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French Restaurant Bans Cell Phones, Ketchup, Coca-Cola & Mayonnaise

Le Petit Jardin is located in the South of France, and they’ve implemented a “two strikes and you’re out” rule against cell phones as well as a restaurant-wide ban on ketchup, Coca-Cola, and mayonnaise.

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Going out to dinner can be an awesome experience. It can be fun, connective, and most importantly, you get to eat a delicious meal that someone else so graciously prepared for you. What’s going on at the dinner table can differ from culture to culture as well, each with their own set of traditions and norms.

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Some of the best meals I’ve ever had were eaten while I was living in France, as they not only prepare some really wonderful dishes, but craft a beautiful dining experience in general. You could tell that people had a passion for cooking, and each restaurant had their own unique vibe, as chain restaurants aren’t as common in France as they are in North America. Plus, most of the portions were actually suitable for one person.

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Perhaps my favourite part about eating anywhere in Europe was always the experience. For many Europeans, meals are spent with family, friends, or colleagues, and are a very social experience. Lunch breaks often last for hours at a time because they enjoy large and long meals together.

So, when a French restaurant banned cell phones, this wasn’t exactly surprising to me! Although cell phones are wonderful tools that connect us with people at a distance, they can also, ironically, encourage social disconnect, and take away from the present moment. But this restaurant didn’t just stop at cell phones, they also banned ketchup and Coca-Cola.

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Have you ever done something so outrageous in a restaurant that management actually had to kick you out? Maybe you got a little too rowdy with some friends, or complained too much about a meal? Well, in this French restaurant, you’ll be given the boot for just using a cell phone, eating ketchup, or sipping a Coke.

Located in the South of France, Le Petit Jardin has implemented a two strikes and you’re out rule against cell phones. The first time you’re caught using your phone at the table, a server blows a whistle at you and you get a yellow card as a warning. If you’re caught again? You don’t just get a red card, you literally get kicked out.

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The owner of the restaurant, Jean-Noël Fluery, explains that the ban on cell phones was implemented in order to make the atmosphere more enjoyable, social, and family-oriented. It’s pretty easy to imagine how this could totally change your dining experience with friends or family.

How many times have you been mid-conversation with someone, and you’re deep into your train of thought and halfway through telling a lengthy and heart-wrenching story, when all of a sudden the person you’re speaking to looks up from their phone and says, “What?” Then, in that moment, you realize they haven’t been listening the entire time. 

Well, if you visit this special little restaurant in France, no longer will you have to endure the feeling of being ignored by a companion who’s using their cell phone as you’re talking to them.

“We explain the rules to them all when they come in,” Fluery stated. “People accept having to turn their phones off when they go to the cinema or the theatre so why not restaurants?”

So, how are people reacting to this mandatory no cell phone zone? Some people obviously adhere to the rule, turning off their cell phones when they get to the restaurant. However, others have left upon learning that they need to put down their electronic devices while enjoying their meals.

Fluery noted that most of the people who don’t support the rule are teenagers: “We’ve received some unpleasant comments on our Facebook page from young people who did not appreciate the ban on mobile phones and have not appreciated being shown a card in front of others. . . . That’s a good publicity for the establishment!”

As per the bans on Coca-Cola, ketchup, and even mayonnaise? The restaurant’s reasoning is simply to support local, taking the spotlight off of the typical big brands you’d find at other restaurants. “We do it to promote local produce. We have good local fruit juices here that people can drink instead of Coke and we have Moutard a l’ancienne instead of Ketchup,” Fleury explains.

Let’s be honest, that’s probably a lot healthier than consuming Coca-Cola or ketchup.

If you’re unfamiliar with the health risks of consuming these products, check out the following CE articles:

New Study Discovers Harmful Toxins in PET Bottles of 5 Different Soft Drink Brands

The Brutally Honest Coca-Cola Commercial You’ll Never See On Television

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Final Thoughts

At this particular restaurant, gone are the days of posting every meal on Instagram. Instead, they’re focusing on inspiring more human connection and less internet connection. Is that the right business move? Probably not, but it’s clearly more about increasing connectivity and encouraging people to live in the present moment than it is a PR stunt.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s definitely possible to engage in great conversation and live in the present moment while still posting a picture of your meal on social media, but I also think it’s important to put the cell phone down once in a while, especially in social settings.

The entire point of being with friends and family is to connect with them, so why would you need your cell phone to do so? Sure, it’s awesome to capture the moment with a photo or a video, but you don’t need to be glued to your phone when spending time with others.

This is an issue I see in society all the time — cell phones often separate us from connecting with the people we’re spending time with or simply the people around us because we’re too busy staring at them to actually pay attention to our surroundings.

So, even if you’re not going to be in France any time soon or you really just don’t want to visit this restaurant, maybe we could take some pointers from them? Try putting your cell phone down for your entire meal, and maybe consume a little less ketchup and pop. Your friends, family members, and stomach will surely thank you.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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