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Daily Archives: November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving QandO readers

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  We here at QandO want to thank our loyal readers (and listeners to the podcast) and make sure you know we appreciate you more than you know.

We hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful day.

A way you can share your thanks for this great nation is giving to programs that support our wounded troops and their families.  A great one is Cooking with the Troops who do wonderful things for the wounded through their various programs such as their food events at military hospitals like Brooke Army Medical Center, their Home Front program where they teach our soldiers and their families how to cook delicious and healthy food on a budget or their culinary transition program where they help those wounded warriors getting out of the service to transition into culinary careers if that’s their desire.

Your donations go a long way in helping them fulfill their desires.

Recently Cooking with the Troops was tapped for a great honor.  Here’s how CwtT’s CEO, Blake Powers describes it:

I imagine that few who read this will not know the name Richard D. “Dick” Winters. While the movie Band of Brothers made him famous, he was already well known within the military community for his outstanding leadership. His accomplishments make him an excellent exemplar for all the outstanding leadership shown on D-Day and beyond by those who led men in combat, which is the basis for the Richard D. Winters Leadership Project of the WWII Foundation.

As part of this effort, a statue of Dick Winters is being dedicated on 6 June 2012 in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, with a reception afterwards at the Utah Beach Museum. It is an honor and a pleasure to tell you that Cooking with the Troops will be providing the refreshments at the reception. Our goal is not just to provide tasty and appropriate food and drink to those attending, but to involve as many veterans-to-chefs and troops/vets interested in culinary/hospitality careers as possible.

We will not be able to do this without your help. Please help us help the current generation even as we honor those who served before.

Give them a hand if you’re able. The donate button is on the left.   It’s a great way to say thanks.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

The North South Divide

Fundamentally currency unions without fiscal union are flawed. Shoehorning the northern and southern countries of Europe into one (with our without fiscal union) made no sense at all (The Economist)

The economies of southern and northern Europe make strange bedfellows

SINCE bond investors began to discriminate between the euro-zone economies, pushing yields on Spanish, Irish, Greek, Italian and Portuguese government debt soaring, much of the talk in northern Europe has been of profligate governments in the south. As these indicators show, the euro zone’s problems go rather deeper than that. A large chunk of the single-currency area has a chronic competitiveness problem, with a horrible mixture of high unemployment, low productivity and low investment. One unsolved mystery is why all this ought to have some correlation with latitude. Answers to the Bundesbank, please.