…us president pardons turkey!…

…That annual US ritual that speaks volumes, albeit unwittingly, on a society which abides its existence…

We get a gem from couple stunned (???) observers, Presidential turkey pardon. To add to the farce, under its Lifestyle Section establishment WaPo even has a header for the names, yes, the names of the two turkeys. Is that the ‘Ego te absolvo…’ Catholic ritual we see the Leader of the Free World pronouncing on one of the turkeys? Whether the turkeys trust the pardon is another question.

That goes well with this observation of Abby Zimet over at common dreams, Pardon People, Not Just Turkeys. We get even the vital statistics on the two turkeys, including their favourite song. Yes, favourite song for each turkey. To be this exceptionally frivolous, one must be, well, exceptional. No need to address the consequences of the massive destruction to the world economy and employment opportunities for the 99% by the 1% exceptionals and their political representatives, unimportant. Or the US addiction to perpetual war, unimportant.

All we do is reflect for just a moment. Done. And realise it is indeed a Thanksgiving for the reality, and a warning which the affected world heeds.

An excellent ritual, and useful reminder, that. And, yes, the other reminder is that, because a specific Thanksgiving Day is celebrated by the US, that does not mean it is celebrated by other countries of the world — really difficult to grasp…

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