2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
I’m glad to be back in the pages of Salon, where I’ll be blogging on my new book, and offering some related political observations over the next few weeks. The book explores the tumultuous inner life of the Kennedy administration and chronicles Bobby Kennedy’s secret search for the truth about the murder of his brother. I hope it will stir a new debate about the Kennedy legacy. That’s why I started Salon back in 1995 with a band of like-minded journalists — to raise questions that the media gatekeepers were avoiding. It seems a particularly relevant time to reexamine the Kennedy saga, as the Democratic Party once again begins the search for a candidate who can electrify the nation. Every four years, the party — and the nation as a whole — inevitably asks, Where’s the next JFK? But Kennedy’s legacy is still hotly debated. What is the real meaning of the Kennedy presidency, beyond the gauzy Camelot mythology — and the more recent counter-myths of a reckless playboy and a Cold War hawk? These are far from dusty, arcane squabbles — they bear on the future of the Democratic Party and on the country’s foreign policy as we prepare to dig ourselves from the wreckage of the Bush reign. The world that John F. Kennedy dared to imagine — a world no longer divided into enemy camps, Us vs. Them, hovering on the brink of destruction — is just as inspiring today as when he first articulated it.
David Talbot, the founder of Salon, is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.” He is now working on a book about the legendary CIA director Allen W. Dulles and the rise of the national security state.More David Talbot.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.