This weekend, while Cairo was burning and Hosni Mubarak struggled to maintain power, I was in a kind of virtual Vulcan mind meld with a network of regional experts for my day job at Wikistrat, a Tel Aviv-based online scenario-modeling firm, ginning up ideas of what might come next for Egypt: Does the big man step down? Or do the people win? Does it all happen very fast, or way too slow? They’re not easy questions to answer, and what happens in the next day or so will be crucial. But based on that weekend of analysis and quite a bit of time spent in Egypt, including close interactions with the military there a clearer picture is starting to emerge.
A lawsuit announced this week says there’s more than just cattle flesh in Taco Bell’s seasoned beef. Apparently, whatever it is does not conform to United States Department of Agriculture standards for “beef” because there are too many seasonings and fillers in the mix. Taco Bell responded today by launching a “Thanks for suing us” campaign (a classic PR ploy) that says their beef is 100 percent USDA inspected. The company says the recipe for beef filling calls for 88 percent beef and 12 percent “secret recipe.” The secret ingredients include water, spices, onion powder, salt, oats, caramelized sugar, cocoa powder and “other ingredients that contribute to the flavor, moisture, consistency and quality of our seasoned beef.”
Mark your calendar for Thursday, February 24. We’re trying something new here at GOOD, and we need you all to get involved. One of the frustrations of putting out a magazine is that we send it to our subscribers and to newsstands, and then that’s pretty much it. We’ll post the stories online, we’ll get a few comments and emails, and the occasional, traditionally posted “Letter to the Editor” (and bless you folks who send those!), but the issue is out, and we move on. We think we can do better.