included in final selections.  And the media—they create a story and blow it up themselves to bring in the bucks, all at the expense of Bobby Ryan.  If you’re upset by the selections or the media outlets that present them to you, just do what I do: Blame it on fast foods!

- B. J. T. Pepin

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Year’s Resolutions

This is the time of year when many folks make New Year’s Resolutions to resolve past/current issues or to lay out the foundation/path to achieving something in the near or not so distant future.  Ultimately, achieving the desired goal requires that the individual make some form of change in their life.  Given that the envisioned/proposed change most often entails making something better, the individual must be actively involved and put in an effort towards attaining their goal.  

At the outset, people making resolutions have the best of intentions.  Although this may be noble in nature, in reality, things fall through and the majority never do anything about their circumstance.  Others do take some initial steps toward the attainment of their respective goals, doing so for a couple of weeks, but their actions slowly fade and they go no further.  

In these scenarios, it is clear that the adage of “easier said than done” does, in fact, apply; in other words, it is always easier to talk about a task than it is to do something about it.  When reality sets in and people see the level of investment that is required—otherwise known as “work”—they throw their hands up and quit.  People have become so accustomed to having others do everything for them that when it comes time to do something, they just don’t have what it takes.  This is a classic case of “when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” while the not so tough “get going”…if you know what I mean.

So, if you find yourself in the latter category and can’t move forward with your resolution(s), do what I do: Blame it on fast foods.

- B. J. T. Pepin

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

E-Book Is Now Available!

In other news, the e-book version of “Blame it on fast foods” is now available via Kindle.  Click on the “Buy Blame it on fast foods” tab above to check it out!

We will be working on making it available via other online retailers in the near future, so come back soon to see where else it can be purchased.

- Steve

Holidays and Commercialism

For this post, I wanted to touch upon this past holiday season and how commercialism has taken over most, if not all, holidays.  I don’t know about you folks, but I was struck by how early we were inundated with the lure to buy items for this year’s holiday season.  To my dismay, I witnessed Christmas items on the shelves of stores two weeks prior to Halloween!  Commercials on TV seemed to broadcast earlier than ever before!  In no time, Christmas items will be out in the summer!

Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, many would agree that it is sad that the true meaning of Christmas has been lost and replaced by the requirement/expectation of purchasing “gifts” for our loved ones.  It is at the point where many people choose to get into serious debt in order to buy things for others in hope of meeting their desire to get each and everything that they want.  Everyone is pressured to get massive quantities of “things” for everyone they know!  It is at the point where most are made to feel guilty if they do not get the newest and most expensive gadget on the market for those closest to them!  It is as if one must “buy” the love of others!  What ever happened to the sharing of time and love?  Isn’t that the true meaning behind the holiday season?

It is clear that, over the past few decades, the meaning/purpose behind holidays has changed, such that a new meaning has been “fed,” if not dictated, to us and our society concerning what the holidays are all about!  It is time that we take back ownership of the holidays!  Maybe we need to boycott all stores and stop buying “things”!  Let them know what the holidays should be all about!

Of course, if this fails, do what I do: Blame it on fast foods!

- B. J. T. Pepin

Friday, January 03, 2014

Welcome to Blame it on fast foods!

Hello Everyone!

Blame it on fast foods has officially been launched!  Still working out a few bugs, but everything’s generally ready to go.  Check back in soon for more details and to buy the book!

- B. J. T. Pepin