It’s been happening more and more lately: the nanny state it rearing its ugly head. Not too long ago, the highways in Austin, Texas were lined with Ad Council billboards telling people to remember to brush their teeth twice a day, for example.

Now the government is literally telling people how to make a grocery list, as if we are all a bunch of small children who need to hold Uncle Sam’s hand and be walked through even the most basic of daily tasks.

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Check out the latest Tweet from the USDA’s “Choose My Plate” initiative, a site created under the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion to meet the goals of “advancing and promoting dietary guidance for all Americans” and “conducting applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics”.

Otherwise what? “Base grocery lists on meals you don’t want to make/would never eat in a million years”…?

What else would someone base a grocery list on besides meals they want to make?

It’s like the American people just got scolded by their mommy for buying too much random crap at the grocery store.

But it gets better (via Washington Examiner):

The site also has four steps people can use to plan what to buy at the store.

“Look in your freezer, cabinets and refrigerator,” it said. “Make a note of what you currently have on hand.”

It also suggests people “use a worksheet” to keep track of it all, and to “think about your schedule” when it comes to planning which meals to cook on which nights.

“Choose meals you can prepare easily on your busiest days,” it said. “Save recipes that take longer for days off.”

What absolutely mind-boggling, brilliant grocery list making advice. I am surprised “Buy a pen and a piece of paper so you have something to write your grocery list with and on” wasn’t included as step one.

So, know what you already have and make a list of what you don’t based around what you need to cook the meals you want to eat?

Wow. Ya don’t say… And here I thought making a grocery list involved all those mathematical formulations my high school algebra teacher swore we’d use every day as adults (but I found out later are really only used by algebra teachers), mixed with some of those Dr. Frankenstein bubbling beakers filled with brightly colored science lab chemicals, and topped off with a pinch of Mary Poppins magic and a fairy kiss!

How did anyone in this country ever manage to make it through a trip to the grocery shopping without this absolutely life changing information?

Either the government has decided common sense has gone completely extinct (arguably true I guess) and has decided to start dolling it out in the most condescending way possibly to what it considers its 318 million dumb kids, or the American taxpayer is funding one of the most absurd and useless websites the government has created yet.

Probably both.

And don’t even get me started on how the USDA just promotes utter crap with this kind of propaganda anyway, such as GMO and eating way more dairy products and grains than any human being ever should. It doesn’t take a doctor to realize a lot, probably even the majority, of the health problems in this country begin with poor nutrition. Our complete joke of a food pyramid is based on megacorporations, lobbyists and shareholder profits, not healthy eating and real nutrition.

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For more on how you just don’t know how to eat until the government tells you how, there are also information-packed videos filled with even more amazing advice such as “Choose foods from all five food groups” (facepalm) below.

(P.S. – What they should really be doing is telling people how to be prepared for if and when this circus collapses.)

Melissa Dykes is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple and a co-creator of Truthstream Media with Aaron Dykes, a site that offers teleprompter-free, unscripted analysis of The Matrix we find ourselves living in. Melissa also co-founded Nutritional Anarchy with Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper, a site focused on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Wake the flock up!